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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Marko Jagodic Kuridza joins Cibona Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) will continue his career in Cibona Zagreb. The Serbian/Croatian big guy confirmed that he agreed terms with the club. We reported yesterday that two sides are close to agree a deal. Jagodic Kuridza was MVP of the Bosnian championship last season. He had 19.8 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 2.8 spg and 1.1 bpg for 33 games in D1. Capljina finished regular season as No.5 with 3-7 record and was close to reach the Playoffs. Marko Jagodic Kuridza was named Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year -12. In 2010/11 season, Jagodic Kuridza played for Borac Nektar. There he had 10.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2.1 apg for 29 games. In 2009/10, the player changed three teams. He started with Novi Sad Panonska Banka, later moved to Capljina and finally ended the season with Borac Nektar. In the past, he also played for Spartak Subotica. According to Jagodic Kuridza, Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency) was the one who suggested Cibona's new Head Coach Veljko Mrsic (agency: World Sport Agency ) to sign the player.


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina edge Spain in test game - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Spain 81:76

Argentina continued their preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games tournament. They faced Spanish B National Team in exhibition encounter. Argentina clinched a narrow win in Buenos Aires.
The visitors jumped in front in the opening quarter. Spain earned a 22:19 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. The visitors ensured a 41:34 halftime lead. Spain maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the final frame up by 5 points 64:59. But the hosts went on a 22:12 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) delivered 15 points for Argentina. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points, while Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) added 12 points for the hosts. Jose Salvador Arco (194-G-85) answered with 13 points for Spain. Josep Franch (194-PG-91) chipped in 10 points in the losing effort.

Argentina: Luis Scola 15, Emanuel Ginobili 13, Juan Gutierrez 12
Spain B: Jose Salvador Arco 13, Josep Franch 10



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

State League Standings
Big V
 1. Ringwood H. 14-3 
 2. Eltham W. 11-5 
 3. Corio Bay 11-6 
 4. Waverley F. 10-7 
 5. Hume City 9-8 
 6. Diamond V.E. 6-10 
 7. Bulleen B. 6-11 
 8. Sherbrooke S. 5-12 
 9. Melbourne 3-13 
Central ABL
 1. Sturt S. 11-3 
 2. Forestville E. 10-4 
 3. N.Adelaide R. 10-4 
 4. W.Adelaide B. 10-4 
 5. Norwood F. 8-6 
 6. Woodville W. 8-6 
 7. C.District L. 5-9 
 8. Southern T. 4-10 
 9. S.Adelaide P. 4-10 
 10. Eastern M. 0-14 
QBL
 1. Mackay M. 8-1 
 2. Ipswich F. 7-2 
 3. Northside W. 6-3 
 4. Cairns M. 6-4 
 5. Rockhampton 5-1 
 6. SW Metro P. 5-4 
 7. Townsville H. 4-6 
 8. Brisbane C. 4-6 
 9. Gold Coast R. 3-5 
 10. Gladstone P. 3-6 
 11. Bundaberg B. 3-6 
 12. Maroochydore 2-7 
 13. Toowoomba 2-7 
SBL
 1. Wanneroo W. 20-2 
 2. Lakeside L. 18-3 
 3. Cockburn C. 15-7 
 4. Mandurah M. 15-7 
 5. East Perth E. 14-9 
 6. Perth R. 12-10 
 7. Perry Lakes H. 11-11 
 8. Goldfield G. 10-12 
 9. Willetton T. 10-12 
 10. Kalamunda E.S. 8-13 
 11. Geraldton B. 8-14 
 12. Stirling S. 7-15 
 13. SW Slammers 3-18 
 14. Rockingham F. 2-20 
SEABL-East
 1. Geelong S. 17-4 
 2. Dandenong 17-5 
 3. Bendigo B. 12-9 
 4. Sandringham S. 12-10 
 5. Frankston B. 10-11 
 6. Brisbane S. 7-14 
 7. Canberra G. 1-21 
SEABL-South
 1. Hobart C. 13-9 
 2. Nunawading S. 12-8 
 3. Knox R. 12-8 
 4. Albury W.B. 12-9 
 5. Kilsyth C. 10-10 
 6. Ballarat M. 9-11 
 7. NW Tasmania 8-14 
 8. Mt Gambier 6-15 
WARATAH
 1. Norths Bears 13-3 
 2. Newcastle H. 12-2 
 3. Illawarra H. 10-7 
 4. Manly Warr. 9-6 
 5. Maitland M. 9-7 
 6. Cent.Coast C. 9-9 
 7. Sydney C. 8-6 
 8. Bankstown B. 7-8 
 9. Hills H. 6-9 
 10. Parramatta W. 3-10 
 11. Sutherland S. 3-12 
 12. Colonial Hotel 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 15

BIG V

Jul. 8: Eltham W. - Corio Bay 92-78
Jul. 7: Diamond V.E. - Waverley F. 90-92
Jul. 8: Ringwood H. - Hume City 85-70
Jul. 7: Melbourne - Bulleen B. 73-88
Jul. 7: Ringwood H. - Sherbrooke S. 106-76

Central ABL

Jul. 7: Forestville E. - S.Adelaide P. 99-85
Jul. 7: Southern T. - Sturt S. 84-94
Jul. 7: Norwood F. - Eastern M. 78-58
Jul. 7: N.Adelaide R. - Woodville W. 73-74
Jul. 6: Woodville W. - N.Adelaide R. 72-82
Jul. 7: C.District L. - W.Adelaide B. 67-101

QBL

Jul. 7: Rockhampton - Cairns M. 94-97
Jul. 8: SW Metro P. - Townsville H. 86-81
Jul. 7: Toowoomba - SW Metro P. 86-79
Jul. 7: Gold Coast R. - Townsville H. 76-66
Jul. 7: Maroochydore - Mackay M. 75-97
Jul. 6: Brisbane C. - Mackay M. 73-83
Jul. 8: Northside W. - Mackay M. 71-87
Jul. 8: Gladstone P. - Cairns M. 65-98
Jul. 7: Ipswich F. - Northside W. 106-98

SEABL

Jul. 8: Albury W.B. - Canberra G. 92-63
Jul. 6: Mt Gambier - NW Tasmania 91-80
Jul. 7: Kilsyth C. - NW Tasmania 88-80
Jul. 7: Nunawading S. - Knox R. 87-80
Jul. 6: Brisbane S. - Hobart C. 82-93
Jul. 7: Ballarat M. - Geelong S. 82-91
Jul. 7: Frankston B. - Albury W.B. 74-87
Jul. 5: Dandenong - Frankston B. 74-85
Jul. 7: Brisbane S. - Dandenong 73-76
Jul. 7: Sandringham S. - Bendigo B. 72-63
Jul. 7: Canberra G. - Hobart C. 61-83
Jul. 8: Knox R. - NW Tasmania 108-67

WARATAH

Jul. 7: Norths Bears - Bankstown B. 96-75
Jul. 8: Colonial Hotel - Bankstown B. 74-83
Jul. 7: Manly Warr. - Cent.Coast C. 70-55
Jul. 8: Maitland M. - Norths Bears 65-84
Jul. 7: Sutherland S. - Newcastle H. 54-91
Jul. 7: Sydney C. - Colonial Hotel 114-91
Jul. 7: Illawarra H. - Hills H. 101-80

Regular Season: Round 16

BIG V

Jul. 14: Sherbrooke S. - Eltham W.
Jul. 14: Hume City - Diamond V.E.
Jul. 14: Bulleen B. - Waverley F.
Jul. 14: Melbourne - Ringwood H.
Jul. 15: Corio Bay - Melbourne

Central ABL

Jul. 14: S.Adelaide P. - Eastern M.
Jul. 14: Sturt S. - Norwood F.
Jul. 14: W.Adelaide B. - N.Adelaide R.
Jul. 14: Woodville W. - Southern T.
Jul. 14: Forestville E. - C.District L.

QBL

Jul. 13: Cairns M. - Maroochydore
Jul. 14: SW Metro P. - Ipswich F.
Jul. 14: Toowoomba - Brisbane C.
Jul. 14: Northside W. - Rockhampton
Jul. 14: Mackay M. - Gladstone P.
Jul. 14: Townsville H. - Maroochydore
Jul. 14: Bundaberg B. - Gold Coast R.
Jul. 15: Brisbane C. - Rockhampton

SEABL

Jul. 13: Hobart C. - Nunawading S.
Jul. 13: Geelong S. - Kilsyth C.
Jul. 14: Knox R. - Mt Gambier
Jul. 14: Canberra G. - Bendigo B.
Jul. 14: Dandenong - Albury W.B.
Jul. 14: NW Tasmania - Nunawading S.
Jul. 14: Kilsyth C. - Brisbane S.
Jul. 15: Ballarat M. - Brisbane S.
Jul. 15: Frankston B. - Mt Gambier
Jul. 15: Sandringham S. - Albury W.B.

WARATAH

Jul. 14: Sydney C. - Sutherland S.
Jul. 14: Parramatta W. - Colonial Hotel
Jul. 14: Hills H. - Maitland M.
Jul. 14: Manly Warr. - Illawarra H.
Jul. 14: Norths Bears - Newcastle H.
Jul. 15: Bankstown B. - Sydney C.
Jul. 15: Cent.Coast C. - Parramatta W.
Jul. 15: Colonial Hotel - Newcastle H.


Two NBL complete 2012/13 rosters - by Hugh McAuliffe

With the 2012/13 NBL season still a fair way away, lets take a look a the Wildcats and the Kings off-season roster building. Both teams have filled the required 10 roster spots, development players will be announced soon.

Perth Wildcats
PG: Damian Martin (188-PG-84, college: Loyola Mary)
PG: Brad Robbins (186-PG-85)
SG: Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis)
SG: Everard Bartlett (198-G-86)
SF: Cameron Tovey (199-G/F-85, college: Augusta St.)
SF: Greg Hire (198-F-87, college: Augusta St.)
PF: Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.)
PF: Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.)
C: Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Mary)
C: Jeremiah Trueman (206-F/C-87, college: Alaska-Anch.)

Sydney Kings
PG: Corin Henry (180-PG-88, college: Tarleton St.)
PG: Luke Martin (182-PG-81, college: UTEP)
SG: Aaron Bruce (190-G-84)
SG: Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85, college: Augusta St.)
SF: James Harvey (196-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances)
SF: Kevin Smith (196-F-79, college: Lee)
PF: Graeme Dann (202-F-83)
PF: Tom Garlepp (203-F-86, college: UCSB)
C: Ian Crosswhite (210-C-82, college: Oregon)
C: Darnell Lazare (203-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU)



Sydney Kings sign second import - by Hugh McAuliffe

Sydney Kings Head Coach, Shane Heal, has announced Darnell Lazare (203-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) as the club's second import for the 2012/13 season.

During the 2010-2011 season Darnell Lazare was the Fort Wayne Mad Ants highest point scorer. His NBA D-League career includes time with the Maine Red Claws (2009-2010) and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (2010-2012).

Heal said that Lazare was a great pick up for the Sydney Kings as they need a strong power forward.

Lazare played very well in the NBA D-League over the past couple of years. He is a very good all round player and plays tough defence which is what we need, Heal said.

He had a great season with the Mad Ants last year coming out as their top scorer for the year. Darnell can score but has a very rounded game and I expect him to compliment the other players on our team, he added.

Our recruiting process has been long and thorough; especially with our imports. We needed a good power forward and we believe we have one in Darnell Lazare. He had a great college career at Louisiana State University (LSU) and has been very well coached. He could not have come more highly recommended by his past coaches, which is always a great sign, Heal said.

Lazare has an NBA out clause with a try-out at the NBA Summer League soon.

The 203cm (6'8"), 109kg (240lbs) power forward was born on January 29, 1985 in Lafayette, Louisiana. He attended Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, where his coach and mentor encouraged his interest in basketball. He has played in Sweden and Ukraine as well as in the US.



Big V: Weekend Wrap- Round 15 - by Eurobasket News

Ringwoods winning run continues, as does Diamond Valleys run of losses, Eltham sends a warning, Bulleen continues to be the best of the rest, while Waverley closes in on securing a playoffs berth.

Waverley captain Simon Blennerhassett (184-PG-82) has kept Waverleys playoff hopes alive with a winning basket against Diamond Valley with just five seconds remaining in what was a tight contest. The win puts the Falcons a game clear in fourth position and it looks like theyll hold sway from here, but their 92-90 victory over DV (who have lost seven straight games) wasnt a convincing result. However, at a time when players needed to stand up, it was good to see Bennie Lewis (21pts) and Daniel Dillon (20pts) joining Ivan Platenik (24pts) as leading scorers for the Falcons.
Ringwoods whirlwind return to the top continues to flourish, this time courtesy of a 27pt win against Sherbrooke, the very same team that beat the Hawks 11 games ago (Ringwoods last loss). The Hawks blast-ed out of the blocks with a 30-17 start, but not all went to plan with Matt Snowball ejected in the second half. Adrien Sturt (209-C-86) (23pts) was again in fine form, Sam Belt (26pts) and Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri So.) (26pts) continue to put up strong numbers, while Shaun Clarkes (14pts, 10rbs) double-double was solid. Best for the Suns included Thomas Burns (19pts, 10rbs) and Nathan Truman (19pts).

Waverley 92 defeated Diamond Valley 90 Ringwood 106 defeated Sherbrooke 79 Bulleen 88 defeated Melbourne 73 Ringwood 85 defeated Hume City 70 Eltham 92 defeated Corio Bay 78
There is no doubt that Ringwoods greatest improve-ment this year has come at the defensive end and with it has come a dimension that championship teams often posses. How big has the change in Ringwoods defence been? This season the Hawks are conceding an average of 73pts per game compared with an average of 83pts in 2011.
In a game for pride amongst the lower rungs, Bulleen came up trumps against Melbourne with a 44-26 second half doing the trick. Trevor Latham (30pts, 10rbs) turned in a ripper and Corey Standerfer (21pts, 11rbs) was especially sublime from the foul line (10/12), while the Tigers had to heavily rely on Craig Martin (203-C, college: Ellsworth CC) (23pts, 10rbs) and Yusuf Qaafow (17pts) to keep them in the game.
Chances are that Hume Citys playoff hopes were dashed after a trip to Ringwood that resulted in an 85-70 win for the Hawks. A 46-28 first half by the home team killed off any chance the Broncos had of causing an upset with Skyler Bowlin (20pts) and Adrien Sturt (22pts) controlling the game. Jamal Brown (27pts) did his bit for the Broncos and Damon Lowery (18pts) ran out a full game, however Jermaine Maybank (7pts) was well held by Ringwoods suffocating defence.
In a clear statement, reminding all of us that they are still a championship threat, the Wildcats ended their own losing streak and at the same time brought Corio Bays winning run to a halt with a strong 92-78 victory. The home team raced to an early lead and never looked back with Michael Petridis (20pts), Matt Fennell (19pts, 14rbs) and Scott Cuffe (17pts) doing the damage. Eric Williams (24pts, 12rbs) retained his MVP form for the visitors and Stefan Osborne (19pts) stood tall, but the loss had a big impact on the ladder as the Stingrays dropped to third and the Wildcats moved back to second.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au/



SEABL: Round 15 results - by Eurobasket News

DANDENONG 74 (Lewis 22, Montreal 19)

Lost to

FRANKSTON 85 (Long 32, Chapman 24)


Blues imports Long and Henry stepped up in the third quarter when their team needed them and they carried the team to an important road victory. Dandenong looked stagnant in offence numerous times in the match, and struggled on the boards.

MVP Chuck Long (Frankston)

FRIDAY 6th JULY

BRISBANE 82 (Whippy 19, Ammar 19)

Lost to

HOBART 93 (Gregg 26, Polk 24)


Brisbane scored 32pts in the second term to grab a 7pt advantage and looked to be in control of the match. But the Chargers increased their defensive pressure to hold the Spartans to 15pts in each of the remaining quarters and snatch an 11pt road win.

MVP Brandon Polk (Hobart)

MT GAMBIER 91 (Williams 27, Brown 23)

def

NW TASMANIA 80 (Gary 25, Gaff 21)


Pioneers started slowly but outscored the Thunder in each of the last three quarters to grab their second consecutive victory. New Import Jerrell Williams (203-F-88, college: La Salle) was outstanding, and received great support from fellow import Brandon Brown.

MVP Jerrell Williams (Mt Gambier)

SATURDAY 7th JULY

BRISBANE 73 (Brebner 18, Whippy 16)

Lost to

DANDENONG 76 (Harms 18, Montreal 16)


Brisbane produced a brilliant team effort to stay with the Rangers for the entire game and had their chances to secure the win, but was unlucky in the dying seconds of the game. Dandenong were lucky to escape with the win.

MVP Dean Brebner (200-F-84, college: Augusta St.) (Brisbane)

KILSYTH 88 (Blair 22, Malvik 20, Lang 20)

def

NW TASMANIA 80 (Armstrong 20, Gary 18)


**Overtime**

The lead changed a remarkable 22 times throughout the match as both teams produced a quality game. Cobras trailed for a majority of the last quarter but took over in overtime as the Thunder struggled to convert at the offensive end.

MVP Timothy Lang (209-C-85, college: Stetson) (Kilsyth)

NUNAWADING 87 (Conn 25, Cameron 20)

def

KNOX 80 (Massingale 26, Hoare 18)


Both teams received valuable contributions from all players, but the Raiders offence dried up in the last quarter as they could only produce 16pts, and allowed the Spectres 22pts and snatch the all-important 7pt victory.

MVP Simon Conn (206-F/C-83, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Gardner-Webb) (Nunawading)

FRANKSTON 74 (Henry 16, Dennis 14)

Lost to

ALBURY/WODONGA 87 (Ferguson 31, Opacic 20)


Bandits import Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-G, college: Indiana SE) was outstanding for his team, as the Blues struggled to contain his speed and skill around the court..

MVP Jazzmarr Ferguson (Albury/Wodonga)

CANBERRA 61 (Miller 19, Smith 10)

Lost to

HOBART 83 (Gregg 19, Osborn 18)


Canberra played well in the first quarter and only trailed by 7pts, but produced a disappointing effort in the second term to let the Chargers run away with the game. The Gunners committed to many turnovers in the first half, which allowed Hobart easy baskets and a 22pt lead at half time, which they held onto for the remainder of the game.

MVP Jack Osborn (208-C/F-90, college: Adams St.) (Hobart)

SANDRINGHAM 72 (Muhlbach 18, Helliwell 15)

def

BENDIGO 63 (Hogan 16, Garlepp 16)


Wade Helliwell (211-C-78, college: Charlotte) provided the Sabres with a consistent threat inside the paint for the entire game, which looked to be the difference in the final outcome. His dominance inside the paint also allowed import Beau Muhlbach more freedom from outside. Both combined for 33pts, 22rebs, 3ass and 3blks.

MVP Wade Helliwell (Sandringham)

BALLARAT 82 (Bruce 15, White 14)

Lost to

GEELONG 91 (Wilson 24, Barrett 20)


Despite trailing for most of the game the Miners showed their never say die attitude for the full 40mins. Geelong took less shots and shot the ball better as the Miners were outscored in each of the first three quarters.

MVP Theron Wilson (195-F-87, college: Bradley) (Geelong)

SUNDAY 1st JULY

ALBURY/WODONGA 92 (Ntumba 23, Payne 19)

def

CANBERRA 63 (Smith 19, Gynes 12)


Bandits imports Ferguson and Ntumba once again carried their team to victory with exceptional play at both ends of the floor. Ntumba was outstanding on the glass with a game high 19 rebounds.

MVP Mohamed Ntumba (200-C-85, college: S.Indiana) (Albury/Wodonga)

KNOX 108 (Massingale 28, Philip 23)

def

NW TASMANIA 67 (Armstrong 31, Gaff 10)


NW Tasmania looked a tired team from the tip-off but the veteran play of Ben Armstrong (183-G-75) kept the Thunder competitive in the opening quarter. Fresh off a plane from Singapore John Philip stepped up in the second quarter, scoring 10pts to carry the Raiders to victory. Raiders took control after the half time break and coach Graham Longstaff rested his stars in the final quarter.

MVP Ben Armstrong (NW Tasmania)

Courtesy of: www.seabl.com.au



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Gritty Muharraq edge out Al Ahli - by Eurobasket News

UGLY scenes at the Zain Bahrain Basketball Arena in Umm Al Hassam last night almost threatened to overshadow what had otherwise been another enthralling encounter between Muharraq and Al Ahli in the battle for league honours.

Tempers were calmed just in time however, to see Muharraq bask in the satisfaction of having drawn level at one game apiece in what has already established itself as a gripping best-of-five match series with a 92-90 victory.

Having dominated almost the entirety of the opening game of the series at the same venue on Thursday night, Muharraq let Al Ahli draw level with just over a minute to go and then utterly capitulated in extra time to hand their opponents what had seemed a highly unlikely win.

It was Al Ahli who enjoyed the better of the early exchanges last night as they pushed out to a 23-20 first quarter lead.

Although it took a bit longer this time, Muharraq did find their stride and controlled much of the proceedings thereafter to open up a 43-38 half-time advantage that had grown to a seemingly unassailable 74-60 lead with ten minutes left to play..

An eerie sense of dj vu befell the arena as in the closing seconds however, as Al Ahli somehow managed to claw their way level again but this time, Muharraq kept their composure and found the goods to produce the match-winning score for Mohammed Majeed.

With the scores standing at 92-87 in Muharraq's favour and with only six seconds on the clock, there was, rather amazingly, still time for some more drama.

Firstly, Mahmood Akbar nailed a superb three-pointer to close the gap to two virtually on the sound of the buzzer but the drama really kicked off as the Al Ahli contingent were adamant they should also have been awarded a free that wasn't given.

Some barracking of the officials, as is always the case, made no difference to the decision but did spark a less-than-savoury response from the Muharraq faithful, which in turn snowballed to their opposing fans and then onto the court.

With a welcome dose of common sense, calm was restored and both teams subsequently took the opportunity to express their thanks to their faithful followers.

Ahmed Hassan (Muharraq) and Mohammed Qurban (187-F-87) (Al Ahli) finished as the top-scorers for their sides on the night with 26 points apiece respectively.

There also telling contributions from American stars Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.), who scored 25 for Muharraq, and Johnny Anthony, who bagged 24 for al Ahli.

The two sides will do it all again in the third match of the series from 7pm on Wednesday night, with the fourth and fifth instalments scheduled for July 14 and 17.
Courtesy of: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Akselis Vairogs returns to Ventpsils - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils announced the signing of Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85, agency: Players Group). The deal is meant for the next season. The forward spent the last season in Poland. He played for Slask Wroclaw. Akselis Vairogs averaged 8.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game in PLK. Previously Akselis Vairogs was a long time member of Ventspils. He also had stints with Valmiera, Zemgale and Bordeaux. The forward was named All-Latvian LBL Newcomer of the Year in 2004. He also made it into Latvian League All-Defensive Team in 2009. Akselis Vairogs was the member of Latvian B National Team in 2004. In 2011 the forward joined Latvian National Team.


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  BELGIUM   


Various News - by Peter Buyse

Charleroi has a new assistant-coach replacing Ivica Skelin. Pascal Angillis who previously served as assistant coach at Atomia Brussels and Liege will be on the Charleroi bench for the next 2 seasons. He also serves as head-coach of the Men's U20 national team and as assistant coach of the Belgian Cats.

Another Belgian coach Jean-Marc Jaumin (184-G-70) is headed to Holland to coach the Den Helder Kings a newly added team to the Dutch Eredivisie.

Leuven forward Adeola Dagunduro (195-G-86, college: Nebraska) will play for Nigeria at the London Olympics, his team is one of the last teams qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games.




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  BOSNIA   


Elmedin Kikanovic will continue with Enisey - by Eurobasket News

Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) will continue with Enisey. According to sportando.net, the center of Bosnian national team, extended contract with BC Enisey Krasnojarsk for one more season.
Last year Elmedin Kikanovic agreed on terms of contract with Enisey. In 2011-2012 for Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia-PBL, starting five) he averaged 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 58.7%, FT: 54.5% in EuroChallenge and in VTB League showed 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 49.5%, FT: 67.9%. In Russian League his stats read 10.3ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP-1 (64.8%), FT: 81.7%.
Earlier Elmedin Kikanovic played for Crvena Zvezda. It was his third straight season in Belgrade. The centre tallied 8.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In Adriatic League the Bosnian averaged 9.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. In Serbian League Elmedin Kikanovic recorded 8.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance. Eurobasket.com named the centre All-Serbian League Newcomer of the Year in 2008. Elmedin Kikanovic plays for Bosnian National Team since 2006. He also played U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina selection in 2005/06 seasons.



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Jason Edwin's 34 Points Help Legs Walk All Over Mega Mix - by David Edole

Jason Edwin narrowly missed out on a triple double, finishing with 34 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists as defending senior division champions, Legs kicked Mega Mix from the unbeaten ranks of the BVI Basketball Federation's summer league during a highly anticipated season game last Saturday, July 7 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex.

Legs improved to 8-0 this season following their 124-111 victory over Mega Mix who slipped to 7-1, but now sit in second place in the division as playoffs near.

Also contributing for Legs were Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.), who added 24 points and 6 rebounds; Khalid Gerard, 19 points; and Kitwana Rhymer, 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Shamal Caines top scored for Mega Mix with 33 points. Halstead 'JR' Chiverton and Douron Phillip each finished with 18 points and Kelvin Samuel added 16 points for Mega Mix.

VIDEO http://www.bviplatinum.com/news.php?page=Article&articleID=1341833453



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  BULGARIA   


NBAer Devin Green comes back to Lukoil Academic Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) heads to Lukoil Academic Sofia for 2012/2013 seaosn. According to Lukoil Academic Sofia Official Website, the American player moves to Bulgaria.
In 2001-2002 he appeared first for Hampton (NCAA, starting five) and averaged 13.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 75.0%. In his last year with the college he increased to 14.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2005-2006 signed with Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and showed 0.9ppg, 0.9rpg, FGP: 21.4%, FT: 61.9%.
Later he played for Los Angeles D-Fenders, Miami Heat, Siviglia Wear Teramo (Italy-SerieA), San Antonio Spurs (NBA), Base Oostende, Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk, Minnesota Timberwolves and Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas (Greece-A1, starting five).
In 2010 appeared for Gallitos de Isabela (Puerto Rico-BSN, starting five) and in 7 games averaged 12.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 62.9%. later moved to Changan Group Guangdong (China-NBL, starting five) and had high 36.3ppg, 11.3rpg, 4.7apg, 2.2spg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 78.8%.
The season 2010-2011 he started for Shanghai Dongfang Sharks (China-CBA) but in Jan.'11 moved to Lukoil Academik Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL, starting five). In Bulgarian League his stats read 13.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 62.0%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 87.3%, while in EuroChallenge he showed 11.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 74.2%.
The season 2011-2012 Devin Green started for New York Knicks (NBA), whilein Dec.'11 moved to Erie Bay Hawks (D-League, starting five) and then in Jan.'12 traded to Idaho Stampede (D-League).



Portugal U20 edge Bulgaria U18 in test game - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U18 - Portugal U20 54:66

Portuguese U20 National Team played the first game in the test series in Bulgaria. They faced Bulgarian U18 selection and claimed victory. Miguel Cardoso (184-PG-93) and Santos came up with 12 points each to pace the visitors.
Bulgaria and Portugal stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 14:14 at the first break. Portugal surged ahead in the second period. They poured in 24 points to take a 9-point halftime lead. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the third term. They got within 6 points at the final intermission. But Portugal went on a 15:9 rally in the final frame to seal the victory at the end. Pedro Belo (214-C/F-92) finished with 9 points for the winners. Denislav Vutev (206-C-94) answered with 16 points for Bulgaria. Vasyl Mikhailov added 10 points in the loss.

Bulgaria U18: Denislav Vutev 16, Vasyl Mikhailov 10
Portugal U20: Miguel Cardoso 12, Sergio Santos 12, Pedro Belo 9



Q & A with Aaron Harper: The inside look - by Maria Mitzova

Aaron Harper has been the face of Levski Sofia for the last three seasons. Harper quickly became not only topscorer for his Bulgarian team, but one of the most popular faces amongst kids, playing basketall around the whole country. Couple of cup wins, MVP awards and scoring champ titles, and there he is, three seasons into his "Bulgarian adventure". What brought Aaron Harper in Bulgaria, his wise advices and the story, he never told before, in the following Q&A:

Q: You are known as the leader of BC Levski and the athlete who can score easily 40 points a game only if you decide. Please tell us how you found yourself in the gym? How did you start playing basktball?

Aaron Harper: My father and my big brother used to play basketball. I was going with them to watch them play every time and it was normal for me to be the next one on the line. I have always loved to play basketball and I had just looked up at them and started. I had started in the Boys' and Girls' club in the city of Jackson. I was 7 and was short. I really grew in high school.

Q: Are there any other athletes in your family?

Aaron Harper: Besides my brother and father, my mom used to play the game as well. My big brother was better than me at some moment but he had never gone to play professional.

Q: Every single kid has its heros while growing up. Who were your basketball (sports) heros or role models? Who was the hero you wanted to be like when you grow up?

Aaron Harper: There is only one answer to that question. We say "LIKE MIKE". Everyone wants to be like Michael Jordan. He was my hero, my only basketball role model. He is still. Nobody else ever. When I was young i was watching and reading all about him. Wanted to be like him so bad that i was copying all he was doing.....

Q: What was the hardest moment in your career so far that you have had to struggle with?

Aaron Harper: Every time i lose is a hard moment for me. I reject losses and losing. It is not in my blood. It is not in my DNA. I have never learned to lose for so many years of playing and being professional basketball player. I hate to lose, so i am still learning to accept defeats.

Q: Is there any moment that left you breathless and speechless so far? What is your most precious "basketball" moment so far?

Aaron Harper: It was 1996 and i was playing with my high school team against a senior who was stronger, older, bigger, more exprienced and way more confident. It was about the time i have started to realize that basketball is what i want to do and i am really good in it. So i was playing aginst this guy and it very cool and modern back in the days to shoot after you put the ball under your leg and then spins it around your waist. So i did it and scored after. The crowd got excited and the guy got mad becuase i kind of embarrassed him. I felt so good and i was happy. This memory is very sweet for me and it will probably means nothing to you but when you are young and you are starting the things you do for the first time are really impoprtant and lifts. Another great memory is my State High School championship in Mississippi. Then the title in France, the Cup in Bulgaria, the Balkan League trophey.

Q: How come you became such a great shooter? Have you spent much time in the gym shooting and how many shots were you doing per day (per practice) in order to perfect your shots? Are you still working on your shooting skills or only when you were young?

Aaron Harper: It is God's gift, I am blessed. You know how some people can sing, other can draw, third can play musical instruments. Well, I can shoot. I have always been a shooter and a scorer. It is in my blood. But do not get me wrong. I have also worked hard. When i was starting I put hard work in my practices. I had been taking extra shots every day at each practice. Do not remember how many they were but i did. Just i was doing nothing special. I just got it. Later in my career after high school i was working on the details of my shooting. I knew i could score. So i had started to work on shooting the ball the same every time and do not move even an inch from the way the ball should goes off my hands. I was paying attention to the details so i can be perfect. At first it was hard because i was not making baskets but later it worked out.

Q: What was the thing that you had most troubles to adjust and adopt in Europe when it comes to way fo living and basketball? Is there anything you have never managed to get used to after so many years playing basktball far away USA?

Aaron Harper: Hmmm, in Europe everything is smaller. You know how in America everything is huge and big. So your beds are smaller, your doors, cars, apartments, evrerything. The the language barrier and the clutural differences. It was hard for me to adopt and especially if you switch the teams every season, but it is also interesting. It is very different overseas - food, traditions, people's temper, even the metric system. European people are different too. When it comes to basketball - i had problem in the beginning with the travelling and the time outs, but it was not a big deal.
Regarding the style of the basketball in Europe I am adjusting easy. It was hard playing the game. You see, as a basketball player you have to adjust at every level - boys basketball to high school level, then college, then professional teams. You do not have other choice but adjust. Each level is stronger, quicker, faster and more tactical.

Q: It has been 3 years you play in Bulgaria. What is your first memory by our country?

Aaron Harper: I remember it was really cold and it was raining. But i liked the city. It was different than all the places i have been at so far. Sofia is a big city, capital and I enjoy it. My coach Titi met me at the airport and he took me to a small restaurant for dinner. It is very strange and shocking how you can still see horse and carriage here and there.

Q: What you like and dislike about Bulgaria?

Aaron Harper: I almost like everything about Sofia. It is a big, modern city, which gives you lots of opportunities to live your life. You have things to do here and it is never boring - malls, movie theatres, clubs, restaurants, entertainment places. I like the people here and i have created a few friends here. I like my team, the teammates. Really feels good to be here. Bulgaria treats Americans great. Like the people around a lot. The only one thing i probably will never get used to is the traffic. It goes crazy when it rains or is pretty hot.

Q: The current season your team Levski has lost 2 finals very dramatically in the last seconds, coming short - the Bulgarian Cup and the Balkan League? Thinking of it now after some time has passed, what do you think was the thing that Levski was missing?

Aaron Harper: Very hard time for all of us. Cannot even describe how it felt. It was like somebody put bad spell on the team. We played good even better in some moments of the game and we came short. We were prepared mentally, physically and tactically. And we have worked hard. But it has never worked out for us. It is so painful to lose by 2 or the way we did. Mabe we have had lack of concentrationin the key moments. It is like playing cards - you have bad cards and you cannot cange it, but you still have to play the game. We have good players in Levski this season and the squad was good. If we were not good we won't be at the finals. But these moments make you be stronger and better men.

Q: What Levski should cange mentally and tactically in order to dethrone Lukoil Academic? Do you have to change the way you think or something related to the basketball only?

Aaron Harper: People should know that when it comes to Lukoil Acadmic you should be very relaxed but more mentally stronger. And when you step on the court you should forget that they are 10 times champions in a row. They are just a team like the rest. Their players are human beings just like the Levski players and they have their weak points as well. The thing with them is that each one of them has role and when you comine them they have it all. So if we want to succeed with them we should be mentally relaed, have our roles and play tougher. They are confident and it is normal, because they have a good team, but we have to find how to beat their confidence.

Q: What is the piece of advice you want to drop to the young ball players, who want to be like you one day - a succesful professional basktball player?

Aaron Harper: To never say "NO". Never let anybody tells them what they can do something. They have to stay strong, believe in themselves, work really hard, pursue their dreams. Be humble. Work hard and be yourself. Do not try to be somebody else. There is your spot out there in this World. Stay focused and do not let the small unimportant stuff gets in your head. Be real, do not fake, chase your dreams. It is right there. You will have ups and downs but do not give up.

Q: What piece of advice did you get when you were young and that you would never forget?

Aaron Harper: I always think fo something that my mom told me: "Just take control of the things that are in front of you, do not look in the future and do not turn back to the past. Take one day at a time. Do not rush."

Q: How you see yourself in the future when you hang the jersey on the wall? Agent, coach or anything else oustside basketball?

Aaron Harper: I think I will still be connected to basketball. Probably coach, but a high school coach. I want to teach the kids the fundamentals. I have been trough a lot with basketball so I hope I can pass it to the young people and help them be succesful. Why not to change somebody's life for good and be motivation?

Q: Your message to the fans in Bulgaria:
Aaron Harper: Fill the arenas up a ilttle bit more. Basketball is growing here and the greatest game ever needs you. Wish everybody success in the basketball World.

1. Favorite meal: All kinds of pasta
2. Favorite beverage: Peach juice
3. Favorite sport: American football
4. Favorite athlete: Serena Williams, Michael Jordan
5. Favorite movie: Juice
6. Favorite actor/actress: Eddie Murphy, none
7. Favorite music: Hip Hop, R'n'B
8. Favorite song: I believe I can fly by R Kelly
9. Favorite singer: Beyonce, Michael Jackson
10. Favorite automobile brand: Chevrolette
11. Favorite NBA team, NFL team, baseball team: LA Lakers, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco 49ers
12. Motto: Hate It or Love It

Interview taken and translated by Lili Borisova, Originally posted in Bball.bg.



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Boris Bakovic gets pro deal in France - by Eurobasket News

Boris Bakovic (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) will start his professional basketball career in France. The Canadian forward signed a deal with Vendee Challans for the next season. The team will compete in French third division (NM1).
Boris Bakovic graduated at the University of Calgary few months ago. He shined with 17.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 2.5 apg for 15 games as a senior. Bakovic transferred to Calgary from Ryerson College two years ago. With Ryerson he exploded with 26.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg and 2.1 spg for 22 games in 2009/10 season. He was named to All-OUA East Division 1st Team -09, 10. Bakovic was a member of Canada's development National Team in 2009. A year ago, he was called to Canadian senior NT. However, the player got injured and was forces to miss Pan-American Games in Mexico.



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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


Max Kouguere leaves Le Mans for Le Havre - by Eurobasket News

Max Kouguere (198-F-87) is no longer a member of Le Mans. Two sides terminated their deal and Kouguere immediately joined Le Havre. The Central African forward played 35 games in ProA last season averaging 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds. He also had 2.4 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 8 EuroCup games. Le Mans reached ProA and Semaine des As Finals.
Season 2010/11 Max Kouguere spent with Swiss team Lions de Geneve. He shined with 14.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.8 apg for 33 games in LNA. Geneve reached LNA and Cup Semis, while Kouguere was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention -11. Max Kouguere played for Central African NT at 2011 AfroBasket in Madagascar and also in 2009 AfroBasket in Libya. Last summer he had 10 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 6 games.



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  CHINA   


China Sweeps Three Games in Guangzhou - by Arthur Volbert

Playing against less-than-stellar competition, China swept its three preliminary games of the Stankovic Cup held in Guangzhou. But the tournament is giving China exactly the type of practice that it needs as it prepares for the Olympics. China defeated Tunisia 85-54, Australia 67-44 and Russia 73-67. Jianlian Yi (213-F/C-87) had 22 points and 10 rebounds against Tunisia and 28 points and 17 rebounds against Russia. He did not play against Australia.

Ding Jinhui was second-high scorer against Tunisia with 16 points and he added 4 rebounds. Sun Yue had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Guo Ailun had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Zhu Fangyu scored 8. Zhu Fangyu led China with 12 points against Australia. Wang Zhelin had 9 points and 9 rebounds in 20 minutes. Zhang Zhaoxu had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Zhang Bo scored 9 and Guo Ailun had 8. Su Wei had 5 points and 7 rebounds but also 7 turnovers in 28 minutes. Sun Yue was the only Chinese player in double figures against Russia aside from Jianlian Yi. Zhou Peng had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Yi Li scpred 8.

Chen Jianghua did not play in these three games because of injury. Han Dejun is apparently having cardiac tests, so has also not played recently. Zhai Xiaochuan is now with the development team. Han and Zhai are almost certainly off the final team. Fifteen candidates remain for the 12 positions at the Olympics and physical health at the time the team is selected is likely to be a prime factor in deciding who makes the team.



Zhou Qi Leads in Rebounds, Blocks at U-17, Also Excelling at Free Throws - by Arthur Volbert

Zhou Qi (216-C-96) averaged 14 points per game in the FIBA U-17 World Championship, the twelfth-highest average in the tournament But he led the tournament in rebounds-per-game at 10.1 and in blocks per game with 4. He also was third in free-throw percentage at 85 percent, hitting 34 of 40 attempts. It is rare to find a big man who excels at free throws. Wang Zhelin often had problems in this department.

Zhou did not make the tournament all-star team where American Jahlil Okafor was the selection at center. But Zhou was definitely a top center at the tournament and I'm sure NBA scouts have taken notice. A Chinese big man duo of Zhou Qi at center and Wang Zhelin at power forward could be as good as when a young Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi played those positions.



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  CROATIA   


Darda locks captain Meznaric to 5-year deal - by Eurobasket News

Darda continues with signings for the next season. After Head Coach Senad Muminovic, team captain Dejan Meznaric (205-F/C-87) also got 5-year extension from the club. Players under the contract for 2012/13 are Mandic, Bicvic, Perajica, Rados, Kujundzic, Panduric and Zucic. Duvnjak and Turalija are promoted to the senior squad from youth selections.
Dejan Meznaric joined the club five years ago. Last season he averaged 9.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He helped Darda to survive in A1 league. They finished as No.4 in Play-Out with 10-10 record. Meznaric helped Darda to win promotion from A2 to A1 league in 2010. He had 12.3 ppg and 3.1 rpg that season for 27 games in A2. Before Darda, he spent one year with Osijek 2006. In the past, Meznaric played for U18 Croatian NT.



Marko Jagodic Kuridza joins Cibona Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) will continue his career in Cibona Zagreb. The Serbian/Croatian big guy confirmed that he agreed terms with the club. We reported yesterday that two sides are close to agree a deal. Jagodic Kuridza was MVP of the Bosnian championship last season. He had 19.8 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 2.8 spg and 1.1 bpg for 33 games in D1. Capljina finished regular season as No.5 with 3-7 record and was close to reach the Playoffs. Marko Jagodic Kuridza was named Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year -12. In 2010/11 season, Jagodic Kuridza played for Borac Nektar. There he had 10.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2.1 apg for 29 games. In 2009/10, the player changed three teams. He started with Novi Sad Panonska Banka, later moved to Capljina and finally ended the season with Borac Nektar. In the past, he also played for Spartak Subotica. According to Jagodic Kuridza, Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency) was the one who suggested Cibona's new Head Coach Veljko Mrsic (agency: World Sport Agency ) to sign the player.


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CEZ Nymburk adds PG Michael Taylor - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Nymburk reinforced its roster at position one. The reigning Czech champion penned a deal with American Michael Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.). He arrives to the club from Greek Kavala. For 22 games last season Taylor averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2 assists. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Imports Team -12.
In 2010/11 season Michael Taylor played in NBA D-League and Italy. He joined Iowa Energy in February of 2011 registering 10.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.5 apg for 13 games. Two months later the PG moved to Verona adding 7.3 ppg and 4 rpg in 4 games. In 2009/10 season Taylor played for Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. Before that, he spent one year with the Los Angeles Clippers collecting 5.9 ppg, 2.1 apg and 1.7 rpg in 49 NBA games. The player graduated at Iowa State University in 2007 and spent his first pro season with D-League team Idaho Stampede.



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EBA MVP sign's in Iceland - by Justin Moore

Fjolnir Reykjavik of iceland strengthened their roster with the signing of Chris Matthews (6'4''-G-85, college: St.Bonaventure). Chris is an outstanding shooter who will add that scoring punch that fjolnir needed Stated Matthew's they said they needed a scorer and thats my strength the former EBA MVP is ready to do just that Chris Matthews started the previous season in D-League. The guard played for the Reno Bighorns. He averaged 4.2 points, 1.2 assists and 1.0 board per game. Later Chris Matthews moved to Mexico to join Durazneros de Paquime. The guard notched 27 points, 8 assists and 6 boards in Chihuahua League. Soon the guard joined Scranton Steamers in PBL. He averaged 5.3 points, 1.8 assists and 1.5 boards per appearance. Chris Matthews finished the season with the Washington Madness in EBA. His stats read 30.5 points, 6.0 boards and 5.5 assists. He was named All-EBA Co-Player of the Year. This is the second EBA player signed this week showing that the league can produce talent.


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  ESTONIA   


Baltic Cup U18: Latvia celebrated the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18-Estonia U18 85:58

Latvia celebrated the second straight win at the Baltic Cup U18. The home side of the tournament with 4 participating teams edged Estonia 85:58 in Day 2.
Latvia erupted with 33-9 in the first period and never looked back in the game. They had some difficulties to score in the second period and managed to end up only with 7 points. Anyway the board showed 40:21 at the halftime as Latvia continued their dominance in the second half. They won the third period 26-19 and finished the game with 19-18 in the last stanza.
Anzejs Pasecniks top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Rihards Adins (203-F-94) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds. Dmitrijs Brizgalovs (188-G) and Davis Geks (183-G-95) followed them with 12 points each in a win. Aleksis Anijarv (186-G-94) produced 11 points in the losing effort and Brett Nomm (185-G-94) added 10.
In Day 3 Latvia will face Lithuania, while Israel will take on Estonia.

Latvia U18: Anzejs Pasecniks 17, Rihards Adins 14+14 rebs, Dmitrijs Brizgalovs 12, Davis Geks 12
Estonia U18: Aleksis Anijarv 11, Brett Nomm 10



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Transfer news from Lukoil Academic - by Diamadis Farmakis

Perennial Bulgarian League champion Lukoil Academic, which will participate in the qualifying round of the EL, improved its team for the next season by inking small forward Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) to a one-year deal on Monday.

Green (2.01 meters, 29 years old) started the 2011-12 with New York of the NBA before joining Erie Bay Hawks, where he averaged 14.9 points and 5 rebounds in 11 NBA Development League games and he finished the 2011-12 season with another D-League team, Idaho Stampede.

Green already played for Lukoil in the 2010-11 season, averaging 13.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 22 Bulgarian League games. He helped Lukoil to win the Bulgarian League and the Bulgarian Cup titles.


Green has also played for Shanghai Dongfang Sharks and Changan Group Guangdong in China, Gallitos de Isabela in Puerto Rico, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas in Greece, Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine,



CSKA keep Serbian star Milos Teodosic - by Eurobasket News

CSKA keep Serbian star Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) in the squad. Due to his contract the player should stay until year 2014.
Milos Teodosic officially became the member of CSKA squad last year The deal was meant for three seasons. The earlier season Milos Teodosic spent with Olympiakos. He averaged 10.9 points, 3.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In A1 League the Serbian guard notched 9.6 points, 4.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds per appearance. He was named into Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 2nd Team. Last season Milos Teodosic shone at World Championship in Turkey. He led Serbia into the semis tallying 11.3 points, 5.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds. Eurobasket.com named Milos Teodosic All-Europe Point Guard of the Year. He also made it into All-World Championship 1st Team.
In 2011-2012 for CSKA Moscow Milos Teodosic averaged 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.0apg), FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 90.2% in Russian League. In Euroleague his stats read 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-3 (5.0apg), FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 82.7%, while in VTB League he showed 8.1ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-4 (4.7apg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 82.9%.



Zalgiris hires Joan Plaza as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Joan Plaza became the new Head Coach of Zalgiris Kaunas. The Spanish specialist penned a one-year deal with the club. Plaza officially left Cajasol yesterday. He took them over three years ago. Last season they reached Liga Endesa Quarterfinals and failed to Real Madrid. Cajasol ended regular season as No.7 with 18-16 record. Joan Plaza reached EuroCup Finals with Cajasol a year ago. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Head Coach of Real Madrid and won ACB title with them in 2007. The team also won ULEB Cup that season and Plaza was named Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Coach of the Year. Joan Plaza served as Assistant Coach of Real Madrid in 2005/06. Before that he was Assistant Coach at Joventut Badalona.


Brose Baskets sign 2-year extension with Anton Gavel - by Eurobasket News

Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) will play two more years for Brose Baskets Bamberg. The Slovakian point guard signed a contract extension yesterday. Gavel arrived to the club in November of 2009 from Svit. Last season he had 8.5 ppg, 2.1 apg and 1.7 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. The player also added 10.7 ppg, 3.7 apg and 2 rpg in 42 German league games. In 2010/11 season Anton Gavel had almost the same numbers in both competitions. He won three German league titles with the club and two Cup trophies. This year Gavel was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year and he was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team -12.
As mentioned above, Anton Gavel started 2009/10 season with Svit and after two games moved to Bamberg. Before that he was a member of Aris, Murcia, Giessen 46ers and Karlsruhe. Gavel shined at 2009 EuroBasket Division B averaging 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 4 games. He also was good in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011.



CEZ Nymburk adds PG Michael Taylor - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Nymburk reinforced its roster at position one. The reigning Czech champion penned a deal with American Michael Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.). He arrives to the club from Greek Kavala. For 22 games last season Taylor averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2 assists. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Imports Team -12.
In 2010/11 season Michael Taylor played in NBA D-League and Italy. He joined Iowa Energy in February of 2011 registering 10.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.5 apg for 13 games. Two months later the PG moved to Verona adding 7.3 ppg and 4 rpg in 4 games. In 2009/10 season Taylor played for Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. Before that, he spent one year with the Los Angeles Clippers collecting 5.9 ppg, 2.1 apg and 1.7 rpg in 49 NBA games. The player graduated at Iowa State University in 2007 and spent his first pro season with D-League team Idaho Stampede.



CSKA Moscow extends deal with center Nenad Krstic - by Eurobasket News

Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) signed new contract with CSKA Moscow until the end of 2013-14 season with club's option for another year. The Serbian center helped CSKA to win Russian and VTB United League titles. They also reached Euroleague Finals. Krstic shined with 14.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 22 Euroleague games with the Russian powerhouse. In PBL he had 11.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg, while in VTB United league Krstic added 10.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg. For his performance, Nenad Krstic is awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Center of the Year -12. He was also Center of the Year in Russia. Krstic arrived to the club last summer from the Boston Celtics. He started 2010/11 season with Oklahoma City Thunder, where he also played in 2009/10. Krstic moved to Thunder during the season 2008/09 from Triumph Lyubertsy.

Andrey Vatutin, CSKA President:
'In just one year with our team Nenad proved that he is one of the best if not just the best center in Europe. He was a pleasant surprise for the fans with his consistency, the highest level of basketball, the heart of the fighter and, what is very important, his openness, kindness, friendliness. It was natural that it was one of our offseason priorities to keep Krstic and I am very glad that Nenad will stay with us for two more years without any opt-outs.' (Courtesy of CSKA Moscow)

Nenad Krstic, CSKA center:
'I am happy to stay in the best club in Europe, to try to return CSKA back to the final stage of the Euroleague, to help the team win in the domestic competitions. I had no doubt about staying, I just wanted to have a chance to consider NBA offers. And when the time came to consider this options I realized that my system of values turned dramatically towards my family, the National Team, CSKA offseason moves and the new contract answered my demands perfectly. I realize that I'd like to play at least three seasons in red and blue uniform. I know that the team has a new coach and I hope we will find common language soon.' (Courtesy of CSKA Moscow)



Erman Kunter brings in Patrick Christopher to Besiktas - by Eurobasket News

Patrick Christopher (196-G-88, college: California) is a new member of Besiktas. The player signed 1+1 year deal with the club, according to Turkish media. Christopher finished last season with Cholet, together with new Besiktas' new coach Erman Kunter. He played 26 games in ProA averaging 12.8 points and 2.4 rebounds. Christopher helped Cholet to reach three Semifinals (ProA, French Cup, Semaine des As). The American is not a new face in Turkey as he already played for Antalya in 2010/11 season. He appeared in 28 TBL games registering 15.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.7 apg. It was his first year as a pro. Patrick Christopher graduated at the University of California in 2010. He shined with 15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2 apg for his school in 25 games as a senior. The player was named to All-Pac-10 1st Team -10.


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KORISLIIGA: Ilkka Palviainen and his new challenges - by Rauno Hurmalainen

YMCA Lahti has announced today, that Ilkka Palviainen , 32, will be team's new Head Coach. Palviainen will be a new face on top level on men's side in Finland. YMCA Lahti informed by the same, that team has six contracts with Finnish players and one Estonian player, Joonas Vaino (204-C/F-92), signed. The Finnish players are: Roope Suonio (176-G-82), Jimi Koskinen (194-G/F-88), Aleksi Alanen (194-G/F-91), Valtteri Makalainen (192-G-92), Otto Aalto (199-F-94) and Sebastian Booker (188-G-93).


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  FRANCE   


Shawn King joins Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Nancy also announced the signing of Shawn King (208-C-82, college: ORU). The centre had an impressive season in Ukraine. He played for BC Odessa. Shawn King averaged 17.3 points, 10.2 boards, 2.5 assists and 2.4 blocks per game in Superleague. Eurobasket.com named Shawn King All-Ukrainian Superleague Centre of the Year. He also made it into Superleague 1st Team. Previously Shawn King had stints with BC Minsk-2006, Polzela. The centre was trumped All-Belarusian League Player of the Year in 2011. Shawn King was also named Belarusian League All-Star Game MVP. He claimed All-VTB League Defensive Player of the Year title in 2011.


Quimper tab Steve Dagostino - by Eurobasket News

Quimper strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Steve Dagostino (180-PG-85, agency: Duran International, college: St.Rose, NY). The guard started the previous season in Iceland. He played for Keflavik in Express League. Steve Dagostino averaged 22.9 points, 4.8 assists, 3.2 boards and 1.9 steals per game. The guard then moved to Oviedo Club. His stats read 13.3 points, 1.0 board and 1.0 assist per appearance in LEB Silver. Steve Dagostino finished the season with Lleida. The guard notched 4.8 points, 2.3 assists, 1.5 boards and 1.2 steals per appearance. Previously Steve Dagostino had stints in Great Britain, Italy, Hungary and Iceland. Eurobasket.com named the guard All-British BBL Bosman Player of the Year in 2011. He was also trumped BBL Cup MVP.


Nancy tab Bingo Merriex - by Eurobasket News

Nancy bolstered their frontcourt. They added Bingo Merriex (204-F-80, college: TCU) to the roster. The forward comes from Belgium. Last season he played for Verviers-Pepinster. The forward averaged 9.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game in D1. Previously Bingo Merriex had stints in Ukraine, Germany, Belgium, Italy, USBL, Philippines and Lebanon. He is also not new to France. Bingo Merriex played for Le Havre back in 2008/09 season. His stats read 13.9 points, 8.3 boards per game in EuroCup. In ProA the forward notched 9.8 points, 8.6 boards and 1.9 assists per appearance then.


Tai Wesley joins Rouen - by Eurobasket News

Rouen announced the name of the first import signing in off-season. They landed Tai Wesley (200-F-86, college: Utah St.). The forward arrives from Netherlands. He played for Eiffel Towers Den Bosch last season. Tai Wesley tallied 13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 block per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Tai Wesley All-Dutch Eredivisie Centre of the Year. He also made it into the Eredivisie 1st Team. It was the first pro season for Tai Wesley. The forward graduated from Utah State University in 2011. He notched 14.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game in his senior season. Tai Wesley was named All-WAC Player of the Year in 2011.


France U20 wins the home tournament - by Eurobasket News

France U20-Greece U20 67:47

France U20 wins the home tournament with three participating teams. After the victory over Sweden U20 in the opener, France added 67:47 win over Greece U20.
The hosts opened the game with 19-18, but failed at the end of the half. The Greek side grabbed 4-point lead at the halftime due to 15-10 in the second period. The picture however completely had changed in the second half. France won the third period 17-10 and then added 21-4 in the last stanza. Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) was the last player to score in the game for 20-point difference.
Louis Labeyrie (209-C-92) paced all the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Rudy Gobert had 11. Axel Julien (185-PG-92) nailed 10 and Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93) delivered 8. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) finished the game with 13 points in defeat and Ianoulis LARENTZAKIS posted 10.

France U20: Louis Labeyrie 20+11 rebs, Rudy Gobert 11, Axel Julien 10, Livio Jean-Charles 8
Greece U20: Anastasios Antonakis 13, Ianoulis LARENTZAKIS 10



Gravelines to sign Abdoulaye M'Baye - by Eurobasket News

Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-PG-88) will join Gravelines for 2012/13, according to Catch-and-shoot.com. The player spent last two seasons with Strasbourg IG. In the latest one he collected 10 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.8 apg for 28 games in ProA. The player had almost the same numbers in 2010/11. Before Strasbourg, Abdoulaye M'Baye played four years with Dijon. He shined in 2008/09 collecting 14.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.9 apg for 29 ProA Games. The player participated at ProA All-Star Game that year. In the past, he played for CFBB and INSEP. Abdoulaye M'Baye very successfully played for French youth National Teams from 2003 to 2009. In 2008 he was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Best Guard -08.


Max Kouguere leaves Le Mans for Le Havre - by Eurobasket News

Max Kouguere (198-F-87) is no longer a member of Le Mans. Two sides terminated their deal and Kouguere immediately joined Le Havre. The Central African forward played 35 games in ProA last season averaging 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds. He also had 2.4 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 8 EuroCup games. Le Mans reached ProA and Semaine des As Finals.
Season 2010/11 Max Kouguere spent with Swiss team Lions de Geneve. He shined with 14.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.8 apg for 33 games in LNA. Geneve reached LNA and Cup Semis, while Kouguere was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention -11. Max Kouguere played for Central African NT at 2011 AfroBasket in Madagascar and also in 2009 AfroBasket in Libya. Last summer he had 10 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 6 games.



Cognac targets Dejan Sencanski - by Eurobasket News

Cognac is very close to complete its roster for the next season. Their latest addition could be Dejan Sencanski (198-F-84, college: Abil.Christian), according to French media (Catch-and-shot.com). The Serbian forward finished last season on Iceland. He joined KR Reykjavik in January and shined with 15.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2.5 apg for 16 Express league games. Sencanski helped KR Reykjavik to reach Playoff Semifinals and was named to Eurobasket.com Icelandic League All-Bosmans Team -12. The team also was regular season runner-up and reached Cup Semis. Dejan Sencanski played for Saint-Quentin in 2010/11 season. There he had 13.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 30 games in NM1. In 2009/10, he was a member of Le Portel collecting 10.3 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 35 games in ProB. The player graduated at Abilene Christian University in 2009. They competed in NCAA Division II.


Nantes extends deal with Mahamadou Drame - by Eurobasket News

Nantes signed a 1-year contract extension with Mahamadou Drame (188-SG-86). The Malian/French guard will play his second season with the club. In 2011/12 he had 6.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.4 apg for 31 games in ProB. Two years ago Drame was a member of Clermont. There, he appeared 30 times in ProA registering 4.4 ppg and 2.1 rpg. They parted ways in February of 2011. In 2010, Mahamadou Drame reached ProB Semifinals with Aix-Maurienne and he played for the club also in 2008/09. Before that, the player split one season between Saint Vallier and Swiss team Lausanne Morges Basket. Drame also has experience from Levallois. Mahamadou Drame played for the Malian National Team at All-Africa Games in Algeria -07.


Nancy to keep PG John Linehan - by Eurobasket News

John Linehan (175-PG-78, college: Providence) will stay with Nancy for the next season, according to French media (Catch-and-shoot). He joined them two years ago from Cholet. Last season Linehan averaged 6.8 points, 4 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 2 steals for 10 Euroleague games. In ProA, the player added 6.6 ppg, 5.2 apg, 2.1 spg and 2.5 rpg. Linehan helped Nancy to win ProA title a year ago. He did the same with Cholet in 2009/10 season. Before Cholet, John Linehan spent one year with Kalev/Cramo Tallin. He helped them win the Estonian league title and was named to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 1st Team -09. Linehan was Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Defensive Player of the Year -09. He played for also Nancy from 2006 to 2008. From 2004 to 2006, Linehan was a member of Paris Basket Racing and Strasbourg. He played at ProA All-Star Game in 2010 and this year as well.


Roche returns Alexis Giraudier, Challans inks Boris Bakovic - by Eurobasket News

Alexis Giraudier (208-F-90) is back to Roche-la-Moliere after one year. The player signed a deal for the next season. He returns to the club from South Plains JC, where he won NJCAA D1 title earlier this year. Giraudier was a member of Roche from 2008 to 2009, but he had very limited playing time with the club. He is expected to get way more minutes next season.
Vendee Challans announced signing of Boris Bakovic (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) for 2012/13. The player will be used at position 4 (PF). Bakovic graduated at the University of Calgary (CIS) few months ago. He shined with 17.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 2.5 apg for 15 games as a senior. The player transferred to University of Calgary from Ryerson College two years ago. He has Serbian and Canadian citizenships.



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Daniel Theis signs three-year contract with ratiopharm Ulm - by Moritz Korff

BBL team ratiopharm Ulm has landed a coup signing one of the most promising young German players, Daniel Theis (206-C/F-92). The 20-year-old inked a three-year deal with the German runner-up, the club unveiled on its website.
Theis averaged 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest for Braunschweig in this past BBL season and also played for the Phantoms' farmteam in the Pro B (18.4ppg, 8.9rpg, 2.2bpg), receiving Eurobasket.com All-Pro B Second Team and Defensive Player of the Year honors.



FC Bayern Munich Picks Up Mauricio Marin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


FC Bayern Munich picked up a big German basketball talent courtesy of 8 time Beko BBL team Alba Berlin getting Mauricio Marin (188-PG-94) Marin is a 18 year old 192 cm guard that played for ALBA Berlin II (ProB) last season playing 21 games: 5.5ppg, 1.0apg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 72.2%. "With Mauricio Marin a hopeful German U18 player has decided to come to our program. He is a very athletic player. We will support him in the next years to develop his abilites", stressed FC Bayern Munich sport director Marko Pesic. Marin started is basketball career in 2008 for
TuS Neukoelln Junior Team. In 2009-2010, he played for IBBA Berlin Junior Team. In 2001-2011, he played for RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (ProB): 18 games: 2.5ppg, played also for RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf II (2.Regionalliga): 7 games: 9.6ppg. "I am looking forward to the next years in Munich and working with Dirk Bauermann and Felix Czerny. I want to make the next step in my basketball career in Munich", added Mauricio Marin. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -09-10, German U17 National Team -09-10, European Championships U16 in Bar (Montenegro) -10: 9 games: 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT-3 (90.9%)
German U18 National Team -11-12, European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) -11: 8 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0rpg, and Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim (Germany) -12

Source: FC Bayern Munich





Daniel Schmidt Gets 2 Year Extension From The Brose Baskets Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After the Brose Baskets Bamberg cleared up the most important business of the day announcing that Anton Gavel will stay another 2 years in the bavarian city, the club also displayed their trust in their young German player Daniel Schmidt (186-PG-90) giving him a two year contract extension. Schmidt is a 21 year old 186cm point guard that has been in the Bamberg organization since 2006. He played for cooperation partner TSV Troester II Breitengussbach (Regionalliga) from 2006-2008 and then made the jump to the Beko BBL team in 2008 all the while still getting minutes for TSV Troester II Breitengussbach in the PRO B the last 4 years. Last season, Schmidt played 22 games: 1.4ppg for Bamberg in 5,14 minutes per game and Euroleague: 1 game: 0pts; played also at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 25 games: 11.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 66.9%. "We believe that Daniel is prepared to make a big jump. He has the trust from the coach and will get his minutes", stressed Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder. Schmidt has played a total of 37 Beko BBL games and will add on to that total this season.

Source: Brose Baskets



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France U20 wins the home tournament - by Eurobasket News

France U20-Greece U20 67:47

France U20 wins the home tournament with three participating teams. After the victory over Sweden U20 in the opener, France added 67:47 win over Greece U20.
The hosts opened the game with 19-18, but failed at the end of the half. The Greek side grabbed 4-point lead at the halftime due to 15-10 in the second period. The picture however completely had changed in the second half. France won the third period 17-10 and then added 21-4 in the last stanza. Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) was the last player to score in the game for 20-point difference.
Louis Labeyrie (209-C-92) paced all the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Rudy Gobert had 11. Axel Julien (185-PG-92) nailed 10 and Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93) delivered 8. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) finished the game with 13 points in defeat and Ianoulis LARENTZAKIS posted 10.

France U20: Louis Labeyrie 20+11 rebs, Rudy Gobert 11, Axel Julien 10, Livio Jean-Charles 8
Greece U20: Anastasios Antonakis 13, Ianoulis LARENTZAKIS 10



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Dutch Prospects Seek their Dream Abroad - by Fred Roggen

In the last 10-15 years the game of basketball in Holland has suffered a great deal. Other nations are maximizing the athletic and skill potential of their young players.
Instead of making more avenues to get our prospects better, the pro-teams using those young players just to fill the bench.
I understand that more players wont make money playing basketball than will but its not only about them. The product of basketball in Holland is pretty bad right now.
The last two years a lot of Dutch prospects left Holland, because of this situation, moving to the US or Spain to develop their skills and to seek their dreams.

Here is a list of Dutch prospects heading abroad and where they are headed.

USA:
Martijn Bernhard (178-G) 178 G J.and Wales, CO
Kevin Bleeker (208-C-93) 208 C 93 Canisius
Ruud de Jong (203-C) 203 C E.Kentucky
Kenoy Jones 193 G/F Chattahoochee TC
Charlon Kloof (190-G-90) 190 G 90 St.Bonaventure
Matthias Runs (208-C) 208 C 94 St.Bonaventure
Kadeem Pantophlet (198-F-90) 198 F 90 Duquesne
TThomas van der Mars (208-C-90)s 208 C 90 Portland
Wouter van der Eng (202-F/C-89) 202 F/C 89 Brandeis
Kevin van Wijk (204-F-89) 204 F 89 Valparaiso
Joey van Zegeren McAdam (208-F-90) 208 F 90 Virginia Tech
Chaed Weillian (203-F) 203 F Tennessee State University
Jasper Wieling (208-C-91) 208 C 91 BYU-Hawaii
Paul Candiff (184-PG-93) 184 G 93 Cuesta Junior College
Jito Kok (205-C-94) 205 C 94 University of San Diego
Shane Hammink (198-G-94) 198 G 94 Louisiana State University
Don Rigters Pensacola State College
Mike Hogervorst (207-C-95) 207 C 95 Holderness High School
Willem Brandwijk (204-F-95) 204 F 95 Holderness High School
Eric van Beek 178 G 92 EnterpriseOzark Community College
Derrik Smits 210 C 95 Zionsville Community HS
Roy van der Pol 200 F
Dunwoody Wildcats HS

Canada:
Marc Peutz (205-C-92) 205 C 92 Cape Breton ( (CIS)
Arild Geugjes Cape Breton ( (CIS)
Daan Wiersum (F-91) 207 F 91 Calgary ( (CIS)

Spain:
Terrence Bieshaar 97 Joventut Badalona
Oliver Bieshaar 03 Joventut Badalona
Floris Versteeg (200-F-94) 200 F 94 Canarias Basketball Academy
Jordy Kuiper 203 F 95 Canarias Basketball Academy
Nick Hammink 192 G 95 Canarias Basketball Academy
Ryan Hammink 195 F 95 Canarias Basketball Academy
Stefan Topalovic 191 G 95 Canarias Basketball Academy
Merijn Awater 190 G/F 97 Canarias Basketball Academy
Jonah Callenbach (194-F/G-93) 194 F 93 Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila
Torben Tonjann (203-C-94) 203 C 94 Caceres Ciudad del Baloncesto
Olaf Schaftenaar (205-C-93) 205 C 93 Real Club Nautico de Tenerife
Bart Stolk (206-C-93) 206 C 93 Real Club Nautico de Tenerife

Slovakia:
Kasper Averink (183-PG-93, agency: Arete Sports Agency) 183 G 93 BC Prievidza

Estonia:
Camil Hadzic 95 BC Kalev/Cramo




Den Helder Kings signs Mladenovic, Van der Kooij and Landman - by Fred Roggen

Stefan Mladenovic (190-G-90, agency: Court Side) joins Den Helder Kings after bringing aboard a new head coach, Den Helder Kings has added also to its roster by signing Jan van der Kooij (198-F-90, agency: Court Side) and
Kevin Landman (185-PG-94) . Point guard Mladenovic played for Rotterdam Basketbal College for the past three seasons. Last year he averaged 10.2 points and 2.5 assists per game in the Dutch Basketball League.
Forward Jan van der Kooij (198-F-90, agency: Court Side) arrives from Longwood College, where he averaged 6.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in 31 appearances last season.

Prospect Kevin Landman (185-PG-94), 18 years, previously played for Landstede Zwolle where he mostly played for the junior team.





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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Branding
 1. Jersey G-F 4-2 
 2. Orlando V. 4-10 
 3. Yamhill H. 0-6 
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 17-3 
 2. Vancouver V. 10-8 
 3. Olympia R. 7-13 
International
 1. Portland C. 15-5 
 2. Edmonton E. 14-5 
 3. Nippon T. 1-12 
Travel Team
 1. S. Soldiers 8-11 
 2. Los Angeles 0-0 
 3. W.Coast H. 0-5 

Finals: Round 1

Jul. 8: Bellingham S. - Portland C. 142-109


Slam blow past Chinooks, 142-109 to win IBL championship - by Eurobasket News

The Bellingham Slam rode a big second quarter effort to a 142-109 victory over the Portland Chinooks to claim the 2012 International Basketball League Championship on Sunday evening inside a raucous Whatcom Pavilion.

Trailing 31-30 after a back-and-forth first quarter, the Slam posted 40 points in the second, with 23 coming from guard Morris Anderson (6'3''-G, college: W.Washington) and center Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Martin's) combined. The turning point came with 2:19 left as Anderson drained a three-pointer that sparked a 12-4 run to round out the half. Bellingham led 70-60 in halftime.

Portland prevented the deficit from getting any worse until the late stages of the third quarter, when the Slam again manufactured a late run. Bellingham scored 11 of the quarter's last 14 points as they extended their lead to 20, at 101-81.

In the fourth quarter, the Slam offense put on a clinic, outscoring the Chinooks 41-28 and at one point putting up 16 straight tallies to turn the result into a laugher. Veteran guard Jared Stevenson ended the scoring with a fade-away baseline shot as time expired, sending the Pavilion crowd into a confetti-launching frenzy.

The 33-point margin of victory was the largest for a championship-winning team in the IBL since the league was formed in 2005.

For the Slam, the title is the team's second in franchise history after coming away with their first championship victory in 2008 over the Elkhart Express. Bellingham reached the title game again in 2010, but lost to the Albany Legends.

Anderson led the Slam with 29 points, including a 4-for-5 showing from three-point range, and picked up the game's Most Valuable Player honors. Guard Jacob Stevenson (6'4''-G-81, college: W.Washington) finished with 27 points and a season-high 11 assists, while Poole rounded out a fine sophomore season with 23 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

Portland forward David Lucas (6'8''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon St.) led four Chinooks players in double figures with 30 points. Guard Ryan Scott added 22 points but was hindered by 11 turnovers. As a team, Portland gave away the ball 31 times.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Maccabi Haifa bring in Lior Segev - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Haifa bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Lior Segev (190-PG-83, agency: Gross Zeev ISA). The guard signed a two-year deal with the team. Last season Lior Segev started in Hapoel Kiryat Tivon. He averaged 19.5 points, 7.8 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game in National League. Later he moved to Elitzur Netanya. The guard notched 4.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game in Premier League. Previously Lior Segev had stints with Hapoel Holon, Galil Gilboa, Baitar Benyamina, Maccabi Ashdod, Elitzur Ramla, Hapoel Yarcha and Hapoel Zfat. He was the member of Israeli U20 National Team back in 2001. Lior Segev won the Israeli Cup back in 2009.


Baltic Cup U18: Israel wins over Lithuania, ties both records - by Eurobasket News

Israel U18-Lithuania U18 79:70

Israel wins over Lithuania at Baltic Cup U18 in Riga. The winners grabbed 79:70 win to tie both records at 1-1.
Israel lost the opener to Latvia and started this game better. They won the opening period 20-13 and scored the same number of points in the second frame. After 20-17 in it Israel led 40:30 at the halftime.
In the second half it was Lithuania that scored 20 points in the third and the last stanzas. At first they won the third period 20-16 and reduced to 6 points after three quarters. Later however Israel produced a 23-20 in the last quarter to seal the victory.
Egor Koulechov (194-F-94) paced all the winners with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Idan Zalmanson (207-C/F-95) nailed 17. Rafi Menco (198-F-94, agency: Avi Zilberman)poured in 12, while Adam Ariel (198-F-94) and Eliav Ohanon (197-F-94) each scored 8. Benas Griciunas delivered 12 points in the losing effort and Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) added 10.

Israel U18: Egor Koulechov 21+14 rebs, Idan Zalmanson 17, Rafi Menco 12, Adam Ariel 8, Eliav Ohanon 8
Lithuania U18: Benas Griciunas 12, Marius Grigonis 10



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Reggio Emilia close to get PG Andrea Cinciarini - by Eurobasket News

Reggio Emilia is close to sign a 2-year deal with Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86), according to Sportando.net. Reportedly, the Italian point guard is finalizing his buyout with Cantu, after what he will sign with SerieA newcomers. Reggio Emilia won Lega Due regular season title last season with 20-8 record. Andrea Cinciarini had 5.2 pg, 2.6 rpg and 2.3 apg for Cantu in 16 Euroleague games last season. They managed to reach Top 16. In SerieA, the point guard collected 4.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.9 apg in 34 games. Before Cantu, Cinciarini spent two years with Montegranaro. In 2011, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Domestic Player of the Year. In the past, Cinciarini played for Edmes Pavia, Power Dry Pistoia and Scavolini Pesaro. He also played for Italian National Team last summer at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. Cinciarini appeared 4 times at this event averaging 1.3 points.


Mario Boni Announces Retirement - by Pervin Elgin

Mario Boni (200-F-63) decided to retire and did so by writing a letter: 'Emotions 1972/2012'

I was 9 years old when I first picked up the basketball, I was 48 when I dropped the last.

Forty years of basketball, forty years of love, passion, drama, emotions... joy.

Basketball has given me everything and I took something. It 's been a long love affair. But as all things it have an end.

I figured out on a hundred, I understood why I didnt feel the fire inside of me. I understood why the defeat in the last cursed game had no flavour of despair as so often happened to me. It is the end. I thank everyone. Those who have loved me and the many (many) who have hated.

All I've got emotions.

Thanks
Mario Boni



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Tochigi Brex hire Antanas Sireika - by Eurobasket News

Tochigi Brex appointed Antanas Sireika as the new head coach of the team. The deal is meant for two seasons. Antanas Sireika worked with Siauliai since 2008. He left the team after the end of the previous season. Antanas Sireika led Siauliai to the Baltic League regular season crown this spring. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Coach of the Year. He also steered the team to the LKL semifinals. Previously Antanas Sireika worked with Lietuvos Rytas, Unics Kazan, Zalgiris. He also guided Lithuanian National Team in 2002/06 seasons. Eurobasket.com named Sireika All-Lithuanian LKL Coach of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2005


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  LATVIA   


Akselis Vairogs returns to Ventpsils - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils announced the signing of Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85, agency: Players Group). The deal is meant for the next season. The forward spent the last season in Poland. He played for Slask Wroclaw. Akselis Vairogs averaged 8.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game in PLK. Previously Akselis Vairogs was a long time member of Ventspils. He also had stints with Valmiera, Zemgale and Bordeaux. The forward was named All-Latvian LBL Newcomer of the Year in 2004. He also made it into Latvian League All-Defensive Team in 2009. Akselis Vairogs was the member of Latvian B National Team in 2004. In 2011 the forward joined Latvian National Team.


Baltic Cup U18: Latvia celebrated the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18-Estonia U18 85:58

Latvia celebrated the second straight win at the Baltic Cup U18. The home side of the tournament with 4 participating teams edged Estonia 85:58 in Day 2.
Latvia erupted with 33-9 in the first period and never looked back in the game. They had some difficulties to score in the second period and managed to end up only with 7 points. Anyway the board showed 40:21 at the halftime as Latvia continued their dominance in the second half. They won the third period 26-19 and finished the game with 19-18 in the last stanza.
Anzejs Pasecniks top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Rihards Adins (203-F-94) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds. Dmitrijs Brizgalovs (188-G) and Davis Geks (183-G-95) followed them with 12 points each in a win. Aleksis Anijarv (186-G-94) produced 11 points in the losing effort and Brett Nomm (185-G-94) added 10.
In Day 3 Latvia will face Lithuania, while Israel will take on Estonia.

Latvia U18: Anzejs Pasecniks 17, Rihards Adins 14+14 rebs, Dmitrijs Brizgalovs 12, Davis Geks 12
Estonia U18: Aleksis Anijarv 11, Brett Nomm 10



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Zalgiris hires Joan Plaza as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Joan Plaza became the new Head Coach of Zalgiris Kaunas. The Spanish specialist penned a one-year deal with the club. Plaza officially left Cajasol yesterday. He took them over three years ago. Last season they reached Liga Endesa Quarterfinals and failed to Real Madrid. Cajasol ended regular season as No.7 with 18-16 record. Joan Plaza reached EuroCup Finals with Cajasol a year ago. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Head Coach of Real Madrid and won ACB title with them in 2007. The team also won ULEB Cup that season and Plaza was named Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Coach of the Year. Joan Plaza served as Assistant Coach of Real Madrid in 2005/06. Before that he was Assistant Coach at Joventut Badalona.


Baltic Cup U18: Israel wins over Lithuania, ties both records - by Eurobasket News

Israel U18-Lithuania U18 79:70

Israel wins over Lithuania at Baltic Cup U18 in Riga. The winners grabbed 79:70 win to tie both records at 1-1.
Israel lost the opener to Latvia and started this game better. They won the opening period 20-13 and scored the same number of points in the second frame. After 20-17 in it Israel led 40:30 at the halftime.
In the second half it was Lithuania that scored 20 points in the third and the last stanzas. At first they won the third period 20-16 and reduced to 6 points after three quarters. Later however Israel produced a 23-20 in the last quarter to seal the victory.
Egor Koulechov (194-F-94) paced all the winners with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Idan Zalmanson (207-C/F-95) nailed 17. Rafi Menco (198-F-94, agency: Avi Zilberman)poured in 12, while Adam Ariel (198-F-94) and Eliav Ohanon (197-F-94) each scored 8. Benas Griciunas delivered 12 points in the losing effort and Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) added 10.

Israel U18: Egor Koulechov 21+14 rebs, Idan Zalmanson 17, Rafi Menco 12, Adam Ariel 8, Eliav Ohanon 8
Lithuania U18: Benas Griciunas 12, Marius Grigonis 10



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Nantes extends deal with Mahamadou Drame - by Eurobasket News

Nantes signed a 1-year contract extension with Mahamadou Drame (188-SG-86). The Malian/French guard will play his second season with the club. In 2011/12 he had 6.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.4 apg for 31 games in ProB. Two years ago Drame was a member of Clermont. There, he appeared 30 times in ProA registering 4.4 ppg and 2.1 rpg. They parted ways in February of 2011. In 2010, Mahamadou Drame reached ProB Semifinals with Aix-Maurienne and he played for the club also in 2008/09. Before that, the player split one season between Saint Vallier and Swiss team Lausanne Morges Basket. Drame also has experience from Levallois. Mahamadou Drame played for the Malian National Team at All-Africa Games in Algeria -07.


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USA National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

NBA National Team 2012
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Carmelo Anthony
Anthony
Kobe Bryant
Bryant
Tyson Chandler
Chandler
Kevin Durant
Durant
Blake Griffin
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Carmelo Anthony 6'8''-F-84 New York K.
Kobe Bryant 6'6''-G-78 LA Lakers
Tyson Chandler 7'1''-C-82 New York K.
Kevin Durant 6'9''-G/F-88 Oklah.City T.
Blake Griffin 6'10''-F-89 LA Clippers
James Harden 6'5''-G-89 Oklah.City T.
Andre Iguodala 6'6''-G-84 Philadelph.76
LeBron James 6'8''-F-84 Miami Heat
Kevin Love 6'10''-F/C-88 Minnesota T.
Chris Paul 6'0''-PG-85 LA Clippers
Russell Westbrook 6'3''-PG-88 Oklah.City T.
Deron Williams 6'3''-PG-84 Brooklyn N.

Mike Krzyzewski coach
Jim Boeheim coach
Mike D''Antoni coach
Nate McMillan coach



Spurs re-signing Danny Green to $12M deal - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to re-sign guard Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) to a three-year, $12 million contract, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

The contract is fully guaranteed, the source said.

Green averaged 9.1 points and 3.5 rebounds while starting 38 of 66 games for the Spurs last season. The former second-round pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame being waived by Cleveland and San Antonio his first two seasons.

Green picked up a hefty raise on his new deal after making $854,389 last season. Free agents can sign contracts starting on Wednesday.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Magic also are considering Jeff Hornacek and Lindsey Hunter for their head-coaching job - by Eurobasket News

Add two more names to the list of candidates for the Orlando Magic's head-coaching vacancy.

The Magic are expected to interview Utah Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek and Phoenix Suns player development coach Lindsey Hunter soon.

Hornacek's candidacy was reported first by The Salt Lake Tribune. Hunter's candidacy previously was reported by WKMG.

The Magic also are considering four others, league sources have told the Orlando Sentinel.

They are: Golden State Warriors lead assistant coach Michael Malone, Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Jacque Vaughn and Quin Snyder, who has decided to leave his position as a Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach for a similar position with CSKA Moscow.

Hornacek and Shaw were at Amway Center on Monday for the 2012 AirTran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League.

Hornacek told the Sentinel that he would speak to the Magic if given the opportunity.

Shaw said he has been interviewed for the job.

Shaw said he is "playing the waiting game" and doesn't have any idea when the Magic will make a decision. Shaw played three seasons for the Magic during the mid-1990s.

Hornacek, 49, just completed his second season as a Jazz assistant coach. He played a total of 14 NBA seasons for the Phoenix Suns, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Jazz.

Hunter, 41, also starred as a player. He played for the Detroit Pistons for most of his 17-year NBA career.

Courtesy of http://articles.orlandosentinel.com



Dwight Howard waiting game continues as Nets, Magic look to finalize trade - by Eurobasket News

If LeBron James is losing sleep over the thought of a new super team being formed and threatening his new spot on the NBA throne, he wasn't about to admit Monday afternoon.

The Heat forward and recently-crowned champion couldn't have been more apathetic to the news that the Nets may be on the verge of finally landing Magic center Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85), never mind that the move would change the league's power structure yet again just two summers after James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh did just that by teaming up in Miami.

When asked if he had considered how Brooklyn team that would include Howard, Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois), Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace might stack up against the rest of the league, James simply said, "Nope." A second attempt to get James' assessment went nowhere as well.

But rest assured, the Nets will have plenty to say about the landscape of this league if this deal does, in fact, go down.

"We'd be one of the top teams in the East, for sure, and one of the top teams in the NBA," said Williams, who -- for obvious reasons -- was far more eager to discuss the deal. "It just depends on how everybody gels and comes together as a team, you never know (how good it'd be). It took Miami a year, losing in the Finals, and then this year they came out and were better. It'd be great. There's no doubt about it that (Howard) is one of the top five players in the world, and there's nobody like him in the NBA."

While the Knicks' signing of center Tyson Chandler last offseason was seen as an impactful move in New York, Howard to Brooklyn -- as even Chandler himself admitted Monday -- would be on a different level.

"They're already an incredible team," Chandler said of the Nets. "They already have to be looked at as a team that can definitely compete next year. With the addition of Joe Johnson, they have one of the best backcourts in the league in Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. Gerald Wallace is an incredible player. And they've got solid bigs, so as is right now they're a good team. And if they can pull off the other thing that's roaming around out there in the air, obviously it'll make them even better."

It remains to be seen if and when the deal will be done. Sources confirmed reports that the latest proposal would involve 12 players and up to four teams, with Cleveland joining the talks and the Clippers among the candidates to also be involved. As of Monday evening, however, a source close to the Clippers said they were "still mulling" whether or not to take part in the deal.

If all teams agreed to the blockbuster, it would be as follows:

The Nets would receive Howard while agreeing to take back significant salary from the Magic in Jason Richardson (three years, $18.6 million remaining), Chris Duhon (two years, $7.6 million remaining) and Earl Clark (one year remaining at $1.2 million)

The Magic would receive restricted free agent Brook Lopez (via sign-and-trade), Luke Walton, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson and three first-round picks (two from the Nets and a lottery-protected pick from the Clippers)

The Cavaliers would get Kris Humphries (via sign-and-trade), Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines and a first-round pick and $3 million from Brooklyn

The Clippers would receive second-year guard MarShon Brooks


Yet given the number of teams and players, nothing is for certain just yet. What's more, the Humphries component could be the biggest obstacle to a possible deal.

The forward's agent, Dan Fegan, told SI's Chris Mannix that reports of Humphries possibly agreeing to a one-year deal as part of this proposal were not accurate. Fegan, interestingly, also represents Howard.

"That's ridiculous," he said of Humphries, who averaged 13.8 points and 11.7 rebounds last season with the Nets. "I have not had one conversation about a one-year deal (for Humphries)."

No one could blame Humphries for not wanting to sign yet another short-term deal, as he signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Nets last season, in part, because of the team's desire to retain salary cap flexibility for when Howard would be a free agent this summer. Months later, however, Howard executed the option for the final year of his contract and remained in Orlando.

Meanwhile, the Lakers, Rockets, Mavericks and Hawks remain in talks for Howard and could still make a push so long as the Nets' deal isn't completed. Aside from Brooklyn, the Rockets may be making the strongest play for Howard after they made yet another move Monday night, reportedly agreeing to a sign-and-trade deal that would send center Marcus Camby to the Knicks.

Houston reportedly will acquire the expiring contracts of Jerome Jordan, Josh Harrelson and Toney Douglas as well as second-round picks in 2014 and 2015 in exchange for Camby, who was given a three-year, $13.2 million deal. It marked the latest move in which Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has netted the sort of assets that new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan is known to be coveting: draft picks and salary cap flexibility.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Dwyane Wade 'doing fine' after surgery; Miami Heat awaits Rashard Lewis decision - by Eurobasket News

The Miami Heat continued efforts to fortify its roster on Monday while one of its stars underwent surgery.

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) had a successful 20-minute arthroscopic procedure on his left knee, with the objective of eliminating the swelling and discomfort that plagued him during the postseason. He is expected to be fine for the start of training camp.

2 every1 who have [been] waiting 2 hear...[I am] doing fine after my surgery [this] morning, Wade posted on Twitter. Im in [great] hands..thanks 4 all your concern/prayers.

The Heat, meanwhile, continued to await a decision from Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79), who met with team officials on Sunday in Miami. Lewis also plans to meet with Atlanta (which could offer him more money) and potentially the Knicks before deciding.

It went well, agent Tony Dutt said of Lewis meeting with the Heat. Were talking to a couple more teams and will make a decision later in the week.

Lewis is making $13.7 million in a buyout next season, which makes the Heat cautiously optimistic that he would be willing to take a deal for the $1.3 million minimum.

But the Heat lost out in its pursuit of free agent center Marcus Camby, who reportedly is bound for the Knicks through a sign-and-trade with Houston. According to Yahoo!, the Rockets will get Toney Douglas, Josh Harrelson, Jerome Jordan and two second-round picks --- a package more appealing than anything the Heat was willing to offer.

Miami also has inquired about several other free agents, including guard Courtney Lee (whos too expensive) and John Lucas III, a 5-10 point guard who averaged 7.5 points for the Bulls last season.

If Lewis signs, the Heat would have 13 players under contract, including Ray Allen, who plans to sign Wednesday, and swingman Mike Miller, who hasnt decided whether to undergo back surgery.

One of the two remaining spots could go to a big man. The other spot could go to a guard, such as Lucas or free agent Terrel Harris.

Utah agreed to trade or buy out former FIU guard Raja Bell, but the Heat has not called about him. Bell, 35, said he would be interested in the Heat, Knicks and Lakers.



Wade Speaks Out

Wade, appearing on ESPNs Sunday conversation, talked about his knee problems during the playoffs and admitted, You start questioning your ability a little bit, over-thinking things, over-analyzing things.

Wade was asked what he thinks when he hears people saying hes getting old and losing it.

Im only 30, he said. I look at certain players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, players Ive modeled my game after, and those guys got better at 30, won more championships at 30. So Im just getting started.

Asked about the Heat adding Allen, Wade said, Its weird, because you say the guys that you mark on your calendar Oh, Ive got to go against this guy that night two of them are on my team now, LeBron James and Ray Allen.

On missing the Olympics because of knee surgery, Wade said, Its weird. It doesnt feel great. Im not one of those guys saying Im glad Im not there. I wish I was there.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



Pacers intend to match Blazers' offer to C Roy Hibbert - by Eurobasket News

It was bad news for Blazers fans on Monday, with the revelation that the Indiana Pacers intend to match Portland's offer to center Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown).

A restricted free agent, Hibbert had agreed to a four-year, $58 million contract with Portland, the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, according to ESPN.com.

As recently as Friday, Pacers officials had indicated they were on the fence about giving Hibbert a max deal, and Hibbert was in Portland on Monday to take a physical and check out his potential new home.

With all that going on, it seemed likely that the Blazers had found their new center, with Wednesday being the first day teams and players can put ink to paper on contracts. Although, Sports Illustrated recently reported that another, unnamed team had also offered Hibbert a max deal.

So what's the big deal here for Portland? Well, the Blazers lose out on a 7-foot-2, 285-pound All-Star at a position they desperately need to fill this offseason. Hibbert is an impact player at both ends of the court, and getting him would have been huge for the Blazers, but not getting him means the team likely will either have to settle for a lesser free-agent option or turn to wheeling and dealing to try to land a center through trade.

Many Blazers fans are understandably unhappy about losing Hibbert, but I read one story on Monday that questioned Portland's thinking in offering Hibbert the deal in the first place. The writer, who clearly didn't see many Blazers games the past couple of seasons, noted that Portland doesn't need to spend money on an All-Star center because in today's NBA, "size is less important than it's been in the past" and in the vein of power forwards who have shifted to the center position, "Portland already has their version of Chris Bosh in LaMarcus Aldridge."

True, Aldridge can and has played the center position, but as we saw when that became a necessity, it's not ideal for the Blazers. Guarding the bigs and setting up in the "5" spot takes Aldridge out of a lot of what he does best. He played a lot of center in 2011, in particular, because the Blazers flat out didn't have a healthy one on their roster; Nicolas Batum played there, too, out of necessity, and that was far from ideal.

No, the concept of smaller and faster might be trending in college football these days, but in the NBA, productive, defensive-minded big men who can also score are still a highly valued commodity, and the Blazers still need to spend their time, energy and money this offseason trying to secure one.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Source says 'pretty good chance' Ben Wallace returns to Pistons - by Eurobasket News

Big Ben will ride again for one more season.

A source close to the situation tells the Detroit News that "it's a pretty good chance" Ben Wallace (6'9''-C-74, college: Virginia Union) will return to the Pistons for another season.

Wallace, who will turn 38 in September, has been wanted back by the organization since the drafting of Andre Drummond.

"Me and Ben talk every other day," Pistons President Joe Dumars said recently, while intimating he would give Wallace until the opening of training camp to make a decision.
Apparently he didn't wait that long.

Wallace is a four-time Defensive Player of the Year and anchored the Pistons title run in 2004.

He told many close to him in the final weeks of the 2011-12 regular season he was ready to walk away, although many of his teammates thought he would consider returning.
The teammates honored him on the final regular-season game by all wearing headbands.

Courtesy of www.detroitnews.com



Sources: NBA champ Miami Heat contact John Lucas III - by Eurobasket News

While they work on ways to secure help in their frontcourt by courting Marcus Camby (6'11''-C/F-74, college: Massachusetts) and Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79), the Miami Heat are also looking at making a possible addition to their backcourt.

The Heat have been in contact with Chicago Bulls free agent point guard John Lucas III (5'11''-PG-82, college: Oklahoma St.), sources told ESPN.com.

Lucas averaged 7.5 points and 2.2 assists in 49 games with the Bulls last season including a 24-point game against the Heat in March in a Bulls victory. It was the best season of his winding career that's taken him in and out of the NBA dating back to 2005.

The Heat will still have three open roster spots after signing Ray Allen this week and Lucas is under consideration for one of them. Sunday the Heat met with Lewis, who has meetings with several other teams including the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics scheduled for this week.

The team still maintains an interest in Camby but might be a bit of a longshot after using its mid-level exception on Allen. Camby postponed a meeting with the Heat on Saturday so Miami could see if a sign-and-trade could be worked out with Houston Rockets, who have Camby's rights.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets were more interested in a sign-and-trade package from the New York Knicks than the Heat. Camby met with the Knicks on Sunday.

In other Heat news, Dwyane Wade is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this week after returning from a Caribbean vacation. Wade, who withdrew from the Olympics because he needed the procedure, is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Courtesy of ESPN



Kings, Thompson agree to contract - by Eurobasket News

The Kings can mark off their top priority in free agency.

They have reached an agreement with restricted free-agent power forward Jason Thompson (6'11''-F-86, college: Rider), who can sign the contract Wednesday.

"We're really excited about where we are with negotiations," Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie said Sunday. "And it's our intention to enter into a player contract once the moratorium ends."

Thompson and his agent, Leon Rose, could not be reached for comment.

Petrie could not discuss contract specifics, per league rules. But it is believed to be a multiyear deal that will pay Thompson about $6 million in the first season, approximately $1.5 million more than he would have earned if he played under his one-year qualifying offer.

Last season, Thompson averaged 9.1 points and 6.9 rebounds, below his career averages of 10.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. But in 47 games as a starter, he averaged 10 points and eight rebounds.

Thompson, a first-round pick in 2008, regained his starting job after two players brought in to replace him did not produce as expected.

At the start of training camp, the starting power forward spot belonged to Chuck Hayes, a free agent who had signed a four-year contract. But he missed time in camp while having a heart abnormality examined and then dislocated his shoulder.

Both times in Hayes' absence, J.J. Hickson received the starting job. The Kings traded for Hickson, believing he would provide athleticism in the frontcourt alongside center DeMarcus Cousins.

Hickson, however, shot 37 percent and lost the starting job to Thompson. Hickson was waived, and Thompson proved to be the best fit.

Thompson shot a career-high 53.5 percent that also was best among the Kings who played regularly.

Before the season was over, the Kings made it clear they intended to keep Thompson and extended a qualifying offer last month to make him a restricted free agent.

The Kings reiterated their intent to keep Thompson even after drafting power forward Thomas Robinson fifth overall last month. They believe Thompson, Robinson and Cousins will form the core of their post players.

While waiting on a decision from Thompson, the Kings last week met with restricted free-agent forward Ryan Anderson of Orlando. There were numerous reports Sunday that Orlando had agreed to deal Anderson to New Orleans in a sign-and-trade for forward Gustavo Ayon.

Even if he shares minutes with Robinson, Thompson should see plenty of time at forward and as a backup center.

After signing Thompson and Robinson, the Kings will be about $6 million under the salary cap.

"We're still looking at other opportunities," Petrie said.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com



Hornets rookie Anthony Davis now says he'll be part of summer league squad - by Eurobasket News

One day after being denied a spot on the USA Basketball team that will play in the London Olympic Games, New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93, college: Kentucky) said Sunday he'll be playing with the Hornets team in the summer league that begins here later this month.

Initially Davis had said he wouldn't participate in the summer league. But it's unclear whether he'll be joining the younger, men's select team that works against the Olympic team in preparation for the Games next week in Washington, D.C.

Davis is still an alternate for the Olympic Games.

Now that he won't be part of the USA Basketball team, Davis says he plans to participate on the Hornets' summer league team here.

"If I'm healthy, I'm playing," said Davis, who hopes his sprained left ankle will allow him to participate in contact work by Tuesday or Wednesday. "USAB hasn't told me anything (about traveling to Washington) so far."

Courtesy of www.nola.com



Celtics serious suitors for guard Lee - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics have emerged as a serious suitor for Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, college: W.Kentucky) after coach Doc Rivers met with the free-agent guard Saturday night, according to sources familiar with Boston's thinking.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Celtics, in the wake of losing sharpshooter Ray Allen to the Miami Heat, have ratcheted up their pursuit of Lee as a possible replacement.

Lee averaged 11.4 points per game for the Houston Rockets last season and hit 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.

The Celtics don't have the salary-cap space to sign Lee outright, but sources say the Rockets have let it be known that they're willing to participate in sign-and-trade deals with both Marcus Camby and Lee amid the increasing likelihood that neither of those coveted free agents will be returning to Houston.

Allen, who spent the past five seasons in Boston, agreed to sign with the reigning champion Heat on Friday, leaving the Celtics thin at shooting guard.
Boston has added veteran guard Jason Terry this offseason but may need to offset the absence of Avery Bradley, who needs right shoulder surgery and could miss the start of next season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, sources said, are the other teams in pursuit of Lee. The Chicago Bulls have long been interested in Lee, as well, but the Bulls' limited financial flexibility means they'd also need a sign-and-trade deal to land the swingman.

Courtesy of http://abclocal.go.com



Jazz reach verbal agreement to buy out Raja Bell - by Eurobasket News

Veteran shooting guard Raja Bell (6'5''-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) told The Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday he has reached a verbal agreement with the Utah Jazz for a buyout of his 2012-13 contract. Once the deal is formalized, Bell said hell be free to sign with any team in the league.

"Ive been given the greenlight and weve agreed to terms," said Bell, whos set to make $3.4 million this season.

A message left for Jazz General Manager Kevin OConnor wasnt immediately returned.

Bells already drawn interest from several clubs since free agency began July 1, and he acknowledged teams such as Miami, Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers are interesting to him. He would not specify which organizations have recently shown interest, though, since his buyout had previously not been made public and he wants to respect the Jazzs role in the process.

Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday that Bell has interest in returning to his hometown Heat, while the Lakers are a legitimate possibility.

"We typically play it pretty close to the vest. [Agent] Herb [Rudoy] and I are pretty private," Bell said. "But, in essence, [Im] pretty much a free agent. I dont think the Is are dotted and the Ts are crossed. But weve been given the greenlight by Utah to go ahead and find something that works for us. Weve agreed to the terms. So I think its safe to say now we are in the market again and were entertaining our options at this point."

Bell would prefer to join an organization that "wants to win" and joked hes too far along in his career to start rebuilding now. But he isnt fixated upon only joining a large-market, win-now team, and hes more concerned with finding the best fit for his game.

"My agent and I are just trying to find a good [situation] and were exploring all our options," said Bell, who was Utahs main free agent signing two years ago.

Bell, 35, averaged 6.4 points and 1.4 rebounds last season while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 39.1 percent behind the 3-point line in 34 games (33 starts). He played in only one contest after March 15, though, dealing with a left knee injury and publicly clashing with coach Tyrone Corbin.

During an exit interview, Bell said Corbin made things "personal" and the 12-year veteran made it clear he didnt want to play for Utah again.

O'Connor said during the season the small-market organization didn't know what a buyout was, inferring that Utah isn't in the business of paying players not to play.

But a two-month cooling-off process has calmed both sides. Bell said Sunday he holds no ill will toward the Jazz and he greatly respects O'Connor.

"From the exit interview and to this point we've agreed that we're going to work on a buyout," he said. "I think we've got to a point where both sides are satisfied with it. We agreed with Utah we were going to work it out. We got to a point where we've agreed that everybody's satisfied going forward, and so I've heard from - I can't put a number on it - a handful of teams."

He added: "Going into any situation, there's a risk involved. At least from my part, there's no hard feelings. It just didn't happen to work out. We'll go elsewhere and see what we can find that works for me."

Bell said he's in 100 percent health and has recently participated in CrossFit training sessions. He said if the 2012-13 season started Monday, he'd immediately be able to play.

"I'm in shape and ready to go," Bell said.

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com



Nets, Magic make progress on potential blockbuster for Dwight Howard - by Eurobasket News

The Nets and Magic made progress Sunday on a blockbuster trade scenario that would send Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) to Brooklyn with an assist from the Cleveland Cavaliers, multiple league sources told CBSSports.com.

Despite significant work left to be done, the Nets moved toward a series of options that would "sweeten the pot" for the Magic and perhaps compel them to finally end the year-long drama involving their All-Star center, one of the sources said.

The first hurdle was involving the Cavs as a third team that would be able to absorb the contract of Nets forward Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade aspect of a larger, vastly complicated proposal. Those details were still being discussed late into the evening, as the Cavs would want draft-pick compensation for facilitating the deal. ESPN.com reported that promising Nets guard MarShon Brooks could be routed to Cleveland as part of the cost of taking on Humphries.

Humphries, an unrestricted free agent, would have to agree to the deal, which would require him to sign at least a three-year contract with the first year fully guaranteed. As of early Monday, no negotiations had taken place between Cleveland and Humphries' representatives, sources said.

The chances of a deal coming together rapidly were remote, as various participants in the trade discussions had obligations with Team USA in Las Vegas starting Monday. But having fallen short of acquiring Howard at the March trade deadline when the All-Star unpredictably waived his right to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, the Nets roared back Sunday to become most likely landing spot for Howard in a trade.

While patiently examining all options for trading Howard, Magic GM Rob Hennigan continued to engage multiple teams in negotiations Sunday, including the Los Angeles Lakers, sources said. But the Lakers' chances were bogged down by uncertainty over whether Andrew Bynum, certain to head to Orlando in any Howard trade involving L.A., would readily agree to a long-term deal with the Magic as part of a trade. Yahoo Sports reported Sunday that Bynum has given no such indication.

Similarly, there has been no signal from Howard's camp that the Magic All-Star was willing to relax his insistence that, if traded, he would only agree to a long-term contract with the Nets.

The Cavs were a likely candidate to facilitate the trade, given their cap room and as many as six first-round picks they possess in the next three drafts -- plus the right to swap another first-round pick with the Lakers. Other teams with similar flexibility have exhibited little interest in helping create another super team in a major market, which is what would happen if Howard joined Deron Williams and Joe Johnson in Brooklyn.

"I don't think anyone is all that anxious to help the Nets," one executive on the periphery of the talks said.

Preparing for all contingencies, the Nets also have explored the possibility of signing and trading Brook Lopez to a third team in exchange for draft picks that would enhance the rebuilding blocks Orlando is seeking, sources said. But people involved in the Howard trade talks believe that, if a deal is there to be made between the Nets and Magic, the most likely scenario remains Lopez going to Orlando and Humphries going to a third team.

The complicated framework was far from agreed to Sunday, but the Nets were "making progress" in their longtime pursuit of Howard, one of the people involved said. The Magic have not been given the green light by Brooklyn officials that a third-team facilitator has been found, another source said.

In the ideal scenario for Orlando, the Magic would get multiple first-round and possibly second-round picks, "perhaps a player or two," a source said, and cap relief from moving the onerous contracts of Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson. The resumption of serious talks with the Nets Sunday was an indication that Hennigan -- a 30-year-old product of the Spurs and Thunder organizations -- has sold Magic ownership on rebuilding from the ground up in the wake of the Howard debacle that he inherited mere weeks ago.

While it is possible that Hennigan ultimately elects to wait until more players league-wide become trade eligible on Dec. 15 -- when this summer's free agents can be dealt -- there are strong indications in the Orlando organization that the team senses the best deal for Howard can be extracted now. Also, what little appetite remained in the Magic organization for Howard and the drama that accompanies him has been all but eradicated, sources said.

"At some point, you have to move on," a rival executive said.

Despite the fact that the Nets' cap space for next summer has been exhausted with the re-signing of Williams and Gerald Wallace and trade with Atlanta for Johnson, Brooklyn may still be best positioned to help Orlando accomplish its full menu of goals in a Howard deal. The Nets have five trade-eligible players besides Lopez and Humphries, allowing them flexibility to provide cap relief to the Magic in addition to draft picks. There was optimism Sunday night that Cleveland's price for facilitating the deal by taking Humphries would be "accommodated," a person briefed on the talks said.

The Nets also forestalled the imposition of a hard cap on their payroll for next season at $74 million by getting Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic to accept the smaller, taxpayer mid-level exception rather than the larger exception that would've activated the hard cap at $4 million above the luxury tax line.

The Nets have begun talks with Lopez's representatives on a contract extension, a step that one person close to Lopez described as "a formality." It is understood that Lopez would garner close to a max deal to be the starting center in Brooklyn or Orlando, depending on how the Nets' pursuit of Howard plays out.

Either way, the Nets have registered their interest in 38-year-old center Marcus Camby, who postponed his visit with Miami Saturday and had what a source described as a "very productive" meeting with Knicks officials Sunday. Brooklyn is pursuing Camby to be their backup center regardless of whether the starter ends up being Lopez or Howard, sources said.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Kirk Hinrich agrees to 2-year, $6M deal with Bulls - by Eurobasket News

While other Eastern Conference contenders are adding new faces via free agency, the Bulls will satisfy their biggest offseason need with a familiar one after guard Kirk Hinrich (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas) verbally committed to a two-year contract Sunday that will pay him approximately $6 million.

The deal makes sense for the Bulls and Hinrich. The Bulls get the combo guard they desperately need as Hinrich can play the point while Derrick Rose recovers from surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee. When Rose returns, Hinrich can back him up and slide over to shooting guard to fill in for Rip Hamilton. He could be Hamiltons permanent replacement if the veteran leaves after his contract expires after next season.

Hinrich is a capable defender at both positions, which makes him more versatile than C.J. Watson. Watson has been Roses backup the last two seasons, but its unlikely the Bulls will pick up his $3.2 million team option for next season with Hinrichs signing imminent once players begin signing free-agent deals Wednesday. The Bulls also could pick up Watsons option and trade him to another team.

The Bulls also selected Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague with the 29th pick in last months draft.

For Hinrich, its a chance to return to the franchise where he played his first seven seasons and perhaps compete for an NBA championship, if not this season, then next. Captain Kirk still maintains a residence near the teams training facility in Deerfield.

Also on general manager Gar Formans to-do list is deciding whether to pick up a $5 million team option on Kyle Korver. The three-point specialist told the Sun-Times in a recent interview that he would like to return to the Bulls but understands that salary-cap concerns could prevent it.

I really have no idea, Korver said. Its going to be tough for the Bulls to bring everybody back. Regardless, Ill have no hard feelings. They are trying to win championships.

The Bulls also have to decide if theyll match the Houston Rockets three-year, $25 million offer to Omer Asik within three days of the free-agent moratorium that ends Wednesday. Forman indicated that hed match any offer for the backup center, but the Rockets deal, which balloons to almost $15 million in its third year, complicates the decision.

With Luol Deng possibly needing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, wing depth is also a priority. Gerald Green, who played for the New Jersey Nets last season, has recently visited the Berto Center, a source confirmed, and might be willing to play for the veteran minimum.

The Bulls have a club option on Ronnie Brewer, but hes not expected to return.

John Lucas III was the Bulls third-string point guard last season. He has played against Hinrich in college and in the NBA and said he was unsure if Hinrichs signing would affect his return to the Bulls.

Lucas said eight teams have expressed interest in him.

Kirk has proved himself in the league for as many years as he has been in there, Lucas said. I like Kirk. I liked him in college. He has had some injuries the last couple of years, but he can still play.

Hinrich averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 assists in 48 games (31 starts) with the Atlanta Hawks last season after missing the first 18 games of the season after surgery on his left shoulder. The Bulls career leader in three-pointers attempted and made, Hinrich shot .414 from the field and .346 from three-point range.

Watson, meanwhile, played in 49 games last season, including a career-high 25 starts, and averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 assists. He shot .368 from the field and .393 from three-point range.

Courtesy of www.suntimes.com



J.R. Smith agrees to re-sign with Knicks on 2-year deal - by Eurobasket News

Another Knick is headed back to Gotham.

Unrestricted free agent guard J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) has agreed to re-sign with the New York Knicks, league sources confirmed to CBSSports.com on Monday night. ESPNNY.com first reported the agreement.

Smith is expected to sign a 2-year contract worth $5.6 million, with a player option on the second season, in Los Angeles. The deal can't be made official until late Tuesday night, when the NBA's 10-day free agency moratorium is lifted at midnight Eastern on July 11.

The contract represents the largest offer that New York, who is over the salary cap, could make to Smith, who joined the Knicks in February after playing in the Chinese Basketball Association during the lockout.

Smith, 26, averaged 12.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists off the bench for the Knicks last season.

The Knicks have also agreed to sign unrestricted free agent guard Jason Kidd, agreed to re-sign unrestricted free agent forward Steve Novak and agreed to a sign-and-trade with the Houston Rockets for unrestricted free agent center Marcus Camby this week.

The Rockets have agreed to a 4-year offer sheet for Knicks restricted free agent guard Jeremy Lin. New York will have three days to match the offer once the moratorium is lifted and the offer sheet is officially extended. The Knicks are expected to match.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Avery Bradley to have second shoulder surgery - by Eurobasket News

Avery Bradley (6'2''-G-90, college: Texas) will have surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday at New England Baptist Hospital and could miss the start of the season, the team told reporters in Orlando where the Celtics are preparing for the start of the Orlando summer league. Bradley had surgery on his left shoulder in June to repair an injury that forced him to miss the conference finals and part of their series with Philadelphia. The surgery is likely to keep Bradley out of training camp, although a firm return date is unknown.

While Bradley recovers, the Celtics are in the market for another shooting guard and coach Doc Rivers met with free agent Courtney Lee in Orlando, according to numerous reports. The Rockets rescinded their qualifying offer on Lee making him an unrestricted free agent and the Celtics could try to arrange a sign-and-trade deal with the Rockets.

Courtesy of www.weei.com



Ersan Ilyasova, Bucks close to 5-year deal, $45 million - by Eurobasket News

The Milwaukee Bucks are close to a deal with free-agent forward Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87).

"We are engaged in free-agent negotiations with Ersan Ilyasova," Bucks general manager John Hammond said in a statement released Sunday night. "We intend to enter into a player contract with Ersan once the moratorium period has ended."

Ilyasova's agent, Tolga Tugsavul, told basketball website HoopsHype.com that the four-year veteran is on the verge of agreeing to a five-year deal worth $45 million.

The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Ilyasova had a breakout season for Milwaukee in 2011-12, averaging 13 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He played in 60 games and made 41 starts last season.

The 25-year-old native of Turkey has played four seasons with the Bucks, with career averages of 9.7 points and six rebounds per game.

He is set to join what is suddenly a crowded Bucks frontcourt. Milwaukee recently made a trade with the Houston Rockets to acquire veteran center Samuel Dalembert, then took North Carolina power forward John Henson with the No. 14 pick in the NBA draft.

The addition of Dalembert likely means Drew Gooden will move back to power forward after playing out of position as a center last season, and several other forwards are likely to figure in the Bucks' rotation next season.

Milwaukee went 31-35 last season, finishing third in the Central Division and missing the playoffs. Hammond and coach Scott Skiles will return next season, but both are entering the final year of their contracts with the team.

Courtesy of ESPN



Rockets deal Camby to Knicks - by Eurobasket News

Marcus Camby (6'11''-C/F-74, college: Massachusetts) is returning to New York, while the Houston Rockets continue to reshape their roster.

The 38-year-old Camby agreed Monday to rejoin the Knicks in a deal that sends three players and two second-round draft picks to Houston, according to a person with direct knowledge of the move.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither team has announced the trade.

Yahoo Sports reported that Camby's deal was for three years and $13.2 million.

The Rockets will get guard Toney Douglas, centers Josh Harrelson and Jerome Jordan and second-round picks in 2014 and '15.

The 6-foot-11 Camby, meanwhile, will be back in New York where he played from 1998-2002.

Douglas played in 38 games last season, starting only nine, and averaged 6.2 points and 2.0 assists. The 6-10, 275-pound Harrelson was a second-round pick by New Orleans in 2011 and was traded to the Knicks. He appeared in 37 games and averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds. The 7-foot Jordan, a native of Jamaica, averaged 5 minutes in 21 games last season.

Though Camby has battled injuries during his NBA career, he remains a productive rebounder and shot blocker even after 16 seasons. He also drew interest from Miami and New Jersey but made his destination clear on Twitter, with a simple posting of "NY" on Monday afternoon.

Camby helped the Knicks make a surprising run to the 1999 NBA Finals in his first season in New York. The No. 2 overall pick in the 1996 draft and a native of nearby Connecticut became a fan favorite before the Knicks dealt him Denver in 2002. He should become a valuable backup at center to Tyson Chandler, last season's NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

He becomes the second nearly 40-something to join the Knicks this summer, with Jason Kidd agreeing to go to New York last week. The deals cannot become official until Wednesday.

The Knicks had announced earlier Monday that all three players going to Houston would headline their summer league roster.

Douglas was the Knicks' starter at point guard to begin the season but struggled coming off offseason shoulder surgery. He quickly lost his starting job and eventually fell out of the rotation completely, even after injuries to Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis.

The Knicks and Rockets are also competing for Lin's services. Houston, one of the most active teams in the offseason, got Lin to agree to a four-year deal, but he is a restricted free agent, and the Knicks have three days after Wednesday to match the Rockets' offer.

The pursuit of Lin emerged after unrestricted free agent point guard Goran Dragic went to Phoenix. The Rockets immediately reached out to Lin and traded Kyle Lowry to Toronto.

Houston obtained Camby from Portland at the trading deadline. He averaged 7.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in 19 games. The Rockets traded starting center Samuel Dalembert before last month's draft, among the flurry of moves by general manager Daryl Morey after the team missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

The Rockets collected three first-round picks before the draft and were rumored to be building a package to offer Orlando for All-Star center Dwight Howard. But Houston couldn't pull off a draft-night deal, and the Rockets drafted guard Jeremy Lamb and forwards Royce White and Terrence Jones.

Houston continued to maneuver after the draft, getting Bulls center Omer Asik to agree to a three-year, $25 million deal. The 7-foot Asik is a restricted free agent, giving Chicago three days to match Houston's offer.

Houston withdrew its qualifying offer to guard Courtney Lee, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Courtesy of The Associated Press



Steve Novak, New York Knicks agree to four-year deal - by Eurobasket News

Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Marquette) is returning to the New York Knicks with a four-year deal worth $15 million.

Novak's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Monday the deal is a reward for a player who finally got his opportunity and took advantage of it. The Knicks claimed Novak after he was waived by San Antonio and he went on to lead the NBA in 3-point shooting at 47.2 percent.

Novak may not have been able to return without a challenge by the union to claim his ''Bird Rights,'' allowing the Knicks to exceed the salary cap to keep him. Previously, players only kept their Bird Rights if traded, but the players' association successfully argued that players claimed off waivers should, too.

Bartelstein thanked union executive director Billy Hunter and attorneys Jeffrey Kessler and Ron Klempner for fighting for Novak's rights. He said Novak would have got a ''really good deal'' somewhere, but without the ruling it's doubtful it could have come in New York, and staying with the Knicks was his preference.

Novak had played sparingly for four other teams in his first five seasons before enjoying a career year in New York. He began to get more playing time off the bench in February, about the time Jeremy Lin was taking over the offense, and his perimeter shooting quickly became a perfect complement to Lin's drives.

Novak averaged 8.8 points in 54 games.

The deal can't be signed until Wednesday after next year's salary cap is set.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



Wizards hire Don Newman as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

The Washington Wizards announced today that Don Newman will join Randy Wittman's staff as an assistant coach.

Newman brings more than 20 years of coaching experience to the Wizards staff, including the past seven seasons as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. During his successful tenure with the Spurs, Newman worked under Gregg Popovich and helped lead San Antonio to a pair of NBA Championships (2005 and 2007), a pair of Western Conference championships (2005 and 2007) and five Division titles (2005, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012). In each of Newmans seven seasons on the bench, the Spurs won 50 or more games, including a 50-16 mark last season en route to a Southwest Division title.

Don is an outstanding coach and a great addition to our staff, said Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman. He brings championship experience from his time with the Spurs and has been very successful in every stop of his career.

Newman originally joined the NBA as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1999. In his four seasons with the Bucks, Milwaukee made three playoff appearances and won the Central Division title in the 2000-01 season. Newman served as an assistant with the New Jersey during the 2003-04 season, in which the Nets captured the Atlantic Division title and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. He also served as an assistant for USA Basketball during the 2002 World Championships.

Newman spent 10 years in college basketball prior to his time in the NBA. He served as a head coach with Sacramento State (1992-97) and was named the interim head coach at Arizona State in 1997, leading the Sun Devils to an 18-14 record and a trip to the NIT Tournament. Newman also had stints as an assistant coach with Oregon and Washington State.

Newman played three seasons of basketball at the University of Idaho (after spending his freshman year at LSU) and was originally drafted by two NBA teams. After being selected by Indiana in the fourth round of the 1979 Draft (as a junior eligible selection), he was selected by Boston in the third round of the 1980 Draft. He played three seasons in the CBA (for the Montana Golden Nuggets where George Karl was his head coach) and also played seven seasons in the CFL. He was invited to training camp with both the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Jets.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Report: Chicago Bulls will not exercise option on C.J. Watson - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Bulls will not exercise their $3.7 million option on backup point guard C.J. Watson (6'2''-G-84, college: Tennessee), reports the Chicago Tribunes K.C. Johnson.

Fairly obvious conclusion from the Kirk Hinrich signing, but C.J. Watson has been told his option won't be picked up.

The move had been expected by many during the offseason. With Derrick Rose out for part of the season, the Bulls planned to look for external help at the point guard position.

The team drafted Kentuckys Marquis Teague in the first round of the NBA Draft and, earlier Sunday, agreed to terms with veteran combo guard Kirk Hinrich.

Hinrichs signing made it apparent Watson would not be back. Hinrich, who started his career with Chicago, can provide a veteran presence at the position while Rose is out recovering from ACL surgery. When Rose returns, Hinrich can serve as his backup and play with him at times.

Watson, 28, has played five years in the NBA. Last season, he averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 assists per game as a part-time starter while Rose battled injuries.

Courtesy of http://tracking.si.com



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NetScouts All-Stars gain sixth straight win on China Tour - by Eurobasket News

NetScouts All-Stars selection gained the sixth straight win on their China Tour. They defeated Chinese B National Team 80:78. NetScouts All-Stars are scheduled to play three more games on the tour.
China dominated in the first quarter. They established a 9-point lead. All-Stars pulled in front in the second quarter but China answered with a late rally to take a 49:48 halftime advantage. NetScouts All-Stars and China stayed neck and neck throughout the next two periods. USA side finally went on a 7:0 run to ensure a 4-point lead. They hang on to it to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Anthony Gurley (6'3''-G-88, college: Massachusetts) posted 18 points for NetScouts All-Stars. Lamonte Ulmer (6'6''-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) added 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Brian Addison (6'9''-F-87, college: Buffalo) added 12 points for the winners.



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Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Argentina0-0
2. France0-0
3. Tunisia0-0
4. USA0-0
Group B
1. Australia0-0
2. Brazil0-0
3. Chile0-0
4. U.Kingdom0-0
5. Spain0-0
Qualification Gr.A
1. Greece2-0
2. P.Rico1-1
3. Jordan0-2
Qualification Gr.B
1. Lithuania1-1
2. Nigeria1-1
3. Venezuela1-1
Qualification Gr.C
1. Russia2-0
2. Dominican R.1-1
3. S.Korea0-2
Qualification Gr.D
1. Angola1-1
2. FYR Macedon.1-1
3. N.Zealand1-1

Additional Qualifying Round: Round 6

Jul. 8: DOM - NGR 73-88


Olympic Basketball Tournament Preliminary Groups completed - by Eurobasket News

Olympic Basketball Tournament Preliminary Groups have been drawn after the conclusion of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas. Three teams that qualified from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, namely Russia, Lithuania and Nigeria got to know their opponents.

Group A: Lithuania, Tunisia, USA, France, Nigeria, Argentina
Group B: China, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia, Russia and Spain.

The Olympic Basketball tournament starts on July 29th. Four best teams from each group will qualify into quarterfinals.



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zach GRAHAM
  Air21 E.
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 37.6
 1. Graham, Air21 E.37.6 
 2. West, Meralco30.0 
 3. Sneed, Powerade T.25.9 
 4. Hickerson, Barako25.3 
 5. David, Powerade T.24.8 
 6. Cornley, Rain o.24.4 
 7. Blakely, B-Meg L.23.9 
 8. Harris, Talk N Text23.6 
 9. Forte, Alaska Aces23.5 
 10. Bozeman, Ginebra22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Omar SNEED
  Powerade T.
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Sneed, Powerade T.16.6 
 2. Forte, Alaska Aces15.6 
 3. Blakely, B-Meg L.12.9 
 4. Graham, Air21 E.12.6 
 5. Harris, Talk N Text12.2 
 6. Bozeman, Ginebra10.8 
 7. Cornley, Rain o.10.6 
 8. Taulava, Meralco10.6 
 9. Pingris, B-Meg L.9.1 
 10. Santos, Petron B.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (177-PG-77)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Alapag, Talk N Te.7.1 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.6.1 
 3. Hickerson, Barako5.7 
 4. Sneed, Powerade T.5.4 
 5. Bozeman, Ginebra5.3 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.2 
 7. Miller, Barako Bull4.8 
 8. Ross, Meralco4.6 
 9. Cabagnot, Petron4.5 
 10. Basden, Petron B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.3.6 
 2. West, Meralco2.9 
 3. Basden, Petron B.2.4 
 4. Sneed, Powerade T.1.6 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.6 
 6. Seigle, Barako Bull1.3 
 7. Ross, Meralco1.3 
 8. Bozeman, Ginebra1.1 
 9. Graham, Air21 E.1.1 
 10. Cortez, Ginebra1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.2.9 
 2. Hickerson, Barako2.1 
 3. Forte, Alaska Aces1.6 
 4. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 5. Santos, Petron B.1.4 
 6. Aguilar, Talk N.1.3 
 7. Maierhofer, Ginebr.1.1 
 8. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 9. West, Meralco1.0 
 10. Seigle, Barako Bu.0.9 



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Aaron Cel remains with PGE Turow - by Eurobasket News

Aaron Cel (203-F-87) remains with PGE Turow for the next season. The French Forward will enter his second season in Poland.
In 2002-2003 he appeared for Le Mans cadet team and in 2004-2005 played for Le Mans U20 tea. In 2005-2006 debuted for Le Mans Sarthe Basket (France-ProA) but played also for U20 team; French League: 4 games: 0.5ppg. In 2007-2008 moved to Etendard de Brest (ProB) and in 20 games averaged 5.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 61.1%. In 2008-2009 for Etendard de Brest (ProB, starting five) improved to 10.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 75.4%. In 2009-2010 signed at Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB) and showed 5.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 77.8%. Earlier for Hermine Nantes Atlantique (ProB) Aaron Cel played in 34 games and had 12.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 77.2%.
In 2011-2012 for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-PLK) he scored 13 points at the Euroleague Qualifying Round. In EuroCup his stats read 6.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 66.7%, while in Polish League he showed 7.0ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.4%.



AZS Koszalin signs Leonczyk and Mielczarek, keeps Bigus and Eziukwu - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin announced signing of Pawel Leonczyk (202-F-86, agency: Promotex) and Artur Mielczarek (195-F-83) for the next season. The team also extended deals with Rafal Bigus (215-C-76, college: Villanova) and Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85, agency: Arete Sports Agency, college: Grand Valley St.).
Pawel Leonczyk arrives to the club from Energa Czarni Slupsk, where he spent last two and a half seasons. He averaged 6.3 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 36 PLK games in the latest one. With Polish National Team Leonczyk had 6.2 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 5 games at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania.
Artur Mielczarek played last season for PGE Turow Zgorzelec, but had only 2.3 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 35 PLK games. From 2009 to 2011, he was a member of the Slovakian squad Spisska Nova Ves.
Rafal Bigus joined Koszalin a year ago from Romanian Rovinari. He played 35 games in PLK registering 7.9 ppg and 5.3 rpg.
Callistus Eziukwu had 10.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.6 bpg for 31 games last season. He arrived to Koszalin in December. Eziukwu was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention -12.



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Portugal U20 edge Bulgaria U18 in test game - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U18 - Portugal U20 54:66

Portuguese U20 National Team played the first game in the test series in Bulgaria. They faced Bulgarian U18 selection and claimed victory. Miguel Cardoso (184-PG-93) and Santos came up with 12 points each to pace the visitors.
Bulgaria and Portugal stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 14:14 at the first break. Portugal surged ahead in the second period. They poured in 24 points to take a 9-point halftime lead. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the third term. They got within 6 points at the final intermission. But Portugal went on a 15:9 rally in the final frame to seal the victory at the end. Pedro Belo (214-C/F-92) finished with 9 points for the winners. Denislav Vutev (206-C-94) answered with 16 points for Bulgaria. Vasyl Mikhailov added 10 points in the loss.

Bulgaria U18: Denislav Vutev 16, Vasyl Mikhailov 10
Portugal U20: Miguel Cardoso 12, Sergio Santos 12, Pedro Belo 9



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  ROMANIA   


CSM Oradea tab Jeremy Hunt - by Eurobasket News

CSM Oradea tab Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, agency: Arete Sports Agency, college: Memphis) for the upcoming season. The American player moves from Greece.
Early in Oct.'09 he signed at FC Porto Ferpinta (Portugal-LPB, starting five). After 30 games Hunt averaged 12.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.9spg, FGP-3 (60.8%), 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 81.0%.
In 2010-2011 he moved to Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five) and in EuroChallenge showed 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg. In German League his stats read 12.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 67.1%.
Last year he started for Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (Argentina-LigaA, starting five) and had only 2.1ppg, 2.1rpg. In Dec.'11 moved to KAO Dramas (Greece-A1, starting five) and after 16 games had 7.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 23.0%, FT: 82.8%. In Greece he recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds against AGOR. That time KAOD was beaten by AGOR 67:79.



Division A newcomer Timba Timisoara signs Bosko Stojakovic - by Eurobasket News

Timba Timisoara announced signing of Bosko Stojakovic (196-G-84) for the next season. The team will compete in Division A. Stojakovic is not a new face in Romania as he played for CSS Giurgiu last season. He had 15.9 ppg 4.6 apg and 3.3 rpg for 12 games, before they parted ways in January this year. Stojakovic spent some time with Oradea in 2010/11 playing two games for the club. He started that season with Hungarian Marso-Vagep NYKK registering 15.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.7 apg for 18 games. Before that, Bosko Stojakovic played in Bosnia and Montenegro. With Mogren Budva he reached Montenegrin Cup Finals in 2009. Stojakovic also has experience from Sloga Kraljevo, Zlatorog and Slavija Istocno Sarajevo. In 2007, he reached Slovenian league Semis with Zlatorog.


News from CSS Giurgiu - by Eurobasket News

CSS Giurgiu will have very different roster next season. The team parted ways with seven players: Raymond Kraemer (193-G-87, college: Nevada), Kevin Sims (178-G-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tulane), Damon Powell (198-F-90), Zoran Milovic (204-C/F-77), Shakir Johnson (205-F/C-87, college: Metro St.), Cristian Corneanu (202-C/F-91) and Octavian Boian (192-G-88). Earlier this month, CSS Giurgiu penned a deal with Derek Thomas (193-F-84, college: Appalachian St.) for the next season. Players under the contract are Brian Burrell (192-G-84, agency: TSS Management, college: UTPA), Catalin Vlaicu (203-C-86), Iulian Corneanu (197-F-89), Cristian Nicolae and Daniel Bivolaru. Also, Head Coach of the team Chris Terrell will stay for 2012/13.
Derek Thomas spent last two seasons in Mexico. In 2011 for Mineros de Cananea (Mexico-CIBACOPA) he averaged 21.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.0apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), 1.2bpg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 76.4%. In 2012 for Mineros de Cananea (Mexico-CIBACOPA, starting five) Derek Thomas became the third top-scorer of the league with 22.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.0apg, Steals-5 (1.4spg), FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 73.5%. Over the last three years he became Mexican CIBACOPA Champion -09, 11, made it into Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 1st Team -09, 11, 12 and Latinbasket.com Mexican CIBACOPA All-Imports Team -09, 11, 12. Derek was named Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention -10 and was Mexican CIBACOPA Regular Season Champion -11. He received Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Guard of the Year -12.
CSS Giurgiu finished last season as No.12. It was their first year in Division A.



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Enisey announced Petr Gubanov and Igor Smygin - by Eurobasket News

Enisey announced Petr Gubanov (207-F-87) and Igor Smygin (197-G/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) for the next season.
Last year Petr Gubanov played for Unics. His stats read 3.5ppg, 2.4rpg; in VTB league, while in EuroLeague he showed 1.6ppg, 1.3rpg.
In 2010-2011 for Dynamo Moscow (PBL) in EuroCup Qualifying Round he averaged 5.0ppg, 4.0rpg, while in EuroChallenge his stats read 6.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 85.7%. In Russian League after 27 games he showed 7.9ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT-1 (52.4%), FT: 85.1%.
In 2003-2004 Petr appeared for CSK VVS Samara reg. (A Higher League) and played also with CSK VVS-Samara (A Superleague). In 2004-2005 he played for CSK VVS Samara reg. (B Superleague) and also for CSKA Moscow junior team, and CSK VVS-Samara (A Superleague). From 2005 to 2009 played for CSK VVS Samara reg, BC Khimky-2 Moscow reg, Lobnya Moscow Region (Higher League). In 2008-2009was loaned to Universitet-Yugra Surgut (A Superleague, starting five) and in 21 games averaged 8.4ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 84.0%. Last season appeared in BC Khimky Moscow Region (A Superleague) and debuted in VTB League. In 7 games he showed 3.3ppg, 1.0rpg, while in Euroleague season after 11 games had 1.4ppg, 1.0rpg. In Russian League after 20 games averaged 3.0ppg, 1.1rpg. He reached VTB United League Semifinals last season and was Russian A Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up.
Igor Smygin comes from Ataman Rostov (Superleague, starting five). Last year in 31 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 69.0%.



Elmedin Kikanovic will continue with Enisey - by Eurobasket News

Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) will continue with Enisey. According to sportando.net, the center of Bosnian national team, extended contract with BC Enisey Krasnojarsk for one more season.
Last year Elmedin Kikanovic agreed on terms of contract with Enisey. In 2011-2012 for Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia-PBL, starting five) he averaged 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 58.7%, FT: 54.5% in EuroChallenge and in VTB League showed 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 49.5%, FT: 67.9%. In Russian League his stats read 10.3ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP-1 (64.8%), FT: 81.7%.
Earlier Elmedin Kikanovic played for Crvena Zvezda. It was his third straight season in Belgrade. The centre tallied 8.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In Adriatic League the Bosnian averaged 9.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. In Serbian League Elmedin Kikanovic recorded 8.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance. Eurobasket.com named the centre All-Serbian League Newcomer of the Year in 2008. Elmedin Kikanovic plays for Bosnian National Team since 2006. He also played U18 Bosnia and Herzegovina selection in 2005/06 seasons.



CSKA keep Serbian star Milos Teodosic - by Eurobasket News

CSKA keep Serbian star Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) in the squad. Due to his contract the player should stay until year 2014.
Milos Teodosic officially became the member of CSKA squad last year The deal was meant for three seasons. The earlier season Milos Teodosic spent with Olympiakos. He averaged 10.9 points, 3.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In A1 League the Serbian guard notched 9.6 points, 4.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds per appearance. He was named into Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 2nd Team. Last season Milos Teodosic shone at World Championship in Turkey. He led Serbia into the semis tallying 11.3 points, 5.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds. Eurobasket.com named Milos Teodosic All-Europe Point Guard of the Year. He also made it into All-World Championship 1st Team.
In 2011-2012 for CSKA Moscow Milos Teodosic averaged 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.0apg), FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 90.2% in Russian League. In Euroleague his stats read 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-3 (5.0apg), FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 82.7%, while in VTB League he showed 8.1ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-4 (4.7apg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 82.9%.



Kostas Kaimakoglou to sign with Unics Kazan, according to report - by Eurobasket News

Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) will sign a deal with Russian team Unics Kazan, according to Solobasket.com. Reportedly, he accepted their two-year, 1.5M offer. Kaimakoglou spent last two seasons with Panathinaikos Athens. In the latest one the player averaged 7.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 34 Greek league games. He also added 7.9 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 23 Euroleague games. PAO won the Cup last season, but failed to defend Euroleague and Greek league titles. In 2011, Kaimakoglou helped PAO to win these two trophies. He had 7 ppg and 4 rpg in Greece, plus 3.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg in Euroleague. Before PAO, Kostas Kaimakoglou spent six years with Marousi. In the past, he also played for Near East. Kaimakoglou averaged 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds for 10 games at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania.
According to the same source, Kostas Kaimakoglou turned down offer from Galatasaray.



Krasnie Krilya signs young Dmitry Kulagin - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Dmitry Kulagin (197-SG-92) officially became a new member of Krasnie Krilya Samara. He signed a deal for the next season. Kulagin spent the latest one with Triumph Lyubertsy. For 18 Russian league games he averaged 8.8 points, 2.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds. The player added 9.2 ppg, 3.8 apg and 3.3 rpg for 17 games in Baltic league. Kulagin also appeared 17 times in EuroChallenge games registering 7.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.9 apg. He helped the club to reach EuroChallenge Semifinals and PBL Semis. Before Krasnie Krilya, Dmitry Kulagin played two years for Nizhny Novgorod. In the past, he played for CSKA Moscow juniors. Kulagin participated at Nike Hoop Summit 2012 (World Team Selection) and last summer he led U19 Russia to Semifinals at U19 World Championship in Latvia (15.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.2 fpr 9 games). Kulagin was named to Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 1st Team -11. He very successfully played for U18 and U16 Russia in the past.


Aleksey Kotishevskiy joins Enisey Krasnoyarsk - by Eurobasket News

Aleksey Kotishevskiy (196-SG-85, agency: RU-Basket Management) is a new member of Enisey Krasnoyarsk. The Russian guard arrives to the club from Spartak St.Petersburg, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one Kotishevskiy registered 4.8 ppg and 1.5 rpg for 11 games in VTB United League. The player had slightly lower numbers in Russian league and EuroCup. Spartak reached EuroCup Semis and VTB United League Quarterfinals last season. In 2011, Kotishevskiy and Spartak won the Russian Cup.
As mentioned above, Aleksey Kotishevskiy joined Spartak in 2010. Before that he played one season for the Serbian team Radnicki Kragujevac. For 25 Adriatic league games with them the player had 7.2 ppg and 3.4 rpg. His stats in Serbian league read 5.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 12 games. In 2008/09, Kotishevskiy was a member of Avtodor Saratov averaging 12.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 45 B Superleague games. From 2006 to 2008, he played Sojuz Zaretchny. Kotishevskiy helped Russian University NT to win the Silver at 2009 World University Games in Belgrade.



CSKA Moscow extends deal with center Nenad Krstic - by Eurobasket News

Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) signed new contract with CSKA Moscow until the end of 2013-14 season with club's option for another year. The Serbian center helped CSKA to win Russian and VTB United League titles. They also reached Euroleague Finals. Krstic shined with 14.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 22 Euroleague games with the Russian powerhouse. In PBL he had 11.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg, while in VTB United league Krstic added 10.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg. For his performance, Nenad Krstic is awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Center of the Year -12. He was also Center of the Year in Russia. Krstic arrived to the club last summer from the Boston Celtics. He started 2010/11 season with Oklahoma City Thunder, where he also played in 2009/10. Krstic moved to Thunder during the season 2008/09 from Triumph Lyubertsy.

Andrey Vatutin, CSKA President:
'In just one year with our team Nenad proved that he is one of the best if not just the best center in Europe. He was a pleasant surprise for the fans with his consistency, the highest level of basketball, the heart of the fighter and, what is very important, his openness, kindness, friendliness. It was natural that it was one of our offseason priorities to keep Krstic and I am very glad that Nenad will stay with us for two more years without any opt-outs.' (Courtesy of CSKA Moscow)

Nenad Krstic, CSKA center:
'I am happy to stay in the best club in Europe, to try to return CSKA back to the final stage of the Euroleague, to help the team win in the domestic competitions. I had no doubt about staying, I just wanted to have a chance to consider NBA offers. And when the time came to consider this options I realized that my system of values turned dramatically towards my family, the National Team, CSKA offseason moves and the new contract answered my demands perfectly. I realize that I'd like to play at least three seasons in red and blue uniform. I know that the team has a new coach and I hope we will find common language soon.' (Courtesy of CSKA Moscow)



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Serbian U16 National team - by Zoran Popovic

After International tournament in Zrenjanin head coach Marko Icelic cut the list of potential candidates for European championship in Lithuania. Coach Icelic will continue preparation period without Luka Radovic and Vuk Karadzic. On the list of potential candidates are still:

Nikola Pavlovic, Dusan Kovacevic, Vasilije Vucetic, Marko Radovanovic, Ivan Daskalovic, Stefan Lazarevic, Ilija Djokovic, Jovan Starincevic, Vukan Stojanovic, Vojislav Stojanovic, Slobodan Jovanovic, Stefan Peno, Milos Glisic and Jovan Andjelkovic.



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  SLOVAKIA   


Brose Baskets sign 2-year extension with Anton Gavel - by Eurobasket News

Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) will play two more years for Brose Baskets Bamberg. The Slovakian point guard signed a contract extension yesterday. Gavel arrived to the club in November of 2009 from Svit. Last season he had 8.5 ppg, 2.1 apg and 1.7 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. The player also added 10.7 ppg, 3.7 apg and 2 rpg in 42 German league games. In 2010/11 season Anton Gavel had almost the same numbers in both competitions. He won three German league titles with the club and two Cup trophies. This year Gavel was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year and he was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team -12.
As mentioned above, Anton Gavel started 2009/10 season with Svit and after two games moved to Bamberg. Before that he was a member of Aris, Murcia, Giessen 46ers and Karlsruhe. Gavel shined at 2009 EuroBasket Division B averaging 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 4 games. He also was good in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011.



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Argentina edge Spain in test game - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Spain 81:76

Argentina continued their preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games tournament. They faced Spanish B National Team in exhibition encounter. Argentina clinched a narrow win in Buenos Aires.
The visitors jumped in front in the opening quarter. Spain earned a 22:19 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. The visitors ensured a 41:34 halftime lead. Spain maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the final frame up by 5 points 64:59. But the hosts went on a 22:12 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) delivered 15 points for Argentina. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points, while Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) added 12 points for the hosts. Jose Salvador Arco (194-G-85) answered with 13 points for Spain. Josep Franch (194-PG-91) chipped in 10 points in the losing effort.

Argentina: Luis Scola 15, Emanuel Ginobili 13, Juan Gutierrez 12
Spain B: Jose Salvador Arco 13, Josep Franch 10



Planasa Navarra adds Joaquin Bonhome - by Eurobasket News

Planasa Navarra continues with signings for the next season. Their latest addition is Spanish swingman Joaquin Bonhome (194-G/F-86). The 26-year-old player heads to Navarra from La Palma, where he spent last three seasons. In the latest one he averaged 6.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists for 33 games in LEB Gold. The team competed in LEB Gold all three years. Before La Palma, Joaquin Bonhome played two years for Qalat Caja Sol. He also appeared twice in ACB with Cajasol in 2008/09 season. In the past, Bonhome played for Caja San Fernando Sevilla II.
Planasa Navarra extended deal with Inaki Sanz (190-PG-84) few days ago. He will stay with the club until the end of 2013/14 season. The team also landed Alvaro Frutos (188-PG-87) and Stu Douglass (190-G-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Michigan).



Spain shoot down Great Britain in Valladolid - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Great Britain 78:74

Spain claimed a narrow win over Great Britain in the test game in Valladolid. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) and Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points each to pace the winners.
Spain jumped to an early lead. The hosts built a 21:15 advantage ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Spain maintained the lead posting a 38:32 halftime buffer. Great Britain added aggression and cut the deficit to 4 points before the fourth quarter 55:59. Spain cleared off to a 7-point lead in the final term 77:70 but the visitors followed with four points in a row to narrow the distance. Pau Gasol then hit a free throw and sealed the victory for Spain. Serge Ibaka accounted for 13 points for the hosts. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) answered with 15 points for Great Britain. Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) netted 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the loss.

Spain: Pau Gasol 16+11 boards, Marc Gasol 16, Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) 13
Great Britain: Joel Freeland 15, Michael Lenzly 13, Luol Deng 12



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Standings - D1

Division I Standings
North
 1. Al Ittihad 7-2 
 2. Al Jalaa 5-4 
 3. Al Hurriyeh 3-6 
 4. Al Yarmouk 2-7 
South
 1. Al Jaish 9-0 
 2. Al Wahda 6-3 
 3. Thawra 4-5 
 4. Qassyoun 3-6 



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St Augustine wins school title! - by Albert-Lee Young

In the feature game of the National Gas Company sponsored Trinidad and Tobago School Basketball League Champions of Champions finals, St Augustine Secondary registered an upset 100-94 win over the much fancied North Zone champs, New Butler Associate College (NBAC), in the Boys Under-20 final.

Led by the experienced Keyeon Bailey with an outstanding performance of 46 points & 8rebs, the East Zone champs St Augustine was able to control the tempo in the early periods17-13, 43-37 and 74-55.

But in the final session NBAC rallied back through Jamal Noray, with 43pts, outscoring their opponents 39-26. However in the end the lead was too huge as St Augustine held on to secure the Open Division title.

For St Augustine, Bailey was supported by the consistent Joel Theodore with 23pts. While for NBAC, Jamal Noray was the only player to reach double figures, 43pts & 15rebs.

However in the Boys U-17 final, St Augustine was not as fortunate as they went under to Scarborough Secondary, 72-69, in a hard fought contest.

In another exciting game, St Augustine led by shooting guard Ivan Williams with a game high 33pts trailed throughout the contest, 11-12, 21-23, 45-44.

But in the final quarter the Tobago champs, Scarborough, was inspired by Joel Ferguson with 23pts & 10rebs and outscored their Trinidad rivals 27-25 to snatch their third title of the championships. They also won both the girls U-17 and open divisions titles.

For the winners Theodore finished with 23pts, 10rebs & 3steals whilst Wayne Ferguson chipped in with a solid performance of 13pts, 9rebs, 5 assists & 3steals.

Ivan Williams led St Augustine with a hard fought performance of 33pts, 5rebs & 7steals while Antonio Roach scored 31pts & 6rebs in the losing effort.

In the U-15 final, East Zone Champs Trinity College East registered a comfortable 71 - 57 victory over the North Zone champions , East Mucurapo. For the winners, Myron Francis led with 24 pts, Gerson Ventour had 20 pts and Stephan Smith added 11 pts.

Meanwhile Isaiah Francis had a game high 37pts, 12 rebs and 7 steals for Mucurapo in a losing effort.



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Erman Kunter brings in Patrick Christopher to Besiktas - by Eurobasket News

Patrick Christopher (196-G-88, college: California) is a new member of Besiktas. The player signed 1+1 year deal with the club, according to Turkish media. Christopher finished last season with Cholet, together with new Besiktas' new coach Erman Kunter. He played 26 games in ProA averaging 12.8 points and 2.4 rebounds. Christopher helped Cholet to reach three Semifinals (ProA, French Cup, Semaine des As). The American is not a new face in Turkey as he already played for Antalya in 2010/11 season. He appeared in 28 TBL games registering 15.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.7 apg. It was his first year as a pro. Patrick Christopher graduated at the University of California in 2010. He shined with 15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2 apg for his school in 25 games as a senior. The player was named to All-Pac-10 1st Team -10.


Ersan Ilyasova, Bucks close to 5-year deal, $45 million - by Eurobasket News

The Milwaukee Bucks are close to a deal with free-agent forward Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87).

"We are engaged in free-agent negotiations with Ersan Ilyasova," Bucks general manager John Hammond said in a statement released Sunday night. "We intend to enter into a player contract with Ersan once the moratorium period has ended."

Ilyasova's agent, Tolga Tugsavul, told basketball website HoopsHype.com that the four-year veteran is on the verge of agreeing to a five-year deal worth $45 million.

The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Ilyasova had a breakout season for Milwaukee in 2011-12, averaging 13 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He played in 60 games and made 41 starts last season.

The 25-year-old native of Turkey has played four seasons with the Bucks, with career averages of 9.7 points and six rebounds per game.

He is set to join what is suddenly a crowded Bucks frontcourt. Milwaukee recently made a trade with the Houston Rockets to acquire veteran center Samuel Dalembert, then took North Carolina power forward John Henson with the No. 14 pick in the NBA draft.

The addition of Dalembert likely means Drew Gooden will move back to power forward after playing out of position as a center last season, and several other forwards are likely to figure in the Bucks' rotation next season.

Milwaukee went 31-35 last season, finishing third in the Central Division and missing the playoffs. Hammond and coach Scott Skiles will return next season, but both are entering the final year of their contracts with the team.

Courtesy of ESPN



Antalya BSB signs American G Ron Lewis - by Eurobasket News

Ron Lewis (193-G-84, college: Ohio St.) will continue his career in Turkey. According to Turkish media, the player signed a deal Antalya BSB. He arrives to the club from Hapoel Holon, where he shined with 18.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 3.8 apg for 31 Israeli Premier league games. He was fifth scorer of the competition. Hapoel Holon reached Playoff Semifinals and Lewis was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 3rd Team -12. He also played at the Premier League All-Star Game -12 (3 PT Contest Finalist). Before Hapoel Holon, Ron Lewis spent one season with Dexia Mons-Hainaut. He helped them win the Belgian Cup. The player had 15.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 2.5 apg for 11 games in EuroChallenge, while he had slightly lower numbers in Belgian league. In 2009/10 season Lewis played for CEZ Basketball Nymburk winning the Czech league title and Cup with them. In the past, he played for Iscar Nahariya and Leuven. Lewis graduated at the Ohio State University in 2007.


Erdemir officailly add Sean Marshall - by Ugur Turker

Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) became first foreign player in Erdemirspor Roster for next season. Both parties reached an agreement in one year deal. Coach Hakan Demir told Eurobasket.com Turkey: "Sean Marshall is the player i wanted to see in my roster because he is good all arounder. He can dribble, shoot and play in defensive roles, too. We will also add some players to our roster in coming days. There are some names on the table but we are going to choose best choise we have. Our players must show his %100 performances and this is our main point of decision process. After Marshall, there are two more foreign players to sign with. In next three or four days, there would be official developments " Sean Marshall started his pro career in Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir. Last season, he played 11.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg in French club Dijon.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Raja Bells gone, but Jazz can learn from him - by David Edole


By Kurt Kragthorpe
| | Tribune Columnist

When problems surfaced with veteran guard Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) in March, Jazz general manager Kevin OConnor responded to a question about the Jazzs buying out the remainder of Bells contract by basically asking, "When have the Jazz ever done that?"

Well, theyre doing it, as Bell told The Tribunes Brian T. Smith, and it is a healthy move for everybody. While it may have been possible to package Bell in a trade at some point, the best solution is to allow him to find another team and not have this situation linger through the summer.

Yet even if it is easy to write off Bell and view him as the one to blame, theres a lesson in all of this for coach Tyrone Corbin. Part of his development as a head coach is learning not to let issues fester, and to communicate better. Bell was not the only one saying so in May, after the Jazz quickly exited the playoffs.

"At times, he could be more open with players, kind of explaining what hes thinking and why hes trying certain things," point guard Devin Harris said.

Harris will be gone as well, once his trade to Atlanta for Marvin Williams is finalized, but his words should not be dismissed either. The irony is that former coach Jerry Sloan always was pictured as gruff and unyielding, yet Bell liked the way Sloan clearly got his message across and had a good dialogue with him.

Thats apparently where Corbin can improve. Bell accused Corbin of being "unprofessional" by holding a grudge and not using him in the playoffs. OConnors reaction was pretty much a case of "consider the source."

But sometimes, such a source can provide useful information. Raja Bell did so, in his own way, and Corbin should listen to him in his absence.



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Talking points from first round of Fuba league - by Joel Nature

UGANDA :
Following the end of Airtel National Basketball league first round last week, Felix Eupal looks at the issues that dominated the first three months of the season.
New sponsorship
On May 27, the sport got new sponsors in Airtel Uganda, Castle Lite and Rwenzori mineral water. The new deal, which ended MTN Ugandas seven-year partnership, was met with smiles and frowns.Smiles because for the first time, clubs would get financial support and frowns because Fuba was reluctant to reveal the details.
Several stakeholders sensed some foul play going by previous accountability controversies within Fuba. Following pressure from the recent general assembly, Fuba revealed that Airtel offered Shs 60m and that each of the 22 top flight team will get Shs 1m while the rest will go into branding and other logistics.
Each fan will receive Shs 2,000 worth of airtime upon purchase of a ticket at the entrance.

Sam Gombya has finally lived up to the hype
Over the past two seasons, the seven-footer has gone from being a bench player to the central figure at Warriors. His presence has altered the entire course of the 2009 champions, averaging 16.5 points, 7 rebounds per game not to mention that he is a starter. He was the difference when they brought down highflying Falcons and UCU Canons. If he continues like this, he could be the difference between Warriors and championship.

The rebirth of KIU Titans
Its nine years since KIU had such a wonderful run. That was in 2003 when they went an entire first round unbeaten. The following seasons were forgettable. But their current form shows they are a serious threat. With only two loses in the first eleven matches, KIU boast the meanest defence; they have conceded 50.8 points per game.
If the trio of Salim Ali, Richard Omondi and Brian Wati stay in shape, the Kansanga-based side will have a big say in the championship or even go on to win it. Who knows?

Boring womens basketball tradition
Over the past seven years, the womens regular season has been predictable and boring. Its always been KCCA, A1 Challenge, MUK Sparks and more recently UCU Lady Canons and Magic Stormers.
The rest of the teams in the 10-team league merely make up numbers.
Some even fail to make 20 points in 40 minutes of play and what baffles many is Fubas unwillingness to split the teams into two divisions to create more competition. Its no surprise that only a handful of spectators watch the womens games.

The Lugogo arena dilemma
Ever since MTN and National Council of Sports finished refurbishing the MTN Arena for the second time last year, Fuba has always promised of how soon they would be back at Lugogo.
However, soon has turned into hot air and with a new telecom giant in charge of the league, speculation is rife Fuba has kissed goodbye their chances of using the arena.



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NT: Fratello presented his assistants - by Alexander Muzyka

Ukrainian National Team head coach Mike Fratello arrived to Ukraine to make ready his team for the qualification games of Eurobasket-2013 - they have to be started at Aug. 15. This time American specialist will work with a help of seven assistants. Here they are:
Rich Dalatri (was a coach assistant in New-Jersey Nets at 1999/00 and 2008/09. Since that time works as physioterapist in a different places)
Joe Wolf (ex-head coach of Idaho Stampede and Colorado 14ers, now is a coach assistant in Milwaukee Bucks)
James Larranaga (Erie Bay Hawks head coach)
Jack (John) Nolan (ex-coach assistant of Vancouver Grizzlies at 1999/01, now works as a scout)
Bob Hill (ex-head coach of San-Antonio Spurs '94-'96, Fordham '99-'03, Seattle Supersonics '06-'07, now works as a head coach of Japanese Tokyo Apache)
Denys Zhuravlov (ex-head coach of Dnipro and Ukrainian U-20 National Team)
Zack Guthrie (video help)
Note, that only Zhuravlev, Dalatri and Hill have worked with Fratello and Ukrainian NT last summer when this team haven't reached second group stage at Eurobasket-2011.
Fratello and his team have already trained the Ukrainian U-18 and U-20 teams. Today they have to start working with the main NT.



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Spain shoot down Great Britain in Valladolid - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Great Britain 78:74

Spain claimed a narrow win over Great Britain in the test game in Valladolid. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) and Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points each to pace the winners.
Spain jumped to an early lead. The hosts built a 21:15 advantage ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Spain maintained the lead posting a 38:32 halftime buffer. Great Britain added aggression and cut the deficit to 4 points before the fourth quarter 55:59. Spain cleared off to a 7-point lead in the final term 77:70 but the visitors followed with four points in a row to narrow the distance. Pau Gasol then hit a free throw and sealed the victory for Spain. Serge Ibaka accounted for 13 points for the hosts. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) answered with 15 points for Great Britain. Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) netted 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the loss.

Spain: Pau Gasol 16+11 boards, Marc Gasol 16, Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) 13
Great Britain: Joel Freeland 15, Michael Lenzly 13, Luol Deng 12



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Enisey announced Petr Gubanov and Igor Smygin - by Eurobasket News

Enisey announced Petr Gubanov (207-F-87) and Igor Smygin (197-G/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) for the next season.
Last year Petr Gubanov played for Unics. His stats read 3.5ppg, 2.4rpg; in VTB league, while in EuroLeague he showed 1.6ppg, 1.3rpg.
In 2010-2011 for Dynamo Moscow (PBL) in EuroCup Qualifying Round he averaged 5.0ppg, 4.0rpg, while in EuroChallenge his stats read 6.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 85.7%. In Russian League after 27 games he showed 7.9ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT-1 (52.4%), FT: 85.1%.
In 2003-2004 Petr appeared for CSK VVS Samara reg. (A Higher League) and played also with CSK VVS-Samara (A Superleague). In 2004-2005 he played for CSK VVS Samara reg. (B Superleague) and also for CSKA Moscow junior team, and CSK VVS-Samara (A Superleague). From 2005 to 2009 played for CSK VVS Samara reg, BC Khimky-2 Moscow reg, Lobnya Moscow Region (Higher League). In 2008-2009was loaned to Universitet-Yugra Surgut (A Superleague, starting five) and in 21 games averaged 8.4ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 84.0%. Last season appeared in BC Khimky Moscow Region (A Superleague) and debuted in VTB League. In 7 games he showed 3.3ppg, 1.0rpg, while in Euroleague season after 11 games had 1.4ppg, 1.0rpg. In Russian League after 20 games averaged 3.0ppg, 1.1rpg. He reached VTB United League Semifinals last season and was Russian A Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up.
Igor Smygin comes from Ataman Rostov (Superleague, starting five). Last year in 31 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 69.0%.




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Women News


Big V: Weekend Wrap- Round 15 - by Eurobasket News

Ringwood is back in the box seat for a playoffs berth as Bulleen lose a thriller against Melbourne, a big injury sours McKinnons ninth straight win, while Eltham puts a big dent in Diamond Valleys finals chances.

McKinnons amazing winning run extended to nine games with a 72-66 win over Hume City, but reports soon surfaced after the game that star player Laura Thomas had gone down with a serious injury, which if true is a bitter blow for the Cougars. Celebrating Alex Loughs 250th game, the Cougars held sway in a close finish with Julie Brookhouse (18pts) and Lough (17pts) the pick of the bunch.
Ringwoods recent return to the winners circle continues with a narrow 69-66 win against Sherbrooke and no doubt a clash with McKinnon next round looms as a massive game for the Hawks. Though Sally Laing (28pts, 13rbs) dominated this contest, the Hawks got across the line largely thanks to the efforts of Jackie Vanderzaag (22pts). Back in fourth spot, the Hawks just have to keep winning to keep the chasing pack at bay. It promises to be an exciting run to the playoffs.
In a thrilling contest, Bulleens run of wins ended when they went down in OT to top team Melbourne, 62-64. Whether or not the Boomers can make the playoffs re-mains to be seen, but despite this loss its fair to say the Boomers are in form and playing well enough to give the playoffs a red-hot crack. In almost identical stat lines, little separated the Tigers and Boomers. DLesha Lloyd (15pts, 10rbs) was good again for the Boomers, while Tegan Fowler (15pts) and Megan McIntyre (11pts, 11rbs) were strong for the ladder-leading Tigers.

Diamond Valley started their weekend with an 83-72 win at Waverley and with it came renewed hope of sneaking into this years playoffs. A 24-13 third quarter was a telling factor in the win as Carli Norman (19pts, 11rbs) continued her recent form and Jayde Tyrrell (20pts) was again doing her bit. The Falcons were competitive and no doubt theres a bright future for this young team, capably led by Melissa Moyle (184-F-87) (18pts, 11rbs).
With a glimpse of the top four, the Eagles hosted Eltham on Sunday and needed to keep winning against a team that has endured a recent drop in form, losing their previ-ous three games. The Wildcats looked sharp throughout and certainly appeared keen to get that winning feeling back, taking an early lead and never looking back. Hollie Florance (18pts, 10rbs) continues to improve each week, while Sam Woosnam (15pts) and Sam Creed (15pts) both delivered. Best for the Eagles included Jayde Tyrrell (20pts) and Katie ONeill (18pts).
McKinnon 72 defeated Hume City 66 Ringwood 69 defeated Sherbrooke 66 Melbourne 64 defeated Bulleen 62 Diamond Valley 83 defeated Waverley 62 Eltham 85 defeated Diamond Valley 71
Despite a five-game losing streak, Hume Citys playoff prospects continue to flicker, but it would be a massive understatement to say that they need Edmondson and Wallbutton back in a hurry. With five games still to play, the Broncos could make it if they win all five. Rumour has it the Kiwis will be back this week.
How tight is SCW? Amazingly if DV had of beaten Eltham they would be inside the top four, however the loss leaves them in sixth place and with three games remaining the Eagles will need to win all three and watch Ringwood, Bulleen and Hume City closely.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



SEABL: Round 15 results - by Eurobasket News

DANDENONG 68 (Papavs 19, Terdich 14)

def

FRANKSTON 50 (Thompson 11, McCracken 10)


The experience and depth of the Rangers was too much for the injury ravaged Frankston Lady Blues.

MVP Clare Papavs (180-G-87) (Dandenong)

FRIDAY 6th JULY

BRISBANE 55 (Taia 14, Smith 10, Parsons 10)

Lost to

HOBART 62 (Donkin 19, Laur 19)


Brisbane started well with Parsons, Pryor and Smith all dominating inside the paint. The Lady Chargers lifted a gear in the second half, outscoring the Lady Spartans by 10pts to grab a confidence boosting 7pt win.

MVP Lindsay Laur (182-F, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) (Hobart)

SATURDAY 7th JULY

BRISBANE 54 (Smith 15, Taia 15)

Lost to

DANDNEONG 74 (Clydesdale 14, Papavs 13)


Dandenong outscored Brisbane in all four quarters as the Rangers produced a solid team effort with five players scoring double digits. Dandenong led by 10pts at the half and increased their lead over the remainder of the match.

MVP Faith Probst (186-F-84, college: Fresno St.) (Dandenong)

CANBERRA 85 (Jansen 19, Shearing 17)

Lost to

HOBART 91 (Donkin 24, Laur 22)


Hobart started strongly getting out to a 7pt lead at half time. The Capitals academy fought hard and closed the margin slightly in the third term, only to let Hobart back in the game and stretch the lead back out to 6pts by the final buzzer.

MVP Myra Donkin (173-G-84) (Hobart)

BALLARAT 55 (Williams 10, McMahon 10)

Lost to

GEELONG 80 (Schrader 19, Smith 18)


Geelong produced a stunning display of basketball in the second half to outscore the Rush 52-30 and grab the important victory. Rogers, Schrader and Smith dominated in the paint, and the Supercats as a team scored at a sensational 53% from the field.

MVP Abby Schrader (191-C-84, college: Maine) & Kylie Morrissy (Geelong)

KILSYTH 88 (Parsons 22, Kerr 12, Barnes 12)

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LAUNCESTON 62 (Roberts 24, Blicavs 21)


Kilsyth dominated the game in the early stages to set up a comfortable 17pt advantage at half time, and put in hope of a Tornadoes fightback with another great display of team basketball in the third term.

MVP Sarah Parsons (174-F-86) (Kilsyth)

SANDRINGHAM 64 (Cunningham 16, Mercer 15)

Lost to

BENDIGO 70 (Camino 28, Newley 17)


Sandringham looked out of sorts in the first term, but regrouped and fought back hard to grab a 2pt lead at half time. Sandringham increased their lead to 7pts after the third term, but then hit a wall and struggled at the offensive end in the final term, scoring 10pts and allowed the Lady Braves to steal the important road victory. Strange and Newley combined for 17pts in the fourth quarter to help lift the lAdy Braves to victory.

MVP Renae Camino (177-G-86) (Bendigo)

FRANKSTON 58 (Bowman 26, Lovelace 18)

Lost to

ALBURY/WODONGA 63 (Duck 19, Mason 13)


Albury/Wodonga produced a stunning comeback in the final quarter to record their first win of the season despite trailing by 3pts after three quarters. Mason and Plunkett combined well in the paint to give Albury/Wodonga a much needed offensive presence.

MVP Alex Duck (170-G-90, college: Murray St.) (Albury/Wodonga)

NUNAWADING 67 (Kunek 19, Brentnall 15)

Lost to

KNOX 80 (Andrew 22, Denson 20)


Knox produced a solid defensive effort, which brought a superb offensive game as the Raiders shot 55% from the field and outscored the Spectres in all four quarters. The Raiders had a number of offensive options with Denson and Fryters inside, and Wilson and Andrew dominating from outside.

MVP Amy Denson (186-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Arizona St.) (Knox)

SUNDAY 8th JULY

ALBURY/WODONGA 50 (Mason 17, Duck 10)

Lost to

CANBERRA 80 (Dombkins 27, Dalgleish 14)


The Lady Bandits looked flat and tired in the early stages of the game and Canberra took full advantage, stretching out to a 22pt lead at half time. Capitals Academy guard Mikaela Dombkins (181-G/F-86) was outstanding all game.

MVP Mikaela Dombkins (Canberra)

KNOX 87 (Andrew 19, Wilson 19)

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LAUNCESTON 53 (Blicavs 20, Poke 16)


Launceston were competitive with the Raiders in the first quarter, but produced a disappointing second and third quarters to allow the Raiders a comfortable victory.

MVP Kelly Wilson (170-G-84) (Knox)
Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au



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  BELGIUM   


Marjorie Carpreaux returns to Belgium, joins DBC Houthalen - by Eurobasket News

Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87, agency: LBM Management) is back to Belgium. The 24-year-old guard signed a deal with DBC Houthalen. She finished last season with Swedish team Solna Vikings averaging 7.9 points, 6.4 assists, 4.5 steals and 4.7 rpg for 15 games. She was Damligan No.1 in assists and steals. Eurobasket.com awarded Carpreaux with All-Swedish Damligan Bosman Player of the Year -12.
Marjorie Carpreaux joined Solna in January from Bourges. With the French squad she had very limited playing time in LFB and Euroleague. Season 2010/11, Carpreaux spent with Villeneuve. With them she had 6.6 ppg, 4.2 apg and 2.7 spg for 9 EuroCup games. In French LFB the player had lower numbers. In the past, Carpreaux played several years for Dexia Namur. She also has experience from Mondeville, Livorno and Ribera. Carpreaux played for the Belgian National Team from 2006 to 2010.



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Amra Mehmedic is free agent - by Eurobasket News

Amra Mehmedic (177-G-81) is no longer a member of CSM Satu Mare. The team decided not to keep the Bosnian guard. Mehmedic arrived to the club in January of 2011. She had 10.2 ppg, 4.9 apg and 3.4 rpg for 36 games last season. In 2010/11, the player registered 13.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 3 apg for 20 games. CSM Satu Mare reached Romanian league Finals in both seasons and Mehmedic was named to Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team -11, 12. They were regular season champs in 2011.
Before CSM Satu Mare, Amra Mehmedic spent season and a half with Biss-Tours Celik Zenica. She had impressive 17.5 ppg, 4.5 apg and 4.4 rpg in their first season together. For her performance Mehmedic was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Guard of the Year -10. A year before that, the guard played for Swedish Lulea Basket and helped them reach Damligan Semifinals. Mehmedic split 2007/08 season between Lukoil Neftochimik and Challes. She also has experience from Spars Sarajevo and St. Joseph Hawks University.



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Bulgaria U18 topple U16 selection in test game - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U18 - Bulgaria U16 56:49

Bulgarian U18 National Team faced U16 selection in the test game in Sofia. The senior side claimed a narrow win at the end. Iva Kostova (172-F-94) provided 18 points to lead the winners.
Bulgaria U16 got to almost a perfect start. They gained a 21:4 lead after ten minutes. U18 team slowly recovered and found the right rhythm. They narrowed the margin to 13 points at halftime 36:23. Bulgaria U18 went on a 23:11 run in the third term to get within a single point at the final intermission 46:47. They held U16 team to just 2 points in the final period to seal the victory at the end. Radostina Dimitrova (175-F-94) accounted for 11 points and 15 boards, while Kostova added 8 points for the winners. Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) paced Bulgarian U16 selection with 18 points. Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) finished with 8 points in defeat.

Bulgaria U18: Iva Kostova 18, Radostina Dimitrova 11, Gabriela Kostova (192-C-94) 8
Bulgaria U16: Teodora Dineva 18, Borislava Hristova 8



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Jana Vesela moves to Homend Antakya - by Eurobasket News

Jana Vesela (192-F-83) moves to Homend Antakya for the next season. The Czech player moves to Turkey after the downfall of her Ros Casares. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, Vesela had been signed with EuroLeague Women champions Ros Casares before the club went down.
It was reported earlier that Jana Vesela would stay with Ros Casares next season. The Czech forward helped Valencia team to win the Euroleague and Spanish league titles. She played 29 games in Spain this season registering 4.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.2 apg. Vesela was getting more than 17 minutes per game. In Euroleague, Vesela averaged 4.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.1 apg for 20 games. In this competition Jana Vesela had average of 24 minutes per game. Jana Vesela is active member of the Czech Republic NT since 2001.



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U18 Baltic Cup: Latvia edge Estonia for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Estonia U18 59:49

Latvian U18 National Team claimed the second straight win at the Baltic Cup in Riga. They overcame Estonian counterparts to secure 2-0 record. Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Latvia jumped to an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 33:27 halftime advantage. Estonia narrowed the gap. They got within just two points at the final intermission 40:42. Latvia however survived the challenge and cleared off for the victory at the end. Ruta Veidere (188-C-94) accounted for 11 points and 13 boards, while Ance Aizsila (175-G-94) added 8 points for Latvia. Greeta Uprus (175-G/F-94) answered with 14 points for Estonia. Liis Kullamaa (171-G-94) and Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) had 7 points each in the loss.

Latvia U18: Krista Bridina 16, Ruta Veidere 11+13 boards, Ance Aizsila 8
Estonia U18: Greeta Uprus 14, Liis Kullamaa 7, Trine Kasemagi 7+14 boards



U18 Baltic Cup: Ukraine beat Estonia in Riga - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U18 - Ukraine U18 65:68

Estonia finished the U18 Baltic Cup tournament with the loss. They surrendered against Ukraine. Both teams thus finished the competition at 1-2 record. It was a tough battle from start to finish. However Ukraine surged ahead late in the regulation and snatched a tough win at the end. Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) posted 22 points for Estonia. She also added 13 rebounds to her tally. Birgit Piibur (160-PG-94) contributed 11 points, while Greeta Uprus (175-G/F-94) accounted for 10 points in defeat.



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Babkina Elina heads to CSM Targoviste - by Eurobasket News

Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) heads to CSM Targoviste for the next season. After one year in Turkey, the Latvia player moves to Romania.
Last year Elina Babkina joined Fener from the Polish team Lotos Gdynia. In Poland she appeared 9 times with them in Euroleague averaging 13.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4 assists. Babkina also added 12.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 3.5 apg for 33 games in PLKK. For her performance Babkina was named Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Europeans Team -11. She was also awarded with Eurobasket.com Polish PLKK All-Bosmans Team -11.
In 2011-2012 for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey-TKBL, starting five) she averaged 4.2ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.5apg in EuroLeague. In Turkish League her stats read 4.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.3apg.
Eurobasket wrote earlier that Georgios Dikeoulakos farewell to Fenerbahce. The Greek specialist left the Turkish team together with Elina. Unofficially, the reason for such decision was because Fenerbahce refused to re-sign point guard Elina Babkina.



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Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  SWE
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Eldebrink, SWE21.6 
 2. Tuukkanen, FIN21.5 
 3. Marginean, ROM20.2 
 4. Petronyte, LTU18.1 
 5. Doron, ISR17.7 
 6. Twehues, SUI15.9 
 7. Dabovic, SRB15.8 
 8. Quigley, HUN15.5 
 9. Zlatanova, BUL15.2 
 10. Dubljevic, MNT15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taru TUUKKANEN
  FIN
  (190-C-77)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Tuukkanen, FIN13.2 
 2. Petronyte, LTU10.4 
 3. Veremeenko, BLR9.9 
 4. Teilane-T., LAT9.4 
 5. Perovanovic, MNT8.5 
 6. Nicholls, ESP8.1 
 7. Lima, ESP8.0 
 8. Giroud, SUI8.0 
 9. Meesseman, BEL7.8 
 10. Dubljevic, MNT7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  MNT
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Skerovic, MNT5.4 
 2. Radocaj, SRB4.5 
 3. Baric, SLO4.3 
 4. Dubljevic, MNT4.3 
 5. Parau, ROM4.3 
 6. Eldebrink, SWE4.3 
 7. Sottana, ITA4.2 
 8. Karklina, LAT3.9 
 9. Stoenescu, ROM3.8 
 10. Hatzinikolao., GRE3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Romy BAR
  GER
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Bar, GER3.7 
 2. Doron, ISR3.0 
 3. Dabovic, SRB3.0 
 4. Halman, NED2.8 
 5. Skobel, POL2.8 
 6. Kubatova, SVK2.7 
 7. Linkeviciene, LTU2.7 
 8. Hatzinikolao., GRE2.7 
 9. Ouvina, ESP2.4 
 10. Schmit, LUX2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  BLR
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Veremeenko, BLR2.0 
 2. Teilane-T., LAT1.9 
 3. Majewska, POL1.8 
 4. Pavel, ROM1.5 
 5. Nicholls, ESP1.4 
 6. Petronyte, LTU1.3 
 7. Meesseman, BEL1.3 
 8. Tuukkanen, FIN1.0 
 9. Szott, POL0.8 
 10. Alyoshkina, UKR0.8 


Division C Standings - by Eurobasket

Standings
Group A
1. Azerbaijan0-0
2. Moldova0-0
3. Malta0-0
4. Scotland0-0
Group B
1. Austria0-0
2. Gibraltar0-0
3. FYR Macedon.0-0
4. Wales0-0



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Spain U16 wins Nice tournament in France - by Eurobasket News

France U16-Spain U16 51:68

Spain U16 wins Nice tournament in France with 4 participating teams. Spain won all three games to clinch the title.
Salvadores paced all the winners with 27 points, while Quevedo nailed 11. Molinuevo, Orts and Flores each scored 6 points. Maryle Limousin (160-G-96) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Blankole added 9. Louise Dambach and Lisa Berkani (173-G-97) posted 8 points each in the losing case.
Spain won the opening period 14-11 and continued their dominance in the court. They added massive 23-10 to take 16-point lead at the halftime. France responded with 17-13 in the third quarter and reduced to 12 points after three quarters. They tried hard in the last period but could not win the game. Spain needed a 18-13 burst to seal the victory.

France U16: Maryle Limousin 13, Blankole 9, Louise Dambach 8, Lisa Berkani 8
Spain U16: Salvadores 27, Quevedo 11, Molinuevo 6, Orts 6, Flores 6



Inesa Visgaudaite signs with Toulouse Metropole Basket - by Eurobasket News

Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) signs with Toulouse Metropole Basket for 2012/2013 season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, the Lithuanian player will head to France. For 21 year old Lithuanian this will be her first foreign experience.
In 2007-2008 she started her career for Lemminkainen Klaipeda (LMKL) and averaged 2.0ppg, 1.4rpg in Baltic league. In 2008-2009 she debuted in EuroCup and in BWBL after 11 games had 3.9ppg, 1.1apg. In Lithuanian League her stats read 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg.
The last season for Lemminkainen Klaipeda (LMKL, starting five) she averaged 6.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 12.5% in EuroCup, while in BWBL Inesa Visgaudaite showed 9.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 81.0%. In Lithuanian League after 29 games her stats read 7.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 38.3%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 73.3%.
Last year together with her team she reached Lithuanian LMKL Cup Semifinals -12. Moreover right now she is a Lithuanian National Team player and helps her team at Eurobasket Qualifications.



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  GERMANY   


Wolfenbuettel completes Roster - by Juliane Hoehne

BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel seems to be finished with their Roster plans for the upcoming season. Head Coach Vlastibor Klimes was able to hold on to Captain and Nationalplayer Charmaine Callahan (183-F/C-83), Nationalplayer Roli-Ann Haldin (178-F-84, college: Liberty), Nina Hartwich (168-F-87) and Ieva Kulite (191-C-88), who will all go in their third season as a Wildcat. Also, the youth players Corinna Poschel (173-G-92) and Kristina Stapel (160-G) will continue to play with the first team. On the foreigner spots, the Wildcats signed the Americans Samantha Whitcomb (178-G, college: Washington), Sarah Morton (172-G), Brianne O'Rourke (171-G-87, college: Penn St.),, and Hungarian Post player Victoria Vincze.
Samantha Whitcomb transfers from the ChemCats Chemnitz, where she played her first season in Europe. The Guard had a solid season with 11.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.1apg, and 2.0spg. Before coming to Germany, Whitcomb played for the University of Washington, where she competed in the Pac-12 Conference, where she made the All-Pac Team in 2010.
Sarah Morton also comes from the University of Washington, where she played together with Whitcomb. In her Senior Year, the guard averaged 8.8ppg, 2.8rpg, and 4.9apg. This season will be her first season overseas.
Brianne O'Rourke is the third American Guard signed by the Wildcats. She will start into her fourth season in Germany. After playing for Herner TC in 2009/10, ChemCats Chemnitz in 2010/11, and GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck last season, she will sign the current German Champion this season. Last season, the 24-year old guard averaged 13.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, and 1.3spg in 19 games for the Panthers.
Also, on the big positions the Wildcats landed a new player - Viktoria Vincze (189-C-87) coming from UNI SEAT Gyor. Vincze played in the Hungarian League averaging 3.0ppg, 2.6rpg in 23 games, while also competing in Euroleague, where she came up with 1.8ppg, 2.8rpg in 11 games.



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  HUNGARY   


CSM Satu Mare bring in Hungarian Hajnalka Szlimak - by Eurobasket News

CSM Satu Mare bring in Hungarian Hajnalka Szlimak (182-F-82) for the next season. The player moves from Nanette FTC.
In 2011-2012 for Nanette FTC (A, starting five) she averaged 10.4ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-5 (3.4apg), 2.1spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 83.3%. In Round 10 28-year old forward Hajnalka Szlimak put on an amazing game in the last round for Nanette FTC and received a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award. She had the game-high 29 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Nanette FTC in her team's victory, helping them to beat Bajai NKK 67-61.
Earlier in 2004-2005 she started for MKB Euroleasing Sopron (A): Euroleague and showed 3.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.3apg, 0.7spg. From 2005 she moved to Szeviep Szeged and stayed for three seasons. In 2008-2009 signed with BSE Budapest (A, starting five) and after 23 games her stats read 10.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 46.8%, FT: 85.7%. After another season she moved to Nanette FTC (A, starting five).



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  INDIA   


India is winless after three days of action - by Eurobasket News

India is winless after three days of action at William Jones Cup.
Japan tipped off their campaign versus India. The Japanese team claimed an 86:65 victory. They built a 47:27 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the success. Rina Sezaki (162-PG-92) came up with 24 points to lead the winners. Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) added 21 points for Japan. Anna Jose Geethu (185-C-85) answered with impressive 34 points and 22 rebounds for India.
In day 2 Chunghwa overcame India. It was a tougher battle for the Taiwanese team. They grabbed a 23:15 lead ten minutes into the game. India matched the tempo as the teams exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. But Chunghwa increased the tempo in the third term and cleared off to a 22-point lead at the final intermission. They never looked back en route to the victory at the end. Hsu Chien-Hui (171-G/F-89) connected for 19 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds to pace the hosts. Huang Hsiang-Ting added 14 points for the winners. Anna Jose Geethu replied with 27 points, 15 boards and 6 assists for India. Palanilkumkalayil had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
In Day 3 Cathay Life took on India. And once again the hosts dominated in the game. They claimed a 96:56 win at the end. Huang Ping-Jen notched 20 points to pace the winners. Cathay Life used a 29:12 run in the opening quarter to clear off. They ensured a 36-point lead before the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the victory. Huang YingLi (170-G-89) finished with 15 points, while Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) added 14 points in the win. Anna Jose Geethu answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for India. Anju Lakra (160-G-83) and K Kavita added 9 points each in the defeat.



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Passalaqua Ragusa signs Serbian guard Milica Micovic - by Eurobasket News

Passalaqua Ragusa announced important signing for the next season. The team penned a deal with Serbian guard Milica Micovic (182-G-84, agency: Players Group). Ragusa will compete in Serie A2.
Milica Micovic arrives to the club from A1 team Pallacanestro Pozzuoli, where she had 8.3 ppg, 3 rpg and 1.4 spg in 24 games. Before Pozzuoli, she spent one season with Vomero Basket Napoli. There Micovic averaged 6.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2 steals for 22 games in A1. In 2009/10, she was a member of Basket Parma and year before that Micovic played for Viterbo. She already has experience from A1 as a member of Nova Bologna and Carugate.
Milica Micovic won Serie A1 title in 2004/05 season. She played for Stem Marine Parma at that time.



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Japan win two out of three at the start of William Jones Cup - by Eurobasket News

Japan travelled to Taiwan to take part at the annual William Jones Cup invitational tournament. They got to a nice start winning two out of three games played.
Japan tipped off their campaign versus India. The Japanese team claimed an 86:65 victory. They built a 47:27 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the success. Rina Sezaki (162-PG-92) came up with 24 points to lead the winners. Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) added 21 points for Japan. Anna Jose Geethu (185-C-85) answered with impressive 34 points and 22 rebounds for India.
Next Japan took on Chapman University. The game turned into a rather one way traffic. Japan grabbed a 58:28 halftime lead and cruised to the victory in the second half. Mio Shinozaki delivered 17 points to lead well-balanced effort from Japan. Yuki Kato added 15 points for the winning side. Emily McCoy and Liz Hartnett had 8 points each in the loss.
Japan then suffered the initial loss at the tourney. They surrendered against the local powerhouse Chunghwa Telecom. They rallied past Japan 83:70. The hosts led by as many as 15 points after ten minutes 29:14. The gap grew at 18-point mark at halftime 47:29. Japan tried to change the complexion of the game in the second half but managed just to cut the deficit at the end. Hsu Chien-Hui (171-G/F-89) notched 21 points for Chunghwa Telecom. Pei-Chun Hsih added 18 points for the home team. Mio Shinozaki and Rina Sezaki answered with 17 points each for Japan.



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U18 Baltic Cup: Latvia edge Estonia for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Estonia U18 59:49

Latvian U18 National Team claimed the second straight win at the Baltic Cup in Riga. They overcame Estonian counterparts to secure 2-0 record. Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Latvia jumped to an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 33:27 halftime advantage. Estonia narrowed the gap. They got within just two points at the final intermission 40:42. Latvia however survived the challenge and cleared off for the victory at the end. Ruta Veidere (188-C-94) accounted for 11 points and 13 boards, while Ance Aizsila (175-G-94) added 8 points for Latvia. Greeta Uprus (175-G/F-94) answered with 14 points for Estonia. Liis Kullamaa (171-G-94) and Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) had 7 points each in the loss.

Latvia U18: Krista Bridina 16, Ruta Veidere 11+13 boards, Ance Aizsila 8
Estonia U18: Greeta Uprus 14, Liis Kullamaa 7, Trine Kasemagi 7+14 boards



U18 Baltic Cup: Latvia clinch three wins in a row - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Lithuania U18 69:46

Latvia clinched the title at Baltic Cup tournament in Riga. They overcame Lithuania on the final day of the tourney to improve at 3-0 record. Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners.
Latvia jumped to a 26:14 lead after ten minutes. They held Lithuania to 8 points in the second quarter to ensure a 14-point halftime lead 36:22. Latvia maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 16 points 52:36. Latvia did not slow down in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Paula Langina (180-F-94) accounted for 13 points, while Elina Berzina (173-G-95) had 8 points for the winners. Austeja Sirsinaityte (164-PG-95) answered with 9 points for Lithuania. Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) and Egle Zelnyte (187-F-94) posted 7 points each in the loss.

Latvia U18: Krista Bridina 18, Paula Langina 13, Elina Berzina 8
Lithuania U18: Austeja Sirsinaityte 9, Justina Kraujunaite 7, Egle Zelnyte 7



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Inesa Visgaudaite signs with Toulouse Metropole Basket - by Eurobasket News

Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) signs with Toulouse Metropole Basket for 2012/2013 season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, the Lithuanian player will head to France. For 21 year old Lithuanian this will be her first foreign experience.
In 2007-2008 she started her career for Lemminkainen Klaipeda (LMKL) and averaged 2.0ppg, 1.4rpg in Baltic league. In 2008-2009 she debuted in EuroCup and in BWBL after 11 games had 3.9ppg, 1.1apg. In Lithuanian League her stats read 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg.
The last season for Lemminkainen Klaipeda (LMKL, starting five) she averaged 6.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 12.5% in EuroCup, while in BWBL Inesa Visgaudaite showed 9.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 81.0%. In Lithuanian League after 29 games her stats read 7.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 38.3%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 73.3%.
Last year together with her team she reached Lithuanian LMKL Cup Semifinals -12. Moreover right now she is a Lithuanian National Team player and helps her team at Eurobasket Qualifications.



U18 Baltic Cup: Latvia clinch three wins in a row - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Lithuania U18 69:46

Latvia clinched the title at Baltic Cup tournament in Riga. They overcame Lithuania on the final day of the tourney to improve at 3-0 record. Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners.
Latvia jumped to a 26:14 lead after ten minutes. They held Lithuania to 8 points in the second quarter to ensure a 14-point halftime lead 36:22. Latvia maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 16 points 52:36. Latvia did not slow down in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Paula Langina (180-F-94) accounted for 13 points, while Elina Berzina (173-G-95) had 8 points for the winners. Austeja Sirsinaityte (164-PG-95) answered with 9 points for Lithuania. Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) and Egle Zelnyte (187-F-94) posted 7 points each in the loss.

Latvia U18: Krista Bridina 18, Paula Langina 13, Elina Berzina 8
Lithuania U18: Austeja Sirsinaityte 9, Justina Kraujunaite 7, Egle Zelnyte 7



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Malaisia posts the initial vicory - by Eurobasket News

Malaisia posts the initial vicory at Jones Cup 2012.
At first Chunghwa opened their campaign against Malaysian National Team. The hosts clinched a 106:48 victory at the end. They dominated from start to finish cruising to the victory at the end. Yang Seon-Hui accounted for 25 points to lead the winners. Liu Jia-Wei (175-F-88) added 23 points for Chunghwa Telecom. Fook Yee Yap (174-F-93) and Phey Chi Low accounted for 12 points each in the loss.
In Day 2 Cathay Life faced Malaysia. Once again the Taiwanese powerhouse proved the strength. They rallied to a 43:22 halftime lead. Cathay Life maintained the lead throughout the second half and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) delivered 20 points for the winners. Wu Yi-Ting (175-F/G-91) added 17 points in the victory. Sook Ping Choo (173-88) answered with 15 points for Malaysia. Kalaimathi Rajintiran (185-C-90) had 10 points in the loss.
In Day 3 Malaysia overcame Chapman 75:50.



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Teleorman Alexandria lands rookie center Shannon Thomas - by Eurobasket News

Shannon Thomas (193-C-90, college: Indiana St.) will start her professional basketball career in Romania. The American center signed a one-year deal with Teleorman Alexandria. Thomas is a product of Indiana State University, where she graduated few months ago. She had 12.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg and 1.6 bpg for 31 games in NCAA Division 1 last season. The player had slightly better numbers in 2010/11. Thomas was named All-MVC 2nd Team -11, 12. She helped Indiana State to reach MVP Tournament Semis a year ago.
Earlier this month, Teleorman Alexandria penned a deal with Raluca Alecu (169-G-90). She was their first transfer for the next season. In 2007-2008 she appeared for BC CSS MCM Targoviste (D1). In 2008-2009 for CSM Targoviste (D1) her stats read 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg. In 2009-2010 continued for Municipal MCM Targoviste (D1) but in 2010-2011 moved to BCM Bega Danzio Timisoara (D1). In her first season she averaged 2.8ppg, 2.1rpg. Last season for BCM Bega Danzio Timisoara (D1, starting five) her stats read 2.7ppg. In 2006 she participated at the Balkan Games U18 in Sofia as she was Romanian U18 National Team -06-08. Moreover she participated at the European Championships U18 in Slovak Rep. -08. In 2009 Raluca Alecu became Romanian Cup Winner -09 and Romanian League Regular Season Champion -09. Later she became the member of the Romanian U20 National Team -09-10, while in 2009 she was Romanian League Champion. At the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) -10 her stats read 1.0ppg.



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Chapman University start William Jones Cup in Asia - by Eurobasket News

Chapman University start William Jones Cup in Asia with 3 losses.
In Day 1 Cathay Life opened the tournament against Chapman University. The Taiwanese team led from start to finish. They secured a comfortable 102:28 win at the end. Lan Jui-Yu (5'7''-G-83) came up with 17 points to lead the winners. Huang Ping-Jen (5'10''-F-89) added 15 points in the victory. Liz Hartnett answered with 7 points for the Chapman University.
In Day 2 Japan overcame Chapman University. The game turned into a rather one way traffic. Japan grabbed a 58:28 halftime lead and cruised to the victory in the second half. Mio Shinozaki (5'6''-PG-91) delivered 17 points to lead well-balanced effort from Japan. Yuki Kato added 15 points for the winning side. Emily McCoy and Liz Hartnett had 8 points each in the loss.
In Day 3 Malaysia overcame Chapman 75:50.



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CSM Satu Mare bring in Hungarian Hajnalka Szlimak - by Eurobasket News

CSM Satu Mare bring in Hungarian Hajnalka Szlimak (182-F-82) for the next season. The player moves from Nanette FTC.
In 2011-2012 for Nanette FTC (A, starting five) she averaged 10.4ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-5 (3.4apg), 2.1spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 83.3%. In Round 10 28-year old forward Hajnalka Szlimak put on an amazing game in the last round for Nanette FTC and received a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award. She had the game-high 29 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Nanette FTC in her team's victory, helping them to beat Bajai NKK 67-61.
Earlier in 2004-2005 she started for MKB Euroleasing Sopron (A): Euroleague and showed 3.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.3apg, 0.7spg. From 2005 she moved to Szeviep Szeged and stayed for three seasons. In 2008-2009 signed with BSE Budapest (A, starting five) and after 23 games her stats read 10.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 46.8%, FT: 85.7%. After another season she moved to Nanette FTC (A, starting five).



Babkina Elina heads to CSM Targoviste - by Eurobasket News

Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) heads to CSM Targoviste for the next season. After one year in Turkey, the Latvia player moves to Romania.
Last year Elina Babkina joined Fener from the Polish team Lotos Gdynia. In Poland she appeared 9 times with them in Euroleague averaging 13.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4 assists. Babkina also added 12.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 3.5 apg for 33 games in PLKK. For her performance Babkina was named Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Europeans Team -11. She was also awarded with Eurobasket.com Polish PLKK All-Bosmans Team -11.
In 2011-2012 for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey-TKBL, starting five) she averaged 4.2ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.5apg in EuroLeague. In Turkish League her stats read 4.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.3apg.
Eurobasket wrote earlier that Georgios Dikeoulakos farewell to Fenerbahce. The Greek specialist left the Turkish team together with Elina. Unofficially, the reason for such decision was because Fenerbahce refused to re-sign point guard Elina Babkina.



CSM Satu Mare parts ways with Mehmedic and Meszaros - by Eurobasket News

CSM Satu Mare decided not to keep Amra Mehmedic (177-G-81) and Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) for the next season.
Amra Mehmedic arrived to the club in January of 2011. She had 10.2 ppg, 4.9 apg and 3.4 rpg for 36 games last season. In 2010/11, the player registered 13.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 3 apg for 20 games. CSM Satu Mare reached Romanian league Finals in both seasons and Mehmedic was named to Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team -11, 12. They were regular season champs in 2011.
Anita Meszaros joined the club a year ago. She had 5.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 20 games. Before Satu Marek, Meszaros spent few seasons with ICIM Arad. She won three championship titles with them, one Romanian Cup and one CEWL Cup.



Teleorman Alexandria lands rookie center Shannon Thomas - by Eurobasket News

Shannon Thomas (193-C-90, college: Indiana St.) will start her professional basketball career in Romania. The American center signed a one-year deal with Teleorman Alexandria. Thomas is a product of Indiana State University, where she graduated few months ago. She had 12.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg and 1.6 bpg for 31 games in NCAA Division 1 last season. The player had slightly better numbers in 2010/11. Thomas was named All-MVC 2nd Team -11, 12. She helped Indiana State to reach MVP Tournament Semis a year ago.
Earlier this month, Teleorman Alexandria penned a deal with Raluca Alecu (169-G-90). She was their first transfer for the next season. In 2007-2008 she appeared for BC CSS MCM Targoviste (D1). In 2008-2009 for CSM Targoviste (D1) her stats read 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg. In 2009-2010 continued for Municipal MCM Targoviste (D1) but in 2010-2011 moved to BCM Bega Danzio Timisoara (D1). In her first season she averaged 2.8ppg, 2.1rpg. Last season for BCM Bega Danzio Timisoara (D1, starting five) her stats read 2.7ppg. In 2006 she participated at the Balkan Games U18 in Sofia as she was Romanian U18 National Team -06-08. Moreover she participated at the European Championships U18 in Slovak Rep. -08. In 2009 Raluca Alecu became Romanian Cup Winner -09 and Romanian League Regular Season Champion -09. Later she became the member of the Romanian U20 National Team -09-10, while in 2009 she was Romanian League Champion. At the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) -10 her stats read 1.0ppg.



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Scottish National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Scottish National Team 2012
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Gillian Baird
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Gemma Black
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Mairi Buchan
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Lyndsey Campbell
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Rona Corkindale
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Gillian Baird 182-F-88 Loughborough United Kingdom
Gemma Black 167-PG-92 Paisley Scotland
Mairi Buchan 188-C/F-90 ODU USA
Lyndsey Campbell 160-PG-78 Polonia Phoenix Scotland
Rona Corkindale 177-F-86 Glasgow Rocks Scotland
Emma Findlay 169-G-87 Edinburgh KK Scotland
Deanne Hayward 170-G-91 Armstr.Atlantic USA
Ailidh Hood 179-F-88 Glasgow Rocks Scotland
Siobhan Moore 185-C-87 Glasgow Rocks Scotland
Julie Ritchie 187-C-70 Polonia Phoenix Scotland
Kathryn Taylor 188-F-91 Colgate USA

Iain Gordon Head Coach E.Lothian P. Scotland
Siobhan Moore Assistant



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Spain U16 wins Nice tournament in France - by Eurobasket News

France U16-Spain U16 51:68

Spain U16 wins Nice tournament in France with 4 participating teams. Spain won all three games to clinch the title.
Salvadores paced all the winners with 27 points, while Quevedo nailed 11. Molinuevo, Orts and Flores each scored 6 points. Maryle Limousin (160-G-96) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Blankole added 9. Louise Dambach and Lisa Berkani (173-G-97) posted 8 points each in the losing case.
Spain won the opening period 14-11 and continued their dominance in the court. They added massive 23-10 to take 16-point lead at the halftime. France responded with 17-13 in the third quarter and reduced to 12 points after three quarters. They tried hard in the last period but could not win the game. Spain needed a 18-13 burst to seal the victory.

France U16: Maryle Limousin 13, Blankole 9, Louise Dambach 8, Lisa Berkani 8
Spain U16: Salvadores 27, Quevedo 11, Molinuevo 6, Orts 6, Flores 6



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Cathay Life open William Jones Cup with three victories - by Eurobasket News

Cathay Life confidently opened the William Jones Cup invitational tournament. They posted three wins in a row at the start of the competition. Cathay Life opened the tournament against Chapman University. The Taiwanese team led from start to finish. They secured a comfortable 102:28 win at the end. Lan Jui-Yu (170-G-83) came up with 17 points to lead the winners. Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89) added 15 points in the victory. Liz Hartnett answered with 7 points for the Chapman University.
Next Cathay Life faced Malaysia. Once again the Taiwanese powerhouse proved the strength. They rallied to a 43:22 halftime lead. Cathay Life maintained the lead throughout the second half and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) delivered 20 points for the winners. Wu Yi-Ting (175-F/G-91) added 17 points in the victory. Sook Ping Choo (173-88) answered with 15 points for Malaysia. Kalaimathi Rajintiran (185-C-90) had 10 points in the loss.
Cathay Life then took on India. And once again the hosts dominated in the game. They claimed a 96:56 win at the end. Huang Ping-Jen notched 20 points to pace the winners. Cathay Life used a 29:12 run in the opening quarter to clear off. They ensured a 36-point lead before the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the victory. Huang YingLi (170-G-89) finished with 15 points, while Liu Chun-Yi added 14 points in the win. Anna Jose Geethu (185-C-85) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for India. Anju Lakra (160-G-83) and K Kavita (165-G-92) added 9 points each in the defeat.



Chunghwa Telecom stay undefeated at William Jones Cup - by Eurobasket News

Chunghwa Telecom ensured a perfect start to their William Jones Cup campaign. They claimed three wins in as many games played.
Chunghwa opened their campaign against Malaysian National Team. The hosts clinched a 106:48 victory at the end. They dominated from start to finish cruising to the victory at the end. Yang Seon-Hui (172-F-89) accounted for 25 points to lead the winners. Liu Jia-Wei (175-F-88) added 23 points for Chunghwa Telecom. Fook Yee Yap (174-F-93) and Phey Chi Low accounted for 12 points each in the loss.
Chunghwa next took on India. It was a tougher battle for the Taiwanese team. They grabbed a 23:15 lead ten minutes into the game. India matched the tempo as the teams exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. But Chunghwa increased the tempo in the third term and cleared off to a 22-point lead at the final intermission. They never looked back en route to the victory at the end. Hsu Chien-Hui (171-G/F-89) connected for 19 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds to pace the hosts. Huang Hsiang-Ting (179-F-93) added 14 points for the winners. Anna Jose Geethu (185-C-85) replied with 27 points, 15 boards and 6 assists for India. Palanilkumkalayil had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Chunghwa did not slow down in the third round as they rallied past Japan 83:70. They led by as many as 15 points after ten minutes 29:14. The gap grew at 18-point mark at halftime 47:29. Japan tried to change the complexion of the game in the second half but managed just to cut the deficit at the end. Hsu Chien-Hui notched 21 points for Chunghwa Telecom. Pei-Chun Hsih added 18 points for the home team. Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) and Rina Sezaki (162-PG-92) answered with 17 points each for Japan.



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Jana Vesela moves to Homend Antakya - by Eurobasket News

Jana Vesela (192-F-83) moves to Homend Antakya for the next season. The Czech player moves to Turkey after the downfall of her Ros Casares. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, Vesela had been signed with EuroLeague Women champions Ros Casares before the club went down.
It was reported earlier that Jana Vesela would stay with Ros Casares next season. The Czech forward helped Valencia team to win the Euroleague and Spanish league titles. She played 29 games in Spain this season registering 4.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.2 apg. Vesela was getting more than 17 minutes per game. In Euroleague, Vesela averaged 4.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.1 apg for 20 games. In this competition Jana Vesela had average of 24 minutes per game. Jana Vesela is active member of the Czech Republic NT since 2001.



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U18 Baltic Cup: Ukraine beat Estonia in Riga - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U18 - Ukraine U18 65:68

Estonia finished the U18 Baltic Cup tournament with the loss. They surrendered against Ukraine. Both teams thus finished the competition at 1-2 record. It was a tough battle from start to finish. However Ukraine surged ahead late in the regulation and snatched a tough win at the end. Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) posted 22 points for Estonia. She also added 13 rebounds to her tally. Birgit Piibur (160-PG-94) contributed 11 points, while Greeta Uprus (175-G/F-94) accounted for 10 points in defeat.



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2012 Jones Cup women's Day 3 - by Chris Wang

2012 Jones Cup women's Day 3

Malaysia 75-50 Chapman
Chunghua Telecom83-70 Japan
Cathay Life 96-56 India

1. Boxscores are available at http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/600-1008-86.php
2. Boxscores screengrabs have been uploaded to this link.
https://www.box.com/s/107e970b031a22d87302

Standings:
Cathay Life 3-0
Chunghua Telecom 3-0
Japan 2-1
Malaysia 1-2
Chapman 0-3
India 0-3



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Latest games - by Eurobasket News

Tulsa S. - Washington M. 78-62
Ivory Latta had 18 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Tulsa Shock used a strong second half and earned a 78-62 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday. The 62 points were the fewest scored by a Shock opponent this season. ''I was very pleased with our effort. We have been wanting to sustain our effort for 40 minutes and I thought we did that tonight,'' Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg said. ''We wanted to go after them on defense and we made them make tough shots throughout the game. That's the effort we need every night to give ourselves a chance to win.'' Leading 43-40 with 3:30 left in the third quarter, Tulsa (3-13) finished the period on a 14-8 run to match its biggest lead of the game at 57-48. Riquana Williams opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to push the lead to 60-48 and Washington (3-12) would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the game. ''We knew they would pressure us and our turnovers led to easy baskets for them,'' Washington coach Trudi Lacey said. ''Late in the game, we were trying to be aggressive and get to the free-throw line, but it wasn't enough.'' Temeka Johnson (5'3''-PG-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) had 17 points for the Shock and Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) added 16, despite leaving the game with 7:55 remaining after a flagrant foul by Washington's Monique Currie on a layup attempt. In a first half filled with runs, Tulsa grabbed its largest lead of the opening half with a 9-0 burst to take a 34-25 lead and force a Washington timeout with 2:51 left before halftime. Latta started the run with a 3-pointer and later added a steal and layup, one of Washington's 13 first-half turnovers. ''We gave them too many points tonight,'' Lacey said. ''The second-chance opportunities really hurt us.'' The Mystics closed the half with a three-point play from Crystal Langhorne to pull within 36-30 at the half. Langhorne finished as Washington's leading scorer with 13 points. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com

L.Angeles S. - Atlanta D. 79-63
Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) scored 19 points and Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) had 14 points and 12 rebounds and the Los Angeles Sparks defeated the Atlanta Dream 79-63 on Sunday. The Sparks (13-6) improved to 9-1 at home in their last home game before the Olympic break. They also snapped a 6-game losing streak against the Dream and got even for their biggest loss of the season, a 33-point win by Atlanta on June 15. Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) led the Dream (8-9) with 17 points and Aneika Henry had 13. Atlanta played its second game in as many days without leading scorer and U.S. Olympic team member Angel McCoughtry, who has a sprained left MCL. *Courtesy of www.wmbfnews.com

Seattle S. - Phoenix M. 83-68
The Phoenix Mercury had trouble containing Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) on Sunday. Bird scored 26 first-half points on her way to 31 for the game during Seattle's 83-68 win over the Mercury. Bird missed one field goal attempt - a 3-pointer at the end of the second quarter - on her bobblehead night. She finished 10 for 11 from the field, 6 for 7 from the free throw line. The 31 points were two shy of her career-high 33 set Aug. 9, 2002, during a win over Portland which pushed the Storm into their first playoff appearance. ''That's about as well as I've seen anybody shoot the ball,'' Storm coach Brian Agler said. Bird was fresh because of recent rest. Her right hip, which was surgically repaired last fall, was bothering her again. She sat out Saturday night's loss in Los Angeles to the Sparks, and said she felt much better Sunday. With two games remaining before the Olympic break, managing her hip will be crucial. ''Mostly, I would describe it as a nuisance,'' Bird said. ''There was a point after the Connecticut game last week, even walking, I could feel it, which I've never really had before. Usually it would just happen when I was playing.'' It was not a deterrent Sunday. Bird's offensive run began in the first quarter when she scored 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting, outscoring Phoenix 13-12. A pull-up 15-footer on the break and three 3-pointers were among her field goals during the quarter, helping Seattle increase its lead to 22-12 by the end of the quarter. Bird scored 13 more in the second, though she recorded her only two missed shots. She closed the half 9 for 10 from the field for 26 points, and added two rebounds and two assists. A third-quarter 3-pointer pushed Bird to 29 points, her most since her career high in 2002. Two free throws upped her total to 31. She sat most of the fourth quarter and did not attempt a shot in the final quarter with Seattle well ahead. Agler said Bird's practice will be reduced in order to manage her health for the final two games before the break and beyond. The Storm (8-9) has a chance to be over .500 before the Olympics begin, a distant thought when the team started the season 1-7. Agler told his team weeks ago, if it could get to eight wins by the Olympics, it would be back in the playoff race. ''So, we're there,'' Agler said. ''And I just told them today, don't be satisfied with that.'' Camille Little added 18 points and Ewelina Kobryn scored 10 for the Storm. Phoenix (4-13) is hurting. Penny Taylor has been out for the year because of a torn ACL, Olympian Diana Taurasi did not travel with the team because of a strained left hip flexor, and Candice Dupree did not play because of a knee contusion. Without their three top players, the Mercury shot 27.6 percent in the first half and 32.8 percent for the game. DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) scored 10 points in the half, despite shooting 2-for-8 from the field and finished the night with a team-leading 12. The other four Phoenix starters combined for 22 points. The Storm opened the game on a 12-0 run that forced a Phoenix timeout, despite Ann Wauters (strained left Achilles tendon) and Tina Thompson (left knee strain) not playing. Bird scored 10 points during the stretch, which ended when Bonner hit a baseline jumper. A jumper from Kobryn pushed Seattle in front 17-4. The Storm never trailed. ''Every dog has its day, and it's not our day,'' Phoenix coach Corey Gaines said. ''We'll be back one day.'' *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com

Phoenix M. - Atlanta D. 93-100 2OT
Sancho Lyttle scored a career-high 31 points, including five in the second overtime, to lead the Atlanta Dream past the Phoenix Mercury 100-93 on Saturday night. Lyttle added 10 rebounds and made a pair of 3-pointers during a key stretch early in the fourth quarter and then nine points in the two extra periods as the Dream won their fourth game in the past five. DeWanna Bonner had 27 points, 15 rebounds and six steals to lead the Mercury (4-12), who have played since a May 31 loss at Atlanta without injured star Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut). Phoenix has lost 5 of 6 and is 3-10 without Taurasi. The Dream (8-8) used a 16-0 run to end the third period and an 8-3 start in the fourth quarter to erase a 17-point deficit and led by five with 1:03 left in regulation. The Dream did not play Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville), the league's leading scorer at 22.6 points per game and a member of the U.S. Olympic team with a week before the WNBA breaks for London. Courtesy of www.wmbfnews.com

L.Angeles S. - Seattle S. 83-59
Kristi Toliver scored 23 points to lead all five starters in double-digit scoring and the Los Angeles Sparks defeated the injury-depleted Seattle Storm 83-59 on Saturday. Candace Parker scored 17 points, Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) 15, Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90, college: Stanford) 13 and Alana Beard 10. Toliver, coming off a career-high tying 29-point game, went 9 for 14 from the field to lead an excellent game by the starters. Los Angeles did not get any points from its bench until Jantel Lavender scored with fewer than three minutes remaining. The Sparks (12-6) improved to 4-0 this season against the Storm, who finished the game with seven healthy players after Tina Thompson left with a leg injury in the fourth quarter. Courtesy of www.kswt.com

New York L. - S.Antonio SS 81-94
Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) kept coming through with big shots in key situations for the San Antonio Silver Stars. Perkins scored a season-high 24 points, Becky Hammon (5'6''-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) had 23 and Sophia Young added 21 to lead San Antonio to its seventh straight win, 94-81 over the New York Liberty on Sunday. Danielle Adams added 10 points as the Silver Stars (11-5) won for the ninth time in 10 games. Perkins shot 10 for 17 from the floor - 4 for 10 on 3-pointers and 6 for 7 inside the arc. *Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com

Indiana F. - Chicago S. 88-86 OT
Briann January (5'8''-PG-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Arizona St.) hit two jumpers in an 84-second span late in overtime to help lift the Indiana Fever to an 88-86 WNBA victory over the Chicago Sky on Saturday. The loss was the second straight and sixth in seven games for the slumping Sky (8-7). The Sky rallied from a 13-point deficit and led late in regulation before January tied the game with a free throw to force a 76-76 tie and overtime at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) had 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Sky and became the third player in franchise history to top 2,000 career points. Eshaya Murphy (6'0''-G/F-85, college: USC) had 20 while Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut) and LeCoe Willingham added 18 and 10 points, respectively. Indiana (9-6) placed five in double figures, led by Tamika Catching's 18 points and Jessica Davenport's 15. Shavonte Zellous had 14 while Katie Douglas and January each had 14. January's scored on a driving layup with 1:51 left in overtime for a 85-82 Fever lead. She added a pullup jumper with 27.9 seconds showing to make it 87-84. The Sky trailed 64-51 entering the final quarter, then staged an impressive rally as Murphy scored 7 points -- including a game-tying 3 pointer -- while Fowles added six in a 21-6 run that opened a 72-70 lead with 3:58 to play. The lead changed hands four times before January's game-tying free throw with 22 seconds left in regulation. Cash missed a buzzer-beating jumper and the game went to overtime. The host Fever jumped to an early 21-9 lead as eight Indiana players scored in the first quarter, led by Zellous' seven points -- as the Fever opened a 21-15 lead. Indiana led by as many as 10 points late in the second quarter before a pair of Murphy 3 pointers and two Fowles free throws cut the half time margin to 37-33. Murphy closed the half with a team-high 9 points. The Fever opened the third quarter with seven unanswered points for a 44-33 lead. The Sky again scrambled back and cut the deficit to 50-45 on Cash's 3 pointer with 4:54 remaining. Indiana closed the quarter with a 14-6 surge for a 64-51 lead. The Sky return home to Allstate Arena on Wednesday for an 11:30 a.m. game against San Antonio. They close the season's first half on Friday against Connecticut. Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com

Minnesota L. - Connecticut S. 80-86
It was a logical question for Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve to ask. The Lynx have fallen behind by 20 points in their past two games and have a three-game losing streak for the first time since July 2010. Reeve took inventory of the situation after the Lynx's 86-80 loss to the Connecticut Sun on Saturday night, July 7, at Target Center and wondered: "When's the last time we've faced adversity like this? ... For us, we've been spoiled a little bit." Over the next five days, beginning with Tuesday's game at Tulsa, Reeve hopes to learn something about the defending WNBA champions, who are dealing with a midseason slump after losses to Connecticut, Los Angeles and San Antonio -- three of the WNBA's top teams. Saturday's loss in front of a sellout crowd of 10,882 featured a sluggish start, poor shooting and an inability to keep Connecticut off the offensive boards. The Sun had 34 second-chance points and hung on despite almost blowing a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Lynx twice cut their deficit to three in the final minute, but the Sun scored their final eight points from the free-throw line to improve to 12-4, the second-best record in the WNBA behind Minnesota's 13-4. Kara Lawson (5'8''-PG-81, college: Tennessee) led the Sun with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) hurt the Lynx inside with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Though the Lynx woke up in the fourth quarter, there were signs that some soul-searching will be on the agenda as they try to finish strong before the Olympic break. They play at Tulsa on Tuesday and host Tulsa on Thursday, then don't play again until Aug. 17. "Now we have some adversity, but it's all about how you handle it and how you come out of it," Reeve said. "I got a great group in there. I know we'll be OK. It's just a matter of when." The Lynx won't regroup until they rediscover their offense. The starting lineup of Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut), Rebekkah Brunson, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen shot a combined 21 of 52 (40 percent) from the floor. Brunson was 1 for 10, and Moore was 6 for 18 but led the Lynx with 19 points. Moore missed two three-point attempts in the final 1:08. "If we continue to stay together and not let tough nights like this tear us apart, we'll be fine," Moore said. "You can let things like this hurt you or let it make you better. This team will take this week and use it to make us better." A weary Augustus also tried to stay positive but had to face questions about fatigue. She was scoreless in the fourth quarter and took only one shot. She finished with 14 points but made just one field goal in the second half. Augustus preferred to focus on the team's word of the day, "adversity," instead of her scoring troubles. "I feel we're going to adjust the way we always have," Augustus said. "We had adversity last year and ended up winning a championship. We'll be ready for the second half of the season." Peters breaks hand Reeve said forward Devereaux Peters will be out until after the Olympic break with a broken bone in her left hand. Peters was injured against Los Angeles on Thursday. Courtesy of www.twincities.com