EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/16/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ARGENTINA   



La Union land Kyle Lamonte - by Eurobasket News

La Union bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey). The guard will play for Gonzalo Garcia team in the next season. Kyle Lamonte spent the last two seasons with Penarol Mar del Plata. Last season the guard averaged 12.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in LigaA. He participated in LigaA All-Star in both 2011 and 2012. Previously Kyle Lamonte had stints in Turkey, Uruguay, Brazil. Latinbasket.com named the guard into Argentinean LigaA All-Imports Team in 2010. He was named LigaA All-Star Game MVP in 2011. Kyle Lamonte was LigaA champion in 2010, 2011 and 2012.


Argentino Junin tab Fernando Funes - by Eurobasket News

Argentino Junin added the fifth confirmed player for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Fernando Funes (192-SG-83). The guard spent the last two seasons with Gimnasia-Indalo Comodoro Rivadavia. He tallied 9.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in LigaA last season. Previously Fernando Funes had stints with Atenas Cordoba, Belgrano San Nicolas, Boca Juniors, Lanus, Central Enterriano and Trotamundos de Carabobo. He earned Latinbasket.com All-Argentinean LigaA Honourable Mention in 2010.


Argentina cruise Paraguay in Charata - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Paraguay 92:46

Argentina opened Super 4 Cup tournament in Charata with victory. They marched past Paraguay in the opener. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) delivered 13 points to lead the winners.
Argentina silenced their opponents in the opening quarter. The hosts fired 28 points to build an 18-point lead. The margin just kept on growing in the second quarter. Argentina arrived at halftime up by comfortable 27 points 46:19. The home team did not loosen the grasp in the third quarter. They dominated every facet of the game posting a 71:32 lead into the fourth period. Paraguay had nothing to answer with in the final ten minutes as Argentina cruised to the win. Marcos Mata (201-F-86) and Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) produced 12 points each for the winners. Jose Fabio (200-F-77) answered with 11 points for Paraguay. Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) netted 8 points in the loss.

Argentina: Federico Van Lacke 13, Marcos Mata 12, Franco Giorgetti 12
Paraguay: Jose Fabio 11, Daniel Perez 8



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Liepajas Lauvas hire Guntis Endzels - by Eurobasket News

Liepajas Lauvas hired Guntis Endzels as new head coach. Guntis Endzels lately worked as assistant coach with Ventspils. He also has experienced working as head coach of Keizarmezs and Skonto Riga. Guntis Endzels is currently guiding U18 Latvian National Team. The specialist also worked as assistant coach with Latvian National Team in 2006/07 seasons.


Roberts Stelmahers takes over Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils management made a change on the bridge. They appointed Roberts Stelmahers new head coach of the team. The Lithuanian specialist signed a two-year deal with Ventspils. He will replace Gundars Vetra . Roberts Stelmahers worked with Pieno Zvaigzdes in Lithuania last season. He led his team to 13-9 record in LKL regular season. Pieno Zvaigzdes also finished at 9-10 record in Baltic League Elite Division. Roberts Stelmahers also guided Perlas Vilnius before. He worked as assistant coach with Perlas Vilnius and Lietuvos Rytas. Stelmahers has experience working as assistant coach with Latvian National Team in 2010/11 seasons.


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  BELGIUM   


Transfers in the Ethias League - by Peter Buyse

Two big Belgian names changes teams in the past couple of teams.
First off Guy Muya (190-G-83) moves from Liege to Belfius Mons-Hainaut. Guy spent most of his career in Belgium playing for Pepinster and Liege. He also played in Italy and Spain.
Second big name to change teams is Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87) who left Pepinster and will be on the Port of Antwerp Giants roster for the next 2 seasons.
Muya averaged 9.1 ppg and 3.0 rpg for Liege while De Zeeuw had averages of 10.9 ppg and 5.4 rpg for Verviers-Pepinster. Like Muya, Maxime spent most of his career at Verviers-Pepinster with one year in Gent in between.
Both players have been members of the Belgian National Team several times during their careers.



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  BRAZIL   


Minas add guard Betinho - by Paulo Freire

The Minas Tenis Clube, the team of Belo Horizonte city has defined their new reinforcement to the next competitions after reaching an agreement with one of the promising young national basketball players, the guard Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-G/F-88) (195-G/F-88), who played on the Paulistano team in the latest editions of the NBB.

The promising young athlete, has an average of 13.1 points and 2.2 assists per game during the forth edition of the NBB. Another new face is the experienced Renato Pinto (202-F-78) that comes from Pinheiros. The team is also bringing two young players Robson Coimbra (194-F-91) and point guard Henrique Coelho (182-PG-93). The new rumor is that the team is trying to bring back the american Bernard Robinson (198-F-81, college: Michigan) that was playing in argentina, the local midia says that the deal is already in the table.





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  BULGARIA   


US Cedric Simmons called in Bulgarian NT - by Vladi Lazarova

Bulgarian National team (men) will use US Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.) in Eurobasket 2013 qualifications this summer. The decision was made by the head coach of the squad Rossen Barchovski. Simmons wasn't included in the first roster, annouced by Barchovski earlier this month. 26-years old American, who received Bulgarian passport in August 2011, was added two days ago with the hope he can help the team in the absence of Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) and Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket). The twins, who were Bulgarian best players under the boards and among the leaders of the selection at Eurobasket 2011 and qualifications for the championship in Lithuania, rejected the National team due to health problems and desire to use the summer for rest and recovery.

Cedric Simmons will join Bulgarian NT after the end of his duties at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas later in July. Bulgaria starts Eurobasket 2013 qualifications at home against Sweden at 15th August. The team of Barchovski is in Group D with Germany, Azerbaidjan and Luxemburg.



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  CENTROBASKET   


Jamaica names 12 for Puerto Rico - by Kristian Santiago

Jamaica's basketball squad for the Centrobasket tournament in Puerto Rico (28th until 24th of June) is head-lined by NBA-experienced players Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89, college: Louisville), Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa) and Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown)
The Caribbean island will be coached by former-NBA player and coach Sam Vincent and is going to try to place under the top four of the qualifier for the FIBA Americas Championships.

Jamaica's Roster:
Jerome Jordan
Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89, college: Louisville)
Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown)
Kimany Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska)
Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point)
Ricardo Alliman (201-F/C-87, agency: JEMsports, college: Cedarville)
Courtney Walters (208-F)
Steven Toyloy (203-C-87, college: Cincinnati)
Dylan Ennis (187-G-91)
Lynford Brown (193-G/F-84)
Brian Grant (203-C-87)
Daniel Rose (208-C-83, college: Cedarville)




Mexico names roster for Centrobasket 2012 - by Kristian Santiago

Coach Pep Claros has chosen his 12 players for San Juan. The team is led by Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) and veterans like Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) and Horacio Llamas (212-C-73).
Conor Turley (200-F, college: Pennsylvania), Forrest Fisher (193-G-80) and Brody Angley (180-PG-86, agency: JEMsports, college: Santa Clara) had been let go by ADEMEBA due to FIBA eligibilty issues.

Mexico National Team 2012

Omar Quintero (183-PG-81, college: S.Nazarene)
Paul Stoll (178-PG-85)
Pedro Meza Rogel (186-G-85, college: Arizona W. CC)
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky)
Gabriel Giron (192-G-88)
Carlos M. Toussaint (190-G-91)
Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, college: Fresno St.)
Rodrigo Zamora (206-C-86, college: Montana St.)
Jesus Lopez (205-F-83, college: SW Baptist)
Gustavo Ayon
Victor Mariscal
Horacio Llamas (212-C-73)



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  CHINA   


Chinese NBL round 13 best performance: Rashaun Freeman - by Eurobasket News

American Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Heilongjiang, receiving a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 44 points and 22 rebounds, while his team edged out Hebei (#5, 8-5) 109-106. Heilongjiang is placed at 7th position in Chinese NBL. Heilongjiang is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-8 record. Freeman just recently signed at Heilongjiang, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Massachusetts star has very solid stats this year. Freeman is league's best scorer averaging so far 39.2ppg. Freeman is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 17.4rpg) and averages impressive 3.1spg and 58.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Senegalese Hamady N'Diaye (213-C-87) of league's leader Guangzhou L.. N'Diaye had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 25 rebounds. It was enough for Guangzhou L. to edge slightly lower-ranked Jiangsu (#2, 8-4) 97-96. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Guangzhou L. consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 11 matches. N'Diaye is one of the most experienced players at Guangzhou L. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.6ppg (#9). He also registered 15.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83) of Henan Jiyuan (#10). Adeleke got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for twenty three rebounds . He was a key player of Henan Jiyuan, leading his team to a 85-77 win against the higher-ranked Changan Group (#3, 8-5). Henan Jiyuan can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-11 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Adeleke he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Adeleke has individually a great season in China. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 34.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 20.6rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 53.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeVon Hardin (211-C-86) of Hong Kong - 25 points and 12 rebounds
5. Walter Sharpe (206-F-86) of Guangzhou FM - 29 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. ZhanYu Wang (196-SG-86) of Henan Jiyuan - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Joseph Taylor (203-F-85) of Changan Group - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jarrid Famous (210-C/F-88) of Sichuan - 24 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Bryan Davis (206-F-86) of Hebei - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ming Jin (185-PG-90) of Heilongjiang - 7 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists

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



Random Taiwanese bball news: Chiu to coach in China again - by Chris Wang

Dacin head coach Chiu Ta-tsun was reported to be coaching in China again and has resigned as the head coach of Taiwan national second team in this years WIlliams Jones Cup. Chiu was reportedly to be signing an one-year contract with Jiangsu, where he coached before.

Taiwan NT to play in friendlies in Japan
Local media reported that Taiwan NT has accepted an invitation from Japan, which will host the Asian Cup at Tokyo in September, in a friendly tournament which will be played at the same venue the Asian Cup is going to use.

Details of the tournament are not disclosed.

Taiwan NT opened its training camp 10 days earlier than it was planned for the friendlies. Head coach Hsu Chin-tse said it would be a great opportunity to warm up for the Asian Cup. However, Lin Chih-chieh and Tien Lei will sit out the tourney for various reasons and Tseng Wen-ting could also miss the tournament.

Lin named Yulon head coach
Yulon Luxgen announced that Chiu Chi-yi, who made his head coaching last season, will become an assistant this year and former assistant Lin Cheng-ming would be the teams new head coach next year.

Lin, a long-time Yulon assistant, is also the head coach of the Nen-ren High School in the HBL.

Under Chiu, Yulon finished a disappointing 16-14 last season ranking fourth in the seven-team SBL and lost 4-1 in the semifinal round to eventual champion Pure Youth.

Yang Ching-min signs with Shanxi Zhongyu
Former Taiwan Beer forward/guard Yang Ching-min has signed a three-year deal with Shanxi Zhongyu and became the seventh Taiwanese player to play in China in recent years, following the footsteps of Lin Chih-chieh, Chen Hsin-an, Lee Hsueh-lin, Tseng Wen-ting, Wu Tai-hao and Hong Chih-shan.



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  DENMARK   


Horsens keep Arnel Dedic - by Eurobasket News

Horsens announced the contract extension with Arnel Dedic . The specialist will remain at helm of the team for another season. Arnel Dedic took over Horsens at the start of the last season. He led the team at 12-15 record in the regular season. Horsens then advanced into Ligaen semifinal where they got beaten by Bakken Bears.


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  EUROCUP   


Lokomotiv Kuban add Simas Jasaitis - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban stay active on the market. They announced another signing for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Simas Jasaitis (201-SF-82). The forward signed a two-year deal with the Russian team.
Simas Jasaitis spent the last season in Turkey. He played for Turk Telekom Ankara. The forward notched 4.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in EuroChallenge. In TBL the Lithuanian player averaged 10.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Previously Simas Jasaitis had stints with Lietuvos Rytas, Galatasaray, Joventut, Tau Ceramica, Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Sakalai. He was the member of U18 and U21 Lithuanian National Teams. Simas Jasaitis has been the member of Lithuanian National Team since 2004. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket. The forward posted 8.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in Lithuania.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Unics edge of Turkish Coaches - by Ugur Turker

Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket ) (agency: Beo Basket ) who won TBL Championship, Turkish Cup and Eurochallange Cup with Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul admitted that Unics Kazan offered him a huge contract for next year. " I do not sign contract without having complete knowledge about club, i am interested not only money but also system of club that should be sustainable . " He also added that he is asked Unics Kazan one more week to decide his future and to see decision of Besiktas Board about next year in an interview of Eurosport.com Turkey. Before Ataman's word, sources had said that Unics Kazan approached Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket ) who officially left Galatasaray Medical Park earlier this week. It is highly possible that Unics Kazan will be managed by Turkish coach next year in order to maintain Euroleague success firstly qualifying for Group Stage.


Dusan Ivkovic and Olympiacos don't continue together - by Giorgos Diploidis

Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) today (15/06) met the two owners of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus the Aggelopoulos brothers in order to extend their co-operation which was ending this year. The experienced coach who won the Euroleague title and the Greek Championship declared to them (according to what is heard) that he wants to focus only in his job with the Serbian national team.

So few days after the departure of Zeljko Obradovic from Panathinaikos, Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) doesn't continue to Olympiacos.

The announcement:


"In today's meeting with Mr Ivkovic held on the initiative of KAE Olympiakos, the administration of the group suggested to Mr Ivkovic the renewal of their cooperation. Mr Ivkovic informed the board that has decided to continue only in national team of Serbia, for reasons explained that the KAE Olympiakos respects absolutely. Mr Ivkovic pointed out in the administration of KAE that if in future decide to work again at the level of the College was only for Olympiakos.The administration of KAE Olympiakos wishes to thank Mr Ivkovic for their excellent co-operation over the two years, and particularly for the large contribution to historic highs this season".



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  FRANCE   


Saint Vallier tab Corey Rouse - by Eurobasket News

Saint Vallier reinforced their roster. They added Corey Rouse (204-PF-84, agency: Court Side, college: E.Carolina) to the squad. The forward spent the last season with Boulogne. He averaged 12.3 points, 6.7 rebounds per game in ProB. Previously Corey Rouse had stints with Charleville, Namika Lahti, LTi Giessen and Nuernberg. The forward earned All-Finnish Korisliiga Honourable Mention in 2010. In 2011 Corey Rouse received Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honourable Mention.


Gravelines extend Cyril Akpomedah - by Eurobasket News

Gravelines has agreed on terms of contract extension with Cyril Akpomedah (203-PF-79). The new deal is meant for two seasons. The power forward joined Gravelines back in 2008. Last season Cyril Akpomedah tallied 7.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In ProA the forward delivered 6.4 points, 4.5 rebounds per appearance. He was Le Semaine des AS Cup Finalist in 2012. Previously Cyril Akpomedah had stints with Paris-Levallois, Spirou Charleroi, Cholet, Chalons and Siroki Prima. The forward was named French ProB Player of the Year in 2003. He made it onto ProA All-Domestic Team in 2005 and 2010. Cyril Akpomedah was also named into Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Imports Team in 2007.


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  GERMANY   


The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg Name Marcel Schroeder Head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

A few weeks after the announcement that John Patrick was no longer on board as head coach of the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg, the team announced today that Marcel Schroeder will take over as head coach for the 2012-2013 season getting a two year deal. This will be the second tour of duty for the team after leading te team into the Beko BBL in 2011. "We are very happy that Marcel has decided to take our offer. He is the right choice. He knows the team and surrounding and we have a very trustworthy relationship since three years. After our great success in our first season in the Beko BBL, Schroeder is exactly the right guy for the further development", stressed S Oliver Baskets Wurzburg CEO Jochen Bahr.

Schroeder started his coaching career in 2003 with TuS Jena (2.Bundesliga). In 2005-2006, he coached USC Dresden (2.Regionalliga). He then got further experience as assistant coach with Erdgas Baskets Jena (2.Bundesliga) and in 2007-2008 with the POM baskets Jena (1.Bundesliga). In 2008-2009, he was with the Teckpro Braves Kaiserslautern (ProA), moved from the Head Coach to an assistant coach job in Jan.'09. He came to Wurzburg in 2009 and started the season as a assistnat coach, in Feb.'10 promoted to a Head Coach. "I am happy about their trust in me. This is a big chance and challenge for me. Many coaches dream of working in an atmosphere like here in Wurzburg. We want to play like we did last season. We had a team chemistry like I have never seen before. We want to continue to have that fighting and winning mentality in each game. That is why it was importnat to keep the leaders Ben Jacobson, John Little and Jason Boone. Now it is importnat to find players that will fit", stressed s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg head coach Marcel Schroeder .

Source: s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg





David Taylor Moves To TSV Troester Breitenguessbach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

When your young and hungry to get better and develop, what better way then to do it with the currently most successful basketball organization Bamberg, which is something that David Taylor (188-PG-95) must of asked himself as well as getting good advice from his papa Derrick Taylor who won the German title with the Brose Baskets Bamberg in 2005. Today it was made official that David Taylor (188-PG-95) will play for the NBBL team and TSV Troster Breitenguessback. Taylor is a 17 year old 188cm point guard that belongs to the biggest German talents at the birth year 1995. Last season, he played for Nuernberger Basketball Club (ProA): 8 games: 1.8ppg and also played for Cybex Bayreuth in the NBBL averaging 19,8ppg,2,9rpg and 3,1apg. "We are totally convinced that David is a big talent. David has gotten a lot of ball feeling and athletic ability from his dad. He is a very interesting player and I am happy that he is coming to Bamberg", stressed Brose Baskets Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -10-11, German U15 National Team -10, European Championships U16 in Bar (Montenegro) -10: 9 games: 6.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 34.0%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 77.8%German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -11, European Championships U16 in Czech Republic -11: 7 games: 11.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 74.1%German NBBL All-Star Game -12, German U18 National Team -12, and Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim (Germany) -12

Source: Brose Baskets



Dominique Klein Remains Wit SSV Lok Bernau - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Regionaliga team SSV Lok Bernau have kept an important part of their team in tact with Dominique Klein (198-F-81, college: Campbell) who will remain with the team. Klein is a 31 year old 198cm forward that is a quick, athletic player who plays very hard with emotion and intensity, has excellent work ethic, gets to the rim and is a good offensive rebounder. Last season in the PRO B, he played 27 games: 9.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 55.3%. "He is an important piece to the new team with his play and charachter. He will help us with his explosiveness and athletic ability as a leader", stated SSV Lok Bernau manager Thomas Schoenhoff. Klein started his basketball career with TSV Quakenbruck in 2000 and then played four years in the NCAA for Campbell (NCAA) playing a total of 98 NCAA games. Since 2005, he has played for teams like TSV Noerdlingen (2.Bundesliga), ART Duesseldorf Magics (2.Bundesliga North), BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-2.Bundesliga), Itzehoe Eagles (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five), VPV Giants Noerdlingen (ProA) and BC White Devils Cottbus (Regionalliga)

Source: SSV Lok Bernau



Moenninghoff drops college to turn pro - by Moritz Korff

Mathis Monninghoff (200-F-92) will finish his NCAA career to sign with a pro team in Germany, www.spokesman.com reports. Moenninghoff scored 1.7 points per contest for Gonzaga University as a sophomore during the 2011-12 campaign. The 20-year-old forward from Ibbenbueren, Germany, was picked by Svetislav Pesic to attend the practice camp of the German Men's National Team this year. He has been a member of the German Junior National Teams ever since 2007. Before he enrolled at Gonzaga, Moenninghoff played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and his home town team TV Ibbenbueren.


Cuxhaven BasCats land Max Rockmann - by Moritz Korff

Max Rockmann (198-F-88, college: UMKC) will be Cuxhaven's fourth newcomer for the 2012-13 season, the Pro A team says. The 23-year-old spent this past season in Hagen, playing for both BBL club Phoenix and thanks to a double license also for BG Hagen in the 1. Regionalliga West. Rockmann appeared in 20 BBL games, scoring a total eight points. He had a season high five points against ALBA Berlin. In RLW play he averaged 16.3 points as well as 3.7 rebounds a contest. Before moving to Hagen in the summer of 2011, the Berlin native attended NCAA D1 program UMKC for two years.


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  GREECE   


Dusan Ivkovic and Olympiacos don't continue together - by Giorgos Diploidis

Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) today (15/06) met the two owners of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus the Aggelopoulos brothers in order to extend their co-operation which was ending this year. The experienced coach who won the Euroleague title and the Greek Championship declared to them (according to what is heard) that he wants to focus only in his job with the Serbian national team.

So few days after the departure of Zeljko Obradovic from Panathinaikos, Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) doesn't continue to Olympiacos.

The announcement:


"In today's meeting with Mr Ivkovic held on the initiative of KAE Olympiakos, the administration of the group suggested to Mr Ivkovic the renewal of their cooperation. Mr Ivkovic informed the board that has decided to continue only in national team of Serbia, for reasons explained that the KAE Olympiakos respects absolutely. Mr Ivkovic pointed out in the administration of KAE that if in future decide to work again at the level of the College was only for Olympiakos.The administration of KAE Olympiakos wishes to thank Mr Ivkovic for their excellent co-operation over the two years, and particularly for the large contribution to historic highs this season".



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Branding
 1. Jersey G-F 4-3 
 2. Orlando V. 2-9 
 3. Yamhill H. 0-2 
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 10-2 
 2. Vancouver V. 8-4 
 3. Olympia R. 4-10 
International
 1. Edmonton E. 10-3 
 2. Portland C. 8-4 
 3. Nippon T. 1-5 
Travel Team
 1. S. Soldiers 4-9 
 2. Los Angeles 0-0 
 3. W.Coast H. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jun. 15: S. Soldiers - Vancouver V. 149-119
Jun. 14: Olympia R. - Nippon T. 132-109
Jun. 15: S. Soldiers - Portland C.
Jun. 15: Los Angeles - Bellingham S.
Jun. 15: Yamhill H. - Nippon T.



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  IRAN   


Iran too good for Syria in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Syria 69:44

Iran posted the third win at the WABA Championship in Amman. They knocked down Syria to gain 3-1 record. Iran will now take on Jordan for the one remaining qualifying spot at the Fiba Asia Championship in Tokyo. Saeid Davarpanah (191-G/F-87) came up with 15 points to lead Iran in this one.
They held Syria to 10 points in the first quarter to take a 5-point lead. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 31:24 halftime lead. Iran kept their opponents at bay throughout the third quarter. They rallied to a 53:36 advantage with one quarter remaining. Iran dominated the final period holding Syria to 8 points and marching to a well-deserved win at the end. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) and Mohammad Hassanzadeh (201-F-90) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Michel Maadanly (194-G-81) proved his topscoring status chipping 25 points for Syria. Hakam Abdullah (198-F-82) added 6 points in the defeat.

Iran: Saeid Davarpanah 15, Samad Nik Khahbahrami 12, Mohammad Hassanzadeh 12
Syria: Michel Maadanly 25, Hakam Abdullah 6



Iran reaches Tokyo with win over Jordan - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Jordan 65:63

Iran gained the crucial win at the WABA Championship in Amman. They held off Jordan in the tournaments finale to seal the Fiba Asia Championship in Tokyo appearance. The teams entered the game tied at 3-1 record and fighting for the only remaining qualifying spot for FIBA Asia Championship in Japan. The teams put up an exciting show with Iran escaping with a narrow win at the end. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Jordan stayed in control throughout the first half. The hosts grabbed a 14:13 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin to three points at the interval 33:30. But Iran found the resources to turn things around. The visitors denied the deficit and surged in front for a 2-point lead at the final intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the final frame. Iran delivered when it mattered the most and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) posted 11 points, while Rouzbeh Arghavan (213-F/C-88) added 10 in the winning case. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) answered with 16 points, 7 boards and 4 steals for Jordan. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) had 11 points in the loss.

Iran: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 21, Asghar Kardoust 11, Rouzbeh Arghavan 10
Jordan: Ali Jamal 16, Mousa Alawadi 11



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Otto C.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Smith, Otto C.18.4 
 2. Coleman, Angelico.18.2 
 3. White, Scavolin.17.1 
 4. Diener, Banco d.16.6 
 5. Green, Sidigas AV16.1 
 6. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.0 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV16.0 
 8. Pullen, Angelico BI16.0 
 9. Hickman, Scavolin.16.0 
 10. Tucker, Acea Roma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.11.0 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas10.1 
 3. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.2 
 4. Smith, Otto C.7.7 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 6. Gigli, CS Bologna7.4 
 7. Chiotti, Novip.7.0 
 8. Jones, Scavolini PS7.0 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.9 
 10. Easley, Banco d.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.5 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.7 
 3. Collins, Otto Case.5.2 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit4.9 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.3 
 6. Mekel, Benetton TV3.7 
 7. Poeta, CS Bologna3.6 
 8. McCalebb, Montepa.3.4 
 9. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.3 
 10. Brown, Banca T.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.3 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 4. Hackett, Scavolin.2.4 
 5. Perkins, Bennet C.2.1 
 6. Hosley, Banco d.2.1 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 8. Di Bella, Fabi S.1.9 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI1.8 
 10. Collins, Otto Cas.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Acea Roma
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Varnado, Acea Roma1.9 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.3 
 3. Johnson, Sidigas1.3 
 4. Easley, Banco d.1.2 
 5. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.1 
 6. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 7. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.9 
 8. Slokar, Acea Roma0.8 
 9. Viggiano, Benetton.0.8 
 10. Crosariol, Acea R.0.8 


Pesaro and coach Dalmonte part ways - by Giovanni Bargna

After a brilliant season ended in the semifinal series of the playoffs it comes the unexpected announcement: Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro and coach Luca Dalmonte part ways.
They both got an exit clause in the contract at the end of this year and the team decided to let Luca Dalmonte free to search for another team.
It all depended on the economic situation Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro is facing these days. After loosing the main sponsorship agreement with Siviglia the italian team is now trying to plan its future and waiting to know on which budget effort they can count on for next season. Coach Luca Dalmonte 's current wage could become hard to be afforded in the next future so that Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro decided to exit from the contract and wait for the economic situation to get clearer before getting back on the coaches market. A new contract with Luca Dalmonte is also not unlikely.



SerieA Round 4 of Finals. Emporio Armani cut the deficit - by Eurobasket News

Armani Mit - Montepaschi 88-83

Emporio Armani claimed the first win in the title series. They overcame Montepaschi to narrow the deficit. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 27-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Armani Milano made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) who added 19 points during the contest. Five Armani Milano players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) responded with 18 points and Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Armani Mit: I.Bourousis 19+4reb, S.Mancinelli 17+6reb+4ast, N.Melli 11+4reb, M.Hairston 10+5reb+2ast, O.Cook 10+4reb+3ast, E.Bremer 7+2reb+4ast
Montepaschi: B.McCalebb 18+3reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 17+2reb+1ast, S.Stonerook 11+3reb, D.Andersen 9+2reb+2ast, M.Carraretto 8+1reb, N.Zisis 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 177520



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  JAMAICA   


Jamaica names 12 for Puerto Rico - by Kristian Santiago

Jamaica's basketball squad for the Centrobasket tournament in Puerto Rico (28th until 24th of June) is head-lined by NBA-experienced players Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89, college: Louisville), Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa) and Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown)
The Caribbean island will be coached by former-NBA player and coach Sam Vincent and is going to try to place under the top four of the qualifier for the FIBA Americas Championships.

Jamaica's Roster:
Jerome Jordan
Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89, college: Louisville)
Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown)
Kimany Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska)
Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point)
Ricardo Alliman (201-F/C-87, agency: JEMsports, college: Cedarville)
Courtney Walters (208-F)
Steven Toyloy (203-C-87, college: Cincinnati)
Dylan Ennis (187-G-91)
Lynford Brown (193-G/F-84)
Brian Grant (203-C-87)
Daniel Rose (208-C-83, college: Cedarville)




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  JAPAN   


Hayato Kantake traded to Kyoto Hannaryz - by Eurobasket News

Iwate Big Bulls and Kyoto Hannaryz traded players. The Big Bulls sent Hayato Kantake (194-F-86) to Hannaryz in exchange for Haruyuki Ishibashi (173-PG-73).
Hayato Kantake had a solid season with the Big Bulls. He tallied 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Previously the forward had stints with Toyota Alvark and Takushoku University. Hayato Kantake was the member of Japanese University National Team in 2007.
Haruyuki Ishibashi joined Kyoto Hannaryz at the start of the previous season. He notched 0.8 points per game in BJ League season. The point guard had spells for Shiga Lakestars, Osaka Evessa, Aishin Sea Horses and Hitachi Osaka before.



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  JORDAN   


Iran reaches Tokyo with win over Jordan - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Jordan 65:63

Iran gained the crucial win at the WABA Championship in Amman. They held off Jordan in the tournaments finale to seal the Fiba Asia Championship in Tokyo appearance. The teams entered the game tied at 3-1 record and fighting for the only remaining qualifying spot for FIBA Asia Championship in Japan. The teams put up an exciting show with Iran escaping with a narrow win at the end. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Jordan stayed in control throughout the first half. The hosts grabbed a 14:13 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin to three points at the interval 33:30. But Iran found the resources to turn things around. The visitors denied the deficit and surged in front for a 2-point lead at the final intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the final frame. Iran delivered when it mattered the most and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) posted 11 points, while Rouzbeh Arghavan (213-F/C-88) added 10 in the winning case. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) answered with 16 points, 7 boards and 4 steals for Jordan. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) had 11 points in the loss.

Iran: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 21, Asghar Kardoust 11, Rouzbeh Arghavan 10
Jordan: Ali Jamal 16, Mousa Alawadi 11



Lebanon edge Jordan to clinch WABA Championship title - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - Jordan 73:61

Lebanon recorded the fourth straight win at the WABA Championship. They knocked down hosting Jordan to improve at 4-0 record clinching the top position at the tournament. Lebanon now also sealed the ticket to the FIBA Asia Championship to be held in Tokyo. Jordan fell at 3-1 record after the loss and would fight against Iran for the remaining ticket into Tokyo.
Jordan made the first move as they grabbed a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. Lebanon bounced back in the second quarter. They limited the hosts at just 12 points to ensure a 5-point halftime lead 36:31. Lebanon stretched the margin in the third quarter. The visitors arrived at the final break up by 11 points 55:44. Jordan tried hard to come back into this one but Lebanon used all of their experience to keep the hosts at bay claiming the victory. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) knocked down 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Lebanon. Elie Estephane (194-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) had 17 points for the winners. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Jordan. Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85) had 12 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 22, Elie Estephane 17, Charles Tabet 9, Garnett Thompson 9
Jordan: Mousa Alawadi 14, Fadel Al-Najjar 12



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  LATVIA   


Liepajas Lauvas hire Guntis Endzels - by Eurobasket News

Liepajas Lauvas hired Guntis Endzels as new head coach. Guntis Endzels lately worked as assistant coach with Ventspils. He also has experienced working as head coach of Keizarmezs and Skonto Riga. Guntis Endzels is currently guiding U18 Latvian National Team. The specialist also worked as assistant coach with Latvian National Team in 2006/07 seasons.


Liepajas Lauvas hire Guntis Endzels - by Eurobasket News

Liepajas Lauvas hired Guntis Endzels as new head coach. Guntis Endzels lately worked as assistant coach with Ventspils. He also has experienced working as head coach of Keizarmezs and Skonto Riga. Guntis Endzels is currently guiding U18 Latvian National Team. The specialist also worked as assistant coach with Latvian National Team in 2006/07 seasons.


Roberts Stelmahers takes over Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils management made a change on the bridge. They appointed Roberts Stelmahers new head coach of the team. The Lithuanian specialist signed a two-year deal with Ventspils. He will replace Gundars Vetra . Roberts Stelmahers worked with Pieno Zvaigzdes in Lithuania last season. He led his team to 13-9 record in LKL regular season. Pieno Zvaigzdes also finished at 9-10 record in Baltic League Elite Division. Roberts Stelmahers also guided Perlas Vilnius before. He worked as assistant coach with Perlas Vilnius and Lietuvos Rytas. Stelmahers has experience working as assistant coach with Latvian National Team in 2010/11 seasons.


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  LBQ   

Standings

LBQ Standings
 1. Revolution 11-1 
 2. Seigneurs 10-2 
 3. Monteregie 2-7 
 4. Jaguars 2-7 
 5. Page-Dynamo 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 15: Revolution - Monteregie 87-84
Jun. 15: Jaguars - Page-Dynamo



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  LEBANON   


Lebanon edge Jordan to clinch WABA Championship title - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - Jordan 73:61

Lebanon recorded the fourth straight win at the WABA Championship. They knocked down hosting Jordan to improve at 4-0 record clinching the top position at the tournament. Lebanon now also sealed the ticket to the FIBA Asia Championship to be held in Tokyo. Jordan fell at 3-1 record after the loss and would fight against Iran for the remaining ticket into Tokyo.
Jordan made the first move as they grabbed a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. Lebanon bounced back in the second quarter. They limited the hosts at just 12 points to ensure a 5-point halftime lead 36:31. Lebanon stretched the margin in the third quarter. The visitors arrived at the final break up by 11 points 55:44. Jordan tried hard to come back into this one but Lebanon used all of their experience to keep the hosts at bay claiming the victory. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) knocked down 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Lebanon. Elie Estephane (194-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) had 17 points for the winners. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Jordan. Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85) had 12 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 22, Elie Estephane 17, Charles Tabet 9, Garnett Thompson 9
Jordan: Mousa Alawadi 14, Fadel Al-Najjar 12



Palestine finish WABA Championship on high note - by Eurobasket News

Palestine - Lebanon 82:75

Palestine made their WABA Championship finale one to remember. They outscored the champions Lebanon to record the second win at the tournament. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) stepped up with 32 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Lebanon who played without their charismatic leader Fadi Khatib led by five points after ten minutes 23:18. Lebanon stretched the margin to 6 points at the interval 38:32. However Palestine changed the complexion of the game in the third stanza. They spurred in front for a 57:55 advantage with one period remaining. Palestine outgunned Lebanon in the fourth frame to seal the victory at the end. Sakakini Sani (204-C-88) had 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Nicola Fadayel (194-F-87) finished with 17 points for Palestine. Nadim Souaid (192-F/G-86) answered with 18 points and 8 boards for Lebanon. Cheikh Hussein El Khatib (186-PG-86) netted 15 points in the loss.

Palestine: Jamal Abu-Shamala 32, Sakakini Sani 18, Nicola Fadayel 17
Lebanon: Nadim Souaid 18, Cheikh Hussein El Khatib 15



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  LITHUANIA   

RKL Standings

RKL Standings
 1. Sakiu 22-4 
 2. Taurages 22-4 
 3. Plunges SM 21-5 
 4. Birstono 17-9 
 5. Klaipedos LCC 14-12 
 6. Raseiniai 13-13 
 7. Siauliu raj. 13-13 
 8. Telsiu 13-13 
 9. Siauliu S-A 12-14 
 10. Panevezio B-A 12-14 
 11. Neringos 10-16 
 12. Birzu 9-17 
 13. Kretinga 3-23 
 14. Gargzdu 1-25 
East
 1. Traku Trakai 16-2 
 2. Alytus 15-3 
 3. Elektrenu 14-4 
 4. Zalgiris-Sabonio 2 13-5 
 5. Prienu 7-11 
 6. Liet.kur.rinktine 7-11 
 7. Ignalinos 6-12 
 8. M.Kadis 5-13 
 9. Vilniaus k.m. 1-17 
West
 1. Kauno Radijas 14-4 
 2. KM Tornado 14-4 
 3. Akmenes 13-5 
 4. Pasvalio 11-7 
 5. Kupiskio 10-8 
 6. Kauno 10-8 
 7. Panevezio O-K 7-11 
 8. Anyksciu 6-12 
 9. Jonavos 4-14 
 10. Panevezio O-I 1-17 



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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. Moore, Navolato7.6 
 9. Habel, Guaymas7.5 
 10. Strobbe, Nogales7.4 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Los Mochis
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Funn, Los Mochis9.4 
 2. Allen, Guaymas7.3 
 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. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
 9. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 10. Allen, Guaymas1.3 
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 


Mexico names roster for Centrobasket 2012 - by Kristian Santiago

Coach Pep Claros has chosen his 12 players for San Juan. The team is led by Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) and veterans like Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) and Horacio Llamas (212-C-73).
Conor Turley (200-F, college: Pennsylvania), Forrest Fisher (193-G-80) and Brody Angley (180-PG-86, agency: JEMsports, college: Santa Clara) had been let go by ADEMEBA due to FIBA eligibilty issues.

Mexico National Team 2012

Omar Quintero (183-PG-81, college: S.Nazarene)
Paul Stoll (178-PG-85)
Pedro Meza Rogel (186-G-85, college: Arizona W. CC)
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky)
Gabriel Giron (192-G-88)
Carlos M. Toussaint (190-G-91)
Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, college: Fresno St.)
Rodrigo Zamora (206-C-86, college: Montana St.)
Jesus Lopez (205-F-83, college: SW Baptist)
Gustavo Ayon
Victor Mariscal
Horacio Llamas (212-C-73)



CIBACOPA Round 3 of Finals. Hermosillo take overtime victory - by Eurobasket News

Guaymas - Hermosillo 91-94 OT

Rayos de Hermosillo pulled ahead in the title series versus Ostineros de Guayamas clinching the road win in Game 3. Ostioneros de Guaymas were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-24 charge of Rayos de Hermosillo, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-12. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Ostioneros de Guaymas 45-34 including 32 on the defensive glass. Ostioneros de Guaymas were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Brian Hamilton (198-F-82, college: La-Lafayette) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) who recorded 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) added 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: H.Johnson 28+6reb+4ast, M.Allen 19+10reb+5ast, J.Habel 16+5reb+1ast, A.Pedroza 14+4reb+2ast, F.Benitez 4+5reb+1ast, H.Nungaray 4+2reb+3ast
Hermosillo: B.Hamilton 24+6reb+6ast, E.Little 20+7reb+3ast, P.Sanders 18+4reb+1ast, J.Manuel Esteva 15+4reb+1ast, A.Izaguirre 13+12reb+2ast, D.Palazuelos 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 177606



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  MONTENEGRO   


Omar-Sharif Cook selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Cook could not help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Armani Milano (22-10) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Armani Milano was edged 82-79 on the road by the leading Montepaschi Siena. Cook scored 12 points and added 5 assists. Cook is currently fourth on the list of best passers. This season he averages: 8.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.6%(47-83), 3FGP: 40.1% and FT: 77.5%. Cook is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Cook is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Taylor Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.). Rochestie contributed to a Le Mans' victory against the eighth-ranked Cholet (16-14) 78-69 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and added 5 assists in 32 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (19-11) is placed fourth in the ProA. Rochestie is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Rochestie averages: 16.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.4apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(124-223), 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 89.1% in the 36 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Rochestie played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team. Apparently Rochestie has never played in Montenegro.

Bojan Subotic
Bojan Subotic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90). He was not able to help Zvezda (3-5) in their game against Partizan (8-0) in the Serbian A League. Subotic scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The first-placed Zvezda was defeated 78-72 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Partizan (#4) in the SuperLiga group. Subotic's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%(38-57), 3FGP: 20.8% and FT: 74.2%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Subotic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Dusan Djordjevic
Dusan Djordjevic
   #4. Guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, also represented by Beo Basket) managed to help Telenet Oostende in a 1-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Spirou Charleroi (23-9) 75-74 in the Belgian Ethias League last Friday. He scored 5 points and added 3 assists in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (23-9) is placed first in the Ethias League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Djordjevic is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 3.4apg. This year he also averages: 9.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1spg in the 36 games. Djordjevic has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Montenegrin passport:

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help one of league's weakest teams Real Madrid (26-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance Real Madrid lost 75-81 at home to the leading Regal FC Barcelona. Mirotic was the top scorer with 14 points in a mere 18 minutes. This year Mirotic averages: 9.1ppg and 4.4rpg in the 40 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he currently plays for the Spanish U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

Other top Montenegrin players, who play abroad:

Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) plays for Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB
Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86) plays for Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB
Sasha Pavlovic (200-F/G-83) plays for Boston Celtics in the NBA
Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87) plays for Spartak St.Petersburg in Russian PBL
Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) plays for Spartak St.Petersburg in Russian PBL
Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90) plays for Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) plays for Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA
Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81) plays for CEZ Nymburk in Czech Republic NBL
Goran Jeretin (192-G-79) plays for Union Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League
Vladimir Dasic (206-F-88) plays for Union Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League

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



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  NBA   


FIVE UP FIVE DOWN: FIVE OVERRATED AND UNDERRATED NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS - by Chris Mathieu

FIVE UP FIVE DOWN FIVE OVERRATED AND UNDERRATED NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS
Teams fall in and out of love with guys this time of year as the draft fast approaches. This is a tougher draft than usual as after the top 3 the next 4-10 are pretty much interchangeable based upon what a team desires. After that 11-30 are pretty much interchangeable as well, there will be good players picked into the early thirties however, just based on how many teams do a poor job of scouting.
A look at five players who likely will prove to be solid picks no matter where they are picked and five guys who are likely to disappoint.
The five up
JEREMY LAMB An extremely talented guard who played on a team with a lot of talent but also a lot of selfish players and underachievers. He has all the appearance of a guy who gets with a good team and a good coach could blossom into an excellent NBA player.
AUSTIN RIVERS Excellent pedigree and intangibles Austin should be a very solid player in the NBA. He doesnt have star or bust written all over him and would be a solid pick near the end of the lottery considering there will only be about 5 players picked ahead of him that prove to be more productive.
TERRENCE JONES His stock is dropping but he is a talent and if he goes after the lottery he will be an absolute steal. He doesnt have any outstanding individual skill but should end up being a solid role player for a long time.
JOHN JENKINS Jenkins is one of the best shooters in the draft, even if he is streaky. If he falls to the second round a great value indeed.
KYLE OQUINN Not a great athlete but should be solid pro who may be able to stick and be a rotation player in the NBA, not bad career for a second rounder.
The five down
JARED SULLINGER Not a terrible athlete or unskilled, he is however soft and relied on his size to beat lesser talented athletes in college a rare occurrence in the NBA. More Marcus Fizer than Charles Barkley, Jared play fell off as a sophomore and teams exploited him more. He may have already reached his peak as a freshman in college.
HARRISON BARNES A good but not explosive athlete, Harrison looks like he will be a solid pro somewhere between Luol Deng and Jared Jeffries as a player. You have to ask yourself what he does well in the NBA however besides defend. He grades out as a better athlete than he actually his.
MEYERS LEONARD His stock is rising because he is a good athlete for a big man the problem is he didnt dominate in college, so how will he do so in the pros? Leonard is more of a poor mans Chris Kaman but less skilled, a big decent athlete who lacks a high basketball IQ.
PERRY JONES A great talent but an incredibly soft underachieving player in high school and college, not a good track record for a guy about to get millions of dollars. Perry has lottery talent but free agent drive.
FAB MELO incredibly unskilled shot blocker looks a lot like Keith Closs to me minus all the personal problems. I dont see NBA players being intimidated by a player of his talent; his upside is Joel Anthony, not a ringing endorsement. A team will probably pick him up in the late teens or early twenties of the first round, too high for a guy with such a limited upside.



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Palestine finish WABA Championship on high note - by Eurobasket News

Palestine - Lebanon 82:75

Palestine made their WABA Championship finale one to remember. They outscored the champions Lebanon to record the second win at the tournament. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) stepped up with 32 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Lebanon who played without their charismatic leader Fadi Khatib led by five points after ten minutes 23:18. Lebanon stretched the margin to 6 points at the interval 38:32. However Palestine changed the complexion of the game in the third stanza. They spurred in front for a 57:55 advantage with one period remaining. Palestine outgunned Lebanon in the fourth frame to seal the victory at the end. Sakakini Sani (204-C-88) had 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Nicola Fadayel (194-F-87) finished with 17 points for Palestine. Nadim Souaid (192-F/G-86) answered with 18 points and 8 boards for Lebanon. Cheikh Hussein El Khatib (186-PG-86) netted 15 points in the loss.

Palestine: Jamal Abu-Shamala 32, Sakakini Sani 18, Nicola Fadayel 17
Lebanon: Nadim Souaid 18, Cheikh Hussein El Khatib 15



Palestine open win count in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Palestine - Yemen 85:60

Palestine registered the first win at the WABA Championship. They knocked down Yemen to gain 1-3 record. Nicola Fadayel (194-F-87) scored 18 points for the winners. Yemen slipped at 0-4 record.
Palestine stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They erupted for 30 points to build a 14-point advantage. Palestine stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up 22 points 52:30. Palestine held Yemen to 10 points in the third term to ensure a 27-point lead with one quarter remaining. Yemen managed to outscore their rivals in the fourth term but it just sweetened the pill for the team. Sakakini Sani (204-C-88) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) had 13 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds and 6 steals in the victory. Mohammed Yaeesh (182-PG-93) responded with 19 points for Yemen. Ahmed Abdulghafor (200-C-88) and Radhi BaYashot (200-C-89) netted 10 points each in the loss.

Palestine: Nicola Fadayel 18, Sakakini Sani 15, Jamal Abu-Shamala 13

Yemen: Mohammed Yaeesh 19, Ahmed Abdulghafor 10, Radhi BaYashot 10



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Argentina cruise Paraguay in Charata - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Paraguay 92:46

Argentina opened Super 4 Cup tournament in Charata with victory. They marched past Paraguay in the opener. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) delivered 13 points to lead the winners.
Argentina silenced their opponents in the opening quarter. The hosts fired 28 points to build an 18-point lead. The margin just kept on growing in the second quarter. Argentina arrived at halftime up by comfortable 27 points 46:19. The home team did not loosen the grasp in the third quarter. They dominated every facet of the game posting a 71:32 lead into the fourth period. Paraguay had nothing to answer with in the final ten minutes as Argentina cruised to the win. Marcos Mata (201-F-86) and Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) produced 12 points each for the winners. Jose Fabio (200-F-77) answered with 11 points for Paraguay. Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) netted 8 points in the loss.

Argentina: Federico Van Lacke 13, Marcos Mata 12, Franco Giorgetti 12
Paraguay: Jose Fabio 11, Daniel Perez 8



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Jun. 15: Ginebra Kings - Powerade T. 83-86
Jun. 15: Rain or Shine - Meralco Bolts 81-77
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. Harris, Talk N Text27.8 
 3. David, Powerade T.26.0 
 4. Cornley, Rain o.25.3 
 5. Bozeman, Ginebra24.5 
 6. Sneed, Powerade T.24.0 
 7. Forte, Alaska Aces23.6 
 8. Basden, Petron B.23.0 
 9. Blakely, B-Meg L.22.5 
 10. Oguchi, Meralco B.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Omar SNEED
  Powerade T.
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Sneed, Powerade T.15.8 
 2. Forte, Alaska Aces15.4 
 3. Graham, Air21 E.15.2 
 4. Cornley, Rain o.12.8 
 5. Harris, Talk N Text12.0 
 6. Blakely, B-Meg L.11.7 
 7. Pingris, B-Meg L.11.0 
 8. Taulava, Meralco10.2 
 9. Bozeman, Ginebra10.0 
 10. Basden, Petron B.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CASIO
  Powerade T.
  (177-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Casio, Powerade T.6.7 
 2. Sneed, Powerade T.6.0 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.3 
 4. Bozeman, Ginebra4.8 
 5. Ross, Meralco4.7 
 6. Basden, Petron B.4.3 
 7. Cabagnot, Petron4.2 
 8. Miller, Barako Bull4.2 
 9. Hubalde, Air21 E.4.0 
 10. Lutz, Petron Bla.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. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.8 
 4. Dillinger, Talk N.1.5 
 5. Sneed, Powerade T.1.5 
 6. Harris, Talk N Text1.5 
 7. Cortez, Ginebra1.5 
 8. Ross, Meralco1.3 
 9. Bozeman, Ginebra1.3 
 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. Santos, Petron B.1.3 
 4. Maierhofer, Ginebr.1.2 
 5. Norwood, Rain o.1.0 
 6. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.0 
 7. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.0 
 8. Reavis, B-Meg L.1.0 
 9. Quinahan, Rain o.1.0 
 10. Pena, Petron Bla.0.8 



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AZS Koszalin hire Teo Cizmic - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin has agreed on terms of contract with Teo Cizmic (agency: Alti Sport ). The Croatian specialist will take over the team in the next season. Teo Cizmic worked in Croatia last season. He was assistant coach in Cibona Zagreb. Previously Teo Cizmic worked as head coach of Steaua Turabo Bucuresti and KK Split. Teo Cuzmic will be assisted by Wojciech Zeidler in AZS Koszalin.


Miodrag Rajkovic moves to PGE Turow Zgorzelec - by Eurobasket News

According to sportando.net Miodrag Rajkovic moves to PGE Turow Zgorzelec. The Serbian specialist remains in Poland but with another team.
Miodrag Rajkovic started as a Coach Assistant in 1994-1995 for BC Tadic. In 1995-2000 he coached BC Radnicki and then BC Red Star. In 2002-2003 he was a Coach Assistant of Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad (A League).
In 2004-2005 became the Head Coach of BC Radnicki, but then again Coach Assistant of BC Buducnost Podgorica (MNT, 1A). In 2006-2008 worked with KK Hemofarm Vrsac (A).
As a Head Coach he continued with Mega Vizura (Serbia-A League) and in 2011-2012 moved to WKS Slask Wroclaw (Poland-2Liga). He reached Polish Cup Semifinals -12 and was Adriatic League Finalist -08 and Serbian League Finalist -08.



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Lokomotiv Kuban add Simas Jasaitis - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban stay active on the market. They announced another signing for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Simas Jasaitis (201-SF-82). The forward signed a two-year deal with the Russian team.
Simas Jasaitis spent the last season in Turkey. He played for Turk Telekom Ankara. The forward notched 4.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in EuroChallenge. In TBL the Lithuanian player averaged 10.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Previously Simas Jasaitis had stints with Lietuvos Rytas, Galatasaray, Joventut, Tau Ceramica, Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Sakalai. He was the member of U18 and U21 Lithuanian National Teams. Simas Jasaitis has been the member of Lithuanian National Team since 2004. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket. The forward posted 8.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in Lithuania.



Nemanja Protic leaves Nizhny Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

Nizhny Novgorod decided to split ways with Nemanja Protic (182-G-86). The sides have agreed on terms of contract termination. Nemanja Protic joined the team back in March 2011. Last season the Serbian guard averaged 10.9 points, 2.2 boards, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game in EuroChallenge. In VTB League Nemanja Protic tallied 7.9 points, 3.2 assists and 1.6 rebounds per appearance. In PBL his stats read 6.8 points, 1.7 assists and 1.4 rebounds. Previously Nemanja Protic had stints in Germany, Ukraine and Serbia. He was the member of Serbian University National Team. He participated at 2009 World Universiade. Protic led his team to the triumph in Belgrade averaging 7.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists at the tournament.


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Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.5 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.7 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac20.5 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.0 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.1 
 6. Jeremic, Hemofarm17.1 
 7. Dimic, Radnicki.16.5 
 8. Cupkovic, Napredak16.5 
 9. Miljenovic, Mega V.16.1 
 10. Svilar, Smederevo15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Balaban, Smederevo8.8 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 3. Cupkovic, Napredak7.6 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.7.2 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.7.2 
 6. Petrovic, BKK R.7.0 
 7. Scott, Radnicki K.6.7 
 8. Misanovic, OKK B.6.6 
 9. Musli, Mega Vizura6.4 
 10. Gagic, Hemofarm6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Pavkovic, Radnicki6.9 
 2. Boltic, BKK R.5.7 
 3. Osmokrovic, BKK R.5.1 
 4. Dundjerski, Vojvo.4.7 
 5. Markovic, Radnicki4.4 
 6. Jovic, Sloga4.3 
 7. Popovic, Crvena Z.4.1 
 8. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.1 
 9. Stefanovic, Smede.4.1 
 10. Miljenovic, Mega4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki2.8 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.6 
 3. Boltic, BKK R.2.3 
 4. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.1 
 5. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 6. Vulin, Prolet.1.9 
 7. Majstorovic, Tamis1.8 
 8. James, Partizan1.8 
 9. Kuzeta, Vojvodina1.8 
 10. Drca, OKK Beograd1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.5 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 3. Balaban, Smederevo1.2 
 4. Simon, Radnicki K.1.2 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.1.0 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 7. Todorovic, Borac0.8 
 8. Majkic, Prolet.0.8 
 9. Petronic, BKK R.0.8 
 10. Draskovic, Metalac0.7 


Dusan Ivkovic announce list of candidates for Serbian National team - by Zoran Popovic

Coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) announce list of candidates for Serbian National team for qualification games this summer. Candidates on the list are:

Firs and last name Date of birth Heigh Position

Milos Teodosic 19.03.1987. 195 cm Guard
Stefan Markovic 25.04.1988. 191 cm Guard
Milenko Tepic 27.02.1987. 200 cm Guard
Aleksandar Rasic 16.03.1984. 195 cm Guard
Danilo Andjusic 22.04.1991. 195 cm Guard
Nemanja Jaramaz 10.07.1991. 201 cm Guard
Nemanja Nedovic 16.06.1991. 192 cm Guard
Ivan Paunic 27.02.1987. 195 cm Guard
Marko Keselj 02.01.1988. 206 cm Forward
Mladen Jeremic 09.01.1988. 196 cm Guard
Andreja Milutinovic 06.08.1990. 198 cm Guard
Nemanja Bjelica 09.05.1988. 209 cm Forward
Vladimir Lucic 17.06.1989. 202 cm Forward
Novica Velickovic 05.10.1986. 205 cm Power forward
Duko Savanovic 05.09.1983. 204 cm Power forward
Zoran Erceg 11.01.1985. 210 cm Power forward
Milan Macvan 16.11.1989. 205 cm Power forward
Dragan Labovic 20.04.1987. 207 cm Power forward
Nenad Krstic 25.07.1983. 213 cm Center
Kosta Perovic 19.02.1985. 218 cm Center
Milovan Rakovic 19.02.1985. 208 cm Center
Miroslav Raduljica 05.01.1988. 213 cm Center
Dejan Musli 03.01.1991. 213 cm Center
Mile Ilic 02.06.1984. 215 cm Center

Coach Ikovic also announces schedule of activities during the summer and schedule of qualification games.
Qualification games schedule

August 14: Island Serbia
August 18: Serbia Montenegro
August 21 : Slovakia - Serbia
August 24: Serbia Estonia
August 27: Israel - Serbia
August 30: Serbia - Island
September 2: Montenegro - Serbia
September 5: Serbia - Slovakia
September 8: Estonia - Serbia
September 11: Serbia - Israel



Partizan wins 11th consecutive title - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Partizan 82:86

Partizan wins 11th consecutive title in Serbia. The favorites needed four games against Crvena Zvezda to win the series.
Partizan took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-21. But Zvezda won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Petar Popovic (211-C-79) replied with 22 points and Omar Thomas (197-F-82, college: UTEP) added 23 points in the effort for Zvezda.

Crvena Zvezda: Omar Thomas 23, Petar Popovic 22, B.Popovic 10
Partizan: Milan Macvan 19, Vladimir Lucic 14, Davis Bertans (208-F-92) 11



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Chris Lowe is the new playmaker of MBK Komarno - by Eurobasket Center

MBK Rieker Komarno has found already the new playmaker of the team for the coming season. After Johnathon Jones decided to leave the club and try to get a deal in one of the top leagues of Europe the management of Komarno was looking for a replacement. Finally the coaching staff decided to sign american guard Chris Lowe (182-PG-87, college: Massachusetts, agency: KMG Sports Management). The playmaker graduated on the University of Massachusetts and run a great senior season in the Atlantic 10 Conference averaging 12.4 points, 6.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. During the summer 2009 he was working with out several NBA teams as Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks. He started his professional carreer with Springfield Armor in the D-League, but left the team in January 2010 and finished the season with Maine Red Claws. He signed his first european deal with Naglis-Adakris Palangos in Lithuania and averaged 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.1apg. He started the last season with Kedainiai Triobet and put up 14.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg but finished the season with Neptunas Klaipeda in Lithuania.


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Navarra keep Angel Jareno - by Eurobasket News

Navarro kept Angel Jareno at helm of the team. The team has agreed on terms of two-year contract extension with the specialist. Angel Jareno took over Navarra in 2010. He led the team into LEB Gold Semifinals last season. Previously Angel Jareno worked with Leon Caja Espana, Tenerife, Palma Aqua Magica, Real Madrid Cadet Team, Canoe N.C. He also has experience working as coach assistant with Spanish U23 National Team.


Canarias reject ACB promotion - by Eurobasket News

Canarias will not play in ACB next season. The LEB Gold winners last season refused their ACB promotion because of financial problems. The team apparently had no financial capacity to play in the top Spanish league.
ACB made the decision to offer a vacant spot for Estudiantes. The Madrid team finished the last season in the 17th spot and got relegated into LEB Gold. However a unique chance may return Estudiantes into ACB. The Madrid team has to give their answer for the offer until mid-July.



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  SYRIA   


Syria better Yemen in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Syria - Yemen 86:73

Syria claimed the second win at the WABA Championship in Jordan. They defeated Yemen to improve at 2-3 record in the fourth place in the ladder. Yemen fell at 0-5 record after the loss. Ahmad Ishak (194-SF-86) provided 17 points for Syria who played without their scoring leading Maadanly.
Syria held Yemen to 10 points in the starting quarter to take a 7-point lead. Syria exploded with 31 points in the second frame to maintain the margin. They arrived at the interval up by 7 points 48:41. Syria stayed in control throughout the third term. Yemen scored just 15 points in the period as Syria boosted the gap to 15 points. Yemen finally outscored their opponents in the fourth stanza but could not threaten the margin. Watche Nalabandian (184-PG-83) delivered 15 points, while Hakam Abdullah (198-F-82) added 13 points for the winners. Samer Al-Asbahi (183-G/F-86) answered with game-high 20 points for Yemen. Mohammed Yaeesh (182-PG-93) netted 13 points in the loss.

Syria: Ahmad Ishak 17, Watche Nalabandian 15, Hakam Abdullah 13
Yemen: Samer Al-Asbahi 20, Mohammed Yaeesh 13



Iran too good for Syria in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Syria 69:44

Iran posted the third win at the WABA Championship in Amman. They knocked down Syria to gain 3-1 record. Iran will now take on Jordan for the one remaining qualifying spot at the Fiba Asia Championship in Tokyo. Saeid Davarpanah (191-G/F-87) came up with 15 points to lead Iran in this one.
They held Syria to 10 points in the first quarter to take a 5-point lead. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 31:24 halftime lead. Iran kept their opponents at bay throughout the third quarter. They rallied to a 53:36 advantage with one quarter remaining. Iran dominated the final period holding Syria to 8 points and marching to a well-deserved win at the end. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) and Mohammad Hassanzadeh (201-F-90) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Michel Maadanly (194-G-81) proved his topscoring status chipping 25 points for Syria. Hakam Abdullah (198-F-82) added 6 points in the defeat.

Iran: Saeid Davarpanah 15, Samad Nik Khahbahrami 12, Mohammad Hassanzadeh 12
Syria: Michel Maadanly 25, Hakam Abdullah 6



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  TAIWAN   


Random Taiwanese bball news: Chiu to coach in China again - by Chris Wang

Dacin head coach Chiu Ta-tsun was reported to be coaching in China again and has resigned as the head coach of Taiwan national second team in this years WIlliams Jones Cup. Chiu was reportedly to be signing an one-year contract with Jiangsu, where he coached before.

Taiwan NT to play in friendlies in Japan
Local media reported that Taiwan NT has accepted an invitation from Japan, which will host the Asian Cup at Tokyo in September, in a friendly tournament which will be played at the same venue the Asian Cup is going to use.

Details of the tournament are not disclosed.

Taiwan NT opened its training camp 10 days earlier than it was planned for the friendlies. Head coach Hsu Chin-tse said it would be a great opportunity to warm up for the Asian Cup. However, Lin Chih-chieh and Tien Lei will sit out the tourney for various reasons and Tseng Wen-ting could also miss the tournament.

Lin named Yulon head coach
Yulon Luxgen announced that Chiu Chi-yi, who made his head coaching last season, will become an assistant this year and former assistant Lin Cheng-ming would be the teams new head coach next year.

Lin, a long-time Yulon assistant, is also the head coach of the Nen-ren High School in the HBL.

Under Chiu, Yulon finished a disappointing 16-14 last season ranking fourth in the seven-team SBL and lost 4-1 in the semifinal round to eventual champion Pure Youth.

Yang Ching-min signs with Shanxi Zhongyu
Former Taiwan Beer forward/guard Yang Ching-min has signed a three-year deal with Shanxi Zhongyu and became the seventh Taiwanese player to play in China in recent years, following the footsteps of Lin Chih-chieh, Chen Hsin-an, Lee Hsueh-lin, Tseng Wen-ting, Wu Tai-hao and Hong Chih-shan.



Rodman, Pippen to visit Taiwan for Legends Game - by Chris Wang

Former Chicago Bulls championship team trio of Scottie Pippen (202-G/F-65, college: Cent.Arkansas), Dennis Rodman (204-F-61, college: SE Oklahoma) and Horace Grant will be among a dozen of former NBA players to visit Taiwan next month for an exhibition game.

The NBA Legends Game will match up the NBA veterans and a team of Taiwanese players. The game will be played on July 21 at Kaohsiung Dome in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, Taiwans second largest city.

Team roster of the NBA players (12): Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant, Jason Williams, Mitch Richmond, Vernon Maxwell, Jeff Trepagnier, Devon Hardin, Cliff Robinson, Alexus Foyle, Chris Campbell, Charoy Bentley

Team roster of Taiwanese players (10): Chen Hsin-an, Tien Lei, Su Yi-chieh, Ho Shou-cheng, Mao Chia-en, Lu Cheng-ju, Doug Creighton, Tseng Wen-ting, Chen Shih-nian and basketball player-turned-entertainer Chen Chien-chou, aka The Blackman.

The head coach for Team Taiwan will be Hsu Chin-tse, who led Pure Youth to its first SBL title in history last month.



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  TURKEY   


Unics edge of Turkish Coaches - by Ugur Turker

Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket ) (agency: Beo Basket ) who won TBL Championship, Turkish Cup and Eurochallange Cup with Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul admitted that Unics Kazan offered him a huge contract for next year. " I do not sign contract without having complete knowledge about club, i am interested not only money but also system of club that should be sustainable . " He also added that he is asked Unics Kazan one more week to decide his future and to see decision of Besiktas Board about next year in an interview of Eurosport.com Turkey. Before Ataman's word, sources had said that Unics Kazan approached Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket ) who officially left Galatasaray Medical Park earlier this week. It is highly possible that Unics Kazan will be managed by Turkish coach next year in order to maintain Euroleague success firstly qualifying for Group Stage.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


VI BOYS gear up for U18 play - by David Edole

The Virgin Islands Junior Men have a tall order as they depart Wednesday to Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil, for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The Virgin Islands was placed in Group A with the number one team in the World USA, #13 Brazil and #25 Mexico. Its going to be a long and tough road but the guys were optimistic and happy for the opportunity when they left. The coaches for the Virgin Islands team are Head Coach Jareem Dowling and Assistant Coaches Jerome Tang and Pedrito Estrill .
Group B consists of #5 Canada (CAN), #4 Argentina (ARG), Colombia (COL) and #15 Puerto Rico (PUR). The first two teams from each group advance to the semifinals. The same top four teams will have qualified for U19 FIBA World Championship in 2013.

http://www.fibaamericas.com/en/torneos1.asp?t=SHYGIYSFXF

Virgin Islands U18 Boys Roster
Khallid Hart - Guard - 6-2/180 - Sanford School (Delaware)
Hart is a leading player on three consecutive DIAA State Championship teams; he concluded his senior season with State Player of the Year and Tournament MVP honors. In his final season at Sanford (23-1), Hart led his team with 15.7 points and 5.9 assists per game. Hart committed to Marist University in the late signing period.

Jose Santos- Forward - 6-7- McArthur School (Florida)
Santos is a very talented and versatile player, compiling impressive stats over a two-year varsity career with an average of 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game for the McArthur Mustangs. The post has signed with Western Oklahoma State Community College. Santos is also considered one of Browards top volleyball players.

Justin Gray-Guard/Forward-6-4/185 - Tampa Berkeley Prep (Florida)
"Gray, who is a long 6-foot-4, dominated at times with his defending and rebounding which translated into impressive fast break runs to the other end," said Basketball recruit analyst Jerry Meyer of rivals.com. Led final four team (Berkely Prep) in scoring (19.6 ppg), rebounding (7.2 rpg) and blocks (1.4 bpg). Gray was named to the all-Hillsborough County boys basketball team after a strong sophomore campaign.

Rasheed Swanston- Guard- 6-3/175- Red Lion (Delaware)
Swantson along with Der-weer are the most veteran players the V.I. has ever seen in junior men play. They have played all over the world and in three different continents. Swanston is coming off an impressive season with Red Lion Christian Academy (19-4). The son of the legendary Keith "Zoro" Swanston made his name when he pumped in 32 points to lead the Virgin Islands over Bahamas, 86-83, in overtime, in the bronze medal game. Swanston knocked down 7-of-9 three pointers in the first half. In his final campaign with Red Lion, Swanston put up 9.9 points and 1.5 steals per game.

Kareem Harris- Guard- 6-1- McArthur HS (Florida)
They are three point shooters and they are shooters. Kareem Harris is a knock down shooter from anywhere on the court. Like his idol Ray Allen, Harris has perfect form every time. On December 6th, Harris came up as he hit a game-high six three pointers to lead McArthur to and 63-62 win over Cooper City. Harris finished his junior season with 13.9 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game. At one point in the season he averaged 18 points and knocked down 16--3s.

Amadius Der-Weer -Forward- 6-6- Concord HS (Delaware)
Der-Weer and Swanston are the veteran players of the bunch. Der-Weer had an outstanding senior season, he put up 10.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. For his efforts he received an honorable mention in the state. Interesting note he finished second in the state in blocked shots. Der-Weer and Concord High School (18-5) fell to Sanford in the state semifinals. Spiderman committed to Cecil Community College.

Alvah Phillip-Guard - 6-1/180- Dudley HS (North Carolina)
The Baron Davis of Virgin Islands Basketball is big, strong and not afraid to go after the trees inside the paint. At Dudley, Phillip scored 5.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. The Body Guard is ready to break out in FIBA play which he plans to carry into his senior season.

Angel Rivera- Guard - 5-9- Hughes High School (Ohio)
"PG King James Shooting stars: Rivera is the purest of point guards this state (Ohio) has seen in quite some time. If you are looking for a kid to dictate tempo, make the right pass/play, be under control, and deliver the ball at the right time/place then Rivera is your guy," from a recruiting magazine. Rivera born in Puerto Rico promised his grandfather, Thomas Cuencas, that he would represent his country in sports. Sticking to his word Rivera was one of the first at practice. In his first season at Hughes, Comby averaged 15.6 points and seven assists as a sophomore.

Alex"Ackhel" Bazil- Forward- 6-6/215- Gwynn Park HS (Maryland)
Bazil would have been a member of bronze medal team; however, he was bitten by a spider. The powerful post suited up for Gwynn Park and averaged 1.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in limited play. The dunkman is using the summer to springboard him to a great final year of high school hoops.

Kye Hodge, Forward- 6-4 - Poly HS (Maryland)
Kye Hodge left his mark at Baltimore Poly Tech (15-7) when he knocked down two free throws to defeat then number one Patterson, 87-86, in Baltimore City supremacy. The a senior, Hodge gave Poly an 85-84 advantage with a three-pointer with about 30 seconds left in the second overtime. The Clippers regained the lead but Hodge would have the final say with the two free throws for victory on February 1st.

Shomari Francis- Guard/Forward -6-2- Central High
Francis scored a game-high 20 points to lead the St. Croix All-Stars to a 75-69 comeback victory over the St. Thomas-St. John All-Stars at the 14th annual Sun Stroke All-V.I. Hoop Classic. Francis was named the game's MVP after an impressive performance that included seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. This is Francis' second tour with the team.

Keita Jones-Guard- 5-10- Central High
Jones comes from a lineage of basketball players that suited up for the Virgin Islands. His older brother Kadeem was a member of the past junior national teams. Jones played last summer on the Under 17 team but was limited due to a broken nose. In the territory, Jones is known for the two hands HARD dribbles he takes before a free throw attempt.

Preliminary Round
Saturday, June 16
2:00 p.m. USA U.S. Virgin Islands
4:00 p.m. Canada Puerto Rico
6:00 p.m. Brazil Mexico
8:00 p.m. Argentina Colombia

Sunday, June 17
2:00 p.m. Mexico USA
4:00 p.m. Puerto Rico Argentina
6:00 p.m. U.S. Virgin Islands Brazil
8:00 p.m. Colombia Canada

Monday, June 18
2:00 p.m. U.S. Virgin Islands Mexico
4:00 p.m. Canada Argentina
6:00 p.m. Brazil USA
8:00 p.m. Colombia Puerto Rico



VI FALLS TO PR IN WARM UP - by David Edole

The Virgin Islands senior mens national team fell to Puerto Rico, 85-70, in a warm up game for the upcoming Centrobasket tournament Thursday night. Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) led the team with 25 points followed by Aaron Brown ten points. Puerto Rico received a great performance by NBA player, Jose Juan Barea who finished with 13 points. In addition to Barea, Angel "Piwi" Garcia scored 13 points and Franklin Alexander had 12. The 2012 centrobasket begins this coming Monday June 18 at the Coliseum de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot.
Some of the players that made the trip to Puerto Rico are Jamil Samuel-Delgado Community College, Dimetri Byron-Florida Memorial, Phil Jones- Charlotte, Greg Washington -Hofstra, Kitwana Rhymer- Umass, Ivan Aska- Murray State, Walter Hodge- Florida University, Jason Edwin-Kent State, Deon Edwin- Red Lion Christian, Aaron Brown- Temple, and Johnathan Gray- Cornell University. The team is coached by Milt Barnes and he is assisted by Donald Bough and TeVester Anderson.

Group A - 50 Cuba (CUB), Bahamas (BAH), 16 Puerto Rico (PUR), 26 Panama (PAN), and Nicaragua (NCA)
Group B - Jamaica (JAM), Costa Rica (CRC), 30 Mexico (MEX), 55 Virgin Islands (ISV), 25 Dominican Republic (DOM)
*the number in front of the team is their rank in the world.


http://www.fibaamericas.com/en/torneos1.asp?t=BZVTHUAMME


6/18/2012
13:00JamaicaCosta Rica
15:30CubaBahamas
18:00MexicoVirgin Islands
20:30Puerto RicoPanama

6/19/2012
13:00Virgin Islands Jamaica
15:30NicaraguaCuba
18:00Dominican Republic Mexico
20:30BahamasPuerto Rico

6/20/2012
13:00Costa RicaVirgin Islands
15:30PanamaBahamas
18:00JamaicaDominican Republic
20:30Puerto RicoNicaragua

6/21/2012
13:00NicaraguaPanama
15:30MexicoJamaica
18:00Dominican Republic Costa Rica
20:30CubaPuerto Rico

6/22/2012
13:00BahamasNicaragua
15:30PanamaCuba
18:00Costa RicaMexico
20:30Virgin Islands Dominican Republic



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Standings - EBL Conf.

EBL Standings
 1. Leopards 20-4 
 2. Bristol AF 18-6 
 3. Derby T. 16-8 
 4. Worthing T. 16-8 
 5. Leicester W. 15-9 
 6. Bradford D. 15-9 
 7. Reading R. 14-10 
 8. Medway Park 12-12 
 9. Brixton T. 11-13 
 10. Leeds Carnegie 10-14 
 11. Tees Valley M. 4-20 
 12. Westminster W. 3-21 
 13. London Cap. 2-22 


EBL Div.1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Rishi KAKAD
  Derby T.
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Kakad, Derby T.23.5 
 2. Rivers, Worthing.20.2 
 3. Toluwase, Brixt.19.6 
 4. Tullis, Worthing T.18.2 
 5. Berry, Tees V.17.8 
 6. Fenyn, Medway Park16.9 
 7. Small, Worthing T.16.8 
 8. Sulcs, Bradford D.16.6 
 9. Whittington, Derby16.0 
 10. McLaughlin-W., Br.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hank RIVERS
  Worthing.
  (203-F-81)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Rivers, Worthing.13.1 
 2. Silcott, Bradford.10.3 
 3. Bolomo, Tees V.9.7 
 4. Whittington, Derby9.7 
 5. Demba-Kasse, Brixt.9.5 
 6. Bowne, Bristol AF9.1 
 7. Fenyn, Medway Park8.4 
 8. Adorian, Brixton T.7.4 
 9. Lohfink, Reading R.6.9 
 10. Tullis, Worthing6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve VEAR
  Medway Park
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Vear, Medway Park7.4 
 2. Edmunds, Bradford.5.6 
 3. Popoola, Westmins.5.1 
 4. Lascelles, Derby T.4.6 
 5. Ciesla, Bradford D.4.4 
 6. Streete, Bristol AF4.3 
 7. Tullis, Worthing T.3.5 
 8. Small, Worthing T.3.5 
 9. Silcott, Bradford.3.1 
 10. Kakad, Derby T.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Courtney SMALL
  Worthing T.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Small, Worthing T.2.8 
 2. Sulcs, Bradford D.2.7 
 3. Toluwase, Brixt.2.1 
 4. Popoola, Westmins.2.0 
 5. Edmunds, Bradford.2.0 
 6. Silcott, Bradford.2.0 
 7. Treasure, Brist.1.9 
 8. Gayle, Derby T.1.5 
 9. Kakad, Derby T.1.5 
 10. McLaughlin-W., Br.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Troy WHITTINGTON
  Derby T.
  (198-C-)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Whittington, Derby2.7 
 2. Tullis, Worthing T.2.1 
 3. Garcia, Bristol AF1.5 
 4. Bowne, Bristol AF1.0 
 5. Bulambwe, Westmi.0.9 
 6. Amato, Worthing T.0.9 
 7. Bolomo, Tees V.0.9 
 8. McGrew, Bradford.0.7 
 9. Matzeder, Readi.0.7 
 10. Attewell, Derby T.0.6 



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Nemanja Protic leaves Nizhny Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

Nizhny Novgorod decided to split ways with Nemanja Protic (182-G-86). The sides have agreed on terms of contract termination. Nemanja Protic joined the team back in March 2011. Last season the Serbian guard averaged 10.9 points, 2.2 boards, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game in EuroChallenge. In VTB League Nemanja Protic tallied 7.9 points, 3.2 assists and 1.6 rebounds per appearance. In PBL his stats read 6.8 points, 1.7 assists and 1.4 rebounds. Previously Nemanja Protic had stints in Germany, Ukraine and Serbia. He was the member of Serbian University National Team. He participated at 2009 World Universiade. Protic led his team to the triumph in Belgrade averaging 7.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists at the tournament.


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  WABA   


Results and Stats from Day 4 in Amman. Lebanon clinch the title - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - Jordan 73:61
Lebanon recorded the fourth straight win at the WABA Championship. They knocked down hosting Jordan to improve at 4-0 record clinching the top position at the tournament. Lebanon now also sealed the ticket to the FIBA Asia Championship to be held in Tokyo. Jordan fell at 3-1 record after the loss and would fight against Iran for the remaining ticket into Tokyo.
Jordan made the first move as they grabbed a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. Lebanon bounced back in the second quarter. They limited the hosts at just 12 points to ensure a 5-point halftime lead 36:31. Lebanon stretched the margin in the third quarter. The visitors arrived at the final break up by 11 points 55:44. Jordan tried hard to come back into this one but Lebanon used all of their experience to keep the hosts at bay claiming the victory. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) knocked down 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Lebanon. Elie Estephane (194-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) had 17 points for the winners. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Jordan. Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85) had 12 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 22, Elie Estephane 17, Charles Tabet 9, Garnett Thompson 9
Jordan: Mousa Alawadi 14, Fadel Al-Najjar 12

Iran - Syria 69:44
Iran posted the third win at the WABA Championship in Amman. They knocked down Syria to gain 3-1 record. Iran will now take on Jordan for the one remaining qualifying spot at the Fiba Asia Championship in Tokyo. Saeid Davarpanah (191-G/F-87) came up with 15 points to lead Iran in this one.
They held Syria to 10 points in the first quarter to take a 5-point lead. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 31:24 halftime lead. Iran kept their opponents at bay throughout the third quarter. They rallied to a 53:36 advantage with one quarter remaining. Iran dominated the final period holding Syria to 8 points and marching to a well-deserved win at the end. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) and Mohammad Hassanzadeh (201-F-90) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Michel Maadanly (194-G-81) proved his topscoring status chipping 25 points for Syria. Hakam Abdullah (198-F-82) added 6 points in the defeat.

Iran: Saeid Davarpanah 15, Samad Nik Khahbahrami 12, Mohammad Hassanzadeh 12
Syria: Michel Maadanly 25, Hakam Abdullah 6

Palestine - Yemen 85:60
Palestine registered the first win at the WABA Championship. They knocked down Yemen to gain 1-3 record. Nicola Fadayel (194-F-87) scored 18 points for the winners. Yemen slipped at 0-4 record.
Palestine stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They erupted for 30 points to build a 14-point advantage. Palestine stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up 22 points 52:30. Palestine held Yemen to 10 points in the third term to ensure a 27-point lead with one quarter remaining. Yemen managed to outscore their rivals in the fourth term but it just sweetened the pill for the team. Sakakini Sani (204-C-88) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) had 13 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds and 6 steals in the victory. Mohammed Yaeesh (182-PG-93) responded with 19 points for Yemen. Ahmed Abdulghafor (200-C-88) and Radhi BaYashot (200-C-89) netted 10 points each in the loss.

Palestine: Nicola Fadayel 18, Sakakini Sani 15, Jamal Abu-Shamala 13
Yemen: Mohammed Yaeesh 19, Ahmed Abdulghafor 10, Radhi BaYashot 10



Results and Stats from Day 5 in Amman. Lebanon with Gold, Iran clinch second spot - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Jordan 65:63
Iran gained the crucial win at the WABA Championship in Amman. They held off Jordan in the tournaments finale to seal the Fiba Asia Championship in Tokyo appearance. The teams entered the game tied at 3-1 record and fighting for the only remaining qualifying spot for FIBA Asia Championship in Japan. The teams put up an exciting show with Iran escaping with a narrow win at the end. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Jordan stayed in control throughout the first half. The hosts grabbed a 14:13 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin to three points at the interval 33:30. But Iran found the resources to turn things around. The visitors denied the deficit and surged in front for a 2-point lead at the final intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the final frame. Iran delivered when it mattered the most and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) posted 11 points, while Rouzbeh Arghavan (213-F/C-88) added 10 in the winning case. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) answered with 16 points, 7 boards and 4 steals for Jordan. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) had 11 points in the loss.

Iran: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 21, Asghar Kardoust 11, Rouzbeh Arghavan 10
Jordan: Ali Jamal 16, Mousa Alawadi 11

Palestine - Lebanon 82:75
Palestine made their WABA Championship finale one to remember. They outscored the champions Lebanon to record the second win at the tournament. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) stepped up with 32 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Lebanon who played without their charismatic leader Fadi Khatib led by five points after ten minutes 23:18. Lebanon stretched the margin to 6 points at the interval 38:32. However Palestine changed the complexion of the game in the third stanza. They spurred in front for a 57:55 advantage with one period remaining. Palestine outgunned Lebanon in the fourth frame to seal the victory at the end. Sakakini Sani (204-C-88) had 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Nicola Fadayel (194-F-87) finished with 17 points for Palestine. Nadim Souaid (192-F/G-86) answered with 18 points and 8 boards for Lebanon. Cheikh Hussein El Khatib (186-PG-86) netted 15 points in the loss.

Palestine: Jamal Abu-Shamala 32, Sakakini Sani 18, Nicola Fadayel 17
Lebanon: Nadim Souaid 18, Cheikh Hussein El Khatib 15

Syria - Yemen 86:73
Syria claimed the second win at the WABA Championship in Jordan. They defeated Yemen to improve at 2-3 record in the fourth place in the ladder. Yemen fell at 0-5 record after the loss. Ahmad Ishak (194-SF-86) provided 17 points for Syria who played without their scoring leading Maadanly.
Syria held Yemen to 10 points in the starting quarter to take a 7-point lead. Syria exploded with 31 points in the second frame to maintain the margin. They arrived at the interval up by 7 points 48:41. Syria stayed in control throughout the third term. Yemen scored just 15 points in the period as Syria boosted the gap to 15 points. Yemen finally outscored their opponents in the fourth stanza but could not threaten the margin. Watche Nalabandian (184-PG-83) delivered 15 points, while Hakam Abdullah (198-F-82) added 13 points for the winners. Samer Al-Asbahi (183-G/F-86) answered with game-high 20 points for Yemen. Mohammed Yaeesh (182-PG-93) netted 13 points in the loss.

Syria: Ahmad Ishak 17, Watche Nalabandian 15, Hakam Abdullah 13
Yemen: Samer Al-Asbahi 20, Mohammed Yaeesh 13



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  YEMEN   


Syria better Yemen in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Syria - Yemen 86:73

Syria claimed the second win at the WABA Championship in Jordan. They defeated Yemen to improve at 2-3 record in the fourth place in the ladder. Yemen fell at 0-5 record after the loss. Ahmad Ishak (194-SF-86) provided 17 points for Syria who played without their scoring leading Maadanly.
Syria held Yemen to 10 points in the starting quarter to take a 7-point lead. Syria exploded with 31 points in the second frame to maintain the margin. They arrived at the interval up by 7 points 48:41. Syria stayed in control throughout the third term. Yemen scored just 15 points in the period as Syria boosted the gap to 15 points. Yemen finally outscored their opponents in the fourth stanza but could not threaten the margin. Watche Nalabandian (184-PG-83) delivered 15 points, while Hakam Abdullah (198-F-82) added 13 points for the winners. Samer Al-Asbahi (183-G/F-86) answered with game-high 20 points for Yemen. Mohammed Yaeesh (182-PG-93) netted 13 points in the loss.

Syria: Ahmad Ishak 17, Watche Nalabandian 15, Hakam Abdullah 13
Yemen: Samer Al-Asbahi 20, Mohammed Yaeesh 13



Palestine open win count in Amman - by Eurobasket News

Palestine - Yemen 85:60

Palestine registered the first win at the WABA Championship. They knocked down Yemen to gain 1-3 record. Nicola Fadayel (194-F-87) scored 18 points for the winners. Yemen slipped at 0-4 record.
Palestine stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They erupted for 30 points to build a 14-point advantage. Palestine stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up 22 points 52:30. Palestine held Yemen to 10 points in the third term to ensure a 27-point lead with one quarter remaining. Yemen managed to outscore their rivals in the fourth term but it just sweetened the pill for the team. Sakakini Sani (204-C-88) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) had 13 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds and 6 steals in the victory. Mohammed Yaeesh (182-PG-93) responded with 19 points for Yemen. Ahmed Abdulghafor (200-C-88) and Radhi BaYashot (200-C-89) netted 10 points each in the loss.

Palestine: Nicola Fadayel 18, Sakakini Sani 15, Jamal Abu-Shamala 13

Yemen: Mohammed Yaeesh 19, Ahmed Abdulghafor 10, Radhi BaYashot 10




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Women News


Angola lose two in Changzhou - by Eurobasket News

Angola played two more games at the Four-Nations Tournament in China. They moved to Changzhou and faced Australia and China.
First gamed ended with Australia claiming a 74:60 victory. The first half was a close battle with neither side dominant. Emerging Opals gained a thin 30:26 lead. They stretched it to 6 points before the final period 53:47. The Aussies managed to clear off in the final frame. They went on to win the clash 74:60. Tess Madgen (180-G/F-90) knocked down 14 points to lead the winners. Cayla Francis added 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Carley Mijovic accounted for 13 points for Australia. Nadir Manuel (183-F-86) reacted with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Angola. Felizarda Jorge (172-F-85) provided 14 points, while Ngiendula Filipe (178-F-82) posted 11 points in the loss.
Next Angola took on hosting China. China proved the strength once again claiming the fifth straight win at the tourney. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) and Chen Nan (197-C-83) stepped up for the hosts scoring 15 points each.
China eased in front in the opening quarter. The hosts piled up a 27:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Angola however tuned in their defence in the second quarter. The African powerhouse limited China to 6 points in the second period to grab a 34:33 halftime advantage. China reacted with a 21:6 run in the third stanza to regain control. They dominated throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the victory at the end. Ma Zengyu produced 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners.
Angola will now face New Zealand in the third game in Changzhou.



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Turkey won the Ankara International Tournament opener - by Eurobasket News

Turkey-Argentina 79:75

Turkey won the Ankara International Tournament opener. The hosts overcame Argentina 79:75 in Day 1.
Turkey dominated the first period and erupted for 28:14 lead. The guests won the second period 19-16 and reduced to 44:33 at the halftime. Moreover Argentina added 23-20 in the third quarter and trailed 8 points before the final stanza. A 19-5 win in it was not enough as Turkey celebrated the initial victory.
Esmeral Tuncluer (176-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) as well as Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) delivered 13 each. Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) followed them with 9 points in a win. Paula Reggiardo and Melisa Gretter ended up with 14 points each in the losing effort. Sandra Pavon (175-PG-85) and Andrea Boquete Manna (183-F/C-90) scored 10 points apiece.

Turkey: Esmeral Tuncluer 14, Tugba Palazoglu 13, Nevriye Yilmaz 13, Bahar Caglar 9
Argentina: Paula Reggiardo (178-F-84, agency: Players Group) 14, Melisa Gretter (170-PG-93) 14, Sandra Pavon 10, Andrea Boquete Manna 10



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  AUSTRALIA   


Emerging Opals beat Angola, drop one against New Zealand - by Eurobasket News

Emerging Opals continued their tour of China. They played two games at the second stage of the Four-Nations Tournament in Changzhou.
First Australia took on Angola. The first half was a close battle with neither side dominant. Emerging Opals gained a thin 30:26 lead. They stretched it to 6 points before the final period 53:47. The Aussies managed to clear off in the final frame. They went on to win the clash 74:60. Tess Madgen (180-G/F-90) knocked down 14 points to lead the winners. Cayla Francis (192-C-89) added 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) accounted for 13 points for Australia. Nadir Manuel (183-F-86) reacted with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Angola.
Next Emerging Opals took on New Zealand. The Kiwis snatched a narrow 67:64 win at the end. New Zealand jumped to a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. They stayed in charge throughout the second frame. The Kiwis established a 32:29 halftime lead. New Zealand stayed dominant in the third term. They piled up a 54:43 advantage with ten minutes remaining. The Emerging Opals however refused to give up setting up a massive come back rally and falling just short of victory at the end. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) knocked down 14 points, while Antonia Edmondson had 12 points in the win. Cayla Francis answered with 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Emerging Opals. Katie Rae Ebzery (177-G-90) netted 13 points in the loss.
Australia will next take on China.



Renae Camino signs with Bendigo Spirit - by Eurobasket News

Renae Camino (177-G-86) signs with Bendigo Spirit for the upcoming season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com and wnbl.com.au, Bendigo Spirit coach Bernie Harrower said he was looking forward to working with Camino.
In 2010-2011 Renae Camino played for Logan Thunder (WNBL) and in 21 games averaged 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 39.0%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 69.4%. In 2011 moved to Brisbane Spartans (ABA, starting five) and in 2011 continued for Brisbane Capitals (ABA, starting five).
In 2011-2012 appeared for Logan Thunder (Australia-WNBL, starting five) and in 21 games showed 14.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 61.0%. In 2012 is playing for Bendigo Lady Braves (Australia-ABA, starting five).
Earlier in 2006 she was drafted by Houston Comets (WNBA,2rd (24)). In 2006-2007 played for Townsville Fire (WNBL) and in 2007-2008 moved to Link Lightning Adelaide (WNBL, starting five). In 27 games she became the fourth top-scorer with 17.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 60.5%.



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  CANADA   


Canada sneak past Czech Republic in Lyon - by Eurobasket News

Canada - Czech Republic 66:64

Canada registered the second win at the international tournament in France. They snatched a narrow win over Czech Republic to stay undefeated. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) knocked down 19 points to lead the North American team. Czech Republic fell at 0-2 record.
The Europeans got to the better start. The Czech team earned a 21:14 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the margin in the second quarter. Czech Republic gained a 36:28 halftime advantage. They stayed in front throughout the third quarter. Czech Republic posted a 53:48 advantage with one period remaining. But Canada went on a furious comeback effort in the dying minutes to seal the victory at the end. Krista Phillips (198-C-88, college: Michigan) and Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) provided 10 points each in the win. Chelsea Aubry (188-F-84, college: Nebraska) delivered 8 points for Canada. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) answered with 12 points for Czech Republic. Katerina Zohnova (179-SF-84), Jana Vesela (192-F-83) and Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) netted 11 points each in the loss.

Canada: Kimberley Smith 19, Krista Phillips 10, Courtnay Pilypaitis 10
Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 12, Katerina Zohnova 11, Jana Vesela 11, Katerina Elhotova 11



Canada roll past Croatia in Lyon - by Eurobasket News

Canada - Croatia 66:49

Canada posted the first win at the international tournament in Lyon. They toppled Croatia in the opener. Alisha Tatham (180-G-86, college: Massachusetts) led well-balanced effort with 11 points.
Canada and Croatia traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Croatia grabbed a 15:10 lead. The North American team answered with an 8:0 run at the start of the second quarter to pull ahead. They arrived at halftime up by four point 28:24. Canada stretched the lead in the third quarter. They capped the period on a 12:2 run to secure a 15-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Canada never looked back afterwards cruising to the win at the end. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) provided 10 points, while Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) and Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) added 9 points each in the victory. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) answered with 14 points for Croatia. Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) had 9 points in defeat.

Canada: Alisha Tatham 11, Tamara Tatham 10, Courtnay Pilypaitis 9, Miranda Ayim 9
Croatia: Ana Lelas 14, Iva Sliskovic 9



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  CENTROBASKET   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. P.Rico3-0
2. Mexico2-1
3. Jamaica1-2
4. El Salvado.0-3
Group B
1. Cuba3-0
2. Dominican R.2-1
3. US Virg.Isl1-2
4. Trinid/T.0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jun. 14: PUR - MEX 88-43
Jun. 14: JAM - ESA 64-53

B

Jun. 14: DOM - TRI 77-50
Jun. 14: CUB - ISV 73-58


Preliminary Round is over in Morovis, Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Puerto Rico - Mexico 88-43
Puerto Rico destroyed Mexico 88-43 in the last day of the Preliminary Round at 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. The host of this event is the winner of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. Mexico also advanced to the Semifinals, but as No.2 with 2-1 score. Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (192-C-81, college: Emporia St.) and Deanna Ortiz (177-G) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points each. Jazmine Sepulveda (186-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) had another great game adding 12 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. In Mexico, Abril Garcia (188-F/C-80, college: ORU) netted 10 points and was their only player with double digits. Nadia Bibbs (168-G/F-85) stopped to 7 pts and 7 boards, while Maylene Ornelas (166-PG-87, college: S.Idaho JC) had 6 points and same numbers of rebs. Puerto Rico was 11 points up at the half time and totally took control on its rival after that. Jazmine Sepulveda and her teammates exploded in Q3 with 28-10 and continued in the same rhythm for rest of the game (23-7) celebrating huge 88-43 win at the end. In the Semifinals, Puerto Rico will play against Dominican Republic, while Mexico will take on Cuba. Both games will be played today. It is important to mention that Puerto Rico and Mexico booked a spot for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Jamaica - El Salvador 64-53
Jamaica avoided last place in Preliminary Group A of the 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. They outplayed El Salvador 64-53 to finish as third ranked team in this pool with 1-2 record. El Salvador has poor 0-3 and both teams failed to reach the Semifinals. They will continue in Classification Round from 5th-8th place. Shenneika Smith (185-G) led the winners with 17 points and Sasha Dixon (167-G-87) helped with 11 pts. Angelee LaTouche (187-F/C-85) was Jamaica's last player in double digits with 10 points. At the other side, Veronica Sosa (173-SG-90) answered with 13 points in defeat. Mirna Simon (168-SF-82) and Monica Calderon (175-SF-91) (6 rebs) delivered 11 and 9 points respectively. Jamaica made 14-point lead already in the first quarter and jumped to plus 21 until the halftime. El Salvador improved its game after the breather, but still Jamaica was able to keep the comfortable lead. Quarters: 18-4, 21-14, 7-17, 18-18. Today, Jamaica will play against Trinidad and Tobago in Classification Round. El Salvador will meet US Virgin Islands.

Group B
Dominican Republic - Trinidad and Tobago 77-50
Dominican Republic advanced to the Semifinals of 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. They handed 77-50 loss to Trinidad and Tobago ending the Preliminary Round as No.2 of Group B with almost perfect 2-1 record. T&T is the last ranked team of this pool with 0-3 and will continue in Classification Round. Carmen Guzman (172-SG-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) (6 as) and Andreina Paniagua (183-F-78) led the winners with 13 points each. Charlenny Frias (170-G-84) followed them with 12 pts. At the other side, Adanna David (177-F) scored 12 points and Rhea Codio (165-G-88) had 9 pts, plus 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Shakira Clarke (182-C) had 7 points in this defeat. Dominican Republic won the first quarter 18-6, but T&T cut the margin to 8 pts until the halftime. However, that was all from T&T in this meeting as the entire second half totally belonged to Dominicans, who celebrated 27-point win at the end. Quarters: 18-6, 9-13, 29-18, 21-13. In the Semis, Dominican Republic will play against the defending champion Puerto Rico. T&T will meet Jamaica in the first game of the Classification Round. Dominican Republic already booked a spot for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Cuba - U.S. Virgin Islands 73-58
Cuba was too strong for the US Virgin Islands 73-58 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Morovis. Cubans are the winners of Group B with perfect 3-0 record and they advanced to Semifinals. USVI finished as No.3 in this pool with 1-2 record and failed to reach the next stage. They will continue in Classification Round from 5th-8th place. Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) shined for the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) had 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) helped her squad with 13 points. Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Victoria Hamilton (177-G-91) (7 rebs) and Akkema Richards (172-SG) scored 12 and 10 pts respectively. Cuba had impressive first half and later had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead. Quarters: 22-12, 17-13, 18-14, 16-19. In the Semis, Cuba will play against Mexico. USVI will meet El Salvador in Classification Round. Both games will be played today. Cuba already booked a spot for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

*Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba and Dominican Republic booked a spot for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship (World qualifier).



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  CHINA   


China rally past Angola in friendly - by Eurobasket News

China - Angola 68:59

Chinese National Team played another game at the second stage of Four-Nations tournament in Changzhou. They took on Angola. China proved the strength once again claiming the fifth straight win at the tourney. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) and Chen Nan (197-C-83) stepped up for the hosts scoring 15 points each.
China eased in front in the opening quarter. The hosts piled up a 27:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Angola however tuned in their defence in the second quarter. The African powerhouse limited China to 6 points in the second period to grab a 34:33 halftime advantage. China reacted with a 21:6 run in the third stanza to regain control. They dominated throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the victory at the end. Ma Zengyu (183-F-84) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. China will next take on Australia.



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  CROATIA   


France beat Croatia for second win in Lyon - by Eurobasket News

France - Croatia 73:69

France posted the second consecutive win at the international tournament in Lyon. They held off Croatia for 2-0 record. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) delivered 13 points to pace the winners. Croatia in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row.
France jumped to an early lead. They stayed in charge throughout the starting quarter posting an 18:14 lead at the first break. Les Bleus stretched the lead in the second quarter. They established a 37:31 halftime lead. Croatia managed to narrow the deficit early in the third term. But France recovered and entered the fourth stanza up by 6 points 53:47. The margin grew at 10-point mark midway through the final quarter. And though Croatia were able to cut it France hung on to escape with the victory at the end. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) netted 11 points, while Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) added 8 in the win. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) and Emanuela Salopek (179-G-87) answered with 15 points each for Croatia.

France: Sandrine Gruda 13, Celine Dumerc 11, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 8
Croatia: Sandra Mandir 15, Emanuela Salopek 15



Canada roll past Croatia in Lyon - by Eurobasket News

Canada - Croatia 66:49

Canada posted the first win at the international tournament in Lyon. They toppled Croatia in the opener. Alisha Tatham (180-G-86, college: Massachusetts) led well-balanced effort with 11 points.
Canada and Croatia traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Croatia grabbed a 15:10 lead. The North American team answered with an 8:0 run at the start of the second quarter to pull ahead. They arrived at halftime up by four point 28:24. Canada stretched the lead in the third quarter. They capped the period on a 12:2 run to secure a 15-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Canada never looked back afterwards cruising to the win at the end. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) provided 10 points, while Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) and Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) added 9 points each in the victory. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) answered with 14 points for Croatia. Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) had 9 points in defeat.

Canada: Alisha Tatham 11, Tamara Tatham 10, Courtnay Pilypaitis 9, Miranda Ayim 9
Croatia: Ana Lelas 14, Iva Sliskovic 9



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  CUBA   


Cuba beats USVI 73-58, heads to Semifinals in Morovis - by Eurobasket News

CUBA - U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 73-58

Cuba was too strong for the US Virgin Islands 73-58 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Morovis. Cubans are the winners of Group B with perfect 3-0 record and they advanced to Semifinals. USVI finished as No.3 in this pool with 1-2 record and failed to reach the next stage. They will continue in Classification Round from 5th-8th place. Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) shined for the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) had 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) helped her squad with 13 points. Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Victoria Hamilton (177-G-91) (7 rebs) and Akkema Richards (172-SG) scored 12 and 10 pts respectively. Cuba had impressive first half and later had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead. Quarters: 22-12, 17-13, 18-14, 16-19. In the Semis, Cuba will play against Mexico. USVI will meet El Salvador in Classification Round. Both games will be played today. Cuba already booked a spot for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Cuba: Suchitel Avila 19+6 boards, Leidys Oquendo 15+6 boards, Taimy Fernandez 13
US Virgin Islands: Natalie Day 19+7 boards, Victoria Hamilton 12+7 boards, Akkema Richards 10



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Canada sneak past Czech Republic in Lyon - by Eurobasket News

Canada - Czech Republic 66:64

Canada registered the second win at the international tournament in France. They snatched a narrow win over Czech Republic to stay undefeated. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) knocked down 19 points to lead the North American team. Czech Republic fell at 0-2 record.
The Europeans got to the better start. The Czech team earned a 21:14 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the margin in the second quarter. Czech Republic gained a 36:28 halftime advantage. They stayed in front throughout the third quarter. Czech Republic posted a 53:48 advantage with one period remaining. But Canada went on a furious comeback effort in the dying minutes to seal the victory at the end. Krista Phillips (198-C-88, college: Michigan) and Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) provided 10 points each in the win. Chelsea Aubry (188-F-84, college: Nebraska) delivered 8 points for Canada. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) answered with 12 points for Czech Republic. Katerina Zohnova (179-SF-84), Jana Vesela (192-F-83) and Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) netted 11 points each in the loss.

Canada: Kimberley Smith 19, Krista Phillips 10, Courtnay Pilypaitis 10
Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 12, Katerina Zohnova 11, Jana Vesela 11, Katerina Elhotova 11



France beat Czech Republic in Lyon - by Eurobasket News

France - Czech Republic 76:57

France rallied to the opening win at the international tournament in Lyon. They held off Czech Republic for 1-0 record. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) provided 18 points to lead the winners.
Czech Republic opened the game with a 7:0 run but France quickly stopped the rot. They hosts took over to establish an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. France maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Les Bleus posted a 34:28 halftime advantage. France started to get away in the third quarter. They piled up a 53:43 lead with one quarter remaining. Czech Republic never threatened the lead as France coasted to the victory at the end. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) provided 15 points and 12 rebounds for France. Emmeline Ndongue (191-C-83) contributed 12 points for the winners. Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) delivered 9 points in the loss.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 18, Sandrine Gruda 15+12 boards, Emmeline Ndongue 12
Czech Republic: Ilona Burgrova 13, Eva Viteckova 9



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Dominican Republic advances to Centrobasket Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 77-50

Dominican Republic advanced to the Semifinals of 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. They handed 77-50 loss to Trinidad and Tobago ending the Preliminary Round as No.2 of Group B with almost perfect 2-1 record. T&T is the last ranked team of this pool with 0-3 and will continue in Classification Round. Carmen Guzman (172-SG-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) (6 as) and Andreina Paniagua (183-F-78) led the winners with 13 points each. Charlenny Frias (170-G-84) followed them with 12 pts. At the other side, Adanna David (177-F) scored 12 points and Rhea Codio (165-G-88) had 9 pts, plus 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Shakira Clarke (182-C) had 7 points in this defeat. Dominican Republic won the first quarter 18-6, but T&T cut the margin to 8 pts until the halftime. However, that was all from T&T in this meeting as the entire second half totally belonged to Dominicans, who celebrated 27-point win at the end. Quarters: 18-6, 9-13, 29-18, 21-13. In the Semis, Dominican Republic will play against the defending champion Puerto Rico. T&T will meet Jamaica in the first game of the Classification Round. Dominican Republic already booked a spot for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Dominican Republic: Carmen Guzman 13+6 as, Andreina Paniagua 13, Charlenny Frias 12
T&T: Adanna David 12, Rhea Codio 9+6 boards+5 as, Shakira Clarke 7



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  EL SALVADOR   


Jamaica avoids last place in Group A - by Eurobasket News

JAMAICA - EL SALVADOR 64-53

Jamaica avoided last place in Preliminary Group A of the 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. They outplayed El Salvador 64-53 to finish as third ranked team in this pool with 1-2 record. El Salvador has poor 0-3 and both teams failed to reach the Semifinals. They will continue in Classification Round from 5th-8th place. Shenneika Smith (185-G) led the winners with 17 points and Sasha Dixon (167-G-87) helped with 11 pts. Angelee LaTouche (187-F/C-85) was Jamaica's last player in double digits with 10 points. At the other side, Veronica Sosa (173-SG-90) answered with 13 points in defeat. Mirna Simon (168-SF-82) and Monica Calderon (175-SF-91) (6 rebs) delivered 11 and 9 points respectively. Jamaica made 14-point lead already in the first quarter and jumped to plus 21 until the halftime. El Salvador improved its game after the breather, but still Jamaica was able to keep the comfortable lead. Quarters: 18-4, 21-14, 7-17, 18-18. Today, Jamaica will play against Trinidad and Tobago in Classification Round. El Salvador will meet US Virgin Islands.

Jamaica: Shenneika Smith 17, Sasha Dixon 11, Angelee LaTouche 10
El Salvador: Veronica Sosa 13, Mirna Simon 11, Monica Calderon 9+6 boards



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  FRANCE   


France U16 beat Israeli counterparts in Fougeres - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Israel U16 60:20

French U16 National Team registered the first win at the start of Fougeres international tournament. They defeated Israel in the opener. Lisa Berkani scored notched 10 points in the win.
France got to a flying start. They built a 15:6 lead at the first intermission. Israel managed just 6 points in the second quarter as well to face a 12:28 deficit at halftime. Offensive struggles continued for Israel after the big break. France ensured a comfortable 52:16 advantage with one quarter remaining. Israel scored only 4 points in the final frame and had to surrender at the end. Louise Dambach and Omelia Bankole notched 9 points each for the winners. Noa Zelivanski (168-PG-96) answered with 10 points for Israel. Eden Porat (174-F-96) and Ofir Banet (165-PG-96) had 3 points each in the loss.

France U16: Lisa Berkani 10, Louise Dambach 9, Omelia Bankole 9
Israel U16: Noa Zelivanski 10, Eden Porat 3, Ofir Banet 3



Angers brings in Camille Aubert - by Eurobasket News

Angers brings in Camille Aubert (171-PG-89) for the next season. The French Point Guard will move from Basket Landes. In 2011-2012 for Basket Landes (LFB) she averaged 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.6apg in EuroCup and in French League had 4.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.7apg.
Last year Camille Aubert became the new addition in Basket Landes for 2011/2012 season. In 2005-2006 the French Guard joined Centre Federal BB (NF1) and in 2007-2008 appeared in Valenciennes USVO (LFB). In Euroleague after 10 games se averaged 1.2ppg, 1.0rpg; while in French League showed 2.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.1apg. The next two seasons she played for Reze Nantes Basket 44 and in the last one averaged 3.1ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.1apg. The last season Camille Aubert played for Toulouse Metropole Basket (LFB, starting five) and after 24 games had 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 34.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 78.4%.



Julia Borde moves to Pau Lacq Orthez - by Eurobasket News

Julia Borde (184-SF-92) moves to Pau Lacq Orthez for the next season. The French Small Forward moves to the new team from Basket Landes.
In 2009-2010 she appeared for Basket Landes (LFB) and averaged 2.7ppg. In 2010-2011 for Basket Landes (LFB) she had 1.6ppg. Last season she debuted in EuroCup and had 0.3ppg in French League.
Her former Basket Landes finished the season with 13-13 record on the 7th place. In the last game of the season the team lost to Mondeville 49:58.
Aurelie Lopez meanwhile will stay with Pau Lacq Orthez. As a Coach Assistant Aurelie appeared first for Mourenx Basket Club and stayed for two seasons. In 2010-2011 Aurelie Lopez became Elan Bearnais Pau Lacq Orthez (LF2) Head Coach women team and continues with the team.



France beat Czech Republic in Lyon - by Eurobasket News

France - Czech Republic 76:57

France rallied to the opening win at the international tournament in Lyon. They held off Czech Republic for 1-0 record. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) provided 18 points to lead the winners.
Czech Republic opened the game with a 7:0 run but France quickly stopped the rot. They hosts took over to establish an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. France maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Les Bleus posted a 34:28 halftime advantage. France started to get away in the third quarter. They piled up a 53:43 lead with one quarter remaining. Czech Republic never threatened the lead as France coasted to the victory at the end. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) provided 15 points and 12 rebounds for France. Emmeline Ndongue (191-C-83) contributed 12 points for the winners. Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) delivered 9 points in the loss.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 18, Sandrine Gruda 15+12 boards, Emmeline Ndongue 12
Czech Republic: Ilona Burgrova 13, Eva Viteckova 9



France beat Croatia for second win in Lyon - by Eurobasket News

France - Croatia 73:69

France posted the second consecutive win at the international tournament in Lyon. They held off Croatia for 2-0 record. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) delivered 13 points to pace the winners. Croatia in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row.
France jumped to an early lead. They stayed in charge throughout the starting quarter posting an 18:14 lead at the first break. Les Bleus stretched the lead in the second quarter. They established a 37:31 halftime lead. Croatia managed to narrow the deficit early in the third term. But France recovered and entered the fourth stanza up by 6 points 53:47. The margin grew at 10-point mark midway through the final quarter. And though Croatia were able to cut it France hung on to escape with the victory at the end. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) netted 11 points, while Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) added 8 in the win. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) and Emanuela Salopek (179-G-87) answered with 15 points each for Croatia.

France: Sandrine Gruda 13, Celine Dumerc 11, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 8
Croatia: Sandra Mandir 15, Emanuela Salopek 15



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  HOLLAND   


Russia U16 open Fougeres tournament with win - by Eurobasket News

Russia U16 - Netherlands U16 62:55 (OT)

Russian U16 National Team posted the first win at the international tournament in French Fougeres. They overcame the Dutch counterparts. Daria Kolosovskaya scored 19 points to pace the winners.
Russia grabbed a narrow 16:14 lead after ten minutes. They maintained it throughout the second quarter. Russia ensured a 30:26 halftime advantage. Kornenkova team stretched the gap in the third quarter. Russia gained a 41:32 lead with ten minutes remaining. Netherlands managed to get within a single point midway through the final quarter. Netherlands tied things up at 51 at the end of regulation. However Russia pulled together and snatched the victory at the end. Ksenia Levchenko accounted for 11 points for Russia. Ksenia Kuzmina (195-C-95) added 9 points in the win. Laura Steggink answered with 14 points for Netherlands. Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) finished with 9 points in the loss.

Russia U16: Daria Kolosovskaya 19, Ksenia Levchenko 11, Ksenia Kuzmina 9
Netherlands U16: Laura Steggink 14, Laura Cornelius 9



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  IRELAND   

Stats Leaders Superleague

Points Per Game
 Niamh DWYER
  TM Hotel.
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 20
 1. Dwyer, TM Hotel.20.0 
 2. Vanderwal, UL Augh.19.7 
 3. O''Leary, Singleton16.6 
 4. Houlihan, Ulster R.15.5 
 5. Dwyer, TM Hotel.14.7 
 6. Rockall, TM Hotel.14.0 
 7. Mullally, Waterfor.13.9 
 8. O''Leary, Singleton13.8 
 9. Coady, Waterfor.13.4 
 10. O''Connor, Liffey13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tessa SOLAN
  Oblate D.
  (177-F-92)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Solan, Oblate D.11.4 
 2. Rockall, TM Hotel.11.4 
 3. Lennon, Ulster R.10.5 
 4. Waters, Singleton9.5 
 5. O''Connor, Liffey C.9.2 
 6. McDermott, UL Augh.8.2 
 7. O''Driscoll, TM Ho.8.1 
 8. Pupin, Liffey Celt.8.1 
 9. Dwyer, TM Hotel.8.1 
 10. Kavanagh, Waterfo.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Danielle O''LEARY
  Singleton
  (--)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. O''Leary, Singleton4.5 
 2. Dwyer, TM Hotel.4.1 
 3. O''Leary, Singleton4.0 
 4. Vanderwal, UL Augh.3.9 
 5. Peat, DCU Mercy3.8 
 6. McKenna, TM Ho.3.4 
 7. Fahy, UL Aughinish3.0 
 8. Sullivan, Killester2.8 
 9. Rockall, TM Hotel.2.6 
 10. Maguire, DCU Mercy2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Niamh DWYER
  TM Hotel.
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Dwyer, TM Hotel.4.6 
 2. Maguire, DCU Mercy3.3 
 3. Woods, DCU Mercy3.0 
 4. Galvin, UL Aughi.3.0 
 5. Rockall, TM Hotel.2.9 
 6. Vanderwal, UL Augh.2.8 
 7. Fahy, UL Aughinish2.6 
 8. Palmer, DCU Mercy2.4 
 9. Lennon, Ulster R.2.4 
 10. Deegan, Waterfor.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Noleen LENNON
  Ulster R.
  (--)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lennon, Ulster R.2.0 
 2. Pupin, Liffey Celt.1.7 
 3. O''Connor, Liffey C.1.6 
 4. Naughton, Killester1.5 
 5. Waters, Singleton1.4 
 6. Mullally, Waterfor.1.2 
 7. Solan, Oblate D.1.2 
 8. Newton, DCU Mercy1.0 
 9. Palmer, DCU Mercy0.9 
 10. Maher, Waterfor.0.9 



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  ISRAEL   


CHARDE HOUSTON SIGN WITH M. ASHDOD - by Gil Goshen


The Israeli Champion and the Cup holder
have started to build the team for the next season by signed Charde Houston.
It will be the 4th season for the usa F., after she played for Bnoth Hasharon, Ramla and
Ramat Chen.
Elitzur Ramla (Israel-D1, starting five): 9 games: 17.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 82.4%
2011: Minnesota Lynx (WNBA): 29 games: 2.9ppg, 1.8rpg
2011-2012: In Dec.'11 signed at Istanbul Universitesi SK (Turkey-TKBL, starting five): 11 games: 18.6ppg, 8.8rpg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 71.4%, in Feb.'12 moved to Maccabi Ramat Hen (Israel-D1, starting five): 4 games: 19.5ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.3apg, 2.0spg
2012: Phoenix Mercury (WNBA, starting five).

The team is looking for signing more player and they are considering to resign PLENETTE PIERSON.



France U16 beat Israeli counterparts in Fougeres - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Israel U16 60:20

French U16 National Team registered the first win at the start of Fougeres international tournament. They defeated Israel in the opener. Lisa Berkani scored notched 10 points in the win.
France got to a flying start. They built a 15:6 lead at the first intermission. Israel managed just 6 points in the second quarter as well to face a 12:28 deficit at halftime. Offensive struggles continued for Israel after the big break. France ensured a comfortable 52:16 advantage with one quarter remaining. Israel scored only 4 points in the final frame and had to surrender at the end. Louise Dambach and Omelia Bankole notched 9 points each for the winners. Noa Zelivanski (168-PG-96) answered with 10 points for Israel. Eden Porat (174-F-96) and Ofir Banet (165-PG-96) had 3 points each in the loss.

France U16: Lisa Berkani 10, Louise Dambach 9, Omelia Bankole 9
Israel U16: Noa Zelivanski 10, Eden Porat 3, Ofir Banet 3



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  JAMAICA   


Jamaica avoids last place in Group A - by Eurobasket News

JAMAICA - EL SALVADOR 64-53

Jamaica avoided last place in Preliminary Group A of the 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. They outplayed El Salvador 64-53 to finish as third ranked team in this pool with 1-2 record. El Salvador has poor 0-3 and both teams failed to reach the Semifinals. They will continue in Classification Round from 5th-8th place. Shenneika Smith (185-G) led the winners with 17 points and Sasha Dixon (167-G-87) helped with 11 pts. Angelee LaTouche (187-F/C-85) was Jamaica's last player in double digits with 10 points. At the other side, Veronica Sosa (173-SG-90) answered with 13 points in defeat. Mirna Simon (168-SF-82) and Monica Calderon (175-SF-91) (6 rebs) delivered 11 and 9 points respectively. Jamaica made 14-point lead already in the first quarter and jumped to plus 21 until the halftime. El Salvador improved its game after the breather, but still Jamaica was able to keep the comfortable lead. Quarters: 18-4, 21-14, 7-17, 18-18. Today, Jamaica will play against Trinidad and Tobago in Classification Round. El Salvador will meet US Virgin Islands.

Jamaica: Shenneika Smith 17, Sasha Dixon 11, Angelee LaTouche 10
El Salvador: Veronica Sosa 13, Mirna Simon 11, Monica Calderon 9+6 boards



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  MEXICO   


Puerto Rico blasts Mexico to win Group A in Morovis - by Eurobasket News

PUERTO RICO - MEXICO 88-43

Puerto Rico destroyed Mexico 88-43 in the last day of the Preliminary Round at 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. The host of this event is the winner of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. Mexico also advanced to the Semifinals, but as No.2 with 2-1 score. Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (192-C-81, college: Emporia St.) and Deanna Ortiz (177-G) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points each. Jazmine Sepulveda (186-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) had another great game adding 12 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. In Mexico, Abril Garcia (188-F/C-80, college: ORU) netted 10 points and was their only player with double digits. Nadia Bibbs (168-G/F-85) stopped to 7 pts and 7 boards, while Maylene Ornelas (166-PG-87, college: S.Idaho JC) had 6 points and same numbers of rebs. Puerto Rico was 11 points up at the half time and totally took control on its rival after that. Jazmine Sepulveda and her teammates exploded in Q3 with 28-10 and continued in the same rhythm for rest of the game (23-7) celebrating huge 88-43 win at the end. In the Semifinals, Puerto Rico will play against Dominican Republic, while Mexico will take on Cuba. Both games will be played today. It is important to mention that Puerto Rico and Mexico booked a spot for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Puerto Rico: Esmary Vargas-Sanchez 14, Deanna Ortiz 14, Jazmine Sepulveda 12+8 boards+5 as
Mexico: Abril Garcia 10, Nadia Bibbs 7+7 boards, Maylene Ornelas 6+6 boards



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  NEW ZEALAND   


Tall Ferns defeat Australia in China - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand - Australia 67:64

New Zealand recorded the first win at the second stage of Four-Nations Tournament in China. Tall Ferns held off Emerging Opals for 1-1 record in Changzhou. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon) scored 16 points to pace the charge.
New Zealand jumped to a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. They stayed in charge throughout the second frame. The Kiwis established a 32:29 halftime lead. New Zealand stayed dominant in the third term. They piled up a 54:43 advantage with ten minutes remaining. The Emerging Opals however refused to give up setting up a massive come back rally and falling just short of victory at the end. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) knocked down 14 points, while Antonia Edmondson (180-F-87) had 12 points in the win. Cayla Francis (192-C-89) answered with 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Emerging Opals. Katie Rae Ebzery (177-G-90) netted 13 points in the loss.

New Zealand: Micaela Cocks 16, Jillian Harmon 14, Antonia Edmondson 12
Australia: Cayla Francis 15+16 boards, Katie Rae Ebzery 13



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  PUERTO RICO   


Puerto Rico blasts Mexico to win Group A in Morovis - by Eurobasket News

PUERTO RICO - MEXICO 88-43

Puerto Rico destroyed Mexico 88-43 in the last day of the Preliminary Round at 2012 Centrobasket in Morovis. The host of this event is the winner of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. Mexico also advanced to the Semifinals, but as No.2 with 2-1 score. Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (192-C-81, college: Emporia St.) and Deanna Ortiz (177-G) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points each. Jazmine Sepulveda (186-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) had another great game adding 12 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. In Mexico, Abril Garcia (188-F/C-80, college: ORU) netted 10 points and was their only player with double digits. Nadia Bibbs (168-G/F-85) stopped to 7 pts and 7 boards, while Maylene Ornelas (166-PG-87, college: S.Idaho JC) had 6 points and same numbers of rebs. Puerto Rico was 11 points up at the half time and totally took control on its rival after that. Jazmine Sepulveda and her teammates exploded in Q3 with 28-10 and continued in the same rhythm for rest of the game (23-7) celebrating huge 88-43 win at the end. In the Semifinals, Puerto Rico will play against Dominican Republic, while Mexico will take on Cuba. Both games will be played today. It is important to mention that Puerto Rico and Mexico booked a spot for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Puerto Rico: Esmary Vargas-Sanchez 14, Deanna Ortiz 14, Jazmine Sepulveda 12+8 boards+5 as
Mexico: Abril Garcia 10, Nadia Bibbs 7+7 boards, Maylene Ornelas 6+6 boards



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  RUSSIA   


Russia U16 open Fougeres tournament with win - by Eurobasket News

Russia U16 - Netherlands U16 62:55 (OT)

Russian U16 National Team posted the first win at the international tournament in French Fougeres. They overcame the Dutch counterparts. Daria Kolosovskaya scored 19 points to pace the winners.
Russia grabbed a narrow 16:14 lead after ten minutes. They maintained it throughout the second quarter. Russia ensured a 30:26 halftime advantage. Kornenkova team stretched the gap in the third quarter. Russia gained a 41:32 lead with ten minutes remaining. Netherlands managed to get within a single point midway through the final quarter. Netherlands tied things up at 51 at the end of regulation. However Russia pulled together and snatched the victory at the end. Ksenia Levchenko accounted for 11 points for Russia. Ksenia Kuzmina (195-C-95) added 9 points in the win. Laura Steggink answered with 14 points for Netherlands. Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) finished with 9 points in the loss.

Russia U16: Daria Kolosovskaya 19, Ksenia Levchenko 11, Ksenia Kuzmina 9
Netherlands U16: Laura Steggink 14, Laura Cornelius 9



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  SLOVAKIA   


Erin Lawless is definite for EuroBasket 2013 qualifiers - by Eurobasket News

Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) is definite for EuroBasket 2013 qualifiers with her national team. The USA-Slovakian Forward according to lovewomensbasketball.com via ebasket.sk will played for Slovakia.
After Purdue University, Erin Marie Lawless moved to New Wash Montigarda (Italy-A1, starting five) and in 26 games averaged 13.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 22.4%, FT-3 (84.7%). In 2008-2009 she moved to BK 99 PU Presov (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five), and in Feb.'09 moved to Maxima Broker Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five). In 32 games she became the top-scorer with 18.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 81.9%. In 2009-2010 for Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five) she debuted in Euroleague and had 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg. In Slovakian League she became the fifth top-scorer with 15.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 40.2%, FT: 79.0%.
In 2010-2011 continued with Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Extraliga) and averaged 3.7ppg, 1.2rpg in EuroLeague, while in Slovakian League showed 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 85.2%.
This year she became Eurobasket.com Slovakian Extraliga All-Domestic Players Team -10, 12 and Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Honorable Mention -12.
In 2011-2012 for Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga) she averaged 8.5ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 65.0% in EuroLeague. In Slovakian League her stats read 10.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.5%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT-3 (86.4%).



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Great Britain fire past South Korea in Ankara - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - South Korea 113:86

Great Britain opened the international tournament in Ankara with victory. They thumped South Korea for 1-0 record. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) came up with game-high 29 points to pace the winners.
Great Britain tipped off the game with five points in a row. South Korea quickly bounced back but Great Britain regained control late in the quarter. They established a 26:19 lead at the first intermission. Great Britain fired seven points in a row at the start of the second quarter to boost the gap. They maintained the lead posting a 56:37 halftime advantage. The margin quickly grew to 20 points in the third quarter. But the Asian team did not surrender cutting the deficit to 14 points at the final intermission 70:84. However Great Britain knocked down 6 straight points at the beginning of the fourth term and never looked back en route to the victory. Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) and Julie Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) netted 14 points each for Great Britain. Wadefray posted 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Sin Jung Ja (185-F/C-80) answered with 19 points for South Korea. Han Chae-Jin (174-F-84) and Kim Jung-Eun (180-F-87) netted 15 points each in the loss.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 29, Temitope Fagbenle 14, Julie Page 14
South Korea: Sin Jung Ja 19, Han Chae-Jin 15, Kim Jung-Eun 15



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Latoya Sanders gets the Turkish passport - by Eurobasket News

According to basketfaul via lovewomensbasketball.com, LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) gets the Turkish passport. The American player will play soon for the National team.
Early in December American LaToya Sanders had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Kayseri and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.The 25-year old power forward had a double-double of 20 points and eleven rebounds, while her team beat Samsun 86-73. Sanders turned to be Kayseri's top player in her first season with the team. University of North Carolina graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sanders is in league's top in rebounds and averages solid 2.3bpg.
In 2011-2012 for Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor (Turkey-TKBL, starting five) she averaged 15.8ppg, Reb-5 (9.3rpg), Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 54.2%, FT: 81.1% in Turkish League. In EuroCup after 13 games she became the third top-scorer with 17.8ppg, Reb-2 (11.2rpg), 1.5apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-1 (3.2bpg), FGP-3 (58.3%), FT: 80.3%.



Turkey won the Ankara International Tournament opener - by Eurobasket News

Turkey-Argentina 79:75

Turkey won the Ankara International Tournament opener. The hosts overcame Argentina 79:75 in Day 1.
Turkey dominated the first period and erupted for 28:14 lead. The guests won the second period 19-16 and reduced to 44:33 at the halftime. Moreover Argentina added 23-20 in the third quarter and trailed 8 points before the final stanza. A 19-5 win in it was not enough as Turkey celebrated the initial victory.
Esmeral Tuncluer (176-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) as well as Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) delivered 13 each. Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) followed them with 9 points in a win. Paula Reggiardo and Melisa Gretter ended up with 14 points each in the losing effort. Sandra Pavon (175-PG-85) and Andrea Boquete Manna (183-F/C-90) scored 10 points apiece.

Turkey: Esmeral Tuncluer 14, Tugba Palazoglu 13, Nevriye Yilmaz 13, Bahar Caglar 9
Argentina: Paula Reggiardo (178-F-84, agency: Players Group) 14, Melisa Gretter (170-PG-93) 14, Sandra Pavon 10, Andrea Boquete Manna 10



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Cuba beats USVI 73-58, heads to Semifinals in Morovis - by Eurobasket News

CUBA - U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 73-58

Cuba was too strong for the US Virgin Islands 73-58 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Morovis. Cubans are the winners of Group B with perfect 3-0 record and they advanced to Semifinals. USVI finished as No.3 in this pool with 1-2 record and failed to reach the next stage. They will continue in Classification Round from 5th-8th place. Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) shined for the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) had 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) helped her squad with 13 points. Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Victoria Hamilton (177-G-91) (7 rebs) and Akkema Richards (172-SG) scored 12 and 10 pts respectively. Cuba had impressive first half and later had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead. Quarters: 22-12, 17-13, 18-14, 16-19. In the Semis, Cuba will play against Mexico. USVI will meet El Salvador in Classification Round. Both games will be played today. Cuba already booked a spot for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Cuba: Suchitel Avila 19+6 boards, Leidys Oquendo 15+6 boards, Taimy Fernandez 13
US Virgin Islands: Natalie Day 19+7 boards, Victoria Hamilton 12+7 boards, Akkema Richards 10



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Great Britain fire past South Korea in Ankara - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - South Korea 113:86

Great Britain opened the international tournament in Ankara with victory. They thumped South Korea for 1-0 record. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) came up with game-high 29 points to pace the winners.
Great Britain tipped off the game with five points in a row. South Korea quickly bounced back but Great Britain regained control late in the quarter. They established a 26:19 lead at the first intermission. Great Britain fired seven points in a row at the start of the second quarter to boost the gap. They maintained the lead posting a 56:37 halftime advantage. The margin quickly grew to 20 points in the third quarter. But the Asian team did not surrender cutting the deficit to 14 points at the final intermission 70:84. However Great Britain knocked down 6 straight points at the beginning of the fourth term and never looked back en route to the victory. Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) and Julie Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) netted 14 points each for Great Britain. Wadefray posted 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Sin Jung Ja (185-F/C-80) answered with 19 points for South Korea. Han Chae-Jin (174-F-84) and Kim Jung-Eun (180-F-87) netted 15 points each in the loss.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 29, Temitope Fagbenle 14, Julie Page 14
South Korea: Sin Jung Ja 19, Han Chae-Jin 15, Kim Jung-Eun 15