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  ARGENTINA   



Gimnasia Indalo tab Alejandro Reinick - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia Indalo bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with experienced Alejandro Reinick (203-C-78). The centre spent the last four seasons with Penarol Mar del Plata. Last season Alejandro Reinick posted 2.0 points and 3.1 boards per game in LigaA. Previously the centre had stints with Quimsa, Retagas Corrientes, Deportivo Conarpesa, Atenas Cordoba and Pico FC.


Argentina coast past Chile in San Martin - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Chile 106:82

Argentina clinched the second win at the Super 4 Cup tournament in San Martino. They fired past Chile for 2-0 record. Selem Safar (190-G-87) and Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) accounted for 16 points each to lead the winners.
Argentina left their opponents far behind in the opening ten minutes. They built a 31:11 lead at the first break. Argentina boosted the gap in the second frame. The hosts secured a 56:27 halftime lead. Chile erupted for 35 points in the third term to narrow the deficit. But Argentina were back in control in the final frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Pablo Espinoza (200-F-87) had 15 points for the winners. Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) and Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) notched 19 points apiece for Chile.

Argentina: Selem Safar 16, Nicolas Romano 16, Pablo Espinoza 15
Chile: Erik Carrasco 19, Evandro Arteaga 19



Argentina open Super 4 in Mendoza with victory - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Uruguay 88:70

Argentina victoriously opened their Super 4 Cup tournament campaign. The hosts fired past Uruguay in San Martin Mendoza. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) notched 16 points to lead the winners.
Argentina built a 21:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Uruguay cut the distance in the second quarter. The visitors got within 3 points at halftime 36:39. Argentina however clear off once again in the third period. The hosts knocked down 24 points to take a 9-point lead before the final stanza. Argentina dominated in the final period rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) nailed 10 points, while Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) and Marcos Mata (201-F-86) added 9 points each in the victory. Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) topscored with 18 points for Uruguay. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Argentina: Juan Gutierrez 16, Matias Sandes 10, Franco Giorgetti 9, Marcos Mata 9
Uruguay: Mauricio Aguiar 18, Leandro Garcia Morales 14



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - SBL

SBL Standings
 1. Lakeside L. 15-2 
 2. Wanneroo W. 14-2 
 3. Mandurah M. 12-5 
 4. Cockburn C. 11-5 
 5. Perth R. 11-6 
 6. Willetton T. 9-8 
 7. East Perth E. 8-8 
 8. Goldfield G. 8-9 
 9. Perry Lakes H. 8-9 
 10. Stirling S. 7-10 
 11. Kalamunda E.S. 5-12 
 12. Geraldton B. 5-13 
 13. Rockingham F. 2-15 
 14. SW Slammers 2-15 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jun. 9: Mandurah M. - Perth R. 98-94
Jun. 8: SW Slammers - Mandurah M. 95-99
Jun. 8: Perth R. - Lakeside L. 91-124
Jun. 8: Rockingham F. - Cockburn C. 84-149
Jun. 9: Geraldton B. - East Perth E. 83-93
Jun. 9: Willetton T. - Rockingham F. 122-106
Jun. 9: Stirling S. - SW Slammers 116-73
Jun. 9: Goldfield G. - Perry Lakes H. 103-101
Jun. 9: Wanneroo W. - Kalamunda E.S. 102-86

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 15: East Perth E. - Wanneroo W.
Jun. 15: Cockburn C. - Mandurah M.
Jun. 16: Geraldton B. - Rockingham F.
Jun. 16: Goldfield G. - Lakeside L.
Jun. 16: Perth R. - Cockburn C.
Jun. 16: SW Slammers - East Perth E.
Jun. 16: Kalamunda E.S. - Perry Lakes H.
Jun. 16: Stirling S. - Willetton T.



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Sitra 3-1 
 2. Al Manama 3-1 
 3. Muharraq 2-1 
 4. Al Hala 2-2 
 5. Al Ahli 1-2 
 6. Issa Town 0-4 
Places 7-11
 1. Al Ittihad 0-0 
 2. Al Najma 0-0 
 3. Bahrain Club 0-0 
 4. Nuwaidrat 0-0 
 5. Samaheej 0-0 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Jun. 9: Al Manama - Al Hala 99-91
Jun. 9: Sitra - Issa Town 81-49
Jun. 11: Al Ahli - Muharraq



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  BELGIUM   


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BRENT WRIGHT! - by Ozell Wells

Eurobasket had the honor of sitting with FINALS MVP, Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) just after winning the Belgian Ethias League Title. A savvy veteran of FIBA basketball, he gave us his insights into the state of the league, the road to the title and his outlook on the future.

EU: Brent, congratulations! Thanks for sitting with us. Lets start by asking you how it feels to be king of the hill?

BW: I will like to thank Coach Dario Gjergia,Johan, the team President, and the fans for giving me this opportunity to come back to Belgium and the win another championship with Oostende. It's the first team, that I played for in Belgium. It feels great going home with another championship, truly makes the summer break more enjoyable..

EU: How did you find playing in Belgium this season? Your career has been tremendous from winning in the NCAA, ULEB CUP, Italy, Russia, Croatia and more...how does this one feel for you?

BW: It was great coming back to belgium, because we won the championship and finished in 1st place. Winning the championship this year was the best feeling that I have ever had playing basketball. This was the toughest championship I have won. Winning against my old team..

EU: Where do you see this league going in the future? This was your 3rd tour of duty here in the league.

BW: I think the league is good, I would like to see more belgian players play. I think there should be a rule of at least two belgian players on the floor at all times. This will help the younger belgian players gain experience. There is some good young talent, you can only get better by playing in games. Yes this is my 3rd time and there is nothing better than going out as a winner.

EU: What type of things did you, as a team have to go through to get the title in Game Five of a best of Five series?

BW: We had to focus and play defense, Charleroi is a great team with great players and a great coach. I knew it was not going to be easy, they have won the last 4 championships. They know how to win.To be champs, you have to beat the champs. Every game was tough. I am proud of my teammates, as we showed character, toughness, and the will to Win. We won this championship because we were determined.

EU: What can we expect from you in the next few seasons? WHERE ARE YOU HEADED FROM HERE?

BW: You can expect from me to continue to be a Winner, Team player, and a Hard worker. I will Continue to work on my Game, and always give 100%. I am headed to South Beach to enjoy the NBA Finals

EU: Where would you rank Belgium, of all of the countries that you have been and won?

BW: I will have to say belgium is in the top three, belgium has produced or helped a lot of good players in Europe. Who came to belgium earlier in their career.

EU: Coming from a champion, it need be taken seriously, and held onto. Have you any ventures outside of basketball?

BW: Yes I have a couple of ventures, I have an established trucking company and this summer, i am opening a wellness center. People always need a from of rehab or health, wellness and fitness assistance, so I thought It would be good.

EU: Anything to give to your adoring fans worldwide and back home in the US?

BW: Thanks for the support you guys are great!

We at EUROBASKET want to wish Brent Wright the very best of congratulations on a job well done/ We also look to hear great things from him in the very near future. We know that doors are opening to him, because after all is said and done...HE IS THE CHAMPION OF THE LEAGUE!



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  BRAZIL   


Brazil cruise past Chile in Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Chile 93:48

Brazil celebrated the first win at the Super 4 Cup in Mendoza, Argentina. They fired past Chile in the opener. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) accounted for 17 points to lead the charge.
Brazil took off early in the game. They built a 19:10 lead at the first intermission. The margin grew deeper in the second quarter. Brazil ensured a comfortable 48:22 halftime lead. Chile failed to turn the tables in the second half. Brazil accumulated an insurmountable 73:34 lead with one quarter remaining. Brazil did not slow down in the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) dropped 15 points for Brazil. Rafael Freire (188-PG-92) had 14 points in the victory. Erik Carrasco (181-G-83), Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) and Renato Vera (199-C/F-87) had 9 points each in the loss.

Brazil: Dede Stefanelli 17, Arthur Silva 15, Rafael Freire 14
Chile: Erik Carrasco 9, Evandro Arteaga 9, Renato Vera 9



Brazil prevail against Uruguay in San Martin - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Uruguay 72:66

Brazil posted the second straight win at the start of Mendoza Super 4 Cup international tournament. They toppled Uruguay to stay undefeated. Brazil will face hosting Argentina for the title tonight. Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) accounted for 13 points for the winners. Uruguay fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Uruguay got to the better start. They built a 23:17 lead ten minutes into the game. But Brazil slowly recovered. They denied the deficit and eked out a 39:37 halftime advantage. Brazil limited Uruguay to 12 points in the third term to stretch the lead. Brazil entered the final period up by 4 points. They kept Uruguay at distance throughout the final quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) and Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) accounted for 12 points each for the winners. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) replied with 20 points for Uruguay. Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) netted 18 points in the loss.

Brazil: Mineiro Ferreira 13, Vitor Benite 12, Dede Stefanelli 12
Uruguay: Leandro Garcia Morales 20, Mauricio Aguiar 18



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  BRUNEI   


Brunei U20 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Muhammad Jamri Bin Ramlee
Bin Ramlee
Lim Liang Wei
Wei
Ching Wei Ming
Ming
Han Ming Kwang
Kwang
Soon Kian Leong
Leong
#e#5
4 Muhammad Jamri Bin Ramlee 177-G/F-91
5 Jonathan Lee Cheng Poh 169-G-92
6 Lim Liang Wei 178-F-90
7 Ching Wei Ming 168-F-92
8 Liew Ming Yang 179-F-92
9 Ak Ammar Ikram 175-F-92
10 Foo Gwen Tong 178-F-93
11 Khoo Chin Kai 172-G-91
12 Ho Boon Siong 167-G-91
13 Han Ming Kwang 187-F/C-91
14 Leong Ming Seng 171-G-92
15 Soon Kian Leong 188-F/C-91

Pong Bing Chau Head Coach
Yap Chun Siong Assistant
Wira Pori Team Manager



Brunei National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Zainul Ashyraf
Ashyraf
Benjamin Sim
Sim
Choo Yung Jian
Jian
Aik Hock Lim
Lim
Faizuladzmi Tajuddin
Tajuddin
#e#5
Zainul Ashyraf 196-C-87 Barracudas Brunei
Benjamin Sim 186-G/F-85 Barracudas Brunei
Choo Yung Jian 175-G-88
Esmond Tan 183-PG-84 Barracudas Brunei
Benjamin Lim 185-F-84
Aik Hock Lim 173-G-83 Barracudas Brunei
Faizuladzmi Tajuddin 191-C-82 Barracudas Brunei
Po Yung Hui 173-G-85
Ching Wei Ming 168-F-92
Jamri Ramlee 177-G/F-91 Barracudas Brunei
Kevin Tay Sen 173-F/G-82
Kenny Lim Chuan 188-F-78

Kevin Reece Head Coach
Maxin Yap Assistant
Wira Pori Team Manager



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  CHILE   


Argentina coast past Chile in San Martin - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Chile 106:82

Argentina clinched the second win at the Super 4 Cup tournament in San Martino. They fired past Chile for 2-0 record. Selem Safar (190-G-87) and Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) accounted for 16 points each to lead the winners.
Argentina left their opponents far behind in the opening ten minutes. They built a 31:11 lead at the first break. Argentina boosted the gap in the second frame. The hosts secured a 56:27 halftime lead. Chile erupted for 35 points in the third term to narrow the deficit. But Argentina were back in control in the final frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Pablo Espinoza (200-F-87) had 15 points for the winners. Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) and Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) notched 19 points apiece for Chile.

Argentina: Selem Safar 16, Nicolas Romano 16, Pablo Espinoza 15
Chile: Erik Carrasco 19, Evandro Arteaga 19



Brazil cruise past Chile in Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Chile 93:48

Brazil celebrated the first win at the Super 4 Cup in Mendoza, Argentina. They fired past Chile in the opener. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) accounted for 17 points to lead the charge.
Brazil took off early in the game. They built a 19:10 lead at the first intermission. The margin grew deeper in the second quarter. Brazil ensured a comfortable 48:22 halftime lead. Chile failed to turn the tables in the second half. Brazil accumulated an insurmountable 73:34 lead with one quarter remaining. Brazil did not slow down in the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) dropped 15 points for Brazil. Rafael Freire (188-PG-92) had 14 points in the victory. Erik Carrasco (181-G-83), Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) and Renato Vera (199-C/F-87) had 9 points each in the loss.

Brazil: Dede Stefanelli 17, Arthur Silva 15, Rafael Freire 14
Chile: Erik Carrasco 9, Evandro Arteaga 9, Renato Vera 9



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  CHINA   


Hodge's double-double lands him NBL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old guard Julius Hodge (201-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Jiangsu and receives a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 24 rebounds, while his team beat Hong Kong (#7, 4-7) 104-93. Jiangsu maintains the 2nd position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Jiangsu will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. Hodge just recently signed at Jiangsu, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Julius Hodge averages this season 27.8ppg, 18.2rpg and 7.7apg.

Second best performed player last round was Hamady N'Diaye (213-C-87) of top-ranked Guangzhou L.. He is Senegalese center in his first season at Guangzhou L.. In the last game N'Diaye recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 21 rebounds. Of course he lead Guangzhou L. to another comfortable win 82-69 over the lower-ranked Sichuan (#8, 4-8) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Guangzhou L. still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 10 matches. N'Diaye is one of the most experienced players at Guangzhou L. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#9). He also registered 14.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Bryan Davis (206-F-86, agency: N.E.T.) of Hebei (#4). Davis got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . He was a key player of Hebei, leading his team to a 113-96 easy win against the lower-ranked Henan Jiyuan (#10, 1-11). Hebei needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 4 lost games. Davis has a great season in China. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 32.2ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 16.8rpg (5th best). He also has 3.1spg, 2.8bpg and FGP: 58.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) of Heilongjiang - 32 points and 15 rebounds
5. Walter Sharpe (206-F-86) of Guangzhou FM - 26 points, 21 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Joseph Taylor (203-F-85) of Changan Group - 34 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
7. DeVon Hardin (211-C-86) of Hong Kong - 22 points and 18 rebounds
8. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83) of Henan Jiyuan - 31 points and 9 rebounds
9. ChengLin Fan (202-F-91) of Nanjin Army - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Dong Li (200-F-89) of Nanjin Army - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  CROATIA   


Rok Stipcevic will stay with Cimberio Varese - by Eurobasket News

According to Cimberio Varese's President Francesco Vescovi, Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) will get a contract extension soon. Reportedly, the Croatian point guard wants to stay with the club and the new Head Coach Francesco Vitucci likes him. Stipcevic joined Varese in February of 2011. He played 36 games for them this season registering 11.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.6 rpg. He had slightly lower numbers in 2010/11. Rok Stipcevic started that season with Cibona Zagreb. He had 10.3 ppg, 4.1 apg and 2.8 rpg for them in 9 Euroleague games. From 2006 to 2010, the point guard played for Zadar and he was their member also in the past. They won Croatian league title together in 2005 and 2008. Also in 2005, Zadar celebrated in Croatian Cup. Rok Stipcevic played for the Croatian National Team at 2010 World Championship in Turkey and last summer at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. However, he had very limited playing time.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Montepaschi Siena keep David Moss - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi Siena have reportedly agreed on terms of contract extension with David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.). The forward will sign a two-year extension. David Moss joined Siena in 2010. Last season the forward averaged 8.2 points, 2.6 boards and 1.1 assists per game in Euroleague. In SeriaA David Moss averaged 7.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. Previously the forward had stints with Bologna, Teramo, Fileni Jesi, Polpak Swiecie. Eurobasket.com named Davis Moss All-Italian LegaDue Forward of the Year in 2008 and 2009. He participated at SeriaA All-Star Games in 2011 and 2012.


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  FRANCE   


Vitre signs point guard Karim Dahak - by Eurobasket News

Karim Dahak (180-PG-88) is a new member of Vitre. The French point guard signed a one-year deal with the club. Dahak spent last three seasons with Evreux. In the latest one he had 1.6 ppg for 16 games in ProB. He had very limited playing time in 2010/11 and 2009/10 as well. Before Evreux, Dahak played for Longwy and Challans. Vitre will compete in NM2 next season.
According to local media, Sorgues (NM1) eyes Yohan Solle (207-C-91) for the next season. The young center played only seven games for Orleans this season. In the past, he played for their U21 team.



Evreux signs American PG Clevin Hannah - by Eurobasket News

Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) will continue his career in France. The American point guard signed a one-year deal with Evreux. Hannah arrives to the club from Karhu Kauhajoki, where he spent this season. He appeared 44 times in Finish league averaging 18.3 points, 4.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds. For his performance Hannah was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team -12. Before Karhu Kauhajoki, Clevin Hannah played for Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc. There he had 21.2 ppg, 6.2 apg and 3.1 rpg for 23 games in 2010/11 season. He ended as the second scorer and third assistant of Romanian league. Eurobasket awarded the player with All-Romanian League Honorable Mention -11. Clevin Hannah graduated at Wichita State University in 2010.


Amara Sy leaves Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Amara Sy (202-F-81) is no longer a member of Orleans. His contract expired and the player decided to look for other options for the next season. In this one Sy appeared 35 times in ProA averaging 13.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Orleans reached Playoff Semis, but failed against Chalon. In the Quarterfinals, Orleans eliminated Paris-Levallois with perfect 2-0. The team finished regular season as No.3 with 21-9 record. Amara Sy signed with Orleans during the summer of 2010. In their first season together he had 8.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.5 apg for 23 games in ProA. He had slightly lower numbers for 6 EuroChallenge games. Before Orleans, Sy played for Murcia, Bakersfield Jam (NBDL) and ASVEL. Three years ago Amara Sy played for the Malian National Team at the AfroBasket in Libya. He had 15.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 3.4 apg for 9 games at this event. Sy was MVP of the ProA All-Star Game this year.


William Gradit signs 2-year deal with Roanne - by Eurobasket News

William Gradit (197-F-82, college: Hill JC) is a new member of Roanne. The French forward signed a 2-year deal with the club. He spent last season and a half with Cholet. Gradit averaged 7.5 points and 1.6 rebounds for 36 games in ProA this season. His numbers in EuroCup were lower. Gradit joined Cholet in January of 2011 from Boulazac. They reached ProA Grand Final a year ago, but failed against Nancy in thriller. With Boulazac the forward had 10.4 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 10 games in ProB. Season 2008/09 William Gradit spent with Clermont collecting 14.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.3 apg for 27 games in ProB. From 2006 to 2009, he played for Vichy. They won the ProB title together in 2007. In the past, Gradit also played for Besancon, Mulhouse, Rueil and Paris Basket Racing. He played for the French National Team in 2009.


Cedrick Banks would like to stay with Orleans - by Eurobasket News

According to French media (Catch-and-shoot), Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) would like to stay with Orleans for the next season. The American combo guard was one of the best Orleans players this year. He appeared 35 times in ProA averaging 14.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 apg. His season-high was 29 points against Chalon last Friday. Orleans announced they will evaluate each player during the off-season, after what they will decide who will get an offer for extension.
Cedrick Banks returned to Orleans last summer. Season 2010/11 he spent with Limoges registering 9.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.4 apg for 17 games. From 2008 to 2010, the combo guard played for Orleans and won the French Cup with them in 2010. He shined ProA and Euroleague as well. In 2009, Orleans reached ProA Finals and they also played in Semaine des As Finals in 2009 and 2010. In the past, Banks played for Nancy, Besancon and Israeli Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. He participated four times at the ProA All-Star Game, including this season.



Dollars for Boris Diaw: A Spurs' equation - by Eurobasket News

Before the series with the Thunder, here is what one Spurs' staffer thought was the best way to keep Boris Diaw (6'8''-PF-82):

Win.

Give Diaw both a ring and a sentimental reason to want to return.

After the series with the Thunder, heres what another in the organization wonders:

Will anyone else want to commit big dollars to a guy who went scoreless in Game 6?

Its the power of the last impression, and all of this will figure into the Spurs summer. While they know they will eventually reach agreements with Tim Duncan and Danny Green, Diaw is something else entirely.

Exactly how much is he worth on the open market?

These are the questions of every summer, since the art of basketball management is financially based. DeJuan Blair is an example.

The Spurs have been disappointed with him at times. He got emotional this season when he was demoted, and he gained some weight. As the Spurs like to say about players who arent in tune with their way of doing things, he wasnt pulling the rope.

Blair seemed to recover late in the season, and staff found him working out at surprising hours in the practice facility. But the bottom-line incentive to bring him back is the salary caps bottom line. Blair is ?under contract for a little more than $1 million next?? season, and thats the kind of value that eases other concerns.

Whats tougher to determine is how much to pay someone such as the veteran European player, Erazem Lorbek. Obtained in the Kawhi Leonard trade, Lorbek shoots nearly as well as Matt Bonner and does most other things better.

They like him. At 28, Lorbek is at an age where he should come to the NBA if he is ever going to. But money will determine what happens this summer, and, again, once they establish Duncans salary, this begins with Diaw.

From the day he arrived after a buy-out in Charlotte, Diaw was priceless. Diaw knows the game, and hes clever enough to pass and big enough to defend the post.

He had a 12-rebound game against the Clippers, as well as a 16-point one. He banged with Blake Griffin while also becoming a snug fit between Duncan and Leonard.

Had the Spurs advanced to the Finals, then maybe another team would have wanted to steal a healthy 30-year-old with his kind of versatility. Anything beyond the mid-level exception will be out of reach of the Spurs, and, besides, a ring and sentiment only go so far in this business.

At his age, Diaw is facing what is likely his last chance to cash in.

But then came the Thunder series. As adaptable as Diaw is, he struggled to stay on the floor when Oklahoma City went small. He was hesitant to take the 3-point shot the Thunder were giving him, and when Diaw opted to drive instead, he was ineffective with either the shot or the pass.

He ended with five turnovers in the final two games when he had only three in a stretch of seven consecutive games in the postseason.

Were other teams still thinking he was worth, say, a $35 million deal? What happened in Charlotte will leave doubt, too. And even those impressed with his stint with the Spurs might wonder if he was happier in San Antonio than he would be elsewhere.

Theres only one city where he can live with Tony Parker, after all.

The Spurs hope all of this is part of the equation. They thought Diaw was remarkable, especially since the stretch-four position is new to him. Diaw was 9 of 18 from behind the 3-point line this postseason, for example; in his previous 39 playoff games with other teams, he was only 4 of 29.

So how much better would Diaw be if Gregg Popovich gets him in November instead of March?

The Spurs hope they will be able to pay to see that.

Courtesy of http://blog.mysanantonio.com
(Column by Buck Harvey)



Fos-sur-Mer targets Issife Soumahoro - by Eurobasket News

According to French media (Catch-and-shot), Fos-sur-Mer targets Issife Soumahoro (197-F-88) for the next season. Reportedly, they could be close to sign a deal. The Ivorian National Team forward currently plays for Boulazac. They reached ProB Grand Final, where they will meet Limoges. Boulazac already won the promotion for ProA as Limoges was the regular season champ of ProB. Soumahoro played 36 games for Boulazac so far averaging 3.8 points and 1.1 rebounds. He joined them in January of 2010. The forward had 4 ppg and 1.1 rpg for 16 games last season. He started 2010/11 with Strasbourg, where he played since 2006. Soumahoro also has experience from Levallois and Charenton. Issife Soumahoro played for the Ivory Coast National Team at the 2010 World Championship in Turkey. A year before that they won the Silver at the AfroBasket in Libya.


Sebastien Hermenier pens deal with Andrezieux, Wilfried Vallois signs with Brissac - by Eurobasket News

Sebastien Hermenier (198-F-82, college: Binghamton) pens deal with Andrezieux, while Wilfried Vallois (205-C-89) signs with Brissac.
In 2002-2003 Sebastien Hermenier started his professional career for Binghamton University (NCAA) and in 27 games averaged 4.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 11ast. In his last season there he averaged 11.1ppg, 6.6rpg, FG: 46.2%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 83.6%. Later he played for Keflavik (Iceland-Express League, starting five), Saint-Etienne B. C. (France-ProB, starting five) and Cholet Basket (France-ProA). In 2007-2008 moved to Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) and showed 7.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 39.8%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 79.3%.
The last season he spent with Union Al Roche - Case Metropole Basket (NM1) and in 25 games showed 7.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 77.5%.
Wilfried Vallois meanwhile signs with Brissac for the next season. He started the career for SPO Rouen Basket U21 team and then in 2011-2012 moved to Etendard de Brest (NM1) and in 9 games averaged 2.3ppg, 1.4rpg.



Germany sweep test series versus France - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Germany U20 48:61

German U20 National Team celebrated the third straight win against French counterparts in the exhibition series. This time the visitors dominated from start to finish posting a comfortable 13-point win.
France led by three points after ten minutes 12:9. But the visitors took control in the second quarter. They outgunned France 15:7 in the second term to establish a 24:19 halftime lead. Germany deepened the margin in the third period. The visitors piled up a 12-point lead before the fourth frame. France never recovered as Germany rallied to the win at the end. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) delivered 13 points for Germany. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F-92) finished with 11 points in the victory. Dzenan Kurtic (206-F/C-92) replied with 10 points in defeat.



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Great atmosphere , interesting basketball , humane message - by Georgi Bujukliev

Before charging the stands in the hall, "Youth" in Gostivar, Macedonian best selection, being prepared for presentation in Venezuela ,played a friendly game against the basketball combined team of the host city of spectacle.More than 2,000 spectators attended the match , and all funds collected from entrance fees paid by the organizer , will be donated to charity .Under the motto " Take heart , grant " , Macedonian National players have played a particularly interesting and attractive game against the combined composition of Gostivar , the pleasure of everyone who knew to make atmosphere of respect .Finally , Macedonian National Team, mainly composed of younger players, celebrated with the 72 - 61st.
Within the ceremony ,NT players gave a convenient gift from MBF and the signed basketball , once again showing its big heart and his unstinting support to all humanitarian actions .



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.9 
 2. Tucker, Brose B.16.2 
 3. Swann, Ratiopharm15.8 
 4. Holston, Art.Drag.15.3 
 5. Wood, ALBA15.0 
 6. Ensminger, Teleko.14.8 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 8. Homan, B.Muenchen14.5 
 9. Carter, Phoenix14.5 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.4 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.5 
 3. Homan, B.Muenchen7.8 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.7.3 
 5. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 6. Tucker, Brose B.7.1 
 7. Troutman, B.Mue.7.0 
 8. Watts, Ratiopharm6.7 
 9. Evans, Goettingen6.6 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.2 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.6 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Everett, Bremerha.4.9 
 5. Wood, ALBA4.8 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 8. Joyce, TBB Trier4.4 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 2. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.5 
 3. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 4. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 5. Trice, Ratiopharm1.4 
 6. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 7. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 8. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
 9. Gaffney, Teleko.1.3 
 10. Holston, Art.Drag.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.6 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen1.5 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.1.4 
 7. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.1 
 9. Slaughter, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.0.9 


Germany sweep test series versus France - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Germany U20 48:61

German U20 National Team celebrated the third straight win against French counterparts in the exhibition series. This time the visitors dominated from start to finish posting a comfortable 13-point win.
France led by three points after ten minutes 12:9. But the visitors took control in the second quarter. They outgunned France 15:7 in the second term to establish a 24:19 halftime lead. Germany deepened the margin in the third period. The visitors piled up a 12-point lead before the fourth frame. France never recovered as Germany rallied to the win at the end. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) delivered 13 points for Germany. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F-92) finished with 11 points in the victory. Dzenan Kurtic (206-F/C-92) replied with 10 points in defeat.



Brose Baskets defends Beko BBL Title - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - Ratiopharm 97:95

Brose Baskets defends Beko BBL Title as they swept the Final series over Ratiopharm. The winner of the Regular Season celebrated a 97:95 win in Game 3 to win the series 3-0.
The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 29-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by ratiopharm Ulm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances) who scored 16 points and 6 assists. Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Isaiah Swann (188-G-85, college: Florida St.) who recorded 36 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Per Guenther (185-G-88) added 17 points, while Keaton Nankivil (203-F-89, college: Wisconsin) scored 13.

Brose Baskets: Brian Roberts 16, Predrag Suput 15, Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) 14, Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) 13, Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) 11
Ratiopharm: Isaiah Swann 36, Per Guenther 17, Keaton Nankivil 13, John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) 8



Germany U16 lose to France in Vittel - by Eurobasket News

German U16 National Team played the third exhibition encounter against their French counterparts. The hosts finally proved the strength claiming the first win in the series 61:54.
The first quarter ended in a 13:13 draw. France stepped on the gas in the second quarter. The hosts unleashed 23 points to establish a 15-point lead at halftime. Germany stopped the rot in the third term. They held France to 11 points in the period to trim the deficit to 8 points before the fourth frame. Germany tried hard to deny the deficit but France stayed determined and snatched a tough win at the end. Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) finished with 15 points for Germany. Constantin Ebert (180-PG-96) delivered 9 points in the loss.



Robert Cardenas Moves To BV Chemnitz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



After three years in the pretty German region of the Pfalz, Robert Cardenas (200-F-82) is headed back to the eastern part of Germany to BV Chemnitz. Cardenas had played in the eastern part of Germany from 2001-2009 with Jena and MBC. Cardenas is a 29 year old 197cm forward and last season for the Saar-Pfalz Braves played 26 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 26.4%, FT: 59.1%. Cardenas got a two year deal. "Cardenas has shown his talent for many years in this league. He fits perfectly into our team with his fighting mentality and strong defense. He is also a nice guy and absolute team player that can always be valuable off the court. An important factor was also that he wanted to play for us", stressed BV Chemnitz head coach Felix Schreier. Its no surprise that the German always wanted to play in Chemnitz. "I always wanted to play here to get to know the place better where I was born. I have played often in Chemnitz and especially the derbies against Jena and MBC always had a great atmosphere. I am also impressed how the fans support te team even after a loss. I hope we get that support this season as well", warned Robert Cardenas (200-F-82).

Source: BV Chemnitz



Bamberg Three Peat Team To Break Apart - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The three peat by the Brose Baskets Bamberg isnt even 5 hours old yet, and rumors are already hitting the German basketball scene that a number of Bamberg players are on the jump to even bigger and better things. According to www.sportando.net, three top Bamberg players seem to be on the way out of Germany for the following season. Bamberg manager Wolfang Heyder siad that Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) is on the way to top ACB team Real Madrid. Slaughter averaged 11.8ppg and 6.9rpg in Euroleague and 8.4ppg and 4.9rpg in the Bundesliga Two other players who have won 6 titles combined in the last three years with Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) and Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) are also reported leaving the Bavarian team. German national player Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) is headed to the NBA and the Oklahoma Thunder which is no surprise and Serb Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) seems to want to end his basketball career elsewhere.

Source: www.sportando.net



Michael Agyapong Remains With The Schwelmer Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team Schwelmer Baskets have announced that Michael Agyapong (200-F/C-90) will remain with the team and play a fourth season for the team. Michael Agyapong (200-F/C-90) is a 22 year old 200cm center that got rewarded by being able to play full time with the team this season. Before he had had a double license to also play with the oberliga team, but now due to his age can play full time. Last season the German played 22 games averaging 1,2ppg and 1,9rpg in 8,6 minutes per game. His best game last season was a five points and three rebounds against Wolfenbuettel. "Michael is a very young player, but also ambitious player that works hard in practice, but also invests a lot of time in developing his physical and basketball skills. I have worked nearly three years with him and one can see he has improved. So now it is clear that we should continue to keep him", stressed Schwelmer Baskets head coach Raffi Wilder.

Source: Schwelmer Baskets



Young guns will stay in Wolfenbuettel - by Moritz Korff

Developing local players has been a point of emphasis for Pro B team MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel over these past years. That is not going to change in the 2012-13 season. Head coach Benjamin Travnizek will have a whole crew of youngsters on his squad. The club just made the announcement that Mertcan Cantuerk (185-G-91), who recently received a German passport, Marcel Schwarz (203-C-90), Daniel Adams (194-G-94) and Stephen Schubert (205-F-92) will play at least one more year on the Wolfenbuettel team.
As a newcomer Marius Poeschel (190-G/F-90) has been added to the roster for the 2012-13 season. A couple of years ago he had three Pro B appearances for Braunschweig and then moved back to his hometown team MTV Schandelah.



Paul Albrecht returns to Oldenburg - by Moritz Korff

Paul Albrecht (205-F-93) will continue his basketball career at old stomping grounds. The power forward heads to Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB and hence returns to his hometown Oldenburg. He spent almost his entire youth career at OTB and moved to TuS Jena three years ago. He averaged 15.2 points and 6.8 rebounds a contest for Jena's NBBL team and also saw action in the Pro A.
Meanwhile, the Oldenburg team has handed Kai Haenig (205-C-88, college: Missouri Valley) a one-year contract extension. During the 2011-12 Regionalliga North championship season, the big man scored 2.5 points per game for OTB.



Jeremy Dunbar makes Cuxhaven switch - by Moritz Korff

The Cuxhaven BasCats (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have acquired another new player with a German passport for their 2012-13 roster: Jeremy Dunbar (195-G/F-88, college: Arkansas Tech) spent this past season with the Crailsheim Merlins. In his first year as a pro player, the native of Pensacola, Florida, saw action in 30 games, scoring 6.5 points per contest. In the course of the season he was slowed down by a finger injury and hopes to receive more playing time in Cuxhaven than he had as a Merlin (15.25mpg).


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  IBA   

Standings

IBA Standings
 1. Kankakee S. 12-3 
 2. L.Angeles L. 10-2 
 3. Albany L. 9-3 
 4. Chicago R. 9-5 
 5. Gary Splash 9-6 
 6. Lansing C. 7-7 
 7. Kenosha B. 7-8 
 8. Lake County S. 5-10 
 9. Battle Creek K. 2-11 
 10. St.Louis T. 1-0 
 11. Springfield E. 1-10 
 12. Malibu P. 0-2 
 13. Las Vegas HD 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 27

Jun. 9: L.Angeles L. - Kankakee S. 117-112
Jun. 10: L.Angeles L. - Kankakee S.
Jun. 10: Springfield E. - Chicago R.


Kankakee hands Lightning first setback, 114-104 - by Gianni Pascucci

Anthony Kyle (5'9''-PG-81, college: Miles) had 30 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals on Friday night as the Kankakee County Soldiers of Illinois rallied past the L.A. Lightning 114-104 in a key IBA pro basketball game at the Gilbert Sports Arena. Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83, college: Missouri Baptist) recorded 27 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Soldiers, and Stan Chismark (6'5''-F-84, college: Olivet Nazarene) added 20 points and seven boards. The Soldiers snapped the Lightning's 14-game home winning streak. Kankakee County was also the team that beat L.A. before its win streak started more than two years ago.
Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan) paced the Lightning with 31 points on 12-19 shooting. Tarron Williams (6'7''-F-76, college: CS San Bernar.) added 22 points and 7 rebounds for the home team, which commited nine turnovers in the fourth quarter and was outscored 31-20. Billy Knight (6'5''-G, college: UCLA) had 18 points and hit 4-7 from 3-point range. Kamran Sufi (5'9''-G, college: St.Mary's, CA) had 10 points but also had seven of his team's 26 turnovers.

The teams will clash on Saturday and Sunday at Cal Lutheran with both games starting at 7 p.m.



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Standings

IBL Standings
Branding
 1. Jersey G-F 4-3 
 2. Orlando V. 2-9 
 3. Yamhill H. 0-2 
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 10-1 
 2. Vancouver V. 8-3 
 3. Olympia R. 3-10 
International
 1. Edmonton E. 10-3 
 2. Portland C. 8-4 
 3. Nippon T. 1-4 
Travel Team
 1. S. Soldiers 2-9 
 2. Los Angeles 0-0 
 3. W.Coast H. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 9: Portland C. - S. Soldiers 137-126
Jun. 9: Edmonton E. - Yamhill H. 118-91
Jun. 10: S. Soldiers - Bellingham S.



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Alex Tyus receives Israeli citizenship - by Eurobasket News

Alex Tyus (203-F-88, college: Florida) officially received Israeli citizenship and he will play for the Israeli National Team this summer. Tyus had a great season with Maccabi Ashdod. He appeared 30 times in Premier league with them averaging 12.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Maccabi Ashdod reached the Finals and Tuys was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team -12. The player is also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Sixth Man of the Year -12. It was the first season as a pro for Alex Tyus, who graduated at the University of Florida something more than a year ago. There he had 9.1 ppg and 6.2 rpg for 36 games as a senior. Florida reached NCAA Elite Eight and also played in SEC Tournament Finals last year. In 2009, they reached NIT Elite Eight and in 2008 they played at NIT Final Four. Tyus spent all four years with Florida.


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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Troy BELL
  S.Antimo
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Bell, S.Antimo23.2 
 2. Hardy, Giorgio22.5 
 3. Marigney, Givova S.21.2 
 4. Freeman, MarcoPol.20.9 
 5. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.8 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.18.5 
 7. Robinson, Trenkwal.18.0 
 8. McConnell, Fileni17.6 
 9. Taylor, Trenkwal.17.1 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.8 
 2. Anderson, Morpho B.8.2 
 3. Jones, Giorgio7.8 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.7 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.5 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.4 
 7. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.2 
 8. Diliegro, Assi Ost.7.1 
 9. Kotti, Aget Imola6.9 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mike GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Green, Sigma B.4.9 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.4.5 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.4 
 4. Kelley, Biancobl.3.5 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.4 
 6. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 7. Renfroe, Enel B.3.4 
 8. Marigney, Givova S.3.4 
 9. Blizzard, Biancobl.3.0 
 10. Goldwire, Centra.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. West, Tezenis3.1 
 2. Thompson, Centra.2.6 
 3. Green, Sigma B.2.6 
 4. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.4 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.4 
 6. Porta, Tezenis2.3 
 7. Marigney, Givova S.2.3 
 8. Radulovic, Givova2.3 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.2.2 
 10. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder2.2 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.7 
 3. Thomas, Givova S.0.9 
 4. Radulovic, Givova0.9 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 6. Chiacig, Trenkwald.0.7 
 7. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.6 
 8. Kotti, Aget Imola0.6 
 9. Zerini, Enel Brind.0.6 
 10. Busma, Centrale.0.5 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Musso, Napoli19.2 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.16.7 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Poltroneri, Perugia16.2 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.2 
 6. Rugolo, San Severo15.1 
 7. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.8 
 8. Tagliabue, Ruvo14.7 
 9. Carrizo, Ferentino14.6 
 10. Ferrarese, Castel.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.6 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.7 
 3. Tagliabue, Ruvo8.8 
 4. Borra, Treviglio8.4 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 6. Gandini, Trieste8.0 
 7. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.0 
 8. Raminelli, Castell.7.7 
 9. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.6 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Tommaso MARINO
  Treviglio
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Marino, Treviglio4.3 
 2. Musso, Napoli4.3 
 3. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.1 
 4. Traini, Recanati3.8 
 5. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 6. Circosta, Anagni3.5 
 7. Guarino, Ferentino3.3 
 8. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 9. Vico, Matera3.2 
 10. Parente, Torino2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Roberto MAGGIO
  Pavia
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 2. Guarino, Ferentino2.9 
 3. Bertolazzi, Omegna2.9 
 4. Iardella, Fabriano2.9 
 5. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 7. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 8. Maiocco, Pavia2.7 
 9. Portannese, Torino2.7 
 10. Musso, Napoli2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.1 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.1 
 5. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 6. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 7. Raminelli, Castell.1.0 
 8. Pascolo, Trento1.0 
 9. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 10. Tardito, Matera0.9 


News from Cimberio Varese - by Eurobasket News

Cimberio Varese got a new Head Coach earlier this week (Francesco Vitucci) and immediately focused on making the roster for the 2012/13 season. According to Varese's President Francesco Vescovi, the team will keep Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) for the next season. Reportedly, the player wants to stay with the club and the new coach likes him, so the extension will be signed soon. Vescovi also said that Varese negotiates extension with Janar Talts (206-C-83). The team will opt out of the contract with Teemu Rannikko (188-G-80), who will be evaluated during the summer. The player had successful surgery recently. Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82, college: Pepperdine) is for sure out of Varese, while Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) is under the question mark.
As mentioned above, Francesco Vitucci took over Varese few days ago. The Italian specialist signed a 2-season deal with the club. Vitucci spent last two years with Avellino. They were No.9 in the league this season with 15-17 record. Before Avelino, Vitucci coached Benetton Treviso. He was hired by Benetton as Assistant Coach in 2003 and finally in 2009 he got the promotion. However, Vitucci was Head Coach of the team for only few months as they parted ways in January of 2010. In the past, Francesco Vitucci coached Scafati and Imola. In 2009, he served as Assistant Coach of the Italian National Team. They competed at Mediterranean Games and EuroBasket in Poland. Vitucci's new team Cimberio Varese reached SerieA Quarterfinals this year. They ended as No.8 of the regular season with 17-15 record.



Nazionale A Round 2 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

3rd Place
Trieste - Chieti 83-75

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-13. But Chieti won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Trieste won last quarter 28-21. They made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Marco Carra (185-80) who scored 21 points. point guard Michele Ruzzier (181-93) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four Trieste players scored in double figures. Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) produced 28 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Trieste: M.Carra 21+2ast, A.Moruzzi 15+5reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 15+6reb+1ast, M.Ruzzier 14+5reb+4ast, D.Mastrangelo 10+1reb, L.Zaccariello 5+4reb
Chieti: E.Rossi 28+8reb, A.Raschi 15+7reb+5ast, F.Gialloreto 12+1reb, M.Diomede 9+4reb+1ast, A.Porfido 4+3reb+1ast, S.Rajola 4+3reb+3ast
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FINAL
Ferentino - Trento 92-83

The game without a history. Ferentino led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Davide Pascolo (200-90) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Simone Fiorito (200-91) added 17 points in the effort for Trento. Four Trento players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Ferentino: M.Carrizo 24+6reb+2ast, L.Pongetti 17+1reb+1ast, F.Guarino 13+6reb+4ast, A.Iannuzzi 9+7reb+2ast, L.Panzini 7+1reb, S.Parrillo 7+2reb
Trento: D.Pascolo 18+9reb+1ast, S.Fiorito 17+2reb+1ast, M.Spanghero 15+3reb+1ast, M.Pazzi 10+2reb, W.Santarossa 9+5reb, M.Negri 6+2reb+1ast
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Montepaschi Siena keep David Moss - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi Siena have reportedly agreed on terms of contract extension with David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.). The forward will sign a two-year extension. David Moss joined Siena in 2010. Last season the forward averaged 8.2 points, 2.6 boards and 1.1 assists per game in Euroleague. In SeriaA David Moss averaged 7.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. Previously the forward had stints with Bologna, Teramo, Fileni Jesi, Polpak Swiecie. Eurobasket.com named Davis Moss All-Italian LegaDue Forward of the Year in 2008 and 2009. He participated at SeriaA All-Star Games in 2011 and 2012.


Lega2 Round 2 of Finals. Enel Brindisi post second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Enel Brindisi - Giorgio Tesi PT 79-67

Enel Brindisi stepped closer to winning LegaDue after they handed the second straight loss to Pistoia in the championship series. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-67. Enel Brindisi forced 22 Tuscany Pistoia turnovers. American point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, college: Belmont) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Jonathan Gibson (182-87, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 26 points during the contest. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Brazilian swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU) scored 17 points and 4 steals.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: J.Gibson 26+3reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 16+13reb+7ast, C.Callahan 15+4reb, D.Borovnjak 9+6reb, K.Ndoja 5+4reb+1ast, M.Formenti 3+4reb+1ast
Giorgio Tesi PT: J.Tavernari 17+2reb+2ast, B.Jones 14+6reb+1ast, G.Galanda 14+3reb+1ast, D.Hardy 9+1ast, G.Gurini 5+3reb+1ast, F.Toppo 4+11reb
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Fos-sur-Mer targets Issife Soumahoro - by Eurobasket News

According to French media (Catch-and-shot), Fos-sur-Mer targets Issife Soumahoro (197-F-88) for the next season. Reportedly, they could be close to sign a deal. The Ivorian National Team forward currently plays for Boulazac. They reached ProB Grand Final, where they will meet Limoges. Boulazac already won the promotion for ProA as Limoges was the regular season champ of ProB. Soumahoro played 36 games for Boulazac so far averaging 3.8 points and 1.1 rebounds. He joined them in January of 2010. The forward had 4 ppg and 1.1 rpg for 16 games last season. He started 2010/11 with Strasbourg, where he played since 2006. Soumahoro also has experience from Levallois and Charenton. Issife Soumahoro played for the Ivory Coast National Team at the 2010 World Championship in Turkey. A year before that they won the Silver at the AfroBasket in Libya.


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Astana lands C Andreas Glyniadakis from Euroleague champions Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana once again proved their high ambitions for the next season. The reigning Kazakhstan champions penned a deal with Greek center Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81, agency: Beo Basket). He arrives to the club from the Euroleague champ Olympiakos Pireus. He had 4 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 9 Euroleague games this season. The player also added 4.6 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 19 games in Greece. Olympiakos managed to win the Greek league and Euroleague title after 15 years. Andreas Glyniadakis also win the Greek Cup with Olympiakos in 2010 and 2011. He joined the club in 2009 from Marousi. Before that, the center played for Vidi Vici Bologna, Albuquerque Thunderbirds and Roanoke Dazzle (NBA D-League), Seattle Supersonics NBA), AEK Athens, Peristeri, Panellinios and Panathinaikos. He won the Euroleague title with PAO in 2000. Glyniadakis also won five Greek league titles in his career, including the one with Olympiakos. In 2006, the center was NBA D-League champion with the Thunderbirds.


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GB Futures show mettle against Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

The future stars of the GB Senior Men team enjoyed success in their series against their Lithuanian counterparts in Surrey as they began their summer program.

The series began on Thursday with a scrimmage game that was played over five 10 minute periods, with GB coming out on top 112-105. The four players who have senior team experience were to the fore with Devon van Oostrum and Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) both tallying 18 points and Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, college: St.Bonaventure) and Kyle Johnson both scoring 15.

On the following day the teams met in a traditional game and again it was the Great Britain youngsters who tasted victory with a 74-62 success. Bryan-Amaning was the star of the game with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals with a 22-11 second quarter in GB's favour being pivotal in the result.

The last game of the series was opened to the public and in front of 500 fans at Surrey Sports Park Lithuania held on for a 69-67 victory after Johnson missed a three point attempt on the buzzer that would have won the game.

Adegboye produced the best stat line for GB with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Bryan-Amaning had 13 points as GB played without van Oostrum, who had headed to Italy for the adidas Eurocamp (a camp for potential NBA draft picks).

Some members of the squad will now be heading to the USA to join up with the Senior Men as their camp begins.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



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Amara Sy leaves Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Amara Sy (202-F-81) is no longer a member of Orleans. His contract expired and the player decided to look for other options for the next season. In this one Sy appeared 35 times in ProA averaging 13.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Orleans reached Playoff Semis, but failed against Chalon. In the Quarterfinals, Orleans eliminated Paris-Levallois with perfect 2-0. The team finished regular season as No.3 with 21-9 record. Amara Sy signed with Orleans during the summer of 2010. In their first season together he had 8.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.5 apg for 23 games in ProA. He had slightly lower numbers for 6 EuroChallenge games. Before Orleans, Sy played for Murcia, Bakersfield Jam (NBDL) and ASVEL. Three years ago Amara Sy played for the Malian National Team at the AfroBasket in Libya. He had 15.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 3.4 apg for 9 games at this event. Sy was MVP of the ProA All-Star Game this year.


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The Miami Heat: No Regrets - by Robert Pate

To most, the start of the 2012 NBA playoffs felt less than subtle, for most I would even go as far as to say, rushed.

But for a few choice players, that time couldn't come fast enough. Namely, for one LeBron James. For him, an already abbreviated season still seemed like it was moving like stopped cars in rush hour traffic. Many stories had been told of how the Heats loss in the 2011 Finals affected him. About the two weeks of sitting in his room in isolation, without speaking with anyone. The ignoring of his peers and predecessors just after the seasons end, and how phone calls offering suggestions and sympathy were refused and met with disdain. He simply sat in silence brooding. Contemplating decisions, space and time. But when he emerged, it was with a since of purpose. Whether in attack drills in the pool, or the two-a-days with Kevin Durant, he was being purified by pain and desire. The reason for the look on his face, and the feeling that had been imprinted on his heart was clearly evident at the end of Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals. Dirk Nowitzki had turned around an awful shooting first half, to building on a fire that had already been ignited by the Mavs all first class "Jet", Jason Terry. Watching the Dallas Mavericks celebrate their very first NBA Championship in franchise history. Feeling Dirk Nowitzki's jubilation, and seeing his tears of joy in hoisting not only the 2011 Finals MVP, but the NBA Championship Trophy before the Miami Heat fans at center court of the home LeBron James had chosen to defend. It was there he saw the metaphorical monkey, willingly climb off of Dirk's back. LeBron saw the validation of Dirk Nowitzki's Hall Of Fame career solidified in sweat and tears. It was in those moments, in the heart of American Airlines Arena in Miami, June 12, 2011, before 20,003 broken hearted Heat faithful, that the 2012 MVP would be born.

Before Game 1 of the Miami Heat first round match-up V.S. the New York Knicks, LeBron had very few words to say, For myself, this is a big part of my season, the best part of my season. Ive been ready for this moment. For a while now. It wasn't a loud, boisterous statement. But a statement nonetheless. But James had decided to let his critics speak for him throughout the 2012 regular season, as well as the playoffs. LeBron's vaulted match-up against Carmelo Anthony would provide for some heroic moments, but also would see injuries be the compounding factor in the end, as the Heat set fire to the Knicks in a 4-1 series. But yet again, James would not be vindicated, he would be attacked for passing the ball and trusting his teammates, averaging just under a triple-double, and playing within the Miami Heat System.

Not much came from the LeBron James camp before the start of the Indiana Pacer series. Just his usual loose, relaxed nature before games. But this series would prove to be a little more intense. As a matter of fact, it would serve as a series that was inundated with physical play and technical fouls. Even an attempt to intimidate James by the Pacers leader, Danny Granger. But by the end of Game 6, the Heat had withstood Indiana best shots and still rose above their opponents. But even this victory was not without issues. The Heat would advance with an injured D-Wade, whom for the first time in his career had found himself under fire for lack of heart, and in need of a heat check. Without their chief post player, Chris Bosh, who had been lost to an abdominal strain early on in the series, and once again, it was Lebron James who would come under fire. And again it would be for his unselfish nature, and trust in his teammates in the waning moments of games.

As the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat got underway, everyone playing, coaching, or watching from around the globe, could already feel that heavyweight prize fight feeling. Somewhere in the back of everyones minds, this series contained the same type of feel as the 1991 Bulls V.S. Pistons clash, which ended in Michael Jordan and the Bulls getting past the wily former champions, and aging veteran Pistons. A Piston team that would split up after their defeat, and see the torch passed. But their was still a series to be played, and neither combatant disappointed. The Heat took the first 2 games in Miami in astounding fashion, just to see Boston push off the ropes in true Champion style and hit the Miami Heat back in the mouth, winning the next 3 games in a row, forcing Miami down 3-1 in the series and on the brink of extinction. With Chris Bosh coming back, but being held to limited minutes by Eric Spolstra, and D-Wade once again having major shooting problems getting out of the blocks, it would be LeBron James that would be under fire from his critics as they labeled him as "Not being Clutch" and "Not being big game"! But Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals would be not only historic, but a proving grounds for James. He would be nothing short of magnificent. His coach would call him a maestro. Wade would call him the new leader of the Miami Heat and the best player on the planet, after a superhuman 45 point, 15 rebound, 5 assist performance, that would finally grant legendary status to James who played 44 minutes and 49 seconds. He single handedly crushed the Celtics beneath his will. Stoically, before Game 7, James would simply say, "I wont regret anything!" And after yet another toe to toe, bell to bell struggle from both clubs, Rajon Rondo stood tall, but alone with yet another triple-double and was the leading scorer, rebounder and passer for an obviously tired, aging Celtic team. While the LeBron James lead Miami Heat, simply would not be denied on this night. James posted his 5th, 30+ point, 10 rebound game of the series. Dwyane Wade found his groove and put up 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 43 minutes and 48 seconds. Possibly the biggest surprise, and most unexpected gift for the Heat was Chris Bosh, who was nothing short of an All-Star. Playing 31 minutes and 7 seconds, and hitting an astonishing 3 of 4 treys on the night, Chris took to his adopted new role as the Heat's temporary sixth man, and X-Factor. When the final bell rang, Miami stood victorious.

The plain truth is, while standing on the precipice of greatness, the Miami Heat are in an unenviable position. No matter the outcome, it is a lose, lose situation. Win a Championship, and their critics say they were put together as a juggernaut, to destroy everything in its path. 3 men that have a combined salary of over $200 million, two of which were considered as hired guns. If they were to do anything but win an NBA title in 2012, after losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals, this whole endeavor would be considered a complete and utter failure. Even before the Playoffs began, their were plenty of people waiting to see the Heat fall apart and be dispersed to the four winds. This may be the only team in history that can win an NBA Title, and still not get the credit they deserve for having the best players, on the best team. The Miami Heat's best players, saved the biggest games of their lives to date for the Boston Celtics in hopes of the torch being passed. But instead, what they received was more obstacles and more fires set. OKC awaits, and LeBron's Summer workout partner, who just happens to be the regular season scoring champion is prepared to unleash the Thunder in the battle for the 2012 NBA Title.

Now James and Wade both speak the most profound words of their young basketball lives.

Theres only one champion. Its a failure for every other team. If we dont win a championship, we had a failed year. No moral victories. You have to win the championship, said Dwayne Wade.

"No Regrets!", LeBron James said simply and stoically. "No Regrets!"



Pierce makes pitch for KG - by Eurobasket News

Celtics captain Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) is hoping the team's championship runs are not over, making an appeal for Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) to extend his Celtic career after a 101-88 loss to the Heat Saturday night in Game 7.

Hes done everything for my career, just his locker room presence, his desire, his determination, Pierce said of Garnett. Just his leadership. I said before, when Kevin first got here he really changed the culture of everything we did around here, you know, practice habits to the discipline. He made everybody accountable, from the ball boys to the chefs to the guy who flew the plane, everybody was accountable.

Its been tremendous to have him around, just the culture he brought, you know? Itd be great to end my career with Kevin. I have a couple years left and, who knows what his futures going to bring - management can do something to bring him back and get us the pieces we need to get over the top. If not, its been a tremendous run.

Pierce scored 19 points but was scoreless over the final 9:52.

Its tough, everything is going so fast right now, Pierce said.

Disappointed by the loss, you feel like you let your teammates down, especially to not accomplish your goal to win a championship - a lot of emotions.

We had our opportunities, had a chance to close it out in Game 6 at home, and we didnt take advantage of it.

The postseason started for the Celtics without Ray Allen, who could face ankle surgery, and they lost Avery Bradley (shoulder surgery) along the way. Pierce had been performing with a knee sprain.

The way in the playoffs was cleared for the Celtics, as their first-round opponents, the Hawks, lost Josh Smith (knee sprain) at a key point in the series, and the Bulls lost star guard Derrick Rose to knee surgery. Then, the Heat lost Chris Bosh (abdominal strain), who returned for Game 5 of this series and had 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday.

Lets just be honest, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before Game 7. If you had told me before the playoffs started that you can have a Game 7 to decide to go to the Finals, wed have taken it and we didnt care where you played.

The Celtics had Miami on the ropes after taking a 94-90 win in Game 5, but were blown out, 98-79, in Game 6.

When you lose, it always feels like its it, Allen said. Theres a conclusion. Last year it felt like it was it. The year before it felt the same way. Its probably the worst feeling that we feel in our lives, in our careers. Theres nothing you can do about it.

Theres one game that you want, theres one team that wins that last game. We want to be that team every year. If we dont - weve been through a lot. We won a lot of games. At the end of every season, it always feels like its it. This one hit me hard. We wanted it so bad.



Losing record

The Celtics are 2-3 in Game 7s since the 2007-08 season and 21-8 overall in Game 7s. The Celtics last Game 7 road victory was in the 1974 Finals against Milwaukee (102-87). The Celtics also defeated Philadelphia (100-96) on the road in Game 7 of the 1968 division finals.

Ive been in a lot of them, Rivers said Friday. I just think you prepare the way you prepare. Obviously, in Game 7s, that means you have six games of great film to look at, and you can look at all the tweaks and changes that each team has made. But at the end of the day, youve just got to go out and perform. You have to make shots, you have to rebound, you have to do all the things youve probably talked about in Game 1 of the regular season up. And you have to do it with an urgency.


Post plans

The Celtics early plan was to get Garnett involved offensively down on the post. I dont think we did a very good job with it, Rivers said of Game 6. He really made the first post shot, and then he didnt get one for 10 touches, I think. I counted. I thought they threw him out of his rhythm. We threw him out of his rhythm. And all great scorers or great players are rhythmic. I didnt think we did a very good job of keeping him within the rhythm of our offense. . . . Allen arrived at AmericanAirlines Arena for pre-practice shooting at about 10 a.m. I didnt ask, Rivers said of Allens condition. I dont want to know and I dont care. I always try to take the same position. How would LeBron [James] or [Dwyane] Wade - I guarantee theyre not going to ask Ray, How are you feeling? . . . Rivers said the Celtics bench is what its been all year. I think for our bench, it depends on what youre looking at. Our bench is a defensive bench. When they give us points, thats great. But when they come in with great energy and change the tempo of the game, theyre having an impact on our team.

Courtesy of www.boston.com



Hornets' Gordon open to staying in New Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Eric Gordon's (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) hometown fans may want him back in Indianapolis.

It doesn't mean the shooting guard will be switching teams next season.

During a break at Saturday's annual Indiana-Kentucky boys All-Star game in Indianapolis, Gordon told The Associated Press that he would like his next NBA city to be a long-term destination -- even if he winds up staying in New Orleans.

"I do like New Orleans," he said. "It's a pretty good city with good fans and it's a good organization."

Gordon's comments are a contrast to the conventional wisdom that he didn't like playing in the Crescent City, rumors coach Monty Williams attempted to put to rest in February when he told reporters it was "way off base."

Time will tell.

Gordon, the key piece for New Orleans in the deal that sent All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, is scheduled to become a restricted free agent July 1, giving the Hornets and new owner Tom Benson the option to match any offer Gordon gets.

"They've got all the cards," Gordon said. "But I wouldn't mind (going back)."

He spent his first three seasons with the Clippers, and many assumed that Gordon and Blake Griffin would be the cornerstones to the Clippers future.

That changed when Paul became a prime trade target after NBA players and owners agreed to a deal that ended the lockout.

Gordon had a miserable season. He played only two games before bruising his right knee, then sat out for one month as team doctors prescribed rest. Eventually, Gordon opted for arthroscopic surgery, a move that kept him out of action until April.

In all, Gordon played in only nine games, averaging 20.6 points.

Some Pacers fans believe Gordon's heart still resides in Indiana, where he grew up and played college basketball for one year before turning pro.

He sponsors an AAU team in the area and plays in a summer league here along with Pacers guard George Hill. The summer league has given some of Indiana's talented pro and college players an outlet to play against one another when they come home.

Gordon also attends events at Bankers Life Fieldhouse events, the Pacers' home court, including Saturday's high school all-star game. And his younger brother, Eron, is a highly touted youngster. Eric Gordon said his brother has already received offers from Indiana, even though he won't start high school till this fall.

"I go to his games during the summer, during the season it's tough," the older brother said. "He's working hard, he's very capable. But it's hard to make comparisons because I wasn't his height when I was his age."

It's possible the Pacers could make an offer. They're projected to be about a $21 million under next season's anticipated salary cap.

But Pacers president Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel have both said they prefer to keep their own free agents, including Hill and center Roy Hibbert, who are also restricted free agents, rather than sign a player from another team, following the philosophy of team owner Herb Simon.

"I'd go after anybody, but I understand his (Simon's) point of view," Bird said. "If you go after someone, you're going to pay for them."

The Pacers also are trying to get their front office solidified before free agency starts.

Bird appears to be leaning toward a return as team president next season, and Yahoo! Sports reported Friday that once Bird's deal is done, he will promote Kevin Pritchard to general manager.

The Pacers have said no decision will be made until after Bird and Simon meet, which is expected to take place next week.

All Gordon wants is a place to call home -- whether it's Indianapolis, New Orleans or some other place.

"Basketball is basketball, it doesn't matter where you play," Gordon said. "The trade was something new for me, there were a lot of new situations for me. Hopefully, my next situation will be my destination for a long time."

Courtesy of ESPN



Dollars for Boris Diaw: A Spurs' equation - by Eurobasket News

Before the series with the Thunder, here is what one Spurs' staffer thought was the best way to keep Boris Diaw (6'8''-PF-82):

Win.

Give Diaw both a ring and a sentimental reason to want to return.

After the series with the Thunder, heres what another in the organization wonders:

Will anyone else want to commit big dollars to a guy who went scoreless in Game 6?

Its the power of the last impression, and all of this will figure into the Spurs summer. While they know they will eventually reach agreements with Tim Duncan and Danny Green, Diaw is something else entirely.

Exactly how much is he worth on the open market?

These are the questions of every summer, since the art of basketball management is financially based. DeJuan Blair is an example.

The Spurs have been disappointed with him at times. He got emotional this season when he was demoted, and he gained some weight. As the Spurs like to say about players who arent in tune with their way of doing things, he wasnt pulling the rope.

Blair seemed to recover late in the season, and staff found him working out at surprising hours in the practice facility. But the bottom-line incentive to bring him back is the salary caps bottom line. Blair is ?under contract for a little more than $1 million next?? season, and thats the kind of value that eases other concerns.

Whats tougher to determine is how much to pay someone such as the veteran European player, Erazem Lorbek. Obtained in the Kawhi Leonard trade, Lorbek shoots nearly as well as Matt Bonner and does most other things better.

They like him. At 28, Lorbek is at an age where he should come to the NBA if he is ever going to. But money will determine what happens this summer, and, again, once they establish Duncans salary, this begins with Diaw.

From the day he arrived after a buy-out in Charlotte, Diaw was priceless. Diaw knows the game, and hes clever enough to pass and big enough to defend the post.

He had a 12-rebound game against the Clippers, as well as a 16-point one. He banged with Blake Griffin while also becoming a snug fit between Duncan and Leonard.

Had the Spurs advanced to the Finals, then maybe another team would have wanted to steal a healthy 30-year-old with his kind of versatility. Anything beyond the mid-level exception will be out of reach of the Spurs, and, besides, a ring and sentiment only go so far in this business.

At his age, Diaw is facing what is likely his last chance to cash in.

But then came the Thunder series. As adaptable as Diaw is, he struggled to stay on the floor when Oklahoma City went small. He was hesitant to take the 3-point shot the Thunder were giving him, and when Diaw opted to drive instead, he was ineffective with either the shot or the pass.

He ended with five turnovers in the final two games when he had only three in a stretch of seven consecutive games in the postseason.

Were other teams still thinking he was worth, say, a $35 million deal? What happened in Charlotte will leave doubt, too. And even those impressed with his stint with the Spurs might wonder if he was happier in San Antonio than he would be elsewhere.

Theres only one city where he can live with Tony Parker, after all.

The Spurs hope all of this is part of the equation. They thought Diaw was remarkable, especially since the stretch-four position is new to him. Diaw was 9 of 18 from behind the 3-point line this postseason, for example; in his previous 39 playoff games with other teams, he was only 4 of 29.

So how much better would Diaw be if Gregg Popovich gets him in November instead of March?

The Spurs hope they will be able to pay to see that.

Courtesy of http://blog.mysanantonio.com
(Column by Buck Harvey)



Warriors might have interest in Andre Drummond - by Eurobasket News

The Warriors' decision-makers arrived at the combine this week with contingency plans for the draft, and they're returning to the Bay Area with what might be an unexpected additional option.

Connecticut center Andre Drummond (6'11''-C-93), once considered the draft's second-best prospect, might be around and make an interesting choice for the Warriors at No. 7. Though the team finally got its center in the trade-deadline deal for Andrew Bogut, the 6-foot-11 3/4 279-pound Drummond offers so much upside that the Warriors might not resist. The 18-year-old has a 7-6 3/4 wingspan, one of the league's top 20 all-time, but league sources said he didn't fare well in team interviews in Chicago.

"I think people always see me playing with a smile on my face and think, 'He's too happy. He's not serious,' " Drummond said. "That's just the kind of person I am. I play serious all of the time, but I do it with a smile on my face. I'm not the type of person to beat on my chest, roar or make noises to show my feelings.

"Basketball is a game like poker. You don't show your feelings on your face. I always smile, and you never know how I feel."

The Warriors have pick Nos. 7, 30, 35 and 52, and they don't want to make selections with all four. Instead, they'd like to trade a couple of them for either a proven upgrade at small forward, move up to draft Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or secure future assets.

If the Warriors can't trade any of their four picks, they'll use at least one on a draft-and-stash international player. Assistant GM of player personnel Travis Schlenk is in Treviso, Italy, for the Adidas Eurocamp.

"We're going to do something, but I don't know what that is today," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said.

Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala and Memphis' Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) are on the top of the Warriors' wish list, but they're already flirting with salary-cap troubles and have only a $3.3 million traded-player exception. Moving Gay could free up the money Memphis needs to re-sign O.J. Mayo.

Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal that Gay, who will make $16.4 million next season, is not being shopped. Still, the Warriors, Charlotte, Toronto and Brooklyn all contacted Memphis about Gay's availability, according to league sources.

Charlotte also spent some time at the combine shopping its No. 2 overall pick. That would be perfect for the Warriors, who could draft the tough, defensive-minded Kidd-Gilchrist after New Orleans takes Anthony Davis at No. 1.

Myers and new Charlotte general manager Richard Cho have a strong relationship, but the feeling from executives at the combine was that Cho was asking too steep a price for the No. 2 pick.

That brings us back to Drummond. If the Warriors can't trade out of the lottery or trade up to get Kidd-Gilchrist, they say they have no problem picking the most talented player remaining from a loaded crop at No. 7.

Drummond's size and mobility remind some of Andrew Bynam, Dwight Howard and Derrick Favors, but his on-court production hasn't matched his physical attributes. And no one is positive that he wants to play center.

He admitted that he has "no back-to-the-basket game," and compared himself to small forward Kevin Durant before adjusting his statement at the combine.

"I can put the ball on the floor and beat my guy off the dribble. I can knock down that 15-footer," Drummond said. "I'm not trying to model myself after anybody. I'm trying to create my own brand and my own mold. I don't want to be the next anybody. I want to be the only Andre Drummond."

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com



Brandon Bass expects to be back in Boston - by Eurobasket News

Danny Ainge worked very hard in the brief offseason that the NBA had as a result of the lockout. He tried in vain to land Chris Paul, David West, and others. Many of the guys that he did bring in or bring back, didn't manage to finish the year (Chris Wilcox) or even get started (Jeff Green). But the one guy that Ainge added that managed to stick around and make major contributions was Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU).

Bass is a restricted free agent, but it sounds as though he will be back in Boston next year.

Bass: 'I would love to be back here'

Brandon Bass has a player option for next season and all indications are that he will exercise it after averaging career highs in points and rebounds. After the Celtics season ended abruptly in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, Bass said he hasn't thought too much about the future but he also made it clear that he wants to return.

"I do," he said when asked if he thought he would be back. "I would love to be back here. The fans here are unbelievable. For any player, this organization is the organization that you want to play for."

Picking up the option is a great option for the Celtics as it gives them another year with a very solid starting power forward at a very reasonable price. I'm not clear though on why Bass is leaning this way. It only locks in one more year when he could command more than that on the open market.

Brandon Bass: I would love to be back - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston

The question is whether the price will be right. Bass holds a $4.25 million player option for next season, the final year of a $16 million pact he inked with Orlando in July 2009. But agreeing to that option would mean no pay raise for a player who started 39 games (moving to the first-unit power forward in the second half of the season) and averaged career highs at 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds over 31.7 minutes per game. His numbers dipped a bit in the postseason, but so did his floor time as Boston often went small throughout the playoffs.

But sometimes the money isn't so much of an issue as the environment and Bass is a guy that has bounced around the league a little bit. He's found a home here in Boston and he's got a great relationship with Doc. Besides, if he plays up to his capabilities next year, he'll be in line for a nice pay raise anyway.

Courtesy of www.celticsblog.com



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Serbia edge Slovenia in Rumi - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Slovenia U20 97:75

Serbian U20 National Team played an exhibition encounter against their Slovenian counterparts in Rumi. The hosts claimed a comprehensive victory at the end. Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) finished with 18 points to pace the winners.
Serbia unloaded 29 points in the opening quarter to spur ahead. They built a 6-point advantage at the first intermission. Slovenia cut the deficit in the second term. The visitors saw the distance grew thinner at 5-point mark at halftime 46:51. Serbia were back in the drivers seat in the third period. They limited Slovenia to 14 points and established a 12-point lead before the final period. Serbia went on a scoring spree in the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) provided 16 points, while Nikola Siladi (206-F-92) posted 10 for Serbia. Paljic answered with 12 points for Slovenia. Klemen Prepelic (195-G-92) had 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Djordje Drenovac 18, Nenad Miljenovic 16, Nikola Siladi 10
Slovenia U20: Klemen Prepelic 14, Paljic 12



Predrag Suput conquers another title in Germany - by Eurobasket News

Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) conquers another title in Germany as his Brose Baskets defends Beko BBL Title as they swept the Final series over Ratiopharm. The winner of the Regular Season celebrated a 97:95 win in Game 3 to win the series 3-0.
The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 29-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by ratiopharm Ulm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Brian Roberts who scored 16 points and 6 assists. Serbian forward Predrag Suput chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Tucker posted 13 and Gavel notched 11.
At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Isaiah Swann who recorded 36 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Per Guenther added 17 points, while Nankivil scored 13.
In 2011-2012 for Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga) he averaged 10.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 90.0% in EuroLeague. In German League he showed 8.4 points per game.



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Gavel brings the title from abroad - by Eurobasket News

Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) brings the title from abroad as his Brose Baskets defends Beko BBL Title as they swept the Final series over Ratiopharm. The winner of the Regular Season celebrated a 97:95 win in Game 3 to win the series 3-0.
The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 29-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by ratiopharm Ulm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Brian Roberts who scored 16 points and 6 assists. Serbian forward Predrag Suput chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Tucker posted 13 and Anton Gavel notched 11. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Isaiah Swann who recorded 36 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Per Guenther added 17 points, while Nankivil scored 13.
In 2011-2012 for Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga) he averaged 8.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 73.1% in EuroLeague. In German League his stats read 10.7 points per game.



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Serbia edge Slovenia in Rumi - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Slovenia U20 97:75

Serbian U20 National Team played an exhibition encounter against their Slovenian counterparts in Rumi. The hosts claimed a comprehensive victory at the end. Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) finished with 18 points to pace the winners.
Serbia unloaded 29 points in the opening quarter to spur ahead. They built a 6-point advantage at the first intermission. Slovenia cut the deficit in the second term. The visitors saw the distance grew thinner at 5-point mark at halftime 46:51. Serbia were back in the drivers seat in the third period. They limited Slovenia to 14 points and established a 12-point lead before the final period. Serbia went on a scoring spree in the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) provided 16 points, while Nikola Siladi (206-F-92) posted 10 for Serbia. Paljic answered with 12 points for Slovenia. Klemen Prepelic (195-G-92) had 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Djordje Drenovac 18, Nenad Miljenovic 16, Nikola Siladi 10
Slovenia U20: Klemen Prepelic 14, Paljic 12



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  SPAIN   


Marcus Slaughter to join Real Madrid? - by Eurobasket News

According to Bamberg's General Manager Wolfgang Heyder, Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) will join Real Madrid this summer. The American big guy helped Bamberg to win the German league title and Cup. He played 44 games in 1.Bundesliga averaging 8.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. The player also added 11.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 spg, 1.5 apg and 1.3 bpg for 10 Euroleague games. Marcus Slaughter already played in Spain and it was last season. He was a member of Blancos de Rueda Valladolid. In 34 ACB league games he registered 9.9 ppg, 6 rpg and 1.4 spg. In 2009/10, Marcus Slaughter played for Nancy and before that he was a member of Le Havre. Slaughter also has experience from Bremerhaven, Gravelines, Hapoel Jerusalem and Karsiyaka.
Bamberg defended the German league title tonight. They blasted Ratiopharm Ulm with perfect 3-0 in the Finals series.



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TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
 1. PT Players 11-1 
 2. Cary Invasion 8-4 
 3. Wilmington SD 6-6 
 4. Fayetteville C. 5-7 
 5. Big Texas 2-3 
 6. Queen City E. 2-3 
 7. Carolina G. 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jun. 2: Cary Invasion - PT Players 93-99
Jun. 9: PT Players - Fayetteville C. 174-130



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  TURKEY   


Baris Ermis to Fenerbahce Ulker - by Sinan Can

DUE to ex-basketball legend, current TV commentator IBrahim Kutluay, Fenerbahce Ulker signed Turkish play-maker Baris Ermis (194-G-85) from Banvit. Kutluay quoted on a TV programme that Istanbul giants started the new season transfer campaign with experienced player who has been a member of Banvit for last three seasons. Ermis appeared at 36 league games for Banvit on his last season as he averaged 8.4 points, 5.8 assists and 1.3 steals. Along with that, 27 years old play-maker also had 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest at Euro Cup. After Neven Spahija's departure, Fenerbahce Ulker is alive already in the market for a new coach, with rumours around big names like Ettore Messina, Dusan Ivkovic and Zeljko Obradovic.


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GB Futures show mettle against Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

The future stars of the GB Senior Men team enjoyed success in their series against their Lithuanian counterparts in Surrey as they began their summer program.

The series began on Thursday with a scrimmage game that was played over five 10 minute periods, with GB coming out on top 112-105. The four players who have senior team experience were to the fore with Devon van Oostrum and Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) both tallying 18 points and Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, college: St.Bonaventure) and Kyle Johnson both scoring 15.

On the following day the teams met in a traditional game and again it was the Great Britain youngsters who tasted victory with a 74-62 success. Bryan-Amaning was the star of the game with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals with a 22-11 second quarter in GB's favour being pivotal in the result.

The last game of the series was opened to the public and in front of 500 fans at Surrey Sports Park Lithuania held on for a 69-67 victory after Johnson missed a three point attempt on the buzzer that would have won the game.

Adegboye produced the best stat line for GB with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Bryan-Amaning had 13 points as GB played without van Oostrum, who had headed to Italy for the adidas Eurocamp (a camp for potential NBA draft picks).

Some members of the squad will now be heading to the USA to join up with the Senior Men as their camp begins.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



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Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Jun. 8: Atenas - Guruyu Waston 93-74
Jun. 8: Yale - Larranaga 85-88
Jun. 8: Marne - Urunday Univ. 82-74
Jun. 8: Cader - Verdirrojo 78-76
Jun. 8: Romis N. - Goes 57-74

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 11: Cader - Romis N.
Jun. 11: Capitol - Marne
Jun. 11: Goes - Guruyu Waston
Jun. 11: Larranaga - Atenas
Jun. 11: Verdirrojo - Yale


Argentina open Super 4 in Mendoza with victory - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Uruguay 88:70

Argentina victoriously opened their Super 4 Cup tournament campaign. The hosts fired past Uruguay in San Martin Mendoza. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) notched 16 points to lead the winners.
Argentina built a 21:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Uruguay cut the distance in the second quarter. The visitors got within 3 points at halftime 36:39. Argentina however clear off once again in the third period. The hosts knocked down 24 points to take a 9-point lead before the final stanza. Argentina dominated in the final period rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) nailed 10 points, while Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) and Marcos Mata (201-F-86) added 9 points each in the victory. Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) topscored with 18 points for Uruguay. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Argentina: Juan Gutierrez 16, Matias Sandes 10, Franco Giorgetti 9, Marcos Mata 9
Uruguay: Mauricio Aguiar 18, Leandro Garcia Morales 14



Brazil prevail against Uruguay in San Martin - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Uruguay 72:66

Brazil posted the second straight win at the start of Mendoza Super 4 Cup international tournament. They toppled Uruguay to stay undefeated. Brazil will face hosting Argentina for the title tonight. Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) accounted for 13 points for the winners. Uruguay fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Uruguay got to the better start. They built a 23:17 lead ten minutes into the game. But Brazil slowly recovered. They denied the deficit and eked out a 39:37 halftime advantage. Brazil limited Uruguay to 12 points in the third term to stretch the lead. Brazil entered the final period up by 4 points. They kept Uruguay at distance throughout the final quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) and Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) accounted for 12 points each for the winners. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) replied with 20 points for Uruguay. Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) netted 18 points in the loss.

Brazil: Mineiro Ferreira 13, Vitor Benite 12, Dede Stefanelli 12
Uruguay: Leandro Garcia Morales 20, Mauricio Aguiar 18



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Astana lands C Andreas Glyniadakis from Euroleague champions Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana once again proved their high ambitions for the next season. The reigning Kazakhstan champions penned a deal with Greek center Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81, agency: Beo Basket). He arrives to the club from the Euroleague champ Olympiakos Pireus. He had 4 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 9 Euroleague games this season. The player also added 4.6 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 19 games in Greece. Olympiakos managed to win the Greek league and Euroleague title after 15 years. Andreas Glyniadakis also win the Greek Cup with Olympiakos in 2010 and 2011. He joined the club in 2009 from Marousi. Before that, the center played for Vidi Vici Bologna, Albuquerque Thunderbirds and Roanoke Dazzle (NBA D-League), Seattle Supersonics NBA), AEK Athens, Peristeri, Panellinios and Panathinaikos. He won the Euroleague title with PAO in 2000. Glyniadakis also won five Greek league titles in his career, including the one with Olympiakos. In 2006, the center was NBA D-League champion with the Thunderbirds.



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Women News


2012-13 Adriatic League Schedule - by Zeljko Zule

The start date and draw has been confirmed for the 2012/123Adriatic League season. The new campaign will get under way on Wednesday, September 26.
Full Schedule:
Round 1 (26/09)/Round 12 (08/12): Celik-Ilirija, Hemofarm-Krajisnik, Zagreb-Partizan, Vozdovac-Pecs, Buducnost-Korac, Vojvodina-Celje.
Round 2 (29/09)/Round 13 (15/12): Ilirija-Celje, Korac-Vojvodina, Pecs-Buducnost, Partizan-Vodzovac, Krajisnik-Zagreb, Celik-Hemofarm.
Round 3 (06/10)/Round 14 (22/12): Hemofarm-Ilirija, Celik-Zagreb, Vozdovac-Krajisnik, Buducnost-Partizan, Vojvodina-Pecs, Celje-Korac.
Round 4 (13/10)/Round 15 (09/01): Ilirija-Korac, Pecs-Celje, Partizan-Vojvodina, Krajisnik-Buudcnost, Celik.-Vozdovac, Hemofarm-Zagreb.
Round 5 (20/10)/Round 16 (12/01): Zagreb-Ilirija, Vozdovac-Hemofarm, Buducnost-Celik, Vojvodina-Krajisnik, Celje-Partizan, Korac-Pecs.
Round 6 (27/10)/Round 17 (18/01): Ilirija-Pecs, Partizan-Korac, Krajisnik-Celje, Celik-Vojvodina. Hemofarm-Buducnost, Zagreb-Vzdovac.
Round 7 (03/11)/Round 18 (26/01): Vozdovac-Ilirija, Buducnost-Zagreb, Vojvodina-Hemofarm, Celje-Celik, Korac-Krajisnik, Pecs-Partizan.
Round 8 (10/11)/Round 19 (02/02): Ilirija-Partizan, Krajisnik-Pecs, Celik-Korac, Hemofarm-Celje, Zagreb-Vojvodina, Vozdovac-Buducnost.
Round 9 (17/11)/Round 20 (09/02): Buducnost-Ilirija, Vojvodina-Vozdovac, Celje-Zagreb, Korac-Hemofarm, Pecs-Celik, Partizan-Krajisnik.
Round 10 (24/11)/Round 21 (16/02)): Ilirija-Krajisnik, Celik-Partizan. Hemofarm-Pecs, Zagreb-Korac, Vodzovac-Celje, Buducnost-Vojvodina.
Round 11 (01/12)/Round 22 (23/02): Vojvodina-Ilirija, Celje-Buducnost, Korac-Vozdovac, Pecs-Zagreb, Partizan-Hemofarm, Krajisnik-Celik.



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Netherlands outscore Argentina in Dubrovnik - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands - Argentina 81:75 (OT)

Netherlands registered the first win at the international tournament in Dubrovnik. They overcame Argentina for 1-1 record. Myrthe Beld (183-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) accounted for 16 points each in the win.
Argentina got to the better start. The Latin American side ensured a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. Argentina maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They posted a 30:24 halftime advantage. Netherlands however managed to recover in the second half. The European side denied the deficit and tied things up at 65 at the end of regulation. The Dutch team fired 16 points in the extra period to seal the winning outcome. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) produced 15 points for Netherlands. Melisa Gretter (170-PG-93) notched 17 points for Argentina. Carolina Sanchez (182-F/C-76) finished with 16 points in defeat.

Netherlands: Myrthe Beld 16, Anouk Biesters 16, Tanya Broering 15
Argentina: Melisa Gretter 17, Carolina Sanchez 16



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Australia post second win in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Australia 48:67

Australia finished the international tournament in Karlovy Vary with victory. They overcame the hosts 67:48 for 2-1 record. Czech Republic fell at 1-2 record. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) came up with 14 points to lead the winners.
The hosts secured a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. The Opals gradually took over. They arrived at halftime enjoying a slim 32:29 advantage. The Aussies boosted the gap in the third term. They cleared off to an 11-point distance at the final intermission 46:35. Australia dominated in the final period. The Opals cruised to the victory in the final minutes. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) delivered 12 points, while Samantha Richards (167-G-83) and Belinda Snell (181-F-81) had 8 points apiece in the win. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) answered with 12 points for Czech Republic. Jana Vesela (192-F-83) and Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) connected for 7 points each in the loss.

Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 12, Jana Vesela 7, Ilona Burgrova 7
Australia: Lauren Jackson 14, Suzy Batkovic-Brown 12, Samantha Richards 8, Belinda Snell 8



Emerging Opals beat New Zealand in China - by Eurobasket News

Australia - New Zealand 72:64

Australia claimed the second straight win at the international tournament in Suzhou, China. The Emerging Opals squad fired past New Zealand for 2-0 record. New Zealand fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Katie Rae Ebzery (177-G-90) stepped up with 13 points to lead the Aussies.
Australia strongly started the game. They ensured a 21:12 lead at the first break. The Emerging Opals stayed in control throughout the second quarter. They built a 44:25 halftime lead. The Kiwis tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. New Zealand outgunned their opponents 17:5 to narrow the distance to just 7 points. But Australia managed to retain composure and ran away with the victory at the end. Cayla Francis (192-C-89), Tess Madgen (180-G/F-90) and Casey Samuels (180-G-94) had 12 points each in the win. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon), Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) and Natalie Taylor (182-F-84, college: SE Missouri St.) had 16 points each in the loss.

Australia: Katie Rae Ebzery 13, Cayla Francis 12, Tess Madgen 12, Casey Samuels 12
New Zealand: Micaela Cocks 16, Jillian Harmon 16, Natalie Taylor 16



Australian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Abby Bishop
Bishop
Suzy Batkovic-Brown
Batkovic-Brown
Kristi Harrower
Harrower
Belinda Snell
Snell
Erin Phillips
Phillips
#e#5
*4 Jenna OHea
5 Samantha Richards 167-G-83 Bulleen B. Australia
7 Abby Bishop 189-C-88 Perpignan France
8 Suzy Batkovic-Brown 193-C-80 Adelaide Australia
9 Marianna Tolo 196-C-89 Aix-en-Provence France
10 Kristi Harrower 166-G-75 Bendigo S. Australia
11 Hanna Zavecz 182-F/G-85 UNIQA Eurol. Hungary
11 Laura Hodges 191-C-83 Bracco Geas Italy
12 Belinda Snell 181-F-81 CCC Polkowice Poland
13 Erin Phillips 173-PG-85 Indiana F. USA
14 Elizabeth Cambage 203-C-91 Tulsa S. USA
15 Lauren Jackson 196-F/C-81 Seattle S. USA
21 Kathleen Macleod 167-G-86 Dandenong R. Australia
22 Rachel Jarry 185-G-91 Bulleen B. Australia

Carrie Graf Head Coach Canberra C. Australia
Phil Brown Assistant AIS Australia
Peter Buckle Assistant Adelaide Australia
Michele Timms Assistant Bulleen B. Australia



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Slovak Republic overwhelm Austria in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic -Austria 91:45

Slovak Republic overwhelm Austria in game 2 again. The Slovakian side erupted with a 91:45 victory winning all the quarters in the game.
Actually it was a good start for the guests that managed to be the decent opponent in the first period. Slovak Republic won the quarter 18-13 and managed to explode with 29-9 in the second quarter. In the second period the winners added 21-8 and finished the game with 23-15 in the last stanza.
Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) as well as Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) added 14. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F/C-88) posted 13, whilst Timea Sujova (173-G-84) delivered 12. Margit Forcher (177-G-76) ended up with 11 points in the losing case and Nina Suritsch (189-F/C-84) added 8. Takacs delivered 7, while Koeppl poured in 6.

Slovak Republic: Klaudia Lukacovicova 15, Anna Jurcenkova 14, Romana Vynuchalova 14, Katarina Tetemondova 13, Timea Sujova 12
Austria: Margit Forcher 11, Nina Suritsch 8, Takacs 7, Koeppl 6



Austrian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Kata Takacs
Takacs
Sophia Plank
Plank
Nora Kampitsch
Kampitsch
Verena Bachler
Bachler
Eva Breuer
Breuer
#e#5
Kata Takacs 184-F-91 BG 89 Avides Germany
Sophia Plank 178-G/F-83 BK Duchess Austria
Nora Kampitsch 181-C-88 UBI Graz Austria
Verena Bachler 175-G-88 BK Duchess Austria
Eva Breuer 168-G-83 WBC Raiffeisen Austria
Julia Koeppl 187-F/C-91 Dowling USA
Sarah Schicher 188-F-90 Dowling USA
Julia Horti 164-G-89 Leipzig Germany
Nina Suritsch 189-F/C-84 BK Duchess Austria
Annika Pansy 173-G-88 UBI Graz Austria
Margit Forcher 177-G-76 TI Sparkasse Austria
Katharina Podoschek 168-G-80 BK Duchess Austria
Theresa Schwarzinger 168-G-89 UBI Graz Austria
Julia Schwab 180-C/F-82 TI Sparkasse Austria

Mike Kress Head Coach UBBC Austria
Marlies Kiefer Assistant



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Greece trounce Bulgaria in the second clash - by Eurobasket News

Greece -Bulgaria 74:47

Greece trounce Bulgaria in the second clash. The home side easily celebrated a 74:47 victory in Game 2.
Greece started with 24:10 in the first period and never looked behind after. They enjoyed a 41:24 lead as the teams disappeared in the lockers at the halftime. Greece increased to 56:33 after three quarters and won the game by 27 points. The difference showed 74:47 at the end of the game as the teams had a great friendly clash in Athens.
Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 14, while Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) delivered 12. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) replied with 16 points in the losing effort being the only player with double digits. Slavovieva delivered 8, whilst Gregorieva scored 6.

Greece: Dimitra Kalentzou 16, Zoi Dimitrakou 14, Katerina Sotiriou 12
Bulgaria: Vera Perostiyska 16, Slavovieva 8, Gregorieva 6



Greece rout Bulgaria in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Greece-Bulgaria 65:56

Greece rout Bulgaria in Athens in the first warm-up game between two sides. The Greek side celebrated a 65:56 win due to the second half.
It was Bulgaria that grabbed 16:13 after the first period. Later in the game the hosts dominated the court and managed to lead in the game. They won the second quarter 25-18 and then added 15-13 in the third quarter. Moreover Greece finished the game with 12-9 to seal the victory in the opener.
Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) notched 13. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 9, while Pelagia Papamichail had 8. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) had 13. Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) followed them with 10 and Dimana Makarieva (188-C-88) posted 6.

Greece: Olga Hatzinikolaou 17, Katerina Sotiriou 13, Zoi Dimitrakou 9, Pelagia Papamichail 8
Bulgaria: Vera Perostiyska 18, Jaklin Zlatanova 13, Radoslava Bachvarova 10, Dimana Makarieva 6



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  CANADA   


Canada won over Great Britain in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - Canada 50:63

Canada won over Great Britain in Game 2 between two sides. After the loss in the opener, the Canadian team celebrated a 63:50 win on Sunday.
Canada exploded with 23-6 in the opening period but could not keep the big difference in the half. The hosts bounced back with 18-10 in the second period as the board showed 33:24 at the halftime. Moreover Great Britain won the third quarter 15-12 and reduced to 6 points before entering the last stanza. Canada however needed 18-11 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) stepped up with 13 points for the winners and Krista Phillips (198-C-88, college: Michigan) netted 9. Gabrielle followed them with 8 points in a win. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) and Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) nailed 14 points each in defeat, while Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) had 8.

Great Britain: Natalie Stafford 14, Johannah Leedham 14, Temitope Fagbenle 8
Canada: Courtnay Pilypaitis 13, Krista Phillips 9, Gabrielle 8



Great Britain overcame Canada in Edinburgh - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain -Canada 70:57

Great Britain overcame Canada in Edinburgh in a friendly campaign between two sides. The hosts celebrated a 70:57 victory in their first home warm-up.
Great Britain opened the game with 20:16, but failed later in the first half. The Canadian side produced a 12-4 surge to take 28:24 advantage at the halftime. Only in the second half the hosts proved their ambitions. They won the third period 18-9 and added 28-20 in the last stanza.
Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) netted 15. Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) delivered 11, while Stefanie Collins (174-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) added 7. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Natalie Achonwa (190-F-92) had 15. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) posted 8 and Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) netted 7.

Great Britain: Natalie Stafford 16, Johannah Leedham 15, Temitope Fagbenle 11, Stefanie Collins 7
Canada: Kimberley Smith 19, Natalie Achonwa 15, Tamara Tatham 8, Teresa Gabriele 7



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  CROATIA   


Croatian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Sandra Mandir
Mandir
Andja Jelavic
Jelavic
Marija Vrsaljko
Vrsaljko
Iva Ciglar
Ciglar
Ana Lelas
Lelas
#e#5
Sandra Mandir 177-G-77 Gospic Croatia
Andja Jelavic 172-G-80 Kayseri Turkey
Marija Vrsaljko 195-C-89 Perfumerias Spain
Iva Ciglar 170-G-85 UNI SEAT Hungary
Ana Lelas 183-G/F-83 Lattes Montp. France
Jelena Ivezic 182-F/G-84 Gospic Croatia
Emanuela Salopek 179-G-87 Novi Zagreb Croatia
Luca Ivankovic 199-C-87 Jolly Croatia
Antonija Misura 178-F-88 Jolly Croatia
Kristina Benic 180-F-88 Jolly Croatia
Mirna Mazic 188-F-85 Novi Zagreb Croatia
Lisa Karcic 182-F-86 Cajarural Spain
Ana Semren 190-C-88 Jolly Croatia
Sena Pavetic 198-C-86 Gospic Croatia
Iva Sliskovic 194-F-84 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
Marta Cakic 175-G-82 Navarra Spain
Ivana Tikvic 189-C-94 Medvescak Croatia

Stipe Bralic Head Coach Gospic Croatia



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Australia post second win in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Australia 48:67

Australia finished the international tournament in Karlovy Vary with victory. They overcame the hosts 67:48 for 2-1 record. Czech Republic fell at 1-2 record. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) came up with 14 points to lead the winners.
The hosts secured a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. The Opals gradually took over. They arrived at halftime enjoying a slim 32:29 advantage. The Aussies boosted the gap in the third term. They cleared off to an 11-point distance at the final intermission 46:35. Australia dominated in the final period. The Opals cruised to the victory in the final minutes. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) delivered 12 points, while Samantha Richards (167-G-83) and Belinda Snell (181-F-81) had 8 points apiece in the win. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) answered with 12 points for Czech Republic. Jana Vesela (192-F-83) and Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) connected for 7 points each in the loss.

Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 12, Jana Vesela 7, Ilona Burgrova 7
Australia: Lauren Jackson 14, Suzy Batkovic-Brown 12, Samantha Richards 8, Belinda Snell 8



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  ESTONIA   


Estonian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Viive-Kai Rebane
Rebane
Kerttu Jallai
Jallai
Merike Anderson
Anderson
Valeria Kast
Kast
Kati Rausberg
Rausberg
#e#5
4 Merilin Metsalu 177-G-87 Eclex Tallinn Estonia
5 Viive-Kai Rebane 182-F-89 Binghamton USA
6 Triin Teppo 186-F/C-90 Tartu Ulikooli Estonia
7 Mirjam Nikolai 177-G-86 KK Tallina U. Estonia
8 Annika Koster 185-F/C-92 Eclex Tallinn Estonia
9 Kerttu Jallai 180-F-90 Eclex Tallinn Estonia
10 Merike Anderson 180-F/G-81 Nice France
11 Maaja Bratka 190-F/C-92 Eclex Tallinn Estonia
12 Valeria Kast 201-C-87 Asteras Greece
13 Mailis Pokk 185-F/C-92 Wasserburg Germany
14 Kati Rausberg 172-G-89 Eckerd USA
15 Laina Mesila-Kaarmann 186-C/F-87 Eclex Tallinn Estonia

Jaanus Levkoi Head Coach Eclex Tallinn Estonia



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  GERMANY   


Germany bounce back with the win over Poland in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

Poland- Germany 44:62

Germany bounce back with the win over Poland in Game 2 showing outstanding defense. The guests grabbed 62:44 win in Inowrocaw last night.
Germany immediately took the lead and finished the first period with 26:16. They added 13-11 in the second quarter and enjoyed 39:27 halftime advantage. The third quarter was a disaster for Polish side that scored only 5 points. As a result Germany took 19-point advantage after 30 minutes. The hosts won the last stanza 12-11 and reduced the scored to 18 points at the end.
Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) and Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each. Tina Menz (174-G/F-88) netted 10, while Bar added 9. Agnieszka Makowska (182-F-82) delivered 9 points in the losing case, whilst Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group) and Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) posted 8 each. Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) followed them with 7 points in defeat.

Poland: Agnieszka Makowska 9, Paulina Pawlak 8, Agnieszka Majewska 8, Joanna Walich 7
Germany: Anne Breitreiner 13, Sarah Austmann 13, Tina Menz 10, Bar 9



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  GREECE   


Greece trounce Bulgaria in the second clash - by Eurobasket News

Greece -Bulgaria 74:47

Greece trounce Bulgaria in the second clash. The home side easily celebrated a 74:47 victory in Game 2.
Greece started with 24:10 in the first period and never looked behind after. They enjoyed a 41:24 lead as the teams disappeared in the lockers at the halftime. Greece increased to 56:33 after three quarters and won the game by 27 points. The difference showed 74:47 at the end of the game as the teams had a great friendly clash in Athens.
Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 14, while Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) delivered 12. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) replied with 16 points in the losing effort being the only player with double digits. Slavovieva delivered 8, whilst Gregorieva scored 6.

Greece: Dimitra Kalentzou 16, Zoi Dimitrakou 14, Katerina Sotiriou 12
Bulgaria: Vera Perostiyska 16, Slavovieva 8, Gregorieva 6



Greece rout Bulgaria in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Greece-Bulgaria 65:56

Greece rout Bulgaria in Athens in the first warm-up game between two sides. The Greek side celebrated a 65:56 win due to the second half.
It was Bulgaria that grabbed 16:13 after the first period. Later in the game the hosts dominated the court and managed to lead in the game. They won the second quarter 25-18 and then added 15-13 in the third quarter. Moreover Greece finished the game with 12-9 to seal the victory in the opener.
Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) notched 13. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 9, while Pelagia Papamichail had 8. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) had 13. Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) followed them with 10 and Dimana Makarieva (188-C-88) posted 6.

Greece: Olga Hatzinikolaou 17, Katerina Sotiriou 13, Zoi Dimitrakou 9, Pelagia Papamichail 8
Bulgaria: Vera Perostiyska 18, Jaklin Zlatanova 13, Radoslava Bachvarova 10, Dimana Makarieva 6



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  HOLLAND   


Netherlands outscore Argentina in Dubrovnik - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands - Argentina 81:75 (OT)

Netherlands registered the first win at the international tournament in Dubrovnik. They overcame Argentina for 1-1 record. Myrthe Beld (183-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) accounted for 16 points each in the win.
Argentina got to the better start. The Latin American side ensured a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. Argentina maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They posted a 30:24 halftime advantage. Netherlands however managed to recover in the second half. The European side denied the deficit and tied things up at 65 at the end of regulation. The Dutch team fired 16 points in the extra period to seal the winning outcome. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) produced 15 points for Netherlands. Melisa Gretter (170-PG-93) notched 17 points for Argentina. Carolina Sanchez (182-F/C-76) finished with 16 points in defeat.

Netherlands: Myrthe Beld 16, Anouk Biesters 16, Tanya Broering 15
Argentina: Melisa Gretter 17, Carolina Sanchez 16



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  HUNGARY   


Turkey celebrate first win in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Turkey 65:68

Turkey finished on a high note at the international tournament in Karlovy Vary. They defeated the previously unbeaten Hungary to improve at 1-2 record. Hungary fell at 2-1 record but still occupied the top position in the ladder. Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) came up with 22 points to lead Turkey.
Hungary led by a single point at the first break 16:15. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Hungary ensured a 35:34 halftime lead. Hungary stayed in front in the third period. They entered the final quarter up by two points 51:49. Turkey however snatched the victory scoring several key baskets late in regulation. Isil Alben (170-G-86) produced 12 points, while Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) had 9 points for the winners. Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) replied with 12 points for Hungary. Orsolya Szecsi (190-G/F-92) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Hungary: Krisztina Raksanyi 12, Orsolya Szecsi 10
Turkey: Nevin Nevlin 22, Isil Alben 12, Nevriye Yilmaz 9



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  LITHUANIA   


Sandra Linkeviciene and Egle Sulciute join the National Team - by Eurobasket News

Good news for the Lithuanian National Team. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) and Egle Sulciute (190-PF-85) joined the squad yesterday and they will play in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Lithuania will play its first game on Wednesday against Holland. Head Coach of the NT Algirdas Paulauskas thanked Mante Kvederaviciute (180-G-90) and Egle Taraseviciute (182-F-90) for their service, so the roster still stands at 14.
Sandra Linkeviciene played for Lithuania last summer in Poland. She had 12 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.4 spg and 2 apg in 9 games. She was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention -11. Linkeviciene is active member of the National Team since 2002.
Egle Sulciute also plays for Lithuania since 2002. Last summer in Poland she averaged 8.9 points and 3.9 rebounds for 9 games.
Lithuania is placed to Group C of qualifications. Their rivals will be Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Belgium and Holland.



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Luxembourg National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Lisy Hetting
Hetting
Tessy Hetting
Hetting
Liz Schmitz
Schmitz
Jill Bausch
Bausch
Magaly Meynadier
Meynadier
#e#5
4 Lisy Hetting 173-G-90 Etzella Luxembourg
7 Tessy Hetting 188-SF-86 Point Chaud Belgium
10 Laure Diederich 183-C-87 Musel Pikes Luxembourg
11 Leonie De Jonge 182-C-90 Etzella Luxembourg
12 Liz Schmitz 180-F-88 Jeugd Gentson Belgium
13 Jill Bausch 176-G-87 Residence Luxembourg
15 Michele Orban 190-C-86 T71 Dudelange Luxembourg
22 Anouk Wagener 160-PG-89 T71 Dudelange Luxembourg
24 Lena Hetto 184-F-93 Heffingen Luxembourg
31 Nadia Marcus 173-G-93 Heffingen Luxembourg
34 Magaly Meynadier 170-SG-91 Musel Pikes Luxembourg
35 Lynn Kauffmann 174-PG-94 AB Contern Luxembourg

Hermann Paar Head Coach
Mariusz Dziurdzia Assistant Saarlouis Germany



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  NEW ZEALAND   


Emerging Opals beat New Zealand in China - by Eurobasket News

Australia - New Zealand 72:64

Australia claimed the second straight win at the international tournament in Suzhou, China. The Emerging Opals squad fired past New Zealand for 2-0 record. New Zealand fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Katie Rae Ebzery (177-G-90) stepped up with 13 points to lead the Aussies.
Australia strongly started the game. They ensured a 21:12 lead at the first break. The Emerging Opals stayed in control throughout the second quarter. They built a 44:25 halftime lead. The Kiwis tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. New Zealand outgunned their opponents 17:5 to narrow the distance to just 7 points. But Australia managed to retain composure and ran away with the victory at the end. Cayla Francis (192-C-89), Tess Madgen (180-G/F-90) and Casey Samuels (180-G-94) had 12 points each in the win. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon), Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) and Natalie Taylor (182-F-84, college: SE Missouri St.) had 16 points each in the loss.

Australia: Katie Rae Ebzery 13, Cayla Francis 12, Tess Madgen 12, Casey Samuels 12
New Zealand: Micaela Cocks 16, Jillian Harmon 16, Natalie Taylor 16



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  NIGERIA   


Magnificent First Deepwater retain Zenith Bank League title - by Olusegun Ikuesan

...... Despite 70-76 closing day lose to First Bank
First Deepwater basketball club of Ekiti at the weekend confirm that it is the best women clubside in Nigeria as it retain the Zenith Bank women league title for a third straight season despite her 70-76 points closing day lost to former champion First Bank basketball club of Lagos.

First Deepwater basketball club whose 44 games unbeaten run was broken at the closing day of the 2011/2012 season of the women league had already been crowned champion before the epic battle against First Bank basketball club who put in everything as if the title depend on the game.


The Oil and Gas ladies trailed their arch rival by a point in the first quarter by 22-23 points and further gave up additional one point in the second quarter 09-10 for a two point first half deficit of 31-33 points.

The Coach Lateef Erinfolami tutored champion rose from the two points down after the break to pick the third quarter by 22-13 points to open up a seven points lead going into the last the quarter (53-46) but First Bank again rallied back to atleast gain some respect for itself as the former champion would not want to go down woefully to the champion forcing the champion to turn the ball over at will. First Deepwater final gave up the fourth quarter by 17-30 points for a final score-line of 70-76 points.

Coach Erinfolami praised his players fighting spirit against First Bank and says the final day match is a reflection of the increasing interest in Nigeria women league.

The former Nigeria international also applaud First Bank doggedness in the final day match-up describing the Elephant Girls resilient as someone who would not want a complete knockout.

First Deepwater basketball club ended the season with a 26-1 records against First Bank 25-2 record just as Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure retained her third spot with a 20-7 records.

The champion (First Deepwater) pocketed a the sum of N1, 000,000 and a giant trophy for emerging as champion, First Bank got N750, 000 while Sunshine Angels were rewarded with N500, 000.

First Deepwater and Nigeria international Nkechi Akashili led her team with 25 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and one steal while Magdalene Ukato added 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steal.

Akashili was again voted the season most valuable player (MVP) retaining the best player crown for a record third time and also emerged as the league top scorer, First Bank duo of Evelyn Akhator and Oluchi Nzekwe won the season highest rebounder and leading 3-point shooter award respectively.



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  POLAND   


KK ROW Rybnik signed Agnieszka Kulaga - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

KK ROW Rybnik agreed terms of contract with Agnieszka Kulaga (170-G-86, college: Valparaiso). This 26-yeard old point guard is the first new player in the 6th team of PLKK. Club is close to ink deals with some other players, so that would not be the last transfer news from Rybnik.

Agnieszka Kulaga is 26 years old point guard. She graduated Valparaiso university in 2009. Then she signed contract with TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow, but had not played much in this team. After that she moved to MKS Tecza Leszno, where she was starting five player. She averaged 8,8 points and 4, 1 assists (3rd score in the league) in 22 league games.

In 2011/2012 Agnieszka Kulaga was playing for Artego Bydgoszcz. In 21 games she averaged 5,3 points and 2,4 rebounds. Artego Bydgoszcz released her in March, because club
was not satisfied with her performance. Coach Kazimierz Mikolajec believes in her abilities and now she get a chance to play in KK ROW Rybnik.




Germany bounce back with the win over Poland in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

Poland- Germany 44:62

Germany bounce back with the win over Poland in Game 2 showing outstanding defense. The guests grabbed 62:44 win in Inowrocaw last night.
Germany immediately took the lead and finished the first period with 26:16. They added 13-11 in the second quarter and enjoyed 39:27 halftime advantage. The third quarter was a disaster for Polish side that scored only 5 points. As a result Germany took 19-point advantage after 30 minutes. The hosts won the last stanza 12-11 and reduced the scored to 18 points at the end.
Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) and Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each. Tina Menz (174-G/F-88) netted 10, while Bar added 9. Agnieszka Makowska (182-F-82) delivered 9 points in the losing case, whilst Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group) and Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) posted 8 each. Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) followed them with 7 points in defeat.

Poland: Agnieszka Makowska 9, Paulina Pawlak 8, Agnieszka Majewska 8, Joanna Walich 7
Germany: Anne Breitreiner 13, Sarah Austmann 13, Tina Menz 10, Bar 9



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  SERBIA   


Serbia U-16 over came Romania U-16 in all three friendly games - by Tamara Ruzic

In first two friendly games Serbia won against Romania with a score 68:43 and 69:55.
In a third game, Serbia over came Romania with a score 59-58 (16:20, 14:18, 10:7, 19:13).
It was a good start for the guest. Romania won first half, but Serbian team came up stronger in the second half. Tijana Cukic scored 16, and made a shoot in the last second to bring another win to her team.
SERBIA U16: Petkovic 5, Cukic 16, Jovovic, Vojinovic 12, Repac, Stevanovic 6, Arsenic 2, Veljkovic 2, Zec 2, Subaic 3, Bogicevic 3, Madarevic, 2, Katanic 2, Nogic 4.
ROMANIA U16: Neogu 2, Lenard 14, Gtuzik 7, Stejner 5, Grigor 9, Maksim 6, Kelenen 7, Belojan 2, Gretu 1, Sabesta 2, Denater 3.
Tijana Cukic (96)



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  SLOVAKIA   


Slovak Republic overwhelm Austria in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic -Austria 91:45

Slovak Republic overwhelm Austria in game 2 again. The Slovakian side erupted with a 91:45 victory winning all the quarters in the game.
Actually it was a good start for the guests that managed to be the decent opponent in the first period. Slovak Republic won the quarter 18-13 and managed to explode with 29-9 in the second quarter. In the second period the winners added 21-8 and finished the game with 23-15 in the last stanza.
Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) as well as Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) added 14. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F/C-88) posted 13, whilst Timea Sujova (173-G-84) delivered 12. Margit Forcher (177-G-76) ended up with 11 points in the losing case and Nina Suritsch (189-F/C-84) added 8. Takacs delivered 7, while Koeppl poured in 6.

Slovak Republic: Klaudia Lukacovicova 15, Anna Jurcenkova 14, Romana Vynuchalova 14, Katarina Tetemondova 13, Timea Sujova 12
Austria: Margit Forcher 11, Nina Suritsch 8, Takacs 7, Koeppl 6



Slovakian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Klaudia Lukacovicova
Lukacovicova
Anna Jurcenkova
Jurcenkova
Romana Vynuchalova
Vynuchalova
Katarina Tetemondova
Tetemondova
Timea Sujova
Sujova
#e#5
Klaudia Lukacovicova 193-C-90 Cagliari CUS Italy
Anna Jurcenkova 195-C-85 Good Angels Slovakia
Romana Vynuchalova 192-C/F-86 Mann Filter Spain
Katarina Tetemondova 188-F/C-88 MBK Ruzomb. Slovakia
Timea Sujova 173-G-84 Samorin Slovakia
Veronika Cernakova 175-G-90 MBK Ruzomb. Slovakia
Beata Simova 184-F-87 Poprad Slovakia
Janka Mincikova 172-PG-89 Hondar.-Irun Spain
Eva Kmetova 188-C/F-87 Valosun Brno Czech Republic
Gabriela Kubatova 171-G-84 Roche France
Lucia Kupcikova 184-F-84 Good Angels Slovakia
Ivana Jalcova 182-G-83 Familia Schio Italy

Ivan Vojtko Head Coach Inter Bratislava Czech Republic
Marcela Kramer Assistant Strakonice Czech Republic



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  SPAIN   


Spanish National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Marta Fernandez
Fernandez
Lucila Pascua
Pascua
Laia Palau
Palau
Elisa Aguilar
Aguilar
Marta Xargay Casademont
Xargay Casademont
#e#5
4 Laura Nicholls 189-C-89 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
5 Marta Fernandez 178-F-81 Perfumerias Spain
6 Cristina Ouvina 174-G-90 Wisla Can-Pak Poland
7 Cindy Lima 194-C-81 Aix-en-Provence France
8 Lucila Pascua 195-C-83 Perfumerias Spain
9 Laia Palau 178-G-79 Ros Casares Spain
10 Elisa Aguilar 177-G-76 Spartak V MR Russia
11 Marta Xargay Casademont 180-G-90 Perfumerias Spain
12 Anna Montanana 186-F-80 USK Praha Czech Republic
13 Amaya Valdemoro 184-F-76 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
15 Anna Cruz 173-PG-86 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
20 Vanessa Ble 190-F/C-91 Gran Canaria Spain

Lucas Mondelo Head Coach Perfumerias Spain
Victor Antonio Lapena Assistant Mann Filter Spain
Isabel Sanchez Assistant



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  SWITZERLAND   


Swiss National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Gaelle Gur
Gur
Sarah Kershaw
Kershaw
Marielle Giroud
Giroud
Jalinka Michaux
Michaux
Lara Thalmann
Thalmann
#e#5
4 Chinzia Ferrari 170-G-91 Baden Switzerland
5 Gaelle Gur 167-G-89 Nyon Switzerland
6 Annie Kassongo 187-F/C S.Nazarene USA
7 Eva Moldovanyi 183-F/C-87 Basel Switzerland
8 Sarah Kershaw 180-SF-85 Helios Switzerland
9 Marielle Giroud 180-F-87 Franklin Pierce USA
10 Delphine Monnier 178-G/F-91 Fribourg Switzerland
11 Jalinka Michaux 173-F-87 Helios Switzerland
12 Lara Thalmann 172-G-88 Fribourg Switzerland
13 Karen Twehues 182-G-83 Helios Switzerland
14 Melissa Favre 184-PF-92 Nyon Switzerland
15 Marisa Heckendorn 170-F-84 Basel Switzerland

Milenko Tomic Head Coach BC AKA Switzerland
Daniel Frey Assistant
Mark Burger Assistant



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  TURKEY   


Turkey celebrate first win in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Turkey 65:68

Turkey finished on a high note at the international tournament in Karlovy Vary. They defeated the previously unbeaten Hungary to improve at 1-2 record. Hungary fell at 2-1 record but still occupied the top position in the ladder. Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) came up with 22 points to lead Turkey.
Hungary led by a single point at the first break 16:15. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Hungary ensured a 35:34 halftime lead. Hungary stayed in front in the third period. They entered the final quarter up by two points 51:49. Turkey however snatched the victory scoring several key baskets late in regulation. Isil Alben (170-G-86) produced 12 points, while Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) had 9 points for the winners. Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) replied with 12 points for Hungary. Orsolya Szecsi (190-G/F-92) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Hungary: Krisztina Raksanyi 12, Orsolya Szecsi 10
Turkey: Nevin Nevlin 22, Isil Alben 12, Nevriye Yilmaz 9



Homend Antakya signs American SG Jolene Anderson - by Eurobasket News

Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86, college: Wisconsin) is back to Turkey. The American shooting guard signed a deal with Homend Antakya Belediyesi for the next season. She spent this one with Lotos Gdynia. For 37 Polish league games with them Anderson averaged 14.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals. She was even better in Euroleague collecting 15.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.6 spg for 12 games. Jolene Anderson already played in Turkey and it was in 2010/11 season. At that time, she was a member of Botas. For 27 games in the league Anderson had impressive 20.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2 spg. She finished as TKBL top scorer and was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Guard of the Year -11. Before Botas, Anderson spent two years in France with Villenueve. In 2010, she was named to Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Imports Team. Jolene Anderson graduated at the University of Wisconsin in 2008.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Canada won over Great Britain in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - Canada 50:63

Canada won over Great Britain in Game 2 between two sides. After the loss in the opener, the Canadian team celebrated a 63:50 win on Sunday.
Canada exploded with 23-6 in the opening period but could not keep the big difference in the half. The hosts bounced back with 18-10 in the second period as the board showed 33:24 at the halftime. Moreover Great Britain won the third quarter 15-12 and reduced to 6 points before entering the last stanza. Canada however needed 18-11 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) stepped up with 13 points for the winners and Krista Phillips (198-C-88, college: Michigan) netted 9. Gabrielle followed them with 8 points in a win. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) and Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) nailed 14 points each in defeat, while Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) had 8.

Great Britain: Natalie Stafford 14, Johannah Leedham 14, Temitope Fagbenle 8
Canada: Courtnay Pilypaitis 13, Krista Phillips 9, Gabrielle 8



Great Britain overcame Canada in Edinburgh - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain -Canada 70:57

Great Britain overcame Canada in Edinburgh in a friendly campaign between two sides. The hosts celebrated a 70:57 victory in their first home warm-up.
Great Britain opened the game with 20:16, but failed later in the first half. The Canadian side produced a 12-4 surge to take 28:24 advantage at the halftime. Only in the second half the hosts proved their ambitions. They won the third period 18-9 and added 28-20 in the last stanza.
Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) netted 15. Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) delivered 11, while Stefanie Collins (174-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) added 7. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Natalie Achonwa (190-F-92) had 15. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) posted 8 and Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) netted 7.

Great Britain: Natalie Stafford 16, Johannah Leedham 15, Temitope Fagbenle 11, Stefanie Collins 7
Canada: Kimberley Smith 19, Natalie Achonwa 15, Tamara Tatham 8, Teresa Gabriele 7



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Chicago S. 6-1 
 2. Connecticut S. 6-1 
 3. Indiana F. 4-2 
 4. Atlanta D. 3-5 
 5. New York L. 3-6 
 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. 10: Connecticut S. - Atlanta D. 92-73
Jun. 9: S.Antonio SS - Seattle S. 80-67
Jun. 9: Tulsa S. - Minnesota L. 73-93
Jun. 10: New York L. - Chicago S. 64-73

Regular Season: Round 12

Jun. 13: Connecticut S. - L.Angeles S.
Jun. 13: Chicago S. - Seattle S.
Jun. 15: Washington M. - Indiana F.
Jun. 15: Connecticut S. - New York L.
Jun. 15: Atlanta D. - L.Angeles S.
Jun. 15: Tulsa S. - Seattle S.
Jun. 15: Phoenix M. - Minnesota L.


Latest games: Charles, Prince lead their teams to victories - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut S. - Atlanta D. 92-73
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) set another WNBA record on Sunday. More importantly for her, the Connecticut Sun got the win. Charles had 22 points and 11 rebounds and the Sun used an exceptional shooting performance to beat the Atlanta Dream 92-73 for their third consecutive victory. " (I'm) just playing hard," Charles said. " (I'm) just trying to get a win. That's just my motivation out there. Just trying to get a win and doing what I can each possession." Charles became the fastest player in WNBA history to reach 50 career double-doubles, accomplishing the feat in 75 games. Charles already held the league record for most rebounds in a season with 398 in 2010 and most double-doubles in a season with 23 in 2011. "Her offensive rebounding has been big and she's been getting to the free-throw line," teammate Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) said. "She's scoring in every aspect of the game right now. She is awesome and she is active and she doesn't really take any possessions off." Charles also set a franchise record by scoring in double digits for the 19th consecutive game. She was tied with Jones at 18 straight. Connecticut shot 61.7 percent (37 of 60) from the field, the second-best effort in franchise history. "It's not going to happen every night like that," Kara Lawson said, "but I'm glad it happened tonight." Jones had 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Lawson scored 21 points. Angel McCoughtry had 23 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Dream (3-5). Sancho Lyttle added 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. The Sun put the Dream away with an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter. Charles scored six points during the decisive stretch, capping the surge with a layup that gave Connecticut an 84-67 lead with over three minutes left in the game. Mistie Mims' layup with less than a minute left gave the Sun their biggest lead of the game at 90-70. Atlanta put together a 9-0 run to trim Connecticut's lead to 63-53 with 2:40 left in the third. Tiffany Hayes' layup got the Dream within six with about seven minutes left in the fourth. "I thought we did a great job of cutting it to six, and then we threw the ball away twice," Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors said. "They came back and scored, and when that happened, it took a little of the excitement out of it and deflated us a little bit. "I'm real proud of our team. I thought we fought hard all the way through. We were definitely at a disadvantage most of the game simply because they shot the ball so well." *Courtesy of www.stamfordadvocate.com

S.Antonio SS - Seattle S. 80-67
Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, college: Texas A&M) scored 13 points in a reserve role to help the San Antonio Silver Stars beat the Seattle Storm 80-67 on Saturday night. San Antonio's backups outscored their counterparts 41-30. Ziomara Morrison (6'4''-C-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) added 12 points off the bench for the Silver Stars, and Shenise Johnson had 10. Sophia Young also has 12 points for San Antonio (3-4), and Danielle Robinson added 11. Shekinna Stricklen led Seattle (1-6) with 14 points. Camille Little and Tina Thompson each had 10. *Courtesy of www.kiiitv.com

Tulsa S. - Minnesota L. 73-93
Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) scored a game-high 26 points and Monica Wright netted 18 as the Minnesota Lynx pulled away in the second half to defeat the Tulsa Shock, 93-73 on Saturday, and remain undefeated. Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) added 15 points while Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Candice Wiggins contributed 11 points apiece for the Lynx, who improved to 9-0 on the season. Lindsay Whalen had eight points and 10 assists in the victory. Jennifer Lacy had 15 points, Temeka Johnson dropped in 14 and Kayla Pederson pulled down 10 rebounds for Tulsa, which fell to 0-8 on the year. Minnesota held a slim 44-42 advantage at the break and Tulsa managed to keep it close through the opening minutes of the third quarter. But after a Karima Christmas three-pointer tied the game at 47-47 with just over seven minutes left in the frame, back-to-back treys by Wright and Moore around a Christmas jumper sparked a 23-11 run that gave the Lynx a 70-58 lead entering the fourth quarter. Tulsa trailed by double digits throughout the entire final period. *Courtesy of http://areyouwatchingthis.com

New York L. - Chicago S. 64-73
Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) didn't need to have an epiphany. She knew her team might be sluggish playing its fifth game in nine days. The Liberty star was correct, as the Chicago Sky won, 73-64, Sunday afternoon at the Prudential Center to break the Liberty's three-game winning streak. The Liberty (3-6) now embarks on a three-game road trip beginning Friday in Connecticut. "Everybody's tired across the board," said Pondexter, who had 22 points, six rebounds and seven assists. "We can't make it an excuse . . . they were the better team today." Former NYC high school and Rutgers standout Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) led the Sky with 26 points, but failed to become the first WNBA player to score at least 30 points in four straight games. The WNBA's leading scorer at 25.2 points per game, was 10-of-18 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. "Epiphanny had a field day," said Pondexter about Prince, who arrived at Rutgers the year after Pondexter left. Chicago (6-1) has won five straight and is tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with Connecticut. The Liberty had won six straight at home against the Sky. "This is my first time winning here," Prince said. "And I get to do it in front of my dad [Jerry] and some of my close friends." Another Rutgers product, Kia Vaughn, scored a season high 16 points for the Liberty on 6 of 12 shooting, but the rest of the team struggled from the floor, shooting only 38.5 percent. "We just weren't sharp," Liberty coach John Whisenant said. "We were a step slow on loose balls. Offensively, we were standing like we were running through mud. Defensively, we tried at times, and bothered them a little bit, but we couldn't maintain it. All in all, that's what leads to a loss." After Liberty forward Nicole Powell knocked down a three to make it 25-22 Chicago with 6:10 left in the second quarter, the Sky went on a 10-0 run over the next 6:12 and the lead was never less than eight the rest of the way. Tamera Young scored 12 points off the bench for Chicago, and Sylvia Fowles added 10 points and 12 rebounds for her seventh straight double-double. After the game, Whisenant called Prince and Fowles "the best 1-2 scoring combination since Cappie [Pondexter] was in Phoenix with [Diana] Taurasi." *Courtesy of www.newsday.com