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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Omar Thomas to stay with Zvezda - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

As the president of Crvena Zvezda Beograd Nebojsa Covic confirmed at the press conference of the club on Friday, one of the key players of their team from past season Omar Thomas (197-F-82, college: UTEP) has pledged his future to the club for one more season. Previously the player himself had said that he is to stay in Belgrade if the club management succeeds in building a high competitive team, which could answer his high ambitions. Thomas has averaged 12,2 points and 5,2 rebounds in last season of the Adriatic league, along with 1,3 assists.


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  ARGENTINA   


U17 World Championship: Argentina surprise Spain in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U17 - Spain U17 68:58

Argentina earned the initial win at the U17 World Championship. The Latin American team stunned Spain in Group B action tonight. The victory propelled Argentina at 1-1 record as they caught up with Spain in the ladder. Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) accounted for 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Argentina held their opponents to 11 points in the opening quarter taking a 5-point lead. Argentina stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 9-point buffer at halftime 35:26. Things hardly changed in the third quarter. The teams traded baskets as Argentina stayed in front. They entered the final quarter leading by 9 points 52:43. Spain got within five points midway through the final quarter but Argentina remained calm as they quickly restored a comfortable lead and rallied to the victory at the end. Rodrigo Haag (190-G-95) accounted for 13 points, while Lucas Vildoza (188-G-95) and Facundo Vallejos (95) had 7 points each for the winners. Alberto Martin (182-G-95) answered with 11 points for Spain. Agusti Sans (195-F/G-95) and Xavier Moix (185-PG-95) finished with 10 points each in the loss.

Argentina U17: Gabriel Deck 28, Rodrigo Haag 13, Lucas Vildoza 7, Facundo Vallejos 7
Spain U17: Alberto Martin 11, Agusti Sans 10, Xavier Moix 10



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Indonesia Warriors are ASEAN League champions! - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Indonesia Warriors 76:78

Indonesia Warriors celebrated the ASEAN League title. They overcame Petron Blaze in the decisive third game of the title series to clinch the crown. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) came up with pivotal performance scoring 28 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and making 2 steals for the Warriors.
The visitors jumped in front early in the game. They posted a 19:13 advantage at the first break. Stanley Pringle made it a 10-point game midway through the second quarter 31:21. But the Blaze managed to cut the deficit to 5 points at halftime 33:38. The hosts denied the deficit early in the third quarter. Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) put the Blaze in front 40:38. But the visitors quickly regained the lead and cleared off to a 64:53 distance at the final intermission. The Warriors enjoyed a 10-point buffer with under four minutes remaining. But Petron Blaze went on an 8:0 run to narrow the gap at just two points with just over two minutes to go. Stanley Pringle and Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) stretched the margin back to 6 points however Duke Crews kept Petron Blaze in the game narrowing the gap at 2-point mark 76:78. Evan Brock missed two free throws in the dying seconds and Fazekas had a chance to win it for the hosts. But his three-pointer rimmed out and the Warriors triumphed in the game and the season. Evan Brock accounted for 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 10 points for the winners. Duke Crews answered with 29 points and 9 rebounds for Petron Blaze. Chris Banchero (185-G, college: Seattle Pacific) had 16 points in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Duke Crews 29, Chris Banchero 16
Indonesia Warriors: Stanley Pringle 28, Evan Brock 15+16 boards, Steve Thomas 10



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  AUSTRALIA   


Round 7 Previews: QBL Men - by Eurobasket News

Brisbane Capitals vs Maroochydore Clippers
Friday 29 June, 6:00pm, NAB Stadium

The Caps hit the court after a successful Round 6, where they triumphed over both Bundaberg and Gladstone, a relief for the team who were previously on a four-game losing streak. Maroochydore have only secured one game so far this season, and have suffered losses by considerable margins. Brisbane holds a potent combination of Bairstow, Ryman, Masunda and McCarron, who are all sitting on double-figure points per game averages, while McCarron also features in the top five in the league for rebounds and assists. Maroochydores Daniel McGlynn (183-G-78) and Zeke Meehl have been solid performers for the Clippers, while Josh Tueta also holds the potential to dominate under the basket and put big points on the board, all three will need to come out firing to match up to Brisbanes big scorers.
With this being the first meeting for the Pool B teams, and with fellow pool member Bundaberg sitting between them at the bottom end of the ladder, the fight will be on between these two to try to better their record and boost their finals chances.

Mackay Meteors vs Gold Coast Rollers
Friday 29 June, 8:30pm, The Crater at Candlestick Park

The Gold Coast hit the road for the notorious Central Queensland double-header, and will be tested by two of the top teams in the league, back to back. The Rollers pulled out a surprise win over South West Metro in Round 6, with David Gurneys 30 point-game earning him the Player of the Week award for the round. Equally impressive have been Scott McGregor (202-F-76), Willard Johnson and Karl Nilsson (192-G-90), who all sit on double-figure points per game averages. Mackay have only dropped one game so far this season, against the powerhouse Rockhampton side, and have held the home-court advantage at each encounter. Theyll be looking to their big men Greg Vanderjagt and Michael Kingma to dominate under the basket, going up against
Rollers McGregor and Johnson, so there could be some big plays in the paint. Meanwhile, Gurney and Michael Cedar will face off on the perimeter, with both able to hold their own at the three-point line, going to the outside is likely to be an option for both teams to keep the keyway clear. With the home crowd behind them, Mackay will go in as favourites, however as we saw in Round 6 Gold Coast have the ability to pull off an upset and would have gained confidence from that win.

Ipswich Force vs Toowoomba Mountaineers
Saturday 30 June, 7pm, Cotton On Foundation Stadium

The Force and the Mountaineers both faced Cairns in Round 6, with Ipswich managing to secure a 12-point victory over the Marlins. Toowoomba werent so lucky, sustaining a 25-point defeat to see them remain at the bottom of the QBL ladder. It was a mere 10 point difference in Ipswichs favour when the sides last met in the first round of the season, with Charles Dickerson coming out firing for the Mountaineers with 19 points, while Ryan Jefferies shot 21 for the Force. Other players on both teams have started to come to the fore since then, in particular Toowoombas James Legan (190-G-87, agency: Court Side, college: E.Carolina) and Zarryon Feretti for Ipswichboth have taken out Player of the Week awards. Legan will need to emulate something close to his 36-point effort he gave in the Mountaineers sole victory this season over the Gold Coast, if hes to help his side get the win this week. Ipswich has a solid group in their mix with Jefferies, Allen, Stolberg and Feretti, who have consistently exerted dominance under the basket and on the scoreboard. Shutting down these four will be key for the Mountaineers in order to get the win in Ipswich.

Cairns Marlins vs Gladstone Power
Saturday 30 June 8pm, Bendigo Bank Basketball Centre

Both teams have had mixed results in the first half of the season, with the Marlins sitting in the middle of the ladder with three wins and four losses, while the Power are struggling at tenth place with just two wins. With Mackay, Townsville and Rockhampton dominating the league ladder and therefore the Pool A placings, Cairns will want to secure this match in order to strengthen their finals chances. The Marlins are buoyed this week with the return of Taipans player Nathan Jawai, who is home from a stint in the European leagues and the NBA Summer League. Jawai is set to bring a commanding presence in the paint, and should bolster the Marlins chances of posting some big scores and taking this match away from the Power. Combined with Dwayne Vale and Aaron Grabau, Cairns are set to dominate under the basket. Gladstones hopes lie with their imports Zach Silverman and Kevin Gaines, with Silverman currently sitting on an average of 20.8 points per game, while Gaines is in the top five in the league for assists and steals. The pair have gelled well on court but the combination has yet to translate into continuous wins. Cairns will have extra drive in this match but Gladstone are likely to still be fired up to try to steal the win.

Rockhampton Rockets vs Gold Coast Rollers
Saturday 30 June 8pm, Hegvold Stadium

In the second match of their road-trip weekend the Gold Coast face up to the seemingly-unstoppable Rockets outfit, who are yet to concede a match. The Gold Coast head in to this week off the back of a big win over South West Metro in Round 6, and are trying to claw back some lost ground, sitting at eighth spot on the ladder with two wins and three losses. The Gold Coast have the ingredients to be a strong team in the league, holding key players Scott McGregor, David Gurney, Willard Johnson and Karl Nilsson, but havent been able to secure the wins to place them higher up the ladder. Rockhampton, on the other hand, are flexing their muscles as serious finals contenders again, thanks to the talents of, amongst
others, Travis Reedplaced in the top five in the league on points and rebounds, and Mitch Philp, who leads the league in assists and second on steals. Coupled with the perimeter shooting talents of Brad Williamson and Peni Nasalo, and Ryan McDades rebounding prowess and post presence, the Rockhampton side are a formidable opponent to face, particularly on their home court. The Rollers will have to fight hard to shut down the Rocky bigs in the key if theyre to put an end to the Rockets iron grip on the league.

Maroochydore Clippers vs South West Metro Pirates
Saturday 30 June, 8pm, Maroochydore Basketball Stadium

South West Metro have had a strong season to date, until they came unstuck in Round 6, suffering a 43-point hammering at the hands of the Gold Coast. With their only other loss coming courtesy of Ipswich, theyve been able to pull off some solid wins in the first few weeks of the season, exhibiting some fine performances from Brendan Teys, Kenny Barnes and Robert Lippman. This weeks match against the Clippers should see them slip back into form, with the Maroochy side so far only taking out one game, and coming off the back of a tough match against Brisbane. The Clippers will be relying on their sharp shooters Zeke Meehl, and Daniel McGlynn to contribute to the Clippers score, but will need other fringe players such as , Malakai Mitchell and Sean Paterson to step up and put big points on the board, and will expect Josh Tueta to be imposing at the top of the key. The previous meeting between the teams saw the Pirates take out the match 88 points to 65, in Round 12 of last season. If the Pirates fire up as they have done in previous weeks theyll make it a tough 40 minutes for Maroochydore, but the Clippers are likely to push themselves in a bid to try to get over the line.

Bundaberg Bulls vs Northside Wizards
Saturday 30 June, 8pm, WIN Stadium

Northside have come out as one of the surprise packages this season, so far only dropping one match against South West Metro. Conversely, Bundaberg havent been able to secure as many wins as expected, despite fielding a strong team. Their key forward Willie Shackleford currently leads the league in points with an average of 24.1 per game, and also in rebounds with 16.3 on average. Backed up by QBL veteran Shane Davis, import Rodrick Stewart, and a host of promising young talent, the Bulls will need to pull together and secure matches from this point on in order to secure a finals berth over fellow Pool B team Brisbane. With Northsides import Louis Hurd coming back into form off an injury, shooting 24 points in Round 6, and supported by Zac Carter, Michael ONeill and Steven Broom (205-F/C-87) under the basket and with Josh Van Der Brule back in the side, the Bulls will have to find a way to minimise the damage the key Wizards group can conjure up, if theyre to shake off their losing streak. Their last meeting in Round 13 of last season saw Bundy take the win 99 to 74, but with different line-ups hitting the court it could be a different story this time around.

Townsville Heat vs Gladstone Power
Sunday 1 July, 1pm, Townsville Basketball Stadium


Both teams head into this match on a two-game losing streak, so no doubt will have relished the week off to regroup. The Heats losses has seen them slip from second to fourth place on the ladder, and theyre in danger of falling further if they drop another game, with Ipswich and South West hot on their tail. They are still without young hot-shot Mitchell Norton who is overseas on representative duties, but have enough talent and strength in the pack to be able to take it to Gladstone. The Power are on the back-end of their northern road-trip, and would have had a tough game on their hands on Saturday night against Cairns. With just two wins to their name heading into Round 7, the Power really need to start securing wins if theyre to overtake Cairns on the ladder and get a look in for finals contention. Townsville shouldnt underestimate the potential of the Gaines/Silverman combination around the basket, and likewise the Power will need to contain Blanchfield, Rees and Cedar, with the scoring power of these three proving to be dangerous.
Courtesy of: qbl.basketball.net.au



SBL: Lightning, Wolves remain tied (Saturday night wrap) - by Eurobasket News

The Lakeside Lightning continue their reign on top of the men's standings after taking down the Willetton Tigers 103-75.

Young guard Brad Jackson (185-G-83) led the way for the Lightning with 28 points while ever reliable centre Jarrad Prue chipped in with 14 points and 23 rebounds.

The Wanneroo Wolves also continue their impeccable form taking down the South West Slammers 105-75, led by Damian Matacz (205-C-79, college: N.Michigan) (29 points) and Greg Hire with 16 points and 18 rebounds.

While the Wolves extend their eleven game winning streak the Slammers now slump to their tenth consecutive defeat.

The Cockburn Cougars have smashed the Stirling Senators 113-80, the win see's the Cougars stretch out to a comfortable gap in third place.

The Cougars were led by imports Jeremiah Wilson (23 points, 14 rebounds) and Brian Carlwell who finished with 21 points.

The East Perth Eagles have defeated the Perth Redbacks 113-100, the Eagles now on a four game winning streak as the Redbacks continue their inconsistent form.

Tom Jervis starred with 30 points and 19 rebounds for East Perth, while in his first game since May 5 Redbacks Adrian Majstrovich starred with 35 points and 12 rebounds.

The Perry Lakes Hawks have smashed bottom of the ladder Rockingham Flames 130-99, the Hawks were led to victory by Shane Ross (35 points, 20 rebounds) and Matt Rosinski (32 points).

The Goldfields Giants have all but ended the play-off hopes of rivals and fellow regional side Geraldton Buccaneers with a 94-83 victory in Kalgoorlie.

Ty Harrelson (192-G-80, college: Wayland Baptist) led the Giants with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists while local Aaron Ralph finished with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the Buccs.

In the women's league the Flames continue to rise after taking down the Hawks 84-58, Rockingham led by dominant import Emma Cannon with 26 points and 15 rebounds.

Top of the ladder Slammers only just scraped over the line to defeat the out of form Wolves 53-50, Wanneroo putting in a strong effort but falling just short.

Perth Redbacks dropped from second to fourth after going down to the Eagles 62-46, while the Tigers took down the Lightning 82-77.

The Senators took down the Cougars 57-52, the Senators were led by Lyndal Gardner (27 points, 12 rebounds) while Cougars forward Stephanie Jones starred with 27 points and 20 rebounds.

Article by Hannah Coleman
Courtesy of: SBL



U17 World Championship: Australia destroy China in day 2 opener - by Eurobasket News

China U17-Australia U17 55:92

Australia destroy China in day 2 opener. The Australian side won 92:55 and tied the record at 1-1 at the preliminary round of the FIBA U17 World Championship in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Australia led wire-to-wire, but came out flat and found that China was hard to shake. The winners broke a 30:10 lead in the opening period and later never looked behind. They added 23-9 in the second frame and enjoyed 53:19 at the end of the first half.
China bounced back with 15-13 in the third quarter and reduced to 22 points entering the final stanza. Australia however added 26-21 in the last period to seal the victory and improved to 1-1 record.
Dante Exum (193-G-95) paced all the winners with 26 points, while Michael Luxford (182-PG-95) added 13. Benjamin Simmons (198-F-95) and Jack Purchase (201-F-95) followed them with 10 points each. Zhou Qi (217-C-96) posted 12 in defeat, while Liu Bo (204-F-96) had 10.

China U17: Zhou Qi 12, Liu Bo 10
Australia U17: Dante Exum 26, Michael Luxford 13, Benjamin Simmons 10, Jack Purchase 10



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier Standings
Top4
 1. Muharraq 4-1 
 2. Al Ahli 3-2 
 3. Al Manama 2-3 
 4. Sitra 1-4 
Places 5-11
 1. Al Hala 13-7 
 2. Issa Town 12-8 
 3. Nuwaidrat 9-10 
 4. Al Ittihad 9-10 
 5. Bahrain Club 3-17 
 6. Al Najma 2-18 
 7. Samaheej 1-19 
Stage Two Standings

Top 4: Round 5

Jun. 29: Muharraq - Sitra 92-81
Jun. 29: Al Ahli - Al Manama 84-91

Top 4: Round 6

Jul. 2: Al Manama - Sitra
Jul. 2: Muharraq - Al Ahli



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  CANADA   


Recap of the 2012 NBL Canada owners' meeting - by Eurobasket News

Owners of the National Basketball League of Canada have deliberated over the course of two days in Toronto to discuss several topics for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. After review, the Board of Directors voted to have items implemented in the upcoming season.

Here are the following items that were voted upon:

- Number of Regular Season games increased to 40 games

- Regular Season will start November 1, 2012

- Three minimum Canadian Players on Team Rosters

- Two Divisions (Central & Atlantic)

- Expanded Playoff Format with five qualifying teams; 1st Round (Best of 3), Semifinals & Finals (Best of 5)

"The two days of meetings were extremely productive and we're excited about the new changes that are being implemented for the upcoming season, "said NBL Canada COO Ian McCarthy. "These changes will give added value to our fans and partners as the league continue to grow. "

The League now turns its attention to the 2012 NBL Canada Pre-Draft Combine and Draft to be held August 25th - 27th .

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



U17 World Championship: Croatia beat Canada - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U17 - Canada U17 66:53

Croatian gained the second straight win at the U17 World Championship in Lithuania. They prevailed against Canada in Group B today. Mario Hezonja (202-F/G-95) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Canada fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Croatia dominated every facet of the game in the starting quarter. They accumulated a 20:9 lead after ten minutes. Canada tuned in defensively in the second quarter. The North American side limited Croatia to 8 points o narrow the deficit at 6-point mark 22:28. Canada got closer in the third quarter. They trimmed the distance to just 3 points with one period remaining 38:41. But Croatia scored 25 points in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) provided 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, while Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) added 10 points for the winners. Patrick Steeves (201-F/G-95) and Marial Shayok (196-G-95) replied with 10 points apiece for Canada.

Croatia U17: Mario Hezonja 21+11 boards, Marko Arapovic 11+10 boards, Karlo Zganec 10
Canada U17: Patrick Steeves 10, Marial Shayok 10



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Sharpe's double-double lands him NBL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old forward Walter Sharpe (206-F-86, agency: Two Points) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Guangzhou FM and receives a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 39 points and 25 rebounds, while his team edged out Hong Kong (#9, 6-11) 78-74. Guangzhou FM maintains the 2nd position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guangzhou FM will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. In the team's last game Sharpe had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Guangzhou FM, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sharpe is in league's top in points (4th best: 29.2ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 18.8rpg), assists (8th best: 3.2apg) and averages solid 3.8bpg,2.9spg and 53.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was David Palmer (201-F-82, agency: Top Notch Sports) of Sichuan. He is American forward in his first season at Sichuan. In the last game Palmer recorded impressive double-double of 43 points and 22 rebounds. Of course he lead Sichuan to another comfortable win 108-91 over the higher-ranked Hebei (#4, 11-7) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Sichuan to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Palmer is one of the most experienced players at Sichuan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Bryan Davis (206-F-86, agency: N.E.T.) of Hebei (#4). Davis got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . Despite Davis' great performance Hebei lost 91-108 to the lower-ranked Sichuan (#7, 7-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Hebei needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 7 lost games. Davis has a great season in China. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 32.1ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 16.4rpg (4th best). He also has 2.7spg, 3.0bpg and FGP: 55.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shengyue Sun (198-F-89) of Nanjin Army - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Joseph Taylor (203-F-85) of Changan Group - 20 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) of Heilongjiang - 29 points and 11 rebounds
7. Lei Ji (203-C-83) of Guangzhou L. - 22 points and 4 rebounds
8. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83) of Henan Jiyuan - 23 points and 11 rebounds
9. Ty Walker (213-C-89) of Hong Kong - 12 points and 19 rebounds
10. Jing Wang (197-F-78) of Guangzhou L. - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



U17 World Championship: Australia destroy China in day 2 opener - by Eurobasket News

China U17-Australia U17 55:92

Australia destroy China in day 2 opener. The Australian side won 92:55 and tied the record at 1-1 at the preliminary round of the FIBA U17 World Championship in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Australia led wire-to-wire, but came out flat and found that China was hard to shake. The winners broke a 30:10 lead in the opening period and later never looked behind. They added 23-9 in the second frame and enjoyed 53:19 at the end of the first half.
China bounced back with 15-13 in the third quarter and reduced to 22 points entering the final stanza. Australia however added 26-21 in the last period to seal the victory and improved to 1-1 record.
Dante Exum (193-G-95) paced all the winners with 26 points, while Michael Luxford (182-PG-95) added 13. Benjamin Simmons (198-F-95) and Jack Purchase (201-F-95) followed them with 10 points each. Zhou Qi (217-C-96) posted 12 in defeat, while Liu Bo (204-F-96) had 10.

China U17: Zhou Qi 12, Liu Bo 10
Australia U17: Dante Exum 26, Michael Luxford 13, Benjamin Simmons 10, Jack Purchase 10



China Blown Out by Australia 92-55 - by Arthur Volbert

Unfortunately, it was the team from the preliminary tournament that showed up today at the U-17 World Championship, and it was blown out by Australia 92-55.

China trailed 30-10 after one quarter, 53-19 at the half and 66-34 after three quarters. It was outrebounded 44-27 and had 23 turnovers to 12 for Australia.

Zhou Qi (217-C-96) had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Liu Bo had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Zhao Jiwei has 9 points and 4 assists but fouled out in 19 minutes. Heng Yifeng scored 8.

Dante Exum scored 26 for Australia.

The team looked as awful today as it had looked talented yesterday. We'll see which team shows up against France tomorrow.



Hsu Chih-chao named Dacin head coach - by Chris Wang

Hsu Chih-Chao , head coach of the Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor (KKL) last season, will become Dacin Tigers head coach in the coming season, Dacin Tigers General Manager Wang Tsai-hsiang said.

Hsu, who spent most of his career with Dacin, will be returning to his old team and replace Chiu Ta-tsun, who left after the season to coach in Chinas Jiangsu.

According to Wang, the team had planned to hire South Korean veteran coach Chung Kwang-suk but was concerned about his communication with the players, since Chung does not speak Chinese Mandarin.

Hsu made his coaching debut last year with the KKL and finished with a 14-16 record.

The 37-year-old would have no problem communicating with his players, given his familiarity with the team.

Dacin made six Finals appearances in the SBLs 9-year history but finished with only one title in 2009. After that, it has lost in three straight SBL Finals to Yulon, Taiwan Beer and Pure Youth.

Dacin in SBL Finals:
2004-05 Yulon Dinos (3-0, Dacin)
2006-07 Taiwan Beer (4-2, Dacin)
2008-09 Dacin Tigers (4-3, Taiwan Beer)
2010 Yulon Luxgen (4-2, Dacin Tigers)
2010-11 Taiwan Beer (4-1, Dacin Tigers)
2011-12 Pure Youth (4-0, Dacin Tigers)

National 2nd team head coach undecided
The CTBA has not made the final decision on who would replace Chiu Ta-tsun as the head coach of the national second team in the William Jones Cup in August.

Chiu was tapped as the head coach of the team but left for China to coach in Jiangsu.

According to the CTBA, Taiwan Beer assistant Chou Jun-san will be the first candidate on its list, rather than Hsu Chih-Chao , who left KKL to coach Dacin, because the invitation list was arranged according to the final SBL ranking, starting from the runner-up Dacin.

Hsu Chin-tse, head coach of SBL champion Pure Youth, will coach Taiwan national team in the Jones Cup and the FIBA Asia Cup.

If Chou declined the invitation, the CTBA said, it will target assistants of Yulon Luxgen, which ranked fourth last season.

Lee Hsueh-Lin (176-PG-84) wins CBA Finals MVP in China
Former Yulon point guard Lee Hsueh-Lin was named Chinas CBA Finals MVP after almost three months after leading Beijing Ducks to the CBA title.

Lee became the first Taiwanese player to win the award in China.

Lee averaged 11 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in the five-game series, which paled in comparison with Stephon Marburys 33.4 points per game, but got the nod as Marbury is not qualified to win the award as an import player.

Taiwanese players are not considered import players in the CBA.

As for why the award was announced almost three months later, the league did not provide an explanation.

The 175cm point guard is in Taiwan NTs training camp.



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  CROATIA   


U17 World Championship: Croatia beat Canada - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U17 - Canada U17 66:53

Croatian gained the second straight win at the U17 World Championship in Lithuania. They prevailed against Canada in Group B today. Mario Hezonja (202-F/G-95) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Canada fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Croatia dominated every facet of the game in the starting quarter. They accumulated a 20:9 lead after ten minutes. Canada tuned in defensively in the second quarter. The North American side limited Croatia to 8 points o narrow the deficit at 6-point mark 22:28. Canada got closer in the third quarter. They trimmed the distance to just 3 points with one period remaining 38:41. But Croatia scored 25 points in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) provided 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, while Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) added 10 points for the winners. Patrick Steeves (201-F/G-95) and Marial Shayok (196-G-95) replied with 10 points apiece for Canada.

Croatia U17: Mario Hezonja 21+11 boards, Marko Arapovic 11+10 boards, Karlo Zganec 10
Canada U17: Patrick Steeves 10, Marial Shayok 10



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  CYPRUS   


Intercollege Etha Engomis lands center Dragan Ceranic - by Eurobasket News

Intercollege Etha Engomis announced important signing. The reigning Cypriot champion penned a one-year deal with experienced center Dragan Ceranic (212-C-76, agency: Beo Basket). The player arrives to Etha from the Greek squad KAO Dramas, where he spent last season. He appeared 24 times with them averaging 8.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists. KAO Dramas finished as No.9 in the league and was close to reach the Playoffs (9-15 record).
Before KAO Dramas, Dragan Ceranic spent one season with Polish Trefl Sopot. There he had 10.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.6 spg and 1.5 apg for 33 games. He helped them reach Polish league Semifinals. In 2009/10, Ceranic played for Kavala/Panorama and year before that he spent with VAP Kolossos. In the past, he was a member of Barons Riga, Panellinios Athens, GS Larissa, ASVEL, Oostende, Azovmash, Varese, Vojvodina, ZTE and Buducnost. In 2006/07 season the center spent some time with AEL Limassol.



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U17 World Championship: USA stop surprising Czechs - by Eurobasket News

USA U17- Czech Republic U17 95:57

USA stop surprising Czechs at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship. The defending champions celebrated a 95:57 victory mostly due to the last frame.
The teams exchanged the lead several times in the opening period before Conner Frankamp brought 19:11. Stanley Johnson made two free throws later in the period to close the frame at 24:13. Tyus Jones delivered two for 30:15, while Joel Barry scored for 36:21. The favorites won the second period 17-9 as the board showed 41:22 at the halftime. Czech Republic looked well in the third period and managed to score the same number of points as their opponents. Prokop Slanina (6'9''-C-95) closed the third period at 64:45 and then SUBERT reduced to 16 points early in the fourth. USA exploded with 31-12 in the last stanza and grabbed the second straight win.
Dakari Johnson (6'9''-F/C-95) paced all the winners with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Conner Frankamp (6'1''-G-95) netted 11. Joel Barry (6'1''-G-95), Tyus Jones (6'1''-G-96), Jahlil Okafor-Benton (6'9''-C-95) and Stanley Johnson (6'5''-F-96) nailed 10 points each in a win. Martin Peterka (6'7''-F-95), Prokop Slanina, Jiri Dedek (6'3''-F-95) and Radovan Kouril (6'0''-PG-95) finished the game with 8 points apiece in defeat.

USA U17: Dakari Johnson 16+12 rebs, Conner Frankamp 11, Joel Barry 10, Tyus Jones 10, Jahlil Okafor-Benton 10, Stanley Johnson 10
Czech Republic U17: Martin Peterka 8, Prokop Slanina 8, Jiri Dedek 8, Radovan Kouril 8



Serbia post second win in Benevento - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Czech Republic U16 45:42

Serbia registered the second straight win at the international tournament in Beneventu. They knocked down Czech Republic for 2-0 record. Nikola Pavlovic (204-PF-96) accounted for 18 points to lead the winners.
Czech Republic jumped to an early lead. They ensured a 13:8 advantage after ten minutes. Czech Republic boosted the gap at 7-point mark at halftime 21:28. Czech Republic limited Serbia at just 7 points in the third quarter taking a 36:28 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. But Serbia did not surrender. They went on a 17:6 run in the final frame to seal the victory at the end. Stefan Lazarevic (193-SG-96) accounted for 7 points, while Stefan Peno (193-G-97) netted 6 points for the winning side. Pulpan, Hanzik and Pursi answered with 7 points each for Czech Republic.

Serbia U16: Nikola Pavlovic 18, Stefan Lazarevic 7, Stefan Peno 6
Czech Republic U16: Pulpan 7, Hanzik 7, Pursi 7



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Denmark U18 advanced to Final Four of Future Stars - by Eurobasket News

Denmark U18 advanced to Final Four of Future Stars in London. The Danish side won the first two games at the Future Stars International Tournament in London. They will face Ukraine in the Semifinal, while England and Netherlands will play in another one.
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.
In Game 1 Denmark U18 beat Holland U18 70:65. Trailing 14-24 after the first period, Denmark responded with 26-16 in the second frame and added two narrow victories in the second half. Peter Moller (186-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Daniel Mortensen (194-F-94) nailed 11. Tobias Tita delivered 10, while Rasmus Glarbjerg notched 10.
In Game 2 Denmark U18 beat London Harefield Academy 90:46. The Danish side started with 29:10 and won the second frame 21-19. Moreover the second half also was dominated by the guests of the tournament that needed 21-7 and then 19-9 in the third and the last quarters respectively for the total success. Rasmus Glarbjerg stepped up with 18 points and Gabriel Iffe Lundberg had 12. Anders Skou posted 11, while Oliver Stroh (192-G-94) and Rasmus Stolbjerg each brought 9 points.



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U17 World Championship: France pull away from Egypt - by Eurobasket News

France U17-Egypt U17 78:54

France pull away from Egypt in day 2 of the preliminary round at the FIBA U17 World Championship in Kaunas, Lithuania. The European side celebrated a 78:54 win for 1-1 record. Egypt meanwhile fell at 0-2 in Group A.
France started with 18:9 and never looked behind in the game. They allowed Egypt to bounce back however with 16-13 in the second period as the latter reduced to 31:25 at the halftime. France erupted with 21-13 in the third frame and added 26-16 in the last stanza.
Damien Inglis (197-F-95) paced all the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Charly Pontens (189-PG-95) and Paul Rigot (199-F-95) had 12 points each. Olivier Yao-Delon (193-G-95) and Lionel Ebreuil (200-F/C-95) followed them with 10 points apiece. Ehab Amin (185-G-95) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Moataz Hosny (201-C-95) had 9.
Tomorrow France will take on China, while Egypt will face USA.

France U17: Damien Inglis 19+11 rebs, Charly Pontens 12, Paul Rigot 12, Olivier Yao-Delon 10, Lionel Ebreuil 10
Egypt U17: Ehab Amin 17, Moataz Hosny 9



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Latvia fire past Estonia in Rakvere - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Latvia U20 77:111

Latvian U20 National Team secured a comfortable win over Estonian counterparts in exhibition game in Rakvere. The visitors were paced by 25 points from Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM).
Latvia exploded with 29 points in the starting quarter to take an 8-point lead. Estonia answered with 27 points of their own in the second quarter and narrowed the deficit to a single point 48:49 at halftime. But Latvia took over in the third term. They changed the tempo drastically leaving Estonia behind. Latvia arrived at the final break up by 16 points 79:63. The visitors poured in 32 more points in the final quarter to seal a comprehensive win at the end. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) delivered 14 points for Latvia. Marcis Vitols (189-PG-92) and Arturs Bremers (190-G-92) accounted for 12 points each in the victory. Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) answered with 14 points for Estonia. Oliver Metsalu (196-G-93) had 12 points in the loss.

Estonia U20: Martin Paasoja 14, Oliver Metsalu 12
Latvia U20: Janis Timma 25, Ojars Silins 14, Marcis Vitols 12, Arturs Bremers 12



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Intercollege Etha Engomis lands center Dragan Ceranic - by Eurobasket News

Intercollege Etha Engomis announced important signing. The reigning Cypriot champion penned a one-year deal with experienced center Dragan Ceranic (212-C-76, agency: Beo Basket). The player arrives to Etha from the Greek squad KAO Dramas, where he spent last season. He appeared 24 times with them averaging 8.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists. KAO Dramas finished as No.9 in the league and was close to reach the Playoffs (9-15 record).
Before KAO Dramas, Dragan Ceranic spent one season with Polish Trefl Sopot. There he had 10.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.6 spg and 1.5 apg for 33 games. He helped them reach Polish league Semifinals. In 2009/10, Ceranic played for Kavala/Panorama and year before that he spent with VAP Kolossos. In the past, he was a member of Barons Riga, Panellinios Athens, GS Larissa, ASVEL, Oostende, Azovmash, Varese, Vojvodina, ZTE and Buducnost. In 2006/07 season the center spent some time with AEL Limassol.



Gravelines signs 2-year deal with Aldo Curti - by Eurobasket News

Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) will continue his career in Gravelines. The French point guard signed a 2-year deal with the club. Curti spent last season with Limoges. He played 37 games in ProB averaging 5.4 points, 2.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds. Limoges won the ProB title and promotion for ProA. They were also regular season champions in ProB. Before Limoges, Aldo Curti spent four years with Orleans. They won the French Cup together in 2010. A year before that, Orleans played in ProA Finals. Curti also has experience from Le Havre and INSEP. He played for French youth National Teams in the past.
Gravlines will play next season without PG Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90), who used his contract option and left the club.



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Valencia announce Justin Doellman - by Eurobasket News

Valencia officially announced the signing of Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier). The forward signed a two-year deal with the team. Justin Doellman spent the last two seasons in Spain. Last season he played for Assignia Manresa. His stats read 16.8 points, 4.5 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game in ACB. Previously he had stints with Alicante, Entente Orleans 45, Besancon, Cholet Basket. The forward earned Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention in both 2011 and 2012. He was French Cup winner back in 2010. Justin Doellman is the product of Xavier basketball school. He was named into All-Atlantic 10 1st Team in his senior college season.


Bilbao Basket ready to sign Fran Pilepic - by Eurobasket News

Bilbao Basket is close to signing Fran Pilepic (192-G-89). The Spanish powerhouse has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with the Croatian talent. Fran Pilepic spent the last season in Bosnia. He played for HKK Siroki. The guard notched 14.8 points, 2.3 assists, 2.2 boards and 1.1 steals per game in Adriatic League. In Bosnian League Fran Pilepic notched 8.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. The guard earned All-Adriatic League Honourable Mention. Previously Fran Pilepic had spells for Rijeka, Triglav, Crikvenica, Kvarner, Svjetlost and KK Siroki. Eurobasket.com named the guard into All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team in both 2011 and 2012. Fran Pilepic was the member of Croatian U16, U18 and U20 National Teams.


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Janis Blums joins Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

Janis Blums (190-G-82) is heading to Vilnius. The Latvian player has agreed on terms of contract with Lietuvos Rytas. The guard signed a two-year deal with the Lithuanian powerhouse. Janis Blums is not new to Lietuvos Rytas. The guard played for the team back in 2006/07 season. He averaged 4.7 points, 2.0 assists and 1.6 boards per Uleb Cup game then. In LKL the Latvian player delivered 8.3 points, 3.3 assists, 1.5 boards and 1.0 steal per appearance. Last season Janis Blums spent with Bilbao Basket. The guard averaged 6.0 points per Euroleague game. In ACB his stats read 5.7 points and 1.2 rebounds. The guard also had stints in Italy and Latvia. Janis Blums has been the member of Latvian National Team since 2002.


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Serbia overcome Finland in Ruma - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Finland U20 90:61

Serbia U20 celebrated the first win at the international tournament in Ruma. They held off their Finnish counterparts in the opener. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) accounted for 12 points to lead the hosts.
Serbia stormed into the game. They accounted for 31 points in the opening quarter taking a 17-point lead. Serbia stayed aggressive throughout the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 27-point lead at halftime. Serbia did not slow down after the big break. They eased to a 33-point lead with ten minutes remaining and never looked back from then on. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) delivered 11 points for Serbia. Djordje Drenovac (203-F/G-92, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 10 points for the winners. Alex Murphy (203-F-93) answered with 20 points for Finland. Alex Vaenerberg (183-G-92) and Aleksi Akpaso (192-G-92) answered with 12 points each in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Besovic 12, Aleksandar Cvetkovic 11, Djordje Drenovac 10
Finland U20: Alex Murphy 20, Alex Vaenerberg 12, Aleksi Akpaso 12



KORISLIIGA: Younger Team Karhu - by Rauno Hurmalainen

When re-building the roster for coming 2012-13 season, it seems Karhu (Kauhajoki) will be much younger than passed season. Newcomers Niko Mattila (191-G-94), Kristofer Clement (186-G-93) and Marcel Liukko (195-F-92) are NT U18 or U20 players. Matias Ojala (197-F-89) is transfering from YMCA Lappeenranta (5,8 ppg - 2,4 rpg). Ojala has played earlier on Top level on Tarmo (Porvoo), Kataja (Joensuu) and YMCA LPR rosters. Ari Tammivaara will continue as Karhu's Head Coach.
Head Coach Lassi Tuovi , 25, will start his second season at the end of YMCA LPR bench. Tuovi will get help from Juha Sten, 28, who is team's new assistant coach.



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Gravelines signs 2-year deal with Aldo Curti - by Eurobasket News

Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) will continue his career in Gravelines. The French point guard signed a 2-year deal with the club. Curti spent last season with Limoges. He played 37 games in ProB averaging 5.4 points, 2.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds. Limoges won the ProB title and promotion for ProA. They were also regular season champions in ProB. Before Limoges, Aldo Curti spent four years with Orleans. They won the French Cup together in 2010. A year before that, Orleans played in ProA Finals. Curti also has experience from Le Havre and INSEP. He played for French youth National Teams in the past.
Gravlines will play next season without PG Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90), who used his contract option and left the club.



Andrew Albicy leaves Gravelines - by Eurobasket News

Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) is no longer a member of Gravelines. The point guard used his contract option and became a free agent. Albicy joined Gravelines last summer. He appeared 30 times in ProA averaging 11.3 points, 3.9 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.2 rebounds. He was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Defensive Player of the Year -12. Albicy was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team -12. Gravelines was the regular season champion, but they failed in the Playoff Quarterfinals against Cholet. Andrew Albicy is a product of Paris-Levallois (Paris Basket Racing), where he spent several years in the past. In 2010, Albicy was MVP of U20 EuroBasket in Croatia. He led U20 France to Gold medal at this event. For 9 games the point guard averaged 12.3 points, 5.9 assists, 3.1 steals and 2.9 rebounds. He played for the French NT last summer at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. For 7 games Albicy had 1.6 ppg and France won the Silver.


Ukraine U16 beat the hosts in Riom - by Eurobasket News

France U16-Ukraine U16 62:79

Ukraine U16 beat the hosts in Riom in day 2 of the International Tournament. The Ukrainian side needed 79:62 win to tie both records at 1-1.
Ukraine grabbed the lead in the opening period and reached 18:13 at the end of the first period. France however responded with 23-18 in the second frame and tied the game at the halftime. The third quarter became decisive in the game as the guests erupted with 27-9 in it. Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) scored last four points in the frame for 63:45 after thirty minutes. He also gave Ukraine the biggest lead in the fourth period at 72:45, but France managed to reduce to 17 points.
Oleksandr Kobets led the way with 25points, while Kyrylo Podkovyrov netted 12. Anton Roskoshnyy scored 11 and Yevgen Balaban had 10. Etienne Ory (175-PG-96) and Stephane Gombauld (200-PF-97) ended up with 11 points each in the losing effort, whilst Cyril ELIEZERE added 10.

France U16: Etienne Ory 11, Stephane Gombauld 11, Cyril ELIEZERE 10
Ukraine U16: Oleksandr Kobets 25, Kyrylo Podkovyrov 12, Anton Roskoshnyy 11, Yevgen Balaban 10



U17 World Championship: France pull away from Egypt - by Eurobasket News

France U17-Egypt U17 78:54

France pull away from Egypt in day 2 of the preliminary round at the FIBA U17 World Championship in Kaunas, Lithuania. The European side celebrated a 78:54 win for 1-1 record. Egypt meanwhile fell at 0-2 in Group A.
France started with 18:9 and never looked behind in the game. They allowed Egypt to bounce back however with 16-13 in the second period as the latter reduced to 31:25 at the halftime. France erupted with 21-13 in the third frame and added 26-16 in the last stanza.
Damien Inglis (197-F-95) paced all the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Charly Pontens (189-PG-95) and Paul Rigot (199-F-95) had 12 points each. Olivier Yao-Delon (193-G-95) and Lionel Ebreuil (200-F/C-95) followed them with 10 points apiece. Ehab Amin (185-G-95) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Moataz Hosny (201-C-95) had 9.
Tomorrow France will take on China, while Egypt will face USA.

France U17: Damien Inglis 19+11 rebs, Charly Pontens 12, Paul Rigot 12, Olivier Yao-Delon 10, Lionel Ebreuil 10
Egypt U17: Ehab Amin 17, Moataz Hosny 9



Nancy tab Marcellus Sommerville - by Eurobasket News

Nancy added Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, college: Bradley) to the roster. The forward has agreed on terms of two-year deal with the team. Marcellus Sommerville spent the last season with Le Mans. He averaged 11.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in EuroCup. Marcellus Sommerville tallied 12.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in ProA. Eurobasket.com named the forward into French ProA All-Imports Team. He was also named into French ProA All-Defensive Team. Previously Marcellus Sommerville played for Paris-Levallois, Cholet, Chalon-Sur-Saone, Roanne, Le Havre, Angers BC, Atomeromu and Dexia Mons-Hainaut. He earned All-French ProA Honourable Mention in 2008. He was ProA champion back in 2010 together with Cholet.


La Charite tab O'Neal Mims - by Eurobasket News

La Charite bolstered their roster. NM2 side signed contract with O'Neal Mims (208-F-83, college: Angelo St.).. The forward spent the last season in Japan. He started the season with the Sendai 89ers. O'Neal Mims averaged 19.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals per game in BJ League. Later the forward moved to the Miyazaki Shining Suns. His stats read 15.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per appearance there. O'Neal Mims participated at Overtime Exposure Camp in Marseilles earlier this month. The forward had stints in Saudi Arabia, France, Mexico, Turkey, IBL, PBL, ABA previously. He was ABA and IBL finalist.


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Philadelphia took Shengelia on draft!!! - by Darbaiseli

Will Shengelia stay in NBA? It depends on Tornike. Georgian forward will have a chance to show his possibilities at summer leagues and perhaps, he will deserve a contract from the
club.
Philadelphia took Shengelia on draft as No.54. Though, after several minutes, the club gave all rights to Brooklyn Nets (former New Jersey Nets). The team of Russian billionaire
Mikhail Prokhorov moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn.

There were a lot of fans of Shengelia on the draft held at Prudential Center. Besides managers, father Kakha Shengelia and Zaza Pachulia, captain of Georgian national team, were
with Tornike. After the end of the draft, website of Georgian Basketball Federation published comments of them.

Tornike Shengelia: It was a busy evening. I am very tired emotionally but I am happy that everything ended up well. The draft lasted three hours and half and imagine how it is when
you expect your name. There were more than 60 basketball players in the ball and some of them were not lucky. It is difficult when no one chooses you. I am happy. Thanks to god,
everything ended up well.

Zaza Pachulia: A good team chose Tornike. Nets has a great potential and perhaps, the team will sign contract with Shengelia. But everything depends on Tornike. He must show
himself at summer league. The draft ended successfully and now, he will do his best to win a right to play in NBA.

Kakha Shengelia: After No.50 I got nervous. Manager said everything had been arranged but it was not so. According to him, New Orleans was to take Tornike but finally,
Philadelphia took him as No.54. Later, we found out that Dallas wanted to take Tornike as No.55. Representative of Dallas called Guy Zucker, manager of Tornike, and told him
that the team was disappointed.
Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91)



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Germany U16 upset the hosts in Benevento - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16-Germany U16 65:68

Germany U16 upset the hosts in Benevento. The German side celebrated a 68:65 victory in day 2 of the Trofeo Parente. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record.
Germany took the lead from the very beginning and grabbed 22:13 after the first period. They added 17-14 in the second frame and enjoyed 39:27 halftime advantage. Italy meanwhile won the third period 21-20 and reduced to 11 points after three quarters. The host erupted with 17-9 in the last stanza but could not win the game.
In another game Serbia U16 overcame Czech Republic U16 45:42.
Lars Kamp top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Wimberg and Casper scored 10 apiece. Okeke delivered 9 and Pfannmueller ended up with 7. Picarelli responded with 16 points in the losing effort and Donzelli poured in 13. Mussini scored 12, while Lenti added 5.

Italy U16: Lucas Picarelli (184-G-81) 16, Daniel Donzelli (195-G-96) 13
Germany U16: Lars Kamp (182-G-96) 17, Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) 10, Kevin Casper (199-F-96) 10



Andreas Kronhardt Joins The Schwelmer Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



PRO B club Schwelmer Baskets have brougt in Andreas Kronhardt (204-C-89) for the new season. Andreas Kronhardt (204-C-89) is a 21 year old 204cm center that last season played for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (ProA): 28 games: 7.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 76.4%. "I already wanted to have him last season, but he wanted to play near his home. I kept following his game and asked him again if he wanted to come now. He is a good center for is age and has a lot of potential. He is versatile, mobile, good rebounder, and has a good shot. I am sure he will comfortable with us and he will continue to develop positively", stated Schwelm head coach Raphael Wilder. Kronhardt started his basketball career in 2008 for BSG Ludwigsburg (Regionalliga), in Sep.'08 moved to Walter Tigers Tuebingen (1.Bundesliga), talso played at SV03 Tuebingen 2nd team (2.Regionalliga): 22 games: 13.3ppg :116rrg. In 2009-2010, he played for Walter Tigers Tuebingen (1.Bundesliga): 6 games: 0.3ppg, also have a license to play at SV03 Tuebingen 2nd team (Regionalliga): 28 games: 12.8ppg. In 2010-2011, he played for SC Rasta Vechta (ProB) 28 games: 11.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 77.2%. "The reason for going to Schwelm was the effort the coach made to get me and going to a club with tradition and where I could continue my studies. I think that the coach can help me develop and in the past he has shown that he always had good German centers. I am looking forward to my new challenge and the fans", stressed Andreas Kronhardt (204-C-89).

Source: Schwelmer Baskets



Isaiah Swann Departs from The BEKO BBL For Turkey - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to www.sportando.net, the Beko BBL and 2012 finalist ratiopharm has lost one of the top players from last season in Isaiah Swann (188-G-85, college: Florida St.) It has been reported that the American will give up Euroleague qualifying to play in the second Turkisch league with GAZIANTEPSPOR BUYUKSEHIR BELEDIYE that finished in 5th place last season with a record of 26-12. The American from Germantown, Maryland was a central figure for ratiopharm Ulm last season playing 40 games: Score-3 (15.8ppg), 2.7rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 85.5%. He scored in double figures 32 time including 10 games with 20 or more points and scoring 36 points in his last game against Bamberg where the bavarian team clinced their 6th title in the last three years. Swann won Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -12. After playing in Italy, Israel and Germany, Turkey will be his fourth country in Europe.


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Lokomotiv Kuban brings in Nick Calathes - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban brings in Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) for the upcoming season. The Russian team according to Sportando.net agreed terms with Euroleague 2011 champion.
After graduating from Lake Howell High School he moved to Florida (NCAA) and averaged 15.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 6.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3Pts: 36.7%, FT: 72.4%. In 2009 Nick was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA,2rd (45)) and later signed 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1). In 2009-2010: for Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1) he showed 4.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg in EuroLeague and in Greek League had 5.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 62.2%.
In 2010-2011 he improved to 5.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 69.2% in EuroLeague and in Greek League averaged 7.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 66.7%.
Last year for Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1, starting five) his stats read 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 50.0%.
Over the last three seasons Nick Calathes became Greek Cup Finalist -10, 11, Greek League Champion -10, 11, Greek League Regular Season Champion -10 and Euroleague Champion -11. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Defensive Team -11 and became Greek League Regular Season Runner-Up -11, 12. Last season he achieved Greek Cup Winner -12, Euroleague Final Four -12 and Greek League Finalist -12.



Italy U20 won the second straight game in Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20-Greece U20 75:66

Italy U20 won the second straight game in Torneo di Domegge. The hosts overcame Greece U20 75:66 in the second game for 2-0 record and will meet France U20 in the final day.
Greece surprised the hosts with 20:12 in the first period. After that Italy needed three victories in three quarters to seal the victory. They won the second frame 17:11 and reduced to 29:31 at the halftime. Moreover Italy needed 23-14 burst to take 8-point lead after three quarters. The hosts added 23-21 in the last stanza for the second victory.
Giacomo Cicognani (204-C/F-92) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Gabriele Spizzichini (194-G-92) notched 11. Andrea Traini (184-PG-92) ended up with 9 points, while v delivered 8. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) replied with massive 24 points in the losing effort and Papadionisiou followed him with 11. Melissaratos and Motsenigos scored 8 points each in defeat.

Italy U20: Andrea Traini 9, Toure 4, Chillo 3, Giovara 7, Parrillo 3, Viglianisi 4, Pini 4, Cefarelli 4, Abass 8, Giacomo Cicognani 12, Gabriele Spizzichini 11, Lagana 6. All: Sacripanti
Greece U20: Panagiotaras 1, Larentzakis 5, Papadionisiou 11, Anastasios Antonakis 24, Motsenigos 8, Velissariou 3, Tselenzakis 4, Dermitsakis 2, Melissaratos 8, Zoumpas, Sachpetziadis, Campouris.



Panathinaikos and Sato come to a friendly seperation - by George Fragkos

The divorce between Panathinaikos Athens and Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) is a fact. The two sides decided to part ways friendly as the Greek club is not able any more to satisfy his financial demands and the club refused to make a proposal for a renewal.

As a result, the Central African player is free to choose his next club, which will be of the same caliber with the "Greens". So far Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and CSKA Moscow have expressed their intention to sign the player but since he is a free agent it is very possible even more clubs to get interested.

During these two years as a member of Panathinaikos, Sato won a Euroleague trophy, a Greek championship and a Greek cup. This season his point averages dropped a little bit as he had only 5.7 per game in the A1 league and 7.1 in the Euroleague, though his total contribution at what the "Greens" have achieved the those last two years is something undoubted.



Aris and Sergio Kerusch part ways - by Eurobasket News

Sergio Kerusch (195-F-89, college: W.Kentucky) is no longer a member of Aris Thessaloniki. They terminated a 3-year deal which was signed last summer. The Greek squad officially announced this news yesterday. Reportedly, Aris wanted to keep the player but with lower salary, which Kerusch refused and they agreed to terminate the deal.
Sergio Kerusch appeared 26 times for Aris last season in A1 league averaging 7.5 points and 4.4 rebounds. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Bosmans Team -12. The player also added 7.4 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 12 EuroCup games. Sergio Kerusch graduated at Western Kentucky University a year ago. He had 15.6 ppg and 7.9 rpg for his school as a senior. Kerusch was named All-Sun Belt 1st Team -11. He helped Western Kentucky to win the Sun Belt Tournament in 2009.



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  HUNGARY   


Hungary U20 edge University National Team in Pasaret - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20 - Hungary University NT 70:62

Hungarian U20 selection got to the winning start of the Pasaret International Tournament. They defeated Hungarian University National Team in the opener. Mate Meszaros (192-G/F-92) came up with 17 points to lead the winners.
U20 selection fired 26 points in the starting quarter to take the lead. They established an 8-point buffer ten minutes into the game. University NT bounced back in the second quarter. They limited the U20 team to 7 points and grabbed a 35:33 lead at halftime. University NT maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They secured a three-point lead before the final frame 49:46. But U20 selection went on a 24:13 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory at the end. Laszlo Polyak (190-G-93) finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Peter Jakab (187-G-93) added 6 points for U20 team. Mate Medve (197-G-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 11 points for the University selection. Adam Szogi (176-G-90) netted 7 points in defeat.

Hungary U20: Mate Meszaros 17, Laszlo Polyak 12, Peter Jakab 6
Hungary University NT: Mate Medve 11, Adam Szogi 7



Rashad Bell receives Hungarian citizenship - by Eurobasket News

According to Italian media (Sportando.net), Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) received Hungarian citizenship. The American forward will play next season as Bosman. Bell spent last two years with Kormend. He appeared 34 times in the league averaging 18.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals last season. The player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention -12. In 2010/11, Bell had even better numbers. For 36 league games he had 20.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 1.9 apg with Kormend. He was third scorer of the league. Rashad Bell also played in Hungary in the past. He was a member of Albacomp and ZTE. With Albacomp in 2008/09 season the player had 22 ppg, while with ZTE in 2006/07 he registered impressive 25.4 ppg and 9.1 rpg for 29 games. In 2007 and 2011, Rashad Bell was named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Forward of the Year -07, 11.


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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Branding
 1. Jersey G-F 4-3 
 2. Orlando V. 3-10 
 3. Yamhill H. 0-6 
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 12-2 
 2. Vancouver V. 9-6 
 3. Olympia R. 5-12 
International
 1. Edmonton E. 13-3 
 2. Portland C. 11-5 
 3. Nippon T. 2-9 
Travel Team
 1. S. Soldiers 7-10 
 2. Los Angeles 0-0 
 3. W.Coast H. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jun. 29: Edmonton E. - Nippon T. 152-110
Jun. 29: Portland C. - S. Soldiers 123-121
Jun. 29: Vancouver V. - Yamhill H. 123-119

Regular Season: Round 23

Jul. 1: Bellingham S. - Orlando V.
Jul. 1: Vancouver V. - S. Soldiers
Jul. 2: Nippon T. - Edmonton E.



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  INDONESIA   


Indonesia Warriors are ASEAN League champions! - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Indonesia Warriors 76:78

Indonesia Warriors celebrated the ASEAN League title. They overcame Petron Blaze in the decisive third game of the title series to clinch the crown. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) came up with pivotal performance scoring 28 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and making 2 steals for the Warriors.
The visitors jumped in front early in the game. They posted a 19:13 advantage at the first break. Stanley Pringle made it a 10-point game midway through the second quarter 31:21. But the Blaze managed to cut the deficit to 5 points at halftime 33:38. The hosts denied the deficit early in the third quarter. Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) put the Blaze in front 40:38. But the visitors quickly regained the lead and cleared off to a 64:53 distance at the final intermission. The Warriors enjoyed a 10-point buffer with under four minutes remaining. But Petron Blaze went on an 8:0 run to narrow the gap at just two points with just over two minutes to go. Stanley Pringle and Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) stretched the margin back to 6 points however Duke Crews kept Petron Blaze in the game narrowing the gap at 2-point mark 76:78. Evan Brock missed two free throws in the dying seconds and Fazekas had a chance to win it for the hosts. But his three-pointer rimmed out and the Warriors triumphed in the game and the season. Evan Brock accounted for 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 10 points for the winners. Duke Crews answered with 29 points and 9 rebounds for Petron Blaze. Chris Banchero (185-G, college: Seattle Pacific) had 16 points in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Duke Crews 29, Chris Banchero 16
Indonesia Warriors: Stanley Pringle 28, Evan Brock 15+16 boards, Steve Thomas 10



SEABA U18: Indonesia edge Laos to seal Mongolia appearance - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia U18 - Laos U18 78:31

Indonesia clinched the third straight win at the SEABA U18 Championship in Singapore. They cruised past Laos to secure the qualification into U18 Fiba Asia Championship to be held in Mongolia later this year. Vincent Kosasih (198-C-96) and Halim knocked down 16 points each to lead the winners.
Indonesia jumped to an early lead. They built a 17:10 buffer ten minutes into the game. Indonesia held Laos to 2 points in the second quarter taking a 38:12 halftime advantage. Indonesia stayed in charge throughout the third term. They ensured a 37-point cushion before the final quarter and never looked back en route to the victory. Baskoro and Juan Kokodiputro (193-C-95) notched 10 points each for the winning side. Phimmasone Phannolath answered with 15 points for Laos. Siphandone Sengthong (181-C-96) had 12 points in the loss.

Indonesia U18: Vincent Kosasih 16, Halim 16, Baskoro 10, Juan Kokodiputro 10
Laos U18: Phimmasone Phannolath 15, Siphandone Sengthong 12



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  IRELAND   


Sex case jury fails to reach verdict. - by Patrick Maher

The Irish Times - Saturday, June 30, 2012 Sex case jury fails to reach verdict

THE CASE against a former Christian Brother accused of sexual assault on five boys at the North Monastery secondary school in Cork has been adjourned until October after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

Edward Bryan (58), Athboy Road, Trim, Co Meath, had pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on charges of indecently assaulting the five boys at the North Monastery school on various dates during the 1980s.

The jury of seven women and four men at Cork Circuit Criminal Court failed to reach a verdict on charges against Mr Bryan, despite deliberating for more than seven hours on Thursday and all day yesterday.

During the trial, the five complainants had each given detailed testimony about how they had been indecently assaulted by Mr Bryan, known as Br Bryan, when they found themselves alone with him when he took them for training for the school basketball team.

Mr Bryan, who the court heard left the Christian Brothers in 1994 and later became deputy director of the National Centre for Young Offenders at Oberstown in Co Dublin, said the allegations against him were fabricated by the five complainants.

They know that I did not hurt any child, least of all them, said Mr Bryan.

I worked hard for them, I worked long hard hours for them. He added that he did engage in one-to-one training sessions with boys, but at most it involved passing the basketball to the boy.

Anyone who knows me knows that it is not my character. I certainly did not do anything like that, he said in cross-examination. It is fabrication. They were well-coached, they got their stories right but they are wrong. It is absolute lies, not true.

Following the jury announcing that they were unable to reach a verdict, Judge Sen Donnabhin agreed to an application from Dermot Sheehan, prosecuting, to have the matter relisted for October to allow him to take instructions from the DPP.

From The Irish Times ....Barry Roche.



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Turkey open win count in Ruma - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Israel U20 74:59

Turkish U20 National Team victoriously opened their Ruma international tournament campaign in Serbia. They held off Israeli counterparts in the opener. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) scored 16 points to lead the winners.
Israel faced an 8-point deficit at the first break 14:22. The margin grew at 10-point mark at the interval 28:38. Israel tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. They fired 22 points and cut the distance to 8 points with one quarter remaining. But Turkey went on a 16:9 run in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) delivered 15 points, while Ahmet Cantitiz (193-SG-92) and Ugur Dokuyan (197-SF-93) had 10 points each in the win. Or Solomon (197-F-93) answered with 15 points for Israel. Guy Lavie (188-PG-92, agency: Ronsport) contributed 14 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Safak Edge 16, Samet Geyik 15, Ahmet Cantitiz 10, Ugur Dokuyan 10
Israel U20: Or Solomon 15, Guy Lavie 14



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  ITALY   


Italy U20 won the second straight game in Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20-Greece U20 75:66

Italy U20 won the second straight game in Torneo di Domegge. The hosts overcame Greece U20 75:66 in the second game for 2-0 record and will meet France U20 in the final day.
Greece surprised the hosts with 20:12 in the first period. After that Italy needed three victories in three quarters to seal the victory. They won the second frame 17:11 and reduced to 29:31 at the halftime. Moreover Italy needed 23-14 burst to take 8-point lead after three quarters. The hosts added 23-21 in the last stanza for the second victory.
Giacomo Cicognani (204-C/F-92) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Gabriele Spizzichini (194-G-92) notched 11. Andrea Traini (184-PG-92) ended up with 9 points, while v delivered 8. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) replied with massive 24 points in the losing effort and Papadionisiou followed him with 11. Melissaratos and Motsenigos scored 8 points each in defeat.

Italy U20: Andrea Traini 9, Toure 4, Chillo 3, Giovara 7, Parrillo 3, Viglianisi 4, Pini 4, Cefarelli 4, Abass 8, Giacomo Cicognani 12, Gabriele Spizzichini 11, Lagana 6. All: Sacripanti
Greece U20: Panagiotaras 1, Larentzakis 5, Papadionisiou 11, Anastasios Antonakis 24, Motsenigos 8, Velissariou 3, Tselenzakis 4, Dermitsakis 2, Melissaratos 8, Zoumpas, Sachpetziadis, Campouris.



Germany U16 upset the hosts in Benevento - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16-Germany U16 65:68

Germany U16 upset the hosts in Benevento. The German side celebrated a 68:65 victory in day 2 of the Trofeo Parente. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record.
Germany took the lead from the very beginning and grabbed 22:13 after the first period. They added 17-14 in the second frame and enjoyed 39:27 halftime advantage. Italy meanwhile won the third period 21-20 and reduced to 11 points after three quarters. The host erupted with 17-9 in the last stanza but could not win the game.
In another game Serbia U16 overcame Czech Republic U16 45:42.
Lars Kamp top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Wimberg and Casper scored 10 apiece. Okeke delivered 9 and Pfannmueller ended up with 7. Picarelli responded with 16 points in the losing effort and Donzelli poured in 13. Mussini scored 12, while Lenti added 5.

Italy U16: Lucas Picarelli (184-G-81) 16, Daniel Donzelli (195-G-96) 13
Germany U16: Lars Kamp (182-G-96) 17, Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) 10, Kevin Casper (199-F-96) 10



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  JAPAN   


Zoran Kreckovic takes over Evessa - by Eurobasket News

Osaka Evessa have appointed new head coach. Zoran Kreckovic will guide the team in the upcoming season. The Serbian specialist will replace Ryan Blackwell on the bridge. Zoran Kreckovic has long worked in Middle Asia. He recently guided Al Sadd team in Qatari League. Previously the Serb was at helm of Kuwait National Team. He participated at 2005 Asia Championship in Doha as well as 2009 Asia Championship in China with Kuwait. Earlier Zoran Kreckovic had stints with IMT Beopetrol, Crvena Zvezda and Yambol in Europe.
Osaka Evessa finished BJ League regular season at 35-17 record. They however got eliminated in the quarterfinal series versus Kyoto Hannaryz then.



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SEABA U18: Indonesia edge Laos to seal Mongolia appearance - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia U18 - Laos U18 78:31

Indonesia clinched the third straight win at the SEABA U18 Championship in Singapore. They cruised past Laos to secure the qualification into U18 Fiba Asia Championship to be held in Mongolia later this year. Vincent Kosasih (198-C-96) and Halim knocked down 16 points each to lead the winners.
Indonesia jumped to an early lead. They built a 17:10 buffer ten minutes into the game. Indonesia held Laos to 2 points in the second quarter taking a 38:12 halftime advantage. Indonesia stayed in charge throughout the third term. They ensured a 37-point cushion before the final quarter and never looked back en route to the victory. Baskoro and Juan Kokodiputro (193-C-95) notched 10 points each for the winning side. Phimmasone Phannolath answered with 15 points for Laos. Siphandone Sengthong (181-C-96) had 12 points in the loss.

Indonesia U18: Vincent Kosasih 16, Halim 16, Baskoro 10, Juan Kokodiputro 10
Laos U18: Phimmasone Phannolath 15, Siphandone Sengthong 12



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  LATVIA   


Latvia fire past Estonia in Rakvere - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Latvia U20 77:111

Latvian U20 National Team secured a comfortable win over Estonian counterparts in exhibition game in Rakvere. The visitors were paced by 25 points from Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM).
Latvia exploded with 29 points in the starting quarter to take an 8-point lead. Estonia answered with 27 points of their own in the second quarter and narrowed the deficit to a single point 48:49 at halftime. But Latvia took over in the third term. They changed the tempo drastically leaving Estonia behind. Latvia arrived at the final break up by 16 points 79:63. The visitors poured in 32 more points in the final quarter to seal a comprehensive win at the end. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) delivered 14 points for Latvia. Marcis Vitols (189-PG-92) and Arturs Bremers (190-G-92) accounted for 12 points each in the victory. Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) answered with 14 points for Estonia. Oliver Metsalu (196-G-93) had 12 points in the loss.

Estonia U20: Martin Paasoja 14, Oliver Metsalu 12
Latvia U20: Janis Timma 25, Ojars Silins 14, Marcis Vitols 12, Arturs Bremers 12



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  LBQ   

Standings

LBQ Standings
 1. Revolution 12-3 
 2. Seigneurs 11-3 
 3. Monteregie 4-9 
 4. Jaguars 4-9 
 5. Page-Dynamo 4-11 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jun. 29: Seigneurs - Page-Dynamo 112-96
Jun. 29: Jaguars - Monteregie



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  LITHUANIA   


U17 World Championship: Lithuania survive thriller against South Korea - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U17 - South Korea U17 119:108 (OT)

Lithuania opened win count at U17 World Championship. The hosts had to survive overtime drama to edge South Korea. The victory propelled Lithuania at 1-1 record, while South Korea fell at 0-2 record in Group B. Gediminas Zalalis (205-C-95) posted 27 points and 13 boards to lead the Baltic team to the vital win.
South Korea jumped into the drivers seat in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 26:22 lead at the first break. The teams exchanged baskets throughout high-flying second frame. South Korea secured a 57:53 halftime lead. Grabauskas drew things level at 63 midway through the third term. Edvinas Seskus (192-G/F-95) finally put Lithuania in front but South Korea quickly responded. They eked out a 78:76 lead with one quarter to go in regulation. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense fourth period. The Korean team gained a 98:93 advantage late in regulation. However Ernestas Serkevicius (187-PG-95) and Gediminas Zalalis drew things level at 100 at the end of regulation sending the game into overtime. Gediminas Zalalis and Edvinas Seskus combined for 18 points in the extra period to lead the hosts to the victory. Edvinas Seskus finished with 25 points and 15 boards, while Ernestas Serkevicius added 16 points for the winning side. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) answered with game-high 37 points for South Korea. An Youngjun (95) had 30 points in the loss.

Lithuania U17: Gediminas Zalalis 27+13 boards, Edvinas Seskus 25+15 boards, Ernestas Serkevicius 16
South Korea U17: Heo Hoon 37, An Youngjun 30



Janis Blums joins Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

Janis Blums (190-G-82) is heading to Vilnius. The Latvian player has agreed on terms of contract with Lietuvos Rytas. The guard signed a two-year deal with the Lithuanian powerhouse. Janis Blums is not new to Lietuvos Rytas. The guard played for the team back in 2006/07 season. He averaged 4.7 points, 2.0 assists and 1.6 boards per Uleb Cup game then. In LKL the Latvian player delivered 8.3 points, 3.3 assists, 1.5 boards and 1.0 steal per appearance. Last season Janis Blums spent with Bilbao Basket. The guard averaged 6.0 points per Euroleague game. In ACB his stats read 5.7 points and 1.2 rebounds. The guard also had stints in Italy and Latvia. Janis Blums has been the member of Latvian National Team since 2002.


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SEABA U18: Philippines gain third straight loss - by Eurobasket News

Philippines U18 - Malaysia U18 84:65

Philippines registered the third straight win at the SEABA U18 Championship. They knocked down Malaysia to stay undefeated. Philippines punched the U18 Fiba Asia Championship ticket with the victory. Malaysia fell at 1-2 record and would face Singapore in the fight for one remaining spot for Fiba Asia Championship in Mongolia in the last round.
Philippines unleashed 25 points in the opening quarter to secure a 3-point lead. Malaysia however stayed close throughout the second quarter and managed to cut the deficit to a single point 42:43. Philippines took over in the third term. They fired 25 points and entered the fourth frame up by 11 points. Malaysia nailed just 8 points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Bonleon produced 16 points for Philippines. Rodolfo Alejandro (175-G-95) had 13 points in the winning effort. Wen Liew (193-C-96) answered with 11 points for Malaysia. Lian Loo finished with 10 points in the loss.

Philippines U18: Mario Bonleon 16, Rodolfo Alejandro 13, Olayon 12
Malaysia U18: Wen Liew 11, Lian Loo 10



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  NBA   


Lakers extend qualifying offer to Devin Ebanks - by Eurobasket News

The flurry of activity surrounding free agency doesn't officially begin until 9 p.m. Saturday, but the Lakers are already bracing for it.

They extended a qualifying offer to forward Devin Ebanks (6'9''-F-89, college: W.Virginia), making him a restricted free agent. Although he's free to sign with any team, the Lakers have the right to match any offer he receives from another team.

In recent weeks, Ebanks' agent, David Bauman, has sent what he called a "Matrix" to a number of unspecified teams around the league, including the Lakers, outlining various statistics he believes illustrates how Ebanks contributed when given the chance to play.

Ebanks averaged four points on 41.6% shooting from the field and 2.3 rebounds in 16.5 minutes in the regular season, but showed some growth signs during unexpected promotions. Ebanks started at shooting guard for seven games in April while Kobe Bryant sat out with a left shin injury, averaging 6.14 points on 48.71% shooting in 25.2 minutes a game. On April 22 against Oklahoma City, Ebanks suddenly entered the game after Metta World Peace earned an ejection for elbowing James Harden and Matt Barnes sprained his right ankle. Ebanks made two steals in the final minute of the second ovetime while holding Kevin Durant to five-of-19 shooting when he played the entire fourth quarter and subsequent overtimes. Ebanks also started at small forward during World Peace's seven-game suspension, scoring in double digits in three of those contests.

The Lakers have praised the lanky and athletic Ebanks for his work ethic, defense and unassuming personality in his second season with the Lakers. But his playing time came in spurts. He started four games to open the season only to disappear down the depth chart behind World Peace and Barnes. From Jan. 3 to April 6, Ebanks played a combined five minutes through 34 games. He even appeared in three games for the D-Fenders, the Lakers' Development League affiliate.

Bauman has tabbed signing Ebanks to a multi-year deal at either two or three years with the Lakers as his top priority. Though he conceded "no one is looking at Devin as a starter," Bauman remains open to helping Ebanks pursue other teams should his opportunities remain limited with the Lakers.

"He's the Lakers' to lose," Bauman said. "If they want to sign him, they can sign him. ... Each year the Lakers can't make big trades because they don't have the assets, someone like Devin becomes more important."

The Lakers also announced they extended a qualifying offer to Lakers rookie guard Darius Morris, a revenlation The Times' Mike Bresnahan reported on Wednesday to be worth about $940,000.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com



Kevin Garnett agrees to extension with Celtics - by Eurobasket News

The Celtics offseason puzzle just got a little easier to manage as Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) has agreed to return to the club on a three-year contract, sources have confirmed. Garnett was considering retirement but will come back to TD Garden on a contract at about half of the $21 million he earned last season.

Garnett was eligible for an extension and the Celtics had been negotiating with the future Hall of Famer for the past two weeks. Garnett seriously considered retirement but finished last season with such a strong push that he agreed to return, giving the Celtics another legitimate chance to compete for the NBA title.

Garnett averaged 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds last season but that improved to 19.2 and 10.3 in the postseason. Celtics coach Doc Rivers moved Garnett to center after the All-Star Break and he flourished in that role.

With Garnett back, team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge can now concentrate on bringing back Brandon Bass and perhaps Ray Allen as well as a free-agent center. Free agency officially begins Saturday at midnight.

Courtesy of www.bostonglobe.com



Williams to meet with Nets/Mavs on Monday - by Eurobasket News

Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois), the most coveted player in this summer's free agent class, will meet with representatives from the Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks on Monday before deciding which team to sign with this July, according to a source privy to Williams' plan.

Mavericks free-agent point guard Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) will also join whichever team Williams chooses, sources said.

Williams is spending the weekend playing golf with Kidd in New York's Hamptons, sources say, yet one more indicator that the Nets have at least a fighting chance to keep Williams and add Kidd sometime after free agency begins Sunday.

Kidd, who has indicated that he hopes to serve as a backup to Williams either in Brooklyn or Dallas, also recently purchased a home in East Hampton, a source close to Kidd said.

Another source with business ties to both Kidd and Williams says that the two already have decided to play together for the Nets next season. However, multiple sources say Williams is still torn about his decision.

Williams has said he wants to make the decision before training camp for the U.S. men's Olympic team begins in Las Vegas on July 7.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



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  NBLCANADA   


Recap of the 2012 NBL Canada owners' meeting - by Eurobasket News

Owners of the National Basketball League of Canada have deliberated over the course of two days in Toronto to discuss several topics for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. After review, the Board of Directors voted to have items implemented in the upcoming season.

Here are the following items that were voted upon:

- Number of Regular Season games increased to 40 games

- Regular Season will start November 1, 2012

- Three minimum Canadian Players on Team Rosters

- Two Divisions (Central & Atlantic)

- Expanded Playoff Format with five qualifying teams; 1st Round (Best of 3), Semifinals & Finals (Best of 5)

"The two days of meetings were extremely productive and we're excited about the new changes that are being implemented for the upcoming season, "said NBL Canada COO Ian McCarthy. "These changes will give added value to our fans and partners as the league continue to grow. "

The League now turns its attention to the 2012 NBL Canada Pre-Draft Combine and Draft to be held August 25th - 27th .

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  NCAA1   


U17 World Championship: USA stop surprising Czechs - by Eurobasket News

USA U17- Czech Republic U17 95:57

USA stop surprising Czechs at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship. The defending champions celebrated a 95:57 victory mostly due to the last frame.
The teams exchanged the lead several times in the opening period before Conner Frankamp brought 19:11. Stanley Johnson made two free throws later in the period to close the frame at 24:13. Tyus Jones delivered two for 30:15, while Joel Barry scored for 36:21. The favorites won the second period 17-9 as the board showed 41:22 at the halftime. Czech Republic looked well in the third period and managed to score the same number of points as their opponents. Prokop Slanina (6'9''-C-95) closed the third period at 64:45 and then SUBERT reduced to 16 points early in the fourth. USA exploded with 31-12 in the last stanza and grabbed the second straight win.
Dakari Johnson (6'9''-F/C-95) paced all the winners with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Conner Frankamp (6'1''-G-95) netted 11. Joel Barry (6'1''-G-95), Tyus Jones (6'1''-G-96), Jahlil Okafor-Benton (6'9''-C-95) and Stanley Johnson (6'5''-F-96) nailed 10 points each in a win. Martin Peterka (6'7''-F-95), Prokop Slanina, Jiri Dedek (6'3''-F-95) and Radovan Kouril (6'0''-PG-95) finished the game with 8 points apiece in defeat.

USA U17: Dakari Johnson 16+12 rebs, Conner Frankamp 11, Joel Barry 10, Tyus Jones 10, Jahlil Okafor-Benton 10, Stanley Johnson 10
Czech Republic U17: Martin Peterka 8, Prokop Slanina 8, Jiri Dedek 8, Radovan Kouril 8



Alleged pot dealer supplied KU basketball players, prosecutor says - by Eurobasket News

An Overland Park man recently charged in a large-scale marijuana distribution ring allegedly supplied some players on the 2010-2011 University of Kansas basketball team, a federal prosecutor says.

An assistant U.S. attorney made that assertion in a June 18 hearing to determine if Samuel Villeareal III should be detained pending trial.

Villeareal, 32, was one of 25 defendants charged June 11 in U.S. District Court with conspiring over a four-year period to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of high-grade marijuana in Johnson and Douglas counties.

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger told The Star he didn't have knowledge of the case and would not comment. Kansas basketball coach Bill Self also declined to comment, saying it was the first he had heard of Villeareal or the case.

In outlining Villeareals alleged role in the drug conspiracy, Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead told a federal magistrate that authorities seized $11,000 and an iPhone when they searched Villeareals house in May 2011.

She described him as a supplier of marijuana to a number of individuals, including a number of Kansas University basketball players from the 2010-2011 season.

We know that because of the text messages we obtained from the iPhone and also from surveillance that was done throughout this investigation of Mr. Villeareal, Morehead said, according to a transcipt of the hearing obtained by The Star.

Morehead said the phone became kind of a key component to this entire investigation.

She also described what agents watching Villeareal observed.

At one occasion, law enforcement had Mr. Villeareal this basketball season at the Sprint Center sitting behind the KU basketball bench with a number of the players, she said. So we know that he had probably not only a personal relationship with them but a professional relationship as well.

The Star attempted to contact all 16 members of the 2010-11 team and reached four players by phone Friday. Two, Jeff Withey and Royce Woolridge, said they didnt know Villeareal.

Im sorry, I dont know who that is. I havent heard of him, said Woolridge, who transferred from KU and now plays for Washington State.

Ive never heard that name in my life, Withey said. When asked if Villeareal was friends with others on the team, he said I have no idea, then directed further questions to KUs sports information director.

The third player, Elijah Johnson, did not comment when asked if he knew Villeareal and said interviews must go through KUs sports information director. A fourth, Jordan Juenemann, declined to comment.

Jonathan Bortnick, Villeareals attorney, declined to comment on the case or the allegations about the players.

I understand thats what the U.S. attorney is alleging, he said.

Barry Grissom, the U.S. attorney for Kansas, also declined to comment on the investigation or charges. In announcing the charges June 13, Grissom said he expected to be able to release more investigation details within a month.

Information about Villeareals alleged connection to basketball players is not contained in the 44-page complaint and supporting affidavit filed in court that outlines the extensive investigation that began in 2008 and included the use of court-approved interceptions of cell phone conversations between the alleged conspirators.

At the June 18 hearing, after Morehead asked that Villeareal be detained pending trial, his attorney, Bortnick, pointed out that Villeareal had no criminal record beyond traffic matters and that he had strong family connections to the area.

Judge James OHara ruled that Villeareal could be released on bond but would have to stay at a halfway house.

He ordered Villeareal to have no contact with any witnesses or co-defendants, including any of his alleged marijuana customers.

Morehead said: He obviously knows who those are, and so do we because we have a cell phone and have all of that documentation. And again, we will be monitoring that.
The National Center for Drug Free Sport, based in Kansas City, manages the NCAAs drug-testing program as well as testing for more than 200 universities and colleges.
Were seeing an increase for reported use of marijuana, said the centers president, Frank Uryasz.

That increase among student athletes mirrors a national trend of increased marijuana usage among college-aged people in general, he said.

The NCAA conducts anonymous surveys of student athletes every five years. The most recent data, from 2009, showed that 22.6 percent of more than 20,000 athletes who completed the surveys admitted to using marijuana in the previous year. The number was 21.2 percent in the 2005 survey.

For mens basketball players, 22 percent admitted to marijuana use in the 2009 survey, compared with 18.6 percent in the 2005 survey.

Although the NCAA conducts drug testing on student athletes year-round, it only screens for marijuana usage for events like the postseason basketball tournament or college bowl games, according to Uryasz.

Under KUs internal drug-testing policy, all freshman or new transfer student athletes are required to take a drug test within a reasonable amount of time after arriving on campus. All teams that qualify for postseason play also may be subject to testing.

The university also conducts unannounced, random testing during the year, according to the policy. All athletes are tested at least twice in their tenure at the university.

Under the KU policy, an athlete who tests positive is required to undergo counseling and is subject to more frequent testing.

The policy does not call for suspension from game competition until there has been a third positive test.

Uryasz said there is a wide variation among schools on how they handle positive tests for marijuana.

Under KUs policy, a positive test that shows a THC level below 15 nanograms per milliliter is not reported to the university.

Uryasz said that is a fairly standard cutoff level that was established to rule out those exposed to secondhand smoke. He said his organization recommends a lower cutoff level for its clients.

You would have to inhale an inordinate amount of marijuana (to exceed the 15 nanogam level), he said.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com



South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman to be named new Aggie athletic director - by Eurobasket News

On his birthday, the Texas A&M System Board of Regents gave university president R. Bowen Loftin a familiar present the right to negotiate a key athletics department decision.

Loftin wasted no time in using his present. Roughly an hour after Loftin was given the OK to negotiate a deal for A&Ms director of athletics, the Gamecocksonline.com website posted a story reporting that South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman already had resigned to take the job with Texas A&M.

I am very excited for the opportunity to help transition Texas A&M into the Southeastern Conference, said Hyman. While this is a tremendous opportunity, the downside is leaving all the dedicated and loyal fans in Gamecock Nation and the best athletic department in the country. Pauline and I have loved living in Columbia. It will be sad to leave all the wonderful friends we have made.

The news from South Carolina pre-empted any announcement from College Station, which Loftin already had indicated was not to be forthcoming on Friday.

I have authority to negotiate a contract with our most high-priority candidate and I will do so as quickly as I can, Loftin said less than an hour before South Carolina made its announcement. I will not announce that name today, though.

And Texas A&M officials did not immediately announce Hymans hiring, although the Associated Press had reported at 1:21 p.m. that Hyman had agreed to accept the A&M job. The AP cited unnamed sources.

Loftin was not given authority to negotiate the deal until 2:51 p.m., when regent Jim Wilson made a motion to adopt the first item on the budget. Elaine Mendoza seconded and the regents unanimously gave their approval.

The item was authorization for the president of Texas A&M University to take any and all action to identify a candidate, and negotiate and execute an employment agreement with such candidate with Texas A&M Universitys athletic director.

Loftin said afterward he expected a new AD to be on the ground in College Station by Aug. 1.

The 61-year-old Hyman left South Carolina after seven years. Before that, he was TCUs athletic director for eight years.

John Thornton has served as interim athletic director at A&M since Bill Byrne announced his retirement from the job.

After the regents granted him negotiating authority, Loftin outlined what he was looking for in Byrnes replacement.

For me, the top priority was someone who had a great fit for Texas A&M, who shared our core values, who believes that a student-athlete is a student first and an athlete second, Loftin said. And also believes in a championship programs, [who] wants to make sure that Texas A&M has the very best program possible.

You want a principled individual, who has proven themselves as a capable AD in a school of quality, Loftin added. You want someone who has integrity. Those are the kinds of things here we looked for in an AD, and I think we will be able to show you very soon we found that.

Loftin cited Texas A&Ms third year with a Top 10 finish in the Learfield Directors Cup, which honors schools for a broad-based achievement in sports, as giving a sense of the breadth of our program.

South Carolina athletic programs have had success under Hymans watch. The Gamecocks baseball team won consecutive NCAA baseball titles in 2010 and 2011 and reached the College World Series final this year. The football teams reached the Southeastern Conference championship game in 2010.

In the recently completed academic year, the football team won a school record 11 games. The womens soccer team won the SEC championship and the womens basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16. The womens golf team was fifth at the NCAA Championships.

Hyman was the 2003-04 Street and Smiths Business Journal National Athletics Director of the Year. The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) also selected him as the Division I-A West Regional Athletics Director of the Year.

Loftin said the opening left by Byrnes departure had attracted extraordinary interest.

Its coupled to the quality of our program, the quality of our student athletes, the quality of our coaches, our history and our support for athletics here at Texas A&M, he said.

Courtesy of www.theeagle.com



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Jun. 29: Air21 Express - Petron Blaze 97-98
Jun. 29: Barako Bull - Ginebra Kings 91-102

Regular Season: Round 20

Jun. 30: Powerade T. - B-Meg Llam.
Jul. 1: Talk N Text - Rain or Shine
Jul. 1: Meralco Bolts - Barako Bull


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zach GRAHAM
  Air21 E.
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 37.6
 1. Graham, Air21 E.37.6 
 2. Hickerson, Barako27.0 
 3. Sneed, Powerade T.26.5 
 4. David, Powerade T.25.5 
 5. Harris, Talk N Text25.1 
 6. Bozeman, Ginebra24.7 
 7. Cornley, Rain o.24.0 
 8. Forte, Alaska Aces23.5 
 9. Blakely, B-Meg L.22.8 
 10. Basden, Petron B.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Omar SNEED
  Powerade T.
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Sneed, Powerade T.16.8 
 2. Forte, Alaska Aces15.6 
 3. Graham, Air21 E.12.6 
 4. Harris, Talk N Text12.0 
 5. Blakely, B-Meg L.11.9 
 6. Taulava, Meralco10.9 
 7. Cornley, Rain o.10.9 
 8. Bozeman, Ginebra10.2 
 9. Pingris, B-Meg L.10.0 
 10. Santos, Petron B.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (177-PG-77)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Alapag, Talk N Te.7.9 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.6.1 
 3. Hickerson, Barako5.8 
 4. Bozeman, Ginebra5.7 
 5. Sneed, Powerade T.5.3 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.2 
 7. Miller, Barako Bull4.8 
 8. Cabagnot, Petron4.6 
 9. Ross, Meralco4.5 
 10. Basden, Petron B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.3.3 
 2. Basden, Petron B.2.4 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.6 
 4. Seigle, Barako Bull1.4 
 5. Cortez, Ginebra1.3 
 6. Mercado, Meralco1.3 
 7. Bozeman, Ginebra1.3 
 8. Caguioa, Ginebra1.2 
 9. Ross, Meralco1.1 
 10. Hatfield, Ginebra1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.2.3 
 2. Hickerson, Barako1.8 
 3. Forte, Alaska Aces1.6 
 4. Santos, Petron B.1.4 
 5. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 6. Aguilar, Talk N.1.3 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 8. Maierhofer, Ginebr.1.1 
 9. Washington, Petron1.0 
 10. Pennisi, Barako B.1.0 


SEABA U18: Philippines gain third straight loss - by Eurobasket News

Philippines U18 - Malaysia U18 84:65

Philippines registered the third straight win at the SEABA U18 Championship. They knocked down Malaysia to stay undefeated. Philippines punched the U18 Fiba Asia Championship ticket with the victory. Malaysia fell at 1-2 record and would face Singapore in the fight for one remaining spot for Fiba Asia Championship in Mongolia in the last round.
Philippines unleashed 25 points in the opening quarter to secure a 3-point lead. Malaysia however stayed close throughout the second quarter and managed to cut the deficit to a single point 42:43. Philippines took over in the third term. They fired 25 points and entered the fourth frame up by 11 points. Malaysia nailed just 8 points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Bonleon produced 16 points for Philippines. Rodolfo Alejandro (175-G-95) had 13 points in the winning effort. Wen Liew (193-C-96) answered with 11 points for Malaysia. Lian Loo finished with 10 points in the loss.

Philippines U18: Mario Bonleon 16, Rodolfo Alejandro 13, Olayon 12
Malaysia U18: Wen Liew 11, Lian Loo 10



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

Notes:
Team Pilipinas clinched the 2012 SEABA U18 title in the Singapore Basketball Centre after drubbing erstwhile unbeaten Indonesia, 81-57. J-Jay Alejandro and Rey Nambatac led the Pinoys anew, while Kyle Suarez scored a personal tournament-high of 13 points to help nail the championship.

The Filipinos led practically the whole game, though they were never really able to pull away from the Indonesians, who were led by Jan Panagans 13 points. Team Pilipinas did a swell job of limiting Indonesias offensive options, as gunners Juan KokoDiputro and Andre Andriano shot just 6-of-21 from the floor, while twin towers Vincent Kosasih and Kristianto Halim were held to a combined 5 points and 6 rebounds.

The Philippines clung to a slim 6-point spread at the end of two periods before buckling down to extend the lead to a dozen markers at the start of the final frame. The Pinoys dominated practically every category by games end, forcing the Indons to 18 turnovers on the strength of 12 steals, while also outrebounding them and outshooting them from the field.

Suarez, who missed most of his only season in the UAAP Juniors Division last year for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, was the picture of efficiency here. The current UP Fighting Maroon hopeful scored 13 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and got 2 steals in only 17 minutes of action.

In the days main game, Singapore blew the game open in the third quarter to pull away and snare the third and final ticket to the FIBA-Asia U18 tourney later this year. The tandem of Junrong Thng and Delvin Goh continued to impress, with Thng scoring 15 points, getting 5 rebounds, and dishing out 3 assists, while Goh, clearly the best Singapore youngster in the field, had a double-double line of 20 points and 10 boards. Malaysia was hampered by awful shooting, as they converted just 32% of their field goals, 16% of their threes, and 38% of their charities. Nobody finished with more than 8 markers for Malaysia, which ended up fourth with a 1-3 slate.

The finals standings show the Philippines with an immaculate 4-0 card followed by the Indons 3-1 record, and the Singaporeans winning 2 of their 4 matches. Laos finished last, right behind Malaysia, with no wins to show after 4 games.

Joining the Philippines in the 2012 FIBA-Asia U18 Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia are Indonesia and Singapore.

FINAL DAY SCORES:

PHILIPPINES over INDONESIA, 81-57
PHI 84
- Alejandro 18, Nambatac 15, Suarez 13, Lao 7, Cani 6, De Leon 5, Morada 5, Javelosa 4, Rivero 4, Bonleon 4, Olayon 0, Go 0
INA 57 - Panagan 13, Andriano 9, Kokodiputro 8, Oei 6, Seputra 6, Kosasih 5, Sitorus 5, Baskoro 3, Tuasela 2, Abraham 0, Halim 0, Pratama 0
QS: 22-15, 34-28, 61-49, 81-57
Notable Performances:

Kyle Suarez (PHI) - 13pts, 9rebs, 2asts, 2stls, 1blk
Jan Panagan (INA) - 13pts, 6rebs, 1ast, 1blk

SINGAPORE over MALAYSIA, 75-56
SIN 75
- Goh 20, Thng 15, Toh 11, Tan 5, Chee 5, Low 5, Ng 4, Tay 4, Chun 4, Ang 2,
MAS 56 - Loo 8, Ng 8, Bong 8, Tan ZH 6, Tong 6, Chiang 5, Sim 4, Mak 4, Liew 3, Foo 2, Tan HK 2, Keng 0
QS: 14-11, 27-24, 56-39, 75-56
Notable Performances:

Delvin Goh (SIN) - 20pts, 10rebs, 2blks, 1ast
John Ng (SIN) - 4pts, 7rebs, 3asts, 3stls, 3blks

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com



Indonesia Warriors are ASEAN League champions! - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Indonesia Warriors 76:78

Indonesia Warriors celebrated the ASEAN League title. They overcame Petron Blaze in the decisive third game of the title series to clinch the crown. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) came up with pivotal performance scoring 28 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and making 2 steals for the Warriors.
The visitors jumped in front early in the game. They posted a 19:13 advantage at the first break. Stanley Pringle made it a 10-point game midway through the second quarter 31:21. But the Blaze managed to cut the deficit to 5 points at halftime 33:38. The hosts denied the deficit early in the third quarter. Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) put the Blaze in front 40:38. But the visitors quickly regained the lead and cleared off to a 64:53 distance at the final intermission. The Warriors enjoyed a 10-point buffer with under four minutes remaining. But Petron Blaze went on an 8:0 run to narrow the gap at just two points with just over two minutes to go. Stanley Pringle and Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) stretched the margin back to 6 points however Duke Crews kept Petron Blaze in the game narrowing the gap at 2-point mark 76:78. Evan Brock missed two free throws in the dying seconds and Fazekas had a chance to win it for the hosts. But his three-pointer rimmed out and the Warriors triumphed in the game and the season. Evan Brock accounted for 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 10 points for the winners. Duke Crews answered with 29 points and 9 rebounds for Petron Blaze. Chris Banchero (185-G, college: Seattle Pacific) had 16 points in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Duke Crews 29, Chris Banchero 16
Indonesia Warriors: Stanley Pringle 28, Evan Brock 15+16 boards, Steve Thomas 10



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Polpharma returns PF/C Uros Mirkovic - by Eurobasket News

Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82, agency: BeoExcell) is back to Polpharma. The Serbian power forward/center penned a deal for the next season. He spent the last one with Zastal Zielona Gora averaging 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 45 PLK games. Mirkovic helped them reach the Polish Cup Finals and PLK Semis. A year ago Uros Mirkovic won the Polish Cup with Polpharma. He joined them in November of 2010 averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds for 21 PLK games. The player started 2010/11 season with Serbian squad Crvena Zvezda. He played for Polpharma also in 2009/10 and it was his first deal in Poland. Before that, Uros Mirkovic played for Swisslion Takovo Vrsac. In the past, he spent several years with Masinac Kraljevo.


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  RUSSIA   


Lokomotiv Kuban brings in Nick Calathes - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban brings in Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) for the upcoming season. The Russian team according to Sportando.net agreed terms with Euroleague 2011 champion.
After graduating from Lake Howell High School he moved to Florida (NCAA) and averaged 15.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 6.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3Pts: 36.7%, FT: 72.4%. In 2009 Nick was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA,2rd (45)) and later signed 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1). In 2009-2010: for Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1) he showed 4.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg in EuroLeague and in Greek League had 5.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 62.2%.
In 2010-2011 he improved to 5.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 69.2% in EuroLeague and in Greek League averaged 7.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 66.7%.
Last year for Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1, starting five) his stats read 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 50.0%.
Over the last three seasons Nick Calathes became Greek Cup Finalist -10, 11, Greek League Champion -10, 11, Greek League Regular Season Champion -10 and Euroleague Champion -11. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Defensive Team -11 and became Greek League Regular Season Runner-Up -11, 12. Last season he achieved Greek Cup Winner -12, Euroleague Final Four -12 and Greek League Finalist -12.



Russia claim second win in Riom - by Eurobasket News

Russia U16 - England U16 81:56

Russian U16 selection posted the second straight win at the start of international tournament in Riom. They held off English opponents. Aleksandr Zuev (189-SG-96) and Maxim Morozov (202-PF-96) accounted for 13 points each to lead the winners. England fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Russia surged ahead early in the encounter. They posted a 16:13 lead at the first intermission. Russia accounted for 21 points in the second term to boost the lead. They enjoyed a 37:27 halftime advantage. Russia maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. Moreover the Kucherov team posted a 54:37 lead at the final break. Russia did not slow down and cruised to the victory at the end. Vladimir Ivanov (190-SF-96) and Aleksandr Gavrilov (192-PG-96) accounted for 12 points apiece for Russia. Jules Akodo (G-96) answered with 14 points for England. Joe Mvuezolo delivered 13 points in the loss.

Russia U16: Aleksandr Zuev 13, Maxim Morozov 13, Vladimir Ivanov 12, Aleksandr Gavrilov 12
England U16: Jules Akodo 14, Joe Mvuezolo 13



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Development Bank Ballers clinch SKABA 2012 junior league championship in a cliff-hanger final - by Eurobasket News

Basseterre St. Kitts (June 28, 2012) -- One womans crusade to engage youth from her village positively was rewarded handsomely Wednesday night when Development Bank Newton Ground Ballers lifted the St. Kitts Amateur Basketball Association junior league championship at the Basketball City.

Ms Enist Parris, founder and coach of the Development Bank Newton Ground Ballers, shed tears of joy after her boys overcame a spirited Sandy Point Fruta Falcons Juniors 72-71 in the last of three finals, with Kyton Blake from her team emerging as the highest scorer after netting 25 points.

The fast and entertaining game saw Development Bank Ballers take an early lead 15-4 at one stage and led all through the first half but with the Sandy Point team steadily narrowing the gap. They were 31-28 at half time. The second half was a cliff-hanger that left wildly cheering spectators on their feet.

After the breather Fruta Falcons Juniors came back with renewed vigour and soon caught up with the Development Bank Ballers to be tied at 33-33, and briefly took the lead with 33-35, but the Development Bank Ballers quickly cancelled the deficit and tied the game at 35-35 and then leaped on to a 59-50 lead.

Match tempo went up in the dying minutes with spectators hotly disputing some calls by the referees. With less than a minute before the end of the match, Development Bank Ballers led by 72-68. The boys from Sandy Point went on the overdrive, but fell short by a single point with the match coming to an end at 72-71 for Development Bank Ballers.

The Fruta Falcons Juniors lost last years championships to Blue Devils by a single point as well.

Highest scorer on the Fruta Falcons Juniors was Lewis Welch who returned 22 points. Other high scorers were Shaquille Williams (16) and Stephen Rawlins (15) of Fruta Falcons Juniors, and Geron Elliot (11) and Marvet Elliot (10) of Development Bank Ballers.

We are first thankful to God because in everything we do we have to put Him first, said an emotional Ms Parris. Once you put God first, everything else gonna come through. God knows I was trying my best to bring the youth to engage in positive activities, and I had my little basketball skills that I inculcated in them.

Ms Parris was a basketball player but her career came to an end in 2007due to injury. She as a result decided to transfer her skills to the youth in her village of Newton Ground by starting a basketball team for young men which she named Newton Ground Ballers.

She shopped around for a sponsor and the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis offered to sponsor the team. To show appreciation to the sponsor, she renamed her team Development Bank Ballers.

Is April this year, when the Development Bank renewed its sponsorship, she promised that even though they did not take part in the junior league last year as she was ill, that she would bring the 2012 championship trophy to the Development Bank. She did it in style on Wednesday night.

Among the first to congratulate the team were the Development Banks General Manager Mr Lenworth Harris, and the banks Human Resources Officer Ms Coralee Benjamin.

I just want to say much thanks to the Development Bank for having come to our aid, said Ms Parris. They have been behind me for three years now and I just want to thank God for them, and I hope this championship would encourage them to even stay behind me more.

A practising Christian, Ms Parris ensures that the team members pray before every match. On the road to the championship, they lost to the third placed team, Molineux Strivers, and to Hitters. In the best of three finals, they lost the first game to the Fruta Falcons Juniors, but went ahead to win the second one and the last one. All three games were very close and competitive.

Article provided by: Peter Ngunjiri
Courtesy of: caribbeanbasketball.com



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  SERBIA   


Serbia post second win in Benevento - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Czech Republic U16 45:42

Serbia registered the second straight win at the international tournament in Beneventu. They knocked down Czech Republic for 2-0 record. Nikola Pavlovic (204-PF-96) accounted for 18 points to lead the winners.
Czech Republic jumped to an early lead. They ensured a 13:8 advantage after ten minutes. Czech Republic boosted the gap at 7-point mark at halftime 21:28. Czech Republic limited Serbia at just 7 points in the third quarter taking a 36:28 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. But Serbia did not surrender. They went on a 17:6 run in the final frame to seal the victory at the end. Stefan Lazarevic (193-SG-96) accounted for 7 points, while Stefan Peno (193-G-97) netted 6 points for the winning side. Pulpan, Hanzik and Pursi answered with 7 points each for Czech Republic.

Serbia U16: Nikola Pavlovic 18, Stefan Lazarevic 7, Stefan Peno 6
Czech Republic U16: Pulpan 7, Hanzik 7, Pursi 7



Serbia overcome Finland in Ruma - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Finland U20 90:61

Serbia U20 celebrated the first win at the international tournament in Ruma. They held off their Finnish counterparts in the opener. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) accounted for 12 points to lead the hosts.
Serbia stormed into the game. They accounted for 31 points in the opening quarter taking a 17-point lead. Serbia stayed aggressive throughout the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 27-point lead at halftime. Serbia did not slow down after the big break. They eased to a 33-point lead with ten minutes remaining and never looked back from then on. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) delivered 11 points for Serbia. Djordje Drenovac (203-F/G-92, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 10 points for the winners. Alex Murphy (203-F-93) answered with 20 points for Finland. Alex Vaenerberg (183-G-92) and Aleksi Akpaso (192-G-92) answered with 12 points each in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Besovic 12, Aleksandar Cvetkovic 11, Djordje Drenovac 10
Finland U20: Alex Murphy 20, Alex Vaenerberg 12, Aleksi Akpaso 12



Polpharma returns PF/C Uros Mirkovic - by Eurobasket News

Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82, agency: BeoExcell) is back to Polpharma. The Serbian power forward/center penned a deal for the next season. He spent the last one with Zastal Zielona Gora averaging 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 45 PLK games. Mirkovic helped them reach the Polish Cup Finals and PLK Semis. A year ago Uros Mirkovic won the Polish Cup with Polpharma. He joined them in November of 2010 averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds for 21 PLK games. The player started 2010/11 season with Serbian squad Crvena Zvezda. He played for Polpharma also in 2009/10 and it was his first deal in Poland. Before that, Uros Mirkovic played for Swisslion Takovo Vrsac. In the past, he spent several years with Masinac Kraljevo.


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Jeon Tae-poong Hopes to Play With Rhodes, Hill - by Jeff Liebsch

New Goyang Orions guard Tony Akins (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech) has joined the squad and recently stated he hopes to play with either Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) or Herbert Hill (208-F-84, college: Providence). He also said Terrence Leather (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) would be a good addition to the squad when foreign players are drafted next month in Las Vegas.

In a recent interview with Jumpball Magazine, Jeon talked about his new hair style, previous injuries and his new son.

He also issued a warning to other teams to be careful of the Orions.

"We're going to win. All other teams should be careful of the Orions," he said.



U17 World Championship: Lithuania survive thriller against South Korea - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U17 - South Korea U17 119:108 (OT)

Lithuania opened win count at U17 World Championship. The hosts had to survive overtime drama to edge South Korea. The victory propelled Lithuania at 1-1 record, while South Korea fell at 0-2 record in Group B. Gediminas Zalalis (205-C-95) posted 27 points and 13 boards to lead the Baltic team to the vital win.
South Korea jumped into the drivers seat in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 26:22 lead at the first break. The teams exchanged baskets throughout high-flying second frame. South Korea secured a 57:53 halftime lead. Grabauskas drew things level at 63 midway through the third term. Edvinas Seskus (192-G/F-95) finally put Lithuania in front but South Korea quickly responded. They eked out a 78:76 lead with one quarter to go in regulation. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense fourth period. The Korean team gained a 98:93 advantage late in regulation. However Ernestas Serkevicius (187-PG-95) and Gediminas Zalalis drew things level at 100 at the end of regulation sending the game into overtime. Gediminas Zalalis and Edvinas Seskus combined for 18 points in the extra period to lead the hosts to the victory. Edvinas Seskus finished with 25 points and 15 boards, while Ernestas Serkevicius added 16 points for the winning side. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) answered with game-high 37 points for South Korea. An Youngjun (95) had 30 points in the loss.

Lithuania U17: Gediminas Zalalis 27+13 boards, Edvinas Seskus 25+15 boards, Ernestas Serkevicius 16
South Korea U17: Heo Hoon 37, An Youngjun 30



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U17 World Championship: Argentina surprise Spain in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U17 - Spain U17 68:58

Argentina earned the initial win at the U17 World Championship. The Latin American team stunned Spain in Group B action tonight. The victory propelled Argentina at 1-1 record as they caught up with Spain in the ladder. Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) accounted for 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Argentina held their opponents to 11 points in the opening quarter taking a 5-point lead. Argentina stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 9-point buffer at halftime 35:26. Things hardly changed in the third quarter. The teams traded baskets as Argentina stayed in front. They entered the final quarter leading by 9 points 52:43. Spain got within five points midway through the final quarter but Argentina remained calm as they quickly restored a comfortable lead and rallied to the victory at the end. Rodrigo Haag (190-G-95) accounted for 13 points, while Lucas Vildoza (188-G-95) and Facundo Vallejos (95) had 7 points each for the winners. Alberto Martin (182-G-95) answered with 11 points for Spain. Agusti Sans (195-F/G-95) and Xavier Moix (185-PG-95) finished with 10 points each in the loss.

Argentina U17: Gabriel Deck 28, Rodrigo Haag 13, Lucas Vildoza 7, Facundo Vallejos 7
Spain U17: Alberto Martin 11, Agusti Sans 10, Xavier Moix 10



Andrew James Ogilvy leaves Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Valencia decided to split ways with Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt). Andrew James Ogilvy joined Valencia at the start of the previous season. He tallied 9.5 points and 3.3 boards per game in EuroCup. In ACB the centre notched 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per appearance. Andrew James Ogilvy started his pro career a season before. He played for Besiktas ColaTurka. Eurobasket.com awarded the centre with All-Turkish League Honourable Mention in 2011. He also participated at TBL All-Star Game.


Valencia announce Justin Doellman - by Eurobasket News

Valencia officially announced the signing of Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier). The forward signed a two-year deal with the team. Justin Doellman spent the last two seasons in Spain. Last season he played for Assignia Manresa. His stats read 16.8 points, 4.5 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game in ACB. Previously he had stints with Alicante, Entente Orleans 45, Besancon, Cholet Basket. The forward earned Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention in both 2011 and 2012. He was French Cup winner back in 2010. Justin Doellman is the product of Xavier basketball school. He was named into All-Atlantic 10 1st Team in his senior college season.


Bilbao Basket ready to sign Fran Pilepic - by Eurobasket News

Bilbao Basket is close to signing Fran Pilepic (192-G-89). The Spanish powerhouse has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with the Croatian talent. Fran Pilepic spent the last season in Bosnia. He played for HKK Siroki. The guard notched 14.8 points, 2.3 assists, 2.2 boards and 1.1 steals per game in Adriatic League. In Bosnian League Fran Pilepic notched 8.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. The guard earned All-Adriatic League Honourable Mention. Previously Fran Pilepic had spells for Rijeka, Triglav, Crikvenica, Kvarner, Svjetlost and KK Siroki. Eurobasket.com named the guard into All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team in both 2011 and 2012. Fran Pilepic was the member of Croatian U16, U18 and U20 National Teams.


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Union Neuchatel Basket complete LNA 2012-2013 list - by Eurobasket News

Union Neuchatel Basket complete LNA 2012-2013 list as this season there will be 10 teams in the League. LNBA announced 10 teams for the upcoming season.
Union Neuchatel Basket won LNB Regular Season with 25-1 record. In the Final game however BC Alte Kanti Aarau celebrated the LNB title. They defeated Neuchatel 56:55 in the decisive third game of the Finals. Jason Perry (193-F-84, college: William Penn) came up with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Yannic Ngarambe (194-G/F-89) and Michael Polite (203-F-68, college: Florida St.) finished with 10 points each for the winners. Herb Johnson (209-F/C-62, college: Tulsa) answered with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Neuchatel. Derrick Lang (194-G-80, college: Incarnate Word) and Luka Vertel (196-G/F-86) netted 13 points each in the loss.
LNB 2012/2013 season meanwhile will have 12 teams.

LNA 2012/2013 teams:
BBC Monthey
BBC Nyon
BC Boncourt Red Team
Benetton Fribourg Olympic
Les Lions de Geneve
Lugano Tigers
SAM Basket Massagno
SAV Vacallo Basket
Starwings Basket Regio Basel
Union Neuchatel Basket

LNB 2012/2013:
BC Alte Kanti Aarau
STB Bern-Giants
Blonay Basket
Groupe E Academie Fribourg U23
CPE Geneve Meyrin
DHR Immobilier Pully Basket
Swiss Central Basket
Vevey Riviera Basket
Villars Basket
Grasshopper Club Zurich
BC Kusnacht-Erlenbach
BBC Lausanne



Stefan Petkovic joins Minsk-2006 - by Luca Maffioli

According to Basketinside.com, Stefan Petkovic (186-G-92) heads to BK Minsk-2006. The Swiss playmaker signed a three years deal with the club. Petkovic started his career at Benetton Fribourg Olympic and last season he averaged 10.4 points ( FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 85.7% ), 3.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals in 34 LNA games. He is a member of Swiss National Team and he played Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 averaging 10.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.


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Hsu Chih-chao named Dacin head coach - by Chris Wang

Hsu Chih-Chao , head coach of the Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor (KKL) last season, will become Dacin Tigers head coach in the coming season, Dacin Tigers General Manager Wang Tsai-hsiang said.

Hsu, who spent most of his career with Dacin, will be returning to his old team and replace Chiu Ta-tsun, who left after the season to coach in Chinas Jiangsu.

According to Wang, the team had planned to hire South Korean veteran coach Chung Kwang-suk but was concerned about his communication with the players, since Chung does not speak Chinese Mandarin.

Hsu made his coaching debut last year with the KKL and finished with a 14-16 record.

The 37-year-old would have no problem communicating with his players, given his familiarity with the team.

Dacin made six Finals appearances in the SBLs 9-year history but finished with only one title in 2009. After that, it has lost in three straight SBL Finals to Yulon, Taiwan Beer and Pure Youth.

Dacin in SBL Finals:
2004-05 Yulon Dinos (3-0, Dacin)
2006-07 Taiwan Beer (4-2, Dacin)
2008-09 Dacin Tigers (4-3, Taiwan Beer)
2010 Yulon Luxgen (4-2, Dacin Tigers)
2010-11 Taiwan Beer (4-1, Dacin Tigers)
2011-12 Pure Youth (4-0, Dacin Tigers)

National 2nd team head coach undecided
The CTBA has not made the final decision on who would replace Chiu Ta-tsun as the head coach of the national second team in the William Jones Cup in August.

Chiu was tapped as the head coach of the team but left for China to coach in Jiangsu.

According to the CTBA, Taiwan Beer assistant Chou Jun-san will be the first candidate on its list, rather than Hsu Chih-Chao , who left KKL to coach Dacin, because the invitation list was arranged according to the final SBL ranking, starting from the runner-up Dacin.

Hsu Chin-tse, head coach of SBL champion Pure Youth, will coach Taiwan national team in the Jones Cup and the FIBA Asia Cup.

If Chou declined the invitation, the CTBA said, it will target assistants of Yulon Luxgen, which ranked fourth last season.

Lee Hsueh-Lin (176-PG-84) wins CBA Finals MVP in China
Former Yulon point guard Lee Hsueh-Lin was named Chinas CBA Finals MVP after almost three months after leading Beijing Ducks to the CBA title.

Lee became the first Taiwanese player to win the award in China.

Lee averaged 11 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in the five-game series, which paled in comparison with Stephon Marburys 33.4 points per game, but got the nod as Marbury is not qualified to win the award as an import player.

Taiwanese players are not considered import players in the CBA.

As for why the award was announced almost three months later, the league did not provide an explanation.

The 175cm point guard is in Taiwan NTs training camp.



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TRBL accepting applications for 2013 season - by Eurobasket News

Raleigh, NC: On the heels of a very successful first season, the Tobacco Road Basketball League is now accepting new team applications from teams in the Carolina's, Virginia, and East Tennessee for the 2013 season. (Groups of teams in the Southeast outside of this region may also be considered.) Interested teams should complete the preliminary team application (available at www.trblproball.com) and send it to info@trblproball.com or fax it to (800) 820-3469. Applicants must be prepared to sign the TRBL "pact agreement" and submit references upon request. Applications will be considered by the TRBL Board of Directors during the league's annual meeting in late Summer 2012. ScoreTRAX.com will provide score broadcasting services for all TRBL games and technology services for all TRBL teams. League operations are funded through existing sponsorships, and qualified member teams will be charged NO LEAGUE FEES. For more information, please email info@trblproball.com.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Shaquille O'Neal in TnT - by Don Farrell


Jack launches Shaq Attack' in Beetham

...Government brings basketball competition to win delinquent youth

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, centre, greets American NBA legend Dr Shaquille O'Neal at the launch of Hoop of Life initiative at Beetham Gardens, yesterday. Looking on is National Security Minister Jack Warner. Photo: Brian Ng Fatt
Ten million dollars-that is the estimated cost attached to the new social programme that has been launched by the Ministry of National Security geared at deterring delinquent youths from a life of crime. The initiative is the latest move by Minister of National Security Jack Warner who is bent on pulling out all the stops to take back T&T from the criminals.


Warner launched a 'Shaq Attack' in Beetham yesterday as National Basketball Association (NBA) legend Dr Shaquille O'Neal was on hand to launch the Hoop of Life initiative. The NBA star was flown into T&T for the launch of the initiative, leaving many stunned.


Entitled the Hoop of Life, the programme was unveiled by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at a key distribution ceremony held by the Housing Development Corporation at Beetham Gardens to residents whose homes were gutted by fire following an arson attack in Trou Macaque last year. Partnering in the joint venture are-Ministry of Housing, Land and Marine Affairs, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and National Infrastructure Development Company.


Reliable sources told Sunday Guardian that while the 'final touches' have not yet been put on the programme, the project is estimated to cost $10 million. Sunday Guardian was also informed that the programme forms only part of Warner's new crime plan that is expected to be rolled out within the next two weeks. Up for grabs is the $1 million dollar first prize for the community which shoots the best basketball hoops.


Second place winners would also be handsomely rewarded as they walk away with $500,000, while the team that places third will receive $250,000. A stipend would also be paid to all team members to ensure that travelling and other expenses are met, although certain restrictions apply.


Among them is that players qualifying for the basketball tournament are not allowed to engage in any criminal activities. Failure to adhere would lead to the entire team being disqualified. In addition, team members must reside in the community in which they are competing. Warner yesterday urged the residents to take advantage of the opportunity and turn around their lives.


In delivering the feature address Persad-Bissessar said the issue of crime was a troubling one and the onus was on the Government to foster better communities. Insisting that the time had come to steer the nation's youth on the right path, Persad-Bissessar said the launch of the programme was one of the initiatives that would be used as a deterrent.


Referring to the initiative as a 'Shaq Attack,' Persad-Bissessar said, 'We have to find a way to shift consciousness of our youth and to get communities behind them. The issue of crime troubles all of us in our land. The HDC has been doing a great job in creating housing communities and employment.



Whenever these initiatives are conducted we can trace a decline in crime and juvenile delinquency. It is time for us to make a prudent investment in key areas because we are losing too much of our young people to a life of crime.'


Addressing the residents, O'Neal urged them to believe in themselves. Saying that he too had come from a humble beginning, O'Neal said he proved to his detractors that he could make it. 'They said I could not get my doctorate-I graduated recently. They said I could not play basketball and I showed them differently. To make it you must believe in yourself,' O'Neal said.





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  TURKEY   


Turkey open win count in Ruma - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Israel U20 74:59

Turkish U20 National Team victoriously opened their Ruma international tournament campaign in Serbia. They held off Israeli counterparts in the opener. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) scored 16 points to lead the winners.
Israel faced an 8-point deficit at the first break 14:22. The margin grew at 10-point mark at the interval 28:38. Israel tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. They fired 22 points and cut the distance to 8 points with one quarter remaining. But Turkey went on a 16:9 run in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) delivered 15 points, while Ahmet Cantitiz (193-SG-92) and Ugur Dokuyan (197-SF-93) had 10 points each in the win. Or Solomon (197-F-93) answered with 15 points for Israel. Guy Lavie (188-PG-92, agency: Ronsport) contributed 14 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Safak Edge 16, Samet Geyik 15, Ahmet Cantitiz 10, Ugur Dokuyan 10
Israel U20: Or Solomon 15, Guy Lavie 14



Fenerbahce Ulker is the front runner to sign Romain Sato - by Pervin Elgin

The forward will be free agent from Saturday. CSKA Moscow asked info on him as well.

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul is the front runner to sign Romain Sato. The forward will be free agent from Saturday when he will officially part ways with Panathinaikos and has in his hands the proposal of Fenerbahce.
Sato spent the last two seasons in Athens with the jersey of PAO winning the Euroleague in 2010. Simone Pianigiani, the new head coach of the Turkish powerhouse, wants the forward in the roster as one of the key players of Fenerbahce edition 2012-13.
CSKA Moscow as well asked info on Sato but Fenerbahce is in pole position to sign him for the coming season.
Sato would love to work again under coach Simone Pianigiani with whom he has spent four years in Siena winning four Italian Championships before leaving for Greece.
Sato averaged 7.1ppg and 4.7rpg in Euroleague with Panathinaikos while in Greek A1 he scored 5.7ppg with 3.8rpg.

Courtesy of sportando.net



Isaiah Swann heads to Gaziantep BSB - by Eurobasket News

Isaiah Swann (188-G-85, college: Florida St.) heads to Gaziantep BSB for the 2012/2013 season. According to Sportando.net the American Guard will moves to Turkey.
Last year Thorsten Leibenath has found the first new signing for the beko BBL season hauling in Isaiah Swann and rewarding him with a one year deal. In 2010 he started the season for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) and averaged 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg. In Dec.'10 moved to Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Premier League, starting five) and showed 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 84.1%.
Swann started his basketball career at Germantown, Md./Hargrave Military Academy: averaged 23.8 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. He then played at Florida St. (NCAA) from 2004-2008 and in his senior year played 24 games: 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3Pts: 38.8%, FT: 84.0%. In 2008, he started his professional basketball career with Aget Imola (Italy-Lega2, starting five) and showed 13.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg, 3.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 71.9%.
In 2011-2012 for Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five) Isaiah Swann became the third top-scorer of the League with 15.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 85.5%.



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Ukraine U18 reached the Semifinal in London - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U18 reached the Semifinal in London after the victory and the loss in the first day at the Future Stars International Tournament. The Ukrainian team beat Sweden first but 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. Igor Boyarkin (180-PG-95) posted 10, while Sahnyuk and Petrov netted 9 each.
In Game 2 England overcame Ukraine 84:76. Vladislav Korenyuk (209-C-94) ended up with 27 points for Ukraine and Igor Boyarkin posted 12. Sahnyuk scored 11, while Kudrya added 7.



BC Kyiv close to Roman Gumeniuk - by Eurobasket News

BC Kyiv will reportedly close to strengthening their frontcourt. The team is now in talks with Roman Gumeniuk (221-C-87) and may announce the deal soon. The centre spent the last two seasons in Lithuania. He played for Juventus Utenos last season. Roman Gumeniuk averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in LKL. In Baltic League the centre posted 7.6 points, 5.4 boards and 1.6 blocks per appearance. Roman Gumeniuk is not new to BC Kyiv. He played for the team back in 2004/05, 2006/07 and 2009/10 seasons. He also had stints with Avtodor, Avala Ada Beograd, VEF Riga and Siauliai. Roman Gumeniuk was the member of U18 and U20 Ukrainian National Teams. He also played for Ukrainian University National Team in 2005/09 seasons. In 2008 the centre joined the Ukrainian National Team.


Ukraine U16 beat the hosts in Riom - by Eurobasket News

France U16-Ukraine U16 62:79

Ukraine U16 beat the hosts in Riom in day 2 of the International Tournament. The Ukrainian side needed 79:62 win to tie both records at 1-1.
Ukraine grabbed the lead in the opening period and reached 18:13 at the end of the first period. France however responded with 23-18 in the second frame and tied the game at the halftime. The third quarter became decisive in the game as the guests erupted with 27-9 in it. Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) scored last four points in the frame for 63:45 after thirty minutes. He also gave Ukraine the biggest lead in the fourth period at 72:45, but France managed to reduce to 17 points.
Oleksandr Kobets led the way with 25points, while Kyrylo Podkovyrov netted 12. Anton Roskoshnyy scored 11 and Yevgen Balaban had 10. Etienne Ory (175-PG-96) and Stephane Gombauld (200-PF-97) ended up with 11 points each in the losing effort, whilst Cyril ELIEZERE added 10.

France U16: Etienne Ory 11, Stephane Gombauld 11, Cyril ELIEZERE 10
Ukraine U16: Oleksandr Kobets 25, Kyrylo Podkovyrov 12, Anton Roskoshnyy 11, Yevgen Balaban 10



Artur Drozdov remains with Azovmash Mariupol - by Eurobasket News

Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) remains with Azovmash Mariupol for the next season. According to Sportando.net the Ukrainian player extended his contract with Azovmash Mariupol for one more season.
Last season Azovmash strengthened their frontcourt. They have completed the negotiations and announced the arrival of Artur Drozdov. The 30-year-old forward spent the earlier season in Italy. Artur Drozdov played for Vanoli Cremona. He tallied 12.3 points, 5.6 boards, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists per game in Seria A. Previously Artur Drozdov had stints with Budivelnyk, BC Donetsk, BC Kyiv, Pau-Orthez and Avtodor Saratov.
In 2011-2012 for Azovmash Mariupol (Superleague, starting five) he averaged 10.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 79.4% in Ukrainian league. In EuroCup his stats read 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg, while in VTB League he showed 10.5ppg, Reb-5 (6.4rpg), 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 52.4%, FT-3:92.3%.



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Russia claim second win in Riom - by Eurobasket News

Russia U16 - England U16 81:56

Russian U16 selection posted the second straight win at the start of international tournament in Riom. They held off English opponents. Aleksandr Zuev (189-SG-96) and Maxim Morozov (202-PF-96) accounted for 13 points each to lead the winners. England fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Russia surged ahead early in the encounter. They posted a 16:13 lead at the first intermission. Russia accounted for 21 points in the second term to boost the lead. They enjoyed a 37:27 halftime advantage. Russia maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. Moreover the Kucherov team posted a 54:37 lead at the final break. Russia did not slow down and cruised to the victory at the end. Vladimir Ivanov (190-SF-96) and Aleksandr Gavrilov (192-PG-96) accounted for 12 points apiece for Russia. Jules Akodo (G-96) answered with 14 points for England. Joe Mvuezolo delivered 13 points in the loss.

Russia U16: Aleksandr Zuev 13, Maxim Morozov 13, Vladimir Ivanov 12, Aleksandr Gavrilov 12
England U16: Jules Akodo 14, Joe Mvuezolo 13



The 2012 Future Stars International Tournament - by Eurobasket News

The 2012 Future Stars International Tournament opened doors yesterday for 6 teams that were divided into two groups.

Group A: Netherlands, Denmark, London United Harefield Academy
Group B: Ukraine, England, Sweden


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 beat Holland U18 70:65 in the opener of the tournament. Trailing 14-24 after the first period, Denmark responded with 26-16 in the second frame and added two narrow victories in the second half. Peter Moller top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Daniel Mortensen nailed 11. Tobias Tita delivered 10, while Rasmus Glarbjerg notched 10.
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. Igor Boyarkin (180-PG-95) posted 10, while Sahnyuk and Petrov netted 9 each.
In Game 2 England overcame Ukraine 84:76. Vladislav Korenyuk (209-C-94) ended up with 27 points for Ukraine and Igor Boyarkin posted 12. Sahnyuk scored 11, while Kudrya added 7.
Later Denmark U18 beat London Harefield Academy 90:46. The Danish side started with 29:10 and won the second frame 21-19. Moreover the second half also was dominated by the guests of the tournament that needed 21-7 and then 19-9 in the third and the last quarters respectively for the total success. Rasmus Glarbjerg stepped up with 18 points and Gabriel Iffe Lundberg had 12. Anders Skou posted 11, while Oliver Stroh (192-G-94) and Rasmus Stolbjerg each brought 9 points.
England U18 beat Sweden U18 62:55 to complete the Semifinal picture.

Saturday 30 June
5th - 6th Place (1st leg) London United Harefield Academy v Sweden
Semi Final 1 Denmark v Ukraine
Semi Final 2 England v Netherlands



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Oscar Torres's experience, hustle, and humble personality will be important for Venezuela - by Yelitza La Torre

Outstanding 6'5" Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, ) became the second Venezuelan basketball player in National Basketball Association history when he signed with the Houston Rockets for the 2001-02 NBA season. Torres averaged 6.0 points over the course of the season and scored an NBA career-high 28 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 11, 2001. He spent the next season with the Golden State Warriors and averaged 3.1 points per game. Then Torres led the Russian team BC Khimki to the 2006 EuroCup finals before losing to DKV Joventut. He also played for the Venezuela national basketball team in the 2002 and 2006 FIBA World Championship. Also, Torres was traded to CSKA Moscow from BC Khimki on February 2007. He was released from CSKA In June that year. On August 21, 2007 he signed with the Italian team Climamio Bologna. Oscar Torres, the most experienced player in the Venezuela team will be counting on John Cox (195-G-81, college: USF) and Jhornan Zamora (193-G/F-89); both players have made a good transition to the Venezuelan team and should help in the Group B battles against Nigeria and Lithuania in the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament on July 2-July 8. John Cox was born in Caracas, grew up playing basketball in North America and has been playing professionally in France with Le Havre and is a deadly shooter from long range. The other shooter is Jhornan Zamora who was born in Caracas as well but he has been developing his basketball career in Spain.

@yelitzalatorre






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Artur Drozdov remains with Azovmash Mariupol - by Eurobasket News

Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) remains with Azovmash Mariupol for the next season. According to Sportando.net the Ukrainian player extended his contract with Azovmash Mariupol for one more season.
Last season Azovmash strengthened their frontcourt. They have completed the negotiations and announced the arrival of Artur Drozdov. The 30-year-old forward spent the earlier season in Italy. Artur Drozdov played for Vanoli Cremona. He tallied 12.3 points, 5.6 boards, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists per game in Seria A. Previously Artur Drozdov had stints with Budivelnyk, BC Donetsk, BC Kyiv, Pau-Orthez and Avtodor Saratov.
In 2011-2012 for Azovmash Mariupol (Superleague, starting five) he averaged 10.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 79.4% in Ukrainian league. In EuroCup his stats read 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg, while in VTB League he showed 10.5ppg, Reb-5 (6.4rpg), 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 52.4%, FT-3:92.3%.



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Standings

Standings
Group A
1. USA2-0
2. Australia1-1
3. China1-1
4. Czech Rep.1-1
5. France1-1
6. Egypt0-2
Group B
1. Croatia2-0
2. Spain1-1
3. Argentina1-1
4. Canada1-1
5. Lithuania1-1
6. S.Korea0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Group A

Jun. 30: USA - CZE 95-57
Jun. 30: FRA - EGY 78-54
Jun. 30: CHN - AUS 55-92

Group B

Jun. 30: CRO - CAN 66-53
Jun. 30: ESP - ARG 58-68
Jun. 30: LTU - KOR 119-108 OT

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Group A

Jul. 1: FRA - CHN
Jul. 1: CZE - AUS
Jul. 1: EGY - USA

Group B

Jul. 1: KOR - CRO
Jul. 1: LTU - ESP
Jul. 1: CAN - ARG


Day 2 in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Group A
USA - Czech Republic 95-57
USA stop surprising Czechs at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship. The defending champions celebrated a 95:57 victory mostly due to the last frame. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the opening period before Conner Frankamp (186-G-95) brought 19:11. Stanley Johnson made two free throws later in the period to close the frame at 24:13. Tyus Jones delivered two for 30:15, while Joel Barry scored for 36:21. The favorites won the second period 17-9 as the board showed 41:22 at the halftime. Czech Republic looked well in the third period and managed to score the same number of points as their opponents. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) closed the third period at 64:45 and then SUBERT reduced to 16 points early in the fourth. USA exploded with 31-12 in the last stanza and grabbed the second straight win. Dakari Johnson (206-F/C-95) paced all the winners with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Conner Frankamp netted 11. Joel Barry, Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor-Benton and Stanley Johnson nailed 10 points each in a win. Martin Peterka (200-F-95), Prokop Slanina, Jiri Dedek (190-F-95) and Radovan Kouril (183-PG-95) finished the game with 8 points apiece in defeat.

China - Australia 55-92
Australia destroy China in day 2 opener. The Australian side won 92:55 and tied the record at 1-1 at the preliminary round of the FIBA U17 World Championship in Kaunas, Lithuania. Australia led wire-to-wire, but came out flat and found that China was hard to shake. The winners broke a 30:10 lead in the opening period and later never looked behind. They added 23-9 in the second frame and enjoyed 53:19 at the end of the first half. China bounced back with 15-13 in the third quarter and reduced to 22 points entering the final stanza. Australia however added 26-21 in the last period to seal the victory and improved to 1-1 record. Dante Exum (193-G-95) paced all the winners with 26 points, while Michael Luxford (182-PG-95) added 13. Simmons and PURCHASE followed them with 10 points each. Zhou Qi (217-C-96) posted 12 in defeat, while Bo Liu had 10.

France - Egypt 78-54
France pull away from Egypt in day 2 of the preliminary round at the FIBA U17 World Championship in Kaunas, Lithuania. The European side celebrated a 78:54 win for 1-1 record. Egypt meanwhile fell at 0-2 in Group A. France started with 18:9 and never looked behind in the game. They allowed Egypt to bounce back however with 16-13 in the second period as the latter reduced to 31:25 at the halftime. France erupted with 21-13 in the third frame and added 26-16 in the last stanza. Damien Inglis (197-F-95) paced all the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Charly Pontens (189-PG-95) and Paul Rigot (199-F-95) had 12 points each. YAO-DELON and EBREUIL followed them with 10 points apiece. Ehab Amin (185-G-95) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Hosny had 9. Tomorrow France will take on China, while Egypt will face USA.

Group B
Spain - Argentina 58-68
Argentina earned the initial win at the U17 World Championship. The Latin American team stunned Spain in Group B action tonight. The victory propelled Argentina at 1-1 record as they caught up with Spain in the ladder. Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) accounted for 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Argentina held their opponents to 11 points in the opening quarter taking a 5-point lead. Argentina stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 9-point buffer at halftime 35:26. Things hardly changed in the third quarter. The teams traded baskets as Argentina stayed in front. They entered the final quarter leading by 9 points 52:43. Spain got within five points midway through the final quarter but Argentina remained calm as they quickly restored a comfortable lead and rallied to the victory at the end. Rodrigo Haag (190-G-95) accounted for 13 points, while Lucas Vildoza and Facundo Vallejos had 7 points each for the winners. Alberto Martin (182-G-95) answered with 11 points for Spain. Agusti Sans and Xavier Moix finished with 10 points each in the loss.

Croatia - Canada 66-53
Croatian gained the second straight win at the U17 World Championship in Lithuania. They prevailed against Canada in Group B today. Mario Hezonja (202-F/G-95) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Canada fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Croatia dominated every facet of the game in the starting quarter. They accumulated a 20:9 lead after ten minutes. Canada tuned in defensively in the second quarter. The North American side limited Croatia to 8 points o narrow the deficit at 6-point mark 22:28. Canada got closer in the third quarter. They trimmed the distance to just 3 points with one period remaining 38:41. But Croatia scored 25 points in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) provided 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, while Karlo Zganec added 10 points for the winners. Patrick Steeves (201-F/G-95) and Marial Shayok (196-G-95) replied with 10 points apiece for Canada.

Lithuania - South Korea 119-108 OT
Lithuania opened win count at U17 World Championship. The hosts had to survive overtime drama to edge South Korea. The victory propelled Lithuania at 1-1 record, while South Korea fell at 0-2 record in Group B. Gediminas Zalalis (205-C-95) posted 27 points and 13 boards to lead the Baltic team to the vital win. South Korea jumped into the drivers seat in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 26:22 lead at the first break. The teams exchanged baskets throughout high-flying second frame. South Korea secured a 57:53 halftime lead. Grabauskas drew things level at 63 midway through the third term. Edvinas Seskus (192-G/F-95) finally put Lithuania in front but South Korea quickly responded. They eked out a 78:76 lead with one quarter to go in regulation. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense fourth period. The Korean team gained a 98:93 advantage late in regulation. However Ernestas Serkevicius and Gediminas Zalalis drew things level at 100 at the end of regulation sending the game into overtime. Gediminas Zalalis and Edvinas Seskus combined for 18 points in the extra period to lead the hosts to the victory. Edvinas Seskus finished with 25 points and 15 boards, while Ernestas Serkevicius added 16 points for the winning side. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) answered with game-high 37 points for South Korea. An Youngjun had 30 points in the loss.




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Women News


Womens senior basketball squad back from China pre-Olympic tournament - by Eurobasket News

The womens senior basketball team arrived Luanda Tuesday from a training camp in china where they were humiliated in the pre-Olympic tournament of four nations (China, Australia, New Zealand and Angola).

The womens senior basketball team arrived Luanda Tuesday from a training camp in china where they were humiliated in the pre-Olympic tournament of four nations (China, Australia, New Zealand and Angola).

The champions of Africa lost all their encounters (away and return legs) during this tournament: against China (53-71, 59-68); Australia (60-74, 46-66) and New Zealand (76-64, 58-68).

The Angolans thus have a lot to do before their maiden Olympiad July 27-August 12.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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Turkey beats Argentina, books ticket for 2012 Olympics in London - by Eurobasket News

TURKEY - ARGENTINA 72-58

Turkey will play at the 2012 Olympic Games this summer. The host of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament was too strong for Argentina in the Quarterfinals to book a ticket for London. Turkey successfully ended its participation in Ankara. Croatia, France and Czech Republic also won their quarterfinals games and will play in London. There is one more ticket available and Argentina has intention to grab it, but they will have to win in both games for rest of the way. Today they will play against Canada. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) shined for Turkey with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) (8 rebs) helped the hosts with 13 and 12 points respectively. Argentina got 17 points from Melisa Gretter (170-PG-93). Marina Cava (168-G-85) had 12 and Diana Cabrera (187-C-93) scored 8 pts. Turkey controlled the entire game having no troubles to celebrate comfortable victory. Quarters: 14-8, 21-7, 20-25, 17-18.

Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 17+5 boards, Tugba Palazoglu 13, Quanitra Hollingsworth 12+8 boards
Argentina: Melisa Gretter 17, Marina Cava 12, Diana Cabrera 8



Canada to meet Japan in do-or-die game - by Eurobasket News

ARGENTINA - CANADA 41-58

Canada eliminated Argentina in the Semifinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. It was a 41-58 victory for Canada, who will meet Japan tomorrow in the Finals. The winner will advance to 2012 Olympic Games in London. Argentina will have to wait next chance to reach the Olympics (2016). Canada won every single quarter in this game. They were 7-points up at the half time and jumped to plus 11 with ten minutes remaining. Argentina was not able to mount a comeback and actually Canada increased its lead in Q4 to the final plus 17. Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) top-scored in victory with 12 points and Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) had one less. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) helped Canada with 7 points and 6 rebounds for 12 minutes on the court. Argentina got 11 points from Andrea Boquete Manna (183-F/C-90). Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) and Marina Cava (168-G-85) scored 8 and 7 points respectively.

Argentina: Andrea Boquete Manna 11, Erica Sanchez 8, Marina Cava 7
Canada: Courtnay Pilypaitis 12, Lizanne Murphy 11, Tamara Tatham 7+6 boards



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  AUSTRALIA   


Round 7 Previews: QBL Women - by Eurobasket News

Brisbane Capitals vs Maroochydore Clippers
Friday 29 June, 8:00pm, NAB Stadium

This is the first meeting for these Pool B teams, and with the Capitals having lost twice already to Northside and once to Bundaberg, its crunch-time for Brisbane if they want to stay in finals contention. Emma Randall is set to be back on court after sustaining an injury in their loss against Bundaberg in Round 6. Having lost three on the trot, Brisbane will have relished the week off to rest and replenish, and are no doubt breathing a little easier going up against a team who are yet to record a win this season. Having said that, the Clippers are also eager to break their winless run, and will be pushing their top shooters to the limit in order to be on the mark at NAB Stadium. Itll be a big ask for the young Maroochy side, with Brisbanes Randall, Naylor and Warren consistently pulling big scores over the past weeks. The last time these teams faced off was back in Round 13 of last season, and saw the Capitals take out the match 90 points to 72. Shutting down the Capitals key three will be vital in order for the Clippers to get a look in.

Mackay Meteorettes vs Gold Coast Rollers
Friday 29 June, 6:30pm, The Crater at Candlestick Park
The Rollers have had a good run so far this season, undefeated and sitting at the top of the ladder. Theyve taken on lower-ranked teams to date so this will be their first big test against the powerhouse Mackay side. The Rollers took out a massive 56-point win over South West Metro in Round 6, with a number of players hitting double-figures on the scoreboard. Theyll need to pull out a similar performance this weekend against Mackay, with the Meteorettes only incurring one loss so far this season. With the Rollers Carine Reimink and Mackays Louella Tomlinson (193-F-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.Mary's, CA) sitting on
averages of 17.8 and 16.8 points per game respectively, the bulk of the fireworks under the basket should come from these two. Jillian Haughton (179-G-92) and former Meteorette Heidi Freeburn will also be facing off in the guard positions, and also looking to put up some big points to help get their teams over the line. Its shaping up to be an exciting match with Mackay as one of the strongest teams in the league, and Gold Coast out to prove their ability to hold their own. Mackay took the spoils in their last meeting in Round 10 of last year 89 to 73, can they do it again to try to knock Gold Coast of the top spot on the
ladder?

Ipswich Force vs Toowoomba Mountaineers
Saturday 30 June, 5pm, Cotton On Foundation Stadium

Both teams took on Cairns in Round 6, with Ipswich the only team out of the pair to defeat the northerners. Its the second time around for these teams in their Pool C matches, with Toowoomba keen to even the score following Ipswichs 30-point victory in Round 1. Ipswich are sitting on four wins and four losses so far this season, and will be looking to tip the scales in their favour on their win-loss record to break out of the middle of the table. Meanwhile, Toowoomba are yet to follow up on their first win of the season in Round 4, but are on the back-foot with star player Kisha Lee (181-F/C-85, college: UNLV) still on the sidelines, and her absence will hurt them. Theyll again be relying on Janelle Adams and Jennifer Chard to put the points on the board, but face tough opposition with the Force packing enough firepower in Nadeen Payne, Emma Langford, Courtney Taylor and Natasha Hasse to punish the Mountaineers on the scoreboard. No doubt the Toowoomba girls will give it all theyve got but they do face a tough opponent in the cohesive and capable Ipswich side.

Cairns Dolphins vs Gladstone Power
Saturday 30 June 6pm, Bendigo Bank Basketball Centre

Cairns came away from their double-header road trip in Round 6 with one win against Toowoomba and a loss against Ipswich, and will be tested again this week against the mighty Gladstone Power. The Dolphins do have a boost to their line-up this week with the inclusion of Cayla Francis, who shot 17 points and pulled 14
rebounds in her first season match in Round 4. Shell need to be on form again in order to match up with the likes of Gladstones Rebecca Haynes, who leads the league in rebounds, and has consistently been a high scorer this season, taking out the Player of the Week in the last round. The Dolphins will need to work hard to shut down the Powers key playmakers in Bibby and Hurst, and will need to leverage performances from Jade Kennedy (185-F, college: Wyoming) and Julianna Paunovic, who both shot in excess of 20 points in Round 6. This will be a tough match for the Dolphins but they do have the home court advantage and will be bolstered with Francis in the ranks, but will still need to pull out all the stops to minimised Gladstones ability to take complete control of a match and shoot the lights out. With a number of international-standard players taking to the court the
individual performances should make for entertaining basketball.

Rockhampton Cyclones vs Gold Coast Rollers
Saturday 30 June 6pm, Hegvold Stadium

The Rollers take to the court again in their second match of their Central Queensland road-trip, and have their work cut out for them against the Cyclones. While the Rollers were yet to drop a game going into Round 7, this round theyre facing their toughest opponents yet in Mackay and Rockhampton. The Cyclones have had two weeks off so no doubt the Rocky girls will be itching to get back on the court and add another victory to their winning streak. The Rollers have
demonstrated that they have the shooting and defensive power to be a
contender in the league, but this round will test them. The Gold Coast girls will have to contain the potency of Shanavia Dowdell with the import currently sitting second in the league on points and rebounds, as well as Chandrea Jones and Nicole Romeo, with the trio a dangerous combination on-court. Carine Reimink, Biancia Abbott and Heidi Freeburn will all need to fire up to match up to the Rockhampton core group. Its been more than a year since these teams took each other on, with Rocky taking out that match 94 to 70, but with both teams sporting different line-ups this year, can the Rollers even up the score or will Rocky continue their dominance?

Maroochydore Clippers vs South West Metro Pirates
Saturday 30 June, 6pm, Maroochydore Basketball Stadium
With both teams still yet to notch up a win this season, both sides will come out firing in their bid to be the one to break their losing streak. The Pirates suffered a demoralising 56-point loss at the hands of the Gold Coast, and have taken some big hits against some tough teams in the opening rounds of the season. With Jessica Wallis and Maddy Willey both sitting on double-figure points averages, the Pirates have the potential to be a solid team, but have fallen to stronger opponents. The Clippers field one of the youngest teams in the league so do lack the experience that others boast, but they have put on some decent performances against Toowoomba and Bundaberg, until running out of steam later in the matches
It was a close match between the teams at the last meeting in Round 12 of the 2011 season, with the Pirates just edging out the Clippers 79 to 76. All signs point to an equally close match this time, though who will be the victor will depend on who has the most fight in them to take their first win of the season.

Bundaberg Bears vs Northside Wizards
Saturday 30 June, 6pm, WIN Stadium

With Bundaberg on a five-game winning streak and Northside taking out their last four matches, there isnt much between these two sides on paper. However,
Bundaberg have a thorn in their side with Yvonne Turner benched for a number of weeks due to injury, so the pressure will be on Rachel Maenpaa, Hayley Munro and Alice Honnery to put some big points up on the board. Northside have emerged as one of the key teams to beat this season and with guard Taylor Lilley (168-G-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) leading the league on points averaging 26.8 points per game, and if Louise McLean fires up on the three-point line as she has done in recent games, they could be a catalyst to seal the match for the Wizards. The teams havent faced each other since Round 13 of last season, when Bundaberg handed Northside an 89-51drubbing. So as the first meeting for the season between these two Pool B teams, and with the sides so closely matched itll no doubt be a fiery encounter as both sides fight to exert their dominance in the pool rankings, but Bundaberg are certainly on the back-foot without Turners hot hands.

Townsville Flames vs Gladstone Power
Sunday 1 July, 11am, Townsville Basketball Stadium

This weekend Townsville host their toughest match yet, and having lost their last four matches, theyre got the odds against them. Theyre without key player Lisa Braunberger, who leads the team on points and rebounds per game averages. The Flames will look to Aroon Edgar and the Froling girls to push themselves and put up some big scores to keep up with the Power. Gladstone are again proving to be a
daunting team to contest this season, currently sitting second on the ladder and with Bibby, Haynes and Hurst dominating the league in statistics, its going to be a tough match for Townsville. The Flames will be hoping the Power were given a run for their money the previous night in Cairns, and will be looking to capitalise on any fatigue issues the Power have from the trip north. The Flames havent faced the
Power since Round 9 of last year, where they came close until Gladstone ran away with the match in the final quarter, and Townsville were with sharp-shooter Jillian Haughton who contributed 30 points in the match. Itll be a big ask for Townsville to take out this one, but no doubt the Flames will give it everything theyve got on their home court.
Courtesy of: qbl.basketball.net.au



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  BELGIUM   


France thump Belgium for second win in Reze - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Belgium U18 74:30

French U18 National Team claimed the second win in a row at the start of Reze International Tournament. The hosts thrashed Belgian opponents in Group A action. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) provided 20 points to lead the charge.
France stepped on the gas early and cleared off in the starting quarter. The hosts accumulated a 22:6 lead after ten minutes. France stayed in control throughout the second frame. They posted a 37:15 halftime lead. France did not slow down in the second part of the encounter. The hosts posted a 55:21 lead entering the final quarter. Belgium could not cope with the tempo and had to surrender at the end. Assitan Kone (190-F-95) notched 10 points, while Pauline Lithard, Lidija Turcinovic (178-G-94) and Marie Mane (183-F-95) accounted for 8 points each in the win. Jolien Goyvaerts (173-SF-94) answered with 11 points for Belgium. Anneleen De Baets (165-SG-95) had 7 points in the defeat.

France U18: Olivia Epoupa 20, Assitan Kone 10, Pauline Lithard 8, Lidija Turcinovic 8, Marie Mane 8
Belgium U18: Jolien Goyvaerts 11, Anneleen De Baets 7



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  CANADA   


Canada to meet Japan in do-or-die game - by Eurobasket News

ARGENTINA - CANADA 41-58

Canada eliminated Argentina in the Semifinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. It was a 41-58 victory for Canada, who will meet Japan tomorrow in the Finals. The winner will advance to 2012 Olympic Games in London. Argentina will have to wait next chance to reach the Olympics (2016). Canada won every single quarter in this game. They were 7-points up at the half time and jumped to plus 11 with ten minutes remaining. Argentina was not able to mount a comeback and actually Canada increased its lead in Q4 to the final plus 17. Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) top-scored in victory with 12 points and Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) had one less. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) helped Canada with 7 points and 6 rebounds for 12 minutes on the court. Argentina got 11 points from Andrea Boquete Manna (183-F/C-90). Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) and Marina Cava (168-G-85) scored 8 and 7 points respectively.

Argentina: Andrea Boquete Manna 11, Erica Sanchez 8, Marina Cava 7
Canada: Courtnay Pilypaitis 12, Lizanne Murphy 11, Tamara Tatham 7+6 boards



Croatia books ticket for 2012 Olympic Games in London - by Eurobasket News

CROATIA - CANADA 59-56

Croatian womens basketball penned a wonderful new and historical chapter in the Turkish capital when they booked a place at the Olympic Games for the first time in their history. They grabbed 59-56 victory against Canada in the Quarterfinals and successfully finished their participation at the tournament. Last quarter was the crucial one in this meeting and it belonged to Croatia 18-10. Three-pointer by Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) with 6 minutes remaining proved to be a turning point as Croatia took back the lead and never gave it back. Quarters: 17-16, 16-10, 8-20, 18-10. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) led the winners with 12 points and 5 rebounds. She was their only player with double digits in scoring. Ciglar had 9 pts, while Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) delivered 8 points each. In the loosing squad, Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) collected 11 points and 5 rebs. Teresa Gabriele (165-PG-79) (7 rebs) and Natalie Achonwa (190-F-92) had 9 and 7 points respectively. There is still one spot available for the Olympic Games in London and Canada hopes to grab it. They need to win both games for rest of the tournament. Today, Canada will meet Argentina.

Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 12+5 boards, Iva Ciglar 9, Sandra Mandir 8, Ana Lelas 8
Canada: Courtnay Pilypaitis 11+5 boards, Teresa Gabriele 9+7 boards, Natalie Achonwa 7



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Croatia books ticket for 2012 Olympic Games in London - by Eurobasket News

CROATIA - CANADA 59-56

Croatian womens basketball penned a wonderful new and historical chapter in the Turkish capital when they booked a place at the Olympic Games for the first time in their history. They grabbed 59-56 victory against Canada in the Quarterfinals and successfully finished their participation at the tournament. Last quarter was the crucial one in this meeting and it belonged to Croatia 18-10. Three-pointer by Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) with 6 minutes remaining proved to be a turning point as Croatia took back the lead and never gave it back. Quarters: 17-16, 16-10, 8-20, 18-10. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) led the winners with 12 points and 5 rebounds. She was their only player with double digits in scoring. Ciglar had 9 pts, while Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) delivered 8 points each. In the loosing squad, Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) collected 11 points and 5 rebs. Teresa Gabriele (165-PG-79) (7 rebs) and Natalie Achonwa (190-F-92) had 9 and 7 points respectively. There is still one spot available for the Olympic Games in London and Canada hopes to grab it. They need to win both games for rest of the tournament. Today, Canada will meet Argentina.

Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 12+5 boards, Iva Ciglar 9, Sandra Mandir 8, Ana Lelas 8
Canada: Courtnay Pilypaitis 11+5 boards, Teresa Gabriele 9+7 boards, Natalie Achonwa 7



Poland outscore Croatia in Reze - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18 - Croatia U18 68:56

Poland clinched the opening win at the Reze International Tournament. They knocked down Croatian counterparts for 1-1 record. Karolina Puss (180-F-94) fired 20 points to lead the winning side. Croatia fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Poland started the game strongly and ensured a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. Croatia got closer in the second term. The Balkan team trailed by just a single point 29:30 at the interval. Poland however maintained the lead throughout intense third quarter. Adam Zieminski team entered the final period up by 5 points 46:41. Poland quickly boosted the gap to double figures and rolled to the victory at the end. Julia Adamowicz (178-G-94) and Dominika Owczarzak (166-G-94) accounted for 9 points each for the winning team. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) answered with 28 points and 15 boards for Croatia. Inja Butina (170-PG-95) netted 9 points in the losing case.

Poland U18: Karolina Puss 20, Julia Adamowicz 9, Dominika Owczarzak 9
Croatia U18: Ivana Tikvic 28+15 boards, Inja Butina 9



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Czech Republic heads to 2012 Olympics - by Eurobasket News

CZECH REPUBLIC - JAPAN 53-47

Czech Republic will play at the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer. They handed 53-47 loss to Japan in the Quarterfinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and finished it in style. Croatia, France and Turkey also booked a spot for London and there is only one more ticket available. In order to take it Japan will have to celebrate in both games for rest of the tournament. Today they will play against South Korea. Czech Republic had a great start and later managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Actually Japan threatened few times and they came to 46-43, but were not able to tie the score. The intense Japanese pressure defense forced 21 turnovers but, helped by 17 precious offensive rebounds, the Czech Republic maintained their composure and used their veteran experience to make it to London. Quarters: 17-4, 12-14, 14-13, 10-16. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) was a key player in victory with 14 points and 15 rebounds. She reached valuation 27 and was the MVP of this meeting. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) delivered 10 points, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) (9 rebs) and Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) (5 rebs) helped with 8 points each. In defeat, Yuka Mamiya (185-C/F-90) scored 16 points. Arisa Fujiwara (175-F-87) stopped to 9 and Rika Tanaka (174-SG-82) had 8 pts.

Czech Republic: Petra Kulichova 14+15 boards, Eva Viteckova 10, Ilona Burgrova 8+9 boards, Hana Horakova 8+5 boards
Japan: Yuka Mamiya 16, Arisa Fujiwara 9, Rika Tanaka 8



Czech Republic earn initial win in Reze - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U18 - Netherlands U18 53:50

Czech Republic U18 selection accounted for the opening win at the Reze International Tournament. They overcame Netherlands for 1-1 record. Tereza Vondrackova (182-F-94) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. Netherlands fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Czech Republic ensured a quick start. They accumulated a 21:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The Czechs maintained the lead throughout the second period. They posted a 34:29 halftime advantage. Czech Republic held their opponents at 9 points in the third term to stretch the lead to 6 points heading into the final term. Netherlands outscored Czech Republic in the final ten minutes but came up just short of victory at the end. Mariana Opocenska (184-F-95) nailed 13 points for the winners. Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) answered with 14 points for Netherlands. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) had 7 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U18: Tereza Vondrackova 17, Mariana Opocenska 13
Netherlands U18: Kourtney Treffers 14, Isabella Slim 7



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  ESTONIA   


Latvia topple Estonia in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U16 - Latvia U16 32:50

Latvian U16 National Team victoriously opened their 2012 Baltic Cup campaign. They knocked down hosting Estonia in Tallinn. Beate Markane stepped up with 16 points to lead Latvia to the victory.
Latvia started the game aggressively on both ends of the floor. They held the hosts to 7 points in the first quarter to take a 4-point lead. Latvia boosted the margin in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 11 points 23:12. Latvia stretched the gap even more in the third term. They accumulated a 19-point buffer before the final quarter 40:21 and never looked back en route to the victory. Kate Kreslina (178-PG-96) delivered 9 points for Latvia. Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) added 8 points in the victory. Kadri-Ann Lass (177-F-96) and Tatjana Razguljaeva (170-g-96) answered with 9 points each for Estonia.

Estonia U16: Kadri-Ann Lass 9, Tatjana Razguljaeva 9
Latvia U16: Beate Markane 16, Kate Kreslina 9, Kitija Laksa 8



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Women)

Standings
Group A
1. Belarus4-1
2. Hungary3-2
3. Ukraine3-2
4. Israel2-2
5. Portugal0-5
Group B
1. Montenegro.4-1
2. Poland3-1
3. Serbia3-2
4. Switzerlan.2-3
5. Estonia0-5
Group C
1. Lithuania4-1
2. Slovenia4-1
3. Slovakia3-1
4. Holland1-4
5. Belgium0-5
Group D
1. Spain4-1
2. Sweden4-1
3. Germany2-2
4. Romania2-3
5. Bulgaria0-5
Group E
1. Italy4-1
2. Latvia3-2
3. Finland3-2
4. Greece2-2
5. Luxembourg.0-5

Qualifying Round: Round 6

A

Jun. 30: HUN - BLR 62-59
Jun. 30: POR - UKR 42-55

B

Jun. 30: SRB - MNT 72-56
Jun. 30: SUI - EST 68-63

C

Jun. 30: SLO - BEL 75-56
Jun. 30: NED - LTU 42-63

D

Jun. 30: SWE - ROM 93-78
Jun. 30: BUL - ESP 51-79

E

Jun. 30: ITA - LAT 60-57
Jun. 30: LUX - FIN 45-92

Qualifying Round: Round 7

A

Jul. 4: UKR - ISR
Jul. 4: BLR - POR

B

Jul. 4: EST - POL
Jul. 4: MNT - SUI

C

Jul. 4: BEL - SVK
Jul. 4: LTU - SLO

D

Jul. 4: ROM - GER
Jul. 4: ESP - SWE

E

Jul. 4: FIN - GRE
Jul. 4: LAT - LUX


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  SWE
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Eldebrink, SWE23.6 
 2. Tuukkanen, FIN22.0 
 3. Marginean, ROM20.2 
 4. Twehues, SUI18.4 
 5. Petronyte, LTU18.2 
 6. Doron, ISR18.0 
 7. Jansone, LAT17.5 
 8. Dubljevic, MNT16.8 
 9. Perovanovic, MNT16.5 
 10. Dabovic, SRB15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taru TUUKKANEN
  FIN
  (190-C-77)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Tuukkanen, FIN13.8 
 2. Petronyte, LTU11.2 
 3. Teilane-T., LAT10.3 
 4. Dubljevic, MNT9.0 
 5. Perovanovic, MNT8.5 
 6. Nicholls, ESP8.2 
 7. Giroud, SUI8.0 
 8. Veremeenko, BLR8.0 
 9. Meesseman, BEL7.8 
 10. Pavel, ROM7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  SLO
  (169-PG-92)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Baric, SLO5.2 
 2. Skerovic, MNT5.2 
 3. Dubljevic, MNT5.0 
 4. Teilane-T., LAT4.8 
 5. Karklina, LAT4.3 
 6. Doron, ISR4.3 
 7. Radocaj, SRB4.2 
 8. Parau, ROM4.0 
 9. Sottana, ITA3.8 
 10. Eldebrink, SWE3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Romy BAR
  GER
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Bar, GER4.3 
 2. Skobel, POL3.5 
 3. Hatzinikolao., GRE3.3 
 4. Ouvina, ESP3.0 
 5. Doron, ISR3.0 
 6. Dabovic, SRB3.0 
 7. Kooij, NED3.0 
 8. Kubatova, SVK2.8 
 9. Linkeviciene, LTU2.6 
 10. Erkic, SLO2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  BLR
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Veremeenko, BLR2.0 
 2. Teilane-T., LAT1.8 
 3. Pavel, ROM1.6 
 4. Nicholls, ESP1.6 
 5. Meesseman, BEL1.4 
 6. Majewska, POL1.3 
 7. Petronyte, LTU1.2 
 8. Kupcikova, SVK1.0 
 9. Papamichail, GRE1.0 
 10. Pirsic, SLO1.0 



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  FRANCE   


France thump Belgium for second win in Reze - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Belgium U18 74:30

French U18 National Team claimed the second win in a row at the start of Reze International Tournament. The hosts thrashed Belgian opponents in Group A action. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) provided 20 points to lead the charge.
France stepped on the gas early and cleared off in the starting quarter. The hosts accumulated a 22:6 lead after ten minutes. France stayed in control throughout the second frame. They posted a 37:15 halftime lead. France did not slow down in the second part of the encounter. The hosts posted a 55:21 lead entering the final quarter. Belgium could not cope with the tempo and had to surrender at the end. Assitan Kone (190-F-95) notched 10 points, while Pauline Lithard, Lidija Turcinovic (178-G-94) and Marie Mane (183-F-95) accounted for 8 points each in the win. Jolien Goyvaerts (173-SF-94) answered with 11 points for Belgium. Anneleen De Baets (165-SG-95) had 7 points in the defeat.

France U18: Olivia Epoupa 20, Assitan Kone 10, Pauline Lithard 8, Lidija Turcinovic 8, Marie Mane 8
Belgium U18: Jolien Goyvaerts 11, Anneleen De Baets 7



France too strong for South Korea, advances to 2012 Olympic Games in London - by Eurobasket News

FRANCE - SOUTH KOREA 80-63

As expected, France outplayed South Korea 80-63 in Quarterfinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. It means that France booked a spot for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They finished participation in Ankara in style. South Korea will continue in the Semifinals game and its rival will be Japan. The winner of that game will meet the winner of Canada - Argentina matchup. Just one more ticket is available for London and these four teams will fight for it. France took control on Korea in the second period and never looked back. Quarters: 19-20, 20-10, 21-12, 20-21. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) paced the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) had 18 points and 10 boards, while Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) helped with 10 points. At the other side, Sin Jung-Ja (185-C/F-80) answered with 17 points and 6 rebs. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) scored 15 points and Kim Bo-Mi (178-F/G-86) had 9.

France: Sandrine Gruda 19+5 boards, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 18+10 boards, Nwal-Endene Miyem 10
South Korea: Sin Jung-Ja 17+6 boards, Beon Yeon-Ha 15, Kim Bo-Mi 9



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  GERMANY   


TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs keep Karin Schubel and Milos Kandzic - by Eurobasket News

TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs keep Karin Schubel (183-F-86) and Milos Kandzic for the enxt season.
Karin Schubel started her career in 2008-2009 for TSV 1880 Wasserburg (DBBL). Last season she played for TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs (2.Bundesliga) and averaged 4.2ppg, 4.7rpg. In her top game she recorded 16 points when her team overcame Speyer 72:69. In another top game Karin posted 9 points as Bad Aibling lost to Bad Aibling 68:69.
Milos Kandzic also will remain in the team. He became a Head Coach of TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs (2.Bundesliga) women team last year and finished with the team on the 10th place in South Division.
In the last game of the Regular Season Bad Aibling overcame Keltern 64:59. Bad Aibling led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Gruner Stern Keltern's 24. American swingman Ciara Iglehart scored 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners.



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  HOLLAND   


Czech Republic earn initial win in Reze - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U18 - Netherlands U18 53:50

Czech Republic U18 selection accounted for the opening win at the Reze International Tournament. They overcame Netherlands for 1-1 record. Tereza Vondrackova (182-F-94) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. Netherlands fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Czech Republic ensured a quick start. They accumulated a 21:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The Czechs maintained the lead throughout the second period. They posted a 34:29 halftime advantage. Czech Republic held their opponents at 9 points in the third term to stretch the lead to 6 points heading into the final term. Netherlands outscored Czech Republic in the final ten minutes but came up just short of victory at the end. Mariana Opocenska (184-F-95) nailed 13 points for the winners. Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) answered with 14 points for Netherlands. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) had 7 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U18: Tereza Vondrackova 17, Mariana Opocenska 13
Netherlands U18: Kourtney Treffers 14, Isabella Slim 7



Holland Ladies U20 starting preparations - by Bas Hendriks

While the seniors are on their way in their qualifying Round for Euro 2013 the Dutch U20 team kicked off their preparations for their own championships later this summer. Rene Spandauw was appointed headcoach and Wim van Ek is his assistant. The team features an impressive airforce with the likes of amongst others Jill Bettonvil (188-F-92) and Maxime Essenstam but also has great quality on the perimeter in Zera Butter.

The team has a 14 player roster so far with three players having made their minutes abroad. Liesbeth Visser and Femke Vaandrager won the national titel in the second league with Groene Uilen from Groningen and both seem to have a decent chance of making the rotation.

Zera Butter (CTO)
Liesbeth Visser (Celeritas DOnar)
Sonja Kuijt (STOL Grasshoppers)
Jamailah Adams (Saarlouis ROyals)
Loyce Bettonvil (CTO)
Marlou de Kleijn (Ibiza)
Sharon Lammerink (EUrosped)
Rowie Jongeling (CTO)
Maxime Essenstam (CTO)
Jill Bettonvil (Ibiza)
Eline Kraaijenoord (Stol Grasshoppers)
Femke Vaandrager (Celeritas)
Eline Kasius (Binnenland)
Richelle van der Keijl (CTO)



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  IVORY COAST   


ABC, CSA to open play offs of womens basketball tournament - by Eurobasket News

Play offs for the Ivory Coast womens basketball tournament begin this Friday with the encounter pitting Abidjan Basket club against Club Sportif Abidjan. The losers will have the opportunity to catch up the following day. Another great encounter is that opposing Generation to Sympathie
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  JAPAN   


Japan beats South Korea 79-51, will meet Canada in do-or-die game - by Eurobasket News

JAPAN - SOUTH KOREA 79-51

Japan was too strong for South Korea in the Semifinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Japan celebrated 79-51 victory and will meet Canada tomorrow in the Final. The winner will book a spot for the 2012 Olympic Games. South Korea failed to reach the Olympics. Japan exploded in the first ten minutes making huge 29-4 lead. They had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 29-4, 18-16, 18-13, 14-18. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) shined for the winners with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 30. Rika Tanaka (174-SG-82) scored 12 points and Maki Takada (183-F/C-89) added one pts less, plus 7 rebounds. In defeat, Sin Jung-Ja (185-C/F-80) answered with 17 points and 9 rebs. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) stopped to 6 pts with poor shot percentage.

Japan: Yuko Oga 20+6 boards+6 as, Rika Tanaka 12, Maki Takada 11+7 boards
South Korea: Sin Jung-Ja 17+9 boards, Beon Yeon-Ha 6



Czech Republic heads to 2012 Olympics - by Eurobasket News

CZECH REPUBLIC - JAPAN 53-47

Czech Republic will play at the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer. They handed 53-47 loss to Japan in the Quarterfinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and finished it in style. Croatia, France and Turkey also booked a spot for London and there is only one more ticket available. In order to take it Japan will have to celebrate in both games for rest of the tournament. Today they will play against South Korea. Czech Republic had a great start and later managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Actually Japan threatened few times and they came to 46-43, but were not able to tie the score. The intense Japanese pressure defense forced 21 turnovers but, helped by 17 precious offensive rebounds, the Czech Republic maintained their composure and used their veteran experience to make it to London. Quarters: 17-4, 12-14, 14-13, 10-16. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) was a key player in victory with 14 points and 15 rebounds. She reached valuation 27 and was the MVP of this meeting. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) delivered 10 points, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) (9 rebs) and Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) (5 rebs) helped with 8 points each. In defeat, Yuka Mamiya (185-C/F-90) scored 16 points. Arisa Fujiwara (175-F-87) stopped to 9 and Rika Tanaka (174-SG-82) had 8 pts.

Czech Republic: Petra Kulichova 14+15 boards, Eva Viteckova 10, Ilona Burgrova 8+9 boards, Hana Horakova 8+5 boards
Japan: Yuka Mamiya 16, Arisa Fujiwara 9, Rika Tanaka 8



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  LATVIA   


Latvia topple Estonia in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U16 - Latvia U16 32:50

Latvian U16 National Team victoriously opened their 2012 Baltic Cup campaign. They knocked down hosting Estonia in Tallinn. Beate Markane stepped up with 16 points to lead Latvia to the victory.
Latvia started the game aggressively on both ends of the floor. They held the hosts to 7 points in the first quarter to take a 4-point lead. Latvia boosted the margin in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 11 points 23:12. Latvia stretched the gap even more in the third term. They accumulated a 19-point buffer before the final quarter 40:21 and never looked back en route to the victory. Kate Kreslina (178-PG-96) delivered 9 points for Latvia. Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) added 8 points in the victory. Kadri-Ann Lass (177-F-96) and Tatjana Razguljaeva (170-g-96) answered with 9 points each for Estonia.

Estonia U16: Kadri-Ann Lass 9, Tatjana Razguljaeva 9
Latvia U16: Beate Markane 16, Kate Kreslina 9, Kitija Laksa 8



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania fire past Ukraine in Baltic Cup opener - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U16 - Ukraine U16 77:56

Lithuanian U16 National Team opened the Baltic Cup international tournament with victory. They overcame Ukrainian counterparts in Tallinn. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
Lithuania led from the starting moments. They grabbed a 19:11 lead at the first pause. Ukraine improved their performance in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 34:28. But Lithuania increased the tempo and kept Ukraine at bay throughout the third term. Ukraine managed just 6 points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Ruta Drunskilaite accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Laura Juskaite had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Vita Gorobets answered with 21 points for Ukraine. Iryna Zhmurko (184-F-96) had 10 points in defeat.

Lithuania U16: Dalia Belickaite 20, Ruta Drunskilaite 13, Laura Juskaite 10+11 boards
Ukraine U16: Vita Gorobets 21, Iryna Zhmurko 10



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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. Japan2-2
3. P.Rico0-2
Group Qualification Gr.B
1. Czech Rep.3-0
2. Argentina1-3
3. N.Zealand0-2
Group Qualification Gr.C
1. Croatia3-0
2. S.Korea1-3
3. Mozambique.0-2
Group Qualification Gr.D
1. France3-0
2. Canada2-2
3. Mali0-2

Additional Qualifying Round: Round 5

Jun. 30: JPN - KOR 79-51
Jun. 30: ARG - CAN 41-58

Additional Qualifying Round: Round 6

Jul. 1: CAN - JPN


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jung-Ja SIN
  (185-C/F-80)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Sin, KOR17.3 
 2. Mamiya, JPN17.0 
 3. Vrsaljko, CRO14.7 
 4. Kulichova, CZE14.3 
 5. Beon, KOR13.8 
 6. Viteckova, CZE13.7 
 7. Gruda, FRA13.7 
 8. Yacoubou-D., FRA13.0 
 9. Ivezic, CRO13.0 
 10. Mandir, CRO12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  CZE
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 16
 1. Kulichova, CZE16.0 
 2. Sin, KOR9.8 
 3. Burgrova, CZE8.0 
 4. Mamiya, JPN7.8 
 5. Caglar, TUR7.0 
 6. Yacoubou-D., FRA6.7 
 7. Hollingswort., TUR6.3 
 8. Takada, JPN6.3 
 9. Burani, ARG6.3 
 10. Horakova, CZE6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Birsel VARDARLI
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vardarli, TUR6.0 
 2. Jelavic, CRO6.0 
 3. Yoshida, JPN5.8 
 4. Dumerc, FRA5.3 
 5. Lawson-Wade, FRA5.0 
 6. Oga, JPN4.0 
 7. Choi, KOR3.3 
 8. Mandir, CRO3.3 
 9. Thorburn, CAN3.3 
 10. Yilmaz, TUR3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ana LELAS
  CRO
  (183-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lelas, CRO2.3 
 2. Ivezic, CRO2.3 
 3. Oga, JPN2.3 
 4. Yoshida, JPN2.0 
 5. Choi, KOR2.0 
 6. Cava, ARG1.8 
 7. Horakova, CZE1.7 
 8. Ivegin, TUR1.7 
 9. Pavon, ARG1.5 
 10. Viteckova, CZE1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  CZE
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Kulichova, CZE4.3 
 2. Vrsaljko, CRO2.0 
 3. Ndongue, FRA2.0 
 4. Burani, ARG1.5 
 5. Sin, KOR1.3 
 6. Yacoubou-D., FRA1.0 
 7. Digbeu, FRA1.0 
 8. Takada, JPN0.8 
 9. Phillips, CAN0.8 
 10. Ayim, CAN0.8 


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.

Czech Republic - Japan 53-47
Czech Republic will play at the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer. They handed 53-47 loss to Japan in the Quarterfinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and finished it in style. Croatia, France and Turkey also booked a spot for London and there is only one more ticket available. In order to take it Japan will have to celebrate in both games for rest of the tournament. Today they will play against South Korea. Czech Republic had a great start and later managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Actually Japan threatened few times and they came to 46-43, but were not able to tie the score. The intense Japanese pressure defense forced 21 turnovers but, helped by 17 precious offensive rebounds, the Czech Republic maintained their composure and used their veteran experience to make it to London. Quarters: 17-4, 12-14, 14-13, 10-16. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) was a key player in victory with 14 points and 15 rebounds. She reached valuation 27 and was the MVP of this meeting. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) delivered 10 points, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) (9 rebs) and Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) (5 rebs) helped with 8 points each. In defeat, Yuka Mamiya (185-C/F-90) scored 16 points. Arisa Fujiwara (175-F-87) stopped to 9 and Rika Tanaka (174-SG-82) had 8 pts.

Turkey - Argentina 72-58
Turkey will play at the 2012 Olympic Games this summer. The host of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament was too strong for Argentina in the Quarterfinals to book a ticket for London. Turkey successfully ended its participation in Ankara. Croatia, France and Czech Republic also won their quarterfinals games and will play in London. There is one more ticket available and Argentina has intention to grab it, but they will have to win in both games for rest of the way. Today they will play against Canada. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) shined for Turkey with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) (8 rebs) helped the hosts with 13 and 12 points respectively. Argentina got 17 points from Melisa Gretter (170-PG-93). Marina Cava (168-G-85) had 12 and Diana Cabrera (187-C-93) scored 8 pts. Turkey controlled the entire game having no troubles to celebrate comfortable victory. Quarters: 14-8, 21-7, 20-25, 17-18.

France - South Korea 80-63
As expected, France outplayed South Korea 80-63 in Quarterfinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. It means that France booked a spot for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They finished participation in Ankara in style. South Korea will continue in the Semifinals game and its rival will be Japan. The winner of that game will meet the winner of Canada - Argentina matchup. Just one more ticket is available for London and these four teams will fight for it. France took control on Korea in the second period and never looked back. Quarters: 19-20, 20-10, 21-12, 20-21. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) paced the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) had 18 points and 10 boards, while Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) helped with 10 points. At the other side, Sin Jung-Ja (185-C/F-80) answered with 17 points and 6 rebs. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) scored 15 points and Kim Bo-Mi (178-F/G-86) had 9.

Croatia - Canada 59-56
Croatian womens basketball penned a wonderful new and historical chapter in the Turkish capital when they booked a place at the Olympic Games for the first time in their history. They grabbed 59-56 victory against Canada in the Quarterfinals and successfully finished their participation at the tournament. Last quarter was the crucial one in this meeting and it belonged to Croatia 18-10. Three-pointer by Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) with 6 minutes remaining proved to be a turning point as Croatia took back the lead and never gave it back. Quarters: 17-16, 16-10, 8-20, 18-10. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) led the winners with 12 points and 5 rebounds. She was their only player with double digits in scoring. Ciglar had 9 pts, while Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) delivered 8 points each. In the loosing squad, Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) collected 11 points and 5 rebs. Teresa Gabriele (165-PG-79) (7 rebs) and Natalie Achonwa (190-F-92) had 9 and 7 points respectively. There is still one spot available for the Olympic Games in London and Canada hopes to grab it. They need to win both games for rest of the tournament. Today, Canada will meet Argentina.



Canada and Japan to fight for the last Olympics ticket - by Eurobasket News

Japan - South Korea 79-51
Japan was too strong for South Korea in the Semifinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Japan celebrated 79-51 victory and will meet Canada tomorrow in the Final. The winner will book a spot for the 2012 Olympic Games. South Korea failed to reach the Olympics. Japan exploded in the first ten minutes making huge 29-4 lead. They had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 29-4, 18-16, 18-13, 14-18. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) (170-G-82) shined for the winners with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 30. Rika Tanaka (174-SG-82) scored 12 points and Maki Takada (183-F/C-89) added one pts less, plus 7 rebounds. In defeat, Sin Jung-Ja (185-C/F-80) answered with 17 points and 9 rebs. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) stopped to 6 pts with poor shot percentage.

Argentina - Canada 41-58
Canada eliminated Argentina in the Semifinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. It was a 41-58 victory for Canada, who will meet Japan tomorrow in the Finals. The winner will advance to 2012 Olympic Games in London. Argentina will have to wait next chance to reach the Olympics (2016). Canada won every single quarter in this game. They were 7-points up at the half time and jumped to plus 11 with ten minutes remaining. Argentina was not able to mount a comeback and actually Canada increased its lead in Q4 to the final plus 17. Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) top-scored in victory with 12 points and Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) had one less. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) helped Canada with 7 points and 6 rebounds for 12 minutes on the court. Argentina got 11 points from Andrea Boquete Manna (183-F/C-90). Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) and Marina Cava (168-G-85) scored 8 and 7 points respectively.



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  POLAND   


Poland outscore Croatia in Reze - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18 - Croatia U18 68:56

Poland clinched the opening win at the Reze International Tournament. They knocked down Croatian counterparts for 1-1 record. Karolina Puss (180-F-94) fired 20 points to lead the winning side. Croatia fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Poland started the game strongly and ensured a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. Croatia got closer in the second term. The Balkan team trailed by just a single point 29:30 at the interval. Poland however maintained the lead throughout intense third quarter. Adam Zieminski team entered the final period up by 5 points 46:41. Poland quickly boosted the gap to double figures and rolled to the victory at the end. Julia Adamowicz (178-G-94) and Dominika Owczarzak (166-G-94) accounted for 9 points each for the winning team. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) answered with 28 points and 15 boards for Croatia. Inja Butina (170-PG-95) netted 9 points in the losing case.

Poland U18: Karolina Puss 20, Julia Adamowicz 9, Dominika Owczarzak 9
Croatia U18: Ivana Tikvic 28+15 boards, Inja Butina 9



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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia U18 gain two victories in Pecs - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian U18 National Team gained back-to-back victories against Hungary in Pecs.
Slovenia opened the test series with a 67:55 victory. Hungary led by 2 points at halftime 35:33. But Slovenia turned things around in the second half and rolled to a confident win at the end. Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) accounted for 16 points for Slovenia. Eva Lisec (191-C-95) added 14 points, while Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) contributed 11 points in the victory.
Next game was a closer battle. Hungary jumped to a 20:9 lead ten minutes into the game. Slovenia stopped the rot and trimmed the deficit at 4-point mark at the interval 30:37. Hungary stayed in charge throughout the third term. The hosts entered the fourth quarter up by 8 points 51:43. But Slovenia ignited a 20:10 rally in the fourth period to seal a 66:61 victory at the end. Eva Lisec stepped up with 18 points for Slovenia. Nina Gabrovsek was helpful with 16 points for the visitors.



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France too strong for South Korea, advances to 2012 Olympic Games in London - by Eurobasket News

FRANCE - SOUTH KOREA 80-63

As expected, France outplayed South Korea 80-63 in Quarterfinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. It means that France booked a spot for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They finished participation in Ankara in style. South Korea will continue in the Semifinals game and its rival will be Japan. The winner of that game will meet the winner of Canada - Argentina matchup. Just one more ticket is available for London and these four teams will fight for it. France took control on Korea in the second period and never looked back. Quarters: 19-20, 20-10, 21-12, 20-21. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) paced the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) had 18 points and 10 boards, while Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) helped with 10 points. At the other side, Sin Jung-Ja (185-C/F-80) answered with 17 points and 6 rebs. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) scored 15 points and Kim Bo-Mi (178-F/G-86) had 9.

France: Sandrine Gruda 19+5 boards, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 18+10 boards, Nwal-Endene Miyem 10
South Korea: Sin Jung-Ja 17+6 boards, Beon Yeon-Ha 15, Kim Bo-Mi 9



Japan beats South Korea 79-51, will meet Canada in do-or-die game - by Eurobasket News

JAPAN - SOUTH KOREA 79-51

Japan was too strong for South Korea in the Semifinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Japan celebrated 79-51 victory and will meet Canada tomorrow in the Final. The winner will book a spot for the 2012 Olympic Games. South Korea failed to reach the Olympics. Japan exploded in the first ten minutes making huge 29-4 lead. They had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 29-4, 18-16, 18-13, 14-18. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) shined for the winners with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 30. Rika Tanaka (174-SG-82) scored 12 points and Maki Takada (183-F/C-89) added one pts less, plus 7 rebounds. In defeat, Sin Jung-Ja (185-C/F-80) answered with 17 points and 9 rebs. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) stopped to 6 pts with poor shot percentage.

Japan: Yuko Oga 20+6 boards+6 as, Rika Tanaka 12, Maki Takada 11+7 boards
South Korea: Sin Jung-Ja 17+9 boards, Beon Yeon-Ha 6



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Turkey post second win in Reze - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Sweden U18 69:41

Turkish U18 National Team celebrated the second win in a row at the start of Reze international tournament in France. They held off Swedish counterparts. Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) came up with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Turkey cleared off in the opening quarter. They posted a 22:9 lead at the first break. Turkey stretched the margin in the second quarter. They ensured a 41:25 halftime advantage. Things got only worse for the Scandinavian team in the third term. Turkey dominated posting a 60:33 lead at the final break. Turkey maintained the winning margin and raced to the victory in the final quarter. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) notched 13 points, while Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) finished with 8 points for Turkey. Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) responded with 9 points for Sweden. Gabriella Frykbo (170-G-94) accounted for 8 points in the loss.

Turkey U18: Elif Emirtekin 14+10 boards, Pelin Bilgic 13, Merve Aydin 8
Sweden U18: Paulina Hersler 9, Gabriella Frykbo 8



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Turkey post second win in Reze - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Sweden U18 69:41

Turkish U18 National Team celebrated the second win in a row at the start of Reze international tournament in France. They held off Swedish counterparts. Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) came up with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Turkey cleared off in the opening quarter. They posted a 22:9 lead at the first break. Turkey stretched the margin in the second quarter. They ensured a 41:25 halftime advantage. Things got only worse for the Scandinavian team in the third term. Turkey dominated posting a 60:33 lead at the final break. Turkey maintained the winning margin and raced to the victory in the final quarter. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) notched 13 points, while Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) finished with 8 points for Turkey. Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) responded with 9 points for Sweden. Gabriella Frykbo (170-G-94) accounted for 8 points in the loss.

Turkey U18: Elif Emirtekin 14+10 boards, Pelin Bilgic 13, Merve Aydin 8
Sweden U18: Paulina Hersler 9, Gabriella Frykbo 8



Turkey beats Argentina, books ticket for 2012 Olympics in London - by Eurobasket News

TURKEY - ARGENTINA 72-58

Turkey will play at the 2012 Olympic Games this summer. The host of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament was too strong for Argentina in the Quarterfinals to book a ticket for London. Turkey successfully ended its participation in Ankara. Croatia, France and Czech Republic also won their quarterfinals games and will play in London. There is one more ticket available and Argentina has intention to grab it, but they will have to win in both games for rest of the way. Today they will play against Canada. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) shined for Turkey with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) (8 rebs) helped the hosts with 13 and 12 points respectively. Argentina got 17 points from Melisa Gretter (170-PG-93). Marina Cava (168-G-85) had 12 and Diana Cabrera (187-C-93) scored 8 pts. Turkey controlled the entire game having no troubles to celebrate comfortable victory. Quarters: 14-8, 21-7, 20-25, 17-18.

Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 17+5 boards, Tugba Palazoglu 13, Quanitra Hollingsworth 12+8 boards
Argentina: Melisa Gretter 17, Marina Cava 12, Diana Cabrera 8



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Lithuania fire past Ukraine in Baltic Cup opener - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U16 - Ukraine U16 77:56

Lithuanian U16 National Team opened the Baltic Cup international tournament with victory. They overcame Ukrainian counterparts in Tallinn. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
Lithuania led from the starting moments. They grabbed a 19:11 lead at the first pause. Ukraine improved their performance in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 34:28. But Lithuania increased the tempo and kept Ukraine at bay throughout the third term. Ukraine managed just 6 points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Ruta Drunskilaite accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Laura Juskaite had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Vita Gorobets answered with 21 points for Ukraine. Iryna Zhmurko (184-F-96) had 10 points in defeat.

Lithuania U16: Dalia Belickaite 20, Ruta Drunskilaite 13, Laura Juskaite 10+11 boards
Ukraine U16: Vita Gorobets 21, Iryna Zhmurko 10



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Bonner scores 27 points as Mercury hold off Sky, 84-81 - by Eurobasket News

DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) scored 27 points and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Chicago Sky 84-81 Friday night.

Charde Houston (6'1''-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 16 points, Samantha Prahalis (5'7''-PG-90, college: Ohio St.) scored 14 and Avery Warley added 10 to help the Mercury (4-9), limited to just eight active players, snap a two-game skid.

Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut) scored 16 points and Shay Murphy had 15 for the Sky (7-5), who have lost four straight since the best start in franchise history. Courtney Vandersloot added 13 points, Tamera Young scored 12 and Sylvia Fowles had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Phoenix led by 14 points early in the third quarter, before Chicago chipped away and pulled to 82-81 on Sonja Petrovics 3-pointer with 13 seconds to play. Bonner made two free throws 6 seconds later to seal the Mercurys win.

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Shock falls to Dream 102-92 - by Eurobasket News

The Tulsa Shock couldn't overcome a slow start and a red-hot shooting performance from Atlanta, falling 102-92 to the Dream in the BOK Center on Friday.

Atlanta got off to a torrid shooting start and took an 11-point lead after the first quarter, a lead the Shock struggled to put a dent into the rest of the evening. Tulsa led just once in the game at 2-0 but never led again and trailed by as many as 24 points.

In the first half, the Dream shot 63 percent from the floor, 60 percent from 3 and 91 percent from the foul line. The shooting didn't slow down much for the Dream, who finished 61 percent from the floor, 55 percent from 3 and 82 percent from the line.

Tulsa outscored Atlanta in the final three quarters by one, highlighted by a plus-9 fourth quarter, but couldn't undo the damage done in the first.

Tulsa cut Atlanta's lead to 10 in the fourth by opening on a 12-4 run. The Shock then cut the lead to 95-89 with 1:52 left in the game but failed to cut anymore as the score ballooned back to 10 because of late fouls.

The Shock finished with 42 percent shooting, 33 percent from the 3-point line (5-for-15) and 74 percent from the free-throw line.

Atlanta also outrebounded Tulsa by 10 but the Shock was able to make a run and keep the game close by forcing 20 Dream turnovers and committing just nine themselves.

Tulsa received a balanced scoring output in the loss with six players scoring in double figures. Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) and Ivory Latta (5'6''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) led the Shock with 16 each, Riquna Williams (5'7''-PG-90, college: Miami, FL) poured in 15, Kayla Pederson 14, Temeka Johnson 12 and former Sooner star Cortney Paris scored 10 on 4-for-4 shooting.

Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) led all scorers with 24 to pace five Dream players in double digits.

Atlanta improved to 7-7 on the season as the Shock fell to 2-12. Tulsa returns to the court July 6 to face Connecticut for its fourth in a six-game home stand.

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Jones scores 20 as Sun beat Mystics 77-64 - by Eurobasket News

The Connecticut Sun had a week to think about the worst loss in franchise history. They were well-rested when they got back on the court, and it showed.

Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) tied her season-high with 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the Sun cruised to a 77-64 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.

Connecticut, coming off a 95-61 loss at Indiana last Thursday, never trailed and won for the seventh time in the last nine.

"It was a combination of things," Sun coach Mike Thibault said. "Frustration with a bad game, a couple of really, really hard practices, and kind of wanting to take it out on somebody else after practicing all week with each other. We were pretty mentally ready to play this game."

Reserve Mistie Mims (6'3''-C-83, college: Duke) hit all five of her field goal attempts and added a season-high 15 points for the Sun (10-3).

"It felt like it's been a month since we played," said Mims, whose father, music legend Chubby Checker, traveled down from Philadelphia to watch her. "We had a big cluster of games and we got really tired, but after a week of sitting around, we were ready to go again."

Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) scored a season-high 21 points and Crystal Langhorne added 11 for Washington (2-10), which lost its fifth straight.

Leading by four at halftime, Connecticut pulled away in third quarter, opening the half with a 12-0 run keyed by five points from Jones. Washington didn't score until Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton's layup with 5:40 left in the quarter made it 48-34.

"The start of the second half we really wanted to come out and be aggressive," Jones said. "We got some fast-break buckets and forced them to take a timeout.

The Sun led by 19 after three quarters and the Mystics got no closer than 11 the rest of the way.

"I think in the second half they went a lot more to (Charles)," Currie said. "They were getting to the basket, getting to the free throw line. They didn't do anything special or anything different. They were just more aggressive than we were."

The Mystics attempted 19 more shots than the Sun, but hit just 32 percent (25 of 77), while the Sun shot 45 percent (26 of 58).

Connecticut hit its first four shots of the game and built an 18-7 lead in the first quarter.

After Washington pulled to 22-21 on Jasmine Thomas' layup early in the second quarter, Mims scored four straight points on a jumper followed by a layup off an offensive rebound.

"She was terrific," Thibault said of Mims. "She's had several games where's she's come in and been perfect from the floor. I would have tried to play her more tonight except Asjha and Tina were playing really well, too. It's a nice problem to have."

Currie hit a 3-pointer to get the Mystics within two, but consecutive 3s by Tan White and Jones followed by a jumper from Jones put Connecticut up by 10 midway through the quarter.

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Lynx guard Seimone Augustus earns ESPY nomination - by Eurobasket News

Earlier this week, Lynx guard Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84, college: LSU) was announced as a nominee in the category of "Best WNBA Player" for the 2012 ESPYs. Fans can vote for Augustus online at www.ESPN.com/ESPYS until July 9 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Augustus led the Lynx to the first WNBA title in franchise history last season, averaging 24.7 points per game during the Finals en route to being named the 2011 WNBA Finals MVP. She finished the regular season averaging a team-best 16.2 points per game, while becoming just the third player in WNBA history to finish a season shooting better than 50% from the field, 40% from three-point range and 85% from the free throw line. Augustus was named Western Conference Player of the Month for July, in addition to being selected Player of the Week three times.

The 2012 ESPYs, hosted by Rob Riggle, will be broadcast on Wednesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. CT at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, Calif.

Following a successful 3-0 homestand, the Minnesota Lynx will play their next two games on the road against San Antonio and Los Angeles before returning home to face Connecticut on Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m.

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