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ACPBL Summer League News - by Mike Lee

The ACPBL Summer League is underway and after two weeks of games, the New York City Jaguars are leading the standings with an undefeated 2-0 record. Carl Lee (6'6''-F-82, college: Utah Valley) was named as the Summer League Player of the Week after a 45 point, 16 rebound performance in a 138-123 Week 1 win over the Manhattan Pride. The Jaguars followed up with a 106-95 victory over ChinaTown Dynasty in their second game. The Jaguars were led in scoring by Nefty Martinez (6'7''-F) who finished with 27 points. Roman Perez (6'1''-G-86, college: City Tech) also added 21 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds for the Jaguars. ACPBL Metro (1-0) is also undefeated after a 114-110 victory over New York City 524. NYC Primetime and ChinaTown Dynasty are currently tied with a 1-1 record. New York City 524 (1-2) and the Manhattan Pride (0-2) are currently at the bottom of the Summer League standings.

The former 2010-11 ACPBL champion Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers are also currently undefeated in Hampton Roads 7 Cities Pro-Am with a 4-0 record. The Trailblazers are winning by an average of 16 points per game, averaging 78 points per game and only allowing 62 points per game. The Trailblazers have received balanced scoring production throughout the pro-am. Brian Graves (6'2''-G-85, college: Catawba) (15.3 ppg in three games), Brandon Plummer (6'1''-PG, college: Virginia St.) (11.0 ppg), Donnie Stith (6'7''-F-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Tulane) (10.0 ppg), and Jaleel Nelson (6'5''-G-87, college: Chowan) (10.0 ppg) have provided solid production for the Trailblazers. Maurice Latham (6'7''-F-84, college: Campbell) also averaged17.0 ppg throughout the first two games of the pro-am. The Trailblazers have one remaining game on July 22 prior to the start of the pro-am playoffs.



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Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 16

BIG V

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

Central ABL

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

QBL

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

SEABL

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

WARATAH

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


Cadee named to Stankovic Cup All-Star Five - by Hugh McAuliffe

Jason Cadee has been selected in the All Star Five at the Stankovic Continental Cup in China.

Cadee, 21, was the only Australian player to be named in the All Star Five along with four Chinese players:
PG: Jason Cadee (186-G-91)
SG: Sun Yue (206-G/F-85)
SF: Zhu FangYu (201-F-83)
PF: Jianlian Yi (213-F/C-87)
C: Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77)

The young point guard signed in May with the Adelaide 36ers and is on track for a solid pre-season with his new club.

Adelaide 36ers Chief Executive Officer Leeanne Grantham said that the Club is excited about the upcoming season.

"Jasons form throughout the Stankovic Cup tournament was solid and the Club, sponsors and fans are raring to see him play this coming season."

"The Club has big expectations this season; as we aim to reach the finals and be very competitive."

Fans can see Jason Cadee in action at 7pm, Saturday August 4 at the Adelaide Arena as the Adelaide 36ers take on NCAA Division 1 team Nicholls State Colonels.



UCAM Murcia extends David Barlow until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

UCAM Murcia announced signing of a 2-year contract extension with David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.). The 28-year-old Australian joined Murcia last summer. He played 34 games in Liga Endesa collecting 8.1 ppg and 4.9 rpg. Before Murcia, Barlow spent two years with CAI Zaragoza and they won LEB Gold title together a year ago. Barlow was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention -10.
David Barlow played for the Melbourne Tigers from 2006 to 2008. Before that, he spent four years with the Sydney Kings collecting 15.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg in their last season together. With the Tigers Barlow shined with 16.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg in 2007/08. He is active member of the Australian NT since 2006. At 2010 World Championship in Turkey the player had 4.4 ppg and 1.4 rpg.



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U20 European Championship: Austria outscore Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Austria U20 - Slovakia U20 64:59

Austria opened their European Championship in Division B with victory. They knocked down Slovakia in Group A. Daniel Friedrich (182-PG-92) came up with 13 points to lead the winners.
Austria surged ahead in the opening quarter. They posted a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Slovakia narrowed the margin in the second term. They got within 5 points at halftime 29:34. But Austria regained control in the third period. They held Slovakian side to 11 points in the quarter posting an 11-point lead before the fourth frame. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the final quarter before Slovakia went on an 11:3 run to sweeten the pill at the end. Dennis Kramer (208-F-92) posted 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-PF-92) added 11 points in the victory. Jaroslav Moravek (204-F/C-92) answered with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Slovakia. Maurizio Galata (203-F-92) netted 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss.

Austria U20: Daniel Friedrich 13, Dennis Kramer 12+16 boards, Maximilian Hopfgartner 11
Slovakia U20: Jaroslav Moravek 14, Maurizio Galata 13



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Muharraq seize finals lead - by Eurobasket News

MUHARRAQ will enter game four of the best-of-five Zain Bahrain Basketball League finals series with a crucial 2-1 lead over 17-time champions Al Ahli following their 70-61 victory in the third match of the piece last night.

Should Muharraq manage to win that game, on Saturday night, then the destination of the league title will be decided but if last night's episode at the Zain Bahrain Basketball Arena in Umm Al Hassam is anything to go by, Al Ahli will have a lot to say about the outcome.

Coming off the back of the clashes between players, management officials and fans of both sides that followed a second rip-roaring clash on Sunday, there was an uneasy atmosphere gripping the arena as Muharraq and Al Ahli entered the fray yesterday evening.

Last night's game was, rather ironically, the least dramatic and easily the lowest-scoring of the three clashes.

As in game one, Muharraq were by far the quicker of the two sides out of the blocks and were already 10 points after five minutes.

Al Ahli, as is their form, got crucial scores when they really needed it to keep in touch with their opponents and trailed 21-11 at the end of the first quarter.

The second period was a strange one in itself, as Muharraq maintained control without ever really imposing themselves, and finished with both teams having added a further points to their scores to leave the Cup champions in the driving seat at 31-21 at the half-time break.

In a repeat of the previous two games, Muharraq put on a storming display at the start of the second half and at one stage opened up a 39-23 lead but Al Ahli clawed their way back and entered the final 10-minute quarter 54-46 in arrears.

This Al Ahli side has a strange habit of finding their stride in the closing stages of games and they did it again last night as they drew level at 55-55 but that seemed to spark Muharraq into life and they pulled away for a deserved win.

With Al Ahli having taken the initiative in the series with a 84-70 extra-time victory in game one, Muharraq brought things level with that win, by 92-90 on Sunday night.

The potential title-deciding game four will tip off at the Zain Arena at 7pm on Saturday night, with the fifth instalment, if needed, scheduled for July 17.
Courtesy of: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com



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VEF Riga locks Dairis Bertans until 2015 - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga announced signing of a 3-year contract extension with Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89). It means they will stay together until the end of 2014/15 season. Bertans had 11 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.2 apg for 11 EuroCup games last season. He had slightly better numbers in VTB United League and LBL. The player joined VEF Riga two years ago from Ventspils. Bertans and VEF Riga won two Latvian league titles together. The player won another one with Ventspils in 2009.
Dairis Bertans played for the Latvian National Team last summer at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He had 8.6 ppg, 2 apg and 1.8 rpg for 5 games. Bertans helped his country also in 2011 EuroBasket Qualification. In the past, he very successfully played for Latvian youth NT selections.



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U20 European Championship: Croatia beat Belarus thanks to the second half - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U20-Croatia U20 73:77

Croatia beat Belarus thanks to the second half at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Croatian side made the first step back to Division A with a 77:73 win.
Belarus won the opening tip 10:4 and Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) gave his team the biggest lead at 16:6. Croatia managed to reduce and Josip Matic (202-SF-92) closed the period at 22:19. Moreover Bruno Markulin (192-SF-92) tied the game at 26:26 and Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) gave Croatia a 37:36 lead. Suhaniaka later sent the teams to the lockers at 38:38. Belarus led in the majority of the third period but could not keep the score for good. Krstanovic and Domagoj Vukovic (206-C-93) brought 57:54 for Croatia after thirty minutes and Henrik Sirko delivered three for 65:59. Pronin brought Belarus back at 74:72, however Henrik Sirko and Panduric made the final result in the game.
Domagoj Vukovic paced all the winners with 17 points and Bruno Markulin netted 15. Henrik Sirko delivered 13, whilst Josip Matic added 9. Vitali Liutych ended up with 28 points in the losing case, while Anton Papruha (190-PG-93) and Aliaksandr Semianiuk (209-F-93) posted 8 apiece.

Belarus U20: Vitali Liutych 28, Anton Papruha 8, Aliaksandr Semianiuk 8
Croatia U20: Domagoj Vukovic 17, Bruno Markulin 15, Henrik Sirko 13, Josip Matic 9



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U20 European Championship: Belgium leave no chance to F.Y.R. of Macedonia - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20- F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20 79:49

Belgium leave no chance to F.Y.R. of Macedonia in the start of the European Championship in Division B. Belgium overcame the opponents 79:49 in Sofia.
A shaky start to the opening quarter saw Belgium jump out to a 21-5 lead. Kostadinov closed the period at 21:7 and then Boukichou increased to 27:10. Amaury Gorgemans (212-C-92) scored the last six points for the winners at the first half for 38:20. In the third period F.Y.R. of Macedonia played better and managed to grab 20-18 in the frame. Dinevski and Lecomte exchanged the late free throws for 56:40 after three quarters. Belgium added 23-9 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Amaury Gorgemans paced all the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) added 16. Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92) ended up with 10 points and Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) posted 9. Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) delivered 11 in defeat and Ivanovikj notched 10.

Belgium U20: Amaury Gorgemans 17+10 rebs, Obasohan Ojomoh 16, Arne Steinbach 10, Elias Lasisi 9
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Goran Markovski 11, Ivanovikj 10



Sensational win for the Belgian Lions against Les Bleus in Gravelines - by Bert Larsimont

In a scrimmage game played in Gravelines, Northern France, the French national team started strongly: 10-2 when Belgian coach Eddy Casteels decided to take a time-out.
The Lions reacted very well and, little by little, came back into the race: 15-18 at the end of the first quarter. Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) had scored from long range and Belgian guards Wen Boss Mukubu (198-G/F-83, college: UAB) and Jonathan Tabu-Eboma (190-PG-85) boosted their team with a good tempo.
France's big men Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89), Florent Pietrus (202-F-81) and Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) helped Les Bleus to take the lead at the half anyway: 35-31.

Nevertheless, it seemed that the Lions would not let France of NBA stars Tony Parker (183-PG-82), Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, college: Gonzaga) and mates take the lead too long. Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) distilled excellent passes and, helped by Pierre-Antoine Gillet (202-F-91), hit important shots from long range.
Suddenly, the scoreboard showed 35-43. New San Antonio Spurs player Nando De Colo (202-G-87) seemed nervous and the French players could never really recover: 47-51 after 30 minutes.
Belgium controlled the game in the last quarter and showed a great team spirit. On the other hand, France's clutch players missed many attempts in the money time. Belgian tall man Yannick Driesen hit a last three-pointer to fix the final score in favour of the Belgian Lions: 57-63.

Just a few days before the Olympic tournament, France will need to fix several things before the start of the competition in London. Les Bleus will face Belarus in Lievin tomorrow evening, still in their preparation campaign.

New Minnesota Timberwolves' forward Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) as well as Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) and Ali Traore (207-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) were missing for France. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83), Christophe Beghin (207-F-80), Roel Moors (190-G-78), Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89), Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) and Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) were missing for Belgium.

Score evolution (quarter by quarter): 15-18, 35-31, 47-51 and 57-63.

Best scorers:
France: De Colo 15 pts, Vaty 6 pts, Seraphin 13 pts, Parker 7 pts, Turiaf 7 pts, Diawara 5 pts, Gelabale 4 pts.
Belgium: Driesen 10 pts, Tabu 10 pts, Gillet 10 pts, De Zeeuw 4 pts, Van Rossom 9 pts, Muya 2 pts, Mukubu 8 pts, Mwema 4 pts, Serron 2 pts, Iarochevitch 4 pts.




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Two Bosnia & Hercigovina players on Croatias U17 world team! - by Chris Mathieu

Two Bosnia & Hercigovina players on Croatias U17 world team!
Two Bosnia & Hercigovina players on Croatias U17 world team that won the bronze! Domagoj Bosnjak and Ivan Bender both from Hercigovina play for the Croatian youth teams.
Domagoj played a big role as a small forward on the team and displayed and excellent all-around game by averaging 9.5ppg 4.2rbpg and 3aspg.
Ivan displayed his good size and averaged 4ppg 2.4rbpg and 1aspg. He didnt play a lot of minutes but was a quality post player for the team.



Bosnian Darko Planinic in the NBA summer league with the New Orleans Hornets! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnian Darko Planinic (211-C-90) in the NBA summer league with the New Orleans Hornets!
Darko Planinic has joined the New Orleans Hornets summer league team that will be playing in Las Vegas from July 13-22. Darko has a good chance to make the Hornets as the team is lacking in size at the center position and Darko is a tough talented player with size. Darkos toughness and shooting touch will benefit him greatly in his attempt to join the NBA this summer.
Darkos toughest adjustment will be the size, speed and explosiveness of the NBA game. Darko has never had to face the kind of competition you face every night in the NBA.



ALBA Berlin lands young gun Nihad Djedovic from Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin announced signing of 22-year old Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket). One of the most promising guards on the global scene arrives to former German champs from Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul, where he finished last season. Djedovic joined Galata in March collecting 11.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.3 apg for 12 TBL games. He started the season with Italian Acea Virtus Roma averaging 11.6 points and 3.8 rebounds for 25 games in SerieA. Djedovic played for Roma also in 2010/11. The player was sent on loan from his team Regal Barcelona. In 2009/10, he was loaned to Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro. Nihad Djedovic signed long term deal with Barcelona when he was teenager in 2006, but he spent next three years on loan with Bosna ASA BHT and LEB Silver team Cornella. Djedovic is active member of the Bosnian National Team. He had 10.6 ppg and 4.8 rpg for 5 games at the EuroBasket in Lithuania last summer. The player joined Bosnian NT when he was 18. He participated at Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso a month ago.

'Nihad Djedovic is one of the top European prospects with NBA potential', said Head Coach of ALBA Berlin Sasa Obradovic.



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U20 European Championship: The hosts edge Israel - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20-Bulgaria U20 69:78

The hosts edge Israel at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Bulgaria outscore Israel 78:69 in Group A.
A shaky start to the opening quarter saw Bulgaria jump out to a 17-4 lead. Surprisingly for the hosts, those points were the last in the first 10 minutes. Israel erupted with a 19-0 run to take 23:17 lead at the halftime. Bulgaria later replied with an 8-0 run as Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93) scored for 25:23. Again Israel played better at the end of the frame and grabbed 39:29 lead. In the third period Bulgaria produced a 29-17 surge and took 58:56 advantage. Guy Lavie (188-PG-92, agency: Ronsport) tied the game at 60:60 and he scored for 63:65. Bulgaria pushed the tempo for good and added a 6-0 run for 71:63. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) made the last four points from the free throw line for the total success.
Pavlin Ivanov paced all the winners with 23 points, while Dimitar Dimitrov collected 14 points and 15 rebounds. Angel Natskin (182-PG-93) netted 11, while Georgi Boyanov (200-F-93) collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. Guy Lavie notched 24 points in defeat and Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 18.

Israel U20: Guy Lavie 24, Bar Timor 18
Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov 23, Dimitar Dimitrov 14+15 rebs, Angel Natskin 11, Georgi Boyanov 10+10 rebs



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Raptors sign Landry Fields to offer sheet - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have signed New York Knicks restricted free-agent guard-forward Landry Fields (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Stanford) to an offer sheet.

Under the terms of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, New York will have until Saturday to match the Raptors' offer.

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, Brian Colangelo said "The Knicks have informed me they are very interested in retaining Landry."

Colangelo was led to believe that the odds New York matched the Fields' offer were around "50-50".

Fields, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds, has averaged 9.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 30 minutes in 148 games. He has appeared in every contest the past two seasons, making 143 starts.

Courtesy of www.sportsnet.ca



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U20 European Championship: Croatia beat Belarus thanks to the second half - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U20-Croatia U20 73:77

Croatia beat Belarus thanks to the second half at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Croatian side made the first step back to Division A with a 77:73 win.
Belarus won the opening tip 10:4 and Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) gave his team the biggest lead at 16:6. Croatia managed to reduce and Josip Matic (202-SF-92) closed the period at 22:19. Moreover Bruno Markulin (192-SF-92) tied the game at 26:26 and Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) gave Croatia a 37:36 lead. Suhaniaka later sent the teams to the lockers at 38:38. Belarus led in the majority of the third period but could not keep the score for good. Krstanovic and Domagoj Vukovic (206-C-93) brought 57:54 for Croatia after thirty minutes and Henrik Sirko delivered three for 65:59. Pronin brought Belarus back at 74:72, however Henrik Sirko and Panduric made the final result in the game.
Domagoj Vukovic paced all the winners with 17 points and Bruno Markulin netted 15. Henrik Sirko delivered 13, whilst Josip Matic added 9. Vitali Liutych ended up with 28 points in the losing case, while Anton Papruha (190-PG-93) and Aliaksandr Semianiuk (209-F-93) posted 8 apiece.

Belarus U20: Vitali Liutych 28, Anton Papruha 8, Aliaksandr Semianiuk 8
Croatia U20: Domagoj Vukovic 17, Bruno Markulin 15, Henrik Sirko 13, Josip Matic 9



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  CYPRUS   


Keravnos lands Tony Crocker - by Michael Aristidou

Keravnos Strovolou made their first signing from the USA market for new season. Last seasons cup holders sign up american g/f Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma). The player was in Finland last year performing for KTP, and he was third scorer of the championship there. Panagiotis Yiannaras already has four other players in his squad including captain Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) and Andreas Pilavas (194-G-83).
In other news Petrolina AEK Larnaca make another important signing with Nikolas Papadopoulos (182-G-79) re-joined the team after one year.



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U20 European Championship: Czech Republic wins their opener in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Finland U20- Czech Republic U20 59:74

Czech Republic wins their opener in Sofia at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Czechs rolled over Finland 74:59 mostly due to the last period.
Czech Republic started the game with 18-12 and scored another 18 points in the second frame. They grabbed 36;26 lead at the halftime but slowed down a bit in the third period. Finland produced a 20-16 surge and reduced to 6 points. Due to 22-13 in the last stanza Czech Republic sealed the victory in Group D.
Finland lost also the rebounds (34-59). Both teams were missing a lot of 3-pointers and FTs, but Czech R. was shooting and hitting 2-pointers with 65 % accuracy.
Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) led the way with 25 points and Martin Kriz (202-F-93) nailed 14. Michal Sotnar (189-PG-92) followed them with 10, while Filip Halada (198-F-92) delivered 8. Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) ended up with 23 points for Finland and Alex Murphy (203-F-93) scored 11.

Finland U20: Villematti Kopio 23, Alex Murphy 11
Czech Republic U20: Jaromir Bohacik 25, Martin Kriz 14, Michal Sotnar 10, Filip Halada 8



Mattoni NBL Alums Shining in Orlando Summer League for Boston Celtics - by Surujh Roopnarine

The NBA Summer League in Orlando has been underway for a few days, coming to a close tomorrow, as countless NBA draft picks, veterans and free-agents look to impress NBA clubs for the upcoming 2012-13 season. The Boston Celtics in particular, hold a little more interest for fans of the Czech NBL than others, as they feature two players with NBL experience. Will one of these players make the impact and impression necessary to earn a training camp invite and ultimately earn a spot on a roster this season?
With one final game left in Orlando before the team packs up and heads off to Las Vegas for the Summer League out west both players have been impressive and consistent in their play, two strong starts to these young guards with big time NBA aspirations.

Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple): The 6-4 Christmas had a short stint with CEZ Nymburk during the 2010-11 NBL season., joining the club in February and appearing in a handful of NBL, Eurocup and Adriatic League games. Through four games in Orlando, Christmas, a former star at Temple University, is averaging 10.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 43.2% from the field. Christmas spent this past season in Greece with A.G.O. Rethymno, earning Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Imports Team honors.

Jamar Smith (191-SG-87, college: S.Indiana): Joining Dionte Christmas in Orlando is former NBL All-Star Jamar Smith of BK Prostejov. Smith, who spent his rookie season in the NBA D-League with the Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics affiliate), is coming off of a career season in the Czech Republic. In 43 NBL games the 6-3 shooting guard averaged 14.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting a blistering 39.3% from three-point range. In Orlando, through four games the former Southern Indiana star is averaging 10.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 51.7% from the field and 50.0% from three.



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U20 European Championship: Russia cruise past Estonia - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Estonia U20 86:58

Russia clinched a comfortable win in the first game at the U20 European Championship in Slovenia. They knocked down Estonian counterparts in Group B. Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners.
Russia cleared off to a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. They fired 26 points in the second term to boost the margin to 14 points. Russia controlled the tempo in the third quarter. They secured a 69:45 lead heading into the fourth frame. Russia did not slow down in the final period and raced to the victory at the end. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) knocked down 12 points, while Alexander Tikhonin (205-PF-92) added 11 points for the winners. Oliver Metsalu (196-G-93) answered with 11 points for Estonia. Jaan Puidet (192-G/F-92) provided 10 points in the loss.

Russia U20: Vladislav Trushkin 16, Alexander Varnakov 12, Alexander Tikhonin 11
Estonia U20: Oliver Metsalu 11, Jaan Puidet 10



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Henry Domercant moves to Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) moves to Galatasaray for the upcoming season. According to sportando.net the contract with Galatasaray will be a 1+1.
In 2011-2012 for Unics Kazan (Russia-PBL, starting five) he averaged 11.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 39.0%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 82.9% in PBL and in VTB League showed 13.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 43.7%, FT: 77.8%. In Euroleague he became the fifth top-scorer with 15.5ppg 3.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 49.5%, FT: 83.7%.
Henry Domercant played last year for Unics. The experienced American guard penned a two-year deal with the reigning EuroCup champion. Domercant headed to Unics from Spartak St. Petersburg. He appeared 33 times for the club averaging 15.7 points and 1.3 steals in Russian league. He also had 16.9 ppg, 3 rpg and 2.5 apg in EuroChallenge. Domercant helped Spartak reach the Semifinals in this competition. Before Spartak, Henry Domercant paced Montepaschi to back-to-back Italian League and Italian Cup titles in his two seasons in Siena. In the past, he also was a member of Efes Pilsen and Olympiakos. However, the player never reached Euroleague Final Four in his career. With Dynamo Moscow, Henry Domercant played in the ULEB Cup Semifinals in 2008. In 2005 with Efes Pilsen, Domercant won the Turkish league title. He is a product of the Eastern Illinois University, where he set school records in scoring with 27.9 points per game as a senior.



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Siena adds Viktor Sanikidze - by Diamadis Farmakis

Italian champion Montepaschi Siena continued its rebuilding effort, after loosing allready many ''key players'', with the signing of Georgian international forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) to a multi-year deal. The contract is for two seasons with an option for the 2014-15 campaign.

Sanikidze (2.03 meters, 26 years old) is a high-flying forward that has spent the past three seasons with fellow Italian side Canadian Solar Bologna, while last season he led the Italian League in rebounding with 10.9 per game, was third in performance index rating (19.8 per game) and sixth in shots blocked (0.9 bpg.) in addition to averaging 12 points.

He actually improved his numbers against Siena, leading Bologna to two wins last season in as many games by averaging 13 points, 17 boards and 1.5 blocks and an index of 32.

A native of Tbilisi, Sanikidze has spent little time in his home country over the past decade. In 2001 he went to the United States to play at Globe Tech Junior College. He returned home after one season to Academy Tbilisi. But in 2003, at age 17, he moved to JDA Dijon in France, where Sanikidze played three seasons.

He played a season each at Estudiantes in Spain, Dinamo Tibilisi in Georgia and Tartu/Rock in Estonia before settling in with Bologna. Sanikidze is also a regular with the Georgian national team.



Bradley Buckman on his way to Besiktas - by Ugur Turker

Besiktas Istanbul made an offer for Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) who spent last season with Tofas Bursa. Close to player admitted that negotiations continue and Bradley Buckman wants to go back to Turkey since he loves the country. According to response of Besiktas Istanbul against player's condition, transfer would be finished next couple of days.It is known that there is more offers from rest of Europe on the table. Former Kepez Belediye Power Forward helped Tofas Bursa with 13.6ppg and 7.6 rpg to reach TBL Play Off.


ALBA Berlin lands young gun Nihad Djedovic from Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin announced signing of 22-year old Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket). One of the most promising guards on the global scene arrives to former German champs from Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul, where he finished last season. Djedovic joined Galata in March collecting 11.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.3 apg for 12 TBL games. He started the season with Italian Acea Virtus Roma averaging 11.6 points and 3.8 rebounds for 25 games in SerieA. Djedovic played for Roma also in 2010/11. The player was sent on loan from his team Regal Barcelona. In 2009/10, he was loaned to Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro. Nihad Djedovic signed long term deal with Barcelona when he was teenager in 2006, but he spent next three years on loan with Bosna ASA BHT and LEB Silver team Cornella. Djedovic is active member of the Bosnian National Team. He had 10.6 ppg and 4.8 rpg for 5 games at the EuroBasket in Lithuania last summer. The player joined Bosnian NT when he was 18. He participated at Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso a month ago.

'Nihad Djedovic is one of the top European prospects with NBA potential', said Head Coach of ALBA Berlin Sasa Obradovic.



Kostas Tsartsaris stays Green for 11th straight season - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens extended contract with Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) for the next season. It will be their 11th straight year together. Tsartsaris joined PAO in 2002 from Peristeri. Last season he had 4.2 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 17 Euroleague games. In Greek A1, Tsartsaris averaged 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds.
Kostas Tsartsaris and PAO won 9 Greek league titles together. They also celebrated 7 times in Greek Cup. In 2007, 2009 and 2011 Tsartsaris helped PAO to win Euroleague titles. Tsartsaris also very successfully played for the Greek National Team from 2001 to 2010. He helped them to win the Silver at 2006 he World Championship in Japan. They were also EuroBasket champions in 2005.



Knicks sign Euroleague legend Pablo Prigioni - by Dimitris Katsionis

New York Knicks agree to one year deal with Argentinean point guard Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77). The 35-year old playmaker will be a rookie in one of his career's finally seasons. Knicks administration and coach Woodson worked hard this summer to solve the point guard issue that caused many problems to the team last season. That was obvious in the 1st round of the playoffs against Miami, with Jeremy Lin out due to a knee injury. New York acquired Jason Kidd and hopes that will manage to keep Jeremy Lin by matching Houston's offer. Prigioni will be-hopefully- the team's 3rd point guard. With "Pablito" New York has in it's bench one of the Euroleague's hardest players, a true floor general, terrific defender (although he will probably have problems defending speedy guards)plus a pick'n roll master (unfortunately with coach Woodson Kincks run less pick'n rolls and more isolation plays in their offense). With him, Kidd and Camby, Mike Woodson added some depth, roughness and defensive solvency to New York's roster. Prigioni (according to ex-teammate, Pete Mickael "he looks skinny but when he enters the gym he makes you think that he is a mafia's hitman..")signed for the minimum, $473K and turned down more lucrative offers from European clubs. Knicks organisation shows big interesting lately for the European market, drafting Kostas Papanikolaou and signing James White, Pablo Prigioni and Chris Copeland.


CSKA adds two-times Euroleague champ - by Eurobasket News

Guard Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) (31 years, 193 cm) signed 1+1 contract with CSKA. Veteran American played for EA7 Milano last season.

Nicholas has become famous in his college years after winning the NCAA title with Maryland Terrapins in 2002. Though it was not enough to get the VIP-ticket to big basketball: he had to begin his pro career in Italian second league. In his first European season he scored 27.1 points for Fabriano becoming the LegaDue best scorer. He moved to elite next year and repeated as the best scorer this time for Livorno (22.8 points). He played for Tau Ceramica in the end of the season but returned to Italy to win Alfonso Ford Trophy as Euroleague Best Scorer (18.4 points) for Benetton Treviso. After a year with Efes Pilsen Nicholas signed for Panathinaikos winning two Euroleagues and three Greek titles for greens. In 2011 he moved to Armani Jeans but played subpar season.

Nicholas stats in 2011-12 season: 14 Euroleague games (7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocked shots, 26.3 minutes), 20 Italian league games (8.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.1 blocked shots).

Andrey Vatutin, CSKA President:

We needed a real scorer and I am glad that we were able to add Nicholas. He is a player which needs no introduction, one of the best European shooter of modern times. Drew is a veteran player who knows how to win. I am sure he will help us to build new team.

Ettore Messina, CSKA head coach:

To complete a team you need the player like Nicholas. He is not just an excellent shooter, but he is also an experienced player, real pro, and he proved it in his seasons with Panathinaikos. His role will be much more than just shooting from outside, he will help us a lot off the court.
Courtesy of: http://www.cskabasket.com



Anadolu Efes announce Jordan Farmar - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes officially announced the arrival of Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA). The guard signed a three-year contract with the Turkish powerhouse. Jordan Farmar started the previous season with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He notched 5.3 points, 3.0 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game in Israeli League. In Euroleague the guard tallied 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals per appearance. In Adriatic League Jordan Farmar posted 13.2 points, 6.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals. The guard moved back to the NBA in December. He rejoined the New Jersey Nets. Jordan Farmar posted 10.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game in NBA. Jordan Farmar started his pro career in 2006. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers after graduating from UCLA.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Germany1-0
2. Serbia1-0
3. Montenegro.0-1
4. France0-1
Group B
1. Greece1-0
2. Russia1-0
3. Ukraine0-1
4. Estonia0-1
Group C
1. Spain1-0
2. Latvia1-0
3. Turkey0-1
4. Georgia0-1
Group D
1. Lithuania1-0
2. Slovenia1-0
3. Sweden0-1
4. Italy0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 12: SRB - MNT 91-73
Jul. 12: FRA - GER 52-54

B

Jul. 12: GRE - UKR 89-86 OT
Jul. 12: RUS - EST 86-58

C

Jul. 12: LAT - GEO 88-50
Jul. 12: TUR - ESP 60-79

D

Jul. 12: SLO - ITA 81-68
Jul. 12: LTU - SWE 80-71

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jul. 13: GER - SRB
Jul. 13: MNT - FRA

B

Jul. 13: UKR - RUS
Jul. 13: EST - GRE

C

Jul. 13: GEO - TUR
Jul. 13: ESP - LAT

D

Jul. 13: ITA - LTU
Jul. 13: SWE - SLO


M-Standings - Division B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Austria1-0
2. Bulgaria1-0
3. Israel0-1
4. Slovakia0-1
Group B
1. Belgium1-0
2. Poland1-0
3. Luxembourg.0-0
4. FYR Macedo.0-1
5. Holland0-1
Group C
1. Croatia1-0
2. U.Kingdom1-0
3. Denmark0-0
4. Belarus0-1
5. Portugal0-1
Group D
1. Czech Rep.1-0
2. Switzerlan.1-0
3. Finland0-1
4. Hungary0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 12: ISR - BUL 69-78
Jul. 12: SVK - AUT 59-64

B

Jul. 12: BEL - MKD 79-49
Jul. 12: NED - POL 39-97

C

Jul. 12: ENG - POR 76-64
Jul. 12: BLR - CRO 73-77

D

Jul. 12: FIN - CZE 59-74
Jul. 12: HUN - SUI 53-60

Preliminary Round: Round 2

B

Jul. 13: LUX - NED
Jul. 13: POL - BEL

C

Jul. 13: DEN - BLR
Jul. 13: CRO - ENG


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Israel - Bulgaria 69-78
The hosts edge Israel at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Bulgaria outscore Israel 78:69 in Group A. A shaky start to the opening quarter saw Bulgaria jump out to a 17-4 lead. Surprisingly for the hosts, those points were the last in the first 10 minutes. Israel erupted with a 19-0 run to take 23:17 lead at the halftime. Bulgaria later replied with an 8-0 run as Dimitrov scored for 25:23. Again Israel played better at the end of the frame and grabbed 39:29 lead. In the third period Bulgaria produced a 29-17 surge and took 58:56 advantage. Guy Lavie (188-PG-92, agency: Ronsport) tied the game at 60:60 and he scored for 63:65. Bulgaria pushed the tempo for good and added a 6-0 run for 71:63. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) made the last four points from the free throw line for the total success. Pavlin Ivanov paced all the winners with 23 points, while Dimitrov collected 14 points and 15 rebounds. Angel Natskin (182-PG-93) netted 11, while Boyanov collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. Guy Lavie notched 24 points in defeat and Timor added 18.

Slovakia - Austria 59-64
Austria opened their European Championship in Division B with victory. They knocked down Slovakia in Group A. Daniel Friedrich (182-PG-92) came up with 13 points to lead the winners. Austria surged ahead in the opening quarter. They posted a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Slovakia narrowed the margin in the second term. They got within 5 points at halftime 29:34. But Austria regained control in the third period. They held Slovakian side to 11 points in the quarter posting an 11-point lead before the fourth frame. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the final quarter before Slovakia went on an 11:3 run to sweeten the pill at the end. Dennis Kramer (208-F-92) posted 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-PF-92) added 11 points in the victory. Jaroslav Moravek (204-F/C-92) answered with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Slovakia. Maurizio Galata (203-F-92) netted 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss.

Group B
Holland - Poland 39-97
Poland overwhelm Netherlands at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Polish side erupted with 97:39 win in the opener for the high ambitions in Sofia. It was Holland that won the opening tip in the game as Stolk scored for 6:4. Later on the court was dominated by only one team-Poland. Kowalczyk closed the first period at 23:7 and then Ponitka brought 30:11. Grzegorz Grochowski (178-PG-93) and Sokolowski delivered their points for 36:18 and Sam De Haas (193-G/F-92, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:21. Poland erupted with 34-11 in the third period for 72:32 after three quarters. Wojciechowski and Sokolowski scored for 76:34, while Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) brought 87:36. Poland tried to reach three digits but enjoyed 97:39 victory. Ponitka and Gielo paced all the winners with 14 points each. Piotr Niedzwiedzki notched 11, while Zyskowski added 10. Sam De Haas replied with 10 points in the losing effort and Stolk added 9.

Belgium - FYR Macedonia 79-49
Belgium leave no chance to F.Y.R. of Macedonia in the start of the European Championship in Division B. Belgium overcame the opponents 79:49 in Sofia. A shaky start to the opening quarter saw Belgium jump out to a 21-5 lead. Kostadinov closed the period at 21:7 and then Boukichou increased to 27:10. Amaury Gorgemans (212-C-92) scored the last six points for the winners at the first half for 38:20. In the third period F.Y.R. of Macedonia played better and managed to grab 20-18 in the frame. Dinevski and Lecomte exchanged the late free throws for 56:40 after three quarters. Belgium added 23-9 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Amaury Gorgemans paced all the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Ojomoh added 16. Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92) ended up with 10 points and Lasisi posted 9. Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) delivered 11 in defeat and Ivanovikj notched 10.

Group C
Belarus - Croatia 73-77
Croatia beat Belarus thanks to the second half at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Croatian side made the first step back to Division A with a 77:73 win. Belarus won the opening tip 10:4 and Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) gave his team the biggest lead at 16:6. Croatia managed to reduce and Matic closed the period at 22:19. Moreover Bruno Markulin (192-SF-92) tied the game at 26:26 and Sirko gave Croatia a 37:36 lead. Suhaniaka later sent the teams to the lockers at 38:38. Belarus led in the majority of the third period but could not keep the score for good. Krstanovic and Vukovic brought 57:54 for Croatia after thirty minutes and Sirko delivered three for 65:59. Pronin brought Belarus back at 74:72, however Sirko and Luka Panduric (192-G-93) made the final result in the game. Vukovic paced all the winners with 17 points and Bruno Markulin netted 15. Sirko delivered 13, whilst Matic added 9. Vitali Liutych ended up with 28 points in the losing case, while Anton Papruha (190-PG-93) and Semianiuk posted 8 apiece.

United Kingdom - Portugal 76-64
Great Britain U20 won their opener at the European Championship B Division game on Thursday afternoon. The team overcame Portugal U20 76:64 in Group C opener. Jonah Callenbach (194-F/G-93) scored the first 5 points in the game and later gave Portugal 12:3 lead. Cardoso made four free throws midway through the period and v closed the frame at 21:14. Portugal also led in the whole second period, but allowed the opponents to reduce to 32:28 at the halftime. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the third quarter, while the last frame became decisive in the game. Great Britain U20 erupted with 31-15 to seal the victory. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Fraser collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Hart nailed 11 and three other players scored 5 each. Jonah Callenbach ended up with 17 points in defeat and Cardoso added 16. Fernandes delivered 10, whilst Wildner had 6.

Group D
Finland - Czech Republic 59-74
Czech Republic wins their opener in Sofia at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Czechs rolled over Finland 74:59 mostly due to the last period. Czech Republic started the game with 18-12 and scored another 18 points in the second frame. They grabbed 36;26 lead at the halftime but slowed down a bit in the third period. Finland produced a 20-16 surge and reduced to 6 points. Due to 22-13 in the last stanza Czech Republic sealed the victory in Group D. Finland lost also the rebounds (34-59). Both teams were missing a lot of 3-pointers and FTs, but Czech R. was shooting and hitting 2-pointers with 65 % accuracy. Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) led the way with 25 points and Kriz nailed 14. Michal Sotnar (189-PG-92) followed them with 10, while Halada delivered 8. Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) ended up with 23 points for Finland and Murphy scored 11.

Hungary - Switzerland 53-60
Switzerland pip Hungary at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side grabbed 60:53 win in Sofia. Mladjan and Meszaros exchanged the early lead and then Bozovic tied the game at 6:6. Switzerland grabbed 13:10 at the end of the first period, while Laszlo Polyak (190-G-93) tied it again at 18:18. Although Hungary won the second period 14-12, the opponents enjoyed 25-24 lead at the halftime. Moreover Hungary needed 21-15 in the third quarter to take 45:40 after three quarters. Somenek scored for 53:50, but could not score anymore in the game. Switzerland finished with 10-0 run to win their opener. Brian Savoy (192-SG-92) stepped up with 23 points for the winners. Mladjan netted 15, while Bozovic added 10. Laszlo Polyak finished the game with 14 points in defeat and Meszaros had 11. Jakab delivered 10 and Balazs Kerpel-Fronius (195-G/F-92) chipped in with 4.



Results and Stats from Day 1 in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Serbia - Montenegro 91-73
Serbia recorded the first win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Montenegro in Balkan clash in Group A. Serbia stunned their opponents in the first quarter. They went on a 27:11 run to clear off. Serbia poured in 25 points in the second frame to stay in charge. They accumulated an 18-point halftime lead. Montenegro changed the complexion of the game after the big break. They stiffened defence holding Serbia to 13 points in the third term. Montenegro cut the deficit to 9 points with a period remaining. But the Serbs exploded with 26 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) accounted for 18 points, while Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) answered with 15 points for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa had 14 points in the loss.

France - Germany 52-54
German U20 National Team snatched a narrow victory over French counterparts at the start of the European Championship in Slovenia. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 10 points to pace well-balanced effort from the winners. It was a well-matched battle from start to finish. Germany won on a late layup from Dennis Schroeder. France jumped to a 12:4 lead early in the encounter. Germany cut the deficit to trail by a single point 11:12 at the first break. Bekteshi scored five points in a row midway through the second term to put Germany in front 20:17. The German side ensured a 28:26 halftime lead. The lead changed hands throughout intense third quarter. Germany eked out a 41:40 lead heading into the fourth frame. The teams went neck and neck and Thalien drew things level at 52 with just under two minutes to go in regulation. Schroder came up with a late layup for Germany and sealed the victory for the team. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) provided 9 points, while Patrick Heckmann and Dennis Schroeder contributed 8 points each in the victory. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) answered with 11 points for France. Livio Jean-Charles netted 10 points in the loss.

Group B
Greece - Ukraine 89-86 OT
Greek U20 National Team recorded the initial win at the European Championship. They survived overtime thriller to tame Ukraine. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) scored 21 points to lead the Hellenes. The teams traded leads throughout the opening quarter. Shundel capped the period with a jumper to knot things up at 24. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second quarter. Panagiotaras finally put Greece ahead 41:39 at halftime. Ukraine pulled in front in the third term. Klym Artamonov, Pavlo Krutous and Shundel gave them a 58:51 lead. Ukraine entered the fourth period up by 6 points 65:59. Greece trailed by six points with just over two minutes remaining in regulation but Tsaprounis, Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) and Anastasios Antonakis forced overtime scoring six points in a row. Spyridon Motsenigos unloaded 8 points in the extra period to seal the victory for Greece. Spyridon Motsenigos accounted for 19 points, while Giannoulis Larentzakis added 16 points for the winners. Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 19 points for Ukraine. Pavlo Krutous, Klym Artamonov and Olexandr Misyats finished with 13 points each in the loss.

Russia - Estonia 86-58
Russia clinched a comfortable win in the first game at the U20 European Championship in Slovenia. They knocked down Estonian counterparts in Group B. Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners. Russia cleared off to a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. They fired 26 points in the second term to boost the margin to 14 points. Russia controlled the tempo in the third quarter. They secured a 69:45 lead heading into the fourth frame. Russia did not slow down in the final period and raced to the victory at the end. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) knocked down 12 points, while Alexander Tikhonin added 11 points for the winners. Oliver Metsalu (196-G-93) answered with 11 points for Estonia. Jaan Puidet provided 10 points in the loss.

Group C
Turkey - Spain 60-79
Spanish U20 National Team tipped off their European Championship campaign with win. The reigning champions marched past Turkey in Group C. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Turkey surprised their opponents early in the game. They grabbed a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. But Spain reacted with a massive 29:14 run in the second quarter to accumulate a 12-point lead at halftime 47:35. Spain controlled the tempo in the third quarter. They ensured a 14-point buffer before the final stanza 63:49. Spain held their opponents to 11 points in the final period to seal a confident win at the end. Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) posted 13 points, while Jaime Fernandez and Alejandro Barrera had 12 points each for the winners. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) answered with 12 points for Turkey. Ugur Dokuyan and Samet Geyik provided 10 points each in the loss.

Latvia - Georgia 88-50
Latvia left no chance for Georgia in the opening game at the U20 European Championship for both teams. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) stepped up with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists as Latvia cruised to the first win in Group C. Latvia left their opponents behind in the first term. The Baltic team triggered a 21:11 run in the first ten minutes. The gap just kept on growing in the second quarter. Latvia accumulated a 40:22 halftime lead. Latvia stayed in full control in the second half. They posted a 62:35 advantage with one quarter remaining and never looked back en route to the victory. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) knocked down 12 points, while Marcis Vitols added 11 points for Latvia. Merab Bokolishvili (198-G-92) notched 15 points for Georgia. Duda Sanadze provided 12 points in the loss.

Group D
Slovenia - Italy 81-68
Slovenia enjoyed the start of the home U20 European Championship. The hosts held off Italian counterparts in Group D opener. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) scored 16 points to lead the home team. Slovenia jumped ahead early in the game. They posted a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Slovenia enjoyed a 43:34 halftime lead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Italy finally denied the deficit as Marco Lagana (193-G-93) drew things level at 46. But Slovenia finished the period strongly to regain a 9-point lead 63:54. Lapornik and Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) opened a 15-point lead early in the final quarter and Slovenia never looked back en route to the win. Klemen Prepelic accounted for 14 points, while Luka Rupnik and Alen Omic added 13 points each for Slovenia. Marco Lagana replied with 18 points for Italy. Andrea Traini netted 14 points in the losing case.

Lithuania - Sweden 80-71
Lithuania celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship. They held off Sweden in Group D opener. Dovydas Redikas (195-G-92) nailed 24 points, made 7 steals and issued 3 assists to lead the Baltic team. Sweden pulled ahead early in the encounter. The Scandinavians relied on a high-flying game from Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) to lead 21:17 at the first break. Lithuania denied the deficit and ensured a 41:39 halftime lead. The margin grew over 10-point mark in the third term. Lithuania ensured a 61:50 lead at the final intermission. Sweden cut the deficit to 7 points in the fourth quarter but Lithuania hang on to eke out victory at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) posted 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Paulius Vaitiekunas and Zygimantas Skucas had 6 points each in the win. Marcus Eriksson answered with 30 points for Sweden. Jonathan Person had 11 points in the loss.



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U20: Finland - Czech Republic 59-74 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

U20 Men, Division B, Sofia, Bulgaria: Finland got a slow start in the game (0-8 in 2:31 minutes, 2-13 in 4:05 minutes) and in the tournament as Czech R. defeated the Finns 59-74 (26-36). Quarters: 12-18, 14-18, 20-16, 13-22. Finland lost also the rebounds (34-59). Both teams were missing a lot of 3-pointers and FTs, but Czech R. was shooting and hitting 2-pointers with 65 % accuracy. Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) (23 p) and Alex Murphy (203-F-93) (11) were the leading scorers for Finland. Czech R. had three players in double digits. Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) scored game high 25 points. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) had a double-double 14pts/19rbs.


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Belgium beat France in test game - by Eurobasket News

France - Belgium 57:63

Belgium defeated France in exhibition encounter tonight. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (202-F-91), Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-PG-85) and Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) scored 10 points each to pace the Lions to the victory in Gravelines.
France ensured a perfect start to the game 10:0. But Belgium slowly woke up and posted an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. France however denied the deficit in the second quarter. Les Bleus ensured a 35:31 halftime lead. Belgium took over in the third period. They tipped off the quarter on a 12:0 run to pull ahead. Belgium recorded a 51:47 lead with one quarter to go. Mukubu and Mwema gave the Lions to a 9-point lead midway through the final frame and they hang on to win the battle. Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) delivered 9 points for Belgium. Nando De Colo (202-G-87, agency: Arete Sports Agency) answered with 15 points for France. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) netted 13 points in the loss.

France: Nando De Colo 15, Kevin Seraphin 13, Tony Parker 7, Ronny Turiaf 7
Belgium: Pierre-Antoine Gillet 10, Beye Tabu-Eboma 10, Yannick Driesen 10, Sam Van Rossom 9



U20 European Championship: Germany snatch win against France in opener - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - France U20 54:52

German U20 National Team snatched a narrow victory over French counterparts at the start of the European Championship in Slovenia. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 10 points to pace well-balanced effort from the winners. It was a well-matched battle from start to finish. Germany won on a late layup from Dennis Schroeder (185-PG-93).
France jumped to a 12:4 lead early in the encounter. Germany cut the deficit to trail by a single point 11:12 at the first break. Bekteshi scored five points in a row midway through the second term to put Germany in front 20:17. The German side ensured a 28:26 halftime lead. The lead changed hands throughout intense third quarter. Germany eked out a 41:40 lead heading into the fourth frame. The teams went neck and neck and Thalien drew things level at 52 with just under two minutes to go in regulation. Schroder came up with a late layup for Germany and sealed the victory for the team. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) provided 9 points, while Patrick Heckmann (198-G/F-92) and Dennis Schroeder contributed 8 points each in the victory. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) answered with 11 points for France. Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93) netted 10 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Johannes Voigtmann 10, Mathis Monninghoff 9, Patrick Heckmann 8, Dennis Schroeder 8
France U20: Axel Toupane 11, Livio Jean-Charles 10



Rouen signs American O'Darien Bassett - by Eurobasket News

Rouen officially announced signing of O'Darien Bassett (191-G-86, college: Troy) for the next season. The American guard heads to his new club from JSA Bordeaux. He appeared 26 times for them last season in ProB averaging 12.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Bassett got injured in January and missed two months of action. In 2010/11 season, he was a member of Clermont collecting 13.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 3.6 apg in 34 games. O'Darien Bassett was top-scorer of the Romanian championship in 2009/10 season. He played for CSSU Craiova at that time registering 20.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 4.3 apg for 29 games. The player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention. His rookie year in Europe he spent with German Kaiserslautern. Bassett is a product of Troy University.


Blazers will match offers for Batum - by Eurobasket News

Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey says the team will match any offers for French swingman Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88).

Olshey's comments came Wednesday amid speculation the team is working on a sign-and-trade with Minnesota, which is interested in the restricted free agent.

"I think Nicolas would have more value than what Minnesota is willing to offer in a sign-and-trade," Olshey said at the Blazers' Tualatin practice facility.

Batum's agent, Bouna Ndiaye, told The Associated Press last week that he and the Timberwolves agreed to terms on a four-year, $45 million offer with bonuses that could push it past $50 million. A formal offer has not yet been made.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations told the AP the Timberwolves were prepared to move some of the team's guaranteed contracts to other teams' cap room that would allow them to present Batum with the offer sheet.

The Timberwolves would prefer to work a sign-and-trade with the Blazers directly, but were willing to extend the offer to see if Portland would indeed match it before moving on to other candidates to fill the void at swingman. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because talks were ongoing.

The Wolves see Batum as the versatile, athletic player they've been searching for on the wing and think he would be a perfect fit in coach Rick Adelman's offense. Ndiaye told the AP that Batum wants to play in Minnesota because he would feel more comfortable playing in Adelman's system.

The Blazers have maintained since the end of last season they would like to build for the future around forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Batum, who has averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds over four seasons with the Blazers.

"I don't believe in letting talent walk out the door," Olshey said.

Batum is currently training with the French national team as they prepare for the London Olympics. A call placed to Ndiaye seeking comment on the latest development was not immediately returned.

The Blazers also announced they had agreed to terms on a 1-year deal with free agent power forward J.J. Hickson on Wednesday.

Hickson played in 19 games with the Blazers last season, averaging 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds, after Portland claimed him off waivers from the Sacramento Kings.

The agreement was confirmed Wednesday by Hickson's agent, Andy Miller, who would not discuss financial terms. It was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

The Blazers also signed Spanish forward Victor Claver, the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 draft. Claver comes to Portland after six seasons with Valencia in the Spanish ACB League. He averaged 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists last season.

"Victor is a player with a high basketball IQ who will come in as a good complement to our roster," Olshey said. "He defends well for his size, has a nice shooting touch, and we look forward to having him on board."

A native of Valencia, the 6-foot-10 Claver is on the Spanish national team that will play in the London Olympics. He was in Portland this week to sign his contract before returning to the national team today.

"I'm very excited to take this step forward," Claver announced on Twitter. "Thanks to everyone who supported me and helped me to get it. Thanks!"

Terms of the multiyear deal were not announced on Wednesday.

Portland was hoping to finalize a deal to bring 2006 draft pick Joel Freeland to the NBA. The deal hinges on a buyout with Unicaja Malaga, Freeland's team in the Spanish ACB league.

The 6-10 forward-center from England averaged 12.9 points and 7.5 rebounds last season with Unicaja Malaga.

Freeland's agent, Rafa Calvo, did not respond to email seeking comment.

Courtesy of www.mailtribune.com



France U18 edged Germany in Toulouse - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18-France U18 62:69

France U18 opened the home tournament with the win over Germany. The French side overcame the opponents 69:62 at the Le Temple sur Lot.
France opened the game with 21:14 lead and had 4 points deficit at the halftime. Germany bounced back with 19-16 in the second frame for 37:33 on the board. Moreover the German side won the third quarter 16-12 and tied the game entering the last quarter. France meanwhile needed 20-13 surge to seal the win.
Paul Zipser (195-G-94) scored 17 points for Germany and Johannes Thiemann (203-F/C-94) had 9. David Taylor (188-PG-95) followed them with 8, while Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 7.
In another game Serbia U18 wins Le Temple sur Lot Tournament opener. The Serbian team grabbed 75:52 win in Day 1 over Russia U18.



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Support to the team after the elimination - by Georgi Bujukliev

Macedonian National basketball Team after returning from Venezuela came at a press conference.
Basketball Federation of Macedonia expressed full support to the team after the elimination in the quarterfinals of the Olympic qualifying tournament in Caracas , with an announcement that is extracted instruction and experience , with this team will be even stronger before the next challenges .Basketball representation of Macedonia has followed appearance the next summer in Slovenia , where they will participate in European Championship, which provide direct placement following successful performances in Lithuania .



U20 European Championship: Belgium leave no chance to F.Y.R. of Macedonia - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20- F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20 79:49

Belgium leave no chance to F.Y.R. of Macedonia in the start of the European Championship in Division B. Belgium overcame the opponents 79:49 in Sofia.
A shaky start to the opening quarter saw Belgium jump out to a 21-5 lead. Kostadinov closed the period at 21:7 and then Boukichou increased to 27:10. Amaury Gorgemans (212-C-92) scored the last six points for the winners at the first half for 38:20. In the third period F.Y.R. of Macedonia played better and managed to grab 20-18 in the frame. Dinevski and Lecomte exchanged the late free throws for 56:40 after three quarters. Belgium added 23-9 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Amaury Gorgemans paced all the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) added 16. Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92) ended up with 10 points and Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) posted 9. Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) delivered 11 in defeat and Ivanovikj notched 10.

Belgium U20: Amaury Gorgemans 17+10 rebs, Obasohan Ojomoh 16, Arne Steinbach 10, Elias Lasisi 9
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Goran Markovski 11, Ivanovikj 10



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Nets rookie Tornike Shengelia making a name for himself - by Geo Basket

Avery Johnson admitted that he hadnt seen Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91), the 6-10 Georgian forward the Nets took with the 54th pick in the NBA Draft last week, before they brought their summer league team to the PNY Center in East Rutherford on Thursday.

I didnt have a chance to see him when I was overseas last year, but our (foreign scouts) watch 500 guys on tape, the coach said today, after the morning session of Day 2 of the four-day camp that precedes the teams leaving for the Orlando Pro Summer League, which starts Monday.

I want to try to impress you and tell you that I watched all 500, but I watched 250, Johnson said with a laugh. But he wasnt one of the guys.
Johnson, though, has been impressed by Shengelia in the first two practices of the camp.

I like what Ive seen, Johnson said. Hes crafty; he knows how to play. Our game has gone more to that type of European spread offense pick and roll, with one big guy, spacing the perimeter so he knows that style of basketball.

Shengelia, who introduces himself as Toko, showed a ton of energy in the portion of scrimmage that was viewed by reporters today. He hustled on defense (at one point pinning MarShon Brooks in the corner and harassing him the entire length of the floor), showed himself to be a clever passer, and hit a couple of wide open 20-foot jumpers when left unguarded. He also ran the floor, finished a nice alley-oop layup off a pass from Taurean Green and generally impressed all except himself.

I did not do my best Im not satisfied, he said. But I want to get better, so Im going to try to get better.
Shengelia, 20, averaged 8.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game last season in 20 games for Belgacom Spirou, of the Belgian league. On draft night, Nets GM

Billy King had said he would most likely leave Shengelia and the Nets other European draft pick, 6-10 Ilkan Karaman of Turkey in Europe this season to continue to develop. But Shengelia, who has a year left on his contract with Belgacom Spirou has other ideas. He came over to Newark for the draft, talked his way onto the Nets summer league team, and has been consistent in saying he wants to try to make the team this year.

It might not be a bad plan. The Nets have plenty of roster spots that are open right now, and Shengelia has already made a positive impression on Johnson that could possibly earn him one in training camp.

I think the initial thought was to draft and keep him overseas, but things could change, depending on our roster, Johnson said. Well have five games to look at him in Orlando, but hes playing like a man that doesnt want to go back over there.

Source: nj.com



U20 European Championship: Latvia too good for Georgia - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 - Georgia U20 88:50

Latvia left no chance for Georgia in the opening game at the U20 European Championship for both teams. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) stepped up with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists as Latvia cruised to the first win in Group C.
Latvia left their opponents behind in the first term. The Baltic team triggered a 21:11 run in the first ten minutes. The gap just kept on growing in the second quarter. Latvia accumulated a 40:22 halftime lead. Latvia stayed in full control in the second half. They posted a 62:35 advantage with one quarter remaining and never looked back en route to the victory. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) knocked down 12 points, while Marcis Vitols (189-PG-92) added 11 points for Latvia. Merab Bokolishvili (198-G-92) notched 15 points for Georgia. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) provided 12 points in the loss.

Latvia U20: Janis Timma 21+10 boards, Ojars Silins 12, Marcis Vitols 11
Georgia U20: Merab Bokolishvili 15, Duda Sanadze 12



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France U18 edged Germany in Toulouse - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18-France U18 62:69

France U18 opened the home tournament with the win over Germany. The French side overcame the opponents 69:62 at the Le Temple sur Lot.
France opened the game with 21:14 lead and had 4 points deficit at the halftime. Germany bounced back with 19-16 in the second frame for 37:33 on the board. Moreover the German side won the third quarter 16-12 and tied the game entering the last quarter. France meanwhile needed 20-13 surge to seal the win.
Paul Zipser (195-G-94) scored 17 points for Germany and Johannes Thiemann (203-F/C-94) had 9. David Taylor (188-PG-95) followed them with 8, while Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 7.
In another game Serbia U18 wins Le Temple sur Lot Tournament opener. The Serbian team grabbed 75:52 win in Day 1 over Russia U18.



Royal Blues land British forward - by Moritz Korff

After playing in the United States and Estonia earlier in his career, British forward Samuel Cricelli (200-F-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Caldwell) will take his game to Germany, as he signed with FC Schalke 04 (1. Regionalliga West) for the 2012-13 season.
The 27-year-old forward spent three years at NCAA Division 2 program Caldwell and mostly played in the British Basketball League (BBL) after he had headed back to Europe in 2009. In 2011 Cricelli appeared in 14 games for Valga/CKE Inkasso of Estonia (10.6ppg, 8.4rpg), then returned to the UK. Until the remainder of this past season he played 13 BBL games for the Liverpool Mersey Tigers, averaging 14.1 points and 9 boards per contest.



Marcus Ligons to play for SG Sechtem - by Moritz Korff

Marcus Ligons (201-F-84) will strengthen the backcourt of SG Sechtem in the 2012-13 season, the 1. Regionalliga West club unveiled on its website.
Sechtem will be Ligons' sixth team in Germany since 2008 and his fifth in the RLW after Salzkotten, Hagen, Dorsten and Hagen-Haspe. Last season he recorded 23 points and 10 rebounds per contest for Hagen-Haspe, while being named to the Eurobasket.com All-RLW Second Team.



The Artland Dragons Snatch Marquez Haynes - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to sportando.net, the Artland Dragons have snatched Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) for the upcoming season. Haynes is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Irving, Texas that will be playing his first season in Germany. Last season, he played in the top European league ACB with C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 playing EuroCup: 8 games: 11.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50.0%; Spanish League: 34 games: 10.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 79.1%. Last season in Eurocup play, Haynes scored 14 and 12 points against his future team Artland Dragons and 11 and 9 points against the Fraport Skyliners. Haynes started his basketball career in 2005 with Boston College. He transfered to Texas Arlington (NCAA) in 2008 playing there until 2010. In his senior year, he played 30 games: ScoreNCAA-3 (22.6ppg), 4.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 74.6%. He played a total of 125 NCAA games. He started his professional basketball career in 2010 with ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five): 33 games: 14.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 73.1%. There he played together with ex Skyliner Ilian Evtimov. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been ACC Tournament Finalist -06, NCAA Sweet 16 -06, ACC Tournament Semifinals -07, All-Southland Conf. 2nd Team -09, All-Southland Conf. 1st Team -10, All-Southland Conf. Player of the Year -10, NABC Division I All-District 23 1st Team -10, AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -10, French La Semaine des AS Cup Finalist -11, French Cup Winner -11, Georgian National Team -11, and European Championships in Lithuania -11: 8 games: 8.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 53.3%


Mathis Monninghoff Inks With TBB Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) got a double present today signing a contract with TBB Trier and getting a narrow 54-52 win against France in the opener of the 2012 European championships in Slovenia contributing 9 points. Monningoff is a 20 year old 200cm swing man that was born in Ibbenburren. He played together with German Elias Harris at Gonzaga the last two years, but was never fully able to get into the rottaion. Last season, he played 22 games: 1.7ppg. The German started his basketball career at the Bayer Giants Leverkusen U16 team in 2007. Before going to the States in 2010, he played his last season 2009-2010 for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Pro B): 23 games: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 57.6%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -07-08, European Championships U16 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) -08 (Gold) (Gold): 9 games: 13.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 46.7%, FT: 86.7%, German U18 National Team -09-10, European Championships U18 in Metz (France) -09: 8 games: 10.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 70.0%, German NBBL All-Star Game -09, 10, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -10, European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) -10: 9 games: 6.6ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 29.6%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 87.5%, WCC Regular Season Co-Champion -11, WCC Tournament Winner -11, German U20 National Team -11-12, European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) -11: 9 games: 10.4ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 90.0%, WCC Regular Season Runner-Up -12, WCC Tournament Finalist -12, and German National Team -12


Nihad Djedovic Joins Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With the arrival of Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ), he has stayed away from bringing in only Americans and has concentrated on bringing in a healthy mix and after getting a Serb with Vule Avdalovic, he now has brought in highly talented Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) from Bosnia and Herzgovina. Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) is a 22 year old 196 cm forward that can shoot in transition, off the dribble, off the catch and is absolutely fearless. Showed ability to put the ball on the floor and finish to the hoop or create for others. he is a very good scorer and already had playing experience at senior level at only 16. Last season, he played for Acea Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA) where he been since 2010 playing 25 games: 11.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 71.2%; in Jan.'12 loaned to UCAM Murcia (Spain-ACB, starting five), in Mar.'12 signed at Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): 12 games: 11.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. "I am very happy to have gotten a player like him. He belongs to one of the biggest European talents for his age and has NBA potential. He can play the positions 1-3, because of his athletic ability on offense and defense. Despite only 22, he has gathered much experience in Europe. He also is an investment for the future as he has much potential", stressed 2006 Beko BBL chmapion Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ).

Nihad Djedovic started his basketball career in 2005 with
Bosna TH Telecom Sarajevo where he played until 2007. In the 2007-2008 season, he played for WTC Cornella (Spain-LEB Silver): 29 games: 14.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 72.0%, then moved to AXA F.C. Barcelona (Spain-ACB): Spanish ACB Regular Season: 2 games: 0.0ppg; Euroleague: 1 game: 1pts, 2reb junior team. In 2008-2009, he continued to play for WTC Almeda Park Cornella (Spain-LEB Silver, starting five): 26 games: Score-2 (18.9ppg), 3.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 71.1%, also played at Regal FC Barcelona (Spain-ACB): Euroleague: 3 games: 0pts. In 2009-2010, he played for Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro (Spain-ACB, starting five): 27 games: 6.3ppg, 1.7rpg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 69.0%. "We are happy to have won such a young and creative player with Nihad Djedovic. He fits to the way we want to play. He isn't done with his development yet", stressed Alba Berlin sport director Mithat Demirel. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team -05, Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 National Team -05-06, Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Finalist -06, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Champion -06, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season Champion -06, 07, Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Newcomers Team -06, 07, European Championships U16 Division B in Tallinn (Estonia) -06: 7 games: 25.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.4apg, 3.0spg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 34.3%, FT: 74.4%, Nike Hoop Summit (World Select Team) -07, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Finalist -07, Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Domestic Players Team -07, Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team -07, Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Domestic Player of the Year -07Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year -07, Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team -07-12, Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) Finalist -08, Adidas Nations Europe U18 Team -08, Qualifications to European Championships 2009 -08: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg, FGP-3 (66.7%), 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 100.0%, Spanish LEB Silver Play-Off Winner -09, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Bosman Player of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 2nd Team -09, Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Bosmans Team -09, Spanish ACB Champion -09, Spanish ACB Regular Season Runner-Up -09, Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso All-Star Team -10, Qualifications to European Championships 2011 -10: 6 games: 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-1 (2.2spg), FGP: 64.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 77.8%, Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention -11, Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso -11, European Championships in Lithuania -11: 5 games: 10.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 73.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 60.0%, Turkish League Regular Season Champion -12, Turkish League Semifinals -12, and Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso, Italy -12

Source: Alba Berlin




The Cuxhaven Bascats Bring In Tyrone Bradshaw - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Cuxhaven Bascats Have signed their fourth and last American for the 2012-2013 PRO A season with Tyrone Bradshaw (202-PF-86, agency: Fierce Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) Bradshaw is a 25 year old 202cm forward from Cincinnati, Ohio. Last season, he played for the : Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB, starting five): 24 games: 14.7ppg, 7.0rpg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 61.7%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 75.6%. Bradshaw celebrated a very successful season with Lich last season and the Bascats are convinced that the American will make a splash in the PRO A this season. "Tyrone hasnt used all his potential yet. He has NBA jump strength, plays effective and can hit from the mid distance and free throw line. Last season, he hit 13 of 32 attempts from outside", stressed Cuxhaven head coach Krists Plendiskis. He scored in double figures 19 times including a 29 point explosion against the BSW Sixers. Bradshaw started his basketball career in 2006 with SW Illinois (NJCAA) where he played until 2008. He then transfered to S.Indiana (NCAA2) where he played until 2010. As a rookie in 2010-2011, he played for Tenis E.Dagcilik Istanbul (Turkey-TB2L) only pre-season and with the Dayton Air Strikers (IBL)Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been GLVC West Division Regular Season Champion -09, GLVC Tournament Semifinals -09, GLVC East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -10, All-GLVC 2nd Team -10, and Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas Winner -10

Source: Cuxhaven Bascats





U20 European Championship: Germany snatch win against France in opener - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - France U20 54:52

German U20 National Team snatched a narrow victory over French counterparts at the start of the European Championship in Slovenia. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 10 points to pace well-balanced effort from the winners. It was a well-matched battle from start to finish. Germany won on a late layup from Dennis Schroeder (185-PG-93).
France jumped to a 12:4 lead early in the encounter. Germany cut the deficit to trail by a single point 11:12 at the first break. Bekteshi scored five points in a row midway through the second term to put Germany in front 20:17. The German side ensured a 28:26 halftime lead. The lead changed hands throughout intense third quarter. Germany eked out a 41:40 lead heading into the fourth frame. The teams went neck and neck and Thalien drew things level at 52 with just under two minutes to go in regulation. Schroder came up with a late layup for Germany and sealed the victory for the team. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) provided 9 points, while Patrick Heckmann (198-G/F-92) and Dennis Schroeder contributed 8 points each in the victory. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) answered with 11 points for France. Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93) netted 10 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Johannes Voigtmann 10, Mathis Monninghoff 9, Patrick Heckmann 8, Dennis Schroeder 8
France U20: Axel Toupane 11, Livio Jean-Charles 10



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U20 European Championship: Greece beat Ukraine in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Ukraine U20 89:86 (OT)

Greek U20 National Team recorded the initial win at the European Championship. They survived overtime thriller to tame Ukraine. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) scored 21 points to lead the Hellenes.
The teams traded leads throughout the opening quarter. Shundel capped the period with a jumper to knot things up at 24. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second quarter. Panagiotaras finally put Greece ahead 41:39 at halftime. Ukraine pulled in front in the third term. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93), Pavlo Krutous (195-G/F-92) and Shundel gave them a 58:51 lead. Ukraine entered the fourth period up by 6 points 65:59. Greece trailed by six points with just over two minutes remaining in regulation but Tsaprounis, Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) and Anastasios Antonakis forced overtime scoring six points in a row. Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) unloaded 8 points in the extra period to seal the victory for Greece. Spyridon Motsenigos accounted for 19 points, while Giannoulis Larentzakis added 16 points for the winners. Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 19 points for Ukraine. Pavlo Krutous, Klym Artamonov and Olexandr Misyats (200-SF-92) finished with 13 points each in the loss.

Greece U20: Anastasios Antonakis 21, Spyridon Motsenigos 19, Giannoulis Larentzakis 16
Ukraine U20: Artem Pustovyi 19, Pavlo Krutous 13, Klym Artamonov 13, Olexandr Misyats 13



Kostas Tsartsaris stays Green for 11th straight season - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens extended contract with Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) for the next season. It will be their 11th straight year together. Tsartsaris joined PAO in 2002 from Peristeri. Last season he had 4.2 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 17 Euroleague games. In Greek A1, Tsartsaris averaged 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds.
Kostas Tsartsaris and PAO won 9 Greek league titles together. They also celebrated 7 times in Greek Cup. In 2007, 2009 and 2011 Tsartsaris helped PAO to win Euroleague titles. Tsartsaris also very successfully played for the Greek National Team from 2001 to 2010. He helped them to win the Silver at 2006 he World Championship in Japan. They were also EuroBasket champions in 2005.



Rethymno extends Brent Petway for 2 more years - by Eurobasket News

Brent Petway (204-F-85, agency: Arete Sports Agency, college: Michigan) will stay with A.G.O Rethymno Aegean for the next two years. They signed contract extension today. Petway arrived to the club last summer and it was his second deal in Greece. He played 26 games in A1 averaging 12 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Season 2010/11, Brent Petway spent with the Harlem Globetrotters (entertainment team) and year before that he split between Ilysiakos Athens and Vichy. With the Greek quad he had 10.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg for 6 games in A1. Later with Vichy he added 8.4 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 9 games in French ProA. In the past, Petway played for NBA D-League team Idaho Stampede. Three years ago he was named All-D-League Defensive Player of the Year. Petway graduated at the University of Michigan in 2007.


Printezis and Olympiacos renew their contract for three years - by George Fragkos

The news is once again good for Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus. The man that scored the last crucial points at the Euroleague final, Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM), will keep wearing the red colors for the next three years. Printezis has already signed his new contract bringing to a happy end a story that has been troubling the board of Olympiacos for almost two months.

The Greek forward seemed to be considering leaving the European Champions and the first meetings between the two sides led to the conclusion that it will be really hard for the club to keep him. However by the first days of July everything changed, Olympiacos came up with an improved offer and this alongside the desire that the fans expressed to see the player stay convinced him to sign his contract renewal.

After the announcement, Printezis spoke to the official site of the club stating his happiness to stay at Piraeus: "It was a difficult decision for me but I am totally satisfied with how the things went. I wanted to stay and live special moments like those of the season that has finished. An important reason for my decision is the fact that almost all the players will keep playing for the team. We were something like a family and I believe that despite Dusan Ivkovic's departure, with coach Giorgos Bartzokas the good resuls will keep coming".



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Two more players will not play for Dutch NT - by Fred Roggen

Centers Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio) and Jeroen van der List (213-C-89, agency: Court Side, college: Indian Hills CC) will not play in the country's EuroBasket 2013 qualifying games this summer. This is disappointment news for Dutch NT head coach Jan Willem Jansen. This means that already six players have refused to play for the Dutch NT.

Nikki Hulzebos (208-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) is added to the men's A1 roster by coach Jan Willem Jansen. The 26-year-old forward from Landstede Zwolle averaged 8.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in the Dutch Basketball League last season.




Dutch prospect Jordy Kuiper, "Diabetes doesn't have to mean you can't chase and live your dreams" - by Fred Roggen

I had a change to talk with Dutch prospect 17-year-old Jordy Kuiper, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 9. One of his biggest fears was not being able to play the sport he loved which was basketball.
Thanks to a supportive health care team, Jordy was not only able to play basketball again but just signed a one-year contract at the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain.
Jordy is ambassador of the Bas van der Goor foundation, a foundation with the mission to enhance the quality of life for people with diabetes through exercise and sport.
Below is an interview with Jordy Kuiper.a

When diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 9 what were your first thoughts?
The first thing I asked the doctor was: 'Can I still play basketball?' And the doctor said yes, but he made clear that I would need good Self-discipline so I could keep doing what I loved to do. (Playing Basketball)

What insulin regimen did you use early in the beginning and what do you use now?
From the beginning I have been using an injection needle to manually inject the insuline that my body needs. I'm going to test out an Insulin pump very soon, so that maybe it can give me more stable BG's and better performances. But it's difficult to say if it will be that much of an difference. I just have to see for myself when I'm trying it out.

How many times a day did you test on game days versus other days?
Because my BG needs to be extra good on gamedays, I'll have to make a lot of extra checks to see that I'm still balanced. Some might think all the extra testing is annoying, but it gives me a lot of security that I'm ready to give 100%.

Jordy, what is the most challenging part of diabetes when you play basketball?
It has gotta be maintaining a good bloodsugar. Diabetes isn't an hobby. It's part of your life 24/7 so you have to be ready all the time to act where necessary.

What BG number did you strive for before practice?
A 'normal person' has a BG between 4 and 8 in Holland. (Some countries use different systems to calculate these values) During intense training sessions my BG can drop
instantly, so I have to make sure I always bring some type of sportsdrink with me to (if necessary) give me an extra sugar boost. Personally I like to start a Game or practice with a BG around 12 or 13.

Did you ever have to come out of a game due to a low blood sugar?
I can always feel a low bloodsugar coming, so I always try to prevent them from happening. If I do have an Hypo (Low bloodsugar) I can just take some sportsdrink and I'm ready to go again!

Did stress prior to or during a game cause your BG to go high?
Yes, stress can definitely cause my BG to raise before games. But through the years I have learned how my body responds in these situation so it's not a big problem for me.

Were you ever discriminated against due to your diabetes?
I've never experienced any type of discrimination just because I'm a diabetic. I make sure people realize it's part of who I am and they respect that.

Do your coaches and teammates understand your diabetes?
They might not have a lot of knowledge about diabetes, but I always explain to all my teammates and coaches what it's all about.

What is the Bas van der Goor Foundation?
Bas van de Goor used to be a professional volleyball player. He participated in 2 Olympic games, winning the gold medal in Atlanta in 1996. In 2003 he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and he continued playing volleyball at the highest level. After his career he started a foundation with the mission to enhance the quality of life for people with diabetes through exercise and sport. Together with the office, they organise activities and invite their ambassadors to talk about their experiences of playing sports
and having diabetes. And I'm one of those ambassadors!

What advice would you give other kids who have diabetes and want to excel at basketball or a sport they love?
Don't be afraid to make mistakes, you can only learn from them. The best way to get to know your body is to keep testing it and see how it responds to different situations. Diabetes doesn't have to mean you can't chase and live your dreams!

What are your strengths and weaknesses in basketball?
I'm a strong presence inside that can rebound the ball and is capable of making shots and creating for others. But, of course I'm still improving my game daily. I'm trying to get faster and improve my outside game.

You have signed a one-year deal with Canarias Basketball Academy, one step away from going to the States?
We'll just have to see what the future has in store for me! If your goal is to become the best player you can possibly be, CBA is the way to go. My sister played NCAA Division one basketball in Denver, Colorado so I already got a little sneakpeak of what might be in store for me if I'm able to head to the states. It's definitely something I would go for if I got the chance!

Thanks for doing this interview Jordy



U20 European Championship: Poland overwhelm Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U20-Poland U20 39:97

Poland overwhelm Netherlands at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Polish side erupted with 97:39 win in the opener for the high ambitions in Sofia.
It was Holland that won the opening tip in the game as Bart Stolk (206-C-93) scored for 6:4. Later on the court was dominated by only one team-Poland. Kowalczyk closed the first period at 23:7 and then Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) brought 30:11. Grochowski and Sokolowski delivered their points for 36:18 and Sam De Haas (193-G/F-92, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:21. Poland erupted with 34-11 in the third period for 72:32 after three quarters. Wojciechowski and Sokolowski scored for 76:34, while Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) brought 87:36. Poland tried to reach three digits but enjoyed 97:39 victory.
Mateusz Ponitka and Tomasz Gielo (205-F-93) paced all the winners with 14 points each. Piotr Niedzwiedzki notched 11, while Jaroslaw Zyskowski (201-G-92) added 10. Sam De Haas replied with 10 points in the losing effort and Bart Stolk added 9.

Netherlands U20: Sam De Haas 10, Bart Stolk 9
Poland U20: Mateusz Ponitka 14, Tomasz Gielo 14, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 11, Jaroslaw Zyskowski 10,



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U20 European Championship: Switzerland finished with 10-0 run to win their opener - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20-Switzerland U20 53:60

Switzerland pip Hungary at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side grabbed 60:53 win in Sofia.
Marko Mladjan (205-F-93) and Mate Meszaros exchanged the early lead and then Milos Bozovic (201-F-92) tied the game at 6:6. Switzerland grabbed 13:10 at the end of the first period, while Laszlo Polyak (190-G-93) tied it again at 18:18. Although Hungary won the second period 14-12, the opponents enjoyed 25-24 lead at the halftime. Moreover Hungary needed 21-15 in the third quarter to take 45:40 after three quarters. Somenek scored for 53:50, but could not score anymore in the game. Switzerland finished with 10-0 run to win their opener.
Brian Savoy (192-G-92) stepped up with 23 points for the winners. Marko Mladjan netted 15, while Milos Bozovic added 10. Laszlo Polyak finished the game with 14 points in defeat and Mate Mate Meszaros had 11. Peter Jakab (187-G-93) delivered 10 and Balazs Kerpel-Fronius (195-G/F-92) chipped in with 4.

Hungary U20: Laszlo Polyak 14, Mate Meszaros 11, Peter Jakab 10, Balazs Kerpel-Fronius 4
Switzerland U20: Brian Savoy 23, Marko Mladjan 15, Milos Bozovic 10



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Hapoel Eilat signs American G Scotty Hopson - by Eurobasket News

According to Eurobasket's David Pick, Israeli D1 newcomer penned a deal with American guard Scotty Hopson (200-G-89, college: Tennessee) for the next season. He spent the last one with Greek team VAP Kolossos Rhodes. For 35 games in the league Hopson averaged 9.9 points and 3 rebounds helping Kolossos to reach the Playoff Semifinals. The player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention -12 in his first season as a pro.
Scotty Hopson graduated at the University of Tennessee something more than a year ago. He shined with 17 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 32 games as a senior. Hopson was named to All-SEC 1st Team -11 and NABC Division I All-District 21 2nd Team -11. In 2010, the player helped Tennessee to reach NCAA Elite Eight. He had 12.2 ppg and 3.4 rpg that season.



U20 European Championship: The hosts edge Israel - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20-Bulgaria U20 69:78

The hosts edge Israel at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Bulgaria outscore Israel 78:69 in Group A.
A shaky start to the opening quarter saw Bulgaria jump out to a 17-4 lead. Surprisingly for the hosts, those points were the last in the first 10 minutes. Israel erupted with a 19-0 run to take 23:17 lead at the halftime. Bulgaria later replied with an 8-0 run as Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93) scored for 25:23. Again Israel played better at the end of the frame and grabbed 39:29 lead. In the third period Bulgaria produced a 29-17 surge and took 58:56 advantage. Guy Lavie (188-PG-92, agency: Ronsport) tied the game at 60:60 and he scored for 63:65. Bulgaria pushed the tempo for good and added a 6-0 run for 71:63. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) made the last four points from the free throw line for the total success.
Pavlin Ivanov paced all the winners with 23 points, while Dimitar Dimitrov collected 14 points and 15 rebounds. Angel Natskin (182-PG-93) netted 11, while Georgi Boyanov (200-F-93) collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. Guy Lavie notched 24 points in defeat and Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 18.

Israel U20: Guy Lavie 24, Bar Timor 18
Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov 23, Dimitar Dimitrov 14+15 rebs, Angel Natskin 11, Georgi Boyanov 10+10 rebs



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Reggio Emilia officially announces Andrea Cinciarini - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) became a new member of Reggio Emilia. The team officially announced his signing today. Cincarini parted ways with Cantu less than 24 hours ago. Reggio Emilia won Lega Due regular season title last season with 20-8 record and they will compete in SerieA in 2012/13. Andrea Cinciarini had 5.2 pg, 2.6 rpg and 2.3 apg for Cantu in 16 Euroleague games last season. They managed to reach Top 16. In SerieA, the point guard collected 4.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.9 apg in 34 games. Before Cantu, Cinciarini spent two years with Montegranaro. In 2011, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Domestic Player of the Year. In the past, Cinciarini played for Edmes Pavia, Power Dry Pistoia and Scavolini Pesaro. He also played for Italian National Team last summer at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. Cinciarini appeared 4 times at this event averaging 1.3 points.


U20 European Championship: Slovenia entertain home crowd - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Italy U20 81:68

Slovenia enjoyed the start of the home U20 European Championship. The hosts held off Italian counterparts in Group D opener. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) scored 16 points to lead the home team.
Slovenia jumped ahead early in the game. They posted a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Slovenia enjoyed a 43:34 halftime lead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Italy finally denied the deficit as Marco Lagana (193-G-93) drew things level at 46. But Slovenia finished the period strongly to regain a 9-point lead 63:54. Lapornik and Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) opened a 15-point lead early in the final quarter and Slovenia never looked back en route to the win. Klemen Prepelic accounted for 14 points, while Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) and Alen Omic (215-C-92) added 13 points each for Slovenia. Marco Lagana replied with 18 points for Italy. Andrea Traini (184-PG-92) netted 14 points in the losing case.

Slovenia U20: Marko Pajic 16, Klemen Prepelic 14, Luka Rupnik 13, Alen Omic 13
Italy U20: Marco Lagana 18, Andrea Traini 14



Nic Wise pens deal with Juve Caserta - by Eurobasket News

Nic Wise (178-G-87, college: Arizona) pens deal with Juve Caserta for the next season. According to www.sportando.net he agreed to terms with Juve Caserta for the coming season.
In 2011-2012 he played for STB Le Havre (France-ProA, starting five) and averaged 15.1ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-3 (5.6apg), Steals-5 (2.0spg), FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 88.9%.
Recently Nic Wise and Le Havre parted ways. The American point guard announced that he played his last game for Le Havre last weekend.
Nic Wise joined Le Havre last summer. He appeared 22 times for the club averaging 15.1 points, 5.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds. Wise spent last season in Germany. He was a member of Telekom Baskets Bonn registering 13.7 ppg, 3.1 apg and 2.2 rpg for 33 games. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -11. Wise also added 12.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.2 apg for 6 EuroChallenge games. It was his first season as a pro.



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U20 European Championship: Latvia too good for Georgia - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 - Georgia U20 88:50

Latvia left no chance for Georgia in the opening game at the U20 European Championship for both teams. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) stepped up with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists as Latvia cruised to the first win in Group C.
Latvia left their opponents behind in the first term. The Baltic team triggered a 21:11 run in the first ten minutes. The gap just kept on growing in the second quarter. Latvia accumulated a 40:22 halftime lead. Latvia stayed in full control in the second half. They posted a 62:35 advantage with one quarter remaining and never looked back en route to the victory. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) knocked down 12 points, while Marcis Vitols (189-PG-92) added 11 points for Latvia. Merab Bokolishvili (198-G-92) notched 15 points for Georgia. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) provided 12 points in the loss.

Latvia U20: Janis Timma 21+10 boards, Ojars Silins 12, Marcis Vitols 11
Georgia U20: Merab Bokolishvili 15, Duda Sanadze 12



VEF Riga locks Dairis Bertans until 2015 - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga announced signing of a 3-year contract extension with Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89). It means they will stay together until the end of 2014/15 season. Bertans had 11 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.2 apg for 11 EuroCup games last season. He had slightly better numbers in VTB United League and LBL. The player joined VEF Riga two years ago from Ventspils. Bertans and VEF Riga won two Latvian league titles together. The player won another one with Ventspils in 2009.
Dairis Bertans played for the Latvian National Team last summer at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He had 8.6 ppg, 2 apg and 1.8 rpg for 5 games. Bertans helped his country also in 2011 EuroBasket Qualification. In the past, he very successfully played for Latvian youth NT selections.



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U20 European Championship: Lithuania prevail against Sweden in opener - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Sweden U20 80:71

Lithuania celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship. They held off Sweden in Group D opener. Dovydas Redikas (195-G-92) nailed 24 points, made 7 steals and issued 3 assists to lead the Baltic team.
Sweden pulled ahead early in the encounter. The Scandinavians relied on a high-flying game from Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) to lead 21:17 at the first break. Lithuania denied the deficit and ensured a 41:39 halftime lead. The margin grew over 10-point mark in the third term. Lithuania ensured a 61:50 lead at the final intermission. Sweden cut the deficit to 7 points in the fourth quarter but Lithuania hang on to eke out victory at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) posted 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Paulius Vaitiekunas (205-PF-92) and Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) had 6 points each in the win. Marcus Eriksson answered with 30 points for Sweden. Jonathan Person (192-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) had 11 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Dovydas Redikas 24, Vytenis Cizauskas 23+10 boards, Paulius Vaitiekunas 6, Zygimantas Skucas 6
Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 30, Jonathan Person 11



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U20 European Championship: Serbia rout Montenegro in opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Montenegro U20 91:73

Serbia recorded the first win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Montenegro in Balkan clash in Group A.
Serbia stunned their opponents in the first quarter. They went on a 27:11 run to clear off. Serbia poured in 25 points in the second frame to stay in charge. They accumulated an 18-point halftime lead. Montenegro changed the complexion of the game after the big break. They stiffened defence holding Serbia to 13 points in the third term. Montenegro cut the deficit to 9 points with a period remaining. But the Serbs exploded with 26 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) accounted for 18 points, while Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) answered with 15 points for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) had 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Besovic 18, Nenad Miljenovic 16, Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93) 12, Djordje Drenovac (209-F-92, agency: Interperformances) 12
Montenegro U20: Vukota Pavic 15, Marko Mugosa 14



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Golden State Warriors acquire Jarrett Jack in Dorell Wright trade - by Eurobasket News

So much for making a deal this offseason that clears cap space for the Golden State Warriors by trading away small forward Dorell Wright (6'9''-F-85). Instead of receiving the draft rights to Edin Bavcic (6'11''-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Philadelphia 76ers, the Warriors will send Wright to Philadelphia in a three-team trade that will in return bring in guard Jarrett Jack (6'3''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) from the New Orleans Hornets.

While the extra cap space would have been a nice addition for the Warriors' offseason plans, the acquisition of Jack gives the team a player that fills a definite need. A bigger point guard who can play both guard positions, he is coming off a career year where he averaged 15.6 points, 6.3 assists, and 3.9 rebounds a game. Instead of clearing up cap room in hopes of signing a backup point guard and bench scorer, the Warriors acquired a proven one through this trade.

The primary backup point guard next season, Jack is a great insurance option in the starting lineup if Stephen Curry struggles with ankle injuries again this year. If Curry stays relatively healthy, Jack will be the first guard off the bench backing up both Curry and Klay Thompson. An efficient distributor who is tough and respected around the league, he is a perfect fit for the team's needs.

With only one year left on his deal, Jack will earn $5.5 million this season. While Jack makes $1.4 million more than Wright, this move frees up the clog at the small forward position and gives the team an experienced starter who has started nearly half of his 532 career games. Jack is also an asset as a player who can get to the free throw line (85 percent in his career), a skill that will free up perimeter shots for shooters like Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and Richard Jefferson.

Now with about $3 million left to spend before reaching the luxury tax zone, the Warriors will need to reassess who to target for the remainder of free agency. With J.J. Hickson deciding to re-sign with the Portland Trail Blazers for a one-year, $4 million contract, the Warriors will need to look elsewhere for big man depth. Also, restricted free agent Brandon Rush might be out of the team's price range and could be too costly for the team to retain.

Once the trade morphed into a three-team deal with the 76ers and Hornets, the Warriors found their backup point guard and veteran leader for next season. Adding the acquisition of Jack with the other decisions made this offseason, the Warriors front office has definitely made moves that address the team's needs.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Gerald Green set to sign three-year deal with Indiana Pacers - by Eurobasket News

The Pacers are close to signing shooting guard Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86) to a three-year, $10 million deal, according to The Indianapolis Star.

Green made the jump to the NBA straight out of high school in 2005 as teams clamored for the athletic guard. His inability to improve his skill set resulted in a stint in the D-League. A refocused Green burst back on the scene last season with the Brooklyn Nets. His big dunks and improved jumpshot gained wide attention. Green, with his fourth NBA team in six years, scored 12.9 points per game with the Nets last season.

With Dahntay Jones going to the Mavericks in a sign-and-trade deala deal that also includes guard Darren Collison going to Dallas with the Pacers acquiring center Ian MahinmiGreen will absorb the reserve wing role.

Indianas pickup of Green adds to a group of talented athletes capable of contending in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers pushed the NBA champion Miami Heat close to the brink in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, even taking a 2-1 lead before dropping three consecutive games.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Knicks sign Smith and White, but what about Jeremy Lin - by Eurobasket News

The Knicks began finishing off their summer business Wednesday, getting J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) and forward James White (6'7''-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) officially signed and announcing the Marcus Camby (6'11''-C/F-74, college: Massachusetts) trade - with Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) and Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Marquette) signings to come on Thursday.

Did we miss something? Oh right, Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard). The Knicks were silent on Lin as the Rockets did not present their offer sheet to the Knicks - keeping the clock from starting on the Knicks opportunity to match the offer.

The delay didnt really add any mystery to the decision. The Knicks have maintained from the start of the process that they would match any offer for Lin and they will, although a strange complication arose.

A story surfaced in the New York Daily News on Wednesday that said fences would have to be mended after Lin was left to find another offer somewhere else. In response, Lin tweeted, "LOL why do u guys believe everything? No quotes from me = probably not true."

But the Knicks actually did Lin a favor and as a Harvard economics graduate he certainly should understand by not offering him a max deal as soon as the free-agency period began. The Knicks could have offered him about $8 million less than the Rockets did and would have put him in the situation of possibly declining that offer and looking greedy and disloyal. Instead, they sent him out to get an offer, readied to match it and moved along.

Its a pretty good payoff for 25 career starts, no? Youd like to think $28.8 million means never having to say youre sorry.

The real questions come all along the Knicks side of the deal. The pursuit of Steve Nash did show that the Knicks have their doubts about Lins ability to guide them in the short term with the win-now cast of characters in place. But when Nash bolted for the Los Angeles Lakers the Knicks turned to Jason Kidd as a part-timer and mentor for Lin.

Still, roles dont matter now as much as salary does. The Knicks cant pass on Lin and opt to sign some other $28.8 million point guard. The franchises cap issues mean that they can match on Lin, but if they let him walk they would be searching for a replacement with a veteran-minimum salary slot.

That same logic applies to Landry Fields, too, which creates an odd decision for the Knicks. Fields is a shooting guard who, frankly, cant shoot. The three-year, $20 million offer sheet that the Toronto Raptors handed to Fields was a preemptive strike to prevent the Knicks from being able to include Fields in a possible sign-and-trade for Nash but when Nash spurned both the Knicks and Raptors, Toronto was left to pay the bill.

No one could believe that Fields, whose minutes were cut after Mike Woodson took over, is worth that sort of money. But he is a rotation-level player and the Knicks need those particularly a player who was their starting shooting guard. The Knicks have only Smith in that spot now with Iman Shumpert sidelined for at least the first two months of the season while rehabbing from knee surgery.

The downside of this is a massive luxury-tax bill for Garden chairman James Dolan far more than Lin or Fields have proven to be worth on the court. But its just money to Dolan, and more assets equals more options and optimism on a franchise already locked into huge contracts and a salary-cap hell for the next three years with Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler locked in for that period.

The Knicks have nearly $60 million tied up in those three alone over the next three seasons. Now add in approximately $3 million each per season for the same time period to Kidd (who will be a straight signing; no sign-and-trade) and Camby, and the Lin contract, and you can see that the Knicks wont be opening up any cap room for help anytime soon. For the Knicks it will be small pieces like 35-year-old Argentinean point guard Pablo Prigioni, who is close to a deal for less than $1 million that you can expect.

This team with or without Fields is going to be the team for the foreseeable future. At least with the pieces in place, the Knicks can play to win now. But that also means that, Knicks fans, this is your team.

At least until the Chris Paul trade rumors start.

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com



Mavericks agree with C Chris Kaman - by Eurobasket News

Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) has agreed to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, giving the 7-foot center a chance to play with friend Dirk Nowitzki.

Kaman, who played last season in New Orleans, announced on his Twitter account Wednesday that he was "Partnering up with (at)swish41 and heading to the Mavs ..." and then later tweeted asking if there was "a good lake to live on that's close to downtown Dallas?"

Kaman was Nowitzki's teammate on the German national team during the 2008 Olympics.

The deal for Kaman is for one year, according to a person familiar with the agreement. That person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Mavericks had not made any official announcements.

That person also said Dallas was planning to use the amnesty clause on center Brendan Haywood (7'0''-C-79, college: N.Carolina).

ESPN, citing an anonymous source, first reported the use of the amnesty clause on Haywood, who is set to make $8.3 million next season and is due $27 million over the next three years.

While only a one-year deal, adding Kaman is a step forward this offseason for the Mavs, who failed in their pursuit to sway guard Deron Williams into leaving the Brooklyn Nets and coming to play for his hometown team. Dallas is losing guards Jason Kidd and Jason Terry in free agency.

Kaman averaged 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in 47 games with the Hornets last season. He played the first eight seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Clippers.

In 540 career games, Kaman has averaged 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds. He played in the 2010 NBA All-Star game that the Mavericks hosted at Cowboys Stadium.

But Kaman has been prone to injuries. He was limited to 32 games in 2010-11 because of problems with his back, left ankle and right knee. A strained arch in his left foot contributed to him playing only 31 games two seasons before that.

Haywood, acquired by Dallas from Washington in a seven-player deal in February 2010, averaged 5.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in 54 games last season.

The 7-foot Haywood has averaged 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds in 733 career games, all with Washington and Dallas.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Wolves to amnesty Darko Milicic - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to amnesty center Darko Milicic (7'0''-C-85) in order to give an offer sheet to Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88), a league source says.

Milicic has two years and $10 million remaining on his contract but only $7 million is guaranteed.

The Timberwolves were in talks to trade for Batum, offering two first-round picks and acquiring Kyle Korver from the Bulls in exchange for a second-round pick, a league source said. But the teams were not able to agree to a trade.

Terms of the offer sheet were not available, but reports had it being a four-year, $45 million offer with bonuses that could push the deal past $50 million.

Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said Wednesday the team would match any offers for Batum, who reportedly agreed with the Timberwolves.

Agent Bouna Ndiaye also told The Associated Press that Batum wanted to play for the Wolves and that they hoped the Blazers either would not match the offer or execute a sign-and-trade.

Courtesy of ESPN



Center Viacheslav Kravtsov signs for Detroit Pistons - by Eurobasket News

Ukrainian center Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) has signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Pistons, he has told Ukrainian website segodnya.ua.

The contract is worth $3 million over two years, he said.

Detroit was watching my Eurocup and playoff games throughout the previous season. Finally they decided to offer me a contract, Kravtsov said Wednesday.

He and Detroit had been waiting until the end of the free agency moratorium on July 11 to confirm the deal, he said.

It is allowed to conclude contracts since July 11 and now its an accomplished fact."

He said he would live alone in his first month and a half in the United States before being joined by his father and girlfriend.

Kravtsov started his professional career at BC Kyiv before joining BC Donetsk in 2010, where he won the Ukraine Superleague and reached the quarterfinals of the Eurocup.

The 6-foot-11 center will face serious competition at the Pistons in the shape of Greg Monroe and Pistons legend Ben Wallace.

Detroit failed to make the playoffs in last seasons lockout-shortened competition, the third year in a row that they had done so.

Courtesy of http://en.ria.ru



2012 Orlando Pro Summer League roundup: Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Jazz 79, Magic 75
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While resting the majority of his starters in the second half, Magic Summer League coach Mark Price gave his front office executives a chance to evaluate the entire roster. We invited all of these guys here for a reason and we wanted to give them a chance to show what they can do. Dominique Sutton was the lone Magic bench player who somewhat took advantage of the additional playing time. Suttons contributions to the game cannot be seen in the box score. The North Carolina Central graduate is a stereotypical glue guy and can make an impact on the game without touching the ball. At 6-foot-5, he is a tweener between the small and power forward positions but Suttons athleticism makes up for what he lacks in height. He is very active on the glass and hustles on both ends of the floor. Although it is a serious long shot for Sutton to make an NBA roster, he could definitely make a living playing Euroleague ball.

Tennessee Techs Kevin Murphy (6'6''-G-90, college: Tenn Tech) came into the 2012 NBA Draft as a serious scorer at the low-major level (2,019 career points) and the Utah Jazz decided to select him with the No. 47 overall pick. Early in the week, Murphy forced things offensively and, like most big-time scorers in college, over-penetrated frequently. Today, Murphy did a great job of setting his defender up on down screens and was a consistent catch-and-shoot threat throughout the game. Playing behind Alec Burks will take away some of Murphys reps during the regular season, but theres no question he can develop to just as good of a shooter as Burks as his career progresses.



Celtics 85, Pacers 77
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With six players scoring in double figures, the Boston Celtics delivered a balanced attack in their eight-point victory over the Indiana Pacers. Syracuses Kris Joseph (6'7''-SF-88, college: Syracuse) was the most efficient of them all, scoring 12 points, shooting 50 percent from the field (4-for-8), and grabbing 7 rebounds. Josephs confidence has raised to a higher level each day this week and it shows in his lack of hesitation to shoot the ball. Joseph understands how to score within the confines of the offense and has really good shot selection for a first-year professional player. Playing for Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim has prepared Joseph for the professional game and he seems comfortable as a Celtic already. Playing at Syracuse was a fun experience and its even better that I have Fab [Melo] here with me. It was great to have someone to go through the draft process with and to start your NBA career with someone you know. Its evident that Joseph understands how to use his strengths to better his team, as the Celtics were +26 with him on the floor against the Pacers.

ETwaun Moore wasnt called upon much during his rookie year with the Celtics last season. Playing primarily the wing position in college, Moore has taken the reins as the starting point guard for this summer and has been damn good at it. And so far, he has matched the physical play of all the other point guards here in Orlando.

When the Pacers drafted Miles Plumlee with the No. 26 overall pick in the first round, he was one of the most scrutinized selections of the entire draft. Many talking heads questioned Plumlees ability to consistently finish on the offensive end at the NBA level. Plumlee, primarily known as a rebounder and solid post defender had two huge, no dribble, drop-step hammers over Sean Williams and Fab Melo respectively. When asked about Sean Williams talking to him throughout the game, Plumlee responded with, I dont talk a lot of trash. I let my dunks do the talking.



Thunder 83, Pistons 62
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Since Sam Presti took over the then-Sonics and now-Thunder in 2007 as general manager, he has hit a home-run with his first round draft pick almost every single year. Some were starting to question if his first round selection in the shallow 2011 NBA Draft would pan out, but Reggie Jackson (6'3''-PG-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) is starting to cease any of that talk. At the point guard position, Jackson has another burst that few here can match. He is as explosive offensively as any guard here and puts a lot of pressure on the defense with his constant pushing of the ball. With Eric Maynor still recovering from his season-ending knee injury last season, Jackson could make a push as the back-up to Team USA point guard Russell Westbrook.


Sixers 79, Nets 71
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With Jacob Pullen (6'0''-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) sitting out today with an ankle injury, there was going to be a battle for his shots between basketball leeches Xavier Silas and Justin Holiday. Hitting his first few shots, Holiday made up for the absence of Jacob Pullen going 4-for-4 from three-point range. Holiday has been slightly above-average in catch-and-shoot situations throughout the week, but was excellent today. However, Holidays dribble moves rarely free him up from the first line of defense, especially if he attempts to make a move with his left hand. If Holiday wants to have a chance to play in the NBA like his brother (Jrue), he is going to need to become a consistent shooter who never attempts to take a dribble for any reason whatsoever.

One word can be used to describe the Nets Bryant Dunston (6'8''-F/C-86): efficient. The 6-foot-8 power forward knows his role and doesnt attempt to do anything that is out of his natural skill-set. He plays with intensity and takes pride in the little things (setting solid screens, making sure his man has no chance of getting an offensive rebound on a block out, spacing the floor more than usual so he can give his guards larger driving lanes). Dunston might not draw any interest from NBA teams, but playing in the Euroleague would fit his game perfectly.

Courtesy of www.magicbasketball.net



Dwight Howard to Nets - deal dead - by Eurobasket News

Looks as if Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) won't get what he wants.

The Brooklyn Nets have pulled out of trade talks for the All-Star center, according to ESPN.com. Howard had requested a trade to Brooklyn, saying it was the only team with which he would sign a long-term contract extension.

The Orlando Magic had been negotiating with the Nets but a last-gasp attempt at a deal fell through Wednesday, according to the website.

The Nets reportedly offered four future first-round picks, center Brook Lopez and power forward Kris Humphries in sign-and-trade deals. The offer was rejected by the Magic, so the Nets decided to end trade talks and focus on re-signing Lopez to a multiyear deal. If Lopez signs with the Nets, he can't be traded until January 15.

According to The Associated Press, Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said talks with the Nets involving Howard are ''stationary'' but that discussions remain open with New Jersey and other teams. The Lakers and Rockets have reportedly been active suitors for Howard.

Hennigan also said he continues to speak with both Howard and his representatives and that Orlando officials will continue to keep dialogues open to work out a deal that is in the best interest of the Magic.

Howard recently reissued a trade request and identified Brooklyn as his desired destination. Howard is currently under contract with the Magic through next season.

Howard, 26, is considered the best center in the NBA. A two-time defensive player of the year, he averaged 20.6 points and 14.5 rebounds for the Magic last season. He missed the playoffs with a back injury that is also keeping him out of the 2012 Olympics.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



Brooklyn Nets acquire Reggie Evans - by Eurobasket News

The Brooklyn Nets have acquired forward Reggie Evans (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Iowa) from the Los Angeles Clippers, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. In exchange for Evans, Los Angeles will have the right to swap second round draft picks with Brooklyn in 2016.

Reggie Evans is one of the most tenacious rebounders in the league, said King. He is a proven NBA veteran and will be an important addition to our front court rotation.
Evans played in 56 games for the L.A. Clippers in 2011-12, averaging 1.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game. He appeared in all 11 of Los Angeles 2012 playoff games where he averaged 3.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per contest. Evan ranked 6th in the NBA last season in rebounds per minute, averaging one rebound every 2.8 minutes.

The 6-8 forward out of Iowa began his career in Seattle after going unselected in the 2002 NBA Draft. A 10-year NBA veteran, Evans holds career averages of 4.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 19.0 minutes per game. In 628 career games, including 289 starts, with Seattle, Denver, Philadelphia, Toronto and the Clippers, he has shot .466 (853-1,831) from the field and .522 (829-1,587) from the line. In 38 career postseason games, Evans has averaged 3.7 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting .436 (41-94) from the field. Evans averaged a career-best 11.5 rebounds per game in 2010-11, while playing in 30 games with the Raptors.

Courtesy of The Brooklyn Nets (official press release)



Blazers and Hickson agree to 1-year deal - by Eurobasket News

The Trail Blazers and free agent J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) have agreed to a 1-year deal to bring the forward back to Portland.

The agreement was confirmed Wednesday by Hickson's agent, Andy Miller. It was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

Miller would not disclose financial terms.

Hickson was claimed by the Blazers off waivers last March. He appeared in 19 games with Portland, averaging 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Blazers will match offers for Batum - by Eurobasket News

Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey says the team will match any offers for French swingman Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88).

Olshey's comments came Wednesday amid speculation the team is working on a sign-and-trade with Minnesota, which is interested in the restricted free agent.

"I think Nicolas would have more value than what Minnesota is willing to offer in a sign-and-trade," Olshey said at the Blazers' Tualatin practice facility.

Batum's agent, Bouna Ndiaye, told The Associated Press last week that he and the Timberwolves agreed to terms on a four-year, $45 million offer with bonuses that could push it past $50 million. A formal offer has not yet been made.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations told the AP the Timberwolves were prepared to move some of the team's guaranteed contracts to other teams' cap room that would allow them to present Batum with the offer sheet.

The Timberwolves would prefer to work a sign-and-trade with the Blazers directly, but were willing to extend the offer to see if Portland would indeed match it before moving on to other candidates to fill the void at swingman. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because talks were ongoing.

The Wolves see Batum as the versatile, athletic player they've been searching for on the wing and think he would be a perfect fit in coach Rick Adelman's offense. Ndiaye told the AP that Batum wants to play in Minnesota because he would feel more comfortable playing in Adelman's system.

The Blazers have maintained since the end of last season they would like to build for the future around forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Batum, who has averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds over four seasons with the Blazers.

"I don't believe in letting talent walk out the door," Olshey said.

Batum is currently training with the French national team as they prepare for the London Olympics. A call placed to Ndiaye seeking comment on the latest development was not immediately returned.

The Blazers also announced they had agreed to terms on a 1-year deal with free agent power forward J.J. Hickson on Wednesday.

Hickson played in 19 games with the Blazers last season, averaging 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds, after Portland claimed him off waivers from the Sacramento Kings.

The agreement was confirmed Wednesday by Hickson's agent, Andy Miller, who would not discuss financial terms. It was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

The Blazers also signed Spanish forward Victor Claver, the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 draft. Claver comes to Portland after six seasons with Valencia in the Spanish ACB League. He averaged 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists last season.

"Victor is a player with a high basketball IQ who will come in as a good complement to our roster," Olshey said. "He defends well for his size, has a nice shooting touch, and we look forward to having him on board."

A native of Valencia, the 6-foot-10 Claver is on the Spanish national team that will play in the London Olympics. He was in Portland this week to sign his contract before returning to the national team today.

"I'm very excited to take this step forward," Claver announced on Twitter. "Thanks to everyone who supported me and helped me to get it. Thanks!"

Terms of the multiyear deal were not announced on Wednesday.

Portland was hoping to finalize a deal to bring 2006 draft pick Joel Freeland to the NBA. The deal hinges on a buyout with Unicaja Malaga, Freeland's team in the Spanish ACB league.

The 6-10 forward-center from England averaged 12.9 points and 7.5 rebounds last season with Unicaja Malaga.

Freeland's agent, Rafa Calvo, did not respond to email seeking comment.

Courtesy of www.mailtribune.com



Raptors sign Landry Fields to offer sheet - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have signed New York Knicks restricted free-agent guard-forward Landry Fields (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Stanford) to an offer sheet.

Under the terms of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, New York will have until Saturday to match the Raptors' offer.

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, Brian Colangelo said "The Knicks have informed me they are very interested in retaining Landry."

Colangelo was led to believe that the odds New York matched the Fields' offer were around "50-50".

Fields, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds, has averaged 9.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 30 minutes in 148 games. He has appeared in every contest the past two seasons, making 143 starts.

Courtesy of www.sportsnet.ca



Clippers sign free agent Jamal Crawford - by Eurobasket News

Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) is moving down the West Coast to join the Los Angeles Clippers.

The team says the free agent guard signed a deal on Wednesday.

Crawford averaged 13.9 points, 3.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 60 games in his lone season with Portland. He shot 38 percent from the field, 31 percent from 3-point range and led the NBA in free-throw shooting at 93 percent, a weakness for the Clippers last season.

Crawford was the league's sixth man of the year in 2009-10 with Atlanta. The 12-year veteran has also played for Chicago, the New York Knicks and Golden State.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com



Nets re-sign Brook Lopez - by Eurobasket News

The Brooklyn Nets re-signed center Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) on Wednesday, essentially putting an end to their pursuit of Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85).

The New York Times reported that it is a four-year, $60.8 million contract.

Lopez was a centerpiece of a possible trade for Howard, but the re-signing eliminates any opportunity of Brooklyn acquiring the disgruntled center until 2013.

Per rules of the collective bargaining agreement, once Lopez signs his deal, he can't be traded until Jan. 15.

"Brook Lopez is one of the top young centers in the NBA," said Nets general manager Billy King. "We have witnessed his growth as a player over the past four years, and are very pleased that he will remain in a Nets uniform as we begin our new era in Brooklyn."

Lopez, the 10th overall selection of the 2008 NBA Draft, played just five games last year due to foot and ankle injuries.

Over four NBA seasons, all with the Nets, the 24-year-old Stanford product has tallied 17.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.

In other news Wednesday, Brooklyn picked up forward Reggie Evans from the Los Angeles Clippers for the right to swap second round draft picks in 2016 and agreed to terms with Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic.

"Reggie Evans is one of the most tenacious rebounders in the league," said King. "He is a proven NBA veteran and will be an important addition to our front court rotation."
Evans, 32, put up 1.9 points, and 4.8 rebounds in 56 games for the Clippers last season, while Teletovic averaged 16.3 points and 6.9 rebounds for Caja Laboral Vitoria of the Spanish ACB League last season.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Nets landed six-time All Star guard Joe Johnson in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks involving a total of six players and two draft picks. The Nets also re-signed forward Gerald Wallace.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



Jazz officially announce Marvin Williams trade - by Eurobasket News

The Utah Jazz on Wednesday officially announced a trade that sent guard Devin Harris (6'3''-PG-83, college: Wisconsin) to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for forward Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina).

Ttrade was widely reported last week. Team officials could not announce it until Wednesday.

Williams will be introduced as the newest member of the Jazz today.

The Jazz also announced they have re-signed 2012 NBA Slam Dunk champion Jeremy Evans.

The agent for disgruntled shooting guard Raja Bell, meanwhile, said the team has given him permission to shop his client.

Bell in May pronounced his career with the Jazz over, citing irreparable damage. He ripped coach Tyrone Corbin as unprofessional because of a lack of communication.

The 35-year-old Bell is scheduled to earn $3.4 million in the final year of his contract.

Meanwhile, Devin Harris said Wednesday he cant wait to see the new-look Atlanta Hawks.

After a busy offseason with new general manager Danny Ferry, the new-look began to take shape on Wednesday.

The Hawks announced their trades of Joe Johnson to the Nets and Marvin Williams to the Jazz for Harris were official.

The signing of guard Lou Williams was apparently still awaiting league approval.

Harris, the veteran point guard, told The Associated Press he likes Ferrys big moves.

The biggest move was trading Johnson, the six-time All-Star with four years and $90 million left on his contract, for guards Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar and DeShawn Stevenson, forwards Jordan Williams and Johan Petro, and the Nets second-round pick in 2017.

The only remaining holdovers from the squad that lost to Boston in the first round of the playoffs are center Al Horford, forward Josh Smith, point guard Jeff Teague and backup center Zaza Pachulia. Other backups may be re-signed.

In a statement released by the team, Ferry thanked Johnson and Marvin Williams for their contributions to the Hawks.

We felt with the team that we had, we were probably going to maintain the status quo and not be able to reach a championship level, Ferry said. We now have the opportunity to work within the new CBA in a better way that will allow us to move forward and be opportunistic in the future as we work to build a sustainable championship level team.

Ferry selected Vanderbilt shooting guard John Jenkins and Virginia forward Mike Scott in the draft.

Im excited to see how we all fit together, Harris said in a telephone interview.

Harris, 29, is scheduled to make $8.5 million in 2012-13, the final year of his current contract. He said he has not talked with any Hawks official about the possibility of an extension.

Harris played with Dallas and New Jersey before spending one season with Utah. He averaged 11.3 points with Jazz, his low mark since 2006-07, but ranked 17th in the league with his career-best 2.59 assists per turnover ratio.

Harris said the trade to the Hawks is a great opportunity.

Obviously, Im coming to a team with a lot of great young talent, he said. Obviously weve got some great pieces.

Ive always said we certainly look at positions and we try to take advantage of certain matchups we feel are to our advantage, Drew said. Sometimes its size, sometimes its speed, sometimes its quickness.

We have to look at every position and we have to try to exploit what we perceive to be the advantage. Moving forward, that wont change as far as what we do. We will still look at matchups.

Harris set a career high with his average of 21.3 points per game with the Nets in the 2008-09 season. His career average is 13.1.

Harris said he expects the Hawks to play an up-tempo pace, especially with a smaller backcourt.

Ive been with a lot of teams where we played two small guards together, Harris said. Obviously, theyre a team that likes to get up and down and that fits with what we do well.

Courtesy of www.standard.net



Nets officially announce Joe Johnson trade - by Eurobasket News

The Nets have announced they have acquired six-time all-star shooting guard Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) from the Atlanta Hawks, in exchange for Jordan Farmar (6'2''-PG-86, college: UCLA), Anthony Morrow (6'5''-G-85), Johan Petro (7'0''-C-86), DeShawn Stevenson (6'5''-G-81, agency: Priority Sports), Jordan Williams (6'10''-F-90, college: Maryland), and two draft picks -- Houston's (lottery protected) first rounder in 2013, and the Nets' second rounder in 2017. Farmar is expected to be bought out by the Hawks and is expected to sign a three-year contract with a team in Turkey.

We are very pleased to add a perennial All-Star caliber player like Joe Johnson to our roster, said King. Joe is considered one of the premier guards in the NBA, and his skill and talent level will have a very positive impact on our team.

Johnson, 31, will team with point guard Deron Williams to give the Nets what is probably the best backcourt in the Eastern Conference, if not the entire league. The 6-7 Johnson has averaged 17.8 points and 4.4 assists in his career, and averaged 18.8 and 3.9 last season. But he has $89 million remaining on the final four years of his contract, and new Atlanta GM Danny Ferry decided to break up the Hawks' core by moving him for what amounted to four expiring contracts. By clearing out cap room, the Hawks actually were able to put themselves in the conversation as far as teams trying to acquire Dwight Howard.

The Nets completed the deal for Johnson moments before they sat down to a dinner meeting with Williams to deliver their free agent pitch to him. Williams would later say the acquisition of Johnson was one of the biggest factors in him deciding to re-sign with the Nets, rather than leaving to sign with his hometown Dallas Mavericks.

Courtesy of www.nj.com



Bobcats to sign Sessions. - by Bryan Floyd

The Bobcats are close to finalizing a deal for point guard Ramon Sessions (6'3''-PG-86, college: Nevada). Sessions has made it clear via his agent that he wants to be a starter and this move would clear the way for Charlotte to trade D.J. Augustin. Sessions averaged nearly 13 points and six assists for the Lakers in 23 games last season. Sessions was close to resigning with the Lakers but Steve Nash was to good for both sides to pass on. Sessions should thrive in Charlotte as their starting point guard of the future.


Bosnian Darko Planinic in the NBA summer league with the New Orleans Hornets! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnian Darko Planinic (211-C-90) in the NBA summer league with the New Orleans Hornets!
Darko Planinic has joined the New Orleans Hornets summer league team that will be playing in Las Vegas from July 13-22. Darko has a good chance to make the Hornets as the team is lacking in size at the center position and Darko is a tough talented player with size. Darkos toughness and shooting touch will benefit him greatly in his attempt to join the NBA this summer.
Darkos toughest adjustment will be the size, speed and explosiveness of the NBA game. Darko has never had to face the kind of competition you face every night in the NBA.



Knicks sign Euroleague legend Pablo Prigioni - by Dimitris Katsionis

New York Knicks agree to one year deal with Argentinean point guard Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77). The 35-year old playmaker will be a rookie in one of his career's finally seasons. Knicks administration and coach Woodson worked hard this summer to solve the point guard issue that caused many problems to the team last season. That was obvious in the 1st round of the playoffs against Miami, with Jeremy Lin out due to a knee injury. New York acquired Jason Kidd and hopes that will manage to keep Jeremy Lin by matching Houston's offer. Prigioni will be-hopefully- the team's 3rd point guard. With "Pablito" New York has in it's bench one of the Euroleague's hardest players, a true floor general, terrific defender (although he will probably have problems defending speedy guards)plus a pick'n roll master (unfortunately with coach Woodson Kincks run less pick'n rolls and more isolation plays in their offense). With him, Kidd and Camby, Mike Woodson added some depth, roughness and defensive solvency to New York's roster. Prigioni (according to ex-teammate, Pete Mickael "he looks skinny but when he enters the gym he makes you think that he is a mafia's hitman..")signed for the minimum, $473K and turned down more lucrative offers from European clubs. Knicks organisation shows big interesting lately for the European market, drafting Kostas Papanikolaou and signing James White, Pablo Prigioni and Chris Copeland.


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Seattle Pacific Adds Transfer - by Sanjey Noriega

From: spufalcons.com

Shawn Reid (6'5''-F-91), a 6-foot-5 forward who was the second-leading scorer at Montana State University, is transferring to Seattle Pacific, men's basketball coach Ryan Looney announced Thursday.

Reid has two seasons of eligibility remaining and can play immediately during the 2012-13 season for the NCAA Division II Falcons.

We are excited that Shawn Reid has decided to attend Seattle Pacific University, Looney said. He is a great fit for our program and campus.

He averaged 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Division I Bobcats, who had a 12-17 record last season and placed fifth in the Big Sky Conference standings with a 7-9 mark.

Reid started 10 games, including a Feb. 15 contest against Weber State during which he made five 3-pointers en route to a career-high 31-point performance.

Shawn gives us an experienced player that can score. At times our team had a hard time scoring this past season and the addition of Shawn Reid should help us in that area, explained Looney.

If he can learn quickly in regards to how we defend and rebound, he will have a chance to be a special player in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

A product of Post Falls (Idaho) High School, Reid led the Trojans to the 2010 Class 5A state championship. He received the tournament's Most Valuable Player award.

The two-time Inland Empire League MVP guided Post Falls to its first state title in 46 years, compiling 16 points and eight rebounds in a 68-60 win in the state final against top-ranked Eagle High School.

Reid averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds as a senior at Post Falls and was honored as the 5A Boys All-Idaho Basketball Team MVP.

Reid joins a Seattle Pacific squad that posted a 23-8 record and placed third in the GNAC with a 13-5 mark. The Falcons made their eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the longest current playoff streak in the nation, and advanced to the West Regional championship game.

He joins two other newcomers who will join the SPU program next season. Recently graduated high school seniors Mitch Penner and Will Parker signed letters of intent during the November early signing period to play for the Falcons.

A 6-foot-5 forward from Kennedy High School in Burien, Wash., Penner was rated the state's No. 4 overall prospect in the class of 2012 by WashingtonPreps.com. Parker is a 5-foot-10 point guard from Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash.



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Governor's Cup Standings
 1. Rain or Shine 9-3 
 2. B-Meg Llam. 8-3 
 3. Ginebra Kings 8-4 
 4. Talk N Text 6-5 
 5. Petron Blaze 6-6 
 6. Barako Bull 4-5 
 7. Air21 Express 0-0 
 8. Alaska Aces 0-0 
 9. Meralco Bolts 0-0 
 10. Powerade T. 0-0 
Semifinals Standings

Play-Offs: Round 3

Jul. 12: Ginebra Kings - Rain or Shine 95-86
Jul. 11: Meralco Bolts - Talk N Text 84-108
Jul. 11: B-Meg Llam. - Petron Blaze 104-93

Play-Offs: Round 4

Jul. 13: Meralco Bolts - B-Meg Llam.
Jul. 13: Petron Blaze - Talk N Text



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U20 European Championship: Poland overwhelm Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U20-Poland U20 39:97

Poland overwhelm Netherlands at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Polish side erupted with 97:39 win in the opener for the high ambitions in Sofia.
It was Holland that won the opening tip in the game as Bart Stolk (206-C-93) scored for 6:4. Later on the court was dominated by only one team-Poland. Kowalczyk closed the first period at 23:7 and then Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) brought 30:11. Grochowski and Sokolowski delivered their points for 36:18 and Sam De Haas (193-G/F-92, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:21. Poland erupted with 34-11 in the third period for 72:32 after three quarters. Wojciechowski and Sokolowski scored for 76:34, while Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) brought 87:36. Poland tried to reach three digits but enjoyed 97:39 victory.
Mateusz Ponitka and Tomasz Gielo (205-F-93) paced all the winners with 14 points each. Piotr Niedzwiedzki notched 11, while Jaroslaw Zyskowski (201-G-92) added 10. Sam De Haas replied with 10 points in the losing effort and Bart Stolk added 9.

Netherlands U20: Sam De Haas 10, Bart Stolk 9
Poland U20: Mateusz Ponitka 14, Tomasz Gielo 14, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 11, Jaroslaw Zyskowski 10,



Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson has signed with Czarni Slupsk - by Eurobasket News

Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) has signed with Czarni Slupsk for the upcoming season. The American player moves to Poland.
He started his career for Ft. Lewis (NCAA2) and enver (NCAA). In his last year for Denver (NCAA, starting five) he became the top-scorer of the Conference with 19.9ppg, RebNCAA-8 (10.9rpg), BlocksConf-2 (2.8bpg), FGPConf-4 (60.3%), FT: 74.9%: Finished collegiate career third on Denver's all-time rebounding list with 707 boards, and eighth in all-time scoring with 1,365 points. Career total of 210 blocked shots ranks eighth all-time in Sun Belt history.
In 2006-2007 Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson moved to Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium-D1) and in 2007-2008 headed to CD Villa de Los Barrios (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five) and then joined Criollos de Caguas (Puerto Rico-BSN, starting five), Albuquerque Thunderbirds (D-League), and in March '08 traded to Austin Toros (D-League).
In 2008-2009 appeared for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five) and averaged 7.2ppg, 4.1rpg, Blocks-2 (1.4bpg), FGP: 57.8%, FT: 75.6%.
In 2009-2010 played for Basketbal Pezinok (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five) and had 16.6ppg, Reb-3 (7.7rpg), 1.1spg, FGP-3 (63.4%), FT: 77.0%. The last two season played for BK Prostejov. In 2011-2012 for BK Prostejov his stats read 8.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.7spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 61.5% in EuroChallenge and in Czech Rep. League showed 11.9ppg, Reb-5 (8.0rpg), 1.4apg, Blocks-4 (1.2bpg), FGP: 58.0%, FT: 72.3%.



AZS Koszalin tab Lukasz Wisniewski - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin bolstered their roster. They added Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Barton County CC) to the squad. The guard spent the last season with Trefl Sopot. He tallied 10.0 points, 2.7 assists and 2.6 boards per game in PLK. The guard participated at 2012 PLK All-Star Game. Previously Lukasz Wisniewski had stints with PBG Basket, Polpharma, Zastal Zielona Gora, Energa Czarni, Polpak Swiecie, Harmattan Darro Gniewkowo and Zryw Torun. Lukasz Wisniewski is also not new to AZS Koszalin. He played for the team back in 2009/10 season. His stats read 15.6 points, 3.1 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game then. The guard has been the member of Polish National Team since 2011.


Trefl Sopot in troubles - by Eurobasket Center

The basketball club of Trefl Sopot form Poland is currently going through hard times since there are difficulties with the sponsorship deals for next season while budget for passed season has been exhausted. There are still a lot of unregulated debts towards former players reaching even two seasons backward.

But maybe it is not that bad as it appears since management of the club is being very active in search of the new coach for the team. Obviously it has been decided that Latvian specialist Karlis Muiznieks (agency: Alti Sport ) is not a match for Polish Vice champion any longer. Muiznieks brought Polish Cup to the city of Sopot and Sliver medal this year.



Zielona Gora extends 'PLK Player of the Year' Walter Hodge, according to report - by Eurobasket News

Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) will stay two more years with Zastal Zielona Gora. According to Polish media (2takty.com), the team managed to keep PLK scoring champion. Hodge joined Zielona Gora two years ago from Puerto Rican team Cangrejeros de Santurce. Last season he had 19.4 ppg (No.1), 5.7 apg (No.3), 2.9 rpg and 1.4 spg (No.5) in 45 PLK games. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year -12. In 2010/11 season, Walter Hodge had 17 ppg, 5.1 apg, 2.5 spg and 2.5 rpg for 22 PLK games. He was second scorer of the competition, third in steals and fourth in assists. Meanwhile, Hodge was playing for Puerto Rican teams Santruce and Arecibo. He graduated at the University of Florida in 2009.
Walter Hodge is very important member of the US Virgin Islands National Team. At the latest 2012 CentroBasket in San Juan he had 20.3 ppg (No.1), 4.8 apg (No.3), 4.5 rpg and 1.8 spg in four games. He was named to Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket 1st Team -12.



Rosasport Radom signs Slavisa Bogavac, Nikola Vasojevic and Slaven Cupkovic - by Eurobasket News

Rosasport Radom announced signing of Serbian players Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80, agency: BeoExcell), Nikola Vasojevic (195-G-86, agency: BeoExcell) and Slaven Cupkovic (205-PF-88, agency: BeoExcell) for the next season.
Slavisa Bogavac heads to Rosasport Radom from Slask Wroclaw, where he had 11.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg in 43 games last season. He helped Slask to reach Polish Cup Semifinals. In 2010/11, Bogavac averaged 11.3 ppg and 4.9 rpg for AZS Koszalin and played at the All-Star Game. The player was named to Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Bosmans Team -11, 12
Nikola Vasojevic arrives to the club from Hungarian PVSK Pannonpower Pecs. He collected 11.8 ppg, 3.6 apg and 3 rpg for them in 29 games last season. In 2010/11, Vasojevic shined with 15.2 ppg, 2.9 apg and 2.2 rpg for 25 games with Serbian squad Borac Cacak.
Slaven Cupkovic had great last season with Napredak Krusevac. He exploded with 16.5 ppg and 7.6 rpg for 26 Serbian league games. The player also added 13.8 ppg and 6.5 rpg for 8 games in Balkan League.



JJ Montgomery will play for PLK newcomers - by Eurobasket News

J.J. Montgomery (196-G-82, college: Arkansas St.) will play for PLK newcomers for the next season. The American Guard moves to his new team from AZS Koszalin.
Last season AZS Koszalin announced signing of J.J. Montgomery. In 2011/2012 season for AZS Koszalin (Poland-PLK, starting five) he averaged 12.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 77.4%.
J.J. Montgomery headed to Koszalin from BK SPU Nitra. He appeared 44 times in Slovakian Extraliga last season averaging 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He helped Nitra win the regular season and reach Playoff Finals after that. J.J. Montgomery was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention -11. Before Nitra, he played for Dallas Texas Hurricanes (TPBL). Season 2008/09, J.J. Montgomery spent with Ukrainian MBC Mykolaiv. In the past, he also was a member of Keravnos, JKKS Gornik Walbrzych, Makedonikos and Aenekosken Huima. He is a product of the Arkansas State University.



Zbigniew Bialek is on the way to Slask Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News

Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) is going to sign with Slask Wroclaw (PLK). He just agreed a 2-year deal. The contract will be signed today.
In 2010-2011 he played for Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK) and averaged 8.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 66.7%. In 2011-2012 for Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK, starting five) his stats read 6.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 54.3%.
Zbigniew Bialek spent the earlier season in PBG Basket. He tallied 12.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game in the PLK. Bialek used to play for Energa Czarni back in 2001-2004 seasons. Later the forward moved to Liege in Belgium and then had stints with Bydgoszcz, Anwil, Falco and Kormend in Hungary and Olimpias Paron in Greece.



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U20 European Championship: Devon van Oostrum leads GB over Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20-Portugal U20 76:64

Great Britain U20 won their opener at the European Championship B Division game on Thursday afternoon. The team overcame Portugal U20 76:64 in Group C opener.
Jonah Callenbach (194-F/G-93) scored the first 5 points in the game and later gave Portugal 12:3 lead. Miguel Cardoso (184-PG-93) made four free throws midway through the period and v closed the frame at 21:14. Portugal also led in the whole second period, but allowed the opponents to reduce to 32:28 at the halftime. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the third quarter, while the last frame became decisive in the game. Great Britain U20 erupted with 31-15 to seal the victory.
Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Joseph Hart (194-F-93) nailed 11 and three other players scored 5 each. Jonah Callenbach ended up with 17 points in defeat and Miguel Cardoso added 16. Joao Fernandes (177-PG-92) delivered 10, whilst Benjamin Wildner (93) had 6.

Great Britain U20: Devon Van Oostrum 26, Alasdair Fraser 16+11 rebs, Joseph Hart 11
Portugal U20: Jonah Callenbach 17, Miguel Cardoso 16, Joao Fernandes 10, Benjamin Wildner 6



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CSKA adds two-times Euroleague champ - by Eurobasket News

Guard Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) (31 years, 193 cm) signed 1+1 contract with CSKA. Veteran American played for EA7 Milano last season.

Nicholas has become famous in his college years after winning the NCAA title with Maryland Terrapins in 2002. Though it was not enough to get the VIP-ticket to big basketball: he had to begin his pro career in Italian second league. In his first European season he scored 27.1 points for Fabriano becoming the LegaDue best scorer. He moved to elite next year and repeated as the best scorer this time for Livorno (22.8 points). He played for Tau Ceramica in the end of the season but returned to Italy to win Alfonso Ford Trophy as Euroleague Best Scorer (18.4 points) for Benetton Treviso. After a year with Efes Pilsen Nicholas signed for Panathinaikos winning two Euroleagues and three Greek titles for greens. In 2011 he moved to Armani Jeans but played subpar season.

Nicholas stats in 2011-12 season: 14 Euroleague games (7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocked shots, 26.3 minutes), 20 Italian league games (8.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.1 blocked shots).

Andrey Vatutin, CSKA President:

We needed a real scorer and I am glad that we were able to add Nicholas. He is a player which needs no introduction, one of the best European shooter of modern times. Drew is a veteran player who knows how to win. I am sure he will help us to build new team.

Ettore Messina, CSKA head coach:

To complete a team you need the player like Nicholas. He is not just an excellent shooter, but he is also an experienced player, real pro, and he proved it in his seasons with Panathinaikos. His role will be much more than just shooting from outside, he will help us a lot off the court.
Courtesy of: http://www.cskabasket.com



Serbia U18 wins Le Temple sur Lot opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Russia U18 75:52

Serbia U18 wins Le Temple sur Lot Tournament opener. The Serbian team grabbed 75:52 win in Day 1 over Russia U18.
Serbia started with 26-17 in the first period and then added 15-14 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Serbian side. They won the third period 20-12 and added 14-9 in the last stanza.
Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 point and Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) netted 13. Nikola Rebic (187-PG-95) and Dusan Kutlesic (195-G-94) followed them with 9 points each in a win. Stanislav Ilnitskiy ended up with 16 points in the losing case. Pavel Krechetov nailed 9, while Alexander Gankevich had 8.
In another game France U18 overcame Germany U18 69:62.

Serbia U18: Nikola Milutinov 16, Nikola Radicevic 13, Nikola Rebic 9, Dusan Kutlesic 9
Russia U18: Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-F-94) 16, Pavel Krechetov (188-PG-94) 9, Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) 8



U20 European Championship: Russia cruise past Estonia - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Estonia U20 86:58

Russia clinched a comfortable win in the first game at the U20 European Championship in Slovenia. They knocked down Estonian counterparts in Group B. Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners.
Russia cleared off to a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. They fired 26 points in the second term to boost the margin to 14 points. Russia controlled the tempo in the third quarter. They secured a 69:45 lead heading into the fourth frame. Russia did not slow down in the final period and raced to the victory at the end. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) knocked down 12 points, while Alexander Tikhonin (205-PF-92) added 11 points for the winners. Oliver Metsalu (196-G-93) answered with 11 points for Estonia. Jaan Puidet (192-G/F-92) provided 10 points in the loss.

Russia U20: Vladislav Trushkin 16, Alexander Varnakov 12, Alexander Tikhonin 11
Estonia U20: Oliver Metsalu 11, Jaan Puidet 10



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Rosasport Radom signs Slavisa Bogavac, Nikola Vasojevic and Slaven Cupkovic - by Eurobasket News

Rosasport Radom announced signing of Serbian players Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80, agency: BeoExcell), Nikola Vasojevic (195-G-86, agency: BeoExcell) and Slaven Cupkovic (205-PF-88, agency: BeoExcell) for the next season.
Slavisa Bogavac heads to Rosasport Radom from Slask Wroclaw, where he had 11.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg in 43 games last season. He helped Slask to reach Polish Cup Semifinals. In 2010/11, Bogavac averaged 11.3 ppg and 4.9 rpg for AZS Koszalin and played at the All-Star Game. The player was named to Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Bosmans Team -11, 12
Nikola Vasojevic arrives to the club from Hungarian PVSK Pannonpower Pecs. He collected 11.8 ppg, 3.6 apg and 3 rpg for them in 29 games last season. In 2010/11, Vasojevic shined with 15.2 ppg, 2.9 apg and 2.2 rpg for 25 games with Serbian squad Borac Cacak.
Slaven Cupkovic had great last season with Napredak Krusevac. He exploded with 16.5 ppg and 7.6 rpg for 26 Serbian league games. The player also added 13.8 ppg and 6.5 rpg for 8 games in Balkan League.



Wolves to amnesty Darko Milicic - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to amnesty center Darko Milicic (7'0''-C-85) in order to give an offer sheet to Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88), a league source says.

Milicic has two years and $10 million remaining on his contract but only $7 million is guaranteed.

The Timberwolves were in talks to trade for Batum, offering two first-round picks and acquiring Kyle Korver from the Bulls in exchange for a second-round pick, a league source said. But the teams were not able to agree to a trade.

Terms of the offer sheet were not available, but reports had it being a four-year, $45 million offer with bonuses that could push the deal past $50 million.

Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said Wednesday the team would match any offers for Batum, who reportedly agreed with the Timberwolves.

Agent Bouna Ndiaye also told The Associated Press that Batum wanted to play for the Wolves and that they hoped the Blazers either would not match the offer or execute a sign-and-trade.

Courtesy of ESPN



Partizan hires Velimir Gasic as consultant - by Eurobasket News

Velimir Gasic will work as consultant of the Serbian powerhouse Partizan Belgrade next season. Most recently Gasic worked as Head Coach of Vujic Metalac Valjevo. Before that, he coached Vojvodina Srbijagas, Sloboda Dita Tuzla, Borac Nektar and Radnicki Beograd. In 2007, Gasic was Assistant Coach of the Serbian National Team. Two years before that he was Head Coach of Serbia and Montenegro University National Team. Velimir Gasic also worked with Serbian youth NT selections in the past.


Serbia U18 wins Le Temple sur Lot opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Russia U18 75:52

Serbia U18 wins Le Temple sur Lot Tournament opener. The Serbian team grabbed 75:52 win in Day 1 over Russia U18.
Serbia started with 26-17 in the first period and then added 15-14 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Serbian side. They won the third period 20-12 and added 14-9 in the last stanza.
Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 point and Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) netted 13. Nikola Rebic (187-PG-95) and Dusan Kutlesic (195-G-94) followed them with 9 points each in a win. Stanislav Ilnitskiy ended up with 16 points in the losing case. Pavel Krechetov nailed 9, while Alexander Gankevich had 8.
In another game France U18 overcame Germany U18 69:62.

Serbia U18: Nikola Milutinov 16, Nikola Radicevic 13, Nikola Rebic 9, Dusan Kutlesic 9
Russia U18: Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-F-94) 16, Pavel Krechetov (188-PG-94) 9, Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) 8



U20 European Championship: Serbia rout Montenegro in opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Montenegro U20 91:73

Serbia recorded the first win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Montenegro in Balkan clash in Group A.
Serbia stunned their opponents in the first quarter. They went on a 27:11 run to clear off. Serbia poured in 25 points in the second frame to stay in charge. They accumulated an 18-point halftime lead. Montenegro changed the complexion of the game after the big break. They stiffened defence holding Serbia to 13 points in the third term. Montenegro cut the deficit to 9 points with a period remaining. But the Serbs exploded with 26 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) accounted for 18 points, while Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) answered with 15 points for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) had 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Besovic 18, Nenad Miljenovic 16, Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93) 12, Djordje Drenovac (209-F-92, agency: Interperformances) 12
Montenegro U20: Vukota Pavic 15, Marko Mugosa 14



Milos Vujanic signs for Partizan - as assistant coach - by Ivan Milenkovic

New assistant coach of Partizan MTS will be their former star player Milos Vujanic! He will join Velimir Gasic, Milos Gligorijevic and Djordje Sijan in coaching staff led by head coach Dusko Vujosevic.
Without a doubt, Milos Vujanic is great signing for 'black and whites' as their young and supertalented playmakers - Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) and Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) - will have a lot to learn from one of the best Serbian guards of 21st century.
Former Serbian national team player spent two seasons in Partizan (2001-2003) and was Euroleague's leading scorer before going abroad. He signed contract to return to Serbian champions in January last year, but suffered serious injury in his last game with Panionios and couldn't play for Partizan again. But, Vujke will return to Pionir as assistant coach.



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Jamie Andrisevic new head coach of BC Prievidza - by Petr Marek

The young American coach Jamie Andrisevic will be the new Head Coach of Slovak Champion. Andrisevic started his career in Asker Aliens last season. His team finished second in Norwegian league. The management of Prievidza started looking for new coach after Johan Roijakkers signed with German club Goettingen. The Coach Assistant will be former player of Prievidza Martin Blaho (197-F-87). Prievidza won the Championship after seventeen years and fans expect successful season again.


U20 European Championship: Austria outscore Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Austria U20 - Slovakia U20 64:59

Austria opened their European Championship in Division B with victory. They knocked down Slovakia in Group A. Daniel Friedrich (182-PG-92) came up with 13 points to lead the winners.
Austria surged ahead in the opening quarter. They posted a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Slovakia narrowed the margin in the second term. They got within 5 points at halftime 29:34. But Austria regained control in the third period. They held Slovakian side to 11 points in the quarter posting an 11-point lead before the fourth frame. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the final quarter before Slovakia went on an 11:3 run to sweeten the pill at the end. Dennis Kramer (208-F-92) posted 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-PF-92) added 11 points in the victory. Jaroslav Moravek (204-F/C-92) answered with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Slovakia. Maurizio Galata (203-F-92) netted 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss.

Austria U20: Daniel Friedrich 13, Dennis Kramer 12+16 boards, Maximilian Hopfgartner 11
Slovakia U20: Jaroslav Moravek 14, Maurizio Galata 13



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U20 European Championship: Slovenia entertain home crowd - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Italy U20 81:68

Slovenia enjoyed the start of the home U20 European Championship. The hosts held off Italian counterparts in Group D opener. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) scored 16 points to lead the home team.
Slovenia jumped ahead early in the game. They posted a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Slovenia enjoyed a 43:34 halftime lead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Italy finally denied the deficit as Marco Lagana (193-G-93) drew things level at 46. But Slovenia finished the period strongly to regain a 9-point lead 63:54. Lapornik and Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) opened a 15-point lead early in the final quarter and Slovenia never looked back en route to the win. Klemen Prepelic accounted for 14 points, while Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) and Alen Omic (215-C-92) added 13 points each for Slovenia. Marco Lagana replied with 18 points for Italy. Andrea Traini (184-PG-92) netted 14 points in the losing case.

Slovenia U20: Marko Pajic 16, Klemen Prepelic 14, Luka Rupnik 13, Alen Omic 13
Italy U20: Marco Lagana 18, Andrea Traini 14



Slovenia U16 lose second straight in France - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian U16 National Team played the second consecutive test game in France. Once again the French counterparts proved the strength claiming a 76:43 win.
Slovenia allowed the hosts to clear off in the opening quarter. The French team went on a 21:7 run in the first term. They held Slovenia to 8 points in the second quarter to ensure a 25-point halftime advantage. Slovenia outscored their opponents by two points in the second half but to no avail. They trailed by 24 points heading into the fourth term. Slovenia tried hard but could not overcome a massive deficit in the fourth quarter. Gasper Rojko (197-SF-96) accounted for 11 points to lead Slovenia. Nejc Zupan (203-PG-96) added 10 points, while Domen Janc (185-PG-96) contributed 7 in the loss.



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Javier Salgado remains with Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC - by Eurobasket News

Javier Salgado (180-PG-80) remains with Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC for the next season. The Spanish Point Guard will enter his third season with the team.
In 2009-2010 he played for Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (ACB, starting five) and in EuroCup after 17 games averaged 6.4ppg, 2.7apg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 38.8%. In Spanish League his stats read 6.7ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 85.5%.
In 2010-2011 moved to Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (ACB, starting five) and showed 8.9ppg, 2.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 85.1%. In 2011-2012 he improved to 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg, Assists-2 (4.3apg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 79.7%. In Round 33 30-year old guard Javier Salgado put on an amazing game in the last round for Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33. He got a double-double of 10 points and 13 assists, while his team beat CAI Zaragoza 84-71.
Early in 2004 he was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Guard of the Year -04, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Most Improved Player of the Year -04 and made it into Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB 1st Team -04.



Gran Canaria signs scoring machine Ryan Toolson - by Eurobasket News

Gran Canaria announced signing of shooting guard Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley). The 27-year-old American played last season for Aliaga Petkim. He appeared 29 times in Turkish league with them averaging 17.3 points, 3.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds. Toolson was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 2nd Team -12. The player split 2010/11 season between Benetton Treviso and Montegranaro. With Benetton he had 9.5 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 15 games in Italy. He had lower numbers for 13 EuroCup games. Later with Montegranaro the player registered 6.4 ppg and 1.4 rpg for 7 games. In his rookie year in Europe Ryan Toolson exploded with 16.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.2 apg for 33 games with Turkish Karsiyaka. He graduated at Utah Valley State University in 2009, where he had 23.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 3.1 apg for 28 games as a senior. Toolson had almost the same numbers as a junior.


Palencia extends Carles Bravo and Enricue Garrido - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold team Palencia announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Carles Bravo (192-F/G-79) and Enricue Garrido (178-PG-82).
Carles Bravo joined the club four years ago from Tarragona. He had 12.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.3 apg in 34 games last season. In 2009, Bravo helped Palencia to win LEB Silver title and he was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Domestic Player of the Year. That season Palencia also won the LEB Silver Cup.
Enricue Garrido will play his third season with Palencia. In the latest one the point guard averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 assists in 34 games. Before Palencia, he played for La Laguna Canarias, Huesca, Tarragona and Ourense. Garrido reached LEB Gold Semifinals with Canarias two years ago. In 2009, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention -09, while playing for Huesca.



Melilla gets bigger with Timothy Frost - by Eurobasket News

Melilla announced signing of Timothy Frost (208-C-80, college: Utah) for the next season. It means that the American big guy, with Finish passport, returns to LEB Gold after one year. Last season he changed few teams. He started it with Torpan Pojat Helsinki and later moved to Argentinean Club 9. During the season Frost signed with Uruguay and finally finished it with Hungarian Aromeromu. There he had 11 ppg and 5.6 rpg for 10 games. Timothy Frost played for Faymasa Palencia in 2010/11 season. He had 11.5 ppg and 6.9 rpg in 34 LEB Gold games. From 2008 to 2010, he was a member of Vigo helping them to win promotion from LEB Silver to LEB Gold in their first season together. Frost also has experience from Germany. The player graduated at the University of Utah in 2004.


UCAM Murcia extends David Barlow until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

UCAM Murcia announced signing of a 2-year contract extension with David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.). The 28-year-old Australian joined Murcia last summer. He played 34 games in Liga Endesa collecting 8.1 ppg and 4.9 rpg. Before Murcia, Barlow spent two years with CAI Zaragoza and they won LEB Gold title together a year ago. Barlow was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention -10.
David Barlow played for the Melbourne Tigers from 2006 to 2008. Before that, he spent four years with the Sydney Kings collecting 15.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg in their last season together. With the Tigers Barlow shined with 16.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg in 2007/08. He is active member of the Australian NT since 2006. At 2010 World Championship in Turkey the player had 4.4 ppg and 1.4 rpg.



U20 European Championship: Spain open title defence with victory - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Turkey U20 79:60

Spanish U20 National Team tipped off their European Championship campaign with win. The reigning champions marched past Turkey in Group C. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) scored 21 points to lead the winners.
Turkey surprised their opponents early in the game. They grabbed a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. But Spain reacted with a massive 29:14 run in the second quarter to accumulate a 12-point lead at halftime 47:35. Spain controlled the tempo in the third quarter. They ensured a 14-point buffer before the final stanza 63:49. Spain held their opponents to 11 points in the final period to seal a confident win at the end. Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) posted 13 points, while Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) and Alejandro Barrera (198-F/G-92) had 12 points each for the winners. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) answered with 12 points for Turkey. Ugur Dokuyan (197-SF-93) and Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) provided 10 points each in the loss.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 21, Alejandro Abrines 13, Jaime Fernandez 12, Alejandro Barrera 12
Turkey U20: Safak Edge 12, Ugur Dokuyan 10, Samet Geyik 10



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U20 European Championship: Lithuania prevail against Sweden in opener - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Sweden U20 80:71

Lithuania celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship. They held off Sweden in Group D opener. Dovydas Redikas (195-G-92) nailed 24 points, made 7 steals and issued 3 assists to lead the Baltic team.
Sweden pulled ahead early in the encounter. The Scandinavians relied on a high-flying game from Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) to lead 21:17 at the first break. Lithuania denied the deficit and ensured a 41:39 halftime lead. The margin grew over 10-point mark in the third term. Lithuania ensured a 61:50 lead at the final intermission. Sweden cut the deficit to 7 points in the fourth quarter but Lithuania hang on to eke out victory at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) posted 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Paulius Vaitiekunas (205-PF-92) and Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) had 6 points each in the win. Marcus Eriksson answered with 30 points for Sweden. Jonathan Person (192-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) had 11 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Dovydas Redikas 24, Vytenis Cizauskas 23+10 boards, Paulius Vaitiekunas 6, Zygimantas Skucas 6
Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 30, Jonathan Person 11



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Robbi Gubitosa Coach of SAM basket Massagno - by Gianluca Barilari

Robbi you will soon start a new experience as head coach at the highest level in Switzerland. Tell us something about your feelings and your team.

- My feelings are good especially because I know i can count 100% on the guys. A great group I am coaching since several years. They will be ready to give their maximum and maybe more than that. I am a very proud coach: I have the chance to coach in the club where I grew up and I did not want to miss this opportunity. There will be no place for mistakes, I have to work very hard like always and I am sure results will come.

Which are the goals you fixed for your team and for the players.

- Our goals are to let young players improve and give them the chance to play in LNA.
Also to give the possibility, to who is already playing in LNA, to become an important player for the first team. With our foreigners' players help, the team goal is to reach the play-off.

Can you tell us how do you see your team playing on the court?

- My team will have to be very aggressive in defense and try to play a lot in transition. Don't give easy baskets away and fight each action. Home factor will be a must.

Last question is about transfers: where are we know?

- As foreigneir players we already signed Jamelle Barret A point/shooting guard and we are looking for three more. About Swiss guys Ludovico Basso, Randon Grninger, Slavisa Pantic and Davide Garruti will join the team: all these guys really want to show their potential. Confirmed players:Taulant Murati, Daniel Andjelkovic, Fabio Appavou.
We will talk with Slaven Smilianjc in the next days.



U20 European Championship: Switzerland finished with 10-0 run to win their opener - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20-Switzerland U20 53:60

Switzerland pip Hungary at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side grabbed 60:53 win in Sofia.
Marko Mladjan (205-F-93) and Mate Meszaros exchanged the early lead and then Milos Bozovic (201-F-92) tied the game at 6:6. Switzerland grabbed 13:10 at the end of the first period, while Laszlo Polyak (190-G-93) tied it again at 18:18. Although Hungary won the second period 14-12, the opponents enjoyed 25-24 lead at the halftime. Moreover Hungary needed 21-15 in the third quarter to take 45:40 after three quarters. Somenek scored for 53:50, but could not score anymore in the game. Switzerland finished with 10-0 run to win their opener.
Brian Savoy (192-G-92) stepped up with 23 points for the winners. Marko Mladjan netted 15, while Milos Bozovic added 10. Laszlo Polyak finished the game with 14 points in defeat and Mate Mate Meszaros had 11. Peter Jakab (187-G-93) delivered 10 and Balazs Kerpel-Fronius (195-G/F-92) chipped in with 4.

Hungary U20: Laszlo Polyak 14, Mate Meszaros 11, Peter Jakab 10, Balazs Kerpel-Fronius 4
Switzerland U20: Brian Savoy 23, Marko Mladjan 15, Milos Bozovic 10



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U18 National team started the preparations for FIBA ASIA U18 - by Ahmad Madwar

U18 Syrian National team started 1 week ago the preparations for FIBA ASIA U18 which will held in Mongolia at the next month
the NT started the practise with the Macedonian coach Pance Milevski who came back from him vaction 10 days ago, also with the local assistant coaches Moe Khatib and Fadi Al Rishani
they started with two camps in Aleppo and Damascus cities .. .
we wish the best luck for our NT in the next competitions ...




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Henry Domercant moves to Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) moves to Galatasaray for the upcoming season. According to sportando.net the contract with Galatasaray will be a 1+1.
In 2011-2012 for Unics Kazan (Russia-PBL, starting five) he averaged 11.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 39.0%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 82.9% in PBL and in VTB League showed 13.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 43.7%, FT: 77.8%. In Euroleague he became the fifth top-scorer with 15.5ppg 3.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 49.5%, FT: 83.7%.
Henry Domercant played last year for Unics. The experienced American guard penned a two-year deal with the reigning EuroCup champion. Domercant headed to Unics from Spartak St. Petersburg. He appeared 33 times for the club averaging 15.7 points and 1.3 steals in Russian league. He also had 16.9 ppg, 3 rpg and 2.5 apg in EuroChallenge. Domercant helped Spartak reach the Semifinals in this competition. Before Spartak, Henry Domercant paced Montepaschi to back-to-back Italian League and Italian Cup titles in his two seasons in Siena. In the past, he also was a member of Efes Pilsen and Olympiakos. However, the player never reached Euroleague Final Four in his career. With Dynamo Moscow, Henry Domercant played in the ULEB Cup Semifinals in 2008. In 2005 with Efes Pilsen, Domercant won the Turkish league title. He is a product of the Eastern Illinois University, where he set school records in scoring with 27.9 points per game as a senior.



U20 European Championship: Spain open title defence with victory - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Turkey U20 79:60

Spanish U20 National Team tipped off their European Championship campaign with win. The reigning champions marched past Turkey in Group C. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) scored 21 points to lead the winners.
Turkey surprised their opponents early in the game. They grabbed a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. But Spain reacted with a massive 29:14 run in the second quarter to accumulate a 12-point lead at halftime 47:35. Spain controlled the tempo in the third quarter. They ensured a 14-point buffer before the final stanza 63:49. Spain held their opponents to 11 points in the final period to seal a confident win at the end. Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) posted 13 points, while Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) and Alejandro Barrera (198-F/G-92) had 12 points each for the winners. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) answered with 12 points for Turkey. Ugur Dokuyan (197-SF-93) and Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) provided 10 points each in the loss.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 21, Alejandro Abrines 13, Jaime Fernandez 12, Alejandro Barrera 12
Turkey U20: Safak Edge 12, Ugur Dokuyan 10, Samet Geyik 10



Anadolu Efes announce Jordan Farmar - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes officially announced the arrival of Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA). The guard signed a three-year contract with the Turkish powerhouse. Jordan Farmar started the previous season with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He notched 5.3 points, 3.0 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game in Israeli League. In Euroleague the guard tallied 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals per appearance. In Adriatic League Jordan Farmar posted 13.2 points, 6.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals. The guard moved back to the NBA in December. He rejoined the New Jersey Nets. Jordan Farmar posted 10.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game in NBA. Jordan Farmar started his pro career in 2006. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers after graduating from UCLA.


Bradley Buckman on his way to Besiktas - by Ugur Turker

Besiktas Istanbul made an offer for Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) who spent last season with Tofas Bursa. Close to player admitted that negotiations continue and Bradley Buckman wants to go back to Turkey since he loves the country. According to response of Besiktas Istanbul against player's condition, transfer would be finished next couple of days.It is known that there is more offers from rest of Europe on the table. Former Kepez Belediye Power Forward helped Tofas Bursa with 13.6ppg and 7.6 rpg to reach TBL Play Off.


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Zielona Gora extends 'PLK Player of the Year' Walter Hodge, according to report - by Eurobasket News

Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) will stay two more years with Zastal Zielona Gora. According to Polish media (2takty.com), the team managed to keep PLK scoring champion. Hodge joined Zielona Gora two years ago from Puerto Rican team Cangrejeros de Santurce. Last season he had 19.4 ppg (No.1), 5.7 apg (No.3), 2.9 rpg and 1.4 spg (No.5) in 45 PLK games. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year -12. In 2010/11 season, Walter Hodge had 17 ppg, 5.1 apg, 2.5 spg and 2.5 rpg for 22 PLK games. He was second scorer of the competition, third in steals and fourth in assists. Meanwhile, Hodge was playing for Puerto Rican teams Santruce and Arecibo. He graduated at the University of Florida in 2009.
Walter Hodge is very important member of the US Virgin Islands National Team. At the latest 2012 CentroBasket in San Juan he had 20.3 ppg (No.1), 4.8 apg (No.3), 4.5 rpg and 1.8 spg in four games. He was named to Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket 1st Team -12.



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Alan Wiggins comes back to Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Alan Wiggins (206-F-85, college: USF) is coming back to Ukraine. He agreed on terms of contract with DniproAzot. Alan Wiggins used to play in Ukraine back in 2010/11 season. He was the member of Politekhnika-Halychyna roster. His stats read then 15.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Last season Alan Wiggins started with Sagesse Beirut. He tallied 21.3 points, 15.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game in Lebanese League. Later Alan Wiggins moved to Anyang KGC in South Korea. The forward tallied 15.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. In January Alan Wiggins signed with San Diego Sol in ABA. He notched 25.3 points and 8.3 boards in the league. Alan Wiggins then had a short stint with Antwerp Giants before moving to France. The forward finished the season with Le Havre. He posted 8.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in ProA. Alan Wiggins was named All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year in 2011.


Center Viacheslav Kravtsov signs for Detroit Pistons - by Eurobasket News

Ukrainian center Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) has signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Pistons, he has told Ukrainian website segodnya.ua.

The contract is worth $3 million over two years, he said.

Detroit was watching my Eurocup and playoff games throughout the previous season. Finally they decided to offer me a contract, Kravtsov said Wednesday.

He and Detroit had been waiting until the end of the free agency moratorium on July 11 to confirm the deal, he said.

It is allowed to conclude contracts since July 11 and now its an accomplished fact."

He said he would live alone in his first month and a half in the United States before being joined by his father and girlfriend.

Kravtsov started his professional career at BC Kyiv before joining BC Donetsk in 2010, where he won the Ukraine Superleague and reached the quarterfinals of the Eurocup.

The 6-foot-11 center will face serious competition at the Pistons in the shape of Greg Monroe and Pistons legend Ben Wallace.

Detroit failed to make the playoffs in last seasons lockout-shortened competition, the third year in a row that they had done so.

Courtesy of http://en.ria.ru



U20 European Championship: Greece beat Ukraine in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Ukraine U20 89:86 (OT)

Greek U20 National Team recorded the initial win at the European Championship. They survived overtime thriller to tame Ukraine. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) scored 21 points to lead the Hellenes.
The teams traded leads throughout the opening quarter. Shundel capped the period with a jumper to knot things up at 24. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second quarter. Panagiotaras finally put Greece ahead 41:39 at halftime. Ukraine pulled in front in the third term. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93), Pavlo Krutous (195-G/F-92) and Shundel gave them a 58:51 lead. Ukraine entered the fourth period up by 6 points 65:59. Greece trailed by six points with just over two minutes remaining in regulation but Tsaprounis, Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) and Anastasios Antonakis forced overtime scoring six points in a row. Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) unloaded 8 points in the extra period to seal the victory for Greece. Spyridon Motsenigos accounted for 19 points, while Giannoulis Larentzakis added 16 points for the winners. Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 19 points for Ukraine. Pavlo Krutous, Klym Artamonov and Olexandr Misyats (200-SF-92) finished with 13 points each in the loss.

Greece U20: Anastasios Antonakis 21, Spyridon Motsenigos 19, Giannoulis Larentzakis 16
Ukraine U20: Artem Pustovyi 19, Pavlo Krutous 13, Klym Artamonov 13, Olexandr Misyats 13



DniproAzot confirm Vasilis Fragias - by Eurobasket News

DniproAzot confirmed the signing of Vasilis Fragias . The sides inked a one-year deal. The Greek specialist will replace Donaldas Kairys on the bench. 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.


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U20 European Championship: Devon van Oostrum leads GB over Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20-Portugal U20 76:64

Great Britain U20 won their opener at the European Championship B Division game on Thursday afternoon. The team overcame Portugal U20 76:64 in Group C opener.
Jonah Callenbach (194-F/G-93) scored the first 5 points in the game and later gave Portugal 12:3 lead. Miguel Cardoso (184-PG-93) made four free throws midway through the period and v closed the frame at 21:14. Portugal also led in the whole second period, but allowed the opponents to reduce to 32:28 at the halftime. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the third quarter, while the last frame became decisive in the game. Great Britain U20 erupted with 31-15 to seal the victory.
Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Joseph Hart (194-F-93) nailed 11 and three other players scored 5 each. Jonah Callenbach ended up with 17 points in defeat and Miguel Cardoso added 16. Joao Fernandes (177-PG-92) delivered 10, whilst Benjamin Wildner (93) had 6.

Great Britain U20: Devon Van Oostrum 26, Alasdair Fraser 16+11 rebs, Joseph Hart 11
Portugal U20: Jonah Callenbach 17, Miguel Cardoso 16, Joao Fernandes 10, Benjamin Wildner 6



BBL Play-Off Finals Back At Wembley - by Paul Nilsen

The 2013 British Basketball League Play-Off Final will be played in London after more than a decade away from the capital.

The prestigious event will, as usual, continue to be the climax of the BBL season. But, after ten successive years at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, the Final will return to its' former 'home' of Wembley Arena.

The decision further builds upon the current buzz surrounding basketball in London at the current time.

Great Britain is now only weeks away from competing at the Olympics, a new BBL member club in the form of East London Royals is due to enter the league this coming season whilst Euroleague Final Four is also scheduled to be held in the city next spring.

Current BBL clubs will not only fight it out to take the title away from current holders Newcastle Eagles, but also to become the first BBL club to lift the Play-Off title at Wembley Arena since Chester Jets way back in 2002.

2002 Playoff Champions Cheshire Jets. A combined 51 points from John McCord and Pero Cameron helped Jets overpower a Sheffield Sharks team coached by Great Britain play-caller Chris Finch as they claimed a 93-82 success.

Undoubtedly many of those fans who have been watching British Basketball for more than ten years will relish something of a sentimental return to Wembley Arena.

Meanwhile those newer and perhaps younger BBL supporters will at last be able to find out what it's like to experience the final showpiece game of another exciting campaign at a legendary British basketball venue.



U20 Men ready for European Championship - by Eurobasket News

Standard Life GB Under 20 Men's assistant coach, John Campbell, believes his team will be competitive as they prepare for the Division B European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, starting on Thursday.

The Under 20's have won four out of the five warm-up games in preparation for the European Championships as Campbell and head coach Dave Smart established their squad.

"It's still early stages really, trying to establish the team and get known as a hard-nosed and defensive side," Campbell admitted. "We have the ability to do that but have to work hard at it and focus on our goals as a team."

Campbell added: "It's a strong group that we are in they're all tough teams and will provide a stern test for us. But we're a tough team too and will make life hard for our opponents. If we play a defensive, hard-nosed brand of basketball, the results will follow."

The final 12 players selected to travel to Bulgaria are:


Jesse Chuku (201-F-93)

England

Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92)

England

Alisdair Fraser

Scotland

Joe Hart (194-G/F-93)

England

Rema Lascelles (197-G-92)

England

Josh Owen-Thomas (186-PG-92)

England

Lee Reilly (182-PG-92)

Scotland

Louis Sayers (199-SF-92)

England

John Stewart

England

Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93)

England

Connor Michael Washington (184-PG-92)

England

Zak Wells

England

Great Britain will open their European Championship, Division B campaign against Portugal on Thursday afternoon, followed by an evening game against Croatia on Friday. They will conclude their group games over the weekend with games against Denmark on Saturday and Belarus on Sunday.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk




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FYROM grabs thriller win against Austria 41-39 - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia - Austria 41-39

FYROM jumped to 2-0 record in Group B of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. The host of this event grabbed 41-39 thriller win against Austria and booked a spot for the Semifinals. Austria also has a great chance to reach the Semis, but they will have to beat weak Gibraltar. That game will be played today. Edina Musa (179-G-91) led FYROM with 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 10 pts and 6 rebs. Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) netted 7 pts and grabbed 5 rebs. In defeat, Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) scored 16 points and Eva Breuer (168-G-83) stopped to 6 pts (7 rebs). Austria had 37-39 lead, but they were scoreless in the final 2:28. Radenkovic made 3 free throws for the hosts and Tanturovska added one in the finish for the final 41-39 win. Quarters: 11-14, 10-4, 13-6, 7-15. Today, FYROM will play against Wales.

FYROM: Edina Musa 11+8 boards, Monika Gavriloska 10+6 boards, Slavica Dimovska 7+5 boards
Austria: Sophia Plank 16, Eva Breuer 6+7 boards



Austria advances to Semifinals of EuroBasket Division C - by Eurobasket News

AUSTRIA - GIBRALTAR 80-29

Austria advanced to the Semifinals of EuroBasket Division C in Ohrid. They had no mercy for Gibraltar 80-29 in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Thanks to this win Austria ended as the second ranked team in Group B with 2-1 record and will meet Malta in the Semifinals. At the other side, Gibraltar closes the standings in this pool with 0-3. They will continue in classifications games from 5-8 place and their first rival will be Azerbaijan. Austria dominated in all basketball elements and Gibraltar simply was no able to resist. Quarters: 18-7, 19-3, 17-11, 26-8. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) led the scorers in Austria with 17 points and Julia Horti (164-G-89) delivered 10 pts. Their third scorer was Margit Forcher (177-G-76) with 9 points. In Gibraltar, Zainya Reyes (173-SG-92) scored 10 points and Kaira Sene (174-SF-82) had 6 pts, plus 5 rebs.

Austria: Sophia Plank 17, Julia Horti 10, Margit Forcher 9
Gibraltar: Zainya Reyes 10, Kaira Sene 6+5 boards



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Malta wins Group A in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News

MALTA - AZERBAIJAN 80-70

Malta is the winner of Preliminary Group A in Ohrid. They handed 80-70 loss to Azerbaijan to end this phase with perfect 3-0 record. Of course, Malta advanced to the Semifinals, where their rival will be Austria. Azerbaijan ended as third ranked team in this group with 1-2 record and will continue in classification games from 5-8 place. Their first rival is Gibraltar. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) had 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ashleigh Vella (188-F/C-90) also had amazing game 17 pts, 14 rebs and 6 assists, while Beverly Zammit (178-SG-87) helped with 12 points. Azerbaijan got 21 points and 5 boards from Tatyana Deniskina (173-SG-85). Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) followed with 17 pts and 14 rebs, and Anastasiya Biryuchkova (170-G-90) scored 13 points. Malta was 17-points up at the halftime and jumped to plus 20 with ten minutes to go. Azerbaijan drastically improved in the last quarter, but it was too late for them.

Malta: Rebecca Thoresen 20+5 boards+5 as, Ashleigh Vella 17+14 boards+6 as, Beverly Zammit 12
Azerbaijan: Tatyana Deniskina 21+5 boards, Dina Ulyanova 17+14 boards, Anastasiya Biryuchkova 13



Deniskina and Ulyanova lead Azerbaijan to first win in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News

Azerbaijan - Moldova 63-44

Azerbaijan registered first win at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. They handed 63-44 loss to Moldova for 1-1 record in Group A. At the other side, Moldova faced with the second loss at this event. Azerbaijan made 20-6 in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 24 until the halftime. Moldova improved after the breather (7-16), but Azerbaijan stopped them in Q4 and celebrated comfortable win at the end. Tatyana Deniskina (173-SG-85) led the scorers in victory with 24 points, while Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) also had a monster game with 20 points and 21 rebounds. In defeat, Cristina Gontari (179-F-91) was better than the others with 11 points and 5 rebs. Ala Causan (178-SG-75) collected 9 pts and 6 boards. Today, Azerbaijan will meet Malta in do-or-die game. Moldova will take on Scotland.

Azerbaijan: Tatyana Deniskina 24, Dina Ulyanova 20+21 boards,
Moldova: Cristina Gontari 11+5 boards, Ala Causan 9+6 boards



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  BELARUS   


Belarusian U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Belarusian U16 National Team 2012
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Darya Panasiuk
Panasiuk
Yanina Inkina
Inkina
Dziyana Sizonava
Sizonava
Krystsina Batsanava
Batsanava
Valeriya Smarshko
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4 Darya Panasiuk 175-SF-96
5 Yanina Inkina 183-PF-97
6 Dziyana Sizonava 175-SF-96
7 Krystsina Batsanava 163-PG-96
8 Valeriya Smarshko 170-SG-97
9 Anastasiya Sushchyk 160-PG-97
10 Tatsiana Khadzko 175-SG-96
11 Dziyana Talochka 170-PG-96
12 Maryia Ivanenka 165-PG-97
13 Hanna Brych 183-C-97
14 Viyaleta Kuiliak 182-PF-96
15 Alina Tsiarenia 187-C-97

Nadzeya Kamenets Head Coach
Alena Ivanouskaya Assistant



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  BRAZIL   


Brazilian Olympic roster announced - by Eurobasket News

On Tuesday, Brazilian NT roster who will head to Washington D.C. to play USA on Monday and ultimately will represent Brazil in the Olympic games.

Before heading to the Olympic venue, Brazilians will stop by France to participate in a tourney against France, Australia and China.
Name Height Position DOB Club
Adrianinha Moises 169 cm guard 06.12.1978 Parma, Italy
Joice de Souza (175-G-86) 174 cm guard 06.09.1986 Ourinhos Basquete
Tassia Carcavalli 179 cm guard 31.05.1992 Americana
Iziane Castro Marques (182-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 182 cm guard 13.03.1982 Maranhao Basquete
Karla da Costa (172-G-78) 172 cm guard 25.09.1978 Americana
Patricia Ferreira 182 cm forward 21.03.1979 Ourinhos Basquete
Silvia Gustavo Rocha 183 cm forward 14.05.1982 Ourinhos Basquete
Clarissa Dos Santos (186-C-88) 182 cm forward 10.03.1988 Americana
Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 196 cm center 09.03.1982 Perfumerias Avenida, Spain
Nadia Calhado (195-C-89) 194 cm center 25.02.1989 Santo Andres/Semasa
Damiris Do Amaral (192-C-92) 192 cm center 17.11.1992 RC Celta, Spain
Franciele Nascimento (190-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 191 cm center 19.10.1987 Hondarribia-Irun, Spain


Courtesy of: http://lovewomensbasketball.com



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgarian U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

4 Neli Jekova
5 Maria Kamburova
6 Iva Georgieva
7 Borislava Hristova
8 Yana Jekova
9 Syulyube Mehmedova
10 Teodora Dineva
11 Elitsa Zhelyazkova
12 Magdalena Nedelova
13 Victoria Angelova
14 Nikoleta Bandrova
15 Tanya Eneva

Tsanko Tsankov
Ventislav Gechev



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  CROATIA   


Croatia beats UK at the start of U16 EuroBasket Division A - by Eurobasket News

UNITED KINGDOM - CROATIA 42-67

Croatia opened U16 EuroBasket Division A with victory. They were too strong for the United Kingdom 42-67 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Participants of the same pool are also France and Czech Republic. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Croatia had wonderful first half of the game making plus 23 and later managed to keep the comfortable lead. Quarters: 11-22, 5-17, 10-14, 16-14. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) shined for the winners with 22 points. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) and Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) (9 rebs) helped their country with 10 points each. In UK, Leah McDerment (180-PG-96) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds. Their second scorer was Savannah Wilkinson (178-SG-98) with 8 points (8 rebs). Croatia will meet France on Friday. It will most likely be the crucial game for position No.1 in this group. UK's next rival will be Czech Republic.

United Kingdom: Leah McDerment 10+8 boards, Savannah Wilkinson 8+8 boards
Croatia: Ivana Dojkic 22, Iva Slonjsak 10, Anita Kelava 10+9 boards



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U16 France has no mercy for U16 Czech Republic in Miskolc, 68-39 - by Eurobasket News

U16 FRANCE - U16 CZECH REPUBLIC 68-39

France demonstrated its power in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A in Miskolc. They handed huge 68-39 loss to Czech Republic improving to 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. France made plus 14 at the halftime and later destroyed its rival in the last ten minutes of the game (21-6). Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) drained 18 points in victory and Ornella Bankole (180-SF-97) helped with 10. Carla Blatrie (170-G-96) delivered 9 pts in this meeting. At the other side, Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) and Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) posted 13 and 11 points respectively. On Friday, France will play against Croatia. Czech Republic will take on the United Kingdom. First three teams from this group will advance to the Qualifying Round. Croatia was better than UK in Day One, so France and Croatia share the first place at the moment.

France: Louise Dambach 18, Ornella Bankole 10, Carla Blatrie 9
Czech Republic: Sarah Berankova 13, Gabriela Andelova 11



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  SWE
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Eldebrink, SWE21.6 
 2. Tuukkanen, FIN19.1 
 3. Marginean, ROM18.7 
 4. Petronyte, LTU18.3 
 5. Doron, ISR17.1 
 6. Dabovic, SRB16.4 
 7. Quigley, HUN16.1 
 8. Anderson, EST16.0 
 9. Twehues, SUI15.9 
 10. Perovanovic, MNT15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taru TUUKKANEN
  FIN
  (190-C-77)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Tuukkanen, FIN12.3 
 2. Petronyte, LTU11.5 
 3. Teilane-T., LAT11.3 
 4. Veremeenko, BLR9.9 
 5. Lima, ESP9.6 
 6. Perovanovic, MNT8.1 
 7. Bar, GER8.0 
 8. Giroud, SUI8.0 
 9. Meesseman, BEL8.0 
 10. Nicholls, ESP7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  MNT
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Skerovic, MNT6.1 
 2. Parau, ROM4.4 
 3. Sottana, ITA4.4 
 4. Baric, SLO4.3 
 5. Eldebrink, SWE4.3 
 6. Dubljevic, MNT4.3 
 7. Radocaj, SRB4.1 
 8. Karklina, LAT3.9 
 9. Teilane-T., LAT3.8 
 10. Stoenescu, ROM3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Romy BAR
  GER
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Bar, GER3.4 
 2. Skobel, POL3.1 
 3. Dabovic, SRB3.1 
 4. Linkeviciene, LTU2.7 
 5. Doron, ISR2.7 
 6. Halman, NED2.7 
 7. Kupcikova, SVK2.6 
 8. Hatzinikolao., GRE2.4 
 9. Schmit, LUX2.3 
 10. Ouvina, ESP2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  BLR
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Veremeenko, BLR2.4 
 2. Teilane-T., LAT2.1 
 3. Majewska, POL2.0 
 4. Meesseman, BEL1.7 
 5. Petronyte, LTU1.4 
 6. Nicholls, ESP1.3 
 7. Pavel, ROM1.3 
 8. Popovic, MNT1.2 
 9. Halman, NED1.0 
 10. Paugaite, LTU1.0 


Division C Standings - by Charles Ramsdell

Standings
Group A
1. Malta3-0
2. Scotland2-1
3. Azerbaijan.1-2
4. Moldova0-3
Group B
1. FYR Macedo.3-0
2. Austria2-1
3. Wales1-2
4. Gibraltar0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 12: SCO - MDA 81-19
Jul. 12: MLT - AZE 80-70

B

Jul. 12: AUT - GIB 80-29
Jul. 12: MKD - WAL 106-48

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Places 5-8

Jul. 14: AZE - GIB
Jul. 14: WAL - MDA

Semifinals

Jul. 14: MKD - SCO
Jul. 14: MLT - AUT


European Championship for Small Countries (Division C): Day Two in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A

Azerbaijan - Moldova 63-44
Azerbaijan registered first win at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. They handed 63-44 loss to Moldova for 1-1 record in Group A. At the other side, Moldova faced with the second loss at this event. Azerbaijan made 20-6 in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 24 until the halftime. Moldova improved after the breather (7-16), but Azerbaijan stopped them in Q4 and celebrated comfortable win at the end. Tatyana Deniskina (173-SG-85) led the scorers in victory with 24 points, while Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) also had a monster game with 20 points and 21 rebounds. In defeat, Cristina Gontari (179-F-91) was better than the others with 11 points and 5 rebs. Ala Causan (178-SG-75) collected 9 pts and 6 boards. Today, Azerbaijan will meet Malta in do-or-die game. Moldova will take on Scotland.

Azerbaijan: Tatyana Deniskina 24, Dina Ulyanova 20+21 boards,
Moldova: Cristina Gontari 11+5 boards, Ala Causan 9+6 boards



Malta - Scotland 80-57
Both teams celebrated in Day One of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. Malta managed to beat Scotland on Wednesday 80-57 for perfect 2-0 record in Group A. Thanks to this huge win Malta already booked a spot for the Semifinals. Scotland will have to beat last ranked Moldova today to reach the next stage. Malta got 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds from Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78). Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) scored 15 pts and Ashleigh Vella (188-F/C-90) added 14 pts, 6 rebs and 6 as. In Scotland, Mairi Buchan (188-C/F-90) shined with 20 points and 6 rebs. Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) scored 12 points and Gillian Baird (182-F-88) had 11 pts, plus 6 boards. Malta was up by 17 at the halftime and totally destroyed its rival after the breather. Rebecca Thoresen and her teammates made 27-9 in Q3 and all after that was just the formality.

Malta: Rebecca Thoresen 20+7 as+6 boards, Stephanie De Martino 15, Ashleigh Vella 14+6 boards+6 as
Scotland: Mairi Buchan 20+6 boards, Deanne Hayward 12, Gillian Baird 11+6 boards



GROUP B

F.Y.R. of Macedonia - Austria 41-39
FYROM jumped to 2-0 record in Group B of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. The host of this event grabbed 41-39 thriller win against Austria and booked a spot for the Semifinals. Austria also has a great chance to reach the Semis, but they will have to beat weak Gibraltar. That game will be played today. Edina Musa (179-G-91) led FYROM with 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 10 pts and 6 rebs. Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) netted 7 pts and grabbed 5 rebs. In defeat, Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) scored 16 points and Eva Breuer (168-G-83) stopped to 6 pts (7 rebs). Austria had 37-39 lead, but they were scoreless in the final 2:28. Radenkovic made 3 free throws for the hosts and Tanturovska added one in the finish for the final 41-39 win. Quarters: 11-14, 10-4, 13-6, 7-15. Today, FYROM will play against Wales.

FYROM: Edina Musa 11+8 boards, Monika Gavriloska 10+6 boards, Slavica Dimovska 7+5 boards
Austria: Sophia Plank 16, Eva Breuer 6+7 boards


Wales - Gibraltar 56-48
Both teams failed in Day One of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. Wales outplayed Gibraltar 56-48 for 1-0 record in Group B. Thanks to this victory Wales kept is Semifinals hopes alive, while at the other side Gibraltar dropped to 0-2. Laura Shanahan (170-G-89) was a key player in this victory and their only player with double digits. She scored 20 points. Emma Gough (177-G-86) and Joanne Raper (186-C-84) (11 rebs) stopped to 9 and 8 points respectively. Gibraltar got 14 points from Alexandra Mauro (165-PG-91) and 11 from Joelle Moreno (165-G/F-88). Graciella Anthony (173-G/F-85) collected 8 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-13, 13-17, 9-7, 14-11. In the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid (Thursday) Wales will meet host FYROM. Gibraltar will take on Austria.

Wales: Laura Shanahan 20, Emma Gough 9, Joanne Raper 8+11 boards
Gibraltar: Alexandra Mauro 14, Joelle Moreno 11, Graciella Anthony 8+6 boards



Division C: Semifinals are set in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Scotland - Moldova 81-19
Scotland had no mercy for Moldova in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid. They celebrated huge 81-19 win for 2-1 record in Group A. That is enough for the second place in this pool and Scotland advanced to the Semifinals, where they will meet host FYROM. Moldova is the last ranked team of this group with 0-3 and they will continue in classification games from 5-8 place. Their first rival will be Wales. Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) had 24 points and 5 assists for the winners and Mairi Buchan (188-C/F-90) added 20 points, plus 9 boards. Siobhan Moore (185-C-87, college: Bridgeport) posted 14 pts. In defeat, Galina Cuznetov (193-C-89) had 4 points and 7 rebounds. Scotland kept Moldova scoreless for the entire Q3. Quarters: 21-8, 22-5, 17-0, 21-6.

Malta - Azerbaijan 80-70
Malta is the winner of Preliminary Group A in Ohrid. They handed 80-70 loss to Azerbaijan to end this phase with perfect 3-0 record. Of course, Malta advanced to the Semifinals, where their rival will be Austria. Azerbaijan ended as third ranked team in this group with 1-2 record and will continue in classification games from 5-8 place. Their first rival is Gibraltar. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) had 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ashleigh Vella (188-F/C-90) also had amazing game 17 pts, 14 rebs and 6 assists, while Beverly Zammit (178-SG-87) helped with 12 points. Azerbaijan got 21 points and 5 boards from Tatyana Deniskina (173-SG-85). Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) followed with 17 pts and 14 rebs, and Anastasiya Biryuchkova (170-G-90) scored 13 points. Malta was 17-points up at the halftime and jumped to plus 20 with ten minutes to go. Azerbaijan drastically improved in the last quarter, but it was too late for them.

Group B
FYR Macedonia - Wales 106-48
As expected, FYROM was too strong for Wales 106-48 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid. It means that the host of EuroBasket Division C won the first place in Group B with perfect 3-0 record. Their rival in the Semifinals will be Scotland. At the other side, Wales finished as No.3 in this pool and failed to reach the next stage. They will continue in Classifications games from 5-8 place. Their first rival will be Moldova. FYROM made 21-point lead already in the first quarter and jumped to plus 39 at the HT. All after that was just the formality. Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners, while Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) was their second scorer with 14 pts. Ema Reskoska (192-C-90) had double-double of 12 points and 10 boards. In Wales, Emma Gough (177-G-86) was better than the others with 9 points and Rebecca Short (181-C-88) had one less. Competition continues on Saturday.

Austria - Gibraltar 80-29
Austria advanced to the Semifinals of EuroBasket Division C in Ohrid. They had no mercy for Gibraltar 80-29 in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Thanks to this win Austria ended as the second ranked team in Group B with 2-1 record and will meet Malta in the Semifinals. At the other side, Gibraltar closes the standings in this pool with 0-3. They will continue in classifications games from 5-8 place and their first rival will be Azerbaijan. Austria dominated in all basketball elements and Gibraltar simply was no able to resist. Quarters: 18-7, 19-3, 17-11, 26-8. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) led the scorers in Austria with 17 points and Julia Horti (164-G-89) delivered 10 pts. Their third scorer was Margit Forcher (177-G-76) with 9 points. In Gibraltar, Zainya Reyes (173-SG-92) scored 10 points and Kaira Sene (174-SF-82) had 6 pts, plus 5 rebs.



Qualifications, Round 9 review: Two more spots left for 2013 EuroBasket in France - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Belarus - Ukraine 68-60
Belarus booked a ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in France. They outplayed Ukraine 68-60 for 6-2 record in Group A. Belarus is the winner of this pool and already played all of its eight games. Ukraine dropped to 4-3, but still has a nice chance to take the second place. They will have to beat Hungary on Saturday in do-or-die game. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) led Belarus with double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) had 16 points and 5 rebs, and Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) posted 12 pts. In Ukraine, Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) was better than the others with 16 points and 8 rebs. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) (5 as) and Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) posted 11 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 19-12, 21-11, 9-16, 19-21. Ukraine will be the host on Saturday.

Hungary - Israel 73-66
Hungary was better than Israel 73-66 in Round Nine of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Thanks to this victory Hungary improved to 5-2 record in Group A, while at the other side Israel dropped to 3-4. Hungary will meet Ukraine in the last round and it will be decisive game for the second place in this pool. Ukraine celebrated in Hungary in Round Five 73-78, so Hungary will have to win with at least 6 pts on Saturday. Israel failed to reach the EuroBasket. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Katalin Honti (175-G-87) (5 as) scored 13 pts, while Nora Nagy (185-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) helped with 12 points and 9 rebs. In defeat, Liron Cohen (173-G-82) collected 19 points and 5 assists. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) and Ekaterina Abramzon (185-F-87) scored 14 and 11 pts respectively. Hungary shined in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 14-20, 16-14, 20-18, 23-14. Saturday is the last day of qualifications.

Group B
Serbia - Poland 67-62
Serbia handed 67-62 loss to Poland in Round Nine of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Most likely it was the crucial game for the second place in Group B. Thanks to this victory Serbia joined Poland with 5-2 record and also Serbia holds a tiebreaker as Poland won in Round 4 with only 2 pts. If Serbia beats last ranked Estonia on Saturday they will advance to EuroBasket. Estonia will be the host. Poland can only hope that Estonia can surprise Serbia and also Poland has to beat Switzerland at home. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) scored 20 points for Serbia tonight and Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87) added 13 pts. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) followed them with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Poland got 13 points from Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) and Agnieszka Szott (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group). Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex) stopped to 11 pts.
Skobel made a triple for Poland with 8 seconds remaining cutting the margin to 63-62. However, Dabovic was sent to the line after that and she made both free throws. Poland had six seconds for the last possession, but Marina Mandic made a steal and Jovanovic made it at the buzzer for the final 67-62 victory. Quarters: 19-12, 16-20, 10-14, 22-16. Saturday is the last day of qualification.

Montenegro - Estonia 81-61
Expected win for Montenegro, who finished 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications with 6-2 record. That will be enough for the first place in Group B and of course for the EuroBasket ticket. Montenegro entered to qualifications with big ambitions and they managed to meet all expectations. At the other side, Estonia faced with seventh loss in this pool. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) top-scored in Montenegro with 23 points and she also pulled down 6 rebounds. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) almost registered triple-double in this game with 19 pts, 11 as and 8 rebs, while Snezana Aleksic (172-G-89) netted 14 pts (5 rebs). In Estonia, Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) delivered 22 points. Valeria Kast (201-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: N.Mexico) scored 12 pts and grabbed 7 rebs. Montenegro exploded in the first half making 25-point lead. Quarters: 23-14, 29-13, 16-17, 13-17. Estonia will host Serbia on Saturday to close the qualifications.
Group C
Holland - Slovakia 51-66
Slovakia booked a ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in France. They handed 51-66 home loss to Holland on Wednesday night for almost perfect 6-1 record in Group C. Slovakia will have a chance to win this pool if they beat Slovenia in the last round of qualifications. That game is scheduled for Saturday. At the other side, Holland fell to 2-5 and their last rival will be Belgium. Slovakia had impressive first half of the game making 18-point lead. They had no troubles to keep it for rest of the way. Quarters: 18-24, 9-21, 13-11, 11-10. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) shined with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the guests and Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) added 12 pts, plus 11 boards. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) collected 9 points and 5 rebs. For the hosts, Marianne Van der Hoek (180-F-90) delivered 15 points and Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) had one less, plus 9 rebounds. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) was limited to 7 pts and 5 rebs.

Lithuania - Belgium 61-53
Lithuania was better than Belgium 61-53 in Round 9 of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The hosts finished qualifications with 6-2 record in Group C and secured a spot for EuroBasket. If Slovakia fails in the last round, Lithuania will be the winner of this group. If not, Lithuania will finish as No.2, but that is just the formality as both teams already booked a ticket for France. Belgium faced with seventh loss (0-7) and closes the standings in this pool. Lithuania had to work hard until the end to grab this victory. Quarters: 17-14, 13-16, 16-14, 15-9. Their key player was Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) with double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds (valuation 31). Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) scored 9 points and Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) added 8 pts, plus 6 boards. Anne-Sophie Strubbe (182-SF-90) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) almost had double-double 11 pts and 9 rebs, while Laurence Van Malderen (190-C-81, agency: LBM Management) posted 8 pts and 6 boards.
Group D
Spain - Romania 68-54
Spain finished 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications with 68-54 home win against Romania. The hosts registered 6-2 record in Group D and booked a ticket for EuroBasket in France. Spain will be the winner of this pool if Sweden fails against Germany in the last round. If not, Spain will end as No.2. At the other side, Romania fell to 2-5 and will meet Bulgaria in the last round. Spain shined in first and third period to take the victory on Wednesday night. Quarters: 25-13, 13-14, 17-8, 13-19. Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90) had 11 points and 5 rebs for the winners, and Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 10 pts. Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) posted 9 points each. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Annemarie Parau (175-G-84) and Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) posted 10 points apiece. Saturday is the last day of qualifications.

Bulgaria - Germany 67-60
Bulgaria finally registered its first win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They outplayed Germany 67-60 for 1-6 score in Group D. At the other side, Germany dropped to 3-4 record. Both teams failed to reach the EuroBasket in France, despite there is one more round to go in qualifications. Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) led Bulgaria to its first win collecting 19 points and 5 rebounds. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 15 points and Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) shined with 12 pts and 10 rebounds. Germany got double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds from Romy Bar (189-F-87). Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) had 10 pts and 6 boards, while Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) posted 8 pts and 12 rebs. Germany was better in the first ten minutes of the game, but all after that belonged to Bulgaria. The hosts jumped to 59-48 lead with 5:24 remaining, what was too much for the guests. Bulgaria will play in Romania on Saturday, while Germany waits Sweden.
Group E
Italy - Greece 68-61
Italy did a great job against Greece on Wednesday. The home team celebrated crucial 68-61 victory improving its record to 6-1 in Group E. Despite there is one more round to do in qualifications, it is already clear that Italy booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Greece faced with third loss and will not be able to reach the second place, even if they beat Luxembourg on Saturday. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points and 6 assists, and Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) followed her with 14 points and 7 boards. Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) secured a great help adding 12 pts and 9 rebs to this victory. In Greece, Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) was better than the others with 23 points and 9 rebs. Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (5 rebs) and Lolita Lymoura (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management) scored 11 and 8 points respectively. Italy had 56-47 lead after three quarters, but Greece came to 60-57 with 4:51 to go. However, that was all from he guests as Italy closed this game with mini 8-4 run. Quarters: 16-19, 24-19, 16-9, 12-14.

Latvia - Finland 80-47
Latvia destroyed Finland 80-47 on Wednesday to book a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Thanks to this victory Latvia finished as the second ranked team of Group E with 5-3 record. Finland at the other side dropped to 3-4 and they will meet Italy on Saturday. Italy will be the winner of this group as they already celebrated in 6 games. Zane Teilane-Tamane (200-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois) had amazing game collecting 16 points and 24 rebounds (valuation 37!). Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 15 points and Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) added 12 pts, 6 boards and 5 assists. Visitors got 9 points from Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) (8 rebs) and Emmi Leino (182-F/G-94). Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) stopped to 7 pts in this meeting. Latvia dominated during the entire game increasing their lead each minute. Quarters: 30-17, 16-12, 16-7, 18-11. Saturday is the last day of qualifications.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

W-Standings - Div.A

Standings
Group A
1. Belgium1-0
2. Hungary1-0
3. Sweden0-1
4. Turkey0-1
Group B
1. Russia1-0
2. Serbia1-0
3. Slovakia0-1
4. Greece0-1
Group C
1. Croatia1-0
2. France1-0
3. Czech Rep.0-1
4. U.Kingdom0-1
Group D
1. Italy1-0
2. Holland1-0
3. Spain0-1
4. Germany0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 12: HUN - SWE 74-46
Jul. 12: BEL - TUR 72-46

B

Jul. 12: SVK - SRB 47-57
Jul. 12: RUS - GRE 47-40

C

Jul. 12: FRA - CZE 68-39
Jul. 12: ENG - CRO 42-67

D

Jul. 12: ESP - ITA 48-67
Jul. 12: GER - NED 38-64

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jul. 13: SWE - BEL
Jul. 13: TUR - HUN

B

Jul. 13: GRE - SVK
Jul. 13: SRB - RUS

C

Jul. 13: CRO - FRA
Jul. 13: CZE - ENG

D

Jul. 13: ITA - GER
Jul. 13: NED - ESP


Standings - Div.B - by Charles Ramsdell

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Finland1-0
2. Portugal1-0
3. Ukraine0-1
4. Estonia0-1
Group B
1. Lithuania1-0
2. Israel0-0
3. Denmark0-1
Group C
1. Luxembourg.1-0
2. Poland1-0
3. Romania0-1
4. Bulgaria0-1
Group D
1. Belarus1-0
2. Slovenia1-0
3. Latvia0-1
4. Norway0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 12: FIN - UKR 67-52
Jul. 12: POR - EST 64-40

B

Jul. 12: DEN - LTU 55-76

C

Jul. 12: ROM - LUX 76-84
Jul. 12: POL - BUL 75-55

D

Jul. 12: BLR - NOR 85-19
Jul. 12: LAT - SLO 60-64

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jul. 13: EST - FIN
Jul. 13: UKR - POR

B

Jul. 13: LTU - ISR

C

Jul. 13: LUX - POL
Jul. 13: BUL - ROM

D

Jul. 13: SLO - BLR
Jul. 13: NOR - LAT


Division A: Day One in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Hungary - Sweden 74-46
Hungary had a great start in Miskolc. The host of U16 EuroBasket Division A handed 74-46 loss to Sweden for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Participants of this pool are also Belgium and Turkey. Three best teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Hungary took control on Sweden from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 27-20, 19-12, 14-6, 14-8. Virag Weninger (174-SG-97) led the hosts in scoring with 16 points and Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) added 15 points, plus 10 rebounds. Third scorer in victory was Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) with 14 pts (6 rebs). In the loosing squad, Amanda Tivenius (184-F-96) collected 17 points and 7 rebounds. Andjela Hrnjez (185-C-96) had 11 pts and also 7 rebs, while Anna Lundqvist (176-G-96) was stopped to just 5 pts. On Friday, Hungary will meet Turkey, while Sweden will take on Belgium.

Belgium - Turkey 72-46
Box-score and game report will be available soon.


Group B
Russia - Greece 47-40
Russia celebrated in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A in Miskolc. They outplayed Greece 47-40 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) was a key player in this victory. She spent 32 minutes on the court collecting 22 points and 12 rebounds (valuation 28). Second scorer in Russia was Tatiana Sema (193-C-96) with only 6 points (6 rebounds). In Greece, Maria Goula (178-G/F-96) was better than the others with 13 points. Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (170-PG-96) scored 8 points in this defeat. Quarters: 11-7, 9-12, 11-9, 16-12. Russia and Greece, together with Serbia and Slovakia fight for one of the first three places in Group B. Top three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. In Day Two (Friday), Russia will play against Serbia. Greece will meet Slovakia.

Slovakia - Serbia 47-57
Serbia did a good job in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A in Miskolc. They celebrated 47-57 win against Slovakia, mostly owing to Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) who exploded with 25 points and 9 rebounds. She reached valuation 22 and was named MVP of this meeting. Anja Spasojevic (180-SG-96) had 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners, while Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) netted 8 pts. Slovakia got 17 points from Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) and 11 from Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) (7 rebs). Their third scorer was Alzbeta Bubenikova (183-F/C-97) with 7 points. Serbia made plus 14 at the half time and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way, despite Slovakia improved its game after the breather. Quarters: 7-15, 12-20, 10-6, 18-16. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B, together with Russia and Greece. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. On Friday, Serbia will play against Russia. Slovakia will take on Greece, who also failed in Day One.
Group C
France - Czech Republic 68-39
France demonstrated its power in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A in Miskolc. They handed huge 68-39 loss to Czech Republic improving to 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. France made plus 14 at the halftime and later destroyed its rival in the last ten minutes of the game (21-6). Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) drained 18 points in victory and Ornella Bankole (180-SF-97) helped with 10. Carla Blatrie (170-G-96) delivered 9 pts in this meeting. At the other side, Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) and Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) posted 13 and 11 points respectively. On Friday, France will play against Croatia. Czech Republic will take on the United Kingdom. First three teams from this group will advance to the Qualifying Round. Croatia was better than UK in Day One, so France and Croatia share the first place at the moment.

United Kingdom - Croatia 42-67
Croatia opened U16 EuroBasket Division A with victory. They were too strong for the United Kingdom 42-67 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Participants of the same pool are also France and Czech Republic. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Croatia had wonderful first half of the game making plus 23 and later managed to keep the comfortable lead. Quarters: 11-22, 5-17, 10-14, 16-14. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) shined for the winners with 22 points. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) and Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) (9 rebs) helped their country with 10 points each. In UK, Leah McDerment (180-PG-96) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds. Their second scorer was Savannah Wilkinson (178-SG-98) with 8 points (8 rebs). Croatia will meet France on Friday. It will most likely be the crucial game for position No.1 in this group. UK's next rival will be Czech Republic.

Group D
Spain - Italy 48-67
Italy was too strong for Spain in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A in Miskolc. Spain registered 48-67 victory thanks to great played last ten minutes of the game (12-28). Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group D, together with Holland and Germany. First three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Martina Kacerik (179-F-96) scored 16 points for Italy and Marzia Tagliamento (179-F-96) followed her with three less. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. In Spain, Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) was the only one with double digits in scoring (16 points, 8 rebs). Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) had 8 and Elena Capella (171-G-96) stopped to 6 pts. Italy will play against Germany in Day Two. Spain's rival will be Holland.

Germany - Holland 38-64
It was a great Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A for Holland. They had no troubles to beat Germany 38-64 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Participants of the same pool are also Italy and Spain. Holland created 10-point lead already in the first quarter and jumped to plus 14 at the halftime. Germany was not able to replay and Holland registered huge win at the end. Emese Hof (188-C-96) paced Holland with double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Ndiba also was great adding 18 points and 10 rebounds. In defeat, Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) answered with 17 points and 5 rebs, but she had poor shot percentage. Patricia Brossmann (180-SF-97) collected 10 points and 9 rebounds. Holland will meet Spain on Friday, while Germany will play against Italy. Holland and Spain currently have 1-0 record in this pool. Three best teams will advance to the next stage.



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  FRANCE   


U16 France has no mercy for U16 Czech Republic in Miskolc, 68-39 - by Eurobasket News

U16 FRANCE - U16 CZECH REPUBLIC 68-39

France demonstrated its power in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A in Miskolc. They handed huge 68-39 loss to Czech Republic improving to 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. France made plus 14 at the halftime and later destroyed its rival in the last ten minutes of the game (21-6). Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) drained 18 points in victory and Ornella Bankole (180-SF-97) helped with 10. Carla Blatrie (170-G-96) delivered 9 pts in this meeting. At the other side, Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) and Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) posted 13 and 11 points respectively. On Friday, France will play against Croatia. Czech Republic will take on the United Kingdom. First three teams from this group will advance to the Qualifying Round. Croatia was better than UK in Day One, so France and Croatia share the first place at the moment.

France: Louise Dambach 18, Ornella Bankole 10, Carla Blatrie 9
Czech Republic: Sarah Berankova 13, Gabriela Andelova 11



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


FYROM wins Group B with perfect 3-0 - by Eurobasket News

FYR MACEDONIA - WALES 106-48

As expected, FYROM was too strong for Wales 106-48 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid. It means that the host of EuroBasket Division C won the first place in Group B with perfect 3-0 record. Their rival in the Semifinals will be Scotland. At the other side, Wales finished as No.3 in this pool and failed to reach the next stage. They will continue in Classifications games from 5-8 place. Their first rival will be Moldova. FYROM made 21-point lead already in the first quarter and jumped to plus 39 at the HT. All after that was just the formality. Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners, while Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) was their second scorer with 14 pts. Ema Reskoska (192-C-90) had double-double of 12 points and 10 boards. In Wales, Emma Gough (177-G-86) was better than the others with 9 points and Rebecca Short (181-C-88) had one less. Competition continues on Saturday.

FYROM: Elena Radenkovic 19+6 boards, Slavica Dimovska 14, Ema Reskoska 12+10 boards
Wales: Emma Gough 9, Rebecca Short 8



FYROM grabs thriller win against Austria 41-39 - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia - Austria 41-39

FYROM jumped to 2-0 record in Group B of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. The host of this event grabbed 41-39 thriller win against Austria and booked a spot for the Semifinals. Austria also has a great chance to reach the Semis, but they will have to beat weak Gibraltar. That game will be played today. Edina Musa (179-G-91) led FYROM with 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 10 pts and 6 rebs. Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) netted 7 pts and grabbed 5 rebs. In defeat, Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) scored 16 points and Eva Breuer (168-G-83) stopped to 6 pts (7 rebs). Austria had 37-39 lead, but they were scoreless in the final 2:28. Radenkovic made 3 free throws for the hosts and Tanturovska added one in the finish for the final 41-39 win. Quarters: 11-14, 10-4, 13-6, 7-15. Today, FYROM will play against Wales.

FYROM: Edina Musa 11+8 boards, Monika Gavriloska 10+6 boards, Slavica Dimovska 7+5 boards
Austria: Sophia Plank 16, Eva Breuer 6+7 boards



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  GERMANY   


Holland cruises past Germany at U16 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

U16 GERMANY - U16 HOLLAND 38-64

It was a great Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A for Holland. They had no troubles to beat Germany 38-64 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Participants of the same pool are also Italy and Spain. Holland created 10-point lead already in the first quarter and jumped to plus 14 at the halftime. Germany was not able to replay and Holland registered huge win at the end. Emese Hof (188-C-96) paced Holland with double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Ndiba also was great adding 18 points and 10 rebounds. In defeat, Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) answered with 17 points and 5 rebs, but she had poor shot percentage. Patricia Brossmann (180-SF-97) collected 10 points and 9 rebounds. Holland will meet Spain on Friday, while Germany will play against Italy. Holland and Spain currently have 1-0 record in this pool. Three best teams will advance to the next stage.

Germany: Emma lina Stach 17+5 boards, Patricia Brossmann 10+9 boards
Holland: Emese Hof 23+11 boards, Ndiba 18+10 boards



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  GIBRALTAR   


Shanahan paces Wales to 56-48 win against Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Wales - Gibraltar 56-48

Both teams failed in Day One of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. Wales outplayed Gibraltar 56-48 for 1-0 record in Group B. Thanks to this victory Wales kept is Semifinals hopes alive, while at the other side Gibraltar dropped to 0-2. Laura Shanahan (170-G-89) was a key player in this victory and their only player with double digits. She scored 20 points. Emma Gough (177-G-86) and Joanne Raper (186-C-84) (11 rebs) stopped to 9 and 8 points respectively. Gibraltar got 14 points from Alexandra Mauro (165-PG-91) and 11 from Joelle Moreno (165-G/F-88). Graciella Anthony (173-G/F-85) collected 8 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-13, 13-17, 9-7, 14-11. In the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid (Thursday) Wales will meet host FYROM. Gibraltar will take on Austria.

Wales: Laura Shanahan 20, Emma Gough 9, Joanne Raper 8+11 boards
Gibraltar: Alexandra Mauro 14, Joelle Moreno 11, Graciella Anthony 8+6 boards



Austria advances to Semifinals of EuroBasket Division C - by Eurobasket News

AUSTRIA - GIBRALTAR 80-29

Austria advanced to the Semifinals of EuroBasket Division C in Ohrid. They had no mercy for Gibraltar 80-29 in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Thanks to this win Austria ended as the second ranked team in Group B with 2-1 record and will meet Malta in the Semifinals. At the other side, Gibraltar closes the standings in this pool with 0-3. They will continue in classifications games from 5-8 place and their first rival will be Azerbaijan. Austria dominated in all basketball elements and Gibraltar simply was no able to resist. Quarters: 18-7, 19-3, 17-11, 26-8. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) led the scorers in Austria with 17 points and Julia Horti (164-G-89) delivered 10 pts. Their third scorer was Margit Forcher (177-G-76) with 9 points. In Gibraltar, Zainya Reyes (173-SG-92) scored 10 points and Kaira Sene (174-SF-82) had 6 pts, plus 5 rebs.

Austria: Sophia Plank 17, Julia Horti 10, Margit Forcher 9
Gibraltar: Zainya Reyes 10, Kaira Sene 6+5 boards



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  GREECE   


Greek women lost from Italy, out of the 2013Eurobasket - by Diamadis Farmakis

Greek team was in a ''do or die'' situation yesterday in the game against Italy, on the road. With a win, coach Daglas's players would hold the ticket to France and the 2013 Eurobasket. They lost the game in the details.

Italy clinched first place in Group E of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round with a 68-61 victory over Greece. That means Greece will not play in next year's EuroBasket Women. Greece went into the contest with a 4-2 record and led by as many as eight points in the first half.

The Italians scored the last five points of the first half with Sabrina Cinili making two free-throws and Benedetta Bagnara burying a three-ball for a 40-38 lead. Giorgia Sottana then reeled off the first seven points of the second half and the Italians reeled off 10 in a row for a 50-38 lead. Greece fought back and twice trimmed the deficit to three points in the last 5:35 but got no closer.

Top scorer for the Greek team was, Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) with 23 points.

The victory for Italy avenges the costly defeat to the Greeks in the teams' final game of the EuroBasket Women 2009. In that battle for fifth place, Greece hit back from a double-digit deficit to win and that allowed them to compete at the 2010 World Championship in the Czech Republic.



Kolosovskaya leads U16 Russia to win against U16 Greece, 47-40 - by Eurobasket News

U16 RUSSIA - U16 GREECE 47-40

Russia celebrated in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A in Miskolc. They outplayed Greece 47-40 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) was a key player in this victory. She spent 32 minutes on the court collecting 22 points and 12 rebounds (valuation 28). Second scorer in Russia was Tatiana Sema (193-C-96) with only 6 points (6 rebounds). In Greece, Maria Goula (178-G/F-96) was better than the others with 13 points. Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (170-PG-96) scored 8 points in this defeat. Quarters: 11-7, 9-12, 11-9, 16-12. Russia and Greece, together with Serbia and Slovakia fight for one of the first three places in Group B. Top three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. In Day Two (Friday), Russia will play against Serbia. Greece will meet Slovakia.

Russia: Daria Kolosovskaya 22+12 boards, Tatiana Sema 6+6 boards
Greece: Maria Goula 13, Pinelopi Pavlopoulou 8



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  HOLLAND   


Holland cruises past Germany at U16 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

U16 GERMANY - U16 HOLLAND 38-64

It was a great Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A for Holland. They had no troubles to beat Germany 38-64 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Participants of the same pool are also Italy and Spain. Holland created 10-point lead already in the first quarter and jumped to plus 14 at the halftime. Germany was not able to replay and Holland registered huge win at the end. Emese Hof (188-C-96) paced Holland with double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Ndiba also was great adding 18 points and 10 rebounds. In defeat, Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) answered with 17 points and 5 rebs, but she had poor shot percentage. Patricia Brossmann (180-SF-97) collected 10 points and 9 rebounds. Holland will meet Spain on Friday, while Germany will play against Italy. Holland and Spain currently have 1-0 record in this pool. Three best teams will advance to the next stage.

Germany: Emma lina Stach 17+5 boards, Patricia Brossmann 10+9 boards
Holland: Emese Hof 23+11 boards, Ndiba 18+10 boards



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  HUNGARY   


Hungary destroys Sweden in U16 EuroBasket opener - by Eurobasket News

U16 HUNGARY - U16 SWEDEN 74-46

Hungary had a great start in Miskolc. The host of U16 EuroBasket Division A handed 74-46 loss to Sweden for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Participants of this pool are also Belgium and Turkey. Three best teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Hungary took control on Sweden from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 27-20, 19-12, 14-6, 14-8. Virag Weninger (174-SG-97) led the hosts in scoring with 16 points and Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) added 15 points, plus 10 rebounds. Third scorer in victory was Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) with 14 pts (6 rebs). In the loosing squad, Amanda Tivenius (184-F-96) collected 17 points and 7 rebounds. Andjela Hrnjez (185-C-96) had 11 pts and also 7 rebs, while Anna Lundqvist (176-G-96) was stopped to just 5 pts. On Friday, Hungary will meet Turkey, while Sweden will take on Belgium.

Hungary: Virag Weninger 16, Bernadett Horvath 15+10 boards, Agnes Dobos 14+6 boards
Sweden: Amanda Tivenius 17+7 boards, Andjela Hrnjez 11+7 boards, Anna Lundqvist 5



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  INDIA   


Indian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Akanksha Singh
Singh
Anna Jose Geethu
Geethu
Anitha Paul Durai
Paul Durai
Pratima Singh
Singh
Aruna Kindo
Kindo
#e#5
4 Akanksha Singh 168-G-89 Delhi India
5 Apoorva Murlinath 179-F-89 Railways India
6 Anna Jose Geethu 185-C-85 Railways India
7 Anitha Paul Durai 169-G-85 Railways India
8 Pratima Singh 173-G/F-90 Delhi India
9 Aruna Kindo 177-G-92 Railways India
10 Smruthi Radhakrishnan 175-G-92 Railways India
11 K Kavita 169-G-92 Railways India
12 Anju Lakra 164-G-83 Railways India
13 Subramani Kokila 165-G-88 Railways India
14 P.S. Jeena 178-F-94 Kerala India
15 Kiranjit Kaur 182-C-88 Railways India

Chelladurai Thinakaran Head Coach Tamil Nadu India
Prem Kumar Assistant Kerala India



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  ITALY   


Italy books ticket for 2013 EuroBasket, Greece fails to do it - by Eurobasket News

ITALY - GREECE 68-61

Italy did a great job against Greece on Wednesday. The home team celebrated crucial 68-61 victory improving its record to 6-1 in Group E. Despite there is one more round to do in qualifications, it is already clear that Italy booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Greece faced with third loss and will not be able to reach the second place, even if they beat Luxembourg on Saturday. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points and 6 assists, and Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) followed her with 14 points and 7 boards. Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) secured a great help adding 12 pts and 9 rebs to this victory. In Greece, Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) was better than the others with 23 points and 9 rebs. Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (5 rebs) and Lolita Lymoura (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management) scored 11 and 8 points respectively. Italy had 56-47 lead after three quarters, but Greece came to 60-57 with 4:51 to go. However, that was all from he guests as Italy closed this game with mini 8-4 run. Quarters: 16-19, 24-19, 16-9, 12-14.

Italy: Giorgia Sottana 18+6 as, Raffaella Masciadri 14+7 boards, Sabrina Cinili 12+9 boards
Greece: Zoi Dimitrakou 23+9 boards, Peli Papamichail 11+5 boards, Lolita Lymoura 8



U16 Spain hands 67-48 loss to U16 Italy in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 SPAIN - U16 ITALY 48-67

Italy was too strong for Spain in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A in Miskolc. Spain registered 48-67 victory thanks to great played last ten minutes of the game (12-28). Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group D, together with Holland and Germany. First three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Martina Kacerik (179-F-96) scored 16 points for Italy and Marzia Tagliamento (179-F-96) followed her with three less. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. In Spain, Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) was the only one with double digits in scoring (16 points, 8 rebs). Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) had 8 and Elena Capella (171-G-96) stopped to 6 pts. Italy will play against Germany in Day Two. Spain's rival will be Holland.

Spain: Angela Salvadores 16+8 boards, Laura Quevedo 8, Elena Capella 6
Italy: Martina Kacerik 16, Marzia Tagliamento 13, Cecilia Zandalasini 12+11 boards



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  JAPAN   


Japanese University National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Japanese U22 National Team 2012
#s#
Rina Sezaki
Sezaki
Ayaka Satoh
Satoh
Aoi Katsura
Katsura
Chikae Uchino
Uchino
#e#4
4 Mio Shinozaki 166-PG-91 Shoin Univ. Japan
5 Yukiko Kayatani 170-G-90
6 Yuki Kato 177-F-92
7 Yuka Kosuge 180-F-91
8 Mari Hashizume 183-C-92 Takushoku Un. Japan
9 Satomi Ochiai 165-G-91
10 Rina Sezaki 162-PG-92
11 Ayaka Satoh 177-G/F-87 Chanson V-M Japan
12 Kaede Kondo 172-G-91
13 Aoi Katsura 180-F-92
14 Riko Kakuhata 172-F-92
15 Chikae Uchino 176-F-93

IYODA Yoshihiko coach
NODERA Kazuhiko coach
MORIYA Shiho coach



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

4 Agne Cerneckyte
5 Milana Matias
6 Ina Mylko
7 Giedre Lileikyte
8 Laurita Jurciute
9 Sarune Melinauskaite
10 Erika Kregzdyte
11 Ruta Drungilaite
12 Ieva Savickaite
13 Dalia Belickaite
14 Laura Juskaite
15 Daugile Sarauskaite

Ramune Kumpiene
Nijole Kregzdiene



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Luxembourg U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Luxembourg U16 National Team 2012
#s#
Mia Pauly
Pauly
Claire Nilles
Nilles
Anouk Frieden
Frieden
Lynn Reuter
Reuter
Jessy Goergen
Goergen
#e#5
4 Mia Pauly 176-F-96
5 Claire Nilles 178-C-97
6 Anouk Frieden 165-PG-96
7 Lynn Reuter 180-F-96
8 Jessy Goergen 173-PG-97
9 Lena Walter 171-G-96
10 Anne Slunecko 180-SF-97
11 Hannah Pauly 163-PG-97
12 Cathrin Wolff 179-C-96
13 Lynn Grandjean 175-F-96
14 Lisa Jablonowski 186-C-97
15 Michelle Slunecko 180-SF-97

Thierry Kremer Head Coach
Dragana Zoric Assistant



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  MALAYSIA   


Malaysian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Malaysian National Team 2012
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Fook Yee Yap
Yap
Yin Yin Chong
Chong
Hui Pin Pang
Pang
Phey Chi Low
Low
Poh Yee Ooi
Ooi
#e#5
4 Fook Yee Yap 174-F-93
5 Yin Yin Chong 166-G-93
6 Hui Pin Pang 176-F-90
7 Phey Chi Low 170-G-94
8 Poh Yee Ooi 175-F-93
9 Chiau Teng Ting 180-C-92
10 Sook Ping Choo 173-G-88
11 Shi yeng Ng 186-C-94
12 Kalaimathi Rajintiran 185-C-90
13 Ching Yee Yap 192-C-91
14 Shook Ying Hee 181-C-85
15 Mei Kuan Ng 176-F-90

Suik May Kew Head Coach
Siew Lian Beh Assistant



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  MALTA   


Malta wins Group A in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News

MALTA - AZERBAIJAN 80-70

Malta is the winner of Preliminary Group A in Ohrid. They handed 80-70 loss to Azerbaijan to end this phase with perfect 3-0 record. Of course, Malta advanced to the Semifinals, where their rival will be Austria. Azerbaijan ended as third ranked team in this group with 1-2 record and will continue in classification games from 5-8 place. Their first rival is Gibraltar. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) had 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ashleigh Vella (188-F/C-90) also had amazing game 17 pts, 14 rebs and 6 assists, while Beverly Zammit (178-SG-87) helped with 12 points. Azerbaijan got 21 points and 5 boards from Tatyana Deniskina (173-SG-85). Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) followed with 17 pts and 14 rebs, and Anastasiya Biryuchkova (170-G-90) scored 13 points. Malta was 17-points up at the halftime and jumped to plus 20 with ten minutes to go. Azerbaijan drastically improved in the last quarter, but it was too late for them.

Malta: Rebecca Thoresen 20+5 boards+5 as, Ashleigh Vella 17+14 boards+6 as, Beverly Zammit 12
Azerbaijan: Tatyana Deniskina 21+5 boards, Dina Ulyanova 17+14 boards, Anastasiya Biryuchkova 13



Malta blasts Scotland to secures Semifinals in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News

Malta - Scotland 80-57

Both teams celebrated in Day One of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. Malta managed to beat Scotland on Wednesday 80-57 for perfect 2-0 record in Group A. Thanks to this huge win Malta already booked a spot for the Semifinals. Scotland will have to beat last ranked Moldova today to reach the next stage. Malta got 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds from Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78). Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) scored 15 pts and Ashleigh Vella (188-F/C-90) added 14 pts, 6 rebs and 6 as. In Scotland, Mairi Buchan (188-C/F-90) shined with 20 points and 6 rebs. Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) scored 12 points and Gillian Baird (182-F-88) had 11 pts, plus 6 boards. Malta was up by 17 at the halftime and totally destroyed its rival after the breather. Rebecca Thoresen and her teammates made 27-9 in Q3 and all after that was just the formality.

Malta: Rebecca Thoresen 20+7 as+6 boards, Stephanie De Martino 15, Ashleigh Vella 14+6 boards+6 as
Scotland: Mairi Buchan 20+6 boards, Deanne Hayward 12, Gillian Baird 11+6 boards



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  MOLDOVA   


Deniskina and Ulyanova lead Azerbaijan to first win in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News

Azerbaijan - Moldova 63-44

Azerbaijan registered first win at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. They handed 63-44 loss to Moldova for 1-1 record in Group A. At the other side, Moldova faced with the second loss at this event. Azerbaijan made 20-6 in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 24 until the halftime. Moldova improved after the breather (7-16), but Azerbaijan stopped them in Q4 and celebrated comfortable win at the end. Tatyana Deniskina (173-SG-85) led the scorers in victory with 24 points, while Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) also had a monster game with 20 points and 21 rebounds. In defeat, Cristina Gontari (179-F-91) was better than the others with 11 points and 5 rebs. Ala Causan (178-SG-75) collected 9 pts and 6 boards. Today, Azerbaijan will meet Malta in do-or-die game. Moldova will take on Scotland.

Azerbaijan: Tatyana Deniskina 24, Dina Ulyanova 20+21 boards,
Moldova: Cristina Gontari 11+5 boards, Ala Causan 9+6 boards



Scotland heads to Semifinals in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News

SCOTLAND - MOLDOVA 81-19

Scotland had no mercy for Moldova in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid. They celebrated huge 81-19 win for 2-1 record in Group A. That is enough for the second place in this pool and Scotland advanced to the Semifinals, where they will meet host FYROM. Moldova is the last ranked team of this group with 0-3 and they will continue in classification games from 5-8 place. Their first rival will be Wales. Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) had 24 points and 5 assists for the winners and Mairi Buchan (188-C/F-90) added 20 points, plus 9 boards. Siobhan Moore (185-C-87, college: Bridgeport) posted 14 pts. In defeat, Galina Cuznetov (193-C-89) had 4 points and 7 rebounds. Scotland kept Moldova scoreless for the entire Q3. Quarters: 21-8, 22-5, 17-0, 21-6.

Scotland: Deanne Hayward 24+5 as, Mairi Buchan 20+9 boards, Siobhan Moore 14
Moldova: Galina Cuznetov 4+7 boards



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  NORWAY   


Norwegian U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

4 Rosanna Elahi
5 Ulrikke Hoff
6 Martine Landstrom
7 Kristin Hannestad
8 Nini Skjulhaug
9 Alva Eide
10 Fredrikke Hylen
11 Helene Engelsvoll
12 Alida Dale
13 Anna Fraas
14 Mie Hoff
15 Thale Messel

Ulf Landstrom
Yngvild Skatun



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Russian Olympic squad announced - by Eurobasket News

Following a practice game against Russian male student squad, head coach Boris Sokolovsky made final four cuts to the Russian National Team roster, bringing it down to the 12 who will go to London.

In the practice game the Russians earned their first victory against male student squads this summer 89-75.

Unlike what was reported by some Russian outlets two days ago, the final four cuts for the Russian NT were Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84), Katerina Keyru (182-G/F-88), Ekaterina Lisina (202-C-87) and Tatiana Popova (180-PF-84).


Russian 2012 roster looks like this:

Name Height Position DOB Club
Elena Danilochkina (186-G-86) 182 cm guard 27.01.1986 Nadezhda
Becky Hammon (168-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) 168 cm guard 11.03.1977 Sparta&K
Natalia Zhedik (184-G-88) 183 cm guard 11.07.1988 Nadezhda
Ilona Korstin (183-G/F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 183 cm guard 30.05.1980 Perfumerias Avenida, Spain
Eugeniya Belyakova (183-G-86) 182 cm guard 27.06.1986 Sparta&K
Olga Arteshina (189-F-82) 188 cm forward 27.11.1982 UMMC
Natalia Vodopiyanova (188-F-81) 188 cm forward 04.06.1981 Dynamo Kursk
Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) 195 cm forward 19.07.1985 Sparta&K
Natalia Vieru (197-C-89) 196 cm center 25.07.1989 Good Angels
Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) 189 cm forward 04.12.1984 Dynamo Kursk
Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-PF-89) 195 cm center 02.07.1989 Arras, France
Irina Osipova (196-C/F-81) 196 cm center 25.06.1981 Sparta&K


From the 2011 European Champion squad they will be bringing back only 6 players Danilochkina, Korstin, Eugeniya Belyakova, Arteshina, Kuzina, Osipova. With 50% from that squad they are bringing back 55% of their scoring, 40% of their rebounding 51% of their assists and 49% of their steals.

For Natalia Zhedik, Anna Petrakova and Nadezhda Grishaeva this will be their debut in a major tournament with the National Team.

Russia have been drawn in Group B with Australia, France, Brazil, Canada and Great Britain.

Courtesy of: http://lovewomensbasketball.com



Brazilian Olympic roster announced - by Eurobasket News

On Tuesday, Brazilian NT roster who will head to Washington D.C. to play USA on Monday and ultimately will represent Brazil in the Olympic games.

Before heading to the Olympic venue, Brazilians will stop by France to participate in a tourney against France, Australia and China.
Name Height Position DOB Club
Adrianinha Moises 169 cm guard 06.12.1978 Parma, Italy
Joice de Souza (175-G-86) 174 cm guard 06.09.1986 Ourinhos Basquete
Tassia Carcavalli 179 cm guard 31.05.1992 Americana
Iziane Castro Marques (182-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 182 cm guard 13.03.1982 Maranhao Basquete
Karla da Costa (172-G-78) 172 cm guard 25.09.1978 Americana
Patricia Ferreira 182 cm forward 21.03.1979 Ourinhos Basquete
Silvia Gustavo Rocha 183 cm forward 14.05.1982 Ourinhos Basquete
Clarissa Dos Santos (186-C-88) 182 cm forward 10.03.1988 Americana
Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 196 cm center 09.03.1982 Perfumerias Avenida, Spain
Nadia Calhado (195-C-89) 194 cm center 25.02.1989 Santo Andres/Semasa
Damiris Do Amaral (192-C-92) 192 cm center 17.11.1992 RC Celta, Spain
Franciele Nascimento (190-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 191 cm center 19.10.1987 Hondarribia-Irun, Spain


Courtesy of: http://lovewomensbasketball.com



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  POLAND   


Polish U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Polish U16 National Team 2012
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Karolina Olszewska
Olszewska
Zuzanna Sklepowicz
Sklepowicz
Patrycja Klatt
Klatt
Jowita Ossowska
Ossowska
Aleksandra Mysinska
Mysinska
#e#5
4 Karolina Olszewska 165-G-96 MUKS Kornik Poland
5 Zuzanna Sklepowicz 173-G-96
6 Patrycja Klatt 171-G-96 MUKS Kornik Poland
7 Jowita Ossowska 180-F/C-96 GTK Poland
8 Aleksandra Mysinska 173-PG-96
9 Julia Tyszkiewicz 177-G-96 Lomianki Poland
10 Amalia Rembiszewska 189-F-96 Lomianki Poland
11 Monika Radomska 188-PF-96
12 Wiktoria Zapart 185-PF-96
13 Natalia Gwarda 187-C-96
14 Karolina Pobozy 188-F-96
15 Joanna Grymek 199-C-96 Lomianki Poland

Janusz Wierzbicki Head Coach GKK Gorzow Poland
Piotr Kulpeksza Assistant
Konrad Budka Assistant



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  PORTUGAL   


Portuguese U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Portuguese U16 National Team 2012
#s#
Catarina Cavaco
Cavaco
Emilia Ferreira
Ferreira
Carolina Bernardeco
Bernardeco
Chelsea Guimaraes
Guimaraes
Francisca Meinedo
Meinedo
#e#5
4 Catarina Cavaco 165-SG-96
5 Emilia Ferreira 180-C-96
6 Carolina Bernardeco 163-PG-97
7 Chelsea Guimaraes 185-PF-97
8 Francisca Meinedo 165-PG-96
9 Simone Costa 176-G-96
10 Sofia De Almeida 175-PF-97
11 Mafalda Marques 186-C-96
12 Maria Kostourkova 188-C-97
13 Ana Moniz 170-SG-96
14 Joana Alves 184-C-96
15 Marlene Cassama 188-C-96

Ana Neves Head Coach
Agostinho Pinto Assistant CP Natacao Portugal



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  RUSSIA   


Russian Olympic squad announced - by Eurobasket News

Following a practice game against Russian male student squad, head coach Boris Sokolovsky made final four cuts to the Russian National Team roster, bringing it down to the 12 who will go to London.

In the practice game the Russians earned their first victory against male student squads this summer 89-75.

Unlike what was reported by some Russian outlets two days ago, the final four cuts for the Russian NT were Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84), Katerina Keyru (182-G/F-88), Ekaterina Lisina (202-C-87) and Tatiana Popova (180-PF-84).


Russian 2012 roster looks like this:

Name Height Position DOB Club
Elena Danilochkina (186-G-86) 182 cm guard 27.01.1986 Nadezhda
Becky Hammon (168-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) 168 cm guard 11.03.1977 Sparta&K
Natalia Zhedik (184-G-88) 183 cm guard 11.07.1988 Nadezhda
Ilona Korstin (183-G/F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 183 cm guard 30.05.1980 Perfumerias Avenida, Spain
Eugeniya Belyakova (183-G-86) 182 cm guard 27.06.1986 Sparta&K
Olga Arteshina (189-F-82) 188 cm forward 27.11.1982 UMMC
Natalia Vodopiyanova (188-F-81) 188 cm forward 04.06.1981 Dynamo Kursk
Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) 195 cm forward 19.07.1985 Sparta&K
Natalia Vieru (197-C-89) 196 cm center 25.07.1989 Good Angels
Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) 189 cm forward 04.12.1984 Dynamo Kursk
Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-PF-89) 195 cm center 02.07.1989 Arras, France
Irina Osipova (196-C/F-81) 196 cm center 25.06.1981 Sparta&K


From the 2011 European Champion squad they will be bringing back only 6 players Danilochkina, Korstin, Eugeniya Belyakova, Arteshina, Kuzina, Osipova. With 50% from that squad they are bringing back 55% of their scoring, 40% of their rebounding 51% of their assists and 49% of their steals.

For Natalia Zhedik, Anna Petrakova and Nadezhda Grishaeva this will be their debut in a major tournament with the National Team.

Russia have been drawn in Group B with Australia, France, Brazil, Canada and Great Britain.

Courtesy of: http://lovewomensbasketball.com



Kolosovskaya leads U16 Russia to win against U16 Greece, 47-40 - by Eurobasket News

U16 RUSSIA - U16 GREECE 47-40

Russia celebrated in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A in Miskolc. They outplayed Greece 47-40 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) was a key player in this victory. She spent 32 minutes on the court collecting 22 points and 12 rebounds (valuation 28). Second scorer in Russia was Tatiana Sema (193-C-96) with only 6 points (6 rebounds). In Greece, Maria Goula (178-G/F-96) was better than the others with 13 points. Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (170-PG-96) scored 8 points in this defeat. Quarters: 11-7, 9-12, 11-9, 16-12. Russia and Greece, together with Serbia and Slovakia fight for one of the first three places in Group B. Top three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. In Day Two (Friday), Russia will play against Serbia. Greece will meet Slovakia.

Russia: Daria Kolosovskaya 22+12 boards, Tatiana Sema 6+6 boards
Greece: Maria Goula 13, Pinelopi Pavlopoulou 8



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  SCOTLAND   


Malta blasts Scotland to secures Semifinals in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News

Malta - Scotland 80-57

Both teams celebrated in Day One of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. Malta managed to beat Scotland on Wednesday 80-57 for perfect 2-0 record in Group A. Thanks to this huge win Malta already booked a spot for the Semifinals. Scotland will have to beat last ranked Moldova today to reach the next stage. Malta got 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds from Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78). Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) scored 15 pts and Ashleigh Vella (188-F/C-90) added 14 pts, 6 rebs and 6 as. In Scotland, Mairi Buchan (188-C/F-90) shined with 20 points and 6 rebs. Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) scored 12 points and Gillian Baird (182-F-88) had 11 pts, plus 6 boards. Malta was up by 17 at the halftime and totally destroyed its rival after the breather. Rebecca Thoresen and her teammates made 27-9 in Q3 and all after that was just the formality.

Malta: Rebecca Thoresen 20+7 as+6 boards, Stephanie De Martino 15, Ashleigh Vella 14+6 boards+6 as
Scotland: Mairi Buchan 20+6 boards, Deanne Hayward 12, Gillian Baird 11+6 boards



Scotland heads to Semifinals in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News

SCOTLAND - MOLDOVA 81-19

Scotland had no mercy for Moldova in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid. They celebrated huge 81-19 win for 2-1 record in Group A. That is enough for the second place in this pool and Scotland advanced to the Semifinals, where they will meet host FYROM. Moldova is the last ranked team of this group with 0-3 and they will continue in classification games from 5-8 place. Their first rival will be Wales. Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) had 24 points and 5 assists for the winners and Mairi Buchan (188-C/F-90) added 20 points, plus 9 boards. Siobhan Moore (185-C-87, college: Bridgeport) posted 14 pts. In defeat, Galina Cuznetov (193-C-89) had 4 points and 7 rebounds. Scotland kept Moldova scoreless for the entire Q3. Quarters: 21-8, 22-5, 17-0, 21-6.

Scotland: Deanne Hayward 24+5 as, Mairi Buchan 20+9 boards, Siobhan Moore 14
Moldova: Galina Cuznetov 4+7 boards



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  SERBIA   


Crvendakic paces U16 Serbia to first win in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 SLOVAKIA - U16 SERBIA 47-57

Serbia did a good job in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A in Miskolc. They celebrated 47-57 win against Slovakia, mostly owing to Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) who exploded with 25 points and 9 rebounds. She reached valuation 22 and was named MVP of this meeting. Anja Spasojevic (180-SG-96) had 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners, while Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) netted 8 pts. Slovakia got 17 points from Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) and 11 from Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) (7 rebs). Their third scorer was Alzbeta Bubenikova (183-F/C-97) with 7 points. Serbia made plus 14 at the half time and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way, despite Slovakia improved its game after the breather. Quarters: 7-15, 12-20, 10-6, 18-16. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B, together with Russia and Greece. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. On Friday, Serbia will play against Russia. Slovakia will take on Greece, who also failed in Day One.

Slovakia: Kristina Matuskova 17, Veronika Remenarova 11+7 boards, Alzbeta Bubenikova 7
Serbia: Aleksandra Crvendakic 25+9 boards, Anja Spasojevic 12+6 boards, Zeljka Petkovic 8



Serbia U18 edge U20 selection in test game - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Serbia U20 71:68

Serbian U18 National Team played a test game versus their U20 counterparts. The younger selection claimed a narrow three-point victory in Belgrade. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) came up with 27 points to lead the winners.
U18 team surged ahead early in the encounter. They cleared off to a 26:12 distance. U20 team narrowed the gap in the second term. They got within 10 points at halftime 30:40. Serbia U20 cut the deficit to 7 points with one quarter remaining 51:58. Serbia U20 outscored their opponents in the fourth term but came up just short of victory at the end. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) and Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) netted 12 points each for the winners. Snezana Colic (178-G-92) answered with 22 points for U20 team. Jovana Karakasevic (190-C/F-92) accounted for 13 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Aleksandra Stanacev 27, Natasa Kovacevic 12, Katarina Vuckovic 12
Serbia U20: Snezana Colic 22, Jovana Karakasevic 13



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  SLOVAKIA   


Crvendakic paces U16 Serbia to first win in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 SLOVAKIA - U16 SERBIA 47-57

Serbia did a good job in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A in Miskolc. They celebrated 47-57 win against Slovakia, mostly owing to Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) who exploded with 25 points and 9 rebounds. She reached valuation 22 and was named MVP of this meeting. Anja Spasojevic (180-SG-96) had 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners, while Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) netted 8 pts. Slovakia got 17 points from Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) and 11 from Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) (7 rebs). Their third scorer was Alzbeta Bubenikova (183-F/C-97) with 7 points. Serbia made plus 14 at the half time and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way, despite Slovakia improved its game after the breather. Quarters: 7-15, 12-20, 10-6, 18-16. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B, together with Russia and Greece. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. On Friday, Serbia will play against Russia. Slovakia will take on Greece, who also failed in Day One.

Slovakia: Kristina Matuskova 17, Veronika Remenarova 11+7 boards, Alzbeta Bubenikova 7
Serbia: Aleksandra Crvendakic 25+9 boards, Anja Spasojevic 12+6 boards, Zeljka Petkovic 8



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  SLOVENIA   


Katarina Ristic heads to Botas - by Eurobasket News

Katarina Ristic (174-G-84) heads to Botas for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, the Slovenian player moves to Turkey.
In 2010 Slovenian NT member Katarina Ristic underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in her knee. The injury occurred in the game of Play-Out vs Phonica Pozzuoli. She was facing a recovery period of few months and she did not play for Slovenia in the 2011 Eurobasket Division B Qualifying Round that summer. In 15 game prior to the injury, Ristic averaged 5.4 points (2P 40%, 3P 24%, FT 78%), 1.1 rebounds, 0.7 asists and 1.2 steals.
In 2010-2011 for Szolnoki NKK (Hungary-A, starting five) she averaged 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg, Assists-1 (5.3apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 36.3%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 85.3%. The season 2011-2012 started for Asteras Exarheion Athens (Greece-A1, starting five) and in 11 games averaged 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.6apg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 82.1%, left in Dec.'11. Later signed at Hapoel Petah Tikva (Israel-D1) and showed 5.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 24.6%, FT: 75.0%.



Slovenian U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Slovenian U16 National Team 2012
#s#
Maja Jakobcic
Jakobcic
Sabina Ajkic
Ajkic
Spela Hatunsek
Hatunsek
Marusa Senicar
Senicar
Ela Micunovic
Micunovic
#e#5
4 Maja Jakobcic 184-PF-97
5 Sabina Ajkic 176-SG-96 Domzale Slovenia
6 Spela Hatunsek 163-97
7 Marusa Senicar 181-SF-97
8 Ela Micunovic 181-G-97
9 Jerca Cadez 181-SF-96
10 Manca Jelenc 172-PG-96 Triglav Slovenia
11 Neza Murn 186-C-98
12 Zala Lesek 187-F-97
13 Larisa Ocvirk 184-F-97
14 Teja Dimec 192-C-97
15 Pia Prasnikar 178-PF-97

Teo Hojc Head Coach Grosuplje Slovenia
Anze Strmec Assistant
Stojan Fink Assistant GVT Konjice Slovenia



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  SPAIN   


U16 Spain hands 67-48 loss to U16 Italy in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 SPAIN - U16 ITALY 48-67

Italy was too strong for Spain in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division A in Miskolc. Spain registered 48-67 victory thanks to great played last ten minutes of the game (12-28). Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group D, together with Holland and Germany. First three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Martina Kacerik (179-F-96) scored 16 points for Italy and Marzia Tagliamento (179-F-96) followed her with three less. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. In Spain, Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) was the only one with double digits in scoring (16 points, 8 rebs). Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) had 8 and Elena Capella (171-G-96) stopped to 6 pts. Italy will play against Germany in Day Two. Spain's rival will be Holland.

Spain: Angela Salvadores 16+8 boards, Laura Quevedo 8, Elena Capella 6
Italy: Martina Kacerik 16, Marzia Tagliamento 13, Cecilia Zandalasini 12+11 boards



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  SWEDEN   


Hungary destroys Sweden in U16 EuroBasket opener - by Eurobasket News

U16 HUNGARY - U16 SWEDEN 74-46

Hungary had a great start in Miskolc. The host of U16 EuroBasket Division A handed 74-46 loss to Sweden for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Participants of this pool are also Belgium and Turkey. Three best teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Hungary took control on Sweden from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 27-20, 19-12, 14-6, 14-8. Virag Weninger (174-SG-97) led the hosts in scoring with 16 points and Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) added 15 points, plus 10 rebounds. Third scorer in victory was Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) with 14 pts (6 rebs). In the loosing squad, Amanda Tivenius (184-F-96) collected 17 points and 7 rebounds. Andjela Hrnjez (185-C-96) had 11 pts and also 7 rebs, while Anna Lundqvist (176-G-96) was stopped to just 5 pts. On Friday, Hungary will meet Turkey, while Sweden will take on Belgium.

Hungary: Virag Weninger 16, Bernadett Horvath 15+10 boards, Agnes Dobos 14+6 boards
Sweden: Amanda Tivenius 17+7 boards, Andjela Hrnjez 11+7 boards, Anna Lundqvist 5



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  TURKEY   


Katarina Ristic heads to Botas - by Eurobasket News

Katarina Ristic (174-G-84) heads to Botas for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, the Slovenian player moves to Turkey.
In 2010 Slovenian NT member Katarina Ristic underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in her knee. The injury occurred in the game of Play-Out vs Phonica Pozzuoli. She was facing a recovery period of few months and she did not play for Slovenia in the 2011 Eurobasket Division B Qualifying Round that summer. In 15 game prior to the injury, Ristic averaged 5.4 points (2P 40%, 3P 24%, FT 78%), 1.1 rebounds, 0.7 asists and 1.2 steals.
In 2010-2011 for Szolnoki NKK (Hungary-A, starting five) she averaged 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg, Assists-1 (5.3apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 36.3%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 85.3%. The season 2011-2012 started for Asteras Exarheion Athens (Greece-A1, starting five) and in 11 games averaged 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.6apg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 82.1%, left in Dec.'11. Later signed at Hapoel Petah Tikva (Israel-D1) and showed 5.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 24.6%, FT: 75.0%.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Croatia beats UK at the start of U16 EuroBasket Division A - by Eurobasket News

UNITED KINGDOM - CROATIA 42-67

Croatia opened U16 EuroBasket Division A with victory. They were too strong for the United Kingdom 42-67 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Participants of the same pool are also France and Czech Republic. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Croatia had wonderful first half of the game making plus 23 and later managed to keep the comfortable lead. Quarters: 11-22, 5-17, 10-14, 16-14. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) shined for the winners with 22 points. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) and Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) (9 rebs) helped their country with 10 points each. In UK, Leah McDerment (180-PG-96) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds. Their second scorer was Savannah Wilkinson (178-SG-98) with 8 points (8 rebs). Croatia will meet France on Friday. It will most likely be the crucial game for position No.1 in this group. UK's next rival will be Czech Republic.

United Kingdom: Leah McDerment 10+8 boards, Savannah Wilkinson 8+8 boards
Croatia: Ivana Dojkic 22, Iva Slonjsak 10, Anita Kelava 10+9 boards



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Shanahan paces Wales to 56-48 win against Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Wales - Gibraltar 56-48

Both teams failed in Day One of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. Wales outplayed Gibraltar 56-48 for 1-0 record in Group B. Thanks to this victory Wales kept is Semifinals hopes alive, while at the other side Gibraltar dropped to 0-2. Laura Shanahan (170-G-89) was a key player in this victory and their only player with double digits. She scored 20 points. Emma Gough (177-G-86) and Joanne Raper (186-C-84) (11 rebs) stopped to 9 and 8 points respectively. Gibraltar got 14 points from Alexandra Mauro (165-PG-91) and 11 from Joelle Moreno (165-G/F-88). Graciella Anthony (173-G/F-85) collected 8 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-13, 13-17, 9-7, 14-11. In the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid (Thursday) Wales will meet host FYROM. Gibraltar will take on Austria.

Wales: Laura Shanahan 20, Emma Gough 9, Joanne Raper 8+11 boards
Gibraltar: Alexandra Mauro 14, Joelle Moreno 11, Graciella Anthony 8+6 boards



FYROM wins Group B with perfect 3-0 - by Eurobasket News

FYR MACEDONIA - WALES 106-48

As expected, FYROM was too strong for Wales 106-48 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid. It means that the host of EuroBasket Division C won the first place in Group B with perfect 3-0 record. Their rival in the Semifinals will be Scotland. At the other side, Wales finished as No.3 in this pool and failed to reach the next stage. They will continue in Classifications games from 5-8 place. Their first rival will be Moldova. FYROM made 21-point lead already in the first quarter and jumped to plus 39 at the HT. All after that was just the formality. Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners, while Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) was their second scorer with 14 pts. Ema Reskoska (192-C-90) had double-double of 12 points and 10 boards. In Wales, Emma Gough (177-G-86) was better than the others with 9 points and Rebecca Short (181-C-88) had one less. Competition continues on Saturday.

FYROM: Elena Radenkovic 19+6 boards, Slavica Dimovska 14, Ema Reskoska 12+10 boards
Wales: Emma Gough 9, Rebecca Short 8



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Standing

Standings
1. Taiwan4-0
2. Japan3-1
3. Taiwan B2-2
4. India1-3
5. S.Korea0-4



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connecticut S. 14-4 
 2. Indiana F. 10-7 
 3. Atlanta D. 9-9 
 4. Chicago S. 8-8 
 5. New York L. 6-11 
 6. Washington M. 4-14 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 15-4 
 2. L.Angeles S. 14-7 
 3. S.Antonio SS 12-5 
 4. Seattle S. 9-10 
 5. Phoenix M. 4-14 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-15 

Regular Season: Round 23

Jul. 12: Minnesota L. - Tulsa S. 89-74
Jul. 12: Indiana F. - L.Angeles S. 74-77
Jul. 13: New York L. - Washington M.
Jul. 13: S.Antonio SS - Atlanta D.
Jul. 13: Chicago S. - Connecticut S.
Jul. 13: Phoenix M. - Seattle S.


Latest games: Dream defeats Storm, 70-59 - by Eurobasket News

Seattle S. - Atlanta D. 59-70
As Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) saw things, what mattered most for the Atlanta Dream was finishing what they started. Lyttle scored 21 points to lead the Dream to a 70-59 victory over the Seattle Storm 70-59 on Wednesday. Lindsey Harding added 15 points for Atlanta (9-9), which is now 3-2 on a six-game road trip that ends on Friday night in San Antonio prior to the WNBA's monthlong break for the London Olympics. Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G-89, college: Connecticut) and Aneika Henry chipped in 13 apiece. The Dream never trailed and took the lead for good as Lyttle and Armintie Price hit consecutive jumpers to put Atlanta up 31-27 with 2:42 to go in the second quarter. Henry made two free throws to put the Dream up four at the break, and an 8-0 run to open the third quarter pushed the advantage to 44-32. "Normally, we do get off to a good start. But keeping it was more important, and that's what we did," Lyttle said. "We just know that we had a bigger lead in the first half and they came back and cut it within one. We tried to go out the same (after halftime) that we started the first quarter. "We go up a lot, and then lose the lead in the fourth quarter. We just needed to carry on what we were doing," Lyttle added. The Storm pulled to 53-46 heading to the fourth, but got no closer the rest of the way. The Dream pushed the lead to 13 in the fourth. Rookie Shekinna Stricklen scored a season-high 16 points and Tanisha Wright had 12 for the Storm (8-10). Sue Bird, set to play for the United States at the London Olympics, was limited to just five points after scoring 31 last Sunday against Phoenix. "We clearly did not play well," Bird said. "Not taking anything away from Atlanta, but we just did not play well. You ask yourself the reasons why, and I think we just lost some energy. If we did a better job defensively, who knows what could have happened?" The Dream hit their first four shots of the game, while the Storm missed their first five. Atlanta wound up at 48 percent (29 of 61), and kept Seattle below 40 percent (21 of 53). "We came in and played a great defensive game and took them a little bit out of their rhythm," Dream coach Marynell Meadors said. "We shot the ball very well, especially when the clock was winding down to less than 2 or 3 seconds. Call it luck or whatever, but the shots went in." Storm coach Brian Agler said some of those last-second tries that went in played a role in keeping Seattle in comeback mode all afternoon. "We just didn't finish off defensive possessions, and I thought they played really well down the stretch on their offensive possessions and on a late shot clock," Agler said. "We just could not get a lot done at the rim. That also showed in the rebounding numbers, which the Dream dominated 34-25. That included nine at the offensive end, leading to a 13-2 advantage in second-chance points. "Any time we can outrebound folks and push it up, the running game is our game," Meadors said. Atlanta was without leading scorer Angel McCoughtry (22.6 points per game) for the third straight game because of a knee injury. Seattle was missing leading rebounder and second-leading scorer Ann Wauters (6.2 boards, 10.3 points) for the fourth straight game with a strained left Achilles. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

Indiana F. - New York L. 84-82
Tamika Catchings scored 23 points, including the winning free throws with 8.4 seconds left, to give the Indiana Fever an 84-82 victory over the New York Liberty on Tuesday. Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) scored 20 points and Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 as the Fever (10-6) squandered a 12-point lead and trailed by four in the final minutes before rallying. Cappie Pondexter scored a season-high 33 points and Essence Carson added 14 for the Liberty (6-11), who have lost two straight and six of nine. Trailing 73-70 midway through the fourth quarter, the Liberty scored seven consecutive points to take their biggest lead. Catchings made two 3s to regain the lead for the Fever with less than 2 minutes to go. Pondexter hit a tying jumper, and Douglas and Pondexter traded 3-pointers 14 seconds apart to leave the score tied at 82 with 35.5 seconds to go. Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Tulsa S. - Minnesota L. 86-107
Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) scored 25 points, Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) had 24 and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Tulsa Shock 107-86 on Tuesday. Seimone Augustus added 17 points, Lindsay Whalen had 14 and Taj McWilliams-Franklin 12 for the Lynx (13-4). Wiggins and Moore both shot 8 for 12 from the field, with Wiggins going 6 for 9 on 3-pointers. Ivory Latta led the Shock (3-13) with 25 points on 10 for 14 shooting, including 5 for 8 on 3s. Kayla Pedersen added 12 points and Glory Johnson had 11. Tulsa jumped out to an early lead but the Lynx rallied in the second quarter to take a 51-46 lead at the break. Minnesota increased the margin to 10 points in the third before the Shock pulled to 76-75 in the opening minute of the fourth. However, Wiggins had eight points, including two 3s, during an 18-2 run as the Lynx pulled away. (Courtesy of www.waow.com)

Washington M. - Connecticut S. 70-77
After struggling on the road last season, the Connecticut Sun are thriving away from home this year. Kara Lawson scored 17 points and Tina Charles had 16 as Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut beat the last-place Washington Mystics 77-70 on Tuesday for their third straight win. Tan White added 11 points to help the Sun (13-4) improved to a league-best 7-1 on the road after going 6-11 a year ago. Connecticut has won all three meetings with Washington this season including two on the road and the last seven overall. Crystal Langhorne scored 15 points and Michelle Snow had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Mystics (3-13). Matee Ajavon added 13 points, Monique Currie had 12 and Noelle Quinn 10 for the Mystics. Washington finished with a 38-23 rebounding edge, including 15-3 on offensive boards, but has lost three straight and seven of its last eight.
Connecticut S. - Washington M. 85-73
The Connecticut Sun honored their two Olympians, Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut), after Wednesday night's final home game before the London Games. Jones and Charles held up their end of the bargain against the Washington Mystics. The Sun's post combination led their team to their fourth-straight win an 85-73 victory. Jones had 22 points and nine rebounds while Charles added 17 points and seven rebounds. Kara Lawson (5'8''-PG-81, college: Tennessee) had 19 points, four assists and a game-high three steals for Connecticut (14-4). Crystal Langhorne had 19 points and six rebounds for Washington (3-14) and Michelle Snow added 12 points and seven rebounds. Jones scored her team's first six points and shot 10-of-21 from the floor. ''I was feeling pretty good in warm-ups,'' Jones said. ''One of the first couple of plays we ran was for me to get the ball inside. I made the first shot, and then just kept trying to be aggressive from there.'' Jones missed eight of 12 shots in Tuesday's 77-70 win at Washington. ''At our place, I thought we did a pretty good job on her,'' Mystics coach Trudi Lacey said. '' (Tonight showed) why she's an Olympian. She really elevated her game and is tough to stop.'' Charles made seven of her 14 field goals. ''With the two of them, it makes it really tough,'' Lacey said. ''We went to try to slow Charles down and Asjha gets going. We try to slow Asjha down and Charles gets going. I really think that was the difference in the game.'' The Sun close the first-half of the season at the Chicago Sky on Friday. The Mystics plays at the New York Liberty that same day. Washington trailed by 14 points early in the second half when Monique Currie got her team going. She scored five straight points to start a run, and Natalie Novosel ended it with a 3-pointer to cut the Mystics deficit to 53-49 with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Tan White came off the bench and instantly gave the Sun a spark with a 3-pointer. She added a layup to push Connecticut ahead, 62-49, with less than a minute left in the quarter. Washington played from behind for most of the first half, but made a late 8-2 run. Snow had back-to-back baskets to start the run. Two free throws by Novosel cut Connecticut's lead to 36-33 with more than a minute left. The Sun scored the final baskets of the half. Jones' offensive rebound led to a Lawson bank shot, and Jones added a put-back to give the Sun a 40-33 halftime advantage. Jones made an open jumper from almost the top of the key to give the Sun a 30-19 lead a minute into the second quarter, their biggest lead of that half. Connecticut used a 10-0 first quarter run to pull ahead early in the first quarter. Charles had two baskets during that stretch, and Lawson finished it with a steal and an open layup in transition to give the Sun an 18-8 lead with over five minutes left. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com

Phoenix M. - L.Angeles S. 71-90
Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 90-71 victory over the Phoenix Mercury for their fourth straight win. Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) added 19 points and six assists and Nneka Ogwumike had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles (14-6). Parker also had four assists and three blocks. The Sparks trail defending champion Minnesota by one game in the Western Conference.DeWanna Bonner and rookie Sammy Prahalis both had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead the Mercury (4-14). Alexis Gray-Lawson added 13 points and Krystal Thomas scored 11. (Courtesy of ESPN)

Chicago S. - S.Antonio SS 68-77
Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) and Danielle Robinson (5'9''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 16 points each to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 77-68 victory over the Chicago Sky on Wednesday for their eighth straight win. Jia Perkins had 11 points and Shenise Johnson added 10 to help the Silver Stars (12-5) get their 10th win in 11 games. San Antonio led by four at halftime before Becky Hammon's three-point play early in the third pushed lead to 45-35 lead. The Silver Stars scored six consecutive points to extend the advantage to 61-49 heading to the fourth and led by 21 midway through the final period. ''It was just another team effort,'' San Antonio's Becky Hammon said. ''Everybody came in and contributed. We had that little burst at the end where we could create separation. They're a good team and we knew that they would push back at us. Luckily, we were able to sustain it and we really got to play our defense, especially in the fourth quarter.'' Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said he isn't paying attention to the team's winning streak, instead focusing on how well the team is playing heading into the Olympic break after opening 2-4. ''I don't even know how many games we've won in a row to be honest,'' he said. ''I don't care. What I do see is people starting to understand how to play with each other and getting their roles down. ... We've been able to understand how important our bench is and how we play together. We feel like we're playing good basketball.'' Shay Murphy scored 20 points and Tamera Young had 18 to lead Chicago (8-8), which has lost three straight. After winning seven of the first eight games, Chicago has lost seven of the last eight since losing star guard Epiphanny Prince to broken bone in her right foot on June 16. ''We're not a very good basketball team right now, and that's on me. I take that responsibility, and we'll figure it out,'' Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. ''Individuals need to look in the mirror, try to improve themselves, and not have the same thing happen over and over again. ... Read the scouting report, if she's not a shooter, back up, don't get into her, let her drive.'' Sylvia Fowles and Swin Cash, set to play for the U.S. at the London Olympics, combined for 14 points on 4-for-19 shooting. Fowles had six points, ending a streak of 83 consecutive games in double digits. ''I wasn't productive on the inside, didn't really do much on the boards. Kind of like I was non-existent,'' said Fowles, who grabbed seven rebounds - nearly six below her league-leading average. ''I felt like my teammates did a great job at trying to stay in the game and be productive. We got good looks, we just didn't stop the ball in transition as much. Putting them to the line really hurt us.'' San Antonio never trailed and scored 31 points off 20 turnovers by the Sky. The Silver Stars shot 42 percent (28 for 67) from the field and 15 for 19 (79 percent) on free throws. The Silver Stars stretched the margin to 21 points on Perkins' 3 midway through the final period before the Sky closed with a 14-2 spurt over the final 3:50. San Antonio scored six points off Chicago's five first-quarter turnovers on the way to a 19-15 edge. Sophia Young had six points for the Silver Stars while Tamera Young had six for the Sky. Murphy had 10 points in the second quarter - including a 3 with 28 seconds left in the period - to pull Chicago to 34-33. However, Johnson made a baseline 3 to give San Antonio a four-point lead at the break. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com