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  AUSTRALIA   



Mills settles NBA future with new Spurs deal - by Eurobasket News

Patrick Mills (6'0''-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) hopes being free of the burden of an uncertain future will help propel him to a stellar Olympic Games campaign as he leads the Australian Boomers' bid for their first medal.

Mills and the Boomers left Australia yesterday to finalise preparations for the London Olympics.

The Canberra point guard received a massive boost before boarding the flight with the San Antonio Spurs re-signing him for the next two NBA seasons.

Mills made the decision last month to use a clause in his contract to test the NBA free agents' market, but he wanted to have his future sorted before the start of the Olympics.

''I said from the beginning that this process needed to be done and my goal was to be back in San Antonio,'' Mills told The Canberra Times before flying out.

''I love it at San Antonio and for it to be official now means I can go over to London with a clear head and just focus.

''Everyone knew I wanted it sorted out early and it's been great you don't want to worry about anything but the Boomers when you get into the Olympic village.

''Especially with the role I have now as a leader, the Boomers are my focus.''

Mills's new deal is until the end of the 2013-14 season, but he has another option in his contract to review his future next year.

Mills has endured a whirlwind 18 months. During the NBA lockout he returned to Australia to join the Melbourne Tigers before signing with Chinese club Xinjiang.

When his Chinese deal went sour, Mills returned to the United States and signed with the Spurs in March.

With the unpredictable NBA world now at the back of his mind, Mills said his No.1 priority was ensuring the Boomers reached new heights in London.

The Boomers have never won an Olympic medal and while they're missing star centre Andrew Bogut, Mills said confidence was high.

That confidence comes from the team's history with most of the squad playing at the Beijing Games four years ago as well as being past Australian Institute of Sport teammates.

The Beijing Olympics launched Mills from college star to potential NBA recruit and he was drafted to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Four years later he is the leader of Brett Brown's Australian team and will direct the players around the court in London.

Brown is also an assistant coach at the Spurs.

''I've used all my experiences of what I've learnt at the NBA for this moment now, this moment to help the Boomers,'' Mills said.

''It's about putting it all out on the table I feel a more mature player. I've been through a lot and that's helped me lead this team and that's a great challenge for me.

''This campaign started right after Beijing and you can't underestimate that we want to do what no other Boomers team has done before.''

The Boomers will play some pre-Olympic games in Spain before a tournament against France and Brazil.

They will arrive in the Olympic village on July 27.

Courtesy of www.canberratimes.com.au



Breakers sign Will Hudson - by Hugh McAuliffe

The New Zealand Breakers have added one of the final pieces of the roster for the upcoming iiNet NBL Championship season, with American Will Hudson (206-F/C-89, college: Oakland) making the move from the Gold Coast Blaze.

Former Blaze big man Hudson is a welcome addition to the roster, bringing yet more options and depth in the forward rotation for coach Andrej Lemanis.

We are very pleased to have secured Will for the upcoming season. Our staff has always been very impressed with his work ethic, his rebounding and his activity at the defensive end, said Lemanis on departure for Europe and the Olympic Games.

From the research we have done, we believe he will fit well into the Breakers environment as a person and as a player. He plays as part of the group and is willing to do the things that help his team mates to be better.

He is still young and we believe that he will continue to grow and improve in our environment, supported by the quality of people he has around him on our team. Will is a good pick up for us.

2.06m tall Hudson is one of the leagues leading offensive rebounders (3rd in the league @ 3.4 pg) and a renowned worker who will have no issue in assuming his role within the group, something that has been key to the recent success of the two time iiNet Championship winning SKYCITY Breakers.

23 year old Hudson is also a threat on offense, particularly under the basket, contributing 9.5 points per game for the Blaze. Hudson was recruited to the Blaze straight from back to back NCAA tournament appearances with Oakland University, where he set a University record of 133 offensive boards in his senior year.

Hudsons signing leaves just two spots open on the roster, with the club continuing to work on their options over the next few weeks before making announcements. The two remaining positions will be filled by an import point guard and a local guard in the final position.

The Club is also looking at what is now a wealth of talent competing for Development Player positions.

The Academy and Development programmes are really showing their value now, said General Manager Richard Clarke.

The performances of Tai Webster with the Tall Blacks and Reuben Te Rangi winning MVP honours at the recent Nike International Camp have boosted their reputations. Add to the mix guys like Josh Bloxham and others who continue to put their hands up and the decisions on the Development positions is as tough if not tougher than the main roster positions.

That sort of pressure and competition for places was one of the reasons we made the commitment to developing the Academy programme, and Judd (Academy head coach Judd Flavell) is definitely achieving results with the talent that is coming through.



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  AUSTRIA   


U20 European Championship: Israel start Day 3 with the win over Austria - by Eurobasket News

Austria U20-Israel U20 39:75

Israel start Day 3 with the win over Austria. The team tied both records at 1-1 after a comfortable 75:39 victory at the U20 European Championship Division B in Sofia.
Israel took the lead from the very beginning and dominated the court. They finished the first period with 22-12 and never looked behind after. Both teams nailed 12 points each in the second frame as Dawson closed the half at 34:24. The third period was a nightmare for the Austrian team that scored only 5 points. Israel erupted with 19 and Altit scored for 53:29. Israel added 22-10 in the last stanza to win the game.
Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) paced all the winners with 17 points and Guy Lavie (188-PG-92, agency: Ronsport) notched 11. Or Solomon (197-F-93) delivered 9, while Liraz Ariely (185-G-92, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) scored 8. Filip Kramer (200-SF-92) posted 9 points in the losing effort and Benjamin Mair (185-G-92) added 6.

Austria U20: Filip Kramer 9, Benjamin Mair 6
Israel U20: Bar Timor 17, Guy Lavie 11, Or Solomon 9, Liraz Ariely 8



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  BAHRAIN   


Muharraq win league trophy - by Eurobasket News

MUHARRAQ were last night crowned Zain Bahrain Basketball League champions for the second time in their history after an epic 100-92 come-from-behind, extra-time victory over Al Ahli in game four of the best-of-five final series.

The win, at Zain Bahrain Basketball Arena in Umm Al Hassam was the third on the trot for Muharraq over their rivals and gave them an unassailable 3-1 series lead.

For most of last nights clash however, it seemed for all money that a fifth meeting of the two sides would be needed to decide the destination of the title, as Al Ahli held the lead, and for the most a comfortable one, from literally the first minute to the last.

Following the remarkable and unceremonious sacking of coach Brian Lester following Wednesdays loss in game three, Al Ahli entered last nights episode under the guidance of former right-hand-man Aqeel Milad but the veteran campaigner couldnt have asked for a better opening from his side.

Muharraq notched the first point of the match, through American star Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.), it was virtually all one way traffic until the hooter sounded for quarter-time as the 17-time champions then went on a spree of 11 unanswered points and finished with a near-unbelievable 33-11 advantage to take firm control of the match.

Already knowing that this would be the stuff of legend if they were to come back from such a deficit, Muharraq outfit returned to court looking a little shell-shocked but they managed to at least stem the Al Ahli tide to go to half-time 52-34 in arrears.

A vital start to the second half was vital to Muharraq and they duly delivered it and continued to chip away at the lead, which, with ten minute to go, was down to single figures.

That final quarter was as tense as they come as both sides tried to out-do each other.

Amazingly though, a well-taken three-pointer from Ahmed Hasan saw Muharraq draw level for the first time since the top-off, and send the game into extra time.

All the momentum was with Muharraq at that stage and, in an almost exact reversal of game one, Al Ahli imploded to hand victory to their opponents.

Nobody in their right mind would deny Muharraq are worthy champions, as they cap off a magnificent season that has seen them lead the way throughout the league campaign and also capture the Bahrain Basketball Cup back in May.

Packed with action and no little drama, this finals series has had it all.

Despite getting off to a slow start in game one, Al Ahli came alive in the closing stages to force it into extra time and then cranked up the gears to register what had seemed a highly unlikely 84-70 victory.

Muharraq hit back to claim a 92-90 win in game two, which was almost overshadowed by angry clashes between players, officials and fans of the two sides after the final hooter, before a 70-61 victory on Sunday.
Courtesy of: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com



Muharraq win league trophy - by Yousef Ahmed

MUHARRAQ were last night crowned Zain Bahrain Basketball League champions for the second time in their history after an epic 100-92 come-from-behind, extra-time victory over Al Ahli in game four of the best-of-five final series.
The win, at Zain Bahrain Basketball Arena in Umm Al Hassam was the third on the trot for Muharraq over their rivals and gave them an unassailable 3-1 series lead.
For most of last nights clash however, it seemed for all money that a fifth meeting of the two sides would be needed to decide the destination of the title, as Al Ahli held the lead, and for the most a comfortable one, from literally the first minute to the last.
Following the remarkable and unceremonious sacking of coach Brian Lester following Wednesdays loss in game three, Al Ahli entered last nights episode under the guidance of former right-hand-man Aqeel Milad but the veteran campaigner couldnt have asked for a better opening from his side.

Muharraq notched the first point of the match, through American star Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.), it was virtually all one way traffic until the hooter sounded for quarter-time as the 17-time champions then went on a spree of 11 unanswered points and finished with a near-unbelievable 33-11 advantage to take firm control of the match.
Already knowing that this would be the stuff of legend if they were to come back from such a deficit, Muharraq outfit returned to court looking a little shell-shocked but they managed to at least stem the Al Ahli tide to go to half-time 52-34 in arrears.

A vital start to the second half was vital to Muharraq and they duly delivered it and continued to chip away at the lead, which, with ten minute to go, was down to single figures.
That final quarter was as tense as they come as both sides tried to out-do each other.
Amazingly though, a well-taken three-pointer from Ahmed Hasan saw Muharraq draw level for the first time since the top-off, and send the game into extra time.
All the momentum was with Muharraq at that stage and, in an almost exact reversal of game one, Al Ahli imploded to hand victory to their opponents.

Nobody in their right mind would deny Muharraq are worthy champions, as they cap off a magnificent season that has seen them lead the way throughout the league campaign and also capture the Bahrain Basketball Cup back in May.
Packed with action and no little drama, this finals series has had it all.
Despite getting off to a slow start in game one, Al Ahli came alive in the closing stages to force it into extra time and then cranked up the gears to register what had seemed a highly unlikely 84-70 victory.
Muharraq hit back to claim a 92-90 win in game two, which was almost overshadowed by angry clashes between players, officials and fans of the two sides after the final hooter, before a 70-61 victory on Sunday.


Source GDN Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2012





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  BELARUS   


Belarusian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Dante Stiggers
Stiggers
Mikalai Aliakseyeu
Aliakseyeu
Dzianis Korshuk
Korshuk
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau
Kudrautsau
Aliaksei Trastsinetski
Trastsinetski
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4 Pavel Ulyanko 204-F/C-79 Kalev/Cramo Estonia
5 Siarhei Charykau 184-PG-82 SBK Osipovichi Belarus
6 Dante Stiggers 187-PG-82 Apoel Cyprus
8 Mikita Meshcharakou 202-F-88 Wake Forest USA
9 Mikalai Aliakseyeu 212-C-78 Targu Mures Romania
10 Dzianis Korshuk 202-F-78 BC Odessa Ukraine
11 Aliaksei Lashkevich 204-F-78 Minsk-2006 Belarus
12 Aliaksandr Pustahvar 201-F-85 N.Novgorod Russia
13 Heorhi Kandrusevich 198-F-78 Ferro-ZNTU Ukraine
14 Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 190-G-80 Minsk-2006 Belarus
15 Aliaksei Trastsinetski 200-F-86 Minsk-2006 Belarus
22 Yahor Meshcharakou 205-F-76 Spartak SP Russia

Andrei Krivonos Head Coach Minsk-2006 Belarus
Andrei Vasileuka Assistant Grodno-93 Belarus
Tatsiana Lavets Assistant



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  BELGIUM   


U20 European Championship: Belgium needed a strong second half to edge Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Luxembourg U20 103:56

Belgium needed a strong second half to edge Luxembourg at the U20 European Championship Division B. The team improved to 2-1 record after a comfortable 103:56 win.
Belgium opened the game with 11 consecutive points and Schwartz nailed three for 21:7. Schmit and Louis Arendt (187-F/G-93) closed the first period at 24:12, while Khalid Boukichou (208-C-92) scored for 28:16. Schmit reduced to 30:24, but then Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) and Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) closed the half at 43:31. Later the court was dominated by only one team-Belgium. They erupted with 35-11 in the third quarter and Obasohan Ojomoh scored for 78:41. Belgium added 25-14 in the last stanza for the final result.
Tomorrow Belgium will face Netherlands at the Arena Armeec II. Luxembourg will take on F.Y.R. of Macedonia in the second game.



New success for Belgian Lions who leave no chance to Belarus - by Bert Larsimont

Young Belgian Lions have done well again on Saturday evening. After their convincing win over France (57-63) last Thursday, Belgium defeated Belarus with Kudrautsau, Trastsinetski and Ulyanko at the Complexe Calypso in Calais on Saturday.
Thanks to an excellent second and fourth quarter, the Lions (still without Beghin, Hervelle, Moors, Lauwers and Van den Spiegel) always seemed to control the game. The scoreboard showed 40-30 at the half. After a rather poor third quarter in offense on both sides (53-43 after 30 minutes), the Belgian Lions had a 10-0 run in the beginning of the fourth period.
Led by Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) and Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-PG-85), Belgium digged the gap: 63-43 after 34 minutes played. A margin of 26 points was even reached later on (75-49). Thanks to a strong defense and quick plays, the men of coach Eddy Casteels finally won the game without being in real trouble: 79-54. Belgians have also outscored the Belarus' team at rebounding (44-24), in points scored in the paint (30-16) and in assists (23-10).

Quarter by quarter score evolution: 19-18, 40-30, 53-43 and 79-54.

Best scorers:
Belgium: Van Rossom 7 pts, Gillet 12 pts and 9 rds, Mukubu 2 pts and 9 rds, Tabu 23 pts, Driesen 8 pts, Serron 8 pts, Mwema 3 pts, Marnegrave 6 pts, Muya 6 pts, De Zeeuw 4 pts.
Belarus: Ulyanko 4 pts, Stiggers 10 pts, Aliakseyeu 11 pts, Korshuk 4 pts, Pustahvar 3 pts, Kandrusevich 2 pts, Kudrautsau 17 pts, Trastsineski 3 pts.

Full game stats are available on http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/3886/05/79/10/58VuPCvUG6Ubc/



Belgian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
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Sam Van Rossom
Van Rossom
Pierre-Antoine Gillet
Gillet
Jean-Marc Mwema
Mwema
Beye Tabu-Eboma
Tabu-Eboma
Guy Muya
Muya
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4 Quentin Serron 190-G-90 Oostende Belgium
5 Sam Van Rossom 188-G-86 CAI Zaragoza Spain
6 Pierre-Antoine Gillet 201-F-91 Liege Belgium
7 Wen Boss Mukubu 198-G/F-83 Liege Belgium
8 Jean-Marc Mwema 195-F-89 Antwerp Belgium
9 Beye Tabu-Eboma 190-PG-85 Vanoli-Br. CR Italy
10 Niels Marnegrave 191-G-87 Leuven Belgium
11 Guy Muya 190-G-83 M.Hainaut Belgium
12 Geoffrey Hockins 188-PG-88 Liege Belgium
13 Maxime De Zeeuw 205-PF-87 Antwerp Belgium
14 Ioannis Iarochevitch 207-C/F-89 Liege Belgium
15 Yannick Driesen 215-C-88 Asefa Estudian. Spain

Eddy Casteels Head Coach Antwerp Belgium
Eric Struelens Assistant Kangor.-Boom Belgium



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  BELIZE   


Belize District Basketball Association News!!! - by David Magana

The Belize District Basketball Association (BDBA) plans to hold two tournaments beginning in August 2012: a Firms Tournament for employees of participating firms and a U23 tournament open to all male players born in or after 1989. Several teams have indicated they plan to participate, and the BDBA will be accepting other applications through 27 July 2012. Registration is $1000 for Firms teams and $800 for U23 teams.

Further information can be obtained from Leon Palacio or D. Lacey at dlacey.sports@gmail.com.

In other news from the BDBA, the Belize District leg of the BBF's Sprite/Belikin 3x3 tournament concluded on Wednesday, 11 July 2012.

In the semifinals, #1 Yabra defeated #4 Heats 13-12 and #2 Warriors defeated #3 Edge 19-17 (OT). In the championship game, Yabra defeated Warriors 16-14 (OT).



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U20 European Championship: Bulgaria outsmart Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20-Slovak Republic U20 69:61

Bulgaria outsmart Slovak Republic at the U20 European Championship Division B. The hosts of the tournament improved to 2-0 record after 69:61 win in Group A. Slovak Republic fell at 0-2 record in the group.
Bulgaria should thank the fans for their support that saw 25:18 lead at the end of the first period. The hosts added 19-16 in the second frame and led 10 points at the halftime when Boyanov and Maurizio Galata (203-F-92) exchanged the late baskets in the half. Slovak Republic did not give up and responded with 19-13 in the third quarter to reduce to 57:53 at the end of thirty minutes. They tried hard to take the lead but Bulgaria pushed the tempo for good to win the game.
Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) nailed 16. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) delivered 13 and Alexandros Vezenkov (204-F/G-95) scored 8. Oliver Tot (198-PG-94) ended up with 14 points, whilst Maurizio Galata poured in 12. Jaroslav Moravek (204-F/C-92) collected 11 points and 13 rebounds and Matus Luley (195-F-92) nailed 8.

Bulgaria U20: Dimitar Dimitrov 18+11 rebs, Tencho Tenchev 16, Aleks Simeonov 13, Alexandros Vezenkov 8
Slovak Republic U20: Oliver Tot 14, Maurizio Galata 12, Jaroslav Moravek 11+13 rebs, Matus Luley 8



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  CROATIA   


U20 European Championship: Croatia keep Portugal winless - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U20-Croatia U20 65:79

Croatia keep Portugal winless at the U20 European Championship Division B. Croatia beat them 79:65 for 2-1 record in Group C. Portugal meanwhile fell at 0-2.
Croatia was too good for the opponent in the first period and grabbed 28:14 lead. They dominated the first half and added a 16-15 burst in the second frame as Luka Panduric (192-G-93) scored for 44:27. Portugal was too far to give up and erupted with 20-3 run when Rafael Wildner (207-C/F-92) reduced to 47:44. Moreover Grosso and Sergio Lugo Santos (198-F-92) closed the third period at 56:54. Later Sergio Lugo Santos tied it all at 60:60, but Croatia responded with a 10-0 run and Franko Sango (200-PF-92) brought 75:62. Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) meanwhile scored the last points in the winning effort.
Henrik Sirko led the way with 17 points and Roko Rogic (187-PG-92) as well as Luka Panduric poured in 12 apiece. Stipe Krstanovic (204-F/C-93) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Franko Sango posted 10. Sergio Lugo Santos delivered 14 points in defeat and Rafael Wildner added 11.

Portugal U20: Sergio Lugo Santos 14, Rafael Wildner 11
Croatia U20: Henrik Sirko 17, Roko Rogic 12, Luka Panduric 12, Stipe Krstanovic 11+10 rebs, Franko Sango 10



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U20 European Championship: Czech Republic stun Hungary to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20-Hungary U20 82:51

Czech Republic stun Hungary to stay perfect at the U20 European Championship Division B. The Czechs improved to 2-0 record after 82:51 win in Group D. Hungary meanwhile fell at 0-2.
Czech Republic opened the game with a confident lead and reached 21-12 after the first period. They added massive 24-8 in the second frame and enjoyed 45:20 halftime advantage. The second half also belonged to the favourites. They won the third period 21-16 and finished the game with 16-15 in the last stanza. Urbanek and Meszaros exchanged the last successful shots at the end of the game for the final result in the game.
Martin Kriz (202-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) and Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) nailed 10 apiece. Vaclav Honomichl (189-G-92) followed them with 9 points. Adam Kovacs (200-SF-93) and Balazs Kerpel-Fronius (195-G/F-92) finished the game with 9 points each in defeat.

Czech Republic U20: Martin Kriz 13, Ondrej Balvin 10, Jaromir Bohacik 10, Vaclav Honomichl 9
Hungary U20:Adam Kovacs 9, Balazs Kerpel-Fronius 9



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U20 European Championship: Great Britain pip Denmark - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20-Denmark U20 71:60

Great Britain pip Denmark at the U20 European Championship Division B. They improved to 3-0 record in Group C after 71:60 victory.
Both teams were undefeated before the meeting with each other. Great Britain started with 18-12, but allowed the opponents to reduce the gap. Denmark bounced back with 20-16 to cut it to 34:32 at the halftime. Hertz later gave Denmark 44:41 lead, while Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) tied it all at 44:44. The latter also gave his team 50:44 advantage after three quarters and then Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) scored for 58:47. Devon Van Oostrum and Dossing exchanged the late baskets at the end of the game for the final result.
Devon Van Oostrum stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Alasdair Fraser nailed 17, while Louis Sayers (199-SF-92) added 13. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) answered with 15 points in the losing effort as Denmark tied its record at 1-1. Anders Haas (185-PG-92) notched 10, while Sami Eleraky (210-C-93) collected 9 points and 11 rebounds.

Great Britain U20: Devon Van Oostrum 18, Alasdair Fraser 17, Louis Sayers 13
Denmark U20: Esben Reinholt 15, Anders Haas 10, Sami Eleraky 9+11 rebs



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U20 European Championship: Ukraine finished third in Group B - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20-Ukraine U20 69:72

Ukraine finished third in Group B at the U20 European Championship Division A in Slovenia. The Ukrainian team edged Estonia 72:69 in Day 3 opener. Estonia finished the group without victories.
Ukraine started the game better and reached 21:15 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Olexandr Misyats (200-SF-92) nailed three at the start of the second and Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 28:20. Later Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) nailed two three-pointers in a row and Puidet closed the half at 39:31. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) and Olexandr Mishula scored for 51:45, but the victory was not that easy for Ukraine. Rauno Nurger (207-C-93) and Rannar Raap (190-G/F-92) closed the third frame at 56:48, while Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) cut it to 2 points. Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) made two free throws for 67:66, but Ukraine won the game as Krutous and Klym Artamonov scored the last points at the very end.
Artem Pustovyi stepped up with 22 points and 17 boards, while Olexandr Mishula netted 13. Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) poured in 12, whilst Klym Artamonov and Olexandr Misyats scored 8 apiece. Martin Paasoja answered with 18 points in the losing case and Rannar Raap added 16. Rait-Riivo Laane brought 11, whilst Rauno Nurger nailed 10.

Estonia U20: Martin Paasoja 18, Rannar Raap 16, Rait-Riivo Laane 11, Rauno Nurger 10
Ukraine U20: Artem Pustovyi 22+17 rebs, Olexandr Mishula 13, Vyacheslav Bobrov 12 Klym Artamonov 8, Olexandr Misyats 8



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Standings

Eurobasket S.League Standings
Indianapolis
 1. Rome 4-1 
 2. Amsterdam 3-2 
 3. Berlin 3-2 
 4. Madrid 2-3 
 5. Paris 2-3 
 6. Athens 1-4 
Charlotte
 1. Treviso 4-1 
 2. Poitiers 3-2 
 3. Asker 2-3 
 4. Solna 1-4 
Torino
 1. Milano 3-0 
 2. Torino 0-3 


Orlando ESL All-Star team and MVP! - by ESL News

CO-MVP: D.J. Ferguson (185-G-89, college: Flagler)
D.J. is a smooth creative big guard that is a natural point guard. However, he may look more like a football player, he is very good floor leader. He is a crafty creative player that can slash to the basket off the dribble or shoot the pull up jumper.
His outside shooting ability is nice from the 3 point range but he is much more accurate in his mid-range game.
He plays great defense and he is a great scorer with a high basketball IQ.
D.J. led NCAA D-2 in assists and would be a great mid-level pg.

CO-MVP: Larry Jackson (201-F-88, college: Florida A&M)
Larry is a very athletic power forward at 66 and 235lbs that can play the 5 position in smaller leagues.
He is an excellent perimeter player for a big man who has small forward type of skills.
He can shoot the outside jumper and guard 3 positions on the floor quite easily.
He runs the floor like a deer and plays very strong around the basket.
Larry has excellent footwork around the basket and has a nice inside and outside game.
He will be a star in leagues like Luxembourg, Uruguay, Norway, Switzerland.
Larry deserves this award as he did everything he was asked and more, as he even played on another team at times who needed an injury replacement player. Larry is extremely good shape and great person.

All Tournament Team:

Antoine Watson (193-F-88)
The 2011-12 NAIA All American that came to Orlando and displayed his high skill level.
He is a legitimate NBA prospect and very tough competitor with a deadly outside shooting stroke.
He is an excellent scorer and very, very explosive. Antoine really should have been on an NBA summer league roster this year. His mid range jump shot is high quality and he has a nice understanding of the game.
He is a solid defender and rebounder as well as an NBA type athlete for sure.
Antoine should play in NBA D-league for a chance at a call up.

D.J. Ferguson
D.J. is a smooth creative big guard that is a natural point guard. However, he may look more like a football player, he is very good floor leader. He is a crafty creative player that can slash to the basket off the dribble or shoot the pull up jumper.
His outside shooting ability is nice from the 3 point range but he is much more accurate in his mid-range game.
He plays great defense and he is a great scorer with a high basketball IQ.
D.J. led NCAA D-2 in assists and would be a great mid-level pg.

Larry Jackson
Larry is a very athletic power forward at 66 and 235lbs that can play the 5 position in smaller leagues.
He is an excellent perimeter player for a big man who has small forward type of skills.
He can shoot the outside jumper and guard 3 positions on the floor quite easily.
He runs the floor like a deer and plays very strong around the basket.
Larry has excellent footwork around the basket and has a nice inside and outside game.
He will be a star in leagues like Luxembourg, Uruguay, Norway, Switzerland.
Larry deserves this award as he did everything he was asked and more, as he even played on another team at times who needed an injury replacement player. Larry is extremely good shape and great person.

Andrew Hayles (196-G-87, college: Alabama St.)
Andrew has sat out the last two years, but you would not know it. He is very hard competitor and is very strong defensively. Andrew has nice range and can shoot the 3, which he makes major match up problems for people. Once you come out to guard him he will kill you by going to the basket. Very strong rebounder and in excellent shape. Two years ago he played in Leb Silver, Spain, I would look for him to go back to that level or a good start for him would be Switzerland.

Matt Fogarty (203-F-90)
Matt had an excellent ESL Orlando event and was the best inside big man in the event. Matt has a very nice outside shot from mid-range or 3. Runs the floor extremely well and has a number of moves around the basket and finishes like a professional. Matt is a solid defensive player and rebounder.
This kid is a steal for entry level teams in Europe, he will easily be a very effective player for entry level teams.



Orlando ESL, Day 2 very competitive! - by ESL News

Game 1: Warsaw 48 Amsterdam 42
This was a very competitive contest featuring two quality teams.
However Warsaw was too strong in the end and squeaked out a 48-42 win.
This game went down to the final minutes as both teams wanted the win; however one team could only grab the victory.
Antoine Watson (193-F-88) had an outstanding game scoring 15 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Antoine is a great player with NBA type athleticism. Mike Dean (188-G-82, college: Middle Tenn.St.) of Warsaw had a nice floor game as he chipped in 11 points for the winning team.


Lance Thomas (203-F-88, college: Duke) had a solid performance for Amsterdam as he led his team with 13 points. Dane Rawlins (193-G/F-87) helped out the cause contributing 8 points and 5 rebounds.,

Warsaw-48, Mike Dean, 11 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Antoine Watson, 15 pts, 5 rebs, Alain Muteba (193-G-87, college: Edinboro) 6 pts, 3 rbs, David Lawson (186-PG-88, college: Reinhardt), 0 pts, 2 asts, Gabe Hobbs (196-F-87, college: Reinhardt), 6 pts, 5 rbs, 2 asts, Larry Jackson (201-F-88, college: Florida A&M), 6 pts, 7 rbs, 2 asts, PJ Tucker, 4 pts, reb, 1 ast
Amsterdam-42, Rontavious Ford (183-PG-88), 5 pts, 2 reb, Jonathan Jamerson (185-G-89), 5 pts, 1 reb, Dane Rawlins 8 pts, 4 rebs, John Thomas, 4 pts, 1 reb, Lance Thomas, 13 pts, 3 rebs, 2 asts, Teddy Tassy (191-G-89), 5 pts, 3 reb


Game 2: Vienna 57 Stockholm 49
Vienna's balanced attack and professional play sepearated them from Stockholm early and they never looked back. Andrew Hayles (196-G-87, college: Alabama St.) was dynamic as he scored 18pts and 3rbs for the winners.
Nate Edwards (182-G-88) chipped in 11 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast for the winners in support..
Tedrick Hudson (190-G) led Stockholm with 13 pts, 5 rbs in defeat. Big man, Frank Barr (213-F/C-78, college: Lafayette) helped out with 11 pts and 13 rbs.

Vienna-57, Dee Brown (190-G-90), 8 pts, 4 rbs, Nate Edwards, 11 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, D.J. Ferguson (185-G-89, college: Flagler), 8 pts, 1 rbd, 7 asts, Dylan Clark-Kaneable (196-F), 6 pts, 12 rbs, Andrew Hayles, 18 pts, 3 rbs, 6 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast Larry Jackson, 6 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast
Stockholm-49, Nathan Thomas (201-F/C, college: Auburn-Montgomery), 2 pts, 3 rbs, Tedrick Hudson, 13 pts, 5 asts, Johnny Williams (173-PG), 4 pts, 2 rbs, 5 asts, Rocco Rubino (188-G-89, college: Hunter), 9 pts, 3 rbs, Norman Carter (196-F-85, college: Winston Salem), 10 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Frank Barr, 11 pts, 13 rbs

Game 3: Rome 58 Amsterdam 53
This game was very competitive and came down to the final minutes as Rome was able to fend off Amsterdam and keep the victory 58-53. Rome had a balanced attack in the victory being led by big man, Matt Fogarty (203-F-90) with 13 pts and 5 rebs. Supporting Matt in the victory for Rome was Edward Mintz and Xavier Jones who chipped in 10 pts a piece. Lance James (180-G-88, college: So.Poly State) led Amsterdam with 15 pts, while Dane Rawlins 14 pts and 11 rbs. Also. Ralph Williams chipped in 11 pts in defeat for Amsterdam. We have to recognize Claude Chalk (188-G-84) returned from the hospital to compete well in the contest for Rome.

Rome-58, Brandon Armstrong (185-G-90, college: Lincoln Memorial), 8 pts, 6 rbs, 2 asts, Xavier Jones, 10 pts, 3 rbs, 2 asts, Deon Queen (185-G) 9 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Claude Chalk, 7 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Edward Mintz, 10 pts, 1 rbd, Markus Sailes (196-G-84), 4 pts, 1 rb, 2 asts, Matt Fogarty, 13 pts, 5 rebs, 1 ast
Amsterdam-53, Lance James, 15 pts, 2 rbs, Ralph Williams, 11 pts, 1 rb, Teddy Tassy, 6 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Jonathan Jamerson, 0 pts, 1 ast, John Thomas, 3 pts, 5 rbs, Dane Rawlins, 14 pts, 11 rbs, Rontavious Ford, 3 pts, 1 ast

Game 4: Vienna 74 Warsaw 54
This game was a track meet and Vienna again displayed poise and a balanced attack to beat up on Warsaw and take the victory 74-54. Nate Edwards led all scorers with 19 pts while Andrew Hayles added 17 pts in the victory. Warsaw again, has very much talent, but have not put it all together yet, but again Antoine Watson shined with 17 pts while David Lawson chipped in 10 pts for the losing team.

Vienna-74, Dee Brown, 8 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Nate Edwards, 19 pts, 1 reb, D.J. Ferguson 8 pts, 1 reb, 5 asts, Dylan Clark-Kaneable, 8 pts, 10 rbs, 1 ast, Andrew Hayles, 17 pts, 2 asts, Larry Jackson, 14 pts, 10 rbs, 1 ast
Warsaw-54, Mike Dean, 8 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Antoine Watson, 17 pts, 2 rbs, Alain Muteba 4 pts, 4 rbs, Gabe Hobbs, 5 pts, 5 rbs, David Lawson, 10 pts, 5 rbs, 2 asts, PJ Tucker, 8 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast

Game 5: Stockholm 53 Amsterdam 47
This game was a close contest and the game went back and forth however, Stockholm was able to pull out the victory with a 53-47 score over Amsterdam. Again, Stockholm displayed a balanced attack as Nate Thomas led all scorers with 17 pts while Johnny Williams chipped in 12, while big man Frank Barr 10 pts and 7 rbs. Amsterdam had a balanced attack as well, but it was not enough as Dane Rawlins led the losing team with 10 pts and 10 rbs.

Stockholm-53, Nathan Thomas, 17 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast, Tedrick Hudson, 6 pts, 3 rebs, Johnny Williams, 12 pts, 6 rbs, 2 asts, Rocco Rocco Rubino, 8 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Norman Carter, 3 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast, Frank Barr, 10 pts, 7 rbs
Amsterdam-47, Rontavious Ford, 9 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast, Jonathan Jamerson, 2 pts, 1 reb, Dane Rawlins 10 pts8 Amsterdam-53, Lance James, 8 pts, 1 rbs, Ralph Williams, 6 pts, 1 rb, 4 ast, Teddy Tassy, 7 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast, Jonathan Jamerson, 2 pts, 1 ast, John Thomas, 5 pts, 5 rbs, Dane Rawlins, 10 pts, 10 rbs

Game 6: Rome 62 Vienna 52
This game was very competitive, but Rome was too much for Vienna and was able to keep the victory 62-52. Rome had a balanced attack in the victory being led by Claude Chalk, who came back from injury to lead all scorers with 22 pts. Brandon Armstrong and Matt Fogarty chipped in with 12 pts and 11 pts respectively. Only person who stood out mostly for Vienna this game was Andrew Hayles who had 15 pts and 3 rbs.

Rome-62, Brandon Armstrong, 12 pts, 5 rbs, 2 asts, Xavier Jones, 8 pts, 6 rbs, 1 asts, Deon Queen 2 pts, 6 rbs, 1 ast, Claude Chalk, 22 pts, 9 rbs, 1 ast, Edward Mintz, 2 pts, 3 rbd, Markus Sailes, 5 pts, 3 rb, 2 asts, Matt Fogarty, 11 pts, 4 rebs, 1 ast
Vienna-52, Dee Brown, 10 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Nate Edwards, 8 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast, D.J. Ferguson 6 pts, 1 reb, 5 asts, Dylan Clark-Kaneable, 7 pts, 10 rbs, 1 ast, Andrew Hayles, 15 pts, 3 rbs, Larry Jackson, 6 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast

Game 7: Warsaw 72 Stockholm 64
This game was very competitive and game went back and forth, but Warsaw put it together and was too much for Stockholm down the stretch and was able to keep the victory 72-64. Warsaw was led by David Lawson with 24 pts. Antoine Watson and Gabe Hobbs chipped in with 14 pts and 12 pts respectively. Frank Barr led Stockholm with 18 points and again grabbed a lot of rebounds with 11. Nathan Thomas contributed 14 pts for Stockholm.

Warsaw-72, Mike Dean, 8 pts, 1 ast, Antoine Watson, 14 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Alain Muteba 6 pts, 5 rbs, Gabe Hobbs, 12 pts, 3 rbs, David Lawson, 24 pts, 3 rbs, 1 asts, PJ Tucker, 8 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast
Stockholm-64, Nathan Thomas, 14 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Tedrick Hudson, 9 pts, 2 rebs, Johnny Williams, 9 pts, 8 rbs, 1 asts, Rocco Rocco Rubino, 8 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast, Norman Carter, 6 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast, Frank Barr, 18 pts, 10 rbs



Orlando ESL, Day 3, final games! - by ESL News

Game 8: Rome 61 Warsaw 46
This was not even a contest featuring two quality teams, but Warsaw failed to show up. With NBA scouts on hand, it was as if the Warsaw team was still asleep as Rome jumped on them from the beginning and never let up. Rome won the match easily with a 61-46 victory. Rome was led by Matt Fogarty (203-F-90) who had a great game and was clearly the best player on the floor, with 20 pts and 6 rbs. Xavier Jones added 12 pts for the winners. In defeat, Antoine Watson (193-F-88) scored 15 points while grabbing 9 rebounds. Antoine is a great player with NBA type athleticism, however today he was slow to show his skills and Rome just overpowered his team.

Rome-61, Brandon Armstrong (185-G-90, college: Lincoln Memorial), 11 pts, 6 rbs, 2 asts, Xavier Jones, 12 pts, 2 rbs, 2 asts, Deon Queen (185-G) 6 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Claude Chalk (188-G-84), 2 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Edward Mintz, 6 pts, 1 rbd, Markus Sailes (196-G-84), 4 pts, 3 rb, 1 asts, Matt Fogarty, 20 pts, 6 rebs, 1 ast
Warsaw-46, Mike Dean (188-G-82, college: Middle Tenn.St.), 2 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Antoine Watson, 15 pts, 9 rebs, Alain Muteba (193-G-87, college: Edinboro) 12 pts, 5 rbs, David Lawson, 11 pts, 1 asts, Gabe Hobbs, 4 pts, 5 rbs, PJ Tucker, 2 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast


Game 9: Vienna 43 Amsterdam 34
Viennas balanced attack and professional play sepearated them from Amsterdam early and they never looked back. Dee Brown (190-G-90) had 10 pts for the winners and Andrew Andrew Hayles (196-G-87, college: Alabama St.) added 8 pts for the winners. On the losing side for Amsterdam, Ralph Williams was the only player who contributed much as he had 12 pts, 2 rbs and 1 assist.

Vienna-43, Dee Brown, 10 pts, 4 rbs, Nate Edwards (182-G-88), 6 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, DJ Ferguson, 6 pts, 2 rbd, 7 asts, Dylan Clark-Kaneable (196-F), 6 pts, 10 rbs, Andrew Hayles, 8 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Larry Jackson (201-F-88, college: Florida A&M), 7 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast
Amsterdam-34, Lance James (180-G-88, college: So.Poly State), 4 pts, 2 rbs, Ralph Williams, 12 pts, 2 rb, 1 ast, Teddy Tassy (191-G-89), 3 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Jonathan Jamerson (185-G-89), 2 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast, John Thomas, 4 pts, 2 rbs, Dane Rawlins (193-G/F-87), 6 pts, 10 rbs, Rontavious Ford (183-PG-88), 2 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast

Game 10: Stockholm 51 Rome 43
This game was very competitive and came down to the final minutes as Stockholm was able to fend off Rome and keep the victory 51-43. Stockholm had a balanced attack in the victory as they have had all week and were led by Nathan Thomas (201-F/C, college: Auburn-Montgomery) with his 15 pts and Norman Carter (196-F-85, college: Winston Salem)arter with 12 pts. Xavier Jones had 12 for Rome in defeat and his teammates Matt Fogarty and Claud Chalk each added 10 pts.


Stockholm-51, Nathan Thomas, 15 pts, 5 rbs, 2 ast, Tedrick Hudson, 10 pts, 5 rebs, Johnny Williams, 9 pts, 4 rbs, 3 asts, Rocco Rubino, 3 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Norman Carter, 12 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Frank Barr, DNP
Rome-43, Brandon Armstrong, 1 pts, 2 rbs, 2 asts, Xavier Jones, 12 pts, 2 rbs, 2 asts, Deon Queen 6 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Claude Chalk, 10 pts, 7 rbs, 1 ast, Edward Mintz, 3 pts, 2 rbd, Markus Sailes, 1 pts, 3 rb, Matt Fogarty, 10 pts, 4 rebs, 1 ast



Orlando ESL, Eastern Europe wins all-star game, Vienna are the champs! - by ESL News

All-Star Game: Eastern Europe 59 Western Europe 52
The all-star game was a classic shootout of players who were chosen from the remaining teams who did not make it to the championship game. Both teams were chosen on their ability and rightfully paired up to make this game as competitive as possible and the two teams did not disappoint. This game came down to the final minutes as the Eastern Europe, Blue team came away with the victory over Western Europe, White team 59-52. David Lawson (186-PG-88, college: Reinhardt) was the lone standout player for the balanced attack of Eastern Europe as he led all scorers with 17 points. On the losing side of Western Europe they had a very balance scoring attack as well as Mike Dean (188-G-82, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Teddy Tassy (191-G-89) led them with 9 pts each.
Eastern Europe (Blue) 59, Rontavious Ford (183-PG-88), 2 pts, 1ast, Ralph Williams, 2 pts, 1 rb, 2 asts, Jonathan Jamerson (185-G-89), 6pts, 2 rbs, Lance James (180-G-88, college: So.Poly State) 2 pts, 1 ast, John Thomas, 3 pts, 6 rbs, 1 ast, Dane Rawlins (193-G/F-87), 16 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, David Lawson, 17 pts, 1 ast, P.J. Turner 4 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast,


Antoine Watson (193-F-88), 10 pts, 1 rb
Western Europe (White) 52, Teddy Tassy, 9 pts, 2 rbs, Johnny Williams (173-PG), 2 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Tedrick Hudson (190-G) 2 pts, Mike Dean, 9 pts, 1 rbs, 2 asts, Rocco Rubino (188-G-89, college: Hunter), 2 pts, 2 rbs, Gabe Hobbs (196-F-87, college: Reinhardt), 8pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Norman Carter (196-F-85, college: Winston Salem), 4 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast, Nathan Thomas (201-F/C, college: Auburn-Montgomery), 8 pts, 4 rbs, 2 asts, Alain Muteba (193-G-87, college: Edinboro), 8 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast



Championship Game: Vienna 59 Rome 51
Much like the all-star game was a classic shootout, so was the championship game. Gym was filled with spectators and the players did not disappoint as they battled hard to the end after a grueling 3 days. Both teams were chosen on their ability and rightfully paired up to make this game as competitive as possible and the two teams did not disappoint. This game came down to the final minutes as the Eastern Europe, Blue team came away with the victory over Western Europe, White team 59-52. David Lawson was the lone standout player for the balanced attack of Eastern Europe as he led all scorers with 17 points. On the losing side of Western Europe they had a very balance scoring attack as well as Mike Dean and Teddy Tassy led them with 9 pts each.
Vienna-59, Dee Brown (190-G-90), 17 pts, 1 rbs, Nate Edwards (182-G-88), 7 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, D.J. Ferguson (185-G-89, college: Flagler), 0 pts, 4 rbd, 6 asts, Dylan Clark-Kaneable (196-F), 14 pts, 6 rbs, Andrew Hayles, 9 pts, 5 rbs, 3 ast, Larry Jackson, 12 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast
Rome-61, Brandon Armstrong (185-G-90, college: Lincoln Memorial), 8 pts,1 rbs, 1 asts, Xavier Jones, 10 pts, 4 rbs, 2 asts, Deon Queen (185-G) 12 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast,

Claude Chalk (188-G-84), 9 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Edward Mintz, 2 pts, Markus Sailes (196-G-84), 2 pts, 2 rb,1 asts, Matt Fogarty (203-F-90), 8 pts, 4 rebs, 1 ast



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  EUROCUP   


Sassari continues adding players: Michal Ignerski is the new one - by Diamadis Farmakis

Banco Di Sardegna Sassari, continues the new player additions. The team this time, added an elite shooter to its ranks ahead of its debut Eurocup campaign, by signing Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.). The veteran forward spent last season in Russia split between Nizhniy Novgorod and Lokomitiv Kuban.

Ignerski (2.07 meters, 31 years old), in a solid season, averaged 12.7 points and 3.9 rebounds in nine Russian League games with Nizhniy Novgorod and then 7 points and 3.9 boards with Lokomotiv and In three previous Eurocup campaigns with three different teams, Ignerski has always averaged double figures in scoring.
His combined stats in those seasons with Deichmann Slask Wroclaw and WTK Anwil Wloclawek of his native Poland and Besiktas of Turkey, are 13.2 points on 41.7% three-point shooting plus 4.2 rebounds over 22 games.

He also played one Euroleague campaign with Slask in the 2003-04 season. Ignerski is a product of the AZS Lublin junior program, but he latered travelled to the Unites States where he played junior college basketball and two seasons at Mississippi State University. He has since played for Wroclaw and Wloclawek in Poland, Sevilla and Lagun Aro in Spain, Besiktas in Turkey and most recently Nizhniy Novgorod and Lokomitiv in Russia.



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Panathinaikos close to signing Xanthopoulos and Mavroeidis. - by Dimitris Katsionis



According to Greek media Panathinaikos is close to sign two Greek NT's players, Vasilis Xanthopoulos (187-G-84) and Dimitris Mavroeidis. The Greens purpose is to add some depth in the point guard and center position after the departures of Nick Kalathes and Mike Batiste. Xanthopoulos has played for Panathinaikos the seasons 2004-05 and 2006-07 ( when he took the Euroleague title in Athens) but his role was limited. He has many common characteristics with Kalathes as he is a tremendous ball handler with terrific passing ability (his big advantage), very good on the ball defender, quick but average shooter. Last year he was Panionios starting PG, finishing the season with 6.8 ppg.-4.6 apg and 1.7 spg.

Dimitris Mavroeidis (208-C-85) was Panathinaikos target since he was playing for Maroussi. It was rumored that the Greens had agree to acquire the player before 2010 season's end but Mavroeidis signed with Bilbao the next summer. The 27 year old center is probably the best pickn roll (frontcourt) player in Greece on both ends of the court and thats why Panathinaikos wants to add him in its roster. His ex-team, Gescrap Bizkaia, has already sign Milan Rakovic so is very difficult for Mavroeidis to stay in Basque's country. Last year on ACB, 3.6ppg-3.4rpg. Panathinaikos's purpose is to sign both players, but the team hasn't made any official announcement yet.



Moran Roth heads to Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Moran Roth (183-PG-82) heads to Maccabi Tel Aviv for the upcoming season. According to sportando.net, Maccabi Tel Aviv announced the signing of Moran Roth to a 3-year deal.
After playing for Division1's Ramat Hasharon, Rishon Lezion, Galil/Gilboa, Ramat Gan, Jerusalem and Ashkelon, Holon was the first team Roth stays with for more than a single season.
In 2010-2011 he appeared for Hapoel Holon (Premier League, starting five) and in 27 games averaged 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 77.8%. In 2011-2012 for Hapoel Holon (Premier League, starting five) his stats read 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-1 (7.3apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 83.3%.
Last year he was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention -11, 12 and participated at the Israeli Premier League All-Star Game -12. He recorded 17 points three times during the season. In his last game for the team he notched 14 points. Hapoel Holon managed to beat Maccabi Rishon 72:67 late in May.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Standings

Standings
Group E
1. France0-0
2. Germany0-0
3. Greece0-0
4. Russia0-0
5. Serbia0-0
6. Ukraine0-0
Group F
1. Spain0-0
2. Italy0-0
3. Latvia0-0
4. Lithuania0-0
5. Slovenia0-0
6. Turkey0-0
Group G (positions 13-16)
1. Estonia0-0
2. Georgia0-0
3. Montenegro0-0
4. Sweden0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 14: FRA - SRB 67-70
Jul. 14: MNT - GER 55-71

B

Jul. 14: EST - UKR 69-72
Jul. 14: GRE - RUS 64-66

C

Jul. 14: TUR - LAT 64-61 OT
Jul. 14: GEO - ESP 49-111

D

Jul. 14: SLO - LTU 87-81
Jul. 14: SWE - ITA 62-87

Second Stage: Round 4

E

Jul. 16: FRA - RUS
Jul. 16: GRE - GER
Jul. 16: UKR - SRB

F

Jul. 16: LAT - SLO
Jul. 16: LTU - ESP
Jul. 16: ITA - TUR

G

Jul. 16: MNT - SWE
Jul. 16: EST - GEO


M-Standings - Division B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Bulgaria2-0
2. Israel1-1
3. Austria1-1
4. Slovakia0-2
Group B
1. Poland3-0
2. Belgium2-1
3. Holland1-1
4. Luxembourg.0-2
5. FYR Macedo.0-2
Group C
1. U.Kingdom3-0
2. Croatia2-1
3. Denmark1-1
4. Portugal0-2
5. Belarus0-2
Group D
1. Czech Rep.2-0
2. Finland1-1
3. Switzerlan.1-1
4. Hungary0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 14: BUL - SVK 69-61
Jul. 14: AUT - ISR 39-75

B

Jul. 14: MKD - POL 49-83
Jul. 14: BEL - LUX 103-56

C

Jul. 14: ENG - DEN 71-60
Jul. 14: POR - CRO 65-79

D

Jul. 14: CZE - HUN 82-51
Jul. 14: SUI - FIN 64-90

Preliminary Round: Round 4

B

Jul. 15: NED - BEL
Jul. 15: LUX - MKD

C

Jul. 15: BLR - ENG
Jul. 15: DEN - POR


The end of preliminary round in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Group A
France - Serbia 67-70
Serbia recorded the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated France to improve at 3-0 record and clinched the top position in Group A. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) came up with 17 points for the winners. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. France pulled ahead in the second frame. Les Bleus ensured a 31:25 halftime advantage. But Serbia picked up the tempo in the third term. They erupted for 29 points in the third frame to take a 5-point lead at the final intermission. France narrowed the gap and eventually pulled in front for a 67:66 lead with just over two minutes remaining. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93) and Nemanja Besovic answered with four points in a row sealing the victory for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic produced 14 points, while Nenad Miljenovic added 13 points for the winners. Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93) answered with 17 points for France. Louis Labeyrie had 16 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Germany 55-71
German U20 National Team earned the second win at the European Championship in Slovenia. They held off Montenegro to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Montenegro fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92, college: Gonzaga) posted 15 points to lead the winners. Montenegro had their backs against the wall and started the game aggressively. They limited Germany to 12 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. Germany denied the deficit and eked out a 34:33 halftime advantage. Germany went on a 21:6 run in the third frame to clear off. They established a 16-point cushion heading into the fourth frame. Montenegro failed to recover and had to surrender at the end. Johannes Richter (206-PF-93) notched 13 points, while Leon Tolksdorf added 10 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) answered with 15 points for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic led all scorers with 18 points in the loss.

Group B
Greece - Russia 64-66
Russia snatched a tough win over Greece in the third round of action at U20 European Championship in Slovenia. Russia went on an 8:0 run in the last two and a half minutes of regulation to sneak past Greece and remain undefeated at the tournament. Greece fell at 2-1 record in Group B. Russia jumped to a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The Hellenes answered right back posting a 38:37 halftime advantage. The Hellenes dominated the third quarter. They held their opponents to just 9 points in the quarter taking a 12-point lead before the fourth frame. Greece still enjoyed a 6-point buffer with just over two minutes remaining in regulation but a late heroics from Goldyrev and Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) sealed the win for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin finished with 15 points, while Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) added 12 points for the winners. Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) answered with 17 points for Greece. Giannoulis Larentzakis delivered 15 points in the loss.

Estonia - Ukraine 69-72
Ukraine finished third in Group B at the U20 European Championship Division A in Slovenia. The Ukrainian team edged Estonia 72:69 in Day 3 opener. Estonia finished the group without victories. Ukraine started the game better and reached 21:15 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Olexandr Misyats nailed three at the start of the second and Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 28:20. Later Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) nailed two three-pointers in a row and Puidet closed the half at 39:31. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) and Olexandr Mishula scored for 51:45, but the victory was not that easy for Ukraine. Rauno Nurger and Rannar Raap closed the third frame at 56:48, while Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) cut it to 2 points. Rait-Riivo Laane made two free throws for 67:66, but Ukraine won the game as Krutous and Klym Artamonov scored the last points at the very end. Artem Pustovyi stepped up with 22 points and 17 boards, while Olexandr Mishula netted 13. Vyacheslav Bobrov poured in 12, whilst Klym Artamonov and Olexandr Misyats scored 8 apiece. Martin Paasoja answered with 18 points in the losing case and Rannar Raap added 16. Rait-Riivo Laane brought 11, whilst Rauno Nurger nailed 10.

Group C
Georgia - Spain 49-111
Spain claimed the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Georgia to finish the preliminary round undefeated on top of Group C. Jorge Sanz (188-PG-93) and Daniel Diez (203-F-93) led the winners scoring 17 points each. Georgia suffered the third straight loss and would play in relegation round. Spain fired 29 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They recorded a 16-point lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 29-point mark at the interval 54:25. Spain controlled the tempo after the big break. They unloaded 32 points in the third term to ensure a 42-point buffer and never looked back en route to the win. Jaime Fernandez accounted for 15 points for Spain. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) delivered 15 points for Georgia. Duda Sanadze accounted for 10 points in the loss.

Turkey - Latvia 64-61 OT
Turkey outscore the Baltic side at the U20 European Championship Division A in Slovenia. The Turkish team improved to 2-1 record in Group C after a thrilling 64:61 victory. Latvia meanwhile fell at 1-2 record on the third place in the group. It was the decisive game for the second place in the group. Turkey grabbed 20:17 lead after the first period, but Latvia bounced back with 20-15 in the second frame. Moreover the Baltic State added defensive 9-6 in the third quarter for 5-point advantage before the fourth quarter. They could however score in the last four minutes and allowed Cantitiz and Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) to tie the score at 54:54. In overtime Safak Edge (188-PG-92) scored a buzzer-beater for the final success. Safak Edge stepped up with 14 points to lead all the winners. Samet Geyik nailed 10, while Ayhan Onur Kentli chipped in with 8. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) finished the game with 24 points in defeat and Arturs Bricis nailed 16.

Group D
Slovenia - Lithuania 87-81
Slovenia posted the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania to finish the preliminary round undefeated. The hosts claimed the top spot in Group C. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) and Alen Omic (215-C-92) accounted for 20 points each in the victory. Slovenia grabbed a narrow 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the lead in the second quarter. Slovenia established a 42:30 halftime lead. Lithuania tried to recover in the third term. They erupted for 28 points to cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuania got within three points midway through the fourth frame but Slovenia quickly boosted the margin to 12 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Marko Pajic accounted for 16 points for the home team. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Lithuania. Edgaras Ulanovas had 14 points in the loss.

Sweden - Italy 62-87
Italy posted the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Swedish counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. Fabio Mian (196-F-92) scored 16 points and collected 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Sweden suffered the third loss in a row. The Scandinavian team fired 24 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. But the Azzurri slowly denied the deficit. They trailed by just two points at halftime 34:36. Italy went on a 25:12 run in the third quarter to ensure a 59:48 lead at the final break. Sweden could not recover as they conceded 28 points in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Marco Lagana notched 12 points, while Andrea Traini and Amedeo Tessitori posted 10 points each in the victory. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) answered with 23 points for Sweden. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) provided 18 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.



Results and Stats from Day 3 in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Bulgaria - Slovakia 69-61
Bulgaria outsmart Slovak Republic at the U20 European Championship Division B. The hosts of the tournament improved to 2-0 record after 69:61 win in Group A. Slovak Republic fell at 0-2 record in the group. Bulgaria should thank the fans for their support that saw 25:18 lead at the end of the first period. The hosts added 19-16 in the second frame and led 10 points at the halftime when Georgi Boyanov (200-F-93) and Galata exchanged the late baskets in the half. Slovak Republic did not give up and responded with 19-13 in the third quarter to reduce to 57:53 at the end of thirty minutes. They tried hard to take the lead but Bulgaria pushed the tempo for good to win the game. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tenchev nailed 16. Simeonov delivered 13 and Alexandros Vezenkov (204-F/G-95) scored 8. Tot ended up with 14 points, whilst Galata poured in 12. Jaroslav Moravek (204-F/C-92) collected 11 points and 13 rebounds and Luley nailed 8.

Austria - Israel 39-75
Israel start Day 3 with the win over Austria. The team tied both records at 1-1 after a comfortable 75:39 victory at the U20 European Championship Division B in Sofia. Israel took the lead from the very beginning and dominated the court. They finished the first period with 22-12 and never looked behind after. Both teams nailed 12 points each in the second frame as Dawson closed the half at 34:24. The third period was a nightmare for the Austrian team that scored only 5 points. Israel erupted with 19 and Altit scored for 53:29. Israel added 22-10 in the last stanza to win the game. Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) paced all the winners with 17 points and Lavie notched 11. Or Solomon (197-F-93) delivered 9, while Ariely scored 8. Filip Kramer (200-SF-92) posted 9 points in the losing effort and Mair added 6.

Group B
Belgium - Luxembourg 103-56
Belgium needed a strong second half to edge Luxembourg at the U20 European Championship Division B. The team improved to 2-1 record after a comfortable 103:56 win. Belgium opened the game with 11 consecutive points and Schwartz nailed three for 21:7. Schmit and Arendt closed the first period at 24:12, while Khalid Boukichou (208-C-92) scored for 28:16. Schmit reduced to 30:24, but then Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) and Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) closed the half at 43:31. Later the court was dominated by only one team-Belgium. They erupted with 35-11 in the third quarter and Obasohan Ojomoh scored for 78:41. Belgium added 25-14 in the last stanza for the final result. Tomorrow Belgium will face Netherlands at the Arena Armeec II. Luxembourg will take on F.Y.R. of Macedonia in the second game.

FYR Macedonia - Poland 49-83
Poland thrash F.Y.R. of Macedonia in Sofia in day 3 at the U20 European Championship Division B. The Polish side proved the ambitions for the top division after 83:49 victory. They improved to 3-0 record on top of the group, while the losing side fell at 0-2 record. Poland flew with 21:4 lead in the first period and continued their dominance in the whole game. F.Y.R. of Macedonia managed to reduce to 15 points after 19-17 in the second frame. Przemyslaw Karnowski (214-C-93) and Michalak brought 46:31 and Gielo closed the run at 54:31. Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) and Kowalczyk later exchanged the baskets to close the third period at 65:37. Poland added 18-12 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Gielo top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Sokolowski netted 12. Michalak and Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) followed them with 11 points apiece. Goran Markovski answered with 22 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) added 7.

Group C
United Kingdom - Denmark 71-60
Great Britain pip Denmark at the U20 European Championship Division B. They improved to 3-0 record in Group C after 71:60 victory. Both teams were undefeated before the meeting with each other. Great Britain started with 18-12, but allowed the opponents to reduce the gap. Denmark bounced back with 20-16 to cut it to 34:32 at the halftime. Hertz later gave Denmark 44:41 lead, while Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) tied it all at 44:44. The latter also gave his team 50:44 advantage after three quarters and then Fraser scored for 58:47. Devon Van Oostrum and Dossing exchanged the late baskets at the end of the game for the final result. Devon Van Oostrum stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Fraser nailed 17, while Sayers added 13. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) answered with 15 points in the losing effort as Denmark tied its record at 1-1. Anders Haas (185-PG-92) notched 10, while Eleraky collected 9 points and 11 rebounds.

Portugal - Croatia 65-79
Croatia keep Portugal winless at the U20 European Championship Division B. Croatia beat them 79:65 for 2-1 record in Group C. Portugal meanwhile fell at 0-2. Croatia was too good for the opponent in the first period and grabbed 28:14 lead. They dominated the first half and added a 16-15 burst in the second frame as Luka Panduric (192-G-93) scored for 44:27. Portugal was too far to give up and erupted with 20-3 run when Wildner reduced to 47:44. Moreover Grosso and Sergio Lugo Santos (198-F-92) closed the third period at 56:54. Later Sergio Lugo Santos tied it all at 60:60, but Croatia responded with a 10-0 run and Franko Sango (200-PF-92) brought 75:62. Sirko meanwhile scored the last points in the winning effort. Sirko led the way with 17 points and Rogic as well as Luka Panduric poured in 12 apiece. Krstanovic collected 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Franko Sango posted 10. Sergio Lugo Santos delivered 14 points in defeat and Wildner added 11.

Group D
Switzerland - Finland 64-90
Finland beat Switzerland to tie both records at U20 European Championship Division B. The Finnish side needed 90:64 win for the initial win. The first quarter belonged to the Swiss side that grabbed 25:15 after the first 10 minutes. In the rest of the game Finland however dominated the court. They needed a 26-8 burst to take 41:33 halftime advantage. Moreover Finland won the third and the last quarters. They produced a 24-14 in the third quarter and finished the game with 25-17 in the last period. Marko Mladjan (206-F-93) and Valimaa exchanged the late baskets for their teams to bring the final result on the board. Markus Molenius (203-F-92) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Caven added 18. Murphy delivered 15, while Seppala notched 12. Savoy and Marko Mladjan ended up with 16 points in the losing effort. Bozovic delivered 9, whilst Jeremy Landenbergue (182-PG-93) scored 8.

Czech Republic - Hungary 82-51
Czech Republic stun Hungary to stay perfect at the U20 European Championship Division B. The Czechs improved to 2-0 record after 82:51 win in Group D. Hungary meanwhile fell at 0-2. Czech Republic opened the game with a confident lead and reached 21-12 after the first period. They added massive 24-8 in the second frame and enjoyed 45:20 halftime advantage. The second half also belonged to the favourites. They won the third period 21-16 and finished the game with 16-15 in the last stanza. Urbanek and Meszaros exchanged the last successful shots at the end of the game for the final result in the game. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) and Bohacik nailed 10 apiece. Vaclav Honomichl (189-G-92) followed them with 9 points. Kovacs and Kerpel-Fronius finished the game with 9 points each in defeat.



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U20 European Championship: Finland beat Switzerland to tie both records - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U20-Finland U20 64:90

Finland beat Switzerland to tie both records at U20 European Championship Division B. The Finnish side needed 90:64 win for the initial win.
The first quarter belonged to the Swiss side that grabbed 25:15 after the first 10 minutes. In the rest of the game Finland however dominated the court. They needed a 26-8 burst to take 41:33 halftime advantage. Moreover Finland won the third and the last quarters. They produced a 24-14 in the third quarter and finished the game with 25-17 in the last period. Marko Mladjan (206-F-93) and Valimaa exchanged the late baskets for their teams to bring the final result on the board.
Markus Molenius (203-F-92) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) added 18. Alex Murphy (203-F-93) delivered 15, while Ilari Seppala (190-G-93) notched 12. Brian Savoy (192-SG-92) and Marko Mladjan ended up with 16 points in the losing effort. Milos Bozovic (201-F-92) delivered 9, whilst Jeremy Landenbergue (182-PG-93) scored 8.

Switzerland U20: Brian Savoy 16, Marko Mladjan 16, Milos Bozovic 9, Jeremy Landenbergue 8
Finland U20: Markus Molenius 20, Joonas Caven 18, Alex Murphy 15, Ilari Seppala 12



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Mouloukou Diabate moves to SLUC Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Mouloukou Diabate (183-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket) (183-PG-87) moves to SLUC Nancy for the upcoming season. The Official website of the team confirmed the signing the Ivory Coast National Team member.
In 2011-2012 Mouloukou Diabate played for Chorale de Roanne Basket (France-ProA) and in EuroChallenge averaged 5.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 66.7%. In French League his stats read 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 18.6%, FT: 91.2%.
It was his third straight season for Chorale de Roanne Basket. The player started his career for Charenton (France-N3) and then played for 4 years with JDA Dijon Bourgogne. In his last season there his stats read 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 60.3%, 3PT: 15.8%, FT: 74.5%. In 2009-2010 appeared for Chorale de Roanne Basket (France-ProA, starting five) and stayed until year 2012.
As a member of the National team Mouloukou Diabate participated at the World Championships in Turkey and showed 9.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-3 (2.4spg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 75.0%. At the African Championships in Madagascar in 2011 he reached semis with Ivory Coast and averaged 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-3 (5.0apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 68.8%.



U20 European Championship: Serbia nip France - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - France U20 70:67

Serbia recorded the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated France to improve at 3-0 record and clinched the top position in Group A. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) came up with 17 points for the winners.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. France pulled ahead in the second frame. Les Bleus ensured a 31:25 halftime advantage. But Serbia picked up the tempo in the third term. They erupted for 29 points in the third frame to take a 5-point lead at the final intermission. France narrowed the gap and eventually pulled in front for a 67:66 lead with just over two minutes remaining. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93) and Nemanja Besovic answered with four points in a row sealing the victory for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic produced 14 points, while Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points for the winners. Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93) answered with 17 points for France. Louis Labeyrie (209-C-92) had 16 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Besovic 17, Aleksandar Cvetkovic 14, Nenad Miljenovic 13
France U20: Livio Jean-Charles 17, Louis Labeyrie 16



Spurs sign guard Nando De Colo - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed guard Nando De Colo (6'8''-G-87, agency: Arete Sports Agency). The 25-year-old De Colo was selected by the Spurs with the 53rd overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

The 6-5, 200-pound De Colo has spent the past three seasons playing for Valencia in the Spanish ACB League. He helped lead Valenica to the 2010 Eurocup Championship and to the ACB playoffs in each of his three seasons with the club, including the 2011 ACB Finals. In three seasons with Valencia, De Colo averaged 12.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 106 ACB games. In two Eurocup appearances, he averaged 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 32 games.

De Colo made his pro debut in 2006 with Cholet Basket in the French ProA League. He spent three seasons with Cholet, averaging 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 83 games. De Colo was named ProA League All-Star in 2008 and 2009 and was selected to the FIBA Eurocup All-Star Team in 2008.

Born and raised in France, De Colo has played for the French National Team since 2008. In the 2011 European Championship, he averaged 6.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 11 games to help France capture the Silver medal and qualify for the 2012 Olympics. De Colo has also represented France in the 2009 European Championship and 2010 World Championship.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



France U18 keep the perfect record at Le Temple sur Lot - by Eurobasket News

France U18-Russia U18 72:71

France U18 keep the perfect record at Le Temple sur Lot tournament. The hosts overcame Russian 72:71 in Day 2 for 2-0 record on top.
Russia started the game better and enjoyed 24:16 after the first 10 minutes. France managed to win the second frame 24-22 and reduced to 6 points at the halftime. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the third frame and then France needed 17-10 surge to win the game.
Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Boris Dallo (193-G-94) notched 13. ANTHONY LABANCA and Tristan Toneguzzo (203-F/C-94) followed them with 12 points each. Serdar Annaev (185-G-94) replied with 16 points in defeat and Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) added 14. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-F-94) poured in 13, whilst Igor Kanygin (204-F-94) scored 11.
In another game Germany U18 won over Serbia U18 in Toulouse at the International Tournament Le Temple sur Lot. The German side tied both records at 1-1 after 61:60 thrilling win.

France U18: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 15, Boris Dallo 13, ANTHONY LABANCA 12, Tristan Toneguzzo 12
Russia U18: Serdar Annaev 16, Mikhail Kulagin 14, Stanislav Ilnitskiy 13, Igor Kanygin 11



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U20 European Championship: Poland thrash F.Y.R. of Macedonia in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20-Poland U20 49:83

Poland thrash F.Y.R. of Macedonia in Sofia in day 3 at the U20 European Championship Division B. The Polish side proved the ambitions for the top division after 83:49 victory. They improved to 3-0 record on top of the group, while the losing side fell at 0-2 record.
Poland flew with 21:4 lead in the first period and continued their dominance in the whole game. F.Y.R. of Macedonia managed to reduce to 15 points after 19-17 in the second frame. Karnowski and Michal Michalak (194-G-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) brought 46:31 and Tomasz Gielo (205-F-93) closed the run at 54:31. Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) and Kowalczyk later exchanged the baskets to close the third period at 65:37. Poland added 18-12 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Tomasz Gielo top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Michal Sokolowski (196-G-92) netted 12. Michal Michalak and Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) followed them with 11 points apiece. Goran Markovski answered with 22 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) added 7.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Goran Markovski 22+11 rebs, Boban Stajic 7
Poland U20: Tomasz Gielo 13+10 rebs, Michal Sokolowski 12, Michal Michalak 11, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 11



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U20 European Championship: Spain stun Georgia to win Group C - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Georgia U20 111:49

Spain claimed the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Georgia to finish the preliminary round undefeated on top of Group C. Jorge Sanz (188-PG-93) and Daniel Diez (203-F-93) led the winners scoring 17 points each. Georgia suffered the third straight loss and would play in relegation round.
Spain fired 29 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They recorded a 16-point lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 29-point mark at the interval 54:25. Spain controlled the tempo after the big break. They unloaded 32 points in the third term to ensure a 42-point buffer and never looked back en route to the win. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) accounted for 15 points for Spain. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) delivered 15 points for Georgia. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) accounted for 10 points in the loss.

Spain U20: Jorge Sanz 17, Daniel Diez 17, Jaime Fernandez 15
Georgia U20: Beka Burjanadze 15, Duda Sanadze 10



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Germany U18 won over Serbia U18 in Toulouse - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Germany U18 60:61

Germany U18 won over Serbia U18 in Toulouse at the International Tournament Le Temple sur Lot. The German side tied both records at 1-1 after 61:60 thrilling win.
Germany opened the game with 12-11 after the first period, while Serbia tied the game at the halftime. They needed a 13-12 win to go on the big break with 24:24 on the board. In the third quarter Serbia was stronger with 17-13, but failed in the last stanza. Germany grabbed the win due to 24-19 in the final period.
Paul Zipser (195-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Johannes Thiemann nailed 10. Maximilian Ugrai (196-F-95) delivered 9, while Stefan Wess (203-F) scored 5. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) tried hard with 26 points but could not save the team. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) followed him with 10 and Nikola Cvorovic (201-F-94) scored 7.
In another game France U18 overcame Russia U18 72:71.

Serbia U18: Nikola Radicevic 26, Nikola Milutinov 10, Nikola Cvorovic 7
Germany U18: Paul Zipser 22, Johannes Thiemann (203-F/C-94) 10, Maximilian Ugrai 9, Stefan Wess 5



U20 European Championship: Germany topple Montenegro to advance into qualifying round - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Montenegro U20 71:55

German U20 National Team earned the second win at the European Championship in Slovenia. They held off Montenegro to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Montenegro fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92, college: Gonzaga) posted 15 points to lead the winners.
Montenegro had their backs against the wall and started the game aggressively. They limited Germany to 12 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. Germany denied the deficit and eked out a 34:33 halftime advantage. Germany went on a 21:6 run in the third frame to clear off. They established a 16-point cushion heading into the fourth frame. Montenegro failed to recover and had to surrender at the end. Johannes Richter (206-PF-93) notched 13 points, while Leon Tolksdorf (201-F-93) added 10 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) answered with 15 points for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) led all scorers with 18 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Mathis Monninghoff 15, Johannes Richter 13, Leon Tolksdorf 10
Montenegro U20: Danilo Nikolic 18, Vukota Pavic 15



Abe Lodwick (Phoenix Hagen) My Defense Is Something That I Take A Lot Of Pride In - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Abe Lodwick (200-G/F-88, college: Washington St.) is a 200cm swing man from Bend, Oregon that is starting his professional basketball career in the Beko BBL with Phoenix Hagen. He played at Washington State from 2007-2012 and some time with ex Beko BBL players Taylor Rochestie and Aron Baynes. In his senior year, he played 21 games: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 23.5%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 66.7%. He played a total of 105 NCAA games and some Awards/Achievements in his basketball career were Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals -08, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, Pac-10 All-Academic 2nd Team -10, and NIT Final Four -11. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Congrats on your first professional contract with Phoenix Hagen. How happy are you about getting this chance?

I am very excited and thankful for this opportunity to play for Phoenix Hagen. It has been my dream since I was young to play professionally and I hope this will be the beginning of good career overseas.

How much of a combination was it of Abe Lodwick the basketball player and your agent getting this deal done?

My agent knew I wanted to be in or around Germany. From that point on he did a great job of getting my name out there to people he knew and getting me exposure. He was the one who communicated with Phoenix Hagen and got the deal done.

Do you feel some pressure about having to go through a month type try out when you arrive in August?

I definitely want to put my best foot forward when I get there but I don't feel any pressure. I can only really worry about things I can control so I will work hard and do what I need to do to be successful.

Were you able to talk to your ex teammates at Washington State Taylor Rochestie and Aron Baynes who have had experience playing in Germany?

I talk to Taylor all the time. He has been very helpful in telling me who to talk to and what to expect. He's very excited that I will be in Europe with him, especially in the league he started out in. Baynes is a little more busy with the Olympics right now playing for Australia so I haven't talked to him as much.

What do you know about the German league Beko BBL?

I know this league is very strong with great competition so to be a part of that is exciting. It will make me improve my game which I look forward to. I am trying to learn as much as I can about the team and league so I have a decent idea of what to expect, but I also know I will have to wait and experience things for myself.

You penetrate very well to the hoop and shot 45% from outside in your senior year. What is a hidden strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed?

My defense is something I take a lot of pride in. It bothers me when my man scores and I think it is invaluable to have players who lock up on defense. I know Phoenix Hagen likes to run and shoot, so I am hoping my defense will stand-out at times and help us.

You are a 200cm forward swingman. It is still unclear if you will be the power forward for Phoenix Hagen. Are you more comfortable at the three or four position?

I am comfortable at both. This summer I have been working a lot on my handle and penetrating to prepare for playing some three but I have played the stretch four the last few years in college and it is something I am very comfortable with. I want to play wherever it will help our team win games.

What is your most vivid memory from your three block game against UCLA?

Playing against a team like UCLA is always a battle so waking up the next day feeling beat-up is something I will always remember. They were a physical team and so were we and our games always seemed to go down to the wire.

What is the most amazing thing that you saw Taylor Rocestie do on the court at Washington State when you played with him?

Without a doubt it was when he hit the game-winning three pointer as time was winding down on Senior Night at WSU. We were playing against James Harden and Arizona State who was ranked 15th in the nation at the time. Taylor caught the ball, jab-stepped, then launched a deep three that was nothing but net with time winding down. They had one chance to win and missed, and we stormed the court. Amazing.

Who was the tougest player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA or Europe now?

-Kevin Love may be the best player I've ever played against. He had amazing touch around the hoop but could also step out and knock down threes no problem. He was also big and strong enough to grab between 10 and 15 rebounds per game. Very well rounded.

How does a typical Abe Lodwick work out day look like these days? How are you getting prepared for Phoenix Hagen?

Usually I start my day at the gym with my trainer Daven Harmeling. He puts me through a pretty good workout for about an hour. We start with my touch around the rim, quick finishes, stuff like that. Then we move to set shots, stretching my range. Then we will combine moves with the ball and attacking the basket or pulling up for shots. I like to get moving and get some cardio in during my workout as well so a lot of drills are on the move. After that I go to the weight room and workout. Depending on the day I like to do full-body workouts and work on flexibility and core-strength.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was Hot Tub Time Machine. It was not very good, I don't recommend it. Looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises coming out this month.

Thanks Abe for the chat.




Aschersleben Tigers bring in Lithuanian scorer - by Moritz Korff

The Aschersleben Tigers (1. Regionalliga North) have signed Lithuanian guard/forward Ignas Sijanas (192-G/F-90) for the 2012-13 season. The 22-year-old attended Panevezys Basketball School and Sarunas Marciulionis Basketball Academy in his native Lithunia earlier in his career and played for third division team KKC Volupis last season, averaging 20.5 points, five rebounds and three assists per contest.
However, the ASL team is not done signing fresh players for next season, according to the team's website. "We are looking for players who wll help our team win", player/head coach Kamil Piechucki stated.



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Panathinaikos close to signing Xanthopoulos and Mavroeidis. - by Dimitris Katsionis



According to Greek media Panathinaikos is close to sign two Greek NT's players, Vasilis Xanthopoulos (187-G-84) and Dimitris Mavroeidis. The Greens purpose is to add some depth in the point guard and center position after the departures of Nick Kalathes and Mike Batiste. Xanthopoulos has played for Panathinaikos the seasons 2004-05 and 2006-07 ( when he took the Euroleague title in Athens) but his role was limited. He has many common characteristics with Kalathes as he is a tremendous ball handler with terrific passing ability (his big advantage), very good on the ball defender, quick but average shooter. Last year he was Panionios starting PG, finishing the season with 6.8 ppg.-4.6 apg and 1.7 spg.

Dimitris Mavroeidis (208-C-85) was Panathinaikos target since he was playing for Maroussi. It was rumored that the Greens had agree to acquire the player before 2010 season's end but Mavroeidis signed with Bilbao the next summer. The 27 year old center is probably the best pickn roll (frontcourt) player in Greece on both ends of the court and thats why Panathinaikos wants to add him in its roster. His ex-team, Gescrap Bizkaia, has already sign Milan Rakovic so is very difficult for Mavroeidis to stay in Basque's country. Last year on ACB, 3.6ppg-3.4rpg. Panathinaikos's purpose is to sign both players, but the team hasn't made any official announcement yet.



U20 European Championship: Late spark propels Russia past Greece - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Greece U20 66:64

Russia snatched a tough win over Greece in the third round of action at U20 European Championship in Slovenia. Russia went on an 8:0 run in the last two and a half minutes of regulation to sneak past Greece and remain undefeated at the tournament. Greece fell at 2-1 record in Group B. Russia jumped to a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The Hellenes answered right back posting a 38:37 halftime advantage. The Hellenes dominated the third quarter. They held their opponents to just 9 points in the quarter taking a 12-point lead before the fourth frame. Greece still enjoyed a 6-point buffer with just over two minutes remaining in regulation but a late heroics from Goldyrev and Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) sealed the win for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin finished with 15 points, while Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) added 12 points for the winners. Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) answered with 17 points for Greece. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) delivered 15 points in the loss.

Russia U20: Vladislav Trushkin 15, Aleksandr Gudumak 12, Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92) 10
Greece U20: Spyridon Motsenigos 17, Giannoulis Larentzakis 15



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Jan Van Der Kooij Named To NABC Honors Court - by Fred Roggen

Longwood University graduate Jan van der Kooij (198-F-90, agency: Court Side, college: Longwood), has been named to the 2011-12 NABC Honors Court by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.

To be named to the Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria as a junior or senior varsity player with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year.

As we strive for excellence in all areas associated with college athletics, its outstanding for Jan to be recognized with such a prestigious honor, said 10th-year Longwood mens basketball head coach Mike Gillian. He did a great job representing Longwood University and our mens basketball program over his four-year career, all the while achieving and maintaining tremendous academic success.

Jan van der Kooij graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in management while attaining a 3.43 GPA. The 6-7 forward started all 31 games this past season and averaged 6.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists while shooting 34% (78-229) from the field, 29% (38-133) on three-point field goals, and 50% (20-40) at the free throw line. He posted eight double-figure scoring games and three double-doubles while adding 11 steals and seven blocks. van der Kooij posted season highs of 19 points (Seton Hall, 12.23) and 13 rebounds (NJIT, 2.25), and led the team in rebounding five times. A four-time Longwood Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, Jan is the son of Kelli and Hille van der Kooij of The Netherlands.




Roeland Schaftenaar Moves To Lugo Breogan - by Fred Roggen

The Dutch NT center Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88, college: Oregon St.) play next year for the Spanish Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold). Roeland Schaftenaar went two seasons ago to Spain, where signed a four-year deal with Gran Canaria 2014. He was loaned to UB La Palma for two years.
Roeland Schaftenaar arrives from UB La Palma, where he averaged 11.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.1% in 37 Spanish LEB Gold league games last season.




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U20 European Championship: Czech Republic stun Hungary to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20-Hungary U20 82:51

Czech Republic stun Hungary to stay perfect at the U20 European Championship Division B. The Czechs improved to 2-0 record after 82:51 win in Group D. Hungary meanwhile fell at 0-2.
Czech Republic opened the game with a confident lead and reached 21-12 after the first period. They added massive 24-8 in the second frame and enjoyed 45:20 halftime advantage. The second half also belonged to the favourites. They won the third period 21-16 and finished the game with 16-15 in the last stanza. Urbanek and Meszaros exchanged the last successful shots at the end of the game for the final result in the game.
Martin Kriz (202-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) and Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) nailed 10 apiece. Vaclav Honomichl (189-G-92) followed them with 9 points. Adam Kovacs (200-SF-93) and Balazs Kerpel-Fronius (195-G/F-92) finished the game with 9 points each in defeat.

Czech Republic U20: Martin Kriz 13, Ondrej Balvin 10, Jaromir Bohacik 10, Vaclav Honomichl 9
Hungary U20:Adam Kovacs 9, Balazs Kerpel-Fronius 9



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U20 European Championship: Israel start Day 3 with the win over Austria - by Eurobasket News

Austria U20-Israel U20 39:75

Israel start Day 3 with the win over Austria. The team tied both records at 1-1 after a comfortable 75:39 victory at the U20 European Championship Division B in Sofia.
Israel took the lead from the very beginning and dominated the court. They finished the first period with 22-12 and never looked behind after. Both teams nailed 12 points each in the second frame as Dawson closed the half at 34:24. The third period was a nightmare for the Austrian team that scored only 5 points. Israel erupted with 19 and Altit scored for 53:29. Israel added 22-10 in the last stanza to win the game.
Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) paced all the winners with 17 points and Guy Lavie (188-PG-92, agency: Ronsport) notched 11. Or Solomon (197-F-93) delivered 9, while Liraz Ariely (185-G-92, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) scored 8. Filip Kramer (200-SF-92) posted 9 points in the losing effort and Benjamin Mair (185-G-92) added 6.

Austria U20: Filip Kramer 9, Benjamin Mair 6
Israel U20: Bar Timor 17, Guy Lavie 11, Or Solomon 9, Liraz Ariely 8



Moran Roth heads to Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Moran Roth (183-PG-82) heads to Maccabi Tel Aviv for the upcoming season. According to sportando.net, Maccabi Tel Aviv announced the signing of Moran Roth to a 3-year deal.
After playing for Division1's Ramat Hasharon, Rishon Lezion, Galil/Gilboa, Ramat Gan, Jerusalem and Ashkelon, Holon was the first team Roth stays with for more than a single season.
In 2010-2011 he appeared for Hapoel Holon (Premier League, starting five) and in 27 games averaged 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 77.8%. In 2011-2012 for Hapoel Holon (Premier League, starting five) his stats read 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-1 (7.3apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 83.3%.
Last year he was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention -11, 12 and participated at the Israeli Premier League All-Star Game -12. He recorded 17 points three times during the season. In his last game for the team he notched 14 points. Hapoel Holon managed to beat Maccabi Rishon 72:67 late in May.



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Varese eye Shawn James - by Eurobasket News

Varese eye Shawn James (208-C-83, college: Northeastern) for the upcoming season. According to sportando.net, Cimberio made an offer to Shawn James and is waiting for his answer. James should give an answer to Varese's proposal in 48 hours.
Last year he played for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League) and in Israeli League averaged 9.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-1 (2.2bpg), FGP-1 (73.1%), FT: 67.6%. In Euroleague his stats read 2.8ppg, 2.5rpg, while in Adriatic League he showed 6.3ppg, 4.1rpg, Blocks-2 (1.4bpg), FGP: 65.5%, FT: 68.1%.
The 28-year-old centre spent the last three seasons in Israel. He played also for Bnei Hasharon. Shawn James averaged 13.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in Premier League. Eurobasket.com named Shawn James All-Israeli League Centre of the Year in 2009/10 season.
Only last year Shawn James became a Adriatic League Regular Season Champion -12, Adriatic League Champion -12, reached Euroleague Quarterfinals -12. Moreover he was Israeli Premier League Regular Season Champion -12 and Israeli Premier League Champion -12.



U20 European Championship: Italy cruise past Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Sweden U20 87:62

Italy posted the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Swedish counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. Fabio Mian (196-F-92) scored 16 points and collected 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Sweden suffered the third loss in a row.
The Scandinavian team fired 24 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. But the Azzurri slowly denied the deficit. They trailed by just two points at halftime 34:36. Italy went on a 25:12 run in the third quarter to ensure a 59:48 lead at the final break. Sweden could not recover as they conceded 28 points in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Marco Lagana (193-G-93) notched 12 points, while Andrea Traini (184-PG-92) and Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) posted 10 points each in the victory. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) answered with 23 points for Sweden. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) provided 18 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Italy U20: Fabio Mian 16, Marco Lagana 12, Andrea Traini 10, Amedeo Tessitori 10
Sweden U20: Tobias Borg 23, Viktor Gaddefors 18+12 boards



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Mouloukou Diabate moves to SLUC Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Mouloukou Diabate (183-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket) (183-PG-87) moves to SLUC Nancy for the upcoming season. The Official website of the team confirmed the signing the Ivory Coast National Team member.
In 2011-2012 Mouloukou Diabate played for Chorale de Roanne Basket (France-ProA) and in EuroChallenge averaged 5.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 66.7%. In French League his stats read 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 18.6%, FT: 91.2%.
It was his third straight season for Chorale de Roanne Basket. The player started his career for Charenton (France-N3) and then played for 4 years with JDA Dijon Bourgogne. In his last season there his stats read 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 60.3%, 3PT: 15.8%, FT: 74.5%. In 2009-2010 appeared for Chorale de Roanne Basket (France-ProA, starting five) and stayed until year 2012.
As a member of the National team Mouloukou Diabate participated at the World Championships in Turkey and showed 9.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-3 (2.4spg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 75.0%. At the African Championships in Madagascar in 2011 he reached semis with Ivory Coast and averaged 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-3 (5.0apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 68.8%.



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U20 European Championship: Edges buzzer-beater brings Turkey the important win - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20-Latvia U20 64:61 OT

Turkey outscore the Baltic side at the U20 European Championship Division A in Slovenia. The Turkish team improved to 2-1 record in Group C after a thrilling 64:61 victory. Latvia meanwhile fell at 1-2 record on the third place in the group.
It was the decisive game for the second place in the group. Turkey grabbed 20:17 lead after the first period, but Latvia bounced back with 20-15 in the second frame. Moreover the Baltic State added defensive 9-6 in the third quarter for 5-point advantage before the fourth quarter. They could however score in the last four minutes and allowed Cantitiz and Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) to tie the score at 54:54. In overtime Safak Edge (188-PG-92) scored a buzzer-beater for the final success.
Safak Edge stepped up with 14 points to lead all the winners. Samet Geyik nailed 10, while Ayhan Onur Kentli (192-SG-92, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in with 8. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) finished the game with 24 points in defeat and Arturs Bricis (196-SG-92) nailed 16.

Turkey U20: Safak Edge 14, Samet Geyik 10, Ayhan Onur Kentli 8
Latvia U20: Ojars Silins 24, Arturs Bricis 16



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U20 European Championship: Slovenia stay undefeated with win over Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Lithuania U20 87:81

Slovenia posted the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania to finish the preliminary round undefeated. The hosts claimed the top spot in Group C. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) and Alen Omic (215-C-92) accounted for 20 points each in the victory.
Slovenia grabbed a narrow 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the lead in the second quarter. Slovenia established a 42:30 halftime lead. Lithuania tried to recover in the third term. They erupted for 28 points to cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuania got within three points midway through the fourth frame but Slovenia quickly boosted the margin to 12 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) accounted for 16 points for the home team. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Lithuania. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) had 14 points in the loss.

Slovenia U20: Klemen Prepelic 20+11 assists, Alen Omic 20, Marko Pajic 16
Lithuania U20: Vytenis Cizauskas 16, Edgaras Ulanovas 14



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U20 European Championship: Belgium needed a strong second half to edge Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Luxembourg U20 103:56

Belgium needed a strong second half to edge Luxembourg at the U20 European Championship Division B. The team improved to 2-1 record after a comfortable 103:56 win.
Belgium opened the game with 11 consecutive points and Schwartz nailed three for 21:7. Schmit and Louis Arendt (187-F/G-93) closed the first period at 24:12, while Khalid Boukichou (208-C-92) scored for 28:16. Schmit reduced to 30:24, but then Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) and Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) closed the half at 43:31. Later the court was dominated by only one team-Belgium. They erupted with 35-11 in the third quarter and Obasohan Ojomoh scored for 78:41. Belgium added 25-14 in the last stanza for the final result.
Tomorrow Belgium will face Netherlands at the Arena Armeec II. Luxembourg will take on F.Y.R. of Macedonia in the second game.



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Offseason is Where Stars are Born!!!! - by Majic Dorsey

Whats going on Latin World. As we all know this is offseason. Teams are trying to make there 2012/2013 rosters good. Players are catching up on rest and spending time with there family, but the real players are working hard on there game still. Trying to become a better player. Training in the gym or playing in Pro Am Games. I was home only 2 weeks going Hard in the gym with Cibacopa Championship Star Player Hakeem Johnson and NBA players Chucky Atkins- Deshawn Stevenson- Joey Graham- Steven Graham- Josh Shelby- Dominic Jones- Maurice Speights- Big Baby Glenn Davis- Courtney Lee- Chandler Parson- Marquis Daniels. Also a lot of other Overseas players working on there game. Still trying to catch up on rest after a long 2011/2012 season, but $$$ talk so Im now playing in Quito Ecuador for 2011 Champions " MAVORT" we had our first game Tuesday and i did really good for my debut down here in South America. Finish game with 39points and 12assist and went 12/12 from freethrow line. Fans took me in well. Im very excited about helping them win another championship. I just got 2 friends signed to my team. Cibacopa Champion and Leading Scorer from Uruguay 6'7 Brandon Brown. Also Bahamas National Player and Leading Scorer from Saudia Arabia Top division and 2011/2012 league Champions 6'7 Torrighton Cox. They both fly into Quito Ecuador tomorrow. So having 2 players i know makes the game and time spent much more fun. Not sure where i will play this season. Either Mexico- Japan- Australia or back to Lebanon. I will keep everyone posted on my decission, but for now to each player if you had any injuries this season hope you taking care your health and getting better. Good luck with signing to a new team for the upcoming season. If i can help in any way just contact me on Facebook or by Email. God Bless and Good Luck. Im about to see what the night life like here in Quito since tomorrow we have the day off. They have me in the tourist area where everyone is from different countries like sweden- france-china- prico-venezuela-and usa because there foreing exchange students. So im happy about that lol. IM GONE! Cheaaaaaaaaaa!

Check out this video on YouTube: MaJic Dorsey Scores 44points in Semi Finals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QodsTkKDZU&feature=youtube_gdata_player





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U20 European Championship: Germany topple Montenegro to advance into qualifying round - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Montenegro U20 71:55

German U20 National Team earned the second win at the European Championship in Slovenia. They held off Montenegro to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Montenegro fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92, college: Gonzaga) posted 15 points to lead the winners.
Montenegro had their backs against the wall and started the game aggressively. They limited Germany to 12 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. Germany denied the deficit and eked out a 34:33 halftime advantage. Germany went on a 21:6 run in the third frame to clear off. They established a 16-point cushion heading into the fourth frame. Montenegro failed to recover and had to surrender at the end. Johannes Richter (206-PF-93) notched 13 points, while Leon Tolksdorf (201-F-93) added 10 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) answered with 15 points for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) led all scorers with 18 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Mathis Monninghoff 15, Johannes Richter 13, Leon Tolksdorf 10
Montenegro U20: Danilo Nikolic 18, Vukota Pavic 15



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Timberwolves waive Webster, trade Brad Miller to Hornets - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been engaged with the Trail Blazers for days in a back-and-forth dance to try and pry Nicolas Batum out of Portland.

And it's not quite over yet.

The Timberwolves traded centre Brad Miller (6'11''-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) and two second-round picks to New Orleans and waived swingman Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) on Friday, all in an effort to clear enough cap room to sign Batum to a four-year, $46.5 million offer sheet with incentives that could push the deal past $50 million.

Once Webster clears waivers at 5 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, the Wolves can submit the signed offer sheet to the league. The Blazers will have three days to match the offer for the restricted free agent or let him leave for Minnesota.

Portland GM Neil Olshey has been adamant that the Blazers will match any offer for the 23-year-old swingman and will not agree to a sign-and-trade deal to let him land in Minnesota. But Wolves president David Kahn said on Friday night that he remained hopeful they could work out a trade before Sunday to make it work. Absent a deal, Kahn said the Wolves would submit the offer to make the Blazers match it.

The Wolves reached an agreement on the deal with Batum last week and have been trying to work out a trade ever since.

"I take our commitment to him not only seriously, it's a matter of honour," Kahn said. "When you make a commitment you have to follow through."

Batum averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in his fourth season with the Blazers, and the Wolves see him as the versatile, defensive-minded perimeter player they have been searching for over the past few seasons.

"He very much is kind of a missing piece," Kahn said. "We're very hopeful that we can have him. But we understand what restricted free agency is."

Portland does have all the leverage, but Batum told the Blazers last week that he wanted to play in Minnesota. His agent Bouna Ndiaye said that Batum feels more comfortable with Wolves coach Rick Adelman and badly wants to play in Minnesota.

The Wolves are doing everything they can to make that happen. They used the amnesty clause on Darko Milicic on Thursday, then waived Martell Webster on Friday and will only have $600,000 of his $5.7 million salary count against their cap.

Then they sent Miller and the two picks to New Orleans for a conditional second-round pick. Because of a buyout in Miller's contract, the Hornets essentially bought two second-round picks -- the Brooklyn Nets' No. 2 in 2013 and Minnesota's in 2016 -- for $848,000. Miller said at the end of the season he will retire, but is waiting to file paperwork until his buyout is completed.

"All I can say is that I enjoyed my time in Minnesota a real joy I had there," tweeted Webster, who was limited by back injuries in his two seasons in Minnesota. "Thank you so much for what you gave me Minneapolis."

Earlier this week, Olshey took a couple of shots at Kahn and the state of Minnesota when talking about a negotiation that has been dragging on despite Portland's insistence that it will end with Batum staying out West.

When asked why Batum likes Minnesota so much, Olshey said he must really like mosquitos and frostbite. But Kahn said his dealings with Olshey on the phone have been cordial.

"I don't have any issues with him," Kahn said. "We have absolutely no acrimony whatsoever toward the Trail Blazers. Absolutely none.

"This player happens to be on the Trail Blazers. And we really like this player ... He really wants to be here. There's absolutely nothing involved here beyond that."

The situation could continue to drag on until Wednesday before reaching a resolution, if the Blazers use the maximum allowable time to make a decision on the offer sheet. If they do match, that means the Wolves are risking losing out on other possible free agent wing players, including Houston's Courtney Lee and O.J. Mayo of Memphis. The Wolves have also reached out to Boston big man Greg Stiemsma and Lakers power forward Jordan Hill in addition to reaching agreements with guards Brandon Roy of Portland and Alexey Shved of Russia.

But Kahn did not seem concerned about the process hindering their ability to add other players. The Wolves simply feel that the possibility of adding Batum, however small that may be, is worth the wait.

"We think that we owe it to ourselves to take the shot," Kahn said. "If they choose to match it, it leaves us with a significant amount of room under the cap for us to pursue other players."

Courtesy of www.tsn.ca



Mills settles NBA future with new Spurs deal - by Eurobasket News

Patrick Mills (6'0''-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) hopes being free of the burden of an uncertain future will help propel him to a stellar Olympic Games campaign as he leads the Australian Boomers' bid for their first medal.

Mills and the Boomers left Australia yesterday to finalise preparations for the London Olympics.

The Canberra point guard received a massive boost before boarding the flight with the San Antonio Spurs re-signing him for the next two NBA seasons.

Mills made the decision last month to use a clause in his contract to test the NBA free agents' market, but he wanted to have his future sorted before the start of the Olympics.

''I said from the beginning that this process needed to be done and my goal was to be back in San Antonio,'' Mills told The Canberra Times before flying out.

''I love it at San Antonio and for it to be official now means I can go over to London with a clear head and just focus.

''Everyone knew I wanted it sorted out early and it's been great you don't want to worry about anything but the Boomers when you get into the Olympic village.

''Especially with the role I have now as a leader, the Boomers are my focus.''

Mills's new deal is until the end of the 2013-14 season, but he has another option in his contract to review his future next year.

Mills has endured a whirlwind 18 months. During the NBA lockout he returned to Australia to join the Melbourne Tigers before signing with Chinese club Xinjiang.

When his Chinese deal went sour, Mills returned to the United States and signed with the Spurs in March.

With the unpredictable NBA world now at the back of his mind, Mills said his No.1 priority was ensuring the Boomers reached new heights in London.

The Boomers have never won an Olympic medal and while they're missing star centre Andrew Bogut, Mills said confidence was high.

That confidence comes from the team's history with most of the squad playing at the Beijing Games four years ago as well as being past Australian Institute of Sport teammates.

The Beijing Olympics launched Mills from college star to potential NBA recruit and he was drafted to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Four years later he is the leader of Brett Brown's Australian team and will direct the players around the court in London.

Brown is also an assistant coach at the Spurs.

''I've used all my experiences of what I've learnt at the NBA for this moment now, this moment to help the Boomers,'' Mills said.

''It's about putting it all out on the table I feel a more mature player. I've been through a lot and that's helped me lead this team and that's a great challenge for me.

''This campaign started right after Beijing and you can't underestimate that we want to do what no other Boomers team has done before.''

The Boomers will play some pre-Olympic games in Spain before a tournament against France and Brazil.

They will arrive in the Olympic village on July 27.

Courtesy of www.canberratimes.com.au



Pacers free agents Hibbert, Hill re-sign with Indiana - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Pacers have re-signed free agents Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) and George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI), two key members of their rebuilding project.

Indiana Pacers' incoming president Donnie Walsh had said he didn't want to disrupt the nucleus of a team that went 42-24 and reached the second round of the playoffs last season. On Friday, he announced that the Pacers have re-signed free agents Roy Hibbert and George Hill.

"Before the free agent period started, I met with the press and basically said the biggest priority we have is to keep our own guys, and we are here today to announce that George and Roy signed contracts to be with the Pacers for quite a while," Walsh said to a cheering crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Hibbert, a fourth-year pro, is coming off an All-Star season, averaging 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game and giving the Pacers a dominant presence at center. He says he's happy to be back because the Pacers have "unfinished business" after losing to eventual champion Miami in the playoffs.

"I was pretty surprised I made the All-Star team," he said. "If it happens again, that's great, but I'm more focused on winning, rebounding, blocking shots and being a defensive presence."

Hill was drafted by San Antonio with the 24th overall pick in 2008 and spent his first three seasons with the Spurs. The guard joined Indiana in June 2011, and has career averages of 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

The Pacers also said they have signed free agent guard D.J. Augustin, who averaged 10.9 points and 4.4 assists during four years in Charlotte.

The Pacers also have added Ian Mahinmi, point guard D.J. Augustin and forward Gerald Green. This comes after the team added center Miles Plumlee and guard Orlando Johnson on draft night.

Mahinmi came in a deal that sent point guard Darren Collison and wing player Dahntay Jones to Dallas. Green and Augustin were free agents.

Re-signing Hibbert and Hill gives the Pacers the stability they sought. Adding Green, Johnson and Augustin gives the Pacers more players who can attack the basket and score off the bench. Plumlee and Mahinmi give the Pacers athletic posts who can step in if Hibbert gets into foul trouble.

Hibbert has grown tremendously as a player since the Pacers picked him up on draft night in 2008. He was in and out of the starting lineup under coach Jim O'Brien, but once Frank Vogel replaced O'Brien, he flourished.

"People told me maybe I could be a good backup or maybe have a long career, but this organization believed in me, and it's the only place I want to be right now," he said.

Hibbert's importance to the Pacers goes well beyond the court. He's active in the community and has become arguably the most popular Pacers player. His Area 55 section of Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the rowdiest in the building.

The Pacers matched an offer by the Portland TrailBlazers to keep Hibbert.

"Portland was on my list of teams that, if Indiana didn't match, it would have been a pretty good opportunity to go out there and play," Hibbert said. "It was pretty serious."

Hill joined the Pacers after a draft-day deal in 2011 that sent Indiana draft pick Kawhi Leonard to San Antonio, and he averaged 9.6 points and 2.9 assists per game last season. The Indianapolis native began the season as a productive player off the bench, then became the starter after Darren Collison was hurt and kept the job through the Pacers' playoff run.

"I'm just happy to be back, to be a part of this Pacer team," he said. "I can't wait to get back with my teammates and get things rolling."

Hill has high hopes for the Pacers going forward. Last year's team had significant additions in Hill and free agent forward David West, and it came together quickly with a training camp that was shortened because of the lockout.

"This team can be scary good," he said. "We've done good with the progress we've made here, but it wasn't our goal. To do what we did in a short amount of time - I think we shocked everyone. To get it back and still have most everyone coming back and adding some great pieces, I think we can do a lot more, especially with a lot more time underneath our belts."

Courtesy of http://www.cbssports.com



Blazers formally sign Hickson, Freeland, picks - by Eurobasket News

The Portland Trail Blazers have formally signed free agent power forward J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.), British forward Joel Freeland (6'10''-F-87) and draft picks Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) and Meyers Leonard (7'1''-C-92, college: Illinois).

The flurry of signings was announced by the Blazers on Friday while speculation continued to swirl about restricted free agent Nicolas Batum.

Hickson was claimed by the Blazers off waivers from Sacramento last March and played in 19 games for Portland, averaging 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds. He was signed to a 1-year deal.

Freeland, a 2006 draft pick by the Blazers, averaged 12.9 points and 7.5 rebounds last season with Unicaja Malaga of the Spanish ACB League. The 25-year-old center-forward is a starter for Great Britain's national team, which is competing in the London Games as the host nation.

The Blazers took Lillard out of Weber State with the sixth pick before selecting the 7-foot-1 Leonard out of Illinois with the 11th pick in the June draft.

Lillard, a two-time Big Sky Conference player of the year, averaged 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a junior with the Wildcats. New Blazers general manager Neil Olshey called him the team's "franchise point guard,'' on draft night.

Leonard averaged 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore last season. He led the Big Ten with an average of 1.9 blocks per game.

The Blazers have said they will match any offer for Batum, who was being courted by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The French swingman has averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds over four seasons with Portland.

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Sixers sign former No. 1 overall pick Kwame Brown - by Eurobasket News

Not long after waiving a former No. 1 overall pick in Elton Brand, the Sixers came to terms with another former top pick, signing center Kwame Brown (6'11''-F/C-82, agency: Priority Sports) to a two-year, $6 million deal on Friday.

Brand, 33, drafted first by Chicago in 1999, is a two-time all-star who has averaged 18.3 points and 9.4 rebounds over a 13-year career. The 30-year-old Brown, however, has never lived up to the hype that accompanied him when the Washington Wizards made him the first pick in 2001.

Brown, the first high school player to go No. 1 overall, has averaged just 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game over an 11-year career that has seen him play for the Wizards, the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis, Detroit, Charlotte, and Golden State. Last season, his one and only with the Warriors, Brown appeared in just nine games before undergoing season-ending surgery on a pectoral muscle in January.

Sixers coach Doug Collins headed the Wizards when Washington selected Brown ahead of such players as Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, and Zach Randolph. Brown and Collins had a rocky relationship during Collins' two seasons in Washington.

The Sixers, however, flirted with the idea of trading for Brown before the start of the 2011-12 season. When asked about his relationship with Brown at the start of this past season, Collins said it was "fine."

After Collins' last season in Washington, Brown posted the best numbers of his career, notching highs in points (10.9) and rebounds (7.4).

In his last full season in the league, 2010-11, Brown averaged 7.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in 66 games, 50 of them starts.

Earlier on Friday, the Sixers announced the signing of center Spencer Hawes to a two-year, $13 million deal. Brown, who has played both power forward and center during his career, will have a chance to start at power forward and could also see some minutes at center.

Collins would probably prefer to have Brown starting at power forward and continue to bring Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen off the bench.

While it remains to be seen if they are better in 2012-13, the Sixers are definitely bigger across the frontline. Hawes, rookie Arnett Moultrie, Nik Vucevic, Brown, and Darryl Watkins give the Sixers at least five players on the roster 6-foot-10 or taller.

Courtesy of http://articles.philly.com



Bulls trade Kyle Korver to Hawks through Timberwolves - by Eurobasket News

When three-point specialist Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) had his exit interview with Gar Forman, he told the Bulls general manager he never had been on a team that so embraced the common purpose of winning an NBA title.

He can only hope theres similar chemistry in Atlanta after the Bulls traded Korver to the Hawks on Friday by way of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The deal is contingent on Korver passing a physical with the Hawks on Saturday.

That was a very special team the last couple years, a great group of guys, Korver said. Like I said before, its pretty cool to put on a Bulls uniform. Its a great town, and my wife and I made so many friends there. I have great memories. It was a great experience for me.

The Bulls will receive a second-round draft pick from the Timberwolves for Korver, who was a key member of the Bench Mob during his two seasons in Chicago. The deal means the Bulls dont have to pay the $500,000 it would have cost to waive the former Creighton star.

The Bulls had until Sunday to pick up the $5 million team option on Korver, who said hell miss playing with Derrick Rose.

Derrick is a special player, he said. Theres only one Derrick Rose out there. Hes a really good guy, an incredibly hard worker, an incredible talent. Ive said it so may times the last couple years: Ive sat at my locker after games and said Im so glad hes on my team. Now hes not on my team. Bummer.

Korver appeared in 65 games last season and averaged 8.1 points. He was slowed by hip and knee injuries late in the season and reaggravated an old stress fracture in his foot in the second-to-last regular-season game. That contributed to him averaging only 3.8 points in 15.7 minutes in six playoff games.

In the Bulls season-ending loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in
Game 6 of the teams first-round series, Korver played only five minutes and didnt attempt a shot.

Thats life sometimes, he said. You have this whole thing lined up. We really thought we had it this year. We all really believed. We treated the season like we believed. Some things you cant control. It happens. Its a tough day, but at the end of the day, I felt like I left it all out there, and thats all you can ask for.

Korver played primarily off the bench during his two seasons with the Bulls. He often was the focus of opposing defenses because he was the best shooter on the floor. Korver might have been more effective had he played with Rose more because Roses penetrating style could have created more kick-out opportunities and wide-open looks. On the second team, he often had to come off screens to get a quick shot.

We won the most games in the NBA two years in a row, Korver said. Its hard to say I shouldve had more opportunities. [Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau] wants to win games. He puts a lineup out there that he thinks will win. Its hard for me to argue.

I grew as a player. Hes a great coach. He works incredibly hard.

Courtesy of http://www.suntimes.com



Spurs sign guard Nando De Colo - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed guard Nando De Colo (6'8''-G-87, agency: Arete Sports Agency). The 25-year-old De Colo was selected by the Spurs with the 53rd overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

The 6-5, 200-pound De Colo has spent the past three seasons playing for Valencia in the Spanish ACB League. He helped lead Valenica to the 2010 Eurocup Championship and to the ACB playoffs in each of his three seasons with the club, including the 2011 ACB Finals. In three seasons with Valencia, De Colo averaged 12.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 106 ACB games. In two Eurocup appearances, he averaged 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 32 games.

De Colo made his pro debut in 2006 with Cholet Basket in the French ProA League. He spent three seasons with Cholet, averaging 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 83 games. De Colo was named ProA League All-Star in 2008 and 2009 and was selected to the FIBA Eurocup All-Star Team in 2008.

Born and raised in France, De Colo has played for the French National Team since 2008. In the 2011 European Championship, he averaged 6.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 11 games to help France capture the Silver medal and qualify for the 2012 Olympics. De Colo has also represented France in the 2009 European Championship and 2010 World Championship.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Mavs win bid to get F Brand, let go by 76ers - by Eurobasket News

Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) thought he was going in for a harmless offseason workout at the Philadelphia 76ers' practice facility.

Instead, he got his walking papers.

Summoned to a meeting by team president Rod Thorn, Brand learned earlier this month the Sixers would use their one-time amnesty provision in the new CBA to let him go. The move means the $18.1 million Brand is owed in the final season of his five-year deal will not count against the salary cap for Philadelphia.

The two-time All-Star forward wouldn't stay unemployed for long.

The Dallas Mavericks won the bidding Friday to obtain Brand off waivers, the latest in a series of moves to build their roster after a frustrating start in free agency.

"I'm pretty happy with it,'' Brand said by phone Friday night. "I think it can be good for me.''

Dallas also completed a one-year deal with 7-foot center Chris Kaman, who tweeted Wednesday that he had reached an agreement with the Mavericks.

The Sixers also continued to overhaul their roster when they agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract with former No. 1 overall draft pick Kwame Brown.

A year after winning their first NBA title, the Mavericks couldn't persuade Deron Williams to come play for his hometown team. Williams stayed with the Nets for their move to Brooklyn and signed his new deal early Wednesday, the first day new deals could be finalized.

Plus, guards Jason Kidd and Jason Terry are leaving Dallas in free agency.

The Mavs acquired point guard Darren Collison and wing player Dahntay Jones from Indiana in a trade Thursday for center Ian Mahinmi.

Brand will still get the full $18.1 million he is owed, with Philadelphia paying any difference. Any team under the salary cap was eligible to bid for the 6-foot-9 forward.

The winning bid wasn't revealed by the Mavericks. ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported it was $2.1 million.

Brand was happy to land in Dallas, he just wished he had more control of his future.

"Yeah, that was real tough,'' he said. "I didn't have too many gripes with the CBA or the lockout but that's one gripe, just that you don't have a choice. You play years and years and don't have a choice. But to not have a choice, and still end up in Dallas, it turned out great.''

Brand was the top overall pick out of Duke in the 1999 draft by Chicago and has played 860 career games with the Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia. He was an All-Star in 2002 and 2006.

His career averages are 18.3 points and 9.4 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field. Last season, he averaged 11.0 points and 7.2 rebounds in 60 games with the 76ers.

Kaman averaged 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in 47 games with the New Orleans Hornets last season. He played the first eight seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, and has averaged 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds in 540 career games.

Kaman was on the German national team during the 2008 Olympics and was a teammate of Dirk Nowitzki.

Brand isn't willing to concede a starting spot but is willing to play off the bench.

"It depends on training camp and what Chris Kaman is ready to do,'' Brand said. "He's a true center. I've played center a lot. But he's a true center. Whatever is needed to win ballgames and the minutes are there, it won't be too tough.''

Brand said he had a productive talk with coach Rick Carlisle.

Dallas this week designated 7-foot center Brendan Haywood as its amnesty player. Haywood is set to make $8.2 million next season and is due $27 million over the final three guaranteed years in his deal.

Brand was a two-time All-Star when he spurned better offers and signed the free-agent contract with Philadelphia. While Brand was the locker-room leader and heart of the Sixers, his production never merited the deal he signed as one of the hottest free agents available.

He played only 29 games in an injury-filled first season with Philadelphia and never meshed with former coach Eddie Jordan in his second. Under Doug Collins, Brand found his niche, and led the Sixers in scoring with 15.0 points a game in 2010-11.

"We just didn't get it done,'' Brand said. "I'm a realist. If we had got it done, I'd have still been there, absolutely. No hard feelings at all. I'll still root for the organization. I had a great time. The fans were great. We started changing the culture. It was good.''

Brand may not become a legitimate 20-10 threat at power forward again like his years with Chicago and the Clippers, but he was as steady and durable as any Sixer over the past two seasons. Brand said he "would have loved to have come back,'' but understood why the Sixers made the change. They chose not to re-sign guards Lou Williams and Jodie Meeks, and believed their Eastern Conference semifinals loss to Boston was as far as that roster could go.

"I felt like we had to get better. Something had to get done,'' he said. "We were kind of bringing the same guys back and other teams were getting better. ... I didn't think we were improving too much.''

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Clippers re-sign Billups - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers re-signed point guard Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) Friday.

The five-time All-Star averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds through 20 starts for the Clippers last season before suffering a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg on February 6 and missing the remainder of the season.

Billups, who won a championship with the Detroit Pistons in the 2003-04 season, has appeared in 1,002 career games (908 starts) with the Celtics, Raptors, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Pistons, Knicks and Clippers. He averaged 15.5 points, 5.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds.

He has also connected on 41.6 percent of his shots from the floor and is a 38.9 percent shooter from beyond the arc during his career.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



Lin signs offer sheet with Rockets, but Knicks have time to react - by Eurobasket News

Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) flew to Las Vegas on Friday to sign a three-year, $25 million offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, according to a person involved with the negotiations.

The Knicks, however, had not received the offer, and will have until Tuesday to match the deal. They will probably take their time before the 72-hour deadline expires, a process most N.B.A. teams use to make the offering team wait while they try to get under their own salary cap.

The Rockets backloaded the third year of the contract to discourage the Knicks from matching it. Lin will make $5 million and $5.2 million the first two years but $14.9 million in the third year.

Lin agreed to sign the offer sheet more than a week ago after a meeting in Houston. The Rockets first offered a four-year deal worth $28.8 million. The fourth year of that deal was the Rockets option, which put the true commitment at only $19.5 million.

Earlier this week, Coach Mike Woodson said the Knicks would match Houstons offer. Woodson also said Lin would be the Knicks starting point guard.

With that knowledge and the fact that the Rockets could wait and use the moratorium on signings to restructure their offer Houston decided to put pressure on the Knicks by increasing the salary for Lins third year.

In the original offer, the Rockets forced the Knicks to match a third-year salary of $9.3 million. Houston now hopes the added $5.6 million in the third year will affect the Knicks decision to keep Lin, a person briefed on the negotiations said.

What is clear is that both the Knicks and the Rockets feel they need Lin, who averaged 18.2 points and 7.7 assists in 25 games as a starter last season.

Houston lost Goran Dragic, who started 28 games, to the Phoenix Suns. The Rockets also traded Kyle Lowry to Toronto for a potential lottery pick, clearing salary-cap space with the hope of adding Dwight Howard.

If Lin remains with the Knicks, their 2014-15 roster will have four players Carmelo Anthony Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Lin making a combined $77 million.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com



Denver Nuggets offer five-year, $50 million contract to JaVale McGee - by Eurobasket News

The Nuggets continue to pursue restricted free-agent center Javale McGee (7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada), who has a five-year, $50 million offer on the table, a source said. But McGee's representatives don't appear to be in a hurry to get a deal done and will continue to negotiate.

The Nuggets can match any offer another NBA team would make to McGee, 24.

In the 20 regular-season games he played for the Nuggets last season, the 7-footer averaged 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds and made five starts.

In the seven-game playoff series against the Lakers, he averaged 9.6 rebounds, 8.6 points and 3.1 blocked shots. He scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in Game 5.

The Nuggets acquired McGee in a trade with the Wizards for Nene.

The price of NBA big men keeps going up. The Nets, now based in Brooklyn, resigned Brook Lopez this week to a four-year contract worth $60 million. Lopez, 24, has career averages of 17.4 points and 7.5 rebounds. The Pacers resigned all-star center Roy Hibbert, 25, to a four-year contract worth $58 million.

Andersen update. The investigation of a case involving Nuggets center Chris "Birdman" Andersen remains ongoing, more than two months after authorities searched his Larkspur home.

Sgt. Ron Hanavan with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that a task force created to investigate is still waiting for forensic evidence to come back from a laboratory.

A lawyer for Andersen, 34, has said that the family of a young woman from California who claimed she was of legal age tried to retaliate against Andersen by asking for money after he spurned her advances.

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com



Mavericks sign center Chris Kaman - by Eurobasket News

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent center Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan).

Kaman (7-0, 265) was the first round draft pick (sixth overall) in the 2003 NBA Draft of the Los Angeles Clippers. The 30-year old played eight full seasons with Los Angeles before being traded in December to the New Orleans Hornets in a deal that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers. He holds career averages of 11.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 blocks and 29.7 minutes in 540 career games with 458 starts.

We are excited to welcome Chris Kaman to Dallas, President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson said. Chris is a former All-Star who has accomplished a lot in this league. He is extremely skilled on both ends of the floor and will bring a low-post presence and versatility to the center position. Chris is a true professional on and off the court and we are pleased to welcome him to the Maverick family.

Kaman had a breakout season for the injury-plagued Clippers in 2007-08 when he averaged a double-double 15.7 points and 12.7 rebounds. In 2010, Kaman was at last named an NBA All-Star and participated as a Western Conference reserve for All-Star Weekend in Dallas. That year he averaged 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds in 76 games.

In 2008, Kaman joined Dirk Nowitzki as a member of the German National Team and helped the squad qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. It was the Germans first Olympic berth since 1992. Kaman is a dual citizen of both the United States and Germany.

The Grand Rapids, Mich., native spent his three-year collegiate career at Central Michigan University where he still ranks seventh on the schools all-time rebounding list and 11th on the all-time scoring list while holding the school record for career field goal percentage (60.8%). His junior year, Kaman was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-America by Associated Press.

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Blazers reportedly considered Phil Jackson, Sloan for coach post - by Eurobasket News

The Portland Trail Blazers targeted two Hall of Fame coaches for their vacant head coaching position and, according to a Comcast Sports Northwest report, were turned down by both.

Portland offered its coaching position to Jerry Sloan this week, according to the report. Sloan ultimately turned down the offer.

The Blazers also pursued Phil Jackson over the past few months, a source told Comcast Sports Northwest.

Blazers general manager Neil Olshey confirmed the team had talks with Jackson, but said, "He [Jackson] decided it wasn't time."

Jackson's agent, Todd Musburger, told the Blazers last week Jackson was flattered by the offer, but would not be coaching during the upcoming season.

Kaleb Canales, who took over for the fired Nate McMillan last season, is Portland's interim coach.

Courtesy of ESPN



Bobcats sign Sessions, Taylor - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Bobcats have signed free agent point guard Ramon Sessions (6'3''-PG-86, college: Nevada) from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sessions had agreed to a two-year contract after opting out of his contract with the Lakers, but made it official Friday.

He replaces D.J. Augustine, who signed with the Indianapolis Pacers shortly after the Bobcats rescinded their qualifying offer to him.

A five-year NBA veteran, the 6-foot-3 Sessions has played in 323 career games with the Bucks, Timberwolves, Cavaliers and Lakers, averaging 11.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 25.4 minutes.

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins says Sessions "is a quality point guard who can both distribute and score," and that the Bobcats are "excited to be adding a player of his caliber and ability."

The Bobcats also announced Friday they've signed second-round draft pick Jeffery Taylor (6'7''-F-89, college: Vanderbilt).

The 6-foot-7 small forward from Vanderbilt was the 31st overall pick in this year's NBA draft.

Financial terms were not released.

Taylor is the only Vanderbilt player in school history to rank in the top 10 in career scoring (1,897), rebounding (752) and steals (146). During his senior season he averaged 16.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists while averaging 32 minutes per game.

He was named first-team All-SEC last season.

He's expected to backup first-round draft pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at small forward. Kidd-Gilchrist had previously signed with the Bobcats.

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Chris Wilcox returning to Celtics - by Eurobasket News

Chris Wilcox's (6'10''-F/C-82, college: Maryland) return to the NBA took a major step Friday afternoon when he said he will sign a one-year deal with the Celtics after having his 2011-12 season end prematurely because of an enlarged aorta.

Wilcox had surgery and is beginning basketball activities. Expected to serve as a backup at forward and center, Wilcox agreed to a deal believed to be at the leagues minimum.

I am just excited and ready to get out there on the court, he said. Im ready, just training now and trying to get my body back right, where I can help. Hopefully I can pick up where I left off.

Wilcox was plagued by injuries early in his first season with the Celtics, but found a niche as a sparkplug off the bench, throwing down alley-oops and giving the club energy with his rebounding. He averaged 7 points and 5.5 rebounds over a 17-game stretch before a heart exam detected the abnormality in March.

Wilcox said he has been given full clearance to return and always targeted Boston. He attended two Celtics games following his surgery.

Its going to be a big year for me and a big year for the team, he said. I think Im ready for it. Like I said, just trying to get into basketball shape. It will be good for me, at the same time Jeff [Green] will be back, so I think it will be a great opportunity for me just to come back and try to pick up where I left off.

Wilcox had been told aorta issues could develop, but they did not surface until his 10th NBA season. Like Green, who underwent surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, Wilcox feared he might never play in the NBA again.

I think its a blessing to have the surgery like we did and be able to come back in the same year, he said. Thats just God working in our favor. I thank Boston for giving me the opportunity to come back. I just got to take advantage of the situation and hopefully things will work out.

Wilcox said he will continue to work out in Houston this summer and should be ready to participate in training camp.

Courtesy of http://bostonglobe.com



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Breakers sign Will Hudson - by Hugh McAuliffe

The New Zealand Breakers have added one of the final pieces of the roster for the upcoming iiNet NBL Championship season, with American Will Hudson (206-F/C-89, college: Oakland) making the move from the Gold Coast Blaze.

Former Blaze big man Hudson is a welcome addition to the roster, bringing yet more options and depth in the forward rotation for coach Andrej Lemanis.

We are very pleased to have secured Will for the upcoming season. Our staff has always been very impressed with his work ethic, his rebounding and his activity at the defensive end, said Lemanis on departure for Europe and the Olympic Games.

From the research we have done, we believe he will fit well into the Breakers environment as a person and as a player. He plays as part of the group and is willing to do the things that help his team mates to be better.

He is still young and we believe that he will continue to grow and improve in our environment, supported by the quality of people he has around him on our team. Will is a good pick up for us.

2.06m tall Hudson is one of the leagues leading offensive rebounders (3rd in the league @ 3.4 pg) and a renowned worker who will have no issue in assuming his role within the group, something that has been key to the recent success of the two time iiNet Championship winning SKYCITY Breakers.

23 year old Hudson is also a threat on offense, particularly under the basket, contributing 9.5 points per game for the Blaze. Hudson was recruited to the Blaze straight from back to back NCAA tournament appearances with Oakland University, where he set a University record of 133 offensive boards in his senior year.

Hudsons signing leaves just two spots open on the roster, with the club continuing to work on their options over the next few weeks before making announcements. The two remaining positions will be filled by an import point guard and a local guard in the final position.

The Club is also looking at what is now a wealth of talent competing for Development Player positions.

The Academy and Development programmes are really showing their value now, said General Manager Richard Clarke.

The performances of Tai Webster with the Tall Blacks and Reuben Te Rangi winning MVP honours at the recent Nike International Camp have boosted their reputations. Add to the mix guys like Josh Bloxham and others who continue to put their hands up and the decisions on the Development positions is as tough if not tougher than the main roster positions.

That sort of pressure and competition for places was one of the reasons we made the commitment to developing the Academy programme, and Judd (Academy head coach Judd Flavell) is definitely achieving results with the talent that is coming through.



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Texters boot out defending champs - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Talk N Text 94-103
For the nth time, the Tropang Texters of Talk N Text showed they won't just lie down and die. Not with their finals hopes on the line. Not with gusty Jimmy Alapag (177-PG-77, college: CS San Bernar.)-suffering from fever and all-coming up big anew. Despite playing under the weather, Alapag sparked a decisive push in the crunch as Talk N Text essayed a 103-94 victory over archrival Petron Blaze Friday night to keep their finals bid going in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Arguably the Tropang Texters' heart and soul, Alapag collected 21 points and five assists laced with a handful of momentum-shifting exploits in the payoff period that helped Talk N Text gain its second win in the carry-over semis format and seventh overall in 12 games, good for third spot. 'We're fighting for our life,' noted Alapag, who drained six of his 10 attempts from the field. 'We just have to keep on fighting. We're not going to quit.' Import Paul Harris (193-F/G-86, college: Syracuse) tallied a game-high 31 points, 17 of them coming in the first half, while Ranidel De Ocampo had 19 and Jason Castro 10 for the Tropang Texters, who were coming a convincing 108-84 win over sister team Meralco last Wednesday. 'We're still alive and we're still breathing but it's still a one-miss-you-die situation for us,' noted Talk N Text coach Chot Reyes. 'We're shortening our sights and we're focusing on going up against Rain or Shine on Monday.' Chris Lutz posted 23 points while Danny Ildefonso added 17 for the defending champions but now-fading Boosters, who absorbed their third straight defeat that completely booted them out of contention with a 6-7 record. After trailing 38-49 at the break, the Boosters, leaning mainly on Lutz, Ildefonso and Alex Cabagnot, fought their way back in the third canto, outscoring the Texters 34-21 to gain a precarious 72-70 into the fourth. Both teams traded baskets until the 5-foot- Alapag fully took over in the last eight minutes. After drilling in a trey that put the Texters back on the driver's seat, Alapag saved a loose ball from going out of bounds, stepped on the gas and issued a perfect feed to a speeding Harris, who completed his three-point play that widened their lead to 90-84. While the Boosters suddenly fired bricks, Alapag hit another three that put the Texters in full control with a 93-84 spread time down to just 4:28. Earlier, the eliminated Bolts perfectly played the spoilers' role by stunning the B-Meg Llamados 104-101. Sol Mercado collected 30 points while import Mario West (195-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) added 29 markers for Meralco, which gained its first win in the semis and fifth overall in 13 outings. Marqus Blakely tallied 30 points while James Yap had 22 for the Llamados, who dropped their first game in the semis for an 8-4 record alongside sister team Barangay Ginebra and behind pace-setting Rain or Shine (9-3). *Courtesy of http://ph.sports.yahoo.com

Meralco Bolts - B-Meg Llam. 104-101
Meralco played the role of a spoiler to put a contending team to a dangerous spot. The Bolts' Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall) stole the ball after Yancy de Ocampo (203-C-80) threw it away with a second left, allowing Meralco to escape with a pulsating 104-101 squeaker over B-MEG for its first-ever win in the semifinals of the 2012 Philippine Basketball Association Governors' Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum last night. Sol Mercado scored a conference-high 30 points, including a couple of crucial buckets down the stretch, while Mario West had 29 to show the way for the ousted Bolts. After seeing their huge lead vanish in the payoff period, Meralco made a huge defensive play, preventing the Llamados from forcing overtime in the final 1.7 ticks. Down by only three, 101-104, B-MEG had a chance to send the game to an extension as it looked for James Yap for a possible three-point attempt. But Meralco's stingy man-to-man defense prevented De Ocampo, the inbounder, from getting a clear look at Yap and he eventually threw the ball away into Ross' hands. The Llamados fell to 8-4 and will now have to settle for a second-place tie with the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, who also have the same record. The two teams will play each other tomorrow in a pivotal game that just might reveal one of the two finalists. The Bolts, despite being out of it, improved to 5-8 with their first-ever semifinal win in franchise history. Coach Ryan Gregorio was satisfied with the victory. 'Finally, we won a big one against B-MEG. We've been outplayed really badly in our first three semifinal games. Our character was tested. When nothing is on the line, this team plays really hard and plays to win,'' said Gregorio. Ross added 18 markers and Mac Cardona had 11 for Meralco. The Bolts were actually coasting just fine the entire game as they led by twin-digits for most of the way. They were still ahead by 17, 80-63, early in the fourth, before B-MEG made its rally to make things interesting in the end game. The Llamados once again clawed their way back and found themselves only down by four, 94-98, with 25.4 ticks remaining after De Ocampo's tip-in. After Mercado missed two free throws, Yap scored on a lay-up to slice the deficit to only two, 96-98, before Cardona split his two free throws with 12 seconds left to have the tally at 99-96. *Courtesy of http://manilastandardtoday.com



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U20 European Championship: Poland thrash F.Y.R. of Macedonia in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20-Poland U20 49:83

Poland thrash F.Y.R. of Macedonia in Sofia in day 3 at the U20 European Championship Division B. The Polish side proved the ambitions for the top division after 83:49 victory. They improved to 3-0 record on top of the group, while the losing side fell at 0-2 record.
Poland flew with 21:4 lead in the first period and continued their dominance in the whole game. F.Y.R. of Macedonia managed to reduce to 15 points after 19-17 in the second frame. Karnowski and Michal Michalak (194-G-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) brought 46:31 and Tomasz Gielo (205-F-93) closed the run at 54:31. Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) and Kowalczyk later exchanged the baskets to close the third period at 65:37. Poland added 18-12 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Tomasz Gielo top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Michal Sokolowski (196-G-92) netted 12. Michal Michalak and Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) followed them with 11 points apiece. Goran Markovski answered with 22 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) added 7.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Goran Markovski 22+11 rebs, Boban Stajic 7
Poland U20: Tomasz Gielo 13+10 rebs, Michal Sokolowski 12, Michal Michalak 11, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 11



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Great Britain clinch first win of the summer in Sheffield - by Eurobasket News

The Standard Life GB men picked up their first win of their pre-Olympic schedule on Saturday afternoon with an 83-68 win over Portugal at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield.

Portugal had led for most of the first half but GB used a strong third quarter, in which they outscored Portugal 25-6, to finally take control of the game.
Luol Deng (206-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) led all scorers with 21 points while Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) finished with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. He was pleased with how GB responded after trailing at the half: "In the second half it was certainly evident that we came to play. We turned it up and we looked like the team that we are supposed to be.

"When the second half started we knew we had to come out and play defence and be more focused."

GB started the game slowly, falling behind by six (13-7) as the Portuguese made the most of their long-range shooting.

A Deng three-pointer kick-started a GB comeback as they went on a 7-0 run, taking the lead on a pair of Mensah-Bonsu free-throws.

GB built a small lead but ended the quarter ahead only 18-17 after Portugal scored a put-back at the buzzer.

The hosts got off to a strong start in the second period when a Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) dunk was quickly followed by a three-pointer from Andrew Lawrence. Despite GB building a 26-18 lead, Portugal hit back with an 8-0 run to tie the game.

Mike Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) responded with a much-needed three-pointer but Portugal soon grabbed the lead and extended it to 39-33 before late scores from Mensah-Bonsu and Clark saw the gap cut to 39-37 at the half.

Portugal opened the scoring in the third but GB responded with a 10-0 run, capped by a Deng lay-up off a great pass from Lawrence.

Portugal lost their shooting touch thanks in part to the defensive pressure shown by Great Britain who extended their lead to 62-45 heading into the final quarter.

Portugal cut the deficit to 66-56 in the fourth but GB responded immediately with a three-pointer from Deng that effectively ended the contest.

"It was a real good performance," commented GB Head Coach Chris Finch. "I thought if we played well today we would get the win.

"I liked our intensity, I liked our tempo, and we made shots in the second where we hadn't made shots consistently before that."

Luol Deng collected the British Basketball Player of the Year 2011 award at the end of the game.

Great Britain and Portugal face off again tomorrow (Sunday) at Ponds Forge, tip-off 3pm BST. Meanwhile the Standard Life GB women are currently playing Australia in Motorpoint Arena.
Courtesy of: http://www.gbbasketball.com



U20 European Championship: Croatia keep Portugal winless - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U20-Croatia U20 65:79

Croatia keep Portugal winless at the U20 European Championship Division B. Croatia beat them 79:65 for 2-1 record in Group C. Portugal meanwhile fell at 0-2.
Croatia was too good for the opponent in the first period and grabbed 28:14 lead. They dominated the first half and added a 16-15 burst in the second frame as Luka Panduric (192-G-93) scored for 44:27. Portugal was too far to give up and erupted with 20-3 run when Rafael Wildner (207-C/F-92) reduced to 47:44. Moreover Grosso and Sergio Lugo Santos (198-F-92) closed the third period at 56:54. Later Sergio Lugo Santos tied it all at 60:60, but Croatia responded with a 10-0 run and Franko Sango (200-PF-92) brought 75:62. Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) meanwhile scored the last points in the winning effort.
Henrik Sirko led the way with 17 points and Roko Rogic (187-PG-92) as well as Luka Panduric poured in 12 apiece. Stipe Krstanovic (204-F/C-93) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Franko Sango posted 10. Sergio Lugo Santos delivered 14 points in defeat and Rafael Wildner added 11.

Portugal U20: Sergio Lugo Santos 14, Rafael Wildner 11
Croatia U20: Henrik Sirko 17, Roko Rogic 12, Luka Panduric 12, Stipe Krstanovic 11+10 rebs, Franko Sango 10



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France U18 keep the perfect record at Le Temple sur Lot - by Eurobasket News

France U18-Russia U18 72:71

France U18 keep the perfect record at Le Temple sur Lot tournament. The hosts overcame Russian 72:71 in Day 2 for 2-0 record on top.
Russia started the game better and enjoyed 24:16 after the first 10 minutes. France managed to win the second frame 24-22 and reduced to 6 points at the halftime. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the third frame and then France needed 17-10 surge to win the game.
Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Boris Dallo (193-G-94) notched 13. ANTHONY LABANCA and Tristan Toneguzzo (203-F/C-94) followed them with 12 points each. Serdar Annaev (185-G-94) replied with 16 points in defeat and Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) added 14. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-F-94) poured in 13, whilst Igor Kanygin (204-F-94) scored 11.
In another game Germany U18 won over Serbia U18 in Toulouse at the International Tournament Le Temple sur Lot. The German side tied both records at 1-1 after 61:60 thrilling win.

France U18: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 15, Boris Dallo 13, ANTHONY LABANCA 12, Tristan Toneguzzo 12
Russia U18: Serdar Annaev 16, Mikhail Kulagin 14, Stanislav Ilnitskiy 13, Igor Kanygin 11



Aleksandr Dedushkin signs with Unics - by Eurobasket News

Aleksandr Dedushkin (208-C-81, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) signs with Unics for 2012/2013 season. The Russian Center moves to his new team.
In 2011-2012 for Krasnie Krilya Samara (PBL) his stats read 2.3ppg, 1.9rpg in VTB League and in Russian League he averaged 1.9ppg, 1.6rpg.
In 2010 Aleksandr Dedushkin came Krasnye Krylia from Spartak St.Petersburg and he signed a two-year deal with the club. In St Petersburg Dedushkin played 24 games in Russian league collecting 3.7 ppg and 2.9 rebounds. Spartak also competed in EuroCup, where Deduskin had limited playing time. He had just 1 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 6 games in this competition. Dedushkin was a member of Spartak from 2008 until the end of the last season.
In the past he also played for Ural Great Perm, AEL Limassol, Universitet Surgut and Khimky.



U20 European Championship: Late spark propels Russia past Greece - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Greece U20 66:64

Russia snatched a tough win over Greece in the third round of action at U20 European Championship in Slovenia. Russia went on an 8:0 run in the last two and a half minutes of regulation to sneak past Greece and remain undefeated at the tournament. Greece fell at 2-1 record in Group B. Russia jumped to a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The Hellenes answered right back posting a 38:37 halftime advantage. The Hellenes dominated the third quarter. They held their opponents to just 9 points in the quarter taking a 12-point lead before the fourth frame. Greece still enjoyed a 6-point buffer with just over two minutes remaining in regulation but a late heroics from Goldyrev and Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) sealed the win for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin finished with 15 points, while Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) added 12 points for the winners. Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) answered with 17 points for Greece. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) delivered 15 points in the loss.

Russia U20: Vladislav Trushkin 15, Aleksandr Gudumak 12, Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92) 10
Greece U20: Spyridon Motsenigos 17, Giannoulis Larentzakis 15



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Germany U18 won over Serbia U18 in Toulouse - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Germany U18 60:61

Germany U18 won over Serbia U18 in Toulouse at the International Tournament Le Temple sur Lot. The German side tied both records at 1-1 after 61:60 thrilling win.
Germany opened the game with 12-11 after the first period, while Serbia tied the game at the halftime. They needed a 13-12 win to go on the big break with 24:24 on the board. In the third quarter Serbia was stronger with 17-13, but failed in the last stanza. Germany grabbed the win due to 24-19 in the final period.
Paul Zipser (195-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Johannes Thiemann nailed 10. Maximilian Ugrai (196-F-95) delivered 9, while Stefan Wess (203-F) scored 5. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) tried hard with 26 points but could not save the team. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) followed him with 10 and Nikola Cvorovic (201-F-94) scored 7.
In another game France U18 overcame Russia U18 72:71.

Serbia U18: Nikola Radicevic 26, Nikola Milutinov 10, Nikola Cvorovic 7
Germany U18: Paul Zipser 22, Johannes Thiemann (203-F/C-94) 10, Maximilian Ugrai 9, Stefan Wess 5



Partizan name new strength and conditioning coach - by Ivan Milenkovic

Partizan MTS completed coaching staff for next season after signing Radoman Scekic as their new strength and conditioning coach. He will replace Vlada Radonjic who signed for Donetsk together with former Partizan head coach Vlada Jovanovic. Radoman Scekic is experienced coach who worked for Beopetrol, Fortitudo Bologna (4 seasons) and Fenerbahce Ulker (5 seasons).
Serbian champions will start their preparation for next season on 6th of August.



Vladimir Stimac has signed a contract with Banvit - by Eurobasket News

Vladimir Stimac (208-C-87, agency: Interperformances) has signed a contract with Banvit for the upcoming season. According to sportando.net, the Serbian player remains in Turkey.
Last year Vladimir Stimac penned a one-year deal with Olin Edrine. In 2011-2012 for Olin Edirne Basketball (Turkey-TBL, starting five) he averaged 18.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 63.8%, FT: 50.0% in EuroChallenge and in Turkish League showed 14.8ppg, Reb-2 (9.9rpg), 1.3apg, FGP: 58.4%, FT: 42.9%.
Stimac headed to his new club from CEZ Nymburk, where he finished the eralier season. He had 6.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg for them in 19 NBL games. Stimac also added 6.1 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 17 games in Adriatic league. In EuroCup, he collected 7 ppg and 5.1 rpg.
Ealrier Vladimir Stimac played for Latvian Ventspils. For them he had 15 ppg and 7.7 rpg in 7 LBL games. In Baltic league, Stimac averaged 7.9 points and 7.6 rebounds, after what they parted ways. Stimac played for Crvena Zvezda from 2008 to 2010. In the past, he was a member of Valmiera, Zalgiris and Beovuk.



U20 European Championship: Serbia nip France - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - France U20 70:67

Serbia recorded the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated France to improve at 3-0 record and clinched the top position in Group A. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) came up with 17 points for the winners.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. France pulled ahead in the second frame. Les Bleus ensured a 31:25 halftime advantage. But Serbia picked up the tempo in the third term. They erupted for 29 points in the third frame to take a 5-point lead at the final intermission. France narrowed the gap and eventually pulled in front for a 67:66 lead with just over two minutes remaining. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93) and Nemanja Besovic answered with four points in a row sealing the victory for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic produced 14 points, while Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points for the winners. Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93) answered with 17 points for France. Louis Labeyrie (209-C-92) had 16 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Besovic 17, Aleksandar Cvetkovic 14, Nenad Miljenovic 13
France U20: Livio Jean-Charles 17, Louis Labeyrie 16



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U20 European Championship: Bulgaria outsmart Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20-Slovak Republic U20 69:61

Bulgaria outsmart Slovak Republic at the U20 European Championship Division B. The hosts of the tournament improved to 2-0 record after 69:61 win in Group A. Slovak Republic fell at 0-2 record in the group.
Bulgaria should thank the fans for their support that saw 25:18 lead at the end of the first period. The hosts added 19-16 in the second frame and led 10 points at the halftime when Boyanov and Maurizio Galata (203-F-92) exchanged the late baskets in the half. Slovak Republic did not give up and responded with 19-13 in the third quarter to reduce to 57:53 at the end of thirty minutes. They tried hard to take the lead but Bulgaria pushed the tempo for good to win the game.
Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) nailed 16. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) delivered 13 and Alexandros Vezenkov (204-F/G-95) scored 8. Oliver Tot (198-PG-94) ended up with 14 points, whilst Maurizio Galata poured in 12. Jaroslav Moravek (204-F/C-92) collected 11 points and 13 rebounds and Matus Luley (195-F-92) nailed 8.

Bulgaria U20: Dimitar Dimitrov 18+11 rebs, Tencho Tenchev 16, Aleks Simeonov 13, Alexandros Vezenkov 8
Slovak Republic U20: Oliver Tot 14, Maurizio Galata 12, Jaroslav Moravek 11+13 rebs, Matus Luley 8



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U20 European Championship: Slovenia stay undefeated with win over Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Lithuania U20 87:81

Slovenia posted the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania to finish the preliminary round undefeated. The hosts claimed the top spot in Group C. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) and Alen Omic (215-C-92) accounted for 20 points each in the victory.
Slovenia grabbed a narrow 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the lead in the second quarter. Slovenia established a 42:30 halftime lead. Lithuania tried to recover in the third term. They erupted for 28 points to cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuania got within three points midway through the fourth frame but Slovenia quickly boosted the margin to 12 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) accounted for 16 points for the home team. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Lithuania. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) had 14 points in the loss.

Slovenia U20: Klemen Prepelic 20+11 assists, Alen Omic 20, Marko Pajic 16
Lithuania U20: Vytenis Cizauskas 16, Edgaras Ulanovas 14



Gran Canaria brings in Uros Slokar - by Eurobasket News

Gran Canaria brings in Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) for the upcoming season. The Slovenian player moves from Italy to Spain according to Gran Canaria Official Website
In 2011-2012 for Acea Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA) he averaged 8.9ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 61.4%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 67.4%. In February 2010 Montepaschi Siena announced signing of Uros Slokar for rest of the season. The 26-year old power forward terminated his contract with Union Olimpija few days ago and immediately arrived to Siena. He appeared 9 times in Euroleague this season averaging 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. In Adriatic league he added 8.2 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 20 games.
Uros Slokar was not a new face in Italy. He played in Serie A last season as a member of GMAC Real Estate Bologna. For 15 league games he had 4.9 ppg and 4.8 rpg. In EuroCup, Slokar registered 4.7 ppg in 3 matchups. Before GMAC Bologna, Slokar spent one season with Russian Triumph Lyubertsy. Season 2006/07, Uros Slokar spent in NBA with Toronto Raptors. He got a chance in 20 games averaging 1.9 points. Before his move overseas, Uros Slokar celebrated Italian Serie A title with Benetton Treviso. He helped the team achieve this with 4.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg in 45 games. That was his third year with Benetton, where he arrived in 2003. Slokar is a product of the Slovenian team Geoplin Slovan.



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Spain cruise past Tunisia in Salamanca - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Tunisia 95:56

Spain overcame Tunisia in a friendly encounter in Salamanca. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) stepped up with 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the hosts.
The teams started the game slowly. Tunisia earned a narrow 9:8 lead after ten minutes of action. But Spain added tempo in the second quarter. The hosts unleashed 35 points in the period to ensure a 43:25 halftime lead. Spain extended the lead in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 72:38 advantage with one period remaining. Spain never looked back cruising to the victory at the end. Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) posted 13 points, while Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) and Sergio Rodriguez (191-G-86) added 12 points each for the winners. Macram Ben Romdhane (198-F-89) answered with 22 points for Tunisia. Hafsi netted 9 points in the loss.

Spain: Pau Gasol 16, Serge Ibaka 13, Felipe Reyes 12, Sergio Rodriguez 12
Tunisia: Macram Ben Romdhane 22, Hafsi 9



Gran Canaria brings in Uros Slokar - by Eurobasket News

Gran Canaria brings in Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) for the upcoming season. The Slovenian player moves from Italy to Spain according to Gran Canaria Official Website
In 2011-2012 for Acea Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA) he averaged 8.9ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 61.4%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 67.4%. In February 2010 Montepaschi Siena announced signing of Uros Slokar for rest of the season. The 26-year old power forward terminated his contract with Union Olimpija few days ago and immediately arrived to Siena. He appeared 9 times in Euroleague this season averaging 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. In Adriatic league he added 8.2 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 20 games.
Uros Slokar was not a new face in Italy. He played in Serie A last season as a member of GMAC Real Estate Bologna. For 15 league games he had 4.9 ppg and 4.8 rpg. In EuroCup, Slokar registered 4.7 ppg in 3 matchups. Before GMAC Bologna, Slokar spent one season with Russian Triumph Lyubertsy. Season 2006/07, Uros Slokar spent in NBA with Toronto Raptors. He got a chance in 20 games averaging 1.9 points. Before his move overseas, Uros Slokar celebrated Italian Serie A title with Benetton Treviso. He helped the team achieve this with 4.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg in 45 games. That was his third year with Benetton, where he arrived in 2003. Slokar is a product of the Slovenian team Geoplin Slovan.



U20 European Championship: Spain stun Georgia to win Group C - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Georgia U20 111:49

Spain claimed the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Georgia to finish the preliminary round undefeated on top of Group C. Jorge Sanz (188-PG-93) and Daniel Diez (203-F-93) led the winners scoring 17 points each. Georgia suffered the third straight loss and would play in relegation round.
Spain fired 29 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They recorded a 16-point lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 29-point mark at the interval 54:25. Spain controlled the tempo after the big break. They unloaded 32 points in the third term to ensure a 42-point buffer and never looked back en route to the win. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) accounted for 15 points for Spain. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) delivered 15 points for Georgia. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) accounted for 10 points in the loss.

Spain U20: Jorge Sanz 17, Daniel Diez 17, Jaime Fernandez 15
Georgia U20: Beka Burjanadze 15, Duda Sanadze 10



Assignia Manresa tabs Oliver Arteaga - by Natxo Mendaza

Assignia Manresa officially announced the signing of Spanish center Oliver Arteaga (211-C-83), coming from Menorca (LEB Gold). Arteaga signed a 2-year deal, and returns to the ACB League after playing for Pamesa Valencia (2002-03, 2004-05) and CAI Zaragoza (2008-09) in the past. Last season he averaged 13.5ppg 6.5rpg, becoming one of the most decisive players in LEB Gold. Arteaga led Menorca to the playoffs, beating Melilla in the finals and earning the right to promote to Liga Endesa, but since the club couldn't afford the payments to register in ACB and will probably dissapear, Arteaga and several other players went to the summer market to find a place to keep playing. The next player to be announced by Assignia Manresa will be Troy Devries, who also played in LEB Gold (Melilla) beforr joining Unicaja Malaha in mid-season.


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U20 European Championship: Italy cruise past Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Sweden U20 87:62

Italy posted the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Swedish counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. Fabio Mian (196-F-92) scored 16 points and collected 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Sweden suffered the third loss in a row.
The Scandinavian team fired 24 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. But the Azzurri slowly denied the deficit. They trailed by just two points at halftime 34:36. Italy went on a 25:12 run in the third quarter to ensure a 59:48 lead at the final break. Sweden could not recover as they conceded 28 points in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Marco Lagana (193-G-93) notched 12 points, while Andrea Traini (184-PG-92) and Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) posted 10 points each in the victory. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) answered with 23 points for Sweden. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) provided 18 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Italy U20: Fabio Mian 16, Marco Lagana 12, Andrea Traini 10, Amedeo Tessitori 10
Sweden U20: Tobias Borg 23, Viktor Gaddefors 18+12 boards



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U20 European Championship: Finland beat Switzerland to tie both records - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U20-Finland U20 64:90

Finland beat Switzerland to tie both records at U20 European Championship Division B. The Finnish side needed 90:64 win for the initial win.
The first quarter belonged to the Swiss side that grabbed 25:15 after the first 10 minutes. In the rest of the game Finland however dominated the court. They needed a 26-8 burst to take 41:33 halftime advantage. Moreover Finland won the third and the last quarters. They produced a 24-14 in the third quarter and finished the game with 25-17 in the last period. Marko Mladjan (206-F-93) and Valimaa exchanged the late baskets for their teams to bring the final result on the board.
Markus Molenius (203-F-92) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) added 18. Alex Murphy (203-F-93) delivered 15, while Ilari Seppala (190-G-93) notched 12. Brian Savoy (192-SG-92) and Marko Mladjan ended up with 16 points in the losing effort. Milos Bozovic (201-F-92) delivered 9, whilst Jeremy Landenbergue (182-PG-93) scored 8.

Switzerland U20: Brian Savoy 16, Marko Mladjan 16, Milos Bozovic 9, Jeremy Landenbergue 8
Finland U20: Markus Molenius 20, Joonas Caven 18, Alex Murphy 15, Ilari Seppala 12



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Lin signs offer sheet with Rockets, but Knicks have time to react - by Eurobasket News

Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) flew to Las Vegas on Friday to sign a three-year, $25 million offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, according to a person involved with the negotiations.

The Knicks, however, had not received the offer, and will have until Tuesday to match the deal. They will probably take their time before the 72-hour deadline expires, a process most N.B.A. teams use to make the offering team wait while they try to get under their own salary cap.

The Rockets backloaded the third year of the contract to discourage the Knicks from matching it. Lin will make $5 million and $5.2 million the first two years but $14.9 million in the third year.

Lin agreed to sign the offer sheet more than a week ago after a meeting in Houston. The Rockets first offered a four-year deal worth $28.8 million. The fourth year of that deal was the Rockets option, which put the true commitment at only $19.5 million.

Earlier this week, Coach Mike Woodson said the Knicks would match Houstons offer. Woodson also said Lin would be the Knicks starting point guard.

With that knowledge and the fact that the Rockets could wait and use the moratorium on signings to restructure their offer Houston decided to put pressure on the Knicks by increasing the salary for Lins third year.

In the original offer, the Rockets forced the Knicks to match a third-year salary of $9.3 million. Houston now hopes the added $5.6 million in the third year will affect the Knicks decision to keep Lin, a person briefed on the negotiations said.

What is clear is that both the Knicks and the Rockets feel they need Lin, who averaged 18.2 points and 7.7 assists in 25 games as a starter last season.

Houston lost Goran Dragic, who started 28 games, to the Phoenix Suns. The Rockets also traded Kyle Lowry to Toronto for a potential lottery pick, clearing salary-cap space with the hope of adding Dwight Howard.

If Lin remains with the Knicks, their 2014-15 roster will have four players Carmelo Anthony Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Lin making a combined $77 million.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com



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Spain cruise past Tunisia in Salamanca - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Tunisia 95:56

Spain overcame Tunisia in a friendly encounter in Salamanca. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) stepped up with 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the hosts.
The teams started the game slowly. Tunisia earned a narrow 9:8 lead after ten minutes of action. But Spain added tempo in the second quarter. The hosts unleashed 35 points in the period to ensure a 43:25 halftime lead. Spain extended the lead in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 72:38 advantage with one period remaining. Spain never looked back cruising to the victory at the end. Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) posted 13 points, while Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) and Sergio Rodriguez (191-G-86) added 12 points each for the winners. Macram Ben Romdhane (198-F-89) answered with 22 points for Tunisia. Hafsi netted 9 points in the loss.

Spain: Pau Gasol 16, Serge Ibaka 13, Felipe Reyes 12, Sergio Rodriguez 12
Tunisia: Macram Ben Romdhane 22, Hafsi 9



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Vladimir Stimac has signed a contract with Banvit - by Eurobasket News

Vladimir Stimac (208-C-87, agency: Interperformances) has signed a contract with Banvit for the upcoming season. According to sportando.net, the Serbian player remains in Turkey.
Last year Vladimir Stimac penned a one-year deal with Olin Edrine. In 2011-2012 for Olin Edirne Basketball (Turkey-TBL, starting five) he averaged 18.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 63.8%, FT: 50.0% in EuroChallenge and in Turkish League showed 14.8ppg, Reb-2 (9.9rpg), 1.3apg, FGP: 58.4%, FT: 42.9%.
Stimac headed to his new club from CEZ Nymburk, where he finished the eralier season. He had 6.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg for them in 19 NBL games. Stimac also added 6.1 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 17 games in Adriatic league. In EuroCup, he collected 7 ppg and 5.1 rpg.
Ealrier Vladimir Stimac played for Latvian Ventspils. For them he had 15 ppg and 7.7 rpg in 7 LBL games. In Baltic league, Stimac averaged 7.9 points and 7.6 rebounds, after what they parted ways. Stimac played for Crvena Zvezda from 2008 to 2010. In the past, he was a member of Valmiera, Zalgiris and Beovuk.



Turkish National Team 2012 - by Baha Kurtulus

Turkish National Team 2012
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Dogus Balbay
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Osman Sirin
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Dusan Cantekin
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Cenk Akyol 196-G-87 Anadolu Efes Turkey
Dogus Balbay 185-G-89 Anadolu Efes Turkey
Osman Sirin 207-F-90 Anadolu Efes Turkey
Dusan Cantekin 222-C-90 Mega Vizura Serbia
Sinan Guler 193-G-83 Anadolu Efes Turkey
Ibrahim Yildirim 190-G-90 Bandirma Kir. Turkey
Izzet Turkyilmaz 210-PF-90 Banvit BK Turkey
Birkan Batuk 198-F-90 Anadolu Efes Turkey
Ilkan Karaman 205-F-90 Karsiyaka Turkey
Ender Arslan 190-G-83 Galatasaray Turkey
Furkan Aldemir 207-F-91 Galatasaray Turkey
Sertac Sanli 212-F/C-91 Galatasaray Turkey
Emir Preldzic 205-F-87 Fener.Ulker Turkey
Baris Hersek 204-F/C-88 Besiktas Turkey
Serhat Cetin 197-G-86 Besiktas Turkey
Can Mutaf 193-G-91 Mersin Turkey
Enes Kanter 208-C-92 Utah Jazz USA
Semih Erden 211-C-87 Cleveland C. USA

Bogdan Tanjevic Head Coach Acea Roma Italy
Hasan Ozmeric Assistant Selcuk Universitesi Turkey



U20 European Championship: Edges buzzer-beater brings Turkey the important win - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20-Latvia U20 64:61 OT

Turkey outscore the Baltic side at the U20 European Championship Division A in Slovenia. The Turkish team improved to 2-1 record in Group C after a thrilling 64:61 victory. Latvia meanwhile fell at 1-2 record on the third place in the group.
It was the decisive game for the second place in the group. Turkey grabbed 20:17 lead after the first period, but Latvia bounced back with 20-15 in the second frame. Moreover the Baltic State added defensive 9-6 in the third quarter for 5-point advantage before the fourth quarter. They could however score in the last four minutes and allowed Cantitiz and Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) to tie the score at 54:54. In overtime Safak Edge (188-PG-92) scored a buzzer-beater for the final success.
Safak Edge stepped up with 14 points to lead all the winners. Samet Geyik nailed 10, while Ayhan Onur Kentli (192-SG-92, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in with 8. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) finished the game with 24 points in defeat and Arturs Bricis (196-SG-92) nailed 16.

Turkey U20: Safak Edge 14, Samet Geyik 10, Ayhan Onur Kentli 8
Latvia U20: Ojars Silins 24, Arturs Bricis 16



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Possible to topple US, says Raja Bell - by David Edole

Shreyas Sharma | Mail Today | New Delhi, July 14, 2012

Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) calls himself a 'journeyman' basketball player, and his travels have now brought him to India for the first time. And the National Basketball Association (NBA) star is eager to see the talent pool in the country.

"I am very interested in seeing what the talent level in India is like. I'd love to have an opportunity to work with some of the younger kids, because that is my passion. Kenny Natt (India's national coach) was an assistant coach when I played with the Utah Jazz, so to see the work he's doing with the national team here is very exciting," Bell told Mail Today on Friday.

"I want to be able to hop into some of those drills and just see where basketball is in the country."

Asked what the secret behind his very 'Indian' first name was, Bell said: "It's not through heritage, though my mother was fully aware of its meaning. My father's name is Roger, and in the Virgin Islands (where he was born), he was called 'Raja', so my mother read up on it, liked it and gave me that name."

With the Olympics just around the corner, the US team is once again the favourite to win a gold medal, but Bell believes the day isn't far when it will be challenged every step of the way.

"Basketball isn't in its infancy as an international sport, but it is far behind sports like football and cricket. If the NBA can come into these countries and create a fan base, things can progress pretty quickly," Bell said.

"I don't think the lack of a challenge is upsetting. We have a league with the best players in the world, and when you can take the best of best from that, the US expects to win gold. Teams from other countries do give us a run for our money, and we have had to do a better job of late of trying to create a 'team', rather than a bunch of superstars."

Bell has bounced around the league in his 12-year career, playing for six different teams, some of which have been genuine championship contenders, and others cellar dwellers.

But the 35-year-old shooting guard, who went undrafted out of the unheralded Florida International University, has made a name for himself as a defensive specialist who can knock down three-point shots with ease, and is proud of his achievements.

"I have exceeded my own expectations, and made a career out of playing in the NBA. Now I just want to add a championship; that would be the final accomplishment. I want to play a role on a championship team," said the man who has been an NBA All-Defensive Team selection twice.

Bell recently agreed to a buyout of his contract with the Utah Jazz, which leaves him free to explore the free agent market, and his destination is likely to be a ready championship contender like the Miami Heat or the Los Angeles Lakers.

Superstars like Steve Nash, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have taken paycuts to be able to play with these teams next season, and Bell admits this is creating a 'haves and havenots' scenario in the league.

There is also the issue of team and fan loyalty, but Bell believes the players are just being pragmatic.

"Some of our players are taking a more business-like approach, exercising their rights to make that happen. This is a big part of why we were locked out last season. It does create an imbalance in the league, but if you look at the finals last season, it makes for good drama," Bell said.

"Teams like Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers were the best in the league in terms of talent, and they have addressed issues on their rosters and got better. So the other teams will have to raise their games to challenge them for the title. Brooklyn (formerly New Jersey) Nets have a chance, and teams like San Antonio are always in the mix because of the way they are coached."




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U20 European Championship: Ukraine finished third in Group B - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20-Ukraine U20 69:72

Ukraine finished third in Group B at the U20 European Championship Division A in Slovenia. The Ukrainian team edged Estonia 72:69 in Day 3 opener. Estonia finished the group without victories.
Ukraine started the game better and reached 21:15 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Olexandr Misyats (200-SF-92) nailed three at the start of the second and Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 28:20. Later Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) nailed two three-pointers in a row and Puidet closed the half at 39:31. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) and Olexandr Mishula scored for 51:45, but the victory was not that easy for Ukraine. Rauno Nurger (207-C-93) and Rannar Raap (190-G/F-92) closed the third frame at 56:48, while Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) cut it to 2 points. Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) made two free throws for 67:66, but Ukraine won the game as Krutous and Klym Artamonov scored the last points at the very end.
Artem Pustovyi stepped up with 22 points and 17 boards, while Olexandr Mishula netted 13. Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) poured in 12, whilst Klym Artamonov and Olexandr Misyats scored 8 apiece. Martin Paasoja answered with 18 points in the losing case and Rannar Raap added 16. Rait-Riivo Laane brought 11, whilst Rauno Nurger nailed 10.

Estonia U20: Martin Paasoja 18, Rannar Raap 16, Rait-Riivo Laane 11, Rauno Nurger 10
Ukraine U20: Artem Pustovyi 22+17 rebs, Olexandr Mishula 13, Vyacheslav Bobrov 12 Klym Artamonov 8, Olexandr Misyats 8



BC Khimik tab Vernon Goodridge - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimik strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle). The forward is not new to Ukraine. He finished the last season with BC Kyiv. Vernon Goodridge posted 10.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in Superleague. Eurobasket.com named Vernon Goodridge All-Ukrainian Superleague Defensive Player of the Year. He participated at Superleague All-Star Game. Vernon Goodridge started his pro career in 2010/11 season. He played for the Spingfield Armor in D-League. Goodridge also participated at Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas in 2010. He made it into All-Tournament 2nd Team.


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U20 European Championship: Great Britain pip Denmark - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20-Denmark U20 71:60

Great Britain pip Denmark at the U20 European Championship Division B. They improved to 3-0 record in Group C after 71:60 victory.
Both teams were undefeated before the meeting with each other. Great Britain started with 18-12, but allowed the opponents to reduce the gap. Denmark bounced back with 20-16 to cut it to 34:32 at the halftime. Hertz later gave Denmark 44:41 lead, while Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) tied it all at 44:44. The latter also gave his team 50:44 advantage after three quarters and then Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) scored for 58:47. Devon Van Oostrum and Dossing exchanged the late baskets at the end of the game for the final result.
Devon Van Oostrum stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Alasdair Fraser nailed 17, while Louis Sayers (199-SF-92) added 13. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) answered with 15 points in the losing effort as Denmark tied its record at 1-1. Anders Haas (185-PG-92) notched 10, while Sami Eleraky (210-C-93) collected 9 points and 11 rebounds.

Great Britain U20: Devon Van Oostrum 18, Alasdair Fraser 17, Louis Sayers 13
Denmark U20: Esben Reinholt 15, Anders Haas 10, Sami Eleraky 9+11 rebs



Great Britain clinch first win of the summer in Sheffield - by Eurobasket News

The Standard Life GB men picked up their first win of their pre-Olympic schedule on Saturday afternoon with an 83-68 win over Portugal at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield.

Portugal had led for most of the first half but GB used a strong third quarter, in which they outscored Portugal 25-6, to finally take control of the game.
Luol Deng (206-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) led all scorers with 21 points while Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) finished with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. He was pleased with how GB responded after trailing at the half: "In the second half it was certainly evident that we came to play. We turned it up and we looked like the team that we are supposed to be.

"When the second half started we knew we had to come out and play defence and be more focused."

GB started the game slowly, falling behind by six (13-7) as the Portuguese made the most of their long-range shooting.

A Deng three-pointer kick-started a GB comeback as they went on a 7-0 run, taking the lead on a pair of Mensah-Bonsu free-throws.

GB built a small lead but ended the quarter ahead only 18-17 after Portugal scored a put-back at the buzzer.

The hosts got off to a strong start in the second period when a Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) dunk was quickly followed by a three-pointer from Andrew Lawrence. Despite GB building a 26-18 lead, Portugal hit back with an 8-0 run to tie the game.

Mike Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) responded with a much-needed three-pointer but Portugal soon grabbed the lead and extended it to 39-33 before late scores from Mensah-Bonsu and Clark saw the gap cut to 39-37 at the half.

Portugal opened the scoring in the third but GB responded with a 10-0 run, capped by a Deng lay-up off a great pass from Lawrence.

Portugal lost their shooting touch thanks in part to the defensive pressure shown by Great Britain who extended their lead to 62-45 heading into the final quarter.

Portugal cut the deficit to 66-56 in the fourth but GB responded immediately with a three-pointer from Deng that effectively ended the contest.

"It was a real good performance," commented GB Head Coach Chris Finch. "I thought if we played well today we would get the win.

"I liked our intensity, I liked our tempo, and we made shots in the second where we hadn't made shots consistently before that."

Luol Deng collected the British Basketball Player of the Year 2011 award at the end of the game.

Great Britain and Portugal face off again tomorrow (Sunday) at Ponds Forge, tip-off 3pm BST. Meanwhile the Standard Life GB women are currently playing Australia in Motorpoint Arena.
Courtesy of: http://www.gbbasketball.com



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Results for the Metro League 15th round - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro League 15th round:
Capitol 70 - Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 29 points 10 rebounds, Santiago Moglia (196-F-89) 16 points 9 rebounds
Goes 68 - Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) 24 points, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 8 points 7 rebounds 2 blocks
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Yale 107 - Jerry Echenique (201-C-79, college: High Point) 36 points 17 rebounds
Romis Nelimar 101 - Devon Pearson (198-F-84, college: SMU) 39 points 17 rebounds
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Urunday 87 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 28 points 19 rebounds 3 blocks
Verdirrojo 75 - Sebastian Munoz (180-G-80) 15 points, Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 2 points 4 rebounds 4 assists.




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France cruise past Angola in Sheffield - by Eurobasket News

Angola -France 51:79

France cruise past Angola in Sheffield at the Friendly Tournament between four teams. The European team improved to 1-1 record after 79:51 win.
France did no waste time and grabbed 27:16 after the first period. They limited the African team to just 5 points in the second frame for 36:21 halftime advantage. Moreover France added 21-9 in the third quarter and did not mind 12-21 in the last stanza.
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) poured in 17 points to lead the charge, while Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) nailed 14. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) delivered 13 and Clemence Beikes (180-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 11. Nadir Manuel (185-PF-86) collected 9 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Felizarda Jorge (172-SG-85), Sonia Guadalupe (188-PF-85) and Nacissela Mauricio (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) brought 8 apiece.
In another game Australia edged Great Britain at the Sheffield Invitational tournament with 4 teams. The favorites of the campaign grabbed 78:63 victory.

Angola: Nadir Manuel 9 +10 rebs, Felizarda Jorge 8, Sonia Guadalupe 8, Nacissela Mauricio 8
France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 17, Sandrine Gruda 14, Nwal-Endene Miyem 13, Clemence Beikes 11



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Australia edged Great Britain at the Sheffield Invitational - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain Australia 63:87

Australia edged Great Britain at the Sheffield Invitational tournament with 4 teams. The favorites of the campaign grabbed 78:63 victory.
Australia grabbed 28:23 after the first 10 minutes of the game and added 24-22 in the second frame. In two other quarters the guests allowed the opponents to score only 9 points. Australia outscored Great Britain in the third frame 19-9 and finished the game with 16-9 in the last stanza.
Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) erupted with 29 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) posted 16, while OHea added 13. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, while Azania Stewart (193-C-89, college: Florida) scored 10. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) delivered 8 and four other players netted 6 each.
In another game Angola lost to France 51:79.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 12, Azania Stewart 10, Natalie Stafford 8
Australia: Cambage Elizabeth 29 +11 rebs, Belinda Snell 16, OHea 13



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U16 Latvia takes second place in Group D - by Eurobasket News

U16 BELARUS - U16 LATVIA 34-52

Latvia limited Belarus to just 34 points for the game today. At other Latvia scored 52 for 2-1 record in Group D of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Belarus dropped to third place with 1-2 score. Both countries advanced to the Qualifying Round. Latvia made plus 10 already in the first quarter and after that teams scored just 8 pts for rest of the first half (5-3). Latvia made 8-15 after the breather to secure the victory in this game. Their leading player was Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) with 17 points. Paula Luke (185-C-96) (12 rebs) and Kitija Stolce (184-F-96) (5 rebs) netted 7 points each. Belarus got 12 points and 7 boards from Darya Panasiuk (175-SF-96). Tatsiana Khadzko (175-SG-96) had 9 pts. Qualifying Round begin on Monday.

Belarus: Darya Panasiuk 12+7 boards, Tatsiana Khadzko 9
Latvia: Kitija Laksa 17, Paula Luke 7+12 boards, Kitija Stolce 7+5 boards



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Belgium beats Holland in the last round of EuroBasket Qualifications - by Eurobasket News

BELGIUM - HOLLAND 72-61

Belgium registered its first win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They handed 72-61 loss to Holland for 1-7 record in Group C. This win didn't help Belgium to avoid the last place in this pool. Holland ended as No.4 with 2-6 and both teams failed to reach the final tournament in France. Laurence Van Malderen (190-C-81, agency: LBM Management) (7 rebs) and Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 13 points each. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) was better than the others with 16 points and 5 boards. Their second scorer was Tanya Broering (178-G-84) with 13 pts (6 rebs). Belgium exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory tonight. Quarters: 15-13, 16-26, 22-13, 19-9.

Belgium: Laurence Van Malderen 13+7 boards, Noemie Mayombo 13, Emma Meesseman 12+7 boards
Holland: Naomi Halman 16+5 boards, Tanya Broering 13+6 boards



U16 Belgium advances to Qualifying Round with perfect score - by Eurobasket News

U16 HUNGARY - U16 BELGIUM 37-58

Belgium is the winner of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. They outplayed Hungary today 37-58 to end as No.1 in this pool. Hungary dropped to 2-1, but they also advanced to the next stage of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Hungary is the second ranked team in this group. Belgium made plus 14 at the halftime and smashed its rival in Q3 with 4-18. All after that was just the formality. Eva Devliegher (170-SG-96) scored 12 points in victory and Laeticia Mpoyi (179-C-96) shined with 10 points, plus 11 rebounds. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) delivered 8 points today. Germany got 7 points and 7 rebounds from Agnes Dobos (190-C-96). Anna Abahazy (187-C-96) stopped to 6 pts. Championship continues on Monday.

Hungary: Agnes Dobos 7+7 boards, Anna Abahazy 6
Belgium: Eva Devliegher 12, Laeticia Mpoyi 10+11 boards, Julie Allemand 8



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U16 Bulgaria beats U16 Luxembourg in thriller, 60-58 - by Eurobasket News

U16 BULGARIA - U16 LUXEMBOURG 60-58

Bulgaria grabbed 60-58 thriller win against Luxembourg in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Tallinn. Thanks to this win Bulgaria finished as No.2 in Group C with 2-1 record. Luxembourg dropped to third place with 1-2. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round at this event (U16 EuroBasket Division B). Luxembourg had 55-58 lead in the finish, but they were scoreless for rest of the way, while at the other side Iva Georgieva (172-F-96) and Magdalena Nedelova (180-F-96) netted 5 pts for the final 60-58 victory. Quarters: 13-17, 15-13, 19-14, 13-14. Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) led Bulgaria with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Iva Georgieva scored 13 points and Nedelova added 10 pts, plus 7 boards. Mia Pauly (176-F-96) delivered 16 points in defeat. Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) had 14 points and 8 boards, while Cathrin Wolff (179-C-96) had 9 pts and same number of rebounds. Teams will take a rest tomorrow.

Bulgaria: Teodora Dineva 24+13 boards, Iva Georgieva 13, Magdalena Nedelova 10+7 boards
Luxembourg: Mia Pauly 16, Lisa Jablonowski 14+8 boards, Cathrin Wolff 9



Romania grabs 75-68 OT win against Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

ROMANIA - BULGARIA 75-68 OT

Romania closed 2013 EuroBasket qualifications with victory. They celebrated 75-68 OT win against Bulgaria today for 3-5 record in Group D (5th place). At the other side, Bulgaria ended as the last ranked team in this pool with 1-7. Both teams failed to reach the final tournament in France. Romania made 13-6 in extra five minutes to take the victory today. Quarters: 23-15, 8-13, 19-18, 12-16, 13-6. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) was a key player for the winners with 26 points. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) had double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) collected 8 pts, 6 rebs and 5 assists. In Bulgaria, Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) was better than the others with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) (10 rebs) and Daniela Georgieva (184-G/F-86) (5 rebs) posted 15 and 13 pts respectively.

Romania: Gabriela Marginean 26, Elisabeth Pavel 12+10 boards, Ancuta Stoenescu 8+6 boards+5 as
Bulgaria: Radoslava Bachvarova 18+7 boards, Vera Perostiyska 15+10 boards, Daniela Georgieva 15+13 boards



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U16 Czech Republic hands 65-59 loss to U16 Croatia in Miskolc, both teams advance - by Eurobasket News

U16 CZECH REPUBLIC - U16 CROATIA 65-59

Czech Republic was better than Croatia today 65-59 in the battle for the second place in Preliminary Group C. Czech Republic ended this phase as No.2 with 2-1 record, while Croatia dropped to third place with 1-2. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Czech Republic shined in Q2 and Q3 to secure the victory in this game. Quarters: 15-18, 19-13, 16-11, 15-17. Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) stepped up for the winners with 14 points. Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) (8 rebs) and Michaela Kanukova (188-C-96) (6 rebs) followed with 11 points each. In Croatia, Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) collected 21 points and 6 boards. Their second scorer was Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) with 11 points (9 rebs) and Patricia Bura (185-C-96) had 8 pts (5 rebs). Championship continues on Monday.

Czech Republic: Sarah Berankova 14, Gabriela Andelova 11+8 boards, Michaela Kanukova 11+6 boards
Croatia: Ivana Dojkic 21+6 boards, Iva Slonjsak 11+9 boards, Patricia Bura 8+5 boards



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U16 Czech Republic hands 65-59 loss to U16 Croatia in Miskolc, both teams advance - by Eurobasket News

U16 CZECH REPUBLIC - U16 CROATIA 65-59

Czech Republic was better than Croatia today 65-59 in the battle for the second place in Preliminary Group C. Czech Republic ended this phase as No.2 with 2-1 record, while Croatia dropped to third place with 1-2. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Czech Republic shined in Q2 and Q3 to secure the victory in this game. Quarters: 15-18, 19-13, 16-11, 15-17. Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) stepped up for the winners with 14 points. Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) (8 rebs) and Michaela Kanukova (188-C-96) (6 rebs) followed with 11 points each. In Croatia, Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) collected 21 points and 6 boards. Their second scorer was Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) with 11 points (9 rebs) and Patricia Bura (185-C-96) had 8 pts (5 rebs). Championship continues on Monday.

Czech Republic: Sarah Berankova 14, Gabriela Andelova 11+8 boards, Michaela Kanukova 11+6 boards
Croatia: Ivana Dojkic 21+6 boards, Iva Slonjsak 11+9 boards, Patricia Bura 8+5 boards



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U16 Israel celebrates first win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 ISRAEL - U16 DENMARK 68-57

Israel registered first win at U16 EuroBasket Division B. They outplayed Demark today 68-57 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. At the same time, Denmark faced with the second loss. This is the only group with three teams and all of them advanced to the next stage. Wins and defeats will be transferred. Israel totally took control on Denmark after the halftime and it allowed them to take the first win in Tallinn. Quarters: 10-12, 14-20, 26-13, 18-12. Eden Porat (176-F-96) shined with 17 points and 9 rebounds in Israel. Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) scored 15 points and Yarden Danan (177-SG-97) added 11 pts, plus 7 boards. Denmark got 11 points from Enna Pehadzic (176-G/F-97) and Sarah Mortensen (182-F-97). They grabbed 13 and 11 rebounds respectively. Championship continues on Monday.

Israel: Eden Porat 17+9 boards, Noa Zelivanski 15, Yarden Danan 11+7 boards
Denmark: Enna Pehadzic 11+13 boards, Sarah Mortensen 11+11 boards



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U16 Ukraine heads to second stage in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 UKRAINE - U16 ESTONIA 67-50

It was a do-or-die game for both teams. Ukraine outplayed Estonia today 67-50 for 1-2 record in Group A of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Thanks to this victory Ukraine advanced to the next stage. At the other side, Estonia finished Preliminary Round with 0-3. They will be transferred to classification round from 13th-15th places. Ukraine exploded after the breather to secure this crucial win. Quarters: 12-7, 21-17, 22-9, 12-17. Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) scored 22 points in victory and Olga Yatskovets (181-C-97) added 18 points, plus 12 rebounds. Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) collected 11 points and 9 boards. In Estonia, Kadri-Ann Lass (177-F-96) posted 15 pts. Laura Reissar (171-PG-97) and Tatjana Razguliajeva (173-G-96) had 11 and 10 points respectively. All teams will take a rest tomorrow.

Ukraine: Vita Gorobets 22, Olga Yatskovets 18+12 boards, Anastasiya Polovynka 11+9boards
Estonia: Kadri-Ann Lass 15, Laura Reissar 11, Tatjana Razguliajeva 10



Serbia destroys Estonia, earns ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in France - by Eurobasket News

ESTONIA - SERBIA 58-97

Serbia had no troubles to beat Estonia today with almost 40 points difference, 58-97. It was the crucial game for Serbia and after this victory they booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Serbia is the second ranked team of Group B with 6-2 record. Top ranked Montenegro and No.3 Poland finished with the same numbers. Estonia should forget these qualifications as soon as possible because they ended with poor 0-8 score. Serbia dominated from the beginning and Estonia simply was not able to reply. Quarters: 16-30, 14-18, 13-18, 15-31. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) (9 rebs) and Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) (5 as) led the winners with 21 points each. Maksimovic spent just 17 minutes on the court. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) was third scorer in victory with 18 points (7 rebs). The hosts got 17 pts from Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) and 14 pts, plus 7 boards from Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92).

Estonia: Mirjam Nikolai 17, Mailis Pokk 14+7 boards
Serbia: Jelena Maksimovic 21+9 boards, Milica Dabovic 21+5 as, Sara Krnjic 18+7 boards



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Women)

Standings
Group A
1. Belarus6-2
2. Ukraine5-3
3. Hungary5-3
4. Israel4-4
5. Portugal0-8
Group B
1. Montenegro6-2
2. Serbia6-2
3. Poland6-2
4. Switzerland2-6
5. Estonia0-8
Group C
1. Slovakia7-1
2. Lithuania6-2
3. Slovenia4-4
4. Holland2-6
5. Belgium1-7
Group D
1. Sweden7-1
2. Spain6-2
3. Germany3-5
4. Romania3-5
5. Bulgaria1-7
Group E
1. Italy7-1
2. Latvia5-3
3. Greece5-3
4. Finland3-5
5. Luxembourg0-8

Qualifying Round: Round 10

A

Jul. 14: UKR - HUN 73-66
Jul. 14: ISR - POR 58-47

B

Jul. 14: POL - SUI 64-51
Jul. 14: EST - SRB 58-97

C

Jul. 14: SVK - SLO 93-54
Jul. 14: BEL - NED 72-61

D

Jul. 14: ROM - BUL 75-68 OT
Jul. 14: GER - SWE 62-73

E

Jul. 14: GRE - LUX 70-62
Jul. 14: FIN - ITA 62-82


2013 EuroBasket Qualifications are over (Round 10) - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Ukraine - Hungary 73-66
Ukraine booked a spot for the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They outplayed Hungary in do-or-die game today 73-66 joining them with 5-3 record in Group A. Ukraine finished as the second ranked team in this pool thanks to Round 5 victory in Hungary. Today, visitors had much better start (14-22), but Ukraine took control on them after that to register this crucial win. Quarters: 14-22, 21-16, 22-13, 16-15. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) led the hosts in scoring with 23 points and she grabbed 8 rebounds as well. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) had monster double-double of 16 points and 19 rebounds (valuation 29, MVP), while Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) helped with 12 points. In defeat, Katalin Honti (175-G-87) collected 21 points and 5 rebs. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) and Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) stopped to 11 pts apiece. Their Hungary failed to reach the final tournament.

Israel - Portugal 58-47
Israel outplayed Portugal in the last round of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. It was a 58-47 victory for the home squad, who finished with 4-4 record in Group A (No.4). Portugal is the last ranked team in this pool with 0-8. Third period was the crucial one in this meeting and it belonged to Israel 18-7. Quarters: 14-12, 16-16, 18-7, 10-12. Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) had 12 points and 5 rebs, while Liron Cohen (173-G-82) netted 11 points. Visitors got 11 points and 12 boards from Sofia Silva (187-C-90). Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA) also scored 11 pts and Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) added four less. Both teams failed to reach the final tournament in France. Belarus and Ukraine are two countries which advanced from this group.

Group B
Estonia - Serbia 58-97
Serbia had no troubles to beat Estonia today with almost 40 points difference, 58-97. It was the crucial game for Serbia and after this victory they booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Serbia is the second ranked team of Group B with 6-2 record. Top ranked Montenegro and No.3 Poland finished with the same numbers. Estonia should forget these qualifications as soon as possible because they ended with poor 0-8 score. Serbia dominated from the beginning and Estonia simply was not able to reply. Quarters: 16-30, 14-18, 13-18, 15-31. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) (9 rebs) and Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) (5 as) led the winners with 21 points each. Maksimovic spent just 17 minutes on the court. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) was third scorer in victory with 18 points (7 rebs). The hosts got 17 pts from Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) and 14 pts, plus 7 boards from Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92).

Poland - Switzerland 64-51
Poland was better than Switzerland 64-51, but it didn't help them to book a ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Serbia celebrated in Estonia today and grabbed the second place in Group B. Poland is No.3 with 6-2 record and failed to advance. Switzerland finished 2-6 record in this pool taking position No.4. Poland made 8-point lead in the first ten minutes of the game and jumped to plus 13 until the halftime. The hosts managed to keep that lead for rest of the way. Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) (6 rebs) and Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex) (5 rebs) scored 11 points each for the winners. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) and Magdalena Losi (173-F-80, agency: Promotex) added 10 points and 6 boards apiece. Visitors got 20 points from Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) and Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) shined with 16 pts, plus 15 boards. Their third scorer was Lara Thalmann (172-G-88) with only 5 pts (5 rebs).

Group C
Belgium - Holland 72-61
Belgium registered its first win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They handed 72-61 loss to Holland for 1-7 record in Group C. This win didn't help Belgium to avoid the last place in this pool. Holland ended as No.4 with 2-6 and both teams failed to reach the final tournament in France. Laurence Van Malderen (190-C-81, agency: LBM Management) (7 rebs) and Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 13 points each. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) was better than the others with 16 points and 5 boards. Their second scorer was Tanya Broering (178-G-84) with 13 pts (6 rebs). Belgium exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory tonight. Quarters: 15-13, 16-26, 22-13, 19-9.

Slovakia - Slovenia 93-54
Slovakia is the winner of Group C with almost perfect 7-1 record. They handed 93-54 loss to Slovenia today and will compete next year at the EuroBasket in France. Slovenia finished qualifications with 4-4 record and failed to reach the final tournament. They had big problems with injuries. Slovakia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 20-13, 22-13, 18-13, 33-15. Timea Sujova (173-G-84) scored 16 points in victory and Katarina Tetemondova (188-F/C-88) added 15 points, plus 5 boards. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) netted 13 pts to help her country. In defeat, Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) was better than the others with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) and Martina Osterman (188-F-88) stopped to 11 pts each.

Group D
Germany - Sweden 62-73
Sweden closed 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications in style. They handed 62-73 home loss to Germany for almost perfect 7-1 record in Group D. Sweden is the winner of this pool and of course booked a ticket for the final tournament in France next year. Germany finished as third ranked team with 3-5 record. Sweden was up by 5 at the halftime and jumped to 11-point lead with ten minutes to go. Germany was not able to reply and visitors celebrated comfortable win. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced Sweden with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 16 points and 6 rebs, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10 points and 12 boards. The hosts got 17 points from Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85). Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) had 15 pts and 8 rebs.

Romania - Bulgaria 75-68 OT
Romania closed 2013 EuroBasket qualifications with victory. They celebrated 75-68 OT win against Bulgaria today for 3-5 record in Group D (5th place). At the other side, Bulgaria ended as the last ranked team in this pool with 1-7. Both teams failed to reach the final tournament in France. Romania made 13-6 in extra five minutes to take the victory today. Quarters: 23-15, 8-13, 19-18, 12-16, 13-6. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) was a key player for the winners with 26 points. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) had double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) collected 8 pts, 6 rebs and 5 assists. In Bulgaria, Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) was better than the others with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) (10 rebs) and Daniela Georgieva (184-G/F-86) (5 rebs) posted 15 and 13 pts respectively.

Group E
Finland - Italy 62-82
Italy ended 2013 EuroBasket qualifications in style. They cruised past Finland on the road 62-82 for almost perfect 7-1 record in Group E. Italy won this pool and of course advanced to the final tournament in France. Finland finished as No.4 with 3-5 and failed to advance. Italy exploded in the second half to take the victory today. Quarters: 21-22, 17-21, 16-24, 8-15. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) shined with 21 points for 19 minutes on the court. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) (5 rebs) and Giulia Gatti (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) (5 rebs) netted 10 and 9 points respectively. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) shined in defeat with 24 points and 13 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 31. Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) (6 rebs) and Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) scored 8 points each.

Greece - Luxembourg 70-62
Greece celebrated 70-62 victory against Luxembourg in the last day of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Greece finished as third ranked team of Group E with 5-3 record, but it was not enough for them to advance. Latvia, who also has 5-3, reached the final tournament due to better numbers in two games against Greece. Latvia outplayed Greece 63-46 in Round 3, but Greece celebrated 14-point home win in Round 8 and failed to advance for just 3 pts. Fedra Skiadopoulou (191-C-90) led the winners today with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 14 points and Lolita Lymoura (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management) had 8. In defeat, Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) collected 15 points and 6 assists, while Lena Hetto (184-F-93) added 14 pts and 6 rebs. Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) followed with 13 points and 11 boards. Quarters: 18-7, 20-18, 17-19, 15-18. Lithuania ended as the last ranked team in Group E with 0-8.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

W-Standings - Div.A

Standings
Group E
1. Belgium0-0
2. Greece0-0
3. Hungary0-0
4. Russia0-0
5. Slovakia0-0
6. Sweden0-0
Group F
1. Croatia0-0
2. Czech Rep.0-0
3. Spain0-0
4. France0-0
5. Italy0-0
6. Holland0-0
Group G (positions 13-16)
1. U.Kingdom0-0
2. Germany0-0
3. Serbia0-0
4. Turkey0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 14: TUR - SWE 61-72
Jul. 14: HUN - BEL 37-58

B

Jul. 14: GRE - SRB 72-58
Jul. 14: SVK - RUS 55-82

C

Jul. 14: CZE - CRO 65-59
Jul. 14: ENG - FRA 40-77

D

Jul. 14: GER - ESP 47-67
Jul. 14: ITA - NED 47-49

Qualifying Round: Round 4

E

Jul. 16: GRE - HUN
Jul. 16: SVK - BEL
Jul. 16: SWE - RUS

F

Jul. 16: NED - CZE
Jul. 16: ESP - FRA
Jul. 16: CRO - ITA

G

Jul. 16: TUR - GER
Jul. 16: SRB - ENG


Standings - Div.B - by Charles Ramsdell

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Finland3-0
2. Portugal2-1
3. Ukraine1-2
4. Estonia0-3
Group B
1. Lithuania2-0
2. Israel1-1
3. Denmark0-2
Group C
1. Poland3-0
2. Bulgaria2-1
3. Luxembourg.1-2
4. Romania0-3
Group D
1. Slovenia3-0
2. Latvia2-1
3. Belarus1-2
4. Norway0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 14: UKR - EST 67-50
Jul. 14: POR - FIN 44-58

B

Jul. 14: ISR - DEN 68-57

C

Jul. 14: ROM - POL 62-67
Jul. 14: BUL - LUX 60-58

D

Jul. 14: SLO - NOR 79-22
Jul. 14: BLR - LAT 34-52

Qualifying Round: Round 4

E

Jul. 16: ISR - POR
Jul. 16: DEN - FIN
Jul. 16: UKR - LTU

F

Jul. 16: LAT - BUL
Jul. 16: BLR - POL
Jul. 16: LUX - SLO

G

Jul. 16: EST - ROM


Division A, Day 3: Preliminary Round is over in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Turkey - Sweden 61-72
Sweden was better than Turkey in do-or-die game and advanced to the Qualifying Round at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Sweden celebrated 61-72 victory for 1-2 record in Group A, what was enough for third place. At the other side, Turkey ended with poor 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A. They will continue in Group G (13-16 places). Sweden shined after the breather to make 12-20 in Q3 and later managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 13-16, 19-18, 12-20, 17-18. Anna Lundqvist (176-G-96) was a key player in victory with double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Anna Stern (165-PG-96) had 13 points and 5 assists, while Anna Tivenius (184-F-96) helped with 11 points and 12 rebs. In defeat, Serife Onar (167-PG-96) scored 17 points and Ezgi Manlaci (175-G-96) had 13 pts (5 rebs). Their third scorer was Rojin Karahan (172-SF-96) with 11 points.

Hungary - Belgium 37-58
Belgium is the winner of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. They outplayed Hungary today 37-58 to end as No.1 in this pool. Hungary dropped to 2-1, but they also advanced to the next stage of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Hungary is the second ranked team in this group. Belgium made plus 14 at the halftime and smashed its rival in Q3 with 4-18. All after that was just the formality. Eva Devliegher (170-SG-96) scored 12 points in victory and Laeticia Mpoyi (179-C-96) shined with 10 points, plus 11 rebounds. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) delivered 8 points today. Germany got 7 points and 7 rebounds from Agnes Dobos (190-C-96). Anna Abahazy (187-C-96) stopped to 6 pts. Championship continues on Monday.
Group B
Greece - Serbia 72-58
Greece registered its first win at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They outsmarted Serbia 72-58 for 1-2 record in Group B. Serbia and Slovakia have the same numbers, but Greece is the best team in this circle, while Serbia has the worst digits. It means that Greece advanced to the second stage as No.2, while Serbia finished as the last ranked team in this group and will fight for the survival in Division A. Serbia made 2-point lead in the first ten minutes, but all after that belonged to Greece. Quarters: 10-12, 25-15, 20-19, 17-12. Their key player was Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (170-PG-96) with 21 points and 5 assists. Christiana Gerostergiou (176-G/F-96) had 18 points and 5 boards, while Eleanna Christinaki (181-G-96) added 14 pts, plus 5 rebs. In Serbia, Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) had 13 points and 6 rebs (0/7 for FG2). Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96), Julijana Vojinovic (174-PG-96) and Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) stopped to 8 pts each. Championship continues on Monday.

Slovakia - Russia 55-82
Russia registered third straight win at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. This time they blasted Slovakia 55-82 for perfect 3-0 record in Group B. Russia is the winner of this pool, while Slovakia ended as No.3. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. Russia made 17-point lead in the first quarter and increased it to plus 30 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality. Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) led Russia with 18 points today. Anastasia Borovykh (173-SG-96) and Elizaveta Bratchikova (189-PF-96) (9 rebs) scored 13 and 12 points respectively. Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) answered with 12 points for Slovakia and Karin Miksadova (179-SF-96) had one point less. Lucia Ondrejkova (170-G/F-96) stopped to 8 points. All teams will take a rest on Sunday.

Group C
Czech Republic - Croatia 65-59
Czech Republic was better than Croatia today 65-59 in the battle for the second place in Preliminary Group C. Czech Republic ended this phase as No.2 with 2-1 record, while Croatia dropped to third place with 1-2. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Czech Republic shined in Q2 and Q3 to secure the victory in this game. Quarters: 15-18, 19-13, 16-11, 15-17. Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) stepped up for the winners with 14 points. Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) (8 rebs) and Michaela Kanukova (188-C-96) (6 rebs) followed with 11 points each. In Croatia, Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) collected 21 points and 6 boards. Their second scorer was Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) with 11 points (9 rebs) and Patricia Bura (185-C-96) had 8 pts (5 rebs). Championship continues on Monday.

United Kingdom - France 40-77
France is the winner of Preliminary Group C in Miskolc. They handed 40-77 loss to United Kingdom for perfect 3-0 record in this pool. Of course, France advanced the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket. At the other side, UK is the last ranked team in this group with 0-3. They will fight for the survival in Division A. France dominated during the entire game today. Quarters: 9-16, 10-24, 7-17, 14-20. Carla Blatrie (170-G-96) scored 14 points for the winners and Katia Clanet (187-F-96) added 2 less. Marie Milapie (191-C-96) helped with 11 points and 8 rebounds. In UK, Shanice Norton (170-SG-97) was better than the others with 13 points. Their second scorers were Rhianna-Mae Laing (170-PG-97) and Savannah Wilkinson (178-SG-98) with 5 points each.

Group D
Italy - Holland 47-49
Holland grabbed 47-49 thriller win against Italy in the last day of the Preliminary Round at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. There is a three-way tie now in this pool with Spain, Italy and Holland all having the same 2-1 record. In this circle, Italy is No.1, Holland is No.2 and Spain is No.3. All three teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. It was a very exciting meeting today. The fourth quarter saw both teams missing a lot of shots, with Holland prevailing in the end after Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) missed a three-point-shot in the buzzer. Quarters: 16-12, 13-11, 11-14, 7-12. Deborah Vos (178-PF-96) led the winners with 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Fleur Kuijt (174-G-96) netted 13 points. Emese Hof (188-C-96) helped her country with 7 points and 16 rebounds. Italy got 9 points and 6 rebs from Cecilia Zandalasini. Arianna Beretta (177-SF-96) also scored 9 points and Martina Kacerik (179-F-96) added on less (5 as). Competition continues on Monday.

Germany - Spain 47-67
Spain advanced to the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They outplayed Germany today 47-67 for 2-1 record in Group D. That is enough for the second stage. At the other side, Germany ended Preliminary Round with 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A. Germany will be transferred to Group G (places 13-16). Spain dominated in the first half and during the last ten minutes as well, and it was enough for comfortable win at the end. Quarters: 10-17, 12-19, 15-14, 10-17. Itsaso Conde (185-PF-96) top-scored in Spain with 13 points. Elena Capella (171-G-96) had 9 points, while Laia Flores (170-SF-96) and Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) netted 7 pts each. In defeat, Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) collected 15 points and 5 rebounds. Patricia Brossmann (180-SF-97) had 9 pts and 11 rebounds, while Lena Wenke (178-SF-96) stopped to 7 points (5 rebs).



Division B, Day 3: Preliminary Round is over in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Ukraine - Estonia 67-50
It was a do-or-die game for both teams. Ukraine outplayed Estonia today 67-50 for 1-2 record in Group A of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Thanks to this victory Ukraine advanced to the next stage. At the other side, Estonia finished Preliminary Round with 0-3. They will be transferred to classification round from 13th-15th places. Ukraine exploded after the breather to secure this crucial win. Quarters: 12-7, 21-17, 22-9, 12-17. Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) scored 22 points in victory and Olga Yatskovets (181-C-97) added 18 points, plus 12 rebounds. Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) collected 11 points and 9 boards. In Estonia, Kadri-Ann Lass (177-F-96) posted 15 pts. Laura Reissar (171-PG-97) and Tatjana Razguliajeva (173-G-96) had 11 and 10 points respectively. All teams will take a rest tomorrow.

Portugal - Finland 44-58
Finland is the winner of Preliminary Group A at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They cruised past Portugal today 44-58 for perfect 3-0 record in this pool. Portugal faced with first loss and finished as the second ranked team. Both countries advanced to the Qualifying Round. Finland had impressive start and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 7-22, 14-11, 9-9, 14-16. Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) led Finland with double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Olivia Moskari (175-F-96) and Emilia Helle (169-PG-96) scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Simone Costa (176-G-96) had 12 points in defeat. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) followed with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Championship continues on Monday.

Group B
Israel - Denmark 68-57
Israel registered first win at U16 EuroBasket Division B. They outplayed Demark today 68-57 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. At the same time, Denmark faced with the second loss. This is the only group with three teams and all of them advanced to the next stage. Wins and defeats will be transferred. Israel totally took control on Denmark after the halftime and it allowed them to take the first win in Tallinn. Quarters: 10-12, 14-20, 26-13, 18-12. Eden Porat (176-F-96) shined with 17 points and 9 rebounds in Israel. Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) scored 15 points and Yarden Danan (177-SG-97) added 11 pts, plus 7 boards. Denmark got 11 points from Enna Pehadzic (176-G/F-97) and Sarah Mortensen (182-F-97). They grabbed 13 and 11 rebounds respectively. Championship continues on Monday.

Group C
Romania - Poland 62-67
Poland outsmarted Romania today in Tallinn 62-67 for perfect 3-0 record. It means that Poland won Group C and advanced to the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket Division B. They are placed to Group F. At the other side, Romania finished as the last ranked team in this pool and will continue in Classification Round. They will fight for 13th place at this event. Poland had to work very hard to take this victory. Quarters: 15-15, 17-19, 12-15, 18-18. Monika Radomska (188-PF-96) scored 16 points and Aleksandra Mysinska (173-PG-96) added 13 points, plus 6 rebounds for the winners. Amalia Rembiszewska (189-F-96) collected 11 points and 7 boards from 13 minutes on the court. Mihaela Maxim (167-PG-96) answered with 17 points and 5 rebs in defeat. Vasilica Cuzic (171-G-96) and Paula Lenart (178-F/G-96) (12 rebs) scored 13 and 10 pts respectively. Championship continues on Monday.

Bulgaria - Luxembourg 60-58
Bulgaria grabbed 60-58 thriller win against Luxembourg in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Tallinn. Thanks to this win Bulgaria finished as No.2 in Group C with 2-1 record. Luxembourg dropped to third place with 1-2. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round at this event (U16 EuroBasket Division B). Luxembourg had 55-58 lead in the finish, but they were scoreless for rest of the way, while at the other side Iva Georgieva (172-F-96) and Magdalena Nedelova (180-F-96) netted 5 pts for the final 60-58 victory. Quarters: 13-17, 15-13, 19-14, 13-14. Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) led Bulgaria with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Iva Georgieva scored 13 points and Nedelova added 10 pts, plus 7 boards. Mia Pauly (176-F-96) delivered 16 points in defeat. Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) had 14 points and 8 boards, while Cathrin Wolff (179-C-96) had 9 pts and same number of rebounds. Teams will take a rest tomorrow.

Group D
Slovenia - Norway 79-22
As expected, Slovenia registered easy win against Norway today 79-22. Slovenians are the winners of Preliminary Group D with perfect 3-0 record. Of course, they advanced to the next stage of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Norway faced with third loss in the same numbers of games and finished as the last ranked team in this pool. Norway will be transferred to Classification Round. Slovenia kept its rival scoreless for the last ten minutes of the game. Quarters: 17-8, 24-8, 18-6, 20-0. Teja Dimec (192-C-97) had 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Pia Prasnikar (178-PF-97) had double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds while Neza Murn (186-C-98) added 10 pts and 5 rebs. Ulrikke Hoff (163-PG-97) scored 4 points in Norway. All teams will take a rest today.

Belarus - Latvia 34-52
As expected, Slovenia registered easy win against Norway today 79-22. Slovenians are the winners of Preliminary Group D with perfect 3-0 record. Of course, they advanced to the next stage of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Norway faced with third loss in the same numbers of games and finished as the last ranked team in this pool. Norway will be transferred to Classification Round. Slovenia kept its rival scoreless for the last ten minutes of the game. Quarters: 17-8, 24-8, 18-6, 20-0. Teja Dimec (192-C-97) had 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Pia Prasnikar (178-PF-97) had double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds while Neza Murn (186-C-98) added 10 pts and 5 rebs. Ulrikke Hoff (163-PG-97) scored 4 points in Norway. All teams will take a rest today.



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U16 Finland beats U16 Portugal for the first place in Group A - by Eurobasket News

U16 PORTUGAL - U16 FINLAND 44-58

Finland is the winner of Preliminary Group A at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They cruised past Portugal today 44-58 for perfect 3-0 record in this pool. Portugal faced with first loss and finished as the second ranked team. Both countries advanced to the Qualifying Round. Finland had impressive start and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 7-22, 14-11, 9-9, 14-16. Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) led Finland with double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Olivia Moskari (175-F-96) and Emilia Helle (169-PG-96) scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Simone Costa (176-G-96) had 12 points in defeat. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) followed with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Championship continues on Monday.

Portugal: Simone Costa 12, Maria Kostourkova 10+8 boards
Finland: Tuuli Menna 15+12 boards, Olivia Moskari 11, Emilia Helle 10



Italy ends 2013 EuroBasket qualifications in style - by Eurobasket News

FINLAND - ITALY 62-82

Italy ended 2013 EuroBasket qualifications in style. They cruised past Finland on the road 62-82 for almost perfect 7-1 record in Group E. Italy won this pool and of course advanced to the final tournament in France. Finland finished as No.4 with 3-5 and failed to advance. Italy exploded in the second half to take the victory today. Quarters: 21-22, 17-21, 16-24, 8-15. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) shined with 21 points for 19 minutes on the court. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) (5 rebs) and Giulia Gatti (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) (5 rebs) netted 10 and 9 points respectively. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) shined in defeat with 24 points and 13 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 31. Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) (6 rebs) and Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) scored 8 points each.

Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 24+13 boards, Heta Korpivaara 8+6 boards, Dionne Pounds 8
Italy: Ilaria Zanoni 21, Raffaella Masciadri 10+5 boards, Giulia Gatti 9+5 boards



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  FRANCE   


U16 France wins Group C in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 UNITED KINGDOM - U16 FRANCE 40-77

France is the winner of Preliminary Group C in Miskolc. They handed 40-77 loss to United Kingdom for perfect 3-0 record in this pool. Of course, France advanced the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket. At the other side, UK is the last ranked team in this group with 0-3. They will fight for the survival in Division A. France dominated during the entire game today. Quarters: 9-16, 10-24, 7-17, 14-20. Carla Blatrie (170-G-96) scored 14 points for the winners and Katia Clanet (187-F-96) added 2 less. Marie Milapie (191-C-96) helped with 11 points and 8 rebounds. In UK, Shanice Norton (170-SG-97) was better than the others with 13 points. Their second scorers were Rhianna-Mae Laing (170-PG-97) and Savannah Wilkinson (178-SG-98) with 5 points each.

United Kingdom: Shanice Norton 13, Rhianna-Mae Laing 5, Savannah Wilkinson 5
France: Carla Blatrie 14, Katia Clanet 12, Marie Milapie 11+8 boards



France cruise past Angola in Sheffield - by Eurobasket News

Angola -France 51:79

France cruise past Angola in Sheffield at the Friendly Tournament between four teams. The European team improved to 1-1 record after 79:51 win.
France did no waste time and grabbed 27:16 after the first period. They limited the African team to just 5 points in the second frame for 36:21 halftime advantage. Moreover France added 21-9 in the third quarter and did not mind 12-21 in the last stanza.
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) poured in 17 points to lead the charge, while Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) nailed 14. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) delivered 13 and Clemence Beikes (180-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 11. Nadir Manuel (185-PF-86) collected 9 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Felizarda Jorge (172-SG-85), Sonia Guadalupe (188-PF-85) and Nacissela Mauricio (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) brought 8 apiece.
In another game Australia edged Great Britain at the Sheffield Invitational tournament with 4 teams. The favorites of the campaign grabbed 78:63 victory.

Angola: Nadir Manuel 9 +10 rebs, Felizarda Jorge 8, Sonia Guadalupe 8, Nacissela Mauricio 8
France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 17, Sandrine Gruda 14, Nwal-Endene Miyem 13, Clemence Beikes 11



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U16 Spain keeps U16 Germany winless in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 GERMANY - U16 SPAIN 47-67

Spain advanced to the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They outplayed Germany today 47-67 for 2-1 record in Group D. That is enough for the second stage. At the other side, Germany ended Preliminary Round with 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A. Germany will be transferred to Group G (places 13-16). Spain dominated in the first half and during the last ten minutes as well, and it was enough for comfortable win at the end. Quarters: 10-17, 12-19, 15-14, 10-17. Itsaso Conde (185-PF-96) top-scored in Spain with 13 points. Elena Capella (171-G-96) had 9 points, while Laia Flores (170-SF-96) and Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) netted 7 pts each. In defeat, Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) collected 15 points and 5 rebounds. Patricia Brossmann (180-SF-97) had 9 pts and 11 rebounds, while Lena Wenke (178-SF-96) stopped to 7 points (5 rebs).

Spain: Itsaso Conde 13, Elena Capella 9, Laia Flores 7, Laura Quevedo 7
Germany: Emma lina Stach 15+5 boards, Patricia Brossmann 9+11 boards, Lena Wenke 7+5 boards



Sweden celebrates in Germany for almost perfect 7-1 record - by Eurobasket News

GERMANY - SWEDEN 62-73

Sweden closed 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications in style. They handed 62-73 home loss to Germany for almost perfect 7-1 record in Group D. Sweden is the winner of this pool and of course booked a ticket for the final tournament in France next year. Germany finished as third ranked team with 3-5 record. Sweden was up by 5 at the halftime and jumped to 11-point lead with ten minutes to go. Germany was not able to reply and visitors celebrated comfortable win. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced Sweden with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 16 points and 6 rebs, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10 points and 12 boards. The hosts got 17 points from Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85). Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) had 15 pts and 8 rebs.

Germany: Sarah Austmann 17, Katharina Fikiel 15+8 boards,
Sweden: Louice Halvarsson 20+6 boards, Frida Eldebrink 16+6 boards, Elin Eldebrink 10+12 boards



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Greece outplays Luxembourg in Round 10 of EuroBasket Qualifications, fails to advance - by Eurobasket News

GREECE - LUXEMBOURG 70-62

Greece celebrated 70-62 victory against Luxembourg in the last day of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Greece finished as third ranked team of Group E with 5-3 record, but it was not enough for them to advance. Latvia, who also has 5-3, reached the final tournament due to better numbers in two games against Greece. Latvia outplayed Greece 63-46 in Round 3, but Greece celebrated 14-point home win in Round 8 and failed to advance for just 3 pts. Fedra Skiadopoulou (191-C-90) led the winners today with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 14 points and Lolita Lymoura (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management) had 8. In defeat, Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) collected 15 points and 6 assists, while Lena Hetto (184-F-93) added 14 pts and 6 rebs. Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) followed with 13 points and 11 boards. Quarters: 18-7, 20-18, 17-19, 15-18. Lithuania ended as the last ranked team in Group E with 0-8.

Greece: Fedra Skiadopoulou 21+12 boards, Zoi Dimitrakou 14, Lolita Lymoura 8
Luxembourg: Cathy Schmit 15+6 as, Lena Hetto 14+6 boards, Nadia Mossong 13+11 boards



U16 Greece downs U16 Serbia to reach the Qualifying Round in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 GREECE - U16 SERBIA 72-58

Greece registered its first win at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They outsmarted Serbia 72-58 for 1-2 record in Group B. Serbia and Slovakia have the same numbers, but Greece is the best team in this circle, while Serbia has the worst digits. It means that Greece advanced to the second stage as No.2, while Serbia finished as the last ranked team in this group and will fight for the survival in Division A. Serbia made 2-point lead in the first ten minutes, but all after that belonged to Greece. Quarters: 10-12, 25-15, 20-19, 17-12. Their key player was Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (170-PG-96) with 21 points and 5 assists. Christiana Gerostergiou (176-G/F-96) had 18 points and 5 boards, while Eleanna Christinaki (181-G-96) added 14 pts, plus 5 rebs. In Serbia, Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) had 13 points and 6 rebs (0/7 for FG2). Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96), Julijana Vojinovic (174-PG-96) and Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) stopped to 8 pts each. Championship continues on Monday.

Greece: Pinelopi Pavlopoulou 21+5 as, Christiana Gerostergiou 18+5 boards, Eleanna Christinaki 14+5 boards
Serbia: Aleksandra Crvendakic 13+6 boards, Tijana Cukic 8, Julijana Vojinovic 8, Zeljka Petkovic 8



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Holland wins second game in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

ITALY - HOLLAND 47-49

Holland grabbed 47-49 thriller win against Italy in the last day of the Preliminary Round at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. There is a three-way tie now in this pool with Spain, Italy and Holland all having the same 2-1 record. In this circle, Italy is No.1, Holland is No.2 and Spain is No.3. All three teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. It was a very exciting meeting today. The fourth quarter saw both teams missing a lot of shots, with Holland prevailing in the end after Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) missed a three-point-shot in the buzzer. Quarters: 16-12, 13-11, 11-14, 7-12. Deborah Vos (178-PF-96) led the winners with 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Fleur Kuijt (174-G-96) netted 13 points. Emese Hof (188-C-96) helped her country with 7 points and 16 rebounds. Italy got 9 points and 6 rebs from Cecilia Zandalasini. Arianna Beretta (177-SF-96) also scored 9 points and Martina Kacerik (179-F-96) added on less (5 as). Competition continues on Monday.

Italy: Cecilia Zandalasini 9+6 boards, Arianna Beretta 9, Martina Kacerik 8+5 as
Holland: Deborah Vos 14+7 boards, Fleur Kuijt 13, Emese Hof 7+16 boards



Belgium beats Holland in the last round of EuroBasket Qualifications - by Eurobasket News

BELGIUM - HOLLAND 72-61

Belgium registered its first win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They handed 72-61 loss to Holland for 1-7 record in Group C. This win didn't help Belgium to avoid the last place in this pool. Holland ended as No.4 with 2-6 and both teams failed to reach the final tournament in France. Laurence Van Malderen (190-C-81, agency: LBM Management) (7 rebs) and Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 13 points each. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) was better than the others with 16 points and 5 boards. Their second scorer was Tanya Broering (178-G-84) with 13 pts (6 rebs). Belgium exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory tonight. Quarters: 15-13, 16-26, 22-13, 19-9.

Belgium: Laurence Van Malderen 13+7 boards, Noemie Mayombo 13, Emma Meesseman 12+7 boards
Holland: Naomi Halman 16+5 boards, Tanya Broering 13+6 boards



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Ukraine outsmarts Hungary in crucial game, advances to 2013 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

UKRAINE - HUNGARY 73-66

Ukraine booked a spot for the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They outplayed Hungary in do-or-die game today 73-66 joining them with 5-3 record in Group A. Ukraine finished as the second ranked team in this pool thanks to Round 5 victory in Hungary. Today, visitors had much better start (14-22), but Ukraine took control on them after that to register this crucial win. Quarters: 14-22, 21-16, 22-13, 16-15. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) led the hosts in scoring with 23 points and she grabbed 8 rebounds as well. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) had monster double-double of 16 points and 19 rebounds (valuation 29, MVP), while Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) helped with 12 points. In defeat, Katalin Honti (175-G-87) collected 21 points and 5 rebs. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) and Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) stopped to 11 pts apiece. Their Hungary failed to reach the final tournament.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 23+8 boards, Olexandra Kurasova 18+19 boards, Ganna Zarytska 12
Hungary: Katalin Honti 21+5 boards, Allie Quigley 11, Dora Horti 11



U16 Belgium advances to Qualifying Round with perfect score - by Eurobasket News

U16 HUNGARY - U16 BELGIUM 37-58

Belgium is the winner of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. They outplayed Hungary today 37-58 to end as No.1 in this pool. Hungary dropped to 2-1, but they also advanced to the next stage of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Hungary is the second ranked team in this group. Belgium made plus 14 at the halftime and smashed its rival in Q3 with 4-18. All after that was just the formality. Eva Devliegher (170-SG-96) scored 12 points in victory and Laeticia Mpoyi (179-C-96) shined with 10 points, plus 11 rebounds. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) delivered 8 points today. Germany got 7 points and 7 rebounds from Agnes Dobos (190-C-96). Anna Abahazy (187-C-96) stopped to 6 pts. Championship continues on Monday.

Hungary: Agnes Dobos 7+7 boards, Anna Abahazy 6
Belgium: Eva Devliegher 12, Laeticia Mpoyi 10+11 boards, Julie Allemand 8



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U16 Israel celebrates first win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 ISRAEL - U16 DENMARK 68-57

Israel registered first win at U16 EuroBasket Division B. They outplayed Demark today 68-57 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. At the same time, Denmark faced with the second loss. This is the only group with three teams and all of them advanced to the next stage. Wins and defeats will be transferred. Israel totally took control on Denmark after the halftime and it allowed them to take the first win in Tallinn. Quarters: 10-12, 14-20, 26-13, 18-12. Eden Porat (176-F-96) shined with 17 points and 9 rebounds in Israel. Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) scored 15 points and Yarden Danan (177-SG-97) added 11 pts, plus 7 boards. Denmark got 11 points from Enna Pehadzic (176-G/F-97) and Sarah Mortensen (182-F-97). They grabbed 13 and 11 rebounds respectively. Championship continues on Monday.

Israel: Eden Porat 17+9 boards, Noa Zelivanski 15, Yarden Danan 11+7 boards
Denmark: Enna Pehadzic 11+13 boards, Sarah Mortensen 11+11 boards



Israel ends EuroBasket Qualifications as No.4 of Group A - by Eurobasket News

ISRAEL - PORTUGAL 58-47

Israel outplayed Portugal in the last round of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. It was a 58-47 victory for the home squad, who finished with 4-4 record in Group A (No.4). Portugal is the last ranked team in this pool with 0-8. Third period was the crucial one in this meeting and it belonged to Israel 18-7. Quarters: 14-12, 16-16, 18-7, 10-12. Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) had 12 points and 5 rebs, while Liron Cohen (173-G-82) netted 11 points. Visitors got 11 points and 12 boards from Sofia Silva (187-C-90). Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA) also scored 11 pts and Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) added four less. Both teams failed to reach the final tournament in France. Belarus and Ukraine are two countries which advanced from this group.

Israel: Katia Levitsky 14+8 boards, Shay Doron 12+5 boards, Liron Cohen 11
Portugal: Sofia Silva 11+12 boards, Ana Oliveira 11, Maria Correia 7



Charel Allen pens deal with Elitzur Netanya - by Eurobasket News

Charel Allen pens deal with Elitzur Netanya for 2012/2013 season. The American Guard moves from Bulgaria.
Last year the winner of the Cup of Bulgaria in 2011 Dunav 8806 managed to re-sign a fan favorite American Charel Allen. In Bulgaria she spent three years. In 2010-2011 she was Dunav's undisputed best player with 16.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.2 apg in 33 games. She helped the team win the national Cup, as well as the bronze medals in the play-offs.
In 2011-2012 for Dunav Ruse (Bulgaria-NBL, starting five) she showed 15.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-5 (1.7spg), FGP: 48.8%, 3PT-3 (45.7%), FT: 83.7%.
Earlier Charel Allen played for Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA) and in Regular Season averaged 2.7ppg. In 2008-2009 moved to Ceyhan Belediyespor (Turkey-TBBL, starting five) and had 8.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 69.2%. She is a product of Notre Dame.



Shey Peddy inks with Hapoel Rishon - by Eurobasket News

Shey Peddy (170-PG-88, college: Temple) inks with Hapoel Rishon for the next season. The American player moves to Israel and will debut abroad.
In 2007-2008 she appeared for Wright St. (NCAA, starting five) and in 30 games averaged 16.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.4apg, 3.2spg, FGP: 53.9%, 3Pts: 39.3%, FT: 79.4%.
In 2008-2009 moved to Wright St. (NCAA, starting five) and showed 12.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.0apg, 3.0spg, FGP: 39.6%, 3Pts: 23.4%, FT: 78.0%. In 2010-2011 her stats read 14.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.2apg, 3.2spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 77.6%.
The last season for Temple (NCAA, starting five) Shey averaged 17.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.1apg, 3.1spg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 81.6%.
In 2012 Shey Peddy was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA, 2rd (23). Later she was traded to Chicago Sky and appeared only in pre-season. Only last season she became Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runner-Up -11, 12, Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals -11, 12, All-Atlantic 10 1st Team -11, 12, Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team -11, 12, All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year -12 and All-Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year -12.



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Liomatic Umbertide land Naomi Halman - by Eurobasket News

Liomatic Umbertide strengthened their roster. They added Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) to the squad. The Dutch centre spent the last season with Faenza. She tallied 10.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals per game in A1 League. Previously Naomi Halman had stints in Italy, Spain, Netherlands and NCAA. She participated at Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game in 2008. She was named Dutch Eredivisie MVP in 2008. Naomi Halman has been the member of Dutch National Team since 2005. She also played for U20 National Team. Naomi Halman is averaging 13.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.


Holland wins second game in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

ITALY - HOLLAND 47-49

Holland grabbed 47-49 thriller win against Italy in the last day of the Preliminary Round at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. There is a three-way tie now in this pool with Spain, Italy and Holland all having the same 2-1 record. In this circle, Italy is No.1, Holland is No.2 and Spain is No.3. All three teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. It was a very exciting meeting today. The fourth quarter saw both teams missing a lot of shots, with Holland prevailing in the end after Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) missed a three-point-shot in the buzzer. Quarters: 16-12, 13-11, 11-14, 7-12. Deborah Vos (178-PF-96) led the winners with 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Fleur Kuijt (174-G-96) netted 13 points. Emese Hof (188-C-96) helped her country with 7 points and 16 rebounds. Italy got 9 points and 6 rebs from Cecilia Zandalasini. Arianna Beretta (177-SF-96) also scored 9 points and Martina Kacerik (179-F-96) added on less (5 as). Competition continues on Monday.

Italy: Cecilia Zandalasini 9+6 boards, Arianna Beretta 9, Martina Kacerik 8+5 as
Holland: Deborah Vos 14+7 boards, Fleur Kuijt 13, Emese Hof 7+16 boards



Italy ends 2013 EuroBasket qualifications in style - by Eurobasket News

FINLAND - ITALY 62-82

Italy ended 2013 EuroBasket qualifications in style. They cruised past Finland on the road 62-82 for almost perfect 7-1 record in Group E. Italy won this pool and of course advanced to the final tournament in France. Finland finished as No.4 with 3-5 and failed to advance. Italy exploded in the second half to take the victory today. Quarters: 21-22, 17-21, 16-24, 8-15. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) shined with 21 points for 19 minutes on the court. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) (5 rebs) and Giulia Gatti (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) (5 rebs) netted 10 and 9 points respectively. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) shined in defeat with 24 points and 13 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 31. Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) (6 rebs) and Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) scored 8 points each.

Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 24+13 boards, Heta Korpivaara 8+6 boards, Dionne Pounds 8
Italy: Ilaria Zanoni 21, Raffaella Masciadri 10+5 boards, Giulia Gatti 9+5 boards



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U16 Latvia takes second place in Group D - by Eurobasket News

U16 BELARUS - U16 LATVIA 34-52

Latvia limited Belarus to just 34 points for the game today. At other Latvia scored 52 for 2-1 record in Group D of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Belarus dropped to third place with 1-2 score. Both countries advanced to the Qualifying Round. Latvia made plus 10 already in the first quarter and after that teams scored just 8 pts for rest of the first half (5-3). Latvia made 8-15 after the breather to secure the victory in this game. Their leading player was Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) with 17 points. Paula Luke (185-C-96) (12 rebs) and Kitija Stolce (184-F-96) (5 rebs) netted 7 points each. Belarus got 12 points and 7 boards from Darya Panasiuk (175-SF-96). Tatsiana Khadzko (175-SG-96) had 9 pts. Qualifying Round begin on Monday.

Belarus: Darya Panasiuk 12+7 boards, Tatsiana Khadzko 9
Latvia: Kitija Laksa 17, Paula Luke 7+12 boards, Kitija Stolce 7+5 boards



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U16 Bulgaria beats U16 Luxembourg in thriller, 60-58 - by Eurobasket News

U16 BULGARIA - U16 LUXEMBOURG 60-58

Bulgaria grabbed 60-58 thriller win against Luxembourg in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Tallinn. Thanks to this win Bulgaria finished as No.2 in Group C with 2-1 record. Luxembourg dropped to third place with 1-2. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round at this event (U16 EuroBasket Division B). Luxembourg had 55-58 lead in the finish, but they were scoreless for rest of the way, while at the other side Iva Georgieva (172-F-96) and Magdalena Nedelova (180-F-96) netted 5 pts for the final 60-58 victory. Quarters: 13-17, 15-13, 19-14, 13-14. Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) led Bulgaria with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Iva Georgieva scored 13 points and Nedelova added 10 pts, plus 7 boards. Mia Pauly (176-F-96) delivered 16 points in defeat. Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) had 14 points and 8 boards, while Cathrin Wolff (179-C-96) had 9 pts and same number of rebounds. Teams will take a rest tomorrow.

Bulgaria: Teodora Dineva 24+13 boards, Iva Georgieva 13, Magdalena Nedelova 10+7 boards
Luxembourg: Mia Pauly 16, Lisa Jablonowski 14+8 boards, Cathrin Wolff 9



Greece outplays Luxembourg in Round 10 of EuroBasket Qualifications, fails to advance - by Eurobasket News

GREECE - LUXEMBOURG 70-62

Greece celebrated 70-62 victory against Luxembourg in the last day of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Greece finished as third ranked team of Group E with 5-3 record, but it was not enough for them to advance. Latvia, who also has 5-3, reached the final tournament due to better numbers in two games against Greece. Latvia outplayed Greece 63-46 in Round 3, but Greece celebrated 14-point home win in Round 8 and failed to advance for just 3 pts. Fedra Skiadopoulou (191-C-90) led the winners today with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 14 points and Lolita Lymoura (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management) had 8. In defeat, Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) collected 15 points and 6 assists, while Lena Hetto (184-F-93) added 14 pts and 6 rebs. Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) followed with 13 points and 11 boards. Quarters: 18-7, 20-18, 17-19, 15-18. Lithuania ended as the last ranked team in Group E with 0-8.

Greece: Fedra Skiadopoulou 21+12 boards, Zoi Dimitrakou 14, Lolita Lymoura 8
Luxembourg: Cathy Schmit 15+6 as, Lena Hetto 14+6 boards, Nadia Mossong 13+11 boards



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U16 Slovenia extends winning streak in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 SLOVENIA - U16 NORWAY 79-22

As expected, Slovenia registered easy win against Norway today 79-22. Slovenians are the winners of Preliminary Group D with perfect 3-0 record. Of course, they advanced to the next stage of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Norway faced with third loss in the same numbers of games and finished as the last ranked team in this pool. Norway will be transferred to Classification Round. Slovenia kept its rival scoreless for the last ten minutes of the game. Quarters: 17-8, 24-8, 18-6, 20-0. Teja Dimec (192-C-97) had 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Pia Prasnikar (178-PF-97) had double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds while Neza Murn (186-C-98) added 10 pts and 5 rebs. Ulrikke Hoff (163-PG-97) scored 4 points in Norway. All teams will take a rest today.

Slovenia: Teja Dimec 18+8 boards, Pia Prasnikar 13+13 boards, Neza Murn 10+5 boards
Norway: Ulrikke Hoff 4



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U16 Poland wins Group C in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 ROMANIA - U16 POLAND 62-67

Poland outsmarted Romania today in Tallinn 62-67 for perfect 3-0 record. It means that Poland won Group C and advanced to the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket Division B. They are placed to Group F. At the other side, Romania finished as the last ranked team in this pool and will continue in Classification Round. They will fight for 13th place at this event. Poland had to work very hard to take this victory. Quarters: 15-15, 17-19, 12-15, 18-18. Monika Radomska (188-PF-96) scored 16 points and Aleksandra Mysinska (173-PG-96) added 13 points, plus 6 rebounds for the winners. Amalia Rembiszewska (189-F-96) collected 11 points and 7 boards from 13 minutes on the court. Mihaela Maxim (167-PG-96) answered with 17 points and 5 rebs in defeat. Vasilica Cuzic (171-G-96) and Paula Lenart (178-F/G-96) (12 rebs) scored 13 and 10 pts respectively. Championship continues on Monday.

Romania: Mihaela Maxim 17+5 boards, Vasilica Cuzic 13, Paula Lenart 10+12 boards
Poland: Monika Radomska 16, Aleksandra Mysinska 13+6 boards, Amalia Rembiszewska 11+7 boards



Poland outplays Switzerland, but fails to reach 2013 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

POLAND - SWITZERLAND 64-51

Poland was better than Switzerland 64-51, but it didn't help them to book a ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Serbia celebrated in Estonia today and grabbed the second place in Group B. Poland is No.3 with 6-2 record and failed to advance. Switzerland finished 2-6 record in this pool taking position No.4. Poland made 8-point lead in the first ten minutes of the game and jumped to plus 13 until the halftime. The hosts managed to keep that lead for rest of the way. Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) (6 rebs) and Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex) (5 rebs) scored 11 points each for the winners. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) and Magdalena Losi (173-F-80, agency: Promotex) added 10 points and 6 boards apiece. Visitors got 20 points from Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) and Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) shined with 16 pts, plus 15 boards. Their third scorer was Lara Thalmann (172-G-88) with only 5 pts (5 rebs).

Poland: Agnieszka Majewska 11+6 boards, Martyna Koc 11+5 boards, Agnieszka Skobel 10+6 boards, Magdalena Losi 10+6 boards
Switzerland: Karen Twehues 20, Marielle Giroud 16+15 boards, Lara Thalmann 5+5 boards



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U16 Finland beats U16 Portugal for the first place in Group A - by Eurobasket News

U16 PORTUGAL - U16 FINLAND 44-58

Finland is the winner of Preliminary Group A at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They cruised past Portugal today 44-58 for perfect 3-0 record in this pool. Portugal faced with first loss and finished as the second ranked team. Both countries advanced to the Qualifying Round. Finland had impressive start and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 7-22, 14-11, 9-9, 14-16. Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) led Finland with double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Olivia Moskari (175-F-96) and Emilia Helle (169-PG-96) scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Simone Costa (176-G-96) had 12 points in defeat. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) followed with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Championship continues on Monday.

Portugal: Simone Costa 12, Maria Kostourkova 10+8 boards
Finland: Tuuli Menna 15+12 boards, Olivia Moskari 11, Emilia Helle 10



Israel ends EuroBasket Qualifications as No.4 of Group A - by Eurobasket News

ISRAEL - PORTUGAL 58-47

Israel outplayed Portugal in the last round of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. It was a 58-47 victory for the home squad, who finished with 4-4 record in Group A (No.4). Portugal is the last ranked team in this pool with 0-8. Third period was the crucial one in this meeting and it belonged to Israel 18-7. Quarters: 14-12, 16-16, 18-7, 10-12. Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) had 12 points and 5 rebs, while Liron Cohen (173-G-82) netted 11 points. Visitors got 11 points and 12 boards from Sofia Silva (187-C-90). Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA) also scored 11 pts and Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) added four less. Both teams failed to reach the final tournament in France. Belarus and Ukraine are two countries which advanced from this group.

Israel: Katia Levitsky 14+8 boards, Shay Doron 12+5 boards, Liron Cohen 11
Portugal: Sofia Silva 11+12 boards, Ana Oliveira 11, Maria Correia 7



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Romania grabs 75-68 OT win against Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

ROMANIA - BULGARIA 75-68 OT

Romania closed 2013 EuroBasket qualifications with victory. They celebrated 75-68 OT win against Bulgaria today for 3-5 record in Group D (5th place). At the other side, Bulgaria ended as the last ranked team in this pool with 1-7. Both teams failed to reach the final tournament in France. Romania made 13-6 in extra five minutes to take the victory today. Quarters: 23-15, 8-13, 19-18, 12-16, 13-6. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) was a key player for the winners with 26 points. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) had double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) collected 8 pts, 6 rebs and 5 assists. In Bulgaria, Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) was better than the others with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) (10 rebs) and Daniela Georgieva (184-G/F-86) (5 rebs) posted 15 and 13 pts respectively.

Romania: Gabriela Marginean 26, Elisabeth Pavel 12+10 boards, Ancuta Stoenescu 8+6 boards+5 as
Bulgaria: Radoslava Bachvarova 18+7 boards, Vera Perostiyska 15+10 boards, Daniela Georgieva 15+13 boards



U16 Poland wins Group C in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 ROMANIA - U16 POLAND 62-67

Poland outsmarted Romania today in Tallinn 62-67 for perfect 3-0 record. It means that Poland won Group C and advanced to the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket Division B. They are placed to Group F. At the other side, Romania finished as the last ranked team in this pool and will continue in Classification Round. They will fight for 13th place at this event. Poland had to work very hard to take this victory. Quarters: 15-15, 17-19, 12-15, 18-18. Monika Radomska (188-PF-96) scored 16 points and Aleksandra Mysinska (173-PG-96) added 13 points, plus 6 rebounds for the winners. Amalia Rembiszewska (189-F-96) collected 11 points and 7 boards from 13 minutes on the court. Mihaela Maxim (167-PG-96) answered with 17 points and 5 rebs in defeat. Vasilica Cuzic (171-G-96) and Paula Lenart (178-F/G-96) (12 rebs) scored 13 and 10 pts respectively. Championship continues on Monday.

Romania: Mihaela Maxim 17+5 boards, Vasilica Cuzic 13, Paula Lenart 10+12 boards
Poland: Monika Radomska 16, Aleksandra Mysinska 13+6 boards, Amalia Rembiszewska 11+7 boards



Serbia U18 overcame Romanian players in Loznica - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Romania U18 55:30

Serbia U18 overcame Romanian players in Loznica. The hosts won 55:30 in a friendly game between two teams.
Serbia opened the game with 14:8 and never looked behind. They erupted with defensive 12-1 in the second frame and grabbed 26:9 at the halftime. Romania played better in the third quarter and posted 13 points, while Serbia added 24 in the quarter. Romanian needed 8-5 surge in the last stanza to reduce the gap a bit at the end.
Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 10 points and Vidakovic notched 9. Stepanovic followed them with 8, while Dragana Stankovic (188-F-95) added 6. Ana Maria Grigore (175-G-94) replied with 12 points in defeat and Raleanu added 10.
The second game will be played on Saturday.

Serbia U18: Bosnjak 2, Corto, Vidakovic 9, Natasa Kovacevic 10, Sandra Radic (177-F-94) 4, Stepanovic 8, Stanacev 4, Vuckovic 4, Jankovic, Mandic 4, Dragana Stankovic 6, Ciric 4.
Romania U18: Ana Maria Grigore 12, Dumitrace, Demeter, Lakme, Raleanu 10, Usurelu, Dora Ardelean (186-F-94) 5, Avram, Gavrila 3, Lovas, Siladi.



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U16 Russia ends Preliminary Round with perfect 3-0 - by Eurobasket News

U16 SLOVAKIA - U16 RUSSIA 55-82

Russia registered third straight win at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. This time they blasted Slovakia 55-82 for perfect 3-0 record in Group B. Russia is the winner of this pool, while Slovakia ended as No.3. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. Russia made 17-point lead in the first quarter and increased it to plus 30 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality. Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) led Russia with 18 points today. Anastasia Borovykh (173-SG-96) and Elizaveta Bratchikova (189-PF-96) (9 rebs) scored 13 and 12 points respectively. Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) answered with 12 points for Slovakia and Karin Miksadova (179-SF-96) had one point less. Lucia Ondrejkova (170-G/F-96) stopped to 8 points. All teams will take a rest on Sunday.

Slovakia: Kristina Matuskova 12, Karin Miksadova 11, Lucia Ondrejkova 8
Russia: Daria Kolosovskaya 18, Anastasia Borovykh 13, Elizaveta Bratchikova 12+9 boards



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U16 Greece downs U16 Serbia to reach the Qualifying Round in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 GREECE - U16 SERBIA 72-58

Greece registered its first win at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They outsmarted Serbia 72-58 for 1-2 record in Group B. Serbia and Slovakia have the same numbers, but Greece is the best team in this circle, while Serbia has the worst digits. It means that Greece advanced to the second stage as No.2, while Serbia finished as the last ranked team in this group and will fight for the survival in Division A. Serbia made 2-point lead in the first ten minutes, but all after that belonged to Greece. Quarters: 10-12, 25-15, 20-19, 17-12. Their key player was Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (170-PG-96) with 21 points and 5 assists. Christiana Gerostergiou (176-G/F-96) had 18 points and 5 boards, while Eleanna Christinaki (181-G-96) added 14 pts, plus 5 rebs. In Serbia, Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) had 13 points and 6 rebs (0/7 for FG2). Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96), Julijana Vojinovic (174-PG-96) and Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) stopped to 8 pts each. Championship continues on Monday.

Greece: Pinelopi Pavlopoulou 21+5 as, Christiana Gerostergiou 18+5 boards, Eleanna Christinaki 14+5 boards
Serbia: Aleksandra Crvendakic 13+6 boards, Tijana Cukic 8, Julijana Vojinovic 8, Zeljka Petkovic 8



Serbia destroys Estonia, earns ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in France - by Eurobasket News

ESTONIA - SERBIA 58-97

Serbia had no troubles to beat Estonia today with almost 40 points difference, 58-97. It was the crucial game for Serbia and after this victory they booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Serbia is the second ranked team of Group B with 6-2 record. Top ranked Montenegro and No.3 Poland finished with the same numbers. Estonia should forget these qualifications as soon as possible because they ended with poor 0-8 score. Serbia dominated from the beginning and Estonia simply was not able to reply. Quarters: 16-30, 14-18, 13-18, 15-31. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) (9 rebs) and Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) (5 as) led the winners with 21 points each. Maksimovic spent just 17 minutes on the court. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) was third scorer in victory with 18 points (7 rebs). The hosts got 17 pts from Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) and 14 pts, plus 7 boards from Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92).

Estonia: Mirjam Nikolai 17, Mailis Pokk 14+7 boards
Serbia: Jelena Maksimovic 21+9 boards, Milica Dabovic 21+5 as, Sara Krnjic 18+7 boards



Serbia U18 overcame Romanian players in Loznica - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Romania U18 55:30

Serbia U18 overcame Romanian players in Loznica. The hosts won 55:30 in a friendly game between two teams.
Serbia opened the game with 14:8 and never looked behind. They erupted with defensive 12-1 in the second frame and grabbed 26:9 at the halftime. Romania played better in the third quarter and posted 13 points, while Serbia added 24 in the quarter. Romanian needed 8-5 surge in the last stanza to reduce the gap a bit at the end.
Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 10 points and Vidakovic notched 9. Stepanovic followed them with 8, while Dragana Stankovic (188-F-95) added 6. Ana Maria Grigore (175-G-94) replied with 12 points in defeat and Raleanu added 10.
The second game will be played on Saturday.

Serbia U18: Bosnjak 2, Corto, Vidakovic 9, Natasa Kovacevic 10, Sandra Radic (177-F-94) 4, Stepanovic 8, Stanacev 4, Vuckovic 4, Jankovic, Mandic 4, Dragana Stankovic 6, Ciric 4.
Romania U18: Ana Maria Grigore 12, Dumitrace, Demeter, Lakme, Raleanu 10, Usurelu, Dora Ardelean (186-F-94) 5, Avram, Gavrila 3, Lovas, Siladi.



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Slovakia wins Group C, advances to 2013 EuroBasket in France - by Eurobasket News

SLOVAKIA - SLOVENIA 93-54

Slovakia is the winner of Group C with almost perfect 7-1 record. They handed 93-54 loss to Slovenia today and will compete next year at the EuroBasket in France. Slovenia finished qualifications with 4-4 record and failed to reach the final tournament. They had big problems with injuries. Slovakia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 20-13, 22-13, 18-13, 33-15. Timea Sujova (173-G-84) scored 16 points in victory and Katarina Tetemondova (188-F/C-88) added 15 points, plus 5 boards. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) netted 13 pts to help her country. In defeat, Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) was better than the others with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) and Martina Osterman (188-F-88) stopped to 11 pts each.

Slovakia: Timea Sujova 16, Katarina Tetemondova 15+5 boards, Ivana Jalcova 13
Slovenia: Tina Trebec 15+5 boards, Sandra Pirsic 11, Martina Osterman 11



U16 Russia ends Preliminary Round with perfect 3-0 - by Eurobasket News

U16 SLOVAKIA - U16 RUSSIA 55-82

Russia registered third straight win at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. This time they blasted Slovakia 55-82 for perfect 3-0 record in Group B. Russia is the winner of this pool, while Slovakia ended as No.3. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. Russia made 17-point lead in the first quarter and increased it to plus 30 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality. Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) led Russia with 18 points today. Anastasia Borovykh (173-SG-96) and Elizaveta Bratchikova (189-PF-96) (9 rebs) scored 13 and 12 points respectively. Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) answered with 12 points for Slovakia and Karin Miksadova (179-SF-96) had one point less. Lucia Ondrejkova (170-G/F-96) stopped to 8 points. All teams will take a rest on Sunday.

Slovakia: Kristina Matuskova 12, Karin Miksadova 11, Lucia Ondrejkova 8
Russia: Daria Kolosovskaya 18, Anastasia Borovykh 13, Elizaveta Bratchikova 12+9 boards



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Spain defeat Slovenia in Lugo - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Slovenia U18 71:60

Spanish U18 National Team posted the first win at the international tournament in Lugo. They knocked down Slovenian counterparts for 1-1 record. Leticia Romero (174-G-95) and Yaiza Lazaro (186-F/C-94) posted 13 points each to lead the winners.
Spain led by a single point after ten minutes 19:18. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 38:30 halftime lead. Slovenia narrowed the deficit before the fourth frame. The visitors got within 4 points at the final intermission. But Spain limited their opponents to just 11 points in the final term and sealed the victory at the end. Lizarazu notched 11 points in the winning case. Ziva Macura (187-F/C-95) responded with 13 points for Slovenia. Gabrovcek had 12 points in the loss.

Spain U18: Leticia Romero 13, Yaiza Lazaro 13, Lizarazu 11
Slovenia U18: Ziva Macura 13, Gabrovcek 12



U16 Slovenia extends winning streak in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 SLOVENIA - U16 NORWAY 79-22

As expected, Slovenia registered easy win against Norway today 79-22. Slovenians are the winners of Preliminary Group D with perfect 3-0 record. Of course, they advanced to the next stage of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Norway faced with third loss in the same numbers of games and finished as the last ranked team in this pool. Norway will be transferred to Classification Round. Slovenia kept its rival scoreless for the last ten minutes of the game. Quarters: 17-8, 24-8, 18-6, 20-0. Teja Dimec (192-C-97) had 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Pia Prasnikar (178-PF-97) had double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds while Neza Murn (186-C-98) added 10 pts and 5 rebs. Ulrikke Hoff (163-PG-97) scored 4 points in Norway. All teams will take a rest today.

Slovenia: Teja Dimec 18+8 boards, Pia Prasnikar 13+13 boards, Neza Murn 10+5 boards
Norway: Ulrikke Hoff 4



Slovakia wins Group C, advances to 2013 EuroBasket in France - by Eurobasket News

SLOVAKIA - SLOVENIA 93-54

Slovakia is the winner of Group C with almost perfect 7-1 record. They handed 93-54 loss to Slovenia today and will compete next year at the EuroBasket in France. Slovenia finished qualifications with 4-4 record and failed to reach the final tournament. They had big problems with injuries. Slovakia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 20-13, 22-13, 18-13, 33-15. Timea Sujova (173-G-84) scored 16 points in victory and Katarina Tetemondova (188-F/C-88) added 15 points, plus 5 boards. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) netted 13 pts to help her country. In defeat, Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) was better than the others with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) and Martina Osterman (188-F-88) stopped to 11 pts each.

Slovakia: Timea Sujova 16, Katarina Tetemondova 15+5 boards, Ivana Jalcova 13
Slovenia: Tina Trebec 15+5 boards, Sandra Pirsic 11, Martina Osterman 11



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Spain defeat Slovenia in Lugo - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Slovenia U18 71:60

Spanish U18 National Team posted the first win at the international tournament in Lugo. They knocked down Slovenian counterparts for 1-1 record. Leticia Romero (174-G-95) and Yaiza Lazaro (186-F/C-94) posted 13 points each to lead the winners.
Spain led by a single point after ten minutes 19:18. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 38:30 halftime lead. Slovenia narrowed the deficit before the fourth frame. The visitors got within 4 points at the final intermission. But Spain limited their opponents to just 11 points in the final term and sealed the victory at the end. Lizarazu notched 11 points in the winning case. Ziva Macura (187-F/C-95) responded with 13 points for Slovenia. Gabrovcek had 12 points in the loss.

Spain U18: Leticia Romero 13, Yaiza Lazaro 13, Lizarazu 11
Slovenia U18: Ziva Macura 13, Gabrovcek 12



U16 Spain keeps U16 Germany winless in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 GERMANY - U16 SPAIN 47-67

Spain advanced to the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They outplayed Germany today 47-67 for 2-1 record in Group D. That is enough for the second stage. At the other side, Germany ended Preliminary Round with 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A. Germany will be transferred to Group G (places 13-16). Spain dominated in the first half and during the last ten minutes as well, and it was enough for comfortable win at the end. Quarters: 10-17, 12-19, 15-14, 10-17. Itsaso Conde (185-PF-96) top-scored in Spain with 13 points. Elena Capella (171-G-96) had 9 points, while Laia Flores (170-SF-96) and Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) netted 7 pts each. In defeat, Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) collected 15 points and 5 rebounds. Patricia Brossmann (180-SF-97) had 9 pts and 11 rebounds, while Lena Wenke (178-SF-96) stopped to 7 points (5 rebs).

Spain: Itsaso Conde 13, Elena Capella 9, Laia Flores 7, Laura Quevedo 7
Germany: Emma lina Stach 15+5 boards, Patricia Brossmann 9+11 boards, Lena Wenke 7+5 boards



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Sweden celebrates in Germany for almost perfect 7-1 record - by Eurobasket News

GERMANY - SWEDEN 62-73

Sweden closed 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications in style. They handed 62-73 home loss to Germany for almost perfect 7-1 record in Group D. Sweden is the winner of this pool and of course booked a ticket for the final tournament in France next year. Germany finished as third ranked team with 3-5 record. Sweden was up by 5 at the halftime and jumped to 11-point lead with ten minutes to go. Germany was not able to reply and visitors celebrated comfortable win. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced Sweden with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 16 points and 6 rebs, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10 points and 12 boards. The hosts got 17 points from Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85). Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) had 15 pts and 8 rebs.

Germany: Sarah Austmann 17, Katharina Fikiel 15+8 boards,
Sweden: Louice Halvarsson 20+6 boards, Frida Eldebrink 16+6 boards, Elin Eldebrink 10+12 boards



U16 Sweden beats U16 Turkey in do-or-die game, heads to Qualifying Round in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 TURKEY - U16 SWEDEN 61-72

Sweden was better than Turkey in do-or-die game and advanced to the Qualifying Round at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Sweden celebrated 61-72 victory for 1-2 record in Group A, what was enough for third place. At the other side, Turkey ended with poor 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A. They will continue in Group G (13-16 places). Sweden shined after the breather to make 12-20 in Q3 and later managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 13-16, 19-18, 12-20, 17-18. Anna Lundqvist (176-G-96) was a key player in victory with double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Anna Stern (165-PG-96) had 13 points and 5 assists, while Anna Tivenius (184-F-96) helped with 11 points and 12 rebs. In defeat, Serife Onar (167-PG-96) scored 17 points and Ezgi Manlaci (175-G-96) had 13 pts (5 rebs). Their third scorer was Rojin Karahan (172-SF-96) with 11 points.

Turkey: Serife Onar 17, Ezgi Manlaci 13+5 boards, Rojin Karahan 11
Sweden: Anna Lundqvist 22+16 boards, Anna Stern 13+5 as, Anna Tivenius 11+12 boards



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Poland outplays Switzerland, but fails to reach 2013 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

POLAND - SWITZERLAND 64-51

Poland was better than Switzerland 64-51, but it didn't help them to book a ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Serbia celebrated in Estonia today and grabbed the second place in Group B. Poland is No.3 with 6-2 record and failed to advance. Switzerland finished 2-6 record in this pool taking position No.4. Poland made 8-point lead in the first ten minutes of the game and jumped to plus 13 until the halftime. The hosts managed to keep that lead for rest of the way. Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) (6 rebs) and Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex) (5 rebs) scored 11 points each for the winners. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) and Magdalena Losi (173-F-80, agency: Promotex) added 10 points and 6 boards apiece. Visitors got 20 points from Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) and Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) shined with 16 pts, plus 15 boards. Their third scorer was Lara Thalmann (172-G-88) with only 5 pts (5 rebs).

Poland: Agnieszka Majewska 11+6 boards, Martyna Koc 11+5 boards, Agnieszka Skobel 10+6 boards, Magdalena Losi 10+6 boards
Switzerland: Karen Twehues 20, Marielle Giroud 16+15 boards, Lara Thalmann 5+5 boards



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U16 Sweden beats U16 Turkey in do-or-die game, heads to Qualifying Round in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 TURKEY - U16 SWEDEN 61-72

Sweden was better than Turkey in do-or-die game and advanced to the Qualifying Round at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Sweden celebrated 61-72 victory for 1-2 record in Group A, what was enough for third place. At the other side, Turkey ended with poor 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A. They will continue in Group G (13-16 places). Sweden shined after the breather to make 12-20 in Q3 and later managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 13-16, 19-18, 12-20, 17-18. Anna Lundqvist (176-G-96) was a key player in victory with double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Anna Stern (165-PG-96) had 13 points and 5 assists, while Anna Tivenius (184-F-96) helped with 11 points and 12 rebs. In defeat, Serife Onar (167-PG-96) scored 17 points and Ezgi Manlaci (175-G-96) had 13 pts (5 rebs). Their third scorer was Rojin Karahan (172-SF-96) with 11 points.

Turkey: Serife Onar 17, Ezgi Manlaci 13+5 boards, Rojin Karahan 11
Sweden: Anna Lundqvist 22+16 boards, Anna Stern 13+5 as, Anna Tivenius 11+12 boards



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Ukraine outsmarts Hungary in crucial game, advances to 2013 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

UKRAINE - HUNGARY 73-66

Ukraine booked a spot for the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They outplayed Hungary in do-or-die game today 73-66 joining them with 5-3 record in Group A. Ukraine finished as the second ranked team in this pool thanks to Round 5 victory in Hungary. Today, visitors had much better start (14-22), but Ukraine took control on them after that to register this crucial win. Quarters: 14-22, 21-16, 22-13, 16-15. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) led the hosts in scoring with 23 points and she grabbed 8 rebounds as well. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) had monster double-double of 16 points and 19 rebounds (valuation 29, MVP), while Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) helped with 12 points. In defeat, Katalin Honti (175-G-87) collected 21 points and 5 rebs. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) and Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) stopped to 11 pts apiece. Their Hungary failed to reach the final tournament.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 23+8 boards, Olexandra Kurasova 18+19 boards, Ganna Zarytska 12
Hungary: Katalin Honti 21+5 boards, Allie Quigley 11, Dora Horti 11



U16 Ukraine heads to second stage in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 UKRAINE - U16 ESTONIA 67-50

It was a do-or-die game for both teams. Ukraine outplayed Estonia today 67-50 for 1-2 record in Group A of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Thanks to this victory Ukraine advanced to the next stage. At the other side, Estonia finished Preliminary Round with 0-3. They will be transferred to classification round from 13th-15th places. Ukraine exploded after the breather to secure this crucial win. Quarters: 12-7, 21-17, 22-9, 12-17. Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) scored 22 points in victory and Olga Yatskovets (181-C-97) added 18 points, plus 12 rebounds. Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) collected 11 points and 9 boards. In Estonia, Kadri-Ann Lass (177-F-96) posted 15 pts. Laura Reissar (171-PG-97) and Tatjana Razguliajeva (173-G-96) had 11 and 10 points respectively. All teams will take a rest tomorrow.

Ukraine: Vita Gorobets 22, Olga Yatskovets 18+12 boards, Anastasiya Polovynka 11+9boards
Estonia: Kadri-Ann Lass 15, Laura Reissar 11, Tatjana Razguliajeva 10



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U16 France wins Group C in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 UNITED KINGDOM - U16 FRANCE 40-77

France is the winner of Preliminary Group C in Miskolc. They handed 40-77 loss to United Kingdom for perfect 3-0 record in this pool. Of course, France advanced the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket. At the other side, UK is the last ranked team in this group with 0-3. They will fight for the survival in Division A. France dominated during the entire game today. Quarters: 9-16, 10-24, 7-17, 14-20. Carla Blatrie (170-G-96) scored 14 points for the winners and Katia Clanet (187-F-96) added 2 less. Marie Milapie (191-C-96) helped with 11 points and 8 rebounds. In UK, Shanice Norton (170-SG-97) was better than the others with 13 points. Their second scorers were Rhianna-Mae Laing (170-PG-97) and Savannah Wilkinson (178-SG-98) with 5 points each.

United Kingdom: Shanice Norton 13, Rhianna-Mae Laing 5, Savannah Wilkinson 5
France: Carla Blatrie 14, Katia Clanet 12, Marie Milapie 11+8 boards



Australia edged Great Britain at the Sheffield Invitational - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain Australia 63:87

Australia edged Great Britain at the Sheffield Invitational tournament with 4 teams. The favorites of the campaign grabbed 78:63 victory.
Australia grabbed 28:23 after the first 10 minutes of the game and added 24-22 in the second frame. In two other quarters the guests allowed the opponents to score only 9 points. Australia outscored Great Britain in the third frame 19-9 and finished the game with 16-9 in the last stanza.
Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) erupted with 29 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) posted 16, while OHea added 13. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, while Azania Stewart (193-C-89, college: Florida) scored 10. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) delivered 8 and four other players netted 6 each.
In another game Angola lost to France 51:79.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 12, Azania Stewart 10, Natalie Stafford 8
Australia: Cambage Elizabeth 29 +11 rebs, Belinda Snell 16, OHea 13



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Latest games: Silver Stars down Dream for record ninth-straight win - by Eurobasket News

Chicago S. - Connecticut S. 78-80 OT
Allison Hightower's (5'10''-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) layup with 8.9 seconds left in overtime helped lift Connecticut to an 80-78 victory over Chicago on Friday night. The Sun (15-4) rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to force a 66-66 tie at the end of regulation. In an overtime with eight lead changes, Hightower's driving layup gave Connecticut the lead for good at 79-78 and Kara Lawson added a free throw two seconds later to help secure the win. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds, Mistie Mims had a career-high 19 and Renee Montgomery added 15 as the Sun entered the Olympic break with five straight wins. Chicago (8-9) briefly had possession following Hightower's score until Sonja Petrovic was called for traveling with 5.2 seconds left. Courtney Vandersloot scored a career-high 22 points for the Sky, who dropped their fourth straight. Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and 10 rebounds while Tamera Young and Shay Murphy had 14 and 13 points, respectively. Connecticut trailed 53-40 after three quarters, but rallied with a 14-5 run in the final 4:15 of regulation to force a 66-66 tie and overtime. Mims scored eight points in the quarter while Lawson hit two free throws to tie it with 24.5 seconds remaining. Vandersloot turned the ball over with 2.9 seconds left, but a drive and buzzer-beating try by Connecticut's Hightower fell short. Chicago briefly pulled ahead at 78-77 on two Fowles free throws with 19.1 seconds to play. Chicago dominated the first three quarters and jumped to a 13-2 lead in the first 3:35 while Connecticut made only one of its first 12 shots. The Sun outscored the Sky 11-2 the rest of the way behind Charles' seven points to cut the deficit to 15-13. But they again struggled from the field in the second quarter, going 1 for 8 in the first five minutes while the Sky's Vandersloot scored eight points in a 12-5 run. Chicago led 35-26 at halftime, but an energized Connecticut came out of the break with a surge that trimmed the deficit to 37-36 on Charles' basket at the 6:47 mark. Vandersloot and Fowles each scored six points the rest of the way as the Sky built a 13-point advantage by quarter's end. Connecticut was without forward Asjha Jones, who sat out the first-half finale after playing four games in six days. Both teams will be off until mid-August for the Olympic break. Each has a pair of players bound for London: Connecticut's Jones and Tina Charles and Chicago's Sylvia Fowles and Swin Cash. *Courtesy of www.boston.com

Phoenix M. - Seattle S. 64-83
Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) scored 14 of her game-high 19 points in the first quarter and the Seattle Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury 83-64 on Friday night. Camille Little (6'2''-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) added 15 and Shekinna Stricklen had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Storm (9-10), who beat the Mercury for the second time in six days. DeWanna Bonner scored 18 points, Lynetta Kizer had 14 and Alexis Hornbuckle added 13 for Phoenix (4-15), which matched a franchise record with six third-quarter points, set twice previously and most recently in 2008. The Mercury have lost six straight and eight of their past nine. The game was the last for both teams before the league's monthlong break for the Olympics. Smith connected on all five of her field-goal attempts, including three 3-pointers, as the Storm ran out to an early 27-20 lead. Phoenix rallied late in the second after point guard Samantha Prahalis left the game with a left ankle injury, pulling within 39-37 on a 3-pointer by Bonner with 1:17 to go. Seattle pushed the lead back to 41-37 at the half and held Phoenix without a field goal over a 7:54 span of the third and fourth quarters. Prahalis returned at the start of the second half and played the entire second half, scoring the last of Phoenix's third-quarter points on a free throw following a technical foul. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com

New York L. - Washington M. 53-70
Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) scored 24 points to lead last-place Washington over New York. Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) added 16 points for the Mystics (4-14), who snapped a four-game losing streak and won for the second time in 11 games. Washington shot 43 percent (24 for 56) from the field and 68 percent (19 for 28) on free throws. Cappie Pondexter scored 22 points for the Liberty (6-12), losers of three straight and seven of their last 10. New York shot 32 percent (22 for 68), including 1 for 15 from 3-point range and 8 of 9 at the free throw line. *Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com

S.Antonio SS - Atlanta D. 91-70
Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) scored 21 points and the San Antonio Silver Stars defeated the Atlanta Dream 91-70 Friday night for a franchise-record ninth straight victory. San Antonio (13-5) also established the franchise's best start after 18 games. Becky Hammon (5'6''-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) added 15 points for the Silver Stars. Sophia Young, Danielle Robinson and Shenice Johnson each had 12. Sancho Lyttle led Atlanta (9-10) with 21 points. Tiffany Hayes and Armintie Price had 15 each. *Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Minnesota L. - Tulsa S. 89-74
Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) looked ready for the Olympics. She made sure she left the Minnesota Lynx in good shape, too. Moore scored a franchise-record 19 points in just the second quarter, leading the Lynx out of an early funk and onto an 89-74 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Thursday, their last game before the five-week Olympic break. ''Teams are going to compete and fight as hard as they can. If we continue to push and push, hopefully we'll wear them out and break them down, and that's what we tried to do,'' Moore said. One of the Lynx's three Team USA members, Moore matched her career high with 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. The second-year star shot 8 for 12 from the floor and 11 for 12 from the free-throw line. Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84, college: LSU) and Monica Wright (5'11''-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) each added 14 points. ''They're so deep. With Maya, she's the 'X' factor, because she moves around so well,'' Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said, adding: ''She's just a complete player. To me, that's the difference, what gives them that edge.'' Rookie Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) led the league-worst Shock with 30 points and 14 rebounds, both season highs for any Tulsa player. She was 14 for 15 from the foul line. ''One thing that we struggled on was our defense. It was kind of a lot of confusion out there on the floor,'' Johnson said. Moore had a lot to do with that. The Lynx finished the first half on a 25-7 spurt, with 17 points by Moore. She broke the Lynx mark for scoring in one period set previously by Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) (2012) and Augustus (2006) with 17 points. Moore also set career highs in free throws made and attempted. ''She was just tremendous in that stretch where she scored 10 straight,'' coach Cheryl Reeve said. Moore, Augustus and Lindsay Whalen, the three Olympians, combined for 53 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists. Playing the power forward spot, her natural position, while Rebekkah Brunson is out with a strained left calf muscle, Moore again showed off those skills that made her the first overall pick in last year's draft. In helping the WNBA-leading Lynx (15-4) stop a three-game losing streak with two wins this week against the Shock (3-15), Moore totaled 52 points over her first consecutive 20-point performances as a pro. Playing for the second time in three days, the Lynx and Shock traded their share of angry words and mild shoves. There were four technical fouls issued, two on Shock guard Temeka Johnson, who was ejected after the second one midway through the third quarter. Johnson had her jump shot blocked by Wiggins with the score tied at 31 and 6:54 remaining in the first half, prompting a tussle for the ball and a double technical, one on each player. The Lynx argued that Wiggins wasn't at fault to no avail, but they channeled their energy into breaking open the game with their Moore-fueled run to take a 49-33 lead at the intermission. Wiggins swished a 3-pointer with 6:01 left to stretch the lead to 63-43, the Lynx's largest of the afternoon. ''We're feeling a little bit more confident about ourselves, especially our defense,'' Augustus said. The Lynx announced their attendance at 15,318, the second-largest crowd in their 14-year history. Their annual midweek matinee was filled with screaming kids from area recreation programs and day camps, coloring the arena with their group T-shirts. The atmosphere in London later this month will be just as raucous, though the voices at the Summer Games will be a lot deeper. Reeve told her Olympians to enjoy the experience, bring back a gold medal - and avoid getting hurt. ''We really wanted to send them off with smiles on their faces, not scowls,'' Reeve said. Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com

Indiana F. - L.Angeles S. 74-77
Rookie forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90, college: Stanford) had 22 points and 20 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 77-74 on Thursday night. Ogwumike finished with 12 offensive rebounds, tying a WNBA record. Los Angeles outrebounded Indiana 47-31 and grabbed 23 offensive boards. Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) and Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) each scored 19 points for the Sparks (15-6), who won their fifth straight in the final game for both teams before the Olympic break. Indiana (10-7) had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Catchings scored 27 points and Briann January added 11 for the Fever. Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue), Indiana's No. 2 scorer, finished with nine points on 3-for-14 shooting. The game wasn't decided until the final minute. Ogwumike was called for a foul while boxing out Erlana Larkins with 35.5 seconds left. Larkins could have given Indiana the lead, but she missed both free throws and Los Angeles rebounded. Toliver was fouled and made both of her free throws to give the Sparks a 77-74 advantage, setting up the final sequence. Indiana led 39-30 at halftime. Catchings scored 15 points in the first half to carry an otherwise lackluster Fever offense. Indiana held Parker to six points on 3-for-9 shooting in the first half. The Sparks rallied early in the second half. Parker's putback cut Indiana's lead to 41-39, and Los Angeles got as close as a point before two 3-pointers by January pushed Indiana's lead back to 51-44. Parker made a free throw, then missed the second before Ogwumike scored on a putback. Larkins was called for a technical foul, Los Angeles made the free throw and suddenly it was a one-point game again. The Sparks finally took the lead late in the third quarter, but Indiana hung tough. A pair of free throws by Catchings with 0.5 seconds left in the period gave the Fever a 57-56 lead heading into the fourth. Parker and Ogwumike each scored 10 points in the third to pull Los Angeles back into the game. Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com