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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



11th Belgrade basketball clinic - by Zoran Popovic

Belgrade basketball Clinic will be organized 11th consecutive time this year in gym Sumice from June 30 until July 1. Serbian basketball coaches association agreed participation of following speakers and coaches: Tim Floyd , Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket ), Francesco Cuzzolin, Aco Petrovic , Emilio Kovacic and Vladimir Stankovic. During the two days of Belgrade basketball clinic speakers will present interesting subjects about offensive and defensive rolls in basketball, importance of PR in basketball, transition in defense role, speed and quickness in basketball and other interesting subjects.

Schedule of Belgrade basketball clinic is published on official site of Serbian basketball coaches association www.ukts.rs



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  ARGENTINA   


South American Championship: Argentina prevail against Colombia in opener - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Colombia 87:68

Argentina celebrated the opening win at the South American Championship. The hosts outgunned Colombia in Group A. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) came up with 20 points for the hosts.
Argentina secured a three-point lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts boosted the lead in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 10 points 46:36. Argentina cleared off in the third term. They held Colombia to just 11 points in the quarter and rallied to a 22-point advantage at the final intermission. Colombia outscored Argentina in the fourth frame but could not escape the loss at the end. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) provided 12 points, while Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) netted 11 points in the victory. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) answered with 17 points for Colombia. Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) had 15 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Argentina: Facundo Campazzo 20, Leonardo Gutierrez 12, Matias Sandes 11
Colombia: Stalin Ortiz 17, Divier Perez 15



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

State League Standings
Big V
 1. Eltham W. 10-3 
 2. Ringwood H. 10-3 
 3. Corio Bay 9-5 
 4. Waverley F. 8-5 
 5. Hume City 7-6 
 6. Diamond V.E. 6-7 
 7. Bulleen B. 4-10 
 8. Sherbrooke S. 4-10 
 9. Melbourne 2-11 
Central ABL
 1. Sturt S. 8-2 
 2. N.Adelaide R. 7-2 
 3. W.Adelaide B. 7-3 
 4. Woodville W. 6-3 
 5. Forestville E. 6-4 
 6. Norwood F. 5-5 
 7. C.District L. 4-6 
 8. S.Adelaide P. 4-6 
 9. Southern T. 2-8 
 10. Eastern M. 0-10 
QBL
 1. Northside W. 5-1 
 2. Ipswich F. 5-2 
 3. Rockhampton 4-0 
 4. Mackay M. 4-1 
 5. SW Metro P. 4-2 
 6. Townsville H. 4-3 
 7. Cairns M. 3-4 
 8. Brisbane C. 3-5 
 9. Bundaberg B. 3-5 
 10. Gold Coast R. 2-3 
 11. Gladstone P. 2-4 
 12. Maroochydore 1-5 
 13. Toowoomba 1-6 
SBL
 1. Lakeside L. 16-2 
 2. Wanneroo W. 15-2 
 3. Cockburn C. 13-5 
 4. Mandurah M. 12-6 
 5. Perth R. 11-7 
 6. Willetton T. 10-8 
 7. East Perth E. 9-9 
 8. Goldfield G. 8-10 
 9. Perry Lakes H. 8-10 
 10. Stirling S. 7-11 
 11. Kalamunda E.S. 6-12 
 12. Geraldton B. 6-13 
 13. SW Slammers 3-15 
 14. Rockingham F. 2-16 
SEABL-East
 1. Dandenong 14-3 
 2. Geelong S. 14-3 
 3. Bendigo B. 11-5 
 4. Sandringham S. 11-8 
 5. Frankston B. 8-8 
 6. Brisbane S. 6-10 
 7. Canberra G. 1-16 
SEABL-South
 1. Knox R. 9-7 
 2. Albury W.B. 9-7 
 3. Nunawading S. 9-8 
 4. Hobart C. 9-9 
 5. Ballarat M. 7-9 
 6. Kilsyth C. 7-10 
 7. NW Tasmania 7-10 
 8. Mt Gambier 4-13 
WARATAH
 1. Norths Bears 10-2 
 2. Newcastle H. 9-2 
 3. Maitland M. 8-4 
 4. Cent.Coast C. 8-6 
 5. Sydney C. 6-5 
 6. Manly Warr. 6-6 
 7. Hills H. 6-6 
 8. Illawarra H. 6-7 
 9. Bankstown B. 4-7 
 10. Parramatta W. 3-8 
 11. Colonial Hotel 3-9 
 12. Sutherland S. 3-10 

Regular Season: Round 12

BIG V

Jun. 17: Corio Bay - Bulleen B. 98-69
Jun. 16: Bulleen B. - Diamond V.E. 86-85
Jun. 16: Ringwood H. - Melbourne 77-65
Jun. 17: Waverley F. - Sherbrooke S. 72-66
Jun. 16: Hume City - Eltham W. 63-74

Central ABL

Jun. 16: Forestville E. - Eastern M. 93-71
Jun. 16: C.District L. - Norwood F. 85-78
Jun. 16: S.Adelaide P. - Woodville W. 77-81
Jun. 16: N.Adelaide R. - Southern T. 74-58
Jun. 16: W.Adelaide B. - Sturt S. 63-78

QBL

Jun. 16: Mackay M. - Townsville H. 92-79
Jun. 15: Ipswich F. - Cairns M. 87-75
Jun. 16: Northside W. - Maroochydore 86-61
Jun. 17: Gladstone P. - Brisbane C. 81-95
Jun. 16: Toowoomba - Cairns M. 77-102
Jun. 16: Bundaberg B. - Brisbane C. 72-97
Jun. 16: Gold Coast R. - SW Metro P. 114-71

SEABL

Jun. 16: Kilsyth C. - Hobart C. 95-85
Jun. 17: Nunawading S. - Sandringham S. 94-63
Jun. 15: Albury W.B. - Nunawading S. 92-84
Jun. 16: Geelong S. - Frankston B. 85-77
Jun. 16: Brisbane S. - Albury W.B. 83-81
Jun. 17: Knox R. - Hobart C. 78-93
Jun. 16: Bendigo B. - Ballarat M. 73-72
Jun. 15: Mt Gambier - Hobart C. 70-84
Jun. 16: Sandringham S. - NW Tasmania 70-78
Jun. 17: Frankston B. - NW Tasmania 70-78
Jun. 16: Canberra G. - Dandenong 43-100

WARATAH

Jun. 16: Hills H. - Sydney C. 94-81
Jun. 16: Newcastle H. - Norths Bears 93-94
Jun. 16: Manly Warr. - Colonial Hotel 74-57
Jun. 16: Parramatta W. - Bankstown B. 70-88
Jun. 16: Maitland M. - Cent.Coast C. 70-78
Jun. 16: Sutherland S. - Illawarra H. 62-70

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.


Australian U17 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Sam Daly 197-F-95 Sturt S. Australia
Joshua Derksen 202-F-95 Toowoomba Australia
Mirko Djeric 193-G-95 Bankstown B. Australia
Nick Duncan 198-C-95 Manly Warr. Australia
Dante Exum 193-G-95
Matthew Jackson 199-SG-95 Diamond V.E. Australia
Samuel Johns
Tanner Krebs
Fabijan Krslovic 199-F-95
Michael Luxford 182-PG-95 Werribee WD Australia
Cher Maker
Darcy Malone 208-C-95
Jonathan Mbakwe 183-PG-95 Sydney C. Australia
Christian Petracca
Jack Purchase 201-F-95 Melbourne Australia
Ben Simmons
Cade Towers 201-F-95 Brisbane S. Australia
Felix Von Hofe 195-F-95 Melbourne Australia

Guy Molloy Head Coach Ballarat M. Australia
Alan McAughtry Assistant
Jamie O'Loughlin Assistant Geelong S. Australia



David Andersen tastes Gold with Montepaschi - by Eurobasket News

David Andersen (212-C-80) tastes Gold with Montepaschi as the latter celebrated yet another SeriaA title. They fired past Armani Jeans tonight to earn the sixth consecutive crown. Ksistof Lavrinovic 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 delivered 16 points, while Nikolaos Zisis added 15 points in the win. Ioannis Bourousis answered with 18 points for Armani Jeans. Malik Hairston netted 15 points in the loss.
In 2011-2012 for Montepaschi Siena (Italy-SerieA, starting five) he averaged 11.7ppg, 6.2rpg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.8%. In Serie A his stats read 13.9 points per game.



Weekend Wrap-Up: Round 6 - by Eurobasket News

Ipswich Force 87 def Cairns Marlins 75
The mens match was a physical encounter which saw Ipswich lead for much of the match, right up until the last five minutes in the fourth quarter where Cairns managed to equal the scores. But it was to no avail with the Force putting on a string of points to take out the game. Shaun Gleeson (189-G-86) and Ben Allen both put up 21 points for Ipswich, while James Comino shot a game-high 28 points for the Marlins.

Gold Coast Rollers 114 def South West Metro Pirates 71
It was a similar story in the mens game, with the Rollers taking the lead early and maintaining it throughout the match. The Rollers gave it everything they had in this must-win match for the side, and with David Gurney (194-F-85) putting in a massive 30 points in just 26 minutes of court-time, the Gold Coast secured the much-needed win by a comprehensive 43 points. Brendan Teys top-scored for the Pirates with 16 points.

Toowoomba Mountaineers 77 def by Cairns Marlins 102
Toowoomba led for the first quarter but Cairns took control after the first break and dominated on the scoreboard for the remainder. Dwayne Vale and Aaron Grabau both shot into the early-twenties for the Marlins, while James Legan (190-G-87, agency: Court Side, college: E.Carolina) contributed 25 points for the Mountaineers.

Northside Wizards 86 def Maroochydore Clippers 61
It was another one-sided game in the mens match with the Wizards taking the lead early and holding it for the whole 40 minutes. Louis Hurd (180-G) was back to form for Northside with 24 points, while Daniel McGlynn put in 21 points for the Clippers.

Mackay Meteors 92 def Townsville Heat 79
The Heat grabbed themselves an early seven-point lead in the first quarter, before Mackay knocked it back to one point before the first break. The lead changed hands throughout the rest of the match keeping fans on the edge of their seats, and with four minutes to go Townsville had a one-point-lead 75 to 74. But the Meteors werent about to concede another game at home and kicked back into high gear, capitalising on a number of offensive rebounds and the hot hands of Michael Cedar to put themselves 13 points ahead to win the match. Cedar put up 26 points for Mackay while Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) was again strong for Townsville with 30 points.

Bundaberg Bulls 72 def by Brisbane Capitals 97
The first half saw a close battle with the lead changing on a number of occasions and the scores locked at 47-all going into the half-time break. Brisbane fired up in the third quarter taking the lead and building the margin to eventually win by 25 points. Jarred Bairstow (F/C-92) top-scored for the Capitals with 20 points while Rodrick Stewart and Willie Shackleford shot 17 each for the Bulls.

Gladstone Power 81 def by Brisbane Capitals 95
The home side held a small lead until halfway through the second quarter, where the Capitals took control and ran away with the lead, holding a 21-point margin at half-time. Gladstone put on a charge to pull back the gap but the visitors took the match by 14 points. Mitch McCarron and Nicholas Masunda both scored 21 points for Brisbane while Gladstones Zach Silverman (198-SF-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Iowa Wesleyan) shot 22 points and team-mate Kevin Gaines had 21 points.
Courtesy of: qbl.basketball.net.au



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

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

Top 4: Round 2

Jun. 20: Al Ahli - Muharraq
Jun. 20: Sitra - Al Manama



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  BOLIVIA   


South American Championship: Uruguay fire past Bolivia - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay - Bolivia 122:36

Uruguay secured the first win at the South American Championship in Chaco, Argentina. They thumped Bolivia in Group B opener. Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) delivered 20 points to lead the winners.
Uruguay shocked their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 36:5 run to leave Bolivia far behind. Uruguay continued to dominate in the second quarter. They established a 59:16 halftime lead. The second half did not change the complexion of the game. Uruguay stayed in charge and rolled to the victory at the end. Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) posted 17 points, while Mathias Calfani (202-C-92) and Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) added 16 points each in the win. Julio Mendoza (PG) answered with 12 points for Bolivia. Javier Martinez and Miguel Angel Justiniano (194-F/C-80) added 6 points each in the loss.

Uruguay: Bruno Fitipaldo 20, Mauricio Aguiar 17, Mathias Calfani 16, Leandro Garcia Morales 16
Bolivia: Julio Mendoza 12, Javier Martinez 6, Miguel Angel Justiniano 6



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  BRAZIL   


South American Championship: Brazil topple Paraguay - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Paraguay 67:63

Brazil registered the first win at the South American Championship. They overcame Paraguay for 1-0 record in Group B. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) scored 21 points to lead the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They were tied at 15 after ten minutes of action. Paraguay managed to pull ahead in the second frame. They eke out a 33:32 halftime advantage. However Brazil managed to take over in the third frame. Scoring 23 points Brazil pulled in front for a 55:48 lead with one quarter remaining. Paraguay narrowed the gap in the final frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) notched 13 points, while Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) and Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) added 9 points each in the win. Guillermo Araujo (205-C-82) answered with 20 points for Paraguay. Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) netted 19 points in the loss.

Brazil: Vitor Benite 21, Welington Dos Santos 13, Mineiro Ferreira 9, Dede Stefanelli 9
Paraguay: Guillermo Araujo 20, Javier Martinez 19



Minas sign young Danilo Fuzaro from Italy - by Paulo Freire

The Minas basketball team found another player on the market, the new sign is a young prospect that was playing in Italy and will come back to Brazil to play his first NBB.
Danilo Fuzaro (189-F-94) is currently playing for the Brazilian National Team U18, and just classified for the FIBA World Cup U19 that will take place next year in 2013.

Danilo is 18 years old and was born in Uberaba city, in Minas Gerais State, he began his basketball caree Uberlandia team. As a young man, Danilo left the country and went to try his luck in Italian basketball, more specifically in Ruvo di Puglia team.





Campo Mouro sign Michel Santos and Cristiano Mirim - by Paulo Freire

The young club Campo Mourao is now working in their roster for the next seasons competitions.
The team from Parana State renew the contract of veteran point guard Djair Paulino (170-G-76), power forwards Thiago Mathias (206-F-89, college: N.Mexico JC), Roberto Ferreira (196-F/C-79, college: SUNO) and Omar Bertolin (206-F/C-85), guard Cleiton Macedo (88) is also retorning to the team after a knee injury.
The managers of the team agreed with two new players already, Michel Santos (96) and Cristiano Mirim (201-C/F-85).
Mirim played the last Brazil Cup for the Lajeado team.




John Thomas join Bauru - by Paulo Freire

The Itabom/Bauru B.T. Basket announce a major booster for the upcoming season of the team. The team hit an agreement with the guard John A. Thomas (198-G/F-82, college: Columbus St.), who had been in the brazilian lands before, as he played in the Assis Basket team during the NBB 2009-2010 season when he accumulated an average of 15.4 ppg and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Thomas in the last season he has been playing in the Toms de Rocamora, a club that plays in the segunda Division of the Argentina League, overthere he has accumulated averages of 16.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in the last season.



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Grudge Match: Mega Mix Topples East In Emotional Contest - by David Edole

Add the trash talk before the game, the fact that former team mates were playing on opposing teams and a bitter taste from a loss in the playoffs last year, and the result was just what fans had anticipated - a highly emotional, intense regular season game for the first meeting between Mega Mix and last year's senior division finalist, East at the Multipurpose Sports Complex last Saturday, June 16.

Dubbed the 'grudge match' of the BVI Basketball Federation's Summer League, the two teams went head-to-head from jump ball, but with the game on the line tied at 89 with 3:54 remaining, Mega Mix out-hustled East with easy baskets in the paint to secure a 101-93 victory.

Every loose ball was pursued as was evident when Steve Parillon and Dwayne 'Cobo' Penn met on the floor. Their dive for the ball evolved into a mild grappling contest; however, the two displayed great sportsmanship with a handshake and a smile after being separated by referees.

By the end of the first half, East built momentum and carried a 51-49 point lead into the start of the third quarter. In the second half, no team appeared willing to give up points in the paint as they traded three-pointers, committed hard fouls and defended fiercely.

Leslee Smith (200-F), who finished with a double-double performance of 19 points and 17 rebounds was deadly from three-point territory, scoring timely baskets to keep East in the mix.

His effort was not enough as the East looked very tired and failed to get back defensively in the waning moments of the game. East also settled for jumpers towards the end of the game.

Key players on both sides were forced to witness the game from the bench after being fouled out. Mega Mix's Calvert White and the East's Malik Hodge were both ejected from the game when a seemingly hard foul led to a heated baseline exchange.

"They were talking a lot before the game, but we gave them something to talk about," said Mega Mix's head coach, Verne 'Vego' Turnbull, who coached East to three consecutive championships.

He said the game was emotional because some of the players on Mega Mix were on the East championship teams.

"A lot of the guys (from the opposing team) said they would take us to school, but we have good players who played a lot of team work and defense. Last year they beat us in playoffs after some of our players had to leave for school. We have a long way to go," Turnbull stated.

Mega Mix's Kelvin Samuel led all scores with 22 points. Scoring for Mega Mix also came from Halstead 'JR' Chiverton (19 points), Parillon (17 points & 10 rebounds) and Douron Phillip (13 points).

Akil Lewis and Houston Penn finished with 18 and 13 points respectively for East. Penn also added 11 rebounds while Dameon Ottley finished with 10 points.

Team In Camouflage

Defending senior division champs, Legs donned camouflage uniforms last Saturday as they made light work of All Ah We, 102 - 74.

Led by Khalid Gerard's 36 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals, Legs staged an offensive display for three quarters after falling behind 20-17 in the first quarter.

Team captain Kennedy Bass spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench after he had amassed 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Legs also got production from Trevon Lewis, 17 points; Dione Blyden, 13 points and Rhennie Phipp, 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ricky Mabry closed with 20 points and Aubrey Daniels Sr. ended with 24 points and 21 rebounds for All Ah We.

In the other senior division games, Kings polished off a two-game weekend win streak with an 82-75 victory against Rebels.

Jevone Demming top scored for Rebels with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Sean Woods led the way for Rebels also with 22 points.

Five Kings players scored at least 15 points as they started their weekend with a 101 - 76 victory against Latinos. The leading scorer was McKenzie Baltimore with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Despite falling to Kings, Rebels picked up a weekend victory against HLSCC String Rays 97-50. Sean Woods topped scored for Rebels with 34 points while Regg Penn led the way for the college team with 19 points and 18 rebounds.

In the junior division, And One defeated ESHS Rams 74-73 led by Albert Hatchett's 21 points. Kevon Lettsome top scored for the Rams with 25 points and 15 rebounds.

The Hawks were led by Ryan Alfred's 21 points as they defeated Young Gunners, 90-86.

Another Level's Reavaughn Garrayway and Terique Wattley finished with 24 points each to beat Jr. Mystics 93-73. Young Starz also secured victory when they faced Jr. Pure Playaz 80-66. Jamoi Dore top scored in that game with 18 points.

In D-League action, Glenal Layne finished with 10 points as VG Heat defeated ESHS Blue Rams 51-47.



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  CENTROBASKET   

Standings (Men)

Standings
Group A
1. Bahamas1-0
2. P.Rico1-0
3. Nicaragua0-0
4. Panama0-1
5. Cuba0-1
Group B
1. Jamaica1-0
2. Mexico1-0
3. Dominican R.0-0
4. US Virg.Isl0-1
5. Costa Rica.0-1

Qualifying Round: Round 1

A

Jun. 18: PUR - PAN 92-60
Jun. 18: CUB - BAH 68-80

B

Jun. 18: JAM - CRC 91-61
Jun. 18: MEX - ISV 75-67

Qualifying Round: Round 2

A

Jun. 19: NIC - CUB
Jun. 19: BAH - PUR

B

Jun. 19: ISV - JAM
Jun. 19: DOM - MEX


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Angel MCCOUGHTRY
  Atlan.
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. McCoughtry, Atlan.22.7 
 2. Prince, Chicago S.22.3 
 3. Charles, Connecti.20.8 
 4. Catchings, India.19.5 
 5. Bonner, Phoenix M.19.1 
 6. Fowles, Chicago S.19.1 
 7. Pondexter, New Y.18.7 
 8. Parker, L.Angele.18.6 
 9. Augustus, Minneso.17.0 
 10. Toliver, L.Angele.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sylvia FOWLES
  Chicago S.
  (198-C-85)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Fowles, Chicago S.13.7 
 2. Charles, Connecti.12.1 
 3. Parker, L.Angele.9.5 
 4. Brunson, Minnesot.7.9 
 5. Young, S.Antonio7.8 
 6. Lyttle, Atlanta D.7.7 
 7. Bonner, Phoenix M.7.4 
 8. Jones, Connecti.7.3 
 9. Langhorne, Washin.7.1 
 10. Catchings, India.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Samantha PRAHALIS
  Phoenix M.
  (170-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Prahalis, Phoenix5.9 
 2. Bird, Seattle S.5.5 
 3. Johnson, Tulsa S.5.4 
 4. Toliver, L.Angele.5.4 
 5. Hammon, S.Antoni.5.3 
 6. Whalen, Minnesot.5.2 
 7. Vandersloot, Chica.4.4 
 8. Wright, Seattle S.4.2 
 9. Harding, Atlanta D.3.8 
 10. Robinson, S.Anton.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Angel MCCOUGHTRY
  Atlan.
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. McCoughtry, Atlan.3.8 
 2. Williams, Tulsa S.2.6 
 3. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.5 
 4. Young, S.Antonio2.4 
 5. Ajavon, Washingt.2.3 
 6. Johnson, Tulsa S.2.2 
 7. Catchings, India.2.1 
 8. Prince, Chicago S.2.0 
 9. Montgomery, Conne.1.9 
 10. Perkins, S.Antoni.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Candace PARKER
  L.Angele.
  (193-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Parker, L.Angele.2.5 
 2. McCoughtry, Atlan.1.3 
 3. Charles, Connecti.1.3 
 4. McWilliams-F., Min.1.3 
 5. Fowles, Chicago S.1.2 
 6. Davenport, India.1.1 
 7. Vaughn, New Y.1.1 
 8. Riley, Chicago S.1.1 
 9. Ogwumike, L.Angele.1.0 
 10. Brunson, Minnesot.1.0 



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  CHILE   


South American Championship: Venezuela prevail against Chile - by Eurobasket News

Venezuela - Chile 86:61

Venezuela clinched the first win at the South American Championship in Argentina. They defeated Chile behind 17 points from Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans).
Venezuela and Chile traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Venezuela pulled ahead for a 20:17 lead at the first intermission. They took off in the second quarter. Venezuela boosted the gap and arrived at halftime up by 18 points 45:27. Chile stopped the bleeding in the third term. They poured in 23 points to narrow the gap to 16 points. But Venezuela however quickly regained control and marched to the victory in the final quarter. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) delivered 15 points, while Jhornan Zamora (193-G/F-89) had 11 points in the victory. Erik Carrasco (181-PG-83) answered with 16 points for Chile. Sebastian Suarez (189-F-91) provided 12 points in defeat.

Venezuela: Hector Romero 17, Axiers Sucre 15, Jhornan Zamora 11
Chile: Erik Carrasco 16, Sebastian Suarez 12



SouthAmerican Championship Day 1: Chile fell against Venezuela - by Daniel Valencia

In day 1 of the SouthAmerican championship, the chilean NT fell against Venezuela 86-61. After a closed first quarter (20-17), the experience of the venezuelans was too much for this new version of the National Team. Erik Carrasco (181-PG-83) and Sebastian Suarez (189-F-91) were the only player in double figures with 16 and 12 points respectively. In the winning side, Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) led the scorers with 17 points.

Venezuela 86 - Chile 61
Ven
: Hector Romero 17 pts. Axiers Sucre 15 pts.
Chi: Erik Carrasco 16 pts. Sebastian Suarez 12 pts.

Boxscore

In day 2 of the tournament, the Chilean NT will play against Colombia.



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COLOMBIA U-18 GOT ITS FIRST VICTORY IN THE FIBA AMERICAS - by Victor Garcia

Colombian U-18 National team got its first victory in the FIBA AMERICAS Championship,qualifier to the worlld championship, defeating Puerto Rico 72 - 65, the National team full of athletic players based his victory on its strenght on the boards taking a total of 58 rebounds vs 38 of Puerto Rico including 28 ofensive rebounds.
Tony Trocha (610" C) finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds, Kevin Cuesta had a monster game with 22 points and 8 rebounds, Braian Angola 9 points and 7 rebounds,
Colombia lost its previous games against power houses Argentina and Canad.
Colombia will face Mexico in the next match.

Colombia 72, K. Cuesta 22 + 8, T. Trocha 16 + 3, B. Angola 9 + 7.
Puerto Rico 69, A. Curet 12 pts, D. Rosado 10 pts,



COLOMBIA FALL IN THE SOUTHAMERICAN OPENER - by Victor Garcia

Colombia fall against Argentina on its first match in the Southamerican 68 - 87, the nationall team had a good start a reached and 2 points advantage in the second quarter but Argentina quickly made the adjustement and took a 9 points lead at the half.
In the third quarter Argentina start to put full court pressure over Colombias ball handlers and the national team did not found a way to run its offensive, the olimpic medalists took control of the boards and ran the court taking advantage of the Colombias slow transition, Pearols duo of Campazzo and Leo Gutierrez lead the Aargetins ofensive,
Stalin Ortiz lead Colombia as usual with 17 points, Divier Perez is the positive note of the team, Perez finished the game with 15 points and 9 rebounds, the team is missing the absence of Edgar Moreno , and a big question remains on the roster selection, why the coach Giraldo did not call another point guard like Julian Pineda,?.

Colombia 68 - S. Ortiz 17 pts, D. Perez 15 pts + 9 rebs,N. Aragon 8 pts,.
Argentina 87 - F. Campazzo 20 pts, L. Gutierrez 12 pts, M. Sandes. 11.





South American Championship: Argentina prevail against Colombia in opener - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Colombia 87:68

Argentina celebrated the opening win at the South American Championship. The hosts outgunned Colombia in Group A. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) came up with 20 points for the hosts.
Argentina secured a three-point lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts boosted the lead in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 10 points 46:36. Argentina cleared off in the third term. They held Colombia to just 11 points in the quarter and rallied to a 22-point advantage at the final intermission. Colombia outscored Argentina in the fourth frame but could not escape the loss at the end. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) provided 12 points, while Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) netted 11 points in the victory. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) answered with 17 points for Colombia. Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) had 15 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Argentina: Facundo Campazzo 20, Leonardo Gutierrez 12, Matias Sandes 11
Colombia: Stalin Ortiz 17, Divier Perez 15



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  CUBA   


Cuban National Team 2012 - by Greg

Cuban National Team 2012
#s#
Joan Luis Haiti
Haiti
Orestes Torres
Torres
Leonel Batista
Batista
Enrique Ramos
Ramos
Yordanis Jaca
Jaca
#e#5
Joan Luis Haiti 200-C-82 Ciego de Avila Cuba
Orestes Torres 203-C-87 Capitalinos Cuba
Leonel Batista 206-C-86 Camaguey Cuba
Enrique Ramos 202-C-89 Ciego de Avila Cuba
Yordanis Jaca 195-PF-83 Camaguey Cuba
Yudniel Perez 189-G-84 Ciego de Avila Cuba
Juan Pineiro 193-G-90 Pinar Cuba
Alexis Mestre 187-PG-86 Villa Clara Cuba
Ismael Romero 202-C-91 Villa Clara Cuba
Lisvan Valdez 195-G/F-88 Capitalinos Cuba
Yoannis Soria 196-G/F-86 Guantanamo Cuba
Yasser Rodriguez 187-PG-88 Ciego de Avila Cuba

Leonardo Perez Head Coach Camaguey Cuba



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Slovenia edge Czech Republic in Zrece - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Czech Republic U20 93:62

Slovenia recorded the first win in the test series versus Czech Republic in Zrece. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) provided 16 points to lead the hosts.
Slovenia started the game with an aggressive defence. They limited Czech Republic to 11 points in the opening quarter to take a 4-point lead. Slovenia stretched the lead in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 17 points 41:24. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the third term. The hosts claimed a 65:43 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Slovenia did not slow down in the final quarter and rallied to the victory at the end. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) provided 15 points, while Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) netted 13 points in the victory. Dalibor Fait (203-F/C-93) answered with 16 points for Czech Republic. Jaromik Bohacik had 15 points in the loss.

Slovenia U20: Klemen Prepelic 16, Marko Pajic 15, Miha Lapornik 13
Czech Republic U20: Dalibor Fait 16, Jaromik Bohacik 15



First Changes Announced by BK Usti nad Labem - by Surujh Roopnarine

BK Usti nad Labem, in preparation for their second consecutive season in the NBL, have announced the first round of signings and expected departures to the club for the 2012-13 season. After finishing 7-19 (11th place) in the basic stage last season, Usti nad Labem continued in A2 group play, where they improved their record to 15-25 (8-6 in A2 play), before concluding the season as the winners of the Play-out with a final record of 19-27 (4-2 in Play-Out). For next season the club announced that they have come to terms with returning players TTomas Hruby (206-C-78), Antonin Pistecky (195-F-84), Jiri Holanda (183-PG-86) and last seasons team captain Vladimir Hejl (198-F-81). The club has also made an offer to second-year big man Jaroslav Tyrna (208-F/C-86, college: New Orleans), but will not return center Jaromir Fohler (211-C-85).

Unfortunately the club also announced that hopes are not high for the return of last years trio of foreign imports, led by Eurobasket.com NBL Player of the Year Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87, college: Fairmont St.), Troy Gottselig (203-F-87) and Brad Reese (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech). Though ther status are not completely resolved it is likely that at a minimum McFadden and Troy Gottselig will move on to other opportunities while the return of Reese is closer to 50/50.

On the bright side, the team has been able to secure the services of Jan Koranda (190-G-88) who played previously for the club and spent the past two seasons in the 1.Liga with Jindrichuv Hradec and Sparta Praha. Additionally, youngster Jakub Krakovic (205-F-90), whoc had been on loan to Chomutov from Prostejov last season accepted an offer from Usti nad Labem and will play for the blue and gold next season.



CEZ Nymburk Brings Back Petr Benda for Two More Seasons - by Surujh Roopnarine

Group A
Colombia - Argentina 68-87
Argentina celebrated the opening win at the South American Championship. The hosts outgunned Colombia in Group A. Facundo Campazzo came up with 20 points for the hosts. Argentina secured a three-point lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts boosted the lead in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 10 points 46:36. Argentina cleared off in the third term. They held Colombia to just 11 points in the quarter and rallied to a 22-point advantage at the final intermission. Colombia outscored Argentina in the fourth frame but could not escape the loss at the end. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) provided 12 points, while Matias Sandes netted 11 points in the victory. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) answered with 17 points for Colombia. Divier Perez had 15 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Venezuela - Chile 86-61
Venezuela clinched the first win at the South American Championship in Argentina. They defeated Chile behind 17 points from Hector Romero. Venezuela and Chile traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Venezuela pulled ahead for a 20:17 lead at the first intermission. They took off in the second quarter. Venezuela boosted the gap and arrived at halftime up by 18 points 45:27. Chile stopped the bleeding in the third term. They poured in 23 points to narrow the gap to 16 points. But Venezuela however quickly regained control and marched to the victory in the final quarter. Axiers Sucre delivered 15 points, while Jhornan Zamora had 11 points in the victory. Erik Carrasco answered with 16 points for Chile. Sebastian Suarez provided 12 points in defeat.

Group B
Paraguay - Brazil 63-67
Brazil registered the first win at the South American Championship. They overcame Paraguay for 1-0 record in Group B. Vitor Benite scored 21 points to lead the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They were tied at 15 after ten minutes of action. Paraguay managed to pull ahead in the second frame. They eke out a 33:32 halftime advantage. However Brazil managed to take over in the third frame. Scoring 23 points Brazil pulled in front for a 55:48 lead with one quarter remaining. Paraguay narrowed the gap in the final frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Welington Dos Santos notched 13 points, while Mineiro Ferreira and Dede Stefanelli added 9 points each in the win. Guillermo Araujo answered with 20 points for Paraguay. Javier Martinez netted 19 points in the loss.

Uruguay - Bolivia 122-36
Uruguay secured the first win at the South American Championship in Chaco, Argentina. They thumped Bolivia in Group B opener. Bruno Fitipaldo delivered 20 points to lead the winners. Uruguay shocked their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 36:5 run to leave Bolivia far behind. Uruguay continued to dominate in the second quarter. They established a 59:16 halftime lead. The second half did not change the complexion of the game. Uruguay stayed in charge and rolled to the victory at the end. Mauricio Aguiar posted 17 points, while Mathias Calfani and Leandro Garcia Morales added 16 points each in the win. Julio Mendoza answered with 12 points for Bolivia. Javier Martinez and Miguel Angel Justiniano added 6 points each in the loss.



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Dominican Republic National Team 2012 - by Greg

Dominican Republic National Team 2012
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Alfred Horford
Horford
Francisco Garcia
Garcia
Eulis Baez
Baez
Jack Michael Martinez
Martinez
Josh Asselin
Asselin
#e#5
Alfred Horford 208-F/C-86 Atlanta H. USA
Francisco Garcia 201-F/G-81 Sacramento K. USA
Eulis Baez 201-F-82 FIATC Joventut Spain
Jack Michael Martinez 203-F/C-81 Cocodrilos Venezuela
Josh Asselin 211-C/F-78 Assignia M. Spain
Ronald Ramon 185-G-86 Winner/Limeira Brazil
Gerardo Suero 193-G-89 Albany USA
Juan Coronado 196-G-83 CDP Dominican Republic
Amaurys Fermin 191-PG-87 Cal Poly - SLO USA
Karl-Anthony Towns 96
Elys Manuel Guzman 206-F/C-82 Cupes Dominican Republic
Elpidio Fortuna 186-G-85 Leones SD Dominican Republic



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VEF Riga add Luke Loucks - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga started working on the market. The Latvian champions secured the services of Luke Loucks (195-G-90). The guard will start his pro career in Latvia. Luke Loucks graduated from Florida State University in 2012. He averaged 7.1 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 boards and 1.2 steals per game in his senior season. He was ACC Tournament Winner. Luke Loucks was named into ACC All-Tournament 1st Team. The guard also made it onto ACC All-Academic Team in 2011.


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Kostas Papanikolaou is the best young player of this year's A1 League - by Diamadis Farmakis

Euroleague and Greek champion, Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) of Olympiacos, voted by the Greek journalists, as the most valuable young player, for the A1 League, for the season 2011-2012. This is the second time that Papanikolaou earns that kind of award. The previous one, was when he was playing in Aris Thessaloniki.

The 22 years old forward, who played this year, the basketball of his carriere carriere so far, collected 178 votes and finished first in the procedure, in front of Vangelis Mantzaris (also Olympiacos player), who ranked second with 98 votes and Vassilis Kavadas of Panionios, who was third with 40 votes.

Here is the list of the 10 best young players, of the Greek championship:

1. Kostas Papanikolaou (Olympiacos)
2. Vangelis Mantzaris (Olympiacos)
3. Vassilis Kavadas (Panionios)
4. Kostas Sloukas (Olympiacos)
5. Vladimiros Jankovic (Panionios)
6. Giannis Karathanassis (kavala)
7. Giannoulis Larentzakis (Ikaros)
8. Nikos Pappas (PAOK)
9. Andreas Kanonidis (Maroussi)
10.Leonidas Kaselakis (Ilisiakos)





Caja Laboral keep Milko Bjelica - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral agreed on terms of contract extension with Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket). The centre will spend the next season in Vitoria. Milko Bjelica joined the team at the start of the last season. The Montenegrin centre averaged 10.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In ACB Milko Bjelica delivered 7.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per appearance. Previously the centre had stints with Crvena Zvezda, Braunchweig, Koln 99ers, Lietuvos Rytas. Eurobasket.com named the centre All-Lithuanian LKL Bosman Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. He was also trumped All-Baltic League Centre of the Year in 2010. Milko Bjelica has been the member of Montenegrin National Team since 2008. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket. The centre posted 6.0 points and 2.4 boards per game in Poland.


Candidates for Olympiakos bench - by Dimitris Katsionis

According to Greek-based Hoopfellas.blogspot.com, Olympiakos targets it's new coach mainly from the Greek market. Club's administration plans to hire a young, proved talented and ambitious coach who will develop the team and himself simultaneously. Giannis Sfairopoulos is one of the main targets among with Fotis Katsikaris and the NT's duo, Ilias Zouros and Dimitris Priftis. Both Sfairopoulos and Zouros have worked at Olympiakos in the past and are free agents. Katsikaris has a contract with Bilbao and is known that he wants to live and work at Spain permanently but no one can be sure if he will reject an offer for European champion's bench. It is rumored that coach Katsikaris is a main candidate for Panathinaikos bench too. However, Olympiakos president, Panagiotis Aggelopoulos wants to close the coach-case as soon as possible and it is sure that he won't take long to make a decision.


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Standings (Men)

Standings
Group A
1. USA3-0
2. Brazil2-1
3. US Virg.Isl1-2
4. Mexico0-3
Group B
1. Canada3-0
2. Argentina2-1
3. Colombia1-2
4. P.Rico0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jun. 18: ISV - MEX 81-79
Jun. 18: BRA - USA 64-83

B

Jun. 18: CAN - ARG 75-68
Jun. 18: COL - PUR 72-65

Semi-Finals: Round 4

Places 5-8

Jun. 19: ISV - PUR
Jun. 19: COL - MEX

Semifinals

Jun. 19: USA - ARG
Jun. 19: CAN - BRA


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Group A
U.S. Virgin Islands - Brazil 65-84
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.

Mexico - USA 59-110
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 (201-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 (193-G-94) and Shaquille Goodwin (203-F-94) delivered 13 points each for the winners. Kevin Arias (94) answered with 13 points for Mexico. Abel Miranda had 9 points in the loss.

Group B
Puerto Rico - Argentina 65-76
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 and Wilfredo Rodriguez notched 14 points each in the loss.

Colombia - Canada 67-98
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, Tony Trocha and Juan Lopez finished with 13 points each in the loss.



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Rouen bring in Gary Chathuant - by Eurobasket News

Rouen strengthened their roster. They announced the signing of Gary Chathuant (195-SF-83). The forward comes from Chalons-Reims. Gary Chathuant played for Chalons-Reims during the last two seasons. Last season his stats read 9.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game in ProB. Previously the forward had stints with Bourg and Brest. Gary Chathuant was NBA Draft nominee back in 2004. However he withdrew from the Draft. Eurobasket.com named Gary Chathuant All-French ProB Most Improved Player of the Year in 2003. He was the member of French B National Team in 2004.


Orchy land Lawrence Wright - by Eurobasket News

Orchy strengthened their frontcourt. They added Lawrence Wright (195-F-84, college: Bradley) to the squad. The forward spent the last season in Canada. He played for the Halifax Rainmen. Lawrence Wright averaged 15.4 points, 5.0 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game in NBL. Previously the forward had stints in Finland, Egypt and Bosnia. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honourable Mention in 2011. Lawrence Wright also made it onto USBasket.com All-NBL 1st Team in 2012. The forward also played for Harlem Globetrotters in 2006. Lawrence Wright participated at Dell College Slam Dunk Championships in 2006.


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The Artland Dragons Extend Contract With Guido Grunheid - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Artland Fragons announced today that Guido Gruenheid (209-F/C-82) will remain a Dragan. Gruinheid is a 29 year old 209cm forward that has played for the German national team in 38 games. Last season for the Artland Dragons, the German played EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 5.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg; EuroChallenge: 14 games: 3.8ppg, 3.3rpg; German League: 42 games: 3.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg. "Guido showed that he ia a dependable player. He showed a lot of experience and that he can play basketball at a high level. He really understands his role well. He was most valuable when he played aggressive defense and was in the passing lanes. There he was our best big man", expressed Artland Dragon head coach Stefan Koch.

Source: Artland Dragons



John Bryant (ratiopharm Ulm) I Dont Really Get The Chance To Showcase My 15-17 Footer - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) is a 24 year old 208cm center from San Pablo, California that just completed his second season with ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Santa Clara from 2005-2009 and in his senior year averaged 18.1ppg, RebNCAA-2 (14.2rpg), 1.1apg, 2.5bpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 78.7% . In 2009-2010, he played for the Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 48 games: 13.2ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 77.6% . Last season, he moved to ratiopharm Ulm playing 34 games: 14.6ppg, Reb-1 (10.9rpg), 1.1apg, Blocks-2 (1.5bpg), FGP: 60.4%, FT: 74.2% . He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

Ratiopharm Ulm is the Cinderella story this season. If someone had told you a week into preseason that ratiopharm Ulm would be so high in the standings what would you have said?


I would not have been shocked, but I would never have thought we would be so high, but I would have thought that we would be in the playoffs. We got the chemistry fast and brought in experience with Esterkamp and Swann that has made the team better

ratiopharm Ulm had a tough preseason. How much did you hate the coaching staff then, but how thankful are you now that you went through hell?


It was a tough preseason. Every day we were on the track or in the gym. We all were a bit angry at the start, but in the long run it did help this team become so good and we understand why coach did that and we are thankful.

Why did the chemistry between coach and players harmonize so well?


He is a young coach, but he just understands us. He knows now how tough the season has been physically and will give us off days on occasion. He knows what we are going through and we just get along very well.

What has been a difficulty at the end of the season for the team?


Not being able to start strong. We had some games where we trailed quickly by 10-12 points, but picked it up in the second half. We have to understand that a basketball game has 40 minutes.

Who has been the most improved player this season?


I think that it has been Tommy Mason Griffin. At the start of the season he was pushing the ball in transition and making bad decisions, but now he is making the right decisions and knowing when and not to pull back.

Ratiopharm Ulm has many weapons but also 12 players that bring something special to the team. What does Sebastian Betz bring to the team most?


His energy and 100 effort is his best asset. He does so much especially crashing the boards. I am happy to have him on the team, because he is a pain for other teams.

What is the most incredible thing that you have seen Isaiah Swann?


The way he is able to handle the ball is amazing. He will do his floaters and I will come to try to block him, but its difficult. He is very good at getting off shots anywhere in the paint with his right or left hand.

You are the most efficient player in the Beko BBL. How thankful are you for Mike Taylor bringing you to Ulm?


I am very thankful that he took a chance on me. I talk to him often and always remind him. I am totally in debt to him.

What did you learn from Mike Taylor?


Just by seeing his enthusiasm and love for the game made we want to work harder. It just rubbed off on me.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get recognized right away?


I look like a bruiser who just will pound inside, but I dont really get the chance to show off my 15-17 footers

What NBA shooter did you always like as a big man?


Back in the day, I liked Reggie Miller and how he acted on the court and hit clutch shots. Now its Dirk Nowitzki.

Steve Esterkamp and Isaiah Swann are parked in the corner and each get 100 shots each, who will hit more shots?


I think that Esterkamp will hit more shots. When his shot is on, he just doesnt miss. Even if he misses a shot, he wont miss another one.


What was your childhood like?

I had a great childhood in the bay area. It was a great place to grow up. I grew up with many cultures and the basketball competition was great also.

Who were your NBA idols?

I liked Shaq. He is a funny guy with a personality that is one of a kind. I loved watching his game.


At one point at Santa Clara, you weighed 175 kilos. Who helped you most mentally and physically shed the weight?


I first had a weight trainer who got me to get on the bike or treadmill after practice to burn some calories. In my last two years, I had a functional trainer and my coach helped me mentally telling me I could have a shot to play professionally one day and make money if I lost the weight.

What were your fondest memories at Santa Clara on and off the court?

On the court it was participating in the Cable Car Classic which was a tournament with four teams and making the game winning basket. Off the court being on campus each day was great. I just enjoyed the sun and palm trees.

Who would win a one on one, you or ex Bremerhaven center Sean Denison?


Back then he would win the games. He would do three shots fakes and then be in good position to score each time. Now I think that I would win just due to my knowledge of the game.

You played a season in the D-league. What didnt you like about the D-League?


I didnt like the travel. There were so many games in a four month time period. We traveled in vans and flights had many connections. The games however were fun.

What is the most amazing thing that Robin Benzing could do on the court?


His ability to shoot over anyone. His turnaround shot was great and he could make 9 out of 10 shots. He is a big guy that can handle the ball and shoot it. I always knew when it would go in.

What were the most number of free throws that you have made in a row in practice?

56

What was your most crazy shot that you have ever made?

Last season I made a shot from center court at the end of a practice at Kuhberg.

You have stated that you could imagine staying in Ulm for a long time. Why do you like Ulm so much?


Ulm isnt a big city and not a village, but somewhere in between. The number #1 thing is that the people are very nice and it is a nice place to live at. It is just the little things that make living in a foreign country easy.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

A documentary Capitalism love story from Michael Moore.

Thanks John for the chat.





FC Bayern Munich Keeps Cevon Troutman Until 2014 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

FC Bayern Munich has announced that the chevy will keep rolling in Munich as Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Pittsburgh) will remain until 2014. After playing his seventh professional basketball season, the American will play two more seasons in Germany after playing three seasons in Italy and France. "We are happy about coming to an agreement for two further years. He was very consistent and is an important part for our plans. I am looking forward to the continued cooperation", stressed FC Bayern Munich sport director Marko Pesic. Last season, Troutman who played at Pittsburgh (NCAA) from 2001-2005 played 35 Beko BBL games helping the Bavarian team reach the quarterfinals of the playoffs averaging 13,5ppg, 7,0rpg and 1,1apg. He shot 64,8% from the two point range and 40% from outside. The American from Williamsport, Pennsylvania also played six Eurocup games averaging 13,7ppg, 6,8rpg and 1,2apg while shooting 59,6% from the two point range and 42,9%. "I am happy that the talks went so well. The organization and team totally supported me and I feel very comfortable in Munich. We have big goals and I will do all I can to help fulfill them", added Chevon Troutman.

Source: FC Bayern Munich







Richard Froehlich from Leipzig to Leitershofen/Stadtbergen - by Moritz Korff

BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen has sealed a deal with Richard Froehlich (206-C-86, college: UTSA) for the 2012-13 Pro B season. The 26-year-old Oldendorf native will transfer to the Red Kangaroos coming from Leipzig, where he appeared in 27 Pro B games this past season, averaging 8.1 points and 4 rebounds a contest. The Leitershofen/Stadtbergen team moves back to Pro B basketball following a single season in the Pro A. Froehlich has earlier played for the Cuxhaven BasCats and spent four years in the US, attending Citrus JC as well as UTSA.


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Chris Hugaz agreed with Kavala - by Giorgos Diploidis

Chris Hugaz will be the new coach of Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas after agreeing in terms with the president of the team of Macedonia, Mr Papakonstadinou. So Hugaz will be the replacement of Dimitris Priftis who was the trainer of the club the last two seasons.

This period Hugaz was the coach of OF Irakleio in A2 category and he returns to Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas after the two seasons (08-09, 09-10) when he was assistant coach. In A1 was first coach again the period 10-11 in the team of Thessaloniki, GS Iraklis Thessaloniki



Kostas Papanikolaou is the best young player of this year's A1 League - by Diamadis Farmakis

Euroleague and Greek champion, Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) of Olympiacos, voted by the Greek journalists, as the most valuable young player, for the A1 League, for the season 2011-2012. This is the second time that Papanikolaou earns that kind of award. The previous one, was when he was playing in Aris Thessaloniki.

The 22 years old forward, who played this year, the basketball of his carriere carriere so far, collected 178 votes and finished first in the procedure, in front of Vangelis Mantzaris (also Olympiacos player), who ranked second with 98 votes and Vassilis Kavadas of Panionios, who was third with 40 votes.

Here is the list of the 10 best young players, of the Greek championship:

1. Kostas Papanikolaou (Olympiacos)
2. Vangelis Mantzaris (Olympiacos)
3. Vassilis Kavadas (Panionios)
4. Kostas Sloukas (Olympiacos)
5. Vladimiros Jankovic (Panionios)
6. Giannis Karathanassis (kavala)
7. Giannoulis Larentzakis (Ikaros)
8. Nikos Pappas (PAOK)
9. Andreas Kanonidis (Maroussi)
10.Leonidas Kaselakis (Ilisiakos)





Nikolaos Zisis finished a successful season abroad - by Eurobasket News

Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) finished a successful season abroad and won the title with Siena as Montepaschi celebrated yet another SeriaA title. They fired past Armani Jeans tonight to earn the sixth consecutive crown. Ksistof Lavrinovic 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 delivered 16 points, while Nikolaos Zisis added 15 points in the win. Ioannis Bourousis answered with 18 points for Armani Jeans. Malik Hairston netted 15 points in the loss.
In 2011-2012 for Montepaschi Siena (Italy-SerieA, starting five) Nikolaos Zisis averaged 4.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg in Euroleague. In Italy he showed 6.4 points per game.



Candidates for Olympiakos bench - by Dimitris Katsionis

According to Greek-based Hoopfellas.blogspot.com, Olympiakos targets it's new coach mainly from the Greek market. Club's administration plans to hire a young, proved talented and ambitious coach who will develop the team and himself simultaneously. Giannis Sfairopoulos is one of the main targets among with Fotis Katsikaris and the NT's duo, Ilias Zouros and Dimitris Priftis. Both Sfairopoulos and Zouros have worked at Olympiakos in the past and are free agents. Katsikaris has a contract with Bilbao and is known that he wants to live and work at Spain permanently but no one can be sure if he will reject an offer for European champion's bench. It is rumored that coach Katsikaris is a main candidate for Panathinaikos bench too. However, Olympiakos president, Panagiotis Aggelopoulos wants to close the coach-case as soon as possible and it is sure that he won't take long to make a decision.


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Idlet signs with Atomeromu SE - by Levente Szabo

Steven Idlet (210-F-89) will start his professional career in Hungary as the player of Atomeromu SE Paks. The rookie big man just signed a one year deal with the Hungarian top team.

The 6'11" Power Forward graduated from Tulsa this year where he posted 10.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg in just 24 minutes of playing time. Steven Idlet played this year in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament as one of the best 64 college seniors where he recorded 4.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3bpg in 3 games played.

After finishing the season with a 18-8 record and falling short against Kormend in the Playoffs the management of the team started the negotiations for next year immediately. As a result of the early negotiations (after keeping the Hungarian core together) Atomeromu SE Paks is in a really advanced phase in the team building. With the signing of the American rookie they have only 2 more roster spots to fill.



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Standings

IBL Standings
Branding
 1. Jersey G-F 4-3 
 2. Orlando V. 2-9 
 3. Yamhill H. 0-3 
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 10-2 
 2. Vancouver V. 8-4 
 3. Olympia R. 4-10 
International
 1. Edmonton E. 10-3 
 2. Portland C. 9-5 
 3. Nippon T. 2-6 
Travel Team
 1. S. Soldiers 5-9 
 2. Los Angeles 0-0 
 3. W.Coast H. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jun. 18: Portland C. - Nippon T. 158-110
Jun. 20: S. Soldiers - Olympia R.



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Jamaican National Team 2012 - by Greg

Jamaican National Team 2012
#s#
Jerome Jordan
Jordan
Samardo Samuels
Samuels
Patrick Ewing Jr.
Ewing Jr.
Kimany Ffriend
Ffriend
Akeem Scott
Scott
#e#5
Jerome Jordan 213-C-86 New York K. USA
Samardo Samuels 206-F/C-89 Cleveland C. USA
Patrick Ewing Jr. 203-F-84 Iowa E. USA
Kimany Ffriend 211-C-77 Fuenlabrada Spain
Akeem Scott 186-PG-83 Mornar Bar Montenegro
Ricardo Alliman 201-F/C-87 Vitre France
Courtney Walters 208-F Northwood, FL USA
Steven Toyloy 203-C-87 Winner/Limeira Brazil
Dylan Ennis 187-G-91 Rice USA
Lynford Brown 193-G/F-84 Runnin' R. Jamaica
Brian Grant 203-C-87 Cedarville USA
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 196-G-86 Mayaguez Puerto Rico

Sam Vincent Head Coach Leones SD Dominican Republic



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2012 JT Focus Mgt. Akron/Canton Am Pro Basketball Summer League Division Kicked Off Great!! - by Vance Marbury

2012 JT Focus Mgt. Akron Am Pro Basketball Summer League Day #1

Game 1 Mt. Union University vs JT Focus Mgt.

JT Focus Mgt. Defeats Mt. Union 76 to 73

Mt. Union University was led by Steve Griffin who tallied 24 pts. Other solid contributors for Mt. Union U. included Tyler Fansnight who chipped in 14 pts, Evan Keeslar 17 pts, and Jarett Rufin 9 pts.

JT Focus Mgt. was led by Akron University Jake Krester who tallied 24 pts. Former Ohio Valley Christian Guard Trey Vaughn who is looking to transfer to another school chipped in 17 pts. Akron University Quincy Diggs and Blake Justice contributed 11 pts and 10 pts respectively. West Liberty University Nick Brown added 11 pts.

Game 1 Recap:

Mount Union put up a great effort but in the end Akron University Jake Krester made six 3 point field goals that kept Mt. Union from ever overtaking JT Focus Mgt. The biggest surprise to me in the game was how hard the Akron U. players Quincy Diggs, Blake Justice and Jake Krester played. Trey Vaugn an unsigned shooting guard provided a big scoring punch as well.

Game 2. Leff Electric vs Team 330

Leff Electric Defeats Team 330 --- 77 to 76

Team 330 was led by Akron U. Nick Harney 22 pts. Akron U. soon to be freshman Deji Ibitay added 14 pts. Former Fairmount St. guard Jamar Wesley chipped in 14 pts. Team Captain John West added 14 pts. Ryan Special EFX Williams contributed 6 pts.

Leff Electric was led by Unsigned Cleveland Ohio guard Dawan Cline who tallied 23 pts. Akron U. Reggie McAdams added 18 pts. Akron U. Carmel Blelemo and Ezekiel Marshall both contributed 11 pts a piece. Lastly Cleveland St. Walk On Khyler Fields chipped in 9 pts

Game Recap

With the gym stands a little fuller, the game intensity definitely picked up. Ball Up Street Ball Star Ryan Special EFX Williams put on a dunk display during warmups, and a in game dunk that was special, but that wasnt the significance of the game. Team 330 Jamar Wesley controlled the game for his team, while Akron U. Nick Harney aggressive scoring kept Team 330 around and close the entire game. Akron U. soon to be freshman Deji Ibitay had an impressive dunk in transition, but ultimately Leff Electric held off Team 330.
Leff Electric was led by Maple Hts. Oh unsigned guard Dawan Cline. Dawan is an explosive 2 guard that some Junior College in America could defintely use. Akron U. Zeke Marshall controlled the paint with his shot blocking ability. Akron U. point guard Carmelo Belevo controlled the basketball as if it was attached to his hands. Carmelo has good ballhandling skills and really dictated good offensive plays. Akron U. Reggie McAdams shot the lights out, Cleveland Ohio Eric Seaberry, provided good depth. Team Coach John Oliver said he was surprised how hard his guys played and that he was excited that his team left there egos at the door.

Former NBA Official JB Derosa stopped by this game to watch his son JB Derosa Junior, who is an up and coming official do a little officiating. The buzz in Canton/Akron Ohio area was great during this game.

Game 3 Team Burgan vs Team Bulls

Bulls defeated Team Burgan 78 to 49

Team Bulls was led by former Arkansas Tech guard Johne Davis who tallied 18 pts. Akron U. Josh Egner chipped in 17 pts. Former Merchurst NE CC star Lamar Broyles added 15 pts. Akron U. Chancy Gilliam added 9 pts

Team Burgan was led by Hardford CC center Curtis Moore who chipped in 15 pts. Troy Burgan team captain and former Hardford CC star added 6 pts.

In a game that was up and down Team Bulls just proved to have to much talent. The Bulls played very well together and proved they are going to be one of the best teams in the Akron/Canton division.



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VEF Riga add Luke Loucks - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga started working on the market. The Latvian champions secured the services of Luke Loucks (195-G-90). The guard will start his pro career in Latvia. Luke Loucks graduated from Florida State University in 2012. He averaged 7.1 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 boards and 1.2 steals per game in his senior season. He was ACC Tournament Winner. Luke Loucks was named into ACC All-Tournament 1st Team. The guard also made it onto ACC All-Academic Team in 2011.


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Latest signings and news about the Lebanese League - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

After losing all the local titles in this season and the moving of Coach Fouad Abou Chakra to the rivals Sagesse for a 4 years contract it was important for Riyadi to answer and answer quickly for this reasons the Asian Champions went in secret in negotiations with the Agent Pascal BEYROUTHY to hire a big name in the World of Basketball . After many long negotiations the Agent Pascal BEYROUTHY managed to sign a big coaching name with Riyadi Club; Slobodan SUBOTIC, This big name will be a big profit to the Lebanese League due to big career he having coaching big teams in Europe and specially in Greece where he coached Olympiacos and Panatinakos and other teams in Italy ,

Riyadi continued its counter attack by signing Ahmad Ibrahim who left the Basketball program at Rice University to sign a pro contract, this player is expected to have a big career especially that in the past years he received many positive notes from International scouts after seeing him representing Lebanon in many Championships he will be teamed up to another new comer Ralph AKL the brother of the Lebanese National Team point guard he will be a back up for Ali Mahmoud at the point position.

In other news Amchit club the newly promoted team from the 2nd division is working quality to build a competitive team for next season for this reason they signed Sabah KHOURY from Sagesse , Joe Ghatas and Mohamad Hamdar. The team will be under coach Elie Sfeir who guided the team to win the second division title in the past season.

All clubs are waiting the LBF to announce the List A; this list will contain the elite players who the teams cannot have more than 5 in their rosters. Many injured players in last season are expected to be out of this list due that the LBF made it clear last season each injured player which prevented him from playing in the season for very long period will not be among the List A players.

Finally many teams are scouting Lebanese abroad players to join them to their rosters among these teams Sagesse and Anibal who their coaches were in Dubai to scout some of these players.



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Ksistof Lavrinovic leads Montepaschi to the trophy - by Eurobasket News

Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) leads Montepaschi to the trophy as the latter celebrated yet another SeriaA title. They fired past Armani Jeans tonight to earn the sixth consecutive crown. Ksistof Lavrinovic 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 delivered 16 points, while Nikolaos Zisis added 15 points in the win. Ioannis Bourousis answered with 18 points for Armani Jeans. Malik Hairston netted 15 points in the loss.
In 2011-2012 for Montepaschi Siena (Italy-SerieA, starting five) Ksistof Lavrinovic averaged 9.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 71.4% in Euroleague and in Italy had 12.6 points per game. His teammate Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) had 7.3 points per game in Italian Serie A, while Rimantas Kaukenas (192-G-77, college: Seton Hall) showed 9.5 points per game.



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Virgin Islands record first win in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Virgin Islands U18 - Mexico U18 81:79

Virgin Islands celebrated the first win at the U18 Fiba Americas in Brazil. They held off Mexico to finish at 1-2 record in Group A. Khalid Hart (198-SF-95) knocked down 30 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Mexico ensured a confident start. They surged ahead for a 23:15 lead at the first break. Virgin Islands cut the deficit in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit to 7 points at the interval 46:39. Mexico boosted the margin again in the third term. They arrived at the final break up by 9 points 64:55. However Virgin Islands turned things around in the final quarter. They poured in 26 points and snatched a tough win at the end. Alex Brazil (198-C) accounted for 17 points and 16 rebounds for Virgin Islands. Angel Rivera-Cuencas (170-PG) added 14 points in the win. Jose Estrada (190-G-94) answered with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Mexico. Jose Luis Aguilera (94) had 14 points in the loss.

Virgin Islands U18: Khalid Hart 30, Alex Brazil 17+16 boards, Angel Rivera-Cuencas 14
Mexico U18: Jose Estrada 25, Jose Luis Aguilera 14



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Montenegrin U20 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Montenegrin U20 National Team 2012
#s#
Andrej Pajovic
Pajovic
Bojan Ratkovic
Ratkovic
Mihailo Kasalica
Kasalica
Ivan Fatic
Fatic
Nemanja Grabovica
Grabovica
#e#5
Andrej Pajovic 186-G-92 Mornar Bar Montenegro
Bojan Ratkovic 181-G-92 Danilovgrad Montenegro
Mihailo Kasalica 185-PG-93 Mornar Bar Montenegro
Ivan Fatic 185-PG-93 Mogren Montenegro
Nemanja Grabovica 190-G-92 Sutjeska Montenegro
Milos Latkovic 193-SF-93 Lovcen Montenegro
Marko Mugosa 197-F-93 Buducnost Montenegro
Radosav Spasojevic 204-F/C-92 Arkadia Austria
Danilo Dragovic 195-G-92 USC USA
Vukota Pavic 203-C-93 Mornar Bar Montenegro
Danilo Nikolic 201-C-93 Buducnost Montenegro
Luka Radovic 205-F-92 S.Carolina St. USA
Nihad Musovic
Filip Sekulic Danilovgrad Montenegro
Pavle Raickovic 205-F-92 High School USA
Marko Kovac Sutjeska Montenegro
Marko Todorovic 203-F-92 FIATC Joventut Spain

Mihailo Pavicevic Head Coach Honka Espoo Finland



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Renaissance de Berkane wins the Final opener - by Eurobasket News

Renaissance de Berkane wins the Final opener as they overcame Wydad Casablanca 67:65. The winners trailed 13-16 after the first period and had minus 5 points at the halftime. In the third period Renaissance de Berkane produced a 20-16 surge and won the game due to the last stanza.
Game 2 is scheduled for June 23rd.



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  NBA   


Dwyane Wade's biggest assist is learning to defer to more-talented LeBron James - by Eurobasket News

There was this really cool snapshot during Game 3 when two styles and sizes and ages clashed at the height of competition.

Slithering Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas), a star with a huge future, made a jump shot over an outstretched Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), a star with a huge past. Durant usually doesnt talk very much but, on his way back down the court, backpedaling, he took out his mouth guard so Wade could hear him enunciate clearly. Too small, he spit at Wade, showing his teeth in more ways than one.

This was rather redundant, as the shot itself had revealed for all to see that Wade was indeed too small to interfere with it, but this ecosystem can be cruel that way, young coming after old rabidly and out loud, Michael Jordan demanding verbally in those Dream Team practices (and at the hotel coffee shop, as Larry Bird and Magic ate) that those stars hand the league over to him, and right now.

Later in life, a young Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) would cross-over Jordan at the top of the key, one on one, and refer to it as a clowning.

But then the fourth quarter arrived Tuesday, the time that used to belong to Wade on this team and in this town, the time that stained LeBron James last June and the time that Durant, three-time scoring champion at 23, is now intent on making his own. Thats when Heat coach Erik Spoelstra put James on Durant for good, the Heat organization essentially responding to Durants too-small taunt with, How about some of this, Kevin? Is this too small? You know what happened after that. Durant started missing badly, James closed the game, Miami inched to within two victories of the trophy and the tectonic shift within the Heat organization was all but complete.

It wasnt supposed to get here this fast. The idea for the blueprint was that James and Chris Bosh, still in their prime, would help carry Wade when he got older, later in all their contracts, not in the second year. But Wades knee is balking, and he doesnt have his normal explosion, and so he has looked old this postseason before he is actually old. It is very difficult, aging in this sport, young and aggressive piranha like Durant always hungry to take over the ecosystem. Wade used to be Russell Westbrook, all fast-twitch muscle fiber, getting whatever he wanted, but this postseason has been an unholy labor for him, and he has resigned himself to helping where and how he can when he isnt losing the ball or complaining to the refs on clean strips that used to be fouls.

BROTHERS IN ARMS

Despite all his muscled armor, despite his size and global stature, James has always been the little brother to Wades big brother in their relationship, as unique a friendship as youll find anywhere in sports. Wade is older, and more mature, and his status as a champion made it so that James would follow him all of last year, right until the very bitter end. He came to Wades team in Wades city to play in an arena Wade calls his house, trailing behind him the way little brothers do, and they tried to share so evenly and politely to make it work last year that each one of them took exactly 373 playoff shots.

Remember that coughing incident during The Finals last year, when Wade and James mocked Dirk Nowitzkis sickness? That was Wade out in front, James lagging behind him symbolically, Wade mocking Nowitzki first for the cameras and James then following his lead. This year, though, James is clearly out in front with Wade choosing, with rare self-awareness, that he needs to be in James substantive shadow. James has 463 playoff shots to Wades 395.

If you dont think that gulf matters, consider the tension in Oklahoma City, where Westbrook has shot this postseason more than Durant. Wade has stepped to the side, willingly, acknowledging out loud that James is better than he is even though athletes tend to be terrible self-evaluators, which is why so many of them hang on too long. Within the context of team sports, it is maybe the most mature thing the big brother has ever done.

There are things that Durant does better than James his jump shot is cleaner, his free throws are better but heres why Miami is up 2-1 in this series even though there isnt very much difference between these two teams: When James guarded Durant late Tuesday, he bothered him. When Durant guarded James, he got in foul trouble. Without a word, James rebutted Durants too small with a very obvious too skinny.

NOT ALL PRETTY

Game 3 was not art or ballet or acrobatics. This was construction work. The Heat played a horrific offensive basketball game in Game 3. Just awful. It wasnt just Mario Chalmers going 1 for 8 or Chris Bosh going 3 for 11 or the entire team making only 1.6 out of every 10 shots it took outside the paint. Keep in mind, according to ESPN.com, Miami attempted 19 shots more than three feet away from the right side of the rim, and missed all 19. It is near impossible to win this kind of game ever, against even a bad team, never mind against a great one in The Finals. But win it Miami did because James was a wrecking ball in the paint.

Heres how complete his performance was: He got Durant in foul trouble. It is fair to wonder if James Harden, Sixth Man of the Year, has been terrible in two games at least in part because his defensive responsibility has been too much James. And, at the end, up four points as Oklahoma City had the ball, James became a coach, too, forcibly moving Udonis Haslem into a different position on the inbound pass on what became the game-ending turnover.

Afterward, James and Wade walked off the court, into the tunnel, with their arms around each other, just as they had after Game 2, James looking so much larger than Wade, one of them growing before our eyes while the other ages.

Little brother? Big brother?

No.

Just brothers now.

Courtesy of: www.miamiherald.com



Shumpert hopeful to be ready by January - by Bryan Floyd

Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90, college: Georgia Tech) tore his ACL in the playoffs right when Derrick Rose tore his is and they are both hoping for a January return."The target date is January," Shumpert said. "The rehab is going well." Even if Shumpert can return to action in January, he will still miss the first two months of the season. With an injury like this, timetables always fluctuate, but every report has been positive for Shumpert along the way. The Knicks were very much exposed on both ends of the court when Shumpert when down.


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2012 JT Focus Mgt. Akron/Canton Am Pro Basketball Summer League Division Kicked Off Great!! - by Vance Marbury

2012 JT Focus Mgt. Akron Am Pro Basketball Summer League Day #1

Game 1 Mt. Union University vs JT Focus Mgt.

JT Focus Mgt. Defeats Mt. Union 76 to 73

Mt. Union University was led by Steve Griffin who tallied 24 pts. Other solid contributors for Mt. Union U. included Tyler Fansnight who chipped in 14 pts, Evan Keeslar 17 pts, and Jarett Rufin 9 pts.

JT Focus Mgt. was led by Akron University Jake Krester who tallied 24 pts. Former Ohio Valley Christian Guard Trey Vaughn who is looking to transfer to another school chipped in 17 pts. Akron University Quincy Diggs and Blake Justice contributed 11 pts and 10 pts respectively. West Liberty University Nick Brown added 11 pts.

Game 1 Recap:

Mount Union put up a great effort but in the end Akron University Jake Krester made six 3 point field goals that kept Mt. Union from ever overtaking JT Focus Mgt. The biggest surprise to me in the game was how hard the Akron U. players Quincy Diggs, Blake Justice and Jake Krester played. Trey Vaugn an unsigned shooting guard provided a big scoring punch as well.

Game 2. Leff Electric vs Team 330

Leff Electric Defeats Team 330 --- 77 to 76

Team 330 was led by Akron U. Nick Harney 22 pts. Akron U. soon to be freshman Deji Ibitay added 14 pts. Former Fairmount St. guard Jamar Wesley chipped in 14 pts. Team Captain John West added 14 pts. Ryan Special EFX Williams contributed 6 pts.

Leff Electric was led by Unsigned Cleveland Ohio guard Dawan Cline who tallied 23 pts. Akron U. Reggie McAdams added 18 pts. Akron U. Carmel Blelemo and Ezekiel Marshall both contributed 11 pts a piece. Lastly Cleveland St. Walk On Khyler Fields chipped in 9 pts

Game Recap

With the gym stands a little fuller, the game intensity definitely picked up. Ball Up Street Ball Star Ryan Special EFX Williams put on a dunk display during warmups, and a in game dunk that was special, but that wasnt the significance of the game. Team 330 Jamar Wesley controlled the game for his team, while Akron U. Nick Harney aggressive scoring kept Team 330 around and close the entire game. Akron U. soon to be freshman Deji Ibitay had an impressive dunk in transition, but ultimately Leff Electric held off Team 330.
Leff Electric was led by Maple Hts. Oh unsigned guard Dawan Cline. Dawan is an explosive 2 guard that some Junior College in America could defintely use. Akron U. Zeke Marshall controlled the paint with his shot blocking ability. Akron U. point guard Carmelo Belevo controlled the basketball as if it was attached to his hands. Carmelo has good ballhandling skills and really dictated good offensive plays. Akron U. Reggie McAdams shot the lights out, Cleveland Ohio Eric Seaberry, provided good depth. Team Coach John Oliver said he was surprised how hard his guys played and that he was excited that his team left there egos at the door.

Former NBA Official JB Derosa stopped by this game to watch his son JB Derosa Junior, who is an up and coming official do a little officiating. The buzz in Canton/Akron Ohio area was great during this game.

Game 3 Team Burgan vs Team Bulls

Bulls defeated Team Burgan 78 to 49

Team Bulls was led by former Arkansas Tech guard Johne Davis who tallied 18 pts. Akron U. Josh Egner chipped in 17 pts. Former Merchurst NE CC star Lamar Broyles added 15 pts. Akron U. Chancy Gilliam added 9 pts

Team Burgan was led by Hardford CC center Curtis Moore who chipped in 15 pts. Troy Burgan team captain and former Hardford CC star added 6 pts.

In a game that was up and down Team Bulls just proved to have to much talent. The Bulls played very well together and proved they are going to be one of the best teams in the Akron/Canton division.



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  NEW ZEALAND   


Newcomers named in Tall Blacks squad - by Eurobasket News

Four players will make their Tall Blacks debuts as the roster to contest next months FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela has been determined by attrition. When forward Isaac Fotu withdrew to prepare for his upcoming scholarship at University of Hawaii, coach Nenad Vucinic was left with just 12 candidates for 12 spots and no decisions left to make. The team departs for Australia on Wednesday and Vucinic must now hope there are no more injuries or withdrawals before then.
It hasnt been an ideal process, he admits. We started with 24 players on our list, but weve had so many injuries this year and unavailability, there werent really too many guys to pick from. Thats unfortunate, but Im still looking forward to this trip and the guys are very motivated. All four debutants are among guards, where the Tall Blacks have lost Mark Dickel, Mike Fitchett, Kirk Penney and Corey Webster from last years squad. Teenager Tai Jack Webster (186-G-95), viewed as more of a long-term prospect when the selection process began, will enter international basketball in similar circumstances to older brother Corey four years ago. He turned 17 just a few days ago, making him one of the youngest ever selected for the Tall Blacks, and was a member of the New Zealand team that won the inaugural FIBA 33 Youth World Championship in Italy last year.
NZ Breakers development player Joshua Bloxham (186-G-90) (22) will get to show what hes learned during the franchises two championship seasons. Initially, we probably didnt intend to go this deep, but with all the injuries, they have their chance, says Vucinic. Were very pleased with what Tai showed us during the trials and would have gone close even if there had been more players I believe you always have to have players for experience and the future. After more than a decade on the fringe, veteran Hayden Allen (190-G-79) (32) will finally follow father Glen into the national team. Allens promotion comes less than a year after surviving a near-fatal car accident. Hayden has been one of the unluckiest players in terms of selection, because he was always playing behind great players like Kirk Penney and Phill Jones, who kept him out of the team, says Vucinic. Its really pleasing for us coaches that hell be there.
Everard Bartlett (198-G-86) is another whos been close to making the Tall Blacks for several seasons and showed dramatic improvement in the Australian NBL over the past 18 months. Everard is still a young player and this is another level up, but he should feel confident that he belongs here.
In the end, the biggest decision Vucinic, along with assistant coaches PERO CAMERON and PAUL HENARE, had to make was who should fill the one naturalised spot available on the roster. That position has gone to incumbent Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona), who beat out the challenges of guard Kevin Braswell and forward Marcel Jones. Braswell, a former Breakers import, never really got the opportunity to push his case after he was unable to secure NZ citizenship in time. Although Jones, a small forward with the Manawatu Jets, was sworn in by the Department of Internal Affairs on Thursday, Vucinic has decided he needs Franks experience more. Casey has been with us for some time and knows what we need, says Vucinic. We have some very promising, big Kiwis coming through, but they are a little short of experience right now Casey gives us that. Frank arrived in New Zealand 10 years ago as an import for the Auckland Stars and has stayed ever since. He made his Tall Blacks debut in 2005 and gained his citizenship in time for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the following year.

The 2012 Tall Blacks team are:
Hayden Allen (Auckland Pirates), Joshua Bloxham (Nelson Giants), Everard Bartlett (Bay Hawks), Casey Frank (Wellington Saints), Leon Henry (200-F/G-85, college: S.Idaho JC) (Otago Nuggets), Jarrod Kenny (188-G-85) (Bay Hawks), Robert Loe (210-F-91) (St Louis University, US), Alex Pledger (213-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey) (Auckland Pirates), Lindsay Tait (192-G-82, agency: Duran International) (Auckland Pirates), Jeremiah Trueman (206-F/C-87, college: Alaska-Anch.) (Manawatu Jets), Mika Vukona (198-F-82) (Nelson Giants), Tai Jack Webster (Auckland Pirates)

They will contest the OQT in Caracas from July 2-8, hoping to earn one of three spots still remaining in the mens draw at London. New Zealand faces Macedonia and Angola in pool play.
Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz



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Alabi - Nigeria's big cat roars in China - by Iwedi Ojinmah

Another NBA player that will help D Tigers in their quest to make history and be the first Men's class from their country to play in an Olympic game will be the 7 foot 1 Solomon Alabi.

Transplanted at the age of 15 to the US, he attended high school at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida where he was an all-state performer and helped lead Montverde Academy to a perfect 30-0 record during his senior season

A defencive star in the ACC while at Florida State he was initially signed by the Dallas Mavericks with the 50th pick. There is no doubt that he would have been picked higher if he had not been afflicted with Hepatitis B shortly before draft day.

Nevertheless the Kaduna born native has shrugged off that burden and despite being traded to the Raptors for raw cash, has bought into his new teams regime for him with no fuss .It had him assigned to trench duty, first with the Erie Bay Hawks, and then with the Bakersfield Jam - both in the D League.

His tenacity and patience paid off as he was finally recalled to the Raptors where he remains part of a serious attempt by the Canadians to regain the form they once displayed with the likes of Bosch and Carter.

Nigeria as pointed out will also be counting on these attributes to shine fully when they arrive in Venezuela. They already seem to be paying off as D Tigers continue to decimate their Chinese tune up opponents - the top notch Foshan Long Lions. On Friday it was by 30 points and on Saturday and Sunday it was again by double digits as the cats already seemed in tournament form.

Next will be more tune ups in the US against the UK and then they jet off to Brazil to play in a 4 nation tournament featuring much stronger opposition including Brazil. Before that though there will be more cannon fodder in form of Fujian Quanzhou Bank and Shanxi Zhongyu thrown at them in China.

Bearing in mind how the West Africans are looking we predict another mauling



Al-Farouq Aminu - basketball royalty - by Iwedi Ojinmah

Among one of the pillars on which the Nigerian D Tigers hope to lean on heavily in July at OQT in Venezuela will be the regal professional Al-Farouq Aminu.

Royal - because Aminu can trace his roots all the way back to that of a Nigerian King. His name means " the chief that has come"

Professional - because thats what he is on the court, a NBA Hornet.

Hope - because nothing is etched in stone yet

A member of the 2008 McDonalds All American team he almost had his career derailed when he was found guilty of shooting a pedestrian with an Air gun and was subsequently put on probation. But that was a long time ago and he has since that idiotic prank, virtually reinvented himself.

Also American by birth , he is also the younger brother to the ex Georgia Teach star Alade who currently plays in France

Aminu opted to return home to West Africa and help Nigeria in her quest to obtain one of the three remaining spots for the London 2012 Olympics. At 6 8 the small forward has an amazing 7-3 wingspan and could easily be played as a power forward.

So its interesting to see how the Nigerians will utilize him in a mere three weeks. Not that it matters because even as a water boy he will be a plus because of his focus.With an awesome work ethic Aminu is comfortable at both ends of the floor and if he could just sharpen his shooting a little more, would be an even more vicious weapon in the D' Tigers arsenal.

Nigeria has been grouped along with Lithuania and host Venezuela.



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South American Championship: Brazil topple Paraguay - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Paraguay 67:63

Brazil registered the first win at the South American Championship. They overcame Paraguay for 1-0 record in Group B. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) scored 21 points to lead the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They were tied at 15 after ten minutes of action. Paraguay managed to pull ahead in the second frame. They eke out a 33:32 halftime advantage. However Brazil managed to take over in the third frame. Scoring 23 points Brazil pulled in front for a 55:48 lead with one quarter remaining. Paraguay narrowed the gap in the final frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) notched 13 points, while Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) and Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) added 9 points each in the win. Guillermo Araujo (205-C-82) answered with 20 points for Paraguay. Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) netted 19 points in the loss.

Brazil: Vitor Benite 21, Welington Dos Santos 13, Mineiro Ferreira 9, Dede Stefanelli 9
Paraguay: Guillermo Araujo 20, Javier Martinez 19



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Asean Basketball League Championship Roundup: Game 1 - by Enzo Flojo

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over INDONESIA WARRIORS, 86-83

The San Miguel Beermen and Indonesia Warriors lived up to the hype as they delivered an intense first game in the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League Finals 2012 series, which the Beermen won 86-83.

Duke Crews was the top scorer for the Beermen with 22 points, followed by Avenidos 21. Fazekas rounded off the Beermens top three with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

The Warriors Evan Brock was the games top scorer with 24 points followed by Stanley Pringle with 21. Steve Thomas recorded a double double of 16 points and 15 rebounds.

The Beermen received a huge lift from their veteran point guard Froilan Baguion. Beermen head coach Bobby Parks shifted Chris Banchero to shooting and put Baguion at the point in the second half. It was the right decision as Baguion dished out 9 assists and hit a huge three-point shot to tie the game at 77 with 2:50 left in the game.

Baguion is a veteran and he had won the championship in the last two years. Baguion had been running the offense for the whole year. Now we have the luxury of having two great point guards. said coach Parks after the game about Baguion.

It was a high shooting first quarter as both teams completed over 50% from the field. The scoring was neck and neck but it was the Warriors who earned the first significant lead of the game after they went on a 5-0 run at the 4 minute mark. The Beermen did not allow this to last for long however, as Avenido sank in an important three point shot just one minute later to bring the Beermen back 16-15. The Warriors went on another run in the final minute however to close out the quarter with a 26-20 lead.

The Warriors continued their red hot shooting and went on a 9-0 run immediately after play resumed. The Beermen were cold from the field for two minutes until a Fajardo shot off the glass finally opened their scoring in the second quarter. The Warriors were unstoppable at this point however and a Brock dunk gave them the first double-digit lead in the game at 33-22 with six minutes left on the clock. Another amazing Brock dunk at 5:08 gives the Warriors their biggest lead of the game so far at 23-37, putting in 14 big points between them and the Beermen, who at this point had only put in 3 points all quarter.

It certainly looked like the Warriors were about to run away with the game, but the Beermen got back into the game to outscore the Warriors 14-9 in the final minutes of the third. Pringle, who scored 14 points in the first quarter was limited to just one point in the entire period. Avenido completed their comeback with a stunning three-pointer at the 1:07 mark to take away the Warriors double digit lead and at halftime the Warriors saw their 14 point lead melted away as the teams entered the locker room with just 5 points separating them at 46-41 to the Warriors.

The Beermen quickly evened things up at 50-50 with 7:17 on the clock. Back-to-back baskets from Thomas followed by a three from Salangsang saw the Warriors back up 59-62 however with 4:58 left. Both teams kept it very tight in the third as the gap did not go over seven points throughout the entire quarter. The Beermens Banchero cut the gap to just one point as he went coast to coast and sank his shot at the buzzer to make it 63-64 to the Warriors.

It was only fitting that this incredible game ended with the most nail-biting fourth quarter in the entire season thus far. The Warriors, understanding how important this game was went straight to work and put in a 6 point run to grab a 7 point lead with 7:13 on the clock. Beermens Baguion then made his only shot of the game count as he, overlooked by the Warriors defense and left open, evened things up again with a stunning three point shot with less than three minutes left in the game.

Indonesias Allan Salangsang committed an unsportmanlike foul when Crews finished off a nice pass from Fazekas with a dunk to make it 82-79 for the Beermen with 1:11 left. The Warriors then had an opportunity to send the game to overtime when Mario Wuysang had an excellent look from the corner but his three-point shot did not go in and the Beermen take a 1-0 lead in this best-of-three series.

The Indonesia Warriors will now have to win Game 2 which will be held at the Mahaka Square in Jakarta, Indonesia next Saturday the 23rd of June 2012.

SMB 86- Crews 22, Avenido 21, Fazekas 18, Banchero 11, Fajardo 7, Yap 4, Baguion 3
INW 83- Brock 24, Pringle 21, Thomas 16, Salangsang 10, Canada 7, Wuysang 5
QS: 20-26, 41-46, 63-64, 86-83

Source: Game recap was compressed and compiled from AseanBasketballLeague.com.



2012 PBA Governors Cup Roundup: June 17, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 100-90
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters took Barako Bulls best punch and lived to tell the tale, before cruising to an easy 100-90 victory Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Trailing 18-11 in the first quarter, Rain or Shine unleashed a 13-0 run to grab a 24-18 lead with 4:05 left in the opening period, an advantage the Elasto Painters would not give up the rest of the game.

We shot a lot better in the game, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao of his team, which made 48 percent of its shots. Medyo nagbalik na yung kumpiyansa namin.

Rain or Shine turned up the heat in the second quarter, where Jeff Chan scored 11 of his team-high 19 points to help the Elasto Painters to a 57-43 lead.

The Elasto Painters were never seriously threatened since, leading by as much as 19 points in the fourth quarter before Barako Bull cut the lead with a late run.

Rain or Shine held Barako Bull import LeRoy Hickerson, who had averaged 35 points per game coming into the match, to just 24 points on 9-of-24 shooting.

We prepared hard for Hickerson, we knew he was averaging more than 30 points and seven assists in his previous games, said Guiao. Gabe [Norwood] and Jireh [Ibanes] alternated on him, and did a good job.

Rain or Shine was so dominant that import Jamelle Cornley played just 29 minutes, scoring 18 points. I think it was a well-balanced attack, we did not need Jamelle to score big for us, said Guiao.

The Elasto Painters victory also came despite injury to star rookie Paul Lee, who left the game in the second quarter after hurting his shoulder and did not return.

Paul had some problems with his shoulder, I dont think it was serious, said Guiao. Gabe and TY [Tang] handled the point guard position so well that we didnt need him.

It was Rain or Shines sixth victory in seven games, to stay atop the standings. Barako Bulls win-loss record fell to 3-3.

ROS 100- Chan 19, Cornley 18, Norwood 15, Ibanes 11, Buenafe 9, Cruz 6, Tang 6, Quinahan 6, Lee 4, Belga 4, Matias 2, Jaime 0.
BAR 90- Hickerson 24, Kramer 16, Najorda 12, Allado 8, Miller 7, Cruz 6, Cervantes 4, Sharma 4, Vergara 3, Tubid 3, Pennisi 3.
QS: 30-27, 57-43, 76-59, 100-90

PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over B-MEG LLAMADOS, 92-80
Petron Blaze coach Ato Agustin was wary of his teams penchant for losing control late in the game. Against the B-MEG Llamados, his wards made sure they finished strong.

The Boosters used a hot second quarter to blow the game open, before repulsing multiple late charges to fashion out a 92-80 victory over the Llamados in furious Governors Cup action Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

We needed to finish this game strong, hindi na pwedeng mangyari sa amin yung nangyari nung last two games, said Agustin after the game.

Jay Washington tied his career-high with 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field. After the Llamados cut the lead to just six points late in the fourth quarter, Washington scored five points in a 7-0 run to push the Petron lead to 89-76 and kill the B-MEG rally.

Si J-Wash, binuhos niya talaga, said Agustin.

Eddie Basden added 22 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists, neutralizing the all-around effort of counterpart Marqus Blakely. The B-MEG reinforcement posted 28 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks, but committed six turnovers.

The game also saw the return to action of Dondon Hontiveros for the Boosters after a long layoff because of injury. The Cebuano hotshot was scoreless in five minutes of action.

Si Dondon, wala pa sa timing, said Agustin. Unti-unti kong pinapalaro para makuha niya yung timing niya.

With the win, Petrons record improved to 4-3 for solo fourth place. The Llamados, who saw their five-game winning streak snapped, fell to second place in the standings with a 5-2 record.

PET 92- Washington 29, Basden 22, Miranda 10, Lutz 8, Yeo 8, Santos 7, Cabagnot 6, Pena 2, Hontiveros 0, Ildefonso 0.
BML 80- Blakely 28, Yap 15, Reavis 12, Simon 9, Urbiztondo 8, Pingris 4, Intal 2, De Ocampo 2, Barroca 0, Villanueva 0.
QS: 23-23, 50-41, 75-62, 92-80

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Reynaldo Belen)




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Portuguese U20 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Portuguese U20 National Team 2012
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Pedro Belo
Belo
Henrique Sico
Sico
Jonah Callenbach
Callenbach
Julio Silva
Silva
Joao Fernandes
Fernandes
#e#5
Emanuel Sa 199-F-93 Ovarense Portugal
Pedro Belo 212-C-92 Benfica Portugal
Henrique Sico 192-G-92 Barreirense Portugal
Miguel Maria G FC Porto B Portugal
Jonah Callenbach 193-F-93 Avila Spain
Julio Silva 183-G-93 Ovarense Portugal
Joao Ribeiro 201-C-93 Benfica Portugal
Joao Fernandes 177-PG-92 Barreirense Portugal
Diogo Ventura 185-PG-94 Benfica Portugal
Candido Sa 202-F/C Benfica Portugal
Rafael Wildner 207-C/F-92 Estudiantes L. Spain
Lugo Santos 196-F-92 Alges Portugal
Ricardo Rosa 193-G/F Benfica B Portugal
Artur Castela 200-C-93 Benfica Portugal
Daniel Margarido 192-C-92 Barreirense Portugal
Joao Grosso 199-F-94



Portuguese U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Portuguese U16 National Team 2012
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Benvindo Mendes
Mendes
Carlos Salamanca
Salamanca
Francisco Amiel
Amiel
Joao Oliveira
Oliveira
#e#4
Benvindo Mendes 200-C-96 Seixal Portugal
Carlos Salamanca 187-G-97 Barreirense Portugal
Chris Santos Seixal Portugal
David Jorge Odisseia Portugal
Diogo Araujo Ginasio Portugal
Diogo Brito Povoa Portugal
Francisco Amiel 186-PG-96 BAC Portugal
Joao Lucas Porto Ferpinta Portugal
Joao Neves Benfica Portugal
Joao Oliveira 183-PG-96 Vasco Portugal
Luis Camara Alges Portugal
Ricardo Monteiro Carnide Portugal
Rodrigo Soeiro Ovarense Portugal
Rui Nery Estoril Basket Portugal
Sergio Silva Benfica Portugal



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Puerto Rican National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
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Peter John Ramos
Ramos
Jose Juan Barea
Barea
Alexander Franklin
Franklin
Ricardo Sanchez
Sanchez
Daniel Santiago
Santiago
#e#5
4 Peter John Ramos 222-C-85 Quebradillas Puerto Rico
5 Jose Juan Barea 181-PG-84 Minnesota T. USA
6 Filiberto Rivera 190-PG-82 San German Puerto Rico
7 Angel Garcia 209-C/F-88 Granada Spain
8 Mike Rosario 190-G-90 Florida USA
9 Alexander Franklin 196-PF-88 Mayaguez Puerto Rico
10 Andres Rodriguez 184-PG-81 Arecibo Puerto Rico
11 Ricardo Sanchez 212-C-87 Mayaguez Puerto Rico
12 Edwin Ubiles 198-G/F-86 Dakota W. USA
13 David Huertas 195-G-87 Quebradillas Puerto Rico
14 Alexander Galindo 200-F-85 Guayama Puerto Rico
15 Daniel Santiago 216-C-76 Arecibo Puerto Rico

Flor Melendez Head Coach Bayamon Puerto Rico



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Kuban in battle with Maccabi over Marko Banic - by Anton Zirkov

According to reports in Russia today,Lokomotiv Kuban is very intersted Croatian forward - Marko Banic (205-F-84).
The Bilbao player who is now a free agent has just finished a 6 years stint at the basque club as he looks to fresh up with new challenges.
According to the report,Banic has also offer from Isreali side - Maccabi Tel-Aviv and the Kuban top brass knows that it will be hard to compete with the European giants,but hope to persuade the Croat with a better financial packge.Zalgiris are also reported to be interested in Banic,but it seems for now that its a tug or war between Kuban and the Israeli club.
Banic,a product of Zadar basketball club has played there between 2001-2005 bofore moving to big spenders Akasvayu Girona in 2006,than he went on loan to Bilbao and after Girona went bankrupt he moved there till the end of this season.
Banic avereged 13.3ppg, 4.0rpg in the Euroleague and 11.4ppg,4.3 rpg in the Spanish ACB



Aaron Jackson in Moscow medical - by Anton Zirkov

Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) arrived in Moscow yesterday for a medical before signing a two years deal with CSKA.
The American point guard has been in talks with the Red army club for the last couple of weeks,and during the weekend both parties have agreed on a deal.
Jackson,who came from Spanish side Gescrap Bilbao where he played there during 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons and was one of the key factors during last season Euroleague run who stopped by CSKA in the Quarter-Finals ,where Jackson avereged 9.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg.In Spanish ACB he gained 10.9ppg 3.3rpg and 2.9apg.
Before joining the Basque club in 2010 ,he played one season (2009/2010) at Turkish side Antalya Buyuksehir and at the end of that season had a short stint at Italian side Canadian Solar Bologna.




Russian U20 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
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Alexander Varnakov
Varnakov
Valery Ershkov
Ershkov
Artem Komolov
Komolov
Svyatoslav Makushkin
Makushkin
Artem Pisarchuk
Pisarchuk
#e#5
1 Alexander Varnakov 185-PG-92 Ruskon-Mord. Russia
2 Evgeny Marinin 192-G-92 Spartak SP Russia
12 Valery Ershkov 196-G-92 CSKA-2 Russia
13 Artem Vikhrov 196-PG-92 Triumph Russia
14 Artem Komolov 191-G-93 CSKA-2 Russia
15 Tamirlan Bekkiev 204-F-92 Rjazan Russia
20 Gleb Goldyrev 200-F-93 Spartak V. Russia
21 Alexander Tikhonin 205-F-92 CSKA-2 Russia
22 Dmitry Kulagin 195-G-92 Triumph Russia
23 Vladislav Trushkin 201-F-93 Spartak V. Russia
24 Viktor Zaryazhko 194-PG-92 Spartak V. Russia
32 Svyatoslav Makushkin 202-C-92 Dynamo Mo. Russia
68 Denis Orlenko 210-C-93 Khimky-2 Russia
69 Artem Pisarchuk 205-C-92 Spartak SP-2 Russia



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Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Awards 2011-12 - by Zoran Popovic

Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 1st Team 2012
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Branko Milisavljevic
Milisavljevic
Milos Dimic
Dimic
Nenad Miljenovic
Miljenovic
Omar Thomas
Thomas
Milan Macvan
Macvan
#e#5

Player of the Year: Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Mega Vizura
Guard of the Year: Milos Dimic (195-G-89) of Radnicki Basket
Forward of the Year: Mike Scott (203-F-86) of Radnicki K.
Center of the Year: Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of Partizan
Most Improved Player of the Year: Uros Lucic (207-C-83) of Radnicki K.
Bosman Player of the Year: Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90) of Mega Vizura
Import Player of the Year: Omar Thomas (197-F-82) of Crvena Zvezda
Domestic Player of the Year: Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of Partizan
Defensive Player of the Year: Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) of Crvena Zvezda
Coach of the Year: Vlada Jovanovic of Partizan

1st Team
G: Milos Dimic (195-89) of Radnicki Basket
G: Nenad Miljenovic (194-93) of Mega Vizura
F: Omar Thomas (197-82) of Crvena Zvezda
C: Milan Macvan (206-89) of Partizan
C: Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) of Partizan

2nd Team
G: Miljan Pavkovic (178-81) of Radnicki K.
PG: Dominic James (180-86) of Partizan
C: Aleksandar Petrovic (204-87) of BKK Radnicki
F: Mike Scott (203-86) of Radnicki K.
C: David Simon (207-82) of Radnicki K.

Honorable Mention
Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Mega Vizura
Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) of Crvena Zvezda
Aleksandar Petrovic (204-C-87) of BKK Radnicki
Steven Markovic (190-G-85) of Radnicki K.
Davis Bertans (208-F-92) of Partizan
Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90) of Mega Vizura

All-Defensive Team
Aleksandar Petrovic (204-C-87) of BKK Radnicki
Branko Lazic (195-G-89) of Crvena Zvezda
David Simon (207-C-82) of Radnicki K.
Mike Scott (203-F-86) of Radnicki K.
Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) of Partizan



Miodrag Rajkovic new head coach of Turow Zgorzelec - by Zoran Popovic


Serbian coach Miodrag Rajkovic is new head coach of Turow Zgorzelec. Last season coach Rajkovic was on the bench of Slask Wroclav. During the career Rajkovic was assitant coach of BC Tadic, BC Radnicki, BC Red star, Vojvodina Srbija Gas, Buducnost Podgorica, Hemofarm Vrsac and head coach of Mega Vizura and WKS Slask Wroclav. Also, Rajkovic was on the bench of Yugoslavian U14 and U16 National team.



11th Belgrade basketball clinic - by Zoran Popovic

Belgrade basketball Clinic will be organized 11th consecutive time this year in gym Sumice from June 30 until July 1. Serbian basketball coaches association agreed participation of following speakers and coaches: Tim Floyd , Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket ), Francesco Cuzzolin, Aco Petrovic , Emilio Kovacic and Vladimir Stankovic. During the two days of Belgrade basketball clinic speakers will present interesting subjects about offensive and defensive rolls in basketball, importance of PR in basketball, transition in defense role, speed and quickness in basketball and other interesting subjects.

Schedule of Belgrade basketball clinic is published on official site of Serbian basketball coaches association www.ukts.rs



Igor Rakocevic wins the title with Siena - by Eurobasket News

Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) wins the title with Siena as Montepaschi celebrated yet another SeriaA title. They fired past Armani Jeans tonight to earn the sixth consecutive crown. Ksistof Lavrinovic 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 delivered 16 points, while Nikolaos Zisis added 15 points in the win. Ioannis Bourousis answered with 18 points for Armani Jeans. Malik Hairston netted 15 points in the loss.
The season 2011-2012 Igor Rakocevic started for Crvena Zvezda Beograd (A League), only pre-season, but in Oct.'11 moved to Montepaschi Siena (Italy-SerieA). In Euroleague he averaged 9.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 25.6%, FT: 78.0%, while in Italy his stats read 11.1 points per game.



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Zlatorog lands Mucic - by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog Lasko keeps building its roster for the upcoming season by inking experienced Sasa Mucic (202-F-83) to a one-year deal. He aarives from Maribor Messer, where he averaged 12.8 points (2P 57%, 3P 25%, FT 67%) and 6,7 rebounds in 23 Telemach League games, Mucic was the leading team scorer and rebounder and Zlatorog is his eighth domestic club after Nova Gorica, Krka, Krsko, Kraski zidar, Koper, Zasavje and Maribor. He has also played in Cyprus, Hungary, Belgium and Poland.


Slovenia edge Czech Republic in Zrece - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Czech Republic U20 93:62

Slovenia recorded the first win in the test series versus Czech Republic in Zrece. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) provided 16 points to lead the hosts.
Slovenia started the game with an aggressive defence. They limited Czech Republic to 11 points in the opening quarter to take a 4-point lead. Slovenia stretched the lead in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 17 points 41:24. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the third term. The hosts claimed a 65:43 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Slovenia did not slow down in the final quarter and rallied to the victory at the end. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) provided 15 points, while Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) netted 13 points in the victory. Dalibor Fait (203-F/C-93) answered with 16 points for Czech Republic. Jaromik Bohacik had 15 points in the loss.

Slovenia U20: Klemen Prepelic 16, Marko Pajic 15, Miha Lapornik 13
Czech Republic U20: Dalibor Fait 16, Jaromik Bohacik 15



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Argentina1-0
2. Venezuela1-0
3. Chile0-1
4. Colombia0-1
Group B
1. Brazil1-0
2. Uruguay1-0
3. Paraguay0-1
4. Bolivia0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Jun. 18: VEN - CHI 86-61
Jun. 18: COL - ARG 68-87

Group B

Jun. 18: PAR - BRA 63-67
Jun. 18: URU - BOL 122-36

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Group A

Jun. 19: CHI - COL
Jun. 19: ARG - VEN

Group B

Jun. 19: BOL - PAR
Jun. 19: BRA - URU


CEZ Nymburk Brings Back Petr Benda for Two More Seasons - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Colombia - Argentina 68-87
Argentina celebrated the opening win at the South American Championship. The hosts outgunned Colombia in Group A. Facundo Campazzo came up with 20 points for the hosts. Argentina secured a three-point lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts boosted the lead in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 10 points 46:36. Argentina cleared off in the third term. They held Colombia to just 11 points in the quarter and rallied to a 22-point advantage at the final intermission. Colombia outscored Argentina in the fourth frame but could not escape the loss at the end. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) provided 12 points, while Matias Sandes netted 11 points in the victory. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) answered with 17 points for Colombia. Divier Perez had 15 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Venezuela - Chile 86-61
Venezuela clinched the first win at the South American Championship in Argentina. They defeated Chile behind 17 points from Hector Romero. Venezuela and Chile traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Venezuela pulled ahead for a 20:17 lead at the first intermission. They took off in the second quarter. Venezuela boosted the gap and arrived at halftime up by 18 points 45:27. Chile stopped the bleeding in the third term. They poured in 23 points to narrow the gap to 16 points. But Venezuela however quickly regained control and marched to the victory in the final quarter. Axiers Sucre delivered 15 points, while Jhornan Zamora had 11 points in the victory. Erik Carrasco answered with 16 points for Chile. Sebastian Suarez provided 12 points in defeat.

Group B
Paraguay - Brazil 63-67
Brazil registered the first win at the South American Championship. They overcame Paraguay for 1-0 record in Group B. Vitor Benite scored 21 points to lead the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They were tied at 15 after ten minutes of action. Paraguay managed to pull ahead in the second frame. They eke out a 33:32 halftime advantage. However Brazil managed to take over in the third frame. Scoring 23 points Brazil pulled in front for a 55:48 lead with one quarter remaining. Paraguay narrowed the gap in the final frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Welington Dos Santos notched 13 points, while Mineiro Ferreira and Dede Stefanelli added 9 points each in the win. Guillermo Araujo answered with 20 points for Paraguay. Javier Martinez netted 19 points in the loss.

Uruguay - Bolivia 122-36
Uruguay secured the first win at the South American Championship in Chaco, Argentina. They thumped Bolivia in Group B opener. Bruno Fitipaldo delivered 20 points to lead the winners. Uruguay shocked their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 36:5 run to leave Bolivia far behind. Uruguay continued to dominate in the second quarter. They established a 59:16 halftime lead. The second half did not change the complexion of the game. Uruguay stayed in charge and rolled to the victory at the end. Mauricio Aguiar posted 17 points, while Mathias Calfani and Leandro Garcia Morales added 16 points each in the win. Julio Mendoza answered with 12 points for Bolivia. Javier Martinez and Miguel Angel Justiniano added 6 points each in the loss.



COLOMBIA FALL IN THE SOUTHAMERICAN OPENER - by Victor Garcia

Colombia fall against Argentina on its first match in the Southamerican 68 - 87, the nationall team had a good start a reached and 2 points advantage in the second quarter but Argentina quickly made the adjustement and took a 9 points lead at the half.
In the third quarter Argentina start to put full court pressure over Colombias ball handlers and the national team did not found a way to run its offensive, the olimpic medalists took control of the boards and ran the court taking advantage of the Colombias slow transition, Pearols duo of Campazzo and Leo Gutierrez lead the Aargetins ofensive,
Stalin Ortiz lead Colombia as usual with 17 points, Divier Perez is the positive note of the team, Perez finished the game with 15 points and 9 rebounds, the team is missing the absence of Edgar Moreno , and a big question remains on the roster selection, why the coach Giraldo did not call another point guard like Julian Pineda,?.

Colombia 68 - S. Ortiz 17 pts, D. Perez 15 pts + 9 rebs,N. Aragon 8 pts,.
Argentina 87 - F. Campazzo 20 pts, L. Gutierrez 12 pts, M. Sandes. 11.





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  SPAIN   


Caja Laboral keep Milko Bjelica - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral agreed on terms of contract extension with Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket). The centre will spend the next season in Vitoria. Milko Bjelica joined the team at the start of the last season. The Montenegrin centre averaged 10.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In ACB Milko Bjelica delivered 7.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per appearance. Previously the centre had stints with Crvena Zvezda, Braunchweig, Koln 99ers, Lietuvos Rytas. Eurobasket.com named the centre All-Lithuanian LKL Bosman Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. He was also trumped All-Baltic League Centre of the Year in 2010. Milko Bjelica has been the member of Montenegrin National Team since 2008. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket. The centre posted 6.0 points and 2.4 boards per game in Poland.


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USBasket.com All-TRBL Awards 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Tournament MVP: Antonio Houston (6'5''-G/F-88) of PT Players
Player of the Year: Antonio Houston (6'5''-G/F-88) of PT Players
Guard of the Year: Antonio Houston (6'5''-G/F-88) of PT Players
Forward of the Year: Brandon Streeter (6'6''-F-84) of Fayetteville C.
Center of the Year: Malachai Jones (6'8''-F/C) of PT Players
Coach of the Year: Chris Thomas of PT Players

1st Team
G/F: Antonio Houston (6'5''-88) of PT Players
G: Dana Pickett (5'8) of Big Texas
PG: Zach Herrmann (6'0''-80) of Wilmington SD
F: Kason Cheeks (6'5'') of Carolina G.
G: Freddy Little (6'1''-86) of Cary Invasion

2nd Team
F/G: Jonathan Moore (6'8''-82) of Cary Invasion
F: Brandon Streeter (6'6''-84) of Fayetteville C.
F: Nathan Priest (6'7'') of Big Texas
F/C: Travis Taylor (6'9''-86) of Carolina G.
F: Donald Rutherford (6'7''-87) of PT Players

Honorable Mention
Scott Draughn (6'6''-F) of Carolina G.
Daniel Jackson (6'7''-F) of Cary Invasion
Jamel Carpenter (6'2''-G/F) of Fayetteville C.
Victor Street (5'11''-PG) of PT Players
Michael Bland (6'9''-C/F) of Queen City E.



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MBA blow past Hawks! - by Albert-Lee Young

Millennium Basketball Academy (MBA) scored a convincing 79-49 win over Hawks on Saturday evening in the 19&U Division of the North Zone Basketball Commission League at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Mucurapo.

MBA controlled the tempo though out the game and went up 13-6, 30-16 and 52-37 by the end of the third quarter. However in the final session MBA led by Ivan Williams with a game high 17pts outscored Hawks 27-12. Williams, who was switched to the point guard role during the game, got off to a slow start with only 4pts scored in the first half. However during the second period, he hit three consecutive shots from beyond the arc as MBA surged ahead of Hawks.

To add to Hawks demise, the game ended with two dunks from the MBA players. With less than one minute remaining, 6-10 center Johnathan Hamilton returned to the court and immediately scored a dunk. Next possession, Hamilton threw an outlet pass from under his team baseline on a fast break to forward Matthew Sheppard for an explanation dunk on the buzzer.

For the winners captain Khalid Arrindell added 15pts, Hamilton chipped in with 14, Christian Arthur had 11 and Sheppard got 8, including three dunks!

Whilst for Hawks D. Gonzales led with 12pts.



UTT pip NFM! - by Albert-Lee Young

The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) scored a slender 88-87 win over National Flour Mills (NFM) on Thursday in the 1st Division of the 2012 North Zone Basketball Commission (NZBC) League at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Mucurapo.

UTT, who trailed 41-40 at the halftime interval, got 22 points from guard Jeffrey Harris and 20 from Kevon Noreiga. For NFM Kerry McMillan led with 21pts whilst Kwesi Julien added 18.

In the first game of a doubleheader, Macoya Forum registered a hard fought 61-56 victory against Trailblazers in a 2nd Division match up.

Delano Ribeiro top scored for Macoya with 13 points and Kareem Walker chipped in with 12. Juvani Andrews had a game-high 17 for Trailblazers while Issiah Wilkinson added 11.

Other results from games played earlier in the week were:

Men First Division: STRAKER NETS (81) - Sadiki Guerra 18 pts, Richard Guiseppi 16 pts vs NATIONAL FLOUR MILLS (54) - Ashton Demurrell 16 pts.

Men Second Division: TOGETHERNESS (72) - Jason Best 21 pts vs BRIAN CHASE VETERANS (68) - Collin Phillip 16 pts, Derrick Cornbread James 13 pts.



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Virgin Islands record first win in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Virgin Islands U18 - Mexico U18 81:79

Virgin Islands celebrated the first win at the U18 Fiba Americas in Brazil. They held off Mexico to finish at 1-2 record in Group A. Khalid Hart (198-SF-95) knocked down 30 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Mexico ensured a confident start. They surged ahead for a 23:15 lead at the first break. Virgin Islands cut the deficit in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit to 7 points at the interval 46:39. Mexico boosted the margin again in the third term. They arrived at the final break up by 9 points 64:55. However Virgin Islands turned things around in the final quarter. They poured in 26 points and snatched a tough win at the end. Alex Brazil (198-C) accounted for 17 points and 16 rebounds for Virgin Islands. Angel Rivera-Cuencas (170-PG) added 14 points in the win. Jose Estrada (190-G-94) answered with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Mexico. Jose Luis Aguilera (94) had 14 points in the loss.

Virgin Islands U18: Khalid Hart 30, Alex Brazil 17+16 boards, Angel Rivera-Cuencas 14
Mexico U18: Jose Estrada 25, Jose Luis Aguilera 14



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  UGANDA   


Titans force OverTime but fall to Warriors 61-56, weekend results - by Joel Nature

Ronnie Kasewu scored 6 of his 15 points in overtime to pace Warriors to a 61-56 win over KIU Titans on Sunday night at YMCA. Warriors (10-1) jumped to a 10-0 run in the first period as Titans (5-4) went scoreless for nearly 5 minutes and trailed 20-8 at the end of the quarter. KIU scored a point more in thee second quarter and trailed by 13 at half time.
Syrus Kiviri (10 points) opened the third quarter for Warriors from downtown. Francis Kasekende (15 points) responded with a corner 3-ball for Titans and guard Salim Ali nailed another from the top of the mountain to open KIUs 23 point third quarter that brought them with in 43-40. With 2:59 in the third quarter , Warriors called for a time out after Kasekende had pulled KIU within 8 and on return Ali added a lay-up in the explosive quarter the come back continued in the fourth and with 1:19 Ali hit another trey to put KIU with in 1 (51-50). He swiped the ball seconds later and missed a go ahead lay-up with 14 seconds to the buzzer. On Warriors gaining possession, Kasewu was sent to the line and hit 1 throw and on in bounding Salims lay-up with 4 seconds sent the game to overtime. At this point Kasewu took over from the foul line sinking all his 6 throws in the period including two with 9 seconds which were the final dagger. We lost the game because of the bad first half. We took to much energy to close up the game and started making unnecessary fouls and turnovers Titans coach Nimrod said. Henry Malinga scored game high 19 points and Sam Gombya added 8 points that went with 14 rebounds. Salim Ali led KIU with 15 points. Richard Osano scored 7 points and picked game high 17 rebounds.

Miracle Eagles 62 : 47 Heaters
UCU Canons 66 : 55 Miracle Eagles
Nkumba Marines 42 : 33 Vegeterians
Heaters 72 : 64 Rez Life
Kyambogo Warriors 61 : 56 KIU Titans





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Budivelnyk part ways with Artsiom Parakhouski - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk decided to split ways with Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford). The centre joined the team back in October. He tallied 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in Superleague. In VTB League the Belarusian player notched 9.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per appearance. Previously Artsiom Parakhouski played for VEF Riga. Eurobasket.com named the centre All-Baltic League Player of the Year in 2011. He also participated at LBL All-Star Game in 2011. Artsiom Parakhouski has been the member of Belarusian National Team since 2008.


Yuri Lokhmanchuk joins Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News

Yuriy Lokhmanchuk (197-G/F-87) changed the team. He signed a deal with Cherkasy. The forward spent the last two seasons with DniproAzot. He averaged 3.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in Superleague last season. Yuriy Lokhmanchuk is not new to Cherkasy. The forward used to play for the team back in 2006/09 seasons. He was the member of Ukrainian U18 and U20 National Teams.


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Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 18: Capitol - Cader 90-85
Jun. 18: Goes - Larranaga 74-66
Jun. 18: Atenas - Marne
Jun. 18: Urunday Univ. - Yale
Jun. 18: Verdirrojo - Guruyu Waston


South American Championship: Uruguay fire past Bolivia - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay - Bolivia 122:36

Uruguay secured the first win at the South American Championship in Chaco, Argentina. They thumped Bolivia in Group B opener. Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) delivered 20 points to lead the winners.
Uruguay shocked their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 36:5 run to leave Bolivia far behind. Uruguay continued to dominate in the second quarter. They established a 59:16 halftime lead. The second half did not change the complexion of the game. Uruguay stayed in charge and rolled to the victory at the end. Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) posted 17 points, while Mathias Calfani (202-C-92) and Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) added 16 points each in the win. Julio Mendoza (PG) answered with 12 points for Bolivia. Javier Martinez and Miguel Angel Justiniano (194-F/C-80) added 6 points each in the loss.

Uruguay: Bruno Fitipaldo 20, Mauricio Aguiar 17, Mathias Calfani 16, Leandro Garcia Morales 16
Bolivia: Julio Mendoza 12, Javier Martinez 6, Miguel Angel Justiniano 6



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South American Championship: Venezuela prevail against Chile - by Eurobasket News

Venezuela - Chile 86:61

Venezuela clinched the first win at the South American Championship in Argentina. They defeated Chile behind 17 points from Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans).
Venezuela and Chile traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Venezuela pulled ahead for a 20:17 lead at the first intermission. They took off in the second quarter. Venezuela boosted the gap and arrived at halftime up by 18 points 45:27. Chile stopped the bleeding in the third term. They poured in 23 points to narrow the gap to 16 points. But Venezuela however quickly regained control and marched to the victory in the final quarter. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) delivered 15 points, while Jhornan Zamora (193-G/F-89) had 11 points in the victory. Erik Carrasco (181-PG-83) answered with 16 points for Chile. Sebastian Suarez (189-F-91) provided 12 points in defeat.

Venezuela: Hector Romero 17, Axiers Sucre 15, Jhornan Zamora 11
Chile: Erik Carrasco 16, Sebastian Suarez 12



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Budivelnyk part ways with Artsiom Parakhouski - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk decided to split ways with Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford). The centre joined the team back in October. He tallied 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in Superleague. In VTB League the Belarusian player notched 9.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per appearance. Previously Artsiom Parakhouski played for VEF Riga. Eurobasket.com named the centre All-Baltic League Player of the Year in 2011. He also participated at LBL All-Star Game in 2011. Artsiom Parakhouski has been the member of Belarusian National Team since 2008.


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Standings

Standings
1. Lebanon4-1
2. Iran4-1
3. Jordan3-2
4. Palestine2-3
5. Syria2-3
6. Yemen0-5



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  WBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Jun. 16: Atlanta Blaze - Conyers CK 141-131
Jun. 16: Gastonia G. - Rome G. 100-94
Jun. 15: Rome G. - Gwinnett Majic
Jun. 16: Gwinnett Majic - Upsate Heat




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Women News


QBL: Weekend Wrap-Up: Round 6 - by Eurobasket News

Ipswich Force 79 def Cairns Dolphins 67
The Dolphins got themselves out in front by eight points early in the match, with the Force managing to bring the margin back and go into halftime with a one point lead. From the second half it was Ipswichs game, with the Dolphins running out of steam in the fourth quarter. Courtney Taylor and Natasha Hasse shot 22 and 20 points respectively for the Force, while Jade Kennedy was Cairns best scorer with 23 points.

Gold Coast Rollers 104 def South West Metro Pirates 48
The Rollers dominated from early in the match, with nearly all the Gold Coast players contributing on the scoreboard. Carine Reimink shot 20 points and took 12 rebounds for the Rollers with five of her team-mates shooting into double figures. Jessica Wallis (178-G-88) top-scored for the Pirates with 10 points.

Toowoomba Mountaineers 53 def by Cairns Dolphins 71
The Dolphins evened up their road-trip record with the win over Toowoomba, the home side holding a narrow lead until half-time. The Dolphins turned things around early in the second half and never gave up control, with Juliana Paunovic top-scoring for Cairns with 25 points, Janelle Adams (175-G-90, college: Cleveland St.) was Toowoombas best with 15 points.

Northside Wizards 73 def Maroochydore Clippers 50
Northside were simply too strong for the Clippers, with the Wizards holding command throughout the match. Taylor Lilley (168-G-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) was again strong for Northside with 25 points, while Kristina Innemee and Emily Perry both scoring 10 points for Maroochy.

Mackay Meteorettes 61 def Townsville Flames 53
The first half saw a close contest with the lead changing hands on a number of occasions, Townsville managing to push their lead out to seven points at one stage. The Meteors drove the second half and the Flames were unable to catch up, Louella Tomlinson (193-F-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.Mary's, CA) top-scoring for Mackay with 19 points while Alicia Froling hit 13 for Townsville.

Bundaberg Bears 64 def Brisbane Capitals 36
This game was abandoned at the end of the third quarter by the Brisbane Capitals. As per QBL rules the score line stands as the winning team was ahead by a margin greater than 20. Further clarification on this rule can be found in the match report section for this game. Bundaberg led the game with Hayley Munro top-scoring with 16 points, Helen Naylor put up nine points for Brisbane.

Gladstone Power 93 def Brisbane Capitals 72
Gladstone again pulled out another commanding victory, dominating the match against a depleted Brisbane side. The Power got themselves in front early and didnt give up the lead for the entire match. Rebecca Haynes (188-G/F-84, college: Jacksonville St.) put on a stunning performance with 28 points and 15 rebounds while Helen Naylor shot 21 points for Brisbane.
Courtesy of: qbl.basketball.net.au



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Spartak Moscow Region bring in Isabelle Yacoubou and Ekaterina Ruzanova - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Moscow Region bring in Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) and Ekaterina Ruzanova (177-PG-82) for the next season. The Russian titan announced the players via the local website.
Last year Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui-Dehoui played for Ros Casares and averaged 9.4ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 81.0% in Euroleague and in Spanish League had 12.3ppg, 6.2rpg, FGP: 54.2%, FT: 74.4%. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui-Dehoui played almost for the whole career in Tarbes. She joined the team in 2003-2004 and remained until 2010. In her last season for Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB) in Euroleague she averaged 9.1ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 50.0%, while in French League she became the fourth top-scorer with 15.1ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 67.3%. In 2010-2011 moved to Famila Wuber Schio (Italy-A1) and in Euroleague after13 games showed 12.9ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 51.6%, FT: 77.6%. In Italian League after 30 games her stats read 10.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.9spg, FGP: 48.5%, FT: 72.6%.
Ekaterina Ruzanova comes back to Spartak Moscow Region where she played for three seasons earlier. In 2010-2011 for Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region she showed 3.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg. In 2011-2012 she moved to Nadezhda Orenburg (PBL) and in Euroleague had 4.0ppg, 2.2rpg. In Russian League she showed 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg.



Good Angels confirm EuroLeague 2012/2013 participation - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels confirm EuroLeague 2012/2013 participation. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, the team also announced Petra Kulichova (198-C-84), Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84), Martina Kissova (185-F-93), Beata Janoscikova (195-C-93), Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94), Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) and Gabriela Nagyova (175-G-92).
Last year Good Angels finished the Regular Season with 9-5 record. They celebrated the ninth Euroleague win in the season. They toppled Frisco Sika in Brno to climb at the second position in Group C. Later UMMC paved their way into Euroleague Final Eight. They stunned Good Angels in Kosice to seal the eighth-final series sweep. Danielle McCray and Erin Marie Lawless answered with 15 points each for Good Angels.
Earlier Good Angels announced Petra Kulichova. Last year Together with USK Praha Petra Kulichova defended this season their ZBL title. They swept the title series against Frisco Sika. The reigning champions claimed an 82:52 win in the third game of the series to triumph in the League. Delisha Milton-Jonesled the effort with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Petra Kulichova collected 6 points and 12 rebounds.



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Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Jelena DUBLJEVIC
  MNT
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Dubljevic, MNT23.5 
 2. Eldebrink, SWE23.0 
 3. Perovanovic, MNT22.0 
 4. Marginean, ROM21.0 
 5. Tuukkanen, FIN21.0 
 6. Petronyte, LTU18.0 
 7. Twehues, SUI17.5 
 8. Sten, FIN17.0 
 9. Jansone, LAT16.5 
 10. Erkic, SLO16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taru TUUKKANEN
  FIN
  (190-C-77)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Tuukkanen, FIN12.5 
 2. Petronyte, LTU11.0 
 3. Pavel, ROM11.0 
 4. Perovanovic, MNT10.5 
 5. Dubljevic, MNT10.5 
 6. Teilane-T., LAT9.0 
 7. Meesseman, BEL9.0 
 8. Jallai, EST8.0 
 9. Murphy, MNT8.0 
 10. Ble, ESP8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena DUBLJEVIC
  MNT
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Dubljevic, MNT7.5 
 2. Skerovic, MNT6.0 
 3. Teilane-T., LAT4.5 
 4. Baric, SLO4.5 
 5. Erkic, SLO4.0 
 6. Karklina, LAT4.0 
 7. Stoenescu, ROM4.0 
 8. Brandao, POR3.5 
 9. Schmit, LUX3.5 
 10. Eldebrink, SWE3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kristina VENGRYTE
  (190-C-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Vengryte, LTU4.0 
 2. Erkic, SLO3.5 
 3. Stoenescu, ROM3.0 
 4. Dubljevic, MNT3.0 
 5. Oblak, SLO3.0 
 6. Rol, SUI3.0 
 7. Ouvina, ESP3.0 
 8. Skerovic, MNT2.5 
 9. Thalmann, SUI2.5 
 10. Snytsina, BLR2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Elisabeth PAVEL
  ROM
  (192-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pavel, ROM2.5 
 2. Petronyte, LTU2.5 
 3. Veremeenko, BLR2.0 
 4. Nicholls, ESP1.5 
 5. Teilane-T., LAT1.5 
 6. Meesseman, BEL1.5 
 7. Valdemoro, ESP1.5 
 8. Jovanovic, MNT1.5 
 9. Mesila-K., EST1.5 
 10. Putnina, LAT1.5 



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French U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

2 Alix Duchet 163-G-97 Le Coteau France
5 Maryle Limousin 160-G-96 CFBB France
6 Degane Balle Bonza 180-G-96 Challes France
7 Marie Milapie 191-C-96 Toulouse France
8 Katia Clanet 187-F-96 CFBB France
9 Louise Dambach SIG France
10 Manon Lascurettes 162-G-96 Landes France
11 Maimouna Ba 190-F-96 CFBB France
12 Ornella Bankole 178-G-96 Chalon sur Saone France
13 Lisa Berkani 173-G-97 Beaumont France
14 Camille Cirgue 184-F-96 CFBB France
15 Mathilde Combes 182-G-96 Bourges France

Arnaud Guppillotte Head Coach
Arnaud Brogniet Assistant
Julien Egloff Assistant



Russia U16 win Fougeres international tournament - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Russia U16 49:60

Russian U16 National Team clinched the title at the Fougeres international tournament. They defeated France on the final day of the competition. Daria Kolosvskaya posted 13 points to lead the winners.
Russia earned an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained it throughout the second quarter. Russia arrived at halftime up by five points 29:24. The visitors started to get away in the third quarter. They boosted the margin to 10 points at the final intermission 44:34. Russia extended the lead in the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the victory. Anastasia Borovykh (173-SG-96) had 14 points, while Ksenia Levchenko (165-PG-96) added 9 points in the win. Carla Blatrie (170-G-96) answered with 15 points for France. Marie Milapie (191-C-96) delivered 10 points in the loss.

France U16: Carla Blatrie 15, Marie Milapie 10
Russia U16: Anastasia Borovykh 14, Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) 13, Ksenia Levchenko 9



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Christina Schorr is new player on Halle Lions team - by Marsha Owusu Gyamfi

The former Chemnitz player Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) changes from their home club to the SV Halle Lions. The player has far exceeded the status of a talent.

Schnorr has already played for many seasons in the 1st Women's team from Chemnitz. They increased their role continuously from year to year. Its about 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 ball gains achieved the 19 year old in the last season for the ChemCats in about 30 minutes operating time on average, show that Schnorr is an full 1st division player.

Her new club coach in Halle Patrick Baer appreciates the versatility of the young player: "With Christina, we were able to steer a player with several years of Bundesliga experience, acting inside, as can also score from beyond the 3 point line."



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Israel U16 overcome Netherlands U16 in Fougeres - by Eurobasket News

Israel U16 - Netherlands U16 62:53

Israeli U16 National Team finished the international tournament in Fougeres on a high note. They defeated the Dutch counterparts. Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) provided 19 points to lead the winners.
Netherlands got to the better start. They led by two points after ten minutes of action 17:15. The Dutch youngsters maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They secured a 30:29 halftime lead. But Israel finished the third term strongly taking a 48:44 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Israel extended the lead early in the fourth quarter. They secured a 58:46 advantage midway through the final frame and rolled to the victory at the end. Eden Porat (176-F-96) chipped in 17 points, while Ofir Banet (165-PG-96) netted 12 points for the winners. Janis Ndeba answered with 20 points for Netherlands. Deborah Vos (178-PF-96) had 9 points in the loss.

Israel U16: Noa Zelivanski 19, Eden Porat 17, Ofir Banet 12
Netherlands U16: Janis Ndeba 20, Deborah Vos 9



Dutch U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Dutch U16 National Team 2012
#s#
Laura Cornelius
Cornelius
Esther Fokke
Fokke
Emese Hof
Hof
Fleur Kuijt
Kuijt
Anke Rikhof
Rikhof
#e#5
Beau Baars 96 ProBuild Lions Holland
Saskia Berends 172-SF-96
Laura Cornelius 174-PG-96 CTO Holland
Esther Fokke 180-PF-96
Emese Hof 188-C-96 CTO Holland
Eveline Kallenberg 97
Asa Kantebeen 97
Fleur Kuijt 174-G-96
Anke Rikhof 191-F-96 Eurosped Holland
Mirte Scheper 97
Valerie Smak 96
Laura Steggink 97
Kimberly van den Engel 96
Fenne van der Wielen 171-PG-96 Lekdetec.nl Holland
Tessa van Esch 96
Inge van Osch 96
Marieke van Schie 97
Deborah Vos 178-PF-96 Grasshoppers Holland
Noa Vos 96

Bart Sengers Head Coach Eurosped Holland
Jeanine Tjin-A-Sioe Assistant



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Israel U16 overcome Netherlands U16 in Fougeres - by Eurobasket News

Israel U16 - Netherlands U16 62:53

Israeli U16 National Team finished the international tournament in Fougeres on a high note. They defeated the Dutch counterparts. Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) provided 19 points to lead the winners.
Netherlands got to the better start. They led by two points after ten minutes of action 17:15. The Dutch youngsters maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They secured a 30:29 halftime lead. But Israel finished the third term strongly taking a 48:44 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Israel extended the lead early in the fourth quarter. They secured a 58:46 advantage midway through the final frame and rolled to the victory at the end. Eden Porat (176-F-96) chipped in 17 points, while Ofir Banet (165-PG-96) netted 12 points for the winners. Janis Ndeba answered with 20 points for Netherlands. Deborah Vos (178-PF-96) had 9 points in the loss.

Israel U16: Noa Zelivanski 19, Eden Porat 17, Ofir Banet 12
Netherlands U16: Janis Ndeba 20, Deborah Vos 9



Israeli U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Israeli U16 National Team 2012
#s#
Noam Balas
Balas
Ofir Banet
Banet
Alina Gluberman
Gluberman
Sean Levy
Levy
Noam Oved
Oved
#e#5
Noam Balas 174-G-96
Ofir Banet 165-PG-96
Alina Gluberman 178-C-96
Sean Levy 174-F-96
Noam Oved 167-PG-96
Eden Porat 176-F-96
Daniel Raber 183-PF-96
Doreen Radt 170-PG-96
Michal Sasson 170-SG-97
Shira Sasson 170-SG-97
Amit Tulman 164-PG-97
Noa Zelivanski 168-PG-96

Nathan Tal Head Coach
Vito Gilic Assistant Elitzur Holon Israel
Limor Mizrachi Assistant Elitzur Netanya Israel



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Ksenia Tikhonenko moves to CSM Targoviste on loan - by Eurobasket News

Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) moves to CSM Targoviste on loan. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, The Russian player will help the Romanian side.
In 2009-2010 she started for Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region cadet team. In 2010-2011 played mostly for junior team. In 2011-2012 averaged 1.4ppg, 1.6rpg in EuroLeague and in Russian League showed 2.7ppg, 3.6rpg.
In 2011 she was a member of the Russian U19 National Team. Ksenia Tikhonenko was named Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 2nd Team -11. At the World Championships U19 in Chile -11 she showed 12.2ppg, Reb-2 (10.3rpg), 1.1apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg), FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 54.3%.
Also she participated at the European Championships U18 in Oradea (Romania). Ksenia averaged 12.3ppg, 8.1rpg, Blocks-4 (1.9bpg), FGP: 49.4%, FT: 59.5%. She was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team -11. Last year Ksenia Tikhonenko reached Russian Cup Semifinals -12, Euroleague Final Eight -12, became Russian PBL Regular Season Runner-Up -12 and Russian PBL Finalist -12.



CSM Targoviste bring in Ivanka Matic - by Eurobasket News

CSM Targoviste started to build the roster for the next season. They secured the signing of Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management). The Serbian centre spent the last season in Turkey. She played for Galatasaray. Her stats read 6.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in Euroleague. Previously Ivanka Matic had stints in France, Serbia, Czech Republic, Spain and Russia. She played for the Yugoslavian National Team back in 2002. Ivanka Matic has been the member of Serbian National Team since 2005.


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Russian U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Ksenia Levchenko
Levchenko
Daria Kolosovskaya
Kolosovskaya
Tatiana Sema
Sema
Olga Aksenova
Aksenova
Zhosselina Maiga
Maiga
#e#5
4 Ksenia Levchenko 165-PG-96
5 Nina Glonti 188-C-97
6 Milena Silivanova 188-PF-96
7 Daria Kolosovskaya 181-SF-96
8 Anastasia Borovykh 173-SG-96
9 Tatiana Sema 193-C-96
10 Olga Aksenova 187-PF-96
11 Svetlana Boykova 181-SF-96
12 Zhosselina Maiga 193-C-96
13 Olga Orlova 171-SG-96
14 Elizaveta Bratchikova 189-PF-96
15 Ksenia Kuzmina 195-C-95
Daria Malashikhina 175-SF-96
Anna Molochkova 179-SF-96
Alexandera Orekhova 175-SG-96
Eva Chilikina 169-PG-96
Elizaveta Emelianova 180-SF-96
Daria Gaevaia 191-C-96
Anastasiia Goncharuk 164-PG-96
Daria Ibragimova 165-PG-96
Aleksandra Kirina 189-PF-96
Irina Litvinenko 193-C-96
Victoria Shipelova 164-PG-96
Anna Vavilina 188-PF-96

L Kornenkova Head Coach
O Shuneikina Assistant
A Nesterov Assistant



Spartak Moscow Region bring in Isabelle Yacoubou and Ekaterina Ruzanova - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Moscow Region bring in Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) and Ekaterina Ruzanova (177-PG-82) for the next season. The Russian titan announced the players via the local website.
Last year Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui-Dehoui played for Ros Casares and averaged 9.4ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 81.0% in Euroleague and in Spanish League had 12.3ppg, 6.2rpg, FGP: 54.2%, FT: 74.4%. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui-Dehoui played almost for the whole career in Tarbes. She joined the team in 2003-2004 and remained until 2010. In her last season for Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB) in Euroleague she averaged 9.1ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 50.0%, while in French League she became the fourth top-scorer with 15.1ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 67.3%. In 2010-2011 moved to Famila Wuber Schio (Italy-A1) and in Euroleague after13 games showed 12.9ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 51.6%, FT: 77.6%. In Italian League after 30 games her stats read 10.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.9spg, FGP: 48.5%, FT: 72.6%.
Ekaterina Ruzanova comes back to Spartak Moscow Region where she played for three seasons earlier. In 2010-2011 for Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region she showed 3.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg. In 2011-2012 she moved to Nadezhda Orenburg (PBL) and in Euroleague had 4.0ppg, 2.2rpg. In Russian League she showed 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg.



Russia U16 win Fougeres international tournament - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Russia U16 49:60

Russian U16 National Team clinched the title at the Fougeres international tournament. They defeated France on the final day of the competition. Daria Kolosvskaya posted 13 points to lead the winners.
Russia earned an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained it throughout the second quarter. Russia arrived at halftime up by five points 29:24. The visitors started to get away in the third quarter. They boosted the margin to 10 points at the final intermission 44:34. Russia extended the lead in the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the victory. Anastasia Borovykh (173-SG-96) had 14 points, while Ksenia Levchenko (165-PG-96) added 9 points in the win. Carla Blatrie (170-G-96) answered with 15 points for France. Marie Milapie (191-C-96) delivered 10 points in the loss.

France U16: Carla Blatrie 15, Marie Milapie 10
Russia U16: Anastasia Borovykh 14, Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) 13, Ksenia Levchenko 9



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Good Angels confirm EuroLeague 2012/2013 participation - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels confirm EuroLeague 2012/2013 participation. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, the team also announced Petra Kulichova (198-C-84), Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84), Martina Kissova (185-F-93), Beata Janoscikova (195-C-93), Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94), Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) and Gabriela Nagyova (175-G-92).
Last year Good Angels finished the Regular Season with 9-5 record. They celebrated the ninth Euroleague win in the season. They toppled Frisco Sika in Brno to climb at the second position in Group C. Later UMMC paved their way into Euroleague Final Eight. They stunned Good Angels in Kosice to seal the eighth-final series sweep. Danielle McCray and Erin Marie Lawless answered with 15 points each for Good Angels.
Earlier Good Angels announced Petra Kulichova. Last year Together with USK Praha Petra Kulichova defended this season their ZBL title. They swept the title series against Frisco Sika. The reigning champions claimed an 82:52 win in the third game of the series to triumph in the League. Delisha Milton-Jonesled the effort with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Petra Kulichova collected 6 points and 12 rebounds.



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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. 2-6 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 10-1 
 2. L.Angeles S. 7-4 
 3. S.Antonio SS 4-4 
 4. Seattle S. 4-6 
 5. Phoenix M. 2-7 
 6. Tulsa S. 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 18: L.Angeles S. - Washington M. 101-70
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.


Ogwumike scores 24 points, Sparks rout Mystics 101-70 to improve to 5-0 at home - by Eurobasket News

LOS ANGELES (AP) Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90, college: Stanford) scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Los Angeles Sparks, who beat the Washington Mystics 101-70 on Monday night and improved to 5-0 at home.

The Sparks are off to their best home start since they went 7-0 in 2006.

Washington dropped its 12th straight road game, dating to a victory at Los Angeles on July 17, 2011. The 31-point loss was the Mystics' worst defeat of the season.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, the top pick in this year's WNBA draft, missed last Saturday's game to attend her graduation ceremony at Stanford. The Sparks (8-3) lost that game for their first two-game losing streak of the season, but they got re-energized in their third game in four nights.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike went 11 for 14 from the field. Candace Parker scored eight of her 11 points in the third quarter, and Kristi Toliver added 15 points and six assists. The Sparks benefited from 29 free throw attempts to 13 for the Mystics (2-6) and forced 25 turnovers.

Los Angeles turned that defensive effort into a strong transition game that helped the Sparks score 66 points in the paint.

"I think we did a really good job of containing a lot of their best players," said Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who earned her degree in psychology. "We were having fun out there with our defensive stops. We were getting steals that turned into fastbreak points. I think that if we continue to defend, then offense will really come easier for us."

Michelle Snow (6'5''-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) led Washington with 15 points and seven rebounds and Natasha Lacy added 12 points in a reserve role. Leading scorer Crystal Langhorne, who had scored 20 points in each of the three previous games, was held to a season-low two. Second-leading scorer Matee Ajavon (5'7''-PG-86, college: Rutgers) was limited to two points on 1 for 6 shooting.

"That was about as good a defense as I've seen in a long time," Sparks coach Carol Ross said. "It was just very impressive to take very good players in Ajavon and Langhorne they just made their life miserable. It was a combination of a lot of good team defense."

Langhorne was guarded by Nnemkadi Ogwumike for stretches, and wasn't effective in the paint.

"It's hard to post the ball when we're turning it over so much," Washington coach Trudi Lacey said. "L.A. is a very good team. They came off a tough road trip. We knew they would be fired up to play, and I just think that we responded well."

Snow also said the turnovers were uncharacteristic.

"We know we have to take care of the ball, and we typically do that," Snow said. "We just have to bounce back and get back to being who we are and doing what we do best. You give people easy baskets like that I mean, 30 points in transition. That's the game right there."

The Sparks opened the second half on a 12-4 run and pushed their lead to 21 when Nnemkadi Ogwumike took a pass from a falling Marissa Coleman and scored on a layup to end the scoring in the third quarter. Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored a layup off Alana Beard's pass in the lane and completed the three-point play to make it 84-54.

"Nneka is quick, she's athletic," Ross said. "She's able to do a lot of things defensively. It allows Parker to do a lot of things defensively, as well. They're a good tandem on the defensive end as well as the offensive end. It's great to have her back. I asked her if she was going to be a much smarter player now that she has that degree with that diploma in her hand. I think she was."

The Sparks led 44-36 at halftime thanks largely to 19 free throw attempts against six for the Mystics. Beard and Toliver went a combined 11 for 13 from the line in the first half, including four in the final minute to push the lead to 41-33.

Langhorne had no points and only two field goal attempts in the first half. Parker was held to three points on 1 for 5 shooting.
Courtesy of: dailypress.com



Tulsa Shock sign Courtney Paris - by Eurobasket News

Tulsa Shock sign Courtney Paris (6'4''-C-87, college: Oklahoma) to replace Lynetta Kizer (6'4''-C-90, college: Maryland). Courtney Paris played last season in Turkey for Botas. In 2011-2012 for Botasspor Adana (Turkey-TKBL, starting five) she averaged 13.4ppg, Reb-1 (14.0rpg), 1.0apg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 55.7%, FT: 64.1% in Turkish league and in EuroCup had 14.3ppg, Reb-1 (13.9rpg), 1.0apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP: 54.4%, FT: 56.3%.
In 2010-2011 Paris played for Rivas Ecopolis (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in Euroleague averaged 11.4ppg, 8.3rpg, FGP: 61.0%, FT: 60.0%. In Spanish League after 28 games her stats averaged 9.8ppg, Reb-3 (8.5rpg), FGP: 54.4%, FT: 59.1%.
In her top game last season Courtney Paris collected 19 points and 10 rebounds at the Euroleague Qualifying Round Round 6 when Fenerbahce beat Rivas Ecopolis 79-77. Fenerbahce survived a thriller in Istanbul to finally tame Rivas Ecopolis in Euroleague. Diana Taurasi knocked down three free throws with 9 seconds left in regulation and then blocked Amaya Valdemoro to seal a tough win over Rivas Ecopolis for the Turkish powerhouse. Nevriye Yilmaz finished with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Diana Taurasi had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Courtney Paris replied with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Rivas Ecopolis. Elisa Aguilar accounted for 17 points and 6 assists in the loss.