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  ACPBL   



Antoine Morgano named ACPBL MVP - by Eurobasket News

The Garden State Rebels forward averaged 31.0 PPG,14.0 RPG, 3.1 APG for the season. At times Morgano was unstoppable when on the court. The Newark New Jersey native carried his team to a 10-4 record this season.


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  ARGENTINA   


Obras start to set their roster - by Facundo Iatzky

After losing the finals against penarol, Obras Sanitarias started to think in next season. First they hired Gabriel Picatto as head coach, because Julio Lamas had to leave the team due to his compromises with the national team. They also had signed their first players. They Renewed the contracts of Alejandro Konsztatd (191-G-89), Pablo Espinoza (200-F-87), Juan Gutierrez, Julio Mazzaro and Tyler Field. They lost Alexis Elsener, who went to Atenas and Tony Washam who is the new player of Regatas corrientes. Obras will play in Liga A and Liga Sudamericana next season.


South American Championship: Argentina post third win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Chile 88:64

Argentina stayed on the winning track at the South American Championship in Chaco. The hosts beat Chile for the third straight win in Group A. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners. Argentina will now take on Uruguay in the semis.
Argentina looked better from the start. The home team built a 24:15 lead at the first break. They enlarged the distance in the second quarter. Argentina accumulated a 48:29 halftime lead. They stayed in control in the third quarter. The hosts secured a 21-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Chile could not match their opponents and had to surrender at the end. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) posted 18 points, while Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) finished with 14 points for Argentina. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) accounted for 17 points for Chile. Sebastian Suarez (189-F-91) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Argentina: Juan Gutierrez 26, Federico Van Lacke 18, Matias Sandes 14
Chile: Evandro Arteaga 17, Sebastian Suarez 11



Canada earn Bronze in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Canada U18 - Argentina U18 68:66

Canada celebrated Bronze medals at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship in Brazil. They held off Argentina in an exciting consolation final clash. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) stepped up with 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Canada eked out a narrow 17:15 lead after the first quarter. They stayed aggressive defensively and were able to protect the lead in the second frame. Canada ensured a 29:25 halftime advantage. Canada boosted the gap in the third quarter. The North American team entered the final quarter up by 6 points. Canada led by as many as 10 points in the fourth period but Argentina went on a 10:2 run to cut the distance to two points. They had a chance to tie things up but missed it and Canada escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Andrew Wiggins (202-F-95) accounted for 14 points and 11 rebounds for Canada. Duane Notice (188-G-94) had 11 points in the victory. Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) replied with 23 points for Argentina. Lucas Gonzalez (200-PF-94) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Canada U18: Xavier Rathan-Mayes 16, Andrew Wiggins 14+11 boards, Duane Notice 11
Argentina U18: Gabriel Deck 23, Lucas Gonzalez 9



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  AUSTRALIA   


Boomers Olympic squad - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Australian mens basketball team are ready to stand up and be counted as the Boomers look to win their first Olympic medal with a team of players being drawn from some of the toughest competitions around the world.

Star point guard Patty Mills will be running the show in his second Olympic campaign when the Boomers take to the court in London following his recent trip to the NBA Western Conference Finals with the San Antonio Spurs,

This is again one of the highest honours, to be selected to represent your country at an Olympic Games, 23-year-old Mills said.

Beijing was an amazing experience and I know the group has been waiting to get back together to get the job done

Also coming off the back of the Spurs finals run is Boomers head coach Brett Brown , who mans the San Antonio bench as an assistant coach.

Having spent a decade coaching in the NBL, Brown knows there is something unique that comes to life when an Australian puts on the green and gold to represent their nation.

In terms of the things that all Australians connect with, this group of athletes embody that spirit, said Brown.

They have a strong sense of mateship and there is an inherent toughness that define this group of athletes.

The entire country can be proud of the fact that the Australian Olympic basketball team will go into the London Olympic Games with players who posses tremendous character and will wear the green and gold with a reflective pride. I am proud to be their coach.

Having avoided the USA in the preliminary rounds of the London 2012 Games, the Boomers will be confident in moving past the group stages to the serious end of the competition.

Australia has to be really happy with the group with the way it looks at the moment, said soon-to-be dual Olympian Mark Worthington.

From an Australian perspective it is the most favourable draw that weve had in quite some time.

The Boomers team will bring together one of the strongest Olympics contingents who have become accustomed to world class competition in leagues in the USA, Spain, Greece, Italy and from Australias own National Basketball League.

We have a host of players making a name for themselves around the world which is a credit to Australian basketball, Brown said.

While we will definitely miss [Andrew] Bogut, it is pleasing to see Pattys development and it is great to see him doing well for the Australian team as we run a similar system to his NBA team which should make him more comfortable with us at the Olympics.

Having already played and defeated London opponent China in the recent YouYi series in Perth, the Boomers will begin their final series on home soil against a strong Greek side this weekend.

Boomers Squad
Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA)
Matthew Dellavedova (193-G-90)
Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports)
Adam Gibson (188-PG-86)
Peter Crawford (193-G/F-79)
Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket)
David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.)
David Andersen (212-C-80)
Matthew Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket)
Mark Worthington (202-F-83)
Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska)
Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.)



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  BAHAMAS   


Centrobasket 2012: Panama defeated Bahamas in Hato Rey - by Eurobasket News

Panama-Bahamas 78:70

Panama defeated Bahamas in Hato Rey in Day 3 of 2012 Centrobasket. Panama celebrated a 78:70 victory for the first success at the tournament. After Bahamas defeated Cuba in the opening day lost last night against Puerto Rico and the reverse of today becomes the second in a row.
Panama opened the game with 23:14 and led 8-point at the halftime. Bahamas won the second period 17-16 as the board showed 39:31. The latter also produced a 20-18 burst in the third quarter and reduced to 6 points before the final period. Panama however took off 73:58 after a 10-0 rally that ended with a free throw by Joel Thesis with 3 minutes remaining. Panama allowed the opponents to cut it to 8, but managed to win the game.
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Joel Munoz (179-PG-80) had 13. Isaac St. Rose delievered 12, whilst Daniel King (203-F-87) had 11. Kentwan Smith (203-F-91) ended up with 18 points in defeat for 1-3 record. Mitchell Johnson (196-F-85, college: Jarvis Christian) nailed 11, while Leon Cooper Jr. (188-G-91) scored 10.

Panama: Josimar Ayarza 23+11 rebs, Joel Munoz 13, Isaac St. Rose 12, Daniel King 11
Bahamas: Kentwan Smith 18, Mitchell Johnson 11, Leon Cooper Jr. 10



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

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

Top 4: Round 2

Jun. 20: Sitra - Al Manama 88-79
Jun. 20: Al Ahli - Muharraq 70-77

Top 4: Round 3

Jun. 23: Al Manama - Al Ahli
Jun. 23: Sitra - Muharraq



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  BELGIUM   


Oostende in Euroleague's qualifiying round, Spirou in Eurocup and three other Belgian clubs in EuroChallenge - by Bert Larsimont

On Thursday night, Ethias League representatives announced that 2012 Belgian champion Telenet Oostende will participate in the qualifying round of the 2012-13 Euroleague. Belgacom Spirou Charleroi will definitely take part in the regular Eurocup first round. The qualifying round for the Eurocup has been cancelled indeed. Euroleague Basketball and FIBA Europe have just agreed on some 2012-13 Eurocup competition system changes (see http://www.eurocupbasketball.com/eurocup/news/i/98205/3735).

Telenet Oostende will play a Euroleague's qualifying tournament with seven other teams in Moscow at the end of September. If the Belgian champions do not qualify for the regular phase of the Euroleague, they will automatically compete in the Eurocup.

Three other Belgian clubs will be involved in the third European competition, the EuroChallenge organized by FIBA Europe: Port of Antwerp Giants, Belfius Mons-Hainaut and Generali Okapi Aalstar.

Source: Belga



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  BOLIVIA   


South American Championship: Brazil enter semifinal stage undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Bolivia 95:46

Brazil registered the third straight win at the preliminary round of South American Championship. They fired past Bolivia to finish on top of Group B. Brazil will now take on Venezuela in the semifinal tonight. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) and Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-F-86) came up with 17 points each to lead the winners. Bolivia suffered the third loss in a row.
Brazil left their opponents behind early in the game. They built a 24:7 lead after ten minutes. Brazil stretched the lead in the second quarter. They accounted for a 49:18 halftime lead. Brazil stayed aggressive in the second half. They knocked down 27 points in the third period to accumulate a 44-point buffer before the final frame. Brazil never slowed down marching to a comfortable win at the end. Elinho Corazza (193-G-89, college: Miami Dade CC), Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) and Augusto Cesar Lima (206-C-91) had 12 points each in the victory. Fernando Cadario (184-G-89) answered with 20 points for Bolivia. Julio Mendoza (PG) netted 17 points in the loss.

Brazil: Vitor Benite 17, Marcus Vinicius Toledo 17, Elinho Corazza 12, Dede Stefanelli 12, Augusto Cesar Lima 12
Bolivia: Fernando Cadario 20, Julio Mendoza 17



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  BOSNIA   


BIH U18 NT roster sent to FIBA - by Nedzad Kladusak

Today KSBIH will send the preliminar roster for the upcoming 2012 EC in Sarajevo.

There are some surprises and some interesting new players who have drawn the attention of coach Nenad Markovic (agency: Beo Basket ).

The biggest surprise is Dejan Kovacevic (203-F-96) playing in the German JBBL. A widely unknown just 15 year old SF/PF with excellent size, quickness for his age and size, with excellent rebounding and shotblocking and a touch that is usually common to shooting guards. Kovacevic won t join the team this time due to scholar obligations until August. However Dejan expressed his wish to join the team next time.

Former Swedish U16 NT player Dzenis Sogolj (202-F-95) is one of them. He is a great rebounder and plays with great hustle under both rims.
However this time he has some private business hindering him to join the team.

Samir Sehic has been expected to join the U16 team but he will play the Nike EYBL tournament and won t be able to come to the U16 preparations. Since Samir Sehic would miss also most of the U18 preparations it is unlikely that he will play for any BH NT this year.

Dejan Todorovic who plays for Clinicas Rincon (Unicaja Malaga II) has not been called. Todorovic declared that he wants to play for Serbia. However he signed a letter of commitment with KSBIH. KSBIH is trying to find a suitable solution with KSS.

This time it seems that KSBIH has worked hard to find the best Bosnian players. Along with the legendary player and former Panonios coach Nenad Markovic (agency: Beo Basket ) there is no doubt that BIH should be considered as one of the top contenders for the finals.




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  BRAZIL   

Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues

Paulista Standings
 1. Rio Claro 14-3 
 2. Metodista/S.B. 13-5 
 3. America 12-4 
 4. Suzano 11-7 
 5. Sao Caetano 11-7 
 6. Inter Santos 10-7 
 7. Jacarei 9-7 
 8. UNIFADRA 9-8 
 9. Abdala 4-13 
 10. Americana 2-15 
 11. Taubate 0-19 

Regular Season: Round 23

Jun. 20: Sao Caetano - Metodista/S.B. 90-101
Jun. 20: Inter Santos - Suzano 88-92
Jun. 16: Rio Claro - UNIFADRA 88-63
Jun. 20: Americana - Taubate 76-56
Jun. 17: Abdala - Taubate 70-65

Regular Season: Round 24

Jun. 21: Jacarei - Rio Claro
Jun. 23: America - Sao Caetano
Jun. 23: UNIFADRA - Americana
Jun. 24: Abdala - Inter Santos
Jun. 24: Jacarei - Suzano


South American Championship: Brazil enter semifinal stage undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Bolivia 95:46

Brazil registered the third straight win at the preliminary round of South American Championship. They fired past Bolivia to finish on top of Group B. Brazil will now take on Venezuela in the semifinal tonight. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) and Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-F-86) came up with 17 points each to lead the winners. Bolivia suffered the third loss in a row.
Brazil left their opponents behind early in the game. They built a 24:7 lead after ten minutes. Brazil stretched the lead in the second quarter. They accounted for a 49:18 halftime lead. Brazil stayed aggressive in the second half. They knocked down 27 points in the third period to accumulate a 44-point buffer before the final frame. Brazil never slowed down marching to a comfortable win at the end. Elinho Corazza (193-G-89, college: Miami Dade CC), Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) and Augusto Cesar Lima (206-C-91) had 12 points each in the victory. Fernando Cadario (184-G-89) answered with 20 points for Bolivia. Julio Mendoza (PG) netted 17 points in the loss.

Brazil: Vitor Benite 17, Marcus Vinicius Toledo 17, Elinho Corazza 12, Dede Stefanelli 12, Augusto Cesar Lima 12
Bolivia: Fernando Cadario 20, Julio Mendoza 17



USA ease to the title in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

USA U18 - Brazil U18 81:56

USA deservedly earned the title at U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They registered the fifth win in a row at the tourney to claim the Gold medals. USA overcame hosting Brazil in Sao Sebastian. Julius Randle (6'8''-F-94) stepped up with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
USA quickly started the game building a 24:16 lead. Brazil managed to slow down their opponents in the second quarter. The hosts cut the deficit to 6 points at halftime 31:37. But the North American team took over once again in the third term. They went on a 10:0 run in the third term to boost the lead to 18 points. Julius Randle was pivotal in the second half for the USA. He scored 14 points to help the team clear off. USA entered the fourth frame up by 16 points and never looked back on the way to the victory. Jarnell Stokes (6'8''-PF-94) delivered 11 points, while Marcus Smart (6'3''-G-94) accounted for 10 points in the win. Arthur Fernandes (6'0''-PG-95), Lucas Dias (6'9''-C-96) and Matheus Pereira (6'7''-C-95) had 11 points each for Brazil.

USA U18: Julius Randle 18+12 boards, Jarnell Stokes 11, Marcus Smart 10
Brazil U18: Arthur Fernandes 11, Lucas Dias 11, Matheus Pereira 11



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  CANADA   


Canada earn Bronze in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Canada U18 - Argentina U18 68:66

Canada celebrated Bronze medals at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship in Brazil. They held off Argentina in an exciting consolation final clash. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) stepped up with 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Canada eked out a narrow 17:15 lead after the first quarter. They stayed aggressive defensively and were able to protect the lead in the second frame. Canada ensured a 29:25 halftime advantage. Canada boosted the gap in the third quarter. The North American team entered the final quarter up by 6 points. Canada led by as many as 10 points in the fourth period but Argentina went on a 10:2 run to cut the distance to two points. They had a chance to tie things up but missed it and Canada escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Andrew Wiggins (202-F-95) accounted for 14 points and 11 rebounds for Canada. Duane Notice (188-G-94) had 11 points in the victory. Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) replied with 23 points for Argentina. Lucas Gonzalez (200-PF-94) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Canada U18: Xavier Rathan-Mayes 16, Andrew Wiggins 14+11 boards, Duane Notice 11
Argentina U18: Gabriel Deck 23, Lucas Gonzalez 9



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  CENTROBASKET   

Standings (Men)

Standings
Group A
1. P.Rico4-0
2. Panama2-1
3. Bahamas1-2
4. Cuba1-2
5. Nicaragua0-3
Group B
1. Dominican R.3-0
2. Jamaica3-1
3. Mexico1-2
4. US Virg.Isl1-2
5. Costa Rica.0-3

Qualifying Round: Round 4

A

Jun. 21: CUB - PUR 61-95
Jun. 21: NIC - PAN 60-93

B

Jun. 21: MEX - JAM 74-76
Jun. 21: DOM - CRC 69-51

Qualifying Round: Round 5

A

Jun. 22: BAH - NIC
Jun. 22: PAN - CUB

B

Jun. 22: CRC - MEX
Jun. 22: ISV - DOM


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  ISV
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Hodge, ISV21.0 
 2. Ayarza, PAN19.3 
 3. Samuels, JAM18.0 
 4. Huertas, PUR17.3 
 5. Ayon, MEX16.0 
 6. Efejuku, JAM15.3 
 7. Stoll, MEX15.3 
 8. Valdez, CUB15.3 
 9. Coronado, DOM15.0 
 10. Smith, CRC14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  DOM
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Martinez, DOM11.0 
 2. Haiti, CUB11.0 
 3. Ayon, MEX9.7 
 4. Jones, ISV9.3 
 5. Samuels, JAM8.5 
 6. Torres, CUB7.7 
 7. King, PAN7.7 
 8. Davis, BAH7.0 
 9. Ewing Jr., JAM6.8 
 10. Ayarza, PAN6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Rodriguez, PUR6.8 
 2. Hodge, ISV5.7 
 3. Coronado, DOM5.3 
 4. Munoz, PAN5.0 
 5. Haiti, CUB5.0 
 6. Rivera, PUR4.3 
 7. Rodriguez, CUB4.0 
 8. Stoll, MEX4.0 
 9. Gray, BAH4.0 
 10. Efejuku, JAM3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  USA
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Stoll, MEX2.7 
 2. Gray, BAH2.7 
 3. Scott, JAM2.3 
 4. Hodge, ISV2.3 
 5. Rodriguez, CUB2.0 
 6. Chavarria, CRC2.0 
 7. Sanchez, CRC2.0 
 8. Ewing Jr., JAM1.8 
 9. Rosario, PUR1.8 
 10. Rodriguez, PUR1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Josimar AYARZA
  PAN
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ayarza, PAN2.0 
 2. Jordan, JAM1.8 
 3. Ayon, MEX1.7 
 4. Anderson, CRC1.7 
 5. Jones, ISV1.7 
 6. Martinez, DOM1.3 
 7. Ramos, PUR1.3 
 8. Lopez, MEX1.0 
 9. Haiti, CUB1.0 
 10. Lopez, NIC1.0 


Day 3 in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Puerto Rico - Nicaragua 107-67
Puerto Rico overcame Nicaragua in Day 3 of the 2012 Centrobasket. The home side exploded with a 107:67 victory. Puerto Rico was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions from the very beginning. They started with 23:18 and never looked behind after. Moreover they erupted with 34-13 in the second period to take 57:31 halftime advantage. Puerto Rico easily added 31-13 in the third period and had achieved the biggest lead by Santiago's dunk at 97:48. The hosts did not have any difficulties to score three digits and ended up with 107 points. David Huertas (195-G-87, college: Mississippi) paced all the winners with 23 points and Rosario Michael nailed 22. Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) scored 17, while Garcia Angel added 13. Thomas Vansdell and Walter Solis (188-F-85) replied with 15 points each in defeat and Windell Sloan (195-F/C-87) had 10.

Panama - Bahamas 78-70
Panama defeated Bahamas in Hato Rey in Day 3 of 2012 Centrobasket. Panama celebrated a 78:70 victory for the first success at the tournament. After Bahamas defeated Cuba in the opening day lost last night against Puerto Rico and the reverse of today becomes the second in a row. Panama opened the game with 23:14 and led 8-point at the halftime. Bahamas won the second period 17-16 as the board showed 39:31. The latter also produced a 20-18 burst in the third quarter and reduced to 6 points before the final period. Panama however took off 73:58 after a 10-0 rally that ended with a free throw by Joel Thesis with 3 minutes remaining. Panama allowed the opponents to cut it to 8, but managed to win the game. Ayarza top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Munoz Joel had 13. Isaac St. Rose delievered 12, whilst Daniel King (203-F-87) had 11. Smith Kentwan ended up with 18 points in defeat for 1-3 record. Mitchell Johnson (196-F-85, college: Jarvis Christian) nailed 11, while Cooper Leon scored 10.

Group B
Jamaica - Dominican Republic 64-80
Dominican Republic post the second straight win at the Coloseum Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. The team overcame Jamaica 80:64 and stepped closer to qualify for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. Jamaica grabbed 21-19 lead at the end of the first period, but could not keep the lead for good. Dominican Republic managed to tie the score at the halftime and dominated the second half. They won the third period 21-11 and finished the game with 22-16 in the last stanza. Horford Alfred top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) and Coronado Juan netted 19 each. Suero Angel added 8 points for the winners. Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89, college: Louisville) and Efejuku replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa) had 13, whilst Ewing Patrick nailed 10.

Costa Rica - U.S. Virgin Islands 64-92
Virgin Islands down Costa Rica for the initial success at 2012 Centrobasket. The winners needed a 92:64 win to take 1-2 record in the Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Virgin Islands grabbed the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind after. They added 20-14 in the second frame for 43:26 at the halftime. Moreover Virgin Islands won the third and the last quarters. They increased their lead to 28 points celebrating the initial victory. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) paced all the winners with 25 points and Ivan Aska (200-F-90) notched 17. Jones Phillip collected 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Brown Aaron netted 14. Kay Martinez (198-G-84, college: Jackson St.) delivered 16 points in defeat, while Smith Clifford had 12. US Virgin Islands will rest tomorrow and return to court on Friday against the Dominican Republic. Costa Rica will face off with Dominican Republic tomorrow.



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  CHILE   


South American Championship: Argentina post third win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Chile 88:64

Argentina stayed on the winning track at the South American Championship in Chaco. The hosts beat Chile for the third straight win in Group A. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners. Argentina will now take on Uruguay in the semis.
Argentina looked better from the start. The home team built a 24:15 lead at the first break. They enlarged the distance in the second quarter. Argentina accumulated a 48:29 halftime lead. They stayed in control in the third quarter. The hosts secured a 21-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Chile could not match their opponents and had to surrender at the end. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) posted 18 points, while Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) finished with 14 points for Argentina. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) accounted for 17 points for Chile. Sebastian Suarez (189-F-91) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Argentina: Juan Gutierrez 26, Federico Van Lacke 18, Matias Sandes 14
Chile: Evandro Arteaga 17, Sebastian Suarez 11



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  COLOMBIA   


South American Championship: Venezuela cruise past Colombia - by Eurobasket News

Venezuela - Colombia 101:66

Venezuela posted the second win at the South American Championship in Argentina. They defeated Colombia to improve at 2-1 record in the second place in Group A. Venezuela will now take on Brazil in the semifinal. The victory also brought them the ticket to 2013 Fiba Americas Championship. Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) paced well-balanced offence with 14 points.
Venezuela killed the intrigue in the opening quarter. They ignited a 31:10 run to leave Colombia far behind. Venezuela boosted the advantage to 24 points at halftime 55:31. Venezuela maintained it well throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 25-point buffer heading into the final frame and never looked back en route to the win. Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86), Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) and Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) had 11 points each in the victory. Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Colombia. Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) netted 13 points in the loss.

Venezuela: Jose Vargas 14, Gregory Vargas 11, Greivis Vasquez 11, Axiers Sucre 11
Colombia: Divier Perez 21, Enielsen Guevara 13



Virgin Islands too good for Colombia in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Virgin Islands U18 - Colombia U18 77:52

US Virgin Islands clinched the 7th position at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They defeated Colombia on the final day of the tournament to claim the spot. Khalid Hart (198-SF-95) stepped up with 20 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
Virgin Islands held their opponents to just 5 points in the first quarter. The Islanders grabbed an 11-point lead. They stretched the margin to 17 points at halftime 30:13. Colombia improved offensively in the third quarter. They knocked down 25 points but Virgin Islands easily matched the effort scoring 26 to enjoy an 18-point lead before the fourth quarter. Virgin Islands maintained the lead throughout the final period and celebrated a well-deserved win. Justin Gray (198-F) accounted for 17 points, while Kyle Hodge (193-F) had 10 points in the win. Tony Trocha (206-C/F-94) answered with 20 points for Colombia. Brian Angola (195-F-94) netted 15 points in the loss.

Virgin Islands U18: Khalid Hart 20, Justin Gray 17, Kyle Hodge 10
Colombia U18: Tony Trocha 20, Brian Angola 15



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  COSTA RICA   


Centrobasket 2012: Virgin Islands down Costa Rica for the initial success - by Eurobasket News

Costa Rica-Virgin Islands 64:92

Virgin Islands down Costa Rica for the initial success at 2012 Centrobasket. The winners needed a 92:64 win to take 1-2 record in the Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.
Virgin Islands grabbed the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind after. They added 20-14 in the second frame for 43:26 at the halftime. Moreover Virgin Islands won the third and the last quarters. They increased their lead to 28 points celebrating the initial victory.
Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) paced all the winners with 25 points and Ivan Aska (200-F-90) notched 17. Jones Phillip collected 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Brown Aaron netted 14. Kay Martinez (198-G-84, college: Jackson St.) delivered 16 points in defeat, while Clifford Smith (193-G-80, college: Barry) had 12.
US Virgin Islands will rest tomorrow and return to court on Friday against the Dominican Republic. Costa Rica will face off with Dominican Republic tomorrow.

Costa Rica: Kay Martinez 16, Clifford Smith 12
Virgin Islands: Walter Hodge 25, Ivan Aska 17, Jones Phillip 16+15 rebs, Brown Aaron 14



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Slovenia edge Croatia twice in Zrece - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian and Croatian U20 National Teams played two exhibition encounters in Zrece. The hosts earned two wins.
Slovenia opened the test series with an 83:69 victory. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) accounted for 20 points to lead the winners. Slovenia dominated from start to finish. They built a 44:35 halftime lead. Slovenia did not loosen the grasp in the second half rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) added 13 points, while Alen Omic (215-C-92) and Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) had 12 points each for Slovenia. Stipe Krstanovic answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Croatia. Franko Sango had 11 points in defeat.
Next game had the same scenario. Slovenia jumped to an early lead and eventually posted a 49:41 halftime advantage. The hosts cleared off in the third frame. They accumulated a 78:54 lead at the final break and never looked back en route to a 98:83 victory. Klemen Prepelic delivered 21 points for Slovenia. Marko Pajic added 16 points for the winning side. Stipe Krstanovic answered with 17 points for Croatia. Boris Barac (204-F-92) chipped in 14 points in the loss.



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Enad signs Christos Stylianides - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Christos Stylianides who connected his name with winning an outstanding championship with Apoel back in 2009 having a double disadvantage at the playoffs, has returned to his homeland team, Enad.

The Cypriot coach has officially signed a two year contract and has already started scheduling for next year.

Enad is the 1st team that Christos Stylianides had coached since his retirement as a player. Besides ENAD, he had also coached Apoel and had also been the National Team's coach for many years.

Last year Christos Stylianides coached Keravnos womens' team.

We wish Stylianides all the best.

We would also like to congratulate Marios Argyrou, whose effort and hard work as Enad's coach the last few years is greatly appreciated.

Marios Argyrou has been persistent and took Enad at a next level as its coach.

Argyrou had also led Enad to the cup final last year.



Apoel announces two Americans - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

No doubt that this year Apoel is stepping in stronger and is looking for a comeback.

Apoel announced signing of Americans - Issac Wells and Porter Troupe.

Isaac Wells is 2.06 cm tall, plays the Center position and he is distinguished for his explosiveness and strong defence. In 2011-2012 Issac was originally in Finland and in Kouvot, whereas in October he moved to ENAD in which he had average of 10.6 pts in 11 games. He left Enad in February 2012.

Porter Troupe is coming from Rovinari (Romania-Div.A) where he added an average of 17 pts and 4 assists in 18 games. Troupe is 1.96 cm tall and plays the guard position.



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Centrobasket 2012: Dominican Republic post the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Jamaica-Dominican Republic 64:80

Dominican Republic post the second straight win at the Coloseum Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. The team overcame Jamaica 80:64 and stepped closer to qualify for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.
Jamaica grabbed 21-19 lead at the end of the first period, but could not keep the lead for good. Dominican Republic managed to tie the score at the halftime and dominated the second half. They won the third period 21-11 and finished the game with 22-16 in the last stanza.
Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) and Juan Coronado (196-G-83) netted 19 each. Suero Angel added 8 points for the winners. Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89, college: Louisville) and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa) had 13, whilst Ewing Patrick nailed 10.

Jamaica: Samardo Samuels 15, Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 15, Jerome Jordan 13, Ewing Patrick 10
Dominican Republic: Alfred Horford 23+10 rebs, Elpidio Fortuna 19, Juan Coronado 19, Suero Angel 8



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Oostende in Euroleague's qualifiying round, Spirou in Eurocup and three other Belgian clubs in EuroChallenge - by Bert Larsimont

On Thursday night, Ethias League representatives announced that 2012 Belgian champion Telenet Oostende will participate in the qualifying round of the 2012-13 Euroleague. Belgacom Spirou Charleroi will definitely take part in the regular Eurocup first round. The qualifying round for the Eurocup has been cancelled indeed. Euroleague Basketball and FIBA Europe have just agreed on some 2012-13 Eurocup competition system changes (see http://www.eurocupbasketball.com/eurocup/news/i/98205/3735).

Telenet Oostende will play a Euroleague's qualifying tournament with seven other teams in Moscow at the end of September. If the Belgian champions do not qualify for the regular phase of the Euroleague, they will automatically compete in the Eurocup.

Three other Belgian clubs will be involved in the third European competition, the EuroChallenge organized by FIBA Europe: Port of Antwerp Giants, Belfius Mons-Hainaut and Generali Okapi Aalstar.

Source: Belga



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Jerusalem Gets Eurocup Wildcard, Inks Josh Duncan & More - by David Pick

With uncertainty surrounding Hapoel Jerusalem the past few weeks due to management chaos and the tragic missing of Brazilian-American energy industrialist and millionaire businessperson owner Guma Aguiar, the team made its first post season move, signing the former Xavier 6-foot-8 power forward, Josh Duncan.

Coming from back-to-back seasons with local Maccabi Ashdod - last season's Cinderella - Duncan will spend his Junior year in Israel.

The team's Head Coach Sharon Drucker made certain to sign Duncan, who upped every aspect of his game this past year, averaging 16.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

While Jerusalem received the Euroleague "wildcard" for next season's Eurocup competition, Eurobasket informs that Drucker is keen on strengthening his squad even more and has already completed private meetings with two of Israel's top free agent point guards - Gal Mekel and Afik Nissim.

Also, domestic playmaker Guni Israeli isn't expected to continue despite owning a contract for next season. Jerusalem, who has options on both flashy backcourt guards Ramel Bradley and D.J. Strawberry, will release the first and weigh possibilities on the second, who is projected to earn over $200,000 next season.





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Maric: all you can do is keep working hard - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Already with the responsibility of being Australia's key big man in London next month, Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) has even more reasons to help the Boomers in their quest to claim their first Olympic medal.
The Sydney-born Aleks Maric, who has played the past five years in Europe, including the past two with Panathinaikos, has revealed at The Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian newspaper, that he was recently interviewed by four NBA clubs (the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors and spoke with Houston, having been unable to take to the court in front of Rockets coach Kevin McHale because of scheduling issues). He also spoke about this season's experience at Panathinaikos.
Aleks Maric, 27, who only took up the sport at 16, said the workouts with the NBA clubs had gone ''very well'' as he attempts to join fellow Australians Bogut and Mills in the world's premier basketball competition. He knows a strong Olympic campaign will strengthen his hopes.
''I don't want to hold my breath, but I did my best,'' Aleks Maric said after Boomers' training yesterday. ''A good Olympics will boost that, but I just want to play good for the team, for my country, and whatever happens after that, happens.''
Boomers' coach Brown, also a senior assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, said Aleks Maric, at 211 centimetres and 125 kilograms, had the size and strength to compete in the NBA. But he needed to improve poor career 63 per cent shooting from the free-throw line.
''I think his game is fine the way it is. I think he needs to become a more reliable free-throw shooter but, as far as a physical presence, he has that. He is a great person, a great teammate,'' he said.
Aleks Maric's hopes of impressing have been restricted with Panathinaikos in the past two seasons.
He has averaged only seven minutes and fewer than four points per game in each season, having been forced to sit amid suggestions his coach had been under pressure to play local talent.
Needless to say, it was a frustrating time, particularly as he had been named on the All-Euroleague first team in 2010 when he averaged 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds over 25 minutes a game while playing with former club Partizan Belgrade. He also helped Partizan claim the Serbian national cup and the Adriatic Championship.
''It's frustrating at times but you just have to respect the coach's decision. Obviously, when I do get a chance, I show what I can do,'' Aleks Maric said. ''As a player, all you can do is keep working hard and when the coach gives you an opportunity, you take full advantage of it.''
Nonetheless, it's not a season he will forget in a hurry. Aleks Maric posted a series of photos on Twitter when the team bus was pelted with rocks by fans of rival club Olympiakos during the championship series and two teammates were injured and hospitalised.
While such passion, or stupidity, is rare in Australia, Aleks Maric said there were often ''incidents'' in Greece.
''The kind of rivalry you have between the clubs, you expect that. It's nothing new. It's unfortunate but it's true,'' he said.
As Aleks Maric has Serbian citizenship, some time ago that country had been keen to welcome him into the fold but that move was disallowed by FIBA, the sport's governing body, as he had represented Australia at junior levels.
''They tried to get me to play for them, but I was pushing for the Australian side. I was born here, raised here, I am happy where I am. I don't want to go anywhere,'' he said.
The Boomers are more than happy about that, particularly as Aleks Maric will be the man in the middle in the absence of the injured Bogut.
''There is a physical presence that Al brings to the table. He is a veteran, he is a man, he is experienced, he has played against all these guys at high levels over the past few years,'' Brown said.
''He is extremely important and, at this stage, he is our starting center.''
That importance will be shown in the three-match series against Greece (National team B), ranked fourth in the world, beginning on Sunday.


Courtesy of The Sydney Morning Herald



Transfer news: Euroleague teams are ''building'' their rosters - by Diamadis Farmakis

Euroleague teams, one after another, are starting to make their first player transfers, in order to make their rosters stronger. Armani Milano, Alba Berlin and Brose Baskets, have just announced their new players. Let's get things first:

EA7 - Emporio Armani Milano fortified its frontcourt for the upcoming future by inking big man Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama) to a two-year deal, the club announced Thursday.
Hendrix (2.03 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Maccabi Electra, where he averaged 8.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 21 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season.

German champions Brose Bamberg Basket moved quickly to add size for the next Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by signing young center Maik Zirbes for three seasons until 2015.
Zirbes (2.07 meters, 22 years old) arrives from TBB Trier of the German League, with whom he averaged 10.6 points and 7.1 rebounds, tied for fifth-best in the competition, last season.

Alba Berlin stayed as one of the most active teams in this off-season by inking small forward Zach Morley to a one-year deal on Wednesday. Morley (2.03 meters, 29 years old) arrives from Budivelnik, to which he helped to win the Ukrainian League title in 2010-11.
He averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 50 Ukrainian League games last season. Morley also helped Budivelnik to reach the Eurocup Quarterfinals in 2010-11 and win the Ukrainian Cup title in 2011-12.




Kevin Tiggs joins Oostende - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) changed the team. The forward moved to Belgium. He signed a deal with Oostende. Kevin Tiggs spent the last season in Ukraine. He played for Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk. The forward averaged 11.7 points, 4.3 boards and 1.0 steal per game in EuroChallenge. In Superleague his stats read 14.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals per appearance. Previously Kevin Tiggs had stints with Ferro-ZNTU and Apoel Nicosia. Eurobasket.com named Kevin Tiggs All-Cyprus League Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. He also made it into Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team in 2010. Kevin Tiggs participated at Ukrainian Superleague All-Star Game in 2010.


Ergin Ataman close to Galatasaray MP - by Ugur Turker

Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul coach Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket ) is expected to sign multi year contract with Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul. After Milangaz which is main sponsor of Besiktas, TBL winner,Eurochallange and Turkish Cup holders in 2011-2012 season, announced parting ways with Besiktas, Ataman will likely leave Besiktas. Even if earlier of this week, it had claimed that Unics Kazan made a irrefutable offer to Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket ), recently the biggest canditates for experienced coach is Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul. Acorrding to NtvSpor, 3 year contract will be signed but Representative of Coach said Eurobasket.com Turkey " We are still in negotiations with Galatasaray but nothing finished yet."


Emporio Armani land Richard Hendrix - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani Milano strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama). The centre signed a two-year deal with the team. Last two seasons Richard Hendrix spent with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He averaged 11.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per Israeli league game last season. In Euroleague Richard Hendrix notched 8.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.3 blocks per appearance. He also posted 9.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block per Adriatic League game. Eurobasket.com named him All-Israeli League Centre of the Year. Richard Hendrix also made it onto All-Euroleague 3rd Team. Previously the centre had spells in Spain and D-League. He made into onto All-Spanish ACB 1st Team in 2010.


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Bogdan Tanjevic is coming back to Turkish National Team - by Eurobasket News

Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) is on his way back to the Turkish National Team bench. The reports show the Bosnian specialist has agreed on terms of contract with the Turkish basketball federation. He will guide Turkey throughout the EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) is not new to the position. He worked with the Turkish National Team in 2004/10 seasons. He led the team to the Silver medals at the home 2010 World Championship. Turkey only lost to the USA in the Final then. Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) also had experience with the Yugoslavian and Italian National Teams. The specialist also worked with Fenerbahce, Virtus Bologna, ASVEL, Buducnost, Limoges, Milan, Caserta and Bosna Sarajevo at club level. Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) will replace Orhun Ene .


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USA celebrate Gold in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Final
USA - Brazil 81-56
USA deservedly earned the title at U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They registered the fifth win in a row at the tourney to claim the Gold medals. USA overcame hosting Brazil in Sao Sebastian. Julius Randle (203-F-94) stepped up with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. USA quickly started the game building a 24:16 lead. Brazil managed to slow down their opponents in the second quarter. The hosts cut the deficit to 6 points at halftime 31:37. But the North American team took over once again in the third term. They went on a 10:0 run in the third term to boost the lead to 18 points. Julius Randle was pivotal in the second half for the USA. He scored 14 points to help the team clear off. USA entered the fourth frame up by 16 points and never looked back on the way to the victory. Jarnell Stokes (203-PF-94) delivered 11 points, while Marcus Smart accounted for 10 points in the win. Arthur Fernandes (182-PG-95), Lucas Dias (205-C-96) and Matheus Pereira had 11 points each for Brazil.

Places 3-4
Canada - Argentina 68-66
Canada celebrated Bronze medals at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship in Brazil. They held off Argentina in an exciting consolation final clash. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) stepped up with 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Canada eked out a narrow 17:15 lead after the first quarter. They stayed aggressive defensively and were able to protect the lead in the second frame. Canada ensured a 29:25 halftime advantage. Canada boosted the gap in the third quarter. The North American team entered the final quarter up by 6 points. Canada led by as many as 10 points in the fourth period but Argentina went on a 10:2 run to cut the distance to two points. They had a chance to tie things up but missed it and Canada escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Andrew Wiggins (202-F-95) accounted for 14 points and 11 rebounds for Canada. Duane Notice had 11 points in the victory. Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) replied with 23 points for Argentina. Lucas Gonzalez chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Places 5-6
Mexico - Puerto Rico 75-73
Mexico finished their U18 Fiba Americas Championship campaign on a high note. They claimed a tough two-point win over Puerto Rico. Jose Estrada (190-G-94) came up with 28 points to lead the winners. Puerto Rico got to a strong start. They eased to a 23:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Mexico responded almost immediately. They went on a 24:13 run in the second quarter to draw things level at 36. Mexico slowly regained the lead. They fired 25 points in the third quarter to accumulate a 6-point lead before the fourth term. Puerto Rico worked hard to deny the deficit but Mexico hung on to snatch a difficult win at the end. Gabriel Vazquez (94) chipped in 13 points, while Kevin Lagunas produced 11 points and pulled down 15 boards in the win. Jerome Caraballo (95) replied with 13 points for Puerto Rico. Wilfredo Rodriguez netted 11 points in the losing effort.

Places 7-8
U.S. Virgin Islands - Colombia 77-52
US Virgin Islands clinched the 7th position at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They defeated Colombia on the final day of the tournament to claim the spot. Khalid Hart (198-SF-95) stepped up with 20 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Virgin Islands held their opponents to just 5 points in the first quarter. The Islanders grabbed an 11-point lead. They stretched the margin to 17 points at halftime 30:13. Colombia improved offensively in the third quarter. They knocked down 25 points but Virgin Islands easily matched the effort scoring 26 to enjoy an 18-point lead before the fourth quarter. Virgin Islands maintained the lead throughout the final period and celebrated a well-deserved win. Justin Gray (198-F) accounted for 17 points, while Kyle Hodge had 10 points in the win. Tony Trocha (206-C/F-94) answered with 20 points for Colombia. Brian Angola netted 15 points in the loss.



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NORDIC U20: Sweden defeated Finland 91-67 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Nordic Championship Games U20, Vantaa, Finland 19.-21.6.2012: Sweden defeated Finland today 91-67 (48-29) and won by the same this tournament. Game and tournament MVP was Forward Viktor Gaddefors (201-F-92) (Virtus Bologna, Italy 2012-13), who scored 31 points for Sweden. Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) led Finland with 23 pts.
19.6. Finland - Norway 100-48 (53-21)
Sweden - Denmark 60-62 (22-26)
20.6. Finland - Denmark 87-74 (43-31)
Sweden - Norway 100-48 (52-28)
21.6. Finland - Sweden 67-91 (29-48)
Norway - Denmark 58-93 (28-42).
Nordic U20: 1. Sweden, 2. Finland, 3. Denmark, 4. Norway.



KORISLIIGA: Vilpas (Salo) package ready - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Vilpas Vikings (Salo) package is about ready for the coming 2012-13 season. Vilpas has now 11 contracts and there will be three Americans and eight Finnish players on the roster. Vilpas had signed already earlier with American G Marquis Hall (183-PG-87, college: Lehigh) and C Fabian Wilson (201-F/C-88, college: Tarleton St.). Now team has found and inked with SF Deangelo Alexander. Alexander has played already in several countries in Europe: Romania, Germany, Austria. Finnish G Eero Lehtinen (191-G-85) is also a new face on Vilpas roster. Lehtinen played 2008-12 four seasons on Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) roster. Last season Lehtinen averaged 5,0 ppg - 2,9 rpg in 17:04 mpg and 45 contests. Mikko Tupamaki will continue as Vilpas Head Coach.


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France snatch win over Russia in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Russia U20 56:54

France U20 posted the first win at the Turgut Atakol international tournament in Turkey. They nipped Russia in the opener. Jean-Charles Livio (203-PF-93) accounted for 11 points to lead the winners.
Russia stormed into the game. They limited France to 5 points in the opening quarter to build an 11-point lead. France answered with a 17:10 run in the second quarter to narrow the gap. The French team surged ahead in the third quarter. They eked out a 38:36 lead before the final period. France maintained the lead throughout the intense fourth period and celebrated a tough win at the end. Louis Labeyrie (209-C-92) added 10 points, while Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket)n and Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) had 9 points apiece in the win. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) answered with 11 points for Russia. Artem Komolov (191-G-93) finished with 8 points in the loss.

France U20: Jean-Charles Livio 11, Louis Labeyrie 10, Leo Westermann 9, Hugo Invernizzi 9
Russia U20: Aleksandr Gudumak 11, Artem Komolov 8



Abdou Diagne signs with Poitiers - by Eurobasket News

Poitiers landed Abdou Diagne (203-F-93). The forward signed a two-year deal with the team. Last season Abdou Diagne spent in Pau-Lacq-Orthez junior team. He also played for the senior team averaging 2.1 points per game.


Dijon tab Mykal Riley - by Eurobasket News

Dijon ensured another strengthening for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Mykal Riley (198-F-85, college: Alabama). The forward spent the last three seasons with Nanterre. He posted 11.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game last season. The forward earned Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honourable Mention in 2012. He led Nanterre to the ProB title in 2011. Riley made it into All-French ProB 2nd Team in 2011. He was also named into French ProB All-Defensive Team in 2010. Mykal Riley started his pro career in Italy in 2008. He played for Ferrara and Aget Imola.


Stephane Dumas signs with JL Bourg - by Eurobasket News

Stephane Dumas (190-G-78) signs with JL Bourg for the next season. The French player will come back from Spain.
Last year Valladolid announced signing of Stephane Dumas. He joined Valladolid in 2008 from Alicante Costablanca. Last season Dumas appeared 33 times in ACB averaging 6.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists. It seems that was enough to secure an extension. Dumas had 8.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 4.1 apg for the club in 2009/10. Stephane Dumas helped Valladolid to reach the promotion from LEB Gold to ACB in 2009. They were LEB Gold champions that season and Dumas was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team. In the past, he played for Alicante, Leon, Air Avelino, Girona and Joventut. Dumas played for Valladolid for the first time seven years ago. He also has experience from French Limoges.
In 2011-2012 for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (Spain-ACB), he averaged 6.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 86.0%.



Rouen land Maxime Courby - by Eurobasket News

Rouen bolstered their frontcourt. They announced the deal with Maxime Courby (201-SF-90). The forward arrives from Antibes. Last season Maxime Courby tallied 4.9 points, 2.2 rebounds per game in ProB. He also played for Gravelines in his career. Maxime Courby was the member of U18 and U20 French National Teams.


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Germany open Istanbul Turgut Atakol tournament with victory - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Germany U20 53:54

German U20 National Team recorded the first win at the international tournament in Istanbul. They held off the hosts in the opener. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) accounted for 14 points for the winners.
Germany jumped to an early lead. They eked out a 17:14 advantage after ten minutes. Turkey held their opponents to 6 points in the second quarter to deny the deficit. The home team ensured a 27:23 halftime advantage. Germany reacted with the strong third term. They fired 21 points in the period to gain a 5-point lead. Turkey stayed aggressive in the final frame and finally surged in front 53:52 late in regulation. But Patrick Heckmann (195-G-92) nailed a decisive basket to seal the win for Germany. Patrick Heckmann and Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) fired 9 points each in the victory. Samet Geyik (206-F-93) answered with 10 points for Turkey. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) delivered 9 points in the losing case.

Turkey U20: Samet Geyik 10, Safak Edge 9
Germany U20: Daniel Theis 14, Patrick Heckmann 9, Philipp Neumann 9



Jimmy Mckinney (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg)I Will Never Forget The Fraport Skyliner Fans And Organization - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) is a 28 year old 192cm guard from St Louis. He is a is a solid knock-down shooter, but also can score from penetration and with rim-rattling dunks. He played at Vashon High School winning the State tournament three times. He played at Missouri from 2002-2006 with well known players like Ricky Paulding, Travon Bryant and Jason Conley. In his senior year he played 28 games averaging 12.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, FG: 40.6%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 78.2%. He turned professional in 2006 and joined the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. In his rookie season, he played 30 games averaging 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3FGP: 38.5%, FT: 77.2%. Mckinney played six seasons in Frankfurt playing a total of 215 games. Today it was announced that he had signed a two year contract with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. Eurobasket had a chat with the American about his decision to leave the Fraport Skyliners via telephone.

The shock news came today for Skyliner fans that you had left them for the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. How tough was it making this decision?


It was a tough decision. I had been with the Fraport Skyliners for six years and I had felt very comfortable with the organization. They had always treated me so well. The fans showed so much love for me in the six years, but it was a family decision to go.

Was the deciding factor at the end like so often in life money?


Like I said it was a family decision. It was a really tough decision. My agents Jamie Knox and Goran Kuzmanovic worked very hard for me this summer and had 7or 8 offers from BBL and Europe. I also had offers with more money. I sat down with my fiance and we wanted to come back to Frankfurt, but we just decided to go elsewhere. We made this decision together.

If money hadnt been a factor would you have stayed in Frankfurt?

Of course I wanted to come back. I had been playing in Frankfurt for six years. Gunnar Wobke and Kamil Novak are close friends of mine. The fans were the most important to me and were always behind me. I would of stayed if it hadnt been for the money.

You played six years in Frankfurt. What will you never forget?


I will never forget the Fraport Skyliner fans and organization. They were always supportive of me in ups and downs. Even when I was injured or was playing bad, the fans were there for me and I wont forget that. They always stuck behind me.

Who was your favorite Skyliner teammate?

There isnt really one particular guy that I can point out. I had great German teammates like Pascal Roller, Dominik Bahiense De Mello, Marius Nolte or Johannes Herber. I also had great American teammates like Derrick Allen, Dashaun Wood, QuantezRobertson or Aubrey Reese.

How excited are you about going to the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg?


I am very excited. I am going to an organization that wanted me. They stuck out their hand and heart to get me. They are a great team that play hard and they beat Alba Berlin in the playoffs. I am familiar with guys like John Little, Chester Frazier and Jason Boone. Wurzburg is really a good situation for me. I just want to fit in. I cant wait to play for their fans, because there was always a special atmosphere there.

Will you have less pressure in Wurzburg?


Pressure isnt the problem. Pressure is everywhere Miles. Every organization wants to win and there is pressure everywhere. It was a time for change. The Wurzburg coach called me and we had a long conversation. He said some great things that I could understand. Wurzburg is a great fit for me.

What will be the first thing that you will ask John Little in training camp?


Lets get it and win.

So you wont be afraid of his defense in practice?

I am not afraid of anyone.

You were a scorer in Frankfurt. Will your role change in Wurzburg?


I am a scorer and always was. Scoring is what I do. Any team knows exactly what they will get from me. I like to shoot and play defense. Wurzburg have good defenders so that will make my job easier.

How does a summer workout plan look like for Jimmy McKinney?


I get up at 10am and get to the gym at 10:30. I lift weights and then do some work out drills. After that I just play. I get into some pick up games. Players like Darius Miles, Larry Hughes and Lorenzo Gordon take part in the games.

How proud are you of your ex teammate Ilian Evtimov for winning three titles in France?

Wow I didnt know that. I am very happy for him. He came to a good situation after a tough last season in Frankfurt. Look at him now. He is successful.

Will your St Louis Cardinals make the MLB playoffs?

Of course they will. They are at 500 now, but will be all right.

Why was this the year of the Miami Heat?


I think that they deserve to win it all. They have been playing well in the playoffs. The Heat have been playing together, but its not over until its over. The Thunder are back at home and if they win that then anything is possible. I think though that the Miami Heat will pull through. I am rooting for the Heat.

Thanks Jimmy for the chat. Good luck in Wurzburg.



Benito Barreras Joins SSV Lok Bernau - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B club SSV Lok Bernau announced today the signing of Benito Barreras. Barreras is a 22 year old guard that was born in Cuba, but has lived in Berlin since 15 years. Last season, he played for Sudwest Berlin (2.Regionalliga): 20 games: 15.6ppg. He has played for teams like BG Zehlendorf, DBV Charlottenburg and ASV Moabit. "I am happy that I can play for Bernau and that they gave me the trust. I am looking forward to a nice and successful season. I hope that I can get get playing time and be able to help the team be successful", stressed Benito Barreras. "We have ayoung, intelligent and motivated guard with Benito. He will fit well into our team. He has always been able to grow with every new basketball challenge. I am really happy that he will play for us", stated SSV Lok Bernau head coach rene Schilling.

Source: SSV Lok Bernau





Guy Aud Joins The Webmoebel Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn have signed their second new player of the season with Guy Aud (182-G-89). Aud is a 23 year old 190cm guard that was born in Israel, but also has the German citizenship. He is a hard worker, very determined in defense, has good court vision and able to move the ball with his passing skills, moreover likes to attack the basket, has a good jump shoot from mid distance and solid 3p shot. Last season, he played for Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB): 24 games: 10.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 84.1%. "Guy isnt a one to one substitution for Ole Wendt, but he brings similar qualties. He is an aggressive defender, penetrates well and always finds holes and can also throw from outside. He also brings experience with him for his age", stressed webmoebel baskets head coach Thomas Glasauer. Aud started his basketball career with the Mevaseret Zion youth team. He also had played for teams like Hapoel Jerusalem youth team, Hapoel Hevel Eylot (Israel-Artzit): 22 games: 19.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.0apg, Maccabi Hod Hasharon (National League): 20 games: 3.4ppg, 1.3rpg, and Hapoel Afula (Israel-National League, starting five): 27 games: 4.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg

Source: Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn




Ole Wendt Signs With Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Phoenix Hagen announced their first new player for the upcoming season with Ole Wendt (190-G-92, agency: Limelight Hoops). Wendt is a 19 year old 190cm guard that started his basketball career with Itzehoe Eagles (Regionalliga) in 2007-2008. Last season he played for Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn (ProA) where he had played for since 2010. Last season, he played 32 games: 6.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 24.5%, FT: 69.0%. "We are happy that a young German player that is a U-20 player has joined us", stressed Phoenix hagen manager Oliver Herkelmann. Wendt played also for Benslips Baskets Salzkotten (Germany-Regionalliga) in 2009-2010. "Wendt is a true point guard that passes a lot, defends well and can take an opponent out of the game. It is our job to make him develop. So far he has developed well and with his 190cm can make te next step in the Beko BBL", stressed Phoenix hagen head coach Ingo Freyer. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -09-10, European Championships U18 in Metz (France) -09: 8 games: 4.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg, German NBBL All-Star Game -10, 11, European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) -10: 9 games: 5.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 70.6%, German U20 National Team -11-12, European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) -11: 9 games: 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 66.7% and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -12.

Source: Phoenix Hagen





SC Rist Haul In Chris Johnson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team SC Rist brought in Chris Johnson (200-F-90) today. Johnson is a 22 year old, 201cm forward from San Antonio, Texas. He will be a PRO B rookie this season after playing at Incarnate Word (NCAA2) from 2009-2012. In his senior year, he played 25 games: 14.2ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 78.8%. Before coming to Incarnate Word (NCAA2), he played his freshman season at Ark.-Ft.Smith JC (JUCO). In his three year career at Incarnate Word (NCAA2), he played a total of 76 NCAA 2 games. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Heartland Conf. Regular Season Champion -10, Heartland Conf. Tournament Winner -10, All-LSC LSC South Division Honorable Mention -11, and All-LSC 1st Team -12

Source: SC Rist



The Brose Baskets Bamberg Finally Ink Maik Zirbes - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


A week ago, it was already speculated that Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) would be signed in Bamberg via twitter, but it wasnt until today that the Brose Baskets Bamberg made it official inking Maik Zirbes (205-C-90). Zirbes is a 22 year old 207cm center that had played in green the last years and now will pull over the white and red until 2015. Last season for TBB Trier, Zirbes played 34 games: 10.6ppg, Reb-5 (7.1rpg), FGP: 57.3%, FT: 69.9%. "We are happy tat he chose Bamberg. We have found the best successor for Tibor Pleiss with Maik Zirbes (205-C-90). Maik is one of the few Germans that could make the next step internationally", stated Brose Baskets Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder.

Zirbes started his professional basketball career with TVG Baskets Trier (2.Regionalliga)in 2007 playing16 games: 17.6ppg. He also played with TBB Trier junior team, in March'08 joined TBB Trier (1.Bundesliga): 2 games: 0.0ppg. In 2009-2010, he was shortly loaned to aar-Pfalz Braves (ProA): 14 games: 8.9ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP-1 (69.8%), 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 80.4%. All in all, Zirbes played a total of 111 Beko BBL games for TBB Trier. "Maik is a very physical player that has made an enormous jump the last few years and has made a name for himself inthe Beko BBL: Despite never having played internationally or in the playoffs, we believe that he can make the next step with us internationally", warned Bamberg head coach Chris Fleming. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -08, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -08, European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) -08: 6 games: 16.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP-1 (72.4%), FT: 75.0%, German U20 National Team -09-10, German University National Team -09, World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09: 6 games: 5.5ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 44.0%, FT: 64.7%
German National Team -09, 12, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Newcomers Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention -10
European Championships U20 in Croatia -10: 9 games: 11.7ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 58.2%, FT: 71.1%, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -12, Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso, Italy -12
and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Domestic Players Team -12

Source: Brose Baskets Bamberg





Jimmy Mckinney Chooses The s.Oliver Baskets Over The Fraport Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After 6 seasons playing for the Deutsche Bank/Fraport Skyliners, Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) has decided to make a change of scenery in his basketball life moving from fast paced Frankfurt to the calmer and more tranquil city of Wurzburg. Mckinney is a 28 year old 192cm guard from St Louis that can shoot out the lights in any gym. He played a total of 218 games for Frankfurt including 197 Beko BBL games. The decision to leave Frankfurt wasnt easy, but he is looking forward to playing in Wurzburg. I am very excited. I am going to an organization that wanted me. They stuck out their hand and heart to get me. They are a great team that play hard and they beat Alba Berlin in the playoffs. I am familiar with guys like John Little, Chester Frazier and Jason Boone. Wurzburg is really a good situation for me. I just want to fit in, stressed Jimmy McKinney. Mckinney started his basketball career at Vashon high school where he won numerous high school titles. He played at Missouri (NCAA) from 2002-2006 playing a total of 123 NCAA games and playing together with ex Skyliner Travon Bryant. "Jimmy is a great scorer with a high shooting percentage, good defender and was an important memeber of Frankfurt team. He will fit in very well with John Little and Ben Jacobson. He wll give our team a new dimension. Teams will have more problems reading us on offense", stated s.Oliver Baskets head coach Marcel Schroeder. Awards/Achievements in is basketball career have been HS Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri -02, HS 4th-team All-American by Parade Magazine -02Big 12 Conf. Tournament Finalist -03, Big 12 Conf. All-Freshman Team -03, All-Big 12 Academic 1st Team -05, All-Big 12 Honorable Mention -06, German Bundesliga Semifinals -08, 11, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -09, 11, German Bundesliga Finalist -10, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -11 German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -11, and Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 3rd Team -12.

Source: s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg




Christian Hoffmann remains With The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Artland Dragons announced today that Christian Hoffmann (184-G-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) wll stay on board for this season. Hoffmann is a 25 year old 184cm guard that will be playing his second season in Quackenbrueck. Last season, the German had injury problems and played EuroChallenge: 2 games: 0pts, 1.0apg; German League: 10 games: 0.8ppg. "We are happy that Chris will stay with us. Last season wasnt easy for him due to injuries. We are convined that when Chris is healthy that he will help the team", stressed Artland Dragons head coach Stefan Koch. Before coming to the Artland Dragons, Hoffmann played for FC Bayern Munich, TBB Trier and Science City Jena.




Tim Koch Stays Until 2014 With EnBW Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

EnBW Ludwigsburg have tweeted today that Tim Koch (196-F-89) has been extended until 2014. Koch is a 22 year old 196cm forward that has played his whole career in Ludwigsburg. Last season for the Beko BBL team, he played 25 games: 2.4ppg, 1.2rpg in 9,2 minutes. His best game was 11 points against TBB Trier. He is especially dangerous from downtown with his 44,1% shooting with 15/34. He started his basketball career in 2006-2007 with BSG Ludwigsburg (Regionalliga). In 2009-2010, he played for VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA): 21 games: 3.0ppg, also a license to play for BSG Ludwigsburg (Regionalliga): 10 games: 22.6ppg. He has played a total of 34 Beko BBL games for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been NBBl All-Star Team -07, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -08, and Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga South-West Newcomer of the Year -09


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Maric: all you can do is keep working hard - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Already with the responsibility of being Australia's key big man in London next month, Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) has even more reasons to help the Boomers in their quest to claim their first Olympic medal.
The Sydney-born Aleks Maric, who has played the past five years in Europe, including the past two with Panathinaikos, has revealed at The Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian newspaper, that he was recently interviewed by four NBA clubs (the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors and spoke with Houston, having been unable to take to the court in front of Rockets coach Kevin McHale because of scheduling issues). He also spoke about this season's experience at Panathinaikos.
Aleks Maric, 27, who only took up the sport at 16, said the workouts with the NBA clubs had gone ''very well'' as he attempts to join fellow Australians Bogut and Mills in the world's premier basketball competition. He knows a strong Olympic campaign will strengthen his hopes.
''I don't want to hold my breath, but I did my best,'' Aleks Maric said after Boomers' training yesterday. ''A good Olympics will boost that, but I just want to play good for the team, for my country, and whatever happens after that, happens.''
Boomers' coach Brown, also a senior assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, said Aleks Maric, at 211 centimetres and 125 kilograms, had the size and strength to compete in the NBA. But he needed to improve poor career 63 per cent shooting from the free-throw line.
''I think his game is fine the way it is. I think he needs to become a more reliable free-throw shooter but, as far as a physical presence, he has that. He is a great person, a great teammate,'' he said.
Aleks Maric's hopes of impressing have been restricted with Panathinaikos in the past two seasons.
He has averaged only seven minutes and fewer than four points per game in each season, having been forced to sit amid suggestions his coach had been under pressure to play local talent.
Needless to say, it was a frustrating time, particularly as he had been named on the All-Euroleague first team in 2010 when he averaged 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds over 25 minutes a game while playing with former club Partizan Belgrade. He also helped Partizan claim the Serbian national cup and the Adriatic Championship.
''It's frustrating at times but you just have to respect the coach's decision. Obviously, when I do get a chance, I show what I can do,'' Aleks Maric said. ''As a player, all you can do is keep working hard and when the coach gives you an opportunity, you take full advantage of it.''
Nonetheless, it's not a season he will forget in a hurry. Aleks Maric posted a series of photos on Twitter when the team bus was pelted with rocks by fans of rival club Olympiakos during the championship series and two teammates were injured and hospitalised.
While such passion, or stupidity, is rare in Australia, Aleks Maric said there were often ''incidents'' in Greece.
''The kind of rivalry you have between the clubs, you expect that. It's nothing new. It's unfortunate but it's true,'' he said.
As Aleks Maric has Serbian citizenship, some time ago that country had been keen to welcome him into the fold but that move was disallowed by FIBA, the sport's governing body, as he had represented Australia at junior levels.
''They tried to get me to play for them, but I was pushing for the Australian side. I was born here, raised here, I am happy where I am. I don't want to go anywhere,'' he said.
The Boomers are more than happy about that, particularly as Aleks Maric will be the man in the middle in the absence of the injured Bogut.
''There is a physical presence that Al brings to the table. He is a veteran, he is a man, he is experienced, he has played against all these guys at high levels over the past few years,'' Brown said.
''He is extremely important and, at this stage, he is our starting center.''
That importance will be shown in the three-match series against Greece (National team B), ranked fourth in the world, beginning on Sunday.


Courtesy of The Sydney Morning Herald



Maric: all you can do is keep working hard - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Already with the responsibility of being Australia's key big man in London next month, Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) has even more reasons to help the Boomers in their quest to claim their first Olympic medal.
The Sydney-born Aleks Maric, who has played the past five years in Europe, including the past two with Panathinaikos, has revealed at The Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian newspaper, that he was recently interviewed by four NBA clubs (the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors and spoke with Houston, having been unable to take to the court in front of Rockets coach Kevin McHale because of scheduling issues). He also spoke about this season's experience at Panathinaikos.
Aleks Maric, 27, who only took up the sport at 16, said the workouts with the NBA clubs had gone ''very well'' as he attempts to join fellow Australians Bogut and Mills in the world's premier basketball competition. He knows a strong Olympic campaign will strengthen his hopes.
''I don't want to hold my breath, but I did my best,'' Aleks Maric said after Boomers' training yesterday. ''A good Olympics will boost that, but I just want to play good for the team, for my country, and whatever happens after that, happens.''
Boomers' coach Brown, also a senior assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, said Aleks Maric, at 211 centimetres and 125 kilograms, had the size and strength to compete in the NBA. But he needed to improve poor career 63 per cent shooting from the free-throw line.
''I think his game is fine the way it is. I think he needs to become a more reliable free-throw shooter but, as far as a physical presence, he has that. He is a great person, a great teammate,'' he said.
Aleks Maric's hopes of impressing have been restricted with Panathinaikos in the past two seasons.
He has averaged only seven minutes and fewer than four points per game in each season, having been forced to sit amid suggestions his coach had been under pressure to play local talent.
Needless to say, it was a frustrating time, particularly as he had been named on the All-Euroleague first team in 2010 when he averaged 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds over 25 minutes a game while playing with former club Partizan Belgrade. He also helped Partizan claim the Serbian national cup and the Adriatic Championship.
''It's frustrating at times but you just have to respect the coach's decision. Obviously, when I do get a chance, I show what I can do,'' Aleks Maric said. ''As a player, all you can do is keep working hard and when the coach gives you an opportunity, you take full advantage of it.''
Nonetheless, it's not a season he will forget in a hurry. Aleks Maric posted a series of photos on Twitter when the team bus was pelted with rocks by fans of rival club Olympiakos during the championship series and two teammates were injured and hospitalised.
While such passion, or stupidity, is rare in Australia, Aleks Maric said there were often ''incidents'' in Greece.
''The kind of rivalry you have between the clubs, you expect that. It's nothing new. It's unfortunate but it's true,'' he said.
As Aleks Maric has Serbian citizenship, some time ago that country had been keen to welcome him into the fold but that move was disallowed by FIBA, the sport's governing body, as he had represented Australia at junior levels.
''They tried to get me to play for them, but I was pushing for the Australian side. I was born here, raised here, I am happy where I am. I don't want to go anywhere,'' he said.
The Boomers are more than happy about that, particularly as Aleks Maric will be the man in the middle in the absence of the injured Bogut.
''There is a physical presence that Al brings to the table. He is a veteran, he is a man, he is experienced, he has played against all these guys at high levels over the past few years,'' Brown said.
''He is extremely important and, at this stage, he is our starting center.''
That importance will be shown in the three-match series against Greece (National team B), ranked fourth in the world, beginning on Sunday.


Courtesy of The Sydney Morning Herald



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Son of former Pacers center on Purdue's radar - by Fred Roggen

For 6-foot-9 Derrik Smits, figuring out at 15 how to properly deal with the college basketball recruiting process is a mixed bag.

The son of former Indiana Pacers center Rik Smits, Derrik is a sophomore at Zionsville High School. Having a former NBA player as his father helps, but it is a learn-as-you-go experience.

This past Friday, Derrik Smits made an unofficial visit to Purdue to meet with Matt Painter and his staff. On Wednesday, Smits and his Zionsville varsity teammates participated in the Purdue Team Camp in Mackey Arena and in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility.

So far, Smits has enjoyed the infant stages of college recruiting, but at the same, time, it can be a bit overwhelming for a young man who wont be 16 until Sept. 6.

For me, it really is a little bit of both, Smits said Wednesday. It takes me a minute to get what is going on. Im not really used to it, but this year, Im starting to get it. Its a great experience. Im having fun doing it. But it definitely has taken some time to get used to.

I think being mature helps a lot. Theres times when it still can be pretty hard, because I am just getting used to it.

Smits likes Purdue but is in no hurry to commit to a college.

Im just looking at all schools that I can, Smits said. I like Purdue. Its a nice facility, and the coaches are cool. Im having fun here. I had fun here last week. But I want to go to as many schools as I can. I have a long time to do this, so I want to find the right school for me ... where I fit with the coaches and the team.

As a freshman, Smits may have entered a varsity game for the final one or two minutes if the Eagles were way ahead or trailing by a significant amount. For the most part, he played junior varsity.

Im getting used to playing with these guys a lot more than Im used to, Smits said. Im getting better. Ive worked a lot with my dad, but not as much as I used to. He used to be one of our coaches, and he would come in a lot. He still comes in and works every couple of weeks.

Zionsville senior Andrew Dakich is the Eagles point guard. The son of ESPN college basketball analyst Dan Dakich is eager to play with the 6-9 center.

We have not had size in my three years at Zionsville, Dakich said. This is new. He keeps getting better and better and keeps growing, too. He is going to be a big assest to our team. He always has had the coordination of touching the ball.

Now he is more aggressive, and thats what we need him to be. We need him to block shots and get every rebound. We dont have that. Our next tallest guy is 6-3. He definitely is aggressive, and his shot has gotten a lot better, too. He can knock down a 15-footer. Im trusting him a lot more, which is a big key. He absolutely will help us next season.

Dakich said he can tell that Smits enjoyed the Purdue Team Camp.

Its fun getting out here with this group of guys, Dakich said. Were like family, and we like being around each other, especially playing in this new venue at Purdue.

Courtesy of The jconline.com



Thijs Vermeulen and Henry Bekkering coming back to Matrixx Magixx Wijchen - by Fred Roggen

Matrixx Magixx Wijchen (former Magixx Nijmegen) started to get ready for the upcoming season by extending two players for one more season. Thijs Vermeulen (194-F-85) and Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: E.Washington) return next season in Wijchen.
Small forward Thijs Vermeulen (194-F-85) averaged 6.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 31 Dutch basketball league games last season while Dutch-Canadian Henry Bekkering (198-F-85) just finished his third season Holland. He averaged 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in 30 Dutch basketball league games.




Matrixx Magixx confirm return to DBL - by Fred Roggen

Last week the board of Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen announced that they pulled out of the Dutch Basketball League for financial reasons but Magixx Wijchen have confirmed they will be part of the Dutch Basketball League next season.
Under the name of Matrixx Magixx they will participate again in the league.
The people behind the club hope that success on the court will be reflected in a successful, sustainable, community-based organisation off the court.



Season update - by Glenn Stokes

Hello world! Welcome back to my blog here on eurobasket.com. If this is your first time reading my blog, I would like to welcome you as well and introduce you to the Glenn Stokes blog. I would also like to tell everyone who has reached out to me via twitter and email with questions asking for advice, I strongly encourage it because my blog is not only used to share my experiences while playing basketball overseas but also used my to give advice to anyone looking for help to get his/her feet in the door or just need some advice before starting their journey as a professional athlete abroad.
Today, I will be updating you on how my season is going here in Mexico. This season started with us playing on the road against Aguascaliente. After a long day/night of traveling ( flight and 6hr bus drive) we took a 2 and a half hr drive to Aguascaliente. In game 1 I was really limited being that I had a tight back and the court was very slippery with me playing in new shoes. I'm not a man who gives excuses so instead I will give them credit for holding me to 11 points and handing me and my team the loss... In game 2 it was alil different I moved alil better and finished with 24 and help secure the win for my team, making us 1-1. The next week we hosted Monterrey and I must say I was back in the groove and my team played great. For that weekend I finished averaging 31 and 11 assists and we went on to be 3-1. Bringing us to a much anticipated rivalry between two champions. My team The Minerals of Fresnillo winning the championship in 2010 and the Madereros of Durango who won the whole thing last year (please note that me or my other American did not play last season). Durango, who has an even better team than last year has been running through the league with a 4-0 record while winning by 40 or more points in 3 of the 4 games. My team is full of players who are fairly new to the team and havent quite gelled together yet. Game 1 started with Durango having control throughout the whole first half and being up 9 at the half. In the second half we made a run and cut the lead to one after 10 straight points by me.. Then the champs went on a run and pushed the lead back to seven and then both teams exchanged baskets.. It wasn't until the 5min mark in the fourth quarter when we Gained control and closed the game by winning it by four points. I ended the game with 33 and 12 assists. As for game two it was pretty much the same as game one with Durango having early control and leading by 9 going into halftime.. In the second half we used great team defense to stop them and my coach put the ball in my hands and I had 35 in the 2nd half while finishing with a season high 47 points and securing the win and pushing my teams record to 5-1 and making us first place in the league.. Our last game was last night against our cross town rival Zacatecas, the city in which I play for in the LNBP. It was a packed house with both fans from Zacatecas and fans from Fresnillo, loud throughout the whole game. We took early control and kept it throughout the first half being up by 14 at halftime. In the second half we stayed in control but Zacatecas fought back and cut our lead to as low as 8 points but with again a great team effort we prevailed and won the game by 16 and I finished with 38points. Now we stand alone in 1st place at 6-1.
I thank you all for taking the time to read this blog... I will be blogging again in the next couple days sharing what my day is like while over here and also going over my game day routine.. Until then, adios y Hasta luego!
Glenn Stokes (170-PG-76, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: American)



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Brandon Gay is staying in Szolnok - by Tamas Deri

The management of Szolnok just published some minutes ago, that american forward Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) agreed with the club for the coming season. The 203 cm tall, 30 years old forward started the last season with Sokhumi Tbilisi in Georgia, but left the team in October and moved to Szolnok. Gay was the very import sixth man of coach Por's team helping with 9.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg and shooting with 41.3% from the three points line in 30 games of the Hungarian League. In the last game of the Finals he scored incredible 19 points including 5 threes in only 20 minutes. He was also able to help his team with 8.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in the Eurochallenge, where Szolnok lost against Besiktas in the semifinal.


Jazsbereny added Szabo and Madar - by Balazs Radics

Newly promoted Head Coach Sandor Foldi just signed young guards Peter Szabo (183-G-89) and Andras Madar (191-G-91, agency: TSS Management) to his roster. Szabo had a decent season with slovakian team Komarno averaging 5.3 ppg in 17.1 mins and finished 2nd in the league, while Madar left his boarding team, playing 17 games for last seasons bronze medalist! Jaszbereny also extended big man's Balint Horti (206-F/C-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contract for an other year. Horti had 10.0 ppg and 4.4 rpg last season.


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Standings

IBA Standings
 1. L.Angeles L. 12-2 
 2. Kankakee S. 12-3 
 3. Albany L. 10-5 
 4. Chicago R. 10-5 
 5. Gary Splash 9-6 
 6. Lansing C. 8-7 
 7. Kenosha B. 7-8 
 8. Lake County S. 5-10 
 9. Battle Creek K. 3-12 
 10. Springfield E. 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 28

Jun. 18: Lansing C. - Albany L. 147-132
Jun. 19: Battle Creek K. - Albany L. 119-108
Jun. 20: Battle Creek K. - Albany L.



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Players movement - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Iceland Express Club has sign Eric Palm 6'2" shooting guard,point guard for upcoming season in the top league.
Eric Palm has played 2 season in Iceland, first with Thor Thorl in Division 1 when team won that league and moved up to top league but was not sign back there. Last season Palm sign with another Thor team now it was Thor Ahureyri in Div 1.
Keflavik has made a 2 years contract with 18 years old big kid from Breidablik Snorri Hrafnkelsson (199-C-93). Hrafnkelsson has played for all youth National teams of Iceland



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  IRAN   


NIKOLOZ TSKITISHVILI :: Mahan or Champville - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Both Foolad Mahan Esfahan and Champville clubs trying to sign Ex-NBA power forward and past season Mahram Tehran player Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports). Rumors says Foolad Mahan Esfahan offered him 400 K USD for the upcoming season when Champville offers him 350 K USD for the same time. From what we heard he earned 210 K USD last season from Mahram Tehran . When we looking at the signings in last 20 month in Lebanon and Iran league it shows us teams are over paying players and we are going the same way to Korean KBL and China CBA and this is not good at all for our basketball. When some teams playing like this and over paying players , teams with smaller sponsors will slowly disappear.

Nikoloz avareged 17.2 ppg in WABA super league where he played 14 games for Mahram.



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  ISRAEL   


Hapoel Afula keeps two young prospects - by Netanel Dahan

Hapoel Afula announced they extends the contracts of their two young players Oz Blayzer (199-F-92) and Sergey Zelikman (192-SF-93).

Zelikman (93 YOB) was a part of the Israeli NT U16&U18 and played in the 3x3 tournament of FIBA. He nailed last season 1.4 ppg and didn't attented to all the practices due to army obligations which won't effect on him in the upcoming season.

The second prospect is Oz Blayzer (92 YOB) who is now a part of the U21 NT. He had last season in Afula: 7.0ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 74.5%

Afula also signed new contract with their HC Avner Yeor for the upcming season.



Jerusalem Gets Eurocup Wildcard, Inks Josh Duncan & More - by David Pick

With uncertainty surrounding Hapoel Jerusalem the past few weeks due to management chaos and the tragic missing of Brazilian-American energy industrialist and millionaire businessperson owner Guma Aguiar, the team made its first post season move, signing the former Xavier 6-foot-8 power forward, Josh Duncan.

Coming from back-to-back seasons with local Maccabi Ashdod - last season's Cinderella - Duncan will spend his Junior year in Israel.

The team's Head Coach Sharon Drucker made certain to sign Duncan, who upped every aspect of his game this past year, averaging 16.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

While Jerusalem received the Euroleague "wildcard" for next season's Eurocup competition, Eurobasket informs that Drucker is keen on strengthening his squad even more and has already completed private meetings with two of Israel's top free agent point guards - Gal Mekel and Afik Nissim.

Also, domestic playmaker Guni Israeli isn't expected to continue despite owning a contract for next season. Jerusalem, who has options on both flashy backcourt guards Ramel Bradley and D.J. Strawberry, will release the first and weigh possibilities on the second, who is projected to earn over $200,000 next season.





Hapoel Eilat Returns to Israel's Hoop Scenes, Hires Oded Katash - by David Pick

Hapoel Eilat is officially the latest refreshment in the Israeli basketball scenes. B.C. Habikaa's recent owner Doron Hartzicovic, who committed to rebuild the nostalgic Israeli organization and bring it to new heights - is one step away from completing a monumental movement in Israeli hoops after signing Oded Katash as the new head coach, according to Shai Levi of Israeli's One.co.il.

The romantic comeback story of Eilat was initially broke by Safsal.co.il, who claimed the team will play in Israel's Division I next season.

Sources told Eurobasket that Katash has set eyes on signing Israeli point guard and last season's playoffs Most Valuable Player - Meir Tapiro (Agent: Avi Zilberman), who played for Eilat during the 1996-1998 seasons.

Hapoel played a varsity role in local hoops throughout the '90s and reached its peak during the 1997-98 season when qualifying for the finals before losing to Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

That season, Eilat also hosted Greek empire Panathinaikos in the Euro play. PAO, who featured European legends Dino Radja, current Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott and Fragiskos Alvertis, lost to the southern Israeli team during their trip to the Holy Land.





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  ITALY   


Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Awards 2011-12 - by Giovanni Bargna

Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team 2012
#s#
Bo McCalebb
McCalebb
Drake Diener
Diener
Viktor Sanikidze
Sanikidze
Yakhouba Diawara
Diawara
David Andersen
Andersen
#e#5

Player of the Year: Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85) of Montepaschi
Guard of the Year: Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85) of Scavolini PS
Forward of the Year: Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) of CS Bologna
Center of the Year: David Andersen (212-C-80) of Montepaschi
Most Improved Player of the Year: Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80) of Sidigas AV
Bosman Player of the Year: Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) of Fabi Shoes
Import Player of the Year: Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Banco di Sard.
Domestic Player of the Year: Daniel Hackett (198-G-87) of Scavolini PS
Defensive Player of the Year: Shaun Stonerook (202-F-77) of Montepaschi
Coach of the Year: Romeo Sacchetti of Banco di Sard.

1st Team
PG: Bo McCalebb (183-85) of Montepaschi
G: Drake Diener (196-81) of Banco di Sard.
F: Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) of CS Bologna
F: Yakhouba Diawara (201-82) of Cimberio VA
C: David Andersen (212-80) of Montepaschi

2nd Team
PG: Ricky Hickman (189-85) of Scavolini PS
G: Aubrey Coleman (193-87) of Angelico BI
G: Malik Hairston (198-87) of Armani Mit
F: Andre Smith (203-85) of Otto Caserta
F/C: Linton Johnson (203-80) of Sidigas AV

Honorable Mention
Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard.
Marques Green (167-PG-82) of Sidigas AV
Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) of Acea Roma
Petteri Koponen (194-G-88) of CS Bologna
Vladimir Micov (203-F-85) of Bennet Cantu
Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi
Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) of Armani Mit
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) of Armani Mit
Maarten Leunen (206-F-85) of Bennet Cantu

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Giuseppe Poeta (190-85) of CS Bologna
G: Daniel Hackett (198-87) of Scavolini PS
G/F: Luigi Datome (202-87) of Acea Roma
F/C: Angelo Gigli (209-83) of CS Bologna
C: Marco Cusin (211-85) of Scavolini PS

All-Imports Team
PG: Bo McCalebb (183-85) of Montepaschi
G: Drake Diener (196-81) of Banco di Sard.
G: Malik Hairston (198-87) of Armani Mit
F/C: Linton Johnson (203-80) of Sidigas AV
F: Tony Easley (206-87) of Banco di Sard.

All-Bosmans Team
G: Petteri Koponen (194-88) of CS Bologna
G: Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86) of Bennet Cantu
F: Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) of CS Bologna
F: Antonis Fotsis (210-81) of Armani Mit
C: David Andersen (212-80) of Montepaschi

All-Defensive Team
Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85) of Scavolini PS
Manuchar Markoishvili (196-G-86) of Bennet Cantu
Jumaine Jones (203-F-79) of Scavolini PS
Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84) of Banco di Sard.
Shaun Stonerook (202-F-77) of Montepaschi



Emporio Armani land Richard Hendrix - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani Milano strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama). The centre signed a two-year deal with the team. Last two seasons Richard Hendrix spent with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He averaged 11.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per Israeli league game last season. In Euroleague Richard Hendrix notched 8.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.3 blocks per appearance. He also posted 9.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block per Adriatic League game. Eurobasket.com named him All-Israeli League Centre of the Year. Richard Hendrix also made it onto All-Euroleague 3rd Team. Previously the centre had spells in Spain and D-League. He made into onto All-Spanish ACB 1st Team in 2010.


Fileni Jesi land Jesse Sanders - by Eurobasket News

Fileni Jesi made the first import signing for the next season. They announced the deal with Jesse Sanders (190-G). The guard will start his pro career in Italy. Jesse Sanders graduated from the Liberty University in 2012. He averaged 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game in his senior season. Jesse Sanders was the third best in assists in NCAA. He made it into NABC Division I All-District 3 2nd Team for the second season in a row. In 2011 Jesse Sanders was named All-Big South Conference Player of the Year. He also made into Big South All-Academic Team in 2012. Jesse Sanders was the member of Big South Conference All-Freshmen Team in 2009.


Eurobasket.com All-Italian Nazionale A Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Italian Nazionale A 1st Team 2012
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Bernardo Musso
Musso
Marco Portannese
Portannese
Manuel Carrizo
Carrizo
Andrea Benevelli
Benevelli
Emanuele Rossi
Rossi
#e#5

Player of the Year: Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) of Napoli
Guard of the Year: Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) of Napoli
Forward of the Year: Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) of Orlandina
Center of the Year: Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti
Defensive Player of the Year: Andrea Capitanelli (203-C-86) of Firenze
Coach of the Year: Maurizio Buscaglia of Trento

1st Team
G: Bernardo Musso (192-86) of Napoli
G: Marco Portannese (192-89) of Torino
G/F: Manuel Carrizo (198-80) of Ferentino
F: Andrea Benevelli (202-85) of Orlandina
C: Emanuele Rossi (208-82) of Chieti

2nd Team
G: Matteo Bertolazzi (181-79) of Omegna
SG: Davide Poltroneri (195-85) of Perugia
G: Marco Evangelisti (198-84) of Recanati
F: Davide Pascolo (200-90) of Trento
C: Marco Pazzi (203-79) of Trento

Honorable Mention
Marco Carra (185-PG-80) of Trieste
Francesco Rotella (206-F/C-79) of Firenze
Jacopo Borra (212-C-90) of Treviglio
Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) of Casalpusterlengo
Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84) of Napoli
Francesco Guarino (182-G-79) of Ferentino
Andrea Raschi (200-G/F-79) of Chieti

All-Defensive Team
Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) of Napoli
Andrea Ancellotti (212-C-88) of Santarcangelo
Andrea Capitanelli (203-C-86) of Firenze
Jacopo Borra (212-C-90) of Treviglio
Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti



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  JAMAICA   


Centrobasket 2012: Dominican Republic post the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Jamaica-Dominican Republic 64:80

Dominican Republic post the second straight win at the Coloseum Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. The team overcame Jamaica 80:64 and stepped closer to qualify for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.
Jamaica grabbed 21-19 lead at the end of the first period, but could not keep the lead for good. Dominican Republic managed to tie the score at the halftime and dominated the second half. They won the third period 21-11 and finished the game with 22-16 in the last stanza.
Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) and Juan Coronado (196-G-83) netted 19 each. Suero Angel added 8 points for the winners. Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89, college: Louisville) and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa) had 13, whilst Ewing Patrick nailed 10.

Jamaica: Samardo Samuels 15, Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 15, Jerome Jordan 13, Ewing Patrick 10
Dominican Republic: Alfred Horford 23+10 rebs, Elpidio Fortuna 19, Juan Coronado 19, Suero Angel 8



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  JORDAN   


Baldwin announces NT roster for Olympics Qualifications (OQT) - by Omar Shafaamri

Jordan NT Coach Thomas Baldwin announced earlier today the National Team Roster which will fly on Sunday to Venezuela for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (2-8 July 2012).
The Roster witnessed the come back of Enver Soobzokov (finished FIBA Ban) , Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) and Zaid Abbas (203-F-83) as both fully recovered from their Injuries while Ahmad hamarsheh, Ibrahim Bassam and Ahmad Dwairi were cut from the roster.

Nashama will take part in the Nations Friendly Tournament in Venezuela (26-27 June) along with Angola, New Zealand, Dominican Republic before starting the OQT as they were polled in Group A playing against Greece on 2nd of July and Puerto Rico on 4th of July, 12 teams are competing for the remaining 3 tickets to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Jordan NT for OQT:
Osama Daghles
Enver Soobzokov (201-G/F-78, college: CS San Bernar.)
Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85)
Zaid Abbas
Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85)
Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87)
Sinan Eid (193-G-91)
Mohammad Shaher (210-C-90)
Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88)
Abdallah AbuQoura (205-F/C-84)
Khaldon Abu Ruqayah (200-F-83)
Issa Kamel (194-F/G-83)

Nations Friendly Tournament (26-27 June)
Jordan, Dominican Republic, Angola and New Zealand

Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) (2-8 July, Venezuela)
-Group A-
Jordan vs. Greece 2. July 21:00*
Jordan vs. Puerto Rico 4. July 00:30*
*Amman Time




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  LEBANON   


Jbeil welcomes Matt Freijeh - by John Khoury

As we Mentioned couple of days ago, Amchit Club delivered a surprise that might be the league's turning point.
Matthew Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt), signed a 4 years deal with the new comer Amchit; Sources says that Matt will earn more than 1.2 M USD divided into 4 years.

With this signing, Amchit made it clear that it's aim is not only competing for the final 4, but the gold maybe.
Best of luck for Matt in his new team.



News about the Elite List of Players & FREIJE in Amchit for 3 Seasons - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

The Lebanese clubs are waiting the LBF to announce the Elite Players List, the LBF have time till end of July to announce it but due that the offseason started very early this year theres a big pressure on the LBF to make this step as soon as possible.
With reference to many sources in the LBF and Clubs the list will contain the following names:

Point Guards : Ali Mahmoud , Rodrigue Akl, Miguel Martinez, Mohamad Ibrahim, Carl Sarkis ,Rony Fahed.
Shooting Guards/Small Forwards: Jean Abed El Nour ,Omar Turk ,Ahmad Ibrahim , Fadi Khatib, Nadim Souaid ,Hussein Khatib, Elie Rustom, Elie Stephan,Ghaleb Reda,Mazen Mneimneh, Samer Mochref.
Power Forwards/Centers: Ali Kanaan , William Pharis, Daniel Faris , Charles Tabet , Riy Samaha , Bassel Bawji, Sabah Khouri , Mohamad Hamdar, Ali Fakhreddine.

Most probably clubs will not accept to have in the listinjured players who missed the entire or the majority of last season like Daniel Fairs, Elie Rustom due that in previous seasons Omar Turk and Hussein Tawbe names were in the list due to their injuries.

In another move that surprised all Basketball critics , Amchit Club signed Matthew Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) , Freije signed an agreement for the period of 3 seasons for the total of 700k. Freije represented Lebanon in the 2009 FIBA ASIA Championship in China and in the 2010 FIBA World Cup in Turkey, he will bring a big boost to Amchit plan in becoming the big names in the Lebanese League.



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  MEXICO   

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Pearson, Los M.27.2 
 2. Reese, Tepic24.4 
 3. Thomas, Cananea22.6 
 4. Scott, Los Mochis22.4 
 5. McCullough, Nogales22.3 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan22.1 
 7. Alexander, Cananea21.8 
 8. Carter, Guasave20.4 
 9. Selleaze, Navolato20.3 
 10. Hornsby, Tijuana20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Riley, Tepic11.2 
 2. Pearson, Los M.10.2 
 3. Alexander, Cananea10.1 
 4. Selleaze, Navolato8.4 
 5. Sanders-F., Nogales8.2 
 6. Scott, Los Mochis8.0 
 7. Robinson, Culiacan7.8 
 8. Moore, Navolato7.6 
 9. Habel, Guaymas7.4 
 10. Strobbe, Nogales7.4 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Los Mochis
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Funn, Los Mochis9.4 
 2. Allen, Guaymas7.0 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.8 
 4. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 5. Harris, Cananea4.6 
 6. Hornsby, Tijuana4.6 
 7. Riley, Tepic4.1 
 8. Nungaray, Guaymas3.9 
 9. Pulido, Culiacan3.9 
 10. Quintero, Tijuana3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brian HAMILTON
  Hermosillo
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hamilton, Hermosil.1.9 
 2. George, Nogales1.8 
 3. Gibson, Navolato1.6 
 4. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 5. Hornsby, Tijuana1.5 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo1.5 
 7. Thomas, Cananea1.4 
 8. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 9. Toussaint, Los M.1.3 
 10. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Young, Tepic0.9 
 6. Alexander, Cananea0.9 
 7. Scott, Los Mochis0.8 
 8. Robinson, Culiacan0.8 
 9. Davis, Nogales0.8 
 10. Tate, Tijuana0.7 


Mexico eke out win over Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

Mexico U18 - Puerto Rico U18 75:73

Mexico finished their U18 Fiba Americas Championship campaign on a high note. They claimed a tough two-point win over Puerto Rico. Jose Estrada (190-G-94) came up with 28 points to lead the winners.
Puerto Rico got to a strong start. They eased to a 23:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Mexico responded almost immediately. They went on a 24:13 run in the second quarter to draw things level at 36. Mexico slowly regained the lead. They fired 25 points in the third quarter to accumulate a 6-point lead before the fourth term. Puerto Rico worked hard to deny the deficit but Mexico hung on to snatch a difficult win at the end. Gabriel Vazquez (94) chipped in 13 points, while Kevin Lagunas (94) produced 11 points and pulled down 15 boards in the win. Jerome Caraballo (95) replied with 13 points for Puerto Rico. Wilfredo Rodriguez (94) netted 11 points in the losing effort.

Mexico U18: Jose Estrada 28, Gabriel Vazquez 13, Kevin Lagunas 11
Puerto Rico U18: Jerome Caraballo 13, Wilfredo Rodriguez 11



RAYOS DE HERMOSILLO CHAMPION 2012 - by Alejandro Martinez

Rayos de Hermosillo before a sold out crowd defeated Ostioneros de Guaymas in Game 7 of the CIBACOPA finals 71-67 and capture its first ever CIBACOPA championship. It was a close game throughout, with Guaymas entering the 4th quarter up 2 points. This was reflective of the entire series which saw 2 games go to overtime and most games decided by 3 points or less. This was a remarkable accomplishment by head coach Dan Tacheny as the team played the entire series without its starting Center Jesus Lopez (205-F-83, college: SW Baptist) who reported to the National team and without a point guard as the team lost its starting point guard Steve Monreal (180-PG-86, college: CS Monterey) and backup Jesus Coronado (185-PG-88) both to season ending injuries. Congratulations to Hermosillo's fans, front office and the entire team for culminating a sensational regular season with the cherry on top.


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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 Heat22.3 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.7 
 4. 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. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 8. Shumpert, New Y.1.7 
 9. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Ariza, N.Orleans1.7 
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. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 6. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 7. Jordan, LA Clippers2.0 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Smith, Atlanta H.1.7 


Conflicting Linterests - by Julius Johnson

It official... Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) has hired a DC agent who backed into a handful of NBA superstars when his boss left to become the GM of the Phoenix Suns.

Normally, this wouldn't be a story. But when greed enters the fray, so do the greedy.

Lin, who portrays himself as a righteous hooper, basically crushed the meek in favor of the firm that defended Bill Clinton.

Quotes to ponder:

"Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given."
Mother Teresa

"The lack of money is the root of all evil."
Mark Twain

"There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money."
Benjamin Franklin

"A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you dont have appropriate boundaries, youll compromise your faith"
Jeremy Lin



One victory will silence the Miami Heats critics - by Eurobasket News

To hear the Heat players and coaches tell it, with weary sighs and wry smiles, they have been carrying the weight of the world for two years.

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, they can shed that burden and exchange it for the shiny, golden championship trophy.

The Heat holds a 3-1 advantage over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the best-of-7 series, and a 3-1 edge has been irreversible throughout NBA Finals history. The Heat wants to wrap it up at home rather than return to the Thunder Dome.

Its this simple: The Heat has three chances to win one game. The Thunder must win three in a row.

But when it comes to the Heat, nothing is simple.

The Heat believes it leads the league in pain and suffering.

Even in Game 4, when it looked like the Heat would escape Russell Westbrooks single-handed rescue mission, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) fell to the floor, his legs locked by cramps.

James, who had been in the midst of redeeming himself with indefatigable playoff performances, had to be carried to the bench, where he was rubbed and iced and hydrated to sooth the stabbing agony.

The Heat fell behind by two points with 4:21 left. Miami fans inhaled. Not again. James missing in action.

This is not 2011

But 2012 is not 2011. James limped back into the game and got just enough lift from his knotted muscles to sink a three-pointer. Victory was assured.

Though not without adversity, a word coach Erik Spoelstra has uttered approximately five times a day for the past 500 days.

James, the most vilified player in the NBA, and the Heat, the most scrutinized team, have faced adversity since the Big 3 of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh announced their alliance.

They have encountered trials and tribulations of practically Biblical proportions. They are like the Big3 of overcoming obstacles: Job, Noah and Moses.

They have accepted that a journey through unforgiving wilderness is required to reach the Promised Land.

Adversity is a relative term, of course. The NBA is a fantasyland of wealth and privilege where 400 athletes play games and wear sneakers to work.

But sports teams need barriers in order to jump higher. So athletes and coaches embrace the concept of adversity, manipulate it, exaggerate it, use it as fuel.

And such motivation often works. Heat players are fond of saying they play best when their backs are against the wall. The Thunder will find out Thursday how it responds to a crisis and can draw resolve from its comeback in the last round against the San Antonio Spurs, from 0-2 to 4-2.

It is a common belief in the NBA that a title must be earned, that dues must be paid. The Puritan ethic must be followed. Its not as easy as throwing superstars together and mowing down opponents, as the Heat found out last year in its 4-2 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, a better team.

Some perspective

Dirk Nowitzki was labeled soft until he finally won, playing with a torn hand tendon. Michael Jordan needed seven years to win the first of his six titles. Jerry West lost in seven Finals before he won his first and only title. Wilt Chamberlain chased the title until he was 30. Isiah Thomas and Shaquille ONeal lost heartbreakers before they won. Magic Johnson won five, but he also lost four.

Perhaps its too soon for smooth-faced Kevin Durant, 23. Perhaps its time for James, 27, who has a receding hairline and furrowed forehead.

The Heat has weathered the nasty taunts. They survived Boshs nine-game absence. Wade is sore but re-energized. Mike Miller, held together by tape and staples, has hit key shots. Shane Battier has stepped up. Mario Chalmers came through. James is relaxed.

Im just more comfortable. This is my third crack at it, James said. The greatest teacher you can have in life is experience. Ive experienced some things in my long but short career.

Long but short. He looks older than 27. He seems older because he has been a star for half his life.

But consider that James was born to a teenaged mother. He grew up in the phenoms cocoon. He never went to college. At 18, he entered the unreal world of the NBA, where you fly on private jets, throw your sweaty towels on the floor.

James body grew and grew. But what about his mind?

Constantly surrounded by sycophants, leeches and his own entourage, James never really had a chance for self-examination.

Until 2010. Until his presentation of The Decision grandiose and insensitive backfired. Until The Prediction (of not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven championships) was mocked.

He underestimated the maliciousness of ill will that would pound him, like an avalanche, the past two years.

In the 2011 Finals, the cumulative force deflated him. He did not recognize himself. He was the king who cowered.

But, in that crucible, James grew up.

During a summer of reassessment, alone with his doubts, James looked inside himself with a monks thoroughness. He found what he had lost.

A different James

At the 2012 Finals, we see James, the man honest, self-aware and unencumbered by criticism. He has grown up.

Last year, James said he even imagined there were extra spectators in the Dallas arena, watching him; extra media, questioning him. The Game 6 collapse was all but inevitable. And a necessary lesson, his predecessors would say.

I was very hurt that I let my teammates down, and I was very immature, James said Wednesday. Last year I played to prove people wrong instead of just playing my game, instead of going out and having fun.

James has been trying to win an NBA title for nine seasons.

The pain and suffering could end Thursday. If it does, the trophy will feel as light as air.

Courtesy of: miamiherald.com



Miami Heat within reach of second NBA title - by Eurobasket News

Every time Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) walks into AmericanAirlines Arena, hes reminded of one thing: losing to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals on the Heats home court.

On Wednesday, a practice day for the Heat and Thunder, Bosh wasnt thinking about how an NBA championship is just one victory away. He wasnt thinking about how no team in the history of the league has lost a championship after leading 3-1 in the Finals. He wasnt thinking about containing his emotions and celebrating prematurely.

Bosh was only thinking about pain.

Bosh, you might recall, was the player who crumpled to the floor in agony, tears pouring from his face, inside the corridor leading to the Heats locker room in the immediate moments after Miami lost to the Mavericks. The image was caught on camera and seared into the mind. Bosh doesnt need to see a replay to remember the experience. He lived it, down on his knees a defeated man inside the passageway the Heat calls the Hall of Champions.

We think about that every day, Bosh said. Im reminded every day I walk in here.

Haunted hallway

The hallway is long and filled with images of the Heats 2006 title. On Thursday night, minutes before Game 5s 9 p.m. tipoff, the Heats players will walk through that hall together and stop briefly before the door that leads to the court. Theyll gather in a huddle near the same spot Bosh collapsed, look each other in the eyes and remind themselves one last time of the pain.

The Heat lost it all on its home court last year. On Thursday, in the teams final home game of the year, Bosh and the Heat can finally put that memory to rest.

We know whats at stake, Bosh said. We know this is the last home game no matter what happens, and were a good home team. Just to be able to have this opportunity, you cant let it slip by.

The Heat has won three games in a row against the Thunder, but the series feels much closer. Oklahoma City, favored to win the Finals before it started, lost those games by a total of 16 points. Over and over again, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has talked about how each game has been decided by a handful of possessions.

This isnt our first rodeo, so understanding and being the team on the other side when the team is one win away and understanding what type of fierce and energetic attitude thats going to be brought by them, we cant relax, Heat co-captain Udonis Haslem said. Ive been on the other side. I know what theyre coming with. Its going to be huge and its going to be all we can handle.

Game 7 for us

Wanting no part of traveling back to Oklahoma City, where the Thunder is 9-1 in the postseason, the Heat is approaching its final home game as if it were the final game of the series.

Game 5 is a Game 7 for us, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) said. Its a must-win for them, but its a must-win for us, too. And as a leader of this team, Ill approach it that way, and hopefully I wont have to be dealing with cramps [Thursday] night.

In line to win the series MVP Award, James was pushed to the point of physical exhaustion in Game 4. Reduced to his knees by debilitating leg cramps in the fourth quarter, James was carried off the court before returning to hit one of the most memorable shots his career, a three-pointer to give the Heat a three-point lead with less than three minutes remaining.

James mending

James was still store on Wednesday but said he should be fine by Thursday night.

I feel a lot better than I did [Tuesday] night thats clear, James said during his post-practice news conference at AmericanAirlines Arena. Im going to use [Wednesday] as an opportunity to continue to improve with my leg.

And also with the game being basically at midnight [Thursday] night I have all day [Thursday], too, to prepare.

James was joking about the time of the game, of course. By midnight, the game will be over and perhaps the series.

The Hall of Champions awaits.

Courtesy of: www.miamiherald.com



Champions! Miami Heat defeats Oklahoma City Thunder to win second NBA title - by Eurobasket News

Two years ago, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) chose to team up with Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) in Miami and build an instant basketball dynasty. The Heat fell two wins shy of beginning that reign in 2011. On Thursday, Miamis rule over the NBA officially began.

The Heat defeated the Thunder 121-106 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Game5 of the NBA Finals to clinch the world championship. After losing the first game of the series, the Heat won four in a row to earn the franchises second title. Although the Heats victories in Games2, 3 and 4 were close and decided by only a few possessions, the clincher was an emphatic statement of basketball greatness.

We believe we built a team to be around for a while, team president Pat Riley said.

Said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: We love you Miami. Thank you for your patience. We remember last year and we wanted to make up for it.

James, named Finals MVP, scored 26 points to go along with 13 assists and 11 rebounds, finishing with a triple-double in the biggest game of his career. His assist total tied a postseason career high. James entered Game5 averaging 29.3 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the series.

Its about damn time, James said after receiving his MVP trophy.

Its party time

James, Wade and Bosh checked out of the game with 3:01 left and the celebration was on. James smiled and lifted a single finger to the crowd. The building shook with excitement and noise. Minutes later, the celebratory streamers and confetti fell from the rafters and Spoelstra was drenched with Gatorade.

The entire fourth quarter felt like coronation inside thunderous AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat led by 24 points to begin the final period and led by 10 points to begin the second half.

Your champion, Miami Heat, NBA commissioner David Stern said during the presentation of the Larry OBrien Trophy at midcourt after the game.

Led by a barrage of three-pointers, Miami blew open the game with a 24-6 run in the third quarter. Battier made two three-pointers during the championship-clinching burst, and Chalmers, Chris Bosh and Mike Miller each contributed one three-pointer during the run.

Miller, who played the entire postseason, was sensational. He scored a postseason career high 23 points and was 7of8 from three-point range. The Heat made 14 of 26 attempts from three-point range, setting an NBA Finals record.

Wade had 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. Bosh, who missed nine consecutive games during the playoffs with an abdominal strain, had 24 points and seven rebounds.

James, whose postseason performance will enter the pantheon of the sport, did it with force and might, throwing his 6-8, 250-pound frame at the rim. He scored at least 16 points in the lane in each of his final seven playoff games. It was the longest such streak of his career.

The Heat broke off a 10-2 run early in the third quarter to push its lead to double digits. Chalmers drained his second three-pointer of the game less than two minutes into the quarter, and Battier followed with his second triple.

White-hot start

Led by James urgency, the Heat began the game like a team ready to close out the series. James started the scoring with a soaring dunk and then slashed to the basket for a five-point burst midway through the period. Meanwhile, Bosh matched James aggression in the lane, and Miller emerged from the bench to provide his most significant contribution of the series.

Miller, who played throughout the entire postseason with a bad back, literally limped into the game in the first quarter. He then started stroking three-pointers, including back-to-back threes at one point.

Miller had more points by halftime (nine) than he had in the series first four games combined (eight).

Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) finished with 11 points and was 3of7 from three-point range. Chalmers had 10 points and was 2 of 4 from three-point range. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 23 points and Russell Westbrook had 19. The Heat shot 51.9 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three-point range, whereas the Thunder shot 41.4 percent.

Were going to have a party tonight, Riley said at midcourt during the championship trophy presentation after the game.

Courtesy of: www.miamiherald.com/



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USA ease to the title in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

USA U18 - Brazil U18 81:56

USA deservedly earned the title at U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They registered the fifth win in a row at the tourney to claim the Gold medals. USA overcame hosting Brazil in Sao Sebastian. Julius Randle (6'8''-F-94) stepped up with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
USA quickly started the game building a 24:16 lead. Brazil managed to slow down their opponents in the second quarter. The hosts cut the deficit to 6 points at halftime 31:37. But the North American team took over once again in the third term. They went on a 10:0 run in the third term to boost the lead to 18 points. Julius Randle was pivotal in the second half for the USA. He scored 14 points to help the team clear off. USA entered the fourth frame up by 16 points and never looked back on the way to the victory. Jarnell Stokes (6'8''-PF-94) delivered 11 points, while Marcus Smart (6'3''-G-94) accounted for 10 points in the win. Arthur Fernandes (6'0''-PG-95), Lucas Dias (6'9''-C-96) and Matheus Pereira (6'7''-C-95) had 11 points each for Brazil.

USA U18: Julius Randle 18+12 boards, Jarnell Stokes 11, Marcus Smart 10
Brazil U18: Arthur Fernandes 11, Lucas Dias 11, Matheus Pereira 11



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Centrobasket 2012: Nicaragua fell to the hosts in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico-Nicaragua 107:67

Puerto Rico overcame Nicaragua in Day 3 of the 2012 Centrobasket. The home side exploded with a 107:67 victory.
Puerto Rico was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions from the very beginning. They started with 23:18 and never looked behind after. Moreover they erupted with 34-13 in the second period to take 57:31 halftime advantage. Puerto Rico easily added 31-13 in the third period and had achieved the biggest lead by Santiago's dunk at 97:48. The hosts did not have any difficulties to score three digits and ended up with 107 points.
David Huertas (195-G-87, college: Mississippi) paced all the winners with 23 points and Rosario Michael nailed 22. Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) scored 17, while Garcia Angel added 13. Vansdell Thomas (179-G-86) and Walter Solis (188-F-85) replied with 15 points each in defeat and Windell Sloan (195-F/C-87) had 10.

Puerto Rico: David Huertas 23, Rosario Michael 22, Alexander Galindo 17, Garcia Angel 13
Nicaragua: Vansdell Thomas 15, Walter Solis 15, Windell Sloan 10



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Centrobasket 2012: Panama defeated Bahamas in Hato Rey - by Eurobasket News

Panama-Bahamas 78:70

Panama defeated Bahamas in Hato Rey in Day 3 of 2012 Centrobasket. Panama celebrated a 78:70 victory for the first success at the tournament. After Bahamas defeated Cuba in the opening day lost last night against Puerto Rico and the reverse of today becomes the second in a row.
Panama opened the game with 23:14 and led 8-point at the halftime. Bahamas won the second period 17-16 as the board showed 39:31. The latter also produced a 20-18 burst in the third quarter and reduced to 6 points before the final period. Panama however took off 73:58 after a 10-0 rally that ended with a free throw by Joel Thesis with 3 minutes remaining. Panama allowed the opponents to cut it to 8, but managed to win the game.
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Joel Munoz (179-PG-80) had 13. Isaac St. Rose delievered 12, whilst Daniel King (203-F-87) had 11. Kentwan Smith (203-F-91) ended up with 18 points in defeat for 1-3 record. Mitchell Johnson (196-F-85, college: Jarvis Christian) nailed 11, while Leon Cooper Jr. (188-G-91) scored 10.

Panama: Josimar Ayarza 23+11 rebs, Joel Munoz 13, Isaac St. Rose 12, Daniel King 11
Bahamas: Kentwan Smith 18, Mitchell Johnson 11, Leon Cooper Jr. 10



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South American Championship: Uruguay topple Paraguay - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay - Paraguay 82:70

Uruguay secured the second win at the South American Championship in Argentina. They held off Paraguay to advance to the semis. Uruguay will now take on undefeated Argentina in the playoffs. Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C/F-85) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Uruguay built their lead in the first quarter. They got to a flying start posting a 22:9 advantage after ten minutes. Uruguay boosted the gap in the second frame. They established a 48:28 halftime advantage. Paraguay stopped the rot in the third quarter. They managed to pull closer cutting the deficit at 18 points with ten minutes to go. Paraguay tried hard trimming the deficit in the final period but Uruguay survived the challenge and earned a crucial win at the end. Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86) posted 17 points, while Jayson Granger (186-G-89) had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Uruguay. Guillermo Araujo (205-C-82) answered with 23 points for Paraguay. Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) and Enrique Martinez (185-G-85) netted 13 points apiece in the loss.

Uruguay: Sebastian Izaguirre 19, Nicolas Borsellino 17, Jayson Granger 16+10 boards
Paraguay: Guillermo Araujo 23, Daniel Perez 13, Enrique Martinez 13



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Jun. 20: Barako Bull - Talk N Text 89-109
Jun. 20: Air21 Express - Meralco Bolts 77-106

Regular Season: Round 16

Jun. 22: Alaska Aces - Ginebra Kings
Jun. 22: Air21 Express - Powerade T.


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zach GRAHAM
  Air21 E.
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 37
 1. Graham, Air21 E.37.0 
 2. Hickerson, Barako28.5 
 3. Harris, Talk N Text26.2 
 4. David, Powerade T.26.0 
 5. Bozeman, Ginebra24.5 
 6. Cornley, Rain o.24.3 
 7. Sneed, Powerade T.24.0 
 8. Forte, Alaska Aces23.7 
 9. Blakely, B-Meg L.23.3 
 10. Basden, Petron B.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Omar SNEED
  Powerade T.
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Sneed, Powerade T.15.8 
 2. Forte, Alaska Aces15.8 
 3. Graham, Air21 E.14.0 
 4. Harris, Talk N Text12.7 
 5. Cornley, Rain o.11.9 
 6. Blakely, B-Meg L.11.3 
 7. Pingris, B-Meg L.11.0 
 8. Taulava, Meralco11.0 
 9. Bozeman, Ginebra10.0 
 10. Basden, Petron B.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (177-PG-77)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Alapag, Talk N Te.8.4 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.6.7 
 3. Hickerson, Barako6.3 
 4. Sneed, Powerade T.6.0 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.0 
 6. Bozeman, Ginebra4.8 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.4 
 8. Ross, Meralco4.4 
 9. Miller, Barako Bull4.4 
 10. Basden, Petron B.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.3.3 
 2. Basden, Petron B.3.0 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.6 
 4. Sneed, Powerade T.1.5 
 5. Dillinger, Talk N.1.5 
 6. Seigle, Barako Bull1.5 
 7. Cortez, Ginebra1.5 
 8. Hatfield, Ginebra1.3 
 9. Bozeman, Ginebra1.3 
 10. Ross, Meralco1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 LeRoy HICKERSON
  Barako B.
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hickerson, Barako2.3 
 2. Blakely, B-Meg L.2.3 
 3. Forte, Alaska Aces2.0 
 4. Pennisi, Barako Bu.1.3 
 5. Santos, Petron B.1.3 
 6. Maierhofer, Ginebr.1.2 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 8. Reavis, B-Meg L.1.0 
 9. Quinahan, Rain o.1.0 
 10. Seigle, Barako Bu.1.0 


PBA Round 15: Meralco Bolts crush Air21 Express by record 29 points - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Air21 Express (1-5) were outscored by eighth ranked Meralco Bolts (3-4) 106-77 on Wednesday night. Meralco Bolts dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Air21 Express' 44. Meralco Bolts forced 22 Air21 Express turnovers and outrebounded them 60-38 including a 41-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Meralco Bolts looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Air21 Express helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Mario West (195-84, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals. Naturalized Tongan center Asi Taulava (206-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) chipped in 11 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Zach Graham (198-89, college: Mississippi) who recorded 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Meralco Bolts moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Barako Bull. Air21 Express lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. Meralco Bolts will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Air21 Express will play at home against Powerade T. (#3) in Pasig and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.

In the last game of round 15 Talk N Text crushed Barako Bull in Makati 109-89.


Air21 Express - Meralco Bolts 77-106

The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Air21 Express (1-5) were outscored by eighth ranked Meralco Bolts (3-4) 106-77 on Wednesday night. Meralco Bolts dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Air21 Express' 44. Meralco Bolts forced 22 Air21 Express turnovers and outrebounded them 60-38 including a 41-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Meralco Bolts looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Air21 Express helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Mario West (195-84, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals. Naturalized Tongan center Asi Taulava (206-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Zach Graham (198-89, college: Mississippi) who recorded 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and forward Mark Isip (193-80) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Meralco Bolts moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Barako Bull. Air21 Express lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. Meralco Bolts will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Air21 Express will play at home against Powerade T. (#3) in Pasig and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Air21 Express: Z.Graham 36+8reb+3ast, R.Ritualo 12+1ast, M.Isip 10+10reb+2ast, W.Arboleda 6+2reb+2ast, N.Omolon 5+3reb+1ast, J.Sena 2+5reb
Meralco Bolts: M.West 34+7reb+5ast, M.Cardona 15+3reb+1ast, A.Taulava 11+16reb+1ast, M.Macapagal 9+3reb+1ast, S.Mercado 9+3reb+8ast, G.Bulawan 6+4reb
gschID: 177000


Barako Bull - Talk N Text 89-109

There was a minor upset in Quezon where 5th ranked Barako Bull (3-4) was crushed by seventh ranked Talk N Text (3-3) 109-89 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Talk N Text. Barako Bull managed to win third quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Talk N Text outrebounded Barako Bull 49-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American swingman Paul Harris (193-86, college: Syracuse) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Jayson Castro (173-86) chipped in 23 points. Four Talk N Text players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Willie Miller (180-77) who recorded 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Talk N Text moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ginebra Kings. Barako Bull at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Meralco Bolts. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Barako Bull: W.Miller 25+8reb+5ast, L.Hickerson 20+4reb+4ast, D.Seigle 18+9reb, R.Tubid 9+2reb+2ast, D.Allado 6+3reb+1ast, D.Kramer 5+8reb+3ast
Talk N Text: J.Castro 23+1reb+2ast, P.Harris 21+12reb+2ast, L.Fonacier 20+2reb+2ast, R.deOcampo 11+2reb+1ast, A.Peek 10+8reb, J.Aguilar 8+11reb
gschID: 177001



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Poland defeat Serbia at Turgut Atakol Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20 - Serbia U20 79:75

Polish U20 National Team earned the opening win at the Turgut Atakol international Tournament in Istanbul. They held off Serbian counterparts. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Serbia looked better early in the game. They registered a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. But Poland picked up the right tempo in the second quarter. They unleashed 26 points in the period to take a 39:35 halftime lead. They stretched the advantage in the third quarter. Poland secured a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Serbia tried to narrow the gap in the fourth frame and succeeded getting within striking distance. However Poland hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Michal Michalak (194-G-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) provided 16 points, while Jaroslaw Zyskowski (201-G-92) added 8 points in the victory. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) answered with 16 points for Serbia. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) and Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) had 11 points apiece in the loss.

Poland U20: Mateusz Ponitka 20, Michal Michalak 16, Jaroslaw Zyskowski 8
Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 16, Nemanja Besovic 11, Djordje Drenovac 11



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Mexico eke out win over Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

Mexico U18 - Puerto Rico U18 75:73

Mexico finished their U18 Fiba Americas Championship campaign on a high note. They claimed a tough two-point win over Puerto Rico. Jose Estrada (190-G-94) came up with 28 points to lead the winners.
Puerto Rico got to a strong start. They eased to a 23:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Mexico responded almost immediately. They went on a 24:13 run in the second quarter to draw things level at 36. Mexico slowly regained the lead. They fired 25 points in the third quarter to accumulate a 6-point lead before the fourth term. Puerto Rico worked hard to deny the deficit but Mexico hung on to snatch a difficult win at the end. Gabriel Vazquez (94) chipped in 13 points, while Kevin Lagunas (94) produced 11 points and pulled down 15 boards in the win. Jerome Caraballo (95) replied with 13 points for Puerto Rico. Wilfredo Rodriguez (94) netted 11 points in the losing effort.

Mexico U18: Jose Estrada 28, Gabriel Vazquez 13, Kevin Lagunas 11
Puerto Rico U18: Jerome Caraballo 13, Wilfredo Rodriguez 11



Puerto Rico crushes Nicaragua, qualifies for 2013 FIBA Americas Championship: - by Luis Modestti

Puerto Rico crushed Nicaragua 107-67 to secure a place in the semifinals and the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship (World Qualifier).

David Huertas (195-G-87, college: Mississippi) had 23 points and Mike Rosario (190-G-90) 22 for Puerto Rico who dominated the first half 57-31.

Jose Juan Barea sat on the bench for this game and Edwin Ubiles was in an Indiana Pacers camp and is expected to arrive today.

Puerto Rico finishes the first round against Cuba and then has Friday off. The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday and the final is on Sunday. The top four teams qualify for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.



Puerto Rico finished sixth in FIBA Americas U18 Championship: - by Luis Modestti

Puerto Rico finished in sixth place at the 2012 FIBA Americas Championship played in Sao Sebastian do Paraiso in Brazil.

Puerto Rico had a 0-3 record in the first round after losing to Canada 77-51, Argentina 76-65 and Colombia 72-65.

Then in the consolation round they defeated the US Virgin Islands 71-68 led by Wilfredo Rodriguez who scored 17 points and David Rosado added 14.

In the final game for fifth place they lost to Mexico 75-73. Jose Estrada led Mexico with 28 points.

In that game against Mexico the Puerto Ricans shot 45% from the free throw line and shot 4-32 from three point range. Puerto Rico missed their last 23 attempts from three point range.

Wilfredo Rodriguez led the team in scoring with an average of 10.8 points per game.

This is the second straight time that Puerto Rico misses an U19 World Championship. The last time they qualified was in 2009 where they finished in sixth place.



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  RUSSIA   


France snatch win over Russia in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Russia U20 56:54

France U20 posted the first win at the Turgut Atakol international tournament in Turkey. They nipped Russia in the opener. Jean-Charles Livio (203-PF-93) accounted for 11 points to lead the winners.
Russia stormed into the game. They limited France to 5 points in the opening quarter to build an 11-point lead. France answered with a 17:10 run in the second quarter to narrow the gap. The French team surged ahead in the third quarter. They eked out a 38:36 lead before the final period. France maintained the lead throughout the intense fourth period and celebrated a tough win at the end. Louis Labeyrie (209-C-92) added 10 points, while Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket)n and Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) had 9 points apiece in the win. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) answered with 11 points for Russia. Artem Komolov (191-G-93) finished with 8 points in the loss.

France U20: Jean-Charles Livio 11, Louis Labeyrie 10, Leo Westermann 9, Hugo Invernizzi 9
Russia U20: Aleksandr Gudumak 11, Artem Komolov 8



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  SERBIA   


Poland defeat Serbia at Turgut Atakol Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20 - Serbia U20 79:75

Polish U20 National Team earned the opening win at the Turgut Atakol international Tournament in Istanbul. They held off Serbian counterparts. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Serbia looked better early in the game. They registered a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. But Poland picked up the right tempo in the second quarter. They unleashed 26 points in the period to take a 39:35 halftime lead. They stretched the advantage in the third quarter. Poland secured a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Serbia tried to narrow the gap in the fourth frame and succeeded getting within striking distance. However Poland hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Michal Michalak (194-G-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) provided 16 points, while Jaroslaw Zyskowski (201-G-92) added 8 points in the victory. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) answered with 16 points for Serbia. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) and Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) had 11 points apiece in the loss.

Poland U20: Mateusz Ponitka 20, Michal Michalak 16, Jaroslaw Zyskowski 8
Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 16, Nemanja Besovic 11, Djordje Drenovac 11



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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia edge Croatia twice in Zrece - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian and Croatian U20 National Teams played two exhibition encounters in Zrece. The hosts earned two wins.
Slovenia opened the test series with an 83:69 victory. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) accounted for 20 points to lead the winners. Slovenia dominated from start to finish. They built a 44:35 halftime lead. Slovenia did not loosen the grasp in the second half rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) added 13 points, while Alen Omic (215-C-92) and Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) had 12 points each for Slovenia. Stipe Krstanovic answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Croatia. Franko Sango had 11 points in defeat.
Next game had the same scenario. Slovenia jumped to an early lead and eventually posted a 49:41 halftime advantage. The hosts cleared off in the third frame. They accumulated a 78:54 lead at the final break and never looked back en route to a 98:83 victory. Klemen Prepelic delivered 21 points for Slovenia. Marko Pajic added 16 points for the winning side. Stipe Krstanovic answered with 17 points for Croatia. Boris Barac (204-F-92) chipped in 14 points in the loss.



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Argentina3-0
2. Venezuela2-1
3. Chile1-2
4. Colombia0-3
Group B
1. Brazil3-0
2. Uruguay2-1
3. Paraguay1-2
4. Bolivia0-3

Semi-Finals: Round 4

Places 5-6

Jun. 21: CHI - PAR 88-93

SEMIFINAL

Jun. 21: ARG - URU 88-81
Jun. 21: BRA - VEN 70-86

Finals: Round 5

FINAL

Jun. 22: VEN - ARG

Places 3-4

Jun. 22: URU - BRA


Semifinalists are set in Chaco - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Argentina - Chile 88-64
Argentina stayed on the winning track at the South American Championship in Chaco. The hosts beat Chile for the third straight win in Group A. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners. Argentina will now take on Uruguay in the semis. Argentina looked better from the start. The home team built a 24:15 lead at the first break. They enlarged the distance in the second quarter. Argentina accumulated a 48:29 halftime lead. They stayed in control in the third quarter. The hosts secured a 21-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Chile could not match their opponents and had to surrender at the end. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) posted 18 points, while Matias Sandes finished with 14 points for Argentina. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) accounted for 17 points for Chile. Sebastian Suarez delivered 11 points in the loss.

Colombia - Venezuela 66-101
Venezuela posted the second win at the South American Championship in Argentina. They defeated Colombia to improve at 2-1 record in the second place in Group A. Venezuela will now take on Brazil in the semifinal. The victory also brought them the ticket to 2013 Fiba Americas Championship. Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) paced well-balanced offence with 14 points. Venezuela killed the intrigue in the opening quarter. They ignited a 31:10 run to leave Colombia far behind. Venezuela boosted the advantage to 24 points at halftime 55:31. Venezuela maintained it well throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 25-point buffer heading into the final frame and never looked back en route to the win. Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86), Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) and Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) had 11 points each in the victory. Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Colombia. Enielsen Guevara netted 13 points in the loss.

Group B
Paraguay - Uruguay 70-82
Uruguay secured the second win at the South American Championship in Argentina. They held off Paraguay to advance to the semis. Uruguay will now take on undefeated Argentina in the playoffs. Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C/F-85) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Uruguay built their lead in the first quarter. They got to a flying start posting a 22:9 advantage after ten minutes. Uruguay boosted the gap in the second frame. They established a 48:28 halftime advantage. Paraguay stopped the rot in the third quarter. They managed to pull closer cutting the deficit at 18 points with ten minutes to go. Paraguay tried hard trimming the deficit in the final period but Uruguay survived the challenge and earned a crucial win at the end. Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86) posted 17 points, while Jayson Granger had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Uruguay. Guillermo Araujo (205-C-82) answered with 23 points for Paraguay. Daniel Perez and Enrique Martinez netted 13 points apiece in the loss.

Brazil - Bolivia 95-46
Brazil registered the third straight win at the preliminary round of South American Championship. They fired past Bolivia to finish on top of Group B. Brazil will now take on Venezuela in the semifinal tonight. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) and Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-F-86) came up with 17 points each to lead the winners. Bolivia suffered the third loss in a row. Brazil left their opponents behind early in the game. They built a 24:7 lead after ten minutes. Brazil stretched the lead in the second quarter. They accounted for a 49:18 halftime lead. Brazil stayed aggressive in the second half. They knocked down 27 points in the third period to accumulate a 44-point buffer before the final frame. Brazil never slowed down marching to a comfortable win at the end. Elinho Corazza, Dede Stefanelli and Augusto Cesar Lima had 12 points each in the victory. Fernando Cadario (184-G-89) answered with 20 points for Bolivia. Julio Mendoza netted 17 points in the loss.



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Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 1st Team 2012
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Alfredo Ott
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Federico Bavosi
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Marko Todorovic
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Javier Salson
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Olasumbo Atoyebi
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Player of the Year: Alfredo Ott (193-G-83) of Lan Mobel ISB
Guard of the Year: Alfredo Ott (193-G-83) of Lan Mobel ISB
Forward of the Year: Marko Todorovic (203-F-92) of FIATC Joventut
Center of the Year: Jose Balmon (204-C-81) of Las Rozas
Bosman Player of the Year: Alfredo Ott (193-G-83) of Lan Mobel ISB
Import Player of the Year: Olasumbo Atoyebi (203-C/F-88) of Lan Mobel ISB
Domestic Player of the Year: Javier Salson (199-F-82) of Las Rozas
Defensive Player of the Year: Papa Mbaye (209-C-90) of FCB Regal
Coach of the Year: Joan Penarroya of Andorra

1st Team
PG: Federico Bavosi (184-81) of Andorra
G: Alfredo Ott (193-83) of Lan Mobel ISB
F: Marko Todorovic (203-92) of FIATC Joventut
F: Javier Salson (199-82) of Las Rozas
C/F: Olasumbo Atoyebi (203-88) of Lan Mobel ISB

2nd Team
G/F: Marcus Eriksson (196-93) of FCB Regal
G/F: Nick Wolf (198-88) of Las Rozas
F: Alex Thompson (208-85) of Aurteneche M.
F/C: Gerbert Marti (203-91) of Prat Juventud
C/F: Alberto Ausina (203-81) of Aurteneche M.

Honorable Mention
Jose Balmon (204-C-81) of Las Rozas
Alex Arcelus (196-F-85) of Aurteneche M.
Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Tenerife
Joan Creus (185-PG-92) of FCB Regal
Georvys Elias (199-F-81) of Tenerife
Bryan LeDuc (203-PF-84) of Oviedo CB
Ignacio Guigou (186-PG-91) of Tenerife
Papa Mbaye (209-C-90) of FCB Regal

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Joan Creus (185-92) of FCB Regal
F: Javier Salson (199-82) of Las Rozas
F/C: Gerbert Marti (203-91) of Prat Juventud
C/F: Alberto Ausina (203-81) of Aurteneche M.
C: Jose Balmon (204-81) of Las Rozas

All-Imports Team
G/F: Nick Wolf (198-88) of Las Rozas
F: Alex Thompson (208-85) of Aurteneche M.
F: Sammy Monroe (198-85) of Tenerife
C: Papa Mbaye (209-90) of FCB Regal
C/F: Olasumbo Atoyebi (203-88) of Lan Mobel ISB

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Federico Bavosi (184-81) of Andorra
G: Alfredo Ott (193-83) of Lan Mobel ISB
G/F: Marcus Eriksson (196-93) of FCB Regal
F: Marko Todorovic (203-92) of FIATC Joventut
F: Francis Koffi (202-81) of Ourense



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Ivan Rudez new head coach of Lions de Geneve - by Luca Maffioli

Ivan Rudez will be the new head coach of Lions de Geneve. The Croatian specialist signed a two seasons deal. Rudez started his career in KK Zrinjevac Zagreb, then he moved to HBK Prievidza. Last season started as head coach in Austria with BC Vienna. He was fired in november and he came back to Croatia to work as Assistant Coach at Cibona Zagreb. Rudez is also the Head Coach of Slovakian National Team.


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  TURKEY   


Ergin Ataman close to Galatasaray MP - by Ugur Turker

Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul coach Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket ) is expected to sign multi year contract with Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul. After Milangaz which is main sponsor of Besiktas, TBL winner,Eurochallange and Turkish Cup holders in 2011-2012 season, announced parting ways with Besiktas, Ataman will likely leave Besiktas. Even if earlier of this week, it had claimed that Unics Kazan made a irrefutable offer to Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket ), recently the biggest canditates for experienced coach is Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul. Acorrding to NtvSpor, 3 year contract will be signed but Representative of Coach said Eurobasket.com Turkey " We are still in negotiations with Galatasaray but nothing finished yet."


Bogdan Tanjevic is coming back to Turkish National Team - by Eurobasket News

Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) is on his way back to the Turkish National Team bench. The reports show the Bosnian specialist has agreed on terms of contract with the Turkish basketball federation. He will guide Turkey throughout the EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) is not new to the position. He worked with the Turkish National Team in 2004/10 seasons. He led the team to the Silver medals at the home 2010 World Championship. Turkey only lost to the USA in the Final then. Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) also had experience with the Yugoslavian and Italian National Teams. The specialist also worked with Fenerbahce, Virtus Bologna, ASVEL, Buducnost, Limoges, Milan, Caserta and Bosna Sarajevo at club level. Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) will replace Orhun Ene .


Germany open Istanbul Turgut Atakol tournament with victory - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Germany U20 53:54

German U20 National Team recorded the first win at the international tournament in Istanbul. They held off the hosts in the opener. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) accounted for 14 points for the winners.
Germany jumped to an early lead. They eked out a 17:14 advantage after ten minutes. Turkey held their opponents to 6 points in the second quarter to deny the deficit. The home team ensured a 27:23 halftime advantage. Germany reacted with the strong third term. They fired 21 points in the period to gain a 5-point lead. Turkey stayed aggressive in the final frame and finally surged in front 53:52 late in regulation. But Patrick Heckmann (195-G-92) nailed a decisive basket to seal the win for Germany. Patrick Heckmann and Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) fired 9 points each in the victory. Samet Geyik (206-F-93) answered with 10 points for Turkey. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) delivered 9 points in the losing case.

Turkey U20: Samet Geyik 10, Safak Edge 9
Germany U20: Daniel Theis 14, Patrick Heckmann 9, Philipp Neumann 9



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Virgin Islands too good for Colombia in Sao Sebastian - by Eurobasket News

Virgin Islands U18 - Colombia U18 77:52

US Virgin Islands clinched the 7th position at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They defeated Colombia on the final day of the tournament to claim the spot. Khalid Hart (198-SF-95) stepped up with 20 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
Virgin Islands held their opponents to just 5 points in the first quarter. The Islanders grabbed an 11-point lead. They stretched the margin to 17 points at halftime 30:13. Colombia improved offensively in the third quarter. They knocked down 25 points but Virgin Islands easily matched the effort scoring 26 to enjoy an 18-point lead before the fourth quarter. Virgin Islands maintained the lead throughout the final period and celebrated a well-deserved win. Justin Gray (198-F) accounted for 17 points, while Kyle Hodge (193-F) had 10 points in the win. Tony Trocha (206-C/F-94) answered with 20 points for Colombia. Brian Angola (195-F-94) netted 15 points in the loss.

Virgin Islands U18: Khalid Hart 20, Justin Gray 17, Kyle Hodge 10
Colombia U18: Tony Trocha 20, Brian Angola 15



Centrobasket 2012: Virgin Islands down Costa Rica for the initial success - by Eurobasket News

Costa Rica-Virgin Islands 64:92

Virgin Islands down Costa Rica for the initial success at 2012 Centrobasket. The winners needed a 92:64 win to take 1-2 record in the Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.
Virgin Islands grabbed the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind after. They added 20-14 in the second frame for 43:26 at the halftime. Moreover Virgin Islands won the third and the last quarters. They increased their lead to 28 points celebrating the initial victory.
Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) paced all the winners with 25 points and Ivan Aska (200-F-90) notched 17. Jones Phillip collected 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Brown Aaron netted 14. Kay Martinez (198-G-84, college: Jackson St.) delivered 16 points in defeat, while Clifford Smith (193-G-80, college: Barry) had 12.
US Virgin Islands will rest tomorrow and return to court on Friday against the Dominican Republic. Costa Rica will face off with Dominican Republic tomorrow.

Costa Rica: Kay Martinez 16, Clifford Smith 12
Virgin Islands: Walter Hodge 25, Ivan Aska 17, Jones Phillip 16+15 rebs, Brown Aaron 14



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  UBA   


Ohio Hidden Gems join the UBA - by Travis McAvene

The UBA recently agreed in principal to add the Ohio Hidden Gems to the Eastern Conference for the 2012-2013 season.

The Hidden Gems are moving to the UBA from the IBL. They will be led by team owner and GM, Lucius Jones . The Gems will be led on the floor by Isaac Jefferson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Hampton). Jefferson has played overseas in Germany for BG Hagen and will be a standout player in the UBA next season.

'We're excited to be apart of the UBA brand and keep minor league basketball in Columbus, said Lucius Jones . The UBA has a great reputation of developing and sending players overseas, added Jones.'



Ohio Hidden Gems join the UBA - by Travis McAvene

The UBA recently agreed in principal to add the Ohio Hidden Gems to the Eastern Conference for the 2012-2013 season.

The Hidden Gems are moving to the UBA from the IBL. They will be led by team owner and GM, Lucius Jones . The Gems will be led on the floor by Isaac Jefferson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Hampton). Jefferson has played overseas in Germany for Hagen BG and will be a standout player in the UBA next season.

'We're excited to be apart of the UBA brand and keep minor league basketball in Columbus, said Lucius Jones . The UBA has a great reputation of developing and sending players overseas, added Jones.'



The North Texas Fresh join the UBA - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
June 21, 2012

The Fresh 4-year run in the ABA (American Basketball Association) ended Wednesday with the teams market being turned over to Kim Henderson, native of Buford, GA. With the agreement, Owner Jay Bowdy (6'6''-F-83, college: W.Georgia) will take the team immediately to the UBA with terms undisclosed.

"We made it happen! This is a major boost to what we are trying to do for basketball for the Fresh and our foundation," Bowdy said. "The UBA will be in Fort Worth - Crowley area next season, playing their games."

The transition and move of the operation of the Fresh has already begun and are on steady pace to begin and finish the 2012 -2013 season.

Henderson, new owner of the ABAs market for Fort Worth, has also begun the process to continue the red, white, and blue basketball action for the Fort Worth area.

The North Texas Fresh will play under the same name and the history of the team prior to the UBA move will remain as well.

Change was needed, stated Bowdy. The ABA has great history but we needed the history to be present for our players, staff, fans, foundation, and our financial status. Our season turned into short comings every year with situations not under our control and thats a disappointment that I couldnt get over or put this franchise and foundation through again.

The Fresh office will be working with Crowley ISD on securing a home venue for the 2012 2013 season. The team will play a full schedule and will have a new uniform look and logo.

We are excited about this move, stated UBA Commissioner Michael Davis , of the UBA. We have been in discussion for the last two years on making a deal; bringing the Fresh over to the UBA and it has finally came to pass. We know that theyll a team that will compete with aggression coming out the gates.

The Fresh have not announced the roster or if any players will remain on the franchise but many players are excited about the move. A'Daeron Duncan (6'5''-F-87, college: N.Kentucky), the leading scorer for the Fresh the last two seasons, has been waiting for a move to better his chances for overseas play.

This move to the UBA that the Fresh has done is honestly the best thing for us (players), stated Duncan. It really gives us a chance to be looked at further and not go unnoticed when trying to pursue jobs and live out our dreams.

When asked if the Fresh have a legit chance of making it to the UBA Finals, Bowdy with the shrug of the shoulders and a smile stated, Im healthy now.

Jay Bowdy was a UBA All-Star this season playing with the Dallas Stars. He averaged 17.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 4.5assists. Now that Bowdy has fully healed from his season ending knee injury the UBA will be looking for a new star to emerge out of the Western Conference.

Courtesy of the Dallas Star Newspaper



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  UKRAINE   


BC Donetsk keep Vojdan Stojanovski - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk kept Vojdan Stojanovski (193-G-87) for the next season. The Ukrainian champions secured the services of Macedonian guard for another season. The guard joined BC Donetsk in January 2012. He averaged 11.0 points, 3.3 boards, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game in Superleague. In EuroCup Vojdan Stojanovski delivered 6.7 points, 1.4 steals and 1.0 rebounds per appearance. Vojdan Stojanovski started the season with Cherkasy. His stats read 14.7 points, 4.4 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game for another Ukrainian team. Previously the guard played for KK Biceri, Vardar 2000, Ohrid, Napredak, Feni Indistrija. He was named All-Macedonian League Most Improved Player of the Year in 2008. The guard has been the member of FYR Macedonian National Team since 2008.


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Youngblood to take over as Leopards' player-coach - by Eurobasket News

Former captain Robert Youngblood (200-F-69, college: Southern) will be the new player-coach for the reigning Division One treble winners.

The 42-year-old steps into the hot-seat at the newly-monickered Essex Leopards as they look to repeat last season's success which saw them win the EBL Division One league, playoff and National Cup titles.

Youngblood was the first captain of the original Leopards club when they joined the BBL in 1994, leading them to a BBL League and National Cup double in 1997 before they repeated their league success in 1998.

He left the club in November 1999, and went on to play in Germany before returning to England to play for London Towers, MK Lions (two spells) and Leicester Riders.

He started last season with the Riders, playing against Leopards in the BBL Trophy, before seeing out the season with the Lions.

Leopards chairman Fred Dicker is delighted with his new signing: "It's great to have Robert back with us as the club's first ever player-coach," he said. "He was our first choice for the job, and he will bring a wealth of experience to our team. It will be fantastic to see Robert back on the court for the team where he started his professional career, and we are sure he will make a success of his first coaching job."

The new Leopards coach can't wait to start his job: "I was a Leopard as captain for five years, winning three championships, and I'm very happy to being going back to my old stamping ground for my first coaching job," said Youngblood. "I always intended to go into coaching when I finished playing, and I'm sure that I won't be a disappointment.

"You will see a team that will play hard and passionately. We'll be together as a team and play tough defence. When you come up against the Leopards you'll know you have a tough game on your hands."

The former Leopards' captain became the first person to be inducted into their hall of fame in April when he presented the players with their Division One league winning medals.

Youngblood, who also works as head coach at the Harris Basketball Academy in Beckenham, has now started the job of recruiting a team to defend their three titles, and announcements of signings are expected in the next few weeks.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



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  URUGUAY   


South American Championship: Uruguay topple Paraguay - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay - Paraguay 82:70

Uruguay secured the second win at the South American Championship in Argentina. They held off Paraguay to advance to the semis. Uruguay will now take on undefeated Argentina in the playoffs. Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C/F-85) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Uruguay built their lead in the first quarter. They got to a flying start posting a 22:9 advantage after ten minutes. Uruguay boosted the gap in the second frame. They established a 48:28 halftime advantage. Paraguay stopped the rot in the third quarter. They managed to pull closer cutting the deficit at 18 points with ten minutes to go. Paraguay tried hard trimming the deficit in the final period but Uruguay survived the challenge and earned a crucial win at the end. Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86) posted 17 points, while Jayson Granger (186-G-89) had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Uruguay. Guillermo Araujo (205-C-82) answered with 23 points for Paraguay. Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) and Enrique Martinez (185-G-85) netted 13 points apiece in the loss.

Uruguay: Sebastian Izaguirre 19, Nicolas Borsellino 17, Jayson Granger 16+10 boards
Paraguay: Guillermo Araujo 23, Daniel Perez 13, Enrique Martinez 13



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South American Championship: Venezuela cruise past Colombia - by Eurobasket News

Venezuela - Colombia 101:66

Venezuela posted the second win at the South American Championship in Argentina. They defeated Colombia to improve at 2-1 record in the second place in Group A. Venezuela will now take on Brazil in the semifinal. The victory also brought them the ticket to 2013 Fiba Americas Championship. Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) paced well-balanced offence with 14 points.
Venezuela killed the intrigue in the opening quarter. They ignited a 31:10 run to leave Colombia far behind. Venezuela boosted the advantage to 24 points at halftime 55:31. Venezuela maintained it well throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 25-point buffer heading into the final frame and never looked back en route to the win. Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86), Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) and Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) had 11 points each in the victory. Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Colombia. Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) netted 13 points in the loss.

Venezuela: Jose Vargas 14, Gregory Vargas 11, Greivis Vasquez 11, Axiers Sucre 11
Colombia: Divier Perez 21, Enielsen Guevara 13




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Women News

Standings - Women

NBL Standings
 1. Beroe 07 0-0 
 2. Dunav 8806 0-0 
 3. Haskovo 2012 0-0 
 4. Levski 0-0 
 5. Montana 2003 0-0 
 6. Neftochimic 0-0 
 7. Rilski Sportist 0-0 
 8. Slavia 0-0 



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Standard Life GB Women and Czech Republic exchange the victories in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Standard Life GB Women and Czech Republic exchange the victories in Prague in the friendly clashes between two sides. In game 1 Czech Republic edged Great Britain 67:56. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) stepped up with 13 points, while Jana Vesela (192-F-83) netted 10. Horakova, Elhotova and Kulichova ended up with 8 points each. For Great Britain Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) nailed 13, while Anderson had 10.
In Game 2 the Standard Life GB Women have claimed the biggest scalp so far of their pre-Olympic schedule with an emphatic 81:57 win over the Czech Republic. Johannah Leedham top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Page had 13. Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) delivered 12, while Stafford posted 11. Jana Vesela finished the game with 13 points for the Czechs. Eva Viteckova poured in 11, while Burgrova had 10.



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Nevriye Yilmaz pens deal with Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) pens deal with Galatasaray for the next season. After 7 seasons with the rivals Fenerbahce, the player moves to Galatasaray.
In late January Nevriye Yilmaz had an amazing evening for Fenerbahce Istanbul and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.The 30-year old center had a double-double of 30 points and fourteen rebounds, while her team crushed Tarsus Bld with 21-point margin 88-67.
In 2011-2012 for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey-TKBL, starting five) Nevriye Yilmaz averaged 7.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.5%, FT: 80.6% in EuroLeague. In Turkish League her stats read 10.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 54.7%, FT: 80.3%.
Over the last two seasons she became the Turkish President Cup Winner -11 and reached Turkish Cup Semifinals -11. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention -11 and Turkish TBBL Regular Season Runner-Up -11. Nevriye Yilmaz received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Player of the Year -11 and Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Center of the Year -11. Moreover she got Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Domestic Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL 1st Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Turkish TKBL All-Domestic Players Team -11.



Roberto Iniguez takes over Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Roberto Iniguez takes over Fenerbahce for the next season. The official website of the Turkish team announced the Spanish specialist.
Last year he was appointed Coach for Ros Casares in the middle of the season. The Valencia outfit decided to part ways with head coach Natalia Hejkova as Roberto Iniguez replaced her at the bench. Roberto Iniguez is not a well-known name in coaching world. The specialist has previously worked with Valencia youth teams.
Together with Ros Casares Roberto Iniguez became Spanish LFB Cup Finalist -12, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards Coach of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Coach of the Year -12 and Euroleague Champion -12. He became also Spanish LFB Regular Season Champion -12 and Spanish LFB Champion -12. Eurobasket.com awarded him as a All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year -12.


Earlier Georgios Dikeoulakos farewell to Fenerbahce. The Greek specialist left the Turkish team for Roimania.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Women)

Standings
Group A
1. Belarus3-0
2. Hungary1-1
3. Israel1-1
4. Ukraine1-1
5. Portugal0-3
Group B
1. Montenegro.3-0
2. Poland1-1
3. Serbia1-1
4. Switzerlan.1-2
5. Estonia0-2
Group C
1. Slovenia3-0
2. Lithuania2-1
3. Slovakia1-1
4. Holland0-2
5. Belgium0-2
Group D
1. Spain2-1
2. Sweden2-1
3. Germany1-1
4. Romania1-1
5. Bulgaria0-2
Group E
1. Latvia3-0
2. Finland1-1
3. Greece1-1
4. Italy1-1
5. Luxembourg.0-3

Qualifying Round: Round 3

A

Jun. 20: HUN - POR 80-45
Jun. 20: BLR - ISR 69-61

B

Jun. 20: SRB - SUI 88-64
Jun. 20: MNT - POL 59-50

C

Jun. 20: LTU - SVK 78-64
Jun. 20: SLO - NED 68-52

D

Jun. 20: ESP - GER 66-39
Jun. 20: BUL - SWE 60-80

E

Jun. 20: ITA - LUX 86-37
Jun. 20: LAT - GRE 63-46

Qualifying Round: Round 4

A

Jun. 23: UKR - BLR
Jun. 23: ISR - HUN

B

Jun. 23: POL - SRB
Jun. 23: EST - MNT

C

Jun. 23: SVK - NED
Jun. 23: BEL - LTU

D

Jun. 23: ROM - ESP
Jun. 23: GER - BUL

E

Jun. 23: FIN - LAT
Jun. 23: GRE - ITA


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Shay DORON
  ISR
  (175-SG-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Doron, ISR22.0 
 2. Eldebrink, SWE21.7 
 3. Tuukkanen, FIN21.0 
 4. Marginean, ROM21.0 
 5. Dubljevic, MNT19.3 
 6. Dabovic, SRB18.5 
 7. Twehues, SUI18.0 
 8. Petronyte, LTU17.7 
 9. Perovanovic, MNT17.3 
 10. Sten, FIN17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taru TUUKKANEN
  FIN
  (190-C-77)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Tuukkanen, FIN12.5 
 2. Pavel, ROM11.0 
 3. Matic, SRB10.5 
 4. Teilane-T., LAT10.0 
 5. Dubljevic, MNT9.7 
 6. Petronyte, LTU9.7 
 7. Vadja, HUN9.5 
 8. Mandic, SRB9.5 
 9. Meesseman, BEL9.0 
 10. Fleisher, ISR8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  MNT
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Skerovic, MNT6.3 
 2. Dubljevic, MNT5.7 
 3. Jalcova, SVK5.5 
 4. Radocaj, SRB5.0 
 5. Teilane-T., LAT5.0 
 6. Bar, GER4.5 
 7. Doron, ISR4.5 
 8. Baric, SLO4.3 
 9. Karklina, LAT4.0 
 10. Krastina, LAT4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Romy BAR
  GER
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bar, GER5.0 
 2. Doron, ISR4.5 
 3. Hatzinikolao., GRE4.5 
 4. Skobel, POL4.0 
 5. Kubatova, SVK3.5 
 6. Nagy, HUN3.5 
 7. Erkic, SLO3.3 
 8. Linkeviciene, LTU3.0 
 9. Masciadri, ITA3.0 
 10. Dubljevic, MNT3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Elisabeth PAVEL
  ROM
  (192-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pavel, ROM2.5 
 2. Nicholls, ESP2.3 
 3. Veremeenko, BLR2.3 
 4. Petronyte, LTU1.7 
 5. Meesseman, BEL1.5 
 6. Piekarska, POL1.5 
 7. Mesila-K., EST1.5 
 8. Zlatanova, BUL1.5 
 9. Vynuchalova, SVK1.5 
 10. Teilane-T., LAT1.3 



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  FINLAND   


Dionne Pounds inks with Caja Rural - by Eurobasket News

Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) inks with Caja Rural for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com the Finnish player will move to Spain.
Last year Dionne Pounds has signed one-year-contract with Catz Lappeenranta. Pounds was awarded the MVP player trophy last season. She finished the season 2010-2011 with average 24,1 ppg, 6,7 rpg, 3,6 apg and 3,9 spg. During the years 2002-2007 Pounds played in Pasadena City College and in the University of Lamar. Earlier in Finland Pounds has played in HoNsU and PeKa. In PeKa Pounds won the Finish Championship in 2008. She has also played 25 games in Finland national team.
In 2011-2012 for Catz Lappeenranta (D1, starting five) she averaged 14.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 82.9%. Dionne Pounds was named Eurobasket.com Finnish League All-Domestic Players Team -11, 12 and became Finnish Cup Winner -12. She was also named Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Honorable Mention -12.



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  ISRAEL   


Hapoel Tel Aviv will not exist 2012-13. - by Gil Goshen



Hapoel Tel Aviv will not exist in div 1 this season ( 2012-13 ).
According to www.one.co.il ," the team sent a letter to the legal advisor of the Israeli Basketball Federation
saying that the team had quit it activity for this season and by the end of the season will notify if they will recent
their activity for the season 2013-14"
The last few seasons the team from Tel Aviv played in the north of Israel and in the south as well.
Last season they have played in Ariell.
Few teams are looking to replace Hapoel in div 1: Elitzur Holon, Elitzur Tell aviv, Jerusalem and Bney Yehuda.




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  PUERTO RICO   


Puerto Rico falls to France in warm-up: - by Luis Modestti

Puerto Rico fell to France 95-48 in their first warm-up game prior to the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifier that starts on June 25 in Turkey.

Carla Cortijo (173-G-87, college: Texas) had 14 for Puerto Rico who fell in the first quarter 23-29 and at halftime were down 50-23.

The winners were led by Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) who netted 23 points and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) added 15. France is eighth in the FIBA World Ranking.

Both teams will continue their preparation for the Olympic Qualifier in Turkey. Puerto Rico is in Group A along with Turkey and Japan. France is in Group D with Canada and Mali.



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  QATAR   

Qatari Womens League Standings

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  RUSSIA   


Irina Sokolovskaya continue with Dynamo Moscow - by Eurobasket News

Irina Sokolovskaya (187-F-83) continue with Dynamo Moscow for the next season. The Russian Forward moved to the team at the end of the season and according to lovewomensbasketball.com will stay in the squad. She was among the two cuts for Russian National Team that brought the roster down to seventeen as they prepare for London Olympic Games.
The season 2011-2012 she started for Vologda-Chevakata (PBL) and in Russian League averaged 7.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 34.4%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 80.0%. In EuroCup her stats read 5.7ppg, 4.7rpg. Later in Dec.'11 moved to Dynamo Moscow (PBL, starting five) and in Russian League after 20 games showed 11.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 45.9%, FT: 82.9%. In EuroCup she had 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg.
In her team for Dynamo last season she recorded 23 points against Chevakata. At the end of April Irina Sokolovskaya helped Dynamo to beat the opponents 98:79.



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  SPAIN   


Dionne Pounds inks with Caja Rural - by Eurobasket News

Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) inks with Caja Rural for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com the Finnish player will move to Spain.
Last year Dionne Pounds has signed one-year-contract with Catz Lappeenranta. Pounds was awarded the MVP player trophy last season. She finished the season 2010-2011 with average 24,1 ppg, 6,7 rpg, 3,6 apg and 3,9 spg. During the years 2002-2007 Pounds played in Pasadena City College and in the University of Lamar. Earlier in Finland Pounds has played in HoNsU and PeKa. In PeKa Pounds won the Finish Championship in 2008. She has also played 25 games in Finland national team.
In 2011-2012 for Catz Lappeenranta (D1, starting five) she averaged 14.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 82.9%. Dionne Pounds was named Eurobasket.com Finnish League All-Domestic Players Team -11, 12 and became Finnish Cup Winner -12. She was also named Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Honorable Mention -12.



Soller Bon Dia! and, likely, RC Celta to follow Ros Casares, leave Liga Femenina - by Eurobasket News

Harsh financial times continue to take their toll on Spanish womens basketball. Eight placed club in 2012 season Soller Joventud Mariana Bon Dia! have announced they have withdrawn from Liga Femenina.

Closing in on their status is RC Celta whose president Paco Araujo has already stated that in current situation the eleventh placed team will not be able participate in LF. They are exploring options to have a team in LF2 next season.

Down 3 teams it seems very likely that Spanish Liga Femenina could face a reduction from the 14 teams that played last season to 12 (if no one else leaves and they are able to get at least one more team to join) or 10 teams.

Teams need to pay FEB a 70000 Euro guarantee in order to participate in LF.
Courtesy of: lovewomensbasketball.com



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  TURKEY   


Roberto Iniguez takes over Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Roberto Iniguez takes over Fenerbahce for the next season. The official website of the Turkish team announced the Spanish specialist.
Last year he was appointed Coach for Ros Casares in the middle of the season. The Valencia outfit decided to part ways with head coach Natalia Hejkova as Roberto Iniguez replaced her at the bench. Roberto Iniguez is not a well-known name in coaching world. The specialist has previously worked with Valencia youth teams.
Together with Ros Casares Roberto Iniguez became Spanish LFB Cup Finalist -12, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards Coach of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Coach of the Year -12 and Euroleague Champion -12. He became also Spanish LFB Regular Season Champion -12 and Spanish LFB Champion -12. Eurobasket.com awarded him as a All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year -12.


Earlier Georgios Dikeoulakos farewell to Fenerbahce. The Greek specialist left the Turkish team for Roimania.



Nevriye Yilmaz pens deal with Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) pens deal with Galatasaray for the next season. After 7 seasons with the rivals Fenerbahce, the player moves to Galatasaray.
In late January Nevriye Yilmaz had an amazing evening for Fenerbahce Istanbul and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.The 30-year old center had a double-double of 30 points and fourteen rebounds, while her team crushed Tarsus Bld with 21-point margin 88-67.
In 2011-2012 for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey-TKBL, starting five) Nevriye Yilmaz averaged 7.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.5%, FT: 80.6% in EuroLeague. In Turkish League her stats read 10.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 54.7%, FT: 80.3%.
Over the last two seasons she became the Turkish President Cup Winner -11 and reached Turkish Cup Semifinals -11. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention -11 and Turkish TBBL Regular Season Runner-Up -11. Nevriye Yilmaz received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Player of the Year -11 and Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Center of the Year -11. Moreover she got Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Domestic Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL 1st Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Turkish TKBL All-Domestic Players Team -11.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Standard Life GB Women and Czech Republic exchange the victories in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Standard Life GB Women and Czech Republic exchange the victories in Prague in the friendly clashes between two sides. In game 1 Czech Republic edged Great Britain 67:56. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) stepped up with 13 points, while Jana Vesela (192-F-83) netted 10. Horakova, Elhotova and Kulichova ended up with 8 points each. For Great Britain Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) nailed 13, while Anderson had 10.
In Game 2 the Standard Life GB Women have claimed the biggest scalp so far of their pre-Olympic schedule with an emphatic 81:57 win over the Czech Republic. Johannah Leedham top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Page had 13. Temitope Fagbenle (193-F-92) delivered 12, while Stafford posted 11. Jana Vesela finished the game with 13 points for the Czechs. Eva Viteckova poured in 11, while Burgrova had 10.



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connecticut S. 9-3 
 2. Chicago S. 7-2 
 3. Indiana F. 6-4 
 4. Atlanta D. 4-7 
 5. New York L. 4-8 
 6. Washington M. 2-7 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 11-1 
 2. L.Angeles S. 8-4 
 3. S.Antonio SS 4-4 
 4. Seattle S. 4-6 
 5. Phoenix M. 3-7 
 6. Tulsa S. 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jun. 21: Indiana F. - Connecticut S. 95-61
Jun. 21: Minnesota L. - New York L. 102-70
Jun. 22: Seattle S. - S.Antonio SS
Jun. 23: Minnesota L. - Chicago S.
Jun. 23: Tulsa S. - Indiana F.
Jun. 23: Phoenix M. - L.Angeles S.