EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/13/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ABA   



Jamaal Miller signs with China team - by Gianni Pascucci

Coach Don Sims has just communicated to Usbasket.com that Seattle Mountaineers standout guard, Jamaal Miller (6'2''-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) has signed a 10 month contract to play for the Beijing Olympian Professional team, based in Beijing, China. Jamaal led the Mountaineers in scoring at 21.4 pts a game, 5 assists and 3 steals. This is a great opportunity for Jamaal and his family, stated Coach Sims. The Mountaineers have now sent three players overseas this year; Billy McNutt (6'8''-F-85) (Luxembourg), Matthew Smith (6'9''-F/C-83, college: Warner) (Australia) and Jamaal Miller (China).


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina beat Brazil to win Super 4 Cup - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Brazil 88:76

Argentina finished the Super 4 Cup tournament in San Martin on a high note. They fired past Brazil to secure the top position in the standings. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) knocked down 17 points to lead the winners.
Argentina stunned their opponents in the starting quarter. They built a 23:5 lead after ten minutes. Brazil adjusted their offence in the second period. They erupted for 30 points to narrow the gap at 11-point mark 35:46. The teams traded baskets throughout the third stanza. Argentina secured an 11-point buffer before the fourth period. The hosts stayed in charge in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) and Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) produced 15 points each for the winners. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) answered with 20 points for Brazil. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) posted 22 points in the loss.

Argentina: Federico Van Lacke 17, Leonardo Gutierrez 15, Facundo Campazzo 15
Brazil: Arthur Silva 22, Dede Stefanelli 20



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  AUSTRALIA   


Demos re-signs with Hawks for 3 more years - by Hugh McAuliffe

Wollongong NRE Hawks have announced the re-signing of guard Tyson Demos (191-G-88) to a three year contract. After two seasons with the club Tyson has shown his strength and ability in the guard position and the potential to grow and be a big part of his home town club for years to come.

Demos now joins Tim Coenraad, Rhys Martin, Oscar Forman and Larry Davidson as the confirmed signed players so far for the 2012/13 NBL season.

It is important that as a team we maintain key elements and players. Tyson has a set of skills in the position of combo guard that we need to continue to develop, said Head Coach Gordie McLeod.

He has a good solid future in the NBL and we are looking forward to seeing him develop further this year, after being an understudy to Mat Campbell for the past few years, McLeod added.

A talented young local and indigenous player, Demos has come through the local Illawarra junior ranks and is cementing his place with the Hawks and in the NBL not only on the court but off the court as he continues to increase his activity in the local community.

Excited about his re-signing Demos is looking forward to the challenge of 2012/2013. Wollongong is home for me and I am proud to be able to again play for the Wollongong NRE Hawks and am looking forward to a great season, said Demos.

One of the things off the court I want to continue to do is be a role model to the young indigenous in Illawarra. Im proud of my heritage and want to continue working with local indigenous groups, I love my basketball and through the Hawks Im looking forward to giving back to our community, he added.

The contracting of Tyson Demos comes as McLeod continues to form up his lineup for 2012/13 iiNet NBL season which tips off 5 October with the Wollongong NRE Hawks taking on rivals Sydney Kings at WIN Entertainment Centre.



All-Stars fire past AIS in Treviso - by Eurobasket News

All-Stars - AIS 75:46

Adidas EuroCamp All-Stars selection took on AIS team in Treviso yesterday. The European team claimed a comprehensive victory at the end. Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) stepped up with 20 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
All-Stars secured a quick start. They piled up a 13:8 lead after ten minutes. All-Stars stretched the margin in the second quarter. They posted a 35:25 halftime lead. The margin grew at 12-point mark midway through the third term. All-Stars then entered the final quarter up by 19 points. They stayed in full control in the final period rolling to the victory at the end. Paul Lacombe (194-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 10 points, while Darko Planinic (211-C-90) and Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) had 9 points each in the win. Emmett Naar (186-G-94) and Ater Majok (208-F-87, college: Connecticut) answered with 9 points apiece for AIS. Ben Richmond (193-G-93) finished with 8 points for the Australians.

All-Stars: Tornike Shengelia 20, Paul Lacombe 10, Darko Planinic 9, Jaime Fernandez 9
AIS: Emmett Naar 9, Ater Majok 9, Ben Richmond 8



Australian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

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Hugh Greenwood
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Adam Gibson
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Ryan Broekhoff
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4 Damian Martin 188-PG-84 Wildcats Australia
5 Hugh Greenwood 190-G-92 N.Mexico USA
6 Adam Gibson 188-PG-86 Blaze Australia
7 Peter Crawford 193-G/F-79 Crocodiles Australia
8 Ryan Broekhoff 201-G/F-90 Valparaiso USA
9 Matthew Dellavedova 193-G-90 St.Mary's, CA USA
10 David Barlow 205-F-83 UCAM Murcia Spain
11 Mark Worthington 202-F-83 Blaze Australia
12 Aron Baynes 208-C-86 Ikaros Greece
13 Daniel Kickert 208-C/F-83 PGE Turow Poland
14 Matt Nielsen 208-F/C-78 Khimky Russia
15 Julian Khazzouh 209-C-86 Kings Australia

Brett Brown Head Coach San Antonio S. USA
Andrej Lemanis Assistant Breakers Australia



Coach Brett Brown back with Boomers - by Eurobasket News

Australian Boomers head coach Brett Brown has arrived back in Australia and headed straight for Perth ahead of the third and final game of the YouYi Games, which tips off tomorrow night at Challenge Stadium from 8pm local time.

Browns San Antonio Spurs, of which he is an Assistant Coach, was knocked out of the NBA Finals race late last week, falling to Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.

Within 48 hours he was on a plane and headed to rejoin the Boomers in time to lead the team in Game Three of the current series against China, and ahead of next weeks Melbourne camp and subsequent Farewell Series, the Boomers three-game match-up against Greece, tipping off at Hisense Arena on 24 June, in Melbourne.

It feels fantastic, said Brown on being back in Australia. The loss to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Championship was a difficult one to swallow it still is but for me the good thing is, I knew I had this waiting for me and to be able to come back to Australia in such an important time-frame, before the Olympic Games, it gets me energised again and Im very happy to be back, he said.

Although separated by more than 14,000 kilometers, Brown was still able to stay in touch with the Boomers and give his directions from afar, with Boomers training camp sessions being streamed back to him in the US via the web.

He also addressed the group regularly, with Skype bringing Brown into the room and projected onto a big screen for the team to see and communicate with him.

I give a lot of credit and a lot of praise to the way that Basketball Australia handled this situation enabling all of us to take the circumstances as they were dealt and make the most of it, he said.

They made the effort to find the resources to fly Andrej [Lemanis] and Marty [Clarke] over and spend quality time with me during the NBA Play-Offs, to prepare for the camp, to make sure that were all on the same page, he said.

Once we were in camp we were able to stream through Skype the practices and you have the ability to be introduced in the morning and talk to the group and then have the ability to watch the first game live-streamed very late in America, but perfect on my computer where you could see it without missing a beat. Last night I watched the game in Albany on Skype so I feel very much aligned to the group as best that I can, given that physically I was never there, he said.

Coming into tomorrows game, I feel comfortable jumping in with them again and look forward to doing that, he said.

Game Three of the YouYi Games between the Australian Boomers and China tips off at 8:00PM Perth time from Challenge Stadium, with the Boomers holding a series 2-0 lead.

The Boomers will go through a short training session tomorrow morning at Challenge Stadium between 10:00AM-11:00AM, ahead of tomorrow night's clash. Media wishing to attend the training session are advised to contact Basketball Australia Media Manager Davin Sgargetta on 0405 122 419 or via email to davin.sgargetta@basketball.net.au



YouYi Games Schedule

Australian Boomers vs China, Game Three, Challenge Stadium, Perth. Wednesday, 13 June, 8:00PM


Game Three TV Coverage

Fox Sports 3 & Fox Sports 3 HD LIVE coverage from 8:00pm AWST (10:00pm AEST), Wednesday, 13 June, 8:00PM

CCTV delayed coverage (China only)

Nine/WIN, delayed coverage on Saturday, 16 June from 2:00pm AWST (WA only)

iiNet Freezone LIVE (click on http://freezone.iinet.net.au/channels/freezone/sport/boomers-basketball)

Courtesy of NBL Australia



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Sitra 3-1 
 2. Al Manama 3-1 
 3. Muharraq 2-2 
 4. Al Ahli 2-2 
 5. Al Hala 2-2 
 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 79-78



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  BELGIUM   


Interview with Serbian-Belgium coach Aleksandar Peldic - by Ozell Wells

Eurobasket recently had the pleasure of sitting and chatting with Serbian-Belgium international coach Aleksander Peldic . Recently completing the season in Belgium, he was able to share some of this thoughts.

EU: Coach, it's a pleasure to sit with you today. How have you found this latest season in Belgium?
SP: I had an oportunety to follow several Euroleague teams on they trainings, preparation and games and learn how are things done on highest level, travelled a lot and have talked with coaches, seen many games in first division in Serbia, Belgium, Holland and Duitsland. It was fantastic expieriance becuse I always want to learn and improve myself.

EU: Having coached abroad, not only in your home country of Serbia, but also here in Belgium, what is your view of the level of play in comparison?
SP: Young players in Serbia train much more but they also get early a chance to play at highest level , so you have a lot of guys at age of 18 with serious playing time in first division, and at 22 they become leaders. There are not many foreign players (mostly two) and they must fit in our philosophy. Media coverage is enormous because basketball is National sport and we where World en European Champions. To compare with Belgium - when National team qualified directly to European Championship (personaly think a great achievement) you could not see any game on tv while in Serbia you can watch everything from domestic thry all European competitions till NBA, daily and live.

EU: What is your take on recent rule changes? For example. Defensive 3 seconds, or the moving blocks that become prevalent in almost every league imaginable, Can you tell us more on that?
SP: Deffensive 3 seconds will allow more 1 on 1 game in the paint and its possitive new rule. Many moving screens you can see on all levels nowdays. Flat screens and screen and rescreen make reffery's job really difficult but also gave them a possibilitty and responsibility to subjectively decide. Also deffence is adapting very quick so I dont see that anything wil be changed.

EU: How do you see the evolution of the game, over the course of your career?
SP: European basketball is following NBA in terms that game is becoming extremelly intensive and physical - Euroleague teams are using 10-12 top players and the best are averiging about 25 min/game because its so intense. Deffence is highly tactical with constant help, shadowing and many rotations and offense is strictly controled and fastbreak is barely run, unfortunatelly.

EU: From scouting and observing games, one can see a type of shift in focus from a focus on coaching to a more focus on players and their wants/desires,etc. Not only in the NBA, but also in countries like Holland and France we have seen players doing things quite out of character on the part of a player. How do you feel this type of behavior impacts the game?
SP: That is thry, and a pitty that coaches have to pay more attention to a individual needs of players, managers and people around the court then doing they job on court itself. Finding a right measure of protecting players from everything that weakens their focus (and the are so many things) and emphasize on importance of working and behaving as a TEAM is sometimes difficult but if you want to achieve something, to be a champion that's the only way.

EU: What are you plans for the upcoming season 2012/2013?
SP: Basketball is my life and after many years in Belgium I feel that is time to move to another country, soo I am still looking for a club with clear vision for a future, where I can work professionaly and win prices and championships like I did in every club that I have been coaching.

EU: Do you want to share anything with your fans?
SP: Clubs and players have fans, coaches get thry their career some followers that apricciate they way of working. I am lucky to have some within young coaches and people that like my determination, integrity and fact that i live for the game.

EU: Any other closing thoughts?
SP: Well, I have been following Eurobasket site for so many years and get a lot of help and information so it's a real pleasure to learn more about people that are doing such a fine job.

EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO CONGRATULATE COACH SASHA PELDIC ON ANOTHER SEASON IN BELGIUM. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO WISH HIM THE VERY BEST IN TE FUTURE, AND WE LOOK TO HEAR GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. BEST SWISHES COACH!



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  BRAZIL   


Argentina beat Brazil to win Super 4 Cup - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Brazil 88:76

Argentina finished the Super 4 Cup tournament in San Martin on a high note. They fired past Brazil to secure the top position in the standings. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) knocked down 17 points to lead the winners.
Argentina stunned their opponents in the starting quarter. They built a 23:5 lead after ten minutes. Brazil adjusted their offence in the second period. They erupted for 30 points to narrow the gap at 11-point mark 35:46. The teams traded baskets throughout the third stanza. Argentina secured an 11-point buffer before the fourth period. The hosts stayed in charge in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) and Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) produced 15 points each for the winners. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) answered with 20 points for Brazil. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) posted 22 points in the loss.

Argentina: Federico Van Lacke 17, Leonardo Gutierrez 15, Facundo Campazzo 15
Brazil: Arthur Silva 22, Dede Stefanelli 20



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria edge FYR Macedonia in test game - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - FYR Macedonia U20 86:71

Bulgaria and FYR Macedonia U20 National Teams continued preparations for the upcoming European Championship. They played the first game in the series of friendlies in Pravets. The hosts celebrated victory at the end. Todor Zahariev (187-G-92) came up with 16 points to pace Bulgaria.
Bulgaria led by just two points after ten minutes 19:17. FYR Macedonia denied the deficit in the second quarter. The visitors pulled ahead for 39:38 at the interval. But Bulgaria took over completely in the third term. They outgunned their opponents 36:12 for a massive 23-point lead at the final intermission. FYR Macedonia tried to bounce back in the fourth term but managed just to cut the deficit. Georgi Boyanov (195-F-93) delivered 15 points, while Vasil Bachev (195-G-92) accounted for 12 points in the victory. Goran Markovski (195-G-92) topscored with 26 points for FYR Macedonia. Marko Zdravkovski (194-F-93) netted 14 points in the loss.

Bulgaria U20: Todor Zahariev 16, Georgi Boyanov 15, Vasil Bachev 12
FYR Macedonia U20: Goran Markovski 26, Marko Zdravkovski 14



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2012 Centrobasket begins next Monday in San Juan, Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

2012 Centrobasket Championship for men will start next Monday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The event will last one week and will finish on Sunday, June 24. Ten teams participate in San Juan.

Group A: Puerto Rico (host), Bahamas, Cuba, Panama and Nicaragua.
Group B: Dominican Republic, Jamaica, US Virgin Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica.

The first two teams from each group will advance to the Semifinals. They will automatically book a spot for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Puerto Rico hosted the Centrobasket Championship last time in 1993, when it was held in the city of Ponce, in which they won the gold medal. The Puerto Ricans are in first place in the medal box score with 10 gold medals (21 medals in total), followed by Cuba, who has 4 gold medals (13 in total). The latest edition of the Championship was held in Santo Domingo in 2010, in which Puerto Rico defeated Dominican Republic 89-80 in a thrilling final match. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) was the leading player in Puerto Rico with 23 points and 5 assists. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) scored 16 points, David Cortes (190-G/F-81) had 14, while Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) helped with 12 pts. For the hosts of 2010 Centrobasket, Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) exploded with 36 points and 11 rebounds. Panama finished in third place.



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Uruguay celebrate victory over Chile in San Martin - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay - Chile 72:59

Uruguay posted victory in the last game at the Super 4 Cup tournament in Argentina. They fired past Chile to improve at 1-2 record. Mathias Calfani (202-C-92) accounted for 15 points and 13 boards to lead the winners. Chile slipped at 0-3 record after the loss.
Uruguay strongly entered the game. They limited Chile to 7 points in the first ten minutes to build a 12-point lead 19:7. Uruguay stretched the advantage in the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 21 points 37:16. Chile however did not surrender putting up a decent fight in the second half. They fired 22 points in the third term to cut the deficit by 6 points. Chile outscored Uruguay in the fourth frame as well but came up short of victory eventually. Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) delivered 13 points, while Nicolas Borselino (201-C-86) had 11 points for Uruguay. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) responded with 15 points for Chile. Erik Carrasco (181-PG-83) netted 12 points in the loss.

Uruguay: Mathias Calfani 15+13 boards, Mauricio Aguiar 13, Nicolas Borselino 11
Chile: Evandro Arteaga 15, Erik Carrasco 12



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Jun. 12: Guangzhou L. - Jiangsu 97-96
Jun. 12: Henan Jiyuan - Changan Group 85-77
Jun. 12: Heilongjiang - Hebei 109-106
Jun. 12: Sichuan - Guangzhou FM 100-103 OT
Jun. 12: Hong Kong - Nanjin Army



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  COLOMBIA   


COLOMBIA NATIONAL WILL FACE PARAGUAY IN A SOUTHAMERICAN WARMUP - by Victor Garcia

Colombia National Team traveled to Asuncion - Paraguay to play two games against the Paraguay National Team in the San Bernardino Cup, the Colombian team did not has Edgar Moreno on its roster, Moreno had to attend some personal activities, but the coaching staff choose to call the wellknown forward Norbey Aragon.

With Aragon the 12 players roster is the following:

Stalin Ortiz (Guard - Orgullo Paisa)
Norbey Aragon (Guard / Forward - Guerreros)
Gianluca Bacci (Guard - Guerreros)
Eleuterio Renteria (Guard / Forward - Cucuta Norte)
Yuber Hinestroza (Center - Orgullo Paisa)
Divier Perez (Power Forward / Center - Orgullo Paisa)
Camilo Londono (Guard - Liga de Antioquia)
Deiby Aguirre (Forward - Orgullo Paisa)
John Hernandez (Center - Bukaros)
Alvaro Contreras (Guard - Orgullo Paisa)
Diego Cuervo (Forward - Orgullo Paisa)
Enielsen Guevara (Power Forward - Marinos de Anzoategui).

After the two games against the Paraguay N.T., Colombia will face the Felix Cardozo team, second in the Paraguayan League.

Colombia will use the same roster in the Southamerican Championship.



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Paris-Levallois keeps Giovan Oniangue until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

Giovan Oniangue (196-F-91) got a two-year contract extension at Paris-Levallois. It means that the 21-year-old Congolese forward will stay with the club until the end of the 2013/14 season. In the latest one he had 2.6 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 27 fames. In 2010/11, the player got a chance in 9 ProA games, but with very limited playing time. With U21 Paris-Levallois he reached the Finals of French U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) in 2010 and 2011.
Paris-Levallois also announced that Landing Sane (207-C/F-90) will play next season in ProB. Most likely he will be sent on loan to one of the teams. Sane got a chance in 8 games this season, but averaged less than a point. He joined PL in 2009 from CFBB. Sane played for U20, U19 and U18 French National Teams in the past.



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  CYPRUS   


Obradovic and Panathinaikos split ways - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

After 13 fruitful years, Panathinaikos and Zeljko Obradovic split ways. Rumor has it that Zeljko is moving to Turkey and in Efes Pilsen.

The announcement:

"KAE Panathinaikos Athens is located in the unfortunate position to announce the end of its cooperation with the eljiko Obradovic, after thirteen years of great coexistence. The family Giannakopoulou would like to thank publicly "coach" for the perfect, pithy and substantial cooperation there was all these years between us, something that is demonstrated by the titles that our group won.

In our minds and hearts will always exist the beautiful moments that we have experienced with the Obradovic satellite technical leadership and certainly the name would be written with golden letters in the history of the Panathinaikos as one of the main factors of the big successes. When circumstances bring so and leaves a friend the "goodbye" seems difficult. We feel the Obradovic as a member of our family and we feel that in the future our paths will meet again".

Source: eurobasket.com - greece



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CEZ Nymburk Signs Veteran Point Guard Miljan Pavkovic - by Surujh Roopnarine

Czech champions CEZ Nymburk continued to strengthen their roster for next season with the addition of 30-year old Montenegrin point guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81). Pavkovic joins Nymburk after a successful season for Radnicki Kragujevac of Serbia. Pavkovic led his club to the Semifinals in domestic play as well as an 8th place finish in the Adriatic League. He led the Adriatic League in assists, handing out seven per game while averaging 13.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 20 games. This will be his first season playing outside of the former Yugoslavia countries (Serbia, Montenegro) in his career, although he has gone up against Nymburk in seasons past in Eurocup and Adriatic League play. A very decorated career for Pavkovic includes reaching the Eurocup Semifinals in 2008-09, Adriatic League Finals in 2006-07, a Yugoslavian U16 gold medal in 1997 and more recently, earning Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Domestic Player of the Year in 2010-11 as well as Eurobasket.com Adriatic League All-European Players Team this past season.


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  DENMARK   


Vaerlose land Richard Delk - by Eurobasket News

Vaerlose announced the first newcomer for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Richard Delk (193-G-86, college: Troy). The guard spent the last season in Canada. He played for the Halifax Rainmen in NBL. His stats read 0.4 points and 1.4 boards per game. Richard Delk graduated from the Troy University in 2010. He averaged 11.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game in his senior season. Richard Delk was spotted by the NBA agents. The guard spent some time in the Atlanta Hawks training camp but did not sign a deal. The guard also was on tryouts with Marinos de Anzoategui in Venezuela. However could not make it onto the roster as well. Richard Delk was Sub Belt Newcomer of the Year in 2009 while playing for Troy University.


Naestved keep Mads Frandsen, Nerijus Brasas and Geof Kotila - by Eurobasket News

Naestved started to build the roster for the next season. The key move was to keep head coach Geoff Kotila . Well-respected specialist agreed to stay on the bridge for another season. Geoff Kotila will enter his fifth straight season at helm of Naestved. Previously the US specialist worked with Snaefell, Skovbakken Bears, Horsens and Michigan Tech. Eurobasket.com named him All-Danish Ligaen Coach of the Year in 2005. Geoff Kotila was also trumped All-Icelandic League Coach of the Year in 2008.
Naestved also prolonged the deals with Mads Frandsen (202-F/C-90) and Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85). Mads Frandsen joined Naestved at the start of the previous season. The centre averaged 4.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in Ligaen.
Nerijus Brasas also will enter his second season with Naestved. The Lithuanian import notched 9.9 points, 3.3 boards, 1.1 assists per game for Naestved. Previously the forward played for Amager. He was named All-Danish Ligaen Bosman Player of the Year in 2011.



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


National Team Update...No Villanueva - by Ozell Wells

DOM - 'Sorry Charlie' - Villanueva misses out
LEXINGTON (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament) - Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) helped bring unprecedented attention to the Dominican Republic the past few summers as a player with their national team.

He is not in the squad for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT), however.

After several days of speculation as to why the Detroit Pistons forward was not training with the Dominicans, national team coach John Calipari has explained why.

Calipari, who guided the team to a bronze medal last summer at the FIBA Americas Championship and then led the Kentucky Wildcats to the NCAA title, is working out with the Dominicans in Lexington.

Villanueva had a private workout for the Dominican Republic in New York and didn't leave a good impression.

"Charlie was not in good form when we saw him," Calipari said to Deportes en la Z.

"He was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and it was a decision taken collectively.

"Last year, Charlie behaved really well with us and his only problem was his weight.

"An NBA player like him deserves respect and for respect, we have taken this decision.

"I enjoyed coaching him a lot.

"He is a great player."

Despite the absence of Villanueva, Calipari believes the Dominican Republic have a genuine shot at claiming one of the three places still on offer for the London Games when the team plays at the 12-team OQT in Caracas.

"We have the athleticism to play against anyone," he said.

"In the pre-Olympic tournament we will try to play at our best level.

"The group this year knows my style more than with respect to last year.

"They have a better notion of what needs to be done, there is more synergy with the coaching staff and there is great empathy between one (coaches) and the other (players)."

Two players that are pivotal for the Dominican Republic in Caracas are Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) and Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois).

"Francisco has to average around 18 points per game to compete with teams of a certain level," Calipari said.

"His offense and that of Eulis are necessary.

"They have to give more and get more in the game."

As for the incorporation of Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan), who like Bez plays in Spain's Liga Endesa, Calipari said: "Asselin gives us another big man to give rest to Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) and to our captain, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports).

"That is why we brought him.

"He is a great professional, giving and ready for the cause."

Asselin last played for the Dominican Republic at the 2005 FIBA Americas Championship.

At the OQT in Caracas, which tips off 2 July, the Dominicans will play in Group C against Korea and Russia.

courtesy of FIBA



Edgar Sosa was the #1 Pick in the 2012 LNB Draft - by Kerwin Abreu

Los Reales de la Vega selected in the #1 spot, Edgar Sosa (188-PG-88, college: Louisville) in the 2012 LNB Draft celebrated today. Reales made this selection considering Edgar was the best player available and also playable.

Other players like Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul), Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida), Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville), Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) were selected.

The 2012 league will start on july 10th and the teams are getting ready.

Sosa made history today and we are happy to have him, said a fan about the team.

The LNB in divided in two divisions with 4 teams each. Titanes, Leones, Cocolos and Caeros are in the south. Indios, Reales, Metros and Huracanes are in the North.

For more log in masterdeportes.com




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Zeljko Obradovic split with Panathinaikos after 13 years - by Giorgos Diploidis

Zeljko Obradovic will not be the coach of Panathinaikos Athens any more after a lot of years of co-operation between the two sides. There was a last meeting between the coach and some members of the board where they didn't agree in signing a new contract.

So the well known coach will be "hunted" by a lot of famous clubs around Europe from his club whereas the team of Athens will have to look for a new era after the departure of the coach who led them in the top of Europe a lot of times.


The announcement:

"KAE Panathinaikos Athens is located in the unfortunate position to announce the end of its cooperation with the
eljiko Obradovic, after thirteen years of great coexistence. The family Giannakopoulou would like to thank publicly "coach" for the perfect, pithy and substantial cooperation there was all these years between us, something that is demonstrated by the titles that our group won.



In our minds and hearts will always exist the beautiful moments that we have experienced with the Obradovic satellite technical leadership and certainly the name would be written with golden letters in the history of the Panathinaikos as one of the main factors of the big successes. When circumstances bring so and leaves a friend the "goodbye" seems difficult. We feel the Obradovic as a member of our family and we feel that in the future our paths will meet again".








EXCLUSIVE: Yogev Ohayon Tells Eurobasket His Truth - by David Pick

Despite being overseas on personal vacation in the United States, Maccabi Tel-Aviv's star point guard Yogev Ohayon, can't get a break.

The national left-handed stellar, who played an implausible Euroleague rookie season, finds himself in the midst of a media crisis with his organization. One he indented to completely avoid. However, after the harsh and offensive comments thrown his way yesterday by Maccabi owner David Federman - Ohayon fires back with his personal truth in an exclusive interview with Eurobasket.

"I'm not going to comment on the legal side, but it's important for me that people know I never asked to leave Maccabi and everything I've done thus far has been in good faith," said Ohayon via email from the U.S. "On the contrary. I asked Maccabi to open my contract and extended it to four years. What they (Maccabi) are saying I demanded is wrong and they went to the media despite us agreeing to keep things behind closed doors," added the sorrowful player.

What were the exact contract condition you asked of Maccabi?

"I asked Maccabi to compensate me with approximately the same salaries as Guy Pnini and Tal Burstein, which is financially average level. In terms of raises? I asked for a miniature $50,000 raise each year for the next three or four season," said Ohayon.

The 25-year-old baller is entertaining interest from several Euroleague powerhouses from Russia, Greece and Spain. That said, I understand Maccabi was willing to increase your salary to roughly $230,000 for the upcoming season, consequently, the lowest paid Israeli on the roster.

"It's impossible for Maccabi to personally tell me how valuable I am to their franchise and how much they appreciate me and say that I'm a fan favorite, and then low-ball me to $230,000," Ohayon commented.

Ohayon, who is incorrectly portrayed by the media as a capitalistic gold digger, is furious with how he's being misrepresented. "Maccabi allowed me to showcase my talents on the highest levels in Europe. Still, I've proven I'm worthy of playing in the Euroleague and I think that asking for an average Euroleague salary - in addition to wanting to extend my contract with Maccabi indicates that my intentions are to stay with them for all long time," added Ohayon.

David Federman recently accused Ohayon with inconsiderate charges, claiming Maccabi rarely signs players to a one-and-done deal, and that they have no intentions to release him.

"Maccabi built a false image of what things really are and claimed to have taken a risk when signing me last season," uttered Ohayon.

"Maccabi rarely takes chances. They signed me for three years and included a team out clause at the end of every season for a bare minimum of $20,000. On the other hand, in order for me to terminate our agreement, I have to pay $200,000. You tell me - where's the risk?" Ohayon concluded.

After Ohayon cleared up the situation, his agent Iman Shokuohizadeh, refused to partake in the media frenzy created by Maccabi and wasn't interested in commenting.




Yogev Who? Ohayon? Never Heard of Him - by David Pick

"A year ago, no one knew Yogev Ohayon even existed. furthermore, if he would still be playing for Hapoel Jerusalem, nobody would hear of him," said Maccabi Tel-Aviv owner David Federman during a local Israeli radio interview yesterday.

That said, let's get some facts straight.

In 2005, DraftExpress.com's Director of International Scouting Luis Fernandez, claimed the Israeli 19-year-old left-handed point guard was "not the prototypical player that a league like the NBA looks for." However, he explained that "for the European competition, he (Ohayon) seems to have a bright future, and his talent could carry him even further with the proper work and development."

Fernandez also resembled Ohayon's play to that of the Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash and Argentine-Spanish playmaker Pepe Sanchez.

After recording 8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4 assists per game during his full rookie year with Hapoel Galil Elyon in the 2005-06 season, over the years, Ohayon established himself into Galil's, Jerusalem's and now Maccabi's and the Israeli national team's most appreciated ball handler.

Recent rumors flooded the Israeli press the past few days about an explosion between Ohayon's people and Maccabi's management. According to reports, the player's representatives claim to have a buyout option that allows Ohayon to terminate his agreement with the Israeli powerhouse, while Tel Aviv claims Ohayon is strictly under contract until the end of 2012-13.

While the confusing versions of the agreement continue to be revealed, Ohayon, who's currently receiving interest from Panathinaikos, Malaga, Caja Laboral, Kazan and Kuban, might have to settle this issue in court (i.e. Jeremy Pargo and Maccabi saga).

He who deserves colossal credit for Ohayon's emergence this past season is Maccabi's head coach David Blatt.

It's no secret that when signing Jordan Farmar, Theodoros Papaloukas and Tal Burstein to the team's roster earlier last season Ohayon was expected to come off the bench for spotty Euroleague minutes but play a bigger role during the domestic contest.

After parting ways with Farmar in mid-season, Maccabi's coaching staff decided to acquire Demond Mallet for the opening of Euroleague Top 16 rounds. A move that again illustrated to Ohayon that he wasn't trusted.

While Mallet played a combined 24 minutes throughout five Elite 8 Euroleague series games against Panathinaikos, it was Ohayon who helped rally the yellow-and-blue to one of Europe's heroic series and dazzling performances by an Israeli player in any European competition.

The Euroleague rookie Ohayon came up big for Maccabi versus Panathinaikos and nearly sent his ball club to final four games in Turkey. Against the Greeks Yogev dished out more assists (2.8) and scored almost double (9.8) then his regular Euroleague season averages of 2.6 dimes and 5.6 points.

While Ohayon and his agent carry on their act of media silence, Maccabi continues to expose the player's contract information, disclosing dates and clauses.

As for Federman's callout against Ohayon, in June, 2007, on DraftExpress.com's weekly player evaluation, Ohayon was chosen for a spotlight breakdown over players such as Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Fernandez and Omri Casspi, stating "it's fair to expect Ohayon to become a very nice player in Europe, even a premier point guard if he maximizes his potential."

So, five years later, Ohayon is living up to the expectations and even though he's currently in the United States on vacation and wasn't able to be reached for comment, it is safe to say - he was well known across waters before joining Maccabi Tel Aviv.



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All-Stars fire past AIS in Treviso - by Eurobasket News

All-Stars - AIS 75:46

Adidas EuroCamp All-Stars selection took on AIS team in Treviso yesterday. The European team claimed a comprehensive victory at the end. Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) stepped up with 20 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
All-Stars secured a quick start. They piled up a 13:8 lead after ten minutes. All-Stars stretched the margin in the second quarter. They posted a 35:25 halftime lead. The margin grew at 12-point mark midway through the third term. All-Stars then entered the final quarter up by 19 points. They stayed in full control in the final period rolling to the victory at the end. Paul Lacombe (194-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 10 points, while Darko Planinic (211-C-90) and Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) had 9 points each in the win. Emmett Naar (186-G-94) and Ater Majok (208-F-87, college: Connecticut) answered with 9 points apiece for AIS. Ben Richmond (193-G-93) finished with 8 points for the Australians.

All-Stars: Tornike Shengelia 20, Paul Lacombe 10, Darko Planinic 9, Jaime Fernandez 9
AIS: Emmett Naar 9, Ater Majok 9, Ben Richmond 8



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2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship starts on Saturday in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Everything is ready for the beginning of 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The event will take a place in Sao Sebastian (Brasil) from June 16-20. Eight teams participate at this championship.

Group A: Brazil (BRA), United States (USA), Virgin Islands (ISV) and Mexico (MEX).
Group B: Canada (CAN), Argentina (ARG), Colombia (COL) and Puerto Rico (PUR).

The first two teams from each group will advance to the Semifinals. These top four teams will have qualified for U19 FIBA World Championship in 2013. The first place teams of each group will play against the second place teams in the Semis. The other four teams will play for positions 5-8.

USA is the defending champion from the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in San Antonio. They outsmarted Brazil 81-78 to win the Gold at this event. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke) shined for USA with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. Austin Rivers (193-G-92) helped with 19 points, while Vander Blue (193-G-92) added 13 pts. USA ended the championship with perfect 5-0 record.



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Mickael Pietrus: 'My goal is to win a championship with Boston' - by Eurobasket News

Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Court Side) is not easily discouraged. On a team of positive thinkers, Pietrus proved to be one of the more optimistic Celtics this season. Soon after the Celtics were eliminated from the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night, Pietrus was talking about going for a title next year.

Our goal was to make it to the Finals, Pietrus said after the Celtics 101-88 loss to the Heat in Game 7. It was going to be hard but, at the same time, we had a great group. We worked hard throughout the entire series.

You have to be proud of that jersey you wear every night for the Celtics. We tried to make history. It didnt happen tonight. Sometimes youre going to make a run, sometimes youre not going to make a run. It was a great series.

Asked about next season, Pietrus, an unrestricted free agent, replied, Hopefully, everybody will be back. Next year, we look forward to work even harder and try to get that 18th [NBA championship]. My goal is to win a championship. Im only 30. I want it to happen with the Boston Celtics.

Im going to fight for whoever I play for next year. Im going to work hard this summertime. Every day [with the Celtics] is a part of history.

Pietrus was inconsistent in the playoffs, providing two key 3-pointers in the Celtics 94-90 win over the Heat in Game 5, but shooting only 12 for 54 (22.2 percent) on threes in the postseason. Pietrus was 12 for 19 on 2-point field goals.



Close-knit group

The postgame scene in the Celtics locker room Saturday was emotional.

My father passed away three years ago and I havent cried since, until tonight, Keyon Dooling said. It was memorable, lifelong friendships. This team is very unique. Though we arent champions this year, we have hearts of champions, and that will always keep us connected.

Said Brandon Bass: This group of guys has been great to be a part of. We fought through so many different things. I love these guys. When you have a coach like Doc [Rivers], who gives it all to us, we leave it all on the court for him, as well.

This group was like family. We had fights and ups and downs. But at the end of the day, we all fought for each other. Im just grateful to be a part of this group. Its big, the players and the coaches that I was around this year, and the experience that I gained. I am going to consider myself a veteran next year. The things I learned this year are just unbelievable.

Bass scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in Game 7 and also defended LeBron James. Bass averaged 11.1 points in the postseason and led the Celtics in free throw percentage (92.2), third behind Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett with 64 attempts.

I would love to be back here, said Bass, who has a player option for 2012-13. For any player, this organization is the organization that you want to play for. A lot of different guys have been talking about retiring and different things, but it would be great to have this group back.


Future stock

During his postgame remarks Saturday, the Heats Dwyane Wade referred to the Celtics four future Hall of Famers. High praise for Rajon Rondo, who had a big series Game 7 on ESPN produced a 9.1 overnight rating, the highest for an NBA playoff game on cable since records started being kept in 2003. In Boston, the game had a 21.7 rating.

Courtesy of www.boston.com



Chalons-Reims signs Angelo Tsagarakis - by Eurobasket News

Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84) is a new member of Chalons-Reims. The 28-year-old guard signed a deal for the next season. He spent this one with Bourg averaging 13.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 rebounds for 22 games in ProB. The team reached Playoff Semifinals, but failed against Boulazac. Angelo Tsagarakis played for Bourg also in 2010/11. At that time he had 11.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.6 apg in 34 games. Before Bourg, the guard spent one year with Saint Vallier. In 2008/09, he played for Paris-Levallois and a year before that he also played for Bourg. Angelo Tsagarakis spent four years with the Oregon State University (NCAA1). He was redshirted in 2004/05 season due to shoulder injury and used his extra year of eligibility with Cal Poly Pomona in 2007/08. They competed in NCAA2, where Tsagarakis collected 15.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.5 apg.


Paris-Levallois and Philippe Da Silva to part ways - by Eurobasket News

Philippe Da Silva (192-G-79) will not return to Paris-Levallois next season. They will officially part ways soon and the Portuguese combo guard will look for some other club. According to French media, Rouen is strongly interested for the player. Da Silva joined Paris-Levallois last summer. He appeared 31 times in ProA, but with limited playing time. He averaged 1.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2.3 apg. From 2009 to 2011, Philippe Da Silva played for Evreux. He was the best assistant in ProB for two years in a row. In 2009/10 he had 8.1 apg in 37 games and season after that he averaged 7.8 apg for 32 games. Da Silva was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Guard of the Year -11. In the past, he played for Boulazac, Los Barrios, CAB Madeira Funchal and Oliveirense. Philippe Da Silva played for the Portuguese National Team last summer at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania. He had 7.4 ppg, 2.8 apg and 2 rpg for 5 games at this event. He also played for Portugal at 2007 Eurobasket in Spain.
Paris-Levallois was very interested to sign Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) at PG, but they player at the end went to ALBA Berlin.



Paris-Levallois keeps Giovan Oniangue until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

Giovan Oniangue (196-F-91) got a two-year contract extension at Paris-Levallois. It means that the 21-year-old Congolese forward will stay with the club until the end of the 2013/14 season. In the latest one he had 2.6 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 27 fames. In 2010/11, the player got a chance in 9 ProA games, but with very limited playing time. With U21 Paris-Levallois he reached the Finals of French U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) in 2010 and 2011.
Paris-Levallois also announced that Landing Sane (207-C/F-90) will play next season in ProB. Most likely he will be sent on loan to one of the teams. Sane got a chance in 8 games this season, but averaged less than a point. He joined PL in 2009 from CFBB. Sane played for U20, U19 and U18 French National Teams in the past.



Bourg signs 2-year deal with Antoine Gomis - by Eurobasket News

Bourg is very active on the transfer market these days. After signing of Alexis Tanghe (208-F/C-90, agency: Beo Basket) and Philippe Braud (194-G-85), the team penned a two-year deal with power forward Antoine Gomisz (205-PF-89). He heads to Bourg from Maurienne, where he had 3.6 ppg and 2.4 rpg in 34 games this season. The player was getting something more than 12 minutes per game. From 2009 to 2011, Antoine Gomisz was a member of Nanterre. They were ProB champions a year ago and won the promotion for ProA. Gomis helped his team with 2.5 ppg and 2 rpg in 40 games. He had almost the same numbers in their first season together. In the past, Gomis played for Le Mans. In 2009, Antoine Gomisz played for the French U20 National Team at U20 EuroBasket in Rhodes. He had very limited playing time and France won the Silver medal at this event.


Octavio Da Silveira leaves Bourg for Vichy, Cognac signs Maxime Choplin - by Eurobasket News

Octavio Da Silveira (204-PF-89) is no longer a member of Bourg. The French power forward left the club to join Vichy. Da Silveira wants more chance to play next season and he decided to move to NM1. Bourg already replaced him with Antoine Gomis. Octavio Da Silveira appeared 30 times with Bourg this season averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds. He was getting something more than 11 minutes per game. Da Silveira joined Bourg three years ago from ASVEL. In the past, he played for U21, U20, U18 and U16 French National Teams.
In the other move, NM1 team Cognac signed a deal with Maxime Choplin (177-PG-92). The French point guard spent last few years with Le Mans. He played for their U21 team.



Denain brings in Rafael Lopez - by Eurobasket News

Rafael Lopez (204-C-86) will stay in Fance for at least one more season. The Spanish center signed a deal with Denain. Lopez arrives to the club from Brest, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one had averaged 10 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 34 NM1 games. Lopez helped Brest to reach NM1 Playoff Finals in 2011. That season he had 12.8 ppg and 8.2 rpg for 32 games. The center was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention -11. Before Brest, Rafael Lopez spent one year with NM2 team Lucon. In the past, he also was a member of Challans and Als Andrezieux-Boutheon. With Als Andrezieux-Boutheon Lopez was NM2 champion in 2007.


France edge Russia in Treviso - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Russia U20 59:43

French U20 National Team faced Russian counterparts during Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso. The French team proved the strength claiming a 16-point win. Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) knocked down 15 points to lead the winners.
France enjoyed a narrow 12:11 lead after ten minutes. They held Russia to 10 points in the second quarter to clear off. France built a 30:21 halftime lead. They dominated the third frame as well. Russia managed just 7 points in the period as France opened an 18-point lead before the fourth quarter. Russia had little chance in the final period as France coasted to the victory. Evan Fournier (199-G/F-92) produced 14 points, while Jean-Charles Livio (203-PF-93) delivered 12 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) answered with 14 points for Russia. Svyatoslav Makushkin (202-C-92) had 8 points in the loss.

France U20: Rudy Gobert 15, Evan Fournier 14, Jean-Charles Livio 12
Russia U20: Vladislav Trushkin 14, Svyatoslav Makushkin 8



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Bulgaria edge FYR Macedonia in test game - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - FYR Macedonia U20 86:71

Bulgaria and FYR Macedonia U20 National Teams continued preparations for the upcoming European Championship. They played the first game in the series of friendlies in Pravets. The hosts celebrated victory at the end. Todor Zahariev (187-G-92) came up with 16 points to pace Bulgaria.
Bulgaria led by just two points after ten minutes 19:17. FYR Macedonia denied the deficit in the second quarter. The visitors pulled ahead for 39:38 at the interval. But Bulgaria took over completely in the third term. They outgunned their opponents 36:12 for a massive 23-point lead at the final intermission. FYR Macedonia tried to bounce back in the fourth term but managed just to cut the deficit. Georgi Boyanov (195-F-93) delivered 15 points, while Vasil Bachev (195-G-92) accounted for 12 points in the victory. Goran Markovski (195-G-92) topscored with 26 points for FYR Macedonia. Marko Zdravkovski (194-F-93) netted 14 points in the loss.

Bulgaria U20: Todor Zahariev 16, Georgi Boyanov 15, Vasil Bachev 12
FYR Macedonia U20: Goran Markovski 26, Marko Zdravkovski 14



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National Play-offs 2012 - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

BASKETBALL NEWS: National Championship elite / Play-offs 2012.

the Qualified
Pool A: 1st Toungui BB (Libreville), second: Manga BB (Moanda)
Pool B: 1st: Somo B (Libreville), second: Stade Mandji (Port Gentil)

SEMI-FINALS
Saturday, July 7
In Moanda (18:00)
Game 1: BB Manga - Somo B
In Port Gentil (18:00)
Game 1: Stade Mandji - Toungui BB

Friday, July 13
At Libreville Gymnasium Omnisports
Game 2 (17:00): BB-Toungui Stadium Mandji
Game 2 (19:00): B Somo - Manga BB
Game 3 (if equal): Saturday, July 14

THE FINAL
Wednesday, July 18: Game 1
Saturday, July 21: Game 2
Game 3 (if equal): the Sunday, July 22

Note: The locations and times of games will be specified after the semis





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GNOC-Sponsored Two-Day Basketball Tourney Ends - by Eurobasket News

Basketball was one of the most popular sports in The Gambia, however, due to several reasons, the game faded away and the interest in it dropped drastically. But a new Executive has been put in place at the national level tasked with revitalising the sport.
The new Executive has been hailed for its gender sensitivity as it boosts of five men and four females. The federation has completed its first organised tournament with the participation in a competition sponsored by the GNOC and BBJ in honour of the Lord Mayor of Banjul, Samba Faal.
Speaking to Observer Sports, the Secretary General of the federation Abdoulie Jallow expressed delight for being part of the initiative. He said that the tournament turned out to be a successful one, in which the winners Wallidan were awarded a trophy with a cash of D8,000 donated by the GNOC.
The final was witnessed by the lord mayor of Banjul, and the president of the GNOC, Alhaji Momodou Dibba amongst others dignitaries.
Coutrtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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Nate Rohnert joins Bayreuth - by Eurobasket News

Bayreuth strengthened their backcourt. They signed a deal with Nate Rohnert (197-G-87, college: Denver). The guard spent the last season in France. He played for Denain ASC. The guard averaged 12.1 points, 4.6 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game in ProB. Nate Rohnert started his pro career in 2010/11 season. He had a stint with Dutch club Landstede Zwolle. The guard posted 15.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance in inaugural pro season. Nate Rohnert graduated from the University of Denver. His stats read 14.5 points, 5.7 boards, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals in his senior season.


The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Pick Up Stanley Burrell - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Recently rumors were spreading that Stanley Burrell was headed to Braunschweig, but the transfer rollarcoaster took a twist and the American will suit up next season with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven getting a one year deal with an opton for another. Bremerhaven head coach Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ) who has been known for being extremly picky when it comes to point guards as the last seasons have shown made up his mind very early for Burrell. Burrell is a 26 year old 190cm point guard from Indianapolis, Indiana that played at Ben Davis/Hargrave Military Academy as a kid. Last season, he played for Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-PLK, starting five): 39 games: 15.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.8apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 81.9%. "Stanley Burrell (190-PG-84) is a winner that brings a lot of emotion into the game. He can lead the team and has important international experience. He had a strong season in Poland and now he wants to make the next step. He knows exactly what he can do. He can penetrate well, can make the deciding pass and take the open three pointer. He is also a good defender", stressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven head coach Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ).

Burrell started his basketball career in 2004 at
Xavier (NCAA) where he played until 2008. He played a total of 132 NCAA games and in his senior season played 37 games: 9.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 39.1%, 3Pts: 39.3%, FT: 82.3%. In 2008-2009, he started his professional basketball career for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1): Adriatic League: 17 games: 9.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 10.5%, FT: 72.2%, left team in Jan.'09, in Feb.'09 moved to Austin Toros (D-League): 23 games: 6.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 76.9%. In 2009-2010, he played for VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium-D1, starting five): 31 games: 10.8ppg, 2.1rpg, Assists-1 (4.6apg), FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 67.4%. In 2010-2011: Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1): EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.0spg; Belgian League: 36 games: 8.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 66.0%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Atlantic 10 Regular Season (West Division) Runner-Up -05, Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals -05, 07, 08, Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team -05, Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team -05, Atlantic 10 Tournament Winner -06, All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team -06, Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion -07, 08, All-Atlantic 10 3rd Team -07, 08, All-Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year -08, Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team -08, NCAA Elite Eight -08, D-League Semifinals -09, Belgian League Finalist -11, Belgian League Regular Season Runner-Up -11, and Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention -12

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven




Andreas Endig Back With BV Chemnitz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Andreas Endig (198-F-78) will be returning to an old stomping ground this season wuith BV Chemnitz. Endig is a 34 year old 198 cm forward that played in Chemnitz from 2001-2009. He played for the Dresden Titans (Regionalliga) playing a total of 47 games from 2009-2011. Last season, he played 26 games: 16.7ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 56.6%, FT: 60.8%. "Andreas Endig (198-F-78) is a Chemnitz Basketball legend and showed the last years in Dresden that he still has something in his tank. I am happy that we could add such an expereinced player to our roster", stated BV Chemnitz head coach Felix Schreier. Endig played six years of German second bundesliga experience.

Source: BV Chemnitz



Fabian Franke Moves To The ETB Wohnbau Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The three year run in Frankfurt has ended for Fabian Franke (198-F-88, agency: Limelight Hoops) as he will play for the ETB Wohnbau Baskets next season. Franke is a 23 year old 198 cm forward. In the last three years, te German played for the Frankfurt Skyliners and also had a license to play for their PRO B team. In his three years, he played a total of 24 Beko BBL games and 53 PRO B games. Last season in the PRO B, he played 16 games: 17.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 74.2%. He was the third top scorer in the PRO B last season and it is great that he will play for us. Just like Marco Buljevic, he will play an important role for us. He was two days in Essen and convinced us with his play and charachter. He fits in our team and we are thrilled to have such an allrounder like him on our team", stressed ETB Wohnbau Baskets sport director Markus Horn. Franke started his basketball caeer in 2005 with erdgas baskets Jena (2.Bundesliga) junior team where he played until 2007. In the 2007-2008 season, he played for Vegesacker TV (2.Regionalliga): 10 games: 12.5ppg; then moved to Bremen Roosters (ProA): 15 games: 1.5ppg, 1.1rpg. In 2008-2009, he continued to play for the Bremen Roosters (ProA, starting five): 26 games: 3.4ppg, 2.0rpg.Awards/Achievements in is basketball career have been German U18 National Team-05-06, European Championships U18 in Amaliada (Greece) -06: 7 games: 1.4ppg, 1.6rpg, German Bundesliga Finalist -10, and German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -11

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets



Alba Berlin Sign Vule Avdalovic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


New Alba Berlin head coach Sasha Obradovic hasnt wasted time since his arrival and has signed Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) for next season. Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) is a 30 year old 18cm point guard from Serbia that in 11 seasons only had love for two teams Partizan Belgrad and Pamesia Valenica. He is a true point guard, good passer and organizer, who is able to run a team at any pace. Has leadership and court vision, and, like any ex-Yugo player, knows how to score if left open. Last season he played for BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 5pts, 2reb, 1ast; EuroCup: 14 games: 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 81.3%; Ukrainian League: 49 games: 11.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 80.4%. "I am happy desppite interesting other offers, he decided to come to Alba Berlin. He has a strong basketball charachter and understands the game well. He led us to te title in Donezk last season. We are even more versatile and hard to read at the point guard position with Dashaun Wood, Heiko Schaffartzik and Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket)", stressed Sasha Obradovic. Avdalovic recieved a one year deal with an option.

Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) started his basketball career in 1998 for Partizan Beograd where he played until 2005. He played 38 Euroleague games for them. Then he played for Pamesa Valencia (Spain-ACB) from 2005-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for Lucentum Alicante Costablanca (Spain-ACB): 34 games: 7.2ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 82.6%. In 2010-2011, he played for Cholet Basket (France-ProA): Euroleague: 10 games: 8.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 80.6%; French League: 34 games: 10.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 80.6%. "We have avery experienced and team player with him. Sasha and him worked together successfully last season and Avdalovic knows exactly what our coach wants from him", stressed Alba Berlin sport director Mithat Demirel.
Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Yugoslavian Cup Winner -99,02, Yugoslavian League Finalist -00,01, Yugoslavian U20 National Team -00
Yugoslavian Cup Finalist -01, Yugoslavian National Team -01-05, Yugoslavian University National Team -01, Yugoslavian U21 National Team -01, Global Games U21 in Dallas -01
World University Games in Benjin (China) -01 (Champion), Yugoslavian League Champion -02, Yugoslavian Cup Semifinals -03, Yugoslavian YUBA Regular Season Champion -03
European Championships -03, Serbia and Montenegro League Regular Season Champion -04, 05, Serbia and Montenegro League Champion -04, 05
Olympic Games in Athens -04, Serbia and Montenegro Cup Finalist -05, Adriatic League Regular Season Runner-Up -05, Adriatic League Finalist -05, Eurobasket.com All-Serbia and Montenegro League Defensive Player of the Year -05, Eurobasket.com All-Serbia and Montenegro League 2nd Team -05, Eurobasket.com Serbia and Montenegro League All-Defensive Team -05, Eurobasket.com Serbia and Montenegro League All-Domestic Players Team -05, European Championships in Belgrade -05: 4 games: 1.8ppg, 1.0rpg, 0.8apg. Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Finalist -06, Serbia and Montenegro National Team -06, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Bosman Player of the Year -06
Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Bosmans Team -06, Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Newcomers Team -06, World Championships in Japan -06: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 36.4%, FT: 76.9%, ULEB Cup Quarterfinals -08, Eurobasket.com All-Eurocup Honorable Mention -09, French Supercup Winner -11, French ProA Finalist -11
French ProA Regular Season Champion -11, Eurocup Quarterfinals -12, Ukrainian Superleague Champion -12, and Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team -12

Source: ALBA Berlin



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  GREECE   


Zeljko Obradovic split with Panathinaikos after 13 years - by Giorgos Diploidis

Zeljko Obradovic will not be the coach of Panathinaikos Athens any more after a lot of years of co-operation between the two sides. There was a last meeting between the coach and some members of the board where they didn't agree in signing a new contract.

So the well known coach will be "hunted" by a lot of famous clubs around Europe from his club whereas the team of Athens will have to look for a new era after the departure of the coach who led them in the top of Europe a lot of times.


The announcement:

"KAE Panathinaikos Athens is located in the unfortunate position to announce the end of its cooperation with the
eljiko Obradovic, after thirteen years of great coexistence. The family Giannakopoulou would like to thank publicly "coach" for the perfect, pithy and substantial cooperation there was all these years between us, something that is demonstrated by the titles that our group won.



In our minds and hearts will always exist the beautiful moments that we have experienced with the Obradovic satellite technical leadership and certainly the name would be written with golden letters in the history of the Panathinaikos as one of the main factors of the big successes. When circumstances bring so and leaves a friend the "goodbye" seems difficult. We feel the Obradovic as a member of our family and we feel that in the future our paths will meet again".








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  HUNGARY   


Neno Asceric is the new head coach in Kormend - by Tamas Deri

The management of Fortress-Kormend just published, that the head coach of the Austrian National Team, Neno Asceric (agency: TSS Management) signed his contract with the club for the coming season!
Asceric used to a great player spending several seasons leagues of Europe as Austria and France. As a player he won several times the Austrian Championsip and Cup, played 5 years long for the Austrian National Team. He played 3 times in the French Cup Final Four with Racing PSG and LeMans. He retired in 2007 and was hired as a head coach at JL Bourg Basket in France. The next season he worked for Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball in the Pro B, before moving back to Austria where he overtook the Oberwart Gunners in February 2010. After a successfull period of 2,5 seasons - he won the Austrian Championship and got voted to the Coach of the year in 2011 - Asceric decided to leave the Gunners and will coach in Hungary the coming season!



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  IBA   


Los Angeles wins on saturday, Kankakee on sunday - by Gianni Pascucci

In the second meeting scheduled for the past weekend, Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan) racked up 34 points and 8 boards and Billy Knight (6'5''-G, college: UCLA) had 28 points on 10-13 shooting, leading the L.A. Lightning to a come-from-behind 117-112 IBA win over the Kankakee Soldiers.
Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83, college: Missouri Baptist) scored 24 of his game-high 37 points in the second half and also had 12 rebounds for the Soldiers, and Billy Baptist (6'5''-F-87, college: Quincy) added 23 points and 14 rebounds.
The night after, Kankakee downed Lightning, 117-96 thaks to a 49 points scoring performace from IBA scoring leader Ryan Edwards, who scored 37 in the first half, staking the visitors to a 76-48 lead. Billy Baptist had 24 points and 9 rebounds for Kankakee, which shot 58 percent in the first half and hit 12-17 from long range. Anthony Kyle (5'9''-PG-81, college: Miles) added 14 assists, 10 points and four steals for the Soldiers
Hassan Stephens (6'5''-F-89) led the Lightning with 20 points and a season-best 11 rebounds. Trayvon Lathan, who entered the game with a 28.2 average, was held to 13 points and four assists. Tarron Williams (6'7''-F-76, college: CS San Bernar.) had 10 points and 10 rebounds, including six on the offensive end.
The Lightning have two games remaining on June 15-16 against the Malibu Pirates.



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  IRAN   


Iranian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Mohammad Jamshidi
Jamshidi
Mahdi Kamrani
Kamrani
Mohammad Hassanzadeh
Hassanzadeh
Hamed Afagh
Afagh
Rouzbeh Arghavan
Arghavan
#e#5
4 Mohammad Jamshidi 197-SF-91 Petrochimi Iran
5 Aren Davoudichegani 185-PG-86 Zob Ahan Iran
6 Javad Davari 185-G-83 Foolad Mahan Iran
7 Mahdi Kamrani 186-PG-82 Mahram Iran
8 Reza Lotfi 191-G/F-83 Azad Iran
9 Mohammad Hassanzadeh 201-F-90 Foolad Mahan Iran
10 Hamed Afagh 190-SG-83 Mahram Iran
11 Saeid Davarpanah 191-G/F-87 Petrochimi Iran
12 Rouzbeh Arghavan 213-F/C-88 Azad Iran
13 Asghar Kardoust 212-C-86 Foolad Mahan Iran
14 Samad Nik Khahbahrami 198-F-83 Mahram Iran
15 Jaber Rouzbahani 223-C-86 Foolad Mahan Iran

Mehmed Becirovic Head Coach
Boban Becirovic Assistant
Slobodan Mitev Assistant ALBA Germany



Iran gets to flying start in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Yemen 85:35

Defending champion Iran secured a confident start to their 12th WABA Championship campaign. They rallied past Yemen in the opener. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) scored 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Iran ensured a quick start. They dominated every facet of the game to build a 19:7 lead after ten minutes. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 42:18 halftime lead. Things hardly changed in the third term. Iran stayed in full control taking a 59:32 advantage into the fourth period. Yemen managed just three points in the final quarter to surrender at the end. Mohammad Aklaghi finished with 15 points, while Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) added 14 points for Iran. Sabri Sadda (89) and Hakim Bris answered with 9 points each for Yemen.

Iran: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 18, Mohammad Aklaghi 15, Hamed Afagh 14
Yemen: Sabri Sadda 9, Hakim Bris 9



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  ISRAEL   


EXCLUSIVE: Yogev Ohayon Tells Eurobasket His Truth - by David Pick

Despite being overseas on personal vacation in the United States, Maccabi Tel-Aviv's star point guard Yogev Ohayon, can't get a break.

The national left-handed stellar, who played an implausible Euroleague rookie season, finds himself in the midst of a media crisis with his organization. One he indented to completely avoid. However, after the harsh and offensive comments thrown his way yesterday by Maccabi owner David Federman - Ohayon fires back with his personal truth in an exclusive interview with Eurobasket.

"I'm not going to comment on the legal side, but it's important for me that people know I never asked to leave Maccabi and everything I've done thus far has been in good faith," said Ohayon via email from the U.S. "On the contrary. I asked Maccabi to open my contract and extended it to four years. What they (Maccabi) are saying I demanded is wrong and they went to the media despite us agreeing to keep things behind closed doors," added the sorrowful player.

What were the exact contract condition you asked of Maccabi?

"I asked Maccabi to compensate me with approximately the same salaries as Guy Pnini and Tal Burstein, which is financially average level. In terms of raises? I asked for a miniature $50,000 raise each year for the next three or four season," said Ohayon.

The 25-year-old baller is entertaining interest from several Euroleague powerhouses from Russia, Greece and Spain. That said, I understand Maccabi was willing to increase your salary to roughly $230,000 for the upcoming season, consequently, the lowest paid Israeli on the roster.

"It's impossible for Maccabi to personally tell me how valuable I am to their franchise and how much they appreciate me and say that I'm a fan favorite, and then low-ball me to $230,000," Ohayon commented.

Ohayon, who is incorrectly portrayed by the media as a capitalistic gold digger, is furious with how he's being misrepresented. "Maccabi allowed me to showcase my talents on the highest levels in Europe. Still, I've proven I'm worthy of playing in the Euroleague and I think that asking for an average Euroleague salary - in addition to wanting to extend my contract with Maccabi indicates that my intentions are to stay with them for all long time," added Ohayon.

David Federman recently accused Ohayon with inconsiderate charges, claiming Maccabi rarely signs players to a one-and-done deal, and that they have no intentions to release him.

"Maccabi built a false image of what things really are and claimed to have taken a risk when signing me last season," uttered Ohayon.

"Maccabi rarely takes chances. They signed me for three years and included a team out clause at the end of every season for a bare minimum of $20,000. On the other hand, in order for me to terminate our agreement, I have to pay $200,000. You tell me - where's the risk?" Ohayon concluded.

After Ohayon cleared up the situation, his agent Iman Shokuohizadeh, refused to partake in the media frenzy created by Maccabi and wasn't interested in commenting.




Yogev Who? Ohayon? Never Heard of Him - by David Pick

"A year ago, no one knew Yogev Ohayon even existed. furthermore, if he would still be playing for Hapoel Jerusalem, nobody would hear of him," said Maccabi Tel-Aviv owner David Federman during a local Israeli radio interview yesterday.

That said, let's get some facts straight.

In 2005, DraftExpress.com's Director of International Scouting Luis Fernandez, claimed the Israeli 19-year-old left-handed point guard was "not the prototypical player that a league like the NBA looks for." However, he explained that "for the European competition, he (Ohayon) seems to have a bright future, and his talent could carry him even further with the proper work and development."

Fernandez also resembled Ohayon's play to that of the Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash and Argentine-Spanish playmaker Pepe Sanchez.

After recording 8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4 assists per game during his full rookie year with Hapoel Galil Elyon in the 2005-06 season, over the years, Ohayon established himself into Galil's, Jerusalem's and now Maccabi's and the Israeli national team's most appreciated ball handler.

Recent rumors flooded the Israeli press the past few days about an explosion between Ohayon's people and Maccabi's management. According to reports, the player's representatives claim to have a buyout option that allows Ohayon to terminate his agreement with the Israeli powerhouse, while Tel Aviv claims Ohayon is strictly under contract until the end of 2012-13.

While the confusing versions of the agreement continue to be revealed, Ohayon, who's currently receiving interest from Panathinaikos, Malaga, Caja Laboral, Kazan and Kuban, might have to settle this issue in court (i.e. Jeremy Pargo and Maccabi saga).

He who deserves colossal credit for Ohayon's emergence this past season is Maccabi's head coach David Blatt.

It's no secret that when signing Jordan Farmar, Theodoros Papaloukas and Tal Burstein to the team's roster earlier last season Ohayon was expected to come off the bench for spotty Euroleague minutes but play a bigger role during the domestic contest.

After parting ways with Farmar in mid-season, Maccabi's coaching staff decided to acquire Demond Mallet for the opening of Euroleague Top 16 rounds. A move that again illustrated to Ohayon that he wasn't trusted.

While Mallet played a combined 24 minutes throughout five Elite 8 Euroleague series games against Panathinaikos, it was Ohayon who helped rally the yellow-and-blue to one of Europe's heroic series and dazzling performances by an Israeli player in any European competition.

The Euroleague rookie Ohayon came up big for Maccabi versus Panathinaikos and nearly sent his ball club to final four games in Turkey. Against the Greeks Yogev dished out more assists (2.8) and scored almost double (9.8) then his regular Euroleague season averages of 2.6 dimes and 5.6 points.

While Ohayon and his agent carry on their act of media silence, Maccabi continues to expose the player's contract information, disclosing dates and clauses.

As for Federman's callout against Ohayon, in June, 2007, on DraftExpress.com's weekly player evaluation, Ohayon was chosen for a spotlight breakdown over players such as Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Fernandez and Omri Casspi, stating "it's fair to expect Ohayon to become a very nice player in Europe, even a premier point guard if he maximizes his potential."

So, five years later, Ohayon is living up to the expectations and even though he's currently in the United States on vacation and wasn't able to be reached for comment, it is safe to say - he was well known across waters before joining Maccabi Tel Aviv.



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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, Giorgio22.2 
 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, Giorgio7.9 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.7 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.5 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.4 
 7. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.3 
 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. Renfroe, Enel B.3.5 
 6. Whiting, Aget Imola3.4 
 7. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 8. Marigney, Givova S.3.4 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.3.0 
 10. Blizzard, Biancob.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 


Lega2 Round 3 of Finals. Pistoia cut the deficit - by Eurobasket News

Giorgio Tesi PT - Enel Brindisi 92-91 OT

Pistoia survived an overtime thriller and managed to post the first win in the title series against Enel Brindisi. The teams now head for the fourth game scheduled for Thursday. Enel Brindisi was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 24-19 charge of Tuscany Pistoia, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-10. Tuscany Pistoia forced 22 Enel Brindisi turnovers. Enel Brindisi was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) helped adding 12 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was point guard Jonathan Gibson (182-87, college: N.Mexico St.) with 30 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, college: Belmont) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Giorgio Tesi PT: B.Jones 31+9reb, G.Gurini 14+7reb+1ast, G.Galanda 12+7reb+1ast, D.Hardy 12+4reb+7ast, J.Tavernari 11+4reb, F.Toppo 9+6reb
Enel Brindisi: J.Gibson 30+5reb+3ast, A.Zerini 14+5reb, D.Borovnjak 12+10reb, A.Renfroe 10+6reb+7ast, M.Giuri 7+5reb, K.Ndoja 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 177510



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  JAPAN   


Dai Oketani takes over Iwate, Ryukyu hire Kouto Tohyama - by Eurobasket News

Iwate Big Bulls hired a new head coach. They agreed on terms of contract with Dai Oketani . The Japanese specialist reportedly signed a three-year deal. The Big Bulls become the third team in Dai Oketani resume. He previously worked with Oita Heat Devils and Ryukyu Golden Kings. Dai Oketani led the Golden Kings to the title this spring. He was named All-Japanese BJ League Coach of the Year in 2012. It was the second such an award for Dai Oketani as he was trumped Coach of the Year in 2009 as well.
In the meantime the Golden Kings opted for Tohyama Kouto as the teams new head coach. The specialist has just finished his stint with Miyazaki Shining Suns. Previously Tohyama Kouto worked as an assistant coach with Hamamatsu Mikawa Phoenix.



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  JORDAN   


Jordan open WABA Championship with win over Palestine - by Eurobasket News

Jordan - Palestine 87:53

Jordan earned the first win at the 12th WABA Championship. The hosts fired past Palestine in Amman. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) delivered 19 points to pace Jordan.
The home team gave little hope for their opponents. Jordan surged ahead right from the start and posted a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained it well throughout the second term. Jordan gained a 38:22 halftime lead. Palestine could not change the complexion of the game after the big break. Jordan exploded with 28 points in the third quarter to pile up a 27-point buffer and never looked back en route to the win. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) had 16 points, while Fares Saqf-AlHait (194-G/F-87, college: Calumet) accounted for 12 points in the winning case. Nicola Fadayel (191-F-87) answered with 23 points for Palestine. Ahmad Tina netted 7 points in the loss.

Jordan: Mousa Alawadi 19, Ali Jamal 16, Fares Saqf-AlHait 12
Palestine: Nicola Fadayel 23, Ahmad Tina 7



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  KENYA   


Tigers ruffle Lakeside to remain unbeaten in KBF League - by Eurobasket News

Kisumu based Lakeside were humiliated on Sunday afternoon with a heavy 109 68 weeping by Thika road based students United States International University in the KBF premier League at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
USIU continued with their impressive run to the league and showed why they are a team to watch out for this season when they washed in 22 points against Lakesides 14 points in the first quarter.
The second quarter saw both teams posting high scores but USIU was superior once again the quarter ending 27 20 in favor of the students. This put the half time score at 49 34 with Lakeside trailing.
USIU s Victor Bosire was the highest scorer for his side having an impressive 21 points while his team mate Chris Mulumba had 16 points. Evans Letting and Samuel Opel both had 14 points.
In the 3rd quarter, Lakeside improved their attempt and were able to hold off USIU to a 19 19 point draw.
But the students were more determined to end the day with a sound victory as they charged in and took a resounding triumph in the last quarter with 41 point against Lakesides 15 points.
Romanor OConner from Lakeside was the highest scorer in the match giving his side 25 points despite the heavy loss. Dennis Oduor and Joshua Charles followed in terms of points both giving Lakeside 12 points each.
KENYA BASKETBALL FEDERATION WEEKEND RESULTS ON 9TH AND 10TH JUNE 2012.

NYAYO SATO 9TH.

PARKLANDS 24/57 VS A.N.U. 12/37
112/13/14/20 06/06/09/16
15 pts gregory ekong 11 pts neville jalango

NRB AVIATION 28/68 VS EMYBA 23/54
14/14/26/14 10/13/20/11
15 pts morris obillo 24 pts partrick ruto
13 pts job byron

SAFE SPACES 18/42 VS GLADIATORS 16/31
09/09/08/16 08/08/06/09
10 pts ceceline akinyi 10 pts emilly ongoro

MENNONITES 12/16 VS EAGLE WINGS 41/98
04/08/02/02 29/12/29/28
08 pts belinda akoth 30 pts samba mjomba
11 pts rebecca sarange

TERROR 35/73 VS LAKESIDE 12/53
24/11/11/27 09/03/20/21
19 pts brayan namulata 28 pts romavov oc conner

NYAYO SUN 10TH

WORLDHOPE 24/46 VS TRAILBLAZERS 25/57
14/10/14/08 11/14/10/22
08 pts partrick wakasia 14 pts shem otieno
10 pts zedekia oganga

U.S.I.U 38/75 VS SAFE SPACES 15/28
25/13/19/18 05/10/06/07
12 pts sarah chan 09 pts immaculate agusta
10 pts linda mfuchi

UMOJA 27/55 VS UPPERHILL 29/71
13/14/13/15 12/17/26/16
16 pts eric mtoro 25 pts joseph ongoro
13 pts victor abinadam
STORMS 20 WALK OVER AGAINST PREDATORS 00

U.S.I.U 49/109 VS LAKESIDE 34/68
22/27/18/432 14/20/19/15
22 victor bosire 22 pts romanov oc conner
16 pts chris mulumba 15 pts dennis oduor
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



KCB and Delight maintain reign - by Eurobasket News

KCB mens basketball team is leading the standings in the Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League with 12 points having won all its 6 matches.Madaraka based students Strathmore University come in second with 9 points having lost only once to fellow students USIU.
USIU are 3rd with 8 points also possessing a 100% record (4 matches). Defending champions Co-Op bank are at position four with 8 points also but have lost 2 of their 5 matches. Kenya Ports Authority and Lakeside are at the bottom of the table with KPA at position 10 with one point having lost the only match that they have played so far.
Lakeside close the table at position 11 having no point at all since they lost one game and forfeited the other against Masinde Muliro University 2 weeks ago.

In the ladies category Western Delight still leads having 10 points with a 5 out of 5 performance. Storms come in 2nd with 9 points and so far have lost 3 of its 6 matches. USIU and defending champions Eagle Wings are at position 3 and 4 respectively with 6 points both having won all their 3 matches. KPA ladies team close the table with no point at all since they are yet to play any match in the league.

The weekend fixtures for KBF Premier League are as follows;

SATURDAY 9TH
NYAYO Gymnasium
SAFE SPACES VS GLADIATORS 12 Noon
MENNONITES VS EAGLE WINGS 2.00 PM
TERROR VS LAKESIDE 4.00 PM

MOMBASA
K.P.A. VS COOPBANK 2.00PM (ladies)
K.P.A. VS COOPBANK 4.00 PM (men)

SUNDAY 10TH
NYAYO Gymnasium
PREDATORS VS STORMS 12 NOON
U.S.I.U VS SAFE SPACES 2.00 PM
U.S.I.U VS LAKESIDE 4.00 PM

MOMBASA
N.Y.T.A. SHIMBA VS COOPBANK 2.00 PM
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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Valencia Basket and Rihards Kuksiks part ways - by Eurobasket News

Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88, agency: Two Points, college: Arizona St.) is no longer a member of Valencia Basket. His contract expired and will not be extended, according to the club. The Latvian swingman joined Valencia last summer and it was his first pro deal. He played 10 EuroCup games for the team averaging 6.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. Kuksiks also had 2.4 ppg for 17 games in Liga Endesa. They reached EuroCup Finals and Liga Endesa Semis this season.
Rihards Kuksiks graduated at the Arizona State University a year ago. He had 10.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.8 spg for her school as a senior. They reached NIT Elite Eight in 2008. Kuksiks is active member of the Latvian National Team. For 5 games at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania he shined with 16 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.2 apg. The player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention -11. Kusiks also shined during the EuroBasket Qualifications.
Valencia also parted ways with Taquan Dean (193-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville). The player signed with Turkish Aliaga.



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Lebanon too good for Syria in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - Syria 98:69

Lebanon posted the first win at the 12th WABA Championship in Jordan. They rolled past Syria in the opening game. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) came up with 30 points and 15 rebounds to pace the winners.
Lebanon unloaded 27 points in the starting quarter to build a 9-point lead. They maintained the margin throughout the second quarter. Lebanon established a 46:33 halftime advantage. Lebanon increased the tempo in the third term. They knocked down 29 more points to ensure an unassailable 22-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Syria could not recover and had to face inevitability at the end. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) and Elie Estephane (195-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) provided 19 points each for the winners. Michel Maadanly (195-G-81) answered with 25 points for Syria. Ahmad Ishak (194-F-86) netted 13 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 30+15 boards, Garnett Thompson 19, Elie Estephane 19
Syria: Michel Maadanly 25, Ahmad Ishak 13



A big move for Riyadi in the race back to the Championships: Signing of a high Level Coach - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

After the Departure of Coach Fouad Abou Chakra from Riyadi to the Rivals Sagesse , Riyadi started to look for a high level European coach to bring back the championships , for this reason the Riyadi Club Administration Member the son of the Presidents club Mr. Tammam JAROUDI informed the technical committee of the club that the negotiations with a high level French Coach are in the final phases and he should sign today . The coach is well known in the French Pro A League, won many titles and prizes, he will bring lot of experience to the Team and to the Lebanese League. The coach will bring an assistant with him to add it to the Technical Staff which is composed tillnow from Jad Fatouh and Ahmad Farran . After many rumors about Coaches like Dragan Racca , Rajko Toroman and many other Serb coaches the Riyadi Administration picked a new destination a French School which is well known for its High technicality. The Club is thinking to held a press conference in the coming days to present the coach; they think that this press conference will be the launching of a new era of Basketball in Riyadi Club.


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National N1A and N1B: latest results for men & women - by Eurobasket News

The latest results of the men and women N1A and N1B national championships.

Results:

HKLM - 3FB : 61-59
ASA - PFOI : 61-56
CHALLENGER FANATIC: 67-72
US DOUANE COSMOS: 66-58
ASC44 BCJ: 59-54
SEBAM - COSFA: 82-80
ASCUT ASCUM: 94-61
FANDREFIALA - MEGA INF0: 78-56
ASA - BFT: 60-36
SOE SEBAM: 67-83
PFOI - US DOUANE: 65-75
COSMOS ASA: 61-92
JEA CJA: 70-45
TBC SEBAM: 38-64
BCJ ALM : 18-66
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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Tuzos UAZ sign John Gardiner and Leroy Davis - by Carlos Chapa

Tuzos de la UAZ Zacatecas Cemozac from the CIBANE league announced that they waived their two imports: Kevin Green and Chris Brown, the official explanation that Tuzos' front office gave was the lack of adaptation from those players.

Tuzos also informed the signing of veterans John Gardiner and Leroy Davis both big guys who will look to impose their physical presence on the paint. Davis is a well known player in Mexican leagues, having played in many of the top mexican leagues and even spending time with the Mexico Senior National Teams on some tournaments.




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Division one basketball cup to play return leg tomorrow - by Eurobasket News

The return leg of the national division one basketball cup shall take place tomorrow. The most awaited encounter shall pit Wydad Casablanca aginst AS Sal (title holder) in Sal at Fathallah Bouazzaoui

The return leg of the national division one basketball cup shall take place tomorrow. The most awaited encounter shall pit Wydad Casablanca aginst AS Sal (title holder) in Sal at Fathallah Bouazzaoui

During the away legs June 7, Wydad Casablanca (WAC) defeated AS Sal 79-76 while Renaissance sportive de Berkane (RSB) routed Sport Plaza 76-61.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com







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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.2 
 2. James, Miami Heat28.0 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.0 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.3 
 6. Anthony, New Y.23.1 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.3 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.7 
 4. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.3 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.9.9 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.8 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers8.9 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 9. Parker, San A.7.5 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 5. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 8. Shumpert, New Y.1.7 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Jordan, LA Clippers2.0 
 7. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


NBA Finals, Game 1: Durant powers Thunder past LeBron's Heat 105-94 - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) delivered the fourth quarter LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) never could last year.

So forget those NBA Finals jitters at the start. Durant and the young Thunder showed they have already figured out how to finish.

Durant scored 17 of his 36 points in another nightmarish final period for James and his team, leading a Thunder storm that overwhelmed the Heat and gave Oklahoma City a 105-94 victory over Miami in Game 1 on Tuesday night.

"That's what they do, they keep on coming," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "They're relentless."

Teaming with Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) to outscore the Heat in the second half by themselves, Durant struck first in his head-to-head matchup with James, who had seven points in the final quarter and was helpless to stop the league's three-time scoring champion.

"Well, those guys, they came out on fire. They were passing the ball well, knocking down shots. We just wanted to continue to keep playing," Durant said. "It's a long game, and every time our coach was just saying play harder, play harder, and that's what we did."

Westbrook turned around a poor shooting start to finish with 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for the Thunder, keying a strong finish to the third period that gave the Thunder the lead for good.

Durant took over from there.

Scoring in nearly every way possible, Durant finished 12 of 20 from the field and added eight rebounds. He and Westbrook outscored the Heat 41-40 over the final two periods, showing that maybe this time it will be offense that wins championships.

James finished with 30 points, his most in any of his 11 finals games, but had only one basket over the first 8:15 of the fourth, when the Thunder seized control of a game they trailed for all but the final few seconds of the first three quarters.

James averaged just three points in the fourth quarters of the Heat's six-game loss to Dallas last year, taking almost all the heat for Miami's finals failure. He was good in this one, Durant was just better.

"They didn't make many mistakes in the fourth quarter," James said.

And when fans chanted "MVP! MVP!" late in the game, they weren't talking about James, the guy who won the regular-season award.

They meant Durant, who is in a race with James for his first ring - and maybe the title of best player in the game.

Game 2 is Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) had 19 points but shot just 7 of 19 for the Heat, while Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) provided some rare offense by scoring 17 points, his high this postseason.

Turning to a small lineup late in the third quarter, the Thunder improved to 9-0 at home in the postseason. Defensive ace Thabo Sefolosha helped defend James during the Thunder's comeback, relieving Durant of the burden so he could focus on his scoring.

And right now, nobody does it better.

Spoelstra said his team, pushed to seven games against Boston in a grueling conference finals the Heat finally won Saturday, preferred this quick turnaround. But perhaps they ran out of gas against the young Thunder, whose core players are all 23 and younger and look as if they could keep playing all night.

"Honestly, I think we just came out with a lot more intensity on the defensive end. Made them feel us a little bit," Westbrook said of the second half, when the Thunder outscored the Heat 58-40.

James and Wade both were bent over, hands on knees, during one stoppage with about 7 minutes remaining. Durant kept pouring it on, racing down the court to throw down a fast-break dunk and later adding a 3-pointer that pushed it to 87-81 with 6 1-2 minutes remaining.

The Heat got within four points, but Durant hit two quick baskets and Westbrook added another for a 10-point lead with 3:35 to go.

"They just made more plays than us," Wade said. "They got a couple offensive rebounds that kind of hurt us. Got a couple of open shots and from that point we were kind of playing from behind."

It's been a rapid rise toward the top for the Thunder, who started 3-29 in 2008-09, their first season here after moving from Seattle. Fans were clearly embracing the finals' arrival in Oklahoma City, where cars, buildings and even fans' hair seemed to be painted some form of orange or blue.

Fans standing until the Thunder's first basket didn't have to wait long, Durant knocking down a baseline jumper 70 seconds in. He made his first three shots, including two 3-pointers, but his teammates missed their first six attempts in falling into an early hole.

Durant made sure they were fine at the end.

Both superstars tried to downplay their individual matchup, Durant insisting it was about the team and James adamant that he didn't care about the best player in the game argument.

It was James' supporting cast that stepped up bigger to start, the Heat hitting five of their six 3-point attempts in jumping to a 29-22 lead after one quarter. Spoelstra kept Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) as a reserve, the role he has played since returning from a nine-game absence with a strained lower abdominal muscle. Smart decision, as Battier hit his first three 3-point attempts in the opening minutes to spark Miami's strong start.

Durant took only one shot in the second quarter, and it wasn't until 9 minutes had passed. By then, the Heat had built a lead as large as 13 points, keeping it in or near double digits most of the period before the Thunder sliced it to 54-47 at halftime.

Seemingly every fan was wearing the blue shirts hung on their chairs before the game - an exception being rapper Lil Wayne, who caused a stir during the Western Conference finals when he posted on Twitter that the Thunder wouldn't let him into their arena, with the team saying simply that he needed to buy tickets if he wanted to come. He did, he and his guest both wearing black.

The sea of blue around the court looked like the scene last year in Dallas, where James struggled so badly when it mattered most. He said he let his team down, vowing he would have no regrets about his performance this time around.

Unfortunately, the result was all too familiar to the Heat.

James quickly answered after Oklahoma City tied the game for the first time at 60-all midway through the third, banking in a shot and powering in for a layup and a quick four-point lead. The Heat pushed the lead back to five but the Thunder kept coming, finally pulling ahead for the first time when Westbrook darted into the lane and was fouled while scoring with 16.4 seconds remaining, the free throw making it 74-73.

Baskets by Durant and Sefolosha to open the fourth pushed it to a five-point lead, and the Heat never recovered.

Notes: Battier's 13 first-half points equaled his high for the postseason. He and Westbrook were also called for double technical fouls after Westbrook's basket with about 30 seconds left in the half. ... The Thunder, 23-59 in 2008-09, duplicated the feat of the Heat, who also reached a finals within three seasons of a 25-win season. Miami was 15-67 in 2007-08 before playing for the title last year.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



James and Durant ready to rumble in NBA Finals - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) are dismissing the widely held perception that whoever wins the NBA Finals and earns their first championship ring will be hailed as the best player.

The best-of-seven series between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder beginning Tuesday could feature the most enticing personal duel since Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

But the players involved insist it is all about winning the National Basketball Association (NBA) title.

"Everybody is going to make the most out of the matchup or me versus LeBron, but it's the Thunder versus the Heat," said the Oklahoma City's Durant, the NBA's reigning three-time leading scorer. "It's not going to be a one-on-one matchup to win the series, it's going to be all about the team. It's going to be fun."

James is a three-time league Most Valuable Player and widely considered as the NBA's premier player. But he is still looking for his first ring, while players like Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has five of them.

Despite his enormous talent, until James wins a title - or perhaps several of them - it will be a glaring omission on his resume.

James, playing in his second season with fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami following seven years with the Cleveland Cavaliers, said he does not care about be labeled by the public as the NBA's best player.

"I don't really get involved (in being considered) the best player in the game," he told reporters on Monday. "It doesn't matter to me, really. When I go out on the basketball court each and every night, I want to be the best player in the game.

"I want to be the best player on that floor, and that's just how I approach the game. So I don't really care what people say at the end of this series if KD or LeBron is the best player in the league."

James is 27 and playing in his ninth NBA season, while Durant is only 23, with just four years of pro experience. It is just a matter of time before torch is passed anyway, says James.

"It has to happen at some point anyways," said James, set to play in his third NBA championship series. "I won't be the best player in the league, KD will be. And then KD won't be the best player in the league at some point.

"It happens all the time. It doesn't really matter, so I don't care."

The soft-spoken Durant said he understands the "LeBron vs. KD" hype, calling it a "sexy match-up, I guess." But he refused to get drawn into the fray.

"I know everybody in here is worried about the one-on-one matchup, but I can't really control that," he said. "All I can control is how hard I play and how we play as a team.

"I don't read newspapers, I don't get on Twitter anymore, I just focus on what I need to do and what we need to do as a team."

Durant said he is prepared for some long nights guarding James, an eight-time All-Star and former NBA scoring champion.

"He can score at will, he's strong, he can shoot it," said Durant, playing in his first championship series. "But it's got to be a team effort. I've got to play my hardest every possession, no possessions off.

"He's really good in transition. I've just got to do my work early, and we'll see what happens."

Thunder coach Scott Brooks insists the series will ultimately be won by players other than Durant and James. He concedes however, as a fan, it is a cool pairing.

"It's a matchup that definitely will be enjoyable to see and see how it turns out," he said. "They're both very driven, hungry basketball players."

Courtesy of www.guardian.co.uk



Spoelstra not saying if Chris Bosh will start Game 1 of NBA finals for Miami Heat - by Eurobasket News

Coach Erik Spoelstra isnt saying whether hell put All-Star forward Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) back into the starting lineup or keep bringing him off the bench now that the Miami Heat are in the NBA finals.

Bosh started every game he played during the regular season and until he suffered an abdominal injury during the Eastern Conference playoffs, but played as a reserve in the final three games of the conference finals.

Spoelstra wouldnt divulge his starting lineup for Game 1 on Tuesday night.

'I'll consider everything by tomorrow night', Spoelstra said on Monday. 'I think he can handle more minutes. We'll have to see. He was able to handle the 31 minutes. He had to come out a couple times because of wind, but I think each game well get better.'

Bosh missed nine games with a lower abdominal strain and has taken on increasing playing time since returning last Tuesday for Game 5 of the East finals. He played 14 minutes his first game back, 28 in Game 6 and then 31 in Game 7 scoring 19 points and hitting three 3-pointers.

'Like I've been saying the past week, it really doesn't matter to me. I just want to be out there and we want to give ourselves the best chance to win', Bosh said. 'So, whatever that means, thats what's going to work out for me and the team.'

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



Charlotte Bobcats narrow coaching search to 3 candidates - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Bobcats search for a new coach has been narrowed to three candidates: Brian Shaw, Jerry Sloan and Quin Snyder.

Shaw, Sloan and Snyder were chosen from a list of 10 after initial interviews with Charlotte Bobcats executives Rod Higgins and Rich Cho, according to ESPN.com. Each of the three candidates will now meet with Michael Jordan within the next week or so, the website reports.

Sloan, who resigned after 23 years coaching the Utah Jazz, is the only candidate with prior head coaching experience. He took teams with Hall of Famers John Stockton and Karl Malone to consecutive NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 but lost to Jordans Chicago Bulls in both trips.

Shaw has been an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers and is currently with the Indiana Pacers. He is also being considered for the Orlando Magic coaching vacancy, which became open when Stan Van Gundy was fired after five seasons.

Snyder is an assistant on first-year coach Mike Browns staff in Los Angeles.

Several big names interviewed with the Charlotte Bobcats before the team named its finalists. Patrick Ewing, Nate McMillan and current Charlotte assistant Stephen Silas were among the most noticeable.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



NBA Draft 2012: Hornets dismiss Cavaliers' trade offer for No. 1 pick - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers have four picks in the upcoming NBA Draft - Nos. 4, 24, 33 and 34 - and offered to trade all of them to the New Orleans Hornets for the No. 1 overall pick, ESPN's Chad Ford reports.

The Cavs were immediately rebuffed, as the Hornets obviously believe Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) is worth a lot more than that quartet of picks.

Davis humbly stated at last weeks draft combine in Chicago that him going No. 1 was "not set in stone," and Thomas Robinson is making his own case to go first. But the entire basketball universe knows the Hornets are going to snap up Davis.

Davis is a potential franchise-changing type of player, one who can lead a team to championships. Four draft pickseven with one being in the lotteryjust arent enough to part with that kind of hope.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Boston's Ray Allen set to have right ankle surgery Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) will finally take care of an ankle injury that plagued him for much of the season.

Allen is set to have surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, the Boston Herald reported through a source.

The ankle injury forced Allen to miss 15 regular-season games and the first two games of Bostons first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.

Allens injury left defensive-minded Avery Bradley to take on his minutes. The move made Allen the sixth man for a short while, a role he never took to.

Most noticeably, the injury caused Allen to struggle with his shooting form before finally improving in the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat. It even affected Allens performance from the free-throw line, where the sure shooter was a career post-season worst 71.1 percent on 32-of-45 shooting.

Allen said on Saturday that he planned to quickly deal with the injury as he prepares to enter free agency on July 1.

Thats my first priority, just going into surgery sometime, he said Saturday night. If I (could) do it tomorrow, I would do it tomorrow. Thats probably my main concern right now, is taking care of that. My body feels good. Thats been my only issue. After that, its hard to say.

Theres still a lot of basketball left in my legs. I know that for sure. So its hard to say what can happen, what may happen. But the four of us know how to play basketball. We know how to win games.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Memphis Grizzlies owner finds buyer for NBA club - by Eurobasket News

Michael Heisley, the majority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, said he had reached a deal to sell the NBA club to an entity owned by technology magnate Robert Pera.

Heisley, who bought the Vancouver Grizzlies in 2000 before they moved to Memphis in 2001, said in a statement he has enjoyed the support the team has received in its current home.

"I am confident that the franchise will continue its development toward being a perennial championship contender and an important member of the Memphis community," he said. "I am particularly gratified that we have put together a team which is poised to continue its improvement."

Pera is the founder and chief executive of the communications technology company Ubiquiti Networks. The 34-year-old is on Forbes' list of the 10 youngest billionaires in the world.

ESPN.com, citing unnamed sources, said the purchase price is in the $350 million range and that Heisley received an eight-figure deposit from Pera.

The sale is subject to the approval of the NBA board of governors.

"We have an outstanding team of players, coaching staff, and basketball and business management," Heisley said. "In (Pera), we have a new owner who has expressed a total commitment to build on our success in Memphis."

Courtesy of http://news.yahoo.com



Heat must corral Russell Westbrook after surviving Rajon Rondo - by Eurobasket News

The already dangerous Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) has found another dimension to his game while pushing the Oklahoma City Thunder into the NBA Finals.

First, the All-Star point guard was a threat to get to the rim at any moment. Then, he added a mid-range game to keep defenders off-balance. Now, hes getting rid of the bad decisions that were the biggest weakness left in his game.

'I always say this is a very good team, but Russell Westbrook is what makes them very special, because there's no one else like him in the NBA', Heat guard Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) said Monday.

'Personally, I think hes the most athletic guy in the NBA for what he does and how he does it and how quick he does it.'

After surviving the constant threat of triple-doubles from Rajon Rondo during the Eastern Conference finals, the Heat will have their hands full at the point once again.

The series starts with Game 1 in Oklahoma City Tuesday night.

Westbrook brings his own triple threat of blazing speed, defensive intensity and often-deadly shooting. And if he can keep taking care of the ball, theres one less way to stop him.

Westbrooks 1,097 turnovers during his four-year career are the most of any NBA player during that span a stat skewed slightly by the fact he hasnt missed any of the 312 games played. Westbrooks per-game turnover average was among the 10 worst in the league all four of his seasons, and he was worst of all last season with 3.9 per outing.

But during the playoffs, hes committing about one-third fewer turnovers while slightly upping his assist totals.

You see where were at. Were in the Finals because of Russell, because of our leader, our point guard, Thunder teammate James Harden said. Hes done a phenomenal job of really controlling the ball, making the extra pass, and then when his shot is there or when his lane is there, hes taking it to them.

Hes done a great job of that and hopefully he can continue to do it.

Miami just got through dealing with Rondo, who averaged 20.9 points, 11.3 assists and 6.9 rebounds in the East finals. The Heat were able to win despite a 44-point, 10-assist, eight-rebound effort from Rondo in Game 2 and his Game 7 triple-double.

It was the sixth triple-double ever in a Game 7 and the first since who else? Westbrook did it in last years West semifinals against Memphis. The others to accomplish the feat were Larry Bird, Jerry West, James Worthy and Scottie Pippen.

My job is to make sure we win, said Westbrook, whos averaging 21.7 points, 5.6 assists and 2.3 turnovers in the playoffs. So, whatever it is that I need to do to make sure we get the win, thats what Im going to do.

Wade expects hell get a turn guarding Westbrook and he thinks Miami will have to use a series of different defensive looks. It wont be all on Heat starting point guard Mario Chalmers, just as he wasnt the only one dealing with Rondo in the Boston series.

Its been fun. To be the best, youve got to go against the best. So, Im striving to be one of the elite point guards in the league, Chalmers said. To have my name mentioned with them, Ive got to go against these guys.

Chalmers said defending Westbrook starts in slowing down the Thunders transition game and keeping him out of the paint.

Wed rather have him shooting pull-ups than have him getting all the way to the rim, Chalmers said. Youve got to pick and choose your battles.

Westbrook averaged 20.5 points while Oklahoma City split two regular-season meetings with the Heat, but was relatively inefficient. He made only 13 of 42 shots and had eight assists against eight turnovers.

Coach Scott Brooks said understanding Westbrooks impact goes beyond those numbers, though.

A lot of times, you focus on the wrong things. At least some people do, he said. But I really believe that what he does, he brings great energy, he brings great passion, he brings enthusiasm to the practice floor, and it carries over on how we play as a team on the game floor.

Westbrooks turnaround has led to an even more dramatic improvement for his team during the postseason. After committing the most turnovers in the league during the regular season, Oklahoma City has the second-fewest in the playoffs and best turnover margin of any team.

A lot of times, his initial play in a possession dictates whether were going to have a good possession or not, forward Nick Collison said. Hes always going to be a competitor, hes always going to play hard, hes always going to battle against the other team and the guy hes playing against.

But the decision-making now, hes getting so much better at, and thats really helping us.

Courtesy of www.masslive.com



Mickael Pietrus: 'My goal is to win a championship with Boston' - by Eurobasket News

Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Court Side) is not easily discouraged. On a team of positive thinkers, Pietrus proved to be one of the more optimistic Celtics this season. Soon after the Celtics were eliminated from the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night, Pietrus was talking about going for a title next year.

Our goal was to make it to the Finals, Pietrus said after the Celtics 101-88 loss to the Heat in Game 7. It was going to be hard but, at the same time, we had a great group. We worked hard throughout the entire series.

You have to be proud of that jersey you wear every night for the Celtics. We tried to make history. It didnt happen tonight. Sometimes youre going to make a run, sometimes youre not going to make a run. It was a great series.

Asked about next season, Pietrus, an unrestricted free agent, replied, Hopefully, everybody will be back. Next year, we look forward to work even harder and try to get that 18th [NBA championship]. My goal is to win a championship. Im only 30. I want it to happen with the Boston Celtics.

Im going to fight for whoever I play for next year. Im going to work hard this summertime. Every day [with the Celtics] is a part of history.

Pietrus was inconsistent in the playoffs, providing two key 3-pointers in the Celtics 94-90 win over the Heat in Game 5, but shooting only 12 for 54 (22.2 percent) on threes in the postseason. Pietrus was 12 for 19 on 2-point field goals.



Close-knit group

The postgame scene in the Celtics locker room Saturday was emotional.

My father passed away three years ago and I havent cried since, until tonight, Keyon Dooling said. It was memorable, lifelong friendships. This team is very unique. Though we arent champions this year, we have hearts of champions, and that will always keep us connected.

Said Brandon Bass: This group of guys has been great to be a part of. We fought through so many different things. I love these guys. When you have a coach like Doc [Rivers], who gives it all to us, we leave it all on the court for him, as well.

This group was like family. We had fights and ups and downs. But at the end of the day, we all fought for each other. Im just grateful to be a part of this group. Its big, the players and the coaches that I was around this year, and the experience that I gained. I am going to consider myself a veteran next year. The things I learned this year are just unbelievable.

Bass scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in Game 7 and also defended LeBron James. Bass averaged 11.1 points in the postseason and led the Celtics in free throw percentage (92.2), third behind Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett with 64 attempts.

I would love to be back here, said Bass, who has a player option for 2012-13. For any player, this organization is the organization that you want to play for. A lot of different guys have been talking about retiring and different things, but it would be great to have this group back.


Future stock

During his postgame remarks Saturday, the Heats Dwyane Wade referred to the Celtics four future Hall of Famers. High praise for Rajon Rondo, who had a big series Game 7 on ESPN produced a 9.1 overnight rating, the highest for an NBA playoff game on cable since records started being kept in 2003. In Boston, the game had a 21.7 rating.

Courtesy of www.boston.com



Ettore Messina heading back to Moscow. - by Bryan Floyd

Lakers assistant coach Ettore Messina will not be returning to the Lakers for a second season with the team. Messina will head back home to CSKA Moscow next season. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak was hopeful they could convince Messina to stay with the team. "Mitch Kupchak called me telling me: 'I've heard just great things on you and I've seen you at work. We would love to have you back with us next season,' Messina said. Messina is widely considered one of the top European coaches of all-time. He has won two Euroleague championships with Virtus Bologna and four Russian SuperLeague titles with CSKA Moscow before joining the Lakers.


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St. John's lands senior Chris Obekpa, arguably best player left in 2012 - by Eurobasket News

St. John's had one of the top recruiting classes in 2011, signing nine players to rebuild the Red Storm program. Their class for 2012 might not be as loaded, but it is deep and has several weapons.

On Monday, coach Steve Lavin added the missing piece to next season's roster when Christopher Obekpa (93) committed to the Red Storm after visiting the campus.

Keeping my talent in the MECCA, Obekpa tweeted, along with a photo of him in a St. John's hat and T-shirt, in front of a We Are St. John's sign.

Obekpa, potentially the top-ranked player left on the board in the class, chose St. John's over Cincinnati, although Oregon, Providence, DePaul and Connecticut were also in the mix in the past few weeks.

The 6-foot-8 big man from Our Savior New American (N.Y.) is ranked No. 63 in the class of 2012 and will be an immediate impact player on the defensive end of the floor. Obekpa is a tremendous shot-blocker who uses his athleticism and length to be an absolute force in the paint. Offensively, he has improved his finishing around the basket and moves well.

Chris plays every possession like it's his last, OSNA assistant coach Eric Jaklitsch told us in January. He wants to get his triple-double.

Obekpa is the second top-100 player in the Red Storm's class, joining forward Jakarr Sampson. Guards Darrick Wood and Felix Balamou (Obekpa's teammate at OSNA) are also in the fold, as are junior college prospects Orlando Sanchez and Marco Bourgault. Transfers Jamal Branch (Texas A&M) and Max Hooper (Harvard) also pledged to the Red Storm.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Temple star Khalif Wyatt arrested in Atlantic City prostitution bust - by Eurobasket News

Khalif Wyatt's (6'4''-G) 21st birthday weekend in Atlantic City probably didn't end the way he hoped.

The Temple guard was arrested early Sunday morning during a two-day prostitution bust that included 27 other people, according to CSN Philadelphia. Police apprehended Wyatt trying to flee the scene after he allegedly solicited an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute.

"I apologize to my family, teammates, coaches and Temple University for the embarrassment that I have caused," Wyatt said in a statement late Monday night. "I was in Atlantic City this past weekend celebrating my 21st birthday with friends and exercised very poor judgment by allowing myself and my friends to be put in a compromising situation. I intend to cooperate with the authorities during their investigation and the legal process."

Hiring a prostitute is a poor choice under any circumstances, of course, but it's especially curious that Wyatt would have to resort to such tactics. Is it that difficult these days for a star basketball player from a top program like Temple to find a college woman who might be interested in him?

Regardless, the arrest of Wyatt is a blow to a Temple program that is counting on him to go from key player to go-to threat next season. Wyatt averaged 17.1 points per game as a junior last season for an Owls team that also featured guards Ramone Moore and Juan Fernandez.

"We have just become aware of the charges and are still gathering information at this point," Temple senior associate athletic director for communications Larry Dougherty said in a statement.
Moore, Fernandez and top big man Micheal Eric have graduated, but the hope for the Owls is that Wyatt and a now healthy Scootie Randall can help pick up the slack.

Wyatt showed he might be capable of that on the court last season, especially during a 22-point, five-steal effort against Duke in January. There still appears to be room for improvement, however in his decision making off the court.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Gonzaga lands shooting guard transfer from Providence - by Eurobasket News

The Zags have reportedly gained a highly touted guard/forward by way of a transfer. Gerard Coleman (6'4''-G-90), from Providence, will transfer to Gonzaga.

The news was first reported Monday by Jim Meehan of the Spokesman-Review by way of Twitter.

Coleman, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard or small forward, reportedly chose Gonzaga over Xavier and Florida. He averaged 13 points and 5 rebounds a game last season with the Friars.

Coleman will have two years of eligibility left after sitting out this season per NCAA rules.

Courtesy of www.khq.com



Conference USA moves 2013 basketball tournaments to Tulsa - by Eurobasket News

The 2013 Conference USA basketball tournaments have been moved to Tulsa, it was announced on Monday by league and University of Tulsa officials.

On March 13-16, mens games will be played at the BOK Center. The womens championship game and semifinals also are conducted at the BOK Center, while first-round and quarterfinal contests are played at the nearby Convention Center.

The University of Memphis had been scheduled to host the 2013 C-USA mens and womens tournaments. However, after Memphis announced in February its plan to join the Big East Conference before the start of the 2013-14 sports calendar, Conference USA officials began to explore the possibility of pulling the event from Memphis and taking it elsewhere.

After the C-USA Board of Directors considered various options, it was determined that the 2013 tournaments would be played in Tulsa.

In 2010, the C-USA mens tournament was played at the BOK Center while the women played at TUs Reynolds Center.

Quoted in a news release issued by TU, C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said, The University of Tulsa and the state-of-the-art BOK Center were excellent hosts in 2010, which was the first time we had hosted both championships in the same city. We know the Tulsa community will show the same great support and welcome our other teams and fans."

Said TU athletic director Ross Parmley: This is another opportunity for (TU) to continue to expand on a great relationship with the city of Tulsa in showcasing our tremendous community and outstanding facilities.

When TU hosted the 2010 event, tournament officials were disappointed by attendance figures. For three BOK Center games involving the Golden Hurricane men, the average attendance was 8,120. Officials had expressed hope that the attendance average would exceed 10,000.

Considering that he goes to battle with a young, retooled team, new Golden Hurricane mens coach Danny Manning said he appreciates the opportunity to play the conference tournament in Tulsa.

The BOK Center is an outstanding venue, Manning said. (As an assistant at Kansas), I had a chance to see how they do things during the 2011 NCAA Tournament and they were great hosts.

Im excited because it gives our fans an opportunity to support us during conference tournament play. It should be a great environment and we look forward to playing in front of a high-energy group of Golden Hurricane fans.

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com



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New Zealand National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Hayden Allen
Allen
Joshua Bloxham
Bloxham
Everard Bartlett
Bartlett
Isaac Fotu
Fotu
Casey Frank
Frank
#e#5
Hayden Allen 190-G-79 Auckland P. New Zealand
Joshua Bloxham 186-G-90 Nelson G. New Zealand
Everard Bartlett 198-G-86 Wildcats Australia
Isaac Fotu 203-F-93 Hawaii USA
Casey Frank 203-F-77 Wellington S. New Zealand
Leon Henry 200-F/G-85 Breakers Australia
Jeremy Kench 186-G-84 Wellington S. New Zealand
Jarrod Kenny 188-G-85 Bay Hawks New Zealand
Robert Loe 210-F-91 St.Louis USA
Morgan Natanahira 198-F/G-91 Bay Hawks New Zealand
Alex Pledger 213-C-87 Auckland P. New Zealand
Lindsay Tait 192-G-82 Auckland P. New Zealand
Jeremiah Trueman 206-F/C-87 Wildcats Australia
Mika Vukona 198-F-82 Nelson G. New Zealand
Tai Jack Webster 186-G-95 Auckland P. New Zealand

Nenad Vucinic Head Coach MarcoPoloShop Italy
Pero Cameron Assistant Blaze Australia
Paul Henare Assistant Bay Hawks New Zealand



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Jordan open WABA Championship with win over Palestine - by Eurobasket News

Jordan - Palestine 87:53

Jordan earned the first win at the 12th WABA Championship. The hosts fired past Palestine in Amman. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) delivered 19 points to pace Jordan.
The home team gave little hope for their opponents. Jordan surged ahead right from the start and posted a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained it well throughout the second term. Jordan gained a 38:22 halftime lead. Palestine could not change the complexion of the game after the big break. Jordan exploded with 28 points in the third quarter to pile up a 27-point buffer and never looked back en route to the win. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) had 16 points, while Fares Saqf-AlHait (194-G/F-87, college: Calumet) accounted for 12 points in the winning case. Nicola Fadayel (191-F-87) answered with 23 points for Palestine. Ahmad Tina netted 7 points in the loss.

Jordan: Mousa Alawadi 19, Ali Jamal 16, Fares Saqf-AlHait 12
Palestine: Nicola Fadayel 23, Ahmad Tina 7



Palestinian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Nicola Fadayel
Fadayel
Yahya AlKhatib
AlKhatib
Sani Sakakini
Sakakini
Salim Sakakini
Sakakini
Maher Metri
Metri
#e#5
4 Ihab Aqel 200-SF-82 Khadamat R. Palestine
5 Maher Metri 187-G-90 Beit Sahour Palestine
6 Jamal Abu-Shamala 196-F/G-87 Hermosillo Mexico
7 Mousa Mousa 193-SG-87
8 Ahmad Tineh 186-PG-80 Orthodox R. Palestine
9 Nicola Fadayel 194-F-87 Beit Jala Palestine
10 Yahya AlKhatib 188-G-77 Ibdaa D. Palestine
11 Wael Abu Tayyem 200-PF-84 Khadamat R. Palestine
12 Ammar Nofal 190-F-84 De La Salle Palestine
13 Sakakini Sani 204-C-88 Qingdao E. China
14 Iyad Yousef 204-C-80 Ibdaa D. Palestine
15 Salim Sakakini 201-PF-87 De La Salle Palestine

Muntaser Abu Al-Tayyeb Head Coach ASU Jordan



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Konrad Wysocki left Turow Zgorzelec - by Maciej Paszyn

Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) after 3 spent years in Poland is returning to Germany. German foward who spent three last seasons in PGE Turow Zgorzelec signed a contract with EWE Baskets Oldenburg. In the last season which was statistically the worst for player, he scored 8,9 points and grab 3,6 rebound per game. Wysocki was get to the team by the coach Sebastian Machowski (agency: Limelight Hoops ) which in the past was also a player of the club from Zgorzelec.

For this moment there is absence of any information about next transfers of the club from Zgorzelec.



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Paris-Levallois and Philippe Da Silva to part ways - by Eurobasket News

Philippe Da Silva (192-G-79) will not return to Paris-Levallois next season. They will officially part ways soon and the Portuguese combo guard will look for some other club. According to French media, Rouen is strongly interested for the player. Da Silva joined Paris-Levallois last summer. He appeared 31 times in ProA, but with limited playing time. He averaged 1.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2.3 apg. From 2009 to 2011, Philippe Da Silva played for Evreux. He was the best assistant in ProB for two years in a row. In 2009/10 he had 8.1 apg in 37 games and season after that he averaged 7.8 apg for 32 games. Da Silva was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Guard of the Year -11. In the past, he played for Boulazac, Los Barrios, CAB Madeira Funchal and Oliveirense. Philippe Da Silva played for the Portuguese National Team last summer at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania. He had 7.4 ppg, 2.8 apg and 2 rpg for 5 games at this event. He also played for Portugal at 2007 Eurobasket in Spain.
Paris-Levallois was very interested to sign Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) at PG, but they player at the end went to ALBA Berlin.



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Carlos Arroyo leads Besiktas Milangaz to championship title in Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) joined Besiktas Milangaz in December and it was a great move by the player. Last night Besiktas managed to beat Anadolu Efes 80-76 in Game Six of the Turkish league Finals winning the title with 4-2 in the series. Arroyo was the leading player in victory with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for 37 minutes on the court. This is third trophy for Besiktas this year as they already celebrated in Turkish Cup and EuroChallenge. Anadolu Efes was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Besiktas was the fourth ranked team of the regular season with 22-8 record. They eliminated defending champion Fenerbahce Ulker in the Playoff Quarterfinals with perfect 2-0. In the Semis, Besiktas edged regular season champ Galatasaray with 3-1. Last time Besiktas was champion of Turkey in 1975.
As mentioned above, Carlos Arroyo joined Besiktas as a free agent in December. He appeared 9 times in EuroChallenge averaging 10.7 points, 3.6 assists and 2 rebounds. The Puerto Rican National Team point guard shined in the Big Final with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Arroyo played 27 games in Turkish league this season. He had 14.7 ppg, 4.4 apg and 2.5 rpg. Eurobasket still didnt announce the awards for TBL 2011/12 season, but Arroyo will for sure get at least one. Carlos Arroyo split 2010/11 season between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. With the Heat he had 5.6 ppg, 2 apg and 1.6 rpg in 49 NBA games. Later he added 2.4 ppg, 1.7 apg and 1.5 rpg for 15 games with the Celtics.



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France edge Russia in Treviso - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Russia U20 59:43

French U20 National Team faced Russian counterparts during Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso. The French team proved the strength claiming a 16-point win. Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) knocked down 15 points to lead the winners.
France enjoyed a narrow 12:11 lead after ten minutes. They held Russia to 10 points in the second quarter to clear off. France built a 30:21 halftime lead. They dominated the third frame as well. Russia managed just 7 points in the period as France opened an 18-point lead before the fourth quarter. Russia had little chance in the final period as France coasted to the victory. Evan Fournier (199-G/F-92) produced 14 points, while Jean-Charles Livio (203-PF-93) delivered 12 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) answered with 14 points for Russia. Svyatoslav Makushkin (202-C-92) had 8 points in the loss.

France U20: Rudy Gobert 15, Evan Fournier 14, Jean-Charles Livio 12
Russia U20: Vladislav Trushkin 14, Svyatoslav Makushkin 8



Lokomotiv Kuban land Valery Likhodey - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban brought in a new player. They agreed on terms of contract with Valery Likhodey (205-F-86). The details of the deal remain undisclosed. The forward spent the last season with Spartak Saint Petersburg. Valery Likhodey averaged 8.9 points, 3.3 boards and 1.1 assists per game in EuroCup. In VTB League the forward notched 7.9 points and 3.0 boards per appearance. Valery Likhodey also delivered 11.9 points, 3.5 boards and 1.0 assist in PBL. Previously the forward had stints with Triumph, CSK-VVS Samara and CSKA Moscow junior team. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honourable Mention in 2011. Valery Likhodey was the member of Russian U16 and University National Teams.


Lokomotiv Kuban keeps Maksim Sheleketo for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban officially announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87). It will be their fifth season together. In the latest one Sheleketo averaged 7 points and 3.9 rebounds for 20 games in PBL. The player also added 5.2 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 21 games in VTB United League. In EuroCup, he collected 4.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 12 games. Lokomotiv reached PBL and VTB Semifinals this season. They also reached EuroCup Quarterfinals. In 2011, the team played in PBL and Russian Cup Semis. They were very close to win the EuroChallenge title, but they failed in the Finals. Before Lokomotiv Kuban, Maksim Sheleketo played for VEF Riga and Samara. He also has experience from CSKA-Trinta and Kupol-Antey Izhevsk. In the past, Sheleketo played for U20, U18 and U16 Russian National Teams.


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Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.5 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.7 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac20.5 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.0 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.1 
 6. Jeremic, Hemofarm17.1 
 7. Dimic, Radnicki.16.5 
 8. Cupkovic, Napredak16.5 
 9. Miljenovic, Mega V.16.1 
 10. Svilar, Smederevo15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Balaban, Smederevo8.8 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 3. Cupkovic, Napredak7.6 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.7.2 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.7.2 
 6. Petrovic, BKK R.7.0 
 7. Scott, Radnicki K.6.7 
 8. Misanovic, OKK B.6.6 
 9. Musli, Mega Vizura6.4 
 10. Gagic, Hemofarm6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Pavkovic, Radnicki6.9 
 2. Boltic, BKK R.5.7 
 3. Osmokrovic, BKK R.5.1 
 4. Dundjerski, Vojvo.4.7 
 5. Markovic, Radnicki4.4 
 6. Jovic, Sloga4.3 
 7. Miljenovic, Mega V.4.1 
 8. Popovic, Crvena Z.4.1 
 9. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.1 
 10. Stefanovic, Smed.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki2.8 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.6 
 3. Boltic, BKK R.2.3 
 4. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.1 
 5. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 6. Vulin, Prolet.1.9 
 7. Kuzeta, Vojvodina1.8 
 8. Majstorovic, Tamis1.8 
 9. James, Partizan1.7 
 10. Miljenovic, Mega1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.5 
 2. Simon, Radnicki K.1.2 
 3. Balaban, Smederevo1.2 
 4. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.1.0 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 7. Todorovic, Borac0.8 
 8. Majkic, Prolet.0.8 
 9. Petronic, BKK R.0.8 
 10. Jevtovic, Sloboda0.7 


Interview with Serbian-Belgium coach Aleksandar Peldic - by Ozell Wells

Eurobasket recently had the pleasure of sitting and chatting with Serbian-Belgium international coach Aleksander Peldic . Recently completing the season in Belgium, he was able to share some of this thoughts.

EU: Coach, it's a pleasure to sit with you today. How have you found this latest season in Belgium?
SP: I had an oportunety to follow several Euroleague teams on they trainings, preparation and games and learn how are things done on highest level, travelled a lot and have talked with coaches, seen many games in first division in Serbia, Belgium, Holland and Duitsland. It was fantastic expieriance becuse I always want to learn and improve myself.

EU: Having coached abroad, not only in your home country of Serbia, but also here in Belgium, what is your view of the level of play in comparison?
SP: Young players in Serbia train much more but they also get early a chance to play at highest level , so you have a lot of guys at age of 18 with serious playing time in first division, and at 22 they become leaders. There are not many foreign players (mostly two) and they must fit in our philosophy. Media coverage is enormous because basketball is National sport and we where World en European Champions. To compare with Belgium - when National team qualified directly to European Championship (personaly think a great achievement) you could not see any game on tv while in Serbia you can watch everything from domestic thry all European competitions till NBA, daily and live.

EU: What is your take on recent rule changes? For example. Defensive 3 seconds, or the moving blocks that become prevalent in almost every league imaginable, Can you tell us more on that?
SP: Deffensive 3 seconds will allow more 1 on 1 game in the paint and its possitive new rule. Many moving screens you can see on all levels nowdays. Flat screens and screen and rescreen make reffery's job really difficult but also gave them a possibilitty and responsibility to subjectively decide. Also deffence is adapting very quick so I dont see that anything wil be changed.

EU: How do you see the evolution of the game, over the course of your career?
SP: European basketball is following NBA in terms that game is becoming extremelly intensive and physical - Euroleague teams are using 10-12 top players and the best are averiging about 25 min/game because its so intense. Deffence is highly tactical with constant help, shadowing and many rotations and offense is strictly controled and fastbreak is barely run, unfortunatelly.

EU: From scouting and observing games, one can see a type of shift in focus from a focus on coaching to a more focus on players and their wants/desires,etc. Not only in the NBA, but also in countries like Holland and France we have seen players doing things quite out of character on the part of a player. How do you feel this type of behavior impacts the game?
SP: That is thry, and a pitty that coaches have to pay more attention to a individual needs of players, managers and people around the court then doing they job on court itself. Finding a right measure of protecting players from everything that weakens their focus (and the are so many things) and emphasize on importance of working and behaving as a TEAM is sometimes difficult but if you want to achieve something, to be a champion that's the only way.

EU: What are you plans for the upcoming season 2012/2013?
SP: Basketball is my life and after many years in Belgium I feel that is time to move to another country, soo I am still looking for a club with clear vision for a future, where I can work professionaly and win prices and championships like I did in every club that I have been coaching.

EU: Do you want to share anything with your fans?
SP: Clubs and players have fans, coaches get thry their career some followers that apricciate they way of working. I am lucky to have some within young coaches and people that like my determination, integrity and fact that i live for the game.

EU: Any other closing thoughts?
SP: Well, I have been following Eurobasket site for so many years and get a lot of help and information so it's a real pleasure to learn more about people that are doing such a fine job.

EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO CONGRATULATE COACH SASHA PELDIC ON ANOTHER SEASON IN BELGIUM. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO WISH HIM THE VERY BEST IN TE FUTURE, AND WE LOOK TO HEAR GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. BEST SWISHES COACH!



Partizan takes 2-1 lead in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Finals, Game 3: Partizan - Crvena Zvezda 78-72 (2-1)

Third game of the Serbian league Finals between Partizan and Crvena Zvezda just ended. The hosts celebrated 78-72 victory for 2-1 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five and Partizan is now one win away from the title. However, Crvena Zvezda will be the host of the next meeting. That game is scheduled for Friday.
Zvezda trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 24-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-78 at the end of the game. Partizan made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. International center Milan Macvan (206-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. Mile Ilic (215-84, agency: Interperformances) answered with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Bojan Popovic (191-83) added 14 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Zvezda. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Partizan is the defending champion in Serbia. They also were the regular season champs with 12-2 record. If necessary, Partizan will host decisive Game Five. Fourth game will start on Friday at 20h. Crvena Zvezda will host that meeting in Zeleznik. That is the court where FMP played their games in the past.

Partizan: V.Lucic 19+6reb+4ast, M.Macvan 12+5reb+2ast, D.James 11+2reb+2ast, M.Raduljica 10+5reb+2ast, D.Kecman 10, D.Milosavljevic 9+3reb
Crvena Zvezda: B.Popovic 14+1reb+2ast, M.Ilic 12+5reb+1ast, V.Radivojevic 9+3reb+1ast, B.Subotic 6+5reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 6+2reb+1ast, P.Popovic 5+1reb



Zoran Erceg wins another trophy with Besiktas - by Eurobasket News

Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) finished impressive season with his team Besiktas Milangaz. They managed to beat Anadolu Efes last night 80-76 in Game Six of the Turkish league Finals winning the title with 4-2 in the series. Erceg shined in this game with 15 points for 20 minutes on the court. This is third trophy for Besiktas this year as they already celebrated in Turkish Cup and EuroChallenge. Anadolu Efes was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Besiktas was the fourth ranked team of the regular season with 22-8 record. They eliminated defending champion Fenerbahce Ulker in the Playoff Quarterfinals with perfect 2-0. In the Semis, Besiktas edged regular season champ Galatasaray with 3-1. Last time Besiktas was champion of Turkey in 1975.
Zoran Erceg joined Besiktas last summer from Olympiakos. He appeared 41 times in TBL averaging 14 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists. The Serbian big guy also added 12.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.2 apg for 15 games in EuroChallenge. Erceg was named to Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 2nd Team -12. He also participated at the TBL All-Star Game this season. Eurobasket still didnt announce the awards for TBL 2011/12 season, but Erceg will for sure get at least one. Last season with Olympiakos Erceg won the Greek Cup. In the past, he played for Panionios and FMP Zeleznik.



Aliaga extends PG Branislav Ratkovica - by Eurobasket News

Aliaga Petkim announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Branislav Ratkovica (193-G-85, agency: Beo Basket). It will be his second season with the club. The Serbian point guard played 31 games in TBL registering 9.5 ppg, 5.3 apg and 2.6 rpg. He arrived to the club last summer from Germany. Branislav Ratkovica played for Walter Tigers Tuebingen from 2008 to 2011. He had 12 ppg, 7.4 apg and 3.4 rpg in their last season together. In 2010 and 2011, Ratkovica was the best assistant of the German league. Before Tuebingen, he spent one season with EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Ratkovica participated at German League All-Star Game in 2011 and was also named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. In 2009 and 2010, he was named to Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team. In the past, Branislav Ratkovica played for Mega Ishrana, Atlas Banka and Beopetrol. He also played for Serbian U21 and U20 National Teams.


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Zlatorog inks Dugum, Rogaska lands Klinac - by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog Lasko announced Croatian Ante Djugum (211-C-88, agency: Court Side) as its first signing for next season. Zlatorog and Djugum agreed to a one year deal. Djugum arrives from Geoplin Slovan, where he averaged 11.5 points (2P 55%, FT 68%), 8.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 28 Telemach League games last season.
Rogaska inked Bosnian Aldin Klinac (212-C-90) for the upcoming season. He arrives from Celik, where he averaged 2.7 points (2P 44&, FT 36%) and 2,4 rebounds in 7 Bosnian League games last season.



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2012 South American Championship starts in six days - by Eurobasket News

The 2012 South American Championship will start next Monday in Chaco, Argentina. All the games will be played from Monday to Friday (June 18-22). The eight participating countries are divided into two groups.

Group A: Argentina (host), Chile, Colombia and Venezuela.
Group B: Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

First two teams from each pool will advance to Semifinals. The top four teams (semifinalists) of the championship will play automatically the premundial of the discipline, to be held at a venue yet to be defined. Last time Argentina was the host of South American Championship in 1999, in Bahia Blanca, losing against Brazil in the final.

Brazil is the defending champion from the 2010 South American Championship in Neiva. They outplayed Argentina 87-77 to win the Gold. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) exploded in the Big Final with double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. He reached valuation 33 and grabbed the MVP award for this game. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) scored 15 points and handed out 5 assists, while Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) added 13 points and 5 boards. In Argentina, Juan Pablo Cantero (184-PG-82) shined with 25 points. Brazilians ended this championship with the perfect 5-0 record. Uruguay won the Bronze in Neiva.



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Iberostar Canarias will not play in ACB - by Antonio Carlo

The bad news has been confirmed. This season LEB Gold champions Iberostar Canarias will not play in Spain's Elite Basketball League after failed to secure the entry fee of 4,5 million Euro.
This news is a heart breaker for directors, coaching staff, players and fans of the club based in Tenerife who has been waiting 21 years to have the possibility to watch and enjoy games against top teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona or Caja Laboral.
On Thursday, the club president Felix Hernandez will explain in a press conference the reasons of why the Canarian club couldnt collect ACB's entry fee of 4,5 millions euro.
Hernandez in a small statement to the local media in Tenerife confirmed the news. He said: "After many years of hard and serious work to reach the success to win promotion to ACB, now the island of Tenerife cannot enjoy this experience".
The club launched a campaign with the slogan of 'We want to be in ACB' with an incredible impact thanks to the social networks Twitter and Facebook where supporters have been interacting and rallying the message that their club was needing funds to reach their dream to play in ACB again. All the efforts has been in vain.
EUROBASKET.COM understands that Canarias managed to strike a deal with the municipalities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna but failing to reach an agreement with the Canarian Regional government to get subsidised.
Also disagreements in several aspects with the local Canarian authorities and the second biggest club in the island Tenerife Baloncesto have shattered Canarias dream to play in ACB.
Now is up to the hierarchy of ACB to readmit relegated club Estudiantes from Madrid after completing a disastrous season in Spain's top basketball division.





Prospect Alejandro Abrines wants to leave Unicaja for Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Alejandro Abrines (198-F/G-93) wants out of Unicaja Malaga. The Spanish prospect officially informed the club that he wants to terminate the contract and according to Spanish media (Malagahoy.es) Abrines is ready to pay the buyout fee. The player has contract for the next season, but he also has an option to leave. Reportedly, Regal Barcelona already verbally agreed a four-year deal with the player.
Alejandro Abrines got a chance in 18 Liga Endesa games this season averaging 4.8 points and 1.6 rebounds. He added 2.5 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 6 Euroleague games. Abrines also played for Clinicas Rincon this season. He had 13.4 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 16 games in LEB Gold. He played for Clinicas Rincon and Unicaja II in 2010/11.
Last summer Alejandro Abrines was MVP of U18 EuroBasket in Poland. He shined with 13.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.8 spg for 9 games at this event and paced his U18 Spain to Gold medal.



Denain brings in Rafael Lopez - by Eurobasket News

Rafael Lopez (204-C-86) will stay in Fance for at least one more season. The Spanish center signed a deal with Denain. Lopez arrives to the club from Brest, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one had averaged 10 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 34 NM1 games. Lopez helped Brest to reach NM1 Playoff Finals in 2011. That season he had 12.8 ppg and 8.2 rpg for 32 games. The center was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention -11. Before Brest, Rafael Lopez spent one year with NM2 team Lucon. In the past, he also was a member of Challans and Als Andrezieux-Boutheon. With Als Andrezieux-Boutheon Lopez was NM2 champion in 2007.


Valencia Basket and Rihards Kuksiks part ways - by Eurobasket News

Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88, agency: Two Points, college: Arizona St.) is no longer a member of Valencia Basket. His contract expired and will not be extended, according to the club. The Latvian swingman joined Valencia last summer and it was his first pro deal. He played 10 EuroCup games for the team averaging 6.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. Kuksiks also had 2.4 ppg for 17 games in Liga Endesa. They reached EuroCup Finals and Liga Endesa Semis this season.
Rihards Kuksiks graduated at the Arizona State University a year ago. He had 10.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.8 spg for her school as a senior. They reached NIT Elite Eight in 2008. Kuksiks is active member of the Latvian National Team. For 5 games at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania he shined with 16 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.2 apg. The player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention -11. Kusiks also shined during the EuroBasket Qualifications.
Valencia also parted ways with Taquan Dean (193-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville). The player signed with Turkish Aliaga.



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Antoine Mantey returns to Vevey Riviera Basket - by Eurobasket News

Antoine Mantey is back to Vevey Riviera Basket as Head Coach. The French/Swiss specialist signed a one-year deal with the club. He spent this season as Assistant Coach of the LNA team BBC Monthey. They reached LNA and League Cup Semifinals. In Swiss Cup, Monthey played in the Finals but failed to win the trophy. In 2008/09 season, Mantey coached Nancy junior team. Before that he worked with Vevey Riviera Basket. He started as Assistant coach and in December of 2007 was promoted to HC position. From 2005 to 2007, he was Assistant Coach of the team and before that Matney worked few years with their junior squad. The coach also has experience from the Swiss U18 National Team.
Antoine Mantey replaces Michel Voide.



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Lebanon too good for Syria in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - Syria 98:69

Lebanon posted the first win at the 12th WABA Championship in Jordan. They rolled past Syria in the opening game. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) came up with 30 points and 15 rebounds to pace the winners.
Lebanon unloaded 27 points in the starting quarter to build a 9-point lead. They maintained the margin throughout the second quarter. Lebanon established a 46:33 halftime advantage. Lebanon increased the tempo in the third term. They knocked down 29 more points to ensure an unassailable 22-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Syria could not recover and had to face inevitability at the end. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) and Elie Estephane (195-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) provided 19 points each for the winners. Michel Maadanly (195-G-81) answered with 25 points for Syria. Ahmad Ishak (194-F-86) netted 13 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 30+15 boards, Garnett Thompson 19, Elie Estephane 19
Syria: Michel Maadanly 25, Ahmad Ishak 13



Syrian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Michel Maadanly
Maadanly
Ahmad Ishak
Ishak
Hakam Abdullah
Abdullah
Sharif El Sharif
El Sharif
Tofy Saleh
Saleh
#e#5
4 William Haddad 190-PG-87 Thawra Syria
5 Tarek Sibaai 195-G-89 Al Hurriyeh Syria
6 Michel Maadanly 194-G-81 Al Ittihad Saudi Arabia
7 Ahmad Ishak 194-SF-86 Al Jalaa Syria
8 Watche Nalabandian 184-PG-83 Al Jaish Syria
9 Hakam Abdullah 198-F-82 Al Jaish Syria
10 Azmi AbdAlNour 203-C/F-90 Al Ittihad Syria
11 Shadi Labes 202-F/C-86 Al Jaish Syria
12 Sharif El Sharif 189-G-78 Al Wahda Syria
13 Mahmoud Osfira 203-PF-91 Al Ittihad Syria
14 Tofy Saleh 204-PF-90 Al Wathba Syria
15 Abdul Wahab Hamowi 217-C-90 Al Jaish Syria

Imad Othman Head Coach Al Jaish Syria
Haitham Jameel Assistant



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Aliaga extends PG Branislav Ratkovica - by Eurobasket News

Aliaga Petkim announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Branislav Ratkovica (193-G-85, agency: Beo Basket). It will be his second season with the club. The Serbian point guard played 31 games in TBL registering 9.5 ppg, 5.3 apg and 2.6 rpg. He arrived to the club last summer from Germany. Branislav Ratkovica played for Walter Tigers Tuebingen from 2008 to 2011. He had 12 ppg, 7.4 apg and 3.4 rpg in their last season together. In 2010 and 2011, Ratkovica was the best assistant of the German league. Before Tuebingen, he spent one season with EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Ratkovica participated at German League All-Star Game in 2011 and was also named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. In 2009 and 2010, he was named to Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team. In the past, Branislav Ratkovica played for Mega Ishrana, Atlas Banka and Beopetrol. He also played for Serbian U21 and U20 National Teams.


Aliaga Petkim signs scorer Taquan Dean - by Eurobasket News

Aliaga Petkim signed a deal with Taquan Dean (193-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) for the next season. The American/Spanish player will help the club at position 2. Dean arrives to Aliaga from Valencia, where he finished this season. He joined Valencia in May and they reached Liga Endesa Semifinals together. Dean had 2.4 ppg for 7 games. He started the season with Italian Sidigas Avellino. There Dean shined with 16 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 1.7 apg for 22 games. In 2010/11, Dean was a member of Avelino collecting 14.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.9 spg in 24 games. They reached Italian Cup Semifinals. In the past, Taquan Dean played for Caja Laboral, Unicaja Malaga and Murcia. He also has experience from Casale, Dynamo Moscow and Biella. Dean graduated at the University of Louisville in 2006.


Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team 2012
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David Hawkins
Hawkins
Carlos Arroyo
Arroyo
Jamon Lukas Gordon
Gordon
Dusko Savanovic
Savanovic
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Mensah-Bonsu
#e#5

Player of the Year: David Hawkins (194-G-82) of Besiktas
Guard of the Year: Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79) of Besiktas
Forward of the Year: Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) of Besiktas
Center of the Year: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas
Newcomer of the Year: Safak Edge (188-PG-92) of Bandirma Kir.
Most Improved Player of the Year: Huseyin Koeksal (195-F-91) of Galatasaray
Bosman Player of the Year : Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) of Besiktas
Import Player of the Year : David Hawkins (194-G-82) of Besiktas
Domestic Player of the Year : Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) of Anadolu Efes
Defensive Player of the Year : Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84) of Galatasaray
Coach of the Year: Ergin Ataman of Besiktas

1st Team
G: Carlos Arroyo (188-79) of Besiktas
G: Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-84) of Galatasaray
G: David Hawkins (194-82) of Besiktas
F/C: Dusko Savanovic (204-83) of Anadolu Efes
F: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83) of Besiktas

2nd Team
PG: Mire Chatman (187-78) of Karsiyaka
G: Ryan Toolson (193-85) of Aliaga
G/F: Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89) of Fener.Ulker
C/F: Zoran Erceg (210-85) of Besiktas
C: Vladimir Stimac (208-87) of Olin Edirne

Honorable Mention
Antywane Robinson (203-F-84) of Erdemir
Elton Brown (206-C-83) of Trabzonspor
Corey Fisher (185-G-88) of Antalya
Darius Washington (188-PG-85) of Turk Telekom
Bradley Buckman (203-F-84) of Tofas
Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81) of Hacettepe Univ.
Jonathan Gibson (182-PG-87) of Trabzonspor

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Kerem Tunceri (190-79) of Anadolu Efes
F/G: Rifat Murat Kaya (194-84) of Hacettepe Univ.
F: Birkan Batuk (198-90) of Karsiyaka
F: Umit Sonkol (206-82) of Aliaga
F: Furkan Aldemir (207-91) of Galatasaray

All-Imports Team
G: Carlos Arroyo (188-79) of Besiktas
G: Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-84) of Galatasaray
G: David Hawkins (194-82) of Besiktas
F/C: Dusko Savanovic (204-83) of Anadolu Efes
F: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83) of Besiktas

All-Bosmans Team
G: Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84) of Fener.Ulker
G: Jaka Lakovic (186-78) of Galatasaray
G/F: Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89) of Fener.Ulker
F/C: Dusko Savanovic (204-83) of Anadolu Efes
C/F: Zoran Erceg (210-85) of Besiktas
C: Vladimir Stimac (208-87) of Olin Edirne

All-Defensive Team
Mire Chatman (187-PG-78) of Karsiyaka
Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84) of Galatasaray
Keith Simmons (196-G-85) of Banvit BK
Charles Davis (202-F-84) of Banvit BK
Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88) of Hacettepe Univ.

All-Newcomers Team
Kenan Sipahi (192-PG-95) of Tofas
Safak Edge (188-PG-92) of Bandirma Kir.
Ayhan Onur Kentli (192-SG-92) of Karsiyaka
Samet Geyik (206-F-93) of Tofas
Osman Sirin (207-F-90) of Anadolu Efes



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Fuba league Table, weekend results, Next games - by Joel Nature

2012 FUBA League table
Team Played Wins Lost Points
Kyambogo Warriors 10 9 1 19
Dmark Power 9 8 1 17
Falcons 9 7 2 16
KIU Titans 8 7 1 15
UCU Canons 9 5 4 14

Week 10 results
Rez Life 39 : 45 Vegeterians
Ndejje Angels 50 : 44 Vegeterians
Rez Life 56 : 66 Nkumba Marines
Giant Stormers 48 : 89 Falcons
KIU Titans 71 : 67 Dmark Power

Next Games
13-06-2012 20:30 Miracle Eagles - : - Heaters
15-06-2012 20:30 UCU Canons- : - Miracle Eagles
16-06-2012 17:30 Nkumba Marines - : - Vegeterians
16-06-2012 19:30 Dmark Power - : - Falcons
17-06-2012 17:30 Heaters - : - Rez Life
17-06-2012 19:30 Kyambogo Warriors - : - KIU Titans



Power looses to Titans - by Joel Nature

KIU Titans held off DMark Power's run down the stretch for a 71-67 win on Sunday night at YMCA. Power (8-1) started with their high intensity game and took the first quarter 25-15. Titans (7-1) trimmed Power's 10 points lead down to 2 at halftime. The university side opened the the third quarter with an 8-0 run as Power went through a nearly five minutes strech without scoring a point. Defending champions were up for a task of turning a 9 points deficit against urguably thebest defensive team in the league. With Power trailing 56-65 2:30 to the horn Isaac Afidra (12 points) hit a big trey to put Power with in 6. The surge continued and with 8 seconds to the buzzer Ben Komakech was sent to the line, hit the throws to put Power with in 67-69 but were his team's final points. Kamakech scored game high 23 points. Joseph Ikong added 11 points for Power. Salim Ali played out the 40 minutes and led KIU with 17 points and picked 9 rebounds. Micheal Makiadi added 12 points and 10 boards while Brian Wati put up 11.
Meanwhile Philp Ameny posted another big performance to lead Falcons to an 89-48 blow out win over Giant Stormers. The center scored game high 19 points and added 8 rebounds to push Falcons for their third straight win. Julius Lutwama and Peter Elungat chipped in with 11 each and Francis Tumusime added 10 points. Stormers were undone by the poor ball handling. The new comers gave up possession 27 times. They were led by Sam Okudo with 15 points and Davis Omodo added 8.Ndejje University Angels snapped their two game slip with a 50-44 win over Vegetarian on Saturday evenning.



Warriors scorching 3rd quarter sinks Canons - by Joel Nature

Kyambogo Warriors exploded for 33 third quarter points to beat UCU Canons 78-64 on Friday night at YMCA. After a sluggish start by both teams, Canons responded first. After being edged out 14-12 in the opening quarter, UCU rallied back in the second and tied the game at 22 with 4:37. Sunday Okot put the Canons ahead with a tough lay-up followed by a slum from Desmond Owili

with 3:17. At this point Warriors called for a time-out and on return, Okot added another lay-up to push UCU's lead to 6. The Canons' spurt continued early in the third as Suudi Ulanga (10points, 5steals) opened it with a long range jumper to take UCU's lead to 10. Owili blocked back to back shots from Sirus Kiviri & Ronnie Kasewu before the Warriors back court pair initiated the erruption. Kasewu made Warriors first 5 points in the quarter then Kiviri knocked down a corner 3-pointer to pull Warriors (9-1) with in 40-41 with 6:40 on the clock. Owili fouled Okias for an And1 with 5:21 and contested the call and got a technical. Okias hit his foul and Blick sunk both throws to take Warriors to 48-44. On restart, Sirus drainned another one from down town and Warriors didnt look back all the way.

Suudi Ulanga made two offensive fouls and Sunday Okot made one on Sirus Kiviri as tempers raised. Brian Gumisiriza got ejected with 55 seconds to play in the third.

Sirus Kiviri poured in game high 25 points and swipped 4 steals. "Its all hard work and practice. I practiced my shots, so i got them falling", the shooting guard told Kawowo Sports. Owili scored UCU's final 2 points with an Alley-oop hammer down that set the crowd in motion with 10 seconds to the buzzer. The center scored 17 points and picked 9 rebounds.

Warrior, Sam Gombya grabbed a big double-double, 19 points & 18 rebounds.

In the women's division, A1 Challenge beat MUK Sparks 39-33. Vickie Ntale led A1 with 11points. Sparks were led by Chalin Karungi's 10 points & 11 rebounds. Winnie Anyango added 10 points.



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Pops Mensah-Bonsu ends impressive season with Besiktas - by Eurobasket News

Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) joined Besiktas Milangaz in December and it was a great move by the player. Last night Besiktas managed to beat Anadolu Efes 80-76 in Game Six of the Turkish league Finals winning the title with 4-2 in the series. Mensah-Bonsu shined in this game with 10 points and 8 rebounds for 26 minutes on the court. This is third trophy for Besiktas this year as they already celebrated in Turkish Cup and EuroChallenge. Anadolu Efes was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Besiktas was the fourth ranked team of the regular season with 22-8 record. They eliminated defending champion Fenerbahce Ulker in the Playoff Quarterfinals with perfect 2-0. In the Semis, Besiktas edged regular season champ Galatasaray with 3-1. Last time Besiktas was champion of Turkey in 1975.
As mentioned above, Pops Mensah-Bonsu joined Besiktas as a free agent in December. He played 11 games in EuroChallenge registering 18.5 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 1.3 apg and 1 bpg. The British big guy was the top rebounder, top shot blocker and fourth scorer of the competition. Mensah-Bonsu also was the Finals MVP and Eurobasket.com named him Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Player of the Year -12. In Turkish league, the center had 12.8 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 33 games. Eurobasket will announce TBL season awards soon and Menash-Bonsu will fore sure grab one of them. Pops Mensah-Bonsu started 2010/11 season with the New Orleans Hornets. He appeared in 7 NBA games, but with very limited playing time. In January, he moved to ASVEL and immediately became one of the best players in ProA.



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Uruguay celebrate victory over Chile in San Martin - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay - Chile 72:59

Uruguay posted victory in the last game at the Super 4 Cup tournament in Argentina. They fired past Chile to improve at 1-2 record. Mathias Calfani (202-C-92) accounted for 15 points and 13 boards to lead the winners. Chile slipped at 0-3 record after the loss.
Uruguay strongly entered the game. They limited Chile to 7 points in the first ten minutes to build a 12-point lead 19:7. Uruguay stretched the advantage in the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 21 points 37:16. Chile however did not surrender putting up a decent fight in the second half. They fired 22 points in the third term to cut the deficit by 6 points. Chile outscored Uruguay in the fourth frame as well but came up short of victory eventually. Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) delivered 13 points, while Nicolas Borselino (201-C-86) had 11 points for Uruguay. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) responded with 15 points for Chile. Erik Carrasco (181-PG-83) netted 12 points in the loss.

Uruguay: Mathias Calfani 15+13 boards, Mauricio Aguiar 13, Nicolas Borselino 11
Chile: Evandro Arteaga 15, Erik Carrasco 12



Results for the Metro League 7th round - by Hector Lopez

Atenas 93 - Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) 36 points Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 18 points 12 rebounds
Guruyu Waston 74 - Martavius Adams 26 points 9 rebounds 2 blocks
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Marne 82 - Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90) 17 points 20 rebounds 2 blocks
Urunday - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 28 points 19 rebounds 2 blocks
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Cader 78 - Martin Suarez (198-F-77) 24 points Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: La Salle) 6 points 12 rebounds 3 blocks
Verdirrojo 76 -Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 23 points 8 rebounds
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Larranaga 88 - Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 29 points 20 rebounds
Yale 85 - Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, college: Virginia Union) 25 points 11 rebounds
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Goes 74 - Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) 25 points, Diego Romero (208-C-82, college: Florida St.) (208-C-82, college: Florida St.) 17 points
Romis Nelimar 57 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) 22 points 9 rebounds



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Lokomotiv Kuban land Valery Likhodey - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban brought in a new player. They agreed on terms of contract with Valery Likhodey (205-F-86). The details of the deal remain undisclosed. The forward spent the last season with Spartak Saint Petersburg. Valery Likhodey averaged 8.9 points, 3.3 boards and 1.1 assists per game in EuroCup. In VTB League the forward notched 7.9 points and 3.0 boards per appearance. Valery Likhodey also delivered 11.9 points, 3.5 boards and 1.0 assist in PBL. Previously the forward had stints with Triumph, CSK-VVS Samara and CSKA Moscow junior team. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honourable Mention in 2011. Valery Likhodey was the member of Russian U16 and University National Teams.


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  WABA   


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Yemen 85:35
Defending champion Iran secured a confident start to their 12th WABA Championship campaign. They rallied past Yemen in the opener. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) scored 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Iran ensured a quick start. They dominated every facet of the game to build a 19:7 lead after ten minutes. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 42:18 halftime lead. Things hardly changed in the third term. Iran stayed in full control taking a 59:32 advantage into the fourth period. Yemen managed just three points in the final quarter to surrender at the end. Mohammad Aklaghi finished with 15 points, while Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) added 14 points for Iran. Sabri Sadda (89) and Hakim Bris answered with 9 points each for Yemen.

Iran: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 18, Mohammad Aklaghi 15, Hamed Afagh 14
Yemen: Sabri Sadda 9, Hakim Bris 9

Lebanon - Syria 98:69
Lebanon posted the first win at the 12th WABA Championship in Jordan. They rolled past Syria in the opening game. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) came up with 30 points and 15 rebounds to pace the winners.
Lebanon unloaded 27 points in the starting quarter to build a 9-point lead. They maintained the margin throughout the second quarter. Lebanon established a 46:33 halftime advantage. Lebanon increased the tempo in the third term. They knocked down 29 more points to ensure an unassailable 22-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Syria could not recover and had to face inevitability at the end. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) and Elie Estephane (195-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) provided 19 points each for the winners. Michel Maadanly (195-G-81) answered with 25 points for Syria. Ahmad Ishak (194-F-86) netted 13 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 30+15 boards, Garnett Thompson 19, Elie Estephane 19
Syria: Michel Maadanly 25, Ahmad Ishak 13

Jordan - Palestine 87:53
Jordan earned the first win at the 12th WABA Championship. The hosts fired past Palestine in Amman. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) delivered 19 points to pace Jordan.
The home team gave little hope for their opponents. Jordan surged ahead right from the start and posted a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained it well throughout the second term. Jordan gained a 38:22 halftime lead. Palestine could not change the complexion of the game after the big break. Jordan exploded with 28 points in the third quarter to pile up a 27-point buffer and never looked back en route to the win. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) had 16 points, while Fares Saqf-AlHait (194-G/F-87, college: Calumet) accounted for 12 points in the winning case. Nicola Fadayel (191-F-87) answered with 23 points for Palestine. Ahmad Tina netted 7 points in the loss.

Jordan: Mousa Alawadi 19, Ali Jamal 16, Fares Saqf-AlHait 12
Palestine: Nicola Fadayel 23, Ahmad Tina 7



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  WBA   

Standings

WBA Standings
 1. Rome G. 2-0 
 2. Atlanta Blaze 1-0 
 3. Gwinnett Majic 1-0 
 4. Mauldin S. 0-0 
 5. Gastonia G. 0-1 
 6. Upsate Heat 0-1 
 7. Conyers CK 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Jun. 15: Rome G. - Gwinnett Majic
Jun. 16: Gwinnett Majic - Upsate Heat
Jun. 16: Atlanta Blaze - Conyers CK
Jun. 16: Gastonia G. - Rome G.


Easy victory for Gwinnett Majic in season opener - by Eurobasket News

The Gastonia (N.C.) Gamers were no match for Brandon O'Brien (6'6''-F, college: Clark Atlanta) and the Gwinnett Majic in the teams' World Basketball Association season opener this past weekend.

O'Brien, a Stone Mountain product who played at Clark-Atlanta, scored a game-high 30 points as the Majic defeated Gastonia 139-86 in a home game at Bogan Park's gym on Saturday. Javon Randolph (5'10''-G-85, college: Savannah St.) had 20 points and 11 assists and Berkmar grad Wayne Arnold (6'4''-G-84, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Tennessee St.) scored 22 for Gwinnett, which has won the past three WBA championships.

Two other Gwinnett products also stood out for the victors. Berkmar's Alex Weekes (6'8''-F-84) had nine points and 12 rebounds and Collins Hill's Antron Pippen (6'2''-G, college: Texas A&M Int.) added 11 points.

The game was tied at 11 early, but a 22-4 Majic run turned it into a blowout. Gwinnett topped the 100-point mark in the third quarter and coasted to its first win of the season under new head coach Steve Melnick.

The Majic's next game is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Bogan Park against the Anderson (S.C.).

Courtesy of www.gwinnettdailypost.com



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  YEMEN   


Iran gets to flying start in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Yemen 85:35

Defending champion Iran secured a confident start to their 12th WABA Championship campaign. They rallied past Yemen in the opener. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) scored 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Iran ensured a quick start. They dominated every facet of the game to build a 19:7 lead after ten minutes. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 42:18 halftime lead. Things hardly changed in the third term. Iran stayed in full control taking a 59:32 advantage into the fourth period. Yemen managed just three points in the final quarter to surrender at the end. Mohammad Aklaghi finished with 15 points, while Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) added 14 points for Iran. Sabri Sadda (89) and Hakim Bris answered with 9 points each for Yemen.

Iran: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 18, Mohammad Aklaghi 15, Hamed Afagh 14
Yemen: Sabri Sadda 9, Hakim Bris 9



Yemeni National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
4 Aiman Sadakah 186-F-94
5 Mohammed Yaeesh 182-PG-93 Al Tilal Yemen
6 Mamady Macalou 194-F-79 Al Tilal Yemen
7 Sultan Shaker 193-F-87 Al Tilal Yemen
8 Samer Al-Asbahi 183-G/F-86 Al Tilal Yemen
9 Salah Al-Hanbasi 184-G-89 Al Tilal Yemen
10 Ahmed Abdulghafor 200-C-88 Al Tilal Yemen
11 Sabri Sadaqah 188-SG-93 Al Tilal Yemen
12 Rafat Alwan 183-F-90
13 Hakim Adamien 205-C-79
14 Radhi BaYashot 200-C-89
15 Abdulaziz Moqbel 192-F-93 Al Ahli Yemen

Guy Arnaud Head Coach
Mohammad Yehia Assistant
Majed Sadaqah Assistant



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  ZAMBIA   


Zambia Basketball Association Southern League - by Eurobasket News

Results from the weekend's ZBA league games:
SATURDAY'S RESULTS...
ASSUMPTION COMETS 78 LEOPARDS JUMPERS 60 (M) - Played in Mazabuka
GREEN BUFFALOES 68 NAPSA BREEZE 49 (F) - Nasdec
LCC LOOTERS 99 KABWE LEGENDS 73 (M) - Nasdec
NAPSA HURRICANES 73 GREEN BUFFALOES 64 (M) - Nasdec

SUNDAY'S RESULTS...
MATERO MAGIC "B" 81 DENVERS 50 (M) - Nasdec
SHELLS 71 SPARTRESS 38 (F) - Nasdec
MATERO MAGIC "A" 88 HAWKS 57 (M) - Nasdec
HEROES PLAY UNITED 84 SPARTANS 72 - Nasdec
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/




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Women News


WNBL stars shine for Jayco Opals - by Eurobasket News

The WNBLs finest are leading the way for the Jayco Opals on their tour of Europe in the build-up to The Farewell Series: Basketballs Road to London.

Three games into the five-game series the Jayco Opals have a 2-1 record, highlighted by a brilliant 67-48 win over 2010 World Championship nemesis, Czech Republic.

It was Adelaide Lightning star Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) leading the charge, with an impressive stats sheet of 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals in the victory.

The reigning WNBL MVP wasnt without support from her WNBL counterparts as Dandenong Rangers star Jenna OHea (5 steals), Bulleen Boomers point guard Sam Richards (3-of-6 from the field and 3 steals) and Sydney Uni Flames sharp-shooter Belinda Snell (8 points on 2-of-4 from three-point range and 4 rebounds) all contributed to the redeeming win.

Despite the 85-76 loss at the hands of Hungary Jayco Opals fans will be excited by the prospect of seeing Bulleen Boomers star and 2011 WNBL MVP Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) in

The Farewell Series after scoring a tour-high 25 points on the back of 11-of-13 shooting.

Cambage played limited minutes in the win over the Czech Republic, but was again influential in the opening game, scoring 16 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in the 57-49 win over Turkey.

Fellow big Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) gave Canberra Capitals fans a taste of what to expect in the coming WNBL season, top-scoring with 14 points in the win over the Czech Republic.

Veterans Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) (Bendigo Spirit) and Jenni Screen (Adelaide Lightning) added presence on the glass and leadership qualities, with Harrower sitting out the Hungary loss.

Dandenong Rangers WNBL Grand Final MVP Kathleen Macleod (167-G-86) and Bulleen young gun Rachel Jarry were impressive in limited court time.



Check out the full box scores from each of the Jayco Opals fixtures below:
Jayco Australian Opals 57-49 Turkey
Hungary 85-76 Jayco Australian Opals
Jayco Australian Opals 67-48 Czech Republic

Courtesy of WNBL Australia



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  BELARUS   


Belarusian National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Alexandra Tarasava
Tarasava
Anastasiya Veremeenko
Veremeenko
Ala Murauskaya
Murauskaya
Zhanna Horodetskaya
Horodetskaya
Marina Kress
Kress
#e#5
5 Alexandra Tarasava 170-PG-88 VS Praha Czech Republic
6 Katerina Snytsina 188-F-85 Gorizont Belarus
7 Yuliya Dureika 179-F-86 Dynamo K. Russia
8 Tatsiana Likhtarovich 179-G/F-88 VICI Aistes Lithuania
9 Natalia Anufryienka 174-G-85 Gorizont Belarus
10 Anastasiya Veremeenko 194-C-87 Fenerbahce Turkey
11 Ala Murauskaya 187-F-85 TTT Riga Latvia
12 Zhanna Horodetskaya 180-G-79 Minsk-2006 Belarus
13 Tatyana Troina 188-F-81 Nantes France
14 Nataliya Trofimowa 186-F-79 Lider Pruszkow Poland
15 Marina Kress 193-C-80 Edremit Turkey
23 Viktoriya Hasper 193-C-88 Gorizont Belarus

Anatoly Buyalskiy Head Coach Gorizont Belarus
Nikolay Buzlyakov Assistant Minsk-2006 Belarus



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  BELGIUM   


Kangoeroes-Boom land Nele Deyaert - by Eurobasket News

Kangoeroes-Boom bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Nele Deyaert (186-F-79). The forward spent the last season with Waregem. She tallied 13.3 points, 7.5 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game in D1. It was the fifth straight season with Waregem for Nele Deyaert. She was named All-Belgian League Domestic Player of the Year in 2011. She also made it into All-Belgian League 1st Team for two seasons in a row in 2010 and 2011. Previously the forward had stints with Dexia Namur and Burgos. She played for Belgian U16 National Team. Nele Deyaert was the member of Belgian National Team in 2003/2007 seasons.


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  BOTSWANA   

D1 Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Police 10-0 
 2. BDF 6-2 
 3. Relics 5-4 
 4. Panthers 4-4 
 5. Ravens 1-8 
 6. Splinters 1-9 


Police Women improved to 10-0 record on top - by Eurobasket News

Police Women improved to 10-0 record on top as they continued their streak. BDF V Women won five games in a row to take 6-2 record on the second place. UB Relics is third with 5-4 record and Panthers are fourth with 4-4 record. Splinters Women and BC Ravens have only one victory each.


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  CENTROBASKET   


2012 Centrobasket begins today in Morovis - by Eurobasket News

Everything is ready for the beginning of 2012 Centrobasket championship in Morovis. Eight countries participate at this event.

Group A: Mexico, Jamaica, Puerto Rico (host) and El Salvador.
Group B: Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Virgin Islands.

Two best teams from each pool will advance to Semifinals. Puerto Rico is the defending champion from 2010 Centrobasket in Mayaguez. They smashed Jamaica in the Finals with huge 72-48. Jazmine Sepulveda (186-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) shined for the winners with 20 points and 6 assists. Pamela Rosado had 11 points and 5 assists, while Stephanie Rosado (187-F-89) and Angiely Morales (180-SG-87) added 10 points each. Puerto Rico was the host of this event and finished it with perfect 5-0 score.

Today in Group A, Puerto Rico will meet Jamaica, while Mexico will play against El Salvador. In Group B, Dominican Republic will take on the US Virgin Islands and Cuba will meet Trinidad and Tobago.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic National Team 2012 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Jana Vesela
Vesela
Ilona Burgrova
Burgrova
Hana Horakova
Horakova
Petra Kulichova
Kulichova
Eva Viteckova
Viteckova
#e#5
4 Jana Vesela 192-F-83 Ros Casares Spain
6 Katerina Bartonova 173-PG-90 VS Praha Czech Republic
7 Michaela Hartigova 192-C-83 Hradec Kralove Czech Republic
8 Ilona Burgrova 196-C-84 USK Praha Czech Republic
9 Hana Horakova 182-F/G-79 UMMC Russia
11 Katerina Elhotova 180-SG-89 USK Praha Czech Republic
13 Petra Kulichova 198-C-84 USK Praha Czech Republic
15 Eva Viteckova 190-F-82 USK Praha Czech Republic
22 Kamila Stepanova 191-C-88 Landes France
24 Tereza Peckova 189-F-87 Frisco Sika Czech Republic
25 Katerina Zohnova 179-SF-84 Mondeville France
31 Lenka Bartakova 175-G-91 VS Praha Czech Republic

Lubor Blazek Head Coach USK Praha Czech Republic
Ivan Benes Assistant USK Praha Czech Republic
Martin Petrovicky Assistant Trutnov Czech Republic



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  DENMARK   


Horsholm extends Line Piechnik, Maria Pedersen and Marie Blyme - by Eurobasket News

Horsholm 79ers prolonged contracts with three players. They kept Line Piechnik (171-F-90), Maria Pedersen (169-G-92) and Marie Blyme (175-F-93) on the roster.
Line Piechnik will enter her fifth straight season with the 79ers. The forward averaged 2.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game last season. Line Piechnik was the member of Danish U18 National Team back in 2008.
Maria Pedersen also started her pro career in Horsholm. The guard notched 4.2 points, 2.2 boards and 1.3 steals per Dameligaen appearance last season. She was on Danish U18 National Team squad in 2010.
Marie Blyme posted 2.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game last season. The forward used to play for U16 and U18 Danish selections. She participated at U18 European Championship in Division B last year. Marie Blyme notched 4.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in Hungary.



Germany and Denmark exchange victories - by Eurobasket News

Danish and German U18 National Teams exchanged victories in test games in Denmark over the weekend. The first game ended with Denmark claiming a 68:64 win. Germany led by 5 points at halftime 33:28. However Denmark turned things around in the third quarter. They erupted for 28 points to enter the final frame up by 9 points. Germany managed to narrow the deficit but could not avoid the defeat. Julie Hoier (184-G/F-95) accounted for 15 points to pace Denmark. Frederikke Mollerup (177-G-95), Maria Jespersen and Freja Christensen (180-F-94) dropped 10 points apiece for the winners. Germany answered with 21 points from Katharina Muller (181-F-94). Marie Gulich (192-C-94) had 9 points in the loss.
Next game had a difference scenario. Denmark took a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. But Germany denied it in the second term as the teams were tied at 23 at halftime. The visitors pulled ahead in the third quarter. The German team ensured a 7-point lead before the fourth term and hung on to escape with a 53:47 win at the end. Degbeow knocked down 12 points for Germany. Marie Gulich had 8 points, while Katharina Muller finished with 7 in the win. Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) responded with 13 points for Denmark. Sofie Preetzmann (180-G-95) notched 8 points in the losing effort.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Teja Oblak and Nnemkadi Ogwumike moves to CCC Polkowice - by Eurobasket News

Teja Oblak (171-G-90) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (187-F-90, college: Stanford) moves to CCC Polkowice for the next season. According to http://lovewomensbasketball.com the Polish Finalist brought two new players.
Teja Oblak is a Slovenian Guard who moves from ZKK Merkur Celje (SKL, starting five). Last season in Adriatic League she became the top-scorer with 18.7ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-3 (3.9apg), 2.3spg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 77.3%. In Slovenian League she was third top-scorer with 16.5ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-1 (5.0apg), Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT-2 (83.6%).
Oblak grew up with Odeja. She helped Kranjska Gora to win Slovenian League titles 2010 and 2011 and won the Slovenian League title and Cup with Celje in 2012.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike is a Nigerian-USA Forward. In 2011-2012 she finished with Stanford (NCAA, starting five) and averaged 22.5ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 83.0%. In 2012 she was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA, starting five) 1rd (1, starting five).



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Women)

Standings
Group A
1. Belarus0-0
2. Hungary0-0
3. Israel0-0
4. Portugal0-0
5. Ukraine0-0
Group B
1. Estonia0-0
2. Montenegro.0-0
3. Poland0-0
4. Serbia0-0
5. Switzerlan.0-0
Group C
1. Belgium0-0
2. Lithuania0-0
3. Holland0-0
4. Slovenia0-0
5. Slovakia0-0
Group D
1. Bulgaria0-0
2. Spain0-0
3. Germany0-0
4. Romania0-0
5. Sweden0-0
Group E
1. Latvia1-0
2. Luxembourg.0-0
3. Finland0-0
4. Greece0-0
5. Italy0-1

Qualifying Round: Round 1

A

Jun. 13: UKR - POL
Jun. 13: BLR - HUN

B

Jun. 13: MNT - SRB
Jun. 13: EST - SUI

C

Jun. 13: LTU - NED
Jun. 13: BEL - SLO

D

Jun. 13: ROM - SWE
Jun. 13: ESP - BUL

E

Jun. 12: LAT - ITA 71-52
Jun. 13: FIN - LUX



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  FINLAND   


Finnish National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Taru Tuukkanen
Tuukkanen
Vilma Kesanen
Kesanen
Laura Wilson
Wilson
Heta Korpivaara
Korpivaara
Tiina Sten
Sten
#e#5
5 Taru Tuukkanen 190-C-77 Cajarural Spain
6 Vilma Kesanen 179-G-88 Catz Finland
7 Anni Makitalo 175-F-91 Trutnov Czech Republic
8 Emmi Leino 182-F/G-94 Espoo Team Finland
9 Laura Wilson 184-SG-84 Espoo Team Finland
11 Heta Korpivaara 186-G/F-84 Ferrol Spain
12 Krista Gross 182-F-90 N.Carolina USA
13 Tiina Sten 189-G/F-85 Cadi la Seu Spain
14 Dionne Pounds 174-F-84 Catz Finland
15 Sofia Pelander 188-C-92 TuRi Finland
20 Henna Salomaa 175-G-89 Cajarural Spain
21 Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta 175-G-91 PeKa Finland
22 Annika Holopainen 186-C/F-93 Espoo Team Finland

Anton Mirolybov Assistant MBC Germany



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  FRANCE   


Tarbes brings in young Linda Bousbaa - by Eurobasket News

Linda Bousbaa (165-G-91) will continue her career with Tarbes. They signed a one-year deal today. Bousbaa spent this season with Limoges in LF2. She appeared 24 times with the club averaging 5.2 pointsm 2.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals. Before Limoges, the 20-year-old guard spent one year with Dunkerque Malo Basket. In the past, she also played for Montpellier and Nice. Linda Bousbaa played for French U20 National Team for the last two years. Last summer she had 3.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 2.1 apg for 9 games at U20 EuroBasket in Serbia. In 2010, Bousbaa helped U20 France to reach the Semifinals at U20 EuroBasket in Latvia. However, she had very limited playing time at this event. In 2009, Bousbaa won the Silver at U18 EuroBasket in Sweden. In the past, she also played for U16 France.


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


FYR Macedonian National Team 2012 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Arin Agic
Agic
Jelena Antic
Antic
Slavica Dimovska
Dimovska
Monika Gavriloska
Gavriloska
Aleksandra Ivanova
Ivanova
#e#5
Arin Agic 176-G-93 Krosig Skopje FYR Macedonia
Jelena Antic 187-G/F-91 Partizan Serbia
Slavica Dimovska 177-G-85 Vigor Skopje FYR Macedonia
Monika Gavriloska 190-F/C-76 AEL Limassol Cyprus
Aleksandra Ivanova 178-G/F-93 Baden FYR Macedonia
Ivana Kmetovska 186-F-95 Vigor Skopje FYR Macedonia
Andzelika Mitrasinovik 175-G-93
Edina Musa 177-G-91 Gardner-Webb USA
Ivona Pejkovska 175-G-95 Baden FYR Macedonia
Elena Radenkovic 187-C-85 Vigor Skopje FYR Macedonia
Sanja Radenkovic 179-F-91 Vigor Skopje FYR Macedonia
Ema Reskoska 193-C-90 Radford USA
Nena Sekuloska 170-G-87 Vigor Skopje FYR Macedonia
Aleksandra Stojanovska 178-F-94 Vigor Skopje FYR Macedonia
Aleksandra Stojanovska 178-F-94 Vigor Skopje FYR Macedonia
Ana Tantourovska 172-G-90 Krosig Skopje FYR Macedonia
Lefterija Temelkova 167-PG-93 Klubski FYR Macedonia
Nena Trajchevska 178-G-94 Klubski Junior FYR Macedonia
Ivana Udovalieva 174-G-84 Lemvig Denmark
Vanesa Vasilevska 180-F-92 Klubski FYR Macedonia
Ana Zivkovic 183-F/C-87 Krosig Skopje FYR Macedonia

Lidija Milkova Head Coach



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  GERMANY   


Germany and Denmark exchange victories - by Eurobasket News

Danish and German U18 National Teams exchanged victories in test games in Denmark over the weekend. The first game ended with Denmark claiming a 68:64 win. Germany led by 5 points at halftime 33:28. However Denmark turned things around in the third quarter. They erupted for 28 points to enter the final frame up by 9 points. Germany managed to narrow the deficit but could not avoid the defeat. Julie Hoier (184-G/F-95) accounted for 15 points to pace Denmark. Frederikke Mollerup (177-G-95), Maria Jespersen and Freja Christensen (180-F-94) dropped 10 points apiece for the winners. Germany answered with 21 points from Katharina Muller (181-F-94). Marie Gulich (192-C-94) had 9 points in the loss.
Next game had a difference scenario. Denmark took a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. But Germany denied it in the second term as the teams were tied at 23 at halftime. The visitors pulled ahead in the third quarter. The German team ensured a 7-point lead before the fourth term and hung on to escape with a 53:47 win at the end. Degbeow knocked down 12 points for Germany. Marie Gulich had 8 points, while Katharina Muller finished with 7 in the win. Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) responded with 13 points for Denmark. Sofie Preetzmann (180-G-95) notched 8 points in the losing effort.



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  GREECE   


CSM Targoviste officially announces Dikeoulakos - by Eurobasket News

CSM Targoviste officially announces Georgios Dikeoulakos (agency: FCM ) for the next season. According to basketblog.gr via lovewomensbasketball.com, the Greek specialist moves to Romania. A report on totalbaschet.ro states that in case the current citys mayor was re-elected, Targoviste would be allocated enough finances to play in EuroLeague Women next season.
In 2006 he went to the States at the training camps of Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks from the N.B.A., and De Paul, Marquette, Northwestern, S. Francis from N.C.A.A. Dikaioulakos is the most successful coach in the history of Greek women basketball. After winning the double in 2009 with Athinaikos, he led the club to the treble in 2010 by winning the FIBA Eurochallenge and doing the double in Greece again. He was then appointed as Head coach of Latvias National Team and in the summer of 2010 he lead them to qualification for the Eurobasket 2011. In January 2011 he took over Lotos Gdynia and in March he won the Polish Cup. Dikaioulakos has also won the gold medal in the Mens U18 European Championship with Greece as assistant coach to Kostas Missas.
With him Georgios Dikeoulakos (agency: FCM ) will take 3 more Greeks to be on his staff assistant Sakis Paralikas, trainer George Lithopoulos and physiotherapist Hristos Poulis.



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  HOLLAND   


Dutch National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Starting five
#s#
Myrthe Beld
Beld
Leonie Kooij
Kooij
Tanya Broering
Broering
Anouk Biesters
Biesters
Naomi Halman
Halman
#e#5
4 Myrthe Beld 183-G-89 Saarlouis Germany
5 Francisca Donders 170-G-89 UBBC Austria
6 Leonie Kooij 187-F-86 Real C.Vigo Spain
7 Tanya Broering 178-G-84 Burgos Spain
9 Karin Kuijt 175-G-90 Lekdetec.nl Holland
10 Anouk Biesters 182-G/F-86 Lekdetec.nl Holland
11 Marianne Van der Hoek 180-F-90 Eurosped Holland
12 Kirsten Daamen 190-C Cent.Conn.St. USA
13 Fieke Ligthart 184-F/C-90 Lekdetec.nl Holland
14 Rianne De Roos 190-C-89 Dexia Namur Belgium
15 Naomi Halman 191-F/C-86 Faenza Italy
20 Natalie Van Den Adel 185-G-90 Binnenland Holland
22 Maaike Klein 177-G-90 Cod.Carmelitas Spain

Meindert van Veen Head Coach HLB Account. Holland
Erik Braal Assistant Leeuwarden Holland
Robin Hollander Assistant Lekdetec.nl Holland



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  IVORY COAST   


Womens playoffs matchday one results - by Eurobasket News

The favorites at the women playoffs were up to the tasks during matchday one. The title holder ABC thrashed SOA 76-31 while CSA won UA 70-65

Complete results of day one:
ABC 76-31 SOA
CSA 70-65 UA
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Inesa Visgaudaite
Visgaudaite
Rasa Zemantauskaite
Zemantauskaite
Kristina Vengryte
Vengryte
Lina Pikciute
Pikciute
Gintare Petronyte
Petronyte
#e#5
4 Gabriele Gutkauskaite 172-PG-90 Lemminkainen Lithuania
5 Inesa Visgaudaite 172-PG-91 Lemminkainen Lithuania
6 Marina Solopova 180-G/F-90 Union Hainaut France
7 Rasa Zemantauskaite 177-G-81 Sirenos Lithuania
8 Greta Sniokaite 180-G-91 Kibirkstis-Tiche Lithuania
9 Gintare Mazionyte 186-F/C-91 Lemminkainen Lithuania
10 Mante Kvederaviciute 180-G-90 VICI Aistes Lithuania
11 Kristina Vengryte 190-C-81 Kibirkstis-Tiche Lithuania
12 Lina Pikciute 192-F-90 VICI Aistes Lithuania
13 Gintare Petronyte 196-C-89 Kibirkstis-Tiche Lithuania
14 Julita Bungaite 186-PF-87 Lemminkainen Lithuania

Algirdas Paulauskas Head Coach UMMC Russia
Linas Salkus Assistant Sirenos Lithuania
Dalia Kurtinaitiene Assistant



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  MALTA   


Maltese National Team 2012 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Francesca Bianco
Bianco
Antoinette Borg
Borg
Kelly Busuttil
Busuttil
Joselle Cardona
Cardona
Elena Cassar
Cassar
#e#5
Francesca Bianco 172-F-88 Depiro Malta
Adalia Bonanno 84 St.James Malta
Antoinette Borg 182-SF-88
Kelly Busuttil 179-F-91
Joselle Cardona 183-F-87 Hibs MG Malta
Elena Cassar 179-G-92 Hibs MG Malta
Stephanie De Martino 184-F-93 Depiro Malta
Martina De Martino 183-C-94
Maria Desira 174-F-87 Hibs MG Malta
Josephine Grima 193-C-84 Spisska NV Slovakia
Christina Grima 175-PG-89 Loyola Malta
Kirsten Micallef 166-G-85 Hibs MG Malta
Svetlana Micallef 86 Depiro Malta
Rebecca Naudi 172-G-92
Sarah Pace 165-G-88 Luxol Malta
Lindsey Pirotta 170-F-93
Leanne Sciberras 189-G-90 Athleta Malta
Rebecca Thoresen 178-F/G-78 Wasserburg Germany
Ashleigh Vella 185-F-90 Idaho St. USA
Beverly Zammit 178-G/F-87 Luxol Malta

Santino Coppa Head Coach Priolo Italy



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  MOLDOVA   


Moldovan National Team 2012 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Irina Botezatu
Botezatu
Natalia Burlakova
Burlakova
Ala Causan
Causan
Olga Cazac
Cazac
Galina Cuznetov
Cuznetov
#e#5
Irina Botezatu 180-F-90 USM Moldova
Natalia Burlakova 175-G-84 Rapid Romania
Ala Causan 179-SG-75 Iasi Romania
Olga Cazac 187-C-74 Brasov Romania
Galina Cuznetov 89
Alexandra Danilova 183-C-93 ASEM Moldova
Daria Dical 185-G-94 Femina-USEFS Moldova
Marina Gapeeva 188-C-83 Iasi Romania
Anastasia Ghitu 180-F-91 ASEM Moldova
Cristina Gontari 180-F-91 ASEM Moldova
Anastasiya Lavrik 170-G-90 CK Politeh Moldova
Liubovi Nedranco 171-G-92 ASEM Moldova
Victoria Obristea 165-G-93 Femina-USEFS Moldova
Margarita Schitco 182-F-87 ASEM Moldova
Alexandra Sereda 168-G-90 Femina-USEFS Moldova
Diana Sokolov 170-G-88 Femina-USEFS Moldova
Olga Tirziman 183-F-91 Femina-USEFS Moldova
Elena Vicneanscaia 186-C-92 USM Moldova

Vassili Skutelnik Head Coach ASEM Moldova
Grigore Belostecinic Assistant



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  MONTENEGRO   


Montenegrin National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Natasa Popovic
Popovic
Snezana Aleksic
Aleksic
Iva Perovanovic
Perovanovic
Milica Jovanovic
Jovanovic
Maja Milutinovic
Milutinovic
#e#5
4 Sanja Knezevic 188-F/C-84 Mladi Krajisnik Bosnia
5 Jelena Skerovic 176-G-80 USK Praha Czech Republic
7 Ana Baletic 185-G/F-85 Athinaikos Greece
8 Natasa Popovic 194-C-82 Buducnost Montenegro
9 Snezana Aleksic 172-G-89 Spartak N. Russia
10 Jelena Dubljevic 191-C-87 USK Praha Czech Republic
11 Milica Milosev 185-F-93 Buducnost Montenegro
12 Iva Perovanovic 189-C/F-83 Nadezhda O. Russia
13 Ana Turcinovic 190-C-93 Faenza Italy
14 Milica Jovanovic 189-F/C-89 Umbertide Italy
15 Maja Milutinovic 176-G-87 Mladi Krajisnik Bosnia
20 Jasmina Bigovic 174-G-79 Buducnost Montenegro

Miodrag Baletic Head Coach
Rade Petrovic Assistant Sutjeska Montenegro
Vladimir Bosnjak Assistant Al Kuwait Kuwait



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  NCAA1   


Auriemma sued; woman says she spurned coach's advance - by Eurobasket News

A woman who works as an NBA security official has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit saying she was removed from an assignment to the 2012 Summer Games in London after she spurned an advance from Connecticut and women's national coach Geno Auriemma.

Kelley Hardwick filed her suit Monday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, naming Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball as defendants. Auriemma called her account "beyond false" and said he would defend himself "to the fullest."

Hardwick is a former detective with the New York police department who started working for the NBA in security back in 2002. Her suit says that as part of her job duties, she managed security for the U.S. women at international basketball events, including the Olympics in 2004 and 2008.

It was at one of these tournaments, a 2009 trip to Russia, that she says she met Auriemma. According to the lawsuit, one night after Auriemma wedged his way into a conversation with Hardwick and a co-worker in a hotel lounge, he followed her to the door of her room and tried to kiss her.

"Plaintiff was startled but, utilizing her training as a police officer and security professional, reacted quickly by shoving him away and stating, 'What are you doing? You better check yourself before you get hurt!"' the suit says.

Hardwick says in the suit she told supervisors about the incident, but that nothing was done. In subsequent international trips, according to the suit, Auriemma avoided her but was uncomfortable with her being there.

In March, Hardwick says she learned of a conference call involving NBA officials in which Auriemma demanded that she be taken off the security assignment for the London Games.

In his statement, Auriemma said, "This claim is beyond false. I will defend myself to the fullest, and I'm confident that the truth will ultimately prevail. In the meantime, I remain focused on representing the United States this summer and getting our team ready to compete for the gold medal."

Auriemma is one of the elite coaches in women's basketball and has guided the Huskies to seven national titles - including four perfect seasons.

His election as the Olympic coach was announced in April 2009 and he led the national team to a world championship in 2010 that earned the U.S. an automatic bid to the London Games. Auriemma, who has won 804 games at Connecticut - including an NCAA record 90 straight from 2008-2010 - was an assistant on the 2000 Olympic team that won a gold medal in Sydney.

As part of the lawsuit, Hardwick also says that the NBA discriminated against her due to her gender, that she was denied promotions, raises, and employment opportunities because she was a woman.

NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the league doesn't comment on pending litigation. USA Basketball also declined comment.

Hardwick is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as back pay.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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  POLAND   


Teja Oblak and Nnemkadi Ogwumike moves to CCC Polkowice - by Eurobasket News

Teja Oblak (171-G-90) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (187-F-90, college: Stanford) moves to CCC Polkowice for the next season. According to http://lovewomensbasketball.com the Polish Finalist brought two new players.
Teja Oblak is a Slovenian Guard who moves from ZKK Merkur Celje (SKL, starting five). Last season in Adriatic League she became the top-scorer with 18.7ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-3 (3.9apg), 2.3spg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 77.3%. In Slovenian League she was third top-scorer with 16.5ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-1 (5.0apg), Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT-2 (83.6%).
Oblak grew up with Odeja. She helped Kranjska Gora to win Slovenian League titles 2010 and 2011 and won the Slovenian League title and Cup with Celje in 2012.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike is a Nigerian-USA Forward. In 2011-2012 she finished with Stanford (NCAA, starting five) and averaged 22.5ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 83.0%. In 2012 she was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA, starting five) 1rd (1, starting five).



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  PORTUGAL   


Portuguese National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Starting five
#s#
Carla Nascimento
Nascimento
Carla Freitas
Freitas
Ana Oliveira
Oliveira
Tamara Milovac
Milovac
Sofia Silva
Silva
#e#5
Carla Nascimento 171-G-86 Caceres Spain
Carla Freitas 170-G-80 CAB Madeira Portugal
Ana Oliveira 176-F-83 Alges Portugal
Tamara Milovac 186-C-86 CAB Madeira Portugal
Sofia Silva 187-C-90 Alges Portugal
Sara Filipe 187-F-82 Alges Portugal
Michelle Brandao 172-G-91 ODU USA
Joana Lopes 185-SF-86 AD Vagos Portugal
Debora Escorcio 186-F/C-84 ADBA Spain
Larisse Lima 177-G-88 Lombos Quinta Portugal
Daniela Domingues 176-G/F-92 AD Vagos Portugal
Maria Correia 174-G/F-91 CAB Madeira Portugal

Ricardo Vasconcelos Head Coach
Eugenio Rodrigues Assistant AFC-Liberty S. Portugal
Jose Araujo Assistant Alges Portugal



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  ROMANIA   


CSM Targoviste officially announces Dikeoulakos - by Eurobasket News

CSM Targoviste officially announces Georgios Dikeoulakos (agency: FCM ) for the next season. According to basketblog.gr via lovewomensbasketball.com, the Greek specialist moves to Romania. A report on totalbaschet.ro states that in case the current citys mayor was re-elected, Targoviste would be allocated enough finances to play in EuroLeague Women next season.
In 2006 he went to the States at the training camps of Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks from the N.B.A., and De Paul, Marquette, Northwestern, S. Francis from N.C.A.A. Dikaioulakos is the most successful coach in the history of Greek women basketball. After winning the double in 2009 with Athinaikos, he led the club to the treble in 2010 by winning the FIBA Eurochallenge and doing the double in Greece again. He was then appointed as Head coach of Latvias National Team and in the summer of 2010 he lead them to qualification for the Eurobasket 2011. In January 2011 he took over Lotos Gdynia and in March he won the Polish Cup. Dikaioulakos has also won the gold medal in the Mens U18 European Championship with Greece as assistant coach to Kostas Missas.
With him Georgios Dikeoulakos (agency: FCM ) will take 3 more Greeks to be on his staff assistant Sakis Paralikas, trainer George Lithopoulos and physiotherapist Hristos Poulis.



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  SERBIA   


Karlovy Vary brings experienced guard Jovana Milovanovic - by Tamara Ruzic

Jovana Milovanovic (171-G-83) moves to BK LOKOMOTIVA Karlovy Vary for the next season. Experienced Serbian guard played last season for ZKK Vrbas, avaraging 27.5min, 9.9 pts, 2.3 reb, 2.6 as and 3.3 steals per game. Before ZKK Vrbas, the 28-year-old guard spent one year with Celik and Mladi Krajisnik from Bosnia. In the past, she also played for Radivoj Korac,Vozdovac and Partizan from Serbia and Aias Evosmou from Greece.


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  SLOVENIA   


Oblak joins CCC Polkowice - by Zeljko Zule

National team member Teja Oblak (171-G-90) signed a two-year contract with a Polish runner-up CCC Polkowice. She averaged 18.7 points (2P 59%, 3P 41%, FT 77%), 2,6 rebounds. 3,9 assists and 2,3 steals in 18 Adriatic League games and 16,5 points (2P 54%, 3P 37%, FT 84%), 2,8 rebounds, 5,0 assists and 2,2 steals in 26 Slovenian League games. Oblak grew up with Odeja, she helped Kranjska Gora to win Slovenian League titles 2010 and 2011 and won the Slovenian LEague title and Cup with Celje in 2012. CCC Polkowice will be Oblak's first import and Euroleague club.


Slovenian National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Nika Baric
Baric
Martina Dover
Dover
Eva Komplet
Komplet
Tjasa Gortnar
Gortnar
Sandra Pirsic
Pirsic
#e#5
4 Ziva Zdolsek 178-G-89 Triglav Slovenia
5 Tina Jakovina 182-F-92 Grosuplje Slovenia
6 Nika Baric 169-PG-92 Spartak V MR Russia
7 Maja Erkic 183-G/F-85 Familia Schio Italy
8 Martina Dover 177-G-86 Gospic Croatia
9 Eva Komplet 182-F/C-86 Gospic Croatia
10 Teja Oblak 171-G-90 Athlete Celje Slovenia
11 Polona Zalar 176-G-91 Triglav Slovenia
12 Lea Jagodic 182-F-91 Athlete Celje Slovenia
13 Tjasa Gortnar 187-F-92 Georgia Tech USA
14 Tina Trebec 189-F-90 Athlete Celje Slovenia
15 Sandra Pirsic 195-C-84 Villeneuve France

Boris Zrinski Head Coach AJM Maribor Slovenia
Emir Haskic Assistant Hit K.Gora Slovenia
Tomo Oresnik Assistant Triglav Slovenia



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  SPAIN   


Cadi la Seu extends Tania Perez for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Tania Perez (183-G-91, agency: Regeneracom Sports) will stay at least one more year with Cadi la Seu. The Spanish guard signed a contract extension yesterday. She appeared just in four games with the club this season, but it is expected she will have more chance to play in 2012/13. Perez joined Cadi la Seu a year ago from C.B.F Sarria-Grupo Consultoria. With Sarria she had 7 ppg and 4.6 rpg in 48 LF2 games. Tania Perez played for the Spanish U20 National Team last summer. They won the Gold together at U20 EuroBasket in Serbia. Perez averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds for 9 games at this event.
During the weekend Cadi la Seu penned a deal with Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports). She arrives to the club from Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza, where she had 9.9 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 15 games in LFB. She signed a deal with Ibiza in December. Marlou De Kleijn started this past season with CTO Amsterdam. She appeared 9 times for them in Eredivisie averaging 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The forward played for CTO also in 2010/11. Over the past few years she played for Dutch U20 and U18 National Teams. Last summer at U20 EuroBasket in Serbia, De Klejin collected 6 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.1 apg for 8 games. In 2010, she helped U18 Holland to win the Silver at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Timisoara. The prospect had had 12.1 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 7 games at this event.



Navarra and coach Cesar Ruperez part ways - by Eurobasket News

Cesar Ruperez is no longer a Head Coach of Navarra. His contract expired and will not be extended. The Spanish specialist coached Navarra for the last three seasons. They finished the latest one as 13th ranked of LFB with only 5 wins in 26 games. That was not enough for the survival in Spanish top division and Navarra will play next season in LF2. With Navarra Ruperez won the promotion from LF2 to LFB in 2010. It was their first season together. Name of the new coach is not announced yet.
Cesar Ruperez worked as Assistant Coach of U20 Spanish NT for the last two years. Last summer they won the Gold at U20 EuroBasket in Serbia. In 2010, they won the Silver at U20 Eurobasket in Liepaja.



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


T&T lose to Cuba - by Don Farrell

T&T womens basketball team suffered a huge 88-36 loss to Cuba in the opening match of the FIBA Americas Centrobasket Championships which jumped off in Morovis, Puerto Rico, yesterday. It was a one-sided affair from the jump with the Cubans leading throughout, 25-4 in the first quarter, 43-16 at the half and 67-28 in the third. Leading T&T in scoring was point guard Rhea Codio, who connected a match-high 13 points. Unfortunately, she led in turnovers five in T&Ts 20 compared to nine from Cuba. T&T was topped in every faucet of the game, getting punished through second chance points with Cuba getting 23 to T&Ts four and being totally outscored off of fast breaks, 24-0.

Cuba fielded most of its players that topped the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships held in Nassau, Bahamas, last year. Islen Carbonell Veranes, Yamara Amargo Delgado Leidys Oquendo Valdes each scored 12 points with Oyanaisy Gelis Gonzalez and Taimy Fernandez Martinez, netting 11 and 10, respectively. When the teams last met in the CBC tournament, T&T went under by a similarly huge margin, 80-32. However, the CBC silver medalists will look to bounce back today when they meet US Virgin Islands (USVI) in its second group B match. T&T, which is being coached by Puerto Rican Ivan Flores, topped USVI at last years CBC event, 76-68. Tomorrow T&T faces off against Dominican Republic, another team they beat at CBC last year, 82-76. The local women will have to beat these two teams if they are to advance out of the qualifying round. The semifinals are scheduled for Friday and the final bounces off the next day. The top four teams qualify for the 2013 FIBA-Americas Championship (World Qualifier).



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  TURKEY   


Bursa BSB land Whitney Jones - by Eurobasket News

Bursa BSB strengthened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Whitney Jones (183-C-87, college: Arkansas). The 26-year-old centre spent the last season in Germany. She played for Oberhausen in DBBL. Whitney Jones accounted for 12.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Whitney Jones helped Oberhausen celebrate German DBBL Cup title. Whitney Jones is not new to Turkey. She used to play for Botasspor Adana, Alanya Belediye and TED Ankara. Eurobasket.com named Whitney Jones All-Turkish TBB2L Player of the Year in 2010. The centre also had a stint in Holland with AutoCAD Amazone.


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  UKRAINE   


Ukrainian National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Iryna Tsekova
Tsekova
Inna Kochubei
Kochubei
Viktoria Mircheva
Mircheva
Kateryna Rymarenko
Rymarenko
Olena Zherzherunova
Zherzherunova
#e#5
5 Jevgenija Sharovka 175-G-88 Lemminkainen Lithuania
6 Iryna Tsekova 177-G/F-78 Dynamo Ukraine
7 Inna Kochubei 174-G-82 Odra Brzeg Poland
10 Alina Iagupova 186-G-92 Bar Regina-B. Ukraine
14 Viktoria Mircheva 190-C-87 Nantes France
15 Lyubov Alyoshkina 203-C-81 Olimpia Belarus
17 Tetiana Panchenk-Stakhova 173-G/F-79 Dynamo Ukraine
21 Olena Samburska 172-G/F-89 Targoviste Romania
23 Ganna Zarytska 182-F-86 Bar Regina-B. Ukraine
28 Anna Pokoiova 188-F-87 Olimpia Belarus
29 Kateryna Rymarenko 185-F-90 Dynamo Ukraine
30 Olena Zherzherunova 191-C/F-78 Targoviste Romania

Wadim Czeczuro Head Coach Odra Brzeg Poland
Iryna Shchipakina Assistant
Serhiy Voznyuk Assistant Yuzhna Palmira Ukraine



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


British National Team 2012 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Natalie Stafford
Stafford
Stefanie Collins
Collins
Julie Page
Page
Johannah Leedham
Leedham
Temitope Fagbenle
Fagbenle
#e#5
4 Natalie Stafford 173-G-76 Sydney UF Australia
5 Rose Anderson 175-G-88 UWIC Archers United Kingdom
6 Stefanie Collins 174-G-82 UWIC Archers United Kingdom
7 Rachel Vanderwal 176-G-83 UL Aughinish Ireland
8 Chantelle Handy 191-F/C-87 Athinaikos Greece
10 Julie Page 188-F/C-83 Energa Torun Poland
12 Lauren Thomas-Johnson 178-G-88 Sheffield Hatters United Kingdom
13 Johannah Leedham 180-G/F-87 Bulleen B. Australia
14 Azania Stewart 193-C-89 Florida USA
15 Stephanie Gandy 178-F-82 Sheffield Hatters United Kingdom
20 Temitope Fagbenle 193-F-92 Harvard USA
21 Dominique Allen 187-C-89 ORU USA
23 Jenaya Wade-Fray 175-G-88 Sheffield Hatters United Kingdom

Tom Maher Head Coach Bulleen B. Australia
Ken Shields Assistant
Damien Jennings Assistant UWIC Archers United Kingdom
Vanessa Ellis Assistant Sheffield Hatters United Kingdom



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  WNBA   


Lynx's Lindsay Whalen: Thinking about going undefeated 'wouldn't be smart' - by Eurobasket News

The Lynx have won nine straight games to start the WNBA season, tying a league record. Can they win all 34 of their regular-season games and then roll undefeated through the playoffs to a second straight WNBA title?

I asked that question and a few others to Lynx star and U.S. Olympic team member Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-PG-82, college: Minnesota).

BS: So, is it possible to win every regular-season game and have an unbeaten run in the playoffs?

LW: That's so many games. Honestly, it's one game at a time, and that's not even something we're thinking about. It's so hard to win each game in this league. You have to do so much preparation, watch video, stay healthy. There are 34 games. For us to think like that wouldn't be smart. We have to focus on the day-to-day.

BS: Yeah, I understand all that, but can the Lynx do it?

LW: We have really good depth. That has been a strong part of our season. Ultimately you want to play well as a team, make the playoffs and put yourself in position to get home-court (advantage). Our depth really helps us with that.

BS: Is the singular goal to repeat as WNBA champions?

LW: I think the goal first is to get into the playoffs. Before you can do anything, you have to make it to the playoffs.

BS: You're 9-0. Haven't you already qualified for the playoffs?

LW: (Laughs.) I don't know what the number is for us to shoot for. The playoffs are so far away, especially with the Olympic break. The playoffs don't even start until September, and it's only June. There's a month break. You have to focus on smaller things. I think our team has done a good job with that.
BS: You played overseas, then went right to the Lynx for training camp. In the midst of the Lynx season, you'll play in the Olympics (with Lynx teammates Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore). What do you do to make sure your mind and body don't break down from overuse?

LW: It's a lot to think about, but, honestly, just talking with Coach (Cheryl) Reeve and other coaches and my parents (helps). You have to just focus on what you can do today. You can't think about too much. You have to take rests when you have a day off and make sure you're eating right and staying hydrated. If you're not eating right or sleeping well, the other things compound themselves.

BS: Will it help when the Lynx season resumes that you will have played in the Olympics with two teammates?

LW: It builds the chemistry. It will help for the Olympics and the Lynx. You know when someone is feeling it that day and when someone isn't.

BS: Is this Lynx team better than last year's?

LW: I think it's still to be determined. We've shown times when we can put good stretches together. We've had some games where we played really good first halves and bad second halves. I think we've shown, with our depth and second unit coming in, that we could be a really good team.

BS: Is this the start of a dynasty?

LW: I feel we have a really good core of players who are unselfish. When you have that and a mix of veterans and youth, we can be competing in every game.

BS: When you look at the mix of veteran leadership and outstanding youth on the Lynx, isn't it a team designed for a sustained run of success over several years?

LW: You have to have veterans. You have to have youth, too. You can't have too much of either. You have to have a nice mix. That's what makes it fun.

Courtesy of www.twincities.com
(by Bob Sansevere)