EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/28/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Siroki WWin signs Vedran Morovic and Marko Sutalo - by Eurobasket News

Siroki WWin announced two important signings. The team landed point guard Vedran Morovic (184-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Olney Central CC) and shooting guard Marko Sutalo (194-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) for the next season.
Vedran Morovic played for Siroki a year ago. They won Bosnian league title and Cup together. Morovic shined 15.2 ppg, 4.3 apg and 3.5 rpg for 25 games in Adriatic league. He also added 10.5 ppg, 4 apg and 1.9 rpg for 15 games in domestic championship. Morovic split last season between Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine) and Zagreb. In the past, he played for Cibona, VidiVici Bologna, Union Olimpija, Zadar and Ludwigsburg.
Marko Sutalo arrives to Siroki from Hemofarm, where he spent last three seasons. In the latest one Sutalo had 8.9 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 26 games in Adriatic league. He had slightly lower numbers in Serbian championship. With Hemofarm, Sutalo reached Serbian league Finals in 2010 and 2011.



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  ARGENTINA   


Lanus brings in 'Import Player of the Year' Robert Battle and Cleotis Brown - by Eurobasket News

Lanus announced very important signings today. The team landed Americans Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) and Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Illinois) for the next season.
Robert Battle was Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Import Player of the Year -12 and Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Defensive Player of the Year -12. He was a member of Libertad averaging 14.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 46 LigaA games. He played for Libertad also in 2010/11 and from January of 2007 until the end of 2007/08 season. In 2008, Battle also was awarded with Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Import Player of the Year. He won LigaA title in 2008 and Liga Sudamericana crown a year before that, both with Libertad.
Cleotis Brown arrives to the club from Venezuelan Cocodrilos de Caracas. He had 11.9 ppg and 2.3 rpg for them in 33 LPB games. Brown split 2010/11 season between Quimsa and Sionista. He also played for Libertad and Regatas in the past.



Libertad signs Diego Garcia for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Diego Garcia (190-G-79) is a new member of Libertad. The Argentinean guard penned a deal for the next season. He arrives to the club from Spanish Valladolid, where he spent last three years. In the latest one Garcia had 10.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.9 apg for 33 Liga Endesa games. In 2010/11, the player averaged 8.4 points and 1.5 assists in 34 games. In his first season with Valladolid the guard collected 10.7 ppg and 1.7 rpg for 33 games. In the past, he played for LEB Gold teams Burgos and Cantabria Lobos. Diego Garcia played for Argentinean National Team in 2009. He helped them to win the Bronze at FIBA American in San Juan averaging 2.5 ppg and 1.1 apg for 10 games. Before that, Garcia had 10 ppg and 1.7 spg for 3 games at Marchand Cup.


Quilmes tab Maximilano Maciel and Gaston Essengue - by Eurobasket News

Quilmes added two player to the squad. They announced the signing of Maximiliano Maciel (195-F-83) and Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV).
Maximiliano Maciel spent the last season in TNA. He played for San Martin Corrientes. The forward tallied 3.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in TNA. Previously Maximiliano Maciel had stints with Gimnasia Esgrima Comodoro Rivadavia, Regatas Corrientes, Quilmes, Deportivo Puerto Madryn, Boca Juniors. He used to play for U16 and U20 Argentinean National Team.
Gaston Essengue played for Asociacion Italiana in TNA last season. Previously the Cameroonian forward had spells in Argentina, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Kosovo and Turkey. He is the member of Cameroonian National Team. Gaston Essengue participated at 2011 AfroBasket. He tallied 14.5 points, 5.0 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Madagascar.



Huracan add three players - by Eurobasket News

Huracan ensured the services of three players for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Belm.Abbey), Jervaughn Scales (200-F-71, college: Southern) and German Gonzalez (180-PG-92)
Byron Johnson spent the last two seasons with Monte Hermoso Basket. He tallied 16.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game in 2010/11 season in LigaA. Previously Byron Johnson had stints with Penarol Mar del Plata, Lanus, Atletico Independiente, Algodoneros de La Comarca, Portland Reign. He made it into Argentinean All-Imports Team in 2008. He also earned All-Argentinean LigaA Honourable Mention in 2011.
Jervaughn Scales played for Alianza Viedma in TNA last season. He also averaged 11.5 points and 7.4 boards per game for Espanola in 2010/11 season. Previously the forward had spells in Chile, Argentina, USBL, IBA, Israel and Australia.
German Gonzalez played for Centro Juventud Sionista de Parana last season.



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Draw is held in Ulaanbaatar - by Eurobasket News

Fiba Asia U18 Championship Draw has been held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 16 teams have been drawn into four pools with four teams in each. The tournament is slated to be held from August 17 through August 26.
Three top teams from each group will qualify for Eighth-Final Round. The rest of the teams will play in the classification round for 13th-16th places.
Twelve teams that will qualify for the Eighth-Final Round will get into Groups E and F. The top four teams from these groups will advance into quarterfinals. The remaining four teams will play in the classification round for the 9th-12th places.
These are preliminary round groups:

Group A: China, Hong Kong, Lebanon, India
Group B: South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Syria
Group D: Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Bahrain, Mongolia
Group C: Iran, Kazakhstan, Philippines and Saudi Arabia.

Fiba Asia U18 Championship will serve as qualifying event for 2013 U19 World Championship. The event will be held in Czech Republic from June 27 through July 7 next year. The top three teams from the tournament in Mongolia will advance to the U19 World Championship.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Aleks Maric signs in Russia - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban announced very important signing today. The Russian squad penned a deal with Australian center Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska). He arrives to the club from Panathinaikos Athens. Maric had 3.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 21 Euroleague games last season. In Greek league, the center added 6.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg. Maric won Greek and Euroleague titles with PAO a year ago. Last season they won the Greek Cup. In 2010, Aleks Maric was named Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Center of the Year. He exploded with 14.6 ppg and 8.4 rpg for 18 games with Partizan Belgrade. They reached Euroleague Final Four, plus won Serbian and Adriatic league titles and Serbian Cup. Maric was named Serbian and Adriatic league Player of the Year. He was a member of Granada in 2008/09 and it was his first season as a pro. Maric graduated at the University of Nebraska in 2008.


All-Star format set: North vs South - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball League has announced that due to popular demand its showcase event, the NBL All-Star Game, will return to a North versus South format when it is re-introduced on 23 December this year.

The NBL announced in May that it would hold its first All-Star Game since December 2007 this December as a pre-Christmas classic and recently conducted a poll on its website to determine the fans preferred choice for the event format.

Fans were given the choice of either North versus South, East versus West or Aussies versus Internationals in the poll. Over 45% of voters chose the North versus South format which has been used in the majority of previous All-Star events, making it a clear winner with the fans.

For the purposes of team selection for the All-Star Game, the eight NBL teams will be split into two conferences of four teams each based on their geographical locations.

In the North conference will be the Cairns Taipans, Townsville Crocodiles, Sydney Kings and Wollongong Hawks. Making up the South will be the New Zealand Breakers, Melbourne Tigers, Perth Wildcats and Adelaide 36ers.

Two teams of ten players each will be chosen for the 2012 NBL All-Star Game, with one side representing the North and one the South.

Fans will be involved in the selection of the teams, with voting details to be announced shortly. The All-Star coaches will be chosen along North and South lines based on the win-loss record of their NBL teams at a predetermined point in the 2012/13 iiNet NBL Championship regular season. Full details of the All-Star selection process will be announced at a later date.

The venue for the rebooted NBL All-Star Game will also be announced in the coming weeks.

Courtesy of NBL Australia



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  AUSTRIA   


Martins Berkis will be a Panther - by Eurobasket

Martins Berkis (198-F-85, agency: TSS Management) signed his contract Frstenfeld Panthers in Austria and will start to practice with his new team in the middle of August. The 198 cm tall, 27 years old latvian wingman spent the last two seasons in Slovakia and was one of the top players of the league. After playing several seasons with teams in Latvia Martins played shortly in Sweden and Estonia before spending 3 months on Iceland with Ungmennafelagio Snaefell averaging 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg. The season 2010-11 he played for MBK Rieker Komarno in Slovakia and was one key player of his club adding 13.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg in 34 games of the Extraliga. After his great debut in the league he got several offers and decided to move to Svit, where he run a great season helping his team with 15.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg while shooting with 43.1% from the 3points and 87.1% from the free throw line.


Israel fire past Austria in Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

Austria - Israel 70:95

Israel posted the first win at the start of international tournament in Oberwart. They overwhelmed the hosts in the opener. Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) and Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88) scored 18 points each for the winners.
Austria started the game strongly. They exploded with 29 points in the opening quarter to take an 11-point lead. Israel turned the tables in the second quarter. They went on a massive 27:10 run to ensure a 45:39 halftime lead. Israel poured in 30 points in the third term to boost the lead. They arrived at the final intermission up by 21 points. Israel stretched the advantage in the fourth term and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Alex Tyus (203-F/C-88, college: Florida) knocked down 12 points, while Raviv Limonad added 11 points for the winning team. Jason Detrick (198-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma), Davor Lamesic (203-F-83, agency: Interperformances) and Christoph Nagler (196-G-84) answered with 12 points each for Austria.

Austria: Jason Detrick 12, Davor Lamesic 12, Christoph Nagler 12
Israel: Guy Pnini 18, Omri Casspi 18, Alex Tyus 12



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Rudupis keep Povilas Butkevicius, Gintaras Kadziulis and Gediminas Orelikas - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis have secured the services of Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87, agency: Players Group), Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) and Gediminas Orelikas (198-G/F-90) for the next season. The team signed new deals with the players.
Povilas Butkevicius started the previous season with Zalgiris. He tallied 10.0 points and 5.5 boards per LKL game. Later Povilas Butkevicius was loaned to Rudupis Prienu. The forward notched 11.5 points, 6.5 boards and 1.0 assist per game in LKL. In Baltic League Povilas Butkevicius posted 11.7 points, 5.6 boards and 1.2 steals. In EuroCup his stats read 7.0 points and 6.0 boards.
Gintaras Kadziulis will enter the second straight season with the Prienu team. The guard joined Rudupis at the start of the previous season. He notched 10.7 points, 2.3 assists and 2.0 boards per game in EuroCup. In Baltic League his stats read 11.9 points, 3.5 assists and 2.1 boards. In LKL Gintaras Kadziulis had 10.1 points, 3.7 assists and 2.4 boards.
Gediminas Orelikas will enter the third straight season with Rudupis. His stats read 9.8 points, 4.3 boards, 2.5 assists in EuroCup. The forward also notched 11.0 points in Baltic League and 11.4 points per game in LKL.



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. CEP Fleurus 0-0 
 2. Essor Charleroi 0-0 
 3. Excelsior 0-0 
 4. Gembo BBC 0-0 
 5. Gent Dragons 0-0 
 6. Giants II 0-0 
 7. Houthalen 0-0 
 8. Kangor.-Boom 0-0 
 9. M.Hainaut II 0-0 
 10. Oudenaarde 0-0 
 11. Sint-Jan Ant. 0-0 
 12. Sprimont 0-0 
 13. St-Niklase 0-0 
 14. Tongeren 0-0 
 15. Waregem 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 7: M.Hainaut II - Sprimont
Sep. 8: Gent Dragons - Waregem
Sep. 8: Tongeren - Houthalen
Sep. 9: Essor Charleroi - Kangor.-Boom
Sep. 9: Gembo BBC - St-Niklase
Sep. 9: Giants II - Sint-Jan Ant.
Sep. 9: Oudenaarde - Excelsior


Wesley Wilkinson joins Telenet Oostende - by Eurobasket Center

Telenet Oostende agreed terms with 28-year old American Wesley Wilkinson (207-PF-84, college: Nebraska). Wilkinson played most recently at Olin Edirne Basketball (Turkey). While playing 6 games in EuroChallenge for Olin Edirne last season he recorded 8.2ppg and 3.8rpg. He also played 29 games in Turkish League and his stats were 7.1ppg and 3.2rpg. He played also pro basketball in France and Turkey. Three years ago while playing for TEC Spirou Charleroi, he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Wilkinson graduated University of Nebraska in 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BOSNIA   


Siroki WWin signs Vedran Morovic and Marko Sutalo - by Eurobasket News

Siroki WWin announced two important signings. The team landed point guard Vedran Morovic (184-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Olney Central CC) and shooting guard Marko Sutalo (194-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) for the next season.
Vedran Morovic played for Siroki a year ago. They won Bosnian league title and Cup together. Morovic shined 15.2 ppg, 4.3 apg and 3.5 rpg for 25 games in Adriatic league. He also added 10.5 ppg, 4 apg and 1.9 rpg for 15 games in domestic championship. Morovic split last season between Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine) and Zagreb. In the past, he played for Cibona, VidiVici Bologna, Union Olimpija, Zadar and Ludwigsburg.
Marko Sutalo arrives to Siroki from Hemofarm, where he spent last three seasons. In the latest one Sutalo had 8.9 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 26 games in Adriatic league. He had slightly lower numbers in Serbian championship. With Hemofarm, Sutalo reached Serbian league Finals in 2010 and 2011.



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  CAMEROON   


NaNa Harding signs in Germany - by Eurobasket News

Harding NaNa (203-F-81, college: Delaware) will continue his career in Germany. The Cameroonian forward penned a one-year deal with New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. They compete in German top division. Harding spent last season with Greek Ilysiakos Athens and was third rebounder of the league. He had 12 ppg and 7.5 rpg for 22 games. Harding joined Ilysiakos in April of 2011 and he finished 2010/11 season there. He started it with Polish Polonia Warszawa averaging 14.4 points and 8.3 rebounds for 21 PLK games. Harding played for Polonia also in 2009/10. In the past, he was a member of Rosalia, Turow and Polpak. Harding NaNa is a product of Delaware University, where he graduated in 2006. The player helped Cameroonian NT to reach Semifinals at 2009 AfroBasket in Libya.


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  CANADA   


Raptors sign free-agent point guard John Lucas III - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors signed free-agent point guard John Lucas III (180-PG-82, college: Oklahoma St.) on Friday.

The 29-year-old has averaged five points, 1.4 assists and 11.1 minutes in 111 career regular-season games with the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls.

In seven career playoff outings, Lucas has averaged 6.1 points, 1.3 assists and 14.6 minutes.

Lucas had career bests in points (7.5), assists (2.2) and rebounds (1.6) in a career-high 49 games with Chicago last season.

The five-foot-11, 165-pound Lucas played overseas from 2007-10 in Italy, Spain and China after two seasons in the NBA with Houston.

Lucas, who played for the Rockets from 2005 to 2007, is the son of John Lucas, Jr., who was taken first overall by Houston in the 1976 NBA draft.

Courtesy of www.cbc.ca



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  CHINA   


Guangzhou L. wins NBL Finals - by Eurobasket News

Guangzhou FM - Guangzhou L. 89-96

Guangzhou L. wins NBL Finals with 3-1 in the series over Guangzhou FM. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-17. But Guangzhou FM won second period 26-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou L. looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Guangzhou FM's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Chao Tian (183-89) who added 19 points and 9 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 15 rebounds and guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Guangzhou L. and five Guangzhou FM players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: S.Walter 31+15reb, Y.KaiFu 13+9reb+5ast, D.JunJiang 12+6reb, W.SongWei 11+4reb+2ast, L.DaPeng 11+5reb+1ast, Y.Liang 6+1reb
Guangzhou L.: W.Jing 20+3reb+4ast, J.Davon 20+16reb+4ast, T.Chao 19+4reb+9ast, C.DaWei 19+7reb+3ast, J.Lei 6+3reb, L.XiangTao 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 180292



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  CROATIA   


U16 European Championship: France topple Croatia to stay in title hunt - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Croatia U16 67:64

France stay in the title quest at U16 European Championship. They dethroned Croatia beating them in the quarterfinal clash. Leopold Cavaliere (198-PF-96), Lucas Dussoulier (196-PG-96) and Antoine Wallez (202-PF-96) scored 9 points each for the winners.
Croatia secured the strong start. They outscored Les Bleus 26:13 in the opening ten minutes. But France quickly came back to life. They stopped the rot and narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark at the interval 31:40. France turned things around in the third quarter. Les Bleus triggered a 13:1 run to level things up at 43. France soon triggered a 12:0 to clear off. They hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Smock and Ory finished with 8 points each for France. Luka Bozic (188-PG-96) and Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) responded with 16 points each for Croatia.

France U16: Leopold Cavaliere 9, Lucas Dussoulier 9, Antoine Wallez 9
Croatia U16: Luka Bozic 16, Marko Arapovic 16



Daniel Jusup takes over Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Zagreb got a new Head Coach for the next season. Actually, the team returned its former coach Daniel Jusup , who worked at the club from March of 2007 to December same year. They penned a 1-year deal today. Zagreb changed three coaches last season. They started with Ivica Burica, replaced him with Vladimir Andoic and finally finished the season with Drazen Brajkovic.
Daniel Jusup started last season with Zadar, but they parted ways in January. He took them over in January of 2010. Before that, Jusup worked with Siroki and Lokomotic Rostov na Donu. In the past, he coached Anwil and Benston Zagreb. In 2003, Daniel Jusup won Adriatic league title and Croatian Cup with Zadar. He was named Eurobasket All-Croatian League Coach of the Year -03.
Zagreb will compete next season only in Croatian championship.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U16 European Championship: Czech Republic prevail against England - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U16 - England U16 67:63

Czech Republic earned the victory in the classification round Group G at U16 European Championship tonight. They defeated England to improve at 2-3 record. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) topscored for Czech Republic again with 19 points.
England led by three points after the opening quarter 17:14. But Czech team denied the deficit to post a 33:30 halftime advantage. Czech Republic stretched the lead in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points. The margin grew at 10-point mark early in the final frame. Jules Akodo (G-96) pulled England within four but they simply ran out of time to save the game. Daniel Klimek (190-SG-96) netted 12 points, while David Skranc (196-C-96) added 10 points for the winners. Jules Akodo answered with 15 points for England. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (191-SG-96) netted 10 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U16: Matej Svoboda 19, Daniel Klimek 12, David Skranc 10
England U16: Jules Akodo 15, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 10



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  EUROCUP   


Clay Tucker inks with Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Clay Tucker (196-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) inks with Valencia for 2012/2013 season. The American Guard left Acea Virtus Roma.
Earlier Clay Tucker decided to finish the season in Italy with Acea Virtus Roma. He was asked by the management of the Italian team to search for a new team. He reached an agreement with Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul but after the win in Caserta, Roma blocked his transfer.
The former Real Madrid player averaged 15.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 85.3%. Clay Tucker played also for Joventut Badalona in the earlier season. The guard notched 16.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game in ACB. In EuroCup Clay Tucker delivered 12.5 points, 4.1 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per appearance.
In 2011 he reached Spanish ACB Supercup Semifinals -11, became Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Finalist -11 and Euroleague Semifinals -11. Moreover he reached Spanish ACB Semifinals -11 and was Spanish ACB Regular Season Runner-Up -11.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Bamberg: John Goldsberry receives contract for 2012-13 season - by Moritz Korff

John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) will sign a new contract with the Brose Baskets Bamberg for the 2012-13 season. The 29-year-old playmaker has been sidelined due to a knee- and ankle-injury for several months and therefore did not play a single game during this past campaign.
Before his injuries Goldsberry was a vital part of Bamberg's 2011 championship team and played for the Brose Baskets since 2008. He recently went through medical tests, which showed positive results, according to the Bamberg press release. Goldsberry will continue his rehab and hopes to be ready by early September, when team practice will kick off.



Kirilenko returns to NBA with deal from Wolves - by Diamadis Farmakis

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed free agent Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) bringing the versatile forward back to the NBA after a one-season absence. The Russian superstar, dominated last year in his return in Europe, winning the Euroleague MVP award and the Best Defender of the year. All the details below.

The contract was completed Friday as soon as the Wolves consummated their three-team trade with New Orleans and Phoenix to clear space under the salary cap for Kirilenko, while per team policy, terms of the contract offer were not disclosed. In Wolves, Kirilenko will play along side Ricky Rubio and All-Star Kevin Love.

The 31-year-old Kirilenko is currently playing with the Russian national team at the Summer Olympics in London. He played 10 years for the Utah Jazz, averaging 12.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, but spent the 2011-12 season with the CKSA Moscow club. He won the Most Valuable Player and Best Defender awards in the Euroleague.

"We are pleased that Andrei has decided to resume his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves," said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "Over his time in the NBA he has proven to be one of the best defensive players in the world. His ability to play multiple positions and big-game experience will be wonderful assets to our team. He is coming off an MVP season in Europe, on what many believe was the best team in Europe, CSKA Moscow


Kirilenko says he's eager to play for head coach Rick Adelman and that feels his game "fits in well with his style of play."


**Kirilenko, 31, has spent parts of 10 seasons in the NBA, all with the Utah Jazz. In 681 career games (478 starts) the St. Petersburg, Russia, native holds averages of 12.4 points (.470 FG, .312 3FG, .763 FT), 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.0 blocks in 30.8 minutes per game. In 45 career playoff games (36 starts), the 6-9 forward owns averages of 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.9 blocks per game.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

Stats Leaders - Group B

Points Per Game
 Gyorgy GOLOMAN
  (204-F/C-96)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Goloman, HUN13.6 
 2. Mandic, SUI13.4 
 3. Berg, NOR13.3 
 4. Cafisi, SUI11.9 
 5. Boezeman, NED11.7 
 6. Franke, NED11.6 
 7. Ogunsipe, AUT11.3 
 8. Lazic, BIH10.8 
 9. Balic, BIH10.5 
 10. da Silva, POR10.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony POLITE
  (190-SF-97)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Polite, SUI12.4 
 2. Berg, NOR12.0 
 3. Lazic, BIH10.3 
 4. Goloman, HUN8.9 
 5. Ogunsipe, AUT8.7 
 6. Dolven, NOR8.2 
 7. Araujo, POR6.4 
 8. Boezeman, NED6.4 
 9. Smajlovic, BIH6.0 
 10. Morren, NED6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Patrik HODI
  (197-PF-96)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Hodi, HUN3.4 
 2. Amiel, POR3.1 
 3. Cafisi, SUI3.0 
 4. Goloman, HUN2.9 
 5. Nymo, NOR2.3 
 6. da Silva, POR2.3 
 7. Balic, BIH2.3 
 8. Gacic, BIH2.0 
 9. de Haas, NED1.9 
 10. Butter, NED1.9 
Steals Per Game
 Francisco AMIEL
  (186-PG-96)
  Avg: 3
 1. Amiel, POR3.0 
 2. Meszaros, HUN2.6 
 3. Tukama, SUI2.4 
 4. Garic, BIH2.2 
 5. Otoka, SUI1.9 
 6. Butter, NED1.9 
 7. Hodi, HUN1.9 
 8. Overdevest, NED1.9 
 9. Goloman, HUN1.9 
 10. da Silva, POR1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gyorgy GOLOMAN
  (204-F/C-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Goloman, HUN2.6 
 2. Araujo, POR1.1 
 3. Ogunsipe, AUT1.0 
 4. Boezeman, NED1.0 
 5. Lazic, BIH0.8 
 6. Hodi, HUN0.7 
 7. Joch, AUT0.7 
 8. Fragniere, SUI0.7 
 9. Acs, HUN0.6 
 10. Morren, NED0.6 


Italy, Serbia, France and Turkey enter semifinals in Latvia and Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Quarterfinals
Serbia - Spain 68-67
Serbia advanced into the semifinal round of U16 European Championship. They nipped Spain in the thrilling quarterfinal battle in Vilnius tonight. Ilija Dokovic (185-G-96) converted two free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Serbia. Serbia jumped to an early lead. They posted a 20:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Spain slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. Spain denied the deficit and eked out a 32:31 halftime lead. Spain stretched the lead in the third term. They secured a 7-point lead at the final intermission. But Serbia ignited a 9:0 run early in the final period to level things up at 57. Daskalovic put Serbia in charge with a three-pointer 64:61 midway through the final frame. But Brais Gago (180-G-96) gave Spain a 67:66 lead with under two minutes to go. But Ilija Dokovic nailed two free throws, while Bauza missed a jumper as Serbia ran away with the victory. Vukan Stojanovic (192-SG-96) knocked down 17 points, while Nikola Pavlovic added 13 points for the winners. Brais Gago answered with 17 points for Spain. Marc Garcia had 14 points in the loss.

Turkey - Germany 67-56
Turkey advanced into U16 European Championship semifinals. They held off German counterparts in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Akif Guven (206-C-96) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Turkey. Turkey ensured a quick start. They surged ahead and posted a 20:13 lead at the first break. Germany narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. They held Turkey to 6 points in the period and got within 3 points at halftime 23:26. Turkey regained control in the third quarter. They limited Germany to 11 points in the period to secure an 8-point lead at the final intermission. Turkey unloaded 25 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) scored 10 points, while Tolga Gecim added 9 points for Turkey. Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) responded with 13 points for Germany. Kevin Casper had 12 points in the loss.

France - Croatia 67-64
France stay in the title quest at U16 European Championship. They dethroned Croatia beating them in the quarterfinal clash. Leopold Cavaliere (198-PF-96), Lucas Dussoulier (196-PG-96) and Antoine Wallez (202-PF-96) scored 9 points each for the winners. Croatia secured the strong start. They outscored Les Bleus 26:13 in the opening ten minutes. But France quickly came back to life. They stopped the rot and narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark at the interval 31:40. France turned things around in the third quarter. Les Bleus triggered a 13:1 run to level things up at 43. France soon triggered a 12:0 to clear off. They hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Smock and Ory finished with 8 points each for France. Luka Bozic (188-PG-96) and Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) responded with 16 points each for Croatia.

Italy - Poland 82-79
Italy extended their winning streak to 7 points at the U16 European Championship. The latest victory came today when the Azzurri held off Poland in quarterfinal. Federico Mussini (179-PG-96) scored 20 points to lead the winners. Italy started the game confidently. They built a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. Poland did not allow Italy to clear off in the second quarter. They narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at halftime. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Italy entered the final frame up by just two points 65:63. Wlodarczyk and Marek Zywert (185-SG-96) put Poland in front at the start of the final quarter. The lead changed hands before Spera and Federico Mussini made it 80:77 with 22 seconds to go. Mateusz Stawiak narrowed the gap but Flaccadori sealed the victory for Italy. Riccardo Rossato (189-PG-96) provided 19 points for Italy. Pierfrancesco Oliva added 15 points, 11 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Marek Zywert responded with 17 points for Poland. Mateusz Stawiak had 13 points in the loss.
9-12 place
Ukraine - Greece 64-80
Greece earned victory in the classification round of U16 European Championship. The Hellenes fired past Ukraine to set up the clash versus Lithuania vs. Latvia winners for the 9th overall position. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Ukraine suffered the fifth straight loss at the tournament. Greece eked out a narrow 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine stayed close throughout the second quarter. They got within two points at halftime 39:41. But Greece took over in the third quarter. They held their opponents to 9 points in the period and stretched the lead to 11 points. Greece did not allow Ukraine to restore the intrigue in the final frame. The Hellenes stayed cool and rallied to the victory at the end. Vasileios Toliopoulos (185-PG-96) had 13 points, 6 boards and 4 assists, while Konstantinos Zorzos added 12 points for the winners. Nikita Voievoda (180-PG-96) and Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) provided 12 points apiece in the loss.

Lithuania - Latvia 72-84
Latvia wins the Baltic battle at the U16 European Championship in Division A. Latvia overcame Lithuania 84:72 at the Classification Games for 9th to 12th Place. Latvia started with 20-17 after the first 10 minutes and added 24-16 in the second frame. Moreover the third quarter also belonged to the Latvian side. They won the period 20-11 for 20-point advantage after 30 minutes. Lithuania managed to win the third quarter 28-20 but was too far to reach the opponents. Rauls Avenitis (180-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Ervins Meznieks (184-F-96) netted 18. Rihards Lomazs delivered 17, while Gustavs Treimanis scored 7. Domantas Sabonis (199-PF-96) collected 18 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Mantas Serksnas nailed 11. Raimundas Zuklevicius poured in 10 points, whilst Tautvydas Paliukenas added 8.

Group G
Czech Republic - United Kingdom 67-63
Czech Republic earned the victory in the classification round Group G at U16 European Championship tonight. They defeated England to improve at 2-3 record. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) topscored for Czech Republic again with 19 points. England led by three points after the opening quarter 17:14. But Czech team denied the deficit to post a 33:30 halftime advantage. Czech Republic stretched the lead in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points. The margin grew at 10-point mark early in the final frame. Jules Akodo (G-96) pulled England within four but they simply ran out of time to save the game. Daniel Klimek (190-SG-96) netted 12 points, while David Skranc added 10 points for the winners. Jules Akodo answered with 15 points for England. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye netted 10 points in the loss.

Slovenia - Russia 57-102
Russia demolish Slovenian side in the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Place at the U16 European Championship. The Russian side won Group G with 4-0 record, while Slovenia fell at 1-3. Russia opened the game with 21:13 and never looked behind. They added 21-16 in the second quarter as the board showed 42:29 at the halftime. Morozov scored for 44:29 and Maleyko posted two for 49:33. Ivanov meanwhile made two free throws for 72:45 after three quarters. They added 30-12 in the last stanza for a three-digit number. Pavel Afanasev (194-SG-96) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Ilya Karpenkov (200-C-97) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Alexander Gavrilov and Nikita Shantaley followed them with 12 points apiece. Tilen Kodrin (202-SF-96) and Nejc Zupan nailed 12 points each in the losing effort, while Matej Kavas had 10.



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U16 European Championship: France topple Croatia to stay in title hunt - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Croatia U16 67:64

France stay in the title quest at U16 European Championship. They dethroned Croatia beating them in the quarterfinal clash. Leopold Cavaliere (198-PF-96), Lucas Dussoulier (196-PG-96) and Antoine Wallez (202-PF-96) scored 9 points each for the winners.
Croatia secured the strong start. They outscored Les Bleus 26:13 in the opening ten minutes. But France quickly came back to life. They stopped the rot and narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark at the interval 31:40. France turned things around in the third quarter. Les Bleus triggered a 13:1 run to level things up at 43. France soon triggered a 12:0 to clear off. They hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Smock and Ory finished with 8 points each for France. Luka Bozic (188-PG-96) and Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) responded with 16 points each for Croatia.

France U16: Leopold Cavaliere 9, Lucas Dussoulier 9, Antoine Wallez 9
Croatia U16: Luka Bozic 16, Marko Arapovic 16



Kevin Tiggs lands in Dijon - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) lands in Dijon for the upcoming season. The American Swingman moved to France.
Last year the Ivano-Frankivsk team in Ukraine has agreed on terms of contract with Kevin Tiggs. The 27-year-old forward started the earlier season in Ferro-ZNTU. He tallied 8.4 points, 3.6 boards and 1.8 assists per game in Superleague. In EuroChallenge Qualifying Round Kevin Tiggs posted 14.5 points, 2.5 assists, 1.5 boards and 1.5 steals. The forward moved to Apoel Nicosia in October. His stats read 11.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.2 assists per game in EuroChallenge. Kevin Tiggs registered 14.3 points, 2.5 steals and 1.8 assists in Cypriot League. The forward led Apoel to the regular season crown. Kevin Tiggs was named All-Cypriot League Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2011-2012 for Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five) he averaged 11.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 67.6%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 70.6% in EuroChallenge and in Ukrainian League showed 14.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP-3 (60.9%), 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 71.4%.



ASVEL signs rookie Tim Abromaitis - by Eurobasket News

Tim Abromaitis (203-F-89) will start his professional basketball career in France. The American big guy penned a 1-year deal with ASVEL. He will be back-up for Amara Sy (202-F-81).
Tim Abromaitis graduated at Notre Dame University few months ago. He appeared just 2 times as a senior due to injury. As a junior, Abromaitis shined with 15.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 1.8 apg in 34 games. The player had even better numbers in his sophomore season. Notre Dame reached Big Tournament Semifinals in 2010 and 2011, and they also played in NIT Final Four in 2009. Abromaitis was named All-Big East 3rd Team -11 and All-Big East Honorable Mention -10. A year ago he played for the USA University National Team.
Earlier this week ASVEL announced signing of Georgi Joseph (197-F-82, college: Kennesaw St.). The forward comes from Orleans. He spent the last season there. Georgi Joseph tallied 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game in ProA. Previously Georgi Joseph had stints with Pau-Lacq-Orthez, Aix-Maurienne, Stade Clermontois, Paris Racing and Agricola Gloria Monteacatini. He participated at ProA All-Star Game back in 2007.



Tony Parker changed by eye injury - by Eurobasket News

Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) stared into the darkness while confined to his hotel room following a freak eye injury that nearly ended his career.

As hours turned to days, the San Antonio star guard's thoughts raced back to a night of partying in a New York club that turned fateful. Parker was a bystander trapped in the middle of a bottle-throwing melee, a shard of glass almost cost him everything.

"Life can change pretty fast," he said.

Parker was lucky, and he knows it. Despite not being able to practice until recently, he's here at the Olympics, leading a French team that's at less than full strength and will open the tournament Sunday against a U.S. squad overloaded with superstars and expected to leave London carrying gold.

The accident has altered him, made him cautious but unafraid.

"It's so funny, because I just had my best year in the NBA and in one night it can change," said Parker, who will wear goggles during the Olympics. "It just puts life in perspective and you think, 'OK, next time I have to be careful,' but at the same time you can't stop living because then you don't even cross the street.

"You don't want to dramatize too much, but it still puts it all in perspective."

On Thursday night, a relaxed Parker sat on a sofa with his back to the Thames and briefly discussed the events leading up to what will likely be the 30-year-old's only Olympic appearance as a player. He did not reveal any details of the incident at Greenhouse, the trendy club which has been closed since R&B singer Chris Brown and members of rapper Drake's entourage fought.

Parker got caught in the crossfire during the brawl and wound up with a piece of glass embedded in his cornea. Doctors later told him that he came within "two millimeters away of losing my eye."

There are no visible traces of trauma in Parker's eye. If there are any scars, they're hidden.

"It scared me a lot," he said. "It was like a crazy situation, you can't believe it's happening. It was almost like you were in a movie."

He was banned from flying and ordered to avoid any light. So he stayed his hotel room for eight days before traveling to San Antonio. The time alone allowed him to reflect on things, and it was also a period when Parker's friends and teammates worried about his future.

"I was beyond scared because it goes beyond basketball," said French forward Ronny Turiaf. "Tony and I have been friends for the last 15 or 16 years. We've shared so many moments and have been there for each other as much as possible throughout our careers, and when you hear about one of your friends going down with a freak injury like that you panic.

"The one thing I know about Tony is that he never gets down or gets defeated. I knew he was going to pull through."

Turiaf hasn't noticed any dramatic change in his close friend.

"I haven't seen anything different," he said. "Actually, I lied, he plays with goggles now."

Respect for Parker runs deep and outside the edges of France's roster. Chris Paul, who said Parker is one of his closest friends and has one Parker's old French jerseys hanging in his house, said he called Parker after the incident happened.

"I was worried about him," Paul said. "I talked to him when he went to the doctor. I was just happy, he was definitely happier than I was, but I was happy to hear he was OK."

LeBron James also was concerned about Parker's well-being.

"You never want to see a freak accident take anyone's livelihood away," James said Friday. "I'm happy that it wasn't severe and he's still able to play. It was definitely a scary thing, not only for him but for a lot of people."

Following doctors' orders, Parker didn't practice for several weeks and only recently rejoined the French team, which is already missing center Joakim Noah because of an injured left ankle. Parker said a combination of this year's condensed season and the surgery haven't allowed his body to bounce back.

"I just started training like 10 days ago so I'm not 100 percent," he said. "I'm not even close to being in shape. We had a terrible preparation but we're going to try and do the best we can."

Parker knows France's chances of shocking the Americans are long, not impossible. He intends to play with the same speed and intensity as always.

That's one thing that will never change about him.

"I want to get a medal," he said. "Even if all the odds are against us, anything can happen in one game

Courtesy of www.woai.com



Clippers officially sign free agent Ronny Turiaf - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers today signed free agent forward Ronny Turiaf (6'10''-C-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.

A seven-year NBA veteran and native of the Caribbean island of Martinique, Turiaf is currently playing in the 2012 London Olympics for the French National Team. Turiaf, 29, appeared in a total of 17 regular season games last season with the Washington Wizards and Miami Heat. He played in 12 playoff games while helping the Heat to the NBA Championship.

The 6-foot-10 inch Turiaf has appeared in a total of 375 career NBA games, averaging 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 blocks while shooting 53 percent from the field in 17.9 minutes. Originally drafted by the Lakers with the 37thoverall selection of the 2005 NBA Draft after a stand-out career at Gonzaga University, Turiaf was the West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2004-05 and left Gonzaga as the fourth leading scorer in school history.

In the NBA, Turiaf has also played for the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks and grabbed a career-high 4.6 rebounds per game in 2008-09 with the Warriors while starting 26 of the 79 games he appeared in.

Courtesy of www.foxsportswest.com



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Mens playoffs finalists known - by Eurobasket News

Somo Band Toungui BB have qualified for the final of the Gabonese mens basketball playoffs during the semis yesterday.
Somo B qualified by default while Toungui BB pulled a difficult 75-64 against Stade Mandji.
Courtesy of:StarAfrica.com



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Germany overcome Portugal in Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Portugal 79:77

Germany celebrated the first win at the international tournament in Oberwart. They held off Portugal in the opener. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Germany started the game strongly. They accumulated a 22:13 lead after ten minutes. Portugal slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. They got within 5 points at the interval 38:33. Portugal stayed aggressive throughout the third term. They narrowed the deficit and eventually pulled in front for a 59:58 lead at the final intermission. Germany quickly returned the lead in the fourth frame. They gained a 72:66 lead before Portugal trimmed it back to 2 points. However Germany proved cool in the dying minutes and eked out a narrow win at the end. Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-PF-81, college: Penn St.) posted 12 points, while Bastian Doreth (183-G-89) contributed 11 points for the winners. Joao Gomes (199-F-85) responded with 16 points for Portugal. Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) produced 13 points in the loss.

Germany: Heiko Schaffartzik 17, Jan-Hendrik Jagla 12, Bastian Doreth 11
Portugal: Joao Gomes 16, Mario Fernandes 13



U16 European Championship: Turkey edge Germany to advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U16 - Germany U16 67:56

Turkey advanced into U16 European Championship semifinals. They held off German counterparts in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Akif Guven (206-C-96) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Turkey.
Turkey ensured a quick start. They surged ahead and posted a 20:13 lead at the first break. Germany narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. They held Turkey to 6 points in the period and got within 3 points at halftime 23:26. Turkey regained control in the third quarter. They limited Germany to 11 points in the period to secure an 8-point lead at the final intermission. Turkey unloaded 25 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) scored 10 points, while Tolga Gecim (202-PG-96) added 9 points for Turkey. Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) responded with 13 points for Germany. Kevin Casper (199-F-96) had 12 points in the loss.

Turkey U16: Akif Guven 19, Okben Ulubay 10, Tolga Gecim 9
Germany U16: Jan Wimberg 13, Kevin Casper 12



Bamberg: John Goldsberry receives contract for 2012-13 season - by Moritz Korff

John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) will sign a new contract with the Brose Baskets Bamberg for the 2012-13 season. The 29-year-old playmaker has been sidelined due to a knee- and ankle-injury for several months and therefore did not play a single game during this past campaign.
Before his injuries Goldsberry was a vital part of Bamberg's 2011 championship team and played for the Brose Baskets since 2008. He recently went through medical tests, which showed positive results, according to the Bamberg press release. Goldsberry will continue his rehab and hopes to be ready by early September, when team practice will kick off.



Felix Rotaru will stay with the Giessen Pointers - by Moritz Korff

Felix Rotaru (200-F-79) remains loyal to the VfB Giessen Pointers after the team has been relegated from the 2. Bundesliga Pro B to the 1. Regionalliga South-West. The 33-year-old team captain will go into his 12th season with the team. Last season he scored 12.3 points per contest, and also pulled down 7.2 rebounds a game. Prior to the Pointers' two-year stint in Pro B basketball, Rotaru was one of the dominating figures in the RLSW: He was named to the Eurobasket.com All-RLSW First Team in 2010 and to the Second Team in 2008 and 2009.


Nitsch from Magdeburg to Aschersleben - by Moritz Korff

Frederic Nitsch (199-F-90) moves from BBC Magdeburg to the Aschersleben Tigers, the 1. Regionalliga North outfit unveiled on its website. The product of BG Rotenburg/Scheessel played for the Febro Eagles since 2010, but due to a knee injury had only five appearances on the Magdeburg squad last season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.6 rebounds a game.

"Frederic is not your typical big man, but he knows how to move underneath the basket and he can finish with both hands and with a high percentage. Plus he works hard and does those little things well, which are so important for a team. We want give him the opportunity to fight his way back after his injury and we are sure that he will add depth to our roster", Tigers' coach Kamil Piechucki stated.




Kristofer Speier on his way to Hagen - by Moritz Korff

1. Regionalliga West team BG Hagen has confirmed the signing of Kristofer Speier (206-F-81, college: Lewis-Clark St.). The 31-year-old post player spent the past five years with the Schwelmer Baskets. In 2009-10 Speier was named Eurobasket.com All-RLW Player of the Year and made the Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro B First Team in 2011. Speier averaged 10.4 points and 6 rebounds for Schwelm last season.
BG also added Chris Viardo (180-G-82) and Amadeus Lungwitz to its roster for the 2012-13 season.



Barry Stewart Returns Back To TBB Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After a season playing for the LTI Giessen 46ers, Barry Stewart (191-G-88, college: Mississippi St.) returns to his stomping ground Trier where he was as a Beko BBL rookie in the 2010-2011 season. Stewart is a 24 year old 191cm shooting guard from Shelbyville, Tennesse. Last season with the LTi Giessen 46ers, he played 34 games: 13.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 80.7%. He was a very consistent and reliable Giessen player scoring in double figures 27 times. His best game of the season was 23 points against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven where he netted five three pointers. As a rookie with TBB Trier, Stewart played 35 games: 8.8ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 35.8%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 78.4%. He started his basketball career with Mississippi St. (NCAA) in 2006 where he played until 2010. In hiss enior year, he played 36 games: 11.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 37.4%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 71.4%. He played a total of 141 NCAA games. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been SEC Western Division Runner-Up -07, SEC Tournament Semifinals -07, 08, SEC All-Freshman Team -07, SEC Eastern Division Regular Season Champion -08, NIT Final Four -07, SEC Tournament Winner -09, SEC All-Tournament Team -09, 10, SEC West Division Regular Season Co-Champion -10, and SEC Tournament Finalist -10


Konstantin Klein (Fraport Skyliners) It Is My Job As A Point Guard To Make My Teammates Better - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Konstantin Klein (185-PG-91) is a 21 year old 185cm guard from Berlin that will be playing is first season for the Fraport Skyliners. He started his basketball career with ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga) where he played until 2011. Last season he played for BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProB, starting five): 28 games: 9.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 73.2%. Awards and achievements in his career have been German U18 National Team -09, Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) -09, European Championships U18 in Metz (France) -09: 6 games: 0.7ppg, 1.7rpg, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -10
German U20 National Team -11, European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) -11: 9 games: 3.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.0apg, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -12, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -12. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Welcome to the Fraport Skyliners. How happy are you about joining this organization?


I am very happy that they have given me this chance.

How did the contact come to the Fraport Skyliners?


My agent Jan Rhodewald got the contact after Klaus Perwas had noticed my play.

What were the main reasons for coming to the Fraport Skyliners?


The city was important. I am from a big city Berlin and being in Frankfurt is a plus. Also the chnace to play with the Beko BBL team each day was important. I also like the orgnaizationa nd my grandmother lives in the area.

What are your goals with the Fraport Skyliners?

To be successful with the PRO B team and fight for the playoffs. I also want to work hard and become a Beko BBL player one day.

What do you know about your new coach Eric Detlef?


I remember playing against him twice last season with Gotha. I spent a day with him in Frankfurt. I am happy that he is the new coach?

Detlef said that you have the ability to make your teammates better. Where did you get this ability?

That is a big compliment from him. It is my job as a point guard to make my teammates better.

What is a strength in your game that isnt noticed right away?

My defense and my never give up mentality.

If you could ask Pascal Roller one thing about being a point guard, what would you ask him?

I would ask him for advice on defense and just about observing the little things on the court.

How were you able to develop further as a player with Gotha?


I think just being able to get minutes and the trust from coach Marko Simic was important. Playing 30 minutes as a 20 year old was important. I think I was able to take more responsibility and just playing with talented players helped me.

How did Marko Simic help you on the court most?

When I cam from Alba Berlin 2, there were so many things that I wasnt aware of on the court like how to make adjustments on defense, but he showed me how to do it. He had a lot of trust in me and let me play.

Who would win a one on one in practice, you or Kevin Schaffartzik?

We never really played.

How did you start with basketball.

I played soccer until I was 10 years old, but I wasnt amused how parents would show up at games at 9am with beer cans. I then played street ball and soon after organized basketball.

Who were your basketball idols as a kid?

Magic Johnson and Allen Iverson.

Why didnt you complete the Alba Berlin route?

I liked playing there and won a NBBL title in 2010, but I guess they werent totally convinced of my play.

What did you learn at age 17 from head coach Henrik Rodl?

He let me play right away giving me 20-25 minutes and in my second season, I was the starting point guard. He gave me a lot of trust.

Did you ever think that Nils Giffey would win an NCAA title in 2008 when you were teammates?

No I didnt but I am happy for him. We were roommates at the u-20 European championships. We are good friends and I hope that he get more minutes next season.

How much potential does your ex teammate Malte Ziegenhagen have as a player?

His best asset is his shooting from all over the court. He is a fighter and can defend well. He will make his way.

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

I never really have counted, but I once made 100 out of 104 shots.

What has been your most crazy shot in your career?

I hit a game winning three pointer and some free throws at the end to win games.

You have been working out at the Lumani summer camp. What kind of experience has that been?

It has been tough. I really felt pain after the first few days. I am working hard. There are many players here like Maik Zirbes, Oskar Fassler, Philipp Zwiener and Kevin Schaffartzik.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Departed on a flight from New York.

Thanks Konstantin for the chat.





Demond Mallet Returns Bak ToThe Beko BBL With The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) returns back to the Beko BBL having played in the Beko BBL with Braunschweig, Bamberg and Cologne to the Artland Dragons getting a one year deal. Mallet is a 34 year old 186cm point guard from Leesville, Louisiana that has the distinction of being a cousin of NBA legend Shaq. Mallet will be starting his 11th professional basketball season with the Artland Dragons and returns back to the Beko BBL after leaving in 2007. Last season he played for Belgacom Spirou (Belgium-D1, starting five): 26 games: Score-3 (15.1ppg), 2.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 84.0%; Euroleague: 12 games: Score-4 (16.6ppg), 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 71.0%; in Dec.'11 moved to Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League): Israeli League: 4 games: 3.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg; Euroleague: 10 games: 4.6ppg; Adriatic League: 12 games: 6.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 87.5%. "We have gotten a very experienced player with Demont Mallet, a player whose quality was remembered with his stations in Braunschweig, Bamberg and Cologne. He was won very much. Titles in Germany and Belgium, the ULEB cup with Badalona and played at a high level for many years. We get an absolute leader wth a winning mentality and that is in top physical shape", stressed Dragons head coach Stefan Koch. He started his basketball career at Mc Neese St. This week the gregarious American was inducted into the Mcneese Hall of fame where he rests together with NBA legend Joe Dumars. He started his professional basketball career in Germany with TXU Energie Braunschweig in 2001 where he stayed until 2004. After three strong seasons, he caught the eye of Bamberg head coach Dirk Bauermann who signed him and prompt they won the Beko BBL title in 2005. Mallet played two seasons there. He then played for RheinEnergie Koeln (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): Euroleague: 13 games: 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 37.1%, FT: 81.8%; German League: 43 games: 12.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.1%, 3FGP: 40.4%, FT: 75.7%. From 2007-2012, he got further valuable playing experience in Europe. In 2007-2008, he played with Ricky Rubio and Jan Jagla at DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB) until 2009. In the 2008-2009 season, he played ULEB Cup: 17 games: 13.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 48.5%, FT: 80%; Spanish ACB Regular Season: 34 games: 11.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 84.0%; Spanish ACB Play-Offs: 5 games: 10.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 3.0apg. In 2009-2010, he played for Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL, starting five): EuroCup: 12 games: 12.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 46.4%, FT: 92.9%; Turkish League: 31 games: 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 90.5%. In 2010-2011, he played for TEC Spirou Charleroi (Belgium-D1, starting five): Euroleague: 16 games: 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 89.2%; Belgian League: 35 games: Score-4 (15.7ppg), 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-5 (2.1spg), FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 80.2%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been NCAA I All-American Honorable Mention -01, Southland Conf. 1st Team -01, Southland Conf. Player of the Year -01, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -02, 04, 05, 06, 07 (MVP), Braunschweig (Germany) Player of the Year - 02, 03, German Bundesliga Semifinals -03, 07, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team -05, 06, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -05, German Bundesliga Champion -05, German Cup Winner -07 (MVP), German Bundesliga Cup Winner -07, Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Winner -08, ULEB Cup Winner -08, Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Honorable Mention -08, Spanish ACB Semifinals -08, Spanish ACB Regular Season Runner-Up -08, Belgian Cup Semifinals -11, Belgian Ethias League MVP -11, Belgian League Champion -11, Belgian League Regular Season Champion -11, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Import Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Imports Team -11, 12, Euroleague Quarterfinals -12, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 2nd Team -12, and Belgian League Finalist -12

Source: Artland Dragons



Julian Krieger Returns To The BIS Baskets Speyer - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Regionaliga team BIS Baskets Speyer have found a familiar face with Julian Krieger (188-G-83). Krieger is a 28 yera old 188cm guard that has played 2 seasons in Speyer after taking two seasons off. In his last season for the club in 2009-2010, he played 28 games: 16.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 80.4%. "Getting Julian back is a big win for the club and the fans", stressed Bis Baskets Speyer manager Gerd Kopf. Krieger had been staying fit the last two seasons with The towers Speyer in the Landesliga. Krieger started his basketball career in 2002 for 1 FC Kaiserslautern (2.Bundesliga) where he played until 2004. He then played for SG Bad Duerkheim/Speyer from 2004-2008. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German Regionalliga (South-West North Group) Runner-Up -07, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Second Team -07, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Newcomers Team -08


Source: BIS Baskets Speyer



Jordan Hasquet Leaves Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to Dynamics Global management, the one year stay in the Beko BBL for Jordan Hasquet (206-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Montana) is over. The 27 year old 206cm power forward has decided to go north and play for Lahti in the Finish Korisliga that were in last place last season. Last season for Phoenix Hagen, the American from Montana played : 32 games: 9.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 71.7%. He scored in double figures 13 times last season including a remarkable 38 point explosion against FC Bayern Munich where he netted seven three pointers


USC Heidelberg Sign Taylor Rohde - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A club USC Hiedelberg have found a replacement for Bjorn Schoo adding Taylor Rohde (205-F/C-90). Taylor Rohde (205-F/C-90) is a 22 year old 205cm power forward/center that was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, but grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He arrives to Germany as a rookie. He played two years at Arizona State before going to Alaska-Anch. (NCAA2) for his last two years. As a senior, he played 0 games: 19.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 62.7%, FT: 79.9%. He played a total of 46 NCAA games for Arizona State and 64 NCAA2 games for Alaska-Anch. (NCAA2) a school where players like Kenny Barker, Rick Stafford or Hansi Gnad had laced up their sneakers. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Pac-10 Tournament Finalist -09, Pac-10 Regular Season Runner-Up -10, GNAC Regular Season Runner-Up -11, 12, GNAC Tournament Finalist -11, 12, All-GNAC 1st Team -11, 12, All-GNAC Player of the Year -12, NABC Division II All-America Team -12, Daktronics Division II All-America 2nd Team -12, NABC Division II All-West Region 1st Team -12,a nd NABC Division II All-Star Game -12





The GIants Nordlingen Have BIg Hopes In Georg Beyschlag - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The Giants Nordlingen of the PRO B announced today that they will attempt to mold Georg Beyschlag (180-G-81) for the PRO B. Beyschlag is a 15 year old 178cm point guard that averaged 8,2ppg and 3,7apg in the JBBL. The club has announced that Beschlag will get the chance to develop thank a new concept called 2016. "We want to give young players the most optimal chance to develop. In the case of Beyschlag, we hope that in his third season when he is 17 that he will get minutes and have a back up role. We want to carefully build him in his quest of developing", added Giants manager Jurgen Kohl. "Georg has very much wit in his game and a good feeling for the ball. He understands the game and already had leadership role as a young player in the JBBL. I am so happy to be working with a talent like that", added Giants head coach Mario Matic .

Source: Giants Nrdlingen



Willis Gardner agrees to terms with Licher BasketBaeren - by Moritz Korff

Willis Gardner (185-G-86, college: Colorado St.) has been away a year, but the fans of the Licher BasketBaeren never forgot about him. Now the 26-year-old guard returns to the Pro B team and will make his comeback for the Bears in the 2012-13 2. Bundesliga season.
In the 2010-11 season Gardner led the Lich to a playoff quarterfinal appearance and then transfered to the BSW Sixers. He was close to heading back to Lich during the christmas break, but eventually had to stay with the Sixers. Throughout the season he averaged 6.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the BSW team, while he had produced 18.2ppg, 5.5apg, 3.9rpg for the Bears the year before.

"By signing Willis Gardner my assistant Christian Knauss and I have gotten the number one player on our wishlist. We did everything we could in order to get him back to Lich", head coach Igor Starcevic said.



It's official: Artland Dragons land Bryce Taylor - by Moritz Korff

The Artland Dragons made it official and unveiled the signing of Bryce Taylor (196-G-86) today. The 25-year-old moves from Berlin to Quakenbrueck and will ink a one-year deal.
"Bryce was one of the best players on his position in Germany last season. We like the mixture of his great skills and his high energy level. You won't find that excellent and outstanding combination in many players. He will definitely make our team better. Bryce is versatile, he can set the tone both in offense and defense. He is also a good team player, who will primarily play the 3 spot for us", Quakenbrueck coach Stefan Koch commented.
Last season Taylor averaged 11.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 37 BBL games.



Harding Nana makes Braunschweig move - by Moritz Korff

BBL team Phantoms Braunschweig has secured the services of Harding NaNa (203-F-81, college: Delaware). The 31-year-old forward hails from Cameroon and spent this past season with Ilisiakos Athens of Greece. He is now following Coach Kostas Flevarakis to Braunschweig. Harding represented his country on the international stage on several occasions. He signed a contract with the Phantoms for the next two years. Last season he averaged 12 points and 7.5 rebounds for Ilisiakos.
Early in his career the native of Douala, Cameroon, spent several years in the United States and attended Virginia Tech as well as the University of Delaware. He started his pro career in Poland and also had a stint in Spain.



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Chicago Bulls sign center Nazr Mohammed - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Bulls have signed free agent center Nazr Mohammed (6'10''-C-77, college: Kentucky).

The 14-year NBA veteran played for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. He appeared in 63 games, averaging 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Mohammed is a 35-year-old Chicago native who's also played for Charlotte, Detroit, San Antonio, New York, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Since being picked by Utah in the 1998 NBA Draft, he's been on eight playoff teams, including the 2005 NBA Champion Spurs.

He's averaged 6.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in 834 career games.

The Bulls didn't disclose terms of the contract Friday.

Courtesy of www.chron.com



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Panionios close to Landon Mibourne - by Eurobasket News

Panionios are close to reaching the deal with Landon Milbourne (201-F-87, college: Maryland). The forward spent the last season in France. He tallied 13.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game in ProB. Eurobasket.com gave the forward All-French ProB Honourable Mention. Landon Milbourne started his pro career in 2010/11 season. He joined Boulougne. His stats read impressive 16.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 assists per game in ProB. He also earned Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honourable Mention then. Landon Milbourne is the product of the University of Maryland. He was named High School Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005.


Turkey U18 won their opener at the Novi Sad Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18-Greece U18 68:64

Turkey U18 won their opener at the Novi Sad Tournament in Serbia. The team outscored Greece U18 68:64 in Day 1.
Greece won the opening period 16:15 and also added a narrow in the second period for 39:37 at the halftime. The third period was decisive for the Turkish side that grabbed 54:52 after 30 minutes. Turkey managed to win also the last stanza to seal the victory.
Burakcan Yildizi top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Cedi Osman posted 11. Kenan Sipahi (198-G-95) notched 9, while Tayfun Erulku (196-SG-94), Metecan Birsen (205-G/F-95), Kerem Gulmez (195-F-94), Talat Alp Altunbey, Metin Turen (198-F-94) and Burak Hacismal had 4 each.
In another game Serbia U18 wins the opener of Novi Sad Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts overcame Ukraine 83:52 in the first game of the day.
Today Turkey will face Ukraine, while Serbia will meet Greece.



U16 European Championship: Greece silence Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Greece U16 - Ukraine U16 80:64

Greece earned victory in the classification round of U16 European Championship. The Hellenes fired past Ukraine to set up the clash versus Lithuania vs. Latvia winners for the 9th overall position. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Ukraine suffered the fifth straight loss at the tournament.
Greece eked out a narrow 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine stayed close throughout the second quarter. They got within two points at halftime 39:41. But Greece took over in the third quarter. They held their opponents to 9 points in the period and stretched the lead to 11 points. Greece did not allow Ukraine to restore the intrigue in the final frame. The Hellenes stayed cool and rallied to the victory at the end. Vasileios Toliopoulos (185-PG-96) had 13 points, 6 boards and 4 assists, while Konstantinos Zorzos (188-PG-96) added 12 points for the winners. Nikita Voievoda (180-PG-96) and Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) provided 12 points apiece in the loss.

Greece U16: Dimitrios Stamatis 21, Vasileios Toliopoulos 13, Konstantinos Zorzos 12
Ukraine U16: Nikita Voievoda 12, Oleksandr Kobets 12



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Den Helder Kings lands Van Schaik, Bach - by Fred Roggen

Help in both the front and backcourts came Den Helder King's way on Friday with the signings of forward Max Van Schaik (208-F-91, agency: Court Side) and guard Phillip Bach (193-G, agency: Court Side).
The 21-year-old Max Van Schaik arrives from GasTerra Flames, where he averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds over 13 Dutch Basketball league games last season.
Dutch-American guard Phillip Bach (193-G, agency: Court Side) arrives on a one-year deal after having spent four years at Santa Clara University.. Bach averaged 2.7 mpg with 0.7 ppg and 0.4 apg last year for the Santa Clara Broncos.




EiffelTowers Den Bosch, Carter is new center - by Fred Roggen

The current Dutch champion EiffelTowers Den Bosch, continued adding frontcourt strength by signing power forward/center Wil Carter (203-F-88) today.
Carter is coming off four years at San Jose State University in the United States, where he averaged 13.3ppg, 8.6rpg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 74.8% in 31 games last season.
He was a fulltime starter at San Jose State. "Carter is an athletic big guy," said manager Jos Frederick.
Wil Carter (203-F-88) is considered a back-to-the-basket specialist known for rebounding and toughness.




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Bellingham's Henifin signs with Romanian team - by Eurobasket News

Longtime Bellingham hoop standout Zach Henifin (6'5''-F-88, college: W.Washington), who most recently suited up for the Bellingham Slam this spring, will be heading to Romania to play professionally this fall.
Henifin has signed with the Perla Harghethi Basketball Club, a first division team which plays in the city of Miercurea Ciuc, located in Romania's Transylvania region.

Henifin, who was born and raised in Bellingham, has been a fixture locally at multiple levels. After starring in high school for the Bellingham Red Raiders, he played for Whatcom Community College before transferring to Western Washington.

As a senior for the Vikings, the athletic forward finished with averages of 10.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. During WWU's postseason run, Henifin was named to the NCAA West Regional all-tournament team and recorded a career-high 12 rebounds in the Vikings' national semifinal win over Stonehill College.

After the Vikings won their first NCAA Division-II national championship last spring, Henifin signed on to play for the Slam. His first season with the Slam culminated with his second championship in four months as the team captured the 2012 International Basketball League title with a 142-109 win over the Portland Chinooks on July 8.

In his first taste of pro basketball with the Slam, Henifin averaged 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures eight times, and finished with a season-high 19 points twice. He also posted a pair of double-doubles during the regular season.

"I've thought about this since I was in high school and now it is less than a month away," said Henifin on his desire to play basketball overseas. "I am very thankful to have this opportunity."

Henifin will depart next month for Romanian to prepare for his team's season, which will begin in October and run through April.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Gil Amitay joins Ironi Nes-Ziona - by Eurobasket Center

Ironi Nes-Ziona (National League) signed 23-year old Gil Amitay (197-G/F-89). Amitay played most recently at Hapoel Holon (Premier League). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Amitay is suppose to play the PG position and will try to lead Ness-Ziyyona to the playoffs




Israel fire past Austria in Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

Austria - Israel 70:95

Israel posted the first win at the start of international tournament in Oberwart. They overwhelmed the hosts in the opener. Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) and Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88) scored 18 points each for the winners.
Austria started the game strongly. They exploded with 29 points in the opening quarter to take an 11-point lead. Israel turned the tables in the second quarter. They went on a massive 27:10 run to ensure a 45:39 halftime lead. Israel poured in 30 points in the third term to boost the lead. They arrived at the final intermission up by 21 points. Israel stretched the advantage in the fourth term and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Alex Tyus (203-F/C-88, college: Florida) knocked down 12 points, while Raviv Limonad added 11 points for the winning team. Jason Detrick (198-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma), Davor Lamesic (203-F-83, agency: Interperformances) and Christoph Nagler (196-G-84) answered with 12 points each for Austria.

Austria: Jason Detrick 12, Davor Lamesic 12, Christoph Nagler 12
Israel: Guy Pnini 18, Omri Casspi 18, Alex Tyus 12



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Jesi inks rookie F Eric Griffin - by Eurobasket News

Fileni Jesi added another player for the next season. Their new member is American rookie Eric Griffin (203-F-90). He will be used at position 3. Griffin is a product of Campbell University, where he graduated few months ago. In their last season together he had 15.7 ppg and 8.6 rpg for 31 games. The player was named to All-Big South Conf. 1st Team -12 and NABC Division I All-District 3 1st Team -12. Griffin also participated at Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) this year. There he had 11.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2 bpg for 3 games. In 2010/11 season, Griffin also was one of the best Campbell players. He had 13.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2.1 bpg for 29 appearances.


Cantu set to sign Jeff Brooks, according to report - by Eurobasket News

Jeff Brooks (203-F-89, college: Penn St.) will become a new member of Cantu, according to Sportando.net. Reportedly, the American will sign a 1+1 year deal. Brooks spent last season with LegaDue team Jesi. He shined with 17 ppg and 6.9 rpg for 28 games. It was his first season as a pro and Brooks was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 3rd Team -12. He helped Jesi to reach LegaDue Cup Finals.
Jeff Brooks is a product of Penn State University, where he graduated something more than a year ago. The player had 13.1 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 33 games as a senior. He helped Penn State to reach Big Ten Tournament Finals and was awarded with All-Big Ten Honorable Mention - 11. As a junior Brooks had 7.4 ppg and 4.2 rpg for his school. They won NIT title together in 2009, when Brooks was freshman.



Greg Brunner joins Reggio Emilia - by Eurobasket News

Greg Brunner (201-C/F-83, college: Iowa) will stay in Italy. The American/Swiss big guy announced that he signed a deal with Reggio Emilia for the next season. He finished the last season with Cantu. Brunner joined Cantu in January and averaged 9.3 points, plus 6 rebounds for 22 SerieA games with them. The player also added 4.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 6 appearances in Euroleague. Greg Brunner started the season with Montegranaro. There he had 10.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg for 15 games. In 2010/11 season Brunner played for Benetton Treviso. He had 7.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg in EuroCup and almost the same numbers in SerieA. Before Benetton, Brunner played his first year for Montegranaro. The player also has experience from Biella, Ironi Nahariya, Oostende and Pepinster. He played for the Swiss National Team in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011.


Givova Scafati adds Jonathan Tavernari - by Eurobasket News

Givova Scafati adds Jonathan Tavernari (198-G/F-87, college: BYU) to their roster for the upcoming season. According to sportando.net, the Brazilian forward with Italian passport will sign a 1+1 deal with the club.
Jonathan Tavernari spent rest of the season with GiorgioTesi Group Pistoia on loan. The Brazilian/Italian player was originally a member of Angelico Biella, where he started this season. He appeared 7 times in SerieA averaging only 1.3 point and 1.1 rebounds. Jonathan Tavernari signed a multi-year deal with Biella in 2010, but he did not appear in any official game in 2010/11 season.
Jonathan Tavernari graduated at the Brigham Young University in 2010. As a senior Tavernari had 10.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.5 apg for 36 games. His junior year was much better as he collected 15.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 1.8 apg for 33 games. Jonathan Tavernari played for the Brazilian National Team from 2008 to 2010. He helped them win the Gold at the FIBA Americas 2009 in San Juan and also at the South American Championships 2010 in Colombia. In Brazil, Tavernari played for Pinheiros Sao Paulo.



U16 European Championship: Italy stay undefeated, advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16 - Poland U16 82:79

Italy extended their winning streak to 7 points at the U16 European Championship. The latest victory came today when the Azzurri held off Poland in quarterfinal. Federico Mussini (179-PG-96) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
Italy started the game confidently. They built a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. Poland did not allow Italy to clear off in the second quarter. They narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at halftime. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Italy entered the final frame up by just two points 65:63. Wlodarczyk and Marek Zywert (185-SG-96) put Poland in front at the start of the final quarter. The lead changed hands before Spera and Federico Mussini made it 80:77 with 22 seconds to go. Mateusz Stawiak (199-PF-96) narrowed the gap but Flaccadori sealed the victory for Italy. Riccardo Rossato (189-PG-96) provided 19 points for Italy. Pierfrancesco Oliva (200-SF-96) added 15 points, 11 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Marek Zywert responded with 17 points for Poland. Mateusz Stawiak had 13 points in the loss.

Italy U16: Federico Mussini 20, Riccardo Rossato 19, Pierfrancesco Oliva 15+11 boards
Poland U16: Marek Zywert 17, Mateusz Stawiak 13



Dwight Hardy moved to Sidigas Avellino - by Eurobasket News

Dwight Hardy (188-PG-87, college: St.John's) moved to Sidigas Avellino for the upcoming season. American Point Guard remains with Italy but with another team.
Last year he played for Pistoia Basket. The Italian team announced the agreement with Dwight Hardy a combo - guard with great offensive skills, amazing athetic gifts and a good knowledge of the game. Hardy, who grew up in The Bronx, bring himself to the attention thanks to his earlier NCAA season played with St.John's (he has been awarded as All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year and also included in All-Big East 1st Team ). In 33 games, he averaged 18.3 ppg with 1.9 apg.
In 2011-2012 for Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (Italy-Lega2, starting five) he became the second top-scorer with 22.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 78.9%. Dwight Hardy became Italian Lega Due Regular Season Runner-Up -12 and Italian Lega Due Play-Offs Finalist -12. Eurobasket.com named him All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year -12 and Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Guard of the Year -12. Moreover he was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Import Player of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 1st Team -12 and Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Imports Team -12.



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Ulinzi fall to Coop Bank 72-89 - by Eurobasket News

Defence forces basketball side, Ulinzi were defeated over the weekend by Coop Bank 72-89 in their clash counting for the KBF Premier league.


Defence forces basketball side, Ulinzi were defeated over the weekend by Coop Bank 72-89 in their clash counting for the KBF Premier league. Speaking after the match, the coach of Ulinzi, Eliud Nzioka expressed satisfaction towards his boys despite the defeat. We have posted an improved performance despite losing today. I can see we are slowly recovering and soon we shall be in top form. The only problem today was following instructions but that is something that can be easily dealt with


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Courtesy of: Starafrica.com



KCB Lions run riot against Usiu Tigers - by Eurobasket News

KCB has had easy wins all through the season and everyone expected their game against USIU Tigers to be a hard won victory, it was otherwise. The former champions led by guard Tobias Onyango (182-G-80) and Ancette Wafula (198-F/C-70) whipped the varsity side 78-49 to maintain a flawless start of the season. The closely contested quarter of the game was the second with Lions winning 16-12 after a previous 20-13 win in the first to take a 36-25 lead heading to halftime.
USIU then came back strongly for the second half but their efforts were watered down by a series of fast breaks and perimeter shots that saw lose the third at 18-9. KCB picked up from where they had stopped during the third to rule the entire game with a 24-15 win to wrap up the game. KCBs Tobias Onyango, shooting 1-3 off the perimeter and 9-12 within the perimeter nailed 22 points while Ancette Wafula bagged 21 shooting 31.25% of three point shots an equivalent of 5-16. USIUs James Omweno donated 14 while Simon Mayen had 6 to his tally for Tigers.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



KCB reclaim top spot - by Eurobasket News

KCB staged a powerful performance beating USIU Tigers 78 49 on Sunday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium to reclaim their top spot on the table standings.

The loss to the bankers was USIUs first this season while KCB edged closer to achieving their aim of going unbeaten in the 1st leg with only 2 matches remaining. By half time, KCB were at 36 points while Tigers trailed 11 points behind. The bankers started strongly winning the first 2 quarters at 20 -13 in the 1st and 16 12 in the 2nd.
It was the same case in the 3rd quarter as KCB continued with their dominance pulling away with an 18 -9 drubbing of the students. They took the day in the last quarter and eventually bagged the 2 points with a 24 15 final quarter win.
This takes KCB back to the top of the table after being pushed to second by USIU. The Bankers now have 18 points from 9 matches while USIU (2nd) has the same number of points but have played a match more than the bankers.
Co-op bank, the 2011 Defending Champions, are 3rd after 5 wins and 4 losses. Their recent win was the 89 72 beating of Ulinzi on Saturday.
Strathmore University are 4th with 13 points after 8 matches played losing 3 of those. University of Nairobi Terrorists follows at 5th having played 8 matches also winning 4 and losing the same number. They have 12 points.
The second half of the table sees KPA, Blazers and Mennonites all sharing 11 points on position 6, 7 and 8 respectively. KPA has played 7 matches winning 4 while Blazers have played 9 matches with their win over Terrorists on Saturday making it their second.
Masinde Muliro University is at position 9 with 10 points while Thunder who failed to travel to Mombasa to honor their fixture against KPA due to financial constraints lie 10th with 7 points. Thunder has played 7 matches winning 2, losing 4 and forfeiting 1.
Ulinzi and Lakeside are the two teams closing the table in the mens category with 5 points both. Ulinzi has played 3 matches and their only win came after they beat Mennonites 82 63 on Sunday.
Lakeside is at the tail end of the log having played 6 matches forfeiting one of those, losing 4 and beating Strathmore University last month at the Kisumu Sports Ground.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



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U16 European Championship: Latvia wins the Baltic battle - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U16-Latvia U16 72:84

Latvia wins the Baltic battle at the U16 European Championship in Division A. Latvia overcame Lithuania 84:72 at the Classification Games for 9th to 12th Place.
Latvia started with 20-17 after the first 10 minutes and added 24-16 in the second frame. Moreover the third quarter also belonged to the Latvian side. They won the period 20-11 for 20-point advantage after 30 minutes. Lithuania managed to win the third quarter 28-20 but was too far to reach the opponents.
Rauls Avenitis (180-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Ervins Meznieks (184-F-96)netted 18. Rihards Lomazs (175-PG-96) delivered 17, while Gustavs Treimanis (196-C-96) scored 7. Domantas Sabonis (199-PF-96) collected 18 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Mantas Serksnas (198-PF-96) nailed 11. Raimundas Zuklevicius (186-SG-96) poured in 10 points, whilst Tautvydas Paliukenas (192-SF-96) added 8.

Lithuania U16: Domantas Sabonis 18+13 rebs, Mantas Serksnas 11, Raimundas Zuklevicius 10, Tautvydas Paliukenas 8
Latvia U16: Rauls Avenitis 23, Ervins Meznieks 18, Rihards Lomazs 17, Gustavs Treimanis 7



Martins Berkis will be a Panther - by Eurobasket

Martins Berkis (198-F-85, agency: TSS Management) signed his contract Frstenfeld Panthers in Austria and will start to practice with his new team in the middle of August. The 198 cm tall, 27 years old latvian wingman spent the last two seasons in Slovakia and was one of the top players of the league. After playing several seasons with teams in Latvia Martins played shortly in Sweden and Estonia before spending 3 months on Iceland with Ungmennafelagio Snaefell averaging 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg. The season 2010-11 he played for MBK Rieker Komarno in Slovakia and was one key player of his club adding 13.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg in 34 games of the Extraliga. After his great debut in the league he got several offers and decided to move to Svit, where he run a great season helping his team with 15.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg while shooting with 43.1% from the 3points and 87.1% from the free throw line.


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Bashana Baheso wins winter tournament dough - by Eurobasket News

Bashana Baheso basketball club won the annual Lesotho Basketball Associations Winter Tournament and walked away with M1550.00 in prize money. The victory marked the return of the Club to supremacy after beating the current NBL Champs KTA All Stars by 43-24. This is the first major tournament won by Bashana Bahesoin a long time since the club in recent times has been experiencing a slump after narrowly missing out on the NBL Top-4.
The winter tournament was initialed slated for 7th July but due to rain interference on that weekend the tournament could not conclude thats why the mens finals were played this past weekend (21st July) at Lehakoe grounds. The LUCT ladies won the tournament in the ladies category.
LBAs President. Mr. Molupe Mothepu when awarding the money to the Champs congratulated them on their victory and for dethroning KTA and recreating a wave of competition in the league. Mothepu further thanked for the supporters for showing up in great numbers and urged them to come back and support all other forthcoming events, mainly; the inaugural Ladies Only Tournament and the high schools Top8 and Top4 tournaments to be held in August and September respectively.
The final match was officiated by MaleboeaMolotsi, FakoMasupha and ThabisoMatete.
Group1
Bashana Baheso (Maseru) 4pts
Don Bosco (Maputsoe) 3pts
Mafokotsane Slammers (Masianokeng) 2pts
Group2
Khubetsoana All Stars (Maseru) 6pts
LUCT (Maseru) 5pts
Killer Bees (ButhaButhe) 4pts
Lialuma (Mafeteng) 3pts
Lineups:
KTA All Stars
Ratsolo Molupe
MolaleMonnapula
TseuoaMotekoa
TsepoNtsoele
Sekhoane Moshabesha
Daniel
MotloliMothepu
Motjekoane Moshabesha
Bashana Baheso
PhakoaMoiloa
LejoneThakanyane
NqosaLehloenya
MatlatsaNteso
KhotsoMaseela
SeabataPoea
MoketeMakatja
Kanye
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



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Rudupis keep Povilas Butkevicius, Gintaras Kadziulis and Gediminas Orelikas - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis have secured the services of Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87, agency: Players Group), Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) and Gediminas Orelikas (198-G/F-90) for the next season. The team signed new deals with the players.
Povilas Butkevicius started the previous season with Zalgiris. He tallied 10.0 points and 5.5 boards per LKL game. Later Povilas Butkevicius was loaned to Rudupis Prienu. The forward notched 11.5 points, 6.5 boards and 1.0 assist per game in LKL. In Baltic League Povilas Butkevicius posted 11.7 points, 5.6 boards and 1.2 steals. In EuroCup his stats read 7.0 points and 6.0 boards.
Gintaras Kadziulis will enter the second straight season with the Prienu team. The guard joined Rudupis at the start of the previous season. He notched 10.7 points, 2.3 assists and 2.0 boards per game in EuroCup. In Baltic League his stats read 11.9 points, 3.5 assists and 2.1 boards. In LKL Gintaras Kadziulis had 10.1 points, 3.7 assists and 2.4 boards.
Gediminas Orelikas will enter the third straight season with Rudupis. His stats read 9.8 points, 4.3 boards, 2.5 assists in EuroCup. The forward also notched 11.0 points in Baltic League and 11.4 points per game in LKL.



U16 European Championship: Latvia wins the Baltic battle - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U16-Latvia U16 72:84

Latvia wins the Baltic battle at the U16 European Championship in Division A. Latvia overcame Lithuania 84:72 at the Classification Games for 9th to 12th Place.
Latvia started with 20-17 after the first 10 minutes and added 24-16 in the second frame. Moreover the third quarter also belonged to the Latvian side. They won the period 20-11 for 20-point advantage after 30 minutes. Lithuania managed to win the third quarter 28-20 but was too far to reach the opponents.
Rauls Avenitis (180-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Ervins Meznieks (184-F-96)netted 18. Rihards Lomazs (175-PG-96) delivered 17, while Gustavs Treimanis (196-C-96) scored 7. Domantas Sabonis (199-PF-96) collected 18 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Mantas Serksnas (198-PF-96) nailed 11. Raimundas Zuklevicius (186-SG-96) poured in 10 points, whilst Tautvydas Paliukenas (192-SF-96) added 8.

Lithuania U16: Domantas Sabonis 18+13 rebs, Mantas Serksnas 11, Raimundas Zuklevicius 10, Tautvydas Paliukenas 8
Latvia U16: Rauls Avenitis 23, Ervins Meznieks 18, Rihards Lomazs 17, Gustavs Treimanis 7



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Maltese U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Matthew Borg
Borg
Ryan Rizzo
Rizzo
Nicholas Grech
Grech
Kieron Caruana
Caruana
Zane Micallef
Micallef
#e#5
4 Matthew Borg 195-PG-96
5 Ryan Rizzo 172-SF-96
6 Josef Attard 174-SG-96
7 Timothy Zammit 166-SG-97
8 Simon Attard 170-PG-97
9 Nicholas Grech 175-F-95
10 Daniel Farrugia 167-SG-96
11 Benoit Bartolo 172-SF-98
12 Kieron Caruana 178-F/C-97
13 Ryan Carabott 180-SG-96
14 Zane Micallef 170-PG-96
15 Luke Grima 200-C-96

Kiristin Baldacchino Head Coach
Ivan Micallef Assistant



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Interview with Dusko Bunic, one of the newcomers in Buducnost Podgorica and former player of Vojvodina Novi Sad and Serbia University National Team - by Darko Pekic

Dusko Bunic (207-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) is along with Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) and Jordan Taylor (185-PG-89), one of the new faces in Buducnost Podgorica. Eurobasket.com took the opportunity to interview him and ask him about his expectations a couple of days before the start of preparations for the new season with his new club.

Hello Dusko, could you introduce yourself to theEurobasket.com readers and tell them more about the beginnings of your career? When did you start playing basketball and who was your first coach?

Hello, I started my career when I was 13 years old at Spartak Subotica and my first coach was Blagoje Ivic .

From 2007 until last season, you played for KK Novi Sad Panonska Banka and was one of the best players of the team which provided you a U20 National Team invitation. How important for you was to get a chance at the early stage of your career at the highest level in Serbia?

Of course it meant a lot to me to get that chance. I took advantage of it and deservedly got the call for U20 National Team of Serbia.

Last summer you probably achieved the greatest success in your career so far in the summer Universiade in China. Serbian National Team led by Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances), Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket), Vladimir Stimac (208-C-87, agency: Interperformances), etc won the gold medal. You were also a part of this team. What kind of memories link you to this tournament?

Representing your country at the international level and winning gold medal is an incredible feeling. it was a huge success and I am very proud on it. I was honored to be a part of that team.

Before the start of last season there was a fusion of teams Novi Sad and Vojvodina, and KK Vojvodina Novi Sad was formed. You decided to stay in the same area and did not regret-your team reached the championship semi-finals where the giant Partizan Belgrade stopped you. How much satisfied are you with last season and do you feel that you progressed as a player?

The last season was a turning point in my career. We had a great team, led by a great coaching staff and when everything is at the right place at the right time to success is inevitable. Of course, from every good collective good individuals step up. Playing against teams like Partizan, Red Star, Radnicki is an invaluable experience that helped me mature as a player.

After the end of last season you signed a contract with Buducnost. Was there any specific reason to choose Buducnost?

I think that was the right move for me. I'm a young player, willing to work hard and still have room for improvement. Buducnost is a well organized club with tradition. They play in two very important competitions and it will be a big challenge for me.

Did you follow Dejan Radonjic (agency: Beo Basket )'s team last season and what is your opinion about them?

I followed as much as I could.. Dejan Radonjic (agency: Beo Basket ) is known as a hard worker and his willingness to compete at the highest level is crucial for good results of Buducnost.
Do you know personally some of your future teammates?

So far I have not had the opportunity to cooperate with the players and coaching staff, but I know well Nemanja Milosevic (204-F/C-87, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky).

When do you arrive in Podgorica and what do you expect from your first season abroad?

I will be there on August 4. All I want in my first season abroad is to fit well in the team and contribute.

Buducnost n the next season will play in the Adriatic League, Eurocup, Montenegrin league and Montenegrin cup. Two centers Bojan Dubljevic and Hasan Rizvic have already left the team. Do you feel it as motivation to prove yourself in front of traditionally demanding fans from Podgorica, or you consider it as a burden?

It motivates me, of course. It is known that fans can be your sixth man on the floor, thus players are obligated to play to their maximum all the time. It will be my honor to defend the colors of Buducnost Podgorica.

Thank you for the interview Dusko. Eurobasket.com wishes you a lot of luck in your new club.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity. Best regards.



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Suns president Brad Casper resigns - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns say Brad Casper has resigned as president of the NBA team to focus on outside business ventures.

They say chief operating officer Jason Rowley will assume responsibility for the club's business operations as president and Lon Babby will continue serving as president of basketball operations.

Casper oversaw the Suns' business operations since October. He joined the Suns following a 5 1/2-year stint as president and CEO of the Dial Corporation and its successor, Henkel Consumer Goods Inc. He has been executive chairman of a Dallas-based sports nutrition company since March 2011.

The Suns say Casper also will focus on serving on the board of directors of Grand Canyon University.

Rowley became chief operating officer last October after four seasons as the Suns' senior vice-president and general counsel.

Courtesy of www.cbc.ca



Celtics-Heat on opening night of the NBA season - by Eurobasket News

Miami's championship defense will begin where they won last season's title, and the first game for the Brooklyn Nets will be at home against their now-crosstown rival.

LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84), Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and the Heat will raise their title banner at home on Oct. 30 against the Boston Celtics as part of an opening-night tripleheader, meaning Ray Allen's (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) first game with Miami will come against his former club and in a rematch of last season's seven-game Eastern Conference finals.

Also on opening night, Washington visits Cleveland (technically the season's first game, starting an hour earlier than the Boston-Miami matchup) and Dallas plays at the Los Angeles Lakers, Steve Nash's debut as Kobe Bryant's teammate.

"We all know this season is a very important one. We'd like to get back on top as a team," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said Thursday in London, where he and the Spanish national team were wrapping up preparations for the start of the Olympics.

The Nets, having now moved from New Jersey, will open the year Nov. 1 at home against the New York Knicks -- whose Manhattan home is about 6 miles north of Brooklyn's Barclays Center. And NBA finalist Oklahoma City starts the season that same night, playing at San Antonio in a Western Conference finals rematch.

Jeremy Lin won't be in that Knicks-Nets opener -- his return to Madison Square Garden comes Dec. 17. The Knicks play in Houston on Nov. 23.

As for the NBA Finals rematches, both will get national-television treatment. The Thunder visit the Heat as part of a five-game slate on Christmas Day (to be aired on ABC), and the Heat will head to Oklahoma City on Feb. 14, a game to be shown on TNT.

The All-Star Game is in Houston on Feb. 17. The regular season ends April 17.

In all, 238 games are expected to be televised nationally, with 96 on NBATV (including Lin's trip back to New York), 75 on ESPN, 52 on TNT (highlighted by Brooklyn's first game and All-Star weekend) and 15 on ABC (with Allen's return to Boston on Jan. 27 among those). The Finals in June will again be aired on ABC.

While Miami might be the site of the marquee matchup on Dec. 25, Los Angeles will get a Christmas doubleheader: The Lakers play host to the Knicks, and five hours or so after that game ends, the Clippers will get a visit from the Denver Nuggets.

Reigning NBA MVP LeBron James spent seven seasons chasing a title in Cleveland, then finally won one in his second season with Miami. But the season will be winding down by the time he and the Heat head to Cleveland again: Miami is set to play there on March 20, and then again on April 15 in the regular-season road finale for the champions.

Miami guard Dwyane Wade will be spending his birthday in Los Angeles, a secret he tipped his Twitter followers off to earlier this week: The Heat wrap up a six-game road trip against the Lakers on Jan. 17, the day when Wade turns 31.

The NBA has an eight-game schedule on Jan. 21, commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with four national TV matchups -- Indiana at Memphis, the Nets at the Knicks, the Spurs at Philadelphia and the Lakers at Chicago.

Maybe the game's most storied rivalry resumes in February: The Lakers are in Boston on Feb. 7, and the Celtics go to Los Angeles on Feb. 20.

Top draft pick Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Hornets start their season at home on Oct. 31 against San Antonio. Another Hornets game that will almost certainly get some attention is scheduled for Jan. 16 in Boston -- where New Orleans rookie Austin Rivers would be facing a Celtics team coached by his father, Boston's Doc Rivers.

Meanwhile, one NBA star who was widely expected to change teams and still has not -- Dwight Howard -- would have his season-opener with the Orlando Magic on Nov. 2 at home against Denver.

Among other matchups of note involving players who changed teams in recent weeks:

-- Nash will play in Phoenix, the city where he won two MVP awards, as a visitor again on Jan. 30.

-- Joe Johnson returns to Atlanta for the first time with the Nets on Jan. 16.

-- Brandon Roy joined Minnesota this offseason, so he'll get his first view of the visiting bench in Portland on Nov. 23.

-- Jason Terry's return to Dallas would be March 22, when the Celtics make their trip to play the Mavericks.

Courtesy of The Associated Press (via www.wsvn.com)



LeBron James: 'We would win over Dream Team' - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) has joined Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) in saying that he believes this year's Team USA Olympic men's basketball team could beat the 1992 Dream Team.

Days before the current U.S. squad takes the court in London, James made his boast in a recent television interview.

"As a competitor you never want to say that you will lose, no matter who you are going against," James told ABC News "Nightline" anchor Cynthia McFadden.

James did express his respect to the iconic 1992 team, which was led by Michael Jordan and included 11 future Hall of Famers. That team won its six Olympic games by an average of more than 43 points en route to capturing the gold medal in Barcelona.

"The '92 Dream Team paved the way for all of us ... We understand what they did for our game, but we also are big-time competitors as well, so if we got the opportunity to play them in a game we feel like we would win, too," James said.

James' comments echoed those of Bryant, who two weeks ago made a similar proclamation.

"It would be a tough one, but I think we would pull it out," Bryant said at a news conference. "People who think we can't beat that team for one game, they are crazy. To sit there and say we can't, it's ludicrous. We can beat them one time."

Bryant's comments received immediate and sharp rebuttal from some members of the Dream Team. Jordan told The Associated Press he laughed when he heard of Bryant's comments.

"For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done," Jordan said.

Even President Barack Obama weighed in on the topic.

"This is a generational thing," Obama said during a halftime interview with ESPN2 as it broadcast an exhibition game between the U.S. and Brazil earlier this month. "I was around in '92, I was a Bulls fan, so I've got to go with the original Dream Team."

Courtesy of ESPN



Raptors sign free-agent point guard John Lucas III - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors signed free-agent point guard John Lucas III (180-PG-82, college: Oklahoma St.) on Friday.

The 29-year-old has averaged five points, 1.4 assists and 11.1 minutes in 111 career regular-season games with the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls.

In seven career playoff outings, Lucas has averaged 6.1 points, 1.3 assists and 14.6 minutes.

Lucas had career bests in points (7.5), assists (2.2) and rebounds (1.6) in a career-high 49 games with Chicago last season.

The five-foot-11, 165-pound Lucas played overseas from 2007-10 in Italy, Spain and China after two seasons in the NBA with Houston.

Lucas, who played for the Rockets from 2005 to 2007, is the son of John Lucas, Jr., who was taken first overall by Houston in the 1976 NBA draft.

Courtesy of www.cbc.ca



Rockets sign rookies Jeremy Lamb, Royce White, Terrence Jones - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced that the team now has all three of its first-round selections from the 2012 NBA Draft under contract, which includes Connecticut guard/forward Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) (12th overall), Iowa State forward Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) (16th overall) and Kentucky forward Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92, college: Kentucky) (18th overall).

Lamb (6-5, 180, Connecticut) was recently named an NBA Summer League 2012 All-Star after topping the Rockets entry in scoring and finishing eighth overall in points per game (20.0). An early entry candidate for the 2012 NBA Draft, Lamb was just the sixth sophomore in UConn history to score 1,000 career points (1,060). He was selected AP Honorable Mention All-America and All-Big East First Team as a sophomore after averaging 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Lamb also helped UConn to a National Championship as a freshman, recording 12 points in the title game vs. Butler and earning a spot on the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.

White (6-8, 260, Iowa State) showed his all-around game at the 2012 NBA Summer League by averaging 8.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists with the Houston squad in Las Vegas. He came to the Rockets as the only player in the country in 2011-12 to lead his team in scoring (13.4 ppg), rebounding (9.3 rpg), assists (5.0 apg), steals (1.2 spg) and blocks (0.9 bpg) during his lone season at Iowa State. Overall, White became just the second player in school history to top the team in scoring, rebounding and assists in one season. His sophomore year with the Cyclones was highlighted by AP Honorable Mention All-America honors, All-Big 12 First-Team accolades, selection to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team and being named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.

Jones (6-9, 252, Kentucky) averaged 18.2 points and 8.6 rebounds with the Rockets at 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, finishing tied for sixth in rebounds per game and 15th in scoring. Another of the early entry candidates for the 2012 NBA Draft, Jones averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 76 games over his two seasons with Kentucky. He was one of just six players in UK history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 140 blocks in a career. As a sophomore, Jones helped the Wildcats win the 2012 National Championship, while earning Second-Team All-SEC honors. In 2010-11, he was selected SEC Freshman of the Year, First-Team All-SEC and was a member of the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Sixers sign guard Royal Ivey - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers signed free- agent guard Royal Ivey (6'3''-PG-81, college: Texas) on Friday.

Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ivey played 97 games with Philadelphia from 2008-10. He averaged 2.1 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 34 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season.

Over the course of his eight-year career with the Hawks, Bucks, 76ers, and Thunder, the 30-year-old has career averages of 3.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

Courtesy of www.theprovince.com



Clippers officially sign free agent Ronny Turiaf - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers today signed free agent forward Ronny Turiaf (6'10''-C-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.

A seven-year NBA veteran and native of the Caribbean island of Martinique, Turiaf is currently playing in the 2012 London Olympics for the French National Team. Turiaf, 29, appeared in a total of 17 regular season games last season with the Washington Wizards and Miami Heat. He played in 12 playoff games while helping the Heat to the NBA Championship.

The 6-foot-10 inch Turiaf has appeared in a total of 375 career NBA games, averaging 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 blocks while shooting 53 percent from the field in 17.9 minutes. Originally drafted by the Lakers with the 37thoverall selection of the 2005 NBA Draft after a stand-out career at Gonzaga University, Turiaf was the West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2004-05 and left Gonzaga as the fourth leading scorer in school history.

In the NBA, Turiaf has also played for the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks and grabbed a career-high 4.6 rebounds per game in 2008-09 with the Warriors while starting 26 of the 79 games he appeared in.

Courtesy of www.foxsportswest.com



New Orleans Hornets' trade for Robin Lopez, Hakim Warrick now official - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Hornets' acquisition of center Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) and forward Hakim Warrick (6'9''-F-82, college: Syracuse) is now official, according to a league source. The Hornets have also officially announced the transaction.

Procedural issues in making the trade compliant with the NBA and its collective bargaining agreement rules prevented consummation of the deal for the last two days.

Hornets General Manager Dell Demps is expected to brief reporters on the details Friday afternoon.

The Hornets sent point guard Jerome Dyson, center Brad Miller and two second-round (Brooklyns 2013 second-round selection and Minnesotas 2016 second-round draft choice) as part of a three-team trade along with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Phoenix received Wesley Johnson and a first-round pick from Minnesota.

Minnesota is seeking to free salary cap space to sign Andrei Kirilenko.

Lopez, 7 feet, 255 pounds, is a restricted free agent entering his fifth season in the NBA. He was the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2008 draft. His twin brother Brook was the 10th overall selection in that draft to the Brooklyn Nets.

Coming off the bench during his career in Phoenix, Lopez has averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds a game. He has 94 career starts.

He likely will become the Hornets' starting center this season, since he is now the only true center on the roster.

It has been reported the Hornets would sign Lopez to a three-year, $15 million contract.

The Suns were willing to part with Warrick, 6-9, 219 pounds and entering his eighth season, because of a glut of power forwards on their roster.

It is unclear is Warrick would be in the Hornets' long-term plans because they, too, have three other power forward under contract: rookie Anthony Davis, newly acquired Ryan Anderson and Jason Smith. A reserve, Warrick has a career scoring average of 9.5, while averaging 4.1 rebounds per game.

Courtesy of www.nola.com



New Orleans Hornets rookie guard Austin Rivers has ankle surgery - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Hornets have announced that rookie guard Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92, college: Duke) underwent successful surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle, but is expected to recover in time to participate in training camp.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Brian McKeon in Boston. Rivers played only two games during the Hornets' stay in the Las Vegas summer league because of what was described as lower leg soreness.

It's likely more amplification will be gathered on Rivers' injury from an afternoon press availability with General Manager Dell Demps on Friday.

Rivers was the Hornets' second first-round pick last month, the 10th overall in the NBA draft.

Courtesy of www.nola.com



Chicago Bulls sign center Nazr Mohammed - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Bulls have signed free agent center Nazr Mohammed (6'10''-C-77, college: Kentucky).

The 14-year NBA veteran played for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. He appeared in 63 games, averaging 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Mohammed is a 35-year-old Chicago native who's also played for Charlotte, Detroit, San Antonio, New York, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Since being picked by Utah in the 1998 NBA Draft, he's been on eight playoff teams, including the 2005 NBA Champion Spurs.

He's averaged 6.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in 834 career games.

The Bulls didn't disclose terms of the contract Friday.

Courtesy of www.chron.com



Tony Parker changed by eye injury - by Eurobasket News

Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) stared into the darkness while confined to his hotel room following a freak eye injury that nearly ended his career.

As hours turned to days, the San Antonio star guard's thoughts raced back to a night of partying in a New York club that turned fateful. Parker was a bystander trapped in the middle of a bottle-throwing melee, a shard of glass almost cost him everything.

"Life can change pretty fast," he said.

Parker was lucky, and he knows it. Despite not being able to practice until recently, he's here at the Olympics, leading a French team that's at less than full strength and will open the tournament Sunday against a U.S. squad overloaded with superstars and expected to leave London carrying gold.

The accident has altered him, made him cautious but unafraid.

"It's so funny, because I just had my best year in the NBA and in one night it can change," said Parker, who will wear goggles during the Olympics. "It just puts life in perspective and you think, 'OK, next time I have to be careful,' but at the same time you can't stop living because then you don't even cross the street.

"You don't want to dramatize too much, but it still puts it all in perspective."

On Thursday night, a relaxed Parker sat on a sofa with his back to the Thames and briefly discussed the events leading up to what will likely be the 30-year-old's only Olympic appearance as a player. He did not reveal any details of the incident at Greenhouse, the trendy club which has been closed since R&B singer Chris Brown and members of rapper Drake's entourage fought.

Parker got caught in the crossfire during the brawl and wound up with a piece of glass embedded in his cornea. Doctors later told him that he came within "two millimeters away of losing my eye."

There are no visible traces of trauma in Parker's eye. If there are any scars, they're hidden.

"It scared me a lot," he said. "It was like a crazy situation, you can't believe it's happening. It was almost like you were in a movie."

He was banned from flying and ordered to avoid any light. So he stayed his hotel room for eight days before traveling to San Antonio. The time alone allowed him to reflect on things, and it was also a period when Parker's friends and teammates worried about his future.

"I was beyond scared because it goes beyond basketball," said French forward Ronny Turiaf. "Tony and I have been friends for the last 15 or 16 years. We've shared so many moments and have been there for each other as much as possible throughout our careers, and when you hear about one of your friends going down with a freak injury like that you panic.

"The one thing I know about Tony is that he never gets down or gets defeated. I knew he was going to pull through."

Turiaf hasn't noticed any dramatic change in his close friend.

"I haven't seen anything different," he said. "Actually, I lied, he plays with goggles now."

Respect for Parker runs deep and outside the edges of France's roster. Chris Paul, who said Parker is one of his closest friends and has one Parker's old French jerseys hanging in his house, said he called Parker after the incident happened.

"I was worried about him," Paul said. "I talked to him when he went to the doctor. I was just happy, he was definitely happier than I was, but I was happy to hear he was OK."

LeBron James also was concerned about Parker's well-being.

"You never want to see a freak accident take anyone's livelihood away," James said Friday. "I'm happy that it wasn't severe and he's still able to play. It was definitely a scary thing, not only for him but for a lot of people."

Following doctors' orders, Parker didn't practice for several weeks and only recently rejoined the French team, which is already missing center Joakim Noah because of an injured left ankle. Parker said a combination of this year's condensed season and the surgery haven't allowed his body to bounce back.

"I just started training like 10 days ago so I'm not 100 percent," he said. "I'm not even close to being in shape. We had a terrible preparation but we're going to try and do the best we can."

Parker knows France's chances of shocking the Americans are long, not impossible. He intends to play with the same speed and intensity as always.

That's one thing that will never change about him.

"I want to get a medal," he said. "Even if all the odds are against us, anything can happen in one game

Courtesy of www.woai.com



Brendan Haywood: Returning to Charlotte is blessing - by Eurobasket News

Brendan Haywood (7'0''-C-79, college: N.Carolina) is returning home with a purpose.

Haywood, who grew up in Greensboro, made it clear hes coming back to the Carolinas with the goal of helping the Charlotte Bobcats turn things around after they finished with the worst record (7-59) in the NBA last season.

Claimed off waivers last week from the Dallas Mavericks, the 7-foot Haywood was introduced Thursday at a news conference along with free-agent acquisition Ramon Sessions, a point guard who opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers to sign with the Bobcats.

Myself and Ramon will be great additions to this team, Haywood said. Were looking forward to getting this thing started and help this team be better than it was last season.

Haywood still owns a home in Charlotte and has frequently worked out at the Bobcats facility in the past during the offseason.

He called returning to Charlotte a blessing.

My family and friends will have a chance to come to the games, and then playing with this organization is great for me, so its the best of both worlds, Haywood said.

Sessions is also enjoying a homecoming of sorts.

He grew up in Myrtle Beach, S.C., about a five-hour drive from Charlotte.

Both players realize that the challenge ahead of them is steep given the Bobcats are coming off a rough season and the roster is still very young.

And theyre realistic when it comes to the future.

We arent expecting to win 50 games and go to the third round of the playoffs, Sessions said. Were just trying to do better than last year night in and night out.

Added Haywood: The past is the past. There is a new coaching staff in place and new young players in place. You cant change the past; you can only build for the future.

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins felt like the team needed to add depth and experience at both positions.

Both have been starters in this league, which is a huge benefit for us, Higgins said.

Haywood, an 11-year NBA veteran, has played in 733 career games for the Washington Wizards and Mavericks with 531 starts. He has career averages of 7.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 23.7 minutes. His career field-goal percentage of .534 ranks seventh among active players and 28th in NBA history. And he was a member of Dallas 2011 NBA championship team.

He has a chance to start at center this season, depending on where the Bobcats play Bismack Biyombo.

The 6-foot-3 Sessions has played in 323 career games during his career and will compete for playing time with last years other lottery pick, Kemba Walker.

With losing D.J. Augustin in free agency we felt the need to get a quality point guard and Ramon filled that need, Higgins said. Hes a young veteran who still has the ability to improve. He can create off the dribble and is fast and explosive. And Brendan is a guy who can come in and play minutes right away for us.

Its still unclear if either will start in Charlotte.

Higgins said their playing time will largely be determined once the team begins practicing with new coach Mike Dunlap.

Courtesy of www.dallasnews.com



Warriors sign Kent Bazemore - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard/forward Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89) to a contract, the team announced today.

We would guess that this is just a training camp contract and that Bazemore is not guaranteed to make the regular season roster. But we are not sure, and will check on this tonight and tomorrow morning and then update this page.

Bazemore, 23, signs with the Warriors after playing for the teams Summer League squad at the recently-completed NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Bazemore started the final three Summer League games for Golden State, averaging 10.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.00 steals and 2.33 blocks in 27.0 minutes over that stretch. On July 20 vs. Chicago, he recorded 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and seven blocked shots in 36 minutes, marking the most blocked shots by a Warriors player ever at the Las Vegas Summer League. Overall in four summer league games (DNP-CD in the first game and played one minute in the second game), Bazemore averaged 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.50 steals and 1.75 blocks in 20.5 minutes per contest.

A 65 swingman, Bazemore is coming off a four-year collegiate career at Old Dominion, where he was named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons. Following his senior campaign, in which he averaged 15.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.11 steals, the Kelford, NC, native was named First Team All-CAA. Overall, for his career at ODU, Bazemore averaged 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.79 steals in 26.3 minutes in 140 games. He left school having appeared in the most games in team history and as the all-time CAA leader in steals (250).

Bazemore will wear uniform #20.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Andrei Kirilenko officially joins the Timberwolves - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves officially announced the signing of Andrei Kirilenko (6'10''-F-81). The terms of contract were not disclosed. Andrei Kirilenko will be returning to the NBA after one-year stint with CSKA. The forward averaged 12.3 points, 6.1 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game in PBL last season. In VTB League Andrei Kirilenko posted 11.4 points, 6.1 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 steals per appearance. The forward also delivered 14.1 points, 7.5 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.5 steals in Euroleague. He was named All-Euroleague Player of the Year. Andrei Kirilenko was also trumped All-PBL Player of the Year. Kirilenko also earned All-VTB League Final Four MVP title. Previously Andrei Kirilenko played for the Utah Jazz, CSKA Moscow and Spartak Saint Petersburg.


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UNC-Mississippi St., Butler-Marquette among Maui Invitational pairings - by Eurobasket News

North Carolina, a three-time champion of the EA Sports Maui Invitational, will face Mississippi State in the opening round of the 29th edition of the tournament.

The brackets, released Thursday, show the Tar Heels getting the winner of the Butler-Marquette game in the semifinals. The other half of the bracket had Texas playing Chaminade, the Division II host school, and Southern California meeting Illinois.

The championship game is Nov. 21.

North Carolina won the tournament in 1999, 2004 and 2008, and the Tar Heels are trying close in on Duke's record five titles. No other team in the 2012 field has won the tournament although Illinois (2000) and Marquette (2007) both finished second.

The tournament has four schools -- Colgate, Coppin State, Elon and Florida Atlantic -- which will only play regional games at campus sites.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



If Few quits Gonzaga, Lloyd now coach in waiting - by Eurobasket News

Mike Hopkins is the coach-in-waiting at Syracuse when Jim Boeheim calls it a career. Brian Dutcher has the identical title at San Diego State when Steve Fisher retires. Tim Jankovich holds the same distinction under Larry Brown at SMU.

Gonzaga also has a successor plan going forward.

At one point, it was slated to be Bill Grier, who ultimately understood that Mark Few wasn't leaving Spokane anytime soon and decided to take the job at San Diego. Then the honor belonged to Leon Rice, who again came to the conclusion that it was more intelligent to leave for Boise State than stick around.

Now, if and when Few decides to retire, assistant Tommy Lloyd will be the guy who takes over the reigns of the west coast power.

"That's accurate," Few told CBSSports.com. "I've been blessed to have terrific assistants. People focus on his ability to get European guys, but Tommy can coach, recruit and develop players. He's also extremely well thought-of with all the former players."

Lloyd, 37, is best-known for his ability to recruit outside of the U.S. borders. He's helped the 'Zags land Ronny Turiaf, Elias Harris and Kevin Pangos, but Few said he brings far more than recruiting to the table.

"He does everything," Few added.

The question here, though, becomes whether Lloyd will stick around long enough in Spokane to replace Few -- or follow Grier and Rice, who understood that Few almost certainly will retire at Gonzaga -- and take a head coaching job elsewhere.

Few will turn 50 in December and has led the 'Zags to the NCAA tournament in each of his 13 years at the helm. He admitted he has no timetable for how long he'll stick around as the head coach.

"I love it at Gonzaga," Few said. "I'm just happy we've been able to have a plan in place -- and Tommy will do a terrific job once I decide to retire."

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Jeremy Jones to leave Kansas St basketball program - by Eurobasket News

Senior guard Jeremy Jones (6'2''-G-89) has left the Kansas State basketball program.

New Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said in a statement Thursday that he had several discussions with Jones over the past few weeks, and Jones made the decision to leave.

The 6-foor-2 Jones played in 20 games for former coach Frank Martin last season, averaging 3.1 points and 8.2 minutes. He scored a season-high 12 points against Oklahoma in January.

Jones transferred to Kansas State in May 2011 from Seward County (Kan.) Community College.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



USA National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Tyson Chandler
Chandler
Kevin Durant
Durant
LeBron James
James
Kobe Bryant
Bryant
Chris Paul
Paul
#e#5
4 Tyson Chandler 7'1''-C-82 New York K.
5 Kevin Durant 6'9''-SF-88 Oklah.City T.
6 LeBron James 6'8''-SF-84 Miami Heat
7 Russell Westbrook 6'3''-PG-88 Oklah.City T.
8 Deron Williams 6'3''-PG-84 Brooklyn N.
9 Andre Iguodala 6'6''-SF-84 Philadelph.76
10 Kobe Bryant 6'6''-SG-78 LA Lakers
11 Kevin Love 6'10''-PF-88 Minnesota T.
12 James Harden 6'5''-SG-89 Oklah.City T.
13 Chris Paul 6'0''-PG-85 LA Clippers
14 Anthony Davis 6'10''-C-93 N.Orleans H.
15 Carmelo Anthony 6'8''-SF-84 New York K.

Mike Krzyzewski
Head Coach
Jim Boeheim
Coach Assistant
Mike D'Antoni
Coach Assistant
Nate McMillan
Coach Assistant



Rookie Devoe Joseph signs with Khimik-OPZ Yuzny - by Interperformances

Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances), the Toronto native and former Oregon shooting guard has signed his first deal overseas with the Ukranian superleague club, Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. The 6-4, 180-pound Joseph played his final collegiate season for the Ducks after transferring from Minnesota. This Season The Ducks had a different look with Joseph leading the way, as the team improved to 22-9, earning the third spot in the Pac-12 Conference, a vast improvement from the 21-18 record and seventh place finish last season. In only one season he was able to emerge as a leader for the Ducks this season. Despite coming off the bench early in his Oregon career, Joseph worked his way into the starting lineup after just two games with the Ducks. By the time the season was over, Joseph averaged a team-high in points and played nearly five more minutes per game than any other player on the team. Joseph managed to take his game to the next level and was named to the Pac-12's All-Conference First Team this season. This summer he was also invited to Las Vegas Summer League, where he shot the lights out in five games with the raptors summer league squad.


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Uppsala Basket lands Nnamaka - by Eurobasket Center

Uppsala Basket strengthened their roster with addition of 34-year old naturalized Nigerian power forward Oluoma Nnamaka (201-F/C-100kg-78, college: Marquette). Nnamaka played most recently at Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy). While playing 18 games for Novipiu CM last season his stats were: 4.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the championship title. Nnamaka is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in China, Germany and Italy. Nnamaka graduated Marquette University in 2002 and it will be his 11th season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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76th METRO Semi Final are hot!!!!!! - by Santiago Maciel

After struggling during the whole Hexagonal Cerro Porteo finally started to find its game line due to two consecutive good games, clinching one very important game
against Felix Perez last night 100 to 64.

Cerro hired coach Juan Pablo Feliu a week and half ago replacing Polo Barrios. Also hired James Penny, an american who has a lot of experience in South America.
Jame Penny netted 27 points last night becoming the score leader in only his second game.

In the other Semi final game Libertad won its third straight game in this semi final round. Libertad has lost only 2 games in the whole season. We are talking in 35 games.
Very productive the Libertads team during the whole season.



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2012 PBA Governors' Cup: Hot Rain or Shine mows down B-Meg in Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

Rain or Shine - B-Meg Llam. 93-84
With its outside guns on target for most of last night, Rain or Shine stormed to a 2-1 lead in the PBA Governors' Cup title series with B-Meg after a 93-84 conquest of the Llamados at Smart Araneta Coliseum. After getting the job done following a mesmerizing shooting display in the second half, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao remained on target with his bold prediction to win with or without the injured guard Paul Lee and again took shots at Tim Cone and his foes. 'We played as hard as we could tonight,' Guiao said after getting 26 points and 15 rebounds from Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87, college: Penn St.) and 18 second-half points from Jeffrei Chan (191-F-83). 'Without Paul (Lee), we thought that the biggest complement we could do was play for him. 'He helped us get here,' he continued before dropping another bombshell. 'They (his players) play with a lot of toughness that comes from inside, and not just from a t-shirt.' Guiao was obviously referring to the jerseys worn by members of the B-Meg squad that had the phrase 'Only tough guys need apply' printed at the back. And the firebrand coach wasn't finished. 'We did not ask for any help from the referees like (B-Meg coach Tim) Cone did after Game 1 and just played as hard as we could,' Guiao stressed. 'This is also for the few people who believe in us.' The Elasto Painters, who are chasing the very first title in their PBA existence, broke away in the third quarter by using the outside shot as a lethal weapon. Chan, who was scoreless in the first two periods, and Ryan Arana hit 2-of-2 each from beyond trifectaville and Ronjay Buenafe added another as the team missed just one attempt from that distance to highlight a 30-point quarter. The Painters also hit 8-of-16 perimeter attempts in the period as compared to the Llamados' 1-of-12 clip from the same area. Sensing that the game was getting out of hand, Cone recalled his aces to the bench in an effort to preserve them for the next battle. 'My job is not to make the crowd happy (by keeping James Yap and the other stars on the bench in the third),' Cone said. 'I love the fans but I can't worry about them. Maybe we can make them happy on Sunday (in Game 4).' *Courtesy of http://sports.inquirer.net



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U16 European Championship: Italy stay undefeated, advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16 - Poland U16 82:79

Italy extended their winning streak to 7 points at the U16 European Championship. The latest victory came today when the Azzurri held off Poland in quarterfinal. Federico Mussini (179-PG-96) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
Italy started the game confidently. They built a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. Poland did not allow Italy to clear off in the second quarter. They narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at halftime. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Italy entered the final frame up by just two points 65:63. Wlodarczyk and Marek Zywert (185-SG-96) put Poland in front at the start of the final quarter. The lead changed hands before Spera and Federico Mussini made it 80:77 with 22 seconds to go. Mateusz Stawiak (199-PF-96) narrowed the gap but Flaccadori sealed the victory for Italy. Riccardo Rossato (189-PG-96) provided 19 points for Italy. Pierfrancesco Oliva (200-SF-96) added 15 points, 11 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Marek Zywert responded with 17 points for Poland. Mateusz Stawiak had 13 points in the loss.

Italy U16: Federico Mussini 20, Riccardo Rossato 19, Pierfrancesco Oliva 15+11 boards
Poland U16: Marek Zywert 17, Mateusz Stawiak 13



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Germany overcome Portugal in Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Portugal 79:77

Germany celebrated the first win at the international tournament in Oberwart. They held off Portugal in the opener. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Germany started the game strongly. They accumulated a 22:13 lead after ten minutes. Portugal slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. They got within 5 points at the interval 38:33. Portugal stayed aggressive throughout the third term. They narrowed the deficit and eventually pulled in front for a 59:58 lead at the final intermission. Germany quickly returned the lead in the fourth frame. They gained a 72:66 lead before Portugal trimmed it back to 2 points. However Germany proved cool in the dying minutes and eked out a narrow win at the end. Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-PF-81, college: Penn St.) posted 12 points, while Bastian Doreth (183-G-89) contributed 11 points for the winners. Joao Gomes (199-F-85) responded with 16 points for Portugal. Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) produced 13 points in the loss.

Germany: Heiko Schaffartzik 17, Jan-Hendrik Jagla 12, Bastian Doreth 11
Portugal: Joao Gomes 16, Mario Fernandes 13



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Robert Nyakundi inks with CSU Asesoft Ploiesti - by Eurobasket News

Robert Nyakundi inks with CSU Asesoft Ploiesti for the upcoming season. The American Forward will debut in Europe.
In 2007-2008 he started for SMU (NCAA) and stayed with the college for 5 years. In 2008-2009 his stats read 6.2ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 41.6%, 3Pts: 39.2%, FT: 81.3%. In 2009-2010 he averaged 7.6ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 86.8% and in 2010-2011 had 14.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 49.7%, FT: 90.0%. Last season for SMU (NCAA, starting five) his stats read 14.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 78.0%.
For his Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention that he made it into All-C-USA 3rd Team -11, 12 and NABC Division I All-District 11 2nd Team -12.
In his SMU Career Records he led in scoring 19 times, rebounds 12 times, steals 11 times. Robert Nyakundi was a Best Shooter in C-USA by The Sporting News, Preseason All-C-USA second team by Lindy's Sports Annuals.



CSM Bucuresti keeps Ivan Bosnjak - by Eurobasket News

Ivan Bosnjak (198-G-82, agency: BeoExcell) and CSM Bucuresti stay together. They penned a 1-year contract extension yesterday. Bosnjak arrived to the club in February this year from SK Cherkasy Monkeys. He played 15 games in Romanian league registering 8.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.5 apg. CSM Bucuresti reached Cup Semifinals. From 2009 to 2011 Ivan Bosnjak as a member of Vojvodina Novi Sad. He played for the same team also from 2005 to 2007. In the meantime, the Serbian guard spent one year with Strumica (FYROM). They reached Macedonian league Finals and Bosnjak was named Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Defensive Player of the Year -08. The player also has experience from Lavovi 063 and Radnicki Belgrade. In 2005, he played for Serbia and Montenegro University National Team.


CSU Sibiu signs Uros Velickovic - by Eurobasket News

Uros Velickovic (189-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) will stay in Romania for the next season, but not with CS Pitesti. The Serbian guard penned a deal with CSU Sibiu. He had 12.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.5 apg for 28 games with Pitesti last season. He helped them win Romanian Cup trophy. A year ago, Velickovic also won the Cup, but with Gaz Metan. He had 7.5 ppg, 2.2 apg and 2 rpg for 37 games in the league. In 2010, Uros Velickovic won his first Cup in Romania and he played for Timisoara at that time. There he shined with 15.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.9 apg for 35 games. Uros Velickovic played for Timisoara also in 2007/08 season. Before that, he spent several years with Serbian squad Zdravlje Leskovac. In 2010, Velickovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention. A year before that he reached Romanian league Finals with Timisoara.


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Ruskon-Mordovia tab Sarunas Vasiliauskas - by Eurobasket News

Ruskon-Mordovia strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport). The guard started the previous season in Baltai Kaunas. He tallied 11.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in LKL. In Baltic League his stats read 11.7 points, 1.8 assists and 1.5 boards per appearance. In December Sarunas Vasiliauskas moved to Liatkabelis Panevezys. The guard notched 14.4 points, 4.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds per game in Baltic League. In LKL his stats read 11.3 points, 3.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Sarunas Vasiliauskas All-Baltic League Challenge Cup Guard of the Year. Sarunas Vasiliauskas was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Lithuanian National Teams.


Andrei Kirilenko officially joins the Timberwolves - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves officially announced the signing of Andrei Kirilenko (6'10''-F-81). The terms of contract were not disclosed. Andrei Kirilenko will be returning to the NBA after one-year stint with CSKA. The forward averaged 12.3 points, 6.1 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game in PBL last season. In VTB League Andrei Kirilenko posted 11.4 points, 6.1 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 steals per appearance. The forward also delivered 14.1 points, 7.5 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.5 steals in Euroleague. He was named All-Euroleague Player of the Year. Andrei Kirilenko was also trumped All-PBL Player of the Year. Kirilenko also earned All-VTB League Final Four MVP title. Previously Andrei Kirilenko played for the Utah Jazz, CSKA Moscow and Spartak Saint Petersburg.


U16 European Championship: Russia demolish Slovenian side - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U16-Russia U16 57:102

Russia demolish Slovenian side in the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Place at the U16 European Championship. The Russian side won Group G with 4-0 record, while Slovenia fell at 1-3.
Russia opened the game with 21:13 and never looked behind. They added 21-16 in the second quarter as the board showed 42:29 at the halftime. Morozov scored for 44:29 and Maleyko posted two for 49:33. Ivanov meanwhile made two free throws for 72:45 after three quarters. They added 30-12 in the last stanza for a three-digit number.
Pavel Afanasev (194-SG-96) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Ilya Karpenkov (200-C-97) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Alexander Gavrilov (192-PG-96) and Nikita Shantaley (181-SG-96) followed them with 12 points apiece. Tilen Kodrin (202-SF-96) and Nejc Zupan (203-PG-96) nailed 12 points each in the losing effort, while Matej Kavas (193-G-96) had 10.

Slovenia U16: Tilen Kodrin 12, Nejc Zupan 12, Matej Kavas 10
Russia U16: Pavel Afanasev 28, Ilya Karpenkov 15+10 rebs, Alexander Gavrilov 12, Nikita Shantaley 12



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Rwanda U18 qualifiers for 2012 AFROBASKET - by Eurobasket News

Rwandas under-18 mens basketball team has qualified for the U18 AFROBASKET after beating Kenya in the away and return leg matches (68-29 and 96-34) of the Zone V qualifiers.

The 2012 U18 AFROBASKET shall take place in Maputo (Mozambique) August 16-25.
Courtesy of:StarAfrica.com



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Scottish U16 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Fraser Malcolm
Malcolm
Malcolm Winning
Winning
Sam MacArthur
MacArthur
Gregor Gray
Gray
Rian Neill
Neill
#e#5
4 Cameron McKay 191-PF-96
5 John Kuriakosem 174-PG-96
6 Thomas Skinner 186-PG-97
7 Fraser Malcolm 186-SF-96
8 Kieran McAdam 180-SF-96
9 Malcolm Winning 186-SG-96 Boroughmuir Scotland
10 Sam MacArthur 188-PG-96
11 Kenneth Makusha 180-F-96
12 Gregor Gray 193-G/F-96 Edinburgh K. Scotland
13 Sam Stott 180-F-97
14 Mitchell Rae 188-F-96
15 Rian Neill 188-PF-96

Russel Kesson Head Coach
Craig Nicol Assistant Medway Park United Kingdom



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Politekhnika-Halychyna sign Sasa Vasiljevic - by Eurobasket Center

Politekhnika-Halychyna signed 33-year old Serbian-Bosnian Sasa Vasiljevic (183-PG-84kg-79, agency: Beo Basket). Vasiljevic played most recently at Ikaros Kallitheas (Greece). While playing 15 games for Ikaros last season his stats were: 7.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg. He is a very experienced player. Vasiljevic played also pro basketball in Bosnia, Greece, Spain and Serbia. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Lithuania last year. Vasiljevic is not a newcomer in Ukraine. He played 2010-11 at BC Donetsk, and last season (before moved to Greece) he started with Khimik-OPZ Yuzny.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U16 European Championship: Serbia nip Spain to reach semifinal - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Spain U16 68:67

Serbia advanced into the semifinal round of U16 European Championship. They nipped Spain in the thrilling quarterfinal battle in Vilnius tonight. Ilija Dokovic (185-G-96) converted two free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Serbia.
Serbia jumped to an early lead. They posted a 20:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Spain slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. Spain denied the deficit and eked out a 32:31 halftime lead. Spain stretched the lead in the third term. They secured a 7-point lead at the final intermission. But Serbia ignited a 9:0 run early in the final period to level things up at 57. Daskalovic put Serbia in charge with a three-pointer 64:61 midway through the final frame. But Brais Gago (180-G-96) gave Spain a 67:66 lead with under two minutes to go. But Ilija Dokovic nailed two free throws, while Bauza missed a jumper as Serbia ran away with the victory. Vukan Stojanovic (192-SG-96) knocked down 17 points, while Nikola Pavlovic (199-PF-96) added 13 points for the winners. Brais Gago answered with 17 points for Spain. Marc Garcia (194-F-96) had 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U16: Vukan Stojanovic 17, Nikola Pavlovic 13, Stefan Lazarevic (193-SG-96) 9+10 boards
Spain U16: Brais Gago 17, Marc Garcia 14



Serbia U18 wins the opener of Novi Sad Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Ukraine U18 83:52

Serbia U18 wins the opener of Novi Sad Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts overcame Ukraine 83:52 in the first game of the day.
Both teams nailed 12 points each in the opening period. Serbia erupted later with 20-9 in the second quarter and reached 11-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Serbia won the third quarter 25-17 and enjoyed 45:28 with 10 minutes to go. Serbia also added 26-14 in the last stanza for the first victory at the tournament.
Nikola Jankovic (200-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Luka Andusic (195-G/F-94) netted 15. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) and Mihajlo Andric (197-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 8 points each in a win. Petrov replied with 18 points in the losing effort, while Korenjuk nailed 7. Bojarkin and Kudrija ended up with 5 points each in defeat.

Serbia U18: Nikola Jankovic 21, Luka Andusic 15, Nikola Radicevic 8, Mihajlo Andric 8
Ukraine U18: Petrov 18, Korenjuk 7, Bojarkin 5, Kudrija 5



CSU Sibiu signs Uros Velickovic - by Eurobasket News

Uros Velickovic (189-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) will stay in Romania for the next season, but not with CS Pitesti. The Serbian guard penned a deal with CSU Sibiu. He had 12.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.5 apg for 28 games with Pitesti last season. He helped them win Romanian Cup trophy. A year ago, Velickovic also won the Cup, but with Gaz Metan. He had 7.5 ppg, 2.2 apg and 2 rpg for 37 games in the league. In 2010, Uros Velickovic won his first Cup in Romania and he played for Timisoara at that time. There he shined with 15.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.9 apg for 35 games. Uros Velickovic played for Timisoara also in 2007/08 season. Before that, he spent several years with Serbian squad Zdravlje Leskovac. In 2010, Velickovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention. A year before that he reached Romanian league Finals with Timisoara.


CSM Bucuresti keeps Ivan Bosnjak - by Eurobasket News

Ivan Bosnjak (198-G-82, agency: BeoExcell) and CSM Bucuresti stay together. They penned a 1-year contract extension yesterday. Bosnjak arrived to the club in February this year from SK Cherkasy Monkeys. He played 15 games in Romanian league registering 8.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.5 apg. CSM Bucuresti reached Cup Semifinals. From 2009 to 2011 Ivan Bosnjak as a member of Vojvodina Novi Sad. He played for the same team also from 2005 to 2007. In the meantime, the Serbian guard spent one year with Strumica (FYROM). They reached Macedonian league Finals and Bosnjak was named Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Defensive Player of the Year -08. The player also has experience from Lavovi 063 and Radnicki Belgrade. In 2005, he played for Serbia and Montenegro University National Team.


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U16 European Championship: Russia demolish Slovenian side - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U16-Russia U16 57:102

Russia demolish Slovenian side in the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Place at the U16 European Championship. The Russian side won Group G with 4-0 record, while Slovenia fell at 1-3.
Russia opened the game with 21:13 and never looked behind. They added 21-16 in the second quarter as the board showed 42:29 at the halftime. Morozov scored for 44:29 and Maleyko posted two for 49:33. Ivanov meanwhile made two free throws for 72:45 after three quarters. They added 30-12 in the last stanza for a three-digit number.
Pavel Afanasev (194-SG-96) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Ilya Karpenkov (200-C-97) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Alexander Gavrilov (192-PG-96) and Nikita Shantaley (181-SG-96) followed them with 12 points apiece. Tilen Kodrin (202-SF-96) and Nejc Zupan (203-PG-96) nailed 12 points each in the losing effort, while Matej Kavas (193-G-96) had 10.

Slovenia U16: Tilen Kodrin 12, Nejc Zupan 12, Matej Kavas 10
Russia U16: Pavel Afanasev 28, Ilya Karpenkov 15+10 rebs, Alexander Gavrilov 12, Nikita Shantaley 12



Grosuplje brings back Jersin, Tratnik, adds Zatezic on loan and inks two US players - by Zeljko Zule

Newly-promoted Grosuplje have made five signings as they prepare for life in Telemach League. Boris Jersin (183-G-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency), Igor Tratnik (206-C/F-89), Ziga Fifolt (210-C-93) and US players Andrew Dikas (193-G-88, college: Brewton Parker) and Calvin Hampton (208-F/C-86, college: Oregon St.) have agreed deals for the upcoming season.
Boris Jersin arrives from League Two side Triglav for whom he averaged 13,6 points, 4,7 rebounds, 4,1 assists and 1,5 steals in 25 games last season. Igor Tratnik started the 2011-12 season with Valur Reykjavik and later moved to Tindastoll, where he averaged 8,7 points, 8,0 rebounds and 1,1 blocks in 10 Iceland league games. Jersin grew up with Grosuplje and Tratnik played several seasons for Grousplje early in his career. Ziga Fifolt is loaned from Krka II. He averaged 11,4 points in 20 games of League Three and helped Krka to win junior championship title. Andrew Dikas appeared only in two Swedish League game last season for Norrkoping Dolphins. Colin Hampton arrives from Vancouver Volcanoes where he averagded 15.1 points, 9,2 rebounds, 1,3 assists and 1,4 blocks in 14 IBL league games.



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U16 European Championship: Serbia nip Spain to reach semifinal - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Spain U16 68:67

Serbia advanced into the semifinal round of U16 European Championship. They nipped Spain in the thrilling quarterfinal battle in Vilnius tonight. Ilija Dokovic (185-G-96) converted two free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Serbia.
Serbia jumped to an early lead. They posted a 20:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Spain slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. Spain denied the deficit and eked out a 32:31 halftime lead. Spain stretched the lead in the third term. They secured a 7-point lead at the final intermission. But Serbia ignited a 9:0 run early in the final period to level things up at 57. Daskalovic put Serbia in charge with a three-pointer 64:61 midway through the final frame. But Brais Gago (180-G-96) gave Spain a 67:66 lead with under two minutes to go. But Ilija Dokovic nailed two free throws, while Bauza missed a jumper as Serbia ran away with the victory. Vukan Stojanovic (192-SG-96) knocked down 17 points, while Nikola Pavlovic (199-PF-96) added 13 points for the winners. Brais Gago answered with 17 points for Spain. Marc Garcia (194-F-96) had 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U16: Vukan Stojanovic 17, Nikola Pavlovic 13, Stefan Lazarevic (193-SG-96) 9+10 boards
Spain U16: Brais Gago 17, Marc Garcia 14



Clay Tucker inks with Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Clay Tucker (196-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) inks with Valencia for 2012/2013 season. The American Guard left Acea Virtus Roma.
Earlier Clay Tucker decided to finish the season in Italy with Acea Virtus Roma. He was asked by the management of the Italian team to search for a new team. He reached an agreement with Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul but after the win in Caserta, Roma blocked his transfer.
The former Real Madrid player averaged 15.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 85.3%. Clay Tucker played also for Joventut Badalona in the earlier season. The guard notched 16.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game in ACB. In EuroCup Clay Tucker delivered 12.5 points, 4.1 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per appearance.
In 2011 he reached Spanish ACB Supercup Semifinals -11, became Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Finalist -11 and Euroleague Semifinals -11. Moreover he reached Spanish ACB Semifinals -11 and was Spanish ACB Regular Season Runner-Up -11.



Melilla adds F Francis Sanchez - by Eurobasket News

Melilla is very active on the transfer market these days. Their latest addition is Spanish forward Francisco Sanchez (201-F-79), who signed a 1-year deal with the club. He finished last season with Caceres averaging 13.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 24 LEB Gold games. Sanchez started it with Granada, also LEB Gold team. There he had 14.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.9 apg for 13 games. Francisco Sanchez played for Caceres from 2009 to 2011. Before that, he spent three years with Tenerife and one and a half with La Palma. The player also has experience from Plasencia, Alicante and Unicaja. In 2009 and this year as well he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Domestic Players Team. This year Sanchez also was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 2nd Team.


Assignia Manresa extends deal with PG Javier Rodriguez - by Eurobasket News

Javier Rodriguez (189-G-79, college: Boston Coll.) stays with Assignia Manresa. They signed a 2-year contract extension today. Rodriguez joined the club a year ago from Bilbao. He appeared 28 times in Liga Endesa averaging 3.9 points, 6.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds. Rodriguez was leagues No.1 in assists. With Bilbao in 2010/11 season the player had 2.2 ppg and 1.6 rpg for 10 games. They parted ways in February of 2011. Rodriguez played for Bilbao also in 2009/10 and from January of 2007 until the end of 2008/09 season he was a member of Manresa. In 2009, the player was No.1 in assists (ACB) with 6.1 apg. In the past, Javier Rodriguez played for Breogan, Fuenlabrada and Gijon.


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Standings - Basketligan

Basketligan Standings
 1. 08 0-0 
 2. Boras 0-0 
 3. Eagles 0-0 
 4. Eco Orebro 0-0 
 5. Jamtland 0-0 
 6. LF Basket 0-0 
 7. Nassjo 0-0 
 8. Norrkoping 0-0 
 9. Sodertalje 0-0 
 10. Solna 0-0 
 11. Sundsvall 0-0 
 12. Uppsala 0-0 


Standings - BasketEttan

Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Akropol 0-0 
 2. Alvik Basket 0-0 
 3. BG Lulea 0-0 
 4. Blackeberg 0-0 
 5. Fryshuset 0-0 
 6. Jarva Devils 0-0 
 7. LF Future 0-0 
 8. Orongo 0-0 
 9. Solna Branten 0-0 
 10. Taby 0-0 
 11. Umea 0-0 
 12. Uppsala KFUM 0-0 
South
 1. Boras II 0-0 
 2. Brahe Basket 0-0 
 3. Eos 0-0 
 4. Eskilstuna 0-0 
 5. Haga Haninge 0-0 
 6. Helsingborg 0-0 
 7. Hoganas 0-0 
 8. Hogsbo 0-0 
 9. Jarfalla 0-0 
 10. Malbas 0-0 
 11. Sanda 0-0 
 12. Talje 0-0 


Malbas Oresund sign Dwight Bankhead Bankhead - by Eurobasket Center

Malbas Oresund (Basketettan) signed 29-year old Dwight Bankhead Bankhead (181-PG-83). Bankhead Bankhead played most recently at Hoganas Basket (Basketettan). While playing 24 games for Hoganas last season his stats were: 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to make it to the final. Bankhead Bankhead is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Uppsala Basket lands Nnamaka - by Eurobasket Center

Uppsala Basket strengthened their roster with addition of 34-year old naturalized Nigerian power forward Oluoma Nnamaka (201-F/C-100kg-78, college: Marquette). Nnamaka played most recently at Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy). While playing 18 games for Novipiu CM last season his stats were: 4.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the championship title. Nnamaka is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in China, Germany and Italy. Nnamaka graduated Marquette University in 2002 and it will be his 11th season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Taiwanese basketball pays tribute to late South Korean coach - by Chris Wang

Taiwanese basketball circles were shocked at the news that Chung Kwon-suk, who led Taiwan NT to the fifth place in 2009 FIBA Asia Championship, passed away after battling kidney cancer.

Chung reportedly passed away at the age of 67 on Thursday in South Korea.

A South Korean legendary coach, Chung earned his reputation as the head coach who led South Korea to Asian title in the 1997 FIBA Asia Championship, its first Asian title since 1969, with a win over China and the first berth in the World Championship in 1998.

The hard-working head coach had a close connection with Taiwanese basketball, briefly coaching Dacin Tigers in the professional league Chinese Basketball Alliance (CBA) in 1999.

After the league folded in 2000, Chung was hired by the CTBA as the technical consultant for Taiwan U18 NT and helped the team to win the bronze medal that year.

With Taiwan NT kept backsliding in Asian basketball in the 2000s, dropping to as miserable as the 11th place in 2003, Chung was hired by the CTBA in 2007 as the first foreign head coach in Taiwanese senior mens NT history.

The decision paid dividends as Chung led Taiwan NT to the sixth place in 2007 and the fifth place in 2009, its best finish in 10 years since finishing for the 4th place in 1999.

The most notable victory in the 2009 championship in Tianjin, China, was a win over South Korea, Chungs motherland.

Chung was known for his emphasis on defense and his leadership that make players want to play for him. Taiwan NTs defense, in particular its zone defense, under Chung was the best Ive seen for years.

Many Taiwanese players paid tribute to the coach and said that Chung will be missed.



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Tunisia: mens basketball team beat Britain in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Tunisias mens national basketball team defeated Britain 73-69 during a London 2012 preparatory friendly last weekend in Lille, France.

This victory has boosted the Tunisians who shall have hard nuts to crack against France and the USA during the Olympic tournament.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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Pinar Karsiyaka lands PG Bobby Dixon - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) became a new member of Pinar Karsiyaka. His is third signing of new Head Coach Ufuk Sarica , who already brought in Jon Diebler (198-G-88, college: Ohio St.) and Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points). Dixon played last season for JDA Dijon. He appeared 30 times in ProA averaging 12.4 points, 5.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention -12. Season 2010/11 the American PG spent with Enel Brindisi. There he had 12.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.9 apg and 2 spg for 29 games in SerieA. Before Brindisi, Dixon split one year between ASVEL and Benetton Treviso. With ASVEL, he had 11.5 ppg, 3.1 apg and 2.6 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. Bobby Dixon won the French Federation Cup and also Semaine des As with Le Mans in 2009. He joined the club in February averaging 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals for 17 games in ProA. Dixon started that season with Benetton collecting 12.4 ppg, 3.8 apg, 3.1 spg and 2.9 rpg for 17 games in Italy. He also has experience from Polpak Swecie, Gravelines and Saint-Etienne.
Jon Diebler spent last season with Panionios Athens averaging 10.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 34 Greek league games. He helped the team to reach Playoff Semifinals. It was the first pro deal for Diebler, who graduated at the Ohio State University something more than a year ago.
Will Thomas had 15 ppg and 11.3 rpg for 6 EuroChallenge games last season with Army Sport Klub Tbilisi. In Georgian league, the player had 16.5 ppg and 7.4 rpg for 25 games leading Armia to the title. Thomas was named Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Forward of the Year -12.



Erdemir agrees 1-year deal with Melih Mahmutoglu - by Eurobasket News

Erdemir agreed a 1-year deal with Melih Mahmutoglu (193-G-90), according to Turkish media (Salsabasket.net). The player spent last season with Antalya, where he collected 11.8 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 30 games. In 2010/11, Mahmutoglu was a member of Galatasaray. There he had 3.3 ppg in 14 TBL games, plus 2.3 ppg in 3 EuroCup appearances. A year before that the guard played for Darussafaka. In 2009, he was the second scorer of TB2L with 23.9 ppg for 17 games with Pertevniyal Istanbul. That season Mahmutoglu also played for Darussafaka averaging 7.4 ppg for 31 TBL games.
Melih Mahmutoglu played for Turkish U20, U18 and U16 National Team in the past. Two years ago with U20 Turkey he had 13.4 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 9 games at U20 EuroBasket in Croatia.



Turkey U18 won their opener at the Novi Sad Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18-Greece U18 68:64

Turkey U18 won their opener at the Novi Sad Tournament in Serbia. The team outscored Greece U18 68:64 in Day 1.
Greece won the opening period 16:15 and also added a narrow in the second period for 39:37 at the halftime. The third period was decisive for the Turkish side that grabbed 54:52 after 30 minutes. Turkey managed to win also the last stanza to seal the victory.
Burakcan Yildizi top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Cedi Osman posted 11. Kenan Sipahi (198-G-95) notched 9, while Tayfun Erulku (196-SG-94), Metecan Birsen (205-G/F-95), Kerem Gulmez (195-F-94), Talat Alp Altunbey, Metin Turen (198-F-94) and Burak Hacismal had 4 each.
In another game Serbia U18 wins the opener of Novi Sad Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts overcame Ukraine 83:52 in the first game of the day.
Today Turkey will face Ukraine, while Serbia will meet Greece.



U16 European Championship: Turkey edge Germany to advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U16 - Germany U16 67:56

Turkey advanced into U16 European Championship semifinals. They held off German counterparts in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Akif Guven (206-C-96) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Turkey.
Turkey ensured a quick start. They surged ahead and posted a 20:13 lead at the first break. Germany narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. They held Turkey to 6 points in the period and got within 3 points at halftime 23:26. Turkey regained control in the third quarter. They limited Germany to 11 points in the period to secure an 8-point lead at the final intermission. Turkey unloaded 25 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) scored 10 points, while Tolga Gecim (202-PG-96) added 9 points for Turkey. Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) responded with 13 points for Germany. Kevin Casper (199-F-96) had 12 points in the loss.

Turkey U16: Akif Guven 19, Okben Ulubay 10, Tolga Gecim 9
Germany U16: Jan Wimberg 13, Kevin Casper 12



Anadolu Efes added Jordan Farmar to its team - by Pervin Elgin

Anadolu Efes transferred Jordan Farmar who was a team member of Brooklyn Nets in the NBA last year and has been exchanged to Atlanta Hawks. The American player, born in 1986, is 1.88 m. tall and a guard player.

Farmar who played in NCAA in 2004-06 at UCLA, has been transferred to Los Angeles Lakers, one of the NBA teams in the season of 2006-07. He served here until the end of 2009-10 season, then he became a team friend of Sasha Vujacic from Anadolu Efes. In the season 2010-11, Vujacic was his team friend in Nets, but then at the beginning of the last season he played in Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel due to the lockout in the NBA and after the lockout he came back to Nets. Jordan Farmar will be playing together with Vujacic again in 2012-13 season in Anadolu Efes.

The successful player, who played five matches during the lockout last season with the uniform of Maccabi Tel Aviv, had the averages of 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.4 steals. Farmar had 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals against Anadolu Efes in the game played in the Euroleague in Istanbul.

In the NBA, Brooklyn Nets, last season he played in 39 matches and had the statistics of 10.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 0.6 steals per game.

Jordan Farmar also has two NBA championships with Los Angeles Lakers im 2009 and 2010.

Engin zerhun, the General Manager, of Anadolu Efes, talked about the transfer of Farmar in this way: We added an important player to the short player rotation. Jordan Farmar got used to the European basketball last season during the lockout period. He has a significant career in the NBA and he will bring power to Anadolu Efes.

Anadolu Efes signed a contract of three years with Jordan Farmar.



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Sprite to sponsor Zone 5 Club Basketball Championships - by Joel Nature

Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) president Ambrose Tashobya is hopeful the four sides men's league champions DMark Power, runners-up Kyambogo Warriors, UCU Lady Canons and KCCA Leopards will sparkle at the seventh edition of the Zone 5 FIBA Club Championships from August 20-26 in Kampala.

"We are hopeful these sides will raise the country's flag high," he said.

And FUBA will feel they are on the right track to host the event after securing a sponsorship of an undisclosed amount from Coca Cola Caompany, through their brand Sprite. "We thank Sprite for coming on board," Tashobya noted. "This torurnament will help the Ugandan sides to showcase their skills and talent"

About 10 countries; Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sudan and South Sudan will grace the designated courts in Kampala as they vie to qualify to represent the region at the Africa Cup of Nations. Sprite last sponsored the event when it was last held in 1999. "Sprite is doing this because we want to see dvelopment of this game within Uganda and Africa" Maggie Kigozi, the brand manager Coca Cola Uganda said. The tournament is a qualifier for the 27th and 18th Africa Championship Cup for men and women in turn.



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Rookie Devoe Joseph signs with Khimik-OPZ Yuzny - by Interperformances

Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances), the Toronto native and former Oregon shooting guard has signed his first deal overseas with the Ukranian superleague club, Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. The 6-4, 180-pound Joseph played his final collegiate season for the Ducks after transferring from Minnesota. This Season The Ducks had a different look with Joseph leading the way, as the team improved to 22-9, earning the third spot in the Pac-12 Conference, a vast improvement from the 21-18 record and seventh place finish last season. In only one season he was able to emerge as a leader for the Ducks this season. Despite coming off the bench early in his Oregon career, Joseph worked his way into the starting lineup after just two games with the Ducks. By the time the season was over, Joseph averaged a team-high in points and played nearly five more minutes per game than any other player on the team. Joseph managed to take his game to the next level and was named to the Pac-12's All-Conference First Team this season. This summer he was also invited to Las Vegas Summer League, where he shot the lights out in five games with the raptors summer league squad.


U16 European Championship: Greece silence Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Greece U16 - Ukraine U16 80:64

Greece earned victory in the classification round of U16 European Championship. The Hellenes fired past Ukraine to set up the clash versus Lithuania vs. Latvia winners for the 9th overall position. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Ukraine suffered the fifth straight loss at the tournament.
Greece eked out a narrow 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine stayed close throughout the second quarter. They got within two points at halftime 39:41. But Greece took over in the third quarter. They held their opponents to 9 points in the period and stretched the lead to 11 points. Greece did not allow Ukraine to restore the intrigue in the final frame. The Hellenes stayed cool and rallied to the victory at the end. Vasileios Toliopoulos (185-PG-96) had 13 points, 6 boards and 4 assists, while Konstantinos Zorzos (188-PG-96) added 12 points for the winners. Nikita Voievoda (180-PG-96) and Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) provided 12 points apiece in the loss.

Greece U16: Dimitrios Stamatis 21, Vasileios Toliopoulos 13, Konstantinos Zorzos 12
Ukraine U16: Nikita Voievoda 12, Oleksandr Kobets 12



Serbia U18 wins the opener of Novi Sad Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Ukraine U18 83:52

Serbia U18 wins the opener of Novi Sad Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts overcame Ukraine 83:52 in the first game of the day.
Both teams nailed 12 points each in the opening period. Serbia erupted later with 20-9 in the second quarter and reached 11-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Serbia won the third quarter 25-17 and enjoyed 45:28 with 10 minutes to go. Serbia also added 26-14 in the last stanza for the first victory at the tournament.
Nikola Jankovic (200-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Luka Andusic (195-G/F-94) netted 15. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) and Mihajlo Andric (197-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 8 points each in a win. Petrov replied with 18 points in the losing effort, while Korenjuk nailed 7. Bojarkin and Kudrija ended up with 5 points each in defeat.

Serbia U18: Nikola Jankovic 21, Luka Andusic 15, Nikola Radicevic 8, Mihajlo Andric 8
Ukraine U18: Petrov 18, Korenjuk 7, Bojarkin 5, Kudrija 5



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Lenzly and Clark Cleared to Play - by Eurobasket News

GB players, Mike Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) and Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) have passed their final fitness assessments and have been cleared to play for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

After picking up injuries during GB's preparation games in the last week, both players have recovered in time to join their team mates in the Games.
British Basketball Performance Director, Chris Spice commented: "Thanks to some outstanding work by our medical team at our dedicated training base, both Dan and Mike have been cleared to compete in the Olympics. Both players have worked tirelessly on their rehabilitation and should be congratulated on their efforts."

The GB men play their first Olympic game against Russia on Sunday evening.
Courtesy of: http://www.gbbasketball.com



U16 European Championship: Czech Republic prevail against England - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U16 - England U16 67:63

Czech Republic earned the victory in the classification round Group G at U16 European Championship tonight. They defeated England to improve at 2-3 record. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) topscored for Czech Republic again with 19 points.
England led by three points after the opening quarter 17:14. But Czech team denied the deficit to post a 33:30 halftime advantage. Czech Republic stretched the lead in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points. The margin grew at 10-point mark early in the final frame. Jules Akodo (G-96) pulled England within four but they simply ran out of time to save the game. Daniel Klimek (190-SG-96) netted 12 points, while David Skranc (196-C-96) added 10 points for the winners. Jules Akodo answered with 15 points for England. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (191-SG-96) netted 10 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U16: Matej Svoboda 19, Daniel Klimek 12, David Skranc 10
England U16: Jules Akodo 15, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 10



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Julio Toro is now a Toro - by Yelitza La Torre

Well known in Venezuela, Puerto Rican coach Julio Toro will lead Toros de Aragua for the upcoming 2013 Professional Basketball League of Venezuela.
Coach Toro began his head coaching participation in Venezuela in 1996 with Guaiqueries de Margarita until the year of 2004. After a small brake on the bench, coach Toro returned to Guaiqueries de Margarita from 2005 until 2009. Last season the Boricua coach took Trotamundos de Carabobo to the 2012 championship game losing this 2012 LPB final series in 6 games versus Marinos de Anzotegui.
Mr. Toro has been coaching a few national teams. A few of those teams are the Puerto Rican National Team, Venezuela National Team, Dominican Republic National Team, and also other professional basketball teams in Puerto Rico such as Guaynabo, Ponce, Santurce, and Bayamon.
Julio Toro will return to the Profesional basketball League of Venezuela for the upcoming 2013 season but this time with the basketball team of the Garden City of Venezuela, Los Toros de Aragua.

@Yelitzalatorre




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Aleks Maric joins the forces of Lokomotiv Kuban - by Eurobasket News

Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) joins the forces of Lokomotiv Kuban for the upcoming season. The Russian team confirmed Australian Center for 2012/2013 season.
Earlier Eurobasket correspondent ANTON ZIRKOV wrote that Lokomotiv Kuban were close to agree terms with him. Both parties have been in intensive negotiations in the past week and yesterday they reached an agreement about a two years deal. A source from Lokomotiv confirmed that Maric is heading to the Krasnodar club:"Maric is a player we wanted for a long time, he wanted to check all his options and we waited.
In 2011-2012 Aleks Maric played for Panathinaikos Athens (A1) and in Euroleague averaged 3.8ppg, 2.6rpg. In Greek League after 30 games his stats read 6.4ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP-1 (71.9%), FT: 57.5%. Earlier in 2010-2011 for Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1) he showed 3.5ppg, 3.5rpg in Euroleague and in Greek League had 6.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.1spg, FGP-2 (70.5%), FT: 73.9%.




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Women News


Lauren Jackson to fly the Australian flag in the London Olympics Opening Ceremony - by Eurobasket News

The money was right. Champion basketballer Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) capped her remarkable career by being given the honor of carrying the Australian flag at the Olympic opening ceremony.

Jackson, 31, competing at her fourth Olympics, was given the honor at a special function at the Westfield Complex at Stratford in the Olympic Village.

The daughter of two national basketballers who first played for the Opals at 16, Jackson has played in leagues all around the world and been a star for Australia for over a decade.
Jackson was the subject of a substantial late betting plunge from punters who had obviously been tipped off.

She opened at $31 in the market - a generous quote given her claims and the push for a woman - and was $4.50 a day out from the announcement.

But on match morning she was backed into $1.50 with Sportsbet before they stopped betting.

"There has been a lot of talk but this is amazing,"Jackson said who received a thunderous ovation when the decision was announced.

"When Nick Green asked me I thought "why?" It is a great honor. But there are a lot of people I have grown up with who I have played with and this is for you. It is my brother's 30th birthday tomorrow so this will be a present for him."

Jackson was a standout performer in the three Olympic silver medals Australia won at the last three Games.

Jackson's appointment was generally popular given her long standing excellence and impressive conduct record.

She has been a seven-time All Star in the world's best basketball league in the United States.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she was proud to see Lauren Jackson selected to bear the flag and take Australia in to the long-awaited opening ceremony.

"She's a great leader and she's going to be a great leader of the team as it proudly marches in wearing its green and gold and getting ready for the Games to come," she said.
"Australians love sport. We love the Olympics.

"Our athletes are made of great stuff and I know that they're going to do us absolutely proud."

Green said Jackson was the perfect candidate for the prestigious honour.

To me, Lauren is an unassuming athlete with wonderful leadership qualities on and off the court, Green said.

She has all the qualities I admire in a leader and that is the person our Team needs as a captain here in London. She is admired by her teammates and respected by her opponents.

I have watched her play for many years. She has a never say die attitude, a trait that I admire very much, Green said.

Courtesy of www.heraldsun.com.au



Thunder announce WNBL Player Pathways Academy squad - by Eurobasket News

Eighteen of the states most promising female basketball players are one step closer to realising their dream of playing at the professional level after the BDS Logan Thunder announced their WNBL Player Pathways Academy squad.

In a land-mark opportunity, the rising stars have been selected to participate in the clubs inaugural academy, designed to provide a stepping-stone to the countrys top league.

Selection was based on both basketball and non-basketball specific criteria, and while all players showed they have ample ability, Academy Director Tony Stephens said those selected possess characteristics that cant be taught.

The first six items of the criteria were not basketball specific, he said.

Theyre about attitude, desire, teamwork and commitment. Its really hard to teach these things at the WNBL level and these attributes are essential if they are going to compete at the professional level.

Stephens said the academy will open the door of opportunity for those looking to take their game to the next level.

Its a very unique opportunity, he said.

They will receive individualised training programs and high caliber coaching and they will be exposed to playing at the top level through exhibition games and training camps. They will also experience the off-court aspects of being a professional athlete.

He added: The basketball side of things is only one part of it. Obviously you have to be able to play but its all the other little things that come with it that they have to realize they need to be good at to reach the next level.

Even those who werent selected will receive ongoing support and will be advised of areas they can improve on for their own personal development.

BDS Logan Thunder General Manager Phil Binder said the announcement is a positive step forward for the club and womens basketball in the state.

Were very excited to bring the girls on board under the Logan Thunder banner, Binder said.

Its very rewarding for the club to be in a position where we able to provide an invaluable pathway into professional basketball for young females in Queensland and I think it is a positive sign that the club is moving forward and continuously growing.

From a club perspective the benefit for us is that it gives us opportunity to select from some of the best emerging young talent coming through the ranks.

The interest that has come out of this has been unbelievable, which to me is an indication of just how much this sort of program has been needed, he said.

Nine academy players will be selected to join Logan Thunders Kristian Veal and Mikhaela Donnelly for an exhibition game against Alabamas Auburn University on August 7 at Brisbane Basketballs NAB Stadium.



BDS Logan Thunder WNBL Player Pathways Academy

Sarah Ambrose (Runaway Bay)
Izzy Chilcott (Gold Coast)*
Sarah Davis (Brisbane)*
Jess Gajewski (Runaway Bay)
Phoebe Hinds (Northside)
Alice Honnery (Bundaberg)*
Chloe Morrow (Rockhampton)
Hayley Munro (Bundaberg)*
Morgan Pink (Southern Districts)*
Rachel Pryor (Southern Districts)*
Carine Reimink (Gold Coast)*
Brooke Steindl (Brisbane)
Ash Taia (Southern Districts)*
Megan Trinder (Gold Coast)
Maddy Willey (South West Metro)*
Molly Windsor (Brisbane)
Ash Wallis (South West Metro)
Yasmin Miller (Maroochydore)

*Likely to play in the exhibition match. Please note parentheses indicates senior association.

Click HERE for more.

Courtesy of WNBL Australia



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U18 Portugal shines in Day One in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

U18 PORTUGAL - U18 AUSTRIA 60-45

Portugal registered 60-45 win against Austria in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Portugal had amazing first half limiting its rival to just 14 points for 20 minutes. They drained 32 at the other side and jumped to plus 23 with ten minutes remaining. Austria finally showed some of their talent in the last quarter, but it was too late. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A, together with Israel and Hungary. Two teams will advance to the next stage. Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) led Portugal with 14 points. Ines Viana (164-PG-94), Josephine Filipe (175-G/F-95), Joana Canastra (173-SG-94) and Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) helped their team with 7 points each. In Austria, Pia Jurhar (183-PF-95) collected 9 points and 7 rebounds. Anja Fuchs-Robetin (180-SG-96) also scored 9 points and Sigrid Koizar (173-PG-95) stopped to 6. On Saturday, Portugal will meet Hungary. Austria will play against Israel and both teams look for the first win in Strumica.

Portugal: Laura Ferreira 14, Ines Viana 7, Josephine Filipe 7, Joana Canastra 7, Joana Soeiro 7
Austria: Pia Jurhar 9+7 boards, Anja Fuchs-Robetin 9, Sigrid Koizar 6



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Kalenta leads U18 Belarus to victory in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

U18 LATVIA - U18 BELARUS 67-68

Thriller win for Belarus in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica, FYROM. Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) made a basket for Belarus setting the score to 68-64 with 30 seconds remaining in the game. Ilze Jakobsone responded with triple at the other side, after what Kalenta missed two free throws. Belarus had the possession and there was 12 seconds left on the clock. Jakobsone pulled up for 2, but she missed and Belarus grabbed 68-67 win at the end (Group C). Quarters: 9-23, 20-16, 27-9, 12-19. Kalenta led Belarus with 18 points and 5 rebounds, while Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) helped with 17 points and 8 boards. Their third scorer was Natallia Pratskaila (184-F-94) with 8 points. In Latvia, Ruta Veidere (188-C-94) collected 15 points and 13 rebs. Renate Reine (176-G-94) also scored 15 and Ance Aizsila (175-G-94) had 10 pts, plus 5 rebs. Teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Saturday.

Latvia: Ruta Veidere 15+13 boards, Renate Reine 15, Ance Aizsila 10+5 boards
Belarus: Hanna Kalenta 18+5 boards, Maryia Papova 17+8 boards, Natallia Pratskaila 8



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U18 Slovenia beats U18 Belgium in heartbreaking thriller in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 SLOVENIA - U18 BELGIUM 58-56 OT

A fantastic double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds by Eva Lisec (191-C-95) helped Slovenia claim a memorable 58-56 overtime success against troubled Belgium, who slipped to successive defeats at the U18 European Championship. Lisec made a lay-up for Slovenia setting the score to 58-56 with 20 seconds left in OT. After timeout, Antonia Delaere (176-F/G-94) missed for 3 at the other side, but she grabbed an offensive rebound. Camille Lebrun received the ball and she also tried from behind the arc, but missed with 5 seconds to go. Slovenia grabbed defensive rebound and at the same time thriller win in this meeting. Quarters: 10-12, 10-18, 10-12, 22-10, 6-4 OT. Slovenia improved to 1-1 in Group D and already booked a spot for the next stage. Belgium dropped to 0-2 with no chance to advance. As mentioned above, Lisec was a key player in victory and Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) followed her with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) had 12 points and 7 rebs. In Belgium, Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) collected 22 points. Delaere scored 13 and Anneleen Da Baets (161-SG-95) netted 8 pts. Today, Slovenia will meet Serbia for the second place in the group. Belgium will play against Italy.

Slovenia: Eva Lisec 16+14 boards, Nina Gabrovsek 14+8 boards+6 as, Alina Gjerkes 12+7 boards
Belgium: Hind Ben Abdelkader 22, Antonia Delaere 13, Anneleen Da Baets 8



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U18 Bulgaria has no mercy for U18 Norway in Day One in Strumica, 67-41 - by Eurobasket News

U18 BULGARIA - U18 NORWAY 67-41

Bulgaria demonstrated its power against Norway in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Bulgarians celebrated huge 67-41 win. They made 15-point lead already in the first quarter, but Norway closed the gap to 10 until the HT. Bulgarians took control on its rival after the breather and jumped to plus 22 with ten minutes remaining. It was too much for Norway, who faced with huge loss at the start of tournament in Strumica. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B. Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) paced Bulgaria with 23 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 28, game MVP). Gabriela Kostova (192-C-94) had 10 points and 5 rebs, while Kristina Peychinova (176-SG-94) helped with 6 points and 6 rebs. In Norway, Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) was better than the others with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Vilde Tveito (183-PF-95) had 6 points and 5 rebs. Bulgaria will meet Switzerland today. Norway has a day-off.

Bulgaria: Iva Kostova 22+8 boards, Gabriela Kostova 10+5 boards, Kristina Peychinova 6+6 boards
Norway: Stine Austgulen 16+6 boards, Vilde Tveito 6+5 boards



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Camille Little returns to Chinese team Shanghai Octopus - by Eurobasket News

Bruce Levy Associates International announced that Camille Little (188-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) will return to Shanghai Octopus for the next season. They reached Chinese league Semifinals in the latest one. Little appeared 29 times for the club averaging 24.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals. She was third scorer of the competition and was named Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese WCBA Forward of the Year -12. It was the first season in China for Little.
Camille Little is currently a member of the WNBA team Seattle Storm. She has 10.2 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.7 apg after 19 games. The player joined Seattle in 2008 and player there each summer in WNBA. Meanwhile, Little also played in Israel, Cyprus and Turkey. She graduated at the University of North Carolina in 2007.



WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings signs in China, Guangdong Dolphins - by Eurobasket News

Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) will continue her career in China, according to Lovewomensbasketball.com. The reigning WNBA MVP signed a one-season deal with Guangdong Dolphins. Last season the Dolphins had another US National Team forward Swin Cash.
Tamika Catchings averages 18.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists with Indiana Fever. She appeared 17 times in the WNBA so far this season. Last summer Catchings had 14.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 3.3 apg, what was enough for the MVP award. The player missed last season in Europe due to injury. She played for Galatsaray in 2010/11 averaging 13 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists for 11 games in Turkey. Catchings played for the same team also in 2009/10. They won two Cup trophies together and reached Turkish league Finals twice. Three years ago Tamika won the Polish league title with Lotos PKO BP Gdynia and was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Player of the Year -09. Tamika Catchings is active member of the USA National Team since 2002. This summer they will try to defend the Olympic Gold from Beijing.



Chinese champs Beijing Great Wall sign Sophia Young - by Eurobasket News

Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) will play next international season for the Chinese team Beijing Great Wall, according to her agency Bruce Levy Associates International. The team won WCBA title last season with perfect 3-0 against Zhejiang in the Finals series. Young is currently a member of the San Antonio Silver Stars. She averages 16.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists after 18 games. Last season Young had 13.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.4 apg and 2 spg for 36 games. Sophia Young played for Cras Taranto in 2010/11 season. She had 12.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 2.3 spg in 24 Italian league games. The player also added 12.9 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 7 games in Euroleague. In the past, Young was a member of Galatasaray and Gambrinus Sika Brno. She graduated at Baylor University in 2006. It will be the first season in China for Young.


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Pleter inks Sikiric and Bagdoyan - by Zeljko Zule

Pleter started to get ready for the new season with the signing former U-18 national team Glorija Sikiric (190-C-93) and Armenian national team member Anna Baghdoyan (180-F-84).
Sikiric arrives from Novi Zagreb and averaged 1.8 points (2P 53%, 3P 18%, FT 45%), 1.4 rebounds, 0,9 assists and 0.9 steals over 10 minutes in Croatian Championship.
Baghdoyan is comming from Hatis Yerevan. She played for the Armenia nationa team in the European Championship Division C 2010, averaging 10,0 points, 3,4 rebounds and 3,6 assists in 30 minutes over five games.



U18 Croatia hands 67-41 loss to U18 Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

U18 CROATIA - U18 CZECH REPUBLIC 67-41

Croatia (1-1) blasted Czech Republic 67-41 for the first win at U18 EuroBasket. That will be enough for the Qualifying Round in Bucharest. At the other side, Czech Republic dropped to 0-2 with no chance to advance. Croatia will meet Slovakia today in a game for the second place in Group C. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) paced her team with double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) had 10 points and 12 rebs, while Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) netted 9 pts. Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) delivered 11 points in loss for just 14 minutes on the court. Karolina Severova (182-PF-94) stopped to 7 pts and 5 boards for 27 minutes. Croatia won all four quarters of this game and especially dominated in the last ten minutes (18-11, 13-10, 20-17, 16-3). Saturday is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Bucharest. Czech Republic will play against top ranked Holland.

Croatia: Ivana Tikvic 18+12 boards, Ana-Marija Begic 10+12 boards, Ruzica Dzankic 9
Czech Republic: Sarka Jozova 11, Karolina Severova 7+5 boards



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U18 Croatia hands 67-41 loss to U18 Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

U18 CROATIA - U18 CZECH REPUBLIC 67-41

Croatia (1-1) blasted Czech Republic 67-41 for the first win at U18 EuroBasket. That will be enough for the Qualifying Round in Bucharest. At the other side, Czech Republic dropped to 0-2 with no chance to advance. Croatia will meet Slovakia today in a game for the second place in Group C. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) paced her team with double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) had 10 points and 12 rebs, while Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) netted 9 pts. Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) delivered 11 points in loss for just 14 minutes on the court. Karolina Severova (182-PF-94) stopped to 7 pts and 5 boards for 27 minutes. Croatia won all four quarters of this game and especially dominated in the last ten minutes (18-11, 13-10, 20-17, 16-3). Saturday is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Bucharest. Czech Republic will play against top ranked Holland.

Croatia: Ivana Tikvic 18+12 boards, Ana-Marija Begic 10+12 boards, Ruzica Dzankic 9
Czech Republic: Sarka Jozova 11, Karolina Severova 7+5 boards



Slovakia celebrates in Day One of U18 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

U18 CZECH REPUBLIC - U18 SLOVAKIA 59-70

Slovakia handed 70-59 loss to its neighbor Czech Republic in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. It means that Slovakia jumped to 1-0 and shares the first place in Group C with Holland. Fourth participant of this pool is Croatia and three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) paced Slovakia with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) (9 rebs) and Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) scored 13 points each. In defeat, Karolina Severova (182-PF-94) delivered 15 points and Mariana Opocenska (184-PF-95) had 12 pts, plus 6 boards. Veronika Havlikova (172-F-94) scored 9 points. Quarters: 21-17, 11-19, 10-17, 17-17. Slovakia will take on Holland in Day Two. Czech Republic will play against Croatia in a game where both teams look to take the first win in Bucharest.

Czech Republic: Karolina Severova 15, Mariana Opocenska 12+6 boards, Veronika Havlikova 9
Slovakia: Zofia Hruscakova 20+14 boards, Barbora Balintova 13+9 boards, Angelika Slamova 13



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Famila Schio signs 2-year extension with Jenifer Nadalin - by Eurobasket News

Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, college: Furman) stays with Famila Schio. The former Italian National Team PF/C penned a 2-year contract extension. She joined Famila Schio two years ago from Umana Reyer Venezia. Last season Nadalin had 6.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 31 games in Serie A1. The player also added 4.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 18 Euroleague games. They reached A1 Finals, Cup Finals and Euroleague Final Eight Tournament. In 2011, Jenifer Nadalin won the Italian league title and Cup with Famila Schio. She had 7.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 30 games in A1 that season. As mentioned above, Jenifer Nadalin played for Venezia from 2005 to 2010. She graduated at Furman University in 2005.
Jenifer Nadalin played fro the Italian National Team in qualifications for 2011 EuroBasket. She had 14.3 ppg and 6 rpg in 4 games. In 2009, Nadalin played for Italy at Mediterranean Games.



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Stats Leaders W - Group A

Points Per Game
 Emma lina STACH
  (175-PG-96)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Stach, GER19.2 
 2. Crvendakic, SRB17.1 
 3. Onar, TUR16.8 
 4. Dojkic, CRO16.5 
 5. Kolosovskaya, RUS14.8 
 6. Zandalasini, ITA14.7 
 7. Slonjsak, CRO14.0 
 8. Salvadores, ESP13.6 
 9. Dubei, HUN12.3 
 10. Horvath, HUN11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anita KELAVA
  (185-PF-97)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Kelava, CRO9.5 
 2. Linskens, BEL9.2 
 3. Crvendakic, SRB9.0 
 4. Oikonomaki, GRE8.9 
 5. Ndiba, NED8.8 
 6. Zandalasini, ITA8.6 
 7. Stach, GER8.0 
 8. Tivenius, SWE8.0 
 9. Bura, CRO7.6 
 10. Brossmann, GER7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ksenia LEVCHENKO
  (165-PG-96)
  Avg: 4
 1. Levchenko, RUS4.0 
 2. Onar, TUR3.5 
 3. Duchet, FRA3.3 
 4. Cukic, SRB3.3 
 5. Flores, ESP2.9 
 6. Manlaci, TUR2.8 
 7. Dojkic, CRO2.8 
 8. Kuijt, NED2.6 
 9. Pavlopoulou, GRE2.6 
 10. Allemand, BEL2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Martina KACERIK
  (179-F-96)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Kacerik, ITA3.1 
 2. Kuijt, NED2.9 
 3. Flores, ESP2.9 
 4. Manlaci, TUR2.6 
 5. Andelova, CZE2.4 
 6. Allemand, BEL2.4 
 7. Dojkic, CRO2.4 
 8. Dambach, FRA2.3 
 9. Ondrejkova, SVK2.3 
 10. Capella, ESP2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kyara LINSKENS
  (189-C-96)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Linskens, BEL2.4 
 2. Sema, RUS2.3 
 3. Lo Sylla, ESP2.2 
 4. Kelava, CRO1.9 
 5. Ba, FRA1.6 
 6. Geldof, BEL1.4 
 7. Bura, CRO1.4 
 8. Karambatsa, GRE1.3 
 9. Zandalasini, ITA1.3 
 10. Oikonomaki, GRE1.3 


Div B. - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Borislava HRISTOVA
  (180-F-96)
  Avg: 25
 1. Hristova, BUL25.0 
 2. Gorobets, UKR17.8 
 3. Belickaite, LTU17.3 
 4. Laksa, LAT16.8 
 5. Zelivanski, ISR16.0 
 6. Menna, FIN15.7 
 7. Lass, EST15.6 
 8. Juskaite, LTU14.9 
 9. Costa, POR14.1 
 10. Cerneckyte, LTU14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paula LENART
  (178-SG-96)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lenart, ROM12.7 
 2. Juskaite, LTU12.4 
 3. Kostourkova, POR11.3 
 4. Kamburova, BUL11.3 
 5. Yatskovets, UKR11.3 
 6. Mortensen, DEN11.1 
 7. Jablonowski, LUX10.9 
 8. Pehadzic, DEN10.7 
 9. Pobozy, POL9.7 
 10. Menna, FIN9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dalia BELICKAITE
  (175-F-96)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Belickaite, LTU3.5 
 2. Jelenc, SLO3.0 
 3. Cuzic, ROM2.7 
 4. Ajkic, SLO2.6 
 5. Razguliajeva, EST2.5 
 6. Olszewska, POL2.4 
 7. Polovynka, UKR2.4 
 8. Bernardeco, POR2.2 
 9. Costa, POR2.2 
 10. Maxim, ROM2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dalia BELICKAITE
  (175-F-96)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Belickaite, LTU3.7 
 2. Reissar, EST3.6 
 3. Lenart, ROM3.6 
 4. Zelivanski, ISR3.6 
 5. Sasebes, ROM3.4 
 6. Pauly, LUX3.1 
 7. Banet, ISR3.0 
 8. Georgieva, BUL2.8 
 9. Pehadzic, DEN2.7 
 10. Panasiuk, BLR2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daugile SARAUSKAITE
  (196-C-96)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Sarauskaite, LTU2.9 
 2. Eneva, BUL1.9 
 3. Kostourkova, POR1.7 
 4. Porat, ISR1.3 
 5. Gwarda, POL1.3 
 6. Jakobcic, SLO1.3 
 7. Rembiszewska, POL1.2 
 8. Strautmane, LAT1.1 
 9. Stolce, LAT0.9 
 10. Zhmurko, UKR0.9 



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W-Standings - Group A

Standings
Group A
1. France2-0
2. Sweden1-1
3. Spain1-1
4. Poland0-2
Group B
1. Turkey2-0
2. Russia1-1
3. Greece1-1
4. Romania0-2
Group C
1. Holland2-0
2. Slovakia1-1
3. Croatia1-1
4. Czech Rep.0-2
Group D
1. Italy2-0
2. Slovenia1-1
3. Serbia1-1
4. Belgium0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jul. 27: FRA - SWE 66-50
Jul. 27: POL - ESP 51-90

B

Jul. 27: ROM - TUR 62-83
Jul. 27: RUS - GRE 57-45

C

Jul. 27: CRO - CZE 67-41
Jul. 27: SVK - NED 47-63

D

Jul. 27: SRB - ITA 58-60
Jul. 27: SLO - BEL 58-56 OT


Standings - Division B - by Charles Ramsdell

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Portugal1-0
2. Hungary1-0
3. Israel0-1
4. Austria0-1
Group B
1. Bulgaria2-0
2. Denmark1-0
3. Finland1-1
4. Norway0-1
5. Switzerlan.0-2
Group C
1. Belarus1-0
2. U.Kingdom1-0
3. Latvia0-1
4. FYR Macedo.0-1
Group D
1. Germany2-0
2. Lithuania2-0
3. Scotland0-1
4. Ukraine0-1
5. Montenegro.0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

B

Jul. 27: DEN - FIN 58-54
Jul. 27: SUI - BUL 29-81

D

Jul. 27: UKR - LTU 59-64 OT
Jul. 27: MNT - GER 47-71

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 28: AUT - ISR
Jul. 28: HUN - POR

B

Jul. 28: BUL - DEN
Jul. 28: NOR - SUI

C

Jul. 28: BLR - ENG
Jul. 28: MKD - LAT

D

Jul. 28: GER - UKR
Jul. 28: SCO - MNT


Division B: Day One in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Israel - Hungary 55-68
Hungary had joyful Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. They handed 68-55 loss to Israel for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Hungary was 7-points up after ten minutes and increased its lead to 18 until the halftime. When Hungary jumped to plus 24 at the middle of Q4 it was clear that the game winner is already known. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) shined for Hungary with double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Fanni Csutoras (181-G/F-94) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Diana Mihaczi (170-PG-94) added 9 pts, plus 5 boards. In defeat, Mariam Hannoun (178-F-94) collected 15 points and 5 boards. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) and Noa Ruda (172-F-95) scored 12 and 8 points respectively. Both teams will take a rest today. On Saturday, Hungary will play against Portugal, while Israel will meet Austria.

Portugal - Austria 60-45
Portugal registered 60-45 win against Austria in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Portugal had amazing first half limiting its rival to just 14 points for 20 minutes. They drained 32 at the other side and jumped to plus 23 with ten minutes remaining. Austria finally showed some of their talent in the last quarter, but it was too late. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A, together with Israel and Hungary. Two teams will advance to the next stage. Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) led Portugal with 14 points. Ines Viana (164-PG-94), Josephine Filipe (175-G/F-95), Joana Canastra (173-SG-94) and Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) helped their team with 7 points each. In Austria, Pia Jurhar (183-PF-95) collected 9 points and 7 rebounds. Anja Fuchs-Robetin (180-SG-96) also scored 9 points and Sigrid Koizar (173-PG-95) stopped to 6. On Saturday, Portugal will meet Hungary. Austria will play against Israel and both teams look for the first win in Strumica.
Group B
Finland - Switzerland 71-42
Finland had no mercy for Switzerland in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Finland celebrated huge 71-42 win for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Bulgaria and Norway. Finland took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 21-9, 16-14, 13-11, 21-8. Kaisa Kuisma (180-SF-94) had 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) and Elisa Runsas (179-SG-94) netted 11 points each. In defeat, Tamara Detraz (178-SG-94) was better than the others with 16 points. Their second scorer was Ljubica Cutunic (186-F-94) with just 7 pts. Finland will play against Denmark today, while Switzerland's rival will be Bulgaria. Only two teams from this group will advance to the next stage.

Bulgaria - Norway 67-41
Bulgaria demonstrated its power against Norway in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Bulgarians celebrated huge 67-41 win. They made 15-point lead already in the first quarter, but Norway closed the gap to 10 until the HT. Bulgarians took control on its rival after the breather and jumped to plus 22 with ten minutes remaining. It was too much for Norway, who faced with huge loss at the start of tournament in Strumica. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B. Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) paced Bulgaria with 23 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 28, game MVP). Gabriela Kostova (192-C-94) had 10 points and 5 rebs, while Kristina Peychinova (176-SG-94) helped with 6 points and 6 rebs. In Norway, Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) was better than the others with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Vilde Tveito (183-PF-95) had 6 points and 5 rebs. Bulgaria will meet Switzerland today. Norway has a day-off.

Group C
United Kingdom - FYR Macedonia 57-53
Very exciting game was played between UK and FYROM in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. UK handed 57-53 loss to host of this event jumping to 1-0 in Preliminary Group C. Belarus and Latvia are also placed to this pool, but only two teams will advance to the next stage. Cheridene Green (187-C-95) led UK to victory collecting 12 points and 7 rebounds. Janice Monakana (183-F-95) scored 10 points, while Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (188-C-95) and Billie Lucas (180-G-94) helped with 8 points each. In defeat, Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) shined with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) had 8 points and 9 rebs. UK was up by 22 at the halftime, but FYROM answered with 4-24 in Q3. FYROM had 45-50 lead with 4:40 remaining in the game, but UK responded with impressive 11-0 run and later celebrated very valuable 57-53 victory. Quarters: 21-9, 16-6, 4-24, 16-14. Both teams will take a rest today.

Latvia - Belarus 67-68
Thriller win for Belarus in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica, FYROM. Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) made a basket for Belarus setting the score to 68-64 with 30 seconds remaining in the game. Ilze Jakobsone responded with triple at the other side, after what Kalenta missed two free throws. Belarus had the possession and there was 12 seconds left on the clock. Jakobsone pulled up for 2, but she missed and Belarus grabbed 68-67 win at the end (Group C). Quarters: 9-23, 20-16, 27-9, 12-19. Kalenta led Belarus with 18 points and 5 rebounds, while Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) helped with 17 points and 8 boards. Their third scorer was Natallia Pratskaila (184-F-94) with 8 points. In Latvia, Ruta Veidere (188-C-94) collected 15 points and 13 rebs. Renate Reine (176-G-94) also scored 15 and Ance Aizsila (175-G-94) had 10 pts, plus 5 rebs. Teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Saturday.

Group D
Lithuania - Montenegro 76-60
Lithuania had to work very hard to beat Montenegro in the first day of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Lithuania had 4-point lead with one quarter left, but they smashed Montenegro for rest of the way (25-13) celebrating 16-point win at the end. Quarters: 16-12, 16-15, 19-20, 25-13. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group D. Participants of the same pool are also Germany, Scotland and Ukraine. Two teams will book a spot for the next stage. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-G-91) and Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) scored 14 points each in victory. Austeja Sirsinaityte (164-PG-95) followed them with one less. In the loosing squad, Jelena Nikpaljevic (175-G-94) scored 16 points and Kristina Rakovic (182-F/C-94) had 15 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Their third scorer was Ana Draskovic (185-C-95) with 6 pts. Lithuania will play against Ukraine today. Montenegro's rival will be Germany.

Germany - Scotland 80-32
Germany had no troubles to beat Scotland in the opening day of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. It was a huge 80-32 win for Germany, who has 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Lithuania, Ukraine and Montenegro are also place to this pool, but only two teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Germany made 12-points lead in Q4 and increased it to plus 28 until the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as Germany dominated at both sides of the court. Levke Brodersen (168-G-94) top-scored in victory with 19 points. Elisabeth Dzirma (179-G-94) had 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Marie Gulich (192-C-94) posted 8 pts. Scotland got 6 points from Sarah Thomson (177-G-95) and Hannah Peacock (190-C-95). Germany will play against Montenegro today. Scotland will take a rest.



Division A: Very exciting Day One in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Spain - France 67-68 OT
France grabbed OT victory in heartbreaking thriller against Spain 68-67 and it was the opening day of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) made two free throws in the finish of regular time and France had 4 seconds for the last possession, but they were unable to get the shooting position. It was huge pressure in extra time, which resulted in many mistakes and missed shot by both teams. Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) scored for France with 1:34 to go and they were up by one, 68-67. Spain missed twice after that, while France committed two turnovers and their only shot was blocked, but still Spain was unable to score and faced with 1-point loss at the end. Lidija Turcinovic (179-SG-94) stepped up for France with 14 points and Mamignan Toure (179-SG-94) had 10 pts. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) (9 rebs) and Badiane (7 rebs) helped with 8 points each. In Spain, Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) collected 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Pujol added 16 pts. Their third scorer was Leticia Romero (177-G-95) with 8 pts. Quarters: 18-15, 16-16, 11-17, 20-17, 2-3 OT. Both teams are place to Preliminary Group A, together with Sweden and Poland. Three teams will advance to the next stage. In Day Two, France will meet Sweden, while Spain will take on Poland.

Sweden - Poland 82-78 OT
Sweden and Poland played a heartbreaking thriller in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Sweden grabbed 82-78 overtime win improving its score to 1-0 in Preliminary Group A. Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) made a jump shot for Sweden at the end of the regular time and forced this game to extra five minutes. Poland was 72-74 up with 1:42 to go, after what Hersler made 6-0 run on her own. Kinga Wozniak (168-G-94) closed the gap to 78-77 few moments later, but Dutch players were focused from the free throw line in the finish and grabbed valuable 82-78 win at the start of U18 EuroBasket. Paulina Hersler was a key player in victory with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Elme Hansson (180-SF-94) had 18 points and 7 rebs, and Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) scored 11 points. In Poland, Karolina Puss (182-SF-94) collected 15 points and 7 rebs. Dominika Owczarzak (169-PG-94) (7 rebs, 5 as) and Wozniak scored 12 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 8-16, 17-19, 27-15, 16-18, 14-10 OT. Sweden will meet France in the next game, while Poland will play against Spain.

Group B
Turkey - Russia 77-74 OT
Turkey had to work overtime, quite literally, to secure an entertaining 77-74 success against a gutsy Russia on the opening day of Group B action at U18 EuroBasket. Participants of this group are also Greece and host Romania. Three teams will book a spot for the next stage. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) drained 28 points for Turkey and was their key player. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) had 18 points and 6 rebs, while Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) added 7 points, plus 7 rebs. Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) answered with 10 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. Yuliya Chaykovskaya (173-SG-95) also scored 10 pts, while Zhanna Byazrova (178-G/F-94) added 8 points and 8 boards. Russia forced an OT thanks to jump shot by Olga Novikova at the regular time buzzer. Teams were tied at 68-68 at the middle of OT, after what Russia made crucial 7-2 run. Russia was not able to reply for rest of the way. Turkey will meet Romania in the next game. Russia's rival will be Greece.

Greece - Romania 69-52
Greece opened U18 EuroBasket in style. They cruised past Romania 69-52 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Romania is the host of this event. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting and it belonged to Greece 25-10. Before that, Greece was 2-points up at the halftime and last ten minutes were just the formality. Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) led the winners with 25 points and 6 assists. Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) had 11 points and 13 rebs, while Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) added 10 pts, plus 5 boards. Romania didn't have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best scorer was Cristina Gavrila (172-G-95) with 9 points, while Izabella Lovasz (178-PF-95) (6 rebs) and Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) netted 8 points each. Greece will play against Russia in Day Two. Romania will meet Turkey.

Group C
Czech Republic - Slovakia 59-70
Slovakia handed 70-59 loss to its neighbor Czech Republic in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. It means that Slovakia jumped to 1-0 and shares the first place in Group C with Holland. Fourth participant of this pool is Croatia and three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) paced Slovakia with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) (9 rebs) and Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) scored 13 points each. In defeat, Karolina Severova (182-PF-94) delivered 15 points and Mariana Opocenska (184-PF-95) had 12 pts, plus 6 boards. Veronika Havlikova (172-F-94) scored 9 points. Quarters: 21-17, 11-19, 10-17, 17-17. Slovakia will take on Holland in Day Two. Czech Republic will play against Croatia in a game where both teams look to take the first win in Bucharest.

Holland - Croatia 51-43
Holland had joyful Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They handed 51-43 loss to Croatia for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Participants of this pool are also Czech Republic and Slovakia. Three teams will book a spot for the next stage. Holland made 3-point lead in the first quarter, but Croatia exploded after that limiting its rival to just 5 pts for rest of the first half. At the other side, Croatia drained 15 pts for 21-28 HT lead. After triple by Cornelius, Holland made 35-34 turn in the finish of Q3 and jumped to 45-39 at the halfway of Q4. Croatia was not able to reply and faced with 8-point loss at the end. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) led the winners with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Jacobine Klerx (175-G-94) and Britt Zappeij (184-C-95) helped their team with 8 and 7 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Lana Packovski (170-G-94) scored 16 points and Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) had double-double of 10 points, plus 10 boards. Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) followed with 8 pts and 10 rebounds. In Game Two, Holland will meet Slovakia, while Croatia will play against Czech Reopublic.

Group D
Italy - Slovenia 69-57
Nice start for Italy at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They outplayed Slovenia 69-57 for 1-0 record in Group D of the Preliminary Round. Serbia and defending champion Belgium are also placed to this pool. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Italy had minimum lead at the end of Q1, but they jumped to plus 10 at the halftime. Slovenia came to 35-33 at the middle of third period, but Italy closed it with 14-5 run. They increased lead to 19 points at the beginning of Q4 and game winner was already known. Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) scored 15 points in Italy and was their only player with double digits. Elena Ramo' (180-F-94) and Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) posted 9 points each. Slovenia got double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds from Eva Lisec (191-C-95). Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) had 11 pts and 10 rebs, while Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) stopped to 10 points and 5 boards. Slovenia's next rival will be Belgium. Italy will mete Serbia in Day Two.

Belgium - Serbia 36-64
Serbia demonstrated its power in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They destroyed defending champion Belgium with huge 64-36. Serbia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. They made 20-5 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to impressive 43-13 at the halftime. Serbia slowed down after the breather as rest of the way was just the formality. Dragana Stankovic (188-PF-95) stepped up for her country with 18 points and 6 rebounds, and Jovana Vidakovic (171-G-94) scored 12 points. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) collected 10 points and 6 rebounds. Belgium got 12 points from Antonia Delaere (176-F/G-94) and 11 from Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95). Serbia and Belgium are placed to Preliminary Group D in Bucharest. Participants of this pool are also Italy and Slovenia. Three teams will book a spot for the next stage. In Day Two, Serbia will play against Italy. Belgium will take on Slovenia.



Division A: Day Two in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

Group A
France - Sweden 66-50
France registered second straight victory in Bucharest. They outplayed Sweden 66-50 jumping to 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Thanks to this victory France already secured first place in this pool. At the other side, Sweden dropped to 1-1, but they will also advance. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) (5 as) and Marie Mane (187-F-95) scored 12 points each for the winners. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) (9 rebs) and Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) netted 10 points each. In defeat, Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) had 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) added 12 pts, plus 8 rebs. France made 17-9 in the second quarter for 6-point lead at the halftime. Ayayi and her teammates shined in the last ten minutes of the game (19-9) to take the valuable victory. France will play against Poland in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Sweden will meet Spain and the winner will take the second place in Group A.

Poland - Spain 51-90
Both teams failed in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. France smashed Poland today 90-51 for 1-1 record in Group A. Thanks to this win France already secured a spot for the next stage. At the other side, Poland dropped to 0-2 with no chance to advance. Spain made 14-point lead in the first quarter and jumped to plus 30 at the HT. All after that was just the formality. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) was the best scorer in victory with 14 points. Marta Montoliu (182-G-94) and Ana Faussuier (189-C/F-94) scored 12 points each. Poland got 14 points from Magdalena Wojdalska (185-SG-94) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Julia Adamowicz (178-SF-94) and Monika Naczk (167-PG-95) stopped to 9 and 8 pts respectively. On Saturday, Spain will play against Sweden for the second place in this group. Poland's rival will be top ranked France.
Group B
Romania - Turkey 62-83
Turkey (2-0) handed 83-62 loss to host of U18 EuroBasket and it was Day Two in Bucharest. Turkey celebrated on Thursday as well and already booked a ticket for the next stage. They will meet Greece on Saturday in the battle for the first place in the group. At the other side, Romania dropped to 0-2 and will play against Russia in do-or-die game. Even in case of victory Romania could face with elimination. Turkey had amazing start creating 28-7 lead after only ten minutes. They shined also after the breather (25-12), what was way more than enough for victory. Yeliz Dogan (183-PF-94) stepped up for Turkey with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Busra Akbas (171-PG-95) scored 11 points (5 as), while Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) and Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) helped with 10 points each. Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) had 11 pts, plus 9 rebs. Saturday is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Bucharest.

Russia - Greece 57-45
Russia registered its first win at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They outplayed Greece 57-45 and joined them with 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. Russia made 13-point lead at the halftime, but Greece closed the gap to 9 pts at the end of Q3. However, Russia opened last period with quick 6-0 run and had no troubles to keep comfortable lead for rest of the way. Albina Razheva (188-PF-94) shined for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Their second scorer was Olga Novikova (177-G-94) with 9 points (7 rebs) and Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) added 6 pts (5 rebs). Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) top-scored in Greece with 16 points. Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) and Vasiliki Fouraki (183-F-95) (9 rebs) had 8 and 6 pts respectively. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Russia will play against the host Romania. Greece will meet top ranked Turkey.
Group C
Croatia - Czech Republic 67-41
Croatia (1-1) blasted Czech Republic 67-41 for the first win at U18 EuroBasket. That will be enough for the Qualifying Round in Bucharest. At the other side, Czech Republic dropped to 0-2 with no chance to advance. Croatia will meet Slovakia today in a game for the second place in Group C. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) paced her team with double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) had 10 points and 12 rebs, while Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) netted 9 pts. Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) delivered 11 points in loss for just 14 minutes on the court. Karolina Severova (182-PF-94) stopped to 7 pts and 5 boards for 27 minutes. Croatia won all four quarters of this game and especially dominated in the last ten minutes (18-11, 13-10, 20-17, 16-3). Saturday is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Bucharest. Czech Republic will play against top ranked Holland.

Slovakia - Holland 47-63
Both teams celebrated in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Holland cruised past Slovakia on Friday 63-47 for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group C. It means that Holland already booked a ticket for the Qualifying Round. Slovakia slipped to 1-1 in this pool. Holland was up by 17 at the halftime, but Slovakia closed the gap to 8 pts with one quarter left. Holland created 18-10 in the last ten minutes to celebrate comfortable win. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) was MVP of this game with valuation 20 (20 points, 8 rebounds). Emese Hof (188-C-96) (8 rebs) and Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) (5 rebs) scored 9 points each. In Slovakia, Zofia Hruscakova was better than the others with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Terezia Palenikova (170-G/F-95) scored 11 and Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) had 10 pts. Holland already secured first place in Group C and will meet Czech Republic in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Slovakia will play against Croatia for the second place and both teams will advance to the next stage.

Group D
Serbia - Italy 58-60
Italy secured first place in Preliminary Group D. They grabbed 58-60 thriller win against Serbia for 2-0 record at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Serbia dropped to 1-1, but both teams already booked a ticket for the next stage. Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) drained a triple for Serbia tying the score at 57-57 with 1:53 remaining in the game. Eleonora Zanetti (182-F-94) answered with jump shot at the other side and Stankovic scored one of her two free throws for Serbia. Giulia Bona (186-F-94) was sent to the line after that and she made second FT for 58-60 with 23 seconds remaining. Serbia had the possession, Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) missed for two and Stankovic grabbed an offensive rebound, but she also missed after that. Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) was sent to the line and she missed both FTs for Italy and finally Stanacev was fouled and she also missed both FT with 2 seconds left in the game. Quarters: 8-20, 21-11, 18-15, 11-14. Bona had 20 points and 6 rebounds for Italy. Peresson had 8 points and 7 rebs, while Zanetti added 7 pts, plus 8 boards. In defeat, Mandic delivered 19 points and Stanacevic added 9 pts and 7 rebounds. Jovana Vidakovic (171-G-94) stopped to 7 pts in this meeting. Today, Italy will meet last ranked Belgium. Serbia will play against Slovenia for the second place in Group D.

Slovenia - Belgium 58-56 OT
A fantastic double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds by Eva Lisec (191-C-95) helped Slovenia claim a memorable 58-56 overtime success against troubled Belgium, who slipped to successive defeats at the U18 European Championship. Lisec made a lay-up for Slovenia setting the score to 58-56 with 20 seconds left in OT. After timeout, Antonia Delaere (176-F/G-94) missed for 3 at the other side, but she grabbed an offensive rebound. Camille Lebrun received the ball and she also tried from behind the arc, but missed with 5 seconds to go. Slovenia grabbed defensive rebound and at the same time thriller win in this meeting. Quarters: 10-12, 10-18, 10-12, 22-10, 6-4 OT. Slovenia improved to 1-1 in Group D and already booked a spot for the next stage. Belgium dropped to 0-2 with no chance to advance. As mentioned above, Lisec was a key player in victory and Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) followed her with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) had 12 points and 7 rebs. In Belgium, Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) collected 22 points. Delaere scored 13 and Anneleen Da Baets (161-SG-95) netted 8 pts. Today, Slovenia will meet Serbia for the second place in the group. Belgium will play against Italy.



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Impressive start by Finland at U18 EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News

U18 FINLAND - U18 SWITZERLAND 71-42

Finland had no mercy for Switzerland in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Finland celebrated huge 71-42 win for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Bulgaria and Norway. Finland took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 21-9, 16-14, 13-11, 21-8. Kaisa Kuisma (180-SF-94) had 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) and Elisa Runsas (179-SG-94) netted 11 points each. In defeat, Tamara Detraz (178-SG-94) was better than the others with 16 points. Their second scorer was Ljubica Cutunic (186-F-94) with just 7 pts. Finland will play against Denmark today, while Switzerland's rival will be Bulgaria. Only two teams from this group will advance to the next stage.

Finland: Kaisa Kuisma 13+5 boards, Noora Jarvikangas 11, Elisa Runsas 11
Switzerland: Tamara Detraz 16, Ljubica Cutunic 7



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France U20 opens Bourg-en-Bresse tournament successfully - by Eurobasket News

France U20-Serbia U20 65:43

France U20 opens Bourg-en-Bresse tournament successfully as they left no chance to Serbia U20. The hosts of the campaign grabbed an easy 65:43 in Day 1.
France started with 25-15 in the first period and never looked behind. They added 11-8 in the second frame and enjoyed 36:23 at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the French outfit. They produced a 16-9 in the third quarter and finished the game with 13-11 in the last stanza.
Sevozon top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Konte and Korneli nailed 12 each. Akmusi followed them with 6 points in a win. Milica Toskovic (187-G-93) and Stankovic ended up with 8 points in the losing effort. Nemanja Miskovic (207-C-93) and Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) poured in 7 points each in a loss.

France U20: Sevozon 14, Konte 12, Korneli 12, Akmusi 6
Serbia U20: Milica Toskovic 8, Stankovic 8, Nemanja Miskovic 7, Ivana Brajkovic 7



U18 France secures first place in Group A in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 FRANCE - U18 SWEDEN 66-50

France registered second straight victory in Bucharest. They outplayed Sweden 66-50 jumping to 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Thanks to this victory France already secured first place in this pool. At the other side, Sweden dropped to 1-1, but they will also advance. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) (5 as) and Marie Mane (187-F-95) scored 12 points each for the winners. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) (9 rebs) and Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) netted 10 points each. In defeat, Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) had 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) added 12 pts, plus 8 rebs. France made 17-9 in the second quarter for 6-point lead at the halftime. Ayayi and her teammates shined in the last ten minutes of the game (19-9) to take the valuable victory. France will play against Poland in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Sweden will meet Spain and the winner will take the second place in Group A.

France: Valeriane Ayayi 12+5 as, Marie Mane 12, Aby Gaye 10+9 boards, Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi 10
Sweden: Paulina Hersler 20+7 boards, Gabriella Hanson 12+8 boards



U18 France beats U18 Spain in heartbreaking thriller 68-67 - by Eurobasket News

U18 SPAIN - U18 FRANCE 67-68 OT

France grabbed OT victory in heartbreaking thriller against Spain 68-67 and it was the opening day of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) made two free throws in the finish of regular time and France had 4 seconds for the last possession, but they were unable to get the shooting position. It was huge pressure in extra time, which resulted in many mistakes and missed shot by both teams. Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) scored for France with 1:34 to go and they were up by one, 68-67. Spain missed twice after that, while France committed two turnovers and their only shot was blocked, but still Spain was unable to score and faced with 1-point loss at the end. Lidija Turcinovic (179-SG-94) stepped up for France with 14 points and Mamignan Toure (179-SG-94) had 10 pts. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) (9 rebs) and Badiane (7 rebs) helped with 8 points each. In Spain, Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) collected 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Pujol added 16 pts. Their third scorer was Leticia Romero (177-G-95) with 8 pts. Quarters: 18-15, 16-16, 11-17, 20-17, 2-3 OT. Both teams are place to Preliminary Group A, together with Sweden and Poland. Three teams will advance to the next stage. In Day Two, France will meet Sweden, while Spain will take on Poland.
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Spain: Maria Arrojo 19+6 boards, Ariadna Pujol 16, Leticia Romero 8
France: Lidija Turcinovic 14, Mamignan Toure 10, Valeriane Ayayi 8+9 boards, Marieme Badiane 8+7 boards



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U18 UK beats U18 FYROM 57-73 in very exciting game - by Eurobasket News

U18 UNITED KINGDOM - U18 FYR MACEDONIA 57-53

Very exciting game was played between UK and FYROM in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. UK handed 57-53 loss to host of this event jumping to 1-0 in Preliminary Group C. Belarus and Latvia are also placed to this pool, but only two teams will advance to the next stage. Cheridene Green (187-C-95) led UK to victory collecting 12 points and 7 rebounds. Janice Monakana (183-F-95) scored 10 points, while Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (188-C-95) and Billie Lucas (180-G-94) helped with 8 points each. In defeat, Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) shined with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) had 8 points and 9 rebs. UK was up by 22 at the halftime, but FYROM answered with 4-24 in Q3. FYROM had 45-50 lead with 4:40 remaining in the game, but UK responded with impressive 11-0 run and later celebrated very valuable 57-53 victory. Quarters: 21-9, 16-6, 4-24, 16-14. Both teams will take a rest today.

UK: Cheridene Green 12+7 boards, Janice Monakana 10, Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby 8, Billie Lucas 8
FYROM: Aleksandra Stojanovska 22+14 boards, Ivana Kmetovska 8+9 boards



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  GERMANY   


Germany smashes Scotland in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News

U18 GERMANY - U18 SCOTLAND 80-32

Germany had no troubles to beat Scotland in the opening day of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. It was a huge 80-32 win for Germany, who has 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Lithuania, Ukraine and Montenegro are also place to this pool, but only two teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Germany made 12-points lead in Q4 and increased it to plus 28 until the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as Germany dominated at both sides of the court. Levke Brodersen (168-G-94) top-scored in victory with 19 points. Elisabeth Dzirma (179-G-94) had 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Marie Gulich (192-C-94) posted 8 pts. Scotland got 6 points from Sarah Thomson (177-G-95) and Hannah Peacock (190-C-95). Germany will play against Montenegro today. Scotland will take a rest.

Germany: Levke Brodersen 19, Elisabeth Dzirma 13+5 boards, Marie Gulic 8
Scotland: Sarah Thomson 6, Hannah Peacock 6



Bamberg keeps Johanna Beck, Bondarenko moves to Heli Girls - by Eurobasket News

DJK Don Bosco Bamberg keep Johanna Beck (191-C) for the upcoming season. The German player will stay with the team in her third year in a row. In 2010-2011 for DJK Don Bosco Bamberg she averaged 6.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 0.6apg, 0.7spg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 33.2%. In 2011-2012 for DJK Don Bosco Bamberg (2.Bundesliga) her stats read 4.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg. She was German 2.Bundesliga Group South Champion -11, 12 and German 2.Bundesliga Group South Regular Season Champion -12.
Natalija Bondarenko (184-F) meanwhile moves to Heli Girls Noerdlingen Donau-Ries . In 2010-2011m she played fro Eisvogel USC Freiburg (DBBL, starting five) and averaged 2.5ppg, 3.0rpg. In 2011-2012 for Eisvogel USC Freiburg (DBBL, starting five) her stats read 3.9ppg, 2.1rpg. She was German DBBL Finalist -11 and German U20 National Team member in 2011.



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U18 Russia celebrates first win in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 RUSSIA - U18 GREECE 57-45

Russia registered its first win at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They outplayed Greece 57-45 and joined them with 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. Russia made 13-point lead at the halftime, but Greece closed the gap to 9 pts at the end of Q3. However, Russia opened last period with quick 6-0 run and had no troubles to keep comfortable lead for rest of the way. Albina Razheva (188-PF-94) shined for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Their second scorer was Olga Novikova (177-G-94) with 9 points (7 rebs) and Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) added 6 pts (5 rebs). Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) top-scored in Greece with 16 points. Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) and Vasiliki Fouraki (183-F-95) (9 rebs) had 8 and 6 pts respectively. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Russia will play against the host Romania. Greece will meet top ranked Turkey.

Russia: Albina Razheva 20+8 boards, Olga Novikova 9+7 boards, Alexandra Marchenkova 6+5 boards
Greece: Anna Stamolamprou 16, Amanda Lovely 8, Vasiliki Fouraki 6+9 boards



Greece too strong for the host of U18 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

U18 GREECE - U18 ROMANIA 69-52

Greece opened U18 EuroBasket in style. They cruised past Romania 69-52 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Romania is the host of this event. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting and it belonged to Greece 25-10. Before that, Greece was 2-points up at the halftime and last ten minutes were just the formality. Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) led the winners with 25 points and 6 assists. Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) had 11 points and 13 rebs, while Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) added 10 pts, plus 5 boards. Romania didn't have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best scorer was Cristina Gavrila (172-G-95) with 9 points, while Izabella Lovasz (178-PF-95) (6 rebs) and Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) netted 8 points each. Greece will play against Russia in Day Two. Romania will meet Turkey.

Greece: Anna Stamolamprou 25+6 as, Styliani Fouraki 11+13 boards, Amanda Lovely 10+5 boards
Romania: Cristina Gavrila 9, Izabella Lovasz 8+6 boards, Dora Ardelean 8



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U18 Holland beats U18 Slovakia, secures first place in Group C - by Eurobasket News

U18 SLOVAKIA - U18 HOLLAND 47-63

Both teams celebrated in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Holland cruised past Slovakia on Friday 63-47 for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group C. It means that Holland already booked a ticket for the Qualifying Round. Slovakia slipped to 1-1 in this pool. Holland was up by 17 at the halftime, but Slovakia closed the gap to 8 pts with one quarter left. Holland created 18-10 in the last ten minutes to celebrate comfortable win. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) was MVP of this game with valuation 20 (20 points, 8 rebounds). Emese Hof (188-C-96) (8 rebs) and Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) (5 rebs) scored 9 points each. In Slovakia, Zofia Hruscakova was better than the others with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Terezia Palenikova (170-G/F-95) scored 11 and Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) had 10 pts. Holland already secured first place in Group C and will meet Czech Republic in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Slovakia will play against Croatia for the second place and both teams will advance to the next stage.

Slovakia: Terezia Palenikova 11, Barbora Balintova 10
Holland: Isabella Slim 20+8 boards, Emese Hof 9+8 boards, Laura Cornelius 9+5 boards



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U18 Hungary has joyful Day One in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

U18 ISRAEL - U18 HUNGARY 55-68

Hungary had joyful Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. They handed 68-55 loss to Israel for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Hungary was 7-points up after ten minutes and increased its lead to 18 until the halftime. When Hungary jumped to plus 24 at the middle of Q4 it was clear that the game winner is already known. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) shined for Hungary with double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Fanni Csutoras (181-G/F-94) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Diana Mihaczi (170-PG-94) added 9 pts, plus 5 boards. In defeat, Mariam Hannoun (178-F-94) collected 15 points and 5 boards. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) and Noa Ruda (172-F-95) scored 12 and 8 points respectively. Both teams will take a rest today. On Saturday, Hungary will play against Portugal, while Israel will meet Austria.

Israel: Mariam Hannoun 15+5 boards, Nof Kedem 12, Noa Ruda 8
Hungary: Amadea Szamosi 24+11 boards, Fanni Csutoras 14+6 boards, Diana Mihaczi 9+5 boards



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U18 Hungary has joyful Day One in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

U18 ISRAEL - U18 HUNGARY 55-68

Hungary had joyful Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. They handed 68-55 loss to Israel for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Hungary was 7-points up after ten minutes and increased its lead to 18 until the halftime. When Hungary jumped to plus 24 at the middle of Q4 it was clear that the game winner is already known. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) shined for Hungary with double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Fanni Csutoras (181-G/F-94) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Diana Mihaczi (170-PG-94) added 9 pts, plus 5 boards. In defeat, Mariam Hannoun (178-F-94) collected 15 points and 5 boards. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) and Noa Ruda (172-F-95) scored 12 and 8 points respectively. Both teams will take a rest today. On Saturday, Hungary will play against Portugal, while Israel will meet Austria.

Israel: Mariam Hannoun 15+5 boards, Nof Kedem 12, Noa Ruda 8
Hungary: Amadea Szamosi 24+11 boards, Fanni Csutoras 14+6 boards, Diana Mihaczi 9+5 boards



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Famila Schio signs 2-year extension with Jenifer Nadalin - by Eurobasket News

Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, college: Furman) stays with Famila Schio. The former Italian National Team PF/C penned a 2-year contract extension. She joined Famila Schio two years ago from Umana Reyer Venezia. Last season Nadalin had 6.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 31 games in Serie A1. The player also added 4.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 18 Euroleague games. They reached A1 Finals, Cup Finals and Euroleague Final Eight Tournament. In 2011, Jenifer Nadalin won the Italian league title and Cup with Famila Schio. She had 7.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 30 games in A1 that season. As mentioned above, Jenifer Nadalin played for Venezia from 2005 to 2010. She graduated at Furman University in 2005.
Jenifer Nadalin played fro the Italian National Team in qualifications for 2011 EuroBasket. She had 14.3 ppg and 6 rpg in 4 games. In 2009, Nadalin played for Italy at Mediterranean Games.



U18 Italy hands 69-57 loss to U18 Slovenia in Day One in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 ITALY - U18 SLOVENIA 69-57

Nice start for Italy at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They outplayed Slovenia 69-57 for 1-0 record in Group D of the Preliminary Round. Serbia and defending champion Belgium are also placed to this pool. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Italy had minimum lead at the end of Q1, but they jumped to plus 10 at the halftime. Slovenia came to 35-33 at the middle of third period, but Italy closed it with 14-5 run. They increased lead to 19 points at the beginning of Q4 and game winner was already known. Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) scored 15 points in Italy and was their only player with double digits. Elena Ramo' (180-F-94) and Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) posted 9 points each. Slovenia got double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds from Eva Lisec (191-C-95). Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) had 11 pts and 10 rebs, while Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) stopped to 10 points and 5 boards. Slovenia's next rival will be Belgium. Italy will mete Serbia in Day Two.

Italy: Erica Reggiani 15, Elena Ramo' 9, Antonia Peresson 9
Slovenia: Eva Lisec 13+12 boards, Alina Gjerkes 11+10 boards, Nina Gabrovsek 10+5 boards



U18 Italy jumps to 2-0 in Bucharest after thriller win over U18 Serbia - by Eurobasket News

U18 SERBIA - U18 ITALY 58-60

Italy secured first place in Preliminary Group D. They grabbed 58-60 thriller win against Serbia for 2-0 record at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Serbia dropped to 1-1, but both teams already booked a ticket for the next stage. Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) drained a triple for Serbia tying the score at 57-57 with 1:53 remaining in the game. Eleonora Zanetti (182-F-94) answered with jump shot at the other side and Stankovic scored one of her two free throws for Serbia. Giulia Bona (186-F-94) was sent to the line after that and she made second FT for 58-60 with 23 seconds remaining. Serbia had the possession, Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) missed for two and Stankovic grabbed an offensive rebound, but she also missed after that. Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) was sent to the line and she missed both FTs for Italy and finally Stanacev was fouled and she also missed both FT with 2 seconds left in the game. Quarters: 8-20, 21-11, 18-15, 11-14. Bona had 20 points and 6 rebounds for Italy. Peresson had 8 points and 7 rebs, while Zanetti added 7 pts, plus 8 boards. In defeat, Mandic delivered 19 points and Stanacevic added 9 pts and 7 rebounds. Jovana Vidakovic (171-G-94) stopped to 7 pts in this meeting. Today, Italy will meet last ranked Belgium. Serbia will play against Slovenia for the second place in Group D.

Serbia: Sanja Mandic 19, Aleksandra Stanacev 9+7 boards, Jovana Vidakovic 7
Italy: Giulia Bona 20+6 boards, Antonia Peresson 8+7 boards, Eleonora Zanetti 7+8 boards



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Champions Eagle Wings face leaders USIU - by Eurobasket News

This weekends Basketball premier league matches involving Shimba Hills have been shelved until further notice. This will therefore mean the Shimba Hills fixtures against Eagle Wings and Mennonites will not be played as planned this weekend.
Eagle Wings will instead play league leaders USIU on Saturday and Strathmore on Sunday. The match against USIU Flames is guaranteed to be an exciting encounter since both teams have been enjoying top form so far this season.
USIU Flames, the leading team on the KBFs womens log is the only team to be unbeaten with an 8/8 performance getting 16 points along the way while Eagle Wings has dropped a match against KPA on 6th July. The defending champions are third on the log with 3rd 6 wins and one loss. Storms are second with 14 points from 9 matches having won 5 of those.
After a powerful start, Western Delight who were beaten by the champions last weekend in Kakamega find themselves at position 5 after 8 matches, they have won 4 and lost the same number of matches.

The second half of the table sees Safe Spaces with 10 points while the Mombasa based KPA follows with 9 points. KPA will be travelling to Nairobi this coming weekend and they will be facing Mennonites on Saturday.
Sylvia Kamaus Strathmore University shares the same number of points as KPA but has played a match more (6 matches) compared to the Porters. Strathmore will face Eagle Wings on Sunday at the Nyayo Gymnasium in another match that proves to be a cracker. NYTA-Shimba Hills and Mennonites share 7 points at position and 9 and 10 respectively.
Gladiators close the table standings with 6 points. The side has played 6 matches losing all of them and forfeiting one match. The league resumes over the weekend.

Below is the full womens weekend fixture;

SAT.28.07.12
NYAYO GYMNASIUM
Wp/1l/164 Mennonites Vs KPA 10:30 am
Wp/1l/172 Co-op bank Vs Western delights 12:00 Noon
Wp/1l/169 Eagle wings Vs USIU 1:30 pm

SUN.29.07.12
NYAYO GYMNASIUM
Wp/1l/175 Usiu Vs Western delights 10:30 am
Wp/1l/020 Strathmore Vs Eagle wings 12:00 noon
Wp/1l/173 Storms Vs KPA 1:30 pm
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



Coop bank and Swords win - by Eurobasket News

COOP Bank had an easy run over the weekend thrashing a worn out Mennonites 54-20 in one sided dull game played at the Nyayo gymnasium last over the weekend. The star-studded kingdom Queens, only in their second season in the Premier League but already sending ripples against the leagues bigwigs control the entire game from onset finding it easy with 14-4 and 13-3 wins in the first and second quarters respectively. The second half was equally easier for the bankers limiting Menno to only three points against their own sixteen. Mennonites collected strength for the quarter to contest the game that they already had lost at 11-10. COOPs Irene Opilo bagged 22points while Mennos Belinda Akinyi donated 8 to her sides tally of 20.
In another ladies clash played over the weekend, Strathmore swords cruised past helpless gladiators 49-27 with swords winning all but the third quarter at 2-14, 4-13, 6-9 and 15-13 respectively. Gladiators would be mistaken to be playing for fun mostly in the first half with Swords restricting them to only 6 points two of which were from the free throw line. Overall, the team had awful 10-32 shots within the perimeter and equivalent of 31.25% and another worrying 8.33% of three point shots equivalent of 1-12. Swords Tanya Ogwel had 110points while gladiators Dottie Owino nailed 5.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



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Kalenta leads U18 Belarus to victory in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

U18 LATVIA - U18 BELARUS 67-68

Thriller win for Belarus in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica, FYROM. Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) made a basket for Belarus setting the score to 68-64 with 30 seconds remaining in the game. Ilze Jakobsone responded with triple at the other side, after what Kalenta missed two free throws. Belarus had the possession and there was 12 seconds left on the clock. Jakobsone pulled up for 2, but she missed and Belarus grabbed 68-67 win at the end (Group C). Quarters: 9-23, 20-16, 27-9, 12-19. Kalenta led Belarus with 18 points and 5 rebounds, while Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) helped with 17 points and 8 boards. Their third scorer was Natallia Pratskaila (184-F-94) with 8 points. In Latvia, Ruta Veidere (188-C-94) collected 15 points and 13 rebs. Renate Reine (176-G-94) also scored 15 and Ance Aizsila (175-G-94) had 10 pts, plus 5 rebs. Teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Saturday.

Latvia: Ruta Veidere 15+13 boards, Renate Reine 15, Ance Aizsila 10+5 boards
Belarus: Hanna Kalenta 18+5 boards, Maryia Papova 17+8 boards, Natallia Pratskaila 8



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U18 Lithuania shines in Q4 to beat U18 Montenegro in Strumica, 76-60 - by Eurobasket News

U18 LITHUANIA - U18 MONTENEGRO 76-60

Lithuania had to work very hard to beat Montenegro in the first day of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Lithuania had 4-point lead with one quarter left, but they smashed Montenegro for rest of the way (25-13) celebrating 16-point win at the end. Quarters: 16-12, 16-15, 19-20, 25-13. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group D. Participants of the same pool are also Germany, Scotland and Ukraine. Two teams will book a spot for the next stage. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-G-91) and Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) scored 14 points each in victory. Austeja Sirsinaityte (164-PG-95) followed them with one less. In the loosing squad, Jelena Nikpaljevic (175-G-94) scored 16 points and Kristina Rakovic (182-F/C-94) had 15 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Their third scorer was Ana Draskovic (185-C-95) with 6 pts. Lithuania will play against Ukraine today. Montenegro's rival will be Germany.

Lithuania: Greta Tamasauskaite 14, Justina Kraujunaite 14, Austeja Sirsinaityte 13
Montenegro: Jelena Nikpaljevic 16, Kristina Rakovic 15+5 boards, Ana Draskovic 6



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U18 Lithuania shines in Q4 to beat U18 Montenegro in Strumica, 76-60 - by Eurobasket News

U18 LITHUANIA - U18 MONTENEGRO 76-60

Lithuania had to work very hard to beat Montenegro in the first day of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Lithuania had 4-point lead with one quarter left, but they smashed Montenegro for rest of the way (25-13) celebrating 16-point win at the end. Quarters: 16-12, 16-15, 19-20, 25-13. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group D. Participants of the same pool are also Germany, Scotland and Ukraine. Two teams will book a spot for the next stage. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-G-91) and Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) scored 14 points each in victory. Austeja Sirsinaityte (164-PG-95) followed them with one less. In the loosing squad, Jelena Nikpaljevic (175-G-94) scored 16 points and Kristina Rakovic (182-F/C-94) had 15 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Their third scorer was Ana Draskovic (185-C-95) with 6 pts. Lithuania will play against Ukraine today. Montenegro's rival will be Germany.

Lithuania: Greta Tamasauskaite 14, Justina Kraujunaite 14, Austeja Sirsinaityte 13
Montenegro: Jelena Nikpaljevic 16, Kristina Rakovic 15+5 boards, Ana Draskovic 6



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U18 Bulgaria has no mercy for U18 Norway in Day One in Strumica, 67-41 - by Eurobasket News

U18 BULGARIA - U18 NORWAY 67-41

Bulgaria demonstrated its power against Norway in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Bulgarians celebrated huge 67-41 win. They made 15-point lead already in the first quarter, but Norway closed the gap to 10 until the HT. Bulgarians took control on its rival after the breather and jumped to plus 22 with ten minutes remaining. It was too much for Norway, who faced with huge loss at the start of tournament in Strumica. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B. Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) paced Bulgaria with 23 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 28, game MVP). Gabriela Kostova (192-C-94) had 10 points and 5 rebs, while Kristina Peychinova (176-SG-94) helped with 6 points and 6 rebs. In Norway, Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) was better than the others with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Vilde Tveito (183-PF-95) had 6 points and 5 rebs. Bulgaria will meet Switzerland today. Norway has a day-off.

Bulgaria: Iva Kostova 22+8 boards, Gabriela Kostova 10+5 boards, Kristina Peychinova 6+6 boards
Norway: Stine Austgulen 16+6 boards, Vilde Tveito 6+5 boards



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Olympic basketball tournament preview - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A

USA
How they got there? Won 2010 World Championships

Notable absences: Cappie Pondexter

About the team: The overwhelming favorites.

If they dont go home with gold medals it might be one of, if not the biggest upset of the Olympics. With 12 of the worlds top 20 players on one team they can afford to do what no one else will be able to do:

- they can go 12 deep on any night, make changes in starting lineup that will not affect their dominance. Any of the 12 players would be starters on any other team in the games.

- have the athleticism to play full court press for a whole game to distract international guards who rarely experience such pressure.

Only negative anyone can say about this team is that theyve been together for two weeks so everyone else will have advantage in preparations, but it shouldnt affect the vast superiority they have in skill level.

Czech Republic
How they got there? Through FIBA Olympic Qualification tournament

Notable absences: No one notable is absent.

About the team: 2010 was a magical run for the Czechs, but theyre not a top two team in the world, at least not without a home court advantage.

After missing EuroBasket Women 2011 Hana Horakova is back on the squad for what should be her final tournament with the National Team. Its hard to expect her to be as influential as she was in 2010 when she was named the MVP of the World Championships. Back then she was playing for Brno, getting good minutes and producing. Since then she has received a pay raise on higher level teams, but has gotten a considerably smaller playing time and role on those teams.

Key player on this Czech squad will be the 190cm tall wing Eva Viteckova (190-F-82). Shes a career 47% shooter from both the 2 point and 3 poinzt range in EuroLeague Women (over 200+ games), so she can easily drop 20+ points on any given night. Player who can excel with teams paying attention to Viteckova and Horakova on the wing is Katerina Elhotova. Elhotova has been steadily emerging as one of the top Czech players, leading the team in EuroBasket Women 2011 with 14 points per game.

Their starting backcourt will be even taller than the US one with all three players being 180cm or taller. Overall in team height they will be among the tallest alongside Russia and USA.

On the frontcourt it will be Petra Kulichova and Ilona Burgrova carrying most of the load, with the versatile Jana Vesela getting some minutes inside. With the overall team height rebounding shouldnt be an issue. Offense for them inside could be better though with all of the three mentioned players being more like solid complimentary players rather than a first option down the court. Against the top teams they will be more likely to get their shots from offensive boards than playing one-on-one.

Depth for this team will also be an issue. They have two solid forwards coming of the bench in experienced, perimeter oriented Vesela and the up-and-coming post Alena Hanusova, but the drop off between their starting backcourt and reserves is huge for this kind of level. Depending on how much coach Blazek trusts Katerina Bartonova, most likely solution could be Vesela playing the three to give on of the guards a breather in tight games.

China
How they got there? As the winners of FIBA Asia Championships

Notable absences: Lan Bian.

About the team: Asian champions have seen an influx of young players in last couple of years, but they still rely heavily on the likes of Miao LiJie (178-F-81) and Nan Chen.

China isnt your prototypical Asian team fast and undersized. Their average team height is 5-10 cm taller than the likes of Japan or South Korea. Key to stopping this Chinese squad is limiting small forward Miao LiJie. Beijing Olympic games leading scorer usually steps up her game in the big FIBA championships like the Olympics or Worlds. Despite being more of a career 30% shooter behind the arc she has shot well over 40% in the final two major competitions.

Other outside threats that should be noted are Zengyu Ma and Shanshan Li. Ma was the leading shooter from distance during the 2011 FIBA Asia Championships, while Li was a 35% shooter with Jiangsu last season.

As was mentioned earlier China actually has a post game, led by the veteran 195 cm tall Nan Chen. Chen has been a double digit scorer for the Chinese National Team for more than a decade, averaging 14 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in FIBA competitions since 2001. But its quite possible that the biggest attention will given to 206 cm tall center Wei Wei who will make her debut in major FIBA competitions. It would be unreasonable to expect her to make a huge splash in her first competition with her height she still seems to raw despite good shooting percentage her rebounding and blocking is too low for one of the tallest, if not the tallest center in the world.

Depth will also be an issue for Chinese head coach Sun Fengwu hasnt been satisfied with the play of the young players in the lead up to the games. Its hard to imagine something will drastically improve when they step out in the biggest basketball stage in the world.

Angola
How they got there? As the winners of FIBA Afrobasket.

Notable absences: None.

About the team: Surprise Afrobasket Women champions are bringing 11 of the 12 African champions to London.

While Angola might not lose by 50+ points like they did in Olympic Qualification tournament in 2008, they still are at least 15-20 point underdogs against all of their opponents. Being undersized they will have issues down low defending the star centers of their opponents. No one on the championship team averaged more than 5 rebounds per game against African competition in 2011.

Scoring wise the leaders appear to be 2011 Afrobasket MVP Nassecela Mauricio, Nadir Manuel, who was solid in preparations and their leading scorer from 2011 Sonia Guadalupe.

Croatia
How they got there? Through FIBA Olympic Qualification tournament.

Notable absences: None.

About the team: Croatia got a bit lucky in EuroBasket Women 2011 in order to make the top 5 and a chance to qualify.

Had Alba Torrens (188-F-89) not gone 0 from 13 in the second round game, or Latvians and Montenegrins collapsed at the end of tournament, in all likelihood they would have not made it where they have. Judging by the fact that center Marija Vrsaljko had planned her wedding a week before the Olympics, Croatians didnt think theyll be pre-occupied with playing basketball at the end of July, either. Now that theyre there you can expect them to continue to be a fast paced jump shooting team.

Croatians live and die by their long distance shots. They averaged second most three pointers in EuroBasket Women (20+ per game) with most of them being in the first 6-7 seconds of offensive possessions, often enough with no rebounders in sight. As you could imagine its a double edge sword on one side they cant be stopped if theyre hitting, on the other they can take themselves out of games by continuing to fire away when the shots arent falling.

One thing they didnt have in 2011 was center Marija Vrsaljko who was out with a torn ACL. Despite being just 22, Vrsaljko gives the Croats a legitimate threat down low, but shes alone there her backup Luca Ivankovic isnt at the same level and power forwards are more likely to float around three point line than bang inside.

On the perimeter you can expect Sandra Mandir to be the leading figure on the floor. Mandir was among the EuroBasket Women leaders in scoring and assists, earning herself an All-Tournament team nod. You can expect Anda Jelavic, Jelena Ivezic and Ana Lelas to be influential. Croats have formidable depth at the guards, but theres really nothing down in the middle.

Turkey
How they got there? Through FIBA Olympic Qualification tournament.

Notable absences: None.

About the team: Turkey was the surprise package of 2011. After managing to qualify for EuroBasket Women quarterfinals only once before in their history, they repeated that by defeating Belarus a top eight team in previous World Championships and top 4 squad from previous EuroBasket Women. Once they were in the playoffs it was Birsel Vardarli show, who led her team to the final of the tournament with some huge plays.

If Turkey are to have success in 2012, Vardarli will be instrumental in those efforts. It isnt too loud to say that she is currently the best European point guard in terms of having the best balance in scoring and playmaking skills. Right now shes at the top of her career, having just turned 28. Other Turkish guards have a good mix of defensive, shooting and scoring abilities between them, but they have one thing in common no one of them is taller than 175 cm, so they will be giving up 5-10 centimeters to most of their opponents.

Having such short guards didnt help Turkey in 2011 in rebounding in which they were the worst team among the 12 that made it out of the first round. They decided to find solution to that problem in the form of an American player which they would naturalize. Among the candidates were Latoya Sanders, Christi Thomas and Carolyn Swords, but their choice fell to EuroLeague Women 2012 second leading rebounder Quanitra Hollingsworth. Addition of Hollingsworth came at the expense of another naturalized American Kristen Newlin, who was among the team leaders in scoring in 2011.

With Hollingsworth being prone to getting in to foul trouble you should also look at Bahar Caglar playing some starters minutes during the tournament. Caglar has been the top emerging Turkish talent for a couple of years now and theres no signs that in a couple of years she wont be a star.

Turkey has the potential to upset one of the top five teams of the tournament. Will they manage to do so, only time will tell.



GROUP B

Russia
How they got there? As the winners of EuroBasket Women

Notable absences: Svetlana Abrosimova

About the team: Russians have the ability to surprise everyone both positively or negatively.

In 2011 they managed to do both within one tournament. They started off awfully with losses to Lithuania and Belarus and a barely scraped out win against Great Britain, but when the quarterfinals rolled around the Russians suddenly displayed the best overall basketball of at least the last three European championships. Important change during that tournament was not trying to play Svetlana Abrosimova at the point and putting Elena Danilochkina there. Danilochkinas level of play increased and she was named the MVP of the tournament while Abrosimova wasnt asked back to the National Team in 2012.

Now the key to the Russian success will be how well the trio of Becky Hammon (175-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.), Danilochkina and Evgenia Belyakova will gel together in the backcourt. Last time Russians played with Hammon on the roster the team was in shambles, finishing seventh behind 4 European teams, USA and Australia. If Belyakova would be comfortable being a spot up shooter, then Hammon and Danilochkina both require ball in their hands to be effective. In the pre-tournament games with Hammon on the squad both of them played together rarely with one usually substituting the other. Though coach Sokolovsky has admitted hes thinking about playing them together. Reason why they will likely have to play together is named Ilona Korstin. Korstins skill set has rapidly declined with age shes gotten slower, thus less likely to get the only shot she can make a layup. Only other thing she brings to the team is the ability to elbow opponents in the head, which might be useful considering they play Great Britain, again.

With Olga Arteshina and Anna Petrakova holding down the small forward position, the only players worth talking about are the posts. Back there the situation is interesting to say the least. In the absence of Maria Stepanova the Russians are left with defensive specialist (read: shes an offensive non-factor) Irina Osipova and a bunch of so called youngsters. Rightfully so the top option from all of the youngsters currently appears to be Natalia Vieru after showing what she can do with the trust of the coach and some playing time last season with Good Angels Kosice. Coming in their relief are very solid bench options of Nadezhda Grishaeva and Marina Kuzina.

Australia
How they got there? As FIBA Oceania champions

Notable absences: Erin Phillips, Penny Taylor

About the team: The ship has sailed for this Opals squad.

With Penny Taylor out, the Opals are left with declining veterans and inexperienced youngsters. While medals are not out of question for the Australians, they are nowhere as near to USA as they were in 2004 or 2008.

You could count on Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) to score 15+ points in each game, but thats oddly the only thing there isnt much questions about. Lauren Jackson had a subpar tournament during the Worlds in 2010 and her play leading to the games in 2012 hasnt been spectacular either. Its anyones guess whether she can still show us she belongs to the best player in the world discussion right now.

One of the biggest issues for Australians is point guard play. In her fourth Olympic games they will be led by 37 year old Kristi Harrower. Considering her best tournament was in 2006, you can imagine how far past her prime Harrower is. Her backups Samantha Richards and Kathleen MacLeod have a thing in common with Harrower theyre small. To add to that none of them has shown the ability to be a world class point guard which would be required for Australians in order to fight for the gold medal.

In absence of Penny Taylor, Belinda Snell has emerged as the top perimeter option for the Aussies which only speaks of how much they will miss Taylor. Neither Jenna OHea, nor Rachel Jarry have been able to connect from distance with any kind of regularity. All of this makes the Erin Phillips exclusion the more baffling. She could have played solid minutes at the point and has the ability to knock down the long distance shot with some consistency.

Brazil
How they got there? As the winners of FIBA Americas Championships

Notable absences: Iziane Castro Marques.

About the team: American champions have overhauled their roster from the 2010 Worlds.

With four new players Brazilians have turned a page after their team failed to make quarterfinals in last two major competitions. But their main focus might not be on London 2012, but more likely Rio 2016.

Main weapon and option for Brazilians will be center Erika de Souza who has the ability to play against anyone in the world. In the post she will be joined by the youngster Damiris Dantas, for whom this will be a very valuable learning experience, Clarissa dos Santos and Franciele Nascimento. Judging by her quite poor season in Spain, Dantas might still be a work in progress. Dos Santos on the other hand already had some impressive showings leading up to the Olympics.

With the cutting of Castro Marques it appears that all of the burden on the perimeter will be on the shoulders of Adriana Pinto. In the tournament in France she appeared to do quite well in that role, but weve yet to see teams scheme against her like it will be the case when the tournament starts. Outside of Adriana, its hard to guess whether anyone else will be able to shoulder the burden on perimeter they have plenty of players who have scored in double digits in the continental championships only for their production to drop to 4-5 points per game in the major competitions.

Canada
How they got there? Through FIBA Olympic Qualification tournament.

Notable absences: Kalisha Keane.

About the team: As is the case with Great Britain, Canada will be no pushovers in the Olympic tournament and might come up with a surprise or two.

With no standout offensive talents on the team, Canada win games by keeping them close with their defense. If the referees decide to call the game tightly they might have some trouble keeping up.

Courtnay Pilypaitis had a terrific Olympic Qualification tournament, but statistical evidence from a larger sample of games in EuroLeague Women makes one wonder if she can keep it up. In ELW shes been a 33% FG shooter instead of 46% shooter that she was in the five games in the qualifiers. On the other hand Kim Smith didnt have her best tournament in Turkey so you can look for improvement in her game. Terese Gabrielle should provide some stability at the PG, but the rest of the guard corps are pretty much hit-and-miss.

Down the middle the Canadians have a bit more depth with Lizanne Murphy, Miranda Ayim, Krista Phillips and Tamara Tatham. Without anyone particularly standing out, the Canadians were the top rebounding team of the qualification tournament, even outrebounding France in their game.

If anything group B will provide us some interesting post battles throughout the tournament.

Great Britain
How they got there? As the host nation of the Olympics.

Notable absences: None.

About the team: With home court advantage, the Brits shouldnt be taken lightly.

They have shown they have to be reckoned with by defeating France and Czech Republic in recent months. To some observers those victories have made them question whether the hosts have peaked too early and if there are any cards in the deck they havent revealed to their opponents. Under coach Maher it would be weird if they hadnt prepared some surprises to the opponents.

One thing they will not be able to hide is their backcourt duo of Jo Leedham and Natalie Stafford (175-SG-76) the key to the Brit success. Being healthy will mean that Leedham will have a much bigger role and influence than a year ago in Poland when she was just returning from injury, having not practiced much with her teammates. A better Leedham will mean more opportunities for Stafford. Now if only the Brits had someone/anyone better than Stef Collins at the point guard and they might even be near to repeating what China did in 2008 making the semifinals.

Julie Page and Kim Butler were leading the British frontcourt in 2011 with about 10 points for each. In 2012 the picture might look different neither had a particularly good club season and neither stood out in the months to the Olympics, so it wouldnt be a surprise if either of them has been surpassed by Azania Stewart. Stewarts game has grown in the past season, not to mention shes the tallest person on the roster.

France
How they got there? Through FIBA Olympic Qualification tournament.

Notable absences: None.

About the team: France is returning to the Olympics after missing previous two by finishing two places out of the ones that would have given them a place there.

France will be led in the battle by a very formidable frontcourt, depth of which can only be surpassed by the Americans. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) brings them instant scoring ability, Isabelle Yacoubou brings power, Emmeline Ndongue is the ultimate banger inside who will do for them the little things that arent mentioned in boxscores, and then there are the established Endene Miyem and Elodie Godin backing them up.

Point guard duo of Dumerc and Lawson-Wade could prove to be the best outside of Bird and Whalen, though even they will not be able to hide the issues that plague the French on the wings where there are no consistent outside scorers.

In 2011 teams used it to their advantage, playing zone and basically asking the French to shoot themselves in the foot. Having shot less than 30% from behind the arc as a team, the French currently have an uncertain situation with their top threepoint maker Emilie Gomis, who has been sidelined with a calf injury for a week now and likely will not be playing in the first couple of games. Even if she gets healthy shes unlikely to be playing anywhere near 100% which will hurt the already struggling guard corps even more.

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  POLAND   


Spain destroys Poland 90-51 for the first win at U18 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

U18 POLAND - U18 SPAIN 51-90

Both teams failed in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. France smashed Poland today 90-51 for 1-1 record in Group A. Thanks to this win France already secured a spot for the next stage. At the other side, Poland dropped to 0-2 with no chance to advance. Spain made 14-point lead in the first quarter and jumped to plus 30 at the HT. All after that was just the formality. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) was the best scorer in victory with 14 points. Marta Montoliu (182-G-94) and Ana Faussuier (189-C/F-94) scored 12 points each. Poland got 14 points from Magdalena Wojdalska (185-SG-94) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Julia Adamowicz (178-SF-94) and Monika Naczk (167-PG-95) stopped to 9 and 8 pts respectively. On Saturday, Spain will play against Sweden for the second place in this group. Poland's rival will be top ranked France.

Poland: Magdalena Wojdalska 14, Julia Adamowicz 9, Monika Naczk 8
Spain: Elena De Alfredo 14, Marta Montoliu 12, Ana Faussuier 12



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  PORTUGAL   


U18 Portugal shines in Day One in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

U18 PORTUGAL - U18 AUSTRIA 60-45

Portugal registered 60-45 win against Austria in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Portugal had amazing first half limiting its rival to just 14 points for 20 minutes. They drained 32 at the other side and jumped to plus 23 with ten minutes remaining. Austria finally showed some of their talent in the last quarter, but it was too late. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A, together with Israel and Hungary. Two teams will advance to the next stage. Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) led Portugal with 14 points. Ines Viana (164-PG-94), Josephine Filipe (175-G/F-95), Joana Canastra (173-SG-94) and Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) helped their team with 7 points each. In Austria, Pia Jurhar (183-PF-95) collected 9 points and 7 rebounds. Anja Fuchs-Robetin (180-SG-96) also scored 9 points and Sigrid Koizar (173-PG-95) stopped to 6. On Saturday, Portugal will meet Hungary. Austria will play against Israel and both teams look for the first win in Strumica.

Portugal: Laura Ferreira 14, Ines Viana 7, Josephine Filipe 7, Joana Canastra 7, Joana Soeiro 7
Austria: Pia Jurhar 9+7 boards, Anja Fuchs-Robetin 9, Sigrid Koizar 6



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  ROMANIA   


Greece too strong for the host of U18 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

U18 GREECE - U18 ROMANIA 69-52

Greece opened U18 EuroBasket in style. They cruised past Romania 69-52 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Romania is the host of this event. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting and it belonged to Greece 25-10. Before that, Greece was 2-points up at the halftime and last ten minutes were just the formality. Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) led the winners with 25 points and 6 assists. Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) had 11 points and 13 rebs, while Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) added 10 pts, plus 5 boards. Romania didn't have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best scorer was Cristina Gavrila (172-G-95) with 9 points, while Izabella Lovasz (178-PF-95) (6 rebs) and Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) netted 8 points each. Greece will play against Russia in Day Two. Romania will meet Turkey.

Greece: Anna Stamolamprou 25+6 as, Styliani Fouraki 11+13 boards, Amanda Lovely 10+5 boards
Romania: Cristina Gavrila 9, Izabella Lovasz 8+6 boards, Dora Ardelean 8



U18 Turkey cruises past U18 Romania in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 ROMANIA - U18 TURKEY 62-83

Turkey (2-0) handed 83-62 loss to host of U18 EuroBasket and it was Day Two in Bucharest. Turkey celebrated on Thursday as well and already booked a ticket for the next stage. They will meet Greece on Saturday in the battle for the first place in the group. At the other side, Romania dropped to 0-2 and will play against Russia in do-or-die game. Even in case of victory Romania could face with elimination. Turkey had amazing start creating 28-7 lead after only ten minutes. They shined also after the breather (25-12), what was way more than enough for victory. Yeliz Dogan (183-PF-94) stepped up for Turkey with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Busra Akbas (171-PG-95) scored 11 points (5 as), while Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) and Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) helped with 10 points each. Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) had 11 pts, plus 9 rebs. Saturday is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Bucharest.

Romania: Iulia Raileanu 17+5 boards, Dora Ardelean 11+9 boards
Turkey: Yeliz Dogan 13+7 boards, Busra Akbas 11+5 as, Merve Aydin 10, Elif Emirtekin 10



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  RUSSIA   


U18 Turkey jumps to 1-0 in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 TURKEY - U18 RUSSIA 77-74 OT

Turkey had to work overtime, quite literally, to secure an entertaining 77-74 success against a gutsy Russia on the opening day of Group B action at U18 EuroBasket. Participants of this group are also Greece and host Romania. Three teams will book a spot for the next stage. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) drained 28 points for Turkey and was their key player. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) had 18 points and 6 rebs, while Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) added 7 points, plus 7 rebs. Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) answered with 10 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. Yuliya Chaykovskaya (173-SG-95) also scored 10 pts, while Zhanna Byazrova (178-G/F-94) added 8 points and 8 boards. Russia forced an OT thanks to jump shot by Olga Novikova at the regular time buzzer. Teams were tied at 68-68 at the middle of OT, after what Russia made crucial 7-2 run. Russia was not able to reply for rest of the way. Turkey will meet Romania in the next game. Russia's rival will be Greece.

Turkey: Pelin Bilgic 28, Merve Aydin 18+6 boards, Gizem Sezer 7+7 boards
Russia: Alexandra Marchenkova 10+8 boards, Yuliya Chaykovskaya 10, Zhanna Byazrova 8+8 boards



U18 Russia celebrates first win in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 RUSSIA - U18 GREECE 57-45

Russia registered its first win at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They outplayed Greece 57-45 and joined them with 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. Russia made 13-point lead at the halftime, but Greece closed the gap to 9 pts at the end of Q3. However, Russia opened last period with quick 6-0 run and had no troubles to keep comfortable lead for rest of the way. Albina Razheva (188-PF-94) shined for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Their second scorer was Olga Novikova (177-G-94) with 9 points (7 rebs) and Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) added 6 pts (5 rebs). Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) top-scored in Greece with 16 points. Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) and Vasiliki Fouraki (183-F-95) (9 rebs) had 8 and 6 pts respectively. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Russia will play against the host Romania. Greece will meet top ranked Turkey.

Russia: Albina Razheva 20+8 boards, Olga Novikova 9+7 boards, Alexandra Marchenkova 6+5 boards
Greece: Anna Stamolamprou 16, Amanda Lovely 8, Vasiliki Fouraki 6+9 boards



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  SCOTLAND   


Germany smashes Scotland in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News

U18 GERMANY - U18 SCOTLAND 80-32

Germany had no troubles to beat Scotland in the opening day of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. It was a huge 80-32 win for Germany, who has 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Lithuania, Ukraine and Montenegro are also place to this pool, but only two teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Germany made 12-points lead in Q4 and increased it to plus 28 until the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as Germany dominated at both sides of the court. Levke Brodersen (168-G-94) top-scored in victory with 19 points. Elisabeth Dzirma (179-G-94) had 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Marie Gulich (192-C-94) posted 8 pts. Scotland got 6 points from Sarah Thomson (177-G-95) and Hannah Peacock (190-C-95). Germany will play against Montenegro today. Scotland will take a rest.

Germany: Levke Brodersen 19, Elisabeth Dzirma 13+5 boards, Marie Gulic 8
Scotland: Sarah Thomson 6, Hannah Peacock 6



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U18 Italy jumps to 2-0 in Bucharest after thriller win over U18 Serbia - by Eurobasket News

U18 SERBIA - U18 ITALY 58-60

Italy secured first place in Preliminary Group D. They grabbed 58-60 thriller win against Serbia for 2-0 record at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Serbia dropped to 1-1, but both teams already booked a ticket for the next stage. Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) drained a triple for Serbia tying the score at 57-57 with 1:53 remaining in the game. Eleonora Zanetti (182-F-94) answered with jump shot at the other side and Stankovic scored one of her two free throws for Serbia. Giulia Bona (186-F-94) was sent to the line after that and she made second FT for 58-60 with 23 seconds remaining. Serbia had the possession, Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) missed for two and Stankovic grabbed an offensive rebound, but she also missed after that. Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) was sent to the line and she missed both FTs for Italy and finally Stanacev was fouled and she also missed both FT with 2 seconds left in the game. Quarters: 8-20, 21-11, 18-15, 11-14. Bona had 20 points and 6 rebounds for Italy. Peresson had 8 points and 7 rebs, while Zanetti added 7 pts, plus 8 boards. In defeat, Mandic delivered 19 points and Stanacevic added 9 pts and 7 rebounds. Jovana Vidakovic (171-G-94) stopped to 7 pts in this meeting. Today, Italy will meet last ranked Belgium. Serbia will play against Slovenia for the second place in Group D.

Serbia: Sanja Mandic 19, Aleksandra Stanacev 9+7 boards, Jovana Vidakovic 7
Italy: Giulia Bona 20+6 boards, Antonia Peresson 8+7 boards, Eleonora Zanetti 7+8 boards



Serbia U18 suffers to Italy U18 - by Tamara Ruzic

In very exciting game, Italy handed loss to Serbia 60-58 in second game in Bucurest in Group D.
Italy had amazing first half limiting its rival to just 8 points in first 10 minutes. Serbia showed how good the team can play only in second half.
After two games Serbia U18 has another chance on Saturday versus Slovenia to go to the next stage

Serbia: Bokovic, Nikolic, Vidakovic 7, Kovacevic 6 (7reb), Stepanovic, Topuzovic 6 (3reb, 5as), Stanacev 9 (7reb), Vuckovic 7, Jankovic, Mandic 19 (3reb), Stankovic 4 (10reb), Crvendakic.

Italy: Milazzo 3, Reggiani 5, Gambarini 2, Santarelli, Orazzo 3, Peresson 8, Ramo 2, Zanetti 7, Zizola 4, Penna 6, Minali, Bona 20.


Sanja Mandic (177-G-95)



France U20 opens Bourg-en-Bresse tournament successfully - by Eurobasket News

France U20-Serbia U20 65:43

France U20 opens Bourg-en-Bresse tournament successfully as they left no chance to Serbia U20. The hosts of the campaign grabbed an easy 65:43 in Day 1.
France started with 25-15 in the first period and never looked behind. They added 11-8 in the second frame and enjoyed 36:23 at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the French outfit. They produced a 16-9 in the third quarter and finished the game with 13-11 in the last stanza.
Sevozon top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Konte and Korneli nailed 12 each. Akmusi followed them with 6 points in a win. Milica Toskovic (187-G-93) and Stankovic ended up with 8 points in the losing effort. Nemanja Miskovic (207-C-93) and Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) poured in 7 points each in a loss.

France U20: Sevozon 14, Konte 12, Korneli 12, Akmusi 6
Serbia U20: Milica Toskovic 8, Stankovic 8, Nemanja Miskovic 7, Ivana Brajkovic 7



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  SLOVAKIA   


Slovakia celebrates in Day One of U18 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

U18 CZECH REPUBLIC - U18 SLOVAKIA 59-70

Slovakia handed 70-59 loss to its neighbor Czech Republic in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. It means that Slovakia jumped to 1-0 and shares the first place in Group C with Holland. Fourth participant of this pool is Croatia and three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) paced Slovakia with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) (9 rebs) and Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) scored 13 points each. In defeat, Karolina Severova (182-PF-94) delivered 15 points and Mariana Opocenska (184-PF-95) had 12 pts, plus 6 boards. Veronika Havlikova (172-F-94) scored 9 points. Quarters: 21-17, 11-19, 10-17, 17-17. Slovakia will take on Holland in Day Two. Czech Republic will play against Croatia in a game where both teams look to take the first win in Bucharest.

Czech Republic: Karolina Severova 15, Mariana Opocenska 12+6 boards, Veronika Havlikova 9
Slovakia: Zofia Hruscakova 20+14 boards, Barbora Balintova 13+9 boards, Angelika Slamova 13



U18 Holland beats U18 Slovakia, secures first place in Group C - by Eurobasket News

U18 SLOVAKIA - U18 HOLLAND 47-63

Both teams celebrated in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Holland cruised past Slovakia on Friday 63-47 for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group C. It means that Holland already booked a ticket for the Qualifying Round. Slovakia slipped to 1-1 in this pool. Holland was up by 17 at the halftime, but Slovakia closed the gap to 8 pts with one quarter left. Holland created 18-10 in the last ten minutes to celebrate comfortable win. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) was MVP of this game with valuation 20 (20 points, 8 rebounds). Emese Hof (188-C-96) (8 rebs) and Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) (5 rebs) scored 9 points each. In Slovakia, Zofia Hruscakova was better than the others with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Terezia Palenikova (170-G/F-95) scored 11 and Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) had 10 pts. Holland already secured first place in Group C and will meet Czech Republic in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Slovakia will play against Croatia for the second place and both teams will advance to the next stage.

Slovakia: Terezia Palenikova 11, Barbora Balintova 10
Holland: Isabella Slim 20+8 boards, Emese Hof 9+8 boards, Laura Cornelius 9+5 boards



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  SLOVENIA   


U18 Slovenia beats U18 Belgium in heartbreaking thriller in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 SLOVENIA - U18 BELGIUM 58-56 OT

A fantastic double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds by Eva Lisec (191-C-95) helped Slovenia claim a memorable 58-56 overtime success against troubled Belgium, who slipped to successive defeats at the U18 European Championship. Lisec made a lay-up for Slovenia setting the score to 58-56 with 20 seconds left in OT. After timeout, Antonia Delaere (176-F/G-94) missed for 3 at the other side, but she grabbed an offensive rebound. Camille Lebrun received the ball and she also tried from behind the arc, but missed with 5 seconds to go. Slovenia grabbed defensive rebound and at the same time thriller win in this meeting. Quarters: 10-12, 10-18, 10-12, 22-10, 6-4 OT. Slovenia improved to 1-1 in Group D and already booked a spot for the next stage. Belgium dropped to 0-2 with no chance to advance. As mentioned above, Lisec was a key player in victory and Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) followed her with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) had 12 points and 7 rebs. In Belgium, Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) collected 22 points. Delaere scored 13 and Anneleen Da Baets (161-SG-95) netted 8 pts. Today, Slovenia will meet Serbia for the second place in the group. Belgium will play against Italy.

Slovenia: Eva Lisec 16+14 boards, Nina Gabrovsek 14+8 boards+6 as, Alina Gjerkes 12+7 boards
Belgium: Hind Ben Abdelkader 22, Antonia Delaere 13, Anneleen Da Baets 8



U18 Italy hands 69-57 loss to U18 Slovenia in Day One in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 ITALY - U18 SLOVENIA 69-57

Nice start for Italy at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They outplayed Slovenia 69-57 for 1-0 record in Group D of the Preliminary Round. Serbia and defending champion Belgium are also placed to this pool. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Italy had minimum lead at the end of Q1, but they jumped to plus 10 at the halftime. Slovenia came to 35-33 at the middle of third period, but Italy closed it with 14-5 run. They increased lead to 19 points at the beginning of Q4 and game winner was already known. Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) scored 15 points in Italy and was their only player with double digits. Elena Ramo' (180-F-94) and Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) posted 9 points each. Slovenia got double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds from Eva Lisec (191-C-95). Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) had 11 pts and 10 rebs, while Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) stopped to 10 points and 5 boards. Slovenia's next rival will be Belgium. Italy will mete Serbia in Day Two.

Italy: Erica Reggiani 15, Elena Ramo' 9, Antonia Peresson 9
Slovenia: Eva Lisec 13+12 boards, Alina Gjerkes 11+10 boards, Nina Gabrovsek 10+5 boards



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U18 France beats U18 Spain in heartbreaking thriller 68-67 - by Eurobasket News

U18 SPAIN - U18 FRANCE 67-68 OT

France grabbed OT victory in heartbreaking thriller against Spain 68-67 and it was the opening day of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) made two free throws in the finish of regular time and France had 4 seconds for the last possession, but they were unable to get the shooting position. It was huge pressure in extra time, which resulted in many mistakes and missed shot by both teams. Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) scored for France with 1:34 to go and they were up by one, 68-67. Spain missed twice after that, while France committed two turnovers and their only shot was blocked, but still Spain was unable to score and faced with 1-point loss at the end. Lidija Turcinovic (179-SG-94) stepped up for France with 14 points and Mamignan Toure (179-SG-94) had 10 pts. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) (9 rebs) and Badiane (7 rebs) helped with 8 points each. In Spain, Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) collected 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Pujol added 16 pts. Their third scorer was Leticia Romero (177-G-95) with 8 pts. Quarters: 18-15, 16-16, 11-17, 20-17, 2-3 OT. Both teams are place to Preliminary Group A, together with Sweden and Poland. Three teams will advance to the next stage. In Day Two, France will meet Sweden, while Spain will take on Poland.
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Spain: Maria Arrojo 19+6 boards, Ariadna Pujol 16, Leticia Romero 8
France: Lidija Turcinovic 14, Mamignan Toure 10, Valeriane Ayayi 8+9 boards, Marieme Badiane 8+7 boards



Spain destroys Poland 90-51 for the first win at U18 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

U18 POLAND - U18 SPAIN 51-90

Both teams failed in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. France smashed Poland today 90-51 for 1-1 record in Group A. Thanks to this win France already secured a spot for the next stage. At the other side, Poland dropped to 0-2 with no chance to advance. Spain made 14-point lead in the first quarter and jumped to plus 30 at the HT. All after that was just the formality. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) was the best scorer in victory with 14 points. Marta Montoliu (182-G-94) and Ana Faussuier (189-C/F-94) scored 12 points each. Poland got 14 points from Magdalena Wojdalska (185-SG-94) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Julia Adamowicz (178-SF-94) and Monika Naczk (167-PG-95) stopped to 9 and 8 pts respectively. On Saturday, Spain will play against Sweden for the second place in this group. Poland's rival will be top ranked France.

Poland: Magdalena Wojdalska 14, Julia Adamowicz 9, Monika Naczk 8
Spain: Elena De Alfredo 14, Marta Montoliu 12, Ana Faussuier 12



Lady Comfort moves to Cadi ICG - by Eurobasket News

Lady Comfort (188-C-86, college: Temple) moves to Cadi ICG for the upcoming season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com Spanish league participants announced the addition of American center Lady Comfort.
In 2005-2006 she started for Temple (NCAA) and in 32 games averaged 7.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0bpg, FG: 63.5%, FT: 60.3%. In her last season for Temple (NCAA, starting five) her stats read 9.4ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 46.7%, FT: 68.9%.
In 2008-2009 moved to Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro-1A League, starting five) and showed 19.5ppg, 13.2rpg, 1.0spg, 1.3bpg in EuroCup. In Adriatic League she averaged 16.5ppg, Reb-1 (11.7rpg), 1.4spg, 2FGP: 59%, FT: 73%. In Feb.'09 moved to Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (France-LFB, starting five) and had 9.6ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3bpg.
In 2009-2010 Lady Comfort played for Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole and in 2010-2011 moved to Soller Joventud Mariana (Spain-LFB, starting five). In October 2011 signed at Athleticas de San German (Puerto Rico-BSNF, starting five) and showed 15.7ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0bpg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 59.6%. Last season moved to Boa Viagem-Angra-Acore (Portugal-Liga Feminina) and had 16.7ppg, 12.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 68.0%.



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U18 France secures first place in Group A in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 FRANCE - U18 SWEDEN 66-50

France registered second straight victory in Bucharest. They outplayed Sweden 66-50 jumping to 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Thanks to this victory France already secured first place in this pool. At the other side, Sweden dropped to 1-1, but they will also advance. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) (5 as) and Marie Mane (187-F-95) scored 12 points each for the winners. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) (9 rebs) and Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) netted 10 points each. In defeat, Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) had 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) added 12 pts, plus 8 rebs. France made 17-9 in the second quarter for 6-point lead at the halftime. Ayayi and her teammates shined in the last ten minutes of the game (19-9) to take the valuable victory. France will play against Poland in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Sweden will meet Spain and the winner will take the second place in Group A.

France: Valeriane Ayayi 12+5 as, Marie Mane 12, Aby Gaye 10+9 boards, Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi 10
Sweden: Paulina Hersler 20+7 boards, Gabriella Hanson 12+8 boards



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Impressive start by Finland at U18 EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News

U18 FINLAND - U18 SWITZERLAND 71-42

Finland had no mercy for Switzerland in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Finland celebrated huge 71-42 win for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Bulgaria and Norway. Finland took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 21-9, 16-14, 13-11, 21-8. Kaisa Kuisma (180-SF-94) had 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) and Elisa Runsas (179-SG-94) netted 11 points each. In defeat, Tamara Detraz (178-SG-94) was better than the others with 16 points. Their second scorer was Ljubica Cutunic (186-F-94) with just 7 pts. Finland will play against Denmark today, while Switzerland's rival will be Bulgaria. Only two teams from this group will advance to the next stage.

Finland: Kaisa Kuisma 13+5 boards, Noora Jarvikangas 11, Elisa Runsas 11
Switzerland: Tamara Detraz 16, Ljubica Cutunic 7



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U18 Turkey jumps to 1-0 in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 TURKEY - U18 RUSSIA 77-74 OT

Turkey had to work overtime, quite literally, to secure an entertaining 77-74 success against a gutsy Russia on the opening day of Group B action at U18 EuroBasket. Participants of this group are also Greece and host Romania. Three teams will book a spot for the next stage. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) drained 28 points for Turkey and was their key player. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) had 18 points and 6 rebs, while Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) added 7 points, plus 7 rebs. Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) answered with 10 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. Yuliya Chaykovskaya (173-SG-95) also scored 10 pts, while Zhanna Byazrova (178-G/F-94) added 8 points and 8 boards. Russia forced an OT thanks to jump shot by Olga Novikova at the regular time buzzer. Teams were tied at 68-68 at the middle of OT, after what Russia made crucial 7-2 run. Russia was not able to reply for rest of the way. Turkey will meet Romania in the next game. Russia's rival will be Greece.

Turkey: Pelin Bilgic 28, Merve Aydin 18+6 boards, Gizem Sezer 7+7 boards
Russia: Alexandra Marchenkova 10+8 boards, Yuliya Chaykovskaya 10, Zhanna Byazrova 8+8 boards



U18 Turkey cruises past U18 Romania in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 ROMANIA - U18 TURKEY 62-83

Turkey (2-0) handed 83-62 loss to host of U18 EuroBasket and it was Day Two in Bucharest. Turkey celebrated on Thursday as well and already booked a ticket for the next stage. They will meet Greece on Saturday in the battle for the first place in the group. At the other side, Romania dropped to 0-2 and will play against Russia in do-or-die game. Even in case of victory Romania could face with elimination. Turkey had amazing start creating 28-7 lead after only ten minutes. They shined also after the breather (25-12), what was way more than enough for victory. Yeliz Dogan (183-PF-94) stepped up for Turkey with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Busra Akbas (171-PG-95) scored 11 points (5 as), while Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) and Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) helped with 10 points each. Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) had 11 pts, plus 9 rebs. Saturday is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Bucharest.

Romania: Iulia Raileanu 17+5 boards, Dora Ardelean 11+9 boards
Turkey: Yeliz Dogan 13+7 boards, Busra Akbas 11+5 as, Merve Aydin 10, Elif Emirtekin 10



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Leedham's Pride as she arrives in the Village - by Eurobasket News

It's been six years since Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) made her debut for Great Britain and during that time so much has changed for the national team.
GB women have begun to climb the world rankings and gone from a team that none of the major countries took seriously, to a side that can now hold its own against some of the best in the world.

"We've come really far, collectively and as individuals," said Leedham. "We've developed so much.

"Four years ago we were not useless, but not far from it. We didn't really grasp the concept and were getting by on hard work.

"It's unbelievable what we've done for the women's game in this country."

Leedham said that when she made her debut back in 2006, she never imagined then that one day she would be representing Great Britain at the London Olympics.

Almost sixty caps later and now established as one of the key players in the squad, Leedham is just as proud to represent Team GB now as she was back then.

"Obviously being in the Olympics is very special but for me, putting on a GB vest is something that I always take pride in.

"Because it's an Olympics it just makes it a little bit more special being in our own backyard and obviously it's a very special moment for me that I'm going to cherish forever."

This summer has seen an extensive warm-up campaign as GB held their own against the top teams, including many Olympic-bound opponents.

"It helped a lot," replied Leedham. "Each team you face, you learn different things as they expose you in different ways and you know what you have to work on.

"That's what's been great about all the teams we played and to play a team like the USA who are so athletically-talented, you can't match that. We found out a lot about ourselves, which is really important."

Asked for her highlights during the warm-up campaign, Leedham replied: "Going to Turkey and then getting that win in Czech Republic was amazing.

"I think it really brought us together as a team and it was a really big milestone for us.

"I guess the biggest thing was playing the USA. We were all sitting around the other night thinking that we were on the court with Diana Taurasi, and people you'd grown up watching.

"It was crazy being on the court with them and we were competing with them; we held our own against that side. To compete with people like that is unbelievable and it injects a crazy amount of confidence and belief in ourselves."

She added: "The France game was huge too. In the final game of a three-day tournament, that was where we finally showed how the GB women's basketball team plays.

"That was a good performance and a good milestone for us as well."

As she arrives in the Athletes' Village, Leedham is excited about the prospect of what a successful campaign could do for the women's game here.

"I hope we inspire younger generations, and also inspire some hope and confidence into female basketball in this country, help develop it and take it to new levels.

"That's what I really hope; female basketball is taken to a new level and taken more seriously in this country."

She added: "I would like to say to the fans, thank you very much for your support so far, I hope it continues throughout this summer.

"Get behind the GB women because we are a fun team to watch and us girls have got game too!"

Great Britain open their Olympic campaign on Saturday evening when they take on Australia.
Courtesy of: http://www.gbbasketball.com



U18 UK beats U18 FYROM 57-73 in very exciting game - by Eurobasket News

U18 UNITED KINGDOM - U18 FYR MACEDONIA 57-53

Very exciting game was played between UK and FYROM in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. UK handed 57-53 loss to host of this event jumping to 1-0 in Preliminary Group C. Belarus and Latvia are also placed to this pool, but only two teams will advance to the next stage. Cheridene Green (187-C-95) led UK to victory collecting 12 points and 7 rebounds. Janice Monakana (183-F-95) scored 10 points, while Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (188-C-95) and Billie Lucas (180-G-94) helped with 8 points each. In defeat, Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) shined with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) had 8 points and 9 rebs. UK was up by 22 at the halftime, but FYROM answered with 4-24 in Q3. FYROM had 45-50 lead with 4:40 remaining in the game, but UK responded with impressive 11-0 run and later celebrated very valuable 57-53 victory. Quarters: 21-9, 16-6, 4-24, 16-14. Both teams will take a rest today.

UK: Cheridene Green 12+7 boards, Janice Monakana 10, Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby 8, Billie Lucas 8
FYROM: Aleksandra Stojanovska 22+14 boards, Ivana Kmetovska 8+9 boards



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Camille Little returns to Chinese team Shanghai Octopus - by Eurobasket News

Bruce Levy Associates International announced that Camille Little (188-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) will return to Shanghai Octopus for the next season. They reached Chinese league Semifinals in the latest one. Little appeared 29 times for the club averaging 24.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals. She was third scorer of the competition and was named Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese WCBA Forward of the Year -12. It was the first season in China for Little.
Camille Little is currently a member of the WNBA team Seattle Storm. She has 10.2 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.7 apg after 19 games. The player joined Seattle in 2008 and player there each summer in WNBA. Meanwhile, Little also played in Israel, Cyprus and Turkey. She graduated at the University of North Carolina in 2007.



WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings signs in China, Guangdong Dolphins - by Eurobasket News

Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) will continue her career in China, according to Lovewomensbasketball.com. The reigning WNBA MVP signed a one-season deal with Guangdong Dolphins. Last season the Dolphins had another US National Team forward Swin Cash.
Tamika Catchings averages 18.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists with Indiana Fever. She appeared 17 times in the WNBA so far this season. Last summer Catchings had 14.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 3.3 apg, what was enough for the MVP award. The player missed last season in Europe due to injury. She played for Galatsaray in 2010/11 averaging 13 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists for 11 games in Turkey. Catchings played for the same team also in 2009/10. They won two Cup trophies together and reached Turkish league Finals twice. Three years ago Tamika won the Polish league title with Lotos PKO BP Gdynia and was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Player of the Year -09. Tamika Catchings is active member of the USA National Team since 2002. This summer they will try to defend the Olympic Gold from Beijing.



Chinese champs Beijing Great Wall sign Sophia Young - by Eurobasket News

Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) will play next international season for the Chinese team Beijing Great Wall, according to her agency Bruce Levy Associates International. The team won WCBA title last season with perfect 3-0 against Zhejiang in the Finals series. Young is currently a member of the San Antonio Silver Stars. She averages 16.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists after 18 games. Last season Young had 13.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.4 apg and 2 spg for 36 games. Sophia Young played for Cras Taranto in 2010/11 season. She had 12.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 2.3 spg in 24 Italian league games. The player also added 12.9 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 7 games in Euroleague. In the past, Young was a member of Galatasaray and Gambrinus Sika Brno. She graduated at Baylor University in 2006. It will be the first season in China for Young.