EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/10/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



B.C. Siroki sends EuroCup cancellation notice - by Sead Buljina

Bosnian champion B.C. Siroki sent yesterday a EuroCup cancellation notice to ULEB and Adriatic league headquarters. Thus, no Bosnian club will participate in the EuroCup during the 2012/13 season. "We have tried to come up with necessary funds for participation in a strong ULEB EuroCup. However, these are times for cost reductions, not for cost increases. Adriatic league is the best competition for us at the moment", said Siroki president, Ante Suton.
B.C. Siroki has qualified for ULEB EuroCup by finishing at the 5th spot at the end of the Adriatic League season. Since Siroki gave up, replacement from the Adriatic league will be most likely Serbian club B.C. Red Star.



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  ARGENTINA   


Julian Aprea inks deal with Atenas - by Eurobasket News

Julian Aprea (210-C-87) will play in Atenas next season. The centre has agreed on terms of contract with the team. Last season Julian Aprea played for Regatas Corrientes. His stats read 3.1 points and 2.1 boards per game. He left the team in December. Previously Julian Aprea had stints with Tijuca, Obras, Gimnasia Villa del Parque, Ciclista Juninense, Boca Juniors.


Penarol bring in Lisandro Rasio - by Eurobasket News

Penarol bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90). The centre lately played for Union Progresista. He averaged 16.7 points, 9.5 boards and 1.4 assists per game in TNA. Latinbasket.com named Lisandro Rasio All-Argentinean TNA Player of the Year. He was also Finals MVP. In 2010/11 season Lisandro Rasio played for Juventud Sionista. He notched 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in LigaA. Rasio also had stints with Cuidad de Bragado and Sportivo Escobar. The centre was the member of Argentinean U18 and U19 National Teams. He participated at U19 World Championship in New Zealand in 2009.


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Petron Blaze coast into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Westports Dragons 90:56

Petron Blaze advanced into the ASEAN League Finals. They defeated Westports Dragons in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) finished with 21 points and 19 rebounds to pace the winners.
The Malaysian team got to a slightly better start. They secured a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. Petron Blaze denied the deficit and posted a 37:35 halftime lead. But the complexion of the game changed completely in the third quarter. Petron Blaze outmuscled and outplayed their opponents at every end of the floor. The hosts went on a massive 29:10 run in the third term to take a comfortable 21-point lead at the final break. The Blaze stayed aggressive in the final quarter and recorded a well-deserved win at the end. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) posted 18 points, while Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the home team. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) answered with 25 points for Westports Dragons. Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Nick Fazekas 21+19 boards, Leo Avenido 18, Duke Crews 15+11 boards
Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 25, Brian Williams 12+11 boards



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia beat China in YouYi series opener - by Eurobasket News

Australia - China 66:55

Australia opened the YouYi Games test series with victory. They defeated China in Perth tonight. Peter Crawford (193-G/F-79) knocked down 21 points to lead the Boomers.
The hosts led by two points after a rightly contested first quarter 19:17. China limited the home team to just 6 points in the second frame to surge ahead. Australia faced a 7-point deficit at the interval 25:32. The Boomers adjusted their offence in the third term. They knocked down 19 points to get within a single point at the final intermission. Australia triggered a 22:10 rally in the fourth term to overcome their pesky opponents. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) delivered 11 points, while Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) finished with 9 points in the victory. Guo Ailun (192-G-93) answered with 15 points for China. Sun Yue (206-G/F-85) netted 10 points in the loss.

Australia: Peter Crawford 21, Mark Worthington 11, Aron Baynes 9
China: Guo Ailun 15, Sun Yue 10



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  BOSNIA   


B.C. Siroki sends EuroCup cancellation notice - by Sead Buljina

Bosnian champion B.C. Siroki sent yesterday a EuroCup cancellation notice to ULEB and Adriatic league headquarters. Thus, no Bosnian club will participate in the EuroCup during the 2012/13 season. "We have tried to come up with necessary funds for participation in a strong ULEB EuroCup. However, these are times for cost reductions, not for cost increases. Adriatic league is the best competition for us at the moment", said Siroki president, Ante Suton.
B.C. Siroki has qualified for ULEB EuroCup by finishing at the 5th spot at the end of the Adriatic League season. Since Siroki gave up, replacement from the Adriatic league will be most likely Serbian club B.C. Red Star.



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  BRAZIL   


Franca add Figueroa and Caue Borges - by Paulo Freire

After the announcement of the new head coach Aluisio Xavier Ferreira , the Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo basketball team is already working in their roster.
The first step was make it official the new manager of the team, the former player Edu Mineiro de Abreu (201-F/C-69) got the job.
The team them decided to renew the contract of the young players Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93), Lucas Mariano (207-C-93) and Felipe Taddei (192-G-92), also the import big man Vuk Ivanovic (208-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances, college: BYU) will still with the team for one more season.
The first new faces of the team is Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) who is coming from Pinheiros and Caue Borges dos Santos (180-G-91) who is returning to the team after a season with the Minas team.

From last season the team waived Wanderson Trigueiro (204-F/C-81), Helinho Garcia (186-G-75), Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75), Ricardo Probst (200-F/C-76), Atilio, Fernando Penna (189-G-83) and Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances)



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  BULGARIA   


U18 Finals: Levski takes the crown from Cherno more - by Maria Mitzova

Levski is the new U18 champion of Bulgaria, after defeating last year winner Cherno more 88-81 on their homecourt in Varna. Levski is now champion in both uprising leagues, after gaining the title in U20 Youth League.

Talented PG Deyan Karamfilov (179-PG-94) was crowned MVP of U18 Finals, after huge games in both semifinal and final. Last year's MVP Nikolay Stoyanov (195-F-94) was the other front-runner, nailing the prize for Topscorer of the tournament.

In the final game, Karamfilov scored 31 points and made eight assists. For Levski, Kiril Kirilov (207-C-94) added 23 points and nine rebounds. Nikolay Stoyanov finished with one more double-double - 28 pts and 13 rebs. Anton Dikov (191-G-94) added 19 points, and Denislav Vutev (206-C-94) - 17 more.

Levski head coach Yavor Asparuhov was honored as Coach of the year in that age.

The third place in 2011/2012 season remained for Akademik Sofia, winning the game vs Champion 2006. The rest of the places were allocated - fifth position for Balkan, then Beroe, Overgas and Shumen.

FINALS GAMES STATS



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Guangzhou L. 10-2 
 2. Jiangsu 8-3 
 3. Changan Group 8-4 
 4. Hebei 8-4 
 5. Guangzhou FM 7-5 
 6. Nanjin Army 5-7 
 7. Hong Kong 4-7 
 8. Sichuan 4-8 
 9. Heilongjiang 4-8 
 10. Henan Jiyuan 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jun. 9: Nanjin Army - Heilongjiang 97-94
Jun. 9: Hong Kong - Jiangsu 93-104
Jun. 9: Changan Group - Guangzhou FM 86-82
Jun. 9: Sichuan - Guangzhou L. 69-82
Jun. 9: Hebei - Henan Jiyuan 113-96

Regular Season: Round 13

Jun. 12: Heilongjiang - Hebei
Jun. 12: Henan Jiyuan - Changan Group
Jun. 12: Guangzhou L. - Jiangsu
Jun. 12: Sichuan - Guangzhou FM
Jun. 12: Hong Kong - Nanjin Army


Australia beat China in YouYi series opener - by Eurobasket News

Australia - China 66:55

Australia opened the YouYi Games test series with victory. They defeated China in Perth tonight. Peter Crawford (193-G/F-79) knocked down 21 points to lead the Boomers.
The hosts led by two points after a rightly contested first quarter 19:17. China limited the home team to just 6 points in the second frame to surge ahead. Australia faced a 7-point deficit at the interval 25:32. The Boomers adjusted their offence in the third term. They knocked down 19 points to get within a single point at the final intermission. Australia triggered a 22:10 rally in the fourth term to overcome their pesky opponents. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) delivered 11 points, while Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) finished with 9 points in the victory. Guo Ailun (192-G-93) answered with 15 points for China. Sun Yue (206-G/F-85) netted 10 points in the loss.

Australia: Peter Crawford 21, Mark Worthington 11, Aron Baynes 9
China: Guo Ailun 15, Sun Yue 10



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  CROATIA   


Cedevita and coach Drazen Anzulovic part ways - by Eurobasket News

Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Beo Basket) is no longer a Head Coach of Cedevita. The team decided to exercise its option and to release the coach. Anzulovic led Cedevita to Croatian Cup trophy this season. They also reached Adriatic and Croatian league Finals. What is maybe the most important, Cedevita will play in Euroleague next season, but it seems that was not enough for the club to keep Anzulovic. Drazen Anzulovic took over Cedevita last summer. In 2010/11, he worked with Cibona Zagreb. Anzulovic also has experience from Lietuvos Rytas, Donetsk, Charleroi and Ural Great Perm. He coached Cibona and Zagreb in the past. Anzulovic was Coach of the Year in Croatia in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007. He won three Croatian league titles in his career. In 2008 and 2009, Drazen Anzulovic won Belgian league title with Charleroi.
Cedevita is already on the market looking for the coach who will lead the team next season in Euroleague, Adriatic league and Croatian championship.



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  ESTONIA   


Interview with Junior NT player Igor Arendash - by Ozell Wells

Eurobasket had the pleasure of chatting with junior national team player Igor Arendash (187-G-94) to briefly talk about his experience playing in the 2012 euro espoirs in France. Igor played with the P-Atlex/Evolution All Stars that finished 3rdplace in the competition. With a roster of international players, mostly Belgian, he and fellow Estonian NT member Egert Haller had the experience of a lifetime.

EU: Iksa, how did you find the level of the tournament?

IA:The level of the tournament was pretty good. Mostly I liked organization of that tournament.

EU: How would you rank the level of players that were there? Who were some of the best players there? Do you think that tournaments like this help youth players to improve and get better?

IA:I loved how players played here.I liked some Polish guyz and France shooters but MVP was Jordi from my team. He have some real hops.In my opinion it helps young players as me improve the game.

EU: How did you feel participating in the 3 point contest? You advanced to the final round?

IA:I was a little bit nervous but it was great expirience for me.Yap I advanced but won the France guy

EU: How important do you think it was for you to be a part of this tournament in its 28th year?

IA:This is really pleasure to me to play in this kind of tournament. I had a great expirience playing against good players and coaches.

EU: It has been rumored that you are to attend high school in the United States? How did that come about?

IA: I have some places where i can go but Im still staying in Estonia yet .I think you can ask me this question next month.

IT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE AND GREAT TO HEAR OF YOUTH PLAYERS HAVING A TRULY INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE BY VIRTUE OF THE GAME OF BASKETBALL.
WE AT EUROBASKET WISH IGOR ARENDASH THE VERY BEST IN HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS, AND WE LOOK TO HEAR GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE FUTURE. BEST SWISHES IKSA.



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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.19.6 
 2. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.2 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.1 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.17.0 
 5. Williams, Paris-.16.5 
 6. Schilb, Chalon16.5 
 7. Rochestie, Le Mans16.4 
 8. Causeur, Cholet16.0 
 9. Cox, Le Havre15.8 
 10. Ray, Pau-Lacq.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.3 
 2. Hamilton, Paris-.8.2 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.8 
 4. Armstrong, AS.7.2 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.0 
 6. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.6.8 
 7. Aminu, Chalon6.8 
 8. Moerman, Nancy6.6 
 9. Labeyrie, Hyeres-T.6.5 
 10. Vebobe, Cholet6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.4 
 3. Wise, Le Havre5.6 
 4. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.2 
 6. Dixon, Dijon5.1 
 7. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 8. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.7 
 9. Schilb, Chalon4.6 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.4 
 2. Dobbins, Poitiers2.3 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.1 
 4. Linehan, Nancy2.1 
 5. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 6. Shuler, Nancy1.8 
 7. Pellin, Orleans1.8 
 8. Melody, Dijon1.7 
 9. Acker, Le Mans1.7 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis AJINCA
  Strasbourg
  (215-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ajinca, Strasbourg2.0 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 3. Gobert, Cholet1.3 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.1.2 
 5. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.1 
 7. Akpomedah, Grave.1.0 
 8. Issa, Gravelines0.9 
 9. Armstrong, AS.0.9 
 10. Sy, Orleans0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Rouen
  (189-SG-85)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Siggers, Rouen18.5 
 2. Davis, Le Portel17.0 
 3. Brown, Maurienne16.8 
 4. Wood, Evreux16.5 
 5. Paelay, Quimper15.8 
 6. Monroe, Boulazac15.6 
 7. McCray, Boulogne15.4 
 8. Mels, Chalons-Reims15.2 
 9. Prowell, St Vallier15.1 
 10. Barro, Bourg14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11
 1. Massie, Limoges11.0 
 2. Wood, Evreux10.8 
 3. Monroe, Boulazac9.8 
 4. Rossiter, Denain9.6 
 5. Osby, Maurienne9.4 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.8.7 
 7. Barro, Bourg8.5 
 8. Allen, Antibes8.2 
 9. Badiane, Nantes7.9 
 10. Dunn, Rouen7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Taylor, Le Portel6.6 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.5.6 
 3. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 4. Rowland, Evreux5.2 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.1 
 6. Patiejunas, Rouen4.9 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.8 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.8 
 9. Eito, Vichy4.4 
 10. Poupet, Rouen4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Charles, Nantes2.5 
 2. McCray, Boulogne2.5 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier1.9 
 4. Eito, Vichy1.9 
 5. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 6. Mullins, Chalons-.1.9 
 7. Driss, Bordeaux1.8 
 8. Allen, Antibes1.8 
 9. Rowland, Evreux1.7 
 10. Daniels, Chalons-.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 2. Badiane, Antibes1.7 
 3. Jefferson, Vichy1.6 
 4. Osby, Maurienne1.5 
 5. Massie, Limoges1.1 
 6. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 7. Fields, Nantes0.9 
 8. Barrett, St Vallier0.8 
 9. Rossiter, Denain0.8 
 10. McKenzie, Boulaz.0.8 


ProA: Chalon and Le Mans to fight for the title - by Eurobasket News

Third decisive games of the ProA Semifinals are completed. Chalon and Le Mans registered home wins against their rivals and advanced to the Grand Final. The game is scheduled for June 16 at Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy. It will start a 17h and winner will be the champion of France for season 2011/12. It is already clear that France will get a new champion as Nancy faced with elimination in the Quarterfinals. Le Mans edged them with 2-1 series win. There is no regular season champ Gravelines as well. They were eliminated with 1-2 by Cholet. Cholet was ProA champion in 2010 and reached the Grand Final last season. However, there won't be Cholet this June in Bercy.

Chalon - Orleans 83-81 (2-1)
The hosts trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 35-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Chalon/Saor made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Entente Orleans 45 turnovers. It was a good game for American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Entente Orleans 45. Four Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 19+6reb+4ast, M.Delaney 13+4reb+3ast, A.Aminu 13+6reb+1ast, N.Lang 8+3reb, I.Evtimov 8+10reb, B.Smith 8+1reb+1ast
Orleans: C.Banks 29+5reb+4ast, A.Sy 14+6reb+3ast, G.Joseph 12+5reb+2ast, B.Greene 10+4reb+2ast, M.N'Doye 5+4reb+2ast, O.Barro 4+4reb
gschID: 177527


Le Mans - Cholet 78-69 (2-1)
It looked good early as Cholet took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Le Mans took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Le Mans outrebounded Cholet 31-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Charles Kahudi (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international guard Fabien Causeur (193-87) with 16 points and 6 assists and American guard Patrick Christopher (196-88, college: California) scored 15 points.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 17+7reb+1ast, T.Bryant 13+2reb+1ast, C.Kahudi 13+7reb+1ast, M.Sommerville 11+5reb, T.Rochestie 9+1reb+5ast, A.Koffi 6+4reb
Cholet: F.Causeur 16+2reb+6ast, P.Christopher 15+3reb, R.Dozier 10+4reb+1ast, W.Gradit 10, D.Nelson 7+6reb+3ast, C.Ona-Embo 5+1ast



Roanne locks Pape-Philippe Amagou until 2015 - by Eurobasket News

Roanne returned its former player Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket). They signed a 3-year deal today. Amagou spent this season with Nancy. He had 7.8 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. In ProA, he averaged 11.1 points, 2.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds for 33 games. Pape-Philippe Amagou played for Roanne from 2009 until the last summer. He had 12.5 ppg, 2.7 apg and 2.3 rpg for them in their last season together (ProA). The player also registered 10.2 ppg, 2.7 apg and 1.2 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. Before Roanne, he was a member of Kavala, Nancy and Le Mans. In 2006 and 2008, Amagou won the ProA title with Le Mans and Nancy, respectively. He played for the Ivory Coast National Team at the 2009 AfroBasket in Libya and 2010 World Championship in Turkey. In 2009, he was named Africabasket.com All-African Championships Best Guard and Ivory Coast won the Silver. Amagou's Nancy failed to defend the title this season. There faced with elimination in ProA Quarterfinals.


Souffel signs Jerome Cazenobe, Sorgues adds Waly Gueye - by Eurobasket News

Jerome Cazenobe (202-F-89) will continue his career in Souffel (NM1). The French forward signed a one-year deal with the club. Cazenobe arrives to Souffel from USA Toulouges, where he spent this season. They competed in NM2.
Also today, Sorgues penned a deal with Waly Gueye (192-G/F-89). The 22-year-old swingman most recently played for Le Puy, He was their member from 2009 to 2011. In 2010/11 season he had 4.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.1 apg for 27 games in NM1. With Le Puy, Gueye was NM1 runner-up in 2010. They were very close to win the promotion for ProB. In the past, Gueye played for Eveil Sportif d'ORMES BB.



Union Basket Chartres keep Guillaume Merie - by Eurobasket News

Union Basket Chartres keep Guillaume Merie (198-F-83) for the next season. The French side will have the Forward entering the third straight season.
In 2000-2001 he appeared for Le Mans U22 team and averaged 5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg. In 2001-2002 moved to Nantes BC (ProB) and stayed there for two seasons. Later he played for La Rochelle (N2) and Denek Bat Urcuit. In 2008-2009 for Denek Bat Urcuit (NM1, starting five) his stats read 10.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 61.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%.
In 2009-2010 joined Challans Basket (NM1) and in 27 games had 9.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 84.0%. The season 2010-2011 started for Challans Basket (NM1), then moved to Union Basket Chartres Metropole (NM2, starting five). In 2011-2012 for Union Basket Chartres Metropole (NM1, starting five) he recorded 15.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 85.7%. Guillaume Merie top-scored with 28 points in the game versus Brest.



Rodrigue Mels extended with Chalon-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Rodrigue Mels (188-G/F-85, agency: Court Side, college: CS Northridge) extended with Chalon-Reims for another two seasons. The French Swingman will enter his second season with the team next fall.
Last season Chalon-Reims ensured the strengthening of their backcourt. The team has agreed on terms of contract with Rodrigue Mels. The 26-year-old guard spent the previous season in Greece. He averaged 5.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists per game for AEK Athens. Rodrigue Mels played for French U16 and U18 National Teams. He also had stints with Cholet and Nancy.
Rodrigue Mels spent the season 2008 in USA with Cal State - Northridge University. He appeared 31 times in NCAA1 averaging 9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.3 apg and 1.5 spg. His school was Big West Regular Season Champion and Tournament winner and Mels was named 'All-Tournament MVP'. He joined Cal State - Northridge from Midland Community College, where he played for two years. The French player has experience from Pro A as a member of Nancy on season 2003/04.



Denain bring in Lee Hunmphrey - by Eurobasket News

Denain seriously bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Lee Humphrey. The US point guard spent the last season in D-League. He played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Lee Humphrey averaged 10.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in D-League. Previously Lee Humphrey spent three seasons in Germany with Ulm. The guard earned All-German Bundesliga Honourable Mention in 2009. He also played in Poland and Greece. The University of Florida graduate Lee Humphrey was named All-SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2006 and 2007. He was twice NCAA champion with Florida.


Limoges joins Boulazac in ProB Final, both teams win the promotion for ProA - by Eurobasket News

ProB Semifinals, Game 3: Limoges - Fos Ouest 91-84 (2-1)

Third decisive game of the ProB Semifinals between Limoges and Fos Ouest just ended. The hosts celebrated 91-84 victory and booked a spot for the Grand Final. There, Limoges will meet Boulazac in the battle for the title. The game is scheduled for June 16 at Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy.
Fos Ouest was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 30-21 charge of Limoges CSP Elite, which allowed them to win the game. Limoges CSP Elite outrebounded Fos Ouest 35-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Limoges CSP Elite especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. 30 personal fouls committed by Fos Ouest helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Kyle McAlarney (185-87, college: Notre Dame) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The former international guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) helped adding 17 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American Bill Clark (195-88, college: Duquesne) with 20 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) scored 13 points. Five Limoges CSP Elite and four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures.
Limoges already won the promotion for ProA because they were regular season champions. The team had 27-7 record at that phase. Boulazac advanced to Grand Final thanks to perfect 2-0 win against Chalons-Reims in the Semis. Boulazac was No.2 in regular season with 25-9 record. They won the promotion for ProA tonight, after Limoges advanced to the Grand Final.

Limoges: N.Boungou Colo 18+4reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 18+3reb+6ast, J.Gomis 17+2reb+5ast, J.Mipoka 13+3reb+1ast, C.Massie 10+12reb+1ast, S.Traore 9+7reb
Fos Ouest: B.Clark 20+7reb+2ast, R.Roby 13+2reb+1ast, M.Dia 13+4reb+1ast, S.Gay 13+4reb+3ast, E.Choquet 8+1reb+7ast, S.Giffa 8+3reb



Day #1 - 2012 Overtime Exposure Camp - Marseilles, France - June 8, 2012 - by Adam Prossin

Game #1 - Maritima (BLUE Jerseys) (95) vs. Sport & Com Attitude (BLACK Jersey) (89)
Game #2 - Basket Store (YELLOW Jerseys) (61) vs. Catch & Shoot (GREEN Jerseys) (81)
Game #3 - Sport & Com Attitude (BLACK Jersey) (111) vs. ZM Com (RED Jerseys) (105) (2OT)

Most Points in a Game (Day #1)- Trey Clarkson (186-G-86, agency: Prossin Sports Management) (#3) 28, Mark Gomillia (195-F-87, college: SF Austin) (#32) 28
Most Assists in a Game (Day #1) - Larry Hall (190-G-83, college: W.Oregon) (#20) 9, Trey Clarkson (#3) 7
Most Rebounds in a Game (Day #1) - Mohamed Esseghir (208-C/F-85, college: S.Florida) (#59) 17, Alain Muteba (193-G-87, college: Edinboro) (#24) 12
Most Blocks in a Game (Day #1) - Mohamed Esseghir (#59) 7, Terry Martin (198-F-89, college: Wofford) (#37) 3
Best Shooter in a Game (Day #1) - Mark Gomillia (#32) 80.0% (12/15), Eric Flournoy (188-G, college: CS Los Angeles) (#52) 70.0% (7/10)
Best 3-Point Shooter in a Game (Min 3 Attempts) (Day #1) - MORGAN DURAND (#33) 100% (4/4)
Most 3-Pointers Made in a Game (Day #1) - Trey Clarkson (#3) 5, LIONEL BAMAYAKO (#28) 5
Most Steals in a Game (Day #1) - Ben Ricard (198-F/C) (#57) 4, Terry Martin (#37) 4

Day #1 Video Profile - Guard Trey Clarkson: http://vimeo.com/43705528

Game #1 Summary - Maritima (BLUE Jerseys) (95) vs. Sport & Com Attitude (BLACK Jersey) (89)

GAME #1 TEAM ROSTERS:
Equipe Maritima (BLUE Jerseys)
#30 - Deon Tresvant (183-G-85, college: CS Northridge) (USA)
#31 - Joe Davis (183-G-88) (USA)
#32 - Mark Gomillia (USA)
#33 - Morgan Durand (FRANCE)
#34 - Ben Aissou Tho (USA)
#37 - Terry Martin (USA)
#38 - Jose Djadjo (197-F-88) (USA)
#39 - Miguel Buval (208-C-90) (USA)

Equipe Sport & Communication Attitude (BLACK Jerseys)
#0 - McArthur Zephir (186-G-88) (FRANCE)
#2 - Jonathan Kazadi (195-G-91) (SWITZERLAND)
#3 - Trey Clarkson (USA)
#4 - Josh Brown (193-G, agency: Prossin Sports Management) (USA)
#5 - William O'Bryan (USA)
#6 - Jean Bernage (198-F-88) (FRANCE)
#8 - Arthur Zuccolini (210-F/C-91) (FRANCE)
#9 - Paul Wolf (206-F/C-86, agency: Prossin Sports Management) (USA)

June 8, 2012 - Day #1 of the 2012 Overtime Exposure Camp in Marseilles, France kicked off with Equipe Maritima (BLUE Jerseys) facing off against Equipe Sport & Communication Attitude (S&CA) (BLACK Jerseys) in Game #1 of the Exposure tournament.

Team S&CA started off quick with 3-point sharpshooter, Trey Clarkson hitting a 3-pointer to open the scoring. Josh Brown quickly followed that up with a drive to the basket, scoring while drawing a foul and making his free throw to put S&CA up 6-0 one minute into the game. Over the next 5 minutes the teams battled back and forth with the scored tied at 14 at the 4:00 minute mark. McArthur Zephir broke the tie with his 3-pointer for S&CA. As the 1st quarter came to an end S&CA regained control with Paul Wolf scoring 2 lay-ins to close out the 1st with S&CA up on Maritima 25-18.

The 2nd quarter was a close back and forth affair with strong defense by both sides. Trey Clarkson in particular stood out on Defense causing multiple turnovers and grabbing 2 steals in that stretch. In fact there was no scoring by either team in a 2 and a half minute span. Maritima closed the score to 22-29 on a basket from Jose Djadjo; However, strong defense then a 3-pointer from the corner by Josh Brown followed on the next possession with a baseline drive to the hoop by Josh Brown and a drawn foul put S&CA up 39-22 at the 3:30 mark. The Maritima team would not back down. They outscored S&CA 8-2 in the final 3 minutes of the half to close out the half down by 9 to S&CA at 41-32.

As the 3rd quarter opened it was clear that the Maritima team in Blue was hungry to take the lead. Strong offensive play cut into S&CA's half point lead and at the 6:17 mark of the 3rd Maritima tied the score at 44 with a basket by the game's leading scorer Mark Gomillia. Trey Clarkson responded for S&CA with a 3-pointer followed quickly by a steal and a pinpoint pass to Paul Wolf under the basket for a lay-in to retake the lead and go up 49-46. At the end of the 3rd quarter Mark Gomillia's strong play lead Maritima back and they took the lead at the end of the 3rd 60-59. Maritima outscored S&CA 28-18 in the 3rd Quarter.

The 4th quarter saw some wide swings in the score. Mark Gomillia again paced Maritima out to the lead but S&CA kept coming back. Trey Clarkson's 3-pointer with 3:05 left in the game closed the gap to 82-81 in favor of Maritima. Morgan Durand countered Clarkson's basket with his own 3-pointer to push Maritima's lead to 88-83 with 1:44 to go. the teams traded basket down the stretch but Maritima held on for the win with a final score of 95-89.

Mark Gomillia was the game's leading scorer with 28 points on an amazing 12/15 shooting to go with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Joe Davis added 15 for Maritima on 6/12 shooting and added 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Morgan Durand also had a strong game for Maritima scoring 12 points on 4/6 shooting including 4/4 from behind the 3-point line. Terry Martin had a game high 9 rebounds for Maritima to go with his 4 steals, 5 assists, 3 blocks and 7 points.

Sports & Communication Attitude was led by Josh Brown with 21 points on 9/14 shooting. Trey Clarkson had 19 points on 7/14 shooting including 4/9 on 3-pointers, to go with his 7 rebounds and a game high 7 assists. You can see an Overtime Exposure Camp video profile of Trey Clarkson at this link: http://vimeo.com/43705528.

Paul Wolf scored 18 for S&CA on 9/19 shooting and he added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. William O'Bryan also had a strong game while scoring 15 points on 5/9 shooting and adding 5 rebounds.

Maritima (95): Mark Gomillia 28, Joe Davis 15, Morgan Durand 12, Deon Tresvant 10, Miguel Buval 10, Jose Djadjo 9, Terry Martin 7, Theo Ben Aissou 4

Sports & Communication Attitude (89): Josh Brown 21, Trey Clarkson 19, Paul Wolf 18, William O'Bryan 15, McArthur Zephir 8, Arthur Zuccolini 4, Jonathan Kazadi 4, Jean Bernage 0

Game #2 Summary - Basket Store (YELLOW Jerseys) (61) vs. Catch & Shoot (GREEN Jerseys) (81)

GAME #2 TEAM ROSTERS:

Equipe Basket Store (YELLOW Jerseys)
#40 - Kevin Bruce (180-G, college: Hawaii-Hilo) (USA)
#41 - Jawan Davis (183-G, agency: Athlete Management Group) (USA)
#42 - Christopher Copin (192-F-89) (FRANCE)
#44 - Yannick Zachee (194-F-86) (CENTRAFIQUE & FRANCE)
#45 - Dragan Damjanovic (203-F-88) (SERBIA & SWEDEN)
#48 - O''Neal Mims (USA)
#49 - Jeremie Douillet (206-C-91) (FRANCE)

Equipe Catch & Shoot (GREEN Jerseys)
#50 - Yann Siegwarth (184-PG-93) (FRANCE)
#51 - David Seremet (188-G-87) (SLOVENIA)
#52 - Eric Flournoy (USA)
#54 - Kenny Thomas (191-G-87, college: Radford) (USA)
#56 - Rolic Medenouvo (194-F-90) (FRANCE & IVORY COAST)
#57 - Ben Ricard (USA & FRANCE (NON JFL))
#59 - Mohamed Esseghir (USA & ALGERIA)

Game #2 of the Overtime Exposure Camp started with the Basket Store & Catch & Shoot teams trading baskets. O'Neal Mims (208-F-83, college: Angelo St.) hit a fade away 15 foot jump shot at the 5:01 mark which pulled the Basket Store team within 2 at 9-7. With 2:22 left in the 1st quarter Mims scored on a very impressive play by Jawan Davis. Davis passed it to Mims off the backboard and Mims slammed it home through the hoop with authority. The 1st quarter ended with Catch & Shoot up 19-15.

The teams fought hard throughout the 2nd quarter and Catch and shoot held a slim 2 point lead at 25-23 with 4:26 left in the 2nd. Catch & Shoot then forcefully exerted their authority and outscored Basket Store 11-2 in the last 4 minutes of the 2nd to end the half up by 11 at 36-25.

Basket Store continued to be the stronger team throughout the 3rd while outscoring Catch & Shoot 26-19 in the 3rd and to extend their lead to 62-44.

The 4th quarter was more of the same with Basket Store pushing strong and continuing to extend their lead. Basket Store closed the game out strong and finished with a 20 point win and a final score of 81-61.

Mohamed Esseghir of Basket Store was the big story of this game. The 6'11" Esseghir finished with a game high 27 points on 12/22 shooting. He also added a game high 7 blocks, and a game high 17 rebounds as well as 1 steal and 3 assists. Eric Flournoy also had a strong performance for Basket Store scoring 17 points on 7/10 shooting with 4 rebounds, a game high 6 assists and 3 steals. Kenny Thomas added a solid 13 points on 6/11 shooting. Ben Ricard had a game high 4 steals as well as 9 rebounds and 6 points.

Catch & Shoot were led by their young 21 year old French Bigman, Jeremie Douillet with 21 points on 7/14 shooting to go with 9 rebounds, 1 block and 2 assists. Christopher Copin added 10 points for Basket Store. O'Neal Mims led Basket Store with 11 rebounds to go with his 8 points, 3 steals & 1 assists.

Basket Store (61): Jeremie Douillet 21, Christopher Copin 10, Kevin Bruce 9, O'Neal Mims 8, Jawan Davis 5, Yannick Zachee 4, Dragan Damjanovic 4,

Catch & Shoot (81): Mohamed Esseghir 27, Eric Flournoy 17, Kenny Thomas 13, David Seremet 9, Rolic Medenouvo 7, Ben Ricard 6, Yann Siegwarth 2

Game #3 Summary - Sport & Com Attitude (BLACK Jersey) (111) vs. ZM Com (RED Jerseys) (105) (2OT)

GAME #3 TEAM ROSTERS:

Equipe Sport & Communication Attitude (BLACK Jerseys)
#0 - Mac Arthur Zephir
#2 - Jonathan Kazadi
#3 - Trey Clarkson
#4 - Josh Brown
#5 - William O'Bryan
#6 - Jean Bernage
#8 - Arthur Zuccolini
#9 - Paul Wolf

Equipe ZM Com (RED Jerseys)
#20 - Larry Hall (USA)
#21 - Franck Garros (189-G-93) (FRANCE)
#22 - Ronald Galette (192-G-85) (FRANCE)
#23 - Greg Baker (194-G/F-84, college: Adams St.) (USA)
#24 - Alain Muteba (CANADA)
#27 - Jean-Claude Zapha (200-F-91) (FRANCE)
#28 - Lionel BAMAYAKO (CENTRAFIQUE & FRANCE)
#29 - Raphael Giaimo (210-C-89, college: Seward County CC) (FRANCE)

Game #3 - The final game of the first day of the 2012 Overtime Exposure Camp pitted ZM Com against the Sport & Communication Attitude (S&CA) team who were the only team on Day #1 to play 2 games. ZM Com started strong in this one and were up by 11 points when Paul Wolf scored for S&CA at the 4:25 mark of the 1st quarter to close it to 17-8. S&CA played some strong defense to close out the 1st and were down by 7 at 19-12 with only :14 on the clock. Ronald Galette hit a 3 pointer at the buzzer for ZM Com to end the 1st up 22-12.

Trey Clarkson started the 2nd quarter with a long range 3-pointer. Trey also made a few excellent pinpoint passes inside that led to consecutive baskets by William O'Bryan and Paul Wolf for S&CA. Trey also notably played great defense throughout the quarter. At halftime S&CA had cut the lead down to 5 points at 38-33.

In the 3rd S&CA continued to chip away at the ZM Com lead. At the 7:32 mark William O'Bryan's basket cut the lead to only 2 points at 42-40. The teams traded baskets over the next few minutes and S&CA pulled within 1 point a few times and were down 54-53 with 3:08 to go. ZM com played strong in the final 2 minutes and were up by 7 at the end of the 3rd quarter with a score of 65-58.

The 4th quarter proved to be an exciting one with S&CA closing the game and pulling within 2 point a few times. S&CA were finally able to take the lead with 58.2 showing on the clock at 82-81. The last minute was very frantic. At 20.4 it was 83-83 and that was the way the game ended to send it into overtime.

In overtime both sides kept it close and traded the lead with S&CA holding the largest lead of the overtime at 92-89 on a 3 point play by William O'Bryan with only :40 to play. ZM Com pressed hard however and Larry Hall's 3-pointer with :31 to play ended up sending this one into double overtime.

The 2nd overtime was close for the first 2 minutes with the teams trading scores. With 2:54 left the tides changed in favor of S&CA when Arthur Zuccolini had a nice rebound and put-back to give S&CA a 3 point lead, Paul Wolf followed that up with a nice inside pass to Trey Clarkson who cut underneath his guard coverage and got open for the score. Clarkson drew a foul in the process. This extended S&CA's lead to 102-97. Greg Baker scored ZM Com's last 5 points of the game on a 3-pointer and a slam but Trey Clarkson replied to Baker's 3-pointer with one of his own and then was fouled on another attempt where he made both shots from the line to give S&CA the 6 point victory at 111-105 at the end of the double overtime.

Trey Clarkson led the way for S&CA with a game high 28 points on 10/20 shooting including 5/13 on 3-pointers, to go with 7 rebounds and a team high 6 assists. Arthur Zuccolini, the 20 year old French 7-footer had a very strong game as well with 24 points on 9/15 shooting & 9 rebounds. Paul Wolf also had a very strong offensive effort with 23 points, a team high 11 rebounds and 3 assists. William O'Bryan tied Wolf with a team high 11 rebounds of his own to go with his 11 points, 2 blocks, 3 assists & 1 steal. Jonathan Kazadi contributed 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

For ZM Com Raphael Giaimo led the way with 26 points on 11/16 shooting including 2/2 from behind the 3-point line, 11 rebounds, 1 steal and 4 assists. Larry Hall also had a very strong day for ZM Com in organizing the team's offense from the point guard position with 19 points, a game high 9 assists to go with 4 rebounds & 1 steal. Lionel Bamayako also contributed a solid 19 points on 7/14 shooting including 5/9 on 3-pointers and 4 assists. Greg Baker contributed 18 points on 8/14 shooting, 9 rebounds, 3 assists & 2 steals. Alain Muteba had a game high 12 rebounds for ZM Com and added 9 points.

Sport & Communication Attitude (111) (2OT): Trey Clarkson 28, Arthur Zuccolini 24, Paul Wolf 23, William O'Bryan 11, Jonathan Kazadi 10, Jean Bernage 7, Josh Brown 5, Mac Arthur Zephir 3

ZM Com (105) (2OT): Raphael Giaimo 26, Larry Hall 19, Lionel Bamayako 19, Greg Baker 18, Alain Muteba 9, Franck Garros 8, Ronald Galette 6, Jean-Claude Zapha 0



2012 Overtime Exposure Camp - Marseilles, France - June 8-10, 2012 - by Adam Prossin

JUNE 8, 2012 - The second edition of the Marseilles Invitational Overtime Exposure Camp commenced today, June 8, 2012 near Marseille, France in Fos Sur Mer. This exposure event is being hosted by the Fos Ouest Provence, France Pro B, team and organized primarily by event director Christophe Samat. All games will take place in the Halle des Sports Parsemain where the Pro team of Fos Ouest Provence Basket play during the season. The team will play the last game of the France Pro B semifinals Saturday evening in Limoges.

To assure the best exposure possible to everyone, each player will be guaranteed to play a minimum of 4 games. The tournament includes 5 teams of 7 or 8 players per team. Everybody also has free access to the weightlifting room, sauna, Jacuzzi & physiotherapist.

Following the round robin tournament format the best 10 (5 foreign + 5 french) players will be selected by the coaches attending the camp to participate in the ALL STAR GAME.

All games will be refereed by official referees which will give the best exposure to the European rules.All games will be coached by pro coaches & retired pro players.

Each game will be video recorded and official stats will be provided. Each player will be able to take back video of his personal games, furnishing a USB key.

TEAM ROSTERS:

Equipe Sport & Communication Attitude (BLACK Jerseys)
#0 - Mac Zephir (186-G/F-88) (FRANCE)
#2 - Jonathan Kazadi (SWITZERLAND)
#3 - Trey Clarkson (USA)
#4 - Josh Brown (USA)
#5 - William O'Bryan (USA)
#6 - Jean Bernage (FRANCE)
#8 - Arthur Zuccolini (FRANCE)
#9 - Paul Wolf (USA)

Equipe ZM Com (RED Jerseys)
#20 - Larry Hall (USA)
#21 - Franck Garros (FRANCE)
#22 - Ronald Galette (FRANCE)
#23 - Greg Baker (USA)
#24 - Al Muteba (CANADA)
#27 - JC Zapha (FRANCE)
#28 - Lionel BAMAYAKO (CENTRAFIQUE & FRANCE)
#29 - Raphael Giaimo (FRANCE)

Equipe Maritima (BLUE Jerseys)
#30 - Deon Tresvant (USA)
#31 - Joe Davis (USA)
#32 - Mark Gomillia (USA)
#33 - Morgan Durand (FRANCE)
#34 - Ben Aissou Tho (USA)
#37 - Terry Martin (USA)
#38 - Jose Djadjo (USA)
#39 - Miguel Buval (USA)

Equipe Basket Store (YELLOW Jerseys)
#40 - Kevin Bruce (USA)
#41 - Jawan Davis (USA)
#42 - Christopher Copin (FRANCE)
#44 - Yannick Zachee (CENTRAFIQUE & FRANCE)
#45 - Dragan Damjanovic (SERBIA & SWEDEN)
#48 - O'Neal Mims (USA)
#49 - Jeremie Douillet (FRANCE)

Equipe Catch & Shoot (GREEN Jerseys)
#50 - Yann Siegwarth (FRANCE)
#51 - David Seremet (SLOVENIA)
#52 - Eric Flournoy (USA)
#54 - Kenny Thomas (USA)
#56 - Rolic Medenouvo (FRANCE & IVORY COAST)
#57 - Ben Ricard (USA & FRANCE (NON JFL))
#59 - Mohamed Esseghir (USA & ALGERIA)



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Kevin Hamilton (BBC Bayreuth) ratiopharm Ulm Has To Take Bamberg Out Of Their Comfort Zone On Offense - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 28 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York that just completed his first season for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. In 2009-2010, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. In 2010-2011 for Braunschweig, he averaged 9,oppg, 4,1rpg and 4,3apg. Last summer, he played in Puerto Rico for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN) averaging 10,6ppg, 4,4rpg and 8,0apg. He spoke to Eurobasket before the 2012 Beko BBL finals between tue Brose Baskets Bamberg and ratiopharm Ulm

If someone had told you before the 2011-2012 Beko BBL season started that ratiopharm Ulm would be in the final what would you have said?

I honestly probably would not have believed it but they have proven all season that they deserve to be there. They have had a great year.

Were you surprised that the Brose Baskets Bamberg and ratiopharm Ulm were able to sweep their series?


I was but in the playoffs when a team gets momentum it is hard to shift the series especially if they steal the first away game.

What can we await from the 2012 beko BBL final between Bamberg and Ulm. Is Bamberg a high favorite or can Ulm cut into their favorite role a bit?


I think Bamburg is the clear favorite but it wouldn't be surprising if Ulm made it a series.

Who wins the guard matchup? Bamberg without classic point guard John Goldsberry, but with their experience, routine and top point guard Anton Gavel and Mr I can make shots in bunches Brian Roberts vs the consistent guard duo of Per Guenther and Tommy Mason-Griffin?


I think just based on experience in these kinds of games you have to give the edge to Bamburg.

Is Per Guenther the best German point guard at the moment?


I still think the best German point guard is Heiko but Per has had an exceptional season. He has gotten better every year I have played in the league and has become a very respected player in the league.

Who wins the forward matchup? Bamberg with the nonstop power of PJ Tucker, Predrag Suput and Casey Jacobson vs Ulm with their versatility in Dane Watts, Steven Esterkamp and Keaton Nankivil?

I think Bamburg, but again the Ulm forwards have proven to be real tough this season. It will not be an easy series for Bamburg.

Who wins the center matchup. Brose Bamberg with future NBA player and much improved Tibor Pleiss against the current Beko BBL MVP John Bryant?

You have to say the MVP.

What will be key for ratiopharm Ulm/Brose Baskets Bamberg to winning the 2012 Beko BBL title?

I think Ulm has to take Bamburg out of there comfort zone on offense. When they get rolling they are tough to beat and they are great free throw shooters and disciplined so its tough to play from behind with them.

What is your prediction for the NBA semi finals Boston-Miami and San Antonio-Oklahoma series?

Miami and San Antonio

Thanks Kev for tue Chat.




Germany outscore France again - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Germany U20 62:63

Germany U20 recorded the second straight victory in the exhibition series against France. The Bundesteam earned a narrow win in France yesterday. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) came up with 19 points to lead the winners.
Germany jumped to an early lead. They enjoyed a 16:12 advantage after ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. The visitors stayed in front 37:33 at halftime. Germany boosted the margin to 5 points at the final intermission 51:46. France went on a desperate comeback effort in the final frame. They narrowed the distance to minimum before Germany eked out a one-point win at the end. Maximilian Kleber (207-F-92) provided 11 points for the winners. Leon Tolksdorf (201-F-93) had 10 points for Germany.



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Akos Keller invited to the Phoenix Suns minicamp - by Levente Szabo

The 23 year old Power Forward was invited to the minicamp of the Phoenix Suns held in early July. Akos Keller (206-F/C-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) will fly to the states on 6th of July and will spend a week with the team when he will try to secure a spot in the Suns Summer League roster.

In the past few years Akos showed big progress each and every year and became one of the key players of Hungarian powerhouse Albacomp and he had some strong games with the Hungarian National Team too.

In this past season the talented Power Forward averaged 11.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3spg, Blocks-3 (1.4bpg), FGP: 61.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 61.1%. His best performance this year was in a big win against reigning champion Szolnok, when he recorded 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks while shooting 8/10 from the field and 2/3 from behind the arc.



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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.17.1 
 4. Diener, Banco d.16.6 
 5. Green, Sidigas AV16.1 
 6. Pullen, Angelico BI16.0 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV16.0 
 8. Hickman, Scavolin.16.0 
 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. Chiotti, Novip.7.0 
 8. Jones, Scavolini PS7.0 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.9 
 10. Easley, Banco d.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.5 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.7 
 3. Collins, Otto Case.5.2 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit5.0 
 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. Perkins, Bennet C.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.2.4 
 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. Johnson, Sidigas1.3 
 3. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.3 
 4. Easley, Banco d.1.2 
 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 


Interview : Antonis Fotsis, approaching the finals - by Giovanni Bargna

After a difficult start this season EA7 Emporio Armani Milano made a great final rush in the regular season reaching the second spot of the standings and then made it to the final series loosing only one game so far. 3-0 against Venezia in the quarterfinals and 3-1 against Pesaro in the semifinals. As the team is approaching the battle against Montepaschi Siena I met Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81).

Milano faced difficult time in the first part of the season while the team seems in a very great shape now. Do you think it depends on the time needed to reach a good chemistry team level starting with a almost brand new roster?
Well, I don't think this is the only reason why we didn't play good at the beginning of the season. It is one of the reasons. It is tough for a team to have so many new players who do not know each others. It is hard for players who have never played together to come here and play with a team that has such a high standard. Even if we didn't do good in the first part of this season everyone was completely focus on the target that was getting on the court and doing the best.

You've been travelling all around europe in your career. Your home has always been Panathinaikos but you played in Russia, in Spain and a year in the NBA. How do you feel here in Milano?
Milano is a very nice city and I feel good here. There are lots of things to do, lots of activities and the weather is also nice. I am very happy to be here, the team is very professional and they tried to help me very much since I came here. Moreover my teammates are very good persons and we have a great feeling, we're friends and I think this is important when we get on the court also.

Nikos Zisis said that for the first time since he's in Italy he is going to face great greek players in the final series of the league. Will this give a particular meaning to this games as you and Ioannis Bourousis play along with him in your National team?
We know Nikos from a very long time, since we've been playing in Greece and then in the national team, but it doesn't matter su much because as we get on the court we are opponents. We will try to beat him and he will try to beat us obviously. Then after the game everything will be ok between us just as it is now, but when you're on the court everyone wants to win.

Olympiacos won the Euroleague title defeating CSKA in an amazing and spectacular final game few weeks ago. It seemed to me that it was a very "greek" achievement as the team coached by Ivkovic was led by Spanoulis, Printezis and Papanikolau to the trophy while had no points in that game from the three US players. It has been said that it is not easy to develop italian youngsters in our league and that is why we got a rule that wants every team to have at least 5 italian players in the roster. Do you think it is a good way to reach this goal and how did Greece obtained that?
Every country needs to find a rule and do something to help their people and their kids first of all. We had the same problem also in Greece. Many foreign players come to play basketball in Greece and some of them are equal or even not as good as their greek teammates and it happened that the greek player hadn't the chance to prove their talent. Now finally they've been given the opportunity to show how good they are. I think every country has to help their people and give also chances to the foreigners. The best rule possible is the one leading to a balanced situation.

You've already met Siena in the regular season. Which will be the key of the series in your opinion?
The key is how tough and how well prepared we're going to be. We must get on the court and give everything we can with the best effort possible. That is all. If we loose we can say that Siena was better and we lost but now we got to battle hard since the first minutes of the series.



SerieA Round 1 of Finals. Montepaschi claim victory - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi - Armani Mit 86-77

Defending champions Montepaschi grabbed the lead in the title series. They overcame Emporio Armani in the opener. Armani Milano trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 19-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-86 at the end of the game. Montepaschi Siena made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) stepped up and scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners and American guard Marvis Thornton (194-77, college: St.John's) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Alessandro Gentile (197-92) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.McCalebb 25+5reb+5ast, M.Thornton 19+6reb+2ast, D.Andersen 17+3reb, K.Lavrinovic 11+8reb+1ast, N.Zisis 8+2reb+3ast, T.Ress 2+2reb
Armani Mit: M.Hairston 15+6reb+2ast, A.Gentile 14+2reb+4ast, L.Radosevic 10+4reb, E.Bremer 10+1reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 9+5reb+1ast, O.Cook 9+3reb+2ast
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Interview with Ricky Hickman - by Antonello Varallo

Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) played an amazing season with Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro, with 16.1 ppg and 3 apg. His team reached play - offs semifinals, making a spectacular basket.

1-) Ricky, did you expect to have such a wonderful impact playing your first year in Italian Seria A?

RH:I knew coming into to seria A it was going to be an adjustment but i know how hard i work in the off season so i thought that i would be prepared to have a good year

2-) When did you understand that Scavoloni would have played a season like this?

RH: Well i knew after i signed and JUmanine Jones and "The flight" White signed that we would have a highly competitive team and my expectations was to make the playoffs, but after first half of the season i knew we had a team that could do some good things this season

3-) In which aspects of your game you have improved and in what others would like to improve?

RH:I thought i improved a lot this season with my preparation for each game... i thought this year i could have done better with my turnovers but its something that i will for sure improve this summer

4-) You, Hackett, Jones, White: great players with a strong personality. What was the secret of the co-existence of so many talented players?

RH: Man, so much of the credit goes to james and JJ those 2 players allowed me, hackett and everybody else to be ourselves on the court.. Also we had a GREAT group of guys and everybody really enjoyed being around each other so it was easy to coexist on the court..

5-) How was your daily relationship with coach Dalmonte? What is the most important thing that he tought you?

RH: Coach D was great he challenged me every week to get better and improve and he gave me the confidence and encouraged me to be myself out on the court...he taught me some tips about the p/r that i will keep with me.. very helpful

6-) Can you tell us any anecdotes happened in the locker room?

RH:locker room was really good we didn't have one problem the whole year with egos or anything

7-) Who is the strongest opponent you faced during the season?

RH: Its hard to just pick one player because there was a lot of great PG's in Seria A but McCaleeb, Zisis, and Cook but every night was a different challenge. As far as next season i just want to be in a great situation were I can grow and be one of the best in europe and have a chance to compete and win at a high level

8-) How will you spend the holidays?
I will spend this summer and the holidays with my family.. a lot of family time this summer since we didn't get a break this year so im looking foward to it!!



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Roanne locks Pape-Philippe Amagou until 2015 - by Eurobasket News

Roanne returned its former player Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket). They signed a 3-year deal today. Amagou spent this season with Nancy. He had 7.8 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. In ProA, he averaged 11.1 points, 2.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds for 33 games. Pape-Philippe Amagou played for Roanne from 2009 until the last summer. He had 12.5 ppg, 2.7 apg and 2.3 rpg for them in their last season together (ProA). The player also registered 10.2 ppg, 2.7 apg and 1.2 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. Before Roanne, he was a member of Kavala, Nancy and Le Mans. In 2006 and 2008, Amagou won the ProA title with Le Mans and Nancy, respectively. He played for the Ivory Coast National Team at the 2009 AfroBasket in Libya and 2010 World Championship in Turkey. In 2009, he was named Africabasket.com All-African Championships Best Guard and Ivory Coast won the Silver. Amagou's Nancy failed to defend the title this season. There faced with elimination in ProA Quarterfinals.


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2012 JT Focus Mgt Cleveland + Akron Am Pro Basketball Summer League Starts June 17th!! - by Vance Marbury

The 2012 JT Focus Mgt. Cleveland + Akron/Canton Am Pro Basketball Summer League is gearing up for its 5th summer session. This NCAA Certified League has featured NBA Players Norris Cole (Cleveland State University), Cedric Jackson (Cleveland State University), Keith McLeod (Bowling Green State University).

European Professionals Include Omari Wesley (Cleveland State/Kuwait), Rollie Smith (Clarion U./US Minor Leagues). Other participants include former MAC Players of the Year Justin Greene (Kent State University) and Jeremiah Wood (Akron University). Former MAC Sixth Man of the Year Carlton Guyton (Kent State U.) Current NBA Pre Draft Camp Invitee Mike Porrinni (Kent State U.) Current and Former Ohio Mr. Basketball Justin Fritts (Wheeling Jesuit) and Damon Stringer (Ohio State University). Current Lousiville recruit Terry Rozier, current top 100 recruit Tony Farmer (Garfield High School). 2012 Junior College All American Brendan Cooper (Lakeland CC, Mentor Ohio).

Along with several other Division I current players Demtrius Treadwell (Akron U.), Nick Harney (Akron U.), Trevon Harmon (Cleveland State U.) Jeremy Montgomery (Cleveland State U.), Daundray Brown (Cleveland State U.) Rayshawn Goins (James Madison U.) Randall Holt (Kent State U.) Harol Rasul (St. Joseph U.), Jerome Holmes (Pittsburgh U.), Joseph Davis (Cleveland St/Morgan St.)

Division II participants include Tom Parker (Lake Erie), Rich Austin (Lake Erie), Ramel Mitchell (Urbana U.), Collin Barth (Wheeling Jesuit), Nate Barnes (Alderson Broaddus), Roy Brown (Alderson Broaddus), Paul McQueen (Clarion U.)

Junior College participants include Alfonzo Houston (State Fair/North Carolina Central), Josh Ecord (Cuyahoga CC), David Goodwater (Cuyahoga CC), Gregory Gibson (Mineral Area CC), Darell Blanton (Kennedy King CC)

The 2012 JT Focus Mgt. Cleveland + Akron Am Pro Summer League will be different for several reason, 1.) The Cleveland Mens and Womens Division has moved from Cleveland State University to Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus 2.) The Womens Division which featured Cleveland State University Shalonda Winton Akron University Taylor Ruper and Sina King, has already generated a lot more interest

The newest addition to the 2012 JT Focus Mgt. Cleveland + Akron Am Pro Summer League will be the start of Akron/Canton Division taking place at Walsh University. This division which will feature Walsh University, Mt. Union, Akron University, and several other College and Professional players will be competitive and exciting.

For more information about the 2012 JT Focus Mgt. Cleveland + Akron Am Pro Basketball Summer League, please visit www.clevelandampro.com. The league starts June 17th and it should be a great community and exciting basketball event.



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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze coast into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Westports Dragons 90:56

Petron Blaze advanced into the ASEAN League Finals. They defeated Westports Dragons in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) finished with 21 points and 19 rebounds to pace the winners.
The Malaysian team got to a slightly better start. They secured a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. Petron Blaze denied the deficit and posted a 37:35 halftime lead. But the complexion of the game changed completely in the third quarter. Petron Blaze outmuscled and outplayed their opponents at every end of the floor. The hosts went on a massive 29:10 run in the third term to take a comfortable 21-point lead at the final break. The Blaze stayed aggressive in the final quarter and recorded a well-deserved win at the end. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) posted 18 points, while Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the home team. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) answered with 25 points for Westports Dragons. Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Nick Fazekas 21+19 boards, Leo Avenido 18, Duke Crews 15+11 boards
Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 25, Brian Williams 12+11 boards



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Pearson, Los M.27.2 
 2. Reese, Tepic24.4 
 3. Thomas, Cananea22.6 
 4. Scott, Los Mochis22.4 
 5. McCullough, Nogales22.3 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan22.1 
 7. Alexander, Cananea21.8 
 8. Carter, Guasave20.4 
 9. Selleaze, Navolato20.3 
 10. Hornsby, Tijuana20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Riley, Tepic11.2 
 2. Pearson, Los M.10.2 
 3. Alexander, Cananea10.1 
 4. Selleaze, Navolato8.4 
 5. Sanders-F., Nogales8.2 
 6. Scott, Los Mochis8.0 
 7. Robinson, Culiacan7.8 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.7 
 9. Moore, Navolato7.6 
 10. Strobbe, Nogales7.4 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Los Mochis
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Funn, Los Mochis9.4 
 2. Allen, Guaymas7.4 
 3. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo5.8 
 5. Hornsby, Tijuana4.6 
 6. Harris, Cananea4.6 
 7. Riley, Tepic4.1 
 8. Nungaray, Guaymas4.1 
 9. Pulido, Culiacan3.9 
 10. Quintero, Tijuana3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brian HAMILTON
  Hermosillo
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hamilton, Hermosil.1.9 
 2. George, Nogales1.8 
 3. Gibson, Navolato1.6 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.5 
 5. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 6. Hornsby, Tijuana1.5 
 7. Thomas, Cananea1.4 
 8. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
 9. Toussaint, Los M.1.3 
 10. Carter, Guasave1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Young, Tepic0.9 
 6. Alexander, Cananea0.9 
 7. Davis, Nogales0.8 
 8. Robinson, Culiacan0.8 
 9. Scott, Los Mochis0.8 
 10. Tate, Tijuana0.7 


Hermosillo is the first CIBACOPA finalist - by Eurobasket News

Sixth games of the CIBACOPA Semifinals were played last night. Hermosillo managed to beat Los Moschis 91-77 winning the series with 4-2. It means that Hermosillo advanced to CIBACOPA Finals and now waits for the winner of Guaymas - Tijuana series. Guaymas survived last night with 94-91 OT victory tying the score to 3-3 in the series. The decisive Game Seven will be played tonight and Guaymas will be the host. CIBACOPA Finals begin on June 12. The format is also best-of-seven. Hermosillo was the regular season champion (34-4) and will have a home court advantage in this series.

Hermosillo - Los Mochis 91-77 (4-2)
The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-77. The best player for the winners was American forward Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) added 17 points and 7 assists respectively. Four Rayos de Hermosillo and five Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: E.Little 21+9reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 19+4reb, S.Monreal 15+8reb+4ast, J.Manuel Esteva 11+7reb+4ast, P.Sanders 10+2reb+1ast, B.Hamilton 9+3reb+2ast
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 19+15reb+1ast, W.Funn 17+2reb+7ast, S.Scott 15+10reb, E.Cuen 14+4reb, E.Hare 10+11reb+1ast, L.Felipe Diaz 2
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Guaymas - Tijuana 94-91 OT (3-3)
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-13. But Tijuana Zonkeys won second period 21-18. 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 Tijuana Zonkeys used huge pressure winning it 25-21 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 11-14. Ostioneros de Guaymas looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) added 18 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: J.Habel 34+7reb, A.Pedroza 23+1reb+1ast, M.Allen 14+8reb+11ast, H.Nungaray 9+2reb+3ast, H.Johnson 9+4reb+4ast, H.Carrillo 3+4reb+3ast
Tijuana: R.Hornsby 21+5reb+3ast, E.Medina 20+2reb+3ast, C.Tate 18+13reb+2ast, M.Morrison 17+10reb+7ast, V.Avila 9+11reb+2ast, L.Ramirez 5+2reb+2ast



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Balkan League welcomes KK Teodo Tivat - by Darko Pekic

The young and ambitious club from Tivat, KK Teodo has made an another important step toward its full professional affirmation. The yellow and black' management announced tonight the signing of agreement with Balkan League board of directors and on Monday it will be officially announced that the fourth club from Montenegro, after Mornar, Lovcen and Ulcinj, will try its luck in the regional competition.

The club from southern Montenegro, coached by Milan Rondovic , quailified for the Superleague this year, for the third year in a row, and convinced Balkan league founders that they would be a good addition for the League, after the last year success with Israeli clubs such as Galil Galboa and Hapoel Tel Aviv.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.2 
 2. James, Miami Heat28.0 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.0 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.3 
 6. Anthony, New Y.23.1 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.3 
 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. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.3 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.9.9 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.8 
 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.7.5 
 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.1.9 
 5. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 8. Shumpert, New Y.1.7 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.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 


Heat beat Celtics to reach NBA Finals - by Eurobasket News

The rally was brash and ostentatious. Three towering figures rose above the fray, declaring their supremacy in bold, broad strokes. The Miami Heat were flexing and preening again, but with an authority and substance that no one, not even the Boston Celtics, could deny.

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) who united in one infamous, smoke-filled rally 23 months ago, making lofty promises that would define their character and their careers staged a furious rally on the court late Saturday night, authoring a 101-88 Game 7 victory over the Celtics to clinch the Eastern Conference title and send the Heat back to the N.B.A. finals.

The Heat will play the Oklahoma City Thunder for the championship, in what promises to be an electric showdown between two of the leagues premier scorers, James and Kevin Durant. The series starts Tuesday in Oklahoma.

A year ago, the Heats title hopes were snuffed in the finals by the Dallas Mavericks, inviting mockery and scathing criticism, primarily of James. Every step they have taken since then has been directed at this moment.

Its been a journey, said James, who led the Heat with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Its been a long ride.

Wade spoke of redemption, a payoff that is now four victories away. The opportunity was nearly lost when Miami let a 2-0 advantage in this series become a 3-2 deficit. But James refused to let it go, closing out the series with 76 points and 27 rebounds over the final two games a screaming rebuttal to anyone who still questioned his ability to perform under duress.

James was steady, efficient, smart and ultimately overpowering.

Hes the best basketball player in the world, Bosh said. He just has to show up and do what hes been working on and believe in himself, because we believe in him. If he does that, we all like where we stand when the smoke clears.

James, Wade and Bosh scored all 28 of the Heats points in the fourth quarter, turning a 73-73 tie into a rout within minutes. They held the Celtics to 6 points in the final 8:49.

Honestly, I just thought we had nothing left, Coach Doc Rivers said.

James played all 48 minutes and saved his best for the finish, scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter. Wade scored 9 of his 23 points in the final period. Bosh, again playing off the bench, had 19 points, with 8 in the fourth. Bosh, who has never been known as a long-distance shooter, set a career high with three 3-pointers, two in the fourth quarter.

The Celtics simply could not keep pace. Paul Pierce's (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) fadeaways fell short. Ray Allen's (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) 3-point stroke faded. And the Celtics as we know them might soon fade into history.

Pierce, Allen and Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) are heading for a likely breakup, their title hopes derailed for the second straight year by a younger, bouncier Big Three. Allen (37) and Garnett (36) will be free agents next month, and their futures are uncertain.

I just want to stick with this group, if its a couple more days, a couple more weeks or whatever, Rivers said.

Allens eyes welled up on the podium after the game as he pondered his future. He needs surgery for bone spurs in his ankle but said, Theres still a lot of basketball left in my legs I know that for sure.

Rivers sounded wistful as he reflected on the five-year run of the Big Three, which started with a championship in 2008 and was plagued by injuries every year since.

I wish we could have had healthy runs, he said.

Few expected the Celtics to even get this far not after losing 15 of their first 32 games this season, not after late-season injuries to Pierce (sprained knee) and Allen, and certainly not after losing the first two games of this series. They lost a key player, Jeff Green, before the season, and another, Avery Bradley, during this playoff run.

I cant be any prouder of the guys who came and put the work in every day, said Pierce, who finished with 19 points.

Pierce, Garnett and Allen had played six previous Game 7s, winning four of them. James had played in two previous Game 7s both during his Cleveland tenure and lost both, including one in Boston in 2008.

This Game 7 had the potential to define an era for two franchises.

These are the moments that the players will remember when they rest their head on their pillows 20 years from now, Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra said before tipoff.

This moment arrived because James forced it, with a transcendent, 45-point, 15-rebound effort in Game 6. In the wake of that effort, James made a vow: I wont regret Game 7. He was unclear on the specifics. But it was clear this game would not be a repeat of Game 6. James took a more conservative approach this time.

The fourth quarter opened with the score deadlocked at 73-73, the Heat having overcome an 8-point deficit in the third. James twice broke loose for thundering dunks, electrifying an anxious crowd.

James, who had played a measured game to that point, then unloaded. He drove and dished to Bosh for a 3-pointer. He followed with a tough running jumper, then a deep 3-pointer of his own, for a 91-84 lead.

Moments later, Wades runner made it a 9-point game, and the building began to rumble in anticipation.

Rajon Rondo paced the Celtics for most of the game, as he had for most of the series, and finished with 22 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. Allen scored 15 points and hit three of his signature 3-pointers in what may have been his farewell performance. Garnett had 14 points but struggled to find a rhythm after some early foul trouble.

At the final buzzer, Rivers sought out James, embraced him and whispered words of encouragement as he seeks his first championship.

I basically told them to go do it, Rivers said. Im proud of him.



REBOUNDS

Erik Spoelstra, who has been an ardent supporter of Manny Pacquiao, seemed mildly perturbed to learn that the boxer was rooting for the Celtics. Spoelstra is half-Filipino and has worked with Pacquiao on community events in the Philippines. You know what, Manny, youre making it very tough on me, Spoelstra said before the game, and before Pacquiaos loss Saturday night against Timothy Bradley. Im going to have to get confirmation from Freddie Roach or something. He added, Otherwise I might have to root for Bradley tonight.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com



Celtics' Big 3 ready for 7th Game 7 together - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics will play the seventh Game 7 of the Big Three era when they visit the Miami Heat on Saturday night for the deciding game of the Eastern Conference finals.

Boston is 4-2 in those previous games, though this core lost the only other road Game 7 it's played (Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers).

During a conference call with reporters after the team landed in Miami on Friday afternoon, Celtics coach Doc Rivers downplayed past results, noting each series is different. But he admitted that Boston has experience in these type of moments and that might aid them Saturday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Rivers, though, said he'll spend more time focusing on the six games of tape from this series than anything from past years. Even that might not be enough to make him change his plan of attack.

"Obviously, being Game 7, that means you have six games of some great film to look at," he said. "You can look at all the tweaks and changes that each team has made. But, at the end of the day, you have to go out and perform, you have to make shots, you have to rebound. You have to do all the things that you've probably talked about since Game 1 of the regular season, and you have to do it with an urgency."

Rivers wouldn't quite tip his hand of potential adjustments after LeBron James erupted for 45 points in Game 6.

"Well, you'll see (those adjustments) when the game starts," he said. "We're not going to do much. We do what we do. Defensively, for the most part, we have to do it better. I thought, obviously, LeBron had a great game, (but) I thought there were things we should have done better in the game, with the way we we were playing them. And we didn't do that. That's the first thing we have to correct. Then if we have to do something else, we'll do it."

Courtesy of ESPN



Chris Bosh likely coming off bench in Game 7 - by Eurobasket News

Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) apparently will remain a high-profile bench player for the Miami Heat.

Bosh said he expects to stay in a reserve role Saturday for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, even though he's been back from an abdominal strain for the past two contests.

"I think we have a good thing going right now and I'll continue to come off the bench as long as it's good," Bosh said. "I'm going to have my time out there with certain lineups, and that's not going to change my approach and how I do things."

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did not reveal his starting lineup and likely won't make it official until about an hour before tipoff. Udonis Haslem has started at center the past two games, one of five starters Spoelstra has used at center during the postseason.

"Starting is irrelevant, totally irrelevant," Bosh said. "I think it'll be irrelevant for as long as we're playing. It really doesn't matter for me. I just want to be out there and as long as I get to play, it doesn't matter."

Bosh played 28 minutes off the bench Thursday in Game 6, twice the amount he played in Game 5, when he made his return after missing three weeks and nine playoff games.

The 6-foot-11 Bosh has averaged a modest 8.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in the two games, but has made a significant difference. The overall rebounding was virtually even through the first four games of the series, but the Heat have out-rebounded the Celtics by 20 in the past two contests.

Courtesy of ESPN



Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum reportedly heading to Germany for knee procedure - by Eurobasket News

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) is heading back to Germany for a knee procedure, and this time, he's taking center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) with him.

Mike Trudell of Lakers.com tweeted this:

The procedure obviously worked well for Kobe, so he'll go back to Germany, * Bynum will as well. Full details in new story tomorrow.

The procedure is called Orthokine, and it's a non-invasive procedure. It entails a course of injections of plasma-rich platelets that is designed to stimulate healing in arthritis-affected areas.

Since Kobe had his initial procedure done, he has looked so much healthier on the court, sans the bad wrist, of course. It has seemingly done wonders for his arthritic knee, and he has even referred New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez to Dr. Wehling for the same procedure.

Greg Oden and Gilbert Arenas have also had the procedure done.

Bryant averaged just under 28 points per game while playing 38 minutes per game this past season. With the knee issues he had, that would have seemed impossible before the Orthokine procedure. That is seemingly because Bryant has been so willing to refer others to have the procedure done.

The Mamba may have become a bit of a trendsetter when it comes to medical treatment. If one athlete has success with a form of self-preservation, then others are sure to follow. That is especially the case when the athlete is as famous and influential as Bryant.

It's possible the results could be different in other athletes, but they have obviously seen enough to give it a shot.

Hopefully, other athletes will experience the same types of results, and this can prolong careers and even help non-athletes.

Courtesy of http://bleacherreport.com



For potential picks - and Kings - it's time to think fast - by Eurobasket News

The Kings have questions for players. And guess what?

Players have questions for the Kings.

At least one, Marquette's Darius Johnson-Odom (6'2''-G-89), had already broken down the Kings' roster when he met with team officials Wednesday evening at the NBA draft combine.

"I have a breakdown book (of NBA teams)," Johnson-Odom said. "I look at their roster. I figure out teams, like Sacramento. The one question I had (for the Kings) was what made Isaiah Thomas so much better than Jimmer Fredette? They gave me feedback."

A player that is intuitive and detailed? That's what the Kings need and are looking for during the draft process. The team began the interview process, meeting with three perimeter players and one power forward that also could play small forward in certain situations.

One theme was consistent in their line of questioning: the Kings want to know how these players think on the court.

With a promising star in center DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings need players who can play in concert with him and not make some of common-sense basketball mistakes that plagued the team in recent seasons.

The Kings met with North Carolina small forward Harrison Barnes, Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal, Kentucky forward Terrence Jones and Johnson-Odom on Wednesday.

Besides the basic background information, what did the Kings want to know?

"My IQ of the game," Beal said. "What I would do in certain situations, my favorite plays, things like that."

Barnes and Beal are considered the top prospects at their positions, and either of them could slip to No. 5 in the first round.

In Sacramento, they'd join a crowded group on the wing.

The team's leading scorer is guard Marcus Thornton, who has three years left on his contract and is due approximately $24 million.

Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) was the Rookie of the Year in the 2009-10 season. But heading into his fourth season, the Kings are not expected to offer him a contract extension, though he will be eligible for one this offseason.

John Salmons had one of the worst seasons of his career in 2011-12 before being benched. After that, he started showing flashes of the player the Kings traded for last June.

The Kings also have Francisco Garcia and Travis Outlaw under contract and still could re-sign Terrence Williams.

Even with all the players on the wing, none in the group is an established star and all could be challenged for his spot.

Versatility and smarts are musts for coach Keith Smart. So a young player could earn time by showing those qualities and knowing how to feed the post and space the floor.

Beal would add size in the backcourt and shooting. Barnes is known for his basketball acumen but admits he needs to improve his ballhandling and ability to set up others.

Barnes is willing to learn.

"Personally, I'm a sponge," Barnes said. "I try to take a little bit from everybody."

In answering media questions, Barnes seemed to have a good understanding of the pro game.

"In the NBA, it's different," Barnes said. "It's more isolation basketball. So you have to kind of change your style a little bit."

Johnson-Odom might be a consideration with the Kings' second-round pick. He said he could play both guard spots and wants to defend.

But he might bring more than that with his mindset and his breakdown book.

"I had a lot of questions to ask," he said. "Just being professional is what it's about, and I just made sure I am doing everything as a professional."

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com



Hibbert's preference is to stay with Pacers - by Eurobasket News

Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) wants to keep playing basketball in Indiana, and the Pacers intend to make their All-Star center happy.

It will just come down to dollars and sense.

''Of course this isn't going to be his last time in Indy, he's not going anywhere,'' Pacers coach Frank Vogel said with a smile shortly Thursday before playing in the Caroline Symmes celebrity softball game, which benefits the Indiana Children's Wish Fund.

Hibbert is one of six Indiana players who could become a free agent July 1, and at 7-foot-2, he could become one of the hottest commodities on the market.

But because he will only be a restricted free agent, the Pacers can match any other offer to keep him.

So how much will it take to keep the blossoming 25-year-old?

That's what the Pacers are trying to figure out.

Last week, Vogel and team president Larry Bird both indicated they would like the roster to return intact - a combination that would require signing two key restricted free agents, Hibbert and guard George Hill.

The Pacers may have enough cap room to work it. Early projections indicate the Pacers will be about $21 million under next season's salary cap.

But Hibbert has not gone public with a price. On Thursday, he stopped short of saying he would give the Pacers a hometown discount.

''I want to make sure that everyone knows I love Indiana,'' he said. ''But as the process goes and we try to get something done, that's something I'm leaving to my agent.''

Hibbert has been a critical piece in Indiana's surprising turnaround.

As he improved steadily on the court, so did the Pacers.

Hibbert averaged 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds, both career-highs, this season, was selected an All-Star for the first time, helped the Pacers win their first playoff series in seven years and even take a 2-1 lead over heavily favored Miami in the second round. Indiana lost the final three games to Miami, but the playoff run created the excitement Pacers fans have been craving for years.

If the Pacers are going to take the next step in 2012-13, reaching the Eastern Conference finals, they'll need Hibbert back.

''Hopefully, all of us stay together, but we know the Pacers have some tough decisions to make,'' said Hill, who grew up in Indianapolis and played college basketball at nearby IUPUI. ''We just want to continue to play together and grow as a young nucleus.''

Hibbert has support off the court, too.

The boisterous fans of Area 55, Hibbert's own cheering section at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, arrived early for the softball game and were just as loud behind home plate as they normally are for NBA games.

Hibbert has become a fixture in the Indy community. He and Colts defensive end Robert Mathis are co-hosts of the charity game at Victory Field, home of the minor league Indianapolis Indians. And Mathis has been lobbying Hibbert to stay put.

''He's in the NFL, so it's not tampering,'' Hibbert joked. ''But he knows I love Indiana, too.''

What the Pacers must decide is whether they can afford to keep him - or if it would be too costly to lose Hibbert.

To Vogel, it's a no-brainer.

''I love our team so much, there's such a great positive chemistry and any time you see any of those guys, it just lights up,'' Vogel said. ''We're going to get every single one of them (free agents) back. The Pacers are going to shoot for the moon.''

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Settlement reached in suit against Warriors, Monta Ellis - by Eurobasket News

A former Golden State Warriors employee has reached a settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the team and former Warriors guard Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) that alleged Ellis sent her unwanted texts that included a photo of his genitals.

Erika Smith, a former community relations director for the Warriors, and the team settled out of court last month, her lawyer said Friday.

Attorney Burt Boltuch said he is not allowed to discuss specifics of the settlement. Boltuch said discussions with the Warriors attorneys began shortly after Ellis was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in March.

All I can say is that the matter is dismissed, Boltuch said Friday. Ms. Smith is looking to move on with her career.

Courtesy of The Associated Press (via www.insidehoops.com)



Rudy Gay is on the trading block, Charlotte Bobcats offering No. 2 overall pick - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Bobcats finished the 2011-2012 NBA season with the worst winning percentage in NBA history, and yet after all the bad luck they endured they still could not catch a break at the NBA lottery. The Bobcats wound up with the second pick overall in the 2012 NBA draft and, coincidentally the NBA owned NewOrleans Hornets wound up with the first. So now that the Bobcats hopes of acquiring their franchise cornerstone, Anthony Davis, are gone, they will be looking to acquire someone who can score on the perimeter, and play solid defense.

One of the players that fits this mold is Kentuckys Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who, although was not that much of a scorer on the perimeter at Kentucky, was a very solid defender and offensive rebounder (something that the Bobcats could definitely use). But picking Gilchrist, who still has many holes in his game, at number 2 overallmay not be the right choice for the Bobcats, rather they may want to go the route of acquiring a seasoned veteran such as Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut).

Gay, according to some information being floated around, has definitely been put on the trading block and the Bobcats are also reportedly interested in acquiring him. Now although Gay would definitely be a boost for the Bobcats offense, the possibility of acquiring Gilchrist, or someone else who could turn out to be better than Gay in the future, is one that the Bobcats are also willing to entertain. Reportedly the Bobcats interest in acquiring Gay has only been talk between them and the Grizzlies, and nothing more.

At this point in his tenure with the Bobcats Michael Jordan really needs to put a team on the floor that can compete. The Bobcats, after a 7-59 season, are already the laughing stock of the NBA, and going through another horrible season will definitely not help matters. With the sort of intensity that Jordan has I have a feeling that losing, whether it be as a player, or owner, does not bode well with him. Any move that Jordan does, even if the choice is not made by him directly (like the Adam Morrison pick which was not made by Jordan but rather Bernie Bickerstaff), is going to be nitpicked to the core. At this point Jordan cannot afford to make any wrong moves.

Courtesy of www.rantsports.com



Lottery team may have made Dion Waiters a draft promise - by Eurobasket News

The intrigue here at the NBA pre-draft combine involved Syracuse guard Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91) essentially going underground once he completed the weights-and-measures process.

Waiters, a 6-4 combo guard with a knack for making pressure jump shots, suddenly cancelled workouts and interviews, setting off speculation hes been made a promise by a team with a lottery pick.

Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo (8th pick) confirmed as much to the Toronto Star, saying, His agent has told me theres a promise to another team.

Certainly everyone has the right to decide whats in his best interest, but its curious that a player seemingly outside the top five wouldnt want as much exposure as possible.
Weights and Measures: Friday the NBA released the measurements for the players at the combine and, as always, there were some telling numbers.

There was speculation about whether power forward Thomas Robinson would shrink significantly from the 6-10 height listed by Kansas. He measure out at 6-8 and , in shoes. More importantly his wingspan 7-foot-3 was more than sufficient length to be an NBA power forward.

Two players with local ties Dukes Miles Plumlee and North Carolinas Harrison Barnes didnt fare so well in body fat. Barnes was at 9.6 percent, rather high for a perimeter player. Plumlee had the second-highest body fat among the 61 players, at 11.4 percent.

The highest: Texas guard JCovan Brown at 12.5 percent; lowest: Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham at 3.6 percent.

Notes: Kentuckys Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said he thinks hes working out for the Charlotte Bobcats next week, but he didnt specify a day. His other planned workouts Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets. The Nets have no first-round pick, but Kidd-Gilchrist is from New Jersey and rooted for the Nets growing up.

The Trail Blazers have a psychologist here, to profile players traits and match them to a teams desires. Kidd-Gilchrists reaction to her questions: Just weird at first; whats going on here.

Presumed No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) said on the Dan Patrick Show that his mother was disappointed the Bobcats didnt get the No. 1 overall pick. Davis said thats about his moms affection for Charlotte; she has friends there and enjoys the citys atmosphere.

Someone asked Davis what big men he looks forward to playing against. Funny answer: Im kind of scared of playing (Bostons Kevin Garnett) because hes kind of crazy. But he has a love for the game.

Sounds like the Raptors expressed a lot of interest in Dukes Austin Rivers. Theyre attracted to his assertive, dont-back-down attitude.

Courtesy of www.charlotteobserver.com



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2012 JT Focus Mgt Cleveland + Akron Am Pro Basketball Summer League Starts June 17th!! - by Vance Marbury

The 2012 JT Focus Mgt. Cleveland + Akron/Canton Am Pro Basketball Summer League is gearing up for its 5th summer session. This NCAA Certified League has featured NBA Players Norris Cole (Cleveland State University), Cedric Jackson (Cleveland State University), Keith McLeod (Bowling Green State University).

European Professionals Include Omari Wesley (Cleveland State/Kuwait), Rollie Smith (Clarion U./US Minor Leagues). Other participants include former MAC Players of the Year Justin Greene (Kent State University) and Jeremiah Wood (Akron University). Former MAC Sixth Man of the Year Carlton Guyton (Kent State U.) Current NBA Pre Draft Camp Invitee Mike Porrinni (Kent State U.) Current and Former Ohio Mr. Basketball Justin Fritts (Wheeling Jesuit) and Damon Stringer (Ohio State University). Current Lousiville recruit Terry Rozier, current top 100 recruit Tony Farmer (Garfield High School). 2012 Junior College All American Brendan Cooper (Lakeland CC, Mentor Ohio).

Along with several other Division I current players Demtrius Treadwell (Akron U.), Nick Harney (Akron U.), Trevon Harmon (Cleveland State U.) Jeremy Montgomery (Cleveland State U.), Daundray Brown (Cleveland State U.) Rayshawn Goins (James Madison U.) Randall Holt (Kent State U.) Harol Rasul (St. Joseph U.), Jerome Holmes (Pittsburgh U.), Joseph Davis (Cleveland St/Morgan St.)

Division II participants include Tom Parker (Lake Erie), Rich Austin (Lake Erie), Ramel Mitchell (Urbana U.), Collin Barth (Wheeling Jesuit), Nate Barnes (Alderson Broaddus), Roy Brown (Alderson Broaddus), Paul McQueen (Clarion U.)

Junior College participants include Alfonzo Houston (State Fair/North Carolina Central), Josh Ecord (Cuyahoga CC), David Goodwater (Cuyahoga CC), Gregory Gibson (Mineral Area CC), Darell Blanton (Kennedy King CC)

The 2012 JT Focus Mgt. Cleveland + Akron Am Pro Summer League will be different for several reason, 1.) The Cleveland Mens and Womens Division has moved from Cleveland State University to Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus 2.) The Womens Division which featured Cleveland State University Shalonda Winton Akron University Taylor Ruper and Sina King, has already generated a lot more interest

The newest addition to the 2012 JT Focus Mgt. Cleveland + Akron Am Pro Summer League will be the start of Akron/Canton Division taking place at Walsh University. This division which will feature Walsh University, Mt. Union, Akron University, and several other College and Professional players will be competitive and exciting.

For more information about the 2012 JT Focus Mgt. Cleveland + Akron Am Pro Basketball Summer League, please visit www.clevelandampro.com. The league starts June 17th and it should be a great community and exciting basketball event.



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Rain or Shine 4-1 
 2. B-Meg Llam. 3-1 
 3. Petron Blaze 3-2 
 4. Powerade T. 3-2 
 5. Barako Bull 2-2 
 6. Ginebra Kings 2-2 
 7. Air21 Express 1-2 
 8. Alaska Aces 1-3 
 9. Meralco Bolts 1-3 
 10. Talk N Text 1-3 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 8: Barako Bull - Petron Blaze 111-107
Jun. 8: Powerade T. - Rain or Shine 104-98

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 9: Air21 Express - B-Meg Llam.
Jun. 10: Alaska Aces - Meralco Bolts
Jun. 10: Petron Blaze - Ginebra Kings


ASEAN League: Petron Blaze coast into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Westports Dragons 90:56

Petron Blaze advanced into the ASEAN League Finals. They defeated Westports Dragons in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) finished with 21 points and 19 rebounds to pace the winners.
The Malaysian team got to a slightly better start. They secured a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. Petron Blaze denied the deficit and posted a 37:35 halftime lead. But the complexion of the game changed completely in the third quarter. Petron Blaze outmuscled and outplayed their opponents at every end of the floor. The hosts went on a massive 29:10 run in the third term to take a comfortable 21-point lead at the final break. The Blaze stayed aggressive in the final quarter and recorded a well-deserved win at the end. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) posted 18 points, while Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the home team. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) answered with 25 points for Westports Dragons. Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Nick Fazekas 21+19 boards, Leo Avenido 18, Duke Crews 15+11 boards
Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 25, Brian Williams 12+11 boards



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.3 
 2. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 3. Randolph, Quebradi.19.4 
 4. Harris, San German19.1 
 5. Diogu, Arecibo18.1 
 6. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 7. Ayuso, Arecibo17.2 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon17.1 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas17.1 
 10. Vassallo, Guayna.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Quebradi.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Randolph, Quebradi.11.5 
 2. Harris, San German10.3 
 3. Diogu, Arecibo9.9 
 4. Lloreda, San G.9.6 
 5. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 6. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 7. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas8.8 
 9. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 10. Shannon, Quebradi.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Arecibo
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rodriguez, Arecibo7.3 
 2. Rivera, San German5.7 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.4 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 5. Smith, Mayaguez5.1 
 6. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 7. Butler, Quebradill.4.8 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 9. Pinnock, Arecibo3.8 
 10. Brown, Humacao3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Smith, Mayaguez1.9 
 2. Rodriguez, Arecibo1.8 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.7 
 4. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo1.5 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon1.5 
 7. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 8. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 9. Rivera, San German1.3 
 10. Figueroa, Guayna.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Aubry, Arecibo1.8 
 3. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 4. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 6. Looby, Bayamon1.6 
 7. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.6 
 8. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 9. Randolph, Quebradi.1.3 
 10. Powell, Guayama1.3 


Indios de Mayaguez win 2012 BSN title - by Eurobasket News

BSN Finals, Game 5: Arecibo - Mayaguez 61-72 (1-4 win)

Indios de Mayaguez won the 2012 BSN title last night. They outplayed Capitanes de Arecibo in Game Five of the Finals winning the series with almost perfect 4-1. Arecibo is dethroned after two years.
The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-61. Indios dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Capitanes' 26 and they also made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent). Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) top-scored in victory with 13 points, while American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) had 12 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import Alexander Franklin (196-88, college: Siena) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Indios' coach Eddie Casiano used entire bench in this game. Larry Ayuso (190-77, college: USC, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: G.Washington) added 13 points in the effort for Capitanes.
Mayaguez was third ranked team of the regular season with 6-4 record. They eliminated Bayamon with 4-2 in the Semis. Alexander Franklin is named MVP of the BSN Finals.

Arecibo: L.Ayuso 20+5reb+1ast, D.Santiago 13+2reb, D.Pinnock 13+4reb+2ast, G.Diaz 7+5reb+2ast, R.Apodaca 4+1reb+2ast, J.Smith 2+5reb+3ast
Mayaguez: O.Efejuku 13+2ast, A.Franklin 12+5reb, K.Gransberry 12+8reb, F.Valencia 6+4reb, R.Sanchez 6+6reb+1ast, D.Smith 6+5reb+5ast



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Boniface Ndong selected the top Senegalese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Boniface Ndong
Boniface Ndong
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Boniface Ndong (213-77). He contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (20-14) 77-73 in the Spanish ACB in Friday night's game. Ndong recorded 9 points and blocked 2 shots in 21 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Regal FC Barcelona (29-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ndong averages: 9.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 61.8%(154-249) and FT: 66.7% in the 37 games he played so far. He played for the Senegalese senior national team three years ago.

Hamady N'Diaye
Hamady N'Diaye
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers). N'Diaye led Guangzhou Liu Sui Whampoa to a victory over the eighth-ranked Sichuan (4-8) 82-69 in the Chinese NBL (second division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. N'Diaye recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 21 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only N'Diaye's second season in pro basketball. Guangzhou Liu Sui Whampoa (10-2) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. N'Diaye is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. N'Diaye averages: 17.1ppg, 14.8rpg, 1.2apg, 6.0bpg, 2FGP: 68.3%(82-120) and FT: 71.9%. He played for the Senegalese national team in 2009.

Maleye N'Doye
Maleye N'Doye
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Maleye N'Doye (203-80, college: Furman), who plays in the French ProA. N'Doye could not help one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (21-9) to beat Chalon/Saor (23-7). He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Entente Orleans 45 was edged 83-81 on the road by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. This year N'Doye's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 57.3%(55-96), 3FGP: 45.9%(51-111) and FT: 84.2% in the 35 games. He is also a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Ousmane Barro
Ousmane Barro
   #4. Power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maleye N'Doye and both played together in the last French ProA game. Barro was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (21-9) in their game against Chalon/Saor (23-7). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Entente Orleans 45 was edged 83-81 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. Barro's total stats this season are: 2.4ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the Senegalese U18 national team back in 2002.

Mamadou Dia
Mamadou Dia
   #5. Former international power forward Mamadou Dia (202-78), who plays in the French ProB (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Fos Ouest (22-12) in their last game. Despite Dia's good performance Fos Ouest lost 84-91 in Limoges to the leading CSP Elite. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. It's Dia's sixth season with the team. This year Dia's total stats are: 8.3ppg and 3.8rpg in the 40 games. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and French. Despite Dia played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

Ousmane Gueye
Ousmane Gueye
   #6. Guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82) couldn't help Givova Scafati (17-11) in their game against Tuscany Pistoia (18-10) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Gueye scored 5 points. Givova Scafati was defeated 83-74 in Pistoia by the second-ranked Tuscany. This season Gueye averages only 4.1ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Senegalese National Team roster.

Papa Beye
Papa Beye
   #7. International forward Papa Beye (202-90) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Chalons-Reims (24-10) in their game against Boulazac Basket (25-9) in the French ProB (second division). Beye scored only 4 points in 4 minutes on the court. Chalons-Reims lost 68-74 at home to the second-ranked Boulazac Basket. It's Beye's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 1.8rpg in the 37 games. Beye is also Senegalese national team player.

Other top Senegalese players, who play abroad:

Papa Mbaye (209-C-90) plays for Regal FC Barcelona in Spanish ACB
Luis Lopez (206-C-95) plays for Regal FC Barcelona in Spanish ACB
Pape Modou (201-F-94) plays for Real Madrid in Spanish ACB
Mamadou Diop (199-F-93) plays for Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB
Mamadou Samb (208-C/F-89) plays for Gescrap BB in Spanish ACB
Babacar Niang (207-F/C-91) plays for Le Mans in French ProA
Khadim Fall (193-SF-95) plays for Le Mans in French ProA
De Sagana Diop (213-C-83) plays for Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA
Sitapha Savane (202-F-78) plays for Gran Canaria 2014 in Spanish ACB
Mouhamed Barro (204-F-95) plays for Gran Canaria 2014 in Spanish ACB
Mamadou Niang (209-C-94) plays for Gran Canaria 2014 in Spanish ACB
Mouhamed Thiam (201-F-95) plays for Gran Canaria 2014 in Spanish ACB

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



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Zoran Erceg's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Serbians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Zoran Erceg
Zoran Erceg
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Zoran Erceg (210-85), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Besiktas (22-8) in their last game. Despite Erceg's very good performance Besiktas was edged 69-67 in a derby game by the higher-ranked (#3) Anadolu Efes. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Erceg also added 4 assists in 34 minutes on the court. It was Besiktas' first loss after four consecutive victories. Erceg has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 56.2%(114-203), 3FGP: 41.8% and FT: 81.9% in the 40 games he played so far. He played for the Serbian senior national team three years ago.

Novica Velickovic
Novica Velickovic
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Novica Velickovic (205-86). Velickovic led Real Madrid to a victory over the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (23-11) 76-69 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Velickovic scored 15 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Real Madrid (26-8) is placed second in the ACB. This season Velickovic averages: 7.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 81.3%. He played for the Serbian national team in 2010.

Dusko Savanovic
Dusko Savanovic
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket). Savanovic contributed to an overtime Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Besiktas (22-8) 84-82 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL on Friday night. He scored 12 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (24-6) is placed third in the TBL. This year Savanovic has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 55.9%(114-204), 3FGP: 33.6% and FT: 84.3% in the 42 games. He is also a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Predrag Suput
Predrag Suput
   #4. An experienced forward Predrag Suput (200-77, also represented by Beo Basket) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (27-7) crushing them 98-72 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Suput recorded 12 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Brose Baskets Bamberg (30-4) is placed first in the BBL. It's Suput's fifth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.7apg. Suput is also Serbian national team player.

Dusan Djordjevic
Dusan Djordjevic
   #5. International guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, another player represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League was not able to help Base Oostende (23-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader Base Oostende lost 65-70 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Spirou Charleroi. Djordjevic was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 35 minutes. It's Djordjevic's first season with the team. Djordjevic is currently fourth on the list of best passers with 3.4apg. This year he also averages: 9.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1spg in the 36 games. Djordjevic has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Djordjevic is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #6. Center Milko Bjelica (207-84, another player represented by Beo Basket) faced previously mentioned Novica Velickovic in the Spanish ACB last game. Bjelica was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Caja Laboral (23-11) in their game against Real Madrid (26-8). He scored 6 points. Caja Laboral was defeated 76-69 in Madrid by the second-ranked Real. Bjelica's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 3.2rpg. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Bjelica is also an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

Dejan Borovnjak
Dejan Borovnjak
   #7. Former University international power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, another player represented by Beo Basket) was the major contributor in a Enel Brindisi's victory against the closely-ranked Tuscany Pistoia (18-10) crushing them 79-47 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Thursday night's game. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Enel Brindisi (18-10) is placed third in the Lega2. Borovnjak is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.2rpg. He also averaged so far 14.3ppg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg in the 35 games. Despite Borovnjak played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is currently in the Serbian university national team roster.

Nemanja Bjelica
Nemanja Bjelica
   #8. Power forward Nemanja Bjelica (209-88, agency: Interperformances) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milko Bjelica and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Bjelica couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Caja Laboral (23-11) in their game against Real Madrid (26-8). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Bjelica scored only 2 points. Caja Laboral was defeated 76-69 in Madrid by the second-ranked Real. Bjelica's overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg and 3.8rpg. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Other top Serbian players, who play abroad:

Stefan Peno (193-G-97) plays for Regal FC Barcelona in Spanish ACB
Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) plays for Regal FC Barcelona in Spanish ACB
Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) plays for CSKA Moscow in Russian PBL
Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) plays for CSKA Moscow in Russian PBL
Marko Keselj (205-F-88) plays for Olympiacos in Greek A1
Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) plays for Montepaschi Siena in Italian SerieA
Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) plays for Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL
Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86) plays for Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB
Boris Savovic (206-F-87) plays for Galatasaray in Turkish TBL
Aleksandar Rasic (194-G-84) plays for Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL

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



Boise State announced the signing of Vukasin Vujovic - by Nenad Ilijev

Boise State announced the signing of 205cm tall Serbian power forward Vukasin Vujovic (205-F/C-93). Vujovic is considered a top-notch frontcourt player with Euro skills who can knock down jumper from arc or off baseline to 17-feet on post or pop. ''Vukasin is one of the top power forwards in his age group in Serbia, one of the top basketball playing countries in the world'', head coach Leon Rice said. ''We are excited about the impact he will have on our team next season.''
Broncosports.com also highlights that Vujovic played for his country's U16 team in 2009, leading the squad to a bronze medal at the European Championships. He also played for the countrys U17 and U18 teams in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Vukasin Vujovic is product of Partizan mt:s basketball school and he was on the verge of breaking into first team. He also tried out with Acea Virtus Roma (Serie A) in November 2011 but he didn't made the team.



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Dragsic to coach Frstenfeld Panthers - by Matej Bergant

Slovenian coach Ervin Dragsic signed one-year contract with Austrian team Frstenfeld Panthers. He previously coached Slovenian clubs such as Terme Olimia and Zlatorog Lasko where he at first was assistant coach to Ivan Sunara and after Sunara's departure he took over and finished the season as head coach. He managed to lead his team to semifinals of Slovenian League and was later replaced by Milos Sporar. Frstenfeld Panthers won the Austrian Cup in 2009.


Erazem Lorbek selected the top Slovenian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Erazem Lorbek
Erazem Lorbek
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St.), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Regal FC Barcelona (29-5) in their last game. Despite Lorbek's very good performance the league leader Regal FC Barcelona lost 69-75 on the road to the second-ranked Real Madrid. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Lorbek also added 5 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots in 28 minutes on the court. Lorbek has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 73.4% in the 41 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Slovenian senior national team.

Sasha Vujacic
Sasha Vujacic
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Sasha Vujacic (200-84). Vujacic was the major contributor in an overtime Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Besiktas (22-8) 84-82 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL last Friday. He scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (24-6) is placed third in the TBL. This season Vujacic has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 81.3%. He played for the Slovenian national team in 2009.

Dragisa Drobnjak
Dragisa Drobnjak
   #3. The Slovenian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Dragisa Drobnjak (200-77, agency: Beo Basket). Drobnjak was not able to help Base Oostende (23-9) in their game against Spirou Charleroi (23-9) in the Belgian Ethias League. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. The league leader Base Oostende lost 65-70 in Charleroi to the lower-ranked (#3) Spirou. It's Drobnjak's first season with the team. This year Drobnjak averages: 7.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 32.5% and FT: 74.0% in the 35 games. He played for the Slovenian national team four years ago.

Mirza Begic
Mirza Begic
   #4. Center Mirza Begic (217-85) managed to help Real Madrid to win against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (23-11) 76-69 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Begic scored only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Real Madrid (26-8) is placed second in the ACB. Begic is currently fourth on the list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4bpg. Begic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. He is also Slovenian national team player.

Other top Slovenian players, who play abroad:

Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) plays for Galatasaray in Turkish TBL
Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) plays for Unics Kazan in Russian PBL
Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) plays for Spartak St.Petersburg in Russian PBL
Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) plays for Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkish TBL
Emir Preldzic (205-F-87) plays for Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkish TBL
Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) plays for Houston Rockets in the NBA
Beno Udrih (194-PG-82) plays for Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA
Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80) plays for Lokomotiv in Russian PBL
Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) plays for Cedevita in Croatian A1
Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81) plays for Panionios in Greek A1
Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) plays for Buducnost in Montenegrin 1A

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



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243 Foreigners Invited to Summer Tryout - by Kevin Campigotto

As the KBL off-season progresses the list of foreigners invited to the summer tryout has been released. From the over 700 applicated 243 have been invited to the tryout camp which will run from July 23 to 26 in Las Vegas. The list is filled with KBL veterans and a few new names. The smart money is on the KBL rosters featuring few new faces and it will be interesting to see how patient teams are now that they will have two foreign players.

Some of the standouts from the list include former NBA players Loren Woods, who at 221cm will be an attractive foreigner if he does choose to play in Korea this year. Because the fee to apply to the league was so miniscule there are many players who may have little interest in actually coming to Korea, but are simly just setting up safety nets in case they cannot land positions in the NBA DL, Europe or China.


The list can be downloaded from HERE (click on the black button, it is an excel file)



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Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  Melilla
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. DeVries, Melilla19.1 
 2. Witt, Knet Clavijo18.2 
 3. Feldeine, Breogan17.7 
 4. Quezada, Leon16.5 
 5. Franklin, Huesca16.2 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca16.0 
 7. Fernandez, Granada15.7 
 8. Moss, Palencia15.4 
 9. Leonavicius, Hues.14.7 
 10. Antelo, Caceres14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo10.6 
 2. Diouf, Palencia8.8 
 3. Donaldson, Canarias8.8 
 4. Kuzmin, Clinicas.8.6 
 5. Starosta, Navarra8.2 
 6. Antelo, Caceres7.8 
 7. Sikma, La Palma7.7 
 8. Mortellaro, Leon7.7 
 9. Fernandez, Granada7.6 
 10. Williams, Caceres7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Alvarado, La Palma6.1 
 2. Bivia, Mallorca5.1 
 3. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.5 
 4. Norris, Lleida4.3 
 5. Lopez, Burgos4.0 
 6. Bernabe, Leon3.7 
 7. Sabat, Canarias3.6 
 8. Perez, Menorca3.6 
 9. Quezada, Leon3.4 
 10. DeVries, Melilla3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alexander FRANKLIN
  Huesca
  (196-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Franklin, Huesca2.5 
 2. Toledo, Burgos2.1 
 3. Bernabe, Leon2.0 
 4. Xavier, Palencia2.0 
 5. Norris, Lleida1.9 
 6. Abrines, Clinic.1.8 
 7. Green, Mallorca1.8 
 8. Alonso, Mallorca1.8 
 9. Rost, Canarias1.7 
 10. Guerra, Granada1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognen KUZMIN
  Clinicas.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kuzmin, Clinicas.2.1 
 2. Lawal, Knet Clavijo1.7 
 3. Diouf, Palencia1.6 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.3 
 5. Olmos, Caceres1.1 
 6. Samb, Granada1.1 
 7. Coleman, Girona1.1 
 8. Odiakosa, Melilla1.1 
 9. Donaldson, Canarias0.9 
 10. Starosta, Navarra0.9 


Menorca is back to Liga Endesa - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold Finals, Game 4: Melilla - Menorca 61-82 (1-3)

Menorca is the winner of LEB Gold Playoffs. They cruised past Melilla on the road 61-82 closing the Finals with almost perfect 1-3. It means that Menorca will compete next season in Liga Endesa. Melilla stays in LEB Gold.
Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Taylor Coppenrath (205-81, college: Vermont) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Menorca Basquet players scored in double figures. Menorca Basquet's coach Josep Berrocal felt very confident that he used entire bench in this game. Guard Marcos Suka-Umu (193-85, agency: Interperformances) replied with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Jose Salvador Arco (194-85) added 12 points in the effort for Melilla Baloncesto.
Menorca was No.4 of the regular season with 21-13 record. They eliminated Breogan in the Quarterfinals and Navarra in the Semis. The other team who won the promotion to Liga Endesa is Canarias. They were regular season champions with 26-8 record. Canarias didn't participate in the Playoffs.

Melilla: M.Suka-Umu 18+6reb+5ast, J.Salvador Arco 12+3reb+3ast, J.Ignacio Romero 9+3reb+1ast, K.Wachsmann 8+7reb+2ast, H.Manzano 5+4reb+1ast, J.Riera 5+1reb
Menorca: T.Coppenrath 15+6reb, R.Bas 14+1reb, O.Arteaga 12+2reb+1ast, U.Otegui 12+4reb+4ast, A.Matali 8+3reb, M.Blanch 5+3ast



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Kings extend Kenneth Simms for 2012/13 season - by Eurobasket News

Good news for Sodertalje Kings fans. The team managed to extend American big guy Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: JEMsports, college: Cumberland) for the next season. He appeared 50 times for the club averaging 14.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. For his performance Simms was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team -12. He was also named to Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team -12. Sims and his Sodertalje reached Basketligan Finals. Before the Kings, he played for Chinese NBL team Ningxia Hanas. In 2010/11, he was a member of Romanian squad Craiova. There the player had 16.4 ppg, 11 rpg and 1.6 apg for 32 games. He was the best rebounder of the competition and was named to Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Imports Team -11. Simms also has experience from Lithuania. He left for Europe in 2009 from the Cumberland University (NAIA, D1).


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WBA Announces 2012 Season Schedule - by Eurobasket

Celebrating its 10th year in professional basketball the World Basketball Association [WBA] has released its official 2012 season game schedule for league teams; Rome Gladiators, Gastonia Gamers, Conyers Court Kings, Upstate Heat, Gwinnett Majic and Atlanta Blaze.

WBA Exposure League 2012 Game Schedule

Date Time Home Visitor Location
Fri, June 08 7:30 PM Rome Gladiators Conyers Court Kings Rome, GA
Sat, June 09 7:30 PM Gwinnett Majic Gastonia Gamers Gwinnett, GA
Sat, June 09 7:30 PM Rome Gladiators Upstate Heat Rome, GA
Sat, June 09 7:30 PM Conyers Court Kings Atlanta Blaze Conyers, GA
Fri, June 15 7:30 PM Rome Gladiators Gwinnett Majic Rome, GA
Sat, June 16 7:30 PM Gwinnett Majic Upstate Heat Gwinnett, GA
Sat, June 16 7:30 PM Atlanta Blaze Conyers Court Kings Atlanta, GA
Sat, June 16 7:30 PM Gastonia Gamers Rome Gladiators Gastonia, NC
Fri, June 22 7:30 PM Rome Gladiators Gwinnett Majic Rome, GA
Fri, June 22 7:30 PM Upstate Heat Gastonia Gamers Anderson, SC
Sat, June 23 7:30 PM Gwinnett Majic Conyers Court Kings Gwinnett, GA
Sat, June 23 7:30 PM Gastonia Gamers Upstate Heat Gastonia, NC
Sat, June 23 7:30 PM Atlanta Blaze Rome Gladiators Atlanta, GA
Fri, June 29 7:30 PM Upstate Heat Gwinnett Majic Anderson, SC
Fri, June 29 7:30 PM Rome Gladiators Atlanta Blaze Rome, GA
Sat, June 30 7:30 PM Atlanta Blaze Upstate Heat Atlanta, GA
Sat, June 30 7:30 PM Conyers Court Kings Rome Gladiators Conyers, GA
Fri, July 06 7:30 PM Gastonia Gamers Gwinnett Majic Gastonia, NC
Sat, July 07 7:30 PM Gastonia Gamers Atlanta Blaze Gastonia, NC
Sat, July 07 7:30 PM Upstate Heat Conyers Court Kings Atlanta, GA
Sun, July 08 4:00 PM Atlanta Blaze Upstate Heat Atlanta, GA
Fri, July 13 7:30 PM Atlanta Blaze Gwinnett Majic Atlanta, GA
Fri, July 13 7:30 PM Upstate Heat Rome Gladiators Anderson, SC
Sat, July 14 7:30 PM Conyers Court Kings Gwinnett Majic Conyers, GA
Fri, July 20 7:30 PM Gwinnett Majic Gastonia Gamers Gwinnett, GA
Sat, July 21 7:30 PM Gwinnett Majic Rome Gladiators Gwinnett, GA
Sat, July 21 7:30 PM Upstate Heat Atlanta Blaze Anderson, SC
Sat, July 21 7:30 PM Gastonia Gamers Conyers Court Kings Gastonia, NC
Sun, July 22 7:30 PM Conyers Court Kings Atlanta Blaze
Conyers, GA




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Women News


Australia fire past Angola in Suzhou - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Angola 66:46

Emerging Opals posted the first win at the Four-Nations tournament in Chinese Suzhou. They defeated Angola in the opening game. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) and Cayla Francis (192-C-89) knocked down 13 points each to lead the winners. The latter one adding 10 rebounds.
Australia stunned the African team in the first quarter. The Emerging Opals grabbed a 23:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Australia ensured a 38:25 halftime lead. The Emerging Opals maintained the lead throughout the third term. They secured a 50:35 advantage with one period remaining. Australia dominated throughout the final quarter and rallied to the win at the end. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) notched 9 points and 9 rebounds, while Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) had 9 points in the victory. Felizarda Jorge (172-F-85) replied with 13 points for Angola. Manuel produced 9 points in the loss.

Australia: Casey Samuels 13, Cayla Francis 13, Carley Mijovic 9, Stephanie Cumming 9
Angola: Felizarda Jorge 13, Manuel 9



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia fire past Angola in Suzhou - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Angola 66:46

Emerging Opals posted the first win at the Four-Nations tournament in Chinese Suzhou. They defeated Angola in the opening game. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) and Cayla Francis (192-C-89) knocked down 13 points each to lead the winners. The latter one adding 10 rebounds.
Australia stunned the African team in the first quarter. The Emerging Opals grabbed a 23:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Australia ensured a 38:25 halftime lead. The Emerging Opals maintained the lead throughout the third term. They secured a 50:35 advantage with one period remaining. Australia dominated throughout the final quarter and rallied to the win at the end. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) notched 9 points and 9 rebounds, while Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) had 9 points in the victory. Felizarda Jorge (172-F-85) replied with 13 points for Angola. Manuel produced 9 points in the loss.

Australia: Casey Samuels 13, Cayla Francis 13, Carley Mijovic 9, Stephanie Cumming 9
Angola: Felizarda Jorge 13, Manuel 9



Hungary post second straight win in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Australia 85:76

Hungary clinched the second win in a row at the start of the international tournament in Karlovy Vary. They outscored Australia for 2-0 record. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) fired 23 points to lead the winners. Australia fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Australia enjoyed a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. Hungary however pulled ahead in the second term. The European side built a 44:37 halftime advantage. Hungary maintained the lead throughout the third term. They boosted the margin to 14 points with one quarter left 66:52. Australia went on a determined comeback effort in the final term but Hungary stayed calm and rolled to the victory at the end. Katalin Honti (175-G-87) nailed 22 points for the winners. Bujdoso finished with 11 points for Hungary. Liz Cambage (203-C-91) answered with game-high 25 points for Australia. Erin Phillips (173-PG-85) and Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) had 7 points each in the loss.

Hungary: Allie Quigley 23, Katalin Honti 22, Dora Nagy 11
Australia: Liz Cambage 25, Erin Phillips 7, Lauren Jackson 7



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  AUSTRIA   


Slovak Republic destroy Austria - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic- Austria 121:38

Slovak Republic destroy Austria in the friendly game between two sides. The Slovakian team celebrated a 121:38 win.
Slovakia started with 36-6 lead and never looked behind after. They added 29-14 in the second period to take 65:20 lead at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the home side. Slovakia won the third period 23-13 and finished the game with 33-5 in the last stanza.
Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90), Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) and Timea Sujova (173-G-84) posted 14 each. Cernakova netted 12 and Tetemondova scored 11. Takacs and Plank replied with 7 points in the losing effort and Nora Kampitsch (181-C-88) added 6.

Slovak Republic: Romana Vynuchalova 16, Klaudia Lukacovicova 14, Ivana Jalcova 14, Timea Sujova 14, Cernakova 12, Tetemondova 11
Austria: Takacs 7, Plank 7, Nora Kampitsch 6, Verena Bachler (175-G-88) 4, Sascha Breuer 4



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  CROATIA   


Croatia better Netherlands in Dubrovnik - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Netherlands 67:57

Croatia recorded the first win at the international tournament in Dubrovnik. They held off Netherlands in the opener. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners. Netherlands will take on Argentina tonight.
Croatia led by two points after ten minutes of action 17:15. They deepened the margin in the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 35:24 halftime lead. Croatia stayed in front throughout the third term. They entered the final period up by 14 points. Netherlands cut the deficit in the final quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Andja Jelavic (172-G-80) had 11 points, while Ana Vrsaljko (188-F/C-84) contributed 10 points for the winners. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with 12 points for the Dutch team. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) delivered 10 points in the loss.

Croatia: Sandra Mandir 19, Andja Jelavic 11, Ana Vrsaljko 10
Netherlands: Naomi Halman 12, Leonie Kooij 10



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic thump Turkey in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Turkey 64:34

Czech Republic earned the first win at the international tournament in Karlovy Vary. The hosts thrashed Turkey tonight for 1-1 record. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) scored 13 points to lead the winners. Turkey fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Czech Republic shocked the visitors in the opening quarter. Turkey scored just a single point in the starting ten minutes to face a 17-point deficit. Czech Republic arrived at halftime up by 22 points 35:13. The home team extended the lead in the third term. They entered the final frame up by 35 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) nailed 10 points, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) added 9 points for the winners. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) answered with 7 points for Turkey. Birsel Vardarli (174-G-84) and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) contributed 5 points each in the loss.

Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 13, Katerina Elhotova 10, Ilona Burgrova 9
Turkey: Tugba Palazoglu 7, Birsel Vardarli 5, Quanitra Hollingsworth 5



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  ESTONIA   


Finland nip Estonia in Vantaa - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Estonia 63:61

Finland registered victory in the first test game against Estonian in Vantaa. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) came up with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Finland built a 17:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Estonia narrowed the gap in the second quarter. The visitors got within 2 points at the interval 35:37. Finland went on a massive rally in the third quarter. They held Estonia to 8 points in the quarter to ensure a 12-point cushion before the final frame. Estonia however responded equally finishing the game on an 18:8 run and cutting the deficit to minimum. Laura Wilson (184-SG-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Binghamton) knocked down 12 points, while Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) had 10 points for the winners. Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) replied with 21 points for Estonia. Viive-Kai Viive Rebane (182-F-89) produced 11 points in the loss.

Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 17+11 boards, Laura Wilson 12, Heta Korpivaara 10
Estonia: Merike Anderson 21, Viive Rebane 11



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  FINLAND   


Finland nip Estonia in Vantaa - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Estonia 63:61

Finland registered victory in the first test game against Estonian in Vantaa. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) came up with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Finland built a 17:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Estonia narrowed the gap in the second quarter. The visitors got within 2 points at the interval 35:37. Finland went on a massive rally in the third quarter. They held Estonia to 8 points in the quarter to ensure a 12-point cushion before the final frame. Estonia however responded equally finishing the game on an 18:8 run and cutting the deficit to minimum. Laura Wilson (184-SG-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Binghamton) knocked down 12 points, while Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) had 10 points for the winners. Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) replied with 21 points for Estonia. Viive-Kai Viive Rebane (182-F-89) produced 11 points in the loss.

Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 17+11 boards, Laura Wilson 12, Heta Korpivaara 10
Estonia: Merike Anderson 21, Viive Rebane 11



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  FRANCE   


Carole Leclair signs with Angers Basket - by Eurobasket News

Carole Leclair (185-F-89) signs with Angers Basket for the next season. The French Forward will move to the team from Reims Basket Feminin.
In 2005-2006 she started for Centre Federal BB (NF1) and then was eliminated with the team in 2006-2007. In 2007-2008 joined Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB) and debuted in EuroCup. In French League after 9 games her stats read 1.6ppg.
In 2008-2009 moved to Avenir de Rennes (NF1) and stayed with the team for 2 seasons. In 2010-2011 joined Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LF2) and after 30 games averaged 3.0ppg, 2.4rpg.
The season 2011-2012 played for Reims Basket Feminin (LF2) and ahd 5.3ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 34.7%, 3PT: 7.7%, FT: 64.9%.
Carole Leclair is a French U18 National Team -06-07 and also French University National Team -09. At the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09 her stats read 2.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.5apg.



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  GERMANY   


Poland edge Germany in Inowroclaw - by Eurobasket News

Poland-Germany 59:53

Poland edge Germany in Inowroclaw in the first friendly game between two sides. The home side celebrated a 59:53 victory in Game 1.
Poland started with 19-10 lead in the opening period and dominated the half. They added 18-11 in the second frame for 37:21 at the halftime. Germany however played better in the second half. They won the third quarter 15-7 and finished the game with 17-15 in the last stanza. It was not however enough to seal the win.
Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Losi netted 10. Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85, college: UTEP) scored 9, while Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex) delivered 8. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) and Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) ended up with 12 points each in the losing effort. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) netted 8, whilst Romy Bar (189-F-87) added 6.

Poland: Agnieszka Skobel 12, Losi 10, Izabela Piekarska 9, Martyna Koc 8
Germany: Sarah Austmann 12, Katharina Fikiel 12, Anne Breitreiner 8, Romy Bar 6



Michaela Abelova remains with Halle - by Eurobasket News

Michaela Abelova (183-G-85) remains with Halle for the 4th straight year. The Slovakian Guard joined the team in 2009 and continue to impress abroad.
In 2004-2005 she appeared for BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary and in 2007-2008 moved to BG 74 Goettingen (Germany-DBBL, starting five). In 20 games her stats read 12.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 76.5%. In 2009-2010 joined SV Halle Lions (Germany-DBBL) and debuted with 9.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 26.6%, FT: 77.8%. Later Michaela Abelova renewed her contract with Halle Lions. Last season Michaela Abelova tallied 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game. The guard made it into Eurobasket.com German DBBL All-Bosmans Team. Michaela Abelova is the member of Slovakian National Team.
In 2011-2012 for SV Halle Lions (Germany-DBBL, starting five) averaged 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT-1 (88.2%).



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  GREECE   


Georgios Dikeoulakos takes over CSM Targoviste, according to report - by Eurobasket News

According to Romanian media (Totalbaschet.ro), CSM Targoviste hired Georgios Dikeoulakos (agency: FCM) as a new Head Coach. The Greek specialist left Fenerbahce few days ago. He won the Turkish league title with them and reached Euroleague Final Eight. The team also played in Turkish Cup and President Cup Finals. Before Fenerbahce, Dikeoulakos spent one year with Lotos Gdynia. Actually, he took over the club in January of 2011 and led them to Polish Cup trophy and PLKK Semifinals. He coached at the 2011 Euroleague All-Star Game. He also coached at Turkish league All-Star Game this year. In 2009 and 2010, Georgios Dikeoulakos won Greek league title with Athinaikos and they also were EuroCup winners in 2010. Dikeoulakos was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Coach of the Year -10 and Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Coach of the Year -10. He also took over Latvian National Team at that time. In the past, Dikeoulakos worked as Assistant Coach of Panellinios and Apollon Patras.

Full profile of Georgios Dikeoulakos:
In 2006 he went to the States at the training camps of Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks from the N.B.A., and De Paul, Marquette, Northwestern, S. Francis from N.C.A.A. He teaches in many international clinics in Greece and abroad. He teaches scouting in Basketball to the University of physical education in Athens, and to the school of basketball coaches in Greece.
He has written many articles to basketball magazines and newspapers. He has worked at the side of many experienced coaches (Slobodan Subotic, Dirk Bauerman, Kostas Missas, Giorgos Kalafatakis etc). With some of these teams he has participate at the Euroleague, Uleb cup, Fiba cup and with the womens national team of Greece he has participate at the Eurobasket 2007 in Italy.
Dikaioulakos is the most successful coach in the history of Greek women basketball. After winning the double in 2009 with Athinaikos, he lead the club to the treble in 2010 by winning the FIBA Eurochallenge and doing the double in Greece again. He was then appointed as Head coach of Latvias National Team and in the summer of 2010 he lead them to qualification for the Eurobasket 2011. In January 2011 he took over Lotos Gdynia and in March he won the Polish Cup. Dikaioulakos has also won the gold medal in the Mens U18 European Championship with Greece as assistant coach to Kostas Missas
He speaks Serbo-croatian, English and Spanish.



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  HOLLAND   


Croatia better Netherlands in Dubrovnik - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Netherlands 67:57

Croatia recorded the first win at the international tournament in Dubrovnik. They held off Netherlands in the opener. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners. Netherlands will take on Argentina tonight.
Croatia led by two points after ten minutes of action 17:15. They deepened the margin in the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 35:24 halftime lead. Croatia stayed in front throughout the third term. They entered the final period up by 14 points. Netherlands cut the deficit in the final quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Andja Jelavic (172-G-80) had 11 points, while Ana Vrsaljko (188-F/C-84) contributed 10 points for the winners. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with 12 points for the Dutch team. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) delivered 10 points in the loss.

Croatia: Sandra Mandir 19, Andja Jelavic 11, Ana Vrsaljko 10
Netherlands: Naomi Halman 12, Leonie Kooij 10



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  HUNGARY   


Hungary post second straight win in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Australia 85:76

Hungary clinched the second win in a row at the start of the international tournament in Karlovy Vary. They outscored Australia for 2-0 record. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) fired 23 points to lead the winners. Australia fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Australia enjoyed a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. Hungary however pulled ahead in the second term. The European side built a 44:37 halftime advantage. Hungary maintained the lead throughout the third term. They boosted the margin to 14 points with one quarter left 66:52. Australia went on a determined comeback effort in the final term but Hungary stayed calm and rolled to the victory at the end. Katalin Honti (175-G-87) nailed 22 points for the winners. Bujdoso finished with 11 points for Hungary. Liz Cambage (203-C-91) answered with game-high 25 points for Australia. Erin Phillips (173-PG-85) and Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) had 7 points each in the loss.

Hungary: Allie Quigley 23, Katalin Honti 22, Dora Nagy 11
Australia: Liz Cambage 25, Erin Phillips 7, Lauren Jackson 7



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Switzerland rolled over Luxembourg in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg-Switzerland 47:67

Switzerland rolled over Luxembourg in Game 2 as well. The guests grabbed a 67:47 win for the second straight win between two sides.
The Swiss side took 20:10 lead after the first period and did not allow the opponents to catch up. Moreover Switzerland added 17-13 in the second period for 37:23 halftime advantage. In the third quarter the guests produced a 16-11 surge and increased to 53:34 after 30 minutes. Switzerland added 14-13 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Twehnes notched 14. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) delivered 12, while Jalinka Michaux (173-F-87) added 10. Magaly Meynadier (170-SG-91) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Jill Bausch (176-G-87) notched 9. Schmitz and Hetto followed them with 8 points each in defeat.

Luxembourg: Magaly Meynadier 13, Jill Bausch 9, Schmitz 8, Hetto 8
Switzerland: Sarah Kershaw 15, Twehnes 14, Marielle Giroud 12, Jalinka Michaux 10



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  NEW ZEALAND   


New Zealand lose to China in Tour opener - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand National Team travelled to China to play a series of friendly encounters. They faced the hosts in the opener and surrendered 73:79.
China led by just a single point after ten minutes of action 20:19. The hosts stretched the margin to 2 points at the interval 41:39. China started to clear off in the third term. They capitalized on tired from travel Tall Ferns to boost the gap to 9 points 62:53. But the Tall Ferns did not surrender as they put up a fight in the final quarter. New Zealand outscored China to narrow the gap before falling short at the end. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon) delivered 16 points to lead the winners. Toni Edmondson (182-G-87) added 13 points, while Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) had 12 points in the loss. New Zealand will now take on Australia next.



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  POLAND   


Poland and Germany exchange victories in Inowroclaw - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Poland had won the first friendly game on Friday 59:53. One day later Germany took a revenge on polish players and won the second game by 18 62:44. Both teams will start
qualifications to the Eurobasket Women 2013 in the next weekend. Poland plays at home in Krosno. Germany will fight with Romania also at home .

Polish players were playing good in defense on Friday. After 5 minutes Poland had one point lead 7:6. Then Poland started to play with good execution. In the middle of the game
Poland was leading 37:21. In the third quarter Polish players stopped and German were able to reduce the lost. In the fourth period Germany was close to took the lead but Polish
players did not allow German to do it.

Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) led her team to win with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 8 steals. Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85, college: UTEP) also showed a good performance with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Two German players ended the game with double figures: Katharina Fikiel and Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) ended the game with 12 points.

Poland - Germany 59:53 (19:10, 18:11, 7:15, 15:17)
Poland: Agnieszka Skobel 12, Magdalena Losi (173-F-80, agency: Promotex) 10, Izabela Piekarska 9, Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex) 8, Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) 7, Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) 5, Patrycja Gulak-Lipka (192-C-82, college: Massachusetts) 3, Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group) 3, Agnieszka Szott (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group) 2, Agnieszka Makowska (182-F-82) 2, Aleksandra Chomac (191-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group) 0



Germany: Sarah Austmann 12, Katharina Fikiel 12, Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management)r 8, Romy Bar (189-F-87) 6, Pia Mankertz 5, Dorothea Richter (176-G-83) 2, Roli-Ann Haldin 2, Stephanie Wagner (181-F-90)r 2, Charmaine Callahan (183-F/C-83) 2, Sonja Greinacher (193-F-92) 2, Tina Menz (174-G/F-88) 0


Saturdays game was very bad for Poland. Polish players were making easy mistakes. German made 19 points in fast-break. Poland did not made any fast-break in the whole game. It was a key-difference between these two teams.

German were playing hard in defense, forcing turnovers and scoring points with fast-breaks. Polish players had terrible execution especially in the third quarter. Poland scored only 5 points in the third period.

Poland started the game with 2 points but German answered with 12:0 run. Germany was able to elaborate 10 point lead in the first quarter. Then they were controlling the game.

Anne Breitreinerr led her team to win with 13 points (4/5 for 3) and 7 rebounds. Sarah Austmann also scored 13 points. Tina Menz added 10. Neither polish player was able to end the game with double figures. Agnieszka Makowska scored 9 points. Paulina Pawlak and Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) added 8 each.

Poland - Germany 44:62 (16:26, 11:13, 5:12, 12:11)
Poland: Agnieszka Makowska 9, Agnieszka Majewska 8, Paulina Pawlak 8, Joanna Walich 7, Agnieszka Szott 2, Agnieszka Skobel 2, Magdalena Losi 2, Patrycja Gulak-Lipka 2,

Aleksandra Chomac 2, Martyna Koc 2, Weronika Idczak 0, Izabela Piekarska 0





Germany: Anne Breitreinerr 13, Sarah Austmann 13, Tina Menz 10, Romy Bar 9, Katharina Fikiel 6, Dorothea Richter 5, Sonja Greinacher 2, Roli-Ann Haldin 2, Pia Mankertz 2, Stephanie Wagnerr 0, Charmaine Callahan 0






Poland edge Germany in Inowroclaw - by Eurobasket News

Poland-Germany 59:53

Poland edge Germany in Inowroclaw in the first friendly game between two sides. The home side celebrated a 59:53 victory in Game 1.
Poland started with 19-10 lead in the opening period and dominated the half. They added 18-11 in the second frame for 37:21 at the halftime. Germany however played better in the second half. They won the third quarter 15-7 and finished the game with 17-15 in the last stanza. It was not however enough to seal the win.
Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Losi netted 10. Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85, college: UTEP) scored 9, while Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex) delivered 8. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) and Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) ended up with 12 points each in the losing effort. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) netted 8, whilst Romy Bar (189-F-87) added 6.

Poland: Agnieszka Skobel 12, Losi 10, Izabela Piekarska 9, Martyna Koc 8
Germany: Sarah Austmann 12, Katharina Fikiel 12, Anne Breitreiner 8, Romy Bar 6



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  ROMANIA   


Georgios Dikeoulakos takes over CSM Targoviste, according to report - by Eurobasket News

According to Romanian media (Totalbaschet.ro), CSM Targoviste hired Georgios Dikeoulakos (agency: FCM) as a new Head Coach. The Greek specialist left Fenerbahce few days ago. He won the Turkish league title with them and reached Euroleague Final Eight. The team also played in Turkish Cup and President Cup Finals. Before Fenerbahce, Dikeoulakos spent one year with Lotos Gdynia. Actually, he took over the club in January of 2011 and led them to Polish Cup trophy and PLKK Semifinals. He coached at the 2011 Euroleague All-Star Game. He also coached at Turkish league All-Star Game this year. In 2009 and 2010, Georgios Dikeoulakos won Greek league title with Athinaikos and they also were EuroCup winners in 2010. Dikeoulakos was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Coach of the Year -10 and Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Coach of the Year -10. He also took over Latvian National Team at that time. In the past, Dikeoulakos worked as Assistant Coach of Panellinios and Apollon Patras.

Full profile of Georgios Dikeoulakos:
In 2006 he went to the States at the training camps of Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks from the N.B.A., and De Paul, Marquette, Northwestern, S. Francis from N.C.A.A. He teaches in many international clinics in Greece and abroad. He teaches scouting in Basketball to the University of physical education in Athens, and to the school of basketball coaches in Greece.
He has written many articles to basketball magazines and newspapers. He has worked at the side of many experienced coaches (Slobodan Subotic, Dirk Bauerman, Kostas Missas, Giorgos Kalafatakis etc). With some of these teams he has participate at the Euroleague, Uleb cup, Fiba cup and with the womens national team of Greece he has participate at the Eurobasket 2007 in Italy.
Dikaioulakos is the most successful coach in the history of Greek women basketball. After winning the double in 2009 with Athinaikos, he lead the club to the treble in 2010 by winning the FIBA Eurochallenge and doing the double in Greece again. He was then appointed as Head coach of Latvias National Team and in the summer of 2010 he lead them to qualification for the Eurobasket 2011. In January 2011 he took over Lotos Gdynia and in March he won the Polish Cup. Dikaioulakos has also won the gold medal in the Mens U18 European Championship with Greece as assistant coach to Kostas Missas
He speaks Serbo-croatian, English and Spanish.



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  SLOVAKIA   


Slovak Republic destroy Austria - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic- Austria 121:38

Slovak Republic destroy Austria in the friendly game between two sides. The Slovakian team celebrated a 121:38 win.
Slovakia started with 36-6 lead and never looked behind after. They added 29-14 in the second period to take 65:20 lead at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the home side. Slovakia won the third period 23-13 and finished the game with 33-5 in the last stanza.
Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90), Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) and Timea Sujova (173-G-84) posted 14 each. Cernakova netted 12 and Tetemondova scored 11. Takacs and Plank replied with 7 points in the losing effort and Nora Kampitsch (181-C-88) added 6.

Slovak Republic: Romana Vynuchalova 16, Klaudia Lukacovicova 14, Ivana Jalcova 14, Timea Sujova 14, Cernakova 12, Tetemondova 11
Austria: Takacs 7, Plank 7, Nora Kampitsch 6, Verena Bachler (175-G-88) 4, Sascha Breuer 4



Michaela Abelova remains with Halle - by Eurobasket News

Michaela Abelova (183-G-85) remains with Halle for the 4th straight year. The Slovakian Guard joined the team in 2009 and continue to impress abroad.
In 2004-2005 she appeared for BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary and in 2007-2008 moved to BG 74 Goettingen (Germany-DBBL, starting five). In 20 games her stats read 12.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 76.5%. In 2009-2010 joined SV Halle Lions (Germany-DBBL) and debuted with 9.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 26.6%, FT: 77.8%. Later Michaela Abelova renewed her contract with Halle Lions. Last season Michaela Abelova tallied 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game. The guard made it into Eurobasket.com German DBBL All-Bosmans Team. Michaela Abelova is the member of Slovakian National Team.
In 2011-2012 for SV Halle Lions (Germany-DBBL, starting five) averaged 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT-1 (88.2%).



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Switzerland rolled over Luxembourg in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg-Switzerland 47:67

Switzerland rolled over Luxembourg in Game 2 as well. The guests grabbed a 67:47 win for the second straight win between two sides.
The Swiss side took 20:10 lead after the first period and did not allow the opponents to catch up. Moreover Switzerland added 17-13 in the second period for 37:23 halftime advantage. In the third quarter the guests produced a 16-11 surge and increased to 53:34 after 30 minutes. Switzerland added 14-13 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Twehnes notched 14. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) delivered 12, while Jalinka Michaux (173-F-87) added 10. Magaly Meynadier (170-SG-91) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Jill Bausch (176-G-87) notched 9. Schmitz and Hetto followed them with 8 points each in defeat.

Luxembourg: Magaly Meynadier 13, Jill Bausch 9, Schmitz 8, Hetto 8
Switzerland: Sarah Kershaw 15, Twehnes 14, Marielle Giroud 12, Jalinka Michaux 10



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Tarsus brings in Gokce Dogan and Dila Askin - by Eurobasket News

Tarsus signed Gokce Dogan (173-F-86) and Dila Askin (177-G/F-87) for the next season.
Gokce Dogan spent 2011/12 with Samsun. She had 5.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2 apg for 25 games in TBBL. She will help Tarsus at forward position. Before Samsun, the player spent one season with Botasspot Adana. She already played for Tarsus and it was from 2008 to 2010. Dogan also has experience from Alanya and Cankaya. She played for the Turkish National Team in 2010 and also for Turkish University NT a year before that.
Dila Askin played last two seasons for Kayseri. In the latest one she had 7.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 1.1 apg for 13 TBBL games. Askin also added 7.1 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 7 games in EuroCup. The team reached EuroCup Finals and TBBL Semis this season. Before Kayseri, Askin played few years for Cankaya.



Botas signs Ayse Dilek Unuvar - by Eurobasket News

Ayse Dilek Unuvar (178-F-82) is a new member of Botas. The Turkish forward signed a one-year deal with her new club. Univar arrives to Botas from Mersin, where she spent last season. She appeared 26 times in TBBL averaging 4.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Mersin reached TBBL and Cup Semifinals. Before Mersin, Ayse Dilek Unuvar spent one season with Ceyhan. She had 6.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.4 apg for them in Turkey. In 2009/10, the forward played for Cankaya and before that for Tarsus. She also has experience from Besiktas. With them Univar played in EuroCup. It was in 2007/08 season, when she registered 6 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2 apg for 8 games in this Euro competition.


Czech Republic thump Turkey in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Turkey 64:34

Czech Republic earned the first win at the international tournament in Karlovy Vary. The hosts thrashed Turkey tonight for 1-1 record. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) scored 13 points to lead the winners. Turkey fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Czech Republic shocked the visitors in the opening quarter. Turkey scored just a single point in the starting ten minutes to face a 17-point deficit. Czech Republic arrived at halftime up by 22 points 35:13. The home team extended the lead in the third term. They entered the final frame up by 35 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) nailed 10 points, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) added 9 points for the winners. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) answered with 7 points for Turkey. Birsel Vardarli (174-G-84) and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) contributed 5 points each in the loss.

Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 13, Katerina Elhotova 10, Ilona Burgrova 9
Turkey: Tugba Palazoglu 7, Birsel Vardarli 5, Quanitra Hollingsworth 5



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Tanecka Carey to Participate in FIBA Americas Centrobasket Championship - by David Edole

HATTIESBURG, Miss.-- Southern Miss senior women's basketball player Tanecka Carey (175-G-91) will play with the U.S. Virgin Islands National Team next week during the FIBA Americas Centrobasket Championships, June 12-16 in Morovis, Puerto Rico.

"I am thrilled for the opportunity to play for the Virgin Islands National Team," said Carey. "My father, Elroy Carey, was born in the Virgin Islands and came to the United States in high school. He starred at Piney Woods and Mississippi Valley State University. He was a major factor in me becoming a basketball player and continues to challenge me today. It is an honor and a tribute to my father to play for his country's National Team. I believe the international experience will help me in preparation for the 2012-13 Lady Eagle basketball season."

The tournament begins on Tuesday, June 12, with the U.S. Virgin Islands squad taking on the Dominican Republic. Each team will play three preliminary round games before advancing to the quarterfinals.

"We are excited for this opportunity for Tanecka," said Southern Miss head coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "She will gain valuable experience by competing against the best players in Central America while making a tribute to her dad and his native country. We believe this will be a jump start for Tanecka as she has her personal goals set for the
2012-13 year."

Carey was a Second Team All-Conference USA member while being named the C-USA Newcomer of the Year. She was fifth in the league in scoring (15.1 pts) and three-point field goal percentage (32.2%) while leading the league in three-pointers made (2.2). She was second in minutes played (37.1), 10th in free throw percentage (.708) and 16th in
rebounding (5.9).

The 5-9 guard also led the team with 26 double-figure scoring games and recorded three double-doubles



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Chicago S. 5-1 
 2. Connecticut S. 5-1 
 3. Indiana F. 4-2 
 4. Atlanta D. 3-4 
 5. New York L. 3-5 
 6. Washington M. 1-5 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 9-0 
 2. L.Angeles S. 5-2 
 3. S.Antonio SS 3-4 
 4. Phoenix M. 2-5 
 5. Seattle S. 2-5 
 6. Tulsa S. 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 9: S.Antonio SS - Seattle S. 80-67
Jun. 9: Tulsa S. - Minnesota L. 73-93
Jun. 10: New York L. - Chicago S.
Jun. 10: Connecticut S. - Atlanta D.


Latest games: Sparks defeat Phoenix Mercury, 90-74, for fourth straight win - by Eurobasket News

L.Angeles S. - Phoenix M. 90-74
Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90, college: Stanford) had season highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) added 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks defeat the Phoenix Mercury, 90-74, on Friday night. The Sparks (5-1) have won four straight and are off to their best start since 2003. The 16-point victory was their largest of the season. Parker recorded her fourth straight double-double and matched a season-high with four assists. DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 12 of her 21 points in the second half and hit a 3-pointer after Phoenix climbed back to seven points down with 6:30 remaining. The Mercury (2-5) have beaten only Tulsa this season, and all five losses have been by double digits. Phoenix is 1-4 without Diana Taurasi, the former MVP who is out indefinitely with a left hip flexor strain. Charde Houston led Phoenix with 22 points and made four of five three-point attempts. DeWanna Bonner added 18 points, and Candice Dupree had 13. Bonner made consecutive three-point baskets to pull Phoenix to 73-66, but the Mercury got no closer. Milton-Jones sank a baseline 3-pointer for an 81-68 lead. Parker took a no-look pass from Kristi Toliver for the last of her points for an 88-71 lead. Phoenix trimmed a 22-point deficit to nine after three quarters. Houston made a pair of three-pointers and Dupree completed a three-point play and made a jumper in the final four minutes of the third. Parker finished a 13-0 run with a pair of free throws and a layup late in the first half as the Sparks took a 43-28 lead into halftime. Phoenix was held to no field goals in the final 4:52 of the opening half. Bonner was zero for five, and Dupree was two for 11 as the Mercury shot 28.1% from the field. Sparks Coach Carol Ross sat forward Alana Beard for the first time this season. Coco Miller made her Sparks debut. Los Angeles on Friday signed Miller for backcourt help. Sharnee Zoll was expected to contribute at point guard, but Zoll tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee before the season, and the Sparks waived her Wednesday. Miller played for Ross the past three seasons in Atlanta, where Ross was an assistant coach for the Dream. *Courtesy of www.latimes.com

Atlanta D. - S.Antonio SS 60-57
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored 16 on Friday and the Dream edged the Silver Stars, 60-57. Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) added 14 points and Yelena Leuchanka had nine for Atlanta, which trailed 45-42 entering the fourth quarter. Sophia Young scored 21 to pace San Antonio. The game, which was tight throughout, was tied at 53 with just over five minutes remaining. From there the Dream unleashed a 6-0 run, getting baskets from McCoughtry, Harding and Leuchanka, to go on top for good. *Courtesy of www.13wmaz.com

Chicago S. - Tulsa S. 98-91 OT
Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) hit a 3-pointer to force overtime and added eight points in the extra session in the Chicago Sky's 98-91 victory over the winless Tulsa Shock on Friday night. Prince, the WNBA scoring leader, finished with 32 points. She scored eight points in the final 29 seconds of regulation, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a 77-77 tie. Tamera Young (6'2''-G-86, college: JMU) added 16 points, and Sylvia Fowles, Swin Cash and Courtney Vandersloot each had 14. Fowles also tied a career high with 21 rebounds for Chicago (5-1), off to its best start in franchise history. Scholanda Dorrell scored 25 points for the Shock (0-7), who have dropped five straight on the road. Glory Johnson and Lynetta Kizer each had 17 points, and Jennifer Lacy added 13. Prince scored 31 and 33 points in two games last week, leading Chicago to a pair of comeback wins. Tulsa rallied from a 33-27 deficit late in the second quarter and trimmed Chicago's halftime lead to 35-34 on Latta's driving layup in the final seconds. The Sky threatened to pull away early in the third, opening a game-high 13-point lead after a Fowles fast-break layup with 5:50 left. But the Shock cut it to three at 50-47 with eight straight points by Johnson. Young hit back-to-back baskets in the final 2:40 to help Chicago to a 54-49 lead entering the final 10 minutes. The Shock opened the fourth quarter with an 11-1 run to take a lead it maintained until Prince's final shot in regulation. The Sky were without reserve guard Shay Murphy, who left the team this week to fulfill obligations with the Montenegro national team. Murphy, who was averaging 2.6 points, will miss five contests. *Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com

Minnesota L. - Seattle S. 79-55
The Lynx took one step closer to a WNBA record with their 79-55 win over Seattle at Target Center on Wednesday night. They sent a message to the rest of the league as they dominated the Storm without their best player Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84, college: LSU) who was held out of the game with a leg injury that head coach Cheryl Reeve described as muscular. ''I told Seimone, 'it must feel good that we really don't need you,''' joked Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve. ''It felt good for Maya and Wiggins because our thing was when we're a man down we've got to man up. We didn't want to have any heroes. We were going to do it as a team and cover for Seimone.'' Without Augustus in the lineup, the Lynx proved the depth that has been talked about as the strength of this team was a little more than just talk. Taj McWilliams-Franklin (6'3''-C-70, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Edward's) started strong on the offensive end of the floor, setting the tone for her best offensive game of the season as she led the team with 17 points. She was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field in just under 20 minutes of action. Rookie sensation Devereaux Peters (6'2''-F-89, college: Notre Dame) continued to build on her stron start adding 14 points and dishing four assists off the bench. The Lynx jumped out to a great start, leading 17 after the first quarter, holding the Storm to only eight points. They led by 13 at the half, their sixth game out of eight played where the team has a double-digit advantage at the mid-way point. Most impressively, the team continues their white hot shooting from the field. It is extremely easy when you shoot nearly 55 percent from the field, and that is a big reason this team is undefeated. The Storm made a run after trailing by 13 at the half and cut the lead to seven on a Tina Thompson three pointer. They would get no closer as the Lynx closed the third quarter on a 18-5 run. The play of the night came on the first offensive posession of the fourth quarter when Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) found McWilliams-Franklin on an alley oop that stretched the lead to 21. Wiggins played huge scoring 12 points on 4-for-7 from three-point range. She also pulled down a team high six rebounds and dished a pair of assists, including the alley to Taj's oop. With the win the Lynx remain undefeated and move one game closer to the WNBA record of 9-0 to start the season set by the 2001 and 2003 Los Angeles Sparks. The Lynx hit the road Saturday as they travel to Tulsa to face the Shock. Courtesy of www.myfoxtwincities.com

Washington M. - New York L. 70-76
Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) scored 25 points, the Liberty took control with a 30-5 first-half run and survived a frantic fourth quarter for their first road victory of the season, 76-70 over the Mystics on Friday night. Leilani Mitchell (5'5''-PG-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) hit four three-pointers and scored 16 points for the Liberty, winners of three straight after opening the season 0-5. The latest victory also snapped a five-game losing streak in Washington dating to the 2009 season. The Liberty lost their three previous road games this season by an average of 21.3 points. New York shot 60 percent (21 of 35) from the field in the first half, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc, and held a 29-point lead with just under nine minutes left in the second quarter. *Courtesy of www.northjersey.com

Indiana F. - Connecticut S. 81-89
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had her fourth double-double of the season, and 49th of her career, as the Connecticut Sun beat the Indiana Fever 89-81 on Friday in Indianapolis. Charles finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds. The Sun's Asjha Jones also had a double-double, with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Kara Lawson led the Sun with 18 points. "I thought we did a good job on Tina Charles," said Fever coach Lin Dunn. "We made it hard for her to score. But their bench hurt us." Tan White had her first points of the season, coming off the bench to score 10 points. Seven Sun players scored in double figures, the most since July 6, 2007, against Phoenix. It was the Sun's first win in Indianapolis since July 14, 2010. Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 31 points. She and Tammy Sutton-Brown had eight rebounds apiece. The game had 10 lead changes and seven ties. The Fever led 79-78 with 2:52 left in the game, but the Sun went on an 11-2 run to finish. The Sun hit 16 of 17 free throws, including 15 in a row to start the game. *Courtesy of www.courant.com

New York L. - Atlanta D. 79-74
Before team introductions tonight, Liberty center Kia Vaughn (6'4''-C-87, college: Rutgers) addressed the crowd dotted throughout the Prudential Center stands and asked for a much-needed lift. They began the night with just one win, after all, still struggling to gel from an offseason training camp where most of the team arrived just days before the May 19 opener. After the brief address, Vaughn clasped the microphone with both hands and gestured toward the crowd, thanking them in advance. Anything, it seemed, to keep the momentum for a second straight win after an 0-5 start to the season. Two hours later, after a 79-74 win over the Atlanta Dream tonight, her plea was answered. Fans danced on the cleared court and pushed up against the scorers table for handshakes. Vaughn draped her arm around Cappie Pondexter and offered a round of hi-fives. The Liberty, shaky throughout a tumultuous start, had their second straight win. 'I hate losing', Pondexter said. 'I think weve been doing a great job, and everybodys been focused. We're just staying together and staying positive.' Being 0-5 sucked; I never had that in my career. I knew wed turn it around eventually. Pondexter finished with a team-high 24 points, while Leilani Mitchell (5'5''-PG-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) chipped in 18. Vaughn, the author of the pre-game speech, added 15. The first half went just as Vaughn had hoped, as the Liberty jumped out to a five-point lead. Despite 13 points, five steals and six rebounds from the Dreams star, Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville), they were able to keep her from dissecting their defense. After a second-half run in which the Dream took a brief lead at the end of the third quarter on an Aneika Henry jumper, the Liberty regained the lead early in the fourth after Pondexter hit a runner. We had some breakdowns on the defense today, but it wasnt a 100-point breakdown like we had (last weekend on the road against Atlanta), head coach John Whisenant said afterward. This is the way weve got to play, weve got to lean on our sound defense and if we dont play it sound, well have trouble. During the losing streak, Whisenant asked his team to lean on one another, preaching that a slow start was understandable but surmountable. But he was hesitant to think that things had completely changed for the better. The crowd, the hugging, the high-fives, the cheering and the answered pleas would suffice for now but be forgotten soon. One game at a time, he said. Im giving them tomorrow off. Well practice Thursday and well get on a plane and try to win at Washington not look past that. Courtesy of www.nj.com