EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/11/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ARGENTINA   



GECR Indalo close to Jason Robinson - by Eurobasket News

GECR Indalo are targeting Jason Robinson (196-F-80, college: Pikeville). The forward spent the last two seasons in Valladolid. He averaged 10.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game in ACB last season. Previously Jason Robinson had stints with Melilla, Aquas de Valencia, KCC Egis, Belenenses, Sangalhos. Eurobasket.com named the forward into All-Portuguese League 1st Team in 2007. He also earned All-Spanish LEB Gold Honourable Mention in 2010.


Julio Lamas renews contract with CABB for two more years - by Facundo Iatzky

Just a few weeks before the olympic games, CABB announced that Julio Cesar Lamas has renewed his contract with the national team until 2014. The new of this renew is that he will be full time coach since London 2012. It means that he will not be in any team of Liga A neither other league of the world during the next two years. Both parts considered that after the olympic games, it will be need a full time coach who can check all the young players around the country and also to visit the players who play abroad.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia finishes second in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News

China-Australia 70:51

Australia finishes second in Guangzhou at Stankovic Cup. The team lost to the favorites China 51:70 in the Final game.
China opened the game with 18-10 and added 16-8 in the second period. The hosts looked better also in the third quarter and produced a 20-13 burst for a comfortable lead. Australia meanwhile replied with 20-16 surge in the last stanza to reduce the gap to 19 points.
Poor shooting cost the Australians, as they made just 12-of-40 two-point attempts and 6-of-25 threes.
Jianlian Yi (213-F/C-87) scored 14 points and had 9 rebounds to lead China over Australia. Yi Li scored 12, while Zhu FangYu (201-F-83) had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Ding JinHui (204-C/F-89) had 7 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Bo also scored 7 and Guo Ailun (192-G-93) had 6 points and 3 assists. Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) led the way with a team-high 11 points for the Australians, while Cameron Bairstow (205-F-90) added 10 points to be the only other Aussie in double-figures.



QBL: Weekend Wrap-Up: Round 8 - by Eurobasket News

Brisbane Capitals 73 def. by Mackay Meteors 83
After a tightly-contested first half, the Caps managed to get away to eight-point lead going into the halftime break. The second half saw the Meteors steal the lead, and despite solid efforts from the Brisbane side, the home team struggled to complete at the basket, allowing Mackay to extend their lead to eventually take the match by 10 points. Greg Vanderjagt put up 20 points for Mackay while Joel Ryman (183-G-86, college: NW Nazarene) shot 18 for Brisbane.

Toowoomba Mountaineers 86 def. South West Metro Pirates 79
A close match that saw the Mountaineers hold the lead albeit for a few minutes towards the end of the match. But the Pirates comeback was short-lived, with the Mountaineers core group coming together to regain control and take the match, taking advantage of a number of fouls against them. James Legan had a massive game, scoring 41 points for Toowoomba, while Kenny Barnes (201-F-82, college: USF) shot 24 for the Pirates.

Ipswich Force 106 def. Northside Wizards 98
The Force managed to keep the Wizards at bay throughout the match, holding the lead for the entirety. Northside made a comeback in the late stages of the fourth quarter to get in reach of the lead, but Ipswich reaped the rewards in free-throws from a succession of Northside fouls to wrap up the match. Zarryon Fereti and Shaun Gleeson led the Ipswich charge, both finishing on 34 points, while Louis Hurd (180-G) top-scored for the Wizards with 29 points.

Maroochydore Clippers 74 def. by Mackay Meteors 98
Mackay was quick to dominate in this encounter, getting away to a double-figure margin just five minutes into the match, and continued to build it from there. The Clippers did managed to put a dint in the margin in the second quarter, but the Meteors proved too strong in the end, benefiting from some fresh legs from the bench on court. Luke Harvey shot 23 points for Mackay, while Daniel McGlynn (183-G-78) top-scored for the Clippers with 16.

Rockhampton Rockets 94 def. by Cairns Marlins 97
Fans got their moneys worth in the mens match, witnessing a very close match that went into double-overtime. Cairns held the lead by just two points at half-time, before the Rockets ramped up in the third quarter to grab the lead and nudge it out to seven points, the Marlins bringing it back to three at three-quarter time. The fourth quarter was a frenzy with the lead changing hands a number of times, Cairns leading by two points with 14 seconds to go, before Travis Reed (203-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Long Beach St.) sunk two points for Rocky to tie the match. Back on the court for the first overtime, the teams engaged in an incredibly close battle, with Cairns continually getting out in front by a couple of points, only to have Rockhampton bring it back to even scores. With the game again tied and forcing a second overtime, Cairns managed to hold the lead, despite a continuous fight-back from the Rockets, to take out the match by three points. Travis Reed had a game-high 31 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, while Dusty Rychart was Cairns best with 26 points.

Gold Coast Rollers 76 def. Townsville Heat 66
Another close match in the opening stages, with the Heat leading by just one point at the end of the first quarter, before the Rollers fought back to gain the upper hand and go into halftime up by seven points. The Gold Coast put on a run of points in the third quarter to build a solid buffer that they maintained for the rest of the game to take the win at home. David Gurney and Jason Aucoin both shot 20 points for the Rollers while Matthew Rees (205-C-87) put up 15 points for the Heat.

Northside Wizards 71 def. by Mackay Meteors 87
The Meteors also came away from their triple-header with three wins, after managing to hold out a tenacious Northside Wizards team. Northside were eager to notch up a win for Round 8 after conceding to Ipswich the previous night, but were unable to meet the might of the Mackay side, who held the lead from very early in the game. Braydon Hobbs played strong for Mackay with 25 points, while Louis Hurd again top-scored for Northside with 20 points.

South West Metro Pirates 86 def. Townsville Heat 81
Yet another nail-biting match this week, with both teams holding the lead by just a couple of points on a number of occasions throughout the game. The Pirates went into the fourth quarter ahead by two points, before Townsville brought it back to 72-all with seven minutes to go. But South West refused to concede the match on their home court, coming back with a run of points to narrowly take the win. Brendan Teys (188-G-90) contributed 26 points for the Pirates, while Joshua Myles shot 22 for the Heat.

Gladstone Power 65 def. by Cairns Marlins 98
It was a different story in the mens match with the Marlins taking a commanding win over the Power. Scores were tied at the end of the first quarter, but the Marlins came back on the court to take the lead and run away with it for the next three quarters. Gladstones Zach Silverman (198-SF-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Iowa Wesleyan) had a game-high 27 points, James Comino was Cairns best with 25 points.
Courtesy of: qbl.basketball.net.au



Eagles continue to impress (Round 17 men's wrap) - by Eurobasket News

East Perth Eagles continue to impress after two victories over top eight sides in week seventeen of the mens state basketball league, extending their winning streak to six games.

The Eagles defeated the Willetton Tigers 93-77 on Friday night, Eagles centre Tom Jervis was a stand out with 21 points, 23 rebounds and seven blocks with Jarrod Balcombe providing support with a massive 30 points.

That effort was backed up on Saturday taking down the third place Cockburn Cougars 83-76 on Saturday with Jervis again leading the way with 18 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots.

The Cougars imports put up solid numbers with Jeremiah Wilson (203-F-87, college: Tarleton St.) finishing with 26 points and 11 rebounds while Brian Carlwell had 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Wanneroo Wolves have clinched outright first position after victories over the Perth Redbacks on Friday and the Stirling Senators on Saturday to extend their streak to 14 consecutive victories.

Redbacks fell 108-102 with Wanneroo led by Jordan Wild (203-F, college: Fresno Pacific) (26 points, 16 rebounds), Damian Matacz (26 points, ten rebounds) and Seb Salinas (24 points), while Adrian Majstrovich had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Redbacks.

Wanneroo returned home to defeat the Senators 108-93 on Saturday night, Jordan Wild put up massive numbers again with 37 points and nine rebounds while Seb Salinas was also strong with 24 points.

Stirling were led by import Adhar Mayen with 23 points while youngster Robert Huntington (205-C, college: Nova SE) was a standout with 20 points and 13 rebounds for the visitors.

Mandurah Magic had a perfect weekend picking up two wins, defeating the Perry Lakes Hawks on Friday night and then inflicting Lakeside Lightning third loss of the season on Saturday.

The Hawks went down to the Magic 114-85, Mandurah were led by Aaron Trahair (194-G-76) (25 points) and Taylor Mullenax (23 points) while Josh Garlepp tried hard for the Hawks with 17 points and 8 rebounds.

The Magic defeated the Lightning for the second time this season with a 99-74 victory, Taylor Mullenax (25 points, eight rebounds), Thomas Remmerswaal (24 points, nine rebounds) and Aaron Trahair (20 points) led the way for the Magic.

Goldfields Giants took their home game against the Rockingham Flames to Kambalda and picked up 113-66 win which puts them tied with Willetton in eighth place and pushing for a finals berth.

The Hawks fared much better on Saturday night defeating the South West Slammers 107-83, Shane Ross picked up an impressive 38 points and 16 rebounds for the Hawks while Senario Hillman had 34 points for the Slammers.

Geraldton Buccaneers kept their slim finals hopes alive with a 96-90 victory over the Kalamunda Eastern Suns thanks to 35 points from Morgan Sabia, the loss puts a dent the Eastern Suns finals hopes.

Article by Hannah Coleman
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au/



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


League brings in changes to make it more attractive - by Eurobasket News

The EUROHOLD Balkan League will bring in changes to the competition format for the upcoming 2012/2013 season that is meant to make the League even more attractive and interesting.

The first change is that for the 2012/2013 basketball season the EUROHLD Balkan League will have a total of 10 (ten) teams. Those teams will be divided into 3 (three) groups (two groups with 3 teams and one group with 4 teams), as the teams in each group will play home and away games.

In the second stage of the competition the teams placed in the first two places in each group will form a league of 6 teams, and they will play home and away games, the results between 2 teams that played in the first group stage will count. In the same time the rest, which will be 4 teams will play each other in home and away games in order to determine the classification between 7th and 10th place and for the money prizes.

The quarterfinal stage of the competition will be the best of three series or just home and away games, as this depends on the schedule of the local championships, as not all of them are ready.

At the Final 4 there will be a game for third place, due to the money prize.

The money prizes have been updated and now they are the following:

- Champion 10.000 EUR
- Runner-up 7.000 EUR
- 3rd place 5.000 EUR
- 4th place 4.000 EUR
- 5th and 6th place 3500 EUR each
- 7th place 3000 EUR
- 8th place 2500 EUR
- 9th place 2000 EUR
- 10th place 1500 EUR

Each team will be allowed to include in the team list a maximum of 4 (four) non-European players (until now was 3).

The groups will be created after a draw takes place. The teams will be divided into three cups, as it follows:
- First cup: the champion from last season and the two best ranked clubs, the second one: according to the ranking, and the third one with the rest of the clubs.
- The teams from the same country will be in different groups
- The team from Israel will be in the group with three teams

The draw will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, as the date is yet to be decided.

The minimum games for team are 8. The teams who qualify for the F4 will have 12 to 14 games, which will give more opportunities to the sponsors. Also the total number of the games in 2012/2013 will be between 66 and 69.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net



10 teams will play in the EUROHOLD BIBL in 2012/2013 - by Eurobasket News

A total of 10 teams will play in the EUROHOLD Balkan League in the 2012/2013 season, as there will be a new competition format and they will be divided in three groups two groups with 4 teams each and one group with 3 teams.

The teams that have confirmed their participation so far are the following:

Bulgaria: Levski Sofia and Rilski Sportist Samokov
Both teams will play in the EUROHOLD Balkan League for the fifth straight season, as those two sides are the first and second BIBL champions.

Croatia: KK Brod-Svjetlost
The Croatian side returns to the BIBL after a pause from one season, and after a good performance in their domestic championship in the past campaign.

Israel: Galil Gilboa
The Israeli outfit, who won the BIBL championship in their debut participation in the competition remain in the League for one more season, as they are set to defend their title.

Montenegro: KK Mornar Bar and Teodo Tivat
KK Mornar Bar already established themselves as one of the most talented and young teams to ever play in the Balkan League, while the other side from Montenegro - Teodo Tivat are set for their debut.

Serbia: OKK Beograd
OKK Beograd continues the tradition to be the Serbian participant in the EUROHOLD Balkan League, as the team from the capital of Serbia is an example for what the BIBL is all about - relying on local talented players.

The management of the League is still waiting for the names of the teams from Macedonia and Romania, as they remain positive that the cooperation between the BIBL and those two national federations will continue into the new season as well.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net



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  BRAZIL   


Paulistano agreed with Wagner and Steven Toyloy - by Paulo Freire

The Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo team has lost a few players for next season. Their managers are looking for a new sponsor, but meanwhile they have start talk with the market to see what they can get for now as they still don't have their totally financial security for next season.
The team agreed with Wagner Mattos (202-C-82) and the american Steven Toyloy (203-C-87, college: Cincinnati), both players can play in the 5 and 4 positions.
Wagner comes from Flamengo, after been with the team from Rio de Janeiro for many years.
Steven comes from Limeira, as he had his first season in Brazil.
The rumors says that the managers of the team are also dealing with big man Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St.), but he also has teams from Holland and Italy trying to sign him.





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  BULGARIA   


Two bulgarian teams in Balkan League for 2012/13 season - by Valentin Anguelov

The men's team of Levski Sofia will play once again in the Balkan League. Besides the "blue" in season 2012/2013 in this championship will be total of 10 teams, divided into three preliminary groups. The other Bulgarian representative will be Rilski sportist from Samokov. Both teams will play in Eurohold Balkan League for the fifth consecutive season as Levski Sofia is the champion of second edition of this tournament.

Croatian side of KK Svjetlost Brod confirmed their participation in the new season, from Israel that will be Galil Gilboa, from Montenegro Mornar Bar and Tivat, from Serbia OKK Belgrade. The league is still waiting for the names of the teams from Macedonia and Romania.

Last year Levski Sofia played in the final against Galil Gilboa, but lost it in a dramatic game and finished second. Both teams now will be placed on different lots for the draw that will take place in Sofia.

Each team will be allowed to have in the roster a maximum of four (4) players other than Europe (so far the limit was 3).

Levski Sofia is already working on selection for the new season, and preparation for the team for next season will begin on September 1.



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  CAMEROON   


INJS Grabs all Basketball Trophies - by Eurobasket News

After dominating the university games, the Higher Institute of Youth and Sports, INJS, is beginning to extend her hegemony in civilian sport competitions. INJS won the cup of Cameroon in both the male and female categories and also three of the six individual trophies put to play. In the finals which took place on Saturday, July 7th at the Yaounde Sports Complex, the INJS girls beat 'Ecole de Basket' of Douala 81-31 whereas the boys edged the team from the armed forces and police, FAP, 69-67.

While the girls had an easy walk over their opponents, the boys had an uphill task as both teams were equal in strength as reflected in the evolution of the scores; 8-7, 33-34, 50-48 and finally 69-67 in favour of INJS. In the veteran category, All Stars of Yaounde narrowly edged FAR Veto of Yaounde 50-49 in another tension-packed encounter. In the junior category, the Angels of Ngaoundere beat Flux academy of Douala 58-54. Trophies and cash prizes were awarded to the winners in each category.

The finals were presided at by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Adoum Garoua, who congratulated officials of the Cameroon basketball federation for seeking for sponsoring their own events. He called on other federations to emulate the example. He urged the winners to continue with the good performances at the international scene so as to make Cameroon proud. To the president of the basketball federation, Samuel Nduku, the balance sheet of the season is positive as the schedule was respected and both the championship and cup competition took place hitch-free. Focus now is on the upcoming U-14 championship next week and an honourable performance in upcoming international competitions.

Distinctions

Best Players of the championship

Junior: Choumene Landry (Flux-Douala)

Women: Youwou Olivia (Ecole Douala)

Men: Kevin Ngwesse (INJS)

Best Players of the Cup of Cameroon

Junior: Cyrille Liale

Women: Siloise Gano (INJS)

Men: Marvin Eyabi (INJS)
Courtesy of: Cameroon Tribune



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  CANADA   


Steve Nash officially to Lakers in sign-and-trade - by Eurobasket News

Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) is officially going to team up with Kobe Bryant to try and bring the Los Angeles Lakers another NBA title.

The teams made it official on Tuesday night when the NBA lifted the free agency signing moratorium

The Suns received first-round picks in 2013 and 2015, and second-round selections in 2013 and 2014 for Nash, an eight-time All-Star and two-time league MVP.

Nash will reportedly get a three-year contract in excess of $25 million. The Suns will also get $3.1 million, according to The Arizona Republic.

The 38-year-old has played 16 seasons and has averaged 14.5 points and 8.6 assists over 1,152 games with Phoenix and Dallas. He was drafted in the first round by the Suns in 1996 and was traded to Dallas in June of 1998 before rejoining Phoenix via free agency prior to the 2004-05 season.

Nash averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists in 62 contests last season, but thus far an NBA championship has eluded him. On the other hand, Bryant has already won five championships with the Lakers, but now could be playing alongside one of the best points guards in the game.

Courtesy of www.canada.com



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  CHINA   


China Names 12-man Olympic Team - by Arthur Volbert

China has named the 12 members of the Olympic team. Players may be replaced if they are injured in the next couple of weeks but this is the team that China hopes to use.

Chen Jianghua (188-PG-89)
Ding JinHui (204-C/F-89)
Guo Ailun (192-G-93)
Liu Wei (190-PG-80)
Sun Yue (206-G/F-85)
Wang ShiPeng (196-G/F-83)
Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77)
Jianlian Yi (213-F/C-87)
Yi Li (202-F/G-85)
Zhang ZhaoXu (221-C-87, college: California)
Zhou Peng (206-F-89)
Zhu FangYu (201-F-83)

Han Dejun and Zhai Xiaochuan clearly failed to make the team and have not played recently. Zhang Bo, Wamg Zhelin and Su Wei just missed out and could be added if a team member is injured. Su lost to Zhang ZhaoXu because Zhang is a much better offensive player. China will use Jianlian Yi at center behind Wang ZhiZhi as well as Zhang. Su is too limited in offense and Wang Zhelin, at age 18, is not yet strong enough to face top European competition. He would not learn much sitting at the end of the bench. Zhang Bo has been hurt and lost out to Sun Yue, Yi Li and Zhao Peng who are better at his position. Guo Ailun made the team because he can, at present, be a backup at both shooting guard and point guard.



China Wins Stankovic Cup and Looks for Olympics to Show Its True Basketball Progress - by Arthur Volbert

China defeated an Australian team 70-51 to win the Stankovic Cup in Guangzhou. China used to repeatedly lose these tournaments and now it has won one, albeit not against the best competition. But it does show that China has now fully adopted the international way of playing basketball. The national team no longer loses big to inferior talent because of an obsolete native playing style. This bodes well for the Olympics. China can now be competitive against most international teams.

This July it will play in a preliminary group against Spain, Australia, Brazil, Great Britain and the winner of a qualification game between Nigeria and the Dominican Republic. It is very unlikely to defeat Spain. While all games will be competitive, it will be favored against Great Britain and the winning qualifier. It has a good chance of defeating Australia and Brazil and I predict it will win one of these games while losing the other. If China only wins the games in which it is favored, it will still reach the quarter-finals. If it also wins against Australia or Brazil, it will likely finish third in its group.

China's highest Olympic finish is eighth, and there is an opportunity for China to finish higher than eighth in this Olympics. China could also fail to make the quarterfinals as all games will be competitive but there is a good chance that we will see some results from China's basketball progress.

Jianlian Yi (213-F/C-87) scored 14 points and had 9 rebounds to lead China over Australia today. Yi Li scored 12. Zhu Fangyu had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 7 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Bo also scored 7 and Guo Ailun had 6 points and 3 assists. Chen Jianghua did not play because of injury but is expected to be ready for the Olympics.



NBL: Guangzhou L and Jiangsu won the Semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

Changan Group - Guangzhou L. 74-87

The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou L.. Changan Group was better in third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou L. dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Changan Group's 46. Changan Group was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Brandon Crump (208-82, college: Tennessee) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and forward DaWei Chen (203-85) accounted for 22 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Joseph Taylor (203-85, college: Wyoming) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 21 rebounds and center JunQi Jiang (202-90) added 21 points respectively for Changan Group in the defeat. Five Guangzhou L. and four Changan Group players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Changan Group: T.Joseph 21+21reb+3ast, J.JunQi 21+3reb, J.Cheng 10+6reb, R.XiaTi 10+5reb+1ast, Y.BoWen 6+3reb+3ast, G.Yan 4+2reb+2ast
Guangzhou L.: C.DaWei 22+7reb+2ast, C.Brandon 15+14reb+5ast, Z.ChaoLong 15+5reb+1ast, W.Jing 14+5reb+4ast, J.Lei 11+2reb, L.XiangTao 10+3reb+2ast
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Jiangsu - Guangzhou FM 101-94

Guangzhou FM trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 27-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 94-101 at the end of the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Guangzhou FM helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 23 rebounds for the winners and forward Hui Fang (198-82) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) responded with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds and guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) scored 8 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: S.Walter 41+22reb+3ast, Y.Peng 16+2reb, L.DaPeng 13+1reb+1ast, D.JunJiang 9+4reb+1ast, Y.KaiFu 8+10reb+3ast, W.SongWei 5+1reb+3ast
Jiangsu: E.Ndudi 40+23reb+3ast, F.Xin 14+5reb+3ast, S.XianLing 14+3reb+1ast, F.Hui 9+11reb+3ast, M.Zhuang 9+1reb+1ast, Z.HongWei 7+2ast
gschID: 178693



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  CROATIA   


Barcelona signs Mario Hezonja to 7-year deal - by Eurobasket News

Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) will continue his career in Barcelona, according to Croatian media (Kosarka.hr). Reportedly, the player's father said that Mario already signed a 7-year deal with the Spanish champions. Now they only wait for the release from his team Zagreb. There were some rumors that Hezonja will join Serbian powerhouse Partizan Belgrade, but it seems the deal with Barca is already done.
Mario Hezonja led U17 Croatia to Bronze medal at U17 World Championship in Kaunas. He had 20.8 ppg, 7 rpg and 2.3 spg for 8 games at this event. Hezonja finished as the second scorer of the championship. He was named Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 Best Guard -12 and Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 1st Team -12. A year ago, Mario Hezonja led U16 Croatia to Gold medal at U16 EuroBasket in Czech Republic. There he had 20 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2.2 spg. He was named MVP of this event. Last season Hezonja played for Zargeb juniors.



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  CYPRUS   


Etha lands Dragan Ceranic - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Etha announces signing of Serbian Dragan Ceranic (212-C-76, agency: Beo Basket).

Dragan is 2.12 cm tall and plays the Center position. He is distinguished for his strength and passion under the basket and good shot from a mid-distance. In 2011-2012 Dragan was in KAOD Greece where he averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds in 24 games.

Dragan had also played for Panellinios Greece in 2006-2007, AEL Larissa in 2007-2008, Kolossos 2008-2009 and Kavala in 2009-2010 whereas he passed from Poland in 2010-2011.

In 1998 Dragan was also a member of the Yogoslavian U22 National team.

We welcome Dragan in Cyprus and wish him all the best.



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


John Calipari future with D.R. in air - by Basket Dominicano

Kentucky coach John Calipari was a game away from coaching a rare double in the same year -- an NCAA championship and Olympic game in a calendar year.

But Nigeria's American contingent led by Ike Diogu's 25 points were too strong in an 88-73 victory over Calipari's Dominican Republic squad Sunday night in Caracas, Venezuela at the Olympic qualifying tournament. The Nigerians, not the Dominicans, will make their first-ever Olympic appearance in two weeks in London.

Less than 24 hours later, Calipari was back in Lexington working out his reshaped Kentucky team.

He'll do that again Wednesday, before coaching the Dominicans one more time, against the United States Olympic team Thursday night in Las Vegas in an exhibition.

"We didn't get where we wanted to, but I'm hoping that we've turned a generation of athletes on to basketball," said Calipari. "It has been a baseball nation. We were able to help the federation and the country."

Calipari made a two-year commitment to the Dominican team, which was led by NBA players Al Horford and Francisco Garcia. He said he will meet with the Dominican National Federation in Las Vegas later this week to discuss the future. He said he is non-committal about his involvement going forward.

But Calipari said he is hopeful that his Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua, who was on the staff along with Rod Strickland and longtime NBA head and assistant coach Del Harris, would be considered for the head coaching position. Calipari said Antigua would be "a great choice."

"I'm not ready to say what I'm going to do," Calipari said. "It has been fun but it takes a lot of time. I worked my team out as soon as I got off the plane and I'll work them out again Wednesday before I fly to Vegas, come back and work them out Monday and Tuesday to work them out again. I ended up having two jobs. If we would have qualified for London that would have been, well, think about that. It would have been tough to get recruiting done."

Calipari said the only way it worked for him to be head coach of the Dominicans was to move training camp to Lexington the past two years.

"I wouldn't have done it if we hadn't trained here for two years," Calipari said. "That's time away. We were training here and I was able to do two jobs. We had our camp, I coached their team and coached my team. It was a tough four weeks."

Calipari said he knows he enters Thursday's exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack Centre at a decided disadvantage against the Americans and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. In any matchup with Krzyzewski, Calipari usually has had equal or superior talent.

That won't be the case Thursday.

"It'll be fun," Calipari said. "I'll see if they want us to play zone or play a certain way. I'll do whatever they want to help them out at this point."

By Andy Katz | ESPN.com



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  EUROCUP   


Milovan Rakovic heads to Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) is expected to join Bilbao in the upcoming days. The centre has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with the Spanish team. Milovan Rakovic spent the last season with Zalgiris. He was loaned to the Lithuanian powerhouse by Montepaschi Siena. Milovan Rakovic tallied 7.1 points, 2.6 rebounds per Euroleague game. In LKL his stats read 9.8 points and 2.4 rebounds. In Baltic League the Serbian player notched 7.0 points and 2.0 rebounds. Finally Milovan Rakovic accounted for 6.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in VTB League. He participated at LKL All-Star Game. Milovan Rakovic had stints in Italy, Russia and Serbia before. He is the member of Serbian National Team.


Coach Ataman, Galatsaray land Ersin Dagli (Erwin Dudley) - by Eurobasket News

Ersin Dagli (203-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) stays in Turkey for the next season. The experienced PF/C signed a deal with Galatasaray, according to Turkish media. Dagli heads to Galata from Besiktas, where he played last season for coach Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket). They won three trophies together (TBL, EuroChallenge, Turkish Cup). Dagli played 40 games in TBL collecting 10.5 ppg and 6.9 rpg. He had 9.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 16 games in EuroChallenge.
Ersin Dagli arrived to Besiktas last summer from Efes Pilsen. With Efes he had 6.1 ppg and 4 rpg in TBL, plus 4 ppg and 2.3 rpg in Euroleague. From 2005 to 2010, Dagli played for Turk Telekom Ankata. They won Turkish Cup together in 2008. A year before that, the player was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year -07. In 2006, he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team. Before Turk Telekom Dagli spent one year with Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion and was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Center of the Year -05.



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Niklas Caner-Medley joins Maccabi Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) confirmed his signing with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. The forward inked a two-year deal with the European powerhouse. Last season Niklas Caner-Medley spent in Spain. He played for Valencia. The forward notched 12.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game in ACB. In EuroCup Niklas Caner-Medley accounted for 13.5 points, 6.4 boards, 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists per appearance. Previously Niklas Caner-Medley had stints with Estudiantes, Cajasol Sevilla, Upea Capo dOrlando, Gran Canaria, Sioux Falls Skyforce and Artland Dragons. He made it into EuroCup All-Imports Team in 2011 and 2012. Niklas Caner-Medley was trumped All-EuroCup Forward of the Year in 2012. He also earned All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention in 2012.


Andrey Vorontsevich continue with CSKA - by Eurobasket News

Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) continue with CSKA. NBA Oklahoma City Thunder was interested in bringing the player to NBA, but the sides did not reach the agreement.
In 2011-2012 for CSKA Moscow he averaged 8.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 89.2% in VTB League. In Euroleague after 20 games his stats read 5.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 62.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 63.6%, while in Russian League he showed 8.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 46.9%, FT: 76.0%.
In 2004-2005 he started for Sibirtelekom-3 Novosybirsk (Higher Higher), tested also by Spartak St.Petersburg (A Superleague). In 2005-2006 for Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv Novosybirsk (A Superleague) after 38 games his stats read 5.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 65.0% - NGU Novosybirsk (Higher League).
In 2006-2007 Andrey Vorontsevich joined CSKA Moscow and remains with the team up to now. In his first season he averaged 1.5ppg, played also at CSKA-Trinta Moscow (Higher League).In 2007 he also participated at Reebok Camp in Treviso, Italy.



James Gist considering his options - by Ugur Turker

It is well known fact that Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul want to strengthen its frontcourt and David Andersen (211-C-80) is the close to sign. James Gist (205-F-86) is also under contract for next seaon but he has number of good offers from important clubs. Eurobasket.com Turkey learned that " James has received important offers that he is tend to to consider his options according to developments. He likes Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and wants to stay. But everybody knows Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul is looking for players. We are going to talk with Fenerbance Ulker and resolve. Of course it is too early to say he is staying or not. Recently, it is a pleasure to receive such a good offers for him " James Gist had came from Partizan and played 7.4 ppg , 4.5 rpg in Eurolegue and 9.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg in TBL last season.


Mike Batiste heads to Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) heads to Fenerbahce for the next season. According to NTV Spor, the American big man will move to Turkey.
The player spent almost his whole career for the Greek team.In 2011-2012 for Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1) he averaged 9.7ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 81.4% In Euroleague. In Greek League his stats read 8.7ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 61.0%, FT: 75.9%.
Batiste joined PAO in 2003. He won many trophies and personal awards with the Greek giant (please check his Eurobasket profile). In the past Batiste was a member of Memphis Grizzles and it was on season 2002/03. He had 6.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 75 NBA games at that time. He also has experience from Belgian Charleroi and Italian Biella, where he played before the Greens.
Only last season he was named Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Imports Team and made it into Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 3rd Team -12. He also became Greek League Finalist -12.



Anadolu Efes officially confirms signing of Jamon Lukas Gordon - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul improved its backcourt by adding combo guard Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech), who inked a two-year deal with the Turkish powerhouse on Tuesday. Lucas (1.91 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Galatasaray Medical Park, where he averaged 9.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals in 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season. He boosted his numbers up to 12 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 6 Top 16 games, leading this phase in steals (2.5 spg.). He led Galatasaray in assists, steals and performance index ranking (10.7 per game). This will be Lucas' fourth consecutive Euroleague season with as many different teams. Lucas played the 2010-11 Euroleague season with Olympiacos, reaching the Playoffs. He had a strong 2009-10 Euroleague with Maroussi BC of Greece, averaging 11.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 16 games and helping his team to go from the Qualifying Round to the Top 16. Lucas played college ball at Virginia Tech fom 2003 to 2007. That same year he moved to Turkey to make his pro debut with Antalya Belediye. He moved to Germany in the summer of 2008 to play with the Koln 99ers, but in January of 2009 he joined KK Split of Croatia, where he led the Croatian League in steals per game with 3.1. After that, he was called by Maroussi to join the Greek League and also make his Euroleague debut, staying in the competition for the last three years until he joined Efes.

Courtesy of Euroleague



German side Ulm adds big man Daniel Theis - by Diamadis Farmakis

Ulm, who reached the finals in the Bundesliga last year, has high expectations for the upcoming season. Euroleague Qualifying Round participant Ratiopharm Ulm, announced Monday the signing of top German talent Daniel Theis (206-C/F-92) to a three-year deal.

Theis (2.04 meters, 20 years old) joins the German League runner-up from New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, for whom he averaged 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds in eight minutes per game last season.

His breakout came with the German national team last summer. Theis pointed 12.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game at the European Under-20 Championships in Bilbao, Spain. He ranked fourth in the competition in rebounding, 10th in blocks and was a key force in leading the Germans to a fifth place finish.



Malaga adds guard Simon - by Diamadis Farmakis

Unicaja Malaga improved its backcourt by signing shooting guard Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) for the coming season, the club announced Tuesday. Unicaja holds an option to extend his contract for an additional year until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Simon (1.97 meters, 27 years old) arrives from KK Zagreb, where he averaged 13.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 10 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season and he led his team in scoring (134 points) and fouls drawn (34) as the only Zagreb player to start all 10 games.

Simon ranked fifth in free throw accuracy at the end of the 2011-12 regular season after making 25 of 26 attempts (96.2%) from the foul line. Simon leaves Zagreb after 10 consecutive years with the club, in which he started his professional career in the 2002-03 season.
He helped Zagreb win Croatian Cup titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and lift its only Croatian League trophy at the end of the 2010-11 season. Simon is also a member of the Croatian national team



Stanco Barac to leave Anadolu Efes - by Ugur Turker

Stanko Barac (217-C-86) is looking to leave Anadolu Efes Istanbul after dissappointing season. He was signed from Caja Laboral and became highest paid player in Anadolu Efes Istanbul history. Source close to him admitted Eurobasket.com Turkey that " Of course, Stanko wants to leave Turkey. He did not adapt the situation and showed his real performance. But at this stage, there is any team which can afford Barac's salary. If we receive an offer met our needs, Stanco is going to consider his options " Stanko Barac was out of roster in some games due to restrction of foreign player. News claim Anadolu Efes Istanbul is interested in Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) and that means Barac's contract can be terminated.


Partizan and its longtime captain Petar Bozic part ways - by Eurobasket News

Petar Bozic (197-G-78) will not play for Partizan Belgrade next season. The Serbian powerhouse and its longtime captain parted ways. Partizan thanked Bozic for eight wonderful years which they spent together.
Petar Bozic joined Partizan in 2004 from Hemofarm. He won eight championship titles in Serbia with the club. Bozic and Partizan also won five Adriatic league titles together, as well as five trophies in Serbian Cup. Last season Bozic had 2 ppg and 1.1 apg for 7 Euroleague games. He had almost the same numbers in Adriatic and Serbian league. In 2010, Bozic reached Euroleague Semifinals with Partizan. In 2008 and 2009, they were stopped in the QFinals. In the past, Petar Bozic played for Radnicki Belgrade and Beobanka.



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KORISLIIGA: YMCA LPR got two new players - by Rauno Hurmalainen

YMCA Lappeenranta has signed with two newcomers: Tuomas Viertola (196-F-90) and Antti Niskanen (188-G-86). Viertola comes from division 1 (Aanekoski) and Niskanen from injured list (ToPo). Niskanen is the sixth player to leave last spring bronze team Torpan Pojat (Helsinki). Before Niskanen F Timo Heinonen (Kotka), SG Tuomas Iisalo (Espoo), SF Carl Lindbom (Tampere), G Eero Lehtinen (Salo) and PG Jarkko Kyllonen (Porvoo) have left ToPo, because Helsinki team is financially in troubles and Finnish Basketball Federation didn't give the team a chance to play coming 2012-13 season.


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Spain edge France in front of 14000 fans in Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Spain-France 81:65

Spain edge France in front of 14000 fans in Madrid. The hosts started well and reached 81:65 win at the end of the game.
Spain opened the game with 12-4 and then closed the run at 8-0. The hosts reached 25:11 at the end of the first period and never looked behind. France looked better in the second frame and reduced to 31:22 midway through the quarter. They responded with their 8-0 run that saw 31:27 on the board. Spain meanwhile finished the half at 38:29 and then led 53:37 after 5 minutes in the third quarter. Spain closed the third period at 62:46 and enjoyed 74: 51 lead with 10 minutes to go. Both teams nailed 19 points in the last stanza for the final result.
Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) nailed 12. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) notched 11, whilst Rudy Fernandez (198-G/F-85) and Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) added 10 apiece. Nando De Colo (202-G-87, agency: Arete Sports Agency) replied with 13 points in the losing effort. Florent Pietrus (202-F-81) scored 11, while Yannick Bokolo (190-G-85) had 10.

Spain: Sergio Llull 15, Felipe Reyes 12, Pau Gasol 11, Rudy Fernandez 10, Jose Manuel Calderon 10
France: Nando De Colo 13, Florent Pietrus 11, Yannick Bokolo 10



Spurs to keep Green, Diaw - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs are working to retain the players who helped them win an NBA-best 50 games last season.

Guard Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina), a restricted free agent, agreed to a three-year, $11.3 million contract (fully guaranteed), a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley and forward Boris Diaw (6'8''-PF-82), an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal to return to San Antonio, a source confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher.

Diaw's contract includes incentives that could push the total value of the deal to $9.2 million and includes a player option for the 2013-14 season.

Yahoo! Sports earlier reported the terms of the agreements.

Green, 25, started 38 games last season. In 66 games overall, he averaged 9.1 points and hit 43 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Diaw, 30, who signed with the Spurs after being waived by the Charlotte Bobcats in March, averaged 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20 games with San Antonio.

Franchise cornerstone Tim Duncan, the Spurs' last unrestricted free agent left this offseason, still hasn't agreed to a deal, but the veteran center made it clear in March that he planned to stay with San Antonio, telling Yahoo! Sports that he was a "Spur for life."

Courtesy of ESPN



Antibes announces 2-year deal with Guillame Yango - by Eurobasket News

Olympique d'Antibes officially announced signing of a 2-year deal with big guy Guillame Yango (205-C/F-82, college: Pacific). It means that the player will stay in Antibes until the end of 2013/14 season. He arrives to the club from Biancoblu Conad Bologna. Yango had 11.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 1.6 spg for 13 Italian Lega Due games. He started the season with Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia, but left them in January for Bologna. With Pistoia the player collected 7.1 ppg and 3.9 rpg for 15 games, also in Lega Due. Guillame Yango split 2010/11 season between Paris-Levallois and Spanish team Huesca. With PL he had 4.3 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 15 games in ProA. Later with Huesca Yango was much better adding 10.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg for 10 games in LEB Gold. In the past he played for Le Mans, Rieti, Teramo and Sassari. Yango graduated at the University of Pacific in 2005.


Per Valenica, De Colo coming to San Antonio on 2-year deal - by Eurobasket News

In the last 24-hours, the San Antonio Spurs have taken the lead in free agency news over the Dwight Howard drama by agreeing to terms with Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, Danny Green, and Patty Mills.

Now Nando De Colo (6'8''-G-87, agency: Arete Sports Agency) himself has told Valencia, his former Spanish team, that he'll be coming to San Antonio on a two-year deal.

For Nando, "is a great honor to get to the Spurs, but never forget the three years I played in Valencia"

Update 7/10, 5:48 PM CST: According to the French website L'Equipe (H/T Air Alamo), De Colo's deal is for 2.8 million dollars over two years. The report also states that FC Barcelona was offering more money to De Colo, but he wanted to live his dream and play in the NBA.

Per his twitter, De Colo himself tweeted a picture of him in San Antonio and said in French it'll be a new challenge playing with the Spurs.

Though there are no details of how much De Colo will earn in the new deal, Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden stated in his Duncan article that the Spurs did indeed intend to bring De Colo over for this coming season.

With De Colo signing with the Spurs, he's essentially taken the slot left behind by James Anderson which will put the Spurs at 14-players under contract, assuming the team signs rookie Marcus Denmon.

There's still one spot open for possibly the veteran's minimum, but there isn't much money left to sign a key free agent.

Courtesy of http://projectspurs.com



Yann Zonnet joins Union La Rochelle - by Eurobasket News

Yann Zonnet (197-PF-89) will continue his career with Union La Rochelle. The Cameroonian power forward has agreed on terms of contract with NM1 side. Yann Zonnet spent the last two seasons with Saint Vallier. He tallied 3.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game last season. Previously he played for Strasbourg.


French National Team 2012 - by Greg

French National Team 2012
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Yannick Bokolo
Bokolo
Fabien Causeur
Causeur
Nicolas Batum
Batum
Kevin Seraphin
Seraphin
Ronny Turiaf
Turiaf
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Yannick Bokolo 190-G-85 Gravelines France
Fabien Causeur 193-G-87 Caja Laboral Spain
Nicolas Batum 201-F-88 Portland TB USA
Kevin Seraphin 205-F/C-89 Washington W. USA
Ronny Turiaf 208-C/F-83 Miami Heat USA
Charles Kahudi 197-F-86 Le Mans France
Tony Parker 183-PG-82 San Antonio S. USA
Ali Traore 207-C-85 Lokomotiv Russia
Florent Pietrus 202-F-81 Valencia Spain
Nando De Colo 202-G-87 Valencia Spain
Boris Diaw 203-PF-82 San Antonio S. USA
Mickael Gelabale 201-F-83 Khimky Russia

Vincent Collet Head Coach Strasbourg France
Rudy Nelhomme Assistant Poitiers France
Jacques Commeres Assistant CFBB France



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Ludwigsburg: Alan Ibrahimagic named coach assistant - by Moritz Korff

BBL team Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg announced a new addition to its coaching staff with the hiring of Alan Ibrahimagic. The 34-year-old comes to Ludwigsburg after spending last season as a coach assistant of ALBA Berlin.
"Alan was able to gain a lot of experience in these past years by working with different coaches. He is completely dedicated to basketball. He will help the club and me in building the team and getting the best out of it. We are excited to have him", Ludwigsburg head coach Steven Key said about his new assistant.
Ibrahimagic was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and grew up in Berlin. He holds a Bosnian and an Australian passport. He previously worked as the head coach of ALBA's JBBL and second men's team, before he joined Gordon Herbert's coaching staff in 2011.



Leitershofen/Stadtbergen Kangaroos add a pair - by Moritz Korff

The roster of Pro B team BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen for the 2012-13 campaign is set, the Kangaroos stated after finalizing deals with Rouven Haenig (198-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Missouri Valley) and Viktor Vladov (202-F-91).
Haenig spent last season at BSV Wulfen, posting 4.8 points and 4. rebounds per contest. "Rouven is working hard. He does lots of little things that will make your team better. We had some talks already last year, I am happy, that it worked out for this season", BG coach Stefan Goschenhofer stated.
Vladov is a 20-year-old forward of Bulgarian descent who arrives from Oberliga side KKK Haiterbach.



Travis Clark Joins MTV Herzoge Wolfenbuttel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team MTV Herzge Wolfenbttel has found their big man for the upcoming season with Travis Clark (188-G). Clark is a 22 year old 198cm center that will be a rookie in the PRO B. Clark played at Lake Forest (NCAA3) from 2008-2012. There he averaged 18,0ppg and 9,9rpg, 3,1apg and 2,0spg. "He has great center moves and knows how to antcipate well. Despite only 198cm, he is still a strong rebounder", stressed MTV Herzoge Wolfenbuttel head coach Benjamin Travnizek. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been MWC All-Honorable Mention Team -09, NABC Division III All-Midwest Region 1st Team -12, NABC Division III All-America 2nd Team -12, and NABC Division III Senior All-Star Game -12

Source: MTV Herzge Wolfenbuttel



London Warren (I Take Pride In Shutting Down The Opposing Teams Best Player) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

London Warren (183-G-87, agency: TSS Management, college: Dayton)s a 24 year old 183cm guard from Jacksonville, Florida. He played college ball at Dayton from 2006-2010 and in his senior year played 37 games: 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg, 1.2spg. He was a rookie in 2010-2011 and played for the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf (Germany-1.Bundesliga), waived in Nov.'10: 2 games: 4.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg. Last season, he coached at Georgia Tech. He is ready to play overseas again and spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

London thanks for taking some time to talk to eurobasket.com. Where are you presently and how is your basketball summer going?

Thanks for letting me talk to Eurobasket.com and I am currently located in Atlanta, Ga working out and getting ready for the upcoming season.

After a four year career at Dayton, you played in 2010-2011 for the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf, but sat out last season and coached at Georgia Tech. Why did you do this?

The reason for me sitting out last season was for me to pursue my Masters Degree before I got too old and still studious. Plus it was a great opportunity for me to get on the other side of things and learn from a coachs point of view and to get experience at a powerhouse ACC school such as Ga Tech. I can also put on my resume I coached division 1 basketball in the ACC at the age of 23. Not too many other people can say the same. I want to be a coach once my playing career is over so I have some experience and will be ready once I retire from playing basketball.

You are a young guy. How important was getting this coaching experience at a young age?

It was very important for me to get some coaching experience at a young age because I always wanted to be a coach. I am a coach on the court when I played because I am a point guard who has the ball in his hands a lot and runs the show. This just helped me mature as a person being the office from 9am -9pm everyday showed me that its way more to basketball than just making baskets. I enjoyed it and looking forward to getting back into the coaching business but later on down the road.

What was the most important thing that you learned from head coach Brian Gregory last season?

Well being that I played for coach Gregory at Dayton we already had a great relationship thats why he asked me to come aboard with him to Ga Tech in his first season there. I learned a lot of coaching tips from him and I also that with hard work you can far in the world we live in today.

You also worked out with NBA players last season. How was this experience for you?

Yea by working at Ga Tech last summer during the lockout I got to work out with a lot of NBA players, such as Jarret Jack of the Hornets, Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks, Iman Shuppert Knicks, Wilson Chandler Nuggets and the lists continues. It just showed me that when you go to the gym you suppose to work on your weaknesses and not you strengths. Plus the way they workout the level of intensity and the focus they work with also helped me going forward.

How has the job search been so far. Have you noticed that it is more difficult finding a new basketball job after not having played for a season?

Yea it has been hard just because my name isnt out there anymore but thats why I am doing this interview to get some national exposure. I am willing to play at any level for any amounts of money just want to get back in the business. I know its not going to be easy but I will just do what I can control and thats living in the gym working out and waiting to get a phone call or email with some good news.

What is your biggest strength as a player and why would this help any team in the world?

My ability to mange a game and run a team is probably my biggest strength. I am not about to go get you 20 points but I can stop the opposing team best player from getting his 20 points. I am a fearless defender who takes pride in defense I can easily be put on a team just to play defense and I will be fine with that duty.

You didnt finish the season with Duesseldorf. What were the main reasons for not finishing the season there?

I think the biggest issue of me not finishing the season with the Gloria Giants was that we were losing when the season first started. Being that I got picked up for them 2 days before the first game of the season alone with 7 other new players. We never had time to get acquainted and learn each other weaknesses and strengths basically. I was on the team for longer than it says on my profile for the simple fact that I only appeared in two games I was there for the first 14 games of the season before being released. I was on the team practicing every day and getting paid but I was playing in the games because of Coach Murrat decision. I dont think he had anything to do with my skills and talents just once he seen me play he wanted a veteran PG vs a rookie one which was out of my control.

Who would win a one on one in practice you or Deandre Haynes?

Deandre is a great player who I learned a lot from day in and day out on practice. Some days I could get the best of him in practice but we use to battle if out and I would push him to get better each and every day. We never played 1 on1 because that wouldnt prove anything but if I had to play him 1 on 1 I would like my chances.

How does a summer basketball workout program look like for London Warren?

Monday- Friday 40 min skill workout in the AM then I go back and make 300 shots in the PM. Mon, Wed, Fri- weights and conditioning. Tuesday and Thursday- pickup basketball rather it be open gyms or mens league games

What is your biggest basketball dream?

To win a professional championship because I have won a championship at every level except the pro level. Being in high school I won a state championship then I won the NIT Championship in 2010 defeating North Carolina in Madison Square Garden.

If you could describe yourself in a few sentences, how would you convince a coach that he has to sign you?

I am a high energy player who loves to win and will do whatever has to be done to win. What I do to help the team win sometimes doesnt show up on the stat sheet but my presence on the court is always felt. Another key stat about me is in my four years of college I never missed a game due to injury. I played in 132 games out of 132 and won 96 of them both of them being records for the University of Dayton. I am always looking to get my teammates involved I am a great defender who made all confere3nce for defense 2 seasons in a row. I take pride in shutting down the opposing team best player. I can guard 1-3 easily. My national nickname is the Jacksonville Jet for my speed and quickness from end to the end with the ball in my hands. I am a great teammate who was the captain of my colligate team for 3 seasons in a row.

Thanks London for the chat.



Phillip Koechling New Assistant Coach With The EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After three playoff appreances in a row with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, Sebastian Machowski and Phillip Koechling will try for a fourth consecutive playoff showing, but not with the support of the Phantom, but of the Thunderbird as the 2009 Beko BBL champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg announced today that they will continue to be a duo in Oldenburg. With the arrival of Koechling, the team will not need the services of Srdjan Klaric anymore. Despite only being 35, the German has had numerous experience having been assistant coach with the Cologne 99ers from 2001-2009 wining the 2006 Beko BBL title and three cups. He leatned valuable coaching tips from Svetislav Pesic and Sasa Obradovic. "Despite his young age, he is a very experienced coach. He wont only be able to use his excellent analysing skills, but also bring new impulses to the athletic sector", stated EWE Baskets Oldenburg CEO Hermann Schuller. "Phillip is successful since many years. Having him come is a big win. I have now much experience with Ralph Held and him and this gives the team a lot of worth", stressed Sebastian Machowski. Koechling is hapy about his new challenge. "The team is well orgnaized, plays international and has high ambitions", added Phillip Kochling.




Hoerdur Vihjalmsson Remains A MBC Wolf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Mitteldeutscher BC continue to prepare for the 2012-2013 Beko BBL season and strive to add spice to their roster by keeping important players as well as adding new players as they announced that Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-G-88) will remain to play for the Weissenfels team. Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson is a 23 year old 188cm combo guard that will be playing his second season in Germany. Last season, he played 37 games: 9.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 77.6%. "He had a rapid development last season. He was on of the best players in the regular season, but in the playoffs, but was a bit depleted. He has a lot of potential and I am happy to be able to continue to work with him in that he can use 100% of his potential. He brings a lot of energy and I am sure that he will surprise a lot of people in the Beko BBl with his physical play", stressed MBC head coach Silvano Poropat. Last season the native from Iceland scored in double figures 17 times and had a 28 point explosion against Heidelberg. "We are happy tat MBC continues to be a priority for him. We have a big goal in the Beko BBL and we already have to work efficient in the pre season", stated MBC CEO Martin Geissler.

Source: Mitteldeutscher BC



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DC Jammers edge Guyana - by Kristian Santiago

Washington D.C Jammers edged the Guyana national team on Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the International All Star Weekend basketball contest.

Action between DC Jammmers and the Guyana National team at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Saturday night
Guyana almost won but blew it in the final seconds when three attempted jumpers from beyond the arc failed to find the bottom of the net. As a result, D.C Jammers won 65-62.
For D.C Jammers, Glenn Stokes (170-PG-76, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: American) had 20 points, Joseph Flegler (183-G-85, college: Savannah St.) 12, and Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fair Dickinson) and Steffon Farley (203-F, college: Adelphi) added eight points apiece.
For Guyana, forward Ryan Gullen (C) top scored with 14 points; point guard, Travis Burnett (183-88) scored 13, shooting guard, Stephan Gillis 12 and Akeem Kanhai (183-G-91) 10 points.
The first period ended 12-7 with Guyana comfortably in command and D.C Jammers struggling offensively. However, the Jammers went on a 13-3 run with Flegler and Klaiber working together in transition to give them a 20-15 lead midway through the period. But Guyana, fought back into the game with Kanhai and Gullen finishing unanswered plays to regain the lead.
The first half 28-24 with Guyana ahead; both teams traded points in the third period with Keron McKenzie (193-G-86, college: Armstr.Atlantic) dishing a pass to Klaiber for more highlights. Guyana managed to hold on to a 44-44 deadlock at the end of the penultimate quarter.
Guyana went up early in the last period, but a double-technical call against them returned some momentum to the D.C Jammers, who took advantage. Stokes landed two big three-pointers that set Jammers off on a run.
With 1:23 left to play in regulation time, Guyana was then gifted with three possessions that Gillis and Kanhai both squandered.
Earlier in the night, the National Community Basketball League (NCBL) All-Stars blew away the Brooklyn/Queens Bulldogs 92-47. Fabian Johnson scored 17 points for the NCBL All-Stars while Jason Squires added 14 points. Dominique Douglas, Nikkoloi Smith and Rodwell Fortune supported with 10 points each for the NCBL All-Stars.
Marlon Thornton scored 19 points for the Brooklyn/Queens Bulldogs with Ashford Johnson adding nine points. The NCBL International Series continues tonight with the Bulldogs coming up against the Jammers in the feature game.
(By the Guyana Times)




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Four players withdraws from Dutch National Team - by Fred Roggen

Four players have informed Dutch National Team head coach Jan Willem Jansen that they are not available to play for the Dutch National Team this summer. It concerns the following players: Dan Gadzuric (211-C-78, college: UCLA), Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy), Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88, college: Oregon St.) and Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point).

Both Gadzuric (New York Knicks) and Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88, college: Oregon St.) (UB La Palma) have contractual obligations, Stefan Wessels (Eiffel Towers Den Bosch) is not available by private circumstances and Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point) (ZZ Leiden) suffered a fracture to his fibula during the playoffs.




Dutch U20 roster for the U20 European Championship Division B - by Fred Roggen

The U20 European Championship Division B will be staged in Sofia, Bulgaria. Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, F.Y.R. of Macedonia and highly-favoured Poland are making up Group C at the U20 European Championship Division B.

Roster:
Bart Stolk (206-C-93) (UB La Palma)
Dexter Hope (185-PG-93, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) (Lasaulec Aris)
Ivan Filipan (193-G/F-92) (EiffelTowers Den Bosch)
Jesse Markusse (BC Apollo)
Joel Brandt (195-F-92) (BC Apollo)
Kasper Averink (183-PG-93, agency: Arete Sports Agency) (Prievidza, Slowakije)
Koen Grimbergen (196-F/C-93) (ZZ Leiden)
Matthew Van Tongeren (198-C-93, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) (EiffelTowers Den Bosch)
Roel Aarts (EiffelTowers Den Bosch)
Sam De Haas (193-G/F-92, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) (Rotterdam Basketbal College)
Tomas Breel (197-F/C-92) (ZZ Leiden)
Diede Denous Wieten (208-C-92) (EiffelTowers Den Bosch)

Hoofdcoach: Ferry Steenmetz
Assistent-coach: Jaanus Liivak
Teammanager: Matthijs Groot en Mirjam de Swarte



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MJUS-Fortress Kormend keep Rashad Bell - by Eurobasket News

MJUS-Fortress Kormend keep Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) for the next season. The Hungarian team will have the American Forward.
In 2011-2012 for Polaroid Lami-Ved Kormend (Hungary-A Division, starting five) his stats read 18.3ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 57.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 74.1%.
Earlier it was announced that Rashad Bell received Hungarian citizenship. The American forward will play next season as Bosman. The player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention -12.
In 2010/11, Bell had even better numbers. For 36 league games he had 20.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 1.9 apg with Kormend. He was third scorer of the league. Rashad Bell also played in Hungary in the past. He was a member of Albacomp and ZTE. With Albacomp in 2008/09 season the player had 22 ppg, while with ZTE in 2006/07 he registered impressive 25.4 ppg and 9.1 rpg for 29 games.



Jermaine Thomas is coming back to Sopron - by Tamas Deri

American playmaker, Jermaine Dontay Thomas just signed his contract with the team of Sopron for the coming season and will play in Hungary again! The 186 cm tall point guard spent the last season with the team and was the best player averaging 16.1 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. Jermaine graduated on the University of La Salle in 2006 and started his professional carreer with Dombovar in our country. He spent so far 4 seasons in Hungary and 2 others in Germany and Austria!


Jermaine Thomas is coming back to Sopron - by Tamas Deri

American playmaker, Jermaine Dontay Thomas (186-G-84, college: La Salle) just signed his contract with the team of Sopron for the coming season and will play in Hungary again! The 186 cm tall point guard spent the last season with the team and was the best player averaging 16.1 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. Jermaine graduated on the University of La Salle in 2006 and started his professional carreer with Dombovar in our country. He spent so far 4 seasons in Hungary and 2 others in Germany and Austria!


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JR Bradford Spencer to join KFI - by Eurobasket News

JR Bradford Spencer (193-G-84, college: Jacksonville St.) will continue his career in Iceland. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with KFI. Last season JR Bradford Spencer spent in Portugal. He played for Ovarense Dolce Vita. The guard notched 6.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. Previously JR Bradford Spencer had stints with Al Jaish, Avila, Balneario Archena, Antranik, Gornik Walbrzych, Rosalia and Rubin Krusevac. The guard was named into Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team in 2008. JR Bradford Spencer is the Jacksonville State University graduate. He notched 15.2 points, 3.5 boards and 1.3 assists per game in his senior season. The guard played in OVC Tournament semis in 2006.


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Iran NT Camp new round - by Kazem Ghayem

For the new round of Iran's Basketball men senior NT , IRIBF invited 18 players to the camp.
list of players :
1- Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82)
2- Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83)
3- Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83)
4- Rouzbeh Arghavan (213-F/C-88)
5- Oshin Sahakian (200-F-86)
6- Aren Davoudichegani (185-PG-86)
7- Saeid Davarpanah (191-G/F-87)
8- Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86)
9- Mohammad Jamshidi (197-SF-91)
10- Mehrad Atashi (190-G-86)
11- Mohammad Hassanzadeh (201-F-90)
12- Reza Lotfi (191-G/F-83)
13- Javad Davari (185-G-83)
14- Amir Tatari (201-F)
15- Farid Aslani (183-PG-88)
16- Farhad Sabouri (F)
17- Jaber Rouzbahani (223-C-86)
18-
Mohammad Khabazan (190-G-85)

Staff :
Mehmed Becirovic Head Coach
Slobodan Mitev Assistant
Safa Ali Kamalian Assistant



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Niklas Caner-Medley joins Maccabi Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) confirmed his signing with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. The forward inked a two-year deal with the European powerhouse. Last season Niklas Caner-Medley spent in Spain. He played for Valencia. The forward notched 12.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game in ACB. In EuroCup Niklas Caner-Medley accounted for 13.5 points, 6.4 boards, 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists per appearance. Previously Niklas Caner-Medley had stints with Estudiantes, Cajasol Sevilla, Upea Capo dOrlando, Gran Canaria, Sioux Falls Skyforce and Artland Dragons. He made it into EuroCup All-Imports Team in 2011 and 2012. Niklas Caner-Medley was trumped All-EuroCup Forward of the Year in 2012. He also earned All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention in 2012.


Brian Laing is a newcomer at Maccabi Beer Yaakov - by Eurobasket Center

Maccabi Beer Yaakov (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American swingman Brian Laing (195-G/F-102kg-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law). Laing played most recently at Elitzur Yavne (National League). While playing 25 games for Elitzur Yavne last season he averaged 21.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League 1st Team. Laing is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in France, Holland and Uruguay. Laing graduated Seton Hall University in 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Angelico BI 0-0 
 2. BancaTercas 0-0 
 3. Banco di Sard. 0-0 
 4. Bennet Cantu 0-0 
 5. Canadian S. BO 0-0 
 6. Cimberio VA 0-0 
 7. EA7 Emporio MI 0-0 
 8. Enel Brindisi 0-0 
 9. Fabi Shoes MGR 0-0 
 10. Montepaschi SI 0-0 
 11. Novipiu CM 0-0 
 12. Otto Caserta 0-0 
 13. Scavolini PS 0-0 
 14. Sidigas AV 0-0 
 15. Trenkwalder RE 0-0 
 16. Umana VE 0-0 
 17. Vanoli-Br. CR 0-0 


Caserta add Stevan Jelovac - by Eurobasket News

Caserta announced the signing of Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: Beo Basket). The centre has agreed on terms of two-year contract with the team. Last season Stevan Jelovac spent in Turkey. He played for Antalya Buyuksenir Belediye. The centre notched 11.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per appearance. He participated at TBL All-Star Game. Previously Stevan Jelovac had stints with Mega Vizura, Crvena Zvezda, Partizan and Novi Sad. He played for U18 and U20 Serbian National Teams.


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Takamatsu Five Arrows sign Dexter Lyons - by Eurobasket Center

Takamatsu Five Arrows (BJ League) signed 31-year old American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-95kg-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law). Lyons played most recently at Miyazaki Shining Suns (BJ League). While playing 50 games for Miyazaki SS last season his stats were: 16.6ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.8apg and 2.0spg (5th best in the league). He is a very experienced player. Lyons played also pro basketball in France, Holland, Luxembourg, Spain and Turkey. He graduated University of Central Florida in 2004 and it will be his nineth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 Baltic Cup: Latvia lose to Lithuania, clinch top spot despite loss - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Lithuania U18 66:82

Lithuania claimed the second win at the U18 Baltic Cup tournament in Riga. They overcame the hosts but finished in the second position. Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Latvia occupied the top position despite the loss.
Lithuania jumped to a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. The visitors ensured a 33:31 halftime lead. Lithuania boosted the margin to 6 points at the final intermission 53:47. They poured in 29 points in the fourth quarter to seal a comfortable win at the end. Augustinas Jankaitis (204-F/C-94) delivered 15 points, while Jokubas Gintvainis (191-G/F-94) added 12 points for the winners. Ilja Gromovs (207-C/F-94) and Armands Ginters (193-F-95) answered with 12 points each for Latvia. Davis Geks (183-G-95) netted 10 points in defeat.

Latvia U18: Ilja Gromovs 12, Armands Ginters 12, Davis Geks 10
Lithuania U18: Lukas Lekavicius 16, Augustinas Jankaitis 15, Jokubas Gintvainis 12



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Standings

LBQ Standings
 1. Revolution 13-3 
 2. Seigneurs 11-5 
 3. Jaguars 6-10 
 4. Monteregie 5-11 
 5. Page-Dynamo 5-11 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jul. 8: Revolution - Jaguars 85-75
Jul. 6: Seigneurs - Monteregie 72-89
Jul. 4: Monteregie - Jaguars 64-81



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U18 Baltic Cup: Latvia lose to Lithuania, clinch top spot despite loss - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Lithuania U18 66:82

Lithuania claimed the second win at the U18 Baltic Cup tournament in Riga. They overcame the hosts but finished in the second position. Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Latvia occupied the top position despite the loss.
Lithuania jumped to a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. The visitors ensured a 33:31 halftime lead. Lithuania boosted the margin to 6 points at the final intermission 53:47. They poured in 29 points in the fourth quarter to seal a comfortable win at the end. Augustinas Jankaitis (204-F/C-94) delivered 15 points, while Jokubas Gintvainis (191-G/F-94) added 12 points for the winners. Ilja Gromovs (207-C/F-94) and Armands Ginters (193-F-95) answered with 12 points each for Latvia. Davis Geks (183-G-95) netted 10 points in defeat.

Latvia U18: Ilja Gromovs 12, Armands Ginters 12, Davis Geks 10
Lithuania U18: Lukas Lekavicius 16, Augustinas Jankaitis 15, Jokubas Gintvainis 12



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Lakers assistant Quin Snyder accepts same job with CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News

Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder has accepted a job as an assistant coach for CSKA Moscow, becoming the second person to leave Mike Browns staff this summer.

Snyder will be the lead assistant under Ettore Messina, who served as a consultant with the Lakers last season before returning to CSKA Moscow for a second stint as the clubs head coach.

Snyder, 45, drew interest from two NBA teams this off-season and was a finalist for the head coaching job in Charlotte. He was also being considered for the Orlando Magic vacancy.

He became a favorite of Lakers players, earning their trust with his low-key, but effective, demeanor.

"This was a very difficult decision as Mike [Brown] and Mitch [Kupchak], and the entire organization, have been fantastic to work with, and while we're talking about one of Europe's elite teams, the Lakers are the highest caliber organization in the NBA and CSKA is the Lakers of Europe," Snyder said.

CSKA Moscow won the Euroleague championship in 2006 and 2008 and finished second last season with former NBA players Andrei Kirilenko and Nenad Krstic.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com



Duncan, Spurs reportedly agree to 3-year deal - by Eurobasket News

Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest), who declared himself "a Spur for life" in March, reportedly has followed through on his intentions to remain in San Antonio.

The 36-year-old franchise cornerstone has agreed to a three-year contract to return to the Spurs, Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday. The website reported the contract is expected to be worth approximately $36 million, or in the same range of the deal that Kevin Garnett agreed to with the Boston Celtics last week.

Yahoo Sports! reports Duncan's deal is fully guaranteed and the third year of the contract is a player's option. The deal also includes a no-trade clause, the website reported.
Duncan, a two-time MVP, averaged 15.4 points and 9.0 rebounds last season. The 15-year veteran, selected No. 1 overall by the Spurs in 1997, has career averages of 20.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in 1,111 games and has helped the Spurs win four NBA championships.

The Spurs also have agreed to deals with two of their key role players from last season, when San Antonio won an NBA-best 50 games.

Guard Danny Green, a restricted free agent, agreed to a three-year, $11.3 million contract (fully guaranteed), a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley, and forward Boris Diaw, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal to return to San Antonio, a source confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher.

Diaw's contract includes incentives that could push the total value to $9.2 million and includes a player option for the 2013-14 season.

Yahoo! Sports earlier reported the terms of the agreements.

Green, 25, started 38 games last season. In 66 games, he averaged 9.1 points and hit 43 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Diaw, 30, who signed with the Spurs after being waived by the Charlotte Bobcats in March, averaged 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20 games with San Antonio.

Courtesy of http://abclocal.go.com



Spurs to keep Green, Diaw - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs are working to retain the players who helped them win an NBA-best 50 games last season.

Guard Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina), a restricted free agent, agreed to a three-year, $11.3 million contract (fully guaranteed), a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley and forward Boris Diaw (6'8''-PF-82), an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal to return to San Antonio, a source confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher.

Diaw's contract includes incentives that could push the total value of the deal to $9.2 million and includes a player option for the 2013-14 season.

Yahoo! Sports earlier reported the terms of the agreements.

Green, 25, started 38 games last season. In 66 games overall, he averaged 9.1 points and hit 43 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Diaw, 30, who signed with the Spurs after being waived by the Charlotte Bobcats in March, averaged 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20 games with San Antonio.

Franchise cornerstone Tim Duncan, the Spurs' last unrestricted free agent left this offseason, still hasn't agreed to a deal, but the veteran center made it clear in March that he planned to stay with San Antonio, telling Yahoo! Sports that he was a "Spur for life."

Courtesy of ESPN



Steve Nash officially to Lakers in sign-and-trade - by Eurobasket News

Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) is officially going to team up with Kobe Bryant to try and bring the Los Angeles Lakers another NBA title.

The teams made it official on Tuesday night when the NBA lifted the free agency signing moratorium

The Suns received first-round picks in 2013 and 2015, and second-round selections in 2013 and 2014 for Nash, an eight-time All-Star and two-time league MVP.

Nash will reportedly get a three-year contract in excess of $25 million. The Suns will also get $3.1 million, according to The Arizona Republic.

The 38-year-old has played 16 seasons and has averaged 14.5 points and 8.6 assists over 1,152 games with Phoenix and Dallas. He was drafted in the first round by the Suns in 1996 and was traded to Dallas in June of 1998 before rejoining Phoenix via free agency prior to the 2004-05 season.

Nash averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists in 62 contests last season, but thus far an NBA championship has eluded him. On the other hand, Bryant has already won five championships with the Lakers, but now could be playing alongside one of the best points guards in the game.

Courtesy of www.canada.com



Mavs didn't match Celtics' contract offer for Jason Terry - by Eurobasket News

Doc Rivers was the first to call Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona) the moment the NBA's free agency period opened and told the veteran guard that he was the Boston Celtics' No. 1 target.

When the Celtics made a three-year, $15 million offer and the Dallas Mavericks, the team Terry played for for eight seasons and won a championship with in 2011, didn't match, the shooting guard affectionately known as "The Jet" said he was ready to take off for Boston.

"Boston was the first to call me and Doc Rivers got on the phone and said, 'We need you, you're our No. 1 priority,' " he told RF Sports Report, which followed Terry and his daughter's AAU basketball team at a recent tournament in Orlando, Fla. "Had I got that same phone call from Dallas, I'd still be a Dallas Maverick.

"But I didn't, so I'm on to bigger and better things and hopefully with that team, with the way they are structured right now we have another chance to win the championship."

Fourth on the NBA's all-time 3-pointers made list, Terry replaces the all-time leader from beyond the arc, Ray Allen, who spurned the Celtics' heftier offer to join the champion Miami Heat.

Terry, who will turn 35 in September, said he didn't receive the level of interest he apparently believed he would. The 13-year veteran said three teams, one believed to be the Memphis Grizzlies, showed interest.

"Not many offers out there; I don't know why," Terry said. "We had about three teams that were looking at me. Dallas didn't come to the table."

The Mavs' free-agent focus centered on three-time All-Star point guard Deron Williams. Had Williams agreed to sign with the Mavs, there would be little cap space to bring back Terry. But when Williams chose to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets, the Mavs still opted not to match Boston's offer to Terry.

One of the all-time fan favorites in Mavs history and a constant presence in the community, Terry said he was surprised that Dallas never made a play for him after all he and the franchise had been through.

"Yeah, very surprised, very surprised," Terry said. "What I was able to do for the organization and in the community, I thought they would bring me back and they didn't. So it's life -- something I'll teach to my girls, too."

Terry joined the Mavs in 2004 as the replacement for Steve Nash, another beloved Dallas player and Dirk Nowitzki's closest friend, after the point guard accepted a lucrative free-agent offer to return to the Phoenix Suns.

After a rocky beginning to their relationship, Terry and Nowitzki led Dallas two to NBA Finals appearances and to the franchise's first title over the Heat.

Since winning the championship, Terry has often expressed his desire to finish his career in Dallas and one day see his No. 31 raised to the rafters of the American Airlines Center. He said he'd still like his playing days to end that way.

"I was in Dallas eight years, played with some great teammates and had a great coach and a great owner," said Terry, who averaged 15.1 points last season and shot 37.8 percent from beyond the arc. "But what the city meant to me is priceless. Without them, I'm nothing. The Jet was born in Dallas, right there in Dallas. So, I always have a home in Dallas and hopefully when I'm done I can go back and end my career there."

Courtesy of ESPN



AP source: Wolves agree with Russian G Shved - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Timberwolves have once again reached outside the United States for talent, adding Russian guard Alexey Shved to a roster already brimming international flavor. And they hope to have another one in the mix before all is said and done.

The Wolves agreed to terms on a deal with Shved on Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.

Contract terms were not immediately available, but Shved will join a team with Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, Montenegrin center Nikola Pekovic and Puerto Rican guard J.J. Barea already on the roster.

The Wolves were also working with Portland to try and bring swingman Nicolas Batum of France to Minnesota.

The Wolves and Batum, a restricted free agent, agreed on terms of a four-year, $45 million deal with bonuses that could push it past $50 million, Batum's agent Bouna Ndiaye told The Associated Press last week that they hoped the Blazers would either not match the offer or execute a sign-and-trade with the Timberwolves.

The announcement on Shved may be delayed while the Wolves try to complete a deal with the Blazers and clear salary cap room needed to add both players. Shved is a 23-year-old combo guard that played for CSKA Moscow last year and was viewed as a flashy prodigy as a teenager. He clashed with high-powered coach Ettore Messina early in his career, went undrafted, but blossomed with CSKA and the Russian national team recently.

The 6-foot-6 Shved averaged 10.6 points, 3.0 assists and shot 49 percent from 3-point range in 21 Euro League games last season. The Timberwolves see him as a player who can play both positions in the backcourt, create off the dribble and flourish off ball screens in Rick Adelman's offense. He scored 22 points to lead Russia to a victory over Nigeria last weekend that locked up an Olympic bid.

Because Shved will be playing for Russia in London, he will not play for the Timberwolves' summer league team in Las Vegas.

Adding Shved to the mix could make veteran guards Luke Ridnour and Barea easier to part with in a trade. The Wolves had been reluctant to move either player, preferring to keep them on the roster while Rubio worked his way back from a torn ACL in his left knee. Rubio is making progress on his rehabilitation, but it remains unclear if he's going to be ready right at the start of next season.

The Wolves have also agreed to terms with former Blazers guard Brandon Roy in a busy offseason.

The moratorium on free agency expired at 11 p.m. Central time on Tuesday, allowing players to officially sign contracts. But Shved and Roy likely will have to wait, possibly for a day or two, to have their deals announced until there is clarity on Batum.

The Wolves would like to pull off a sign and trade with the Blazers to help them create some cap room to take on Batum's new salary. Several of their short-term contracts could be desirable if Portland decides to rebuild after missing out on restricted free agent Roy Hibbert.

Martell Webster's $5.7 million contract and Brad Miller's $5.1 million deal can be bought out for much less money by Minnesota or another team, and the Wolves will likely use the amnesty clause on center Darko Milicic's remaining two seasons to free up a total of about $15 million.

Ridnour, Barea, Derrick Williams and Wes Johnson have also been mentioned as possible trade chips that would help the Wolves create more cap space if they need it.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Robinson, Kings' first-round pick, signs contract - by Eurobasket News

The Kings signed first-round draft pick Thomas Robinson (6'9''-PF-91, college: Kansas) to a contract Monday, basketball president Geoff Petrie announced in a release.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Per the NBA's rookie pay scale, rookies can sign for 80 to 120 percent of a set first-year salary.

For the No. 5 pick, that amount for the 2012-13 season is $2,812,200, with $2,938,700 the following season. Teams hold options for the third and fourth seasons.

Robinson, a 6-foot-9, 244-pound power forward, averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds as a junior at Kansas last season. He was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and a first-team All-American, leading the Jayhawks to the NCAA championship game, and he topped the nation with 27 double doubles.

Robinson is participating in the Kings' minicamp this week before the NBA summer league begins Friday in Las Vegas. The Kings play their first game at 7 p.m. Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Robinson said he plans to use the compact summer schedule "just to try to get comfortable on this level and just to show that I'm more of an all-around player than what I showed in college.

"I think that now that I have more spacing in the league that I'll be able to show more of my game. There's a lot more that I haven't shown yet."

Robinson said even though he's a rookie, he has no problem being vocal on the court.

"I know I'm young, but I've still got a mouth," Robinson said. "So I can use it."

Summer league head coach Bobby Jackson said that after one day of practice, he was impressed with Robinson's jump shot and willingness to drive and create shots for teammates.

The Kings signed Robinson a day after reaching an agreement with restricted free-agent power forward Jason Thompson, who can sign his contract once the moratorium lifts at 9:01 p.m. PDT today.

Robinson figures to contribute immediately with Thompson and center DeMarcus Cousins in the Kings' frontcourt.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com



Per Valenica, De Colo coming to San Antonio on 2-year deal - by Eurobasket News

In the last 24-hours, the San Antonio Spurs have taken the lead in free agency news over the Dwight Howard drama by agreeing to terms with Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, Danny Green, and Patty Mills.

Now Nando De Colo (6'8''-G-87, agency: Arete Sports Agency) himself has told Valencia, his former Spanish team, that he'll be coming to San Antonio on a two-year deal.

For Nando, "is a great honor to get to the Spurs, but never forget the three years I played in Valencia"

Update 7/10, 5:48 PM CST: According to the French website L'Equipe (H/T Air Alamo), De Colo's deal is for 2.8 million dollars over two years. The report also states that FC Barcelona was offering more money to De Colo, but he wanted to live his dream and play in the NBA.

Per his twitter, De Colo himself tweeted a picture of him in San Antonio and said in French it'll be a new challenge playing with the Spurs.

Though there are no details of how much De Colo will earn in the new deal, Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden stated in his Duncan article that the Spurs did indeed intend to bring De Colo over for this coming season.

With De Colo signing with the Spurs, he's essentially taken the slot left behind by James Anderson which will put the Spurs at 14-players under contract, assuming the team signs rookie Marcus Denmon.

There's still one spot open for possibly the veteran's minimum, but there isn't much money left to sign a key free agent.

Courtesy of http://projectspurs.com



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Lawyer rips Syracuse U report on sex abuse probe - by Eurobasket News

The lawyer for a man who accused Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexual abuse said Monday that a report into the university's investigation of the claim is "a complete whitewash."

Among other things, Bobby Davis' lawyer, Gloria Allred, said the report issued last week by a special committee failed to criticize that 2005 university probe as biased because it was conducted by the university's longtime law firm.

Allred also said the conclusion that there was no attempt to cover up the allegations doesn't "pass the laugh test."

Davis, now 41, claims Fine molested him beginning when he was around 12. He took the allegations to the university in 2005, and an investigation by the school's law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King, found the claims couldn't be substantiated. Allred said that determination missed the point.

"The issue should not have been whether or not the molestations were substantiated but rather whether or not they occurred," she said. "Few cases of childhood sexual abuse can be 'substantiated' because by their very nature these events occur in private under circumstances where there cannot be substantiation, often because the victims are afraid or ashamed to speak out until years after the fact."

Fine was fired in November after the allegations were made public. The allegations by Davis and his stepbrother, Michael Lang, happened too long ago to be investigated by law enforcement, but the claims of a third man are being investigated by the U.S. attorney's office. Fine has not been charged and denies the accusations.

A special committee of the university's board of trustees hired lawyers from the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison firm to assess how the 2005 claims were investigated. In that report, the lawyers found:

The investigation didn't talk to enough witnesses or failed to interview witnesses thoroughly.

No sexual abuse expert was called in to help.

Lawyers didn't talk to two people who Davis said might have been potential abuse victims.

Still, Allred blasted the conclusion that the 2005 study was undertaken in good faith.

"The report by the so-called Special Committee of the Board of Trustees suffers from the same deficiencies that corrupted the University's 2005 so-called investigation of Bobby Davis' allegations: a complete lack of transparency or fully critical analysis," Allred said.

There was no immediate response from the university, and the law firm that prepared the report declined to comment.

Among other things, Allred said:

The report failed to fault the university staff interviewed in 2005 but didn't report the allegations to the chancellor or the board of trustees.

Witnesses were interviewed in the presence of the university's litigation lawyers at DeBevoise & Plimpton, the firm that's defending Davis' defamation suit against Syracuse and head coach Jim Boeheim.

The report should have been suspicious of Bond, Schoeneck & King allowing Fine to change his witness statement in 2005. Notes from the interview show that Davis may have stayed alone in Fine's hotel room occasionally, but that information was not included in the final 2005 report.

Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com



Ex-Stanford basketball captain Sauer dies at 35 - by Eurobasket News

Peter Sauer, a former captain at Stanford who helped lead the Cardinal to the 1998 Final Four, has died. He was 35.

The school said Monday that Sauer died Sunday night in White Plains, N.Y., while playing in an adult league recreational basketball game. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward from Pittsburgh was part of a Stanford team that reached four straight NCAA tournaments under former coach Mike Montgomery.

"Peter was a guy who when he stepped on the court, he always played with a huge heart," former teammate and current Stanford assistant coach Mark Madsen said. "He was a great shooter and a tough guy, but when he went off the court, his heart and the amount he cared about people was even bigger."

Stanford's coaching staff received details that Sauer was shooting free throws after a game, collapsed and hit his head. He couldn't be revived after 20 minutes by EMTs. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Karen Pasquale in the White Plains mayor's office said Sauer hadn't complained of not feeling well before collapsing and hitting his head on the concrete. An autopsy was under way, she said.

A four-year letter winner for the Cardinal from 1995-99, Sauer averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds for his career, including 9.2 points during his junior season. Madsen recalled the guts Sauer showed during the Final Four run by returning from a knee injury to knock down a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the Cardinal's 86-85 overtime loss to Kentucky in the NCAA semifinals. Sauer finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot in 22 minutes of that game.

"You wanted the ball in Pete's hands late in the game," Madsen said. "He wanted the pressure and to shoot late in the game."

Montgomery, now coaching at California, called Sauer "the epitome of the definition of a student-athlete. He was smart; he was tough; he was a winner."

"Peter Sauer was one of the most popular players I have ever coached," Montgomery said. "He played on a Final Four team and was an integral part of the success of that group. Peter was somebody that his teammates really looked up to and admired. It is tragic that this can happen to a young man in the prime of his life. We are all very saddened with the news. This is very tough news to get. My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time."

Sauer, who was born in St. Louis on Nov. 9, 1976, earned a degree in economics from Stanford. He had worked until recently in investments for Bank of America in New York, where he gave Stanford's players a tour of his office building during their off day from the NIT this past spring. He also regularly stayed in touch with the program and was planning a reunion for former players during this fall's USC-Stanford football game, including a flag football game for them to get in on the fun.

"That was Peter," Madsen said. "He just wanted to get everybody together."

Sauer is survived by his wife, Amanda, and three children.

"Everyone in the Stanford community is deeply saddened by the passing of Peter Sauer," coach Johnny Dawkins said. "He was a tremendous individual and a devoted husband and father. He was very passionate about Stanford and our basketball program. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Amanda and their three children."

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Cal's Montgomery signs extension through '15-16 - by Eurobasket News

California coach Mike Montgomery has agreed to a two-year contract extension to remain at the school through the 2015-16 season.

The announcement Monday comes nine months after Montgomery disclosed he had bladder cancer and surgery that left him cancer-free. Montgomery led the Golden Bears to a 24-10 record last season, a runner-up finish in the Pac-12 Conference and a first-round loss to South Florida in the NCAA tournament.

The former Montana, Stanford and Golden State Warriors coach is 88-47 in four seasons at Berkeley. He also helped Cal capture its first league title in 50 years in 2010.

Montgomery thanked the administration for the support and said his staff has "established a strong foundation of success and look forward to continuing to add to the rich tradition of this program."

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



NetScouts All-Stars beat Lithuania on China Tour - by Eurobasket News

NetScouts All-Stars clinched the eighth straight win on their China Tour. They overcame Lithuanian selection 102:75. NetScouts All-Stars led from start to finish in this one. They cleared off in the opening quarter and never looked back en route to the victory. NetScouts All-Stars shot over 60% from the field in this one. Anthony Gurley (6'3''-G-88, college: Massachusetts) and Tyler Cain (6'8''-F-88, college: S.Dakota) delivered 19 points each to lead the winners. Lance Jeter (6'3''-G-88, college: Nebraska) added 17 points and 6 boards, while Lamonte Ulmer (6'6''-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) contributed 15 points for the winners.
NetScots All-Stars are left with one game on their tour. They are scheduled to take on Chinese B National Team in the finale. China got beaten by Lithuania in their last game.



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Governor's Cup Standings
 1. Rain or Shine 9-2 
 2. B-Meg Llam. 7-3 
 3. Ginebra Kings 7-4 
 4. Petron Blaze 6-5 
 5. Talk N Text 5-5 
 6. Barako Bull 4-5 
 7. Powerade T. 4-5 
 8. Meralco Bolts 4-7 
 9. Air21 Express 2-7 
 10. Alaska Aces 2-7 

Play-Offs: Round 2

Jul. 8: Rain or Shine - Meralco Bolts 99-86
Jul. 7: B-Meg Llam. - Talk N Text 94-91
Jul. 8: Petron Blaze - Ginebra Kings 85-87

Play-Offs: Round 3

Jul. 11: Meralco Bolts - Talk N Text
Jul. 11: B-Meg Llam. - Petron Blaze



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Polpharma returns Lukasz Majewski and Bartosz Sarzalo - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma Starogard announced signing of Lukasz Majewski (199-F-82) and Bartosz Sarzalo (197-G-83) for the next season.
Lukasz Majewski already played for the club in 2007/08 and 2009/10. In their first season together he had 6.5 ppg and 2.6 rpg in 24 PLK games. In 2009/10, the player collected 8.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 2 spg for 33 games. Majewski spent last two seasons with Anwil. In the latest one he averaged 5.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 34 PLK games. Majewski played for the Polish NT two years ago.
Bartosz Sarzalo played for Polpharma from 1999 to 2006. Last season he spent with 2Liga team Korsarz Gdansk. The guard had 17.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.8 apg and 2.7 spg. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga Group A Honorable Mention -12.



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Timisoara keeps Robert Sarovic for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) will stay with Timisoara for the next season. Two sides penned a contract extension yesterday. The Serbian/German power forward arrived to Timisoara last summer from Mlekarna Miltra Novy Jicin. He appeared 22 times in Romanian league averaging 10.9 points and 6 rebounds. Timisoara reached Playoff Finals, but failed against Asesoft Ploiesti. In Balkan league, Sarovic collected 13.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 5 games.
As mentioned above, before Timisoara Robert Sarovic played for Czech team Mlekarna Miltra Novy Jicin. He was their member from 2007 to 2011. In 2007/08 the player exploded with 16.8 ppg and 6.6 rp for 57 games in NBL. His numbers decreased after that. In the past, Sarovic played for Paris Basket Racing, Egaleo, Laussane, Bremerhaven, Dusseldorf and Eintracht Frankfurt.



Delvon Johnson signs with Baschet Club Timisoara - by Eurobasket News

Delvon Johnson (206-F/C-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) signs with Baschet Club Timisoara for 2012/2013 season. The American Power Forward / Center left Sweden.
In the start of the last season Delvon Johnson joined Lugano Tigers for try-outs. The 22-year-old forward has just graduated from the University of Arkansas. He tallied 9.6 points, 7.2 boards and 2.9 blocks per game in his senior season. Delvon Johnson participated at Pre-NBA Draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. His stats read 4.0 points, 4.5 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks per appearance.
Later he moved to Uppsala Basket (Sweden-Basketligan) and averaged 14.0ppg, Reb-1 (10.2rpg), Blocks-2 (1.5bpg), FGP: 56.2%, FT: 60.0%. He played also at KFUM Uppsala (Sweden-Basketettan). In his top game he erupted with 27 points against Sundsvall. That time the latter grabbed 102:95 win in March.



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Andrey Vorontsevich continue with CSKA - by Eurobasket News

Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) continue with CSKA. NBA Oklahoma City Thunder was interested in bringing the player to NBA, but the sides did not reach the agreement.
In 2011-2012 for CSKA Moscow he averaged 8.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 89.2% in VTB League. In Euroleague after 20 games his stats read 5.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 62.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 63.6%, while in Russian League he showed 8.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 46.9%, FT: 76.0%.
In 2004-2005 he started for Sibirtelekom-3 Novosybirsk (Higher Higher), tested also by Spartak St.Petersburg (A Superleague). In 2005-2006 for Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv Novosybirsk (A Superleague) after 38 games his stats read 5.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 65.0% - NGU Novosybirsk (Higher League).
In 2006-2007 Andrey Vorontsevich joined CSKA Moscow and remains with the team up to now. In his first season he averaged 1.5ppg, played also at CSKA-Trinta Moscow (Higher League).In 2007 he also participated at Reebok Camp in Treviso, Italy.



Tunisia rolled over Russian University team in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News

Russia-Tunisia 51:80

Tunisia finished third at Stankovic Cup 2012. They outscored Russian University team 80:51 in the game for the third place.
The African team started the first period with 19-11 and never looked behind. They added 17-7 in the second frame and enjoyed 36:18 lead at the halftime. Moreover Tunisia won the third and the last quarters. They won the third quarter 21-12 and finished the game with 23-21 in the last stanza.
Macram Ben Romdhane (198-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Obadah Mabroukeh nailed 13. Lazarev ended up with 13 points in defeat, while Strebkov nailed 7. Ivlev and Nikita Barinov (200-F-91) delivered 6 points each, while Artem Komissarov (200-G-90) had 5.
Australia finishes second in Guangzhou at Stankovic Cup. The team lost to the favorites China 51:70 in the Final game.



Russian University Team edge Australia in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News

Russia UNT - Australia 56:49

Russian University National Team played an exhibition encounter versus Australia. The European side proved the strength claiming a 7-point win at the end. Russia will now take on Tunisia for the third place at the Boris Stankovic Cup.
The teams entered the game slowly. The scoreboard read 8:8 after ten minutes. Russia pulled ahead in the second quarter. They unloaded 22 points to establish an 8-point halftime lead. Australia denied the deficit in the third period. They tied things up at 39. But Russia outscored their opponents 17:10 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory at the end. Nikita Barinov (200-F-91) delivered 17 points for the winners. Vladimir Ivlev (207-F-90) added 9 points, while Ivan Lazarev (210-C/F-91) contributed 8 points for Russia.



Lakers assistant Quin Snyder accepts same job with CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News

Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder has accepted a job as an assistant coach for CSKA Moscow, becoming the second person to leave Mike Browns staff this summer.

Snyder will be the lead assistant under Ettore Messina, who served as a consultant with the Lakers last season before returning to CSKA Moscow for a second stint as the clubs head coach.

Snyder, 45, drew interest from two NBA teams this off-season and was a finalist for the head coaching job in Charlotte. He was also being considered for the Orlando Magic vacancy.

He became a favorite of Lakers players, earning their trust with his low-key, but effective, demeanor.

"This was a very difficult decision as Mike [Brown] and Mitch [Kupchak], and the entire organization, have been fantastic to work with, and while we're talking about one of Europe's elite teams, the Lakers are the highest caliber organization in the NBA and CSKA is the Lakers of Europe," Snyder said.

CSKA Moscow won the Euroleague championship in 2006 and 2008 and finished second last season with former NBA players Andrei Kirilenko and Nenad Krstic.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com



AP source: Wolves agree with Russian G Shved - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Timberwolves have once again reached outside the United States for talent, adding Russian guard Alexey Shved to a roster already brimming international flavor. And they hope to have another one in the mix before all is said and done.

The Wolves agreed to terms on a deal with Shved on Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.

Contract terms were not immediately available, but Shved will join a team with Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, Montenegrin center Nikola Pekovic and Puerto Rican guard J.J. Barea already on the roster.

The Wolves were also working with Portland to try and bring swingman Nicolas Batum of France to Minnesota.

The Wolves and Batum, a restricted free agent, agreed on terms of a four-year, $45 million deal with bonuses that could push it past $50 million, Batum's agent Bouna Ndiaye told The Associated Press last week that they hoped the Blazers would either not match the offer or execute a sign-and-trade with the Timberwolves.

The announcement on Shved may be delayed while the Wolves try to complete a deal with the Blazers and clear salary cap room needed to add both players. Shved is a 23-year-old combo guard that played for CSKA Moscow last year and was viewed as a flashy prodigy as a teenager. He clashed with high-powered coach Ettore Messina early in his career, went undrafted, but blossomed with CSKA and the Russian national team recently.

The 6-foot-6 Shved averaged 10.6 points, 3.0 assists and shot 49 percent from 3-point range in 21 Euro League games last season. The Timberwolves see him as a player who can play both positions in the backcourt, create off the dribble and flourish off ball screens in Rick Adelman's offense. He scored 22 points to lead Russia to a victory over Nigeria last weekend that locked up an Olympic bid.

Because Shved will be playing for Russia in London, he will not play for the Timberwolves' summer league team in Las Vegas.

Adding Shved to the mix could make veteran guards Luke Ridnour and Barea easier to part with in a trade. The Wolves had been reluctant to move either player, preferring to keep them on the roster while Rubio worked his way back from a torn ACL in his left knee. Rubio is making progress on his rehabilitation, but it remains unclear if he's going to be ready right at the start of next season.

The Wolves have also agreed to terms with former Blazers guard Brandon Roy in a busy offseason.

The moratorium on free agency expired at 11 p.m. Central time on Tuesday, allowing players to officially sign contracts. But Shved and Roy likely will have to wait, possibly for a day or two, to have their deals announced until there is clarity on Batum.

The Wolves would like to pull off a sign and trade with the Blazers to help them create some cap room to take on Batum's new salary. Several of their short-term contracts could be desirable if Portland decides to rebuild after missing out on restricted free agent Roy Hibbert.

Martell Webster's $5.7 million contract and Brad Miller's $5.1 million deal can be bought out for much less money by Minnesota or another team, and the Wolves will likely use the amnesty clause on center Darko Milicic's remaining two seasons to free up a total of about $15 million.

Ridnour, Barea, Derrick Williams and Wes Johnson have also been mentioned as possible trade chips that would help the Wolves create more cap space if they need it.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Amanovic Pleased With Junior Hoops Teams - by Eurobasket News

U-18 team (girls) vs APR

U-18 (boys) vs CSK

With the Zone V qualifiers just seven days away, national U-18 boys and girls' basketball teams head coach Nenad Amanovic is impressed with the team's progress despite losing all the friendly games.

Both teams lost their warm-up matches on Sunday. The boys' team was defeated by both APR and CSK 70-62 and 52-38 respectively, while the girls' team was beaten by APR 64-18.

However, Amanovic, who is assisted by four local coaches, insists his youthful teams did their best against more experienced oppositions.

"I'm proud of them, the results do not tell the whole picture. They (teams) were playing against professionals, who are more experienced. Nonetheless, we need to improve our weakness in both defense and shooting," admitted the Croat.

The two teams will continue their preparation for the forthcoming Zone V qualifying tournament due to be held from July 17-22 in Kigali when they play more warm-up matches today at Amahoro indoor stadium courts.

U-18 Men's team

Manzi Ernest Nestor, Karekezi Rurangirwa Pascal, Uwizeye Placide, Rafiki Muhamed, Uwimana Sankara, Kubwimana Kazingufu Ali, Munyandamutsa Niyomugabo Sunny, Mugirangeza Ruterana Fabrice, Ndoli Jean Paul, Kaje Elie, Shyaka Olivier, Munyaneza Eric, Niyonkuru Pascal, Mugisha Igor, Eric Ngenzi, Scifon Shyaka (198-F), Charles Mbazumutima, Albert Tuyishime.

Women's team

Umwizerwa Vanessa, Kabanyana Ange, Iradukunda Muzigabanga Cynthia, Manishimwe Genevieve, Umutoni Gisele, Nzaramba Cecile, Niyonsaba Delice, Micomyiza Rosine, Iraloze Sandra, Kanyamibwa Marie Claire, Gakwenzire Solange, Uwase Denise, Yamfashije Jeanne, Immacule Nyirahumure, Nancy Ishimwe, Alice Kanzayire.

Coaching Staff

Nenad Amanovic (head coach), Cyrille Kalima, Albert Buhake, Moise Mutokambali, Francis Manzi.
Courtesy of: The New Times



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Timisoara keeps Robert Sarovic for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) will stay with Timisoara for the next season. Two sides penned a contract extension yesterday. The Serbian/German power forward arrived to Timisoara last summer from Mlekarna Miltra Novy Jicin. He appeared 22 times in Romanian league averaging 10.9 points and 6 rebounds. Timisoara reached Playoff Finals, but failed against Asesoft Ploiesti. In Balkan league, Sarovic collected 13.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 5 games.
As mentioned above, before Timisoara Robert Sarovic played for Czech team Mlekarna Miltra Novy Jicin. He was their member from 2007 to 2011. In 2007/08 the player exploded with 16.8 ppg and 6.6 rp for 57 games in NBL. His numbers decreased after that. In the past, Sarovic played for Paris Basket Racing, Egaleo, Laussane, Bremerhaven, Dusseldorf and Eintracht Frankfurt.



Partizan and its longtime captain Petar Bozic part ways - by Eurobasket News

Petar Bozic (197-G-78) will not play for Partizan Belgrade next season. The Serbian powerhouse and its longtime captain parted ways. Partizan thanked Bozic for eight wonderful years which they spent together.
Petar Bozic joined Partizan in 2004 from Hemofarm. He won eight championship titles in Serbia with the club. Bozic and Partizan also won five Adriatic league titles together, as well as five trophies in Serbian Cup. Last season Bozic had 2 ppg and 1.1 apg for 7 Euroleague games. He had almost the same numbers in Adriatic and Serbian league. In 2010, Bozic reached Euroleague Semifinals with Partizan. In 2008 and 2009, they were stopped in the QFinals. In the past, Petar Bozic played for Radnicki Belgrade and Beobanka.



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Slovenia U16 lose test game in France - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Slovenia U16 66:52

Slovenian U16 National Team travelled to France. They are scheduled to play several test games versus local counterparts. The first game ended with the hosts claiming a comfortable win.
France surged ahead in the opening quarter. They built a 22:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Slovenia cut the deficit in the second term. They narrowed the deficit to 4 points at halftime 40:36. However France ignited a 17:6 run in the third quarter to ensure a 15-point lead at the final intermission. Slovenia outscored the hosts in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss. Matej Kavas (193-G-96) came up with 12 points for Slovenia. Tilen Kodrin (202-SF-96) added 9 points, while Sajevic added 7 points in defeat. The teams will meet again tonight.



Sebastjan Krasovec is new Head Coach of Elektra Sostanj - by Eurobasket News

Elektra Sostanj got a new Head Coach for the next season. The team promoted its Assistant Coach Sebastjan Krasovec to a new position. It will be his first head coaching job. Also the team announced that Ziga Mravljak (180-G-87) will serve as Assistant Coach next season. Mravljak played for the club in 2008/09 and 2006/07 seasons. They reached Slovenian Cup Finals together in 2009. Mravljak ended basketball career as a player something more than a year ago. His last team was LOGO Grosuplje. Elektra reached second stage of the Slovenian Telemach league last season. Actually, they were very close to reach the Semifinals. The Sostanj team registered four wins out of ten games in the second stage.


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Malaga adds guard Simon - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga improved its backcourt by signing shooting guard Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) for the coming season, the club announced Tuesday. Unicaja holds an option to extend his contract for an additional year until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Simon (1.97 meters, 27 years old) arrives from KK Zagreb, where he averaged 13.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 10 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season and he led his team in scoring (134 points) and fouls drawn (34) as the only Zagreb player to start all 10 games.

Simon ranked fifth in free throw accuracy at the end of the 2011-12 regular season after making 25 of 26 attempts (96.2%) from the foul line. Simon leaves Zagreb after 10 consecutive years with the club, in which he started his professional career in the 2002-03 season.
He helped Zagreb win Croatian Cup titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and lift its only Croatian League trophy at the end of the 2010-11 season. Simon is also a member of the Croatian national team



Spain edge France in front of 14000 fans in Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Spain-France 81:65

Spain edge France in front of 14000 fans in Madrid. The hosts started well and reached 81:65 win at the end of the game.
Spain opened the game with 12-4 and then closed the run at 8-0. The hosts reached 25:11 at the end of the first period and never looked behind. France looked better in the second frame and reduced to 31:22 midway through the quarter. They responded with their 8-0 run that saw 31:27 on the board. Spain meanwhile finished the half at 38:29 and then led 53:37 after 5 minutes in the third quarter. Spain closed the third period at 62:46 and enjoyed 74: 51 lead with 10 minutes to go. Both teams nailed 19 points in the last stanza for the final result.
Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) nailed 12. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) notched 11, whilst Rudy Fernandez (198-G/F-85) and Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) added 10 apiece. Nando De Colo (202-G-87, agency: Arete Sports Agency) replied with 13 points in the losing effort. Florent Pietrus (202-F-81) scored 11, while Yannick Bokolo (190-G-85) had 10.

Spain: Sergio Llull 15, Felipe Reyes 12, Pau Gasol 11, Rudy Fernandez 10, Jose Manuel Calderon 10
France: Nando De Colo 13, Florent Pietrus 11, Yannick Bokolo 10



Granca extends Oscar Alvarado until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

Oscar Alvarado (184-PG-91) stays with Gran Canaria. The Spanish point guard signed a 2-year contract extension yesterday. Alvarado is a product of Granca, where he started as a teenager. Last season he appeared 18 times in Liga Endesa averaging 3.1 points and 1.8 assists. The player also spent some time with LEB Silver team La Palma. There he had 4.9 ppg and 6.1 apg for 15 games. In 2010/11 season Oscar Alvarado played 6 games for Granca and he also appeared 31 times in LEB Silver with La Palma. He had 3.5 ppg and 2.9 apg. Alvarado played for U18 Spain three years ago at U18 EuroBasket in Metz. In 2007, he helped U16 Spain to win the Gold at U16 EuroBasket in Greece.


Barcelona signs Mario Hezonja to 7-year deal - by Eurobasket News

Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) will continue his career in Barcelona, according to Croatian media (Kosarka.hr). Reportedly, the player's father said that Mario already signed a 7-year deal with the Spanish champions. Now they only wait for the release from his team Zagreb. There were some rumors that Hezonja will join Serbian powerhouse Partizan Belgrade, but it seems the deal with Barca is already done.
Mario Hezonja led U17 Croatia to Bronze medal at U17 World Championship in Kaunas. He had 20.8 ppg, 7 rpg and 2.3 spg for 8 games at this event. Hezonja finished as the second scorer of the championship. He was named Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 Best Guard -12 and Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 1st Team -12. A year ago, Mario Hezonja led U16 Croatia to Gold medal at U16 EuroBasket in Czech Republic. There he had 20 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2.2 spg. He was named MVP of this event. Last season Hezonja played for Zargeb juniors.



Milovan Rakovic heads to Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) is expected to join Bilbao in the upcoming days. The centre has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with the Spanish team. Milovan Rakovic spent the last season with Zalgiris. He was loaned to the Lithuanian powerhouse by Montepaschi Siena. Milovan Rakovic tallied 7.1 points, 2.6 rebounds per Euroleague game. In LKL his stats read 9.8 points and 2.4 rebounds. In Baltic League the Serbian player notched 7.0 points and 2.0 rebounds. Finally Milovan Rakovic accounted for 6.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in VTB League. He participated at LKL All-Star Game. Milovan Rakovic had stints in Italy, Russia and Serbia before. He is the member of Serbian National Team.


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Cuffee the newest Dragon - by Andreas Eriksson

Sundsvall Dragons completed their american quota today by signing Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) to a one year deal. Cuffee has experience from playing in Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey and Qatar. He's knowns as a versatile player that can play multiple positions. Sundsvall earlier signed Alex Wesby as their first american and the duo is now complete with Cuffee.Sundsvall may still be looking for another piece to finnish up the team, but if so that will be a european player. They have longterm contracts with Wesby, Jakob Sigurdarsson and Hlynur Baeringsson since before.


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Fribourg Olympic extends deal with Ronald Yates and signs Edwin Draughan - by Luca Maffioli

Benetton Fribourg Olympic signed a 2-years contract extension with Ronald Yates (201-F-83, college: St.Peter's). The 29-years old American/Jamaican player averaged 15.0 points (FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.4%), 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 33 LNA games. Yates played also for the Jamaican National Team at Centrobasket 2010 in Santo Domingo. Fribourg also agreed on terms of contract with Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale). The American guard signed a two years deal with the club. Last season he played in Lugano Tigers and he averaged 11.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists.


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Standings - D1

Division I Standings
North
 1. Al Ittihad 7-2 
 2. Al Jalaa 6-3 
 3. Al Hurriyeh 3-6 
 4. Al Yarmouk 2-7 
South
 1. Al Jaish 9-0 
 2. Al Wahda 6-3 
 3. Qassyoun 2-7 
 4. Thawra 1-8 



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Tunisia rolled over Russian University team in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News

Russia-Tunisia 51:80

Tunisia finished third at Stankovic Cup 2012. They outscored Russian University team 80:51 in the game for the third place.
The African team started the first period with 19-11 and never looked behind. They added 17-7 in the second frame and enjoyed 36:18 lead at the halftime. Moreover Tunisia won the third and the last quarters. They won the third quarter 21-12 and finished the game with 23-21 in the last stanza.
Macram Ben Romdhane (198-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Obadah Mabroukeh nailed 13. Lazarev ended up with 13 points in defeat, while Strebkov nailed 7. Ivlev and Nikita Barinov (200-F-91) delivered 6 points each, while Artem Komissarov (200-G-90) had 5.
Australia finishes second in Guangzhou at Stankovic Cup. The team lost to the favorites China 51:70 in the Final game.



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Fenerbahce Ulker set to announce Romain Sato - by Pervin Elgin

The African forward will sign a 2-year, $2M contract per season

Fenerbahce is finalizing the deal with Romain Sato as reported to Sportando by a source with the knowledge of the situation.
Sato will sign a 2-year, $2M per season deal with the Turkish powerhouse led by hiis former coach at Siena, Simone Pianigiani.
Sato spent the last two seasons in Greece with Panathinaikos winning Euroleague in 2011.

Courtesy of sportando.net



Anadolu Efes officially confirms signing of Jamon Lukas Gordon - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul improved its backcourt by adding combo guard Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech), who inked a two-year deal with the Turkish powerhouse on Tuesday. Lucas (1.91 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Galatasaray Medical Park, where he averaged 9.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals in 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season. He boosted his numbers up to 12 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 6 Top 16 games, leading this phase in steals (2.5 spg.). He led Galatasaray in assists, steals and performance index ranking (10.7 per game). This will be Lucas' fourth consecutive Euroleague season with as many different teams. Lucas played the 2010-11 Euroleague season with Olympiacos, reaching the Playoffs. He had a strong 2009-10 Euroleague with Maroussi BC of Greece, averaging 11.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 16 games and helping his team to go from the Qualifying Round to the Top 16. Lucas played college ball at Virginia Tech fom 2003 to 2007. That same year he moved to Turkey to make his pro debut with Antalya Belediye. He moved to Germany in the summer of 2008 to play with the Koln 99ers, but in January of 2009 he joined KK Split of Croatia, where he led the Croatian League in steals per game with 3.1. After that, he was called by Maroussi to join the Greek League and also make his Euroleague debut, staying in the competition for the last three years until he joined Efes.

Courtesy of Euroleague



Coach Ataman, Galatsaray land Ersin Dagli (Erwin Dudley) - by Eurobasket News

Ersin Dagli (203-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) stays in Turkey for the next season. The experienced PF/C signed a deal with Galatasaray, according to Turkish media. Dagli heads to Galata from Besiktas, where he played last season for coach Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket). They won three trophies together (TBL, EuroChallenge, Turkish Cup). Dagli played 40 games in TBL collecting 10.5 ppg and 6.9 rpg. He had 9.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 16 games in EuroChallenge.
Ersin Dagli arrived to Besiktas last summer from Efes Pilsen. With Efes he had 6.1 ppg and 4 rpg in TBL, plus 4 ppg and 2.3 rpg in Euroleague. From 2005 to 2010, Dagli played for Turk Telekom Ankata. They won Turkish Cup together in 2008. A year before that, the player was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year -07. In 2006, he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team. Before Turk Telekom Dagli spent one year with Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion and was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Center of the Year -05.



Stanco Barac to leave Anadolu Efes - by Ugur Turker

Stanko Barac (217-C-86) is looking to leave Anadolu Efes Istanbul after dissappointing season. He was signed from Caja Laboral and became highest paid player in Anadolu Efes Istanbul history. Source close to him admitted Eurobasket.com Turkey that " Of course, Stanko wants to leave Turkey. He did not adapt the situation and showed his real performance. But at this stage, there is any team which can afford Barac's salary. If we receive an offer met our needs, Stanco is going to consider his options " Stanko Barac was out of roster in some games due to restrction of foreign player. News claim Anadolu Efes Istanbul is interested in Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) and that means Barac's contract can be terminated.


James Gist considering his options - by Ugur Turker

It is well known fact that Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul want to strengthen its frontcourt and David Andersen (211-C-80) is the close to sign. James Gist (205-F-86) is also under contract for next seaon but he has number of good offers from important clubs. Eurobasket.com Turkey learned that " James has received important offers that he is tend to to consider his options according to developments. He likes Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and wants to stay. But everybody knows Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul is looking for players. We are going to talk with Fenerbance Ulker and resolve. Of course it is too early to say he is staying or not. Recently, it is a pleasure to receive such a good offers for him " James Gist had came from Partizan and played 7.4 ppg , 4.5 rpg in Eurolegue and 9.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg in TBL last season.


Mike Batiste heads to Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) heads to Fenerbahce for the next season. According to NTV Spor, the American big man will move to Turkey.
The player spent almost his whole career for the Greek team.In 2011-2012 for Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1) he averaged 9.7ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 81.4% In Euroleague. In Greek League his stats read 8.7ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 61.0%, FT: 75.9%.
Batiste joined PAO in 2003. He won many trophies and personal awards with the Greek giant (please check his Eurobasket profile). In the past Batiste was a member of Memphis Grizzles and it was on season 2002/03. He had 6.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 75 NBA games at that time. He also has experience from Belgian Charleroi and Italian Biella, where he played before the Greens.
Only last season he was named Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Imports Team and made it into Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 3rd Team -12. He also became Greek League Finalist -12.



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Charlotte Bobcats sets lineup for summer league - by David Edole

LAS VEGAS -- Kemba Walker (185-PG-90, college: Connecticut), Bismack Biyombo, Byron Mullens and Cory Higgins are scheduled to play on the Charlotte Bobcats summer league team, starting Friday in Las Vegas.

The team also will include rookies Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffery Taylor, the Bobcats two draftees. Others on the summer roster include Ralph Sampson III, son of the former Virginia superstar, and former Ohio State player Othello Hunter.

New Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap will hold two-a-day practices on Nevada-Las Vegas campus Tuesday through Thursday. Charlotte will open a five-game schedule Friday (approximately 10 p.m. EDT) against the Sacramento Kings.

July 15: Charlotte vs. Cleveland, 8:30 p.m. ET

July 17: Charlotte vs. Minnesota, 10:30 p.m. ET

July 19: Charlotte vs. Denver, 10:30 p.m. ET

July 20: Charlotte vs. Memphis, 6:30 p.m. ET



NBA star Raja Bell to visit India - by David Edole

National Basketball Association (NBA) player Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU), of the Utah Jazz, will travel to India [ Images ] from July 12 to 17 to participate in a series of basketball events in Delhi to help grow basketball and the popularity of the NBA.

Bell will be the 20th NBA/WNBA player or legend to travel to India to conduct basketball events since 2008.

Among his activities in India, Bell will attend the Junior NBA/Junior WNBA National Skills Challenge finals, train with India's senior men's national Basketball Team; conduct clinics for Mahindra NBA Challenge participants, the largest community league in India and interact with the league's growing fan base in the market.

Bell, undrafted out of college, became a key starter on the Phoenix Suns team that advanced to the Western Conference Finals in 2005-06 where he shared the backcourt with two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash. In 2006-07, Bell was voted to the NBA All-Defensive first team and shared the NBA lead in three-pointers made with 205.

"As an international NBA player, I love what the NBA is doing in India to grow the game and I am looking forward to visiting the country for the first time," said Bell. "During my trip I will have the privilege of working with aspiring basketball players and hope one day to see an NBA player from India."

"Raja made his mark in the NBA through perseverance, strong defense and a team-first mentality that provides a great example to Indian youth that if you work hard you can achieve your goals," said Heidi Ueberroth, NBA President, International. "We are thrilled at the response we have received in India thus far and bringing over NBA players helps inspire young fans and is a great way to teach the game."

On July 14, Bell will attend the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Skills Challenge finals at the Thyagaraj stadium in New Delhi. The school-based program has taught basketball to approximately 10,000 students and 800 coaches in five Indian cities.

Bell will also conduct an NBA Cares clinic at Thyagaraj Stadium on July 14 in conjunction with Love in Action -- a Delhi-based NGO which uses the sport of basketball to provide life-skills education to children from slums in East Delhi.

On July 15, Bell will host a clinic for select Mahindra NBA Challenge participants at DPS Vasant Kunj and on July 16 and 17 he will train with India's Senior Men's and U18 Men's National Basketball teams at the Indira Gandhi stadium in Delhi.

The NBA, which opened its first office in Mumbai in October last year, has hosted more than 450 basketball development events in India since 2008 as part of the league's effort to grow basketball.



Report: Duncan agrees to three-year deal - by David Edole

Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest), who declared himself "a Spur for life" in March, reportedly has followed through on his intentions to remain in San Antonio.

The 36-year-old franchise cornerstone has agreed to a three-year contract to return to the Spurs, Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday. The website reported the contract is expected to be worth approximately $36 million, or in the same range of the deal that Kevin Garnett agreed to with the Boston Celtics last week.

Yahoo Sports! reports Duncan's deal is fully guaranteed and the third year of the contract is a player's option. The deal also includes a no-trade clause, the website reported.

Duncan, a two-time MVP, averaged 15.4 points and 9.0 rebounds last season. The 15-year veteran, selected No. 1 overall by the Spurs in 1997, has career averages of 20.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in 1,111 games and has helped the Spurs win four NBA championships.

The Spurs also have agreed to deals with two of their key role players from last season, when San Antonio won an NBA-best 50 games.

Guard Danny Green, a restricted free agent, agreed to a three-year, $11.3 million contract (fully guaranteed), a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley, and forward Boris Diaw, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal to return to San Antonio, a source confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher.

Diaw's contract includes incentives that could push the total value to $9.2 million and includes a player option for the 2013-14 season.

Yahoo! Sports earlier reported the terms of the agreements.

Green, 25, started 38 games last season. In 66 games, he averaged 9.1 points and hit 43 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Diaw, 30, who signed with the Spurs after being waived by the Charlotte Bobcats in March, averaged 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20 games with San Antonio.

ESPN.com news services



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DniproAzot keep Maxim Balashov - by Eurobasket News

DniproAzot kept Maxim Balashov (190-G-80, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) on the roster. The team extended the deal with the guard. Maxim Balashov will enter his third season with DniproAzot. He averaged 8.7 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game in Superleague last season. Previously Maxim Balashov had stints with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Budivelnyk. The guard was the member of Ukrainian National Team in 2001. He also played for Ukrainian University National Team in 2001 and 2003.


DniproAzot in talks with Vasilis Fragias - by Eurobasket News

DniproAzot are in talks with Vasilis Fragias . The specialist may soon be announced as the new head coach of the team. DniproAzot were led by Donaldas Kairys last season. However the team decided to part ways with the Lithuanian specialist after the season. Vasilis Fragias worked in Greece last season. He guided VAP Kolossos Rodou. He led Kolossos to 16-8 record and the third position in the regular season. Kolossos then lost to Panathinaikos in the A1 semifinals. Previously Vasilis Fragias had stints with Ilysiakos, Pagrati Athens, Keravnos, Dafni Athens, AEL Limassol and Panathinaikos from Cyprus. He was Greek A2 champion in 2005. Vasilis Fragias also led his teams to Cyprus Cup and League titles.


Justin Love stays in Odessa - by Eurobasket News

Justin Love (189-G-78, college: St.Louis) will stay with BC Odessa. The team has agreed on terms of contract extension with the guard. Justin Love signed a new two-year contract with BC Odessa. Justin Love first joined BC Odessa back in 2008/09 season. He averaged 17.3 points, 4.1 boards, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game in his debut season in Ukraine. The guard then moved to MBC Mykolaiv. After two seasons there Justin Love returned to BC Odessa. Last season he tallied 15.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance in Superleague. Eurobasket.com named Justin Love All-Ukrainian Superleague Guard of the Year in 2011. Last season he earned Superleague Honourable Mention.


DniproAzot announce Dmytro Khodov and Sergei Sabutskyy - by Eurobasket News

DniproAzot announced the signing of two players for the next season. They landed Dmytro Khodov (203-F-87, agency: New Trend Agency) and Sergei Sabutskyy (208-C-86, agency: TSS Management).
Dmytro Khodov spent the last season in Politekhnika-Halychyna. The forward notched 4.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. The season was spoiled for him by the injury. Dmytro Khodov was sidelined since December. Dmytro Khodov was the member of Ukrainian U18 National Team. He also played for Ukrainian University National Team.
DniproAzot also signed contract with Sergei Sabutskyy. The centre spent the last season in Kazakhstan. He played for Barsy Atyrau. Sergei Sabutskyy tallied 7.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in D1. In Baltic League the centre posted 7.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per appearance.



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Lithuanian Vet Remains With Wolves - by Paul Nilsen

Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) has become the third member of last year's highly-regarded Worcester Wolves' team to announce his intention to come back to the city for another season.

6 foot 9 inch Lithuanian forward Kazlauskas was a big hit in his first year at the club, impressing fans with his cool-headed play and thrilling them when frequently floating in baskets from distance.

Last season 36-year-old Kazlauskas averaged eleven points and five rebounds a game for the Wolves, whilst also making nearly forty per cent of his three-point shot attempts. He enjoyed the combination of playing for the Wolves and studying at the University of Worcester and is keen to repeat the experience.

"I made the decision to return because it is a great opportunity to study for my Master's degree at the University and to play basketball at the same time," he said. "In addition, I enjoyed working with Paul James and Worcester is a great city that I really want to come back to."

Director of Basketball Paul James is pleased to see another of last season's side coming back, saying:

"Arnas is part of the backbone of our team. He's played at a high level in Europe and last year showed everyone that he can still play to a very good standard. He reads the game so well and alongside Prezzie-Blue will provide leadership to our side."



Anderson Back For Riders - by Paul Nilsen

Jamell Anderson (200-F-90), the Leicester Riders 22 years old forward, will be returning to the Club for the 2012/13 season. Anderson has been with the Great Britain Futures squad this summer, and impressed sufficiently, such that he was a reserve to join the senior squad in training in Houston, after the Mersey Tigers' Myles Hesson was called up.

Riders, backed by Jelson Homes and DMU, signed the 6 foot 6 inch forward from Essex at the start of last season, and the youngster came on leaps and bounds through the season, becoming a key impact player off the bench. Anderson is part of the Leicester Riders new player pathway, the Loughborough basketball programme and is studying a Higher Education qualification at Loughborough college in partnership with Loughborough university.

Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro was pleased that Anderson is returning next season, "Jamell really improved last season, and grew in confidence. He is a player with a lot of natural ability, and as the season progressed he came on and gave us a lot of energy. He has a lot more potential."

Riders have also confirmed they are in advance discussions to re-sign the Great Britain captain Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan has just had his selection confirmed for the London Olympics, and was a big part of the Rider's team, which made it to the BBL Playoff Finals in May.

Riders General Manager Russell Levenston said, "We have made an offer to Andrew and discussed it with him when he returned to Loughborough with the national team this week. He is very keen to get involved in our development programme at Loughborough University and enjoyed working under coach Paternostro. I know he wants to get his position for next season settled before the Olympics start, so we hope matter can get resolved in the next week or so."

Paternostro is keen to get his man, "Sullivan is a class act and did a great job for us last season. He does so many things at both ends of the court, it makes team building that much more straight forward. Hopefully we can get it done."



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Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jul. 9: Goes - Verdirrojo 81-75
Jul. 10: Guruyu Waston - Larranaga 76-75
Jul. 9: Atenas - Capitol
Jul. 10: Marne - Yale
Jul. 10: Urunday Univ. - Romis N.


Results for the Metro league 14th round - by Hector Lopez

Results for the two games played for the Metro league 14th round:
Goes 81- Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) 29 points, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 18 points 12 rebounds, Roberto Amaro (197-F-69) 8 points 6 rebounds
Verdirrojo 75 - Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 22 points 7 rebounds, Sebastian Munoz (180-G-80) 17 points
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Guruyu Waston 76 - Martavius Adams 26 points 16 rebounds,Cristian Tisierre (196-F-90) 11 points 9 rebounds 4 assists
Larranaga 75 - Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 23 points 13 rebounds 8 blocks.




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Women News


Angolan Under-16 Ladies Basketball Team Lose to Brazil - by Eurobasket News

Lisbon Angola's under16 ladies basketball team lost on Monday to Brazil by 55-41, in the second round of the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP).

This is the second loss of the Angolan squad.

Angolan will face Mozambique and So Tom e Prncipe on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

Portugal lead the group competition with four points.
Courtesy of: Angola Press



Angola Lose to Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Lisbon The national under 16 female basketball team, lost this Sunday, at the first round of VIII CPLP Sports Games, to Portugal by 49-62, in a match disputed at Mafra Sports Park (Portugal).

Despite the defeat, Angola has also the possibility of conquering a medal; since they will still have opponents of their level like Brazil (on 9 July), Mozambique (10) and So Tom and Prncipe (12).

The Portuguese team beat Sao Tom and Prncipe (147-8) and Mozambique (91-23), leads the under 16 basketball tournament with six points. Angola is part of group 2 with East Timor and Mozambique.
Courtesy of: Angola Press



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Garrick at home on Bendigo basketball courts - by Eurobasket News

Madeleine Garrick (178-G-92) has described returning to play basketball in Bendigo as coming back to where my heart is.

The Champions IGA Lady Braves enticed Garrick back to Bendigo for her debut SEABL season this year, with the move bringing her closer to her parents who are still in her hometown, Shepparton, and her brother in Melbourne.

She is now set to rejoin the Bendigo Bank Spirit where she began her WNBL career in 2009-10 after spending the past two seasons in Canberra with the AIS.

Spirit coach Bernie Harrower always intended for her to come back to play for the club and although Garrick is yet to put pen to paper she wants to get back into the Spirit fold.

To be honest I didnt really know anything about the WNBL before I came and started training with the Spirit, Garrick said.

Coming back to a familiar training environment and having the opportunity to come back to an offer like that was really good.

Anywhere for an opportunity to get a bit of playing time is my main priority at the moment and Bendigo seem to be able to at least have that on the cards.

Daily training at the AIS helped the former Australia under-19 player develop her game and Garrick has no regrets about her time in Canberra.

Having the quality of training and coaching every single day, for me its the best thing Ive done for my basketball in my life, Garrick said.

She hopes the Spirit will help her find more ways to score against top-class women and, ultimately, fulfil her goal of competing at an Olympic Games.

Now its my first real season outside the AIS, kind of in the real world doing your own thing, so I guess (I need to make) a name for myself in the SEABL to start with and then cultivating something in the WNBL, she said.

The main thing I need to work on now is developing my offensive game again, getting it back.

Just getting to the basket, different ways to score and defensively things that let me down now and then.

Garrick played her best game for the Lady Braves two weeks ago against Launceston when she sunk 24 points to go with 14 rebounds and two assists.

Her role as another attacking option alongside regular top-scorers Renae Camino and Mia Newley will be important if the Lady Braves are to challenge for the east conference title.

The Lady Braves are in third place and can go a long way to securing a home final with a win at fourth-placed Sandringhams home court on Saturday night.

Courtesy of www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au



Rising Star Sarah Graham signs with Sydney - by Eurobasket News

The Southern Design Sydney Uni Flames have secured one of the WNBLs premier shooting guards - Sarah Graham (163-G-89) for the 2012-13 WNBL Season.

A past World University Games member and Rookie of the Year recipient, Graham has joined the Flames after playing the last four seasons with the Logan Thunder.

Regarded as one of the Leagues best three-point shooters, Graham will bring more strength to an already strong backcourt playing alongside Alicia Poto, Katie Rae Ebzery and Jaimee Kennedy.

In announcing the signing, Flames Coach Karen Dalton said it will be Grahams versatility to play in both the point guard and off-guard position that will prove beneficial to the team throughout the season.

Sarah is a potent three-point shooter and strong driver who led her team last year in scoring, averaging 14 points per game at a highly respectable 45 per cent in the regular season. Grahams ability to score beyond the arc and teamed with her defensive tenacity will cause problems for the opposition this upcoming season.

The Southern Design Sydney Uni Flames will announce more signings in the coming weeks as we move closer to the start of the 2012-13 WNBL Season.

Courtesy of WNBL



Lindsay Laur signs 1-year deal with Logan Thunder - by Eurobasket News

American import Lindsay Laur (182-F, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) stellar season with the Lady Chargers has landed her a spot in the WNBL.

The talented forward, averaging just under 19 points and 11 rebounds a match for Hobart in the SEABL this season, yesterday signed a one-year deal with the Logan Thunder for the 2012-13 campaign.

It is just reward for the humble 24-year-old from Minnesota, who has impressed in her first season in Australia leading the young Hobart group toward a possible maiden finals appearance.

Lady Chargers coach Dan Krebs in May told the Mercury his star signing had what it took to make it in the WNBL and, after interest from three clubs, Laur agreed to terms with the Thunder.

With Hobart clashing with Brisbane on the road last night, Laur flew to Queensland a day earlier to meet Logan officials before officially putting pen to paper yesterday.

"I wasn't really sure when I came out, even what to expect in the SEABL; but I'm really happy with my progress and definitely excited with the next chapter in the WNBL," said Laur, also on the Sydney Flames and West Coast Waves radar.

"I knew it was an option I didn't think it would become a reality this quickly; so I'm just really grateful for the opportunity.

"After meeting all the coaches and managers, it seems like a really good group of people and a family-like atmosphere, and that is what we have in Hobart. When I was looking at playing in the WNBL, I was looking for that kind of atmosphere again.

"It is what Logan had, and is what attracted me the most."

The news is also likely to be a double bonus for the Lady Chargers, with the chances of seeing Laur return for a second season increased given she will remain in the country instead of heading back to the US in the SEABL off-season.

"I feel like Hobart is going to be like my home away from home; I will probably return to Hobart after Logan."

Courtesy of www.themercury.com.au



Weekend Wrap-Up: Round 8 - by Eurobasket News

Brisbane Capitals 51 def. by Mackay Meteorettes 78
Brisbane got themselves off to an early lead before the visitors quickly turned the tables just before the first break. Mackay capitalised on a number of Brisbane errors throughout the match, taking 17 points from turnovers, and far outnumbered the Capitals on rebounding. Louella Tomlinson (193-F-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.Mary's, CA) had a game-high 19 points for the Meteorettes, while Emma Randall top-scored for Brisbane with 13.

Toowoomba Mountaineers 82 def. South West Metro Pirates 71
South West held the upper hand in the first half, gaining a lead of 15 points at one stage in the second quarter, before Toowoomba knocked it back to a two-point deficit at halftime. Toowoomba then managed to take the lead in the third, but the Pirates were always close on their heels. The Mountaineers looked as though they had the match in their hands with a two-point lead with eight seconds to go, before a foul on South Wests Grace Willey saw her sink both shots at the line, to square up the scores and take it to overtime. In the final stanza Toowoomba took control, thanks to top-scorer Janelle Adams to help the home side to take their second win of the season. Adams was on fire with 28 points, while Jessica Wallis (178-G-88) and Grace Willey both scored 19 points for the Pirates.

Ipswich Force 74 def. Northside Wizards 60
The Wizards initially got out in front in the opening minutes of the match, but the Force were quick to turn it around and maintain the lead for the rest of the game and secure the win by a decent margin. Nadeen Payne (188-F/C-93) played one of her best matches of the season so far for Ipswich with 35 points and 12 rebounds, while Taylor Lilley put up 23 points for Northside.

Maroochydore Clippers 51 def. by Mackay Meteorettes 94
This was always going to be a tough match for the Clippers, facing one of the strongest teams in the league, but the Clippers managed to keep up with the Meteorettes during the first half, trailing by just a small margin. But the second half saw Mackay pull away to take a commanding victory. Louella Tomlinson top-scored for the Meteorettes with 28, while Courtney Browne contributed 12 points for Maroochydore.

Rockhampton Cyclones 84 def. Cairns Dolphins 60
The Dolphins took out the first quarter with an eight-point lead, thanks to strong shooting from Juliana Paunovic, before the Cyclones took over in the dying seconds of the first half. From there, it was Rockhamptons game, ending both the third and fourth quarters on a 24-point margin. Shanavia Dowdell (188-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Louisiana Tech) put up 23 points for Rocky, followed closely behind by Paunovic on 22.

Gold Coast Rollers 61 def. by Townsville Flames 71
There wasnt much between the teams in this clash, with the scores tied at both breaks in the first half. The Flames came out firing in the third quarter to take the lead out to 12 points going into the final period. Despite a comeback from the Rollers late in the match, the northerners took the spoils. Letitia Ward shot 14 points for Townsville, while Gold Coasts Heidi Freeburn had a game-high 18 points.

Northside Wizards 62 def. by Mackay Meteorettes 88
The Meteorettes made it a clean sweep for their road trip, gaining and building a big lead early in the match, leading the Wizards by as much as 33 points during the third quarter. Northsides Taylor Lilley put in a solid effort with 29 points, but it wasnt enough to stop combined efforts from Mackay Kelli Payton and Jacqui Zelenka both putting up 21 points.

South West Metro Pirates 49 def. by Townsville Flames 75
The Flames were determined to come away from their road trip with two wins, and managed to pull it off, securing themselves a double-figure lead just five minutes into the match and held onto it for the remainder. Lisa Braunberger had a game-high 25 points for the Flames, while Jessica Wallis put up 10 points for the Pirates.

Gladstone Power 80 def. Cairns Dolphins 67
The Dolphins gave this match their all, trailing the Power by just a narrow margin during the first half, until the home side pulled away halfway through the third quarter to a double-figure lead, and maintained it until the end. Jessica Bibby (169-G-79) lead her team with 34 points including 90 percent at the foul line, while Cayla Francis shot 23 points for the Dolphins.

Courtesy of: http://qbl.basketball.net.au



SBL: Wanneroo bounce back (Round 17 women's wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Wanneroo Wolves have snapped a six game losing streak with back-to-back victories that puts them back in touch with the top four heading into the last three rounds of the womens state basketball league.

The Wolves defeated the Perth Redbacks 60-48 on Friday night with Sue Williams 16 points leading the way for the Wolves who put a 25-6 last quarter together to get over the line.

Saturday night saw the Wolves defeat cross-town rivals Stirling Senators 83-41 with solid games from Megan D'Arcy (17 points, ten rebounds), Megan Lee (170-G-89, college: Presbyterian) (16 points) and Shani Amos (14 points, five rebounds).

Perry Lakes Hawks had a strong weekend, defeating the Mandurah Magic 72-48 on Friday night and narrowly going down to the top of the table South West Slammers on Saturday 68-66.

Friday saw Belinda Mayger lead the way for the Hawks with 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Shelley Boston was strong for the Magic with 10 points and 12 rebounds and was backed up by Rachel Halleen who had 15 points.

On Saturday Slammers centre Zoe Harper (17 points, 15 rebounds) and guard Kara Hargreaves (15 points) were too much for the Hawks who were again led by Belinda Mayger who finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Mandurah also dropped Saturday nights game against Lakeside Lightning 80-55 with Jessica Seyler (178-G, college: Master's) leading the way for Lakeside with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Claire Johnson finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

Gemma Thomas (77) led three Mandurah players in double figures, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the night.

East Perth Eagles are just clinging to a spot in the top eight after two consecutive losses this weekend, going down to the Willetton Tigers on Friday night and then the Cockburn Cougars on Saturday.

After a sluggish start to the game the second place Tigers bounced back to take down the Eagles 71-68, youngster Sophie Doyle (93) was impressive with 13 points to lead the Tigers who are now on a four game winning streak.

The tenth place Cockburn Cougars shocked the Eagles 71-65 on Saturday despite a desperate last quarter come back from the Eagles, doubling the Cougars final quarter score, it wasnt enough to close the deficit.

Cockburn were led by dominant import Stephanie Jones who finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds while East Perth centre Sam Norwood had 17 points and 12 rebounds for her side.

Article by Hannah Coleman
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au/



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  BRAZIL   


Brazil rally past Cuba - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Cuba 91:61

Brazil clinched a comfortable win over Cuba in the exhibition encounter. The teams clashed in Foz do Iguacu. Iziane Castro Marques (182-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 26 points to lead the hosts.
Brazil surged ahead early in the game. They built a 17:9 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Brazil maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They accumulated a 35:25 halftime lead. Brazil unloaded 31 points in the third quarter to clear off. They piled up a 22-point advantage at the final break and never looked back en route to the victory. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 17 points and 17 rebounds for Brazil. Adriana Pinto (169-G-78) finished with 14 points for the winners. Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) chipped in 18 points for Cuba. Islen Carbonell (182-G/F-87) had 14 points in the loss.

Brazil: Iziane Castro Marques 26, Erika De Souza 17+17 boards, Adriana Pinto 14
Cuba: Suchitel Avila 18, Islen Carbonell 14



Angolan Under-16 Ladies Basketball Team Lose to Brazil - by Eurobasket News

Lisbon Angola's under16 ladies basketball team lost on Monday to Brazil by 55-41, in the second round of the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP).

This is the second loss of the Angolan squad.

Angolan will face Mozambique and So Tom e Prncipe on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

Portugal lead the group competition with four points.
Courtesy of: Angola Press



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  CUBA   


Brazil rally past Cuba - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Cuba 91:61

Brazil clinched a comfortable win over Cuba in the exhibition encounter. The teams clashed in Foz do Iguacu. Iziane Castro Marques (182-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 26 points to lead the hosts.
Brazil surged ahead early in the game. They built a 17:9 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Brazil maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They accumulated a 35:25 halftime lead. Brazil unloaded 31 points in the third quarter to clear off. They piled up a 22-point advantage at the final break and never looked back en route to the victory. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 17 points and 17 rebounds for Brazil. Adriana Pinto (169-G-78) finished with 14 points for the winners. Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) chipped in 18 points for Cuba. Islen Carbonell (182-G/F-87) had 14 points in the loss.

Brazil: Iziane Castro Marques 26, Erika De Souza 17+17 boards, Adriana Pinto 14
Cuba: Suchitel Avila 18, Islen Carbonell 14



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  FRANCE   


Limoges keeps young F Lucie Martine Barba - by Eurobasket News

Limoges ABC en Limousin announced signing of a 1-year contract extension with young forward Lucie Martine Barba (185-F-92). It will be their third straight season together. Barba appeared 24 times in the latest one averaging 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. Limoges managed to survive in LF2. In their first season together Barba registered 4 ppg and 6.4 rpg. It is expected that she will have important role in the team in 2012/13.
Lucie Martine Barba played for U19 French National team last summer at U19 World Championship in Chile. She had 2.5 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 8 games at this event. In 2010, she won the Bronze with U18 France at U18 EuroBasket in Slovakia. There, Barba had 8.3 ppg and 9.8 rpg for 8 games. She was named to Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team -10.



Judit Fritz joins French LF2 team Dunkerque - by Eurobasket News

Judit Fritz (183-G/F-87, college: St.Francis, NY) will continue her career in France. The Hungarian guard signed a one-year deal with Dunkerque. They will compete in LF2. Fritz arrives to the club from Italian squad Roby Profumi Borgotaro. She had 11.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 2 spg for them in 26 games last season (A2). Fritz averaged 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in 2010/11. Before Borgotaro, Judit Fritz spent one year with Reggio Emilia, also in A2. From 2007 to 2009, she was a member of Vasas-Csata Budapest. Fritz averaged 13.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in their last season together. In 2009, she played for the Hungarian University NT at the World University Games in Belgrade. In the past, Fritz also played for Hungarian youth National Teams.


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Judit Fritz joins French LF2 team Dunkerque - by Eurobasket News

Judit Fritz (183-G/F-87, college: St.Francis, NY) will continue her career in France. The Hungarian guard signed a one-year deal with Dunkerque. They will compete in LF2. Fritz arrives to the club from Italian squad Roby Profumi Borgotaro. She had 11.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 2 spg for them in 26 games last season (A2). Fritz averaged 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in 2010/11. Before Borgotaro, Judit Fritz spent one year with Reggio Emilia, also in A2. From 2007 to 2009, she was a member of Vasas-Csata Budapest. Fritz averaged 13.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in their last season together. In 2009, she played for the Hungarian University NT at the World University Games in Belgrade. In the past, Fritz also played for Hungarian youth National Teams.


Important games for Hungary - by Adam Patonay

Exciting endgame expected on Group A on the EC 2013 Qualifying Round. Belorussia have 5/2 and only one game left for them against Ukraine on home court. If they win they're the group winner. If not most probably they'll also qualify, but... Hungary and Ukraine have 4/2 while Israel 3/3 and they have 2-2-2 games left. Hungary have to win both games and than our national team are on the EC 2013. We have a lot of different variation on the group, but most probably Belorussia are done and Hungary and Ukraine will decide the other spot on the last game, but before Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) and her team have to beat Israel in Sopron tommorrow.


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  INDIA   


India post first win at William Jones Cup - by Eurobasket News

India - Chapman University 111:67

India opened win count at William Jones Cup in Taiwan. They overcame Chapman University to improve at 1-3 record. Their opponents slipped at 0-4 record. Anna Jose Geethu (185-C-85) had another pivotal performance for India. She finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners.
India spurred in front right from the start. India posted a 24:15 lead at the first break. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. India accumulated a 45:25 halftime lead. They unleashed 34 points in the third quarter to secure a 79:46 lead. India knocked down 32 points in the fourth term and marched to the victory at the end. Anju Lakra (160-G-83) notched 16 points for India. Akanksha Singh (168-G-89) and Appoorva Muralinath added 14 points each for the winners. Emily McCoy answered with 16 points for Chapman University. Andrea Villanueva had 11 points in the loss.

India: Anna Jose Geethu 17+15 boards, Anju Lakra 16, Akanksha Singh 14, Appoorva Muralinath 14
Chapman University: Emily McCoy 16, Andrea Villanueva 11



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  ITALY   


Italy read to decisive game with Greece - by Carlo Grilli

Last home game for Italian NT at Eurobasket 2013 Qualification Round. Tomorrow at PalaBianchini (Latina) the Azzurre will meet Greece in a decisive showdown. Italy has a five-games streak open, and coach
Roberto Ricchini Coach Cras Taranto Italy
wants to close the practice and not take risks in last visit to Finland on July 14. "We really need it - explains
Roberto Ricchini Coach Cras Taranto Italy
- because it is the decisive game of this round of qualifying and our crowd here in Latina can help girls to bypass the pressure built up in recent days. We meet for two months and we are a little bit tired, but we are beginning to emerge completely ready to face the difficult race we are attending to. Greece, like us, has grown a lot; its a similar team physicality and athletically, but definitely more experienced. We will try to compensate with enthusiasm and with the push that I am sure it will come from the Latina's fellows " Ricchini will choose the twelve players taking the field, as usual, only after training tomorrow morning. At PalaBianchini it's announced an exceptional parterre: with the President of Italian Federation Dino Meneghin to support the Azzurre there will be also the President of CONI, Gianni Petrucci.



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Japan fire past Malaysia in Taiwan - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Malaysia 93:34

Japan recorded the third win at the William Jones Cup. They knocked down Malaysia in Taiwan for 3-1 record. Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) scored 16 points to pace the winners.
Japan secured a 22:13 lead ten minutes into the game. They poured in 29 points in the second quarter to boost the margin. Japan stayed in front in the third quarter. Moreover they extended the margin to as many as 37 points before the final frame. Japan outscored Malaysia 22:0 in the final quarter to seal a comfortable win at the end. Kaede Kondo and Yuka Kosuge added 12 points each for Japan. Sook Ping Choo (173-88) answered with 9 points for Malaysia. Ching Yee Yap (192-C-91) had 6 points in the loss.

Japan: Mio Shinozaki 16, Kaede Kondo 12, Yuka Kosuge 12
Malaysia: Sook Ping Choo 9, Ching Yee Yap 6



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Japan fire past Malaysia in Taiwan - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Malaysia 93:34

Japan recorded the third win at the William Jones Cup. They knocked down Malaysia in Taiwan for 3-1 record. Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) scored 16 points to pace the winners.
Japan secured a 22:13 lead ten minutes into the game. They poured in 29 points in the second quarter to boost the margin. Japan stayed in front in the third quarter. Moreover they extended the margin to as many as 37 points before the final frame. Japan outscored Malaysia 22:0 in the final quarter to seal a comfortable win at the end. Kaede Kondo and Yuka Kosuge added 12 points each for Japan. Sook Ping Choo (173-88) answered with 9 points for Malaysia. Ching Yee Yap (192-C-91) had 6 points in the loss.

Japan: Mio Shinozaki 16, Kaede Kondo 12, Yuka Kosuge 12
Malaysia: Sook Ping Choo 9, Ching Yee Yap 6



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  NCAA3   


India post first win at William Jones Cup - by Eurobasket News

India - Chapman University 111:67

India opened win count at William Jones Cup in Taiwan. They overcame Chapman University to improve at 1-3 record. Their opponents slipped at 0-4 record. Anna Jose Geethu (185-C-85) had another pivotal performance for India. She finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners.
India spurred in front right from the start. India posted a 24:15 lead at the first break. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. India accumulated a 45:25 halftime lead. They unleashed 34 points in the third quarter to secure a 79:46 lead. India knocked down 32 points in the fourth term and marched to the victory at the end. Anju Lakra (160-G-83) notched 16 points for India. Akanksha Singh (168-G-89) and Appoorva Muralinath added 14 points each for the winners. Emily McCoy answered with 16 points for Chapman University. Andrea Villanueva had 11 points in the loss.

India: Anna Jose Geethu 17+15 boards, Anju Lakra 16, Akanksha Singh 14, Appoorva Muralinath 14
Chapman University: Emily McCoy 16, Andrea Villanueva 11



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Standings - WNBL

WBC Standings
 1. Cantenbury W. 0-0 
 2. Harbour B. 0-0 
 3. Hutt Valley 0-0 
 4. Nelson S. 0-0 
 5. Otago Oceana 0-0 
 6. Palmerston 0-0 
 7. Rotorua LV 0-0 
 8. Southland P. 0-0 
 9. Taranaki T. 0-0 
 10. W.Auckland R. 0-0 
 11. Waikato W. 0-0 



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PG Anna Pietrzak stays with Matizol Lider Pruszkow - by Eurobasket News

Anna Pietrzak (167-PG-87) will stay with Matizol Lider Pruszkow for the next season. The Polish NT point guard announced her decision today. Pietrzak averaged 3.2 points, 1.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds for 31 games last season. The Pruszkow team reached Playoff Quarterfinals.
Before Matizol Lider Pruszkow, Anna Pietrzak spent four years with CCC Polkowice. They reached PLKK Finals in 2011. That season Pietrzak had 4.4 ppg and 1.3 apg for 32 games in the league. In 2010, the point guard played at PLKK All-Star Game. She is active member of the Polish National Team since 2010. Last summer at the Eurobasket in Poland Pietrzak had 1.5 ppg in four games. In the past, she successfully played for Polish youth National Teams.



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Portugal U16 clinch title in Mafra - by Eurobasket News

Portuguese U16 National Team celebrated the title at CPLP Tournament in Mafra. They claimed four wins in as many games played to occupy the top position. Portugal faced Brazilian counterparts on the final day of the tourney. The hosts turned out winners 66:54.
Portugal strongly tipped off the game. They piled up a 23:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew at 12-point mark at halftime 42:30. Brazil narrowed the deficit at 10 points with one period remaining before Portugal held them to 11 points in the fourth frame sealing the victory. Carolina Bernardeco accounted for 14 points for Portugal. Gabriela Paula responded with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Brazil. She was named the MVP of the game.



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Standings - Women

Division A Standings
 1. Alba Iulia 0-0 
 2. Alexandria 0-0 
 3. Brasov 0-0 
 4. Cluj Napoca 0-0 
 5. Craiova 0-0 
 6. ICIM Arad 0-0 
 7. Olimpia 0-0 
 8. Oradea 0-0 
 9. Rapid 0-0 
 10. Satu Mare 0-0 
 11. Sf.Gheorghe 0-0 
 12. Sp.Studentesc 0-0 
 13. Targoviste 0-0 
 14. Targu Mures 0-0 
 15. Targu Secuiesc 0-0 
 16. Timisoara 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 23: Alba Iulia - Craiova
Sep. 23: Sp.Studentesc - Targu Mures
Sep. 23: Targoviste - Cluj Napoca
Sep. 23: Satu Mare - Alexandria
Sep. 23: ICIM Arad - Sf.Gheorghe
Sep. 23: Brasov - Rapid
Sep. 23: Oradea - Olimpia
Sep. 23: Targu Secuiesc - Timisoara



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Serbian U20 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Serbian U20 National Team 2012
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Kaja Stankovic
Stankovic
Zorana Marinkovic
Marinkovic
Snezana Colic
Colic
Tijana Dijan
Dijan
Tamara Rajic
Rajic
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Kaja Stankovic 173-G-92 Radivoj Korac Serbia
Zorana Marinkovic 168-G-93 Vozdovac Serbia
Tamara Miskovic Vrbas Serbia
Snezana Colic 178-G-92 Radivoj Korac Serbia
Tijana Dijan 174-PG-92 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Tamara Rajic 182-G/F-93 Vrbas Serbia
Jovana Jaksic 178-F/G-92 Hemofarm Serbia
Milica Toskovic 187-G-93 Dartmouth USA
Jelena Stankovic 180-F-93 Vozdovac Serbia
Vanja Grbic 176-G-93 Celarevo Serbia
Jovana Djordjevic 187-F-93 Radivoj Korac Serbia
Jovana Karakasevic 190-C/F-92 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Ivana Brajkovic 195-C-93 Radivoj Korac Serbia
Olivera Gapic 179-G-92 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Tijana Djukic 190-F/C-93 Vojvodina Serbia
Vida Emese 188-F/C-93 Spartak Serbia

Radenko Varagic coach
Marjan Stojanac coach
Vladimir Stojiljkovic coach



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Feel Cortegada keeps guards Maria Ylenia Manzanares and Montserrat Gilabert - by Eurobasket News

Feel Cortegada announced signing of a 1-year contact extension with guards Maria Ylenia Manzanares (175-G-83) and Montserrat Gilabert (172-G-80).
Maria Ylenia Manzanares arrived to the club a year ago. She played 28 games in LF2 last season averaging 10.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.3 assists. For her performance Manzanares was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Honorable Mention -12. Before Cortegada, she spent two seasons with Extrugasa Vilagarcia. They won Promotion from LF2 to LFB two years ago.
Montserrat Gilabert also joined the club last summer from Extrugasa Vilagarcia. She had 12.1 ppg, 3.4 apg and 2.2 rpg for 29 games with Cortegada. Gilabert was league No.5 in assists. Together with Manzanares, she helped Vilagarcia to win LFB promotion in 2010. Four years before that, Gulabert was LF2A champion with the same club.



Clickseguros Casablanca brings in F Estela Royo - by Eurobasket News

Clickseguros Casablanca reinforced its roster at position 3. The team signed a one-year deal with forward Estela Royo (178-F-86). The 26-year-old Royo spent more than 8 seasons with Mann Filter Zaragoza, where she grew up. In the latest one the player had 3.3 ppg and 1.5 rpg for 20 LFB games. She had almost the same numbers in 2010/11. That season Royo also collected 4.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 10 EuroCup games. She helped Mann Filter to reach EuroCup Quarterfinals and LFB Cup Semis. In 2010 and 2011, Mann Filter also played in LFB Semifinals. In the past, Estela Royo was a member of Spanish U21, U20 and U19 National Teams. With U21 Spain she had 8.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 7 games at U21 World Championship in Moscow Region, 2007. Clickseguros Casablanca will compete in LF2 next season.


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Cathay Life edge Chunghua Telecom to stay unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

Cathay Life - Chunghua Telecom 67:47

Cathay Life edge Chunghua Telecom to stay unbeaten in William Jones Cup. Cathay Life rolled over Chunghua Telecom 67:47 for 4-0 record on top. The latter meanwhile fell at 3-1 record on the second place.
Cathay Life opened the game with 20-10 lead at the first period. They also allowed the opponents to score 10 points in the second frame and added 15 for 35:20 advantage. Moreover Cathay Life won the third quarter 15-8 to take 22-point deficit after thirty minutes. Chunghua Telecom managed to win the last stanza 19-17 and closed the game with minus 20.
LIU CHUN-YI top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Chiang Feng-Chun (184-F-81) netted 16. LAN HAO-YU posted 11, while LI YOU-RUEI delivered 5. Pan Zi-Yin (170-G-92) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Huang Hong-Ying (165-G-89) notched 7.

Cathay Life: LIU CHUN-YI 18, Chiang Feng-Chun 16, LAN HAO-YU 11, LI YOU-RUEI 5
Chunghua Telecom: Pan Zi-Yin 13, Huang Hong-Ying 7



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  WNBA   


Minnesota Lynx signs Julie Wojta to 7-day deal - by Eurobasket News

Julie Wojta (6'0''-G/F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) will most likely make her official debut in the WNBA. The 23-year-old rookie got a short term deal with the Minnesota Lynx. Wojta was selected as 18th overall pick of the 2012 WNBA draft and she appeared in two games for the Lynx during the preseason, scoring nine points and grabbing nine rebounds in 28 minutes.
Julie Wojta is a product of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she graduated few months ago. She exploded with 19.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 3.8 spg and 3.5 apg for 33 games last season. For her performance, Wojta was named All-Horizon League Player of the Year -12 and All-Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year -12. She was also awarded with Associated Press NCAA All-America 2nd Team -12. Wojta and Wisconsin-Green Bay won Horizon League Tournament in 2009, 2011 and 2012. They reached NCAA Sweet 16 a year ago.
Yesterday, the Minnesota Lynx announced that forward Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) will miss the team's next two games due to a left calf strain.



Rebekkah Brunson out until after Olympics - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Lynx yesterday announced that forward Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) will miss the team's next two games due to a left calf strain. She is expected to return after the Olympic break. Brunson is averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game this year. She's posted three double-doubles this season, adding to her franchise record 23 double-doubles in a Lynx uniform. Brunson ranks third in the league in offensive rebounding (3.4 orpg), fourth in total rebounding (8.5 rpg) and 13th in the WNBA in field goal percentage (.507).

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Sun's Charles and Silver Stars' Hammon named Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) of the Connecticut Sun and Becky Hammon (5'6''-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) of the San Antonio Silver Stars were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile, respectively, for games played July 2- July 8.

This marks the first season that Boost Mobile - the leaguewide marquee partner of the WNBA - has presented the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week awards.

For Charles, who ranks in the top three in double-doubles (11) and rebounds (11.6 rpg) in the league, the Player of the Week award presented by Boost Mobile is the seventh such honor of her career and her second of the season.

The third-year pro led the Sun to a 2-0 record for the week, including wins over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx, and the Tulsa Shock. In the process, Charles posted 12.5 rebounds per game, tying for the lead in the conference, and placed third in points (21.5 ppg). Charles has scored in double digits in all but one game thus far this season.

Charles opened the week with 24 points and 10 rebounds in an 86-75 win over the Shock. On the back end of a back-to-back, Charles poured in 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds recording her fourth double-double in a row in an 86-80 win over the Lynx. In handing Minnesota its first home loss of the season, Charles scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds on 4-for-6 shooting in the third quarter, when the Sun outscored the Lynx 29-16.

Hammon helped lead the Silver Stars to a 4-0 record on the week as San Antonio improved to 11-5 overall, second best in the Western Conference, and are riding a seven-game winning streak. For the week, the 13-year pro ranked fourth in the conference in scoring (20.3 ppg) and assists (4.8 apg), and in the top 10 in three-point field goal percentage (.448 on 13-of-29 shooting) and free throw percentage (.824 on 14-of-17 shooting).

Hammon opened the week by scoring 22 points and dishing out four assists in 82-81 win over the visiting Phoenix Mercury. She then tallied19 points, making all three of her three-point field goal attempts, in an 88-72 win over the Indiana Fever, which tipped off a four game road trip. Hammon finished out the week with a 23 point and six assist performance in a 94-81 win over her former team the New York Liberty.

For Hammon, a six-time WNBA All-Star, the Player of the Week award presented by Boost Mobile is the eighth of her career and her first of the season.

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile were Atlanta's Sancho Lyttle and Chicago's Sylvia Fowles in the East, and, in the West, Los Angeles' Candace Parker, Phoenix's DeWanna Bonner, Seattle's Sue Bird and Tulsa's Ivory Latta.

The WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile are part of a series of on-court performance awards called the WNBA Performance Awards presented by Boost Mobile. The series, currently in its first season, also includes the WNBA Players of the Month presented by Boost Mobile and four of the WNBA's most prestigious year-end honors: WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Boost Mobile, WNBA Defensive Player of the Year presented by Boost Mobile, WNBA Sixth Woman presented by Boost Mobile, and WNBA Most Improved Player presented by Boost Mobile.

For more information on this week's Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile winners, visit www.wnba.com/awards.

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Indiana Fever on pace to set record for 3-pointers - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Fever are on pace to break records with their 3-point shooting this season.

Through the first 15 games, Indiana is hitting 8.6 3s per game. If the Fever can maintain that pace, they will break the WNBA record of 8.3 set by Phoenix in 2007. The Mercury won the championship that year.

''We're not trying to be Phoenix, but we are trying to take advantage of something that we think is a strength,'' Fever coach Lin Dunn said. ''When you have people like Jeanette Pohlen (6'0''-G-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) and Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) and Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) that can knock down the 3, we'd be remiss in not taking advantage of it.''

The numbers speak for themselves:

The Fever have made 129 shots from behind the arc. The most 3-pointers made in a season by the franchise is 226 in 2008, and they're on pace for 292.

Indiana has connected on 12 or more 3-pointers on four occasions this season. It did that three times in the previous 12 seasons.

Indiana's Erin Phillips (5'8''-PG-85) leads the league in 3-point shooting at 61 percent, but she has only attempted 18, making 11.

Fever guard Jeanette Pohlen led the WNBA in 3-point shooting last year at 47 percent. She's fifth this season at 52 percent (22-of-42).

''I think we're trying to find each other, we're trying to share the ball a lot more, move the ball around and really just find that open player,'' Pohlen said. ''We try to start inside-out. We try to get our inside game going first, and then it's hard for them to double in (the post) and get out on the 3-point shooters, too.''

The inside-out, half-court offensive sets are a common way to get shooters open. It's the reason the Orlando Magic surrounded superstar center Dwight Howard with long-range shooters.

''One of the things we know about the 3-point shot is, it spreads the floor,'' Dunn said. ''If you're a threat to hit the 3, it opens up driving lanes.''

Becoming too reliant on the 3-point shot can be dangerous. Everyone gets excited when the Cinderella teams start advancing during the NCAA tournament because they're making so many 3s, but how many of those teams make it to the Final Four?

It's hard to sustain success when 3-pointers are essential to the offense. Fever guard Briann January, who is hitting 41 percent of her attempts (21-of-51), said the coaches ''make us aware that we cannot rely on it.''

''A team focus is to stay balanced, stay attacking the rim and don't settle,'' January said. ''But knock down your open shots when you have them.''

The Fever have converted 48 percent of their 3-point attempts at home, compared with only 34 percent on the road.

''We practice here every day; we're used to these baskets,'' Pohlen said. ''When you take enough shots on the baskets, it kind of feels like home, it feels natural and it's really comfortable.''

January seemed disappointed when she heard that Indiana was more proficient from behind the arc at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. She laughed as she proclaimed, ''We need to bump that up on the road.''

Courtesy of www.indystar.com