EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/16/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ARGENTINA   



Julio Lamas defines roster for London 2012 - by Facundo Iatzky

Finally, CABB released the list of 12 players who will play the olympic games in London since July 29. The last two players who were cut from the list were guards Nicolas Laprovittola and Paolo Quinteros. Now the team will train in Buenos Aires and on monday night will travel to Spain where they will play two more friendly games before the olympic games, against Spanih and US National teams. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82), who had had an injury, will join the team there.
Roster:
Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77)
Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91)
Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances)
Carlos Delfino
Andres Nocioni (199-F-79)
Hernan Jasen (199-G-78)
Marcos Mata (201-F-86)
Guillermo Kammerichs (203-F/C-80)
Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78)
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80)
Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83)
Martin Leiva (207-F/C-80)



Caja Laboral offers contract extension to Nocioni - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral wants to keep Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) for the next season. The former Spanish champion already made an offer and now waits for the answer. According to various sources, Nocioni would like to return to the NBA. Pablo Prigioni and Mirza Teletovic already left Caja Laboral for the NBA.
Andres Nocioni returned to Caja Laboral in March. He played 12 games in Liga Endesa averaging 9.7 points and 3.5 rebounds. Nocioni started the season with Argentinean Penarol due to the NBA lockout. He joined Philadelphia 76er after it, but had very limited playing time in 10 games. In 2010/11 season, Nocioni averaged 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 54 games with Philly. In the past, he played for Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls. Andres Nocioni played for Tau Ceramica (now Caja Laboral) from 1999 to 2004.



Suns win bidding for Luis Scola; amnesty Josh Childress - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns beefed up their frontline Sunday, winning the bidding for rugged forward Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80).

The Suns parted ways with longtime point guard Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) last month and lost out on a bid for Eric Gordon when New Orleans matched their $58 million, four-year offer to the dynamic scorer. But they got their man this time, adding the 6-foot-9 Scola a couple days after Houston used the amnesty clause to cut him loose.

"We are excited to have won the bid for Luis Scola and to add a player of his caliber to our roster," Lon Babby, the Suns' president of basketball operations, said in a release. "We greatly value the production he will bring and the leadership he will provide to our younger players."

Phoenix made room for the 32-year-old Scola by using the amnesty option to cut forward Josh Childress (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Stanford), who was acquired by the Suns in a sign-and-trade deal with Atlanta two years ago. He played in 34 games last season, averaging 2.9 points.

A fan favorite in Houston, Scola averaged 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in five seasons with the Rockets. He grabbed 2,984 rebounds to rank ninth on Houston's career list.

But the Rockets waived Scola on Friday. Scola, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is due about $21 million over the next three seasons, and the amnesty provision means his remaining contract will not count against Houston's salary cap or luxury tax.

Scola will play for Argentina in the London Olympics.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



GECR Indalo confirm Jason Robinson - by Eurobasket News

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


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  AUSTRIA   


Camp news and More...... - by Aaron Mitchell

Its official The AM Camp was a complete success. I am so proud of my hard working campers this past week. I want to say thanks to my sponsors, my wife (Petra Mitchell), and my coaches ( Johnny Griffin and Lorenzo Oneal) . Job well done. There has been a big debate in American basketball this week and i have been asked to respond to it. The debate is '92 Dream Team vs '12 Dream Team !! Well for me Coach A my answer is simple " 23 Championships and 11 Hall of Famers" . Enough said , don't you think!!


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  BELARUS   


U20 European Championship: Belarus surprise Great Britain - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U20-Great Britain U20 69:61

Belarus surprise Great Britain in Day 4 of the U20 European Championship. Belarus tasted the initial victory in Group C after 69:61 victory. Great Britain meanwhile suffered the first loss and dropped at 1-3 record.
Great Britain was the favorite of the game and started with 17:15 lead. Sayers increased to 27:22, but Belarus won the rest of the half. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) closed the half from the free throw line for 34:33 halftime advantage. In the third quarter Aliaksandr Semianiuk (209-F-93) and Vitali Liutych nailed threes for 52:43 and then Belarus also added 4-0 run in the start of the last stanza. Although Great Britain finished the game with a 6-0 run they managed only to cut it to 8 points.
Vitali Liutych stepped up with 21 points and Henadziy Zakhar (198-SF-92) netted 12. Aliaksandr Semianiuk poued in 10 points and Anton Papruha (190-PG-93) notched 9. Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) replied with 16 points in the losing effort, while Onyejebolise Chuku (196-F-93) collected 13 points and 13 boards. Washington followed them with 12 points in a loss.

Belarus U20: Vitali Liutych 21, Henadziy Zakhar 12, Aliaksandr Semianiuk 10, Anton Papruha 9
Great Britain U20: Alasdair Fraser 16, Onyejebolise Chuku 13+13 rebs, Washington 12



Belarus lost to Belgium in Calais - by Eurobasket News

Belgium-Belarus 79:54

Belarus lost to Belgium in the friendly game between two sides. The Belgium side produced a 79:54 win mostly due to the last quarter.
Belgium won the first two periods and led 10 points at the halftime. Thanks to an excellent second and fourth quarter, the Lions 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.
Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-PG-85) paced all the winners with 23 points and Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) netted 12. Quentin Serron (190-G-90) and Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) delivered 8 points each in a win. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) poured in 17 points in the losing effort and MIKALAI ALIAKSEYEU added 11. Dante Stiggers (187-PG-82, college: S.Mississippi) brought 10 in defeat.

Belgium: Beye Tabu-Eboma 23, Pierre-Antoine Gillet 12, Quentin Serron 8, Yannick Driesen 8
Belarus: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 17, MIKALAI ALIAKSEYEU 11, Dante Stiggers 10



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  BELGIUM   


U20 European Championship: Belgium thump Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20 - Netherlands U20 77:33

Belgium recorded the third win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Netherlands to improve at 3-1 record on top of Group B. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Netherlands fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Belgium enjoyed a 15:8 lead after ten minutes of action. They held the Dutch team to 3 points in the second quarter to take a massive 30-point halftime lead 41:11. Belgium stayed dominant in the second half. They stretched the lead to 40 points at the third break and never looked back en route to the victory. Amaury Gorgemans (212-C-92) accounted for 12 points, while Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) added 11 points in the winning case. Ivan Filipan (193-G/F-92) answered with 8 points for Netherlands. Roel Aarts (201-PF-93) had 4 points in the loss.

Belgium U20: Obasohan Ojomoh 21, Amaury Gorgemans 12, Loic Schwartz 11
Netherlands U20: Ivan Filipan 8, Roel Aarts 4



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

In a scrimmage game played in Gravelines, Northern France, the French national team started strongly: 10-2 when Belgian coach Eddy Casteels decided to take a time-out.
The Lions reacted very well and, little by little, came back into the race: 15-18 at the end of the first quarter. Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) had scored from long range and Belgian guards Wen Boss Mukubu (198-G/F-83, college: UAB) and Jonathan Tabu-Eboma (190-PG-85) boosted their team with a good tempo.


France's big men Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89), Florent Pietrus (202-F-81) and Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) helped Les Bleus to take the lead at the half anyway: 35-31.

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

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

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

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

Best scorers:


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



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  BOSNIA   


Hornets trade Jarrett Jack to Golden State for the rights to Edin Bavcic - by Eurobasket News

The Hornets are clearing the decks for their new players as they've traded point guard Jarrett Jack (191-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) to the Warriors for the rights to Bosnian forward Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket).

Bavcic was part of a trade Tuesday that sent Dorell Wright to Philadelphia and now is re-routed to the Warriors in a three team trade as his rights have been dealt to New Orleans along with center Daryl Watkins for Jack. Bavcic is a 2006 second round draft pick of the Raptors. He has never played in the NBA, nor is likely to.

The trade clears $5.4 million off of the Hornets' cap and gives them more space to match Eric Gordon's max offer sheet from the Suns.

Jack tweeted this Wednesday shortly after word of the trade broke:

Well new Orleans it's been real like to thank all the fans u treated me great during my time as a hornet. #movingon

Jack, 28, is a quality backup point guard that was thrust into more of a starting role last season in New Orleans after Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers. He averaged a career-high 15.6 points and 6.3 assists per game while making 39 starts and appearing in 45 games. With the Warriors, he's likely to backup Stephen Curry.

"This is difficult because Jarrett is a hard worker and his leadership on and off the court will be missed," said Hornets General Manager Dell Demps in a press release. "This trade presents an opportunity for our young core to continue to develop."

The Hornets were looking to make space for Austin Rivers to assume starting duties -- or Greivis Vasquez -- as the team transitions into a major rebuilding project centered around Rivers, No. 1 pick Anthony Davis and Gordon.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



BiH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATES! - by Chris Mathieu

BiH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATES!
Nemanja Gordic (193-G-88) has been removed from this years National Team due to injury. The injury isnt considered serious but it was severe enough that the team decided to replace him with Filip Adamovic for this summer.
Alija Piric has been cut from the BiH cadet team! One of the best young talents in BiH, Alija Piric has been cut from the national team without disclosure. It seems to be a puzzling decision since he is considered to be one of the brightest young talents in BiH with great size at 206cm who could grow into 220cm it is believed. He has been rumored to be linked to some of the best teams in the Balkans.
Jusuf Nurkic has been hurt but appears to be recovered and needs to catch up on his conditioning in the next couple of weeks.
Dzenan Kurtic who couldnt make the BiH squad last , joined the French team and has seen playing time in their first 3 U20 games this summer. It is curious that he didnt make the Bosnian team, yet is talented enough to play for the French team, one of the best in Europe.
Alen Omic has been the best player for a 3-0 Slovenian team leading them in both rebounding and scoring so far.
Bosnian player Dordje Aleksic was rumored to not be interested in playing for BiH, only for Serbia but it has been said that this is not the case so far only rumors. Dordje is one of the most talented young guards in BiH.
Bosnia cadet team defeated Serbia 75-73 in a preparation match.



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  BRAZIL   


Paulistano sing Tatu - by Paulo Freire

The Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo team have sign a new point guard, the team agreed with Tatu Romualdo (185-G-83)
The veteran player was a long time part of the Limeira team. Eric Tatu will bring a fast game to Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo offensive and a experience leadership to the lock-room.
Last season he played 21 games for Limeira on the NBB, and he averaged almost 17 minutes on the court, noting 5.2 points and 1.6 assists per game.
The Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo also is investing in the young players Diego Silva (206-C/F-90) and Germerson Barbosa (199-F-93), both will play the U-21 NBB competition.
Diego Silva comes from Santos, he his a tall center that have been getting playing time experience after he left Bauru team.
Germeson is a combo guard that comes from the small club Paraiso from Minas Gerais State.




Joinville agreed with Victor de Souza - by Paulo Freire

The Cia do Terno/Romaco/Joinville team has agreed with Victor De Souza (182-G-92) that will joing the club after a great season at Sao Caetano.
Victor Correia is a young prospect that have been with the Brazilian NT for young kids.
Victor ended up the first phase of the Paulista State Championship with the averages of 21.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.1 steals and an efficiency of 19.2 while playing 20 games for Sao Caetano.
He is a small point guard, but can really play agressive, last season he did practice with Joinville at the beginning of the NBB but did not end up wuth a deal.



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Burkina-Faso wins again - by Eurobasket News

Burkina Fasos under-18 realized a good match in Zone III of the Afrobasket qualifiers, by defeating a feeble Togolese team 74-57.
Courtesy of: Starafrica.com



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  CANADA   


Stephen Ross inks with U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca - by Eurobasket News

Stephen Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) inks with U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca for the upcoming season. The Canadian player remains in Romania but with another team.
Last year Steve Ross agreed terms with SCM Craiova for the upcoming season. In 2011-2012 for SCM CSU Craiova (Romania-Div.A, starting five) he averaged 18.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 75.7%.
In 2007-2008 he moved to Holland and signed at ZZ Leiden (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five). In 14 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 80.0%. In 2008-2009 moved to Upstairs Weert (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five) and became the fourth top-scorer with 17.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 78.6%
In 2009-2010 has signed a 2-year deal with GasTerra Flames (former Hanzevast Capitals). The 2.01 swingman was recruited by the Flames to bolster their offensive power. In 2010-2011 for GasTerra Flames Groningen (Holland-DBL) in EuroCup after 6 games showed 5.2ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 35.3%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 16.7%, while in Euroleague Qualifying Round had 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg. In Dutch League after 45 games his stats read 7.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 64.3%.



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  CHINA   


Chinese National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Li Yi
Yi
FangYu Zhu
Zhu
Yue Sun
Sun
Jianlian Yi
Yi
ZhiZhi Wang
Wang
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4 Ding JinHui 204-C/F-89 Zhejiang CB China
6 Yi Li 202-F/G-85 Jiangsu D. China
8 Zhu FangYu 201-F-83 Guandong ST China
9 Sun Yue 206-G/F-85 Beijing Ducks China
10 Zhang ZhaoXu 221-C-87 Shanghai S. China
11 Jianlian Yi 213-F/C-87 Dallas M. USA
13 Liu Wei 190-PG-80 Shanghai S. China
14 Wang ShiPeng 196-G/F-83 Guandong ST China
15 Zhou Peng 206-F-89 Guandong ST China
17 Wang ZhiZhi 214-C-77 Bayi R. China
19 Guo Ailun 192-G-93 Liaoning H. China
Chen Jianghua 188-PG-89 Guandong ST China

Donewald Bob Head Coach Xinjiang FT China



LeBron James's Miami Heat to Play Preseason NBA Games in China - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (203-F-84) and the Miami Heat will play two preseason games in China against Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers in October, the first time the defending National Basketball Association champions will participate in the six-year history of the NBA China Games.

The Heat and Clippers will meet on Oct. 11 at the MasterCard Center in Beijing and Oct. 14 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, the NBA said in a statement.

The NBA China Games will feature several of the best and most dynamic basketball players in the world and were excited to tip off next season in Beijing and Shanghai, NBA International President Heidi Ueberroth said.

The Heat, led by James, a three-time Most Valuable Player, and Dwyane Wade, won the NBA title last month by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 in the best-of-seven championship series. It was the first career title for James and came after the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals in Jamess first season in Miami.

The Clippers won their second playoff series in 28 years last season behind Griffin, who was the NBAs rookie of the year in 2010-11, won the NBAs slam dunk contest in 2011 and averaged 20.7 and 10.9 rebounds last season.

While Griffin will have surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro told the Los Angeles Times that Griffin will be ready for the start of training camp in October.

The NBA also said the Mavericks will play preseason games in Barcelona and Berlin, while the Boston Celtics have exhibition games in Istanbul and Milan against top Euroleague Basketball teams as part of NBA Europe Live.

The New York Knicks will face the Toronto Raptors in Montreal and the Minnesota Timberwolves will meet the Detroit Pistons in Winnipeg in the NBA Canada Series.

Since 1988, the NBA said it has played 107 preseason and regular-season games in 17 countries and territories across Europe, the Americas and Asia. The NBA in 2004 became the first U.S. professional sports league to play games in China, with two games between the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings.

Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com



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  DENMARK   


SISU land Damon Smith and Jonel Palou - by Eurobasket News

SISU further bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Damon Smith (200-F) and Jonel Palou.
Damon Smith will start his pro career in Denmark. He graduated from the University of Mary in 2012. Damon Smith averaged 16.5 points and 6.6 boards per game in NCAA2. The forward was named into All-NSIC 2nd Team.
Jonel Palou is the Spaniard who played semi-professionally most recently. He used to play for U18 Spanish National Team.
In the meantime SISU parted ways with Donald Rutherford (199-F-87, college: Catawba). SISU will not prolong the contract with the forward. Donald Rutherford averaged 15.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game in Ligaen last season.



U20 European Championship: Portugal closed Day 4 with the win over Denmark - by Eurobasket News

Denmark U20- Portugal U20 73:74

Portugal closed Day 4 with the win over Denmark at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Miguel Cardoso (184-PG-93) made one free throw at the end of the game that was enough for 74:73 victory.
Denmark opened the game with 20:17, but trailed one point at the halftime. Rafael Wildner (207-C/F-92) scored last 12 points in the second period for 41:40 halftime advantage. Denmark meanwhile scored the last points in the third period and grabbed 58:56 lead after three quarters. Rafael Wildner later scored for 71:63, but the victory was not that easy for Portugal. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) tied the game at 73:73 in the last minute, while Hertz had a chance to bring the win. He missed a three-pointer as Denmark lost 73:74.
Rafael Wildner led the way with 24 points and Joao Fernandes (177-PG-92) posted 15. Miguel Cardoso also brought 15 points, while Pedro Belo (214-C/F-92) delivered 7. Esben Reinholt and Soeren Olsen (185-PG-93) answered with 16 points each in the losing effort. Sami Eleraky (210-C-93) collected 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Andreas Bigum (203-F-93) had 9.

Denmark U20: Esben Reinholt 16+10 rebs, Soeren Olsen 16, Sami Eleraky 11+11 rebs, Andreas Bigum 9
Portugal U20: Rafael Wildner 24, Joao Fernandes 15, Miguel Cardoso 15, Pedro Belo 7



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  EUROCUP   


Lamont Hamilton set to sign with Bizkaia Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) will join Bizkaia Bilbao. The centre has finally agreed on terms of contract with the Basque team. We previously reported his agreement with BC Donetsk in Ukraine but the deal was never reached and Lamont Hamilton is expected to ink with Bilbao. Lamont Hamilton spent the last season in France. He played for Paris-Levallois. His stats read 17.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in ProA. Eurobasket.com named Lamont Hamilton All-French ProA Centre of the Year. He also participated at ProA All-Star Game. It was the third straight season in Paris for the centre. Previously Lamont Hamilton had stints with Tenerife Rural and Mallorca in Spain. He graduated from St. John's in 2007. The centre made it into All-Big East 1st Team in 2007.


The end of Galatasaray's Euroleague hopes - by Ugur Turker

Union Olimpija Ljubljana which has warned by Euroleague Board to clear their some of debts untill 20th of June is now able to settle its debts. Slovenian media claimed that Olimpija's Board found enough funds to clear debts which EL Board asked them to clear.That means Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul's hope to participate in EL Qualification as a replace of Chalon who will be in Group Stage directly broke down. Now, Galatasaray and other candidates will wait for second deadline of EL Board ; 20th Semptember. Slovenian team has to plan all debts even if they could have been clear them not to lose its place in Euroleague.


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Kestutis Kemzura takes Asseco Prokom under control - by Eurobasket News

Kestutis Kemzura takes Asseco Prokom under control. Earlier Kestutis Kemzura left Lokomotiv as specialist stayed with the team for two years.
He started as coach assistant at Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), in Jan.'07 took position of head coach at BC Khimky Moscow (Russia-A Superleague). In 2009-2010 he joined Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia-A Superleague) and had a great season this year.Lokomotiv finished the season with 17-10 record and finished fourth in Play-offs. Unics clinched third place in PBL as they won the series over Lokomotiv 3-0. In Game 3 Unics won 77:70 as Lampe Maciej erupted with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Chalmers Lionel responded with 19 points in the losing effort.
This summer Kestutis Kemzura is a Head Coach of the Lithuanian National team. he advanced to the Olympics after the Addition Qualifying Round. Lithuania will play at 2012 Olympic Games in London. They overcame Dominican Republic to ensure their appearance at the tournament. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85) came up with 19 points to pace the Baltic team.



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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. Belgium3-1
3. FYR Macedo.1-2
4. Holland1-2
5. Luxembourg.0-3
Group C
1. U.Kingdom3-1
2. Croatia2-1
3. Denmark1-2
4. Portugal1-2
5. Belarus1-2
Group D
1. Czech Rep.2-0
2. Finland1-1
3. Switzerlan.1-1
4. Hungary0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 4

B

Jul. 15: LUX - MKD 68-87
Jul. 15: NED - BEL 33-77

C

Jul. 15: DEN - POR 73-74
Jul. 15: BLR - ENG 69-61

Preliminary Round: Round 5

A

Jul. 16: SVK - ISR
Jul. 16: BUL - AUT

B

Jul. 16: POL - LUX
Jul. 16: MKD - NED

C

Jul. 16: POR - BLR
Jul. 16: CRO - DEN

D

Jul. 16: HUN - FIN
Jul. 16: CZE - SUI


Results and Stats from Day 4 in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Group B
Luxembourg - FYR Macedonia 68-87
FYR Macedonia opened win count at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Luxembourg to improve at 1-2 record in Group B. Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) notched 26 points and 19 rebounds to lead the winners. Luxembourg remained winless at 0-3 record. FYR Macedonia strongly entered the game. They left Luxembourg behind after ten minutes 19:7. FYR Macedonia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 41:28 halftime lead. The Balkan team erupted for 29 points in the third term to ensure a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Luxembourg never recovered as FYR Macedonia cruised to the victory at the end. Predrag Pajic (198-SG-93) accounted for 16 points, while Boban Stajic and Igor Ivanovic (185-PG-93) had 14 points each in the win. Tom Steffen (194-F-93) answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Luxembourg. Tim Schmit had 16 points in the loss.

Holland - Belgium 33-77
Belgium recorded the third win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Netherlands to improve at 3-1 record on top of Group B. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Netherlands fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Belgium enjoyed a 15:8 lead after ten minutes of action. They held the Dutch team to 3 points in the second quarter to take a massive 30-point halftime lead 41:11. Belgium stayed dominant in the second half. They stretched the lead to 40 points at the third break and never looked back en route to the victory. Amaury Gorgemans (212-C-92) accounted for 12 points, while Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) added 11 points in the winning case. Ivan Filipan (193-G/F-92) answered with 8 points for Netherlands. Roel Aarts (201-PF-93) had 4 points in the loss.

Group C
Denmark - Portugal 73-74
Portugal closed Day 4 with the win over Denmark at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Miguel Cardoso (184-PG-93) made one free throw at the end of the game that was enough for 74:73 victory. Denmark opened the game with 20:17, but trailed one point at the halftime. Wildner scored last 12 points in the second period for 41:40 halftime advantage. Denmark meanwhile scored the last points in the third period and grabbed 58:56 lead after three quarters. Wildner later scored for 71:63, but the victory was not that easy for Portugal. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) tied the game at 73:73 in the last minute, while Hertz had a chance to bring the win. He missed a three-pointer as Denmark lost 73:74. Wildner led the way with 24 points and Fernandes posted 15. Miguel Cardoso also brought 15 points, while Pedro Belo (214-C/F-92) delivered 7. Esben Reinholt and Olsen answered with 16 points each in the losing effort. Eleraky collected 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Bigum had 9.

Belarus - United Kingdom 69-61
Belarus surprise Great Britain in Day 4 of the U20 European Championship. Belarus tasted the initial victory in Group C after 69:61 victory. Great Britain meanwhile suffered the first loss and dropped at 1-3 record. Great Britain was the favorite of the game and started with 17:15 lead. Sayers increased to 27:22, but Belarus won the rest of the half. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) closed the half from the free throw line for 34:33 halftime advantage. In the third quarter Aliaksandr Semianiuk (209-F-93) and Vitali Liutych nailed threes for 52:43 and then Belarus also added 4-0 run in the start of the last stanza. Although Great Britain finished the game with a 6-0 run they managed only to cut it to 8 points. Vitali Liutych stepped up with 21 points and Henadziy Zakhar (198-SF-92) netted 12. Aliaksandr Semianiuk poued in 10 points and Papruha notched 9. Fraser replied with 16 points in the losing effort, while Onyejebolise Chuku (196-F-93) collected 13 points and 13 boards. Washington followed them with 12 points in a loss.



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KORISLIIGA: J'Nathan Bullock signed with Karhu - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish Top League (Korisliiga) Team Karhu (Kauhajoki) has signed with American F J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Cleveland St.2005-09) for coming 2012-13 season. Bullock is already the second American player leaving Iceland and the Champion Team Grindavik and joining Team Karhu. Grindavik G Giordan Watson (178-G-85, college: Cent.Michigan) signed already earlier with this Finnish team. Bullock averaged last season 21,4 ppg - 9,6 rpg in 31 contests. Bullkock has also played professionally in Australia and in Belgium.


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Quimper signs C Olivier Kolb - by Eurobasket News

Olivier Kolb (205-C-87) is a new member of Quimper. The French center signed a deal for 2012/13 season. He spent the last one with Chalons-Reims, but appeared just 6 times for the club. Kolb had 2 ppg and 1.7 rpg. In 2010/11, he was a member of ADA Blois. There he had 12.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1.2 bpg for 31 games in NM1. Kolb played for Chalons also in 2009/10 season. He has experience from Dijon and French U20 National Team.
Few days ago, Quimper brought in Jean-Felix Moupegnou (201-F-82, college: Alabama) for the next season. The player arrived from the Slovakian squad Spisska Nova Ves, where he finished 2012/13. Moupegnou joined them in February averaging 9.8 points and 6.8 rebounds for 10 Extraliga games. He helped them reach Slovakian Cup Semifinals. Jean-Felix Moupegnou started last season with NM1 team Cognac.



T'Wolves sign Batum to offer sheet - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Timberwolves signed restricted free agent forward Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) to an offer sheet on Sunday.

Under the terms of the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Portland Trail Blazers have until a minute before midnight on July 18 to match Minnesota's offer to Batum.

A four-year veteran, Batum averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds over 59 games with the Trail Blazers last season.

The 25th pick of the 2008 draft, he has averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. He was getting just over 26 minutes per game in 255 contests.

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com



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

France U18-Serbia U18 76:81

Serbia U18 wins Le Temple sur Lot tournament with 4 teams participating. In the last game of the competition the team edged France U18 81:76 and clinched the top place. Three teams finished with 2-1 record, while Serbia had a better difference.
Serbia took 26:22 in the first period and then added massive 30-20 in the second frame. France looked better in the second half and won the third and the last quarters. It was not however enough to seal the victory.
Doko Salic (210-C-95) stepped up with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) and Mihajlo Andric (197-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 12 points apiece. Nikola Cvorovic (201-F-94) followed them with 11 points in a win. ANTHONY LABANCA ended up with 19 points in defeat and Alexandre Chassang (199-C-94) chipped in 17. Kevin Harley (198-G-94) delivered 14, whilst Quentin Berteau and Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-F/C-94) scored 9 each.

France U18: ANTHONY LABANCA 19, Alexandre Chassang 17, Kevin Harley 14, Quentin Berteau 9, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 9
Serbia U18: Doko Salic 16+10 rebs, Nikola Radicevic 12, Mihajlo Andric 12, Nikola Cvorovic 11



Spain beat France in Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Spain - France 75:70

Spain claimed a narrow win over France in the exhibition game in Madrid. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) stepped up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners.
The lead changed hands throughout the starting quarter. Spain eked out a 23:21 lead after ten minutes. France surged ahead in the second frame. They grabbed a 39:37 halftime lead. But Spain opened the third quarter on a 12:3 run to surge in front. They established a 56:49 advantage at the final intermission. Spain maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter. The home team kept France at distance and raced to the victory at the end. Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) posted 16 points and 10 rebounds for Spain. Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) netted 10 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) delivered 12 points for France. Tony Parker (183-PG-82) notched 11 points in the loss.

Spain: Pau Gasol 22+10 boards, Serge Ibaka 16+10 boards, Victor Claver 10
France: Kevin Seraphin 12, Tony Parker 11



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U20 European Championship: FYR Macedonia outgun Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia U20 - Luxembourg U20 87:68

FYR Macedonia opened win count at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Luxembourg to improve at 1-2 record in Group B. Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) notched 26 points and 19 rebounds to lead the winners. Luxembourg remained winless at 0-3 record.
FYR Macedonia strongly entered the game. They left Luxembourg behind after ten minutes 19:7. FYR Macedonia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 41:28 halftime lead. The Balkan team erupted for 29 points in the third term to ensure a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Luxembourg never recovered as FYR Macedonia cruised to the victory at the end. Predrag Pajic (198-SG-93) accounted for 16 points, while Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) and Igor Ivanovic (185-PG-93) had 14 points each in the win. Tom Steffen (194-F-93) answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Luxembourg. Tim Schmit (195-F/G-95) had 16 points in the loss.

FYR Macedonia U20: Goran Markovski 26, Predrag Pajic 16, Boban Stajic 14, Igor Ivanovic 14
Luxembourg U20: Tom Steffen 21+11 boards, Tim Schmit 16



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Germany U18 clinched third place in Toulouse - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18- Russia U18 68:59

Germany U18 clinched third place in Toulouse at the Le Temple sur Lot tournament. The team overcame Russia U18 in the last game of the competition 68:59.
Germany led 5 points after the first period but managed to keep only 1 point at the halftime. They added 19-14 and 17-14 respectively in the last quarters to win the game.
Paul Zipser (195-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and JOHANNES THIERMANN collected 11 points and 11 rebounds. Mauricio Marin (188-PG-94) followed them with 10 points in a win. Igor Kanygin (204-F-94) and Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-F-94) answered with 15 points each while Russia lost all three games. Rostislav Karenin (202-C-94) poured in 8, while Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) delivered 6.
Serbia U18 wins Le Temple sur Lot tournament with 4 teams participating. In the last game of the competition the team edged France U18 81:76 and clinched the top place. Three teams finished with 2-1 record, while Serbia had a better difference.

Germany U18: Paul Zipser 17, JOHANNES THIERMANN 11+11 rebs, Mauricio Marin 10
Russia U18: Igor Kanygin 15, Stanislav Ilnitskiy 15, Rostislav Karenin 8, Mikhail Kulagin 6



Vaughn Duggins (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) You Can Never Count Out Dashaun Wood! I Really Look Up To His Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87, college: Wright St.)s a 24 year old 190cm guard from Pendelton, Indiana that will be starting his second season in the Beko BBL with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He played at Wright State from 2006-2011 including his freshman year with 2011 Beko BBLMVP Dashaun Wood. In his senior season, the American played 33 games: 18.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 82.2%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have beenHorizon League Regular Season Runner-Up -07, 10, Horizon League Tournament Winner -07, Horizon League All-Newcomer Team -07, All-Horizon League 1st Team -08, 11, Horizon League Tournament Semifinals -09, Horizon League Tournament Finalist -10, All-Horizon League 2nd Team -10, Horizon League All-Defensive Team -10,and NABC Division I All-District 12 2nd Team -10, 11. Last season with the Tigers, he averaged 13,0ppg, 3,0rpg and 2,0apg in 34 games. He shot 50% from the field and 41% from outside. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

What do you like to do when its hot in Indianapolis?

We have a pool so whenever I feel hot, I just jump in.

After your season for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, what was the first thing that you did when you got to the States?

I went home and went to sleep for a long time. I also made the rounds getting food at my favorite places like a Burrito place and some steak houses.

Do you already miss something from Tuebingen?

I miss the people in Tuebingen and some of the families I got close with. I am more sad now than I ever would have thought.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen finished the season in 12th place with a record of 15-19. What is your season summary?

We started slow, but I am proud of the guys how we finished the season. Even though that we started 0-6, we never gave up and kept at it. We finished the season stronger than a lot of people thought.

If the team might have started 3-3, do you think the Tigers could have reached the playoffs?

Yes I think so. If we would have started 2-4 or 3-3 we might have played Alba Berlin or Bamberg in the first round.

The team got better as the season progressed. What was the biggest strength of head coach Igor Perovic?

He did a great job staying positive. He told us the season was long and the wins would come. We got good when we needed to get good. When other coaches might have gotten frustrated, he stayed calm.

What was your season highlight?

The win at home against FC Bayern Munich in front of a sold out crowd and also our first win in Bremerhaven of the season. I remember the guys jumping around in the locker room after as well as our coach.

Who was the most improved Tiger?

I think Adnan Hodzic and Josh Young. Hodzic started slow and needed some time to get used to the style, but he was consistent in second half of season and made the team better. Josh Young also improved a lot. Many thought that he wasnt going to make it coming from PRO B, but he showed that he could play and was consistent.

Where does your good jumping ability come from? Were you born or did you work hard at getting that ability?

I think it is a combination of being gifted and working hard at it. My dad was a high jumper in high school and college. At college I also worked a lot at gaining explosiveness and just doing squats and jumping to get better at it.

Possibly the Tiger unsung hero was Reggie Redding. Where would you place him at his position in the Beko BBL?

I dont even know what position he is. He is capable of playing 1-4. I will put him at #2 behind PJ Tucker. He was so valuable to us with his defense, passing and rebounding.

How were you able to improve your game?

I think that I can always improve my shooting and ball handling. I think that in my rookie season that I improved my decision making and thinking faster. I was able to make plays in my head before they actually happened. This will always get better with experience.

5 players are coming back next season. Is the goal the 2013 Beko BBL playoffs?

Yes that is our goal. We have a good core of guys coming back. The expectations will be higher in 2012-2013 so we will have to perform better.

What is the most important thing that you learned from head coach Igor Perovic?

I learned so much in the first month than ever before that. He enriched my basketball IQ through his multi tasking of my brain.

You grew up in Indiana. What was your childhood like?

I had much basketball and was really involved in any kind of sport. Every driveway in Indiana has a basket hoop.

Who were your NBA idols?

Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller. When I was growing up, the Pacers were very good. My dad also always told me about the great players from then like Julius Erving, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and talked about their amazing plays. I started to watch their videos and what he said was true.

Did you ever visit French Lick?

I have never been there, but heard about many Larry Bird stories. You know what they say, if you blink, you might miss it.

What is your nicest memory with Dashaun Wood at Wright State?

Going to the NCAA tournament and beating Butler and winning the Horizon tournament. Holding up the trophy and ripping down the net will always be in my memory.

You were a freshman and Dashaun Wood a senior. Back then Wood beat you 9 out of 10 times at one on one. How would a game look like now?

I would get him in the post and he would get me with his quickness. It would be even now at 5-5 I think.

Dashaun Wood is a guy that plays with a lot of self confidence. Was it always like that already in college?

It all has to do with mentality. He already had a lot of self confidence at Wright State. He was a very good player his first three years, but the team wasnt winning. Better players came his senior year and he really took off. And since then he has been so successful where ever he has played.

The Tigers lost both games against Alba Berlin. What always keeps amazing you about Dashaun Wood?

The fact that he keeps getting better. He was already very good as a freshman, but I never thought he would get this good. He dominated the league with Frankfurt and had very good teammates in Berlin. This is just a big tribute to his work ethic. I really look up to his game.

Will the early playoff loss to Wurzburg make Dashaun Wood stronger for next season?

I think it will. He is home now and angry. He wants to bring a title to Berlin. He will want to be even a better leader next season and try to bring Alba Berlin to the Bamberg level. You can never count out Dashaun Wood.

What NBA player amazes you the most on offense?

Kobe Bryant has been in the NBA so long and he has evolved his game that he can still get better at other parts of his game. He may have lost his explosiveness and athletic ability, but now has improved at changing speeds and his footwork. And with that is still dominating the game.

What does your summer workout plan look like?

I will work on my ball handling as I would also like to play some position one. I also will work on my shooting. I will work on my fitness and also be in the weight room. I will return to Tuebingen bigger and in better shape.

What is something that you would like to do in the summer that you havent done in a long time?

When I returned from Tuebingen I went to Florida and relaxed. I really enjoy music and will want to check out some concerts this summer.

What do you like most about Tuebingen?

I really like the scenary and I think that the south is prettier than the north.I like seeing the mountains and castles. Tuebingen is fun and not too small or too big.

What was the most free throws that you made in a row without missing?

I made 103 at Tuebingen in practice. After I made 50 in a row I kept going. When I hit 103, Igor Perovic told me to change baskets and then I missed my very first shot. I was made with him for about a week and a half.

What was your most crazy shot that you made in a game?

It was my freshman year against f
uture NBA players Greg Oden and Mike Conley. It was a shot right before the en dof the first quarter to cut the score to 12-9. That was about s close as we got. We lost 72-43.

What is your favorite place in Indianapolis?

I like being anywhere, but mostly like being near the Indy 500 race track where friends of mine live.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Takers with Paul Walker.

Thanks Vaughn for the chat.





Kenny Barker staying in Jena - by Moritz Korff

Kenny Barker (191-G-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) has signed a contract extension with 2. Bundesliga Pro A team Science City Jena. The 26-year-old San Diego, California, native appeared in 31 Pro A contests during the 2011-12 season and averaged 14.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game.
"My personal goal is to make the next step with Science City. Last season we made the playoffs, next season we want to survive the first round. That won't be easy, but I have trust in the club, who will put together a good team once again. For me things will be easier in my second year with Science City. Now I know the city already, the club and I am familiar with the coach's sets plus I had the chance to work on my weaknesses throughout the summer", Barker said according to the Science City Jena press release.
Meanwhile, Tyler Kepkay (183-G-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Utah) and Chase Adams (178-G-88, college: Pittsburgh) will not return to Jena after the summer break, the club announced.



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Shane Walker announced by Apollon Patras - by Giorgos Diploidis

AS Apollon Patras returned in A1 category after five years and they try to improve their squad to be competitve the new period (2012-13). To do that they announced Shane Walker (208-F) is a power forward and he will give help to Apollon next to the basket. The player has a passport of Great Britain so he will not have a place of a foreign player but of a continental.

Last seaon in
Loyolla College, in 33 games had 9.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.5apg and1.3bpg,



The ''who is who'' of Shane Walker, new forward of Apollon Patras - by Diamadis Farmakis

Shane Kennedy Walker, a native of Northampton (England) is the son of Sandra Heath, majoring in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations at Loyola... He enjoys video games and spending time with friends in his spare time, lists Amare Stoudamire as his favorite athlete. He graduated the Montrose Christian Highschool.

High school basketball
He played one season at Montrose Christian after spending two seasons at Bishop Ireton High School... Averaged 8.1 points, 12.2 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots during his one season at Montrose Christian, helping the Mustangs to a 21-3 record and No. 2 ranking in the Washington Post. As a result of that, he received an invitation to play in the prestigious Capital Classic (2007) following his senior year...Also, he invited to the 2006 Reebok ABCD Camp and participated in the NBA Player's Association Top 100 Camp during the summer of 2006

College basketball
2007-2008 (University of Maryland): Appeared in 24 games for the Terrapins... After playing in five of six, he missed six straight and then finished logging minutes in 19 of the last 22. Received a career-best 13 minutes of playing time at Charlotte (1/5), grabbing two rebounds with a blocked shot... His first ACC appearance was at Virginia Tech (1/12) and he made his only field-goal attempt and both of his free-throw tries, for a career-high four points.

2009-2010 (As a Redshirt Sophomore in Loyola university): Played in 30 games, starting 27, and recorded the fifth-best total in blocked shots with 46... Immediately made his presence known with nine points and eight rebounds in his first appearance in a Greyhounds uniform, a home win over Vermont (11/13)... Collected double figures in his next outing, scoring 14 points against future-Final Four participant West Virginia (11/15)... Posted his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win at Dartmouth (11/24).. Exploded for a career-high 26 points in the MAAC Championship game with the Jaspers (3/05)... Made all three of his three-point shots, finishing nine of 11 from the floor, with eight rebounds.

2010-2011 (Junior at Loyola university): Led the Greyhounds with an 11.1 points per game average and was second on the team with a 7.1 rebounds per game mark... Blocked a team-high 47 shots, and was fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 1.7 per game... The 47 blocks rank Walker fifth in school single-season history... Has 93 blocks in his career, third all-time at Loyola. Finished fifth in the MAAC in free-throw percentage (86-of-105, .819) and was sixth in rebounds per game...His free-throw percentage was the best in the league amongst big men





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U20 European Championship: Belgium thump Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20 - Netherlands U20 77:33

Belgium recorded the third win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Netherlands to improve at 3-1 record on top of Group B. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Netherlands fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Belgium enjoyed a 15:8 lead after ten minutes of action. They held the Dutch team to 3 points in the second quarter to take a massive 30-point halftime lead 41:11. Belgium stayed dominant in the second half. They stretched the lead to 40 points at the third break and never looked back en route to the victory. Amaury Gorgemans (212-C-92) accounted for 12 points, while Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) added 11 points in the winning case. Ivan Filipan (193-G/F-92) answered with 8 points for Netherlands. Roel Aarts (201-PF-93) had 4 points in the loss.

Belgium U20: Obasohan Ojomoh 21, Amaury Gorgemans 12, Loic Schwartz 11
Netherlands U20: Ivan Filipan 8, Roel Aarts 4



Aris Leeuwarden adds forward Hicham Kherrazi - by Fred Roggen

Aris Leeuwarden added forward Hicham Kherrazi (195-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) for the coming season to their roster. Dutch-Moroccan Hicham Kherrazi spent last season with Moroccan Chebab Rif al Hoceima,
Hicham Kherrazi is a product of the Amsterdam youth system and he made a handful of EuroChallenge appearances for that club as a youngster in the 2009-10 season, 4 games: 3.5ppg. He is also a member the Moroccan National team.




Dan Gadzuric Moves To Portland Trailblazers - by Fred Roggen

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports on Twitter that the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to trade guard Raymond Felton and center Kurt Thomas to the New York Knicks for forward Jared Jeffries and center Dan Gadzuric (211-C-78, college: UCLA). Both Felton and Jeffries need to be sign-and-traded for the deal to work.

For Dan Gadzuric, Portland is his fifth NBA team in 10 NBA seasons, he previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors States, New Jersey Nets and the New York Knicks.




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Harwell named GM of the Year - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Mark Harwell, the owner and general manager of the Los Angeles Lightning pro basketball franchise, has been named General Manager of the Year by the Independent Basketball Association.

I'm very grateful to be a part of the IBA this year and to receive this award, said Harwell, who launched the team in 2008. I feel the credit should go to all the talented individuals in our organization. We're a family and I'm really proud of this team.
The Lightning captured the 2009 International Basketball League title with a half-dozen former NBA players on the roster. They joined the IBA for the 2012 Spring season and posted the top regular-season record of 12-2.

L.A. was edged 148-145 by Kenosha in the quarterfinals of the IBA Playoffs on June 22 in Gary, Ind. The Kankakee County Soldiers beat the New York-Albany Legends 150-116 in the championship game.

Lightning guard Trayvon Lathan was the No. 8 scorer in the league at 25.4 per game, Chris Ayer was No. 2 in rebounds at 11.9 and Kamran Sufi was second in assists with 8.5.

Ryan Edwards of Kankakee, the leading scorer in the league at 36.2, was named MVP. Other awards went to Brandon Morris of the Kenosha Ballers (Community Award), Christopher Wesby of the Gary Splash (Defensive Player of the Year) and Barry Bradford of Kankakee (Coach of the Year).

source: Dave Loveton



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Jay Threatt to sign with Snaefell - by Eurobasket News

Snaefell brought in import player. They agreed on terms of contract with Jay Threatt (180-G-89). The deal is meant for 2012/13 season. Jay Threatt will start his pro career in Iceland. The guard has just graduated from Delawere State University. He averaged 8.9 points, 6.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game in his senior season. Jay Threatt made it into All-MEAC 1st Team.
Snaefell is looking forward to improving their last seasons result. They finished at 13-9 record in regular season. Snaefell then surrendered against Thor Thorl in the Express League quarterfinals.



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Iran U18 continue the tourney in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Iran U18 continue the tourney in Italy as they participate at Torneo di Cisternino with 3 European teams.
In Day 1 Italy U18 overcame Iran U18 78:71. The European side grabbed 19:15 after the first period but another 19 points in the second frame were not enough for the lead. Iran responded with 26-19 and took 41:38 lead at the halftime. Only due to the second half Italy managed to win the game. Francesco Candussi (211-F/C-94) stepped up with 19 points, while Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) notched 17. Mirco Turel (192-G-94) delivered 14 and Imbro posted 10.
In Day 2 Iran U18 overcame Ukraine U18 80:71. The Asian team looked better in the game and managed to clinch the narrow win. Volodymyr Shevchenko (200-SF-94) 's 14 points were not enough for the Ukrainian team. Kudrya posted 13, while Petrov and Pischikov added 11 apiece.



Iran U18 continue the tourney in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Iran U18 continue the tourney in Italy as they participate at Torneo di Cisternino with 3 European teams.
In Day 1 Italy U18 overcame Iran U18 78:71. The European side grabbed 19:15 after the first period but another 19 points in the second frame were not enough for the lead. Iran responded with 26-19 and took 41:38 lead at the halftime. Only due to the second half Italy managed to win the game. Candussi stepped up with 19 points, while Fontecchio notched 17. Turel delivered 14 and Imbro posted 10.
In Day 2 Iran U18 overcame Ukraine U18 80:71. The Asian team looked better in the game and managed to clinch the narrow win. Volodymyr Shevchenkos 14 points were not enough for the Ukrainian team. Kudrya posted 13, while Petrov and Pischikov added 11 apiece.



Foolad Mahan lands Dewarick Spencer - by Eurobasket News

Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) will continue his career in Iran, according to Basketinside.com. Reportedly, the American guard signed a deal with Foolad Mahan Esfahan for the next season. The team reached Playoff Semifinals in the latest one. Mahan was No.2 in regular season with 18-4 record. Dewarick Spencer arrives to Foolad Mahan from the Lebanese team Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut. There he shined with 26 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.4 apg and 2.1 steals for 25 games in Lebanon. The player also added 23.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.1 apg and 1.6 spg for 13 games in WABA. He helped the club to reach WABA Finals and also to win the Cup in Lebanon. Spencer was named Asia-Basket.com All-WABA League Player of the Year -12. Before Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut, Dewarick Spencer led Budivelnyk Kyiv to championship title in Ukraine. From 2008 to 2010, he played for French Le Mans and reached ProA Finals with them. Spencer won the French ProA title with Roanne in 2007 and was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Player of the Year -07.


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Ironi Nes-Ziyyona keep Tal Dunne, Gabe Blair and Raz Zehavian for the 2012/13 season - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nes-Ziyyona keep Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87), Gabe Blair (203-F-87, college: Wichita St.) and Raz Zehavian (197-F-82) for the 2012/13 season. The team announced three players that will stay in the team.
Tal Michael Dunne joined the team in 2011-2012 and averaged 16.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 10.8%, FT: 64.6%. In 2010-2011 he played for Hapoel Afula (Israel-National League, starting five) and had 16.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 59.4%.
Gabe Blair signed with the team in December. After 24 games the American player showed 16.0ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-4 (1.8bpg), FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.0%. He was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention -12.
For Raz Zehavian it will be the third straight season with the team. In 2011-2012 for Ironi Nes-Ziona (National League) he averaged 8.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.9%.
Last season Ironi Nes-Ziyyona reached Israeli National League Semifinals.



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Vanoli Cremona keeps Head Coach Attilio Caja - by Eurobasket News

Attilio Caja will stay with Vanoli Cremona for the next season. Two sides reached an agreement yesterday, according to Sportando.net. Caja took over the club in November replacing Tomo Mahoric. He helped Cremona to survive in SerieA, where they will compete also next season. Attilio Caja worked with Cremona already in the past. He coached them in 2009/10 season. In the meantime, Caja spent one season with LegaDue team Rimini. In 2008, he reached SerieA Semifinals with Armani Jeans Milano. In the past, Caja worked with Udine, Novara, Roseto, Napoli, Roma and Pesato. He was Coach of the Year in Italy in 1996.


Venezia signs multi-year contract extension with Head Coach Mazzon - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia is happy with their Head Coach Andrea Mazzon . The team proved this by signing a multi-year contract extension with their Head Coach. Mazzon took over the club in January of 2010. A year after that he helped them reach LegaDue Finals and at the same time the club won SerieA promotion. Last season, Venezia reached SerieA Playoffs. The team has big ambitions for the upcoming years and they wanted to secure coach Mazzon on the bench. Before Venezia, Andrea Mazzon spent something more than a year with Aris Thessaloniki. He coached Upim Bolona in 2007/08 and before that Mazzon worked year and a half with Aris. From 2002 to October of 2004, he coached Napoli. Mazzon also has experience from Jesi, Panionios, Verona and Mestre. In 1997, he was named Coach of the Year in Italy. That season Mazzon won the Radivoj Korac Cup with Verona.


Josh Akognon is on Siena's target - by Eurobasket News

Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-G-86, college: CS Fullerton) is on Sienas target for the next season. According to sportando.net, Mens Sana Siena is strictly eyeing Josh-Emmanuel Akognon in the Vegas Summer League.
In 2010-2011 he played for DongGuan New Century Leopards (China-CBA, starting five) and became the fifth top-scorer of the league with 29.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.7apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 87.1%.
In 2011-2012 for DongGuan New Century Leopards (China-CBA) he was also firth with 28.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT-2 (88.4%). In Apr.'12 moved to Canton Charge (D-League) and showed 14.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg.
Josh played in Washington St. college and Fullerton College. In his pro. experience, he played in Estonia then came to China dong guan team. He gave everybody a surprise last season on his performance.

Last year he was awarded Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team -12 and he reached D-League Semifinals -12.



Italy U18 wins two games in Torneo di Cisternino - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18 wins two games in Torneo di Cisternino. The home side of the tournament started the campaign with 2 victories.
In Day 1 Italy U18 overcame Iran U18 78:71. The European side grabbed 19:15 after the first period but another 19 points in the second frame were not enough for the lead. Iran responded with 26-19 and took 41:38 lead at the halftime. Only due to the second half Italy managed to win the game. Francesco Candussi (211-F/C-94) stepped up with 19 points, while Fontecchio notched 17. Mirco Turel (192-G-94) delivered 14 and Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) posted 10.
In Day 2 Italy U18 outscored Sweden U18 73:55. The hosts started with 19-13 in the opening period and added massive 27-16 in the second frame. Moreover Italy won the third quarter 17-13 and did not mind 10-13 in the last stanza. Alessandro Grande (178-PG-94) poured in 14 points to lead all the winners, while Tommaso Laquintana (183-G-95) added 12.



Italy U16 participates in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16 participates in Lithuania at the International Tournament.
Lithuania U16 edged Italy U16 74:63 in the first game. The home side started with 20-17 and added 15-11 in the second frame. Italy replied with 20-18 in the third quarter, but it was not enough to seal the victory. Lithuania won the last stanza 21-15 and clinched the victory. Domantas Sabonis poured in 15 points and Dominykas Zupkauskas followed him with 13. Antanas Krimelis and Tautvydas Paliukenas ended up with 9 points each in a win. Federico Mussini (183-G-96) and Mastellari replied with 11 points each in defeat. Riccardo Rossato (185-G-96) poured in 10 points and Diego Flaccadori (190-G-96) as well as Zucca had 6 each.
In Game 2 Italy U16 overcame Spain U16 72:70. It was a game of two equal teams that kept the spectators alive until the last seconds. Both teams showed their best, while Italy grabbed the win at the end of the game. Federico Mussini top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Pierfrancesco Oliva (200-F-96) added 15. Riccardo Rossato and Donzelli delivered 10 each, while Spera posted 7.



Italy U18 wins Torneo di Cisternino - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18 wins Torneo di Cisternino with 4 participating teams. After the victories over Iran and Sweden, the hosts overcame Ukrainian team.
Eurobasket wrote about the first two days of the tournament. Italy entered the game with Ukraine with two victories and produced a final 66:57 result. The guests started with 19-18 lead after the first period, but failed to keep the lead. Italy replied with 16-9 in the second frame and reached 34:28 halftime advantage. Moreover Italy needed 19-13 in the third quarter for a bigger lead. Ukraine managed to win the last stanza 16-13 and reduce the gap to 9 points.
Francesco Candussi (211-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Turel added 12. Laquintana delivered 7, while Lorenzo Benvenuti (202-F/C-95) and Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) posted 6 each. Anton Dziuba (201-F-95) replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Kristian Lugovtsov (197-F-94) posted 10, while Shevchenko and Korenyuk nailed 9 apiece.



Cantu will announce Pietro Aradori next week - by Pervin Elgin

Pietro Aradori will be the third signing of Cantu

After Marco Cusin and Alex Tyus, Pallacanestro Cantu will announce early next week Pietro Aradori. The two parts already agreed to terms. Aradori spent the last two seasons with Mens Sana Siena winning two Serie A championships, two Italian Cups and two Supercups. Aradori is also a member of the Italian National Team who will play Eurobasket Qualification Round in the Summer.

Courtesy of sportando.net



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Terrorists strike Soldiers on the buzzer - by Eurobasket News

In what can be described as one of the most exciting matches in the current Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League, defense forces side Ulinzi were closely beaten by University of Nairobi Terrorists 50 52 on Sunday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium in thrilling style.Ulinzi had on Friday night fallen to KPA at the same venue.
Terrorists Frank Manyala crashed Ulinzis hope of getting a win this weekend when he sank in the last basket on the buzzer to break the 50 50 deadlock that the two teams had with 3 seconds to the end of the final quarter.
Ulinzi had started off well beating the students in the first 2 quarters (15-10) (16-15) to put the total scores at half time 31-25 in their favor. Ulinzis Moses Shida was impressive in the first quarter staging some immaculate defensive plays having managed 3 direct blocked shots.
The 3rd quarter witnessed a recharged performance from the students who upset Ulinzi ith a four points margin of 10 6.
But it was the final quarter that electrified the crowds with each team doing their best to snatch the decisive quarter and with 3 minutes to the end , students led Ulinzi with a single point 48 -49.
After a defensive foul from Terrorists, Ulinzi managed to get a point but the lead was short lived.
Ulinzis bad start to the league went on Manyalas final shot taken on the buzzer went in much to the delight of the crowd to sink the soldiers hopes with a final quarter scoreline of 17 13 .
Hilary Kubai was the students top scorer with 12 points while Brian Obimbo and Frank Manyala each gave their side 11 points. Obimbo was also his sides rebound taker securing 7 offensive rebounds and 5 defensive rebounds to put the total of 12 rebounds.

Ulinzis Mike Tanui was the highest point scorer in the match bagging 18 points for his side and on his way managing to score four (3) pointer shots after nine attempts and ensuring that he sank in all the 4 free throws that he undertook. He was followed by William Ochieng who had 15 points.

The win against Ulinzi has seen Terrorist upset a number of top teams in the past two weekends when they beat defending champions CO-OP Bank and fellow students USIU Tigers.

SATURDAY
EMYBA 20/31 VS K.U. PIRATES 25/51
13/07/08/03 16/09/10/16
16 pts Patrick Ruto 13 pts Gilbert Obiero
13 pts Douglas Momanyi

K.C.A.-U 17/41 VS PARKLANDS 13/21
02/05/15/19 07/06/06/12
07 pts Oscar Odhiambo 13 pts Geoffrey Ekong

WORLDHOPE 22/46 VS NKR CLUB 23/54
11/11/15/09 12/11/21/10
14 pts Evans Orenge 16 pts Ariel Okol
10 pts Cain Mingo 15 pts Victor Orare

A.N.U. 14/44 VS NRB AVIATION 35/58
04/10/17/08 21/14/09/14
12 pts Ken Macharia 17 pts Job Byron
12 pts Ben Oluoch

STORMS 22/48 VS SHIMBA 19/34
09/13/10/16 02/17/06/09
17 pts Mercy Wanyama 08 pts Everlyn Atieno
16 pts Susan Akinyi

SAFE SPACES 13/39 VS K.P.A. 24/44
05/08/06/04 18/06/08/12
08 pts Florence Mbithe 07 pts Everlyne Akinyi

COOPBANK 00 VS MENNONITES 20

TRAIL BLAZERS 32/57 VS UPPERHILL 38/76
09/23/11/14 22/16/25/13
15 pts Joshua Vuva 15 pts Eric Ouma
14 pts Wycliffe Odhiambo 15 pts William Okombo

BLAZERS 22/57 VS K.P.A. 39/69
15/08/23/12 22/17/18/12
16 pts Jay Michoma 16 pts Abel Nnson
15 pts Alex Lugasi

SUNDAY NYAYO
TRAIL BLAZERS 29/58 VS K.C.A.- U 25/60
15/14/17/12 11/14/13/22
17 pts Shem Otieno 13 pts Alphonce Muchiri
14 pts Ishmaeil Nyamache 12 pts Eric Wawire

K.U. PIRATES 37/76 VS UPPER HILL 30/92
16/21/14/25 16/14/28/34
17 pts Renison Moibi 21 pts William Okombo
18 pts Joseph Ongoro

U.S.I.U FLAMES 43/70 VS SHIMBA 31/51
19/24/10/17 15/16/10/10
34 pts Hilda Indasi 17 pts Feborah Obunga
10 pts Linda Mfuchi 13 pts Vilma Achieng

STORMS 15/31 VS COOPBANK 35/57
10/05/10/06 16/19/13/09
07 pts Faustine Mandu 14 pts Faith Owich
13 pts Emma Nyakweba
11 pts Irene Mmakori

TERROR 25/52 VS ULINZI 31/50
10/15/10/17 15/16/06/13
11 pts frank Manyala 15 pts Mike Tanui
10 pts Hillary Kubai 15 pts William Otieno

Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



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Neptunas joins Rytas and Zalgiris in VTB League - by Eurobasket News

Neptunas joins Rytas and Zalgiris in VTB League for 2012/2013 season. Lithuania will be represented by three teams.
VTB League has presented the new 2012/13 season in Tallinn today. The Draw of the regular season has been held in a picturesque place in Old Tallinn. Twenty teams have been drawn into two regular season groups. Best two teams from each group will qualify directly into the quarterfinals. The teams that will occupy the third, fourth, fifth and sixth positions in each group will play at the eighth-final stage.
Eighth-finals will be best-of-three series. Quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be best-of-five series.
So far Neptunas presented only the new head Coach for the next season. Kazys Maksvytis penned deal with Neptunas for the next season. The Lithuanian Coach came from Sakalai Vilnius.



Panevezys holds the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys holds the International Tournament with 3 participating teams.
Spain U16 overcame Lithuania U16 77:69 in Game 1. The Blatic side won the opening period 26:17, but lost the rest of the game. Spain replied with 19-11 in the second frame and added 27-18 in the last quarter. Francisco Alonso (188-G-96) stepped up with 22 points and Garcia added 14. Martinez and Brais Gago (180-G-96) poured in 10 points each in the winning effort.
Lithuania U16 edged Italy U16 74:63. The home side started with 20-17 and added 15-11 in the second frame. Italy replied with 20-18 in the third quarter, but it was not enough to seal the victory. Lithuania won the last stanza 21-15 and clinched the victory. Domantas Sabonis poured in 15 points and Dominykas Zupkauskas followed him with 13. Antanas Krimelis and Tautvydas Paliukenas ended up with 9 points each in a win. Federico Mussini (183-G-96) and Mastellari replied with 11 points each in defeat. Riccardo Rossato (185-G-96) poured in 10 points and Diego Flaccadori (190-G-96) as well as Zucca had 6 each.



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U20 European Championship: FYR Macedonia outgun Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia U20 - Luxembourg U20 87:68

FYR Macedonia opened win count at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Luxembourg to improve at 1-2 record in Group B. Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) notched 26 points and 19 rebounds to lead the winners. Luxembourg remained winless at 0-3 record.
FYR Macedonia strongly entered the game. They left Luxembourg behind after ten minutes 19:7. FYR Macedonia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 41:28 halftime lead. The Balkan team erupted for 29 points in the third term to ensure a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Luxembourg never recovered as FYR Macedonia cruised to the victory at the end. Predrag Pajic (198-SG-93) accounted for 16 points, while Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) and Igor Ivanovic (185-PG-93) had 14 points each in the win. Tom Steffen (194-F-93) answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Luxembourg. Tim Schmit (195-F/G-95) had 16 points in the loss.

FYR Macedonia U20: Goran Markovski 26, Predrag Pajic 16, Boban Stajic 14, Igor Ivanovic 14
Luxembourg U20: Tom Steffen 21+11 boards, Tim Schmit 16



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2012 NBA Summer League, Las Vegas: Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

New York 77 (0-1) Memphis 93 (1-0)
Boxscore


Day 2 tipped off with the Memphis Grizzlies making a strong start to 2012 Summer League with a 93-77 win over the New York Knicks. Memphis was led by 2nd year player Josh Selby (6'2''-G-91, college: Kansas) who shot the ball well from long range, finishing with 20 Points (5/7 3fg). He was well supported by 25th Pick Tony Wroten (6'5''-PG-93, college: Washington) who was impressive in his pro debut.

The Grizzlies got off to a strong start on the back of some pressure defense led by Selby & Jeremy Pargo (6'2''-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) (8pts 4assists). The Knicks substituted all five players within the first 5 minutes of the game after the Grizzlies opened up a small lead. Selbys early steal and dunk started the run that built the first quarter lead of 36-15.

Wroten & Deon Thompson (7pts 4rebs) had solid games. Players like Thompson are a pleasure to watch. He does the little things well, brings the same effort every game and has improved since his last appearance in Vegas. Wroten got better as the game went on, hitting back to back three balls in the 3rd quarter. He moved well off the ball, made some good cuts and displayed his all round game. He drew reactions from the crowd with some nice handles and drives to the basket. Wroten finished with 19 points 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Matt Janning also had a solid game. He was patient with his offence and shot the ball well today finishing with 13 points 4 rebounds on 4/6 shooting.

JR Smith's presence on the Knicks bench wasnt enough to inspire them to a first up win. Smith wouldve been impressed with Brother Chris half time buzzer beater however. Chris Smith finished with 7 points, showing an ability to get into the lane and use his pull up jumper. The Knicks were led by Artsiom Parakhouski who provided the knicks with an inside presence. Parakhouski rebounded well and finished around the basket most of the game. He did miss a point blank lay in he shouldve made and finished with 13 points & 8 rebounds.

Although not entirely reflected in the box score, Chris Copeland & James White also impressed for New York. Copeland has good length and brought energy to the Knicks line up. He showed some solid post defense and has some range on his shot. Copeland ended the game with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks. James White has good size and athleticism, can handles the ball in the open court and create for himself and his team mates. His shot has room for improvement however. He finished with 4 points, 3 rebounds & 7 assists.

New York to their credit did well to stay in the game. After being down 25 at one stage, the game couldve easily turned into another Summer League blowout. The Knicks return to Cox Pavilion tomorrow to face the Phoenix Suns. The Grizzlies have a couple of days off to prepare for the Wizards on Tuesday.



Golden State (2-0) 95 Denver 74 (0-1)
Boxscore

The Golden State Warriors defeated Denver Nuggets in the 2nd game of day 2. In a tightly contested game for the most part, the Warriors, led by Charles Jenkins (6'3''-G-89, college: Hofstra), pulled away in the final quarter to post a 95-74 victory. Harrison Barnes & Klay Thompson did their best to replicate yesterdays shooting performance & for a while it looked like it was going to be matched if not exceed, with Thompson stroking 4 threes in the first five minutes of the game.

Barnes however struggled early, putting up an air ball in the first minute and taking questionable shots for most of the first half. His selection improved but despite his below average shooting game, he was still making hustle plays and having an impact on the game. He played good defense on Hamilton & finished the game with 17 points (5/17 FG) 7 rebounds & 4 steals.

Teammate Jenkins exercised excellent shot selection however, knocking down 9 of his 12 field goal attempts. He scored six consecutive points to end the 3rd and give the Warriors a small lead.

Denvers Jordan Hamilton played a confident game & led Denver with 18 points 5 rebounds and 2 assists. He was clearly one of, if not the best player on the floor. Kenneth Faried put up forgetable shooting numbers but was a handful all game. He shot some ugly foul shots that werent even close. He had an easier time when defended by Jeremy Tyler (0pts 2rebs 1blk) & finished with 10 points, 8 rebounds & 3 assists.

Derwin Kitchen was fairly impressive controlling Denvers offense and looked a little similar to Andre Miller with the ball in his hands. Unfortunately, like Miller, he doesnt have the most reliable of outside shots but did show his ability to penetrate and hit a mid range shot. He ended the game with 10 points 4 rebounds 2 assists & 3 steals.

Denvers 20th pick, Frenchman Evan Fournier had a decent game in his debut. He had a steal & dunk in the first quarter and his defense on Thompson tightened up as the game progressed, forcing a Warriors timeout on one occasion.

2nd round picks Quincy Miller (6pts 8rebs) & Izzet Turkyilmaz (4pts 5 rebs) showed flashes of the talents that got them drafted. Miller is long & athletic and did some good things on both ends of the floor. His best play came from an offensive rebound and dunk. Turkyilmaz didnt bother the scorers table a great deal but played his role fairly well & drew a healthy applause after a sequence where he bothered a Barnes dunk, ran the floor, then threw a pass behind his head to Gani Lawal (5pts 3rebs) who went to the line. His 15 footer from the elbow didnt quite receive as much reaction from the crowd.


Los Angeles Lakers (0-2) 72 Sacramento (1-1) 84
Boxscore

In a game where both teams struggled shooting the ball, the Kings pulled away in the 4th to take a 84-72 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the 3rd game today at Cox Pavilion. After a 15 point game yesterday, Kings guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (5'11''-G-86, college: CS Fullerton) was hot from outside throughout game connecting on 4 three pointers on his way to a game high 25 points. Akognon was also strong in the open court where he finished a couple of transition baskets.

Although Thomas Robinson shot only 3/13 from the floor he got to the line and recorded his first double-double of this years Summer League, finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Crowd favorite Jimmer Fredette had a better start to todays game but again shot poorly from the field in the end, going 3/11 tonight. He missed some good looks and finished the game with 15 points 3 rebounds and 4 assists.

Tony Mitchell had a solid all round game finishing with 8 points 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. He saved his best play for last when he woke the crowd up with a thunderous dunk in the last minutes. A play which is sure to make the Sportscenter highlight reel.

The Lakers once again had an awful shooting game barely reaching the 30% mark. Believe it or not that is actually a slight improvement from their first game. Andrew Goudelock (11pts 3/14fg), Christian Eyenga (8pts 4/13fg) Darius Morris (17pts 5/15fg) & Darius Johnson-Odom (9pts 3/10fg) again combined for a woeful 15/52 from the field. At least they are consistent. The play of Robert Sacre was the one bright spot for Los Angeles, posting a double-double with 11 points & 10 rebounds. Second round pick Sacre has a good motor and worked hard all game. He too missed some easy shots he shouldve finished.

Both teams have a day off and return to action in Thomas & Mack Center on Monday.


Houston (1-1) 70 Washington (1-1) 76
Boxscore

The Washington Wizards recorded their first win of the 2012 Summer League with a 76-70 win over the Houston Rockets to conclude action on day 2.

Wizards first round pick Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, college: Florida) led Washington with 14 points on 4/10 from the field. His movement off the ball was again impressive and also collected 5 rebounds & 4 assists. Shelvin Mack led the team well from the point & gave defending guard problems with his upper body strength. He and Scott Machado had a nice little battle during the 3rd quarter. He played strong on ball defense & finished with 11 points 3 rebounds & 3 assists.

Chris Singleton started the game looking to be aggressive offensively, hitting an early baseline jumpshot & finished off with 10 points 2 rebounds & 2 blocks. Jan Vesely (8pts 5rebs) is looking more comfortable but did have a rough time when match up on the more physical Royce White (4pts 1reb) & on one occasion was sent flying to the floor after contact with White and lost his shoe in the process. He missed most of the Rockets next possession trying to put his shoe on.

Second round pick Tomas Satoransky did some good things and tried his best to excite the crowd, firstly with a drive and left handed dunk then impressively finished off a lob from Steven Gray (6pts 4rebs 4assists & 2 stls) midway through the final quarter. He is a talented player however will likely lack the foot speed to guard the point at the NBA level. He collected 11 points & 2 boards.

Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) was easily the Rockets best player today. He airballed one long ball but got to the line and ended up with a game high 26 on 8/15 shooting. Donatas Motiejunas didnt score a field goal the entire game, going 0/5 from the field, however did display his ability & willingness to look for the open man and make the right pass. He didnt quite look the same player as yesterday & finished with an underwhelming line of 1 point 4 rebounds & 1 assist. Until the 4th quarter, Terrence Jones had a limited impact on the game and went down in the 3rd after a drive and was slow to his feet. He got going late & helped get the Rockets back within touch after trailing by 25 points at one stage. He saw 21 minutes of action and posted 16pts 5rebs.

In a physical & at times spiteful game, Marcus Morris (7pts 3rebs) & Singleton exchanged some words after the first quarter and needed to be separated. Morris was also shaken up later by a hard foul from Gray

Chandler Parsons sat out tonights game. There was talk of a hand injury however sources close to the Rockets say his hand isnt an issue and was only ever going to play a game or two this summer.

The Wizards will play their 3rd game in as many days tomorrow against the D-League select team. Houston will have a day's rest and be back to take on the Sacramento Kings on Monday

Golden State gets a few days off before returning on Wednesday to take on the Miami Heat. Denver is back tomorrow to match up against the Dallas Mavericks.

Courtesy of http://nbadraft.net



Jason Kidd arrested for DUI in the Hamptons - by Eurobasket News

NBA star Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) was reported to have crashed his car into a light pole in the Hamptons early this morning, leading to Kidd's arrest.

The New York Post reported that following Jason Kidd's car accident earlier this morning on Cobb Road in the Hamptons the NBA star was transferred to the South Hampton Hospital and treated for minor injuries before being taken to the South Hampton police station where he was then charged with driving under the influence.

Police reports reveal that Jason Kidd was the only passenger inside his 2010 Cadillac Escalade when he veered off the road around 1:56 a.m. crashing into a utility pole.Kidd was processed and released on his own recognizance.

Just hours before Jason Kidd's accident, he was photographed partying at a local East Hampton charity event with his wife model Porschia Coleman and Net's player Joe Johnson.

The NY Post reveals that following the charity event, Jason Kidd and his wife stopped by the SL East nightclub where witnesses stated that Kidd was acting drunk.

Jason Kidd recently purchased a $6 million home just minutes away from the Cobb Road accident scene, and signed a $9.5 million deal with the Knicks on Thursday according to Fox News.

Kidd, who recently purchased a $6 million home in Water Mill that's just minutes way from the crash scene, signed a $9.5 million deal with the Knicks this past Thursday.

This is Kidd's second run in with the law, in 2001, Jason was arrested and pled guilty to a domestic violence charge involving his former wife Joumana.

Kidd was court ordered to attend six months of anger management classes, where he was reported to have become clean and sober swearing off of alcohol.
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The couple went through a bitter divorce in 2007 when Kidd cited "extreme cruelty" during their relationship. Joumana Kidd filed a counterclaim for divorce, alleging that the NBA star had broken her rib and damaged her hearing by smashing her head into the console of a car."

Knicks officials declined to comment.

Kidd's court date was not made public, but the DWI charge carries the potential for up to a year in jail.

Will Jason Kidd's recent arrest affect his contract with the Knicks?

Courtesy of www.examiner.com



2012 NBA Summer League, Las Vegas: Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Washington 82 - Atlanta 102
Boxscore

After a year off, the NBA Summer League returned to Las Vegas with Atlanta and Washington kicking off this years schedule. Even though Kobe, Lebron & Durant had skipped town after pumping the Dominican Republic less than 24 hours ago, a strong crowd was on hand at Cox Pavilion to see the Hawks beat the Wizards 102-82.

The game featured the match up of two first round 2-guards with John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91, college: Vanderbilt) (23rd pick) and Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, college: Florida) (3rd pick) going head to head most of the game. Jenkins came out the winner, finishing with 19 points on 7/13 shooting 4/5 from long range. Jenkins was largely responsible for blowing the lead out early in the 2nd half , drilling back to back threes, finishing a dunk on Beal with the foul and then throwing a lob to Keith Benson (19pts 6rebs). While Beal outscored him with 22 points (6/14fg 9/10FT), his outside shot wasnt quite on today, struggling in warm-ups and throughout the game. He did show his prowess in the open court, defended well & also made a couple of nice passes.

2011 first round picks Jan Vesely & Chris Singleton received their first taste of summer league basketball, having missed out last year. Singleton (20pts 8reb 4stl 2blk) started slowly and did most of his damage when his team was down 20. Vesely failed to finish three lobs while Singleton was called for two illegal screens in the first half. They did manage to show glimpses of what they are capable of throughout the game however. Singleton is a presence at both ends of the floor, hits the offensive boards & uses his length to block & alter shots at the other end. Vesely has a soft touch but did struggle at times for defensive position with the more physical Mike Scott. He had a frustrating finish to the game picking up his 10th foul in the last 2 minutes.

Both teams also had second round picks on display in 43rd pick Mike Scott (7pts 6rebs) & 32nd pick Tomas Satoransky (4pts 2assists). Scott has an NBA looking physique however didnt get many offensive opportunities today. He collected a technical foul after getting tangled with Vesely midway through the last quarter. He did swish a nice step back jumper from the wing after selling a head fake. Satoransky spent most of his time at the point where he showed how his size can create from the PG position, making some passes that smaller guards couldnt.

The Wizards get their chance at redemption tomorrow against the rockets while the Hawks are back in Cox Pavilion on Sunday.



Toronto 82 - Houston 93
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The second game of day one saw the Houston Rockets eventually get the better of the Toronto Raptors. In a tightly contested game where no more than two points separated the teams after the first three quarters, the Rockets pulled away in the last five minutes to take a 93-81 victory.

The Rockets showcased their stockpile of talent led by 2011 first round draft pick Donatas Motiejunas (7'0''-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances). The Lithuanian big man showed a variety of skills on his way to 25 points and 9 rebounds. Montiejunas is a strong rebounder and effectively used his size to get position. He was finishing with both hands close to the basket and swished his two long range attempts. He runs the floor well and appears very focused. His decision making was solid and didnt settle for the outside shot when defended by a smaller player. Montiejunas was well supported by fellow rookies Jeremy Lamb (16pts 2reb 2assists) and Terrence Jones (17pts 9rebs).

Lambs outside shot wasnt quite on today however he got his baskets by moving well off the ball in his seemingly effortless manner. Jones has possessed an NBA body for a while now and has the ability the bang down low as well as push the ball. Second year man Chandler Parsons was very effective today. Parsons does a lot of things well on the court, is organized on both ends of the floor and is a strong competitor. He excited the crowd with a strong finish on one of his drives.

Ed Davis started strong and was on pace for a big game but slowed down in the second half. He finished with 18 points 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Toronto looked much stronger when he was on the court. The performance of Torontos #8 pick Terrence Ross had to please Raptor fans. With him and DeMar DeRozan on the same team, they will have dozens of highlights throughout next season at the very least. Ross showed what a special athlete he is and will only improve over his next four games. He finished with 21 points 3 rebounds 2 assists and 2 steals.

Toronto wont get the perfect Summer League record they achieved in 2010 but will be back on Sunday to play the first game in Thomas & Mack center against the Miami Heat. The Rockets back up tomorrow against the Wizards.


Golden State 91 - Lakers 50
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Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina)A red hot shooting Golden State Warriors demolished the Los Angeles Lakers this evening 90-50 in Game 3 of this year's Summer League. Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) and Rookie Harrison Barnes (7th pick) were devastating from long range, combining for 10/14 from behind the three point line. I came to a basketball game and a three point contest broke out was the sentiment from one western conference executive. The Warriors shot 51.6% from the field versus a dismal 27% from LA.

Barnes was most impressive in his debut, piling on 23 points in 25 minutes, making all four of his three point shots. Judging by his smooth performance today, Barnes will have little trouble translating his game to the next level. He is a flat-out scorer who can put the ball in the basket in a number of ways. Thompson was simply on fire, nailing 6 from his 8 long range attempts. He poured in 24 points in just 23 minutes of play. Warriors second rounder Draymond Green also impressed in the second half.

There wasnt much for Lakers fans to get excited about. Los Angeles took nearly four minutes to post a point. They were down 17-2 not long after and were playing catch up from early in the game. In contrast to the Warriors hot shooting, the Lakers combination of Christian Eyenga (2/8fg) Andrew Goudelock (5/15fg), Darius Morris (3/11fg) & Darius Johnson-Odom (0/8fg) shot an appalling 10/42 from the floor.

Eyenga provided Lakers fans with at least one highlight, with a thunderous tip in jam. That wasnt enough to keep Mitch Kupchak looking unhappy as he left Cox Pavilion.

The response of the Lakers will be interesting viewing when they take on Sacramento tomorrow. The Warriors also return tomorrow to face the Denver Nuggets.


Charlotte 121 - Sacramento 87
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It was basically the Charlotte Bobcats against the Sacramento Kings Summer League team. Charlotte returned to Las Vegas after sitting out 2010 & started their schedule with an energetic 121-87 win over the Sacramento Kings. Former Kentucky stand out Michael Kidd Gilchrist had a little trouble fitting his name on the back of his jersey but not so much putting the ball in the basket and setting the Bobcats up for a solid first up win.

In terms of team chemistry and intensity, the Bobcats were the most impressive team on day one of Summer League. MKG looked to have injured himself early in the first quarter but still managed to lead his team with 15 first half points after receiving a baseline rub down. The Bobcats pressure defense was a theme throughout the game and yielded 20 turnovers from the Kings. Their ball movement also gave them a lot of open shots which they converted.

Kemba Walker's (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) leadership was outstanding from the start and anyone watching could be forgiven for thinking they were watching a championship game by the relentless intensity shown by Charlotte. The Bobcats starters were strong and all had double figure scoring games. Walker didnt have his best shooting game but dished out 7 assists (1 TO) to go with 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Second year man Bismack Biyombo hustled hard all game against the likes of Hassan Whiteside (7 points 8rebs 4blks) & # 5 pick Thomas Robinson. He had some tough finishes around the basket, including with his left hand and made all 4 of his foul shots.

Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) is playing with more confidence and made some nice baskets, showing off his outside touch and face up game. He led all scorers with 20 points to go with 7 rebounds. With the likes of Walker & Kidd-Gilchrist pushing the ball and penetrating, a player like Jeffery Taylor could easily find his way on to the Kings roster. He shot the ball well and finished with 17 points (3/4 3fg) 2 rebounds and 2 assists.

The Kings didnt have the happiest of nights. When you shoot 37% and commit 20 turnovers, youre not going to win many ball games. First round pick Robinson led the Kings with 19 points and 5 rebounds although did commit 8 turnovers. Jimmer Fredette struggled to get good looks most of the night and had a forgettable shooting performance going 2/11 for 7 points.

After the performance of both the Kings and Lakers today, tomorrows match up will be compelling viewing. The Bobcats are back in action on Sunday to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Courtesy of http://nbadraft.net



T'Wolves sign Batum to offer sheet - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Timberwolves signed restricted free agent forward Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) to an offer sheet on Sunday.

Under the terms of the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Portland Trail Blazers have until a minute before midnight on July 18 to match Minnesota's offer to Batum.

A four-year veteran, Batum averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds over 59 games with the Trail Blazers last season.

The 25th pick of the 2008 draft, he has averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. He was getting just over 26 minutes per game in 255 contests.

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com



Garnett, 2 others officially back as Celtics - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics made it official: Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) is coming back as part of the team's efforts to keep key pieces after losing Ray Allen to the Miami Heat.

More than a week after Garnett reportedly agreed to a three-year contract, the team announced Saturday (Sunday in Manila) that he, forward Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) and center-forward Chris Wilcox (6'10''-F/C-82, college: Maryland) had re-signed.

Backup forward Jeff Green, who missed all last season with an aortic aneurysm that required surgery, and free agent guard Jason Terry still haven't signed but were at a news conference with Bass, Wilcox and Celtics president Danny Ainge.

The deals for Green and Terry could be signed next week, but the delays are the result of the team's maneuvering under the new collective bargaining agreement.

''We hope to resolve those sometime in the near future,'' Ainge said. ''Things are moving forward.''

Garnett, the Celtics' emotional leader, is the most important player returning, especially after Allen's decision to leave as a free agent broke up the Big Three of him, Garnett and Paul Pierce that won one championship in five seasons together. Last season, the Celtics reached the Eastern Conference finals where they lost to eventual champion Miami in seven games.

''I don't feel like we lost Ray,'' Ainge said. ''I feel like Ray left us to go to Miami.''

His primary target, though, was Garnett, who was offered a three-year contract while Allen reportedly was given a two-year proposal.

''That was a priority for us this summer, to get KG back,'' Ainge said. ''That was a great relief to get him back. He's such a big part of who we are and going forward we think he has a lot of basketball left in him.''

Garnett is the most important part of the team's future after having an outstanding season, especially down the stretch and in the playoffs. He averaged 15.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

Next season he could help with the development of rookie draft choices Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo and Kris Joseph.

Green said he always intended to stay with the Celtics.

''With the stuff I went through the past couple of months, this organization was there for me,'' he said. ''They did everything possible to make sure I was comfortable with my procedure and the road I was headed down. I owe it all to them. It was a no-brainer.''

Wilcox had surgery for an enlarged aorta after playing 28 games, averaging 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds.

''It means a lot just to come back and be able to play,'' he said.

Bass averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds while starting 39 of his 59 games after being obtained from Orlando.

''I knew where I wanted to be,'' he said. ''That was back in a green jersey.''

Terry spent the last eight seasons with Dallas, averaging 15.1 points in 2011-12. In 13 seasons, he is averaging 16.1 points and figures to replace Allen as the team's primary three-point shooter.

''If they need me to wash the uniforms or sweep the floors, whatever role (coach) Doc (Rivers) wants me to play I'm here to do it at 100 percent and give my all,'' Terry said.

Courtesy of www.philstar.com



Celtics win Orlando Summer League finale - by Eurobasket News

The Celtics completed their Orlando portion of summer league with a sparkling 4-1 record after a 94-73 win over the host Orlando Magic on Friday morning at Amway Center.

Dionte Christmas (6'5''-G-86, agency: Arete Sports Agency, college: Temple), making a bid for a training camp invite, led the Celtics with 21 points while E'Twaun Moore (6'4''-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) added 18. Fabricio Melo (7'0''-C-90, college: Syracuse) turned in his best game of the week with 5 points and 10 rebounds. Larry Owens added 14 off the bench.

Jared Sullinger (6'9''-PF-92, college: Ohio St.) did not play, getting a break as the Celtics open their Las Vegas summer slate Monday against the Atlanta Hawks.

Christmas, a 6-foot, 5-inch guard, averaged 12.2 points over the five games and he finished Friday with 3 steals, 4 assists and 5 rebounds. He enjoyed a stellar career at Temple and has played in Europe the past three seasons.

"I thought it was a pretty good week," he said. "As far as me individually, I think hopefully I've opened up a couple of eyes. I've been getting great feedback, teams have been saying I'm doing great out here and I just want to continue that today."

Courtesy of www.boston.com



Sources: Mavs, Raptors discuss Calderon trade - by Eurobasket News

Well aware the Toronto Raptors have no plans to release him via the amnesty clause, representatives for veteran guard Jose Manuel Calderon (6'3''-PG-81) have informed the Raptors that Calderon welcomes their attempts to trade him, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that Calderon, while undeniably attached to the city of Toronto after spending his entire six-year NBA there, is hoping the Raptors can find a trade home for him now that newly acquired Kyle Lowry is already penciled in as coach Dwane Casey's new starting point guard.

The Raptors, sources say, are open to a trade but want to send Calderon to a team with salary-cap space that can absorb the Spaniard's $10.6 million salary, thereby creating a trade exception for Toronto and giving them added financial flexibility for further moves.

Sources say the Raptors and Dallas Mavericks have discussed various Calderon trade scenarios this week. But Dallas, longstanding fans of Calderon, has put those talks on hold until it knows how much of its salary-cap space is needed to win the amnesty bidding for former Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand, who will be awarded to the highest bidder among teams with cap room when Brand clears waivers at 5 p.m. Friday after his amnesty release this week by the Sixers.

Read the full story here.

Courtesy of ESPN



Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving breaks hand, could miss 2 months - by Eurobasket News

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) broke his right hand during a practice in Las Vegas and could be sidelined two months.

The NBAs Rookie of the Year injured his hand slapping the padding on a wall. The Cavaliers said in a release Saturday night that Irving is returning to Cleveland for an examination on Sunday.

Irvings injury is a setback for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft who dazzled during workouts and scrimmages against the US Olympic team recently.

Irving, 20, missed time as a rookie with a variety of injuries and played in only 11 games as a freshman at Duke because of a toe injury.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Irving was upset with himself after turning the ball over in practice and he smacked his hand into the padding on the wall. The padding was thinner than he thought, he said, but it didnt hurt right away and he kept playing. Then his hand was hit again a few minutes later and he took himself out.

Courtesy of http://articles.boston.com



Chicago Bulls shopping Richard Hamilton - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Bulls are reportedly shopping Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut), seven months after signing him, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune:

League sources said the Bulls have shopped Richard Hamilton's expiring $5 million deal, which carries a mere $1 million guarantee for 2013-14. Thus far, there have been no takers.

Hamilton is a three-time All-Star and played a pivotal role in the 2004 Detroit Pistons team that won the NBA Championship. He was signed by the Bulls in December 2011 but was hobbled by injuries, playing in only 28 games and averaging 11.6 points in 24 minutes, his lowest scoring average since his rookie year in 1999.

Its unlikely hell remain unsigned going into next season but according to Johnson, there are currently no teams interested in the veteran guard.

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Knicks sign Felton, raising questions about Jeremy Lin - by Eurobasket News

Raymond Felton (6'5''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) is coming back to the Knicks, raising questions about Jeremy Lin's (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) future in New York.

The Knicks agreed to acquire Felton from Portland in a sign-and-trade, two league sources said. Felton and another former Knick, Kurt Thomas, will join the Knicks and Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric will go to the Trail Blazers, a source said.

There might be more involved in the deal. Felton and Jeffries are free agents, so both have to sign their contracts before the trade can be complete. A league source said Felton will get a four-year deal for close to $18 million.

Felton remained on the Knicks' radar after they lost out on Steve Nash. They ultimately signed Jason Kidd, but they maintained dialogue with Felton's agent. Talks apparently heated up after Lin signed a three-year, $25.1-million offer sheet with the Rockets on Friday that includes an escalator in Year 3 that will pay him $14.9 million.

The Knicks received the offer sheet Saturday, according to a league source. They have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to match it.

Meanwhile, the Knicks didn't match the three-year, $18.7-million offer sheet that Landry Fields signed with Toronto. That deal also balloons in Year 3 to about $9 million. It was a long shot that the Knicks would match that before Saturday's deadline, but if they don't retain Lin, it will be a stunning development.

Lin helped rescue the Knicks' 2011-12 season and became an international phenomenon with his brilliant play in February. He's wildly popular here and abroad. His value to the Knicks off the court from a marketing standpoint and promise on it always made it seem a given that they would retain him.

On Wednesday, coach Mike Woodson said the Knicks "absolutely" would match Houston's offer sheet for Lin, but that was before the Rockets changed the terms from a guaranteed three-year, $19.5-million offer to the current deal.

It's a hefty price to pay for the still unproven Lin, especially considering the Knicks already have about $70 million committed to Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd and Steve Novak for the 2014-15 season.

Also, the luxury-tax penalties get really stiff beginning with the 2013-14 season, when teams will pay anywhere from $1.50 to $4.75 for every dollar they are over, depending on how much it is and whether the team is a repeat taxpayer. If the Knicks don't keep Lin, the luxury-tax situation and trying to maintain future flexibility might be the reasons.

Speaking at Olympic practice, Anthony said he wants Lin back but knows the third year could be an issue. "Houston threw a wrench in there with that third year, from what I'm seeing," he said. "We'll see what happens. I would love to have him back, but I'm not the financial guy in the front office, so we'll see what happens."

Lin averaged 18.2 points and 7.7 assists in 25 starts as a Knick before a knee injury that required surgery ended his season. Those are the only starts in his career. He hasn't played in a playoff game in his two-year NBA career.

Felton, a seven-year veteran, averaged 17.1 points and 9.0 assists in 54 games as a Knick before he was traded to Denver for Anthony in 2011. For his career, he's averaged 13.4 points and 6.7 assists.

One source said that during the Felton discussions, there was never any indication about what the Knicks would do with Lin. It is possible the Knicks could play Lin and Felton or Lin and Kidd together. But they already have agreed to terms with another point guard, Pablo Prigioni of Argentina, and might not want four point guards on the roster.

The Knicks had to do a sign-and-trade for Felton; otherwise, they would have been able to offer him only a minimum contract. Thomas, 39, remains a hard-nosed low-post defender.

They are building a veteran-laden team that they expect to go deeper than the first round of the playoffs. They also have acquired Marcus Camby and re-signedJ.R. Smith and Steve Novak.

With Fields gone, the Knicks will need more help on the wing. As it stands, Smith could be the Knicks' starting shooting guard.

Veteran forward Matt Barnes is on the Knicks' radar, according to a league source who said the interest is mutual. Other free agents who remain unsigned include Carlos Delfino, Mickael Pietrus, Randy Foye and Shannon Brown. Minimum salaries might not be enough to sign some of those players, though.

Notes & quotes: The Knicks' summer league team lost its opener, 93-77, to Memphis. Swingman James White, who signed a guaranteed one-year deal, shot 1-for-4, scored four points and had seven assists. Forward Chris Copeland had eight points and guard Chris Smith _ J.R.'s younger brother _ scored seven. Both could be in Knicks training camp in October. Swingman Wesley Witherspoon, a rookie out of Memphis, led the Knicks with 15 . . . J.R. Smith was on the Knicks' bench watching his brother play. Baron Davis, who will miss next season after right knee surgery, sat in the stands with Woodson.

Courtesy of http://articles.orlandosentinel.com



Landry Fields is a Raptor - by Eurobasket News

Landry Fields (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Stanford) is a Raptor.

The New York Knicks declined to match Torontos three-year, $19-million U.S. offer sheet on the restricted free agent.

On Saturday afternoon, not yet aware whether or not Fields would become the newest member of the Raptors, head coach Dwane Casey and power forward Ed Davis made it clear theyd be happy to have him in the fold.

Speaking about six hours before the deadline for New York to make a call, Casey said he hoped New York would let Fields walk.

If were fortunate enough to get him, hes a guy that can defend multiple positions. He runs the floor, good shooter he gives us another guy who can catch-and-shoot, space the floor, Casey said.

Its always nice to have guys with NBA experience to help us, added Davis, who was part of the same rookie class as Fields.

He plays hard and he knows his role. He doesnt do things that he knows he cant do. He does what he can and he does it well.

With a ballooning payroll and heading for a massive luxury tax bill down the line, New York was not comfortable with the third year of the Fields offer sheet.

The Raptors gave Fields more than his expected market value as part of an attempt to lure Steve Nash to Toronto (Fields could have helped the Knicks get Nash in a sign-and-trade with Phoenix before Toronto swooped in) but believe he will be worth the money due to his ability to contribute on both ends of the floor and had some interest in him regardless of whether Nash came to town as well.

Casey is not overly concerned that Fields went from a first team all-rookie member in 2010-11, to a struggling sophomore last season.

I know his numbers last year (8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 46% shooting, 25.6% from three vs. 9.7, 6.4, 49.7%, 39.3%) werent indicative of his ability to shoot the ball, Casey said.

Anytime youve got Carmelo (Anthony) hes going to get the bulk of those minutes. J.R. Smith came in and was another factor. His role changed and I think that was a big thing with the way his numbers went down.

I wasnt in their locker room, I dont know why, but I do know one thing: You dont forget how to know how to shoot the ball. Its just like swimming.

Casey believes that Fields would thrive in Torontos faster, pick-and-roll centred system, as opposed to New Yorks Anthony-driven, isolation-heavy quagmire.

Another reason why the coach looked forward to having Fields on board was because he is a strong rebounder for his position, just like new starter Kyle Lowry.

That said, Lowry, and Fields wont be tasked with making up for the inability of big man Andrea Bargnani to pull down boards at an acceptable rate.

Were going to demand that Andrea rebounds, hes still 7-foot, said Casey matter-of-factly.

Some of his rebounding problems are because of him being spaced a lot offensively (away from the basket). Defensively he can get under and do a better job I thought before he got hurt he did a much better job of attempting to go to the rim, which is half of the battle.

But Casey certainly knows Fields wont hurt Torontos performance on the glass and thats part of his appeal.

Fields does give us another rebounder, Kyle gives us another rebounder in the paint from the point guard position, he said.

Were excited about some of the possibilities.

With a suddenly crowded picture at shooting guard and small forward (Fields can play both, but rookie Terrence Ross is expected to primarily be a shooting guard this season) expect more moves to balance out the roster.

James Johnson is the likeliest candidate to be moved, but others have more trade value.

Courtesy of www.torontosun.com



Hornets match Suns' offer and retain Eric Gordon - by Eurobasket News

The Hornets have matched the Phoenix Suns' four-year, $58 million offer to Eric Gordon, keeping the restricted free agent guard in New Orleans.

The move to retain Gordon on Saturday was expected, as Hornets general manager Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams had indicated they hoped the 23-year-old former Indiana standout could be the center piece of a rebuilding effort that will also include first overall draft choice Anthony Davis and No. 10 pick Austin Rivers.

Whether the decision will be palatable to fans remains to be seen. Last week, in the days before signing the Suns' offer sheet, Gordon said he hoped to play for Phoenix, but that did not deter New Orleans from retaining his rights.

"Eric is a phenomenal player that we are thrilled to have in our organization,'' Demps said.

Gordon, meanwhile, sounded more conciliatory in a statement released by the Hornets.

"There is always a business element to the NBA when dealing with contracts, but I never lost my appreciation for New Orleans,'' Gordon said. "I look forward to giving my very best on the court this season to make our team successful.''

Gordon was limited to nine games last season because of a bruised right knee that required minor surgery. However, he averaged a team-high 20.6 points, and New Orleans was 6-3 when he played.

The Hornets acquired Gordon shortly before last season in a multiplayer trade that sent All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers.

In four seasons in the NBA, Gordon has never averaged fewer than the 16.1 points per game he scored as a rookie.

In this third season, injuries limited him to 56 games with the Clippers, but he averaged 22.3 points.

He was invited to try out for the 2012 US Olympic team and narrowly missed the cut, with Oklahoma City's James Harden edging him out for one of the final spots.

Demps and Williams never wavered in saying Gordon was New Orleans' best player and a key part of the club's long-term future.

Still, Gordon's first season in New Orleans left many fans wondering if he really wanted to be in the Big Easy. After scoring the winning basket in the Hornets' season opener in - of all places - Phoenix, he sat out for about two weeks while trying to recover from his bruised knee. He attempted to come back in a loss to Philadelphia on Jan. 4, but the knee was still bothering him.

He then went through a prolonged and seemingly fruitless six-week rehabilitation period that sparked debate among fans over whether the high-scoring guard was refusing to play. Those debates heated up further when Gordon rejected the Hornets' four-year contract extension offer at a late-January deadline for teams to complete extensions with players who were due to become restricted free agents after the season.

In mid-February, Gordon and the Hornets finally opted for surgery, and Gordon returned triumphantly on April 4, scoring 15 points in an upset victory over playoff-bound Denver.

New Orleans, which won only 21 games all season, won eight of its last 13 thanks in large part to Gordon's return.

Gordon was a regular at the Hornets' training center leading up to the draft, indicating he had confidence in the club's direction under new owner Tom Benson, who also owns the NFL's New Orleans Saints.

But when free agency began this month, Gordon went on a tour of teams interested in his services and got an offer from Pheonix that represented the maximum a team could pay for another team's restricted free agent.

Gordon then said he hoped to play for the Suns because they made more of an effort to sign him than the Hornets had. Gordon said the Hornets' decision to draft Rivers, who had played Gordon's position of shooting guard in college, indicated that New Orleans was moving in a different direction. Gordon added that the Hornets also had failed to address the need for more front-court players.

Since Gordon's comments, however, the Hornets have acquired 6-foot-10 forward Ryan Anderson, and have traded away former starting point guard Jarrett Jack in a deal that cleared about $5 million under the salary cap to help New Orleans seek another big man in free agency.

The Hornets also have begun training Rivers to play point guard, starting in the Las Vegas summer league that opened this weekend.

Those moves appeared to be aimed at helping Gordon thrive in New Orleans. Time will tell if he truly is interested in doing so.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Nets enlist Watson as backup point guard - by Eurobasket News

C.J. Watson (6'2''-G-84, college: Tennessee) could have played somewhere else for more money. But a personal sales pitch from Deron Williams and Nets coach Avery Johnson, plus the opportunity to be a part of the Nets first season in Brooklyn, was enough to convince the point guard to reach an agreement to sign with the Nets Saturday night.

In the end, Deron had called C.J., Avery had called him, and C.J. liked the opportunity to backup Deron and potentially play alongside him some, said Jared Karnes, Watsons agent. He felt like there was a big hole he can fill.

Landing Watson, who agreed to a one-year deal for the veterans minimum with a player option for the second season and who had been waived by the Bulls earlier this week, fills a critical need on the Nets roster. The Nets were in need of a veteran point guard to play behind Williams, and Watson, who was the primary backup for Derrick Rose last season in Chicago, was happy to take the job.

The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 assists last year for the Bulls in 49 games. He also made 25 starts while Rose was sidelined with injuries throughout the regular season, before serving as the teams starter for the final five games of their first round loss to the 76ers after Rose injured his knee at the end of Game 1.

C.J. has obviously had quite a bit of experience, not only backing up Derrick Rose but playing as the starter in his absence, Karnes said. He did a very, very good job of that.

Hes used to a big market, hes used to playing for a contender, hes used to pressure, and he really looks forward to contributing.

Karnes said that Watson was willing to take less not only because of the possibility of playing both behind and alongside Williams, but because of the excitement surrounding the team beginning a new era this fall when they move to Brooklyn and open the brand new Barclays Center.

Youve got a player with that experience whos demonstrated the capability to lead the team in a major market, and hes willing to make a financial sacrifice for something he believes in, Karnes said.

He believe in the Brooklyn Nets were 100 percent behind them.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com



Suns win bidding for Luis Scola; amnesty Josh Childress - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns beefed up their frontline Sunday, winning the bidding for rugged forward Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80).

The Suns parted ways with longtime point guard Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) last month and lost out on a bid for Eric Gordon when New Orleans matched their $58 million, four-year offer to the dynamic scorer. But they got their man this time, adding the 6-foot-9 Scola a couple days after Houston used the amnesty clause to cut him loose.

"We are excited to have won the bid for Luis Scola and to add a player of his caliber to our roster," Lon Babby, the Suns' president of basketball operations, said in a release. "We greatly value the production he will bring and the leadership he will provide to our younger players."

Phoenix made room for the 32-year-old Scola by using the amnesty option to cut forward Josh Childress (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Stanford), who was acquired by the Suns in a sign-and-trade deal with Atlanta two years ago. He played in 34 games last season, averaging 2.9 points.

A fan favorite in Houston, Scola averaged 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in five seasons with the Rockets. He grabbed 2,984 rebounds to rank ninth on Houston's career list.

But the Rockets waived Scola on Friday. Scola, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is due about $21 million over the next three seasons, and the amnesty provision means his remaining contract will not count against Houston's salary cap or luxury tax.

Scola will play for Argentina in the London Olympics.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Kestutis Kemzura takes Asseco Prokom under control - by Eurobasket News

Kestutis Kemzura takes Asseco Prokom under control. Earlier Kestutis Kemzura left Lokomotiv as specialist stayed with the team for two years.
He started as coach assistant at Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), in Jan.'07 took position of head coach at BC Khimky Moscow (Russia-A Superleague). In 2009-2010 he joined Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia-A Superleague) and had a great season this year.Lokomotiv finished the season with 17-10 record and finished fourth in Play-offs. Unics clinched third place in PBL as they won the series over Lokomotiv 3-0. In Game 3 Unics won 77:70 as Lampe Maciej erupted with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Chalmers Lionel responded with 19 points in the losing effort.
This summer Kestutis Kemzura is a Head Coach of the Lithuanian National team. he advanced to the Olympics after the Addition Qualifying Round. Lithuania will play at 2012 Olympic Games in London. They overcame Dominican Republic to ensure their appearance at the tournament. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85) came up with 19 points to pace the Baltic team.



PGE Turow replace Asseco Prokom in VTB League - by Eurobasket News

PGE Turow replace Asseco Prokom in VTB League in the upcoming season. The team from Wroclaw of the last year will debut in the new tournament.
Few hours ago VTB League has presented the new 2012/13 season in Tallinn. The Draw of the regular season has been held in a picturesque place in Old Tallinn. Twenty teams have been drawn into two regular season groups. Best two teams from each group will qualify directly into the quarterfinals. The teams that will occupy the third, fourth, fifth and sixth positions in each group will play at the eighth-final stage.
Eighth-finals will be best-of-three series. Quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be best-of-five series.
PGE Turow already building the roster for the new season. The team confirmed David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois), Djordje Micic (195-G-83), Aaron Cel (203-F-87), Michal Chylinski (190-G-86, agency: Interperformances), Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell), Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87) and Michal Gabinski (202-F-87).



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U20 European Championship: Portugal closed Day 4 with the win over Denmark - by Eurobasket News

Denmark U20- Portugal U20 73:74

Portugal closed Day 4 with the win over Denmark at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Miguel Cardoso (184-PG-93) made one free throw at the end of the game that was enough for 74:73 victory.
Denmark opened the game with 20:17, but trailed one point at the halftime. Rafael Wildner (207-C/F-92) scored last 12 points in the second period for 41:40 halftime advantage. Denmark meanwhile scored the last points in the third period and grabbed 58:56 lead after three quarters. Rafael Wildner later scored for 71:63, but the victory was not that easy for Portugal. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) tied the game at 73:73 in the last minute, while Hertz had a chance to bring the win. He missed a three-pointer as Denmark lost 73:74.
Rafael Wildner led the way with 24 points and Joao Fernandes (177-PG-92) posted 15. Miguel Cardoso also brought 15 points, while Pedro Belo (214-C/F-92) delivered 7. Esben Reinholt and Soeren Olsen (185-PG-93) answered with 16 points each in the losing effort. Sami Eleraky (210-C-93) collected 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Andreas Bigum (203-F-93) had 9.

Denmark U20: Esben Reinholt 16+10 rebs, Soeren Olsen 16, Sami Eleraky 11+11 rebs, Andreas Bigum 9
Portugal U20: Rafael Wildner 24, Joao Fernandes 15, Miguel Cardoso 15, Pedro Belo 7



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Stephen Ross inks with U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca - by Eurobasket News

Stephen Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) inks with U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca for the upcoming season. The Canadian player remains in Romania but with another team.
Last year Steve Ross agreed terms with SCM Craiova for the upcoming season. In 2011-2012 for SCM CSU Craiova (Romania-Div.A, starting five) he averaged 18.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 75.7%.
In 2007-2008 he moved to Holland and signed at ZZ Leiden (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five). In 14 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 80.0%. In 2008-2009 moved to Upstairs Weert (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five) and became the fourth top-scorer with 17.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 78.6%
In 2009-2010 has signed a 2-year deal with GasTerra Flames (former Hanzevast Capitals). The 2.01 swingman was recruited by the Flames to bolster their offensive power. In 2010-2011 for GasTerra Flames Groningen (Holland-DBL) in EuroCup after 6 games showed 5.2ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 35.3%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 16.7%, while in Euroleague Qualifying Round had 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg. In Dutch League after 45 games his stats read 7.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 64.3%.



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Nizhny Novgorod bring Vladimir Ivlev from BC Rjazan - by Eurobasket News

Nizhny Novgorod bring Vladimir Ivlev (207-F-90) from BC Rjazan for the upcoming season. The team return the Russian forward back to the roster.
Last year Nizhny Novgorod have secured the services of Vladimir Ivlev. The youngsters signed a two-year deal with the team. Vladimir Ivlev spent the earlier seasons with Dynamo Moscow. In 2010 the forward appeared in one EuroCup Qualifying Round game scoring 7 points and pulling down 4 boards. In five PBL appearances his stats read 0.8 points and 1.2 boards. Vladimir Ivlev mainly played for Dynamo-2. He tallied 14.4 points, 9.0 boards, 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game there.
Vladimir Ivlev also participated at U20 European Championship. He averaged 14.8 points, 11.4 boards and 1.2 steals per game in Croatia. Vladimir Ivlev made it into Eurobasket.com All-European Championship 2nd Team.
The season 2011-2012 he started for BC Nizhny Novgorod (PBL): only pre-season, then moved to BC Rjazan (Superleague, starting five) and averaged 9.4ppg, Reb-2 (7.4rpg), 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP-2 (58.8%), 3PT: 17.1%, FT: 51.1%.



Germany U18 clinched third place in Toulouse - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18- Russia U18 68:59

Germany U18 clinched third place in Toulouse at the Le Temple sur Lot tournament. The team overcame Russia U18 in the last game of the competition 68:59.
Germany led 5 points after the first period but managed to keep only 1 point at the halftime. They added 19-14 and 17-14 respectively in the last quarters to win the game.
Paul Zipser (195-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and JOHANNES THIERMANN collected 11 points and 11 rebounds. Mauricio Marin (188-PG-94) followed them with 10 points in a win. Igor Kanygin (204-F-94) and Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-F-94) answered with 15 points each while Russia lost all three games. Rostislav Karenin (202-C-94) poured in 8, while Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) delivered 6.
Serbia U18 wins Le Temple sur Lot tournament with 4 teams participating. In the last game of the competition the team edged France U18 81:76 and clinched the top place. Three teams finished with 2-1 record, while Serbia had a better difference.

Germany U18: Paul Zipser 17, JOHANNES THIERMANN 11+11 rebs, Mauricio Marin 10
Russia U18: Igor Kanygin 15, Stanislav Ilnitskiy 15, Rostislav Karenin 8, Mikhail Kulagin 6



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

France U18-Serbia U18 76:81

Serbia U18 wins Le Temple sur Lot tournament with 4 teams participating. In the last game of the competition the team edged France U18 81:76 and clinched the top place. Three teams finished with 2-1 record, while Serbia had a better difference.
Serbia took 26:22 in the first period and then added massive 30-20 in the second frame. France looked better in the second half and won the third and the last quarters. It was not however enough to seal the victory.
Doko Salic (210-C-95) stepped up with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) and Mihajlo Andric (197-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 12 points apiece. Nikola Cvorovic (201-F-94) followed them with 11 points in a win. ANTHONY LABANCA ended up with 19 points in defeat and Alexandre Chassang (199-C-94) chipped in 17. Kevin Harley (198-G-94) delivered 14, whilst Quentin Berteau and Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-F/C-94) scored 9 each.

France U18: ANTHONY LABANCA 19, Alexandre Chassang 17, Kevin Harley 14, Quentin Berteau 9, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 9
Serbia U18: Doko Salic 16+10 rebs, Nikola Radicevic 12, Mihajlo Andric 12, Nikola Cvorovic 11



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Troy DeVries inks with Assignia Manresa - by Eurobasket News

Troy DeVries (193-G-82, college: N.Mexico) will continue his career in Assignia Manresa. The guard has agreed on terms of two-season contract with the team. Troy DeVries started the previous season in Mellila Baloncesto. He tallied 19.1 points, 3.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in LEB Gold. Later the guard moved to Unicaja. His stats read 11.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per appearance for the Malaga team. Previously Troy DeVries had stints in Germany, Australia, Ukraine, Spain and Venezuela. Troy DeVries used to play for Athletes in Action basketball team in 2006. He participated at 2006 William Jones Cup in Taiwan with the team. Troy DeVries made it into All-MWC 3rd Team in 2005 while playing for New Mexico University basketball team.


Lamont Hamilton set to sign with Bizkaia Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) will join Bizkaia Bilbao. The centre has finally agreed on terms of contract with the Basque team. We previously reported his agreement with BC Donetsk in Ukraine but the deal was never reached and Lamont Hamilton is expected to ink with Bilbao. Lamont Hamilton spent the last season in France. He played for Paris-Levallois. His stats read 17.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in ProA. Eurobasket.com named Lamont Hamilton All-French ProA Centre of the Year. He also participated at ProA All-Star Game. It was the third straight season in Paris for the centre. Previously Lamont Hamilton had stints with Tenerife Rural and Mallorca in Spain. He graduated from St. John's in 2007. The centre made it into All-Big East 1st Team in 2007.


Caja Laboral offers contract extension to Nocioni - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral wants to keep Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) for the next season. The former Spanish champion already made an offer and now waits for the answer. According to various sources, Nocioni would like to return to the NBA. Pablo Prigioni and Mirza Teletovic already left Caja Laboral for the NBA.
Andres Nocioni returned to Caja Laboral in March. He played 12 games in Liga Endesa averaging 9.7 points and 3.5 rebounds. Nocioni started the season with Argentinean Penarol due to the NBA lockout. He joined Philadelphia 76er after it, but had very limited playing time in 10 games. In 2010/11 season, Nocioni averaged 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 54 games with Philly. In the past, he played for Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls. Andres Nocioni played for Tau Ceramica (now Caja Laboral) from 1999 to 2004.



Spain U16 won and lost in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Spain U16 won and lost in Lithuania in a friendly tournament between three teams.
Spain U16 overcame Lithuania U16 77:69 in Game 1. The Blatic side won the opening period 26:17, but lost the rest of the game. Spain replied with 19-11 in the second frame and added 27-18 in the last quarter. Francisco Alonso (188-G-96) stepped up with 22 points and Garcia added 14. Martinez and Brais Gago (180-G-96) poured in 10 points each in the winning effort.
In Game 2 Italy U16 overcame Spain U16 72:70. It was a game of two equal teams that kept the spectators alive until the last seconds. Both teams showed their best, while Italy grabbed the win at the end of the game. Federico Mussini (183-G-96) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Pierfrancesco Oliva (200-F-96) added 15. Riccardo Rossato (185-G-96) and Donzelli delivered 10 each, while Spera posted 7.



Spain beat France in Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Spain - France 75:70

Spain claimed a narrow win over France in the exhibition game in Madrid. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) stepped up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners.
The lead changed hands throughout the starting quarter. Spain eked out a 23:21 lead after ten minutes. France surged ahead in the second frame. They grabbed a 39:37 halftime lead. But Spain opened the third quarter on a 12:3 run to surge in front. They established a 56:49 advantage at the final intermission. Spain maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter. The home team kept France at distance and raced to the victory at the end. Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) posted 16 points and 10 rebounds for Spain. Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) netted 10 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) delivered 12 points for France. Tony Parker (183-PG-82) notched 11 points in the loss.

Spain: Pau Gasol 22+10 boards, Serge Ibaka 16+10 boards, Victor Claver 10
France: Kevin Seraphin 12, Tony Parker 11



Sources: Mavs, Raptors discuss Calderon trade - by Eurobasket News

Well aware the Toronto Raptors have no plans to release him via the amnesty clause, representatives for veteran guard Jose Manuel Calderon (6'3''-PG-81) have informed the Raptors that Calderon welcomes their attempts to trade him, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that Calderon, while undeniably attached to the city of Toronto after spending his entire six-year NBA there, is hoping the Raptors can find a trade home for him now that newly acquired Kyle Lowry is already penciled in as coach Dwane Casey's new starting point guard.

The Raptors, sources say, are open to a trade but want to send Calderon to a team with salary-cap space that can absorb the Spaniard's $10.6 million salary, thereby creating a trade exception for Toronto and giving them added financial flexibility for further moves.

Sources say the Raptors and Dallas Mavericks have discussed various Calderon trade scenarios this week. But Dallas, longstanding fans of Calderon, has put those talks on hold until it knows how much of its salary-cap space is needed to win the amnesty bidding for former Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand, who will be awarded to the highest bidder among teams with cap room when Brand clears waivers at 5 p.m. Friday after his amnesty release this week by the Sixers.

Read the full story here.

Courtesy of ESPN



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Sweden U18 lost first two games in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18 lost first two games in Italy at the Torneo di Cisternino. The team was beaten by Ukraine in Day 1 and lost to the hosts in the second day.
Ukraine U18 beat Sweden U18 78:57 in the opener. Ukraine played better and rightfully clinched the victory. Petrov top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Volodymyr Shevchenko (200-SF-94) netted 14. Vladyslav Smyrnov (196-F-94) and Kharchyskyi netted 9 points apiece.
In Day 2 Italy U18 outscored Sweden U18 73:55. The hosts started with 19-13 in the opening period and added massive 27-16 in the second frame. Moreover Italy won the third quarter 17-13 and did not mind 10-13 in the last stanza. Alessandro Grande (178-PG-94) poured in 14 points to lead all the winners, while Laquintana added 12.



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Tane Spasev is the new head coach of U16 NT ... - by Tarek Burhan

The macedonian coach Tane Spasev who works in Syria .. names the head coach of U16 National team ..
he already completed his first year in Syria last june .. and this is the second year here with Syrian Federation .. he works as Coordinator and Coach in youth program, also he was the assistant coach for coach Goran Miljevic (agency: Prossin Sports Management ) last year, and currently he is the as.coach for coach Imad Othman with Senior National team ..
everybody loves coach Tane here in Syria .. he has great character in the practise and out of GYM ...
he is working hard .. and he is doing great job ...
We wish the best luck for WABA U16 at next september



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Tunisian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
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Mourad El Mabrouk
El Mabrouk
Marouana Kechrid
Kechrid
Macram Ben Romdhane
Ben Romdhane
Amine Rzig
Rzig
Mehdi Labeyrie-Hafsi
Labeyrie-Hafsi
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4 Radhouane Slimane 205-C/F-80 Al Hilal Saudi Arabia
5 Marouane Laghnej 189-PG-86 JS Kairouan Tunisia
6 Nizar Knioua 189-G-83 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
7 Mourad El Mabrouk 189-G-86 Ezzahra Tunisia
8 Marouana Kechrid 177-PG-81 MAF Fes Morocco
9 Mohamed Hadidane 207-F/C-86 WAC Casabl. Morocco
11 Mokhtar Ghayaza 204-C-86 ES Rades Tunisia
10 Atef Maoua 200-SF-81 ES Sahel Tunisia
12 Macram Ben Romdhane 203-F/C-89 ES Sahel Tunisia
13 Amine Rzig 199-SF-80 Al Ahly Egypt
14 Amine Maghrebi 196-F/G-84 Ezzahra Tunisia
15 Mehdi Labeyrie-Hafsi 202-F/C-78 Monaco France
16 Zied Toumi 192-PG-85 ES Sahel Tunisia
17 Youssef Gaddour 203-F-90 US Monastir Tunisia
18 Lassad Chouya 190-SG-89 C Africain Tunisia
Hamdi Braa 203-F/C-86 Al Wehda Saudi Arabia

Adel Tlatli Head Coach
Kacem Louerchefani Assistant



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The end of Galatasaray's Euroleague hopes - by Ugur Turker

Union Olimpija Ljubljana which has warned by Euroleague Board to clear their some of debts untill 20th of June is now able to settle its debts. Slovenian media claimed that Olimpija's Board found enough funds to clear debts which EL Board asked them to clear.That means Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul's hope to participate in EL Qualification as a replace of Chalon who will be in Group Stage directly broke down. Now, Galatasaray and other candidates will wait for second deadline of EL Board ; 20th Semptember. Slovenian team has to plan all debts even if they could have been clear them not to lose its place in Euroleague.


Fenerbahce signs Baris Ermis - by Pervin Elgin

Fenerbahce Ulker signed a 3 year contract with Baris Ermis, who has played for Banvit for the last three seasons and also served on the National Team.

Born in 1985, the 1.94 tall guard began his carreer in 1991 with Yesilyurt Club Basketball. As an 18-year old, he entered the big league with Besiktas in 2003. He
moved to Efes Pilsen and won the championship and cup with his team. After that, he played for serveral more teams in the Turkish league:

Besiktas Cola Turka (2003-04)
Efes Pilsen (2004-06)
Turkey League Champion (2005)
Turkey Cup (2005-06)
Turk Telekom (2006-07)
Pinar Karsiyaka (2007-08)
Turk Telekom (2008-09)
Bandırma Banvit (2009-12)



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Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap is giving Kemba Walker room to be himself - by David Edole

By Rick Bonnell
LAS VEGAS -- Somewhere at or near the top of Mike Dunlaps to-do list would be the following: Get Kemba back to being Kemba.

Dunlap, the new coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, said as much at Saturday practice when he said he thought Walker was one of the countrys five best players two years ago at Connecticut, but that wasnt reflected in his play as an NBA rookie.

Most everything concerning the Bobcats revamped offense involves early-possession efforts to attack the rim. That was Walkers forte when he led the Huskies to the national championship in 2011. The team did it well Friday night in an up-tempo blowout of the Sacramento Kings. It was a template for the future, though a summer-league result counts for nothing.

Scratch that. For Walker, who hadnt won a basketball game in four months, it meant a lot.

It counts, Walker said of beating the Kings at UNLVs Cox Pavilion. I say this ends the losing streak at 23.

While the NBA wont chronicle that feat in the standings, I sure get Walkers point. Its been forever since any Bobcat had a reason to smile, and Friday night felt like an exorcism. They led from end-to-end, when often last season they trailed end-to-end.

Byron Mullens looked like an honest-to-gosh big man, rather than a 7-foot shooting guard. And the rookies were something else. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was hawking passing lanes and dunking at will. Jeff Taylor was doing a convincing Dell Curry impression from the 3-point line.

Walker was orchestrating all of this as the point guard of a team running and pressing baseline-to-baseline. Its fair to say Walker was pretty glum from about January through April. Ive seen him smile more the past four days than in the previous four months.

Im a playmaker, Walker said, as if to remind himself. I can pass, shoot the jumper and get to the rim. This (offense) is putting me right in the paint, and thats where I do my best work.

This is just a situation where I feel like hes letting me do my best work.

Thats no coincidence. When Dunlap interviewed with the Bobcats, beating out nine other candidates for the job, one of the clinchers was the intricate description he gave of how to optimize Walker. He illustrated a series of drag screens the plays that worked so well for Steve Nash in Phoenix and Chris Paul in New Orleans as a way of getting more from a guy who was a lottery pick and college player of the year just 16 months ago.

Hes the head of the dog, Dunlap said of Walkers value going forward.

The events of last week emphasized that. The Bobcats quietly divorced themselves from D.J. Augustin Thursday, signing Ramon Sessions (presumably to be Walkers backup) and then rescinding a $4 million-plus qualifying offer to Augustin, who quickly signed with the Indiana Pacers.

There were numerous reasons for the divorce. Augustin had turned down an extension offer last winter that the Bobcats considered more than generous. It was obvious though he denied this publicly that Augustin wanted to be elsewhere. And though Walker still has much to learn, he was more what the team wanted.

There was another simple reason: Walker is an alpha male and Augustin was not. Most NBA players need their egos contracted. Augustin, in contrast, never had the rock-hard self-confidence you want from any starter, particularly your point guard. Thats never been a secret.

Walker is more extraverted, more decisive and assertive. Hes effectively coaching Kidd-Gilchrist on the floor. Friday when MKG was sloppy about receiving a pass, Walker barked, Mike! Two hands! and Kidd-Gilchrist responded immediately and deferentially.

This is just the situation where I feel most comfortable, Walker said of the up-tempo, attacking style Dunlap is teaching daily. Ive got to pick my spots, but when Im driving to the lane, I can do a lot of things and hes giving me that opportunity.

Its simple, really. Hes remembering how to be Kemba again.



Kings, Boy Dem Roll in Fridays NBBA Action - by David Edole

By Dave Davis July 15, 2012
The League leading Boys Dem rallied pass Guidance 87-74 and the Kings whipped the defending champions Hoyas, 85-77, in the New Breed Basketball Association Summer Basket league Friday night action at the Ronald Charles Gymnasium on the Central High Campus.

The Kings were led by a dominating 25 points, 22 rebounds from center Craig Big Smooth Williams, who controlled the paint on both ends of the floor, while Boys Dem, led by a 19 second half points from Zomari Swanston (193-G/F), erased an 11-point halftime deficit on their way to an 87-74 victory.

King 85, Hoyas 77
The opening quarter of Friday's game one was all Hoyas, as the defending champions came out hot and outscored the young Kings 29-16 and looked ready to blow them out of the gym.

But Coach Pidy Williams rallied her young troops and they responded by outplaying the veteran-laden Hoyas the rest of the way. Craig Williams (205-F-89) took full advantage of his size to control the boards and the Kings went on to outscore the Hoyas 72-48 after the first quarter to come away with the 85-77 victory.

Craig Williams (205-F-89) led the Kings with game highs in points and rebounds, finishing with 25 and 22 respectively. He was ably supported by teammates Nybo Rodgers with 17 points and Jermaine Mulley with 15. For the Hoyas it was Warren Christian showing the way with 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Eddie Castillo adding 22points.

Boys Dem 87, Guidance 74

Guidance exploded for 25 points in the second quarter of game two on Friday against the league leading Boys Dem and took an 11-point halftime lead into the locker, 41-30.

But beginning late in the third quarter Boys Dem turned up their defensive intensity, holding Guidance to just 12 points, while scorching the nets for 28 and a 58-53 lead after three quarters of play. The hot hand in the period belonged to Rasheed Swanston (196-F-95), who connected for 10 points. Older brother Zomari Swanston chipped in with eight.
The lead would change hands several times in the final period, but Zomari Swanston caught fire, knocking down three consecutive 3-pointers at a critical juncture of the period that appeared to knock the wind out of Guidances sails. Zomari Swanston scored 11 of his 19 second half points in the fourth to lead his squad to victory. He would finish with a game high 31 points to go with 11 rebounds. Four other players finished in double figures, with Wilson Ferrance (191-G) netting 17, Rasheed Swanston (196-F-95) and Salim Ross (92)s both scoring 12 and Terrel Christian finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. For Guidance it was Joelfry Polanco who scored 16.



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Canons -Titans to open the Airtel NBL second round - by Eurobasket News

Local Basketball governing body FUBA has confirmed that the second round of the Airtel National Basketball League will start next Friday, July 13. University sides UCU Canons and KIU Titans will face off in the opening fixture of the second round schedule in the men's top division at YMCA. KIU topped UCU in the first leg and held them to a season low 42 points and 4 points in a quarter.

MUK Sparks and Magic Stormers will open the women's division second round schedule on the same day. Sparks lost to Magic 34-49 in the first leg. Meanwhile two players have been handed suspensions for their indiscipline actions. Richard Ongom (Vegetarian) has been handed a one year suspension and Abel Emwodu (Livingstone, div 3A) recieved a 4 game suspension, FUBA competitions council chairman, Joseph Manano said.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



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Ukraine U18 finished the tournament in Cisternino - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U18 finished the tournament in Cisternino with 1-2 record. The team overcame Sweden, but lost to Sweden and Italy.
Ukraine U18 beat Sweden U18 78:57 in the opener. Ukraine played better and rightfully clinched the victory. Petrov top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Volodymyr Shevchenko (200-SF-94) netted 14. Vladyslav Smyrnov and Kharchyskyi netted 9 points apiece.
In Day 2 Iran U18 overcame Ukraine U18 80:71. The Asian team looked better in the game and managed to clinch the narrow win. Volodymyr Shevchenko 's 14 points were not enough for the Ukrainian team. Kudrya posted 13, while Petrov and Pischikov added 11 apiece.
Last night Italy overcame Ukraine 66:57 The guests started with 19-18 lead after the first period, but failed to keep the lead. Italy replied with 16-9 in the second frame and reached 34:28 halftime advantage. Moreover Italy needed 19-13 in the third quarter for a bigger lead. Ukraine managed to win the last stanza 16-13 and reduce the gap to 9 points. Francesco Candussi (211-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Mirco Turel (192-G-94) added 12. Laquintana delivered 7, while Benvenuti and Fontecchio posted 6 each. Anton Dziuba (201-F-95) replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Kristian Lugovtsov (197-F-94) posted 10, while Volodymyr Shevchenko and Korenyuk nailed 9 apiece.



Yuzny to host AerosvitCup-2012 - by Eurobasket News

Yuzny will host AerosvitCup-2012 from July 17-19. Four national teams will participate at the tournament: Israel, Belarus, Ukraine and Romania.
Israel and Belarus will open the tournament on July 17 at 16.30 local time. Ukraine will face Romania after the opening ceremony.



Moore joins Ferro - by Alexander Muzyka

22-years old Cameron Moore (208-F-90) of UAB became tthe newcomer of Ferro-ZNTU. Last season he scored 16,1 ppg, 10,5 rpg and 2,4 bpg for his University in NCAA. The American seems to be the main bigman in Zaporizhia. Now Ferro-ZNTU has only one vacancy for the foreign player. The limit is almost full by Moore, Heorhi Kandrusevich, Jeremy Chappell and Randy Culpepper. Last vacancy can be filled up by R.T. Guinn (no info about his future) or other newcomer - it's still unknown.


Vladislav Podolian remains with BC Kyiv - by Eurobasket News

Vladislav Podolian (194-G-86, agency: New Trend Agency) remains with BC Kyiv for the upcoming season. The Ukrainian Guard will enter his third season in a row for the team.
In 2004-2005 he started for BK Kiev-2-KPI (Higher League) and continued for few years. In 2005-2006 for BK Kiev-2-KPI (Higher League) - BC Kyiv (Superleague) his stats read 3.2ppg, 1.0rpg, 0.3apg. In 2007-2008 for BC Kyiv (Superleague) he showed 3.7ppg, 2.3rpg and also debuted in ULEB Cup.
In Feb.'08 moved to BS Odessa (Superleague) and in averaged 7.9ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010 showed 4.3ppg, 1.9rpg.
In Dec.'10 moved back to BC Kyiv (Superleague, starting five) and had 7.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.2%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 83.0%.
The last season for BC Kyiv (Superleague) his stats read 12.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 79.4%.



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U20 European Championship: Belarus surprise Great Britain - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U20-Great Britain U20 69:61

Belarus surprise Great Britain in Day 4 of the U20 European Championship. Belarus tasted the initial victory in Group C after 69:61 victory. Great Britain meanwhile suffered the first loss and dropped at 1-3 record.
Great Britain was the favorite of the game and started with 17:15 lead. Sayers increased to 27:22, but Belarus won the rest of the half. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) closed the half from the free throw line for 34:33 halftime advantage. In the third quarter Aliaksandr Semianiuk (209-F-93) and Vitali Liutych nailed threes for 52:43 and then Belarus also added 4-0 run in the start of the last stanza. Although Great Britain finished the game with a 6-0 run they managed only to cut it to 8 points.
Vitali Liutych stepped up with 21 points and Henadziy Zakhar (198-SF-92) netted 12. Aliaksandr Semianiuk poued in 10 points and Anton Papruha (190-PG-93) notched 9. Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) replied with 16 points in the losing effort, while Onyejebolise Chuku (196-F-93) collected 13 points and 13 boards. Washington followed them with 12 points in a loss.

Belarus U20: Vitali Liutych 21, Henadziy Zakhar 12, Aliaksandr Semianiuk 10, Anton Papruha 9
Great Britain U20: Alasdair Fraser 16, Onyejebolise Chuku 13+13 rebs, Washington 12



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  URUGUAY   


Marne is leading the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Eric Freeman (205-C-79, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Ky Wesleyan) playing for the first time for Marne scored 27 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, and his new team beat Guruyu Waston 78-73, for the Metro league 15th Round. Marne is leading the tournament with a 11-3 record. Freeman is replacing the Argentine Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90), who will be joining Penarol Mar del Plata. For Guruyu Waston Cristian Tisierre (196-F-90) netted 13 points and Martavius Adams added 6 points and 9 rebounds. In the other game, Larranaga beat Cader 70-65. For Larranaga Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) scored 26 points with 10 rebounds 1 block and 2 assists and for Cader Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) netted 20 points with 14 rebounds and 2 blocks


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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


VTB League announces 2012/13 season in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

VTB League has presented the new 2012/13 season in Tallinn today. The Draw of the regular season has been held in a picturesque place in Old Tallinn. Twenty teams have been drawn into two regular season groups. Best two teams from each group will qualify directly into the quarterfinals. The teams that will occupy the third, fourth, fifth and sixth positions in each group will play at the eighth-final stage.
Eighth-finals will be best-of-three series. Quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be best-of-five series.
VTB League has announced the names of three debutant teams. They are PGE Turow, Neptunas and Triumph. Ukraine will be represented by only one team Azovmash. In the meantime PGE Turow will replace Asseco Prokom as the Polish representative. The twentieth VTB League participant will be decided shortly. The league also announced the agreement with Euroleague about one additional place for VTB League team in Euroleague Qualifying Round for 2013/14 season.
The regular season stars in October and is expected to conclude in March 2013. Each team will play 18 regular season games on a home-away format.


Here are regular season groups:
Group A: Unics, Lietuvos Rytas, Astana, Azovmash, Wild Card, Kalev/Cramo, PGE Turow, Khimky, Spartak SP, Krasnie Krilya
Group B: CSKA, Zalgiris, Enisey, Nymburk, Neptunas, Minsk-2006, VEF Riga, Lokomotiv Kuban, Nizhny Novgorod, Triumph.




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Women News


Womens basketball squad wins bronze in CPLP games - by Eurobasket News

Angolas womens under-16 basketball team has won bronze in the community of Portuguese-speaking countries (CPLP) games in Mafra, Portugal.
They blasted another African representative at the CPLP game, Sao Tom and Principe, 101-61 yesterday in the bronze final.
Courtesy of: Starafrica.com



Australia win GameOn Sheffield Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Angola 70:46

Australia claimed the third straight win at the GameOn Sheffield invitational tournament. They overcame Angola to clinch the top position. Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Opals.
Australia surged ahead in the opening quarter and ensured a 7-point lead at the first break. The Opals stretched the gap in the second term. The Aussies built a 37:20 halftime lead. Angola cut the rot in the third term. They narrowed the deficit at 12-point mark with one quarter remaining. Australia went on a 21:9 run in the final frame though and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) knocked down 15 points for Australia. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) added 10 points in the victory. Nacissela Mauricio (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 16 points for Angola. Nadir Manuel (185-PF-86) netted 6 points in the loss.

Australia: Cambage Elizabeth 21+10 boards, Abby Bishop 15, Belinda Snell 10
Angola: Nacissela Mauricio 16, Nadir Manuel 6



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Australia win GameOn Sheffield Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Angola 70:46

Australia claimed the third straight win at the GameOn Sheffield invitational tournament. They overcame Angola to clinch the top position. Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Opals.
Australia surged ahead in the opening quarter and ensured a 7-point lead at the first break. The Opals stretched the gap in the second term. The Aussies built a 37:20 halftime lead. Angola cut the rot in the third term. They narrowed the deficit at 12-point mark with one quarter remaining. Australia went on a 21:9 run in the final frame though and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) knocked down 15 points for Australia. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) added 10 points in the victory. Nacissela Mauricio (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 16 points for Angola. Nadir Manuel (185-PF-86) netted 6 points in the loss.

Australia: Cambage Elizabeth 21+10 boards, Abby Bishop 15, Belinda Snell 10
Angola: Nacissela Mauricio 16, Nadir Manuel 6



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Austria beats FYROM to win the title at European Championship for Small Countries - by Eurobasket News

AUSTRIA - FYR MACEDONIA 68-63

Austria is the winner of 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They outplayed hosts FYROM 68-63 to take the Gold medal at this event. This is the fourth title for Austria in this competition. Verena Bachler (175-G-88) and Nina Suritsch (189-F/C-84) led the winners with 12 points each. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) secured a nice help with 11 points and 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) collected 20 points and 8 rebounds. Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had double-double of 18 points and 13 rebs, while Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) added 12 points and 6 assists. FYROM won the Silver, but they for sure hoped to grab the title at the tournament in Ohrid. It was a very exciting game today as teams were tied at 63-63 with 2:34 to go. Schicher made one free throw for Austria and soon after that Podoschek added two more. The hosts desperately tried to score, but were not able to do it and Podoschek sealed the victory for Austria with two more successful shots from the line. Quarters: 28-16, 12-23, 17-10, 11-14. Malta won the Bronze in Ohrid. They arrived as defending champions.

Austria: Verena Bachler 12, Nina Suritsch 12, Sophia Plank 11+6 as
FYROM: Elena Radenkovic 20+8 boards, Monika Gavriloska 18+13 boards, Slavica Dimovska 12+6 as



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Azerbaijan avoids last place in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News

AZERBAIJAN - MOLDOVA 68-45

Azerbaijan avoided last place at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They cruised past Moldova 68-45 in the last day of the competition in Ohrid. Azerbaijan shined at the beginning of the second half to take the comfortable win in this game. Quarters: 22-15, 10-11, 26-10, 10-9. Anastasiya Biryuchkova (170-G-90) led the winners in scoring with 27 points. Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 37. She had 22 points and 14 rebounds. In Moldova, Galina Cuznetov (193-C-89) (12 rebs) and Diana Sokolov (170-PG-88) (5 rebs) netted 8 points each. Austria won the Gold in Ohrid. FYROM finished as No.2, while third place belonged to defending champs Malta.

Azerbaijan: Anastasiya Biryuchkova 27, Dina Ulyanova 22+14 boards
Moldova: Galina Cuznetov 8+12 boards, Diana Sokolov 8+5 boards



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


European Championship for Small Countries (Division C): Austria wins the title in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News

Group FINAL
Austria - FYR Macedonia 68-63
Austria is the winner of 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They outplayed hosts FYROM 68-63 to take the Gold medal at this event. This is the fourth title for Austria in this competition. Verena Bachler (175-G-88) and Nina Suritsch (189-F/C-84) led the winners with 12 points each. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) secured a nice help with 11 points and 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) collected 20 points and 8 rebounds. Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had double-double of 18 points and 13 rebs, while Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) added 12 points and 6 assists. FYROM won the Silver, but they for sure hoped to grab the title at the tournament in Ohrid. It was a very exciting game today as teams were tied at 63-63 with 2:34 to go. Schicher made one free throw for Austria and soon after that Podoschek added two more. The hosts desperately tried to score, but were not able to do it and Podoschek sealed the victory for Austria with two more successful shots from the line. Quarters: 28-16, 12-23, 17-10, 11-14. Malta won the Bronze in Ohrid. They arrived as defending champions.

Places 3-4
Malta - Scotland 72-52
Malta won the Bronze at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They blasted Scotland 72-52 in the battle for third place. Malta was the winner of previous two Gold medals. Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) led them on Sunday with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) scored 18 pts and she was named MVP of the tournament. Third scorer in victory was Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) with 12 points (5 rebs). In Scotland, Rona Corkindale (177-F-86) (7 rebs) and Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) delivered 12 points each. Gillian Baird (182-F-88) netted 9 points. Malta exploded after the breather to secure the comfortable win in this meeting. Quarters: 14-10, 14-14, 25-12, 19-16. Austria won the Gold in Ohrid, while hosts FYROM ended with Silver.
Places 5-6
Gibraltar - Wales 65-61
Gibraltar won the fifth place at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They outsmarted Wales 65-64 in the last day of the competition in Ohrid. This is a nice success for Gibraltar NT, who failed all three times in the Preliminary Round, but finished the EuroBasket with two wins. They made 12-point lead until the halftime against Wales and jumped to plus 15 with 10 minutes to go. Wales didn't give up making 57-58 turn in the finish, but Gibraltar closed this game with 8-3 run to take the fifth place in Ohrid. Zainya Reyes (173-SG-92) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and Joelle Moreno (165-G/F-88) followed with 14 pts, plus 5 assists. Alexandra Mauro (165-PG-91) posted 10 points. In defeat, Danielle Jennings (173-G-84) delivered 17 points. Joanne Raper (186-C-84) (12 rebs) and Amelia Reynolds (176-G/F-91) (7 rebs) posted 13 pts each. Austria won the Gold in Ohrid. FYROM ended as No.2, while defending champion Malta took the Bronze this time.

Places 7-8
Azerbaijan - Moldova 68-45
Azerbaijan avoided last place at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They cruised past Moldova 68-45 in the last day of the competition in Ohrid. Azerbaijan shined at the beginning of the second half to take the comfortable win in this game. Quarters: 22-15, 10-11, 26-10, 10-9. Anastasiya Biryuchkova (170-G-90) led the winners in scoring with 27 points. Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 37. She had 22 points and 14 rebounds. In Moldova, Galina Cuznetov (193-C-89) (12 rebs) and Diana Sokolov (170-PG-88) (5 rebs) netted 8 points each. Austria won the Gold in Ohrid. FYROM finished as No.2, while third place belonged to defending champs Malta.



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  FRANCE   


Great Britain tame France in Sheffield - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - France 74:67

Great Britain claimed the second win at the GameOn Sheffield Tournament. They overcame France to clinch the second overall position. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the winners.
France pulled ahead in the opening quarter. They posted an 18:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Great Britain slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The hosts cut the deficit and eventually tied things up at 30 at halftime. France pulled back in front in the third quarter. The visitors secured a 48:46 lead heading into the fourth frame. But Great Britain gradually denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 60:58 lead with just over three minutes remaining. Julie Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington), Johannah Leedham and Collins drained late free throws to seal the victory for Great Britain. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) accounted for 18 points for Great Britain. Julie Page netted 9 points in the winning case. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) responded with 17 points for France. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) had 13 points in the loss.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 23, Natalie Stafford 18, Julie Page 9
France: Sandrine Gruda 17, Celine Dumerc 13



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Austria beats FYROM to win the title at European Championship for Small Countries - by Eurobasket News

AUSTRIA - FYR MACEDONIA 68-63

Austria is the winner of 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They outplayed hosts FYROM 68-63 to take the Gold medal at this event. This is the fourth title for Austria in this competition. Verena Bachler (175-G-88) and Nina Suritsch (189-F/C-84) led the winners with 12 points each. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) secured a nice help with 11 points and 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) collected 20 points and 8 rebounds. Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had double-double of 18 points and 13 rebs, while Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) added 12 points and 6 assists. FYROM won the Silver, but they for sure hoped to grab the title at the tournament in Ohrid. It was a very exciting game today as teams were tied at 63-63 with 2:34 to go. Schicher made one free throw for Austria and soon after that Podoschek added two more. The hosts desperately tried to score, but were not able to do it and Podoschek sealed the victory for Austria with two more successful shots from the line. Quarters: 28-16, 12-23, 17-10, 11-14. Malta won the Bronze in Ohrid. They arrived as defending champions.

Austria: Verena Bachler 12, Nina Suritsch 12, Sophia Plank 11+6 as
FYROM: Elena Radenkovic 20+8 boards, Monika Gavriloska 18+13 boards, Slavica Dimovska 12+6 as



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Gibraltar takes fifth place in Ohrid, Wales is No.6 - by Eurobasket News

GIBRALTAR - WALES 65-61

Gibraltar won the fifth place at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They outsmarted Wales 65-64 in the last day of the competition in Ohrid. This is a nice success for Gibraltar NT, who failed all three times in the Preliminary Round, but finished the EuroBasket with two wins. They made 12-point lead until the halftime against Wales and jumped to plus 15 with 10 minutes to go. Wales didn't give up making 57-58 turn in the finish, but Gibraltar closed this game with 8-3 run to take the fifth place in Ohrid. Zainya Reyes (173-SG-92) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and Joelle Moreno (165-G/F-88) followed with 14 pts, plus 5 assists. Alexandra Mauro (165-PG-91) posted 10 points. In defeat, Danielle Jennings (173-G-84) delivered 17 points. Joanne Raper (186-C-84) (12 rebs) and Amelia Reynolds (176-G/F-91) (7 rebs) posted 13 pts each. Austria won the Gold in Ohrid. FYROM ended as No.2, while defending champion Malta took the Bronze this time.

Gibraltar: Zainya Reyes 16, Joelle Moreno 14+5 as, Alexandra Mauro 10
Wales: Danielle Jennings 17, Joanne Raper 13+12 boards, Amelia Reynolds 13+7 boards



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  LATVIA   


Latvia U20 and Russia U20 exchanged victories - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 and Russia U20 exchanged victories in the friendly games against each other.
In Game 1 Russia grabbed 69:55 win. They trailed 18-19 after the first period but bounced back with 24-9 in the second frame. Both sides exchanged the victories in the second half for the final result. For Latvia Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) poured in 14 points and Agate Geka (169-G-93) added 10.
Today Latvia U20 beat Russia U20 70:69 in Druskininki. Russia won the first period 17-16, but failed in the second quarter with 12-17. Latvia added 21-20 in the third quarter and did not mind 16-20 in the lasts stanza. Agate Geka top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) scored 16. Dita Rozenberga ended up with 11, while Guna Lagzdina (187-C-93) posted 8.



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Malta wins the Bronze in Ohrid, Rebecca Thoresen is MVP - by Eurobasket News

MALTA - SCOTLAND 72-52

Malta won the Bronze at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They blasted Scotland 72-52 in the battle for third place. Malta was the winner of previous two Gold medals. Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) led them on Sunday with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) scored 18 pts and she was named MVP of the tournament. Third scorer in victory was Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) with 12 points (5 rebs). In Scotland, Rona Corkindale (177-F-86) (7 rebs) and Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) delivered 12 points each. Gillian Baird (182-F-88) netted 9 points. Malta exploded after the breather to secure the comfortable win in this meeting. Quarters: 14-10, 14-14, 25-12, 19-16. Austria won the Gold in Ohrid, while hosts FYROM ended with Silver.

Malta: Stephanie De Martino 20+6 boards, Rebecca Thoresen 18, Christina Grima 12+5 boards
Scotland: Rona Corkindale 12+7 boards, Deanne Hayward 12, Gillian Baird 9



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  MOLDOVA   


Azerbaijan avoids last place in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News

AZERBAIJAN - MOLDOVA 68-45

Azerbaijan avoided last place at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They cruised past Moldova 68-45 in the last day of the competition in Ohrid. Azerbaijan shined at the beginning of the second half to take the comfortable win in this game. Quarters: 22-15, 10-11, 26-10, 10-9. Anastasiya Biryuchkova (170-G-90) led the winners in scoring with 27 points. Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 37. She had 22 points and 14 rebounds. In Moldova, Galina Cuznetov (193-C-89) (12 rebs) and Diana Sokolov (170-PG-88) (5 rebs) netted 8 points each. Austria won the Gold in Ohrid. FYROM finished as No.2, while third place belonged to defending champs Malta.

Azerbaijan: Anastasiya Biryuchkova 27, Dina Ulyanova 22+14 boards
Moldova: Galina Cuznetov 8+12 boards, Diana Sokolov 8+5 boards



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  RUSSIA   


Latvia U20 and Russia U20 exchanged victories - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 and Russia U20 exchanged victories in the friendly games against each other.
In Game 1 Russia grabbed 69:55 win. They trailed 18-19 after the first period but bounced back with 24-9 in the second frame. Both sides exchanged the victories in the second half for the final result. For Latvia Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) poured in 14 points and Agate Geka (169-G-93) added 10.
Today Latvia U20 beat Russia U20 70:69 in Druskininki. Russia won the first period 17-16, but failed in the second quarter with 12-17. Latvia added 21-20 in the third quarter and did not mind 16-20 in the lasts stanza. Agate Geka top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) scored 16. Dita Rozenberga ended up with 11, while Guna Lagzdina (187-C-93) posted 8.



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Malta wins the Bronze in Ohrid, Rebecca Thoresen is MVP - by Eurobasket News

MALTA - SCOTLAND 72-52

Malta won the Bronze at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They blasted Scotland 72-52 in the battle for third place. Malta was the winner of previous two Gold medals. Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) led them on Sunday with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) scored 18 pts and she was named MVP of the tournament. Third scorer in victory was Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) with 12 points (5 rebs). In Scotland, Rona Corkindale (177-F-86) (7 rebs) and Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) delivered 12 points each. Gillian Baird (182-F-88) netted 9 points. Malta exploded after the breather to secure the comfortable win in this meeting. Quarters: 14-10, 14-14, 25-12, 19-16. Austria won the Gold in Ohrid, while hosts FYROM ended with Silver.

Malta: Stephanie De Martino 20+6 boards, Rebecca Thoresen 18, Christina Grima 12+5 boards
Scotland: Rona Corkindale 12+7 boards, Deanne Hayward 12, Gillian Baird 9



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  SERBIA   


Crvendakic -one of the best players in the U16 European Championship - by Tamara Ruzic

Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) is the third-best scorer overall of the U16 European Championship Women, who will compete in the difficult Classification Round for 13th to 16th place after Saturday's defeat to Greece. She averaged 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks at last year's U16 European Championship Women in Cagliari.This year, she is making 19.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in the first three games of the tournament.
Crvendakic is showing she's one of the best players in the U16 European Championship
Luis Cristovao wrote a feature about her in the FIBA Europe site. You can read it here: http://u16women.fibaeurope.com/en/coid_ccl9xt0hJHQNsclVdojB12.articleMode_on.html



Katarina Ristic signed with Botas - by Tamara Ruzic

Combo Guard Katarina Ristic (174-G-84 Flash Agency) has signed for the coming season with the team of Botas from Turkey. In 2010-2011 for Szolnoki NKK (Hungary-A, starting five) she averaged 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg, Assists-1 (5.3apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 36.3%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 85.3%. The season 2011-2012 started for Asteras Exarheion Athens (Greece-A1, starting five) and in 11 games averaged 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.6apg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 82.1%, left in Dec.'11. Later signed at Hapoel Petah Tikva (Israel-D1) and showed 5.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 24.6%, FT: 75.0%. Katarina is ready for a new chapter in her career and after Italy, Poland, Hungary, Greece and Israel is ready to make the fans of Botas happy with her performance.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Great Britain tame France in Sheffield - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - France 74:67

Great Britain claimed the second win at the GameOn Sheffield Tournament. They overcame France to clinch the second overall position. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the winners.
France pulled ahead in the opening quarter. They posted an 18:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Great Britain slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The hosts cut the deficit and eventually tied things up at 30 at halftime. France pulled back in front in the third quarter. The visitors secured a 48:46 lead heading into the fourth frame. But Great Britain gradually denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 60:58 lead with just over three minutes remaining. Julie Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington), Johannah Leedham and Collins drained late free throws to seal the victory for Great Britain. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) accounted for 18 points for Great Britain. Julie Page netted 9 points in the winning case. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) responded with 17 points for France. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) had 13 points in the loss.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 23, Natalie Stafford 18, Julie Page 9
France: Sandrine Gruda 17, Celine Dumerc 13



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  WALES   


Gibraltar takes fifth place in Ohrid, Wales is No.6 - by Eurobasket News

GIBRALTAR - WALES 65-61

Gibraltar won the fifth place at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They outsmarted Wales 65-64 in the last day of the competition in Ohrid. This is a nice success for Gibraltar NT, who failed all three times in the Preliminary Round, but finished the EuroBasket with two wins. They made 12-point lead until the halftime against Wales and jumped to plus 15 with 10 minutes to go. Wales didn't give up making 57-58 turn in the finish, but Gibraltar closed this game with 8-3 run to take the fifth place in Ohrid. Zainya Reyes (173-SG-92) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and Joelle Moreno (165-G/F-88) followed with 14 pts, plus 5 assists. Alexandra Mauro (165-PG-91) posted 10 points. In defeat, Danielle Jennings (173-G-84) delivered 17 points. Joanne Raper (186-C-84) (12 rebs) and Amelia Reynolds (176-G/F-91) (7 rebs) posted 13 pts each. Austria won the Gold in Ohrid. FYROM ended as No.2, while defending champion Malta took the Bronze this time.

Gibraltar: Zainya Reyes 16, Joelle Moreno 14+5 as, Alexandra Mauro 10
Wales: Danielle Jennings 17, Joanne Raper 13+12 boards, Amelia Reynolds 13+7 boards



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  WNBA   


Diana Taurasi says she healthy, ready for Olympics - by Eurobasket News

Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) is healthy again and raring to go.

The Phoenix star missed the Mercury's last 16 games with a hip flexor and ankle injury, but said she is ready for the Olympics, which begin in two weeks.

Im feeling really good, Ill be ready to go, Taurasi told The Associated Press in a phone interview this week. 'I can't wait to get to D.C. to start playing again.'

The Americans will train together in D.C. for two days before playing Brazil in an exhibition game Monday night. From there they will head to Manchester for a game against Britain before a five-day training session in Istanbul.

The 30-year-old Taurasi, who will be playing in her third Olympics, didnt have any worries that shed miss the London Games.

No, I didnt have any fear, I knew Id be ready to play, Taurasi said. Coach (Geno Auriemma) and I have been texting each other a lot, hes excited. Whenever we get together with the national team, its an exciting time. The Olympics is an amazing opportunity to show all the hard work weve put in as individuals.

Despite only playing 36 minutes so far this WNBA season, Taurasi isnt concerned that shell be out of game shape. Her rehabilitation began in late May with three weeks of physical therapy before moving on to a strength and conditioning stage. She didnt get back onto the court until about three weeks ago.

Taurasi plans to use the training camp in Washington D.C. this weekend as a chance to get herself back into game mode.

The former UConn star isnt the only member of the U.S. womens national team who has been banged up in the early part of the WNBA season. Atlanta standout Angel McCoughtry has been sidelined since July 1 with a left knee sprain.

I anticipate that Angel will be a full strength by the time training camp opens on Saturday, said Dream coach Marynell Meadors, who is an assistant on the Olympic team. Shes been rehabbing and working all week on getting her knee stronger so that she can play without pain.

Sue Bird and Seimone Augustus also missed games in the early part of the WNBA season, but Taurasi wasnt worried.

People play a lot of basketball, she said. Sues taken some games, Seimone with her hip. Everyones missed a game who is on the Olympic team. Once we get together in D.C., well be 100 percent and ready to go.

Taurasi also wasnt worried that the lawsuit facing coach Auriemma will be a distraction to the teams ultimate goal of winning a fifth straight gold medal.

Were all old enough that weve been through a lot of distractions in our life, she said. We will keep the ultimate goal in focus and try to do our best. Everyone will be fine.

The U.S. womens national team opens up its Olympic play on July 28 against Croatia. Other teams in the Americans group are China, Angola, the Czech Republic and Turkey.

The other group consists of Australia, Russia, France, Canada, Britain, and Brazil. The Australians will be missing Taurasis friend and Mercury teammate Penny Taylor, who is sidelined with a knee injury.

Penny was the glue of their national team when they won the worlds in 06, she was the best player at that tournament, Taurasi said. With her missing, its going to affect you. Theyll find a way to get other people to contribute. Shes disappointed, shes worked so hard to get to the point to get to London.

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