EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/22/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ACPBL   



Champs gearing up for a repeat - by Justin Moore

For all pro level players, recent post-college players, agents & scouts...details of date (s), time, and cost will be posted soon for Beltway Bombers Pro Basketball Team pre-training camp showcase open audition, to evaluate new talent of players to add to roster. Bombers are in preparation to defend their APBL {American Professional Basketball League} Championship...formerly known as the ACPBL, which is now under the umbrella of the newly formed Federation of American Professional Basketball (FAPB).

The Beltway Bombers based out of Maryland, have one of the most complete and talented roster of pros in the country, including the league's premiere player, former League MVP, APBL All-Star, APBL Final 4/Championship All-Tournament, and APBL 1st- Team Swing G, Hugh Jones (6'5''-G/F-80), APBL Defensive Player of the Year and All-Star Swing G, Rogers Barnes (6'4''-G/F-86, college: Morgan St.), Final 4/Championship MVP, APBL 2nd-Team and APBL All-Star F Cavell Johnson (6'8''-F-85, college: UMBC), APBL Final 4/Championship All-Tournament PG Joseph Flegler (6'0''-G-85, college: Savannah St.), APBL All-2nd Team F Antonio Haymon (6'7''-F-88, college: Lee), PF David Bailey (6'9''-F-83, college: Prince George CC), G Steven Miles (6'3''-G-81, college: American), PG Evan Martin (6'0''-PG-83, college: Wesley). F Jamaal Wise (6'6''-F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Rhode Island), F Stacey Daniels (6'7''-F), G Myron Howe (6'1''-G-74), G Angelo Hernandez (6'3''-G, college: N.Carolina A&T), and newly added PG Dele Ojo (6'0''-G-81, college: Pfeiffer).

Coach Chaz Dudley , Bombers CEO and Head Coach, with over 500 wins and 45 championships, is looking forward to screening new talent, along with his Assistant Coaches Mac Williams, Antoine Harris and Larry Douglas, at Bombers showcase audition. Those players interested in working out for the Bombers, reach out to Coach Chaz directly at chaz.dudley@comcast.net or via message on Facebook. Official returning Bombers players training camp begins in September, and the Bombers 2012-2013 season home opener and championship ring ceremony is October 20th.

Joseph Flegler



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  ARGENTINA   


Spain rout Argentina in Coruna - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Argentina 105:85

Spain continued to stay on winning track in their preparation for the upcoming Olympic tournament. They took Argentina in another scrimmage in Coruna yesterday. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the hosts to a comfortable win at the end.
Spain shocked Argentina in the first quarter. The hosts unleashed 33 points to take a 20-point lead. Spain stayed on fire as they accounted for 28 points in the second quarter and built a 25-point lead at halftime. Argentina slowly found their rhythm in the second half. They dropped 31 points in the third term to cut the margin by 9 points. Spain slowed their opponents down in the fourth period and rallied to a confident win at the end. Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) accounted for 16 points, while Victor Claver (207-F-88) added 13 points for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) replied with 19 points for Argentina. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Spain: Pau Gasol 17, Jose Manuel Calderon 16, Victor Claver 13
Argentina: Emanuel Ginobili 19, Luis Scola 18



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  AUSTRIA   


U16 European Championship: Netherlands beat Austria in the start of Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U16-Austria U16 48:36

Netherlands beat Austria in the start of Day 3 at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team improved to 1-2 record in Group D after a defensive 48:36 victory. Austria meanwhile remains winless at the tournament.
Netherlands started the game with 13-0 run and finished the first period with 17-2 lead. Moreover Morren scored for 24:2 and only after that Austria started to wake up. Marvin Ogunsipe (193-F-96) and Schmit closed the half at 31:9, while Marvin Ogunsipe nailed three early in the second to close the run at 31:15. Lehner and Robert Boezeman (198-PF-96) exchanged the baskets for 37:24 after three quarters. Keca and Marvin Ogunsipe managed to reduce to 9 points, while the Dutch team used a final push to win the game by 12 points.
Robert Boezeman paced all the winners with 15 points, while Yannick Franke (185-G-96) and Lennart Overdevest (184-SG-96) nailed 9 each. Marvin Ogunsipe and Christian Joch (198-PF-96) replied with 10 points each in the losing effort.

Netherlands U16: Robert Boezeman 15, Yannick Franke 9, Lennart Overdevest 9
Austria U16: Marvin Ogunsipe 10, Christian Joch 10



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  BELARUS   


U16 European Championship:Finland opened Day 3 with a victory over Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U16-Finland U16 69:81

Finland opened Day 3 of the U16 European Championship in Division B with a victory over Belarus. The Finnish side grabbed an 81:69 victory to open Saturday games in Bucharest.
The Nordic team started with 27:18 and used its power to dominate the court. Finland added 15-14 in the second frame and led 42:32 at the halftime. Uladzislau Kandybovic (190-G-96) and Henri Niemisto (194-G-96) exchanged the early baskets in the third period, while Tuomas Hirvonen (175-G-96) scored for 50:41. Aidoo meanwhile closed the period at 61:54 and Alanen nailed three to start the last stanza for a double digit lead. Finland won the last stanza 20-15 and celebrated a 12-point victory.
Henri Niemisto paced all the winners to 2-1 record with 23 points. Juho-Matti Henttonen (195-C-96) notched 12, while Tuomas Hirvonen added 10. Roman Rubinshteyn (190-PG-96) brought 18 points in the losing effort and Maksim Salash (203-C-96) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds. Uladzislau Kandybovic had 10 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Uladzislau KhomcHanka (198-PF-96) scored 9.

Belarus U16: Roman Rubinshteyn 18, Maksim Salash 14+14 rebs, Uladzislau Kandybovic10+11 rebs, Uladzislau KhomcHanka 9
Finland U16: Henri Niemisto 23, Juho-Matti Henttonen 12, Tuomas Hirvonen 10



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U20 European Championship: Great Britain needed overtime to beat Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20-Belgium U20 101:100 OT

Great Britain needed overtime to beat Belgium at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Great Britain grabbed 101:100 victory over Belgium and will play tomorrow for the 5th place.
Belgium grabbed 23:17 after the first period. Great Britain however played better in the second frame and after 29-18 in the second quarter took 46:41 advantage. Moreover Great Britain added 21-18 in the third frame for 67:59 after 30 minutes. Ojomoh however managed to help Belgium and sent the teams to overtime after the last two shots in the fourth quarter. Great Britain produced a 14-13 surge in overtime to seal the victory.
Fraser stepped up with 37 points and Sayers nailed 20. Van Oostrum Devon collected 13 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds, while Hart posted 13. Schwartz replied with 26 points and 15 rebounds in defeat and Ojomoh as well as Boukichou scored 20. Lecomte delivered 14, whilst Lasisi added 13.

Great Britain U20: Fraser 37, Sayers 20, Van Oostrum Devon 13+12 ast+8 rebs, Hart 13
Belgium U20: Schwartz 26+15 rebs, Ojomoh 20, Boukichou 20 Lecomte 14, Lasisi 13



U20 European Championship: Great Britain needed overtime to beat Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20-Belgium U20 101:100 OT

Great Britain needed overtime to beat Belgium at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Great Britain grabbed 101:100 victory over Belgium and will play tomorrow for the 5th place.
Belgium grabbed 23:17 after the first period. Great Britain however played better in the second frame and after 29-18 in the second quarter took 46:41 advantage. Moreover Great Britain added 21-18 in the third frame for 67:59 after 30 minutes. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) however managed to help Belgium and sent the teams to overtime after the last two shots in the fourth quarter. Great Britain produced a 14-13 surge in overtime to seal the victory.
Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) stepped up with 37 points and Louis Sayers (199-SF-92) nailed 20. Van Oostrum Devon collected 13 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds, while Joe Hart (194-G/F-93) posted 13. Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) replied with 26 points and 15 rebounds in defeat and Obasohan Ojomoh as well as Khalid Boukichou (208-C-92) scored 20. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) delivered 14, whilst Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) added 13.

Great Britain U20: Alasdair Fraser 37, Louis Sayers 20, Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) 13+12 ast+8 rebs, Joe Hart 13
Belgium U20: Loic Schwartz 26+15 rebs, Obasohan Ojomoh 20, Khalid Boukichou 20, Emmanuel Lecomte 14, Elias Lasisi 13



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  BOSNIA   


Bosnians in U16 Championships not playing for BiH! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnians in U16 Championships not playing for BiH!
Bosnia has its own team playing in the European U16 Championships but many of her best players for various reasons are playing for other teams. Amongst them is the Spanish born Bosnian Adnan Omeragic who Bosnia has lobbied hard to keep. A breakdown of the players playing for other teams
Adnan Omeragic One of the best players in Spain of his generation, he had a big first game but has seen reduced playing time since then.
Dragan Bender He has played ok when given playing time but appears to not to be anything special at this point.
Ivan Karacic Has only played 3 minutes so far.
Milos Glisic One of the youngest players in the championships, Milos has just turned 14 two years younger than many of the top prospects. He has hardly played so far but has a bright future.



TOP 5 POSITION RANKINGS OF BOSNIA AND HERCIGOVINA BORN PLAYERS! - by Chris Mathieu

TOP 5 POSITION RANKINGS OF BOSNIA AND HERCIGOVINA BORN PLAYERS!
POINT GUARD
1. Zoran Planinic: Zoran was a first round pick of the New Jersey Nets and backed up Jason Kidd during his time in the NBA. He never really had the chance to display his talents in the NBA and moved back to Europe. Teams had shown interest in bringing him back over the years but he refused the offers considering how well established he had become in Europe.
2. Vule Avdalovic: Vule at one point was an up and coming young star in Europe. Injuries limited him however a few years ago and he never fully recovered.
3. Muhamad Pasalic: Muhamad had a solid first year in Greece with one of the worst teams in Greece D1. It will be interesting to see him reproduce his numbers on a better team or in a better league.
4. Alexander Capin: Another solid pro who suffered serious injuries and hasnt been the same. It looked like his career was about over but he has learned to play with less athleticism.
5. Zlatko Jovanovic Just not quick or athletic enough to be a great player but he is a very solid crafty veteran who gets everything out of his talent.
SHOOTING GUARD
1. Bojan Bogdanovic A very solid shooter who has continued to get better, he has a good shot of joining the NBA in the next few years, possibly even next year. He has showed slow incremental improvement from year to year.
2. Nemanja Gordic Had a very good year in Italy a young player who continues to improve.
3. Goran Ikonic On the downside of a great career he is still a highly capable player who has gotten smarter as his skills have declined.
4. Ivan Opacak A decent shooter but a good defender who is a solid glue guy for quality teams for a long time.
5. Diego Kapelan Faced a tough situation in Zrinjski last year, bounced back with a solid ending in Germany. Diego should turn out to be a very solid European pro.
SMALL FORWARD
1. Emir Preldzic He appears to have peaked, former NBA draft pick that has a solid overall game but doesnt shoot well enough to be a star.
2. Nihad Dedovic A solid player with a limited upside due to lack of shooting, handle and elite NBA athleticism. Nihad hasnt improved greatly from when he burst onto the scene as a phenom 15 year old with KK BOSNA ASA.
3. Ante Masic A long time solid pro and glue guy who is always in demand.
4. Jasmin Hukic A former top SF in Europe who is on the downside of his career
5. Veselin Petrovic A long term solid player who is now in decline
POWER FORWARD
1. Mirza Teletovic Recently made a big splash by joining the Brooklyn Nets, Mirza has been the top European power forward for the last few years and appears to be hitting is peak at the age of 27.
2. Marko Keselj A quality all-around player who does a little of everything to help a team win. Doesnt take a lot of shots and isnt aggressive offensively but has contributed to some great teams in Europe so far.
3. Damir (Omerhodzic) Markota One of the most talented players in Europe he has struggled to put it all together to maximize his talent. He could be one of those players who reaches his peak at or after 30 or becomes like Andrej Festivov and never reaches his full potential. Had a cup of coffee in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks but he hardly played and returned to Europe.
4. Edin Bavcic Recently his rights were sold to the New Orleans Hornets. Based upon his previous experience in the NBA summer leagues it appears unlikely he will ever play a regular season NBA game even though he is a good shooter with nice size.
5. Kenan Bajramovic Kenan has been a very solid international for a long time, he doesnt have a pretty game or play above the rim but is a nice player to have on your team.
CENTER
1. Mirza Begic A very solid European center, he is one of the best shot blockers and rebounders in Europe. He would be a good NBA backup center considering his ability to guard the rim and block shots. He has never turned into a 30 a minute guy in Europe; otherwise he would put up crazy numbers considering his averages per minute are excellent.
2. Stanko Barac A highly skilled, soft center who has teased more than a few teams with his ability only to disappoint in the end.
3. Nedzad Sinanovic An NBA draft pick that was late to the game and has been slow to develop, still he shows good skill for a European center.
4. Ogjen Kuzmic Recently drafted by the NBA he may be the most talented center from Bosnia. Another player who was late getting a start he has good athleticism, is a hard worker and has been getting better year after year.
5. Elemedin Kikanovic Once a highly regarded prospect he appears to have peaked early in his career and just doesnt have the weight or shooting to either be a great rebounder or offensive threat. He is a decent midlevel European center.



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France prevail against Brazil in Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News

France - Brazil 78:74

France and Brazil continued their preparations for the upcoming Olympic tournament. They clashed in Strasbourg in test game tonight. The hosts claimed a tough win at the end. Tony Parker (183-PG-82) orchestrated the victory scoring 22 points.
France led by four points ten minutes into the game 19:15. Brazil poured in 24 points in the second quarter to narrow the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 39:41. Brazil opened the second half with 9 straight points to surge ahead. Soon Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) gave the Latin American team a 65:54 lead. They entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 65:55. France used a 9:0 run of their own to retain the lead. The hosts led by four points with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) put Brazil within two but Tony Parker hit two free throws and sealed the victory for France. Nando De Colo (202-G-87, agency: Arete Sports Agency) posted 13 points, while Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83, agency: Court Side) added 10 points for Les Bleus. Marcelinho Huertas and Hilario Nene (207-C-82) answered with 12 points each for Brazil. Tiago Splitter posted 11 points in the loss.

France: Tony Parker 22, Nando De Colo 13, Mickael Gelabale 10
Brazil: Marcelinho Huertas 12, Hilario Nene 12, Tiago Splitter 11



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  BULGARIA   


Portugal and Bulgaria exchange victories in Pravets - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria and Portugal played two friendly games in Pravets. The teams traded victories.
The first game ended with the hosts claiming a 68:64 win. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) came up with 23 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria built a 22:10 lead after ten minutes. Portugal however drew things level at 51 with one quarter remaining. Bulgaria held the visitors to 15 points in the fourth frame and clinched a narrow win at the end. Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 9 points, while Martin Durchev (200-G-87) added 8 points for Bulgaria. Joao Gomes (199-F-85) answered with 20 points for Portugal. Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) and Paulo Cunha (199-G/F-80) had 7 points each in the loss.
Next game had a difference scenario. Portugal started strongly as they secured a 24:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Bulgaria cut the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 34:40. The hosts denied the deficit and pulled in front for a 60:57 lead with one period remaining. But the home side collapsed offensively in the fourth frame scoring just 6 points and allowing Portugal to celebrate victory. Joao Gomes had 17 points for Portugal. Mario Fernandes added 15 points, while Jose Silva (194-F-89) finished with 12 points for the winners. Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) responded with 14 points for Bulgaria. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) netted 13 points each in defeat.



U16 European Championship: Bulgaria edged Slovak Republic in Division B - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic U16-Bulgaria U16 65:68

Bulgaria edged Slovak Republic at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Bulgarian side won their first game in the tournament 68:65 for 1-1 record. Slovak Republic meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Bulgaria started with 17:15, but the lead did not last for a long time. Norbert Janicek (206-C-96) tied the game at 21:21, while Sarna brought 28:23 for Slovakia. Jakub Meress (200-PF-96) and Robert Rozanek (180-PG-96) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:30. Jakub Meress gave Slovak Republic double digit lead, however his team could not win the game. Vangelov and Kraev reduced to 52:48 at the end of the third quarter. Bulgaria added massive 20-13 burst to win the game.
Denis Petkov (171-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Rumen Vasilev (200-C-96) nailed 19. Jakub Meress answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Robert Rozanek had 15. Jozef Senohradsky (190-G-96) posted 12 points, while Norbert Janicek chipped in with 11.

Slovak Republic U16: Jakub Meress 21, Robert Rozanek 15, Jozef Senohradsky 12, Norbert Janicek 11
Bulgaria U16: Denis Petkov 21, Rumen Vasilev 19



U20 European Championship: Croatia upset the hosts, both head to Division A - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20-Croatia U20 79:85

Croatia upset the hosts, while both teams head to Division A of the U20 European Championship. The Croatian team overcame Bulgaria 85:79 and will play in top division next year with 3 other Semifinalists.
More than 1500 fans to support Bulgaria in Sofia. The hosts started with 24:13 and dominate the first half. Croatia only managed to reduce to 9 points at the end of the second period as Roko Jurlina (194-G-93) scored for 45:36. The third quarter belonged to Croatia and after 29-17 in it, the guests grabbed 65:62. Roko Rogic (187-PG-92) scored for 72:64, while Domagoj Vukovic (206-C-93) brought 76:68. Krstanovic and Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) brought the final victory for the winners.
Henrik Sirko paced all the winners with 29 points, while Domagoj Vukovic collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Roko Rogic had 10, whilst Roko Jurlina and Bruno Markulin (192-SF-92) delivered 9 each. Pavlin Ivanov answered with 19 points in the losing effort and Georgi Boyanov (200-F-93) brought 12. Todor Zahariev (187-G-92) and Dimitrov poured in 11 each, whilst Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) scored 10.

Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) 19, Georgi Boyanov 12, Todor Zahariev 11, Dimitrov 11, Aleks Simeonov 10
Croatia U20: Henrik Sirko 29, Domagoj Vukovic 12+10 rebs, Roko Rogic 10, Roko Jurlina 9, Bruno Markulin 9



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China narrowly defeat Poland in test game - by Eurobasket News

Poland - China 72:73

China overcame Poland in the exhibition encounter in Katowice. Jianlian Yi (213-F/C-87) scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the Asian powerhouse.
The hosts got to a perfect start. They unloaded 27 points in the first quarter and grabbed a 13-point lead. China narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. They got within 9 points at halftime 42:33. China took over in the third quarter. The visitors drew things level at 56 at the final break. China pulled ahead in the final frame 69:62. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) scored five points in a 7:0 run from the hosts as they drew things level at 69. However China pulled back in front for a 72:69 lead. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) hit a three-pointer to knot things up once again but Wei Liu knocked down a free throw and sealed the victory for China. Chen Jianghua (188-PG-89) posted 14 points for the winners. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) added 10 points for China. Michal Ignerski responded with 21 points for Poland. Lukasz Koszarek had 12 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds in defeat.

Poland: Michal Ignerski 21, Lukasz Koszarek 12
China: Jianlian Yi 22+10 boards, Chen Jianghua 14, Wang ZhiZhi 10



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U20 European Championship: Croatia upset the hosts, both head to Division A - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20-Croatia U20 79:85

Croatia upset the hosts, while both teams head to Division A of the U20 European Championship. The Croatian team overcame Bulgaria 85:79 and will play in top division next year with 3 other Semifinalists.
More than 1500 fans to support Bulgaria in Sofia. The hosts started with 24:13 and dominate the first half. Croatia only managed to reduce to 9 points at the end of the second period as Roko Jurlina (194-G-93) scored for 45:36. The third quarter belonged to Croatia and after 29-17 in it, the guests grabbed 65:62. Roko Rogic (187-PG-92) scored for 72:64, while Domagoj Vukovic (206-C-93) brought 76:68. Krstanovic and Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) brought the final victory for the winners.
Henrik Sirko paced all the winners with 29 points, while Domagoj Vukovic collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Roko Rogic had 10, whilst Roko Jurlina and Bruno Markulin (192-SF-92) delivered 9 each. Pavlin Ivanov answered with 19 points in the losing effort and Georgi Boyanov (200-F-93) brought 12. Todor Zahariev (187-G-92) and Dimitrov poured in 11 each, whilst Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) scored 10.

Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) 19, Georgi Boyanov 12, Todor Zahariev 11, Dimitrov 11, Aleks Simeonov 10
Croatia U20: Henrik Sirko 29, Domagoj Vukovic 12+10 rebs, Roko Rogic 10, Roko Jurlina 9, Bruno Markulin 9



U16 European Championship: Croatia roll past England - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U16 - England U16 78:54

Croatia stayed alive in the title race at U16 European Championship. Two-time defending champions overcame England to catch the last train into the Second Stage of the tournament. Lovro Mazalin (198-SF-97) posted 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. England fell at 0-3 record in Group A and would play in relegation round.
Croatia ensured a quick start. They posted a 21:11 lead at the first intermission. England slowed their opponents down and cut the distance to 9 points at halftime 38:29. Croatia managed to keep England at bay throughout the third frame. They secured a 10-point cushion with ten minutes to go. England ran out of steam in the fourth quarter. Croatia went on a 23:9 run and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Leon Tomic (195-F-96) had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) added 14 points in the victory. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (191-SG-96) replied with 13 points for England. Justas Muzikevicius (204-PF-96) banked 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Croatia U16: Lovro Mazalin 21+11 boards, Leon Tomic 16, Marko Arapovic 14
England U16: Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 13, Justas Muzikevicius 11+10 boards



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U16 European Championship: Poland take down Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Poland U16 - Czech Republic U16 89:77

Poland claimed a crucial win at U16 European Championship Group D. They overcame Czech Republic to advance into the Second Stage of the tournament. Kamil Zywert (188-PG-96) came up with 22 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds to lead the Polish team. Czech Republic fell at 0-3 record and would play in relegation round.
Poland set the tone early in the game. They outscored their opponents 21:11 in the first ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense second quarter. Poland though remained in charge posting a 42:32 halftime lead. Poland extended the lead in the third quarter. They ensured a 14-point advantage at the final intermission. Czech Republic got within four midway through the final stanza but Poland quickly restored a safe cushion and marched to the victory. Grzegorz Kulka (192-PF-96) posted 18 points, while Marek Zywert (185-SG-96) and Mateusz Stawiak (199-PF-96) added 11 points each for the winners. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic. Marek Mares (185-G-96) had 13 points in the loss.

Poland U16: Kamil Zywert 22, Grzegorz Kulka 18, Marek Zywert 11, Mateusz Stawiak 11
Czech Republic U16: Matej Svoboda 21, Marek Mares 13



U20 European Championship: Czech Republic and Israel head to Division A - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20-Israel U20 72:61

Czech Republic and Israel head to Division A, while the Czechs proved their ambitions from the start of the tournament. The team overcame Israel 72:61 in the Semifinal game of the U20 European Championship in Division B.
Czech Republic opened the game with 15:12 and improved to 7 points early in the second. Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) scored for 24:17 and Martin Kriz (202-F-93) brought 33:24. Later Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) and Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) exchanged the late baskets in the quarter for 37:31 at the halftime. Czech Republic also won the third period 20-19 and increased to 7 points after three quarters. They needed 15-11 in the last stanza to win the game.
Ondrej Balvin top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Martin Kriz added 20 points and 15 rebounds. Jaromir Bohacik notched 16 and Michal Mares (193-G/F-92) had 9. Or Solomon (197-F-93) ended up with 16 points and 15 boards in the losing case, whilst Bar Timor scored 15. Oz Blayzer (199-F-92) nailed 11 and Shawn Dawson (193-SF-93) delivered 9.

Czech Republic U20: Ondrej Balvin 20+16 rebs, Martin Kriz 20+15 rebs, Jaromir Bohacik 16, Michal Mares 9
Israel U20: Or Solomon 16+15 rebs, Bar Timor 15, Oz Blayzer 11, Shawn Dawson 9



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  DENMARK   


U16 European Championship: F.Y.R. of Macedonia takes control in Group C - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16-Denmark U16 61:52

F.Y.R. of Macedonia takes control in Group C of the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team improved to 2-0 record on top after 61:52 win over Denmark. The latter fell at 1-2 record in the group.
F.Y.R. of Macedonia produced the same first two quarters in the game. They needed 14-12 in each for 28:24 lead at the halftime. Andrej Magdevski (190-G-96) and Shalev increased to 33:28, while Andrej Magdevski made two free throws for 37:30 midway through the third frame. Kelly however closed the third period at 42:27 when he made a three-pointer. Moreover Johannes Nielsen (203-PF-96) reduced to 50:46, but F.Y.R. of Macedonia was too good at the end of the game. They scored some important baskets to seal a 9-point victory.
Kristijan Nikolov (185-G-96) erupted with 35 points for the winners and Andrej Magdevski netted 14. Johannes Nielsen answered with 19 points in defeat, while Mads Hansen (194-G-96) had 7.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16: Kristijan Nikolov 35, Andrej Magdevski 14
Denmark U16: Johannes Nielsen 19, Mads Hansen 7



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   

Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Indios SF 2-1 
 2. Metros 2-1 
 3. Huracanes 1-2 
 4. Reales 1-2 
South Division
 1. Caneros 3-0 
 2. Cocolos 1-2 
 3. Leones SD 1-2 
 4. Titanes 1-2 

Regular Season: Round 3

Jul. 20: Caneros - Titanes 94-81
Jul. 20: Indios SF - Metros 82-77
Jul. 21: Leones SD - Caneros
Jul. 21: Reales - Indios SF
Jul. 22: Cocolos - Titanes
Jul. 22: Huracanes - Metros



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U20 European Championship: Sweden overcome Estonia - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Estonia U20 91:54

Sweden remains in U20 European Championship Division A. They knocked down Estonia to improve at 4-1 record in Group G tonight. Sweden thus secured the top two finish in the group. Estonia will face Montenegro tomorrow. Six Swedish players scored in double figures to lead the winners. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) topscored with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Sweden led from start to finish. They accumulated an 18:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew at 14-point mark at halftime. Sweden unleashed 29 points in the third quarter to secure a 29-point lead at the final break. Estonia never recovered suffering a heavy defeat at the end. Charles Barton (192-PG-92), Jonathan Person (192-PG-93, agency: JEMsports), Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) and Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) nailed 12 points each for the winners. Oliver Metsalu (196-G-93) responded with 15 points for Estonia. Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) notched 10 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Viktor Gaddefors 13, Charles Barton 12, Jonathan Person 12, Tobias Borg 12, Marcus Eriksson 12
Estonia U20: Oliver Metsalu 15, Rait-Riivo Laane 10



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Jamont Gordon is new PG of Galatasaray - by Ugur Turker

Former CSKA player Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) reached 2 years agreement with Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul. Close to him confirmed Eurobasket.com Turkey that There is a verbal agreement and both parties is going to sign 2 year contract on Monday or Sunday. Jamont Gordon played 6.7ppg and 2 aspg with CSKA Moskow in order to help Russian team to reach Final Four in THY Euroleague. Jamont Gordon is first foreign transfer of Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul for next season.


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Cantu extends Nicolas Mazzarino for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Nicolas Mazzarino (181-PG-75, agency: Players Group) will stay with Cantu for the next season. The Uruguayan/Italian point guard signed a new deal today. He already spent last seven years with the club. Mazzarino appeared 37 times in SerieA last season averaging 10.1 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds. He also added 6.2 ppg and 1.4 apg for 16 Euroleague games. Cantu was the newcomer in Euroleague and managed to reach Top 16. Mazzarino helped Cantu to reach SerieA Finals a year ago and he participated at the All-Star Game. He was the winner of 3-point shootout contest. Mazzarino also was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team -11. Cantu played in the Cup Finals in 2011 and this year as well. Before Cantu, Nicolas Mazzarino played for Reggio Calabria. In Uruguay, he played for Welcome, Hebraica Maccabi and Ferro Carril de Salto. Mazzarino was a member of the Uruguayan NT from 1999 to 2008.


Montepaschi Siena in a rebuilding process - by Dimitris Katsionis


New age just started at Piazza del campo and Ferdinando Minucci is ,once again, "The Man" in this very interesting new project. Minucci's presence makes sure that the Italian champions will retain their highly respective status in European basketball, after the departure of the team's physical leader (and "star"), Simone Pianigiani.

Taking a closer look at the recent years we conclude that Montepaschi Siena is probably the best basketball program in Europe whereas areas as attitude, mentality, professionalism at every lever, attention to the detail in and out of the court, working ethic, discipline in the plan from the administration the coach and the players. This will be the club's key weapon in the new age they just entered.

Minucci gave quickly the coaching job to Luca Banchi and together they start planning the new project . The 2012-13 team must regain all this clues that last year's squadra had lost. Take a closer look at last season's playoff series against Olympiakos. Those games will be the base for the team they are going to build in Siena. In this series Montepaschi faced itself, a team pretty must the same with 2010-11 Montepaschi which excluded the Reds and qualify to the Final four. So, the basic principles of the new structure will be: Youth, toughness, athletic ability and hunger. The club's first signs are indicated. Daniel Hackett (a hard nosed, athletic combo guard), Victor Sanikidze (best rebounder in Lega A, Olympiakos dominated the paint against Montepaschi..) among with the resign of David Moss (one of Euroleagues's toughest perimeter defenders).

For sure, economical crisis forces the Italian champs to reduce their budget , as most teams do, but gives them the opportunity to activate one of their biggest guns which is the scouting and the ability to find talented and ambitious foreign players in a very good price and convert them shortly to top level players. And that's what the team's coaching stuff among with Shawn Stonerook and Terell McIntyre are working for, in Vegas, the last days. According to the last-hour rumors Montepaschi is close to sign an American point guard with an EE passport and Jacob Pullen (has a Romanian passport) among with Corey Fisher (soon he'll take a Georgian passport) are the front runners. Josh Akognon (180-G-86) is high on the list too, gathering a lot of features that Banchi wants from his new guards. The Italian champs target on two guards from USA market considering that Aradori and Kaukenas won't continue to the club and Bo McCalleb sooner or later will leave (Greek-based ''Hoopfellas'' wrote that Minucci gave Simone Pianigiani his freedom with the promise that the Italian coach will ''press'' his new team to buy McCalebb). Happily the frontcourt issue seems to be solved as Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) probably will be back with team (he is a guarantee of quality for Biancoverde's new frontline) and Benjamin Eze (and his Italian passport) returns to Pala Menssana) among with versatile forward Kristjan Kangur (201-F-82). Montepaschi will probably try to sign a player in the "3" spot too. Dionte Christmas (196-G/F-86) was a very interesting case but according to a manager close to the situation "Montepaschi and Panathinaikos didn't move fast enough to acquire the player, who is now very close to sign a contract with an NBA team..".

It will be very interesting to see the players who will sign with the new look Italian champs. Remember that Minucci is always full of surprises and usually acquire players that no one suspects..





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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

M-Standings - Group A

Standings
Group A
1. Italy3-0
2. Turkey2-1
3. Croatia1-2
4. U.Kingdom0-3
Group B
1. Spain3-0
2. Ukraine2-1
3. Latvia1-2
4. Russia0-3
Group C
1. Germany3-0
2. Serbia2-1
3. Lithuania1-2
4. Slovenia0-3
Group D
1. France3-0
2. Greece2-1
3. Poland1-2
4. Czech Rep.0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 21: CRO - ENG 78-54
Jul. 21: TUR - ITA 68-73

B

Jul. 21: ESP - UKR 73-69
Jul. 21: RUS - LAT 59-66

C

Jul. 21: SRB - SLO 71-64
Jul. 21: LTU - GER 65-66

D

Jul. 21: POL - CZE 89-77
Jul. 21: FRA - GRE 70-59

Second Stage: Round 4

E

Jul. 23: UKR - TUR
Jul. 23: LAT - ITA
Jul. 23: CRO - ESP

F

Jul. 23: GRE - SRB
Jul. 23: LTU - FRA
Jul. 23: POL - GER

G

Jul. 23: ENG - CZE
Jul. 23: RUS - SLO


M-Standings - Group B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Sweden2-0
2. Finland2-1
3. Israel1-1
4. Belarus1-1
5. Luxembourg.0-3
Group B
1. FYR Macedo.2-0
2. Belgium1-1
3. Bulgaria1-1
4. Denmark1-2
5. Slovakia1-2
Group C
1. Montenegro.2-0
2. Georgia2-1
3. Estonia1-1
4. Bosnia1-2
5. Romania0-2
Group D
1. Portugal3-0
2. Switzerlan.3-0
3. Hungary2-1
4. Holland1-2
5. Norway0-3
6. Austria0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 21: BLR - FIN 69-81
Jul. 21: LUX - ISR 65-71

B

Jul. 21: SVK - BUL 65-68
Jul. 21: MKD - DEN 61-52

C

Jul. 21: BIH - MNT 78-93
Jul. 21: EST - GEO 52-59

D

Jul. 21: POR - HUN 64-54
Jul. 21: NED - AUT 48-36
Jul. 21: NOR - SUI 43-55

Preliminary Round: Round 4

A

Jul. 22: SWE - LUX
Jul. 22: ISR - BLR

B

Jul. 22: BEL - SVK
Jul. 22: BUL - MKD

C

Jul. 22: MNT - EST
Jul. 22: ROM - BIH

D

Jul. 22: HUN - NED
Jul. 22: SUI - POR
Jul. 22: AUT - NOR


The End of Preliminary Round in Latvia and Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Croatia - United Kingdom 78-54
Croatia stayed alive in the title race at U16 European Championship. Two-time defending champions overcame England to catch the last train into the Second Stage of the tournament. Lovro Mazalin (198-SF-97) posted 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. England fell at 0-3 record in Group A and would play in relegation round. Croatia ensured a quick start. They posted a 21:11 lead at the first intermission. England slowed their opponents down and cut the distance to 9 points at halftime 38:29. Croatia managed to keep England at bay throughout the third frame. They secured a 10-point cushion with ten minutes to go. England ran out of steam in the fourth quarter. Croatia went on a 23:9 run and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Leon Tomic (195-F-96) had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while Marko Arapovic added 14 points in the victory. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (191-SG-96) replied with 13 points for England. Justas Muzikevicius banked 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Turkey - Italy 68-73
Italy registered the third straight win at the start of U16 European Championship. They overcame Turkish counterparts in Ventspils tonight to clinch top spot in Group A at 3-0 record. Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) scored 15 points to pace the Azzurri. Turkey fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Turkey got to a slightly better start to the game. They posted a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Turkey gained an 11-point lead in the second quarter. But Italy answered right back drawing things level at 35 late in the first half. Alemdaroglu put Italy in front 37:35 at the interval. Italy went on a run late in the third quarter. The Azzurri ignited a 10:0 run to take a 59:49 advantage. Turkey could not get closer than 4 points in the final period as Italy cruised to the victory at the end. Federico Mussini (179-PG-96) netted 12 points, while Riccardo Rossato provided 14 points for the winners. Oktay Ulubay (189-SG-97) responded with 14 points for Turkey. Tolga Gecim had 12 points in the loss.

Group B
Spain - Ukraine 73-69
Spain overcame Ukraine in the battle of two previously undefeated teams at the U16 European Championship. Marc Garcia (194-F-96) topscored once again for Spain finishing with 20 points. Spain thus clinched the top position in Group B with 3-0 record. Ukraine finished second at 2-1 record. Spain accumulated a 24:19 lead at the first intermission. Ukraine reacted with a stifling defence to limit Spain to just 11 points in the second period. Ukraine cut the deficit to two points at halftime 35:33. Spain maintained the lead throughout close third frame. They ensured a 49:44 buffer before the fourth quarter. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the final term. Ukraine managed to narrow the gap at 3-point mark on several occasions but Spain eked out a tough win at the end. David Martinez (203-F-96) netted 16 points for Spain. Carlos Martinez had 8 points for the winners. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) provided 16 points for Ukraine. Oleksandr Kobets netted 14 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the loss.

Russia - Latvia 59-66
Latvia stayed in the title race at U16 European Championship. They held off Russia in the crucial game in Group B. Latvia improved at 1-2 record and occupied the third position, while Russia slipped at 0-3 and would play in relegation round. Rauls Avenitis (180-PG-96) came up with 26 points to lead the winners. Russia ensured almost a perfect start to the game. They limited Latvia to 13 points in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead. Latvia adjusted their defence in the second quarter. They held Russia to 10 points in the period to cut the deficit to three points 30:27. Latvian defence continued to work smoothly in the third term. They held Russia to just 6 points in the frame to ensure a 10-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Latvia cleared off to an 8-point lead late in regulation. Russia got within four but Davis Cima (175-PG-96) and Melderis converted three free throws late in regulation and sealed the victory at the end. Davis Cima posted 11 points, while Ervins Meznieks added 10 points in the victory. Mikhail Maleyko (203-PF-96) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Ilya Karpenkov had 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Group C
Lithuania - Germany 65-66
Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) drained a three-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation to seal the victory for Germany in their battle against Lithuania. Germany improved at 3-0 record, while Lithuania fell at 1-2 in Group C. Jan Wimberg topscored for the winners with 18 points. Lithuania stormed into this one. They grabbed a 21:8 lead ten minutes into the game. Germany stopped the rot in the second quarter. They slowed the Baltic team down and cut the deficit at 4-point mark at halftime 33:37. Germany denied the deficit in the third quarter. They posted a 51:50 lead into the fourth frame. Lithuania surged back in front in the fourth period. They accumulated a 65:59 advantage with under three minutes remaining. But Jan Wimberg organized a 7:0 run that he capped with a triple to steal the victory for Germany. Sebastian Schmitt (180-PG-96) knocked down 10 points, while Mahir Agva added 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Tautvydas Paliukenas (192-SF-96) answered with 24 points for Lithuania. Dominykas Zupkauskas had 10 points, 9 assists and 4 boards in defeat.

Serbia - Slovenia 71-64
Serbia celebrated the second win at the U16 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Ilija Dokovic (185-G-96) and Jovan Starincevic (188-PG-96) scored 13 points each to lead Serbia. Slovenia in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row and would play in relegation round. Serbia stormed in front early in the encounter. They posted a 23:15 lead at the first break. Slovenia narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. They got as close as 5 points at halftime 34:39. The teams traded baskets throughout low-scoring third term. Serbia ensured a 5-point buffer into the final frame. Domen Janc drew things level at 55 midway through the fourth stanza. The teams were still drawn at 62 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. But Serbia ignited a 9:0 run and cleared off for good. Ivan Daskalovic accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds for Serbia. Matej Kavas (193-G-96) answered with 20 points for Slovenia. Domen Janc and Nejc Zupan had 11 points each in the loss.

Group D
France - Greece 70-59
France clinched the third straight win at U16 European Championship. They knocked down Greece to earn the top place in Group D. Lucas Dussoulier (196-PG-96) came up with 25 points to lead Les Bleus. Greece slipped at 2-1 record in the ladder. The Hellenes grabbed an early lead. They ensured a 20:9 advantage at the first intermission. France turned the tables in the second quarter. They poured in 27 points to secure a 36:32 halftime lead. Greece cut the deficit in the third period. They trailed by just 2 points heading into the fourth frame. France limited the Hellenes to just 8 points in the fourth term and rallied to the victory at the end. Etienne Ory (175-PG-96) posted 13 points, while Antoine Wallez and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot had 10 points each in the winning case. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) responded with 14 points for Greece. Georgios Papagiannis chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Poland - Czech Republic 89-77
Poland claimed a crucial win at U16 European Championship Group D. They overcame Czech Republic to advance into the Second Stage of the tournament. Kamil Zywert (188-PG-96) came up with 22 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds to lead the Polish team. Czech Republic fell at 0-3 record and would play in relegation round. Poland set the tone early in the game. They outscored their opponents 21:11 in the first ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense second quarter. Poland though remained in charge posting a 42:32 halftime lead. Poland extended the lead in the third quarter. They ensured a 14-point advantage at the final intermission. Czech Republic got within four midway through the final stanza but Poland quickly restored a safe cushion and marched to the victory. Grzegorz Kulka (192-PF-96) posted 18 points, while Marek Zywert and Mateusz Stawiak added 11 points each for the winners. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic. Marek Mares had 13 points in the loss.



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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. Sweden4-1
2. Montenegro3-2
3. Estonia2-3
4. Georgia1-4

Semi-Finals: Round 8

11-12 places

Jul. 21: RUS - UKR 83-63

5-8 places

Jul. 21: LAT - GRE 76-74
Jul. 21: GER - SLO 65-53

9-10 places

Jul. 21: ITA - TUR 61-65

G

Jul. 21: MNT - GEO 83-82
Jul. 21: EST - SWE 54-91

SEMIFINAL

Jul. 21: SRB - LTU 68-73
Jul. 21: ESP - FRA 59-66

Finals: Round 9

3-4 place

Jul. 22: SRB - ESP

5-6 place

Jul. 22: LAT - GER

7-8 place

Jul. 22: GRE - SLO

FINAL

Jul. 22: LTU - FRA

G

Jul. 22: GEO - SWE
Jul. 22: MNT - EST


Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia and Israel clinch promotion to Division A - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Czech Republic - Israel 72-61
Czech Republic and Israel head to Division A, while the Czechs proved their ambitions from the start of the tournament. The team overcame Israel 72:61 in the Semifinal game of the U20 European Championship in Division B. Czech Republic opened the game with 15:12 and improved to 7 points early in the second. Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) scored for 24:17 and Martin Kriz (202-F-93) brought 33:24. Later Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) and Timor exchanged the late baskets in the quarter for 37:31 at the halftime. Czech Republic also won the third period 20-19 and increased to 7 points after three quarters. They needed 15-11 in the last stanza to win the game. Ondrej Balvin top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Martin Kriz added 20 points and 15 rebounds. Jaromir Bohacik notched 16 and Mares had 9. Or Solomon (197-F-93) ended up with 16 points and 15 boards in the losing case, whilst Timor scored 15. Oz Blayzer (199-F-92) nailed 11 and Dawson delivered 9.

Bulgaria - Croatia 79-85
Croatia upset the hosts, while both teams head to Division A of the U20 European Championship. The Croatian team overcame Bulgaria 85:79 and will play in top division next year with 3 other Semifinalists. More than 1500 fans to support Bulgaria in Sofia. The hosts started with 24:13 and dominate the first half. Croatia only managed to reduce to 9 points at the end of the second period as Roko Jurlina (194-G-93) scored for 45:36. The third quarter belonged to Croatia and after 29-17 in it, the guests grabbed 65:62. Rogic scored for 72:64, while Vukovic brought 76:68. Krstanovic and Sirko brought the final victory for the winners. Sirko paced all the winners with 29 points, while Vukovic collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Rogic had 10, whilst Roko Roko Jurlina and Markulin delivered 9 each. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 19 points in the losing effort and Georgi Boyanov (200-F-93) brought 12. Zahariev and Dimitrov poured in 11 each, whilst Simeonov scored 10.

5-8 places
Poland - Finland 83-70
Poland step closer to the 5th place at U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Finland 83:70 in the start of the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places. Poland went on a 4-0 run and Michalak scored for 8:2. Gielo and Karnowski brought 21:18, while Akpaso tied the game at 21:21. Later Michalak and Vaenerberg exchanged the late baskets in the first period and Jaroslaw Zyskowski (201-G-92) drove a lay-up for 34:26 early in the second. Akpaso again reduced to 42:41, while Jaroslaw Zyskowski closed a 10-0 run at the half for 52:41. Poland added 20-15 in the third period and led 14 points in the start of the fourth period. Finland answered with 14-11 in the frame but lost the game. Gielo top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Karnowski nailed 14. Jaroslaw Zyskowski delivered 13 and Michalak as well as Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) had 11 each. Alex Murphy (203-F-93) poured in 30 points in the losing effort, whilst Akpaso scored 13.

United Kingdom - Belgium 101-100 OT
Great Britain needed overtime to beat Belgium at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Great Britain grabbed 101:100 victory over Belgium and will play tomorrow for the 5th place. Belgium grabbed 23:17 after the first period. Great Britain however played better in the second frame and after 29-18 in the second quarter took 46:41 advantage. Moreover Great Britain added 21-18 in the third frame for 67:59 after 30 minutes. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) however managed to help Belgium and sent the teams to overtime after the last two shots in the fourth quarter. Great Britain produced a 14-13 surge in overtime to seal the victory. Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) stepped up with 37 points and Sayers nailed 20. Van Oostrum Devon collected 13 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds, while Hart posted 13. Schwartz replied with 26 points and 15 rebounds in defeat and Obasohan Ojomoh as well as Boukichou scored 20. Lecomte delivered 14, whilst Lasisi added 13.



15-16 places
FYR Macedonia - Switzerland 71-80
Switzerland clinch 15th place in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The Swiss side finished the tournament with the win over F.Y.R. of Macedonia 80:71 as the latter ended up on the 16th place. Both teams realized the importance of the last game at the tournament. They desired to finish on the higher place and showed their best on Saturday night. F.Y.R. of Macedonia took 19:18 after the first 10 minutes in the court and added 12-9 in the second frame for 4-point lead at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the Swiss side. They won the third period 28-17 and finished the game with 25-23 in the last stanza. Evrard Atcho (207-C/F-92) erupted with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Savoy added 22. Marko Mladjan (206-F-93) finished the game with 11 points and Bozovic scored 8. Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) produced 25 points in defeat and Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) added 21.

17-18 places
Luxembourg - Hungary 94-86
Luxembourg sent Hungary to the last spot in Sofia as they beat them in the last game for both teams. Luxembourg outscored Hungary 94:86 at the Classification Game for 17th to 18th Place. Luxembourg took 16:14 after the first period and added 28:27 at the second period. Steffen and Bellwald scored for 55:49 and the latter also brought 64:58. Hungary started to play better in the end of the frame and grabbed 69:68 at the end of the quarter. Tursics and Meszaros gave Hungary 73:70 advantage, but Hungary could not win. Luxembourg won the quarter 26-17 and clinched the 17 places in Sofia. Louis Arendt (187-F/G-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Max Schmit (182-PG-92) netted 15. Steffen delivered 13 points in a winning effort. Mate Meszaros finished the game with high 27 points and Peter Jakab (187-G-93) delivered 17. Somenek ended up with 15, whilst Tursics notched 8.






France and Lithuania to play for the title in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Spain - France 59-66
France entered the Final of U20 European Championship. They shot down the reigning champions Spain in the semifinal clash tonight. France will now take on Lithuania for the title. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) provided 16 points to pace the winners. France led by a single point after the opening quarter 16:15. Spain however denied the deficit as the teams arrived at halftime tied at 31. Les Bleus pulled in front once again in the third term. Invirnizzi gave France a 43:33 lead midway through the third quarter. Alejandro Abrines helped Spain stay close as they narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at the final break 44:47. France jumped to a 9-point lead midway through the final stanza. Spain never got closer than 4 points in the final minutes and had to surrender at the end. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) provided 12 points, while Kevin Thalien added 9 points in the victory. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) answered with 17 points and 13 boards for Spain. Alejandro Abrines had 15 points in the loss.

Serbia - Lithuania 68-73
Lithuania beat the odds and advanced into the U20 European Championship Final. They defeated Serbia in the first semifinal clash tonight. Serbia entered the encounter undefeated but determined performance from the Baltic side helped them punch the ticket into the title game. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) scored 14 points to lead the winners. Lithuania jumped to a 21:17 lead at the first break. Lithuania stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They established a 37:30 halftime advantage. Serbia however picked up the tempo in the third quarter. They cut the deficit to a single point with one period remaining 53:52. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) put Serbia in front 66:65 with just over a minute remaining in regulation. But Edgaras Ulanovas and Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) drained six free throws in the dying seconds to give victory to Lithuania. Vytenis Cizauskas accounted for 13 points, while Paulius Vaitiekunas and Edgaras Ulanovas had 11 points each for the winners. Bogdan Bogdanovic netted 16 points for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic provided 15 points in the losing case.
5-8 places
Germany - Slovenia 65-53
Germany sent hosting Slovenia to the second straight loss at the U20 European Championship. The teams clashed in 5th-8th place classification round tonight and Germany came out winners. Ole Wendt (190-PG-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) posted 18 points to lead the charge. Slovenia looked better in the opening quarter. They posted a 21:10 lead ten minutes after the start. But Germany turned things around in the second quarter. They took over and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 30:35. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third stanza. Slovenia ensured a 6-point lead before the final term. However Germany capped the regulation on a stunning 18:0 run to snatch the victory. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) posted 14 points and 9 rebounds for Germany. Besnik Bekteshi added 9 points for the winners. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) and Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) responded with 10 points each for Slovenia. Alen Omic had 9 points in the loss.

Latvia - Greece 76-74
Latvia clinched a narrow win over Greece in the classification round of U20 European Championship. The Baltic team will now play for the fifth overall position on the final day of the tournament. Greece enjoyed a confident start to the game. The Hellenes posted a 24:16 lead after ten minutes. Latvia cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Baltic team narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 37:42. Latvia got closer in the third period. They trailed by only 2 points heading into the final stanza. Greece were up by two with 44 seconds remaining. But Bricis converted two free throws and then Arnolds Helmanis (201-PF-92) followed a three-pointer miss by Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) with a layup to seal the victory for Latvia. Arnolds Helmanis and Arturs Bremers (190-G-92) accounted for 12 points each for Latvia. Andris Misters added 11 points for the winners. Giannoulis Larentzakis answered with game-high 31 points for Greece. Petros Melissaratos provided 15 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.
11-12 places
Russia - Ukraine 83-63
Russia claimed the 11th overall position at U20 European Championship. They overcame Ukraine in the final game at the tournament for both teams. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) scored 14 points to lead the effort. Russia led from start to finish. They posted a 19:14 lead at the first intermission. Russia boosted the margin in the second term. They established a 41:34 halftime lead. Russia kept Ukraine at distance throughout the third term. They piled up a comfortable 14-point lead heading into the fourth quarter 61:47. Russia outscored their opponents in the final frame and sealed an easy win at the end. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) accounted for 13 points, while Gleb Goldyrev added 12 points for the winners. Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) answered with 14 points for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov and Klym Artamonov netted 12 points each in the loss.
Group G
Estonia - Sweden 54-91
Sweden remains in U20 European Championship Division A. They knocked down Estonia to improve at 4-1 record in Group G tonight. Sweden thus secured the top two finish in the group and remained in Division A for the next season. Estonia will face Montenegro in the decisive battle for one remaining Division A spot. Six Swedish players scored in double figures to lead the winners. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) topscored with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sweden led from start to finish. They accumulated an 18:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew at 14-point mark at halftime. Sweden unleashed 29 points in the third quarter to secure a 29-point lead at the final break. Estonia never recovered suffering a heavy defeat at the end. Charles Barton, Jonathan Person, Tobias Borg and Marcus Eriksson nailed 12 points each for the winners. Oliver Metsalu (196-G-93) responded with 15 points for Estonia. Rait-Riivo Laane notched 10 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Georgia 83-82
Montenegro clinched an important third win in the classification round in Group G. They snatched a narrow victory over Georgia to improve at 3-2 record. Georgia fell at 1-4 record and practically got relegated into Division B. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) accounted for 22 points to lead the charge. Montenegro stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The Balkan team grabbed a 26:7 lead after ten minutes. Georgia however quickly stopped the bleeding and tried to bounce back. They cut the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 40:32. Georgia narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at the final intermission. Beka Burjanadze and Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) eventually tied things up at 78 with just over a minute left in regulation. Danilo Nikolic and Grabovica immediately came up with four points in a row for Montenegro. Georgia got within one 82:83 but literally ran out of time to save the game. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) had 15 points, while Danilo Nikolic added 14 points for Montenegro. Duda Sanadze delivered 20 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia. Beka Burjanadze netted 18 points in the loss.



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U20 European Championship: Poland step closer to the 5th place - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20-Finland U20 83:70

Poland step closer to the 5th place at U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Finland 83:70 in the start of the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places.
Poland went on a 4-0 run and Michal Michalak (194-G-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored for 8:2. Tomasz Gielo (205-F-93) and Przemyslaw Karnowski (214-C-93) brought 21:18, while Aleksi Akpaso (192-SG-92) tied the game at 21:21. Later Michal Michalak and Vaenerberg exchanged the late baskets in the first period and Jaroslaw Zyskowski (201-G-92) drove a lay-up for 34:26 early in the second. Aleksi Akpaso again reduced to 42:41, while Jaroslaw Zyskowski closed a 10-0 run at the half for 52:41. Poland added 20-15 in the third period and led 14 points in the start of the fourth period. Finland answered with 14-11 in the frame but lost the game.
Tomasz Gielo top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski nailed 14. Jaroslaw Zyskowski delivered 13 and Michal Michalak as well as Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) had 11 each. Alex Murphy (203-F-93) poured in 30 points in the losing effort, whilst Aleksi Akpaso scored 13.

Poland U20: Tomasz Gielo 17, Przemyslaw Karnowski 14, Jaroslaw Zyskowski 13, Michal Michalak 11, Mateusz Ponitka 11
Finland U20: Alex Murphy 30, Aleksi Akpaso 13



U16 European Championship:Finland opened Day 3 with a victory over Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U16-Finland U16 69:81

Finland opened Day 3 of the U16 European Championship in Division B with a victory over Belarus. The Finnish side grabbed an 81:69 victory to open Saturday games in Bucharest.
The Nordic team started with 27:18 and used its power to dominate the court. Finland added 15-14 in the second frame and led 42:32 at the halftime. Uladzislau Kandybovic (190-G-96) and Henri Niemisto (194-G-96) exchanged the early baskets in the third period, while Tuomas Hirvonen (175-G-96) scored for 50:41. Aidoo meanwhile closed the period at 61:54 and Alanen nailed three to start the last stanza for a double digit lead. Finland won the last stanza 20-15 and celebrated a 12-point victory.
Henri Niemisto paced all the winners to 2-1 record with 23 points. Juho-Matti Henttonen (195-C-96) notched 12, while Tuomas Hirvonen added 10. Roman Rubinshteyn (190-PG-96) brought 18 points in the losing effort and Maksim Salash (203-C-96) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds. Uladzislau Kandybovic had 10 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Uladzislau KhomcHanka (198-PF-96) scored 9.

Belarus U16: Roman Rubinshteyn 18, Maksim Salash 14+14 rebs, Uladzislau Kandybovic10+11 rebs, Uladzislau KhomcHanka 9
Finland U16: Henri Niemisto 23, Juho-Matti Henttonen 12, Tuomas Hirvonen 10



KORISLIIGA: KTP signed with Devonne Giles - by Rauno Hurmalainen

KTP-Basket (Kotka) has signed with American F-C Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech). Giles has played since leaving college games in CBA, USBL, several seasons in Holland and in France (ProB). Last season Giles was shortly in Hungary, but was not signed.
In division 1 Riento from Saynatsalo has signed with American Guard C.J. (Curry) Collins (180-G-88, college: McNeese St.). Collins played last season four games in Iceland (Valur) averaging 8,8 ppg and 2,8 apg. Riento has lost Finnish F Sami Mantymaa (192-F-88) (15,1 ppg - 5,8 rpg) back to Huima (Aanekoski). Huima's new Head Coach is American Derrick Crayton .



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France prevail against Brazil in Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News

France - Brazil 78:74

France and Brazil continued their preparations for the upcoming Olympic tournament. They clashed in Strasbourg in test game tonight. The hosts claimed a tough win at the end. Tony Parker (183-PG-82) orchestrated the victory scoring 22 points.
France led by four points ten minutes into the game 19:15. Brazil poured in 24 points in the second quarter to narrow the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 39:41. Brazil opened the second half with 9 straight points to surge ahead. Soon Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) gave the Latin American team a 65:54 lead. They entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 65:55. France used a 9:0 run of their own to retain the lead. The hosts led by four points with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) put Brazil within two but Tony Parker hit two free throws and sealed the victory for France. Nando De Colo (202-G-87, agency: Arete Sports Agency) posted 13 points, while Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83, agency: Court Side) added 10 points for Les Bleus. Marcelinho Huertas and Hilario Nene (207-C-82) answered with 12 points each for Brazil. Tiago Splitter posted 11 points in the loss.

France: Tony Parker 22, Nando De Colo 13, Mickael Gelabale 10
Brazil: Marcelinho Huertas 12, Hilario Nene 12, Tiago Splitter 11



U16 European Championship: France hold off Greece for third win in a row - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Greece U16 70:59

France clinched the third straight win at U16 European Championship. They knocked down Greece to earn the top place in Group D. Lucas Dussoulier (196-PG-96) came up with 25 points to lead Les Bleus. Greece slipped at 2-1 record in the ladder.
The Hellenes grabbed an early lead. They ensured a 20:9 advantage at the first intermission. France turned the tables in the second quarter. They poured in 27 points to secure a 36:32 halftime lead. Greece cut the deficit in the third period. They trailed by just 2 points heading into the fourth frame. France limited the Hellenes to just 8 points in the fourth term and rallied to the victory at the end. Etienne Ory (175-PG-96) posted 13 points, while Antoine Wallez (202-PF-96) and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (194-F-96) had 10 points each in the winning case. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) responded with 14 points for Greece. Georgios Papagiannis (210-C-97) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

France U16: Lucas Dussoulier 25, Etienne Ory 13, Antoine Wallez 10, Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot 10
Greece U16: Dimitrios Stamatis 14, Georgios Papagiannis 12



U20 European Championship: France topple Spain to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Spain U20 66:59

France entered the Final of U20 European Championship. They shot down the reigning champions Spain in the semifinal clash tonight. France will now take on Lithuania for the title. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) provided 16 points to pace the winners.
France led by a single point after the opening quarter 16:15. Spain however denied the deficit as the teams arrived at halftime tied at 31. Les Bleus pulled in front once again in the third term. Invirnizzi gave France a 43:33 lead midway through the third quarter. Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) helped Spain stay close as they narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at the final break 44:47. France jumped to a 9-point lead midway through the final stanza. Spain never got closer than 4 points in the final minutes and had to surrender at the end. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) provided 12 points, while Kevin Thalien (190-PG-92) added 9 points in the victory. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) answered with 17 points and 13 boards for Spain. Alejandro Abrines had 15 points in the loss.

France U20: Hugo Invernizzi 16, Leo Westermann 12, Kevin Thalien 9
Spain U20: Daniel Diez 17+13 boards, Alejandro Abrines 15



Venezia inks F Yakhouba Diawara - by Eurobasket News

Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82, college: Pepperdine) is a new member of Umana Reyer Venezia. The French forward signed a deal for the next season. He spent the last one with Varese averaging 15.2 points and 5.2 rebounds for 36 games in SerieA. Diawara was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team -12. Before Varese, the forward spent one year with Enel Brindisi. There he had 13.6 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 30 games. From 2008 to 2010, Yakhouba Diawara played for the NBA team Miami Heat. He had 3.3 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 66 games in their first season together. From 2006 to 2008, he was a member of the Denver Nuggets. His first season as a pro Diawara split between Dijon and Climamio Bologna. The player graduated at Pepperdine University in 2005.


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U16 European Championship: F.Y.R. of Macedonia takes control in Group C - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16-Denmark U16 61:52

F.Y.R. of Macedonia takes control in Group C of the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team improved to 2-0 record on top after 61:52 win over Denmark. The latter fell at 1-2 record in the group.
F.Y.R. of Macedonia produced the same first two quarters in the game. They needed 14-12 in each for 28:24 lead at the halftime. Andrej Magdevski (190-G-96) and Shalev increased to 33:28, while Andrej Magdevski made two free throws for 37:30 midway through the third frame. Kelly however closed the third period at 42:27 when he made a three-pointer. Moreover Johannes Nielsen (203-PF-96) reduced to 50:46, but F.Y.R. of Macedonia was too good at the end of the game. They scored some important baskets to seal a 9-point victory.
Kristijan Nikolov (185-G-96) erupted with 35 points for the winners and Andrej Magdevski netted 14. Johannes Nielsen answered with 19 points in defeat, while Mads Hansen (194-G-96) had 7.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16: Kristijan Nikolov 35, Andrej Magdevski 14
Denmark U16: Johannes Nielsen 19, Mads Hansen 7



U20 European Championship: Switzerland clinch 15th place in Division B - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20- Switzerland U20 71:80

Switzerland clinch 15th place in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The Swiss side finished the tournament with the win over F.Y.R. of Macedonia 80:71 as the latter ended up on the 16th place.
Both teams realized the importance of the last game at the tournament. They desired to finish on the higher place and showed their best on Saturday night. F.Y.R. of Macedonia took 19:18 after the first 10 minutes in the court and added 12-9 in the second frame for 4-point lead at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the Swiss side. They won the third period 28-17 and finished the game with 25-23 in the last stanza.
Evrard Atcho (207-C/F-92) erupted with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Brian Savoy (192-SG-92) added 22. Marko Mladjan (206-F-93) finished the game with 11 points and Milos Bozovic (201-F-92) scored 8. Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) produced 25 points in defeat and Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) added 21.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Boban Stajic 25, Goran Markovski 21
Switzerland U20: Evrard Atcho 27+10 rebs, Brian Savoy 22, Marko Mladjan 11, Milos Bozovic 8



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Georgian Champion BC Armia on VTB League? - by Geo Basket

VTB League is an international professional basketball league that was founded in 2008. Its goal is to unite the leading basketball clubs of Eastern Europe and Northern Europe together into one league. The league is sponsored by VTB Bank. In its inaugural 2009-10 season, it featured clubs from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine. For the 201011 season teams from Finland, Poland and Belarus were added to the league. The 201112 season featured a total of 18 teams, with new teams being added from Czech Republic and Kazakhstan.

JSC "VTB Bank (Georgia)" (www.vtb.ge) is a member of the VTB Group which is a title sponsor of the league, nevertheless, geographically Georgia and it's capital Tbilisi fits the Eastern European League very well.

BC Armia started last season on the EuroChallange with high ambitious and signed famous players like Sundiata Gaines (185-PG-86, college: Georgia) (New Jersey Nets), Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.) (Valencia), Guillermo Diaz (Pesaro), Will Thomas (Oostende) and etc. Georgian Champion is automatically qualified on EuroChallange in the Group H after clinching 3rd consecutive national title.

Sources state that there is a strong chance that BC Armia will also play on VTB League in Group A but VTB League CEO Mr. Andrey Shirokov stated in the interview with planet-basket.com yesterday that Georgian Champion didn't apply for participation yet but if they will in the near future, the co-operation could be further discussed.



U20 European Championship: Montenegro escape with narrow win over Georgia - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U20 - Georgia U20 83:82

Montenegro clinched an important third win in the classification round in Group G. They snatched a narrow victory over Georgia to improve at 3-2 record. Georgia fell at 1-4 record. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) accounted for 22 points to lead the charge.
Montenegro stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The Balkan team grabbed a 26:7 lead after ten minutes. Georgia however quickly stopped the bleeding and tried to bounce back. They cut the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 40:32. Georgia narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at the final intermission. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) and Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) eventually tied things up at 78 with just over a minute left in regulation. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) and Grabovica immediately came up with four points in a row for Montenegro. Georgia got within one 82:83 but literally ran out of time to save the game. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) had 15 points, while Danilo Nikolic added 14 points for Montenegro. Duda Sanadze delivered 20 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia. Beka Burjanadze netted 18 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Marko Mugosa 22, Vukota Pavic 15, Danilo Nikolic 14
Georgia U20: Duda Sanadze 20+11 boards, Beka Burjanadze 18



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U16 European Championship: Germany nip Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16 - Lithuania U16 66:65

Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) drained a three-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation to seal the victory for Germany in their battle against Lithuania. Germany improved at 3-0 record, while Lithuania fell at 1-2 in Group C. Jan Wimberg topscored for the winners with 18 points.
Lithuania stormed into this one. They grabbed a 21:8 lead ten minutes into the game. Germany stopped the rot in the second quarter. They slowed the Baltic team down and cut the deficit at 4-point mark at halftime 33:37. Germany denied the deficit in the third quarter. They posted a 51:50 lead into the fourth frame. Lithuania surged back in front in the fourth period. They accumulated a 65:59 advantage with under three minutes remaining. But Jan Wimberg organized a 7:0 run that he capped with a triple to steal the victory for Germany. Sebastian Schmitt (180-PG-96) knocked down 10 points, while Mahir Agva (202-C-96) added 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Tautvydas Paliukenas (192-SF-96) answered with 24 points for Lithuania. Dominykas Zupkauskas (184-PG-96) had 10 points, 9 assists and 4 boards in defeat.

Germany U16: Jan Wimberg 18, Sebastian Schmitt 10, Mahir Agva 9
Lithuania U16: Tautvydas Paliukenas 24, Dominykas Zupkauskas 10



U20 European Championship: Germany defeat Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Slovenia U20 65:53

Germany sent hosting Slovenia to the second straight loss at the U20 European Championship. The teams clashed in 5th-8th place classification round tonight and Germany came out winners. Ole Wendt (190-PG-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) posted 18 points to lead the charge.
Slovenia looked better in the opening quarter. They posted a 21:10 lead ten minutes after the start. But Germany turned things around in the second quarter. They took over and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 30:35. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third stanza. Slovenia ensured a 6-point lead before the final term. However Germany capped the regulation on a stunning 18:0 run to snatch the victory. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) posted 14 points and 9 rebounds for Germany. Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) added 9 points for the winners. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) and Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) responded with 10 points each for Slovenia. Alen Omic (215-C-92) had 9 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Ole Wendt 18, Philipp Neumann 14, Besnik Bekteshi 9
Slovenia U20: Marko Pajic 10, Miha Lapornik 10, Alen Omic 9



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U20 European Championship: Latvia eke out win over Greece - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 - Greece U20 76:74

Latvia clinched a narrow win over Greece in the classification round of U20 European Championship. The Baltic team will now play for the fifth overall position on the final day of the tournament.
Greece enjoyed a confident start to the game. The Hellenes posted a 24:16 lead after ten minutes. Latvia cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Baltic team narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 37:42. Latvia got closer in the third period. They trailed by only 2 points heading into the final stanza. Greece were up by two with 44 seconds remaining. But Bricis converted two free throws and then Arnolds Helmanis (201-PF-92) followed a three-pointer miss by Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) with a layup to seal the victory for Latvia. Arnolds Helmanis and Arturs Bremers (190-G-92) accounted for 12 points each for Latvia. Andris Misters (194-G-92) added 11 points for the winners. Giannoulis Larentzakis answered with game-high 31 points for Greece. Petros Melissaratos (205-F/C-93) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.

Latvia U20: Arnolds Helmanis 12, Arturs Bremers 12, Andris Misters 11
Greece U20: Giannoulis Larentzakis 31, Petros Melissaratos 15



Transfer news Weekly Report - by Chris Mammides

A1 league
Georgios Tsiakos (205-F/C-82) and Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-F-85) agreed financial terms with Panelefsiniakos
Nikos Angelopoulos (205-F-84) agreed financial terms with AGOR where he will continue his career for the coming season.
Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-F-81) and Ikaros Kallitheas split ways.
Thodoris Tsiotras (198-G-87) agreed financial terms with Peristeri for one year.


A2 League
Pagrati agreed financial terms with Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77) ex player of Apollon Patras. At the same time the new President of the team Apostolis Tsipidis agree to have Demetris Liogas as the head Coach of the team for the next two years and the assistant Coach will be Akis Papadakis.
Nikos Vournas agreed financial terms and will be the Head Coach of Doxa Lefkadas for the coming season.
Giannis Tzimas renewed his contract and will be the head coach of Aiolos Trikallon in their A2 Adventure.
Agia Paraskevi agreed financial terms with Sokratis Manavopoulos (205-F-81) and Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81), Panagiotis Lambropoulos (192-SG-91) and Anastasios Priskomatis (182-PG-96)
AE Nea Kifisia agreed terms with Giorgos Mourikis (205-PF-90) ex player of Psyhiko while Thodoris Sioutis (200-F-80) renewed his contract for another one season.
Babis Samothrakis (189-G-83) agreed financial terms with Filathlitikos where he played for three years between the seasons 2004-2007



U16 European Championship: France hold off Greece for third win in a row - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Greece U16 70:59

France clinched the third straight win at U16 European Championship. They knocked down Greece to earn the top place in Group D. Lucas Dussoulier (196-PG-96) came up with 25 points to lead Les Bleus. Greece slipped at 2-1 record in the ladder.
The Hellenes grabbed an early lead. They ensured a 20:9 advantage at the first intermission. France turned the tables in the second quarter. They poured in 27 points to secure a 36:32 halftime lead. Greece cut the deficit in the third period. They trailed by just 2 points heading into the fourth frame. France limited the Hellenes to just 8 points in the fourth term and rallied to the victory at the end. Etienne Ory (175-PG-96) posted 13 points, while Antoine Wallez (202-PF-96) and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (194-F-96) had 10 points each in the winning case. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) responded with 14 points for Greece. Georgios Papagiannis (210-C-97) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

France U16: Lucas Dussoulier 25, Etienne Ory 13, Antoine Wallez 10, Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot 10
Greece U16: Dimitrios Stamatis 14, Georgios Papagiannis 12



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Dutch teen-prospect Julius van Sauers goes to Torrons Vicens - CB L'Hospitalet - by Fred Roggen

Dutch teen-prospect Julius van Sauers goes to Torrons Vicens - CB L'Hospitalet.
The former Mosquitos and BC Apollo player Julius van Sauers is going to play in Spain. The young and promising , 17-years old, Julius van Sauers has signed a deal with CB L'Hospitalet.
CB L'Hospitalet play in the Spanish EBA league. The nearly 2.00 meters long Dutch prospect will play for the youth team of L'Hospitalet.




U16 European Championship: Netherlands beat Austria in the start of Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U16-Austria U16 48:36

Netherlands beat Austria in the start of Day 3 at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team improved to 1-2 record in Group D after a defensive 48:36 victory. Austria meanwhile remains winless at the tournament.
Netherlands started the game with 13-0 run and finished the first period with 17-2 lead. Moreover Morren scored for 24:2 and only after that Austria started to wake up. Marvin Ogunsipe (193-F-96) and Schmit closed the half at 31:9, while Marvin Ogunsipe nailed three early in the second to close the run at 31:15. Lehner and Robert Boezeman (198-PF-96) exchanged the baskets for 37:24 after three quarters. Keca and Marvin Ogunsipe managed to reduce to 9 points, while the Dutch team used a final push to win the game by 12 points.
Robert Boezeman paced all the winners with 15 points, while Yannick Franke (185-G-96) and Lennart Overdevest (184-SG-96) nailed 9 each. Marvin Ogunsipe and Christian Joch (198-PF-96) replied with 10 points each in the losing effort.

Netherlands U16: Robert Boezeman 15, Yannick Franke 9, Lennart Overdevest 9
Austria U16: Marvin Ogunsipe 10, Christian Joch 10



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Serbia edge Hungary in test game - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Hungary U18 103:70

Serbian and Hungarian U18 National Team played a test game in Novi Becej. The hosts proved the strength claiming a comfortable win at the end. Brano Dukanovic (173-G-95) delivered 16 points to lead the winners.
Serbia unleashed 28 points in the opening quarter to take an 11-point lead. They stretched the margin in the second quarter. Serbia enjoyed a 48:31 halftime lead. The hosts cleared off in the third quarter. They poured in 32 points to ensure a 35-point advantage before the final quarter. Hungary managed to outscore the hosts in the fourth frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Dusan Kutlesic (195-G-94) provided 14 points for Serbia. Luka Nikolic (205-F-94) and Nikola Rebic (187-PG-95) added 13 points each for the winners. Marcell Molnar (183-G-94) responded with 16 points for Hungary. Somodi netted 15 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Brano Dukanovic 16, Dusan Kutlesic 14, Luka Nikolic 13, Nikola Rebic 13
Hungary U18: Marcell Molnar 16, Somodi 15



U16 European Championship: Portugal outscore Hungary for the top place in Group D - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U16-Hungary U16 64:54

Portugal outscore Hungary for the top place in Group D at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Portuguese team improved to 3-0 record after 64:54 victory. The Hungarian team meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record.
Portugal opened the game with 14-11 and added productive 18-10 in the second quarter. Hungary however did not give up and replied with 24-14 in the third quarter. Zrinyi made two free throws to reduce 46:45 after three quarters. Hungary meanwhile could not score for about 7 minutes in the last stanza and due to that lost the game. Francisco Amiel (186-PG-96) and Neves ensured the late victory for the winners.
Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) paced all the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Francisco Amiel collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Carlos Salamanca (187-G-97) netted 11 and Benvindo Mendes (200-C-96) scored 6. Patrik Hodi (197-PF-96) finished the game 14 points, Levente Nagy (194-SG-96) posted 12 and Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) delivered 11.

Portugal U16: Sergio da Silva 19+11 rebs, Francisco Amiel 15+10 rebs, Carlos Salamanca 11, Benvindo Mendes 6
Hungary U16: Patrik Hodi 14, Levente Nagy 12, Gyorgy Goloman 11



U20 European Championship: Luxembourg sent Hungary to the last spot in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U20-Hungary U20 94:86

Luxembourg sent Hungary to the last spot in Sofia as they beat them in the last game for both teams. Luxembourg outscored Hungary 94:86 at the Classification Game for 17th to 18th Place.
Luxembourg took 16:14 after the first period and added 28:27 at the second period. Tom Steffen (194-F-93) and Bellwald scored for 55:49 and the latter also brought 64:58. Hungary started to play better in the end of the frame and grabbed 69:68 at the end of the quarter. Krisztian Tursics (185-G-92) and Mate Meszaros (192-G/F-92) gave Hungary 73:70 advantage, but Hungary could not win. Luxembourg won the quarter 26-17 and clinched the 17 places in Sofia.
Louis Arendt (187-F/G-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Max Schmit (182-PG-92) netted 15. Tom Steffen delivered 13 points in a winning effort. Mate Meszaros finished the game with high 27 points and Peter Jakab (187-G-93) delivered 17. Martin Somenek (203-PF-93) ended up with 15, whilst Krisztian Tursics notched 8.

Luxembourg U20: Louis Arendt 18, Max Schmit 15, Tom Steffen 13
Hungary U20: Mate Meszaros 27, Peter Jakab 17, Martin Somenek 15, Krisztian Tursics 8



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Mens national team victorious agains Lithuania select team - by Snorri Arnaldsson

The Icelandic mens national team won a Lithuania select team in Lithuania on Saturday, 88-75. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) was the high scorer for Iceland with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) chipped in 14 points and 9 assists. Other scorers were Finnur Magnusson (206-C, college: Catawba) 15, Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) 13, Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G/F-87, agency: I.D.S. Law) 8 (6 ast), Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, college: Catawba) 7, Haukur Palsson (198-F-92, college: Maryland) 6 (8 reb, 4 ast), Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) 4 and Aegir Steinarsson (185-G-91, college: Newberry)n 2 (3 ast).

Iceland will play the Lithuanian Olympic national team on Tuesday in Vilnius.



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U20 European Championship: Czech Republic and Israel head to Division A - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20-Israel U20 72:61

Czech Republic and Israel head to Division A, while the Czechs proved their ambitions from the start of the tournament. The team overcame Israel 72:61 in the Semifinal game of the U20 European Championship in Division B.
Czech Republic opened the game with 15:12 and improved to 7 points early in the second. Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) scored for 24:17 and Martin Kriz (202-F-93) brought 33:24. Later Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) and Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) exchanged the late baskets in the quarter for 37:31 at the halftime. Czech Republic also won the third period 20-19 and increased to 7 points after three quarters. They needed 15-11 in the last stanza to win the game.
Ondrej Balvin top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Martin Kriz added 20 points and 15 rebounds. Jaromir Bohacik notched 16 and Michal Mares (193-G/F-92) had 9. Or Solomon (197-F-93) ended up with 16 points and 15 boards in the losing case, whilst Bar Timor scored 15. Oz Blayzer (199-F-92) nailed 11 and Shawn Dawson (193-SF-93) delivered 9.

Czech Republic U20: Ondrej Balvin 20+16 rebs, Martin Kriz 20+15 rebs, Jaromir Bohacik 16, Michal Mares 9
Israel U20: Or Solomon 16+15 rebs, Bar Timor 15, Oz Blayzer 11, Shawn Dawson 9



Italian Sassari After Dane Diliegro. Haifa Adds Anton Shoutvin. Skverer Joins Eilat - by David Pick

According to sources with information, Dane Diliegro, who was heavily pursued by Israeli Maccabi Haifa, is likely to use his Italian citizenship and stay in Italy. The Jewish center has an offer from Seria A team Banco Sassari, Eurobasket was told.

The 23-year-old 2009 USA Team member in the Israeli Maccabiah Championship games was wanted by many Israeli League organizations with Haifa begin the front runner, but according to Eurobasket sources, is set to join Sassari of the Italian Seria A
Diliegro played last season in Italy with Assi Basket Ostuni of the local minor league. The New Hampshire alumnus recorded impressive 9.1 points and 7.1 boards per game in his professional rookie season.

Earlier today, David Pick reported via Twitter that after departing from its three Americans (Josh Carter, Josh Duncan and Alex Tyus, who's expected to opt-out), Maccabi Ashdod released the former youth star and Israeli prospect Anton Shoutvin, who became Haifa's second singing this summer.

Shoutvin, a 6-foot-9, 23-year-old power forward with a dual Russain-Israeli passport was a member of Maccabi Tel-Aviv's junior team and participated in the 2006 European Adidas Superstar Camp, grabbing the All-Star Team and Best Defensive Player honors. He played pro-ball for five different Israeli clubs including USC Freiburg of Germany before joining Maccabi Ashdod. Last season, Shoutvin posted 3.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.

Hapoel Eilat Signs Skverer

Israeli basketball scenes new comer Hapoel Eilat, inked its first player this off-season in 6-foot-2 Israeli point guard Ezequiel Skverer.

Or Shkedy of Israel's Walla! was first to report of the negotiations and signing of Skverer, who finished last season as best Division I shooter from beyond the arc with 40.5% on the season.

Skverer, another product of Tel-Aviv's youth team played for the organizations senior squad before moving to Givat Shmuel/B.C. Habikaa where he's played for the past fine seasons. The three-time minor league champion participated in the 2007 Nike Junior tournament and was named a member of last season's Israeli Premier League All-Star game.





U16 European Championship: Israel outscored Luxembourg for the initial success - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U16-Israel U16 65:71

Israel outscored Luxembourg at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Israeli team improved to 1-1 record after a 71:65 victory. Luxembourg meanwhile suffered their third straight loss.
Luxembourg won the opening quarter 19:16 and led 3 points at the halftime. Fischer and Kapgen sent the teams to the lockers at 41:38. Avichai Ben Da tied the game at 45:45 early in the third period and Yevgeni Holodov (178-PG-96) nailed three for 48:45 Israeli lead. Huber meanwhile scored the last four points in the third period for 56:51 advantage. Israel also won the last stanza 15-14 and celebrated the initial victory.
Yevgeni Holodov stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Eran Tessone (200-G-96) added 12. Avichai Ben David (185-F-96) ended up with 11 points in a win. Timothy Kauffmann (191-F-96) answered with 29 points in the losing effort, whilst Vic Heuschling (196-F-96) delivered 12. Tom Arens (182-PG-96) notched 11 and Oliver Vujakovic (192-F-96) posted 4 in a loss.

Luxembourg U16: Timothy Kauffmann 29, Vic Heuschling 12, Tom Arens 11, Oliver Vujakovic 4
Israel U16: Yevgeni Holodov 19, Eran Tessone 12, Avichai Ben David 11



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Belinelli may sign with Bulls, leaving Asik out - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Bulls have begun advanced talks with free agent shooting guard Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86), and he may sign for the bi-annual exception, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoops World.

It sounds like Marco Belinelli and the Chicago Bulls are in advanced talks. Nothing imminent, but he may sign for the bi-annual exception.

Belinelli, 26, played the last two seasons with the New Orleans Hornets after time with the Golden State Warriors (2007-09) and Toronto Raptors (2009-10).

The sharpshooter enjoyed the best season of his career last year, averaging 11.8 points and 1.6 3-pointers per game. He doesn't add much else, but would fill a similar role held by Bulls forward Kyle Korver a year ago. Korver was traded last week to the Atlanta Hawks for a trade exception and cash considerations.

Belinelli's bi-annual exception would be worth $1.957 million in 2012-13.

More importantly than the potential addition of Belinelli, using the bi-annual exception would put the Bulls on a hard salary cap spending limit of $74.3 million.

Given Chicago's current contracts, Belinelli's impending contract and Kirk Hinrich's eventual salary, the Bulls would not be able to match the Houston Rockets' offer sheet on Omer Asik and stay under the hard salary cap.

Teams using their mid-level exception also may not go over the hard salary cap.

Courtesy of www.csnchicago.com



Venezia inks F Yakhouba Diawara - by Eurobasket News

Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82, college: Pepperdine) is a new member of Umana Reyer Venezia. The French forward signed a deal for the next season. He spent the last one with Varese averaging 15.2 points and 5.2 rebounds for 36 games in SerieA. Diawara was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team -12. Before Varese, the forward spent one year with Enel Brindisi. There he had 13.6 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 30 games. From 2008 to 2010, Yakhouba Diawara played for the NBA team Miami Heat. He had 3.3 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 66 games in their first season together. From 2006 to 2008, he was a member of the Denver Nuggets. His first season as a pro Diawara split between Dijon and Climamio Bologna. The player graduated at Pepperdine University in 2005.


Cantu extends Nicolas Mazzarino for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Nicolas Mazzarino (181-PG-75, agency: Players Group) will stay with Cantu for the next season. The Uruguayan/Italian point guard signed a new deal today. He already spent last seven years with the club. Mazzarino appeared 37 times in SerieA last season averaging 10.1 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds. He also added 6.2 ppg and 1.4 apg for 16 Euroleague games. Cantu was the newcomer in Euroleague and managed to reach Top 16. Mazzarino helped Cantu to reach SerieA Finals a year ago and he participated at the All-Star Game. He was the winner of 3-point shootout contest. Mazzarino also was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team -11. Cantu played in the Cup Finals in 2011 and this year as well. Before Cantu, Nicolas Mazzarino played for Reggio Calabria. In Uruguay, he played for Welcome, Hebraica Maccabi and Ferro Carril de Salto. Mazzarino was a member of the Uruguayan NT from 1999 to 2008.


Victoria Libertas Pesaro hires Giampiero Ticchi as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Victoria Libertas Pesaro got a new Head Coach for the next season. The team hired Italian specialist Giampiero Ticchi . The 51-year-old coach most recently worked with Rimini. It was in 2009/10 season and the team competed in LegaDue. Ticchi was hired in March of 2010 and finished the season with Rimini. He coached the same team also from 2006 to 2008. In 2005/06, Ticchi led women team Faenza. Giampiero Ticchi also has experience from Bignami Castelmaggiore. He coached Italian women National Team from 2008 until the last summer.
Victoria Libertas Pesaro reached SerieA Semifinals last season. They also played in Cup Semis.



Reyer Venezia keep Keydren Clark - by Giovanni Bargna

Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's) will play with Venezia also next season. The point guard from Alabama, out of Saint Peter's college, was the top scorer for Venezia at the end of last tournament with 14.9 points per game. Clark spent his pro career between Greece and Italy as he joined Egaleo in 2006 then moved to Italy signing with Pesaro in 2007.
He got back to Greece joining Aris in 2008 and he plays for Venezia since 2009.
During last season he gave a great contribution dishing 3 assists per game and shooting with almost 40% from behind the arc.



Varese add De Nicolao - by Giovanni Bargna

Varese officially announced the agreement with Andrea De Nicolao (185-PG-91) for a 3-year deal.
De Nicolao is one of the most interesting italian prospects, is a thin point guard and grew up with Benetton Treviso.
He had his debut in the LeagA in season 2009-2010 before being sent on loan to SBS Castelletto the year next.
De Nicolao got back to Treviso last season averaging 3.5 ppg and 1 assist in about 16 minutes on the court.
He has been playing for the under20 National Team and with them got a silver medal in the european championships in 2011.




Troy Bell inks with Sigma Barcellona - by Eurobasket News

Troy Bell (186-PG-80, college: Boston Coll.) inks with Sigma Barcellona for the upcoming season. According to www.sportando.net, the American guard moves to Sicily.
In Jan.'12 he signed at Ass.Pallacanestro Sant' Antimo (Italy-Lega2, starting five) and became the top-scorer of the league with 23.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 89.2%
Bell started 2010/11 with French Entente Orleans averaging 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 15 ProA games. He also had 11.6 ppg and 3.6 for five EuroChallenge games.
Troy Bell is a familiar face in Italy as he played there from 2007 until the last summer. Last season Bell spent with Vanoli Cremona registering 14.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.8 apg for 30 games. In 2009, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Guard of the Year and won the LegaDue Playoffs with Vanoli Soresina. In 2007/08, Bell was a member of Angelico Biella and Fastweb Casale Monferrato. Before that, Bell played in NBA D-League and Germany. He also appeared few times in NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies.



U20 European Championship: Turkey hold off Italy - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Italy U20 65:61

Turkey clinched the 9th overall position at U20 European Championship. They wrapped up their campaign with a narrow win over Italy. Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 13 points to lead the charge.
Turkey and Italy stayed on level terms in the starting quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes. Italy pulled ahead in the second frame. They scored 23 points to build a 9-point lead at halftime 42:33. Turkey started to turn things around in the third term. They cut the deficit to 5 points at the final break 49:54. Turkey went on 12:0 run at the start of the fourth period to surge ahead. Italy denied the deficit and levelled things up at 61. But Safak Edge (188-PG-92) drained a triple and Geyik hit a free throw to seal the win for Turkey. Safak Edge provided 11 points, while Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) added 9 points for the winning team. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) knocked down 15 points for Italy. Andrea Traini (184-PG-92) had 9 points in the losing effort.

Turkey U20: Ahmet Tuncer 13, Safak Edge 11, Ramazan Tekin 9
Italy U20: Amedeo Tessitori 15, Andrea Traini 9



U16 European Championship: Italy beat Turkey to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16 - Turkey U16 73:68

Italy registered the third straight win at the start of U16 European Championship. They overcame Turkish counterparts in Ventspils tonight to clinch top spot in Group A at 3-0 record. Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) scored 15 points to pace the Azzurri. Turkey fell at 2-1 record after the loss.
Turkey got to a slightly better start to the game. They posted a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Turkey gained an 11-point lead in the second quarter. But Italy answered right back drawing things level at 35 late in the first half. Alemdaroglu put Italy in front 37:35 at the interval. Italy went on a run late in the third quarter. The Azzurri ignited a 10:0 run to take a 59:49 advantage. Turkey could not get closer than 4 points in the final period as Italy cruised to the victory at the end. Federico Mussini (179-PG-96) netted 12 points, while Riccardo Rossato (189-PG-96) provided 14 points for the winners. Oktay Ulubay (189-SG-97) responded with 14 points for Turkey. Tolga Gecim (202-PG-96) had 12 points in the loss.

Italy U16: Daniel Donzelli 15, Riccardo Rossato 14, Federico Mussini 12
Turkey U16: Oktay Ulubay 14, Tolga Gecim 12



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U20 European Championship: Latvia eke out win over Greece - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 - Greece U20 76:74

Latvia clinched a narrow win over Greece in the classification round of U20 European Championship. The Baltic team will now play for the fifth overall position on the final day of the tournament.
Greece enjoyed a confident start to the game. The Hellenes posted a 24:16 lead after ten minutes. Latvia cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Baltic team narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 37:42. Latvia got closer in the third period. They trailed by only 2 points heading into the final stanza. Greece were up by two with 44 seconds remaining. But Bricis converted two free throws and then Arnolds Helmanis (201-PF-92) followed a three-pointer miss by Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) with a layup to seal the victory for Latvia. Arnolds Helmanis and Arturs Bremers (190-G-92) accounted for 12 points each for Latvia. Andris Misters (194-G-92) added 11 points for the winners. Giannoulis Larentzakis answered with game-high 31 points for Greece. Petros Melissaratos (205-F/C-93) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.

Latvia U20: Arnolds Helmanis 12, Arturs Bremers 12, Andris Misters 11
Greece U20: Giannoulis Larentzakis 31, Petros Melissaratos 15



U16 European Championship: Latvia send Russia into relegation round - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U16 - Russia U16 66:59

Latvia stayed in the title race at U16 European Championship. They held off Russia in the crucial game in Group B. Latvia improved at 1-2 record and occupied the third position, while Russia slipped at 0-3 and would play in relegation round. Rauls Avenitis (180-PG-96) came up with 26 points to lead the winners.
Russia ensured almost a perfect start to the game. They limited Latvia to 13 points in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead. Latvia adjusted their defence in the second quarter. They held Russia to 10 points in the period to cut the deficit to three points 30:27. Latvian defence continued to work smoothly in the third term. They held Russia to just 6 points in the frame to ensure a 10-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Latvia cleared off to an 8-point lead late in regulation. Russia got within four but Davis Cima (175-PG-96) and Melderis converted three free throws late in regulation and sealed the victory at the end. Davis Cima posted 11 points, while Ervins Meznieks (184-F-96) added 10 points in the victory. Mikhail Maleyko (203-PF-96) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Ilya Karpenkov (200-C-97) had 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Latvia U16: Rauls Avenitis 26, Davis Cima 11, Ervins Meznieks 10
Russia U16: Mikhail Maleyko 18, Ilya Karpenkov 15+10 boards



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Neptunas bring in Dane Johnson - by Eurobasket News

Neptunas strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra). The centre is not new to Lithuania. Last season Dane Johnson played for Naglis Palangos. He tallied 14.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.1 assists per game in LKL. In Baltic League Dane Johnson averaged 8.0 points, 7.1 boards, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 assists per appearance. He participated at LKL All-Star Game. Eurobasket.com named the centre into LKL All-Newcomers Team. Previously Dane Johnson had stints in Turkey and Portugal. He made it into All-Portuguese Proliga 2nd Team in 2010.


U20 European Championship: Lithuania is the first finalist - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Serbia U20 73:68

Lithuania beat the odds and advanced into the U20 European Championship Final. They defeated Serbia in the first semifinal clash tonight. Serbia entered the encounter undefeated but determined performance from the Baltic side helped them punch the ticket into the title game. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) scored 14 points to lead the winners.
Lithuania jumped to a 21:17 lead at the first break. Lithuania stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They established a 37:30 halftime advantage. Serbia however picked up the tempo in the third quarter. They cut the deficit to a single point with one period remaining 53:52. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) put Serbia in front 66:65 with just over a minute remaining in regulation. But Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) and Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) drained six free throws in the dying seconds to give victory to Lithuania. Vytenis Cizauskas accounted for 13 points, while Paulius Vaitiekunas (205-PF-92) and Edgaras Ulanovas had 11 points each for the winners. Bogdan Bogdanovic netted 16 points for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93) provided 15 points in the losing case.

Lithuania U20: Zygimantas Skucas 14, Vytenis Cizauskas 13, Paulius Vaitiekunas 11, Edgaras Ulanovas 11
Serbia U20: Bogdan Bogdanovic 16, Aleksandar Cvetkovic 15



U16 European Championship: Germany nip Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16 - Lithuania U16 66:65

Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) drained a three-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation to seal the victory for Germany in their battle against Lithuania. Germany improved at 3-0 record, while Lithuania fell at 1-2 in Group C. Jan Wimberg topscored for the winners with 18 points.
Lithuania stormed into this one. They grabbed a 21:8 lead ten minutes into the game. Germany stopped the rot in the second quarter. They slowed the Baltic team down and cut the deficit at 4-point mark at halftime 33:37. Germany denied the deficit in the third quarter. They posted a 51:50 lead into the fourth frame. Lithuania surged back in front in the fourth period. They accumulated a 65:59 advantage with under three minutes remaining. But Jan Wimberg organized a 7:0 run that he capped with a triple to steal the victory for Germany. Sebastian Schmitt (180-PG-96) knocked down 10 points, while Mahir Agva (202-C-96) added 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Tautvydas Paliukenas (192-SF-96) answered with 24 points for Lithuania. Dominykas Zupkauskas (184-PG-96) had 10 points, 9 assists and 4 boards in defeat.

Germany U16: Jan Wimberg 18, Sebastian Schmitt 10, Mahir Agva 9
Lithuania U16: Tautvydas Paliukenas 24, Dominykas Zupkauskas 10



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U20 European Championship: Luxembourg sent Hungary to the last spot in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U20-Hungary U20 94:86

Luxembourg sent Hungary to the last spot in Sofia as they beat them in the last game for both teams. Luxembourg outscored Hungary 94:86 at the Classification Game for 17th to 18th Place.
Luxembourg took 16:14 after the first period and added 28:27 at the second period. Tom Steffen (194-F-93) and Bellwald scored for 55:49 and the latter also brought 64:58. Hungary started to play better in the end of the frame and grabbed 69:68 at the end of the quarter. Krisztian Tursics (185-G-92) and Mate Meszaros (192-G/F-92) gave Hungary 73:70 advantage, but Hungary could not win. Luxembourg won the quarter 26-17 and clinched the 17 places in Sofia.
Louis Arendt (187-F/G-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Max Schmit (182-PG-92) netted 15. Tom Steffen delivered 13 points in a winning effort. Mate Meszaros finished the game with high 27 points and Peter Jakab (187-G-93) delivered 17. Martin Somenek (203-PF-93) ended up with 15, whilst Krisztian Tursics notched 8.

Luxembourg U20: Louis Arendt 18, Max Schmit 15, Tom Steffen 13
Hungary U20: Mate Meszaros 27, Peter Jakab 17, Martin Somenek 15, Krisztian Tursics 8



U16 European Championship: Israel outscored Luxembourg for the initial success - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U16-Israel U16 65:71

Israel outscored Luxembourg at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Israeli team improved to 1-1 record after a 71:65 victory. Luxembourg meanwhile suffered their third straight loss.
Luxembourg won the opening quarter 19:16 and led 3 points at the halftime. Fischer and Kapgen sent the teams to the lockers at 41:38. Avichai Ben Da tied the game at 45:45 early in the third period and Yevgeni Holodov (178-PG-96) nailed three for 48:45 Israeli lead. Huber meanwhile scored the last four points in the third period for 56:51 advantage. Israel also won the last stanza 15-14 and celebrated the initial victory.
Yevgeni Holodov stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Eran Tessone (200-G-96) added 12. Avichai Ben David (185-F-96) ended up with 11 points in a win. Timothy Kauffmann (191-F-96) answered with 29 points in the losing effort, whilst Vic Heuschling (196-F-96) delivered 12. Tom Arens (182-PG-96) notched 11 and Oliver Vujakovic (192-F-96) posted 4 in a loss.

Luxembourg U16: Timothy Kauffmann 29, Vic Heuschling 12, Tom Arens 11, Oliver Vujakovic 4
Israel U16: Yevgeni Holodov 19, Eran Tessone 12, Avichai Ben David 11



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U20 European Championship: Montenegro escape with narrow win over Georgia - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U20 - Georgia U20 83:82

Montenegro clinched an important third win in the classification round in Group G. They snatched a narrow victory over Georgia to improve at 3-2 record. Georgia fell at 1-4 record. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) accounted for 22 points to lead the charge.
Montenegro stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The Balkan team grabbed a 26:7 lead after ten minutes. Georgia however quickly stopped the bleeding and tried to bounce back. They cut the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 40:32. Georgia narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at the final intermission. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) and Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) eventually tied things up at 78 with just over a minute left in regulation. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) and Grabovica immediately came up with four points in a row for Montenegro. Georgia got within one 82:83 but literally ran out of time to save the game. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) had 15 points, while Danilo Nikolic added 14 points for Montenegro. Duda Sanadze delivered 20 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia. Beka Burjanadze netted 18 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Marko Mugosa 22, Vukota Pavic 15, Danilo Nikolic 14
Georgia U20: Duda Sanadze 20+11 boards, Beka Burjanadze 18



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Las Vegas Summer League: Day 8 recap - by Eurobasket News

Day 8 of the Las Vegas Summer League is complete! Here are the studs and duds for Friday July 20:


Studs

Josh Selby (6'2''-G-91, college: Kansas) - One of the most impressive players in Vegas has been Josh Selby of the Memphis Grizzlies. He poured in 32 points against the Charlotte Bobcats with seven threes in 11 attempts. Hes been doing it all week and Selby may make the Grizzlies forget about O.J. Mayo relatively quickly. Selby is scoring guard but at 62, he may not be the perfect fit next to Mike Conley but the Grizzlies have size inside so lack of height may not be a true problem.

Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) - While Selby may have had the most explosive day, Lillard may be the favorite for league MVP. The Portland Trail Blazers have a steal in Damian, who had 23 points and seven assists against the Denver Nuggets. Hes a capable scorer and as he develops, his pick and roll game will improve . . . especially with LaMarcus Aldridge. Lillards athleticism should translate well to the NBA.

Will Barton (6'6''-G-91, college: Memphis) The Blazers got a great performance out of Lillards teammate, rookie Will Barton, who had 21 points on 8-11 shooting to go with nine rebounds. Barton, at 66, started at small forward and showed that the Blazers have drafted some talent (along with big-man Meyers Leonard).

Cleveland Frontcourt - The Cavaliers stomped the New York Knicks 98-64 and while they didnt put in many minutes, the duo of Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas) and Tyler Zeller (7'0''-PF-90, college: N.Carolina) were impressive. Thompson, playing in his first summer league after last years lockout, scored 13 points on 5-7 shooting in just over 12 minutes. Rookie Zeller had 12 while hitting four of seven shots, for 12 in just 12 1/2 minutes. Luke Harangody was strong off the bench with 12 points on 5-7 shooting in 17 1/2 minutes. The regular season version of the Cavaliers is heavily reliant on the youth movement with both Thompson and Zeller integral parts of the teams future.

Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) - While it wasnt his best performance in Las Vegas (with stand-out Klay Thompson sitting this one out), Barnes was still strong with 20 points and nine boards. Barnes played almost 37 minutes and shot 7-16. He also had two steals and no turnovers (but no assists). If there was any doubt that Barnes is a top talent in this draft, his play throughout summer league has been very reassuring to the Golden State Warriors.



Duds

Kendall Marshall (6'3''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina) - The Phoenix Suns guard had a difficult night against the D-League Select team, scoring 10 points on just 4-14 shooting (missing all five three-point attempts). Marshall had six assists but also three turnovers. Arguably the D-League players have more experience and Marshall is just getting his feet wet but he still doesnt look comfortable on the floor (something he would admit postgame). Fortunately for Kendall, the Suns just inked Goran Dragic to start so that Marshall isnt asked to do too much too soon.

Festus Ezeli (6'11''-C-89, college: Vanderbilt) - Golden State Warriors first-round pick (30th) Festus Ezeli had a tough game, going scoreless in 16 minutes. He missed all four shots, pulled in just two boards while turning the ball over three times and committing four fouls. On the positive side, Ezeli had three blocks in brief minutes and on the Warriors, hell be asked to come in behind Andrew Bogut to provide defense and toughness off the bench. As a primary big, Ezeli didnt look up to the task on Friday.

Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) - The San Antonio Spurs point guard had a tough time against the Miami HEAT defense with 10 turnovers against his five assists. He also missed all three of his three-point attempts. The Spurs took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter until Miami exploded for 28 while holding the Spurs to just 14. Joseph, going into his second year, is being brought along slowly by San Antonio who naturally relies on Tony Parker along with Gary Neal and Patty Mills at the point.

Marquis Teague (6'2''-PG-93, college: Kentucky) - A very tough shooting-night for Chicago Bulls guard Marquis Teague. He missed 14 of 18 shots against the Golden State Warriors and finished with a +/- of 11 in 30 minutes in a nine-point loss. Teague just wasnt on his game, dishing just one assist with three turnovers. The Bulls need help at the point with Derrick Rose recovering from a knee injury but Fridays game showed he has a long way to go still.

Leon Powe (6'8''-F-84, college: California) - The former Boston Celtics (and NBA champion) Leon Powe played just over 11 minutes and scored a single point with the Chicago Bulls in their 66-57 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Powe missed all three of his shots and collected just one rebound. Leon has been trying to work his way back into the NBA after a devastating knee injury.


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Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com



Mavericks sign second round pick Jae Crowder - by Eurobasket News

The Dallas Mavericks announced the signing Friday of second-round draft choice Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90, college: Marquette), the 34th overall pick. The 6-foot-6, 235-pount Big East player of the year at Marquette was acquired last month from Cleveland, along with draft rights to 24th pick Jared Cunningham and 33rd pick Bernard James.

Crowder is playing for the Mavericks' summer league team and averaging 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds through three games.The NBA Board of Governors approved a new look for uniforms and a couple of changes in the use of video replay.

On Friday night in the Las Vegas Summer League, Crowder scored 18 points and had four rebounds as the Mavericks defeated the New Orleans Hornets team 78-65. Dallas' young players are 3-1 in the summer league.

Dominique Jones scored 16 points for Dallas, and Mavericks draft pick Bernard James had nine points and eight rebounds. Justin Dentman had 12 points for the Mavs.

Courtesy of www.star-telegram.com



Suns re-sign guard Shannon Brown - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns re-signed reserve guard Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) to a two-year deal worth $7 million, his agent confirmed Friday.

Brown, 26, has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Bobcats and the Los Angeles Lakers. He won two championship rings with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

Brown started 19 games and played in 59 for the Suns in 2011-12, scoring a career high 11.0 points while playing 23 minutes per game. He shot 36.2 percent from three-point range and 42 percent overall.

Agent Mark Bartlestein says Suns have re-signed G Shannon Brown for two years, $7 million.

Courtesy of http://tracking.si.com



Trade scenarios may not make dollars or sense for Howard, Bynum - by Eurobasket News

However the next year unfolds for Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85), the All-Star center wont have to spend much time at the 99-cent store.

But he could be passing up big bucks in several scenarios.

According to Larry Coon, an independent NBA salary cap expert and IT director at UC Irvine who crunched the numbers, the most lucrative decision would be for Howard to re-sign with the team he is playing for at the end of next season.

In that instance, Howard could sign a five-year maximum deal worth $116.8 million that included annual raises of 7.5%. If Howard departed for another team, he could sign for only four years and $86.7 million, receiving raises of 4.5% each year.

The $30-million discrepancy might be the primary reason suitors such as the Lakers would be willing to acquire Howard without preliminary assurances that he would sign an extension.

We were fully confident if we ever made a move to get Dwight Howard that he would re-sign with us, Jim Buss, the Lakers executive vice president of player personnel, told NBA TV on Thursday.

If Howard opted to re-sign with his team during next season, he would receive at most a three-year extension for $65.5 million. Assuming he was no longer playing for Orlando, he could not sign the extension until six months after being traded by the Magic.

The least rewarding possibility for Howard would involve an extend-and-trade situation, in which Orlando could add only two more years to his current contract (which calls for him to make $19.3 million next season) for a maximum of $41.5 million over the extension before sending him to a new team.

The scenarios play out similarly for the Lakers Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services), who is slated to make $16.1 million next season in the final year of his contract. Bynum would make the most money by waiting until the end of next season to re-sign with his team.

[Updated at 7:42 p.m. July 20: According to Coons calculations, if Bynum signed a maximum, five-year contract with his current team at the end of the 2012-13 season, he could make up to $101.9 million over the life of the deal. If Bynum signed with a new team at that point, those figures would drop to four years and a maximum of $75.7 million over the life of the contract, factoring in 4.5% annual raises.

If Bynum was traded by the Lakers and signed a new extension with his team at some point next season, he could get only three years and $57.1 million after waiting six months following the trade. And if he was part of an extend-and-trade deal involving the Lakers and one or more teams in which he was sent elsewhere, he could at most get an additional two years and $36.2 million on his current contract, which expires at the end of next season.]

Buss made it sound like no deals were imminent during his interview with NBA TV.

As far as trading, Buss said, its a lot quieter than people think.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com



Andray Blatche clears waivers, becomes a free agent - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86) cleared waivers Thursday when none of the nine teams with salary cap space made the minimum bid of $3.79 million to acquire him. Blatche is now an unrestricted free agent.

Blatches agent, Andy Miller, said he doesnt expect teams to make a serious push for his clients services until the conclusion of summer league.

The Wizards designated Blatche as their amnesty player Tuesday, ending a seven-year relationship with the 6-foot-11 power forward, who has career averages of 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. Blatche will receive the entire $23 million remaining on his contract, over three years. His salary, however, is no longer on the Wizards payroll, under the rules of the leagues collective bargaining agreement.

Courtesy of Washington Post (via www.insidehoops.com)



Lakers to keep Jordan Hill - by Eurobasket News

Jordan Hill (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Arizona), a late-season bloomer for the Los Angeles Lakers last year, is set to sign a deal with the team after a protracted free-agency courtship.

Hill will sign a two-year deal worth "a little less" than $8 million, a league source told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Friday. Hill's decision came down to the Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, with Hill accepting less money to stay in L.A., according to the source. The contract also includes incentives that can increase his overall compensation.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak made one of his first calls at the start of free agency on July 1 to Hill's agent, Kevin Bradbury, but for a variety of reasons -- the Lakers' pursuit of Dwight Howard and Hill receiving attention from other teams among them -- it took nearly three weeks to strike a deal.

"Jordan is excited to play with Steve Nash and has the utmost respect for Kobe Bryant," Bradbury told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "With Mitch Kupchak and Mike Brown taking a chance on him last year at the trade deadline, he feels like he has some unfinished business with the Lakers and can't wait to compete for a championship."

Hill, who turns 25 later this month, was acquired by the Lakers from the Houston Rockets for Derek Fisher at the trade deadline in March.

It took the 6-foot-10 forward about a month to break into Brown's rotation as he sat with a sprained MCL in his right knee, but contributed when given an opportunity.

He logged three double-doubles over the course of six games from the second to last game of the regular season through Game 4 of the Lakers' first-round series against the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers won all three games.

Overall, Hill averaged 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in seven regular-season games with the Lakers, increasing those numbers to 4.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in the postseason.

Even though the Lakers are over the luxury tax limit and thus only have the mini mid-level exception (starting at $3 million in the first year) and the veteran's minimum contracts available to them to offer to incoming free agents, they held partial Bird rights to Hill, and could offer him a maximum of $3,632,450 a season for up to five years.

Hill still faces third-degree felony assault charges for an alleged February incident involving his ex-girlfriend when he was still a member of the Rockets.

Hill's attorney, Rusty Hardin Jr., who has worked for big-name athletes such as Roger Clemens and Adrian Peterson in the past, is scheduled to appear in a Houston courtroom on Tuesday to represent Hill. If convicted, Hill faces a sentence of two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to the district attorney's office.

Another on-court question remains, of course, as to whether Hill will be the team's primary backup big man behind starters Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum or behind Gasol and Howard, should a deal be completed.

Hill was drafted with the No. 8 pick in 2009 by the New York Knicks, the first of three teams he's played for -- along with the Rockets and Lakers -- in the first three years of his career.

Courtesy of ESPN



Al Harrington healing after multiple off-season surgeries - by Eurobasket News

By Jeff Lenchiner

InsideHoops.com is in Las Vegas for 2012 NBA summer league. Friday afternoon, Denver Nuggets forward Al Harrington (6'9''-F-80) walked into the gym on crutches. InsideHoops.com had a quick exclusive chat with Harrington for a health update:

InsideHoops.com: Whats the latest on you and your surgery?

Al Harrington: I had tore my meniscus in April, towards the end of the season or whatever, and got it fixed after Game 7 or whatever. And then I got a staph infection. So I was sick, man. I had like three surgeries. And then a couple weeks later, they checked my knee again and it still was kinda cloudy in there. So I had to wait six weeks and take medicine and then I had surgery again this Monday. Hopefully its the last one.

InsideHoops.com: And which knee is it?

Harrington: My right knee.

InsideHoops.com: So if everything goes as planned and hoped, when will you be ready to play basketball?

Harrington: Ill be ready for the first game of the season. I dont think Ill be ready for training camp. First game of the season is my goal. I think I can make it happen.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Belinelli may sign with Bulls, leaving Asik out - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Bulls have begun advanced talks with free agent shooting guard Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86), and he may sign for the bi-annual exception, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoops World.

It sounds like Marco Belinelli and the Chicago Bulls are in advanced talks. Nothing imminent, but he may sign for the bi-annual exception.

Belinelli, 26, played the last two seasons with the New Orleans Hornets after time with the Golden State Warriors (2007-09) and Toronto Raptors (2009-10).

The sharpshooter enjoyed the best season of his career last year, averaging 11.8 points and 1.6 3-pointers per game. He doesn't add much else, but would fill a similar role held by Bulls forward Kyle Korver a year ago. Korver was traded last week to the Atlanta Hawks for a trade exception and cash considerations.

Belinelli's bi-annual exception would be worth $1.957 million in 2012-13.

More importantly than the potential addition of Belinelli, using the bi-annual exception would put the Bulls on a hard salary cap spending limit of $74.3 million.

Given Chicago's current contracts, Belinelli's impending contract and Kirk Hinrich's eventual salary, the Bulls would not be able to match the Houston Rockets' offer sheet on Omer Asik and stay under the hard salary cap.

Teams using their mid-level exception also may not go over the hard salary cap.

Courtesy of www.csnchicago.com



New Knicks guard Jason Kidd apologizes following DUI arrest - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) has made a public apology after recently being arrested on alleged DUI charges, the veteran playmaker posted on his Twitter account on Friday.

The 39-year-old Kidd was apologetic in his twitter comment and thanked his family and friends for their continuous support.

I regret any disruption my accident last weekend may have caused members of the community and want to thank the local authorities, Kidd tweeted Friday. He followed up with, Id also like to thank my family and friends for their support.

Kidd was taken into custody after he was charged with a misdemeanor after a single-car accident in the Hamptons. Kidd's Cadillac Escalade hit a telephone and went straight into the woods in Water Mill.

Kidd, who signed a free-agent contract with the Knicks after spending four and a half season with the Dallas Mavericks, is scheduled to appear in court on September 12. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Courtesy of http://gantdaily.com



76ers officially sign Kwame Brown - by Eurobasket News

Center Kwame Brown (6'11''-F/C-82, agency: Priority Sports) officially signed with the 76ers for a two-year deal reported to be worth $6 million.

It continues busy movement along Philadelphia's front court, with Spencer Hawes re-signed and Darryl Watkins waived after being acquired in a trade.

Brown made $6.75 million as a member of the Warriors last season. He played in just nine games before he tore his pectoralis major -- the largest muscle in the chest which attaches to the shoulder -- and had surgery in January.

In 11 pro seasons, Brown averaged 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Golden State was his sixth NBA team since 2005 when he was drafted No. 1 by the Washington Wizards out of Glynn Academy in South Carolina.

Brown was the first high school player to be drafted first overall in the NBA draft.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Andrei Kirilenko reportedly on Golden State Warriors' wish list - by Eurobasket News

The Warriors have been talking with forward Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue), but the New Orleans Hornets free agent seems waiting it out to see if his best offer has yet to come, knowing Golden State's offer will probably still be there. It wouldn't be a long shot if he took more money elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the expectation is that former Los Angeles Clipper Kenyon Martin, who the Warriors reportedly have interest in, will opt to sign with a contender.

So what about Andrei Kirilenko (6'9''-F-81)?

The Warriors, according to league sources, have him on their wish list. At 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, Kirilenko doesn't figure to have the bulk the Warriors want at power forward, but he'd fit well as a PF in a small lineup.

Kirilenko is a defensive specialist and the Warriors need guys like that on the roster. Kirilenko can also play small forward, which he did for years with Utah. If his game is on point, he could even compete for the starting SF spot. They've liked him in the past, but his price was way too high.

Now Kirilenko, who is preparing to play for Russia in the Olympics, is apparently considering a return to the NBA. At this late a stage in the game, his price figures to be pretty reasonable, perhaps even the veteran's minimum. The Warriors do have interest, but have to be considered a dark horse.

If Kirilenko does return to the NBA, the speculation is that the Nets would be the front runners. The former Utah Jazz star is friends with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who earlier this year lost in his bid to be elected president of Russia. However, Kirilenko can only make the veteran's minimum (about $1.2 million for him) if he signs with Brooklyn. The Warriors could double that in the first year of a deal.

By most accounts, Warriors general manager Bob Myers has had a successful offseason. He got three relative "steals" in the draft and landed what they needed in veteran PG Jarrett Jack in exchange for Dorell Wright.

But Myers hasn't been able to land a free agent that he wants, which was expected to be one of his strengths.

You can argue those some of these players saying no turned out to be breaks for the Warriors, but Golden State has been spurned by Andre Miller, Kirk Hinrich, Brandon Roy, J.J. Hickson and Antawn Jamison. All were reported to be on the Warriors' list but signed elsewhere. If Myers could pull off a Kirilenko (or Landry or Martin) it would be a good first step.

Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com



Cavs claim Leuer off waivers - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers have claimed forward Jon Leuer (6'10''-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) off waivers from the Houston Rockets.

Leuer, who was waived on Wednesday, averaged 4.7 points and shot 50.8 percent from the field to go with 2.6 rebounds in his rookie season. He played in 46 games, starting 12 of them.

"Jon is a young, athletic, hard-working post player. He will add depth and also bring a perimeter shooting element to our big positions," Cavs general manager Chris Grant said. "We're happy to add Jon to our team and looking forward to his continued growth and development as a Cavalier."

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com



TOP 5 POSITION RANKINGS OF BOSNIA AND HERCIGOVINA BORN PLAYERS! - by Chris Mathieu

TOP 5 POSITION RANKINGS OF BOSNIA AND HERCIGOVINA BORN PLAYERS!
POINT GUARD
1. Zoran Planinic: Zoran was a first round pick of the New Jersey Nets and backed up Jason Kidd during his time in the NBA. He never really had the chance to display his talents in the NBA and moved back to Europe. Teams had shown interest in bringing him back over the years but he refused the offers considering how well established he had become in Europe.
2. Vule Avdalovic: Vule at one point was an up and coming young star in Europe. Injuries limited him however a few years ago and he never fully recovered.
3. Muhamad Pasalic: Muhamad had a solid first year in Greece with one of the worst teams in Greece D1. It will be interesting to see him reproduce his numbers on a better team or in a better league.
4. Alexander Capin: Another solid pro who suffered serious injuries and hasnt been the same. It looked like his career was about over but he has learned to play with less athleticism.
5. Zlatko Jovanovic Just not quick or athletic enough to be a great player but he is a very solid crafty veteran who gets everything out of his talent.
SHOOTING GUARD
1. Bojan Bogdanovic A very solid shooter who has continued to get better, he has a good shot of joining the NBA in the next few years, possibly even next year. He has showed slow incremental improvement from year to year.
2. Nemanja Gordic Had a very good year in Italy a young player who continues to improve.
3. Goran Ikonic On the downside of a great career he is still a highly capable player who has gotten smarter as his skills have declined.
4. Ivan Opacak A decent shooter but a good defender who is a solid glue guy for quality teams for a long time.
5. Diego Kapelan Faced a tough situation in Zrinjski last year, bounced back with a solid ending in Germany. Diego should turn out to be a very solid European pro.
SMALL FORWARD
1. Emir Preldzic He appears to have peaked, former NBA draft pick that has a solid overall game but doesnt shoot well enough to be a star.
2. Nihad Dedovic A solid player with a limited upside due to lack of shooting, handle and elite NBA athleticism. Nihad hasnt improved greatly from when he burst onto the scene as a phenom 15 year old with KK BOSNA ASA.
3. Ante Masic A long time solid pro and glue guy who is always in demand.
4. Jasmin Hukic A former top SF in Europe who is on the downside of his career
5. Veselin Petrovic A long term solid player who is now in decline
POWER FORWARD
1. Mirza Teletovic Recently made a big splash by joining the Brooklyn Nets, Mirza has been the top European power forward for the last few years and appears to be hitting is peak at the age of 27.
2. Marko Keselj A quality all-around player who does a little of everything to help a team win. Doesnt take a lot of shots and isnt aggressive offensively but has contributed to some great teams in Europe so far.
3. Damir (Omerhodzic) Markota One of the most talented players in Europe he has struggled to put it all together to maximize his talent. He could be one of those players who reaches his peak at or after 30 or becomes like Andrej Festivov and never reaches his full potential. Had a cup of coffee in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks but he hardly played and returned to Europe.
4. Edin Bavcic Recently his rights were sold to the New Orleans Hornets. Based upon his previous experience in the NBA summer leagues it appears unlikely he will ever play a regular season NBA game even though he is a good shooter with nice size.
5. Kenan Bajramovic Kenan has been a very solid international for a long time, he doesnt have a pretty game or play above the rim but is a nice player to have on your team.
CENTER
1. Mirza Begic A very solid European center, he is one of the best shot blockers and rebounders in Europe. He would be a good NBA backup center considering his ability to guard the rim and block shots. He has never turned into a 30 a minute guy in Europe; otherwise he would put up crazy numbers considering his averages per minute are excellent.
2. Stanko Barac A highly skilled, soft center who has teased more than a few teams with his ability only to disappoint in the end.
3. Nedzad Sinanovic An NBA draft pick that was late to the game and has been slow to develop, still he shows good skill for a European center.
4. Ogjen Kuzmic Recently drafted by the NBA he may be the most talented center from Bosnia. Another player who was late getting a start he has good athleticism, is a hard worker and has been getting better year after year.
5. Elemedin Kikanovic Once a highly regarded prospect he appears to have peaked early in his career and just doesnt have the weight or shooting to either be a great rebounder or offensive threat. He is a decent midlevel European center.



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Big Ten makes right call on limiting Delanys power - by Eurobasket News

Thank you, Big Ten.

You took a deep breath. You slowed your roll. And you appear to have kept your wits about you in regards to the criminal, ethical and administrative debacle that continues to infest Penn State.

For that, I tip my hat. On this day, at least.

I hope I can continue to say the same in the future.

To be sure, the gut-wrenching scandal at Penn State is the biggest mess that weve ever seen in college athletics. But the last thing that anyone needs is for it to become something even bigger.

And ultimately make a different mess at other schools.

On Thursday, the Chronicle of Higher Education created an online firestorm when it reported that Big Ten conference leaders have been considering a proposal that would have given Commissioner Jim Delany greater power to levy penalties on member schools, including the disturbing ability to even fire coaches himself.

On Friday, the Big Ten moved to quell the uproar and announced that it has no plans to give its commish such outlandish control. In a statement, the conference said, giving emergency powers to the commissioner to fire personnel is not under consideration by its 12 presidents and chancellors.

And thank goodness for that. Because, as the league moves on from this scandal, I think its important for everyone to remember that what happened at Penn State is about Penn State, and that its not about Minnesota or Michigan State or Illinois.

Nor is it about Wisconsin or Northwestern or any of the conferences other member schools. It isnt even about Michigan, Nebraska or Ohio State, where the foaming-at-the-mouth football cultures are most similar to the one that loomed so terribly large over Happy Valley.

Without a doubt, the Big Tens other schools and their fan bases along with every college in the country need to reassess their priorities in the wake of the Penn State disaster and the football-above-all mentality that helped create it.

But such assessments and any decisions resulting from them should be the responsibility of those schools. Its not the place of the NCAA, nor that of a conference to assume control of a universitys decision-making powers simply because a fellow institution wasnt able to properly take care of itself.

On Thursday, an unidentified Big Ten basketball coach told CBSSports.coms Gary Parrish, Penn State had an awful scandal because it had one man [Joe Paterno] who had too much power. Is that right? So the way to fix that is to give another man [Delany] too much power? Does that make any sense? It takes some kind of arrogance to even suggest that.

The coach was right. And even though the Big Ten announced that it wont grant Delany such the power to fire coaches, it is disturbing to me that the league had even considered the option.

Ive long believed that no one can possibly understand a universitys unique culture as well as the university itself. And its when a governing body begins to think that it knows whats better for its member schools than those schools do themselves that we open true cans of worms.

For example, in 2005, the NCAA unilaterally declared that every school using Native American imagery was hostile and abusive. The details of that imagery didnt matter. The feelings of alumni and the students on campus didnt matter. The only think that mattered was the NCAAs blanket solution, which was haphazardly tossed atop every schools administration.

Soon enough, of course, the NCAA proceeded to poke hypocritical holes in its own blanket by allowing some schools (Florida State) to maintain their status quo, while others could not (Illinois, North Dakota). The issue still festers at schools today.

In my estimation, such decisions about abolishing Native American nicknames and mascots should have been left up to individual universities, which fully understood the unique dynamics involved on their own campuses. Along those lines, decisions about coaches, game day atmosphere or anything else related to a schools sports culture should still be left up to that individual school.

Its not the NCAAs or Big Tens place to meddle with personnel decisions and have the ability to create potentially controversial imbalances within the league. Governing bodies can and should issue guidelines, suggestions and sanctions, when mistakes are made. But they shouldnt take over control of member institutions especially when the reason is another school was unable to manage itself.

Penn State couldnt, and it should pay a steep price for its mismanagement. But heres to hoping that a day never comes when the Big Ten or any league forces all of its schools to foot the bill for one members failures.

Because, if that happens, well all get an F.

Courtesy of http://chicago.cbslocal.com



Coach K is out of the country with USA Basketball but still up to date on recruiting - by Eurobasket News

The games don't end each night here at the Nike Peach Jam until after 10, and, actually, it's usually closer to 11. Most college coaches then exit the Riverview Park Activities Center and gather in a local restaurant or bar for a late meal, and Jeff Capel is typically among them. But the Duke assistant always has an email to file before he puts his head on a pillow. He sends it to his boss who's doubling this summer as Team USA's coach.

"I email him every night, and then he calls me," Capel said. "We communicate constantly."

I was at the Nike Global Challenge in Washington D.C. last week and have been at the Nike Peach Jam here on the South Carolina-Georgia border this week, and I think I've seen every relevant Division I coach at one time or another except Mike Krzyzewski . Obviously, the Duke coach's absence is excused because he's with Kobe and LeBron in England. But that doesn't mean he's uninformed about what's happening with recruits back here on the summer circuit, and -- with Duke assistants Chris Collins and Steve Wojciechowski also in England with USA Basketball -- it's mostly Capel's job to keep Krzyzewski up to date on who's playing well, who isn't, and what other schools might be moving in on the Blue Devils' primary targets.

Capel does that nightly.

He and Krzyzewski talk often.

So Duke is hardly suffering on the recruiting trail.

In fact, most believe the Blue Devils are actually benefitting from Krzyzewski's time with USA Basketball because though recruits haven't seen him this month in Indianapolis, Philadelphia or some other city with a major event, K's face has been all over television next to the world's best players, and that has an undeniable impact on the nation's best recruits.

"I think Coach K uses it to his advantage," said one rival ACC coach. "But let's be honest: Duke has always had good players. So it's not like they just started getting great recruits when he started working with Kobe and LeBron. They were getting great recruits way before that."

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Pitino says Bilas should be Big East's commissioner - by Eurobasket News

Louisville coach Rick Pitino , on his website, said that ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas would be his choice as the next commissioner of the Big East conference.

Pitino said that Bilas possesses everything the Big East should be looking for in a commissioner:

"A presence that Presidents and Athletic Directors will respect; a strong personality and creative thinker; a television background and a total understanding of the diversity of its constituents; an ability to bring football into the limelight. Well, Dave Gavitt's vision could be carried out by one man that has come to the necessary way of thinking towards the future. That man is Jay Bilas. I would take a portion of the Syracuse and Pittsburgh money, give him a 5 year contract and pay him 2 million per year. He has charisma, knows T.V., has a legal background, outstanding presence, and a creative thinker. He would be a grand slam."

Pitino was in North Augusta, S.C., this week for the Nike Peach Jam AAU basketball tournament.

Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said the Big East coaches won't have a lot of say anyway in who gets named the commissioner. That's particularly true for Pittsburgh, which is leaving the Big East next July.

"We have no vote, as well know," Dixon said. "There is football involved too. My guess is the criteria will be a background in football, but he could figure it out pretty quickly, I'm sure."

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



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U16 European Championship: Switzerland posted the third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Norway U16-Switzerland U16 43:55

Switzerland posted the third straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side rolled over Norway 55:43 for 3-0 record on top of Group D. Norway meanwhile lost their third consecutive game.
Norway won the opening frame 11-10, but could not keep the lead. The Swiss team replied with 14-10 in the second quarter and Luka Mandic (195-F-96) scored for 24:21 at the halftime. Mattia Cafisi (181-PG-97) and Luka Mandic increased the lead to 7 points early in the third quarter, while Anthony Polite (190-SF-97) brought 40:31. Luka Mandic later closed the period from the free throw line at 44:31. Norway did not give up and reduced to 3 points as Nymo cut it to 43:46 midway through the last period. Mattia Cafisi and Fragniere scored the last baskets for the winners to seal the victory.
Luka Mandic top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Mattia Cafisi nailed 12. Owandji Otoka (185-SF-96) notched 8 and Anthony Polite had 4 points and 21 boards. Harald Frey (174-PG-97) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort as Norway fell at 0-3 record. Sjur Berg (196-PF-96) collected 12 points and the same number of rebounds, whilst Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) posted 10.

Norway U16: Harald Frey 13, Sjur Berg 12+12 rebs, Johannes Dolven 10
Switzerland U16: Luka Mandic 19+16 rebs, Mattia Cafisi 12, Owandji Otoka 8, Anthony Polite 4+21 rebs



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2012 PBA Governors Cup Roundup: July 20, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

B-MEG LLAMADOS over BGY. GINEBRA KINGS, 74-72

Better to be lucky than good, right? No? Go ask PJ Simon.

And with Mark Caguioa and the Gin Kings out of the way, the 2012 PBA Governors Cup Finals is set with the Llamados taking on the surprise package of the tourney the Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters. This promises to be a barn-burner!

Game Report:

Peter June Simon was at the right place at the right time, scoring a putback off a broken play with 2.5 seconds left to lift the B-MEG Llamados to a tense 74-72 win over the Barangay Ginebra Kings at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.

The victory sealed a second straight championship berth for the Llamados, as they face the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the Governors Cup finals that begins on Sunday.

Simon came from the weak side, tipped the ball in off a missed jumper from import Marqus Blakely.

Ginebra had one last shot, but Kerby Raymundo missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have won the game.

I drew it all up, joked B-MEG coach Tim Cone moments after the victory. I called a play for Marqus to throw up a shot and PJ to come from the weak side to put it back in.

But really, it was pure luck.

Turning serious, Cone said he is looking forward to being in a series again.

Im glad the semis is over. We were looking forward to advancing because playing in this single-round semifinals is really difficult. You only have a day to adjust and youre facing different opponents.

At least in the finals, its going to be a seven-game series. You have time to figure out your opponent and make some necessary adjustments.

As expected, the do-or-die match was a tightly-fought encounter. Until the final moments of the game, B-MEG was teetering on the brink of defeat.

KG Canaleta hit a game-tying three-pointer, with 1:58 left that leveled the count at 72-all. That shot was made from deep corner with only two seconds left on the shot clock.

It was a shot that came off a broken play, a crucial play that was contested by Cone because

In my 23 years of coaching in the PBA, its the first time Ive heard of a rule that a player should have control of the ball first before the clock ticks, said Cone. All I know is that once a player receives the ball, the secondz start ticking. KG took a few seconds before getting the shot off.

BML 74- Blakely 22, Yap 16, Simon 11, De Ocampo 8, Pingris 7, Barroca 5, Urbiztondo 3, Reavis 2, Villanueva 0.
GIN 72- Bozeman 27, Caguioa 14, Canaleta 9, Raymundo 7, Hatfield 6, Villanueva 3, Ababou 2, W. Wilson 2, Helterbrand 2, Maierhofer 0, Mamaril 0, Cortez 0.
QS: 23-19, 41-36, 58-57, 74-72.

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



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U16 European Championship: Poland take down Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Poland U16 - Czech Republic U16 89:77

Poland claimed a crucial win at U16 European Championship Group D. They overcame Czech Republic to advance into the Second Stage of the tournament. Kamil Zywert (188-PG-96) came up with 22 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds to lead the Polish team. Czech Republic fell at 0-3 record and would play in relegation round.
Poland set the tone early in the game. They outscored their opponents 21:11 in the first ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense second quarter. Poland though remained in charge posting a 42:32 halftime lead. Poland extended the lead in the third quarter. They ensured a 14-point advantage at the final intermission. Czech Republic got within four midway through the final stanza but Poland quickly restored a safe cushion and marched to the victory. Grzegorz Kulka (192-PF-96) posted 18 points, while Marek Zywert (185-SG-96) and Mateusz Stawiak (199-PF-96) added 11 points each for the winners. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic. Marek Mares (185-G-96) had 13 points in the loss.

Poland U16: Kamil Zywert 22, Grzegorz Kulka 18, Marek Zywert 11, Mateusz Stawiak 11
Czech Republic U16: Matej Svoboda 21, Marek Mares 13



U20 European Championship: Poland step closer to the 5th place - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20-Finland U20 83:70

Poland step closer to the 5th place at U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Finland 83:70 in the start of the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places.
Poland went on a 4-0 run and Michal Michalak (194-G-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored for 8:2. Tomasz Gielo (205-F-93) and Przemyslaw Karnowski (214-C-93) brought 21:18, while Aleksi Akpaso (192-SG-92) tied the game at 21:21. Later Michal Michalak and Vaenerberg exchanged the late baskets in the first period and Jaroslaw Zyskowski (201-G-92) drove a lay-up for 34:26 early in the second. Aleksi Akpaso again reduced to 42:41, while Jaroslaw Zyskowski closed a 10-0 run at the half for 52:41. Poland added 20-15 in the third period and led 14 points in the start of the fourth period. Finland answered with 14-11 in the frame but lost the game.
Tomasz Gielo top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski nailed 14. Jaroslaw Zyskowski delivered 13 and Michal Michalak as well as Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) had 11 each. Alex Murphy (203-F-93) poured in 30 points in the losing effort, whilst Aleksi Akpaso scored 13.

Poland U20: Tomasz Gielo 17, Przemyslaw Karnowski 14, Jaroslaw Zyskowski 13, Michal Michalak 11, Mateusz Ponitka 11
Finland U20: Alex Murphy 30, Aleksi Akpaso 13



China narrowly defeat Poland in test game - by Eurobasket News

Poland - China 72:73

China overcame Poland in the exhibition encounter in Katowice. Jianlian Yi (213-F/C-87) scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the Asian powerhouse.
The hosts got to a perfect start. They unloaded 27 points in the first quarter and grabbed a 13-point lead. China narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. They got within 9 points at halftime 42:33. China took over in the third quarter. The visitors drew things level at 56 at the final break. China pulled ahead in the final frame 69:62. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) scored five points in a 7:0 run from the hosts as they drew things level at 69. However China pulled back in front for a 72:69 lead. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) hit a three-pointer to knot things up once again but Wei Liu knocked down a free throw and sealed the victory for China. Chen Jianghua (188-PG-89) posted 14 points for the winners. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) added 10 points for China. Michal Ignerski responded with 21 points for Poland. Lukasz Koszarek had 12 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds in defeat.

Poland: Michal Ignerski 21, Lukasz Koszarek 12
China: Jianlian Yi 22+10 boards, Chen Jianghua 14, Wang ZhiZhi 10



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Portugal and Bulgaria exchange victories in Pravets - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria and Portugal played two friendly games in Pravets. The teams traded victories.
The first game ended with the hosts claiming a 68:64 win. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) came up with 23 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria built a 22:10 lead after ten minutes. Portugal however drew things level at 51 with one quarter remaining. Bulgaria held the visitors to 15 points in the fourth frame and clinched a narrow win at the end. Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 9 points, while Martin Durchev (200-G-87) added 8 points for Bulgaria. Joao Gomes (199-F-85) answered with 20 points for Portugal. Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) and Paulo Cunha (199-G/F-80) had 7 points each in the loss.
Next game had a difference scenario. Portugal started strongly as they secured a 24:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Bulgaria cut the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 34:40. The hosts denied the deficit and pulled in front for a 60:57 lead with one period remaining. But the home side collapsed offensively in the fourth frame scoring just 6 points and allowing Portugal to celebrate victory. Joao Gomes had 17 points for Portugal. Mario Fernandes added 15 points, while Jose Silva (194-F-89) finished with 12 points for the winners. Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) responded with 14 points for Bulgaria. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) netted 13 points each in defeat.



U16 European Championship: Portugal outscore Hungary for the top place in Group D - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U16-Hungary U16 64:54

Portugal outscore Hungary for the top place in Group D at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Portuguese team improved to 3-0 record after 64:54 victory. The Hungarian team meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record.
Portugal opened the game with 14-11 and added productive 18-10 in the second quarter. Hungary however did not give up and replied with 24-14 in the third quarter. Zrinyi made two free throws to reduce 46:45 after three quarters. Hungary meanwhile could not score for about 7 minutes in the last stanza and due to that lost the game. Francisco Amiel (186-PG-96) and Neves ensured the late victory for the winners.
Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) paced all the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Francisco Amiel collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Carlos Salamanca (187-G-97) netted 11 and Benvindo Mendes (200-C-96) scored 6. Patrik Hodi (197-PF-96) finished the game 14 points, Levente Nagy (194-SG-96) posted 12 and Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) delivered 11.

Portugal U16: Sergio da Silva 19+11 rebs, Francisco Amiel 15+10 rebs, Carlos Salamanca 11, Benvindo Mendes 6
Hungary U16: Patrik Hodi 14, Levente Nagy 12, Gyorgy Goloman 11



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  RUSSIA   


Andrei Kirilenko reportedly on Golden State Warriors' wish list - by Eurobasket News

The Warriors have been talking with forward Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue), but the New Orleans Hornets free agent seems waiting it out to see if his best offer has yet to come, knowing Golden State's offer will probably still be there. It wouldn't be a long shot if he took more money elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the expectation is that former Los Angeles Clipper Kenyon Martin, who the Warriors reportedly have interest in, will opt to sign with a contender.

So what about Andrei Kirilenko (6'9''-F-81)?

The Warriors, according to league sources, have him on their wish list. At 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, Kirilenko doesn't figure to have the bulk the Warriors want at power forward, but he'd fit well as a PF in a small lineup.

Kirilenko is a defensive specialist and the Warriors need guys like that on the roster. Kirilenko can also play small forward, which he did for years with Utah. If his game is on point, he could even compete for the starting SF spot. They've liked him in the past, but his price was way too high.

Now Kirilenko, who is preparing to play for Russia in the Olympics, is apparently considering a return to the NBA. At this late a stage in the game, his price figures to be pretty reasonable, perhaps even the veteran's minimum. The Warriors do have interest, but have to be considered a dark horse.

If Kirilenko does return to the NBA, the speculation is that the Nets would be the front runners. The former Utah Jazz star is friends with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who earlier this year lost in his bid to be elected president of Russia. However, Kirilenko can only make the veteran's minimum (about $1.2 million for him) if he signs with Brooklyn. The Warriors could double that in the first year of a deal.

By most accounts, Warriors general manager Bob Myers has had a successful offseason. He got three relative "steals" in the draft and landed what they needed in veteran PG Jarrett Jack in exchange for Dorell Wright.

But Myers hasn't been able to land a free agent that he wants, which was expected to be one of his strengths.

You can argue those some of these players saying no turned out to be breaks for the Warriors, but Golden State has been spurned by Andre Miller, Kirk Hinrich, Brandon Roy, J.J. Hickson and Antawn Jamison. All were reported to be on the Warriors' list but signed elsewhere. If Myers could pull off a Kirilenko (or Landry or Martin) it would be a good first step.

Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com



U20 European Championship: Russia beat Ukraine to clinch 11th position - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Ukraine U20 83:63

Russia claimed the 11th overall position at U20 European Championship. They overcame Ukraine in the final game at the tournament for both teams. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) scored 14 points to lead the effort.
Russia led from start to finish. They posted a 19:14 lead at the first intermission. Russia boosted the margin in the second term. They established a 41:34 halftime lead. Russia kept Ukraine at distance throughout the third term. They piled up a comfortable 14-point lead heading into the fourth quarter 61:47. Russia outscored their opponents in the final frame and sealed an easy win at the end. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) accounted for 13 points, while Gleb Goldyrev (200-F/G-93) added 12 points for the winners. Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) answered with 14 points for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) and Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) netted 12 points each in the loss.

Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 14, Alexander Varnakov 13, Gleb Goldyrev 12
Ukraine U20: Olexandr Mishula 14, Vyacheslav Bobrov 12, Klym Artamonov 12



U16 European Championship: Latvia send Russia into relegation round - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U16 - Russia U16 66:59

Latvia stayed in the title race at U16 European Championship. They held off Russia in the crucial game in Group B. Latvia improved at 1-2 record and occupied the third position, while Russia slipped at 0-3 and would play in relegation round. Rauls Avenitis (180-PG-96) came up with 26 points to lead the winners.
Russia ensured almost a perfect start to the game. They limited Latvia to 13 points in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead. Latvia adjusted their defence in the second quarter. They held Russia to 10 points in the period to cut the deficit to three points 30:27. Latvian defence continued to work smoothly in the third term. They held Russia to just 6 points in the frame to ensure a 10-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Latvia cleared off to an 8-point lead late in regulation. Russia got within four but Davis Cima (175-PG-96) and Melderis converted three free throws late in regulation and sealed the victory at the end. Davis Cima posted 11 points, while Ervins Meznieks (184-F-96) added 10 points in the victory. Mikhail Maleyko (203-PF-96) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Ilya Karpenkov (200-C-97) had 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Latvia U16: Rauls Avenitis 26, Davis Cima 11, Ervins Meznieks 10
Russia U16: Mikhail Maleyko 18, Ilya Karpenkov 15+10 boards



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Glasgow Rocks to Play Edinburgh Kings in first round of the BBL Trophy - by Eurobasket News

There will be no second chances for the thirteen top flight British Basketball League clubs trying to make a splash in the BBL Trophy this season along with the three non-BBL teams all handed the opportunity to complete potential giant-killings.

City Of Edinburgh, London Leopards and Reading Rockets will enter this year's rejuvenated competition which not only moves away from being played at the start of the season, but also reverts back to a knockout format.

Newcastle Eagles won the BBL Trophy last season as part of their clean sweep and while they haven't managed to scoop a home draw, they won't have far to travel when they go up against north-east neighbours Durham Wildcats at Newton Aycliffe.

The other team who made last season's final were UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders and they will be desperate to go one better this year. Their bid will also start with an away game against Worcester Wolves, a team they know well from previous BBL Trophy meetings.

East London Royals will no doubt be thrilled to play their first ever game in the BBL Trophy on home soil when they face Mersey Tigers who of course won the competition in the capital at the O2 Arena only a couple of years ago.

Fellow BBL newbies Manchester Giants meanwhile have a mouth-watering home tie against One Health Sharks Sheffield while MK Lions will welcome travelling Cheshire Jets.

Perhaps the biggest excitement will be found at the trio of non top-flight teams who can all look forward to home ties.

London Leopards arguably have the toughest assignment should Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders be anything like as powerful as last season although at least Leopards already know from previous experience what it takes to face a team coached by Rob Paternostro.

Last but not least, there are two relative 'derby' games of sorts to be played out as EBL club Reading Rockets host Guildford Heat while sparks could fly in Scotland when City of Edinburgh entertain Glasgow Rocks.

BBL Trophy First Round Draw

City of Edinburgh v Glasgow Rocks
Durham Wildcats v Newcastle Eagles
East London Royals v Mersey Tigers
London Leopards v Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders
Manchester Giants v One Health Sharks Sheffield
MK Lions v Cheshire Jets
Reading Rockets v Guildford Heat
Worcester Wolves v UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders

All first round BBL Trophy games will be played between 28th December and 6th January with the winners advancing to the one-legged quarter-final stage.

The semi-finals will be played over two legs ahead of the all-important showpiece 2013 BBL Trophy Final during March.

The full BBL Championship Fixture List will be issued tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11am.
Courtesy of: glasgowrocks.co.uk



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Standings

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



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U20 European Championship: Lithuania is the first finalist - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Serbia U20 73:68

Lithuania beat the odds and advanced into the U20 European Championship Final. They defeated Serbia in the first semifinal clash tonight. Serbia entered the encounter undefeated but determined performance from the Baltic side helped them punch the ticket into the title game. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) scored 14 points to lead the winners.
Lithuania jumped to a 21:17 lead at the first break. Lithuania stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They established a 37:30 halftime advantage. Serbia however picked up the tempo in the third quarter. They cut the deficit to a single point with one period remaining 53:52. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) put Serbia in front 66:65 with just over a minute remaining in regulation. But Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) and Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) drained six free throws in the dying seconds to give victory to Lithuania. Vytenis Cizauskas accounted for 13 points, while Paulius Vaitiekunas (205-PF-92) and Edgaras Ulanovas had 11 points each for the winners. Bogdan Bogdanovic netted 16 points for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93) provided 15 points in the losing case.

Lithuania U20: Zygimantas Skucas 14, Vytenis Cizauskas 13, Paulius Vaitiekunas 11, Edgaras Ulanovas 11
Serbia U20: Bogdan Bogdanovic 16, Aleksandar Cvetkovic 15



U16 European Championship: Serbia finish preliminary round with victory - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Slovenia U16 71:64

Serbia celebrated the second win at the U16 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Ilija Dokovic (185-G-96) and Jovan Starincevic (188-PG-96) scored 13 points each to lead Serbia. Slovenia in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row and would play in relegation round.
Serbia stormed in front early in the encounter. They posted a 23:15 lead at the first break. Slovenia narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. They got as close as 5 points at halftime 34:39. The teams traded baskets throughout low-scoring third term. Serbia ensured a 5-point buffer into the final frame. Domen Janc (185-PG-96) drew things level at 55 midway through the fourth stanza. The teams were still drawn at 62 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. But Serbia ignited a 9:0 run and cleared off for good. Ivan Daskalovic (199-SG-96) accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds for Serbia. Matej Kavas (193-G-96) answered with 20 points for Slovenia. Domen Janc and Nejc Zupan (203-PG-96) had 11 points each in the loss.

Serbia U16: Ilija Dokovic 13, Jovan Starincevic 13, Ivan Daskalovic 10+12 boards
Slovenia U16: Matej Kavas 20, Domen Janc 11, Nejc Zupan 11



Serbia edge Hungary in test game - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Hungary U18 103:70

Serbian and Hungarian U18 National Team played a test game in Novi Becej. The hosts proved the strength claiming a comfortable win at the end. Brano Dukanovic (173-G-95) delivered 16 points to lead the winners.
Serbia unleashed 28 points in the opening quarter to take an 11-point lead. They stretched the margin in the second quarter. Serbia enjoyed a 48:31 halftime lead. The hosts cleared off in the third quarter. They poured in 32 points to ensure a 35-point advantage before the final quarter. Hungary managed to outscore the hosts in the fourth frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Dusan Kutlesic (195-G-94) provided 14 points for Serbia. Luka Nikolic (205-F-94) and Nikola Rebic (187-PG-95) added 13 points each for the winners. Marcell Molnar (183-G-94) responded with 16 points for Hungary. Somodi netted 15 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Brano Dukanovic 16, Dusan Kutlesic 14, Luka Nikolic 13, Nikola Rebic 13
Hungary U18: Marcell Molnar 16, Somodi 15



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U16 European Championship: Bulgaria edged Slovak Republic in Division B - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic U16-Bulgaria U16 65:68

Bulgaria edged Slovak Republic at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Bulgarian side won their first game in the tournament 68:65 for 1-1 record. Slovak Republic meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Bulgaria started with 17:15, but the lead did not last for a long time. Norbert Janicek (206-C-96) tied the game at 21:21, while Sarna brought 28:23 for Slovakia. Jakub Meress (200-PF-96) and Robert Rozanek (180-PG-96) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:30. Jakub Meress gave Slovak Republic double digit lead, however his team could not win the game. Vangelov and Kraev reduced to 52:48 at the end of the third quarter. Bulgaria added massive 20-13 burst to win the game.
Denis Petkov (171-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Rumen Vasilev (200-C-96) nailed 19. Jakub Meress answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Robert Rozanek had 15. Jozef Senohradsky (190-G-96) posted 12 points, while Norbert Janicek chipped in with 11.

Slovak Republic U16: Jakub Meress 21, Robert Rozanek 15, Jozef Senohradsky 12, Norbert Janicek 11
Bulgaria U16: Denis Petkov 21, Rumen Vasilev 19



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U20 European Championship: Germany defeat Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Slovenia U20 65:53

Germany sent hosting Slovenia to the second straight loss at the U20 European Championship. The teams clashed in 5th-8th place classification round tonight and Germany came out winners. Ole Wendt (190-PG-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) posted 18 points to lead the charge.
Slovenia looked better in the opening quarter. They posted a 21:10 lead ten minutes after the start. But Germany turned things around in the second quarter. They took over and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 30:35. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third stanza. Slovenia ensured a 6-point lead before the final term. However Germany capped the regulation on a stunning 18:0 run to snatch the victory. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) posted 14 points and 9 rebounds for Germany. Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) added 9 points for the winners. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) and Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) responded with 10 points each for Slovenia. Alen Omic (215-C-92) had 9 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Ole Wendt 18, Philipp Neumann 14, Besnik Bekteshi 9
Slovenia U20: Marko Pajic 10, Miha Lapornik 10, Alen Omic 9



U16 European Championship: Serbia finish preliminary round with victory - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Slovenia U16 71:64

Serbia celebrated the second win at the U16 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Ilija Dokovic (185-G-96) and Jovan Starincevic (188-PG-96) scored 13 points each to lead Serbia. Slovenia in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row and would play in relegation round.
Serbia stormed in front early in the encounter. They posted a 23:15 lead at the first break. Slovenia narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. They got as close as 5 points at halftime 34:39. The teams traded baskets throughout low-scoring third term. Serbia ensured a 5-point buffer into the final frame. Domen Janc (185-PG-96) drew things level at 55 midway through the fourth stanza. The teams were still drawn at 62 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. But Serbia ignited a 9:0 run and cleared off for good. Ivan Daskalovic (199-SG-96) accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds for Serbia. Matej Kavas (193-G-96) answered with 20 points for Slovenia. Domen Janc and Nejc Zupan (203-PG-96) had 11 points each in the loss.

Serbia U16: Ilija Dokovic 13, Jovan Starincevic 13, Ivan Daskalovic 10+12 boards
Slovenia U16: Matej Kavas 20, Domen Janc 11, Nejc Zupan 11



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U20 European Championship: France topple Spain to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Spain U20 66:59

France entered the Final of U20 European Championship. They shot down the reigning champions Spain in the semifinal clash tonight. France will now take on Lithuania for the title. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) provided 16 points to pace the winners.
France led by a single point after the opening quarter 16:15. Spain however denied the deficit as the teams arrived at halftime tied at 31. Les Bleus pulled in front once again in the third term. Invirnizzi gave France a 43:33 lead midway through the third quarter. Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) helped Spain stay close as they narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at the final break 44:47. France jumped to a 9-point lead midway through the final stanza. Spain never got closer than 4 points in the final minutes and had to surrender at the end. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) provided 12 points, while Kevin Thalien (190-PG-92) added 9 points in the victory. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) answered with 17 points and 13 boards for Spain. Alejandro Abrines had 15 points in the loss.

France U20: Hugo Invernizzi 16, Leo Westermann 12, Kevin Thalien 9
Spain U20: Daniel Diez 17+13 boards, Alejandro Abrines 15



U16 European Championship: Spain prevail against Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Spain U16 - Ukraine U16 73:69

Spain overcame Ukraine in the battle of two previously undefeated teams at the U16 European Championship. Marc Garcia (194-F-96) topscored once again for Spain finishing with 20 points. Spain thus clinched the top position in Group B with 3-0 record. Ukraine finished second at 2-1 record.
Spain accumulated a 24:19 lead at the first intermission. Ukraine reacted with a stifling defence to limit Spain to just 11 points in the second period. Ukraine cut the deficit to two points at halftime 35:33. Spain maintained the lead throughout close third frame. They ensured a 49:44 buffer before the fourth quarter. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the final term. Ukraine managed to narrow the gap at 3-point mark on several occasions but Spain eked out a tough win at the end. David Martinez (203-F-96) netted 16 points for Spain. Carlos Martinez (198-F-96) had 8 points for the winners. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) provided 16 points for Ukraine. Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) netted 14 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the loss.

Spain U16: Marc Garcia 20, David Martinez 16, Carlos Martinez 8
Ukraine U16: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 16, Oleksandr Kobets 14



Spain rout Argentina in Coruna - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Argentina 105:85

Spain continued to stay on winning track in their preparation for the upcoming Olympic tournament. They took Argentina in another scrimmage in Coruna yesterday. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the hosts to a comfortable win at the end.
Spain shocked Argentina in the first quarter. The hosts unleashed 33 points to take a 20-point lead. Spain stayed on fire as they accounted for 28 points in the second quarter and built a 25-point lead at halftime. Argentina slowly found their rhythm in the second half. They dropped 31 points in the third term to cut the margin by 9 points. Spain slowed their opponents down in the fourth period and rallied to a confident win at the end. Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) accounted for 16 points, while Victor Claver (207-F-88) added 13 points for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) replied with 19 points for Argentina. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Spain: Pau Gasol 17, Jose Manuel Calderon 16, Victor Claver 13
Argentina: Emanuel Ginobili 19, Luis Scola 18



Txus Vidorreta takes Asefa Estudiantes under control - by Eurobasket News

Txus Vidorreta takes Asefa Estudiantes under control for the upcoming season. The Spanish specialist moves from Alicante where he spent the last two seasons.
Last season Txus Vidorreta penned a one-year contract extension with Alicante. Vidorreta took over the team in November of 2010. He helped them avoid relegation last season as they finished as No.16. Alicante registered 9-25 record and it seems it was enough for Vidorreta to secure an extension. Txus Vidorreta worked with Bilbao from 2001 until the January of 2010. He helped them reach EuroCup Semifinals two years ago. In 2008, Bilbao played in the Copa del Rey Semifinals. A year before that, Bilbao reached ACB Supercup Finals. Vidorreta led Bilbao to promotion from LEB1 to ACB in 2004. He was named Eurobasket All-Spanish LEB Coach of the Year -04.



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U20 European Championship: Sweden overcome Estonia - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Estonia U20 91:54

Sweden remains in U20 European Championship Division A. They knocked down Estonia to improve at 4-1 record in Group G tonight. Sweden thus secured the top two finish in the group. Estonia will face Montenegro tomorrow. Six Swedish players scored in double figures to lead the winners. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) topscored with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Sweden led from start to finish. They accumulated an 18:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew at 14-point mark at halftime. Sweden unleashed 29 points in the third quarter to secure a 29-point lead at the final break. Estonia never recovered suffering a heavy defeat at the end. Charles Barton (192-PG-92), Jonathan Person (192-PG-93, agency: JEMsports), Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) and Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) nailed 12 points each for the winners. Oliver Metsalu (196-G-93) responded with 15 points for Estonia. Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) notched 10 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Viktor Gaddefors 13, Charles Barton 12, Jonathan Person 12, Tobias Borg 12, Marcus Eriksson 12
Estonia U20: Oliver Metsalu 15, Rait-Riivo Laane 10



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U16 European Championship: Switzerland posted the third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Norway U16-Switzerland U16 43:55

Switzerland posted the third straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side rolled over Norway 55:43 for 3-0 record on top of Group D. Norway meanwhile lost their third consecutive game.
Norway won the opening frame 11-10, but could not keep the lead. The Swiss team replied with 14-10 in the second quarter and Luka Mandic (195-F-96) scored for 24:21 at the halftime. Mattia Cafisi (181-PG-97) and Luka Mandic increased the lead to 7 points early in the third quarter, while Anthony Polite (190-SF-97) brought 40:31. Luka Mandic later closed the period from the free throw line at 44:31. Norway did not give up and reduced to 3 points as Nymo cut it to 43:46 midway through the last period. Mattia Cafisi and Fragniere scored the last baskets for the winners to seal the victory.
Luka Mandic top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Mattia Cafisi nailed 12. Owandji Otoka (185-SF-96) notched 8 and Anthony Polite had 4 points and 21 boards. Harald Frey (174-PG-97) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort as Norway fell at 0-3 record. Sjur Berg (196-PF-96) collected 12 points and the same number of rebounds, whilst Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) posted 10.

Norway U16: Harald Frey 13, Sjur Berg 12+12 rebs, Johannes Dolven 10
Switzerland U16: Luka Mandic 19+16 rebs, Mattia Cafisi 12, Owandji Otoka 8, Anthony Polite 4+21 rebs



U20 European Championship: Switzerland clinch 15th place in Division B - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20- Switzerland U20 71:80

Switzerland clinch 15th place in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The Swiss side finished the tournament with the win over F.Y.R. of Macedonia 80:71 as the latter ended up on the 16th place.
Both teams realized the importance of the last game at the tournament. They desired to finish on the higher place and showed their best on Saturday night. F.Y.R. of Macedonia took 19:18 after the first 10 minutes in the court and added 12-9 in the second frame for 4-point lead at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the Swiss side. They won the third period 28-17 and finished the game with 25-23 in the last stanza.
Evrard Atcho (207-C/F-92) erupted with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Brian Savoy (192-SG-92) added 22. Marko Mladjan (206-F-93) finished the game with 11 points and Milos Bozovic (201-F-92) scored 8. Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) produced 25 points in defeat and Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) added 21.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Boban Stajic 25, Goran Markovski 21
Switzerland U20: Evrard Atcho 27+10 rebs, Brian Savoy 22, Marko Mladjan 11, Milos Bozovic 8



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NBA legends beat Team Taiwan in exhibition - by Chris Wang

A team of NBA legends of Scottie Pippen (202-G/F-65, college: Cent.Arkansas), Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant and Jason Williams beat Team Taiwan 104-89 in an exhibition game on Sunday night in the southern port city of Kaohsiung.

The legends trailed 29-23 after the first period but quickly turned the game around, leading 54-41 at the half.

The visiting team was led by Charoy Bentley, who scored a team-high 21 points, and Chris Campbell, who had 17, but all eyes were on the former Chicago Bulls stars and the White Chocolate in the game with a playful mood.

Williams had 11 points, three assists and three steals and wowed the spectators with the passing skills that brought him to fame.

Interestingly, the former Sacramento Kings point guard left the game with eight minutes remaining to catch a flight.

Pippen, who was visiting Taiwan for the third time, had seven points and eight rebounds while Rodman had two points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Rodmans diving save of a ball going out of bounds with two minutes remaining left a little girl sitting on the courtside crying. The former NBA rebounding king then kissed the girl and gave her an autographed basketball.

Rodman, who remained very popular among Taiwanese fans, threw his jersey and sneakers to the fans after the game.

Doug Creighton led Taiwan with 26 points on six three-pointers. He made five consecutive three-pointers at one point and scored 17 in the first half.

Team roster of the NBA players (12): Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant, Jason Williams, Mitch Richmond, Vernon Maxwell, Jeff Trepagnier, Devon Hardin, Cliff Robinson, Alexus Foyle, Chris Campbell, Charoy Bentley (I don't think all of them made the trip...)

Team roster of Taiwanese players (10): Chen Hsin-an, Tien Lei, Su Yi-chieh, Ho Shou-cheng, Mao Chia-en, Lu Cheng-ju, Doug Creighton, Tseng Wen-ting, Chen Shih-nian and basketball player-turned-entertainer Chen Chien-chou, aka The Blackman.



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Jure Balazic Interview - Erdemirspor - by Ugur Turker

You are going to read interview with Jure Balazic (204-F-80) who is new signing of Erdemirspor.
Ugur Turker : Hello Jure, you played only two seasons in abroad and you are now 32. How did you decide to play in Turkey ?
Jure Balazic : I felt that i need new challange. I am more experinced and i think i can handle the difficulties more easily while playing abroad thanks to my experinces.


Ugur Turker : Erdemir ?
Jure Balazic : We talked with coach Hakan Demir last year while he was managing Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir but there was no agreement. This year, i felt myself to ready after Erdemirs offer and we reached a deal. Main reason why i will play in Erdemir is Hakan Demir . I was impressed his opinions and approaches. I hope we can help each other to be succesfull.


Ugur Turker : Last season, you played against Banvit with Krka Novo Mesto. That was your one of the most effective game. Was there any offer from different clubs in Turkey ?
Jure Balazic : Even if clubs from other county made me an offer, Erdemir was only team i talked in Turkey. As i said, negotiaions was only procedure since i wanted to work with Hakan Demir .


Ugur Turker : Next year, there will be 3 foreing players who Erdemir has already signed on the court as the limit according to TBL Rules. It is possible that you are going to play 33-35 min per game. Are you feel ready yourself for this kind of physical challange.
Jure Balazic : We were sharing the minutes in Krka since there were two games in a week and i was playing 25-30 min. I think the players have much more time to rest from weekend to weekend in Turkey and i can adopt this situation easily because these are best year in my carrer as physically. On the other hand, all players want to be on the court. We do not forget that there will be training camp to prepare for next season.


Ugur Turker : Along with minutes, your responsibilty will increase in Erdemir. You will be one of three foreign players and fans,coach,commendators is going to expect from you to do something. Do you think you will meet the expectaions ?
Jure Balazic : Even if we were sharing minutes, i was one of the most important players of Krka as well. I am going to try to do my best and fans and coach will be satisfied with my perfermonce.


Ugur Turker : Do you want to say something to Erdemir Fans ?
Jure Balazic : I want them to support us. I hope they will create good atmosphere in our home games and help us to be succesfull. I want to show my %100 to be in their hearts.


UT : Thank you Jure, see you again in pre season camp..



Jamont Gordon is new PG of Galatasaray - by Ugur Turker

Former CSKA player Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) reached 2 years agreement with Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul. Close to him confirmed Eurobasket.com Turkey that There is a verbal agreement and both parties is going to sign 2 year contract on Monday or Sunday. Jamont Gordon played 6.7ppg and 2 aspg with CSKA Moskow in order to help Russian team to reach Final Four in THY Euroleague. Jamont Gordon is first foreign transfer of Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul for next season.


U20 European Championship: Turkey hold off Italy - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Italy U20 65:61

Turkey clinched the 9th overall position at U20 European Championship. They wrapped up their campaign with a narrow win over Italy. Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 13 points to lead the charge.
Turkey and Italy stayed on level terms in the starting quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes. Italy pulled ahead in the second frame. They scored 23 points to build a 9-point lead at halftime 42:33. Turkey started to turn things around in the third term. They cut the deficit to 5 points at the final break 49:54. Turkey went on 12:0 run at the start of the fourth period to surge ahead. Italy denied the deficit and levelled things up at 61. But Safak Edge (188-PG-92) drained a triple and Geyik hit a free throw to seal the win for Turkey. Safak Edge provided 11 points, while Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) added 9 points for the winning team. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) knocked down 15 points for Italy. Andrea Traini (184-PG-92) had 9 points in the losing effort.

Turkey U20: Ahmet Tuncer 13, Safak Edge 11, Ramazan Tekin 9
Italy U20: Amedeo Tessitori 15, Andrea Traini 9



U16 European Championship: Italy beat Turkey to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16 - Turkey U16 73:68

Italy registered the third straight win at the start of U16 European Championship. They overcame Turkish counterparts in Ventspils tonight to clinch top spot in Group A at 3-0 record. Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) scored 15 points to pace the Azzurri. Turkey fell at 2-1 record after the loss.
Turkey got to a slightly better start to the game. They posted a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Turkey gained an 11-point lead in the second quarter. But Italy answered right back drawing things level at 35 late in the first half. Alemdaroglu put Italy in front 37:35 at the interval. Italy went on a run late in the third quarter. The Azzurri ignited a 10:0 run to take a 59:49 advantage. Turkey could not get closer than 4 points in the final period as Italy cruised to the victory at the end. Federico Mussini (179-PG-96) netted 12 points, while Riccardo Rossato (189-PG-96) provided 14 points for the winners. Oktay Ulubay (189-SG-97) responded with 14 points for Turkey. Tolga Gecim (202-PG-96) had 12 points in the loss.

Italy U16: Daniel Donzelli 15, Riccardo Rossato 14, Federico Mussini 12
Turkey U16: Oktay Ulubay 14, Tolga Gecim 12



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Politekhnika-Halychyna add Sasa Vasiljevic and Darrel Mitchell - by Eurobasket News

Politekhnika-Halychyna bolstered their backcourt. They added Sasa Vasiljevic (183-PG-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) to the squad.
Sasa Vasiljevic started the previous season in Ukraine. He played for Khimik Yuzny. The guard notched 5.1 points, 3.4 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game in Superleague. In EuroChallenge Sasa Vasiljevic notched 5.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists. In December the guard moved to Ikaros Kalletheas in Greece. The guard averaged 7.0 points, 1.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game in A1 League. Sasa Vasiljevic has been the member of Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team since 2005.
Darrel Mitchell also played for Khimik Yuzny last season. The guard posted 10.2 points, 2.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in EuroChallenge. In Superleague Darrel Mitchell provided 16.9 points, 5.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per appearance. He earned All-Ukrainian Superleague Honourable Mention. Previously Darrel Mitchell had stints in Belgium, Cyprus, France, Lithuania, Turkey.



U16 European Championship: Spain prevail against Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Spain U16 - Ukraine U16 73:69

Spain overcame Ukraine in the battle of two previously undefeated teams at the U16 European Championship. Marc Garcia (194-F-96) topscored once again for Spain finishing with 20 points. Spain thus clinched the top position in Group B with 3-0 record. Ukraine finished second at 2-1 record.
Spain accumulated a 24:19 lead at the first intermission. Ukraine reacted with a stifling defence to limit Spain to just 11 points in the second period. Ukraine cut the deficit to two points at halftime 35:33. Spain maintained the lead throughout close third frame. They ensured a 49:44 buffer before the fourth quarter. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the final term. Ukraine managed to narrow the gap at 3-point mark on several occasions but Spain eked out a tough win at the end. David Martinez (203-F-96) netted 16 points for Spain. Carlos Martinez (198-F-96) had 8 points for the winners. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) provided 16 points for Ukraine. Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) netted 14 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the loss.

Spain U16: Marc Garcia 20, David Martinez 16, Carlos Martinez 8
Ukraine U16: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 16, Oleksandr Kobets 14



U20 European Championship: Russia beat Ukraine to clinch 11th position - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Ukraine U20 83:63

Russia claimed the 11th overall position at U20 European Championship. They overcame Ukraine in the final game at the tournament for both teams. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) scored 14 points to lead the effort.
Russia led from start to finish. They posted a 19:14 lead at the first intermission. Russia boosted the margin in the second term. They established a 41:34 halftime lead. Russia kept Ukraine at distance throughout the third term. They piled up a comfortable 14-point lead heading into the fourth quarter 61:47. Russia outscored their opponents in the final frame and sealed an easy win at the end. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) accounted for 13 points, while Gleb Goldyrev (200-F/G-93) added 12 points for the winners. Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) answered with 14 points for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) and Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) netted 12 points each in the loss.

Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 14, Alexander Varnakov 13, Gleb Goldyrev 12
Ukraine U20: Olexandr Mishula 14, Vyacheslav Bobrov 12, Klym Artamonov 12



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U16 European Championship: Croatia roll past England - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U16 - England U16 78:54

Croatia stayed alive in the title race at U16 European Championship. Two-time defending champions overcame England to catch the last train into the Second Stage of the tournament. Lovro Mazalin (198-SF-97) posted 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. England fell at 0-3 record in Group A and would play in relegation round.
Croatia ensured a quick start. They posted a 21:11 lead at the first intermission. England slowed their opponents down and cut the distance to 9 points at halftime 38:29. Croatia managed to keep England at bay throughout the third frame. They secured a 10-point cushion with ten minutes to go. England ran out of steam in the fourth quarter. Croatia went on a 23:9 run and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Leon Tomic (195-F-96) had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) added 14 points in the victory. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (191-SG-96) replied with 13 points for England. Justas Muzikevicius (204-PF-96) banked 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Croatia U16: Lovro Mazalin 21+11 boards, Leon Tomic 16, Marko Arapovic 14
England U16: Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 13, Justas Muzikevicius 11+10 boards



U20 European Championship: Great Britain needed overtime to beat Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20-Belgium U20 101:100 OT

Great Britain needed overtime to beat Belgium at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Great Britain grabbed 101:100 victory over Belgium and will play tomorrow for the 5th place.
Belgium grabbed 23:17 after the first period. Great Britain however played better in the second frame and after 29-18 in the second quarter took 46:41 advantage. Moreover Great Britain added 21-18 in the third frame for 67:59 after 30 minutes. Ojomoh however managed to help Belgium and sent the teams to overtime after the last two shots in the fourth quarter. Great Britain produced a 14-13 surge in overtime to seal the victory.
Fraser stepped up with 37 points and Sayers nailed 20. Van Oostrum Devon collected 13 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds, while Hart posted 13. Schwartz replied with 26 points and 15 rebounds in defeat and Ojomoh as well as Boukichou scored 20. Lecomte delivered 14, whilst Lasisi added 13.

Great Britain U20: Fraser 37, Sayers 20, Van Oostrum Devon 13+12 ast+8 rebs, Hart 13
Belgium U20: Schwartz 26+15 rebs, Ojomoh 20, Boukichou 20 Lecomte 14, Lasisi 13



U20 European Championship: Great Britain needed overtime to beat Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20-Belgium U20 101:100 OT

Great Britain needed overtime to beat Belgium at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Great Britain grabbed 101:100 victory over Belgium and will play tomorrow for the 5th place.
Belgium grabbed 23:17 after the first period. Great Britain however played better in the second frame and after 29-18 in the second quarter took 46:41 advantage. Moreover Great Britain added 21-18 in the third frame for 67:59 after 30 minutes. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) however managed to help Belgium and sent the teams to overtime after the last two shots in the fourth quarter. Great Britain produced a 14-13 surge in overtime to seal the victory.
Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) stepped up with 37 points and Louis Sayers (199-SF-92) nailed 20. Van Oostrum Devon collected 13 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds, while Joe Hart (194-G/F-93) posted 13. Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) replied with 26 points and 15 rebounds in defeat and Obasohan Ojomoh as well as Khalid Boukichou (208-C-92) scored 20. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) delivered 14, whilst Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) added 13.

Great Britain U20: Alasdair Fraser 37, Louis Sayers 20, Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) 13+12 ast+8 rebs, Joe Hart 13
Belgium U20: Loic Schwartz 26+15 rebs, Obasohan Ojomoh 20, Khalid Boukichou 20, Emmanuel Lecomte 14, Elias Lasisi 13



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Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jul. 20: Verdirrojo - Atenas 92-81
Jul. 20: Guruyu Waston - Capitol 76-56
Jul. 21: Cader - Urunday Univ.
Jul. 21: Goes - Yale
Jul. 21: Larranaga - Romis N.


Results for the Metro League 17th round - by Hector Lopez

Martavius Adams netted 14 points and grabbed 17 rebounds leading Guruyu Waston to beat Capitol 76-56 for the Metro League 17th round. Also for Guruyu Waston, Matias Guerra (195-PF-92) netted 18 points with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. For Capitol Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 11 points 14 rebounds and 4 blocks, while Santiago Moglia (196-F-89) netted 16 poins with 5 rebounds. Verdirrojo beat Atenas 92-86. For Verdirrojo Nicolas Delgado (198-F/C-87) 23 points 10 rebounds and Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 19 points 7 rebounds 5 assists. For Atenas Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 33 points 18 rebounds 1 block.


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Neptunas bring in Dane Johnson - by Eurobasket News

Neptunas strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra). The centre is not new to Lithuania. Last season Dane Johnson played for Naglis Palangos. He tallied 14.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.1 assists per game in LKL. In Baltic League Dane Johnson averaged 8.0 points, 7.1 boards, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 assists per appearance. He participated at LKL All-Star Game. Eurobasket.com named the centre into LKL All-Newcomers Team. Previously Dane Johnson had stints in Turkey and Portugal. He made it into All-Portuguese Proliga 2nd Team in 2010.



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Women News


Thunder academy a stepping-stone for young talent - by Eurobasket News

South West Metro Pirates guard Maddy Willey is one of the states promising young talents vying for a spot in the BDS Logan Thunders WNBL Player Pathways Academy.

The talented 17-year-old former John Paul College student was one of the states 25 most promising youngsters invited to attend the clubs inaugural academy.

Willey, who has had a blistering start to the 2012/13 Queensland Basketball League (QBL) season averaging 14 points, just under 5 rebounds and 2 assists, has basketball in her blood.

She is the younger sister of former Thunder player Kate, 23, who played two seasons with the club, and also plays alongside sister, Grace, 21, for the Pirates.

Willey has represented Queensland at the under 16, 18 and 20 level and is now making her mark in the state league.

BDS Logan Thunder head coach Jason Chainey believes she is a talent to watch for in the future.

She has always been a great underage player and it is good to see her coming along so well and starting to mix at QBL level, Chainey said.

She does come from a good stable of players as both her sisters Kate and Grace are pretty handy on the basketball court.

Hopefully we can continue to develop her skills and make her better by putting her up against WNBL standard players on a weekly basis.

Willey formed part of the first group of players to be exposed to training at the WNBL level at Logan Metro Sports Complex on Sunday (July 15), with the remaining players set to experience the demands next weekend (July 22) in the second round of training.

Those selected will receive individually tailored programs designed to provide players with the best possible opportunity to participate in the WNBL.

Academy Director Tony Stephens said the program is designed to provide a structured stepping-stone to help players like Willey to take their game to the next level.

There have been plenty of state-based programs but they tend to finish at the 17-18 age group, Stephens said.

This program is aimed at that 18-22 age group because there tends to be a void there where players get lost in the system.

In the past it was only the really elite that would come out of juniors and make the step to WNBL, he said.

Academy athletes will also be given the rare opportunity to participate in a number of programs, competitions and exhibition games as part of their engagement.

Contracts for development positions on the WNBL team are also on offer and even those not selected in the official academy will receive ongoing support.

South West Metros Kalani Purcell, who is also the sister of current Thunder player Natalie Taylor, was also invited and we be training this Sunday.

Courtesy of WNBL Australia



Australia get away with second win in Villeneuve - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Brazil 78:75

Australia registered the second consecutive win at the start of Tournoi a Villeneuve in France. They shot down Brazil for 2-0 record. Australia will take on France for the trophy, while Brazil and China will be looking for their first tomorrow.
Australia stormed into the game. The Opals outscored their Latin American opponents 25:9 in the first quarter. Brazil cut the deficit in the second term. The Latin American team got within 11 points at halftime 31:42. Brazil got within three points midway through the third frame. Nadia Colhado finally put Brazil in front 57:56. But Australia regained the lead midway through the final frame. They grabbed a 69:64 advantage and stayed in charge till the final buzzer. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) delivered 28 points for Australia. Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) added 24 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 24 points for Brazil. Adriana Pinto (169-G-78) had 15 points in the loss.

Australia: Belinda Snell 28, Cambage Elizabeth 24+12 boards, Suzy Batkovic-Brown 11
Brazil: Erika De Souza 24, Adriana Pinto 15



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U16 Israel to play against U16 Luxembourg for 9th place in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 ISRAEL - U16 BELARUS 80-48

Israel destroyed Belarus on Friday 80-48. It was the first game of the Classification Round from 9th to 12th place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Tomorrow, Israel will play against Luxembourg in the game for 9th place. Belarus will meet Denmark for position No.11. Israel took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 23-5, 21-11, 24-16, 12-16. Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) was the leading player in victory with 33 points. She reached valuation 28 and actually was MVP of the game. Eden Porat (176-F-96) had 12 points and 8 rebs, while Daniel Raber (183-PF-96) added 10 pts, plus 15 rebs. Belarus didn't have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best players were Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-PG-97), Hanna Brych (183-C-97) (5 rebs) and Maryia Ivanenka (165-PG-97) with 7 points each.

Israel: Noa Zelivanski 33, Eden Porat 12+8 boards, Daniel Raber 10+15 boards
Belarus: Hanna Brych 7+5 boards, Anastasiya Sushchyk 7, Maryia Ivanenka 7



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Italy eliminates Belgium in U16 EuroBasket Semis - by Eurobasket News

U16 BELGIUM - U16 ITALY 50-58

Italy will fight for the Gold at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They celebrated 58-50 victory against Belgium in the Semifinals. Earlier today, Spain outplayed Russia thanks to impressive last quarter, so Italy and Spain will meet in the Finals. Belgium and Russia will play for the Bronze. Italy created 8-point lead until the halftime and increased it to 15 with 10:00 remaining in the game. Italy kept 15-point lead for the next few minutes and question about the winner was resolved, despite Belgium came to minus 6 in the finish. Quarters: 12-16, 12-16, 6-13, 20-13. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) stepped up for Italy with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Marzia Tagliamento (179-F-96) added 16 pts, plus 8 rebs. Martina Kacerik (179-F-96) delivered 8 points in this victory. Belgium got 17 points from Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) and 14 pts, plus 11 rebounds from Kyara Linskens (189-C-96). Laeticia Mpoyi (179-C-96) collected 8 points and 8 rebs.

Belgium: Julie Allemand 17, Kyara Linskens 14+11 boards, Laeticia Mpoyi 8+8 boards
Italy: Cecilia Zandalasini 17+9 boards, Marzia Tagliamento 16+8 boards, Martina Kacerik 8



U16 Belgium eliminates U16 France in overtime, heads to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

U16 BELGIUM - U16 FRANCE 67-60 OT

Belgium and France played a heartbreaking thriller in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Belgium celebrated 67-60 OT win and advanced to the Semis. Their rival will be Italy. France will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. They will meet Slovakia today. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) made a lay-up for Belgium with 27 seconds remaining in regular time and that basket sent the game to extra five minutes. Allemand opened it with triple and Kyara Linskens connected with put-back for plus 5. Belgium's Allemand scored all points for her team for rest of the way and lifted them to 67-60 win at the end, despite France came to minus 3 in the finish. Julie Allemand was a key player in victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Heleen Nauwelaers (180-PF-96) (8 rebs) and Eva Devliegher (170-SG-96) netted 9 points each. In defeat, Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) scored 15 points and Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) had 14 points, plus 7 rebounds. Mathilde Combes (184-C-96) collected 8 points and 5 rebs.

Belgium: Julie Allemand 21+6 boards, Heleen Nauwelaers 9+8 boards, Eva Devliegher 9
France: Lisa Berkani 15, Louise Dambach 14+7 boards, Mathilde Combes 8+5 boards



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Australia get away with second win in Villeneuve - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Brazil 78:75

Australia registered the second consecutive win at the start of Tournoi a Villeneuve in France. They shot down Brazil for 2-0 record. Australia will take on France for the trophy, while Brazil and China will be looking for their first tomorrow.
Australia stormed into the game. The Opals outscored their Latin American opponents 25:9 in the first quarter. Brazil cut the deficit in the second term. The Latin American team got within 11 points at halftime 31:42. Brazil got within three points midway through the third frame. Nadia Colhado finally put Brazil in front 57:56. But Australia regained the lead midway through the final frame. They grabbed a 69:64 advantage and stayed in charge till the final buzzer. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) delivered 28 points for Australia. Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) added 24 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 24 points for Brazil. Adriana Pinto (169-G-78) had 15 points in the loss.

Australia: Belinda Snell 28, Cambage Elizabeth 24+12 boards, Suzy Batkovic-Brown 11
Brazil: Erika De Souza 24, Adriana Pinto 15



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  BULGARIA   


U16 Bulgaria advances to Finals in Tallinn, wins promotion to Division A - by Eurobasket News

U16 BULGARIA - U16 LATVIA 53-52

Bulgaria advanced to the Big Final of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They grabbed 53-52 thriller win against Latvia in the Semis, which ended few minutes ago. Thanks to this victory Bulgaria also won the promotion to Division A. They will meet Lithuania in the title game. Latvia will play for the Bronze against Portugal. The Bronze medal winner will also play in Division A next year. Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) shined in victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) had 14 pts and 13 rebs (MVP, valuation 22) and she was the last player with double digits in scoring in Bulgaria. Latvia got 15 points and 6 rebs from Ieva Spigule (179-F-96). Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) and Paula Luke (185-C-96) (13 rebs) stopped to 11 and 8 points respectively. Latvia had 49-50 lead with 33 seconds to go, after what Hristova made two free throws for Bulgaria. Strautmane committed a turnover at the other side and Georgieva missed twice from the line in Bulgaria. Spigule made a jump shot for Latvia and there was 6 seconds to go. Kamburova took the ball and made a quick basket setting the score to 53-52 and Latvia did not have enough time to reply. Sunday is the last day of the competition.

Bulgaria: Borislava Hristova 24+7 boards, Maria Kamburova 14+13 boards
Latvia: Ieva Spigule 15+6 boards, Kitija Laksa 11, Paula Luke 8+13 boards



Bulgaria downs Finland in QFinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News

U16 FINLAND - U16 BULGARIA 55-70

Bulgaria exploded in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They cruised past Finland 70-55 to reach the Semis. There, Bulgaria will meet Latvia. The winner will advance to the Finals and will earn the promotion for Division A. At the other side, Finland will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Ukraine: Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, but their key player was Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) with 12 pts, 12 rebs and 5 assists (valuation 25, MVP). Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) had 13 points and 6 rebs, while Tanya Eneva (190-C-96) also was great adding 11 pts and 15 boards. Finland got 16 points from Olivia Moskari (175-F-96) and 14 from Emilia Helle (169-PG-96). Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) stopped to 11 pts and 9 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 19-19, 13-21, 6-16, 17-14. Championship continues today.

Finland: Olivia Moskari 16, Emilia Helle 14, Tuuli Menna 11+9 boards
Bulgaria: Borislava Hristova 17, Maria Kamburova 12+12 boards+5 as, Teodora Dineva 13+6 boards, Tanya Eneva 11+15 boards



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  CHINA   


France fire past China - by Eurobasket News

France - China 85:64

France recorded the second straight win at the Tournoi a Villeneuve dAscq. They overcame China in Gravelines tonight. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) scored 16 points each to lead the winners.
France left China far behind in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 27:11 run to clear off. China slowed the hosts down and cut the deficit to 15 points at halftime 27:42. France picked up the tempo in the third term. The hosts knocked down 24 points in the frame to ensure a 19-point lead with one ten minutes remaining. France outscored China in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) contributed 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ma Zengyu (183-F-84) answered with 18 points for China. Chen Xiaoli (193-F-82) had 9 points in defeat.

France: Sandrine Gruda 16, Edwige Lawson-Wade 16, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 10
China: Ma Zengyu 18, Chen Xiaoli 9



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  CROATIA   


USA too good for Croatia in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

USA - Croatia 109:55

USA recorded the fourth straight win in their preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games basketball tournament. They overwhelmed Croatia in Istanbul. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) came up with 15 points to lead the winners.
USA stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 38:13 run to leave Croatia far behind. USA stayed in charge in the second quarter. They accounted for a 62:23 halftime lead. Croatia struggled to match the tempo in the third quarter. The North American team piled up an 88:40 advantage with ten minutes remaining. USA did not slow down cruising to a massive win at the end. Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) had 14 points, while Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84, college: LSU) finished with 12 points for the winners. Ana Lelas (6'0''-G/F-83) replied with 14 points for Croatia. Sandra Mandir (5'10''-G-77) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

USA: Sylvia Fowles 15, Candace Parker 14, Seimone Augustus 12
Croatia: Ana Lelas 14, Sandra Mandir 13



U16 Croatia to meet U16 Greece for 9th place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 CROATIA - U16 SWEDEN 69-61

Croatia was better than Sweden 69-61 on Friday. It was the first game of the Classification Round from 9th-12th place at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Tomorrow, Croatia will play against Greece for the ninth place at this event. Sweden will meet Holland in the battle for position No.11. Croatia made 19-point lead until the halftime. They jumped to plus 22 with ten minutes to go and Sweden was in very difficulty position. The drastically improved for rest of the way (11-25), but it was too late. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) stepped up for the winners with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) had 15 points and 8 boards, while Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) added 11 pts, plus 6 rebs. In Sweden, Elin Ljunggren (182-F-96) top-scored with 15 points. Ida Andersson (171-F-96) followed with 12 points and 5 rebs. Championship continues today, but Croatia and Sweden will take a rest.

Croatia: Iva Slonjsak 17+7 boards, Ivana Dojkic 15+8 boards, Anita Kelava 11+6 boards
Sweden: Elin Ljunggren 15, Ida Andersson 12+5 boards



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U16 Russia heads to Semifinals in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 RUSSIA - U16 CZECH REPUBLIC 63-30

Russia eliminated Czech Republic in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Russia celebrated huge 63-30 victory on Friday and will meet Spain in the Semis. That game will be played today. At the other side, Czech Republic will be transferred to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Hungary. Russia took control on Czech Republic from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 16-6, 16-10, 10-2, 21-12. Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) scored 12 points in victory and Elizaveta Bratchikova (189-PF-96) added two less. Tatiana Sema (193-C-96) helped with 9 points and 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Hana Vesela (190-C-96) was the top scorer with only 6 points. Tereza Kracikova (187-C-96) had 4 points and 5 rebounds. Championship in Miskolc will end this weekend.

Russia: Daria Kolosovskaya 12, Elizaveta Bratchikova 10, Tatiana Sema 9+7 boards
Czech Republic: Hana Vesela 6, Tereza Kracikova 4+5 boards



U16 Czech Republic is step closer to fifth place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 CZECH REPUBLIC - U16 HUNGARY 60-54

Czech Republic outplayed Hungary today 60-54 in the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Tomorrow, Czech Republic will play against France for the fifth place. Hungary will meet Slovakia for position No.7. Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) led the winners with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Hana Vesela (190-C-96) had 12 points and 10 rebs, and Klara Krivankova (183-F-96) followed her with 9 pts and same number of board. In defeat, Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) delivered 17 points and Debora Dubei (180-SF-97) had 15 pts and 7 rebounds. Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) and Fruzsina Weber (181-SF-96) posted 7 pts each. Quarters: 14-15, 13-10, 19-15, 14-14. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Miskolc. Italy and Spain will fight for the Gold.

Czech Republic: Gabriela Andelova 12+6 boards, Hana Vesela 12+10 boards, Klara Krivankova 9+9 boards
Hungary: Bernadett Horvath 17, Debora Dubei 15+7 boards, Agnes Dobos 7, Fruzsina Weber 7



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  DENMARK   


Jablonowski paces U16 Luxembourg to another win - by Eurobasket News

U16 LUXEMBOURG - U16 DENMARK 67-65

Luxembourg will have a chance to fight for 9th place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They grabbed 67-65 victory against Denmark on Friday and will meet Israel in the battle for position No.9. At the other side, Denmark will play for 11th place at this event. Their rival will be Belarus. Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) made two free throws for Luxembourg setting the score to 67-65 with 28 second remaining in the game. Sandra Raun (177-G-96) missed a jump shot for Denmark, but Sarah Mortensen (182-F-97) grabbed an offensive rebound. Denmark had another chance, but they were not able to get the shooting position. Jablonowski was the best player in victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Hannah Pauly (163-PG-97) scored 10 points and Jessy Goergen (173-PG-97) netted one less. In Denmark, Sarah Mortensen collected 19 points and 9 rebounds. Enna Pehadzic (176-G/F-97) had 15 pts and 10 rebs, while Raun added 14 pts and 6 boards. Championship continues today, but Luxembourg and Denmark will take a rest.

Luxembourg: Lisa Jablonowski 20+8 boards, Hannah Pauly 10, Jessy Goergen 9
Denmark: Sarah Mortensen 19+9 boards, Enna Pehadzic 15+10 boards, Sandra Raun 14+6 boards



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  ESTONIA   


U16 Estonia secures 13th place in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 ROMANIA - U16 ESTONIA 68-70

Estonia will take 13th place at U16 EuroBasket in Tallinn. The host of this event grabbed 70-68 win against Romania on Friday for perfect 3-0 record in Group G. At the other side, Romania dropped to 1-2. Mihaela Maxim (167-PG-96) scored a triple for Romania coming to 69-68 with 3 seconds to go and they immediately sent Dikalenko to the free throw line. She missed first, but made the second FT and Romania didn't have enough time to make a shot. Quarters: 20-12, 13-15, 10-22, 25-21. Kadri-Ann Lass (177-F-96) shined for the winners with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Marie Roosalu (177-F-96) had 15 points and 6 rebs, and Sofia Anissimova (179-F-96) had 13 pts and 10 boards. In defeat, Kincso Kelemen (166-PG-96) shined with 19 points and 5 rebs. Andreea Beldian (165-PG-96) and Maxim scored 11 pts each. Estonia will take a rest today. Romania will meet Norway. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Tallinn.

Romania: Kincso Kelemen 19+5 boards, Andreea Beldian 11, Mihaela Maxim 11
Estonia: Kadri-Ann Lass 15+11 boards, Marie Roosalu 15+6 boards, Sofia Anissimova 13+10 boards



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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. Serbia4-1
2. Turkey4-1
3. Germany2-3
4. U.Kingdom0-5

Semi-Finals: Round 8

Jul. 21: BEL - ITA 50-58
Jul. 21: RUS - ESP 46-51

Places 13-16

Jul. 21: TUR - ENG 64-34
Jul. 21: SRB - GER 63-62

Places 5-8

Jul. 21: FRA - SVK 79-53
Jul. 21: CZE - HUN 60-54

Finals: Round 9

FINAL

Jul. 22: ESP - ITA

Places 11-12

Jul. 22: NED - SWE

Places 13-16

Jul. 22: SRB - TUR

Places 3-4

Jul. 22: RUS - BEL

Places 5-6

Jul. 22: CZE - FRA

Places 7-8

Jul. 22: HUN - SVK

Places 9-10

Jul. 22: GRE - CRO


Standings - Div.B - by Eurobasket News

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. Latvia3-2
3. Slovenia3-2
4. Bulgaria3-2
5. Luxembourg1-4
6. Belarus0-5
Group G (positions 13-15)
1. Estonia3-0
2. Romania2-2
3. Norway0-3

Semi-Finals: Round 8

Jul. 21: LTU - POR 65-48
Jul. 21: BUL - LAT 53-52

Places 13-15

Jul. 21: NOR - ROM 28-82

Places 5-8

Jul. 21: POL - SLO 71-66
Jul. 21: FIN - UKR 49-50

Semi-Finals: Round 9

FINAL

Jul. 22: BUL - LTU

Places 11-12

Jul. 22: BLR - DEN

Places 13-15

Jul. 22: EST - NOR

Places 3-4

Jul. 22: LAT - POR

Places 5-6

Jul. 22: UKR - POL

Places 7-8

Jul. 22: FIN - SLO

Places 9-10

Jul. 22: ISR - LUX


Division A: Spain and Italy to fight for the Gold in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS

Russia - Spain
46-51
Spain exploded in the last quarter to beat Russia 51-46 in the Semifinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. It means that Spain advanced to the title game, where they will meet Italy. Russia will play for the Bronze against Belgium. Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) scored 15 points for the winners and Elena Capella (171-G-96) helped with 12 points, plus 7 rebounds. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) netted 10 pts for her country. In Russia, Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) collected 14 points and 8 rebs. Their second scorers were Anastasia Borovykh (173-SG-96) (7 rebs) and Ksenia Kuzmina (195-C-95) with just 6 points each. Spain was down by six with ten minutes remaining in the game. They made impressive 13-2 run in the last period for 46-41 lead with 2:59 to go. Russia touched minus 3 after that, but that was all. Quarters: 16-12, 14-14, 9-7, 7-18. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Miskolc.

Belgium - Italy 50-58
Italy will fight for the Gold at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They celebrated 58-50 victory against Belgium in the Semifinals. Earlier today, Spain outplayed Russia thanks to impressive last quarter, so Italy and Spain will meet in the Finals. Belgium and Russia will play for the Bronze. Italy created 8-point lead until the halftime and increased it to 15 with 10:00 remaining in the game. Italy kept 15-point lead for the next few minutes and question about the winner was resolved, despite Belgium came to minus 6 in the finish. Quarters: 12-16, 12-16, 6-13, 20-13. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) stepped up for Italy with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Marzia Tagliamento (179-F-96) added 16 pts, plus 8 rebs. Martina Kacerik (179-F-96) delivered 8 points in this victory. Belgium got 17 points from Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) and 14 pts, plus 11 rebounds from Kyara Linskens (189-C-96). Laeticia Mpoyi (179-C-96) collected 8 points and 8 rebs.
Places 5-8
Czech Republic - Hungary 60-54
Czech Republic outplayed Hungary today 60-54 in the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Tomorrow, Czech Republic will play against France for the fifth place. Hungary will meet Slovakia for position No.7. Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) led the winners with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Hana Vesela (190-C-96) had 12 points and 10 rebs, and Klara Krivankova (183-F-96) followed her with 9 pts and same number of board. In defeat, Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) delivered 17 points and Debora Dubei (180-SF-97) had 15 pts and 7 rebounds. Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) and Fruzsina Weber (181-SF-96) posted 7 pts each. Quarters: 14-15, 13-10, 19-15, 14-14. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Miskolc. Italy and Spain will fight for the Gold.

France - Slovakia 79-53
France blasted Slovakia 79-53 today in Miskolc. It was the first game of Classification Round from 5th to 8th place at U16 Eurobasket. Thanks to this win, France will have a chance to take the fifth place, but they will have to beat Czech Republic tomorrow. Slovakia will fight for position No.7 against Hungary. France exploded after the breather to take the victory in this meeting. They were down by 4 after 20 minutes, but made impressive 25-11 in Q4 and closed this game with even better 25-9 for the final 26-point win. Marie Milapie (191-C-96) shined in victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Katia Clanet (187-F-96) (5 rebs) and Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) scored 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) was way better than the others with 17 points. Their second scorers were Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) (5 rebs) and Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) with just 6 pts. The championship will end tomorrow. Spain and Italy will play in the Big Final.

Places 13-16
Turkey - United Kingdom 64-34
As expected, Turkey was too strong for UK today in Miskolc, 64-34. Turkey jumped to 4-1 record in Group G and will meet Serbia tomorrow in do-or-die game. The winner of that game will survive in Division A of U16 EuroBasket. At the other side, UK already faced with relegation. They have 0-5 in this pool. Turkey dominated during the entire game to celebrate comfortable win at the end. Quarters: 15-11, 18-6, 22-11, 9-6. Ezgi Manlaci (175-G-96) (6 as) and Rojin Karahan (172-SF-96) scored 11 points each in victory. Their third scorer was Sevgi Uzun (170-PG-97) with 8 points. In defeat, Leah McDerment (180-PG-96) had 12 pts and was the only player with double digits in UK. Sadie Russell (186-C-96) had 6 points and 8 boards. Italy and Spain will meet in the title game in Miskolc.

Serbia - Germany 63-62
Serbia escaped with 63-62 thriller win against Germany today in Miskolc. Serbia will meet Turkey tomorrow in do-or-die game. Both teams have almost perfect 4-1 record in group G, but only the winner of this pool will survive in Division A. Germany dropped to 2-3 and already faced with relegation. Germany had 55-57 lead with 3:48 remaining, but Serbia made 5-0 run after that. Later it was 63-59 for Serbia with 1:35 to go and Lisa Janko (184-F-96) scored one free throws for Germany. Both teams committed turnovers and missed shots in their next two possessions, after what Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96) made another TO for Serbia. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) stole the ball and scored a lay-up for Germany, but it would be better if she tried to score for 3. Serbia held the ball for the last few seconds and celebrated 1-point win at the end. Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Serbia. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) had 15 pts and 8 boards, and Cukic added 10 pts, plus 7 rebs. Germany got 26 points and 10 boards from Emma lina Stach. Nele Aha (171-PG-96) scored 10 and Janko had 7 pts. Quarters: 18-17, 10-7, 14-20, 21-18. Sunday is the last day of the championship in Miskolc.



Division B: Bulgaria and Lithuania advance to title game, win promotion to Division A - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS

Bulgaria - Latvia
53-52
Bulgaria advanced to the Big Final of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They grabbed 53-52 thriller win against Latvia in the Semis, which ended few minutes ago. Thanks to this victory Bulgaria also won the promotion to Division A. They will meet Lithuania in the title game. Latvia will play for the Bronze against Portugal. The Bronze medal winner will also play in Division A next year. Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) shined in victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) had 14 pts and 13 rebs (MVP, valuation 22) and she was the last player with double digits in scoring in Bulgaria. Latvia got 15 points and 6 rebs from Ieva Spigule (179-F-96). Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) and Paula Luke (185-C-96) (13 rebs) stopped to 11 and 8 points respectively. Latvia had 49-50 lead with 33 seconds to go, after what Hristova made two free throws for Bulgaria. Strautmane committed a turnover at the other side and Georgieva missed twice from the line in Bulgaria. Spigule made a jump shot for Latvia and there was 6 seconds to go. Kamburova took the ball and made a quick basket setting the score to 53-52 and Latvia did not have enough time to reply. Sunday is the last day of the competition.

Lithuania - Portugal 65-48
Lithuania downed Portugal 65-48 in the Semifinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. It means that Lithuania advanced to the title game, where they will meet Bulgaria. Both finalists won the promotion for Division A. Portugal failed to reach the Finals and will play against Latvia for third place at this event. The Bronze medal winner will also play in Division A next year. Lithuania made 5-point lead until the halftime and jumped to plus 14 with ten minutes to go. Third period was the crucial one in this meeting and Portugal was not able to reply for rest of the way. Quarters: 16-13, 14-12, 18-9, 17-14. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) led the winners with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) scored 19 points and Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) helped with 8 pts, plus 14 rebs. In defeat, Simone Costa (176-G-96) scored 14 points and Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) added 13 pts, plus 18 rebs. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Tallinn.

Places 5-8
Finland - Ukraine 49-50
Ukraine escaped with 50-49 thriller win against Finland today in Tallinn. It means that Ukraine will meet Poland for the fifth place at U16 EuroBasket Division B. Finland will play against Slovenia for position No.7. Both games will be played tomorrow, which is the last day of the championship in Tallinn. Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) led the winners with 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) added 12 pts and 10 rebs. Olga Yatskovets (181-C-97) collected 7 points and 15 rebounds. In Finland, Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) (11 rebs) and Emilia Helle (169-PG-96) netted 13 points each. Veera Valimaa (182-F-96) followed them with 11 points and 8 rebs. Ukraine had 39-46 lead at the halfway of the last period, but Finland tied the score to 48-48 with 1:41 minutes to go. For rest of the way, Polovynka scored two free throws for Ukraine and Menna had one for Finland. Quarters: 7-14, 10-7, 14-14, 18-15.

Poland - Slovenia 71-66
Poland handed 71-66 loss to Slovenia in the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Poland will meet Ukraine tomorrow in the battle for fifth place. At the other side, Slovenia will play against Finland. The winner of that game will end as No.7. Monika Radomska (188-PF-96) top-scored in victory with 15 points (5 rebs). Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96) (13 rebs) and Amalia Rembiszewska (189-F-96) (10 rebs) netted 14 points each. Slovenia got 14 points from Larisa Ocvirk (184-F-97) (6 rebs) and Maja Jakobcic (184-PF-97). Sabina Ajkic (176-SG-96) stopped to 12. Poland had 10-point lead at the beginning of the last quarter, but Slovenia came to 63-61 with something more than three minutes to go in the game. Poland answered with mini 4-0 run after that and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 23-13, 19-19, 11-15, 18-19. Sunday is the last day of the championship in Tallinn.

Places 13-15
Norway - Romania 28-82
Romania avoided last place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They destroyed Norway today 82-28 to end as the second ranked team of Group G with 2-2 record. It means that Romania finished as No.14 at this event, while Norway will be the last ranked team. Romania already played all of its games in Tallinn. Norway will meet Estonia tomorrow in the last day of the competition. Paula Lenart (178-F/G-96) had monster double-double in victory with 21 points and 19 rebounds (valuation 36!). Kincso Kelemen (166-PG-96) also scored 21 pts, but to go with 5 rebounds. Third scorer in Romania was Birgitte Steiner (177-SF-96) with 11 points. In defeat, Martine Landstrom (171-SG-97) and Nini Skjulhaug (169-SG-96) scored 6 points each. Romania made 32-point lead at the halftime and all after that was just the formality. Quarters: 9-20, 11-32, 2-22, 6-8.



Division B: Semifinalists are known - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Lithuania 68-71
Lithuania eliminated Poland in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Lithuania grabbed 71-68 thriller win thanks to free throws by Agne Cerneckyte with 5 seconds remaining in the game. Poland had the last possession and Karolina Olszewska tried to force an OT , but she missed from behind the arc and her team faced with elimination. Quarters: 27-15, 11-20, 14-21, 16-15. Lithuania advanced to the Semis, where they will meet Portugal. Poland is transferred to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Slovenia. Daugile Sarauskaite (196-C-96) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds (valuation 25). Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) scored 15 points and Milana Matias (163-G-96) netted one less. Poland got 17 points from Patrycja Klatt (171-G-96) and 13 pts, plus 11 boards from Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96). Amalia Rembiszewska (189-F-96) followed them with 12 points and 10 boards. Championship continues today.

Latvia - Ukraine 54-52
Latvia won a heartbreaking thriller against Ukraine in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Latvia celebrated 54-52 victory in this meeting thanks to triple by Beate Markane (172-G-96) with 8 seconds remaining in the game. Ukraine had the last possession, but Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) committed a turnover and it was Markane who made this crucial steal. Quarters: 13-10, 10-15, 14-15, 17-12. Ieva Spigule (179-F-96) and Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) scored 16 and 15 points respectively for the winners. Markane helped with 8 points. In defeat, Gorobets netted 23 pts, with pretty bad shoot percentage. Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) (9 rebs) and Alina Batkovska (171-PG-96) posted 11 pts each. Latvia advanced to the Semifinals, where their rival will be Bulgaria. Ukraine goes to the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival is Finland.

Finland - Bulgaria 55-70
Bulgaria exploded in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They cruised past Finland 70-55 to reach the Semis. There, Bulgaria will meet Latvia. The winner will advance to the Finals and will earn the promotion for Division A. At the other side, Finland will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Ukraine: Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, but their key player was Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) with 12 pts, 12 rebs and 5 assists (valuation 25, MVP). Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) had 13 points and 6 rebs, while Tanya Eneva (190-C-96) also was great adding 11 pts and 15 boards. Finland got 16 points from Olivia Moskari (175-F-96) and 14 from Emilia Helle (169-PG-96). Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) stopped to 11 pts and 9 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 19-19, 13-21, 6-16, 17-14. Championship continues today.

Portugal - Slovenia 58-45
Portugal had amazing start against Slovenia in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Portugal trashed its rival 25-3 in the first ten minutes of the game and jumped to plus 25 until the halftime. Slovenians finally showed some of their talent after the breather, but were not able to avoid eliminations. Portugal advanced to the Semis, where they will play against Lithuania. Slovenia will meet Poland in the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Both games will be played today. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) was totally the best player in Portugal with 25 points and 17 rebounds. She reached valuation 37 and was the MVP of this meeting. Carolina Bernardeco (163-PG-97) scored 9 points for the winners and Chelsea Guimaraes (185-PF-97) added 7 pts, plus 6 rebounds. In defeat, Maja Jakobcic (184-PF-97) was better than the others with 16 points and 5 rebs. Manca Jelenc (172-PG-96) scored 9 pts.
Places 9-12
Israel - Belarus 80-48
Israel destroyed Belarus on Friday 80-48. It was the first game of the Classification Round from 9th to 12th place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Tomorrow, Israel will play against Luxembourg in the game for 9th place. Belarus will meet Denmark for position No.11. Israel took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 23-5, 21-11, 24-16, 12-16. Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) was the leading player in victory with 33 points. She reached valuation 28 and actually was MVP of the game. Eden Porat (176-F-96) had 12 points and 8 rebs, while Daniel Raber (183-PF-96) added 10 pts, plus 15 rebs. Belarus didn't have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best players were Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-PG-97), Hanna Brych (183-C-97) (5 rebs) and Maryia Ivanenka (165-PG-97) with 7 points each.

Luxembourg - Denmark 67-65
Luxembourg will have a chance to fight for 9th place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They grabbed 67-65 victory against Denmark on Friday and will meet Israel in the battle for position No.9. At the other side, Denmark will play for 11th place at this event. Their rival will be Belarus. Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) made two free throws for Luxembourg setting the score to 67-65 with 28 second remaining in the game. Sandra Raun (177-G-96) missed a jump shot for Denmark, but Sarah Mortensen (182-F-97) grabbed an offensive rebound. Denmark had another chance, but they were not able to get the shooting position. Jablonowski was the best player in victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Hannah Pauly (163-PG-97) scored 10 points and Jessy Goergen (173-PG-97) netted one less. In Denmark, Sarah Mortensen collected 19 points and 9 rebounds. Enna Pehadzic (176-G/F-97) had 15 pts and 10 rebs, while Raun added 14 pts and 6 boards. Championship continues today, but Luxembourg and Denmark will take a rest.

Places 13-15
Romania - Estonia 68-70
Estonia will take 13th place at U16 EuroBasket in Tallinn. The host of this event grabbed 70-68 win against Romania on Friday for perfect 3-0 record in Group G. At the other side, Romania dropped to 1-2. Mihaela Maxim (167-PG-96) scored a triple for Romania coming to 69-68 with 3 seconds to go and they immediately sent Dikalenko to the free throw line. She missed first, but made the second FT and Romania didn't have enough time to make a shot. Quarters: 20-12, 13-15, 10-22, 25-21. Kadri-Ann Lass (177-F-96) shined for the winners with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Marie Roosalu (177-F-96) had 15 points and 6 rebs, and Sofia Anissimova (179-F-96) had 13 pts and 10 boards. In defeat, Kincso Kelemen (166-PG-96) shined with 19 points and 5 rebs. Andreea Beldian (165-PG-96) and Maxim scored 11 pts each. Estonia will take a rest today. Romania will meet Norway. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Tallinn.



Division A: Spain, Belgium, Russia and Italy advance to Semifinals in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

Belgium - France 67-60 OT
Belgium and France played a heartbreaking thriller in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Belgium celebrated 67-60 OT win and advanced to the Semis. Their rival will be Italy. France will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. They will meet Slovakia today. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) made a lay-up for Belgium with 27 seconds remaining in regular time and that basket sent the game to extra five minutes. Allemand opened it with triple and Kyara Linskens connected a put-back for plus 5. Belgium's Allemand scored all points for her team for rest of the way and lifted them to 67-60 win at the end, despite France came to minus 3 in the finish. Julie Allemand was a key player in victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Heleen Nauwelaers (180-PF-96) (8 rebs) and Eva Devliegher (170-SG-96) netted 9 points each. In defeat, Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) scored 15 points and Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) had 14 points, plus 7 rebounds. Mathilde Combes (184-C-96) collected 8 points and 5 rebs.

Russia - Czech Republic 63-30
Russia eliminated Czech Republic in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Russia celebrated huge 63-30 victory on Friday and will meet Spain in the Semis. That game will be played today. At the other side, Czech Republic will be transferred to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Hungary. Russia took control on Czech Republic from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 16-6, 16-10, 10-2, 21-12. Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) scored 12 points in victory and Elizaveta Bratchikova (189-PF-96) added two less. Tatiana Sema (193-C-96) helped with 9 points and 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Hana Vesela (190-C-96) was the top scorer with only 6 points. Tereza Kracikova (187-C-96) had 4 points and 5 rebounds. Championship in Miskolc will end this weekend.

Spain - Hungary 57-55
Spain grabbed 57-55 thriller win against Hungary in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Spain had 55-48 lead with 3:37 remaining in the game and later thanks to Debora Dubei (180-SF-97)'s triple Hungary came to 57-55 with 12 seconds to go. Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) drew a foul, but she missed both free throws and Hungary had 5 seconds for the last possession. Dubei grabbed defensive rebound and tried to score from behind the arc, but missed and Spain advanced to the Semifinals. Quarters: 18-11, 12-18, 15-15, 12-11. Nogaye Lo Sylla (96) (7 rebs) and Laia Flores (170-SF-96) scored 12 points each for the winners. Laura Quevedo and Elena Capella (171-G-96) helped with 9 points each. In defeat, Debora Dubei shined with 22 points and 6 boards, and Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) added 17 pts, plus 7 rebs. Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) stopped to 5 pts and 12 rebounds. In the Semifinals, Spain will meet Russia today. Hungary will play against Czech Republic and it will be their first obstacle to fifth place in Miskolc.

Italy - Slovakia 75-36
Italy demonstrated its power against Slovakia in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Italy celebrated comfortable 75-36 win heading to the Semis at this event. There, Italy will meet Belgium in the battle for the title game. Slovakia will continue in Classification Round. They will fight for 5th place in Miskolc. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) led the winners with 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Isabel Romano (170-PG-96) added 9 points, plus 6 boards. Francesca Russo (172-SG-96) delivered 8 points in victory. Slovakia got 8 points and 9 rebounds from Lucia Ondrejkova (170-G/F-96). Katarina Urbaniova (169-PG-96) and Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) posted 8 pts each. Italy was 8-points up at the halftime and jumped to plus 22 with ten minutes remaining in the game. All after that was just the formality. Championship continues today.

Places 9-12
Croatia - Sweden 69-61
Croatia was better than Sweden 69-61 on Friday. It was the first game of the Classification Round from 9th-12th place at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Tomorrow, Croatia will play against Greece for the ninth place at this event. Sweden will meet Holland in the battle for position No.11. Croatia made 19-point lead until the halftime. They jumped to plus 22 with ten minutes to go and Sweden was in very difficulty position. The drastically improved for rest of the way (11-25), but it was too late. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) stepped up for the winners with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) had 15 points and 8 boards, while Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) added 11 pts, plus 6 rebs. In Sweden, Elin Ljunggren (182-F-96) top-scored with 15 points. Ida Andersson (171-F-96) followed with 12 points and 5 rebs. Championship continues today, but Croatia and Sweden will take a rest.

Greece - Holland 56-53
Greece made first step forward to ninth place at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They grabbed 56-53 win against Holland on Friday. In order to take position No.9 at this event Greece will have to beat Croatia tomorrow. Holland will play against Sweden for 11th place. Maria Goula (178-G/F-96) led the winners with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (170-PG-96) (6 rebs) and Christiana Gerostergiou (176-G/F-96) added 13 points each. In defeat, Janis Ndiba (185-PF-97) collected 12 points and 6 rebs. Esther Fokke (180-PF-96) (8 rebs) and Fleur Kuijt (174-G-96) (7 rebs) had 10 points each. Gerostergiou made two free throws and lifted Greece to 56-53 lead with 7 seconds remaining in the game, but Holland had the last possession. Kantebeen missed a triple with 4 seconds to go, but Holland grabbed an offensive rebound and Kantebeen tried once again from behind the arc, but Oikonomaki blocked her shot at the buzzer. Quarters: 15-16, 12-15, 9-9, 20-13. Semifinals will be played today, while games for 9th and 11th position are scheduled for Sunday.

Places 13-16
Germany - Turkey 48-55
Turkey did a great job against Germany on Friday. The Turkish NT celebrated very important 55-48 victory for 3-1 record in Group G of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. At other side, Germany dropped to 1-3. Teams in this pool fight for the survival in Division A and there are two more days to go. Turkey shined in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 2-9, 14-13, 14-9, 18-24. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) was the leading player in Turkey with 22 points and 5 rebounds (0/6 for 3-pts). Beylem Ilba (176-SF-96) had 9 points and 15 rebs, while Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) added 8 points, plus 7 boards. Patricia Brossmann (180-SF-97) responded with 15 points and 7 rebs in defeat. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) collected 11 points and 12 boards. Today, Turkey will meet UK. Germany will play against Serbia in crucial game.

United Kingdom - Serbia 51-68
Serbia is very close to survival in Division A of U16 EuroBasket. They cruised past UK 68-51 for 3-1 record in Group G in Miskolc. At the other side, UK already faced with relegation. They dropped to 0-4 with no chance to survive. It means that UK will compete in Division B next year. Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) paced Serbia with 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Julijana Vojinovic (174-PG-96) added 14 pts, plus 6 boards. Their third scorer was Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96) with 13 points and 5 rebs. In UK, Samanta Clement (176-PG-97) delivered 18 points and Leah McDerment (180-PG-96) added 14. Rhianna-Mae Laing (170-PG-97) posted 8 pts in this loss. Quarters: 10-21, 17-23, 15-11, 9-13. Today, Serbia will meet Germany in crucial game. UK will play against Turkey.



Division C: Cyprus and Iceland to play in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus advanced to the Big Final of U16 EuroBasket Division C in Gibraltar. They handed 62-39 loss to Scotland in the Semis. Cyprus made impressive 22-2 in third quarter to secure the victory in this meeting. Tijana Raca (176-SG-97) led the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
In the other Semis, Iceland destroyed host Gibraltar with huge 107-20.
In the first games of Classification Round from 5th to 8th place, Andorra was better than Monaco 49-42. Claudia Brunet (163-PG-96) scored 27 points in victory. Also today, Malta outplayed Wales 67-38. Monique Caruana (146-PG-96) had 12 pts and 4 assists in Malta.
Tomorrow, Cyprus and Iceland will meet in the Finals, while Scotland and Gibraltar will play for the Bronze. Andorra and Malta will play for 5th place, while Wales and Monaco will meet each other and winner will avoid last place at this event.



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U16 Ukraine takes 50-49 win over U16 Finland - by Eurobasket News

U16 FINLAND - U16 UKRAINE 49-50

Ukraine escaped with 50-49 thriller win against Finland today in Tallinn. It means that Ukraine will meet Poland for the fifth place at U16 EuroBasket Division B. Finland will play against Slovenia for position No.7. Both games will be played tomorrow, which is the last day of the championship in Tallinn. Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) led the winners with 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) added 12 pts and 10 rebs. Olga Yatskovets (181-C-97) collected 7 points and 15 rebounds. In Finland, Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) (11 rebs) and Emilia Helle (169-PG-96) netted 13 points each. Veera Valimaa (182-F-96) followed them with 11 points and 8 rebs. Ukraine had 39-46 lead at the halfway of the last period, but Finland tied the score to 48-48 with 1:41 minutes to go. For rest of the way, Polovynka scored two free throws for Ukraine and Menna had one for Finland. Quarters: 7-14, 10-7, 14-14, 18-15.

Finland: Tuuli Menna 13+11 boards, Emilia Helle 13, Veera Valimaa 11+8 boards
Ukraine: Anastasiya Polovynka 13+9 boards, Vita Gorobets 12+10 boards, Olga Yatskovets 7+15 boards



Bulgaria downs Finland in QFinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News

U16 FINLAND - U16 BULGARIA 55-70

Bulgaria exploded in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They cruised past Finland 70-55 to reach the Semis. There, Bulgaria will meet Latvia. The winner will advance to the Finals and will earn the promotion for Division A. At the other side, Finland will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Ukraine: Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, but their key player was Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) with 12 pts, 12 rebs and 5 assists (valuation 25, MVP). Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) had 13 points and 6 rebs, while Tanya Eneva (190-C-96) also was great adding 11 pts and 15 boards. Finland got 16 points from Olivia Moskari (175-F-96) and 14 from Emilia Helle (169-PG-96). Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) stopped to 11 pts and 9 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 19-19, 13-21, 6-16, 17-14. Championship continues today.

Finland: Olivia Moskari 16, Emilia Helle 14, Tuuli Menna 11+9 boards
Bulgaria: Borislava Hristova 17, Maria Kamburova 12+12 boards+5 as, Teodora Dineva 13+6 boards, Tanya Eneva 11+15 boards



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U16 Belgium eliminates U16 France in overtime, heads to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

U16 BELGIUM - U16 FRANCE 67-60 OT

Belgium and France played a heartbreaking thriller in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Belgium celebrated 67-60 OT win and advanced to the Semis. Their rival will be Italy. France will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. They will meet Slovakia today. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) made a lay-up for Belgium with 27 seconds remaining in regular time and that basket sent the game to extra five minutes. Allemand opened it with triple and Kyara Linskens connected with put-back for plus 5. Belgium's Allemand scored all points for her team for rest of the way and lifted them to 67-60 win at the end, despite France came to minus 3 in the finish. Julie Allemand was a key player in victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Heleen Nauwelaers (180-PF-96) (8 rebs) and Eva Devliegher (170-SG-96) netted 9 points each. In defeat, Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) scored 15 points and Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) had 14 points, plus 7 rebounds. Mathilde Combes (184-C-96) collected 8 points and 5 rebs.

Belgium: Julie Allemand 21+6 boards, Heleen Nauwelaers 9+8 boards, Eva Devliegher 9
France: Lisa Berkani 15, Louise Dambach 14+7 boards, Mathilde Combes 8+5 boards



France fire past China - by Eurobasket News

France - China 85:64

France recorded the second straight win at the Tournoi a Villeneuve dAscq. They overcame China in Gravelines tonight. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) scored 16 points each to lead the winners.
France left China far behind in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 27:11 run to clear off. China slowed the hosts down and cut the deficit to 15 points at halftime 27:42. France picked up the tempo in the third term. The hosts knocked down 24 points in the frame to ensure a 19-point lead with one ten minutes remaining. France outscored China in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) contributed 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ma Zengyu (183-F-84) answered with 18 points for China. Chen Xiaoli (193-F-82) had 9 points in defeat.

France: Sandrine Gruda 16, Edwige Lawson-Wade 16, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 10
China: Ma Zengyu 18, Chen Xiaoli 9



Serbia and France exchange victories in Kladovo - by Eurobasket News

Serbian and French U18 National Teams played a pair of exhibition games in Kladovo. The teams traded victories.
The first game ended with the hosts claiming a 48:42 victory. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) accounted for 15 points to lead Serbia. Serbia led by four points after ten minutes of action 14:10. France took over in the second quarter and eked out a 26:24 halftime lead. Serbia and France exchanged baskets throughout the third term as France ensured a 2-point lead into the fourth quarter. But Serbia went on a strong rally in the final frame to seal the victory at the end. Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) chipped in 10 points for Serbia. Kristina Topuzovic (179-G-94) added 8 points in the victory. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) answered with 12 points for France. Awa Sissoko (178-SG-94) and Lidija Turcinovic (178-G-94) had 7 points each in the loss.
Next game was a different story. The visitors surged ahead right from the start. France accumulated a 23:15 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the margin to 11 points at halftime 35:24. France stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. They ensured an 18-point lead at the final break and never looked back en route to the victory. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) provided 16 points for France. Mamignan Toure (180-F-94) added 14 points for the winners. Natasa Kovacevic, Ivana Boskovic (183-F-94) and Zaklina Jankovic (190-F/C-94) had 12 points each for Serbia.



U16 France too strong for U16 Slovakia in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 FRANCE - U16 SLOVAKIA 79-53

France blasted Slovakia 79-53 today in Miskolc. It was the first game of Classification Round from 5th to 8th place at U16 Eurobasket. Thanks to this win, France will have a chance to take the fifth place, but they will have to beat Czech Republic tomorrow. Slovakia will fight for position No.7 against Hungary. France exploded after the breather to take the victory in this meeting. They were down by 4 after 20 minutes, but made impressive 25-11 in Q4 and closed this game with even better 25-9 for the final 26-point win. Marie Milapie (191-C-96) shined in victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Katia Clanet (187-F-96) (5 rebs) and Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) scored 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) was way better than the others with 17 points. Their second scorers were Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) (5 rebs) and Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) with just 6 pts. The championship will end tomorrow. Spain and Italy will play in the Big Final.

France: Marie Milapie 14+6 boards, Katia Clanet 12+5 boards, Louise Dambach 12
Slovakia: Lucia Striesova 17, Veronika Remenarova 6+5 boards, Kristina Matuskova 6



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U16 Serbia to meet U16 Turkey in do-or-die game, U16 Germany relegated from Division A - by Eurobasket News

U16 SERBIA - U16 GERMANY 63-62

Serbia escaped with 63-62 thriller win against Germany today in Miskolc. Serbia will meet Turkey tomorrow in do-or-die game. Both teams have almost perfect 4-1 record in group G, but only the winner of this pool will survive in Division A. Germany dropped to 2-3 and already faced with relegation. Germany had 55-57 lead with 3:48 remaining, but Serbia made 5-0 run after that. Later it was 63-59 for Serbia with 1:35 to go and Lisa Janko (184-F-96) scored one free throws for Germany. Both teams committed turnovers and missed shots in their next two possessions, after what Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96) made another TO for Serbia. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) stole the ball and scored a lay-up for Germany, but it would be better if she tried to score for 3. Serbia held the ball for the last few seconds and celebrated 1-point win at the end. Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Serbia. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) had 15 pts and 8 boards, and Cukic added 10 pts, plus 7 rebs. Germany got 26 points and 10 boards from Emma lina Stach. Nele Aha (171-PG-96) scored 10 and Janko had 7 pts. Quarters: 18-17, 10-7, 14-20, 21-18. Sunday is the last day of the championship in Miskolc.

Serbia: Zeljka Petkovic 16+6 boards, Aleksandra Crvendakic 15+8 boards, Tijana Cukic 10+7 boards
Germany: Emma lina Stach 26+10 boards, Nele Aha 10, Lisa Janko 7



U16 Turkey takes very important win against U16 Germany - by Eurobasket News

U16 GERMANY - U16 TURKEY 48-55

Turkey did a great job against Germany on Friday. The Turkish NT celebrated very important 55-48 victory for 3-1 record in Group G of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. At other side, Germany dropped to 1-3. Teams in this pool fight for the survival in Division A and there are two more days to go. Turkey shined in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 2-9, 14-13, 14-9, 18-24. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) was the leading player in Turkey with 22 points and 5 rebounds (0/6 for 3-pts). Beylem Ilba (176-SF-96) had 9 points and 15 rebs, while Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) added 8 points, plus 7 boards. Patricia Brossmann (180-SF-97) responded with 15 points and 7 rebs in defeat. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) collected 11 points and 12 boards. Today, Turkey will meet UK. Germany will play against Serbia in crucial game.

Germany: Patricia Brossmann 15+7 boards, Emma lina Stach 11+12 boards
Turkey: Serife Onar 22+5 boards, Beylem Ilba 9+15 boards, Selale Kepenc 8+7 boards



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U16 Greece beats U16 Holland in Miskolc, 56-53 - by Eurobasket News

U16 GREECE - U16 HOLLAND 56-53

Greece made first step forward to ninth place at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They grabbed 56-53 win against Holland on Friday. In order to take position No.9 at this event Greece will have to beat Croatia tomorrow. Holland will play against Sweden for 11th place. Maria Goula (178-G/F-96) led the winners with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (170-PG-96) (6 rebs) and Christiana Gerostergiou (176-G/F-96) added 13 points each. In defeat, Janis Ndiba (185-PF-97) collected 12 points and 6 rebs. Esther Fokke (180-PF-96) (8 rebs) and Fleur Kuijt (174-G-96) (7 rebs) had 10 points each. Gerostergiou made two free throws and lifted Greece to 56-53 lead with 7 seconds remaining in the game, but Holland had the last possession. Kantebeen missed a triple with 4 seconds to go, but Holland grabbed an offensive rebound and Kantebeen tried once again from behind the arc, but Oikonomaki blocked her shot at the buzzer. Quarters: 15-16, 12-15, 9-9, 20-13. Semifinals will be played today, while games for 9th and 11th position are scheduled for Sunday.

Greece: Maria Goula 20+6 boards, Pinelopi Pavlopoulou 13+6 boards, Christiana Gerostergiou 13
Holland: Janis Ndiba 12+6 boards, Esther Fokke 10+8 boards, Fleur Kuijt 10+7 boards



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U16 Greece beats U16 Holland in Miskolc, 56-53 - by Eurobasket News

U16 GREECE - U16 HOLLAND 56-53

Greece made first step forward to ninth place at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They grabbed 56-53 win against Holland on Friday. In order to take position No.9 at this event Greece will have to beat Croatia tomorrow. Holland will play against Sweden for 11th place. Maria Goula (178-G/F-96) led the winners with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (170-PG-96) (6 rebs) and Christiana Gerostergiou (176-G/F-96) added 13 points each. In defeat, Janis Ndiba (185-PF-97) collected 12 points and 6 rebs. Esther Fokke (180-PF-96) (8 rebs) and Fleur Kuijt (174-G-96) (7 rebs) had 10 points each. Gerostergiou made two free throws and lifted Greece to 56-53 lead with 7 seconds remaining in the game, but Holland had the last possession. Kantebeen missed a triple with 4 seconds to go, but Holland grabbed an offensive rebound and Kantebeen tried once again from behind the arc, but Oikonomaki blocked her shot at the buzzer. Quarters: 15-16, 12-15, 9-9, 20-13. Semifinals will be played today, while games for 9th and 11th position are scheduled for Sunday.

Greece: Maria Goula 20+6 boards, Pinelopi Pavlopoulou 13+6 boards, Christiana Gerostergiou 13
Holland: Janis Ndiba 12+6 boards, Esther Fokke 10+8 boards, Fleur Kuijt 10+7 boards



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U16 Spain eliminates U16 Hungary in thriller, 57-55 - by Eurobasket News

U16 SPAIN - U16 HUNGARY 57-55

Spain grabbed 57-55 thriller win against Hungary in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Spain had 55-48 lead with 3:37 remaining in the game and later thanks to Debora Dubei (180-SF-97)'s triple Hungary came to 57-55 with 12 seconds to go. Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) drew a foul, but she missed both free throws and Hungary had 5 seconds for the last possession. Dubei grabbed defensive rebound and tried to score from behind the arc, but missed and Spain advanced to the Semifinals. Quarters: 18-11, 12-18, 15-15, 12-11. Nogaye Lo Sylla (96) (7 rebs) and Laia Flores (170-SF-96) scored 12 points each for the winners. Laura Quevedo and Elena Capella (171-G-96) helped with 9 points each. In defeat, Debora Dubei shined with 22 points and 6 boards, and Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) added 17 pts, plus 7 rebs. Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) stopped to 5 pts and 12 rebounds. In the Semifinals, Spain will meet Russia today. Hungary will play against Czech Republic and it will be their first obstacle to fifth place in Miskolc.

Spain: Nogaye Lo Sylla 12+7 boards, Laia Flores 12, Laura Quevedo 9, Elena Capella 9
Hungary: Debora Dubei 22+6 boards, Bernadett Horvath 17+7 boards, Agnes Dobos 5+12 boards



U16 Czech Republic is step closer to fifth place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 CZECH REPUBLIC - U16 HUNGARY 60-54

Czech Republic outplayed Hungary today 60-54 in the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Tomorrow, Czech Republic will play against France for the fifth place. Hungary will meet Slovakia for position No.7. Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) led the winners with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Hana Vesela (190-C-96) had 12 points and 10 rebs, and Klara Krivankova (183-F-96) followed her with 9 pts and same number of board. In defeat, Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) delivered 17 points and Debora Dubei (180-SF-97) had 15 pts and 7 rebounds. Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) and Fruzsina Weber (181-SF-96) posted 7 pts each. Quarters: 14-15, 13-10, 19-15, 14-14. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Miskolc. Italy and Spain will fight for the Gold.

Czech Republic: Gabriela Andelova 12+6 boards, Hana Vesela 12+10 boards, Klara Krivankova 9+9 boards
Hungary: Bernadett Horvath 17, Debora Dubei 15+7 boards, Agnes Dobos 7, Fruzsina Weber 7



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  ISRAEL   


U16 Israel to play against U16 Luxembourg for 9th place in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 ISRAEL - U16 BELARUS 80-48

Israel destroyed Belarus on Friday 80-48. It was the first game of the Classification Round from 9th to 12th place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Tomorrow, Israel will play against Luxembourg in the game for 9th place. Belarus will meet Denmark for position No.11. Israel took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 23-5, 21-11, 24-16, 12-16. Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) was the leading player in victory with 33 points. She reached valuation 28 and actually was MVP of the game. Eden Porat (176-F-96) had 12 points and 8 rebs, while Daniel Raber (183-PF-96) added 10 pts, plus 15 rebs. Belarus didn't have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best players were Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-PG-97), Hanna Brych (183-C-97) (5 rebs) and Maryia Ivanenka (165-PG-97) with 7 points each.

Israel: Noa Zelivanski 33, Eden Porat 12+8 boards, Daniel Raber 10+15 boards
Belarus: Hanna Brych 7+5 boards, Anastasiya Sushchyk 7, Maryia Ivanenka 7



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  ITALY   


Italy eliminates Belgium in U16 EuroBasket Semis - by Eurobasket News

U16 BELGIUM - U16 ITALY 50-58

Italy will fight for the Gold at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They celebrated 58-50 victory against Belgium in the Semifinals. Earlier today, Spain outplayed Russia thanks to impressive last quarter, so Italy and Spain will meet in the Finals. Belgium and Russia will play for the Bronze. Italy created 8-point lead until the halftime and increased it to 15 with 10:00 remaining in the game. Italy kept 15-point lead for the next few minutes and question about the winner was resolved, despite Belgium came to minus 6 in the finish. Quarters: 12-16, 12-16, 6-13, 20-13. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) stepped up for Italy with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Marzia Tagliamento (179-F-96) added 16 pts, plus 8 rebs. Martina Kacerik (179-F-96) delivered 8 points in this victory. Belgium got 17 points from Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) and 14 pts, plus 11 rebounds from Kyara Linskens (189-C-96). Laeticia Mpoyi (179-C-96) collected 8 points and 8 rebs.

Belgium: Julie Allemand 17, Kyara Linskens 14+11 boards, Laeticia Mpoyi 8+8 boards
Italy: Cecilia Zandalasini 17+9 boards, Marzia Tagliamento 16+8 boards, Martina Kacerik 8



Italy has no mercy for Slovakia in U16 EuroBasket QFinals - by Eurobasket News

U16 ITALY - U16 SLOVAKIA 75-36

Italy demonstrated its power against Slovakia in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Italy celebrated comfortable 75-36 win heading to the Semis at this event. There, Italy will meet Belgium in the battle for the title game. Slovakia will continue in Classification Round. They will fight for 5th place in Miskolc. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) led the winners with 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Isabel Romano (170-PG-96) added 9 points, plus 6 boards. Francesca Russo (172-SG-96) delivered 8 points in victory. Slovakia got 8 points and 9 rebounds from Lucia Ondrejkova (170-G/F-96). Katarina Urbaniova (169-PG-96) and Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) posted 8 pts each. Italy was 8-points up at the halftime and jumped to plus 22 with ten minutes remaining in the game. All after that was just the formality. Championship continues today.

Italy: Cecilia Zandalasini 13+7 boards, Isabel Romano 9+6 boards, Francesca Russo 8
Slovakia: Lucia Ondrejkova 8+9 boards, Katarina Urbaniova 8, Veronika Remenarova 8



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U16 Bulgaria advances to Finals in Tallinn, wins promotion to Division A - by Eurobasket News

U16 BULGARIA - U16 LATVIA 53-52

Bulgaria advanced to the Big Final of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They grabbed 53-52 thriller win against Latvia in the Semis, which ended few minutes ago. Thanks to this victory Bulgaria also won the promotion to Division A. They will meet Lithuania in the title game. Latvia will play for the Bronze against Portugal. The Bronze medal winner will also play in Division A next year. Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) shined in victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) had 14 pts and 13 rebs (MVP, valuation 22) and she was the last player with double digits in scoring in Bulgaria. Latvia got 15 points and 6 rebs from Ieva Spigule (179-F-96). Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) and Paula Luke (185-C-96) (13 rebs) stopped to 11 and 8 points respectively. Latvia had 49-50 lead with 33 seconds to go, after what Hristova made two free throws for Bulgaria. Strautmane committed a turnover at the other side and Georgieva missed twice from the line in Bulgaria. Spigule made a jump shot for Latvia and there was 6 seconds to go. Kamburova took the ball and made a quick basket setting the score to 53-52 and Latvia did not have enough time to reply. Sunday is the last day of the competition.

Bulgaria: Borislava Hristova 24+7 boards, Maria Kamburova 14+13 boards
Latvia: Ieva Spigule 15+6 boards, Kitija Laksa 11, Paula Luke 8+13 boards



Markane's triple lifts U16 Latvia to Semifinals in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 LATVIA - U16 UKRAINE 54-52

Latvia won a heartbreaking thriller against Ukraine in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Latvia celebrated 54-52 victory in this meeting thanks to triple by Beate Markane (172-G-96) with 8 seconds remaining in the game. Ukraine had the last possession, but Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) committed a turnover and it was Markane who made this crucial steal. Quarters: 13-10, 10-15, 14-15, 17-12. Ieva Spigule (179-F-96) and Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) scored 16 and 15 points respectively for the winners. Markane helped with 8 points. In defeat, Gorobets netted 23 pts, with pretty bad shoot percentage. Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) (9 rebs) and Alina Batkovska (171-PG-96) posted 11 pts each. Latvia advanced to the Semifinals, where their rival will be Bulgaria. Ukraine goes to the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival is Finland.

Latvia: Ieva Spigule 16, Kitija Laksa 15, Beate Markane 8
Ukraine: Vita Gorobets 23, Anastasiya Polovynka 11+9 boards, Alina Batkovska 11



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Lithuania heads to Finals of U16 EuroBasket Division B, wins promotion to Division A - by Eurobasket News

U16 LITHUANIA - U16 PORTUGAL 65-48

Lithuania downed Portugal 65-48 in the Semifinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. It means that Lithuania advanced to the title game, where they will meet Bulgaria. Both finalists won the promotion for Division A. Portugal failed to reach the Finals and will play against Latvia for third place at this event. The Bronze medal winner will also play in Division A next year. Lithuania made 5-point lead until the halftime and jumped to plus 14 with ten minutes to go. Third period was the crucial one in this meeting and Portugal was not able to reply for rest of the way. Quarters: 16-13, 14-12, 18-9, 17-14. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) led the winners with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) scored 19 points and Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) helped with 8 pts, plus 14 rebs. In defeat, Simone Costa (176-G-96) scored 14 points and Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) added 13 pts, plus 18 rebs. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Tallinn.

Lithuania: Dalia Belickaite 22+7 boards, Agne Cerneckyte 19, Laura Juskaite 8+14 boards,
Portugal: Simone Costa 14, Maria Kostourkova 13+18 boards



U16 Lithuania takes thriller win over U16 Poland, advances to Semis in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 POLAND - U16 LITHUANIA 68-71

Lithuania eliminated Poland in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Lithuania grabbed 71-68 thriller win thanks to free throws by Agne Cerneckyte with 5 seconds remaining in the game. Poland had the last possession and Karolina Olszewska tried to force an OT , but she missed from behind the arc and her team faced with elimination. Quarters: 27-15, 11-20, 14-21, 16-15. Lithuania advanced to the Semis, where they will meet Portugal. Poland is transferred to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Slovenia. Daugile Sarauskaite (196-C-96) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds (valuation 25). Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) scored 15 points and Milana Matias (163-G-96) netted one less. Poland got 17 points from Patrycja Klatt (171-G-96) and 13 pts, plus 11 boards from Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96). Amalia Rembiszewska (189-F-96) followed them with 12 points and 10 boards. Championship continues today.

Poland: Patrycja Klatt 17, Karolina Pobozy 13+11 boards, Amalia Rembiszewska 12+10 boards
Lithuania: Daugile Sarauskaite 20+10 boards, Dalia Belickaite 15, Milana Matias 14



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Jablonowski paces U16 Luxembourg to another win - by Eurobasket News

U16 LUXEMBOURG - U16 DENMARK 67-65

Luxembourg will have a chance to fight for 9th place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They grabbed 67-65 victory against Denmark on Friday and will meet Israel in the battle for position No.9. At the other side, Denmark will play for 11th place at this event. Their rival will be Belarus. Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) made two free throws for Luxembourg setting the score to 67-65 with 28 second remaining in the game. Sandra Raun (177-G-96) missed a jump shot for Denmark, but Sarah Mortensen (182-F-97) grabbed an offensive rebound. Denmark had another chance, but they were not able to get the shooting position. Jablonowski was the best player in victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Hannah Pauly (163-PG-97) scored 10 points and Jessy Goergen (173-PG-97) netted one less. In Denmark, Sarah Mortensen collected 19 points and 9 rebounds. Enna Pehadzic (176-G/F-97) had 15 pts and 10 rebs, while Raun added 14 pts and 6 boards. Championship continues today, but Luxembourg and Denmark will take a rest.

Luxembourg: Lisa Jablonowski 20+8 boards, Hannah Pauly 10, Jessy Goergen 9
Denmark: Sarah Mortensen 19+9 boards, Enna Pehadzic 15+10 boards, Sandra Raun 14+6 boards



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Standings - WNBL

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

Second Stage: Round 3

Jul. 22: Canterbury W. - Southland P. 64-58
Jul. 22: Otago Oceana - Canterbury W. 60-42
Jul. 22: Harbour B. - Rotorua LV 58-52
Jul. 22: W.Auckland R. - Waikato W. 48-45
Jul. 22: Nelson S. - Otago Oceana 47-54
Jul. 22: Palmerston - Harbour B. 46-67
Jul. 22: Palmerston - Hutt Valley 43-77


Otago live on, Hutt soar - by Eurobasket News

Otago Oceana Goldrush have kept their title defence alive on the final day of round-robin play in the Womens Basketball Championship tournament at Lower Hutt.

The champions needed to beat the Nelson Sparks in a re-match of last years final to sneak into the top six placings and secure a playoff spot at next months finals weekend and win, they did.

Te Paea Selby-Rickett led the way with 16 points as Otago prevailed 54-47, edging past Waikato Wizards and Taranaki Trojans into fifth place with a 6-4 record.

When the dust settled, Hutt Valley Flyers had used their home court to clinch the top seeding for the playoffs, running over Palmerston North 77-43 this morning to finish with a 9-1 record, clear of nearest rivals Waitakere West Auckland (8-2) and Nelson Sparks (7-3). Harbour Breeze (6-4) and Taranaki (6-4) round out the championship field.

Former Tall Fern Aroha Jennings (179-F/G-84, college: Memphis) (Rotorua Lady Vols) was easily the top individual scorer over the first two tournaments, averaging 25.1 points a game.

The WBC finals are scheduled for August 23-25 in Dunedin.

Womens Basketball Championship
Tournament Two, Lower Hutt
Sunday, July 22

8am
Otago Oceana Goldrush 60 (Te Paea Selby-Ricket 16, Summer Roberts (164-PG-93) 10, Jodi Brown 10) Canterbury Wildcats 42 (Philippa Connell (180-F-89) 10)

Harbour Breeze 58 (Natasha Hall 16) Rotorua Lady Vols 52 (Aroha Jennings 28)

10am
Waitakere West Auckland Rangers 48 (Amanda Harris (162-G-86, college: Siskiyous JC) 14, Chevannah Paalvast 11) Waikato Waikato 45 (Natasha Lenden 13, Miriam Slatter 10)

Palmerston North Storm 43 (Alicia McEwen 9) Hutt Valley Flyers 77 (Stella Beck (177-F-95) 11, Lisa Scott 10)

1pm
Nelson Sparks 47 (Jelena Vucinic (175-G-91, college: Louisiana Tech) 11, Jess Bygate 10, Nicky Rampton 10) Otago Oceana Goldrush 54 (Te Paea Selby-Ricket 16, Danielle Calman 15)

Canterbury Wildcats 64 (Philippa Connell 16, Hannah Mackay 13, Hayley Gray 13) Southland Kelvin Hotel Pearls 58 (Te Huinga Selby-Rickett 22, Morgan Hunter (178-G-94) 16, Elise Cassidy 10)

3pm
Palmerston North Storm 46 (Danielle Pomare-Mckay 10, Sharleen Hold 10) Harbour Breeze 67 (Rebecca van Kuyk 22, Halsey Ward 15)

Standings
Hutt Valley Flyers 9-1
Waitakere West Auckland 8-2
Nelson Sparks 7-3
Harbour Breeze 6-4
Otago Oceana Goldrush 6-4
Taranaki Trojans 6-4
Waikato Wizards 5-5
Canterbury Wildcats 4-6
Rotorua Lady Vols 2-8
Palmerston North Storm 2-8
Southland Kelvin Hotel Pearls 0-10
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz



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  NORWAY   


U16 Romania avoids last place in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 NORWAY - U16 ROMANIA 28-82

Romania avoided last place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They destroyed Norway today 82-28 to end as the second ranked team of Group G with 2-2 record. It means that Romania finished as No.14 at this event, while Norway will be the last ranked team. Romania already played all of its games in Tallinn. Norway will meet Estonia tomorrow in the last day of the competition. Paula Lenart (178-F/G-96) had monster double-double in victory with 21 points and 19 rebounds (valuation 36!). Kincso Kelemen (166-PG-96) also scored 21 pts, but to go with 5 rebounds. Third scorer in Romania was Birgitte Steiner (177-SF-96) with 11 points. In defeat, Martine Landstrom (171-SG-97) and Nini Skjulhaug (169-SG-96) scored 6 points each. Romania made 32-point lead at the halftime and all after that was just the formality. Quarters: 9-20, 11-32, 2-22, 6-8.

Norway: Martine Landstrom 6, Nini Skjulhaug 6
Romania: Paula Lenart 21+19 boards, Kincso Kelemen 21+5 boards, Birgitte Steiner 11



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U16 Lithuania takes thriller win over U16 Poland, advances to Semis in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 POLAND - U16 LITHUANIA 68-71

Lithuania eliminated Poland in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Lithuania grabbed 71-68 thriller win thanks to free throws by Agne Cerneckyte with 5 seconds remaining in the game. Poland had the last possession and Karolina Olszewska tried to force an OT , but she missed from behind the arc and her team faced with elimination. Quarters: 27-15, 11-20, 14-21, 16-15. Lithuania advanced to the Semis, where they will meet Portugal. Poland is transferred to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Slovenia. Daugile Sarauskaite (196-C-96) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds (valuation 25). Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) scored 15 points and Milana Matias (163-G-96) netted one less. Poland got 17 points from Patrycja Klatt (171-G-96) and 13 pts, plus 11 boards from Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96). Amalia Rembiszewska (189-F-96) followed them with 12 points and 10 boards. Championship continues today.

Poland: Patrycja Klatt 17, Karolina Pobozy 13+11 boards, Amalia Rembiszewska 12+10 boards
Lithuania: Daugile Sarauskaite 20+10 boards, Dalia Belickaite 15, Milana Matias 14



U16 Poland to meet U16 Ukraine for fifth place in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 POLAND - U16 SLOVENIA 71-66

Poland handed 71-66 loss to Slovenia in the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Poland will meet Ukraine tomorrow in the battle for fifth place. At the other side, Slovenia will play against Finland. The winner of that game will end as No.7. Monika Radomska (188-PF-96) top-scored in victory with 15 points (5 rebs). Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96) (13 rebs) and Amalia Rembiszewska (189-F-96) (10 rebs) netted 14 points each. Slovenia got 14 points from Larisa Ocvirk (184-F-97) (6 rebs) and Maja Jakobcic (184-PF-97). Sabina Ajkic (176-SG-96) stopped to 12. Poland had 10-point lead at the beginning of the last quarter, but Slovenia came to 63-61 with something more than three minutes to go in the game. Poland answered with mini 4-0 run after that and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 23-13, 19-19, 11-15, 18-19. Sunday is the last day of the championship in Tallinn.

Poland: Monika Radomska 15+5 boards, Karolina Pobozy 14+13 boards, Amalia Rembiszewska 14+10 boards
Slovenia: Larisa Ocvirk 14+6 boards, Maja Jakobcic 14, Sabina Ajkic 12



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Lithuania heads to Finals of U16 EuroBasket Division B, wins promotion to Division A - by Eurobasket News

U16 LITHUANIA - U16 PORTUGAL 65-48

Lithuania downed Portugal 65-48 in the Semifinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. It means that Lithuania advanced to the title game, where they will meet Bulgaria. Both finalists won the promotion for Division A. Portugal failed to reach the Finals and will play against Latvia for third place at this event. The Bronze medal winner will also play in Division A next year. Lithuania made 5-point lead until the halftime and jumped to plus 14 with ten minutes to go. Third period was the crucial one in this meeting and Portugal was not able to reply for rest of the way. Quarters: 16-13, 14-12, 18-9, 17-14. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) led the winners with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) scored 19 points and Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) helped with 8 pts, plus 14 rebs. In defeat, Simone Costa (176-G-96) scored 14 points and Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) added 13 pts, plus 18 rebs. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Tallinn.

Lithuania: Dalia Belickaite 22+7 boards, Agne Cerneckyte 19, Laura Juskaite 8+14 boards,
Portugal: Simone Costa 14, Maria Kostourkova 13+18 boards



U16 Portugal eliminates U16 Slovenia thanks to impressive Q1 - by Eurobasket News

U16 PORTUGAL - U16 SLOVENIA 58-45

Portugal had amazing start against Slovenia in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Portugal trashed its rival 25-3 in the first ten minutes of the game and jumped to plus 25 until the halftime. Slovenians finally showed some of their talent after the breather, but were not able to avoid eliminations. Portugal advanced to the Semis, where they will play against Lithuania. Slovenia will meet Poland in the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Both games will be played today. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) was totally the best player in Portugal with 25 points and 17 rebounds. She reached valuation 37 and was the MVP of this meeting. Carolina Bernardeco (163-PG-97) scored 9 points for the winners and Chelsea Guimaraes (185-PF-97) added 7 pts, plus 6 rebounds. In defeat, Maja Jakobcic (184-PF-97) was better than the others with 16 points and 5 rebs. Manca Jelenc (172-PG-96) scored 9 pts.

Portugal: Maria Kostourkova 25+17 boards, Carolina Bernardeco 9, Chelsea Guimaraes 7+6 boards
Slovenia: Maja Jakobcic 16+5 boards, Manca Jelenc 9



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U16 Estonia secures 13th place in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 ROMANIA - U16 ESTONIA 68-70

Estonia will take 13th place at U16 EuroBasket in Tallinn. The host of this event grabbed 70-68 win against Romania on Friday for perfect 3-0 record in Group G. At the other side, Romania dropped to 1-2. Mihaela Maxim (167-PG-96) scored a triple for Romania coming to 69-68 with 3 seconds to go and they immediately sent Dikalenko to the free throw line. She missed first, but made the second FT and Romania didn't have enough time to make a shot. Quarters: 20-12, 13-15, 10-22, 25-21. Kadri-Ann Lass (177-F-96) shined for the winners with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Marie Roosalu (177-F-96) had 15 points and 6 rebs, and Sofia Anissimova (179-F-96) had 13 pts and 10 boards. In defeat, Kincso Kelemen (166-PG-96) shined with 19 points and 5 rebs. Andreea Beldian (165-PG-96) and Maxim scored 11 pts each. Estonia will take a rest today. Romania will meet Norway. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Tallinn.

Romania: Kincso Kelemen 19+5 boards, Andreea Beldian 11, Mihaela Maxim 11
Estonia: Kadri-Ann Lass 15+11 boards, Marie Roosalu 15+6 boards, Sofia Anissimova 13+10 boards



U16 Romania avoids last place in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 NORWAY - U16 ROMANIA 28-82

Romania avoided last place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They destroyed Norway today 82-28 to end as the second ranked team of Group G with 2-2 record. It means that Romania finished as No.14 at this event, while Norway will be the last ranked team. Romania already played all of its games in Tallinn. Norway will meet Estonia tomorrow in the last day of the competition. Paula Lenart (178-F/G-96) had monster double-double in victory with 21 points and 19 rebounds (valuation 36!). Kincso Kelemen (166-PG-96) also scored 21 pts, but to go with 5 rebounds. Third scorer in Romania was Birgitte Steiner (177-SF-96) with 11 points. In defeat, Martine Landstrom (171-SG-97) and Nini Skjulhaug (169-SG-96) scored 6 points each. Romania made 32-point lead at the halftime and all after that was just the formality. Quarters: 9-20, 11-32, 2-22, 6-8.

Norway: Martine Landstrom 6, Nini Skjulhaug 6
Romania: Paula Lenart 21+19 boards, Kincso Kelemen 21+5 boards, Birgitte Steiner 11



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  RUSSIA   


U16 Russia heads to Semifinals in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 RUSSIA - U16 CZECH REPUBLIC 63-30

Russia eliminated Czech Republic in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Russia celebrated huge 63-30 victory on Friday and will meet Spain in the Semis. That game will be played today. At the other side, Czech Republic will be transferred to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Hungary. Russia took control on Czech Republic from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 16-6, 16-10, 10-2, 21-12. Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) scored 12 points in victory and Elizaveta Bratchikova (189-PF-96) added two less. Tatiana Sema (193-C-96) helped with 9 points and 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Hana Vesela (190-C-96) was the top scorer with only 6 points. Tereza Kracikova (187-C-96) had 4 points and 5 rebounds. Championship in Miskolc will end this weekend.

Russia: Daria Kolosovskaya 12, Elizaveta Bratchikova 10, Tatiana Sema 9+7 boards
Czech Republic: Hana Vesela 6, Tereza Kracikova 4+5 boards



U16 Spain to fight for the Gold in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 RUSSIA - U16 SPAIN 46-51

Spain exploded in the last quarter to beat Russia 51-46 in the Semifinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. It means that Spain advanced to title game, where they will meet Italy. Russia will play for the Bronze against Belgium. Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) scored 15 points for the winners and Elena Capella (171-G-96) helped with 12 points, plus 7 rebounds. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) netted 10 pts for her country. In Russia, Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) collected 14 points and 8 rebs. Their second scorers were Anastasia Borovykh (173-SG-96) (7 rebs) and Ksenia Kuzmina (195-C-95) with just 6 points each. Spain was down by six with ten minutes remaining in the game. They made impressive 13-2 run in the last period for 46-41 lead with 2:59 to go. Russia touched minus 3 after that, but that was all. Quarters: 16-12, 14-14, 9-7, 7-18. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Miskolc.

Russia: Daria Kolosovskaya 14+8 boards, Anastasia Borovykh 6+7 boards, Ksenia Kuzmina 6
Spain: Laura Quevedo 15, Elena Capella 12+7 boards, Angela Salvadores 10



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Serbia and France exchange victories in Kladovo - by Eurobasket News

Serbian and French U18 National Teams played a pair of exhibition games in Kladovo. The teams traded victories.
The first game ended with the hosts claiming a 48:42 victory. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) accounted for 15 points to lead Serbia. Serbia led by four points after ten minutes of action 14:10. France took over in the second quarter and eked out a 26:24 halftime lead. Serbia and France exchanged baskets throughout the third term as France ensured a 2-point lead into the fourth quarter. But Serbia went on a strong rally in the final frame to seal the victory at the end. Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) chipped in 10 points for Serbia. Kristina Topuzovic (179-G-94) added 8 points in the victory. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) answered with 12 points for France. Awa Sissoko (178-SG-94) and Lidija Turcinovic (178-G-94) had 7 points each in the loss.
Next game was a different story. The visitors surged ahead right from the start. France accumulated a 23:15 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the margin to 11 points at halftime 35:24. France stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. They ensured an 18-point lead at the final break and never looked back en route to the victory. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) provided 16 points for France. Mamignan Toure (180-F-94) added 14 points for the winners. Natasa Kovacevic, Ivana Boskovic (183-F-94) and Zaklina Jankovic (190-F/C-94) had 12 points each for Serbia.



U16 Serbia to meet U16 Turkey in do-or-die game, U16 Germany relegated from Division A - by Eurobasket News

U16 SERBIA - U16 GERMANY 63-62

Serbia escaped with 63-62 thriller win against Germany today in Miskolc. Serbia will meet Turkey tomorrow in do-or-die game. Both teams have almost perfect 4-1 record in group G, but only the winner of this pool will survive in Division A. Germany dropped to 2-3 and already faced with relegation. Germany had 55-57 lead with 3:48 remaining, but Serbia made 5-0 run after that. Later it was 63-59 for Serbia with 1:35 to go and Lisa Janko (184-F-96) scored one free throws for Germany. Both teams committed turnovers and missed shots in their next two possessions, after what Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96) made another TO for Serbia. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) stole the ball and scored a lay-up for Germany, but it would be better if she tried to score for 3. Serbia held the ball for the last few seconds and celebrated 1-point win at the end. Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Serbia. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) had 15 pts and 8 boards, and Cukic added 10 pts, plus 7 rebs. Germany got 26 points and 10 boards from Emma lina Stach. Nele Aha (171-PG-96) scored 10 and Janko had 7 pts. Quarters: 18-17, 10-7, 14-20, 21-18. Sunday is the last day of the championship in Miskolc.

Serbia: Zeljka Petkovic 16+6 boards, Aleksandra Crvendakic 15+8 boards, Tijana Cukic 10+7 boards
Germany: Emma lina Stach 26+10 boards, Nele Aha 10, Lisa Janko 7



U16 Serbia is very close to survival in Division A - by Eurobasket News

U16 UNITED KINGDOM - U16 SERBIA 51-68

Serbia is very close to survival in Division A of U16 EuroBasket. They cruised past UK 68-51 for 3-1 record in Group G in Miskolc. At the other side, UK already faced with relegation. They dropped to 0-4 with no chance to survive. It means that UK will compete in Division B next year. Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) paced Serbia with 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Julijana Vojinovic (174-PG-96) added 14 pts, plus 6 boards. Their third scorer was Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96) with 13 points and 5 rebs. In UK, Samanta Clement (176-PG-97) delivered 18 points and Leah McDerment (180-PG-96) added 14. Rhianna-Mae Laing (170-PG-97) posted 8 pts in this loss. Quarters: 10-21, 17-23, 15-11, 9-13. Today, Serbia will meet Germany in crucial game. UK will play against Turkey.

UK: Samanta Clement 18, Leah McDerment 14, Rhianna-Mae Laing 8
Serbia: Zeljka Petkovic 15+9 boards, Julijana Vojinovic 14+6 boards, Tijana Cukic 13+5 boards



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U16 France too strong for U16 Slovakia in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 FRANCE - U16 SLOVAKIA 79-53

France blasted Slovakia 79-53 today in Miskolc. It was the first game of Classification Round from 5th to 8th place at U16 Eurobasket. Thanks to this win, France will have a chance to take the fifth place, but they will have to beat Czech Republic tomorrow. Slovakia will fight for position No.7 against Hungary. France exploded after the breather to take the victory in this meeting. They were down by 4 after 20 minutes, but made impressive 25-11 in Q4 and closed this game with even better 25-9 for the final 26-point win. Marie Milapie (191-C-96) shined in victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Katia Clanet (187-F-96) (5 rebs) and Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) scored 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) was way better than the others with 17 points. Their second scorers were Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) (5 rebs) and Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) with just 6 pts. The championship will end tomorrow. Spain and Italy will play in the Big Final.

France: Marie Milapie 14+6 boards, Katia Clanet 12+5 boards, Louise Dambach 12
Slovakia: Lucia Striesova 17, Veronika Remenarova 6+5 boards, Kristina Matuskova 6



Italy has no mercy for Slovakia in U16 EuroBasket QFinals - by Eurobasket News

U16 ITALY - U16 SLOVAKIA 75-36

Italy demonstrated its power against Slovakia in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Italy celebrated comfortable 75-36 win heading to the Semis at this event. There, Italy will meet Belgium in the battle for the title game. Slovakia will continue in Classification Round. They will fight for 5th place in Miskolc. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) led the winners with 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Isabel Romano (170-PG-96) added 9 points, plus 6 boards. Francesca Russo (172-SG-96) delivered 8 points in victory. Slovakia got 8 points and 9 rebounds from Lucia Ondrejkova (170-G/F-96). Katarina Urbaniova (169-PG-96) and Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) posted 8 pts each. Italy was 8-points up at the halftime and jumped to plus 22 with ten minutes remaining in the game. All after that was just the formality. Championship continues today.

Italy: Cecilia Zandalasini 13+7 boards, Isabel Romano 9+6 boards, Francesca Russo 8
Slovakia: Lucia Ondrejkova 8+9 boards, Katarina Urbaniova 8, Veronika Remenarova 8



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U16 Portugal eliminates U16 Slovenia thanks to impressive Q1 - by Eurobasket News

U16 PORTUGAL - U16 SLOVENIA 58-45

Portugal had amazing start against Slovenia in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Portugal trashed its rival 25-3 in the first ten minutes of the game and jumped to plus 25 until the halftime. Slovenians finally showed some of their talent after the breather, but were not able to avoid eliminations. Portugal advanced to the Semis, where they will play against Lithuania. Slovenia will meet Poland in the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Both games will be played today. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) was totally the best player in Portugal with 25 points and 17 rebounds. She reached valuation 37 and was the MVP of this meeting. Carolina Bernardeco (163-PG-97) scored 9 points for the winners and Chelsea Guimaraes (185-PF-97) added 7 pts, plus 6 rebounds. In defeat, Maja Jakobcic (184-PF-97) was better than the others with 16 points and 5 rebs. Manca Jelenc (172-PG-96) scored 9 pts.

Portugal: Maria Kostourkova 25+17 boards, Carolina Bernardeco 9, Chelsea Guimaraes 7+6 boards
Slovenia: Maja Jakobcic 16+5 boards, Manca Jelenc 9



U16 Poland to meet U16 Ukraine for fifth place in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 POLAND - U16 SLOVENIA 71-66

Poland handed 71-66 loss to Slovenia in the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Poland will meet Ukraine tomorrow in the battle for fifth place. At the other side, Slovenia will play against Finland. The winner of that game will end as No.7. Monika Radomska (188-PF-96) top-scored in victory with 15 points (5 rebs). Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96) (13 rebs) and Amalia Rembiszewska (189-F-96) (10 rebs) netted 14 points each. Slovenia got 14 points from Larisa Ocvirk (184-F-97) (6 rebs) and Maja Jakobcic (184-PF-97). Sabina Ajkic (176-SG-96) stopped to 12. Poland had 10-point lead at the beginning of the last quarter, but Slovenia came to 63-61 with something more than three minutes to go in the game. Poland answered with mini 4-0 run after that and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 23-13, 19-19, 11-15, 18-19. Sunday is the last day of the championship in Tallinn.

Poland: Monika Radomska 15+5 boards, Karolina Pobozy 14+13 boards, Amalia Rembiszewska 14+10 boards
Slovenia: Larisa Ocvirk 14+6 boards, Maja Jakobcic 14, Sabina Ajkic 12



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U16 Spain eliminates U16 Hungary in thriller, 57-55 - by Eurobasket News

U16 SPAIN - U16 HUNGARY 57-55

Spain grabbed 57-55 thriller win against Hungary in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Spain had 55-48 lead with 3:37 remaining in the game and later thanks to Debora Dubei (180-SF-97)'s triple Hungary came to 57-55 with 12 seconds to go. Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) drew a foul, but she missed both free throws and Hungary had 5 seconds for the last possession. Dubei grabbed defensive rebound and tried to score from behind the arc, but missed and Spain advanced to the Semifinals. Quarters: 18-11, 12-18, 15-15, 12-11. Nogaye Lo Sylla (96) (7 rebs) and Laia Flores (170-SF-96) scored 12 points each for the winners. Laura Quevedo and Elena Capella (171-G-96) helped with 9 points each. In defeat, Debora Dubei shined with 22 points and 6 boards, and Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) added 17 pts, plus 7 rebs. Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) stopped to 5 pts and 12 rebounds. In the Semifinals, Spain will meet Russia today. Hungary will play against Czech Republic and it will be their first obstacle to fifth place in Miskolc.

Spain: Nogaye Lo Sylla 12+7 boards, Laia Flores 12, Laura Quevedo 9, Elena Capella 9
Hungary: Debora Dubei 22+6 boards, Bernadett Horvath 17+7 boards, Agnes Dobos 5+12 boards



U16 Spain to fight for the Gold in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 RUSSIA - U16 SPAIN 46-51

Spain exploded in the last quarter to beat Russia 51-46 in the Semifinals of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. It means that Spain advanced to title game, where they will meet Italy. Russia will play for the Bronze against Belgium. Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) scored 15 points for the winners and Elena Capella (171-G-96) helped with 12 points, plus 7 rebounds. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) netted 10 pts for her country. In Russia, Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) collected 14 points and 8 rebs. Their second scorers were Anastasia Borovykh (173-SG-96) (7 rebs) and Ksenia Kuzmina (195-C-95) with just 6 points each. Spain was down by six with ten minutes remaining in the game. They made impressive 13-2 run in the last period for 46-41 lead with 2:59 to go. Russia touched minus 3 after that, but that was all. Quarters: 16-12, 14-14, 9-7, 7-18. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Miskolc.

Russia: Daria Kolosovskaya 14+8 boards, Anastasia Borovykh 6+7 boards, Ksenia Kuzmina 6
Spain: Laura Quevedo 15, Elena Capella 12+7 boards, Angela Salvadores 10



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U16 Croatia to meet U16 Greece for 9th place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 CROATIA - U16 SWEDEN 69-61

Croatia was better than Sweden 69-61 on Friday. It was the first game of the Classification Round from 9th-12th place at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Tomorrow, Croatia will play against Greece for the ninth place at this event. Sweden will meet Holland in the battle for position No.11. Croatia made 19-point lead until the halftime. They jumped to plus 22 with ten minutes to go and Sweden was in very difficulty position. The drastically improved for rest of the way (11-25), but it was too late. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) stepped up for the winners with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) had 15 points and 8 boards, while Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) added 11 pts, plus 6 rebs. In Sweden, Elin Ljunggren (182-F-96) top-scored with 15 points. Ida Andersson (171-F-96) followed with 12 points and 5 rebs. Championship continues today, but Croatia and Sweden will take a rest.

Croatia: Iva Slonjsak 17+7 boards, Ivana Dojkic 15+8 boards, Anita Kelava 11+6 boards
Sweden: Elin Ljunggren 15, Ida Andersson 12+5 boards



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Tomorrow is decisive day for U16 Turkey in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 TURKEY - U16 UNITED KINGDOM 64-34

As expected, Turkey was too strong for UK today in Miskolc, 64-34. Turkey jumped to 4-1 record in Group G and will meet Serbia tomorrow in do-or-die game. The winner of that game will survive in Division A of U16 EuroBasket. At the other side, UK already faced with relegation. They have 0-5 in this pool. Turkey dominated during the entire game to celebrate comfortable win at the end. Quarters: 15-11, 18-6, 22-11, 9-6. Ezgi Manlaci (175-G-96) (6 as) and Rojin Karahan (172-SF-96) scored 11 points each in victory. Their third scorer was Sevgi Uzun (170-PG-97) with 8 points. In defeat, Leah McDerment (180-PG-96) had 12 pts and was the only player with double digits in UK. Sadie Russell (186-C-96) had 6 points and 8 boards. Italy and Spain will meet in the title game in Miskolc.

Turkey: Ezgi Manlaci 11+6 as, Rojin Karahan 11, Sevgi Uzun 8
UK: Leah McDerment 12, Sadie Russell 6+8 boards



U16 Turkey takes very important win against U16 Germany - by Eurobasket News

U16 GERMANY - U16 TURKEY 48-55

Turkey did a great job against Germany on Friday. The Turkish NT celebrated very important 55-48 victory for 3-1 record in Group G of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. At other side, Germany dropped to 1-3. Teams in this pool fight for the survival in Division A and there are two more days to go. Turkey shined in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 2-9, 14-13, 14-9, 18-24. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) was the leading player in Turkey with 22 points and 5 rebounds (0/6 for 3-pts). Beylem Ilba (176-SF-96) had 9 points and 15 rebs, while Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) added 8 points, plus 7 boards. Patricia Brossmann (180-SF-97) responded with 15 points and 7 rebs in defeat. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) collected 11 points and 12 boards. Today, Turkey will meet UK. Germany will play against Serbia in crucial game.

Germany: Patricia Brossmann 15+7 boards, Emma lina Stach 11+12 boards
Turkey: Serife Onar 22+5 boards, Beylem Ilba 9+15 boards, Selale Kepenc 8+7 boards



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U16 Ukraine takes 50-49 win over U16 Finland - by Eurobasket News

U16 FINLAND - U16 UKRAINE 49-50

Ukraine escaped with 50-49 thriller win against Finland today in Tallinn. It means that Ukraine will meet Poland for the fifth place at U16 EuroBasket Division B. Finland will play against Slovenia for position No.7. Both games will be played tomorrow, which is the last day of the championship in Tallinn. Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) led the winners with 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) added 12 pts and 10 rebs. Olga Yatskovets (181-C-97) collected 7 points and 15 rebounds. In Finland, Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) (11 rebs) and Emilia Helle (169-PG-96) netted 13 points each. Veera Valimaa (182-F-96) followed them with 11 points and 8 rebs. Ukraine had 39-46 lead at the halfway of the last period, but Finland tied the score to 48-48 with 1:41 minutes to go. For rest of the way, Polovynka scored two free throws for Ukraine and Menna had one for Finland. Quarters: 7-14, 10-7, 14-14, 18-15.

Finland: Tuuli Menna 13+11 boards, Emilia Helle 13, Veera Valimaa 11+8 boards
Ukraine: Anastasiya Polovynka 13+9 boards, Vita Gorobets 12+10 boards, Olga Yatskovets 7+15 boards



Markane's triple lifts U16 Latvia to Semifinals in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

U16 LATVIA - U16 UKRAINE 54-52

Latvia won a heartbreaking thriller against Ukraine in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Latvia celebrated 54-52 victory in this meeting thanks to triple by Beate Markane (172-G-96) with 8 seconds remaining in the game. Ukraine had the last possession, but Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) committed a turnover and it was Markane who made this crucial steal. Quarters: 13-10, 10-15, 14-15, 17-12. Ieva Spigule (179-F-96) and Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) scored 16 and 15 points respectively for the winners. Markane helped with 8 points. In defeat, Gorobets netted 23 pts, with pretty bad shoot percentage. Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) (9 rebs) and Alina Batkovska (171-PG-96) posted 11 pts each. Latvia advanced to the Semifinals, where their rival will be Bulgaria. Ukraine goes to the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival is Finland.

Latvia: Ieva Spigule 16, Kitija Laksa 15, Beate Markane 8
Ukraine: Vita Gorobets 23, Anastasiya Polovynka 11+9 boards, Alina Batkovska 11



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Tomorrow is decisive day for U16 Turkey in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 TURKEY - U16 UNITED KINGDOM 64-34

As expected, Turkey was too strong for UK today in Miskolc, 64-34. Turkey jumped to 4-1 record in Group G and will meet Serbia tomorrow in do-or-die game. The winner of that game will survive in Division A of U16 EuroBasket. At the other side, UK already faced with relegation. They have 0-5 in this pool. Turkey dominated during the entire game to celebrate comfortable win at the end. Quarters: 15-11, 18-6, 22-11, 9-6. Ezgi Manlaci (175-G-96) (6 as) and Rojin Karahan (172-SF-96) scored 11 points each in victory. Their third scorer was Sevgi Uzun (170-PG-97) with 8 points. In defeat, Leah McDerment (180-PG-96) had 12 pts and was the only player with double digits in UK. Sadie Russell (186-C-96) had 6 points and 8 boards. Italy and Spain will meet in the title game in Miskolc.

Turkey: Ezgi Manlaci 11+6 as, Rojin Karahan 11, Sevgi Uzun 8
UK: Leah McDerment 12, Sadie Russell 6+8 boards



U16 Serbia is very close to survival in Division A - by Eurobasket News

U16 UNITED KINGDOM - U16 SERBIA 51-68

Serbia is very close to survival in Division A of U16 EuroBasket. They cruised past UK 68-51 for 3-1 record in Group G in Miskolc. At the other side, UK already faced with relegation. They dropped to 0-4 with no chance to survive. It means that UK will compete in Division B next year. Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) paced Serbia with 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Julijana Vojinovic (174-PG-96) added 14 pts, plus 6 boards. Their third scorer was Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96) with 13 points and 5 rebs. In UK, Samanta Clement (176-PG-97) delivered 18 points and Leah McDerment (180-PG-96) added 14. Rhianna-Mae Laing (170-PG-97) posted 8 pts in this loss. Quarters: 10-21, 17-23, 15-11, 9-13. Today, Serbia will meet Germany in crucial game. UK will play against Turkey.

UK: Samanta Clement 18, Leah McDerment 14, Rhianna-Mae Laing 8
Serbia: Zeljka Petkovic 15+9 boards, Julijana Vojinovic 14+6 boards, Tijana Cukic 13+5 boards



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USA too good for Croatia in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

USA - Croatia 109:55

USA recorded the fourth straight win in their preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games basketball tournament. They overwhelmed Croatia in Istanbul. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) came up with 15 points to lead the winners.
USA stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 38:13 run to leave Croatia far behind. USA stayed in charge in the second quarter. They accounted for a 62:23 halftime lead. Croatia struggled to match the tempo in the third quarter. The North American team piled up an 88:40 advantage with ten minutes remaining. USA did not slow down cruising to a massive win at the end. Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) had 14 points, while Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84, college: LSU) finished with 12 points for the winners. Ana Lelas (6'0''-G/F-83) replied with 14 points for Croatia. Sandra Mandir (5'10''-G-77) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

USA: Sylvia Fowles 15, Candace Parker 14, Seimone Augustus 12
Croatia: Ana Lelas 14, Sandra Mandir 13