EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/10/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  AUSTRALIA   



Brose Baskets reportedly set to sign Andrew James Ogilvy - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets Bamberg is set to sign a deal with Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt), according to Eurobasket's David Pick. The Australian center spent last season with Valencia Basket. He collected 9.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 8 EuroCup games. In Liga Endesa, Ogilvy had 4.8 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 26 appearances. Valencia reached EuroCup Finals and Liga Endesa Semis. Before Valencia, Andrew James Ogilvy played one year for Besiktas Cola Turka. There he averaged 12.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks for 30 games in TBL. The center also added 10.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 8 EuroCup games. It was the first season as a pro for Ogilvy, who graduated at Vanderbilt two years ago. He had 13.4 ppg and 6.2 rpg for his school as a senior. Ogilvy won the Gold with Australian NT at 2009 Oceania Championships.


Gran Canaria inks deal with Australian NT member Brad Newley - by Eurobasket News

Gran Canaria announced signing of Brad Newley (199-F/G-85, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The Australian National Team member finished 2011/12 with Valencia Basket. He played 10 games for the club in EuroCup averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds. They reached EuroCup Finals. In Liga Endesa, Newley added 6.5 ppg and 2.4 rpg in 24 games. In this competition Valencia reached Playoff Semis. Brad Newley started the season with Lietuvos Rytas. He played for them also in 2010/11. In the past, Newley was a member of Besiktas, Panellinios, Panionios and Townsville Crocodiles. Yesterday Brad Newley (10 pts) and his Australia failed in Quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. USA was too strong for them 119-86. Newley is active member of the Australian NT since 2006.


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  AUSTRIA   


U18 European Championship: Estonia roll over Austria - by Eurobasket News

Austria U18-Estonia U18 57:77

Estonia roll over Austria at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side celebrated a 77:57 win in Day 1 of the competition.
Austria struggled only in the first period and won it 17:15. Later on the court was dominated by Estonian team. The latter replied with 23-11 in the second frame and led 38:28 at the halftime after Georg Tambre (194-PF-94)s shot. Estonia added 26-17 in the third period and finished the game with 13-12 in the last period. Ruut was the last player to score for the winners and Muller scored the last points in the game in defeat.
Sander Saare (182-PG-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Martin Jurtom (198-F-94) as well as Hendrik Ruut (190-PG-94) had 13 each. Georg Tambre followed them with 9 points in a win. Jakob Poltl (208-PF-95) replied with 18 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, while Timur Bas (198-PF-94) poured in 13.

Austria U18: Jakob Poltl 18+13 rebs, Timur Bas 13
Estonia U18: Sander Saare 17, Martin Jurtom 13, Hendrik Ruut 13, Georg Tambre 9



Thomas Schreiner leaves ece Bulls to play in LEB Gold - by Stefan Prager

A few weeks ago Thomas Schreiner renewed his contract with the ece Bulls Kapfenberg. Yesterday the club announced that the playmaker will finally leave Kapfenberg to play for River Andorra in Spains LEB Gold. Schreiner and the Bulls terminated his contract, the club was aware that this move is a great chance for the captain of the Austrian national team. Schreiner who averaged 10.8 ppg and 5.4 apg which was good enough for second place in assists leaguewide will meet national team mate Anton Maresch in Andorra. Maresch already played in Spain last year and advanced from LEB Silver to the LEB Gold with Andorra.


Thomas Schreiner leaves ece Bulls to play for River Andorra in Spanish LEB Gold - by Stefan Prager

A few weeks ago Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) renewed his contract with the ece Bulls Kapfenberg. Yesterday the club announced that the playmaker will finally leave Kapfenberg to play for River Andorra in Spains LEB Gold. Schreiner and the Bulls terminated his contract, the club was aware that this move is a great chance for the captain of the Austrian national team. Schreiner who averaged 10.8 ppg and 5.4 apg which was good enough for second place in assists leaguewide will meet national team mate Anton Maresch in Andorra. Maresch already played in Spain last year and advanced from LEB Silver to the LEB Gold with Andorra.


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  BELARUS   


Belarus needed overtime to beat Estonia - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Estonia 92:84 OT

Belarus needed overtime to beat Estonia in Day 3 of the International Tournament. Belarus won the game 92:84 and finished second with 2-1 record. Estonia meanwhile lost all three games.
Belarus won the opening period 19-17, but failed in the second quarter with 15-28. Belarus needed 19-11 and then 25-22 in the second half to tie the score after four quarters. Due to 14-6 in overtime Belarus grabbed second place. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) poured in 26 points in the losing effort and Janar Talts (206-C-83) added 15. Kristo Saage (184-G-85) posted 13, whilst Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) had 10.
Georgia wins Tbilisi Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts won all three games to triumph in it. In Day 3 Georgia destroyed Ukraine 95:69.



U18 European Championship: Popovici leads Romania over Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18-Belarus U18 71:62

Popovici leads Romania over Belarus at the U18 European Championship in Division B. He collected 23 points and 13 rebounds as Romania edged Belarus 71:62.
Romania started the game with 4 consecutive points and Stoicoviciu scored for 12:8. Yahor Patupchyk (191-SG-94) closed the first period at 12:11 and he later tied the game at 18:18. Moreover Dzmitry Astashou (195-SF-94) gave Belarus 22:20 and Salenik made two free throws for 30:28. Moreover he sent the teams to the lockers at 32:30 as Belarus won the second frame 21-18. Romania looked much better in the second half and produced two victories. They won the third period 15-11 and finished the game with 26-19 in the last stanza.
Vlad Cobzaru (203-C-95) followed Vlad Popovici (200-PF-94) with 16 points, while Mehmet Hortoglu (194-SG-95) netted 12. Mirel Dragoste (184-PG-95) posted 7 points in a win. Yahor Patupchyk answered with 26 points in the losing effort, whilst Dzmitry Astashou, Anton Vashkevich (203-F/C-94) and Pavel Bliznets (205-C-94) scored 7 each.

Romania U18: Vlad Popovici 23+13 rebs, Vlad Cobzaru 16, Mehmet Hortoglu 12, Mirel Dragoste 7
Belarus U18: Yahor Patupchyk 26, Dzmitry Astashou 7, Anton Vashkevich 7, Pavel Bliznets 7



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  BELGIUM   


U18 European Championship: Bosnia and Herzegovina topple Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 - Belgium U18 79:65

Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The hosts overcame Belgium in Group D. Nedim Buza (201-SF-95) and Adin Vrabac (203-F/G-94) stepped up with 18 points apiece to pace the home side.
Bosnia and Herzegovina stressed defence in the opening quarter. They held Belgian counterparts to 10 points in the first ten minutes to take a 4-point lead. The tempo increased in the second term. Bosnia and Herzegovina unloaded 24 point to secure a 38:32 halftime lead. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. They established a 7-point lead at the final intermission 59:52. Bosnia and Herzegovina limited Belgium to 13 points in the fourth stanza and celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) accounted for 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Rikalo netted 10 points in the victory. Naim El Khounchar (193-F-94) and Xavier Francois (200-C-94) posted 12 points each in the loss.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Nedim Buza 18, Adin Vrabac 18, Jusuf Nurkic 14+13 boards
Belgium U18: Naim El Khounchar 12, Xavier Francois 12



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  BELIZE   


Corozal and Belize City are Champions in the Sprite/Belikin Beer 3x3 basketball tour!!! - by David Magana

On Saturday August 4, 2012, 6 teams in the Mens category and 5 teams in the U 18 category from across the country participated in the Sprite/Belikin 3x3 Finals held at Jamborees.

In the Mens category, teams were placed in two pools of three teams. In pool play, the team with the best record in each pool advances to the semifinal rounds. The remaining four teams then play each other to advance to the semifinal round. Teams, results, and final standings are attached.

When the final buzzer sounded, the Corozal team defeated the Orange walk team 15 to 10. The team from Corozal included Marcell Richards, Jason Grant, Alton Herrera and Benedict Terry (196-F-87). Big Benwas a force to reckon with the entire day. His post presence was superior on this day and opposing teams couldnt match up with him. A quick history of Big Ben shows that he grew up in Libertad and played for the UB Black Jaguars earning a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He recently returned from the University of Alabama with a masters degree in Accounting. He was also a member of the University of Alabama practice team.
The opposing team of Winston Pratt (186-G-90), Farron Lauriano (198-F-89), Ryan Zuniga (188-F-89) and Darren Bovell (193-F-70) made a late run with 3 minutes in the second half to tie the game but their legs seem to give out in the remaining minutes. Jason Grant of Corozal played a big final game scoring 7 of the 15 points.

In the U 18 category the Belize City team with four National team players including Devin Daly (188-F-95) easily defeated all four opponents going undefeated for the day. The format for this category was a round robin play in the first round where the top four teams advanced to the semifinal round. Belize City defeated Belmopan 14 to 4 in the final game. National team player Akeem Watters (183-G/F-95) gave a valiant effort but was just outmatched by the strong team from Belize City.

Results for U 18 category are also attached. Results of Finals tournament can also be seen at 3x3planet.com.

The Corozal mens team will now make preparations to participate in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour in New York on August 18th and 19th. A National team will be selected to represent Belize in the U 18 World Championship in Spain on September 27th-29th 2012.



Belize Basketball Federation Executive Committee Elections on 8 th Sept.!!! - by David Magana

9th August, 2012

Notice: Belize Basketball Federation Executive Committee Elections on 8 th Sept.

The Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) is an independent association composed of national and regional federations and associations which are involved in and are responsible for all aspects of the sport of basketball in the country of Belize. Such associations and local federations are deemed members of the BBF, Belizes national federation.

The BBF is the sole competent authority for mens and womens basketball throughout Belize and is recognised as such by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA).

In accordance with the approved General Statutes and Internal Regulations (2008) of the BBF, article 17.4, the elected Executive body of the BBF shall serve a term of office of four years after which the elected members of the Executive Committee shall automatically retire from office and elections become due. As a consequence, the due date for elections of new officers will be 8th September, 2012 or 30 days from the date of this notice. The venue for these elections will be the offices of the Belize Olympic Association, Belize City commencing at 10am.

Nominations, together with written acceptance by the nominees, for the positions of the Executive Committee of the BBF, shall be submitted by member/District Associations or other interested parties in writing and shall be received by the Secretary General within twenty-nine (29) days after the dispatch of this notice. Nominations should be sent by email to info@bbfbelize.org by 3pm, 7 th September. The Secretary General shall then circularise all nominations to BBF members on same date.

The Executive Committee consists of the following roles: President, Secretary General, two Vice Presidents, Treasurer/Finance Officer, three Executive Officers and 3 additional members appointed by the Regional/District Associations. The BBF is a non-profit organisation and all Executive roles are therefore served on a fully voluntary basis.

Full slates of candidates to fill all positions may be submitted but nominations for individual roles will be accepted. Where insufficient nominations have been received or a circularised nomination is withdrawn, the position (s) for which nominations shall have been received shall fill from the floor of the meeting in which elections are being held.

The general public is invited to witness the elections but only member associations of the Federation may cast votes. All retiring officers of the Executive Committee shall be eligible for re-election.



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  BOSNIA   


Elvir Ovcina stays with German Giessen - by Eurobasket News

Elvir Ovcina (210-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) will play at least one more year in Germany. The experienced Bosnian bug guy signed contract extension with his team LTi Giessen 46ers. Ovcina arrived to Giessen in January of 2010. Last season he had 11.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 2.2 apg for 33 games. In 2010/11, the player had almost the same numbers. Two years ago Elvir Ocvina helped Giessen to survive in German top division. He helped the team with 14.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2.8 apg in 14 games. Ovcina was named to Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team -10, 12. He was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -10. Elvir Ovcina started 2009/10 season with Slovenia Hopsi Polzela. Before that, he was a member of Bosna ASA BHT, Oostende and Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. With Oostende he won two Belgian league titles and one Cup trophy. Ovcina player for the Bosnian National Team from 1997 to 2005.


U18 European Championship: Bosnia and Herzegovina topple Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 - Belgium U18 79:65

Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The hosts overcame Belgium in Group D. Nedim Buza (201-SF-95) and Adin Vrabac (203-F/G-94) stepped up with 18 points apiece to pace the home side.
Bosnia and Herzegovina stressed defence in the opening quarter. They held Belgian counterparts to 10 points in the first ten minutes to take a 4-point lead. The tempo increased in the second term. Bosnia and Herzegovina unloaded 24 point to secure a 38:32 halftime lead. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. They established a 7-point lead at the final intermission 59:52. Bosnia and Herzegovina limited Belgium to 13 points in the fourth stanza and celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) accounted for 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Rikalo netted 10 points in the victory. Naim El Khounchar (193-F-94) and Xavier Francois (200-C-94) posted 12 points each in the loss.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Nedim Buza 18, Adin Vrabac 18, Jusuf Nurkic 14+13 boards
Belgium U18: Naim El Khounchar 12, Xavier Francois 12



U18 EC in Sarajevo started - BIH takes it on Belgium! - by Nedzad Kladusak

Today started the U18 EC B Division in Sarajevo and there have been some very interesting fixtures. England defeated surprisingly Israel which is considered to be one of the top favourites for the promotion to A division. Despite having in its rows with Zalmanson and Koulechov two players who recorded double-doubles Israel lost quite clearly against the physically superior English team led by Nelson and Unicaja prospect Okoroh.

Sweden rolled over Norway with a stunning 110-55. Sweden that has played also the AST in Germany didn t want to show its assets and their star Bergng played only five minutes.
Lfgren and Larsson scored 20 points each completely outclassing their neighbour country.

In the Bosnian D group Romania defeated Belarus 71-62 in a quite tough game that has been decided in the last two minutes.

BIH will challenge Belgium which is considered to be the best team in Sarajevo. It is a tough task for the boys of Nenad Markovic who had to cope with the absence of Emir Sulejmanovic who has not been set free by Finland. Some players like Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94), Marko Rikalo (188-PG-94) and Nikola Marijan (208-C-95) have been injured and missed most of the preparations.
The team has size and talent but like most of the Bosnian youth selections the team had only a few friendlies which might be a serious problem.
However Nenad Markovic is optimistic and believes in his team and backed by the Bosnian fans he might make it in the next stage.
Belgium plays a great transition basketball with a very agressive perimeter defense and for sure its main weapons are Emmanuel Lecomte and Gijbels.

Regardless the result KSBIH has made tremendous steps ahead regarding scouting, recruitment and organisation and there is no doubt that all NT will become stronger and stronger over the next fcouple of years.



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  BRAZIL   


Botafogo activate his basketaball team - by Paulo Freire

One of the biggest soccer clubs of Brazil is reactivating his pro basketball team.
The Botafogo F.R. Rio de Janeiro basketball team is lead now by head coach Marcus Hygino who have been working with basketball for a long time in Rio de Janeiro State.
Their roster has young and veteran players such as the scorer Jorge Seraphim (196-G/F-80, college: Furman) and the big man Jonny Gomes (212-C-76), their point guard is Rodrigo de Freitas former Fluminense and NE Oklahoma A&M
From Flamengo young basic team came two players Robert Dias and Anderson Rezende, completing the team from Botafogo F.R. Rio de Janeiro own basic young teams came Bernardo Spindola Gomes, Matheus Fiore and Lucas Postigo.



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  BULGARIA   


U18 European Championship: Bulgaria survive overtime thriller against Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U18 - Turkey U18 95:89 (OT)

Newly-promoted Bulgaria made their Division A debut one to remember. They outscored Turkey in overtime drama in Group C. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-F/G-95) scored 28 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to pace the winners.
Bulgaria secured a strong start to the game. They grabbed a 23:13 lead at the first intermission. But Turkey bounced right back. They fired 26 points in the second term to cut the deficit to a single point 39:40. Bulgaria gained control again in the third stanza. They knocked down 20 points and ensured an 11-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter. But Turkey stepped up with 30 points in the period and sent the game into extra period. Tayfun Erulku (194-SG-94) put Turkey in charge early in overtime however Aleksandar Vezenkov scored 5 points and Minkov added four from the stripe to seal the victory at the end. Deyan Karamfilov (180-PG-94) accounted for 19 points, while Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SF-94) added 15 points for the winners. Tayfun Erulku replied with 24 points for Turkey. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) contributed 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.

Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 28, Deyan Karamfilov 19, Nikolay Stoyanov 15
Turkey U18: Tayfun Erulku 24, Kenan Sipahi 15



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  CANADA   


NBL Canada begins Commissioner search - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball League of Canada has officially started their search in appointing a new Commissioner of the League.

The Board of Directors approved Mr. John Kennedy as its first ever Commissioner in the inaugural season of the National Basketball League of Canada in 2011. Unfortunately due to family reasons, he had to step down from the position in April 2012.

To apply, please send resumes to info@nblcanada.ca. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. Below is a list ideal qualifications sought in a candidate:



Ideal Qualifications:

1. Life experiences involving the game of basketball as well as the business of professional basketball.

2. A person who has credibility in the professional basketball world, media and business community.

3. A Canadian with roots in Canada and knowledge of the greater Toronto business community to promote the League to potential sponsors.

4. An independent representative who can visit all teams individually to review access and assist with individual team business plans, staffing and marketing.

5. A communicator who has experience in the media.

6. A commissioner with leadership qualities to lead our League to great heights.

7. A leader who can sell the League to new markets.

8. A Commissioner who will be respected by Canada Basketball, fans, players and owners alike.

9. Experience with sales in complex environments and with negotiating sponsorship contracts

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



FOUR MANITOBA GAMES BASKETBALL COACHES HONORED WITH"THANKS COACH ADWARD" BY COACHING MANITOBA - by John Gary

courtesy basketball manitoba Sport MANITOBA and MANITOBA LOTTERIES, are pleased to announce the recipients of,"THANKS COACH" awards at the 2012 Power SMART MANITOBA SUMMER GAMES in Swan Valley including four basketball coaches. "Thanks Coach" is a recognition program designed to recognize the often unheralded but very important role coaches play.The program pays tribute to coaches who display a special brand of care and concern for young people at the games,24 coaches were recognized for their hard work and dedication.


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  CROATIA   


U18 European Championship: Croatia beat Poland in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U18 - Poland U18 86:74

Croatia opened win count at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Poland in Group D opener. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) came up with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge.
Croatia held their opponents to 14 points in the first stanza to take a 5-point lead. The Croats extended the margin in the second quarter. They accumulated a 40:29 halftime lead. Croatia stayed in charge throughout the third term. Dario Saric carried them to a 63:49 lead with ten minutes remaining. Poland outscored their opponents in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss. Mislav Brzoja (194-F/G-94) stepped up with 15 points, while Marin Maric (197-SF-94) added 11 points for the winners. Mikolaj Witlinski (206-PF-95) responded with 18 points for Poland. Dawid Morawiec (186-PG-94) netted 15 points in the loss.

Croatia U18: Dario Saric 29, Mislav Brzoja 15, Marin Maric 11
Poland U18: Mikolaj Witlinski 18, Dawid Morawiec 15



BCM U Pitesti signs Croatian G Pankracije Barac - by Eurobasket News

Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side) will continue his career in Romania. The Croatian guard signed a 1-year deal with BCM U Pitesti. Barac started last season with Ukrainian BC Kyiv. He had 8 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 17 games in Superleague, after what they parted ways. In March, Barac signed a deal with Svjetlost Slavonski Brod. There he shined with 17.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 2.1 apg for 11 games in Croatian A1 league. Barac played for Cibona in 2010/11 season. He joined them in February of 2011 averaging 6.5 points and 2.1 rebounds for 17 games in Croatia. A year before that he spent with Zagreb and they won the Cup trophy together. In 2009, Pankracije Barac won the Belgian league title with Charleroi. In 2005 and 2008 with Zadar the player won championship title in Croatia. They were also Cup winners in 2005 and 2006.


Targu Mures adds G Matija Ceskovic - by Eurobasket News

Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, agency: Court Side) is a new member of the Romanian team Targu Mures. The Croatian guard signed a deal for the upcoming season. In the latest one Ceskovic shined with 18 ppg, 2.9 apg and 1.8 rpg in 24 Croatian league games with Kvarner Rijeka. The player split 2010/11 season between Trogir and Orchesien. With the French squad he had 9.1 ppg and 2.9 apg for 17 games in NM1 (D3). Before that, Ceskovic collected 14.9 ppg and 2 apg for 9 games with Trogir. In 2009/10, Matija Ceskovic shined in Hungary as a member of Kaposvari. He had 16.8 ppg and 2.5 apg for 11 games. That season Ceskovic started with Bosna Sarajevo, later moved to PVSK Pannonpower Pecs and finally joined Kaposvari. In the past he played in Bosnia, Greece and Slovenia. Ceskovic won the Bosnian league title with Siroki in 2007. They also were Cup winners a year before that and Ceskovic was named MVP of the final tournament.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U18 European Championship: Czech Republic pip Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U18- Luxembourg U18 79:69

Czech Republic pip Luxembourg at the start of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Czechs started with 79:69 in Group B opener.
The first period was tough for both sides as they stayed close to each other. Luxembourg grabbed 25:23 at the end of the period and did not give up. Czech Republic managed to win the second frame 25-20 and took 48:45 lead at the halftime. Truhlar and Karel Ausprunk (200-F-94) scored for 57:52 and Festr brought 61:54. Karel Ausprunk meanwhile closed the frame at 63:54 with 10 minutes to go. Karel Ausprunk added narrow 16-15 in the last stanza for the final success.
Karel Ausprunk paced all the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) had 19. Petr Herman (204-PF-94) ended up with 8 points and Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) scored 7. Jo Hoeser (193-F-94) replied with 25 points in the losing effort. Kevin Moura (182-PG-94) chipped in with 12 and Thomas Grun (194-PG-95) scored 11.

Czech Republic U18: Karel Ausprunk 23+13 rebs, Radovan Kouril 19, Petr Herman 8, Prokop Slanina 7
Luxembourg U18: Jo Hoeser 25, Kevin Moura 12, Thomas Grun 11



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  DENMARK   


U18 European Championship: Italy give Denmark warm welcome in Division A - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18 - Denmark U18 86:63

Italy registered the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Division A newcomers Denmark in Group B. Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) and Simone Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) posted 14 points each to lead the winners.
Italy set the tone early in the game. The Azzurri quickly cleared off to a 15-point lead. Italy unloaded 26 points in the second quarter to ensure a 52:27 halftime lead. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 73:41 buffer at the final intermission. Denmark sweetened the pill with a 22:13 rally in the fourth stanza. Matteo Imbro (192-PG-94) netted 13 points, while Laquintana added 12 points for the winners. Peter Moeller (186-PG-94) responded with 13 points for Denmark. Jacob Jensen (210-C-94) had 11 points in the loss.

Italy U18: Mirco Turel 14, Simone Fontecchio 14, Matteo Imbro 13
Denmark U18: Peter Moeller 13, Jacob Jensen 11



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   

Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Indios SF 7-3 
 2. Huracanes 6-4 
 3. Metros 5-4 
 4. Reales 3-7 
South Division
 1. Caneros 6-4 
 2. Leones SD 4-5 
 3. Cocolos 4-6 
 4. Titanes 4-6 

Regular Season: Round 8

Aug. 7: Cocolos - Huracanes 95-94
Aug. 8: Reales - Cocolos 82-79
Aug. 8: Titanes - Indios SF 80-86
Aug. 7: Metros - Caneros 70-82

Regular Season: Round 9

Aug. 10: Caneros - Reales
Aug. 10: Indios SF - Leones SD
Aug. 11: Metros - Cocolos
Aug. 11: Titanes - Huracanes
Aug. 12: Leones SD - Metros
Aug. 12: Reales - Titanes



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  ESTONIA   


Belarus needed overtime to beat Estonia - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Estonia 92:84 OT

Belarus needed overtime to beat Estonia in Day 3 of the International Tournament. Belarus won the game 92:84 and finished second with 2-1 record. Estonia meanwhile lost all three games.
Belarus won the opening period 19-17, but failed in the second quarter with 15-28. Belarus needed 19-11 and then 25-22 in the second half to tie the score after four quarters. Due to 14-6 in overtime Belarus grabbed second place. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) poured in 26 points in the losing effort and Janar Talts (206-C-83) added 15. Kristo Saage (184-G-85) posted 13, whilst Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) had 10.
Georgia wins Tbilisi Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts won all three games to triumph in it. In Day 3 Georgia destroyed Ukraine 95:69.



U18 European Championship: Estonia roll over Austria - by Eurobasket News

Austria U18-Estonia U18 57:77

Estonia roll over Austria at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side celebrated a 77:57 win in Day 1 of the competition.
Austria struggled only in the first period and won it 17:15. Later on the court was dominated by Estonian team. The latter replied with 23-11 in the second frame and led 38:28 at the halftime after Georg Tambre (194-PF-94)s shot. Estonia added 26-17 in the third period and finished the game with 13-12 in the last period. Ruut was the last player to score for the winners and Muller scored the last points in the game in defeat.
Sander Saare (182-PG-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Martin Jurtom (198-F-94) as well as Hendrik Ruut (190-PG-94) had 13 each. Georg Tambre followed them with 9 points in a win. Jakob Poltl (208-PF-95) replied with 18 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, while Timur Bas (198-PF-94) poured in 13.

Austria U18: Jakob Poltl 18+13 rebs, Timur Bas 13
Estonia U18: Sander Saare 17, Martin Jurtom 13, Hendrik Ruut 13, Georg Tambre 9



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Houston ESL MVP and All-Tournament Team! - by ESL News

MVP: Jejuan Plair (185-G-85)
Jejaun led his Dubai team to the Championship and was just an unbelievable performer. Jejuan can shoot the three, he is extremely athletic and has an NBA body. He has the ability to score points in bunches and is a team leader. Jejuan can play for a number of teams at any level, however he would be perfect for a younger team that needs a leader and at times a scorer who can carry the team on his back.

All-Tournament Team:

Jejuan Plair
Jejauan led his Dubai team to the Championship and was just an unbelievable performer. Jejuan can shoot the three, he is extremely athletic and has an NBA body. He has the ability to score points in bunches and is a team leader. Jejuan can play for a number of teams at any level, however he would be perfect for a younger team that needs a leader and at times a scorer who can carry the team on his back.

Brandon O'Brien (198-SG-92, college: Clark Atlanta)
Brandon is a smooth creative big guard that can play multiple positions. He is a tremendous athlete who is a crafty creative player that can slash to the basket off the dribble or shoot the pull up jumper. He is a very good outside shooter, has nice range and is a very good 3 point shooter. He plays great defense and he is a great scorer with a high basketball IQ. Brandon is capable of playing in a good mid-level country or would be outstanding in a country like Iceland.

Terrance Hill (193-G-89)
Terrance is a very athletic powerful player who goes 110 percent all the time. He is an excellent perimeter player who can shoot the outside jumper extremely well and guard 3 positions on the floor quite easily.
He will be a star in leagues like Luxembourg, Uruguay, Norway, and Switzerland.

Raason Young (198-F, college: Montana St. - Billin)
Raason is very strong competitor and is very strong defensively. Raason has nice range and can shoot the 3, which makes him a major match up problem for teams. Once you come out to guard him he will kill you by going to the basket and is extremely athletic. Very strong rebounder and he is in excellent shape. He runs the floor extremely well and plays above the rim while trying to finish around the basket. A very good start for him would be in Switzerland for sure and he would dominate Luxembourg.

Kenny LaGuerre (205-F/C-85)
Kenny had an excellent Houston ESL event and was the best inside big man in the event. Kenny has a very nice outside shot from mid-range or 3. Runs the floor extremely well and has a number of moves around the basket and finishes like a professional. Kenny is a solid defensive player and rebounder who competes very hard around the basket competing to finish everything. Kenny is a steal for entry level teams in Europe, he will easily be a very effective player for entry level teams.



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Crvena Zvezda extends Uros Nikolic until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda announced signing of a 2-year contract extension with Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87). It means that he will stay with the club until the end of 2013/14 season. Nikolic arrived to Crvena Zvezda two years ago from Krka Novo Mesto. Last season he had 3.9 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 12 games in Adriatic league. The big guy also added 3.1 ppg and 1.6 rpg in 14 Serbian league games. Crvena Zvezda reached Playoff Finals in Serbia. In 2010/11, Nikolic shined with 16.8 ppg and 7.1 rpg in 14 Serbian league games, while in Adriatic league he had 8.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg. In 2010, the player won Slovenian league title with Krka Novo Mesto. Before Krka, Nikolic spent three years with Mega Hypo Leasing (now Mega Vizura). Nikolic also has experience from Hemofarm. In 2007, Uros Nikolic won the Gold with U20 Serbia and U20 EuroBasket in Nova Gorica.


Crvena Zvezda returns Igor Rakocevic after eight years - by Eurobasket News

Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) is back to Crvena Zvezda after 8 years. The former Euroleague scoring champion signed a deal until the end of 2013/14 season. Rakocevic spent the last one with Montepaschi Siena. He had 9.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.6 apg for 19 Euroleague games. In SerieA, the shooting guard added 11.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.6 apg for 20 games. He helped Montepaschi to defend the Italian league title and Cup.
Igor Rakocevic played for Crvena Zvezda in 2003/04 season. He also was their member from 1995 to 2000. From 2009 to 2011, Rakocevic played for Efes Pilsen. Before that he spent three years with Tau Ceramica. In the past, he also played for Real Madrid, Pamesa and Buducnost Podgorica. Rakocevic played for the Serbian/Yugoslavian National Team from 1998 to 2006. He won many trophies and personal awards in his career and now he is back to Crvena Zvezda for another big project.
Earlier this summer, Crvena Zvezda already signed Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), Boris Savovic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia). The team hired Milivoje Lazic as new Head Coach and extended deal with Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) until the end of 2013/14 season.



Hapoel Jerusalem Ink 1-Year Deal with Swingman Courtney Fells - by David Pick

In what is a surprising under-the-radar acquisition in the 2012-13 Loto League off-seasons, Hapoel Jerusalem penned a guaranteed one-year deal with American high-flying swingman Courtney Fells of Galil/Gilboa, sources with knowledge of the transaction exclusively told Eurobasket.

Fells, who was a restricted free agent, utilized his out clause by paying Galil a buyout of $50,000, according to sources. The 6-foot-6 North Carolina St. grad recorded 12.6 points and 4 rebounds per game in last season's Israeli competition. Fells, a 2012 Balkan League Champion upped his performances in Galil's Balkan battles, playing a more dominant role while contributing 13.3 points per game.

The Mississippi native recently played summer ball for Metros de Santiago of the Dominican Republic.





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Asseco Prokom adds Piotr Pamula to roster - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom continues with signings for the next season. Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) is the latest addition for the Polish powerhouse. Pamula finished last season with AZS Koszalin. He joined the team in March averaging 12.2 points, 2 rebounds and 1.5 assists. The guard started 2011/12 with AZS Politechnika Warszawa. There he had 12.9 ppg and 1.5 apg for 29 appearances. Piotr Pamula won 1Liga title with AZS Politechnika Warszawa a year ago. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Player of the Year -11. In the past, Pamula played for Polonia 2011 Warszawa.
Piotr Pamula played for the Polish National Team at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania. He had 3 ppg in 4 games at this event.



Mens Sana Siena keeps Marco Carraretto and Tomas Ress - by Eurobasket News

Mens Sana Siena announced signing of 2-year contract extensions with Marco Carraretto (197-G-77, agency: Players Group) and Tomas Ress (209-C-80, college: Texas A&M).
Marco Carraretto will play his seventh straight season with Siena. In the latest one he had 4.7 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 41 SerieA games. The player registered 2.2 ppg for 19 Euroleague appearances. Before Siena, Carraretto spent two years with Spanish Breogan. From 2002 to 2004 he played for Acqua Lauretana Biella. Carraretto won six SerieA titles with Siena and four Cup trophies. Last summer the player had 2.2 ppg for 5 games with Team Italy at EuroBasket in Lithuania.
Tomas Ress arrived to Siena in 2007 from Regio Emillia. He had 3.1 ppg and 2.5 rpg last season in SerieA (44 games), plus 4.7 ppg and 1.9 rpg fro 20 Euroleague games. Before Siena and Reggio Emillia, Ress played for Climamio Bologna and Scavolini Pesaro.



Brose Baskets reportedly set to sign Andrew James Ogilvy - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets Bamberg is set to sign a deal with Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt), according to Eurobasket's David Pick. The Australian center spent last season with Valencia Basket. He collected 9.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 8 EuroCup games. In Liga Endesa, Ogilvy had 4.8 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 26 appearances. Valencia reached EuroCup Finals and Liga Endesa Semis. Before Valencia, Andrew James Ogilvy played one year for Besiktas Cola Turka. There he averaged 12.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks for 30 games in TBL. The center also added 10.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 8 EuroCup games. It was the first season as a pro for Ogilvy, who graduated at Vanderbilt two years ago. He had 13.4 ppg and 6.2 rpg for his school as a senior. Ogilvy won the Gold with Australian NT at 2009 Oceania Championships.


Unics Kazan signs Mire Chatman for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) is a new member of Unics Kazan. The American point guard signed a 1-year deal with the club. Last time he played in Russia in 2007/08 season as a member of Triumph Lyubertsy. Last season Chatman spent with Pinar Karsiyaka. He shined with 20 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.8 apg and 1.6 steals for 12 games in EuroChallenge. Chatman was third scorer of the competition and No.5 in steals. In Turkish league the player added 18.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 6.4 apg and 1.9 spg. There, he was the second scorer of TBL, No.1 in assists and No.4 in steals. Chatman picked up few awards last season: Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 3rd Team -12, Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 2nd Team -12 and Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Defensive Team -12.
Before Karsiyaka, Mire Chatman played three years for Besiktas Cola Turka. As mentioned above, in 2007/08 he was a member of Triumph Lyubertsy and one year before that he spent with Dynamo Moscow. In the past, Chatman also played in France and Latvia.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Standings Division A

Standings
Group A
1. Serbia1-0
2. Spain1-0
3. Germany0-1
4. Ukraine0-1
Group B
1. Italy1-0
2. Lithuania1-0
3. Denmark0-1
4. Greece0-1
Group C
1. Bulgaria1-0
2. Latvia1-0
3. Turkey0-1
4. France0-1
Group D
1. Croatia1-0
2. Russia1-0
3. Slovenia0-1
4. Poland0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Aug. 9: GER - ESP 75-86
Aug. 9: UKR - SRB 54-75

B

Aug. 9: GRE - LTU 66-71
Aug. 9: DEN - ITA 63-86

C

Aug. 9: BUL - TUR 95-89 OT
Aug. 9: LAT - FRA 58-54

D

Aug. 9: POL - CRO 74-86
Aug. 9: SLO - RUS 59-70

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Aug. 10: ESP - UKR
Aug. 10: SRB - GER

B

Aug. 10: ITA - GRE
Aug. 10: LTU - DEN

C

Aug. 10: FRA - BUL
Aug. 10: TUR - LAT

D

Aug. 10: RUS - POL
Aug. 10: CRO - SLO


Stats Leaders Div. A

Points Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  CRO
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 29
 1. Saric, CRO29.0 
 2. Vezenkov, BUL28.0 
 3. Tamulis, LTU27.0 
 4. Erulku, TUR24.0 
 5. Agravanis, GRE22.0 
 6. Karamfilov, BUL19.0 
 7. Witlinski, POL18.0 
 8. Radicevic, SRB18.0 
 9. Kulagin, RUS18.0 
 10. Jankovic, SRB17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Denisas KRESTININAS
  (202-F-94)
  Avg: 12
 1. Krestininas, LTU12.0 
 2. Birsen, TUR12.0 
 3. Agravanis, GRE12.0 
 4. Zvigurs, LAT11.0 
 5. Kulagin, RUS10.0 
 6. Kanter, TUR10.0 
 7. Jaiteh, FRA9.0 
 8. Hernangomez, ESP9.0 
 9. Gromovs, LAT8.0 
 10. Vezenkov, BUL8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josep PEREZ
  (188-PG-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Perez, ESP7.0 
 2. Sene, FRA5.0 
 3. Sipahi, TUR5.0 
 4. Saric, CRO5.0 
 5. Gintvainis, LTU5.0 
 6. Schenk, POL5.0 
 7. Vezenkov, BUL4.0 
 8. Petrov, UKR4.0 
 9. Rebec, SLO4.0 
 10. Ilnitskiy, RUS4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kadri MOENDADZE
  (191-SF-94)
  Avg: 6
 1. Moendadze, FRA6.0 
 2. Vezenkov, BUL6.0 
 3. Radicevic, SRB5.0 
 4. Diaz, ESP4.0 
 5. Pipitone, ITA3.0 
 6. Saric, CRO3.0 
 7. Witlinski, POL3.0 
 8. Fabricius, DEN3.0 
 9. Kulagin, RUS3.0 
 10. Rebec, SLO3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jure RITLOP
  (202-F-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ritlop, SLO2.0 
 2. Saric, CRO2.0 
 3. Diop, ESP2.0 
 4. Zagreba, UKR2.0 
 5. Krestininas, LTU2.0 
 6. Koreniuk, UKR2.0 
 7. Chassang, FRA2.0 
 8. Jaiteh, FRA1.0 
 9. Kopac, SLO1.0 
 10. Akpinar, GER1.0 


M-Standings - Group B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. U.Kingdom1-0
2. Hungary1-0
3. Romania1-0
4. Scotland0-1
5. Israel0-1
6. Belarus0-1
Group B
1. Czech Rep.1-0
2. Estonia1-0
3. Slovakia0-0
4. Luxembourg.0-1
5. Austria0-1
Group C
1. Iceland1-0
2. Montenegro.1-0
3. Sweden1-0
4. Norway0-1
5. Switzerlan.0-1
6. Finland0-1
Group D
1. Bosnia1-0
2. Portugal1-0
3. Georgia0-0
4. Holland0-1
5. Belgium0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Aug. 9: ROM - BLR 71-62
Aug. 9: ENG - ISR 71-58
Aug. 9: SCO - HUN 44-76

B

Aug. 9: CZE - LUX 79-69
Aug. 9: AUT - EST 57-77

C

Aug. 9: ISL - SUI 89-71
Aug. 9: FIN - MNT 71-76
Aug. 9: SWE - NOR 110-55

D

Aug. 9: NED - POR 79-85 2OT
Aug. 9: BIH - BEL 79-65

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Aug. 10: ISR - SCO
Aug. 10: HUN - ROM
Aug. 10: BLR - ENG

B

Aug. 10: SVK - CZE
Aug. 10: LUX - AUT

C

Aug. 10: NOR - FIN
Aug. 10: SUI - SWE
Aug. 10: MNT - ISL

D

Aug. 10: GEO - NED
Aug. 10: POR - BIH


Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Yahor PATUPCHYK
  (191-SG-94)
  Avg: 26
 1. Patupchyk, BLR26.0 
 2. Hoeser, LUX25.0 
 3. Popovici, ROM23.0 
 4. Ausprunk, CZE23.0 
 5. Schilder, NED22.0 
 6. Bastos, POR21.0 
 7. Hermannsson, ISL21.0 
 8. Varadi, HUN20.0 
 9. Larsson, SWE20.0 
 10. Mikovic, MNT20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egor KOULECHOV
  RUS
  (194-SF-94)
  Avg: 15
 1. Koulechov, ISR15.0 
 2. Varadi, HUN13.0 
 3. Ausprunk, CZE13.0 
 4. Nurkic, BIH13.0 
 5. Popovici, ROM13.0 
 6. Poltl, AUT13.0 
 7. Zalmanson, ISR12.0 
 8. Wolff, LUX11.0 
 9. Okoroh, ENG10.0 
 10. Salenik, BLR9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Radovan KOURIL
  CZE
  (185-PG-95)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kouril, CZE7.0 
 2. Lecomte, BEL6.0 
 3. Perl, HUN5.0 
 4. Vrbica, MNT5.0 
 5. Marques, POR5.0 
 6. Ventura, POR5.0 
 7. Kostic, SUI5.0 
 8. Grun, LUX4.0 
 9. Rikalo, BIH4.0 
 10. Spires, SWE4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nathan DAWIT
  (192-SG-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dawit, SWE7.0 
 2. Pajovic, MNT4.0 
 3. Orija, ENG4.0 
 4. Mackay, SCO4.0 
 5. MaGilvary, SCO3.0 
 6. Miranda, POR3.0 
 7. Dragoste, ROM3.0 
 8. Molnar, HUN3.0 
 9. Kouril, CZE3.0 
 10. Nicholson, SCO3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Karel AUSPRUNK
  (200-F-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Ausprunk, CZE7.0 
 2. Okoroh, ENG4.0 
 3. Spires, SWE3.0 
 4. Zalmanson, ISR3.0 
 5. Nurkic, BIH3.0 
 6. Segev, ISR3.0 
 7. Buza, BIH2.0 
 8. Torfason, ISL2.0 
 9. Herman, CZE2.0 
 10. Sainsbury-G., ENG2.0 


Division B: Day 1 in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Romania - Belarus 71-62
Popovici leads Romania over Belarus at the U18 European Championship in Division B. He collected 23 points and 13 rebounds as Romania edged Belarus 71:62. Romania started the game with 4 consecutive points and Stoicoviciu scored for 12:8. Yahor Patupchyk (191-SG-94) closed the first period at 12:11 and he later tied the game at 18:18. Moreover Astashou Dzmitry gave Belarus 22:20 and Salenik made two free throws for 30:28. Moreover he sent the teams to the lockers at 32:30 as Belarus won the second frame 21-18. Romania looked much better in the second half and produced two victories. They won the third period 15-11 and finished the game with 26-19 in the last stanza. Vlad Cobzaru (203-C-95) followed Popovici Vlad with 16 points, while Mehmet Hortoglu (194-SG-95) netted 12. Dragoste Mirel posted 7 points in a win. Yahor Patupchyk answered with 26 points in the losing effort, whilst Astashou Dzmitry, Vashkevich Anton and Bliznets Pavel scored 7 each.

Scotland - Hungary 44-76
Scotland and Hungary open Sarajevo campaign in Division B of the U18 European Championship. The Hungarian side grabbed 76:44 win in Group A opener. Sim gave Scotland their first lead and as it became known later in the game, the lead was the last. Hungary took control of the game and took 26:9 when Kovacs Barnabas closed the first period. Scotland looked better in the second period and managed to reduce to 6 points. Molnar and Coloman meanwhile scored for 39:29 at the end of the half. Hungary added 17-11 in the third period and then added massive 20-4 in the last stanza. Papp scored the final points for the winning side. Benedek Varadi (194-G/F-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Kovacs Barnabas netted 14. Kristof Bognar (206-C/F-94) delivered 8 and Simon Kristof had 7. Matthew Wilcox (196-PF-94) replied with 14 points in the losing effort, while Jack Nicholson (180-SG-94) scored 11.

Group B
Austria - Estonia 57-77
Estonia roll over Austria at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side celebrated a 77:57 win in Day 1 of the competition. Austria struggled only in the first period and won it 17:15. Later on the court was dominated by Estonian team. The latter replied with 23-11 in the second frame and led 38:28 at the halftime after Georg Tambre (194-PF-94)'s shot. Estonia added 26-17 in the third period and finished the game with 13-12 in the last period. Ruut was the last player to score for the winners and Muller scored the last points in the game in defeat. Sander Saare (182-PG-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Martin Jurtom (198-F-94) as well as Ruut Hendrik had 13 each. Georg Tambre followed them with 9 points in a win. Jakob Poltl (208-PF-95) replied with 18 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, while Timur Bas (198-PF-94) poured in 13.

Czech Republic - Luxembourg 79-69
Czech Republic pip Luxembourg at the start of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Czechs started with 79:69 in Group B opener. The first period was tough for both sides as they stayed close to each other. Luxembourg grabbed 25:23 at the end of the period and did not give up. Czech Republic managed to win the second frame 25-20 and took 48:45 lead at the halftime. Truhlar and Karel Ausprunk (200-F-94) scored for 57:52 and Festr brought 61:54. Karel Ausprunk meanwhile closed the frame at 63:54 with 10 minutes to go. Karel Ausprunk added narrow 16-15 in the last stanza for the final success. Karel Ausprunk paced all the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Kouril Radovan had 19. Herman Petr ended up with 8 points and Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) scored 7. Hoeser Jo replied with 25 points in the losing effort. Kevin Moura (182-PG-94) chipped in with 12 and Grun Thomas scored 11.

Group C
Iceland - Switzerland 89-71
Iceland overcame Switzerland in Bosnia in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship. Iceland grabbed 89:71 win for 1-0 record in Group C. Iceland scored the first 9 points in the game and never looked behind after. Fridriksson Elvar scored for 11:2 and Jonsson Dagur closed the period at 20:13. Iceland added massive 27-15 in the second period and reached 47:28 at the halftime. Iceland managed to keep the difference in the second half, while the Swiss side tried their best to reduce. Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) cut it to 67:51 after three quarters and he also reduced to 9 early in the fourth. Iceland however pushed the tempo for good at the end of the game for 18-point victory. Martin Hermannsson (190-PG-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Matthias Sigurdarson (185-PG-94) delivered 14. Jonsson Dagur finished the game with 12 points, whilst Fridriksson Elvar and Einarsson Emil had 9 apiece. Hoch Sebastian and Daniel Andjelkovic poured in 16 points each in defeat. Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) had 12, while Verga Alessandro posted 11.

Finland - Montenegro 71-76
Montenegro grabbed a narrow win over Finland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Montenegrin side celebrated a 76:71 win in Day 1. It was a game of two different halves. Finland looked better in the first period and won the first quarter 20:15. Rajala Julius increased the lead to 15 points, but Finland could not win. Pajovic Milos reduced to 38:33 at the halftime and then the second half belonged to Montenegro. The latter trailed 5 points at the end of the third period, however needed a strong last quarter to seal the victory. Vukovic nailed three at the end of the game for the final success. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) stepped up with 20 points and Pajovic Milos notched 17. Djurovic Luka delivered 9, while Vrbica Masan added 7. Joonas Lehtoranta (185-SG-94) replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Rajala Julius had 14. Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) and Mattila Niko followed them with 9 points each.

Sweden - Norway 110-55
Sweden smash Norway in Group C opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Swedish players were too much for the Norwegian squad in a 110:55 victory. Sweden dominated the court and never looked behind in the game. They opened the campaign with 25:15 as Lofberg Johan made a jump shot and then Adam Ramstedt (203-SF-95) brought 27:15 early in the second. Niklas Larsson (200-SG-94) increased the lead to 20 points, while Lofberg Johan sent the teams to the lockers at 47:29. The third period was a nightmare for Norway that got 39 points in their basket. Dawit nailed three for 86:41 and then he nailed another one for 96:41. Adam Ramstedt gave Sweden three digit number and Musie brough the final points. Lofberg Johan and Niklas Larsson top-scored for the winners with 20 points each, while Adam Ramstedt nailed 18. Spires Nicholas followed them with 14 points in a win. Nikola Blatancic (192-F-94) finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort, while Seach Nicholas poured in 8.

Group D
Holland - Portugal 79-85 2OT
Portugal and Netherlands open Group D with 2 overtimes. The Portuguese team grabbed 85:79 win in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. It was the most interesting game of the first day. At first Portugal started with 20-17 and then Bastos Pedro scored for 33:30 at the halftime. Portugal led in the whole third period and had 51:48, while Guimaraes increased to 53:48 early in the fourth. Mike Schilder (185-PG-94, agency: Court Side) meanwhile tied the game at the end of the fourth period for 68:68. The teams scored 7 points each in the first extra time, but then Portugal dominated the last five minutes for the victory. Bastos Pedro stepped up with 21 points to lead all the winners and Grosso Joao nailed 17. Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) poured in 15, while Insaly Isaias added 10. Mike Schilder answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Shane Hammink (198-F-94) delivered 18. Bouwknecht Maarten posted 12, while Veenhoven Thomas had 10.



Results and Stats from Day 1 in Latvia and Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Germany - Spain 75-86
Spain opened win count at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Germany in Group A tonight. Guillermo Hernangomez (206-C-94) stepped up with 14 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Germany got to an aggressive start. They fired 25 points in the opening quarter to post a 5-point lead. Spain however reacted with a storming second quarter. They unleashed 26 points to erase the deficit and secured a 46:39 halftime advantage. Spain limited Germany to 11 points in the third term gaining a 12-point lead before the final stanza. Germany poured in 25 points in the fourth term but Spain lived up to the challenge and sealed the victory at the end. Alberto Diaz (190-PG-94) and Oriol Pauli (195-G-94) provided 11 points each for the winners. Gavin Schilling (205-PF-95) dropped 16 points for Germany. Paul Zipser had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Ukraine - Serbia 54-75
Serbia recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Ukraine in Group A opener. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) came up with 18 points to lead the winners. Serbia stormed into the game. They posted a 21:8 lead after ten minutes. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They extended the lead to as many as 19 points at halftime 37:18. Ukraine finally picked up the tempo in the third term. They limited the Balkan team to 12 points in the quarter to cut the deficit to 12 points at the final intermission. But Serbia responded with a 26-point tally in the final frame to seal the victory. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Doko Salic added 10 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) answered with 12 points for Ukraine. Kristian Lugovtsov had 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Greece - Lithuania 66-71
Lithuania earned the initial win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Greece in Group B opener for both teams. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 27 points to pace the hosts. Greece got to a slightly better start. The Hellenes earned an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania picked up the tempo in the second term. The hosts cut the distance to a single point at halftime 34:33. Lithuania finally pulled ahead in the third quarter. They went on a 14:2 run to take a 6-point advantage. Lithuania ensured a 54:50 lead heading into the fourth frame. The Hellenes unloaded a barrage of three-pointers in the final stanza but Lithuania survived the challenge and Marius Grigonis and Justas Tamulis sealed the victory for the Baltic team. Augustinas Jankaitis (202-F/C-94) had 13 points, while Marius Grigonis added 11 points for the winners. Dimitrios Agravanis (201-SF-94, agency: FCM) responded with 22 points and 12 rebounds for Greece. Alexandros Mitsialos had 13 points in the loss.

Denmark - Italy 63-86
Italy registered the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Division A newcomers Denmark in Group B. Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) and Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) posted 14 points each to lead the winners. Italy set the tone early in the game. The Azzurri quickly cleared off to a 15-point lead. Italy unloaded 26 points in the second quarter to ensure a 52:27 halftime lead. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 73:41 buffer at the final intermission. Denmark sweetened the pill with a 22:13 rally in the fourth stanza. Matteo Imbro netted 13 points, while Laquintana added 12 points for the winners. Peter Moeller (186-PG-94) responded with 13 points for Denmark. Jacob Jensen had 11 points in the loss.

Group C
Bulgaria - Turkey 95-89 OT
Newly-promoted Bulgaria made their Division A debut one to remember. They outscored Turkey in overtime drama in Group C. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-F/G-95) scored 28 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to pace the winners. Bulgaria secured a strong start to the game. They grabbed a 23:13 lead at the first intermission. But Turkey bounced right back. They fired 26 points in the second term to cut the deficit to a single point 39:40. Bulgaria gained control again in the third stanza. They knocked down 20 points and ensured an 11-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter. But Turkey stepped up with 30 points in the period and sent the game into extra period. Tayfun Erulku (194-SG-94) put Turkey in charge early in overtime however Aleksandar Vezenkov scored 5 points and Minkov added four from the stripe to seal the victory at the end. Deyan Karamfilov (180-PG-94) accounted for 19 points, while Nikolay Stoyanov added 15 points for the winners. Tayfun Erulku replied with 24 points for Turkey. Kenan Sipahi contributed 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.

Latvia - France 58-54
Latvia celebrated the opening win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia and Lithuania. The hosts shot down France in Group C. Davis Geks (183-SG-95) scored 17 points to pace the winners. Latvia jumped to an early lead. The hosts accumulated a 14:10 lead after ten minutes. France stiffened their defence in the second quarter. They got within a single point at halftime 26:25. Benjamin Sene (186-PG-94) drained back-to-back triples midway through the third term to put Les Bleus in front. But Latvia returned the lead and secured a 43:39 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. France and Latvia stayed neck and neck throughout the final quarter. Mouhammadou Jaiteh brought France within two points with 43 seconds remaining but Elvis Endzels (180-G-94) converted two free throws late in regulation and sealed the victory for the home side. Elvis Endzels posted 13 points, while Rolands Smits added 7 points for Latvia. Benjamin Sene responded with 13 points for France. Mouhammadou Jaiteh had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Group D
Slovenia - Russia 59-70
Russia celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia and Lithuania. They knocked down Slovenia in Group C. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) stepped up with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia enjoyed a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second term. Russia accounted for a 40:37 halftime advantage. The decisive third term saw Russia clear off. They capped the period with four points in a row to take a 57:47 lead at the final break. Mikhail Kulagin and Annaev put Russia up by 13 points early in the fourth frame. Russia kept Slovenia at bay throughout the final minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) produced 10 points, while Georgy Egorov added 9 points for the winners. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) and Gregor Hrovat (94) responded with 16 points each for Slovenia.

Poland - Croatia 74-86
Croatia opened win count at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Poland in Group D opener. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) came up with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge. Croatia held their opponents to 14 points in the first stanza to take a 5-point lead. The Croats extended the margin in the second quarter. They accumulated a 40:29 halftime lead. Croatia stayed in charge throughout the third term. Dario Saric carried them to a 63:49 lead with ten minutes remaining. Poland outscored their opponents in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss. Mislav Brzoja (194-F/G-94) stepped up with 15 points, while Marin Maric added 11 points for the winners. Mikolaj Witlinski (206-PF-95) responded with 18 points for Poland. Dawid Morawiec netted 15 points in the loss.



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U18 European Championship: Montenegro with the narrow win over Finland - by Eurobasket News

Finland U18-Montenegro U18 71:76

Montenegro grabbed a narrow win over Finland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Montenegrin side celebrated a 76:71 win in Day 1.
It was a game of two different halves. Finland looked better in the first period and won the first quarter 20:15. Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) increased the lead to 15 points, but Finland could not win. Milos Pajovic (205-C-94) reduced to 38:33 at the halftime and then the second half belonged to Montenegro. The latter trailed 5 points at the end of the third period, however needed a strong last quarter to seal the victory. Vukovic nailed three at the end of the game for the final success.
Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) stepped up with 20 points and Milos Pajovic notched 17. Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) delivered 9, while Masan Vrbica (187-G-94) added 7. Joonas Lehtoranta (185-SG-94) replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Julius Rajala had 14. Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) and Niko Mattila (191-SG-94) followed them with 9 points each.

Finland U18: Joonas Lehtoranta 18, Julius Rajala 14, Oskar Michelsen 9, Niko Mattila 9
Montenegro U18: Milija Mikovic 20, Milos Pajovic 17, Luka Djurovic 9, Masan Vrbica 7



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U18 European Championship: Latvia hold off France - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - France U18 58:54

Latvia celebrated the opening win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia and Lithuania. The hosts shot down France in Group C. Davis Geks (183-SG-95) scored 17 points to pace the winners.
Latvia jumped to an early lead. The hosts accumulated a 14:10 lead after ten minutes. France stiffened their defence in the second quarter. They got within a single point at halftime 26:25. Benjamin Sene (186-PG-94) drained back-to-back triples midway through the third term to put Les Bleus in front. But Latvia returned the lead and secured a 43:39 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. France and Latvia stayed neck and neck throughout the final quarter. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) brought France within two points with 43 seconds remaining but Elvis Endzels (180-G-94) converted two free throws late in regulation and sealed the victory for the home side. Elvis Endzels posted 13 points, while Rolands Smits (202-C-95) added 7 points for Latvia. Benjamin Sene responded with 13 points for France. Mouhammadou Jaiteh had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia U18: Davis Geks 17, Elvis Endzels 13, Rolands Smits 7
France U18: Benjamin Sene 13, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 10



JSF Nanterre tab David Lighty - by Eurobasket News

JSF Nanterre tab David Lighty (195-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) for the next season. The American player moves to France from Italy.
Last year he played for Vanoli Cremona. His stats averaged 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 78.9%. The guard however started the season with Bennet Cantu. David Lighty posted 2.8 points and 0.8 rebounds per game in SeriaA. It is the first pro season for the guard. David Lighty graduated from Ohio State University in 2011. He posted 12.1 points, 4.0 boards, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game in the senior season. David Lighty helped Ohio State team reach NCAA Sweet 16 for the second season in a row. The guard made it into All-Big Ten 2nd Team. He was also named into Big Ten All-Defensive Team. David Ligthy was the member of USA U19 National Team. He participated at 2007 World Championship in Serbia.





Ken Horton signs with Boulogne-sur-Mer - by Eurobasket News

Ken Horton (198-F-89) signs with Boulogne-sur-Mer for the upcoming season. The American player moves to France for 2012/2013 season.
In 2007-2008 he appeared for Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA) and averaged 12.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2.2bpg, FGP: 55.2%, 3Pts: 37.5%, FT: 75.6%. In 2008-2009 for Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA, starting five) his stats read 16.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 50.3%, 3Pts: 35.6%, FT: 80.2%.
In 2010-2011 his stats read 19.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 86.9%. In 2011 he was arrested Thursday (September 1, 2011) in Connecticut for Breach of Peace. Horton, 22, was arrested after an alleged altercation with his ex-girlfriend. Horton and his ex-girlfriend agreed to meet at a bar near campus to talk. An altercation occurred in the parking lot and the ex-girlfriend was allegedly struck by Horton. The ex-girlfriend was also arrested for breach of peace.
In 2011-2012 for Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA, starting five) he showed 19.0ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.7apg, 2.1spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 80.2%. Also in 2012 Ken Horton participated at Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) and had 10.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg, FGP-1 (100%: 5-5), 1.0spg.



Clermont and Xavier Delarue part ways - by Eurobasket News

Xavier Delarue (196-G/F-77) is no longer a member of Clermont. Two sides parted ways today and Delarue became a free agent. The French swingman had 8.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 2.2 apg for 32 games last season. Clermont competed in NM1. In 2010/11, the player averaged 5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 34 ProB appearances. Before Clermont, Xavier Delarue spent one year with Quimper. With them he had 5.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.1 apg in ProB. In 2008, Delarue won the ProB title with Besancon. He arrived to the club in April of 2008, but had limited playing time in 7 games. In the past, Delarue was a member of Levallois, Nanterre and Chalons. He also has experience from Rouen, Feurs Forez and Sable.


Jason Kapono reportedly turns down offer by Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Jason Kapono (201-F-81, college: UCLA) turned down contract offer made by Orleans, according to Catch-and-shoot.com. The American forward played 26 games for the Los Angeles Lakers last season. He had 2.1 ppg in the NBA. The Lakers traded Kapono to the Cleveland Cavaliers in March, but he was released soon after that. The forward played for the Philadelphia 76ers from 2009 until the last summer. He had 5.8 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 56 games in their first season together. Before Philly, Jason Kapono spent two years with Toronto Raptors. With them he had 8.1 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 79 games in 2008/09. In the past, Kapono also played for the Miami Heat and Charlotte Bobcats. In 2007 and 2008, the player was 3-point contest winner at the NBA All-Star Game. In 2006, Kapono won the NBA title with Miami.


Gravelines signs point guard Dwight Buycks - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) became a new member of Gravelines. The American point guard signed a deal for the next season. Last month Buycks participated at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He appeared four times with the San Antonio Spurs averaging 5.5 points and 1.5 assists. Buycks played for the Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Summer League. There he had 5.7 ppg for 3 games. Dwight Buycks finished last season with Telenet Oostende. He had 4.6 ppg and 1.6 rpg in 14 games helping Oostende to win the Belgian league title. Buycks started the season with the NBA D-League team Tulsa 66ers. There he shined with 15.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.6 apg for 28 games. Dwight Buycks is a product of Marquette University, where he graduated something more than a year ago.
Earlier this week Gravelines announced signing of a 1-year deal with Larry Owens (201-G/F-83, college: ORU). The American swingman appeared 6 times for the New Jersey Nets last season. He had 2.2 ppg and 2.2 rpg. Owens spent most of the year with the NBA D-League team Tulsa 66ers. There he had 12.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 3.5 apg for 31 games.



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Georgia wins Tbilisi Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Georgia-Ukraine 95:69

Georgia wins Tbilisi Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts won all three games to triumph in it. In Day 3 Georgia destroyed Ukraine 95:69.
Georgia erupted with 17-6 in the opening tip and won the first period 31:12. Ukraine had nothing to reply with and only managed to reduce to 21 points at the halftime. Georgia led 66:38 midway through the third quarter and had 75:49 at the end of the third period. Both teams nailed 20 points each in the last stanza for the final result on the board.
Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) paced all the winners with 23 points and Jacob Pullen (182-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) nailed 17. Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) delivered 14, while Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) scored 12. Kyryl Natyazhko (210-C-90, agency: Beo Basket, college: Arizona) finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) as well as Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 each. Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Georgia: Tornike Shengelia 23, Jacob Pullen 17, Manuchar Markoishvili 14, Zaza Pachulia 12
Ukraine: Kyryl Natyazhko 14, Viacheslav Kravtsov 10, Maksym Pustozvonov 10, Artur Drozdov 7



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Emmanuel Wilson Joins SSV Lok Bernau - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

SSV Lok Bernau have added a fresh face from the American college NAIA league with Emmanuel Wilson (190-G-89) Wilson is a 22 year old 190cm shooting guard that won National player of the year in the NAIA. He played at Oklahoma Baptist from 2007-2012. Last season, the American played 37 games averaging 17,3ppg, 4,4rpg, 1,2apg, 1,2spg while shooting 47,6% form the field and 38,8% from downtown. "Beisdes looking for a big man, we were looking for a player that can be a dangerous shooter from outside and help on offense. After viewing the first videos, it was clear that he fit the profil we were looking for", addressed SSV Lok Bernau manager Thomas Schoenhoff. "I am awaiting that we play well as a team and win many games. I want to win the league. I am a very emotional player that always plays hard and does everything to win", expressed Emmanuel Wilson Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been NAIA D1 Elite Eight -08, NAIA D1 Sweet 16 -09, NAIA D1 Champion -10, NAIA D1 All-Tournament Team -12, All-NAIA D1 1st Team -12, All-NAIA D1 Player of the Year -12, and NAIA D1 Finalist -12

Source: SSV Lok Bernau





Ingmar Snabilie Inks As Assistant Coach And Team Manager For BG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Just ask a Bjoeren Harmsen or Felix Schreier and they will be able to sing a sweet basketball song about starting young as a coach as coaches seem to becoming younger and younger these days as BG Goettingen announced the arrival of Dutch man Ingmar Snabilie who will be the assistant coach and team manager as a 22 year old. His previous experience behind the bench has been Assistant: Dutch U18 National Team in 2012. THe young man also has other experience in the basketball world as he played U20 for the UBALL Red DEvils Utrecht and as an 18 year old coached the U14 Cape Coast Ghana. "I am very happy to welcome my assistant coach of the U18 Dutch team. We have worked very well together the last months. Despite his young age, he has a good understanding of the game. He has everything to be a very good assistant coach and manager for Goettingen", stressed Johannes Roijakkers . Snabilie also was team manager for the Dutch U15 womans team.

Source: Pro Basketball Gttingen GmbH




The Licher Basket Baeren Get Nino Valentic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B club Licher Basket Baeren announced today the signing of Nino Valentic (198-F-90). Valentic is a 21 year old 198cm forward that will play for his fourth team in four years. Last season he played for the Saar-Pfalz Braves (ProA): 23 games: 4.3ppg, 2.1rpg. "Nino is a fighter and brings everything that will help us", stressed Licher Basket Baeren head coach Igor Starcevic . He scored in double figures three times last season including 13 points against the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. "I have heard a lot of positive things about the team and I didn't have to think much about going when Igor called me. I knew right away that I wanted to play there", stressed Nino Valentic. The German started his basketball career in 2009 for VfB Hermsdorf Berlin (Regionalliga) playing 19 games and averaging 14,7ppg. In 2010-2011, he played for BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProB): 18 games: 5.3ppg, 1.7rpg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 50.0%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North Newcomer of the Year -10.

Source: Licher Basket Baeren






Elvir Ovcina Stays With The LTi Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

While the rumoured signing of JImmy Baxter remains speculation, LTi Giessen fans did get a touch of hope today as the Beko BBL club announced that work horse Elvir Ovcina (210-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) will play for the Hessen team for another season. Ovcina is a 36 year old 210cm power forward/center from Bosnia Herzgovenia and still plays like no one has clipped his wings yet from his back. Ovcina will be playing his 8th season in Germany and fourth in Giessen. Last season the gregarious big man played 33 games: 11.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 80.0%. He has played a total of 82 Beko BBL games for Giessen and new coach Mathias Fischer is delighted that he has been able to hold Ovcina. "I am happy to have such an experienced played on the roster. I worked together with him in Cologne and know what qualities he has. He has shown that whereever he has played. He will be an important part of the team and helpful for the young players", stressed LTi Giessen 46er head coach Matthias Fischer

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers




ALBA II: Pesic remains head coach, Kufuor and Opitz named assistants - by Moritz Korff

ALBA II, the farm team of BBL powerhouse ALBA Berlin, was relegated to the 1. Regionalliga North after falling short in the Pro B play downs, but also in the lower league the team will stick to its philosophy to develop young, local talent. According to the ALBA website, the roster for the upcoming RLN season will be almost identical to the club's NBBL team.
Only two small changes have been made in the coaching staff. Milan Pesic will remain in charge of both ALBA II in the RLN as well as the NBBL squad as head coach for both teams. Longtime ALBA youth coach Norbert Opitz and Enrico Kufuor (185-G-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: N.Carolina St.), who played in the Regionalliga for Magdeburg and Werne last season and spent some years playing for NCAA D1 school North Carolina State, will serve as his assistants.



U18 European Championship: Spain topple Germany in opener - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Germany U18 86:75

Spain opened win count at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Germany in Group A tonight. Guillermo Hernangomez (206-C-94) stepped up with 14 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
Germany got to an aggressive start. They fired 25 points in the opening quarter to post a 5-point lead. Spain however reacted with a storming second quarter. They unleashed 26 points to erase the deficit and secured a 46:39 halftime advantage. Spain limited Germany to 11 points in the third term gaining a 12-point lead before the final stanza. Germany poured in 25 points in the fourth term but Spain lived up to the challenge and sealed the victory at the end. Alberto Diaz (190-PG-94) and Oriol Pauli (195-G-94) provided 11 points each for the winners. Gavin Schilling (205-PF-95) dropped 16 points for Germany. Paul Zipser (201-PG-94) had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Spain U18: Guillermo Hernangomez 14, Alberto Diaz 11, Oriol Pauli 11
Germany U18: Gavin Schilling 16, Paul Zipser 11



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Ikaros inks Senegalese Mouhammad Faye - by Eurobasket News

Ikaros announced signing of Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) for the upcoming season. The Senegalese big guy spent the last one with French ProA team Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. He appeared 28 times in the league collecting 12 ppg and 5 rpg. Before Hyeres -Toulon, Faye played one season for the NBA D-League team Rio Grande Valley Vipers. With them he had 10.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 55 games. The Vipers reached D-League Finals and Faye was named USBasket.com All-D-League Import Player of the Year -11. It was the first professional season for Mouhammad Faye, who graduated at Southern Methodist University two years ago.
Mouhammad Faye is active member of the Senegalese National Team since 2007. The player exploded at 2011 AfroBasket in Madagascar with 21.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.4 apg for 7 games. He was the top scorer of the competition and was named Africabasket.com All-African Championships Best Forward -11.



Peristeri brings in rookie G Verdell Jones III - by Eurobasket News

Verdell Jones III (195-G-89) will start his professional basketball career in Greece. The American guard signed a deal with Peristeri. Jones III graduated at the University of Indiana few months ago. He had 7.5 ppg, 3.2 apg and 2.9 rpg for his school in 30 games as a senior. They reached NCAA Sweet 16 together. The best stats with Indiana Verdell Jones III had in his sophomore season. At that time the player averaged 14.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists for 31 games. He was awarded with All-Big Ten Honorable Mention -10.

"It's a great feeling," said Verdell Jones III for the Indiana Hoosiers web site. "First of all just to be back on the floor playing again means a lot to me. And then to be able to play professionally on the top level is even better."

"We had a couple other teams in Switzerland and Holland and places like that that were interested but this team contacted my agent and were very interested," said Jones. "They are one of the top teams in Europe so we felt it was a great opportunity.''



Ashton Gibbs heads to Panionios - by Eurobasket News

Ashton Gibbs (187-PG-90, college: Pittsburgh) will play in Greece next season. The guard will start his pro career in Panionios. Ashton Gibbs graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. He tallied 15.5 points, 2.4 boards and 2.2 assists per game in his senior season. The guard made it into All-NCAA D1 3rd Team. He also earned All-Big East Honourable Mention. Ashton Gibbs participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this summer. He notched 19.7 points, 4.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game at the tourney. He made it into All-Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Team. Ashton Gibbs was the member of USA U19 National Team. He also played for USA University National Team in 2011.


U18 European Championship: Justas Tamulis leads Lithuania past Greece - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18 - Greece U18 71:66

Lithuania earned the initial win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Greece in Group B opener for both teams. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 27 points to pace the hosts.
Greece got to a slightly better start. The Hellenes earned an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania picked up the tempo in the second term. The hosts cut the distance to a single point at halftime 34:33. Lithuania finally pulled ahead in the third quarter. They went on a 14:2 run to take a 6-point advantage. Lithuania ensured a 54:50 lead heading into the fourth frame. The Hellenes unloaded a barrage of three-pointers in the final stanza but Lithuania survived the challenge and Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) and Justas Tamulis sealed the victory for the Baltic team. Augustinas Jankaitis (202-F/C-94) had 13 points, while Marius Grigonis added 11 points for the winners. Dimitrios Agravanis (201-SF-94, agency: FCM) responded with 22 points and 12 rebounds for Greece. Alexandros Mitsialos (200-PF-94) had 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania U18: Justas Tamulis 27, Augustinas Jankaitis 13, Marius Grigonis 11
Greece U18: Dimitrios Agravanis 22+12 boards, Alexandros Mitsialos 13



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Czech Republic edged Holland 76-63 - by Fred Roggen

The Czech Republic registered the second win in the preliminary tournament in Chomutov. The Czech overcame Netherlands 76:63. Tomas Satoransky (200-G-91) stepped up with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Holland opened the game with a 11-8 run, but the Czech eked out a narrow 23-20 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. The hosts managed to ensure a 2-point lead at the interval 35-33. The Czech squad stunned Holland right after the big break. The Czech side outscored their opponents 23-15 in the third frame to boost the gap at 10-point mark with one quarter remaining. The Czech withheld a comeback pressure from Holland to clinch the second win in a row at the tournament 76-63. Tomas Satoransky (200-G-91)y notched 16 points, Petr Welsch (184-G-76) added 15 points, while Lubos Barton (202-F/G-80, college: Valparaiso) scored 12 points in the victory. Francisco Elson (212-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California) answered with 12 points for Holland. Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Sean Cunningham (188-PG-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Cal-Riverside) netted 10 points in the losing effort.



Netherlands B-team outscored University of Virginia 82-73 - by Fred Roggen

The loss gave the Cavaliers a split in the two games against the Dutch side. The Cavaliers started strong in the first 10-minute period, taking an early 9-0 lead. The Netherlands rallied late in the period with a 9-1 run of their own over the last two minutes to take an 18-17 lead. Virginia made only three field goals in the first quarter, but went 11-13 from the line in the opening period. The Dutch extended their lead with a 16-2 run in the second quarter, fueled by 3-pointers on three straight possessions, as they took a 45-29 lead. That advantage was 14 points at halftime, with the home side leading 49-35. The third quarter saw the Netherlands B Team extend its lead to 20 points, taking a 66-46 advantage after 30 minutes.
In the final quarter the Cavaliers outscored the Dutch 27-16 to bring the final margin to nine points, at 82-73.
Stefan Mladenovic (190-G-90, agency: Court Side) and Gerald Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tenn-Martin) each scored 15 points to lead the Netherlands B Team, while Kenrick Zondervan (206-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Florida) added 14 points.
The Cavaliers were led by Joe Harris (198-G), who scored a game-high 23 points. Jontel Evans (177-PG-90) added 14 points while Mike Tobey and Akil Mitchell (200-F-92) each scored 12 points.





U18 European Championship: Portugal and Netherlands open Group D with 2 OTs - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U18-Portugal U18 79:85 2 OT

Portugal and Netherlands open Group D with 2 overtimes. The Portuguese team grabbed 85:79 win in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship in Division B.
It was the most interesting game of the first day. At first Portugal started with 20-17 and then Pedro Bastos (184-PG-94) scored for 33:30 at the halftime. Portugal led in the whole third period and had 51:48, while Guimaraes increased to 53:48 early in the fourth. Mike Schilder (185-PG-94, agency: Court Side) meanwhile tied the game at the end of the fourth period for 68:68. The teams scored 7 points each in the first extra time, but then Portugal dominated the last five minutes for the victory.
Pedro Bastos stepped up with 21 points to lead all the winners and Joao Grosso (196-F-94) nailed 17. Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) poured in 15, while Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) added 10. Mike Schilder answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Shane Hammink (198-F-94) delivered 18. Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) posted 12, while Thomas Veenhoven (184-PG-94) had 10.

Netherlands U18: Mike Schilder 22, Shane Hammink 18, Maarten Bouwknecht 12, Thomas Veenhoven 10
Portugal U18: Pedro Bastos 21, Joao Grosso 17, Diogo Ventura 15, Isaias Insaly 10



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Slovenia edge Hungary in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia-Hungary 79:70

Slovenia edge Hungary in Belgrade in the start of the second day of the Trofej Beograda 2012. Slovenian team finished third after 79:70 win. Hungarian team meanwhile fell at 0-2 record on the fourth place.
Slovenia started with 20-13 and added 21-18 in the second frame. Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) started the third period for 41:33, while Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group)%20Andras&AgencyNm=TSS Management">TSS Management) closed a run for 41:38. Moreover Horvath tied the game at 43:43 midway through the third period, but Hungary could not taste the lead. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) made two free throws for 61:50 and Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) scored for 69:63. Again Gasper Vidmar and Peter Lorant exchanged the baskets for 71:66 and later Slovenia produced a 5-0 run for 10-point advantage. Lorbek scored for 79:67, while Peter Lorant made three free throws at the end of the game for the final result.
Zoran Dragic top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Gasper Vidmar notched 14. Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) delivered 12, Jaka Blazic (193-G-90) had 11 and Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) poured in 10. Peter Lorant finished the game with 13 points in the losing effort and Obie Trotter collected 12. David Vojvoda (194-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) and Adam Hanga notched 11 points each in defeat.

Slovenia: Zoran Dragic 19, Gasper Vidmar 14, Miha Zupan 12, Jaka Blazic 11, Luka Rupnik 10
Hungary: Peter Lorant 13, Obie Trotter 12, David Vojvoda 11, Adam Hanga 11



U18 European Championship: Scotland and Hungary open Sarajevo campaign - by Eurobasket News

Scotland-Hungary 44:76

Scotland and Hungary open Sarajevo campaign in Division B of the U18 European Championship. The Hungarian side grabbed 76:44 win in Group A opener.
Sim gave Scotland their first lead and as it became known later in the game, the lead was the last. Hungary took control of the game and took 26:9 when Barnabas Kovacs (194-SG-94) closed the first period. Scotland looked better in the second period and managed to reduce to 6 points. Molnar and Coloman meanwhile scored for 39:29 at the end of the half. Hungary added 17-11 in the third period and then added massive 20-4 in the last stanza. Papp scored the final points for the winning side.
Benedek Varadi (194-G/F-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Barnabas Kovacs netted 14. Kristof Bognar (206-C/F-94) delivered 8 and Kristof Simon (183-PG-94) had 7. Matthew Wilcox (196-PF-94) replied with 14 points in the losing effort, while Jack Nicholson (180-SG-94) scored 11.

Scotland: Matthew Wilcox 14, Jack Nicholson 11
Hungary: Benedek Varadi 20+13 rebs, Barnabas Kovacs 14, Kristof Bognar 8, Kristof Simon 7



Brad Loesing starts his pro career with Pecs - by Levente Szabo

American rookie Brad Loesing (182-G-89) will start his professional career in Hungary with PVSK Pannonpower Pecs after he reached an agreement with the team this week. The 6'0" Point Guard just finished his college career at Wofford where he ran a great senior season leading his team to a 19-13 winning record and a CBI appearance. Brad was selected for the All-Southern Conf. 1st Team and for the All-Southern Conf. Defensive Player of the Year while averaging 14.9ppg, 5.5apg and 1.1spg (FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 79.0%).

After signing veteran big man Anthony Dill and Brad Loesing, PVSK Pannonpower Pecs ha only one more import roster spot to fill.



Calvin Watson signs with Szolnok - by Levente Szabo

American guard Calvin Watson (197-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) will return to Hungary for the next season as he signed a contract with Adriatic League and EuroChallenge participant Szolnoki Olajbanyasz.

The product of the University of North Texas is a well-known player in our country as he played two seasons for Zalakeramia-ZTE KK earlier in his career. In 2009/2010 he was the key player of the team which won the Hungarian Cup and the Hungarian Championship. Calvin averaged that year 17.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.5apg and 2.2spg (FGP: 60.3%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 80.2%) and was selected in the All-Hungarian League 1st Team while he was voted as Import Player of the Year as well as Player of the Year in Hungary. The American guard spent his last season with Romanian Powerhouse BC Mures Targu-Mures where he recorded 15.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg.

The management of Szolnoki Olajbanyasz wanted to sign a proven and experienced guard who will make the team better and will help them to compete on both stages: the Adriatic League and the EuroChallenge. With the addition of Calvin Watson they have one more roster spot to fill.



Montenegrin NT member signed with Sopron - by Tamas Deri

The management of Sopron published yesterday, that the member of the Montenegro National Team Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) agreed with the club. The 22 years old, 208 cm tall big man was under contract with Adriatic League team Buducnost Podgorice the last 3 years but was loaned during the last season to KK Mornar Basket Bar. In 29 games of the Montenegrin League he averaged 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 65.7%, in 12 games of the Balkan League he added 9.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1spg.


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All-Stars Shine at Summer Pro League, Earn NDBL Workouts - by Kip Leonetti

After an exciting 2012 season that saw the Bellingham Slam reign supreme as league champions, in July the International Basketball League activated their partnership and took the IBL All-Stars to participate in the prestigious Southern California Summer Pro League (SPL) in Los Angeles.

The IBL All-Stars, playing five games in six days, finished in fourth place with a 4-1 record. After arriving the same day into Los Angeles, they dropped their first game but went on to win their next four, including a thrilling 89-88 win over Team BTG from Texas, with the Portland Chinooks' Jared Cunningham (6'9''-F-89, college: Cumberlands) hitting the game-winning shot. The All-Stars biggest win came in their third game, a 42-point blowout over NY Elite, with the Bellingham Slam's Paul Hafford (6'4''-G-84, college: Portland St.) leading all scorers with 23 points.

Chehales Tapscott (6'5''-F-90, college: Portland St.), who was named the IBLs Rookie of the Year during the regular season with the Salem Soldiers, ranked third in the SPL in rebounding with 11 boards per game, which was no surprise as he lead the IBL most of the season at 12.7 rebounds per game. The Olympia Reigns Michael Ward (6'4''-G-86, college: Evergreen St.) was also a standout, finishing fourth in assists with 6.2 per game and IBL Championship game competitor Jared Cunningham was tenth in league scoring with 21.6 points per game. All three players were rewarded with SPL All-Star selections, Cunningham named to the first team, Ward and Tapscott named to the second team.

"The value of our partnership with the Summer Pro League has been reflected in the level of competition we participated in, partners, owners, scouts, coaches and agents interest in our athletes, team as well as our league. Led by Head Coach Joe Navarro, the results of a 4-1 record in our first season, three SPL All-Stars and two NBDL team workouts for our IBL All-Star selects with the L.A. D-Fenders and Bakersfield Jam were very positive outcomes. Working closely with our partners, the BJ League, our Nippon Tornadoes also participated with BJ League Executive Director Mr. Abe in attendance. We will continue to expand together as the SPL is the only legacy relationship with the NBA outside of the Summer League in Las Vegas and where athletes and teams are provided with the infrastructure offering high level competition, exposure and opportunity for us all to collaborate. As a partner we are looking forward to the 40th season of the SPL in 2013 with more opportunities being developed in our off seasons," IBL Commissioner Graf shared about the IBL SPL partnership and results of the IBL All-Star team.

While in Los Angeles to participate in the SPL, the IBL All-Stars were noticed and on July 30 invited to work out for LA D-Fenders Assistant Coach Larry Lewis, via NBDL Head Coach of the Year, Eric Musselman, who also coached the NBDL Selects (All-Star Team) at the NBA Summer Pro League in Las Vegas. IBL players who got a look from the L.A. team, which boasted eight NBA call-ups this season, were Chehales Tapscott, Jared Cunningham, Michael Ward, Masaharu Kataoka (6'3''-G-85), Andre Murray (6'2''-G-87, college: Portland St.) and Gjio Bain (7'0''-C-85, college: S.Mississippi).

The following day, July 31, the All-Stars traveled to a very warm Bakersfield for an invitation-only workout with Bakersfield Jam Assistant Coach John Bryant at the Jam's facility. IBL players who got a workout and some one-on-one lessons were Chehales Tapscott, Jared Cunningham, Michael Ward, Gjio Bain and Corey Largent (6'7''-F-80, college: W.Carolina).



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U18 European Championship: Iceland overcame Switzerland in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News

Iceland U18- Switzerland U18 89:71

Iceland overcame Switzerland in Bosnia in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship. Iceland grabbed 89:71 win for 1-0 record in Group C.
Iceland scored the first 9 points in the game and never looked behind after. Elvar Fridriksson (181-PG-94) scored for 11:2 and Dagur Jonsson (188-PG-95) closed the period at 20:13. Iceland added massive 27-15 in the second period and reached 47:28 at the halftime. Iceland managed to keep the difference in the second half, while the Swiss side tried their best to reduce. Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) cut it to 67:51 after three quarters and he also reduced to 9 early in the fourth. Iceland however pushed the tempo for good at the end of the game for 18-point victory.
Martin Hermannsson (190-PG-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Matthias Sigurdarson (185-PG-94) delivered 14. Dagur Jonsson finished the game with 12 points, whilst Elvar Fridriksson and Emil Einarsson (196-SF-94) had 9 apiece. Sebastian Hoch (198-SF-94) and Daniel Andjelkovic poured in 16 points each in defeat. Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) had 12, while Alessandro Verga (191-PF-95) posted 11.

Iceland U18: Martin Hermannsson 21, Matthias Sigurdarson 14, Dagur Jonsson 12, Elvar Fridriksson 9, Emil Einarsson 9
Switzerland U18: Sebastian Hoch 16, Daniel Andjelkovic 16, Branislav Kostic 12, Alessandro Verga 11



U-18 Iceland 89 Switzerland 71 - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Great start for Iceland U-18 National team in Sarajevo today when they beat Switzerland 89-71.
Iceland had a great start and was leading the game from first second to the last.Iceland got a big game from bench players Dagur Jonsson 12 points and Matthias Sigurdarson 14 points bot shooting very well Jonsson 5/6 in fg and Sigurdarson 5/5 in fg. Martin Hermannsson also was hot in shooting 9/13 and leading scorer with 21 points.
Stats.
Elvar Fridriksson 9 pts, 3 reb, 3 assist , fg 2/10
Valur Valsson 9 pts,5 reb, 3 assist fg 3/13
Matthias Sigurdars 14 pts, 3 reb, 2 assist fg 5/5
Dagur Jonsson 12 pts. 3 rebs, 2 assist, fg 5/6
Emil Einarson 9 pts 8 rebs, fg 2/2
Stefan Torfason 5 pts, 3 rebs, fg 2/2
Jens Oskarsson 2 pts, 3 rebs,fg 1/1
Majiec Bakinski 10 pts, 3 rebsm 1 assist fg 2/7
Svavar Stefansson 1 rebound
Martin Hermannson 21 pts, 5 rebsm 4 assist fg 9/13



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  B.Gais N.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 24.4
24.4 
24.3 
22.9 
22.9 
17.9 
17.1 
15.4 
15.2 
14.7 
14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 18.4
18.4 
13.8 
12.9 
12.9 
11.0 
9.5 
8.5 
7.7 
7.7 
7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Robert CLARKE
  11890 K.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
5.2 
5.2 
5.0 
5.0 
4.6 
4.1 
3.9 
3.8 
3.8 
3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.7
3.7 
3.1 
2.8 
2.2 
2.1 
2.0 
1.9 
1.9 
1.9 
1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.7
3.7 
2.2 
2.0 
1.8 
1.7 
1.5 
1.5 
1.4 
1.1 
1.0 


UCD Marian hire Sasa Punosevac - by Eurobasket News

UCD Marian announced the name of the new head coach. They hired Sasa Punosevac to guide the team in the next season. The Serbian specialist is well known in Ireland. He worked with Limerick, Killester and Neptune. Sasa Punosevac also worked in different basketball camps across the country. The Serbian specialist will replace Fran Ryan on the bridge.
Lately Sasa Punosevac worked with Al Hala in Bahrain. He guided the team to Bahrain SuperCup Final. Sasa Punosevac also celebrated Premier League title with the team. He also worked with the Reading Rockets in EBL. Sasa Punosevac was at helm of Irish Women's National Team in 2007.



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Maccabi Rishon Lezion signs American PG Willie Warren - by Eurobasket News

Willie Warren (193-PG-89, agency: Interperformances, college: Oklahoma) will continue his career in Israel. The American point guard signed a 1-year deal with Maccabi Rishon Lezion. He arrives to the club from the NBA D-League team Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Warren joined them in January averaging 13.9 points, 3.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds. In 2010/11, the PG appeared 19 times in the NBA with LA Clippers. He had 1.9 ppg and 1.4 apg. He also played 15 games for the Bakersfield Jam in D-League adding 19.2 ppg, 5.7 apg and 4 rpg. Willie Warren left University of Oklahoma in 2010, after his sophomore season. He had 16.3 ppg, 4.1 apg and 3.3 rpg for the school in 21 games. The LA Clippers selected Warren as 54th overall pick in 2010 NBA draft.


U18 European Championship: England edge Israel in the opener - by Eurobasket News

England U18-Israel U18 71:58

England edge Israel in the opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The winning team started with 71:58 in Sarajevo.
The teams exchanged the lea several times in the opening period before Graham scored for 19:15. Sealine closed the period at 19:18, while the second quarter was fully dominated by England. They led 10 points midway through the period but ended up the half with 37:31. Kingsley Okoroh (213-C-95) scored for 41:31 and Luke Nelson (189-PG-95) brought 46:33. Isaacs later closed the third period for 61:46 and then Kingsley Okoroh kept the difference at 15. Israel managed to win the last period 12-10 and reduced to 13 points.
Luke Nelson top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Elliott Sentance (191-SG-94) as well as Dwayne Orija (193-SG-95) had 11 each. Kingsley Okoroh followed them with 9 points and 10 boards. Egor Koulechov (194-SF-94) erupted with 15 points and the same number of rebounds in defeat. Idan Zalmanson (207-PF-95) had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 11.

England U18: Luke Nelson 16, Elliott Sentance 11, Dwayne Orija 11, Kingsley Okoroh 9+10 rebs
Israel U18: Egor Koulechov 15+15 rebs, Idan Zalmanson 14+12 rebs, Itay Segev 11



Hapoel Jerusalem Ink 1-Year Deal with Swingman Courtney Fells - by David Pick

In what is a surprising under-the-radar acquisition in the 2012-13 Loto League off-seasons, Hapoel Jerusalem penned a guaranteed one-year deal with American high-flying swingman Courtney Fells of Galil/Gilboa, sources with knowledge of the transaction exclusively told Eurobasket.

Fells, who was a restricted free agent, utilized his out clause by paying Galil a buyout of $50,000, according to sources. The 6-foot-6 North Carolina St. grad recorded 12.6 points and 4 rebounds per game in last season's Israeli competition. Fells, a 2012 Balkan League Champion upped his performances in Galil's Balkan battles, playing a more dominant role while contributing 13.3 points per game.

The Mississippi native recently played summer ball for Metros de Santiago of the Dominican Republic.





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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Acea Virtus RM 0-0 
 2. Angelico BI 0-0 
 3. Banco di Sard. 0-0 
 4. Bennet Cantu 0-0 
 5. Bologna 0-0 
 6. Cimberio VA 0-0 
 7. EA7 Emporio MI 0-0 
 8. Enel Brindisi 0-0 
 9. Montepaschi SI 0-0 
 10. Otto Caserta 0-0 
 11. Scavolini PS 0-0 
 12. Sidigas AV 0-0 
 13. Sutor MGR 0-0 
 14. Trenkwalder RE 0-0 
 15. Umana VE 0-0 
 16. Vanoli-Br. CR 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 30: EA7 Emporio MI - Otto Caserta
Sep. 30: Banco di Sard. - Angelico BI
Sep. 30: Scavolini PS - Acea Virtus RM
Sep. 30: Sidigas AV - Sutor MGR
Sep. 30: Vanoli-Br. CR - Bologna
Sep. 30: Trenkwalder RE - Montepaschi SI
Sep. 30: Enel Brindisi - Cimberio VA
Oct. 2: Bennet Cantu - Umana VE

Round 2

Sep. 27: Montepaschi SI - Enel Brindisi


Reyer Venezia extends four players - by Eurobasket News

Reyer Venezia announced signings of Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82), Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.), Tommaso Fantoni (204-F-85, agency: Players Group) and Daniele Magro (208-C/F-87) to 1-year contract extensions.
Szymon Szewczyk arrived to the club last summer from Air Avelino. He had 12 ppg and 5.7 rpg for 35 games.
Timothy Bowers appeared 35 times in SerieA last season collecting 10.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.3 apg. He also joined Venezia last summer, but from Caserta.
Tommaso Fantoni had 6.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 29 games last season. Before Venezia, he played for Casale.
Daniele Magro got a chance in 19 games last season, but he had very limited playing time (1.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg). In 2010/11, Magro was a member of A Dilettanti team Trieste.
Earlier this summer Venezia already signed Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest), Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82, college: Pepperdine) and Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79).



Mens Sana Siena keeps Marco Carraretto and Tomas Ress - by Eurobasket News

Mens Sana Siena announced signing of 2-year contract extensions with Marco Carraretto (197-G-77, agency: Players Group) and Tomas Ress (209-C-80, college: Texas A&M).
Marco Carraretto will play his seventh straight season with Siena. In the latest one he had 4.7 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 41 SerieA games. The player registered 2.2 ppg for 19 Euroleague appearances. Before Siena, Carraretto spent two years with Spanish Breogan. From 2002 to 2004 he played for Acqua Lauretana Biella. Carraretto won six SerieA titles with Siena and four Cup trophies. Last summer the player had 2.2 ppg for 5 games with Team Italy at EuroBasket in Lithuania.
Tomas Ress arrived to Siena in 2007 from Regio Emillia. He had 3.1 ppg and 2.5 rpg last season in SerieA (44 games), plus 4.7 ppg and 1.9 rpg fro 20 Euroleague games. Before Siena and Reggio Emillia, Ress played for Climamio Bologna and Scavolini Pesaro.



Market recap. Rosters and line-ups - by Giovanni Bargna

Montepaschi Siena

Revolution time has come. After six titles in a row Montepaschi Siena is going to face a new challenge with an almost brand-new roster. Two centers needed to complete the change.

Roster
: Kristjan Kangur (201-F-82), Daniel Hackett (198-G-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC), Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86), Marcelus Kemp (195-SG-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada), Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton), Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern), David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.), Marco Carraretto (197-G-77, agency: Players Group), Tomas Ress (209-C-80, college: Texas A&M)

Line-up
: Brown, Hackett, Kemp, Sanikidze, ?
Coach : Luca Banchi
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EA7 Emporio Armani
At its second season the project of Milano seems ready for the title. The roster is already completed.

Roster : Malik Hairston (198-G/F-87, college: Oregon), Nicolo Melli (205-F-91), Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92), Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83, agency: FCM), Jacopo Giachetti (190-PG-83), Omar-Sharif Cook (185-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's), Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama), Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas), David Chiotti (205-C/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico), Gianluca Basile (192-G-75), Rok Stipcevic (184-PG-86), Antonis Fotsis (209-F-81)

Line-up : Cook, Langford, Hairston, Fotsis, Bourousis
Coach : Sergio Scariolo
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Pallacanestro Cantu
After three seasons without big changes Cantu will have a new face next year. An off-the-bench help is still needed on the perimeter.

Roster : Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-PG-85), Jerry Smith (188-PG-87, college: Louisville), Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88), Nicolas Mazzarino (181-PG-75, agency: Players Group), Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86), Jeff Brooks (203-F-89, college: Penn St.), Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon), Marco Cusin (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances), Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket), Alex Tyus (203-F/C-88, college: Florida), Awudu Abass (196-G-93)

Line-up : J. Smith, Aradori, Markoishvili, Leunen, Cusin
Coach : Andrea Trinchieri
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Banco di Sardegna Sassari
Sassari is off an amazing season and going to have its debut in the eurocup. The current roster should be already the definitive one.

Roster : Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul), Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette), Manuel Vanuzzo (203-F-75), Giacomo DeVecchi (196-F-85, agency: Players Group), Brian Sacchetti (200-F-86), Mauro Pinton (185-PG-84, agency: Two Points), Dane Diliegro (204-C-88, college: New Hampshire), Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.), Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's), Tony Easley (206-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Murray St.), Anthony Binetti (186-G-83, college: Seattle Pacific)

Line-up : T. Diener, D. Diener, Thornton, Ignerski, Easley
Coach : Romeo Sacchetti
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Virtus Bologna
An heavy budget reduction is having impacts on the creation of the new roster, but the team seems to be ready to battle in the higher part of the standings anyway. Other deals still to come

Roster
: Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83), Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85), Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92), Jakub Parzenski (212-F/C-91), Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton), Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle)

Line-up : Poeta, ?, ?, Smith, Rocca
Coach : Finelli
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Victoria Libertas Pesaro
No news from Pesaro yet. Only one confirmation so far. Future roster is still unpredictable

Roster : Daniele Cavaliero (188-G-84)
To Be Confirmed : Traini, Flamini
Coach : Ticchi
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Umana Venezia
Venezia was the main actor early in this summer market. They did great and put together a bunch of players that will surely become a very good team soon. No further additions expected.

Roster : Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82), Alvin Young (188-PG-75, college: Niagara), Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's), Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest), Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82, college: Pepperdine), Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79), Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.), Tommaso Fantoni (204-F-85, agency: Players Group), Daniele Magro (208-C/F-87), Francesco Candussi (211-PF-94), Guido Rosselli (198-G-83)

Line-up : Clark, Bowers, Diawara, Szewczyk, Williams
Coach : Mazzon
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Cimberio Varese
Supporters of Varese are having an exciting summer. Coach Vitucci will have the chance to work with a very interesting group of players. No future additions are expected except from Cerella.

Roster : Janar Talts (206-C-83), Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports) Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma), Dusan Sakota (209-SF-86, agency: Beo Basket), Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86), Achille Polonara (203-F-91), Mike Green (185-PG-85, college: Butler), Andrea De De Nicolao (185-PG-91), Erik Rush (197-G/F-88, college: Montana St.), Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC)
To Be Confirmed: Cerella

Line-up : Green, Banks, Ere, Sakota, Dunston
Coach : Francesco Vitucci
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Sidigas Avellino
Very few extensions (only Linton Johnson actually) but the goal is making interesting deals on the market. And they seem on the right way.
Other deals or confirmations should be announced.

Roster : Dwight Hardy (188-PG-87, college: St.John's), Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.), Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA), Linton Johnson, Ndudi Ebi
To Be Confirmed : M. Green, Spinelli

Line-up : ?, Hardy, Richardson, Dragovic, Johnson
Coach : Valli
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Vanoli Braga Cremona
Lots of changes in the roster of Cremona. Good players and team chemistry to work on for coach Caja. Roster seems already completed.

Roster : Aaron Johnson, Lance Harris (195-G-84, college: Kansas St.), Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85, college: Texas Tech), Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence), Janis Porzingis (201-F-82, agency: Interperformances), Fabio Ruini (186-G-80), Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso), Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86), Roberto Cazzaniga (205-F/C-78)



Line-up : Johnson, Jackson, Harris, Huff, Stipanovic
Coach : Attilio Caja

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Angelico Biella
Chrysikopoulos was confirmed. Others will be new faces in Biella. A Small Forward still has to come.

Roster : Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos, Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket), Tommaso Raspino (196-G-89, agency: Players Group), Russell Robinson (185-G-86), Julian Mavunga (203-F-90, college: Miami, OH), Craig Brackins (208-F-87, college: Iowa St.), Ramone Moore (193-G-89, college: Temple)

Line-up : Robinson, Moore, ?, Mavunga, Brackins
Coach: Cancellieri

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Acea Roma
Roma keeps Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) and change all of the rest. Work in progress.

Roster : Luigi Datome, Bobby Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington), Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group), Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-PG-88, agency: Two Points), Jordan Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB) (185-PG-89, college: Wisconsin)

Line-up : Donell Taylor, ?, Datome, Jones, ?
Coach : Marco Calvani

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Sutor Montegranaro
Lots of new players also for Montegranaro. The management is still looking for a small forward.

Roster : Fabio Di Bella, Zachary Andrews (203-F/C-85, college: Bradley), Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83), Ronald Steele (187-PG-86, agency: SportsTalent, college: Alabama), Kyle Jackson, Christian Burns (203-F-85, college: Philadelphia), Valerio Mazzola (205-F/C-88)

Line-up : Steele, Cinciarini D., ?, Burns, Andrews
Coach : Carlo Recalcati

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Juve Caserta
Caserta is doing good on the market. Good players already signed and a center still to come.

Roster : Giuliano Maresca (192-G-81), Salvatore Parrillo (190-SG-92), Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: Beo Basket), Stefano Gentile, Nic Wise (178-PG-87, college: Arizona), Andrea Michelori (202-F-78), Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico), Zygimintas Jonusas (200-F-82)

Line-up : Wise, Chatfield, Jonusas, Jelovac, ?
Coach : Stefano Sacripanti

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Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia
Some additions and the chance to count on many players from last years roster. Back to the SerieA Reggio Emilia will try to compete at a good level counting on an interesting and solid roster.

Roster : Riccardo Cervi (215-C-91), Michele Antonutti (202-G/F-86), Donatas Slanina (192-G-77), Demian Filloy (198-F-82, agency: Interperformances), Donell Taylor, Dawan Robinson, Andrea Cinciarini, Greg Brunner (201-C/F-83, college: Iowa), Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances)

Line-up : Robinson, Taylor, Slanina, Filloy D., Brunner
Coach : Menetti

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Enel Brindisi
Just as Reggio Emilia Brindisi gets to the SerieA keeping some players and adding some others. A shooting guard should be added soon.

Roster : Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket), Andrea Zerini (200-F-88), Klaudio Ndoja (200-G/F-85), Jonathan Gibson (182-PG-87, college: N.Mexico St.), Matteo Formenti (194-G-82), Robert Fultz (189-PG-82, agency: Interperformances), A. Robinson, Jeffrey Viggiano (197-F-84, college: Massachusetts), Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89, college: Clemson), Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87, college: Villanova)


Line-up : Reynolds, ?, Viggiano, Robinson, Grant
Coach : Bucchi




Line-ups are a prediction based on deals announced and players positions. Further roster additions and coaches decisions couldnt be considered.



Roberto Cazzaniga inks with Vanoli Cremona - by Eurobasket News

Roberto Cazzaniga (205-F/C-78) inks with Vanoli Cremona for 2012/2013 seaosn. The Italian 1978 year born player moves from Paul Mitchell Pavia.
He started his career in 1994-1995 for Varese and then in 1998-1999 played for Sony Milan (A1). Later he played for Varese Roosters (A1), Sacil HLB Pavia (Lega2), Univer Castelletto Ticino and Bistefani Casale Monferrato. In 2005-2006 moved back to Vanoli Soresina (B1, starting five) and averaged 6.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 15.8%, FT: 78.1%.
In 2006-2007 for Vanoli Soresina (Lega2) his stats read 4.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1spg and in 2007-2008 showed 3.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1spg. In 2008-2009 moved to UCC Casalpusterlengo (A dilettanti, starting five) and averaged 6.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.9%. In 2010-2011 appeared Roberto Cazzaniga for Copra Morpho Piacenza (A dilettanti, starting five) and after 35 games had 8.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT-2 (56.7%), FT: 70.4%.The last season he played for Paul Mitchell Pavia (Nazionale A, starting five) and had 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5spg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg), FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 22.5%, FT: 79.5%.



Zygimintas Jonusas inks with Juve Caserta - by Eurobasket News

Zygimintas Jonusas (200-F-82) inks with Juve Caserta for the upcoming season. The Italian team officially announced the signing of Jonusas to a two-year deal.
Last season he played 32 games: 13.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 74.7%. He can produce points in many different ways, can go by his defender and get to the rim for the lay-up or the deadly pass and gets to the free throw line, where he shots a high percentage shows that he isnt only an excellent three point shooter, but very versatile. He showed last season, that he became one of the teams most dependable scorers.

He came to Phoenix Hagen in February 2010 ending the season in Germany playing 13 games: 8.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 69.0%. 'Zygi brings the experience and game knowledge. He is hard to defend, consistent and a real identity figur for our fighting mentality. He is a big option on offense at the three or four position', stated Phoenix Hagen head coach Ingo Freyer . Jonusas will play his 6th season in the Beko BBL and looks back to three successful years with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven after already getting valuable basketball experience playing in the Polish league at age 20. (source Hagen team)

In 2011-2012 for Phoenix Hagen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five) his stats read 14.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 71.2%.



U18 European Championship: Italy give Denmark warm welcome in Division A - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18 - Denmark U18 86:63

Italy registered the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Division A newcomers Denmark in Group B. Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) and Simone Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) posted 14 points each to lead the winners.
Italy set the tone early in the game. The Azzurri quickly cleared off to a 15-point lead. Italy unloaded 26 points in the second quarter to ensure a 52:27 halftime lead. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 73:41 buffer at the final intermission. Denmark sweetened the pill with a 22:13 rally in the fourth stanza. Matteo Imbro (192-PG-94) netted 13 points, while Laquintana added 12 points for the winners. Peter Moeller (186-PG-94) responded with 13 points for Denmark. Jacob Jensen (210-C-94) had 11 points in the loss.

Italy U18: Mirco Turel 14, Simone Fontecchio 14, Matteo Imbro 13
Denmark U18: Peter Moeller 13, Jacob Jensen 11



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Anatoly Bose signs with BC Astana - by Eurobasket News

Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nicholls St.) signs with BC Astana for the upcoming season. He was named to the All-Australia High School squad in 2006 while averaging 22.5 points and 12.8 rebounds per contest in his senior campaign. For his efforts, his team voted him MVP his senior year. Also, he was selected to play for the All-Australian Under-19 team in 2006, and received invites to the Nike Basketball Camp in Asia in 2007 and the Big Time Tournament in Los Angeles, CA in 2005. An academic honor student in 2006, Bose will be one of five players on the team of foreign origins.
Anatoly is a tall forward who love to shoot from the outside, great shooting skills, solid rebounder. He helped New South Wales to claim the Gold medal in the 2007 U20 Nationals. A guard - forward has a great future at the 3 position thanks to his unbelievable 3 pts shooting accuracy and his great ball handling and court vision; runs the court well, plays together his team-mates, both tall and shost as he does the pick-en-roll very well in duo situations, receiver and contributor. Anatoly has huge NBA prospects; some coaches in Oceania say that he reminds a lot of Stojakovic and that he is much better than many other forwards currently in the NBA. He was voter over and above Andrew Ogilvy in the Australian MVP player voting.

In 2011 Anatoly Bose participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) and showed 6.5ppg, 3.5rpg. In 2011-2012 moved to Sydney Kings (Australia-NBL, starting five) and had 15.5ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 67.6%.



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U18 European Championship: Latvia hold off France - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - France U18 58:54

Latvia celebrated the opening win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia and Lithuania. The hosts shot down France in Group C. Davis Geks (183-SG-95) scored 17 points to pace the winners.
Latvia jumped to an early lead. The hosts accumulated a 14:10 lead after ten minutes. France stiffened their defence in the second quarter. They got within a single point at halftime 26:25. Benjamin Sene (186-PG-94) drained back-to-back triples midway through the third term to put Les Bleus in front. But Latvia returned the lead and secured a 43:39 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. France and Latvia stayed neck and neck throughout the final quarter. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) brought France within two points with 43 seconds remaining but Elvis Endzels (180-G-94) converted two free throws late in regulation and sealed the victory for the home side. Elvis Endzels posted 13 points, while Rolands Smits (202-C-95) added 7 points for Latvia. Benjamin Sene responded with 13 points for France. Mouhammadou Jaiteh had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia U18: Davis Geks 17, Elvis Endzels 13, Rolands Smits 7
France U18: Benjamin Sene 13, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 10



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Chester Giles stays in Bahrain, Jarrid Famous in the National Team - by Rabih Khoury

After not answering Champville management and Lebanese NT coach Ghassan Sarkis in the last week, both Champville and the NT drop interest in Chester Giles after it was shown that he have a contract in Bahrain for the next season. Jarrid Famous (210-C/F-88, college: S.Florida) will arrive tomorrow to Lebanon to join the NT for Jones Cup and Stankovich, while Champville remain with 1 foreigner until now which is Reyshawn Terry waiting to sign a new player or keep Garnett Thompson.


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U18 European Championship: Justas Tamulis leads Lithuania past Greece - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18 - Greece U18 71:66

Lithuania earned the initial win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Greece in Group B opener for both teams. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 27 points to pace the hosts.
Greece got to a slightly better start. The Hellenes earned an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania picked up the tempo in the second term. The hosts cut the distance to a single point at halftime 34:33. Lithuania finally pulled ahead in the third quarter. They went on a 14:2 run to take a 6-point advantage. Lithuania ensured a 54:50 lead heading into the fourth frame. The Hellenes unloaded a barrage of three-pointers in the final stanza but Lithuania survived the challenge and Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) and Justas Tamulis sealed the victory for the Baltic team. Augustinas Jankaitis (202-F/C-94) had 13 points, while Marius Grigonis added 11 points for the winners. Dimitrios Agravanis (201-SF-94, agency: FCM) responded with 22 points and 12 rebounds for Greece. Alexandros Mitsialos (200-PF-94) had 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania U18: Justas Tamulis 27, Augustinas Jankaitis 13, Marius Grigonis 11
Greece U18: Dimitrios Agravanis 22+12 boards, Alexandros Mitsialos 13



Zygimintas Jonusas inks with Juve Caserta - by Eurobasket News

Zygimintas Jonusas (200-F-82) inks with Juve Caserta for the upcoming season. The Italian team officially announced the signing of Jonusas to a two-year deal.
Last season he played 32 games: 13.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 74.7%. He can produce points in many different ways, can go by his defender and get to the rim for the lay-up or the deadly pass and gets to the free throw line, where he shots a high percentage shows that he isnt only an excellent three point shooter, but very versatile. He showed last season, that he became one of the teams most dependable scorers.

He came to Phoenix Hagen in February 2010 ending the season in Germany playing 13 games: 8.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 69.0%. 'Zygi brings the experience and game knowledge. He is hard to defend, consistent and a real identity figur for our fighting mentality. He is a big option on offense at the three or four position', stated Phoenix Hagen head coach Ingo Freyer . Jonusas will play his 6th season in the Beko BBL and looks back to three successful years with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven after already getting valuable basketball experience playing in the Polish league at age 20. (source Hagen team)

In 2011-2012 for Phoenix Hagen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five) his stats read 14.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 71.2%.



Vaidas Trepocka joins Mazeikiai - by Eurobasket News

Mazeikiai strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Vaidas Trepocka (200-F-80, agency: Court Side). The forward spent the previous season with S. Marciulionio Vilnius. He tallied 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in NKL. Vaidas Trepocka also played for Leidykla Siaures Lietuva in VMKS A Lyga. Previously the forward had stints with Panevezys, Rasai Raseiniai, Juventus, Suduva-Arvi.


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U18 European Championship: Czech Republic pip Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U18- Luxembourg U18 79:69

Czech Republic pip Luxembourg at the start of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Czechs started with 79:69 in Group B opener.
The first period was tough for both sides as they stayed close to each other. Luxembourg grabbed 25:23 at the end of the period and did not give up. Czech Republic managed to win the second frame 25-20 and took 48:45 lead at the halftime. Truhlar and Karel Ausprunk (200-F-94) scored for 57:52 and Festr brought 61:54. Karel Ausprunk meanwhile closed the frame at 63:54 with 10 minutes to go. Karel Ausprunk added narrow 16-15 in the last stanza for the final success.
Karel Ausprunk paced all the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) had 19. Petr Herman (204-PF-94) ended up with 8 points and Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) scored 7. Jo Hoeser (193-F-94) replied with 25 points in the losing effort. Kevin Moura (182-PG-94) chipped in with 12 and Thomas Grun (194-PG-95) scored 11.

Czech Republic U18: Karel Ausprunk 23+13 rebs, Radovan Kouril 19, Petr Herman 8, Prokop Slanina 7
Luxembourg U18: Jo Hoeser 25, Kevin Moura 12, Thomas Grun 11



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U18 European Championship: Montenegro with the narrow win over Finland - by Eurobasket News

Finland U18-Montenegro U18 71:76

Montenegro grabbed a narrow win over Finland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Montenegrin side celebrated a 76:71 win in Day 1.
It was a game of two different halves. Finland looked better in the first period and won the first quarter 20:15. Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) increased the lead to 15 points, but Finland could not win. Milos Pajovic (205-C-94) reduced to 38:33 at the halftime and then the second half belonged to Montenegro. The latter trailed 5 points at the end of the third period, however needed a strong last quarter to seal the victory. Vukovic nailed three at the end of the game for the final success.
Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) stepped up with 20 points and Milos Pajovic notched 17. Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) delivered 9, while Masan Vrbica (187-G-94) added 7. Joonas Lehtoranta (185-SG-94) replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Julius Rajala had 14. Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) and Niko Mattila (191-SG-94) followed them with 9 points each.

Finland U18: Joonas Lehtoranta 18, Julius Rajala 14, Oskar Michelsen 9, Niko Mattila 9
Montenegro U18: Milija Mikovic 20, Milos Pajovic 17, Luka Djurovic 9, Masan Vrbica 7



Clavijo signs guard Nikola Rakocevic - by Eurobasket News

Clavijo reinforced its roster at position two. The Spanish LEB Gold team signed a deal with Nikola Rakocevic (192-G-91) for the next season. The Montenegrin guard is not a new face in the league as he spent 2011/12 with Navarra. For 37 games he averaged 6.7 points and 1.7 rebounds. He helped Navarra to reach the Playoff Semifinals. Before Navarra, Nikola Rakocevic played one year for EBA team Monte Ducav Olivar. There he shined with 12.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.2 apg. He started 2010/11 season with CAI Zaragoza, but he appeared just once for the club. In 2009/10, Rakocevic played for European Basketball College Majadahonda. With them the guard collected 16.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 30 appearances in EBA. In the past, he played for Real Madrid juniors.


SAM Massagno Basket keeps Montenegrin C Danilo Mitrovic - by Eurobasket News

Danilo Mitrovic (208-C/F-84) will stay in Switzerland for at least one more year. The Montenegrin big guy signed contract extension with his team SAM Massagno Basket. With this signing SAM Massagno completed its roster for the 2012/13 season. Mitrovic arrived to the club in January this year. He appeared 15 times in LNA averaging 16.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals. The player was named to Eurobasket.com Swiss LNA All-Bosmans Team -12. In 2009, Danilo Mitrovic won the title in FYROM. He was a member of Rabotnicki and they also reached Balkan League Finals. In the past, Mitrovic played for Mogren Budva and Ulcinj. He also has experience from Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje.


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The Lakers Add Dwight Howard (ESPN Reporting it's nearly complete) - by Daniel Gibson

ESPN is reporting that a four team trade is very near completion and will most likely be made official tomorrow. The center piece of the trade is Dwight Howard who's regarded by most as the most dominating center in the game today.

Andrew Bynum would be heading east to join the Philadelphia 76ers along with Jason Richardson from the Magic. The Sixers would send their All-Star and Olympian, Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets. The Orlando Magic would get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikolo Vucevic and future picks.

The Dwight Howard saga is finally over after months and months of conversation and rumors. Howard wouldn't commit to wanting to leave Orlando or having a desire to stay, at least publicly. Reports surfaced numerous times of him wanting to go to Brooklyn with Deron Williams to play for the Nets. Howard's been quiet since his season ended with an injury and he underwent surgery but that never stopped the rumors from circulating.

The Lakers were able to keep Pau Gasol and also add Steve Nash to join forces with Kobe Bryant and Howard. Bryant's nearing the end of his career but has made it known his goal is to tie and ultimately pass Michael Jordan in championships. These new additions the team will add some time to Bryant's career because he won't feel the need to dominate the ball or run the offense with such a talented supporting cast. He'll now be able to pick his spots and defer to All-Stars and future Hall of Famers.

When/if this trade is made official, the balance of power in the Western Conference may have shifted.



Josh Childress reportedly has interest from Wizards, Lou Amundson eyed by Knicks and Bobcats - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns unrestricted free agent Josh Childress (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Stanford) has reportedly caught the interest of the Washington Wizards, according to a tweet on Tuesday afternoon from Michael Lee of The Washington Post.

Childress played in only 34 games last season for the Suns before amnestied by the team in July. He scored 2.9 points and grabbed 2.8 rebounds in 14 minutes per game last season.

Despite averaging nearly 12 points and five rebounds per game in 2007-08, Childress made a move to Greece in summer 2008 to play for the Olympiacos team for two seasons. He made $6 million with the Suns last season and was owed $13 million over the next two seasons before he was cut under the Suns amnesty clause this summer.

If picked up for a veterans minimum, Childress could provide a lanky, low-cost perimeter player off the bench if the Wizards end up starting their recently acquired swingman Trevor Ariza.

One player who may follow in Childress footsteps is Indiana Pacers unrestricted free agent Louis Amundson (6'9''-F/C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: UNLV), who is reportedly in talks to sign with a team in Greece. But according to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports, its unlikely Amundson will go to Greece. He is instead looking at the New York Knicks or Charlotte Bobcats:

Panathinaikos has been mentioned as a possibility but the Amundson camp is wary about how Josh Childress game fell off after he went to play in Greece and returned to the NBA.

Amundson, who made $2.7 million last season, is looking for another salary in the ballpark of $3 million. The Knicks, under their current roster, would not be able to afford him. He averages over 10 rebounds per 36 minutes, so the team that does pick him up will get a cost-effective upgrade to their rebounding.

Michael Lee
@MrMichaelLee Probably a long shot, but #wizards are among a handful of teams that have expressed interest in Josh Childress, according to a source

Courtesy of http://tracking.si.com



Nigerian player Chamberlain Oguchi drawing interest from NBA teams - by Eurobasket News

After leaving college basketball in 2009, Nigerian national team player Chamberlain Oguchi (6'6''-SG-86, college: Illinois St.) has been the ultimate basketball journeyman, bouncing from professional leagues in Lebanon, Venezuela, Mexico, and the Philippines. It seemed he would come and go out of these Olympic Games without much notice.

That was before Oguchi scored 35 points in Nigeria's final preliminary round game, a 79-73 loss to France. Suddenly, several NBA teams are inviting him to training camp on nonguaranteed deals, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Several teams had front-office executives in London for the performance, where Oguchi made eight of his fourteen 3-point attempts. Most see value in the versatile 6-foot-6 swingman, who could be had on a rookie-scale contract.

Oguchi, 26, played high school basketball in Houston before enrolling at Oregon and Illinois State. He played 31 games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Developmental League in 2010-11, averaging 10 points per game.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports



Milwaukee Bucks sign Joel Przybilla - by Eurobasket News

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free-agent center Joel Przybilla (7'1''-C-79, college: Minnesota), General Manager John Hammond announced today.

Przybilla, 32, returns to Milwaukee for his second stint with the Bucks after beginning his career with the franchise. The ninth overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft by Houston, Przybilla was dealt to Milwaukee in a draft-night deal in exchange for Jason Collier and a future first-round pick. He would go on to play three-plus seasons with the Bucks, averaging 1.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 141 games. Pryzbilla left Milwaukee as part of a three-team trade in 2004 that sent him to Atlanta and Tim Thomas to New York in exchange for Keith Van Horn.

A 12-year veteran in the NBA, Przybilla has averaged 4.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 580 career games split between Milwaukee, Atlanta, Portland and Charlotte. Przybilla has made three playoff appearances during his career (2001 and 2003 with Milwaukee; 2009 with Portland), and owns career postseason averages of 2.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Report: Possible four-team trade in works for Dwight Howard - by Eurobasket News

Move over Olympics, Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) trade talk is back.

The Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets are reportedly engaged in four-way trade talks that would send Dwight Howard to the Lakers, according to a Yahoo! Sports report, but a deal is not "imminent."

From the Yahoo! Sports report:

There are multiple moving parts in the fluid talks, but the framework of a possible deal includes Howard and Denver forward Al Harrington going to the Lakers, Philadelphia guard Andre Iguodala going to the Nuggets, Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum moving to the 76ers, and Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol and Denver guard Arron Affalo going to the Magic, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Magic would have a better chance of moving Gasol in another deal to get further assets, sources said, and eliminate the risk of Bynum leaving them as a free agent in 2013. Nevertheless, there was still a sense that Gasol's and Bynum's destinations could be fluid in the talks. Either way, one would go to Orlando and the other to Philadelphia, sources said.

The proposed deal includes the Magic also gaining draft picks and salary-cap relief, sources said.

Howard, 26, is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and averaged 20.6 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 54 games last season.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



Orlando Magic sign Kyle O'Quinn - by Eurobasket News

The Orlando Magic announced Thursday that they've signed rookie big man Kyle O'Quinn (6'10''-F-90, college: Norfolk St.).. The team declined to disclose details of the deal, but Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports it's for three seasons and a total of $2.5 million, though only the first season is guaranteed.

Orlando selected O'Quinn with the 49th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Norfolk State senior earned Lou Henson honors as the nation's top mid-major player and was named the MEAC Player of the Year, as he averaged 15.9 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks in 36 appearances. O'Quinn twice won the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year award.

O'Quinn made his Magic debut at the Orlando Pro Summer League in July, posting per-game averages of 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 54.1 percent from the floor.

O'Quinn's deal gives the Magic 13 players with guaranteed contracts for the 2012/13 season. Training-camp invitees Ish Smith and DeAndre Liggins do not have guaranteed deals.

Courtesy of www.orlandopinstripedpost.com



Carmelo Anthony nursing sore hamstring, Knicks send trainer to London - by Eurobasket News

Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) is nursing a sore hamstring and although he maintains hes fine, the New York Knicks have sent a trainer to London to watch over him, according to a tweet Thursday from Frank Isola of The New York Daily News.

Its not certain whether he injured his hamstring on a specific play recently or if its been something that has been nagging him for an extended period of time. He is averaging 17.3 points per game on 53-percent shooting at the Olympics, so it doesnt appear to have a real effect on his game.

His hamstring injury will be monitored by team trainers as the U.S. readies itself for a semifinal match against Argentina on Friday. Anthony took a shot to the groin on Monday from Facundo Campazzo of Argentina, prompting Anthony to say the dirty play was uncalled for.

The winner of U.S.-Argentina will play for the gold in a game against the winner of Russia and Spain in the other semifinal.

Frank Isola
@FisolaNYDN Carmelo is nursing a sore hamstring but says he's fine. Knicks sent one of their own trainers to London to look after him

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Report: NBA players expected to remain in Olympics for 2016 Games - by Eurobasket News

Maybe the disaster hasn't quite been averted yet, but at least it has been postponed.

After recent discussion and rumors that the NBA would pursue a plan to institute a 23-year-old age limit on USA Basketball competitors during the Olympics, SI.com reports on Thursday that NBA players of all ages are expected to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

These Olympics are not expected to bring an immediate end to the "Dream Team'' era of men's basketball, a source told SI.com on Thursday.

The NBA's interest in pursuing an age ceiling for Olympic basketball is "unlikely'' to be instituted in time for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to the source, who has direct knowledge of the talks involving the International Olympic Committee and FIBA, the international ruling body for basketball.

But the source stressed that quick action on an age limitation is highly unrealistic for FIBA. Passage of the new rule will require the ratification of 213 national basketball federations around the world -- the sporting equivalent of the United Nations. The involvement of the IOC will further complicate the talks.

In recent months, NBA commissioner David Stern had discussed a plan that would move all-age eligibility for NBA players to the FIBA World Cup, thereby potentially creating bigger profits for the league and its owners as the International Olympic Committee is not involved in the event.

All-age NBA players, of course, first began competing in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. That squad -- led by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird and christened the "Dream Team" -- has been hailed for its importance in growing the game of basketball globally. The 2012 USA Basketball team -- led by LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84), Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) and Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) -- is currently competing in the 2012 London Olympics and has advanced to the semifinals with a perfect 6-0 record. They are the heavy favorites to defend the gold medal they won during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

So what would a 2016 USA Basketball roster look like?

It would start with James, who could play in his fourth Olympics at the age of 31. Other current team USA veterans like Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse), Deron Williams and Chris Paul could be in the mix. More likely, some of those players would depart and current Team USA youngsters Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Anthony Davis and James Harden would carry the bulk of the weight.

USA Select member Kyrie Irving already looks like a shoe-in and other Select members like John Wall, Derrick Favors, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins would seem to have a shot. Of course, there's also a lengthy list of injury scratches from this season who could still compete next time around: Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Chris Bosh, and LaMarcus Aldridge, to name a few.

In other words, we know this already: as long as everyone is legally allowed to play, regardless of age, USA Basketball will enter the 2016 Olympics in Rio as the heavy favorites.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



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NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. Halifax R. 0-0 
 2. Kebs de Laval 0-0 
 3. London L. 0-0 
 4. Moncton M. 0-0 
 5. Oshawa P. 0-0 
 6. St.John M.R. 0-0 
 7. Summerside S. 0-0 
 8. Windsor Exp. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Nov. 2: Summerside S. - St.John M.R.
Nov. 2: Windsor Exp. - Halifax R.
Nov. 3: St.John M.R. - Kebs de Laval
Nov. 3: London L. - Halifax R.
Nov. 3: Windsor Exp. - Oshawa P.
Nov. 4: Moncton M. - Kebs de Laval


NBL Canada begins Commissioner search - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball League of Canada has officially started their search in appointing a new Commissioner of the League.

The Board of Directors approved Mr. John Kennedy as its first ever Commissioner in the inaugural season of the National Basketball League of Canada in 2011. Unfortunately due to family reasons, he had to step down from the position in April 2012.

To apply, please send resumes to info@nblcanada.ca. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. Below is a list ideal qualifications sought in a candidate:



Ideal Qualifications:

1. Life experiences involving the game of basketball as well as the business of professional basketball.

2. A person who has credibility in the professional basketball world, media and business community.

3. A Canadian with roots in Canada and knowledge of the greater Toronto business community to promote the League to potential sponsors.

4. An independent representative who can visit all teams individually to review access and assist with individual team business plans, staffing and marketing.

5. A communicator who has experience in the media.

6. A commissioner with leadership qualities to lead our League to great heights.

7. A leader who can sell the League to new markets.

8. A Commissioner who will be respected by Canada Basketball, fans, players and owners alike.

9. Experience with sales in complex environments and with negotiating sponsorship contracts

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  NCAA1   


Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel cleared academically by NCAA - by Eurobasket News

Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel (6'11''-C-94) has been cleared academically by the NCAA.

Noel, the 6-foot-11 big man out of Massachusetts who is considered to be the prize of John Calipari's incoming recruiting class, said he received the news on Tuesday morning.

"Sandy Bell called me and woke me up," Noel told CBSSports.com on Wednesday afternoon. "She told me I was good to go. I knew I did it, but I was still nervous waiting on the official word."

There was some concern that Noel might not make it academically after deciding to return to his original graduating class of 2012. He took two classes at Everett High in July and received an A in English and a B-plus in history.

"I needed two B's," Noel said. "I never studied that hard in my life."

Noel will leave for Lexington on Aug. 19 and admitted he isn't anywhere close to game shape due to his focus on academics -- and also working with a group in the Boston area to help mentor at-risk kids.

He admittedly struggled this past week in California at the adidas nations camp, but said it shouldn't take him more than a couple weeks in Kentucky to get back into shape.

"It was frustrating," Noel said of his play. "I just didn't have my wind, but it was all worth it because the focus was to get eligible for this season."

Noel is a member of yet another of Kentucky's top-ranked recruiting class, joining Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Calhoun back home after hip surgery - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun has been released from the hospital following surgery to repair a hip fracture.

The school said Calhoun went home Tuesday afternoon, is in good spirits, and will begin rehabilitation. No timetable has been set for his return to work.

The 70-year-old Hall-of-Famer injured his left hip Saturday in a fall during a bicycle ride near his beach home in Madison and underwent surgery that night to repair the fracture.

Calhoun is 873-380 in 40 seasons as a head coach and has led Connecticut to three NCAA titles. He has said he will announce before the start of fall practice whether he will return for a 27th season at UConn.

He said Monday that the injury will not change his long-term plans.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



Clemson AD Phillips to retire in summer of 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips has announced he will retire next summer.

The university said Thursday that Phillips will stay on until his contract ends in July 2013 to give the school time to conduct a thorough search for his replacement. Phillips came to Clemson from Oklahoma State in 2002.

In Phillips' decade at Clemson, the school has won 13 Atlantic Coast Conference titles. Last year's ACC championship in football was the first in 20 years for the program that once dominated that league.

Men's basketball made it to four NCAA tournaments in a row for the first time.

But some programs like baseball and women's basketball have slipped in the past several years.

Clemson has invested $140 million in its athletics programs since Phillips took over.

Courtes of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



BU standout Jake O'Brien transferring to Temple - by Eurobasket News

Former Boston University basketball standout Jake O'Brien (6'9''-F-89) is transferring to Temple.

The 6-foot-9 forward has one year of eligibility remaining and will be able to play right away. He will be a graduate student at Temple this fall. He chose the Owls over Boston College, Providence and Virginia.

"I chose Temple because of the success of the program and a chance for me to come in right away to contribute and compete for [an opportunity to reach] the NCAA tournament."

OBrien decided to transfer last month because BU was banned from postseason play in the America East Conference after announcing a move to the Patriot League for the 2013-14 season. Without participating in the American East tourney, the Terriers have little to no chance of reaching the upcoming NCAA tournament.

O'Brien was sidelined last season as a medical redshirt after undergoing his second surgery on his left foot. He originally injured his foot during the 2010-11 season.

O'Brien averaged career highs of 13.8 points and 6.4 rebounds as a sophomore. He was the America East rookie of the year as a freshman.

Temple coach Fran Dunphy "is a great coach," said O'Brien, who visited Temple two weeks ago. "After meeting his staff and the players, I knew it was the right fit for me."

Courtesy of www.philly.com



Peristeri brings in rookie G Verdell Jones III - by Eurobasket News

Verdell Jones III (195-G-89) will start his professional basketball career in Greece. The American guard signed a deal with Peristeri. Jones III graduated at the University of Indiana few months ago. He had 7.5 ppg, 3.2 apg and 2.9 rpg for his school in 30 games as a senior. They reached NCAA Sweet 16 together. The best stats with Indiana Verdell Jones III had in his sophomore season. At that time the player averaged 14.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists for 31 games. He was awarded with All-Big Ten Honorable Mention -10.

"It's a great feeling," said Verdell Jones III for the Indiana Hoosiers web site. "First of all just to be back on the floor playing again means a lot to me. And then to be able to play professionally on the top level is even better."

"We had a couple other teams in Switzerland and Holland and places like that that were interested but this team contacted my agent and were very interested," said Jones. "They are one of the top teams in Europe so we felt it was a great opportunity.''



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Nigerian player Chamberlain Oguchi drawing interest from NBA teams - by Eurobasket News

After leaving college basketball in 2009, Nigerian national team player Chamberlain Oguchi (6'6''-SG-86, college: Illinois St.) has been the ultimate basketball journeyman, bouncing from professional leagues in Lebanon, Venezuela, Mexico, and the Philippines. It seemed he would come and go out of these Olympic Games without much notice.

That was before Oguchi scored 35 points in Nigeria's final preliminary round game, a 79-73 loss to France. Suddenly, several NBA teams are inviting him to training camp on nonguaranteed deals, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Several teams had front-office executives in London for the performance, where Oguchi made eight of his fourteen 3-point attempts. Most see value in the versatile 6-foot-6 swingman, who could be had on a rookie-scale contract.

Oguchi, 26, played high school basketball in Houston before enrolling at Oregon and Illinois State. He played 31 games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Developmental League in 2010-11, averaging 10 points per game.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports



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U18 European Championship: Sweden smash Norway in Group C opener - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18-Norway U18 110:55

Sweden smash Norway in Group C opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Swedish players were too much for the Norwegian squad in a 110:55 victory.
Sweden dominated the court and never looked behind in the game. They opened the campaign with 25:15 as Johan Lofberg (199-SG-95) made a jump shot and then Adam Ramstedt (203-SF-95) brought 27:15 early in the second. Niklas Larsson (200-SG-94) increased the lead to 20 points, while Johan Lofberg sent the teams to the lockers at 47:29. The third period was a nightmare for Norway that got 39 points in their basket. Dawit nailed three for 86:41 and then he nailed another one for 96:41. Adam Ramstedt gave Sweden three digit number and Musie brough the final points.
Johan Lofberg and Niklas Larsson top-scored for the winners with 20 points each, while Adam Ramstedt nailed 18. Nicholas Spires (209-F/C-94) followed them with 14 points in a win. Nikola Blatancic (192-F-94) finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort, while Nicholas Seach (180-PG-94) poured in 8.

Sweden U18: Johan Lofberg 20, Niklas Larsson 20, Adam Ramstedt 18, Nicholas Spires 14
Norway U18: Nikola Blatancic 12, Nicholas Seach 8



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SAN JOSE vs. CERRO play tonight second semi final game. - by Santiago Maciel


Tonight at 8:30 pm will be hel at SND ARENA the second game between SAN JOSE and CERRO. Both teams are fighting for the second spot for the FINAL SERIES.
It is good to remember that Libertad had already won the first spot by having won the quodrangular with the record of 5-1.
Tonihgt's game will be very strong played due to the way first game ended. A very polemic end when Elias Sosa (194-F/C-80) stole the ball to Ramon Sanchez (194-F-91) from Deportivo San Jose Asuncion with 4 seconds in the clock that referee Manuel Mongels called a personal foul against Cerro, giving Deportivo San Jose Asuncion 2 free throws that gave the LIGHT Blue team the 1st victory of this semi final series played at the best of three.
Cerro has been improving considerably with new coach Juan Pablo Feliu but still has not reached a game volume to overcome Deportivo San Jose Asuncion who has beaten Cerro 6 times this year.
If Deportivo San Jose Asuncion wins tonight , the LIGHT BLUE team will be the second finalist, reaching the FINALS after 5 seasons. Last time San Jose won a championship was 2006 with coah Horacio Segui and Argentinian power forward Walter Storani in its team.



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  POLAND   


Start Gdynia keeps veterans Grzegorz Mordzak and Tomasz Wojdyla - by Eurobasket News

Start Gdynia announced signing of one-year contract extensions with Grzegorz Mordzak (183-G-77, agency: Promotex) and Tomasz Wojdyla (201-F/C-77).
Grzegorz Mordzak arrived to the club last summer from Asecco Prokom 2. He played 39 games in 1Liga registering 11.3 ppg, 2.8 ap and 2.6 rpg. Start won 1Liga title and will compete in PLK next season. Mordzak was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga 2nd Team -12. Before Start and Asecco Prokom 2, the point guard played for LKS Petrolinvest Lodz and ISS Sportino Inowroclaw.
Tomasz Wojdyla was Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Center of the Year -12. He had 12.2 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 38 games in the league. Wojdyla also played for Asseco Prokom 2 in 2010/11. Before that he was a member of Zastal Zielona Gora.



Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg inks American G Xavier Alexander - by Eurobasket News

Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg reinforced its roster for the next season. The team penned a 1-year deal with American guard Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene). He heads to Poland from the NBA D-League team Tulsa 66ers. Alexander appeared 42 times with them last season averaging 6.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists. It was his first professional deal. Xavier Alexander graduated at Southern Nazarene University (NAIA) something more than a year ago. They reached NAIA D1 Elite Eight in 2010 and Alexander was named to All-NAIA D1 1st Team. He transferred to Southern Nazarene from the George Washington University in 2009. The guard had 3.5 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 13 games with George Washington in 2008/08. He spent two years with them.


Szymon Szewczyk stays in Venezia - by Eurobasket News

Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) will play at least one more year in Italy. The Polish big guy signed contract extension with his team Reyer Venezia. Szewczyk arrived to the club last summer from Air Avelino. He played 35 games in SerieA averaging 12 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Szewczyk was fifth shot blocker of the competition. As mentioned above, from 2009 to 2011 Szymon Szewczyk played for Air Avelino. He shined with 14.1 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 34 games in their second season together. Before Avelino, the player spent two years with Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu. There he had 14.3 ppg and 7.1 rpg for 12 EuroChallenge games in 2008/09. In the past, Szymon Szewczyk was a member of Scafati, Union Olimpija, ALBA Berlin, Braunschweig, Polpharma and Szczecin. He played for the Polish NT at last three European Championships. Last summer in Lithuania he had 11 ppg and 4 rpg for 5 games.


Asseco Prokom adds Piotr Pamula to roster - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom continues with signings for the next season. Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) is the latest addition for the Polish powerhouse. Pamula finished last season with AZS Koszalin. He joined the team in March averaging 12.2 points, 2 rebounds and 1.5 assists. The guard started 2011/12 with AZS Politechnika Warszawa. There he had 12.9 ppg and 1.5 apg for 29 appearances. Piotr Pamula won 1Liga title with AZS Politechnika Warszawa a year ago. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Player of the Year -11. In the past, Pamula played for Polonia 2011 Warszawa.
Piotr Pamula played for the Polish National Team at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania. He had 3 ppg in 4 games at this event.



Jezioro Tarnobrzeg land Xavier Alexander - by Eurobasket News

Jezioro Tarnobrzeg bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene). The guard started his pro career last season. He was drafted by the Tulsa 66ers in D-League. Xavier Alexander notched 6.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in his debut season. Xavier Alexander graduated from the Southern Nazarene University in 2011. The guard earned All-NAIA D1 Honourable Mention in his senior season.


U18 European Championship: Croatia beat Poland in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U18 - Poland U18 86:74

Croatia opened win count at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Poland in Group D opener. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) came up with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge.
Croatia held their opponents to 14 points in the first stanza to take a 5-point lead. The Croats extended the margin in the second quarter. They accumulated a 40:29 halftime lead. Croatia stayed in charge throughout the third term. Dario Saric carried them to a 63:49 lead with ten minutes remaining. Poland outscored their opponents in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss. Mislav Brzoja (194-F/G-94) stepped up with 15 points, while Marin Maric (197-SF-94) added 11 points for the winners. Mikolaj Witlinski (206-PF-95) responded with 18 points for Poland. Dawid Morawiec (186-PG-94) netted 15 points in the loss.

Croatia U18: Dario Saric 29, Mislav Brzoja 15, Marin Maric 11
Poland U18: Mikolaj Witlinski 18, Dawid Morawiec 15



Zielona Gora bring in Quinton Hosley - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet Zielona Gora signed another import player. They agreed on terms of contract with Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.). The forward spent the previous season in Italy. He played for Dinamo Sassari. Quinton Hosley notched 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game in SeriaA. Eurobasket.com named Quinton Hosley into SeriaA All-Defensive Team. Previously the forward had spells for Joventut, Aliaga Petkim, Real Madrid, Galatasaray and Pinar Karsiyaka. Quinton Hosley participated at Turkish All-Star Game in 2008.


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U18 European Championship: Portugal and Netherlands open Group D with 2 OTs - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U18-Portugal U18 79:85 2 OT

Portugal and Netherlands open Group D with 2 overtimes. The Portuguese team grabbed 85:79 win in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship in Division B.
It was the most interesting game of the first day. At first Portugal started with 20-17 and then Pedro Bastos (184-PG-94) scored for 33:30 at the halftime. Portugal led in the whole third period and had 51:48, while Guimaraes increased to 53:48 early in the fourth. Mike Schilder (185-PG-94, agency: Court Side) meanwhile tied the game at the end of the fourth period for 68:68. The teams scored 7 points each in the first extra time, but then Portugal dominated the last five minutes for the victory.
Pedro Bastos stepped up with 21 points to lead all the winners and Joao Grosso (196-F-94) nailed 17. Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) poured in 15, while Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) added 10. Mike Schilder answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Shane Hammink (198-F-94) delivered 18. Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) posted 12, while Thomas Veenhoven (184-PG-94) had 10.

Netherlands U18: Mike Schilder 22, Shane Hammink 18, Maarten Bouwknecht 12, Thomas Veenhoven 10
Portugal U18: Pedro Bastos 21, Joao Grosso 17, Diogo Ventura 15, Isaias Insaly 10



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  ROMANIA   


Targu Mures adds G Matija Ceskovic - by Eurobasket News

Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, agency: Court Side) is a new member of the Romanian team Targu Mures. The Croatian guard signed a deal for the upcoming season. In the latest one Ceskovic shined with 18 ppg, 2.9 apg and 1.8 rpg in 24 Croatian league games with Kvarner Rijeka. The player split 2010/11 season between Trogir and Orchesien. With the French squad he had 9.1 ppg and 2.9 apg for 17 games in NM1 (D3). Before that, Ceskovic collected 14.9 ppg and 2 apg for 9 games with Trogir. In 2009/10, Matija Ceskovic shined in Hungary as a member of Kaposvari. He had 16.8 ppg and 2.5 apg for 11 games. That season Ceskovic started with Bosna Sarajevo, later moved to PVSK Pannonpower Pecs and finally joined Kaposvari. In the past he played in Bosnia, Greece and Slovenia. Ceskovic won the Bosnian league title with Siroki in 2007. They also were Cup winners a year before that and Ceskovic was named MVP of the final tournament.


BCM U Pitesti signs Croatian G Pankracije Barac - by Eurobasket News

Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side) will continue his career in Romania. The Croatian guard signed a 1-year deal with BCM U Pitesti. Barac started last season with Ukrainian BC Kyiv. He had 8 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 17 games in Superleague, after what they parted ways. In March, Barac signed a deal with Svjetlost Slavonski Brod. There he shined with 17.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 2.1 apg for 11 games in Croatian A1 league. Barac played for Cibona in 2010/11 season. He joined them in February of 2011 averaging 6.5 points and 2.1 rebounds for 17 games in Croatia. A year before that he spent with Zagreb and they won the Cup trophy together. In 2009, Pankracije Barac won the Belgian league title with Charleroi. In 2005 and 2008 with Zadar the player won championship title in Croatia. They were also Cup winners in 2005 and 2006.


U18 European Championship: Popovici leads Romania over Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18-Belarus U18 71:62

Popovici leads Romania over Belarus at the U18 European Championship in Division B. He collected 23 points and 13 rebounds as Romania edged Belarus 71:62.
Romania started the game with 4 consecutive points and Stoicoviciu scored for 12:8. Yahor Patupchyk (191-SG-94) closed the first period at 12:11 and he later tied the game at 18:18. Moreover Dzmitry Astashou (195-SF-94) gave Belarus 22:20 and Salenik made two free throws for 30:28. Moreover he sent the teams to the lockers at 32:30 as Belarus won the second frame 21-18. Romania looked much better in the second half and produced two victories. They won the third period 15-11 and finished the game with 26-19 in the last stanza.
Vlad Cobzaru (203-C-95) followed Vlad Popovici (200-PF-94) with 16 points, while Mehmet Hortoglu (194-SG-95) netted 12. Mirel Dragoste (184-PG-95) posted 7 points in a win. Yahor Patupchyk answered with 26 points in the losing effort, whilst Dzmitry Astashou, Anton Vashkevich (203-F/C-94) and Pavel Bliznets (205-C-94) scored 7 each.

Romania U18: Vlad Popovici 23+13 rebs, Vlad Cobzaru 16, Mehmet Hortoglu 12, Mirel Dragoste 7
Belarus U18: Yahor Patupchyk 26, Dzmitry Astashou 7, Anton Vashkevich 7, Pavel Bliznets 7



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  RUSSIA   


Unics Kazan signs Mire Chatman for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) is a new member of Unics Kazan. The American point guard signed a 1-year deal with the club. Last time he played in Russia in 2007/08 season as a member of Triumph Lyubertsy. Last season Chatman spent with Pinar Karsiyaka. He shined with 20 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.8 apg and 1.6 steals for 12 games in EuroChallenge. Chatman was third scorer of the competition and No.5 in steals. In Turkish league the player added 18.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 6.4 apg and 1.9 spg. There, he was the second scorer of TBL, No.1 in assists and No.4 in steals. Chatman picked up few awards last season: Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 3rd Team -12, Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 2nd Team -12 and Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Defensive Team -12.
Before Karsiyaka, Mire Chatman played three years for Besiktas Cola Turka. As mentioned above, in 2007/08 he was a member of Triumph Lyubertsy and one year before that he spent with Dynamo Moscow. In the past, Chatman also played in France and Latvia.



Spartak Primorye signs deal with Artem Isakov - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Primorye Vladivostok signed first new player for the upcoming season. After arrival of Gundars Vetra (agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) as Head Coach, the team penned a deal with Artem Isakov (192-G-87, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav). The Russian guard heads to Spartak from Ural Ekaterinburg, where he spent last season. He appeared 37 times in Superleague averaging 4.8 points, 1.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds. The team from Ekaterinburg won the Superleague title and they were regular season champs as well. The team also reached Russian Cup Semifinals. Before Ural Ekaterinburg, Artem Isakov spent two years with Severstal Cherepovec. He had 8.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.5 apg for 37 games in their second season together. In the past, Isakov was a member of Lobnya Moscow Region and Khymky Moscow Region 2 and 3. Spartak Primorye is expected to sign more players for the next season.


Denis Polokhin signs with Triumph - by Eurobasket News

Denis Polokhin (195-G-90) signs with Triumph for the upcoming season. The Kyrgyzstani-Russian player moves from Spartak Primorie Vladivostok.
In 2004-2006 he appeared for CSKA Moscow junior team and later played also for CSKA-Trinta Moscow (Russia-Higher League). In 2007-2008 for CSKA-Trinta Moscow (Russia-Higher League) his stats read 6.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 70.8%, played also at CSKA Moscow junior team.
In 2008-2009 continued for CSKA-2 Moscow (Russia-U-23 Youth League) and in 2010-2011 moved to CSKA Moscow (Russia-PBL). In 18 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT-1 (90.2%), played also at CSKA Trinta Moscow (Russia-U-23 Youth League, starting five).
In 2011-2012 for Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Russia-PBL) he had 2.7ppg, 1.7rpg in PBL and played also at Spartak Primore Vladivostok U23 (U23 Youth League). Last year he became Russian PBL Champion -11 and Russian PBL Regular Season Runner-Up -11. Moreover he was Russian U23 League Champion -11 and Russian National "B" Team Training Camp 11.



U18 European Championship: Russia too good for Slovenia in opener - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - Slovenia U18 70:59

Russia celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia and Lithuania. They knocked down Slovenia in Group C. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) stepped up with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Russia enjoyed a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second term. Russia accounted for a 40:37 halftime advantage. The decisive third term saw Russia clear off. They capped the period with four points in a row to take a 57:47 lead at the final break. Mikhail Kulagin and Annaev put Russia up by 13 points early in the fourth frame. Russia kept Slovenia at bay throughout the final minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) produced 10 points, while Georgy Egorov (198-SF-94) added 9 points for the winners. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) and Gregor Hrovat (94) responded with 16 points each for Slovenia.

Russia U18: Mikhail Kulagin 18+10 boards, Stanislav Ilnitskiy 10, Georgy Egorov 9
Slovenia U18: Matic Rebec 16, Gregor Hrovat 16



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U18 European Championship: Scotland and Hungary open Sarajevo campaign - by Eurobasket News

Scotland-Hungary 44:76

Scotland and Hungary open Sarajevo campaign in Division B of the U18 European Championship. The Hungarian side grabbed 76:44 win in Group A opener.
Sim gave Scotland their first lead and as it became known later in the game, the lead was the last. Hungary took control of the game and took 26:9 when Barnabas Kovacs (194-SG-94) closed the first period. Scotland looked better in the second period and managed to reduce to 6 points. Molnar and Coloman meanwhile scored for 39:29 at the end of the half. Hungary added 17-11 in the third period and then added massive 20-4 in the last stanza. Papp scored the final points for the winning side.
Benedek Varadi (194-G/F-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Barnabas Kovacs netted 14. Kristof Bognar (206-C/F-94) delivered 8 and Kristof Simon (183-PG-94) had 7. Matthew Wilcox (196-PF-94) replied with 14 points in the losing effort, while Jack Nicholson (180-SG-94) scored 11.

Scotland: Matthew Wilcox 14, Jack Nicholson 11
Hungary: Benedek Varadi 20+13 rebs, Barnabas Kovacs 14, Kristof Bognar 8, Kristof Simon 7



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  SENEGAL   


Ikaros inks Senegalese Mouhammad Faye - by Eurobasket News

Ikaros announced signing of Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) for the upcoming season. The Senegalese big guy spent the last one with French ProA team Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. He appeared 28 times in the league collecting 12 ppg and 5 rpg. Before Hyeres -Toulon, Faye played one season for the NBA D-League team Rio Grande Valley Vipers. With them he had 10.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 55 games. The Vipers reached D-League Finals and Faye was named USBasket.com All-D-League Import Player of the Year -11. It was the first professional season for Mouhammad Faye, who graduated at Southern Methodist University two years ago.
Mouhammad Faye is active member of the Senegalese National Team since 2007. The player exploded at 2011 AfroBasket in Madagascar with 21.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.4 apg for 7 games. He was the top scorer of the competition and was named Africabasket.com All-African Championships Best Forward -11.



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U18 European Championship: Serbia open with win over Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Ukraine U18 75:54

Serbia recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Ukraine in Group A opener. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) came up with 18 points to lead the winners.
Serbia stormed into the game. They posted a 21:8 lead after ten minutes. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They extended the lead to as many as 19 points at halftime 37:18. Ukraine finally picked up the tempo in the third term. They limited the Balkan team to 12 points in the quarter to cut the deficit to 12 points at the final intermission. But Serbia responded with a 26-point tally in the final frame to seal the victory. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Doko Salic (210-C-95) added 10 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) answered with 12 points for Ukraine. Kristian Lugovtsov (197-F-94) had 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Nikola Radicevic 18, Nikola Jankovic 17, Doko Salic 10
Ukraine U18: Yevgen Sakhniuk 12, Kristian Lugovtsov 11



Serbia edge Turkey to win Trofej Beograda - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Turkey 89:79

Serbia clinched the Trofej Beograda 2012. They overcame Turkey in the capital. Vladimir Stimac (208-C-87, agency: Interperformances) came up with 19 points and 6 boards for the hosts.
Serbia entered the game at full throttle. They fired 24 points in the opening ten minutes to take an 8-point lead. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The home side earned a 45:34 halftime lead. Turkey shifted the gear in the third term. The visitors poured in 26 points and got within 7 points at the final intermission. Serbia however picked up the slack in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) posted 14 points and 8 assists, while Aleksandar Rasic (194-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Semih Erden (213-C-86) responded with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Turkey. Ender Arslan (190-G-83) netted 17 points in the loss.

Serbia: Vladimir Stimac 19, Milos Teodosic 14, Aleksandar Rasic 13
Turkey: Semih Erden 20+11 boards, Ender Arslan 17



Crvena Zvezda returns Igor Rakocevic after eight years - by Eurobasket News

Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) is back to Crvena Zvezda after 8 years. The former Euroleague scoring champion signed a deal until the end of 2013/14 season. Rakocevic spent the last one with Montepaschi Siena. He had 9.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.6 apg for 19 Euroleague games. In SerieA, the shooting guard added 11.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.6 apg for 20 games. He helped Montepaschi to defend the Italian league title and Cup.
Igor Rakocevic played for Crvena Zvezda in 2003/04 season. He also was their member from 1995 to 2000. From 2009 to 2011, Rakocevic played for Efes Pilsen. Before that he spent three years with Tau Ceramica. In the past, he also played for Real Madrid, Pamesa and Buducnost Podgorica. Rakocevic played for the Serbian/Yugoslavian National Team from 1998 to 2006. He won many trophies and personal awards in his career and now he is back to Crvena Zvezda for another big project.
Earlier this summer, Crvena Zvezda already signed Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), Boris Savovic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia). The team hired Milivoje Lazic as new Head Coach and extended deal with Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) until the end of 2013/14 season.



A.G.O Rethymno signs Uros Duvnjak - by Eurobasket News

Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) will play at least one more season in Greece. The Serbian point guard signed a deal with AGO Rethimno. Duvnjak finished 2011/12 with PAOK Thessaloniki. He joined them in January averaging 8.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists for 11 games. The player started last season with Serbian team Mega Vizura. There he had 10.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2 apg for 6 games. In 2010/11 season Uros Duvnjak played for the German squad Phantoms Braunschweig. He arrived to the club in February of 2011 collecting 5.1 ppg and 1.8 rpg in 14 games. Before Braunschweig, Duvnjak played for Radnicki Kragujevac, Vojvodina Srbijagas, Atlas Banka and Sloga. Duvnjak also has experience from U18 Serbian National Team. He played for Partizan Belgrade juniors in the past.


Crvena Zvezda extends Uros Nikolic until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda announced signing of a 2-year contract extension with Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87). It means that he will stay with the club until the end of 2013/14 season. Nikolic arrived to Crvena Zvezda two years ago from Krka Novo Mesto. Last season he had 3.9 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 12 games in Adriatic league. The big guy also added 3.1 ppg and 1.6 rpg in 14 Serbian league games. Crvena Zvezda reached Playoff Finals in Serbia. In 2010/11, Nikolic shined with 16.8 ppg and 7.1 rpg in 14 Serbian league games, while in Adriatic league he had 8.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg. In 2010, the player won Slovenian league title with Krka Novo Mesto. Before Krka, Nikolic spent three years with Mega Hypo Leasing (now Mega Vizura). Nikolic also has experience from Hemofarm. In 2007, Uros Nikolic won the Gold with U20 Serbia and U20 EuroBasket in Nova Gorica.


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Slovenia edge Hungary in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia-Hungary 79:70

Slovenia edge Hungary in Belgrade in the start of the second day of the Trofej Beograda 2012. Slovenian team finished third after 79:70 win. Hungarian team meanwhile fell at 0-2 record on the fourth place.
Slovenia started with 20-13 and added 21-18 in the second frame. Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) started the third period for 41:33, while Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group)%20Andras&AgencyNm=TSS Management">TSS Management) closed a run for 41:38. Moreover Horvath tied the game at 43:43 midway through the third period, but Hungary could not taste the lead. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) made two free throws for 61:50 and Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) scored for 69:63. Again Gasper Vidmar and Peter Lorant exchanged the baskets for 71:66 and later Slovenia produced a 5-0 run for 10-point advantage. Lorbek scored for 79:67, while Peter Lorant made three free throws at the end of the game for the final result.
Zoran Dragic top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Gasper Vidmar notched 14. Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) delivered 12, Jaka Blazic (193-G-90) had 11 and Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) poured in 10. Peter Lorant finished the game with 13 points in the losing effort and Obie Trotter collected 12. David Vojvoda (194-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) and Adam Hanga notched 11 points each in defeat.

Slovenia: Zoran Dragic 19, Gasper Vidmar 14, Miha Zupan 12, Jaka Blazic 11, Luka Rupnik 10
Hungary: Peter Lorant 13, Obie Trotter 12, David Vojvoda 11, Adam Hanga 11



U18 European Championship: Russia too good for Slovenia in opener - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - Slovenia U18 70:59

Russia celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia and Lithuania. They knocked down Slovenia in Group C. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) stepped up with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Russia enjoyed a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second term. Russia accounted for a 40:37 halftime advantage. The decisive third term saw Russia clear off. They capped the period with four points in a row to take a 57:47 lead at the final break. Mikhail Kulagin and Annaev put Russia up by 13 points early in the fourth frame. Russia kept Slovenia at bay throughout the final minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) produced 10 points, while Georgy Egorov (198-SF-94) added 9 points for the winners. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) and Gregor Hrovat (94) responded with 16 points each for Slovenia.

Russia U18: Mikhail Kulagin 18+10 boards, Stanislav Ilnitskiy 10, Georgy Egorov 9
Slovenia U18: Matic Rebec 16, Gregor Hrovat 16



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Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. Asefa Estudian. 0-0 
 2. Assignia M. 0-0 
 3. Blancos de R. 0-0 
 4. Blusens M. 0-0 
 5. CAI Zaragoza 0-0 
 6. Caja Laboral 0-0 
 7. Cajasol 0-0 
 8. FCB Regal 0-0 
 9. FIATC Joventut 0-0 
 10. G.Canaria 2014 0-0 
 11. Gescrap BB 0-0 
 12. Iberostar CN 0-0 
 13. Lagun Aro GBC 0-0 
 14. Mad-Croc 0-0 
 15. Real Madrid 0-0 
 16. UCAM Murcia 0-0 
 17. Unicaja 0-0 
 18. Valencia 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 29: Asefa Estudian. - Iberostar CN
Sep. 29: CAI Zaragoza - Caja Laboral
Sep. 29: Cajasol - UCAM Murcia
Sep. 29: Valencia - Mad-Croc
Sep. 29: Blusens M. - Assignia M.
Sep. 30: G.Canaria 2014 - Gescrap BB
Sep. 30: FCB Regal - Blancos de R.
Sep. 30: Real Madrid - Unicaja
Sep. 30: FIATC Joventut - Lagun Aro GBC


Guillem Rubio pens deal with Lagun Aro - by Eurobasket News

Guillem Rubio (202-C-82) pens deal with Lagun Aro. The Spanish Center moves from Cajasol Seville.
In 2011-2012 for Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (ACB) he averaged 4.5ppg, 2.9rpg. Earlier he signed a two-year deal with team's option for the 2013/14 season, but played only for one season. Rubio spent last two years with Unicaja Malaga. He had 4.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 26 games in ACB last season. He also added 4.2 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 13 Euroleague games. In 2009/10, Guillem Rubio appeared 38 times in Spanish league collecting 3.1 ppg and 1.8 rpg. His numbers dropped to 2 ppg and 1.4 rpg for 11 games in Euroleague. Before Unicaja, Guillem Rubio spent five straight years with Ricoh Manresa. He helped them win LEB Gold in 2007 and they returned to ACB after only one season. In 2007/08, Rubio had 10.4 ppg and 4.9 rpg in ACB. In the past, he also played for Plasencia and Valls-Felix Hotel.

Together with the team Guillem Rubio reached Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals -12.



U18 European Championship: Spain topple Germany in opener - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Germany U18 86:75

Spain opened win count at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Germany in Group A tonight. Guillermo Hernangomez (206-C-94) stepped up with 14 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
Germany got to an aggressive start. They fired 25 points in the opening quarter to post a 5-point lead. Spain however reacted with a storming second quarter. They unleashed 26 points to erase the deficit and secured a 46:39 halftime advantage. Spain limited Germany to 11 points in the third term gaining a 12-point lead before the final stanza. Germany poured in 25 points in the fourth term but Spain lived up to the challenge and sealed the victory at the end. Alberto Diaz (190-PG-94) and Oriol Pauli (195-G-94) provided 11 points each for the winners. Gavin Schilling (205-PF-95) dropped 16 points for Germany. Paul Zipser (201-PG-94) had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Spain U18: Guillermo Hernangomez 14, Alberto Diaz 11, Oriol Pauli 11
Germany U18: Gavin Schilling 16, Paul Zipser 11



Bilbao Basket signs F Sergio Sanchez - by Eurobasket News

Bilbao Basket announced signing of Sergio Sanchez (198-F-84) for the upcoming season. The Spanish forward arrives to the club from Adreilu Santurtzi, where he spent 2011/12. He appeared 25 times in LEB Silver averaging 7 points and 3.5 rebounds. Before Santurtzi, Sanchez spent three years with Matchmind Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila. The player had 7.4 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 27 games in their last season together (LEB Silver). They reached LEB Bronze Finals three years ago. Sergio Sanchez already was a member of Santurtzi in the past. He played fort them from 2003 to 2006.
Few days ago, Bilbao Basket brought in Croatian top prospect Dario Saric. He penned a 5-year deal with the club.



Gran Canaria inks deal with Australian NT member Brad Newley - by Eurobasket News

Gran Canaria announced signing of Brad Newley (199-F/G-85, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The Australian National Team member finished 2011/12 with Valencia Basket. He played 10 games for the club in EuroCup averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds. They reached EuroCup Finals. In Liga Endesa, Newley added 6.5 ppg and 2.4 rpg in 24 games. In this competition Valencia reached Playoff Semis. Brad Newley started the season with Lietuvos Rytas. He played for them also in 2010/11. In the past, Newley was a member of Besiktas, Panellinios, Panionios and Townsville Crocodiles. Yesterday Brad Newley (10 pts) and his Australia failed in Quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. USA was too strong for them 119-86. Newley is active member of the Australian NT since 2006.


Devon Van Oostrum joins Caceres for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) will play next season for Caceres. The British/Dutch guard shined this summer at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Sophia. He had 22.2 ppg, 5.6 apg and 5.2 rpg for 5 games with the British U20 National Team. Van Oostrum was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Best Guard -12. Earlier this summer he participated at Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso, Italy. Devon Van Oostrum played for the British National Team at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania. There he had 1.3 ppg, 3 apg and 1.7 rpg for 3 games. In the past, he very successfully played for U18 and U16 UK. Last season Devon Van Oostrum spent with Spanish Tarragona. He appeared 32 times in LEB Gold averaging 6 points, 2.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds.


Clavijo signs guard Nikola Rakocevic - by Eurobasket News

Clavijo reinforced its roster at position two. The Spanish LEB Gold team signed a deal with Nikola Rakocevic (192-G-91) for the next season. The Montenegrin guard is not a new face in the league as he spent 2011/12 with Navarra. For 37 games he averaged 6.7 points and 1.7 rebounds. He helped Navarra to reach the Playoff Semifinals. Before Navarra, Nikola Rakocevic played one year for EBA team Monte Ducav Olivar. There he shined with 12.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.2 apg. He started 2010/11 season with CAI Zaragoza, but he appeared just once for the club. In 2009/10, Rakocevic played for European Basketball College Majadahonda. With them the guard collected 16.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 30 appearances in EBA. In the past, he played for Real Madrid juniors.


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U18 European Championship: Sweden smash Norway in Group C opener - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18-Norway U18 110:55

Sweden smash Norway in Group C opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Swedish players were too much for the Norwegian squad in a 110:55 victory.
Sweden dominated the court and never looked behind in the game. They opened the campaign with 25:15 as Johan Lofberg (199-SG-95) made a jump shot and then Adam Ramstedt (203-SF-95) brought 27:15 early in the second. Niklas Larsson (200-SG-94) increased the lead to 20 points, while Johan Lofberg sent the teams to the lockers at 47:29. The third period was a nightmare for Norway that got 39 points in their basket. Dawit nailed three for 86:41 and then he nailed another one for 96:41. Adam Ramstedt gave Sweden three digit number and Musie brough the final points.
Johan Lofberg and Niklas Larsson top-scored for the winners with 20 points each, while Adam Ramstedt nailed 18. Nicholas Spires (209-F/C-94) followed them with 14 points in a win. Nikola Blatancic (192-F-94) finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort, while Nicholas Seach (180-PG-94) poured in 8.

Sweden U18: Johan Lofberg 20, Niklas Larsson 20, Adam Ramstedt 18, Nicholas Spires 14
Norway U18: Nikola Blatancic 12, Nicholas Seach 8



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U18 European Championship: Iceland overcame Switzerland in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News

Iceland U18- Switzerland U18 89:71

Iceland overcame Switzerland in Bosnia in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship. Iceland grabbed 89:71 win for 1-0 record in Group C.
Iceland scored the first 9 points in the game and never looked behind after. Elvar Fridriksson (181-PG-94) scored for 11:2 and Dagur Jonsson (188-PG-95) closed the period at 20:13. Iceland added massive 27-15 in the second period and reached 47:28 at the halftime. Iceland managed to keep the difference in the second half, while the Swiss side tried their best to reduce. Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) cut it to 67:51 after three quarters and he also reduced to 9 early in the fourth. Iceland however pushed the tempo for good at the end of the game for 18-point victory.
Martin Hermannsson (190-PG-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Matthias Sigurdarson (185-PG-94) delivered 14. Dagur Jonsson finished the game with 12 points, whilst Elvar Fridriksson and Emil Einarsson (196-SF-94) had 9 apiece. Sebastian Hoch (198-SF-94) and Daniel Andjelkovic poured in 16 points each in defeat. Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) had 12, while Alessandro Verga (191-PF-95) posted 11.

Iceland U18: Martin Hermannsson 21, Matthias Sigurdarson 14, Dagur Jonsson 12, Elvar Fridriksson 9, Emil Einarsson 9
Switzerland U18: Sebastian Hoch 16, Daniel Andjelkovic 16, Branislav Kostic 12, Alessandro Verga 11



SAM Massagno Basket keeps Montenegrin C Danilo Mitrovic - by Eurobasket News

Danilo Mitrovic (208-C/F-84) will stay in Switzerland for at least one more year. The Montenegrin big guy signed contract extension with his team SAM Massagno Basket. With this signing SAM Massagno completed its roster for the 2012/13 season. Mitrovic arrived to the club in January this year. He appeared 15 times in LNA averaging 16.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals. The player was named to Eurobasket.com Swiss LNA All-Bosmans Team -12. In 2009, Danilo Mitrovic won the title in FYROM. He was a member of Rabotnicki and they also reached Balkan League Finals. In the past, Mitrovic played for Mogren Budva and Ulcinj. He also has experience from Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje.


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  SYRIA   


Syrian NT U18 left to Mongolia !!!! - by Ahmad Madwar

The Syrian National team U18 left to Mongolia yesterday before FIBA ASIA U18 start by 1 week ..
Syrian Basketball federation decided to send the National team to Mongolia before the competition starting by 1week to have close camp and some friendly games there after they had a lot of problems to find friendly games or camps out of Syria due the current situation ..
here is the list of NT players and coaches staff :
Okba Baghajati
Basel Nwelati
Mahmoud Tarrab
Tarek Al-Zaem
Mouhammad Shahin
Bilal Atli
Basel Shinno
Ali Obesi
Najemaldeen Mashaal
Anthony Bakar
Ishaq Oubid
Mourad Hashim

Head Coach : Pance Milevski
As.coaches : Fadi Al Rishani, Mohammed Al Khatib

We wish all the best to Syrian U18 National team to have good results in this competition ... Good luck




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  TURKEY   


U18 European Championship: Bulgaria survive overtime thriller against Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U18 - Turkey U18 95:89 (OT)

Newly-promoted Bulgaria made their Division A debut one to remember. They outscored Turkey in overtime drama in Group C. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-F/G-95) scored 28 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to pace the winners.
Bulgaria secured a strong start to the game. They grabbed a 23:13 lead at the first intermission. But Turkey bounced right back. They fired 26 points in the second term to cut the deficit to a single point 39:40. Bulgaria gained control again in the third stanza. They knocked down 20 points and ensured an 11-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter. But Turkey stepped up with 30 points in the period and sent the game into extra period. Tayfun Erulku (194-SG-94) put Turkey in charge early in overtime however Aleksandar Vezenkov scored 5 points and Minkov added four from the stripe to seal the victory at the end. Deyan Karamfilov (180-PG-94) accounted for 19 points, while Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SF-94) added 15 points for the winners. Tayfun Erulku replied with 24 points for Turkey. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) contributed 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.

Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 28, Deyan Karamfilov 19, Nikolay Stoyanov 15
Turkey U18: Tayfun Erulku 24, Kenan Sipahi 15



Serbia edge Turkey to win Trofej Beograda - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Turkey 89:79

Serbia clinched the Trofej Beograda 2012. They overcame Turkey in the capital. Vladimir Stimac (208-C-87, agency: Interperformances) came up with 19 points and 6 boards for the hosts.
Serbia entered the game at full throttle. They fired 24 points in the opening ten minutes to take an 8-point lead. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The home side earned a 45:34 halftime lead. Turkey shifted the gear in the third term. The visitors poured in 26 points and got within 7 points at the final intermission. Serbia however picked up the slack in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) posted 14 points and 8 assists, while Aleksandar Rasic (194-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Semih Erden (213-C-86) responded with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Turkey. Ender Arslan (190-G-83) netted 17 points in the loss.

Serbia: Vladimir Stimac 19, Milos Teodosic 14, Aleksandar Rasic 13
Turkey: Semih Erden 20+11 boards, Ender Arslan 17



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Christians Half-Court Heave Sinks Hoyas, 70-67 - by David Edole

By Dave Davis August 8, 2012

Terrell Christians desperation heave for Boys Dem with three seconds left on the clock left the defending champion Hoyas coming up short, 70-67, in game one of their best-of-three New Breed Basketball Association summer league semifinals series at the Ronald Charles gymnasium on Monday.

Boys Dem had the ball with the game knotted at 67 and six seconds left on the clock. The Hoyas got the steal on the inbound pass but then had the ball knocked away. Both teams went after the loose ball but Christian picked it up and in one motion threw it at the basket.

The ball banged off of the backboard and through the net for the game winner as time expired. What a shot! The crowed, those for and against the winning team, exploded in appreciation for the exciting finish.

For Hoyas coach Sammie Lee, whose team had fought back from a nine-point deficit at the end of three quarters, it was a heartbreaker.

All he had to do was hold on to the ball, Sammie said, referring to his player who had gotten the steal off of Boys Dem inbound pass.

For Boys Dem coach Keith Swanston, he appreciated the victory but said his team seems to do everything the hard way. Sometimes they just dont listen. You tell them to do one thing and they do another, Swanston said. We had them down by nine points and let them back into the game because we would not play team defense. We need to play team defense, he concluded.

Boys Dem were led offensively by Amadius Der-Weer (198-C-94), who finished with a game high 18 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Wilson Ferrance (191-G) also had 12 for winners. Rasheed Swanston (196-F-95) had 10 and point guard Kadeem Jones (94) finished with 10 points and a game high six assists.

Usually a prolific scorer, Christian only had eight points for the game but came up huge on that last-minute, game-winning three-pointer.

It was a tough loss for the defending champions, but they have been down in a series before and will look for the equalizer on Wednesday.

In the nights other game, Guidance had five players in double figures en route to a 71-64 victory over Lakers. Raydel Dennis led the winners with game-highs in points and rebounds. He scored 14 points while dominating the boards by pulling down 22 rebounds.

Dennis got good support from Jerome Nathaniel, who had a great all-round game with 10 points, 10 boards and eight assists. Also chipping in for Guidance were Jamari Maduro, Ryan Rawlins and Charles Sealy who finished with 12, 11, and 10 points respectively.

The Lakers only had one player in double figures, Razeem Huggins, but they got points from almost the whole team.



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Williams scores 22 in debut with Crculo Sportivo (Uruguay) - by David Walls


UBA former All-Star James Williams (6'3''-G/F-87, college: Victory) played just 27 minutes last night vs. Nacional De Futbol and scored all of his 22 points after the first half. Williams led Circulo Sportivo to a 76-55 win over Nacional De Futbol.

Circulo Sportivo took the charge early, leading by as many as 27 points. Nacional De Futbol tried to rally by going on a 15 to 5 run in the 4th; but it was too much Williams.

James Williams and Diego Cervieri (6'3''-G/F-84) lead Circulo Sportivo in scoring with 22 points apiece. Willaims shot 5/7 behind the 3pt line. Other former UBA player Anthony Joseph (6'8''-F/C-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Emporia St.) had a soild debut almost recorded a double double with 9 points and 14 rebounds.

Diego Cervieri has been the leading scorer for the past two seasons for Circulo Sportivo and plans to join James Williams in his return to the UBA in the spring. Williams and Cervieri will both join the Louisville Lions after December in hopes for another UBA championship run.




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Ryan Pearson moves to Hoverla - by Eurobasket News

Ryan Pearson (198-F-90) moves to Hoverla for the upcoming season. The American Forward will debut abroad this fall.
In 2008-2009 he appeared for George Mason (NCAA) and debuted with 7.0ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 48.8%, FT: 64.3%. In 2009-2010 for George Mason (NCAA, starting five) his stats read 11.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 65.4%. In 2010-2011 he improved to 14.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 70.8%. The last season for George Mason (NCAA, starting five) his stats read 17.1ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 73.1%. For his
Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention CAA Regular Season Runner-Up -09, CAA All-Rookie Team -09 and CAA Tournament Finalist -09. In 2011 Ryan Pearson became CAA Regular Season Champion -11 and CAA Tournament Semifinals -11, 12. Moreover he made it into All-CAA 2nd Team -11, was awarded All-CAA Player of the Year -12 and All-CAA 1st Team -12. He made it also into NABC Division I All-District 10 1st Team -12.



Georgia wins Tbilisi Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Georgia-Ukraine 95:69

Georgia wins Tbilisi Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts won all three games to triumph in it. In Day 3 Georgia destroyed Ukraine 95:69.
Georgia erupted with 17-6 in the opening tip and won the first period 31:12. Ukraine had nothing to reply with and only managed to reduce to 21 points at the halftime. Georgia led 66:38 midway through the third quarter and had 75:49 at the end of the third period. Both teams nailed 20 points each in the last stanza for the final result on the board.
Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) paced all the winners with 23 points and Jacob Pullen (182-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) nailed 17. Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) delivered 14, while Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) scored 12. Kyryl Natyazhko (210-C-90, agency: Beo Basket, college: Arizona) finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) as well as Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 each. Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Georgia: Tornike Shengelia 23, Jacob Pullen 17, Manuchar Markoishvili 14, Zaza Pachulia 12
Ukraine: Kyryl Natyazhko 14, Viacheslav Kravtsov 10, Maksym Pustozvonov 10, Artur Drozdov 7



U18 European Championship: Serbia open with win over Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Ukraine U18 75:54

Serbia recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Ukraine in Group A opener. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) came up with 18 points to lead the winners.
Serbia stormed into the game. They posted a 21:8 lead after ten minutes. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They extended the lead to as many as 19 points at halftime 37:18. Ukraine finally picked up the tempo in the third term. They limited the Balkan team to 12 points in the quarter to cut the deficit to 12 points at the final intermission. But Serbia responded with a 26-point tally in the final frame to seal the victory. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Doko Salic (210-C-95) added 10 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) answered with 12 points for Ukraine. Kristian Lugovtsov (197-F-94) had 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Nikola Radicevic 18, Nikola Jankovic 17, Doko Salic 10
Ukraine U18: Yevgen Sakhniuk 12, Kristian Lugovtsov 11



Charles Thomas moves to Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News

Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas) moves to Cherkasy for the upcoming season. The American player remains in Ukraine but with another team.
Last year he played for Dnipro. It was the third straight season in Ukraine for the power forward. Charles Thomas arrived in the country back in 2009. He had a solid first season with Ferro-ZNTU. Charles Thomas was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Forward of the Year in 2010. The player then moved to Azovmash. In 2011 Charles Thomas notched 8.3 points, 4.0 boards and 1.0 assist per game in EuroCup. In VTB League the forward averaged 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist per appearance. In Superleague his stats read 12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Before moving to Ukraine Charles Thomas had spells in Uruguay, Finland and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In 2011-2012 for Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five) he averaged 14.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 75.1%.



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Devon Van Oostrum joins Caceres for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) will play next season for Caceres. The British/Dutch guard shined this summer at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Sophia. He had 22.2 ppg, 5.6 apg and 5.2 rpg for 5 games with the British U20 National Team. Van Oostrum was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Best Guard -12. Earlier this summer he participated at Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso, Italy. Devon Van Oostrum played for the British National Team at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania. There he had 1.3 ppg, 3 apg and 1.7 rpg for 3 games. In the past, he very successfully played for U18 and U16 UK. Last season Devon Van Oostrum spent with Spanish Tarragona. He appeared 32 times in LEB Gold averaging 6 points, 2.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds.


U18 European Championship: England edge Israel in the opener - by Eurobasket News

England U18-Israel U18 71:58

England edge Israel in the opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The winning team started with 71:58 in Sarajevo.
The teams exchanged the lea several times in the opening period before Graham scored for 19:15. Sealine closed the period at 19:18, while the second quarter was fully dominated by England. They led 10 points midway through the period but ended up the half with 37:31. Kingsley Okoroh (213-C-95) scored for 41:31 and Luke Nelson (189-PG-95) brought 46:33. Isaacs later closed the third period for 61:46 and then Kingsley Okoroh kept the difference at 15. Israel managed to win the last period 12-10 and reduced to 13 points.
Luke Nelson top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Elliott Sentance (191-SG-94) as well as Dwayne Orija (193-SG-95) had 11 each. Kingsley Okoroh followed them with 9 points and 10 boards. Egor Koulechov (194-SF-94) erupted with 15 points and the same number of rebounds in defeat. Idan Zalmanson (207-PF-95) had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 11.

England U18: Luke Nelson 16, Elliott Sentance 11, Dwayne Orija 11, Kingsley Okoroh 9+10 rebs
Israel U18: Egor Koulechov 15+15 rebs, Idan Zalmanson 14+12 rebs, Itay Segev 11



End Of BBL Basketball in Milton Keynes - by Paul Nilsen



The Lions Basketball Team have confirmed that they will be leaving the City.

The Milton Keynes Lions have been searching for a facility in which the team can play but with just seven weeks remaining until the season starts there is nowhere that can house professional basketball. Despite months and months of meetings and negotiations, Lions boss Vince Macaulay confirmed the fact, "We will not be playing Premier League basketball in Milton Keynes. I have done everything I can do personally so now I have to look to the future elsewhere."

The regeneration plans of Bletchley Leisure Centre saw a move for the Lions to thecentre:mk in 2010 but with that deal not able to be extended, and the Stadium MK Arena not near completion the team had to reconsider its position.

The Lions then converted an industrial warehouse in Winterhill into a basketball facility. The facility hosted Sky televised games for two seasons, whilst making the facility available to other sporting groups in the city, however the site was sold in January of this year and the Lions vacated in April.

The Lions moved to Milton Keynes from Watford in 1998. The team has enjoyed tremendous success winning the BBL Cup at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham in front of 7,000 fans, and becoming BBL Championship finalists.

Macaulay continued, "We were the first Premier League team here in Milton Keynes, we delivered the first piece of silverware for a professional sport to Milton Keynes and we developed an enviable Junior programme that won National Junior Championships whilst developing players for England and GB and gaining scholarships at home and abroad for some of the youngsters, unfortunately it's time to move on, we will continue to run the Junior programme but professional basketball moves on."

BBL Chairman Paul Blake added "MK Lions had a long successful history in the town of Milton Keynes. It is symptomatic of the issues we have with indoor sports facilities in the UK. The fact is there is no facility in the club's current franchise area with the pre-requisite number of seats to run a programme. This is not an issue for the sport of basketball and other indoor sports anywhere else in Europe"




Lions Franchise Moves To London - by Paul Nilsen



The BBL have today approved the relocation of the MK Lions Franchise to London.

The move will see the franchise partner with both GLL (Greenwich Leisure Ltd) and Reach & Teach Sports Network (R&T), with both partners playing an integral part in the development of a community orientated franchise.

The Lions will initially be based at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre before moving for the 2013/14 season to the impressive 6,000 seat, Copperbox at the Olympic Park as part of the Olympic Legacy.

Lions Vince Macaulay enthused 'We can't wait to get started! With the partnership of GLL and R&T, combined with an incredible venue, I feel we have all the building blocks in place for a hugely successful community basketball club'

GLL Director Peter Bundey added; "There is already a growing debate around legacy from the Games and this is the first of many tangible initiatives that we are working on under our 'GLL Inspired' Legacy programme. We believe that this partnership will become the most exciting legacy catalyst for Basketball in London, with unrivalled community engagement working alongside a premium BBL club. This will be a structure that is also capable of bringing a much needed development pathway to support other basketball clubs within the Capital. It is therefore fitting that the London Lions will be playing their matches from 2013 in London's newest and most exciting sporting arena".

Nhamo Shire of Reach & Teach said 'We're committed to the growth and development of the game at the grassroots level and support clubs throughout London in a number of ways to help increase participation. We've been working closely with GLL for the past 18 months in developing new opportunities in London, so adding the London Lions to the landscape should help elevate our efforts in getting more people playing, watching, coaching and getting involved with our sport. It's an exciting time for our game on all levels and we're looking forward to a new era of growth and development of our game across the capital'.

The new partnership created for the London Lions has been welcomed by London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) who will oversee the legacy transformation and activation of the Olympic Park.

Daniel Moylan, Chairman, London Legacy Development Corporation said "Basketball has been one of the most popular sports of the 2012 Games and we are delighted that our operating partner GLL is bringing the Lions to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Copper Box will host at least 21 basketball games per year as well as offering a wide range of sporting opportunities for the public to use on a daily basis."

BBL Chairman Paul Blake said "The partnership between Lions, GLL, R&T and one of the London 2012 Olympic legacy facilities means a great future for the club and more basketball activity in our capital city, which can only be good news.'

The relocation of the franchise marks the end of a 14 year stay for the club in Milton Keynes.

Macaulay has also been confirmed as the Head Coach and General Manager of the London Lions.



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Anatoly Bose signs with BC Astana - by Eurobasket News

Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nicholls St.) signs with BC Astana for the upcoming season. He was named to the All-Australia High School squad in 2006 while averaging 22.5 points and 12.8 rebounds per contest in his senior campaign. For his efforts, his team voted him MVP his senior year. Also, he was selected to play for the All-Australian Under-19 team in 2006, and received invites to the Nike Basketball Camp in Asia in 2007 and the Big Time Tournament in Los Angeles, CA in 2005. An academic honor student in 2006, Bose will be one of five players on the team of foreign origins.
Anatoly is a tall forward who love to shoot from the outside, great shooting skills, solid rebounder. He helped New South Wales to claim the Gold medal in the 2007 U20 Nationals. A guard - forward has a great future at the 3 position thanks to his unbelievable 3 pts shooting accuracy and his great ball handling and court vision; runs the court well, plays together his team-mates, both tall and shost as he does the pick-en-roll very well in duo situations, receiver and contributor. Anatoly has huge NBA prospects; some coaches in Oceania say that he reminds a lot of Stojakovic and that he is much better than many other forwards currently in the NBA. He was voter over and above Andrew Ogilvy in the Australian MVP player voting.

In 2011 Anatoly Bose participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) and showed 6.5ppg, 3.5rpg. In 2011-2012 moved to Sydney Kings (Australia-NBL, starting five) and had 15.5ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 67.6%.



Mire Chatman signs 1 year deal with Unics Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Russian Club Unics Kazan closed on Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) (Higher Vision Sports) today making a great addition at point guard to their already impressive VTB and Euroleague qualification roster. For the last three season Mire Chatman has been arguably the best player in Turkey for both Besiktas and Karisyaka. In this past season, Chatman was 2nd in the Turkish Basketball League in scoring, 1st in assists, and 4th in steals.

In 2011 he appeared 30 times in TBL last season averaging 13.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists. Eurobasket awarded him with Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Imports Team -11. Chatman also was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention. Besiktas competed in EuroCup as well, where Chatman added 16.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 4 apg for 8 games. He had even better numbers with Besiktas in 2009/10 season. Mire Chatman joined Besiktas in 2008 from Triumph Lyubertsy. He also played for Dynamo Moscow, Pau-Orthez and Ventspils in the past. Chatman helped Dynamo Moscow to win the ULEB Cup in 2006 and was named Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup 1st Team.




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Women News


2012 Olympics: US women beat Australia 86-73, advance to gold medal game - by Eurobasket News

Facing its first challenge of the Olympics, the U.S. women's basketball team turned up its defensive pressure and turned away Australia.

Trailing early in the second half, U.S. coach Geno Auriemma turned to his Olympic rookies and the group - led by Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) and Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82, college: Minnesota) - pressured the Australians into turnovers and bad shots, sparking a pivotal scoring run in the third quarter to help the U.S. beat Australia 86-73 on Thursday.

The Americans, playing for a fifth straight gold medal, will meet the winner of the France-Russia semifinal.

Australia went right at the U.S. behind 6-foot-8 Cambage Elizabeth (6'8''-C-91), but the Americans' depth and pressure defense wore down another opponent.

The Australian's budding star scored 19 points in the first half and Australia led 47-43 at halftime. But the Americans held her scoreless in the second half.

The Americans had cruised through their first six games winning by an average of 38 points before facing the No. 2 team in the world in the semifinals - a round earlier than they had met at the past three Olympics.

With the U.S trailing 56-55 in the third quarter and star Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) sidelined with four fouls, Auriemma turned to his bench. The reserves responded, sparking the game-changing run.

Whalen started the 16-6 burst by scoring the first six points and Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) chipped in another four to help the Americans build a 65-59 lead at the end of the third quarter.

They also cranked up the defensive pressure; Australia shot just 4 of 18 from the field in the third.

The U.S. extended its lead to 11 on Charles' two free throws early in the fourth period and Australia could only get within nine the rest of the way. The Americans improved to 7-0 all-time in the Olympics against Australia.

Charles and Taurasi each scored 14 for the U.S. Sue Bird (5'9''-PG-80, college: Connecticut) finished with 13 points.

The Americans have won the last four golds and 40 consecutive Olympic contests dating back to the bronze medal game in 1992. The top two teams in the world had met in the previous three gold medal games with the U.S. coming out on top. This was the first time they had played in the semifinals since 1996.

Cambage, making her first appearance in the Olympics, was unstoppable in the first half.

She was able to catch the ball close to the basket and the Americans couldn't contain her. She made eight of her 12 shots to give the Australians a four-point lead at the break. Australia shot 61 percent in the first half, but only had nine baskets in the second half.

"They started playing zone and that threw us off in the third quarter," said Cambage, who's only shot of the decisive period was a wild 3-pointer with the shot clock running down.

Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) finished with 14 points for Australia.

A gold medal is one of the only things lacking from Jackson's impressive career. She's won a world championship, two WNBA titles and is the Olympics all-time leading scorer.

Yet she's come up just short in her four Olympic appearances against the U.S.


The Australians have already had the two most memorable moments in women's basketball at the Olympics. Belinda Snell hit a 50-foot heave to send a game into overtime and Liz Cambage had a dunk against Russia, which might have been the first in Olympic history.

For one half, they looked to be on the verge of another unforgettable moment - an upset of the favored Americans. Instead, they ran out of gas.

Australia came into the London Games off a disappointing fifth place finish at the 2010 world championship. The Australians are missing star guard Penny Taylor, who tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the Euro League finals in April. They lost a pool game to France - the first time they were beaten by a team other than the U.S. in the Olympics since 1996.

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



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Emilija Podrug stays in France - by Eurobasket News

Emilija Podrug (190-C-79) will play at least one more year in France. The Croatian center penned a deal with Lyon. She spent last season with Challes, but they went bankrupt earlier this summer and most of its player already moved to Lyon. Podrug was Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Bosman Player of the Year -12 and she also was named to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 1st Team -12. The center appeared 26 times in LFB averaging 11.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Before Challes, Emilija Podrug spent one year with Nantes. There she had 11.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.3 apg for 23 games in LFB. Podrug split 2009/10 season between Loto Gdynia and Perfumerias and in 2008/09 she also played for Lotos. In 2008, Emilija Podrug was named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Center of the Year as a member of MiZo Pecs. She played for Croatian National Team from 2005 to 2010.


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Standings - Women

SM-sarja Standings
 1. BC Nokia 0-0 
 2. Catz 0-0 
 3. FoA 0-0 
 4. Honka 0-0 
 5. HoNsU 0-0 
 6. Huima 0-0 
 7. HyPo 0-0 
 8. Kerava 0-0 
 9. PeKa 0-0 
 10. ToPo 0-0 
 11. TuRi 0-0 


Div.1 Standings - by Greg

1st Division Standings
 1. EBT Akatemia 0-0 
 2. Espoo Team 0-0 
 3. FoKoPo 0-0 
 4. Helmi Capitals 0-0 
 5. Puhuttaret 0-0 
 6. Pyrinto 0-0 
 7. ToPo II 0-0 



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Limoges ABC adds rookie guard Thazina Cook - by Eurobasket News

Thazina Cook (175-G-88) will start her professional basketball career in France. The American guard signed a 1-season deal with Limoges ABC. They will compete in French second division for women. Cook graduated at the University of Iona a year ago. She shined with 14.5 ppg and 7 rpg for her school in 27 games as a senior. Cook was great in 2008/09 as well. At that time she had 14.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 31 games. The played was named to All-MAAC 1st Team -09, 10. In 2007 and 2008 Thazina Cook reached MAAC Tournament Finals with her school. They were stopped in the Semis in 2009 and 2010. Cook spent all four years with Iona and now is ready to start her pro career.


2012 Olympics: France beats Russia 81-64, advances to Big Final - by Eurobasket News

Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) scored 18 points and Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) added 15 to help France rout Russia 81-64 in the women's Olympic basketball semifinals on Thursday.

The French will play the U.S. for the gold medal Saturday night in a matchup of the only unbeaten teams in the tournament. France, which is playing in only its second Olympics, is assured of winning its first medal in women's basketball with the semifinals win.

While the French found ways to win tight games in the preliminary rounds, they jumped out in front of Russia early -- scoring 10 of the game's first 11 points and never looked back.

Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) continued her stellar play for France. She finished with 11 points against Russia and has hit several clutch shots for the French during their impressive Olympic tournament run.

Becky Hammon (175-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) scored 13 points to lead Russia, which will play Australia for the bronze medal.

Courtesy of ESPN



Lyon brings in Romy Bar, Melanie Plust and Emilija Podrug from Challes - by Eurobasket News

Lyon officially announced signing of Romy Bar (189-F-87), Melanie Plust (173-G-89) and Emilija Podrug (190-C-79) for the next season. All of them are coming from Challes, who went bankrupt earlier this summer.
Romy Bar spent last two seasons with Challes. In the latest one Bar had 9.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.4 apg and 2 spg for 29 games.
Melanie Plust averaged 4.4 points and 1.7 rebounds for 29 games last season. Before Challes, Plust was a member of Nantes.
Emilija Podrug was Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Bosman Player of the Year -12. She shined with 11.4 ppg, 6.9 rog and 3.2 apg for 26 games last season. As Plust, Podrug also played for Nantes in 2010/11.
Earlier this summer Lyon already signed four players from Challes. They are Mistie Mims, Sara Chevaugeon, Alexia Plagnard and Danielle Page.



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NT forward Romy Bar extends her stay in France - by Eurobasket News

Romy Bar (189-F-87) will play in France for third straight year. The German forward signed a deal with Lyon. She spent last season with Challes, but the team went bankrupt earlier this summer and most of its players already joined Lyon. Bar appeared 29 times in the LFB last season averaging 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2 steals. She was the leagues No.1 in steals. Bar played for Challes also in 2010/11. At that time she had 8.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.7 apg and 2.4 spg (No.2). In both years she was named to Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Bosmans Team. Before Challes, Romy Bar played three years for the German squad TV Saarlouis Royals. She also has experience from ChemCats Chemnitz. In 2009 and 2010, Bar was named Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Player of the Year and she won two DBBL titles with Saarlouis. Romy Bar is active member of the German National Team since 2008.


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Caja Rural lands experienced Olga Chatzinikolaou - by Eurobasket News

Zamarat Caja Rural Tintos de Toro reinforced its roster for the upcoming season. The Spanish squad signed a 1-year deal with experienced Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81). The Greek guard arrives to Caja Rural from Sony Athinaikos, where she spent last three years. She won three Greek league titles with Anthinaikos. They also grabbed Cup trophy this year and Hatzinikolaou was named MVP. In 2010, Athinaikos was the EuroCup champion. Olga Hatzinikolaou shined with 9.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 4.2 apg for 22 games in Greece last season. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Guard of the Year -12. Before Athinaikos, Hatzinikolaou spent few years with Esperides. They were champions of Greece in 2006 and 2008. With Esperides, the guard also won four Cup trophies. Hatzinikolaou is active member of the Greek National Team since 2006.


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Standings - Women

A Division Standings
 1. Atomeromu 0-0 
 2. Bajai NKK 0-0 
 3. BSE-FCSM 0-0 
 4. Cegledi EKK 0-0 
 5. DKSK 0-0 
 6. Pecs 2010 0-0 
 7. UNI SEAT 0-0 
 8. UNIQA Eurol. 0-0 
 9. Vasas 0-0 
 10. ZTE 0-0 



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Lorena Infante signs with Italian Orvieto - by Eurobasket News

Lorena Infantes (171-PG-81, agency: Regeneracom Sports) will continue her career in Italy. The Spanish point guard signed a deal with SerieA newcomer Ceprimini Construzioni Orvieto. It will be her first year out of Spain. Infante spent last season with Burgos averaging 9.7 ppg, 5.4 apg and 3.9 rpg for 26 LFB games. Infante was the leagues No.1 in assists and she was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Domestic Players Team -12. She was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 2nd Team -12. Lorena Infantes split 2010/11 season between Olesa and Burgos. With Burgos she had 11.9 ppg, 5.4 apg and 4.5 rpg in 14 games helping them to win the promotion from LF2 to LFB. Her numbers were lower with Olesa in 17 LFB games. With them she had 5.8 ppg, 3.6 apg and 3 rpg for 17 appearances. Before Olesa and Burgos, Lorena had also played fpr other LFB teams like Ibiza (playing FIBA Cup), Badajoz and Cortegada.


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Limoges ABC adds rookie guard Thazina Cook - by Eurobasket News

Thazina Cook (175-G-88) will start her professional basketball career in France. The American guard signed a 1-season deal with Limoges ABC. They will compete in French second division for women. Cook graduated at the University of Iona a year ago. She shined with 14.5 ppg and 7 rpg for her school in 27 games as a senior. Cook was great in 2008/09 as well. At that time she had 14.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 31 games. The played was named to All-MAAC 1st Team -09, 10. In 2007 and 2008 Thazina Cook reached MAAC Tournament Finals with her school. They were stopped in the Semis in 2009 and 2010. Cook spent all four years with Iona and now is ready to start her pro career.


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Johannah LEEDHAM
  ENG
  (180-SF-87)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Leedham, ENG16.2 
 2. De Souza, BRA16.2 
 3. Dumerc, FRA15.8 
 4. Chen, CHN15.7 
 5. Viteckova, CZE15.2 
 6. Stafford, ENG15.2 
 7. Cambage, AUS15.1 
 8. Jackson, AUS14.6 
 9. Mandir, CRO14.0 
 10. Smith, CAN13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clarissa DOS SANTOS
  (187-C-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Dos Santos, BRA9.0 
 2. De Souza, BRA8.8 
 3. Charles, USA8.0 
 4. Osipova, RUS7.5 
 5. Jackson, AUS7.4 
 6. Parker, USA7.3 
 7. Manuel, ANG7.2 
 8. Yilmaz, TUR7.2 
 9. Horakova, CZE6.8 
 10. Chen, CHN6.7 
Assists Per Game
 LiJie MIAO
  (178-F-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Miao, CHN6.5 
 2. Bird, USA4.7 
 3. Vardarli, TUR4.5 
 4. Thorburn, CAN4.5 
 5. Pinto, BRA4.4 
 6. Hammon, RUS3.8 
 7. Dumerc, FRA3.5 
 8. O''Hea, AUS3.3 
 9. Lelas, CRO3.2 
 10. Rodrigues, BRA3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jelena IVEZIC
  CRO
  (182-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ivezic, CRO2.8 
 2. Leedham, ENG2.4 
 3. McCoughtry, USA2.4 
 4. Horakova, CZE2.0 
 5. Alben, TUR1.8 
 6. Catchings, USA1.6 
 7. Moore, USA1.6 
 8. Yilmaz, TUR1.5 
 9. Dumerc, FRA1.5 
 10. Rodrigues, BRA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sandrine GRUDA
  FRA
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gruda, FRA2.3 
 2. Cambage, AUS1.9 
 3. Burgrova, CZE1.7 
 4. De Souza, BRA1.6 
 5. Ivankovic, CRO1.4 
 6. Stewart, ENG1.4 
 7. Osipova, RUS1.3 
 8. Parker, USA1.3 
 9. Fagbenle, ENG1.2 
 10. Kulichova, CZE1.0 


USA and France to fight for the Gold in London - by Eurobasket News

Australia - USA 73-86
Facing its first challenge of the Olympics, the U.S. women's basketball team turned up its defensive pressure and turned away Australia. Trailing early in the second half, U.S. coach Geno Auriemma turned to his Olympic rookies and the group - led by Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) and Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82, college: Minnesota) - pressured the Australians into turnovers and bad shots, sparking a pivotal scoring run in the third quarter to help the U.S. beat Australia 86-73 on Thursday. The Americans, playing for a fifth straight gold medal, will meet the winner of the France-Russia semifinal. Australia went right at the U.S. behind 6-foot-8 Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91), but the Americans' depth and pressure defense wore down another opponent. The Australian's budding star scored 19 points in the first half and Australia led 47-43 at halftime. But the Americans held her scoreless in the second half. The Americans had cruised through their first six games winning by an average of 38 points before facing the No. 2 team in the world in the semifinals - a round earlier than they had met at the past three Olympics. With the U.S trailing 56-55 in the third quarter and star Diana Taurasi (183-SG-82, college: Connecticut) sidelined with four fouls, Auriemma turned to his bench. The reserves responded, sparking the game-changing run. Whalen started the 16-6 burst by scoring the first six points and Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84, college: LSU) chipped in another four to help the Americans build a 65-59 lead at the end of the third quarter. They also cranked up the defensive pressure; Australia shot just 4 of 18 from the field in the third. The U.S. extended its lead to 11 on Charles' two free throws early in the fourth period and Australia could only get within nine the rest of the way. The Americans improved to 7-0 all-time in the Olympics against Australia. Charles and Taurasi each scored 14 for the U.S. Sue Bird finished with 13 points. The Americans have won the last four golds and 40 consecutive Olympic contests dating back to the bronze medal game in 1992. The top two teams in the world had met in the previous three gold medal games with the U.S. coming out on top. This was the first time they had played in the semifinals since 1996. Cambage, making her first appearance in the Olympics, was unstoppable in the first half. She was able to catch the ball close to the basket and the Americans couldn't contain her. She made eight of her 12 shots to give the Australians a four-point lead at the break. Australia shot 61 percent in the first half, but only had nine baskets in the second half. "They started playing zone and that threw us off in the third quarter," said Cambage, who's only shot of the decisive period was a wild 3-pointer with the shot clock running down. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) finished with 14 points for Australia. A gold medal is one of the only things lacking from Jackson's impressive career. She's won a world championship, two WNBA titles and is the Olympics all-time leading scorer. Yet she's come up just short in her four Olympic appearances against the U.S. The Australians have already had the two most memorable moments in women's basketball at the Olympics. Belinda Snell hit a 50-foot heave to send a game into overtime and Liz Cambage had a dunk against Russia, which might have been the first in Olympic history. For one half, they looked to be on the verge of another unforgettable moment - an upset of the favored Americans. Instead, they ran out of gas. Australia came into the London Games off a disappointing fifth place finish at the 2010 world championship. The Australians are missing star guard Penny Taylor, who tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the Euro League finals in April. They lost a pool game to France - the first time they were beaten by a team other than the U.S. in the Olympics since 1996. *Courtesy of The Associated Press (via www.wtnh.com)

Russia - France 64-81
Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) scored 18 points and Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) added 15 to help France rout Russia 81-64 in the women's Olympic basketball semifinals on Thursday. The French will play the U.S. for the gold medal Saturday night in a matchup of the only unbeaten teams in the tournament. France, which is playing in only its second Olympics, is assured of winning its first medal in women's basketball with the semifinals win. While the French found ways to win tight games in the preliminary rounds, they jumped out in front of Russia early -- scoring 10 of the game's first 11 points and never looked back. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) continued her stellar play for France. She finished with 11 points against Russia and has hit several clutch shots for the French during their impressive Olympic tournament run. Becky Hammon (175-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) scored 13 points to lead Russia, which will play Australia for the bronze medal. Courtesy of ESPN



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Gabriela Toma inks with SCM Craiova - by Eurobasket News

Gabriela Toma (192-C-74) inks with SCM Craiova for the next season. The Romanian player Center moves to her new team from BC ICIM Arad.
Gabriela Toma played earlier for Polfa Pabianice (Poland-PLKK), LKS Lodz (Poland-PLKK) and SB Poznan (Poland-PLKK). In 2004-2005 for PZU Polfa Pabianice (Poland-PLKK) she averaged 6.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 0.9apg, 1.0spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 8.3%, FT: 76.8%.
In 2005-2006 for PZU Polfa Pabianice (Poland-PLKK) her stats read 7.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 66.3%. Later in 2006-2007 she played for Biandra Targoviste (D1, starting five) and then moved to CSS LMK Sf. Gheorghe (D1, starting five). In 2008-2009 for BC CSS MCM Targoviste (D1, starting five) in Romanian League she averaged 11.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, Blocks-1 (2.2bpg) and in EuroCup showed 9.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg, Blocks-1 (2.2bpg), FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 67.6%.
In 2009-2010 for MCM Targoviste (D1, starting five) had 4.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-3 (1.5bpg) in EuroCup. In 2010-2011 moved to BC ICIM Arad (D1, starting five) and in her first season there showed 10.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-4 (1.2bpg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 78.4%. The last season for BC ICIM Arad (D1, starting five) had 7.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 70.7%.



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2012 Olympics: France beats Russia 81-64, advances to Big Final - by Eurobasket News

Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) scored 18 points and Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) added 15 to help France rout Russia 81-64 in the women's Olympic basketball semifinals on Thursday.

The French will play the U.S. for the gold medal Saturday night in a matchup of the only unbeaten teams in the tournament. France, which is playing in only its second Olympics, is assured of winning its first medal in women's basketball with the semifinals win.

While the French found ways to win tight games in the preliminary rounds, they jumped out in front of Russia early -- scoring 10 of the game's first 11 points and never looked back.

Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) continued her stellar play for France. She finished with 11 points against Russia and has hit several clutch shots for the French during their impressive Olympic tournament run.

Becky Hammon (175-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) scored 13 points to lead Russia, which will play Australia for the bronze medal.

Courtesy of ESPN



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Lorena Infante signs with Italian Orvieto - by Eurobasket News

Lorena Infantes (171-PG-81, agency: Regeneracom Sports) will continue her career in Italy. The Spanish point guard signed a deal with SerieA newcomer Ceprimini Construzioni Orvieto. It will be her first year out of Spain. Infante spent last season with Burgos averaging 9.7 ppg, 5.4 apg and 3.9 rpg for 26 LFB games. Infante was the leagues No.1 in assists and she was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Domestic Players Team -12. She was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 2nd Team -12. Lorena Infantes split 2010/11 season between Olesa and Burgos. With Burgos she had 11.9 ppg, 5.4 apg and 4.5 rpg in 14 games helping them to win the promotion from LF2 to LFB. Her numbers were lower with Olesa in 17 LFB games. With them she had 5.8 ppg, 3.6 apg and 3 rpg for 17 appearances. Before Olesa and Burgos, Lorena had also played fpr other LFB teams like Ibiza (playing FIBA Cup), Badajoz and Cortegada.


Caja Rural lands experienced Olga Chatzinikolaou - by Eurobasket News

Zamarat Caja Rural Tintos de Toro reinforced its roster for the upcoming season. The Spanish squad signed a 1-year deal with experienced Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81). The Greek guard arrives to Caja Rural from Sony Athinaikos, where she spent last three years. She won three Greek league titles with Anthinaikos. They also grabbed Cup trophy this year and Hatzinikolaou was named MVP. In 2010, Athinaikos was the EuroCup champion. Olga Hatzinikolaou shined with 9.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 4.2 apg for 22 games in Greece last season. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Guard of the Year -12. Before Athinaikos, Hatzinikolaou spent few years with Esperides. They were champions of Greece in 2006 and 2008. With Esperides, the guard also won four Cup trophies. Hatzinikolaou is active member of the Greek National Team since 2006.


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2012 Olympics: US women beat Australia 86-73, advance to gold medal game - by Eurobasket News

Facing its first challenge of the Olympics, the U.S. women's basketball team turned up its defensive pressure and turned away Australia.

Trailing early in the second half, U.S. coach Geno Auriemma turned to his Olympic rookies and the group - led by Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) and Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82, college: Minnesota) - pressured the Australians into turnovers and bad shots, sparking a pivotal scoring run in the third quarter to help the U.S. beat Australia 86-73 on Thursday.

The Americans, playing for a fifth straight gold medal, will meet the winner of the France-Russia semifinal.

Australia went right at the U.S. behind 6-foot-8 Cambage Elizabeth (6'8''-C-91), but the Americans' depth and pressure defense wore down another opponent.

The Australian's budding star scored 19 points in the first half and Australia led 47-43 at halftime. But the Americans held her scoreless in the second half.

The Americans had cruised through their first six games winning by an average of 38 points before facing the No. 2 team in the world in the semifinals - a round earlier than they had met at the past three Olympics.

With the U.S trailing 56-55 in the third quarter and star Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) sidelined with four fouls, Auriemma turned to his bench. The reserves responded, sparking the game-changing run.

Whalen started the 16-6 burst by scoring the first six points and Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) chipped in another four to help the Americans build a 65-59 lead at the end of the third quarter.

They also cranked up the defensive pressure; Australia shot just 4 of 18 from the field in the third.

The U.S. extended its lead to 11 on Charles' two free throws early in the fourth period and Australia could only get within nine the rest of the way. The Americans improved to 7-0 all-time in the Olympics against Australia.

Charles and Taurasi each scored 14 for the U.S. Sue Bird (5'9''-PG-80, college: Connecticut) finished with 13 points.

The Americans have won the last four golds and 40 consecutive Olympic contests dating back to the bronze medal game in 1992. The top two teams in the world had met in the previous three gold medal games with the U.S. coming out on top. This was the first time they had played in the semifinals since 1996.

Cambage, making her first appearance in the Olympics, was unstoppable in the first half.

She was able to catch the ball close to the basket and the Americans couldn't contain her. She made eight of her 12 shots to give the Australians a four-point lead at the break. Australia shot 61 percent in the first half, but only had nine baskets in the second half.

"They started playing zone and that threw us off in the third quarter," said Cambage, who's only shot of the decisive period was a wild 3-pointer with the shot clock running down.

Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) finished with 14 points for Australia.

A gold medal is one of the only things lacking from Jackson's impressive career. She's won a world championship, two WNBA titles and is the Olympics all-time leading scorer.

Yet she's come up just short in her four Olympic appearances against the U.S.


The Australians have already had the two most memorable moments in women's basketball at the Olympics. Belinda Snell hit a 50-foot heave to send a game into overtime and Liz Cambage had a dunk against Russia, which might have been the first in Olympic history.

For one half, they looked to be on the verge of another unforgettable moment - an upset of the favored Americans. Instead, they ran out of gas.

Australia came into the London Games off a disappointing fifth place finish at the 2010 world championship. The Australians are missing star guard Penny Taylor, who tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the Euro League finals in April. They lost a pool game to France - the first time they were beaten by a team other than the U.S. in the Olympics since 1996.

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



Phoenix Mercury signs Dymond Simon to seven-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Mercury has signed local product Dymond Simon (5'5''-PG-89, college: Arizona St.) to a seven-day contract, the club announced today. Simon will fill one of the roster exemptions granted due to the long-term injuries to Candice Dupree and Charde Houston.

A 2011 graduate of Arizona State University, Simon played high school basketball at St. Mary's in Phoenix and is making her second stint with the hometown WNBA squad. She was invited to the Mercury's 2012 training camp but then waived prior to the start of the regular season.

The seven days on Simon's contract will begin when the WNBA season resumes on Aug. 16 when the Mercury travels to Seattle to take on the Storm. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The club returns to US Airways Center on Sunday, August 19 when it hosts the San Antonio Silver Stars in an afternoon tipoff scheduled for 3 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com