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  ARGENTINA   



Argentina rally past Uruguay in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Uruguay 86:65

Argentina and Uruguay played a friendly encounter in Salta, Argentina. The hosts celebrated a comfortable victory. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) came up with 18 points and 6 boards to pace the winners.
Uruguay fired 25 points in the opening quarter to take a 3-point lead. But Argentina stiffened their defence in the second quarter. The hosts held Uruguay to 8 points in the second period to ensure a 45:33 halftime lead. Uruguay reacted in the third term. They outscored Argentina to narrow the gap to 11 points with ten minutes remaining. But the fourth frame belonged to the home team. Argentina dominated scoring 26 points and cruising to the victory. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) posted 14 points, while Paolo Quinteros (185-PG-79) added 11 points for the winning side. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) answered with 15 points for Uruguay. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona) had 10 points in the loss.

Argentina: Juan Gutierrez 18, Luis Scola 14, Paolo Quinteros 11
Uruguay: Martin Osimani 15, Kiril Wachsmann 10



U17 World Championship: Croatia successfully closed Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U17-Croatia U17 68:78

Croatia opened the game with 21-0 run and never looked behind. The European side reached 28:4 at the end of the frame as Ivan Jukic (195-SG-95) closed the quarter. Argentina woke up in the second period and managed to score the same number of points as the favorites. After 18-18 in it the board showed 46:22 for Croatia.
In the third period Argentina produced a 21-17 surge and DECK reduced to 63:43. Moreover the South American team won the last stanza to reduce to decent 10 points. Deck and Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) were the last players to score for their teams.
Mario Hezonja (202-F/G-95) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Paolo Marinelli (190-G-95) nailed 13. Karlo Zganec notched 10 and Ivan Jukic added 8. Alvaro Merlo (170-G-95) and Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) replied with 17 points each in the losing effort. Lucas Vildoza (188-G-95) and Rodrigo Haag (190-G-95) posted 11 points apiece in a loss.

Argentina U17: Alvaro Merlo 17, Gabriel Deck 17, Lucas Vildoza 11, Rodrigo Haag 11
Croatia U17: Mario Hezonja 24+13 rebs, Paolo Marinelli 13, Karlo Zganec 10, Ivan Jukic 8



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  AUSTRALIA   


U17 World Championship: reigning champions edge Australia in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Australia U17-USA U17 67:89

Reigning champions edge Australia in their opener of the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship campaign. The USA team overcame the opponents 89:67.
USA opened the game with 18-12 and led 6 points at the halftime. Both teams scored 21 points each in the second frame as the board showed 39:33 after 20 minutes. The third quarter was decisive in the game as USA erupted with 36-14 burst and proved their ambitions for defending the title. Australia managed to win the last stanza 20-14 but lost by 22 points at the end.
Stephen Domingo (6'7''-F-95) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Jahlil Okafor-Benton (6'9''-C-95) nailed 16. Conner Frankamp (6'1''-G-95) delivered 13, while Parker notched 11. Dante Exum (6'4''-G-95) responded with 17 points in the losing effort, while Nicholas Duncan (6'6''-C-95) collected 9 points and 13 boards. Mirko Djeric (6'4''-G-95) scored 8 and Joshua Derksen (6'8''-F-95) delivered 7.

Australia U17: Dante Exum 17, Nicholas Duncan 9+13 rebs, Mirko Djeric 8, Joshua Derksen 7
USA U17: Stephen Domingo 17, Jahlil Okafor-Benton 16, Conner Frankamp 13, Parker 11



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Kalev/Cramo confirm Gary Wilkinson - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo officiated the deal with Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82, college: Utah St.). The forward signed a one-year contract with the Estonian champions. Gary Wilkinson spent the last two seasons in Australia. The forward played for the New Zealand Breakers. Gary Wilkinson averaged 16.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in NBL last season. He was named All-Australian NBL Forward of the Year for the second season in a row. Gary Wilkinson was also trumped All-Australian NBL Player of the Year in 2011. The forward ended the season in Puerto Rico. Gary Wilkinson played for Vaqueros de Bayamon. He notched 15.8 points, 6.0 boards and 1.6 assists per game in BSN. Previously the player had stints in South Korea and Greece.


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  BELGIUM   


Liege Transfers - by Peter Buyse

Belgacom Liege signed its second Belgian player after Lionel Bosco (176-PG-81). This will be the second time around in Liege for Wen Mukubu (198-G/F-83, agency: college: UAB) who already played there at the end of the 2010-2011 season. He played 18 games and averaged 12.6 ppg and 5.1 rpg. The former UAB player came back to Belgium to play for Verviers-Pepinster for the 2011-2012 season. He averaged 10.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg, but missed the last 3 games due to an injury.
After finishing his college career at Alabama-Birmingham he also played in France (Le Havre and Strasbourg), Italy (ferrar and Pistoia).
At present the team has the following players under contract, Lionel Bosco, Yoann Hertay, Raphael Allemand, Geoffrey Hockins, Olivier Trisfontaines, Wen Mukubu, Maxime Gaudoux, Pierre Antoine Gillet, Ioann Iarochevich and Gerard Henrard and two coaches, Fulvio Bastianini and Frederic Wilmot.



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  BOSNIA   


Bosnian Sasha Topchov continue with Oradea - by Eurobasket News

Bosnian Sasha Topchov (206-C-80) continue with Oradea and will enter his third season in a row for the team. The Bosnia and Herzegovina center will remain in Romania.
He started his career in Doboj and then played for Hercegovac Bileca (1T), Spartak Subotica (YUBA), MM-Beer Cherno More Varna (Bulgaria-ProA) and Cherno More IG Varna. In 2006-2007 moved to BC Spartak Pleven (Bulgaria-A1, starting five) and in 33 games averaged 11.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 68.9%.
After another two season with the team he moved to Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin (Serbia-A League) and showed 9.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 61.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%. In 2010-2011 Sasha Topchov signed with CSM Oradea (Romania-Div.A, starting five) and after 33 games had 13.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 61.9%, FT: 59.4%. In 2011-2012 for CSM Oradea (Romania-Div.A, starting five) his stats read 13.2ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP-1 (67.9%), FT: 66.7%.



Milos Komatina extends with KK Igokea - by Miljan Veskovic

Milos Komatina (205-FC-84) will stay in Aleksandrovac for one more year. After successful last season where he averaged 12.8ppg and 4.7rpg Milos Komatina (205-FC-84) has signed a new contract with KK Igokea. In 2012/13 Igokea will take part in Adriatic League and compete against top teams in the region. Beside Igokea, Milos has played for KK Mladost, KK Zdravlje, ABS Primorje Herceg Novi, KK Mogren Budva and BC Ulcinj. He was Eurobasket All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year -11


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil edge Greece to win Torneio Eletrobras - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Greece 78:71

Brazil clinched the victory at the Torneio Eletrobras Tournament in San Carlos. The hosts held off Greece in the final round to finish at 3-0 record. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) came up with 22 points to lead the hosts.
Brazil built a narrow 18:16 lead after ten minutes. Greece denied the deficit and surged ahead in the second period. The Hellenes ensured a 39:36 halftime lead. But Brazil were back in control in the third term. They knocked down 20 points to post a 3-point lead before the final quarter. Brazil kept Greece at distance throughout the final period claiming the third straight win in San Carlos at the end. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) delivered 17 points, while Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) added 9 points each for the winners. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) answered with 15 points for Greece. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) chipped in 11 points each in the loss.

Brazil: Marcelo Magalhaes 22, Marquinhos Vieira 17, Tiago Splitter 9, Anderson Varejao 9
Greece: Georgios Printezis 15, Vassilis Spanoulis 11, Kostas Papanikolaou 11



Vinicius Telo is back to Brazil after a college season - by Paulo Freire

Vinicius Telo (203-F-85) is back to Brazil after 5 seasons playing in College basketball, where he played in the Oklahoma City University (NAIA), before spending the last three years at Cameron University (NCAA2), Cameron is part of one of the strongest Conference at the NCAA Division II.

In the last two seasons, Telo was the best scorer and rebounded of the team. Telo came out of Brazil as one of the leading names of his generation, with passages by Brazilian NT selections under age as he played in the International Global Games Basketball Tournament (2003), beyond the South American under-21 (Chile, 2004).

Telo will play his first NBB season in Cia do Terno/Romaco/Joinville, where he will met again the head coach Enio Vecchi that coach him in Londrina in 2001.




Ricardo Andreotti returns to Paulistano - by Paulo Freire

The Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo team confirmed the permanence of 6 athletes from last season roster. The athletes are the point guard Elinho, shooter Pedro, guards Eddy and Alex, forwards Felipe e Renato Carbonari.

The small forward Ricardo Andreotti (203-F) of 23 years old and 2.02 m tall is back to the team after finishing his college career. Ricardo played last season in the NCAA Div I at the University of South Dakota. The player was formed in the basic categories of Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo and in 2008 left the country to go to College and play basketball in the United States.



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  CANADA   


U17 World Championship: Canada upset the hosts - by Eurobasket News

Canada U17-Lithuania U17 69:63

Canada upset the hosts at the start of the World Championships U17 Tournament in Kaunas. The Canadian side needed a strong third period to seal the 69:63 win.
Lithuania started the game better and won the first period 17:13. Moreover the hosts added 21-17 in the second period and led 8 points at the halftime. The third quarter however was decisive in the game as Canada produced a 17-9 burst.
Canada made 47 Rebounds, while Lithuanian team ended up with 48. The latter also had more Assists in the game 10 versus 8.
Kevin-Mbezela Zabo (186-G-95) and Marial Shayok (196-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points each. Tyrell Bellot-Green (198-F-95) nailed 9, while Robinson added 8. Zydrunas Jurgutis (178-PG-95), GRABAUSKAS and Edvinas Seskus (192-G/F-95) replied with 13 points each, while the latter also collected 14 boards. Ernestas Serkevicius (187-PG-95) followed them with 10 points in a loss.

Canada U17: Kevin-Mbezela Zabo 16, Marial Shayok 16, Tyrell Bellot-Green 9, Robinson 8
Lithuania U17: Zydrunas Jurgutis 13, GRABAUSKAS 13, Edvinas Seskus 13+14 rebs, Ernestas Serkevicius 10



Raptors extend qualifying offers to Bayless, Weems - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents guard Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-PG-88, college: Arizona) and guard/forward Sonny Weems (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Arkansas).

Bayless averaged career highs with 11.4 points and 3.8 assists for the Raptors last season. The former 11th overall pick upped his production to 17.8 points and 5.3 assists per game in 11 starts.

Weems spent the 2011-12 season with Zalgiris in the Lithuanian league. He averaged 10.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 16 VTB showings and 15.5 points and five rebounds in five Euroleague contests.

When he last appeared in the NBA, Weems set a career high with 9.2 points in 59 games with the Raptors in 2010-11.

The two players have the ability to sign with another team, but the Raptors have the right to match the offer.

Toronto also announced that it will not extend a qualifying offer to center Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88, college: Florida St.).

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Guangzhou L. 14-4 
 2. Guangzhou FM 13-5 
 3. Jiangsu 11-6 
 4. Hebei 11-7 
 5. Changan Group 10-8 
 6. Heilongjiang 8-10 
 7. Sichuan 7-11 
 8. Nanjin Army 7-11 
 9. Hong Kong 6-11 
 10. Henan Jiyuan 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jun. 29: Changan Group - Heilongjiang 97-82
Jun. 29: Henan Jiyuan - Guangzhou L. 87-113
Jun. 29: Hong Kong - Guangzhou FM 74-78
Jun. 29: Nanjin Army - Jiangsu 110-105
Jun. 29: Sichuan - Hebei 108-91


China Thrashes Egypt 80-68 as Asian Championship Team Shows Up - by Arthur Volbert

Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) regained his position as starting point guard and had 25 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals to lead ChinA to an 80-68 win against Egypt in the opening game of the World Under-17 tournament in Kaunus, Lithuania.

Zhao is clearly the second-best player on the team and played 34 minutes to 7 for his replacement, Yang Linyi. Egypt was able to contain star Zhou Qi, who only scored 9 points on 4 of 11 shooting and had 6 turnovers. Zhou did grab 14 rebounds and blocked 5 shots in 28 minutes. Power forward Liu Bo, who like Zhao Jiwei was sparsely used in the prelimianry game defeats, played 37 minutes and grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with his 6 points, 207 cm Ma Bin played 12 mintues with 4 points and 5 rebounds. Heng Yifeng had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Han Delong scored 8.

China led 25-9 after one quarter, 43-26 at the half and 64-45 after three quarters. Egypt outscored China 23-16 in the fourth quarter, when the outcome of the game was already decided. Something tells me that the team from the Asian Championship and the Schweitzer tournament is the one that has shown up here and this could make this competiton very interesting.

Link to box score:
http://kaunas2012.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/12/fu17wc/men/p/eid/6228/gid/1/grid/A/rid/9024/sid/6228/game.html



China Sweeps Three Games in Yongcheng - by Arthur Volbert

China swept the three games played in Yongcheng against youth teams from countries that used to be part of Yugaslavia. China won all six games against these teams that were played in China. But since these are practice games they tell us no more about how good the Chinese team will be in the Olympics than they would if they had lost all six games.

On June 27 China defeated Montenegro 79-71. Wang Shipeng scored 17 points and Zhang Zhaoxu had 15 points and 4 rebounds. Zhou Peng (206-F-89) had 14 points and 4 rebounds. Su Wei had 7 points and 6 rebounds. The next day China defeated Croatia 90-82. Yi Jianlian had 27 points and 10 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi and Zhou Peng each scored 12. Wang Shipeng scored 9, Yi Li had 8 and Zhu Fangyu had 7. Today China defeated Serbia 92-81. Yi Jianlian had 25 points and 8 rebounds. Zhou Peng scored 17. Wang Zhizhi scored 11 and Ding Jinhui had 10. Chen Jianghua had 8 points and 4 rebounds.

Young Wang Zhelin seems to have suffered a hand injury and this could keep him out of the Olympics. As noted, injury will likely determine the final 12 players selected. This may create an opening for Zhang Zhaoxu, though China might just carry two centers if the two are Wang Zhizhi and Su Wei Zhang Bo also appears to be injured and Han Dejun has been used very sparsely.

This Chinese team appears solid and I believe it will be competitive in the Olympics against everyone but the USA, However, because of the play-in tournament there will be fewer weak teams in the Olympics. Only the champion of Africa will be a true underdog against China. So China will have a difficult time making the quarter-finals, though this is not impossible.



NBL Round 18: Jiangsu loses to Nanjin Army - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in between third ranked Jiangsu (11-6) and ninth ranked Nanjin Army (7-11) on Friday night. Jiangsu was defeated by Nanjin Army in a tough game on the road 105-110. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jiangsu. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 5 points. Nanjin Army made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. point guard CaiBao Zhang (185-90) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Hui Fang (198-82) replied with 23 points for Jiangsu. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Nanjin Army moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sichuan. Jiangsu at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost.
Another interesting game for Sichuan (7-11) which hosted higher ranked Hebei (11-7). Eighth ranked Sichuan had an easy win 108-91. American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah, agency: Top Notch Sports) had a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and XiaoDong Chen chipped in 19 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Sichuan's coach Li Guangqi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Sichuan moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Nanjin Army. Hebei at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost.
NBL top team - Guangzhou L. (14-4) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Henan Jiyuan (2-16) 113-87. Jing Wang notched 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Guangzhou L.'s coach XuLin Wang felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds by Kenny Adeleke did not help to save the game for Henan Jiyuan. Guangzhou L. maintains first position with 14-4 record. Henan Jiyuan lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Guangzhou FM (13-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Hong Kong (6-11). Guangzhou FM managed to secure a 4-point victory 78-74. The best player for the winners was Walter Sharpe who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 25 rebounds and 4 blocks. Hong Kong's coach DeGui Zhang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangzhou FM have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-5 record behind leader Guangzhou L. Hong Kong at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost.

In the last game of round 18 Heilongjiang was beaten by Changan Group on the road 97-82.


Changan Group - Heilongjiang 97-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Changan Group's (10-8) home victory over 6th ranked Heilongjiang (8-10) 97-82. The game was mostly controlled by Changan Group. Heilongjiang was better in fourth quarter 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Changan Group forced 28 Heilongjiang turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Heilongjiang helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Joseph Taylor (203-85, college: Wyoming) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds. Center JunQi Jiang (202-90) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Changan Group players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and forward XueSong Liu (190-90) added 9 points and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Changan Group maintains fifth position with 10-8 record. Heilongjiang at the other side keeps the sixth place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: F.Rashaun 29+11reb, Y.Gang 10+7reb, L.XueSong 9+4reb+5ast, L.JinYang 8+6reb+1ast, Z.JunXiong 8+4reb, L.Xu 5
Changan Group: T.Joseph 20+15reb+2ast, S.Jian 19+4reb, J.JunQi 15+9reb+2ast, S.Lei 11+1reb, L.Peng 8+2reb, L.Yang 5+1ast
gschID: 176105


Sichuan - Hebei 108-91

Another interesting game for Sichuan (7-11) which hosted higher ranked Hebei (11-7). Eighth ranked Sichuan had an easy win 108-91. The game without a history. Sichuan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Hebei's 58. Sichuan forced 22 Hebei turnovers. American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah, agency: Top Notch Sports) had a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) chipped in 19 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Sichuan's coach Li Guangqi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and forward ZhenHu Zhang (195-88) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Four Hebei players scored in double figures. Sichuan moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Nanjin Army. Hebei at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Hebei: D.Bryan 36+12reb, L.YiDing 14+3reb+1ast, Z.ZhenHu 14+4reb+5ast, W.Jian 11+2reb, Y.TingYu 7+5reb+2ast, S.ChunLei 6+4reb+1ast
Sichuan: P.David 43+22reb+1ast, W.YingLiang 21+2reb+3ast, C.XiaoDong 19+11reb+1ast, C.Ma 8+2reb, Y.ZhaoLei 8+1reb, H.XiaoBin 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 176106


Henan Jiyuan - Guangzhou L. 87-113

NBL top team - Guangzhou L. (14-4) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Henan Jiyuan (2-16) 113-87. Guangzhou L. made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Guangzhou L. had a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guangzhou L. made 8 blocks. Forward Jing Wang (197-78) notched 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and center Lei Ji (203-83) supported him with 22 points. Five Guangzhou L. players scored in double figures. Guangzhou L.'s coach XuLin Wang felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds by Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-83, college: Hartford) did not help to save the game for Henan Jiyuan. Forward Wei Gao (193-88) added 24 points and 5 rebounds. Guangzhou L. maintains first position with 14-4 record. Henan Jiyuan lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Henan Jiyuan: G.Wei 24+5reb+2ast, A.Kenny 23+11reb, L.Shuai 15+2reb+1ast, L.ZhenXin 7+5reb, L.XiaoHu 7+2reb+4ast, L.Chao 6+3reb+1ast
Guangzhou L.: W.Jing 24+6reb+2ast, L.XiangTao 23+2ast, J.Lei 22+4reb, N.Hamady 10+13reb, J.QiZhen 10+4reb, C.DaWei 10+5reb+1ast
gschID: 176102


Hong Kong - Guangzhou FM 74-78

The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Guangzhou FM (13-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Hong Kong (6-11). Guangzhou FM managed to secure a 4-point victory 78-74. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hong Kong won third quarter 21-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Guangzhou FM won last quarter 22-20. They made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Guangzhou FM forced 20 Hong Kong turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Hong Kong helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 25 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward MingHao Li (200-92) who recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds and American center Ty Walker (213-89, college: Wake Forest) added 12 points and 19 rebounds respectively. Hong Kong's coach DeGui Zhang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangzhou FM have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-5 record behind leader Guangzhou L. Hong Kong at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong: L.MingHao 22+7reb+3ast, W.Ty 12+19reb, Z.DongYang 11+5reb, G.JinLin 9+2reb+1ast, F.Zhou 8+5reb+4ast, Y.XiaoHang 7+1reb
Guangzhou FM: S.Walter 39+25reb+3ast, Y.Peng 15+3reb, Y.KaiFu 10+6reb+3ast, L.DaPeng 5+3reb+1ast, W.SongWei 3+2reb+2ast, Y.Liang 3+4reb
gschID: 176103


Nanjin Army - Jiangsu 110-105

The most important game in the last round took place in between third ranked Jiangsu (11-6) and ninth ranked Nanjin Army (7-11) on Friday night. Jiangsu was defeated by Nanjin Army in a tough game on the road 105-110. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jiangsu. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 5 points. Nanjin Army made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. point guard CaiBao Zhang (185-90) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Hui Fang (198-82) replied with 23 points and guard Zhuang Ma (194-88) added 18 points in the effort for Jiangsu. Five Nanjin Army and four Jiangsu players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Nanjin Army moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sichuan. Jiangsu at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: F.Hui 23+3reb+3ast, M.Zhuang 18+2reb+2ast, F.Xin 17+3reb+2ast, A.Jeleel 12+6reb+2ast, Z.HongWei 7+3reb+1ast, W.YanQing 6+5reb+1ast
Nanjin Army: S.Shengyue 24+12reb+3ast, L.Dong 18+4reb+1ast, X.Jinlong 15+6reb+1ast, Z.CaiBao 12+4reb+7ast, T.JiaFu 12+1reb+2ast, W.ShouWei 11+5reb+3ast
gschID: 176104



U17 World Championship: China fire past Egypt - by Eurobasket News

China U17 - Egypt U17 80:68

China opened their U17 World Championship campaign with victory. They defeated Egypt in Group A. Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) came up with 25 points to lead the winners.
China dominated from start to finish. They recorded a 25:9 lead at the first break. China stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 43:26 halftime advantage. The Asian team boosted the gap in the third term. They entered the final quarter up 19 points. Egypt outgunned their opponents in the final quarter but just sweetened the pill at the end. Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) accounted for 16 points, while Zhou Qi (217-C-96) added 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Moataz Hosny (201-C-95) answered with 20 points for Egypt. Ehab Mohamed (185-G-95) netted 16 points in the loss.

China U17: Zhao Jiwei 25, Heng Yifeng 16, Zhou Qi 9
Egypt U17: Moataz Hosny 20, Ehab Mohamed 16



China win sixth straight at Sino-European Challenge Event - by Eurobasket News

China - Serbia 92:81

China recorded the sixth straight win at the Sino-European Challenge Event tournament. They overcame Serbian University National Team in Yongcheng to finish the tourney at 6-0 record. Jianlian Yi (213-F/C-87) came up with 25 points to lead the winners.
China scored 23 points in the first term to pile up a 7-point lead. They stretched the advantage in the second quarter. The hosts secured a 14-point margin at halftime 45:31. Serbia could not match the tempo in the second half. China cleared off to an 18-point lad at the final intermission. Serbia outgunned the hosts 28:21 in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Zhou Peng (206-F-89) accounted for 17 points, while Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) added 11 points for the hosts. Milos Dimic (195-G-89) responded with 23 points for Serbia. Stefan Bircevic (209-F/C-89) provided 22 points in the loss.

China: Jianlian Yi 25, Zhou Peng 17, Wang ZhiZhi 11
Serbia: Milos Dimic 23, Stefan Bircevic 22



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U17 World Championship: Croatia successfully closed Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U17-Croatia U17 68:78

Croatia opened the game with 21-0 run and never looked behind. The European side reached 28:4 at the end of the frame as Ivan Jukic (195-SG-95) closed the quarter. Argentina woke up in the second period and managed to score the same number of points as the favorites. After 18-18 in it the board showed 46:22 for Croatia.
In the third period Argentina produced a 21-17 surge and DECK reduced to 63:43. Moreover the South American team won the last stanza to reduce to decent 10 points. Deck and Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) were the last players to score for their teams.
Mario Hezonja (202-F/G-95) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Paolo Marinelli (190-G-95) nailed 13. Karlo Zganec notched 10 and Ivan Jukic added 8. Alvaro Merlo (170-G-95) and Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) replied with 17 points each in the losing effort. Lucas Vildoza (188-G-95) and Rodrigo Haag (190-G-95) posted 11 points apiece in a loss.

Argentina U17: Alvaro Merlo 17, Gabriel Deck 17, Lucas Vildoza 11, Rodrigo Haag 11
Croatia U17: Mario Hezonja 24+13 rebs, Paolo Marinelli 13, Karlo Zganec 10, Ivan Jukic 8



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Wizards select Tomas Satoransky in NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

The Wizards have selected Tomas Satoransky (200-G-91) from the Czech Republic with the No. 32 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. The 6-foot-7 combo guard spent the past three seasons playing for Cajasol Sevilla in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Last season he had 4.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.3 apg for 36 games. He had better numbers in 2010/11 registering 7.1 ppg, 2.4 apg and 2.2 rpg. That season Satoransky also added 6.9 ppg, 3.4 apg and 2.9 rpg fro 16 EuroCup games. As mentioned above, Tomas Satoransky signed with Cajasol in 2009. Before that he played for USK Praha. Satoransky also very successfully played for the Czech Republic youth National Teams. He was their top player in each competition. In 2011 and this year as well Satoransky participated at Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso. The Wizards drafted fellow Czech Jan Vesely with the No. 6 overall pick in 2011. In the first round this season, the Wizards drafted Bradley Beal of Florida with the No. 3 pick. The Wizards finished this past season with a 20-46 record, though a trade deadline deal for Nene sparked improvement. Washington closed the season on a six-game winning streak, providing encouragement for a franchise that missed the playoffs for a fourth straight campaign.


Italy fire past Czech Republic in Benevento - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16 - Czech Republic U16 66:45

Italy registered the first win at the Trofeo Parente in Benevento. The hosts toppled Czech Republic for the opening victory. Picarelli stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners.
Italy started the game strongly. The hosts outscored Czech Republic 27:6 in the first ten minutes. Italy maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They established a comfortable 45:18 halftime advantage. The gap grew even bigger in the third quarter. Italy ensured a 59:27 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Czech Republic managed to outgun the hosts in the fourth period cutting the deficit at the end. Rossato accounted for 10 points, while Andrea Spera (203-F/C-96) netted 9 points for the winners. David Skranc (96) answered with 12 points for Czech Republic. Necas notched 7 points in the losing effort.

Italy U16: Lucas Picarelli 17, Alberto Rossato 10, Andrea Spera 9
Czech Republic U16: David Skranc 12, Necas 7



U17 World Championship: Czech Republic prevail against France - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U17 - France U17 70:64

Czech Republic opened win count at U17 World Championship in Lithuania. They knocked down France in the opener tonight. Adam Pechacek (205-C-95) came up with 24 points to lead the charge.
Czech Republic marked their ambitions early in the game. They outscored France 20:15 in the starting quarter. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Moreover the Czech team ensured a 36:26 halftime advantage. France failed to change the complexion of the game in the third quarter. Czech Republic stayed aggressive and entered the final term up by 14 points 53:39. France finally adjusted their offence scoring 25 points in the fourth frame but it was too late as Czech Republic hung on to clinch the victory. Radovan Kouril (183-PG-95) accounted for 12 points, 15 assists and 5 rebounds for Czech Republic. Olivier Yao-Delon (193-G-95) answered with 16 points for France. Paul Rigot (199-F-95) had 11 points in the losing case.

Czech Republic U17: Adam Pechacek 24, Radovan Kouril 12+15 assists
France U17: Olivier Yao-Delon 16, Paul Rigot 11



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Defending Champs add American guard Chad Tomko - by Christian Hamborg

The defending champs Bakken Bears announced their first signing of the season with the addition of Chad Tomko (180-PG-89, college: NC-Wilmington). Chad Tomko can play both guard positions and looks like a very good addition for the Aarhus based team. Chad Tomko graduated from UNCW in 2011 and was able to set several school records but didn't manage to find a team in the 11/12 season making this season his first overseas.

Bakken Bears also announced the contract extension of German center Mike Dejworek (210-C-87, college: Citadel)k. Mike Dejworekk is the younger brother of Head Coach Philip Dejworek . The back-up center managed to play all 45 of Bakkens games and contributed with 6,5 points and 4,5 rebounds.

Bakken Bears also have decided to not give bulgarian forward Hristo Petkov (200-F-85, college: Campbellsville) a contract extension after havin finished a two-year contract. Pektov has played in Ligaen for three seasons but was plagued by injuries in the 11-12 season and only played 11 games



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Dominican Republic nip Venezuela in Super 4 Cup - by Eurobasket News

Venezuela - Dominican Republic 84:88 (OT)

Dominican Republic celebrated the second victory at the Super 4 Israel Sarmiento Cup tournament in Venezuela. They outgunned hosting Venezuela in an exciting clash in the final round. Both teams finished the tourney at 2-1 record, while Venezuela clinched the title.
Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) dominated the first half. The guard scored 16 points to put Venezuela in charge. The hosts established a 42:32 halftime lead. Dominican Republic also lost Jack Michael Martinez who was ejected after arguing with the referees. However Dominican Republic found the way to bounce back. Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) unloaded 10 points in the third quarter as Dominican Republic drew things level at 57 at the break. Dominican Republic pulled in front late in regulation after a basket by Guzman. But Greivis Vasquez drained a late triple to send the game into overtime. Edgar Sosa (188-PG-88, college: Louisville) stepped up for Dominican Republic in extra period sealing a tough win at the end. Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) provided 22 points to lead the charge. Elpidio Fortuna added 15 points, while Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) connected for 13 points for the winners. Greivis Vasquez answered with game-high 31 points for Venezuela.

Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez 31
Dominican Republic: Ronald Ramon 22, Elpidio Fortuna 15, Alfred Horford 13



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U17 World Championship: China fire past Egypt - by Eurobasket News

China U17 - Egypt U17 80:68

China opened their U17 World Championship campaign with victory. They defeated Egypt in Group A. Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) came up with 25 points to lead the winners.
China dominated from start to finish. They recorded a 25:9 lead at the first break. China stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 43:26 halftime advantage. The Asian team boosted the gap in the third term. They entered the final quarter up 19 points. Egypt outgunned their opponents in the final quarter but just sweetened the pill at the end. Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) accounted for 16 points, while Zhou Qi (217-C-96) added 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Moataz Hosny (201-C-95) answered with 20 points for Egypt. Ehab Mohamed (185-G-95) netted 16 points in the loss.

China U17: Zhao Jiwei 25, Heng Yifeng 16, Zhou Qi 9
Egypt U17: Moataz Hosny 20, Ehab Mohamed 16



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Kalev/Cramo confirm Gary Wilkinson - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo officiated the deal with Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82, college: Utah St.). The forward signed a one-year contract with the Estonian champions. Gary Wilkinson spent the last two seasons in Australia. The forward played for the New Zealand Breakers. Gary Wilkinson averaged 16.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in NBL last season. He was named All-Australian NBL Forward of the Year for the second season in a row. Gary Wilkinson was also trumped All-Australian NBL Player of the Year in 2011. The forward ended the season in Puerto Rico. Gary Wilkinson played for Vaqueros de Bayamon. He notched 15.8 points, 6.0 boards and 1.6 assists per game in BSN. Previously the player had stints in South Korea and Greece.


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Ludovic Vaty stays with Gravelines - by Eurobasket News

Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) will play at least one more season for Gravelines. The player announced he will exercise the contract option to stay with the club. It will be his second year with Gravelines. Last season Vaty had 9.8 ppg and 5 rpg for 33 games in ProA. Gravelines was the regular season champion, but they failed in the Playoff Quarterfinals against Cholet. The player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention -12. He participated at 2012 ProA All-Star Game and also helped his team to reach the Semaine des As Finals. Vaty registered 8.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 12 EuroCup games.
Before Gravelines, Ludovic Vaty played two years for Orleans. From 2006 to 2009 he was a member of Pau-Orthez. Vaty won two Gold medals and one Bronze with French youth National Teams.



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Cholet add Rudy Jomby - by Eurobasket News

Cholet reinforced their roster. They landed Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88). The forward signed a three-year deal with the team. Rudy Jomby spent the last two seasons with Gravelines. He averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 boards per EuroCup game last season. In ProA Rudy Jomby tallied 8.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists per appearance. Rudy Jomby played for Le Havre before joing Gravelines. He was the member of U18 and U20 French National Teams. The forward played in ProA semis in 2011. He was also La Semaine des AS Cup Finalist in 2012.


Engin Atsur is new PG of Galatasaray MP - by Ugur Turker

Former North Carolina State PG Engin Atsur (193-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: N.Carolina St.) signed two year deal with Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul. Engin Atsur who is former NCAA player, started his professional career in Italy, Benetton Treviso. He also played in Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul and lastly Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in Turkey. Even if he faced with number of injuries in his career, even Engin Atsur missed whole 2010-2011 season, he has regular place in Turkish National Team Roster since 2006. Engin Atsr played with 5.3 ppg and 2.2 aspg in Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul.


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Paulius Jankunas remains with Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport) remains with Zalgiris for the 2012/2013 season. The Lithuanian Forward will enter his third season in a rwo for the champions.
In 2011-2012 for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL, starting five) he averaged 12.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg in Baltic League and in VTB League after 18 games showed 11.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 83.6%. In Lithuanian League his stats read 10.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 79.8%, while in Euroleague Paulis showed 7.8ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.7%.
Early in 2010 Paulius Jankunas was back to B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas. The 26-year-old Lithuanian forward, who left B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas for one season played for BC Khimky Moscow Region. Jankunas averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the last Russian Super League. He also played 16 games in Euroleague registering 8.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 0.8 ast per game. BC Khimky Moscow Region made a great result by reaching the Russian league final.



Executive of the Year award: Panayotis and George Angelopoulos, Olympiacos Piraeus - by Eurobasket News

As the driving forces behind a project that resulted in a long-awaited Turkish Airlines Euroleague title for Olympiacos Piraeus, co-owners Panayotis and George Angelopoulos will share Euroleague Basketballs 2011-12 Executive of the Year award. The Angelopoulos brothers struck gold this season by changing the direction of the team in several bold strokes. Although the Reds had made two Final Four appearances in the previous three seasons and played in the 2010 Euroleague title game, Olympiacos opted to start anew last summer. The co-owners authorized the signing of nine players who were not on the Olympiacos roster the year before, and went on to add two more new faces by mid-season. After having the confidence to risk rebuilding their entire roster, Panayotis and George Angelopoulos then showed the patience needed to let the newcomers and the holdovers make it work. Eventually, the moves they authorized proved not only correct, but far-sighted, when the Reds danced into the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul and upset two heavily favored opponents to capture their first Euroleague title in 15 years.

Panayotis and George Angelopoulos first became involved with Olympiacos B.C. in 2004, took over its management by 2006 and by 2009 obtained a controlling stake. Their tenure set the club on a path of renewal, with the Reds holding the longest streak of Euroleague playoff appearances, seven between 2006 and 2012. Twice before last year, the Reds broke through to the Final Four. In 2009 in Berlin, the club's first Final Four in a decade, Olympiacos lost a two-point semifinal to archrival Panathinaikos, and in 2010 in Paris, the Reds reached the final but fell to Regal F.C. Barcelona.

Olympiacos faced a crossroads in the summer of 2011. Although the team won the 2011 Greek Cup, it was also upset in the Euroleague playoffs despite holding home-court advantage after a record-breaking win in the series opener. After that sudden disappointment, the Angelopoulos brothers decided that it was time to rebuild. Eight prime players were let go, including two former Euroleague MVPs and an additional two who had been All-Euroleague players. They left head coach Dusan Ivkovic in place and worked with him to restock the Reds roster with promising young talents and equally hungry veterans. They made sure to keep guard Vassilis Spanoulis to lead the way on the floor. With many new faces, including several young rookies, Olympiacos labored early in the season, but rebounded to win five of six games to finish its regular season group in second place.

Sensing an opportunity to do something special sooner rather than later, the Angelopoulos brothers then added two key pieces to the lineup, guard Acie Law and big man Joey Dorsey, on the eve of the Top 16. In the end, they were rewarded richly by all those they trusted. Ivkovic became the oldest coach to lead a team to a continental crown, Spanoulis was named Final Four MVP, forwards Georgios Printezis and Kyle Hines became heroes, and all those young guns like Kostas Sloukas, Kostas Papanikolaou, Evangelos Mantzaris and Marko Keselj not only won the Turkish Airlines Euroleague title at precocious ages, but pointed the way towards more big things to come in the club's future.

By keeping the faith in their club, its basketball professionals and their fans, Panayotis and George Angelopoulos showed this season how dedication, loyalty and devotion from the top can lead to great things, as it did for Olympiacos Piraeus.

Courtesy of EUROLEAGUE



2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw criteria and procedure - by Eurobasket News

QUALIFYING ROUNDS DRAW CRITERIA & PROCEDURE

The Qualifying Rounds will consist of three rounds, QR1, QR2 and QR3.



QUALIFYING ROUNDS DRAW

There will be a seeded draw, placing teams into an eight team bracket. Teams will be separated into two seeds according to the Club Ranking described in this appendix. Teams entering the draw following a renouncement will be seeded according to the Club Ranking. Teams granted a Wild Card by ECA will be seeded above the rest of the teams.


PROCEDURE

The draw will be conducted with two different urns. One of the urns will have the 1 Seed Teams, and the next the 2 Seed Teams.
The 1 Seed Teams will be drawn first. As teams are drawn, they will be placed directly in the next available spot for a 1 Seed Teams in the bracket. This will continue until all four 1 Seed Teams have been drawn.
The 2 Seed Teams will be drawn second. As teams are drawn, they will be placed directly in the next available spot for a 2 Seed Teams in the bracket. This will continue until all four 2 Seed Teams have been drawn.


2012-13 QUALIFYING ROUNDS DRAW SEEDS

1 SEEDS
UNICS KAZAN
PALLACANESTRO CANTU
CEZ BASKETBALL NYMBURK
LE MANS SARTHE BASKET

2 SEEDS
BC DONETSK
TELENET OOSTENDE
RATIOPHARM ULM
PBC LUKOIL ACADEMIC SOFIA

The official names of the teams will be updated according to the information received at the Euroleague Basketball Office from each club by Monday, July 2nd.


BRACKET

The four winning teams in Qualifying Round 1 will proceed to Qualifying Round 2, and will face the next opponent in the bracket. The two winning teams in Qualifying Round 2 will proceed to Qualifying Round 3, and will face the next opponent in the bracket. The winning team in Qualifying Round 3 will proceed to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season.

Click HERE for the bracket.


REGULAR SEASON DRAW CRITERIA & PROCEDURE


GROUP DRAW

The draw will be held according to seeds.

The 23 directly qualified teams will be divided into six seeds with four teams in each, in accordance with the Club Ranking described in Appendix I of the Euroleague Basketball Club Licensing Rules.
The performance of teams in European competitions during a three year period will be used. Each club will get 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw or loss from the Regular Season onwards. 2 bonus points are allocated for reaching the last 16, 2 bonus points are allocated for reaching the last 8, 1 bonus point is allocated for reaching the last 4, 1 bonus point is allocated for reaching the Final. The Club Ranking consists of the sum of the club coefficients from the last three years. If two or more teams have the same Club Ranking, the tie will be resolved by the total number of wins during the three year period. Should a tie persist, the final standings in the Euroleague and if necessary Eurocup from the previous season will be used to break the tie.
The first four teams from the Club Ranking participating in the Regular Season will be 1 Seeds, the next four 2 Seeds, the next four 3 Seeds, the next four 4 Seeds, the next four 5 Seeds, and the remaining two teams will be 6 Seeds. The team coming from the Qualifying Rounds will also be 6 Seeds.


GROUP DRAW RESTRICTION

The restriction when drawing the teams into groups is the following:

2 teams from the same country cannot coincide in the same Regular Season group.


GROUP DRAW PROCEDURE

Teams will be drawn one by one from an urn containing only teams in the same Seed, from the 1 Seeds through to the 6 Seeds, until all 24 teams have been selected. The last spot will be allocated to the QR team.
For each spot drawn, the urn will be emptied and refilled with only those teams from the level drawn, taking into consideration any restrictions.
In the Regular Season, teams from the same country may not coincide in the same group. Therefore, when drawing teams from the 2 Seeds through to the 6 Seeds, only those teams from a country different than the ones already drawn into the Group will be placed in the urn.
e.g.1. If a spot is to be drawn into a Group where there is already a team from a specific country, the teams from the country in question will not be placed in the urn.
e.g.2. If a spot is to be drawn into a Group and a certain team (s) cannot be drawn in a later Group, this team (s) will be the only ones placed in the urn.
A team may be placed directly into a Group in order to follow the restriction mentioned above.

Drawing the teams as explained above, will allow all restrictions to be respected and will eliminate all possibilities of a blocked situation.

If after the Qualifying Rounds, the team qualified is from a country where there is already a representative in the same group, it will trade places with the other qualified team as long as this does not produce the same scenario.


CALENDAR DRAW

A random computer draw will determine the final position of teams within their group.

The Regular Season calendar draw will allocate letters from A to F to the teams in each group. This will establish the match-ups for the entire Regular Season.
The Regular Season games will be held according to the following chart:

Game Day 1 F-C D-B E-A Game Day 6
Game Day 2 A-F B-E C-D Game Day 7
Game Day 3 F-D E-C A-B Game Day 8
Game Day 4 F-B C-A D-E Game Day 9
Game Day 5 E-F A-D B-C Game Day 10

Non-coincidence letters: (when one team plays at home, the other plays away): A with D; B with F; C with E.


CALENDAR DRAW RESTRICTIONS

Specific letters will be allocated to the teams participating in the Euroleague Opening Game.
Teams playing in the same city/arena (Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Besiktas, Olympiacos Piraeus and Panathinaikos Athens, CSKA Moscow and Khimki Moscow Region): non-coincidence letters will be allocated to teams that play in the same city/arena, so that when one team plays at home the other will play away.


2012-13 EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON GROUP DRAW SEEDS
1 Seeds FC BARCELONA REGAL, OLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS, MACCABI TEL AVIV, PANATHINAIKOS ATHENS
2 Seeds MONTEPASCHI SIENA, REAL MADRID, CSKA MOSCOW, CAJA LABORAL VITORIA
3 Seeds BC KHIMKI MOSCOW REGION, PARTIZAN mt:s BELGRADE, ALBA BERLIN, ANADOLU EFES ISTANBUL
4 Seeds UNICAJA MALAGA, LIETUVOS RYTAS VILNIUS, ZALGIRIS KAUNAS, FENERBAHCE ULKER
5 Seeds ASSECO PROKOM GDYNIA, EA7 EMPORIO ARMANI, BROSE BASKETS BAMBERG, UNION OLIMPIJA LJUBLJANA
6 Seeds CEDEVITA ZAGREB, BESIKTAS JK MILANGAZ, ELAN CHALON-SUR-SAONE, TEAM QR

The official names of the teams will be updated according to the information received at the Euroleague Basketball Office from each club by Monday, July 2nd.

Courtesy of EUROLEAGUE



Maccabi Tel Aviv and Keith Langford officially spilt - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel Aviv and Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) officially parted ways. The Israeli powerhouse announced the news yesterday. Langford joined Maccabi at the beginning of the last season. He appeared 20 times in Euroleague averaging 10.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists. The player also added 14.2 ppg, 4 rpg and 3.2 apg for 22 games in Israeli Premier league. He helped the club to win the championship title and was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Guard of the Year -12. Langford and Maccabi also won the Adriatic league title and Israeli Cup last season. In Adriatic league the player had 11.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.8 spg for 19 games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Finals MVP -12. Before Maccabi, Keith Langford played for Khimky Moscow and La Fortezza Bologna. His next stop will be known in the next week or two.


CSKA Moscow uses contract option to release Darjus Lavrinovic - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow and Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) parted ways. The Russian giant exercised its option to release the player and thanked him for his service over the past 12 months. Lavrinovic played 15 Euroleague games for the club registering 4.7 ppg and 2.7 rpg. In Russian league he had 7.8 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 19 games. Lavrinovic also averaged 8.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 13 games in VTB United League. CSKA Moscow won Russian and VTB United League titles last season. They also played in the Euroleague Final, but Olympiakos shocked them in thriller.
As mentioned above, Darjus Lavrinovic joined CSKA Moscow last summer. He spent 2010/11 season with Fenerbahce Ulker winning the Turkish league title and Cup with them. In 2009/10, he played for Real Madrid. In the past, Lavrinovic played for Dynamo Moscow, Unics Kazan, Zalgiris and Alytus Alita.



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Cholet add Rudy Jomby - by Eurobasket News

Cholet reinforced their roster. They landed Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88). The forward signed a three-year deal with the team. Rudy Jomby spent the last two seasons with Gravelines. He averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 boards per EuroCup game last season. In ProA Rudy Jomby tallied 8.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists per appearance. Rudy Jomby played for Le Havre before joing Gravelines. He was the member of U18 and U20 French National Teams. The forward played in ProA semis in 2011. He was also La Semaine des AS Cup Finalist in 2012.


France cruise past Cote d'Ivoire - by Eurobasket News

France - Cote d'Ivoire 74:41

France claimed yet another victory in the preparations for the Olympic basketball tournament. They overcame Cote d'Ivoire in Toulouse. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) scored 18 points to lead the winners.
France left their opponents far behind in the opening quarter. The hosts built a 20:6 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew in the second quarter. They established a 42:17 halftime lead. France stayed dominant throughout the third quarter. Les Bleus limited Cote d'Ivoire to 6 points in the third term to take a 34-point advantage at the final intermission. The African team managed to outscore the hosts in the final term but still had to surrender at the end. Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82, college: Pepperdine) delivered 12 points, while Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) added 11 points for the winners. Landry Edi (193-F-88) and Jean-Michel Yotio (206-F/C) provided 8 points each for Cote dIvoire.

France: Fabien Causeur 18, Yakhouba Diawara 12, Kevin Seraphin 11
Cote d'Ivoire: Landry Edi 8, Jean-Michel Yotio 8



France stun England in Riom - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - England U16 79:40

French U16 National Team opened the international tournament in Riom with a confident win. They stunned England in the opener. Stephane Gombauld (200-PF-97) came up with 20 points to lead the winners.
France started the game aggressively taking a 25:6 lead after ten minutes. France maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 45:18 halftime advantage. France stretched the gap in the third term. The home team accumulated a 64:24 lead heading ino the fourth frame. England managed to narrow the margin in the final frame. Lucas Dussoulier (196-PG-96) finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Cavaliere added 10 points for the winners. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye and Joseph Swindells answered with 8 points each in the loss.

France U16: Stephane Gombauld 20, Lucas Dussoulier 15+10 boards, Cavaliere 10
England U16: Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 8, Joseph Swindells 8



Ludovic Vaty stays with Gravelines - by Eurobasket News

Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) will play at least one more season for Gravelines. The player announced he will exercise the contract option to stay with the club. It will be his second year with Gravelines. Last season Vaty had 9.8 ppg and 5 rpg for 33 games in ProA. Gravelines was the regular season champion, but they failed in the Playoff Quarterfinals against Cholet. The player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention -12. He participated at 2012 ProA All-Star Game and also helped his team to reach the Semaine des As Finals. Vaty registered 8.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 12 EuroCup games.
Before Gravelines, Ludovic Vaty played two years for Orleans. From 2006 to 2009 he was a member of Pau-Orthez. Vaty won two Gold medals and one Bronze with French youth National Teams.



William Daniels leaves JSF Nanterre for VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News

William Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) will continue his career in Latvia. JSF Nanterre officially announced that the American forward left the team to join VEF Riga. He played 30 games with Nanterre last season in ProA averaging 14.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Daniel joined the club two years ago. In their first season together he helped them win the ProB title and promotion for ProA. He had 14.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.4 apg for 38 games that season. Before Nanterre, William Daniels split 2009/10 season between Greek Peristeri and NBA D-League team Bakersfield Jam. In 2008/09, he played for Panorama GS in Greece. Daniels is a product of the Rhode Island University, where he graduated in 2008. VEF Riga is the reigning Latvian champion.


U17 World Championship: Czech Republic prevail against France - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U17 - France U17 70:64

Czech Republic opened win count at U17 World Championship in Lithuania. They knocked down France in the opener tonight. Adam Pechacek (205-C-95) came up with 24 points to lead the charge.
Czech Republic marked their ambitions early in the game. They outscored France 20:15 in the starting quarter. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Moreover the Czech team ensured a 36:26 halftime advantage. France failed to change the complexion of the game in the third quarter. Czech Republic stayed aggressive and entered the final term up by 14 points 53:39. France finally adjusted their offence scoring 25 points in the fourth frame but it was too late as Czech Republic hung on to clinch the victory. Radovan Kouril (183-PG-95) accounted for 12 points, 15 assists and 5 rebounds for Czech Republic. Olivier Yao-Delon (193-G-95) answered with 16 points for France. Paul Rigot (199-F-95) had 11 points in the losing case.

Czech Republic U17: Adam Pechacek 24, Radovan Kouril 12+15 assists
France U17: Olivier Yao-Delon 16, Paul Rigot 11



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FYR Macedonia lose two against Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia played two exhibition games against Puerto Rico. The European team suffered consecutive losses.
The first game was a one-way traffic with Puerto Rico claiming a 96:77 victory. The hosts built a 51:31 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win. Galindo and David Huertas finished with 15 points each to pace the winners. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85), Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) and Daniel Santiago added 12 points each for Puerto Rico. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 19 points for FYR Macedonia. Tihomir Gechevski (184-PG-80) and Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points each in the loss.
The second game was much tougher battle. Puerto Rico led by just three points at halftime 36:39. They stretched the lead in the second half and recorded an 84:72 victory. Peter John Ramos finished with 16 points for the winners. Nathan Peavy added 13 points for Puerto Rico. Vlado Ilievski answered with 18 points for FYR Macedonia. Pero Antic had 15 points and 11 boards, while Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) delivered 15 points and 10 assists in the losing effort.



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SC Rist Add Tobias Lange And Simon Dolkenmeyer - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team SC Rist announced today that Tobias Lange (208-C-90) and Simon Dolkenmeyer will play for them this season. Lange is a 21 year old 208 cm center that started his basketball acreer in 2009 for SC Alstertal-Langenhorn (Oberliga): 16 games: 14.1ppg. He played the last two seasons for RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (ProB) and last season played 14 games: 2.6ppg, 2.2rpg; played also for RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf 2 (2.Regionalliga): 11 games: 8.0ppg. Simon Dolkemeyer is a 21 year old 198cm forward that played for TV Ibbenbren (2. Regionalliga West) last season.

Source: SC Rist



The s.Oliver Baskets Add Maurice Stuckey And Keep Oliver Clay - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The roster of Beko BBL team s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg continues to take more shape as the team has fullfilled one important aspect for the new season by already filling all 6 German spots by signing Maurice Stuckey (187-PG-90, agency: Pro One Sports) and keeping ex TBB player Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87) Stuckey is a 22 year old 187cm guard that is still property of the Brose Baskets Bamberg and will be loaned out this season to Wurzburg. After playing For Erdgas Ehingen, Stuckey moved to Bamberg in 2009 also having a license for TSV Troster Breitengussback. Last season, he had a long lasting injury and only played 5 Beko BBL games. Stuckey already showed his talent in the 2010-2011 season as he played 35 Beko BBL games for Bamberg averaging 2,2ppg in eight minutes per game and in the PRO B played 16 games averaging 14,7ppg, 2,4rpg and 1,6apf in 29 minutes per game. He will get the chance with us to play again after his injury. When he did play for Bamberg, he showed what he is capable of and I think that he fits to us and will give us important minutes at the back up guard position, stressed s.Oliver Baskets head coach Marcel Schroeder. Due to is injury, Maurice was unable to play almost one year, so this cooperation fits. He will have the chance to get experience and minutes at a high level. We hope that he will develop in Wurzburg so we can use him in our rotation in 2013-2014, stressed Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder. The club also announced that Oliver Clay will remain for another season. Last season the 206cm power forward played 22 Beko BBL games and showed a 13 point and three rebound effort in Bamberg last season. He showed last season often what he can do and fits to the team with his character. It is important to have him as a back up at the big positions with our schedule next season, stated Marcel Schroder.

Source: s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg





Dru Joyce Will Dish Future Balls With The EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Recently Dru Joyce was celebrating St Marys style with 2012 NBA champion LeBron James and now has reason to do so again after getting a new job in the Beko BBL with 2009 German champion the EWE Baskets Oldenburg inking for two years. After one year in Poland in 2009-2010, he will play a fifth year in Germany after two years playing for Mike Taylor in Ulm and the last two years playing for Henrik Rodl in Trier. Joyce is a 27 yera old 183cm American from Ohio that is a typical floor general who supplies leadership, court vision and points when needed. Last season for TBB Trier, he played 34 games: 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 69.2%. "Dru is a classic point guard. He has shown in the past in Ulm and Trier that he can make his team better. I am happy that we have gotten a real point guard. He has big goals and it will be his job to fulfill them", stressed EWE Baskets Oldenburg head coach Sebastian Machowski (agency: Limelight Hoops )

Joyce started his basketball career at St Marys in Ohio where he played together with NBA superstar Lebron James and new Israel star Romeo Travis (200-PF-84, college: Akron). He then played at Akron (NCAA) from 2003-2007 and in his senior year played 33 games: 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3Pts: 39.6%, FT: 65.6%. He played a total of 133 NCAA games. He started his professional basketball career in 2007-2008 playing for ratiopharm Ulm (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 34 games: 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, Assists-2 (4.4apg), 2FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 72.8%. In his second season under the wing of Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ), he played 34 games: 10.1ppg, 1.8rpg, Assists-2 (4.5apg), FGP: 42.8%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 73.0%. In 2009-2010, he played for Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-PLK, starting five): 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg; in Nov.'09 moved to Anwil Wloclawek (Poland-PLK): 27 games: 7.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 75.9%. In 2010-2011, he played for TBB Trier (Germany-1.Bundesliga) 35 games: 12.9ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.5apg), FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 74.4%. "I am looking forward to Oldenburg. The arena and fans create a great atmopshere and it is fun to play there. I can hardly wait to get to know my teammates and everyone associated with the club and then to go after our goals", added Dru Joyce (183-PG-85, college: Akron). Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Member of the three-time state and national champion St. Vincent-St. Mary HS team HS All-state selection -03, MAC East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -06, MAC Tournament Semifinals -06, All-MAC Honorable Mention -06, All-MAC 2nd Team -07 MAC East Division Regular Season Champion -07, MAC Tournament Finalist -07, Polish League All-Star Game -10, Polish League Finalist -10, and Polish League Regular Season Runner-Up -10

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg





BSW Sixers sign Paul Harrison - by Moritz Korff

The BSW Sixers (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have signed Paul Harrison (203-C-89) for the 2012-13 season. The 23-year-old will be a rookie, as he finished his NCAA career earlier this year. Harrison played 27 games for NCAA D2 school North Greenville as a senior, averaging 17.9 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2 blocks per contest.
"I was looking for a player who will add physical stability to our team. Paul is a young player who will definitely bring in exactly that strength. He is an outstanding low post player and scorer underneath the basket. Plus he will be a major factor in rebounding for us", Sixers' coach Stephen Arigbabu said.



Serbia edge Germany in Benevento - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Germany U16 60:57

Serbian U16 selection victoriously opened Trofeo Parente tournament in Benevento, Italy. They held off their German counterparts in the opener. Stefan Peno (193-G-97) came up with 14 points to lead the charge.
Germany jumped to an early lead. They established an 18:14 advantage after ten minutes. But Serbia bounced back in the second quarter. They held their opponents to 14 points and surged ahead for a 33:32 halftime lead. Germany denied the deficit in the low-scoring third quarter. The teams were tied at 42 heading into the final frame. Serbia proved more accurate in the dying minutes and stole a narrow win at the end. Gojko Dokovic (203-SF-96) accounted for 10 points for Serbia. Stefan Lazarevic (193-SG-96) had 7 points for the winners. Tabzer responded with 10 points for Germany. Viberg and Perner delivered 9 points each in the loss.

Serbia U16: Stefan Peno 14, Gojko Dokovic 10, Stefan Lazarevic 7
Germany U16: Tabzer 10, Viberg 9, Perner 9



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NY Knicks draft Kostas Papanikolaou with 48th overall pick - by Eurobasket News

The New York Knicks selected Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) in 2012 NBA draft, which was held last night. The Greek National Team member was 48th overall pick. Some draft experts rated Papanikolaou, who won a Euroleague and Greek league titles with Olympiakos, as a first round talent. This issue is when and if hell be able to get out of his contract with his Greek club. He is under contract for two more years but could be bought out after next season. Papanikolaou plays for the Greece National Team and could end up facing Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and the United States at the London Olympics. Greece will play a qualifying tournament in 10 days.
Kostas Papanikolaou joined Olympiakos in 2009 from Aris Thessaloniki. He had 7.8 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 32 Greek league games last season. In Euroleague he had 6.1 ppg and 3.4 rpg. As mentioned above, Olympiakos won titles in both competitions, repeating the great success after 15 years. Papanikoialu was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Player of the Year -12. Last summer with the Greek NT he had 3.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 11 games at the EuroBasket in Lithuania.



Brazil edge Greece to win Torneio Eletrobras - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Greece 78:71

Brazil clinched the victory at the Torneio Eletrobras Tournament in San Carlos. The hosts held off Greece in the final round to finish at 3-0 record. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) came up with 22 points to lead the hosts.
Brazil built a narrow 18:16 lead after ten minutes. Greece denied the deficit and surged ahead in the second period. The Hellenes ensured a 39:36 halftime lead. But Brazil were back in control in the third term. They knocked down 20 points to post a 3-point lead before the final quarter. Brazil kept Greece at distance throughout the final period claiming the third straight win in San Carlos at the end. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) delivered 17 points, while Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) added 9 points each for the winners. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) answered with 15 points for Greece. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) chipped in 11 points each in the loss.

Brazil: Marcelo Magalhaes 22, Marquinhos Vieira 17, Tiago Splitter 9, Anderson Varejao 9
Greece: Georgios Printezis 15, Vassilis Spanoulis 11, Kostas Papanikolaou 11



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Dutch U18 win one, lose one in London - by Fred Roggen

Dutch U18 lost the first game in London at the Future Stars International Tournament. The Dutch team was beaten by Denmark in the opener and then won against London United - Harefield Academy.
The Future Stars International Tournament started yesterday in London. The tournament will take place from 29th June to 1st July at Brunel University, Uxbridge, London. The tournament will feature the U18 National teams from the Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, England in addition to London United Harefield Academy.
Denmark U18 overcame the team of Johan Roijakkers 72-67. Mike Schilder (183-PG-94, agency: Court Side) led the Dutch squad with 16 points, while Shane Hammink (198-G-94) poured in 13 and Jito Kok (205-C-94) brought 11.
In Game 2 Holland produced a 68-48 victory over London United - Harefield Academy. Mike Schilder (183-PG-94, agency: Court Side) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Floris Versteeg (200-F-94) netted 16
Today Holland will play the semi-final against England.




ZZ Leiden brings back forward Ross Bekkering - by Fred Roggen

ZZ Leiden brings back a familiar face in Leiden, none other than Dutch-Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement), who inked a one-year deal with ZZ Leiden today.
Ross Bekkering (203-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) arrives from Magixx Wijchen, where he averaged 11.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 19 Dutch basketball League games last season. Bekkering has been battling with injuries last year. He played for ZZ Leiden in the 2010-11 season, averaging 11.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in 48 Dutch basketball League games.





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IBL Game Summaries: June 23-24 - by Kip Leonetti

Nippon Tornadoes 127 at Salem Soldiers 203
On Friday in Salem, the Soldiers' run-and-gun offense out-did themselves as they neared an IBL record by posting a 203-127 rout of the Nippon Tornadoes. Chehales Tapscott was outstanding for the Soldiers with 57 points and 19 rebounds, while Jordan Mast did his best to keep the Tornadoes in the game with 56 points. The prolific victory puts Salem's win streak at five games heading into the final week of the regular season.

Olympia Reign 128 at Orlando Venom 144
In Florida, the Olympia Reign flew across the country and picked up a split of their two-game series with the Orlando Venom. David Wood, with 30 points, led three Orlando players with at least 20 points as the Venom won 144-128, breaking open a close game with a big fourth quarter. Olympia's Nathan Menefee finished as the games high scorer with 31 points on the strength of five three-pointers.

Olympia Reign 132 at Orlando Venom 119
On Saturday, the Reign rebounded with a 132-119 win for their fifth victory of the season. Wood was tough again for Orlando with 26 points, but it wasn't enough as the former Evergreen State quartet of Menefee, Giovonne Woods, Michael Ward and Marcus Whittaker combined for 94 of the Reign's points. Whittaker was particularly strong, connecting on 4-of-7 shots from outside and pulling down a season-high 14 rebounds.

Vancouver Volcanoes 105 at Edmonton Energy 106
Vancouver's road struggles continued as they dropped a pair of games in Edmonton over the weekend. On Friday, 47 points combined from Alex Tiefenthaler and Devin Uskoski wasn't enough as the Energy nipped the Volcanoes 106-105. Steve Sir was the main man for Edmonton, shooting his team to the win with five three-pointers.

Vancouver Volcanoes 100 at Edmonton Energy 114
On Saturday, with Vancouver leading 57-56 at halftime, Edmonton was able to pull away in the third quarter en route to a 114-100 win. The balanced Energy saw Jermaine Bucknor step up with 30 points on 14-of-19 shooting, while Tiefienthaler and Uskoski were again strong for the Volcanoes with 31 and 21 points, respectively.

Bellingham Slam 133 at Yamhill Highflyers 121
The Bellingham Slam made the long drive down I-5 to McMinnville on Friday and pulled out a tough road win, 133-121, against the Yamhill Highflyers. A competitive match was broken wide open in the fourth quarter, thanks to a 22-5 fourth quarter run by the Slam. Blake Poole was a key figure in the victory for Bellingham with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Jason Hartford led Yamhill with 28 points while Jay Glover also impressed with 17 points and 20 rebounds.

Yamhill Highflyers 101 at Bellingham Slam 141
The next night the two teams met up again in Bellingham, with the Slam taking it to Yamhill in a 141-101 blowout. Morris Anderson had a career-high 34 points to pace the Slam, while Poole finished with 24 points and a career-best 22 rebounds. Rookie Slam forward Chas Kok put on a shooting clinic in the fourth quarter, scoring 22 points in just 12 minutes.



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Maccabi Tel Aviv and Keith Langford officially spilt - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel Aviv and Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) officially parted ways. The Israeli powerhouse announced the news yesterday. Langford joined Maccabi at the beginning of the last season. He appeared 20 times in Euroleague averaging 10.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists. The player also added 14.2 ppg, 4 rpg and 3.2 apg for 22 games in Israeli Premier league. He helped the club to win the championship title and was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Guard of the Year -12. Langford and Maccabi also won the Adriatic league title and Israeli Cup last season. In Adriatic league the player had 11.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.8 spg for 19 games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Finals MVP -12. Before Maccabi, Keith Langford played for Khimky Moscow and La Fortezza Bologna. His next stop will be known in the next week or two.


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Virtus Bologna parts ways with Deividas Gailius and Daniel Werner - by Eurobasket News

Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) and Daniel Werner (203-F-87, college: Florida) are no longer members of Virtus Bologna. According to Italian media (Sportando), the team decided not to pick up its contract options for the next season.
Deivydas Gaiulis joined Virtus Bologna two years ago from Siauliai. He played 32 games in SerieA last season registering 5.6 ppg and 2.1 rpg. He had almost the same numbers in 2010/11. With Siauliai, Gaiulis reached Baltic league Semifinals in 2010. He was one of the best players in the team, what helped him to land a deal with Bolgona.
Daniel Werner signed with Bologna last summer. He had 1.6 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 22 games. Season 2010/11 Werner spent with Hungarian Kaposvari, where he shined with 18 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.4 rpg and 2.6 spg. He graduated at the University of Florida in 2010.



Alessandro Gentile to miss four months - by Eurobasket News

Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) is officially out of the Italian National Team this summer. The young prospect will miss about four months due shoulder injury which he sustained last season. Gentile underwent successful surgery and already started the recovering process.
Alessandro Gentile finished last season with EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. He joined them in December averaging 8.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 34 SerieA games. He added 4.6 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 7 Euroleague games. Gentile started the season with Benetton Treviso. There he registered 12.8 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 10 games in SerieA. The player shined in EuroCup with 15 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 1.4 apg for 5 games. He spent several years with Benetton. In the past, Alessandro Gentile very successfully played for the Italian U20 and U18 National Teams. Last summer he led U20 Italy to Silver medal at U20 EuroBasket in Bilbao. He shined with 18.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2 apg for 9 games at this event and was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team. Gentile was Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Newcomer of the Year -11 while playing for Benetton.



Vladimir Micov to sign with CSKA? - by Giovanni Bargna

As reported by Sportando.net the serbian forward Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) seems on his way to Moscow joining CSKA.
The russian team will pay a buyout to Pallacanestro Cantu as the player's contract will expires only at the end of next season.
Micov played last two seasons with Cantu and helped the team getting back to the euroleague last season and reaching the final series in the league playoffs in 2010-2011.
The serbian suffered from a knee injury few months ago and couldn't give his contribution in the final part of the season.
Anyway he's ok now and will join CSKA soon. Micov was also selected by coach Ivkovic to join the serbian national team few days ago.



UPDATE: Vladimir Micov and Pallacanestro Cantu officially parted ways this afternoon.



Market : latest rumors - by Giovanni Bargna

Montepaschi Siena
The team that will be coached by Luca Banchi have reached an agreement with Daniel Hackett (198-G-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC). The italian combo did a great job at Pesaro, his hometown, last season leading the team to the semifinal series in the league. The deal is not confirmed yet, but it could be announced soon. On the market looking for a shooting guard Siena is in talks with Aubrey Coleman (193-G-87, agency: Two Points, college: Houston) who will fly to the USA and play in the next Summer League looking for an NBA team before considering other offers. Coleman had his italian debut season with Biella showing great skills. The supports of Siena still do not know if they will have the chance to applaud David Andersen (211-C-80) and Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) again next season. No rumors on the league MVP, while Andersen was contacted both by CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid.

Pallacanestro Cantu
After rumors about his future Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) should be announced soon by CSKA and will leave Cantu after two good seasons. The team was said to be close to add Marco Cusin (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) few days ago but nothing has been told about this then. Cantu is also in talks with Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) that could replace Micov in the 3 spot. There's a long list of names the team is in contact with trying to strengthen the roster under the boards. some of them are Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tulane), that could stay at Avellino anyway, Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) and Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.). Latest rumor says Cantu, just as other italian teams, is in talks with David Chiotti (205-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico). The big man comes from the US but has got an italian passport and is off a very impressive season at Casale Monferrato. It seems that only one out of Mazzarino and Basile will stay with the team but no-one has been released yet.

Virtus Bologna
After extending Giuseppe Poeta for three seasons, Bologna is interested in Jason Rich (191-G-86). The Us guard came back to Italy (2008-2009 at Cantu) 6 months ago a gave an outstanding contribution to Cremona avoiding the drop.



Italy fire past Czech Republic in Benevento - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16 - Czech Republic U16 66:45

Italy registered the first win at the Trofeo Parente in Benevento. The hosts toppled Czech Republic for the opening victory. Picarelli stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners.
Italy started the game strongly. The hosts outscored Czech Republic 27:6 in the first ten minutes. Italy maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They established a comfortable 45:18 halftime advantage. The gap grew even bigger in the third quarter. Italy ensured a 59:27 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Czech Republic managed to outgun the hosts in the fourth period cutting the deficit at the end. Rossato accounted for 10 points, while Andrea Spera (203-F/C-96) netted 9 points for the winners. David Skranc (96) answered with 12 points for Czech Republic. Necas notched 7 points in the losing effort.

Italy U16: Lucas Picarelli 17, Alberto Rossato 10, Andrea Spera 9
Czech Republic U16: David Skranc 12, Necas 7



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France cruise past Cote d'Ivoire - by Eurobasket News

France - Cote d'Ivoire 74:41

France claimed yet another victory in the preparations for the Olympic basketball tournament. They overcame Cote d'Ivoire in Toulouse. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) scored 18 points to lead the winners.
France left their opponents far behind in the opening quarter. The hosts built a 20:6 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew in the second quarter. They established a 42:17 halftime lead. France stayed dominant throughout the third quarter. Les Bleus limited Cote d'Ivoire to 6 points in the third term to take a 34-point advantage at the final intermission. The African team managed to outscore the hosts in the final term but still had to surrender at the end. Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82, college: Pepperdine) delivered 12 points, while Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) added 11 points for the winners. Landry Edi (193-F-88) and Jean-Michel Yotio (206-F/C) provided 8 points each for Cote dIvoire.

France: Fabien Causeur 18, Yakhouba Diawara 12, Kevin Seraphin 11
Cote d'Ivoire: Landry Edi 8, Jean-Michel Yotio 8



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Latest News - by Mohammed Malas

- ASU Sports Club welcomed the Serbian head coach Toni Vujanic with his agent last wednesday to complete the agreements to sign for the team for two seasons.

Vujanic has a huge experience in Middle East as he took over clubs in Lebanon in the past 8 years in the addition of coaching the Saudi Arabian National Team in 2005 and several teams in Europe.

- Rumors are talking about a possible comeback for the American veteran Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) to the Jordanian Premier League through Orthodox Amman club.

The ex-Zain forward may be the first import to sign for a Jordanian Team after a near decision to allow imports to play again in the league.

- Jordan NT former naturalized player Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) denied any contact with ASU Sports Club to play for the team next season until now.

Wright expressed several times his interest to play again in the JPL.



Jordan lose three in a row in Venezuela - by Eurobasket News

Jordan - Angola 73:90

Jordan finished the Super 4 Israel Sarmiento Cup tournament in Venezuela. The Asian team suffered three losses in as many games. Jordan faced Angola in the final round. Zaid Abbas (203-F-83) put on another impressive scoring performance but could not prevent Jordan from losing the game.
Jordan started the game strongly. They ensured a 22:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Angola however quickly gained control. They outscored Jordan 24:14 in the second quarter to take a 6-point halftime lead. Angola exploded with 27 points in the third period to stretch their lead to 17 points at the final break. Jordan and Angola exchanged baskets throughout the fourth frame as the African team cruised to the victory. Zaid Abbas posted 27 points for Jordan. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) added 13 points, while Mohammad Shaher (210-C-90) chipped in 11 points in the loss.



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SEABA U18: Malaysia record first win - by Eurobasket News

Malaysia U18 - Laos U18 117:53

Malaysia earned the first win at the SEABA U18 Championship. They rallied past Laos for 1-2 record. Lian Loo stepped up with 19 points to pace Malaysia. Laos fell at 0-3 record.
Malaysia stormed into the game. They posted a 31:8 lead after ten minutes. Malaysia stretched the margin to 36-point mark at halftime 57:21. Malaysia did not slow down after the big break. They unloaded 35 points in the third term to clear off. Malaysia cruised to the victory afterwards. Zhi Tan (178-G-95) provided 17 points, while Jia Tong (189-F-95) added 16 points for the winning side. Siphandone Sengthong (181-C-96) answered with 16 points for Laos. Aphakone Phommasone (175-G-96) netted 14 points in defeat.

Malaysia U18: Lian Loo 19, Zhi Tan 17, Jia Tong 16
Laos U18: Siphandone Sengthong 16, Aphakone Phommasone 14



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William Daniels leaves JSF Nanterre for VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News

William Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) will continue his career in Latvia. JSF Nanterre officially announced that the American forward left the team to join VEF Riga. He played 30 games with Nanterre last season in ProA averaging 14.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Daniel joined the club two years ago. In their first season together he helped them win the ProB title and promotion for ProA. He had 14.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.4 apg for 38 games that season. Before Nanterre, William Daniels split 2009/10 season between Greek Peristeri and NBA D-League team Bakersfield Jam. In 2008/09, he played for Panorama GS in Greece. Daniels is a product of the Rhode Island University, where he graduated in 2008. VEF Riga is the reigning Latvian champion.


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Slovenia beat the Baltic State in Murcia - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20- Lithuania U20 93:89

Slovenia U20 won the opener of the Torneo Internacional de Murcia. The team overcame Lithuania U20 93:89 due to the second half.
The Baltic state started with 22-21 lead in the opening period and added 223-20 in the second frame. The board showed 45:41 for Lithuania as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Slovenia meanwhile dominated the court in the second half and came up with two narrow victories. They needed 28-23 to take 1-point lead at the end of the third quarter and finished the game with 24-21 in the last stanza.
Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Alen Omic (215-C-92) as well as Gezim Morina (204-C/F-92) posted 16 each. Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) followed them with 10 points in a win.
In another game Ukraine U20 won Torneo Internacional de Murcia their opener. The team overcomes the hosts of the tournament, Spain 67:52.



U17 World Championship: Canada upset the hosts - by Eurobasket News

Canada U17-Lithuania U17 69:63

Canada upset the hosts at the start of the World Championships U17 Tournament in Kaunas. The Canadian side needed a strong third period to seal the 69:63 win.
Lithuania started the game better and won the first period 17:13. Moreover the hosts added 21-17 in the second period and led 8 points at the halftime. The third quarter however was decisive in the game as Canada produced a 17-9 burst.
Canada made 47 Rebounds, while Lithuanian team ended up with 48. The latter also had more Assists in the game 10 versus 8.
Kevin-Mbezela Zabo (186-G-95) and Marial Shayok (196-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points each. Tyrell Bellot-Green (198-F-95) nailed 9, while Robinson added 8. Zydrunas Jurgutis (178-PG-95), GRABAUSKAS and Edvinas Seskus (192-G/F-95) replied with 13 points each, while the latter also collected 14 boards. Ernestas Serkevicius (187-PG-95) followed them with 10 points in a loss.

Canada U17: Kevin-Mbezela Zabo 16, Marial Shayok 16, Tyrell Bellot-Green 9, Robinson 8
Lithuania U17: Zydrunas Jurgutis 13, GRABAUSKAS 13, Edvinas Seskus 13+14 rebs, Ernestas Serkevicius 10



Paulius Jankunas remains with Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport) remains with Zalgiris for the 2012/2013 season. The Lithuanian Forward will enter his third season in a rwo for the champions.
In 2011-2012 for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL, starting five) he averaged 12.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg in Baltic League and in VTB League after 18 games showed 11.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 83.6%. In Lithuanian League his stats read 10.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 79.8%, while in Euroleague Paulis showed 7.8ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.7%.
Early in 2010 Paulius Jankunas was back to B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas. The 26-year-old Lithuanian forward, who left B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas for one season played for BC Khimky Moscow Region. Jankunas averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the last Russian Super League. He also played 16 games in Euroleague registering 8.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 0.8 ast per game. BC Khimky Moscow Region made a great result by reaching the Russian league final.



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SEABA U18: Malaysia record first win - by Eurobasket News

Malaysia U18 - Laos U18 117:53

Malaysia earned the first win at the SEABA U18 Championship. They rallied past Laos for 1-2 record. Lian Loo stepped up with 19 points to pace Malaysia. Laos fell at 0-3 record.
Malaysia stormed into the game. They posted a 31:8 lead after ten minutes. Malaysia stretched the margin to 36-point mark at halftime 57:21. Malaysia did not slow down after the big break. They unloaded 35 points in the third term to clear off. Malaysia cruised to the victory afterwards. Zhi Tan (178-G-95) provided 17 points, while Jia Tong (189-F-95) added 16 points for the winning side. Siphandone Sengthong (181-C-96) answered with 16 points for Laos. Aphakone Phommasone (175-G-96) netted 14 points in defeat.

Malaysia U18: Lian Loo 19, Zhi Tan 17, Jia Tong 16
Laos U18: Siphandone Sengthong 16, Aphakone Phommasone 14



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Wizards take another player from the Czech Republic with the 32nd pick. - by Bryan Floyd

The Washington Wizards selected Tomas Satoransky (6'7''-G-91) with their 32nd pick in Thursday nights NBA draft. Satoransky is a 6-foot-7 guard from the Czech Republic, from where Wizards forward Jan Vesely is from. Vesely was Washingtons sixth overall selection in last years draft. Vesely and Satoransky are actually best friends and down the road this move could be very good for the future of the team. With that in mind, Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in all likelihood Satoransky would remain in Europe to develop his game and ideally join Washington in a few years. With that being said, Grunfeld said although Satoransky will play for the Wizards summer league team with Vesely, he would remain in Europe to develop his game and ideally join Washington in a season or two. This is a very good prospect were talking about, Grunfeld said. A prospect for down the road, and hes playing in the highest league in Europe, and we hope he develops and plays instead of just sitting on the bench and not getting any playing time. Satoranskys was the youngest player in the history of the Czech Republic National Basketball League and for the Czech national team. He can play both guard positions and twice won the slam dunk contest in the NBL and won the ACB dunk contest in 2010. He is very similar to his buddy Vesely in a lot of ways. Ideally the Wizards would love to have him work on his defense, his strength and his jump shot and he has a chance to be a special player down the road.


Colangelo clarifies position on Calderon - by Eurobasket News

Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo spoke to the media in Toronto today about the teams situation entering free agency, and some members of the media left the room feeling that Colangelo had intimated that he would use the amnesty clause to get out from under Jose Manuel Calderon (6'3''-PG-81) in an effort to clear cap space.

I think Jose is a professional, Colangelo told gathered media. He knows this, its part of the business. I have talked to his agent. I explained to him some of the things that were being speculating on. We discussed it. Thats my means of communicating. Rather than let something just hang there and be an unknown. I like to be more I like to converse and discuss those situations and make sure people are prepared for whatever might happen, whether its a trade or whether its the possibility of an amnesty in this case.

Again, Jose is a very good basketball player and very important part of this team and hes become a leader on this team. But like I said, if we feel there is a piece that will make us better or improve our basketball team and weve got the flexibility and the commitment to commit those resources accordingly. I think we should always pursue that.

I think Jose understands that. Again, Jose is a pro. He grown man and he understands that it is a business. If he comes back were going to be happy to have him and Coach loves Jose Manuel Calderon. But again as we construct the roster, you do your best to put the best possible team on the floor with a vision and a plan and thats what were doing now.

Since that meeting, Colangelo told HOOPSWORLD that while that was discussed, it was the media present that made the leap to Calderon, and that no decision about Calderons future has been made with regard to the amnesty clause.

Colangelo also announced that the team will extend qualifying offers to Sonny Weems and Jerryd Bayless, making them restricted free agents, and that the team would decline its option on Solomon Alabi, who is nonetheless expected to play on the teams summer league iteration.

Colangelo stopped short of mentioning free agent (Canadian) point guard Steve Nash, but its clear he is their top free agent target as the NBA prepares for free agency period to commence. The team will also be pursuing a small forward, according to Colangelo.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com



Thibodeau contract talks stalled - by Eurobasket News

With the draft completed, the Bulls will shift their focus to the next big issues on their docket.

Free agency opens Sunday. And while Tom Thibodeau contract extension talks have been ongoing for awhile, significant work remains, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.

While one source warned the lack of a deal is typical for this stage of negotiations, it's impossible not to see parallels with the Scott Skiles' situation from June 2005. Thibodeau's option for 2012-13 has been picked up. However, after progress on an extension preceding last season, the two sides lately have stalled on contract length and value.

Currently hurting Thibodeau is the fact the big-money era for NBA coaches has calmed a bit and the Bulls remain feeling a bit burned after signing Skiles to a three-year, $13.25 million extension, which came on top of his option being exercised.

Skiles was fired on Christmas Eve 2007 with roughly $7 million remaining on his deal and he negotiated a $4 million settlement before the Bucks hired him.

General manager Gar Forman has said consistently he and Thibodeau share the same goal of keeping the 2011 Coach of the Year with the Bulls "for a long time."

As for free agency, sources said the Bulls will pursue Kirk Hinrich, although they won't offer a full mid-level exception. Plus, he isn't the only target. Hinrich, who lives in his north suburban home in the offseason, told the Tribune in March he would consider the Bulls but also explore all options.

Forman said the Bulls are not concerned about luxury tax issues.

"The financial piece is always something you look at," Forman said. " (Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf) has been very consistent with us that we want to try to put together the best team we can. Our decisions this summer will be basketball decisions, not financial decisions."

Option play: The Bulls have until July 10 to announce whether they will pick up team options on Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson. None are expected to return, although Korver remains a slight possibility even though his option is the most expensive at $5 million.

Last year's first-round pick, Jimmy Butler, is expected to assume Brewer's role.

Layups: Derrick Rose has returned from Alabama and continued his rehabilitation at the Berto Center on Thursday. Rose is scheduled to shift to Santa Monica, Calif., where he owns an offseason home, sometime this summer. Hoopshype.com reported Rafer Alton, who last played in the NBA in 2010, will attend the Bulls' minicamp before summer league. The four previous times the Bulls drafted 29th, they selected Larry Micheaux in 1983, Toni Kukoc in 1990, Travis Knight in 1996 and Trenton Hassell in 2001. This marked the fifth time in franchise history the Bulls only owned one pick. The last time occurred in 2010 when they drafted Kevin Seraphin and traded his rights along with Hinrich to the Wizards in exchange for the draft rights to Vladimir Veremeenko. The Bulls had no picks in 2005, the only time in franchise history.

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com



Alexey Shved will move to NBA this summer - by Eurobasket News

Alexey Shved will definitely play in the NBA next season. Andrey Vatutin of the CSKA Moscow said for the Russian media (Sports.ru) that Shved wants to try himself in the strongest basketball league in the World. Vatutin thinks it is still early for Shved to leave, but the player and his agent think that is the best solution for him. Vatutin said it is their decision and it is not matter of money.
Alexey Shved had a great season with CSKA Moscow. He played 21 games in Euroleague averaging 10.6 points, 3 assists and 2.6 rebounds. In Russian championship the player added 11.6 ppg, 3.3 apg and 3 rpg, while in VTB United league he had slightly lower numbers. CSKA won Russian and VTB titles, plus they reached Euroleague Finals. Alexey Shved is active member of the Russian National Team. Last summer at the EuroBasket in Lithuania he had 8.5 ppg, 3.1 apg and 2.5 rpg for 11 games. Russia won the Bronze at this event.

According to Sports.ru, Shved will most likely sign a deal with Minnesota Timberwolves.



Charlotte Bobcats extend offers to Derrick Brown, D.J. Augustin - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Bobcats have extended qualifying offers to point guard D.J. Augustin (5'11''-PG-87, college: Texas) and small forward Derrick Brown (6'8''-F-87, college: Xavier), restricting their free-agency. That means the Bobcats can match any offer made by other teams for them.

The Bobcats did not address power forward DJ White in their announcement, so he apparently did not receive a qualifying offer and becomes an unrestricted free agent. Not extending a qualifying offer does not keep the Bobcats from making White an offer, if they so choose.

Augustins one-season qualifying offer counts for about $4.4 million under NBA rules. Browns qualifying offer is for about $1 million. Had the Bobcats made a qualifying offer to White, he could have made about $3 million for next season.

Augustin started at point guard when healthy last season. He has previously turned down a contract extension , and his name came up frequently in the days leading up to the trade deadline in March.

Augustins representatives could now shop around for a team willing to sign Augustin to an offer sheet. If that happened, the Bobcats would have several days to decide whether to match or let Augustin leave without compensation.

Browns status seemed uncertain Thursday, after the Bobcats drafted two small forwards Kentuckys Michael Kidd-Gilchrist second overall and Vanderbilts Jeffrey Taylor 31st overall. But Brown is the only small forward on the roster with any NBA experience after Corey Maggette was traded Monday to the Detroit Pistons.

Courtesy of www.charlotteobserver.com



No deal for Thunder's Scott Brooks - by Eurobasket News

While the focus as of Sunday will be on free-agent NBA players, the Oklahoma City Thunder are still hoping to keep their coach, Scott Brooks, from entering the same waters.

As of Friday, the only certainty is that for the tale of the Thunder's feel-good rise to continue, general manager Sam Presti and agent Warren LeGarie have to find a middle ground. Soon.

"We're not close," a source familiar with the negotiations said, "and the clock is ticking."

It's a sign of the times that the Thunder and Brooks have not been able to work out an extension, considering how much success they've had together. Since Brooks succeeded P.J. Carlesimo after a 1-12 start to the former Seattle franchise's first season (2008-09) in Oklahoma City, the Thunder's trajectory has been nothing but skyward. In his first full season as coach, they qualified for the 2010 playoffs. The next season, they reached the 2011 Western Conference finals. Now, of course, they're coming off a trip to the Finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat in five games.

The crux of the problem is that Brooks, based on the team's accomplishments, has been vastly underpaid the past two seasons, making $1.9 million and $2.1 million, respectively. The Thunder originally offered him a three-year extension worth between $11 million and $12 million before this past season. In light of this year's success, they increased the offer to roughly four years for $16 million.

Those figures are in line with the NBA's new economic model, where championship-winning Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made $3 million this year, according to sources, and last year's championship-winning coach, Rick Carlisle of the Mavericks, signed an extension that netted him only a $100,000 raise -- from $4.5 million to $4.6 million -- in the first year of his new deal.

While Presti and LeGarie both declined to comment on the negotiations, the Thunder's view seems to be they are giving Brooks a hefty raise and, based on the latest deals -- including the Bulls keeping Tom Thibodeau in the $2 million range by exercising a one-year option despite Chicago posting the East's best record the past two seasons -- are paying him top dollar. Randy Wittman, recently named head coach of the Washington Wizards, is making less than $2 million. LeGarie, of course, can counter that Brooks maneuvered the coltish Thunder past both Carlisle and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is believed to be making close to $6 million a year.

The decision facing the Thunder is putting a price on Brooks' importance in the continued growth and development of the team's impressive collection of young talent, led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. For Brooks, it's weighing the value of coaching that championship-caliber talent against possibly starting over with the rebuilding Portland Trail Blazers, who plan to pursue Brooks if he's available. LeGarie also represents the Blazers' new GM, Neil Olshey.

Courtesy of ESPN



Wolves making run at Pau Gasol - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Timberwolves are trying hard to land Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80).

If they have to part with the highest draft choice in franchise history after just one season, the Wolves appear ready to do it.

That much became clear leading up to the NBA draft on Thursday, when Minnesota offered Derrick Williams (6'8''-F-91, college: Arizona) in hopes of landing the second pick from the Charlotte Bobcats to help get Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers, two people with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press.

The people requested anonymity because the talks were meant to remain private. The deal never came together before the draft began, and the Bobcats stayed at No. 2 and took Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-SF-93).

The Timberwolves are expected to continue their pursuit of Gasol in hopes of putting him with fellow Spaniard Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love on a revamped roster aimed at returning the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

The Wolves interest in Gasol has long been rumored, with the highly skilled big man considered an ideal fit for coach Rick Adelmans corner offense, and the kind of playoff-tested veteran needed on one of the youngest rosters in the NBA. Hes close friends with Rubio, the Wolves superb young point guard who is recovering from a torn ACL and hopes to be ready early next season.

Gasol has teamed with Kobe Bryant to win two titles in Los Angeles, but always seemed to catch the brunt of the criticism when things went wrong.

That happened again this year when he averaged just 12.5 points along with 9.5 rebounds in the playoffs, and the Lakers were eliminated in the second round by the younger, quicker Oklahoma City Thunder. He often appeared to get lost in the shuffle while Bryant and Andrew Bynum got most of the touches on offense.

He was the subject of trade rumors all season, starting before it began when Commissioner David Stern, operating as owner of the New Orleans Hornets, nixed a deal that would have sent Gasol to Houston as part of a package for Chris Paul to the Lakers.

It has been a crazy year and a lot to deal with. ... Unfortunately, we had tough losses and things didnt really go our way for the most part, the four-time All-Star said at the end of the season. You just have to regroup and digest this loss and this season, and learn from it and move on.

Gasol is due to make more than $38 million over the next two seasons, an enormous sum that the salary cap-strapped Lakers might have difficulty footing under the harsher luxury tax penalties scheduled to kick in in 2013.

Loves max contract extension kicks in next season, making him the only Timberwolves player who is expected to be on the roster next season making more than $4.6 million. If the Wolves buy out Martell Webster and decline to tender qualifying offers to Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph, as expected, they should have plenty of cap room for Gasol.

But if they want to bring him in to play alongside Love in the frontcourt, it likely will come at a hefty price. Offering Williams, the second overall pick last season who showed promise and inconsistency in his rookie year, means the Wolves would be giving up on him after just one season. The 21-year-old Williams has plenty of potential to grow into the star that many projected when he entered the draft after his sophomore season at Arizona.

Gasol will turn 32 next week and played nearly 39,000 minutes in his career, raising the question if he has enough gas left in the tank to help turn the Timberwolves into a legitimate contender.

Williams knows the Wolves tried to deal him, but its unclear how he will respond if hes still on the team at the start of training camp.

He averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds and was the only Timberwolves player to play in all 66 games last season. Williams had several big games during an inconsistent season, which included participating in the slam dunk contest during All-Star weekend. He scored 27 points in 27 minutes in a win over the Clippers in Los Angeles on Feb. 28 and had 27 points and eight boards in a loss at Denver on April 11.

But the 66-year-old Adelman has been pushing for the franchise to add more veterans, and he grew impatient at times with Williams last season.

Williams did most of his damage while playing power forward, which is the same position played by Love, who blossomed last year into a surprising MVP contender. With Love playing so many minutes at power forward, the Timberwolves were hoping Williams could drop some weight this summer to help him become quick enough to play small forward for the majority of the time.

Earlier this week, Kahn said Williams was already down to 233 pounds, with a personal goal of 225.

I think the most important fact about Derrick to me is that he turned 21 last month. Hes still very, very young, Kahn said Wednesday. This is a very important summer for him to demonstrate if hes serious about his craft, his occupation, that hes serious about himself. This is the offseason. I challenged him in his exit interview, and Im eager to see the results of this summer.

Kahn declined to list Williams with Rubio and Love as untouchable players when the team considers trades this summer.

We have two untouchables, Kahn said. That doesnt mean everyone else will be traded this summer. We just dont know.

Courtesy of www.wctrib.com



Mo Williams joins Utah Jazz, Odom to Clippers, trade done - by Eurobasket News

After an at times frustrating and ultimately quiet NBA Draft on Thursday, the Jazz were busier Friday than they've been in more than a year.

Veteran point guard Maurice Williams (6'1''-PG-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) opted in for the final year of his $8.5 million contract, allowing a trade that dominated Utah's draft-day news to finally go through.

The Salt Lake Tribune first reported Williams decision.

ESPN initially reported the framework of a four-team trade that saw mercurial but talented forward Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) return to the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas receive Utah's trade exception from the Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79) deal, and Houston obtain the rights to Furkan Aldemir (6'10''-F-91, agency: Beo Basket), originally chosen by the Clippers with the No. 53 overall pick in Thursdays draft.

As part of the Williams trade, the Jazz sent the rights to Tadija Dragicevic (6'9''-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) (No. 53 pick in 2008 draft) to Dallas, while Utah received the rights to Shan Foster (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Vanderbilt) (No. 51 in 2008).

A source close to Williams said the nine-year veteran is thrilled to return to Utah, who drafted him in 2003 with the No. 47 overall pick.

Jazz General Manager Kevin OConnor would not officially comment on the trade or the rest of Utahs busy Friday. But the organization was glad Williams took his time before making a career-changing decision, and the Jazz will now move ahead with a unique roster featuring four point guards starter Devin Harris, Williams, Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley.

All will enter the 2012-13 season with expiring contracts. Watson and Tinsley will compete for reserve minutes, while Harris and Williams are expected to alternate between point guard and shooting guard. As a result, Utah will be able to go small and big with a front-court heavy lineup that features Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors.

Through nine seasons with four teams, the 29-year-old Williams has averaged 13.8 points and 4.9 assists while shooting 44.1 percent from the floor and 38.7 percent behind the 3-point line. He played out of position during the 2011-12 season, but was a key component of a resurgent Clippers team that advanced to the Western Conference semifinals.

Williams spent his rookie season with the Jazz under then-coach Jerry Sloan. He signed a restricted free agent sheet with Milwaukee in 2004, though, and OConnor acknowledged Thursday that not matching the offer is the worst decision hes made since taking over Utahs basketball operations.

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com



Orlando Magic hire Scott Perry, Matt Lloyd as assistant general managers - by Eurobasket News

The Orlando Magic have named Scott Perry vice president/assistant general manager and Matt Lloyd assistant general manager, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced Friday.

Perry has served as vice president of basketball operations of the Detroit Pistons for the last four years. Lloyd spent 13 seasons with the Chicago Bulls, the last five as the teams director of college scouting.

We are ecstatic to add Scott (Perry) and Matt (Lloyd) to our Orlando Magic family, Hennigan said. Scott and Matt bring multi-dimensional skillsets to our front office, and they both will have tremendous input in how we shape this organization going forward.

With Detroit, Perry was responsible for directing day-to-day operations of the basketball operations department, handling player personnel issues and assisting in roster development.

Perrys professional career began during the summer of 2000, joining the Pistons as a college scout. He was then promoted to director of player personnel in June of 2002, a position he held for five years. Detroit captured the NBA World Championship in 2004. In 2007-08, Perry served as assistant general manager for the Seattle Supersonics.

Prior to joining the Pistons, Perry spent three seasons as head coach at Eastern Kentucky University from 1997-2000. He also spent nine seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan, University of California and Detroit Mercy.

Perry graduated from Wayne State in 1986 with a bachelors degree in marketing. He was a captain and all-conference basketball player his senior year. Recruited to play at the University of Oregon by former NBA coach Jim OBrien and NBA executive Stu Jackson, Perry spent his freshman year with the Ducks prior to transferring.

Perrys father, Lowell, was the first black assistant coach in the NFL, hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1957.

As director of college scouting for Chicago, Lloyd oversaw the scouting and information compilation of prospects for the NBA Draft, along with statistical analysis of pro and amateur players. He implemented and maintained a database which organized scouting information.

Lloyd began with the Bulls in 1994 as a game-day and special projects employee in the video room. He joined the team full-time in 1999 and was the teams media services coordinator for four seasons. Lloyd then joined the basketball operations department in 2003, and served as senior manager of basketball operations/scout for four seasons.

In addition, Lloyd also worked as a game-day employee with the Chicago White Sox in their video department for five years.

Prior to joining the Bulls full-time, Lloyd spent one year (1998-99) as the assistant director of information services for Conference USA, and a year-and-a-half (1997-98) as director of media services for the Arena Football League. He also completed an internship at ESPN during his senior year of college.

Lloyd graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a bachelors degree in communications in 1996, where he worked for three years in the athletic department.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Utah Jazz exercise Jamaal Tinsley option, extend qualifying offer to Jeremy Evans - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor announced today that the team has exercised its option on guard Jamaal Tinsley (6'3''-G-78, college: Iowa St.) for the 2012-13 season, and has tendered a qualifying offer to forward Jeremy Evans (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: W.Kentucky).

Tinsley (6-3, 190, Iowa State) is a nine-year NBA veteran who has appeared in 473 career games (367 starts) with Indiana, Memphis and Utah, and holds career averages of 9.3 points, 6.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 27.7 minutes. The former first-round pick (27th overall by the Vancouver in 2001) appeared in 37 games (one start) for the Jazz during the 2011-12 season, his first in Utah, and averaged 3.7 points, 1.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 13.7 minutes.

The 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Champion, Evans (6-9, 194, Western Kentucky) has appeared in 78 games (three starts) over his first two NBA seasons, averaging 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds while shooting .656 from the field. Originally selected by the Jazz in the second round (55th overall selection) of the 2010 NBA Draft, the Crossett, Ark., native was the first Jazz draft selection ever from Western Kentucky and is also the only player in franchise history to win the slam dunk contest.

In accordance with the leagues collective bargaining agreement, in order for a team to retain its right of first refusal with respect to a restricted free agent, the team must tender the player a qualifying offer prior to June 30. A restricted free agent may sign an offer sheet with any team, but is subject to a right of first refusal with the team for which the player last played.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Raptors extend qualifying offers to Bayless, Weems - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents guard Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-PG-88, college: Arizona) and guard/forward Sonny Weems (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Arkansas).

Bayless averaged career highs with 11.4 points and 3.8 assists for the Raptors last season. The former 11th overall pick upped his production to 17.8 points and 5.3 assists per game in 11 starts.

Weems spent the 2011-12 season with Zalgiris in the Lithuanian league. He averaged 10.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 16 VTB showings and 15.5 points and five rebounds in five Euroleague contests.

When he last appeared in the NBA, Weems set a career high with 9.2 points in 59 games with the Raptors in 2010-11.

The two players have the ability to sign with another team, but the Raptors have the right to match the offer.

Toronto also announced that it will not extend a qualifying offer to center Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88, college: Florida St.).

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



Chris Bosh withdraws from Olympic consideration due to injury - by Eurobasket News

Just one day after Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) announced that knee surgery and a subsequent four-to-six-week recovery period would prevent him from representing the United States as part of the U.S. men's national basketball team in next month's 2012 Summer Olympics in London, his teammate on the NBA's Miami Heat, Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech), also removed his name from consideration for the national team, citing injury.

Bosh suffered a severe abdominal strain in the opening game of the Heat's second-round Eastern Conference playoff series with the Indiana Pacers back in May. The injury sidelined him for nine games and 23 days, but he returned late in Miami's Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Boston Celtics, performing well and helping propel the Heat into the NBA finals, which they won in five games. The 6-foot-11 Bosh averaged 14.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in the finals, primarily playing center (a mostly unfamiliar position for the career power forward) and turning in perhaps the best defensive basketball of his nine-year NBA career.

Unfortunately for USA Basketball, it seems Bosh's return from injury and his determined play in pursuit of a championship set his recovery from the strain back quite a bit, and too much to be ready for international competition this summer. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald provided the statement that Bosh sent out through his agent, Henry Thomas:



I am extremely disappointed to say that due to injury, I cannot represent my country in the 2012 Olympics in London [...] The abdominal injury that I suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals is not fully healed.

After The Finals, I met with my doctors to determine the best course of action, with the full intent to play in the Olympics. From those meetings, I was advised that rest and additional rehab of my abdominal injury will be necessary in order to avoid the development of a chronic injury.

Having enjoyed the honor of representing my country in the 2008 Olympics, when we won the gold medal, I wanted to be part of that experience again. However, I must follow my doctors' advice and properly take care of this injury.

My thoughts will be with our guys in London in August and I am confident that Coach K and the USAB staff will bring home the gold again to the USA.



Thomas told Tim Reynolds at The Associated Press that the "exposure [Bosh] would get being part of that team is something he would like.

"But at the end of the day, his health going forward is more important than all of those things," the agent said.

Bosh's withdrawal means only 16 healthy names remain on the preliminary U.S. men's national team roster, which will be whittled down to 12 before the team heads to London.

While Bosh wasn't considered a definite lock to make this year's version of Team USA, he performed well as a reserve power forward and center in Beijing in 2008. Bosh averaged 9.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in just 17.3 minutes per game, while also using his length and quickness to produce better defensive effort than he'd become known for with the Toronto Raptors.

After previous injuries removed Beijing starter Dwight Howard and versatile four-five type LaMarcus Aldridge from the London mix, Bosh figured to see more minutes at the five this time around. Instead, his absence means that only five of the remaining 16 players on the U.S. roster profile as prospective centers Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Lamar Odom and newly minted No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Davis.

And of those five, only two are considered locks for the final 12 Chandler, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the year who is expected to start in Howard's stead, and Love, who starred for the 2010 team that won gold at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. Griffin, Odom and Davis will all participate in a July 5 workout with Colangelo and company aimed at determining whether they're ready to contribute to the quest for gold.

Griffin's power and athleticism would certainly be assets, but he's working his way back from a sprained left knee that dogged him throughout the Los Angeles Clippers' second-round playoff loss to the San Antonio Spurs last month. Odom was a key member of that 2010 FIBA squad, leading the U.S. in rebounding and playing mostly at center, but he was reportedly removed from consideration for a spot in London after his dreadful 2011-12 season with Dallas; however, injuries and an interest in coming back have him back in the fold. As for Davis, Colangelo, Krzyzewski and crew will have to figure out whether the 6-foot-11 forward with the 7-foot-6 wingspan would be a worthy defensive weapon off the bench or if, at just 19 years of age, Davis isn't yet ready for international competition for the senior national team.

Even if USA Basketball brass decides that none of the three on-the-bubble bigs are ready to contribute in London, the guard-heavy lineup and relative lack of legitimate bigs likely wouldn't harm the U.S. too much against most teams in the tournament. If Chandler and Love can sop up most of the minutes in the middle, Krzyzewski has the attractive option of slotting one of his three big, versatile wings LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant in at the power-forward spot, creating monstrous offensive mismatches against opposing fours without exposing the team too much defensively. (I mean, Chandler got plenty of experience covering for Anthony's defensive miscues with the New York Knicks this year.)

Where the U.S. would run into a problem with that strategy, though, is in a potential rematch with Spain, the silver medalists in Beijing in 2008. The Spanish national team will start the dynamic frontcout duo of Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol, two legitimate 7-footers who can play off one another and have skill to burn, and will spell them with Oklahoma City Thunder shot-blocker Serge Ibaka, who became a Spanish citizen last summer and gives Spain perhaps the deepest front line in the world. If the U.S. sees Spain, trying to get away with 'Melo and KD guarding the Gasols or Ibaka seems like a recipe for disaster. Bigger bodies more accustomed to banging inside will be needed, which is why Colangelo, Coach K and Team USA's assistants are hoping that one or all of the three bigs slated to workout July 5 come healthy and ready.

With the NBA finals and NBA draft now in the rear-view, the time for making decisions is drawing near. After pushing the cutdown date back from June 18 to give the injury situation time to play out, USA Basketball is expected to announce its 12-man squad on (or around) July 7.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Courtney Lee receives qualifying offer from Rockets - by Eurobasket News

The Rockets extended a $4.3 million qualifying offer to guard Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, college: W.Kentucky) on Friday, ensuring he will be a restricted free agent to allow the team to match any offer sheet he receives, a person with knowledge of the move said.

Fridays step was expected. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has said the team intends to keep Lee, 26, as a free agent, but he will be able to attract offers greater than the qualifying offer necessary to keep him a restricted free agent.

The Rockets also will begin the process to sign last seasons first-round pick Donatas Motiejunas. Motiejunas must first complete the paperwork on his buyout in Europe and then receive FIBA clearance from his previous team before he can sign with the Rockets. The process is expected to take no longer than five days, allowing him to report to the start of summer league training camp July 8.

The team also picked up its non-guaranteed options on guard Courtney Fortson and forward Diamon Simpson on Friday. Both are expected to be part of the Rockets summer league team, along with this seasons first-round selections, Royce White, Jeremy Lamb and Terrence Jones, last seasons top pick Marcus Morris and Motiejunas.

Thursdays trade for the draft rights to second-round pick Furkan Aldemir was completed, with the Rockets sending cash considerations to the Mavericks as part of their trade with the Jazz and Clippers. Aldemir, a power forward from Turkey, is expected to remain in Europe for at least one more season.

Courtesy of http://blog.chron.com



Grizzlies issue qualifying offers to Arthur, Speights, but not Mayo - by Eurobasket News

The Grizzlies intend to search for more shooting and help at point guard when the NBA's free-agent period begins just before midnight Saturday night.

On Friday, the team also sent a message that indicated which of its own free agents are valued. Forwards Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88, college: Kansas) and Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Florida) will be restricted free agents this summer after receiving qualifying offers from the Grizzlies. If any other team tenders a contract offer sheet, the Griz will have the right to match.

Memphis did not exercise that option for guards O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) and Lester Hudson. They will become unrestricted free agents and can leave without the Grizzlies being able to match contract offers. The Griz won't renounce their rights to Mayo and Hudson, meaning they could still execute a sign-and-trade deal with each player. However, that is unlikely.

Finances and the direction of the team played a role in those decisions.

The Griz are roughly $7 million beneath the luxury-tax threshold. Mayo's qualifying offer is $7.4 million and would have affected the Grizzlies' financial flexibility. A player can opt to accept the qualifying offer for one season and become an unrestricted free agent the following summer. Hudson is the odd man out of a crowded backcourt after the Griz selected 6-5 combo guard Tony Wroten with the 25th pick in Thursday's draft.

Tendering qualifying offers to Speights ($3.8 million) and Arthur ($3 million) made sense due to the makeup of the roster. The Griz would like to retain both players because they have just three power forwards/centers under contract. The Griz have long considered Arthur a part of the future despite an Achilles injury that kept him out the entire 2011-12 season. Speights set career highs in points (8.8) and rebounding (6.2) with the Griz after being acquired from Philadelphia.

Courtesy of www.commercialappeal.com



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The National Basketball League of Canada Approves Windsor - by Eurobasket News

he National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that the City of Windsor expansion bid has been approved for the 2012-2013 season. After reviewing the Windsor's ownership group's application, NBL Canada's Board of Directors voted unanimously to bring professional basketball to the great City of Windsor.
"I'm truly excited for the City of Windsor being awarded a new professional basketball organization", said NBL Canada President & CEO, Andre Levingston. "I know the owners, and players will do a tremendous job of supporting the community along with serving as role models for the youth of Windsor. I'm confident the city will embrace this amazing opportunity and support their club." With the approval of Windsor, the new organization will become the eighth team in the National Basketball League of Canada.
Courtesy of: nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com



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Nigeria post first win at Torneio Eletrobras - by Eurobasket News

Nigeria - New Zealand 74:66

Nigeria celebrated the first win at the Torneio Eletrobras tournament in San Carlos. They held off New Zealand for 1-2 record. Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90, college: Wake Forest) came up with 16 points to lead the winners.
The Tall Blacks enjoyed a narrow 17:16 lead after ten minutes. But Nigeria took over in the second quarter. The African team held the Kiwis to 7 points in the second period to establish a 33:24 halftime advantage. Nigeria maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the final quarter up by 10 points 51:41. New Zealand fired 25 points trying to avoid the loss but Nigeria stayed calm and sealed the victory at the end. Ejike Ugboaja (204-F/C-85) notched 10 points for Nigeria. Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) added 9 points for the winners. Alex Pledger (213-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey), Mika Vukona (198-F-82) and Lindsay Tait (192-G-82, agency: Duran International) scored 10 points each for New Zealand.

Nigeria: Al-Farouq Aminu 16, Ejike Ugboaja 10, Ike Diogu 9
New Zealand: Alex Pledger 10, Mika Vukona 10, Lindsay Tait 10



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Nigeria post first win at Torneio Eletrobras - by Eurobasket News

Nigeria - New Zealand 74:66

Nigeria celebrated the first win at the Torneio Eletrobras tournament in San Carlos. They held off New Zealand for 1-2 record. Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90, college: Wake Forest) came up with 16 points to lead the winners.
The Tall Blacks enjoyed a narrow 17:16 lead after ten minutes. But Nigeria took over in the second quarter. The African team held the Kiwis to 7 points in the second period to establish a 33:24 halftime advantage. Nigeria maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the final quarter up by 10 points 51:41. New Zealand fired 25 points trying to avoid the loss but Nigeria stayed calm and sealed the victory at the end. Ejike Ugboaja (204-F/C-85) notched 10 points for Nigeria. Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) added 9 points for the winners. Alex Pledger (213-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey), Mika Vukona (198-F-82) and Lindsay Tait (192-G-82, agency: Duran International) scored 10 points each for New Zealand.

Nigeria: Al-Farouq Aminu 16, Ejike Ugboaja 10, Ike Diogu 9
New Zealand: Alex Pledger 10, Mika Vukona 10, Lindsay Tait 10



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Chris Bosh withdraws from Olympic consideration due to injury - by Eurobasket News

Just one day after Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) announced that knee surgery and a subsequent four-to-six-week recovery period would prevent him from representing the United States as part of the U.S. men's national basketball team in next month's 2012 Summer Olympics in London, his teammate on the NBA's Miami Heat, Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech), also removed his name from consideration for the national team, citing injury.

Bosh suffered a severe abdominal strain in the opening game of the Heat's second-round Eastern Conference playoff series with the Indiana Pacers back in May. The injury sidelined him for nine games and 23 days, but he returned late in Miami's Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Boston Celtics, performing well and helping propel the Heat into the NBA finals, which they won in five games. The 6-foot-11 Bosh averaged 14.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in the finals, primarily playing center (a mostly unfamiliar position for the career power forward) and turning in perhaps the best defensive basketball of his nine-year NBA career.

Unfortunately for USA Basketball, it seems Bosh's return from injury and his determined play in pursuit of a championship set his recovery from the strain back quite a bit, and too much to be ready for international competition this summer. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald provided the statement that Bosh sent out through his agent, Henry Thomas:



I am extremely disappointed to say that due to injury, I cannot represent my country in the 2012 Olympics in London [...] The abdominal injury that I suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals is not fully healed.

After The Finals, I met with my doctors to determine the best course of action, with the full intent to play in the Olympics. From those meetings, I was advised that rest and additional rehab of my abdominal injury will be necessary in order to avoid the development of a chronic injury.

Having enjoyed the honor of representing my country in the 2008 Olympics, when we won the gold medal, I wanted to be part of that experience again. However, I must follow my doctors' advice and properly take care of this injury.

My thoughts will be with our guys in London in August and I am confident that Coach K and the USAB staff will bring home the gold again to the USA.



Thomas told Tim Reynolds at The Associated Press that the "exposure [Bosh] would get being part of that team is something he would like.

"But at the end of the day, his health going forward is more important than all of those things," the agent said.

Bosh's withdrawal means only 16 healthy names remain on the preliminary U.S. men's national team roster, which will be whittled down to 12 before the team heads to London.

While Bosh wasn't considered a definite lock to make this year's version of Team USA, he performed well as a reserve power forward and center in Beijing in 2008. Bosh averaged 9.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in just 17.3 minutes per game, while also using his length and quickness to produce better defensive effort than he'd become known for with the Toronto Raptors.

After previous injuries removed Beijing starter Dwight Howard and versatile four-five type LaMarcus Aldridge from the London mix, Bosh figured to see more minutes at the five this time around. Instead, his absence means that only five of the remaining 16 players on the U.S. roster profile as prospective centers Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Lamar Odom and newly minted No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Davis.

And of those five, only two are considered locks for the final 12 Chandler, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the year who is expected to start in Howard's stead, and Love, who starred for the 2010 team that won gold at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. Griffin, Odom and Davis will all participate in a July 5 workout with Colangelo and company aimed at determining whether they're ready to contribute to the quest for gold.

Griffin's power and athleticism would certainly be assets, but he's working his way back from a sprained left knee that dogged him throughout the Los Angeles Clippers' second-round playoff loss to the San Antonio Spurs last month. Odom was a key member of that 2010 FIBA squad, leading the U.S. in rebounding and playing mostly at center, but he was reportedly removed from consideration for a spot in London after his dreadful 2011-12 season with Dallas; however, injuries and an interest in coming back have him back in the fold. As for Davis, Colangelo, Krzyzewski and crew will have to figure out whether the 6-foot-11 forward with the 7-foot-6 wingspan would be a worthy defensive weapon off the bench or if, at just 19 years of age, Davis isn't yet ready for international competition for the senior national team.

Even if USA Basketball brass decides that none of the three on-the-bubble bigs are ready to contribute in London, the guard-heavy lineup and relative lack of legitimate bigs likely wouldn't harm the U.S. too much against most teams in the tournament. If Chandler and Love can sop up most of the minutes in the middle, Krzyzewski has the attractive option of slotting one of his three big, versatile wings LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant in at the power-forward spot, creating monstrous offensive mismatches against opposing fours without exposing the team too much defensively. (I mean, Chandler got plenty of experience covering for Anthony's defensive miscues with the New York Knicks this year.)

Where the U.S. would run into a problem with that strategy, though, is in a potential rematch with Spain, the silver medalists in Beijing in 2008. The Spanish national team will start the dynamic frontcout duo of Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol, two legitimate 7-footers who can play off one another and have skill to burn, and will spell them with Oklahoma City Thunder shot-blocker Serge Ibaka, who became a Spanish citizen last summer and gives Spain perhaps the deepest front line in the world. If the U.S. sees Spain, trying to get away with 'Melo and KD guarding the Gasols or Ibaka seems like a recipe for disaster. Bigger bodies more accustomed to banging inside will be needed, which is why Colangelo, Coach K and Team USA's assistants are hoping that one or all of the three bigs slated to workout July 5 come healthy and ready.

With the NBA finals and NBA draft now in the rear-view, the time for making decisions is drawing near. After pushing the cutdown date back from June 18 to give the injury situation time to play out, USA Basketball is expected to announce its 12-man squad on (or around) July 7.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



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2012 PBA Governors Cup Roundup: June 27-29, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

ALASKA ACES over AIR21 EXPRESS, 110-80
If you stop Zach Graham, you stop Air 21.

The Alaska Aces implemented that philosophy as they put an end to the Express slim chance of making it to the semifinal round of the PBA Governors Cup.

The Aces ran roughshod over the Express, 110-80, as Alaska coach Luigi Trillo and his troops shackled the high-scoring Graham and held him to his lowest output on Wednesday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. With the win, the Aces have eliminated the Express from the race for a semis berth.

We took them away from their strength, which is Graham. Hes coming off a 51-point performance, so theres added respect there among those defending him, said Trillo during the post-game interview.

Cyrus (Baguio) played good defense on Zach, but its a collected team effort.

Graham ended up scoring 25 points, which was his lowest output in the conference. He had his string of games with 30-plus points snapped after making just 8-of-27 field goals.

Baguio played his most productive game this conference, finishing with 24 points, including 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc. He also had three blocks, making his presence felt on both ends of the court.

Jason Forte led the Aces with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

The Aces finished their Governors Cup campaign with a 2-7 record, but they posted the biggest winning margin by any team in their final game. It was also Alaskas biggest win since beating Barangay Ginebra, 102-72, in the 2005-06 Fiesta Conference.

Pending Air 21s final game, Alaska could either end up dead last in the elimination round or ninth place at best.

The Aces previous worst finish in a conference was eighth place, which they posted in the 1992 All-Filipino, according to PBA head of stats Fidel Mangonon III.

Alaska posted leads of as high as 37 points, 93-56, on a three-pointer by Brandon Cablay early in the fourth period.

ALA 110- Forte 26, Baguio 24, Tenorio 19, Thoss 10, Cablay 9, Espinas 8, Baracael 4, Dela Cruz 4, Jazul 3, Eman 3, Thiele 0, Bugia 0, Gelig 0.
A21 80- Graham 25, Ritualo 11, Arboleda 9, Escobal 7, Faundo 6, Isip 6, Omolon 6, Sison 4, Menor 4, Espiritu 2, Bagatsing 0, Sena 0, Hubalde 0.
QS: 32-15, 56-32, 90-56, 110-80

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over B-MEG LLAMADOS, 89-72
In a rematch of last conferences finalists, Talk N Text gave B-MEG a dose of their own medicine with some tough defense and coasted to a surprisingly easy 89-72 triumph in the PBA Governors Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.

Aaron Aban made life difficult for James Yap early, while Ryan Reyes finished the job, hounding the two-time MVP in the fourth quarter.

Yap was held scoreless in both the first and fourth periods and his struggles took its toll on his teams offense. The Commissioners Cup finals MVP finished with just nine points on 2-for-18 shooting from the field.

The key was the defense of Aaron Aban and Ryan Reyes on James Yap, said Talk N Text coach Chot Reyes. But overall, we played with an all-out mentality, thats why were pushing until the end because theres a situation where there can be six teams which will end up 5-4.

With the victory, Talk N Text climbed into a tie with B-MEG for the second spot with identical 5-3 records.

But the Tropang Texters are in for a tough test in their next game the league-leading Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

We have to be ready for Rain or Shine on Sunday, added Reyes.

The usually offensive-minded Talk N Text five buckled down on defense against the Llamados, a team known for their fine defensive work.

No player from the Tropang Texters scored more than 16 with Larry Fonacier leading the way with 16 built around 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo each scored 15 markers while import Paul Harris had only 14, but scored 10 during the pivotal fourth quarter.

Harris and Fonacier combined for 21 of the 26 points scored by the Tropang Texters in the final period as they kept the rallying Llamados at bay with crucial baskets.

TNT 89- Fonacier 16, Castro 15, De Ocampo 15, Harris 14, Williams 11, Alapag 9, Aguilar 4, Reyes 3, Aban 2, Gamalinda 0, Peek 0.
BML 72- Blakely 19, Urbiztondo 14, Yap 9, Reavis 8, De Ocampo 6, Barroca 4, Intal 4, Villanueva 4, Pingris 4, Simon 0.
QS: 22-10, 41-27, 63-53, 89-72

BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 102-91
Mark Caguioa wanted to be there for Barangay Ginebra legend Robert Jaworskis big bash.

Trying to book a ticket to the Governors Cup semifinals, when the jersey retirement ceremony for the Living Legend will be held, Caguioa and the rest of the Gin Kings took care of business against Barako Bull, 102-91, Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

We want to enter the semifinals and would like to make sure we will be there when his number is retired, said Caguioa.

Caguioa finished with 22 points, including four three-pointers. His last trey with 1:42 left gave Ginebra a 96-87 lead and broke the back of rallying Barako Bull, which fought its way back from a 15-point deficit, but made costly errors down the stretch.

Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi said endgame miscues, including a traveling violation on LeRoy Hickerson, were crucial.

Nagkaroon ng breakdown yung import ko, said a dejected Baculi on Hickerson, who was called for steps while suing for a timeout.

He thought he heard the whistle, but he was called for a travelling.

In the face of the Barako rally, import Cedric Bozeman scored five straight points, including a three-pointer, giving Ginebra an 89-84 lead, with still 4:19 left. Caguioa then delivered the knockout blow with five straight points of his own inside the last two minutes to put away Barako Bull.

GIN 102- Bozeman 28, Caguioa 22, Villanueva 11, Wilson 9, Raymundo 9, Cortez 8, Maliksi 6, Ababou 3, Maierhofer 3, Canaleta 3, Hatfield 0.
BAR 91- Hickerson 21, Seigle 14, Miller 12, Allado 10, Pennisi 9, Tubid 7, Kramer 6, Najorda 5, Cruz 4, Salvacion 3.
QS: 31-22; 54-43; 74-71; 102-91.

PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over AIR21 EXPRESS, 98-97
Alex Cabagnot added another number to his greatest hits collection.

The Petron guard rekindled his role as the teams clutch player, scoring on a floater with nine-tenths of a second left to lift Petron Blaze to a tense 98-97 win over a game Air 21 side Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Zach Graham, who had another monster night with 40 points, made two free throws to give the Express a 97-76 lead before the Boosters sued for time to set up Cabagnots heroics.

But despite Cabagnots big shot and Petrons escape win, head coach Ato Agustin wasnt satisfied.

Hindi dapat ganun ang nangyari, especially out na yung kalaban namin tapos kami naman, battling for survival sa semis, said Agustin. Kailangan naming panoorin ulit itong laro namin and see what went wrong.

One of the obvious reasons why the Boosters nearly lost the game was the teams poor rebounding.

May tendency kasi yung mga players na kapag tumira, tatakbo na agad sa kabila, said Agustin. We need to secure the rebounds first.

The defending champion Boosters were beaten off the boards by the Express, 53-38, as no Petron player was able to grab more than seven rebounds, with Arwind Santos leading Petron in the category.

With the win, Petron was able to enter the semifinal round as it finished its elimination campaign with a 5-4 win loss record.

PET 98- Washington 23, Lutz 18, Santos 16, Cabagnot 13, Basden 7, Lanete 7, Baclao 6, Yeo 4, Miranda 2, Pena 2, Hontiveros 0.
A21 97- Graham 40, Espiritu 16, Faundo 10, Ritualo 10, Sison 6, Escobal 5, Sena 2, Isip 2, Hubalde 2, Omolon 2, Arboleda 2, Menor 0.
QS: 20-22, 52-50, 79-75, 98-97

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

Images: All images are from InterAKTV. (Photo credit to Paolo Papa and Paul Ryan Tan)




Day 4 of the 2012 SEABA U18 Championship - by Enzo Flojo

Notes:
Team Pilipinas continued its unbeaten run in the 2012 SEABA U18 tourney in Singapore, but, again, the Pinoys needed a big second half to nail their third straight win.

LSGHs Mario Bonleon, NUs J-Jay Alejandro, and UEs Mark Olayon all scored in double-figures to lead Olsen Racelas squad over a gritty Malaysian quintet. Bonleon, Alejandro, and Olayon each hit 2 treys to help the Filipinos officially claim one of the SEABA slots for the 2012 FIBA-Asia U18 Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. It was, however, the brilliant play of former Ateneo Blue Eaglet Jay Javelosa that really sparked things for Team Pilipinas. The 64 slotman registered 8 points on top grabbing 14 boards and blocking 2 shots to underscore his solid play around the basket. Javelosa will need to produce similar, or even better, numbers against the erstwhile unbeaten Indons in their next game if they want to sweep the field. His frontcourt mates, RR De Leon, Kent Lao, and 66 Xavier Stallion Isaac Go will also need to be productive.

In the days other game, the Indons likewise enjoyed their third win in as many outings, beating the hapless Laotians. Laos actually managed to remain within striking distance after the first period, 17-10, but they scored only 2 points in the second frame while allowing Indonesia to pour in 21 markers. That all but sealed the win for the Nat Cansons crew, who have also booked the sub-zones second ticket to the Ulaanbaatar meet. Indonesias twin towers, Kristianto Halim and Vincent Kosasih, scored 16 points each while grabbing a combined 25 rebounds to lead the Indon effort. Backcourt partners Juan Kokodiputro and Katon Baskoro also did well, pouring in 10 points each. Everything is set in what should be a titanic tussle between the Indons and the Pinoys today, which is the last day of the competition. The winner between Indonesia and the Philippines will be crowned the 2012 SEABA U18 Champion!

DAY 4 SCORES:

INDONESIA over LAOS, 78-31
INA 78
- Halim 16, Kosasih 16, Baskoro 10, Kokodiputro 10, Oei 8, Seputra 7, Sitorus 5, Andriano 3, Pratama 2, Panagan 1, Abraham 0, Tuasela 0
LAO 31 - Phannolath 15, Sengthong 12, Champakeo 2, Phommasone 2, Phengnalath 0, Labouaphieng 0, Maydaphone 0, Sengsouliya 0, Vongmeleuth 0
QS: 17-10, 38-12, 61-24, 78-31
Notable Performances:

Vincent Kosasih (INA) - 16pts, 12rebs, 2asts, 1blk
Siphandone Sengthong (LAO) - 12pts, 12rebs, 4stls, 1asts, 1blk

PHILIPPINES over MALAYSIA, 84-65
PHI 84
- Bonleon 16, Alejandro 13, Olayon 12, Javelosa 8, Cani 7, Morada 6, Lao 6, Nambatac 6, De Leon 4, Suarez 2, Go 0
MAS 65 - Liew 11, Loo 10, Keng 9, Ng 9, Sim 8, Mak 7, Foo 4, Tong 4, Tan ZH 3, Tan HK 0, Chiang 0, Bong 0
QS: 25-22, 43-42, 68-57, 84-65
Notable Performances:

Jay Javelosa (PHI) - 8pts, 14rebs, 2blks, 1ast, 1stl
Cheng Toong Ng (MAS) 9pts, 7rebs, 2blks, 1stl

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com



Day 3 of the 2012 SEABA U18 Championship - by Enzo Flojo

Notes:
The Filipinos had to scramble in the final 10 minutes before beating the Singaporeans and tying the Indons at the top of the standings with their second win in as many games.

J-Jay Alejandro scored 13 points and Rey Nambatac added 12 to lead the Philippines in a win that shouldnt have been this close. The home team, however, showed great determination in never letting the Pinoys blow the game open. Seemingly more athletic than their Pinoy counterparts, the Singaporean frontline gave Kent Lao and Jay Javelosa all they could handle. Delvin Goh led the home squads charge, scoring 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting while also grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. His diminutive partner, Junrong Thng, continued to impress at the playmaker position, scoring 13 points to go along with 7 boards, 3 triples, and 2 dimes. Despite having a tough time, Lao and Javelosa still gave a good account of themselves, pairing up for 18 points and 10 rebounds.

In the days first game, Malaysia gave Laos its third straight beating and officially knocked them off from contention for any of the top 3 spots. Lian Wei Loo, Zhi Hao Tan, and Jia Xuan Tong scored 19, 17, and 16 markers respectively to lead the Malaysians in getting just their first win. Cheng Toong Ng also played well, producing a double-double line of 10 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals, 3assists and 2 rejections for Malaysian coach Kian Ann Yong. Malaysia still has a chance to book a ticket to the FIBA-Asia U18 tourney in Ulanbataar, Mongolia if it can win against either the Philippines or Indonesia.

DAY 3 SCORES:

MALAYSIA over LAOS, 117-53
MAS 117
- Loo 19, Tan ZH 17, Tong 16, Mak 14, Ng 10, Chiang 9, Bong 9, Liew 8, Tan HK 8, Foo 5, Sim 2
LAO 53 - Sengthong 16, Phommasone 14, Phannolath 9, Sengsouliya 4, Vongmeleuth 4, Champakeo 2, Phengnalath 2, Labouaphieng 2, Maydaphone 0
QS: 31-8, 57-21, 92-32, 117-53
Notable Performances:

Cheng Toong Ng (MAS) - 10pts, 11rebs, 5stls, 3asts, 2blks
Siphandone Sengthong (LAO) - 16pts, 7rebs, 2asts, 2stls

PHILIPPINES over SINGAPORE, 75-63
PHI 75
- Alejandro 13, Nambatac 12, Lao 10, Javelosa 8, Cani 7, Rivero 6, De Leon 5, Morada 5, Olayon 5, Bonleon 4, Suarez 0, Go 0
SIN 63 - Goh 17, Tay 15, THng 13, Ng 8, Toh 5, Chee 3, Tan 2, Wong 0, Low 0, Chun 0, Chan 0, Ang 0
QS: 16-13, 35-30, 55-52, 75-63
Notable Performances:

Jay Javelosa (PHI) - 8pts, 8rebs, 2stls, 2blks
Delvin Goh (SIN) - 17pts, 7rebs, 5asts, 1blk

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com



SEABA U18: Philippines topple Singapore - by Eurobasket News

Singapore U18 - Philippines U18 63:75

Philippines registered the second straight win at the start of SEABA U18 Championship. The defending champions knocked down hosting Singapore for 2-0 record. Rodolfo Alejandro (175-G-95) came up with 13 points to pace the winners.
Philippines eked out a narrow 16:13 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Philippines ensured a 35:30 halftime advantage. Singapore increased the tempo and narrowed the deficit before the fourth frame. They got within three points at the final intermission 52:55. But Philippines dominated in the final quarter and rolled to a confident victory. Rey Benedict accounted for 12 points, while Kyles Lao (183-G-95) had 10 points in the win. Chiang Kok (199-C-95) answered with 17 points for Singapore. Ding Tay finished with 15 points in the loss.

Singapore U18: Chiang Kok 17, Ding Tay 15
Philippines U18: Rodolfo Alejandro 13, Rey Benedict 12, Kyles Lao 10



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Asseco Prokom is looking to rebuild the team - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom can drastically change their roster in the upcoming season. These are the names that have been mentioned in connection with leaving the club. Slawomir Sikora (193-G/F-86, agency: Promotex), Robert Witka (205-F-81), Lukasz Seweryn (196-G-82), Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances), Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz (202-G/F-79), Adam Lapeta (217-C-87, agency: Alti Sport), Piotr Szczotka (196-F-81, agency: Alti Sport), Michael Kuebler (195-G/F-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: Hawaii) and Fedor Dmitriev (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport).
According to our sources Adam Lapeta, Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Cincinnati), Piotr Szczotka and Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-SG-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Independence CC) will not return to the team next season. All these players have offers from different PLK teams. Some of them may leave Poland for Spain or Italy (Adam Lapeta is in talks with Malaga).
The Polish champs will keep Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, college: UNLV). The point guard was among the top players for Asseco Prokom last season. He averaged 15.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.5 boards per game in PLK. In Euroleague Jerel Blassingame delivered 5.4 points, 4.5 assists and 2.1 boards per appearance. In VTB League the guard notched 11.3 points, 5.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds. He was named All-Polish League Finals MVP.



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Bosnian Sasha Topchov continue with Oradea - by Eurobasket News

Bosnian Sasha Topchov (206-C-80) continue with Oradea and will enter his third season in a row for the team. The Bosnia and Herzegovina center will remain in Romania.
He started his career in Doboj and then played for Hercegovac Bileca (1T), Spartak Subotica (YUBA), MM-Beer Cherno More Varna (Bulgaria-ProA) and Cherno More IG Varna. In 2006-2007 moved to BC Spartak Pleven (Bulgaria-A1, starting five) and in 33 games averaged 11.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 68.9%.
After another two season with the team he moved to Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin (Serbia-A League) and showed 9.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 61.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%. In 2010-2011 Sasha Topchov signed with CSM Oradea (Romania-Div.A, starting five) and after 33 games had 13.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 61.9%, FT: 59.4%. In 2011-2012 for CSM Oradea (Romania-Div.A, starting five) his stats read 13.2ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP-1 (67.9%), FT: 66.7%.



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  RUSSIA   


CSKA Moscow uses contract option to release Darjus Lavrinovic - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow and Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) parted ways. The Russian giant exercised its option to release the player and thanked him for his service over the past 12 months. Lavrinovic played 15 Euroleague games for the club registering 4.7 ppg and 2.7 rpg. In Russian league he had 7.8 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 19 games. Lavrinovic also averaged 8.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 13 games in VTB United League. CSKA Moscow won Russian and VTB United League titles last season. They also played in the Euroleague Final, but Olympiakos shocked them in thriller.
As mentioned above, Darjus Lavrinovic joined CSKA Moscow last summer. He spent 2010/11 season with Fenerbahce Ulker winning the Turkish league title and Cup with them. In 2009/10, he played for Real Madrid. In the past, Lavrinovic played for Dynamo Moscow, Unics Kazan, Zalgiris and Alytus Alita.



Alexey Shved will move to NBA this summer - by Eurobasket News

Alexey Shved will definitely play in the NBA next season. Andrey Vatutin of the CSKA Moscow said for the Russian media (Sports.ru) that Shved wants to try himself in the strongest basketball league in the World. Vatutin thinks it is still early for Shved to leave, but the player and his agent think that is the best solution for him. Vatutin said it is their decision and it is not matter of money.
Alexey Shved had a great season with CSKA Moscow. He played 21 games in Euroleague averaging 10.6 points, 3 assists and 2.6 rebounds. In Russian championship the player added 11.6 ppg, 3.3 apg and 3 rpg, while in VTB United league he had slightly lower numbers. CSKA won Russian and VTB titles, plus they reached Euroleague Finals. Alexey Shved is active member of the Russian National Team. Last summer at the EuroBasket in Lithuania he had 8.5 ppg, 3.1 apg and 2.5 rpg for 11 games. Russia won the Bronze at this event.

According to Sports.ru, Shved will most likely sign a deal with Minnesota Timberwolves.



Russia edge Great Britain in Houston - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Great Britain 76:54

Russia celebrated another victory in preparation for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. They knocked down Great Britain in Houston. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) finished with 16 points to lead the winners.
Great Britain looked confident in the first half. They built a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. The Brits maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Great Britain arrived at halftime up by two points 28:26. Russia turned things around in the third quarter. Andrei Kirilenko and Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) helped Russia gain a 51:41 lead with ten minutes remaining. David Blatts team extended the lead in the final period and marched to the victory at the end. Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) and Vitaly Fridzon accounted for 10 points each for Russia. Mozgov added 9 points in the victory. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) answered with 18 points for Great Britain. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed 10 points in the loss.

Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 16, Viktor Khryapa 10, Vitaly Fridzon 10
Great Britain: Joel Freeland 18, Daniel Clark 10



Russia needed overtime to beat Ukraine in Riom - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U16-Russia U16 96:102

Russia U16 National Team opened the international tournament in Riom with the win over Ukraine U16. The winners needed overtime to seal 102:96 win in the opener.
Ukraine looked better in the first half and produced two narrow victories in the first two quarters. Ukraine needed 22-20 and 29-23 to take 51:43 halftime advantage. Russia meanwhile won the third and the last quarters and then added 12-6 in overtime.
ilya Karpenkov top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Aleksandr Gavrilov (192-PG-96) added 18. Pavel Afanasev (194-SG-96) notched 16, whilst nikita shantaley and Aleksandr Zuev (189-SG-96) had 12 each. Kyrylo Podkovyrov replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Yevgen Balaban had 16. Nikita Voievoda (180-PG-96) and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) posted 12 points each in defeat and Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) chipped in with 11.
In another game French U16 National Team opened the international tournament in Riom with a confident win. They stunned England 79:40 in the opener. Stephane Gombauld came up with 20 points to lead the winners.

Ukraine U16: Kyrylo Podkovyrov 18, Yevgen Balaban 16, Nikita Voievoda 12, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 12, Oleksandr Kobets 11
Russia U16: ilya Karpenkov 22+13 rebs, Aleksandr Gavrilov 18, Pavel Afanasev 16, nikita shantaley 12, Aleksandr Zuev 12



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Serbia edge Germany in Benevento - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Germany U16 60:57

Serbian U16 selection victoriously opened Trofeo Parente tournament in Benevento, Italy. They held off their German counterparts in the opener. Stefan Peno (193-G-97) came up with 14 points to lead the charge.
Germany jumped to an early lead. They established an 18:14 advantage after ten minutes. But Serbia bounced back in the second quarter. They held their opponents to 14 points and surged ahead for a 33:32 halftime lead. Germany denied the deficit in the low-scoring third quarter. The teams were tied at 42 heading into the final frame. Serbia proved more accurate in the dying minutes and stole a narrow win at the end. Gojko Dokovic (203-SF-96) accounted for 10 points for Serbia. Stefan Lazarevic (193-SG-96) had 7 points for the winners. Tabzer responded with 10 points for Germany. Viberg and Perner delivered 9 points each in the loss.

Serbia U16: Stefan Peno 14, Gojko Dokovic 10, Stefan Lazarevic 7
Germany U16: Tabzer 10, Viberg 9, Perner 9



TED Ankara lands 'All-EuroChallenge Center of the Year' Jovo Stanojevic - by Eurobasket News

Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) will play at least one more season in Turkey. The experienced center penned a one-year deal with Optimum TED Kolejliler Ankara. Stanojevic spent last two seasons with Karsiyaka. He shined in the latest one with 15 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 2.1 apg for 32 games in TBL. Karsiyaka was No.6 of the regular season and reached TBL Quarterfinals. Stanojevic was even better in EuroChallenge, where he exploded with 20.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 1.3 apg for 12 games. His team reached Quarterfinals there as well. For his performance Stanojevic was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Center of the Year -12.
Jovo Stanojevic joined Karsiyaka in 2010 from Al Kuwait SC. He played for Kepez in 2009/10 season averaging 17.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Before that, Stanojevic very successfully played for Vojvodina Novi Sad, Kyiv, Besiktas, Prokom Trefl Sopot and ALBA Berlin. He also has experience from Partizan, Maccabi Ranana and Crvena Zvezda.



China win sixth straight at Sino-European Challenge Event - by Eurobasket News

China - Serbia 92:81

China recorded the sixth straight win at the Sino-European Challenge Event tournament. They overcame Serbian University National Team in Yongcheng to finish the tourney at 6-0 record. Jianlian Yi (213-F/C-87) came up with 25 points to lead the winners.
China scored 23 points in the first term to pile up a 7-point lead. They stretched the advantage in the second quarter. The hosts secured a 14-point margin at halftime 45:31. Serbia could not match the tempo in the second half. China cleared off to an 18-point lad at the final intermission. Serbia outgunned the hosts 28:21 in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Zhou Peng (206-F-89) accounted for 17 points, while Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) added 11 points for the hosts. Milos Dimic (195-G-89) responded with 23 points for Serbia. Stefan Bircevic (209-F/C-89) provided 22 points in the loss.

China: Jianlian Yi 25, Zhou Peng 17, Wang ZhiZhi 11
Serbia: Milos Dimic 23, Stefan Bircevic 22



Dusan Ivkovic announces second list of candidates for 2013 EuroBasket qualifications - by Eurobasket News

Head Coach of the Serbian National Team Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket) announced second list with candidates for the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. Kosta Perovic (217-C-85), Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) and Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) will not be able to help the NT due to injuries. Participation of the team captain Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) is under the question mark and it will be clear soon will he play or not. Coach Ivkovic will announce the final list until July 4.

List of candidates: Milos Teodosic (195-G-87), Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket), Aleksandar Rasic (194-G-84, agency: Beo Basket), Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket), Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket), Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket), Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket), Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket), Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances), Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket), Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket), Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85), Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group), Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport), Nenad Krstic, Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85), Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88), Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket), Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Interperformances) and Vladimir Stimac (208-C-87, agency: Interperformances).

New name on the list is Vladimir Stimac. Assistant coaches in the NT are Aleksandar Kesar and Vlada Vukoicic. Serbia is placed to Group A of the qualifications. Their rivals will be Estonia, Slovakia, Montenegro, Israel and Iceland. First game is scheduled for August 14 on Iceland. Two top ranked teams from each of six groups will advance to 2013 EuroBasket. Also four third ranked teams with the best score will reach the final tournament.



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SEABA U18: Philippines topple Singapore - by Eurobasket News

Singapore U18 - Philippines U18 63:75

Philippines registered the second straight win at the start of SEABA U18 Championship. The defending champions knocked down hosting Singapore for 2-0 record. Rodolfo Alejandro (175-G-95) came up with 13 points to pace the winners.
Philippines eked out a narrow 16:13 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Philippines ensured a 35:30 halftime advantage. Singapore increased the tempo and narrowed the deficit before the fourth frame. They got within three points at the final intermission 52:55. But Philippines dominated in the final quarter and rolled to a confident victory. Rey Benedict accounted for 12 points, while Kyles Lao (183-G-95) had 10 points in the win. Chiang Kok (199-C-95) answered with 17 points for Singapore. Ding Tay finished with 15 points in the loss.

Singapore U18: Chiang Kok 17, Ding Tay 15
Philippines U18: Rodolfo Alejandro 13, Rey Benedict 12, Kyles Lao 10



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Slovenia beat the Baltic State in Murcia - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20- Lithuania U20 93:89

Slovenia U20 won the opener of the Torneo Internacional de Murcia. The team overcame Lithuania U20 93:89 due to the second half.
The Baltic state started with 22-21 lead in the opening period and added 223-20 in the second frame. The board showed 45:41 for Lithuania as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Slovenia meanwhile dominated the court in the second half and came up with two narrow victories. They needed 28-23 to take 1-point lead at the end of the third quarter and finished the game with 24-21 in the last stanza.
Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Alen Omic (215-C-92) as well as Gezim Morina (204-C/F-92) posted 16 each. Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) followed them with 10 points in a win.
In another game Ukraine U20 won Torneo Internacional de Murcia their opener. The team overcomes the hosts of the tournament, Spain 67:52.



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U17 World Championship: Spain cruise past South Korea in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Spain U17 - South Korea U17 80:62

Spain tipped off their U17 World Championship campaign with victory. They overcame South Korean counterparts in Group B opener. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) came up with 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners.
Spain surged ahead early in the game and registered a 19:13 lead at the first intermission. Spain stretched the gap in the second quarter. They ensured a 37:26 halftime lead. The European team maintained the lead throughout the third term. They established a 58:41 advantage with ten minutes to go. South Korea could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Marcos Portalez (199-C-95) netted 12 points, while Ferran Ventura (184-PG-95) contributed 9 points for Spain. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) answered with 19 points for South Korea. Kim Yun (185-G-95) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Spain U17: Ilimane Diop 17+13 boards, Marcos Portalez 12, Ferran Ventura 9
South Korea U17: Heo Hoon 19, Kim Nakhyeon (180-G-95) 14, Kim Yun 12



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U17 World Championship: Spain cruise past South Korea in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Spain U17 - South Korea U17 80:62

Spain tipped off their U17 World Championship campaign with victory. They overcame South Korean counterparts in Group B opener. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) came up with 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners.
Spain surged ahead early in the game and registered a 19:13 lead at the first intermission. Spain stretched the gap in the second quarter. They ensured a 37:26 halftime lead. The European team maintained the lead throughout the third term. They established a 58:41 advantage with ten minutes to go. South Korea could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Marcos Portalez (199-C-95) netted 12 points, while Ferran Ventura (184-PG-95) contributed 9 points for Spain. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) answered with 19 points for South Korea. Kim Yun (185-G-95) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Spain U17: Ilimane Diop 17+13 boards, Marcos Portalez 12, Ferran Ventura 9
South Korea U17: Heo Hoon 19, Kim Nakhyeon (180-G-95) 14, Kim Yun 12



Ukraine U20 wins Torneo Internacional de Murcia opener - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20-Ukraine U20 52:67

Ukraine U20 wins Torneo Internacional de Murcia opener. The team overcomes the hosts of the tournament, Spain 67:52.
Ukraine started the game more confident and won the opening period 21:12. Moreover the guests added 16-8 in the second period for 37:20 halftime advantage. Ukraine did not allow the opponent to come back to the game and produced a 19-13 burst in the third period. Spain meanwhile won the last stanza 19-11 and reduced to 15 points at the end.
Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) led the way with 14 points and Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) nailed 13. Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 10 points, while Olexandr Misyats (200-SF-92) delivered 9. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) delivered 12 points in the losing effort, while Alejandro Abrines (198-G/F-93) and Jorge Sanz (188-PG-93) scored 10 apiece.
In another game Slovenia U20 beat Lithuania U20 93:89.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 12, Alejandro Abrines 10, Jorge Sanz 10
Ukraine U20: Olexandr Mishula 14, Vyacheslav Bobrov 13, Artem Pustovyi 10, Olexandr Misyats 9



Wolves making run at Pau Gasol - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Timberwolves are trying hard to land Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80).

If they have to part with the highest draft choice in franchise history after just one season, the Wolves appear ready to do it.

That much became clear leading up to the NBA draft on Thursday, when Minnesota offered Derrick Williams (6'8''-F-91, college: Arizona) in hopes of landing the second pick from the Charlotte Bobcats to help get Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers, two people with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press.

The people requested anonymity because the talks were meant to remain private. The deal never came together before the draft began, and the Bobcats stayed at No. 2 and took Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-SF-93).

The Timberwolves are expected to continue their pursuit of Gasol in hopes of putting him with fellow Spaniard Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love on a revamped roster aimed at returning the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

The Wolves interest in Gasol has long been rumored, with the highly skilled big man considered an ideal fit for coach Rick Adelmans corner offense, and the kind of playoff-tested veteran needed on one of the youngest rosters in the NBA. Hes close friends with Rubio, the Wolves superb young point guard who is recovering from a torn ACL and hopes to be ready early next season.

Gasol has teamed with Kobe Bryant to win two titles in Los Angeles, but always seemed to catch the brunt of the criticism when things went wrong.

That happened again this year when he averaged just 12.5 points along with 9.5 rebounds in the playoffs, and the Lakers were eliminated in the second round by the younger, quicker Oklahoma City Thunder. He often appeared to get lost in the shuffle while Bryant and Andrew Bynum got most of the touches on offense.

He was the subject of trade rumors all season, starting before it began when Commissioner David Stern, operating as owner of the New Orleans Hornets, nixed a deal that would have sent Gasol to Houston as part of a package for Chris Paul to the Lakers.

It has been a crazy year and a lot to deal with. ... Unfortunately, we had tough losses and things didnt really go our way for the most part, the four-time All-Star said at the end of the season. You just have to regroup and digest this loss and this season, and learn from it and move on.

Gasol is due to make more than $38 million over the next two seasons, an enormous sum that the salary cap-strapped Lakers might have difficulty footing under the harsher luxury tax penalties scheduled to kick in in 2013.

Loves max contract extension kicks in next season, making him the only Timberwolves player who is expected to be on the roster next season making more than $4.6 million. If the Wolves buy out Martell Webster and decline to tender qualifying offers to Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph, as expected, they should have plenty of cap room for Gasol.

But if they want to bring him in to play alongside Love in the frontcourt, it likely will come at a hefty price. Offering Williams, the second overall pick last season who showed promise and inconsistency in his rookie year, means the Wolves would be giving up on him after just one season. The 21-year-old Williams has plenty of potential to grow into the star that many projected when he entered the draft after his sophomore season at Arizona.

Gasol will turn 32 next week and played nearly 39,000 minutes in his career, raising the question if he has enough gas left in the tank to help turn the Timberwolves into a legitimate contender.

Williams knows the Wolves tried to deal him, but its unclear how he will respond if hes still on the team at the start of training camp.

He averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds and was the only Timberwolves player to play in all 66 games last season. Williams had several big games during an inconsistent season, which included participating in the slam dunk contest during All-Star weekend. He scored 27 points in 27 minutes in a win over the Clippers in Los Angeles on Feb. 28 and had 27 points and eight boards in a loss at Denver on April 11.

But the 66-year-old Adelman has been pushing for the franchise to add more veterans, and he grew impatient at times with Williams last season.

Williams did most of his damage while playing power forward, which is the same position played by Love, who blossomed last year into a surprising MVP contender. With Love playing so many minutes at power forward, the Timberwolves were hoping Williams could drop some weight this summer to help him become quick enough to play small forward for the majority of the time.

Earlier this week, Kahn said Williams was already down to 233 pounds, with a personal goal of 225.

I think the most important fact about Derrick to me is that he turned 21 last month. Hes still very, very young, Kahn said Wednesday. This is a very important summer for him to demonstrate if hes serious about his craft, his occupation, that hes serious about himself. This is the offseason. I challenged him in his exit interview, and Im eager to see the results of this summer.

Kahn declined to list Williams with Rubio and Love as untouchable players when the team considers trades this summer.

We have two untouchables, Kahn said. That doesnt mean everyone else will be traded this summer. We just dont know.

Courtesy of www.wctrib.com



Planasa Navarra signs PG Alvaro Frutos - by Eurobasket News

Planasa Navarra announced its first signing for the next season. It is 26-year-old Spanish point guard Alvaro Frutos (188-PG-87). They will compete in LEB Gold.
Alvaro Frutos arrives to the club from Melilla, where he spent last two years. He had very limited playing time last season getting a chance just in 9 games (1.6 ppg, 1.1 apg). Melilla reached LEB Gold Playoff Finals. Before Melilla, Alvaro Frutos played two years for Fundacion Adepal Alcazar. They won LEB Silver title in 2010 and competed in LEB Gold after that. Frutos appeared 33 times in this competition averaging 8.2 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds. In the past, he played for Illescar, Oviedo and Fuenlabrada II.



Colangelo clarifies position on Calderon - by Eurobasket News

Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo spoke to the media in Toronto today about the teams situation entering free agency, and some members of the media left the room feeling that Colangelo had intimated that he would use the amnesty clause to get out from under Jose Manuel Calderon (6'3''-PG-81) in an effort to clear cap space.

I think Jose is a professional, Colangelo told gathered media. He knows this, its part of the business. I have talked to his agent. I explained to him some of the things that were being speculating on. We discussed it. Thats my means of communicating. Rather than let something just hang there and be an unknown. I like to be more I like to converse and discuss those situations and make sure people are prepared for whatever might happen, whether its a trade or whether its the possibility of an amnesty in this case.

Again, Jose is a very good basketball player and very important part of this team and hes become a leader on this team. But like I said, if we feel there is a piece that will make us better or improve our basketball team and weve got the flexibility and the commitment to commit those resources accordingly. I think we should always pursue that.

I think Jose understands that. Again, Jose is a pro. He grown man and he understands that it is a business. If he comes back were going to be happy to have him and Coach loves Jose Manuel Calderon. But again as we construct the roster, you do your best to put the best possible team on the floor with a vision and a plan and thats what were doing now.

Since that meeting, Colangelo told HOOPSWORLD that while that was discussed, it was the media present that made the leap to Calderon, and that no decision about Calderons future has been made with regard to the amnesty clause.

Colangelo also announced that the team will extend qualifying offers to Sonny Weems and Jerryd Bayless, making them restricted free agents, and that the team would decline its option on Solomon Alabi, who is nonetheless expected to play on the teams summer league iteration.

Colangelo stopped short of mentioning free agent (Canadian) point guard Steve Nash, but its clear he is their top free agent target as the NBA prepares for free agency period to commence. The team will also be pursuing a small forward, according to Colangelo.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com



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Sweden U18 lost the first two in London - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18 lost the first two in London at the Future Stars International Tournament. The Scandinavian team was beaten by Ukraine in the opener and then lost to England.
The Future Stars International Tournament started today in London. The tournament will take place from 29th June to 1st July at Brunel University, Uxbridge, London. The tournament will feature the U18 National teams from the Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, England in addition to London United Harefield Academy.
Ukraine U18 overcame Sweden U18 72:51. The team of Andriy Kharchyskyi was led by the player with the same name Kharchyskyi who scored 11 points. Boyarkin posted 10, while Sahnyuk and Petrov netted 9 each.
In Game 2 England produced a 62:55 victory over Sweden. Tomorrow Sweden will play for 5th - 6th Place Game.



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Gehrig and Repond to play for Vevey Riviera Basket U23 team - by Eurobasket News

According to LNBA, Yann Gehrig (191-F-83) and Jeremy Repond (180-G-84) are transferred to Vevey Riviera Basket U23 team for the next season. They will help them in 1LN league. Gehrig and Repond will not play for the senior squad in LNB.
Yann Gehrig is a member of Riviera since 2002. He joined them that year from Blonay Basket junior squad. In 2010/11 season the player averaged 6.9 points and 2.8 rebounds for 23 games. In 2006, he helped Riviera to win the LNB title. They reached LNB Semifinals in 2010 and 2011.
Jeremy Repond also spent last season with Riveira. He was a part of the team in 2006, when they won the LNB title. Repond played for the club from 2003 to 2007 and reactivated a year ago.



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  TURKEY   


Nuggets select Turkyilmaz in NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

It was a great night for Turkish players as three of them were selected in 2012 NBA draft. The Denver Nuggets have selected Izzet Turkyilmaz (210-F-90) with the 50th pick on Thursday night. Furkan Aldemir and Ilkan Karaman were also selected in the second round.
Izzet Turkyilmaz had 2.3 ppg and 2 rpg for 27 TBL games with Banvtit last season. In EuroCup, he averaged 3 points and 1.9 rebounds for 8 games. Despite his limited playing time, Turkyilmaz attracted NBA scouts and especially coaching staff from the Nuggets. His Banvit reached Cup Finals last season.
Izzet Turkyilmaz participated at Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso earlier this month. Last summer he played for the Turkish National Team at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He got a chance in 3 games averaging 1.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. Turkyilmaz played for U20 Turkey in 2010.



Erdemir hires Hakan Demir as the new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

According to Turkish media (Ntvspor.net), Erdemir got a new Head Coach. Reportedly, the team hired Turkish specialist Hakan Demir. He arrives to the club from Karsiyaka, where he worked last three years. They reached EuroChallenge and TBL Quarterfinals this year. Karsiyaka was No.6 in TBL regular season with 19-11 record. They played in TBL Quarterfinals also two years ago. Before Karsiyaka, Hakan Demir spent almost one year with Besiktas. In 2007/08, he coached Swiss team Sion Herens and a year before that the coach worked with Mesrin and Tekelspot. From 1999 to 2005, Demir was Assistant Coach of Efes Pilsen. He also has experience from Siena College (MAAC, USA).


TED Ankara lands 'All-EuroChallenge Center of the Year' Jovo Stanojevic - by Eurobasket News

Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) will play at least one more season in Turkey. The experienced center penned a one-year deal with Optimum TED Kolejliler Ankara. Stanojevic spent last two seasons with Karsiyaka. He shined in the latest one with 15 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 2.1 apg for 32 games in TBL. Karsiyaka was No.6 of the regular season and reached TBL Quarterfinals. Stanojevic was even better in EuroChallenge, where he exploded with 20.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 1.3 apg for 12 games. His team reached Quarterfinals there as well. For his performance Stanojevic was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Center of the Year -12.
Jovo Stanojevic joined Karsiyaka in 2010 from Al Kuwait SC. He played for Kepez in 2009/10 season averaging 17.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Before that, Stanojevic very successfully played for Vojvodina Novi Sad, Kyiv, Besiktas, Prokom Trefl Sopot and ALBA Berlin. He also has experience from Partizan, Maccabi Ranana and Crvena Zvezda.



Engin Atsur is new PG of Galatasaray MP - by Ugur Turker

Former North Carolina State PG Engin Atsur (193-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: N.Carolina St.) signed two year deal with Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul. Engin Atsur who is former NCAA player, started his professional career in Italy, Benetton Treviso. He also played in Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul and lastly Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in Turkey. Even if he faced with number of injuries in his career, even Engin Atsur missed whole 2010-2011 season, he has regular place in Turkish National Team Roster since 2006. Engin Atsr played with 5.3 ppg and 2.2 aspg in Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul.


Andre Collins heads to Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Andre Collins (183-PG-82, college: Loyola, MD) will continue his career in Turkey. The point guard has agreed on terms of contract with Gaziantepspor BB. Andre Collins spent the last season in Italy. He played for Otto Caserta. The guard notched 13.3 points, 5.2 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in SeriaA. Previously the player had stints with Pesaro, Bologna, Ferrara. He was named All-Italian LegaDue Player of the Year in 2008. Andre Collins also made it into All-Italian SeriaA 2nd Team in 2009.
Gaziantepspor BB finished the previous season at 26-12 record in TB2L. They will play in TBL next season.



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Culpepper, Fe.22.4 
 2. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro18.9 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.9 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.3 
 7. Guinn, Fe.17.1 
 8. Mitchell, Khimik16.9 
 9. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.9 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.2 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 5. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 6. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 7. Drozdov, Azovmash7.6 
 8. Davis, Kryvbasb.7.6 
 9. Todic, Halychyna7.4 
 10. Pupovic, Cherkasy7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Mitchell, Khimik5.9 
 2. Deane, BC Odessa5.8 
 3. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.6 
 4. Rowe, BC Odessa5.2 
 5. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.1 
 6. Burtt, Dnipro5.1 
 7. Ewing, Azovmash4.8 
 8. Randle, Azovmash4.8 
 9. Walsh, Azovmash4.7 
 10. Pringle, DniproAz.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Fe.
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 2. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 3. House, Dnipro1.9 
 4. Minard, Azovmash1.8 
 5. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 6. Ewing, Azovmash1.7 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 8. Culpepper, Fe.1.7 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.6 
 10. Tiggs, Hoverla1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.6 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.4 
 3. McClintock, Mykola.1.8 
 4. Dunigan, DniproAzot1.7 
 5. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.6 
 6. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 7. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 8. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.5 
 9. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 10. Hunter, Fe.1.3 


Standings - Higher League

Higher League Standings
 1. VolinBasket 29-7 
 2. Musson 29-7 
 3. Avantazh-Pol. 28-8 
 4. Aviastar 23-13 
 5. Pulsar 22-14 
 6. BK Kremen 19-17 
 7. Koksokh-Stal 15-21 
 8. Sportlitsey 9-27 
 9. Vinnitsky Zubry 5-31 
 10. Ternopil 1-35 


Cherkasy bring in Maxim Ivshyn - by Eurobasket News

Cherkasy bolstered their frontcourt. They added Maxim Ivshyn (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) to the squad. The centre spent the previous season with Azovmash. He averaged 2.0 points, 1.5 boards and 1.0 block per game in EuroCup. In VTB League Maxim Ivshyn notched 5.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per appearance. The centre also averaged 1.9 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in Superleague. The player started his career in Azovmash. He also had stints with BC Donetsk, Poltava-Basket, Budivelnyk Kiev. He was the member of Ukrainian National Team in 2006/08 seasons. Maxim Ivshyn also played for U20 and University National Teams.


Russia needed overtime to beat Ukraine in Riom - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U16-Russia U16 96:102

Russia U16 National Team opened the international tournament in Riom with the win over Ukraine U16. The winners needed overtime to seal 102:96 win in the opener.
Ukraine looked better in the first half and produced two narrow victories in the first two quarters. Ukraine needed 22-20 and 29-23 to take 51:43 halftime advantage. Russia meanwhile won the third and the last quarters and then added 12-6 in overtime.
ilya Karpenkov top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Aleksandr Gavrilov (192-PG-96) added 18. Pavel Afanasev (194-SG-96) notched 16, whilst nikita shantaley and Aleksandr Zuev (189-SG-96) had 12 each. Kyrylo Podkovyrov replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Yevgen Balaban had 16. Nikita Voievoda (180-PG-96) and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) posted 12 points each in defeat and Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) chipped in with 11.
In another game French U16 National Team opened the international tournament in Riom with a confident win. They stunned England 79:40 in the opener. Stephane Gombauld came up with 20 points to lead the winners.

Ukraine U16: Kyrylo Podkovyrov 18, Yevgen Balaban 16, Nikita Voievoda 12, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 12, Oleksandr Kobets 11
Russia U16: ilya Karpenkov 22+13 rebs, Aleksandr Gavrilov 18, Pavel Afanasev 16, nikita shantaley 12, Aleksandr Zuev 12



Ukraine U20 wins Torneo Internacional de Murcia opener - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20-Ukraine U20 52:67

Ukraine U20 wins Torneo Internacional de Murcia opener. The team overcomes the hosts of the tournament, Spain 67:52.
Ukraine started the game more confident and won the opening period 21:12. Moreover the guests added 16-8 in the second period for 37:20 halftime advantage. Ukraine did not allow the opponent to come back to the game and produced a 19-13 burst in the third period. Spain meanwhile won the last stanza 19-11 and reduced to 15 points at the end.
Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) led the way with 14 points and Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) nailed 13. Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 10 points, while Olexandr Misyats (200-SF-92) delivered 9. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) delivered 12 points in the losing effort, while Alejandro Abrines (198-G/F-93) and Jorge Sanz (188-PG-93) scored 10 apiece.
In another game Slovenia U20 beat Lithuania U20 93:89.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 12, Alejandro Abrines 10, Jorge Sanz 10
Ukraine U20: Olexandr Mishula 14, Vyacheslav Bobrov 13, Artem Pustovyi 10, Olexandr Misyats 9



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


RISING BALLERS HOST THEIR SECOND ANNUAL EVENT: PRO PERFORMERS - by Ozell Wells

RISING BALLERS, a community sports consulting company, are holding their 2nd annual player exposure showcase.

The aim being to help organisations from Primary Schools right up to Professional Teams on increasing participation and performance in sport.
This event is for players to expose their talent in a professional, organised scenario.
This years' event to be held at the Doug Ellis Sport Centre in Birmingham, United Kingdom. June 30 & July 1, 2012

Last year was attended by coaches, agents, scouts and representatives of a variety
of teams and institutions from the UK and across Europe. The aim is to help both sides by
providing an opportunity where a lot of players can be viewed by a lot of coaches and decision makers.

"We want to help players get signed and help teams sign players." were the words of Coach Emmanuel Davies, of risingballers.com

Pro Performers one of the latest in Rising Ballers sporting projects debuted last
summer on July 2nd 2011 at the Jesse Boot Basketball Arena in Nottingham.

The event itself could be considered a first for the UK and can only be described
as a talent showcase. However the unique feature of the event is its design,
specifically targeted for players at the elite and professional level, namely players at
International, European, Collegiate, BBL AND EBL1

They are giving the general public the chance to look in on the event at: http://www.risingballers.com/pro




Stockport Spartans appoint Swaine as player-coach - by Eurobasket News

Stockport Spartans are pleased to announce the appointment of ex-Manchester Giants and England international Jason Swaine as the clubs' new senior men's player/coach.

In a major coup for the club, Swaine has agreed to take control of the Spartans men's team in their inaugural season in EBL Division 4 in the 2012-13 season. Jason brings huge experience to the Spartans after spells in the British Basketball League with Sheffield Sharks and Manchester Giants. He won the League Trophy and Championship with the Giants in 1999.

Since then Swaine has been playing in the EBL leagues and most recently for Huddersfield Heat in EBL Division 3 last year and was ranked in the top five players in the division statistically. He was the high scorer in the division with almost a 26 points per game average. In the 2010 season he led Huddersfield to promotion with a points per game average of almost 31. This also included 7 assists per game and a phenomenal 57% from beyond the 3 point line.

Swaine will start putting his team together with immediate effect and will be holding open trials starting from Monday 9th July at Stockport College. The club is looking to combine a thriving junior section with experienced signings.

The club believe that the appointment of Swaine shows a clear statement of intent for the forthcoming season. John Brady, Spartans Director of Basketball says "Adding Jason to our coaching roster takes the club to the next level of development. He shares our vision of developing the best local talent and giving them an opportunity to play and learn at the highest level in this country," he continues. "We are also looking to sign several experienced players over the next month who set the right example to the younger players. The great thing about Jason is that he has had such a glittering career at the highest level and our younger players can't help but learn from him and follow his example on how to consistently stay at the top of your game."

The EBL season starts at the end of September with fixtures being finalised at the moment. All home games will be held at Marple 6th Form College.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



France stun England in Riom - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - England U16 79:40

French U16 National Team opened the international tournament in Riom with a confident win. They stunned England in the opener. Stephane Gombauld (200-PF-97) came up with 20 points to lead the winners.
France started the game aggressively taking a 25:6 lead after ten minutes. France maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 45:18 halftime advantage. France stretched the gap in the third term. The home team accumulated a 64:24 lead heading ino the fourth frame. England managed to narrow the margin in the final frame. Lucas Dussoulier (196-PG-96) finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Cavaliere added 10 points for the winners. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye and Joseph Swindells answered with 8 points each in the loss.

France U16: Stephane Gombauld 20, Lucas Dussoulier 15+10 boards, Cavaliere 10
England U16: Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 8, Joseph Swindells 8



Russia edge Great Britain in Houston - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Great Britain 76:54

Russia celebrated another victory in preparation for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. They knocked down Great Britain in Houston. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) finished with 16 points to lead the winners.
Great Britain looked confident in the first half. They built a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. The Brits maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Great Britain arrived at halftime up by two points 28:26. Russia turned things around in the third quarter. Andrei Kirilenko and Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) helped Russia gain a 51:41 lead with ten minutes remaining. David Blatts team extended the lead in the final period and marched to the victory at the end. Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) and Vitaly Fridzon accounted for 10 points each for Russia. Mozgov added 9 points in the victory. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) answered with 18 points for Great Britain. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed 10 points in the loss.

Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 16, Viktor Khryapa 10, Vitaly Fridzon 10
Great Britain: Joel Freeland 18, Daniel Clark 10



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  URUGUAY   


Argentina rally past Uruguay in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Uruguay 86:65

Argentina and Uruguay played a friendly encounter in Salta, Argentina. The hosts celebrated a comfortable victory. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) came up with 18 points and 6 boards to pace the winners.
Uruguay fired 25 points in the opening quarter to take a 3-point lead. But Argentina stiffened their defence in the second quarter. The hosts held Uruguay to 8 points in the second period to ensure a 45:33 halftime lead. Uruguay reacted in the third term. They outscored Argentina to narrow the gap to 11 points with ten minutes remaining. But the fourth frame belonged to the home team. Argentina dominated scoring 26 points and cruising to the victory. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) posted 14 points, while Paolo Quinteros (185-PG-79) added 11 points for the winning side. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) answered with 15 points for Uruguay. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona) had 10 points in the loss.

Argentina: Juan Gutierrez 18, Luis Scola 14, Paolo Quinteros 11
Uruguay: Martin Osimani 15, Kiril Wachsmann 10



Mathias Calfani will join Malvin - by Sergio Palay

Mathias Calfani (202-C-92) will join Malvin in the Uruguayan league since season 2012-2013.
The 20yrs old Forward played for Senior Uruguay NT since 2010 including last National Southamerican Championship in Argentina.
Mathias was the MVP of the NBA Without Borders camp in 2009.
Calfani also was Champion of the Southamerican Championship of Clubs in 2009.
The young player wasChampion of the LUB IN 2008-2009, playing for Club Bigua de Villa Biarritz.



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  USA   


U17 World Championship: reigning champions edge Australia in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Australia U17-USA U17 67:89

Reigning champions edge Australia in their opener of the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship campaign. The USA team overcame the opponents 89:67.
USA opened the game with 18-12 and led 6 points at the halftime. Both teams scored 21 points each in the second frame as the board showed 39:33 after 20 minutes. The third quarter was decisive in the game as USA erupted with 36-14 burst and proved their ambitions for defending the title. Australia managed to win the last stanza 20-14 but lost by 22 points at the end.
Stephen Domingo (6'7''-F-95) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Jahlil Okafor-Benton (6'9''-C-95) nailed 16. Conner Frankamp (6'1''-G-95) delivered 13, while Parker notched 11. Dante Exum (6'4''-G-95) responded with 17 points in the losing effort, while Nicholas Duncan (6'6''-C-95) collected 9 points and 13 boards. Mirko Djeric (6'4''-G-95) scored 8 and Joshua Derksen (6'8''-F-95) delivered 7.

Australia U17: Dante Exum 17, Nicholas Duncan 9+13 rebs, Mirko Djeric 8, Joshua Derksen 7
USA U17: Stephen Domingo 17, Jahlil Okafor-Benton 16, Conner Frankamp 13, Parker 11



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  VENEZUELA   


Dominican Republic nip Venezuela in Super 4 Cup - by Eurobasket News

Venezuela - Dominican Republic 84:88 (OT)

Dominican Republic celebrated the second victory at the Super 4 Israel Sarmiento Cup tournament in Venezuela. They outgunned hosting Venezuela in an exciting clash in the final round. Both teams finished the tourney at 2-1 record, while Venezuela clinched the title.
Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) dominated the first half. The guard scored 16 points to put Venezuela in charge. The hosts established a 42:32 halftime lead. Dominican Republic also lost Jack Michael Martinez who was ejected after arguing with the referees. However Dominican Republic found the way to bounce back. Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) unloaded 10 points in the third quarter as Dominican Republic drew things level at 57 at the break. Dominican Republic pulled in front late in regulation after a basket by Guzman. But Greivis Vasquez drained a late triple to send the game into overtime. Edgar Sosa (188-PG-88, college: Louisville) stepped up for Dominican Republic in extra period sealing a tough win at the end. Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) provided 22 points to lead the charge. Elpidio Fortuna added 15 points, while Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) connected for 13 points for the winners. Greivis Vasquez answered with game-high 31 points for Venezuela.

Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez 31
Dominican Republic: Ronald Ramon 22, Elpidio Fortuna 15, Alfred Horford 13



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Asseco Prokom is looking to rebuild the team - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom can drastically change their roster in the upcoming season. These are the names that have been mentioned in connection with leaving the club. Slawomir Sikora (193-G/F-86, agency: Promotex), Robert Witka (205-F-81), Lukasz Seweryn (196-G-82), Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances), Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz (202-G/F-79), Adam Lapeta (217-C-87, agency: Alti Sport), Piotr Szczotka (196-F-81, agency: Alti Sport), Michael Kuebler (195-G/F-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: Hawaii) and Fedor Dmitriev (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport).
According to our sources Adam Lapeta, Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Cincinnati), Piotr Szczotka and Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-SG-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Independence CC) will not return to the team next season. All these players have offers from different PLK teams. Some of them may leave Poland for Spain or Italy (Adam Lapeta is in talks with Malaga).
The Polish champs will keep Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, college: UNLV). The point guard was among the top players for Asseco Prokom last season. He averaged 15.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.5 boards per game in PLK. In Euroleague Jerel Blassingame delivered 5.4 points, 4.5 assists and 2.1 boards per appearance. In VTB League the guard notched 11.3 points, 5.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds. He was named All-Polish League Finals MVP.



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U17   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. China1-0
2. Czech Rep.1-0
3. USA1-0
4. Australia0-1
5. Egypt0-1
6. France0-1
Group B
1. Canada1-0
2. Croatia1-0
3. Spain1-0
4. S.Korea0-1
5. Lithuania0-1
6. Argentina0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Jun. 29: CZE - FRA 70-64
Jun. 29: EGY - CHN 68-80
Jun. 29: AUS - USA 67-89

Group B

Jun. 29: CAN - LTU 69-63
Jun. 29: ARG - CRO 68-78
Jun. 29: KOR - ESP 62-80

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Group A

Jun. 30: CHN - AUS
Jun. 30: FRA - EGY
Jun. 30: USA - CZE

Group B

Jun. 30: CRO - CAN
Jun. 30: LTU - KOR
Jun. 30: ESP - ARG


Day 1 in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Group A

Australia U17-USA U17 67:89

Reigning champions edge Australia in their opener of the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship campaign. The USA team overcame the opponents 89:67.
USA opened the game with 18-12 and led 6 points at the halftime. Both teams scored 21 points each in the second frame as the board showed 39:33 after 20 minutes. The third quarter was decisive in the game as USA erupted with 36-14 burst and proved their ambitions for defending the title. Australia managed to win the last stanza 20-14 but lost by 22 points at the end.
Stephen Domingo (201-F-95) (6'7''-F-95) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Jahlil Okafor-Benton (6'9''-C-95) nailed 16. Conner Frankamp (6'1''-G-95) delivered 13, while Parker notched 11. Dante Exum (193-G-95) (6'4''-G-95) responded with 17 points in the losing effort, while Nicholas Duncan (198-C-95) (6'6''-C-95) collected 9 points and 13 boards. Mirko Djeric (6'4''-G-95) scored 8 and Joshua Derksen (6'8''-F-95) delivered 7.

Australia U17: Dante Exum 17, Nicholas Duncan 9+13 rebs, Mirko Djeric 8, Joshua Derksen 7
USA U17: Stephen Domingo 17, Jahlil Okafor-Benton 16, Conner Frankamp 13, Parker 11

China U17 - Egypt U17 80:68

China opened their U17 World Championship campaign with victory. They defeated Egypt in Group A. Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) (185-G-95) came up with 25 points to lead the winners.
China dominated from start to finish. They recorded a 25:9 lead at the first break. China stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 43:26 halftime advantage. The Asian team boosted the gap in the third term. They entered the final quarter up 19 points. Egypt outgunned their opponents in the final quarter but just sweetened the pill at the end. Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) accounted for 16 points, while Zhou Qi (217-C-96) added 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Moataz Hosny (201-C-95) (201-C-95) answered with 20 points for Egypt. Ehab Mohamed (185-G-95) netted 16 points in the loss.

China U17: Zhao Jiwei 25, Heng Yifeng 16, Zhou Qi 9
Egypt U17: Moataz Hosny 20, Ehab Mohamed 16

Czech Republic U17 - France U17 70:64

Czech Republic opened win count at U17 World Championship in Lithuania. They knocked down France in the opener tonight. Adam Pechacek (205-C-95) (205-C-95) came up with 24 points to lead the charge.
Czech Republic marked their ambitions early in the game. They outscored France 20:15 in the starting quarter. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Moreover the Czech team ensured a 36:26 halftime advantage. France failed to change the complexion of the game in the third quarter. Czech Republic stayed aggressive and entered the final term up by 14 points 53:39. France finally adjusted their offence scoring 25 points in the fourth frame but it was too late as Czech Republic hung on to clinch the victory. Radovan Kouril (183-PG-95) accounted for 12 points, 15 assists and 5 rebounds for Czech Republic. Olivier Yao-Delon (193-G-95) (193-G-95) answered with 16 points for France. Paul Rigot (199-F-95) had 11 points in the losing case.

Czech Republic U17: Adam Pechacek 24, Radovan Kouril 12+15 assists
France U17: Olivier Yao-Delon 16, Paul Rigot 11

GROUP B

Spain U17 - South Korea U17 80:62

Spain tipped off their U17 World Championship campaign with victory. They overcame South Korean counterparts in Group B opener. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) (210-C-95) came up with 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners.
Spain surged ahead early in the game and registered a 19:13 lead at the first intermission. Spain stretched the gap in the second quarter. They ensured a 37:26 halftime lead. The European team maintained the lead throughout the third term. They established a 58:41 advantage with ten minutes to go. South Korea could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Marcos Portalez (199-C-95) netted 12 points, while Ferran Ventura (184-PG-95) contributed 9 points for Spain. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) (181-G-95) answered with 19 points for South Korea. Kim Yun (185-G-95) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Spain U17: Ilimane Diop 17+13 boards, Marcos Portalez 12, Ferran Ventura 9
South Korea U17: Heo Hoon 19, Kim Nakhyeon (180-G-95) 14, Kim Yun 12

Canada U17-Lithuania U17 69:63

Canada upset the hosts at the start of the World Championships U17 Tournament in Kaunas. The Canadian side needed a strong third period to seal the 69:63 win.
Lithuania started the game better and won the first period 17:13. Moreover the hosts added 21-17 in the second period and led 8 points at the halftime. The third quarter however was decisive in the game as Canada produced a 17-9 burst.
Canada made 47 Rebounds, while Lithuanian team ended up with 48. The latter also had more Assists in the game 10 versus 8.
Kevin-Mbezela Zabo (186-G-95) (186-G-95) and Marial Shayok (196-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points each. Tyrell Bellot-Green (198-F-95) nailed 9, while Robinson added 8. Zydrunas Jurgutis (178-PG-95) (178-PG-95), GRABAUSKAS and Edvinas Seskus (192-G/F-95) replied with 13 points each, while the latter also collected 14 boards. Ernestas Serkevicius (187-PG-95) followed them with 10 points in a loss.

Canada U17: Kevin-Mbezela Zabo 16, Marial Shayok 16, Tyrell Bellot-Green 9, Robinson 8
Lithuania U17: Zydrunas Jurgutis 13, GRABAUSKAS 13, Edvinas Seskus 13+14 rebs, Ernestas Serkevicius 10

Argentina U17-Croatia U17 68:78

Croatia opened the game with 21-0 run and never looked behind. The European side reached 28:4 at the end of the frame as Ivan Jukic (195-SG-95) closed the quarter. Argentina woke up in the second period and managed to score the same number of points as the favorites. After 18-18 in it the board showed 46:22 for Croatia.
In the third period Argentina produced a 21-17 surge and DECK reduced to 63:43. Moreover the South American team won the last stanza to reduce to decent 10 points. Deck and Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) were the last players to score for their teams.
Mario Hezonja (202-F/G-95) (202-F/G-95) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Paolo Marinelli (190-G-95) nailed 13. Karlo Zganec notched 10 and Ivan Jukic added 8. Alvaro Merlo (170-G-95) (170-G-95) and Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) replied with 17 points each in the losing effort. Lucas Vildoza (188-G-95) and Rodrigo Haag (190-G-95) posted 11 points apiece in a loss.

Argentina U17: Alvaro Merlo 17, Gabriel Deck 17, Lucas Vildoza 11, Rodrigo Haag 11
Croatia U17: Mario Hezonja 24+13 rebs, Paolo Marinelli 13, Karlo Zganec 10, Ivan Jukic 8




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Women News


Declercq Stortbeton Waregem lands young F Maja Vucurovic - by Eurobasket News

Declercq Stortbeton Waregem announced signing of another player for the next season. The Belgian team inked a deal with young Serbian forward Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91). The 21-year-old player finished last season with Romanian BCT Alexandria. She joined them in January registering 13.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.3 spg for 17 games. Vucurovic started the season with Spanish Celta Vigo, but did not appear in any official game with them.
Maja Vucurovic won the Polish league title a year ago with TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow. She had limited playing time, but did a good job for the minutes she was getting. Vucurovic played for Wisla also in 2009/10 and they reached Euroleague Semifinals. This year they reached Euroleague Quarterfinals. In the past, Vucurovic successfully played for Serbian youth National Teams.



Castors Braine keeps forward Soana Lucet - by Eurobasket News

Soana Lucet (186-F-87, college: Arizona) will play at least one more season for Castors Braine. They signed a contract extension this week. Lucet joined the club in January and immediately became their key player. For 16 games in the league the forward averaged 17.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.6 assists. She was the fifth scorer and fourth rebounder of the competition. For her performance Lucet was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 2nd Team -12.
Soana Lucet started last season in France. She had 2.3 ppg and 1.4 rpg for 8 games with Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin. It was her first season as a pro. The forward is a product of the University of Arizona, where she had 12.9 ppg and 5.5 rpg in 2010/11 season. She played for the New Caledonian National Team in 2006.



Belfius Namur brings in Andrijana Vasovic - by Eurobasket News

Andrijana Vasovic (186-F/C-83) is back to Belgium. The Serbian PF/C signed a deal with Belfius Namur. Vasovic arrives to the club from Regina-Basket Bar, where she finished last season. She joined the Ukrainian team in March averaging 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3 assists for 5 Higher league games. They were regular season champions and reached Playoff Finals together.
Andrijana Vasovic started last season with DBC Houthalen. There she shined with 17.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 1.5 apg for 13 games. They parted ways in February this year. In 2010/11 season, Vasovic helped Sibenik Jolly to win Adriatic league title. A year before that, she won the Bosnian Cup with Mladi Krajisnik. Vasovic also has experience from Crvena Zvezda, Partizan and Hemofarm.



Point Chaud Sprimont signs two new players - by Eurobasket News

Point Chaud Sprimont reinforced its roster for the next season with two new players. The Belgian squad signed deals with American center Davis Erica (191-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Yale) and Luxembourgian forward Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky).
Davis Erica missed last season and she split 2010/11 between Israeli Hatis Yerevan and Chinese Jiangsu Phoenix. In China she had 15.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2 spg and 1.4 bpg for 12 WCBA games. Before that, she averaged 8.5 points and 11 rebounds for two EuroCup games with Hatis Yerevan. Davis spent 2009/10 season with French Limoges and she also has experience from Greece.
Nadia Mossong played last season for Osnabrucker SC Panthers. She had 6.4 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 22 games in German 2.Bundesliga. They reached DBBL Cup Semifinals together. Mossong is active member of the Luxembourgian NT.



Belgium open Reze International Tournament with victory - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U18 - Czech Republic U18 71:65

Belgian U18 National Team registered the first win at the traditional Reze International Tournament. They overcame Czech Republic counterparts in the opener. Goynaerts came up with 15 points to lead the effort.
Belgium and Czech Republic stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic jumped in front early in the second term but Belgium bounced back quickly. They eked out a 28:27 halftime advantage. Belgium maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They established a 52:49 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Belgium did not loosen the grasp in the final quarter rolling to a tough win at the end. An-Katrien Nauwelaers (186-F-95) scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Manon Humblet (182-C-94) added 11 points for the winners. Tereza Vondrackova (182-F-94) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic. Tereza Noskova (173-G-94) had 11 points in the loss.

Belgium U18: Goynaerts 15, An-Katrien Nauwelaers 12, Manon Humblet 11
Czech Republic U18: Tereza Vondrackova 13, Tereza Noskova 11



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Belgium open Reze International Tournament with victory - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U18 - Czech Republic U18 71:65

Belgian U18 National Team registered the first win at the traditional Reze International Tournament. They overcame Czech Republic counterparts in the opener. Goynaerts came up with 15 points to lead the effort.
Belgium and Czech Republic stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic jumped in front early in the second term but Belgium bounced back quickly. They eked out a 28:27 halftime advantage. Belgium maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They established a 52:49 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Belgium did not loosen the grasp in the final quarter rolling to a tough win at the end. An-Katrien Nauwelaers (186-F-95) scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Manon Humblet (182-C-94) added 11 points for the winners. Tereza Vondrackova (182-F-94) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic. Tereza Noskova (173-G-94) had 11 points in the loss.

Belgium U18: Goynaerts 15, An-Katrien Nauwelaers 12, Manon Humblet 11
Czech Republic U18: Tereza Vondrackova 13, Tereza Noskova 11



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Tarsus lands American PG Danielle Robinson - by Eurobasket News

Tarsus continues with signings for the next season. The Turkish Euroleague squad penned a one-year deal with American point guard Danielle Robinson (175-G-89, college: Oklahoma). She currently plays for the WNBA team San Antonio Silver Stars. Robinson averages 7.5 points, 4.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 11 games so far.
Danielle Robinson spent last season with Maccabi Ramat Hen. She shined with 16.2 ppg, 4.8 apg and 4.9 rpg for 20 games in Israeli D1. They reached Israeli Cup Semifinals. It was the first European deal for Robinson, who graduated at the University of Oklahoma a year ago. She had 18.3 ppg, 5.1 apg, 2.7 rpg and 2.5 spg for them in 35 games. Last summer Robinson also played for the Silver Stars, where she had 8 ppg, 3.8 apg and 2.4 rpg in 37 games.



CSM Targoviste lands Olga Vorobyeva - by Eurobasket News

Olga Vorobyeva (180-G-87, agency: LBM Management) will continue her career in Romania. The 26-year-old Russian guard signed a deal with CSM Targoviste, according to her former team Spartak St.Petersburg. They will compete in Euroleague next season.
Olga Vorobyeva spent last two years with Spartak St.Petersburg. In the latest season she had 11.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.3 spg in 24 games. In 2010/11, the player had much lower numbers in Russian league (3.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg). She also added 9 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.6 apg for 17 games in BWBL. Spartak reached BWBL Finals that season. Before Spartak, Olga Vorobyeva was a member of Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk and Slavyanka Cheliabinsk. She also has experience from Shelen-ETK Krasnoyarsk.



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  FRANCE   


Tarbes GB brings in American PF Lauren Ervin - by Eurobasket News

Lauren Ervin (191-F-85, college: Arkansas) will continue her career in Tarbes GB. The American power forward signed a one-year deal with the club. She started last season with Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion, but missed it due to strike in Israeli championship. Season 2010/11 Ervin spent with Italian Faenza. There she shined with 13.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 24 games. She was the best rebounder of the competition and was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Defensive Player of The Year -11. The played was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 2nd Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Imports Team -11. Before Faenza, Lauren Ervin spent one season with Turkish Ceyhan. She was one of the best league players with 16.7 ppg, 12.4 rpg and 2.6 apg for 23 games. Ervin also has experience from Puerto Rico, WNBA and Sweden.


France topple Netherlands in Reze - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Netherlands U18 70:54

French U18 National Team overcame Netherlands at the start of the Reze International Tournament. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) knocked down 14 points to lead the hosts.
France did not waste too much time surging ahead early in the encounter. They registered a 21:10 lead ten minutes into the game. Netherlands cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Dutch team narrowed the gap at 4-point mark at halftime 31:35. France maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The home team entered the final quarter up by five points 50:45. France went on a 10:2 run at the start of the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the victory. Mamignan Toure (180-F-94) accounted for 13 points, while Awa Sissoko (178-SG-94) added 9 points for the hosts. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) answered with 14 points for Netherlands. Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) provided 10 points in the loss.

France U18: Aby Gaye 14, Mamignan Toure 13, Awa Sissoko 9
Netherlands U18: Isabella Slim 14, Kourtney Treffers 10



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  GERMANY   


Alex Guyton moves to TBA Fireballs - by Eurobasket News

Alex Guyton (190-F-90) moves to TBA Fireballs as it will be her first experience abroad. The American player just graduated from NCAA and will move to Europe.
In 2008-2009 she started for Purdue (NCAA) and debuted with1.5ppg, 1.4rpg. In 2009-2010 for Purdue (NCAA) she improved to 4.5ppg, 3.1rpg. In 2010-2011 after 33 games her stats read 6.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 47.2%, FT: 72.5%. Last season for the team she had 5.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.7%, FT: 73.1%.
As a Junior she led the team in blocked shots (36) and steals (49). Alex Guyton was second in rebounding (4.1 rpg) and fifth in scoring (6.6 ppg). She scored a career-high 16 points vs. SIUE and set career high with 13 rebounds vs. Southern Illinois.
The team earlier signed Ohanian Jezabel for the next season.



Julia Gaudermann signs with Halle - by Eurobasket News

Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) signs with Halle for the next season. The German Point Guard is back also to DBBL.
Julia Gaudermann started her career in 2008-2009 for Bender Baskets Grunberg (2.Bundesliga). She also had a license to play with BC Pharmaserv Marburg (DBBL) and in 4 games averaged 1.5ppg.
In 2009-2010 moved to BC Pharmaserv Marburg (DBBL) but played mostly for junior team. Later in 2010-2011 went back to Bender Baskets Grunberg (2.Bundesliga) and showed 12.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.6apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 26.1%, FT: 49.6%. In 2011-2012 for Bender Baskets Grunberg (2.Bundesliga, starting five) her stats read 17.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.1apg, Steals-2 (3.1spg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 25.7%, FT: 82.4%.
Last year she became German 2.Bundesliga Group North Regular Season Runner-Up -12 and reached German 2.Bundesliga Group North Semifinals -12. Julia Gaudermann was named Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Guard of the Year -12 and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Defensive Player of the Year -12. Moreover she went into Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North 1st Team -12 and was Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga North All-Domestic Players Team -12.
Julia Gaudermann is also a German U20 National Team member. At the European Championships U20 in Serbia in 2011 she averaged 4.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg.



Kathrin Gut and Alina Hartmann stay with Bamberg - by Eurobasket News

Kathrin Gut (175-G) and Alina Hartmann (182-F-95) stay with Bamberg for another season. The German players will enter their third season.
In 2010-2011 Kathrin Gut appeared for DJK Don Bosco Bamberg (2.Bundesliga, starting five) and averaged 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 0.8apg, 0.9spg, 2FGP: 37.1%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 31.9%. In 2011-2012 for DJK Don Bosco Bamberg (2.Bundesliga, starting five) her stats read 6.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 19.2%, FT: 56.4%.
Alina Hartmann started for DJK Don Bosco Bamberg in 2010. In her first season she averaged 4.3ppg, 2.7rpg. In 2011-2012 for DJK Don Bosco Bamberg (2.Bundesliga) she improved to 7.7ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 59.1%.
Both players became German 2.Bundesliga Group South Regular Season Champion -12.



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  HOLLAND   


France topple Netherlands in Reze - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Netherlands U18 70:54

French U18 National Team overcame Netherlands at the start of the Reze International Tournament. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) knocked down 14 points to lead the hosts.
France did not waste too much time surging ahead early in the encounter. They registered a 21:10 lead ten minutes into the game. Netherlands cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Dutch team narrowed the gap at 4-point mark at halftime 31:35. France maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The home team entered the final quarter up by five points 50:45. France went on a 10:2 run at the start of the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the victory. Mamignan Toure (180-F-94) accounted for 13 points, while Awa Sissoko (178-SG-94) added 9 points for the hosts. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) answered with 14 points for Netherlands. Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) provided 10 points in the loss.

France U18: Aby Gaye 14, Mamignan Toure 13, Awa Sissoko 9
Netherlands U18: Isabella Slim 14, Kourtney Treffers 10



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  LUXEMBOURG   


NT forward Nadia Mossong moves to Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) will continue his career in Belgium. The National Team forward penned a deal with Point Chaud Sprimont. Mossong played last season for Osnabrucker SC Panthers. She had 6.4 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 22 games in German 2.Bundesliga. They reached DBBL Cup Semifinals together. It was the first professional deal for Mossong, who graduated at Eastern Kentucky University a year ago. She had 5.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg for her school in their last season together (26 games). In the past, Mossong played for Residence de Walferdange and Basketball Team Luxembourg. In 2007, she was named Eurobasket.com Luxembourg League All-Domestic Players Team.
Nadia Mossong is active member of the Luxembourgian National Team since 2006. She had 10.5 ppg and 6.8 rpg for them in four games during the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011. Mossong curently averages 12.5 points and 7 rebounds in Qualifications to European Championships 2013.



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Castors Braine keeps forward Soana Lucet - by Eurobasket News

Soana Lucet (186-F-87, college: Arizona) will play at least one more season for Castors Braine. They signed a contract extension this week. Lucet joined the club in January and immediately became their key player. For 16 games in the league the forward averaged 17.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.6 assists. She was the fifth scorer and fourth rebounder of the competition. For her performance Lucet was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 2nd Team -12.
Soana Lucet started last season in France. She had 2.3 ppg and 1.4 rpg for 8 games with Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin. It was her first season as a pro. The forward is a product of the University of Arizona, where she had 12.9 ppg and 5.5 rpg in 2010/11 season. She played for the New Caledonian National Team in 2006.



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  NORWAY   


Portugal edge Norway in Covilha - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U18 - Norway U18 77:42

Portuguese U18 National Team faced their Norwegian counterparts in test game in Covilha. The hosts proved the strength claiming a well-deserved 35-point victory. Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) accounted for 19 points to lead the winners.
Portugal jumped to an early lead. They built a 21:14 advantage after ten minutes. Portugal held Norway to 11 points in the second quarter boosting the margin to 13 points 38:25. The margin grew in the third term. Portugal limited their opponents to 9 points in the quarter to take a 56:34 advantage with one quarter remaining. Portugal did not slow down in the final frame and raced to a comfortable win at the end. Simone Costa (176-G-96) finished with 11 points, while Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) added 9 points in the victory. Stine Hoff Austgulen (177-G-94) answered with 7 points for Norway. Elin Guldbrandsen had 8 points in the loss.

Portugal U18: Joana Soeiro 19, Simone Costa 11, Laura Ferreira 9
Norway U18: Elin Guldbrandsen 8, Stine Hoff Austgulen 7



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   

Standings - Women

Standings
Group A
1. Angola0-0
2. Chile0-0
3. USA0-0
Group B
1. Australia0-0
2. Brazil0-0
3. U.Kingdom0-0
4. Russia0-0
Group Qualification Gr.A
1. Turkey3-0
2. Japan1-2
3. P.Rico0-2
Group Qualification Gr.B
1. Czech Rep.3-0
2. Argentina1-2
3. N.Zealand0-2
Group Qualification Gr.C
1. Croatia3-0
2. S.Korea1-2
3. Mozambique.0-2
Group Qualification Gr.D
1. France3-0
2. Canada1-2
3. Mali0-2

Additional Qualifying Round: Round 4

Jun. 29: FRA - KOR 80-63
Jun. 29: TUR - ARG 72-58
Jun. 29: CRO - CAN 59-56
Jun. 29: CZE - JPN 53-47

Additional Qualifying Round: Round 5

Jun. 30: JPN - KOR
Jun. 30: ARG - CAN


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jazmine SEPULVEDA
  USA
  (178-SG-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Sepulveda, PUR22.0 
 2. Mamiya, JPN20.7 
 3. Machanguana, MOZ19.0 
 4. Sin, KOR17.3 
 5. Beon, KOR16.3 
 6. Cortijo, PUR16.0 
 7. Vrsaljko, CRO14.7 
 8. Kulichova, CZE14.3 
 9. Viteckova, CZE13.7 
 10. Gruda, FRA13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  CZE
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 16
 1. Kulichova, CZE16.0 
 2. Machanguana, MOZ10.5 
 3. Sin, KOR10.0 
 4. Dongue, MOZ8.0 
 5. Burgrova, CZE8.0 
 6. Mamiya, JPN7.7 
 7. Caglar, TUR7.0 
 8. Yacoubou-D., FRA6.7 
 9. Harmon, NZL6.5 
 10. Burani, ARG6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Andja JELAVIC
  CRO
  (172-G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Jelavic, CRO6.0 
 2. Ngulela, MOZ6.0 
 3. Vardarli, TUR6.0 
 4. Yoshida, JPN5.7 
 5. Dumerc, FRA5.3 
 6. Lawson-Wade, FRA5.0 
 7. Choi, KOR4.0 
 8. Pilypaitis, CAN4.0 
 9. Mandir, CRO3.3 
 10. Oga, JPN3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aminata SININTA
  (188-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sininta, MLI2.5 
 2. Machanguana, MOZ2.5 
 3. Cava, ARG2.3 
 4. Ivezic, CRO2.3 
 5. Choi, KOR2.3 
 6. Lelas, CRO2.3 
 7. Halar, MOZ2.0 
 8. Oga, JPN2.0 
 9. Yoshida, JPN1.7 
 10. Gretter, ARG1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  CZE
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Kulichova, CZE4.3 
 2. Ndongue, FRA2.0 
 3. Vrsaljko, CRO2.0 
 4. Ivankovic, CRO1.5 
 5. Phillips, CAN1.0 
 6. Yacoubou-D., FRA1.0 
 7. Digbeu, FRA1.0 
 8. Takada, JPN1.0 
 9. Sin, KOR1.0 
 10. Burgrova, CZE0.7 


Croatia, Czech Republic, Turkey and France qualify for the Olympic games - by Eurobasket News

Four teams have obtained rights to participate in London Olympics, all four are from Europe. The rest of the world will fight it out for the remaining one place in the games.

As was expected the Croatia Canada game went down to the line with both teams giving each other plenty of opportunities to succeed, but neither using them particularly well. Iva Ciglar three pointer with 6 minutes remaining proved to be a turning point as Croatia took back the lead and never gave it back. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) and Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) were the only Croatian players able to reach double digits.

Czech Republic stormed out to a 13-0 lead and never gave it up. Japan though made a bit interesting in the fourth quarter by cutting down the lead to 3 points, but thats the closest they could get to the Czechs. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) dominated the undersized Japanese opponents with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

OQT hosts Turks had an easier night with their opponents Argentinians not being able to cut in the host lead unlike previous two losers. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) scored 7 consecutive points at the start of the fourth quarter when Argentina managed to cut down the lead to 7 points. The game wasn't close in the remaining more than half a quarter. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) finished as the top scorer for Turks with 17 points.

Despite a slow start France got their act together in the second quarter and went to locker rooms with a 9 point advantage. By the end of the third it was increased to 18 points and that was the game. French post rotation of Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87), Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) and Miyem each scored in double digits.



Semifinals will be played on Saturday in order as follows:

Canada - Argentina
Japan - Korea



Quarterfinals

Croatia - Canada 59-56
Croatia: Ivezic 12, Vrsaljko 10, Ciglar 9
Canada: Pilypaitis 11, Gabriele 9, Achonwa 7

Czech Republic - Japan 53-47
Czech Republic: Kulichova 14 (15 reb), Viteckova 10, Burgrova 8, Horakova 8
Japan: Mamiya 16, Fujiwara 9, Tanaka 8

Turkey - Argentina 72-58
Turkey: Yilmaz 17, Palazoglu 13, Hollingsworth 12, Ivegin 9
Argentina: Gretter 17, Cava 12, Cabrera 8

France - Korea 80-63
France: Sandrine Gruda 19, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 12, Miyem 10
Korea: Sin 17, Beon 15, Kim 9

Courtesy of http://www.lovewomensbasketball.com



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  POLAND   


Turkey edge Poland in overtime in Reze - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Poland U18 71:61 (OT)

Turkish U18 National Team gained the first success at the annual Reze International Tournament in France. They defeated Poland in overtime clash in Group B. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) accounted for 14 points to lead the effort.
Poland enjoyed a 13:8 lead ten minutes into the game. Turkey denied the deficit and drew things level at 25 at the interval. They pulled in front in the third quarter. Turkey eked out a 44:42 lead at the third break. But Poland managed to knot things up late in regulation sending the game into overtime. Turkey outscored their opponents 13:3 in the extra period and sealed the victory at the end. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) notched 13 points, while Cansu Koksal (185-F-94) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the winning effort. Dominika Owczarzak (166-G-94) and Karolina Puss (180-F-94) answered with 10 points apiece in the loss.

Turkey U18: Merve Aydin 14, Pelin Bilgic 13, Cansu Koksal 12+10 boards
Poland U18: Dominika Owczarzak 10, Karolina Puss 10



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  PORTUGAL   


Portugal edge Norway in Covilha - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U18 - Norway U18 77:42

Portuguese U18 National Team faced their Norwegian counterparts in test game in Covilha. The hosts proved the strength claiming a well-deserved 35-point victory. Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) accounted for 19 points to lead the winners.
Portugal jumped to an early lead. They built a 21:14 advantage after ten minutes. Portugal held Norway to 11 points in the second quarter boosting the margin to 13 points 38:25. The margin grew in the third term. Portugal limited their opponents to 9 points in the quarter to take a 56:34 advantage with one quarter remaining. Portugal did not slow down in the final frame and raced to a comfortable win at the end. Simone Costa (176-G-96) finished with 11 points, while Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) added 9 points in the victory. Stine Hoff Austgulen (177-G-94) answered with 7 points for Norway. Elin Guldbrandsen had 8 points in the loss.

Portugal U18: Joana Soeiro 19, Simone Costa 11, Laura Ferreira 9
Norway U18: Elin Guldbrandsen 8, Stine Hoff Austgulen 7



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ICIM Arad in talks with Chrissy Givens and Kari Laplante - by Eurobasket News

ICIM Arad in talks with Chrissy Givens (180-F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Kari Laplante (195-C-89, college: USC) for the upcoming season. According to TotalBaschet the players are on the way to join the team.
The season 2011-2012 Chrissy Givens started for CSM Targoviste (Romania-D1,starting five) and in 29 games averaged 15.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.7spg, FGP-1 (68.8%), 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 71.3%. in Jan.'12 was loaned to BC ICIM Arad (Romania-D1), and in Feb.'12 moved to CSM Targoviste (Romania-D1, starting five).
Kari Laplante is a 22-year old American center. Laplante turned to be Alexandria's top player in her first season with the team. University of Southern California graduate has very impressive stats this year.
In 2011-2012 for BCT Alexandria (Romania-D1, starting five) Kari Laplante averaged 14.8ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 52.4%, FT: 62.2%. In Round 11 talented American Kari Laplante (195-C-89) had an amazing evening in the round for league's second-best Alexandria and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.






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Svetlana Abrosimova returns to the Storm - by Eurobasket News

Svetlana Abrosimova (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) is coming back to the Storm. The Russian forward signed with Seattle as free agent. Svetlana Abrosimova is expected to play against the New York on Saturday.
Svetlana Abrosimova spent the last season with UMMC. The forward averaged 1.4 points, 1.3 assists and 1.1 boards per game in Euroleague. In Russian league the forward delivered 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per appearance. She became PBL champion with UMMC. Svetlana Abrosimova played for the Storm back in 2010. She averaged 7.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance in WNBA. She also had stints with Brno, Schio, Samara, Spartak Moscow Region, Minnesota Lynx and Connecticut Sun. She has been the member of Russian National Team since 1997.



CSM Targoviste lands Olga Vorobyeva - by Eurobasket News

Olga Vorobyeva (180-G-87, agency: LBM Management) will continue her career in Romania. The 26-year-old Russian guard signed a deal with CSM Targoviste, according to her former team Spartak St.Petersburg. They will compete in Euroleague next season.
Olga Vorobyeva spent last two years with Spartak St.Petersburg. In the latest season she had 11.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.3 spg in 24 games. In 2010/11, the player had much lower numbers in Russian league (3.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg). She also added 9 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.6 apg for 17 games in BWBL. Spartak reached BWBL Finals that season. Before Spartak, Olga Vorobyeva was a member of Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk and Slavyanka Cheliabinsk. She also has experience from Shelen-ETK Krasnoyarsk.



Mersin gets bigger with Russian C Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya - by Eurobasket News

According to Solobasket.net, Mersin got reinforcement under the basket. The Turkish squad signed a one-year deal with experienced Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya (198-C-77). The Russian center spent last two seasons with Nadezhda Orenburg. They reached Russian league Semifinals in the latest one. Zakalyuzhnaya appeared 23 times in the league collecting 5.5 ppg and 4.2 rpg. She had slightly better numbers for 15 Euroleague games.
Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya joined Nadezhda Orenburg in 2009 and they reached EuroCup Finals in their first season together. Before Nadezhda, the center played one year for Dynamo Moscow. She also has experience from BC Moscow, UMMC Ekaterinburg, Dynamo-Energia Novosybirsk, Sopron and Fenerbahce. In the past, Zakalyuzhnaya spent few seasons in the WNBA.



Dynamo Moscow brings in Grigoryeva, Kostina and Abrikosova - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow officially announced signing of three players. The team landed point guard Tatiana Grigoryeva (178-F-90), center Alexandra Kostina (191-C-87, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) and guard Tatyana Abrikosova (179-SG-89).
Tatiana Grigoryeva mostly played for Dynamo youth team last season. She got a chance in 16 Russian league games, but with very limited playing time. Grigoryeva also appeared three times in EuroCup averaging 3.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Alexandra Kostina arrives from Spartak St.Petersburg. She had 8.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.3 spg for them in 18 games. In 2010/11, Kostina played for Spartak-SHVSM Moscow.
Tatyana Abrikosova played last season for Saprtak Noginsk. She had 8.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.8 spg for 25 Russian league games. The team also competed in EuroCup, where Abrikosova registered 5.5 ppg and 2 apg. In the past, she played for Spartak-SHVSM Moscow and Mytischi-MGUL.



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Belfius Namur brings in Andrijana Vasovic - by Eurobasket News

Andrijana Vasovic (186-F/C-83) is back to Belgium. The Serbian PF/C signed a deal with Belfius Namur. Vasovic arrives to the club from Regina-Basket Bar, where she finished last season. She joined the Ukrainian team in March averaging 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3 assists for 5 Higher league games. They were regular season champions and reached Playoff Finals together.
Andrijana Vasovic started last season with DBC Houthalen. There she shined with 17.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 1.5 apg for 13 games. They parted ways in February this year. In 2010/11 season, Vasovic helped Sibenik Jolly to win Adriatic league title. A year before that, she won the Bosnian Cup with Mladi Krajisnik. Vasovic also has experience from Crvena Zvezda, Partizan and Hemofarm.



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Slovenia U16 split games in Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian U16 National Team played two exhibition games versus their Croatian counterparts in Tuhelj.
The first game ended with Croatia claiming a 77:61 victory. The hosts opened the game strongly taking a 23-point halftime lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second half posting a comfortable win at the end. Jakobcic scored 11 points for Slovenia. Ela Micunovic (181-G-97) added 9 points for the visitors.
Slovenia however bounced back in the second clash. The visitors clinched a narrow 63:59 victory. Croatia led by five points ten minutes into the game 19:14. But Slovenia eked out a 34:33 halftime advantage. Slovenia went on a 15:10 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory at the end. Zala Lesek (187-F-97) provided 13 points to pace the visitors. Sabina Ajkic contributed 10 points for the winning side.



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LNA 2012-13: 10 teams - by Melanie Nussbaumer

For the upcoming season, the swiss women league has announced 10 teams in the first division (LNA). There are two new promoted teams coming from Tessin (Muraltese and Bellinzona) and one team withdraw to LNB (Nyon Basket Feminin)
Here the list of LNA teams for 2012-13:
BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket
Esperance Sportive Pully
Hope-GBA Bernex
Luzern Highflyers
Metanord Bellinzona (promoted - LNB champions 2011-12)
Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket
Canti Riva Basket Ceresio
SC Uni Basel Basket
Sdent Helios VS Basket (LNA champions 2011-12)
SP Muraltese (promoted)

The season opening is scheduled for the weekend of October 6-7th 2012, hosted by team SC Uni Basel in Arlesheim where all ten teams will play their first games of the competition under one roof.




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Mersin gets bigger with Russian C Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya - by Eurobasket News

According to Solobasket.net, Mersin got reinforcement under the basket. The Turkish squad signed a one-year deal with experienced Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya (198-C-77). The Russian center spent last two seasons with Nadezhda Orenburg. They reached Russian league Semifinals in the latest one. Zakalyuzhnaya appeared 23 times in the league collecting 5.5 ppg and 4.2 rpg. She had slightly better numbers for 15 Euroleague games.
Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya joined Nadezhda Orenburg in 2009 and they reached EuroCup Finals in their first season together. Before Nadezhda, the center played one year for Dynamo Moscow. She also has experience from BC Moscow, UMMC Ekaterinburg, Dynamo-Energia Novosybirsk, Sopron and Fenerbahce. In the past, Zakalyuzhnaya spent few seasons in the WNBA.



Tarsus lands American PG Danielle Robinson - by Eurobasket News

Tarsus continues with signings for the next season. The Turkish Euroleague squad penned a one-year deal with American point guard Danielle Robinson (175-G-89, college: Oklahoma). She currently plays for the WNBA team San Antonio Silver Stars. Robinson averages 7.5 points, 4.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 11 games so far.
Danielle Robinson spent last season with Maccabi Ramat Hen. She shined with 16.2 ppg, 4.8 apg and 4.9 rpg for 20 games in Israeli D1. They reached Israeli Cup Semifinals. It was the first European deal for Robinson, who graduated at the University of Oklahoma a year ago. She had 18.3 ppg, 5.1 apg, 2.7 rpg and 2.5 spg for them in 35 games. Last summer Robinson also played for the Silver Stars, where she had 8 ppg, 3.8 apg and 2.4 rpg in 37 games.



Turkey edge Poland in overtime in Reze - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Poland U18 71:61 (OT)

Turkish U18 National Team gained the first success at the annual Reze International Tournament in France. They defeated Poland in overtime clash in Group B. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) accounted for 14 points to lead the effort.
Poland enjoyed a 13:8 lead ten minutes into the game. Turkey denied the deficit and drew things level at 25 at the interval. They pulled in front in the third quarter. Turkey eked out a 44:42 lead at the third break. But Poland managed to knot things up late in regulation sending the game into overtime. Turkey outscored their opponents 13:3 in the extra period and sealed the victory at the end. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) notched 13 points, while Cansu Koksal (185-F-94) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the winning effort. Dominika Owczarzak (166-G-94) and Karolina Puss (180-F-94) answered with 10 points apiece in the loss.

Turkey U18: Merve Aydin 14, Pelin Bilgic 13, Cansu Koksal 12+10 boards
Poland U18: Dominika Owczarzak 10, Karolina Puss 10



Turkey uses 19-0 run in second quarter to beat Argentina 65-54 and secure a place in the 2012 Olympics - by Doruk Gencer


In a historical game Turkey, the hosts, with loud support from their fans, started the game on a 11-0 run, with all 11 points coming from Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) ,who was showcasing all her skills as she made two layups one midrange jumper and one three pointer. Argentina, meanwhile struggled to find a shot, mainly settling for rushed three pointers as both teams started the game with man to man defence. After four straight points by Argentina , Birsel Vardarli (174-G-84) was the first Turkish player other than Yilmaz to score with a three to make it a 14-4 game. After that point Turkish coach Ceyhun Yildizoglu reverted to the substitution patterns which he used throughout the tournament which led to the Turkish team losing threir ryhtm and the Argentinians balancing the momentum of the game and Turkey were unable to find the easy shots they were finding in the beginning of the quarter , although the Argentinians kept on playing man to man defence despite their size disadvantage.

To start the second quarter, Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) the sparkplug of the Turkish team checked in for the first time but that did not prevent the Argentinians from putting together a mini run and a 2 point midrange shot by Andrea Boquete Manna (183-F/C-90) made it 4 point game.. Turkey was looking increasingly out of rythm.. A layup by Diana Cabrera (187-C-93) , who finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds made it 2 point game. In the following possession Palazoglu stopped the run with a midrange shot. Two possessions later , a 2 point shot off an offensive rebound by Bahar Caglar and a three pointer by Saziye Ivegin ran the difference back up to 9 and this led to the Argentinian coach reverting to zone defence and later calling a time-out at 24-12.

The time-out, however was no solution for their problems as the Turkish team continued the run with 3 foul shots (2 by Isil Alben (170-G-86) )and a layup by Caglar to make it a 17 point game.. Argentina at that point in the game looked lost, commiting one turnover after another with many of the turnovers caused by offensive fouls while setting picks. A two pointer by Nevriye Yilmaz, who led the team with 17 points 5 rebounds and 4 steals capped the 19-0 run and the game looked out of reach for the Argentinians. .. Agostina Burani (188-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) (188-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) ended Argentina drought by a free throw and later Debora Gonzales made two free throws to determine the first half score : 35-15 .. The score difference was reflected in the players' personal statistics too as Nevriye Yilmaz had 15 points by half time while Melisa Gretter (170-PG-93) was the high scorer for Argentina with only 6.

Turkey started the third quarter on a 5-0 run with all points coming from Birsel Vardarli and her no look pass to Nevriye Yilmaz made it a 22 point game. Turkey at that point started very confident and relazed a little on defence . Suddenly, the undersized Argentinians started taking advantage of the sloppy defence by the Turks and their 3's which weren't falling started to fall and Argentinians started to crawl slowly up from the hole they were in. A Turnover by Alben and layup by Cava in the final seconds of the 3rd made it a 15 point game. Although the Turks still looked to have a comfortable cushion to start the fourth quarter. In the midst of turnovers by both teams, Gretter who led the Argentinian team by 17 points, hit two three pointers to 7 point game. In order to increase the energy of his team, Turkish Coach Yildizoglu put Caglar back in the game and Palazoglu responded with two midrange jumpers to stop the run and run the difference back uo to 11 points. Yildizoglu's strategy proved correct as Caglar, Palazoglu and Esmeral Tuncluer (176-G-80) 's high energy defence and blocked shots caused even more Argentina turnovers and 4 straight fouls by Argentinians on the same possession put them into penalty.

Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) capped her personal 7-0 run with a three ans a few possessions later Caglar's block led to Palazoglu's fast break layup for a 15 point game with over 3 minutes left and it was garbage time from then on. Palazoglu finished with 13 points where Vardarli had an impressive stat sheet with 8 points 6 rebounds and 11 assists. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) 's stats complemented Nevriye Yilmaz's in depicting the Turks' dominance in the paint: 12 Points and 8 rebounds.

Marina Cava (168-G-85) was the only other player than Gretter who finished in double figures by the Argentinians with 12 points.



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connecticut S. 10-3 
 2. Indiana F. 8-5 
 3. Chicago S. 7-5 
 4. Atlanta D. 7-7 
 5. New York L. 4-9 
 6. Washington M. 3-10 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 13-1 
 2. L.Angeles S. 9-7 
 3. Seattle S. 7-7 
 4. S.Antonio SS 6-5 
 5. Phoenix M. 4-9 
 6. Tulsa S. 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jun. 29: Tulsa S. - Atlanta D. 92-102
Jun. 29: Chicago S. - Phoenix M. 81-84
Jun. 29: Washington M. - Connecticut S. 64-77
Jun. 30: New York L. - Seattle S.


Svetlana Abrosimova returns to the Storm - by Eurobasket News

Svetlana Abrosimova (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) is coming back to the Storm. The Russian forward signed with Seattle as free agent. Svetlana Abrosimova is expected to play against the New York on Saturday.
Svetlana Abrosimova spent the last season with UMMC. The forward averaged 1.4 points, 1.3 assists and 1.1 boards per game in Euroleague. In Russian league the forward delivered 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per appearance. She became PBL champion with UMMC. Svetlana Abrosimova played for the Storm back in 2010. She averaged 7.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance in WNBA. She also had stints with Brno, Schio, Samara, Spartak Moscow Region, Minnesota Lynx and Connecticut Sun. She has been the member of Russian National Team since 1997.