EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/15/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ANGOLA   



Angola defeat Leon in Spain - by Eurobasket News

Angola National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament. They are now holding a training camp in Spain. Angola played their first friendly game there. They faced LEB Gold opponent Balconcesto Leon. Angola eased past their opponents claiming a 108:44 victory. Jose Carlos Guimaraes gave all his player a chance to taste the action. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) topscored with 19 points for Angola. Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) added 15 points, while Roberto Fortes (193-G-84, college: Illinois St.) had 13 and Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) accounted for 10 points in the victory. Angola is scheduled to play several more friendly games in Spain before moving to Brazil for the second stage of the training camp.
Angola will tip off their Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament campaign on July 2nd. They will face FYR Macedonia in Group D.



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  ARGENTINA   


Wuber Estudiantes land Juan Manuel Rivero - by Eurobasket News

Wuber Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca bolstered their backcourt. They landed Juan Manuel Rivero (191-G-85). The contract with the guard is meant for one season. Juan Manuel Rivero started the previous season with Atenas Cordoba. He averaged 8.2 points and 2.3 boards per game in LigaA. In Liga Sudamericana the guard posted 7.4 points and 1.0 board per appearance. Juan Manuel Rivero moved to Brazil in May. He inked a deal with Gremio Mogi das Cruzes. Juan Manuel Rivero helped his team clichd Brazilian Cup title. The guard is not new to Estudiantes. He played for the team back in 2008/09 season. Rivero notched 13.5 points, 1.7 boards and 1.4 assists per game then.


U17 national team - 2012 - by Facundo Iatzky

CABB released the list of 12 players who will be playing the U17 world championship in Lietuva, from June 29 to july 8.

4 Matias Aristu (193-G/F-95) of Libertad Sunchales
5 Lucio Reinaudi (183-G-95) of 9 de julio rio tercero
6 Juan Vaulet (196-F-96) of Hindu Club cordoba
7 Gabriel Deck (198-F-95) of Quimsa santiago del estero
8 Joaquin Giarrafa (192-F-95) of Boca Juniors
9 Lucas Vildoza (188-G-95) of Quilmes mar del plata
10 Alvaro Merlo (170-G-95) of Cilclsta juninense
11 Rodrigo Haag (190-G-95) of Echague Parana
12 Lucas Gargallo (198-F-95) of Boca Juniors
13 Guillermo Lopez (F-95)of Banco Nacion
14 Facundo Vallejos (202-C-95) of Boca Juniors
15 Agustin Caffaro (206-C-95) of San MArtin Marcos Juarez

Head Coach: Enrique Tolcachier
Assistant Coach: Eduardo Japez



Obras Sanitarias name Gabriel Picatto new head coach - by Eurobasket News

Obras Sanitarias have found a new head coach. The team appointed Gabriel Picatto at the position. He will replace Julio Cesar Lamas (agency: Interperformances ) on the bridge. Gabriel Picatto lately worked with La Union. He guided the team since 2008. Previously he had stints with Boca Juniors and La Union Colon. Latinbasket.com named Gabriel Picatto All-Argentinean TNA Coach of the Year in 2009. Picatto also led the team at the 2002 LigaA All-Star Game. Gabriel Picatto worked as assistant coach with U18 National Team back in 2005. He also had a stint as assistant coach with Argentinean National Team in 2010.


Alexis Elsener and Javier Bulfoni head to Atenas - by Eurobasket News

Atenas keep on adding player to the roster. They landed two more Argentinean players. They are Alexis Elsener (195-G-88) and Javier Bulfoni (192-G-76).
Alexis Elsener spent the last season with Obras Sanitarias. The guard averaged 6.6 points, 2.5 rebounds per game in LigaA. In Liga Americas Alexis Elsener notched 8.8 points, 4.2 boards and 1.2 assists per appearance. In Liga Sudamericana his stats read 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Previously the guard had spells for Obras and El Nacional Monte Hermoso. Latinbasket.com named him All-Argentinean LigaA Most Improved Player of the Year in 2011.
Javier Bulfoni is coming back to Argentina after ten years in Spain. The guard lately played for Obradoiro. He averaged 7.4 points, 1.3 rebounds per game in ACB. He was the member of Argentinean National Team in 2007/08 seasons.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Gold Coast Blaze reach deal with NBL - by Trent Williams

The Gold Coast Blaze today released the following statement in the wake of a creditors meeting on the Gold Coast on Thursday morning.

"Creditors of the Gold Coast Blaze have agreed to a Deed of Company Arrangement today, which will allow the club to finalise negotiations with a new investor, and plan ahead for the 2012/13 NBL Season.

"Funds will be made available to finance the Deed, after which, the Deed will be executed before the company is handed back to its Director, Owen Tomlinson."

W. Roland Robson from Aggs Robson, the Administrator recently appointed by the Blaze, said the agreement reached was good news for the Blaze.

"The Gold Coast gets its team back," said Mr. Robson. "This is a good outcome.''

courtesy NBL



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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian U16 National Team 2012 - by Simas

Starting five
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Paul Hiebler
Hiebler
Florian Keller
Keller
Ian Moschik
Moschik
Marvin Ogunsipe
Ogunsipe
Florian Vogel
Vogel
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Lennart Nils Burgemeister Klosterneub. Austria
Luka Gaspar Gussing Austria
Paul Hiebler 195-C-95 Kapfenberg Austria
Christian Joch Salzburg Austria
Karlo Keca Salzburg Austria
Florian Keller 188-F-96 Baden BJ Austria
Sebastian Khuenl-Brady
Jakub Krssak
Gabriel Lehner Wels Austria
Matthias Linortner Gmunden Austria
Christof Miriuca Kapfenberg Austria
Ian Moschik 197-F-96 Kapfenberg Austria
Marvin Ogunsipe 193-F-96
Joshua Rohrboeck
Lukas Schartmueller Gmunden Austria
Oscar Schmit Klosterneub. Austria
Fabio Soehnel Dornbirn Austria
Florian Vogel 186-PG-96 Baden BJ Austria

Raoul Korner Head Coach Den Bosch Holland



Arkadia name Zoran Kostic head coach - by Eurobasket News

Arkadia Traiskirchen promoted Zoran Kostic to head coaching position. The Serbian specilist worked as assistant coach with the Lions since 2001. He will now replace Andrea Maghelli (agency: Interperformances ) on the bridge. Zoran Kostic had experience working as assistant coach with Austrian National Team back in 2006. He also assisted coaching U20 Austrian National Team in 2007. Zoran Kostic will try to improve the teams results after the Lions finished at 9-19 record last season.


Wels bring in Tyler Tiedeman, BC Vienna keep Tomislav Gaspar - by Eurobasket News

Wels reinforced their roster. They added Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) to the squad. The US forward is meant to replace Todd Brown (196-G-87, college: Wright St.) who is not coming back to Wels next season. Tyler Tiedeman spent the last season in Finland. He played for Lappeenranta NMKY. The forward averaged 17.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists per game in Korisliiga. Previously Tyler Tiedeman had stints in Netherlands and Spain. The forward earned Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honourable Mention in 2011.
In the meantime BC Vienna extended the contract of Tomislav Gaspar (198-F-83). The forward will enter his third season with the team. Last season Tomislav Gaspar provided 4.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance in A Bundesliga.



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Rapla extend contract of Rait-Riivo Laane - by Eurobasket News

Rapla kept Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) for another season. The team and the player have agreed on terms of contract extension. The point guard will enter his third straight season with the team. Last season Rait-Riivo Laane notched 10.6 points, 4.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in Estonian League. In Baltic League the guard produced 6.6 points, 4.5 boards, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Rait-Riivo Laane All-Estonian League U20 Player of the Year. He also earned All-Estonian League Honourable Mention. The guard was also trumped All-Estonian League Newcomer of the Year in 2011. Rait-Rrivo Laane was the member of U16 and U18 Estonian National Teams. He averaged 13.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.8 steals per game at 2011 U18 Europoean Championship in Division B.


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  BOSNIA   


Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 National Team 2012 - by Simas

George Kelecevic
Ivo Garic 192-PG-96
Mirsad Pilavdzic
Milenko Predic 198-F-96 Rookie Bosnia
Darijan Stipanovic 96 Zlatorog C. Slovenia
Amar Balic
Petar Bevanda 188-G-96 Siroki WWin Bosnia
George Aleksic
Edin Atic
Sandro Panties
Haris Curevac 187-G-96 Bosna Bosnia
Nicholas Godley
Alexander Lazic
Stjepan Sesar 203-C-96 Siroki WWin Bosnia
Mirsad Avdic
Faris Smajlovic 199-F/C-96 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
George Beronja
Alija Piric 205-C-97 Magic Tuzla Bosnia
Dejan Kelecevic
Lois Raca
Nedim Dedovic
Stefan Cumba
Dusan Ilic Radnicki Stud. Serbia
Iman Polutak



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17 Ballers Heading To US Educational Institutions - by David Edole

BVI Platinum News

In 2011, the BVI Hoop It Up Foundation sent seven basketball players to educational institutions in the United States, but this year the tally has ballooned to 17 players, including two females who are benefiting through scholarships to attend colleges, universities and prep schools in the U.S.

The players were selected by U.S coaches following the foundation's second annual Virgin Islands Showcase Camp which brought together over 45 young men and women at the Multipurpose Sports Complex on April 12.

Elected Representatives joined the foundation, family and friends to witness 13 of the 17 players sign letters of intent at Brisanis Restaurant, Prospect Reef Resort last evening, Wednesday, June 13. Among the contingent are three male players from the USVI and a female player from St. Vincent.

At-Large Representative, Hon. Archibald Christian delivered a speech on behalf of Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith. In the speech, the Premier pointed out that he is a big fan of opportunities and appreciates when young people get the chance to train and excel in their areas of interest at the highest level.

"Nurturing and developing our youth is critically important to my Government. That is why we will continue to support the efforts of those organisations that represent the hopes, dreams and aspirations of our future athletic stars," the Premier pointed out.

Premier Smith commended the President of the BVI Hoop It Up Foundation, Steve Parillon (196-F-78, college: Henderson St.), for casting the doors of opportunity open.

"There is no doubt in our mind that our future will be best served if we ensure our young people's proper training, development and empowerment. I am pleased to see what this foundation has done to put a framework in place to empower our youth," Premier Smith noted.

Also speaking at the function was First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie, who has been supporting of the foundation from its inception and has provided sponsorship for the camps. He encouraged the players to continue to work hard at their grades.

"You are hope for those who have a sense of hopelessness, because where would some of you get the opportunity like this other than God allowed Steve Parillon to go away a few years ago and come back now and open this door of opportunity. You have to keep that door open....No matter what challenges you have overcome to get here, you are here and the only way from here is up, but it's up to you. If you decide that you are going up, you will go up. Time and space is what put the weak ahead of the strong; not money," Hon. Fahie said.

Parillon also encouraged the players to focus on their studies as it will help them maintain a place on the team and will be useful after they finish playing basketball and are ready to move on to other areas of life.

"Basketball is not guaranteed. The human body is not guaranteed to function forever, especially your muscles and your bones. Your brain is one of the last things that will go bad on your body so get as much as you can in your brain because when everything goes dead; you can be in a wheelchair and still be the Premier of the Virgin Islands," Parillon shared.

He thanked sponsors including the BVI Tourist Board, Roadtown Wholesale, Travel Wize, Skelton Developments Ltd., Hon. Fahie and Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool.

Making The Best Of Opportunity

During the signing of the letters of intent, Parillon spoke of the BVI opening the doors to other players, pointing out that Sheldeen Joseph, a female guard from St. Vincent was lost in St. Vincent until her skills caught the eye of local coach, Brian 'Bash' Brewley.

Joseph, 19, relocated to the BVI in March and currently plays in the BVI Basketball Federation Summer League.

"It's an opportunity that I have been longing for and one that I have been praying for daily and now that it's here, I will take it and do the best that I can. I am very grateful for the talent that I have which can put me in this spot where I can go out there and showcase more of my talent. They say that nothing beats prayer and you always have to have faith and that is what I have been doing, even though the road seemed rough and impossible," said Joseph whose favourite professional players are Derrick Rose and Mia Moore.

She plans to pursue Psychology and hopes to return to the BVI to help work with youth.

Jamari Maduro, 26, said he is grateful for the opportunity and does not plan to limit himself as he ponders a career choice.

"I just want to thank God because without God nothing is possible. This is a great opportunity because opportunities like these only come once in a lifetime and I plan to make the best of it. It is real difficult to get up to the mainland. I just want to say thanks to Steve and the Hoop It Up Foundation because there are some opportunities in the USVI, but I don't think they have a programme like this," Maduro stated.

Virgin Gorda based player, Kimani Stevens, who is pursuing Accounting and one day hopes to own his own business, was introduced to the game by Trevor 'West' Stevens at the age of 8.

"I never imagined I would get this opportunity, but it has always been a dream for me and I always wanted this chance to show my skills elsewhere. I just plan on staying focused and dedicated to my books. I really plan to keep up the hard work," said Stevens, who plans to emulate his favourite basketball player - Kobe Bryant's focused approach to the game.

Like Stevens, Wuli Frometa started playing basketball around the age of 8 and grew his game at the Belle Vue gym. He has played for local teams such as the Basics and Against Da Odds, but currently plays the Kings.

"It is a real good experience because this is a dream I had from young. I have been working out with Steve [Parillon] from small so now it's like the door finally opened for me to get this scholarship to go overseas and learn more skills and get an education. I never stopped play basketball.

He said that he plans pursue a career in Sports Management and Physical Therapy. Frometa says that he draws his basketball inspiration from Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.

Full List Of Players

Clinton Community College
Bjorn Caleb - 6 5" Forward (BVI)
Dione Blyden - 6 2" Guard (BVI)
Kimani Stevens - 6 3" Forward (BVI)
Aubrey Dawson - 6 9" Center (USVI)

Sauk Valley Community College
Wuli Frometa - 63" Guard (BVI)
Dominique Wattley (Female) - 5 11" Forward (BVI)
Sheldeen Joseph (Female) - 5 5" Guard (St. Vincent)

On Point Christian Academy
JKwon Frett - 5 9" Guard (BVI)
Dominic Ward - 6 5" Forward (BVI)
Kevon Lettsome - 5 9" Guard (BV)
Cavern Andrew - 5 9" Guard (BVI)

Mount Zion Christian Academy
Shamarr George - 6 6" Forward (BVI)
Charlesworth Georges - 6 5" Forward (BVI)
Kimron Telemaque - 5 10" Guard (BVI)
Kaleem Scatliffe - 6 1" Guard (BVI)

Warner College
Jamari Maduro - 6 2" Guard (USVI)

Garden City Community College
Shamal Caines - 6 0" Guard (USVI)



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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. Hong Kong 5-7 
 7. Heilongjiang 5-8 
 8. Nanjin Army 5-8 
 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: Hong Kong - Nanjin Army 102-96
Jun. 12: Sichuan - Guangzhou FM 100-103 OT

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 16: Henan Jiyuan - Heilongjiang
Jun. 16: Guangzhou L. - Nanjin Army
Jun. 16: Guangzhou FM - Jiangsu
Jun. 16: Hebei - Hong Kong
Jun. 16: Changan Group - Sichuan


NBL Round 13 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Sichuan (#8) forced the game against Guangzhou FM (#5) into an overtime, but lost by three points 100-103 on Tuesday night. The game took place in . But the guests were better at the end. Walter Sharpe stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Sichuan's coach Li Guangqi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangzhou FM (8-5) moved-up to third place, which they share with Hebei and Changan Group. Sichuan at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Guangzhou FM will face league's second-placed Jiangsu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sichuan will play against Changan Group (#3).

The most impressive stats of the last round was 44 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 8 assists by Rashaun Freeman of Heilongjiang.


Sichuan - Guangzhou FM 100-103 OT

Sichuan (#8) forced the game against Guangzhou FM (#5) into an overtime, but lost by three points 100-103 on Tuesday night. The game took place in . But the guests were better at the end. Sichuan was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 24-22 charge of Guangzhou FM, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-8. Guangzhou FM looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Sichuan was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and forward Peng Yao (205-86) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Jarrid Famous (210-88, college: S.Florida) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Four Guangzhou FM and five Sichuan players scored in double figures. Sichuan's coach Li Guangqi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangzhou FM (8-5) moved-up to third place, which they share with Hebei and Changan Group. Sichuan at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Guangzhou FM will face league's second-placed Jiangsu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sichuan will play against Changan Group (#3).
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: S.Walter 29+13reb+2ast, W.SongWei 17+3reb+4ast, Y.Peng 15+8reb+1ast, Y.Liang 15+2reb, D.JunJiang 11+4reb, L.DaPeng 8+4reb+3ast
Sichuan: C.XiaoDong 24+5reb+1ast, F.Jarrid 24+16reb+5ast, W.YingLiang 17+4reb+2ast, Y.ZhaoLei 12+10reb+2ast, H.XiaoBin 11+9reb+3ast, G.YuZhang 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 176080


Hong Kong - Nanjin Army 102-96

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Nanjin Army (5-8) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Hong Kong (5-7) 102-96 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 62-48 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hong Kong made 7 blocks. Nanjin Army was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. American center DeVon Hardin (211-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward MingHao Li (200-92) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Five Hong Kong players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and forward ChengLin Fan (202-91) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hong Kong moved-up to sixth place. Loser Nanjin Army dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Hong Kong will face higher ranked Hebei (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nanjin Army will play against the league's leader Guangzhou L..
Top scorers:
Hong Kong: H.DeVon 25+12reb+1ast, F.Zhou 23+1reb+2ast, Z.DongYang 21+2reb+2ast, L.MingHao 17+9reb+1ast, Y.XiaoHang 16+1ast, G.JinLin 0
Nanjin Army: S.Shengyue 15+5reb+7ast, F.ChengLin 14+8reb+2ast, F.Lei 10+2ast, W.ShouWei 10+7reb, Y.Liu 9+4reb+1ast, Z.CaiBao 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 176081


Henan Jiyuan - Changan Group 85-77

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Henan Jiyuan (2-11) defeated at home 3rd placed Changan Group (8-5) 85-77 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 47-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Henan Jiyuan forced 19 Changan Group turnovers. Changan Group was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-83, college: Hartford) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 23 rebounds for the winners and ZhanYu Wang (196-86) chipped in 24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American forward Joseph Taylor (203-85, college: Wyoming) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and forward Lei Shang (196-88) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Henan Jiyuan maintains tenth place with 2-11 record. Loser Changan Group keeps the third position with five games lost. Henan Jiyuan will face higher ranked Heilongjiang (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Changan Group will play against Sichuan (#9).
Top scorers:
Henan Jiyuan: A.Kenny 33+23reb, W.ZhanYu 24+6reb+5ast, H.Bin 17+3reb, Z.Chao 6+2reb+2ast, W.Peng 2+1reb+1ast, L.Shuai 2+1reb
Changan Group: T.Joseph 22+14reb+3ast, S.Lei 16+4reb, J.Cheng 12+4reb, J.JunQi 8+3reb, R.XiaTi 7+1reb+1ast, S.Jian 4+1reb
gschID: 176078


Guangzhou L. - Jiangsu 97-96

The game between closely ranked teams ended with their biggest opponent Jiangsu's (8-4) road loss to first ranked Guangzhou L. (11-2) 96-97 on Tuesday. Guangzhou L. forced 22 Jiangsu turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guangzhou L. made 11 blocks. Jiangsu was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 24 points, 25 rebounds and 11 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Jing Wang (197-78) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Four Guangzhou L. players scored in double figures. At the losing side U.S. Virgin Islands-Antiguan guard Julius Hodge (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 21 rebounds and 5 assists and guard XianLing Sun (190-89) scored 26 points. Jiangsu's coach ZhiLong Zheng tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Guangzhou L. have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-2 record. Loser Jiangsu keeps the second position with four games lost. Guangzhou L. will face Nanjin Army (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu will play against Guangzhou FM (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou L.: N.Hamady 24+25reb+1ast, W.Jing 22+7reb+2ast, C.DaWei 17+4reb+2ast, T.Chao 14+5reb+2ast, L.XiangTao 9+4reb, Z.ChaoLong 6+3reb+2ast
Jiangsu: S.XianLing 26+4reb, F.Hui 12+12reb+2ast, H.Julius 12+21reb+5ast, M.Zhuang 10+2reb+2ast, W.YanQing 9+10reb, F.Xin 8+5reb+5ast
gschID: 176079


Heilongjiang - Hebei 109-106

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Heilongjiang (5-8) edged at home 4th placed Hebei (8-5) 109-106 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 28-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Heilongjiang looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Hebei's players. Hebei was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and forward JunXiong Zhang (204-85) chipped in 22 points. At the losing side American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) responded with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks and guard ZhiTong Yin (195-86) scored 24 points. Four Hebei players scored in double figures. Heilongjiang moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Nanjin Army. Loser Hebei dropped to the third position with five games lost. Heilongjiang will face bottom-ranked Henan Jiyuan (#10) in the next round. Hebei will play against Hong Kong (#6).
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: F.Rashaun 44+22reb+8ast, Z.JunXiong 22+3reb+2ast, L.Xu 12+3reb+1ast, H.Mengxin 9+2reb+1ast, J.Ming 7+4reb+11ast, L.XueSong 7+4ast
Hebei: D.Bryan 26+6reb+2ast, Y.ZhiTong 24+4reb+2ast, L.YiDing 13+5reb, Z.ZhenHu 11+4reb+2ast, Y.TingYu 8+2reb+2ast, S.ChunLei 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 176077



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BK Prostejov Begins to Shape Roster for Next Season with Addition of Roman Marko - by Surujh Roopnarine

Three-time silver medalists BK Prostejov made their first acquisition of the off-season with the signing of former BC Kolin wing Roman Marko (195-G-86). Marko, 25, appeared in 42 games for Kolin this past season, averaging 8.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting a very respectable 34.1% from three. The son of former Prostejov Head Coach Miroslav Marko, the younger represented Slovakia last summer in Qualifications to European Championships and has spent the majority of his professional career split between Kolin and prior to that USK Praha, A Plus Brno and beginning in Nitra.
Additionally, the club announced that they had come to terms with a host of returning players for next season including guard-duo Matej Venta (187-PG-84) and Dusan Pandula (196-F-84) , big men Rostislav Pelikan (207-F/C-78) and Kamil Svrdlik (206-F-86, college: Fair Dickinson) and will be bringing back youngster Jakub Krakovic (205-F-90) from Chomutov to go along with Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92) and Vojtech Bratcenkov (198-F-91).
One player who the team felt would also return to the club after his loan period, was guard Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88) from Opava, however he decided to stay in north Moravia for the opportunity to start and play more significant minutes next season.



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Dominican Republic is ready for Centrobasket 2012 - by Kerwin Abreu

Por: Kerwin Abreu

Dominican Republic National Team is ready for Centrobasket 2012 in Puerto Rico from June 18-24. For this tournament Dominican Republic has the team completed and ready.

Dominican will have players like Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida), Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville), Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois), Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports), Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan), Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh), Gerardo Suero (193-G-89), Juan Coronado (196-G-83), Amaurys Fermin (191-PG-87, agency: Paris Global Sports), Karl-Anthony Towns (96), Manuel Guzman y Manuel Fortuna.

James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) wont be with the team because of Passport and naturalization issues. Edgar Sosa (188-PG-88, college: Louisville) wont be either because of lack of preparation, remember he is coming from an injury. He could be with the team later.

Dominican Republic will be seeking to win the tournament in Puerto Rico as preparation to the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

For more: Masterdeportes.com




Terquin Motts had a memory game in San Francisco regional league - by Kerwin Abreu

Terquin Mott (203-F-74, college: Coppin St.) is having an outstanding season in San Francisco Regional League. Mott last game was for the memories, he had a total 41 points and belted 11 three points shots in San Martin victory over San Vicente 114-101.

Terq is definitely in great shape, in his previous game he had 28 points with 13 rebounds.

Look at me I work a lot, that is why I am always in playing shape This is my job and I care for it, said Motts.

After this tournament, Mott is probably playing in the LNB in Dominican Republic.


For more log in Masterdeportes.com



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Rapla extend contract of Rait-Riivo Laane - by Eurobasket News

Rapla kept Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) for another season. The team and the player have agreed on terms of contract extension. The point guard will enter his third straight season with the team. Last season Rait-Riivo Laane notched 10.6 points, 4.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in Estonian League. In Baltic League the guard produced 6.6 points, 4.5 boards, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Rait-Riivo Laane All-Estonian League U20 Player of the Year. He also earned All-Estonian League Honourable Mention. The guard was also trumped All-Estonian League Newcomer of the Year in 2011. Rait-Rrivo Laane was the member of U16 and U18 Estonian National Teams. He averaged 13.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.8 steals per game at 2011 U18 Europoean Championship in Division B.


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Simone Pianigiani a candidate for Panathinaikos - by Dimitris Katsionis

While Panathinaikos fans still trying to overcome the shock from Obradovic's departure, the team's administration is working to bring Serbian's replacement, a quality coach who will run the team for the next years.

However, the situation is still a little bit confused while tones of names are referred from Greek media every day. According to a source, Panathinaikos has put Simone Pianigiani in the top of it's list. The Italian coach represents the future, with his talent,character and freshness and he can keep the club's image in a high level and the team competitive without spending a lot of money. Pianigiani has one year left on his contract with Montepaschi but the whole atmosphere the last 2-3 months shows that his purpose is to work abroad. Panathinaikos's fans are very positive in this possibility while many of them would like to see a faster tempo at the offense. The obstacle is that Pianigiani must be a free agent first cause Panathinaikos administration doesn't want to talk with Europe's toughest negotiator, Ferdinando Minucci.

The second hot name is Gescrap BB's coach Fotis Katsikaris. The Greek coach also has two more years left in his contract with the Basques but no one knows his future especially if the team will not receive a wild cart for the next Euroleague. Katsikaris is a person who enjoys high esteem from Panathinaikos management due to his modern basketball thoughts and "workhorse" character. In this case we have to wait..

There is also a lot of discussion about Obradovic's assistant, Dimitris Itoudis. His intake as head coach would be a natural continuation after so many years next to Zots and also he'll keep the Serbian's spirit (and philosophy) alive in OAKA arena. According to sources close to the team, senior persons in the administration aren't fans of Itoudis case. Right now, it seems that Itoudis will follow coach Obradovic in his next destination.




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Russia overcome FYR Macedonia in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Russia - FYR Macedonia 80:61

Russian and FYR Macedonian National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament. They played a friendly encounter in Sasha Kaun (211-C-85)as tonight. Russia claimed a comprehensive victory. Sasha Kaun scored 14 points to lead the winners.
FYR Macedonia got to a slightly better start. They accumulated a 15:14 lead ten minutes into the game. The Balkan team boosted the lead in the second quarter. They piled up a 35:30 halftime advantage. But Russia turned things around in the second half. David Blatt team went on a 26:14 run in the third quarter to take a 7-point advantage. Russia controlled the tempo in the fourth frame. They limited FYR Macedonia to 12 points in the period and eased to the victory at the end. Sergey Monya (203-F-83) notched 11 points, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) and Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 10 points apiece in the win.



Friendly Match : Macedonia - Russia 61 - 80 - by Georgi Bujukliev

Despite of the excellent first half, which elected team of the coach Marian Lazovski completed by a margin of 35-30, Russia with a very aggressive game in the over time and beating the Macedonian young composition.
Although the team of coach Lazovski missing four carriers of the game ( Antic , Gechevski , Ilievski and McGaleb ) the young team played a great first half against Russia which has a full finished edge .

Samardziski, Nikolovski , and lower players cooperated well in defense and accepted fairly rebounds in duels fwith ar higher opponents . Marquis Greene , along with brothers Stojanovski were carriers of the game outside and Macedonia in halftime leaded to 35 - 30th.
Often combined coach Lazovski a chance to debut in a representative jersey got Gjuroski, Zafirovski and 15-year-old Nicholovski and with frequent changes, Macedonian coach gave a good opportunity for all basketball players in these preparation games for the performance of the Pre-Olympic tournament in Venezuela.
Early in the second half, Marquis Greene becouse of the injury had to leave the playground, Russia began to play very aggressively, then hit pretty shots from distance and led by Kirilenko and Kaun, reverse the final triumph of 80-61.
Brothers Stojanovski together with Predrag Samardziski and Kyril Nikolovski , according to the individual effects were among the better in Macedonian Team of this match against Russia .
The Macedonian representation at Saturday awaiting another preparation game in Lithuania , this time in Klaipeda against the host team . The match is scheduled for 16:00 am Macedonian time .



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Smiles And More Basketball Commentary: Another Strong Season For The Artland Dragons, Close But No Cigar - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The last time the Artland Dragons won a title, FC Bayern Munich basketball was like a tiny sip from a beer mug at October fest in status comparison to a huge pitcher of beer which is FC Bayern Munich soccer, Leona Lewis with Bleeding Love and Duffy with Mercy were the biggest hits of the year in Germany, the big 3 and the Boston Celtics were very near their mission of winning the 18th NBA title for the Boston Celtics and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was still digesting his first Superbowl loss to the New York Giants and Eli Manning. The year was 2008 as Chris Fleming was shedding miniature tears in the O2 World arena in Hamburg after leading the team to their very first title a cup win over Ludwigsburg and Darius Hall reached the pinnacle of his career celebrating with a sea of red and white after the buzzer sounded and reaching the highest cult status ever with the fans and possibly his celebration will always be most remembered on that day. Since that win, the team missed two playoff appearances under Torsten Leibenath and peculiar that top rated German coach Stefan Koch and his Dragons had to bow out twice in a row to Chris Fleming and the Brose Baskets Bamberg the last two years
The Artland Dragons had another strong roster to boast about this season and possibly the second deepest rotation after Bamberg, but the team had to unwantingly have to come to terms with the fact that as long as there is a Bamberg on the Beko BBL map, one wont be breaking out any cigars anytime soon as the team as been close to unstoppable in the last three seasons. Rather than sipping champagne and seeing which player can blow the best smoke rings, Dragon players headed back to the village of Quackenbruck perhaps embarking on one last scenic bike ride before heading back home with title dreams dashing and prancing in their heads. For one player, Quackenbruck will remain home, but his basketball shoes will forever be hung up as 34 year Florian Hartenstein will stay in the Artland and work as a youth coach. When examining ex LTI Giessen 46er fan favorite Florian Hartenstein on the bench, one could set bets to see how long he can stay expressionless on the bench even with Toby the Dragon scare tactics going down the drain. Hartenstein who was never more than a garbage time player and male cheerleader on the bench, but extremely valuable with his experience and role model quality had to end his basketball career and 42 Beko BBL games with the Artland Dragons in the always loud and annoying Stechert arena in Bamberg possibly looking up to the arena ceiling to the basketball god and having to admit that in Freak city, there seems to be that basketball god wearing only the Brose jersey.

The Artland Dragons finished the 2011-2012 Beko BBL season in 4th place with a 24-10 record having two five game winning streaks and two four game winning streaks. Their biggest wins of the season had to be sweeping the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and their win against FC Bayern Munich in OT where David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) and Je Kel Foster gave a head to head battle combining for 54 points and giving the one or the other a short memory back to 1988 where Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins served up a similar type of basketball dish to the fans. The Artland Dragons averaged 83 points during the season and even showed their defensive ability and talent during the season limiting the Fraport Skyliners to 44 points, BG Goettingen to 49 points and TBB Trier to 51 points. The big story of the season was little diminutive 167 cm David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) who may have been a giant compared to Muggsy Bogues, but was able to take the Beko BBL by storm with his all around strong play making and scoring abilities. He was top scorer in 17 games. The team also was able to witness the further development of American Nathan Peavy who has etched his name with the top four players in the league. The Artland Dragons showed character, nerves and heart surviving FC Bayern Munich in five hard fought games. After losing game one in their dragon den, the team stepped up being the first team to win in the Audi Dome in game two despite losing David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) for a one game suspension. Now the Dragons had to show that they can win without David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) and did giving a stellar team performance as Anthony Hilliard who had had his share of hard aches during the season not being able to play at times as the team was waiting for Adam Hess to get his German citizenship stepped up and scored 20 points. The Dragons kept their composure keeping their home court advantage winning game five 79-73 as David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) chipped in with 18 points. A top ranked team like Artland can always lose to a Bamberg and even get swept, but not the way they did.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg waltzed through the semi finals against the Artland Dragons with ease making their opponent look like a scared puppy that had had their dinner taken away by a defenseless frog from the Artland swamp. The Artland Dragons gave up an average of 92 points per game in the Bamberg series which isnt a healthy point total when you have to realize that putting up 90 + points in Bamberg is about as rare as Skyliner Jimmy Mckinney passing up a clutch shot from downtown and was done only twice by Alba Berlin and Bonn, but Bamberg put up 100 points in getting the win. The game two loss in Artland was key for Bamberg having the supreme advantage and momentum for game three. Bamberg just wanted it more in game three as their defense stifled not only David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) who was limited to three points and couldnt force a rhythm into the Artland offense, but also the team as well. Only Nathan Peavy was able to score in double figures with 18 points who has been rumored linked to Alba Berlin for next season. All the talent isnt going to always get you that title, but possibly that emotional leader was missing. That Darius Hall who can change a game on and off the court. Perhaps the Artland Dragons had already had their season final and highlight with the exciting five game series win against FC Bayern Munich and were already half at home in their thoughts during the Bamberg series. It will be interesting to see how the Artland Dragons use the off season with who stays and who goes. The club already has resigned German Johannes Strasser less than 48 hours after the game three loss in Bamberg. The Artland Dragons will be competitive next season that is sure and perhaps Stefan Koch can take an example of Tigers coach Igor Perovic in keeping many players for next season as the model Fleming and his players staying on board for years have paid dividends with titles in the last years. Playing together and gaining experience is the way to go if you want to become an expert with champagne and cigars in the locker room.



Steve Wachalski Remains With The Mitteldeutscher BC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Steve Wachalski (203-F/C-83) achieved his basketball dream two years ago reaching the Beko BBL with BBC Bayreuth after five seasons in the Regionaliga and two years in the PRO B and now will get a second chance again of playing in the best German basketball league as new Beko BBL team Mitteldeutscher BC gave him a contract extension. Wachalski is a 29 year old 203cm forward and last season for MBC played 37 games: 9.9ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 63.2%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 77.1%. Last season he scored in double figures 18 times and had two big 20 plus games against Cuxhaven and Leitershofen. "I am happy that we can keep a player that helped us so much last season. I am happy with his development as he showed not only with his offense, but also with his defense that he is good. In the deciding moments, he was able to play his best defense. He also became the best rebounder in the team which before wasnt a big strength in his game. I am convinced that he will be able to continue his development in the Beko BBL. He fits to our team with his charachter", stressed MBC head coach Silvano Poropat.

Source: Mitteldeutscher BC



Sebastian Barth Returns Home To TV Langen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Four years away can seem like an eternity, but Sebastian Barth (192-G-85) is returning home to the place where he started his basketball career to TV Langen. Barth is a 27 year old 192cm guard that is a smooth shooting guard that is a strong driver and aggressive defender and is an excellent shooter especially running off screens. Last season he played for Nuernberger Basketball Club (ProA): 28 games: 4.5ppg, 1.6apg where he had been since 2010. He had to sit out the 2008-2009 season due to injury and in 2009-2010 played for :BBC Bayreuth (ProA): 29 games: 3.6ppg, 1.3apg. Barth played for TV Langen from 1999-2009 where he played a total of 120 games. "Leaving Nurnburg wasnt easy. I am looking forward to returning home after three interesting years away. I think with the experience that I gained in Bayreuth and Nurnburg, I will be able to help the young players develop and be able to reach something with the team", added Sebastian Barth (192-G-85). Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -00-01, German Bundesliga All-Star Rookie Game -03, 04, German U20 National Team -04-05, European Championships U20 in Moscow -05: 7 games: 2.6ppg, 0.9apg, German A2 National Team -06 (reserve player), German University National Team -07, World University Championships in Bangkok -07, World Military Championships in Klaipeda (Lithuania) -09
German Military National Team -09, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -10




The Telekom Baskets Bonn Haul In David Mccray - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Sometimes it is time for a change as David McCray (188-G-86) has expereinced as he has chosen to depart EnBW Ludwigsburg after five season and has joined the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Mccray is a is versible player. On one hand he's able to control the speed of the game and he's able to set up his team. He's coaches right hand on court; on the other hand he is a great scorer with strong athletic. Last season for EnBW Ludwigsburg he played 32 games: 2.4ppg, 1.2rpg. Bonn gave the hard nosed player a two year deal. "We are planning with him for the future and are happy that we could get him for two years. He can give Jared Jordan some minutes as well as play the wing position two", stressed Telekom baskets Bonn head coach Michael Koch.

Mccray started his basketball career in 2002-2003 with TV Bad Durkheim/Speyer (Regionalliga). In 2003-2004, he played for 1. FC Kaiserslautern (2.Bundesliga): 7 games: 4.7 ppg, also a license for TV Bad Durkheim/Speyer (Regionalliga). In 2004-2006, he played for BG Karlsruhe already getting Beko BBL experience at the age of 18. He played a total of 39 Beko BBL games. He then played for EnBW Ludwigsburg from 2007-2012 playing a total of 137 Beko BBL games. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -01-04, European Championships U18 in Germany -02, German U20 National Team -04-05, Albert Schweitzer Tournament -04: 18.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.8apg
German Rookie All-Stars Game -05, German Bundesliga Rookies All-Star Game -06, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Domestic Player of the Year -08
Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Domestic Players Team -08, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Defensive Team -08, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -08, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -08, German A2 National Team -09, German University National Team -09, and World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09: 7 games: 3.1ppg, 1.3rpg

Source: Telekom Baskets Bonn





Kai-Uwe Kranz Remains with USC Leipzig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Since starting his basketball career in 2001staying in the same place for more than two years was never the case for Kai-Uwe Kranz (189-G-79) untl now as he got a contract extension from PRO B team USC Leipzig and will be playing his third season for the team this season. Kranz is a 31 year old 189cm guard and last season played 27 games: 12.4ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 45.4%, FT: 75.0%. His three point shooting really stands out and is his gem on the court. Last season he scored in double figures 18 times and had two games making six three pointers. "I am happy that I can remain with my number one choice Leipzig. I feel tat this program is moving forward and I want to do all I can do to help the club be successful on the court. It is an honor to play for m yhometown team", stressed Kai-Uwe Kranz (189-G-79).

Source: USC Leipzig



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Simone Pianigiani a candidate for Panathinaikos - by Dimitris Katsionis

While Panathinaikos fans still trying to overcome the shock from Obradovic's departure, the team's administration is working to bring Serbian's replacement, a quality coach who will run the team for the next years.

However, the situation is still a little bit confused while tones of names are referred from Greek media every day. According to a source, Panathinaikos has put Simone Pianigiani in the top of it's list. The Italian coach represents the future, with his talent,character and freshness and he can keep the club's image in a high level and the team competitive without spending a lot of money. Pianigiani has one year left on his contract with Montepaschi but the whole atmosphere the last 2-3 months shows that his purpose is to work abroad. Panathinaikos's fans are very positive in this possibility while many of them would like to see a faster tempo at the offense. The obstacle is that Pianigiani must be a free agent first cause Panathinaikos administration doesn't want to talk with Europe's toughest negotiator, Ferdinando Minucci.

The second hot name is Gescrap BB's coach Fotis Katsikaris. The Greek coach also has two more years left in his contract with the Basques but no one knows his future especially if the team will not receive a wild cart for the next Euroleague. Katsikaris is a person who enjoys high esteem from Panathinaikos management due to his modern basketball thoughts and "workhorse" character. In this case we have to wait..

There is also a lot of discussion about Obradovic's assistant, Dimitris Itoudis. His intake as head coach would be a natural continuation after so many years next to Zots and also he'll keep the Serbian's spirit (and philosophy) alive in OAKA arena. According to sources close to the team, senior persons in the administration aren't fans of Itoudis case. Right now, it seems that Itoudis will follow coach Obradovic in his next destination.




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2012 Rookie of the Year re-signs through 2013 season - by Fred Roggen

Aris Leeuwarden have made a preseason move for the future by extending the contract of Rookie of the Year Valentijn Lietmeijer (191-G-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). The talented Lietmeijer re-signs through 2013 season.
He averaged 2.7 points and 0.8 rebounds per game last season for Lasaulec Aris Leeuwarden in the Dutch basketball League.
Coach Erik Braal expected that guard Lietmeijer takes the next level the upcoming season.



Aris Leeuwarden extends guard Tjoe de Paula - by Fred Roggen

Aris Leeuwarden reached a new agreement with guard Tjoe de Paula (185-PG-81, agency: Court Side), the left-handed guard who can play either back court position will stay in Leeuwarden next season.
Unfortunately, the shooting guard missed the playoffs by an acute appendicitis. He is now fully recovered.
The former Dutch NT player played 27 games last season in the DBL, his stats: 9.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 83.1%




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Balazs Simon leaves Albacomp - by Levente Szabo

Rumors were on the streets from weeks now that Balazs Simon (188-PG-80, agency: Court Side) will leave Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in favor of Szolnoki Olajbanyasz. Now it is official that reigning champion and cup winner Szolnoki Olajbanyasz added to their roster Balazs Simon after buying him out of his contract.

The news of the transfer generated mixed emotion in the Hungarian basketball world since one of the best Hungarian guards jumped out of his contract and joined a close rival. Balazs is expected to fill some of the gap left by Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) (who after two strong seasons with Szolnoki Olajbanyasz signed to Russia) and lead the team in their first Adriatic League season ever.

Balazs spent his last 5 years with Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar where he had some really strong years. In 2011 he led his team to the Hungarian League and Cup Finals and in this past season theyve advanced to the semifinals of both competitions.
In the past 3 years Balazs was selected back to back as Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Domestic Team.

After signing Miklos Szabo (206-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) and adding Balazs Simon to their roster it seems that the 2012 EuroChallenge Final Four participant Szolnoki Olajbanyasz will have a much more stronger Hungarian core than last year which indicates that they have big plans next year in the European competitions.



Roland Hendlein is moving back to Kaposvar - by Tamas Deri

Hungarian forward, Roland Hendlein (205-F-86, agency: TSS Management) is leaving the team of Albacomp as he decided to move back to his hometown and signed with Kaposvar for the coming season. The 205 cm tall, 26 years old all-around forward started his professional carreer with his home team and had a real good season averaging 14.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in the season 2009-10. He spent the last two seasons with Albacomp and helped his team with 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game coming from the bench last season.


Szolnok is keeping Peter Grebenar for one more season - by Tamas Deri

The management of Szolnok just published some hours ago, that the management agreed with Peter Grebenar (211-C-81, agency: TSS Management) for the coming season. The 211 cm tall, 31 years old domestic big man spent the last three seasons with the team. In the most sucessfull season of the club Grebenar helped his team with 4.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 17 games of the Eurochallenge and added 3.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in the Hungarian Championship.

After signing Miklos Szabo and adding Balazs Simon to their roster it seems that the 2012 EuroChallenge Final Four participant Szolnoki Olajbanyasz will have a much more stronger Hungarian core than last year which indicates that they have big plans next year in the European competitions.




Andras Rujak is staying in Kormend - by Tamas Deri

After signing the new head coach the management of Fortress-Kormend published that hungarian guard Andras Rujak (187-G-88, agency: TSS Management) agreed with the club for the coming season. The 187 cm tall, 24 years old playmaker played his first season with Enternet-NTE Hegyvidek in the top division and averaged 8.0 points, 2.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in the season 2008-09. After his solid season he moved to PVSK and put up 5.3 points, 1.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game. Two years ago he decided to move to Kormend, where he spent the last two seasons. In the season 2010-11 he helped his team with 8.6 points, 3.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game shooting with 48.9% from the three point line. Last season he got a limited playing time and added 4.9 points, 2.8 assists and 1.5 rebounds.


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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 28

Jun. 18: Lansing C. - Albany L.
Jun. 19: Battle Creek K. - Albany L.
Jun. 20: Battle Creek K. - Albany L.



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Chris Miller-Williams signs with KFI - by Eurobasket News

Chris Miller-Williams (198-F/G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: W.Georgia) is returning to KFI next season. The centre signed a new deal with the team. He will help KFI to show good results after promotion to Express League. Chris Miller-Williams joined KFI at the start of the last season. He notched 22.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game in D1. Eurobasket.com named him All-Icelandic D1 Centre of the Year. In April Chris Miller-Williams moved to UBA. He joined GIE Morrow Disciples. The centre became the UBA champion with the team. USBasket.com trumped the centre All-UBA International Player of the Year.


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Lebanon prevail against Iran - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - Iran 74:69

Lebanon recorded the third straight win at the start of WABA Championship in Amman. They held off the defending champions Iran in the third round. Garnett Thompson (206-C/F-80, college: Providence) and Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) scored 26 points each to lead the winners. Iran fell at 2-1 record after the loss.
Lebanon surged ahead in the opening quarter. They built a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. But Iran quickly bounced back. The reigning champs took control in the second quarter and denied the deficit. They pulled ahead for a 39:35 halftime advantage. Lebanon came out of the dressing room firing from all guns. They limited Iran 13 points in the third frame to regain the lead. Lebanon kept their opponents at distance in the final stanza as Fadi Khatib and Garnett Thompson steered them to the victory. Rodrigue Akl (188-PG-88) finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds for Lebanon. Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) answered with 22 points for Iran. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) delivered 15 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 26, Garnett Thompson 26, Rodrigue Akl 8
Iran: Hamed Afagh 22, Samad Nik Khahbahrami 15



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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.7.2 
 8. Diliegro, Assi Ost.7.1 
 9. Kotti, Aget Imola6.9 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mike GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Green, Sigma B.4.9 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.4.5 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.4 
 4. Renfroe, Enel B.3.6 
 5. Kelley, Biancobl.3.5 
 6. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 7. Marigney, Givova S.3.4 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola3.4 
 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. Green, Sigma B.2.6 
 3. Thompson, Centra.2.6 
 4. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.4 
 5. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.4 
 6. Porta, Tezenis2.3 
 7. Radulovic, Givova2.3 
 8. Marigney, Givova S.2.3 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.2.2 
 10. McConnell, Fileni2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder2.2 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.7 
 3. Thomas, Givova S.0.9 
 4. Radulovic, Givova0.9 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 6. Chiacig, Trenkwald.0.7 
 7. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.6 
 8. Kotti, Aget Imola0.6 
 9. Zerini, Enel Brind.0.6 
 10. Busma, Centrale.0.5 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Musso, Napoli19.2 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.16.7 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Poltroneri, Perugia16.2 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.2 
 6. Rugolo, San Severo15.1 
 7. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.8 
 8. Tagliabue, Ruvo14.7 
 9. Carrizo, Ferentino14.6 
 10. Ferrarese, Castel.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.6 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.7 
 3. Tagliabue, Ruvo8.8 
 4. Borra, Treviglio8.4 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.0 
 7. Gandini, Trieste7.9 
 8. Raminelli, Castell.7.7 
 9. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.6 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Tommaso MARINO
  Treviglio
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Marino, Treviglio4.3 
 2. Musso, Napoli4.3 
 3. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.1 
 4. Traini, Recanati3.8 
 5. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 6. Circosta, Anagni3.5 
 7. Guarino, Ferentino3.3 
 8. Vico, Matera3.2 
 9. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 10. Parente, Torino2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Roberto MAGGIO
  Pavia
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 2. Iardella, Fabriano2.9 
 3. Bertolazzi, Omegna2.9 
 4. Guarino, Ferentino2.9 
 5. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 7. Maiocco, Pavia2.7 
 8. Portannese, Torino2.7 
 9. Rossi, Chieti2.7 
 10. Musso, Napoli2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.1 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.1 
 5. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 6. Gandini, Trieste1.1 
 7. Raminelli, Castell.1.0 
 8. Rossi, Chieti1.0 
 9. Pascolo, Trento1.0 
 10. Cotani, Castellet.0.9 


Enel Brindisi clinch LegaDue title - by Eurobasket News

Pistoia - Enel Brindisi 86:88

Enel Brindisi claimed the LegaDue title. They overcame Pistoia on the road in the fourth game of the title series to celebrate the title. Jonathan Gibson (182-PG-87, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 28 points to pace the visitors.
Enel Brindisi started the game strongly. They pulled ahead and established a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. Pistoia struggled to match the visitors tempo. Enel Brindisi stretched the gap to 15 points at the interval 50:35. The visitors stayed in front throughout the third term. They ensured a 66:60 lead with one quarter remaining. Enel Brindisi were up by 10 points with under three minutes remaining. But Pistoia refused to surrender. They went on a 9:0 run to narrow the deficit to a single point. Jonathan Gibson and Klaudio Ndoja (200-G/F-85) had to go perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to secure the winning outcome for Enel Brindisi. Klaudio Ndoja and Craig Callahan (203-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Wilmington) accounted for 19 points each for the winners. Dwight Hardy (188-PG-87, college: St.John's) answered with 21 points for Pistoia. Jonathan Tavernari (198-G/F-87, college: BYU) produced 20 points in the loss.

Pistoia: Dwight Hardy 21, Jonathan Tavernari 20
Enel Brindisi: Jonathan Gibson 28, Klaudio Ndoja 19, Craig Callahan 19



Trieste wins Spareggio Promozione - by Eurobasket News

Trieste - Chieti 67-60 (3-2)

Trieste wins Spareggio Promozione over Chieti. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-12. But Chieti won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Chieti 43-32 including a 16-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) who scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Marco Carra (185-80) chipped in 20 points. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Trieste: M.Carra 20+1reb, I.Ferraro 14+8reb+1ast, L.Zaccariello 12+7reb+2ast, L.Gandini 8+9reb, A.Moruzzi 7+8reb+3ast, M.Maganza 5+3reb
Chieti: E.Rossi 18+14reb+1ast, A.Raschi 13+6reb, M.Diomede 10, S.Rajola 8+3reb+3ast, F.Gialloreto 7+3reb+3ast, A.Porfido 2+1reb
gschID: 177560



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  JORDAN   

Stats Leaders - Men

JPL 2012 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Enver Soobzokov 17.9
2. Zaid Alkhas 14.6
3. Mousa Al-Awadi 14.0
4. Ah. Hamarsheh 13.7
5. Y. Abu-Wazneh 13.5
6. Ali Jamal 13.4
7. Moh. Hamdan 13.1
8. Mah. Abdeen 12.7
9. Issa Kamel 11.9
10. Wesam Alsous 11.6
Rebounds Per Game
1. Y. Abu-Wazneh 10.8
2. Ah. Hamarsheh 10.7
3. Zaid Alkhas 10.3
4. Ahmad Moghrabi 7.9
5. Ali Jamal 7.3

Assists Per Game
1. Wesam Alsous 3.0
2. Nidal Alshareef 2.9
2. Tamer Katami 2.9
4. Ahmad Shaker 2.8
5. Moh. Idais 2.6
Steals Per Game
1. Ali El-Zubi 2.5
2. Hani Alfaraj 2.3
3. Ammar Jabri 2.2
4. Ah.Hamarsheh 2.0
5. Tamer Katami 1.9
Blocks Per Game
1. Ali Jamal 1.4
2. Zaid Alkhas 1.3
3. Faisal Khair 1.1
4. Ahmad Dwairi 0.9
5. Abd. Abu-Qoura 0.9
3FGP
1. Enver Soobzokov 3.0
2. Wesam Alsous 2.5
3. Mahmoud Abdeen 2.2
4. Mousa Al-Awadi 1.8
5. Issa Kamel 1.6



Jordan stay undefeated with win over Yemen - by Eurobasket News

Jordan - Yemen 90:37

Jordan posted the third consecutive win at the WABA Championship. The hosts fired past Yemen in Amman. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) came up with 17 points to lead the home team. Yemen suffered the third loss in a row.
Jordan held their opponents to just 4 points in the opening quarter to take a 15-point lead. Jordan maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:17 halftime lead. The hosts went on a massive 28:11 run in the third term to secure an unassailable lead before the final frame. Jordan did not slow down and rolled to the victory at the end. Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85) accounted for 14 points, while Ibrahim Bassam (204-C-87) notched 11 points for the winners. Hakim Adamien (205-C-79) answered with 7 points for Yemen. Samer Al-Asbahi (183-G/F-86) and Ahmed Abdulghafor (200-C-88) provided 6 points each in the loss.

Jordan: Ali Jamal 17, Fadel Al-Najjar 14, Ibrahim Bassam 11
Yemen: Hakim Adamien 7, Samer Al-Asbahi 6, Ahmed Abdulghafor 6



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  LBQ   

Standings

LBQ Standings
 1. Revolution 10-1 
 2. Seigneurs 10-2 
 3. Monteregie 2-6 
 4. Jaguars 2-7 
 5. Page-Dynamo 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 15: Revolution - Monteregie
Jun. 15: Jaguars - Page-Dynamo



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  LEBANON   


Lebanon prevail against Iran - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - Iran 74:69

Lebanon recorded the third straight win at the start of WABA Championship in Amman. They held off the defending champions Iran in the third round. Garnett Thompson (206-C/F-80, college: Providence) and Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) scored 26 points each to lead the winners. Iran fell at 2-1 record after the loss.
Lebanon surged ahead in the opening quarter. They built a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. But Iran quickly bounced back. The reigning champs took control in the second quarter and denied the deficit. They pulled ahead for a 39:35 halftime advantage. Lebanon came out of the dressing room firing from all guns. They limited Iran 13 points in the third frame to regain the lead. Lebanon kept their opponents at distance in the final stanza as Fadi Khatib and Garnett Thompson steered them to the victory. Rodrigue Akl (188-PG-88) finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds for Lebanon. Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) answered with 22 points for Iran. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) delivered 15 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 26, Garnett Thompson 26, Rodrigue Akl 8
Iran: Hamed Afagh 22, Samad Nik Khahbahrami 15



Lebanon WABA Champion after beating Jordan on the score of 73-61 - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

After winning against Iran in the 3rd day of the West Asian Championship Lebanon had to meet the Home team in the 4th day of the championship, Jordan the Finalist of the last FIBA ASIA Championship which was held in Wuhan China. The Lebanese National team who was passing in a very unstable period due to lack of many resources (financial ,) went to Jordan with only 9 players and this is a first in the history of the Lebanese Basketball.

The game saw a very big dominance for Lebanon despite having trailed Jordan at the end of the 1st quarter on the score of 17-19 but in the 2nd half Lebanon started to impose its rhythm and led at the half on the score of 36-31 through the big leadership of the historical captain Fadi Khatib and the big contribution of Guarnette Thompson and Elie Stephan , Hussein Khatib , Charles Tabet and the Team Point guard Ridrigue Akl. The 3rd quarter saw Lebanon increasing its lead and finishing it on the score of 55-44. The 4th quarter saw the difference increased and reaching as much as 22 points , Coach Ghassan Sarkis gave the chance to all his players to participate in this big win and resting his key players, Lebanon won the game at the score of 73-61.

This Lebanese National team is a mix of young generation with the big experience of Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) and with a good vision and good planning Lebanon can play again the major roles in Asia , Lebanon can take advantage from the aging of key players of Jordan , Iran , Korea and bringing their new talents to regain the leadership year after year.

Lebanon by winning this game will be crowned as WABA Champion no matter what happens in tomorrows game vs Palestine. Lebanon is qualified to the FIBA ASIA Cup previously known as FIBA ASIA Stankovic Cup , The championship will be held in Tokyo Japan from 14 to 22 September 2012, Lebanon is the previous edition champion which was held in Lebanon in 2010.



Slobodan Subotic and Riyadi - - by John Khoury

After weeks of negotiations, Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut are aiming toward one of the biggest Profiles to ever coach in the ME.
Slobodan Subotic (agency: Interperformances ) , and according to our Sources already signed the biggest paid salary for any coach in west asia , with the lebanese first runner up riyadi.

Reading this news will automatically put Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut on the right track , unless the unexpected happens .
According to the Same sources, Slobodan Subotic (agency: Interperformances ) who has recently been appointed as General manager for Union Olimpija Ljubljana , can't Break up his contract the easy way.
Union Olimpija Ljubljana is having some serious financial problems, which might lead them to release Slobodan Subotic (agency: Interperformances ).
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut's management and Subitic's Agent agreed on keeping this matter exceptionally confidential , in a give-and-go in order to avoid some serious problems with Union Olimpija Ljubljana .
" We have no idea who's trying to break this deal , We definitely can't understand how this news got leaked ... " Said one of riyadi's biggest managers.

The biggest question to be asked on this Subject is, Will Slobodan Subotic (agency: Interperformances ) still heading riyadi's coaching staff... Or we will witness the biggest Lay down in lebanese basketball history?





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  MEXICO   

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

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


CIBACOPA Finals: Hermosillo ties the score to 1-1 - by Eurobasket News

CIBACOPA Finals, Game 2: Hermosillo - Guaymas 103-87 (1-1, best-of-seven)

The game was mostly controlled by Rayos de Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas managed to win second period 29-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ostioneros de Guaymas 39-21 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Rayos de Hermosillo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). Forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) chipped in 29 points. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) produced 21 points and guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Game 3 - Friday at Guaymas' home court.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: E.Little 34+12reb+2ast, P.Sanders 29+3reb+3ast, A.Izaguirre 14+7reb, J.Camacho 12+5reb+1ast, B.Hamilton 7+5reb+8ast, J.Manuel Esteva 7+3reb+3ast
Guaymas: J.Habel 21+4reb, H.Johnson 16+7reb+1ast, A.Pedroza 14+4reb+1ast, M.Allen 13+1reb+9ast, R.Benitez 7, H.Nungaray 6+1reb+7ast



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.2 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 3. James, Miami Heat28.0 
 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. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.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 


Allen, Pietrus undergo successful surgery - by Eurobasket News

Both Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) and Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Court Side) underwent surgical procedures to correct injuries that limited them at times during the Boston Celtics' playoff run which ended with a Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in the Conference finals.

Both Allen (right ankle) and Pietrus (right knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery, both performed by the team physician, Dr. Brian McKeon and Dr. Mark Slovenkai assisting.

Allen missed 20 games this season, the most he has missed since joining the Celtics. A career starter, the C's decided to have him come off the bench with second-year guard Avery Bradley replacing him in the starting lineup.

For the season, Allen averaged 14.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He also shot a career-best 45.3 percent on 3s.

Pietrus, who signed with Boston shortly after the Phoenix Suns released him in December, averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds off the bench while playing 21.9 minutes per game.

Both players will be free agents this summer.

Courtesy of www.csnne.com



Hornets sale to Saints owner Benson approved - by Eurobasket News

The NBA Board of Governors has approved the sale of the New Orleans Hornets to Tom Benson, who owns the NFL's Saints.

The league announced the approval Wednesday on Twitter and said the deal is expected to close this week.

Under NFL rules, Benson is allowed to own both teams because they are in the same market.

When NBA commissioner David Stern announced the sale in April, he called Benson "a firm believer in investing in New Orleans" and said it was the league's goal all along to sell the team to such a person.

The NBA purchased the Hornets for a reported $318 million from George Shinn in December 2010. It was reported that Benson paid $338 million.

The Hornets won the NBA Draft Lottery last month to land the No. 1 pick, which is likely to be used on star Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis.

The Saints, of course, have dominated recent headlines in the city because of their bounty program.

Courtesy of www.miamiaherlad.com



Game 2: .Heat survive Thunder rally for 100-96 win - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) needed some help, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) provided it.

The Miami Heat finally rediscovered the formula to winning in the NBA Finals with a 100-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.

James had another finals career high with 32 points, Wade rebounded from a poor opener to add 24 and the Heat built a huge early lead before holding off a furious fourth-quarter rally behind their three All-Stars to beat the Thunder, tying the series at one game apiece.

Bosh had 16 points and 15 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup for the Heat, who snapped a four-game finals losing streak with their first victory since Game 3 against Dallas last year.

"It's been so long since we've had them all together," Heat forward Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) said. "They played like the All-Stars that they are and that's the effort that we need."

Now they go home to host Game 3 on Sunday and the next two after that, knowing they don't have to hear the noisy Thunder fans again - not to mention all their critics - if they win all three.

"We've been down. We've withstood rallies. The good thing about it, when they scored, we didn't get our head down. We just got back on offense and started to execute," James said. "It's a great team that we're going against. So we're going to need every effort, every play and it's going to take all the way down to zeroes on that clock to get a win."

Kevin Durant scored 32 points for the Thunder, but missed a shot after appearing to be bumped with James that would have tied a game the Thunder trailed the entire way. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, but shot 10 of 25 from the field.

James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) tried to keep the Thunder in it early and finished with 21 points, but this time the Thunder couldn't come back from a double-digit deficit after spotting Miami a 17-point advantage during their worst first half of the season.

"That was the game. We can't start off down 18-2," Durant said. "We can't go down that much, especially at home. We've got to correct it."

It was the first home loss in 10 postseason games for the Thunder, who had overcome a 13-point deficit in Game 1.

James had 30 points in the opener, but afterward said Wade needed to be Wade - All-Star, Olympic gold medalist and finals MVP.

In Game 1, Wade was 7 of 19. He wasn't sharp in the last round and continues to hear reports that something is physically wrong with him. He was all but asked Wednesday if his explosiveness was a thing of the past, what must have been insulting to a player who, though 30, still believes he's not far from the top of the game.

Wade bounced back in a big way, not quite at the level he was as the 2006 finals MVP, but certainly good enough with the help around him now for the Heat to win another one.

He spun into the lane and found Bosh for a dunk that seemed to have the Heat safe at 98-91 inside the final minute, but a 3-pointer by Durant cut it to 98-96 with 37 seconds left. After James missed a 3-pointer, the Thunder got the ball into Durant, who appeared to be knocked off balance by James as he missed the baseline shot attempt.

Durant said only that he missed the shot, saying he would have to watch the tape to see if he was fouled.

James then sank the insurance free throws - finishing a 12-for-12 night at the line - as fans booed loudly over the no-call.

Bosh started after coming off the bench in every game since returning late last round from his nine-game absence with a strained lower abdominal muscle. The Big Three joined Battier and Mario Chalmers in the lineup, the first time Miami had gone with that first five all season.

It sent the Heat on their way to a terrific start, and Battier matched his surprising 17-point performance in Game 1 by going 5 of 7 from 3-point range, providing all the help the superstar trio needed.

James had his fifth straight 30-point game, breaking Wade's franchise playoff record, and added eight rebounds. He defended Durant early in Game 1 and helped put the league's scoring champion in early foul trouble, just one of the problems the Thunder had early.

Another loud, blue and white crowd tried to inspire them to rally, but the team could just simply never get close enough to until the final minutes.

The home team would get the deficit to around 10, and James would get himself into the post or drive powerfully into the lane to score or set up a teammate.

The Heat blew a fourth-quarter lead in Game 2 last year, and doing it again would have meant making them overcome a 2-0 deficit, which they did in 2006.

Durant nailed a 3-pointer and drove into the lane to throw down a dunk over Battier that cut it to 82-74 with 8:22 remaining. His 3-pointer from the wing trimmed it to 90-86, and the Thunder got it all the way to 94-91 when Westbrook dunked Durant's miss with 1:48 to go.

James answered by banking in a jumper for his first basket of the final period, as the Big Three combined for all but one of Miami's seven field goals in the fourth quarter.

"The clock is going really fast, but I tried to slow it down in my mind and get a good shot," James said of the play. "I had a couple turnovers in the fourth quarter that I didn't like because I wasn't aggressive enough. I was glad I was able to make a good bucket and some free throws down the stretch."

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



Dwyane Wade promises to be more aggressive against Thunder - by Eurobasket News

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) couldnt help himself. He had to laugh.

Asked Wednesday how he felt athletically now compared to when he won the NBA championship in 2006, the Heats shooting guard let out a chuckle.

I was 24, Wade said. Totally different. Six years ago, man. Im not that athletic, Ill tell you that, as I was in 06.

Hard to believe, but Dwyane Wade is the oldest superstar in the NBA Finals. On Tuesday, it showed. At times, he struggled to get around perimeter defenders he used to blow past in his glory days. He settled for jump shots. He deferred to LeBron James.

Nagged by a troublesome left knee, Wade labored through the first three quarters of the Heats Game 1 loss here in Oklahoma City. Just like in the Eastern Conference finals against the Celtics, Wade turned up his game in the fourth quarter, but it wasnt enough to match the younger and more athletic Thunder.

Wade scored seven points in the fourth quarter and so did James, but those totals didnt even match the production of Thunder forward Kevin Durant, who had 17 in the games final period.

Entering the Finals, the series big story line was how James would respond after collapsing against the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. James seems just fine. He scored 30 points in Game 1. Meanwhile, Wade finished with 19 points. And while he contributed in other ways Wade had eight assists and four rebounds he was thoroughly outplayed by his counterpart, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

Wade has already passed the symbolic baton of team leader and go-to scorer to James. In the East finals, simply getting out of the way and allowing James to dominate was enough. But the Thunder is a far a more superior offensive team than the Celtics. For all the talk of defensive adjustments, figuring out the Thunder might boil down to one simple truth: Wade needs to score more points. He will get his chance Thursday in Game 2 at Oklahoma City.

I mean, I want to score more points, Wade said. I dont deal with the pressure of that. Thats when you start thinking too much, too many questions start coming up in your mind, you start overanalyzing things.

I want to score more points, I want to get my team more to give us an opportunity to win the series.

So, whats the plan?

Ill be more aggressive, Wade said.

The Thunders young duo of Durant and Westbrook outscored the Heats entire team 41-40 in the second half. Want to talk about aggression? Oklahoma City had 24 points in transition. The Heat had four. Oklahoma City had 56 points in the paint. The Heat had 40.

[Game 1] was not decided by schematics, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. It was decided by force. It was decided by will. It was decided by energy.
Both these teams have that ability. They imposed that on us [Tuesday], and thats the reality.

After Game 1, Spoelstra immediately turned his focus to Game 2, saying his team would make the proper adjustments needed to even the series. Finding a way to get Wade involved more offensively is No.1 on Spoelstras list of things to do differently.

Well get him opportunities to attack, and I think he had a couple good opportunities to get into the paint there in the fourth quarter a couple of them he wasnt able to convert, Spoelstra said. But he was aggressive during the quarter, and so well try to get him in places where he can continue to be aggressive.

Spoelstra brushed off the idea that Wade might be too fatigued to be the difference maker he once was.

Hes fine at this point, Spoelstra said. And Ive said this time and time again, no one feels 100 percent. Theres 10 days left. Our guys are ready for this challenge.

Wade might not be the same player who averaged 34 points in the 2006 Finals. The athleticism is fading, but the desire still burns.

I still have something in me, Wade said. I still have something left in me. I wish it was possible to stay at the same athleticism as I was at 24, but thats not possible.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



Sixers might use amnesty provision on Elton Brand - by Eurobasket News

Sixers president and general manager Rod Thorn acknowledged Tuesday that the team has begun a search for his replacement - Danny Ferry has already interviewed for the job, according to a league source - but he added that he expected to be very much involved with, if not in control of, the June 28 draft.

Oh, yeah, Thorn said when reached via phone Tuesday afternoon. We will do it the same way we did last year. Im busy with that now, and it will be exactly the same way.

The Sixers, who will bring in more potential draft picks for workouts Thursday and Friday, face crucial decisions. They have to decide whether they will use the amnesty provision on Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke), which could allow them to gain more than $18 million in cap space and be active in free agency. Teams can begin talking with free agents July 1 and can begin signing them July 11.

Thorn, who has been in the league as a player or manager since he was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in 1963, said that when former team owner Ed Snider hired him the understanding was that Thorn, 71, would assume a consultants role at the end of his contract, which expires in one year.

Courtesy of Philadelphia Inquirer (via www.insidehoops.com)



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Syria open win count in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Syria - Palestine 77:71

Syria secured the first win at the WABA Championship in Amman. They held off Palestine for 1-2 record. Michel Maadanly (194-G-81) stepped up with another pivotal performance for Syria. He delivered 27 points and 6 rebounds in the win.
Syria had to overcome a slow start. Palestine built a 24:19 advantage ten minutes into the game. But Syria answered almost immediately exploding with 22 points in the second quarter and taking a 41:37 halftime lead. Syria stayed aggressive offensively in the third period. They managed to pile up a 6-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The teams slowed down in the final quarter but Syria capitalized protecting the margin and sealing the victory. Watche Nalabandian (184-PG-83) produced 20 points, while Ahmad Ishak (194-SF-86) added 7 points for Syria. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) responded with 18 points for Palestine. Sakakini Sani (204-C-88) had 26 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Syria: Michel Maadanly 27, Watche Nalabandian 20, Ahmad Ishak 7
Palestine: Sakakini Sani 26+12 boards, Jamal Abu-Shamala 18



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jun. 13: B-Meg Llam. - Alaska Aces 77-61
Jun. 13: Air21 Express - Barako Bull 100-109

Regular Season: Round 13

Jun. 15: Rain or Shine - Meralco Bolts
Jun. 15: Ginebra Kings - Powerade T.
Jun. 16: Alaska Aces - Talk N Text


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zach GRAHAM
  Air21 E.
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 37.2
 1. Graham, Air21 E.37.2 
 2. David, Powerade T.28.0 
 3. Harris, Talk N Text27.8 
 4. Cornley, Rain o.26.2 
 5. Bozeman, Ginebra24.8 
 6. Forte, Alaska Aces23.6 
 7. Basden, Petron B.23.0 
 8. Blakely, B-Meg L.22.5 
 9. Oguchi, Meralco Bo.20.3 
 10. Caguioa, Ginebra16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason FORTE
  Alaska Aces
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Forte, Alaska Aces15.4 
 2. Graham, Air21 E.15.2 
 3. Cornley, Rain o.13.4 
 4. Harris, Talk N Text12.0 
 5. Blakely, B-Meg L.11.7 
 6. Pingris, B-Meg L.11.0 
 7. Bozeman, Ginebra10.8 
 8. Taulava, Meralco9.4 
 9. Basden, Petron B.8.5 
 10. Santos, Petron B.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CASIO
  Powerade T.
  (177-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Casio, Powerade T.6.6 
 2. Ross, Meralco5.6 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.3 
 4. Bozeman, Ginebra4.4 
 5. Basden, Petron B.4.3 
 6. Cabagnot, Petron4.2 
 7. Miller, Barako Bull4.2 
 8. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.0 
 9. Blakely, B-Meg L.4.0 
 10. Hubalde, Air21 E.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edward BASDEN
  Petron B.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Basden, Petron B.3.2 
 2. Blakely, B-Meg L.3.2 
 3. Cortez, Ginebra1.8 
 4. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.8 
 5. Chan, Rain or Shine1.6 
 6. Hatfield, Ginebra1.6 
 7. Ross, Meralco1.6 
 8. Harris, Talk N Text1.5 
 9. Dillinger, Talk N.1.5 
 10. Weinstein, Barako1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.2.5 
 2. Forte, Alaska Aces2.0 
 3. Maierhofer, Ginebr.1.5 
 4. Santos, Petron B.1.3 
 5. Norwood, Rain o.1.2 
 6. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.0 
 7. Reavis, B-Meg L.1.0 
 8. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.0 
 9. Miller, Barako Bull0.8 
 10. Harris, Talk N Te.0.8 


Latest games: Barako Bull withstands Graham's conference-high 41 in win - by Eurobasket News

Air21 Express - Barako Bull 100-109
In a duel between two prolific scorers, support is vital. And that is where Barako Bull got the edge, resulting in a 109-100 victory by Barako Bull over Air21 Wednesday in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Zach Graham (198-G-89, college: Mississippi) outshot LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) in a duel between two prolific imports, but the latter had more local support. Hickerson finished with 38 points, three less than scoring leader Graham's output, but eight of the 10 locals Energy coach Junel Baculi fielded in chipped in at least six points that spelled the biggest difference in the match. Hickerson, who averaged 32.8 points in six games for Air21 in the 2010 Fiesta Cup and came up with a 32-point production in a 111-107 upset of Petron Blaze last Friday, highlighted his performance by scoring all seven of Barako's last points that gave it a 109-97 spread, only 58 seconds remaining. The victory jacked the Energy's win-loss record to 3-2, tying it for third with idle Barangay Ginebra and Powerade. Graham, who came into the game averaging 36.3 ppg, also had a game-high 17 rebounds, three assists and two steals. But all his efforts were negated by Barako's relatively more balanced attack, resulting in Air21's fourth loss in five games that relegated it to the cellar along with Talk N Text and Alaska. The Aces have a chance to climb out of the cellar against B-Meg later in the evening, however. Despite the win in a game where Barako Bull led by as much as 105-90, Baculi was far from satisfied, noting how his team gave up a total 92 field attempts to the Express. "We cannot outshoot every opponent in this league. We're not that strong offensively. We have to change our state of mind about it," he stated. One thing that also nagged at Baculi was the way his charges got outrebounded from the beginning of the game and until the end, resulting in a 51-58 discrepancy in that department. "I got mad in the dugout during halftime because we were outrebounded even though we were taller than them," said Baculi, noting how that has been the trend in all their games so far. "We were just lucky we're winning," he explained. "When we get outrebounded most often than not we lose. We have to step up further if we want to advance." What gives him the additional sense of urgency he wants to impart to his charges is their upcoming schedule in which they will be facing Rain or Shine, Talk 'N Text and Ginebra in succession. "It's a tough grind for us, so we have to be mentally prepared. We're too relaxed in our plays," he maintained. Danny Seigle failed to see action anew due to a injured calf muscle, but Mick Pennisi, Douglas Kramer, Don Allado and Reil Cervantes lent ample support in the frontline by combining for 39 points and 27 rebounds. Still, Baculi made it plain he misses Seigle. "Danny will start practicing pa on Monday. We don't want to push the issue on him, but we need another big guy to help us out in our rebounding woes," he said. Veterans Willie Miller and Mick Pennisi provided the most noteworthy backup for Hickerson in the stretches Barako needed them most. Miller sprang to life in the fourth period, making all his first four shots from the field-all difficult ones-that helped Barako surge to a 98-84 spread, going to the last 5:41 of the game. Pennisi was in a similar zone during the third period, booming in three straight triples and helped Hickerson yank the Energy away from a 53-51 count and into double digit leads, including a 69-55 difference. As has been the case in most of its games, Air21 started out flat but came charging back strong as the game wore on, riding the shoulders of Graham and James Sena in razing a 23-33 deficit and even briefly taking a 41-40 edge on the strength of a 6-0 run anchored on Bitoy Omolon. Barako Bull regrouped in time, however, using a balanced 13-6 surge to take the half at 53-47. (NC) *Courtesy of www.pba.ph

B-Meg Llam. - Alaska Aces 77-61
An assortment of ailments kept B-Meg import Marqus Blakely (196-F-89, college: Vermont) on the bench in the last 19 minutes of the game versus the Alaska Aces Wednesday night. It hardly posed a problem for the streaking Llamados, though. The Commissioner's Cup champs sustained their hot charge, spilling the Alaska Aces, 77-61, to gain virtual entry into the PBA Governors Cup semifinal round at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. With Blakely already off the floor, the Llamados threw a defensive blanket on the Aces, holding their struggling rivals to only 23 points in the second half. Overall, B-Meg limited Alaska to its lowest output in a game in the last nine years. It's also the lowest in a game by any team in the last three and a half years. 'We played some good defense. I think it's our best since I've been around (in this team),' said B-Meg coach Tim Cone. The effort carried the Llamados to a fifth straight win after a losing conference debut against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Nearing the homestretch of the elims, B-Meg is already leading the field at 5-1 with Rain or Shine at second at 4-1. And the Llamados are not about to relax. 'We have no thoughts whether we're in or out. We don't care. For us, it's not about entering the semis. We can't afford to feel like that. The goal is to keep winning,' said Cone. They showed that determined effort against the Aces, allowing Cone to score a fourth win in as many games versus his former ball club. Blakely had to sit down the last 19 minutes of the game as he got dizzy after bumping his head with Sonny Thoss. 'I'm afraid he suffered a concussion. He's dizzy and see spots in his vision,' said Cone. 'He's got all kinds of health problems. He threw up at the half due to food poisoning the other day,' Cone added. The B-Meg locals, however, proved ready to do the job. JC Intal, PJ Simon, James Yap, Marc Pingris and Josh Urbiztondo all dished out solid efforts as the Llamados went on a rampage in the final half. The count stood at 38-all at the half even with Alaska shooting 42.9 percent from the field as against B-Meg's 33.3-percent clip. Jason Forte (196-F-84, college: S.Mississippi), LA Tenorio and Sonny Thoss put in 10 points each but no other Alaska player scored more than three in the first 24 minutes of play. The Llamados had a balanced scoring with Simon, Yap and Urbiztondo combining for 3-of-5 three-point shooting. The Aces missed all four three-point attempts. B-Meg seized control in the third quarter, leading by 14, 60-46, heading to the payoff period. The Llamados held the Aces to eight points on a woeful 12.5-percent shooting in the third canto. (SB) *Courtesy of www.pba.ph



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Marcin Stefanski close to leave Trefl Sopot - by Eurobasket Center

According to the sources, WKS Slask Wroclaw and PGE Turow Zgorzelec are interested in Marcin Stefanski (200-F-83), 29-year forward who played recently at Trefl Sopot. It is worth to mention that Stefanski has already played for both teams in the past. Eurobasket was told that Stefanski also has an offer from the German BBL team.

While playing 50 games last season Stefanski averaged 4.4ppg and 3.0rpg. With his team he reached PLK Finals where they were defeated by powerhouse Asseco Prokom 3:4



NT player Jakub Wojciechowski wins the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

NT player Jakub Wojciechowski (213-C/F-90) wins the title abroad as his Italian Enel Brindisi claimed the LegaDue title. They overcame Pistoia on the road 88:86 in the fourth game of the title series to celebrate the title. Jonathan Gibson scored 28 points to pace the visitors.
Enel Brindisi started the game strongly. They pulled ahead and established a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. Pistoia struggled to match the visitors tempo. Enel Brindisi stretched the gap to 15 points at the interval 50:35. The visitors stayed in front throughout the third term. They ensured a 66:60 lead with one quarter remaining. Enel Brindisi were up by 10 points with under three minutes remaining. But Pistoia refused to surrender. They went on a 9:0 run to narrow the deficit to a single point. Jonathan Gibson and Klaudio Ndoja had to go perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to secure the winning outcome for Enel Brindisi. Klaudio Ndoja and Craig Callahan accounted for 19 points each for the winners. Dwight Hardy answered with 21 points for Pistoia. Jonathan Tavernari produced 20 points in the loss.
The season 2011-2012 Jakub Wojciechowski started for Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA) and in EuroCup averaged 1.3ppg, 1.3rpg. In Feb.'12 moved to Enel Brindisi (Italy-Lega2) and showed 1.9 points per game.



Polish National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Starting five
#s#
Lukasz Koszarek
Koszarek
Michal Ignerski
Ignerski
Thomas Kelati
Kelati
Maciej Lampe
Lampe
Marcin Gortat
Gortat
#e#5
Lukasz Koszarek 187-G-84 Trefl Sopot Poland
Robert Skibniewski 182-G-83 Slask Wroclaw Poland
Krzysztof Szubarga 182-G-84 Anwil Poland
Tomasz Snieg 190-PG-89 Polpharma Poland
Dardan Berisha 192-G-88 Anwil Poland
Piotr Pamula 195-G-90 AZS Koszalin Poland
Mateusz Ponitka 196-G-93 Asseco Prokom Poland
Lukasz Wisniewski 186-G-84 Trefl Sopot Poland
Michal Ignerski 207-F-80 Lokomotiv Russia
Thomas Kelati 195-G/F-82 Khimky Russia
Adam Waczynski 199-F-89 Trefl Sopot Poland
Przemyslaw Zamojski 186-G-86 Asseco Prokom Poland
Maciej Lampe 210-C-85 Caja Laboral Spain
Pawel Leonczyk 202-F-86 Energa Czarni Poland
Szymon Szewczyk 209-C-82 Umana Venezia Italy
Piotr Stelmach 205-F-84 Zastal ZG Poland
Marcin Gortat 213-C-84 Phoenix Suns USA
Adam Hrycaniuk 206-C-84 Asseco Prokom Poland
Przemyslaw Karnowski 214-C-93 Siarka Jezioro Poland
Damian Kulig 205-F/C-87 PGE Turow Poland
Adam Lapeta 217-C-87 Asseco Prokom Poland

Ales Pipan Head Coach Zadar Croatia
Andrzej Adamek Assistant Asseco Prokom Poland
Krzysztof Szablowski Assistant Anwil Poland
Walter Jeklin GM Asseco Prokom Poland



Michal Batka on his way to Poland? - by Eurobasket Center

As reported to Eurobasket.com by a source close to the player, the Slovakian big man Michal Batka (204-C-87) is heading to Poland. There are few top teams interested in signing Slovakian National Team player. 24-year old Batka spent last three seasons in BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves. Least year he averaged 15.7ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.0bpg. He was Eurobasket.com Slovakian League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.


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Portugal U23 clash with Caceres in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Portuguese U23 National Team played the friendly game in Spain. They took on local Caceres team. Portugal claimed a 98:76 win at the end.
Portugal got to a confident start. They built a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. The Spaniards did not managed to get any closer in the second quarter. They faced a 10-point deficit heading into the second half 38:48. Portugal kept their opponents at bay throughout the next two periods. Portugal eased to the victory at the end. Antonio Pires (185-G-86) finished with 19 points to lead the winners. Diogo Correia (182-G-90) added 15 points, while Jose Silva (194-F-89) chipped in 13 points for Portugal. Luke Nelson (185-PG-95) answered with 19 points for Caceres. Karl Arnol Niamamoukoko (205-F/C-92) added 12 boards in the loss.



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Puerto Rico to play against USVI and Dominican Republic prior to Centrobasket Tournament: - by Luis Modestti

The Puerto Rican Basketball Federation announced two warm-up games prior to the 2012 Centrobasket Championship.

The first game will be today against the US Virgin Islands in Mayaguez. A total of 14 players are expected to play there.

Then on Saturday they play the Dominican Republic in Bayamon at 6PM. After the game they announce the final cut.

Some of the players considered are: Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern), Miguel Ali Berdiel, David Huertas, Filiberto Rivera, Andres Rodriguez, Mike Rosario, Alexander Franklin, Alex Galindo, Angel Garcia, Edwin Ubiles, Angel Alamo, Tomas Vazquez, Kevin Young, Renaldo Balkman, Peter John Ramos and Daniel Santiago.



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  RUSSIA   


Russia overcome FYR Macedonia in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Russia - FYR Macedonia 80:61

Russian and FYR Macedonian National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament. They played a friendly encounter in Sasha Kaun (211-C-85)as tonight. Russia claimed a comprehensive victory. Sasha Kaun scored 14 points to lead the winners.
FYR Macedonia got to a slightly better start. They accumulated a 15:14 lead ten minutes into the game. The Balkan team boosted the lead in the second quarter. They piled up a 35:30 halftime advantage. But Russia turned things around in the second half. David Blatt team went on a 26:14 run in the third quarter to take a 7-point advantage. Russia controlled the tempo in the fourth frame. They limited FYR Macedonia to 12 points in the period and eased to the victory at the end. Sergey Monya (203-F-83) notched 11 points, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) and Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 10 points apiece in the win.



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Dejan Borovnjak brings the title from Italy - by Eurobasket News

Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) brings the title from Italy as he wins the title abroad as his Italian Enel Brindisi that claimed the LegaDue title. They overcame Pistoia on the road 88:86 in the fourth game of the title series to celebrate the title. Jonathan Gibson scored 28 points to pace the visitors.
Enel Brindisi started the game strongly. They pulled ahead and established a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. Pistoia struggled to match the visitors tempo. Enel Brindisi stretched the gap to 15 points at the interval 50:35. The visitors stayed in front throughout the third term. They ensured a 66:60 lead with one quarter remaining. Enel Brindisi were up by 10 points with under three minutes remaining. But Pistoia refused to surrender. They went on a 9:0 run to narrow the deficit to a single point. Jonathan Gibson and Klaudio Ndoja had to go perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to secure the winning outcome for Enel Brindisi. Klaudio Ndoja and Craig Callahan accounted for 19 points each for the winners. Dwight Hardy answered with 21 points for Pistoia. Jonathan Tavernari produced 20 points in the loss.
The season 2011-2012 Dejan Borovnjak averaged 14.1 points per game.



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Michal Batka on his way to Poland? - by Greg

As reported to Eurobasket.com by a source close to the player, the Slovakian big man Michal Batka (204-C-87) is heading to Poland. There are few top teams interested in signing Slovakian National Team player. 24-year old Batka spent last three seasons in BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves. Least year he averaged 15.7ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.0bpg. He was Eurobasket.com Slovakian League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.


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Syria open win count in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Syria - Palestine 77:71

Syria secured the first win at the WABA Championship in Amman. They held off Palestine for 1-2 record. Michel Maadanly (194-G-81) stepped up with another pivotal performance for Syria. He delivered 27 points and 6 rebounds in the win.
Syria had to overcome a slow start. Palestine built a 24:19 advantage ten minutes into the game. But Syria answered almost immediately exploding with 22 points in the second quarter and taking a 41:37 halftime lead. Syria stayed aggressive offensively in the third period. They managed to pile up a 6-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The teams slowed down in the final quarter but Syria capitalized protecting the margin and sealing the victory. Watche Nalabandian (184-PG-83) produced 20 points, while Ahmad Ishak (194-SF-86) added 7 points for Syria. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) responded with 18 points for Palestine. Sakakini Sani (204-C-88) had 26 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Syria: Michel Maadanly 27, Watche Nalabandian 20, Ahmad Ishak 7
Palestine: Sakakini Sani 26+12 boards, Jamal Abu-Shamala 18



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Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L 1st Team 2012
#s#
Tyrone Nelson
Nelson
Antabia Waller
Waller
Henry Antwan Dobie
Dobie
Nenad Delic
Delic
Hakan Yapar
Yapar
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Player of the Year: Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Bld
Guard of the Year: Antabia Waller (188-G-88) of Gaziantep
Forward of the Year: Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Bld
Center of the Year: Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84) of Genc Telekom
Defensive Player of the Year: Ismail Cevik (206-F-81) of Selcuk Univ.
Domestic Player of the Year: Hakan Yapar (202-C-84) of Optimum TED
Import of the Year: Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Bld
Bosman of the Year: Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84) of Genc Telekom
Coach of the Year: Murat Ozyer of Optimum TED

1st Team
G: Antabia Waller (188-88) of Gaziantep
G: Henry Antwan Dobie (183-78) of Selcuk Univ.
F: Tyrone Nelson (206-85) of Akhisar Bld
F/C: Nenad Delic (210-84) of Genc Telekom
C: Hakan Yapar (202-84) of Optimum TED

2nd Team
F: Erdem Turetken (199-79) of Selcuk Univ.
F/G: Olumuyiwa Famutimi (198-84) of Optimum TED
F: Charles Jackson (203-87) of Balikesir
G: Derek Williams (185-85) of Gelisim
F/C: Arthur Johnson (206-81) of Maliye Milli

Honorable Mention
Yunus Akcay (G-89) of Balikesir
Erdem Ilter (PG-90) of Final Genclik
Erden Eryuz (188-G-80) of Gaziantep
Umit Turkoglu (211-C-81) of Maliye Milli
Marko Kolaric (213-F/C-84) of Istanbul B.B.
Justin Carter (193-F-87) of Tire Gucu
Marquise Gray (206-F/C-86) of Baskent Genclik
Burak Can () of Pertevniyal

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Ali Kavaklioglu (186-86) of Optimum TED
F: Erdem Turetken (199-79) of Selcuk Univ.
C: Hakan Yapar (202-84) of Optimum TED
F: Hadi Ozdemir (203-83) of Vestel
C: Umit Turkoglu (211-81) of Maliye Milli

All-Imports Team
G: Derek Williams (185-85) of Gelisim
F: Charles Jackson (203-87) of Balikesir
F: Tyrone Nelson (206-85) of Akhisar Bld
G: Henry Antwan Dobie (183-78) of Selcuk Univ.
G: Antabia Waller (188-88) of Gaziantep



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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Jun. 15: Larranaga - Capitol
Jun. 15: Marne - Goes
Jun. 15: Romis N. - Atenas
Jun. 15: Guruyu Waston - Urunday Univ.
Jun. 15: Yale - Cader



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  WABA   


Results and Stats from Day 3 in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - Iran 74:69
Lebanon recorded the third straight win at the start of WABA Championship in Amman. They held off the defending champions Iran in the third round. Garnett Thompson (206-C/F-80, college: Providence) and Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) scored 26 points each to lead the winners. Iran fell at 2-1 record after the loss.
Lebanon surged ahead in the opening quarter. They built a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. But Iran quickly bounced back. The reigning champs took control in the second quarter and denied the deficit. They pulled ahead for a 39:35 halftime advantage. Lebanon came out of the dressing room firing from all guns. They limited Iran 13 points in the third frame to regain the lead. Lebanon kept their opponents at distance in the final stanza as Fadi Khatib and Garnett Thompson steered them to the victory. Rodrigue Akl (188-PG-88) finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds for Lebanon. Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) answered with 22 points for Iran. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) delivered 15 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 26, Garnett Thompson 26, Rodrigue Akl 8
Iran: Hamed Afagh 22, Samad Nik Khahbahrami 15

Jordan - Yemen 90:37
Jordan posted the third consecutive win at the WABA Championship. The hosts fired past Yemen in Amman. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) came up with 17 points to lead the home team. Yemen suffered the third loss in a row.
Jordan held their opponents to just 4 points in the opening quarter to take a 15-point lead. Jordan maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:17 halftime lead. The hosts went on a massive 28:11 run in the third term to secure an unassailable lead before the final frame. Jordan did not slow down and rolled to the victory at the end. Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85) accounted for 14 points, while Ibrahim Bassam (204-C-87) notched 11 points for the winners. Hakim Adamien (205-C-79) answered with 7 points for Yemen. Samer Al-Asbahi (183-G/F-86) and Ahmed Abdulghafor (200-C-88) provided 6 points each in the loss.

Jordan: Ali Jamal 17, Fadel Al-Najjar 14, Ibrahim Bassam 11
Yemen: Hakim Adamien 7, Samer Al-Asbahi 6, Ahmed Abdulghafor 6

Syria - Palestine 77:71
Syria secured the first win at the WABA Championship in Amman. They held off Palestine for 1-2 record. Michel Maadanly (194-G-81) stepped up with another pivotal performance for Syria. He delivered 27 points and 6 rebounds in the win.
Syria had to overcome a slow start. Palestine built a 24:19 advantage ten minutes into the game. But Syria answered almost immediately exploding with 22 points in the second quarter and taking a 41:37 halftime lead. Syria stayed aggressive offensively in the third period. They managed to pile up a 6-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The teams slowed down in the final quarter but Syria capitalized protecting the margin and sealing the victory. Watche Nalabandian (184-PG-83) produced 20 points, while Ahmad Ishak (194-SF-86) added 7 points for Syria. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) responded with 18 points for Palestine. Sakakini Sani (204-C-88) had 26 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Syria: Michel Maadanly 27, Watche Nalabandian 20, Ahmad Ishak 7
Palestine: Sakakini Sani 26+12 boards, Jamal Abu-Shamala 18



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  YEMEN   


Jordan stay undefeated with win over Yemen - by Eurobasket News

Jordan - Yemen 90:37

Jordan posted the third consecutive win at the WABA Championship. The hosts fired past Yemen in Amman. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) came up with 17 points to lead the home team. Yemen suffered the third loss in a row.
Jordan held their opponents to just 4 points in the opening quarter to take a 15-point lead. Jordan maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:17 halftime lead. The hosts went on a massive 28:11 run in the third term to secure an unassailable lead before the final frame. Jordan did not slow down and rolled to the victory at the end. Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85) accounted for 14 points, while Ibrahim Bassam (204-C-87) notched 11 points for the winners. Hakim Adamien (205-C-79) answered with 7 points for Yemen. Samer Al-Asbahi (183-G/F-86) and Ahmed Abdulghafor (200-C-88) provided 6 points each in the loss.

Jordan: Ali Jamal 17, Fadel Al-Najjar 14, Ibrahim Bassam 11
Yemen: Hakim Adamien 7, Samer Al-Asbahi 6, Ahmed Abdulghafor 6




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Women News

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Athlete Celje 0-0 
 2. Buducnost 0-0 
 3. Celik 0-0 
 4. Hemofarm 0-0 
 5. Ilrija 0-0 
 6. Mladi Krajisnik 0-0 
 7. Novi Zagreb 0-0 
 8. Partizan 0-0 
 9. Pecs 2010 0-0 
 10. Radivoj Korac 0-0 
 11. Vojvodina 0-0 
 12. Vozdovac 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 26: Celik - Ilrija
Sep. 26: Hemofarm - Mladi Krajisnik
Sep. 26: Novi Zagreb - Partizan
Sep. 26: Vozdovac - Pecs 2010
Sep. 26: Buducnost - Radivoj Korac
Sep. 26: Vojvodina - Athlete Celje



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  BELARUS   


Veremeenko leads Belarus to 51-47 win against Hungary - by Eurobasket News

BELARUS - HUNGARY 51-47

Belarus and Hungary met last night in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The hosts celebrated 51-47 victory and now they have 1-0 record in Group A. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) stepped up for the winners with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) had 10 points and was the last one with double digits in scoring for Belarus. At the other side, Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) collected 10 points and 5 rebounds. Anna Vadja (191-F/C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stopped to 8 points and 10 boards in this meeting. Teams were tied at 47-47 with something more then 4 minutes remaining in the game. Belarus managed to keep its rival winless for rest of the way, while Anastasiya Veremeenko made two lay-ups on the other side to secure the victory for the hosts. Quarters: 13-12, 20-16, 9-12, 9-7. In Round Two, Belarus will meet Portugal. Hungary will take a rest and will continue in Round 3.

Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 12+9 boards, Katerina Snytsina 10
Hungary: Krisztina Raksanyi 10+5 boards, Anna Vadja 8+10 boards



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  BELGIUM   


Slovenia starts EuroBasket Qualifications with victory in Belgium - by Eurobasket News

BELGIUM - SLOVENIA 59-63

Slovenia grabbed very valuable victory against Belgium in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They celebrated in Brussels 59-63 in very exciting meeting. Belgium had an early four-point lead but Slovenia asserted themselves in the second quarter and went on top, 22-30. With 3 minutes remaining in the first half visitors had plus 13, but Emma Meesseman cut the margin to 35-28 after two quarters. Slovenia stayed comfortably ahead in the third quarter but Belgium made a run in the fourth that almost saw them steal the victory. The hosts came to 54-47 and later, thanks to Messeman and Anne-Sophie Strubbe (182-SF-90), they came even closer to 60-58 with 70 seconds to go. Teams did not use their next possessions and Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) was sent to the line making two FTs for her team. Slovenia fouled Emmanuella Mayombo and she made only one of two with 10 seconds remaining in the game. With two successful free throws Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) sealed the victory for Slovenia after that.
Maja Erkic led the winners in scoring with 19 points. Tina Trebec had 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) added 12 pts. Belgium got double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds from Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management). Anne-Sophie Strubbe and Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) scored 11 points each. Quarters: 16-21, 12-14, 17-17, 14-11. Slovenia will host Lithuania on Sunday, while Belgium goes to Slovakia.

Belgium: Emma Meesseman 14+10 boards, Anne-Sophie Strubbe 11, Sara Leemans 11
Slovenia: Maja Erkic 19, Tina Trebec 13+6 boards, Sandra Pirsic 12



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  BULGARIA   


Spain cruises past Bulgaria in Murcia - by Eurobasket News

SPAIN - BULGARIA 64-48

Spain and Bulgaria met last night in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Spain celebrated 64-48 victory getting 10 points from Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90) and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington). Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Eleven of twelve players in Spain managed to score yesterday, while all of them got a chance to play. In Bulgaria, Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) shined with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) and Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) posted 10 points each. Spain made plus 5 in the first ten minutes of the game and jumped to 30-16 until the halftime. Bulgaria answered after the breather cutting the margin below ten, but they were not able to resist in the last ten minutes (19-11) and Spain celebrated comfortable 64-48 win. Round Two of the qualifications is scheduled for Saturday. Spain will meet Sweden, while Bulgaria will take a rest. Romania and Germany are also participants of Group D. First two teams at the end of qualifications will advance to EuroBasket in France.

Spain: Cristina Ouvina 10, Elisa Aguilar 10, Anna Cruz 8+6 boards
Bulgaria: Jaklin Zlatanova 12+8 boards, Radoslava Bachvarova 10, Vera Perostiyska 10



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  CENTROBASKET   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Mexico2-0
2. P.Rico2-0
3. El Salvado.0-2
4. Jamaica0-2
Group B
1. Cuba2-0
2. Dominican R.1-1
3. US Virg.Isl1-1
4. Trinid/T.0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jun. 13: JAM - MEX 44-65
Jun. 13: ESA - PUR 29-83

B

Jun. 13: ISV - TRI 58-49
Jun. 13: CUB - DOM 101-67

Semi-Finals: Round 4

Places 5-8

Jun. 15: A/3 - B/4
Jun. 15: B/3 - A/4

Semifinals

Jun. 15: B/1 - A/2
Jun. 15: A/1 - B/2


Day Two in Morovis - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A

EL SALVADOR - PUERTO RICO
29-83
Puerto Rico jumped to 2-0 in Group A of the 2012 Centrobasket Championship in Morovis. The host of this event destroyed El Salvador 29-83 and already booked a ticket for the Semifinals. Today, the defending champion will meet Mexico. The winner of that game will take the first place in Group A. At the other side, El Salvador will play against Jamaica and will try to avoid the last place in this pool. Both teams are winless at this moment. Jazmine Sepulveda (186-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) top-scored in victory again with 17 points. Pamela Rosado (166-PG-86) had 12 points and Deanna Ortiz (177-G) added 11. Each of Puerto Rico players managed to score at least 3 points in this game. In El Salvador, Veronica Sosa (173-SG-90) was way better than the others with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Their second scorer was Mirna Simon (168-SF-82) with only 4 points! Quarters: 11-20, 7-35, 6-15, 5-13. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Morovis.

El Salvador: Veronica Sosa 19+6 boards, Mirna Simon 4
Puerto Rico: Jazmine Sepulveda 17, Pamela Rosado 12, Deanna Ortiz 11



JAMAICA - MEXICO 44-65
Mexico registered second straight win at the 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. After victory against El Salvador in Day One, Mexico outplayed Jamaica 44-65 for 2-0 record in Group A. It means that Mexico already booked a spot for the Semifinals. They will meet Puerto Rico today in the battle for the first place in this pool. Maria Orozco (176-PF) shined for the winners with 22 points. Rocio Medrano (178-G) had 10 points and Abril Garcia (188-F/C-80, college: ORU) added 9 pts, plus 9 boards. In defeat, Tarita Gordon (165-G-89) responded with 18 points. Their second scorer was Shenneika Smith (185-G) with 13 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 8-17, 11-12, 12-19, 13-17. Jamaica will play against El Salvador today. The winner will avoid the last place in Group A.

Jamaica: Tarita Gordon 18, Shenneika Smith 13+7
Mexico: Maria Orozco 22, Rocio Medrano 10, Abril Garcia 9+9 boards


GROUP B

CUBA - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 101-67
Cuba was too strong for Dominican Republic yesterday celebrating huge 101-67 win. It means that Cuba jumped to 2-0 record in Group A of the 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. At the same time, Dominican Republic faced with the first loss and they have 1-1 score now. Both teams have a nice chance to reach the Semifinals, but everything will be known later today. Cuba will meet US Virgin Islands, while Dominican Republic will play against Trinidad and Tobago. Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) had 16, while Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) (10 rebs) and Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) netted 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Lily Abreu (172-G-90) scored 13 points. Carmen Guzman (172-SG-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) (5 rebs) and Charlenny Frias (170-G-84) followed her with 12 pts apiece. Quarters: 30-7, 20-19, 27-24, 24-17.

Cuba: Leidys Oquendo 22, Yamara Amargo 16, Taimy Fernandez 10+10 boards, Suchitel Avila 10
Dominican Republic: Lily Abreu 13, Carmen Guzman 12+5 boards, Charlenny Frias 12


U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 58-49
Both teams failed in Day One of the 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. Yesterday, the US Virgin Islands outplayed Trinidad and Tobago 58-49 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. Thanks to this victory USVI still has a chance to reach the Semifinals, but they will have to beat Cuba today. Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) was a key player for the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 23. Akkema Richards (172-SG) had 14 points and 6 rebs, and Brittney Matthew (170-G) helped USVI with 9 points. In T&T, Shakira Clarke (182-C) collected 11 points and 5 rebs. Adanna David (177-F) and Rhea Codio (165-G-88) stopped to 9 points apiece. Quarters: 9-9, 21-19, 9-9, 19-12. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Morovis. T&T (0-2) will play against Dominican Republic.

USVI: Natalie Day 21+9 boards, Akkema Richards 14+6 boards, Brittney Matthew 9
T&T: Shakira Clarke 11+5 boards, Adanna David 9, Rhea Codio 9



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  CHINA   


China hand New Zealand narrow loss - by Eurobasket News

China - New Zealand 75:73

China victoriously opened the second leg of Four-Nations tournament. The teams moved to Changzhou for another round of games. China stayed on the winning track claiming the fourth win in a row. They escaped with a last-second win over New Zealand. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) came up with a buzzer-beating jumper to seal the victory for the hosts.
China led by four points after the opening quarter 22:18. But New Zealand put up a nice defensive performance in the second quarter to pull ahead for a 36:34 halftime lead. The Tall Ferns maintained the lead throughout the third term. They posted a 55:51 lead with one quarter remaining. However China denied the deficit and then relied on the experience of Miao LiJie to seal the win. Miao LiJie and Ma Zengyu (183-F-84) scored 18 points each for China. Chen Nan (197-C-83) added 17 points and 12 rebounds for China. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon) answered with game-high 27 points for the Tall Ferns. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) netted 20 points for the Kiwis.

China: Miao LiJie 18, Ma Zengyu 18, Chen Nan 17+12 boards
New Zealand: Micaela Cocks 27, Jillian Harmon 20



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  CUBA   


Cuba improves to 2-0 in Morovis, blasts Dominican Republic 101-67 - by Eurobasket News

CUBA - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 101-67

Cuba was too strong for Dominican Republic yesterday celebrating huge 101-67 win. It means that Cuba jumped to 2-0 record in Group A of the 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. At the same time, Dominican Republic faced with the first loss and they have 1-1 score now. Both teams have a nice chance to reach the Semifinals, but everything will be known later today. Cuba will meet US Virgin Islands, while Dominican Republic will play against Trinidad and Tobago. Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) had 16, while Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) (10 rebs) and Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) netted 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Lily Abreu (172-G-90) scored 13 points. Carmen Guzman (172-SG-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) (5 rebs) and Charlenny Frias (170-G-84) followed her with 12 pts apiece. Quarters: 30-7, 20-19, 27-24, 24-17.

Cuba: Leidys Oquendo 22, Yamara Amargo 16, Taimy Fernandez 10+10 boards, Suchitel Avila 10
Dominican Republic: Lily Abreu 13, Carmen Guzman 12+5 boards, Charlenny Frias 12



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Cuba improves to 2-0 in Morovis, blasts Dominican Republic 101-67 - by Eurobasket News

CUBA - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 101-67

Cuba was too strong for Dominican Republic yesterday celebrating huge 101-67 win. It means that Cuba jumped to 2-0 record in Group A of the 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. At the same time, Dominican Republic faced with the first loss and they have 1-1 score now. Both teams have a nice chance to reach the Semifinals, but everything will be known later today. Cuba will meet US Virgin Islands, while Dominican Republic will play against Trinidad and Tobago. Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) had 16, while Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) (10 rebs) and Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) netted 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Lily Abreu (172-G-90) scored 13 points. Carmen Guzman (172-SG-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) (5 rebs) and Charlenny Frias (170-G-84) followed her with 12 pts apiece. Quarters: 30-7, 20-19, 27-24, 24-17.

Cuba: Leidys Oquendo 22, Yamara Amargo 16, Taimy Fernandez 10+10 boards, Suchitel Avila 10
Dominican Republic: Lily Abreu 13, Carmen Guzman 12+5 boards, Charlenny Frias 12



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  EL SALVADOR   


Puerto Rico destroys El Salvador, books ticket for the Semis - by Eurobasket News

EL SALVADOR - PUERTO RICO 29-83

Puerto Rico jumped to 2-0 in Group A of the 2012 Centrobasket Championship in Morovis. The host of this event destroyed El Salvador 29-83 and already booked a ticket for the Semifinals. Today, the defending champion will meet Mexico. The winner of that game will take the first place in Group A. At the other side, El Salvador will play against Jamaica and will try to avoid the last place in this pool. Both teams are winless at this moment. Jazmine Sepulveda (186-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) top-scored in victory again with 17 points. Pamela Rosado (166-PG-86) had 12 points and Deanna Ortiz (177-G) added 11. Each of Puerto Rico players managed to score at least 3 points in this game. In El Salvador, Veronica Sosa (173-SG-90) was way better than the others with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Their second scorer was Mirna Simon (168-SF-82) with only 4 points! Quarters: 11-20, 7-35, 6-15, 5-13. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Morovis.

El Salvador: Veronica Sosa 19+6 boards, Mirna Simon 4
Puerto Rico: Jazmine Sepulveda 17, Pamela Rosado 12, Deanna Ortiz 11



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  ESTONIA   


Switzerland celebrates valuable win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

ESTONIA - SWITZERLAND 58-62

Great win for Switzerland at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They handed 58-62 home loss to Estonia improving to 1-0 record in Group B. Montenegro, Serbia and Poland also participate in this pool and all of them fight for the first two places, which lead to EuroBasket in France. Switzerland shined in the last quarter of the game to secure this very valuable victory. Estonia was 54-50 up with 8 minutes to go, but then visitors created 4-12 run for rest of the way. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) top-scored in victory with 18 points and Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) followed her with 16. Alexia Rol (175-F-82) netted 9 pts in this meeting. For the hosts, Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) was better than the others with 23 points. Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) (8 rebs) and Viive-Kai Rebane (182-F-89) stopped to 11 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 19-18, 17-15, 12-11, 10-18. Switzerland will host Montenegro on Saturday, while Estonia goes to Poland.

Estonia: Merike Anderson 23, Kerttu Jallai 11+8 boards, Viive-Kai Rebane 10
Switzerland: Karen Twehues 18, Sarah Kershaw 16, Alexia Rol 9



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Perfumerias Avenida bring in Maria Pina - by Eurobasket News

Perfurmerias Avenida bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Maria Pina (187-F-87). The forward spent the last two seasons with Mann Filter Zaragoza. Maria Pina averaged 7.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game during the last season. Previously she played for Celta Vigo, San Jose Leon, Rivas Futura, Estudiantes, SEGLE XXI. The forward was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Newcomer of the Year in 2006. She was the member of U18, U20 and U21 Spanish National Teams. Maria Pina also debuted for Spanish National Team yesterday. She appeared for one minute against Bulgaria in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying game.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Taru TUUKKANEN
  FIN
  (190-C-77)
  Avg: 27
 1. Tuukkanen, FIN27.0 
 2. Murphy, MNT26.0 
 3. Marginean, ROM26.0 
 4. Anderson, EST23.0 
 5. Eldebrink, SWE22.0 
 6. Dabovic, SRB21.0 
 7. Perovanovic, MNT20.0 
 8. Sten, FIN20.0 
 9. Erkic, SLO19.0 
 10. Twehues, SUI18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eshaya MURPHY
  PUR
  (182-G/F-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Murphy, MNT15.0 
 2. Perovanovic, MNT14.0 
 3. Dubljevic, MNT14.0 
 4. Petronyte, LTU13.0 
 5. Mandic, SRB12.0 
 6. Tuukkanen, FIN12.0 
 7. Halvarsson, SWE11.0 
 8. Meesseman, BEL10.0 
 9. Vadja, HUN10.0 
 10. Jansone, LAT10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena DUBLJEVIC
  MNT
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dubljevic, MNT7.0 
 2. Iagupova, UKR6.0 
 3. Teilane-T., LAT5.0 
 4. Stoenescu, ROM5.0 
 5. Wilson, FIN5.0 
 6. Karklina, LAT4.0 
 7. Rausberg, EST4.0 
 8. Brandao, POR4.0 
 9. Skerovic, MNT4.0 
 10. Hetting, LUX4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maja ERKIC
  SLO
  (183-G/F-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Erkic, SLO5.0 
 2. Vengryte, LTU5.0 
 3. Tuukkanen, FIN4.0 
 4. Dubljevic, MNT4.0 
 5. Van Den Adel, NED4.0 
 6. Mandic, SRB3.0 
 7. Ouvina, ESP3.0 
 8. Hendrickx, BEL3.0 
 9. Paugaite, LTU3.0 
 10. Kesanen, FIN3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gintare PETRONYTE
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Petronyte, LTU5.0 
 2. Veremeenko, BLR4.0 
 3. Nicholls, ESP2.0 
 4. Paugaite, LTU2.0 
 5. Teilane-T., LAT2.0 
 6. Mesila-K., EST2.0 
 7. Zlatanova, BUL2.0 
 8. Jallai, EST2.0 
 9. Meszaros, ROM2.0 
 10. Kurasova, UKR2.0 


Round One of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Belarus - Hungary 51-47
Belarus and Hungary met last night in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The hosts celebrated 51-47 victory and now they have 1-0 record in Group A. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) stepped up for the winners with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) had 10 points and was the last one with double digits in scoring for Belarus. At the other side, Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) collected 10 points and 5 rebounds. Anna Vadja (191-F/C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stopped to 8 points and 10 boards in this meeting. Teams were tied at 47-47 with something more then 4 minutes remaining in the game. Belarus managed to keep its rival winless for rest of the way, while Anastasiya Veremeenko made two lay-ups on the other side to secure the victory for the hosts. Quarters: 13-12, 20-16, 9-12, 9-7. In Round Two, Belarus will meet Portugal. Hungary will take a rest and will continue in Round 3.

Ukraine - Portugal 92-38
Ukraine demonstrated wonderful performance in the first round of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They destroyed Portugal 92-38 for 1-0 score in Group A. Participants of this pool are also Belarus, Israel and Hungary. First two teams at the end of qualifications will advance to EuroBasket in France. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) led Ukraine last night with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) (6 rebs) and Iryna Tsekova (177-G/F-78, agency: Promotex) followed her with 13 points each. At the other side, Portugal did not have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best players were Sofia Silva (187-C-90) and Carla Freitas (170-G-80) with 8 points each. Ukraine took control on Portugal from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 22-10, 24-6, 26-12, 20-10. In Round Two, Ukraine will meet Israel, while Portugal will play against Israel.

Group B
Estonia - Switzerland 58-62
Great win for Switzerland at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They handed 58-62 home loss to Estonia improving to 1-0 record in Group B. Montenegro, Serbia and Poland also participate in this pool and all of them fight for the first two places, which lead to EuroBasket in France. Switzerland shined in the last quarter of the game to secure this very valuable victory. Estonia was 54-50 up with 8 minutes to go, but then visitors created 4-12 run for rest of the way. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) top-scored in victory with 18 points and Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) followed her with 16. Alexia Rol (175-F-82) netted 9 pts in this meeting. For the hosts, Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) was better than the others with 23 points. Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) (8 rebs) and Viive-Kai Rebane (182-F-89) stopped to 11 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 19-18, 17-15, 12-11, 10-18. Switzerland will host Montenegro on Saturday, while Estonia goes to Poland.

Montenegro - Serbia 85-68
Two teams from ex Yugoslavia met last night in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Montenegro celebrated comfortable 85-68 victory for 1-0 score in Group B. Participants of this pool are also Switzerland, Poland and Estonia. All of them fight for one of the first two places which lead to EuroBasket in France. Montenegro had great beginning of the game and they shined after the breather as well to secure the victory. Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC) exploded with 26 points and 15 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. She reached valuation 37 and was the MVP of this game. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) also was great adding 20 points and 14 rebs, while Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) helped her team with 18 pts, 14 rebs and 7 assists. At the other side, Serbia got 21 points and 8 rebs from Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82). Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) and Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87) (6 rebs) stopped to 15 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 28-16, 12-15, 24-13, 21-24. Montenegro will meet Poland on Saturday. Serbia will take a rest in Round 2.

Group C
Belgium - Slovenia 59-63
Slovenia grabbed very valuable victory against Belgium in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They celebrated in Brussels 59-63 in very exciting meeting. Belgium had an early four-point lead but Slovenia asserted themselves in the second quarter and went on top, 22-30. With 3 minutes remaining in the first half visitors had plus 13, but Emma Meesseman cut the margin to 35-28 after two quarters. Slovenia stayed comfortably ahead in the third quarter but Belgium made a run in the fourth that almost saw them steal the victory. The hosts came to 54-47 and later, thanks to Messeman and Anne-Sophie Strubbe (182-SF-90), they came even closer to 60-58 with 70 seconds to go. Teams did not use their next possessions and Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) was sent to the line making two FTs for her team. Slovenia fouled Emmanuella Mayombo and she made only one of two with 10 seconds remaining in the game. With two successful free throws Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) sealed the victory for Slovenia after that.
Maja Erkic led the winners in scoring with 19 points. Tina Trebec had 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) added 12 pts. Belgium got double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds from Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management). Anne-Sophie Strubbe and Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) scored 11 points each. Quarters: 16-21, 12-14, 17-17, 14-11. Slovenia will host Lithuania on Sunday, while Belgium goes to Slovakia.

Lithuania - Holland 88-47
It was a great game by Lithuania in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The home squad handed 88-47 loss to Holland and now has 1-0 score in Group C. Lithuania exploded in the second and last quarter to register this 41-point win. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) shined for the hosts with double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) (5 rebs) and Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) delivered 13 and 12 pts. In Holland, Laura Kooij (184-F/C-82) collected 15 points and 6 rebs. Their second scorer was Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) with 8 points (7 rebs) and Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) followed with one less. Quarters: 17-14, 32-8, 19-21, 20-4. On Saturday, Lithuania will meet Slovenia as a guest. Holland will take a rest this weekend.

Group D
Spain - Bulgaria 64-48
Spain and Bulgaria met last night in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Spain celebrated 64-48 victory getting 10 points from Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90) and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington). Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Eleven of twelve players in Spain managed to score yesterday, while all of them got a chance to play. In Bulgaria, Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) shined with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) and Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) posted 10 points each. Spain made plus 5 in the first ten minutes of the game and jumped to 30-16 until the halftime. Bulgaria answered after the breather cutting the margin below ten, but they were not able to resist in the last ten minutes (19-11) and Spain celebrated comfortable 64-48 win. Round Two of the qualifications is scheduled for Saturday. Spain will meet Sweden, while Bulgaria will take a rest. Romania and Germany are also participants of Group D. First two teams at the end of qualifications will advance to EuroBasket in France.

Romania - Sweden 66-59
Romania started the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications with victory. They outplayed Sweden 66-59 on Wednesday improving to 1-0 score in Group D. Spain, Germany and Bulgaria also participate in this pool and they all fight for the first two places. First two teams will book a spot for the EuroBasket in France. Romania shined in the second half to win this game. They drained 33 points in 20 minutes, at the same time limiting Sweden to 22 pts. Annemarie Parau (175-G-84), Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) and Anca Sipos, stepped up for their team in the finish. Marginean had 26 points and 6 rebounds in this game. Parau scored 14 points and Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) netted five less. Visitors got 22 points from Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) followed with double-double of 10 points and 11 rebs, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stopped to 7 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 20-20, 13-17, 16-10, 17-12. Romania will play in Germany on Saturday, while Sweden waits Spain.

Group E
Finland - Luxembourg 114-54
Finland registered 60-point win in the first game of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They outplayed Luxembourg 114-54 in Vantaa on Wednesday improving to 1-0 score in Group E. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 38. She had 27 points and 12 rebounds for 29 minutes on the court. Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) collected 20 points and 5 rebs, while Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) scored 12 points. For the guests, Jill Bausch (176-G-87) scored 13 points and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) added 10 pts, plus 5 boards. Finland dominated in all basketball elements and won each period of this game with at least 13-pts. Quarters: 28-14, 34-16, 26-13, 26-11. Finland will play in Greece next Saturday, while Luxembourg will host Latvia. Participant of this pool is also Italy.

Latvia - Italy 71-52
Latvia started the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications in style. They blasted Italy 71-52 in the opener for 1-0 record in Group E. Latvia exploded in the last ten minutes to secure this comfortable victory. Italy was 2-points ahead after 20 minutes, but the home squad totally took control on them after the breather. Latvia made 16-11 in Q3 and closed the game with impressive 26-10 in the last ten minutes of play. Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) (5 rebs) and Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) netted 14 points each, while Anete Horelika (177-F-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) followed them with 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) delivered 18 points. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) was their second scorer with just 7 pts (6 rebs). In the next game, Lavtia will meet Luxembourg on the road. Italy will skip Round 2 and will continue on June 20, when they will host Luxembourg as a part of Round 3.



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Finland outclasses Luxembourg in Vantaa - by Eurobasket News

FINLAND - LUXEMBOURG 114-54

Finland registered 60-point win in the first game of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They outplayed Luxembourg 114-54 in Vantaa on Wednesday improving to 1-0 score in Group E. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 38. She had 27 points and 12 rebounds for 29 minutes on the court. Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) collected 20 points and 5 rebs, while Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) scored 12 points. For the guests, Jill Bausch (176-G-87) scored 13 points and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) added 10 pts, plus 5 boards. Finland dominated in all basketball elements and won each period of this game with at least 13-pts. Quarters: 28-14, 34-16, 26-13, 26-11. Finland will play in Greece next Saturday, while Luxembourg will host Latvia. Participant of this pool is also Italy.

Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 27+12, Tiina Sten 20+5 boards, Heta Korpivaara 12
Luxembourg: Jill Bausch 13, Nadia Mossong 10+5 boards



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  HOLLAND   


Lithuania hands 88-47 loss to Holland - by Eurobasket News

LITHUANIA - HOLLAND 88-47

It was a great game by Lithuania in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The home squad handed 88-47 loss to Holland and now has 1-0 score in Group C. Lithuania exploded in the second and last quarter to register this 41-point win. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) shined for the hosts with double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) (5 rebs) and Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) delivered 13 and 12 pts. In Holland, Laura Kooij (184-F/C-82) collected 15 points and 6 rebs. Their second scorer was Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) with 8 points (7 rebs) and Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) followed with one less. Quarters: 17-14, 32-8, 19-21, 20-4. On Saturday, Lithuania will meet Slovenia as a guest. Holland will take a rest this weekend.

Lithuania: Gintare Petronyte 14+13 boards, Giedre Paugaite 13+5 boards, Sandra Linkeviciene 12
Holland: Laura Kooij 15+6 boards, Naomi Halman 8+7 boards, Anouk Biesters 7



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  HUNGARY   


Veremeenko leads Belarus to 51-47 win against Hungary - by Eurobasket News

BELARUS - HUNGARY 51-47

Belarus and Hungary met last night in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The hosts celebrated 51-47 victory and now they have 1-0 record in Group A. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) stepped up for the winners with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) had 10 points and was the last one with double digits in scoring for Belarus. At the other side, Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) collected 10 points and 5 rebounds. Anna Vadja (191-F/C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stopped to 8 points and 10 boards in this meeting. Teams were tied at 47-47 with something more then 4 minutes remaining in the game. Belarus managed to keep its rival winless for rest of the way, while Anastasiya Veremeenko made two lay-ups on the other side to secure the victory for the hosts. Quarters: 13-12, 20-16, 9-12, 9-7. In Round Two, Belarus will meet Portugal. Hungary will take a rest and will continue in Round 3.

Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 12+9 boards, Katerina Snytsina 10
Hungary: Krisztina Raksanyi 10+5 boards, Anna Vadja 8+10 boards



Hungary and Slovakia exchange victories - by Eurobasket News

Hungarian and Slovakian U16 National Teams played two friendly encounters in Miskolc. The teams exchanged victories.
Hungary dominated the first game and posted a 69:47 win. The hosts built a 36:18 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Kuttor produced 14 points for Hungary. Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) added 13 points in the win. Lucia Striesova answered with 12 points for Slovakia. Miroslava Mistinova had 9 points in the loss.
The next game turned into a thriller. Hungary seemed well en route to another win after the first half. They piled up a 45:32 halftime lead. But Slovakia turned things around in the final quarter. The visitors went on a 23:4 run to eke out a 65:63 win at the end. Veronika Remenarova posted 21 points to lead the visitors. Lucia Striesova, Miroslava Mistinova and Karin Miksadova had 11 points apiece in the victory. Agnes Dobos answered with 18 points for Hungary. Horvath had 17 points in the defeat.



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  JAMAICA   


Mexico beats Jamaica, secures the Semifinals in Morovis - by Eurobasket News

JAMAICA - MEXICO 44-65

Mexico registered second straight win at the 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. After victory against El Salvador in Day One, Mexico outplayed Jamaica 44-65 for 2-0 record in Group A. It means that Mexico already booked a spot for the Semifinals. They will meet Puerto Rico today in the battle for the first place in this pool. Maria Orozco (176-PF) shined for the winners with 22 points. Rocio Medrano (178-G) had 10 points and Abril Garcia (188-F/C-80, college: ORU) added 9 pts, plus 9 boards. In defeat, Tarita Gordon (165-G-89) responded with 18 points. Their second scorer was Shenneika Smith (185-G) with 13 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 8-17, 11-12, 12-19, 13-17. Jamaica will play against El Salvador today. The winner will avoid the last place in Group A.

Jamaica: Tarita Gordon 18, Shenneika Smith 13+7
Mexico: Maria Orozco 22, Rocio Medrano 10, Abril Garcia 9+9 boards



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania hands 88-47 loss to Holland - by Eurobasket News

LITHUANIA - HOLLAND 88-47

It was a great game by Lithuania in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The home squad handed 88-47 loss to Holland and now has 1-0 score in Group C. Lithuania exploded in the second and last quarter to register this 41-point win. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) shined for the hosts with double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) (5 rebs) and Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) delivered 13 and 12 pts. In Holland, Laura Kooij (184-F/C-82) collected 15 points and 6 rebs. Their second scorer was Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) with 8 points (7 rebs) and Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) followed with one less. Quarters: 17-14, 32-8, 19-21, 20-4. On Saturday, Lithuania will meet Slovenia as a guest. Holland will take a rest this weekend.

Lithuania: Gintare Petronyte 14+13 boards, Giedre Paugaite 13+5 boards, Sandra Linkeviciene 12
Holland: Laura Kooij 15+6 boards, Naomi Halman 8+7 boards, Anouk Biesters 7



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Finland outclasses Luxembourg in Vantaa - by Eurobasket News

FINLAND - LUXEMBOURG 114-54

Finland registered 60-point win in the first game of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They outplayed Luxembourg 114-54 in Vantaa on Wednesday improving to 1-0 score in Group E. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 38. She had 27 points and 12 rebounds for 29 minutes on the court. Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) collected 20 points and 5 rebs, while Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) scored 12 points. For the guests, Jill Bausch (176-G-87) scored 13 points and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) added 10 pts, plus 5 boards. Finland dominated in all basketball elements and won each period of this game with at least 13-pts. Quarters: 28-14, 34-16, 26-13, 26-11. Finland will play in Greece next Saturday, while Luxembourg will host Latvia. Participant of this pool is also Italy.

Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 27+12, Tiina Sten 20+5 boards, Heta Korpivaara 12
Luxembourg: Jill Bausch 13, Nadia Mossong 10+5 boards



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  MEXICO   


Mexico beats Jamaica, secures the Semifinals in Morovis - by Eurobasket News

JAMAICA - MEXICO 44-65

Mexico registered second straight win at the 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. After victory against El Salvador in Day One, Mexico outplayed Jamaica 44-65 for 2-0 record in Group A. It means that Mexico already booked a spot for the Semifinals. They will meet Puerto Rico today in the battle for the first place in this pool. Maria Orozco (176-PF) shined for the winners with 22 points. Rocio Medrano (178-G) had 10 points and Abril Garcia (188-F/C-80, college: ORU) added 9 pts, plus 9 boards. In defeat, Tarita Gordon (165-G-89) responded with 18 points. Their second scorer was Shenneika Smith (185-G) with 13 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 8-17, 11-12, 12-19, 13-17. Jamaica will play against El Salvador today. The winner will avoid the last place in Group A.

Jamaica: Tarita Gordon 18, Shenneika Smith 13+7
Mexico: Maria Orozco 22, Rocio Medrano 10, Abril Garcia 9+9 boards



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  MONTENEGRO   


Eshaya Murphy, Montenegro too strong for Serbia in Cetinje - by Eurobasket News

MONTENEGRO - SERBIA 85-68

Two teams from ex Yugoslavia met last night in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Montenegro celebrated comfortable 85-68 victory for 1-0 score in Group B. Participants of this pool are also Switzerland, Poland and Estonia. All of them fight for one of the first two places which lead to EuroBasket in France. Montenegro had great beginning of the game and they shined after the breather as well to secure the victory. Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC) exploded with 26 points and 15 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. She reached valuation 37 and was the MVP of this game. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) also was great adding 20 points and 14 rebs, while Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) helped her team with 18 pts, 14 rebs and 7 assists. At the other side, Serbia got 21 points and 8 rebs from Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82). Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) and Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87) (6 rebs) stopped to 15 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 28-16, 12-15, 24-13, 21-24. Montenegro will meet Poland on Saturday. Serbia will take a rest in Round 2.

Montenegro: Eshaya Murphy 26+15 boards, Iva Perovanovic 20+14 boards, Jelena Dubljevic 18+14 boards+7 as
Serbia: Milica Dabovic 21+8 boards, Ana Dabovic 15, Tamara Radocaj 12+6 boards



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Mozambique lose friendly game in Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Portugal - Mozambique 72:66

Mozambique travelled to Portuguese Rio Maior to play a friendly game against Portugal. Mozambique suffered a narrow loss at the end.
Portugal and Mozambique stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Portugal eventually eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Mozambique erased the deficit in the second quarter. The African team pulled ahead for a 32:31 halftime lead. Portugal however managed to level things up in the third quarter. The hosts drew things level at 50 with ten minutes remaining. The hosts managed to score 22 points in the fourth frame and cleared off for the victory at the end. Carla Freitas (170-G-80) accounted for 17 points to pace the hosts. Sara Felipe added 13 points in the win. Deolinda Ngulela (170-G-81, college: Augusta St.) and Leia Dongue (184-F-91) answered with 13 points each for Mozambique. Anabela Cossa (171-G-86) provided 11 points in the loss.

Portugal: Carla Freitas 17, Sara Felipe 13
Mozambique: Deolinda Ngulela 13, Leia Dongue 13, Anabela Cossa 11



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China hand New Zealand narrow loss - by Eurobasket News

China - New Zealand 75:73

China victoriously opened the second leg of Four-Nations tournament. The teams moved to Changzhou for another round of games. China stayed on the winning track claiming the fourth win in a row. They escaped with a last-second win over New Zealand. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) came up with a buzzer-beating jumper to seal the victory for the hosts.
China led by four points after the opening quarter 22:18. But New Zealand put up a nice defensive performance in the second quarter to pull ahead for a 36:34 halftime lead. The Tall Ferns maintained the lead throughout the third term. They posted a 55:51 lead with one quarter remaining. However China denied the deficit and then relied on the experience of Miao LiJie to seal the win. Miao LiJie and Ma Zengyu (183-F-84) scored 18 points each for China. Chen Nan (197-C-83) added 17 points and 12 rebounds for China. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon) answered with game-high 27 points for the Tall Ferns. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) netted 20 points for the Kiwis.

China: Miao LiJie 18, Ma Zengyu 18, Chen Nan 17+12 boards
New Zealand: Micaela Cocks 27, Jillian Harmon 20



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Paulina Misiek also joins Energa Torun - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Paulina Misiek (182-F-87, agency: Promotex) is another new polish player who signed contract with Energa Torun. Club already signed 6 polish players and closed this part of roster. Now club management is looking for the new foreign players. Coach Elmedin Omanic will probably stay in Torun for another season.

Paulina Misiek is 25-year old player. She is playing as a power forward. She started her professional career in TS Ostrovia Ostrow Wlkp.. Paulina Misiek made a debut in PLKK, when she was a teenager.

Then she was playing for teams from 1 liga. In 2010/2011 she was the leader in AZS - OPTeam Rzeszow. She averaged 17 points and 11,5 rebounds. Before last season Widzew Lodz decided to sign her. That was a good decision because she was one of the best players in the entire team. She averaged 13,7 points and 6,9 rebounds in 33 league games.

Now, Paulina Misiek will have a chance to play for the team which has quite big ambitions.

Energa Torun for 2012/2013 season: Weronika Idczak (177-G-89), Roze Ratajczak (183-G-91) Monika Krawiec (172-G-84), Emilia Tlumak (183-F-82) (She signed contract for 3 seasons), Paulina Misiek, Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex)




Jacek Winnicki announced as the new head coach of CCC Polkowice - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Jacek Winnicki will be new the head coach of silver medalist PLKK CCC Polkowice. Official page of the club announced it yesterday. Arkadiusz Rusin and Krzysztof Szewczyk will
be assistants of the coach. Jacek Winnicki signed one-year deal.

Jacek Winnicki is 45-year old coach. He started his coach career as assistant of the head coach in Slask Wroclaw. In 2002/2003 he replaced head coach in WKS Slask Wroclaw for some time. Then he was working as assistant again, this time in Prokom Trefl Sopot.

In 2007 Jacek Winnicki moved to ISS Sportino Inowroclaw. He was the head coach of the team, but after one season he started to coach women. Jacek Winnicki had been working for Lotos Gdynia for 2 seasons. Lotos Gdynia achieved 2 PLKK champion tittles with Jacek Winnicki as a head coach.

In 2010 he got back to coaching men. As a head coach of PGE Turow Zgorzelec was close to beat Asseco Prokom Gdynia in PLK finals in 2011. In his second season in Zgorzelec he achieved 4th place.

In this year he was selected as a coach of Polish women national team. Actually he is preparing with team to Eurobasket Women 2013 qualification which are starting on Saturday.




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  PORTUGAL   


Ukraine destroys Portugal in Yuzhny, 92-38 - by Eurobasket News

UKRAINE - PORTUGAL 92-38

Ukraine demonstrated wonderful performance in the first round of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They destroyed Portugal 92-38 for 1-0 score in Group A. Participants of this pool are also Belarus, Israel and Hungary. First two teams at the end of qualifications will advance to EuroBasket in France. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) led Ukraine last night with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) (6 rebs) and Iryna Tsekova (177-G/F-78, agency: Promotex) followed her with 13 points each. At the other side, Portugal did not have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best players were Sofia Silva (187-C-90) and Carla Freitas (170-G-80) with 8 points each. Ukraine took control on Portugal from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 22-10, 24-6, 26-12, 20-10. In Round Two, Ukraine will meet Israel, while Portugal will play against Israel.

Ukraine: Olexandra Kurasova 15+5 boards, Viktoria Mircheva 13+6 boards, Iryna Tsekova 13
Portugal: Sofia Silva 8, Carla Freitas 8



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Puerto Rico destroys El Salvador, books ticket for the Semis - by Eurobasket News

EL SALVADOR - PUERTO RICO 29-83

Puerto Rico jumped to 2-0 in Group A of the 2012 Centrobasket Championship in Morovis. The host of this event destroyed El Salvador 29-83 and already booked a ticket for the Semifinals. Today, the defending champion will meet Mexico. The winner of that game will take the first place in Group A. At the other side, El Salvador will play against Jamaica and will try to avoid the last place in this pool. Both teams are winless at this moment. Jazmine Sepulveda (186-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) top-scored in victory again with 17 points. Pamela Rosado (166-PG-86) had 12 points and Deanna Ortiz (177-G) added 11. Each of Puerto Rico players managed to score at least 3 points in this game. In El Salvador, Veronica Sosa (173-SG-90) was way better than the others with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Their second scorer was Mirna Simon (168-SF-82) with only 4 points! Quarters: 11-20, 7-35, 6-15, 5-13. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Morovis.

El Salvador: Veronica Sosa 19+6 boards, Mirna Simon 4
Puerto Rico: Jazmine Sepulveda 17, Pamela Rosado 12, Deanna Ortiz 11



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Marginean paces Romania to 66-59 win over Sweden - by Eurobasket News

ROMANIA - SWEDEN 66-59

Romania started the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications with victory. They outplayed Sweden 66-59 on Wednesday improving to 1-0 score in Group D. Spain, Germany and Bulgaria also participate in this pool and they all fight for the first two places. First two teams will book a spot for the EuroBasket in France. Romania shined in the second half to win this game. They drained 33 points in 20 minutes, at the same time limiting Sweden to 22 pts. Annemarie Parau (175-G-84), Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) and Anca Sipos, stepped up for their team in the finish. Marginean had 26 points and 6 rebounds in this game. Parau scored 14 points and Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) netted five less. Visitors got 22 points from Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) followed with double-double of 10 points and 11 rebs, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stopped to 7 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 20-20, 13-17, 16-10, 17-12. Romania will play in Germany on Saturday, while Sweden waits Spain.

Romania: Gabriela Marginean 26+6 boards, Annemarie Parau 14, Anita Meszaros 9
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 22, Louice Halvarsson 10+11 boards, Elin Eldebrink 7+7 boards



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Eshaya Murphy, Montenegro too strong for Serbia in Cetinje - by Eurobasket News

MONTENEGRO - SERBIA 85-68

Two teams from ex Yugoslavia met last night in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Montenegro celebrated comfortable 85-68 victory for 1-0 score in Group B. Participants of this pool are also Switzerland, Poland and Estonia. All of them fight for one of the first two places which lead to EuroBasket in France. Montenegro had great beginning of the game and they shined after the breather as well to secure the victory. Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC) exploded with 26 points and 15 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. She reached valuation 37 and was the MVP of this game. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) also was great adding 20 points and 14 rebs, while Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) helped her team with 18 pts, 14 rebs and 7 assists. At the other side, Serbia got 21 points and 8 rebs from Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82). Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) and Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87) (6 rebs) stopped to 15 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 28-16, 12-15, 24-13, 21-24. Montenegro will meet Poland on Saturday. Serbia will take a rest in Round 2.

Montenegro: Eshaya Murphy 26+15 boards, Iva Perovanovic 20+14 boards, Jelena Dubljevic 18+14 boards+7 as
Serbia: Milica Dabovic 21+8 boards, Ana Dabovic 15, Tamara Radocaj 12+6 boards



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Hungary and Slovakia exchange victories - by Eurobasket News

Hungarian and Slovakian U16 National Teams played two friendly encounters in Miskolc. The teams exchanged victories.
Hungary dominated the first game and posted a 69:47 win. The hosts built a 36:18 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Kuttor produced 14 points for Hungary. Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) added 13 points in the win. Lucia Striesova answered with 12 points for Slovakia. Miroslava Mistinova had 9 points in the loss.
The next game turned into a thriller. Hungary seemed well en route to another win after the first half. They piled up a 45:32 halftime lead. But Slovakia turned things around in the final quarter. The visitors went on a 23:4 run to eke out a 65:63 win at the end. Veronika Remenarova posted 21 points to lead the visitors. Lucia Striesova, Miroslava Mistinova and Karin Miksadova had 11 points apiece in the victory. Agnes Dobos answered with 18 points for Hungary. Horvath had 17 points in the defeat.



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Slovenia starts EuroBasket Qualifications with victory in Belgium - by Eurobasket News

BELGIUM - SLOVENIA 59-63

Slovenia grabbed very valuable victory against Belgium in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They celebrated in Brussels 59-63 in very exciting meeting. Belgium had an early four-point lead but Slovenia asserted themselves in the second quarter and went on top, 22-30. With 3 minutes remaining in the first half visitors had plus 13, but Emma Meesseman cut the margin to 35-28 after two quarters. Slovenia stayed comfortably ahead in the third quarter but Belgium made a run in the fourth that almost saw them steal the victory. The hosts came to 54-47 and later, thanks to Messeman and Anne-Sophie Strubbe (182-SF-90), they came even closer to 60-58 with 70 seconds to go. Teams did not use their next possessions and Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) was sent to the line making two FTs for her team. Slovenia fouled Emmanuella Mayombo and she made only one of two with 10 seconds remaining in the game. With two successful free throws Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) sealed the victory for Slovenia after that.
Maja Erkic led the winners in scoring with 19 points. Tina Trebec had 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) added 12 pts. Belgium got double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds from Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management). Anne-Sophie Strubbe and Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) scored 11 points each. Quarters: 16-21, 12-14, 17-17, 14-11. Slovenia will host Lithuania on Sunday, while Belgium goes to Slovakia.

Belgium: Emma Meesseman 14+10 boards, Anne-Sophie Strubbe 11, Sara Leemans 11
Slovenia: Maja Erkic 19, Tina Trebec 13+6 boards, Sandra Pirsic 12



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Latinbasket.com All-South American Cup Awards 2012 - by Simas

Latinbasket.com All-South American Cup 1st Team 2012
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Karla Martins
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Paola Ferrari
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Angelica Robinson
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Clarissa Dos Santos
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Gisela Vega
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Player of the Year: Karla Martins (172-G-78) of Americana Brazil
Guard of the Year: Karla Martins (172-G-78) of Americana Brazil
Forward of the Year: Angelica Robinson (196-F-87) of Tarbes France
Center of the Year: Clarissa Dos Santos (184-C-88) of Americana Brazil
Coach of the Year: Luiz Augusto Zanon of Americana Brazil

1st Team
G: Karla Martins (172-78) of Americana Brazil
G/F: Paola Ferrari (178-85) of UTE Ecuador
F: Angelica Robinson (196-87) of Tarbes France
C: Clarissa Dos Santos (184-88) of Americana Brazil
C: Gisela Vega (187-82) of UTE Ecuador

2nd Team
G: Joice de Souza (174-86) of Ourinhos Brazil
F/G: Chuca De Oliveira (182-79) of Ourinhos Brazil
F: Jaleesa Butler (183-87) of Regatas Peru
F: Tassia Carcavalli (179-92) of Americana Brazil
F/C: Zuleira Aties (190-80) of Regatas Peru

Honorable Mention
Mama Dantas (191-C-78) of Americana Brazil
Nadia Flores (173-G-90) of Lanus Argentina
Eboni Mangum (173-G-87) of Malvin Uruguay
Andrea Boquete Manna (183-F/C-90) of Lanus Argentina



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Spain cruises past Bulgaria in Murcia - by Eurobasket News

SPAIN - BULGARIA 64-48

Spain and Bulgaria met last night in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Spain celebrated 64-48 victory getting 10 points from Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90) and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington). Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Eleven of twelve players in Spain managed to score yesterday, while all of them got a chance to play. In Bulgaria, Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) shined with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) and Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) posted 10 points each. Spain made plus 5 in the first ten minutes of the game and jumped to 30-16 until the halftime. Bulgaria answered after the breather cutting the margin below ten, but they were not able to resist in the last ten minutes (19-11) and Spain celebrated comfortable 64-48 win. Round Two of the qualifications is scheduled for Saturday. Spain will meet Sweden, while Bulgaria will take a rest. Romania and Germany are also participants of Group D. First two teams at the end of qualifications will advance to EuroBasket in France.

Spain: Cristina Ouvina 10, Elisa Aguilar 10, Anna Cruz 8+6 boards
Bulgaria: Jaklin Zlatanova 12+8 boards, Radoslava Bachvarova 10, Vera Perostiyska 10



Perfumerias Avenida bring in Maria Pina - by Eurobasket News

Perfurmerias Avenida bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Maria Pina (187-F-87). The forward spent the last two seasons with Mann Filter Zaragoza. Maria Pina averaged 7.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game during the last season. Previously she played for Celta Vigo, San Jose Leon, Rivas Futura, Estudiantes, SEGLE XXI. The forward was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Newcomer of the Year in 2006. She was the member of U18, U20 and U21 Spanish National Teams. Maria Pina also debuted for Spanish National Team yesterday. She appeared for one minute against Bulgaria in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying game.


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Marginean paces Romania to 66-59 win over Sweden - by Eurobasket News

ROMANIA - SWEDEN 66-59

Romania started the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications with victory. They outplayed Sweden 66-59 on Wednesday improving to 1-0 score in Group D. Spain, Germany and Bulgaria also participate in this pool and they all fight for the first two places. First two teams will book a spot for the EuroBasket in France. Romania shined in the second half to win this game. They drained 33 points in 20 minutes, at the same time limiting Sweden to 22 pts. Annemarie Parau (175-G-84), Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) and Anca Sipos, stepped up for their team in the finish. Marginean had 26 points and 6 rebounds in this game. Parau scored 14 points and Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) netted five less. Visitors got 22 points from Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) followed with double-double of 10 points and 11 rebs, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stopped to 7 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 20-20, 13-17, 16-10, 17-12. Romania will play in Germany on Saturday, while Sweden waits Spain.

Romania: Gabriela Marginean 26+6 boards, Annemarie Parau 14, Anita Meszaros 9
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 22, Louice Halvarsson 10+11 boards, Elin Eldebrink 7+7 boards



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Switzerland celebrates valuable win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

ESTONIA - SWITZERLAND 58-62

Great win for Switzerland at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They handed 58-62 home loss to Estonia improving to 1-0 record in Group B. Montenegro, Serbia and Poland also participate in this pool and all of them fight for the first two places, which lead to EuroBasket in France. Switzerland shined in the last quarter of the game to secure this very valuable victory. Estonia was 54-50 up with 8 minutes to go, but then visitors created 4-12 run for rest of the way. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) top-scored in victory with 18 points and Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) followed her with 16. Alexia Rol (175-F-82) netted 9 pts in this meeting. For the hosts, Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) was better than the others with 23 points. Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) (8 rebs) and Viive-Kai Rebane (182-F-89) stopped to 11 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 19-18, 17-15, 12-11, 10-18. Switzerland will host Montenegro on Saturday, while Estonia goes to Poland.

Estonia: Merike Anderson 23, Kerttu Jallai 11+8 boards, Viive-Kai Rebane 10
Switzerland: Karen Twehues 18, Sarah Kershaw 16, Alexia Rol 9



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T&T lose again in Centro - by Don Farrell

T&T women basketballers saw their chance of advancing to the 2013 FIBA-Americas Championship, the world qualifier, slowly slip away with their second loss at the FIBA Americas Centrobasket Championships, yesterday. The local team fell to US Virgin Islands (USVI), 58-49 in its group B match at Jose Pepe Huyke Coloseum in Morovis, Puerto Rico. The national unit suffered a huge 88-36 loss to Cuba in the opening match on Tuesday. Following that match, captain Pietra Gay said Our goal is to finish in the top four to qualify for the next level. T&T will now need a miracle to progress out of the preliminary round as it has one match outstanding against a tough competitor Dominican Republic, which beat USVI 72-69 on Tuesday.
Again, T&T only had one player reaching double-figures, Shakira Clarke, who scored 11 points and had five rebounds. Both Rhea Codio and Adanna David added nine points each while Gay was good for seven. David fouled out in the final quarter. The national womens team was far more competitive in this encounter than its opener, matching USVI for much of the match. T&T had more attempts at the basket, 67 compared to USVIs 52 but the latter had a better shooting percentage. T&T was guilty of missing seven consecutive three-pointers. Evidently though, it was obvious that things went downhill for T&T in the final quarter when the national side was outscored 17-7 after a tied first quarter (9-9) and T&T trailing by a basket in the two other periods, 30-28 at the half and 39-37 in the third. Leading USVI to the nine-point victory were Natalie Day and Akkema Richards, who had 21 and 14 points, respectively. Day dominated the boards with a match-high nine rebounds while Richards grabbed six and had three assists.

Results
Yesterday
T&T 49 (S Clarke 11 pts/5 rebs) vs USVI 58 (N Day 21 pts/9 rebs, A Richards 14 pts/6 rebs/3 stls).
Tuesday (late matches)
Group B: Dominica Republic 72 vs USVI 69
Group A: Puerto Rico 82 vs Jamaica 53

Todays matches
GROUP A
Jamaica vs El Salvador
Puerto Rico vs Mexico
GROUP B
Dominican Republic vs T&T
Cuba vs Virgin Islands



US Virgin Islands beat Trinidad and Tobago in Morovis, 58-49 - by Eurobasket News

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 58-49

Both teams failed in Day One of the 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. Yesterday, the US Virgin Islands outplayed Trinidad and Tobago 58-49 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. Thanks to this victory USVI still has a chance to reach the Semifinals, but they will have to beat Cuba today. Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) was a key player for the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 23. Akkema Richards (172-SG) had 14 points and 6 rebs, and Brittney Matthew (170-G) helped USVI with 9 points. In T&T, Shakira Clarke (182-C) collected 11 points and 5 rebs. Adanna David (177-F) and Rhea Codio (165-G-88) stopped to 9 points apiece. Quarters: 9-9, 21-19, 9-9, 19-12. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Morovis. T&T (0-2) will play against Dominican Republic.

USVI: Natalie Day 21+9 boards, Akkema Richards 14+6 boards, Brittney Matthew 9
T&T: Shakira Clarke 11+5 boards, Adanna David 9, Rhea Codio 9



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Tarsus tab Cindy Lima - by Eurobasket News

Tarsus continued to bolster their roster. Shortly after bringing in Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) the team announced another signing. They agreed on terms of contract with Cindy Lima (194-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas). The Spanish centre spent the last season in France. She played for Pays dAix Basket. She tallied 8.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.1 assists per game in LFB. Previously Cindy Lima had stints with Celta Vigo, Zaragoza, Leon, TTT Riga, AEL Limassol and Ros Casares. She played for U16, U18 Spanish National Teams. Cindy Lima has been the member of Spanish National Team since 2006. The centre participated at 2011 EuroBasket. Her stats read 0.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in Poland.


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US Virgin Islands beat Trinidad and Tobago in Morovis, 58-49 - by Eurobasket News

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 58-49

Both teams failed in Day One of the 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. Yesterday, the US Virgin Islands outplayed Trinidad and Tobago 58-49 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. Thanks to this victory USVI still has a chance to reach the Semifinals, but they will have to beat Cuba today. Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) was a key player for the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 23. Akkema Richards (172-SG) had 14 points and 6 rebs, and Brittney Matthew (170-G) helped USVI with 9 points. In T&T, Shakira Clarke (182-C) collected 11 points and 5 rebs. Adanna David (177-F) and Rhea Codio (165-G-88) stopped to 9 points apiece. Quarters: 9-9, 21-19, 9-9, 19-12. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Morovis. T&T (0-2) will play against Dominican Republic.

USVI: Natalie Day 21+9 boards, Akkema Richards 14+6 boards, Brittney Matthew 9
T&T: Shakira Clarke 11+5 boards, Adanna David 9, Rhea Codio 9



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Ukraine destroys Portugal in Yuzhny, 92-38 - by Eurobasket News

UKRAINE - PORTUGAL 92-38

Ukraine demonstrated wonderful performance in the first round of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They destroyed Portugal 92-38 for 1-0 score in Group A. Participants of this pool are also Belarus, Israel and Hungary. First two teams at the end of qualifications will advance to EuroBasket in France. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) led Ukraine last night with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) (6 rebs) and Iryna Tsekova (177-G/F-78, agency: Promotex) followed her with 13 points each. At the other side, Portugal did not have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best players were Sofia Silva (187-C-90) and Carla Freitas (170-G-80) with 8 points each. Ukraine took control on Portugal from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 22-10, 24-6, 26-12, 20-10. In Round Two, Ukraine will meet Israel, while Portugal will play against Israel.

Ukraine: Olexandra Kurasova 15+5 boards, Viktoria Mircheva 13+6 boards, Iryna Tsekova 13
Portugal: Sofia Silva 8, Carla Freitas 8



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Parker leads Sparks in 87-81 win over Sun - by Eurobasket News

Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) did a little of everything to help Los Angeles beat Connecticut.

Parker had 33 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and five blocks to lead the Sparks to an 87-81 victory over the Sun on Wednesday night.

"Typical world-class," Connecticut's Kara Lawson (5'8''-PG-81, college: Tennessee) said. "There's not many people in the world much better. ... She had her way with us tonight."

Parker's biggest play of the night came with about 1:10 to go when, with the Sun leading 81-80, she blocked a layup attempt by the Sun center Tina Charles on a fast break.

"I actually didn't see (Charles) when Kara was dribbling, to be honest with you," Parker said. "I just tried to go put (up) my left (hand) and get it."

Asjha Jones fouled the Sparks' Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90, college: Stanford) as Los Angeles the Sparks brought the ball up and the rookie made both her free throws to put the Sparks ahead for good with 1:05 to go.

The Sun missed three shots on their next possession and Ogwumike converted a three-point play to extend the Sparks' lead to 85-81. Parker closed the scoring with two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining.

"It's a tremendous win," Sparks coach Carol Ross said. "Anytime you come to Connecticut and you beat the Sun, you have done something because most teams are not able to accomplish that. Connecticut is such a good team and they have a great home court and for us to be able to come in and stay resilient ... We just kept battling and we felt very fortunate to get out of here with a win."

Ogwumike, the top pick in this year's WNBA draft, had 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting and grabbed five rebounds for Los Angeles (7-1).

"She's the type of player that when I miss a shot, I know she's going to get the rebound," Parker said. "I'm more comfortable taking shots, and I know that when she gets the ball, it's going to be a good play."

Los Angeles reserve Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88, college: Ohio St.) added 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds.

Charles had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Connecticut (6-2). Lawson had 16 points and four assists and Jones added 10 points and eight rebounds. Renee Montgomery (5'7''-PG-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored 12 points and Tan White had 11 to give the Sun five scorers in double figures.

The Sparks shot 46 percent (33 for 72), including Parker's 12-for-22 effort. The Sun shot just 33 percent (28 of 84), with Charles going 8 for 26.

"Their length played a part, certainly, when we drove," Lawson said. "When we were decisive offensively, good things happened. When we were passive, or waiting for something to happen, and when they went to zone, it was not good."

Connecticut trailed 80-75 when Lawson and Charles made two free throws each 29 seconds apart to pull the Sun within a point with 2:00 to go.

Charles' putback of her own miss Connecticut's only basket on 15 shots over the final 6:10 of the game put the Sun ahead 33 seconds later.

Ogwumike's three-point play tied the score at 75-all with 5:03 remaining. Parker followed with a 3-pointer and a putback to give the Sparks an 80-75 edge with 3:08 left.

"We just didn't shoot the ball, nobody had a great shooting night for us," Sun coach Mike Thibault said. "We just seemed to rush things in the second half. We couldn't catch it, we fumbled it a little bit, I don't know if the length bothered us, but we were just in a hurry. They did a good job with their zone change and their momentum of the game. ... We got the lead back and then we just couldn't sustain it."

Connecticut led 45-40 at halftime and scored six consecutive points to extend their lead to eight a little more than 2 minutes into the third quarter.

The Sparks scored the next 10 points to take a 54-52 lead with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.

The teams played close the rest of the way, with Connecticut's four-point lead late in the third the largest lead for either team until the final minutes.

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Wednesday: Sky beat Storm 74-58 - by Eurobasket News

Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) scored 17 points, Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Chicago Sky beat the Seattle Storm 74-58 Wednesday night for their franchise-record sixth straight win.

Tamera Young (6'2''-G-86, college: JMU) scored 12 points and Ruth Riley (6'5''-C-79, college: Notre Dame) added 10 for Chicago (7-1), which never trailed and extended the best start in team history.

"Our main focus was going out and getting to a good start because our (previous) home games have been kind of rough," Fowles said. "We try not to make it so hard in the beginning but overall everyone did their part on the floor."

Fowles shot 8 for 10 from the field got her eighth straight double-double, matching her own single-season league record set last year. Prince, the league's leading scorer at 25.3 points per game coming in, shot just 6 for 16 -- including 4 for 8 on 3-pointers.

"I was just reading what the defense was giving me and playing off of that," Prince said. "We had certain plays for me and I got open looks and I was able to hit them."

Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) scored 13 points and Ann Wauters had 12 as Seattle (1-7) dropped its sixth straight on the road and fourth in a row overall.

"I thought defensively we did a pretty good job on Prince and Fowles in regards to guarding them on their offense," Storm coach Brian Agler said. "But we didn't do a very good job of keeping Fowles off the boards and giving them too many second chances."

The Sky led by nine at halftime and stretched it to 11 early in the third quarter before the Storm pulled within four heading to the fourth. However, Chicago outscored Seattle 16-3 over the first 7:12 of the final period to take a 70-53 lead with 2:48 to go. The Sky finished with a 20-8 scoring edge in the fourth.

"We had a solid defensive effort in the fourth quarter," Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. "We were plus-23 on the boards. We could have taken care of the ball a little better but I could live with the 15 (turnovers) because only three came from (Prince) and (Courtney Vandersloot) and they played 60 minutes, so that was a good thing."

The Sky outrebounded the Storm 44-21 and shot 44 percent (32 for 72) from the field. Seattle was just 38 percent (20 for 53).

Thompson picked up Seattle's first offensive rebound midway through the third quarter as the Storm trimmed a double-digit deficit to 54-50 on Ewelina Kobryn's layup in the final minute of the period.

Fowles had eight points and three rebounds and Prince scored six points as the Sky took a 20-13 lead after one quarter.

Chicago opened its biggest lead of the half at 40-29 just before the break on Sonja Petrovic's jumper with a minute to go. Prince had six more points in the period.

Wauters had 10 first-half points for the Storm, who were outrebounded 23-11 over the first 20 minutes.

Courtesy of www.king5.com
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