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  ALGERIA   



Algerian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Starting five
#s#
Belkacemi Nedjeddine
Nedjeddine
Abdelhalim Kaouane
Kaouane
Mohamed Harath
Harath
Touhami Ghezzoul
Ghezzoul
Abderrahmane Mostefai
Mostefai
#e#5
Belkacemi Nedjeddine F-87 CSMC Algeria
Abdelhalim Kaouane 180-G-81 CSMC Algeria
Mohamed Harath 196-F-90 GS Petroliers Algeria
Touhami Ghezzoul 209-C-87 GS Petroliers Algeria
Abderrahmane Mostefai G-89 GS Petroliers Algeria
Hocine Gaham 194-G/F-86 GS Petroliers Algeria
Djillali Canon 190-G/F-78 GS Petroliers Algeria
Nabil Saidi 200-F/C-80 GS Petroliers Algeria
Mohamed Touati C-87 GS Petroliers Algeria
Mohamed Zerouali 191-G-90
Faycal Belkhodja 192-G-88 ASPTT Algeria
Adel Yezza 191-G-81 Annaba Algeria
Mohamed Esseghir 208-C/F-85 CRB Dar El-B. Algeria
Amir Boucenna 185-G Valga KK Estonia



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  ARGENTINA   


Argentinian U17 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Argentinian U17 National Team 2012
#s#
Juan Vaulet
Vaulet
Lucas Vildoza
Vildoza
Lucas Gargallo
Gargallo
Guillermo Lopez
Lopez
Agustin Caffaro
Caffaro
#e#5
4 Matias Aristu 193-G/F-95 Libertad S. Argentina
5 Lucio Reinaudi 183-G-95 Club 9 Argentina
6 Juan Vaulet 196-F-96 Hindu Club Argentina
7 Gabriel Deck 199-F/C-95 Quimsa Argentina
8 Joaquin Giarrafa 95
9 Lucas Vildoza 188-G-95 Quilmes MP Argentina
10 Alvaro Merlo 170-G-95 Ciclista Argentina
11 Rodrigo Haag 190-G-95 Atl.Echague Argentina
12 Lucas Gargallo 95
13 Guillermo Lopez F-95 Banco Nacion Argentina
14 Facundo Vallejos 95
15 Agustin Caffaro 206-C-95 San Mart.MJ Argentina

Enrique Tolcachier Head Coach
Eduardo Japez Assistant



Canada beat Argentina in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Canada U18 - Argentina U18 75:68

Canada registered the third straight win at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They defeated Argentina to clinch the top position in preliminary Group B. Andrew Wiggins (202-F-95) scored 19 points to pace the winners. Canada will now take on Brazil, while Argentina will face the USA in the semifinals.
Canada surged ahead to take a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 34:29 halftime lead. Argentina cut the distance in the third period. They narrowed the gap at three points with ten minutes remaining. Canada however quickly picked up the tempo and raced to the victory at the end. Trey Lyles (206-PF-94) delivered 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) finished with 14 points in the win. Martin Massone (191-G/F-94) answered with 19 points for Argentina. Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) netted 13 points in the loss.

Canada U18: Andrew Wiggins 19, Trey Lyles 16+12 boards, Tyler Ennis 14
Argentina U18: Martin Massone 19, Matias Bernardini 13



Nicolas Lauria joins La Union - by Eurobasket News

La Union landed another newcomer. They agreed on terms of contract with Nicolas Lauria (202-F-88). The forward spent the last two seasons with Penarol Mar del Plata. Last season Nicolas Lauria averaged 5.2 points, 3.5 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game in LigaA. Nicolas Lauria also played for Estudiantes Concordia. The forward was the member of U17 and U18 Argentinean National Teams.


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  BAHAMAS   


Centrobasket 2012: Bahamas edged Cuba - by Eurobasket News

Cuba-Bahamas 68:80

Bahamas edged Cuba in their start of 2012 Centrobasket in Puerto Rico. Bahamas played better than the opponents and reached 80:68 win in the opener.
Bahamas took 19:16 advantage after the first 10 minutes and stayed in front until the end of the half. They added 20-16 in the second frame and enjoyed 39:32 halftime advantage. Cuba meanwhile replied with 22-18 in the third period and reduced to 5 points after 30 minutes. Bahamas however finished the game with 23-14 in the last stanza and won the opener.
Marvin Gray (178-G-83) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Eugene Bain (195-F-88, college: Bellevue) nailed 10. Mitchell Johnson (196-F-85, college: Jarvis Christian), Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and Jean-Rony Cadeau (87) posted 8 each. Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, while Joan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) poured in 14.

Cuba: Yudniel Perez 19, Joan Luis Haiti 14
Bahamas: Marvin Gray 16, Eugene Bain 10, Mitchell Johnson 8, Bennet Davis 8, Jean-Rony Cadeau 8



Bahamas National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Starting five
#s#
Mitchell Johnson
Johnson
Torrington Cox
Cox
Jean-Rony Cadeau
Cadeau
Marvin Gray
Gray
Bennet Davis
Davis
#e#5
4 Mitchell Johnson 196-F-85 Panteras Mexico
5 Torrington Cox 201-F-85 Al Ansar Saudi Arabia
6 Jean-Rony Cadeau 87 P.Enforcers Bahamas
7 Marvin Gray 178-G-83 S.Indiana USA
8 Leon Cooper Jr. 185-G Utah St. USA
9 Gamaliel Rose 193-F Giants Bahamas
10 Kentwan Smith 203-F-91 La-Lafayette USA
11 Eugene Bain 195-F-88 Cybots Bahamas
12 Jaraun Burrows 203-F-85 Starwings Switzerland
13 Kadeem Coleby 205-F/C-89 La-Lafayette USA
14 Bennet Davis 206-F-84 Niigata Albirex Japan
15 Jamaal Douglas 201-F-85 Bohemios Uruguay



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  BELARUS   


Stiggers to play for Belarusian national team! - by Timur Tolokh

American guard Dante Stiggers (187-PG-82, college: S.Mississippi) is excited to be playing once again for the Belarusian national team.Dante Stiggers also played in Belarus for BK Minsk-2006 seasons 2007-2010. The Bosman B status player who has played in Greece the last 2 seasons, winning a bronze medal in 20010/2011 with PAOK Thessaloniki. Stiggers is excited and ready to play in the European championships this summer. He looks forward to the competition and representing Belarus as best as possible.


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  BOSNIA   


U16 started EC 2012 preparations - by Nedzad Kladusak

Bosnian U16 NT started its preparations for the upcoming EC in Romania which will be played from 19th to 29th of July 2012.
Of the 24 players that have been invited for the final selection round 4 players have been missing.
Nedim Djedovic applied for the Spanish citizenship and his status is uncertain despite promises of his father that he will take the same path as his older brother Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) who is currently attending pre-draft workouts. Djedovic, who plays for Regal FC Barcelona, is regarded as one of the most promising European players of his generation.
Very talented big man Darijan Stipanovic 206, (96) had some problems with his team Primorac Branik Maribor but the problem has been resolved and he will join the team today or tomorrow.
Another top prospect Imran Polutak 206,96 is also highly commited to BIH but he seems to be under massive pressure by Krka Junior Team. It is worth to mention that both players have been invited to Slovenian U16 camps. However both players declared that they want to play only for BIH.
Edin Atic the talented SG/SF of KK Kos Sarajevo who has been linked several times to Real Madrid is also missing.



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  BRAZIL   


USA stay undefeated in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

USA U18 - Brazil U18 83:64

USA registered the third consecutive win at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They defeated hosting Brazil to improve at 3-0 record in Group A. USA set up a semifinal clash versus Argentina. Brazil occupied the second position in the ladder and would face Canada in the semis.
USA got to a strong start. They recorded a 22:14 lead at the first intermission. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 49:28 halftime lead. Brazil stopped the rot in the third quarter. The hosts outgunned the USA to trim the deficit to 13-point margin. But the USA regained control in the fourth quarter and did not allow Brazil to get any closer rallying to the victory. Julius Randle (6'8''-F-94) accounted for 15 points for the USA. Lucas Dias (6'9''-C-96) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Brazil. Matheus Pereira (6'7''-C-95) had 12 points in the loss.

USA U18: Jarnell Stokes 22, Julius Randle 15, Rasheed Sulaimon 9
Brazil U18: Lucas Dias 15, Matheus Pereira 12



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  CANADA   


Canada beat Argentina in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Canada U18 - Argentina U18 75:68

Canada registered the third straight win at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They defeated Argentina to clinch the top position in preliminary Group B. Andrew Wiggins (202-F-95) scored 19 points to pace the winners. Canada will now take on Brazil, while Argentina will face the USA in the semifinals.
Canada surged ahead to take a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 34:29 halftime lead. Argentina cut the distance in the third period. They narrowed the gap at three points with ten minutes remaining. Canada however quickly picked up the tempo and raced to the victory at the end. Trey Lyles (206-PF-94) delivered 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) finished with 14 points in the win. Martin Massone (191-G/F-94) answered with 19 points for Argentina. Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) netted 13 points in the loss.

Canada U18: Andrew Wiggins 19, Trey Lyles 16+12 boards, Tyler Ennis 14
Argentina U18: Martin Massone 19, Matias Bernardini 13



Canadian U17 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Tyrell Bellot-Green 95
Tanveer Bhullar 218-C-95
Paul Campbell 96
Brody Clarke 96
Jabari Craig 95
Malcom Duvivier 95
Christopher Egi 96
Jamar Ergas 96
Justin Jackson 97
Miroslav Jaksic 95
Narcisse Kalama 95
Raynold Kasongo 95
Christopher McComber 95
Kamar McKnight 96
Anthony Pate 95
Newell Provo 96
Michael Quinn 95
Jordan Robinson 95
Michael Schoveller 95
Marial Shayok 95
Patrick Steeves 201-F-95
Kevin-Mbezela Zabo 186-G-95



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  CENTROBASKET   

Standings (Men)

Standings
Group A
1. P.Rico2-0
2. Bahamas1-1
3. Cuba1-1
4. Nicaragua0-1
5. Panama0-1
Group B
1. Jamaica2-0
2. Dominican R.1-0
3. Mexico1-1
4. Costa Rica.0-1
5. US Virg.Isl0-2

Qualifying Round: Round 2

A

Jun. 19: BAH - PUR 71-88
Jun. 19: NIC - CUB 47-80

B

Jun. 19: DOM - MEX 85-67
Jun. 19: ISV - JAM 64-80

Qualifying Round: Round 3

A

Jun. 20: PAN - BAH
Jun. 20: PUR - NIC

B

Jun. 20: CRC - ISV
Jun. 20: JAM - DOM


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  ISV
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 19
 1. Hodge, ISV19.0 
 2. Huertas, PUR18.5 
 3. Efejuku, JAM17.5 
 4. Scott, JAM17.0 
 5. Samuels, JAM17.0 
 6. Valdez, CUB17.0 
 7. Gray, BAH15.0 
 8. Aska, ISV10.5 
 9. Ennis, JAM10.0 
 10. Ubiles, PUR9.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joan Luis HAITI
  (200-C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Haiti, CUB11.0 
 2. Samuels, JAM8.5 
 3. Ramos, PUR8.0 
 4. Davis, BAH7.5 
 5. Cadeau, BAH7.5 
 6. Jordan, JAM7.5 
 7. Torres, CUB6.5 
 8. Aska, ISV6.5 
 9. Valdez, CUB6.5 
 10. Ewing Jr., JAM6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  PUR
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Barea, PUR7.0 
 2. Rodriguez, PUR5.5 
 3. Haiti, CUB5.0 
 4. Efejuku, JAM4.5 
 5. Hodge, ISV4.5 
 6. Rodriguez, CUB4.0 
 7. Gray, BAH4.0 
 8. Rivera, PUR3.5 
 9. Ewing Jr., JAM3.5 
 10. Scott, JAM3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  JAM
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Scott, JAM2.5 
 2. Gray, BAH2.5 
 3. Rodriguez, CUB2.5 
 4. Hodge, ISV2.5 
 5. Efejuku, JAM2.0 
 6. Ewing Jr., JAM2.0 
 7. Haiti, CUB2.0 
 8. Cadeau, BAH1.5 
 9. Rivera, PUR1.5 
 10. Davis, BAH1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ricardo SANCHEZ
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sanchez, PUR1.5 
 2. Jordan, JAM1.5 
 3. Haiti, CUB1.5 
 4. Johnson, BAH1.0 
 5. Rhymer, ISV1.0 
 6. Smith, BAH1.0 
 7. Davis, BAH1.0 
 8. Efejuku, JAM1.0 
 9. Ramos, PUR1.0 
 10. Cox, BAH0.5 


Day 1 in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Puerto Rico - Panama 92-60
Puerto Rico roll over Panama in Day 1 of the Centrobasket 2012. The hosts needed 92:60 win for an easy start. It was panama to start the game with seven consecutive points. . Alex Galindo responded with a three-points shot and jump shot and David Huertas with another three- point shot to tie the game. Both teams later nailed 17 points each before the end of the first quarter. Later on the court was dominated only by one team, Puerto Rico. They produced a 25-7 surge to take 17-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the hosts won the third period 25-21 and added 25-15 in the last stanza. David Huertas (195-G-87, college: Mississippi) led the way with 16 points and Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) scored 12. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) netted 11, while Franklin Alexander delivered 10. Isaac St Rose replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Oglivie Ernesto had 12. Munoz Joel produced 11 and Tesis Joel added 9.

Cuba - Bahamas 68-80
Bahamas edged Cuba in their start of 2012 Centrobasket in Puerto Rico. Bahamas played better than the opponents and reached 80:68 win in the opener. Bahamas took 19:16 advantage after the first 10 minutes and stayed in front until the end of the half. They added 20-16 in the second frame and enjoyed 39:32 halftime advantage. Cuba meanwhile replied with 22-18 in the third period and reduced to 5 points after 30 minutes. Bahamas however finished the game with 23-14 in the last stanza and won the opener. Gray Marvin top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Bain nailed 10. Mitchell Johnson, Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and Cadeau posted 8 each. Perez Yudniel ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, while Haiti poured in 14.

Group B
Mexico - U.S. Virgin Islands 75-67
Mexico successfully starts the campaign of Centrobasket 2012. The team overcame Virgin Islands 75:67 for 1-0 record. Mexico opened the game with 17:16 but later started to increase the lead. They added 22-10 in the second period and led 39:26 at the halftime. Virgin Islands meanwhile responded with 17-14 in the third period and trailed 10 points after 30 minutes in the court. They produced a 24-22 last stanza win to reduce to 8. Stoll led the way with 23 points and Ayon collected 22 points and 15 rebounds. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) replied with 18 points in defeat, while Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) collected 14 points and 11 boards. Aska had 10 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Brown Aaron added 8. In Day 2 Mexico will face off with Dominican Republic and Virgin Islands will play against Jamaica.

Jamaica - Costa Rica 91-61
Jamaica open the tournament with the win over Costa Rica. The Jamaican side celebrated 91:61 victory at the 2012 Centrobasket in Puerto Rico. Jamaica scored the first 15 points in the game and enjoyed 20:5 lead after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they added 19-16 in the second frame and had 18-point advantage at the halftime. In the third period Jamaica produced a 22-16 surge and increased to 61:37 after three quarters. Rose gave Jamaica the biggest led in the game, 84:53 as it was clear about the winner. Jamaica added 30-24 in the last stanza and sealed the victory in the opener. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) paced all the winners with 18 points and Howell Dylan netted 16. Samuels Anthony posted 14, while Scott Akeem and Ffriend Kimani delivered 11 points each. Clifford Smith (193-G-80, college: Barry) ended up with 17 points in defeat and Carlos Quesada (198-C-85) notched 11.



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  CHILE   


SouthAmerican Championship Day 2: First victory for the NT - by Daniel Valencia

In day 2 of the SouthAmerican Championship, the chilean national team defeated to Colombia 76-66. Chile won the first three quarters by a combined of 15 points and despite the reaction of Colombia, the NT was able to win the game by 10 points. The guards Erik Carrasco (181-PG-83) and Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) were the scoring leaders with 17 and 16 points respectively while Gerardo Isla (200-F/C-91) finished the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Chile 76 - Colombia 66
Chi
: Erik Carrasco 17 pts. Evandro Arteaga 16 pts.
Col: Enielsen Guevara 18 pts. Norbey Aragon 16 pts.

Boxscore

In day 3 of the tournament, the NT will play against the host, Argentina.



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Guangzhou L. 12-3 
 2. Guangzhou FM 10-5 
 3. Hebei 10-5 
 4. Jiangsu 9-5 
 5. Changan Group 9-6 
 6. Heilongjiang 7-8 
 7. Hong Kong 5-9 
 8. Sichuan 5-10 
 9. Nanjin Army 5-10 
 10. Henan Jiyuan 2-13 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jun. 19: Heilongjiang - Hong Kong 98-92 OT
Jun. 19: Guangzhou FM - Nanjin Army 93-74
Jun. 19: Jiangsu - Changan Group 78-76
Jun. 19: Sichuan - Henan Jiyuan 117-99
Jun. 19: Hebei - Guangzhou L. 100-85

Regular Season: Round 16

Jun. 23: Jiangsu - Sichuan
Jun. 23: Nanjin Army - Changan Group
Jun. 23: Hebei - Guangzhou FM
Jun. 23: Heilongjiang - Guangzhou L.
Jun. 23: Hong Kong - Henan Jiyuan


NBL Round 15: Leader Guangzhou L. loses to Hebei - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Guangzhou L. (12-3) recorded its third loss on the court of fourth ranked Hebei on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Hebei 100-85. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Guangzhou L.. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-85. The best player for the winners was American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) who had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds. Guard ZhiTong Yin (195-86) chipped in 15 points and 6 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Hebei (10-5) moved-up to second place, which they share with Guangzhou FM. Guangzhou L. at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Hebei is looking forward to face league's second-placed Guangzhou FM in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guangzhou L. will play against Heilongjiang and is hoping to win this game.

The best stats of 15th round was 23 points, 24 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 blocks by Walter Sharpe of Guangzhou FM.


Hebei - Guangzhou L. 100-85

Top ranked Guangzhou L. (12-3) recorded its third loss on the court of fourth ranked Hebei on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Hebei 100-85. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Guangzhou L.. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-85. The best player for the winners was American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) who had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds. Guard ZhiTong Yin (195-86) chipped in 15 points and 6 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks and forward DaWei Chen (203-85) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hebei (10-5) moved-up to second place, which they share with Guangzhou FM. Guangzhou L. at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Hebei is looking forward to face league's second-placed Guangzhou FM in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guangzhou L. will play against Heilongjiang and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hebei: D.Bryan 40+18reb+2ast, Y.ZhiTong 15+3reb+1ast, Z.ZhenHu 12+3reb+3ast, S.ChunLei 10+5reb, Y.TingYu 7+1reb, L.YiDing 5+5reb+1ast
Guangzhou L.: N.Hamady 22+12reb, Z.ChaoLong 14+3reb+1ast, C.DaWei 14+3reb+4ast, W.Jing 12+1reb, L.XiangTao 10+1reb+1ast, T.Chao 8+5reb
gschID: 176089


Sichuan - Henan Jiyuan 117-99

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Henan Jiyuan's (2-13) road loss to ninth ranked Sichuan (5-10) 99-117 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Sichuan. Henan Jiyuan was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 40-of-53 free shots (75.5 percent) during the game, while Henan Jiyuan only scored twenty points from the stripe. Sichuan forced 29 Henan Jiyuan turnovers. Henan Jiyuan was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard YingLiang Wang (183-91) who scored 18 points and 4 steals. Center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) chipped in 16 points. Five Sichuan players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-83, college: Hartford) who recorded a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds and point guard Shuai Li (186-92) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sichuan moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Nanjin Army. Loser Henan Jiyuan stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Sichuan will face higher ranked Jiangsu (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Henan Jiyuan will play against Hong Kong (#7).
Top scorers:
Sichuan: New import 30+14reb+10ast, W.YingLiang 18+2reb+2ast, Z.Kun 17+3reb, C.XiaoDong 16+2reb+2ast, D.ChengLong 11+1ast, C.Ma 10+7reb+1ast
Henan Jiyuan: A.Kenny 38+17reb+1ast, L.Shuai 19+2reb+5ast, L.Chao 11+6reb+4ast, W.Peng 9+4reb+7ast, L.XiaoHu 6+2reb+1ast, L.ZhenXin 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 176090


Heilongjiang - Hong Kong 98-92 OT

Heilongjiang needed overtime to beat Homg Kong 98:92. JunXiong top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Rashaun added 21.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: Z.JunXiong 22+9reb+2ast, F.Rashaun 21+11reb+7ast, L.Xu 17+8reb+4ast, J.Ming 11+8reb+4ast, L.JinYang 10+5reb+1ast, L.XueSong 10+2reb+2ast
Hong Kong: H.DeVon 23+10reb+1ast, Z.DongYang 15+4reb+2ast, G.JinLin 15+7reb+1ast, Y.XiaoHang 13+4reb+1ast, F.Zhou 12+2reb, L.MingHao 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 176091


Jiangsu - Changan Group 78-76

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Jiangsu (9-5) edged at home second-best Changan Group (9-6) 78-76 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 19-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Jiangsu forced 27 Changan Group turnovers. Changan Group was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was point guard Xin Feng (187-92) who scored 17 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Guard Zhuang Ma (194-88) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Joseph Taylor (203-85, college: Wyoming) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and center JunQi Jiang (202-90) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Changan Group's coach MingZhu Pu rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jiangsu moved-up to fourth place. Loser Changan Group dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Jiangsu will face Sichuan (#8) in the next round. Changan Group will play against Nanjin Army.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: F.Xin 17+3reb+5ast, M.Zhuang 14+3reb, S.XianLing 11+2reb, W.YanQing 6+5reb+1ast, F.Hui 4+7reb+1ast
Changan Group: T.Joseph 21+10reb+4ast, J.JunQi 14+5reb+1ast, S.Lei 13+1reb, R.XiaTi 8+7reb+2ast, S.Jian 7+1ast, G.Yan 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 176087


Guangzhou FM - Nanjin Army 93-74

Very expected game when 8th ranked Nanjin Army (5-10) was rolled over on the road by third ranked Guangzhou FM (10-5) 93-74 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou FM. Nanjin Army was better in fourth quarter 31-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Nanjin Army 54-43 including a 40-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guangzhou FM made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 24 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 blocks. Guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward ChengLin Fan (202-91) who recorded 16 points and 5 rebounds and center Jinlong Xu (212-90) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guangzhou FM have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hebei. Nanjin Army lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Guangzhou FM will face Hebei (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nanjin Army will play against Changan Group (#5).
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: S.Walter 23+24reb+8ast, Y.Peng 15+5reb, Y.KaiFu 14+7reb+1ast, L.DaPeng 12+3reb+2ast, Y.Liang 8+5reb+2ast, W.SongWei 6+1reb+3ast
Nanjin Army: F.ChengLin 16+5reb, A.LiPeng 13+3reb+1ast, X.Jinlong 12+5reb+1ast, L.Dong 11+4reb+2ast, S.Shengyue 8+6reb+2ast, Y.Liu 4+2reb+4ast
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Chinese U17 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Chinese U17 National Team 2012
#s#
XiaoPeng Guo
Guo
Yifeng Heng
Heng
Junhao Lai
Lai
Honghan Li
Li
Bo Liu
Liu
#e#5
Guo XiaoPeng 198-F-95 DongGuan L. China
Han Delong 192-F-95
Heng Yifeng 195-F-95
Lai Junhao 204-C-95
Li Honghan 95
Liu Bo 204-F-96 DongGuan L. China
Luo Kaiwen 198-F-95
Ma Bin 95
Pan Ning 210-C-95 Shandong FB China
Su Hao 95
Wang Zhengbo 187-G-96
Xu Ziyang 188-PG-95
Yan Haoxin 90-G-95
Yang Linyi 95
Yu Dehao 188-G-95
Zhao Jiwei 185-G-95 Bayi R. China
Zhou Qi 215-C-96 Liaoning H. China
Zou Yuchen 197-F-96 Bayi R. China



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  COLOMBIA   


Colombia open win count at U18 Fiba Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News

Colombia U18 - Puerto Rico U18 72:65

Colombia celebrated the first win at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They fired past Puerto Rico for 1-2 record in Group B. Kevin Cuesta (94) notched 22 points and 8 rebounds in the winning case.
Colombia limited their opponents to 14 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They posted an 18:14 lead at the first intermission. Puerto Rico adjusted their offence in the second term. They poured in 27 points in the period to surge ahead for a 41:40 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. Puerto Rico entered the final period up by a single point 52:51. But Colombia turned things in their favour in the final period. They went on a 21:13 run to seal the victory at the end. Tonny Trocha (C-95) posted 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Brian Angola (195-F-94) had 9 points in the victory. Alexander Curet (94) replied with 12 points for Puerto Rico. David Rosado (94) had 10 points in the loss.

Colombia U18: Kevin Cuesta 22, Tonny Trocha 16+13 boards, Brian Angola 9
Puerto Rico U18: Alexander Curet 12, David Rosado 10



COLOMBIA U-18 LOST AGAINST MEXICO IN THE FIBA AMERICAS - by Victor Garcia

Colombia U-18 National Team lost 85 - 82 against Mejico y the consolation round of the FIBA AMERICAS U-18 Championship, qualifier for the World Chhampionship.
The national team again start with a good game a took control of the actions from the first quarter, specially thanks to its size and the combined talent of Tony Trocha and Braian Angola.
But Mexicos defense start to become harder and sent the Colombian players to the freethrow line, where Colombia failed to score finished with 18 of 31 freethrows made, closing the last quarter mexico achived a 3 points lead and Colombia began to put full court pressure , then with 11 seconds left Mexico went to the line and missed its shots, Colombia put the ball in Brian Angolas hands , the Colombian talented forward ran the court and penetrates but missed the layup allowing Mexico to win the game.

Colombia 82, Trocha 23pts+10rebs, Angola 18pts+8rebs, Lopez 10pts+6assists, Cuesta 8pts, Ocoro 8pts.
Mexico 85, Estrada 21pts, Miranda 13pts, Arias 11pts, Rubalcava 11pts, Aguilera 10pts.



COLOMBIA FALLS AGAINST CHILE IN THE SOUTHAMERICAN - by Victor Garcia

Colombia had its worst performance in many years, falling against a brave Chilean team, the National team had a terrible start and for times was 21 points behind of Chile, the Chilean coach Guillermo Vecchion sent full court personal defense over Stalin Ortiz limited him just to 10 points in the game, 0 in the first half.
Colombia also had problems playing against the Chilean zone defense, and forgot for many times the major size of its players.
Colombia began the last quarter 15 points behind , and just until 4 minutes left in the last quarter the team woke up, Ortiz, Guevara , Aragon and Bacci began to lead the offensive and cut the difference to 5 points, but after a time out of Guillermo Vecchio Chileans recovers the control and managed the action to got a very important victory.
With this lost Colombia is close to lost all its chances to get a ticket for the Fiba Americas Championship, qualifier for the World Championship, a victory like this should be the end of the Hernan Giraldo era as national Head Coach.
Colombia was 3 of 20 from the 3pt line and 19 of 29 from the free throw.

Colombia 66, Guevara 18pts+ 13rebs, Aragon 16pts + 10 rebs, Bacci 10pts, Ortiz 10 pts, Perez 4pts, Londono 4pts, Contreras 4pts
Chile 76, Carrasco 17pts, Arteaga 16pts,Isla 12pts, Bravo 11pts, Suarez 9pts, Sepulveda 5pts, Collao 4pts, Vera 2




Colombian National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Enielsen Guevara
Guevara
Norbey Aragon
Aragon
Stalin Ortiz
Ortiz
Eleutherio Renteria
Renteria
Camilo Londono
Londono
#e#5
4 Deybi Aguirre 195-G/F-88 Orgullo Paisa Colombia
5 Gianluca Bacci 187-G-89 Guerreros Colombia
6 Enielsen Guevara 204-F/C-82 Marinos Venezuela
7 Alavaro Contreras 180-G-85 Orgullo Paisa Colombia
8 Norbey Aragon 194-F/G-78 Orgullo Paisa Colombia
9 Stalin Ortiz 190-G-81 Orgullo Paisa Colombia
11 Eleutherio Renteria 194-G/F Cucuta Norte Colombia
12 Divier Perez 201-F/C-89 Orgullo Paisa Colombia
13 Camilo Londono 188-G-83 Orgullo Paisa Colombia
14 John Hernandez 207-C Bucaros Colombia
15 Adinson Mosquera 205-F/C-83 Guerreros Colombia

Hernan Dario Giraldo Head Coach Orgullo Paisa Colombia



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Centrobasket 2012: Jamaica open the tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Jamaica-Costa Rica 91:61

Jamaica open the tournament with the win over Costa Rica. The Jamaican side celebrated 91:61 victory at the 2012 Centrobasket in Puerto Rico.
Jamaica scored the first 15 points in the game and enjoyed 20:5 lead after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they added 19-16 in the second frame and had 18-point advantage at the halftime. In the third period Jamaica produced a 22-16 surge and increased to 61:37 after three quarters. Rose gave Jamaica the biggest led in the game, 84:53 as it was clear about the winner. Jamaica added 30-24 in the last stanza and sealed the victory in the opener.
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku paced all the winners with 18 points and Howell Dylan netted 16. Anthony Samuels (191-G) posted 14, while Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) and Kimany Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) Kimani delivered 11 points each. Clifford Smith (193-G-80, college: Barry) ended up with 17 points in defeat and Carlos Quesada (198-C-85) notched 11.

Jamaica: Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) 18, Howell Dylan 16, Anthony Samuels 14, Akeem Scott 11, Kimany Ffriend 11
Costa Rica: Clifford Smith 17, Carlos Quesada 11



Costa Rican National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Daniel Simmons
Simmons
Jeffney Anderson
Anderson
Carlos Quesada
Quesada
Dave Milliner
Milliner
Clifford Smith
Smith
#e#5
4 Charles Plummer 191-G/F-84 Barva Costa Rica
5 Cristian Chavarria 177-PG-78 Sanatura D. Costa Rica
6 Felipe Wing 183-G-79 Liceo Costa Rica
7 Alonso Sanchez 174-G-85 Barva Costa Rica
8 Daniel Simmons 194-F/C-80 Coopenae-USJ Costa Rica
9 Jeffney Anderson 208-C-83 Coopenae-USJ Costa Rica
10 Carlos Quesada 198-C-85 Barva Costa Rica
11 Dave Milliner 197-C-81 Sanatura D. Costa Rica
12 Kay Martinez 198-G-84 Coopenae-USJ Costa Rica
13 Isaac Conejo 182-G-94 Coopenae-USJ Costa Rica
14 Rohel Wilson 197-F/C-89 Barva Costa Rica
15 Clifford Smith 193-G-80 Barva Costa Rica



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  CROATIA   


Croatian U17 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Marko Arapovic
Arapovic
Josip Baljkas
Baljkas
Lovre Basic
Basic
Ivan Bender
Bender
Frano Beslic
Beslic
#e#5
Marko Arapovic 206-C-96 Cibona Croatia
Josip Baljkas 194-G-95 Jolly Croatia
Lovre Basic 180-PG-95 Vostarnica Croatia
Ivan Bender 201-C-95 Solin Croatia
Frano Beslic 197-PG-96 Mladost Z. (C) Croatia
Domagoj Bosnjak 197-G-95 Siroki WWin Bosnia
Andrija Coric 197-F-95 Siroki WWin Bosnia
Marko Dojkic 205-F/C-95 Mladost Z. (C) Croatia
Tomislav Gabric 202-G-95 Jolly Croatia
Josip Gulam 181-G-95 Jolly Croatia
Mario Hezonja 200-F/G-95 KK Zagreb CO Croatia
Dorian Jelenek 200-F-95 Cedevita Croatia
Ivan Jukic 190-G/F-95 Kaptol Croatia
Matej Jurcevic 207-C-95 Mladost Z. (C) Croatia
Mateo Jurkovic 190-G-95 KK Zagreb CO Croatia
Paolo Marinelli 184-G-95 KK Split Croatia
Marko Milekic 200-F-95 KK Zagreb CO Croatia
Filip Palac 190-G-95 Sus.-Moslavina Croatia
Nikola Roso 95 Trogir Croatia
David Skara 193-G-95
Andrija Skoric 207-C-95 Jolly Croatia
Leon Tomic 195-F-96 Cedevita Croatia
Bruno Zganec 200-C-95 Bosco Croatia
Karlo Zganec 204-C-95 Bosco Croatia



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  CUBA   


Centrobasket 2012: Bahamas edged Cuba - by Eurobasket News

Cuba-Bahamas 68:80

Bahamas edged Cuba in their start of 2012 Centrobasket in Puerto Rico. Bahamas played better than the opponents and reached 80:68 win in the opener.
Bahamas took 19:16 advantage after the first 10 minutes and stayed in front until the end of the half. They added 20-16 in the second frame and enjoyed 39:32 halftime advantage. Cuba meanwhile replied with 22-18 in the third period and reduced to 5 points after 30 minutes. Bahamas however finished the game with 23-14 in the last stanza and won the opener.
Marvin Gray (178-G-83) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Eugene Bain (195-F-88, college: Bellevue) nailed 10. Mitchell Johnson (196-F-85, college: Jarvis Christian), Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and Jean-Rony Cadeau (87) posted 8 each. Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, while Joan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) poured in 14.

Cuba: Yudniel Perez 19, Joan Luis Haiti 14
Bahamas: Marvin Gray 16, Eugene Bain 10, Mitchell Johnson 8, Bennet Davis 8, Jean-Rony Cadeau 8



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Slovenia hand Czech Republic second straight loss - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Czech Republic U20 102:56

Slovenian and Czech Republic U20 National Teams played the second test game in Zrece. Slovenia proved the strength once again. Alen Omis accounted for 20 points to lead Slovenia to an impressive victory.
Slovenia led by five points after ten minutes 23:18. They boosted the margin in the second quarter. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 16 points 44:28. Slovenia cleared off the third term. The home side unleashed 33 points in the quarter to establish unassailable 42-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the final quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) delivered 14 points, while Jure Besedic (208-F/C-92) had 13 points in the winning effort. Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) answered with 14 points for Czech Republic. Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92) had 12 points in the loss.

Slovenia U20: Alen Omic (215-C-92) 20, Klemen Prepelic 14, Jure Besedic 13
Czech Republic U20: Tomas Kyzlink 14, Jaromir Bohacik 12



BK JIP Pardubice Say Goodbye to Three Players from Last Seasons Squad - by Surujh Roopnarine

After the loss of star center Marcus Arnold to Turkey next season, BK JIP Pardubice announced that the club will not return point guard Tomas Toth (195-G-84), small forward Jiri Cernosek (200-F/G-81) and import center Hermann Opoku (205-F/C-86, college: G.Washington) for the 2012-13 NBL campaign.
6-9 forward/center Hermann Opoku joined Pardubice in November and played sparingly as a reserve, appearing in 24 NBL games and 10 EuroChallenge contests. His contract was up at the end of the seaosn and the club decided not to bring back the Austrian native. The decisions on Toth and Jiri Cernosek were slightly different as both players had valid contracts for next season. Jiri Jiri Cernosek announced his retirement from professional basketball due to health and personal reasons while the club and Toth agreed to early termination of his contract. Tomas Toth averaged 3.5 points last season in 35 NBL games while Jiri Jiri Cernosek tallied 6.9 points in 33 games.



Structure of NBL for 2012-13 Season: Who will be the 14th Team - by Surujh Roopnarine

ASK Inter Brstislava have removed themselves from the Mattoni NBL for the 2012-13 season, leaving one final spot open for the next campaign. Citing a lack of financial support, Inter informed NBL director Zdenek Ringsmuth that they will not participate next season.

2012-13 NBL Participating Teams
CEZ Basketball Nymburk
BK Prostejov
BK JIP Pardubice
BK Decin
BC Kolin
USK Praha
NH Ostrava
Astrum Levice
Turi Svitavy
Levharti Chomutov
Sluneta Usti nad Labem
BK Breda & Weinstein Opava
BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec

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Additionally the NBL managing committee announced that for next season each club will be permitted to have five foreign players on their roster, with a sixth being possible after paying a tax of 100 000 CZK. However, these foreigners will no longer be distinguished, the count can include as many American or Bosman players are desired.
Also, the structure of play next season will remain the same, meaning a basic phase, A1/A2 group play then Play-Off and Play-Out stages will all take place like this season.



Turi Svitavy Keep Michael DeLoach and Pawel Mroz, Lose Radim Kramny - by Surujh Roopnarine

Turi Svitavy will enter the 2012-13 Mattoni NBL season with familiar faces returning to the fold in American point guard Michael Deloach (183-PG-86, college: Norfolk St.) and Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-C-84). Michael Deloach appeared in 19 games last season after joining the team in January, averaging 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals. The former Norfolk State star enters his third professional season after having begun his career in Poloand in 2010-11.
Pawel Mroz, 7-1, spent the entire season in Svitavy, appearing in 38 games and averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 59.0% on two-poient field goals while also chipping in 10 three-pointers on 38 attempts (26.3%).
Svitavy also announced that the club has returned 19-year old guard Petr Andres who spent last season completing hus university studies while playing also for Sokol Hradec Kralove in the 1.Liga.
With the commitments of returning players however, there was the announcement that veteran big man Radim Kramny (212-C-85) will not return for next season. The 7-0 Kramny enjoyed a career-season in 2010-11 with Svitavy, averaging 9.2 points and 6.9 rebounds in 29 games, but saw his playing time and production fall off last season with the arrivals of Boris Meno and Mroz.
In 32 games last season he averaged 3.9 points and 3.5 rebounds.



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National Team Update - by Ozell Wells

Dominican basketball team to Centrobasket
Team Dominican Republic will be one of 10 countries taking part in the 2012 Centrobasket Tournament for Men in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 18-24 June. The Centrobasket tournament is organized by FIBA through FIBA Americas with participating national teams of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

The tournament will help prepare the Dominican team for the Caracas, Venezuela Olympics last chance qualifier 2-8 July.

The DR plays in Group B against Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and the US Virgin Islands. Group A includes Bahamas, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama and host Puerto Rico.

On the Dominican roster are Eloy Vargas (210-F-88), Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh), Amaurys Fermin (191-PG-87, agency: Paris Global Sports), Juan Coronado (196-G-83), Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois), Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports), Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan), Gerardo Suero (193-G-89), Karl-Anthony Towns (96), Manuel Guzman, Manuel Fortuna and NBA players Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) and Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville). The team will play an exhibition game against Puerto Rico in Bayamon tomorrow, prior to the tournament getting its start on Monday, 18 June.

The Puerto Ricans are in first place having won the tournament on 10 previous occasions, followed by Cuba, which has won on four occasions.

The latest edition of the Championship was held in Santo Domingo in 2010, in which Puerto Rico defeated Dominican Republic 89-80 in the final match.

The top 4 of Centrobasket qualify for the Pre-World Basketball 2013. The Pre-World 2013 is a qualifier for the 2014 World Cup that is set to take place in Spain.

The draws of the tournament are the many NBA players that are on Centrobasket team rosters.

The Dominican Republic is ranked No. 25 led by Atlanta Hawks All-Star Alfred Horford and Francisco Garcia of the Sacramento Kings.

Puerto Rico is No.16 worldwide on the FIBA rankings and includes NBA talents JJ Barea of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Carlos Arroyo, Peter John Ramos, Renaldo Balkman and Daniel Santiago.

Jamaica is unranked but boasts Samardo Samuels of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Robert Reid of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jerome Jordan of the New York Knicks and Patrick Ewing Jr.



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  EGYPT   


Egyptian U17 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Egyptian U17 National Team 2012
#s#
Omar Abdeen
Abdeen
Walid Ahmed
Ahmed
Omar Aly Ibrahim
Aly Ibrahim
Mohamed Elsayed
Elsayed
Ahmed ElSayed
ElSayed
#e#5
Omar Abdeen 180-PG-95 Sporting Egypt
Walid Ahmed 185-F/G-95 Al Gezira Egypt
Daoud Alaaeldin 95
Omar Aly Ibrahim 194-F-95 Sporting Egypt
Osama Aly Taha 95
Mohamed Elsayed 192-C-96 Somouha Egypt
Ahmed ElSayed 96
Wessam Emad 197-F/C-95 Zamalek Egypt
Mohamed Hesham 189-SF-95 Al Ittihad Egypt
Moataz Hosny 201-C-95 Al Ittihad Egypt
Ehab Mohamed 185-G-95 Sporting Egypt
Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud 95
Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud 95
Ziad Nabil 193-F/G-95 Saint Mark Egypt
Amr Nabil 175-PG-95
Anas Osama 203-F-95 Zamalek Egypt



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  EUROCUP   


Lokomotiv Kuban keep Vlado Ilievski - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban secured the services of Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The guard extended his contract with the Krasnodar team. The Macedonian player joined Lokomotiv Kuban in February. He averaged 6.6 points, 2.4 assists and 1.1 boards per game in PBL. In VTB League Vlado Ilievski notched 6.4 points, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance. In EuroCup the guard posted 4.4 points, 2.2 assists and 1.2 rebounds. Previously Vlado Ilievski had stints in Slovenia, Spain, Italy and Serbia. Eurobasket.com named the guard All-Slovenian League Player of the Year in 2010. Vlado Ilievski has been the member of FYR Macedonian National Team since 1998. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania.


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CSKA Moscow announce Aaron Jackson - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow officiated the deal with Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne). The guard signed a three-year deal with the guard. Aaron Jackson spent the last two seasons with Bizakaia Bilbao. He tallied 9.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds per Euroleague game last season. In ACB his stats read 10.9 points, 3.3 boards and 2.9 assists per appearance. He led Bilbao into Euroleague quarterfinals and shone against CSKA in the playoffs. Aaron Jackson reached Spanish ACB Finals in 2011. Previously Aaron Jackson played for Antalya and Canadian Solar Bologna. The guard graduated from the Duquesne University in 2009. He was named Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year in 2009.


Ettore Messina returns to Europe for CSKA - by Giorgos Diploidis

Ettore Messina after his passing from NBA as assistant coach of Los Angeles Lakers, he returns in Europe to be the new coach of CSKA Moscow. The environment is not new for the Italian coach. He has been the coach of the team of Russia for four periods. He was there from 2005 to 2009.

CSKA Moscow may failed to win the euroleague trophy this year however their board seems to not get dissapointed and they got Ettore Messina in the place of Jonas Kazlauskas while they have also signed the point guard of Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, Aaron Jackson (6'4''-G-86, college: Duquesne).



Sloukas extended with Olympiacos for three more years. - by Giorgos Diploidis

Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) this period returned to Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus after the the last season when he was loaned to Aris Thessaloniki. His performances led the team of Pireus to extend his contract until 2015.
The talented point guard this season had in 32 games: 6.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.0apg.

Now Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus has
also to sign a new deal with Giorgos Printezis, a case which is expected to be more difficult than the one of Sloukas because a lot of clubs will chase for his signature.




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  FIBA AMERICAS U18   


Semifinalists are set in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Brazil - USA 64-83
USA registered the third consecutive win at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They defeated hosting Brazil to improve at 3-0 record in Group A. USA set up a semifinal clash versus Argentina. Brazil occupied the second position in the ladder and would face Canada in the semis. USA got to a strong start. They recorded a 22:14 lead at the first intermission. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 49:28 halftime lead. Brazil stopped the rot in the third quarter. The hosts outgunned the USA to trim the deficit to 13-point margin. But the USA regained control in the fourth quarter and did not allow Brazil to get any closer rallying to the victory. Julius Randle (203-F-94) accounted for 15 points for the USA. Lucas Dias (205-C-96) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Brazil. Matheus Pereira had 12 points in the loss.

U.S. Virgin Islands - Mexico 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 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 had 14 points in the loss.

Group B
Colombia - Puerto Rico 72-65
Colombia celebrated the first win at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They fired past Puerto Rico for 1-2 record in Group B. Kevin Cuesta (94) notched 22 points and 8 rebounds in the winning case. Colombia limited their opponents to 14 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They posted an 18:14 lead at the first intermission. Puerto Rico adjusted their offence in the second term. They poured in 27 points in the period to surge ahead for a 41:40 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. Puerto Rico entered the final period up by a single point 52:51. But Colombia turned things in their favour in the final period. They went on a 21:13 run to seal the victory at the end. Tonny Trocha (C-95) posted 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Brian Angola had 9 points in the victory. Alexander Curet (94) replied with 12 points for Puerto Rico. David Rosado had 10 points in the loss.

Canada - Argentina 75-68
Canada registered the third straight win at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They defeated Argentina to clinch the top position in preliminary Group B. Andrew Wiggins (202-F-95) scored 19 points to pace the winners. Canada will now take on Brazil, while Argentina will face the USA in the semifinals. Canada surged ahead to take a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 34:29 halftime lead. Argentina cut the distance in the third period. They narrowed the gap at three points with ten minutes remaining. Canada however quickly picked up the tempo and raced to the victory at the end. Trey Lyles (206-PF-94) delivered 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Tyler Ennis finished with 14 points in the win. Martin Massone (191-G/F-94) answered with 19 points for Argentina. Matias Bernardini netted 13 points in the loss.



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Basketball coach Jordanco Davitkov, interesting for the most clubs in Europe - by Georgi Bujukliev

After four successful years spent coaching in Kuwait, Ex Head Coach of National Team of Macedonia, Jordanco Davitkov facing with many offers is still considering where to proceed his future carrier. Because of his successes, last year he has been chosen to be Head Coach of Kuwait National Team, and leading it, he achieved greatest result for kuwaitian team accomplishing Bronze medal on GCC 2011 in Bahrain and fifth place on Arab Olympic Games in Qatar. During his coaching carrier in Kuwait he achieved 5 (five) golden medals from which one on GCC for clubs. Just to remained, for six years he was Head Coach of National Team of Macedonia and during that time he was also coach of Rabotnicki- Skopje, the most reputaded team in Macedonia and he achieved 6 (six) Championship and Cup Titles. Three times in a row (2004-2007) he has been chosen Coach of the Year in Macedonia. He used to play basketball 20 years and he was one of the best and most successful Macedonian player ever.
Right now he has many offers from Middle East, where his name is a real brand, but he also has many offers from European clubs. Where he will continue to build up his coaching carrier, we are hoping to find out very soon..
If you need his contact, I will give it.



BFM and "Vitaminka" continued successful cooperation - by Georgi Bujukliev

President of the BFM (Basketball Fedration of Macedonia) , Daniel Dimevski , commercial director Vitaminka , Vladimir Trpanoski , coach of the Macedonian National team Marjan Lazovski and the National Team player Predrag Samarziski, addressed to the numerous media press - conference , the satisfaction from continuation of cooperation that has brought only success on both sides .
"The team that wins does not change " , says Trpanoski . " It proved Macedonian basketball team and "Vitaminka" with today's continuation of the cooperation agreement for the overall sponsorship .
"Vitiminka" as a socially responsible company for several years in a row is general spozor of basketball players . We believe that only by investing in sports are possible good results .
We showed that the common belief in success and when he least expected is the most important of all . We as a company receiving congratulations after each victory the Macedonian basketball team past European Championship .
Letters from supporters of Croatia , Turkey , Poland and other countries arrived to us but most interesting was the application of 15 year old fan from Poland who spoke Macedonian jersey with logo Vitaminka fortunately . We are proud of our team and we honor that "Vitaminka"is part of that success and I hope with all subsequent even more " , complete commercial director Vitaminka .
It's great pleasure to have beside a company as "Vitaminka" . They are not only our largest , gold sponsor , but in all these past years Vitaminka proved sincere and faithful relationship with the Macedonian basketball .
Exactly with the start of our partnership began to range the best results in the basketball history of Macedonia and I believe that in the future along with "Vitaminka" we will celebrate the many successes and joys " , added the president of the BFM (Basketball Fedration of Macedonia), Daniel Dimevski .



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Mens elite basketball final standings - by Eurobasket News

Gabons mens basketball first division regular season ended last weekend. The general standings are as follows:

Qualified for the play-offs :

Pool A: 1st Toungui BB (Libreville)
2nd Manga BB (Moanda)

Pool B: 1st Somo B (Libreville)
2nd Stade Mandji (Port Gentil)

Courtesy of:StarAfrica.com



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"Mr. Rebound" Blake Poole transfers to Leitershofen/Stadtbergen - by Moritz Korff

Blake Poole (195-C-88, college: St.Martin's) has accepted a contract offer by BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen and thus will spend another year in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B.
Poole led the Pro B in rebounds per contest (12.9rpg) in his first season in Germany at BG Dorsten and also ranked first in efficiency rating. The graduate of NCAA D2 program St. Martin's recorded 20 double-double in the course of the campaign and pulled down a season-high 19 rebounds three times.



Karl Finley commits to VfL Stade - by Moritz Korff

Karl Finley (185-G-89, college: Tiffin) will make his first steps as a professional basketball player at VfL Stade, the 1. Regionalliga team announced. Finley hails from Oak Park, Michigan and spent his collegiate career at Macomb Community College and Tiffin University. As a senior during the 2011-12 season Finley scored close to 20 points per contest, pulled down almost four rebounds a game and dished out 3.2 assists for the NCAA D2 school. Following his senior season he received All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team honors.


Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Awards 2011-12 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team 2012
#s#
David Holston
Holston
Isaiah Swann
Swann
Casey Jacobsen
Jacobsen
Anthony Leon Tucker
Tucker
John Bryant
Bryant
#e#5

Guard of the Year: David Holston (170-G-86) of Art.Dragons
Forward of the Year: Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85) of Brose Baskets
Center of the Year: John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm
Newcomer of the Year: David Holston (170-G-86) of Art.Dragons
Bosman Player of the Year: Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82) of Phoenix Hagen
Import Player of the Year: Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85) of Brose Baskets
Domestic Player of the Year: Per Guenther (185-G-88) of Ratiopharm
Defensive Player of the Year: Anton Gavel (189-G-84) of Brose Baskets
Coach of the Year: Thorsten Leibenath of Ratiopharm

1st Team
G: David Holston (170-86) of Art.Dragons
G: Isaiah Swann (188-85) of Ratiopharm
G/F: Casey Jacobsen (198-81) of Brose Baskets
F: Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85) of Brose Baskets
C: John Bryant (208-87) of Ratiopharm

2nd Team
G: DaShaun Wood (185-85) of ALBA
G: Anton Gavel (189-84) of Brose Baskets
G: Reggie Redding (196-88) of Walter Tigers
F: Tony Gaffney (204-84) of Telekom Baskets
C: Chris Ensminger (209-73) of Telekom Baskets

3rd Team
PG: Jared Jordan (188-84) of Telekom Baskets
G: Jimmy McKinney (192-83) of Fraport SKY
G: Rickey Paulding (196-82) of EWE Baskets
F: Chevon Troutman (202-81) of B.Muenchen
F/C: Tibor Pleiss (214-89) of Brose Baskets

Honorable Mention
Bryce Taylor (196-G-86) of ALBA
Nathan Peavy (203-F-85) of Art.Dragons
Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81) of EWE Baskets
John Little (180-PG-84) of s.Oliver Baskets
Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of s.Oliver Baskets

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Per Guenther (185-88) of Ratiopharm
G: Karsten Tadda (189-88) of Brose Baskets
F: Robin Benzing (208-89) of B.Muenchen
F: Philip Zwiener (198-85) of TBB Trier
C: Maik Zirbes (205-90) of TBB Trier

All-Imports Team
G: David Holston (170-86) of Art.Dragons
G: Reggie Redding (196-88) of Walter Tigers
G: Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86) of EWE Baskets
F: Chevon Troutman (202-81) of B.Muenchen
C: Jared Homan (206-83) of B.Muenchen

All-Bosmans Team
G: Anton Gavel (189-84) of Brose Baskets
G: Benas Veikalas (192-83) of Telekom Baskets
F: Simonas Serapinas (197-82) of Telekom Baskets
F: Branko Jorovic (205-81) of NY Phantoms
F/C: Elvir Ovcina (210-76) of LTi 46ers

All-Defensive Team
Anton Gavel (189-G-84) of Brose Baskets
Quantez Robertson (189-G-84) of Fraport SKY
Nate Linhart (201-F-86) of TBB Trier
Tony Gaffney (204-F-84) of Telekom Baskets
Kurt Looby (208-F/C-84) of EnBW L'burg

All-Newcomers Team
Joshua Young (185-PG-88) of Walter Tigers
Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of s.Oliver Baskets
Reggie Redding (196-G-88) of Walter Tigers
Devin Gibson (182-G-89) of Fraport SKY
Tyrone Nash (203-F-88) of Walter Tigers



Dario Fiorentino Joins The Schwlemer Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO B club Schwelmer Baskets announced today the arrival of Dario Fiorentino (205-C/F-86). Dario Fiorentino (205-C/F-86) is a 25 year old 206cm power forward/center German/Italian that will be playing for his sixth German team. Last season he played for ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-Pro A), but left in Jan.'12: 9 games: 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg. "I am happy that he has chosen us. He had many offers from the area. It is nice that he chose us despite having declined a few weeks ago. His private situation changed so that now he can play for us. He is a very mobile and athletic player despite his size. He can play the four/five position and has a good shot", stressed Schwelmer Baskets head coach Raffi Wilder.

Dario Fiorentino (205-C/F-86) started his basketball career in 2003 for SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga) where he played until 2005. In 2005-2006, he played for BBV Hagen (Germany-Regionalliga. He then played for SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf (Germany-2.Bundesliga) from 2006-2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB) 29 games: 9.7ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 73.9%. He played for the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA) from 2009-2012. "I am looking forward to the new season with the Schwelmer baskets who I have gotten to know through friendly games that were always a challenge. I want to convince everyone of my ability and have a successful season. I am also happy to be able to play with Sebastian Schroeter who I knew from Essen", stressed Dario Fiorentino (205-C/F-86).

Source: Schwelmer Baskets



BG Goettingen Name Johan Roijakkers Head coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to eurobasket.com/Holland/basketball.asp, BG Goettingen named Johan Roijakkers as its new head coach. Dutch coach Roijakkers, agreed to a one-year deal with a team option for the 2013-2014 season with the former Eurochallenge champion. He has replaced Michael Meeks. Roijakkers led BC Prievidza to the Slovakian championship last season.
"We play next season in the Pro A (second division) and have the ambition to return to the Bundesliga within two years" thus Roijakkers. As an assistant coach, the Dutch man has coached in 2003-2004: Quatro Bree (Belgium-D1): started the season as coach assistant, but in Apr.'04 was promoted to head coach position.From 2004-2007 Euphony Bree (Belgium-D1), from 2007 until 2010 Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium-D1) and in 2010-2011: Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA D-League). Awards/Achievements in is basketball career have been Belgian Cup Semifinals -04, 10, Belgian League Regular Season Runner-Up -05, 09, Belgian League Champion -05, Belgian League Semifinals -06, 08, Belgian League Finalist -07, 09, Belgian Supercup Winner -06, FIBA EuroCup Finals -08, Belgian Cup Finalist -08, Coach Assistant: Belgium U20 National Team -09, Coach Assistant: Dutch U15 National Team -10, Head Coach: Dutch U18 National Team -11, D-League West Conference Runner-Up -11, D-League Finalist -11, European Championships U18 Division B in Varna (Bulgaria) -11, Slovakian League Champion -12, Slovakian League Regular Season Runner-Up -12, and Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Coach of the Year -12

Source: www.eurobasket.com



Zach Morley Headed To Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to www.bz-berlin.de, Alba Berlin has brought in Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin). New head coach Sasa Obradovic has done his player shopping for the new season so far in the Ukrainian league getting his second player from there with Morley. Morley is a 29 year old 203cm forward from Maryville, Missouri. He will be starting his 8th professional season and recently completed his second season for Budivelnyk Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): Ukrainian League: 50 games: 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 84.2%; VTB League: 15 games: 9.0ppg, Reb-4 (6.9rpg), 2.2apg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 76.7%. He started his professional basketball career with Indian Hills Community College in 2001. He then transfered to Wisconsin in 2003 where he played until 2005. In 2005-2006, he started his professional basketball career with CB Gandia (Spain-LEB2): 30 games: 14.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 27.7%, FT: 77.3%. In 2006-2007, he played for Gandia Basquet (Spain-LEB, starting five): 34 games: 14.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 36.0%, FT: 74.0%. In 2007-2008, he played for Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (Spain-LEB Gold), injured in Feb.'08: 31 games: 8.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 82.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for guas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 21 games: 15.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 84.4%. In 2009-2010, he played for Autocid Ford Burgos (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 47 games: 14.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 80.8%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS second-team all-state -01, Third-team NJCAA All-American -03
JUCO First-team all-region choice -03, Big 10 Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -04, Big 10 Conf. Tournament Champion -04, Big Ten Tournament Finalist -05, Big Ten All-Tournament Team -05, NCAA Tournament Elite Eight -05, Spanish LEB2 Regular Season Runner-Up -06, Spanish LEB2 Finalist -06, Spanish LEB Gold (Cope Principe de Asturias) Winner -08
Spanish LEB Gold Semifinals -08, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 2nd Team -10, Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team -10, Spanish LEB Gold Finalist -10
Ukrainian Superleague All-Star Game -11, 12, Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -11, Eurocup Quarterfinals -11, Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Playoffs MVP -11, Ukrainian Superleague Champion -11, Ukrainian Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up -11, 12, Ukrainian Cup Winner -12
Ukrainian Superleague Semifinals -12, Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Forward of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 1st Team -12, and Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Imports Team -12



Rouven Chlebna Returns To BG Dorsten - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


After a season with BSV Wulfen, Rouven Chlebna (184-G-92) returns back to BG Dorsten. Chlebna who has the birth year 1992 is a 184cm guard that will belong to the BG Dorsten roster, but mostly practice with the second team with the other young talents under the guidance of Marsha Owusu. "He has a big worth for the quality for the practice squad. He wants to develop so that he could be an alternative for the 2013-2014 PRO B team. We need these types of young players", stressed BG Dorsten head coach Torsten Schierenbeck.

Source: BG Dorsten



Stefan Schmoll Moves To The Nordlingen Giants - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to www.nordbayern.de, the Nordlingen Giants have signed Stefan Schmoll (196-F-89). Schmoll is a 22 year old 198cm forward that tore up the Regionaliga last season for VfL Treuchtlingen playing 25 games and averaging 24.6ppg, 9.3rpg. He scored 614 points and grabbed 233 rebounds. Schmoll started his basketball career with Treuchtlingen beore moving to Franken Hexer (2.Regionalliga) in 2007. In the 2008-2009 season he played 7 games for the Pro B team 1.3ppg; also played at Franken Hex.2 (2.Regionalliga): 18 games: 12.2ppg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Honorable Mention -11, Eurobasket.com Regionalliga South-East All-Domestic Players Team -11, 12, and Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East 1st Team -12




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Sloukas extended with Olympiacos for three more years. - by Giorgos Diploidis

Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) this period returned to Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus after the the last season when he was loaned to Aris Thessaloniki. His performances led the team of Pireus to extend his contract until 2015.
The talented point guard this season had in 32 games: 6.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.0apg.

Now Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus has
also to sign a new deal with Giorgos Printezis, a case which is expected to be more difficult than the one of Sloukas because a lot of clubs will chase for his signature.




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Dutch coach Johan Roijakkers signs deal with BG Goettingen - by Fred Roggen

BG Goettingen named Johan Roijakkers as its new head coach. Dutch coach Roijakkers, agreed to a one-year deal with a team option for the 2013-2014 season
with the former Eurochallenge champion. He replaced Michael Meeks.
Roijakkers led BC Prievidza to the Slovakian championship last season.
"We play next season in the Pro A (second division) and have the ambition to return to the Bundesliga within two years" thus Roijakkers.




An agreement between the NBB and the FEB - by Fred Roggen

The Dutch Basketball Federation (NBB) and the Pro Basketball Organizations (BBO's), united in the Premier League Basketball Federation (FEB), have agreed the terms on the organization of the Dutch Basketball League (DBL) for the season 2012/2013 .
The DBL is organized in the coming season under the supervision of a committee comprising representatives of the NBB and the BBO's / FEB, led by an independent chairman.
Thereby the conditions and main points of the previous season apply, only the allowed number of foreigners in the season 2012/2013 up to 4 per team.

The committee will also have the task of formulating a management model in which the BBO are embedded in the structure of the NBB, with the objective of maintaining the independence of the BBO's.




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Immediate Schedule Change Brings Tough Competition - by John Gary

couretsy oursportscentral.com With four home games left in the Edmonton Energys final five games,the IBL has made a change to the Schedule that will now see the defending IBL champions come to town this weekend. The Vancouver Volcanoes 8-5 will be led by Andre Murray who has been averaging 27.1 points,5.6 rebounds and 4.3 assits per game.Murray was also named IBL Player of The Week for the first week of June an honor that the Energys Robbie Sihola received the week prior. The last time the two teams met was in the 2011 IBL championchip game where Vancouver pulled out a 124-116 win over the Energy. The schedule change will also mean that the Nippon Tornadoes will now be playing in the SAville Community Sports Centre the following weekend June 29-30.


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  ITALY   


Coach Pianigiani leaves Siena and joins Fenerbahce - by Giovanni Bargna

After clinching six consecutive italian titles Simone Pianigiani leaves Montepaschi Siena and finds an agreement for next season with Fenerbahce.
The official announcement should come this afternoon during a press conference scheduled at 5pm.
Pianigiani was born in Siena in 1969 and, after ten years spent as assistant coach, became Head coach of the team in 2006.
Since 2009 he's also the head coach of the italian national team. He made the history of italian basket reaching an incredible goal : 6 consecutive league titles as no-one did before. He and the team won also 5 italian supercup and 4 italian cup trophies and made it to the Euroleague Final Four twice (2008 and 2011).
Pianigiani was also named Best coach of the italian league in 2007.
As per the rumors an agreement with Fenerbahce was already found and the announcement should come soon.

Stay Tuned



DNB season recap - by Armando Caporaso

Playoff

Group A - Finals
ArcAnthea Lucca - Dinamica Generale Mirandola (2-1)
77-73, 86-88, 91-90

Group B - Finals
Mobyt Ferrara - Calligaris Corno di Rosazzo (2-1)
86-47, 55-66, 67-56

Group C - Finals
Moncada Solar Agrigento - Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria (2-1)
77-55, 54-67, 80-64

Concentramento Promozione
Calligaris Corno di Rosazzo - Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria 87-86
Dinamica Generale Mirandola - Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria 65-70
Dinamica Generale Mirandola - Calligaris Corno di Rosazzo 85-73

1.Dinamica Generale Mirandola 2 pts (+7)
2.Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria 2 pts (+4)
3.Calligaris Corno di Rosazzo 2 pts (-11)

Promotions to DNA:
Lucca, Ferrara & Agrigento as winners in the playoff finals;
Mirandola as best team in Concentramento Promozione.

Playout

Concentramento Retrocessione
Coopsette Castelnovo - GraphiStudio Spilimbergo 87-56
ITOP Palestrina - Coopsette Castelnovo 64-79
ITOP Palestrina - GraphiStudio Spilimbergo 66-76

1.Coopsette Castelnovo 4 pts (+46)
2.GraphiStudio Spilimbergo 2 pts (-21)
3.ITOP Palestrina 0 pts (-25)

Relegations to DNC:
Palestrina as worst team in Concentramento Retrocessione;
Prato, Pall. Fiorentina, Roncade, Udine, Corato & Campobasso as losers in the playout finals;
Giugliano after the regular season (last team in the group C);
Sassari (retreat) & Monfalcone (excluded) during the season.



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Mens national basketball championship match day 22 results - by Eurobasket News

Cote DIvoires mens national basketball championship played day 22 last weekend, the results are as follows:

Matchday 22 Results :

ERMESS 60-67 EBY
ASSAOUFOUE 49-78 JCA
SEWE 67-66 GBC
PHENIX 78-83 ABC
SOA 33-36 IVESTP
ZENITH 64-66 AFRICA

Courtesy of:StarAfrica.com



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Centrobasket 2012: Jamaica open the tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Jamaica-Costa Rica 91:61

Jamaica open the tournament with the win over Costa Rica. The Jamaican side celebrated 91:61 victory at the 2012 Centrobasket in Puerto Rico.
Jamaica scored the first 15 points in the game and enjoyed 20:5 lead after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they added 19-16 in the second frame and had 18-point advantage at the halftime. In the third period Jamaica produced a 22-16 surge and increased to 61:37 after three quarters. Rose gave Jamaica the biggest led in the game, 84:53 as it was clear about the winner. Jamaica added 30-24 in the last stanza and sealed the victory in the opener.
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku paced all the winners with 18 points and Howell Dylan netted 16. Anthony Samuels (191-G) posted 14, while Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) and Kimany Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) Kimani delivered 11 points each. Clifford Smith (193-G-80, college: Barry) ended up with 17 points in defeat and Carlos Quesada (198-C-85) notched 11.

Jamaica: Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) 18, Howell Dylan 16, Anthony Samuels 14, Akeem Scott 11, Kimany Ffriend 11
Costa Rica: Clifford Smith 17, Carlos Quesada 11



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Kenya to host Fiba Africa Basketball tournament - by Eurobasket News

KENYA will host the Fiba Africa Afro-basket under-16 championships in August, officials have announced

KENYA will host the Fiba Africa Afro-basket under-16 championships in
August, officials have announced . According to the Zone Five
calendar of events released by Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) 1st
vice chairman George Nyundo Omondi, the tournament will be held on
August 27-29 in Nairobi.
This will be the first continental event hosted by kenya since
1997. He said the boys and girls under-18 show will be held from July
17-2 in Kigali, Rwanda. This will be followed by the Zuku Slamfest
Kenya to be held from August 17 -19. Uganda will play host to the
regional club championships from August 20-26.

The event will coincide with the Zonal congress on August 24. This
will be followed by an international refresher clinic for referees in
Nairobi from December 2-4. The senior Nations Cup for men and women
will be held on December 5-9 in Dar-es Salaam, Tanzania. The last
calendar of events for the year will be the international refresher
clinic for commissioners slated for Nairobi on February 10-12.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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Lithuanian U17 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Lithuanian U17 National Team 2012
#s#
Lukas Aukstikalnis
Aukstikalnis
Gytis Brazauskas
Brazauskas
Domas Budrys
Budrys
Norbertas Giga
Giga
Lukas Grabausaks
Grabausaks
#e#5
Lukas Aukstikalnis 95
Gytis Brazauskas 195-G-95 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania
Domas Budrys 193-F-95 Klaipedos LCC Lithuania
Norbertas Giga 204-C-95 Vilniaus k.m. Lithuania
Lukas Grabausaks 95
Zydrunas Jurgutis 178-PG-95 Klaipedos LCC Lithuania
Aidas Kavaliauskas 179-PG-95 Zalgiris-Sabonio 2 Lithuania
Tautvydas Kliucinykas 95
Erikas Kubilius 187-G-95 Naglis Palangos Lithuania
Deividas Kumelis 188-G-95 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania
Lukas Motiejunas 191-F-95 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania
Pijus Mykolaitis 198-F-95 Birstono Lithuania
Rytis Pipiras 200-F-95 Vilniaus k.m. Lithuania
Karolis Razukas 200-F-95 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania
Vladislovas Razumnovas 95
Paulius Sakinis 197-F-95 Klaipedos LCC Lithuania
Haroldas Saprykinas 188-G-95 Klaipedos LCC Lithuania
Karolis Sarukas 196-F-95 KM Tornado Lithuania
Ernestas Serkevicius 178-PG-95 Zalgiris-Sabonio 2 Lithuania
Edvinas Seskus 192-G/F-95 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania
Zygimantas Uselis 210-C-95 Vilniaus k.m. Lithuania
Paulius Valinskas 185-G-95
Ricardas Verbickas 186-G-95
Gediminas Zalalis 205-C-95 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania



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Centrobasket 2012: Mexico successfully starts the campaign - by Eurobasket News

Mexico- Virgin Islands 75:67

Mexico successfully starts the campaign of Centrobasket 2012. The team overcame Virgin Islands 75:67 for 1-0 record.
Mexico opened the game with 17:16 but later started to increase the lead. They added 22-10 in the second period and led 39:26 at the halftime. Virgin Islands meanwhile responded with 17-14 in the third period and trailed 10 points after 30 minutes in the court. They produced a 24-22 last stanza win to reduce to 8.
Paul Stoll (178-PG-85) led the way with 23 points and Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) collected 22 points and 15 rebounds. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) replied with 18 points in defeat, while Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) collected 14 points and 11 boards. Ivan Aska (200-F-90) had 10 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Brown Aaron added 8.
In Day 2 Mexico will face off with Dominican Republic and Virgin Islands will play against Jamaica.

Mexico: Paul Stoll 23, Gustavo Ayon 22+15 rebs
Virgin Islands: Walter Hodge 18, Jason Edwin 14+11 rebs, Ivan Aska 10+10 rebs, Brown Aaron 8



Mexican National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Starting five
#s#
Paul Stoll
Stoll
Victor Mariscal
Mariscal
Hector Hernandez
Hernandez
Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Mendez-Valdez
Gustavo Ayon
Ayon
#e#5
4 Paul Stoll 178-PG-85 Maccabi Haifa Israel
5 Carlos M. Toussaint 190-G-91 Los Mochis Mexico
6 Pedro Meza Rogel 186-G-85 Pioneros Mexico
7 Horacio Llamas 212-C-73 Pioneros Mexico
8 Rodrigo Zamora 206-C-86 Culiacan Mexico
9 Gabriel Giron 192-G-88 Guasave Mexico
10 Victor Mariscal 198-F-72 Halc.Xalapa Mexico
11 Omar Quintero 183-PG-81 Tijuana Mexico
12 Hector Hernandez 206-F-85 Pioneros Mexico
13 Orlando Mendez-Valdez 185-G-86 Pioneros Mexico
14 Gustavo Ayon 209-F/C-85 N.Orleans H. USA
15 Jesus Lopez 205-F-83 Hermosillo Mexico

Josep Claros Head Coach Pioneros Mexico



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Namibian U20 National Team 2012 - by Simas

Fillemon Auwanga NAM U20 NT Namibia
Paita Cecilio NAM U20 NT Namibia
Iyaloo Fransiseo NAM U20 NT Namibia
McDonald Garab NAM U20 NT Namibia
Tayson Haimbodi NAM U20 NT Namibia
Landuleni Iipinge NAM U20 NT Namibia
Andrew Oletu NAM U20 NT Namibia
Stephen Kaluwa NAM U20 NT Namibia
Raphael Paulus NAM U20 NT Namibia
Tuhafeni Shinyama NAM U20 NT Namibia
Reginald Sisande NAM U20 NT Namibia
Albino Siwongo NAM U20 NT Namibia

Frank Albin Head Coach NAM U20 NT Namibia
Jasmin Dieler Assistant NAM U20 NT Namibia
Thomas Elikana Assistant NAM U20 NT Namibia



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.2 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 3. James, Miami Heat28.0 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.5 
 6. Anthony, New Y.23.1 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.4 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.7 
 4. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.3 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.9.9 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.8 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers8.9 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 9. Parker, San A.7.5 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 5. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 8. Shumpert, New Y.1.7 
 9. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.5 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Jordan, LA Clippers2.0 
 7. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Heat survives James injury, takes 3-1 lead - by Eurobasket News

This time, the Heat had its lead and kept it.

The memory of last seasons collapse in the fourth quarter of Game 4 against the Mavericks served as a source of constant motivation for the Heat for an entire year.

On Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, LeBron James and the Heat finally exorcised those demons. The Heat defeated the Thunder 104-98 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Down 17 in the first quarter, the Heat recorded its largest postseason comeback in franchise history. Miami can finish off the Thunder in Game 5 on Thursday.

Playing with constant pain in his legs, LeBron James offered a heroic effort in the final period. He scored six points in the period and finished with 26 points in the game on 10-of-20 shooting.

James entered the fourth quarter two rebounds shy of a triple-double and finished the game with 12 assists and nine boards. In a scary moment, James was carried off the court by team trainer Jay Sabol and reserve Juwan Howard with 5:15 left in the game.

James was treated for leg cramps on the sideline, and James Jones took his place briefly in the lineup.

It gave the Thunder a brief window to try to steal a game in Miami and send the series back to Oklahoma City.

Kevin Durant tied the score at 92-92 with a pair of free throws and then put the Thunder ahead by two points on its next possession before James could check back into the game.

AmericanAirlines Arena, which cried in pain along with James as he was being carried off the court, cheered when James got off the bench to reenter the game. Chris Bosh stroked a jumper with 3:42 left to tie the score at 94 and, like a script from a movie, James put the Heat ahead on Miamis next possession with a jumper of his own.

He backpedaled on defense gingerly, his aching legs close to collapsing all over again.

The Heat went ahead 99-94 when Dwyane Wade whizzed past Russell Westbrook for a layup with 2:18 left. Wade finished with 25 points on 8-of-19 shooting. He was 2 of 3 from three-point range and 7 of 9 from the foul line.

Whatever it takes. No excuses, Wade said. You dont want to leave this arena saying you missed opportunities.

Mario Chalmers, who struggled plenty in the Finals before Game 4, then carried the Heat home.

Chalmers had 12 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Heat, including the Heats final five points of the game. Chalmers finished with 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 3 of 9 from three-point range. Chris Bosh had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Westbrook, critiqued throughout the series for not deferring enough shots to Kevin Durant, wouldnt let the Thunder go down easily.

The Heat led 84-79 when Westbrook scored nine consecutive points for Oklahoma City. His layup with 6:47 left in the game cut the Heats lead to 90-88, and Miami used a timeout in an attempt to cool Westbrooks hot hand.

Westbrook finished with 43 points, including 25 in the second half. Durant had 28 points on 9-of-19 shooting. He was 1 of 5 from three-point range and the Thunder was 3 of 16 from distance as a team.

Meanwhile, the Heat was 10 of 26 from three-point range. Rookie Norris Cole, who had eight points off the bench, provided a pair of key three-pointers in the first half. Shane Battier was 1 of 4 from three-point range and finished with four points. Thunder sixth man James Harden had eight points on 2-of-10 shooting.

Oklahoma City struggled in the first three first quarters of the Finals but came out swinging in Game 4. The Thunder led 33-19 after the first quarter with Westbrook scoring 10 points in the first 12 minutes and Durant adding eight. The Thunder was 15 of 24 in the first period while the Heat went 8 of 23 from the field.

But the Heat rallied in the second quarter behind and unlikely source. Rookie point guard Cole came off the bench late in the first quarter and gave the Heat life with a three-pointer near the buzzer.

The Heat carried the momentum into the second quarter and stretched out a 16-0 run. After such a flat start, Miami was back in the game before halftime. Cole scored eight points in seven minutes between the first and second quarters and the Heat outscored the Thunder 27-16 in the second period.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/19/2858317/miami-heat-survives-lebron-james.html#storylink=cpy
Courtesy of: miamiherald.com



Ettore Messina returns to Europe for CSKA - by Giorgos Diploidis

Ettore Messina after his passing from NBA as assistant coach of Los Angeles Lakers, he returns in Europe to be the new coach of CSKA Moscow. The environment is not new for the Italian coach. He has been the coach of the team of Russia for four periods. He was there from 2005 to 2009.

CSKA Moscow may failed to win the euroleague trophy this year however their board seems to not get dissapointed and they got Ettore Messina in the place of Jonas Kazlauskas while they have also signed the point guard of Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, Aaron Jackson (6'4''-G-86, college: Duquesne).



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USA U17 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Starting five
#s#
Beejay Anya
Anya
Dominique Collier
Collier
Conner Frankamp
Frankamp
Rondae Jefferson
Jefferson
Dakari Johnson
Johnson
#e#5
Beejay Anya 6'7''-C-95 High School
Joel Berry 6'1''-G-95
Dominique Collier 6'1''-G-95
Stephen Domingo 6'7''-F-95
Conner Frankamp 6'1''-G-95
Rondae Jefferson 6'7''-F-95 High School
Dakari Johnson 6'9''-F/C-95 High School
Stanley Johnson 6'5''-F-96
Tyus Jones 6'1''-G-96
Kendrick Nunn 6'2''-G-95
Jahlil Okafor-Benton 6'9''-C-95
Jabari Parker 6'7''-F-95
Johnathan Williams 6'9''-F/C-95
Justise Winslow 6'3''-F-96 High School

Don Showalter Head Coach
Rich Gray Assistant High School USA
Mike Jones Assistant High School USA



USA stay undefeated in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

USA U18 - Brazil U18 83:64

USA registered the third consecutive win at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They defeated hosting Brazil to improve at 3-0 record in Group A. USA set up a semifinal clash versus Argentina. Brazil occupied the second position in the ladder and would face Canada in the semis.
USA got to a strong start. They recorded a 22:14 lead at the first intermission. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 49:28 halftime lead. Brazil stopped the rot in the third quarter. The hosts outgunned the USA to trim the deficit to 13-point margin. But the USA regained control in the fourth quarter and did not allow Brazil to get any closer rallying to the victory. Julius Randle (6'8''-F-94) accounted for 15 points for the USA. Lucas Dias (6'9''-C-96) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Brazil. Matheus Pereira (6'7''-C-95) had 12 points in the loss.

USA U18: Jarnell Stokes 22, Julius Randle 15, Rasheed Sulaimon 9
Brazil U18: Lucas Dias 15, Matheus Pereira 12



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Nicaraguan National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Starting five
#s#
Vansdell Thomas
Thomas
Carlos Gonzalez
Gonzalez
Roger Munoz
Munoz
Einner Morales
Morales
Rudy Taylor
Taylor
#e#5
4 Vansdell Thomas 179-G-86 Costa Caribe Nicaragua
5 Troy Watson 197-F/C-82 Costa Caribe Nicaragua
6 Carlos Gonzalez 177-G-80 Jaguares Nicaragua
7 Walter Solis 188-F-85 Jaguares Nicaragua
8 Noel Makence 188-G-78 Costa Caribe Nicaragua
9 Roger Munoz 208-C-84 Jaguares Nicaragua
10 Windell Sloan 195-F/C-87 Jaguares Nicaragua
11 Ramon Makensy 195-PF Costa Caribe Nicaragua
12 Einner Morales 185-SG Jaguares Nicaragua
13 Romario Ponce 180-PG-95 Costa Caribe Nicaragua
14 Rudy Taylor 198-F-83 DataSystem Nicaragua
15 Bartel Lopez 212-C-89 Costa Caribe Nicaragua

Angel Mallona Head Coach
Marlon Cuadra Assistant



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OQT: DTigers round-up training in China - by Olusegun Ikuesan

... Storm USA, Brazil for GB, 4-Nation Tourney

The Nigeria senior men basketball team DTigers will Tuesday round-up it training tour of China where the Coach Ayo Bakare tutored side played six build-up games ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament slated for July 2-8 in Caracas, Venezua.

Three players and two coaches (Michael Ohiero Royal Hoopers, Stanley Gumut Customs, Abubakar Usman Kano Pillars) and (Coaches Ayo Bakare Head Coach and Sani Ahmed Assistant) penultimate Wednesday left Nigeria for China and was joined by two assistant coaches (Tim Shea and Dominic Okon) and eight foreign-based professionals led by team captain Olumide Oyedeji.

The Nigeria senior national side who is aiming to making to it first ever Men Basketball Event of the Olympic Games began it build-up with a three quick wins over Foshan Long Lions basketball club on the 9th, 10th and 13th June by 84-54, 74-47 and 110-67 points.

Nigeria who has the task of surpassing world basketball power-house Lithuania and South American strong side and host Venezuela in group-B of the qualifiers went on to on defeat Fujian Quanzhou Bank basketball club by 84-56 points on June 14 and Shanxi Zhongyu basketball club by 94-80 points on June 16th the team last warm-up game on June 17th against Shanxi Zhongyu basketball club was still being awaited as at the time of going to press.

The Nigerian side will have a taste of full national team action when they take on Great Britain national team in Houston, United States of America on June 21st before honouring a 4-nation tourney from June 25-30 in Brazil where they will play against Greece, Brazil and New Zealand before heading for Caracas.
Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington)



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Centrobasket 2012: The hosts roll over Panama in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico-Panama 92:60

Puerto Rico roll over Panama in Day 1 of the Centrobasket 2012. The hosts needed 92:60 win for an easy start.
It was panama to start the game with seven consecutive points. Alex Galindo responded with a three-points shot and jump shot and David Huertas with another three- point shot to tie the game. Both teams later nailed 17 points each before the end of the first quarter. Later on the court was dominated only by one team, Puerto Rico. They produced a 25-7 surge to take 17-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the hosts won the third period 25-21 and added 25-15 in the last stanza.
David Huertas (195-G-87, college: Mississippi) led the way with 16 points and Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) scored 12. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) netted 11, while Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88, college: Siena) delivered 10. Isaac St Rose replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) had 12. Joel Munoz (179-PG-80) produced 11 and Joel Tesis (204-F/C-82, college: John Brown) added 9.

Puerto Rico: David Huertas 16, Alexander Galindo 12, Daniel Santiago 11, Alexander Franklin 10
Panama: Isaac St Rose 15, Ernesto Oglivie 12, Joel Munoz 11, Joel Tesis 9



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  PUERTO RICO   


Centrobasket 2012: The hosts roll over Panama in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico-Panama 92:60

Puerto Rico roll over Panama in Day 1 of the Centrobasket 2012. The hosts needed 92:60 win for an easy start.
It was panama to start the game with seven consecutive points. Alex Galindo responded with a three-points shot and jump shot and David Huertas with another three- point shot to tie the game. Both teams later nailed 17 points each before the end of the first quarter. Later on the court was dominated only by one team, Puerto Rico. They produced a 25-7 surge to take 17-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the hosts won the third period 25-21 and added 25-15 in the last stanza.
David Huertas (195-G-87, college: Mississippi) led the way with 16 points and Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) scored 12. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) netted 11, while Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88, college: Siena) delivered 10. Isaac St Rose replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) had 12. Joel Munoz (179-PG-80) produced 11 and Joel Tesis (204-F/C-82, college: John Brown) added 9.

Puerto Rico: David Huertas 16, Alexander Galindo 12, Daniel Santiago 11, Alexander Franklin 10
Panama: Isaac St Rose 15, Ernesto Oglivie 12, Joel Munoz 11, Joel Tesis 9



Colombia open win count at U18 Fiba Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News

Colombia U18 - Puerto Rico U18 72:65

Colombia celebrated the first win at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They fired past Puerto Rico for 1-2 record in Group B. Kevin Cuesta (94) notched 22 points and 8 rebounds in the winning case.
Colombia limited their opponents to 14 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They posted an 18:14 lead at the first intermission. Puerto Rico adjusted their offence in the second term. They poured in 27 points in the period to surge ahead for a 41:40 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. Puerto Rico entered the final period up by a single point 52:51. But Colombia turned things in their favour in the final period. They went on a 21:13 run to seal the victory at the end. Tonny Trocha (C-95) posted 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Brian Angola (195-F-94) had 9 points in the victory. Alexander Curet (94) replied with 12 points for Puerto Rico. David Rosado (94) had 10 points in the loss.

Colombia U18: Kevin Cuesta 22, Tonny Trocha 16+13 boards, Brian Angola 9
Puerto Rico U18: Alexander Curet 12, David Rosado 10



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  RUSSIA   


Krasnie Krilya close to Dmitry Kulagin - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya are reportedly close to landing Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92). The guard spent the last season with Triumph Lyubertsy. He averaged 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game in EuroChallenge. In Baltic League his stats read 9.2 points, 3.8 assists, 3.3 boards and 1.2 steals per appearance. Dmitry Kulagin also delivered 8.8 points, 2.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game in PBL. Previously Dmitry Kulagin had stints with CSKA Moscow junior team and Nizhny Novgorod. Dmitry Kulagin played for U16, U18, U19 and U20 Russian National Teams. He was named into Eurobasket.com All-World Championship U19 1st Team in 2011. Dmitry Kulagin played for World Team selection at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. The guard also participated at 2012 Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso.


CSKA Moscow announce Aaron Jackson - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow officiated the deal with Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne). The guard signed a three-year deal with the guard. Aaron Jackson spent the last two seasons with Bizakaia Bilbao. He tallied 9.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds per Euroleague game last season. In ACB his stats read 10.9 points, 3.3 boards and 2.9 assists per appearance. He led Bilbao into Euroleague quarterfinals and shone against CSKA in the playoffs. Aaron Jackson reached Spanish ACB Finals in 2011. Previously Aaron Jackson played for Antalya and Canadian Solar Bologna. The guard graduated from the Duquesne University in 2009. He was named Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year in 2009.


Lokomotiv Kuban keep Vlado Ilievski - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban secured the services of Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The guard extended his contract with the Krasnodar team. The Macedonian player joined Lokomotiv Kuban in February. He averaged 6.6 points, 2.4 assists and 1.1 boards per game in PBL. In VTB League Vlado Ilievski notched 6.4 points, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance. In EuroCup the guard posted 4.4 points, 2.2 assists and 1.2 rebounds. Previously Vlado Ilievski had stints in Slovenia, Spain, Italy and Serbia. Eurobasket.com named the guard All-Slovenian League Player of the Year in 2010. Vlado Ilievski has been the member of FYR Macedonian National Team since 1998. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Roijakkers moves to Goettingen - by Petr Marek

Successful young Dutch coach Johan Roijakkers has signed one-year deal with German club BG Goettingen. This club won Eurochallenge championship in 2010 but last season relegated to Pro A. Roijakkers has started his career of Head Coach in Slovak club BC Prievidza and he led "Miners" to the Slovakian championship after seventeen years. Roijakkers likes his "first" club and will cooperate with Prievidza as external sport advisor.


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Slovenia hand Czech Republic second straight loss - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Czech Republic U20 102:56

Slovenian and Czech Republic U20 National Teams played the second test game in Zrece. Slovenia proved the strength once again. Alen Omis accounted for 20 points to lead Slovenia to an impressive victory.
Slovenia led by five points after ten minutes 23:18. They boosted the margin in the second quarter. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 16 points 44:28. Slovenia cleared off the third term. The home side unleashed 33 points in the quarter to establish unassailable 42-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the final quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) delivered 14 points, while Jure Besedic (208-F/C-92) had 13 points in the winning effort. Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) answered with 14 points for Czech Republic. Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92) had 12 points in the loss.

Slovenia U20: Alen Omic (215-C-92) 20, Klemen Prepelic 14, Jure Besedic 13
Czech Republic U20: Tomas Kyzlink 14, Jaromir Bohacik 12



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Argentina2-0
2. Chile1-1
3. Venezuela1-1
4. Colombia0-2
Group B
1. Brazil2-0
2. Paraguay1-1
3. Uruguay1-1
4. Bolivia0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Group A

Jun. 19: ARG - VEN 90-87
Jun. 19: CHI - COL 76-66

Group B

Jun. 19: BRA - URU 77-73
Jun. 19: BOL - PAR 62-81

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Group A

Jun. 20: ARG - CHI
Jun. 20: COL - VEN

Group B

Jun. 20: PAR - URU
Jun. 20: BRA - BOL


COLOMBIA FALLS AGAINST CHILE IN THE SOUTHAMERICAN - by Victor Garcia

Colombia had its worts performance in many years, falling against a brave Chilean team, the National team had a terrible start and for times was 21 points behind of Chile, the Chilean coach Guillermo Vecchion sent full court personal defense over Stalin Ortiz limited him just to 10 points in the game, 0 in the first half.
Colombia also had problems playing against the Chilean zone defense, and forgot for many times the major size of its players.
Colombia began the last quarter 15 points behind , and just until 4 minutes left in the last quarter the team woke up, Ortiz, Guevara , Aragon and Bacci began to lead the offensive and cut the difference to 5 points, but after a time out of Guillermo Vecchio Chileans recovers the control and managed the action to got a very important victory.
With this lost Colombia is close to lost all its chances to get a ticket for the Fiba Americas Championship, qualifier for the World Championship, a victory like this should be the end of the Hernan Giraldo era as national Head Coach.
Colombia was 3 of 20 from the 3pt line and 19 of 29 from the free throw.

Colombia 66, Guevara 18pts+ 13rebs, Aragon 16pts + 10 rebs, Bacci 10pts, Ortiz 10 pts, Perez 4pts, Londono 4pts, Contreras 4pts
Chile 76, Carrasco 17pts, Arteaga 16pts,Isla 12pts, Bravo 11pts, Suarez 9pts, Sepulveda 5pts, Collao 4pts, Vera 2




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South Korean U17 National Team 2012 - by Greg

South Korean U17 National Team 2012
#s#
Youngjun An
An
Hoon Heo
Heo
Hyunwoo Jeon
Jeon
Gimin Kim
Kim
Gookchan Kim
Kim
#e#5
An Youngjun 95
Heo Hoon 181-G-95
Jeon Hyunwoo 96
Kim Gimin 192-F-95
Kim Gookchan 193-F-96
Kim Minki 197-C-95
Kim Nakhyeon 180-G-95
Kim Yun 185-G-95
Koh Haengseok 182-G-95
Lee Hyunsoo 95
Lee Minyoung 95
Lee Woojung 185-F-95
Park Intae 203-C-95
Park Junyoung 96
Park Minseok 95
Shin Mincheol 187-F-96
Won Jonghoon 170-G-96
Yun Yeongbin 195-F/C-95



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Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Awards 2011-12 - by Mariano Galindo

Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 1st Team 2012
#s#
Jose Salvador Arco
Arco
Mikel Uriz
Uriz
Ricardo Guillen
Guillen
Jakim Donaldson
Donaldson
Taylor Coppenrath
Coppenrath
#e#5

Player of the Year: Jose Salvador Arco (194-G-85) of Melilla
Guard of the Year: Jose Salvador Arco (194-G-85) of Melilla
Forward of the Year: Shaun Green (203-F-87) of Mallorca
Center of the Year: Taylor Coppenrath (205-F-81) of Menorca
Bosman Player of the Year: Jason Detrick (198-G-80) of Lleida
Import Player of the Year: Jakim Donaldson (204-C/F-83) of Canarias
Domestic Player of the Year: Jose Salvador Arco (194-G-85) of Melilla
Defensive Player of the Year: Lucas Sikma (203-F-89) of La Palma
Coach of the Year: Alejandro Martinez of Canarias

1st Team
G: Mikel Uriz (180-89) of Navarra
G: Jose Salvador Arco (194-85) of Melilla
F/C: Ricardo Guillen (205-76) of Canarias
C/F: Jakim Donaldson (204-83) of Canarias
F: Taylor Coppenrath (205-81) of Menorca

2nd Team
PG: Nicolas Richotti (181-86) of Canarias
G: James Feldeine (193-88) of Fuenlabrada
F: Francisco Sanchez (201-79) of Caceres
G/F: David Navarro (192-83) of Menorca
F/C: Jose Angel Antelo (203-87) of Caceres

3rd Team
G: Jason Detrick (198-80) of Lleida
PG: Mathew Witt (183-84) of Knet Clavijo
F/C: Charles Ramsdell (208-85) of Lleida
F/C: Leon Williams (203-86) of Caceres
C: Ondrej Starosta (215-79) of Navarra

Honorable Mention
Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85) of Leon
Shaun Green (203-F-87) of Mallorca
Brooks Sales (208-C/F-80) of Breogan
Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) of Knet Clavijo
Adrian Moss (204-C/F-81) of Palencia

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Albert Sabat (187-85) of Canarias
G: Jose Salvador Arco (194-85) of Melilla
F: Francisco Sanchez (201-79) of Caceres
F/C: Jose Angel Antelo (203-87) of Caceres
F/C: Ricardo Guillen (205-76) of Canarias

All-Imports Team
G: Matt Wittbrodt () of Northwood
G: James Feldeine (193-88) of Fuenlabrada
C/F: Jakim Donaldson (204-83) of Canarias
F/C: Leon Williams (203-86) of Caceres
F: Taylor Coppenrath (205-81) of Menorca

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Nicolas Richotti (181-86) of Canarias
G: Jason Detrick (198-80) of Lleida
F/C: Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88) of La Palma
C: Ognjen Kuzmic (215-90) of Unicaja
C: Ondrej Starosta (215-79) of Navarra



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SAM Massagno signs Basso, Gruninger, Pantic and Barrett - by Luca Maffioli

SAM Basket Massagno announced today that Peter Ishiodu (196-F-91), Daniel Andjelkovic (199-F/C-94), Taulant Murati (180-PG-92) and Fabio Appavou (184-G-94) will stay in Massagno. Ludovico Basso (185-PG-93), Randon Gruninger (190-F-95) and Slavisa Pantic (200-F-85) moves to SAM from Lugano. Basso played two match with Tigers and he was a member of Swiss NT U-18 at European Championships U18 Division B in Varna. Gruninger played six games and he was a member of Swiss NT U-16 at European Championships U16 Division B in Strumica. Slavisa Pantic (200-F-85) averaged 1.2 points and 1.7 rebounds. Massagno signed the American guard Jamelle Barrett (180-PG). He spent last two seasons in Canada at University of Saskatchewan and he averaged 22.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists.


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  TRBL   

TRBL stats leaders

TRBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Houston, Prime 27.8
2 Taylor, Carolina 25.6
3 Streeter, Fay 24.2
4 Pickett Jr, BT 19.6
5 Draughn, Carolina 19.6
6 Smith, Prime 19.5
7 Carpenter, Fay 19.3
8 Moore, Cary 18.9
9 Priest, BT 18.6
10 Little, Cary 18.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Priest, BT 13.2
2 Taylor, Carolina 11.4
3 Bland, QCity 10.8
4 Streeter, Fay 9.9
5 Jones, Prime 9.9
6 Gibbs, Wilm 9.8
7 Draughn, Carolina 9.8
8 McLean, Fay 9.5
9 Pfaff, Prime 9.0
10 Pigford, Prime 8.6
Assists Per Game
1 Street, Prime 8.7
2 Herrmann, Wilm 7.3
3 Dixon, Carolina 6.3
4 Young, Cary 6.1
5 Pickett Jr, BT 5.2
6 Carpenter, Fay 5.1
7 Smith, Prime 4.5
8 Smith, Cary 3.9
9 Houston, Prime 3.6
10 Williams, fay 3.3
Steals Per Game
1 Smith, Prime 3.9
2 Pickett Jr, BT 3.4
3 Draughn, Carolina 2.8
4 Brown, Carolina 2.2
5 Street, Prime 2.0
6 Jackson, Cary 1.7
7 Johnson, BT 1.6
8 Wright, Cary 1.6
9 Moore, Cary 1.6
10 Corrica, Carolina 1.5


Cary Invasion owner pleased with TRBL progress - by Eurobasket Center

Cary Invasion owner and Tobacco Road Basketball League co-chairman Mark Janas said he spent more time helping manage the league in its first year of existence than he did marketing his local team.
He calls it an investment that was worth making, but hopes he doesnt have to do it as much next season.

Janas was bullish on the future of the league he helped form in hopes of correcting some of the problems his team experienced in the Continental Basketball League the prior year. The CBL had higher travel costs, with teams in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, and one of those teams folded midway through the season.

The TRBL has teams only in North and South Carolina, and all played a complete schedule.

We were in a much more stable situation than the Invasion were (in) last year. And for that matter, in my six or seven years of minor league basketball, we were far more the most stable league and situation weve ever been in. So that was very encouraging, Janas said.

We were able to do some things that, unfortunately, havent been done in minor league basketball in a while that is, we played every single game as scheduled. Full, complete-game statistics were up. We worked with some of the third parties to get players stats posted for agents. We hit all of our primary objectives.

Janas also was pleased with the improved quality of the league.

This league, from top to bottom, was much deeper than the league we were in last year. We brought in two travel teams this past season that actually took games away from playoff teams, Janas said. We really werent challenged last year, but this year we couldve lost a couple more games. Thats a good thing, though.

The TRBL will try to expand from the seven teams it had this year. Its two travel teams Queen City Express and Big Texas could become full-fledged members next season, and new franchises in the Carolinas and possibly Virginia could be welcomed before the 2013 season, according to Janas.

But most of Janas plans for next year are about increasing the awareness of the Invasion in its local market.

Were still limited to a degree by what kind of promotions we can do at the Herb Young, said Janas. You cant go and do major comp programs to get people into the venue to get exposed to the product. You really have to do some small 50-, 100-seat promotions with schools and churches, etc. And it takes a little more time to build a fan base that way.

Cary crowds in the 450-seat Herb Young Center were up from last year, but the Invasion plan to do more advertising and make consistent appearances in the community to continue to generate interest.

Courtesy of carynews.com



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Fenerbahce expected to make a move for Romain Sato - by Pervin Elgin

The small forward has contract with Panathinaikos for one more season but with buyout clause.

With Simone Pianigiani on his way to move to Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, a lot of names are linked to the Turkish team for the coming season.
The first one is Bo McCalebb, one of the best point guards in Europe. The American player with passport from FYROM has contract with Siena without buyout (for both NBA and Europe) and clubs interested in him have to negotiate with Ferdinando Minucci. The amount requested by Siena is around 2M of euros, according to rumors.

But there is another player who might interest Fenerbahce: Romain Sato. The African small forward has played with Siena, under coach Pianigiani, for four seasons winning four Italian titles. In the summer 2010 Sato left Montepaschi because he had a dream: to win Euroleague. The small forward moved to Panathinaikos and in May 2011 he made his dream to be true: winning the most important European competiiton in Barcelona, beating Maccabi Tel Aviv in the final. His second year with Panathinaikos was not as the first one, with a minor role and less decisive balls in his hands, despite his big contract.
Sato has a rich contract for one more season with the Greek team (more than $2M) but the amount is too high for Panathinaikos who can buyout the deal by July 1st. The two parts didn't reach already the agreement yet but Panathinaikos doesn't want to count on Sato for the future, also considering the cut in the budget.
When the situation with Panathinaikos will be more clear and Sato will be free agent, Fenerbahce is expected to make a move for him considering his loyalty to Simone Pianigiani and his great relation with the coach who launched him to the most important European basketball.

In the last hours another name was linked to Fenerbahce, Ksystof Lavrinovic. But the PF just extended his contract with Montepaschi Siena and his departure is very unlikely.

Courtesy of sportando.net



Pianigiani-Dalmonte, an Italian duo for Fenerbahce? - by Pervin Elgin

The two Italians are on their way to join the Turkish powerhouse

The deal is not official yet. Simone Pianigiani won yesterday his sixth Italian title in six seasons as head coach of Mens Sana Siena and has one more year on the contract with Montepaschi. The Italian coach will talk with the president, Ferdinando Minucci, in the coming days and they will decide the future.
Mens Sana will start a new project from the summer and Pianigiani, in the press conference after the win in Italy (first club in the history to win six consecutive titles), made the audience realize that his experience in Siena is almost over.
Today an important European agent and Turkish sources confirmed to us that the future of Simone Pianigiani will likely be in Turkey with Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul.
The Turkish powerhouse is starting a new project after two seasons not up to expectations with Neven Spahija and Pianigiani, who coaches also the Italian National Team, is the right name to build a new era in Fenerbahce.
The target of Fenerbahce is to win TBL and to reach the Euroleague Final Four. With Pianigiani could arrive also Luca Dalmonte as assistant coach. Dalmonte led Pesaro to the Semifinals in Serie A and the club didn't pick up the option for the coming season due to some financial difficulties. Dalmonte is also Pianigiani's assistant coach in the National Team.

Courtesy of sportando.net



Simone Pianigiani-Fenerbahce, the deal is done at 95% - by Pervin Elgin

The Italian coach on his way to Turkey

Simone Pianigiani will announce his departure from Siena in the afternoon and his next destination will be Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. The deal is not finalized yet, there are just small details left.
As reported exclusively to Sportando by a person with a high role in Fenerbahce's management, who spoke in condition of anonymity: "The deal is done at 95%". Pianigiani decided to accept the important proposal from Fenerbahce where he will arrive after six consecutive championships in Italy with Mens Sana Siena, becoming the first team ever in Italy to reach that goal.

Courtesy of sportando.net



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Centrobasket 2012: Mexico successfully starts the campaign - by Eurobasket News

Mexico- Virgin Islands 75:67

Mexico successfully starts the campaign of Centrobasket 2012. The team overcame Virgin Islands 75:67 for 1-0 record.
Mexico opened the game with 17:16 but later started to increase the lead. They added 22-10 in the second period and led 39:26 at the halftime. Virgin Islands meanwhile responded with 17-14 in the third period and trailed 10 points after 30 minutes in the court. They produced a 24-22 last stanza win to reduce to 8.
Paul Stoll (178-PG-85) led the way with 23 points and Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) collected 22 points and 15 rebounds. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) replied with 18 points in defeat, while Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) collected 14 points and 11 boards. Ivan Aska (200-F-90) had 10 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Brown Aaron added 8.
In Day 2 Mexico will face off with Dominican Republic and Virgin Islands will play against Jamaica.

Mexico: Paul Stoll 23, Gustavo Ayon 22+15 rebs
Virgin Islands: Walter Hodge 18, Jason Edwin 14+11 rebs, Ivan Aska 10+10 rebs, Brown Aaron 8



U.S. Virgin Islands National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Walter Hodge
Hodge
Jason Edwin
Edwin
Aaron Brown
Brown
Ivan Aska
Aska
Gregory Washington
Washington
#e#5
4 Dimetri Byron 185-G Z*Miami Stars USA
5 Jamil Samuel 201-F Delgado CC USA
6 Walter Hodge 183-PG-86 Arecibo Puerto Rico
7 Johnathan Gray 192-G Cornell USA
8 Felicia James 180-PG
9 Jason Edwin 197-G/F-81 Gaiteros Venezuela
10 Aaron Brown 195-G-92 Temple USA
11 Deon Javern Edwin 195-SG
12 Ivan Aska 200-F-90 Murray St. USA
13 Kitwana Rhymer 208-C-78 Guayama Puerto Rico
14 Gregory Washington 208-F-84 Erie Bay H. USA
15 Phillip Michael Jones 209-C/F-85 U.Mobitel.CN Romania

Milton Barnes Head Coach Minnesota T. USA
William Colon Assistant



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Giants and Royals Join BBL - by Paul Nilsen

The BBL is delighted to announce that the Manchester Giants and East London Royals have joined their ranks ahead of the 2012/13 season.

The Royals will be bringing top flight basketball back to the Capital and are owned by a group with in-depth experience of basketball throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. They will be based at the impressive Sporthouse, in Mayesbrook Park, Dagenham which boasts a capcity of up to 4,000.

Royals Director Mark Clark said "We are very excited at joining the BBL at a great time for the sport in the UK. The BBL has gained great exposure over the last two seasons and the Olympic Games will give the sport huge coverage. With our involvement in the local GB Regional Basketball Institute we hope the BBL team will also provide a pathway for the cream of the Institute players."

The Giants Franchise have been developed over the last 18 months and has been established firmly with the ethos of building a successful, sustainable, community based organisation off the court. On the court, the Giants will be overseen by experienced Head Coach Jeff Jones and will be based at the Wright Robinson Sports College in the East of Manchester .

Jones said: "I am absolutely delighted to be back coaching the Manchester Giants - it has been a long term ambition of mine to bring a professional basketball franchise back to Manchester and we're aiming to hit the ground running and introduce a competitive team to the league, with a good balance of home grown talent with more experienced players."

Giants Chief Executive, Steve Mansfield added: "We are delighted that we have been able to resurrect such an iconic Manchester sports brand as the Manchester Giants. It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this stage but we are only a months away from the first match of the new season and a new era for basketball in Manchester and a new force in the BBL."

BBL Chairman Paul Blake enthused "We are delighted to welcome two new clubs to the BBL next season and are particularly pleased that the location of the new clubs map our own Franchise Development Plan, including a team in one of the Olympic Boroughs. We wish them every success both off and on the court".

Whilst continuing to grow their local community activities, a short term delay with their venue build has meant that the new Birmingham franchise will now not commence BBL competitions until the 2013/14 season.

Mark Walker, Managing Partner of Oaks Consultancy and franchise owner of BBL Birmingham, reiterated the club's commitment to the team and the community in the following statement:

"Oaks acquired the Birmingham franchise with the intention of entering a team in the 2012/13 season, but unfortunately for us and the city of Birmingham, this is now no longer possible due to unforeseen venue complications. However, we are confident that our new home venue at the Futsal International Arena Birmingham will be completed well in advance of the start of the 2013/14 season when we look forward to hosting our first competitive BBL game.

In the meantime however, our community programme is now well established and proving a great success, continuing to grow at an impressive rate. As this was an integral part of our overall objectives when we first took over the franchise, we are delighted with the impact we're having within the local community and will endeavour to continue to grow this side of the club as a fundamental component of the team's activities once we are fully up and running next season."

The BBL will make 2012/13 fixture format announcements in the coming weeks.





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Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 18: Capitol - Cader 90-85
Jun. 18: Verdirrojo - Guruyu Waston 85-92
Jun. 18: Atenas - Marne 85-91
Jun. 18: Goes - Larranaga 74-66
Jun. 18: Urunday Univ. - Yale 69-54

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 22: Atenas - Urunday Univ.
Jun. 22: Cader - Goes
Jun. 22: Marne - Larranaga
Jun. 22: Verdirrojo - Capitol
Jun. 22: Guruyu Waston - Romis N.


Cader and Marne lead the Metro - by Hector Lopez

Lisandro Rasio scored 30 points leading Marne to beat Atenas 91-85 and his team is now sharing the Metro leadership with Cader. Results for the 10th round:
Marne 91 - Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90) 30 points 13 rebounds
Atenas 85 - Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 16 points 13 rebounds
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Capitol 90 - Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 20 points 15 rebounds
Cader 85 - Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: La Salle) 25 points 11 rebounds
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Urunday 69 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 17 points 7 rebounds
Yale 54 - Jose Alessio (203-C-87)
16 points 6 rebounds
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Goes 74 - Diego Romero (208-C-82, college: Florida St.) 14 points 8 rebounds
Larranaga 66- Damian Andres Blazina (G-93) 18 points 5 rebounds
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Guruyu Waston 92 - Martavius Adams 17 points 17 rebounds
Verdirrojo 85 - Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 43 points 4 rebounds



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Krasnie Krilya close to Dmitry Kulagin - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya are reportedly close to landing Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92). The guard spent the last season with Triumph Lyubertsy. He averaged 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game in EuroChallenge. In Baltic League his stats read 9.2 points, 3.8 assists, 3.3 boards and 1.2 steals per appearance. Dmitry Kulagin also delivered 8.8 points, 2.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game in PBL. Previously Dmitry Kulagin had stints with CSKA Moscow junior team and Nizhny Novgorod. Dmitry Kulagin played for U16, U18, U19 and U20 Russian National Teams. He was named into Eurobasket.com All-World Championship U19 1st Team in 2011. Dmitry Kulagin played for World Team selection at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. The guard also participated at 2012 Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso.



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Haskovo 2012 signed with two american players - by Valentin Anguelov

The new team in National women's basketball league in the country - Haskovo 2012 signed two Americans which means that they will seek a major role in its first participation in the best championship in Bulgaria. Guard Tonia Gerty (160-G-89, agency 610 Sports Management) and center Susan Lester (188-F/C-88, college: Butler, agency 610 Sports Management), both Americans signed a contract with the team for the upcoming season. Both have excellent biographies of college careers and Lester made an outstanding season in the turkish league last year.

Gerty is a guard that plays equally well to position "one" and "two", comes from successfully career in the college of Charleston Cougars. Born in 1989 she had a very good career as once was chosen as the best defender in the Southern Conference. Last season she ended with 10.2 points, 3.8 assists and even 4.1 rebounds despite she is 160 cm tall. During the last season Gerty became one of the few players that have passed the 1,000 career points mark for Charleston Cougars, and it sets a record for most assists in the history of the university. Was invited to several campaigns with WNBA teams.

Lester comes from Turkish Mersin Yuniversitesi after playing a great season in the Turkish League. 188 cm tall player was named MVP in the championship as an average of 24.1 points and 15.3 rebounds in 34 minutes per game. Born in 1988, plays as a center, but may also cover position "four". In college she played for Butler University and in her last year there has been selected in the best five of the conference and helped the team to finish second in the conference.

Both players are the first additions to the team of Haskovo 2012, which will play in the best division in Bulgaria for season 2012/13, called National Basketball League. The club continues to work on selection for the formation of young and strong team to chase higher goals in their debut participation in the championship of the country.



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Galatasaray announced Sancho Lyttle - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray announced Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) for the next season. After the downfall of Ros Casares, the player moves to Turkey.
In 2011-2012 for Ros Casares Valencia (Spain-LFB, starting five) Lyttle averaged 12.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-5 (1.9spg), FGP: 56.8%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 75.4% in Spanish league and in Euroleague her stats read 12.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-1 (2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, FT: 79.5%.
Over the last two seasons her Awards are extending to the unbelievable stats. She made it into Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 2nd Team -07, 09, 12, was in Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Imports Team -08, 09, 10, became Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Domestic Players Team -11, 12 and Spanish LFB Champion -11, 12. She was Spanish LFB Regular Season Champion -11, 12, Spanish LFB Supercup Winner -11, Spanish LFB Regular Season Runner-Up -10 and Spanish LFB Cup Finalist -09 (MVP), 10, 12. Sancho Lyttle became Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year 2011, Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team 2011, urobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team 2011 and Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Player of the Year -11, 12. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Center of the Year -11, 12, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague European Player of the Year -11, 12 and Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team -11, 12. She also received Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Europeans Team -11, 12.
Sancho Lyttle helped her Ros Casares to become Euroleague Champion in 2012.



Good Angels keep Miljana Bojovic and Helena Sverrisdottir - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels keep Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) and Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU) for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, the Slovak Champions resigned the players.
Together with the team they won the ninth straight Extraliga title. The Kosice squad finished the season with perfect score, including 3-0 in the Finals against Ruzomberok. Miljana Bojovic added 7 points for the hosts. She averaged 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-1 (6.3apg), 2.7spg, FGP-2 (62.2%), 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 73.0% in Slovakian League and in Euroleague showed 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-4 (5.0apg), Steals-3 (2.1spg), FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 64.7%.
Helena Sverrisdottir will enter her second season. In 2005-2006 she appeared for Haukar (D1, starting five) and in 20 games averaged massive 19.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 8.3apg, 4.1spg, 2FGP: 51,6%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 82,4%, while in EuroCup after 6 games her stats read 14.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 27.6%, FT: 43.5%.In 2006-2007 for Haukar (D1, starting five) she increased to 21.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 9.8apg, 5.4spg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 58,3%, 3PT: 31,7%, FT: 76,3% and in EuroCup after 6 games had 20.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.2apg, 3.0spg, FGP: 35.4%, 3FGP: 30.2%, FT: 75%. In 2007-2008 moved to TCU (NCAA, starting five) and in 35 games averaged 9.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.0%, 3Pts: 30.7%, FT: 68.1%. In 2008-2009 for TCU (NCAA, starting five)Helena Sverrisdottir had 15.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 4.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3Pts: 37.6%, FT: 81.2%. She became the first player in the school's history to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists and is leaving TCU as the program's all-time leader in assists and games started.



Aneika Henry signs with Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News

Aneika Henry (193-C-86, college: Florida) signs with Rivas Ecopolis for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com Jamaica born American center Aneika Henry moves to Spain.
Last year Lotos Gdynia officially announced agreement with American center Aneika Henry. Aneika Henry graduated Florida Univerity. Last two seasons she spent in Spain. First in Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias, second in Mann Filter Zaragoza. In Spain she averaged in league: 9 point, 6,9 rebound and 1,3 block (second score in entire league). She led her team to EuroCup Quarterfinals and averaged 11,1 point and 8,5 rebound.
In 2011-2012 she played for Lotos Gdynia (Poland-PLKK, starting five) and in Polish League averaged 12.9ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-1 (61.8%), FT: 74.5%. In Euroleague her stats read 13.6ppg, Reb-5 (9.1rpg), 1.0apg, FGP: 55.9%, FT: 80.3%.
In 2012 Henry went to Atlanta Dream training camp where she made the final roster and now has started 5 of 10 games for the Dream.



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LaSondra Barrett pens deal with Ramat Hasharon - by Eurobasket News

Lasondra Barrett (187-F-90, college: LSU) pens deal with Ramat Hasharon for the next season. The American player will debut abroad.
In 2008-2009 she appeared for LSU (NCAA, starting five) and in 30 games averaged 11.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.7%, FT: 72.3%. In 2009-2010 for LSU she improved to 12.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 39.9%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 84.4%. In 2010-2011: LSU (NCAA, starting five) her stats read 12.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 37.6%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 67.4%. The last season she had high 12.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 75.0%.
In 2012 Lasondra Barrett was drafted by Washington Mystics (WNBA, 1rd (10). Over the last few years she became All-SEC 1st Team -11, 12 and SEC Tournament Finalist -12. She made it into SEC All-Tournament Team-12. As a member of the USA U19 National Team -09 she participated at the World Championships U19 in Thailand -09 (Champion) and had 6.0ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 36.7%, FT: 60.0%.



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Namibian U20 National Team 2012 - by Simas

Aily Alfeus
Lizanne Cloete
Frieda Kolowali
Sylvia Nampadhi
Vanessa Neumann
Saima Sakaria
Alma Samuel
Hertha Shimuketa
Victoria Shilongo
Nina Simao
Yolanda Tobias

Shakira Ajam Head Coach



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2012 JT Focus Mgt. Cleveland Am Pro Basketball Womens Summer League Day 1 - by Vance Marbury

2012 JT Focus Mgt. Cleveland Am Pro Basketball Womens Summer League Day 1 Results

The 2011 defending champs started off on a really good note defeating Big Dawgs 45 to 25. Team Hotcards was led by Cleveland State University Shalonda Winton 14 pts. 12 rebs. 5 ast. Living legend Wanda Ford chipped in with 9 pts 9 rebs. Former Bowling Green State U. track star Melanie Sweeney 3 pts 5 rebs.
The Big Dawgs were led by Edinboro U. Katie Collins 3 pts 7 rebs. Edinboro U. Sam Blazetic 11 pts 6 rebs.

The 2011 Runner-up JT Focus Mgt. was defeated by Team Jackie 45 to 40 in game #2. JT Focus Mgt. was led by Cleveland St. U. Honesty King who tallied 15 pts 5 rebs. Akron U. Sina King chipped in with 10 pts 7 rebs. Akron U. Taylor Ruper chipped in with 8 pts 4 rebs. Nichole Carman added 6 pts 8 rebs.
Team Jackie was led by Cleveland St. Imani Gordon who had 15 pts and 4 rebs. Lake Erie U. Chrissey Delaney chipped in with 12 pts 4 rebs. Lake Erie Jackie Murray 4 pts 3 rebs.

In game #3 the Lady Ballers defeated Leff Electric 68 to 61. Lady Ballers were led by former Ohio U./South Carolina Aiken star Catherine Cain who tallied 21 pts 3 rebs. Former Illinois U. guard Lydia McCally added 8 pts 5 rebs. Former Cincinatti St. guard Juice Bellz added 6 pts 6 rebs.



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2012 JT Focus Mgt. Cleveland Am Pro Basketball Womens Summer League Day 1 - by Vance Marbury

2012 JT Focus Mgt. Cleveland Am Pro Basketball Womens Summer League Day 1 Results

The 2011 defending champs started off on a really good note defeating Big Dawgs 45 to 25. Team Hotcards was led by Cleveland State University Shalonda Winton 14 pts. 12 rebs. 5 ast. Living legend Wanda Ford chipped in with 9 pts 9 rebs. Former Bowling Green State U. track star Melanie Sweeney 3 pts 5 rebs.
The Big Dawgs were led by Edinboro U. Katie Collins 3 pts 7 rebs. Edinboro U. Sam Blazetic 11 pts 6 rebs.

The 2011 Runner-up JT Focus Mgt. was defeated by Team Jackie 45 to 40 in game #2. JT Focus Mgt. was led by Cleveland St. U. Honesty King who tallied 15 pts 5 rebs. Akron U. Sina King chipped in with 10 pts 7 rebs. Akron U. Taylor Ruper chipped in with 8 pts 4 rebs. Nichole Carman added 6 pts 8 rebs.
Team Jackie was led by Cleveland St. Imani Gordon who had 15 pts and 4 rebs. Lake Erie U. Chrissey Delaney chipped in with 12 pts 4 rebs. Lake Erie Jackie Murray 4 pts 3 rebs.

In game #3 the Lady Ballers defeated Leff Electric 68 to 61. Lady Ballers were led by former Ohio U./South Carolina Aiken star Catherine Cain who tallied 21 pts 3 rebs. Former Illinois U. guard Lydia McCally added 8 pts 5 rebs. Former Cincinatti St. guard Juice Bellz added 6 pts 6 rebs.



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Good Angels keep Miljana Bojovic and Helena Sverrisdottir - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels keep Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) and Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU) for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, the Slovak Champions resigned the players.
Together with the team they won the ninth straight Extraliga title. The Kosice squad finished the season with perfect score, including 3-0 in the Finals against Ruzomberok. Miljana Bojovic added 7 points for the hosts. She averaged 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-1 (6.3apg), 2.7spg, FGP-2 (62.2%), 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 73.0% in Slovakian League and in Euroleague showed 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-4 (5.0apg), Steals-3 (2.1spg), FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 64.7%.
Helena Sverrisdottir will enter her second season. In 2005-2006 she appeared for Haukar (D1, starting five) and in 20 games averaged massive 19.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 8.3apg, 4.1spg, 2FGP: 51,6%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 82,4%, while in EuroCup after 6 games her stats read 14.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 27.6%, FT: 43.5%.In 2006-2007 for Haukar (D1, starting five) she increased to 21.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 9.8apg, 5.4spg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 58,3%, 3PT: 31,7%, FT: 76,3% and in EuroCup after 6 games had 20.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.2apg, 3.0spg, FGP: 35.4%, 3FGP: 30.2%, FT: 75%. In 2007-2008 moved to TCU (NCAA, starting five) and in 35 games averaged 9.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.0%, 3Pts: 30.7%, FT: 68.1%. In 2008-2009 for TCU (NCAA, starting five)Helena Sverrisdottir had 15.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 4.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3Pts: 37.6%, FT: 81.2%. She became the first player in the school's history to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists and is leaving TCU as the program's all-time leader in assists and games started.



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Aneika Henry signs with Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News

Aneika Henry (193-C-86, college: Florida) signs with Rivas Ecopolis for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com Jamaica born American center Aneika Henry moves to Spain.
Last year Lotos Gdynia officially announced agreement with American center Aneika Henry. Aneika Henry graduated Florida Univerity. Last two seasons she spent in Spain. First in Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias, second in Mann Filter Zaragoza. In Spain she averaged in league: 9 point, 6,9 rebound and 1,3 block (second score in entire league). She led her team to EuroCup Quarterfinals and averaged 11,1 point and 8,5 rebound.
In 2011-2012 she played for Lotos Gdynia (Poland-PLKK, starting five) and in Polish League averaged 12.9ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-1 (61.8%), FT: 74.5%. In Euroleague her stats read 13.6ppg, Reb-5 (9.1rpg), 1.0apg, FGP: 55.9%, FT: 80.3%.
In 2012 Henry went to Atlanta Dream training camp where she made the final roster and now has started 5 of 10 games for the Dream.



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Galatasaray announced Sancho Lyttle - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray announced Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) for the next season. After the downfall of Ros Casares, the player moves to Turkey.
In 2011-2012 for Ros Casares Valencia (Spain-LFB, starting five) Lyttle averaged 12.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-5 (1.9spg), FGP: 56.8%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 75.4% in Spanish league and in Euroleague her stats read 12.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-1 (2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, FT: 79.5%.
Over the last two seasons her Awards are extending to the unbelievable stats. She made it into Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 2nd Team -07, 09, 12, was in Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Imports Team -08, 09, 10, became Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Domestic Players Team -11, 12 and Spanish LFB Champion -11, 12. She was Spanish LFB Regular Season Champion -11, 12, Spanish LFB Supercup Winner -11, Spanish LFB Regular Season Runner-Up -10 and Spanish LFB Cup Finalist -09 (MVP), 10, 12. Sancho Lyttle became Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year 2011, Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team 2011, urobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team 2011 and Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Player of the Year -11, 12. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Center of the Year -11, 12, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague European Player of the Year -11, 12 and Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team -11, 12. She also received Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Europeans Team -11, 12.
Sancho Lyttle helped her Ros Casares to become Euroleague Champion in 2012.



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connecticut S. 9-2 
 2. Chicago S. 7-2 
 3. Indiana F. 5-4 
 4. Atlanta D. 4-7 
 5. New York L. 4-7 
 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. 19: Connecticut S. - Indiana F. 88-85
Jun. 19: Atlanta D. - New York L. 60-73
Jun. 18: L.Angeles S. - Washington M. 101-70
Jun. 20: Phoenix M. - Washington M.
Jun. 20: L.Angeles S. - Tulsa S.


Chicago Sky take Sydney Carter - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Sky take Sydney Carter (5'6''-PG-90, college: Texas A&M) to the roster as they are currently without Ticha Penicheiro and Epiphanny Prince who both are injured. The WNBA team added American Point Guard to the roster.
In 2008-2009 she appeared for Texas A&M (NCAA) and in 34 games averaged 4.3ppg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg . In 2009-2010 she continued with Texas A&M (NCAA, starting five) and showed 7.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 33.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 77.8%. In 2010-2011 for Texas A&M her stats read 10.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 38.4%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 86.2%. The last season with the team Sydney Carter increased to 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 31.2%, 3PT: 21.6%, FT: 81.9%. In 2012 she was drafted by Chicago Sky (WNBA, 3rd (27). She started the season with Chicago Sky (WNBA), only pre-season and now is back to the roster.
Over the last two years she became Big 12 Tournament Finalist -09, 11, 12and Big 12 Tournament Winner -10. Sydney Carter received All-Big 12 Honorable Mention -10, 11 and became Big 12 Regular Season Runner-Up -11. Moreover she was named Big 12 All-Defensive Team -11, 12 and NCAA Champion -11.