EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/23/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ARGENTINA   



Kevin Durant leads Team USA past Argentina - by Eurobasket News

USA - Argentina 86:80

USA gained the fourth straight win in their preparations for the Olympic Games. They overcame Argentina in Barcelona yesterday. Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 27 points to lead the charge. He knocked down 7 out of 11 three-point attempts.
Team USA stunned Argentina at the start of the game. They took an 8:0 lead. USA boosted the gap to 15 points at 16:1. Argentina trailed by 15 points at the first intermission 16:31. The Latin American team however took over in the second quarter. They forced more missed shots from the USA and cut the deficit to just 7 points at halftime 40:47. Team USA were back in the drivers seat in the third term. They opened a 20-point lead 69:49. But Argentina refused to surrender. They went on a 12:3 run to narrow the gap at 11-point mark at the final intermission 61:72. USA had 15-point lead when Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) sparked an 11:0 run from Argentina to put his team within four. Kevin Durant and Chris Paul came up with key three-pointers to seal the victory for Team USA at the end. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) finished with 18 points, while LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) had 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili responded with 23 points for Argentina. Carlos Delfino (6'6''-G-82) had 15 points in the loss.

USA: Kevin Durant 27, Kobe Bryant 18, LeBron James 15
Argentina: Emanuel Ginobili 23, Carlos Delfino 15



La banda del vasco win 2012 winter league - by Facundo Iatzky

La banda del vasco is the champion of a new edition of argentinian winter league, that is used for players to train and come in a good shape to the preseason of next league. They defeated in the final to Los pibes de Heriberto team. The team was coached by former player Andres Rodriguez and the main player, selected MVP of the league was Ariel Svoboda (192-G-85, agency: Players Group), who was also the top scorer of the final game. The rest of the team was: Nicolas Manuel Stanic (177-PG-84, agency: Players Group), Diego Guaita (204-C-83), Julian Aprea (210-C-87), Matias Cuello (190-G-91), Lucas Casettai, Juan Catalano, Maximiliano Segon and Kevin Hernandez.
Some of the other important players who were in this tournament were: Alan Omar, Lautaro Fraga, Martin Gareis (los pibes de heriberto), Andres Forrray, Marcelo Weiter (RID Group), Carlos Calvi, Nahuel Ledesma (Lobos), Andres Lopresti, Sebastian festa, Ezequiel Manzanares (Budding draft)



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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Courtney FIELDS
  USA
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Fields, Al Shabab24.8 
 2. Williams, Mahram24.4 
 3. Ayer, KL Dragons22.3 
 4. Dragajlovic, Al It.21.6 
 5. Khatib, Al Riyadi21.0 
 6. Leslie, Al Rayyan19.9 
 7. Douthit, Smart Gil.19.1 
 8. Watkins, ASU18.7 
 9. Giles, Duhok18.6 
 10. Gray, Duhok18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladislav DRAGOJLOVIC
  SRB
  (207-C-79)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Dragajlovic, Al It.13.9 
 2. Giles, Duhok12.1 
 3. Douthit, Smart Gil.12.1 
 4. Ayer, KL Dragons11.8 
 5. Woods, Al Riyadi10.7 
 6. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.5 
 7. Watkins, ASU9.8 
 8. Ngombo, Al Rayyan9.7 
 9. Fields, Al Shabab8.3 
 10. Samb, Mahram7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Daghlas, ASU7.4 
 2. Casio, Smart Gilas6.1 
 3. Nikkhah, Mahram4.9 
 4. Guganeswaran, KL D.4.5 
 5. Miller, Al Jalaa4.3 
 6. Keely, Al Ittihad4.3 
 7. Al-Doori, Duhok4.1 
 8. Akl, Al Riyadi4.0 
 9. Tiu John, Smart G.3.9 
 10. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Hamed AFAGH
  (190-SG-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Afagh, Mahram2.1 
 2. Watkins, ASU1.7 
 3. Williams, Mahram1.6 
 4. Al-Doori, Duhok1.4 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.3 
 6. Fields, Al Shabab1.3 
 7. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 8. Gray, Duhok1.3 
 9. Casio, Smart Gilas1.1 
 10. Giles, Duhok1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi3.8 
 2. Samb, Mahram2.9 
 3. Ayer, KL Dragons1.8 
 4. Giles, Duhok1.6 
 5. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 6. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.2 
 7. Walker, Al Jalaa1.2 
 8. Aguilar, Smart Gil.1.1 
 9. Mahdi, Duhok1.0 
 10. Rouzbahani, Mahr.1.0 



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  AUSTRALIA   


Brazil outgun Australia in Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Australia 87:71

Brazil celebrated the first win in Three-Nations tournament in Strasbourg. The Latin American team overcame Australia for 1-1 record. Australia will face France tomorrow. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) came up with 17 points to lead the winners.
Australia led by two points after the opening quarter 19:17. Brazil turned things around in the second quarter. The Latin American side went on a 27:17 run to ensure an 8-point halftime advantage 44:36. Brazil scored 23 points in the third period to stay in front. They entered the fourth stanza up by 10 points. Brazil held the Boomers to just 14 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to the victory at the end. Hilario Nene (207-C-82) had 12 points and 10 boards, while Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) added 12 points for the winners. David Andersen (211-C-80) answered with 16 points for Australia. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) netted 14 points in the loss.

Brazil: Tiago Splitter 17, Hilario Nene 12+10 boards, Marquinhos Vieira 12
Australia: David Andersen 16, Patrick Mills 14



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  AUSTRIA   


U20 European Championship: Portugal finished 9th in Division B - by Eurobasket News

Austria U20-Portugal U20 57:66

Portugal finished 9th in Division B after the last victory at the U20 European Championship. The team won over Austria 66:57 as the latter finished on the 10th place.
Portugal looked better in the opening period and took 28:18 at the end of it. Belo later increased to 34:20, but the win was not too easy for them. Austria replied with a 10-0 run and reduced to 4 points. Diesner and Wildner exchanged the late baskets in the second quarter for 39:34. In the third frame Portugal bounced back with an 11-0 run as the team scored three straight three-pointers. They added defensive 11-9 in the last period to seal the last victory at the tournament.
Miguel Cardoso (184-PG-93) stepped up with 18 points and Santos added 13. Filip Kramer (200-SF-92) finished the game with 13 points in defeat and Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-PF-92) notched 12. Luka Gvozden (184-PG-93) poured in 10, while Albert Ngoy (180-PG-93) scored 5.

Austria U20: Filip Kramer 13, Maximilian Hopfgartner 12, Luka Gvozden 10 Albert Ngoy 5
Portugal U20: Miguel Cardoso 18, Santos 13



Dukes renew Point Guard Moritz Lanegger - by Stefan Prager

Austrian Champion Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg announced that the club has renewed the contract of starting point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-G-90, agency: Interperformances). The 21 year old national team player signed a three year contract. Last season Lanegger appeared in 39 games for the Dukes averaging 8.6 ppg, along with 4.6 rpg and 3.6 apg. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Domestic Players Team. Lanegger was selected to play in the Austrian All Star Game and played a huge part in the Dukes run for the championship.


Knights renew Thomas Klepeisz and add Bernhard Weber - by Stefan Prager

The UBC Carefuel Gussing Knights have renewed the contract of national team player and point guard Thomas Klepeisz (188-G-91, agency: TSS Management). Klepeisz will stay in Austria for at least one more season. His goal remains to play abroad anytime soon. Klepeisz played in 31 games last season averaging a bit more than 12 points and 5 assists per game and was a big part of the Knights most successfull season in franchise history reaching the Cup Final Four as well as the ABL playoffs. The 20 year old point guard was voted Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Honorable Mention as well as Austrian League All-Domestic Players Team. Moreover the Knights signed Bernhard Weber (201-C/F-87). The 24 year old forward is coming from the Furstenfeld Panthers where he was used as a bench player averaging a bit more than 8 minutes per game.


Kapfenberg Bulls renew Thomas Schreiner and Andreas Kutting - by Stefan Prager

The ECE Bulls Kapfenberg announced that the club has renewed the contracts with guards Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) and Andreas Kuttnig (190-F-82). National Team player Schreiner signed for two more seasons. He appeared in 38 games for the Bulls last season averaging 10.8 ppg along with 5.4 apg which made him rank fourth overall in assists per game. Kuttnig played 30 games last season and is widely known for his defensive abilities. Furthermore the team announced that they will bring back U20 national team player Filip Kramer (200-SF-92) who was loaned to UBC St. Polten last season. Kraemer is playing at the Division B U20 European championship right now and has had some huge games in Bulgaria. Along with Schreiner, Kuttnig, DT Mayes and Albert Ngoy the team has a good core of Austrian players even tough big man Heinz Kuegerl (211-C-86) is no longer a member of the Bulls.


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  BELARUS   


U16 European Championship: Israel hold off Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Israel U16 - Belarus U16 77:56

Israel recorded the second win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They toppled Belarus in Group A. Roman Sorkin (201-F-96) stepped up with 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Belarus fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Israel gained a narrow 22:19 lead after ten minutes. They limited Belarus to 9 points in the second quarter to jump into a 12-point lead 40:28. Israel maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They registered a 55:40 cushion with one period remaining. Belarus never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Roi Huber (184-G-97) nailed 14 points, while Yevgeni Holodov (178-PG-96) netted 10 points for the winners. Maksim Salash (203-C-96) answered with 16 points and 19 rebounds for Belarus. Roman Rubinshteyn (190-PG-96) had 15 points in the loss.

Israel U16: Roman Sorkin 17, Roi Huber 14, Yevgeni Holodov 10
Belarus U16: Maksim Salash 16+19 boards, Roman Rubinshteyn 15



U20 European Championship: Belarus edged the Dutch side in their last game - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U20-Belarus U20 52:64

Belarus edged the Dutch side in their last game at the U20 European Championship. The team won over Netherlands 64:52 to finish on the 13th place.
Belarus took 17:11 in the first period and led 6 points at the halftime. Henadziy Zakhar (198-SF-92) scored for 39:33, while Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) brought 42:37. Later Yauheni Suhaniaka (200-F-92) and Henadziy Zakhar closed the period at 54:39. Belarus did not mind 10-13 in the last quarter and won the game by 12 points. Vitali Liutych and Matthew Van Tongeren were the last players to score for their teams.
Henadziy Zakhar top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Vitali Liutych also scored 14. Yauheni Suhaniaka posted 11 and Robertas Ruzgaitis (198-F-93) had 10. Kasper Averink (183-PG-93, agency: Arete Sports Agency) ended up with 14 points, while Sam De Haas (193-G/F-92, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) and Matthew Van Tongeren poured in 7 each.

Netherlands U20: Kasper Averink 14, Sam De Haas 7, Matthew Van Tongeren (198-C-93, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) 7
Belarus U20: Henadziy Zakhar 14+10 rebs, Vitali Liutych 14, Yauheni Suhaniaka 11, Robertas Ruzgaitis 10



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  BELGIUM   


U16 European Championship: Belgium overcome Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U16 - Slovakia U16 67:59

Belgium celebrated the second win at U16 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Slovakia in Bucharest yesterday. Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (96) stepped up with 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Belgium are now at 2-1 record, while Slovakia fell at 1-3 in Group B.
Belgium had to overcome a slow start. They faced a 9-point deficit at the first break. Belgium adjusted their game in the second quarter. They held Slovakia to 11 points and eked out a 32:31 halftime lead. Belgium deepened the distance in the third term. They secured a 48:42 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Belgium did not allow Slovakia to get within striking distance in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory at the end. Mathieu Houdart (194-F-96) netted 13 points, while Romain Boxus (194-F-96) contributed 12 points for the winning side. Robert Rozanek (180-PG-96) answered with 18 points for Slovakia. Jozef Senohradsky (190-G-96) had 13 points in the loss.

Belgium U16: Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda 16, Mathieu Houdart 13, Romain Boxus 12
Slovakia U16: Robert Rozanek 18, Jozef Senohradsky 13



U20 European Championship: Belgium clinched 7th place in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Finland U20-Belgium U20 70:84

Belgium clinched 7th place in Sofia at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Finland 84:70 at the Classification Game for 7th to 8th Place.
Belgium proved their ambitions in the first quarter and grabbed 20:14 after the first period. They added 22-20 in the second quarter for 42:34 lead at the halftime. Moreover Belgium did not stop in the third quarter and produced a 19-12 surge for 61:46 advantage when Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92) nailed three at the end. Finland meanwhile managed to win the last stanza and reduced to final 14 points.
Arne Steinbach stepped up with 22 points and Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) added 16. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) notched 15, while Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) had 10 points and 16 rebounds. Murphy notched 29 points in the losing effort as Finland finished on the 8th spot. Osku Heinonen (194-G/F-92) had 13 and Caven delivered 12.

Finland U20: Murphy 29, Osku Heinonen 13, Caven 12
Belgium U20: Arne Steinbach 22, Elias Lasisi 16, Obasohan Ojomoh 15, Loic Schwartz 10+16 rebs



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  BOSNIA   


Sasa Vasiljevic returns to Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Sasa Vasiljevic (183-PG-79, agency: Beo Basket) is back to Ukraine. The experienced point guard signed a deal with Politekhnika-Halychyna. Head Coach of the team is Zeljko Lukajic (agency: Beo Basket).
Sasa Vasiljevic started last season with Khimik-OPZ Yuzny averaging 5.1 points and 3.4 assists for 15 Superleague games. The player had almost the same numbers for 5 games in EuroChallenge. They parted ways in December and Vasiljevic immediately moved to Greek Ikaros Kallitheas. There he had 7 ppg, 1.8 apg and 1.2 rpg for 15 games. Sasa Vasiljevic was the regular season champion with Donetsk a year ago. They reached Playoff Finals in Ukraine, but lost in seventh crucial game of the series to Budivelnyk. From 2008 to 2010, Vasiljevic played for VAP Kolossos. He also has experience from AEK Athens, Menorca, Bosna ASA BHT, Hemofarm and Sloga Kraljevo. Coach Lukajic and Vasiljevic won Adriatic league title together in 2005 with Hemofarm. Last summer with the Bosnian NT Vasiljevic had 6.4 ppg, 5.4 apg and 1.8 rpg for 5 games at the EuroBasket in Poland.



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  BRAZIL   


Fab Melo WATCH! - by Mel Devonne

Its has been an interesting summer for Brasilian NBA lottery pick and Syracuse Orangemen, Fabricio Melo (212-C-90, college: Syracuse), who is playing
in the NBA summer league for the Boston Celtics.
Hes not tearing it up, but has proven to be solid big guy so far in the summer league.
He has improved in each game, as the summer league continues and had a couple solid games
where he scored 7pts and 5 rebounds and 5 points and 10 rebounds in another in 15 minutes of play.
Fab is expected to improve even more and should be a valuable big guy off the bench for the Boston Celtics.
One of the things Fab does well is blocking shots, and he has blocked 8 shots in 9 summer league games.
Welcome to the NBA Fabricio Melo.



Brazil outgun Australia in Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Australia 87:71

Brazil celebrated the first win in Three-Nations tournament in Strasbourg. The Latin American team overcame Australia for 1-1 record. Australia will face France tomorrow. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) came up with 17 points to lead the winners.
Australia led by two points after the opening quarter 19:17. Brazil turned things around in the second quarter. The Latin American side went on a 27:17 run to ensure an 8-point halftime advantage 44:36. Brazil scored 23 points in the third period to stay in front. They entered the fourth stanza up by 10 points. Brazil held the Boomers to just 14 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to the victory at the end. Hilario Nene (207-C-82) had 12 points and 10 boards, while Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) added 12 points for the winners. David Andersen (211-C-80) answered with 16 points for Australia. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) netted 14 points in the loss.

Brazil: Tiago Splitter 17, Hilario Nene 12+10 boards, Marquinhos Vieira 12
Australia: David Andersen 16, Patrick Mills 14



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  BULGARIA   


U20 European Championship: Israel destroy the hosts for the third place - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20-Israel U20 67:101

Israel destroys the hosts for the third place at the U20 European Championship in Division B in Sofia. The Israeli team overwhelms Bulgaria 101:67, while both teams will play in the top Division next year.
Israel took 23:20 after the first period and added the same result in the second frame. Moreover the second half was a nightmare for Bulgaria that could not match the team from Israel. The latter produced a 24-16 surge in the third period and finished the game with 31-11 in the last stanza. Labanowski brought three digit number for the winning side at the very end.
Shawn Dawson (193-SF-93) paced all the winners with 26 points, while Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Or Solomon (197-F-93) posted 15 apiece. Liraz Ariely (185-G-92, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) netted 13 and Guy Lavie (188-PG-92, agency: Ronsport) scored 11. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort. Dimitrov scored 13, whilst Todor Zahariev (187-G-92) notched 7.

Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov 21, Dimitrov 13, Todor Zahariev 7
Israel U20: Shawn Dawson 26, Bar Timor 15, Or Solomon 15, Liraz Ariely 13, Guy Lavie 11



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  CHINA   


Poland topple China in second test game - by Eurobasket News

Poland - China 81:79

Polish National Team celebrated victory in the second exhibition game versus China. The hosts capitalized on the absence of Yi Jianlian to take a 2-point victory in Katowice. Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
Poland eked out a narrow 23:21 lead after ten minutes. China turned things around in the second quarter. The visitors surged ahead and grabbed a 42:37 halftime lead. Poland stayed behind throughout the third quarter. They narrowed the deficit at just two-point mark with one quarter to go 57:59. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) put the hosts in front with a three-pointer 60:59. Poland spurred ahead and maintained the lead till the final buzzer. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) posted 17 points, while Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) and Lukasz Koszarek added 10 points each for the winners. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) answered with 15 points for China. Zhu FangYu (201-F-83) netted 14 points in the loss.

Poland: Marcin Gortat 18, Michal Ignerski 17, Piotr Pamula 10, Lukasz Koszarek 10
China: Wang ZhiZhi 15, Zhu FangYu 14



NBL: Guangzhou L. wins over Guangzhou FM 103-91 - by Eurobasket News

Guangzhou L. - Guangzhou FM 103-91 (2-1)

NBL: Guangzhou L. wins over Guangzhou FM 103-91 in Game 3. Guangzhou L. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Guangzhou FM's 40 and made 32-of-40 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Guangzhou L. forced 19 Guangzhou FM turnovers. 31 personal fouls committed by Guangzhou FM helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Chao Tian (183-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward DaWei Chen (203-85) helped adding 19 points and 10 rebounds. Four Guangzhou L. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds and guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou L.: T.Chao 23+7reb+5ast, W.Jing 23+1reb, C.DaWei 19+10reb+1ast, Number 22 16+12reb+1ast, J.Lei 10+6reb, L.XiangTao 8+1reb+1ast
Guangzhou FM: S.Walter 35+19reb+1ast, Y.KaiFu 22+6reb+3ast, D.JunJiang 10+2reb+1ast, W.SongWei 7+4reb+3ast, Y.Peng 6+2reb+1ast, W.Yang 4
gschID: 179559



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  CROATIA   


U20 European Championship: Croatia shock the Czechs to win the title - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20-Czech Republic U20 88:80

Croatia shock the Czechs to win the title in Division B at the U20 European Championship. The Croatian side won the Final 88:80 and clinched the top place in Division B. Both teams will head to the top Division next year.
On July 18th Czech Republic easily rolled over Croatia in the start of the Second Stage at the U20 European Championship in Division B. That time Czech Republic improved to 2-0 record in Group F after 92:67 win.
Tonight Croatia won the opening period 20-16 and added 21-12 in the third quarter. They did not mind 25-26 in the last stanza to clinch the trophy.
Domagoj Vukovic (206-C-93) stepped up with 27 points and Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) nailed 26. Roko Rogic (187-PG-92) ended up with 16 points, while Franko Sango (200-PF-92) added 6. Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) replied with 22 points in the losing effort, whilst Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) collected 20 points and 12 boards. Kriz added 16 points and 19 rebounds and Michal Mares (193-G/F-92) nailed 9.

Croatia U20: Domagoj Vukovic 27, Henrik Sirko 26, Roko Rogic 16, Franko Sango 6
Czech Republic U20: Jaromir Bohacik 22, Ondrej Balvin 20+12 rebs, Kriz 16+19 rebs, Michal Mares 9



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U20 European Championship: Croatia shock the Czechs to win the title - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20-Czech Republic U20 88:80

Croatia shock the Czechs to win the title in Division B at the U20 European Championship. The Croatian side won the Final 88:80 and clinched the top place in Division B. Both teams will head to the top Division next year.
On July 18th Czech Republic easily rolled over Croatia in the start of the Second Stage at the U20 European Championship in Division B. That time Czech Republic improved to 2-0 record in Group F after 92:67 win.
Tonight Croatia won the opening period 20-16 and added 21-12 in the third quarter. They did not mind 25-26 in the last stanza to clinch the trophy.
Domagoj Vukovic (206-C-93) stepped up with 27 points and Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) nailed 26. Roko Rogic (187-PG-92) ended up with 16 points, while Franko Sango (200-PF-92) added 6. Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) replied with 22 points in the losing effort, whilst Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) collected 20 points and 12 boards. Kriz added 16 points and 19 rebounds and Michal Mares (193-G/F-92) nailed 9.

Croatia U20: Domagoj Vukovic 27, Henrik Sirko 26, Roko Rogic 16, Franko Sango 6
Czech Republic U20: Jaromir Bohacik 22, Ondrej Balvin 20+12 rebs, Kriz 16+19 rebs, Michal Mares 9



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  DENMARK   


Bakken Bears tab Morten Sahlerts and Christian Lindberg - by Eurobasket News

Bakken Bears added Morten Sahlertz (198-F-89) and Christian Lindberg (195-F-83) to the roster.
Morten Sahlertz is returning to Bakken Bears after two seasons away. He played for the Bears in 2007/10 seasons. The forward then moved to Horsens IC. Last season Morten Sahlertz spent with Tromso Storm in Norway. He tallied 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 assists per game in BLNO. The forward participated at BLNO All-Star Game.
Christian Lindberg played for Horsens IC over the last four seasons. Last season the forward posted 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in Ligaen. Christian Lindberg was the member of Danish National Team in 2006/11 seasons.
Bakken Bears also extended the contract of Andreas Jakobsen (187-PG-83, college: Columbia, MO). The guard has been with the team since 2005. Last season Andreas Jakobsen notched 10.2 points, 3.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds per appearance.



U20 European Championship: Slovak Republic lost to Denmark - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic U20-Denmark U20 62:81

Slovak Republic lost to Denmark in the last game for both teams at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Danish side finished on the 11th place after 81:62 win. Slovak Republic finished the tournament on the 12th place.
Although it was not the game for the top places, both teams showed their best in their last meeting. Denmark grabbed 23:20 lead and dominated the rest of the game. They needed a 26-14 surge to take 15 point deficit at the halftime. Slovak Republic replied with 15-11 in the third quarter as Brutovsky reduced to 49:57 before Birketoft closed the quarter at 60:49. Denmark meanwhile posted 21-13 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Soeren Olsen (185-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) posted 13. Philip Hertz (210-C/F-92) and Sami Eleraky (210-C-93) delivered 12 points each and the latter also added 10 rebounds. Peter Kancir (187-G-92) netted 18 points in the losing effort, while Matus Luley (195-F-92) had 11. Viktor Dedecek (200-F-93) and Jaroslav Moravek (204-F/C-92) scored 9 points each in defeat.

Slovak Republic U20: Peter Kancir 18, Matus Luley 11 Viktor Dedecek 9, Jaroslav Moravek 9
Denmark U20: Soeren Olsen 17, Esben Reinholt 13, Philip Hertz 12, Sami Eleraky 12+10 rebs



Joe Benjamin joins Naestved - by Eurobasket News

Naestved bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Joe Benjamin (201-F/C-83, college: W.Virginia St.). The deal is meant for one season. Joe Benjamin spent the last season with Horsholm. He tallied 14.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 assists per game for the 79ers in Ligaen. Eurobasket.com named Joe Benjamin into All-Danish Ligaen 2nd Team. He also made it onto Ligaen All-Imports Team. Previously Joe Benjamin had spells for Virum and Aabyhoj. He participated at Ligaen All-Star Games in 2009 and 2012.
Naestved have already secured the services of Martin Hoirup (192-F-82), Lars Hoirup (192-G/F-83), Mads Frandsen (202-F/C-90), Marko Runholt, Mathias Christensen (195-F-95), Joe Benjamin and Mads Bentzen (94) for the next season.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 2. Almond, Maine RC23.4 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.2 
 5. Millsap, Los A.20.0 
 6. Efevberha, Iowa E.19.6 
 7. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 8. Gilder, Sioux F.19.2 
 9. Ubiles, Dakota W.19.2 
 10. Smith, Springfiel.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.7 
 2. Harangody, Canton11.7 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.4 
 4. Dawson, Austin T.10.2 
 5. Thomas, Los A.10.1 
 6. Foote, Springfield9.0 
 7. Williams, Texas L.8.9 
 8. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 10. Horner, Springfi.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.0 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Curry, Springfield6.3 
 5. Wise, Bakersfield6.2 
 6. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.5.8 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.5.8 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.5.7 
 10. Bozeman, Reno B.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  Sioux F.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Blakely, Sioux F.2.2 
 2. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 3. Smith, Springfield2.2 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 5. Millsap, Los A.2.0 
 6. Hannah, Dakota W.2.0 
 7. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 8. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 9. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 10. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Maine R.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. N''Diaye, Maine R.3.2 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 3. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Thomas, Los A.1.8 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.7 
 9. Strong, Iowa E.1.6 
 10. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 



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U20 European Championship: Montenegro rally past Estonia - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U20 - Estonia U20 87:71

Montenegro finished their U20 European Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated Estonia in Group G action. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) scored 24 points to lead the charge.
Estonia ensured a quick start. They accounted for a 26:18 lead at the first break. Montenegro bounced back in the second quarter. They cut the distance to just 3 points at halftime 36:39. Montenegro pulled in front in the third term. They recorded a 56:53 lead with one quarter to go. Montenegro unloaded 31 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) delivered 18 points for the Balkan team. Andrej Pajovic (188-G-92) added 17 points for the winners. Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) answered with 24 points for Estonia. Jaan Puidet (192-G/F-92) netted 16 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Marko Mugosa 24, Vukota Pavic 18, Andrej Pajovic 17
Estonia U20: Martin Paasoja 24, Jaan Puidet 16



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Dionte Christmas is currently the hottest name on the Euroleague transfer market - by Dimitris Katsionis


Ex AGOR wing-scorer, Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, agency: Arete Sports Agency, college: Temple) is currently the hottest name for some of Europe's top clubs. According to his interview in Bostonherald the 26-year-old gunner has very good offers from CSKA Moscow, Olympiakos and Montepaschi Siena, which are elite clubs and is difficult for him to deny. Christmas shines with his game at Las Vegas Summer league and the Boston Celtics want to invite him at their own camp in Boston. Christmas's main goal (and dream) is to sign a guarantee contract (with the minimum salary of 473.00$) and made the Celtics's roster but Boston hasn't made him any offer yet. Christmas made a terrific year at Greek A1, getting advantage AGOR's up tempo offense. Coach Koufos based his offense on isolations and Christmas had many chances to show his ability on one-on-one situations by creating his own shot and versality with his in & out game.. The Ex Temple all around perimeter player finished the season with the Houston Rockets were he didn't manage to play at all.



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M-Standings - Group B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Sweden3-0
2. Finland2-1
3. Israel2-1
4. Belarus1-2
5. Luxembourg.0-4
Group B
1. FYR Macedo.3-0
2. Belgium2-1
3. Bulgaria1-2
4. Denmark1-2
5. Slovakia1-3
Group C
1. Montenegro.3-0
2. Georgia2-1
3. Bosnia2-2
4. Estonia1-2
5. Romania0-3
Group D
1. Portugal4-0
2. Switzerlan.3-1
3. Hungary3-1
4. Holland1-3
5. Norway1-3
6. Austria0-4

Preliminary Round: Round 4

A

Jul. 22: SWE - LUX 85-49
Jul. 22: ISR - BLR 77-56

B

Jul. 22: BUL - MKD 75-89
Jul. 22: BEL - SVK 67-59

C

Jul. 22: MNT - EST 83-45
Jul. 22: ROM - BIH 66-75

D

Jul. 22: HUN - NED 66-55
Jul. 22: AUT - NOR 61-62 OT
Jul. 22: SUI - POR 38-72

Preliminary Round: Round 5

A

Jul. 23: BLR - SWE
Jul. 23: FIN - ISR

B

Jul. 23: MKD - BEL
Jul. 23: DEN - BUL

C

Jul. 23: GEO - MNT
Jul. 23: EST - ROM

D

Jul. 23: SUI - HUN
Jul. 23: NOR - NED
Jul. 23: POR - AUT



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Lithuania are new champions! - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Lithuania - France 50-49
Lithuania are new U20 European champions. They survived a thriller against France in the title clash tonight to celebrate the first title since 1996. Egidijus Mockevicius (207-C-92) scored 11 points to lead the Baltic team. Lithuania looked to be en route to a rout in the opening quarter. They outscored France 24:11 in the first frame. France however slowed down their opponents. They limited Lithuania to 12 points and cut the deficit to 12 points at halftime 36:24. France got closer in the third quarter. After trailing by 16 points early in the stanza France managed to get within 7 points at the final intermission 36:43. France used a 7:1 run late in regulation to draw things level at 49 with 33 seconds remaining. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) knocked down one free throw to put Lithuania in front. France had a lot of time to save the game however Westermann committed a turnover and Lithuania triumphed at the end. Zygimantas Skucas finished with 10 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas added 9 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) answered with 16 points for France. Livio Jean-Charles and Rudy Gobert had 9 points each in the loss.

3-4 place
Serbia - Spain 66-67
Spain stepped up on the pedestal at U20 European Championship. They held off Serbia in a thrilling consolation final tonight. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Serbia and Spain stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for several times throughout close second quarter. Serbia eventually eked out a 33:32 halftime lead. Spain surged ahead midway through the third quarter. They maintained the lead and posted a 52:49 advantage at the final intermission. Serbia regained the lead and posted a 60:55 lead midway through the final term. Serbia were still up by two with 13 seconds remaining 66:64. But Alejandro Abrines drained a late three-pointer to ensure a tough win for Spain at the end. Francisco Guerra (214-C-92) posted 13 points, while Alejandro Abrines added 11 points for the winners. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Djordje Drenovac had 10 points in the losing effort.

5-6 place
Latvia - Germany 63-80
Germany earned the fifth place at U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Latvia on the final day of the competition. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 15 points to lead the winning team. Latvia led by three points after the opening quarter 16:13. Germany narrowed the gap in the second frame. They trailed by just a single point at halftime 32:33. Germany went on a decisive rally in the third quarter. They fired 26 points and clinched a 12-point lead before the final stanza. Germany stayed in charge throughout the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Leon Tolksdorf (201-F-93) and Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) delivered 11 points each for the winners. Arturs Bricis (196-SG-92) answered with 16 points for Latvia. Marcis Vitols and Ojars Silins netted 9 points each in the losing case.

7-8 place
Greece - Slovenia 61-80
Slovenia entertained the home crowd with victory on the final day of U20 European Championship. The hosts fired past Greece to occupy the 7th overall position. Alen Omic (215-C-92) came up with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the home team. Slovenia led from start to finish. The hosts built a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia boosted the margin in the second quarter. They secured a 39:29 halftime lead. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The hosts secured a 13-point advantage with one period remaining. Slovenia scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) had 15 points, while Luka Rupnik netted 13 points for the winners. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) answered with 20 points for Greece. Spyridon Motsenigos notched 14 points in the losing case.
Group G
Georgia - Sweden 67-81
Sweden celebrated victory on the final day of U20 European Championship. They overcame Georgia to clinch 5-1 record on top of classification round Group G. Charles Barton (192-PG-92), Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) and William Gutenius (205-F/C-92) accounted for 15 points each for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 after ten minutes. Sweden eked out a narrow 43:42 halftime lead. Sweden boosted the margin in the third term. They fired 27 points in the quarter to ensure a 17-point lead before the fourth frame. Georgia outscored the Scandinavian team in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Eriksson banked 11 points for the winners. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) answered with 27 points and 8 rebounds for Georgia. Merab Bokolishvili had 10 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Estonia 87-71
Montenegro finished their U20 European Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated Estonia in Group G action. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) scored 24 points to lead the charge. Estonia ensured a quick start. They accounted for a 26:18 lead at the first break. Montenegro bounced back in the second quarter. They cut the distance to just 3 points at halftime 36:39. Montenegro pulled in front in the third term. They recorded a 56:53 lead with one quarter to go. Montenegro unloaded 31 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) delivered 18 points for the Balkan team. Andrej Pajovic added 17 points for the winners. Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) answered with 24 points for Estonia. Jaan Puidet netted 16 points in the loss.



Division B: Croatia shock the Czechs to win the title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Croatia - Czech Republic 88-80
Croatia shock the Czechs to win the title in Division B at the U20 European Championship. The Croatian side won the Final 88:80 and clinched the top place in Division B. Both teams will head to the top Division next year. On July 18th Czech Republic easily rolled over Croatia in the start of the Second Stage at the U20 European Championship in Division B. That time Czech Republic improved to 2-0 record in Group F after 92:67 win. Tonight Croatia won the opening period 20-16 and added 21-12 in the third quarter. They did not mind 25-26 in the last stanza to clinch the trophy. Vukovic stepped up with 27 points and Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) nailed 26. Roko Rogic (187-PG-92) ended up with 16 points, while Franko Sango (200-PF-92) added 6. Bohacik replied with 22 points in the losing effort, whilst Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) collected 20 points and 12 boards. Kriz added 16 points and 19 rebounds and Mares nailed 9.



3rd place
Bulgaria - Israel 67-101
Israel destroys the hosts for the third place at the U20 European Championship in Division B in Sofia. The Israeli team overwhelms Bulgaria 101:67, while both teams will play in the top Division next year. Israel took 23:20 after the first period and added the same result in the second frame. Moreover the second half was a nightmare for Bulgaria that could not match the team from Israel. The latter produced a 24-16 surge in the third period and finished the game with 31-11 in the last stanza. Sean Labanowski (202-F/C-92) brought three digit number for the winning side at the very end. Shawn Dawson (193-SF-93) paced all the winners with 26 points, while Timor and Solomon posted 15 apiece. Liraz Ariely (185-G-92, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) netted 13 and Lavie scored 11. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort. Dimitrov scored 13, whilst Todor Zahariev (187-G-92) notched 7.

5-6 places
Poland - United Kingdom 83-53
Poland leave no chance to Great Britain in the game for the 5th place at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Polish side won 83:53 and sent the team from Great Britain to the 6th place. Poland hoped to play for the higher place and dreamed to advance to the top Division. They started the game with 23-14 and added 19-18 in the second period 10-point advantage at the halftime. Poland did not even think of slowing down and won the second half as well. They posted a 21-11 victory in the third quarter and finished the game with 20-10 in the last stanza. Maciej Kucharek (204-SF-93) brought the last 4 points for the winners from the free throw line. Gielo stepped up with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) notched 12. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) poured in 10, while Zyskowski and Kowalczyk had 8 each. Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) delivered 14 points in defeat, while Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) brought 13.

7-8 places
Finland - Belgium 70-84
Belgium clinched 7th place in Sofia at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Finland 84:70 at the Classification Game for 7th to 8th Place. Belgium proved their ambitions in the first quarter and grabbed 20:14 after the first period. They added 22-20 in the second quarter for 42:34 lead at the halftime. Moreover Belgium did not stop in the third quarter and produced a 19-12 surge for 61:46 advantage when Steinbach nailed three at the end. Finland meanwhile managed to win the last stanza and reduced to final 14 points. Steinbach stepped up with 22 points and Lasisi added 16. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) notched 15, while Schwartz had 10 points and 16 rebounds. Murphy notched 29 points in the losing effort as Finland finished on the 8th spot. Heinonen had 13 and Caven delivered 12.

9-10 places
Austria - Portugal 57-66
Portugal finished 9th in Division B after the last victory at the U20 European Championship. The team won over Austria 66:57 as the latter finished on the 10th place. Portugal looked better in the opening period and took 28:18 at the end of it. Belo later increased to 34:20, but the win was not too easy for them. Austria replied with a 10-0 run and reduced to 4 points. Diesner and Wildner exchanged the late baskets in the second quarter for 39:34. In the third frame Portugal bounced back with an 11-0 run as the team scored three straight three-pointers. They added defensive 11-9 in the last period to seal the last victory at the tournament. Miguel Cardoso (184-PG-93) stepped up with 18 points and Santos added 13. Filip Kramer (200-SF-92) finished the game with 13 points in defeat and Hopfgartner notched 12. Luka Gvozden (184-PG-93) poured in 10, while Ngoy scored 5.

11-12 places
Slovakia - Denmark 62-81
Slovak Republic lost to Denmark in the last game for both teams at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Danish side finished on the 11th place after 81:62 win. Slovak Republic finished the tournament on the 12th place. Although it was not the game for the top places, both teams showed their best in their last meeting. Denmark grabbed 23:20 lead and dominated the rest of the game. They needed a 26-14 surge to take 15 point deficit at the halftime. Slovak Republic replied with 15-11 in the third quarter as Brutovsky reduced to 49:57 before Birketoft closed the quarter at 60:49. Denmark meanwhile posted 21-13 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Olsen top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Reinholt posted 13. Hertz and Sami Eleraky (210-C-93) delivered 12 points each and the latter also added 10 rebounds. Peter Kancir (187-G-92) netted 18 points in the losing effort, while Luley had 11. Dedecek and Jaroslav Moravek (204-F/C-92) scored 9 points each in defeat.

13-14 places
Holland - Belarus 52-64
Belarus edged the Dutch side in their last game at the U20 European Championship. The team won over Netherlands 64:52 to finish on the 13th place. Belarus took 17:11 in the first period and led 6 points at the halftime. Zakhar scored for 39:33, while Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) brought 42:37. Later Suhaniaka and Zakhar closed the period at 54:39. Belarus did not mind 10-13 in the last quarter and won the game by 12 points. Vitali Liutych and Matthew Van Tongeren were the last players to score for their teams. Zakhar top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Vitali Liutych also scored 14. Suhaniaka posted 11 and Ruzgaitis had 10. Kasper Averink (183-PG-93, agency: Arete Sports Agency) ended up with 14 points, while Sam De Haas and Matthew Van Tongeren poured in 7 each.



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U20 European Championship: Belgium clinched 7th place in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Finland U20-Belgium U20 70:84

Belgium clinched 7th place in Sofia at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Finland 84:70 at the Classification Game for 7th to 8th Place.
Belgium proved their ambitions in the first quarter and grabbed 20:14 after the first period. They added 22-20 in the second quarter for 42:34 lead at the halftime. Moreover Belgium did not stop in the third quarter and produced a 19-12 surge for 61:46 advantage when Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92) nailed three at the end. Finland meanwhile managed to win the last stanza and reduced to final 14 points.
Arne Steinbach stepped up with 22 points and Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) added 16. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) notched 15, while Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) had 10 points and 16 rebounds. Murphy notched 29 points in the losing effort as Finland finished on the 8th spot. Osku Heinonen (194-G/F-92) had 13 and Caven delivered 12.

Finland U20: Murphy 29, Osku Heinonen 13, Caven 12
Belgium U20: Arne Steinbach 22, Elias Lasisi 16, Obasohan Ojomoh 15, Loic Schwartz 10+16 rebs



Cremona inks Finish big guy Tuukka Kotti - by Eurobasket News

Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) will stay in Italy. The Finish big guy officially penned a deal with Vanoli Cremona. He arrives to the club from Aget Service Imola, where he had 9.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 1.4 spg for 28 LegaDue games last season. Before Imola, the player spent one year with Ferrara, also in LegaDue. With them he had 10.9 ppg and 6.9 rpg for 30 games. Tuukka Kotti played for Finish Honka Espoo Playboys from March of 2009 until the end of 2009/10 season. He shined with 16.4 ppg and 10.1 rpg in their second season together. Kotti also has experience from Rieti and Ticino. He graduated at Providence University in 2005.
Tuukka Kotti played for the Finish National Team last summer at the EuroBasket in Poland. He had 8.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 2.1 spg for 12 games.



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  FRANCE   


U20 European Championship: Lithuania clinch the trophy - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - France U20 50:49

Lithuania are new U20 European champions. They survived a thriller against France in the title clash tonight to celebrate the first title since 1996. Egidijus Mockevicius (207-C-92) scored 11 points to lead the Baltic team.
Lithuania looked to be en route to a rout in the opening quarter. They outscored France 24:11 in the first frame. France however slowed down their opponents. They limited Lithuania to 12 points and cut the deficit to 12 points at halftime 36:24. France got closer in the third quarter. After trailing by 16 points early in the stanza France managed to get within 7 points at the final intermission 36:43. France used a 7:1 run late in regulation to draw things level at 49 with 33 seconds remaining. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) knocked down one free throw to put Lithuania in front. France had a lot of time to save the game however Westermann committed a turnover and Lithuania triumphed at the end. Zygimantas Skucas finished with 10 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) added 9 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) answered with 16 points for France. Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93) and Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) had 9 points each in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Egidijus Mockevicius 11, Zygimantas Skucas 10, Vytenis Cizauskas 9
France U20: Axel Toupane 16, Livio Jean-Charles 9, Rudy Gobert 9



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Coach of M 16, Igor Mihajlovski , satisfied with the current performances of Macedonian Team - by Georgi Bujukliev

Selection of Macedonia to 16 years today saw the second triumph in the second match of the EP in Bucharest, defeating Denmark 61-52. Coach Igor Mihajlovski satisfied , says that is still early to think about Quarterfinals.
" Today we played against a higher and stronger team than our and very soon we got into with the offense trouble . Moreover we loss Bakoch on the match because of injury , however , with my assistant we did a good skauting before the game and know exactly where and how to counter it . The guys played great defense , concentrated , given maximum and ad here what we agreed before the game. Deserve praise for their performances . Christian Nikolov played a great match , Magdevski also , and praises go to all others " , says coach Mihajlovski .
Philip Bakoch starting center before the end of the first half had to leave the pitch due to stretching of the ankle and his appearance at tomorrow's match against Bulgaria is still uncertain , although initial reports say that the injury is not serious . The match against Bulgaria for Macedonian team will be the third in the tournament and eventual victory of the team of Igor Mihajlovski practically will insure placement in the quarterfinals . Macedonia , after three days of competition , is currently first in Group B , the only unbeaten team so far .
By the end of group stage , followed another two match's , with Bulgaria and Belgium , which currently have one win and one defeat . Other two teams in the group , which already met , Denmark and Slovakia , now have one win and two defeats .



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  GABON   


National Play-offs 2012: SOMO B - TOUNGUI BB...two clubs in Libreville - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

THE FINAL national: SOMOB - TOUNGUI BB coming soon ...

This Friday 20 at the gym sports in Libreville ... semi-final. Two very important matches that determined the eventual finalists of the national championship final elite which consecrated the 2012 national champion in Gabon.

In the first game, huge surprise at the lack of Comilog club that has not made the trip to Libreville (no official explanation was given) ...
The arbitrators have just initiated proceedings for the package; who qualified automatically SOMO B as a whole for the final (the package costing 0 points 1 point while a defeat and a victory reported 2 points when one is present on the playground). Manga has been released .. logically against 3 ... 2 points Really!! The many supporters of yellow and green that made the trip were very disappointed!!

In the second match, the match Toungui BB vs Stade Mandji provided spectators with their doses of adrenaline and excitement ...

1 QT: 20 -17 advantage Toungui,
2 QT: 13 -19 Mandji back stage and leads to half-time 33-36
3rd QT: from 20 to 09, disaster Mandji stage collapses and Toungui regains control of the match ...
QT 4: 22-10, Stade Mandji taking on water and let out a great opportunity to reach the final and participate next year in Africa Cup ... because if doubled somo finalist (Toungui) will be automatically drafted ... Final score: 75-64.



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U20 European Championship: Sweden defeat Georgia - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Georgia U20 81:67

Sweden celebrated victory on the final day of U20 European Championship. They overcame Georgia to clinch 5-1 record on top of classification round Group G. Charles Barton (192-PG-92), Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) and William Gutenius (205-F/C-92) accounted for 15 points each for the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 after ten minutes. Sweden eked out a narrow 43:42 halftime lead. Sweden boosted the margin in the third term. They fired 27 points in the quarter to ensure a 17-point lead before the fourth frame. Georgia outscored the Scandinavian team in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Eriksson banked 11 points for the winners. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) answered with 27 points and 8 rebounds for Georgia. Merab Bokolishvili (198-G-92) had 10 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Charles Barton 15, Viktor Gaddefors 15, William Gutenius 15
Georgia U20: Duda Sanadze 27, Merab Bokolishvili 10



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  GERMANY   


U20 European Championship: Germany prevail against Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Latvia U20 80:63

Germany earned the fifth place at U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Latvia on the final day of the competition. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 15 points to lead the winning team.
Latvia led by three points after the opening quarter 16:13. Germany narrowed the gap in the second frame. They trailed by just a single point at halftime 32:33. Germany went on a decisive rally in the third quarter. They fired 26 points and clinched a 12-point lead before the final stanza. Germany stayed in charge throughout the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Leon Tolksdorf (201-F-93) and Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) delivered 11 points each for the winners. Arturs Bricis (196-SG-92) answered with 16 points for Latvia. Marcis Vitols (189-PG-92) and Ojars Silins (201-F-93) netted 9 points each in the losing case.

Germany U20: Johannes Voigtmann 15, Leon Tolksdorf 11, Philipp Neumann 11
Latvia U20: Arturs Bricis 16, Marcis Vitols 9, Ojars Silins 9



Gary Johnson Moves To The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to http://www.wz-newsline.de, The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf have brought in Gary Johnson (188-PG-82, college: Cent.Florida) for the new season. Johnson is a 29 year old 188cm point guard from Wayne, Michigan. He is a A dynamic player that could pay immediate dividends, Johnson shows great leadership and ball handling skills. Provides an excellent contrast of running the offense while also being a capable scorer. He has played in Germany since 2006 and played 91 PRO A games for BV Chemnitz the last three years. Last season, he was a vital component for the success of the team playing 32 games: 16.2ppg, 5.7rpg, Assists-3 (5.0apg), Steals-1 (2.2spg), FGP: 56.1%, 3PT: 25.8%, FT: 83.2%. He scored in double figures 28 times including 20 points or more seven times. He had offensive explosions against Paderborn with 30 and 29 points against Essen. Giants head coach Murat Didin watched Johnson score in double figures in five of the six games agaisnt his team. Johnson started his basketball career with Cent.Florida (NCAA). He turned professional in 2005 and wasa rookie for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague, starting five): 19 games: 19.2ppg, 5.3rpg, Assists-5 (6.7apg), 2.8spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 47.7%. In 2006-2007, he started his basketball journey in Germany playing for BG Suedpark Bochum (Germany-Regionalliga). In 2007-2008, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB) playing 29 games: 20.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-1 (3.2spg), FGP: 62.7%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 77.8%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been A-Sun Tournament Winner -04, 05, A-Sun Regular Runner-Up -05, All-A-Sun 2nd Team -05, Irish Cup Winner -06, Irish Superleague South Conference Champion -06, Irish Superleague Semifinals -06, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga West First Team -07, -08, German Regionalliga (West Group) Runner-Up -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Defensive Player of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Defensive Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team -11, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -11, 12, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Guard of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -12, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Defensive Player of the Year -12, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Defensive Team -12


Darrell Tucker (BG Goettingen Have The Greatest Fans In Germany) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Darrell Tucker (206-C/F-80, college: USF) is a 32 year old 204cm power forward from Oakland, California that recently played in the Beko BBL for BG Goettingen. He played at USF from 1999-2003. He was the WAC Freshman of the Year in 2000. The American started his basketball career in 2003 and in this span has played in 10 countries. Some of the teams that he played for were Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProA), Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-DBL), Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie), Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA), or Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Premier League). He won the Dutch cup in 2008. He took some time to talk about basketball with eurobasket.

You have played all over the world in various leagues with The top German League being your most recent stop and what do you have to say about the top League in Germany?

The BBL is a well organized league and is extremely competitive. Every night in the BBL you must bring your 'A' game. From top to bottom this league is good.

How would you compare the Beko BBL with other leagues and Europe and how would you rate it against the others?

The Beko BBL is easily in my top 10 leagues regarding Europe. If I had to place it I would say the BBL is 6th on my list. From top to bottom this league is very competitive with good players. The BBL is a scouting league and each game feels like an intense Chess Match. Many games are won based on how well a team execute their offense and defense in the BBL. Compared to a French team/league where many games could be won on pure athleticism.

BG Gottingen which was managed by the Starting Five filed for Bankruptcy, how did this decision affect you and the rest of the players?

Well it affected us all terribly to be honest but it affected me more then others. As of today myself and another player has yet to be paid the remaining money on our contract for our labor. This really hurts me because I was promised on more the one occasion that I will receive all of my money. Basketball is my job, it is how I provide myself and my family with the necessities to maintain a healthy lifestyle such as food and a place to stay. It has been nearly 4 months since I have received any money.

How is this possible when the great fans of BG Gottingen donated the money for your salary before you arrived?

This is the million dollar question that I am wondering myself Miles. I am happy that you mentioned the fans because they are really the greatest fans in Germany. I wish I could tell them where to find the money they raised for me because I am missing more then half of it. Today I just received some shocking news, The German government has mistakenly given my money to another player. Keep in mind it was still significantly less then what they owe me.

Sorry to hear about the money problems with BG Gottingen. How do you plan to resolve this matter?

I think like many others, that it is only fair that I get paid for my labor on and off the court. So if I have to take legal action I will.

How difficult was it coming into a situation like BG Goettingen where the team was in last place and no real hope of staying in the league?

It was very difficult for me and it was a lot of pressure. Being the new guy on a losing team is tough because they are hoping that you are the missing piece to help them win Ball games. At the same time I was faced with the struggle of trying to find my way and rhythm on the court after being out for 8 months.

BG Goettingen had talent, but was it simply not enough talent to be able to stick with the other top Beko BBL teams each week?

You are right we had more then enough talent to win more then what we did and we proved that by beating Frankfurt. However, I was never a man of excuses but there are many reasons why we as a team couldn't just get it going in my opinion. This team had to deal with a coaching change, although it was early in the season a change of the head coach could throw off a teams chemistry, this team had dealt with a tragic accident on the autobahn and many of the people who lost their lives rest in peace, and lastly we had a very young team with a few rookies. Experience is a key element in winning basketball games. A team needs youth but it needs older guys as well, the balance has to be right. Im not saying these are mainly the reasons why we lost but they do have a contribution to us losing.


You came in bringing a lot of experience. Were you disappointed that you only averaged 15 minutes per game?

I was extremely disappointed that I only averaged 15 minutes per game. I worked hard, I didn't miss one day of practice and as I got in great shape I was the first to enter the gym before practices. I was our best 3 point shooter percentage wise and I led us in field goal percentage as well. On defense I only given up 8 points in the post since arriving. Don't get me wrong every player wants to play more but I knew as well as others that I deserved to play more.

Who was the best teammate that you had while playing for BG Goettingen?

The best teammate I had while playing for BG Goettingen was Vitalis Chikoko and I am sure everyone else on the team would say the same thing if they had to choose their best teammate. Vitah never complained as a teammate, he worked hard at his craft, and he is very unselfish on and off the court.

What was your sweetest memory of the sweet 62-61 win in Frankfurt? Did you know that the shot from Matt Bauscher was going in?

I have to say the sweetest moment was midway through the 4th quarter, as I was running down the court towards our basket, I looked over at our bench and everyone was anticipating and waiting to explode when we make our next shot. Sure enough we did and I ran back on defense all while looking at our bench go crazy and I said to myself, "WE GOT THIS". That was the sweetest moment in the 62-61 win over a good Skyliners team. Of course I knew Matt's shot was going in because I seen him do that time after time in practice. His shot was the icing on the cake to say the least.

Would BG Goettingen have won this game without your four three pointers?

Honestly its tough to say. I was locked in that night but so was Jerel Allen and Matt Bauscher. They could easily knock down the shots I made as well. Basketball is a team effort and there were other contributing factors besides me making 4 three pointer that allowed us to get the win.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Sean Evans?

Myself and Sean never played a 1 on 1 game but I am sure I would get him hahaha, and I know he thinks he would beat me. In fact Sean thinks he would beat everybody he is an extremely confident guy in his own abilities. At the end of the day Sean is Talented and can have a long career if he chooses to.

Where do you think that you will play next season? Would you return to the Beko BBL?


I have no idea where I am going to play next season. I leave that in Gods hands he has ordered my steps. If it is the BBL I know what to expect this time around I can tell you that much.

Who do you believe was the best player in the BBL this past season?

I would have to say PJ Tucker because not only did he have good statistics, but he led his team in winning a Championship.

The season before this one you played along side Isaiah Swann in the Top Israeli League what can you say about him as a person and teammate?

He is a great guy on and off the court. He is very competitive and wants to win at everything from basketball games to table tennis.

Several years ago you played for Euroleague Slovenia Power Union Olimpija. How was that experience for you especially playing against teams like Regal FC Barcelona?

It was great but definitely a learning lesson. At the time Barcelona was the best team in Europe. I was a rookie and my coach at the time assigned me to guard a guy by the name of Dejan Bodiroga. That night I found out why he was the best and is one of the greatest European ball players ever.

Who is a better player Dirk Nowitzki or Kevin Durant and why?

Dirk because he is a champion. However, Durant is not far away and he has the potential to be better then Dirk as he gets older and he must win a ring.

How does a summer workout plan look like for you?


I have a pretty stressful workout regime. Six days a week I play 5 on 5 against local college players and pros at a nearby college from 9:45 am to 11:25 am. At 12:00 I travel to a separate gym and I perform the "Insanity" workout with my trainer. The only days I have off are Thursday and Sunday but most times on Thursday and Sunday we perform a light workout.

Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA?

David West

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Rocky 5

Thanks Darrell for the chat.



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Dionte Christmas signed with Boston Celtics - by Giorgos Diploidis

Dionte Christmas (6'5''-G-86, agency: Arete Sports Agency, college: Temple) the new season will wear the shirt of historical team Boston Celtics The player the period 2010-11 showed his first signs of his great talent in the team of PAOK, helping them to take the 3rd place which was leading in the qualification round of Euroleague. This season was the first scorer of Greek Basketleague with the team of Agor. There in 26 matches had 18.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 3.0apg.

Last April joined Houston Rockets and now moved to Boston. As he stated to Boston Herald he rejected offers from Siena, CSKA and Olympiacos.




U20 European Championship: Slovenia beat Greece to clinch 7th place - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Greece U20 80:61

Slovenia entertained the home crowd with victory on the final day of U20 European Championship. The hosts fired past Greece to occupy the 7th overall position. Alen Omic (215-C-92) came up with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the home team.
Slovenia led from start to finish. The hosts built a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia boosted the margin in the second quarter. They secured a 39:29 halftime lead. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The hosts secured a 13-point advantage with one period remaining. Slovenia scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) had 15 points, while Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) netted 13 points for the winners. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) answered with 20 points for Greece. Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) notched 14 points in the losing case.

Slovenia U20: Alen Omic 23+10 boards, Marko Pajic 15, Luka Rupnik 13
Greece U20: Anastasios Antonakis 20, Spyridon Motsenigos 14



Dionte Christmas is currently the hottest name on the Euroleague transfer market - by Dimitris Katsionis


Ex AGOR wing-scorer, Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, agency: Arete Sports Agency, college: Temple) is currently the hottest name for some of Europe's top clubs. According to his interview in Bostonherald the 26-year-old gunner has very good offers from CSKA Moscow, Olympiakos and Montepaschi Siena, which are elite clubs and is difficult for him to deny. Christmas shines with his game at Las Vegas Summer league and the Boston Celtics want to invite him at their own camp in Boston. Christmas's main goal (and dream) is to sign a guarantee contract (with the minimum salary of 473.00$) and made the Celtics's roster but Boston hasn't made him any offer yet. Christmas made a terrific year at Greek A1, getting advantage AGOR's up tempo offense. Coach Koufos based his offense on isolations and Christmas had many chances to show his ability on one-on-one situations by creating his own shot and versality with his in & out game.. The Ex Temple all around perimeter player finished the season with the Houston Rockets were he didn't manage to play at all.



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U20 European Championship: Belarus edged the Dutch side in their last game - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U20-Belarus U20 52:64

Belarus edged the Dutch side in their last game at the U20 European Championship. The team won over Netherlands 64:52 to finish on the 13th place.
Belarus took 17:11 in the first period and led 6 points at the halftime. Henadziy Zakhar (198-SF-92) scored for 39:33, while Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) brought 42:37. Later Yauheni Suhaniaka (200-F-92) and Henadziy Zakhar closed the period at 54:39. Belarus did not mind 10-13 in the last quarter and won the game by 12 points. Vitali Liutych and Matthew Van Tongeren were the last players to score for their teams.
Henadziy Zakhar top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Vitali Liutych also scored 14. Yauheni Suhaniaka posted 11 and Robertas Ruzgaitis (198-F-93) had 10. Kasper Averink (183-PG-93, agency: Arete Sports Agency) ended up with 14 points, while Sam De Haas (193-G/F-92, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) and Matthew Van Tongeren poured in 7 each.

Netherlands U20: Kasper Averink 14, Sam De Haas 7, Matthew Van Tongeren (198-C-93, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) 7
Belarus U20: Henadziy Zakhar 14+10 rebs, Vitali Liutych 14, Yauheni Suhaniaka 11, Robertas Ruzgaitis 10



Antwerp Giants adds prospect Yunis Eillyas - by Fred Roggen

Antwerp Giants penned promising Dutch guard Yunis Eillyas to a one-year contract. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed. Eillyas is a highly regarded guard from EiffelTowers Den Bosch. He was a starter for the EiffelTowers U20 squad that won the Dutch U20 championship last season.
The former youth international Yunis Eillyas will play in the second team of the Antwerp Giants, who is competing in the Second National League of Belgium.



Holland U18 rolled over Estonia U18 52-74 - by Fred Roggen

Holland U18 celebrated the second straight win against Estonia U18. The team edged Estonia 52-74. Mike Schilder (183-PG-94, agency: Court Side) (183-PG-94, agency: Court Side) poured in 18 points for the winners.
Both teams are preparing for the European Championship in the B Division.

Roster:
4. Thomas Veenhoven (178-G-94)
5. Emil Haugberg van Veen
6. Maarten Bouwknecht (F-94)
7. Pim De Vries (195-F-95)
8. Kevin Landman (185-PG-94)
9. Mike Schilder
10. Julius van Sauers
11. Shane Hammink (198-G-94)
12. Bas Veenstra (203-F-95)
13. Daan Rosenmuller (193-F-95)
14. Floris Versteeg (200-F-94)
15. Jito Kok (205-C-94)

Staff
Head coach: Johan Roijakkers
Assistent-coach: Ingmar Snabillie




EUSA 2012: University of Groningen finished 15th - by Fred Roggen

The University of Groningen finished on the 15th place in the 16-team tournament on the 1st edition of the European Universities Games held in Cordoba, Spain. They lost the game for the 13th spot against Riga Stradins University (Latvia) with 67-53. The team of head coach Hans Nieboer won the final game of the tournament for the 15th place against the university of Tilburg 102-60.
There was a very big difference with our team. We have played a good tournament and with a little luck we were finished higher but the difference in strength,
technique and hardness was enormous, thus head coach Hans Nieboer .

Roster
Ken Schroder (195-F-90)
Ata Einolhauph
Freek Stel
Bas Altena (C-90)
Sander de Roos (195-F-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement)
Mark-Peter Hof (199-F-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement)
Robbert Bergenhenegouwen (201-C-90)
Luuk Kortekaas (210-C-90, college: Niagara)
Jelte Heffrich
GianCarlo Fabbro
Tom Schonewille (190-G/F-88)

Head coach: Hans Nieboer
Ass. coach: Emile Priest




Holland U18 knocked down Estonia U18 - by Fred Roggen

Holland U18 overcame Estonia U18 in a friendly, both teams are preparing for the European Championship in the B Division.
The Dutch squad went on a lead from the start and closed the first period at 13-25. Holland and Estonia stayed close throughout the second quarter 21-21.
Holland piled up a 12-point halftime lead 34-46. More to come in the third term as Holland did not loosen the grasp. The fourth period belonged to the hosts that increased to 7 points reducing the final result to 62-69. Shane Hammink (198-G-94) notched 24 points to pace the winners.




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U16 European Championship: Israel hold off Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Israel U16 - Belarus U16 77:56

Israel recorded the second win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They toppled Belarus in Group A. Roman Sorkin (201-F-96) stepped up with 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Belarus fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Israel gained a narrow 22:19 lead after ten minutes. They limited Belarus to 9 points in the second quarter to jump into a 12-point lead 40:28. Israel maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They registered a 55:40 cushion with one period remaining. Belarus never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Roi Huber (184-G-97) nailed 14 points, while Yevgeni Holodov (178-PG-96) netted 10 points for the winners. Maksim Salash (203-C-96) answered with 16 points and 19 rebounds for Belarus. Roman Rubinshteyn (190-PG-96) had 15 points in the loss.

Israel U16: Roman Sorkin 17, Roi Huber 14, Yevgeni Holodov 10
Belarus U16: Maksim Salash 16+19 boards, Roman Rubinshteyn 15



U20 European Championship: Israel destroy the hosts for the third place - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20-Israel U20 67:101

Israel destroys the hosts for the third place at the U20 European Championship in Division B in Sofia. The Israeli team overwhelms Bulgaria 101:67, while both teams will play in the top Division next year.
Israel took 23:20 after the first period and added the same result in the second frame. Moreover the second half was a nightmare for Bulgaria that could not match the team from Israel. The latter produced a 24-16 surge in the third period and finished the game with 31-11 in the last stanza. Labanowski brought three digit number for the winning side at the very end.
Shawn Dawson (193-SF-93) paced all the winners with 26 points, while Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Or Solomon (197-F-93) posted 15 apiece. Liraz Ariely (185-G-92, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) netted 13 and Guy Lavie (188-PG-92, agency: Ronsport) scored 11. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort. Dimitrov scored 13, whilst Todor Zahariev (187-G-92) notched 7.

Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov 21, Dimitrov 13, Todor Zahariev 7
Israel U20: Shawn Dawson 26, Bar Timor 15, Or Solomon 15, Liraz Ariely 13, Guy Lavie 11



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Cremona inks Finish big guy Tuukka Kotti - by Eurobasket News

Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) will stay in Italy. The Finish big guy officially penned a deal with Vanoli Cremona. He arrives to the club from Aget Service Imola, where he had 9.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 1.4 spg for 28 LegaDue games last season. Before Imola, the player spent one year with Ferrara, also in LegaDue. With them he had 10.9 ppg and 6.9 rpg for 30 games. Tuukka Kotti played for Finish Honka Espoo Playboys from March of 2009 until the end of 2009/10 season. He shined with 16.4 ppg and 10.1 rpg in their second season together. Kotti also has experience from Rieti and Ticino. He graduated at Providence University in 2005.
Tuukka Kotti played for the Finish National Team last summer at the EuroBasket in Poland. He had 8.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 2.1 spg for 12 games.



PG Mike Green joins Cimberio Varese - by Eurobasket News

Mike Green (185-PG-85, college: Butler) is a new player of Cimberio Varese. The American point guard penned a deal for the next season. He spent the last one with LegaDue team Sigma Barcellona averaging 14.4 points, 4.9 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 steals. The player was league's No.1 in assists and No.3 in steals. He was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team -12. Mike Green already played in SerieA and it was in 2010/11 season. He was a member of Bennetu Cantu. In 42 games Green had 11.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 3.3 apg, while he also added 6.7 ppg, 3.8 apg and 3.3 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. They reached SerieA and Italian Cup Finals together. In the past, Green played for Liege and Antalya. The player graduated at Butler University in 2008. He was All-Horizon League Player of the Year.


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Bob Nash takes over Toyama Grouses - by Eurobasket News

Toyama Grouses announced the name of the new head coach. Bob Nash will guide the team in the next season. He replaces Kazuaki Shimoji who has decided to step down because of some problems with health. Bob Nash is not new to Japan. The specialist worked with Saitama Broncos in 2010/11 season. Previously Bob Nash had a long stint with the University of Hawaii.


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U20 European Championship: Germany prevail against Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Latvia U20 80:63

Germany earned the fifth place at U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Latvia on the final day of the competition. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 15 points to lead the winning team.
Latvia led by three points after the opening quarter 16:13. Germany narrowed the gap in the second frame. They trailed by just a single point at halftime 32:33. Germany went on a decisive rally in the third quarter. They fired 26 points and clinched a 12-point lead before the final stanza. Germany stayed in charge throughout the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Leon Tolksdorf (201-F-93) and Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) delivered 11 points each for the winners. Arturs Bricis (196-SG-92) answered with 16 points for Latvia. Marcis Vitols (189-PG-92) and Ojars Silins (201-F-93) netted 9 points each in the losing case.

Germany U20: Johannes Voigtmann 15, Leon Tolksdorf 11, Philipp Neumann 11
Latvia U20: Arturs Bricis 16, Marcis Vitols 9, Ojars Silins 9



Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih hires Karlis Muiznieks as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih got a new Head Coach for the next season. The team hired Latvian specialist Karlis Muiznieks (agency: Alti Sport), according to Sportando.net. Muiznieks spent last three years with Polish squad Trefl Sopot. They won the Cup trophy this year and reached PLK Finals. Muiznieks was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. This year he also coached at the PLK All-Star Game.
Before Trefl Sopot, Karlis Muiznieks spent year and a half with Barons/LMT Riga. They won the Latvian league title and FIBA EuroCup together in 2008 and Muiznieks was named Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Eurocup Coach of the Year -08. He was also Coach of the Year in Baltic league. In the past, Karlis Muiznieks won five titles in Latvia with Ventspils. From 2004 to 2008, he was a Head Coach of the Latvian National Team.



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Coach Jade Fattouh: Lebanon will have a better generation and Riyadi are ready to claim back the title - by Ahmad Kerdi


What can you tell us about the new coaching staff?

First of all this is the first time in Lebanon and the region that any team acquires a coach at the level of Slobodan Subotic, we have seen some great coaches in Lebanon such as Elias Zouros, Tab Baldwin and some others, but Coach Subotic is one of a kind in coaching, his resume says it all.
I was appointed as the 1st assistant this year to try to help the Head Coach as much as possible while Coach Ahmad Farran is the new comer to the coaching staff and I know he is a very talented coach and will have a bright future in coaching.
Lets not forget about the new Physical Trainer of the team who happens to be for the first time an osteopathic doctor as well as Physical Trainer which is a great add up to us.

What about the management of the club we saw new young faces added is that positive for the team?

New faces were added but both President Hisham Jaroudi and Mr. Jawdat Shaker club manager are still with us and giving us a lot of their experience and to the new faces Mr. Tammam Jaroudi, Mr. Mazen Tabbara and Mr. Ahmad Shaker who all three of them have the great enthusiasm and new ideas to keep the club always up to date not compared to clubs in the region but to top clubs in Europe and thats why these new members can fit greatly with the coaching staff in making the club better but always under the guidance of the well experienced golden management of Pr. Jaroudi and Mr. Shaker.

Moving on to the preparations how did it start and what are the phases of preparations you will have?

Players who had a long season in terms of minutes played and that we relied on most of last season are having a rest from practices because we want them to come back fresh when our team practices are officially back but they are all still working out with personal trainers and at the gym as well as the participation of some of them with both the senior national team and the u18 national team.
As for other players especially youngsters who we believe will have a great impact on our upcoming rosters starting next year, we involved them in a 5 week training camp that was focusing on skills development and keeping them on the right track and preparing them to take the role we believe they can carry out. Training camp did not go over any team concepts and we benefited from it to try out some new players and see what the new comers can offer to Riyadi.
Our official season preparations will be resumed on August 15th starting with a closed camp in the city of Bologna in Lebanon and many friendly games some of them might take place in Europe hopefully knowing that our first competition will be the Asian Championship for clubs that is scheduled to start in October before taking on Houssam Din Harriri Championship and then the Lebanese League which puts us once again in front of a very busy schedule that needs a lot of preparation on all aspects of the game.
Time is not on our side specially that we will be missing the players participating with national teams but we will do our best to keep the team ready and by the time they are back hopefully we can get them back on the same page of other team members.

The team kept almost all Locals and added 3 players so far and replaced one import, are you satisfied with the new roster?

So far only local players not to be on next years roster are Abdullah Hijazi and Hasan Lakkis, while we added Ahmad Ibrahim, Miguel Martinez and Ralf Akl.
Defense wins Championships and thats one thing we will prove this year as many teams have done all around the world thats why we believe with the new additions we have the best defensive guards in the country and we have size on both the shooting guard and small forward positions with Jean Abdelnour and Ahmad Ibrahim in addition to the experience of Omar Turk and talent of Amir Saoud.
Our team is formed of players we know and believe in their capabilities from Joe Vogel to Billy Pharis, Ali Kanaan, the top point guard in the nation Ali Mahmoud and the great addition of Loren Woods who is the best center to ever play the game in the region and we kept the great Egyptian star that had dominated the league for years Ismail Ahmad.
With all that we can clearly see a winning team and a successful season ahead of us, of course any team can lose on any night but we will be tough to beat and we will do our best to prove it.

Talking about Ahmad Ibrahim everyone is saying he is the top prospect in the country if not in the Middle East, what do you expect from Ahmad and what can you tell us about him and the ongoing comparison between Ahmad and Fadi Al Khatib?

We are not asking Ahmad or any other player on our team to score 30 points every night, the top scorer in the Euroleague rarely scores more than 20 points per game, we do not rely on one player, we need everyones contribution even players coming off the bench and as I was saying earlier, we focus on the defensive role of every player before anything else our philosophy consists of having a huge defensive team that can make any offense suffer and then comes the offensive role, Ahmad is a scorer by nature and he can lead the nation in score but we are not pressuring him to do so because whether he scores 10 or 30 if did his defensive job and the points just came in from any player we would be satisfied. As for comparing him to Fadi thats one thing we cant do right now because Fadi is in a late stage of his shining career while Ahmad is just starting his own so lets just wait and see how things go knowing that I expect for Ahmad to be a great push to the Lebanese Basketball in general and the National Team and not only for our club all I can see in Ahmad right now is the future of the country in this player not only scoring wise but in every aspect of the game as well as in other young talents we have such as Amir Saoud and Miguel as well as the youngsters the league will witness soon.

Weve seen young players that became stars under your coaching and guidance we saw big players coming to work out individually with you and you took them to another level, we cant see the same at other clubs do you think we are facing a lack of talented coaches and highly basketball educated coaches and what is the solution if that was the case?

If we really want to build a basketball nation we need to stress on the importance of teaching basketball and not just have kids playing the game all around the country not knowing if what they are doing is right or wrong.
I was once having try outs for the youth national team, almost 100 players participated and less than 20 were to be considered ballers, therefore you can know we lack good coaches all around the country, coaches that can start teaching the game for young ages to have well educated players in terms of basketball coming from all over Lebanon.
I know Ive been investing in improving my knowledge with more than 14 of the top coaching clinics in the world from US, Turkey, Italy, Spain and all Europe with the best coaches in the world which led me last year to be in Regal Barcelonas preparations upon the request of the team, knowing that my team Al Riyadi was always supporting while we dont see that done by other clubs or coaches and before blaming them we should know that its also the responsibility of the federation to get high level coaches every year and have good coaching clinics to educate coaches specially those not supported financially by their clubs as well as naming some coaches every year to be sent from the federation to the top level clinics in the world.

Do you see the Lebanese basketball going to the end of an era in terms of the national team or can you see some young talents able to take us back to the world cup and even better achievements?

With some talents such as Ahmad Ibrahim, Amir Saoud, Daniel Faris, Charles Tabet, Ali Kanaan, Bilal Tabbara, Wael Arakji, Izzat Kaissi and a lot more, I believe we can have a better generation we are definitely improving, few years ago no one had a physical trainer nor two assistant coaches right now its a must for most of the clubs and aiming for giving them a bigger role, scouting programs, video sessions all those small details have their affect as well as the young talents generated these things were introduced to the top teams in Europe 10 years ago and now in Lebanon, things will take time but we will be at the high level and still we need the federation to be more involved we know a lot of members are there and want to improve the game and thats why we want to work with them to improve the game.

What do you think the federation should also add so we can reach the European level?

We should build generations, teams we need time but still people blame the federation for not having a youth championship for age groups, we need that of course but as I always say having a Championship where you can know the winner already and where a team will surely win 4 or 5 games with a 40 points margin and the final with 20 is not going to improve the game we need to educate coaches, help clubs to improve the level of their youngsters and not take the age group teams as only a way to gain money rather than the future of their club.
We already know the financial problems the federation is facing just like every other federation and thats a huge upset for us since they cannot help the game financially specially the youngsters as you know few days ago there were rumors that the U18 national team might not participate in Asian Championships because of a lack in the budget.

Moving on to the League, who do you think is the team that is ready to compete against Riyadi and who will compete on the final four?

Champville of course will try to defend their title and they have a good roster in addition to the renewed Sagesse team not to forget what both Muttahed and Anibal can do as I also see Amshit rising as one of the good teams in the league, its a tough question to answer specially teams did not acquire their imports yet but these 5 teams along with Riyadi will be competing for the top four spots.

Out of 10 teams in the league 6 are competing for the final four it can be a good year but still we can see 4 teams somehow away from the same level so far should we decrease the number of teams in the league or go for the other choice of increasing the number and by that increasing the number of games?

We need to keep on spreading the game all over Lebanon thats why we cannot afford to lose teams from different cities, we were glad to have teams from Byblos and we need more teams from all around Lebanon and this is a plus, as for the level we can with maybe offering the last 4 teams in the league the chance to acquire 3 imports instead of 2 or maybe 1 Arab player to play as local so imagine if those teams had some of the top Arab players in addition to 2 imports maybe having Michel Maadanly, Zaid Al Khas and other Egyptian, Tunisian and players from different Arab countries that wont just increase the level but also add audience to the league and maybe also get new sponsors.


Interviewed by Ahmad Kerdi



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Russia beat Lithuania in Khimky - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Lithuania 101:79

Russia earned another win at the preparations fro the upcoming Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Lithuania in exhibition encounter in Khimky. Vitaly Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) came up with 26 points to lead the winners.
Lithuania led by three points after ten minutes of action 20:17. But Russia exploded with 29 points in the second frame to take an 8-point lead at halftime 36:28. Russia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 8 points 60:52. Russia unloaded 31 points in the second term to seal the victory at the end. Andrei Kirilenko (206-F-81) accounted for 19 points, while Anton Ponkrashov (202-G-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) added 14 points for the hosts. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) answered with 12 points for Lithuania. Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) and Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) had 10 points each in the loss.

Russia: Vitaly Fridzon 26, Andrei Kirilenko 19, Anton Ponkrashov 14
Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas 12, Darius Songaila 10, Mantas Kalnietis 10



U20 European Championship: Lithuania clinch the trophy - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - France U20 50:49

Lithuania are new U20 European champions. They survived a thriller against France in the title clash tonight to celebrate the first title since 1996. Egidijus Mockevicius (207-C-92) scored 11 points to lead the Baltic team.
Lithuania looked to be en route to a rout in the opening quarter. They outscored France 24:11 in the first frame. France however slowed down their opponents. They limited Lithuania to 12 points and cut the deficit to 12 points at halftime 36:24. France got closer in the third quarter. After trailing by 16 points early in the stanza France managed to get within 7 points at the final intermission 36:43. France used a 7:1 run late in regulation to draw things level at 49 with 33 seconds remaining. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) knocked down one free throw to put Lithuania in front. France had a lot of time to save the game however Westermann committed a turnover and Lithuania triumphed at the end. Zygimantas Skucas finished with 10 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) added 9 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) answered with 16 points for France. Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93) and Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) had 9 points each in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Egidijus Mockevicius 11, Zygimantas Skucas 10, Vytenis Cizauskas 9
France U20: Axel Toupane 16, Livio Jean-Charles 9, Rudy Gobert 9



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U16 European Championship: Sweden fire past Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16 - Luxembourg U16 85:49

Sweden clinched the third straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Luxembourg to remain on top of Group A. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the effort.
Sweden enjoyed a 19:12 lead after ten minutes. The Scandinavian team boosted the margin in the second quarter. They established a 40:28 halftime lead. Sweden cleared off in the third term. They gained a 19-point buffer before the fourth frame. Sweden unloaded 30 points in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Erik Johansson (194-F-96) delivered 22 points for the winners. Bill Fischer (195-C-96) responded with 17 points for Luxembourg. Timothy Kauffmann (191-F-96) netted 11 points in the loss.

Sweden U16: Ludvig Hakanson 28+16 boards, Erik Johansson 22, Andreas Von Uthmann (196-F-96) 8
Luxembourg U16: Bill Fischer 17, Timothy Kauffmann 11



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The US-Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie joins Caja Laboral - by Darko Pekic

Caja Laboral Vitoria improved its backcourt by inking playmaker Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) to a two-year deal, the club announced Friday. Rochestie arrives from Le Mans, where he averaged 11.3 points on 40.9% three-point shooting, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 6 Eurocup games last season. He boosted his numbers up to 16.3 points and 6.4 assists in 37 French League games, helping Le Mans to make it to the title game. Rochestie started the 2010-11 season with Galatasaray Cafe Crown, averaging 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 9 Eurocup games before joining German powerhouse Alba Berlin in February 2011. He also helped Washington State University to reach the NCAA Tournament eighthfinals in 2008.

The US- Montenegrin 27 year old player who is currently preparing on Zlatibor with Montenegrin National team is set to make his Euroleague debut with Laboral next season. His teammate from the NT Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) will make him company in the team coached by another Montenegrin, Dusko Ivanovic .



Coach Milan Rondovic and White Eagles from Stockholm agreed terms - by Darko Pekic

According to Eurobasket.com sources Montenegrin coach Milan Rondovic agreed terms with the White Eagles from Stockholm. The Eagles are newly promoted club and they will compete in the Elite Division next seasons. The club was founded by a group of Serbian emigrants and in past seasons played in Swedish 2nd division. Majority of the players are Balkan born or have origin in one of the Balkan countries. Davor Femic (205-C-83), one of team leaders, collaborated with Rondovic during the season 2005-2006 in Primorka when the talented team from Bar played in the First Division of Serbia & Montenegro

Milan Rondovic coached Teodo Tivat in the last two seasons and achieved great results with the ambitious club from Tivat. He has coached previously Primorka, Rudar and Ulcinj. This will be his first experience abroad.



U20 European Championship: Montenegro rally past Estonia - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U20 - Estonia U20 87:71

Montenegro finished their U20 European Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated Estonia in Group G action. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) scored 24 points to lead the charge.
Estonia ensured a quick start. They accounted for a 26:18 lead at the first break. Montenegro bounced back in the second quarter. They cut the distance to just 3 points at halftime 36:39. Montenegro pulled in front in the third term. They recorded a 56:53 lead with one quarter to go. Montenegro unloaded 31 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) delivered 18 points for the Balkan team. Andrej Pajovic (188-G-92) added 17 points for the winners. Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) answered with 24 points for Estonia. Jaan Puidet (192-G/F-92) netted 16 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Marko Mugosa 24, Vukota Pavic 18, Andrej Pajovic 17
Estonia U20: Martin Paasoja 24, Jaan Puidet 16



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Kevin Durant leads Team USA past Argentina - by Eurobasket News

USA - Argentina 86:80

USA gained the fourth straight win in their preparations for the Olympic Games. They overcame Argentina in Barcelona yesterday. Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 27 points to lead the charge. He knocked down 7 out of 11 three-point attempts.
Team USA stunned Argentina at the start of the game. They took an 8:0 lead. USA boosted the gap to 15 points at 16:1. Argentina trailed by 15 points at the first intermission 16:31. The Latin American team however took over in the second quarter. They forced more missed shots from the USA and cut the deficit to just 7 points at halftime 40:47. Team USA were back in the drivers seat in the third term. They opened a 20-point lead 69:49. But Argentina refused to surrender. They went on a 12:3 run to narrow the gap at 11-point mark at the final intermission 61:72. USA had 15-point lead when Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) sparked an 11:0 run from Argentina to put his team within four. Kevin Durant and Chris Paul came up with key three-pointers to seal the victory for Team USA at the end. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) finished with 18 points, while LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) had 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili responded with 23 points for Argentina. Carlos Delfino (6'6''-G-82) had 15 points in the loss.

USA: Kevin Durant 27, Kobe Bryant 18, LeBron James 15
Argentina: Emanuel Ginobili 23, Carlos Delfino 15



Dionte Christmas signed with Boston Celtics - by Giorgos Diploidis

Dionte Christmas (6'5''-G-86, agency: Arete Sports Agency, college: Temple) the new season will wear the shirt of historical team Boston Celtics The player the period 2010-11 showed his first signs of his great talent in the team of PAOK, helping them to take the 3rd place which was leading in the qualification round of Euroleague. This season was the first scorer of Greek Basketleague with the team of Agor. There in 26 matches had 18.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 3.0apg.

Last April joined Houston Rockets and now moved to Boston. As he stated to Boston Herald he rejected offers from Siena, CSKA and Olympiacos.




Sources: Celtics sign Jason Collins - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics are set to sign veteran center Jason Collins (6'10''-C-78, college: Stanford) to a one-year, veteran-minimum deal, according to league sources.

With restricted free-agent center Greg Stiemsma prepared to sign an offer sheet with the Minnesota Timberwolves -- one the Celtics appear unable to match due to salary-cap constraints -- Boston has moved quickly to add a legitimate 7-footer to their frontcourt rotation.

The 33-year-old Collins, a veteran of 11 NBA seasons, gives Boston a defensive-minded big man who can give quality minutes off the bench. Collins' offensive game is much-maligned and, for his career, he's averaged 3.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. In 30 regular-season games with the Hawks last season, he scored a mere 39 points, but was a pest against the Celtics in the teams' first-round series because of his defense (and occasional offensive burst).

Collins allowed a mere 0.748 points per play last season, ranking in the 88th percentile among all NBA players, according to Synergy Sports data. He's stout in the post and can defend the pick-and-roll. Able to match up with players of all shapes and sizes, Collins has the potential to thrive in Boston the way Stiemsma did when he settled into the team's defensive system, though Collins is not as much of a shot-blocker or rebounder.

Collins also owns 95 games' worth of playoff experience during his time with New Jersey and Atlanta.

The Celtics will pay $854,389, while the league will pick up the rest of his $1.35 million salary as a veteran with 10-plus years of experience. For Boston, it's an economical way to fill out the roster while adding a much-needed big man.

Courtesy of ESPN



Mavericks sign first-round pick Jared Cunningham - by Eurobasket News

The Dallas Mavericks have signed first-round draft pick Jared Cunningham (6'4''-G-91, college: Oregon St.).

Terms were not disclosed.

Cunningham was the 24th overall selection in the NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was acquired by the Mavericks last month, along with the draft rights to Bernard James, the 33rd overall pick, and 34th overall pick Jae Crowder, in exchange for guard Kelenna Azubuike and the draft rights to the 17th overall pick in the draft, Tyler Zeller.

Cunningham is on the Mavericks' summer league team in Las Vegas, but has not played because of a strained hamstring.

Cunningham was selected first-team All-Pac 12 as a junior when he averaged 17.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game for Oregon State.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



Magic's coaching search enters critical phase with Vaughn as presumed front-runner - by Eurobasket News

The Orlando Magic's search for a new head coach is entering its final phase.

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Jacque Vaughn, widely presumed to be front-runner for the job, met with Magic CEO Alex Martins on Friday in Las Vegas for a second-round interview.

"We're not going to comment on the process and where it stands," Martins told the Orlando Sentinel on Saturday.

The interview occurred in Las Vegas because the city is the site of the annual NBA Summer League and Vaughn served as the head coach of the Spurs' summer-league team. Martins also was in Las Vegas for a meeting of the NBA's Board of Governors.

Spurs officials excused Vaughn from coaching in San Antonio's game Friday, but Vaughn coached Saturday in the Spurs' summer-league finale against the Dallas Mavericks.

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan conducted first-round interviews with six candidates and whittled the field down to three: Philadelphia 76ers associate head coach Michael Curry, Phoenix Suns player development coach Lindsey Hunter and Vaughn.

Martins was going to conduct the second-round interviews and then narrow the list to one or two finalists for meetings with the DeVos family.

Any meeting with members of the DeVos family, including the team's 86-year-old owner, Rich DeVos, and the team's chairman, Dan DeVos, most likely would occur in Grand Rapids, Mich., where the family is based.

Vaughn, 37, has been considered within NBA circles as the Magic's leading candidate for almost a week now ever since Golden State Warriors lead assistant coach Michael Malone was told he was no longer being considered and Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw either withdrew from consideration or was told he was no longer being considered.

Vaughn played for the Magic during the 2002-03 season and has spent the last two seasons as a Spurs assistant coach. He also played for the Spurs when Hennigan worked in the team's front office.

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com



Juwan Howard undecided on playing next season - by Eurobasket News

Juwan Howard (6'9''-F-73, college: Michigan) said Friday that he is still deciding whether he wants to return for a 19th NBA season, although the direction hes leaning might be indicated by his being the first player back in the Heat practice gym once the title celebrations had slowed down a bit.

'I still have the itch', Howard said while appearing at a Heat Learn to Swim event for children. 'I still have the passion and the love for the game. More importantly, I still like staying in shape and I cant sit on my behind. Im still iffy as far as if I want to come back and play or not, but Ill tell you one thing - once I decide, I want to be ready. So I am working out ready for whatever happens.'

Howard turns 40 next Feb. 7.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Chicago Bulls reportedly on verge of signing Nazr Mohammed - by Eurobasket News

A league source confirmed to ESPNChicago.com late Saturday the Chicago Bulls are on the verge of signing free agent center Nazr Mohammed (6'10''-C-77, college: Kentucky), a 14-year veteran who spent the previous two seasons with the Thunder.

Mohammed is a Chicago native and will be playing for his eighth different NBA team.

The New York Post reported early Sunday that Mohammed has decided to sign with the Bulls over the Brooklyn Nets and both teams had been notified about the decision.

Mohammed's addition likely means that the Bulls will not match the three year, $25.1 million dollar offer sheet the Houston Rockets gave center Omer Asik.
Mohammed averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds for the Thunder last season.

Courtesy of http://newsok.com



Wolves sign Stiemsma to offer sheet - by Eurobasket News

Gregory Stiemsma's (6'11''-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) patience with the Minnesota Timberwolves appears to have paid off.

After waiting more than a week for the Timberwolves to finish their dalliance with Nicolas Batum, Stiemsma agreed to terms on an offer sheet with the Wolves on Saturday, his agent Mike Naiditch said.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The Boston Celtics have three days to match the offer for the restricted free agent big man, but they are expected to let him return to where his NBA career began.

Stiemsma finished his college career at Wisconsin in 2008 and bounced around from Turkey to South Korea to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA's development league before the Timberwolves signed him in the summer of 2010 to be a workout partner for Al Jefferson, who was recovering from a torn ACL.

He did not make the team out of training camp that season, but the hard-working forward/center made an impression with the organization.

He signed a 10-day contract with Cleveland in October of that year, but did not catch on before spending the rest of that season back in Turkey.

The Celtics signed him before the start of last season and he carved a niche for himself as an energy guy off the bench who would spell Kevin Garnett. Stiemsma averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 14 minutes per game for the Celtics last season.

Boston coach Doc Rivers loved the energy and intensity on defense that Stiemsma brought, but the Celtics' tight cap situation after adding Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and re-signing Jeff Green figured to make it difficult for them to match Minnesota's offer.

If the Wolves do land Stiemsma, it will be a welcome bit of good fortune on the free agent market after a few swings and misses. They negotiated with Portland to try to get Batum for more than a week, only to have the Blazers match their four-year, $45 million offer sheet.

The Wolves then missed out on Lee, who was moved to Boston in a sign-and-trade deal, and power forward Jordan Hill, who re-signed with the Lakers.

Minnesota needed to add another big man to back up starting center Nikola Pekovic after using the amnesty clause on Darko Milicic and letting Anthony Randolph leave in free agency.

They also have agreements with former Blazers guard Brandon Roy and Russian guard Alexey Shved that have yet to be officially announced.

The Wolves also have shown interest in Bulls free agent Ronnie Brewer, Warriors forward Dominic McGuire and in bringing back forward Anthony Tolliver, who has spent the past two seasons in Minnesota.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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N.C. State ready to compete for recruits with UNC, Duke - by Rick Ross

Courtesy Of The newsobserver.com

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. The red, long-sleeved pullover Mark Gottfried wore Friday at the Nike Peach Jam didnt have an N.C. State logo on the front of it.

Theres a smaller block "S" on the left sleeve to identify Gottfrieds affiliation. The Wolfpack coach doesnt need as much help in getting the attention of recruits after the success of the program in his first season.

N.C. State reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005, finished the season with 24 wins, its most since 1988, and Gottfried added one of the best recruiting classes in the country with three McDonalds All-Americans to go with four returning starters.

Gottfried, hired in April 2011 after the Packs five-year absence from the NCAA tournament, has done a lot in short amount of time, and recruits have taken notice.

He has really changed the face of the program this past year, said star recruit Julius Randle, the second-overall prospect in the class of 2013. Thats a great program.

Randle lists the Wolfpack, with Duke, North Carolina and host of other schools, as his top college choices. So does Charlotte big man Kennedy Meeks, ranked No. 28 in the class by ESPN's Dave Telep.

Gottfried has noticed a difference in reception from recruits at tournaments like the Peach Jam, where he was this week with his assistant coaches.

I think they view our program as more relevant, which is encouraging, Gottfried said.

Shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, a top 25 guard from Scarborough, Ontario, noted the success of States 2012 class, with the addition of point guard Tyler Lewis, combo guard Rodney Purvis and small forward T.J. Warren, as a reason he has the Pack on his short list.

Theyre on the rise, Rathan-Mayes said. Theyre coming on and theyre starting to develop a great program.

The challenge for Gottfried is to build on the early momentum. He could have as many as seven scholarships available for the 2013-14 season, if juniors C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown depart early for the NBA, and probably will use five.

I think its safe to say we need to have a really good class and its probably going to be a bigger class than normal, Gottfried said.

He does not have any commitments from the class of 2013 UNC has two and Duke has one but hes not worried. Guard Ralston Turner transferred from LSU in May, which gives the Pack a shooter to go with this years three freshmen.

Gottfried is more concerned about the exit of senior Richard Howell, and the expected loss of Leslie, which will leave the Pack thin up front.

We need to sign some players with some size, Gottfried said.

Randle and Meeks qualify as size and talent. Gottfried bumped into UNC coach Roy Williams before Randles early game Friday morning. The two coaches exchanged pleasantries and Williams joked about the freezing temperatures in the gym. Randle proceeded to put up 31 points with 17 rebounds in a loss.

Gottfried promised the day he was hired he wouldn't back down from Duke or Carolina on the recruiting trail and he hasnt. Purvis was recruited by Duke and Warren was pursued by UNC.

Theres a difference between competing and beating them for recruits, which is what Gottfried will have to do with Randle or Meeks. The two talented big men are the type of program-changing, future NBA prospects Duke and UNC have routinely landed in winning seven national titles between them since States last ACC title.

Duke and UNC dont recruit as much as they shoot fish in a barrel. Thats an uphill climb Gottfried understood when he was hired, but its not a unique challenge to N.C. State.

North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and to a degree UCLA, they operate by a different set of recruiting rules, Telep said. They are seen differently and thats not a fight you can win until you start hanging the kind of banners they have hung and the quantity of them.

Telep, who lives in Wake Forest and understands the local dynamic between the schools, said State helped itself really the only way it can by winning.

They achieved more in their first year than anybody thought they would so that narrows the gap but there's a gap that is going to exist for awhile," Telep said.

To win, you need talent, a formula Gottfried understands. Former coach Sidney Lowe put together two good classes, this seasons seniors and juniors, which Gottfried guided to the NCAA tournament.

Gottfried said the only way to build on last seasons success and the early recruiting returns is to keep winning and keep adding talent.

When programs get good is when they can have back-to-back-to-back classes that are good, Gottfried said. Were at the point where were still building.

Courtesy Of The newsobserver.com



2012 JT Focus Mgt Akron/Canton Am Pro Summer League NBA Vet Keith McLeod + Akron U. Demetrius Treadwell, Brian Walsh, Quincy Diggs, and Zeke Marshall have big games!! - by Vance Marbury

2012 JT Focus Mgt Akron/Canton Am Pro Basketball Summer League Day 5 Results

Game 1. Mount Union University (77) vs Bulls (61)

Mt. Union - Tyler Fausnight (Mt Union) 14 pts 12 rebs, Jarrett Ruffin (Mt Union) 23 pts 7 rebs, T.J. Gillespie (Mt Union) 18 pts 4 rebs 4 asts, Kyle Curry (Mt Union)10 pts 3 asts

Bulls - NBA Veteran Keith McLeod 23 pts 6 rebs,

Game 2. Team 330 (80) vs JT Focus Mgt (82)

Team 330 - Nick Harney (Akron U.) 21 pts 8 rebs 3 asts, Deji Ibitayo (Akron U.) 23 pts 4 rebs 5 asts, Darrell Parker 16 pts 3 rebs 2 asts, Jamar Wesley (Fairmount St.) 12 pts 4 rebs 6 asts,

JT Focus Mgt. - Quincy Diggs (Akron U.) 22 pts 10 rebs 6 asts, Blake Justice (Akron U.) 18 pts 5 rebs 4 asts, Lamar Broyles (Mercyhurst NE CC) 26 pts 14 rebs

Game 3 Walsh University (57) vs Team 330 (58)

Walsh - Jeff Copeland (Walsh U.) 18 pts 4 rebs, Devonta Beard (Walsh U.) 10 pts 3 rebs 3 asts, Josh Henniger (Walsh U.) 12 pts 11 rebs, L.J. Campbell (Walsh U.) 9 pts 7 rebs, Vuke (Walsh U.) 8 pts 12 rebs

Team 330 - Nick Harney (Akron U.) 20 pts 3 rebs, Deji Ibitayo Akron U.) 21 pts 6 rebs

Game 4 Leff Electric (83) vs Atlantis Capital (85)

Leff Electric - Brian Walsh (Akron U.) 26 pts 9 rebs 2 asts, Zeke Marshall (Akron U.) 21 pts 14 rebs 8 blks, Carmelo Bentancourt (Akron U.) 14 pts 4 rebs 4 asts, John Oliver 11 pts 3 rebs

Atlantis Capital Mgt - Demetrius Treadwell (Akron U.) 35 pts 12 rebs, Alex Abreu (Akron U.) 17 pts 5 rebs 6 asts, Ron Kinney (Walsh U.) 22 pts 2 rebs



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2012 JT Focus Mgt Akron/Canton Am Pro Summer League NBA Vet Keith McLeod + Akron U. Demetrius Treadwell, Brian Walsh, Quincy Diggs, and Zeke Marshall have big games!! - by Vance Marbury

2012 JT Focus Mgt Akron/Canton Am Pro Basketball Summer League Day 5 Results

Game 1. Mount Union University (77) vs Bulls (61)

Mt. Union - Tyler Fausnight (Mt Union) 14 pts 12 rebs, Jarrett Ruffin (Mt Union) 23 pts 7 rebs, T.J. Gillespie (Mt Union) 18 pts 4 rebs 4 asts, Kyle Curry (Mt Union)10 pts 3 asts

Bulls - NBA Veteran Keith McLeod 23 pts 6 rebs,

Game 2. Team 330 (80) vs JT Focus Mgt (82)

Team 330 - Nick Harney (Akron U.) 21 pts 8 rebs 3 asts, Deji Ibitayo (Akron U.) 23 pts 4 rebs 5 asts, Darrell Parker 16 pts 3 rebs 2 asts, Jamar Wesley (Fairmount St.) 12 pts 4 rebs 6 asts,

JT Focus Mgt. - Quincy Diggs (Akron U.) 22 pts 10 rebs 6 asts, Blake Justice (Akron U.) 18 pts 5 rebs 4 asts, Lamar Broyles (Mercyhurst NE CC) 26 pts 14 rebs

Game 3 Walsh University (57) vs Team 330 (58)

Walsh - Jeff Copeland (Walsh U.) 18 pts 4 rebs, Devonta Beard (Walsh U.) 10 pts 3 rebs 3 asts, Josh Henniger (Walsh U.) 12 pts 11 rebs, L.J. Campbell (Walsh U.) 9 pts 7 rebs, Vuke (Walsh U.) 8 pts 12 rebs

Team 330 - Nick Harney (Akron U.) 20 pts 3 rebs, Deji Ibitayo Akron U.) 21 pts 6 rebs

Game 4 Leff Electric (83) vs Atlantis Capital (85)

Leff Electric - Brian Walsh (Akron U.) 26 pts 9 rebs 2 asts, Zeke Marshall (Akron U.) 21 pts 14 rebs 8 blks, Carmelo Bentancourt (Akron U.) 14 pts 4 rebs 4 asts, John Oliver 11 pts 3 rebs

Atlantis Capital Mgt - Demetrius Treadwell (Akron U.) 35 pts 12 rebs, Alex Abreu (Akron U.) 17 pts 5 rebs 6 asts, Ron Kinney (Walsh U.) 22 pts 2 rebs



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  PERU   


Nathaniel Roche joins Regatas Lima - by Eurobasket News

Regatas Lima are bolstering their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Nathaniel Roche (203-F-88, college: Belhaven). The forward started the previous season in Uruguay. He played for Universitario Salto. Later he moved to Mexico. Nathaniel Roche signed with Pioneros de Quintana. His stats read 3.0 points and 3.0 boards per game in LNBP. The forward finished the season in France. He played for Quimper. Nathaniel Roche notched 8.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in ProB. It was the first pro season for the forward. He graduated from Belhaven in 2011.


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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Governors Cup Governor's Cup Semifinals Standings
 1. Rain or Shine 10-4 
 2. B-Meg Llam. 9-5 
 3. Ginebra Kings 9-5 
 4. Talk N Text 8-6 
 5. Meralco Bolts 6-8 
 6. Petron Blaze 6-8 
Eliminations Standings

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Jul. 20: B-Meg Llam. - Ginebra Kings 74-72


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zach GRAHAM
  Air21 E.
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 37.6
 1. Graham, Air21 E.37.6 
 2. West, Meralco30.1 
 3. Sneed, Powerade T.25.9 
 4. David, Powerade T.24.8 
 5. Blakely, B-Meg L.24.1 
 6. Harris, Talk N Text24.0 
 7. Forte, Alaska Aces23.5 
 8. Cornley, Rain o.23.1 
 9. Bozeman, Ginebra22.0 
 10. Basden, Petron B.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Omar SNEED
  Powerade T.
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Sneed, Powerade T.16.6 
 2. Forte, Alaska Aces15.6 
 3. Blakely, B-Meg L.12.9 
 4. Graham, Air21 E.12.6 
 5. Harris, Talk N Text12.5 
 6. Bozeman, Ginebra11.3 
 7. Cornley, Rain o.10.8 
 8. Taulava, Meralco10.1 
 9. Pingris, B-Meg L.9.1 
 10. Santos, Petron B.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (177-PG-77)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Alapag, Talk N Te.6.5 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.6.1 
 3. Sneed, Powerade T.5.4 
 4. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.2 
 5. Cabagnot, Petron4.9 
 6. Miller, Barako Bull4.8 
 7. Ross, Meralco4.5 
 8. Bozeman, Ginebra4.4 
 9. Basden, Petron B.4.0 
 10. Graham, Air21 E.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.3.1 
 2. West, Meralco2.5 
 3. Basden, Petron B.2.4 
 4. Sneed, Powerade T.1.6 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.6 
 6. Ross, Meralco1.3 
 7. Bozeman, Ginebra1.2 
 8. Anthony, Powerade.1.1 
 9. Graham, Air21 E.1.1 
 10. Mercado, Meralco1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.2.9 
 2. Forte, Alaska Aces1.6 
 3. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 4. Santos, Petron B.1.3 
 5. Aguilar, Talk N.1.2 
 6. West, Meralco1.1 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 8. Harris, Talk N Text1.0 
 9. Maierhofer, Ginebr.0.9 
 10. Norwood, Rain o.0.8 



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  POLAND   


Marcus Ginyard joins Anwil Wloclawek - by Eurobasket News

Anwil Wloclawek entered the import market. They ensured the first import signing of the off-season. Anwil have agreed on terms of contract with Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina). The forward spent the previous season in Israel. He played for Ironi Nahariya. The forward averaged 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game in National League. Eurobasket.com gave the forward All-Israeli League Honourable Mention. Previously Marcus Ginyard had a stint with Bayreuth in Germany. Marcus Ginyard is the North Carolina product. He made it into ACC All-Defensive Team in 2008.


U20 European Championship: Poland leave no chance to Great Britain - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20 -Great Britain U20 83:53

Poland leave no chance to Great Britain in the game for the 5th place at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Polish side won 83:53 and sent the team from Great Britain to the 6th place.
Poland hoped to play for the higher place and dreamed to advance to the top Division. They started the game with 23-14 and added 19-18 in the second period 10-point advantage at the halftime. Poland did not even think of slowing down and won the second half as well. They posted a 21-11 victory in the third quarter and finished the game with 20-10 in the last stanza. Kucharek brought the last 4 points for the winners from the free throw line.
Tomasz Gielo (205-F-93) stepped up with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) notched 12. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) poured in 10, while Jaroslaw Zyskowski (201-G-92) and Kowalczyk had 8 each. Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) delivered 14 points in defeat, while Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) brought 13.

Poland U20: Tomasz Gielo 14+10 rebs, Mateusz Ponitka 12, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 10, Jaroslaw Zyskowski 8, Kowalczyk 8
Great Britain U20: Alasdair Fraser 14, Devon Van Oostrum 13



Poland topple China in second test game - by Eurobasket News

Poland - China 81:79

Polish National Team celebrated victory in the second exhibition game versus China. The hosts capitalized on the absence of Yi Jianlian to take a 2-point victory in Katowice. Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
Poland eked out a narrow 23:21 lead after ten minutes. China turned things around in the second quarter. The visitors surged ahead and grabbed a 42:37 halftime lead. Poland stayed behind throughout the third quarter. They narrowed the deficit at just two-point mark with one quarter to go 57:59. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) put the hosts in front with a three-pointer 60:59. Poland spurred ahead and maintained the lead till the final buzzer. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) posted 17 points, while Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) and Lukasz Koszarek added 10 points each for the winners. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) answered with 15 points for China. Zhu FangYu (201-F-83) netted 14 points in the loss.

Poland: Marcin Gortat 18, Michal Ignerski 17, Piotr Pamula 10, Lukasz Koszarek 10
China: Wang ZhiZhi 15, Zhu FangYu 14



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U20 European Championship: Portugal finished 9th in Division B - by Eurobasket News

Austria U20-Portugal U20 57:66

Portugal finished 9th in Division B after the last victory at the U20 European Championship. The team won over Austria 66:57 as the latter finished on the 10th place.
Portugal looked better in the opening period and took 28:18 at the end of it. Belo later increased to 34:20, but the win was not too easy for them. Austria replied with a 10-0 run and reduced to 4 points. Diesner and Wildner exchanged the late baskets in the second quarter for 39:34. In the third frame Portugal bounced back with an 11-0 run as the team scored three straight three-pointers. They added defensive 11-9 in the last period to seal the last victory at the tournament.
Miguel Cardoso (184-PG-93) stepped up with 18 points and Santos added 13. Filip Kramer (200-SF-92) finished the game with 13 points in defeat and Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-PF-92) notched 12. Luka Gvozden (184-PG-93) poured in 10, while Albert Ngoy (180-PG-93) scored 5.

Austria U20: Filip Kramer 13, Maximilian Hopfgartner 12, Luka Gvozden 10 Albert Ngoy 5
Portugal U20: Miguel Cardoso 18, Santos 13



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Giurgiu inks guard Brandon Johnson - by Chris Terrell

CSS Giurgiu (Romania) has announced the signing of point guard Brandon Johnson (183-G-86, college: San Diego) for the 2012/2013 Season in Europe. Johnson was thought of early in his college career as a player that was destined to be drafted in the NBA. Averaging 16.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg and 2.2spg as a Sophmore at the University of San Diego, Johnson showed that he can contribute to a team's success in many categories. In July of 2010, Johnson played for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA summer league and played for the Dakota Wizards of the NBA D-League in the 2010/2011 season. About the signing, Coach Terrell said "I had the opportunity to view Johnson's abilities up close and personal at the EuroCamp Dallas held earlier this summer. He was electric, he will take the team up the floor well for us this season."


Giurgiu inks forward Devon Pearson - by Chris Terrell

CSS Giurgiu (Romania) has announced the signing of Devon Pearson (198-F-84, college: SMU) for the 2012/2013 Season in Europe. Pearson won a Mexican League Championship for Toros de Nuevo Laredo and starred for Pioneros de Los Mochis this past season averaging 27.2ppg and 10.2rpg. Pearson led Mexico in scoring and was 2nd in the league in rebounds. Coach Terrell said about Pearson "He's from Dallas, Texas. I've known about him for a few years now. What really impressed to me that Devon was ready for this opportunity was his combination of skills. He can score and rebound at a high level and is close to two meters. But he is very quick for his size and is a very good 3 point shooter. Both Pearson and Derek Thomas, who was signed earlier this summer, were all-1st team in the Mexican League (Pearson Import Player of the Year, Thomas Guard of the Year) and considered by many to be the best two players in the CiBaCoPa. They faced each other in the playoffs just this past May. They know each other's games well and compliment one another on the court."


Giurgiu inks Center Trevor Harvey - by Chris Terrell

CSS Giurgiu (Romania) has announced the signing of Trevor Harvey (211-C-80, college: Florida St.) for the 2012/2103 Season in Europe. Harvey played in the Portsmouth Invitational, a tournament held for NBA teams prior to the draft. Although not drafted, Harvey played for the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, and New York Knicks in the NBA Summer League over a 4 year period and also played in Turkey's top league for Istanbul where he was in the EuroLeague Final 4 in 2005. Harvey also has experience in the top league in France as well as Bulgaria and Sweden. For Craiova in the Romanian League in 2010, Harvey averaged 13.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.5bpg, while connecting on 60% of his field goal attempts. Harvey during that season led the league in rebounds and was 5th in blocked shots. Coach Terrell said "Trevor is a proven commodity playing at the highest levels in all of Europe. But also very attractive to the club was his experience in Romania. He knows the championship and showed that he will defend and rebound at a high level in Romania. He also shoots an excellent percentage and at his great size will be someone that many teams will have to game plan to stop him around the basket."


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  RUSSIA   


Russia beat Lithuania in Khimky - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Lithuania 101:79

Russia earned another win at the preparations fro the upcoming Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Lithuania in exhibition encounter in Khimky. Vitaly Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) came up with 26 points to lead the winners.
Lithuania led by three points after ten minutes of action 20:17. But Russia exploded with 29 points in the second frame to take an 8-point lead at halftime 36:28. Russia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 8 points 60:52. Russia unloaded 31 points in the second term to seal the victory at the end. Andrei Kirilenko (206-F-81) accounted for 19 points, while Anton Ponkrashov (202-G-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) added 14 points for the hosts. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) answered with 12 points for Lithuania. Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) and Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) had 10 points each in the loss.

Russia: Vitaly Fridzon 26, Andrei Kirilenko 19, Anton Ponkrashov 14
Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas 12, Darius Songaila 10, Mantas Kalnietis 10



Lokomotiv Kuban wants Kosta Perovic - by Anton Zirkov

Lokomotiv Kuban are very interested in adding Serbian international center Kosta Perovic (217-C-85).
The Krasnodar side are looking to add another big man for their impressive squad,and already held elementary talks with the Serb.
Perovic was released three weeks ago from Spanish Powerhouse Regal Barcelona and he is a free agent.at only 27 he brings with him an impressive career so far as he played for Partizan Belgrade,Golden State Warriors,Valencia and Barcelona.
Last season Perovic avereged 4.5ppg and 3.3 rpg in 12 minutes per game in the Euroleague and 5.3ppg and 2.7rpg in the Spanish ACB.
While Kuban are very interested in adding Perovic,his demands of 1.2M per season may cause a stumbling block,but The team management are confident they can struck a deal.




Beverley ready to activate his NBA clause - by Anton Zirkov

Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) is ready to quit Spartak St.Petersburg after he was offered a contract with an NBA team.
The news came with a surprise to Spartak top brass,as they weren't expected the Eurocup MVP to departure this summer.
Beverley,who singed a new 3 years lucrative contract only last summer has an NBA escape clause in every summer.
This summer,Beverley has till 25 of July to show Spartak an NBA contract offer and last night he got this offer.Beverley can't move to another European club as the date of the European clause already expired.
The rumors are that the Chicago Bulls has offered him the contract,as he went to workout with the team.the



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  SERBIA   


U20 European Championship: Spain sneak past Serbia to clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Serbia U20 67:66

Spain stepped up on the pedestal at U20 European Championship. They held off Serbia in a thrilling consolation final tonight. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) scored 16 points to lead the winners.
Serbia and Spain stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for several times throughout close second quarter. Serbia eventually eked out a 33:32 halftime lead. Spain surged ahead midway through the third quarter. They maintained the lead and posted a 52:49 advantage at the final intermission. Serbia regained the lead and posted a 60:55 lead midway through the final term. Serbia were still up by two with 13 seconds remaining 66:64. But Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) drained a late three-pointer to ensure a tough win for Spain at the end. Francisco Guerra (214-C-92) posted 13 points, while Alejandro Abrines added 11 points for the winners. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Djordje Drenovac (209-F-92, agency: Interperformances) had 10 points in the losing effort.

Spain U20: Jaime Fernandez 16, Francisco Guerra 13, Alejandro Abrines 11
Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 15+10 boards, Djordje Drenovac 10



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  SLOVAKIA   


U20 European Championship: Slovak Republic lost to Denmark - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic U20-Denmark U20 62:81

Slovak Republic lost to Denmark in the last game for both teams at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Danish side finished on the 11th place after 81:62 win. Slovak Republic finished the tournament on the 12th place.
Although it was not the game for the top places, both teams showed their best in their last meeting. Denmark grabbed 23:20 lead and dominated the rest of the game. They needed a 26-14 surge to take 15 point deficit at the halftime. Slovak Republic replied with 15-11 in the third quarter as Brutovsky reduced to 49:57 before Birketoft closed the quarter at 60:49. Denmark meanwhile posted 21-13 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Soeren Olsen (185-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) posted 13. Philip Hertz (210-C/F-92) and Sami Eleraky (210-C-93) delivered 12 points each and the latter also added 10 rebounds. Peter Kancir (187-G-92) netted 18 points in the losing effort, while Matus Luley (195-F-92) had 11. Viktor Dedecek (200-F-93) and Jaroslav Moravek (204-F/C-92) scored 9 points each in defeat.

Slovak Republic U20: Peter Kancir 18, Matus Luley 11 Viktor Dedecek 9, Jaroslav Moravek 9
Denmark U20: Soeren Olsen 17, Esben Reinholt 13, Philip Hertz 12, Sami Eleraky 12+10 rebs



U16 European Championship: Belgium overcome Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U16 - Slovakia U16 67:59

Belgium celebrated the second win at U16 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Slovakia in Bucharest yesterday. Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (96) stepped up with 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Belgium are now at 2-1 record, while Slovakia fell at 1-3 in Group B.
Belgium had to overcome a slow start. They faced a 9-point deficit at the first break. Belgium adjusted their game in the second quarter. They held Slovakia to 11 points and eked out a 32:31 halftime lead. Belgium deepened the distance in the third term. They secured a 48:42 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Belgium did not allow Slovakia to get within striking distance in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory at the end. Mathieu Houdart (194-F-96) netted 13 points, while Romain Boxus (194-F-96) contributed 12 points for the winning side. Robert Rozanek (180-PG-96) answered with 18 points for Slovakia. Jozef Senohradsky (190-G-96) had 13 points in the loss.

Belgium U16: Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda 16, Mathieu Houdart 13, Romain Boxus 12
Slovakia U16: Robert Rozanek 18, Jozef Senohradsky 13



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  SLOVENIA   


U20 European Championship: Slovenia beat Greece to clinch 7th place - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Greece U20 80:61

Slovenia entertained the home crowd with victory on the final day of U20 European Championship. The hosts fired past Greece to occupy the 7th overall position. Alen Omic (215-C-92) came up with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the home team.
Slovenia led from start to finish. The hosts built a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia boosted the margin in the second quarter. They secured a 39:29 halftime lead. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The hosts secured a 13-point advantage with one period remaining. Slovenia scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) had 15 points, while Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) netted 13 points for the winners. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) answered with 20 points for Greece. Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) notched 14 points in the losing case.

Slovenia U20: Alen Omic 23+10 boards, Marko Pajic 15, Luka Rupnik 13
Greece U20: Anastasios Antonakis 20, Spyridon Motsenigos 14



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  SPAIN   


U20 European Championship: Spain sneak past Serbia to clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Serbia U20 67:66

Spain stepped up on the pedestal at U20 European Championship. They held off Serbia in a thrilling consolation final tonight. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) scored 16 points to lead the winners.
Serbia and Spain stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for several times throughout close second quarter. Serbia eventually eked out a 33:32 halftime lead. Spain surged ahead midway through the third quarter. They maintained the lead and posted a 52:49 advantage at the final intermission. Serbia regained the lead and posted a 60:55 lead midway through the final term. Serbia were still up by two with 13 seconds remaining 66:64. But Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) drained a late three-pointer to ensure a tough win for Spain at the end. Francisco Guerra (214-C-92) posted 13 points, while Alejandro Abrines added 11 points for the winners. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Djordje Drenovac (209-F-92, agency: Interperformances) had 10 points in the losing effort.

Spain U20: Jaime Fernandez 16, Francisco Guerra 13, Alejandro Abrines 11
Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 15+10 boards, Djordje Drenovac 10



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  SWEDEN   


U16 European Championship: Sweden fire past Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16 - Luxembourg U16 85:49

Sweden clinched the third straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Luxembourg to remain on top of Group A. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the effort.
Sweden enjoyed a 19:12 lead after ten minutes. The Scandinavian team boosted the margin in the second quarter. They established a 40:28 halftime lead. Sweden cleared off in the third term. They gained a 19-point buffer before the fourth frame. Sweden unloaded 30 points in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Erik Johansson (194-F-96) delivered 22 points for the winners. Bill Fischer (195-C-96) responded with 17 points for Luxembourg. Timothy Kauffmann (191-F-96) netted 11 points in the loss.

Sweden U16: Ludvig Hakanson 28+16 boards, Erik Johansson 22, Andreas Von Uthmann (196-F-96) 8
Luxembourg U16: Bill Fischer 17, Timothy Kauffmann 11



U20 European Championship: Sweden defeat Georgia - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Georgia U20 81:67

Sweden celebrated victory on the final day of U20 European Championship. They overcame Georgia to clinch 5-1 record on top of classification round Group G. Charles Barton (192-PG-92), Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) and William Gutenius (205-F/C-92) accounted for 15 points each for the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 after ten minutes. Sweden eked out a narrow 43:42 halftime lead. Sweden boosted the margin in the third term. They fired 27 points in the quarter to ensure a 17-point lead before the fourth frame. Georgia outscored the Scandinavian team in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Eriksson banked 11 points for the winners. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) answered with 27 points and 8 rebounds for Georgia. Merab Bokolishvili (198-G-92) had 10 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Charles Barton 15, Viktor Gaddefors 15, William Gutenius 15
Georgia U20: Duda Sanadze 27, Merab Bokolishvili 10



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TBL Transfer Updates - Royal Hali Gaziantep, Olin Edirne - by Ugur Turker

Newly promoted Royal Hali Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediye keeps its head coach Dogan Deniz and four domestic players. There is two signing of Royal Hali Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediye ; Andre Collins (183-PG-82, college: Loyola, MD) and Isaiah Swann (188-G-85, college: Florida St.).
Dogan Deniz talked Eurobasket.com " We are looking for two more foreigner and they will most probably backcourt players. As well as we keep some Turkish players, we signed with Mutlu Akpinar (203-C/F-83) and Caner Ercan (205-F-86, agency: Diamond Sportsman Agency). Of course, it is expexted that we wiill add one domestic player." He explained team's objecitve for next year " like every newcomers, we are aiming to maintain in TBL, it is important both organization and city."

Olin Edirne which struggled to solve its financial issues will start to sign with players after Board Meeting on tuesday. Experinced coach Gokhan Tastimur still is under contract. Next ten days, Olin Edirne will shape its roster at least Turkish rotation.



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Power rout Angels 90-64 as the Leopards scratch A1s challenge - by Joel Nature

Ndejje Angels 64-90 DMark Power
A1 Challenge 49-51 KCC Leopards

After sitting out four games, Joseph Ikong was back on the floor to engineer Dmark Powers 90-64 win over Ndejje University Angels on Friday night. The forward returned with a bang and made his presence felt as he opened the scoring for Power from downtown on his route to team high 18 points. It did take Power (10-3) a few minutes to settle in. tied at 6 with 6:25 in the first quarter, guard, Ben Komakech (14 points) hit a go ahead jumper that sparked an 11-0 run in 2 minutes and built a double digit lead and power never looked back the remainder of the game.

Power showed urgency and aggressiveness right from tip-off. The defending champions used their traditional game; pressed each and every inbound or side ball as Ikong constantly shouted press to his teammates and forced Ndejje to cough up the ball 35 times and swiped 23 steals. Power was quick in transition, passed the ball from outside the arc to draw Angels from the key and constantly found a player behind Ndejjes defense for an open lay-up.

Power shot quite well on the night, going 9-for-26 on long range shots, 19-for-31 from the line and 22-for-52 from inside. Angels abysmal shooting beyond the arc and from the line didnt help the cause as they went 4-for-13 behind the arc and 8-for-22 on the line. Geoffrey Soro continues to struggle on the line but paced Ndejje with game high 24 points and 14 rebounds and Micheal Opolot added 18 points. Isaac lugudde scored 16 points for Power and big man Isaac Afidra chipped in with 13.

Meanwhile, in the womens division, KCC Leopards used trips to the foul line late in the fourth quarter to edge out A1 Challenge 51-49 in a game that went to the wire. Leopards hit 8-of-10 free throws in the final 4 minute of the period. KCCs Flavia Oketcho scored game high 12 points while 3 A1 players scored in double figures, Mariam Birungi 11 points; Liz Kiza 11 points & 11 rebounds and Vickie Ntale scored 10 points.



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  UKRAINE   


Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih hires Karlis Muiznieks as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih got a new Head Coach for the next season. The team hired Latvian specialist Karlis Muiznieks (agency: Alti Sport), according to Sportando.net. Muiznieks spent last three years with Polish squad Trefl Sopot. They won the Cup trophy this year and reached PLK Finals. Muiznieks was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. This year he also coached at the PLK All-Star Game.
Before Trefl Sopot, Karlis Muiznieks spent year and a half with Barons/LMT Riga. They won the Latvian league title and FIBA EuroCup together in 2008 and Muiznieks was named Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Eurocup Coach of the Year -08. He was also Coach of the Year in Baltic league. In the past, Karlis Muiznieks won five titles in Latvia with Ventspils. From 2004 to 2008, he was a Head Coach of the Latvian National Team.



Kryvbasbasket keep Pierce Caldwell - by Eurobasket News

Kryvbasbasket kept Pierce Caldwell (191-G-88, agency: Alti Sport, college: Incarnate Word) for another season. The guard joined the team in November. He tallied 11.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists per game in Superleague. Pierce Caldwell started 2010/11 season in D-League. He played for the Frisco Texas Legends. His stats read 2.1 points, 1.4 assists per appearance. Later the guard moved overseas. Pierece Caldwell inked with Liepajas Lauvas. He notched 15.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in LBL. In Baltic League Pierce Caldwell delivered 19.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per appearance. He made it into All-Latvian LBL 2nd Team. The guard was also named into Latvian League All-Imports Team.


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U20 European Championship: Poland leave no chance to Great Britain - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20 -Great Britain U20 83:53

Poland leave no chance to Great Britain in the game for the 5th place at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Polish side won 83:53 and sent the team from Great Britain to the 6th place.
Poland hoped to play for the higher place and dreamed to advance to the top Division. They started the game with 23-14 and added 19-18 in the second period 10-point advantage at the halftime. Poland did not even think of slowing down and won the second half as well. They posted a 21-11 victory in the third quarter and finished the game with 20-10 in the last stanza. Kucharek brought the last 4 points for the winners from the free throw line.
Tomasz Gielo (205-F-93) stepped up with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) notched 12. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) poured in 10, while Jaroslaw Zyskowski (201-G-92) and Kowalczyk had 8 each. Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) delivered 14 points in defeat, while Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) brought 13.

Poland U20: Tomasz Gielo 14+10 rebs, Mateusz Ponitka 12, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 10, Jaroslaw Zyskowski 8, Kowalczyk 8
Great Britain U20: Alasdair Fraser 14, Devon Van Oostrum 13



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

Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) netted 26 points and grabbed 19 rebounds leading Larraaga to beat Romis Nelimar 73-67, for the Metro league 17th round. For Romis, Devon Pearson (198-F-84, college: SMU) scored 24 points, with 15 rebounds and 2 blocks. Other results:
Cader 68 - Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) 22 points 4 rebounds, Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) 12 points 5 rebounds
Urunday Universitario 64 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 20 points 13 rebounds
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Goes 72 - Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 21 points 4 rebounds
Yale 63 - Jerry Echenique (201-C-79, college: High Point) 15 points 17 rebounds 2 assists





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Women News


France edge Australia to win Villeneuve Tournament - by Eurobasket News

France - Australia 64:58

France earned the third straight win at the Villeneuve international tournament. They shot down Australia to clinch the top position. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) posted 14 points to lead the charge. Australia finished in the second place losing one game in three outings.
France held their opponents to 10 points in the first quarter to take a 3-point lead. Australia trimmed the deficit and eventually tied things up at 24 after twenty minutes. The hosts increased the tempo in the second half. France unleashed 25 points in the third frame to gain a 9-point lead at the final intermission. The Opals never got closer than five points in the fourth frame as France drove to the victory. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) delivered 12 points, while Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) finished with 8 points for the winning side. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) replied with 14 points for Australia. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) and Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) netted 9 points each in the losing case.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 14, Sandrine Gruda 12, Celine Dumerc 8
Australia: Belinda Snell 14, Abby Bishop 9, Cambage Elizabeth 9



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Russia wins the Bronze at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 RUSSIA - U16 BELGIUM 53-41

Russia outplayed Belgium 53-41 to win the Bronze at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Belgium stays without the medal ending as No.4. Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) led the winners today with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Svetlana Boykova (181-SF-96) had 9 points and 9 boards, while Ksenia Levchenko (165-PG-96) helped her country with 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Kyara Linskens (189-C-96) was better than the others with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Eva Devliegher (170-SG-96) and Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) (8 rebs) netted 10 and 7 points respectively. Russia was up by 5 points with ten minutes to go in the game. They made 10-5 run at the beginning of the last quarter jumping to double-digit lead. Few moments latest Russia was up by 12 and Belgium was not able to reply for rest of the way. Quarters: 12-13, 11-8, 9-6, 21-14. Spain won the Gold in Miskolc, while Silver belongs to Italy.

Russia: Daria Kolosovskaya 12+6 boards, Svetlana Boykova 9+9 boards, Ksenia Levchenko 8
Belgium: Kyara Linskens 17+5 boards, Eva Devliegher 10, Julie Allemand 7+8 boards



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Brazil post first win in Villeneuve - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - China 71:62

Brazil recorded the first win at the international tournament in Villeneuve. They overcame China on the final day of the tourney. Clarissa Dos Santos (186-C-88) notched 20 points and 17 rebounds to dominate the floor.
Brazil surged ahead early in the encounter. They posted a 24:18 lead ten minutes into the game. China however answered with a stifling defence in the second term. The Asian powerhouse limited their opponents to 7 points in the period to gain a 3-point halftime lead 34:31. Brazil managed to deny the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth frame tied at 52. Brazil held China to 10 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to the victory at the end. Adriana Pinto (169-G-78) had 17 points, while Karla da Costa (172-G-78) added 14 points in the victory. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) answered with 17 points for China. Zeng Meiling (191-C-88) had 9 points in the loss.

Brazil: Clarissa Dos Santos 20+17 boards, Adriana Pinto 17, Karla da Costa 14
China: Miao LiJie 17, Zeng Meiling 9



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Lithuania is the champion of U16 EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News

U16 BULGARIA - U16 LITHUANIA 73-86

Lithuania is the gold medal winner at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 86-73 loss to Bulgaria in the Final. Both teams won the promotion for Division A. Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) led Lithuania to victory with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) also was great adding 21 points, 9 rebs and 6 assists, while Ruta Drungilaite (183-SF-96) helped her team with 12 points. At the other side, Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) had amazing game scoring 42 points. She reached valuation 32 and was the MVP. Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) scored 12 pts in this defeat. Bulgaria had better start of the game (20-16), but all after that belonged to Lithuania. They made 17-26 in Q2 and continued with 19-30 after the breather for 16-point lead with 10:00 remaining. Lithuania jumped to plus 20 with 7 minutes to go and all after that was just the formality. Dalia Belickaite is named MVP of the tournament

Bulgaria: Borislava Hristova 42, Maria Kamburova 13+11 boards, Teodora Dineva 12
Lithuania: Laura Juskaite 24+14 boards, Dalia Belickaite 21+9 boards+6 as, Ruta Drungilaite 12



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Brazil post first win in Villeneuve - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - China 71:62

Brazil recorded the first win at the international tournament in Villeneuve. They overcame China on the final day of the tourney. Clarissa Dos Santos (186-C-88) notched 20 points and 17 rebounds to dominate the floor.
Brazil surged ahead early in the encounter. They posted a 24:18 lead ten minutes into the game. China however answered with a stifling defence in the second term. The Asian powerhouse limited their opponents to 7 points in the period to gain a 3-point halftime lead 34:31. Brazil managed to deny the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth frame tied at 52. Brazil held China to 10 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to the victory at the end. Adriana Pinto (169-G-78) had 17 points, while Karla da Costa (172-G-78) added 14 points in the victory. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) answered with 17 points for China. Zeng Meiling (191-C-88) had 9 points in the loss.

Brazil: Clarissa Dos Santos 20+17 boards, Adriana Pinto 17, Karla da Costa 14
China: Miao LiJie 17, Zeng Meiling 9



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Croatia is No.9, Greece is No.10 at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 GREECE - U16 CROATIA 50-61

It was a game for ninth place at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Croatia won this battle 61-50 to take this position, while Greece finished this event as No.10. Both teams will compete in Division A next year as well. Croatia exploded in the second period to secure the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 12-16, 10-23, 14-10, 14-12. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) was their key player with 23 points and 10 rebounds (valuation 27, MVP). Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) had 14 pts and 15 rebs, while Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) helped with 12 pts. In Greece, Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (170-PG-96) was better than the others with 12 points and 7 rebs. Vasiliki Karambatsa (183-F-96) scored 10 points and Christiana Gerostergiou (176-G/F-96) had one less. In the battle for Gold, Spain blasted Italy 70-49. The Bronze belongs to Russia.

Greece: Pinelopi Pavlopoulou 12+7 boards, Vasiliki Karambatsa 10, Christiana Gerostergiou 9
Croatia: Ivana Dojkic 23+10 boards, Anita Kelava 14+15 boards, Iva Slonjsak 12



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U16 France beats U16 Czech Republic in OT, ends as No.5 in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 CZECH REPUBLIC - U16 FRANCE 52-56 OT

France grabbed 56-52 OT win against Czech Republic on Sunday to end as the fifth ranked team of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Czech Republic finished as No.6. It was a very exciting game, despite teams struggled offensively during the entire Q4 and overtime as well. Each of two teams posted 6 pts in the last quarter of the game, but they were scoreless in the last two minutes of regular time, so it ended with 48-48 tie. Czech Republic was unable to score until 12 seconds left in OT and it was free throw by Kracikova. France was 49-53 up, after what Limousin and Duchet sealed the win from the FT line. Quarters: 9-17, 14-10, 19-15, 6-6, 4-8. Katia Clanet (187-F-96) was the leading player in victory with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Maimouna Ba (190-F-96) (8 rebs) and Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) (5 rebs) scored 7 points each. The same number also had Marie Milapie (191-C-96). At the other side, Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) answered with 14 points and 6 rebs for Czech Republic. Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) had 7 points and 5 rebs, and Aneta Mainclova (191-C-96) collected 6 points, plus 12 boards. Spain won the Gold in Miskolc.

Czech Republic: Gabriela Andelova 14+6 boards, Sarah Berankova 7+5 boards, Aneta Mainclova 6+12 boards
France: Katia Clanet 19+12 boards, Maimouna Ba 7+8 boards, Lisa Berkani 7+5 boards, Marie Milapie 7



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WNBA champ Lindsay Whalen signs deal with Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Lindsay Whalen (173-PG-82, college: Minnesota) is a new member of Galatasaray, according to Turkish media (Basketdergisi.com). Whalen spent last five seasons with the Czech team ZVVZ USK Praha. They won the championship title and Cup this year and Whalen was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Guard of the Year -12. USK Praha was champion of the country also in 2009 and 2011. Before USK Praha, Lindsay Whalen played for UMMC Ekaterinburg. In the WNBA, the point guard spent several years with Connecticut Sun. She joined Minnesota Lynx in 2010 and she still plays there. Last season Whalen helped Minnesota to win the WNBA title. She had 13.3 ppg, 5.5 apg (No.2) and 3.5 rpg in 42 games and was named to All-WNBA 1st Team -11. This summer Whalen averages 11 points, 5.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds after 19 games.


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U16 Women Division C: Cyprus at the finals! - by Chris Mammides

U16 European Championship Women - Div. C

Cyprus booked their place in the Final of the U16 European Championship Women Division C with a 62-39 victory over Scotland. In the title game they will face Iceland, who rolled to a 107-20 victory over Gibraltar.

The Cyprus NT broke open a close game in the third quarter. Leading by just three points at half-time, they outscored the Scots 22-2 in the third frame for a 50-27 stranglehold on the contest.

Constantinos Englezos' team eased to victory over the last 10 minutes of the contest. Tijana Raca (176-SG-97) finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Cyprus, who also got 10 points and nine rebounds from Stefanie Foukaris.
It is worth mentioned that the team of Iceland is all mighty and unbeaten in this tournament as a week ago beat up quite easily the team of Cyprus. Iceland won 66-43 over Cyprus after a 21-point, eight-rebound effort from Sara Hinriksdttir

The top player for the Cyprus NT is the 15 years old Tijana Raca the daughter of the ex Cyprus International and now Head Coach in the Chinese league Raca Dragan . Tijana has currently 15 points, 8 rebounds and one assist per game being the stepping stone for the Cyprus NT as the second performer for the team is Stella Theodosiou with 11.5 points per game and 2.8 rebounds. Furthermore, it is also very important to mention that the younger sister of Tijana the 13 years old Ivana Raca (170-SG-99) is also a member of the Cyprus NT and even though all her competitors are at least three years older she is well surviving and with 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist per game is also offering the best for the Cyprus National Team.

The Finals will be a tough game for the Cyprus NT as the Icelanders have at least three centers who are much taller and stronger than the Cyprus NT as Nina Kristjnsdottir (190cm), Elsa Karlsdttir (188cm) and Dagn Davdsdttir (184cm) together with Sandra Thrastardttir (180cm) are grabbing more or less 25 rebounds together as an average in this tournament while they are the tallest team in the league. Coach Englezos needs to play a very wise game if he wants to stand any chance against the Icelanding towers.

Last but not least, the Cyprus NT which lost by 23 points in the first legs game has the minimum difference as the other results for the Icelanders were awesome (57 points the Principality of Monaco, 52 points Whales who scored only 12 points in 40 minutes), 87 points the semi finals against Gibraltar!!



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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. Turkey5-1
2. Serbia4-2
3. Germany3-3
4. U.Kingdom0-6

Finals: Round 9

FINAL

Jul. 22: ESP - ITA 70-49

Places 11-12

Jul. 22: NED - SWE 51-61

Places 13-16

Jul. 22: GER - ENG 60-48
Jul. 22: SRB - TUR 59-76

Places 3-4

Jul. 22: RUS - BEL 53-41

Places 5-6

Jul. 22: CZE - FRA 52-56 OT

Places 7-8

Jul. 22: HUN - SVK 67-42

Places 9-10

Jul. 22: GRE - CRO 50-61


Division A: Spain wins the Gold in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Spain - Italy 70-49
Spain won the Gold at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They blasted Italy 70-49 in the Big Final to take the first place at this event. Silver belongs to Italy. Spain took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. They made 13-point lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 20 until the halftime. Italy slightly improved after the breather, but it was not enough and Spain had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 23-10, 17-10, 19-21, 11-8. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) led the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Laia Flores (170-SF-96) also was great adding 18 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists, while Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) helped with 12 points and 5 rebs. In defeat, Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) shined with 19 points and 12 boards. Their second scorer was Alessia Cabrini (177-SF-96) with 10 pts and Arianna Beretta (177-SF-96) stopped to 7 pts in this game. Russia won the Bronze in Miskolc. Italiy's Zandalasini is named MVP of this event.
Places 3-4
Russia - Belgium 53-41
Russia outplayed Belgium 53-41 to win the Bronze at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Belgium stays without the medal ending as No.4. Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) led the winners today with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Svetlana Boykova (181-SF-96) had 9 points and 9 boards, while Ksenia Levchenko (165-PG-96) helped her country with 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Kyara Linskens (189-C-96) was better than the others with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Eva Devliegher (170-SG-96) and Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) (8 rebs) netted 10 and 7 points respectively. Russia was up by 5 points with ten minutes to go in the game. They made 10-5 run at the beginning of the last quarter jumping to double-digit lead. Few moments latest Russia was up by 12 and Belgium was not able to reply for rest of the way. Quarters: 12-13, 11-8, 9-6, 21-14. Spain won the Gold in Miskolc, while Silver belongs to Italy.

Places 5-6
Czech Republic - France 52-56 OT
France grabbed 56-52 OT win against Czech Republic on Sunday to end as the fifth ranked team of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Czech Republic finished as No.6. It was a very exciting game, despite teams struggled offensively during the entire Q4 and overtime as well. Each of two teams posted 6 pts in the last quarter of the game, but they were scoreless in the last two minutes of regular time, so it ended with 48-48 tie. Czech Republic was unable to score until 12 seconds left in OT and it was free throw by Kracikova. France was 49-53 up, after what Limousin and Duchet sealed the win from the FT line. Quarters: 9-17, 14-10, 19-15, 6-6, 4-8. Katia Clanet (187-F-96) was the leading player in victory with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Maimouna Ba (190-F-96) (8 rebs) and Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) (5 rebs) scored 7 points each. The same number also had Marie Milapie (191-C-96). At the other side, Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) answered with 14 points and 6 rebs for Czech Republic. Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) had 7 points and 5 rebs, and Aneta Mainclova (191-C-96) collected 6 points, plus 12 boards. Spain won the Gold in Miskolc.

Places 7-8
Hungary - Slovakia 67-42
Hungary had no troubles to beat Slovakia 67-42 in the last day of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. It was the game for seventh place at this event and it belongs to Hungary. Slovakia ended as No.8. Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 5 rebounds for 18 minutes on the court. Virag Weninger (174-SG-97) scored 13 points and Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) helped with 9 pts, plus 5 rebounds. In Slovakia, Alzbeta Bubenikova (183-F/C-97) delivered 10 points and Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) had one less. Julia Lelkes (170-PG-98) stopped to 6 points in this defeat. Hungary was much better team during the entire game. They created 7-point lead in the first ten minutes and increased it to 34-14 until the HT. Rest of the game also belonged to Hungary, who celebrated 25-point win at the end. Spain won the Gold in Miskolc.

Places 9-10
Greece - Croatia 50-61
It was a game for ninth place at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Croatia won this battle 61-50 to take this position, while Greece finished this event as No.10. Both teams will compete in Division A next year as well. Croatia exploded in the second period to secure the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 12-16, 10-23, 14-10, 14-12. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) was their key player with 23 points and 10 rebounds (valuation 27, MVP). Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) had 14 pts and 15 rebs, while Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) helped with 12 pts. In Greece, Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (170-PG-96) was better than the others with 12 points and 7 rebs. Vasiliki Karambatsa (183-F-96) scored 10 points and Christiana Gerostergiou (176-G/F-96) had one less. In the battle for Gold, Spain blasted Italy 70-49. The Bronze belongs to Russia.

Places 11-12
Holland - Sweden 51-61
Sweden outplayed Holland 61-51 in the last day of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. It was a game for 11th place at this event and it belongs to Sweden. Holland ended as No.12 and both teams will compete in Division A also next year. Sweden had 44-38 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game, but Holland came to minus two at the beginning of Q4. Sweden immediately replied with crucial 9-0 run, what was too much for Holland for rest of the way. Andjela Hrnjez (185-C-96) paced Sweden with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Anna Stern scored 11 points, while Sigrid Sandstrom (177-G-96) and Karolina Brunnberg (176-G-96) netted 6 points each. In defeat, Janis Ndiba (185-PF-97) collected 12 points and 14 rebounds. Esther Fokke (180-PF-96) (5 rebs) and Fenne van der Wielen (171-PG-96) posted 10 points apiece. Spain is the Gold medal winner in Miskolc.

Places 13-16
Serbia - Turkey 59-76
Turkey celebrated 76-59 victory in do-or-die game against Serbia. It was the last day of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Thanks to this win, Turkey ended as 13th ranked team in Miskolc with almost perfect 5-1 record in Group G and survived in Division A. Serbia dropped to 14th place with 4-2 score in Group G and will compete in Division B next summer. Poor result for the Serbian NT, which came to Miskolc with high ambitions. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) led the winners with 19 points and 5 assists. Beylem Ilba (176-SF-96) (13 rebs) and Ezgi Manlaci (175-G-96) helped their country with 12 points each. In Serbia, Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) had double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96) scored 12 pts with poor shot percentage and valuation -1. Turkey made 9-point lead already in the first quarter and they were 38-20 up at the halftime. Serbia closed the gap to 13 with ten minutes to go, but that was all as Turkey shined in the finish to take the comfortable win in this crucial game. Spain won the Gold in Miskolc.

Germany - United Kingdom 60-48
This game was just the formality as everything was already clear before it. Germany outplayed UK 60-48 ending as 15th ranked team of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc with 3-3 record in Group G. UK is the last ranked team at this event with 0-6 in the group. Both countries faced with relegation to Division B. Germany was better team during the entire game. Quarters: 17-15, 19-15, 10-6, 14-12. Their leading player was Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Lisa Janko (184-F-96) had 12 points and 7 boards, while Nele Aha (171-PG-96) and Maj Vom Hofe (178-SF-96) netted 8 pts each. In the loosing squad, Samanta Clement (176-PG-97) scored 13 points. Shanice Norton (170-SG-97) had 8 points and 5 boards. Spain won the Gold at this event.



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U16 France beats U16 Czech Republic in OT, ends as No.5 in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 CZECH REPUBLIC - U16 FRANCE 52-56 OT

France grabbed 56-52 OT win against Czech Republic on Sunday to end as the fifth ranked team of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Czech Republic finished as No.6. It was a very exciting game, despite teams struggled offensively during the entire Q4 and overtime as well. Each of two teams posted 6 pts in the last quarter of the game, but they were scoreless in the last two minutes of regular time, so it ended with 48-48 tie. Czech Republic was unable to score until 12 seconds left in OT and it was free throw by Kracikova. France was 49-53 up, after what Limousin and Duchet sealed the win from the FT line. Quarters: 9-17, 14-10, 19-15, 6-6, 4-8. Katia Clanet (187-F-96) was the leading player in victory with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Maimouna Ba (190-F-96) (8 rebs) and Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) (5 rebs) scored 7 points each. The same number also had Marie Milapie (191-C-96). At the other side, Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) answered with 14 points and 6 rebs for Czech Republic. Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) had 7 points and 5 rebs, and Aneta Mainclova (191-C-96) collected 6 points, plus 12 boards. Spain won the Gold in Miskolc.

Czech Republic: Gabriela Andelova 14+6 boards, Sarah Berankova 7+5 boards, Aneta Mainclova 6+12 boards
France: Katia Clanet 19+12 boards, Maimouna Ba 7+8 boards, Lisa Berkani 7+5 boards, Marie Milapie 7



France edge Australia to win Villeneuve Tournament - by Eurobasket News

France - Australia 64:58

France earned the third straight win at the Villeneuve international tournament. They shot down Australia to clinch the top position. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) posted 14 points to lead the charge. Australia finished in the second place losing one game in three outings.
France held their opponents to 10 points in the first quarter to take a 3-point lead. Australia trimmed the deficit and eventually tied things up at 24 after twenty minutes. The hosts increased the tempo in the second half. France unleashed 25 points in the third frame to gain a 9-point lead at the final intermission. The Opals never got closer than five points in the fourth frame as France drove to the victory. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) delivered 12 points, while Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) finished with 8 points for the winning side. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) replied with 14 points for Australia. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) and Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) netted 9 points each in the losing case.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 14, Sandrine Gruda 12, Celine Dumerc 8
Australia: Belinda Snell 14, Abby Bishop 9, Cambage Elizabeth 9



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U16 Germany beats U16 UK again, both teams are relegated to Division B - by Eurobasket News

U16 GERMANY - U16 UNITED KINGDOM 60-48

This game was just the formality as everything was already clear before it. Germany outplayed UK 60-48 ending as 15th ranked team of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc with 3-3 record in Group G. UK is the last ranked team at this event with 0-6 in the group. Both countries faced with relegation to Division B. Germany was better team during the entire game. Quarters: 17-15, 19-15, 10-6, 14-12. Their leading player was Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Lisa Janko (184-F-96) had 12 points and 7 boards, while Nele Aha (171-PG-96) and Maj Vom Hofe (178-SF-96) netted 8 pts each. In the loosing squad, Samanta Clement (176-PG-97) scored 13 points. Shanice Norton (170-SG-97) had 8 points and 5 boards. Spain won the Gold at this event.

Germany: Emma lina Stach 24+5 boards, Lisa Janko 12+7 boards, Nele Aha 8, Maj Vom Hofe 8
UK: Samanta Clement 13, Shanice Norton 8+5 boards



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  GREECE   


Croatia is No.9, Greece is No.10 at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 GREECE - U16 CROATIA 50-61

It was a game for ninth place at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Croatia won this battle 61-50 to take this position, while Greece finished this event as No.10. Both teams will compete in Division A next year as well. Croatia exploded in the second period to secure the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 12-16, 10-23, 14-10, 14-12. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) was their key player with 23 points and 10 rebounds (valuation 27, MVP). Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) had 14 pts and 15 rebs, while Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) helped with 12 pts. In Greece, Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (170-PG-96) was better than the others with 12 points and 7 rebs. Vasiliki Karambatsa (183-F-96) scored 10 points and Christiana Gerostergiou (176-G/F-96) had one less. In the battle for Gold, Spain blasted Italy 70-49. The Bronze belongs to Russia.

Greece: Pinelopi Pavlopoulou 12+7 boards, Vasiliki Karambatsa 10, Christiana Gerostergiou 9
Croatia: Ivana Dojkic 23+10 boards, Anita Kelava 14+15 boards, Iva Slonjsak 12



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U16 Sweden hands 61-51 loss to U16 Holland, takes 11th place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 HOLLAND - U16 SWEDEN 51-61

Sweden outplayed Holland 61-51 in the last day of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. It was a game for 11th place at this event and it belongs to Sweden. Holland ended as No.12 and both teams will compete in Division A also next year. Sweden had 44-38 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game, but Holland came to minus two at the beginning of Q4. Sweden immediately replied with crucial 9-0 run, what was too much for Holland for rest of the way. Andjela Hrnjez (185-C-96) paced Sweden with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Anna Stern scored 11 points, while Sigrid Sandstrom (177-G-96) and Karolina Brunnberg (176-G-96) netted 6 points each. In defeat, Janis Ndiba (185-PF-97) collected 12 points and 14 rebounds. Esther Fokke (180-PF-96) (5 rebs) and Fenne van der Wielen (171-PG-96) posted 10 points apiece. Spain is the Gold medal winner in Miskolc.

Holland: Janis Ndiba 12+14 boards, Esther Fokke 10+5 boards, Fenne van der Wielen 10
Sweden: Andjela Hrnjez 19+6 boards, Anna Stern 11, Sigrid Sandstrom 6, Karolina Brunnberg 6



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  HUNGARY   


Hungary takes 7th place at U16 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

U16 HUNGARY - U16 SLOVAKIA 67-42

Hungary had no troubles to beat Slovakia 67-42 in the last day of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. It was the game for seventh place at this event and it belongs to Hungary. Slovakia ended as No.8. Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 5 rebounds for 18 minutes on the court. Virag Weninger (174-SG-97) scored 13 points and Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) helped with 9 pts, plus 5 rebounds. In Slovakia, Alzbeta Bubenikova (183-F/C-97) delivered 10 points and Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) had one less. Julia Lelkes (170-PG-98) stopped to 6 points in this defeat. Hungary was much better team during the entire game. They created 7-point lead in the first ten minutes and increased it to 34-14 until the HT. Rest of the game also belonged to Hungary, who celebrated 25-point win at the end. Spain won the Gold in Miskolc.

Hungary: Agnes Dobos 15+5 boards, Virag Weninger 13, Bernadett Horvath 9+5 boards
Slovakia: Alzbeta Bubenikova 10, Lucia Striesova 9, Julia Lelkes 6



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Iceland U16 womens team wins division C - by Snorri Arnaldsson

The Icelandic U16 womens team was victorious in the U16 European Championship Women Division C. The girls faced Cyprus today in the finals game and came out on top 57-44. The girls were unbeaten throughout the tournament, with the finals win being the smallest victory. Sara Run Hinriksdottir (181-F-96) was the highes scorer in todays game with 24 points and 7 rebounds and Sandra Lind Thrastardottir (180-C-96) added 8 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists.

Iceland played very well throughout the tournament and finished with 5 wins in 5 games. A good start a week ago agains Cyprus 66-43 set things off in the right direction. The next two games in the group were quite lopsided, with a 57 point win against Monaco and a 52 point win agains Wales, 64-12. Coming out on top in the group set up a semi final game against Gibraltar, which ended in a total rout, 107-20.

Sara Run Hinriksdottir was the high scorer for Iceland with 18 ppg, leading all scorers in the C division. Her sister, Briet Hinriksdottir (181-G/F-96) added 9.2 ppg. Sandra Lind Thrastardottir was the top rebounder for Iceland with 10.4 rpg with Elsa Run Karlsdottir (188-C-96) pulling down 9.6 rpg. Sandra Lind Thrastardottir was also the assist leader for Iceland and division C with 2.6 apg.



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GALIL COMPLETED THE ROSTER. - by Gil Goshen


The new team in div 1 Galil Elion signed the 3rd USA player
Carter Sydney A rookie from Taxas A&M.
2011-12: Big 12 All-Defensive Team and All-Big 12 Second Team. 2010-11: NCAA Dallas Regional Most Outstanding Player while helping lead A&M to the national championship; Big 12 All-Defensive Team and Honorable Mention All-Big 12. 2009-10 Honorable Mention All-Conference. 2008-09 Big 12 All-Freshman Team.
She will join to Elonu Adaora and Christine Flores.



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U16 Spain wins the Gold in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 SPAIN - U16 ITALY 70-49

Spain won the Gold at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They blasted Italy 70-49 in the Big Final to take the first place at this event. Silver belongs to Italy. Spain took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. They made 13-point lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 20 until the halftime. Italy slightly improved after the breather, but it was not enough and Spain had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 23-10, 17-10, 19-21, 11-8. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) led the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Laia Flores (170-SF-96) also was great adding 18 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists, while Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) helped with 12 points and 5 rebs. In defeat, Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) shined with 19 points and 12 boards. Their second scorer was Alessia Cabrini (177-SF-96) with 10 pts and Arianna Beretta (177-SF-96) stopped to 7 pts in this game. Russia won the Bronze in Miskolc. Italiy's Zandalasini is named MVP of this event.

Spain: Angela Salvadores 20+7 boards, Laia Flores 18+5 boards+5 as, Laura Quevedo 12+5 boards
Italy: Cecilia Zandalasini 19+12 boards, Alessia Cabrini 10, Arianna Beretta 7



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Lithuania is the champion of U16 EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News

U16 BULGARIA - U16 LITHUANIA 73-86

Lithuania is the gold medal winner at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 86-73 loss to Bulgaria in the Final. Both teams won the promotion for Division A. Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) led Lithuania to victory with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) also was great adding 21 points, 9 rebs and 6 assists, while Ruta Drungilaite (183-SF-96) helped her team with 12 points. At the other side, Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) had amazing game scoring 42 points. She reached valuation 32 and was the MVP. Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) scored 12 pts in this defeat. Bulgaria had better start of the game (20-16), but all after that belonged to Lithuania. They made 17-26 in Q2 and continued with 19-30 after the breather for 16-point lead with 10:00 remaining. Lithuania jumped to plus 20 with 7 minutes to go and all after that was just the formality. Dalia Belickaite is named MVP of the tournament

Bulgaria: Borislava Hristova 42, Maria Kamburova 13+11 boards, Teodora Dineva 12
Lithuania: Laura Juskaite 24+14 boards, Dalia Belickaite 21+9 boards+6 as, Ruta Drungilaite 12



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Russia wins the Bronze at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 RUSSIA - U16 BELGIUM 53-41

Russia outplayed Belgium 53-41 to win the Bronze at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Belgium stays without the medal ending as No.4. Daria Kolosovskaya (181-SF-96) led the winners today with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Svetlana Boykova (181-SF-96) had 9 points and 9 boards, while Ksenia Levchenko (165-PG-96) helped her country with 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Kyara Linskens (189-C-96) was better than the others with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Eva Devliegher (170-SG-96) and Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) (8 rebs) netted 10 and 7 points respectively. Russia was up by 5 points with ten minutes to go in the game. They made 10-5 run at the beginning of the last quarter jumping to double-digit lead. Few moments latest Russia was up by 12 and Belgium was not able to reply for rest of the way. Quarters: 12-13, 11-8, 9-6, 21-14. Spain won the Gold in Miskolc, while Silver belongs to Italy.

Russia: Daria Kolosovskaya 12+6 boards, Svetlana Boykova 9+9 boards, Ksenia Levchenko 8
Belgium: Kyara Linskens 17+5 boards, Eva Devliegher 10, Julie Allemand 7+8 boards



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Turkey survives at U16 EuroBasket Division A, Serbia is relegated to Division B - by Eurobasket News

U16 SERBIA - U16 TURKEY 59-76

Turkey celebrated 76-59 victory in do-or-die game against Serbia. It was the last day of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Thanks to this win, Turkey ended as 13th ranked team in Miskolc with almost perfect 5-1 record in Group G and survived in Division A. Serbia dropped to 14th place with 4-2 score in Group G and will compete in Division B next summer. Poor result for the Serbian NT, which came to Miskolc with high ambitions. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) led the winners with 19 points and 5 assists. Beylem Ilba (176-SF-96) (13 rebs) and Ezgi Manlaci (175-G-96) helped their country with 12 points each. In Serbia, Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) had double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96) scored 12 pts with poor shot percentage and valuation -1. Turkey made 9-point lead already in the first quarter and they were 38-20 up at the halftime. Serbia closed the gap to 13 with ten minutes to go, but that was all as Turkey shined in the finish to take the comfortable win in this crucial game. Spain won the Gold in Miskolc.

Serbia: Aleksandra Crvendakic 14+10 boards, Tijana Cukic 12
Turkey: Serife Onar 19+5 as, Beylem Ilba 12+13 boards, Ezgi Manlaci 12



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Hungary takes 7th place at U16 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

U16 HUNGARY - U16 SLOVAKIA 67-42

Hungary had no troubles to beat Slovakia 67-42 in the last day of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. It was the game for seventh place at this event and it belongs to Hungary. Slovakia ended as No.8. Agnes Dobos (190-C-96) stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 5 rebounds for 18 minutes on the court. Virag Weninger (174-SG-97) scored 13 points and Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) helped with 9 pts, plus 5 rebounds. In Slovakia, Alzbeta Bubenikova (183-F/C-97) delivered 10 points and Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) had one less. Julia Lelkes (170-PG-98) stopped to 6 points in this defeat. Hungary was much better team during the entire game. They created 7-point lead in the first ten minutes and increased it to 34-14 until the HT. Rest of the game also belonged to Hungary, who celebrated 25-point win at the end. Spain won the Gold in Miskolc.

Hungary: Agnes Dobos 15+5 boards, Virag Weninger 13, Bernadett Horvath 9+5 boards
Slovakia: Alzbeta Bubenikova 10, Lucia Striesova 9, Julia Lelkes 6



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U16 Spain wins the Gold in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 SPAIN - U16 ITALY 70-49

Spain won the Gold at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They blasted Italy 70-49 in the Big Final to take the first place at this event. Silver belongs to Italy. Spain took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. They made 13-point lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 20 until the halftime. Italy slightly improved after the breather, but it was not enough and Spain had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 23-10, 17-10, 19-21, 11-8. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) led the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Laia Flores (170-SF-96) also was great adding 18 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists, while Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) helped with 12 points and 5 rebs. In defeat, Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) shined with 19 points and 12 boards. Their second scorer was Alessia Cabrini (177-SF-96) with 10 pts and Arianna Beretta (177-SF-96) stopped to 7 pts in this game. Russia won the Bronze in Miskolc. Italiy's Zandalasini is named MVP of this event.

Spain: Angela Salvadores 20+7 boards, Laia Flores 18+5 boards+5 as, Laura Quevedo 12+5 boards
Italy: Cecilia Zandalasini 19+12 boards, Alessia Cabrini 10, Arianna Beretta 7



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U16 Sweden hands 61-51 loss to U16 Holland, takes 11th place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News

U16 HOLLAND - U16 SWEDEN 51-61

Sweden outplayed Holland 61-51 in the last day of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. It was a game for 11th place at this event and it belongs to Sweden. Holland ended as No.12 and both teams will compete in Division A also next year. Sweden had 44-38 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game, but Holland came to minus two at the beginning of Q4. Sweden immediately replied with crucial 9-0 run, what was too much for Holland for rest of the way. Andjela Hrnjez (185-C-96) paced Sweden with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Anna Stern scored 11 points, while Sigrid Sandstrom (177-G-96) and Karolina Brunnberg (176-G-96) netted 6 points each. In defeat, Janis Ndiba (185-PF-97) collected 12 points and 14 rebounds. Esther Fokke (180-PF-96) (5 rebs) and Fenne van der Wielen (171-PG-96) posted 10 points apiece. Spain is the Gold medal winner in Miskolc.

Holland: Janis Ndiba 12+14 boards, Esther Fokke 10+5 boards, Fenne van der Wielen 10
Sweden: Andjela Hrnjez 19+6 boards, Anna Stern 11, Sigrid Sandstrom 6, Karolina Brunnberg 6



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  TURKEY   


WNBA champ Lindsay Whalen signs deal with Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Lindsay Whalen (173-PG-82, college: Minnesota) is a new member of Galatasaray, according to Turkish media (Basketdergisi.com). Whalen spent last five seasons with the Czech team ZVVZ USK Praha. They won the championship title and Cup this year and Whalen was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Guard of the Year -12. USK Praha was champion of the country also in 2009 and 2011. Before USK Praha, Lindsay Whalen played for UMMC Ekaterinburg. In the WNBA, the point guard spent several years with Connecticut Sun. She joined Minnesota Lynx in 2010 and she still plays there. Last season Whalen helped Minnesota to win the WNBA title. She had 13.3 ppg, 5.5 apg (No.2) and 3.5 rpg in 42 games and was named to All-WNBA 1st Team -11. This summer Whalen averages 11 points, 5.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds after 19 games.


Turkey survives at U16 EuroBasket Division A, Serbia is relegated to Division B - by Eurobasket News

U16 SERBIA - U16 TURKEY 59-76

Turkey celebrated 76-59 victory in do-or-die game against Serbia. It was the last day of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Thanks to this win, Turkey ended as 13th ranked team in Miskolc with almost perfect 5-1 record in Group G and survived in Division A. Serbia dropped to 14th place with 4-2 score in Group G and will compete in Division B next summer. Poor result for the Serbian NT, which came to Miskolc with high ambitions. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) led the winners with 19 points and 5 assists. Beylem Ilba (176-SF-96) (13 rebs) and Ezgi Manlaci (175-G-96) helped their country with 12 points each. In Serbia, Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) had double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tijana Cukic (173-PG-96) scored 12 pts with poor shot percentage and valuation -1. Turkey made 9-point lead already in the first quarter and they were 38-20 up at the halftime. Serbia closed the gap to 13 with ten minutes to go, but that was all as Turkey shined in the finish to take the comfortable win in this crucial game. Spain won the Gold in Miskolc.

Serbia: Aleksandra Crvendakic 14+10 boards, Tijana Cukic 12
Turkey: Serife Onar 19+5 as, Beylem Ilba 12+13 boards, Ezgi Manlaci 12



USA thump Turkey in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

USA Turkey 80:61

USA recorded the fifth straight win in the preparations for the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Turkey in Istanbul tonight. Seimone Augustus accounted for 16 points to lead the charge.
USA led by just a single point after ten minutes 17:16. They held the hosts to 11 points in the second quarter to boost the lead. USA earned a 32:27 halftime advantage. USA stretched the advantage in the third term. The visitors notched 23 points to ensure a 7-point buffer heading into the fourth stanza. The North American side did not slow down in the fourth quarter firing 25 points and clinching a well-deserved win at the end. Diana Taurasi nailed 14 points, while Sylvia Fowles added 12 points for the winning side. Hollingsworth answered with 16 points for Turkey. Yilmaz produced 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

USA: Seimone Augustus 16, Diana Taurasi 14, Sylvia Fowles 12
Turkey: Hollingsworth 16, Yilmaz 10



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U16 Germany beats U16 UK again, both teams are relegated to Division B - by Eurobasket News

U16 GERMANY - U16 UNITED KINGDOM 60-48

This game was just the formality as everything was already clear before it. Germany outplayed UK 60-48 ending as 15th ranked team of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc with 3-3 record in Group G. UK is the last ranked team at this event with 0-6 in the group. Both countries faced with relegation to Division B. Germany was better team during the entire game. Quarters: 17-15, 19-15, 10-6, 14-12. Their leading player was Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Lisa Janko (184-F-96) had 12 points and 7 boards, while Nele Aha (171-PG-96) and Maj Vom Hofe (178-SF-96) netted 8 pts each. In the loosing squad, Samanta Clement (176-PG-97) scored 13 points. Shanice Norton (170-SG-97) had 8 points and 5 boards. Spain won the Gold at this event.

Germany: Emma lina Stach 24+5 boards, Lisa Janko 12+7 boards, Nele Aha 8, Maj Vom Hofe 8
UK: Samanta Clement 13, Shanice Norton 8+5 boards



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Miami Rain hosts Fort Lauderdale Lions in season finale - by Willie McCray

BY FABIAN LYON
FLYON@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Off to their best start in history since rubbing elbows with the Miami Heat earlier this season, the Womens Blue Chip Basketball League Miami Rain believe the Heats championship aura is following them.

Miami Rain third-year coach Lester Patterson said playing an exhibition game at the American Airlines Arena prior to the Heats matchup against the Bobcats in April, set a championship tone this season for the Rain (9-0), who host the Fort Lauderdale Lions in their season finale at Florida Memorial on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Playing at the Arena gave us a jump start, said Patterson, who has a combined 29-6 record. It definitely took our mindset to a whole new level. For me personally, as a basketball coach to walk the same sidelines as Pat Riley and for the young ladies to play on the same court as superstars Dwyane Wade and LeBron James was huge.

Patterson said an upgrade in speed and athleticism since last season has transformed the Suncoast South Division-leading Rain, which opens the Regional Tournament in Tampa next Saturday, into a serious national title contender.

Charmaine Clark, Jamie Skinner, Princess Bailey and Yvonne Houston lead a deep bench while Kiesha Alexander (16 ppg) Christina Rozier (13 ppg) and Sudanne Stewart (11.5) carry the scoring load.





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USA thump Turkey in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

USA Turkey 80:61

USA recorded the fifth straight win in the preparations for the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Turkey in Istanbul tonight. Seimone Augustus accounted for 16 points to lead the charge.
USA led by just a single point after ten minutes 17:16. They held the hosts to 11 points in the second quarter to boost the lead. USA earned a 32:27 halftime advantage. USA stretched the advantage in the third term. The visitors notched 23 points to ensure a 7-point buffer heading into the fourth stanza. The North American side did not slow down in the fourth quarter firing 25 points and clinching a well-deserved win at the end. Diana Taurasi nailed 14 points, while Sylvia Fowles added 12 points for the winning side. Hollingsworth answered with 16 points for Turkey. Yilmaz produced 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

USA: Seimone Augustus 16, Diana Taurasi 14, Sylvia Fowles 12
Turkey: Hollingsworth 16, Yilmaz 10