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  ABA   



Paul Collier named Vice President of Business Development - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that Paul Collier has been named Vice President of Business Development for the league. Collier has been serving as the ABA's Director of the Bullies are Cowards program which has been making an impact with schools and youth groups nationwide and has been described by school administrators, teachers, parents and students as "one of the most effective anti-bullying programs in the US."
Collier is currently a managing supervisor for the Indianapolis International Airport involved with management, operations and revenues for a $40 million a year operation. Additionally, he has experience in marketing, public relations, sports program development and management. He has 23 years of experience as an educator, coach, athletic administrator and 5 years of sports marketing and sales. Collier's experiences have included teaching grades K-12, coaching girls and boys track, boys and girls basket ball and boys football. His background also includes facility scheduling, program sponsorship development, website development, human resources management and evaluation, concession and food sales management, building projects and construction, strength training and conditioning program implementation, member of IIAAA/JFHS, drug testing and implementation, development of awards and performance based programs.
"The ABA is embarking on a wide variety of new initiatives this year," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "We felt that Paul's background in sports, business and education will fit beautifully in helping to maximize the potential of these new initiatives. While his title is Vice President of Business Development, Paul will be involved with many of our not-for-profit programs as he has proven very effective with the Bullies are Cowards program."
Collier added, "I've really enjoyed my initial involvement with the ABA and Joe and the Bullies program. And now with the VSSN "Warrior Stay" program for veterans in need and the new ABA Literacy program, the ABA is extending its impact throughout the US far above just the game of basketball. I haven't seen anything quite like it in my many years in sports. I also believe I can contribute substantially to new business development and will focus much of my time and efforts on that. I am looking forward to the challenge."
For more information, contact Paul Collier at p.collier14@sbcglobal.net or call 317 697 6317 or visit www.abalive.com



Jackson Showboats name new head coach - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Jackson Showboats today named former Jackson State University Assistant, Wright Busching , head coach. Busching, 25, who had been an assistant at JSU since 2008 takes the helm of Jackson's newest professional sports team. "The hiring of an exceptionally talented young coach with local ties like Wright Budching was something that the Showboat organization felt was extremely important to do; not only to compete and win games, but also to help us build a strong relationship with the city of Jackson and the state of Mississippi," said Showboats GM Grant Worsley .
Busching, a native of Jackson, graduated from Jackson Academy where he was a member of the 2003-2004 Overall Mississippi Private School Association Championship team and All-Conference selection. At Ole Miss, Wright graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society. "I'm honored and excited to be selected as Head Coach of the Jackson Showboats. Not only are we bring professional basketball to Jackson and the State of Mississippi, but we're also bringing great sports entertainment value and community involvement," added Busching.
For more information, visit www.jacksonshowboats.com



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  AUSTRALIA   


Spain take second win over Australia - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Australia 81:75

Spain claimed the second straight win over Australia in the exhibition series. The teams clashed in Malaga and the hosts proved the strength once again. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) and Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) delivered 16 points each to lead the winners.
The Boomers ensured a slightly better start. They eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. But Spain managed to eke out a 35:34 halftime advantage. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Spain entered the fourth frame up by one 56:55. The hosts extended the margin to 4 points late in regulation and hang on to escape with a tough victory at the end. Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) accounted for 14 points for Spain. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) answered with 15 points for the Boomers. David Andersen (211-C-80) had 12 points in the losing effort.

Spain: Pau Gasol 16, Jose Manuel Calderon 16, Sergio Llull 14
Australia: Patrick Mills 15, David Andersen 12



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  AUSTRIA   


Devaughn Washington inks with Wels - Gunners sign Guard Mario Edwards - by Stefan Prager

WBC Wels and the Oberwart Gunners presented new import players for the upcoming season. The Gunners inked with guard Mario Edwards (191-G, college: Co.Carolina). Edwards played two years of college ball at Coastal Carolina before going pro in Brazil. Last season he played at KB Peja of Kosovo. He reached the league semis and was selected to the All Star Game.

Meanwhile Wels presented DeVaughn Washington (202-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Ohio). The 23 year old center spent his collegiate career in playing for the Ohio Bobcats. After a brief workout with Boston Celtics Washington went overseas to play in Turkey. With 24 game into the season at Gelisim Koleji averaging 11.0 ppg along with 6.3 rpg he moved to Uruguay. For his club Bohemios he scored 16.4 points a game while grabbing 9.2 rebounds per contest.



U20 European Championship: Austria takes 2-0 in Group G - by Eurobasket News

Austria U20-Luxembourg U20 108:64

Austria takes 2-0 in Group G of the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place in Division B. The Austrian side celebrated a 108:64 victory over Luxembourg.
Austria won the opening tip 8:0 and Daniel Friedrich (182-PG-92) scored for 14:2. Mair and Bellwald closed the first period at 26:18, while Gvozden drove a lay-up for 32:18. Later Kutschera and Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-PF-92) sent the teams to the lockers at 51:35. Austrai played even better in the second half and produced two victories. They won the third period 29-11 and finished the game with 28-18 in the last stanza.
Daniel Friedrich paced all the winners with 21 points, while Filip Kramer (200-SF-92) collected 20 points and 14 boards. Erwin Zulic (200-F-92) nailed 16 and Maximilian Hopfgartner had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Luc Breuskin (186-F-92) ended up with 14 points in defeat, while Tom Welter (186-G-93) scored 11.

Austria U20: Daniel Friedrich 21, Filip Kramer 20+14 rebs, Erwin Zulic 16, Maximilian Hopfgartner 13+11 rebs
Luxembourg U20: Luc Breuskin 14, Tom Welter 11



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  BELARUS   


Aerosvit Cup-2012: Ukraine achieve the second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine-Belarus 69:61

Ukraine achieve the second straight victory at the Aerosvit Cup-2012. The hosts of the tournament overcame Belarus 69:61 mostly due to the last period.
Belarus surprised the hosts with 18-13 in the first period and led 2 points at the halftime. Both teams nailed 11 points in the third quarter and only after that Fratellos team pushed the tempo for good. They erupted with 22-12 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Maxym Korniyenko (205-F/C-87) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Kyryl Natyazhko (210-C-90, agency: Beo Basket, college: Arizona) and Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 10 each. Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) posted 8 points in a win. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) finished the game with 17 points and Aliaksei Lashkevich had 11. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (201-F-85, agency: RU-Basket Management) notched 10, whilst Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-F-78, agency: New Trend Agency) delivered 7.

Ukraine: Maxym Korniyenko 13+11 rebs, Kyryl Natyazhko 10, Dmytro Gliebov 10, Artur Drozdov 8
Belarus: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 17, Aliaksei Lashkevich 11, Aliaksandr Pustahvar 10, Heorhi Kandrusevich 7



U20 European Championship: Belarus won over Hungary in Division B - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20-Belarus U20 60:70

Belarus won over Hungary in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The team improved to 1-2 record after 70:60 victory at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place.
It was Hungary that started with 18:15 in the first period. Both teams nailed another 15 points in the second frame for 3-point advantage at the halftime. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) tied the game at 34:34 and he closed a run at 45:L36 midway through the third quarter. Suhaniaka made a free throw to close the third quarter at 50:43. Belrus led 17 points in the middle of the last stanza but satisfied with 10. Adam Kovacs (200-SF-93) and Tursics reduced to 70:60 that was the final result in the game.
Vitali Liutych top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Anton Papruha (190-PG-93) nailed 12. Andrei Aheyenka (194-SG-92) followed them with 11 points in a win. Mate Meszaros (192-G/F-92) produced 14 points in the losing case and Adam Kovacs added 8.

Hungary U20: Mate Meszaros 14, Adam Kovacs 8
Belarus U20: Vitali Liutych 25, Anton Papruha 12, Andrei Aheyenka 11



Belarusian U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

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Felix Odiah
Odiah
Aleh Makarau
Makarau
Roman Rubinshteyn
Rubinshteyn
Uladzislau Kandybovic
Kandybovic
Mikita Stasilevic
Stasilevic
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4 Felix Odiah 183-G-96
5 Aleh Makarau 184-PG-96
6 Roman Rubinshteyn 190-PG-96
7 Uladzislau Kandybovic 190-G-96
8 Mikita Stasilevic 191-G-96
9 Anton Karatkevic 192-F-96
10 Yahor Karneyenkau 197-PF-96
11 Bohdan Repeka 195-F-96
12 Maksim Sazonau 196-F-96
13 Mikita Astapenka 198-C-96
14 Uladzislau KhomcHanka 198-PF-96
15 Maksim Salash 203-C-96

Dmitry Arziutau Head Coach
Edward Vasiliuk Assistant



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U20 European Championship: Belgium beat the hosts of Division B - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20-Belgium U20 62:82

Belgium beat the hosts of the U20 European Championship in Division B. Belgium surprised Bulgaria 82:62 in the start of the Second Stage.
Belgium looked better in the first period and grabbed 22:20 lead. Thanks to more than 700 fans Bulgaria bounced back with 17-12 in the second period and took 37:34 at the halftime. Belgium however proved their ambitions in the second half. They won the third period 18-12 and added 30-13 in the last stanza.
Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) and Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92) led the way with 19 points each, while Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) netted 17. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) collected 10 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 11 points and Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) as well as Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) had 10 points each. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) and Georgi Boyanov (200-F-93) poured in 9 points apiece.

Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov 11, Aleks Simeonov 10, Dimitar Dimitrov 10+12 rebs, Tencho Tenchev 9, Georgi Boyanov 9
Belgium U20: Elias Lasisi 19, Arne Steinbach 19, Loic Schwartz 17, Obasohan Ojomoh 10+11 rebs+8 ats



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

Young Belgian Lions have done well again on Saturday evening. After their convincing win over France (57-63) last Thursday, Belgium defeated Belarus with Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80), Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-F-86) and Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) at the Calypso in Calais on Saturday.
Thanks to an excellent second and fourth quarter, the Lions (still without Beghin, Hervelle, Moors, Lauwers and Van den Spiegel) always seemed to control the game. The scoreboard showed 40-30 at the half. After a rather poor third quarter in offense on both sides (53-43 after 30 minutes), the Belgian Lions had a 10-0 run in the beginning of the fourth period.
Led by Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) and Jonathan Tabu-Eboma (190-PG-85), Belgium digged the gap: 63-43 after 34 minutes played. A margin of 26 points was even reached later on (75-49). Thanks to a strong defense and quick plays, the men of coach Eddy Casteels finally won the game without being in real trouble: 79-54. Belgians have also outscored the Belarus' team at rebounding (44-24), in points scored in the paint (30-16) and in assists (23-10).

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

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

Full game stats are available on:

http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/3886/05/79/10/58VuPCvUG6Ubc/



Calendar of the 2012-13 Division II regular season now available - by Bert Larsimont

The FRBB/KBBB (the Royal Belgian Basketball Federation) has recently published the official calendar of the Division II regular season.
The full calendar (in MS Excel format) is available here:

http://www.basketbelgium.be/files/9_anderelinks/info/FR/2%20NAT%20H%202012%20def.xls

The first day of competition is scheduled on Sep. 7th, 2012.
The last day of regular season's action before the play-offs is scheduled on Apr. 20th, 2012.

Here are scheduled games of the 2012-13 Division II regular season' round one:

2012-09-07 20:30 Belfius Mons-Hainaut II vs. Point Chaud Sprimont at the Mons Arena
2012-09-08 20:00 Gent Dragons vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem at the Tolhuis Sportarena
2012-09-09 15:00 Gembo Borgerhout vs. St-Niklase Condors at the Sporthal Luysbekelaar in Borgerhout
2012-09-09 17:00 Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. Excelsior Brussels at the Rode Los in Oudenaarde
2012-09-09 17:00 Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. Sint Jan Antwerpen at the Sporthal Roosendaal
2012-09-09 11:00 Essor Charleroi vs. BBC Kangoeroes Boom at the Sports Complex in Charleroi

CEP Fleurus will be bye on Day One.

Division III A and B calendars are also available:

http://www.basketbelgium.be/files/9_anderelinks/info/FR/3%20NAT%20H%20A%202012%20def.xls
and
http://www.basketbelgium.be/files/9_anderelinks/info/FR/3%20NAT%20H%20B%202012%20def.xls



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Bosnia cadets U16 team begins play tomorrow! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnia cadets U16 team begins play tomorrow!
Bosnia cadets U16 team begins play tomorrow and expectations are as high as they have ever been. They were placed in a tough group with Montenegro, Estonia, Romania and Georgia no easy teams considering that Romania hosts and will have home court advantage.
The addition of coaches Gordan Firic and Emir Halmic have proven to give the team hopes a big boost. Gordan is a well-respected former international player and coach, Emir was just named head coach of the most famous Bosnian team KK BOSNA.
The team is loaded with talented players like Sandro Gacic, who is a member of the golden generation of young players born after 1995. He is one of the brightest young stars in Europe and this will be his first chance to show what he has to offer on such a large stage. Dorde Aleksic and Dorde Kelecevic are two young gaurds with a lot of promise. Peter Bevanda is another piece in a loaded backcourt for BiH.
The team is thin in the frontcourt offering the talented Andrija Stipanovic and Stepjan Sesar after that there isnt much left.
The amount of games in such a short period of time and lack of frontcourt depth could prove trouble if there are injury problems or foul trouble. Which makes the decision of leaving talented big man Alija Piric off the team even more puzzling and may prove to be the teams downfall in this tournament.



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Kings to meet Legs in Basketball semi finals! - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI-- Ray Victor (186-G) s 20 points led the Kings to a 115-77 victory over the Pure Playaz on Sunday July 15, 2012 and a decisive 2-1 advantage in the best of 3 playoff series in the BVI Basketball Federations Summer League.

Victors return for the night was boosted by 8 rebounds and 3 assists whilst Jevonne Demming and Wuli Frometa both scored 20 and the Kings never looked back from a 22 point credit by the end of the 1st quarter. Roger Farrington scored 22 for the Pure Playaz and Jeron Barnes added 15 in the losing cause.

The first game of the series had also gone the way of the Kings, 100-70; with Victor again top scoring with 29 points, brother Rowan picked up 18 and Demming 16 as this time the Kings used a strong second quarter to secure victory. Bodean Sammuel hit 25 points for the Playaz and Deon Smith 21, but they couldnt get back into the game despite a stronger second half.

Game 2 went the way of the Playaz 97-92 with Sammuel again top scoring with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Farrington added 18 points and both Smith and Ephraim Gordon scored 13.

This game went all the way to the 4th quarter with the scores evenly matched, but in the final 15 minutes, the Playaz outscored the Kings by 11 to run out winners and keep the series alive.

Also through in the Senior Division are East, who beat All Ah Wee 2-0 in the series, winning the first game 83-68 and the second 83-72. Clint Weston top scored in both games with 17 and 30 points respectively whilst Dwayne Penn with 15 points and 17 rebounds and Leslee Smith (200-F) with 15 points and 11 rebounds both doubled in the first game. Smith added another double of 27 points and 14 rebounds in the second game and Garvin Frett also reached the mark with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

In the Development League, the ESHS Gold Rams advanced to a semi final against the Bulls as both teams won their series 2-0.

The Gold Rams took care of High Speed winning the first game 43-38 thanks to Shaquiel Prescotts 10 points, Jasin Ryhmers 8 and Hakeem Penns 6. Jachoy Walwyn scored 16 for Hi Speed and Revaughn Sprauve added 11. In game 2, the Rams killed the game defensively and offensively in the first half racing to a 35-10 lead and were never seriously troubled for the rest of the game. Prescott again top scored with 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals, whilst Ryhmer added 8 and Akeem Nibbs, 7. For Hi Speed, only Walwyn reached double figures ending the game with 15 points along with 5 rebounds and 6 steals.

The Bulls advanced with a crushing 43-27 rout of Real Tool with Neville Smith scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Tahj Malone added 9 points and 6 rebounds and Halford Barzey also scored 9 with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Game one had also been a rout, 63-39. Albert Hatchett scored 23 points, Barzey a double of 12 points and 12 rebounds and Shadim Rubaine 10 points as the Bulls pulled away in the 3rd quarter to secure the early series lead.

The other Development League Playoff between Junior Mega Mix and the ESHS Blue Rams is tied at 1-1 after the Mix won game 1, 43-29 and then lost game 2, 30-28.

In the Juniors, the Hawks and the Young Gunners are still waiting to find out who they will play in the semi finals as both series between the Junior Mystics/Young Starz and Skulls/Another Level are all square with one to play.

The Skulls won game 1, 58-50 on the back of Shamoii and Jomorii Dagou who scored 22 and 17 points respectively. Shamoii also picked up 15 rebounds and brother Jomorii, 9. For Another Level, Rowhaun David scored 15 points and Revaughn Garraway, 14. Game 2 saw Another Level bounce back into contention with a 76-69 win. Garraway scored 20 points, Kevin Bodkin, 17 and Terrique Wattley, 11. In reply, the Dagou boys again led the fight with 35 points between them as well as 23 rebounds and 12 blocks.

Playoff action continues tonight July 18, 2012 at the Multi Purpose Sports Complex.



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U20 European Championship: Belgium beat the hosts of Division B - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20-Belgium U20 62:82

Belgium beat the hosts of the U20 European Championship in Division B. Belgium surprised Bulgaria 82:62 in the start of the Second Stage.
Belgium looked better in the first period and grabbed 22:20 lead. Thanks to more than 700 fans Bulgaria bounced back with 17-12 in the second period and took 37:34 at the halftime. Belgium however proved their ambitions in the second half. They won the third period 18-12 and added 30-13 in the last stanza.
Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) and Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92) led the way with 19 points each, while Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) netted 17. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) collected 10 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 11 points and Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) as well as Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) had 10 points each. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) and Georgi Boyanov (200-F-93) poured in 9 points apiece.

Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov 11, Aleks Simeonov 10, Dimitar Dimitrov 10+12 rebs, Tencho Tenchev 9, Georgi Boyanov 9
Belgium U20: Elias Lasisi 19, Arne Steinbach 19, Loic Schwartz 17, Obasohan Ojomoh 10+11 rebs+8 ats



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  CANADA   


Ontario BASKETBALL and AAU Announce 4 yr Deal - by John Gary

courtesy basketball ontario Ontario Basketball announced a four year partnership with the AAU. The popular US based sporting body will become an official partner in the development of basketball within Ontario,while OBA will be given official sanctioning status throughout the province." The AAU represents a quality exposure opportunity for our basketball talent OBA is thrilled to begin this terrific partnership,' said Ken Urbach president ONTARIO Basketball.


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China Loses 4 Games at Nike Global Hoop Classic - by Arthur Volbert

China lost all four games it played last weekend at the 2012 Nike Global Hoop Challenge in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington D. C. The tournament is for players who will be senirs in USA High Schools ths fall and internationl players of a similar age, who are playing U-18 basketball.

China does not really play all-star game type basketball so does very poorly in these type of tournaments. But it uses the tournaments to get its players familiar with international play. China's purpose this tournament appears to be to showcase Gao Shang (198-F/G-94), its perimeter shooting star who will be playing in the Asian U-18 tournament this fall. Gao was listed at 203 cm at the Nike Asian Camp but is usually listed as 198 cm. I do not know if 203 cm is due to real growth or sloppy record-keeping. Gao is listed as being born in 1994 rather than 1992, as he is sometimes listed. Same problem.

China lost to USA East 109-70, Brazil 85-75, Canada 88-64 and Puerto Rico 84-71. Gao had games of 35 points and 7 rebounds, 29 points and 4 rebounds, 10 points and 3 rebounds in a second Saturday game, and 35 points and 5 rebounds. He was named to the all-star team for international players. Li Jinlong had games of 9 points, 13 points, 8 points and 10 points. 204 cm Zhao Tianyi was China's top rebounder with games of 5, 4, 14 and 5.

Wang Zhelin, of course, was not on this team. 209 cm Sun Mingyang and 184 cm Luo Hanchen, both with significant international experience, were listed on the original roster but did not play and likely were not in attendance. None of the players on the successful U-17 team were here, though all were eligible. So Gao Shang and Wu Qian were the only players with such experience and it showed. But China does not really have interest in winning these games but finds them useful to give its young players practice.

Roster:
Gao Shang (203, 1994.08)
Liu Zhenan (189, 1994.03)
Luo Hanchen (188, 1994.08)
Li Jinglong (192, 1995.03)
Li Qi (196, 1995.03)
Wu Qian (189, 1994.07)
Sun Mingyang (209, 1994.01)
Shao Yinglun (204, 1996.01)
Zhao Tianyi (204, 1995.04)
Yang Jinmeng (188, 1995.06)
Ban Duo (180, 1995.09)
LI Bin Jiangsu
BAI Bing Jiangsu
ZHANG Han Jilin (205 1994.09)



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  CROATIA   


Miercurea Ciuc brings in Zach Henifin and Franjo Bubalo - by Eurobasket News

Miercurea Ciuc announced signing of Zach Henifin (195-F-88, college: W.Washington) and Franjo Bubalo (194-G-88) for 2012/13 season.
Zach Henifin is forward who most recently played for the IBL team Bellingham Slam. He helped the team to win 2012 IBL title averaging 9.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 2.1 apg for 17 games. It was his first professional deal. Henfin graduated at Western Washington few months ago and they were NCAA2 champions.
Franjo Bubalo is Croatian guard who played last season for Alkar Sinj. He had 13.2 ppg, 2.8 apg and 2.2 rpg for the club in 29 Croatian league games. In 2010/11 season, Bubalo played for the Bosnian squad Brotnjo Citluk. Before that, he was a member of Sibenka, Mladost Zagreb, Trogir, Siroki and Varese juniors. In 2007 and 2008, Bubalo played for Croatian U20 National Team.



U20 European Championship: Czech Republic easily rolled over Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20-Czech Republic U20 67:92

Czech Republic easily rolled over Croatia in the start of the Second Stage at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Czech Republic improved to 2-0 record in Group F after 92:67 win.
Czech Republic erupted with 26:8 after the first period and added massive 30-8 in the second frame. They did not care a lot about the second half and as a result Croatia won both quarters. At first Croatia won the third period 21-19 and then finished the game with 29-17 in the last period. It was enough however to reduce to 25 points. Vaclav Honomichl (189-G-92) nailed the last 7 points for the winners to seal a 92:67 victory.
Martin Kriz (202-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) added 19 points and 10 boards. Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) scored 19, whilst Michal Sotnar (189-PG-92) and Vaclav Honomichl posted 11 each. Stipe Krstanovic (204-F/C-93) delivered 19 points in defeat, while Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) scored 16. Roko Rogic (187-PG-92) notched 13 and Domagoj Vukovic (206-C-93) nailed 7.

Croatia U20: Stipe Krstanovic 19, Henrik Sirko 16, Roko Rogic 13, Domagoj Vukovic 7
Czech Republic U20: Martin Kriz 22+15 rebs, Ondrej Balvin 19+10 rebs, Jaromir Bohacik 19, Michal Sotnar 11, Vaclav Honomichl 11



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U20 European Championship: Czech Republic easily rolled over Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20-Czech Republic U20 67:92

Czech Republic easily rolled over Croatia in the start of the Second Stage at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Czech Republic improved to 2-0 record in Group F after 92:67 win.
Czech Republic erupted with 26:8 after the first period and added massive 30-8 in the second frame. They did not care a lot about the second half and as a result Croatia won both quarters. At first Croatia won the third period 21-19 and then finished the game with 29-17 in the last period. It was enough however to reduce to 25 points. Vaclav Honomichl (189-G-92) nailed the last 7 points for the winners to seal a 92:67 victory.
Martin Kriz (202-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) added 19 points and 10 boards. Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) scored 19, whilst Michal Sotnar (189-PG-92) and Vaclav Honomichl posted 11 each. Stipe Krstanovic (204-F/C-93) delivered 19 points in defeat, while Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) scored 16. Roko Rogic (187-PG-92) notched 13 and Domagoj Vukovic (206-C-93) nailed 7.

Croatia U20: Stipe Krstanovic 19, Henrik Sirko 16, Roko Rogic 13, Domagoj Vukovic 7
Czech Republic U20: Martin Kriz 22+15 rebs, Ondrej Balvin 19+10 rebs, Jaromir Bohacik 19, Michal Sotnar 11, Vaclav Honomichl 11



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  DENMARK   


U20 European Championship: Denmark destroy the Swiss side in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Denmark U20-Switzerland U20 78:47

Denmark destroy the Swiss side in Sofia at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place. The Danish side did not have any difficulties reaching 78:47 win at the U20 European Championship. Denmark improved to 2-1 record, while Switzerland is with 1-1 record.
Denmark won all the quarters in the game and easily started with 27-16 in the first period. They added 19-9 in the second quarter to take 46:25 after Soren Dossing (185-G-92)s three-pointer. Denmark produced a 19-13 surge in the third period and finished the game with 13-9 in the last stanza.
Soren Dossing and Soeren Olsen (185-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Dennis Levene (201-F-92) notched 10, while Alexander Birketoft (202-C-93) added 9. Brian Savoy (192-SG-92) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, while Jules Stalder (190-SG-93) and Milos Bozovic (201-F-92) scored 8 each.

Denmark U20: Soren Dossing 15, Soeren Olsen 15, Dennis Levene 10, Alexander Birketoft 9
Switzerland U20: Brian Savoy 9, Jules Stalder 8, Milos Bozovic 8



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U20 European Championship: Estonia hold off Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Montenegro U20 76:72

Estonia celebrated the second win at the U20 European Championship classification round. They knocked down Montenegrin counterparts to improve at 2-1 record. Jaan Puidet (192-G/F-92) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 boards to lead the charge. Montenegro fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Estonia enjoyed a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Montenegro pulled in front for a 38:36 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. Grabovica capped the period with a layup to ensure a 54:53 lead for Montenegro. The Balkan team stretched the lead to 5 points early in the fourth quarter. But Jaan Puidet and Saare triggered an 11:1 run late in regulation to give Estonia a 71:67 lead. Rauno Nurger (207-C-93) and Rannar Raap (190-G/F-92) then went deadly in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Estonia. Rauno Nurger posted 12 points, while Rannar Raap contributed 10 points in the victory. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) finished with 20 points in the losing case.

Estonia U20: Jaan Puidet 20, Rauno Nurger 12, Rannar Raap 10
Montenegro U20: Danilo Nikolic 24+10 boards, Marko Mugosa 20



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   

Standings

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


Las Vegas ESL third day official games, court one! - by ESL News

Game 10: Zurich 72 Manchester 67
This early morning game of the final day was a hard fought game. Both teams competed very hard on this last day, but Zurich won the battle, 72-67. Zurich was led by three different players as William Sharpe (178-G-86, college: Pitt-Johnstown) had 15 points, Zach Coverstone (208-F, college: Ind.Wesleyan) 14 points and Keith Radcliff (186-G-86, college: Indianapolis) had 14 as well. Delvin Spruel (191-G-82) had 17 points for Manchester in the loss.


Zurich-72, Byron Allen (201-C-81, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Northwestern St.), 6 pts, 1 rbs, 1 asts, Zach Coverstone, 14 pts, 7 rbs, 2 asts, Ledreece Smith (198-F-88, college: N.Mexico Highlands), 4 pts, 5 rbs, 3 ast, Keith Radcliff, 14 pts, 6 rbs, 2 asts, Brian Kimble (185-G) 8 pts, 1 rbs, 2 asts, Anthony Sims (193-G/F), 2 pts, 1 rbs, 1 asts, Avery Scharer (188-G), 9 pts, 6 rebs, 7 asts, William Sharpe, 15 pts, 2 rbs, 6 asts
Manchester-67, Kim Edward (185-G-89, college: BYU-Hawaii), 13 pts, 4 rbs, 6 asts, Josue Mulamba (208-C-88), 15 pts, 8 rebs, 1 asts, Mark Celaya (190-G-88), 11 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Delvin Spruel, 17 pts, 4 rebs, 2 asts, Brendon Lyn (180-PG-87, college: Concordia, NY), 11 pts, 4 rbs,4 asts,

Game 11: Brussels 75 Lugano 72
This game was much like the first game on court one and the players played very hard this last day. Brussels was led by Fred Woods with 21 points in this very hard fought contest. He was helped by Randell Daigle (177-G-87) had 13 points as well for the winners. Lugano was led by Kevin Burwell (179-PG-89) with 18 points followed by Ricardo Alliman (201-F/C-87, agency: JEMsports, college: Cedarville) with 14 points.

Brussels-75, Randell Daigle, 13 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Justin Brownlee (201-F-88, college: St.John's), 6 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Terance Tatum (190-G), 9 pts, 3 rbs, 5 asts, Jeremee McGee, 0 pts, 3 rbs, 2 ast, Jamaal Clay, 0 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Jonathan Loutzehiser, 12 pts, 2 rbs, Fred Woods, 21 pts, 6 rbs, 3 asts, Howard Little, 8 pts, 7 rbs, 2 asts, Mykel Cleveland, 6 pts, 6 rbs, 5 asts
Lugano-72, Steven Bennett (173-PG-88), 5 pts, 4 rbs, 2 asts, Cor-J Cox (195-F/G, college: Miss.Valley St.), 7 pts, 4 rb, 1 ast, Kevin Burwell, 2 pts, 1 rbs, 2 ast, Morris Smith (193-G-87), 11 pts, 3 rbs, 4 asts, Ricardo Alliman, 14 pts, 7 rbs,2 asts, Aaron Ware (195-G/F-90), 10 pts, 7 rbs, 1 ast, Nathan Walkup (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M), 7 pts, 6 rbs, 1 ast, Kevin Burwell, 18 pts, 3 rbs, 2 asts

Game 12: Geneva 82 Venice 52

Venice was definitely outmanned in this contest as Geneva cruised to a 82-52 victory. Geneva was lead Sultan Toles-Bay with 19 points followed by an amazing performance by David Graham (196-G/F-85, college: Georgetown, KY) of 18 points and 21 rebounds. Venice was led by Marquise Wright (198-F/C) with 19 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Geneva-82, Blake Thompson, 8 pts, 1 rbs, 2 ast, Sultan Toles-Bay, 19 pts, 5 rebs, 4 pts, Marcus Connor (210-F/C-89, college: St.Andrews), 2 pts, 5 rbs, 6 asts, Ronterian Dale, 2 pts, 3 rbs, 1 asts, Clyde McKinnery, 9 pts, 4 rbs, 3 ast, David Graham, 18 pts, 21 rbs, 2 ast, Kendrix Brown, 8 pts, 5 rbs, 7 asts, Ben Washington (188-G-88, college: Sonoma St.), 15 pts, 4 rbs, 3 asts,
Venice-52, Jesus Mora (191-G-86), 6 pts, 6 rbs, 2 asts, Marquise Wright, 19 pts, 9 rbs, 1 asts, Kenyale Evans, 5 pts, 1 rbd, 2 ast, Jeremee Davis (191-PG-90, college: Georgia Coll.), 10 pts, 4 rbs, 2 ast, Maurice Johns (191-G), 12 pts, 7 rbd, 2 asts



Las Vegas ESL third day official games, court 2! - by ESL News

Game 1: Dublin 67 Helsinki 61
This game started out to be a close one but, Team Dublin pulled way to win by 6. Dublin was led by Miles Taylor (193-G/F-88, college: Campbell) 12 pts and Leon Sutton (185-G) 11 pts. In defeat for Helsinki, Jeremy Allen (193-G-88) had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Allen is a solid player and had a good series of games for Helsinki but, his efforts were not enough to help his team get the win today.

Dublin-67, Daniyal Faquir (193-G/F-83) 7 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Robbie Jackson (213-C-85, college: UMBC) 7 pts, 6rbs, 1 ast, Tiwan Walker (183-G-78) 6 pts, 1 rb, Justin Allen 9 pts, 1 ast, Al Muteba 6pts 4 rbs, Bradford Burke 2 pts, 1rb, Keenan Barlow 7pts, 6 rbs, 1 ast, Miles Taylor 12 pts, Leon Sutton 11 pts, 2 rbs, 4 ast.
Helsinki 61- Johnmark Ludwig 3 pts, Richard Francis 5 pts, 2 rbs, Devin Andrews 5 pts, 3rbs, D.J. Ferguson (185-G-89, college: Flagler) 2 ast, Deyquan Nesbit (183-G) 7 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Demetrius Ward 2 pts, 1 ast, T.J. Riley 12 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Marc Robinson 11 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast. Jeremy Allen 16pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast.

Game 2: Monaco 57 Istanbul 49
This game was one of the more defensive games of the ESL Summer Camp and came down to the final minutes as Monaco was able to fend off Istanbul and keep the victory 57-49. Monaco had a balanced attack in the victory and was led by Ryan Anderson with his 14 pts and Leneal Harris (185-G-88) 13pts. Antoine Watson (193-F-88, college: Indiana SE) had 13 points for Istanbul in the defeat along with Darius Gants 11 points.

Monaco 57- Brian Wanamaker (190-G-89, college: Texas Wesleyan) 4 pts, 7 rbs, 2 ast, Leneal Harris 13 pts, 1 rb, Theron Laundermill 4 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) 9 pts, 8 rbs, 2 ast, Ryan Anderson 14 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Marquis Navarre 9 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Vaudreuil John (203-F/C-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minn.-Duluth) 4 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast.
Istanbul 49- Lance Fuertado 6 pts, 3rbs, 2 ast, Jeff Barksdale (191-G-85, college: Nova CC) 2 pts, 1 ast, Darius Gant 11 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Dejuan Flowers (201-F-86) 2 pts, Cordarell Person 2 pts, 1 rb, 1 ast, Antoine Watson 13 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Mychal Henderson 7 pts, 5 rbs, Brandon Armstrong (185-G-90, college: Lincoln Memorial) 4 pts, 2 rbs, 2 ast.

Game 3: Moscow 88 Kiev 77
Moscows balanced attack and fast play separated them from Kiev to get a 88-77 victory. G.W. Boone topped off a great camp with another top performance by scoring 27 points and pulling down 8 rebounds for the winners along with Alex Zampier (191-G-88, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Yale)s 16 points, Devin Gintys 15 points, Lavell Payne (203-F-85, college: Cent.Florida)s 14 points and Victor Benjamin (191-G)s 13 points. On the losing side for Kiev, Travis Gabbidon (201-F, college: UTSA) had 28 pts, 5 rbs and 1 assist and Jordan Hamilton chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds.

Moscow 88- Lavell Payne 14 pts, 7 rbs, 3 ast, Victor Benjamin 13 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Devin Ginty 15 pts, 5 rbs, Taylor Riggs 3 pts, 1 rb, 1 ast, Alex Zampier 16 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, G.W. Boone 27 pts, 8rbs, 1 ast. .
Kiev 77-, Garrius Holman 9 pts, 2 rbs, 2 ast.,, Bobby Lee 3 pts, 1 rb, Troy Cotton (185-G-88, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) 10 pts, 1 rb, Travis Gabbidon 28 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Jordan Hamilton 19 pts, 6 rbs, 1 ast, Kevin Smith 4 pts, 2 rbs, Farnold Degand (193-G-88) 5 pts, 1 rb, 1 ast.



Las Vegas ESL Championship Game does not disappoint! - by ESL News

Monaco 55 Geneva 53
This was probably the best championship game ESL has had all summer. The talent level was high and there were several other teams that may have made this game as there were teams close with beating these two teams, but only two could be here and they did not disappoint the professional personell and fans who came to watch. This game came down to the last few seconds and the Monaco team coached by JohJohn Spezia (agency: Warren Sports International ) ended up edging Geneva on a last second three pointer as time expired by Ryan Anderson (193-G-87, college: Nebraska). Monaco won 55-53. Leading the way for Monaco was Ryan Anderson and Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) with 15 points each. Geneva, coached by Patrick O'Herron (agency: Warren Sports International ) was led by Clyde McKinney (180-G, college: Ferris St.) who had 15 points and David Graham (196-G/F-85, college: Georgetown, KY) contributed 13 points.




Monaco-55, Brian Wanamaker (190-G-89, college: Texas Wesleyan), 2 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast, Leneal Harris (185-G-88), 2 pts, 2 rbs, 2 asts, Vaudreuil John (203-F/C-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minn.-Duluth), 9 pts, 3 rbs, 4 asts, Theron Laudermill (200-F, college: CS San Bernar.), 6 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast, Ryan Anderson, 15 pts, 6 rebs, Jason Conley, 15 pts, 6 rebs, 3 asts, Marquis Navarre (180-G), 6 pts, 1 reb, 2 asts
Geneva-53, Blake Thompson, 6 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast, Sultan Toles-Bay, 2 rebs, 2 asts, Marcus Connor (210-F/C-89, college: St.Andrews), 4 pts, 2 rebs, 2 asts, Ronterian Dale, 4 pts, Clyde McKinney, 15 pts, 6 rebs, 6 asts, David Graham, 13 pts, 5 rebs, Kendrix Brown (190-G-90), 9 pts, 5 rebs, Ben Washington (188-G-88, college: Sonoma St.), 2 pts, 1 ast



Las Vegas ESL Co-MVPs and All-Star Teams from Court 1 & 2! - by ESL News

Close to 100 scouts, gms, coaches and agents came through Las Vegas ESL in the last 3 days to see the players and the guys did not disappoint. Everyone worked hard and competed. There was an abundance of talent here at the Las Vegas ESL and it was a tough decision for the coaches to decide on who made the all-tournament team. However, the coaches have based their decisions on the following: professionalism, effort, and the statistics produced over the last 2 days.


Court 1:

Co-MVP: David Graham (196-G/F-85, college: Georgetown, KY) displayed an impressive three day performance in all aspects of what he did here.
He is a good athlete that has a solid 3pt range and a mid-range game as well.
David has a nice step back jump shot and he can create off the dribble to get space to get of his shot.
He also is very athletic, plays solid defense, rebounds well, brings a lot of energy and doesnt get put worked by anyone on the court.
He is a swing player that can play anywhere in Europe and has a bright future.

Marquis Wright (203-F/C-80, college: Alabama) is a high quality forward who has some nice offensive skills.
He can post up around the basket; he can slash and go past slower big men easily and he has a nice mid range jump shot.
Marquis is an excellent rebounder and shot blocker as well.
He runs the floor hard and with his skill level could be a big time forward in any European league.
Raymond was the best skilled forwards in the ESL Summer Camp and has a great attitude and is very coachable.

Zach Coverstone (208-F, college: Ind.Wesleyan) is an excellent hard working post player that has a nice shooting touch.
He can run the floor well and finish in the open court.
He is solid low post defender who the athletic ability to defender smaller players.
Zach is a solid rebounder and has a bright future playing international professional basketball.
He is also a good passer and rebounds extremely well.

Randell Daigle (177-G-87) is an excellent combo guard who can score in bunches from anywhere on the floor.
He has a deep shooting range and can pull up off the pass or dribble without needing a lot of space to shoot.
He can finish at the rim in traffic and is a great passer as well.
Has a high basketball IQ and is a good leader on the floor.
Randall is a solid defender with good quickness.

Clyde McKinney (180-G, college: Ferris St.) is a great leader and does a great job of getting his teammates involved in offensive play.
He is a sold shooter from 3pt range and is a good finisher in the open court.
He can finish and pass well in traffic.
Clyde is a tough defender with quick hands and can defend any ball screen situation with ease.
High Basketball IQ and does great job recognizing favorable match-up situations.

Court 2:

Co-MVP: Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) was the ESL Las Vegas MVP of court 2 without a doubt and displayed all the qualities in an MVP we were looking for. He is a terrific shooter who shot the lights out over the last few days. Also, his experience and team leadership were second to none. Jason is set to make a serious look at some big time jobs in Europe and show everyone that the injury bug is over. Look for Jason to end up back in the BBL of Germany.

Ryan Anderson (193-G-87, college: Nebraska) is a high quality forward who simply has some nice offensive skills with a very high basketball IQ. He can post up around the basket; he can slash and go past slower big men easily and he has a nice mid range jump shot and posesses a long range threat.
He runs the floor very well and with his skill level could be a big time forward in any European league. I would look for Ryan to have a break out year in Europe or the D-League giving him an opportunity on a NBA summer league roster next year.

Antoine Watson (193-F-88, college: Indiana SE) is an excellent big time athlete that has a nice shooting touch stretching it out to the NBA line. He can get his shot off at will and he explodes over defenders with his NBA athleticism. He is great absorbing contact and still finishing around the rim. He is also a good ball handler who will be an excellent two man and rebounds extremely well. Antoine is going to end up at a high level here or overseas.

Alex Zampier (191-G-88, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Yale) is a big time prospect in Europe without a doubt as he can handle it, shoot threes and get to the basket. He is a great athlete as he played professional baseball already as he is a very athletic swing man that has a nice game of slashing to the basket and shooting the perimeter shot all the way to NBA 3.
He is perfect for any quality situation in Europe and will get to a high level for sure.

G.W. Boon (193-SG-89, college: Bucknell) does not disappoint each and every time you see him. He is a very strong player and is always very consistent. Boon can play 3 and 4 in small leagues such as Luxembourg. However, he has a very high IQ and could play the 2 and 3 in a league such as BBL of Germany.



Las Vegas ESL, second day official games, court one! - by ESL News

Game 1: Zurich 78 Venice 64
This was a contest featuring two quality teams, but Venice failed to show up. With a plethora of scouts on hand Zurich jumped on them from the beginning and never let up. Zurich won the match at the end with a 78-64 victory. Zurich was led by three different players as Byron Allen (201-C-81, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Northwestern St.) had 14 and 12 rebounds, Zach Coverstone (208-F, college: Ind.Wesleyan) 14 points and Avery Scharer (188-G) had 14 as well. Another impressive stat was the Zurich team had 27 assists as a team and 31 rebounds. In defeat, Kenyale Evans (201-F-88) who scored 19 points.

Zurich-78, Byron Allen, 14 pts, 12 rbs, 1 asts, Zach Coverstone, 14 pts, 6 rbs, 4 asts, Ledreece Smith (198-F-88, college: N.Mexico Highlands), 6 pts, 3 rbs, 2 ast, Keith Radcliff (186-G-86, college: Indianapolis), 10 pts, 1 ast, Brian Kimble (185-G), 6 pts, 2 rbs, 5 asts, Anthony Sims (193-G/F), 7 pts, 3 rb, 6 asts, Avery Scharer, 14 pts, 3 rebs, 5 asts, William Sharpe (178-G-86, college: Pitt-Johnstown), 7 pts, 2 rbs, 2 asts
Venice-64, Jesus Mora (191-G-86), 8 pts, 1 rbs, 7 asts, Kene Obi (218-C-88), 2 rebs, 2 asts, Marquis Wright (203-F/C-80, college: Alabama) 12 pts, 4 rbs, Jeremee Davis (191-PG-90, college: Georgia Coll.), 11 pts, 6 rebs, 5 asts, Kenyale Evans, 19 pts, 1 rbs, Maurice Johns (191-G), 14 pts, 3 reb, 5 ast

Game 2: Geneva 62 Lugano 58
Genevas balanced attack barely separated them from Lugano . David Graham (196-G/F-85, college: Georgetown, KY) and Sulton Tules-Bay each had 15 pts for the winners and Ronterrian Dale (193-G/F-84) added 8 pts for the winners. On the losing side for Lugano, Ricardo Alliman (201-F/C-87, agency: JEMsports, college: Cedarville) was the only player who contributed much as he had 21 pts, 5 rbs and 1 assist. Also, Nathan Walkup (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) added 17 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast for Lugano.

Geneva-62, Blake Thompson, 6pts, 4 rbs, 3 asts, Sultan Tules-Bay, 15 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Marcus Connor (210-F/C-89, college: St.Andrews), 1 pts, 2 rbd, 5 asts, Ronterrian Dale, 8 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Clyde McKinney, 7 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, David Graham, 15 pts, 3 rbs, Kendrix Brown, 5 pts, 4 rbs, 5 asts, Ben Washington (188-G-88, college: Sonoma St.), 6 pts, 1 reb, 5 asts
Lugano-58, Steven Bennett (173-PG-88), 2 pts, 5 rbs, 5 asts, Cor-J Cox (195-F/G, college: Miss.Valley St.), 7 pts, 4 rb, 2 ast, Kevin Burwell (179-PG-89), 2 pts, 1 rbs, 2 ast, Morris Smith (193-G-87), 9 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Ricardo Alliman, 21 pts, 5 rbs,1ast, Aaron Ware (195-G/F-90), 2 pts, 4 rbs, Nathan Walkup, 17 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast

Game 3: Brussels 70 Manchester 67
This game was very competitive and came down to the final minutes as Brussels was able to fend off Manchester and keep the victory 70-67. Brussels was led in the victory by Randell Daigle (177-G-87) with 21 points and 5 rebounds. He probably separated himself as the best guard of the game for sure. He was helped by Justin Brownlee (201-F-88, college: St.John's) and Jamal Clay (201-F-87) as they each had 9 points. Josue Mulamba (208-C-88) had 12 points for the losing team Manchester and Logan Weins had 10.

Brussels-70, Randell Daigle 21 pts, 1 rbs, 5 ast, Justin Brownlee, 9 pts, 3 rebs, Terance Tatum, 1 pts, 4 rbs, 6 asts, Jeremy McGee, 4 pts, 1 rbs, 2 asts, Jonathan Loutzehiser, 8 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Howard Little, 6 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Mykel Cleveland (185-G), 4 pts, 5 rbs, Fred Woods, 8 pts, 6 rbs, 2 asts, Jamal Clay, 9 pts, 6 rbs
Manchester-67, Tyquan Brown (200-F, college: Cal Poly Pomona), 9pts, 1 rbs, 2 asts, Josue Mulamba, 12 pts, 5 rbs, 4 asts, Roburt Sallie 2 pts, Mark Celya 7 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Logan Weins, 10 pts, 2 rbd, Delvin Spruel (191-G-82), 6 pts, 1 rbs, 3 asts, Brendon Lyn, 2 pts, 4 rebs, 1 ast, Kim Edward (185-G-89, college: BYU-Hawaii), 7 pts, 8 rbs, 2 asts,

Game 4: Geneva 60 Zurich 59
Geneva won a very close match and stole a victory from Zurich for a 60-59 score. Geneva came back in second half and was led by David Graham with 15 points and Clyde McKinney who had 11 points. David and Clyde led Geneva back from 7 down at the half to win the game for Geneva. Zach Coverstone was the leading scorer for the losing team with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Byron Allen and Athony Sims each added 9 in the losing effort.

Geneva-60, Blake Thompson, 2 pts, Marcus Connor, 9 pts, 3 rbs, Sultan Tules-Bay 8 pts, 2 rbs, Rontarian Dale, 3 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, David Graham, 15 pts, 3 rbs, 3 asts, Clyde McKinney, 11 pts, 4 rbs, 1 asts, Kendrix Brown, 9 pts, 9 rebs, 1 ast, Ben Washington, 3 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast
Zurich-59, Byron Allen, 9 pts, 6 rbs, 5 asts, Brian Kimble, 6 pts, 1 ast, Ladreece Smith, 5 pts, Zach Coverstone, 11 pts, 6 rbs, Anthony Sims, 9 pts, 2 rbs, 2 asts, William Sharpe, 8 pts, 3 rbs, 2 asts, Avery Scharer, 8 pts, 5 rbs, 4 asts, Keith Radcliff, 3 pts, 2 rbs, 3 rbs

Game 5: Brussels 93 Venice 51
This game was a blowout from the beginning and was not even close as if the players seemed to be on cruise control. However, leading the way for the Brussels was Justin Brownlee with 23 points as he put on a show with his spectacular dunks. Helping him out with the win was Howard Little with 13 points. On the losing side Marquis Wright led the way with 17 points for the losers.

Brussels-93, Randell Daigle 4 pts, 6 rbs, 7 asts, Justin Brownlee, 23 pts, 6 rbs, 3 ast, Terance Tatum, 8 pts, 2 rbd, 3 asts, Jeremy McGee, 10 pts, 4 rbs, Jamal Clay, 6 pts, 5 rb, Jonathan Loutzehiser, 9 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Howard Little, 13 pts, 7 rbs, 1 ast, Mykel Cleveland, 8 pts, 4 rbs, 2 asts, Fred Woods, 10 pts, 4 rbs, 2 asts
Venice 51, Jeremy Davis, 12 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Jesus Mora, 1 pt, 3 rb, 1 ast, Keni Obi, 8 pts, 8 rbs, 1 ast, Marquis Wright, 17 pts, 5 rbs, 4 asts, Kenyale Evans, 6 pts

Game 6: Luagano 80 Manchester 69
This game was very competitive and came down to the final minutes as Manchester played hard but, Lugano was too strong in the end and won the contest 80-69. Lugano had a balanced attack in the victory as Morris Smith had 17 points, Cor- J Cox 15 points and Nathan Walkup with 13 points. On the losing side Manchester was led by Tyquan Brown was the bright spot with 23 points and 7 rebounds.

Lugano-80, Steven Bennett, 8 pts, 3 rbs, 3 asts, Morris Smith, 17 pts, 6 rbs, 1 asts, Ricardo Alliman, 6 pts, 6 rbs, Cor-J Cox 15 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Aaron Ware, 11 pts, 10 rbs, 1 ast, Nathan Walkup, 13 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Kevin Burwell, 10 pts, 2 rbs, 5 asts
Manchester-69, Tyquan Brown, 23 pts, 7 rbs, 2 asts, Josue Mulamba, 14 pts, 7 rbs, 1 asts, Mark Celaya, 6 pts, 2 rbs, 2 ast, Logan Weins, 12 pts, 2 rbs, 2 ast, Kim Edward 4 pts, 4 rbs, 2 asts

Game 7: Zurich 73 Brussels 72
This game was a thriller as the game went to double overtime and Brussels could not hit free throws down the stretch to win the game. However, Zurich used some last second shooting and defense to win this game 73-72. Zurich leading scorer was Avery Scharer had 20 points and Zach Coverstone had 12 points and 11 rebounds. On the losing side a strong effort Randell Daigle led Brussels with 21 points.


Zurich 73, Byran Allen 7 pts, 7 rbs, Brian Kimble, 6 pts, 2 rbs, 1 asts, Ladreece Smith, 2 pts, 2 rbs, 1 asts, Zach Coverstone, 12 pts, 11 rbs, 1 ast, Anthony Sims, 10 pts, 5 rbs, 2 asts, Keith Radcliff, 13 pts, 7 rbs, 1 ast, William Sharpe, 3pts, 3 rb, 1 ast, Avery Scharer 20 pts, 4 rebs, 1 ast
Brussels 72, Randell Daigle 21 pts, 1 ast, Justin Brownlee, 10 pts, 5 rebs, Terance Tatum,4 pts, 4 rbs, 2 asts, Jeremy McGee, 0 pts, 3 asts, Jamal Clay, 3 pts, 2 rbs, Jonathan Loutzehiser, 5 pts, 1 reb, 2 asts, Fred Woods, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Howard Little, 18 pts, 6 rbs, Mykel Cleveland, 5 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast

Game 8: Geneva 71 Manchester 58
Geneva came away with a blowout victory as they crushed the Manchester team down the stretch to take away a 71-58 victory. Leading the way for Geneva was Clyde McKinney with 18 points followed by Sultan Tules-Bay with 15 points. Manchester tried to come back several times was just not able, although they worked very hard. Leading the way for Manchester on the losing side was Delvin Spruel and Mark Celaya each had 11 points.


Geneva-71, Blake Thompson, 6 pts, 8 rbs, 1 ast, Sultan Tules-Bay, 15 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Marcus Connor, 4 pts, 4 rbs, 1 asts, Rontarian Dale, 7 pts, 6 rbs, Clyde McKinney, 18 pts, 1rbs, 4 ast, David Graham, 13 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Ben Washington, 9 rbs, 1 ast, Kendrix Brown, 6 pts, 4 rbs, 4 asts
Manchester-58, Tyquan Brown, 6 pts, 3 rbs, Josue Mulamba, 10 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Mark Celaya, 11 pts, 6 rbs, 1 ast, Logan Weins, 9 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Delvin Spruel, 11 pts, 6 rbs, 2 asts, Brendon Lyn, 3 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Kim Edward, 10 pts, 1 rbs, 3 asts

Game 9: Lugano 91 Venice 68
This game was a blowout as players on the Venice side began to show signs of being tired. However, Lugano was in prime condition to take this victory 91-68. Leading the way for Lugano was Nathan Walkup with 27 points with a near perfect game. Helping Nathan was Morris Smith 20 points. For the losing side, Venice was led Marquis Wright with 21 points.

Lugano-91, Cor-J Cox, 6 pts, 8 rbs, 3 asts, Kevin Burwell, 13 pts, 5 rebs, 13 asts, Morris Smith, 20 pts, 5 rbs, 1 asts, Ricardo Alliman, 13 pts, 7 rbs, 2 asts, Aaron Ware, 11 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Nathan Walkup, 27 pts, 7 pts, 1ast
Venice-68, Keni Obi, 6 pts, 4 rbs, 1 asts, Jesus Mora, 9 pts, 5 rbs, 1 asts, Marquis Wright, 21 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Kenyale Evans, DNP, Jeremee Davis, 15 pts, 5 rbs, 4 asts, Maurice Johns, 2 pts, 2 rbs, Clyde McKinney, 6 pts, 2 rbs, David Graham, 9 pts, 5 rebs, 2 ast



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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Paris-Levallois inks 2-year deal with Sean May - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) became a new member of Paris-Levallois. The American center penned a 2-year deal with the club. They will compete in ProA and EuroChallenge. May finished last season with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro averaging 15.5 points and 6 rebounds for 8 games in Italian SerieA. He started 2011/12 with Croatian Zagreb registering 11.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 9 games in Euroleague. In Adriatic league May added 12.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 17 games.
Sean May won the Turkish league title with Fenerbahce Ulker a year ago. He helped the club with 6.1 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 23 games. From 2005 to 2009, the center played for the Charlotte Bobcats and season 2009/10 he spent with the Sacramento Kings. With the Bobcats May shined with 11.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.9 apg for 35 NBA games in 2006/07 season. He won the NCAA title with University of North Carolina in 2005.



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  EUROCUP   


Transfer news: Azovmash adds Paunic, Artland adds Haynes - by Diamadis Farmakis

Ukrainian side BC Azovmash and Germman Artland Dragons, add some new players to their rosters. The Ukrainians added Ivan Paunic and the Germans Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington). Here are the details:

**BC Azovmash Mariupol added young talent to its backcourt by inking combo guard Ivan Paunic to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Paunic (1.94 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Canadian Solar Bologna, where he averaged 3.2 points in 6 Italian League games last season.
He started the 2011-12 season with BC Nizhny Novgorod, averaging 10 points and 3.4 rebounds in 18 Russian League games before joining Virtus. Paunic has also played for Aris Thessaloniki in Greece, BC Oostende in Belgium and Vojvodina, Mornar Bar, Avala Ada and Partizan in his native Serbia.
He is also a member of the Serbian national team and helped it to win the silver medal at EuroBasket 2009. He has won three youth competitions with his national teams.

**To prepare its roster for the 2012-13 Eurocup Regular Season, German club Artland Dragons Quackenbrueck decided Friday to put the ball in the hands of point guard Marquez Haynes, who debuted last season in the competition.
Haynes (1.88 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Gran Canaria 2014 of Spain, where he averaged 10.5 points and 1.8 assists in six Eurocup games last season, numbers that he more or less matched in 34 Spanish League games. It was the second season in Europe for Haynes, who made his professional debut in 2010-11 with Elan Chalon-Sur-Saone of France.
He previously played for two American universities in Boston and Texas. He has also represented Georgia's national team in the last Eurobasket.



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Panathinaikos ready to sign Stephane Lasme - by Giorgos Diploidis

Only the official announcement of the deal seems to be left so Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) to be player of Panathinaikos Athens. The "Greens" were looking for a foreign player to replace Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) near the basket who left the team of Athens after nine years for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. Panathinaikos seems to have signed its second player from ACB because they have already taken Andy Panko from Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC

Lasme the season left was a member of Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB and helped them finish in the 13th of the league with his scoring and defensive abilities. In 34 matchers had 10.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.9bpg. Lasme returns to a team which will take part in Euroleague after passing from Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv the period 2009-10.



Regal Barca officially gets bigger with Nathan Jawai - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) officially became a new member of Regal Barcelona. The Australian big guy signed a one-year deal with the reigning Spanish champs. Jawai played for Unics Kazan last season and helped them reach Euroleague Quarterfinals. Unics was the newcomer in this competition. Jawai appeared 15 times for the club averaging 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. The player added 11.5 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 16 games in VTB United league, plus 7.1 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 15 Russian league games. Before Unics, Nathan Jawai played one year for Partizan Belgrade. They won thee trophies together (Serbian league, Adriatic league, Serbian Cup). Jawai had 9.1 ppg and 5 rpg for the club in 16 Euroleague games. In 2009/10 season the center had 3.2 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 38 games with the NBA team Minnesota Timberwolves.


Partizan locks young center Dejan Musli to 3-year deal - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Partizan Belgrade penned a 3-year deal with Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket). The 21-year-old center terminated his long term deal with Caja Laboral today. The player gave up on reach deal to join the Serbian powerhouse. Musli arrived to Caja Laboral two years ago from FMP Zeleznik. He appeared just 8 times in ACB and 2 times in Euroleague in their first season together. Musli finished last season on loan with the Serbian squad Mega Vizura, where he had 9.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 13 games. He started 2011/12 with Fuenlabrada, but played only one game for them. As mentioned above, Dejan Musli spent several years with FMP Zeleznik in the past. He played very successfully for Serbian youth National Teams winning two Golds and one Bronze with them. In 2009, Musli was named to Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team. In 2007, he was European Championships U16 MVP. Two years ago the player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Standings

Standings
Group E
1. Serbia5-0
2. Germany3-2
3. Greece2-3
4. France2-3
5. Russia2-3
6. Ukraine1-4
Group F
1. Slovenia5-0
2. Lithuania2-3
3. Spain2-3
4. Latvia2-3
5. Turkey2-3
6. Italy2-3
Group G (positions 13-16)
1. Sweden3-0
2. Estonia2-1
3. Montenegro.1-2
4. Georgia0-3

Second Stage: Round 6

E

Jul. 18: GER - UKR 74-81
Jul. 18: GRE - FRA 72-55
Jul. 18: RUS - SRB 61-84

F

Jul. 18: ITA - LAT 78-94
Jul. 18: SLO - ESP 70-63
Jul. 18: TUR - LTU 45-76

G

Jul. 18: MNT - EST 72-76
Jul. 18: GEO - SWE 64-87

Quarter-Finals: Round 7

Jul. 20: SLO - FRA
Jul. 20: SRB - LAT
Jul. 20: LTU - GRE
Jul. 20: GER - ESP

9-12 Place

Jul. 20: RUS - ITA
Jul. 20: TUR - UKR

G

Jul. 20: MNT - SWE
Jul. 20: GEO - EST


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Artem PUSTOVYI
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Pustovyi, UKR18.4 
 2. Larentzakis, GRE17.7 
 3. Eriksson, SWE17.6 
 4. Antonakis, GRE16.7 
 5. Burjanadze, GEO16.5 
 6. Sanadze, GEO16.2 
 7. Prepelic, SLO16.2 
 8. Omic, SLO16.2 
 9. Ulanovas, LTU16.0 
 10. Nikolic, MNT15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vyacheslav BOBROV
  (202-F-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bobrov, UKR9.0 
 2. Burjanadze, GEO7.8 
 3. Pustovyi, UKR7.6 
 4. Omic, SLO7.5 
 5. Gaddefors, SWE7.5 
 6. Norman, SWE7.3 
 7. Paasoja, EST7.2 
 8. Pavic, MNT7.0 
 9. Trushkin, RUS6.8 
 10. Nikolic, MNT6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Klemen PREPELIC
  (194-G-92)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Prepelic, SLO5.3 
 2. Artamonov, UKR5.2 
 3. Pajovic, MNT4.3 
 4. Antonakis, GRE4.2 
 5. Westermann, FRA4.0 
 6. Laane, EST4.0 
 7. Traini, ITA3.8 
 8. Redikas, LTU3.7 
 9. Pkhakadze, GEO3.7 
 10. Cizauskas, LTU3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dovydas REDIKAS
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Redikas, LTU2.7 
 2. Lagana, ITA2.5 
 3. Pozas, ESP2.2 
 4. Timma, LAT2.0 
 5. Larentzakis, GRE2.0 
 6. Edge, TUR1.7 
 7. Heckmann, GER1.7 
 8. Barrera, ESP1.6 
 9. Dokuyan, TUR1.3 
 10. Pajovic, MNT1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Gobert, FRA3.5 
 2. Pustovyi, UKR2.8 
 3. Silins, LAT1.5 
 4. Omic, SLO1.3 
 5. Orlenko, RUS1.2 
 6. Gaddefors, SWE1.2 
 7. Olaizola, ESP1.0 
 8. Nurger, EST1.0 
 9. Nikolic, MNT1.0 
 10. Eriksson, SWE0.8 


M-Standings - Division B

Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Belgium1-1
2. Bulgaria1-1
3. Israel1-1
4. Poland1-1
Group F
1. Czech Rep.2-0
2. U.Kingdom1-1
3. Finland1-1
4. Croatia0-2
Group G (positions 9-18)
1. Austria2-0
2. Holland2-0
3. Slovakia1-1
4. FYR Macedo.1-2
5. Luxembourg.0-3
Group H (positions 9-18)
1. Portugal2-0
2. Denmark2-1
3. Switzerlan.1-1
4. Belarus1-2
5. Hungary0-2

Second Stage: Round 6

E

Jul. 18: ISR - POL 76-73
Jul. 18: BUL - BEL 62-82

F

Jul. 18: CRO - CZE 67-92
Jul. 18: ENG - FIN 64-67

G

Jul. 18: MKD - SVK 60-80
Jul. 18: AUT - LUX 108-64

H

Jul. 18: DEN - SUI 78-47
Jul. 18: HUN - BLR 60-70

Second Stage: Round 7

E

Jul. 19: POL - BUL
Jul. 19: BEL - ISR

F

Jul. 19: CZE - ENG
Jul. 19: FIN - CRO

G

Jul. 19: NED - AUT
Jul. 19: SVK - LUX

H

Jul. 19: POR - HUN
Jul. 19: SUI - BLR


Quarterfinalists are set in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Germany - Ukraine 74-81
Ukraine posted the first win at the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. They defeated Germany to finish at 1-4 record in Group E. Germany slipped at 3-2 record. Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) stepped up with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Ukraine led from start to finish. They ensured an 18:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Ukraine boosted the margin to 8 points at halftime 38:30. The teams increased the tempo in the third quarter. Ukraine and Germany exchanged baskets as Volodymyr Koval team led by 8 points with one quarter remaining. Germany got within three points with 14 seconds remaining in regulation but Mysiats and Bobrov sank four free throws in a row and sealed the victory for Ukraine. Sergiy Zagreba (212-C-94) posted 14 points, while Olexandr Misyats added 12 points for the winning side. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) answered with 17 points for Germany. Johannes Voigtmann netted 14 points in the loss.

Russia - Serbia 61-84
Serbia finished the Second Stage of U20 European Championship on a winning note. They held off Russian counterparts to clinch the top position in Group E at 5-0 record. Russia fell at 2-3 record after the loss. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 15 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Balkan team. Serbia cleared off in the first quarter. They accumulated a 22:13 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Serbia managed to secure a 37:28 halftime lead. The third frame became decisive. The Serbian side unleashed 30 points in the stanza to pile up a comfortable 67:42 lead at the final intermission. Russia never recovered in the final term suffering a massive loss at the end. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) accounted for 14 points, while Djordje Drenovac and Stefan Nastic had 12 points each in the victory. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) answered with 20 points for Russia. Alexander Varnakov chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Greece - France 72-55
Greece punched U20 European Championship quarterfinals ticket. They defeated France in a crucial battle in Group E to make it into the playoffs. The victory also left Russia out of title contention. Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) accounted for 18 points, 6 boards and 3 assists to pace the Hellenes. France held their opponents to 10 points in the opening quarter to take a 3-point lead. Greece bounced back and secured a 27:26 halftime advantage. Greece pulled in front in the third quarter. They exploded with 23 points and built a comfortable 15-point lead before the final frame. The Hellenes unloaded 22 points in the fourth quarter to keep their opponents at bay and celebrating a vital win at the end. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) accounted for 15 points, while Petros Melissaratos and Fotios Zoumpos had 12 points each in the victory. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for France. Hugo Invernizzi netted 11 points in the loss.

Group F
Slovenia - Spain 70-63
Slovenia ensured the sixth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They finished the Second Stage of the tournament with the victory over the reigning champions Spain to enter the quarterfinals undefeated. Alen Omic (215-C-92) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Slovenia led by four points at the first break 18:14. Spain got as close as a single point at halftime 31:32. However the hosts took over in the third term. Slovenia boosted the lead to 11 points midway through the period 45:34. Spain managed to trim the deficit. Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) capped the frame with a three-pointer as Spain trailed by 9 points at the final intermission 43:52. Spain sparked the intrigue when they cut the deficit to four points 63:67 with 23 seconds to go in regulation. But Lapornik answered with a triple to calm things down. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) finished with 12 points, while Eva Rupnik added 10 points in the victory. Alejandro Abrines answered with 18 points for Spain. Jose Pozas had 14 points in the losing case.

Italy - Latvia 78-94
Latvia made a big step towards U20 European Championship quarterfinals as they marched past Italy on the final day of the Second Stage. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) stepped up with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Latvia strongly started the game. The Baltic team built a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Latvia unloaded 28 points in the second quarter to pull away. They ensured a 47:30 halftime lead. Latvia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They built a comfortable 71:47 lead with one period remaining. Italy managed to cut the deficit to 11 points but Latvia stayed calm and secured a confident win at the end. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) posted 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while Arturs Bricis added 18 points for the winners. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) answered with 16 points for Italy. Fabio Mian and Marco Lagana had 13 points each in the loss.

Turkey - Lithuania 45-76
Lithuania clinched a vital win over Turkey in their quest for U20 European Championship quarterfinal birth. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) nailed 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Both teams are now tied at 2-3 record and await the result of the last game of the day in Group F to get to know their fate. Lithuania gave little chance for their opponents in this one. The Baltic team started the game aggressively and secured a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew deeper in the second quarter. Lithuania ensured a 46:23 halftime lead. Lithuania did not slow down in the third frame. They held Turkey to just 5 points and established a 32-point buffer with one quarter remaining. Turkey outscored Lithuania in the fourth quarter but to no avail. Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) delivered 12 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas had 10 points in the victory. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Turkey. Safak Edge had 8 points in the loss.

Group G
Montenegro - Estonia 72-76
Estonia celebrated the second win at the U20 European Championship classification round. They knocked down Montenegrin counterparts to improve at 2-1 record. Jaan Puidet (192-G/F-92) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 boards to lead the charge. Montenegro fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Estonia enjoyed a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Montenegro pulled in front for a 38:36 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. Grabovica capped the period with a layup to ensure a 54:53 lead for Montenegro. The Balkan team stretched the lead to 5 points early in the fourth quarter. But Jaan Puidet and Saare triggered an 11:1 run late in regulation to give Estonia a 71:67 lead. Rauno Nurger (207-C-93) and Rannar Raap then went deadly in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Estonia. Rauno Nurger posted 12 points, while Rannar Raap contributed 10 points in the victory. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa finished with 20 points in the losing case.

Georgia - Sweden 64-87
Sweden registered the third straight win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Georgia to stay undefeated in Group G. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) came up with 22 points to lead the winners. Georgia fell at 0-3 record. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 at the first break. Sweden pulled ahead in the second quarter. The Scandinavians ensured a 43:39 halftime advantage. Sweden cleared off in the third quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by as many as 17 points 70:53. Georgia never recovered in the final frame and Sweden cruised to the victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Jonathan Person added 15 points for the winners. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Georgia. Duda Sanadze had 18 points in the loss.



Second Stage starts in Division B - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Bulgaria - Belgium 62-82
Belgium beat the hosts of the U20 European Championship in Division B. Belgium surprised Bulgaria 82:62 in the start of the Second Stage. Belgium looked better in the first period and grabbed 22:20 lead. Thanks to more than 700 fans Bulgaria bounced back with 17-12 in the second period and took 37:34 at the halftime. Belgium however proved their ambitions in the second half. They won the third period 18-12 and added 30-13 in the last stanza. Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) and Steinbach led the way with 19 points each, while Schwartz netted 17. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) collected 10 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 11 points and Simeonov as well as Dimitrov had 10 points each. Tenchev and Boyanov poured in 9 points apiece.

Israel - Poland 76-73
Israel beat Poland and tied all the records in Group E at 1-1. Israel grabbed a narrow 76:73 victory as four teams in the group will play for the top place in the next games. Both teams nailed 22 points each in the first period and then Poland managed to grab 1-point lead at the halftime. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) made a dunk and after Or Solomon (197-F-93) sent the teams to the lockers at 39:38 Polish lead. The third quarter was decisive in the game and brought 22-12 for the Israeli team. Blayzer nailed three and then added a free throw for 60:51 advantage. No matter how hard the Polish team tried to tie the game they could reduce only to 2 points. Later Altit and Karnowski exchanged for the final result. Dawson top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Or Solomon netted 17. Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 15, while Guy Lavie (188-PG-92, agency: Ronsport) chipped in with 11. Karnowski finished the game with 19 points in the losing effort, while Mateusz Ponitka and Michalak added 15 apiece.

Group F
Croatia - Czech Republic 67-92
Czech Republic easily rolled over Croatia in the start of the Second Stage at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Czech Republic improved to 2-0 record in Group F after 92:67 win. Czech Republic erupted with 26:8 after the first period and added massive 30-8 in the second frame. They did not care a lot about the second half and as a result Croatia won both quarters. At first Croatia won the third period 21-19 and then finished the game with 29-17 in the last period. It was enough however to reduce to 25 points. Vaclav Honomichl (189-G-92) nailed the last 7 points for the winners to seal a 92:67 victory. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Balvin added 19 points and 10 boards. Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) scored 19, whilst Sotnar and Vaclav Honomichl posted 11 each. Krstanovic delivered 19 points in defeat, while Sirko scored 16. Rogic notched 13 and Vukovic nailed 7.

United Kingdom - Finland 64-67
Finland open Day 6 successfully at the U20 European Championship. The Finnish side beat Great Britain 67:64 in the start of the Second Stage. Finland started with 20:18 in the first period, but the team from Great Britain bounced back with 19-13 in the second frame as they grabbed 37:33 halftime advantage. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) increased the lead at 41:33, but his team could not win. Seppala and Dolenc reduced to 55:53 and Finland kept the opponents scoreless for about 10 minutes. Aleksi Akpaso (192-SG-92) and Kopio closed the game from the free throw line for the narrow win. Alex Murphy (203-F-93) paced all the winners with 14 points and Caven netted 13. Aleksi Akpaso delivered 12, while Kopio added 9. Fraser ended up with 21 points in the losing effort. Devon Van Oostrum posted 20, while Sayers had 7.

Group G
FYR Macedonia - Slovakia 60-80
Slovak Republic tastes the initial win in Sofia at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame F.Y.R. of Macedonia 80:60 at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place. Slovak Republic had nothing to lose and started with 21:18 in the first period. They added 18-10 in the second frame and never looked behind after. F.Y.R. of Macedonia replied with 21-19 in the third quarter but could not match the opponents in the last stanza. Slovak Republic finished the game with 22-11 in the last to win the campaign. Moravek top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Galata collected 16 points and 11 boards. Peter Kancir (187-G-92) nailed 13 and Luley had 12. Stajic ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Krstevski as well as Markovski had 10 each. Aleksandar Kostadinov (200-PF-93) followed them with 8 points in a loss.

Austria - Luxembourg 108-64
Austria takes 2-0 in Group G of the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place in Division B. The Austrian side celebrated a 108:64 victory over Luxembourg. Austria won the opening tip 8:0 and Daniel Friedrich (182-PG-92) scored for 14:2. Mair and Bellwald closed the first period at 26:18, while Gvozden drove a lay-up for 32:18. Later Kutschera and Hopfgartner sent the teams to the lockers at 51:35. Austrai played even better in the second half and produced two victories. They won the third period 29-11 and finished the game with 28-18 in the last stanza. Daniel Friedrich paced all the winners with 21 points, while Kramer collected 20 points and 14 boards. Erwin Zulic (200-F-92) nailed 16 and Hopfgartner had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Luc Breuskin (186-F-92) ended up with 14 points in defeat, while Tom Welter (186-G-93) scored 11.

Group H
Denmark - Switzerland 78-47
Denmark destroy the Swiss side in Sofia at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place. The Danish side did not have any difficulties reaching 78:47 win at the U20 European Championship. Denmark improved to 2-1 record, while Switzerland is with 1-1 record. Denmark won all the quarters in the game and easily started with 27-16 in the first period. They added 19-9 in the second quarter to take 46:25 after Soren Dossing (185-G-92)'s three-pointer. Denmark produced a 19-13 surge in the third period and finished the game with 13-9 in the last stanza. Soren Dossing and Olsen top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Levene notched 10, while Alexander Birketoft (202-C-93) added 9. Savoy ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, while Jules Stalder (190-SG-93) and Bozovic scored 8 each.

Hungary - Belarus 60-70
Belarus won over Hungary in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The team improved to 1-2 record after 70:60 victory at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place. It was Hungary that started with 18:15 in the first period. Both teams nailed another 15 points in the second frame for 3-point advantage at the halftime. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) tied the game at 34:34 and he closed a run at 45:L36 midway through the third quarter. Suhaniaka made a free throw to close the third quarter at 50:43. Belrus led 17 points in the middle of the last stanza but satisfied with 10. Kovacs and Krisztian Tursics (185-G-92) reduced to 70:60 that was the final result in the game. Vitali Liutych top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Anton Papruha (190-PG-93) nailed 12. Aheyenka followed them with 11 points in a win. Meszaros produced 14 points in the losing case and Kovacs added 8.



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Finnish U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

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Tuomas  Hirvonen
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Joonas Pentti
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Elias Eerikinharju
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4 Fiifi Aidoo 175-PG-96
5 Tuomas Hirvonen 175-G-96 Kouvot Finland
6 Joonas Pentti 185-G-96 KTP Finland
7 Elias Eerikinharju 185-G-96 ToPo Akatemia Finland
8 Henri Niemisto 194-G-96 ToPo Akatemia Finland
9 Aapeli Alanen 197-F-96
10 Akseli Hartikainen 193-F-96
11 Samuli Nieminen 200-F-96 Jarvenpaan Finland
12 Joonas Tahvanainen 198-F-96
13 Juho-Matti Henttonen 195-C-96
14 Leo Machana 190-F-96
15 Thomas Van Santen 205-C-96

Pieti Poikola Head Coach Pyrinto Finland
Ville Tuominen Assistant Pyrinto Finland
Jari Nykanen Assistant



U20 European Championship: Finland open Day 6 successfully - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20-Finland U20 64:67

Finland open Day 6 successfully at the U20 European Championship. The Finnish side beat Great Britain 67:64 in the start of the Second Stage.
Finland started with 20:18 in the first period, but the team from Great Britain bounced back with 19-13 in the second frame as they grabbed 37:33 halftime advantage. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) increased the lead at 41:33, but his team could not win. Seppala and Dolenc reduced to 55:53 and Finland kept the opponents scoreless for about 10 minutes. Aleksi Akpaso (192-SG-92) and Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) closed the game from the free throw line for the narrow win.
Alex Murphy (203-F-93) paced all the winners with 14 points and Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) netted 13. Aleksi Akpaso delivered 12, while Villematti Kopio added 9. Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort. Devon Van Oostrum posted 20, while Louis Sayers (199-SF-92) had 7.

Great Britain U20: Alasdair Fraser 21, Devon Van Oostrum 20, Louis Sayers 7
Finland U20: Alex Murphy 14, Joonas Caven 13, Aleksi Akpaso 12, Villematti Kopio 9



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Paris-Levallois inks 2-year deal with Sean May - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) became a new member of Paris-Levallois. The American center penned a 2-year deal with the club. They will compete in ProA and EuroChallenge. May finished last season with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro averaging 15.5 points and 6 rebounds for 8 games in Italian SerieA. He started 2011/12 with Croatian Zagreb registering 11.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 9 games in Euroleague. In Adriatic league May added 12.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 17 games.
Sean May won the Turkish league title with Fenerbahce Ulker a year ago. He helped the club with 6.1 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 23 games. From 2005 to 2009, the center played for the Charlotte Bobcats and season 2009/10 he spent with the Sacramento Kings. With the Bobcats May shined with 11.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.9 apg for 35 NBA games in 2006/07 season. He won the NCAA title with University of North Carolina in 2005.



UCAM Murcia brings in Kim Tillie - by Eurobasket News

Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) will continue his career in Spain. The player penned a 2-year deal with UCAM Murcia. Tillie played for ASVEL over the past two seasons. In the latest one he collected 12.3 ppg and 4.8 rpg for 2 EuroCup games and was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -12. In ProA, the player averaged 10.8 points and 4.9 rebounds and he participated at the All-Star Game. In 2010/11, Kim Tillie had 7.7 ppg and 4.9 rpg in France. It was his first season as a pro. Tillie graduated at the University of Utah two years ago. He had 7 ppg and 5.5 rpg for his school as a senior. In 2006, Tillie won the Gold at U18 EuroBasket in Greece with U18 French NT. A year after that he helped U19 France to win the Bronze at U19 World Championship in Serbia.


U20 European Championship: Greece catch last train into quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - France U20 72:55

Greece punched U20 European Championship quarterfinals ticket. They defeated France in a crucial battle in Group E to make it into the playoffs. The victory also left Russia out of title contention. Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) accounted for 18 points, 6 boards and 3 assists to pace the Hellenes.
France held their opponents to 10 points in the opening quarter to take a 3-point lead. Greece bounced back and secured a 27:26 halftime advantage. Greece pulled in front in the third quarter. They exploded with 23 points and built a comfortable 15-point lead before the final frame. The Hellenes unloaded 22 points in the fourth quarter to keep their opponents at bay and celebrating a vital win at the end. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) accounted for 15 points, while Petros Melissaratos (205-F/C-93) and Fotios Zoumpos (192-SG-93) had 12 points each in the victory. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for France. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) netted 11 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Spyridon Motsenigos 18, Anastasios Antonakis 15, Petros Melissaratos 12, Fotios Zoumpos 12
France U20: Leo Westermann 14, Hugo Invernizzi 11



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U20 European Championship: Slovak Republic tastes the initial win in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20- Slovak Republic U20 60:80

Slovak Republic tastes the initial win in Sofia at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame F.Y.R. of Macedonia 80:60 at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place.
Slovak Republic had nothing to lose and started with 21:18 in the first period. They added 18-10 in the second frame and never looked behind after. F.Y.R. of Macedonia replied with 21-19 in the third quarter but could not match the opponents in the last stanza. Slovak Republic finished the game with 22-11 in the last to win the campaign.
Jaroslav Moravek (204-F/C-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Maurizio Galata (203-F-92) collected 16 points and 11 boards. Peter Kancir (187-G-92) nailed 13 and Matus Luley (195-F-92) had 12. Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Stefan Krstevski (190-PG-93) as well as Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) had 10 each. Aleksandar Kostadinov (200-PF-93) followed them with 8 points in a loss.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Boban Stajic 12, Stefan Krstevski 10, Goran Markovski 10, Aleksandar Kostadinov 8
Slovak Republic U20: Jaroslav Moravek 18+12 rebs, Maurizio Galata 16+11 rebs, Peter Kancir 13, Matus Luley 12



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U20 European Championship: Sweden claim confident win over Georgia - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Georgia U20 87:64

Sweden registered the third straight win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Georgia to stay undefeated in Group G. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) came up with 22 points to lead the winners. Georgia fell at 0-3 record.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 at the first break. Sweden pulled ahead in the second quarter. The Scandinavians ensured a 43:39 halftime advantage. Sweden cleared off in the third quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by as many as 17 points 70:53. Georgia never recovered in the final frame and Sweden cruised to the victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Jonathan Person (192-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) added 15 points for the winners. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Georgia. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) had 18 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Tobias Borg 22, Viktor Gaddefors 16+11 boards, Jonathan Person 15
Georgia U20: Beka Burjanadze 20, Duda Sanadze 18



Georgian U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Georgian U16 National Team 2012
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David Baramidze
Baramidze
Dimitri Bobilev
Bobilev
Levan Gogaladze
Gogaladze
Giorgi Gogoberishvili
Gogoberishvili
Giorgi Gugeshashvili
Gugeshashvili
#e#5
David Baramidze 197-PF-96
Dimitri Bobilev 197-F-96
Levan Gogaladze 191-PG-97
Giorgi Gogoberishvili 187-SG-97
Giorgi Gugeshashvili 197-F-96
Willy Isiani 195-PF-97
Yuri Khalatyan 177-PG-96
Davit Lomidze 187-SG-97
Levan Maskhulia 196-SF-96
Davit Matcharadze 194-PF-96
Soso Matchavariani 196-SF-96
Saba Mgaloblishvili 174-SG-96
Temur Petriashvili 180-SG-96
Valeriani Qvaraia 198-C-97
Maizer Revazashvili 202-C-96
Tengiz Skhirtladze 191-SF-97
Nugzari Tabaghua 187-SG-96
Giorgi Theodorashvili 180-SG-96
Nikoloz Tsintsadze 189-PG-96
Giorgi Tsirikidze 191-SG-98
Luka Zakradze 187-PG-96

George Kazanjian Head Coach GSAU Tbilisi Georgia
Irakli Tomaradze Assistant
Dimitri Jakobov Assistant Sokhumi Georgia



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Moritz Krume joins BG Hagen - by Moritz Korff

Following the rumors of Edward Seward and Kristofer Speier possibly joining BG Hagen (1. Regionalliga West) for next season, the team came up with news about a done deal: Moritz Krume (201-PF-94) has agreed to terms with the RLW club and will add fresh blood to the 2012-13 roster. The 18-year-old forward averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds for FC Schalke 04 last season and also had a license to play for Phoenix Hagen's junior team in the U19-Bundesliga NBBL. Krume, who attended the Academy of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii, in the 2010-11 season, produced 6.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest in the NBBL and helped the Phoenix squad to reach the final four. He will have one year left to play in the U19-Bundesliga.
"We will have a good mixture of young and experienced players on our team. That is why I'm happy that also Dennis Shirvan and Benjamin Rust will keep playing for us. I'm convinced that Moritz Krume and Soeren Fritze will have a bright future", BG chairman Fredi Rissmann stated on the team's website.



Markus Bretz heads to Stuttgart - by Moritz Korff

1. Regionalliga South-West team MTV Stuttgart has confirmed that Markus Bretz (201-F-87) will strengthen the team in the 2012-13 season. The 25-year-old transfers from Goeppingen to Stuttgart. He averaged 13.7 points, 6.1 boards and 1.6 blocked shots a game last season.
"Markus is one of the best frontcourt players in the Regionalliga. He can play the 4 and the 5 spot. He understands the game very well, moves well without the ball and despite his young age has a lot of experience. He will be a good fit both as a player and as a person. The young big men on our team will learn a lot from him. We know that many teams were interested in Markus, so we are even more excited that we were able to convince him with the concept that we have", Stuttgart manager Kresimir Miksa said.



Sebastian Harke moves from Magdeburg to Aschersleben - by Moritz Korff

1. Regionalliga North team Aschersleben Tigers has completed the signing of a third new player for the 2012-13 season. Aschersleben native Sebastian Harke (203-F/C-81) will return to the Tigers. The forward/center is 31 years of age and played for Magdeburg last season, averaging 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest.
"I am very happy to be back home. The Tigers have developed very well in these past years. I want to contribute to moving this project forward and I am looking forward to the great atmosphere and the fans at Ballhaus gym", Harke stated on the Tigers website.



FC Bayern Munich Make Double Guard Strike With Yotam Halperin And Tyrese Rice - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Eurobasket had reported recently that Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) was on his way to FC Bayern Munich and today the Bavarian Club made it official as well as announcing the arrival of Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) who had been rumored since weeks of coming Both players get one year deals. Beko BBL team FC Bayern Munich have hauled in one of Israels top basketball players with Yotam Halperin (196-G-84). Halperin is a 26 year old 196cm combo guard that is a player with phenomenal personal abilities, although he bases much of his game on movement without the ball and team play. A great shot beyond the rim, fast, clever, good passer and gifted drawer of fouls. Last season, he played for Spartak St.Petersburg (Russia-PBL, starting five): Russian League: 20 games: 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), Steals-5 (1.7spg), FGP-2 (64.0%), 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 88.5%; VTB League: 14 games: 8.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 57.5%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 82.4%; EuroCup: 16 games: 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.2apg), FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 84.9%. He started his basketball career in 1999 for Maccabi Raanana. He then played for top European power house Maccabi Tel-Aviv from 2001-2005. He already played Israel club games at the age of 17. In 2005-2006, he played for : Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-A1, starting five): Slovenian League: 16 games: 14.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.6apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 47.7%, FT: 82.3%; Euroleague: 14 games: 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 37.2%, FT: 90%; Adriatic League: 25 games: 14.2ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-3 (3.6apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT-1 (50%), FT: 85.4%. In 2006, he was drafted by the Drafted by Seattle SuperSonics (NBA,2rd (53). He then returned back to Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv (Premier League) and played there from 2006-2008 playing 44 Euroleague games. He then played for Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1) from 2008-2011 where he played a total of 56 Euroleague games. He has played a total of 154 Euroleague games. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Israeli League Finalist -00, European Championships U18 -00, Israeli U20 National Team -01, 04Israeli U18 National Team -01-02, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament U18 (Germany) -02, European Championships U18 in Germany -02, Eurobasker All-Europe Youth Players Honorable Mention 2002, Israeli League Champion -02, 03, 04, 05, Adriatic League Finalist -03, Israeli Cup Winner -03, Israeli National Team -03-04, 06-11European Championships -03, Euroleague Champion -04, 05, Israeli Premier League Regular Season Champion -04, 05, 07, European Championships U20 in Brno -04: Finalist (8 games: 20.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1spg, 20.4bpg), European Championships U20 2004 All-Star Team, Israeli U21 National Team -05, World Championships U21 in Argentina -05European Championships in Belgrade -05: 3 games: 4.7ppg, 0.7apg, Slovenian Supercup Winner -05, Slovenian 1A All-Star Game -06 (3-Points Contest Finalist), Slovenian Cup Winner -06, Slovenian League Regular Season Runner-Up -06, Slovenian League Champion -06, Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Guard of the Year -06, Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Import Player of the Year -06, Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 1st Team -06, Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Imports Team -06, Euroleague Quarterfinals -07, 11, Israeli Cup Semifinals -07, Israeli Premier League Champion -07, European Championships in Spain -07: 6 games: 14.0ppg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 65.6%, 3FGP: 31.0%, FT: 78.9%, Israeli Cup Finalist -08, Euroleague Finalist -08, 10, Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention -08, Israeli Premier League Finalist -08Israeli Premier League Regular Season Runner-Up -08, Qualifications to European Championships 2009 -08: 6 games: 14.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 82.6%, Greek Cup Finalist -09, Greek League All-Star Game -09, Euroleague Final Four -09, Greek League Regular Season Champion -09, 11, Greek League Finalist -09, 10, 11, European Championships in Poland -09: 8 games: 13.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 82.9%, Greek Cup Winners -10, Greek Cup Winner -10, 11, Greek League Regular Season Runner-Up -10Qualifications to European Championships 2011 -10: 8 games: 12.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 46.7%, FT: 88.5%, European Championships in Lithuania -11: 5 games: 11.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 30.4%, Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 3rd Team -12, Eurocup Semifinals -12, VTB United League Quarterfinals -12, and Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Bosmans Team -12.

Tyrese Rice is a 25 year old 187cm guard from Chesterfield, Virginia. Last season he played for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL, starting five): Lithuanian League: 25 games: 9.7ppg, 1.4rpg, Assists-3 (4.4apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 75.9%; VTB League: 21 games: 13.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 79.8%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 3 games: 14.3ppg, 1.0rpg, Assists-4 (5.3apg), FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%; EuroCup: 15 games: 11.1ppg, 1.5rpg, Assists-4 (4.7apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 87.9%; Baltic League: 4 games: 12.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg . Rice started his basketball career in 2005 at Boston Coll. (NCAA) in 2005 where he played until 2009. He played a total of 132 NCAA games. In hiss enior year, he played 33 games: 16.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3Pts: 34.7%, FT: 85.6% . He started his professional basketball career in 2009 with Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (Greece-A1, starting five) 27 games: 11.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 81.4%. In 2010-2011, he played for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg; German League: 43 games: Score-2 (17.2ppg), 2.8rpg, Assists-4 (5.1apg), FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 81.0%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been CollegeInsider.com Freshmen All-America Team -06, ACC Tournament Finalist -06, ACC All-Freshman Team -06, NCAA Sweet 16 -06, NABC All-NCAA District 1 2nd Team -07, ACC Tournament Semifinals -07, ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team -07, All-ACC 2nd Team -07, 09, NABC Division I All-District 1 First Team -08, All-ACC 1st Team -08CollegeHoops.net All-American Honorable Mention -08, NABC Division I All-District 2 Second Team -09, NCAA DI All-Star Game -09, AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -09, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -11, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -11, German Bundesliga Semifinals -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -11, Eurocup Semifinals -12, Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Playoffs Team -12, Baltic League Finalist -12, Eurobasket.com All-VTB League 2nd Team -12, Eurobasket.com VTB League All-Imports Team -12, VTB United League Semifinals -12, Lithuanian League Regular Season Runner-Up -12, Lithuanian League Finalist -12, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team -12, Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Newcomers Team -12, and Lithuanian League All-Star Game -12. "Both guys were our wish players. They dont only have talent and experience, but also the leadership qualities that we were looking for. By getting these guys, we know have the ability to show attractive basketball for our fans", stressed FC Bayern Munich sport director Marko Pesic.

Source: FC Bayern Munich








Arthur Earl Steward Signs With The RheinLand Versicherungen Hertener Lions - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The RheinLand Versicherungen Hertener Lions have made a real transfer strike bringing in Art Steward (193-F-88). Steward is a 23 year old 195cm forward from Casper, Wyoming in the United States. Steward will be a rookie and comes from the Montana Grizzlies that won the 2012 Big Sky conference. In 32 games in his senior year, he averaged 9,5ppg and 4,6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 68.0%. "We wanted a guy that could help us on defense and on transition. He can play at the wing position as well as under the basket. He always played against the opponents best player", stressed Lions head coach Dirk Altenbeck. Steward is happy about coming to Herten. "I am already very excited about the team and fans", stressed Arthur Earl Steward. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Big Sky Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Big Sky Conf. Tournament Finalist -11, All-Big Sky Conf. 2nd Team -12, Big Sky Conf. Regular Season Champion -12, and Big Sky Conf. Tournament Winner -12

source: RheinLand Versicherungen Hertener Lions





U20 European Championship: Ukraine surprise Germany - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Germany U20 81:74

Ukraine posted the first win at the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. They defeated Germany to finish at 1-4 record in Group E. Germany slipped at 3-2 record. Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) stepped up with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners.
Ukraine led from start to finish. They ensured an 18:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Ukraine boosted the margin to 8 points at halftime 38:30. The teams increased the tempo in the third quarter. Ukraine and Germany exchanged baskets as Volodymyr Koval team led by 8 points with one quarter remaining. Germany got within three points with 14 seconds remaining in regulation but Mysiats and Bobrov sank four free throws in a row and sealed the victory for Ukraine. Sergiy Zagreba (212-C-94) posted 14 points, while Olexandr Misyats (200-SF-92) added 12 points for the winning side. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) answered with 17 points for Germany. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) netted 14 points in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Olexandr Mishula 18, Sergiy Zagreba 14, Olexandr Misyats 12
Germany U20: Philipp Neumann 17, Johannes Voigtmann 14



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Panathinaikos ready to sign Stephane Lasme - by Giorgos Diploidis

Only the official announcement of the deal seems to be left so Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) to be player of Panathinaikos Athens. The "Greens" were looking for a foreign player to replace Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) near the basket who left the team of Athens after nine years for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. Panathinaikos seems to have signed its second player from ACB because they have already taken Andy Panko from Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC

Lasme the season left was a member of Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB and helped them finish in the 13th of the league with his scoring and defensive abilities. In 34 matchers had 10.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.9bpg. Lasme returns to a team which will take part in Euroleague after passing from Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv the period 2009-10.



U20 European Championship: Greece catch last train into quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - France U20 72:55

Greece punched U20 European Championship quarterfinals ticket. They defeated France in a crucial battle in Group E to make it into the playoffs. The victory also left Russia out of title contention. Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) accounted for 18 points, 6 boards and 3 assists to pace the Hellenes.
France held their opponents to 10 points in the opening quarter to take a 3-point lead. Greece bounced back and secured a 27:26 halftime advantage. Greece pulled in front in the third quarter. They exploded with 23 points and built a comfortable 15-point lead before the final frame. The Hellenes unloaded 22 points in the fourth quarter to keep their opponents at bay and celebrating a vital win at the end. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) accounted for 15 points, while Petros Melissaratos (205-F/C-93) and Fotios Zoumpos (192-SG-93) had 12 points each in the victory. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for France. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) netted 11 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Spyridon Motsenigos 18, Anastasios Antonakis 15, Petros Melissaratos 12, Fotios Zoumpos 12
France U20: Leo Westermann 14, Hugo Invernizzi 11



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University of Groningen lost its first appearance at EUSA 2012 - by Fred Roggen

Yesterday the Games for basketball participants has been started, both men and women categories. There will be six days of competition and also a training or rest day in the half of the competition for the teams that wish so.
The University of Split (CRO), Vutautas Magnus University (LTU),Moskow St.A. PE (RUS) and University of Nis (SRB) are the favourites.

The University of Groningen played a good first quarter against Leonard De Vinci University (FRA) 15-10, by the end of the 2nd quarter the Dutch team of head coach Hans Nieboer lost its lead. Halftime 21-23
After the break the French built their lead gradually due to their zone defense and won the game with 50-62.

GROUP D
1. LEONARD DE VINCI U. (FRA) 1 1 0 62 50 +12 2
2. VYTAUTAS MAGNUS U. (LTU) 1 1 0 87 80 +7 2
3. TECH. U. CATALONIA 1 0 1 80 87 - 7 0
4. U. GRONINGEN (NED) 1 0 1 50 62 - 12 0



Dutch U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Gabriel Bernink
Steve Bleeker
Robert Boezeman
Rens Butter
Tom de Haas
Menno Dijkstra
Boris Egelie
Yannick Franke
Marinus Hagens
David Hahn
Alex Hoogerwerf
Nick Jurgens
Joey Liem
Adeola Morren
Lennart Overdevest
Derron Whitbread

Hugo Butter
Joost van Rangelrooy



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Hungarian U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Hungarian U16 National Team 2012
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Balazs Acs
Acs
Csanad Antoni
Antoni
Gabor Forray
Forray
Mate Gabor
Gabor
Gyorgy Goloman
Goloman
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Balazs Acs 199-C-96
Csanad Antoni 193-SF-96
Gabor Forray 190-SG-96
Mate Gabor 190-PF-96
Gyorgy Goloman 204-F/C-96
Patrik Hodi 197-PF-96
Mate Kovacs 188-PG-92 TF Budapest Hungary
Bence Kovacs 186-PG-91 Nagykorosi Hungary
Karoly Meleg 201-PF-96
Bence Meszaros 180-PG-96
Janos Mike 182-PG-96
Levente Nagy 194-SG-96
Balazs Popgyakunik 192-PF-96
Szabolcs Pungor 194-SF-96
Tamas Ratvay 187-SG-96
Balazs Torok 186-PG-96
Keve Ungi 192-SF-96
Akos Vagvolgyi 190-G-96
Viktor Zrinyi 205-C-97

Akos Peresztegi Nagy Head Coach DKSK Hungary



U20 European Championship: Belarus won over Hungary in Division B - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20-Belarus U20 60:70

Belarus won over Hungary in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The team improved to 1-2 record after 70:60 victory at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place.
It was Hungary that started with 18:15 in the first period. Both teams nailed another 15 points in the second frame for 3-point advantage at the halftime. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) tied the game at 34:34 and he closed a run at 45:L36 midway through the third quarter. Suhaniaka made a free throw to close the third quarter at 50:43. Belrus led 17 points in the middle of the last stanza but satisfied with 10. Adam Kovacs (200-SF-93) and Tursics reduced to 70:60 that was the final result in the game.
Vitali Liutych top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Anton Papruha (190-PG-93) nailed 12. Andrei Aheyenka (194-SG-92) followed them with 11 points in a win. Mate Meszaros (192-G/F-92) produced 14 points in the losing case and Adam Kovacs added 8.

Hungary U20: Mate Meszaros 14, Adam Kovacs 8
Belarus U20: Vitali Liutych 25, Anton Papruha 12, Andrei Aheyenka 11



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  ICELAND   


Hrafn Kristjansson quits KR - by Snorri Arnaldsson

KR coach Hrafn Kristjansson has quit the club. KR have started their coaching search with only two and a half month to go before the start of the season. The club has stated that they will hire a coach before the end of July. Hrafn had coached KR for 2 seasons, winning the cup and national championship in 2011. KR finished the 2011-2012 season in 2nd place and were knocked out of the cup and playoffs in the semis.


Breidablik signs homegrown talents - by Snorri Arnaldsson

1st division club Breidablik has signed Aegir Bjarnason (180-G-93) and Hraunar Gudmundsson (194-F-91) for the upcoming season. Both players played for Breidablik last season, Hraunar delivering 11.3 ppg, 2.5 rpb and 1.7 apg, Aegir putting up 7.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2.1 apg. Both players came up through Breidablik youth program and will be expected to improve on last season. Breidablik came in 6th place in 1st division last season, but more is expected from the former top leagueclub in 2012-2013.


Stjarnan ink Brian Mills - by Eurobasket News

Brian Mills (203-F-88, college: Mercer) will continue his career in Iceland. The forward has agreed on terms of contract with Stjarnan. Last season Brian Mills spent in Portugal. He played for Lusitania Angra. The forward averaged 14.9 points, 6.6 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game in LPB. Eurobasket.com named Brian Mills into All-Portuguese League 2nd Team. He also made it into Portuguese League All-Imports Team. It was the first pro season for Brian Mills. He graduated from the Mercer University in 2011. The forward was named into All-A-Sun 1st Team in his senior season.


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  IRELAND   


BALLON SET FOR SUPERLEAGUE - by Patrick Maher

BALLON SET FOR SUPERLEAGUE

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The 2012-13 Nivea For Mens SuperLeague season will include Ballon Basketball Club, who will play their home games at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

Ballon, which has been in existence for the past 11 years and originally set up in the village of Ballon in Carlow, have enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of Irish basketball. The club, which catered for ladies basketball in their early years, went on to boast a very successful mens team, which featured in the National League Division One competition.

Over the past six years, Ballon has expanded way beyond the Carlow border and have made Palmerstown in Dublin their home for their senior mens side. Their side has a real international flavour and boast players from countries such as Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Their recent success makes impressive reading. Since playing in Division One, they have claimed the league title on two occasions, while they also managed to lift the mens senior national cup.

The entry of Ballon BC into the SuperLeague on a one year licence is a very important development for the League. The club has brought great energy and commitment to the game in recent years, drawing mainly upon players from Europe who have made Ireland their home. As well as this, the club has commenced the process of building stronger Irish roots at underage level, said SLMB (SuperLeague Management Board) Chairperson Pat Duffy.

The involvement of Ballon will bring a new dimension to the League, where a trial regulation has been introduced for a one year period to facilitate the greater involvement in the League of Europeans resident in Ireland.

Meanwhile, a Ballon statement read: Ballon Basketball Club is proud to announce that they have recently been awarded the Mens SuperLeague licence for the upcoming season 2012/13 by the SLMB. We would like to thank the SLMB and Basketball Ireland for all their help during the licence application process.

For the SuperLeague team home games we have agreed a deal with the National Basketball Arena and we are really happy to play in the home of Irish Basketball.

After the decision of Belfast Star to withdraw from the League this year, the Ballon entry retains the number of licensees at eight.

Courtesy .... shane Whelan .... www.basketballireland.ie



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  ISRAEL   


U20 European Championship: Israel beat Poland and tied all the records at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20-Poland U20 76:73

Israel beat Poland and tied all the records in Group E at 1-1. Israel grabbed a narrow 76:73 victory as four teams in the group will play for the top place in the next games.
Both teams nailed 22 points each in the first period and then Poland managed to grab 1-point lead at the halftime. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) made a dunk and after Or Solomon (197-F-93) sent the teams to the lockers at 39:38 Polish lead. The third quarter was decisive in the game and brought 22-12 for the Israeli team. Blayzer nailed three and then added a free throw for 60:51 advantage. No matter how hard the Polish team tried to tie the game they could reduce only to 2 points. Later Altit and Przemyslaw Karnowski (214-C-93) exchanged for the final result.
Shawn Dawson (193-SF-93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Or Solomon netted 17. Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 15, while Guy Lavie (188-PG-92, agency: Ronsport) chipped in with 11. Przemyslaw Karnowski finished the game with 19 points in the losing effort, while Mateusz Ponitka and Michal Michalak (194-G-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 15 apiece.

Israel U20: Shawn Dawson 19, Or Solomon 17, Bar Timor 15, Guy Lavie 11
Poland U20: Przemyslaw Karnowski 19, Mateusz Ponitka 15, Michal Michalak 15



Yotam Halperin joins Bayern Munich - by Eurobasket News

Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) will continue his career in Germany. The player signed a deal with Bayern Munich. Halperin spent last season with Sparak St.Petersburg averaging 10.3 points, 4.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals for 20 Russian league games. He also added 9.6 ppg, 5.2 apg and 2.6 rpg for 16 games in EuroCup, while his numbers in VTB United League were just a little bit lower. Before Spartak, Yotam Halperin played three years for Olympiakos. He had 8.2 ppg and 1.9 apg in Greece in their last season together. Halperin helped Reds to win the Greek Cup in 2010 and 2011. In the past, he spent several years with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Halperin also has experience from Union Olimpija Ljubljana and of course from the Israeli NT. This year he was named to Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 3rd Team -12 and Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Bosmans Team -12. Spartak reached EuroCup Semis and VTB United League Quarterfinals.


Israeli Transactions: Nissim, Rothbart, Yivzory, Martin & Ben-Chimol - by David Pick

Prior to leaving Israel for the NBA's Las Vegas summer league, Galil/Gilboa's head coach Lior Lubin successfully managed to secure sharpshooter Dagan Yivzori for the player's fifth consecutive season with the team. The northern Israel squad also agreed terms of a 3-year deal with promising 6-foot-3 U18 Israeli national team guard Maxim Kikus (Agency: Avi Zilberman).

In addition, Galil is negotiating with another U18 national squad member in Ben Altit (Agency: Avi Zilberman). The 6-foot-10 athletic forward is entertaining the possibility of joining either Galil or Division I new comber -- Hapoel Eilat.

In related news, according to a report by Or Shkedy of Israel's Walla!, Eilat acquired Spanish-Israeli power forward Jan Martin, who played for Galil last season. According to Eurobasket sources, terms of agreement allow both sides to terminate the deal by July 30th. Sources said Martin is interested in utilizing his Spanish passport and is looking to play in the ACB League, while Eilat met yesterday with Israel's 7-foot-2 national big man Robert Rothbart.

Rothbart, who won the Slovenian domestic cup last season with Euroleague's Olimpija Ljubljana, is interested in staying overseas. If Eilat doesn't land a deal with Rothbart by the end of July, the team's agreement with Martin will become official.

Shkedy also reported that Eilat added depth to its backcourt armor in Haifa's recent 28-year-old poised point guard Avi Ben-Chimol.

That said, Eurobasket informs the Maccabi Haifa just recently reached out to Israeli national combo-guard Afik Nissim (Agency: Beo Basket), who played abroad for the last nine seasons. According to sources close to the player, Nissim is keen on playing for a European competition team and that in addition, both sides are far from reaching a financial agreement.




Shivek, ISR Collect Back-to-Back Tourney Victories. Face UKR & Mike Fratello - by David Pick

Without its forwards Lior Eliyahu (playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA summer league in Las Vegas), and Omri Casspi (undergoing personal workouts with the Cleveland Cavaliers) in addition to lacking injured team-captain Yotam Halperin, head coach Arik Shivek and his Israeli national team collected its second Ukraine exhibition tournament victory in a 76-65 win versus Romania.

Despite the team's 18 turnovers a poor free throw shooting (8-14), Israel managed to come out victorious.

In a repeat of yesterday's game, Shivek's men began the first quarter with an 11-4 blitz, capping a 22-12 lead after one.

Yogev Ohayon ran the point to perfection, Yuval Naimy beautify created off the dribble and Raviv Limonad showcased his aggressive footwork with his successful full-court-pressure defense. Guy Pnini and Dagan Yivzori split six trifectas and high flying Alex Tyus dominated the boards while flirting with a double-double.

Israel enjoyed a 41-29 lead at intermission and 60-48 edge after three, en route to a 76-65 conquest.

Israeli Scorers: Pnini 16, Tyus 11 and 7 rebounds, Yivzori (3-4 from distance) and Limonad (3 assists & 3 steals) 9 each, Kadir & Kozikaro 6 each, Hanochi 5, Mekel 4, Ohayon 4, (5 dimes & 5 steals), Naimy 3, Roth 2 and Kokia 1. Rothbart went scoreless and Afik Nissim finished as DNP.

Shivek: "We experience many ups and downs during the game which included both good and bad minutes which is kind of upsetting. We are looking forward to tomorrow's game against the Ukraine national team and we expect it to be tough one against a very aggressive squad. I believe that trying to get everyone involved damaged the flow of our game, but all in all, today we added our zone-defense dimension and things went ok."

"Our 18 turnovers can relate to what they call in tennis 'unforced errors.' We did unnecessary things and I think the guys are still working on their chemistry. We will improve in time," added the coach.

Ohayon: "We got off to a good start and led the entire way. At one point we were ahead by as many as 20-points and I think we let our foot off the gas, but overall I saw a lot of good things. We will try to learn from our mistakes for tomorrow's game (against the Ukraine) and play our best to win."

Israel will square off tomorrow (19:00 local time) against the Ukraine and its American NBA broadcasting color analyst and a professional basketball coach in Mike Fratello. During his NBA coaching career for the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies, Fratello collected 1,215 victories.





Israeli U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

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Aviv Abramovich
Abramovich
David Benichu
Benichu
Yevgeni Holodov
Holodov
Liad Braun
Braun
Avichai Ben David
Ben David
#e#5
4 Aviv Abramovich 191-F-96
5 David Benichu 192-G-96
6 Yevgeni Holodov 178-PG-96
7 Liad Braun 180-PG-96
8 Avichai Ben David 185-F-96
9 Netanel Artzi 196-F-97
10 Yaly Ziv Av 193-F-96
11 Roman Sorkin 201-F-96
12 Tamir Blatt 178-PG-97
13 Roi Huber 184-G-97
14 Eran Tessone 200-G-96
15 Yotam Paz 193-F-96

Yakov Gino Head Coach Ironi Nahariya Israel
Eran Eytan Assistant



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Dinamo Sassari extends team captain Manuel Vanuzzo - by Eurobasket News

Manuel Vanuzzo (203-F-75) will stay with Dinamo Sassari, the club announced today. The team captain penned a one-year contract extension. Vanuzzo is a member of Sassari since 2006. Last season he appeared 35 times in SerieA collecting 5.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. He helped the club to reach Playoff Semifinals, what is considered as great success. Manuel Vanuzzo and Sassari were LegaDue champions in 2010 and at the same time they won the promotion for SerieA. In 2009, Sassari reached LegaDue Finals.
Before Sassari, experienced Manuel Vanuzzo spent two seasons with Novara. He also has experience from Milano, Messina and Montecatini. Vanuzzo played for Italian B National Team more than ten years ago.



U20 European Championship: Latvia cruise past Italy to stay alive in quarterfinal race - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 - Italy U20 94:78

Latvia made a big step towards U20 European Championship quarterfinals as they marched past Italy on the final day of the Second Stage. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) stepped up with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory.
Latvia strongly started the game. The Baltic team built a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Latvia unloaded 28 points in the second quarter to pull away. They ensured a 47:30 halftime lead. Latvia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They built a comfortable 71:47 lead with one period remaining. Italy managed to cut the deficit to 11 points but Latvia stayed calm and secured a confident win at the end. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) posted 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while Arturs Bricis (196-SG-92) added 18 points for the winners. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) answered with 16 points for Italy. Fabio Mian (196-F-92) and Marco Lagana (193-G-93) had 13 points each in the loss.

Latvia U20: Janis Timma 25, Ojars Silins 22, Arturs Bricis 18
Italy U20: Amedeo Tessitori 16, Fabio Mian 13, Marco Lagana 13



Vanoli Cremona acquire Aaron Johnson - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Cremona beefed up their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Aaron Johnson (172-PG-88, agency: Two Points, college: UAB). The point guard is not new to Italy. He spent the last season with Assi Basket Ostuni. Aaron Johnson averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in LegaDue. The guard earned Eurobasket.com All-Italian LegaDue Honourable Mention. It was the debut pro season for Aaron Johnson. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011. The point guard notched 11.8 points, 7.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in his senior season. Aaron Johnson made it into All-C-USA 1st Team. He was also named into NABC Division I All-District 11 2nd Team.


Virtus Bologna interested in Terrico White - by Pervin Elgin

The Italian team is looking for the 'new' Petteri Koponne

Virtus Bologna is targeting Terrico White, a source told Sportando. The Italian team is on the market looking for the new Petteri Koponen. The Finnish player left for Khimki Moscow and Virtus needs a combo guard to add to the roster.
The player born in 1990 was selected by the Pistons in the 2010 NBA draft and in the season 2011-12 averaged 13.1ppg in D-League.

Courtesy of sportando.net



Four teams are targeting Matt Janning, two in Spain and two in Italy - by Pervin Elgin

The American guard spent last season in Italy with Casale averaging 12.7ppg and 3.6rpg.
In Spain UCAM Murcia and Asefa Estudiantes are the clubs interested in the player while in Italy Virtus Bologna and Mens Sana Siena.

Virtus Bologna made an offer to Janning weeks ago, as confirmed also by their GM: "He has more options on the table, from Spain and Siena".

Siena hired as assistant coach Marco Crespi who was at the helm of Casale last season and decided to bring him in Italy in the summer 2011.
In Spain the frontrunner is Asefa Estudiantes and not UCAM Murcia as previously reported.

Courtesy of sportando.net



Mason Rocca with an offer on the table from Virtus Bologna - by Pervin Elgin

The player will give a final answer today

Mason Rocca has an offer on the table from Virtus Bologna and he should give a final answer by the end of the day.
"We made a proposal to Mason Rocca and today we'll have his answer" said Claudio Sabatini to Stadio. "We are confident but we can't say anything until the contract is signed. He is a hard worker, has the Italian passport. Rocca could be a good signing for us. If he says NO, we have the alternative" added Sabatini.
Rocca is free agent after he left Olimpia Milano where he has spent the last four years of his career.

Courtesy of sportando.net



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Jordan takes part in Cyprus Int'l Torunament : Schedule - by Omar Shafaamri

After the Olympic Qualifiyng Torunament in Venezuela, Jordan will take part in Cyrpus International Tournament which will be held in the Capital Nicosia from 3-5 August along with Sweden, Norway and hosts Cyprus, the latter three prepares for the Eurobasket 2013 Qualfications in August and September.

National Team Coaching Staff called 22 Players to join the Trainings which is considered as a step in the Process of creating a new generation as the this Line-up will miss the services of Veterans Enver Soobzokov, Osama Daghles, Abdullah Abu Qoura, from the other hand both Islam Abbas and Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) will be back as their Ban is over. JBF is considering the Participation in Jones Cup (18-26 August) in Taiwan.

Cyprus International Tournament (3-5 August)
3. August:
Jordan
xSweden 5pm*
CyprusxNorway 7pm

4. August:
JordanxNorway 5pm
CyprusxSweden 7pm

5.August:
NorwayxSweden 5pm
JordanxCyprus 7pm

*Amman Time



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2012 JT Focus Mgt Cleveland Am Pro Basketball Mens Summer League Day 7 Results - by Vance Marbury

2012 JT Focus Mgt Cleveland Am Pro Basketball Mens Summer League Day 7 Results

Game 1 Meli Mels 54 vs Baldwin Wallace 67

Meli Mels -- Damon Jones (Merchyhurst NE) 10 pts 2 assists, Greg Gamble 11 pts 3 rebounds

Baldwin Wallace -- Sean Rothermel (Baldwin Wallce U.) 8 pts 8 rebs, Grant Fairhurst (Baldwin Wallace U. ) 22 pts 1 reb, Chris Ameen (Baldwin Wallace U.) 14 pts 8 rebs, Justin Ruth (Baldwin Wallace U.)12 pts 3 rebs

Game 2 Stockman Basketball 78 vs Jason Borish 85

Stockman Basketball -- Tyler Peters (Wheaton University) 23 pts 1 reb, Adrian Stockman (Winthorp U.) 22 pts 2 reb 2 ast., Ibrahim Kesnote (Boston U.) 12 pts 4 reb

Team Jason Borish -- Marlin Mason (Cleveland State U.) 36 pts 8 rebs 2 ast., Charles Lee (Cleveland State U.) 11 pts 10 reb 5 ast Jason Borish 10 pts 8 reb

Game 3 Youngbloodz 49 vs EZ Dubbs 88

Youngbloodz -- Collin Barth (Wheeling Jesuit U.) 9 pts, Nick Brown (West Liberty U.) 11 pts Justin Fritts (Wheeling Jesuit U.) 19 pts

EZ Dubbs -- Eric Mcphearson (Vermillion CC) 32 pts, Shane Skelly (Penn St. Behrend)16 pts Devon Long (Cleveland State U.) 10 pts, Demario Branch 10 pts

Game 4 Leff Electric 70 vs Iggy Boys 58

Leff Electric -- Ladell Trotty (Thiel U.) 5 pts Josh Eckord (Tri CC) 6 pts, Martell Medley (Lakeland CC) 20 pts, Theo Dixon (Cleveland St. U.) 10 pts, Tyree Gaiter (Notre Dame College) 17 pts

Iggy Boys -- Shonn Miller (Cornell U.) 16 pts. Tom Pakrer (Lake Erie College) 12 pts, Tyler Hammond (Marietta U.) 9 pts.

Game 5. Team Cal 73 vs Mentor 48

Team Cal -- Alex Davis (Lake Erie College) 15 pts, Eric Worthey (Lake Erie College) 21 pts, Jalen Head 11 pts



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U20 European Championship: Latvia cruise past Italy to stay alive in quarterfinal race - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 - Italy U20 94:78

Latvia made a big step towards U20 European Championship quarterfinals as they marched past Italy on the final day of the Second Stage. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) stepped up with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory.
Latvia strongly started the game. The Baltic team built a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Latvia unloaded 28 points in the second quarter to pull away. They ensured a 47:30 halftime lead. Latvia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They built a comfortable 71:47 lead with one period remaining. Italy managed to cut the deficit to 11 points but Latvia stayed calm and secured a confident win at the end. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) posted 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while Arturs Bricis (196-SG-92) added 18 points for the winners. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) answered with 16 points for Italy. Fabio Mian (196-F-92) and Marco Lagana (193-G-93) had 13 points each in the loss.

Latvia U20: Janis Timma 25, Ojars Silins 22, Arturs Bricis 18
Italy U20: Amedeo Tessitori 16, Fabio Mian 13, Marco Lagana 13



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U20 European Championship: Lithuania prevail against Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Turkey U20 76:45

Lithuania clinched a vital win over Turkey in their quest for U20 European Championship quarterfinal birth. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) nailed 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Both teams are now tied at 2-3 record and await the result of the last game of the day in Group F to get to know their fate.
Lithuania gave little chance for their opponents in this one. The Baltic team started the game aggressively and secured a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew deeper in the second quarter. Lithuania ensured a 46:23 halftime lead. Lithuania did not slow down in the third frame. They held Turkey to just 5 points and established a 32-point buffer with one quarter remaining. Turkey outscored Lithuania in the fourth quarter but to no avail. Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) delivered 12 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) had 10 points in the victory. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Turkey. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) had 8 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Edgaras Ulanovas 14, Rokas Giedraitis 12, Vytenis Cizauskas 10
Turkey U20: Samet Geyik 12, Safak Edge 8



VTB debutant Neptunas negotiating with Rashaun Broadus - by Eurobasket News

Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84, college: BYU) became the hot point guard wanted by couple European Clubs. According to his agency, the player has offers from Poland, VTB debutant Neptunas and getting interest in Belgium and Germany. Agency mentioned, that they are leaning to sign with VTB newcomer Neptunas this week. Negotiations been successful so far and Shaun will be making final decision in upcoming days. We wanted him to play in any European competition. Nevertheless, Neptunas has great organization, but also they play in VTB. Thats the main factor, taking this step in his career.
Over the last 2 years the American player stayed with Lithuanian BC Siauliai. In 2011 the American guard played VTB qualification round with BC Siauliai, where he averaged 9 points per game and 5 assists. In 2011-2012 season, Rashaun Broadus was selected to Eurobasket LKL All-Defensive Team. He was also named All-Baltic League Guard of the Year. Lately Rashaun Broadus played in the IBL. He averaged 14.7 points, 7.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game for the Edmonton Energy.



Lithuania's Olympic basketball team loses captain Robertas Javtokas - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania's men's Olympic basketball team has suffered a loss of long-term captain Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona), 32, who will not be able to help his team at the London 2012 Olympics due to a tarsal fracture, the country's basketball federation has announced on Tuesday.

The Lithuanian center of 2.11 m (6'11") started feeling tarsal pain during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela. Upon return to Lithuania, it emerged that Javtokas would not go to London.

"Multiple tests have shown that Robertas suffered a stress fracture," one of the Lithuanian team's doctors, Vytenis Trumpickas, said. "It means that he'll need to wear a special cast for three weeks, and a month and a half of rehabilitation will follow," he said.

Trumpickas added that Javtokas' tarsus might break if he tried to continue playing.

Javtokas has been a member of the Lithuanian national team since 2001.

The national team's coach Kstutis Kemzra called the news "a huge loss."

"It's hard to express how we'll miss him, and not only on the court but also outside. Now others will have to gear up. Not only the taller players but everyone will have to do not their own job and a bit extra for Robertas," Kemzra said.

The Lithuanian baskteball team is leaving for Moscow on Saturday where they scheduled to play against the Russian team on Sunday. Fans will be able to see the national team off to London in Vilnius on 24 July, when Lithuania will play the final friendly against Iceland.

Courtesy of www.15min.lt



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Luxembourg U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

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Max Sinner
Sinner
Tom Arens
Arens
Jonas Theisen
Theisen
Vic Heuschling
Heuschling
Tom Kapgen
Kapgen
#e#5
4 Max Sinner 178-G-97
5 Tom Arens 182-PG-96
6 Jonas Theisen 195-F-96
7 Vic Heuschling 196-F-96
8 Tom Kapgen 173-PG-96
9 Bill Fischer 195-C-96
10 Maximilien Lamesch 175-PG-96
11 Oliver Vujakovic 192-F-96
12 Jerome Besenius 180-G-96
13 Pit Steffen 190-F-96
14 Timothy Kauffmann 191-F-96
15 Daniel Colbach 188-F-97

Mark van Schutterhoef Assistant Nijmegen Holland
Paul Peiffer Assistant



U20 European Championship: Austria takes 2-0 in Group G - by Eurobasket News

Austria U20-Luxembourg U20 108:64

Austria takes 2-0 in Group G of the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place in Division B. The Austrian side celebrated a 108:64 victory over Luxembourg.
Austria won the opening tip 8:0 and Daniel Friedrich (182-PG-92) scored for 14:2. Mair and Bellwald closed the first period at 26:18, while Gvozden drove a lay-up for 32:18. Later Kutschera and Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-PF-92) sent the teams to the lockers at 51:35. Austrai played even better in the second half and produced two victories. They won the third period 29-11 and finished the game with 28-18 in the last stanza.
Daniel Friedrich paced all the winners with 21 points, while Filip Kramer (200-SF-92) collected 20 points and 14 boards. Erwin Zulic (200-F-92) nailed 16 and Maximilian Hopfgartner had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Luc Breuskin (186-F-92) ended up with 14 points in defeat, while Tom Welter (186-G-93) scored 11.

Austria U20: Daniel Friedrich 21, Filip Kramer 20+14 rebs, Erwin Zulic 16, Maximilian Hopfgartner 13+11 rebs
Luxembourg U20: Luc Breuskin 14, Tom Welter 11



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  MONTENEGRO   


U20 European Championship: Estonia hold off Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Montenegro U20 76:72

Estonia celebrated the second win at the U20 European Championship classification round. They knocked down Montenegrin counterparts to improve at 2-1 record. Jaan Puidet (192-G/F-92) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 boards to lead the charge. Montenegro fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Estonia enjoyed a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Montenegro pulled in front for a 38:36 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. Grabovica capped the period with a layup to ensure a 54:53 lead for Montenegro. The Balkan team stretched the lead to 5 points early in the fourth quarter. But Jaan Puidet and Saare triggered an 11:1 run late in regulation to give Estonia a 71:67 lead. Rauno Nurger (207-C-93) and Rannar Raap (190-G/F-92) then went deadly in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Estonia. Rauno Nurger posted 12 points, while Rannar Raap contributed 10 points in the victory. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) finished with 20 points in the losing case.

Estonia U20: Jaan Puidet 20, Rauno Nurger 12, Rannar Raap 10
Montenegro U20: Danilo Nikolic 24+10 boards, Marko Mugosa 20



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  NBA   


Vladimir Radmanovic joins the Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Vladimir Radmanovic (6'10''-F-80) will continue his career in Chicago. The veteran forward has agreed on terms of one-year contract with the Bulls. Last season Vladimir Radmanovic spent with the Atlanta Hawks. He tallied 4.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in the NBA. Previously the forward had spells for the Warriors, Bobcats, Lakers and Supersonics. Vladimir Radmanovic was drafted back in 2001 by Seattle. Previously the forward played for Crvena Zvezda Beograd. He was the member of U18 and U22 Yugoslavian National Teams. In 2001 Vladimir Radmanovic joined Yugoslavian University National Team. He also played Serbia and Montenegro National Team in 2001/2005 seasons.


Blazers Smith released from hospital - by Eurobasket News

Trail Blazers guard Nolan Smith (6'2''-PG-88, college: Duke) was released from the hospital Tuesday night after suffering a concussion in the final minute of the summer-league game against the Rockets and being taken from Cox Pavilion on a stretcher.

All tests normal, the team reported via Twitter, after previously saying Smith had a full range of motion.

Smith, a second-year Duke product who played in 44 of the 66 games as a rookie, was injured with 42.9 seconds left when he was fouled by Zoran Dragic (6'5''-F/G-89) on a driving layup. Smith's momentum took him into the basket stanchion. He took a few more steps, then fell to the court a few feet beyond the baseline.

Courtesy of www.fantasysp.com



Nuggets sign Anthony Randolph - by Eurobasket News

The Nuggets added another talented versatile forward to their army of talented, versatile forwards Tuesday night as the Denver Post reports they've signed free agent forward Anthony Randolph (6'11''-F/C-89, college: LSU).

Randolph has long been regarded as on of those unicorn type players. As in, you're constantly chasing one because it's mythical and awesome, but in the end you conclude it doesn't exist. A freak of nature athletically with the potential to run point forward, Randolph could never put it together in Golden State. But he took a step forward last year with the Wolves, playing more of a traditional power forward role.

Randolph averaged 17.5 points and 9.4 rebounds with 2.4 blocks per 36 minutes last year for Minnesota, with a 17.6 PER. He still suffers from the same mental mistakes and lack of a defined role, but George Karl has had considerable success molding those players into successful role players. Behind Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee, and Timothy Mozgov, Randolph will only have to play a handful of minutes.

Yahoo Sports reports the move is for a three-year deal worth just $6 million.

To make room, the Post reports that the Nuggets used the amnesty clause on Chris "Birdman" Andersen. There was some discussion this move could be made, and it ends Andersen's long-term time with the Nuggets. He's expected to clear waivers and become an unrestricted free agent.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Heat's Miller decides against retirement, expects to avoid surgery - by Eurobasket News

Not only has Heat swingman Mike Miller (6'8''-F/G-80, college: Florida) decided against retirement, but he also now expects to avoid the back surgery that many thought was inevitable."The plan is to avoid surgery," Miller said Tuesday while hosting a basketball camp for children in Hialeah. "We're doing everything we can. I fully intend on being ready for training camp." And he's optimistic about playing a full 2012-13 season.

Miller, who has said he has multiple bulging discs, was in pain throughout the playoffs but still drained seven three-pointers (in eight attempts) in the Heat's series-clinching win against Oklahoma City. But Miller feels "a ton" of improvement since the playoffs: "There's no comparison."Noted neurological surgeon Barth Green is optimistic surgery can be avoided, Miller said. Aside from traveling for promotional appearances (including for his new energy drink, Let It Fly, that hits the market Aug. 10), Miller has been resting his back.

Green and Miller will meet Wednesday and discuss when to move on to the next phase of "strengthening it and doing exercises."I was nervous (seeing Barth Green)," said Miller, who had hernia surgery last offseason. "People who are the best at what they do also know how to do alternatives and what it takes to prevent having surgery. Even though he's known for being the best as a surgeon, he was trying to avoid it, which is a credit to him."The problem with not having surgery is it doesn't go away," he added. But "the doctor says it looks fantastic. So we're going to continue to rehab it and see how it goes."Miller, 32, said his epic Game 5 of The Finals still doesn't seem real.

"The one thing it has done is it makes me want to do it again, not the 7-for-8, but being part of a playoff run."He said retirement "crossed my mind" but "if I didn't believe I can play, I wouldn't have come back." He said he probably would have retired if he had needed surgery.Regarding Miller, Heat president Pat Riley said, "I remember one year Dan Majerle was going to retire because of a severe back injury. He said, 'I can't practice.' We put him on a bike every day. Never practiced once and started every game for us. There are ways to maintain guys that have had a number of injuries."With the addition of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, the Heat is loaded with shooters, but Miller didn't sound concerned.

He averaged 6.1 points and 19.3 minutes last season, shooting 45.3 percent on three-pointers. Coincidentally, Allen also shot 45.3 percent on threes last season but made twice as many as Miller (106 to 53)."Minutes are always hard on this team. That's what makes it good and competitive," Miller said. "You're not just adding two more shooters. You're adding the best shooter of all time when it comes to makes, and Rashard Lewis is right up there, too."Owed $18.9 million over the next three years, Miller said the fact players continue to take less money to sign here "shows commitment to winning. This is a special organization to be a part of it. The Arisons and Rileys should both be patting themselves on the back. Whenever you've got players that take less money, that means you're doing something right."As Riley said two weeks ago, the Heat did not use its amnesty provision on Miller - or anybody - before Tuesday's deadline.

Courtesy of www.bradenton.com



Jeremy Lin officially leaves Knicks for Rockets - by Eurobasket News

The Knicks will not match Jeremy Lin's (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) three-year, $25.1 million contract offer from the Houston Rockets, a spokesman has confirmed, and the team appears set with its depth chart at point guard.

New York general manager Glen Grunwald had until 11:59 p.m. to match the offer, but as Howard Beck of The New York Times reported earlier, the Knicks had already made their choice.

The debate over this decision won't be short lived. There are those, like Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, who believe that this wasn't a basketball move, but the reaction of a rejected organization that felt Lin was being disloyal.

Marc Berman of the New York Post believes that, had Lin originally agreed to these parametersinstead of the more modest four-year, $30 million deal he agreed to back on July 6ththe "Knicks would've matched."

Obviously finances must be a consideration (it's ludicrous to suggest otherwise). It doesn't matter that the Knicks are accustomed to paying the luxury tax. What matters is that they'd be shelling out over $40 million in penalties on top of Lin's $14.9 million salary in 2014-2015. Even someone as impossibly rich as owner James Dolan should think twice about committing around $55 million for one season of a player who was practically free a year ago.

Then there's the outside chance that this is a basketball decisionsomething seen as an impossibility by the Knicks' cynical breed of fan.

The franchise has been spinning its wheels since the 1999 NBA Finals, grasping at expensive players who failed to earn the balance of their contracts. The refusal to sign Lin, to commit to him financially, could be a rare act of prudence from a front office known for being impetuous.

By letting Lin walk, Grunwald could simply be acknowledging that the trio of Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni and Jason Kidd is a better value. And in Felton, Grunwald acquired someone who has experience playing with both Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire. It's not like Grunwald pulled Lin's replacement off the street.

But if this is a basketball move, it must be about Carmelo Anthony, because the Knicks' leading scorer never jived with Lin.

It was Anthony's return from a groin injury that punctuated the end of New York's early February surge. And Anthony's best stretch, when he won Eastern Conference Player of the Month in April, came while Lin was shelved following a torn meniscus in his left knee.

In truth, Lin was at his best without Anthony and Anthony was at his without Lin.

It's anyone's guess if Lin will replicate the success he had in New York. The roster is young and talented but completely without structure. In fact, the team hardly resembles the one that Lin was waived from during the 2011-2012 preseason.

The Knicks, meanwhile, have bet everything on the frontcourt of Stoudemire, Chandler and Anthony. Lin represented a side bet, a risk made less appealing by the need for a solid, consistent presence like Felton or Kidd in the backcourt.

And if the Knicks are really committed to their star-studded frontcourt above everything else, then maybe it's better that Lin moved on to Houston, where he can at least influence the direction of a franchise.

Lin thrived in former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni's offense. The high pick-and-roll sets allowed him to show off his athleticism, handle and timing. But D'Antoni's replacement, coach Mike Woodson slowly pushed the Knicks offense toward Anthony's strengthisolations, post-ups, etc.and that trend isn't over.

Yes, Lin missed the opportunity to learn under Kidd. But if he couldn't play to his strengths in New York, Lin would have been moved one way or another. At least by signing the offer sheet with the Rocketsand benefitting from the Knicks' cooperationLin can get started on the rest of his career now, because it is far from over.

Courtesy of www.nj.com



Las Vegas Summer League: Day 5 recap - by Eurobasket News

Day 5 of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas was full of the normal action one would expect from such an event. Unfortunately, the biggest news of the day concerns the health of Portland Trailblazers second-year guard Nolan Smith (6'2''-PG-88, college: Duke).

An excerpt from CBS Sports explains the scary scene:

Portland Trail Blazers guard Nolan Smith was hospitalized after taking a blow to the head during a Las Vegas Summer League game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

Smith, who was hit in the head by Rockets guard Zoran Dragic (6'5''-F/G-89) will attempting a lay-up, fell to the court and lay motionless for several minutes. His eyelids could be seen twitching uncontrollably and he shielded his eyes from the light as medical staffers asked him yes or no questions.

After testing whether he had feeling in his legs, which he did, Smith had his neck stabilized by medical personnel and was carted off the court on a stretcher. Staffers told him that he was being hospitalized for precautionary purposes and the Blazers announced later Tuesday night that Smith had been released from the hospital after a CT scan showed normal results.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Smith and luckily it looks like he has avoided serious injury. He is not expected to rejoin the team for the remainder of Summer league.

Here is what I saw today highlighted by the debuts of Kendall Marshall (6'3''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina) and Marquis Teague (6'2''-PG-93, college: Kentucky).

Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This was the 3rd time I saw Beal and I have grown to appreciate the good balance he shows on his shots. He was a little less aggressive than I had seen him be in previous games. Playing with John Wall will help him tremendously come the regular season but he isnt a star just yet.

Memphis Grizzlies: Tony Wroten (6'5''-PG-93, college: Washington) saw just 15 minutes of action and shot a woeful 2-9 from the floor. Josh Selby was dominate with 35 points and 7 steals which was a major factor for Wrotens limited playing time. I wonder if this is a glimpse into Wrotens rookie season. With Selby and the addition of Jerryd Bayless there wont be many minutes for Wroten in Lionel Hollins rotation

Portland Trailblazers: Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) is turning heads with his ability to score. 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists on 10-16 from the floor. His jumper looks much improved and so does his ability to finish with contact on the drive. Again I say ROY potential of Lillard.

Nolan Smith was having another outstanding game playing off the ball with 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists before his injury. Hope he is back soon.

Houston Rockets: This team is loaded with young talent and is garnering many deserved accolades for their play. Royce Whites passing is catching notice as he dished out 8 assists to go along with 6 points and 12 rebounds

Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92, college: Kentucky) was a beast scoring 22 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. He scores both inside and out, consider me one of the many who are falling in love with his game.

Jeremy Lamb has been a stud. Another game over 20 points (23 to be exact) with 6 rebounds. Hes the real deal.

Donatas Motiejunas (7'0''-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) showed much of his Day 1 mojo with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Other than always looking like he is gasping for air he has been the biggest surprise of the 5 days so far.

Phoenix Suns: Kendall Marshall made his debut today and played like Jason Kidd and not the rookie of the year Kidd. He was much like the Kidd of today notching just 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 0 points on 0-1 shooting. The one shot was an air ball three-pointer to boot. He does have good size at his position and seems like a natural leader out on the floor.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Dion Waiters scored 16 but continues to struggle with his shot (just 5-15 again) on Day 5. Tyler Zeller double doubled again with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Another hard hat and lunch pale performance from the UNC center.

Chicago Bulls: Marquis Teague was smaller than I expected and was severely outplayed by Celtics guard Etwaun Moore. 8 points and 1 rebound on 4-17 from the floor. Teague didnt create seperation well and was a statue on defense. He didnt seem to be all that quick and bouncy as most diminutive guards are.

Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) was great from the floor scoring 21 points to go along with 7 rebounds. I like to see guys score in different ways and he did by getting to the line, hitting jumpers, as well as getting to the basket for dunks. Butler was impressive.

Boston Celtics: Jared Sullinger (6'9''-PF-92, college: Ohio St.) cant jump over a piece of paper but he finds a way to get rebounds and impact the game. Just 7 points but he grabbed 14 rebounds and was absolutely beastly in a 90 second stretch where he collected 5 of his boards. He needs to be quicker making his move on the post though. Too many times he would pause and allow the double-team to get him in trouble or he would attempt to back down his man and have to resort to a series of head fakes to get his shot off. He plays the angles pretty well but being more decisive once he has the ball would help a lot.

E'Twaun Moore (6'4''-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) is playing for his roster spot on the Celtics and he seemed to know it. He lit Teague up by scoring 25 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Moore is so confident and even defiant to some degree that he would make the Celtics sorry if they let him go. But with the addition of Jason Terry, the Celtics interest in Courtney Lee, and the fact they also need a back up center it looks like Moores days in Boston might come to a close when summer league ends on Sunday.

Dionte Christmas (6'5''-G-86, agency: Arete Sports Agency, college: Temple) continued his torrid play scoring 18 points. He has been too good to not get an invite to somebodys training camp when summer league concludes.

Day 6 will bring my first look at Doron Lamb and John Henson from the Milwaukee Bucks. After that I will have seen everybody of note in Vegas. Check me out on Twitter @shawsports for instant analysis on the action that takes place on Day 6.

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Courtesy of www.prosportsblogging.com (written by Warren Shaw)



Nuggets waive Chris Andersen - by Eurobasket News

The Denver Nuggets have waived F/C Chris Andersen (6'10''-C/F-78, college: Blinn JC) under the amnesty provision outlined in the NBAs Collective Bargaining Agreement, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced today.

Andersen, 6-10, 228, averaged 5.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.44 blocked shots in 32 games with the Nuggets last season.

Andersen, 34, began his career with the Nuggets as an undrafted free agent in 2001-02 and played three seasons in Denver before leaving as a free agent in 2004. He returned in 2008 and played a key role in the teams run to the 2009 Western Conference finals.

Andersen finished second in the NBA in blocks per game (2.46) in 2008-09, and he ranks fifth on Denvers franchise list with 624 career blocks in a Nuggets uniform.

Courtesy of www.kktv.com



Clippers waive Gomes using amnesty provision - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Times reports the Clippers have used the NBAs one-time amnesty provision on former Celtic and Providence College forward Ryan Gomes (6'7''-F-82, college: Providence), said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The team did so just before the leagues 11:59 p.m. Tuesday deadline.

Gomes will make his entire $4-million salary, but it wont count against the Clippers salary cap and luxury-tax threshold.

That now opens the door for the Clippers to sign free-agent small forward Grant Hill (6'8''-F-72, college: Duke), as the team plans to do with the biannual exception, the NBA executives said.

Hill is expected to sign a two-year deal worth $3.87 million.

Courtesy of www.csnne.com



Free agent center Ryan Hollins drawing interest from New Orleans Hornets - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Hornets have expressed interest in unrestricted free agent center Ryan Hollins (6'11''-C-84, college: UCLA), a 7-footer who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics last season, sources confirmed Tuesday.

The Hornets do not have a true center on their roster although they acquired 14-year veteran Brad Miller in a trade last week from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Miller is not expected to be on Hornets active roster this upcoming season because he plans to retire.

Hollins has a 4.3 scoring and 2.3 rebounding average after six seasons in the league. The player is also drawing interest from the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers.

Courtesy of www.nola.com



Timberwolves emerge as leader for ex-Celtic Stiemsma - by Eurobasket News

While the Minnesota Timberwolves have emerged as the front-runner for Gregory Stiemsma (6'11''-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin), his agent tells CSNNE.com that the restricted free agent has yet to receive an offer sheet.

The Timberwolves are focused on acquiring Portland's Nicolas Batum who signed a $46 million offer sheet with Minnesota.

"Until that's worked out, a lot of players like Greg will just have to wait which is fine," his agent Mike Naiditch, told CSNNE.com on Tuesday. "We understand that this is a process and will take time. We're not in any kind of rush."

The Celtics can not offer Stiemsma any more than their bi-annual exception which is worth $1.95 million. The offer sheet from the Timberwolves is expected to be for at least $1 million more than that per season.

Boston has already moved on by re-signing Chris Wilcox.

Wilcox, whose season-ending heart surgery opened the door for Stiemsma to play significant minutes last season, is the C's backup center heading into training camp who can also play some at the power forward position.

Although Minnesota has shown considerable interest in Stiemsma, Naiditch understands that other teams might enter the picture the longer this free agency period drags out.

"There is a great demand for players like Greg, big men who can block shots and defend," Naiditch said. "But something changes everyday in the NBA. But it's fair to say that Greg is in a very good place right now as far as having options."

Boston is more focused on adding depth on the perimeter with the departure of Ray Allen. The C's are still looking into a possible sign-and-trade with Dallas for Jason Terry, but seem to be striking out on that front.

If they fail to acquire him via sign and trade, the C's will use their mid-level exception to acquire the former Sixth Man of the Year award winner.

With Dallas coming to terms with O.J. Mayo, Courtney Lee sits atop the C's wish list among unrestricted free agents.

While Lee remains an option for Boston, a league source indicated that he would move to the top of Minnesota's wish list among perimeter players if Portland does as expected and match the offer sheet for Batum. Boston's best shot at Lee would be to acquire him via sign-and-trade with Houston. In addition to the Timberwolves, Phoenix also remains a strong contender for Lee.

Boston has a handful of fall-back players they have various degrees of interest in, including former Celtic Mickael Pietrus.

Courtesy of www.csnne.com



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2012 JT Focus Mgt Cleveland Am Pro Basketball Mens Summer League Day 7 Results - by Vance Marbury

2012 JT Focus Mgt Cleveland Am Pro Basketball Mens Summer League Day 7 Results

Game 1 Meli Mels 54 vs Baldwin Wallace 67

Meli Mels -- Damon Jones (Merchyhurst NE) 10 pts 2 assists, Greg Gamble 11 pts 3 rebounds

Baldwin Wallace -- Sean Rothermel (Baldwin Wallce U.) 8 pts 8 rebs, Grant Fairhurst (Baldwin Wallace U. ) 22 pts 1 reb, Chris Ameen (Baldwin Wallace U.) 14 pts 8 rebs, Justin Ruth (Baldwin Wallace U.)12 pts 3 rebs

Game 2 Stockman Basketball 78 vs Jason Borish 85

Stockman Basketball -- Tyler Peters (Wheaton University) 23 pts 1 reb, Adrian Stockman (Winthorp U.) 22 pts 2 reb 2 ast., Ibrahim Kesnote (Boston U.) 12 pts 4 reb

Team Jason Borish -- Marlin Mason (Cleveland State U.) 36 pts 8 rebs 2 ast., Charles Lee (Cleveland State U.) 11 pts 10 reb 5 ast Jason Borish 10 pts 8 reb

Game 3 Youngbloodz 49 vs EZ Dubbs 88

Youngbloodz -- Collin Barth (Wheeling Jesuit U.) 9 pts, Nick Brown (West Liberty U.) 11 pts Justin Fritts (Wheeling Jesuit U.) 19 pts

EZ Dubbs -- Eric Mcphearson (Vermillion CC) 32 pts, Shane Skelly (Penn St. Behrend)16 pts Devon Long (Cleveland State U.) 10 pts, Demario Branch 10 pts

Game 4 Leff Electric 70 vs Iggy Boys 58

Leff Electric -- Ladell Trotty (Thiel U.) 5 pts Josh Eckord (Tri CC) 6 pts, Martell Medley (Lakeland CC) 20 pts, Theo Dixon (Cleveland St. U.) 10 pts, Tyree Gaiter (Notre Dame College) 17 pts

Iggy Boys -- Shonn Miller (Cornell U.) 16 pts. Tom Pakrer (Lake Erie College) 12 pts, Tyler Hammond (Marietta U.) 9 pts.

Game 5. Team Cal 73 vs Mentor 48

Team Cal -- Alex Davis (Lake Erie College) 15 pts, Eric Worthey (Lake Erie College) 21 pts, Jalen Head 11 pts



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Norwegian U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Norwegian U16 National Team 2012
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Sjur Berg
Berg
Halfdan Doennem
Doennem
Johannes Dolven
Dolven
Harald Frey
Frey
Fredrik Haug
Haug
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Sjur Berg 196-PF-96
Halfdan Doennem 196-C-96
Johannes Dolven 197-PF-96
Harald Frey 174-PG-97
Fredrik Haug 201-PF-96
Herman Haukenes 189-SF-96
Oeivind Ihle 195-PF-96
Elias Ingebrigtsen 175-G-96 Varden Norway
Simon Midtvedt 168-SG-96
Anders Nymo 177-PG-96
Knut Osvik 175-SG-96
Flemming Ravndal 185-SG-97
Trygve Tvethaug 189-SF-96

Axel Langaker Head Coach Miners Norway
Kjetil Andresen Assistant
Stale Frey Assistant Ullern Norway



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Lithuania's Olympic basketball team loses captain Robertas Javtokas - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania's men's Olympic basketball team has suffered a loss of long-term captain Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona), 32, who will not be able to help his team at the London 2012 Olympics due to a tarsal fracture, the country's basketball federation has announced on Tuesday.

The Lithuanian center of 2.11 m (6'11") started feeling tarsal pain during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela. Upon return to Lithuania, it emerged that Javtokas would not go to London.

"Multiple tests have shown that Robertas suffered a stress fracture," one of the Lithuanian team's doctors, Vytenis Trumpickas, said. "It means that he'll need to wear a special cast for three weeks, and a month and a half of rehabilitation will follow," he said.

Trumpickas added that Javtokas' tarsus might break if he tried to continue playing.

Javtokas has been a member of the Lithuanian national team since 2001.

The national team's coach Kstutis Kemzra called the news "a huge loss."

"It's hard to express how we'll miss him, and not only on the court but also outside. Now others will have to gear up. Not only the taller players but everyone will have to do not their own job and a bit extra for Robertas," Kemzra said.

The Lithuanian baskteball team is leaving for Moscow on Saturday where they scheduled to play against the Russian team on Sunday. Fans will be able to see the national team off to London in Vilnius on 24 July, when Lithuania will play the final friendly against Iceland.

Courtesy of www.15min.lt



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zach GRAHAM
  Air21 E.
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 37.6
 1. Graham, Air21 E.37.6 
 2. West, Meralco30.1 
 3. Sneed, Powerade T.25.9 
 4. David, Powerade T.24.8 
 5. Blakely, B-Meg L.24.7 
 6. Harris, Talk N Text23.9 
 7. Cornley, Rain o.23.7 
 8. Forte, Alaska Aces23.5 
 9. Bozeman, Ginebra22.2 
 10. Basden, Petron B.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Omar SNEED
  Powerade T.
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Sneed, Powerade T.16.6 
 2. Forte, Alaska Aces15.6 
 3. Blakely, B-Meg L.13.2 
 4. Graham, Air21 E.12.6 
 5. Harris, Talk N Text12.1 
 6. Bozeman, Ginebra11.2 
 7. Cornley, Rain o.10.4 
 8. Taulava, Meralco10.1 
 9. Pingris, B-Meg L.9.5 
 10. Santos, Petron B.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (177-PG-77)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Alapag, Talk N Te.6.6 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.6.1 
 3. Sneed, Powerade T.5.4 
 4. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.2 
 5. Cabagnot, Petron4.9 
 6. Miller, Barako Bull4.8 
 7. Bozeman, Ginebra4.8 
 8. Ross, Meralco4.5 
 9. Basden, Petron B.4.0 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.3.4 
 2. West, Meralco2.5 
 3. Basden, Petron B.2.4 
 4. Sneed, Powerade T.1.6 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.6 
 6. Ross, Meralco1.3 
 7. Bozeman, Ginebra1.2 
 8. Graham, Air21 E.1.1 
 9. Mercado, Meralco1.1 
 10. Anthony, Powerad.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.2.8 
 2. Forte, Alaska Aces1.6 
 3. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 4. Santos, Petron B.1.3 
 5. Aguilar, Talk N.1.2 
 6. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 7. West, Meralco1.1 
 8. Harris, Talk N Text0.9 
 9. Maierhofer, Ginebr.0.9 
 10. Norwood, Rain o.0.8 


2012 PBA Governors Cup Roundup: July 16-18, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 98-90
Paul Harris played a stellar game, while a great defensive effort by Talk N Text keyed the Tropang Texters 98-90 triumph over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in their PBA Governors Cup semis match Monday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Harris finished with 34 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists in a solid all-around performance that kept Talk N Texts hope of forging a playoff for a finals berth alive.

While Harris maintained his composure throughout the match, his counterpart, Jamelle Cornley, faltered in the endgame. The Rain or Shine import had two crucial miscues and missed important shots that could have changed the complexion of the game.

With Cornley a non-factor in the endgame, the Elasto Painters failed to complete their comeback that saw them cutting an 18-point deficit to just one.

The Elasto Painters rallied from a 62-44 deficit in the third period, behind the efforts of Beau Belga, who knocked down two three-pointers, Cornley, Paul Lee, and Jeff Chan.

By the end of the third period, the Elasto Painters were only down, 80-79.

But in the fourth quarter, Ali Peek and Kelly Williams anchored the Tropang Texters defense as Talk N Text held Rain or Shine to only 11 points. Cornley was reduced to only two field goals.

Talk N Texts win over Rain or Shine made the final day of the semifinals on Wednesday more interesting.

Rain or Shine fell into a tie for the lead with B-MEG with a 9-4 win-loss card. The two teams face each other in Wednesdays curtain raiser at 5:15 p.m. with the winner advancing to the championship round. The loser of the match will face the winner of the main game between Talk N Text and Barangay Ginebra for a playoff for the last finals berth.

TNT 98 Harris 34, De Ocampo 17, Alapag 10, Fonacier 9, Castro 8, Williams 6, Peek 6, Aguilar 5, Aban 3, Raymundo 0, Reyes 0.
ROS 90 Cornley 27, Chan 15, Quinahan 14, Lee 13, Belga 11, Norwood 6, Buenafe 4, Matias 0, Tang 0, Arana 0, Ibanes 0.
QS: 30-21, 57-44, 80-79, 98-90

RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over B-MEG LLAMADOS, 92-82
Six years of waiting is finally over for Rain or Shine.

The Elasto Painters booked the first finals appearance in franchise history after beating B-MEG, 92-82, in a physical and highly emotional encounter to end up as the No. 1 team after the semifinals of the PBA Governors Cup Wednesday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Denied by Powerade in the last Philippine Cup, Rain or Shine made sure there wont be another disappointment for the franchise, playing with sustained energy from start to finish for the franchise that joined the league in 2006.

Jeff Chan tallied a game-high 26 points, none bigger than a three-pointer to give the Elasto Painters an 88-77 leadlate in the game to keep the Llamados at bay.

The Elasto Painters will now be waiting the winner of the playoff battle between B-MEG and the survivor of the Talk N Text-Barangay Ginebra tussle.

Jamelle Cornley had 16 points and 16 rebounds while Ronjay Buenafe contributed 11 points for Rain or Shine, which finished the semis with a 10-4 win-loss mark.

Marcus Blakley led the Llamados with 18 points but was 6-of-14 from the free throw line in a foul-plagued 40 minutes of action.

The Elasto Painters tried to pull away in the third period after erecting a 23-point advantage, 74-51, on Chans two free throws with 2:41 remaining.

But the Llamados, behind their second unit, managed to cut the big lead to a single digit, 77-86, on Blakelys slam, 2:54 left in the game.

B-MEG had an opportunity to move closer but Peter June Simon muffed a wide-open three-pointer that led to Chans side jumper to practically put the game out of reach.

Game One of the best-of-seven championship series will start on Sunday also at the Big Dome.

ROS 92 - Chan 25, Cornley 16, Buenafe 11, Cruz 9, Lee 8, Norwood 7, Belga 7, Quinahan 7, Ibanes 2, Tang 0, Arana 0.
BML 82 - Blakely 18, Yap 12, Villanueva 11, Barroca 10, Simon 9, Pingris 8, De Ocampo 6, Gaco 4, Reavis 4, Urbiztondo 0.
QS: 23-20, 49-41, 74-58, 92-82

BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 73-71
The Gin Kings are alive.

Barangay Ginebra came through with clutch plays down the stretch to pull off a 73-71 escape over Talk N Text in the PBA Governors Cup semifinals Wednesday night at the jampacked SMART Araneta Coliseum to force a do-or-die match on Friday against B-MEG for the second finals berth.

Kerby Raymundo drilled a huge three-pointer from the top of the key before Cedric Bozeman forced Paul Harris to a crucial turnover in the Tropang Texters potential game-tying play to help seal the Gin Kings victory.

Ginebra finished the semis with a 9-5 win-loss mark, tying the Llamados for second place.

Mark Caguioa led the Gin Kings with 18 points while Raymundo added 15, including a buzzer-beater three-pointer that gave them a 73-69 cushion with exactly three minutes remaining.

After Paul Harris converted on a drive to push the Tropang Texters within two points, the Philippine Cup champions had the chance to tie or take the lead after Ginebra was whistled for a 24-shot clock violation with 15.9 seconds remaining.

But Harris, tightly guarded by Bozeman, stepped on the baseline, giving the possession back to the Kings with 3.9 seconds left.

In the ensuing play for Ginebra, Willy Wilson took the inbound pass and threw the ball in the air as time expired.

Harris paced all scorers with 25 points but his efforts went down the drain as Talk N Texts streak of five straight finals appearances ended last night.

It was also coach Chot Reyes last game with the Tropang Texters. He is scheduled to take over the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national program, with current consultant and Ateneo coach Norman Black taking over the Talk N Text job next season.

GIN 73 - Caguioa 18, Raymundo 15, Bozeman 14, Cortez 11, Maierhofer 4, Mamaril 4, Hatfield 4, W. Wilson 2, Villanueva 1, Ababou 0, Helterbrand 0.
TNT 71 - Harris 25, Reyes 8, De Ocampo 8, Castro 7, Alapag 7, Peek 7, Williams 3, Aguilar 2, Fonacier 2, Carey 2, Aban 0.
QS: 27-21, 42-40, 61-59, 73-71

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Reynaldo Belen & Kris Lagman.)




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U20 European Championship: Israel beat Poland and tied all the records at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20-Poland U20 76:73

Israel beat Poland and tied all the records in Group E at 1-1. Israel grabbed a narrow 76:73 victory as four teams in the group will play for the top place in the next games.
Both teams nailed 22 points each in the first period and then Poland managed to grab 1-point lead at the halftime. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) made a dunk and after Or Solomon (197-F-93) sent the teams to the lockers at 39:38 Polish lead. The third quarter was decisive in the game and brought 22-12 for the Israeli team. Blayzer nailed three and then added a free throw for 60:51 advantage. No matter how hard the Polish team tried to tie the game they could reduce only to 2 points. Later Altit and Przemyslaw Karnowski (214-C-93) exchanged for the final result.
Shawn Dawson (193-SF-93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Or Solomon netted 17. Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 15, while Guy Lavie (188-PG-92, agency: Ronsport) chipped in with 11. Przemyslaw Karnowski finished the game with 19 points in the losing effort, while Mateusz Ponitka and Michal Michalak (194-G-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 15 apiece.

Israel U20: Shawn Dawson 19, Or Solomon 17, Bar Timor 15, Guy Lavie 11
Poland U20: Przemyslaw Karnowski 19, Mateusz Ponitka 15, Michal Michalak 15



AZS Koszalin tab Bartlomiej Woloszyn - by Eurobasket News

AZS Koszalin deepened their squad. They agreed on terms of contract with Bartlomiej Woloszyn (196-F-86). The forward played for Anwil Wloclawek since 2005. Last season Bartlomiej Woloszyn tallied 4.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in PLK. Previously the forward had spells for SMS PZKosz Kozienice, AZS Politechnika Radomska and Stal Stalowa Wola. He played for U18 and U20 Polish National Teams. Bartlomiej Woloszyn played for the National Team in 2007/09 seasons. The forward used to be Polish Cup winner in 2007. He also won SuperCup title the same season.
Bartlomiej Woloszyn joins Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport), Artur Mielczarek (195-F-83), Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Barton County CC), Pawel Leonczyk (202-F-86, agency: Promotex), Rafal Bigus (215-C-76, college: Villanova) and Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85, agency: Arete Sports Agency, college: Grand Valley St.) on the roster.



Polpharma add Aleksander Lichodzijewski - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma bolstered their roster. They added Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) to the squad. The centre spent the last season with PBG Basket. He tallied 12.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Aleksander Lichodzijewski previously played for ISS Sportino, Antwerp Giants, Wavelgem and Gent United. Eurobasket.com named the centre into Belgian League All-Domestic Players 2nd Team in 2008. In 2011 Aleksander Lichodzijewski was trumped All-Polish 1Liga Centre of the Year. He also made it into 1Liga 1st Team. Aleksander Lichodzijewski was the member of Belgian National Team in 2008. He participated at Belgian D2 All-Star Game back in 2006.


Michal Michalak signs with Trefl Sopot - by Eurobasket News

Michal Michalak (194-G-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) signs with Trefl Sopot for the upcoming season. According to www.sportando.net the player signs a three-year deal.
The season 2011-2012 he started for AZS Politechnika Warszawa (PLK, starting five) and averaged 7.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 76.7%, played also for AZS II Politechnika Warszawska (2Liga) and had 18.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg. In Jan.'12 moved to LKS Sphinx Petrolinvest Lodz (PLK, starting five) and after 13 games showed 17.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 74.6%.

Michal Michalak participated at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit that was held in Portland. One of the Polish top prospects Michal Michalak was a member of the World Select Team and helped them beat the USA Junior National Select Team 84-75. Michalak was in the starting five for the World Team spending 14 minutes on the court. He had 5 points and 2 assists. World Team got to a flying start. They posted a 21:14 lead at the first break. World Team erupted for 31 points in the second quarter to secure an 18-point advantage at halftime 52:34.



Trefl Sopot bring in Piotr Dabrowski and Mateusz Jarmakowicz - by Eurobasket News

Trefl Sopot strengthened their roster. They added Piotr Dabrowski (192-G/F-86) and Mateusz Jarmakowicz (208-C/F-88).
Piotr Dabrowski spent the last season with Polpharma. The guard notched 5.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game in PLK. Previously he played for PBG Basket, Basket Kwidzyn. He was 1Liga champion back in 2007.
Mateusz Jarmakowicz played for AZS Koszalin last season. The centre tallied 3.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per appearance in PLK. Previously Mateusz Jarmakowicz had stints with PGE Turow, Real Madrid II, Benetton Treviso and Slask Wroclaw. He played for U16 and U18 Polish National Teams. Mateusz Jarmakowicz debuted for Polish National Team in 2006.



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Romanian U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Romanian U16 National Team 2012
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Nikolaos-Radu Adiohos
Adiohos
Csongor-Jozsef Barbasi
Barbasi
Wilhelm Brosser
Brosser
Emanuel Cate
Cate
Dragos Cheorghe
Cheorghe
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Nikolaos-Radu Adiohos 183-SG-97
Csongor-Jozsef Barbasi 179-PG-96
Wilhelm Brosser 196-SF-96
Emanuel Cate 201-C-97
Dragos Cheorghe 199-PF-96
Marius Ciotlaus 194-SF-96
Vlad Colceriu 184-SG-96
Caius-Gabriel Covrig 179-PG-96
George Diaconescu 200-C-97
Mihai Diaconu 187-SG-96
Nandor Kuti 194-SG-97
Robert Lander 197-G/F-96
Stefan Neagu 186-PG-96 Ploiesti Romania
Mircea Onea 183-PG-96
Eugen Panturu 199-PF-96 Ph. Galati Romania
Andrei Popa 190-SF-96
Bogdan Popa 205-C-97
Dumitru Potcoava 197-PF-96
Robert Tanasie 96
Daniel Tudorache 187-G-96 Ph. Galati Romania
Rares Uta 206-C-97

Igor Georgiev Head Coach



Aerosvit Cup-2012: Romania suffers the second loss - by Eurobasket News

Romania-Israel 65:76

Romania suffers the second loss at the Aerosvit Cup-2012. After the loss from Ukraine, the Romanian team lost to Israel 65:76.
Israel looked better in the first ten minutes of the game and grabbed 22:12 lead. Despite the team's 18 turnovers a poor free throw shooting, Israel managed to come out victorious. They added 19-17 in the second frame and had 12-points deficit at the halftime. Both teams nailed 19 points each in the third quarter, while Romanian managed to win the last stanza 17-16.
Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Alex Tyus (203-F-88, college: Florida) collected 11 points and 7 rebounds. Yivzori and Raviv Limonad (192-G-84) added 9 points each in a win. Mihai Silvasan (201-F-85, agency: Court Side) finished the game with 17 points as Romania fell at 0-2 record. Vlad Moldoveanu (206-F/C-88, college: American) scored 14, while Andrei Mandache (189-G-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) delivered 12.
Tomorrow Ukraine will face Israel in the game for the top place. Romania will take on Belarus in the game for the third place.

Romania: Mihai Silvasan 17, Vlad Moldoveanu 14, Andrei Mandache 12
Israel: Guy Pnini 16, Alex Tyus 11 and 7 rebounds, Yivzori 9, Raviv Limonad 9



Gaz Metan Medias land Slobodan Dundjerski - by Eurobasket News

Gaz Metan Medias bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Slobodan Dundjerski (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport). The deal is meant for one season. Last season Slobodan Dundjerski spent with KK Vojvodina. He averaged 9.3 points, 4.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game for the Novi Sad team. Previously Slobodan Dundjerski had spells for OKK Beograd, Vizura, Marjampole Suduva Arvi and Crvena Zvezda. Slobodan Dundjerski earned All-Balkan League Honourable Mention in 2011. He also made it onto Serbian League All-Defensive Team in 2011. The guard used to play for U16 and U18 Serbian National Teams. In 2011 Slobodan Dundjerski joined Serbian University National Team.


Targu Mures lands C Darko Balaban, MVP of Serbian A League - by Eurobasket News

Targu Mures got important reinforcement for the next season. The team penned a deal with Serbian center Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket). He arrives to the club from BKK Radnicki, where he finished last season. Balaban started it with Vizura Smederevo and was MVP of the Serbian A League. The player had 20 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 1.2 bpg for 23 games. He was the top rebounder, fourth scorer and third shot blocker of the competition. Later with Radnicki Balaban added 5.7 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 9 Superleague games. Darko Balaban played for Crvena Zvezda in 2010/11 season. There he had limited playing time in Adriatic and Serbian leagues averaging about 3 points and 1.5 rebounds. From 2007 to 2010, the center was a member of Partizan, but mostly played for their second team.


Miercurea Ciuc brings in Zach Henifin and Franjo Bubalo - by Eurobasket News

Miercurea Ciuc announced signing of Zach Henifin (195-F-88, college: W.Washington) and Franjo Bubalo (194-G-88) for 2012/13 season.
Zach Henifin is forward who most recently played for the IBL team Bellingham Slam. He helped the team to win 2012 IBL title averaging 9.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 2.1 apg for 17 games. It was his first professional deal. Henfin graduated at Western Washington few months ago and they were NCAA2 champions.
Franjo Bubalo is Croatian guard who played last season for Alkar Sinj. He had 13.2 ppg, 2.8 apg and 2.2 rpg for the club in 29 Croatian league games. In 2010/11 season, Bubalo played for the Bosnian squad Brotnjo Citluk. Before that, he was a member of Sibenka, Mladost Zagreb, Trogir, Siroki and Varese juniors. In 2007 and 2008, Bubalo played for Croatian U20 National Team.



Tudor Jucan heads to Targu Mures for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Tudor Jucan (198-F-83) is a new player of Targu Mures. He left Gaz Metan Medias after 8 years. Last season Jucan had 3.4 ppg and 4.5 rpg for the club in 37 league games. He had limited playing time also in 2010/11. That season Gaz Metan was the Romanian Cup winner. They played in Division A Semifinals for the last three years. In the past, Jucan was a member of U Mobitelco Cluj. It is important to mention that Tudor Jucan played for the Romanian National Team in 2009 and 2010. He appeared four times in 2009 European Championships Division B averaging 7.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Jucan also played for his country in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011. There he had only 2 ppg and 2.5 rpg. In 2008, Jucan was named Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Domestic Players Team.


CSM Oradea signs Ivan Stefanovic - by Eurobasket News

Ivan Stefanovic (201-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency) is a new member of CSM Oradea. The Serbian swingman signed a deal for the next season. Stefanovic is well known face in Romania as he played there over the past several years. He spent last four seasons with Pitesti. Stefanovic appeared 29 times in Division A 2011/12 collecting 6.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg. His numbers were higher in 2010/11 (8.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.5 apg for 33 games). Ivan Stefanovic joined Pitesti in 2008 from Rapid Bucharest. Before that, he played one year for OKK Beograd and one for Swisslions Takovo Vrsac. Stefanovic also has nice experience from Hemofarm, which whom he reached Radivoj Korac Cup Finals in 2001. Last season with Pitesti Stefanovic won the Romanian National Cup.


Energia Rovinari inks Stefan Atanackovic - by Eurobasket News

Stefan Atanackovic (196-G-84) is back to Romania. The Serbian guard signed a 1-year deal with Division A team Energia Rovinari. He played in the league a year ago as a member of CSU Sibiu. Atanackovic joined them in January of 2011 and averaged 1.24 ppg, 2.4 apg and 2.2 rpg for 16 games. He started 2010/11 with Proleter Zrenjanin (Serbian A League) and finished last season there as well. For 11 games Atanackovic shined with 18.2 points, 3.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds. The guard began last season with Vujic Metalac Valjevo, where he had 9.3 ppg and 2.5 apg for 13 games. Stefan Atanackovic has experience from Ukraine, where he played in 2009/10 season for Gryfony Symferopil. In 20 Superleague games the player made 17.5 ppg, 2.5 apg and 2 rpg. He played for Vizura, Borac Banja Luka, OKK Beograd, Sloga and Ergonom in the past.


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U20 European Championship: Serbia edge Russia to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Russia U20 84:61

Serbia finished the Second Stage of U20 European Championship on a winning note. They held off Russian counterparts to clinch the top position in Group E at 5-0 record. Russia fell at 2-3 record after the loss. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 15 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Balkan team.
Serbia cleared off in the first quarter. They accumulated a 22:13 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Serbia managed to secure a 37:28 halftime lead. The third frame became decisive. The Serbian side unleashed 30 points in the stanza to pile up a comfortable 67:42 lead at the final intermission. Russia never recovered in the final term suffering a massive loss at the end. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) accounted for 14 points, while Djordje Drenovac (209-F-92, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Nastic (210-C-92) had 12 points each in the victory. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) answered with 20 points for Russia. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nenad Miljenovic 15, Bogdan Bogdanovic 14, Djordje Drenovac 12, Stefan Nastic 12
Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 20, Alexander Varnakov 11



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Standings

SEBL Standings
North-A Division
 1. Marietta Fbr. 3-0 
 2. Marietta O. 3-0 
 3. Summer Hill 2-2 
 4. Baseline 2-2 
 5. TN Temple 2-2 
 6. Skyline 2-2 
 7. Gwinnett E. 1-3 
 8. BC Howren 0-4 
North-B Division
 1. Dalton W. 4-0 
 2. Polk County 3-1 
 3. Cartersville T. 2-2 
 4. Columbus S. 2-2 
 5. Bartow B. 0-4 
 6. Cedartown B. 0-4 


Gwinnett Elite defeats BC Howren in late Wednesday night battle - by Marcus Tate

Gwinnett Elite takes their first win last night against BC Howren in the Metro Conference A-League Tuesday night game. BCs Mike Howren (6'5''-G, college: Berry) gave his team a spark early in the game contributing 16 points in the first half. 12 of his 16 points came from the 3-point line. Gwinnett trailed the entire first half struggling to make defensive stops. Offensively, Gwinnetts Center Rashad Vaust, showed a dominating presence in the paint contributing 17 points in the first half. The game quickly turned around in the 3rd quarter when Elite closed the gap to 5 points showing incredible intensity. Still trailing in the 4th with less than 3 minutes left in the game, Gwinnetts Lamar Hudson (6'0''-G-74, college: Z*Rome GS) hits a clutch 3-pointer and is fouled. After making the free, Lamar brings his team within 2 points. BC Howren was unable to answer offensively allowing Elite to tie the game up with only 2 minutes remaining. Gwinnett Elite continues to defend strong and wins 73-71. Rashad Vaust was leading scorer with 25 points. Gwinnett Elite will take the court again this Thursday to play Tennessee Temple at 9:30.


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U20 European Championship: Serbia edge Russia to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Russia U20 84:61

Serbia finished the Second Stage of U20 European Championship on a winning note. They held off Russian counterparts to clinch the top position in Group E at 5-0 record. Russia fell at 2-3 record after the loss. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 15 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Balkan team.
Serbia cleared off in the first quarter. They accumulated a 22:13 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Serbia managed to secure a 37:28 halftime lead. The third frame became decisive. The Serbian side unleashed 30 points in the stanza to pile up a comfortable 67:42 lead at the final intermission. Russia never recovered in the final term suffering a massive loss at the end. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) accounted for 14 points, while Djordje Drenovac (209-F-92, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Nastic (210-C-92) had 12 points each in the victory. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) answered with 20 points for Russia. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nenad Miljenovic 15, Bogdan Bogdanovic 14, Djordje Drenovac 12, Stefan Nastic 12
Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 20, Alexander Varnakov 11



Vladimir Radmanovic joins the Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Vladimir Radmanovic (6'10''-F-80) will continue his career in Chicago. The veteran forward has agreed on terms of one-year contract with the Bulls. Last season Vladimir Radmanovic spent with the Atlanta Hawks. He tallied 4.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in the NBA. Previously the forward had spells for the Warriors, Bobcats, Lakers and Supersonics. Vladimir Radmanovic was drafted back in 2001 by Seattle. Previously the forward played for Crvena Zvezda Beograd. He was the member of U18 and U22 Yugoslavian National Teams. In 2001 Vladimir Radmanovic joined Yugoslavian University National Team. He also played Serbia and Montenegro National Team in 2001/2005 seasons.


CSM Oradea signs Ivan Stefanovic - by Eurobasket News

Ivan Stefanovic (201-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency) is a new member of CSM Oradea. The Serbian swingman signed a deal for the next season. Stefanovic is well known face in Romania as he played there over the past several years. He spent last four seasons with Pitesti. Stefanovic appeared 29 times in Division A 2011/12 collecting 6.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg. His numbers were higher in 2010/11 (8.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.5 apg for 33 games). Ivan Stefanovic joined Pitesti in 2008 from Rapid Bucharest. Before that, he played one year for OKK Beograd and one for Swisslions Takovo Vrsac. Stefanovic also has nice experience from Hemofarm, which whom he reached Radivoj Korac Cup Finals in 2001. Last season with Pitesti Stefanovic won the Romanian National Cup.


Energia Rovinari inks Stefan Atanackovic - by Eurobasket News

Stefan Atanackovic (196-G-84) is back to Romania. The Serbian guard signed a 1-year deal with Division A team Energia Rovinari. He played in the league a year ago as a member of CSU Sibiu. Atanackovic joined them in January of 2011 and averaged 1.24 ppg, 2.4 apg and 2.2 rpg for 16 games. He started 2010/11 with Proleter Zrenjanin (Serbian A League) and finished last season there as well. For 11 games Atanackovic shined with 18.2 points, 3.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds. The guard began last season with Vujic Metalac Valjevo, where he had 9.3 ppg and 2.5 apg for 13 games. Stefan Atanackovic has experience from Ukraine, where he played in 2009/10 season for Gryfony Symferopil. In 20 Superleague games the player made 17.5 ppg, 2.5 apg and 2 rpg. He played for Vizura, Borac Banja Luka, OKK Beograd, Sloga and Ergonom in the past.


Dejan Musli and Caja Laboral terminate their multi-year deal - by Eurobasket News

Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) is no longer a member of Caja Laboral. Two sides agreed to terminate their multi-year deal. The player wants to look for other team where he will get more chance to play. Musli arrived to Caja Laboral two years ago from FMP Zeleznik. He appeared just 8 times in ACB and 2 times in Euroleague in their first season together. Musli finished last season on loan with the Serbian squad Mega Vizura, where he had 9.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 13 games. He started 2011/12 with Fuenlabrada, but played only one game for them. As mentioned above, Dejan Musli spent several years with FMP Zeleznik in the past. He played very successfully for Serbian youth National Teams winning two Golds and one Bronze with them. In 2009, Musli was named to Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team. In 2007, he was European Championships U16 MVP. Two years ago the player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team.

Update: Partizan is expected to sign the player.



Partizan locks young center Dejan Musli to 3-year deal - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Partizan Belgrade penned a 3-year deal with Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket). The 21-year-old center terminated his long term deal with Caja Laboral today. The player gave up on reach deal to join the Serbian powerhouse. Musli arrived to Caja Laboral two years ago from FMP Zeleznik. He appeared just 8 times in ACB and 2 times in Euroleague in their first season together. Musli finished last season on loan with the Serbian squad Mega Vizura, where he had 9.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 13 games. He started 2011/12 with Fuenlabrada, but played only one game for them. As mentioned above, Dejan Musli spent several years with FMP Zeleznik in the past. He played very successfully for Serbian youth National Teams winning two Golds and one Bronze with them. In 2009, Musli was named to Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team. In 2007, he was European Championships U16 MVP. Two years ago the player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team.


Targu Mures lands C Darko Balaban, MVP of Serbian A League - by Eurobasket News

Targu Mures got important reinforcement for the next season. The team penned a deal with Serbian center Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket). He arrives to the club from BKK Radnicki, where he finished last season. Balaban started it with Vizura Smederevo and was MVP of the Serbian A League. The player had 20 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 1.2 bpg for 23 games. He was the top rebounder, fourth scorer and third shot blocker of the competition. Later with Radnicki Balaban added 5.7 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 9 Superleague games. Darko Balaban played for Crvena Zvezda in 2010/11 season. There he had limited playing time in Adriatic and Serbian leagues averaging about 3 points and 1.5 rebounds. From 2007 to 2010, the center was a member of Partizan, but mostly played for their second team.


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U20 European Championship: Slovak Republic tastes the initial win in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20- Slovak Republic U20 60:80

Slovak Republic tastes the initial win in Sofia at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame F.Y.R. of Macedonia 80:60 at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place.
Slovak Republic had nothing to lose and started with 21:18 in the first period. They added 18-10 in the second frame and never looked behind after. F.Y.R. of Macedonia replied with 21-19 in the third quarter but could not match the opponents in the last stanza. Slovak Republic finished the game with 22-11 in the last to win the campaign.
Jaroslav Moravek (204-F/C-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Maurizio Galata (203-F-92) collected 16 points and 11 boards. Peter Kancir (187-G-92) nailed 13 and Matus Luley (195-F-92) had 12. Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Stefan Krstevski (190-PG-93) as well as Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) had 10 each. Aleksandar Kostadinov (200-PF-93) followed them with 8 points in a loss.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Boban Stajic 12, Stefan Krstevski 10, Goran Markovski 10, Aleksandar Kostadinov 8
Slovak Republic U20: Jaroslav Moravek 18+12 rebs, Maurizio Galata 16+11 rebs, Peter Kancir 13, Matus Luley 12



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U20 European Championship: Slovenia stay perfect with win over Spain - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Spain U20 70:63

Slovenia ensured the sixth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They finished the Second Stage of the tournament with the victory over the reigning champions Spain to enter the quarterfinals undefeated. Alen Omic (215-C-92) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Slovenia led by four points at the first break 18:14. Spain got as close as a single point at halftime 31:32. However the hosts took over in the third term. Slovenia boosted the lead to 11 points midway through the period 45:34. Spain managed to trim the deficit. Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) capped the frame with a three-pointer as Spain trailed by 9 points at the final intermission 43:52. Spain sparked the intrigue when they cut the deficit to four points 63:67 with 23 seconds to go in regulation. But Lapornik answered with a triple to calm things down. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) finished with 12 points, while Eva Rupnik (177-F-92) added 10 points in the victory. Alejandro Abrines answered with 18 points for Spain. Jose Pozas (184-PG-92) had 14 points in the losing case.

Slovenia U20: Alen Omic 14, Klemen Prepelic 12, Eva Rupnik 10
Spain U20: Alejandro Abrines 18, Jose Pozas 14



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Fuenlabrada release Sergio Sanchez - by Eurobasket News

Fuenlabrada decided to part ways with Sergio Sanchez (190-PG-81). The point guard joined the Madrid team at the start of the last season. He signed 1+1 contract with Fuenlabrada. The team decided not to use the option of prolonging the deal and released the player. Sergio Sanchez tallied 7.5 points, 2.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds per EuroChallenge game last season. In ACB his stats read 6.6 points, 2.6 assists and 2.0 rebounds per appearance. Previously Sergio Sanchez had stints with Estudiantes, Lagun Aro, Bruesa, Huelva, Caja San Fernando Sevilla and Dos Hermanes. Eurobasket.com named Sergio Sanchez All-Spanish LEB Guard of the Year in 2005. He also made it into All-Spanish LEB Gold 1st Team that season. Sergio Sanchez got into Euskadi Regional Selection in 2005.


U20 European Championship: Slovenia stay perfect with win over Spain - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Spain U20 70:63

Slovenia ensured the sixth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They finished the Second Stage of the tournament with the victory over the reigning champions Spain to enter the quarterfinals undefeated. Alen Omic (215-C-92) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Slovenia led by four points at the first break 18:14. Spain got as close as a single point at halftime 31:32. However the hosts took over in the third term. Slovenia boosted the lead to 11 points midway through the period 45:34. Spain managed to trim the deficit. Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) capped the frame with a three-pointer as Spain trailed by 9 points at the final intermission 43:52. Spain sparked the intrigue when they cut the deficit to four points 63:67 with 23 seconds to go in regulation. But Lapornik answered with a triple to calm things down. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) finished with 12 points, while Eva Rupnik (177-F-92) added 10 points in the victory. Alejandro Abrines answered with 18 points for Spain. Jose Pozas (184-PG-92) had 14 points in the losing case.

Slovenia U20: Alen Omic 14, Klemen Prepelic 12, Eva Rupnik 10
Spain U20: Alejandro Abrines 18, Jose Pozas 14



Spain take second win over Australia - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Australia 81:75

Spain claimed the second straight win over Australia in the exhibition series. The teams clashed in Malaga and the hosts proved the strength once again. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) and Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) delivered 16 points each to lead the winners.
The Boomers ensured a slightly better start. They eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. But Spain managed to eke out a 35:34 halftime advantage. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Spain entered the fourth frame up by one 56:55. The hosts extended the margin to 4 points late in regulation and hang on to escape with a tough victory at the end. Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) accounted for 14 points for Spain. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) answered with 15 points for the Boomers. David Andersen (211-C-80) had 12 points in the losing effort.

Spain: Pau Gasol 16, Jose Manuel Calderon 16, Sergio Llull 14
Australia: Patrick Mills 15, David Andersen 12



UCAM Murcia close to get Matt Janning - by Eurobasket News

UCAM Murcia is close to sign Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) for the next season, according to Sportando.net. Reportedly, the offer made by Murcia is 80.000 richer than the one made by Virtus Bologna who was interested in the player as well. Janning played last season for Novipiu Casale Monferrato and it was his rookie year in Europe. The player had 12.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.7 apg for 25 games. He played for Indiana Pacers at the Orlando Summer League, which ended few days ago. Matt Janning split 2010/11 season between NBA D-Legaue teams Maine Red Claws and Rio Grande Valley Vipers. With the Red Claws he had 9.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.6 apg for 20 games. Later with Rio Grande he had slightly better stats. Janning is a product of Northeaster University, where he graduated in 2010. He had 15.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 3.1 apg for his school as a senior.


Dimitrios Mavroeidis leaves Bilbao, will sign 2-year deal with Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News

Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM) made his decision. According to Sport24.gr, he will sign a 2-year deal with Olympiakos. Panathinaikos also showed interest for the player this summer. Mavroeidis arrives to the reigning Euroleague and Greek champions from Spanish Bilbao, where he had 4.6 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 19 Euroleague games last season. In Liga Endesa, Mavroeidis registered 3.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg.
Dimitrios Mavroeidis joined Bilbao in two years ago from Marousi. He played for the Greek squad from 2007 to 2010 and before that Mavroeidis was a member of Panionios and Peristeri. Last summer he joined Greek National Team for the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He appeared 8 times at this event averaging 2.1 points. Earlier this month the player had 7 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 3 games at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas. In 2009, Mavroeidis played for Greek B National Team.



Lagun Aro GBC keeps David Doblas until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

Lagun Aro GBC announced signing of a 2-year contract extension with David Doblas (206-C-81). It means that the Spanish big guy will stay with the club until the end of 2013/14. Doblas had 7.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg for the club in 37 Liga Endesa games last season. The team had wonderful year and hopes to repeat the same success. David Doblas joined Bruesa (now Lagun Aro GBC) for the first time in 2005. He spent two years with the club and moved to Menorca during the summer of 2007. However, they parted ways after only four games and Doblas returned to his Buresa. He helped them win LEB Gold Playoffs in 2008 and of course the promotion to ACB. In 2006, Doblas was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB1 Domestic Player of the Year. Bruesa was the winner of LEB1, but faced with relegation from ACB in 2007. In the past, Doblas played for Granada Ciudad Algeciras Cepsa, Rosalia and Melilla.


Regal Barca officially gets bigger with Nathan Jawai - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) officially became a new member of Regal Barcelona. The Australian big guy signed a one-year deal with the reigning Spanish champs. Jawai played for Unics Kazan last season and helped them reach Euroleague Quarterfinals. Unics was the newcomer in this competition. Jawai appeared 15 times for the club averaging 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. The player added 11.5 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 16 games in VTB United league, plus 7.1 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 15 Russian league games. Before Unics, Nathan Jawai played one year for Partizan Belgrade. They won thee trophies together (Serbian league, Adriatic league, Serbian Cup). Jawai had 9.1 ppg and 5 rpg for the club in 16 Euroleague games. In 2009/10 season the center had 3.2 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 38 games with the NBA team Minnesota Timberwolves.


UCAM Murcia brings in Kim Tillie - by Eurobasket News

Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) will continue his career in Spain. The player penned a 2-year deal with UCAM Murcia. Tillie played for ASVEL over the past two seasons. In the latest one he collected 12.3 ppg and 4.8 rpg for 2 EuroCup games and was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -12. In ProA, the player averaged 10.8 points and 4.9 rebounds and he participated at the All-Star Game. In 2010/11, Kim Tillie had 7.7 ppg and 4.9 rpg in France. It was his first season as a pro. Tillie graduated at the University of Utah two years ago. He had 7 ppg and 5.5 rpg for his school as a senior. In 2006, Tillie won the Gold at U18 EuroBasket in Greece with U18 French NT. A year after that he helped U19 France to win the Bronze at U19 World Championship in Serbia.


Planasa Navarra extends Inaki Narros until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

Planasa Navarra is very active these days. In its latest move Navarra penned a 2-year contract extension with Inaki Narros (194-G-81), so he will stay with the club until the end of 2013/14 season. Narros joined Navarra in 2010 from Palencia. He shined with 14.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.6 apg for 36 games last season. He helped Navarra to reach LEB Gold Semifinals. In 2010/11, the player averaged 13.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists. As mentioned above, Inaki Narros played for Faymasa Palencia in 2009/10. Before that, he spent two years with HNV Consmetal BNC, helping them to win promotion from LEB Bronze to LEB Silver in 2008. A year after that he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 3rd Team. In the past, Inaki Narros was a member of Gijon, Burgos, Melilla and Estudiantes II.


Aito Garcia Reneses takes over Cajasol as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Cajasol got a new Head Coach for the next season. The team hired experienced Spanish specialist Garcia Aito Reneses. He will replace Joan Plaza, who left the club to take over Zalgiris Kaunas. Garcia Reneses most recently worked with Unicaja Malaga. He coached them from 2008 to January of 2011.
Before Unicaja, Garcia Aito Reneses worked five years with Joventut Badalona. They won the Spanish Cup in 2008, as well as the title in ULEB Cup that same year. Garcia Reneses was named Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Coach of the Year -08. In 2007, Joventut was FIBA EuroCup winner and Garcia Reneses was Coach of the Year in this competition. In the past, he coached Barcelona winning couple of trophies with them (Spanish ACB Champion -87-90, 01; Spanish Cup winner -87, 88, 94, 01; EuroCup winner -86, 90; Korac Cup winner -87, 99). Garcia Aito Reneses led Spanish NT to Silver at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.



Dejan Musli and Caja Laboral terminate their multi-year deal - by Eurobasket News

Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) is no longer a member of Caja Laboral. Two sides agreed to terminate their multi-year deal. The player wants to look for other team where he will get more chance to play. Musli arrived to Caja Laboral two years ago from FMP Zeleznik. He appeared just 8 times in ACB and 2 times in Euroleague in their first season together. Musli finished last season on loan with the Serbian squad Mega Vizura, where he had 9.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 13 games. He started 2011/12 with Fuenlabrada, but played only one game for them. As mentioned above, Dejan Musli spent several years with FMP Zeleznik in the past. He played very successfully for Serbian youth National Teams winning two Golds and one Bronze with them. In 2009, Musli was named to Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team. In 2007, he was European Championships U16 MVP. Two years ago the player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team.

Update: Partizan is expected to sign the player.



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U20 European Championship: Sweden claim confident win over Georgia - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Georgia U20 87:64

Sweden registered the third straight win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Georgia to stay undefeated in Group G. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) came up with 22 points to lead the winners. Georgia fell at 0-3 record.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 at the first break. Sweden pulled ahead in the second quarter. The Scandinavians ensured a 43:39 halftime advantage. Sweden cleared off in the third quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by as many as 17 points 70:53. Georgia never recovered in the final frame and Sweden cruised to the victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Jonathan Person (192-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) added 15 points for the winners. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Georgia. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) had 18 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Tobias Borg 22, Viktor Gaddefors 16+11 boards, Jonathan Person 15
Georgia U20: Beka Burjanadze 20, Duda Sanadze 18



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Swiss U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Andrea Beretta
Axel Boson
Noah Burrell
Mattia Cafisi
Arthur Deschamps
Leo Fragniere
Mathieu Giroud
Vedad Ibragic
David Kondic
Patrik Kondic
Aleksa Kostic
Luka Mandic
Willy Moos
Owandji Otoka
Luke Perrottet
Anthony Polite
Leo Stocker
Christian Tukama
Moritz Waser
Sadijan Zekic

Jan Andrey
Zoran Popovic



U20 European Championship: Denmark destroy the Swiss side in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Denmark U20-Switzerland U20 78:47

Denmark destroy the Swiss side in Sofia at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place. The Danish side did not have any difficulties reaching 78:47 win at the U20 European Championship. Denmark improved to 2-1 record, while Switzerland is with 1-1 record.
Denmark won all the quarters in the game and easily started with 27-16 in the first period. They added 19-9 in the second quarter to take 46:25 after Soren Dossing (185-G-92)s three-pointer. Denmark produced a 19-13 surge in the third period and finished the game with 13-9 in the last stanza.
Soren Dossing and Soeren Olsen (185-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Dennis Levene (201-F-92) notched 10, while Alexander Birketoft (202-C-93) added 9. Brian Savoy (192-SG-92) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, while Jules Stalder (190-SG-93) and Milos Bozovic (201-F-92) scored 8 each.

Denmark U20: Soren Dossing 15, Soeren Olsen 15, Dennis Levene 10, Alexander Birketoft 9
Switzerland U20: Brian Savoy 9, Jules Stalder 8, Milos Bozovic 8



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Jeremy Lin officially leaves Knicks for Rockets - by Eurobasket News

The Knicks will not match Jeremy Lin's (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) three-year, $25.1 million contract offer from the Houston Rockets, a spokesman has confirmed, and the team appears set with its depth chart at point guard.

New York general manager Glen Grunwald had until 11:59 p.m. to match the offer, but as Howard Beck of The New York Times reported earlier, the Knicks had already made their choice.

The debate over this decision won't be short lived. There are those, like Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, who believe that this wasn't a basketball move, but the reaction of a rejected organization that felt Lin was being disloyal.

Marc Berman of the New York Post believes that, had Lin originally agreed to these parametersinstead of the more modest four-year, $30 million deal he agreed to back on July 6ththe "Knicks would've matched."

Obviously finances must be a consideration (it's ludicrous to suggest otherwise). It doesn't matter that the Knicks are accustomed to paying the luxury tax. What matters is that they'd be shelling out over $40 million in penalties on top of Lin's $14.9 million salary in 2014-2015. Even someone as impossibly rich as owner James Dolan should think twice about committing around $55 million for one season of a player who was practically free a year ago.

Then there's the outside chance that this is a basketball decisionsomething seen as an impossibility by the Knicks' cynical breed of fan.

The franchise has been spinning its wheels since the 1999 NBA Finals, grasping at expensive players who failed to earn the balance of their contracts. The refusal to sign Lin, to commit to him financially, could be a rare act of prudence from a front office known for being impetuous.

By letting Lin walk, Grunwald could simply be acknowledging that the trio of Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni and Jason Kidd is a better value. And in Felton, Grunwald acquired someone who has experience playing with both Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire. It's not like Grunwald pulled Lin's replacement off the street.

But if this is a basketball move, it must be about Carmelo Anthony, because the Knicks' leading scorer never jived with Lin.

It was Anthony's return from a groin injury that punctuated the end of New York's early February surge. And Anthony's best stretch, when he won Eastern Conference Player of the Month in April, came while Lin was shelved following a torn meniscus in his left knee.

In truth, Lin was at his best without Anthony and Anthony was at his without Lin.

It's anyone's guess if Lin will replicate the success he had in New York. The roster is young and talented but completely without structure. In fact, the team hardly resembles the one that Lin was waived from during the 2011-2012 preseason.

The Knicks, meanwhile, have bet everything on the frontcourt of Stoudemire, Chandler and Anthony. Lin represented a side bet, a risk made less appealing by the need for a solid, consistent presence like Felton or Kidd in the backcourt.

And if the Knicks are really committed to their star-studded frontcourt above everything else, then maybe it's better that Lin moved on to Houston, where he can at least influence the direction of a franchise.

Lin thrived in former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni's offense. The high pick-and-roll sets allowed him to show off his athleticism, handle and timing. But D'Antoni's replacement, coach Mike Woodson slowly pushed the Knicks offense toward Anthony's strengthisolations, post-ups, etc.and that trend isn't over.

Yes, Lin missed the opportunity to learn under Kidd. But if he couldn't play to his strengths in New York, Lin would have been moved one way or another. At least by signing the offer sheet with the Rocketsand benefitting from the Knicks' cooperationLin can get started on the rest of his career now, because it is far from over.

Courtesy of www.nj.com



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U20 European Championship: Lithuania prevail against Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Turkey U20 76:45

Lithuania clinched a vital win over Turkey in their quest for U20 European Championship quarterfinal birth. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) nailed 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Both teams are now tied at 2-3 record and await the result of the last game of the day in Group F to get to know their fate.
Lithuania gave little chance for their opponents in this one. The Baltic team started the game aggressively and secured a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew deeper in the second quarter. Lithuania ensured a 46:23 halftime lead. Lithuania did not slow down in the third frame. They held Turkey to just 5 points and established a 32-point buffer with one quarter remaining. Turkey outscored Lithuania in the fourth quarter but to no avail. Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) delivered 12 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) had 10 points in the victory. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Turkey. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) had 8 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Edgaras Ulanovas 14, Rokas Giedraitis 12, Vytenis Cizauskas 10
Turkey U20: Samet Geyik 12, Safak Edge 8



Erdemir keeps F Nusret Yildirim - by Eurobasket News

Erdemir is very active on the transfer market these days. In its latest move the team signed a 1-year contract extension with Nusret Yildirim (202-F-89). The player appeared only 4 times in TBL last season averaging 2.5 points. He joined the club a year ago from Istanbulspor. With the TB2L squad Yildrim had 13 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 25 games in the league. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention -11. Before Istanbulspor, Nusret Yildirim spent two seasons with TTNET Beykozspor, also in TB2L. He had 5.3 ppg and 4.4 rpg in their last year together. In the past, Yildrim played for Galatasaray juniors.
Earlier this months Erdemir penned a deal with Jure Balazic and Sean Marshall.



Fenerbahce targets Novica Velickovic, according to report - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce wants to sign Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), according to Turkish media (Basketdergisi.com). Reportedly, two sides are already in talks and Velickovic could become a new member of Fener during the week. The Serbian power forward spent last three seasons with Real Madrid. In the latest one he had 6.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 30 games in Liga Endesa. In Euroleague, Velickovic added 4.1 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 7 games. Real Madrid and Velickovic won the Spanish Cup last season, but the player missed month and a half due to knee injury.
Novica Velickovic arrived to Real in 2009 from Partizan Belgrade. That year he was named Euroleague Rising Star. With Partizan, Velickovic won many trophies and personal awards. In 2009, he helped Serbian NT to win the Silver at EuroBasket in Poland. In 2010, they reached Semifinals of the FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Velickovic had 11.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.1 apg for 9 games at that event.



Karsiyaka in the market! - by Sinan Can

PINAR Karsiyaka broke the death-silence by bringing Ufuk Sarica as Head Coach, now it looks like Izmir side will be the flashing club of the Turkish market. Turkish club who parted ways with Jovo Stanojevic, Mire Chatman, Goran Ikonic, Chaisson Allen, Birkan Batuk, Alper Saruhan, Emre Bayev and AHmet Erdogan started the new roster campaign with two experienced names from local market. Umit Sonkol (206-F-82) from Aliaga Petkim and Evren Buker (194-F-85) from Galatasaray Medical Park will be the new members of Pinar Karsiyaka's brand new roster. Coach Ufuk Sarica also pronounced Galatasaray Medical Park"s point guard Tutku Acik (194-G-80) name as another target, anyway unlike Umit Sonkol and Evren Buker, the negotiations between both sides is still going on. Coach Sarica, who had a disappointing effort with Anadolu Efes on both Euroleague and Beko Basketball League competitions looks like very ambitious to put some success on his coaching CV as he's planning to loan Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: Arete Sports Agency) from his former team also. NCAA's scoring leader, rookie point guard Reggie Hamilton (180-PG-89) from Oakland is also rumoured with green-red's nowadays. <<>><<>>


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Cherkasy Monkeys sign Stanislav Sokur - by Eurobasket News

Cherkasy Monkeys reinforced their roster under the basket. The team announced signing of Ukrainian center Stanislav Sokur (205-C-82). The 30-year old Sokur arrives to the club from SK Dnipro Azot, where he spent last four seasons. In the latest one the player had 4.5 ppg and 2 rpg for 32 Superleague games. He had almost the same numbers in 2010/11. Sokur had much better stats in his first two seasons with Dnipro Azot. From 2006 to 2008, the center played for BC-93 Pulsar Rovno. There he had 12.5 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 22 Superleague games in 2007/08 season. In the past, Sokur played for Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk and Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk.
Earlier this month, Cherkasy penned a deal with Marko Ljubicic (195-G-87, agency: Beo Basket). Three weeks ago they landed Maxim Ivshyn (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket).



U20 European Championship: Ukraine surprise Germany - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Germany U20 81:74

Ukraine posted the first win at the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. They defeated Germany to finish at 1-4 record in Group E. Germany slipped at 3-2 record. Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) stepped up with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners.
Ukraine led from start to finish. They ensured an 18:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Ukraine boosted the margin to 8 points at halftime 38:30. The teams increased the tempo in the third quarter. Ukraine and Germany exchanged baskets as Volodymyr Koval team led by 8 points with one quarter remaining. Germany got within three points with 14 seconds remaining in regulation but Mysiats and Bobrov sank four free throws in a row and sealed the victory for Ukraine. Sergiy Zagreba (212-C-94) posted 14 points, while Olexandr Misyats (200-SF-92) added 12 points for the winning side. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) answered with 17 points for Germany. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) netted 14 points in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Olexandr Mishula 18, Sergiy Zagreba 14, Olexandr Misyats 12
Germany U20: Philipp Neumann 17, Johannes Voigtmann 14



Denis Ivanov joins Politekhnika-Halychyna - by Eurobasket News

Another newcomer for Politekhnika-Halychyna. The Lviv team secured the services of Denis Ivanov (195-F-78) for the next season. The forward spent the last season with Azovmash Mariupol. He notched 2.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In VTB League Denis Ivanov posted 3.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per appearance. In Superleague the forward accounted for 2.7 points. Previously the forward had stints with Dnipro, Vozko, MBC Odessa, Budivelnyk Kiev, BC Kiev and Politekhnika Kiev. He won Ukrainian Cup in 2011. Denis Ivanov is the third Ukrainian signing in off-season for Halychyna. They previously added Leonid Stefanishin (199-F-85) and Oleg Saltovets (202-F-77).


Aerosvit Cup-2012: Ukraine achieve the second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine-Belarus 69:61

Ukraine achieve the second straight victory at the Aerosvit Cup-2012. The hosts of the tournament overcame Belarus 69:61 mostly due to the last period.
Belarus surprised the hosts with 18-13 in the first period and led 2 points at the halftime. Both teams nailed 11 points in the third quarter and only after that Fratellos team pushed the tempo for good. They erupted with 22-12 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Maxym Korniyenko (205-F/C-87) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Kyryl Natyazhko (210-C-90, agency: Beo Basket, college: Arizona) and Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 10 each. Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) posted 8 points in a win. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) finished the game with 17 points and Aliaksei Lashkevich had 11. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (201-F-85, agency: RU-Basket Management) notched 10, whilst Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-F-78, agency: New Trend Agency) delivered 7.

Ukraine: Maxym Korniyenko 13+11 rebs, Kyryl Natyazhko 10, Dmytro Gliebov 10, Artur Drozdov 8
Belarus: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 17, Aliaksei Lashkevich 11, Aliaksandr Pustahvar 10, Heorhi Kandrusevich 7



BC Odessa keep Stanislav Balashov and Rostyslav Kryvych - by Eurobasket News

BC Odessa secured the services of Stanislav Balashov (210-C-79, agency: New Trend Agency) and Rostyslav Kryvych (197-F/G-78) for the next season.
Stanislav Balashov will enter the fourth straight season with BC Odessa. Last season the centre posted 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per gme in Superleague. Previously Stanislav Balashov had stints with Ferro-ZNTU, Cherkasy, Budivelnyk, Politekhnika Kharkiv, BC Kyiv and Bipa Moda Odessa. He was the member of Ukrainian National Team in 2001/2005 seasons.
Rostyslav Kryvych joined BC Odessa in October 2010. Last season the forward notched 11.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game in Superleague. Previously the sharpshooter had spells for Azovmash, BC Donetsk, Hoverla and Sumykhimprom. He was the member of Ukrainian National Team in 2005/10 seasons. Rostyslav Kryvych also played for Ukrainian University National Team.



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U20 European Championship: Finland open Day 6 successfully - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20-Finland U20 64:67

Finland open Day 6 successfully at the U20 European Championship. The Finnish side beat Great Britain 67:64 in the start of the Second Stage.
Finland started with 20:18 in the first period, but the team from Great Britain bounced back with 19-13 in the second frame as they grabbed 37:33 halftime advantage. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) increased the lead at 41:33, but his team could not win. Seppala and Dolenc reduced to 55:53 and Finland kept the opponents scoreless for about 10 minutes. Aleksi Akpaso (192-SG-92) and Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) closed the game from the free throw line for the narrow win.
Alex Murphy (203-F-93) paced all the winners with 14 points and Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) netted 13. Aleksi Akpaso delivered 12, while Villematti Kopio added 9. Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort. Devon Van Oostrum posted 20, while Louis Sayers (199-SF-92) had 7.

Great Britain U20: Alasdair Fraser 21, Devon Van Oostrum 20, Louis Sayers 7
Finland U20: Alex Murphy 14, Joonas Caven 13, Aleksi Akpaso 12, Villematti Kopio 9



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


VTB debutant Neptunas negotiating with Rashaun Broadus - by Eurobasket News

Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84, college: BYU) became the hot point guard wanted by couple European Clubs. According to his agency, the player has offers from Poland, VTB debutant Neptunas and getting interest in Belgium and Germany. Agency mentioned, that they are leaning to sign with VTB newcomer Neptunas this week. Negotiations been successful so far and Shaun will be making final decision in upcoming days. We wanted him to play in any European competition. Nevertheless, Neptunas has great organization, but also they play in VTB. Thats the main factor, taking this step in his career.
Over the last 2 years the American player stayed with Lithuanian BC Siauliai. In 2011 the American guard played VTB qualification round with BC Siauliai, where he averaged 9 points per game and 5 assists. In 2011-2012 season, Rashaun Broadus was selected to Eurobasket LKL All-Defensive Team. He was also named All-Baltic League Guard of the Year. Lately Rashaun Broadus played in the IBL. He averaged 14.7 points, 7.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game for the Edmonton Energy.




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Women News


U16 Luxembourg keeps Quarterfinals hopes alive - by Eurobasket News

U16 BELARUS - U16 LUXEMBOURG 69-85

Luxembourg celebrated first win in the Qualifying Group F of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Luxembourg improved to 1-3 in this pool and now has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. In order to do it, they will have to beat Latvia. Belarus dropped to 0-4 in this pool with no chance to advance. Luxembourg won every single quarter of this game and was constantly in charge (18-22, 15-18, 11-19, 25-26). Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) stepped up for the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds. She reached valuation 29 and was the MVP of this meeting. Mia Pauly (176-F-96) had 12 points and 7 rebs, while Anouk Frieden (165-PG-96) netted 9 pts. In Belarus, Dziyana Sizonava (175-SF-96) scored 18 points and Hanna Brych (183-C-97) had 14 pts, plus 7 rebs. Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-PG-97) delivered 12 points in this loss. Qualifying Round will end today.

Belarus: Dziyana Sizonava 18, Hanna Brych 14+7 boards, Anastasiya Sushchyk 12
Luxembourg: Lisa Jablonowski 26+10 boards, Mia Pauly 12+7 boards, Anouk Frieden 9



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  BELGIUM   


U16 Russia wins Qualifying Group E in Miskolc, U16 Belgium is No.2 - by Eurobasket News

U16 RUSSIA - U16 BELGIUM 57-44

Russia is the winner of the Qualifying Group E in Miskolc. They handed 57-44 loss to Belgium ending this phase with perfect 5-0. Belgium finished as the second ranked team with 4-1. Both countries advanced to the Quarterfinals, which start on Friday. Russia will meet Czech Republic, while Belgium will play against France. Russia was 7-points up at the halftime, but Belgium came to minus five with 10 minutes to go. It was 41-39 for Russia at the beginning of the last quarter, after what they made crucial 10-3 run to secure the victory in this meeting. Anastasia Borovykh (173-SG-96) led Russia with 13 points and Zhosselina Maiga (193-C-96) added 12 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Svetlana Boykova (181-SF-96) helped her country with double-double of 11 points and 12 boards. In defeat, Kyara Linskens (189-C-96) shined with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) and Phebe Raman (185-C-96) delivered 9 and 8 points respectively.

Russia: Anastasia Borovykh 13, Zhosselina Maiga 12+5 boards, Svetlana Boykova 11+12 boards
Belgium: Kyara Linskens 14+10 boards, Julie Allemand 9, Phebe Raman 8



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  BULGARIA   


U16 Bulgaria hands first loss to U16 Slovenia in Group F - by Eurobasket News

U16 BULGARIA - U16 SLOVENIA 56-52

Bulgaria did a great job against Slovenia on Tuesday celebrating 56-52 victory. Now Bulgarians have 2-2 record in Qualifying Group F in Tallinn and have a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. They will have to beat last ranked Belarus today. Slovenia already advanced to the next stage, despite this loss. They have 3-1 record now and will meet Poland today in the battle for the first place in this pool. Bulgaria was up 50-35 after 30 minutes of play and Slovenia shined in the finish coming to minus 3, but it was all from them in this meeting. Quarters: 14-17, 15-8, 21-10, 6-17. Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) paced the winning squad with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) scored 14 points and Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) added 8 points, plus 13 rebs. Slovenia got 13 pts and 9 rebs from Manca Jelenc (172-PG-96). Zala Lesek (187-F-97) (10 rebs) and Marusa Senicar (181-SF-97) (8 rebs) netted 7 points each.

Bulgaria: Borislava Hristova 24+8 boards, Teodora Dineva 14, Maria Kamburova 8+13 boards
Slovenia: Manca Jelenc 13+9 boards, Zala Lesek 7+10 boards, Marusa Senicar 7+8 boards



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  CHINA   


Lucas Mondelo takes the helm at Shanxi Xing Rui Flame - by Eurobasket News

Lucas Mondelo takes the helm at Shanxi Xing Rui Flamefor the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com Shanxi Xing Rui Flame have signed Spaniards Lucas Mondelo and Cesar Ruperez to their coaching staff.
Recently Lucas Mondelo took the helm of the Spanish National Team. In 2011 the Spanish Coach shocked Europe with Euroleague Champion -11, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Coach of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year -11, Spanish LFB Cup Semifinals -11, Spanish LFB Supercup Winner -11, Spanish LFB Regular Season Champion -11 and Spanish LFB Champion -11.
Another reason for bringing Lucas Mondelo to the National team was the horrible game of the national team at Eurobasket 2011. Croatia grabbed 75-71 victory against Spain in do-or-die game for both teams. It was the biggest surprise so far at the EuroBasket in Poland. Thanks to this win Croatia ended as No.4 in Group F (2-3) and booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Spain failed to reach the next stage as they ended as No.5 (2-3).



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U16 Croatia wins against U16 Holland 62-54, both teams fail to advance - by Eurobasket News

U16 HOLLAND - U16 CROATIA 54-62

Croatia registered its first win in the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. However, it came too late. Croatia outplayed Holland 62-54 and it was enough only to avoid the last place in Group F. Both teams ended this phase with 1-4 record (Croatia No.5, Holland No.6) and failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will be transferred to Classification Games from 9th-13th place. Holland had 3-point lead after 3 quarters, but Croatia totally took control on them during the last ten minutes. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) and her teammates created 20-9 in the last period to take 8-point win at the end. Quarters: 16-14, 9-16, 20-12, 9-20. Slonjsak led her country in scoring with 16 points (9 rebs). Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) added 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Patricia Bura (185-C-96) collected 15 points and 10 rebs. Bura was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. In defeat, Esther Fokke (180-PF-96) collected 16 points and 8 rebs. Janis Ndiba (185-PF-97) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Eveline Kallenberg (170-PG-97) followed with 11 pts and 7 rebs. Championship continues on Friday. Croatia will meet Sweden, while Holland will play against Greece.

Holland: Esther Fokke 16+8 boards, Janis Ndiba 12+6 boards, Eveline Kallenberg 11+7 boards
Croatia: Iva Slonjsak 16+9 boards, Anita Kelava 14+16 boards, Patricia Bura 15+10 boards



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U16 Spain explodes in Q4 to beat U16 Czech Republic 63-55 - by Eurobasket News

U16 CZECH REPUBLIC - U16 SPAIN 55-63

Spain handed 63-55 loss to Czech Republic in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Miskolc. Thanks to this win Spain finished as the second ranked team of Group F with almost perfect 4-1 record. Czech Republic ended as No.4 with 2-3 and both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals. There, Spain will meet Hungary, while Czech Republic will play against Russia. All QFinals games are scheduled for Friday. Spain had amazing last quarter to take the victory in this meeting. They were down by 15 with ten minutes to go, but didn't give up and limited its rival to just 5 points for the entire Q4. At the other side, Spain drained impressive 28 pts and celebrated 63-55 win at the end. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) stepped up for Spain with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Laia Flores (170-SF-96) scored 15 points, while Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) (7 rebs) and Elena Capella (171-G-96) posted 8 pts each. Czech Republic did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their leading player was Aneta Mainclova (191-C-96) with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Eva Mouckova (160-SG-96) scored 7 points, while Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) (9 rebs) and Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) (7 rebs) netted 6 pts each. Quarters: 15-4, 14-18, 21-13, 5-28.

Czech Republic: Aneta Mainclova 8+6 boards, Eva Mouckova 7, Gabriela Andelova 6+9 boards, Sarah Berankova 7+6 boards
Spain: Angela Salvadores 22+6 boards, Laia Flores 15, Laura Quevedo 8+7 boards, Elena Capella 8



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  DENMARK   


U16 Ukraine improves to 2-2 in Qualifying Group E - by Eurobasket News

U16 DENMARK - U16 UKRAINE 53-70

Ukraine celebrated 70-53 win against Denmark for 2-2 record in Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket Division B. Ukraine now has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. They will need to beat Israel today. At the other side, Denmark dropped to 0-4 in this pool with no chance to advance. Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) led the winners with 25 points. Olga Yatskovets (181-C-97) had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Alina Batkovska (171-PG-96) helped with 14 pts. In defeat, Sarah Mortensen (182-F-97) shined with double-double of 22 points and 17 rebs. Enna Pehadzic (176-G/F-97) followed her with 21 pts and 13 rebs. Ukraine was 9 points up at the halftime and extended its lead even more during the last ten minutes of the game. Quarters: 16-19, 14-20, 10-10, 13-21. Wednesday is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn.

Denmark: Sarah Mortensen 22+17 boards, Enna Pehadzic 21+13 boards
Ukraine: Vita Gorobets 25, Olga Yatskovets 18+11 boards, Alina Batkovska 14



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Good Angels land Serbian F Tijana Krivacevic - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels announced signing of Serbian forward Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) for the next season. She arrives to the club from the Spanish team Rivas Ecopolis. Krivacevic signed with Rivas in December and averaged 5.6 points, plus 2.8 rebounds for 16 games in LFB. The forward started last season with Hungarian squad UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron. There she had 9.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 9 Euroleague games. In domestic championship she collected 9.7 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Tijana Krivacevic played for the Sopron team from 2008. Before that, she was a member of MiZo Pecs. Krivacevic won two Hungarian league titles in her career. She also played for the Hungarian National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 averaging 11.6 points and 6 rebounds for 8 games.


Targoviste complete the 2012/2013 roster - by Eurobasket News

Targoviste complete the 2012/2013 roster adding few more loud names to the team. According to http://baskettgv.ro the squad announced Serbian guard Maja Miljkovic (175-G-88, agency: LBM Management), American guard Natalie Novosel (180-G-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Notre Dame), Swedish guard Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) and American forward Jillian Robbins (185-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Tulsa).
Natalie Novosel spent four seasons with Notre Dame (NCAA) and last season averaged 15.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 82.9%. In 2012 she was drafted by Atlanta Dream (WNBA, 1rd (8) (traded to Washington Mystics).
Chioma Nnamaka started the season 2011-2012 for KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. (Poland-PLKK, starting five) and in 14 games averaged 8.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 75.0%. In Feb.'12 moved to Sallen (Sweden-Damligan, starting five) and showed 12.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 39.8%, 3PT-1 (51.4%), FT: 84.6%.
Maja Miljkovic started the season 2011-2012 for ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd (Serbia-A League) and in Adriatic League had 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg. Later moved to Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (France-LFB) and in French League showed 4.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.4apg. In Euroleague after 11 games her stats read 7.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 71.4%.
Jillian Robbins appeared for Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (France-LFB, starting five) last season but in Oct.'11 moved to Samsun Basketbol (Turkey-TKBL, starting five). In 25 games she averaged high 16.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-3 (2.1spg), FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 49.6%.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

W-Standings - Div.A

Standings
Group E
1. Russia5-0
2. Belgium4-1
3. Hungary3-2
4. Slovakia2-3
5. Greece1-4
6. Sweden0-5
Group F
1. Italy4-1
2. Spain4-1
3. France3-2
4. Czech Rep.2-3
5. Croatia1-4
6. Holland1-4
Group G (positions 13-16)
1. Germany2-1
2. Serbia2-1
3. Turkey2-1
4. U.Kingdom0-3

Qualifying Round: Round 6

E

Jul. 18: GRE - SWE 60-53
Jul. 18: HUN - SVK 59-37
Jul. 18: RUS - BEL 57-44

F

Jul. 18: CZE - ESP 55-63
Jul. 18: ITA - FRA 55-42
Jul. 18: NED - CRO 54-62

G

Jul. 18: TUR - SRB 61-70
Jul. 18: ENG - GER 42-69

Quarter-Finals: Round 7

Jul. 20: RUS - CZE
Jul. 20: ESP - HUN
Jul. 20: ITA - SVK
Jul. 20: BEL - FRA

Places 13-16

Jul. 20: GER - TUR
Jul. 20: ENG - SRB

Places 9-12

Jul. 20: GRE - NED
Jul. 20: CRO - SWE


Stats Leaders W - Group A

Points Per Game
 Aleksandra CRVENDAKIC
  (188-F/C-96)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Crvendakic, SRB19.5 
 2. Stach, GER18.7 
 3. Dojkic, CRO18.0 
 4. Kolosovskaya, RUS15.8 
 5. Onar, TUR15.5 
 6. Salvadores, ESP14.7 
 7. Slonjsak, CRO14.4 
 8. Zandalasini, ITA13.4 
 9. Dobos, HUN13.2 
 10. Andelova, CZE12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anita KELAVA
  (185-PF-97)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kelava, CRO9.0 
 2. Oikonomaki, GRE8.8 
 3. Linskens, BEL8.7 
 4. Crvendakic, SRB8.5 
 5. Ndiba, NED8.3 
 6. Brossmann, GER8.3 
 7. Tivenius, SWE8.2 
 8. Dobos, HUN7.8 
 9. Remenarova, SVK7.8 
 10. Stach, GER7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ksenia LEVCHENKO
  (165-PG-96)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Levchenko, RUS3.8 
 2. Cukic, SRB3.7 
 3. Onar, TUR3.5 
 4. Allemand, BEL3.3 
 5. Flores, ESP3.2 
 6. Horvath, HUN2.8 
 7. Remenarova, SVK2.8 
 8. Dojkic, CRO2.4 
 9. Mouckova, CZE2.3 
 10. Andelova, CZE2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Laia FLORES
  (170-SF-96)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Flores, ESP3.2 
 2. Kuijt, NED3.2 
 3. Kacerik, ITA3.0 
 4. Borovykh, RUS3.0 
 5. Dojkic, CRO2.8 
 6. Andelova, CZE2.7 
 7. Ondrejkova, SVK2.5 
 8. Cukic, SRB2.5 
 9. Manlaci, TUR2.5 
 10. Zandalasini, ITA2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kyara LINSKENS
  (189-C-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Linskens, BEL2.7 
 2. Geldof, BEL2.0 
 3. Kelava, CRO1.8 
 4. Bura, CRO1.8 
 5. Mainclova, CZE1.5 
 6. Ba, FRA1.4 
 7. Sema, RUS1.3 
 8. Crvendakic, SRB1.3 
 9. Karambatsa, GRE1.3 
 10. Oikonomaki, GRE1.3 


Standings - Div.B - by Charles Ramsdell

Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Finland5-0
2. Portugal4-1
3. Ukraine3-2
4. Lithuania2-3
5. Israel1-4
6. Denmark0-5
Group F
1. Poland5-0
2. Slovenia3-2
3. Bulgaria3-2
4. Latvia3-2
5. Luxembourg.1-4
6. Belarus0-5
Group G (positions 13-15)
1. Estonia2-0
2. Romania1-1
3. Norway0-2

Qualifying Round: Round 6

E

Jul. 18: POR - DEN 65-50
Jul. 18: LTU - FIN 62-71
Jul. 18: ISR - UKR 38-53

F

Jul. 18: BUL - BLR 76-73 OT
Jul. 18: LAT - LUX 65-55
Jul. 18: SLO - POL 53-64

G

Jul. 18: NOR - EST 35-96

Quarter-Finals: Round 7

Jul. 20: FIN - BUL
Jul. 20: POR - SLO
Jul. 20: POL - LTU
Jul. 20: LAT - UKR

Places 13-15

Jul. 20: ROM - EST

Places 9-12

Jul. 20: ISR - BLR
Jul. 20: LUX - DEN


Div B. - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Borislava HRISTOVA
  (180-F-96)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Hristova, BUL23.4 
 2. Menna, FIN18.3 
 3. Laksa, LAT18.0 
 4. Gorobets, UKR16.7 
 5. Lass, EST15.8 
 6. Costa, POR15.7 
 7. Juskaite, LTU15.6 
 8. Dineva, BUL15.3 
 9. Panasiuk, BLR14.7 
 10. Cerneckyte, LTU14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paula LENART
  (178-F/G-96)
  Avg: 13
 1. Lenart, ROM13.0 
 2. Juskaite, LTU12.2 
 3. Jablonowski, LUX11.5 
 4. Mortensen, DEN11.2 
 5. Pehadzic, DEN11.2 
 6. Yatskovets, UKR11.0 
 7. Kamburova, BUL10.8 
 8. Kostourkova, POR9.5 
 9. Eneva, BUL9.5 
 10. Kuiliak, BLR9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Vasilica CUZIC
  (171-G-96)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cuzic, ROM2.8 
 2. Ajkic, SLO2.7 
 3. Strautmane, LAT2.5 
 4. Augustin, FIN2.5 
 5. Cerneckyte, LTU2.4 
 6. Maxim, ROM2.4 
 7. Jelenc, SLO2.3 
 8. Costa, POR2.3 
 9. Helle, FIN2.3 
 10. Olszewska, POL2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Laura REISSAR
  (171-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Reissar, EST4.2 
 2. Zelivanski, ISR4.2 
 3. Georgieva, BUL3.3 
 4. Sasebes, ROM3.2 
 5. Panasiuk, BLR3.2 
 6. Pauly, LUX3.2 
 7. Sushchyk, BLR3.0 
 8. Ajkic, SLO3.0 
 9. Klatt, POL3.0 
 10. Banet, ISR3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Daugile SARAUSKAITE
  (196-C-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Sarauskaite, LTU2.6 
 2. Strautmane, LAT1.7 
 3. Kostourkova, POR1.7 
 4. Eneva, BUL1.7 
 5. Rembiszewska, POL1.2 
 6. Gwarda, POL1.2 
 7. Jakobcic, SLO1.0 
 8. Lesek, SLO1.0 
 9. Jablonowski, LUX1.0 
 10. Brych, BLR0.8 


Div.C Standings - by Greg

Standings
Group A
1. Iceland2-0
2. Monaco1-1
3. Cyprus1-1
4. Wales0-2
Group B
1. Scotland2-0
2. Gibraltar2-0
3. Malta0-2
4. Andorra0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jul. 18: ISL - MON 88-31
Jul. 18: CYP - WAL 75-21

B

Jul. 18: SCO - MLT 53-49
Jul. 18: AND - GIB 29-38

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 19: WAL - ISL
Jul. 19: MON - CYP

B

Jul. 19: MLT - AND
Jul. 19: GIB - SCO


Division A: Qualifying Round is over, Quarterfinals set in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Greece - Sweden 60-53
Greece finally registered first win in the Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket. They outplayed Sweden 60-53 to avoid the last place in this pool (1-4). At the other side, Sweden ended this stage winless (0-5) and both teams failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will be transferred to Classification Games from 9th-12th place. Greece had wonderful beginning as they made 11-point lead in the first ten minutes, but Sweden answered with 9-20 after that. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting and Greece won it by 15 (21-6). Later they managed to keep the lead for rest of the way, despite Sweden seriously threatened few times. Maria Goula (178-G/F-96) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Eleanna Christinaki (181-G-96) helped with 13 points, plus 5 rebs. Kleanthi Oikonomaki (182-F-96) followed them with 7 points and 14 rebs. In Sweden, Sigrid Sandstrom (177-G-96) collected 14 pts and 7 rebs, and Anna Lundqvist (176-G-96) scored 12 pts. Their third scorer was Rebecka Garderyd (173-PG-96) with 7 points. Teams will take a rest on Thursday.

Russia - Belgium 57-44
Russia is the winner of the Qualifying Group E in Miskolc. They handed 57-44 loss to Belgium ending this phase with perfect 5-0. Belgium finished as the second ranked team with 4-1. Both countries advanced to the Quarterfinals, which start on Friday. Russia will meet Czech Republic, while Belgium will play against France. Russia was 7-points up at the halftime, but Belgium came to minus five with 10 minutes to go. It was 41-39 for Russia at the beginning of the last quarter, after what they made crucial 10-3 run to secure the victory in this meeting. Anastasia Borovykh (173-SG-96) led Russia with 13 points and Zhosselina Maiga (193-C-96) added 12 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Svetlana Boykova (181-SF-96) helped her country with double-double of 11 points and 12 boards. In defeat, Kyara Linskens (189-C-96) shined with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) and Phebe Raman (185-C-96) delivered 9 and 8 points respectively.

Hungary - Slovakia 59-37
Hungary outplayed Slovakia 59-37 for third place in the Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Both teams had 2-2 record before this meeting and both advanced to the Quarterfinals. Hungary ended as No.3 in this pool, while Slovakia is the 4th ranked team. Their rivals in the QFinals will be Spain and Italy, respectively. Debora Dubei (180-SF-97) paced Hungary with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Timea Toth (184-PF-97) had 10 points and 5 boards, and Eniko Kuttor (183-PF-97) helped with 8 pts, plus 10 rebounds. Slovakia got 12 points from Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97). Karin Miksadova (179-SF-96) and Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) posted 7 and 6 pts respectively. Hungary took control on its rival in the second period. They were 5-points up at the halftime and jumped to plus 14 with ten minutes to go. Slovakia was not able to replay and later faced with 22-point loss. Quarters: 10-13, 15-7, 16-7, 18-10. Teams will take a rest on Thursday.

Group F
Czech Republic - Spain 55-63
Spain handed 63-55 loss to Czech Republic in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Miskolc. Thanks to this win Spain finished as the second ranked team of Group F with almost perfect 4-1 record. Czech Republic ended as No.4 with 2-3 and both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals. There, Spain will meet Hungary, while Czech Republic will play against Russia. All QFinals games are scheduled for Friday. Spain had amazing last quarter to take the victory in this meeting. They were down by 15 with ten minutes to go, but didn't give up and limited its rival to just 5 points for the entire Q4. At the other side, Spain drained impressive 28 pts and celebrated 63-55 win at the end. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) stepped up for Spain with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Laia Flores (170-SF-96) scored 15 points, while Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) (7 rebs) and Elena Capella (171-G-96) posted 8 pts each. Czech Republic did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their leading player was Aneta Mainclova (191-C-96) with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Eva Mouckova (160-SG-96) scored 7 points, while Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) (9 rebs) and Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) (7 rebs) netted 6 pts each. Quarters: 15-4, 14-18, 21-13, 5-28.

Holland - Croatia 54-62
Croatia registered its first win in the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. However, it came too late. Croatia outplayed Holland 62-54 and it was enough only to avoid the last place in Group F. Both teams ended this phase with 1-4 record (Croatia No.5, Holland No.6) and failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will be transferred to Classification Games from 9th-13th place. Holland had 3-point lead after 3 quarters, but Croatia totally took control on them during the last ten minutes. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) and her teammates created 20-9 in the last period to take 8-point win at the end. Quarters: 16-14, 9-16, 20-12, 9-20. Slonjsak led her country in scoring with 16 points (9 rebs). Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) added 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Patricia Bura (185-C-96) collected 15 points and 10 rebs. Bura was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. In defeat, Esther Fokke (180-PF-96) collected 16 points and 8 rebs. Janis Ndiba (185-PF-97) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Eveline Kallenberg (170-PG-97) followed with 11 pts and 7 rebs. Championship continues on Friday. Croatia will meet Sweden, while Holland will play against Greece.

Italy - France 55-42
Italy did a great job on Wednesday beating France 55-42 in the last game of the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Thanks to this victory Italy jumped to 4-1 record and won Group F. France dropped to third place with 3-2. Both teams will play in the Quarterfinals and their rivals will be Slovakia (Italy) and Belgium (France). Italy exploded in the second half of the game to take this victory. They made 39-15 for 20 minutes and before that France was 11-points up at the halftime. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) had 15 points and 6 rebounds for Italy. Marzia Tagliamento (179-F-96) was the MVP of the game collecting 14 points and 6 rebs (valuation 11), while Martina Kacerik (179-F-96) helped her team with 9 points and 5 rebs. France got 12 points and 8 rebs from Marie Milapie (191-C-96) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) had 7 points and 9 boards. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.

Group G
Turkey - Serbia 61-70
Serbia celebrated its second win in Group G of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They outgunned Turkey 70-61 for 2-1 record in this pool. Turkey was undefeated before this meeting and they also have 2-1 score now. Germany is another team with the same numbers and it seems these three countries with fight for the survival in Division A until the end. Serbia made 12-point lead at the halftime and jumped to plus 23 with then minutes to go. Turkey shined in the last period (25-11), but it was too late for them. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) was the leading player in Serbia once again. This time she had 23 points and 8 rebounds, including perfect 4/4 from behind the arc. Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) collected 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Aleksandra Katanic (172-PG-97) helped with double-double of 11 points and 11 rebs. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) delivered 20 points in defeat and Melis Gulcan (180-G-96) added 18 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) had 12 pts and same number of boards in this meeting. On Friday, Serbia will meet the last ranked UK. Turkey will play against Germany.

United Kingdom - Germany 42-69
As expected, Germany was too strong for the United Kingdom in Group G of U16 EuroBasket. It was a 69-42 victory and Germany improved to 2-1 record, while at the other side UK dropped to 0-3. Teams in this pool fight for the survival in Division A. They have three more rounds to go, but it is already clear that UK will most likely face with relegation. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) stepped up for Germany with 22 points and 10 rebounds. She reached valuation 17 and was the MVP of this meeting. Maj Vom Hofe (178-SF-96) had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Lisa Janko (184-F-96) added 12 pts and 5 rebs. Leah McDerment (180-PG-96) scored 9 points in defeat. Shanice Norton (170-SG-97), Rhianna-Mae Laing (170-PG-97) and Sadie Russell (186-C-96) stopped to 6 pts each. Championship continues on Friday, when Germany will meet Turkey. UK will play against Serbia.



Division B: Second games of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Portugal - Lithuania 46-44
Portugal secured a ticket for the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They grabbed 46-44 thriller win against Lithuania for 3-1 record in Group E. It will most likely be enough for the second place in this pool. At the other side, Lithuania dropped to 2-2 and they have good chance to reach the next stage. Everything will be clear today. Simone Costa (176-G-96) paced Portugal to victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) had 10 points and 13 rebs, while Ana Moniz (170-SG-96) added 6 pts and 6 boards. In Lithuania, Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) collected 22 pts and 10 boards, while Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) netted 9 pts. It was 45-44 for Portugal with 10 seconds to go, when Juskaite missed a jump shot for Lithuania. Bernardeco made one free throw at the other side to seal the victory for Portugal. In the last day of the Qualifying Round, Portugal will play against Denmark. Lithuania will meet top ranked Finland.

Denmark - Ukraine 53-70
Ukraine celebrated 70-53 win against Denmark for 2-2 record in Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket Division B. Ukraine now has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. They will need to beat Israel today. At the other side, Denmark dropped to 0-4 in this pool with no chance to advance. Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) led the winners with 25 points. Olga Yatskovets (181-C-97) had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Alina Batkovska (171-PG-96) helped with 14 pts. In defeat, Sarah Mortensen (182-F-97) shined with double-double of 22 points and 17 rebs. Enna Pehadzic (176-G/F-97) followed her with 21 pts and 13 rebs. Ukraine was 9 points up at the halftime and extended its lead even more during the last ten minutes of the game. Quarters: 16-19, 14-20, 10-10, 13-21. Wednesday is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn.

Finland - Israel 85-39
Finland jumped to 4-0 record in Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Finland already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals and they will also be the winners of this group. Israel dropped to 1-3, but they still hope to reach the next stage. Israel will have to beat Ukraine today. Finland took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 23-4, 24-10, 16-14, 22-11. Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) shined for Finland with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Emilia Helle (169-PG-96) and Lotta Erakangas (183-F-97) netted 12 points each. In defeat, Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) was better than the others with 15 points. Their second scorer was Eden Porat (176-F-96) with 10. Wednesday is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn. Teams will take a rest on Thursday before the Quarterfinals/Classification Round.

Group F
Bulgaria - Slovenia 56-52
Bulgaria did a great job against Slovenia on Tuesday celebrating 56-52 victory. Now Bulgarians have 2-2 record in Qualifying Group F in Tallinn and have a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. They will have to beat last ranked Belarus today. Slovenia already advanced to the next stage, despite this loss. They have 3-1 record now and will meet Poland today in the battle for the first place in this pool. Bulgaria was up 50-35 after 30 minutes of play and Slovenia shined in the finish coming to minus 3, but it was all from them in this meeting. Quarters: 14-17, 15-8, 21-10, 6-17. Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) paced the winning squad with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) scored 14 points and Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) added 8 points, plus 13 rebs. Slovenia got 13 pts and 9 rebs from Manca Jelenc (172-PG-96). Zala Lesek (187-F-97) (10 rebs) and Marusa Senicar (181-SF-97) (8 rebs) netted 7 points each.

Poland - Latvia 64-60
Poland celebrated 64-60 win against Latvia in the second game of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn. Thanks to this win Poland jumped to 4-0 record in Group F and already secured a spot for the Quarterfinals. Today, Poland will meet Slovenia in a game for first place in this pool. Latvia slipped to 2-2 after this loss, but still has a good chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Luxembourg today. Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96) was a key player in Poland with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Patrycja Klatt (171-G-96) scored 11 points and Jowita Ossowska (180-F/C-96) added 8. Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) answered with 22 points and 8 boards in defeat. Marta Bergmane (178-PG-96) scored 13 and Paula Luke (185-C-96) had 8 pts, plus 5 rebs. Poland was up by 12 during the last period, but Latvia came to minus 3 in the finish and missed twice from behind the arc after that. Klatt was sent to the line with 3 seconds remaining and he made the second attempt for the final score 64-60. Quarters: 18-21, 16-9, 18-9, 12-21. Today is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn.

Belarus - Luxembourg 69-85
Luxembourg celebrated first win in the Qualifying Group F of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Luxembourg improved to 1-3 in this pool and now has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. In order to do it, they will have to beat Latvia. Belarus dropped to 0-4 in this pool with no chance to advance. Luxembourg won every single quarter of this game and was constantly in charge (18-22, 15-18, 11-19, 25-26). Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) stepped up for the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds. She reached valuation 29 and was the MVP of this meeting. Mia Pauly (176-F-96) had 12 points and 7 rebs, while Anouk Frieden (165-PG-96) netted 9 pts. In Belarus, Dziyana Sizonava (175-SF-96) scored 18 points and Hanna Brych (183-C-97) had 14 pts, plus 7 rebs. Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-PG-97) delivered 12 points in this loss. Qualifying Round will end today.
Group G
Romania - Norway 85-33
Romania celebrated its first win in Group G of U16 EuroBasket Division B. Teams in this group fight for 13th place in Tallinn. Romania has 1-1 record now, while Norway failed in its first appearance and has 0-1. Romania stopped its rival to just 5 points for the entire first quarter, while they drained 30 at the other side. At the halftime Romania was already 37 points up. All after that was just the formality. Quarters: 30-5, 19-7, 16-13, 20-8. Birgitte Steiner (177-SF-96) came up with 22 points for the winners and Kincso Kelemen (166-PG-96) had 14 points, plus 7 rebounds. Paula Lenart (178-F/G-96) collected 10 points and 12 boards. In Norway, Kristin Hannestad (176-SF-97) was the only one with double-digits in scoring - 10 pts. Rosanna Elahi (172-G-95) stopped to 5 points and 6 rebs. Norway will meet Estonia today. Romania will have a day off.



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U16 Finland comes up with another win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 FINLAND - U16 ISRAEL 85-39

Finland jumped to 4-0 record in Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Finland already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals and they will also be the winners of this group. Israel dropped to 1-3, but they still hope to reach the next stage. Israel will have to beat Ukraine today. Finland took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 23-4, 24-10, 16-14, 22-11. Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) shined for Finland with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Emilia Helle (169-PG-96) and Lotta Erakangas (183-F-97) netted 12 points each. In defeat, Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) was better than the others with 15 points. Their second scorer was Eden Porat (176-F-96) with 10. Wednesday is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn. Teams will take a rest on Thursday before the Quarterfinals/Classification Round.

Finland: Tuuli Menna 19+10 boards, Emilia Helle 12, Lotta Erakangas 12
Israel: Noa Zelivanski 15, Eden Porat 10



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U16 Italy is the winner of Qualifying Group F in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 ITALY - U16 FRANCE 55-42

Italy did a great job on Wednesday beating France 55-42 in the last game of the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Thanks to this victory Italy jumped to 4-1 record and won Group F. France dropped to third place with 3-2. Both teams will play in the Quarterfinals and their rivals will be Slovakia (Italy) and Belgium (France). Italy exploded in the second half of the game to take this victory. They made 39-15 for 20 minutes and before that France was 11-points up at the halftime. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) had 15 points and 6 rebounds for Italy. Marzia Tagliamento (179-F-96) was the MVP of the game collecting 14 points and 6 rebs (valuation 11), while Martina Kacerik (179-F-96) helped her team with 9 points and 5 rebs. France got 12 points and 8 rebs from Marie Milapie (191-C-96) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) had 7 points and 9 boards. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.

Italy: Cecilia Zandalasini 15+6 boards, Marzia Tagliamento 14+6 boards, Martina Kacerik 9+5 boards
France: Marie Milapie 12+8 boards, Lisa Berkani 7+9 boards



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Germany keeps UK winless at U16 EuroBasket, Group G - by Eurobasket News

U16 UNITED KINGDOM - U16 GERMANY 42-69

As expected, Germany was too strong for the United Kingdom in Group G of U16 EuroBasket. It was a 69-42 victory and Germany improved to 2-1 record, while at the other side UK dropped to 0-3. Teams in this pool fight for the survival in Division A. They have three more rounds to go, but it is already clear that UK will most likely face with relegation. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) stepped up for Germany with 22 points and 10 rebounds. She reached valuation 17 and was the MVP of this meeting. Maj Vom Hofe (178-SF-96) had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Lisa Janko (184-F-96) added 12 pts and 5 rebs. Leah McDerment (180-PG-96) scored 9 points in defeat. Shanice Norton (170-SG-97), Rhianna-Mae Laing (170-PG-97) and Sadie Russell (186-C-96) stopped to 6 pts each. Championship continues on Friday, when Germany will meet Turkey. UK will play against Serbia.

UK: Leah McDerment 9, Shanice Norton 6, Rhianna-Mae Laing 6, Sadie Russell 6
Germany: Emma lina Stach 22+10 boards, Maj Vom Hofe 16+17 boards, Lisa Janko 12+5 boards



TG Wurzburg add Aniko Hushegyiova and Jocelyn Bailey - by Eurobasket News

TG Wurzburg add Aniko Hushegyiova (185-C-83) and Jocelyn Bailey (182-G) for the upcoming season. They will replace Janet Hatfield (191-C-85) and Erika Horvathova (190-C-86).
Jocelyn Bailey started her career in 2008-2009 for Delaware (NCAA) and averaged 6.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 32.6%, FT: 58.9%. In 2009-2010 for Delaware (NCAA, starting five) her stats read 5.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1spg. In 2010-2011 she improved to 7.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 37.7%, FT: 80.6%, while last season her stats read 4.6ppg, 4.5rpg.
Aniko Hushegyiova is back to the team after the year of absence. The Slovakian Center joined TG maxi dsl Wuerzburg (2.Bundesliga) in 2006 and stayed with the team for 5 years. In 2010-2011 for TG Ladybaskets Wuerzburg (Germany-2.Bundesliga) her stats read 5.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 0.7apg, 0.9bpg, 2FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 0.0%, FT: 38.7%.
Janet Hatfield and Erika Horvathova meanwhile left the team.



Zeis and Groeger stay in Bamberg - by Eurobasket News

Svenja Zeis (178-F) and Katharina Groeger (164-G/F-90) stay in Bamberg for the upcoming season. The German players extended the contracts with the squad.
Svenja Zeis joined the team in 2010-2011. In her first season her stats read 4.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 0.6apg, 0.7spg. In 2011-2012 for DJK Don Bosco Bamberg (2.Bundesliga) she averaged 4.5ppg, 2.6rpg.
Katharina Groeger joined the team last season. In 18 games her stats read 6.6ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 31.9%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 68.3%.
Last season Bamberg toppled Viernheim for the second time in a row and celebrated the South Conference title. TSV Amicitia was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game.
Earlier the team announced Jessica Miller (173-G-88, college: Ill.-Chicago), Petra Oberpaul (180-F-79), Alina Hartmann (182-F-95) and Kathrin Gut (175-G).



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U16 Greece beats U16 Sweden 60-53, both teams fail to advance - by Eurobasket News

U16 GREECE - U16 SWEDEN 60-53

Greece finally registered first win in the Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket. They outplayed Sweden 60-53 to avoid the last place in this pool (1-4). At the other side, Sweden ended this stage winless (0-5) and both teams failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will be transferred to Classification Games from 9th-12th place. Greece had wonderful beginning as they made 11-point lead in the first ten minutes, but Sweden answered with 9-20 after that. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting and Greece won it by 15 (21-6). Later they managed to keep the lead for rest of the way, despite Sweden seriously threatened few times. Maria Goula (178-G/F-96) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Eleanna Christinaki (181-G-96) helped with 13 points, plus 5 rebs. Kleanthi Oikonomaki (182-F-96) followed them with 7 points and 14 rebs. In Sweden, Sigrid Sandstrom (177-G-96) collected 14 pts and 7 rebs, and Anna Lundqvist (176-G-96) scored 12 pts. Their third scorer was Rebecka Garderyd (173-PG-96) with 7 points. Teams will take a rest on Thursday.

Greece: Maria Goula 16, Eleanna Christinaki 13+5 boards, Kleanthi Oikonomaki 7+14 boards
Sweden: Sigrid Sandstrom 14+7 boards, Anna Lundqvist 12, Rebecka Garderyd 7



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U16 Croatia wins against U16 Holland 62-54, both teams fail to advance - by Eurobasket News

U16 HOLLAND - U16 CROATIA 54-62

Croatia registered its first win in the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. However, it came too late. Croatia outplayed Holland 62-54 and it was enough only to avoid the last place in Group F. Both teams ended this phase with 1-4 record (Croatia No.5, Holland No.6) and failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will be transferred to Classification Games from 9th-13th place. Holland had 3-point lead after 3 quarters, but Croatia totally took control on them during the last ten minutes. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) and her teammates created 20-9 in the last period to take 8-point win at the end. Quarters: 16-14, 9-16, 20-12, 9-20. Slonjsak led her country in scoring with 16 points (9 rebs). Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) added 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Patricia Bura (185-C-96) collected 15 points and 10 rebs. Bura was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. In defeat, Esther Fokke (180-PF-96) collected 16 points and 8 rebs. Janis Ndiba (185-PF-97) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Eveline Kallenberg (170-PG-97) followed with 11 pts and 7 rebs. Championship continues on Friday. Croatia will meet Sweden, while Holland will play against Greece.

Holland: Esther Fokke 16+8 boards, Janis Ndiba 12+6 boards, Eveline Kallenberg 11+7 boards
Croatia: Iva Slonjsak 16+9 boards, Anita Kelava 14+16 boards, Patricia Bura 15+10 boards



Big acquisitions in Holland - by Bas Hendriks

Two of the National top teams in the country announced major acquisitions for next season. The Dutch eredivisie promises to be a highly competitive league in which only six teams will participate,but all teams figure to make a run at the title.

First big acquisitions came from Den Helder. The National Champion of many years had a difficult time last season, playing without a name sponsor and finishing in the lower ranks. For next year they have a new Sponsor in Dosy, Along with this improvement of the financial situation home town hero Maaike Klein (177-G-90) returns to the team where she won Rookie of the Year honours some seasons ago. The 22 year old international was with Carmelitos Ourense last year and previously had international stints in Slovenia and Israel.

Another very skilled young perimeter star from Holland was announced by Challenge Sport Binnenland Rotterdam. Zera Butter, who had hopes of a foreign deal but failed her tests at school was one of the premier scorers in last years league , comes from CTO Amsterdam. The pairing of poinguard Butter with power forward Leonie Kooij in Rotterdam makes the team an instant contender.



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Hungary better than Slovakia 59-37 at U16 EuroBasket, takes 3rd place in Group E - by Eurobasket News

U16 HUNGARY - U16 SLOVAKIA 59-37

Hungary outplayed Slovakia 59-37 for third place in the Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Both teams had 2-2 record before this meeting and both advanced to the Quarterfinals. Hungary ended as No.3 in this pool, while Slovakia is the 4th ranked team. Their rivals in the QFinals will be Spain and Italy, respectively. Debora Dubei (180-SF-97) paced Hungary with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Timea Toth (184-PF-97) had 10 points and 5 boards, and Eniko Kuttor (183-PF-97) helped with 8 pts, plus 10 rebounds. Slovakia got 12 points from Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97). Karin Miksadova (179-SF-96) and Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) posted 7 and 6 pts respectively. Hungary took control on its rival in the second period. They were 5-points up at the halftime and jumped to plus 14 with ten minutes to go. Slovakia was not able to replay and later faced with 22-point loss. Quarters: 10-13, 15-7, 16-7, 18-10. Teams will take a rest on Thursday.

Hungary: Debora Dubei 11+8 boards, Timea Toth 10+5 boards, Eniko Kuttor 8+10 boards
Slovakia: Veronika Remenarova 12, Karin Miksadova 7, Kristina Matuskova 6



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Agust Jensson takes over as coach for Fjolnir - by Snorri Arnaldsson

Fjolnir Reykjavik has hired Agust Jensson as a coach for the Dominos league womens team. This will be the first top league job for Agust, who has previously coached youth teams at Fjolnir Reykjavik. Bragi Magnusson who coached the team last season quit in June and has been linked to other coaching jobs, none of which are confirmed as of yet. Fjolnir Reykjavik managed to stay clear of relegation and finished in seventh place, which they will be looking to improve upon in this coming season.


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U16 Finland comes up with another win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 FINLAND - U16 ISRAEL 85-39

Finland jumped to 4-0 record in Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Finland already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals and they will also be the winners of this group. Israel dropped to 1-3, but they still hope to reach the next stage. Israel will have to beat Ukraine today. Finland took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 23-4, 24-10, 16-14, 22-11. Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) shined for Finland with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Emilia Helle (169-PG-96) and Lotta Erakangas (183-F-97) netted 12 points each. In defeat, Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) was better than the others with 15 points. Their second scorer was Eden Porat (176-F-96) with 10. Wednesday is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn. Teams will take a rest on Thursday before the Quarterfinals/Classification Round.

Finland: Tuuli Menna 19+10 boards, Emilia Helle 12, Lotta Erakangas 12
Israel: Noa Zelivanski 15, Eden Porat 10



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U16 Italy is the winner of Qualifying Group F in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 ITALY - U16 FRANCE 55-42

Italy did a great job on Wednesday beating France 55-42 in the last game of the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Thanks to this victory Italy jumped to 4-1 record and won Group F. France dropped to third place with 3-2. Both teams will play in the Quarterfinals and their rivals will be Slovakia (Italy) and Belgium (France). Italy exploded in the second half of the game to take this victory. They made 39-15 for 20 minutes and before that France was 11-points up at the halftime. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) had 15 points and 6 rebounds for Italy. Marzia Tagliamento (179-F-96) was the MVP of the game collecting 14 points and 6 rebs (valuation 11), while Martina Kacerik (179-F-96) helped her team with 9 points and 5 rebs. France got 12 points and 8 rebs from Marie Milapie (191-C-96) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) had 7 points and 9 boards. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.

Italy: Cecilia Zandalasini 15+6 boards, Marzia Tagliamento 14+6 boards, Martina Kacerik 9+5 boards
France: Marie Milapie 12+8 boards, Lisa Berkani 7+9 boards



Klaudia Lukacovicova signs with Faenza - by Eurobasket News

Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) signs with Faenza for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, Italian squad Club Atletio Faenza has announced the signing of 21 year old Slovak center Klaudia Lukacovicova.
In 2007-2008 she started for MBK Ruzomberok (Extraliga) and in EuroCup averaged 4.9ppg, 3.6rpg. In 2008-2009 for MBK Ruzomberok (Extraliga) she showed 5.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5spg in EuroCup, while in Slovakian League had 7.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0spg, FGP: 43.2%, FT: 71.2%.
In 2009-2010 for MBK Ruzomberok (Extraliga, starting five) and in EuroCup her stats read 12.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.4spg, 1.9bpg, FGP: 46.3%, FT: 68.4%. In Slovakian League after 38 games she had 8.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.8spg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 29.7%, 3PT-1 (50.0%), FT: 70.0%.
In her last season for MBK Ruzomberok (Extraliga, starting five) she averaged 13.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.5%, FT: 81.3% in EuroCup and in Slovakian League had 10.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 65.6%.
In 2011-2012 moved to C.U.S. Cagliari (Italy-A1, starting five) and in 26 games had 7.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8spg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 76.9%.



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U16 Poland beats U16 Latvia 64-60, jumps to 4-0 in Group F - by Eurobasket News

U16 POLAND - U16 LATVIA 64-60

Poland celebrated 64-60 win against Latvia in the second game of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn. Thanks to this win Poland jumped to 4-0 record in Group F and already secured a spot for the Quarterfinals. Today, Poland will meet Slovenia in a game for first place in this pool. Latvia slipped to 2-2 after this loss, but still has a good chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Luxembourg today. Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96) was a key player in Poland with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Patrycja Klatt (171-G-96) scored 11 points and Jowita Ossowska (180-F/C-96) added 8. Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) answered with 22 points and 8 boards in defeat. Marta Bergmane (178-PG-96) scored 13 and Paula Luke (185-C-96) had 8 pts, plus 5 rebs. Poland was up by 12 during the last period, but Latvia came to minus 3 in the finish and missed twice from behind the arc after that. Klatt was sent to the line with 3 seconds remaining and he made the second attempt for the final score 64-60. Quarters: 18-21, 16-9, 18-9, 12-21. Today is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn.

Poland: Karolina Pobozy 22+10 boards, Patrycja Klatt 11, Jowita Ossowska 8
Latvia: Kitija Laksa 22+8 boards, Marta Bergmane 13, Paula Luke 8+5 boards



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U16 Portugal secures ticket for Quarterfinals in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 PORTUGAL - U16 LITHUANIA 46-44

Portugal secured a ticket for the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They grabbed 46-44 thriller win against Lithuania for 3-1 record in Group E. It will most likely be enough for the second place in this pool. At the other side, Lithuania dropped to 2-2 and they have good chance to reach the next stage. Everything will be clear today. Simone Costa (176-G-96) paced Portugal to victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) had 10 points and 13 rebs, while Ana Moniz (170-SG-96) added 6 pts and 6 boards. In Lithuania, Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) collected 22 pts and 10 boards, while Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) netted 9 pts. It was 45-44 for Portugal with 10 seconds to go, when Juskaite missed a jump shot for Lithuania. Bernardeco made one free throw at the other side to seal the victory for Portugal. In the last day of the Qualifying Round, Portugal will play against Denmark. Lithuania will meet top ranked Finland.

Portugal: Simone Costa 15+6 boards, Maria Kostourkova 10+13 boards, Ana Moniz 6+6 boards
Lithuania: Laura Juskaite 22+10 boards, Agne Cerneckyte 9



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U16 Luxembourg keeps Quarterfinals hopes alive - by Eurobasket News

U16 BELARUS - U16 LUXEMBOURG 69-85

Luxembourg celebrated first win in the Qualifying Group F of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Luxembourg improved to 1-3 in this pool and now has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. In order to do it, they will have to beat Latvia. Belarus dropped to 0-4 in this pool with no chance to advance. Luxembourg won every single quarter of this game and was constantly in charge (18-22, 15-18, 11-19, 25-26). Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) stepped up for the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds. She reached valuation 29 and was the MVP of this meeting. Mia Pauly (176-F-96) had 12 points and 7 rebs, while Anouk Frieden (165-PG-96) netted 9 pts. In Belarus, Dziyana Sizonava (175-SF-96) scored 18 points and Hanna Brych (183-C-97) had 14 pts, plus 7 rebs. Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-PG-97) delivered 12 points in this loss. Qualifying Round will end today.

Belarus: Dziyana Sizonava 18, Hanna Brych 14+7 boards, Anastasiya Sushchyk 12
Luxembourg: Lisa Jablonowski 26+10 boards, Mia Pauly 12+7 boards, Anouk Frieden 9



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U16 Romania wins the first game in Group G - by Eurobasket News

U16 ROMANIA - U16 NORWAY 85-33

Romania celebrated its first win in Group G of U16 EuroBasket Division B. Teams in this group fight for 13th place in Tallinn. Romania has 1-1 record now, while Norway failed in its first appearance and has 0-1. Romania stopped its rival to just 5 points for the entire first quarter, while they drained 30 at the other side. At the halftime Romania was already 37 points up. All after that was just the formality. Quarters: 30-5, 19-7, 16-13, 20-8. Birgitte Steiner (177-SF-96) came up with 22 points for the winners and Kincso Kelemen (166-PG-96) had 14 points, plus 7 rebounds. Paula Lenart (178-F/G-96) collected 10 points and 12 boards. In Norway, Kristin Hannestad (176-SF-97) was the only one with double-digits in scoring - 10 pts. Rosanna Elahi (172-G-95) stopped to 5 points and 6 rebs. Norway will meet Estonia today. Romania will have a day off.

Romania: Birgitte Steiner 22, Kincso Kelemen 14+7 boards, Paula Lenart 10+12 boards
Norway: Kristin Hannestad 10, Rosanna Elahi 5+6 boards



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U16 Poland beats U16 Latvia 64-60, jumps to 4-0 in Group F - by Eurobasket News

U16 POLAND - U16 LATVIA 64-60

Poland celebrated 64-60 win against Latvia in the second game of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn. Thanks to this win Poland jumped to 4-0 record in Group F and already secured a spot for the Quarterfinals. Today, Poland will meet Slovenia in a game for first place in this pool. Latvia slipped to 2-2 after this loss, but still has a good chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Luxembourg today. Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96) was a key player in Poland with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Patrycja Klatt (171-G-96) scored 11 points and Jowita Ossowska (180-F/C-96) added 8. Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) answered with 22 points and 8 boards in defeat. Marta Bergmane (178-PG-96) scored 13 and Paula Luke (185-C-96) had 8 pts, plus 5 rebs. Poland was up by 12 during the last period, but Latvia came to minus 3 in the finish and missed twice from behind the arc after that. Klatt was sent to the line with 3 seconds remaining and he made the second attempt for the final score 64-60. Quarters: 18-21, 16-9, 18-9, 12-21. Today is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn.

Poland: Karolina Pobozy 22+10 boards, Patrycja Klatt 11, Jowita Ossowska 8
Latvia: Kitija Laksa 22+8 boards, Marta Bergmane 13, Paula Luke 8+5 boards



American Sydney Colson stays with Pruszkow - by Eurobasket News

American Sydney Colson (172-PG-89, college: Texas A&M) stays with Pruszkow for the upcoming season. The player will come to the second season in Poland.
In October 20111 Sydney Colson arrived for Lider Pruszkow and debuted with 2 points in 21 minutes. The American Guard debuted also in Europe. In 2011-2012 for Matizol Lider Pruszkow (Poland-PLKK, starting five) her stats read 9.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 70.7%.
In 2007-2008 she started for Texas A&M (NCAA) and in 37 games averaged 3.2ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg. In her last season there Sydney improved to 8.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 6.1apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 39.8%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 73.4%. In 2011 she was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA, 2rd (16), but last summer played for New York Liberty (WNBA).
Wisla Can-Pak however upset Sydney Colson's debut. They beat 6th ranked Lider Pruszkow in Krakow 61:53.
In 2011 she became Big 12 Tournament Finalist, Big 12 Regular Season Runner-Up -11 and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention -11. Moreover she was NCAA Champion -11.



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U16 Portugal secures ticket for Quarterfinals in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 PORTUGAL - U16 LITHUANIA 46-44

Portugal secured a ticket for the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They grabbed 46-44 thriller win against Lithuania for 3-1 record in Group E. It will most likely be enough for the second place in this pool. At the other side, Lithuania dropped to 2-2 and they have good chance to reach the next stage. Everything will be clear today. Simone Costa (176-G-96) paced Portugal to victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) had 10 points and 13 rebs, while Ana Moniz (170-SG-96) added 6 pts and 6 boards. In Lithuania, Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) collected 22 pts and 10 boards, while Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) netted 9 pts. It was 45-44 for Portugal with 10 seconds to go, when Juskaite missed a jump shot for Lithuania. Bernardeco made one free throw at the other side to seal the victory for Portugal. In the last day of the Qualifying Round, Portugal will play against Denmark. Lithuania will meet top ranked Finland.

Portugal: Simone Costa 15+6 boards, Maria Kostourkova 10+13 boards, Ana Moniz 6+6 boards
Lithuania: Laura Juskaite 22+10 boards, Agne Cerneckyte 9



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U16 Romania wins the first game in Group G - by Eurobasket News

U16 ROMANIA - U16 NORWAY 85-33

Romania celebrated its first win in Group G of U16 EuroBasket Division B. Teams in this group fight for 13th place in Tallinn. Romania has 1-1 record now, while Norway failed in its first appearance and has 0-1. Romania stopped its rival to just 5 points for the entire first quarter, while they drained 30 at the other side. At the halftime Romania was already 37 points up. All after that was just the formality. Quarters: 30-5, 19-7, 16-13, 20-8. Birgitte Steiner (177-SF-96) came up with 22 points for the winners and Kincso Kelemen (166-PG-96) had 14 points, plus 7 rebounds. Paula Lenart (178-F/G-96) collected 10 points and 12 boards. In Norway, Kristin Hannestad (176-SF-97) was the only one with double-digits in scoring - 10 pts. Rosanna Elahi (172-G-95) stopped to 5 points and 6 rebs. Norway will meet Estonia today. Romania will have a day off.

Romania: Birgitte Steiner 22, Kincso Kelemen 14+7 boards, Paula Lenart 10+12 boards
Norway: Kristin Hannestad 10, Rosanna Elahi 5+6 boards



Targoviste complete the 2012/2013 roster - by Eurobasket News

Targoviste complete the 2012/2013 roster adding few more loud names to the team. According to http://baskettgv.ro the squad announced Serbian guard Maja Miljkovic (175-G-88, agency: LBM Management), American guard Natalie Novosel (180-G-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Notre Dame), Swedish guard Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) and American forward Jillian Robbins (185-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Tulsa).
Natalie Novosel spent four seasons with Notre Dame (NCAA) and last season averaged 15.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 82.9%. In 2012 she was drafted by Atlanta Dream (WNBA, 1rd (8) (traded to Washington Mystics).
Chioma Nnamaka started the season 2011-2012 for KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. (Poland-PLKK, starting five) and in 14 games averaged 8.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 75.0%. In Feb.'12 moved to Sallen (Sweden-Damligan, starting five) and showed 12.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 39.8%, 3PT-1 (51.4%), FT: 84.6%.
Maja Miljkovic started the season 2011-2012 for ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd (Serbia-A League) and in Adriatic League had 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg. Later moved to Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (France-LFB) and in French League showed 4.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.4apg. In Euroleague after 11 games her stats read 7.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 71.4%.
Jillian Robbins appeared for Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (France-LFB, starting five) last season but in Oct.'11 moved to Samsun Basketbol (Turkey-TKBL, starting five). In 25 games she averaged high 16.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-3 (2.1spg), FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 49.6%.



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U16 Russia wins Qualifying Group E in Miskolc, U16 Belgium is No.2 - by Eurobasket News

U16 RUSSIA - U16 BELGIUM 57-44

Russia is the winner of the Qualifying Group E in Miskolc. They handed 57-44 loss to Belgium ending this phase with perfect 5-0. Belgium finished as the second ranked team with 4-1. Both countries advanced to the Quarterfinals, which start on Friday. Russia will meet Czech Republic, while Belgium will play against France. Russia was 7-points up at the halftime, but Belgium came to minus five with 10 minutes to go. It was 41-39 for Russia at the beginning of the last quarter, after what they made crucial 10-3 run to secure the victory in this meeting. Anastasia Borovykh (173-SG-96) led Russia with 13 points and Zhosselina Maiga (193-C-96) added 12 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Svetlana Boykova (181-SF-96) helped her country with double-double of 11 points and 12 boards. In defeat, Kyara Linskens (189-C-96) shined with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) and Phebe Raman (185-C-96) delivered 9 and 8 points respectively.

Russia: Anastasia Borovykh 13, Zhosselina Maiga 12+5 boards, Svetlana Boykova 11+12 boards
Belgium: Kyara Linskens 14+10 boards, Julie Allemand 9, Phebe Raman 8



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U16 Serbia wins second game in group for the survival - by Eurobasket News

U16 TURKEY - U16 SERBIA 61-70

Serbia celebrated its second win in Group G of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They outgunned Turkey 70-61 for 2-1 record in this pool. Turkey was undefeated before this meeting and they also have 2-1 score now. Germany is another team with the same numbers and it seems these three countries with fight for the survival in Division A until the end. Serbia made 12-point lead at the halftime and jumped to plus 23 with then minutes to go. Turkey shined in the last period (25-11), but it was too late for them. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) was the leading player in Serbia once again. This time she had 23 points and 8 rebounds, including perfect 4/4 from behind the arc. Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) collected 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Aleksandra Katanic (172-PG-97) helped with double-double of 11 points and 11 rebs. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) delivered 20 points in defeat and Melis Gulcan (180-G-96) added 18 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) had 12 pts and same number of boards in this meeting. On Friday, Serbia will meet the last ranked UK. Turkey will play against Germany.

Turkey: Serife Onar 20, Melis Gulcan 18+5 boards, Selale Kepenc 12
Serbia: Aleksandra Crvendakic 23+8 boards, Zeljka Petkovic 12+7 boards, Aleksandra Katanic 11+11 boards



Tijana Krivacevic signs with Good Angels - by Tamara Ruzic

Tijana Krivacevic (194-F/C-90) will continue her career in Slovakian club Good Angles. She arrives to the club from the Spanish team Rivas Ecopolis. Krivacevic signed with Rivas in December averaging 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds for 16 games in LFB. The center/forward started last season with Hungarian squad UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron. There she had 9.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 9 Euroleague games. In Hungarian championship she collected 9.7 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Tijana Krivacevic played for the Sopron team from 2008. Before that, she was a member of MiZo Pecs. Krivacevic won two Hungarian league titles in her career. She is Serbian, but she played for Hungarian U16, U18, U20 and Senior National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 averaging 11.6 points and 6 rebounds for 8 games



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Good Angels land Serbian F Tijana Krivacevic - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels announced signing of Serbian forward Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) for the next season. She arrives to the club from the Spanish team Rivas Ecopolis. Krivacevic signed with Rivas in December and averaged 5.6 points, plus 2.8 rebounds for 16 games in LFB. The forward started last season with Hungarian squad UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron. There she had 9.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 9 Euroleague games. In domestic championship she collected 9.7 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Tijana Krivacevic played for the Sopron team from 2008. Before that, she was a member of MiZo Pecs. Krivacevic won two Hungarian league titles in her career. She also played for the Hungarian National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 averaging 11.6 points and 6 rebounds for 8 games.


Hungary better than Slovakia 59-37 at U16 EuroBasket, takes 3rd place in Group E - by Eurobasket News

U16 HUNGARY - U16 SLOVAKIA 59-37

Hungary outplayed Slovakia 59-37 for third place in the Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Both teams had 2-2 record before this meeting and both advanced to the Quarterfinals. Hungary ended as No.3 in this pool, while Slovakia is the 4th ranked team. Their rivals in the QFinals will be Spain and Italy, respectively. Debora Dubei (180-SF-97) paced Hungary with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Timea Toth (184-PF-97) had 10 points and 5 boards, and Eniko Kuttor (183-PF-97) helped with 8 pts, plus 10 rebounds. Slovakia got 12 points from Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97). Karin Miksadova (179-SF-96) and Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) posted 7 and 6 pts respectively. Hungary took control on its rival in the second period. They were 5-points up at the halftime and jumped to plus 14 with ten minutes to go. Slovakia was not able to replay and later faced with 22-point loss. Quarters: 10-13, 15-7, 16-7, 18-10. Teams will take a rest on Thursday.

Hungary: Debora Dubei 11+8 boards, Timea Toth 10+5 boards, Eniko Kuttor 8+10 boards
Slovakia: Veronika Remenarova 12, Karin Miksadova 7, Kristina Matuskova 6



Iveta Bielikova assistant coach in MBK Ruzomberok - by Barbora Stuchlikova

Former longstanding player of Ruzomberok, Iveta Bielikova (171-G-66) after almost 10 years returns to Ruzomberok - this time as an assistant coach of Stefan Svitek .
Iveta Bielikova as a captain led Ruzomberok towards two EuroLeague titles in 1999 and 2000. In 2003 she was forced to leave Ruzomberok and moved to Lotos Gdynia, later UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron, Delta Kosice and closed her professional career at Siemens Poprad.
She was also a member of Czechoslovak and Slovak NT and participated in Olympics in 1992. With Slovak NT she won silver medals at Eutobasket 1997. In 2006 she retired from basketball and focused on coaching. Iveta Bielikova started as an assistant coach in Viktoria Kosice and later during the season became a head coach of the team. She has also experiences with coaching young players. Now after almost 10 years she returns back to senior basketball in Ruzomberok in position of an assistant coach.



Klaudia Lukacovicova signs with Faenza - by Eurobasket News

Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) signs with Faenza for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, Italian squad Club Atletio Faenza has announced the signing of 21 year old Slovak center Klaudia Lukacovicova.
In 2007-2008 she started for MBK Ruzomberok (Extraliga) and in EuroCup averaged 4.9ppg, 3.6rpg. In 2008-2009 for MBK Ruzomberok (Extraliga) she showed 5.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5spg in EuroCup, while in Slovakian League had 7.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0spg, FGP: 43.2%, FT: 71.2%.
In 2009-2010 for MBK Ruzomberok (Extraliga, starting five) and in EuroCup her stats read 12.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.4spg, 1.9bpg, FGP: 46.3%, FT: 68.4%. In Slovakian League after 38 games she had 8.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.8spg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 29.7%, 3PT-1 (50.0%), FT: 70.0%.
In her last season for MBK Ruzomberok (Extraliga, starting five) she averaged 13.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.5%, FT: 81.3% in EuroCup and in Slovakian League had 10.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 65.6%.
In 2011-2012 moved to C.U.S. Cagliari (Italy-A1, starting five) and in 26 games had 7.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8spg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 76.9%.



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U16 Bulgaria hands first loss to U16 Slovenia in Group F - by Eurobasket News

U16 BULGARIA - U16 SLOVENIA 56-52

Bulgaria did a great job against Slovenia on Tuesday celebrating 56-52 victory. Now Bulgarians have 2-2 record in Qualifying Group F in Tallinn and have a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. They will have to beat last ranked Belarus today. Slovenia already advanced to the next stage, despite this loss. They have 3-1 record now and will meet Poland today in the battle for the first place in this pool. Bulgaria was up 50-35 after 30 minutes of play and Slovenia shined in the finish coming to minus 3, but it was all from them in this meeting. Quarters: 14-17, 15-8, 21-10, 6-17. Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) paced the winning squad with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) scored 14 points and Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) added 8 points, plus 13 rebs. Slovenia got 13 pts and 9 rebs from Manca Jelenc (172-PG-96). Zala Lesek (187-F-97) (10 rebs) and Marusa Senicar (181-SF-97) (8 rebs) netted 7 points each.

Bulgaria: Borislava Hristova 24+8 boards, Teodora Dineva 14, Maria Kamburova 8+13 boards
Slovenia: Manca Jelenc 13+9 boards, Zala Lesek 7+10 boards, Marusa Senicar 7+8 boards



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U16 Spain explodes in Q4 to beat U16 Czech Republic 63-55 - by Eurobasket News

U16 CZECH REPUBLIC - U16 SPAIN 55-63

Spain handed 63-55 loss to Czech Republic in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Miskolc. Thanks to this win Spain finished as the second ranked team of Group F with almost perfect 4-1 record. Czech Republic ended as No.4 with 2-3 and both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals. There, Spain will meet Hungary, while Czech Republic will play against Russia. All QFinals games are scheduled for Friday. Spain had amazing last quarter to take the victory in this meeting. They were down by 15 with ten minutes to go, but didn't give up and limited its rival to just 5 points for the entire Q4. At the other side, Spain drained impressive 28 pts and celebrated 63-55 win at the end. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) stepped up for Spain with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Laia Flores (170-SF-96) scored 15 points, while Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) (7 rebs) and Elena Capella (171-G-96) posted 8 pts each. Czech Republic did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their leading player was Aneta Mainclova (191-C-96) with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Eva Mouckova (160-SG-96) scored 7 points, while Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) (9 rebs) and Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) (7 rebs) netted 6 pts each. Quarters: 15-4, 14-18, 21-13, 5-28.

Czech Republic: Aneta Mainclova 8+6 boards, Eva Mouckova 7, Gabriela Andelova 6+9 boards, Sarah Berankova 7+6 boards
Spain: Angela Salvadores 22+6 boards, Laia Flores 15, Laura Quevedo 8+7 boards, Elena Capella 8



Lucas Mondelo takes the helm at Shanxi Xing Rui Flame - by Eurobasket News

Lucas Mondelo takes the helm at Shanxi Xing Rui Flamefor the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com Shanxi Xing Rui Flame have signed Spaniards Lucas Mondelo and Cesar Ruperez to their coaching staff.
Recently Lucas Mondelo took the helm of the Spanish National Team. In 2011 the Spanish Coach shocked Europe with Euroleague Champion -11, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Coach of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year -11, Spanish LFB Cup Semifinals -11, Spanish LFB Supercup Winner -11, Spanish LFB Regular Season Champion -11 and Spanish LFB Champion -11.
Another reason for bringing Lucas Mondelo to the National team was the horrible game of the national team at Eurobasket 2011. Croatia grabbed 75-71 victory against Spain in do-or-die game for both teams. It was the biggest surprise so far at the EuroBasket in Poland. Thanks to this win Croatia ended as No.4 in Group F (2-3) and booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Spain failed to reach the next stage as they ended as No.5 (2-3).



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U16 Greece beats U16 Sweden 60-53, both teams fail to advance - by Eurobasket News

U16 GREECE - U16 SWEDEN 60-53

Greece finally registered first win in the Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket. They outplayed Sweden 60-53 to avoid the last place in this pool (1-4). At the other side, Sweden ended this stage winless (0-5) and both teams failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will be transferred to Classification Games from 9th-12th place. Greece had wonderful beginning as they made 11-point lead in the first ten minutes, but Sweden answered with 9-20 after that. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting and Greece won it by 15 (21-6). Later they managed to keep the lead for rest of the way, despite Sweden seriously threatened few times. Maria Goula (178-G/F-96) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Eleanna Christinaki (181-G-96) helped with 13 points, plus 5 rebs. Kleanthi Oikonomaki (182-F-96) followed them with 7 points and 14 rebs. In Sweden, Sigrid Sandstrom (177-G-96) collected 14 pts and 7 rebs, and Anna Lundqvist (176-G-96) scored 12 pts. Their third scorer was Rebecka Garderyd (173-PG-96) with 7 points. Teams will take a rest on Thursday.

Greece: Maria Goula 16, Eleanna Christinaki 13+5 boards, Kleanthi Oikonomaki 7+14 boards
Sweden: Sigrid Sandstrom 14+7 boards, Anna Lundqvist 12, Rebecka Garderyd 7



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TBB2L Stats Leaders - by Greg

TKB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lester, Mersin 24.1
2 Cain, Gure 19.3
3 Isbirakmaz, Andalou 19.3
4 Mohammed, Edermit 19.0
5 Skibbe, Burhan. 18.5
5 Kolayli, Koaceli 18.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Lester, Mersin 15.3
2 Cain, Gure 14.8
3 Mohammed, Edermit 14.5
4 Monroe, Cankaya 13.9
5 Alexander, Orduspor 13.6
Assists Per Game
1 Salter, Zeytinli 6.0
2 Tongar, Orduspor 5.2
3 Atila, Izmir BSB 5.1
4 Usal, Genclik 4.6
5 Uykan, Nesibe 4.4
5 Topdemir, Nallihan 4.4


U16 Serbia wins second game in group for the survival - by Eurobasket News

U16 TURKEY - U16 SERBIA 61-70

Serbia celebrated its second win in Group G of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They outgunned Turkey 70-61 for 2-1 record in this pool. Turkey was undefeated before this meeting and they also have 2-1 score now. Germany is another team with the same numbers and it seems these three countries with fight for the survival in Division A until the end. Serbia made 12-point lead at the halftime and jumped to plus 23 with then minutes to go. Turkey shined in the last period (25-11), but it was too late for them. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) was the leading player in Serbia once again. This time she had 23 points and 8 rebounds, including perfect 4/4 from behind the arc. Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) collected 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Aleksandra Katanic (172-PG-97) helped with double-double of 11 points and 11 rebs. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) delivered 20 points in defeat and Melis Gulcan (180-G-96) added 18 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) had 12 pts and same number of boards in this meeting. On Friday, Serbia will meet the last ranked UK. Turkey will play against Germany.

Turkey: Serife Onar 20, Melis Gulcan 18+5 boards, Selale Kepenc 12
Serbia: Aleksandra Crvendakic 23+8 boards, Zeljka Petkovic 12+7 boards, Aleksandra Katanic 11+11 boards



Mersin returns former player Bahar Ozturk (Barbara Ree Turner) - by Eurobasket News

Mersin penned a one-year deal with Bahar Ozturk (183-G/F-84, college: Connecticut) (Barbara Ree Turner). She already played for the club in 2009/10 averaging 14.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists for 25 games. Ozturk spent last two seasons with Kayseri. In the latest one she helped Kayseri to reach the EuroCup Finals. She had 9.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.6 apg in 14 games in this competition. The player also added 10.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 3.4 apg for 28 games in Turkey. There, Kayseri reached Semifinals. Before Kayseri and Mersin, Bahar Ozturk was a member of Tarsus and WNBA team Connecticut Sun. In 2007/08 she played for the Croatian squad Jolly JBS Sibenik and year before that she won the Turkish league title and Cup with Fenerbahce. Ozturk also has experience from Houston Comets, Seattle Storm and Maccabi Ramat Hen.


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U16 Ukraine improves to 2-2 in Qualifying Group E - by Eurobasket News

U16 DENMARK - U16 UKRAINE 53-70

Ukraine celebrated 70-53 win against Denmark for 2-2 record in Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket Division B. Ukraine now has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. They will need to beat Israel today. At the other side, Denmark dropped to 0-4 in this pool with no chance to advance. Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) led the winners with 25 points. Olga Yatskovets (181-C-97) had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Alina Batkovska (171-PG-96) helped with 14 pts. In defeat, Sarah Mortensen (182-F-97) shined with double-double of 22 points and 17 rebs. Enna Pehadzic (176-G/F-97) followed her with 21 pts and 13 rebs. Ukraine was 9 points up at the halftime and extended its lead even more during the last ten minutes of the game. Quarters: 16-19, 14-20, 10-10, 13-21. Wednesday is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn.

Denmark: Sarah Mortensen 22+17 boards, Enna Pehadzic 21+13 boards
Ukraine: Vita Gorobets 25, Olga Yatskovets 18+11 boards, Alina Batkovska 14



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Germany keeps UK winless at U16 EuroBasket, Group G - by Eurobasket News

U16 UNITED KINGDOM - U16 GERMANY 42-69

As expected, Germany was too strong for the United Kingdom in Group G of U16 EuroBasket. It was a 69-42 victory and Germany improved to 2-1 record, while at the other side UK dropped to 0-3. Teams in this pool fight for the survival in Division A. They have three more rounds to go, but it is already clear that UK will most likely face with relegation. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) stepped up for Germany with 22 points and 10 rebounds. She reached valuation 17 and was the MVP of this meeting. Maj Vom Hofe (178-SF-96) had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Lisa Janko (184-F-96) added 12 pts and 5 rebs. Leah McDerment (180-PG-96) scored 9 points in defeat. Shanice Norton (170-SG-97), Rhianna-Mae Laing (170-PG-97) and Sadie Russell (186-C-96) stopped to 6 pts each. Championship continues on Friday, when Germany will meet Turkey. UK will play against Serbia.

UK: Leah McDerment 9, Shanice Norton 6, Rhianna-Mae Laing 6, Sadie Russell 6
Germany: Emma lina Stach 22+10 boards, Maj Vom Hofe 16+17 boards, Lisa Janko 12+5 boards



USA fire past Great Britain in Manchester - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - USA 63:88

USA and Great Britain played an exhibition encounter at the MEN Arena in Manchester. The North American team proved the strength claiming a 26-point win at the end. Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) accounted for 18 points and 6 boards to pace the USA.
USA and Great Britain stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The visitors eked out a 25:21 lead after ten minutes of action. But the USA went on an 11:0 run in the second quarter to clear off. Maya Moore accounted for 15 points in the first half to ensure a 47:32 halftime lead. USA stayed in charge throughout the third term. They knocked down 26 points to boost the gap to as many as 22 points with one quarter remaining. Great Britain managed just 12 points in the fourth quarter allowing the USA to clinch the victory at the end. Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) accounted for 13 points, while Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84, college: LSU), Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) and Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 8 points each for the winners. Johannah Leedham (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) answered with game-high 21 points for Great Britain. Stefanie Collins (5'9''-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) netted 14 points in the loss.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 21, Stefanie Collins 14
USA: Maya Moore 18, Lindsay Whalen 13, Seimone Augustus 8, Sylvia Fowles 8, Candace Parker 8



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USA fire past Great Britain in Manchester - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - USA 63:88

USA and Great Britain played an exhibition encounter at the MEN Arena in Manchester. The North American team proved the strength claiming a 26-point win at the end. Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) accounted for 18 points and 6 boards to pace the USA.
USA and Great Britain stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The visitors eked out a 25:21 lead after ten minutes of action. But the USA went on an 11:0 run in the second quarter to clear off. Maya Moore accounted for 15 points in the first half to ensure a 47:32 halftime lead. USA stayed in charge throughout the third term. They knocked down 26 points to boost the gap to as many as 22 points with one quarter remaining. Great Britain managed just 12 points in the fourth quarter allowing the USA to clinch the victory at the end. Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) accounted for 13 points, while Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84, college: LSU), Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) and Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 8 points each for the winners. Johannah Leedham (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) answered with game-high 21 points for Great Britain. Stefanie Collins (5'9''-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) netted 14 points in the loss.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 21, Stefanie Collins 14
USA: Maya Moore 18, Lindsay Whalen 13, Seimone Augustus 8, Sylvia Fowles 8, Candace Parker 8