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  ARGENTINA   



Venezuela topple Argentina in Charata - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Venezuela 67:77

Venezuela clinched the Super 4 Cup tournament title in Charata. They fired past Argentina in the final game of preparations prior to the start of the South American Championship. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) came up with 18 points to lead the winners.
Venezuela jumped to an early lead. They grabbed a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. Venezuela arrived at halftime up by five points 36:31. Argentina tried to stay within striking distance throughout the third quarter. Venezuela led by just four points at the final break 53:49. Argentina got in front 64:63 in the fourth frame but Venezuela struck right back. They went on an 11:0 run to leave Argentina far behind. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) posted 17 points for the winners. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) answered with 15 points for Argentina. Nicolas Laprovittola (188-PG-90) produced 12 points in the loss.

Argentina: Leonardo Gutierrez 15, Nicolas Laprovittola 12
Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez 18, Hector Romero 17, Jhornan Zamora (193-G/F-89) 12



Argentina stay undefeated in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U18 - Puerto Rico U18 76:65

Argentina registered the second straight win at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship in Sao Sebastian. They toppled Puerto Rico to remain on top of Group B. Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
Argentina earned a narrow 16:13 lead after ten minutes. Puerto Rico however cut the deficit to a single point at halftime 28:29. Argentina took over in the third term again. They held Puerto Rican counterparts to 14 points in the period to ensure an 8-point lead with one quarter remaining. Argentina fired 26 points in the final stanza to seal the victory at the end. Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) accounted for 18 points for the winners. Allen Baez (94) answered with 16 points for Puerto Rico. Alexander Curet (94) and Wilfredo Rodriguez (94) notched 14 points each in the loss.

Argentina U18: Matias Bernardini 20, Gabriel Deck 18, Gonzalo Torres (202-C-94) 9
Puerto Rico U18: Allen Baez 16, Alexander Curet 14, Wilfredo Rodriguez 14



Argentina defines roster for Southamerican championship - by Facundo Iatzky

Nestor Garcia released the list of 12 players for the upcoming southamerican championship, that starts on Monday in Chaco, Argentina. The list includ a mix of young players with other players who prepare for the olympic games:

4 Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras sanitarias
5 Juan Fernandez (193-G-90, college: Temple) of Milano (italy)
6 Marcos Mata (201-F-86) of penarol
7 Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) of Sionista Parana
8 Selem Safar (190-G-87) of Penarol
9 Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) of Penarol
10 Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) of Penarol
11 Martin Leiva (207-F/C-80) of Penarol
12 Marcos Delia (206-C-92) of boca juniors
13 Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) of penarol
14 Nicolas Laprovittola (188-PG-90) of Lanus
15 Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) of Badalona (Spain)

head coach: Nestor Garcia
assistant coach: Facundo Muller



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

State League Standings
Big V
 1. Eltham W. 9-3 
 2. Ringwood H. 9-3 
 3. Corio Bay 8-5 
 4. Waverley F. 7-5 
 5. Hume City 7-5 
 6. Diamond V.E. 6-6 
 7. Sherbrooke S. 4-9 
 8. Bulleen B. 3-9 
 9. Melbourne 2-10 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 7-2 
 2. Sturt S. 7-2 
 3. N.Adelaide R. 6-2 
 4. Woodville W. 5-3 
 5. Norwood F. 5-4 
 6. Forestville E. 5-4 
 7. S.Adelaide P. 4-5 
 8. C.District L. 3-6 
 9. Southern T. 2-7 
 10. Eastern M. 0-9 
QBL
 1. Rockhampton 4-0 
 2. SW Metro P. 4-1 
 3. Northside W. 4-1 
 4. Townsville H. 4-2 
 5. Ipswich F. 4-2 
 6. Mackay M. 3-1 
 7. Bundaberg B. 3-4 
 8. Cairns M. 2-3 
 9. Gladstone P. 2-3 
 10. Gold Coast R. 1-3 
 11. Maroochydore 1-4 
 12. Brisbane C. 1-5 
 13. Toowoomba 1-5 
SBL
 1. Cockburn C. 0-0 
 2. East Perth E. 0-0 
 3. Geraldton B. 0-0 
 4. Goldfield G. 0-0 
 5. Kalamunda E.S. 0-0 
 6. Lakeside L. 0-0 
 7. Mandurah M. 0-0 
 8. Perry Lakes H. 0-0 
 9. Perth R. 0-0 
 10. Rockingham F. 0-0 
 11. Stirling S. 0-0 
 12. SW Slammers 0-0 
 13. Wanneroo W. 0-0 
 14. Willetton T. 0-0 
SEABL-East
 1. Dandenong 13-3 
 2. Geelong S. 13-3 
 3. Sandringham S. 11-6 
 4. Bendigo B. 10-5 
 5. Frankston B. 8-6 
 6. Brisbane S. 5-10 
 7. Canberra G. 1-15 
SEABL-South
 1. Knox R. 9-6 
 2. Albury W.B. 8-6 
 3. Nunawading S. 8-7 
 4. Hobart C. 7-8 
 5. Ballarat M. 7-8 
 6. Kilsyth C. 6-10 
 7. NW Tasmania 5-10 
 8. Mt Gambier 4-12 
WARATAH
 1. Newcastle H. 9-1 
 2. Norths Bears 9-2 
 3. Maitland M. 8-3 
 4. Cent.Coast C. 7-6 
 5. Sydney C. 6-4 
 6. Manly Warr. 5-6 
 7. Hills H. 5-6 
 8. Illawarra H. 5-7 
 9. Bankstown B. 3-7 
 10. Parramatta W. 3-7 
 11. Colonial Hotel 3-8 
 12. Sutherland S. 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 13

BIG V

Jun. 23: Hume City - Sherbrooke S.
Jun. 23: Diamond V.E. - Corio Bay
Jun. 23: Ringwood H. - Waverley F.
Jun. 23: Melbourne - Eltham W.
Jun. 24: Waverley F. - Bulleen B.

Central ABL

Jun. 23: Eastern M. - C.District L.
Jun. 23: Norwood F. - N.Adelaide R.
Jun. 23: Southern T. - S.Adelaide P.
Jun. 23: Sturt S. - Forestville E.
Jun. 23: Woodville W. - W.Adelaide B.
Jun. 24: N.Adelaide R. - Eastern M.
Jun. 24: Southern T. - Norwood F.
Jun. 24: W.Adelaide B. - S.Adelaide P.
Jun. 24: C.District L. - Sturt S.
Jun. 24: Forestville E. - Woodville W.

SEABL

Jun. 22: Hobart C. - Bendigo B.
Jun. 22: Mt Gambier - Ballarat M.
Jun. 22: Geelong S. - Brisbane S.
Jun. 23: Canberra G. - Nunawading S.
Jun. 23: Dandenong - Geelong S.
Jun. 23: Frankston B. - Brisbane S.
Jun. 23: NW Tasmania - Bendigo B.
Jun. 23: Albury W.B. - Knox R.
Jun. 24: Kilsyth C. - Frankston B.

WARATAH

Jun. 23: Bankstown B. - Cent.Coast C.
Jun. 23: Parramatta W. - Newcastle H.
Jun. 23: Colonial Hotel - Illawarra H.
Jun. 23: Norths Bears - Manly Warr.
Jun. 23: Sydney C. - Maitland M.
Jun. 24: Hills H. - Illawarra H.


Ingles joins Boomers for Farewell Series - by Eurobasket News

Fresh from leading his European club team Regal FC Barcelona to the Spanish league title, former National Basketball League Rookie of the Year Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) has confirmed he will be joining the Australian Boomers mens national basketball team in time for their three-match series against Greece which starts this Sunday at Melbournes Hisense Arena.

Ingles had eight points in his teams 73-69 Game Five victory over Real Madrid that clinched the Spanish title for Barcelona on the weekend. The South Australian is wasting no time however in jetting back to Australia to join his Boomers teammates in time for The Farewell Series against Greece.

Ingles availability for the series is a further boost to Australias preparations for London after NBA star Patty Mills confirmed he would also be available to play in The Farewell Series last week.

Ingles is now expected to fly direct to Melbourne where the Boomers will open their training camp tomorrow (Tuesday 19 June). After he has passed a screening by the Boomers coaching and medical staff, he will then be declared eligible to play against Greece.

The Farewell Series will commence with a double-header with the Jayco Australian Opals at Melbournes Hisense Arena on 24 June. The Boomers will also play Greece at the State Basketball Centre in Knox on 25 June and the Geelong Arena on 27 June. Tickets for the Geelong and Knox Boomers games have already sold-out, with limited tickets still available for the Hisense Arena match.
Courtesy of: nbl.com.au



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  AUSTRIA   


NEWS - by Aaron Mitchell

CAMP REMINDER: The ages of the camp have change from 12 to 18 , to 12 to 20 years old. Registrate now , get in while its hot. WHAT'S NUMBER 1 IN BASKETBALL?? NBA finals begin and its going to be perhaps the most exciting final in the last 5 years. Two very talented teams with great athletic players. To have the opportunity to play for a championship as a player and a coach is always a special time of your life. Good Luck to the Heat and The Thunder. Camper registrate NOW !!!! Coach A


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil prevail against Virgin Islands - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U18 - US Virgin Islands 84:65

Brazil U18 National Team posted the second win at the FIba Americas Championship. The hosts fired past Virgin Islands for 2-0 record on top of Group A. Lucas Dias (205-C-96) came up with 21 points to lead the winners.
Brazil secured a confident start. They established a 23:17 lead at the first intermission. Brazil stretched the lead in the second quarter. They piled up a 14-point lead at the interval. Brazil kept their opponents at bay throughout the third quarter. They entered the final frame up by 15 points and rallied to the victory at the end. Danilo Fuzaro (189-F-94) and Deryk Ramos (185-G-94) finished with 16 points each in the win. Khalid Hart (198-SF-95) notched 29 points for Virgin Islands. Justin Gray (198-F) accounted for 11 points in the losing effort.

Brazil U18: Lucas Dias 21, Danilo Fuzaro 16, Deryk Ramos 16
US Virgin Islands U18: Khalid Hart 29, Justin Gray 11



Brazil overcome Paraguay in Charata - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Paraguay 76:66

Brazil clinched the win at the end of international tournament in Charata. They fired past Paraguay in the last test game before the start of South American Championship. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) knocked down 17 points to lead the winners.
Paraguay secured the lead after ten minutes. They eked out a 13:11 lead. But Brazil turned things around in the second quarter. They surged ahead for a 38:26 halftime advantage. Brazil stayed in front throughout the third quarter. They posted a 63:49 lead at the final intermission. Brazil maintained the lead and rallied to the victory in the fourth frame. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) delivered 14 points, while Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) and Cesar Lima provided 10 points each in the win. Guillermo Araujo (205-C-82) answered with 23 points for Paraguay. Carlos Jorge Riveros (189-G-85) had 10 points in the loss.

Brazil: Vitor Benite 17, Arthur Silva 14, Welington Dos Santos 10, Cesar Lima 10
Paraguay: Guillermo Araujo 23, Carlos Jorge Riveros 10



Marcelinho Huertas wins the title with Regal FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) wins the title with Regal FC Barcelona as the latter triumphs in 2011/2012 Liga Endesa as they edged their rivals Real in the decisive game. Barcelona won the fifth game of the series 73:69 and clinched the title.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Real Madrid won fourth quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Regal FC Barcelona made 7 blocks.
Pete Mickeal stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Fran Vazquez chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Erazem Lorbek posted 10, while Joe Ingles notched 8. Jaycee Carroll responded with 16 points and international power forward Felipe Reyes scored 6 points and 10 rebounds. Sergio Llull (and Kyle Singler delivered 12 points each in defeat.
In 2011-2012 for Regal FC Barcelona (Spain-ACB, starting five) Marcelinho Huertas averaged 8.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 86.7% in EuroLeague. In Spanish League his stats read 8.3 points per game.



Brazilian U18 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

4 Arthur Fernandes 182-PG-95 Palmeiras Brazil
5 Guilherme Martins 193-F-95 Pinheiros/Sky Brazil
6 Lucas Rosa 193-G/F-95 Vivo/Franca Brazil
7 Danilo Fuzaro 189-F-94 Ruvo Italy
8 Wilson Carneiro 175-PG-94 Minas Brazil
9 Evandro Ramos 185-PG-95 Winner/Limeira Brazil
10 Enrico Bueno 193-G/F-94 High School USA
11 Antonio Ferreira 194-F-95 Vivo/Franca Brazil
12 Lucas Dias 205-C-96 Pinheiros/Sky Brazil
13 Matheus Pereira 201-C-95 Winner/Limeira Brazil
14 Leonardo Demetrio 204-F/C-94 Minas Brazil
15 Eduardo Campos 204-F-95

Demetrius Conrado Head Coach
Andre Vieira Assistant
Jefferrson Teixeira Assistant Paraiso Basq. Brazil
Athos Calderaro Assistant Santa Cruz Brazil



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


More than Ball, its life - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI-- With three of its players heading off to further their education and basketball skills the More than Ball Basketball Programme drew to a close its first semester on Thursday June14, 2012, but has plans to be back even better.

Mind you, at the gathering of over 20 boys and girls, supportive parents and sponsors heard, whilst the Programme would be back in full force come September, the coaches will in fact be holding a series of Mini Camps during July and August partly to ensure those going away dont slip up in maintaining the preparations and also because the coaches are so passionate about what they are trying to achieve and have been met with such a positive response from the group that dont really want to stop!

It took a while for the players to buy into the philosophy that coaches Mike Nalls, Keith 88 Malone and Roy Garraway are creating, but as Nalls pointed out, It is intense, but we want them to better understand what the demands of Schools and Colleges will be when they go away. They need to be fitter, faster, and quicker in reading the game and also maintaining educational standards.

Garraway was amazed at what he saw; having joined the Programme, I told the Coach that he was going to kill them. I didnt think they would last!

Garraway was referring to the fitness section of the Programme which has the Ballers up at the crack of dawn and at the Gym to work out before school. His doubts though were soon allayed as players lost weight gained muscle mass and proudly started boasting of six packs and greater confidence in themselves.

Stay ready, be ready and thats what the programme is all about, if you get ready from now, you will be ready for the higher level, if youre not ready you wont get to play, stated Malone. Coach Nalls has done a fantastic job in designing the programme and has delivered it exactly how we knew he would. The youths have responded and have become better players and better people.

We started with just a handful, but soon grew to around 25, said Nalls. All the Players bought into what we needed them to do and what they could achieve. Conditioning, weight loss, mini competitions on six packs, have all combined to build a close knit confident group. When we started me and 88 could hardly watch what we were seeing, but now they are playing some really good basketball. They are more confident, they all have goals and we are seeing them achieve their dreams.

A non-profit organisation, More than Ball covers all aspects of Academics and Basketball. You cant play basketball unless you maintain your grades and that is what we constantly drum into the players, said Malone. I have to thank all the Parents too, without their support the programme doesnt work. We try to involve the whole family and thats important.

It costs money to put the programme together and the parents have been great in that respect, said Malone. We have some great Sponsors like Roadtown Wholesale, the Neville Smith Group of Companies and others, but it is a costly business so we are looking at getting more support going forward.

Mr. Harrigan, the Ag. Director of Youth Affairs and Sports was in attendance and said that he would do all he could to support the programme as he had been very impressed with what he had seen so far.

Parents were also impressed by the new found dedication and purpose they saw in their children.

Ive so many positive changes in my son, commented Ms. Winter. Michael has been transformed. Hes up early, he works hard, hes having fun and I cant say thank you enough to the coaches. Its wonderful.

Ms. Skelton added, My son gets up at 5.30 a.m. every morning! And thats amazing, she said. I have seen such an improvement in his attitude and thats amazing too!

All of the parents echoed the sentiments of the increased vitality and positive attitude that they had seen in their children since the Programme began and even those putting themselves through the hard work were all smiles and full of confidence in what they have achieved so far.

There is so much more that could be said about the Programmes achievements and so much more we still have to do, commented Malone. In the next few weeks we will be taking a long hard look at the way forward and will be back even better for the next sessions.

For more information on the programme and also the summer mini camps Coach Nalls can be reached on 443 8878.



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  CANADA   


Canadian U18 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Kaza Keane
Keane
Duane Notice
Notice
Jamal Reynolds
Reynolds
Xavier Rathan-Mayes
Rathan-Mayes
Trey Lyles
Lyles
#e#5
4 Kaza Keane 186-PG-94 Illinois St.
5 Duane Notice 188-G-94
6 Conor Morgan 203-F-94 UBC Canada
7 Jamal Reynolds 193-G-94
8 Xavier Rathan-Mayes 193-G-94
9 Matthew Atewe 208-C-94 High School
10 Trey Lyles 206-PF-94
11 Tyler Ennis 188-G-94
12 Marko Pirovic 201-F-94
13 Desmond Taylor 201-F-94
14 Braxston Bunce 210-C-94 High School
15 Andrew Wiggins 202-F-95 High School Canada

Roy Rana Head Coach Ryerson Canada
Jamie McNeilly Assistant
Scott Morrison Assistant Lakehead Canada



Canada thump Colombia at U18 Fiba Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News

Canada U18 - Colombia U18 98:67

Canada celebrated the second win at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They knocked down Colombia in Group B action. Six Canada players scored in double figures. Andrew Wiggins (202-F-95) and Trey Lyles (206-PF-94) accounted for 17 points each for the winners. Lyles also added 19 rebounds in the victory.
Canada and Colombia stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. But Canada exploded with 30 points in the second frame to clear off. The North American team secured a 15-point lead at the interval. Colombia cut the deficit in the third term. The Latin American team got within 7 points at the final break. However Canada shocked their opponents with a 32:8 run in the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Duane Notice (188-G-94) provided 14 points for Canada. Kevin Cuesta (94) answered with 17 points for Colombia. Brian Angola (195-F-94), Tony Trocha (206-C/F-94) and Juan Lopez (172-PG-94) finished with 13 points each in the loss.

Canada U18: Andrew Wiggins 17, Trey Lyles 17+19 boards, Duane Notice 14
Colombia U18: Kevin Cuesta 17, Brian Angola 13, Tony Trocha 13, Juan Lopez 13



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  COLOMBIA   


Colombian U18 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Andres Mosquera
Mosquera
Brian Angola
Angola
Tony Trocha
Trocha
Jefferson Ocoro
Ocoro
William Pino
Pino
#e#5
4 Andres Mosquera 196-F-94
5 William Pino 201-C/F-94
6 Felipe Ruiz 170-PG-94
7 Diego Gomez 94
8 Manuel Moreno 185-F-94
9 Brian Angola 195-F-94
10 Tony Trocha 206-C/F-94
11 Jefferson Ocoro 196-C/F-94 High School USA
12 Jose Campo 210-C-94
13 Juan Lopez 172-PG-94
14 Carlos Palacios 94
15 Kevin Cuesta 94



Canada thump Colombia at U18 Fiba Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News

Canada U18 - Colombia U18 98:67

Canada celebrated the second win at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They knocked down Colombia in Group B action. Six Canada players scored in double figures. Andrew Wiggins (202-F-95) and Trey Lyles (206-PF-94) accounted for 17 points each for the winners. Lyles also added 19 rebounds in the victory.
Canada and Colombia stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. But Canada exploded with 30 points in the second frame to clear off. The North American team secured a 15-point lead at the interval. Colombia cut the deficit in the third term. The Latin American team got within 7 points at the final break. However Canada shocked their opponents with a 32:8 run in the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Duane Notice (188-G-94) provided 14 points for Canada. Kevin Cuesta (94) answered with 17 points for Colombia. Brian Angola (195-F-94), Tony Trocha (206-C/F-94) and Juan Lopez (172-PG-94) finished with 13 points each in the loss.

Canada U18: Andrew Wiggins 17, Trey Lyles 17+19 boards, Duane Notice 14
Colombia U18: Kevin Cuesta 17, Brian Angola 13, Tony Trocha 13, Juan Lopez 13



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  EUROCUP   


BC Donetsk keep Dmytro Gliebov - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk extended the contract with Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88, agency: Beo Basket). The captain signed a two-year season deal. Dmytro Gliebov joined BC Donetsk back in 2010. Last season the forward averaged 6.7 points, 3.6 boards, 1.2 assists per game in Superleague. In EuroCup Dmytro Gliebov notched 5.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per appearance. He became the Superleague champion with BC Donetsk. Gliebov was UBL champion with Kryvbasbasket back in 2009. Previously The forward played for Kryvbasbasket and Politekhnik Kharkiv. He was the member of Ukrainian U20 and University National Teams. Dmytro Gliebov has been the member of Ukrainian National Team since 2009.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Pablo Laso extended with Real Madrid until 2014 - by Giorgos Diploidis

Pablo Laso and Real Madrid continue together because they decided to extend their co-operation for two more years. Mr Laso won only the Spanish cup with te team of Madrid and yesterday lost the championship although they were too close to the title however the board of Real seem to got satisfied with the work of Mr Laso.

In the middle of the period Madrid lost two important players, Rudy Fernandez (198-G/F-85) and Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) and these were some of the reasons why they lost a great deal of their power. How
ever they believe that Rudy will be with them for the whole next season.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Chris NDOW
  (195-F/G-93)
  Avg: 23
 1. Ndow, NOR23.0 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK22.0 
 3. Ivanov, BUL18.3 
 4. Solomon, ISR17.5 
 5. Borg, SWE17.0 
 6. Ivanovic, MNT16.8 
 7. Olah, ROM16.7 
 8. N''Dumba-C., SUI15.7 
 9. Reinholt, DEN15.5 
 10. Polfer, LUX14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clint N''DUMBA-CAPELA
  SUI
  (204-F-94)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. N''Dumba-C., SUI15.7 
 2. Olah, ROM14.0 
 3. Bojanovsky, SVK13.3 
 4. Burjanadze, GEO11.7 
 5. Filip, ROM10.3 
 6. Magarity, SWE9.0 
 7. Larsen, DEN8.8 
 8. Mollekens, BEL8.3 
 9. Solomon, ISR8.3 
 10. Eliasson, SWE8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Krajcovic, SVK7.4 
 2. Cristiean, ROM5.7 
 3. Ventura, POR4.7 
 4. Karamfilov, BUL4.4 
 5. Ivanovic, MNT4.0 
 6. Maayan, ISR4.0 
 7. Person, SWE3.9 
 8. Spencer, ENG3.7 
 9. Novysedlak, SVK3.6 
 10. Laane, EST3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Krajcovic, SVK5.6 
 2. Laane, EST3.8 
 3. Wilk, AUT3.0 
 4. Borg, SWE3.0 
 5. Jakab, HUN3.0 
 6. Ndow, NOR2.7 
 7. Ivanovic, MNT2.6 
 8. Gvozden, AUT2.4 
 9. Reinholt, DEN2.4 
 10. Menco, ISR2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris BOJANOVSKY
  SVK
  (220-C-93)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Bojanovsky, SVK4.2 
 2. Magarity, SWE3.9 
 3. Olah, ROM2.9 
 4. N''Dumba-C., SUI2.4 
 5. Kok, NED2.1 
 6. Larsen, DEN1.9 
 7. Graham, ENG1.6 
 8. Dimitrov, BUL1.3 
 9. Pavic, MNT1.3 
 10. Kolb, AUT1.1 



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  FIBA AMERICAS U18   

Standings (Men)

Standings
Group A
1. USA2-0
2. Brazil2-0
3. US Virg.Isl0-2
4. Mexico0-2
Group B
1. Argentina2-0
2. Canada2-0
3. Colombia0-2
4. P.Rico0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jun. 17: ISV - BRA 65-84
Jun. 17: MEX - USA 59-110

B

Jun. 17: COL - CAN 67-98
Jun. 17: PUR - ARG 65-76

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jun. 18: ISV - MEX
Jun. 18: BRA - USA

B

Jun. 18: CAN - ARG
Jun. 18: COL - PUR



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  FRANCE   


Sherman Gay farewell to Fos-su-Mer - by Eurobasket News

Sherman Gay (201-PF-82, college: Loyola Mary) farewell to Fos-su-Mer and will not come back to the team next season. The Jamaican-USA player leaves the team.
Earlier in 2009 Chalon has signed Sherman Gay in order to replace Brian Boddicker injured for the rest of the season. He has already played in Pro A with Bourg ( 05-06 ) for 10 ppg 3,9 rpg in 34 games and Le Havre ( 06-07 ) with 10,5 ppg 4,4 rpg in 34 games. In 07-08 he has signed with ZTE KK (HUN) for only 1 game, he prefered to come back in France and sign with Brest in Pro B ( 17,3 ppg 5,7 rpg in 15 games ) for the rest of the season. This season he was always in Brest ( Pro B ), he realized a good season stats: 15,4 ppg 5,4 rpg in 29 games.
In 2009-2010 joined Fos Ouest Provence Basket (France-ProB, starting five) and after 34 games averaged 15.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, Blocks-2 (1.7bpg), FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 19.1%, FT: 64.2%. In 2010-2011 for Fos Ouest Provence Basket (France-ProB, starting five) his stats read 15.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, Blocks-1 (1.7bpg), FGP: 61.3%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 54.9%. Last season Sherman Gay averaged 14.8 points per game.



Antoine Diot and Maleye N'Doye move to Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) and Maleye N'Doye (203-F-80, college: Furman) move to Paris-Levallois. In 2011-2012 Antoine Diot played for Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA), but was injured in Oct.'11 and was off for 2 month, joined back in Jan.'12, but left next month.Diot missed almost the entire season due to injury. He appeared only four times with Le Mans. In 2010/11 season Diot had 8 ppg, 3.7 apg, 3.3 rpg and 2.1 spg for 30 games in ProA. He had slightly better numbers for 12 EuroCup games. Antoine Diot joined Le Mans in 2007 from CFBB. Before that, he spent one year with INSEP. Antoine Diot played for the French National Team at the 2009 EuroBasket in Poland. He had 5.1 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 8 games at this event. In 2009, he won the French Cup and Semaine des As with Le Mans. In the past, Diot very successfully played for U20, U19, U18 and U16 France.
Maleye N'Doye comes from Entente Orleans 45. The Senegalese player averaged 8.4 points per game this season. Last season for Entente Orleans 45 (France-ProA, starting five) he showed 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 80.0% in EuroCup. In French League after 30 games his stats read 8.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 62.5%.



Paris-Levallois announced John Cox - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois announced John Cox (195-G-81, college: USF) for the next season. The American/Venezuelan guard will arrive from STB Le Havre.
Last year Le Havre announced signing of one-year contract extension with John Cox. The American/Venezuelan guard averaged 14.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists for 27 games this season. He also played for Le Havre from 2006 to 2008. In 2007/08, Cox exploded with 18.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 3.6 apg for 29 games in ProA. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team and participated at the ProA All-Star Game that year.
John Cox played for Nancy from 2008 until the last summer. He had 5.9 ppg and 1.2 rpg in their second season together. Cox is a product of the University of South Florida, where he graduated in 2005. Le Havre was his first professional job. John Cox is also active member of the Venezuelan National Team.
In 2011-2012 for STB Le Havre (France-ProA, starting five) his stats read 15.8 points per game.



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


After the victory over Lithuania, interview of Macedonian Coach Lazovski and player Samardziski - by Georgi Bujukliev

The Basketball Representation of Macedonia celebrated in the second friendly game against Lithuania to host 78-74. Coach Marjan Lazovski our center Predrag Samardziski with his view of the press conference after the match.
Marjan Lazovski :
" We came to show once again that we can play well basketball and that last year's success was not accidental . We played with young team , without four starters, but nevertheless we have shown that we can play great together .
I want to thank the Lithuanian fans for the great atmosphere , also the Federation of Lithuania for the excellent organization .We look forward to London and hope for good results " .
Predrag Samardziski:
" We showed that our game is not depend on one player , as many have said . We are a great team . I'm glad that these young players joined the team and immediately felt the spirit .
The competition was really high quality , Lithuanians were motivated , wanted revenge for what happened to Eurobasket. Overall , this game we played a very similar like against Russia , but were much better in key moments " .



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  GERMANY   


Germany surrender against Turkey in Furstenwalde - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Turkey U20 65:70

Turkish U20 National Team clinched the victory at the start of the exhibition series versus German counterparts. The teams clashed in Furstenwalde and the visitors celebrated victory. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes. Turkey pulled ahead in the second quarter. They limited Germany to 10 points to earn an 8-point advantage. The hosts trimmed the deficit by 4 points at the interval 45:41. However Turkey did not allow Germany to take over. The visitors unleashed 21 points in the final frame and surged to the victory led by Safak Edge (188-PG-92). Mathis Monninghoff (200-F-92) answered with 17 points for Germany. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) added 11 points in the loss.



Aaron Schmitz Moves To The Soba Dragons Rhondorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Basketball talent has never been missing in the German Schmitz basketball family as Horst Schmitz was a German national player in the late 80s and son Simon Schmitz currently laces them up for BBC Bayreuth and there is a third one in the family with Aaron Schmitz (193-G-93) that has moved form BG Karlsruhe to PRO B team Soba Dragons Rhondorf. Schmitz is a 19 year old 193 cm guard. Last season he played for BG Karlsruhe cooperation partner TV Bad Bergzabern in the 2Regionaliga and got into 7 games for BG Karlsruhe in the PRO A. "I am happy that he has joined us and is ready to make the next step. He is a young and ambitious player that has basketball understanding and I am sure that we will have alot of joy with him", stressed Dragons head coach Boris Kaminski. "Rhondorf is a small town that reminds me a lot of home. The orgnaization is well known for developing the young players. I want to develop further on the court and off", stated Aaron Schmitz (193-G-93).

Source: Dragons Rhndorf





The Hertener Lions Sign Yannick Opitz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO B team RheinLand Versicherungen Hertener Lions announced over the weekend that they have signed Yannick Opitz (186-G-90) Opitz is a 22 year old 187cm guard. Last season he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 24 games: 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3Pts: 32.5%, FT: 70.6%. "He will be an important factor on the team as a shooting guard. He gives the team a certain deepness and much energy on the court", stated Hertener Lions head coach Dirk Altenbeck. Opitz started his basketball career in 2005 for BBV Hagen (Regionalliga) where he played until 2008. In 2008-2009, he was a member of Phoenix Hagen and in 2010-2011, he played for G Schwelmer Baskets (ProB): 24 games: 2.3ppg, 1.1rpg.

Source: RheinLand Versicherungen Hertener Lwen



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  GREECE   


Kavala announced Miron Papadakis - by Giorgos Diploidis

Miron Papadakis (183-G-88) will be player of Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas next season because he signed a contract with the team of Macedonia. The young guard passed the last three seasons of his career to the team of Arkadikos and his next step is to the team of Kavala.

In his last period in A2 with the club of Tripoli had 11.0ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.6apg), 1.4spg in 25 games.

The announcement of Kavala

"Mironas Papadakis for the next three years will be a member of the family of the Union's basketball Kavala, having agreed to wear the shirt of our group. Mironas Papadakis was born in 1988 and he plays in the place of the guard, he is 1.83 m and from the 2009-12 was playing in the team of Arkadikos".



The chasing for the new coach of Olympiacos will end soon - by George Fragkos

After the departure of Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) from the team of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus the brothers Aggelopouloi continue to search for the new coach of the team. A lot of Greek coaches are heard between them are Giorgos Bartzokas , Giannis Sferopoulos and Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) The chance of signing a foreign trainer is also possible.

One thing is sure that soon the club of Pireus will have a new coach who will create the roster for the forthcoming period.



Greece fire past Lithuania in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Greece 70:82

Greece clinched the second straight win in the exhibition games in Lithuania. Tonight the Hellenes outscored the hosts. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) knocked down 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Lithuania dominated in the opening quarter. The hosts grabbed an early lead and maintained it throughout the frame. Lithuania posted a 24:18 lead at the end of the first ten minutes. But Greece took over completely in the second frame. The visitors exploded with 36 points to ensure a 54:41 halftime lead. Greece protected the lead throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final intermission up by 14 points 71:57. Lithuania did not get within striking distance in the fourth frame as Greece cruised to the win. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) posted 12 points, while Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM), Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's) and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) had 11 points each in the win. Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances), Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport), Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) finished with 10 points each in the loss.

Lithuania: Tomas Delininkaitis, Paulius Jankunas 10, Mantas Kalnietis 10, Linas Kleiza 10
Greece: Kostas Kaimakoglou 14, Georgios Printezis 12, Kostas Vasiliadis 11, Pat Kalathis 11, Kostas Papanikolaou 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. Hickman, Scavolin.16.0 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI16.0 
 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. Johnson, Sidigas1.7 
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 


Montepaschi Siena clinch sixth consecutive SeriaA title - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi - Armani Jeans 84:73

Montepaschi Siena celebrated yet another SeriaA title. They fired past Armani Jeans tonight to earn the sixth consecutive crown. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) delivered 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Montepaschi entered the game leading 3-1 in best-of-seven series. Armani Jeans put up a decent fight from the starting minutes. Siena led by just a single point at the first break 19:18. The hosts took control in the second quarter. They held Armani Jeans to 13 points and cleared off to an 11-point halftime lead 42:31. Montepaschi Siena extended the lead in the third quarter. The hosts arrived at the final break up by 19 points 63:44. Armani Jeans unloaded 29 points in the final frame but could not save the game. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) delivered 16 points, while Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) added 15 points in the win. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) answered with 18 points for Armani Jeans. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) netted 15 points in the loss.

Montepaschi: Ksistof Lavrinovic 22, Bo McCalebb 16, Nikolaos Zisis 15
Armani Jeans: Ioannis Bourousis 18, Malik Hairston 15



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  KUWAIT   


Al Qadsia chose Bajramovic new head coach - by Ali Ahmed

Al Qadsia chose Mensur Bajramovic new head coach for the coming season.

Awards/Achievements:
Coach Assistant: Bosnian National Team -01
European Championships in Turkey -01
Bosnia and Herzegovina League Semifinals -03
Bosnia and Herzegovina League Cup Semifinals -04
Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Stars Game -04
Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season Champion -04, 05, 06
Bosnia and Herzegovina League Finalist -04
Adriatic League Quarterfinals -05
Bosnia and Herzegovina League Champion -05, 06
Head Coach: Bosnian National Team -04-05, 08-09
Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Finalist -06
Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League Coach of the Year -09
Syrian League Regular Season Champion -09, 10, 11
Syrian League Champion -09, 11
Syrian Cup Winner -09
Aleppo International Tournament Champion -09
WABA Club Championships -10 (Finalist), 11 (Finalist)
Syrian League Finalist -10
Head Coach: Syrian National Team -11
West Asia Basketball Championships in Duhok (Iraq) -11 (Bronze)



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  LEBANON   


June's Rumours ! - by John Khoury

With the Big Three almost on a done squad, it doesn't mean the mediocre Clubs are standing still.
According to some sources, Mouttahed are finalizing a deal with hoop's houssein Kanso, and he's expected to sign today.
On the other hand, Marwan ziedeh is expected to re-new with Mouttahed.

more to add, the Tripolian Team are still looking for a new head coach, and sources from inside the club already showed interest in Thomas Baldwin and allan Abaz.
The American Coach is a step ahead on this race, since the Bosnian U18 NT coach already made it clear that he's not willing to take charge of a team Pre-Built.
Coach Abaz Already have plans for mouttahed, starting with a very high level Combo Guard who already filled great numbers in Turkey last year, While Mouttahed's management Already finalized a deal with their Ex-Star Darren Kelly (195-G-78, college: Texas), signature is on Hold waiting for the coach's decision.

Just a bit near, The new Comer Amchit is working on signing Mohammad Hamdar and Joe Ghattas to be added to Sabah Khoury.
Some sources are highlighting a very BIG surprise coming toward Amchit, that we will be writing about it in the next couple days.

Who's it gonna be , Tab Baldwin Or Allan Abaz in mouttahed... ?
the answer should be revealed in the next hours.





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  LITHUANIA   


Greece fire past Lithuania in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Greece 70:82

Greece clinched the second straight win in the exhibition games in Lithuania. Tonight the Hellenes outscored the hosts. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) knocked down 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Lithuania dominated in the opening quarter. The hosts grabbed an early lead and maintained it throughout the frame. Lithuania posted a 24:18 lead at the end of the first ten minutes. But Greece took over completely in the second frame. The visitors exploded with 36 points to ensure a 54:41 halftime lead. Greece protected the lead throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final intermission up by 14 points 71:57. Lithuania did not get within striking distance in the fourth frame as Greece cruised to the win. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) posted 12 points, while Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM), Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's) and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) had 11 points each in the win. Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances), Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport), Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) finished with 10 points each in the loss.

Lithuania: Tomas Delininkaitis, Paulius Jankunas 10, Mantas Kalnietis 10, Linas Kleiza 10
Greece: Kostas Kaimakoglou 14, Georgios Printezis 12, Kostas Vasiliadis 11, Pat Kalathis 11, Kostas Papanikolaou 11



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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. Strobbe, Nogales7.4 
 10. Habel, Guaymas7.4 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Los Mochis
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Funn, Los Mochis9.4 
 2. Allen, Guaymas7.2 
 3. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo5.8 
 5. Hornsby, Tijuana4.6 
 6. Harris, Cananea4.6 
 7. Riley, Tepic4.1 
 8. Nungaray, Guaymas4.0 
 9. Pulido, Culiacan3.9 
 10. Quintero, Tijuana3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ravone GEORGE
  Nogales
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. George, Nogales1.8 
 2. Hamilton, Hermosil.1.8 
 3. Gibson, Navolato1.6 
 4. Hornsby, Tijuana1.5 
 5. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo1.5 
 7. Thomas, Cananea1.4 
 8. Gale, Nogales1.3 
 9. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 10. Toussaint, Los M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Young, Tepic0.9 
 6. Alexander, Cananea0.9 
 7. Scott, Los Mochis0.8 
 8. Robinson, Culiacan0.8 
 9. Davis, Nogales0.8 
 10. Tate, Tijuana0.7 


Mexican U18 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

4 Gabriel Vazquez 94
5 Ruben Macias 94
6 Abel Miranda 94
7 Kevin Arias 94 Cananea Mexico
8 Francisco Moreno 94
9 Fernando Cazares 94
10 Eder Herrera 194-G Durango M. Mexico
11 Jose Zesati 94
12 Kevin Lagunas 94
13 Nikki Mora 94
14 Jose Luis Aguilera 94
15 Jose Estrada 190-G-94 High School USA



CIBACOPA Round 5 of Finals. Hermosillo earn third victory - by Eurobasket News

Guaymas - Hermosillo 83-88

Hermosillo fired past Guaymas on the road to step closer to the title. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-83. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Ostioneros de Guaymas 39-28 including 24 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) produced 28 points (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Rayos de Hermosillo and five Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: J.Habel 28+2reb+1ast, M.Allen 13+9reb+4ast, H.Johnson 11+5reb+5ast, H.Carrillo 10+3reb, A.Pedroza 10+5reb+1ast, F.Benitez 6+1reb+1ast
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 20+7reb, B.Hamilton 19+5reb+2ast, E.Little 15+9reb+3ast, A.Izaguirre 13+5reb+1ast, J.Manuel Esteva 9+7reb+1ast, J.Camacho 9+1reb
gschID: 177747



USA register second straight win in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

USA U18 - Mexico U18 110:59

USA U18 selection delivered the second consecutive win at the start of U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They held off Mexico for 2-0 record on top of Group A. Jake Layman (6'7''-F-94) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners. Mexico fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
USA stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 32:12 run in the frame to take a comfortable lead. USA maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 32 points 58:26. USA stayed dominant in the second half. They boosted the margin to 42 points with one quarter remaining. The North American team never looked back and rallied to the win at the end. Rodney Purvis (6'4''-G-94) and Shaquille Goodwin (6'8''-F-94) delivered 13 points each for the winners. Kevin Arias (94) answered with 13 points for Mexico. Abel Miranda (94) had 9 points in the loss.

USA U18: Jake Layman 18, Rodney Purvis 13, Shaquille Goodwin 13
Mexico U18: Kevin Arias 13, Abel Miranda 9



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.2 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 3. James, Miami Heat28.0 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.3 
 6. Anthony, New Y.23.1 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.3 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.7 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.3 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.9.9 
 10. Chandler, New Y.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.8 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers8.9 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 9. Parker, San A.7.5 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 5. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 8. Shumpert, New Y.1.7 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.5 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Jordan, LA Clippers2.0 
 7. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Heat beats Thunder in Game 3, leads series 2-1 - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) walked to the free-throw line with 16.2 seconds left and spread his arms outward to silence the crowd.

He wanted it quiet in his house. He needed total concentration. In unison, thousands of people made that shushing sound we all remember from elementary school. The din diminished. Still, James missed the first foul shot. The arena gasped.

James stepped back to the line, exhaled and made his second foul shot to give the Heat a four-point lead. Finally, it was enough. Survival. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) missed a three-point attempt moments later and the Heat held on for a 91-85 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat now leads the best-of-7 series 2-1 with Games 4 and 5 at AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday and Thursday. The Heat can win the series with two more victories at home.

It was fitting that the most memorable moment of the game came from the free-throw line. The Heat spent enough time there. Led by Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), the Heat was 31 of 35 from the foul line. Wade, who finished with 25 points and was masterful in the second half playing every second, was 9 of 11 from the line.

The Heat made 25 of its final 27 free-throw attempts and won despite shooting 37.8 percent from the floor.

We know when were aggressive were a tough team to beat, said Heat forward Chris Bosh, who was 4 of 4 from the line and scored 10 points to go along with 11 rebounds. We want to put pressure on the rim and we want to attack. For the past two games, its really been working out for us.

Wade had 14 points in the second half, including nine in the third quarter when the Thunder took a double-digit lead and threatened to pull away. Still, another inexplicable turnover by Wade late in the game nearly cost the Heat. Wade also had a near costly turnover late in Game 2.

Miami led 86-81 with two minutes to play when Oklahoma City reserve Thabo Sefolosha stripped Wade in the open court. Sefolosha finished the play with a dunk in transition and, after a missed jumper by Wade, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook stroked a clutch basket to cut the Heats lead to 86-85 with 1:30 to play.

Bosh, back in the starting lineup for the second straight game, preserved the Heats three-point lead with a strong move inside and a pair of free throws. Bosh finished with his second consecutive Finals double-double.

Westbrook had a chance to tie the game with 30 seconds to play but missed an open three-point attempt. Westbrook finished with 19 points, going 8 of 18 from the field, but had just six points after halftime. Westbrook didnt play the final five minutes of the third quarter, watching from the bench as the Heat came back from a 10-point deficit.

James once again led the Heat in scoring, finishing with 29 points on 11 of 23 shooting. He was 6 of 8 from the foul line to go along with 14 rebounds and three assists. Game 3 was just the second time since the beginning of the Eastern Conference Finals that James was held to under 30 points.

Thunder star Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) was limited to 25 points on 11 of 19 shooting. He was just 2 of 4 from the foul line. The Thunder, known for its free-throw shooting, was 15 of 24 from the line in its first road Finals game in franchise history.

We led the league in free-throw shooting percentage, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. We missed some free throws tonight.

Courtesy of: www.miamiherald.com



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Xavier, Cincinnati rivalry moving to neutral site - by Rick Ross

Courtesy Of sportsillustrated.cnn.com

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The city's annual college basketball rivalry is moving to a neutral court.

Xavier and Cincinnati have agreed to change the setting for their annual game
following a brawl that resulted in eight players suspended last season.

Instead of playing on campus, the next two games will be at a downtown arena.
Cincinnati will be the home team for the Dec. 19 game, with Xavier the home team the following year.
The schools will split ticket sales, with some of the money going to the
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

After the two neutral-site games, the schools will re-evaluate the arrangement.

A brawl in the closing seconds last December on Xavier's court prompted officials to end the game.
The crosstown rivalry game would have been played at Cincinnati this season



USA U18 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

4 Nathaniel Britt 6'1''-PG-94 N.Carolina
5 Rasheed Sulaimon 6'4''-G-94 Duke
6 Rodney Purvis 6'4''-G-94 N.Carolina St.
7 Marcus Smart 6'3''-G-94 Oklahoma St.
8 James Robinson 6'3''-G-94 Pittsburgh
9 Jerami Grant 6'7''-F-94 Syracuse
10 Jake Layman 6'7''-F-94 Maryland
11 Dekker Samuel 6'7''-F-94 Wisconsin
12 Montrezl Harrell 6'8''-F-94 Louisville
13 Julius Randle 6'8''-F-94 High School
14 Jarnell Stokes 6'8''-PF-94 Tennessee
15 Shaquille Goodwin 6'8''-F-94 Memphis

Billy Donovan Head Coach Florida USA
Mark Few Assistant Gonzaga USA
Shaka Smart Assistant VCU USA



USA register second straight win in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

USA U18 - Mexico U18 110:59

USA U18 selection delivered the second consecutive win at the start of U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They held off Mexico for 2-0 record on top of Group A. Jake Layman (6'7''-F-94) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners. Mexico fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
USA stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 32:12 run in the frame to take a comfortable lead. USA maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 32 points 58:26. USA stayed dominant in the second half. They boosted the margin to 42 points with one quarter remaining. The North American team never looked back and rallied to the win at the end. Rodney Purvis (6'4''-G-94) and Shaquille Goodwin (6'8''-F-94) delivered 13 points each for the winners. Kevin Arias (94) answered with 13 points for Mexico. Abel Miranda (94) had 9 points in the loss.

USA U18: Jake Layman 18, Rodney Purvis 13, Shaquille Goodwin 13
Mexico U18: Kevin Arias 13, Abel Miranda 9



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University of Hawaii deny Fotu - by Mike Lacey

In a surprise move, the University of Hawaii has instructed Isaac Fotu (203-F-93) to make himself unavailable for the Tall Blacks upcoming Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas. On reflection perhaps this move is not so surprising as Fotu , since signing to play for the Rainbow Warriors, has been denied the opportunity to further his playing experience at every turn. Firstly he was denied an opportunity to play in the Australian National League for the New Zealand Breakers and more recently his attempt to play in the New Zealand League for the Harbour Heat was also blocked.
The coaching staff at Hawaii, have an intimate knowledge of basketball in Australasia but obviously are not as enlightened as their colleagues at the universities of St Louis, St Marys and New Mexico. These universities see the benefits of allowing Rob Loe (St Louis) to play for New Zealand and Matthew Dellavedova (St Marys) and Hugh Greenwood (New Mexico) to play for Australia. Perhaps they do not understand the thrill that playing for your country brings. Pre season training at university is probably important but surely the experience of playing against some of the worlds best players is of greater value to the athlete. In addition, having an international player on the team is prestigious for any school. For now at least Fotu will be denied this opportunity, leaving all associated with the New Zealand Tall Blacks, Breakers and Heat very frustrated.




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Nigerian Alade Aminu wins the title with Chalon - by Eurobasket News

Nigerian Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) wins the title with Chalon. His team wins 2011/2012 title in the country. The team overcame Le Mans 95:76 in the Final game and triumphs in France.
The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Le Mans managed to win third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Blake Schilb who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Malcolm Malcolm Delaney contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ilian Evtimov nailed 15, while Steed Tchicamboud added 14. Marcellus Sommerville answered with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Alex Acker added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Le Mans. Taylor Rochestie and Paulo Batista followed them with 10 points in the losing effort.
In 2011-2012 for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five) Alade Aminu averaged 12.2ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.9% in EuroChallenge. In Frecnh League he showed 11.6 points per game.



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Brazil overcome Paraguay in Charata - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Paraguay 76:66

Brazil clinched the win at the end of international tournament in Charata. They fired past Paraguay in the last test game before the start of South American Championship. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) knocked down 17 points to lead the winners.
Paraguay secured the lead after ten minutes. They eked out a 13:11 lead. But Brazil turned things around in the second quarter. They surged ahead for a 38:26 halftime advantage. Brazil stayed in front throughout the third quarter. They posted a 63:49 lead at the final intermission. Brazil maintained the lead and rallied to the victory in the fourth frame. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) delivered 14 points, while Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) and Cesar Lima provided 10 points each in the win. Guillermo Araujo (205-C-82) answered with 23 points for Paraguay. Carlos Jorge Riveros (189-G-85) had 10 points in the loss.

Brazil: Vitor Benite 17, Arthur Silva 14, Welington Dos Santos 10, Cesar Lima 10
Paraguay: Guillermo Araujo 23, Carlos Jorge Riveros 10



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 17: Petron Blaze - B-Meg Llam. 92-80
Jun. 17: Barako Bull - Rain or Shine 90-100

Regular Season: Round 15

Jun. 20: Air21 Express - Meralco Bolts
Jun. 20: Barako Bull - 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 Text27.2 
 3. David, Powerade T.26.0 
 4. Bozeman, Ginebra24.5 
 5. Cornley, Rain o.24.3 
 6. Sneed, Powerade T.24.0 
 7. Forte, Alaska Aces23.7 
 8. Blakely, B-Meg L.23.3 
 9. Basden, Petron B.22.9 
 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 Aces15.8 
 3. Graham, Air21 E.15.2 
 4. Harris, Talk N Text12.8 
 5. Cornley, Rain o.11.9 
 6. Blakely, B-Meg L.11.3 
 7. Pingris, B-Meg L.11.0 
 8. Taulava, Meralco10.2 
 9. Bozeman, Ginebra10.0 
 10. Basden, Petron B.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (177-PG-77)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Alapag, Talk N Te.8.5 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.6.7 
 3. Sneed, Powerade T.6.0 
 4. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.0 
 5. Bozeman, Ginebra4.8 
 6. Ross, Meralco4.7 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.4 
 8. Basden, Petron B.4.3 
 9. Miller, Barako Bull4.3 
 10. Cabagnot, Petron4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.3.3 
 2. Basden, Petron B.3.0 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.6 
 4. Sneed, Powerade T.1.5 
 5. Cortez, Ginebra1.5 
 6. Dillinger, Talk N.1.5 
 7. Ross, Meralco1.3 
 8. Hatfield, Ginebra1.3 
 9. Bozeman, Ginebra1.3 
 10. Weinstein, Barako1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.2.3 
 2. Forte, Alaska Aces2.0 
 3. Pennisi, Barako Bu.1.3 
 4. Santos, Petron B.1.3 
 5. Maierhofer, Ginebr.1.2 
 6. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 7. Aguilar, Talk N.1.0 
 8. Quinahan, Rain o.1.0 
 9. Reavis, B-Meg L.1.0 
 10. Baguio, Alaska A.0.9 


Sneed number one in Philippines for Round 13 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Omar Sneed (198-F-76) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Powerade T., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 35-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Ginebra Kings (#5, 3-3) 86-83. Powerade T. is placed at 3rd position in Filipino PBA. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Powerade T. will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. Sneed just recently signed at Powerade T., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Memphis star has very solid stats this year. Sneed. Sneed is in league's top in points (6th best: 24.0ppg), assists (2nd best: 6.0apg) and averages impressive 66.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Jason Forte (196-F-84) of Alaska Aces. Forte had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Alaska Aces lost that game 72-80 to the higher-ranked Talk N Text (#7, 2-3). Alaska Aces are still at the very bottom. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Alaska Aces managed to get this year. Forte is one of the most experienced players at Alaska Aces and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.6ppg (#7). He also registered 15.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Paul Harris (193-F/G-86) of Talk N Text (#7). Harris scored 25 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Talk N Text, leading his team to a 80-72 win against the lower-ranked Alaska Aces (#10, 1-6). The chances of Talk N Text ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harris could help Talk N Text to bring them higher in the standings. Harris has a great season in Philippines. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.8ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 12.0rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83) of Ginebra Kings - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Asi Taulava (206-C-73) of Meralco Bolts - 15 points and 14 rebounds
6. Marnel Baracael (191-F/G-85) of Alaska Aces - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87) of Rain or Shine - 21 points and 10 rebounds
8. Rey Guevarra (193-F-85) of Powerade T. - 13 points
9. Joachim Thoss (203-C-81) of Alaska Aces - 6 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jervy Cruz (193-F/C-86) of Rain or Shine - 6 points and 9 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen 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)



PBA Round 14: B-Meg Llam. is upset by Petron Blaze - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Manila between second ranked B-Meg Llam. (5-2) and sixth ranked Petron Blaze (4-3) on Sunday night. B-Meg Llam. was defeated by Petron Blaze on the road 92-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of B-Meg Llam.. Petron Blaze looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized American center Jay Washington (206-81, college: Eckerd) who scored 29 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Edward Basden (196-83, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Marqus Blakely (196-89, college: Vermont) produced 28 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze moved-up to fourth place. B-Meg Llam. at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quezon. First ranked Rain or Shine faced 4th ranked Barako Bull. Guests from Manila (6-1) defeated host Barako Bull (3-3) 100-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Barako Bull. American forward Jamelle Cornley (196-87, college: Penn St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. Gabe Norwood contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for Barako Bull. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rain or Shine maintains first position with 6-1 record. Barako Bull at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Ginebra Kings. Rain or Shine will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barako Bull will play at home against Talk N Text (#7) in Makati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Petron Blaze - B-Meg Llam. 92-80

The most important game in the last round took place in Manila between second ranked B-Meg Llam. (5-2) and sixth ranked Petron Blaze (4-3) on Sunday night. B-Meg Llam. was defeated by Petron Blaze on the road 92-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of B-Meg Llam.. Petron Blaze looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized American center Jay Washington (206-81, college: Eckerd) who scored 29 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Edward Basden (196-83, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Marqus Blakely (196-89, college: Vermont) produced 28 points and 9 rebounds and center Marc Pingris (195-81) added 4 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze moved-up to fourth place. B-Meg Llam. at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
B-Meg Llam.: M.Blakely 28+9reb+2ast, J.Yap 15+4reb, R.Reavis 12+6reb+1ast, P.Simon 9+4reb+2ast, J.Urbiztondo 8+6reb+3ast, M.Pingris 4+11reb+5ast
Petron Blaze: J.Washington 29+9reb+1ast, E.Basden 22+11reb+4ast, D.Miranda 10+2reb, J.Yeo 8+3reb+4ast, C.Lutz 8+4reb+7ast, A.Santos 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 176999


Barako Bull - Rain or Shine 90-100

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quezon. First ranked Rain or Shine faced 4th ranked Barako Bull. Guests from Manila (6-1) defeated host Barako Bull (3-3) 100-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Barako Bull. The game was mostly controlled by Rain or Shine. Barako Bull was better in fourth quarter 31-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rain or Shine made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Barako Bull turnovers. Strangely Barako Bull outrebounded Rain or Shine 55-31 including a 23-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Jamelle Cornley (196-87, college: Penn St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized American swingman Gabe Norwood (196-85, college: George Mason) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Rain or Shine players scored in double figures. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Douglas Kramer (193-83) added 16 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Barako Bull. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rain or Shine maintains first position with 6-1 record. Barako Bull at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Ginebra Kings. Rain or Shine will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barako Bull will play at home against Talk N Text (#7) in Makati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barako Bull: L.Hickerson 24+13reb+6ast, D.Kramer 16+12reb+2ast, L.Najorda 12+6reb, D.Allado 8+9reb+3ast, W.Miller 7+2reb+5ast, C.Cruz 6+3reb+1ast
Rain or Shine: J.Chan 19+2reb+1ast, J.Cornley 18+6reb+3ast, G.Norwood 15+5reb+5ast, J.Ibanes 11+3reb, R.Buenafe 9+1reb+1ast, J.Cruz 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 176998



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Former Anwil and Turow assistant coach land in Iran - by Maciej Paszyn

Slobodan Mitev (agency: Promotex ) former assistant coach of Anwil Wloclawek ( seasons 2004/5 and 2005/6 ) and Turow Zgorzelec ( 2006/7 and 2007/8 ), will start work for the new season in the national team of Iran. 40-ty years old Macedonian will be assistant of Mehmed Becirovic . Moreover he will be responsible for U-16 Iran Youth national team. The contract is supposed to be in force through one year and a half. For the coach which recently worked as the assistant in Alba Berlin in Germany it will be the first contract outside Europe.


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Argentina stay undefeated in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U18 - Puerto Rico U18 76:65

Argentina registered the second straight win at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship in Sao Sebastian. They toppled Puerto Rico to remain on top of Group B. Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
Argentina earned a narrow 16:13 lead after ten minutes. Puerto Rico however cut the deficit to a single point at halftime 28:29. Argentina took over in the third term again. They held Puerto Rican counterparts to 14 points in the period to ensure an 8-point lead with one quarter remaining. Argentina fired 26 points in the final stanza to seal the victory at the end. Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) accounted for 18 points for the winners. Allen Baez (94) answered with 16 points for Puerto Rico. Alexander Curet (94) and Wilfredo Rodriguez (94) notched 14 points each in the loss.

Argentina U18: Matias Bernardini 20, Gabriel Deck 18, Gonzalo Torres (202-C-94) 9
Puerto Rico U18: Allen Baez 16, Alexander Curet 14, Wilfredo Rodriguez 14



Puerto Rican U18 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

4 Allen Baez 94
5 Esteban Cordero 94
6 Eimer Velez 95
7 Alexander Curet 94
8 Jeffrey Burgos 93
9 Wilfredo Rodriguez 94
10 Carlos Morales 94
11 David Rosado 94
12 Ramon Calderon 95
13 Jerome Caraballo 95
14 Abdiel Badillo 193-F-94
15 Luis Lopez



Puerto Rican National Team makes final cut for Centrobasket: - by Luis Modestti

Puerto Rico announced their twelve players that will participate in the 2012 Centrobasket Tournament that begins on Monday.

The Puerto Ricans had a 2-1 record over the weekend, winning over USVI 85-70, then lost to the Dominican Republic 77-75 and crushed Costa Rica 99-64.

Puerto Rican National Team for 2012 Centrobasket Tournament:

Guards: Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern), Filiberto Rivera, Andres Rodriguez, David Huertas, Mike Rosario.

Forwards: Alex Galindo, Edwin Ubiles, Ricky Sanchez, Alex Franklin.

Centers: Peter John Ramos, Daniel Santiago and Angel Garcia.

Kevin Young will stay practicing with the team and will be available to replace anyone in case of injury prior to the start of the tournament.

Puerto Rico plays against Panama on Monday and then faces Bahamas, Nicaragua and Cuba.



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Nizhny Novgorod tab Dragan Labovic - by Eurobasket News

Nizhny Novgorod tab Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) for the next season. After being on radar of some Turkish and Spanish teams, Dragan Labovic is moving from Krasnye Krilya to rival club of Nizhniy Novgorod. Agreement has been made on duration of two years.
In 20120 Dragan Labovic signed a one year contract with the club. Earlier Dragan began with FMP Zeleznik, but financial problems forced him to leave Serbia and join Aris in January. But new club coach David Blatt wasn't satisfied with Labovic performance, so Dragan was cut off from the roster. In March he landed in Germany and became Bundesliga Finalist with Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt, averaging 8.6ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 77.6%. His path with national team was impressive. He became a European Champion U16 in Spain -03 (18,0 ppg, 5,6 rpg, 1,4 spg), won European Championships U18 in Belgrade -05 (14.1ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg), earned a gold medal at European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica -07 (16.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3bpg) and was selected into the main team at European Championships in Spain -07 (1.3ppg, 1.3rpg). During his club career his awards also were Adriatic League Finalist -07 and Serbia and Montenegro Cup Winner -05.
In 2011-2012 for Krasnie Krilya Samara (Russia-PBL) he averaged 6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 83.8% in VTB League and in Russian League his stats read 12.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 81.8%.



Unics miss out on Ricky Hickman - by Anton Zirkov

Unics Kazan has missed out the chance to sign American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro).
Kazan has been in talks with Hickman for the last two weeks,and were confident of landing the Pesaro guard,but last night he decided to sign with European powerhouse - Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
Unics,who are on the market for a guard has been monitoring Hickman for the last couple of months and Despite offering a much more attractive offer than Maccabi,the Greensboro NC Alumnus has decided to sign in Maccabi.




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  SENEGAL   


Senegalese Boniface Ndong clinch the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Senegalese Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) clinch the title abroad as his Regal FC Barcelona triumphs in 2011/2012 Liga Endesa as they edged their rivals Real in the decisive game. Barcelona won the fifth game of the series 73:69 and clinched the title.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Real Madrid won fourth quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Regal FC Barcelona made 7 blocks.
Pete Mickeal stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Fran Vazquez chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Erazem Lorbek posted 10, while Joe Ingles notched 8. Jaycee Carroll responded with 16 points and international power forward Felipe Reyes scored 6 points and 10 rebounds. Sergio Llull and Kyle Singler delivered 12 points each in defeat.
In 2011-2012 Regal FC Barcelona (Spain-ACB) Boniface Ndong averaged 5.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 46.5%, FT: 72.7% in EuroLeague. In Spanish League he showed 9.2 points per game.



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  SLOVENIA   


Erazem Lorbek clinch the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) clinch the title abroad as his Regal FC Barcelona triumphs in 2011/2012 Liga Endesa as they edged their rivals Real in the decisive game. Barcelona won the fifth game of the series 73:69 and clinched the title.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Real Madrid won fourth quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Regal FC Barcelona made 7 blocks.
Pete Mickeal stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Fran Vazquez chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Erazem Lorbek posted 10, while Joe Ingles notched 8. Jaycee Carroll responded with 16 points and international power forward Felipe Reyes scored 6 points and 10 rebounds. Sergio Llull and Kyle Singler delivered 12 points each in defeat.
In 2011-2012 for Regal FC Barcelona (Spain-ACB) he averaged 13.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 76.1% in EuroLeague. In Spanish League he showed 11.8 points per game.



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  SPAIN   


Pablo Laso extended with Real Madrid until 2014 - by Giorgos Diploidis

Pablo Laso and Real Madrid continue together because they decided to extend their co-operationfor two more years . Mr Laso won only the Spanish cup with te team of Madrid and yesterday lost the championship although they were too close to the title however the board of Real seem to got satisfied with the work of Mr Laso.

In the middle of the period Madrid lost two important players, Rudy Fernandez (198-G/F-85) and Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) and these were some of the reasons why they lost a great deal of their power. How
ever they believe that Rudy will be with them for the whole next season.



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  SYRIA   


Pance Milevski & Tane Spasev again with Syrian Basketball Federation - by Tarek Burhan

The Macedonian coaches Pance Milevski & Tane Spasev sev renewed them contracts with Syrian Basketball Federation recently ..
Pance Milevski will be the head coach for Syrian National team U18 in Asia Champion in Mangolia ..

also coach Tane spasev will complete his work as Coordinator and Coach in youth program ..
the both coaches will work in the summer Camps U20 and U16

good luck for coach Pance and coach Tane ...



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


U.S. Virgin Islands U18 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

4 Keita Jones 170-PG-96
5 Angel Rivera-Cuencas 170-PG High School USA
6 Kyle Hodge 193-F
7 Kareem Harris 191-G-94
8 Shomari Francis 191-SF-94
9 Rasheed Swanston 196-F-95
10 Alvah Phillip 193-G-96
11 Khalid Hart 198-SF-95 High School USA
12 Amadius Der-Weer 198-C-94
13 Justin Gray 198-F
14 Jose Santos 198-C-94 Cupes Dominican Republic
15 Alex Brazil 198-C

Jareem Dowling Head Coach S.Mississippi USA
Pedrito Estrill Assistant
Jerome Tang Assistant Baylor USA



Brazil prevail against Virgin Islands - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U18 - US Virgin Islands 84:65

Brazil U18 National Team posted the second win at the FIba Americas Championship. The hosts fired past Virgin Islands for 2-0 record on top of Group A. Lucas Dias (205-C-96) came up with 21 points to lead the winners.
Brazil secured a confident start. They established a 23:17 lead at the first intermission. Brazil stretched the lead in the second quarter. They piled up a 14-point lead at the interval. Brazil kept their opponents at bay throughout the third quarter. They entered the final frame up by 15 points and rallied to the victory at the end. Danilo Fuzaro (189-F-94) and Deryk Ramos (185-G-94) finished with 16 points each in the win. Khalid Hart (198-SF-95) notched 29 points for Virgin Islands. Justin Gray (198-F) accounted for 11 points in the losing effort.

Brazil U18: Lucas Dias 21, Danilo Fuzaro 16, Deryk Ramos 16
US Virgin Islands U18: Khalid Hart 29, Justin Gray 11



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  UBA   


Chris Miller-Williams signs with KFI (Iceland) - by David Walls


David Walls Reports:
June 17, 2012

Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: W.Georgia) is returning to KFI Reykjavik next season. The star forward signed a new deal with the team. He will help KFI Reykjavik to show good results after promotion to Express League. Chris Miller-Williams joined KFI Reykjavik at the start of the last season. Miller-Williams averaged an impressive 22.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game in Iceland D1. Eurobasket.com named him All-Icelandic D1 Forward of the Year.

In April Chris Miller-Williams returned to UBA. He joined GIE Morrow Disciples. After an impressive showing the Disciples won their 3rd UBA championship. Miller-Williams was named Usbasket.com All-UBA International Player of the Year for this awesome season with KFI Reykjavik.



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  UKRAINE   


BC Donetsk keep Dmytro Gliebov - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk extended the contract with Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88, agency: Beo Basket). The captain signed a two-year season deal. Dmytro Gliebov joined BC Donetsk back in 2010. Last season the forward averaged 6.7 points, 3.6 boards, 1.2 assists per game in Superleague. In EuroCup Dmytro Gliebov notched 5.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per appearance. He became the Superleague champion with BC Donetsk. Gliebov was UBL champion with Kryvbasbasket back in 2009. Previously The forward played for Kryvbasbasket and Politekhnik Kharkiv. He was the member of Ukrainian U20 and University National Teams. Dmytro Gliebov has been the member of Ukrainian National Team since 2009.


Andriy Agafonov will join BC Odessa - by Eurobasket News

Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) is leaving Budivelnyk. The forward has reportedly reached an agreement on terms of contract with BC Odessa. Andriy Agafonov joined Budivelnyk back in 2010. Last season the forward averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in VTB League. In Superleague his stats read 7.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. He became Ukrainian Cup winner with Budivelnyk in 2012. Previously the forward played for Khimik Yuzny. Andriy Agafonov has been the member of Ukrainian National Team since 2008. He also played for U20 National Team. Eurobasket.com named Andriy Agafonov into Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Team in 2008, 2010 and 2012.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   

BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Bolds, MK Lions24.3 
 2. Bell, Plymouth R.20.3 
 3. Chapman, Newcastl.20.2 
 4. Brown, Cheshire.19.7 
 5. Freeman, Worceste.19.4 
 6. Rundles, Leiceste.19.3 
 7. Smith, Newcastl.18.8 
 8. Gordon, Worceste.18.5 
 9. Langhurst, Sheffie.18.2 
 10. Green, Glasgow17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  MK Lions
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Northern, MK Lions12.1 
 2. Williams, Plymouth11.2 
 3. Tuck, Sheffield S.11.0 
 4. Schneck, Cheshire.10.7 
 5. Dobbins, Sheffield10.2 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.9.5 
 7. Cricelli, Mersey T.9.0 
 8. Thomson, Newcastl.9.0 
 9. Cole, Cheshire Jets8.9 
 10. Hardy, Leicester8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ayron HARDY
  Leicester R.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Hardy, Leicester R.5.1 
 2. Brown, Cheshire.5.0 
 3. Bolds, MK Lions4.7 
 4. Prezzie-Blue, Worc.4.7 
 5. Green, Glasgow4.4 
 6. Patton, Sheffiel.4.4 
 7. Bailey, Mersey Tig.4.3 
 8. Rundles, Leiceste.4.3 
 9. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.1 
 10. Bucci, Durham W.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.9 
 2. Hardy, Leicester R.2.5 
 3. Brown, Cheshire.2.1 
 4. Gause, Newcastl.1.8 
 5. Smith, Newcastl.1.8 
 6. Capocci, Durham W.1.7 
 7. Cricelli, Mersey T.1.5 
 8. Bell, Plymouth R.1.5 
 9. Lasker, Guildfor.1.4 
 10. Elderkin, Durham1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill COLE
  Cheshire Jets
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cole, Cheshire Jets2.3 
 2. Northern, MK Lions1.9 
 3. Dobbins, Sheffield1.4 
 4. Gordon, Worceste.1.2 
 5. Royster, Leiceste.1.1 
 6. Williams, Plymouth1.1 
 7. Hardy, Leicester R.1.0 
 8. Smith, Newcastl.0.7 
 9. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.7 
 10. Williams, Cheshir.0.7 


EBL Div.1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Leopards
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Teel, Leopards23.8 
 2. Kakad, Derby T.23.5 
 3. Krubally, Leopards20.8 
 4. Rivers, Worthing.20.2 
 5. Toluwase, Brixt.19.6 
 6. Tullis, Worthing T.18.2 
 7. Berry, Tees V.17.8 
 8. Fenyn, Medway Park16.9 
 9. Small, Worthing T.16.8 
 10. Sulcs, Bradford D.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousman KRUBALLY
  Leopards
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Krubally, Leopards13.8 
 2. Rivers, Worthing.13.1 
 3. Silcott, Bradford.10.3 
 4. Bolomo, Tees V.9.7 
 5. Whittington, Derby9.7 
 6. Demba-Kasse, Brixt.9.5 
 7. Teel, Leopards9.1 
 8. Bowne, Bristol AF9.1 
 9. Fenyn, Medway Park8.4 
 10. Adorian, Brixton7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Leopards
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Teel, Leopards8.9 
 2. Vear, Medway Park7.4 
 3. Edmunds, Bradford.5.6 
 4. Popoola, Westmins.5.1 
 5. Lascelles, Derby T.4.6 
 6. Ciesla, Bradford D.4.4 
 7. Streete, Bristol AF4.3 
 8. Tullis, Worthing T.3.5 
 9. Small, Worthing T.3.5 
 10. Silcott, Bradford.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Leopards
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Teel, Leopards3.1 
 2. Small, Worthing T.2.8 
 3. Sulcs, Bradford D.2.7 
 4. Toluwase, Brixt.2.1 
 5. Silcott, Bradford.2.0 
 6. Popoola, Westmins.2.0 
 7. Edmunds, Bradford.2.0 
 8. Treasure, Brist.1.9 
 9. Krubally, Leopards1.6 
 10. Gayle, Derby T.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. Teel, Leopards1.0 
 5. Bowne, Bristol AF1.0 
 6. Bulambwe, Westmi.0.9 
 7. Amato, Worthing T.0.9 
 8. Bolomo, Tees V.0.9 
 9. Matzeder, Readi.0.7 
 10. McGrew, Bradford.0.7 



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  URUGUAY   


Batista resigned to join the NT - by Hector Lopez

Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83, agency: Duran International) resigned to join the Uruguayan NT to play the South American Championship, saying he need to rest after a long season with 17 games in the last 28 days. The 12 members for the team named by the HC Pablo Lopez are:
Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group)
Martin Aguilera (197-F-87)
Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85)
Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86)
Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles)
Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91)
Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M)
Jayson Granger (186-G-89)
Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C/F-85)
Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne)
Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85)



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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuela topple Argentina in Charata - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Venezuela 67:77

Venezuela clinched the Super 4 Cup tournament title in Charata. They fired past Argentina in the final game of preparations prior to the start of the South American Championship. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) came up with 18 points to lead the winners.
Venezuela jumped to an early lead. They grabbed a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. Venezuela arrived at halftime up by five points 36:31. Argentina tried to stay within striking distance throughout the third quarter. Venezuela led by just four points at the final break 53:49. Argentina got in front 64:63 in the fourth frame but Venezuela struck right back. They went on an 11:0 run to leave Argentina far behind. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) posted 17 points for the winners. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) answered with 15 points for Argentina. Nicolas Laprovittola (188-PG-90) produced 12 points in the loss.

Argentina: Leonardo Gutierrez 15, Nicolas Laprovittola 12
Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez 18, Hector Romero 17, Jhornan Zamora (193-G/F-89) 12



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  WBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Jun. 16: Atlanta Blaze - Conyers CK 141-131
Jun. 15: Rome G. - Gwinnett Majic
Jun. 16: Gwinnett Majic - Upsate Heat
Jun. 16: Gastonia G. - Rome G.




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Women News


South Korea claim first win in Ankara - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Argentina 67:59

South Korea celebrated the first win at the international tournament in Ankara. The Asian powerhouse fired past Argentina to finish the tourney at 1-2 record. Kim Jung-Eun (180-F-87) stepped up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.
South Korea jumped to an early lead. They built a 23:19 advantage after ten minutes. South Korea maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 32:26 halftime advantage. Argentina trimmed the deficit in the third quarter. The Latin American team narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at the final intermission. However South Korea dropped 23 points in the final quarter to seal the victory at the end. Han Chae-Jin (174-F-84) accounted for 18 points, while Kim Ji-Yoon (170-G-76) chipped in 14 points for the winning side. Carolina Sanchez (182-F/C-76) responded with 18 points for Argentina. Andrea Boquete Manna (183-F/C-90) and Melisa Gretter (170-PG-93) had 10 points each in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Jung-Eun 21, Han Chae-Jin 18, Kim Ji-Yoon 14
Argentina: Carolina Sanchez 18, Andrea Boquete Manna 10, Melisa Gretter 10



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia bounce back in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

Australia- Russia 74:72

Australia bounce back in Game 2 of the friendly clash against Russia. After the narrow loss in Game 1, the Opals won the second game 74:72.
Russia started better and grabbed 21:16 after the first 10 minutes. The European team remained in front after the half although they lost the second frame 17-18. Moreover Australia added 21-18 in the third frame to reduce to one point. Australia needed a 19-16 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Jenna O'Hea top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Belinda Snell (181-F-81) netted 11. Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) followed them with 9 points in the winning effort. Eugeniya Belyakova (183-G-86) ended up with 13 points in the losing case and Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) had 9. Ekaterina Lisina (202-C-87) and Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) finished the game with 8 points each.

Australia: Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) 14, Belinda Snell 11, Elizabeth Cambage 9
Russia: Eugeniya Belyakova 13, Liudmila Sapova 9, Ekaterina Lisina 8, Anna Petrakova 8



SBL: Round 14 wrap - by Eurobasket News

Round fourteen of womens State Basketball League saw several teams fall just short after fourth quarter comebacks, led by the Cockburn Cougars who almost managed an upset, going down 75-67 to the Perth Redbacks.

An incredible game from Cougars forward Stephanie Jones, who finished with 33 points and nine rebounds, was not enough to get her side over the line.

The Cougars made a desperate attempt at a comeback with a solid 29 point last quarter but it was too late to close the deficit.

Kalamunda Eastern Suns have secured their fourth consecutive win taking down the Perry Lakes Hawks 74-66, securing the Eastern Suns a spot in the top four.

Another push in the last quarter saw the Hawks double the Eastern Suns score but it was too late to reverse the outcome.

Willetton continue to struggle without captain Melissa Marsh and guard Courtney Hargreaves, going down to Stirling in a shock 66-50 results.

The Senator were led by Lauren Jeffers (157-G-88) (16 points), Amanda Frontino (14 points) and Samantha Roscoe with 13 points and ten rebounds.

South West Slammers continue their solid form heading into the last quarter of the season, defeating the East Perth Eagles 65-53.

The Slammers got solid contributions from Kim Sitzmann (18 points, 11 rebounds), Valeria Ogoke (14 points, eight rebounds), Bianca Donovan (13 points) and Kara Hargreaves with 11 points.

The East Perth Eagles started their weekend off in good form however, taking down the Wanneroo Wolves 61-58 on Friday night to continue the Wolves woes.

The Eagles split weekend was enough to see them move into a top eight position, the Wolves however continue their slide, now in fourth position.

Veteran Wolves guard Suzanne Williams (75) (18 points) and young star Shani Amos (16 points) were standouts for Wanneroo.

The Eagles had a solid team effort with Kate Fielding (13 points), Kelsey Maffin (15 points), Bindi Foote (11 points, ten rebounds) and Samantha Norwood with 11 points and 11 rebounds all playing a part in the victory.

The Cougars took down the Mandurah Magic 70-66 on Friday night for the Magic's seventh consecutive loss this season.

The Magic controlled the game for the first three quarters but a powerful 20 point final quarter from the Cougars got them over the line.
Courtesy of: basketball.net.au



Kate Ebzery stay with Sydney Uni Flames - by Eurobasket News

Kate Ebzery (177-G-90) stay with Sydney Uni Flames for the next season. The Australian Guard was the fourth player to renew with the team.
In 2005-2006 she appeared for Australian Institute of Sport (WNBL, starting five) and averaged 6.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 31.9%, 3FGP: 7.69%, FT: 73.7. In 2007-2008 for Australian Institute of Sport (WNBL, starting five) her stats read 7.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 39.9%, 3PT: 31.7%,FT-2 (90.5%).
In 2008-2009 she moved to Dandenong Rangers (WNBL) and averaged 7.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 34.1%, 3PT: 23.7%, FT: 83.9%. In 2010-2011 Kate moved to Sydney Uni Flames (WNBL) and showed 15.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 86.6%. In 2011-2012 for Sydney Uni Flames (WNBL) her stats read 10.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 86.0%. Last year she was also named Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Honorable Mention -11 and Australian University National Team -11. The season 2012 started for Newcastle Hunters (ABA, starting five), then moved to Nunawading Spectres (ABA).



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  BULGARIA   


Haskovo 2012 is the new team in Bulgarian National League - by Valentin Anguelov

New team will be part of womens National Basketball League for next 2012/13 season. This is a newly formed Haskovo 2012, not only with ambitions to start in the first division in Bulgaria but to play major part of it. Three people are in the middle of all those happenings - major of the City of Haskovo - Georgi Ivanov, the chairman of the club Dr. Georgi Gelov and executive director - former basketball player Stanislav Stankov.

"The club started its involvement with a female team in the best Bulgarian league - NBL. Ambitions are big, the plans are in the first year to fight for medals," said General Manager Georgi Gelov. "We are currently negotiating with a young and ambitious coach, whose name is kept secret and one of the priorities of the club will be the development of the basketball in Haskovo. Major role in building the team has the municipality, but talks are already in the project that will include a number of local sponsors who have agreed to support.

"We are currently negotiating with some classy players and also have priority to have youth teams and develop basketball in school. I think the presence of at least two class players is needed and they are likely to be foreigners," said Executive Director Stanislav Stankov.



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  CHINA   


China fire past Australia in Changzhou - by Eurobasket News

China - Australia 67:66

Chinese National Team registered a narrow win over Australia in the second round of Four-Nations tournament in Changzhou. It was the sixth straight win for China at the tourney. China entered the game without their key performers Miao Lijie, Nan Chen and Ma Zengyu. However China managed to prove the difference. It was a close battle from start to finish. Australia managed to pull ahead late in regulation. The Emerging Opals enjoyed a 66:61 lead late in the game. But Ji YanYan (182-G/F-85) scored straight five points to draw things level. Wei Wei then connected for a free throw to seal the victory for China. Ji YanYan scored 15 points to lead the winners. Zhang Yu (184-F-86) added 11 points, while Guan Xin (196-C-87) finished with 9 points for the hosts.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Women)

Standings
Group A
1. Belarus2-0
2. Israel1-0
3. Ukraine1-1
4. Hungary0-1
5. Portugal0-2
Group B
1. Montenegro.2-0
2. Poland1-0
3. Switzerlan.1-1
4. Serbia0-1
5. Estonia0-2
Group C
1. Slovenia2-0
2. Slovakia1-0
3. Lithuania1-1
4. Holland0-1
5. Belgium0-2
Group D
1. Germany1-0
2. Romania1-1
3. Sweden1-1
4. Spain1-1
5. Bulgaria0-1
Group E
1. Latvia2-0
2. Greece1-0
3. Finland1-1
4. Italy0-1
5. Luxembourg.0-2

Qualifying Round: Round 2

A

Jun. 16: ISR - UKR 73-58
Jun. 16: POR - BLR 53-82

B

Jun. 16: POL - EST 77-52
Jun. 16: SUI - MNT 67-82

C

Jun. 16: SLO - LTU 79-68
Jun. 16: SVK - BEL 64-49

D

Jun. 16: SWE - ESP 78-69
Jun. 16: GER - ROM 70-60

E

Jun. 16: GRE - FIN 72-49
Jun. 16: LUX - LAT 60-95

Qualifying Round: Round 3

A

Jun. 20: HUN - POL
Jun. 20: BLR - ISR

B

Jun. 20: MNT - POL
Jun. 20: SRB - SUI

C

Jun. 20: SLO - NED
Jun. 20: LTU - SVK

D

Jun. 20: BUL - SWE
Jun. 20: ESP - GER

E

Jun. 20: LAT - GRE
Jun. 20: ITA - LUX



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  GREECE   


Greek women starts big in 2013 Eurobasket qualifying round - by Diamadis Farmakis

The Greek women National team, started today it's games for the 2013 Eurobasket qualifying round. For the Group E, Alekos Daglas's team, won easily Finland 72-49 in Athens and started in the right way it's effort to qualify in a Eurobasket for fourth time in a row.This was the first game for the Greek NT, with the new coach, Daglas, after the departure of Kostas Missas..

Best player for the Greek team was, Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas), who scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and gave 3 assists.

Olga Chatzinikolaou, Afrodite Kosma and Katerina Sotiriou, also stayed in double scoring figures, with 10 points.

Greece now has 2 points in the Group E (with one game played), while Latvia and Finland have 4 and 3 points each, after two games played.



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  MONTENEGRO   


IWRBL 2012-13 start on September 26 , 2012 - by Dragan Scepanovic

Season 2012/13 International Women's Regional Basketball League games will start first 26th round September (Wednesday). Last, 22 round of the program on 23 February next year, a game in early March and the Final Four.The current champion, the team Partizan Galenika, the competition will begin a trip Zagreb, and the Buducnost awaits Korac in Podgorica.
1. Round (26.09) / 12. Round (08.12) Vrsac-M. Krajisnik, Vozdovac-Peac, Vojvodina-Celje, Zagreb-Partizan, Buducnost-R. Korac, Celik-Ilirija.
2. Round (29.09) / 13. Round (15.12) R. Korac-Vojvodina, Partizan-Vozdovac, Celik-Vrsac, M. Krajisnik-Zagreb, Ilirija-Celje, Peac-Buducnost.
3. Round (06.10) / 14. Round (22.12) Vrsac-Ilirija, Vozdovac-M. Krajisnik, Vojvodina-Peac, Buducnost-Partizan, Celje-R. Korac, Celik-Zagreb.
4. Round (13.10) / 15. Round (09.01) Partizan-Vojvodina, Celik-Vozdovac, Vrsac-Zagreb, Ilirija-R. Korac, M. Krajisnik-Buducnost, Peac-Celje.
5. Round (20.10) / 16. Round (12.01) Vozdovac-Vrsac, Vojvodina-M. Krajisnik, Celje-Partizan, R. Korac-Peac, Zagreb-Ilirija, Buducnost-Celik.
6. Round (27.10) / 17. Round (18.01) Partizan-R. Korac, Celik-Vojvodina, Vrsac-Buducnost, Zagreb-Vozdovac, M. Krajisnik-Celje, Ilirija-Peac.
7. Round (03.11) / 18. Round (26.01) Vozdovac-Ilirija, Vojvodina-Vrsac, R. Korac-M. Krajinik, Peac-Partizan, Buducnost-Zagreb, Celje-Celik.
8. Round (10.11) / 19. Round (02.02) Ilirija-Partizan, Celik-R. Korac, Vrsac-Celje, Zagreb-Vojvodina, Vozdovac-Buducnost, M. Krajisnik-Peac.
9. Round (17.11) / 20. Round (09.02) Vojvodina-Vozdovac, R. Korac-Vrsac, Partizan-M. Krajisnik, Buducnost-Ilirija, Celje-Zagreb, Peac-Celik.
10. Round (24.11) / 21. Round (16.02) Celik-Partizan, Vrsac-Peac, Zagreb-R. Korac, Vzdovac-Celje, Buducnost-Vojvodina, Ilirija-M. Krajisnik.
11. Round (01.12) / 22. Round (23.02) Vojvodina-Ilirija, R. Korac-Vozdovac, Partizan-Vrsac, M. Krajisnik-Celik, Celje-BuduCnost, Peac-Zagreb.



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  RUSSIA   


Australia bounce back in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

Australia- Russia 74:72

Australia bounce back in Game 2 of the friendly clash against Russia. After the narrow loss in Game 1, the Opals won the second game 74:72.
Russia started better and grabbed 21:16 after the first 10 minutes. The European team remained in front after the half although they lost the second frame 17-18. Moreover Australia added 21-18 in the third frame to reduce to one point. Australia needed a 19-16 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Jenna O'Hea top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Belinda Snell (181-F-81) netted 11. Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) followed them with 9 points in the winning effort. Eugeniya Belyakova (183-G-86) ended up with 13 points in the losing case and Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) had 9. Ekaterina Lisina (202-C-87) and Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) finished the game with 8 points each.

Australia: Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) 14, Belinda Snell 11, Elizabeth Cambage 9
Russia: Eugeniya Belyakova 13, Liudmila Sapova 9, Ekaterina Lisina 8, Anna Petrakova 8



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Ivanka Matic signed with CSM Targoviste (RO) - by Tamara Ruzic

Targoviste made the first market move in the pre-season. They signed a deal with Serbian experienced center Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management). She played for Galatasaray last season. The center was starting five in Euroleague with 18 games: 6.6ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 85.0%
Matic played for most prestige teams in Europe such as Spartak Moscow, Tarbes, USO Mondeville, Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca, USK Praha, Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul.
Matic achieved: Euroleague Champion -07, Czech Rep. D1 Champion -09, Euroleague Final Eight -12, Turkish President Cup Winner -12, Russian Cup Semifinals -07 Russian Superleague Champion -07.
At this moment, Matic is helping Serbian National Team to qualify for 2013 EuroBasket.



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South Korea claim first win in Ankara - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Argentina 67:59

South Korea celebrated the first win at the international tournament in Ankara. The Asian powerhouse fired past Argentina to finish the tourney at 1-2 record. Kim Jung-Eun (180-F-87) stepped up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.
South Korea jumped to an early lead. They built a 23:19 advantage after ten minutes. South Korea maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 32:26 halftime advantage. Argentina trimmed the deficit in the third quarter. The Latin American team narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at the final intermission. However South Korea dropped 23 points in the final quarter to seal the victory at the end. Han Chae-Jin (174-F-84) accounted for 18 points, while Kim Ji-Yoon (170-G-76) chipped in 14 points for the winning side. Carolina Sanchez (182-F/C-76) responded with 18 points for Argentina. Andrea Boquete Manna (183-F/C-90) and Melisa Gretter (170-PG-93) had 10 points each in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Jung-Eun 21, Han Chae-Jin 18, Kim Ji-Yoon 14
Argentina: Carolina Sanchez 18, Andrea Boquete Manna 10, Melisa Gretter 10



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  TURKEY   


Turkey clinch Ankara tournament title - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Great Britain 73:54

Turkey clinched the Ankara international tournament title. They fired past Great Britain to claim the third win in a row. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) delivered 18 points and 13 rebounds to pace the hosts.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Turkey pulled ahead in the second quarter. They ensured a 30:28 halftime lead. The hosts stretched the lead in the third quarter. Turkey piled up a 10-point buffer before the fourth frame 50:40. Great Britain never recovered in the final frame as Turkey cruised to the victory. Isil Alben (170-G-86) posted 11 points, while Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) and Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) provided 10 points each for Turkey. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) stepped up for Great Britain once again scoring 14 points. Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Turkey: Quanitra Hollingsworth 18+13 boards, Isil Alben 11, Nevriye Yilmaz 10, Bahar Caglar 10
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 14, Temitope Fagbenle 10



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Turkey clinch Ankara tournament title - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Great Britain 73:54

Turkey clinched the Ankara international tournament title. They fired past Great Britain to claim the third win in a row. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) delivered 18 points and 13 rebounds to pace the hosts.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Turkey pulled ahead in the second quarter. They ensured a 30:28 halftime lead. The hosts stretched the lead in the third quarter. Turkey piled up a 10-point buffer before the fourth frame 50:40. Great Britain never recovered in the final frame as Turkey cruised to the victory. Isil Alben (170-G-86) posted 11 points, while Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) and Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) provided 10 points each for Turkey. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) stepped up for Great Britain once again scoring 14 points. Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Turkey: Quanitra Hollingsworth 18+13 boards, Isil Alben 11, Nevriye Yilmaz 10, Bahar Caglar 10
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 14, Temitope Fagbenle 10



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connecticut S. 8-2 
 2. Chicago S. 7-2 
 3. Indiana F. 5-3 
 4. Atlanta D. 4-6 
 5. New York L. 3-7 
 6. Washington M. 2-5 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 10-1 
 2. L.Angeles S. 6-4 
 3. S.Antonio SS 4-4 
 4. Seattle S. 4-6 
 5. Phoenix M. 2-7 
 6. Tulsa S. 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jun. 16: S.Antonio SS - L.Angeles S. 98-85 OT
Jun. 17: Tulsa S. - Phoenix M. 87-75
Jun. 16: Indiana F. - Chicago S. 84-70
Jun. 17: Atlanta D. - Connecticut S. 73-75
Jun. 17: Seattle S. - Minnesota L. 65-62

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 18: L.Angeles S. - Washington M.
Jun. 19: Connecticut S. - Indiana F.
Jun. 19: Atlanta D. - New York L.
Jun. 20: Phoenix M. - Washington M.
Jun. 20: L.Angeles S. - Tulsa S.


Sunday results and stats - by Eurobasket News

Seattle S. - Minnesota L. 65-62
SEATTLE -- Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) scored 21 points and Tanisha Wright added 12 points and eight assists as the Seattle Storm beat Minnesota 65-62 on Sunday night, June 17, handing the defending champion Lynx their first loss of the season. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) added 10 points for the Storm (3-7), including two game-clinching free throws with one second remaining. Thompson also grabbed two key rebounds in the final five seconds, including an offensive board with 1.9 to go after Bird missed two free throws. "I just tapped it a little bit trying to get it to myself," Thompson said about her offensive rebound. "It's one of those things. Although I was trying to get it, a little luck of it bouncing my way helped, too." Bird, who entered the game shooting 93 percent (13 of 14) from the line, certainly appreciated Thompson's rebound. "I said thank you immediately," Bird said. "That was huge. That sealed the game for us. When she got the rebound, I definitely exhaled." Maya Moore scored 14 points and Seimone Augustus added 12 for the Lynx (10-1), who had set the record for the longest unbeaten start in WNBA history. The Lynx rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second quarter to pull to 63-62 on Moore's two free throws with 1:05 to go. However, neither team scored until Thompson's last second free throws. Augustus missed a 16-foot baseline shot with 4.4 seconds left and Moore's three-point attempt from 28 feet brushed the net as time expired. "I felt like it was on target, just a little short," Moore said. "With one second, having to inbound it and catch and shoot, I thought it was a great look. "But it shouldn't have come down to that. We felt like there were so many missed opportunities ... giving up an offensive rebound on a free throw. I mean there were so many things in the entire game that could've changed things." Seattle coach Brian Agler said Thompson's clutch plays down the stretch demonstrated her all-around game. "Obviously, she's the all-time leading scorer in the league," Agler said. "But she's one of the great competitors in the league. You saw two of the rebounds she came down with in the guts of the game. The one on the free throw was huge. She just outworked people." Thompson, the only player to have appeared in every WNBA season since the league's inception in 1997, also had a rebound after Augustus' miss with 4.4 seconds left. Bird finished 5 for 7 on three-pointers. She scored 13 points and Wright had 10 to help Seattle to a 43-29 halftime lead. Thompson hit a 21-footer to give the Storm a 17-point lead midway through the second quarter to cap a 13-3 run. The Storm shot 57 percent (17 of 30) from the field in the first half, while the Lynx were at 36 percent (11 of 31). Augustus scored 10 points in the second half after hitting only 1 of 7 shots from the field in the opening half. "I thought Seattle played really hard and was far more determined than we were to win the game," said Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, who received a technical foul in the second quarter. "We didn't show up until the second half and that was a bit disappointing." Seattle's other two wins this season were against Tulsa, which got its first win earlier Sunday. Minnesota beat the Storm 84-71 on May 27 and 79-55 on June 6. Courtesy of: www.twincities.com

S.Antonio SS - L.Angeles S. 98-85 OT
SAN ANTONIO - Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) and Becky Hammon scored 24 points each to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 98-85 win in overtime against the Sparks on Saturday night. Young and Hammon combined for 11 points in the extra period as the Silver Stars (4-4) outscored the Sparks 15-2. Young had eight rebounds, two assists and three steals and helped limit the Sparks' Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) to 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting. Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) had 23 points to lead the Sparks (7-3), who shot just 1 for 9 in overtime and lost for the second straight night. Kristi Tolliver scored 16 points and Jantel Lavender added 10. The Sparks closed regulation on a 15-7 run to tie the score at 83 and force overtime. Hammon missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds. The Sparks were playing their third game in four nights, and the physical toll of that schedule seemed apparent in the extra period overtime. "I think that and a couple of other factors probably took a little wind out of our sails," Sparks coach Carol Ross said. After calling only 15 fouls through three quarters despite a physical contest, the officials whistled for 16 in the final period - visibly frustrating the Sparks, who were assessed 15 more fouls than the Silver Stars. The Sparks had three players foul out - Kristi Toliver near the midpoint of the fourth quarter and Beard and Parker in the final minute of overtime. Toliver's final foul drew protests from the Sparks' bench, which claimed she only had five. The fouls included a charge on Parker with 14 seconds remaining in the fourth after she passed to Lavender alone under the basket with the Sparks trailing 83-82. Despite the foul trouble, the Sparks rallied in the fourth quarter after trailing by 11points in the first half. Courtesy of: dailynews.com

Atlanta D. - Connecticut S. 73-75
More Sharing Services But a season-high 25 turnovers, including eight by Charles, resulted in 31 points for Atlanta and kept. Connecticut struggling offensively until the game's final seconds. 'I told my players we're going to get arrested on the way to the airport for stealing,' Sun coach Mike Thibault said. 'For a long stretch today, we didn't play very well. We're leading the league in fewest turnovers, and we had more in one game than in our first three games combined.' Atlanta failed to make a field goal after Aneika Henry scored underneath to give the Dream a 71-69 lead with 4:34 remaining. Lindsey Harding, who was just 4 of 12 from the field, hit a pair of free throws to make it 73-69 for Atlanta's final points with 2:11 to go. 'We need to stay on the attack and keep the high energy we have,' Price said. 'Everyone on the bench stepped up.' Asjha Jones hit a layup and a short hook shot on two straight possessions to tie the score 73-73 with 1:23 left and put more pressure on Atlanta. 'When we get on the offensive end, we just have to knock shots down,' Dream coach Marynell Meadors said. 'We did our free throws really well today, but we missed way too many layups.' Tiffany Hayes started in McCoughtry's place and scored 11 points. Meadors believes McCoughtry, who scored 31 points in a blowout win Friday over Los Angeles, could return Tuesday when Atlanta hosts New York. 'If we had to play her today, we could have, but we just thought it would be best if we sat her,' Meadors said. 'She just needs rest. She will be fine in the next couple of days.' Charles' dominance on the boards was nothing usual for the league's second-leading rebounder. She had 13 in the second half. Connecticut had out-rebounded the Dream by the same number at the end of the game. 'I was going after the ball,' she said. 'We needed to get boards in order to get transitions. That was one big thing for us, so I was just doing what I had to do down there.' Courtesy of: www.registercitizen.com

Tulsa S. - Phoenix M. 87-75
After ten games, the Tulsa Shock has finally achieved their first win of the 2012 WNBA season - an 87-75 victory over the Phoenix Mercury. The Shock was propelled by a 25-point first quarter to take a seven-point lead into the second. A rough go in the second in which Tulsa scored but three buckets from the field gave the Mercury a 3-point halftime lead and put the Shock into familiar territory - trailing their opponent. However, Tulsa rebounded in the third quarter to tie the game at 56 all and turned in a winning performance in the fourth to claim their first win of the season. With 3:43 to play, Temeka Johnson nailed a 3-pointer with the assist to Riquna Williams to give the Shock a 10-point lead and ice the game. Of course, no Tulsa game is complete without a little nailbiting for Shock fans and this win was no different. A Samantha Prahalis jumper with 1:26 to play cut the lead to five as the clock couldn't run fast enough. The difference in this game was, unlike in many of their other near wins, Tulsa closed the contest with solid shooting from the stripe. The Shock were 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the last 95 seconds to hold onto their Father's Day fiesta. Tulsa's ever-stout defense led to 25 Mercury miscues, as seven members of the Phoenix squad had a multiple-turnover game. Johnson led the way for the Shock with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists. Williams added 19 points, four rebounds and three steals in the win, and Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) and Ivory Latta added 12 apiece for Tulsa. Phoenix got 24 points from DeWanna Bonner and 22 points from Charde Houston, but the team could not overcome those pesky turnovers coupled with another eye-popping stat - the Shock got to the line for 40 free throw attempts which resulted in 29 points. On the contrary, the Mercury were just 11-of-18 from the line. With the win, Tulsa moves to 1-9 and shockingly enough stays in the hunt for a spot in the Western Conference Playoffs as both the Mercury and the Seattle Storm have just two wins on the season thus far. The win breaks a 16-game losing streak that dates back to an 83-72 victory on Aug. 28, 2011. From the infirmary: - Chante Black did not play after suffering a jaw injury in practice Wed., June 13. The Tulsa Shock estimated that she would be out for one week. - Tulsa's Scholanda Robinson left the game with a knee contusion with 33.4 seconds to play in the first half and did not return. No word on her status as of yet. - Phoenix' Candice Dupree exited the game in the first quarter and did not return to action after banging knees with a Tulsa player. No further update has been provided. Courtesy of: www.swishappeal.com

Indiana F. - Chicago S. 84-70
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jessica Davenport (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.) (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.) scored 19 points to lead the Indiana Fever to an 84-70 victory over the Chicago Sky on Saturday night. Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) had 15 points, Briann January (5'8''-PG-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Arizona St.) added 14 and Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) 12 to help Indiana (5-3) snap a three-game losing streak. Catchings shot 3 for 12 from the field, but made 6 of 8 from the line to pass Lisa Leslie atop the WNBA's career free throws made list with 1,478. Davenport was perfect, shooting 9 for 9 from the field and making her only free-throw attempt. Sylvia Fowles scored 26 points to lead Chicago (7-2). Swin Cash added 15 points and Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-G-89, college: Gonzaga) had 12. Epiphanny Prince, the league's leading scorer at 24.3 points per game coming in, had seven points before leaving late in the second quarter with a right foot injury. She was on crutches after halftime. Courtesy of: buffalonews.com