EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/16/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ALBANIA   



Switzerland roll over Albania in Tirana - by Eurobasket News

Albania-Switzerland 51:76

Switzerland roll over Albania in Tirana in the last game of Day 1 at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Swiss side took 76:51 in their first game.
Switzerland took 7:1 from the start and won the first period 20:10. Stockalper and Louissaint opened the second period from the arc, while David Ramseier (203-F/C-87) scored for 29:13. Switzerland later had 39:27 at the end of the half and Stefan Petkovic (185-PG-92) brought 45:29. Ramseier and Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) closed the period at 61:42 when it became clear about the winner. The guests also added 15-9 in the last period to seal the victory.
Dusan Mladjan led the way with 24 points and David Ramseier netted 13. Stefan Petkovic and Greg Brunner (201-PF-83, college: Iowa) scored 9 points each as the latter also grabbed 11 rebounds. Ersid Luca (212-C-81) finished the game with 12 points and Erkand Karaj (188-PG-82) notched 11. Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) ended up with 10 and Endrit Hysenagolli (204-C-88) had 7.

Albania: Ersid Luca 12, Erkand Karaj 11, Gerti Shima 10, Endrit Hysenagolli 7
Switzerland: Dusan Mladjan 24, David Ramseier 13, Stefan Petkovic 9, Greg Brunner 9+11 rebs



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  ARGENTINA   


Olimpico LB bring in Sam Clancy - by Eurobasket News (T)

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Sam Clancy (202-C/F-80, college: USC). The centre is meant to replace Peter Ezugwu (203-C-76, college: E.Michigan). Ezugwu will not play for the team due to personal issues.
Sam Clancy started the previous season with the Southeast Hoopstars in UBA. Later the centre moved to Atenas Cordoba. His stats read 8.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in LigaA. In January Sam Clancy penned deal with Club 9. He notched 9.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per appearance in LigaA. Previously Sam Clancy had stints in Puerto Rico, Israel, Russia, France, South Korea, Venezuela, Greece, CBA. He was named All-CBA Player of the Year in 2005. He also earned All-French ProA Honourable Mention in 2008.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Tigers sign Braswell - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Melbourne Tigers have built a team for Championship success, having made no compromises on talent completing their 2012/13 playing roster with the signing of import Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown).

Braswell, 33, is a tough point guard from Baltimore in the United States with silky skills, excellent ball handling and very good floor vision. He forged a stellar collegiate career at Georgetown University, starting in all 128 games played, finishing as the colleges all-time leader in steals and assists. After college he worked out with the NBAs Miami Heat, narrowly missing the final squad only a week before the season commenced.

Braswells career has included playing in the NBA D-League before progressing to the top divisions of Europe, including France, Greece, Russia and Turkey.

Australian basketball fans may remember Braswell playing 41 NBL games with the New Zealand Breakers (Jan 2010 - April 2011), leading the team to the top of the ladder at the end of regular season and their first NBL Championship in 2011.

After the Championship success, Braswell signed with the Southport Sharks in the New Zealand National Basketball League (NZNBL), during the NBL off season, where after only five games he suffered a season ending Achilles injury. It was the first major injury he had suffered playing professionally in 12 countries.

After a three month layoff he was back on the court for the 2012 NZNBL season where he averaged an impressive 20.6 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game in 16 games.

Coach Chris Anstey said the point guard decision was a tough one, however the club was delighted with the result.

It was a difficult decision, we had a lot of high quality point guards available. We admire the way that Kevin plays, including his ability to score and create for his teammates as the situation dictates. He has a strong body and his ability to swing into the shooting guard position really enhances our versatility and will assist dramatically in the development of young point guard Nate Tomlinson, who we see playing an important role.

We have had an emphasis on recruiting a good mix of youth and experience, in particular we wanted an experienced point guard who is a great leader and has a proven track record, for which Kevin ticks all the boxes.

The addition of Braswell means the Tigers will showcase a Championship quality roster for the 2012/13 iiNet NBL campaign which begins on Sunday 7th October in Adelaide.



Hawks eye local pair - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Wollongong Hawks are looking closely at a pair of local forwards for one of their final roster slots, reports the Illawarra Mercury.

206 centimetre Tasmanian Jack Osborn (206-C/F-90, college: Adams St.) and 204 centimetre Kilsyth Cobras player Auryn MacMillan (204-F/C-87, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Gardner-Webb) trained with the Hawks on Wednesday at the Snakepit.

"Jack has been brought in because of his size and we hadn't really seen him play before, whereas Auryn had been in before and he plays a lot bigger than what he is, so we wanted another look at him," Hawks head coach Gordie McLeod said.

McLeod made it clear that they weren't the only candidates the club was looking at when asked if they were in two-horse race for a roster slot.

"No not really. They're just two of the big guys we wanted to have a look at.

"Jack was going to be involved with the [Gold Coast] Blaze, and when they didn't go-ahead [former Blaze coach] Joey [Wright] spoke with me, and so did his agent, to say he was available.

"Auryn had been here before and we wanted to bring him back, and we just thought it was a good opportunity because his SEABL season just finished."

Wollongong have eight players signed for 2012/13 but are still looking for a pair of imports.



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  AUSTRIA   


Austria ease past Cyprus in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus-Austria 86:89 OT

Austria ease past Cyprus in overtime at the start of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Austrian side grabbed 89:86 win over the host in Nicosia.
At first Austria won the first period 22:17 and then erupted with 21-12 in the second frame. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma) brought 43:29 at the halftime, but the victory was not that easy. Cyprus reduced to 5 points after three quarters when they produced 22-13 in the third period. Cyprus needed another 18-13 in the fourth period to tie the game after four periods. Cyprus led 81:78 in overtime, but Austria had a strong finish to seal the victory.
Jason Detrick paced all the winners with 20 points and Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) nailed 18. Rasid Mahalbasic (208-C-90) delivered 17, while Moritz Lanegger (190-PG-90, agency: Interperformances) and Anton Maresch (191-SG-91, agency: Two Points) scored 12 apiece. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) answered with 23 points in the losing effort. Andreas Pilavas (193-G-83) posted 21 and Christopher Razis (194-PG-89) had 13.

Cyprus: Anthony King 23, Andreas Pilavas 21, Christopher Razis 13
Austria: Jason Detrick 20, Davor Lamesic 18, Rasid Mahalbasic 17, Moritz Lanegger 12, Anton Maresch 12



U18 European Championship: Austria outscored Romania in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18-Austria U18 50:80

Austria outscored Romania in Sarajevo at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The winners improved to 2-0 record after 80:50 win in a newly created Group G of the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place in Group G. Romanian meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Austria pulled the tempo early in the game and reached 18-8 after the first 10 minutes. They erupted with 31 points in the second frame as Valentin Bauer (181-PG-94) closed the half at 49:24. Marko Soldo (194-G/F-95) increased the lead to 27 and then Benedikt Guettl (188-G-94) scored for 62:37. Kolb later closed the third period from the free throw line to give his side 64:41. Another 16-9 in the last quarter gave Austria 30-point victory.
Valentin Bauer led the way with 20 points, whilst Jakob Poeltl (208-PF-95) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Benedikt Guettl notched 12 and Marko Soldo poured in 10. Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) scored 16 in defeat and Mirel Dragoste (180-PG-95) notched 9.

Romania U18: Andrei Damian 16, Mirel Dragoste 9
Austria U18: Valentin Bauer 20, Jakob Poeltl 14+10 rebs, Benedikt Guettl 12, Marko Soldo 10



Coach A's SUPER 5 - by Aaron Mitchell

Today i have the pleasure to introduce my top 5 questions!! My special player is Lorenzo Oneal of the Furstenfeld Panthers. An explosive rising young star in the Austrian League (ABL).

1.CA AFTER HAVING A GREAT YEAR IN FURSTENFELD LAST SEASON WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS INDIVIDUALLY AND TEAM WISE THIS SEASON??
LO MAKING THE PLAYOFFS IS ALWAYS THE TEAM GOAL EVERY SEASON. AS FAR AS MY INDIVIDUAL GOALS I REALLY WANT TO BE A CONSISTANT PLAYER AND TAKE
MY LEADERSHIP QUALITIES UP ANOTHER STEP!!

2. CA IT IS WELL KNOW THAT YOU ARE A FAN OF LEBRON JAMES. WHY IS THAT AND WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT HIS CHAMPIONSHIP RUN LAST SEASON??
LO WHY? IS SIMPLE HE IS UNSELFISH PLAYER WITH A TON OF ABILITY AND MOST OF ALL A TALENT THAT IS UNMATCHABLE. i AM A UNSELFISH PLAYER AND HIS WILL
IS WHAT I WANT TO DEVELOPE INTO MYSELF. SEASON? AMAZING HE REALLY STEPPED UP AND PUT HIS CRITICS TO SHAME. BUT WHAT WAS MOST
IMPRESSIVE WAS HOW STRONG MENTALLY AND COMPLETELY FOCUS HE WAS. BY THE WAY HE ALSO WON A GOLD METAL AS WELL . VERY IMPRESSIVE!!

3. CA WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS IN PLAYING ?? WOULD YOU PLAY OUTSIDE OF AUSTRIA??
LO WELL MY GOAL IS PLAY IN THE BEST LEAGUE THAT I CAN. YES I WOULD LEAVE AND WOULD LOVE TO PLAY IN ITALY. FOR ME THE ITALIAN LEAGUE IS A VERY
HIGH LEVEL AND WELL RESPECTED LEAGUE.

4. CA IF YOU COULD PLAY FOR ANY CLUB IN THE WORLD WHERE WOULD IT BE??
LO MONTEPASCHI SIENA . I HAD TO PLEASURE TO SEE THIS CLUB IN PERSON AND IT WAS IMPRESSIVE. THE ATMOSPHERE IS AMAZING AND SO PROFESSIONAL.
THIS IS THE LEVEL I WANT TO REACH AND COMPETE AGAINST SOME OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD!!

5. CA AS A YOUNG TALENT PLAYER IN THE ABL WHAT ARE THE MAIN THINGS YOU FOCUS ON TO IMPROVE YOUR GAME IN THE OFFSEASON ??
LO I REALLY LIKE TO FOCUS ON EVERYTHING. MY SHOOTING , PHYSICAL BODY, MENTAL TOUGHNESS, FOOTWORK, , QUICKNESS , AND CONDITIONING. BUT MOST
ALL I AM A STUDENT OF THE GAME , I STUDIED MYSELF AS WELL AS OTHERS TO IMPROVE ALL ASPECTS OF MY GAME. YOU CAN ALWAY LEARN!!

CA THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION. I HOPE AND WISH YOU ALL THE BEST FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON. I KNOW IT WILL BE VERY SUCCESSFULL!!
LO THANK YOU!!



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Azerbaijan cruise past Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg - Azerbaijan 78:101

Azerbaijan registered the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They stunned Luxembourg on the road tonight. Zaur Pashayev (188-G-83) provided 21 points to lead the visitors.
Azerbaijan exploded with 31 points in the opening quarter to clear off. They posted a 14-point lead after ten minutes. The visitors stayed aggressive offensively in the second quarter. Azerbaijan extended the lead to 18 points at halftime 59:41. Azerbaijan did not slow down after the big break. They erupted for 27 points in the third quarter to ensure a 20-point buffer before the fourth term. Azerbaijan limited the hosts to 12 points in the final term to seal a comfortable win at the end. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) and Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) accounted for 20 points each for the winners. Samy Picard (196-PF-88) answered with 28 points for Luxembourg. Tom Schumacher (189-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) provided 18 points in the loss.

Luxembourg: Samy Picard 28, Tom Schumacher 18
Azerbaijan: Zaur Pashayev 21, Charles Davis 20, Orhan Haciyeva 20



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Srdjan Jekovic new head coach of OKK Beograd - by Zoran Popovic (T)

After Vlado Djurovic takes internatinal engagement, Management of OKK Beograd decides to promotie Srdjan Jekovic as head coach. Coach Jekovic on his bench will have assistants Marko Boras and Tomislav Tomovic with mediacl staff Doctor Gligorije Babovic and Physiotherapeutic Marko Djurkovic.
Srdjan Jekovic was born October 17, 1969 in Cacak. During the players career he played for Zeleznicar Cacak, Borac Cacak, Kolubara Lazarevac, IMT Beopetrol, AZS Torun from Poland, SC Lusitania from Portugal and Prolupac from Prokuplje.
Coaching career he started in AS Basket Beograd, continue in Kolubara Lazarevac as head coach, assistant in KK Crvena Zvezda and junior team of Mega Vizura. Two times was head coach of Belgrade selection on international tournaments.



OKK Beograd lands Milorad Sutulovic - by Zoran Popovic (T)

Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90) is first enforcement for upcoming season in OKK Beograd. Milorad Sutulovic, 22 years old player, during the career played for Buducnost Podgorica, Union Olimpija, BC Igokea Aleksandrovac, ABS Primorka and KK Pogorica. During the last season in KK Podgorica Sutulovic average scored 18.2 points, 3.4 boards and 1.2 assists, Sutulovic win Montenegrian Championship and Naitonal Cup and with Unin Olimpija National Cup.


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  BELARUS   


Czech Republic surprise Belarus in Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Czech Republic 65:73

Czech Republic registered the opening win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Belarus in Minsk in Group F opener. David Jelinek (194-SG-90) scored 16 points to lead the visitors.
Czech Republic led by a single point after ten minutes 19:18. The visitors extended the lead in the second quarter. The Czech side accumulated a 39:30 halftime advantage. Belarus finally tuned their game in after the big break. The hosts got within one point at the final intermission. Charykau drew things level at 55 early in the fourth quarter. However Czech Republic kept Belarus scoreless for almost six minutes midway through the final term to take a 66:60 lead. Belarus could not recover and watched the visitors rally to the victory. Petr Benda (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) posted 13 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) and Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80) had 12 points each for the winners. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) answered with 16 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) netted 14 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Belarus: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 16, Artsiom Parakhouski 14
Czech Republic: David Jelinek 16, Petr Benda 13, Tomas Satoransky 12, Jiri Welsch 12



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  BELGIUM   


Verviers and Liege Transfers - by Peter Buyse (T)

Liege Basket recently announced the signing of their first import player in Andre Williamson (200-F-89).
The former Appalachian State Mountainers finished his senior year in college averaging 9.6 ppg and 7.2 rpg, while making 57 pct of his field goals.

VOO Verviers-Pepinster added another 2 American players to their roster. First off former Stanford guard Jeremy Green (193-G, college: Stanford). Did not play his senior year but showed lots of potential in his Sophomore and Junior year. As junior he was the 5th leading scorer in the strong PAC 12 conference. Overall his stats were, 16.7 ppg and 3.4 rpg earning him All Pac 12 honors. He chose to forego his senior year when he declared for the 2011 NBA draft but was not drafted and played part of the 2011-2012 season in the D-league for the LA Defenders and the Erie Bayhawks.

Second player announced is Jerime Anderson (187-G-89), a former UCLA Bruin. During his senior year he averaged 8.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 4.3 apg.




Charleroi Transfer News - by Peter Buyse (T)

Start of the pre-season is approaching and today Spirou Charleroi announced the addition of 2 American players to the roster.
First one is a power forward who most recently played in Germany for Alba Berlin, Derrick Allen (203-F-80, college: Mississippi). Allen previously already played 6 seasons in Germany. Started out his pro-career in Iceland during the 03-04 season. He then spent the next 2 years in Germany playing for Karlsruhe before moving to another German team, Bayer Leverkusen. During his one year at Bayer he became the league's leading scorer with 16.5 ppg. The next season at Skyliners Frankfut he was again among the Bundesliga's leading scorers with 18.1 ppg. He was on the Frankfurt roster till the end of the 2009-2010 season. Between 2010 and 2012 he played for Alba Berlin both EuroCup, Bundesliga and the qualifying round of the Euroleague in which the twice lost to Charleroi.
Last season he averaged 10.0 ppg and 4.2 rpg in the EuroCup and 9.1 and 4.0 in the German Bundesliga.

Second player announced is another forward Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.). He started his overseas career in Turkey where he played for D2 team Trabsonspor.
Afterwards he played in Hungary during the 2009-2010 season and became the second leading rebounder in the league with 8.8 rpg. He then like Allen also played in Germany for Goettingen where he played both EuroCup and Bundesliga. In the EC he played 14 games and averaged 13.1 ppg and 5.1 rpg.
In the past season he played both the Serbian league and Adriatic league with Radnicki. Became the 3rd leading scorer in the Adriatic league with 17.5 ppg to go with his 6.6 rpg.

They should soon join following players still on the Spirou Charleroi roster, Andre Riddick (208-C-73, college: Kentucky), Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83), Justin Hamilton (190-G-80, college: Florida)n, Boris Penninck (202-C-88) and Amaury Jadin (189-G-86) for medical tests.




Belgium upset Poland in Sopot - by Eurobasket News

Poland-Belgium 57:64

Belgium upset Poland in Sopot to open their EuroBasket qualifying campaign with a victory. The Belgian side grabbed 64:57 win over the hosts at the end of Day 1.
Poland looked better in the start of the game and reached 21:17 at the end of the quarter. Ignerski later scored for 29:24, but Belgium replied with a 9-0 run for 33:29. Ponitka meanwhile managed to tie the game at 33:33. Belgium looked better in the third period and scored final nine points of the period, with Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87)'s three-pointer making it 49:40 on the buzzer. Poland reduced to 2 points at the end of the fourth period, but could not come closer. Tabu-Eboma and Maxime De Zeeuw brought the final points in a win.
Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Maxime De Zeeuw and Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB) posted 11 each. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) ended up with 10 points for the winners. Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) netted 23 in defeat, whilst Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) delivered 12.

Poland: Marcin Gortat 23, Lukasz Koszarek 12
Belgium: Sam Van Rossom 13, Maxime De Zeeuw 11, Wen Boss Mukubu 11, Christophe Beghin 10



U18 European Championship: Belgium ties the records with Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U18-Belgium U18 62:82

Belgium ties the records with Montenegro after the victory at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team won 82:62 as both sides are with 1-1 records in Group F.
Belgium looked fantastic in the first half and won the first two quarters. They limited the Montenegrin team to 13 points in each period and took 41:26 lead at the halftime. Montenegro replied with 23-18 in the third period and reduced to 10 points with 10 minutes to go. Belgium however limited them again to 13 points and won the last quarter by 10 points totaling to 20 at the end.
Naim El Khounchar (193-G-94) paced all the winners with 22 points and Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) as well as Xavier Francois (200-C-94) had 14 each. Emmanuel Lecomte (180-G-95) followed them with 10 points in a win. Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) poured in 14 points in defeat, while Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) added 10.

Montenegro U18: Masan Vrbica 14, Luka Djurovic 10
Belgium U18: Naim El Khounchar 22, Arno Mollekens 14, Xavier Francois 14, Emmanuel Lecomte 10



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  BOSNIA   


CSP Limoges targets Edin Bavcic - by Eurobasket News

CSP Limoges wants to sign Edin Bavcic (209-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) for the upcoming season. Two sides are already in talks, according to Catch-and-shoot.com. The Bosnian National Team forward should replace Landon Milbourne (201-F-87, college: Maryland), who moved to Panionios Athens. Bavcic averaged 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds for 18 games with Greek KAO Dramas last season. He joined them in December. Before that, the player had 3 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 3 games with Vanoli-Braga Cremona. Edin Bavcic changed three teams in 2010/11 season. He started with Enel Brindisi and in November of 2010 moved to Khimik Yuzhny. There he had 10.2 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 5 EuroChallenge games and averaged pretty close numbers in Ukrainian championship. Bavcic finished that season with Aris Thessaloniki registering 10.1 ppg and 6.2 rpg for 16 appearances. In the past, he played for Union Olimpija, Kepez, Koln and Bosna ASA BHT. Edin Bavcic is active member of the Bosnian National Team since 2005.


Bosnia and Herzegovina hang on to beat Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Latvia 87:84

Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They overcame visiting Latvia in Sarajevo. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Bosnia and Herzegovina fired 23 points in the opening quarter but Latvia almost matched the effort and trailed by just one point at the first break. Bosnia and Herzegovina managed to clear off to a 3-point lead at halftime 41:38. Latvia capped the third term on a 7:2 run to take a 67:64 lead into the fourth frame. Mejeris stretched the lead to 6 points early in the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands numerous times before Persic and Zach Wright gave the home team an 85:82 lead with 5 seconds remaining. Davis Bertans (205-SF-92) put Latvia within one but Djedovic answered with two accurate free throws and sealed the victory for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) provided 20 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points in the victory. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) answered with 18 points for Latvia. Davis Bertans had 17 points in the loss.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mirza Teletovic 24, Zack Wright 20+11 boards, Elmedin Kikanovic 18
Latvia: Janis Strelnieks 18, Davis Bertans 17



U18 European Championship: Finland edge Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News

Finland U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 86:84

Finland recorded the first win at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They held off Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group F action. Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) stepped up with 23 points to lead the winners.
Bosnia and Herzegovina got to a perfect start. They unloaded 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. Finland slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The teams traded baskets however Bosnia and Herzegovina secured a 9-point advantage at the interval. Finland however changed the complexion of the game drastically in the third quarter. The Nordic side went on a 27:12 rally to leave Bosnia and Herzegovina behind. The Finnish team entered the fourth stanza up by 6 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina returned the lead 79:77 midway through the final stanza but Finland answered with a 7:1 rally to surge ahead. Maki nailed two free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory at the end. Joni Herrala (190-G-94) and Niko Mattila (191-SG-94) posted 14 points each for the winners. Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) answered with 34 points and 20 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Adin Vrabac (202-G/F-94) had 24 points in the loss.

Finland U18: Julius Rajala 23, Joni Herrala 14, Niko Mattila 14
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Jusuf Nurkic 34+20 boards, Adin Vrabac 24



Miroslav Todic signs with Fulgor Libertas Forli - by Miljan Veskovic (T)

Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) is the new member of Italian LegaDue team MarcoPoloShop.it Forli. After a good season in Ukraine, Miroslav decided to move to Italy. He signed a two year contract and will bring a large set of skills to Italian Team. He is Power Forward who can play in a low post and also shoot the ball. In his career he played for Krka Novo Mesto (Slovenia-1A), Opel Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga), AO Kolossos Rodou (Greece-A1), Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas (Greece-A1), Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden-Basketligan), Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1) and Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine-Superleague).
Last season in Ukraine he averaged 13.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 67.6%.



Jovicic and Miletic re-sign with KK Igokea - by Nicky Vasic (T)

Last seasons' runners-up BC Igokea Aleksandrovac have continued rebuilding their roster. After adding Americans Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Cent.Conn.St.) and Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson), and Serbian swingman Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket), they have decided to re-sign power forward Nenad Jovicic (201-F-91). Jovicic started last season at BC Igokea Aleksandrovac, but moved on loan to KK Mladost 76 Prnjavor in the second half of the season, and helped them to promotion to 1. Liga RS (II Division).

They have also decided to re-sign Marko Miletic (198-SG-92), who was just recently cut from Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team due to injury by head coach Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Interperformances ). Miletic enjoyed a solid last season, averaging 10 points while shooting at 67% for 2 points over 21 games.



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  BRAZIL   


Joinville release Renan Leichtweis - by Paulo Freire (T)

The Cia do Terno/Romaco/Joinville basketball team from Joinville city has made a recent change on their roster.
Just a few days after the official presentation of the team, the center Renan Leichtweis (207-C-89) has been release, the player came to Cia do Terno/Romaco/Joinville after a few years playing Spain but it was a quick journey in Cia do Terno/Romaco/Joinville.

The managers brought in for training camp Abner Moreira (205-F/C, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who was playing college basketball in Idaho, after his try-out time in the club it will be decide about a contract or not

Cia do Terno/Romaco/Joinville managers renew the contract for 2012-2013 season of Durval Cunha (200-F-92), Romario Veber (180-G-91) and Maxwell Dias (197-F-91).

The rumors now are that the former point guard Henrique Medeiros (182-G-89) will be back at the team of Cia do Terno/Romaco/Joinville since he is finishing his college career in US.



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Randy 'Chino' George Officially Begins Workout With France League Team - by David Edole

BVI Platinum News

The Virgin Islands' Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) missed the championship series when his local team Legs swept Mega Mix, as he was called away to France by FC Mulhouse Basketball Club to begin preparations for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

George signed a 1 year deal to play for the club. The 6'8" forward's signing came as a result of Coach Jamel Benabid's hard work and commitment to get the club promoted to the French National 1 League for the season.

George left the Territory on August 4.

"I didn't play in any championship games with Legs because I had to leave. Preseason practice started for me on the 10th August, so I had to come early to take my team physicals and so on," George told BVI Platinum News.

"I am settling in quite well, preseason is going good so far and we have a couple preseason games coming up," George pointed out.

Over the next six weeks, the team will undergo rigorous preparations, which be divided between physical exercises and games, all punctuated by friendlies.

He said he is looking forward to playing against Souffel on the 23rd at home and then on the 29th the team travels to Switzerland to play against Boncourt, which is one of their top league (LNA) teams.

George will also participate in the 4 team tournament at home on the 1st and 2nd of September. There are a total of 8 preseason games and 26 regular season games which excludes trophy and other cup games.

George was officially the first recruit of coach Jemel Benabid's team. According to an article on the team, the goal of this preparation is to forget the departures (Martin Novak, Mdric Aubry, Alexis Riff Szkucz and Thibaut), but especially to best integrate the new faces of Jeremy Bichard, Cuneyt Cayir, Randy George, William Xavier Di Marzio and Sako.

"We wanted to replace our players return mail and grow our five," says Jamel Benabid. "Bichard will bring us the pace and skill and Cayir has defensive qualities. This is a complementary pair point guard and they will have the difficult task of replacing Novak and Riff. We also wanted to bring back offensive talents like George. We already have bases and the recruits will quickly get back into the mold," Benabid stated.



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Barcelona, PAO and Zvezda confirm Sofia tournament - by Maria Mitzova

Regal FC Barcelona, Panathinaikos Athens and Crvena Zvezda Beograd have all confirmed their participation in a Sofia tournament, hosted by Bulgarian champion Lukoil Academik Sofia. The tournament will take place in Armeec Arena, September 14-15.
Regal FC Barcelona will arrive early in Bulgaria, and will have a short training camp. Spanish champ will be in Lukoil's base at Pravets from Sept.11th.
Gameday 1 will feature Lukoil Academik Sofia - Regal FC Barcelona, and PAO - Zvezda.
Gameday 2 will meet the winners of the first day, for the 1st place, and the losers will play for the 3rd place.
This will be the main test for Lukoil Academik Sofia in their preparations for Euroleague Qualifying Round.



Bulgaria outplayed Sweden 78:73 - by Vladi Lazarova

in a very tough game, Bulgaria outplayed Sweden by 78:73 and made a successful start in Group B of Eurobasket qualifications in Sofia.

Chavdar Kostov led the scorers for the host team with 13 points. 208 cm tall American center Cedrick Simmons added 12 points in his first official game with Bulgarian jersey

Hungarian champion and National Cup holder with Solnok Hristo Nikolov finished in double figures 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winning beginning of the squad.

Bulgaria next game in the group is on Saturday, when the team of Rossen Barchovski will face Azerbaijan in Baku.



U18 European Championship: Croatia leave Dario Saric on bench, lose to Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U18 - Bulgaria U18 65:84

Bulgaria secured the U18 European Championship playoff birth. They knocked down Croatia to finish the Second Stage on a high note. Bulgaria improved at 3-2 record, while Croatia fell at 4-1 in Group F. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia played without their charismatic leader Dario Saric.
Bulgaria set the tone early in the game. They exploded with 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria stretched the lead in the second quarter. They established a 50:29 halftime lead. Bulgaria did not slow down in the third quarter. They boosted the lead to as many as 23 points at the final intermission. Croatia could not recovered and had to surrender for the first loss at the tournament. Nikolay Grozev (199-SG-94) accounted for 14 points, while Kris Minkov (198-SF-94) added 12 points in the victory. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) answered with 25 points for Croatia. Dominik Mavra (195-SG-94) and Tomislav Gabric (201-F-95) produced 13 points each in the loss.

Croatia U18: Jakov Mustapic 25, Dominik Mavra 13, Tomislav Gabric 13
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 17, Nikolay Grozev 14, Kris Minkov 12



Bulgaria hold off Sweden at home court - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria - Sweden 78:73

Bulgaria recorded the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off visiting Sweden for 1-0 record in Group B. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 13 points to lead the home team.
Bulgaria and Sweden traded baskets throughout intese first quarter. Hristo Nikolov (200-PF-85) capped the period with a three-pointer to give Bulgaria a 21:19 lead. The hosts used a 6:0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 33:27 lead. The margin soon grew at 8-point mark. Bulgaria ensured a 44:40 lead at halftime. Sweden kept within striking distance throughout the third quarter. The Scandinavian team trailed by three points heading into the fourth frame 57:60. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) scored first six points for Bulgaria in the fourth term to put Bulgaria up by 7 points 66:59. Sweden cut the deficit to three points on several occasions but Bulgaria hung on to escape with victory at the end. Chester Simmons posted 12 points, while Nikolay Varbanov (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances), Filip Videnov (197-SF-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky) and Hristo Nikolov added 11 points each for the winners. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) answered with 26 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for Sweden. Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) had 15 points in the loss.

Bulgaria: Chavdar Kostov 13, Chester Simmons 12, Nikolay Varbanov 11, Filip Videnov 11, Hristo Nikolov 11
Sweden: Jonas Jerebko 26, Christian Maraker 15



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  CANADA   


David Cooper named Mill Rats Head Coach - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Saint John Mill Rats held a press conference today to announce that they have hired David Cooper as Head Coach for the 2012-2013 NBL Canada season.

Cooper has been an integral part to the Mill Rats organization both on and off the court for the past five years. First as a player for three years, then as an assistant coach and VP of Marketing.

His new role as Head Coach this year is an exciting turn, one that Cooper says will help him develop and train players at the next level. He has been involved with coaching and development for over 10 years now.

Mill Rats General Manager Ian McCarthy states, "We are excited to have David Cooper take on this role for the team. He has been a role model for many and has earned the respect of the fans, organization and players. When the position opened up, it was a no brainer for us."

In 2002, while in college, he founded NetTime Sports an international Sports firm that specialized in the development and training of hundreds athletes throughout the United States and Canada.

Cooper graduated from James Madison University in 2006 after playing Division 1 NCAA basketball. He holds a Major in Kinesiology/ Sports Management and Business.

Cooper also played in the Northeast-10 Conference, was part of the USV1 National Team, was name to the Strength and Conditioning All American team and was a Mill Rats player for three years.

During the 2009-2010 season, Cooper was named Head Coach for Hesser College and lead the team to the NCAA Final 4 Conference in their first year. Later that year, in 2010, Cooper became a co-founder of Manchester, New Hampshire's, Bishop Elite AAU Basketball. David Cooper also founded David Cooper Basketball and partnered with Matt Bonner from the NBA San Antonio Spurs to run clinics and workouts throughout New Hampshire to promote Matt Bonner Basketball.

Since relocating to Saint John in 2010, Coop has also founded the Mill Rats Basketball Academy, dedicated to the training and development of players at an elite level. During his ten year tenor, Cooper has coached over 30 AAU teams from ages 10-17 on a local, national and international competitive level. He has personally developed over 100 collegiate and professional players.

The Saint John Mill Rats organization would like to thank former Head Coach Jaren Jackson, who earned the NBA Championship title in 1999 while playing for the NBA San Antonio Spurs. Jackson coached the team for the past two years but has decided to stay stateside this year as his wife accepted a legal job with the NCAA in Indianapolis. While helping his family during the transition, he will be missed.

"We are appreciative of the two years that Coach Jackson gave to our organization and we all learned a lot from his NBA pedigree and experience," stated Ian McCarthy, Mill Rats President and General Manager. "However we are really excited about the new direction our team is taking. We are confident that we will be a very, very competitive team this season."

The Saint John Mill Rats organization would also like to remind last year's season ticket holders that they have two weeks left to renew their seats before they become open to the public. Last day to renew is Friday, August 31.

Season tickets are first come, first serve. Bowl tickets are good for the best available seats anywhere in the bowl. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station box office and at the Mill Rats Fan Zone located on the second floor in the Brunswick Square Shopping Centre.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Encestando una sonrisa 2012: CD Universidad de Concepcion is the champion - by Daniel Valencia

On wednesday night was played the final of the "Encestando una Sonrisa" tournament. CD Universidad de Concepcion won the title for the second year in a row after a 74-64 victory against Uniceub, led by the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83), who averaged 27.5 points per game.

In the game for the third place, Minas Tenis defeated to CD Universidad Catolica 75-52, while in the game for the fifth place Randolph Macon defeated to Boca Juniors 81-77.

Final Standings

1. CD Universidad de Concepcion
2. Uniceub
3. Minas Tenis
4. CD Universidad Catolica
5. Randolph Macon
6. Boca Juniors

MVP: Evandro Arteaga (CD Universidad de Concepcion)



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World Basketball Standings - by Robert Wang (T)

FIBA announced the standings of world basketball, today . This is the updated info. released to the world right after the London Olympic Games. China national team received 5 lost in the Olympic Games and they dropped to the 11th place from the 10th.The top five are still the same. They are American, Spain, Argentina, Greece, Lithuania, Russian moves up to the 6th, and Turkey went down to the 7th, France and Brazil take the 8th and 9th, Australia takes 10th and the 11th is China. In Beijing Olympic Games, China had a very very good game against Spain and lost at overtime, this might make the team think they still can play well in London this time, but it was not. Yao's period is gone and never comes back. It is a history now and it is Yi's Time. While, it seemed like Yi could not carry the team currently. From this 5 lost Games in London, China lost over 15 points every game against other country. We would like to say, China still have a long way to go. A lot of things need to solve.


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FEDERATION CUP NEWS - by Victor Garcia (T)

The teams keep trying to assemble their rosters for the upcoming Federation Cup, we want to show you some of the most important moves towards the cup.

Guerreros de Bogota reaches an agreement to bring Stalin Ortiz (1,91 G) back to Bogot, Ortiz was two times champion with the teams of the city and now goes for its 4th Federation Cup tittle.
Guerreros de Bogota also inked the most promising colombian big man in the Cup, Divier Perez (2,03 F/C) is going to the capital as part of the Guerreros team.

Bukaros agrees terms with a very well known american player, Erron Maxey (1,98 F) will be the new import of the Bukaros, Maxey is plenty of experience in Argentina, Uruguay, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

Once Caldas de Manizales, confirmed that Sergio Trocha (2, 05 F/C) is coming to the country to play his first pro - season with the Manizales team.





FEDERATION CUP, NEW DATE AND TEAMS - by Victor Garcia

After the last meeting with the Colombian Federation Board and the teams a new date has been schedulled to start the Cup, and 100 teams confirmed its intention to play in the Cup.

The 2012 Cup will start on September 7, the teams with the intention to play are:

Bukaros de Bucaramanga
Guerreros de Bogota
Arrieros de Antioquia
Islanders de San Andres
Once Caldas de Manizales (NEW TEAM)
Indervalle de Cali
Hormigueros de Bucaramanga (NEW TEAM)
Cafeteros de Armenia (Back in the cup)
Bayside de San Andres (NEW TEAM)
Patriotas de Tunja or Piratas de Bogot

The proposal is to split the teams in two groups, rules will be the same : three imports and two dual citizenship player per team.




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U18 European Championship: Croatia leave Dario Saric on bench, lose to Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U18 - Bulgaria U18 65:84

Bulgaria secured the U18 European Championship playoff birth. They knocked down Croatia to finish the Second Stage on a high note. Bulgaria improved at 3-2 record, while Croatia fell at 4-1 in Group F. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia played without their charismatic leader Dario Saric.
Bulgaria set the tone early in the game. They exploded with 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria stretched the lead in the second quarter. They established a 50:29 halftime lead. Bulgaria did not slow down in the third quarter. They boosted the lead to as many as 23 points at the final intermission. Croatia could not recovered and had to surrender for the first loss at the tournament. Nikolay Grozev (199-SG-94) accounted for 14 points, while Kris Minkov (198-SF-94) added 12 points in the victory. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) answered with 25 points for Croatia. Dominik Mavra (195-SG-94) and Tomislav Gabric (201-F-95) produced 13 points each in the loss.

Croatia U18: Jakov Mustapic 25, Dominik Mavra 13, Tomislav Gabric 13
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 17, Nikolay Grozev 14, Kris Minkov 12



Rookie center Justin Hamilton at Cibona's training camp - by Eurobasket News (T)

There is a new face at Cibona Zagreb training camp. It is American center Justin Hamilton (210-C-90, college: LSU). At this moment it is not clear is the player brought in for try-out or Cibona is set to sign a deal with him. Hamilton played for the Miami Heat at 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He had 9 ppg and 4 rpg for 3 games. He was selected as 45th overall pick at the NBA Draft earlier this summer. The Philadelphia 76ers selected the player, but traded him to Miami soon after that. Justin Hamilton played for the Louisiana State University last season, but he decided to leave after his junior year. He had 12.7 ppg and 7.2 rpg for 32 games with the school. Justin Hamilton transferred to LSU a year ago from the Iowa State University. With Iowa State the player spent two seasons.


Eco Orebro adds Croatian forward Fran Urli - by Eurobasket News (T)

Eco Orebro continues with signings for the upcoming season. Their latest addition is Croatian forward Fran Urli (203-F-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Hawaii-Pacific). The player heads to his new team from Hawaii-Pacific University, where he graduated few months ago. Urli appeared 26 times for the school averaging 11.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. He was awarded with All-PacWest Honorable Mention -12. Fran Urli transferred to Hawaii-Pacific in 2011 from the University at Albany. He missed 2010/11 season and before that the player had 5.5 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 30 games with Albany in 2009/10. Urli joined Albany in 2009 from Panola Junior College (JUCO), where he played from 2007 to 2009. In the past, Urli was a member of Zagreb II. He also was a member of Croatian U16 and U18 National Team.


Experienced Andrej Stimac signs in Switzerland - by Eurobasket News (T)

Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) will continue his career in Switzerland. The experienced Croatian PF/C penned a deal with Geneve Lions. They compete in Swiss top division for men - LNA. The Lions reached Playoff Finals last season. Stimac finished 2011/12 with Svjetlost Slavonski Brod, where he arrived in January. He shined with 16.7 points, 7 rebounds and 2.7 assists for 21 games in A1. Stimac was fourth rebounder and fifth scorer of the league and he was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Honorable Mention -12. Andrej Stimac played for Turkish Mersin in 2010/11 season. There he had 4.8 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 20 appearances. From 2008 to 2010 he was a member of Zagreb winning the Cup trophy with them in their second season together. In 2008, Stimac won the title in Croatia with Zadar. He helped the team with 8.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg for 22 games. In the past, the big guy played for Menorca, Cibona and RIjeka. He won the Croatian league title with Cibona in 2004.


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Austria ease past Cyprus in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus-Austria 86:89 OT

Austria ease past Cyprus in overtime at the start of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Austrian side grabbed 89:86 win over the host in Nicosia.
At first Austria won the first period 22:17 and then erupted with 21-12 in the second frame. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma) brought 43:29 at the halftime, but the victory was not that easy. Cyprus reduced to 5 points after three quarters when they produced 22-13 in the third period. Cyprus needed another 18-13 in the fourth period to tie the game after four periods. Cyprus led 81:78 in overtime, but Austria had a strong finish to seal the victory.
Jason Detrick paced all the winners with 20 points and Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) nailed 18. Rasid Mahalbasic (208-C-90) delivered 17, while Moritz Lanegger (190-PG-90, agency: Interperformances) and Anton Maresch (191-SG-91, agency: Two Points) scored 12 apiece. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) answered with 23 points in the losing effort. Andreas Pilavas (193-G-83) posted 21 and Christopher Razis (194-PG-89) had 13.

Cyprus: Anthony King 23, Andreas Pilavas 21, Christopher Razis 13
Austria: Jason Detrick 20, Davor Lamesic 18, Rasid Mahalbasic 17, Moritz Lanegger 12, Anton Maresch 12



Pizza Express Apollon signs Kapelan - by Michael Aristidou (T)


Pizza Express Apollon Limassol achieved an agreement with Bosnian guard Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.). The player is the first non Cypriot of the squad for the new season. So far Pantouris and Iliadis are in the roster and now the team is lokking to some more additions in the near future. Diego Kapelan started the season in Zrinjski HT and in Januray moved to ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen in Germany
According to information Pizza Experss Apollon is near to sign up 1-2 Americans.



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U18 European Championship: Israel upset Czech Republic in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News

Israel U18-Czech Republic U18 77:70

Israel upset Czech Republic in Sarajevo at the start of the Second Stage. Israeli team tied the records at 1-1 in Group E of the U18 European Championship in Division B after a 77:70 win.
Israel won the first period 18-17 and added 17-13 in the second frame. Moreover the team looked better in the third quarter and produced a 23-18 burst. Egor Koulechov (194-SF-94) scored for 60:52 early in the fourth and Ohanon increased to 10. Czech Republic tried hard to recover but could not come closer than 7 points.
Egor Koulechov erupted with 33 points for the winners and Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 11. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95) collected 9 points and 12 rebounds, while Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 8. Karel Ausprunk (200-F/C-94) answered with 18 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, whilst Petr Herman (204-PF-94) added 16. Marian Hrabovsky (198-G/F-94) notched 11 and Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) poured in 10.

Israel U18: Egor Koulechov 33, Rafael Menco 11, Naor Sharon 9+12 rebs, Itay Segev 8
Czech Republic U18: Karel Ausprunk 18+12 rebs, Petr Herman 16, Marian Hrabovsky 11, Lukas Festr 10



Czech Republic surprise Belarus in Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Czech Republic 65:73

Czech Republic registered the opening win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Belarus in Minsk in Group F opener. David Jelinek (194-SG-90) scored 16 points to lead the visitors.
Czech Republic led by a single point after ten minutes 19:18. The visitors extended the lead in the second quarter. The Czech side accumulated a 39:30 halftime advantage. Belarus finally tuned their game in after the big break. The hosts got within one point at the final intermission. Charykau drew things level at 55 early in the fourth quarter. However Czech Republic kept Belarus scoreless for almost six minutes midway through the final term to take a 66:60 lead. Belarus could not recover and watched the visitors rally to the victory. Petr Benda (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) posted 13 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) and Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80) had 12 points each for the winners. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) answered with 16 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) netted 14 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Belarus: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 16, Artsiom Parakhouski 14
Czech Republic: David Jelinek 16, Petr Benda 13, Tomas Satoransky 12, Jiri Welsch 12



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Rob Delaney and Ryan Willen join Aalborg Vikings - by Christian Hamborg

Aalborg Vikings announced today the signing of their American players for the upcoming season. 6'4 Rob Delaney (193-G, agency: SDJ Sports) and 6'8 Ryan Willen (203-F) both played at the college level for Lafayette Leopards and this will be their first pro season in Europe.
Both players had a rather succesful senior-season individually but only managed to take their team to the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals after having been a Patriot League Tournament Finalist in 2010 and 2011.

Rob Delaney was elected Patriot League All-Tournament Team in his senior season while Ryan Willen was Division I Academic All-District 2 Team, All-Patriot League 1st Team and CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America All-District 2 1st Team in his senior season
Rob Delaney averaged 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.6apg and shot FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 57.7% while Ryan Willen averaged 14.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg and shot FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 82.3% in their last season for the Lafayette Leopards.

Aalborg Vikings has also announced that Niels Andreasen (192-G-92) a member of the Danish U20 National Team will be joining while Soren Sorensen (196-F/C-88), Mads Rasmussen (195-F-88) and Rune Lauridsen (191-F-88) will play yet another season for the Aalborg Vikings.



U18 European Championship: Germany too good for Denmark - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - Denmark U18 75:61

Germany improved at 2-1 record in classification round Group G at U18 European Championship. They defeated Denmark to stay in the fight for Division A survival. Gavin Schilling (205-PF-95) knocked down 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Germany eked out a 12:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They erupted for 26 points in the second quarter to boost the margin. Germany ensured a 38:28 halftime lead. Denmark cut the deficit in the third quarter. They got within 7 points at the final intermission. But Germany limited their Scandinavian opponents to 12 points in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Ismet Akpinar (190-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) posted 10 points, while Johannes Thiemann (203-F-94) finished with 9 points for the winners. Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Denmark. Peter Moeller (190-PG-94) netted 11 points in defeat.

Germany U18: Gavin Schilling 20, Ismet Akpinar 10, Johannes Thiemann 9
Denmark U18: Rasmus Larsen 14, Peter Moeller 11



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Tallinn saw a successful start of the home side - by Eurobasket News

Estonia-Slovak Republic 95:74

Tallinn saw a successful start of the home side at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Estonia overcame Slovak Republic 95:74 in the start of Group A in the capital.
Estonia took 27:20 after the first period and added 24-22 in the second frame. Janar Talts (207-PF-83) sent the teams to the lockers at 51:42 and Sokk increased to 11 points early in the third. Estonia continued to dominate the court and grabbed 75:60 after thirty minutes. They added another productive 20-14 in the last stanza for the first victory.
Janar Talts top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) added 15. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) netted 14, while Gert Dorbek (193-SG-85) had 11. Jozef Vojtek (204-F-85) replied with 13 points in defeat and Robert Nuber (187-PG-83) had 12. Dusan Pandula (197-SF-84) delivered 10, while Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 9.

Estonia: Janar Talts 16+11 rebs, Kristjan Kangur 15, Gregor Arbet 14, Gert Dorbek 11
Slovak Republic: Jozef Vojtek 13, Robert Nuber 12, Dusan Pandula 10, Anton Gavel 9



U18 European Championship: England remains undefeated in Division B - by Eurobasket News

England U18-Estonia U18 73:49

England remains undefeated in Division B at the U18 European Championship. The team won the first game of the Second Stage over Estonia 73:49 for 2-0 record. The Baltic side meanwhile fell at 0-2 record in Group E.
Estonia surprised the favorites with 16-15 in the first period, but could not match at the rest of the game. England answered with 20-4 in the second period for 35:20 at the halftime. Moreover England won the third period 20-17 as Luke Nelson (189-PG-95) brought 55:37 on the board after three quarters. Another 18-12 in the last period continued their winning streak.
Tyrell Isaacs (183-PG-95) and Luke Nelson stepped up with 12 points each. Kingsley Okoroh (213-C-95) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Jordan Spencer (183-PG-94) poured in 7. Martin Jurtom (198-PF-94) produced 12 points in defeat, while Brett Nomm (185-PG-94) had 9.

England U18: Tyrell Isaacs 12, Luke Nelson 12, Kingsley Okoroh 10+12 rebs, Jordan Spencer 7
Estonia U18: Martin Jurtom 12, Brett Nomm 9



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  EUROCUP   


Azovmash sign Akinlolu Akingbala and Lynn Greer - by Eurobasket News (T)

Azovmash bolstered their roster. They added Akinlolu Akingbala (208-C-83, college: Clemson) and Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple).

Akinlolu Akingbala spent the last season in France. The centre played for Nancy. He tallied 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block per game in Euroleague. In French League the Nigerian player delivered 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks per game. Previously Akinlolu Akingbala had stints with Universitet-Yugra, BK Ventspils, Pujol Lleida and Los Angeles D-Fenders. Eurobasket.com named the centre into All-French ProA 2nd Team last season.
Lynn Greer comes to Mariupol from Russia. The guard played for Unics Kazan last season. Lynn Greer notched 9.1 points, 4.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game in VTB League. In Euroleague his stats read 7.6 points, 2.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal per appearance. Lynn Greer also notched 7.3 points, 1.7 assists and 1.4 rebounds in PBL. Previously Lynn Greer played in Turkey, Italy, Greece, NBA, Poland and NBDL. He was named All-Polish League Player of the Year in 2004. Lynn Greer was trumped All-Italian SeriaA Player of the Year in 2006.




Banvit finally confirms signing of Vladimir Stimac - by Eurobasket News (T)

Vladimir Stimac (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) is officially a new member of Banvit. We reported earlier this summer that two sides agreed a deal, but his team finally made it official today. Stimac is not a new face in TBL as he spent last season with Olin Edrine. He appeared 30 times in the league averaging 14.8 points and 9.9 rebounds. The Serbian big guy was second rebounder of the competition and was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 2nd Team -12 and Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Bosmans Team -12. He also participated at TBL All-Star Game. In EuroChallenge, Stimac added 18 ppg and 7.2 rpg for 6 games. Before Olin Edrine, Vladimir Stimac played for CEZ Nymburk. He started 2010/11 season with Ventspils, where he arrived during the summer of 2010 from Crvena Zvezda. Vladimir Stimac active member of the Serbian National Team. They outplayed Iceland last night in the opening game of 2013 EuroBasket qualifications.


Rookie center Justin Hamilton at Cibona's training camp - by Eurobasket News (T)

There is a new face at Cibona Zagreb training camp. It is American center Justin Hamilton (210-C-90, college: LSU). At this moment it is not clear is the player brought in for try-out or Cibona is set to sign a deal with him. Hamilton played for the Miami Heat at 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He had 9 ppg and 4 rpg for 3 games. He was selected as 45th overall pick at the NBA Draft earlier this summer. The Philadelphia 76ers selected the player, but traded him to Miami soon after that. Justin Hamilton played for the Louisiana State University last season, but he decided to leave after his junior year. He had 12.7 ppg and 7.2 rpg for 32 games with the school. Justin Hamilton transferred to LSU a year ago from the Iowa State University. With Iowa State the player spent two seasons.


Lagun Aro GBC out of EuroCup - by Eurobasket News

Lagun Aro GBC will not play in EuroCup next season. The team officially announced this news yesterday. The main reason for this decision is reduced budget for 2012/13. The team had impressive last season in Liga Endesa. They were No.5 of the regular season and reached Playoff Quarterfinals. There, Valencia had to work very hard to eliminate them with 2-1. Lagun Aro had MVP and best scorer of Liga Endesa last season - Andy Panko. However, the player left this summer for Panathinaikos Athens. Lagun Aro GBC ended as No.14 in 2010/11 season. They returned to the ACB in 2009. That year Lagun Aro was the LEB Gold Playoff winner.


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Unicaja also agrees 2-year deal with Zoran Dragic - by Eurobasket News (T)

Another important news is coming from Malaga. According to Laopiniondemalaga.es, Unicaja agreed a 2-year deal with Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89). Earlier today the same source reported that Unicaja agreed 1+1 year deal with James Gist (205-F-86). Reportedly, both players will sign their contracts soon.
Zoran Dragic spent last two seasons with Krka Novo Mesto. They were EuroChallenge champions and Slovenian league winners in 2011. Few months ago Krka defended the title in Slovenia. Dragic had 13 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 16 appearances. In Adriatic league the player had 11 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.7 spg for 25 appearances. Dragic also added 11.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.1 apg for 12 EuroCup games. Zoran Dragic was Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Player of the Year -11, 12. He was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Defensive Player of the Year -11, 12. Before Krka, Dragic spent few years with Geoplin Slovan. He played for the Houston Rockets this summer at 2012 NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas. In 4 games Dragic had 6.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg.



Fenerbahce Ulker confirms 2-year deal with David Andersen - by Eurobasket News (T)

It's official. Fenerbahce Ulker announced signing of a 2-year deal with Australian center David Andersen (212-C-80). He returned to Europe last summer from the NBA. Andersen had 11.7 ppg and 6.2 rpg for 20 Euroleague games with Montepaschi Siena. The player also added 13.9 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 38 SerieA appearances. He helped Montepaschi to defend the title and Cup in Italy. David Andersen played for the Houston Rockets in 2009/10 season averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 63 NBA games. He started 2010/11 with them as well, but in November of 2010 was traded to the New Orleans Hornets. With the Hornets he had 2.8 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 28 games. In 2008/09, Andersen played for Regal Barca winning the ACB title with them. Before that, he spent four very successful years with CSKA Moscow and in the past also played for Montepaschi. David Andersen had 12 ppg and 6 rpg for 6 games at the Olympic Games in London with Australian National Team.
Fenerbahce Ulker will start with preparations for the upcoming season next Monday (August 20). This week players will have physical tests.



Unicaja Malaga agrees 1+1 year deal with James Gist - by Eurobasket News (T)

James Gist (205-F-86) will continue his career in Spain. The American power forward agreed a deal with Unicaja Malaga, according to Spanish media (Laopiniondemalaga.es). Reportedly, two sides agreed a 1+1 year deal and will sign it in the next few days. Gist arrives to Unicaja from Fenerbahce Ulker, where he spent last season. He appeared 16 times in Euroleague averaging 7.4 points and 4.5 rebounds. The player also added 9.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 31 TBL games. Fener failed to defend both league title and Cup. Before Fenerbahce Ulker, James Gist played one year for the Serbian powerhouse Partizan Belgrade. With them he won Adriatic and Serbian league titles, plus they won the trophy in Serbian Cup. Gist was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team -11. In the past, Gist played for Lokomotiv Kuban and Angelico Biella. He graduated at the University of Maryland four years ago.


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2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Estonia - Slovakia 95-74
Tallinn saw a successful start of the home side at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Estonia overcame Slovak Republic 95:74 in the start of Group A in the capital. Estonia took 27:20 after the first period and added 24-22 in the second frame. Janar Talts (207-PF-83) sent the teams to the lockers at 51:42 and Sokk increased to 11 points early in the third. Estonia continued to dominate the court and grabbed 75:60 after thirty minutes. They added another productive 20-14 in the last stanza for the first victory. Janar Talts top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) added 15. Arbet Gregor netted 14, while Dorbek Gert had 11. Jozef Vojtek (204-F-85) replied with 13 points in defeat and Nuber Robert had 12. Pandula Dusan delivered 10, while Gavel Anton scored 9.

Montenegro - Israel 75-69
Montenegro won over Israel in Podgorica in front of about 4000 fans. The hosts grabbed 75:69 win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Israel won the opening tip 8:2 and managed to win the first period 20:17. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) later tied the game at 26:26 and then Sekulic Blagota scored for 37:34 at the end of the half. The teams exchanged the lead several more times in the third period as Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored for 54:46 at the end of it. He later brought 61:53, but Israel could not win. Suad Sehovic tied the game at 69:69 and Montenegro closed the game with a 9-0 run for the final win. Suad Sehovic top-scored for the winners with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) and Sekulic Blagota also scored 12. Dasic Vladimir netted 10 points in a winning effort. Lior Eliyahu answered with 22 points in the losing effort, while Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) posted 17. Ohayon Yogev and Tyus Alex brought 8 points each in a loss.

Iceland - Serbia 78-91
Serbia won over Iceland Reykjavik to start EuroBasket Qualification Round successfully. The Serbian side overcame the hosts 91:78 in the opener. Serbia scored the first four points in the game but then Iceland grabbed 9:7 advantage. Teodosic Milos closed the period at 24:19, while Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 29:22. Macvan Milan brought 38:25 and Vladimir Lucic delivered two for 44:27. Nedovic sent the teams to the lockers at 47:29. In the second half Iceland looked better in the court and produced two narrow victories in the third and the last periods. It was however enough to cut to 13 final points. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Vladimir Lucic netted 16. Teodosic Milos delivered 14, while Macvan Milan had 13. Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) replied with 21 points in the losing effort and Ermolinskij Pavel delivered 14. Baeringsson Hlynur poured in 13, whilst Sigurdarson Jakob had 12.

Group B
Luxembourg - Azerbaijan 78-101
Azerbaijan registered the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They stunned Luxembourg on the road tonight. Zaur Pashayev (188-G-83) provided 21 points to lead the visitors. Azerbaijan exploded with 31 points in the opening quarter to clear off. They posted a 14-point lead after ten minutes. The visitors stayed aggressive offensively in the second quarter. Azerbaijan extended the lead to 18 points at halftime 59:41. Azerbaijan did not slow down after the big break. They erupted for 27 points in the third quarter to ensure a 20-point buffer before the fourth term. Azerbaijan limited the hosts to 12 points in the final term to seal a comfortable win at the end. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) and Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) accounted for 20 points each for the winners. Samy Picard (196-PF-88) answered with 28 points for Luxembourg. Tom Schumacher provided 18 points in the loss.

Bulgaria - Sweden 78-73
Bulgaria recorded the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off visiting Sweden for 1-0 record in Group B. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 13 points to lead the home team. Bulgaria and Sweden traded baskets throughout intese first quarter. Hristo Nikolov capped the period with a three-pointer to give Bulgaria a 21:19 lead. The hosts used a 6:0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 33:27 lead. The margin soon grew at 8-point mark. Bulgaria ensured a 44:40 lead at halftime. Sweden kept within striking distance throughout the third quarter. The Scandinavian team trailed by three points heading into the fourth frame 57:60. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) scored first six points for Bulgaria in the fourth term to put Bulgaria up by 7 points 66:59. Sweden cut the deficit to three points on several occasions but Bulgaria hung on to escape with victory at the end. Chester Simmons posted 12 points, while Nikolay Varbanov, Filip Videnov and Hristo Nikolov added 11 points each for the winners. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) answered with 26 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for Sweden. Christian Maraker had 15 points in the loss.

Group C
Cyprus - Austria 86-89 OT
Austria ease past Cyprus in overtime at the start of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Austria side grabbed 89:86 win over the host in Nicosia. At first Austria won the first period 22:17 and then erupted with 21-12 in the second frame. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma) brought 43:29 at the halftime, but the victory was not that easy. Cyprus reduced to 5 points after three quarters when they produced 22-13 in the third period. Cyprus needed another 18-13 in the fourth period to tie the game after four periods. Cyprus led 81:78 in overtime, but Austria had a strong finish to seal the victory. Jason Detrick paced all the winners with 20 points and Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) nailed 18. Mahalbasic Rasid delivered 17, while Lanegger Moritz and Maresch Anton scored 12 apiece. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) answered with 23 points in the losing effort. Pilavas Andreas posted 21 and Razis Christopher had 13.

Ukraine - Hungary 77-71
Ukraine beat Hungary in Dnepropetrovsk at their start of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The home side grabbed 77:71 win in Group C opener. More than 5000 came to see the game of the National team in Dnepropetrovsk. Ukraine started well and won the first period 23-20. In the second period Hungary however grabbed the lead and had 41:39 at the halftime. Horvath Akos increased to 44:39 early in the fourth, while Trotter nailed three for 52:46. Wittmann Krisztian kept the advantage at 59:57 at the end of the third period, but the guests could not win. Ukraine trailed until the last minute, but managed to seal the victory. Burtt Steven and Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) were perfect from the free throw line for the final success. Sergii Gladyr paced all the winners with 19 points and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13. Burtt Steven delivered 12, while Natyazhko Kyryl posted 11. Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Horvath Akos as well as Szabo Miklos added 10 apiece. Wittmann Krisztian followed them with 8 points in a loss.

Group D
Bosnia - Latvia 87-84
Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They overcame visiting Latvia in Sarajevo. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the hosts. Bosnia and Herzegovina fired 23 points in the opening quarter but Latvia almost matched the effort and trailed by just one point at the first break. Bosnia and Herzegovina managed to clear off to a 3-point lead at halftime 41:38. Latvia capped the third term on a 7:2 run to take a 67:64 lead into the fourth frame. Mejeris stretched the lead to 6 points early in the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands numerous times before Persic and Zach Wright gave the home team an 85:82 lead with 5 seconds remaining. Davis Bertans put Latvia within one but Djedovic answered with two accurate free throws and sealed the victory for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) provided 20 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Elmedin Kikanovic added 18 points in the victory. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) answered with 18 points for Latvia. Davis Bertans had 17 points in the loss.

Romania - Holland 90-84
Romania celebrated the opening win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off Netherlands in the opener in Group D. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Romania and Netherlands got to a flying start. The teams teamed up for 55 points in the first quarter. Romania eked out a 28:27 lead. Netherlands denied the deficit in the second quarter. The teams stayed close and arrived at halftime tied at 45. Romania pulled ahead in the third quarter. They stayed hot red offensively and it finally paid off as the home team accumulated a 7-point lead into the fourth frame. Netherlands cut the deficit at 3 points late in regulation but Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88, college: American) sank two free throws and sealed the victory for Romania. He finished with 16 points, 9 assists and 4 boards for Romania. Ionut Dragusin and Mihai Silvasan added 14 points each for the winners. Henk Norel (214-C-87) answered with 27 points for Netherlands. Rogier Jansen netted 18 points in the loss.

Group E
Albania - Switzerland 51-76
Switzerland roll over Albania in Tirana in the last game of Day 1 at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Swiss side took 76:51 in their first game. Switzerland took 7:1 from the start and won the first period 20:10. Stockalper and Louissaint opened the second period from the arc, while David Ramseier (203-F/C-87) scored for 29:13. Switzerland later had 39:27 at the end of the half and Petkovic Stefan brought 45:29. Ramseier and Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) closed the period at 61:42 when it became clear about the winner. The guests also added 15-9 in the last period to seal the victory. Dusan Mladjan led the way with 24 points and David Ramseier netted 13. Petkovic Stefan and Brunner Greg scored 9 points each as the latter also grabbed 11 rebounds. Ersid Luca (212-C-81) finished the game with 12 points and Karaj Erkand notched 11. Shima Gerti ended up with 10 and Hysenagolli Endrit had 7.

Poland - Belgium 57-64
Belgium upset Poland in Sopot to open their EuroBasket qualifying campaign with a victory. The Belgian side grabbed 64:57 win over the hosts at the end of Day 1. Poland looked better in the start of the game and reached 21:17 at the end of the quarter. Ignerski later scored for 29:24, but Belgium replied with a 9-0 run for 33:29. Ponitka meanwhile managed to tie the game at 33:33. Belgium looked better in the third period and scored final nine points of the period, with Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87)'s three-pointer making it 49:40 on the buzzer. Poland reduced to 2 points at the end of the fourth period, but could not come closer. Tabu-Eboma and Maxime De Zeeuw brought the final points in a win. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Maxime De Zeeuw and Mukubu Wen Boss posted 11 each. Beghin Christophe ended up with 10 points for the winners. Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) netted 23 in defeat, whilst Koszarek Lukasz delivered 12.

Group F
Italy - Portugal 97-45
Italy left no chance for visiting Portugal at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) scored 21 points to lift the Azzurri to a comfortable win at the end. Italy dominated from start to finish. They built a 24:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Italy fired 26 points in the second quarter to boost the lead. The hosts piled up a 50:20 halftime lead. Italy extended the lead in the third quarter. They established an insurmountable 46-point buffer heading into the fourth term 75:29. Portugal could not recover and Italy coasted to the victory in the final quarter. Angelo Gigli (209-PF-83) finished with 14 points, while Danilo Gallinari and Stefano Mancinelli added 11 points each for the winners. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) answered with 9 points for Portugal. Jaime Silva netted 8 points in the loss.

Belarus - Czech Republic 65-73
Czech Republic registered the opening win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Belarus in Minsk in Group F opener. David Jelinek (194-SG-90) scored 16 points to lead the visitors. Czech Republic led by a single point after ten minutes 19:18. The visitors extended the lead in the second quarter. The Czech side accumulated a 39:30 halftime advantage. Belarus finally tuned their game in after the big break. The hosts got within one point at the final intermission. Charykau drew things level at 55 early in the fourth quarter. However Czech Republic kept Belarus scoreless for almost six minutes midway through the final term to take a 66:60 lead. Belarus could not recover and watched the visitors rally to the victory. Petr Benda (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) posted 13 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky and Jiri Welsch had 12 points each for the winners. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) answered with 16 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski netted 14 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.



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Quarterfinalists are set in Latvia and Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Italy - Ukraine 76-51
Italy recorded the crucial win in Group E of U18 European Championship. The Azzurri drubbed Ukraine to reach quarterfinals. Amedeo Tessitori (204-PF-94) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead Italy. The teams exchanged baskets throughout close first quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Italy shifted the gear in the second quarter. The Azzurri exploded with 27 points to take a 12-point halftime lead. Italy held Ukraine to only 6 points in the third quarter to aggravate the damage. They ensured a 23-point lead heading into the final quarter. Ukarine had nothing to answer with in the final quarter as Italy cruised to the victory. Matteo Imbro (192-PG-94) posted 16 points, while Alessandro Procacci provided 10 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) answered with 18 points for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin netted 10 points in the loss.

Greece - Serbia 59-64
Serbia posted the second win at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They defeated Greece to clinch 3-2 record in the third position in Group F. Greece fell at 1-4 record after the loss. Serbia silenced the Hellenes in the opening ten minutes. The Serbian youngsters went on a 19:9 run to clear off. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Serbia ensured a 10-point lead at the interval 36:26. Greece turned things around in the third term. They ignited a 22:10 run to take a 2-point lead at the final intermission. But Serbia recovered well enough. Andric and Luka Andusic (191-G-94) drained back-to-back triples midway through the period to give Serbia a 57:53 lead. Luka Andusic then scored five points late in regulation to seal the victory for Serbia. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) posted 20 points and 14 rebounds for Serbia. Luka Andusic added 17 points in the winning effort. Michalis Kamperidis (203-F-94) answered with 17 points for Greece. Diamantis Slaftsakis had 16 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Spain 72-65
Lithuania kept their record spotless at U18 European Championship. They defeated Spain to finish the Second Stage on top of Group E. Spain slipped at 4-1 record to earn the second position. Augustinas Jankaitis scored 14 points to lead the winners. The teams entered the game undefeated. Spain eked out a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Lithuania stiffened their defence and surged ahead for a 35:31 halftime lead. The Baltic team stretched the lead in the third quarter. Lithuania grabbed a 6-point advantage into the fourth frame. The hosts extended the lead to 11 points midway through the final term and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-SF-94) and Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) provided 13 points each for the hosts. Oriol Pauli (201-G-94) and Juan Saiz (204-PF-94) answered with 12 points each for Spain.

Group F
Russia - Turkey 71-67
Russia claimed the decisive victory at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They overcame Turkey to clinch the spot in the quarterfinals. Russia improved at 3-2 record, while Turkey slipped at 1-4 in Group F. Oleg Alferov (193-SG-94) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Turkey eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Turkey piled up a 37:26 halftime advantage. Russia started to come back to life in the third quarter. They narrowed the deficit at 7-point mark at the final break 47:54. Russia opened the fourth term on a 10:1 run to surge ahead. Turkey returned in charge but not for too long. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94), Ilnitskiy and Igor Kanygin made it 63:62 for Russia. The teams exchanged a pair of buckets before Annaev and Kashin sealed the victory for Russia from the charity stripe. Mikhail Kulagin accounted for 13 points, while Igor Kanygin added 11 points for the winners. Burak Yildizli (202-PF-94) answered with 11 points for Turkey. Cedi Osman netted 10 points in the loss.

Croatia - Bulgaria 65-84
Bulgaria secured the U18 European Championship playoff birth. They knocked down Croatia to finish the Second Stage on a high note. Bulgaria improved at 3-2 record, while Croatia fell at 4-1 in Group F. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia played without their charismatic leader Dario Saric. Bulgaria set the tone early in the game. They exploded with 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria stretched the lead in the second quarter. They established a 50:29 halftime lead. Bulgaria did not slow down in the third quarter. They boosted the lead to as many as 23 points at the final intermission. Croatia could not recovered and had to surrender for the first loss at the tournament. Nikolay Grozev (199-SG-94) accounted for 14 points, while Kris Minkov added 12 points in the victory. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) answered with 25 points for Croatia. Dominik Mavra and Tomislav Gabric produced 13 points each in the loss.

Slovenia - Latvia 60-61
Latvia earned a tough win on the final day of Second Stage at U18 European Championship. The hosts held off Slovenia to improve at 3-2 record in Group F. Slovenia slipped at 1-4 record and got eliminated from the title race. Davis Geks (183-G/F-95) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Latvia jumped to an early lead in the game. They recorded a 14:9 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts stretched the margin in the second period. They accumulated a 38:25 halftime advantage. But Slovenia refused to surrender. The visitors trimmed the distance to 4-point mark at the final intermission. Tomaz Bolcina and Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) put Slovenia within one 60:61 with 33 seconds remaining. Matic Rebec had a chance to win it for Slovenia but missed a layup with moments before the buzzer. Roberts Krastins and Ivars Zvigurs netted 8 points each for Latvia. Matic Rebec answered with 24 points for Slovenia. Tomaz Bolcina had 18 points in the loss.

Group G
Germany - Denmark 75-61
Germany improved at 2-1 record in classification round Group G at U18 European Championship. They defeated Denmark to stay in the fight for Division A survival. Gavin Schilling (205-PF-95) knocked down 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Germany eked out a 12:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They erupted for 26 points in the second quarter to boost the margin. Germany ensured a 38:28 halftime lead. Denmark cut the deficit in the third quarter. They got within 7 points at the final intermission. But Germany limited their Scandinavian opponents to 12 points in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Ismet Akpinar (190-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) posted 10 points, while Johannes Thiemann finished with 9 points for the winners. Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Denmark. Peter Moeller netted 11 points in defeat.

France - Poland 83-62
France celebrated a confident win over Poland at classification round Group G at U18 European Championship. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) came up with 20 points and 13 boards to lead the winners. Poland stayed in charge throughout the first half. They posted a 23:22 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew in the second quarter. Poland ensured a 45:40 halftime advantage. Les Bleus turned things around in the third quarter. France held their opponents to 5 points and pulled ahead for a 12-point lead at the final break. France outscored Poland 21:12 in the final ten minutes to seal the victory. Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) posted 15 points, while Kevin Harley added 14 points for the winners. Damian Jeszke (202-PF-95) answered with 13 points for Poland. Mikolaj Witlinski provided 12 points in the loss.



The Start of Second Stage in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News

Group E
United Kingdom - Estonia 73-49
England remains undefeated in Division B at the U18 European Championship. The team won the first game of the Second Stage over Estonia 73:49 for 2-0 record. The Baltic side meanwhile fell at 0-2 record in Group E. Estonia surprised the favorites with 16-15 in the first period, but could not match at the rest of the game. England answered with 20-4 in the second period for 35:20 at the halftime. Moreover England won the third period 20-17 as Luke Nelson (189-PG-95) brought 55:37 on the board after three quarters. Another 18-12 in the last period continued their winning streak. Isaacs Tyrell and Luke Nelson stepped up with 12 points each. Kingsley Okoroh (213-C-95) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Spencer Jordan poured in 7. Martin Jurtom (198-PF-94) produced 12 points in defeat, while Nomm Brett had 9.

Israel - Czech Republic 77-70
Israel upset Czech Republic in Sarajevo at the start of the Second Stage. Israeli team tied the records at 1-1 in Group E of the U18 European Championship in Division B after a 77:70 win. Israel won the first period 18-17 and added 17-13 in the second frame. Moreover the team looked better in the third quarter and produced a 23-18 burst. Egor Koulechov (194-SF-94) scored for 60:52 early in the fourth and Ohanon increased to 10. Czech Republic tried hard to recover but could not come closer than 7 points. Egor Koulechov erupted with 33 points for the winners and Menco Rafael added 11. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95) collected 9 points and 12 rebounds, while Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 8. Ausprunk Karel answered with 18 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, whilst Herman Petr added 16. Marian Hrabovsky (198-G/F-94) notched 11 and Festr Lukas poured in 10.

Group F
Finland - Bosnia 86-84
Finland U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 86:84 Finland recorded the first win at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They held off Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group F action. Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) stepped up with 23 points to lead the winners. Bosnia and Herzegovina got to a perfect start. They unloaded 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. Finland slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The teams traded baskets however Bosnia and Herzegovina secured a 9-point advantage at the interval. Finland however changed the complexion of the game drastically in the third quarter. The Nordic side went on a 27:12 rally to leave Bosnia and Herzegovina behind. The Finnish team entered the fourth stanza up by 6 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina returned the lead 79:77 midway through the final stanza but Finland answered with a 7:1 rally to surge ahead. Maki nailed two free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory at the end. Joni Herrala and Niko Mattila (191-SG-94) posted 14 points each for the winners. Jusuf Nurkic answered with 34 points and 20 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Adin Vrabac (202-G/F-94) had 24 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Belgium 62-82
Belgium ties the records with Montenegro after the victory at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team won 82:62 as both sides are with 1-1 records in Group F. Belgium looked fantastic in the first half and won the first two quarters. They limited the Montenegrin team to 13 points in each period and took 41:26 lead at the halftime. Montenegro replied with 23-18 in the third period and reduced to 10 points with 10 minutes to go. Belgium however limited them again to 13 points and won the last quarter by 10 points totaling to 20 at the end. Naim El Khounchar (193-G-94) paced all the winners with 22 points and Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) as well as Xavier Francois (200-C-94) had 14 each. Lecomte Emmanuel followed them with 10 points in a win. Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) poured in 14 points in defeat, while Djurovic Luka added 10.

Group G
Hungary - Slovakia 71-38
Hungary destroy Slovakia in the start of the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place in Group G. The Hungarian team smashed the opponent 71:38 for 2-0 record on top. Slovakia meanwhile suffered another loss and dropped at 0-2 record. The game was even in the first period as Hungary managed to take only 15:12 after the first ten minutes. They added however 17-9 in the second period and enjoyed 32:21 lead. Moreover Hungary added massive 22-7 in the third quarter as Peter Jakab (200-F-93) brought 54:28 on the board after 30 minutes. Hungary produced a 17-10 in the last stanza for the final victory. Peter Jakab paced all the winners with 16 points, while Simon Kristof and Varga Marton delivered 10 each. Zoltan Perl (194-G-95) followed them with 9 points. Martin Matejcik (185-G-94) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort and Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) chipped in with 8.

Romania - Austria 50-80
Austria outscored Romania in Sarajevo at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The winners improved to 2-0 record after 80:50 win in a newly created Group G of the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place in Group G. Romanian meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Austria pulled the tempo early in the game and reached 18-8 after the first 10 minutes. They erupted with 31 points in the second frame as Bauer Valentin closed the half at 49:24. Soldo Marko increased the lead to 27 and then Benedikt Guettl (188-G-94) scored for 62:37. Kolb later closed the third period from the free throw line to give his side 64:41. Another 16-9 in the last quarter gave Austria 30-point victory. Bauer Valentin led the way with 20 points, whilst Poeltl Jakob collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Benedikt Guettl notched 12 and Soldo Marko poured in 10. Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) scored 16 in defeat and Dragoste Mirel notched 9.

Group H
Iceland - Holland 63-70
Holland pip Iceland at the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place. The Dutch side won 70:63 at the U18 European Championship in Division B and improved to 1-1 record. Iceland fell at 0-2 in Group H. It was actually Iceland that started with 17-9 in the first period. Matthias Sigurdarson (185-PG-94) brought 19:11 early in the second frame, but the Dutch team woke up at that moment. Versteeg Floris cut it to 4 points and Schilder Mike gave Holland 23:21. He also closed the half at 30:25 and then gave his side 40:32. Shane Hammink (198-F-94) scored for 45:40 midway through the third period and Bouwknecht closed the period at 52:44. Holland dominated the rest of the game and reached 7-point victory. Schilder Mike led the way with 25 points and Versteeg Floris produced 11. Shane Hammink nailed 10, while Kok Jito added 8. Matthias Sigurdarson poured in 27 points in the losing effort and Einarsson Emil scored 11.

Sweden - Portugal 48-60
Portugal needs a strong finish to beat Sweden at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Portugal grabbed 60:48 victory in the start of the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place. Portugal took 2-0 record, while Sweden fell at 1-1 in Group H. Portugal won the first period 18-15 and added massive 19-10 in the second frame. Bastos nailed three for 37:25 at the end of the half and Pedro Marques (173-PG-95) brought 39:28. Sweden meanwhile pushed the tempo and tied the game at 44:44, but could not win the game. Portugal looked better in the last stanza and proved their ambitions for the higher places. Pedro Marques scored the last points for the winners and Johan Lofberg (199-SG-95) was the last to score in the game. Miguens Andre paced all the winners with 17 points, while Pedro Marques, Grosso Joao and Gallina Joao delivered 8 each. Alexander Gorski (193-SG-94) scored 17 in defeat and Johan Lofberg added 10.

Group I
Scotland - Luxembourg 61-75
Luxembourg win the opener of Classification Round for 17th to 22nd Place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Scotland 75:61. Luxembourg started the game with a 6-0 run and never looked behind after in the first quarter. They won the first period 22:15, but then Scotland erupted in the second frame. Joshua McGilvray (201-C-95) gave his side 29:28 lead and Wilcox closed the half at 33:30. Luxembourg meanwhile answered with 13-0 run and Yann Wolff (196-PF-94) brought 47:33 on the board. Jo Hoeser (193-PF-94) later closed the third quarter at 61:38 and the game was done at that moment. Luxembourg did not mind 14-23 in the last stanza to win the game by 14 points. Melcher Bob stepped up with 22 points for the winners, while Jo Hoeser collected 19 points and 13 rebounds. Yann Wolff posted 11 and Hilger Max delivered 5. Joshua McGilvray answered with 21 points and Jack Nicholson (180-SG-94) notched 14.

Group J
Switzerland - Georgia 73-95
Georgia march past Switzerland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Georgian side grabbed 95:73 in group J of the Classification Round for 17th to 22nd Place. Georgia started with 23:12 and never looked behind after. The team added 21-14 in the second frame as the board showed 44:26 after Verga's shot. Abuladze and Schittenhelm exchanged the shots early in the third for 47:28, while Valeri Kvantaliani (202-PF-94) brought 54:33. Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) later closed the quarter at 70:56. Georgia won the last stanza 25-17 and reached the initial win in the group. Ramishvili Nika paced all the winners with 18 points and Mikeladze Irakli notched 15. Burjanadze Beka delivered 12, while Tsirekidze Giorgi and Valeri Kvantaliani poured in 11 each. Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) finished the game with 18 points in defeat and Branislav Kostic posted 11.



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U18 European Championship: Finland edge Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News

Finland U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 86:84

Finland recorded the first win at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They held off Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group F action. Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) stepped up with 23 points to lead the winners.
Bosnia and Herzegovina got to a perfect start. They unloaded 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. Finland slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The teams traded baskets however Bosnia and Herzegovina secured a 9-point advantage at the interval. Finland however changed the complexion of the game drastically in the third quarter. The Nordic side went on a 27:12 rally to leave Bosnia and Herzegovina behind. The Finnish team entered the fourth stanza up by 6 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina returned the lead 79:77 midway through the final stanza but Finland answered with a 7:1 rally to surge ahead. Maki nailed two free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory at the end. Joni Herrala (190-G-94) and Niko Mattila (191-SG-94) posted 14 points each for the winners. Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) answered with 34 points and 20 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Adin Vrabac (202-G/F-94) had 24 points in the loss.

Finland U18: Julius Rajala 23, Joni Herrala 14, Niko Mattila 14
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Jusuf Nurkic 34+20 boards, Adin Vrabac 24



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  FRANCE   


U18 European Championship: France march past Poland - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Poland U18 83:62

France celebrated a confident win over Poland at classification round Group G at U18 European Championship. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) came up with 20 points and 13 boards to lead the winners.
Poland stayed in charge throughout the first half. They posted a 23:22 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew in the second quarter. Poland ensured a 45:40 halftime advantage. Les Bleus turned things around in the third quarter. France held their opponents to 5 points and pulled ahead for a 12-point lead at the final break. France outscored Poland 21:12 in the final ten minutes to seal the victory. Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) posted 15 points, while Kevin Harley (197-G-94) added 14 points for the winners. Damian Jeszke (202-PF-95) answered with 13 points for Poland. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) provided 12 points in the loss.

France U18: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 20+13 boards, Alexandre Chassang 15, Kevin Harley 14
Poland U18: Damian Jeszke 13, Mikolaj Witlinski 12



Saint Etienne land Matthias Jeanville - by Eurobasket News (T)

Saint Etienne recruited Matthias Jeanville (200-F-91). The forward has agreed on terms of contract with the team. The deal is meant for one season. Last season Matthias Jeanville spent with Cholet Basket U21 team. Previously Matthias Jeanville played for Dijon.


Ingus Bankevics returns to France - by Eurobasket News (T)

Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: Players Group) is back to France. The Latvian guard/small forward penned a 1-year deal with St-Chamond. They will compete in NM1 next season. Bankevics finished the last one with Valmeira. He had 14.3 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 13 Latvian league games. The played also added 17 ppg, 2 apg and 1.5 rpg for 2 appearances in Baltic league. Bankevics started the season with French SO Maritime Boulogne. There he had 8 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 4 ProB games, after what they parted ways. Ingus Bankevics played for Ventspils and Barons in 2010/11 season. Actually, he started it with Ventspils and in March of 2011 moved to Barons. Before that, he was a member of VEF Riga and Valmiera. In 2010, Ingus Bankevics played for the Latvian National Team. He had 7.8 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 8 games in Qualifications to European Championships 2011.


CSP Limoges targets Edin Bavcic - by Eurobasket News

CSP Limoges wants to sign Edin Bavcic (209-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) for the upcoming season. Two sides are already in talks, according to Catch-and-shoot.com. The Bosnian National Team forward should replace Landon Milbourne (201-F-87, college: Maryland), who moved to Panionios Athens. Bavcic averaged 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds for 18 games with Greek KAO Dramas last season. He joined them in December. Before that, the player had 3 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 3 games with Vanoli-Braga Cremona. Edin Bavcic changed three teams in 2010/11 season. He started with Enel Brindisi and in November of 2010 moved to Khimik Yuzhny. There he had 10.2 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 5 EuroChallenge games and averaged pretty close numbers in Ukrainian championship. Bavcic finished that season with Aris Thessaloniki registering 10.1 ppg and 6.2 rpg for 16 appearances. In the past, he played for Union Olimpija, Kepez, Koln and Bosna ASA BHT. Edin Bavcic is active member of the Bosnian National Team since 2005.


JSA Bordeaux lands American PF/C Thomas Coleman - by Eurobasket News (T)

JSA Bordeaux reinforced its roster under the basket. The team signed a 1-year deal with American PF/C Thomas Coleman (205-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina A&T). He arrives to the club from Italian Forli. Coleman joined Forli in February this year averaging 8.1 points and 5.8 rebounds for 10 LegaDue games. He started the season with Girona and it was his first pro deal. With them Coleman had 8 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.1 bpg in 24 LEB Gold appearances. Thomas Coleman graduated at North Carolina A&T State University something more than a year ago. He appeared 24 times with his school as a senior averaging 17 points and 10.5 rebounds. He was named to All-MEAC 1st Team -11. In 2008, Coleman was awarded with MEAC All-Freshman Team.


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Igor Penov heads to Kozuv - by Eurobasket News (T)

Kozuv is very active on the transfer market these days. After Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza), the team brought in Igor Penov (203-F-84). The 27-year-old forward arrives to his new club from MZT Skopje. Last season Penov appeared 15 times with MZT, but he had very limited playing time. He averaged only 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds. MZT managed to win the championship title and Cup trophy in FYROM. In 2010/11 season Igor Penov had 3.8 ppg and 2 rpg for 28 games with the club. From 2008 to 2010, the forward played for Vardar Osiguruvanje. They were regular season champions in 2010 and reached Playoff Finals. However, Feni Industri won the title that year. In 2006/07 season, Penov played for AMMAK SP Ohrid and they were B League champions. In the past, the forward also played for MZT.


Fersped-Rabotnicki returns Nenad Zivcevic - by Eurobasket News (T)

Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) is back to Fersped-Rabotnicki. The 25-year-old forward signed a deal for the next season. The player finished 2011/12 in Sweden. He joined Sundsvall Dragons in January averaging 11.5 points, 3 rebounds and 1.9 assists for 15 Basketligan games. The player started last season with Ukrainian Politekhnika-Halychyna. There he had 11.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 9 appearances. In November Zivcevic moved to Lirija, where he stayed three months. He had 17.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 3 apg for 8 games. Nenad Zivcevic played for MZT Skopje Aerodrom in 2010/11. Before that, he spent one year with Plejmejker-Kubus Skopje. From 2007 to 2009, Zicevic played for Rabotnicki. The won the championship title together in 2009.
Yesterday, Rabotnicki extended deal with Dimitar Mirakovski (179-PG-81, agency: Interperformances). Last week, the team penned contract extension with Jane Petrovski (181-G-87) and returned former player Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-G-80). It is already clear there will be plenty of familiar faces in Rabotnicki next season.



Feni Industri extends deal with NT player Marko Simonovski - by Eurobasket News (T)

Another contract extension for the former champions. Marko Simonovski (192-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) will stay with Feni Industri for the upcoming season. In the latest one he had 7.9 ppg and 3 rpg for 25 Superleague games. The player registered 4.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 12 games in Balkan league. Simonovski arrived to Kavadarci last summer from Rabotnicki. The player signed with Rabotnicki in March of 2011 averaging 5.1 points and 3 rebounds for 19 Superleague games. He helped the team to win Cup trophy and to reach Superleague Finals. Marko Simonovski started 2010/11 season with Arkadia Lions. There he had 5.5 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 8 games, after what they parted ways. In the past, Simonovski played for Vardar Skopje. He played for FYROM National Team this summer in Caracas and also in Qualifications to European Championships 2011.


Kozuv inks Dimitar Karadzovski - by Eurobasket News (T)

Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) is a new member of Kozuv. The Macedonian guard signed a 1-year deal with his new club. Karadzovski arrives to Kozuv from Torus, where he spent last season. He shined with 15.9 ppg, 3.8 apg and 3.4 rpg for 29 games in Superleague. The player also added 13.9 ppg, 5 apg and 3.3 rpg for 9 Balkan league games. He was BIBLs No.1 in assists, while in FYROM he was No.2. Karadzovski was named Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Guard of the Year 2012 and he picked up the same award also in 2010. Last season he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team. Before Torus, Dimitar Karadzovski spent one year with Bulgarian Rilski. He played for Torus also in 2009/10. In the past, Karadzovski played for Pelister Bitola, MZT Skopje and on Iceland.


Dimitar Mirakovski stays with Fersped-Rabotnicki - by Eurobasket News (T)

Good news for Fersped-Rabotnicki fans. The team finally managed to agree terms with Dimitar Mirakovski (179-PG-81, agency: Interperformances) for 2012/13. The player missed almost the entire last season due to injury. He appeared only once for the club. In 2010/11 season Mirakovski shined with 15.7 ppg, 4.6 apg and 3.1 rpg in 34 Superleague games. He was fifth scorer and third assistant of the competition. Rabotnicki was the Cup winner and they reached Superleague Finals, but failed to Feni Industri. Mirakovski was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Domestic Player of the Year. He was also named to Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 1st Team. In 2008, Dimitar Mirakovski was Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Guard of the Year as a member of Rabotnicki. In the past he played for Nemetali Ograzden, Kumanovo, CSKA Sophia, Rethimno, Peja, Feni Industri and Cherno More. Mirakovski also played for FYROM National Team from 2008 to 2011.


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U18 European Championship: Georgia march past Switzerland - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U18-Georgia U18 73:95

Georgia march past Switzerland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Georgian side grabbed 95:73 in group J of the Classification Round for 17th to 22nd Place.
Georgia started with 23:12 and never looked behind after. The team added 21-14 in the second frame as the board showed 44:26 after Verga's shot. Abuladze and Schittenhelm exchanged the shots early in the third for 47:28, while Valeri Kvantaliani (202-PF-94) brought 54:33. Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) later closed the quarter at 70:56. Georgia won the last stanza 25-17 and reached the initial win in the group.
Nika Ramishvili (179-SG-94) paced all the winners with 18 points and Irakli Mikeladze (180-PG-94) notched 15. Beka Burjanadze (203-PF-94) delivered 12, while Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) and Valeri Kvantaliani poured in 11 each. Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) finished the game with 18 points in defeat and Branislav Kostic posted 11.

Switzerland U18: Daniel Andjelkovic 18, Branislav Kostic 11
Georgia U18: Nika Ramishvili 18, Irakli Mikeladze 15, Beka Burjanadze 12, Giorgi Tsirekidze 11, Valeri Kvantaliani 11



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  GERMANY   


U18 European Championship: Germany too good for Denmark - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - Denmark U18 75:61

Germany improved at 2-1 record in classification round Group G at U18 European Championship. They defeated Denmark to stay in the fight for Division A survival. Gavin Schilling (205-PF-95) knocked down 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Germany eked out a 12:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They erupted for 26 points in the second quarter to boost the margin. Germany ensured a 38:28 halftime lead. Denmark cut the deficit in the third quarter. They got within 7 points at the final intermission. But Germany limited their Scandinavian opponents to 12 points in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Ismet Akpinar (190-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) posted 10 points, while Johannes Thiemann (203-F-94) finished with 9 points for the winners. Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Denmark. Peter Moeller (190-PG-94) netted 11 points in defeat.

Germany U18: Gavin Schilling 20, Ismet Akpinar 10, Johannes Thiemann 9
Denmark U18: Rasmus Larsen 14, Peter Moeller 11



Derrick Allen Dances His Way To Belgium - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After 8 years in the Beko BBL and 338 games, Derrick Mr ballerina Allen says farewell and will play next season in Belgium. According to http://belgacomspirou.sudinfo.be/news/allen-et-scott-au-spirou, he will play for Belgacom Spirou this season. The 32 year old Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) 203cm forward from Gadsen, Alabama played for 8 time Beko BBL team Alba Berlin the last two seasons and last year played Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 15.5ppg, 6.0rpg; EuroCup: 12 games: 10.0ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 47.3%, FT: 70.8%; German League: 37 games: 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 54.2%, FT: 73.6%. He started his Beko BBL career in 2004 for BG Karlsruhe playing their until 2006 quickly demonstrating that he had the talent to be included in the top players of the league. In 2006-2007, he led the Beko BBL in scoring with Bayer Giants Leverkusen. He then played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2007-2010 reaching the Beko BBL final in 2010 losing a tight 5 game series against the Brose Baskets Bamberg. Allen will always be remembered as one of the hardest workers in practice and games and for his ballereina and hectic play in the zone. His flowing jumper will also be missed. Perhaps a showdown with Usain Bolt on the track is something that is still missing in his basketball career as his 100 meter talent was witnessed some years ago on the track in Frankfurt. Who knows, Allen could return to the Beko BBL one year as he will surely still be loved in the future.


Tyler Smith Moves To Hapoel Halon - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The one year stay of American Tyler Smith (201-F-86, college: Tennessee) in the Beko BBL is over again as he has moved to Israel to play for Hapoel Halon. Smith is a 25 year old 201 cm forward from Tennesse. Last season for BBC Bayreuth, he played 32 games: 6.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.5%. He was able to score in double figures six times and registered two double doubles. His best game was against Phoenix Hagen where he produced 20 points, hauled down 11 rebounds and dished out three assists. He also showed his versatility against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg getting 14 points, grabbing seven rebounds and swatting away three shots.


German National Team Named For The 2012 European Championships Qualification - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With no Dirk Nowitzki, but with a very much younger team, The German national team has had a very respectable record this summer in exhibition games with a 7-2 record, but that is all forgotten now as the European championships qualifications start this weekend in Hagen against Luxemburg. New coach Svetislav Pesic who led the German national team to the title in 1993 has nominated his team for the European championships qualification from August 15-28th. The roster is as follows with Robin Benzing (209-SF-89) (209-SF-89) (209-SF-89) (FC Bayern Munich), Bastian Doreth (TBB Trier), Per Guenther (ratiopharm Ulm), Jan-Hendrik Jagla (FC Bayern Munich), Mathis Moenninghoff (TBB Trier), Philipp Neumann (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Tim Ohlbrecht (no team), Tibor Pleiss (Caja Laboral Vitoria/ESP), Heiko Schaffartzik (ALBA Berlin), Philipp Schwethelm (ratiopharm Ulm), Andreas Seiferth (TBB Trier), Lucca Staiger (Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg), Karsten Tadda (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Maik Zirbes (Brose Baskets Bamberg), and Philip Zwiener (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven). Germany plays Luxemberg on August 18th in Hagen, then travel to Sofia to play Bulgaria on August 21st, then come back home to play Sweeden in Ulm on August 27th and close out the qualifications in Baku on August 27th against Aserbaidschan.

Source: DBB



Lionel Sullivan returns to Hanau - by Moritz Korff (T)

The White Wings Hanau (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have signed Lionel Sullivan (201-F, college: Northwood) for the 2012-13 season. The 25-year-old power forward returns to Hanau after playing in the Detroit Pro Am League recently. In the 2010-11 season Sullivan captured the 1. Regionalliga South-West championship and was named Eurobasket.com All-RLSW Honorable Mention. He scored 18.6 points per game for the Hanau team in that season.


Jan-Christian Both transfers to VfL Stade - by Moritz Korff (T)

Former German junior international Jan-Christian Both (210-C-86) will continue his basketball career with 1. Regionalliga North side VfL Stade. The 26-year-old post player leaves his hometown Goettingen and BG 74 after posting 12.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game for the Violets in the RLN last season. Earlier in his career Both, who attended the 2006 U20 European Championship with the German National Team, had stints at Hertener Loewen and the Ballers Osnabrueck.


Weissenhorn Youngstars nab NCAA D3 standout Georgio Milligan - by Moritz Korff (T)

Georgio Milligan (187-G) is set to start his professional career at 2. Bundesliga Pro B team Weissenhorn Youngstars. Milligan was a star at the NCAA Division 3 level and was named 2011-12 NCAA D3 Player of the Year (by DIII News). He also made the D3hoops.com All-America Second Team. The native of Spring Valley, New York, spent his four-year college career at D3 powerhouse Franklin&Marshall. In the 2011-12 season the Diplomats advanced to the NCAA D3 National Tournament Elite 8. He averaged 18.9 points, 4.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.2 blocks per contest throughout the season.
Milligan left F&M as the school's all-time leading scorer, second in assists and steals and third in blocked shots.



Ryan Aquino to Paderborn - by Moritz Korff (T)

The finke baskets Paderborn have signed their fourth import player for the up and coming season, the team announced on its website. Ryan Aquino (203-F-89) will be the fourth former NCAA Division 2 standout on the Paderborn team. The 23-year-old Roswell, Georgia, native spent his entire college career at Georgia College. Aquino can play both inside and outside. He scored 17.6 points per contest last season, while pulling down 10.4 rebounds a game. Aquino shot 34.4% (42/122) from beyond the arc during the 2011-12 season. Following his senior year, he was named a All-Peach Belt First Team selection and attended the NABC Division 2 Allstar Game.


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U18 European Championship: Serbia outclass Greece in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Greece U18 64:59

Serbia posted the second win at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They defeated Greece to clinch 3-2 record in the third position in Group F. Greece fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
Serbia silenced the Hellenes in the opening ten minutes. The Serbian youngsters went on a 19:9 run to clear off. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Serbia ensured a 10-point lead at the interval 36:26. Greece turned things around in the third term. They ignited a 22:10 run to take a 2-point lead at the final intermission. But Serbia recovered well enough. Andric and Luka Andusic (191-G-94) drained back-to-back triples midway through the period to give Serbia a 57:53 lead. Luka Andusic then scored five points late in regulation to seal the victory for Serbia. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) posted 20 points and 14 rebounds for Serbia. Luka Andusic added 17 points in the winning effort. Michalis Kamperidis (203-F-94) answered with 17 points for Greece. Diamantis Slaftsakis (200-SF-94) had 16 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Nikola Jankovic 20+14 boards, Luka Andusic 17, Doko Salic 8
Greece U18: Michalis Kamperidis 17, Diamantis Slaftsakis 16



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U18 European Championship: Holland pip Iceland - by Eurobasket News

Iceland U18-Holland U18 63:70

Holland pip Iceland at the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place. The Dutch side won 70:63 at the U18 European Championship in Division B and improved to 1-1 record. Iceland fell at 0-2 in Group H.
It was actually Iceland that started with 17-9 in the first period. Matthias Sigurdarson (185-PG-94) brought 19:11 early in the second frame, but the Dutch team woke up at that moment. Floris Versteeg (205-F-94) cut it to 4 points and Mike Schilder (185-PG-94, agency: Court Side) gave Holland 23:21. He also closed the half at 30:25 and then gave his side 40:32. Shane Hammink (198-F-94) scored for 45:40 midway through the third period and Bouwknecht closed the period at 52:44. Holland dominated the rest of the game and reached 7-point victory.
Mike Schilder led the way with 25 points and Floris Versteeg produced 11. Shane Hammink nailed 10, while Jito Kok (205-C-94) added 8. Matthias Sigurdarson poured in 27 points in the losing effort and Emil Einarsson (196-SF-94) scored 11.

Iceland U18: Matthias Sigurdarson 27, Emil Einarsson 11
Holland U18: Mike Schilder 25, Floris Versteeg 11, Shane Hammink 10, Jito Kok 8



Romania open EuroBasket Qualification with victory - by Eurobasket News

Romania - Netherlands 90:84

Romania celebrated the opening win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off Netherlands in the opener in Group D. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 19 points to lead the winners.
Romania and Netherlands got to a flying start. The teams teamed up for 55 points in the first quarter. Romania eked out a 28:27 lead. Netherlands denied the deficit in the second quarter. The teams stayed close and arrived at halftime tied at 45. Romania pulled ahead in the third quarter. They stayed hot red offensively and it finally paid off as the home team accumulated a 7-point lead into the fourth frame. Netherlands cut the deficit at 3 points late in regulation but Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88, college: American) sank two free throws and sealed the victory for Romania. He finished with 16 points, 9 assists and 4 boards for Romania. Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) and Mihai Silvasan (200-SF-85, agency: Court Side) added 14 points each for the winners. Henk Norel (214-C-87) answered with 27 points for Netherlands. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) netted 18 points in the loss.

Romania: Andrei Mandache 19, Vlad Moldoveanu 16, Ionut Dragusin 14, Mihai Silvasan 14
Netherlands: Henk Norel 27, Rogier Jansen 18



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Ukraine beat Hungary in Dnepropetrovsk in front of 5000 fans - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine-Hungary 77:71

Ukraine beat Hungary in Dnepropetrovsk at their start of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The home side grabbed 77:71 win in Group C opener.
More than 5000 came to see the game of the National team in Dnepropetrovsk. Ukraine started well and won the first period 23-20. In the second period Hungary however grabbed the lead and had 41:39 at the halftime. Akos Horvath (194-SG-81) increased to 44:39 early in the fourth, while Trotter nailed three for 52:46. Krisztian Wittmann (184-PG-85, agency: FCM) kept the advantage at 59:57 at the end of the third period, but the guests could not win. Ukraine trailed until the last minute, but managed to seal the victory. Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) and Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) were perfect from the free throw line for the final success.
Sergii Gladyr paced all the winners with 19 points and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13. Steven Burtt delivered 12, while Kyryl Natyazhko (208-C-90, agency: Beo Basket, college: Arizona) posted 11. Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Akos Horvath as well as Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) added 10 apiece. Krisztian Wittmann followed them with 8 points in a loss.

Ukraine: Sergii Gladyr 19, Viacheslav Kravtsov 13, Steven Burtt 12, Kyryl Natyazhko 11
Hungary: Adam Hanga 21, Akos Horvath 10, Miklos Szabo 10, Krisztian Wittmann 8



U18 European Championship: Hungary destroy Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U18-Slovakia U18 71:38

Hungary destroy Slovakia in the start of the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place in Group G. The Hungarian team smashed the opponent 71:38 for 2-0 record on top. Slovakia meanwhile suffered another loss and dropped at 0-2 record.
The game was even in the first period as Hungary managed to take only 15:12 after the first ten minutes. They added however 17-9 in the second period and enjoyed 32:21 lead. Moreover Hungary added massive 22-7 in the third quarter as Peter Jakab (200-F-93) brought 54:28 on the board after 30 minutes. Hungary produced a 17-10 in the last stanza for the final victory.
Peter Jakab paced all the winners with 16 points, while Kristof Simon (183-PG-94) and Marton Varga (205-C/F-94) delivered 10 each. Zoltan Perl (194-G-95) followed them with 9 points. Martin Matejcik (185-G-94) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort and Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) chipped in with 8.

Hungary U18: Peter Jakab 16, Kristof Simon 10, Marton Varga 10, Zoltan Perl 9
Slovakia U18: Martin Matejcik 11, Vladimir Brodziansky 8



Csaba Kaluha moves to Nyiregyhaza - by Tamas Deri (T)

Hungarian guard, Csaba Kaluha (185-G-90, agency: TSS Management) agreed with the management of NYKK and will return to the club after spending 1,5 seasons with Factum Sport Debrecen. The 185 cm tall domestic guard was born in Debrecen and debuted in the top division with the age of 17. After three seasons he decided to leave his hometown and signed with NYKK, but had to leave the team only after 6 games because of an injury. After 3 months he moved back to Debrecen and finished the season with Factum Sport averaging 10.0 points, 1.3 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game. In the last season he played 16 games and put up 5.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.1spg.


Transfer news around our league - by Levente Szabo (T)

The transfer market in Hungary is very busy since almost every day there are new transfers or signings announced. Here are some of the latest transactions which weren't published until now:

Not counting the signing of Istvan Nemeth (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances) (which we reported yesterday) one of the biggest news in Hungary this week is that Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) will get back on court for the upcoming year too. The 39 (!) year old PG played his entire career with Falco-Szova KC-Szombathely and decided this week that he will spend another year running the point for the team. Laszlo averaged last year 14.1ppg while he led the entire league with 6.1apg. The veteran point guard helped his team to a 23-3 winning record which was good to win the regular season.

Staying with Falco-Szova KC-Szombathely, the team announced the signing of Branislav Jancikin (198-F/G-86), who will join back them this year as a Serbian-Hungarian dual citizen. Branislav played last year for Falco-Szova KC-Szombathely as an import because his naturalization process took a little bit longer time than expected. He averaged last year 7.1 points per game coming from the bench for coach Benczes team.

Hungarian National Team member Gergely Toth (208-PF-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) penned a deal with Sopron earlier this summer. After he was cut from the National Team he joined his new team for the training camp with the options of being ready anytime to get back in the services of the National Team if any injury occurs. Gergely played last year for the relegated Zalakeramia-ZTE KK where he played major minutes averaging 10.6ppg shooting: FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.2%.

Peter Jakab (200-F-93), the member of the Hungarian U20 National Team signed to Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged for the upcoming season. The 6'7" forward didn't get much playing time last year with Nyiregyhaza as he appeared in 10 games for an average of 4.3 minutes per game. With the hopes of more playing time he joined Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged after he averaged 11ppg in just 19.7mpg for the Hungarian U20 National Team this summer.

The newly promoted Salgotarjan refused of participating in the top level competition so the relegated Zalakeramia-ZTE KK got the chance to enter in the top level again this year. After their application was accepted the team started to sign talented Hungarian players such as Adam Kovacs (200-SF-93) who played last year with Atomeromu SE Paks in the top division and with MAFC in the second division where he averaged 23.2ppg, 7.1rpg and 2.5apg.

Another signing of the team will be David Puszta (187-G-90) a guard from Kecskemeti Univer KSE who played for the citys top division team and played in the second division also where he recorded 17.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.0apg.

Meanwhile the talented big man Bence Bodor (206-F/C-92, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) left the team and signed to PVSK Pannonpower Pecs where he will start his collegiate studies. Bence was member of the Hungarian National Team in every age group but he didn't get much playing time yet in the Hungarian first division.



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U18 European Championship: Holland pip Iceland - by Eurobasket News

Iceland U18-Holland U18 63:70

Holland pip Iceland at the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place. The Dutch side won 70:63 at the U18 European Championship in Division B and improved to 1-1 record. Iceland fell at 0-2 in Group H.
It was actually Iceland that started with 17-9 in the first period. Matthias Sigurdarson (185-PG-94) brought 19:11 early in the second frame, but the Dutch team woke up at that moment. Floris Versteeg (205-F-94) cut it to 4 points and Mike Schilder (185-PG-94, agency: Court Side) gave Holland 23:21. He also closed the half at 30:25 and then gave his side 40:32. Shane Hammink (198-F-94) scored for 45:40 midway through the third period and Bouwknecht closed the period at 52:44. Holland dominated the rest of the game and reached 7-point victory.
Mike Schilder led the way with 25 points and Floris Versteeg produced 11. Shane Hammink nailed 10, while Jito Kok (205-C-94) added 8. Matthias Sigurdarson poured in 27 points in the losing effort and Emil Einarsson (196-SF-94) scored 11.

Iceland U18: Matthias Sigurdarson 27, Emil Einarsson 11
Holland U18: Mike Schilder 25, Floris Versteeg 11, Shane Hammink 10, Jito Kok 8



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Montenegro won over Israel in Podgorica - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro-Israel 75:69

Montenegro won over Israel in Podgorica in front of about 4000 fans. The hosts grabbed 75:69 win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.
Israel won the opening tip 8:2 and managed to win the first period 20:17. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) later tied the game at 26:26 and then Blagota Sekulic (209-C-82, agency: FCM) scored for 37:34 at the end of the half. The teams exchanged the lead several more times in the third period as Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored for 54:46 at the end of it. He later brought 61:53, but Israel could not win. Suad Sehovic tied the game at 69:69 and Montenegro closed the game with a 9-0 run for the final win.
Suad Sehovic top-scored for the winners with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) and Blagota Sekulic also scored 12. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) netted 10 points in a winning effort. Lior Eliyahu answered with 22 points in the losing effort, while Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) posted 17. Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) and Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) brought 8 points each in a loss.

Montenegro: Suad Sehovic 12+11 rebs, Taylor Rochestie 12, Blagota Sekulic 12, Vladimir Dasic 10
Israel: Lior Eliyahu 22, Omri Casspi 17, Yogev Ohayon 8, Alex Tyus 8



U18 European Championship: Israel upset Czech Republic in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News

Israel U18-Czech Republic U18 77:70

Israel upset Czech Republic in Sarajevo at the start of the Second Stage. Israeli team tied the records at 1-1 in Group E of the U18 European Championship in Division B after a 77:70 win.
Israel won the first period 18-17 and added 17-13 in the second frame. Moreover the team looked better in the third quarter and produced a 23-18 burst. Egor Koulechov (194-SF-94) scored for 60:52 early in the fourth and Ohanon increased to 10. Czech Republic tried hard to recover but could not come closer than 7 points.
Egor Koulechov erupted with 33 points for the winners and Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 11. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95) collected 9 points and 12 rebounds, while Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 8. Karel Ausprunk (200-F/C-94) answered with 18 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, whilst Petr Herman (204-PF-94) added 16. Marian Hrabovsky (198-G/F-94) notched 11 and Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) poured in 10.

Israel U18: Egor Koulechov 33, Rafael Menco 11, Naor Sharon 9+12 rebs, Itay Segev 8
Czech Republic U18: Karel Ausprunk 18+12 rebs, Petr Herman 16, Marian Hrabovsky 11, Lukas Festr 10



Yavne signed Tristan Blackwood - by Netanel Dahan

The Israeli 2nd league team signed the Candian G Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85)

Tristan is coming from Germany after he played in Holland, and France he also was a part of Canada youth NT U18 and U21, he played college basketball at Cent.Conn.St.

He is the 3rd player who is coming from Germany 1st league to the Israeli 2nd league this season.

Last season he avarged in Phoenix Hagen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 8.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 83.7%



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Simone Flamini and Pesaro to part ways, according to report - by Eurobasket News (T)

Simone Flamini (203-G/F-82) is no longer a member of VL Pesaro, according to Italian media. His contract expired and two sides were unable to agree terms on extension. Pesaro now considers rookie Angelo Caloiaro (203-F), while Flamini is close to join Milano, but only for the training camp.
Simone Flamini had 1.3 ppg and 1.7 rpg in 41 games with Scavolini last season. In 2010/11, the player averaged 4.4 points and 1.6 rebounds for 30 games. He joined the club three years ago. Before Scavolini, Flamini played for Montegranaro, Napoli and Caffe Maxim Bologna.
Angelo Caloiaro graduated at the University of San Francisco few months ago. He shined with 14.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 2.3 apg for 33 games as a senior. Caloiaro was named to All-WCC 1st Team -12.



Sylvere Bryan in talks with Forli - by Eurobasket News (T)

Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa) could become a new member of Fulgor Libertas Forli soon. Two sides are already in talks and they are close to agree a deal. Bryan has double citizenship (French/Italian). The player spent last two seasons with Umana Venezia. In the latest one he had 3.3 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 32 games. In his first year with Venezia Bryan collected 5.4 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 43 appearances. Sylvere Bryan played for Enel Brindisi in 2009/10 season. He helped them win LegaDue title and promotion for SerieA. He had 8.8 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 30 games. In the past, Bryan played for Pistoia, Roseto, Air Avelino and Ferrara. He also has experience from Oostende, Cholet and Rimini.


U18 European Championship: Italy cruise past Ukraine, advance into quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18 - Ukraine U18 76:51

Italy recorded the crucial win in Group E of U18 European Championship. The Azzurri drubbed Ukraine to reach quarterfinals. Amedeo Tessitori (204-PF-94) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead Italy.
The teams exchanged baskets throughout close first quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Italy shifted the gear in the second quarter. The Azzurri exploded with 27 points to take a 12-point halftime lead. Italy held Ukraine to only 6 points in the third quarter to aggravate the damage. They ensured a 23-point lead heading into the final quarter. Ukarine had nothing to answer with in the final quarter as Italy cruised to the victory. Matteo Imbro (192-PG-94) posted 16 points, while Alessandro Procacci (192-PG-94) provided 10 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) answered with 18 points for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) netted 10 points in the loss.

Italy U18: Amedeo Tessitori 18, Matteo Imbro 16, Alessandro Procacci 10
Ukraine U18: Yevgen Sakhniuk 18, Igor Boyarkin 10



Forli land Miroslav Todic - by Eurobasket News (T)

Forli secured the services of Miroslav Todic (205-F-85). The forward started the previous season in Greece. He played for Ilysiakos Athens. Miroslav Todic posted 10.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in A1 League. Later the forward moved to Ukraine. He signed deal with Politekhnika-Halychyna. Miroslav Todic notched 13.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per appearance in Superleague. Previously Miroslav Todic had stints with Achilleas, Olympia Larissas, Kolossos, Frankfurt Skyliners, Krka Novo Mesto, FMP Beograd and Radnik Bijeljina. He played in German Cup semis in 2005. Miroslav Todic played in Bundesliga Final in the same season.


Italy roll past Portugal in EuroBasket Qualifying Round opener - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Portugal 97:45

Italy left no chance for visiting Portugal at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) scored 21 points to lift the Azzurri to a comfortable win at the end.
Italy dominated from start to finish. They built a 24:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Italy fired 26 points in the second quarter to boost the lead. The hosts piled up a 50:20 halftime lead. Italy extended the lead in the third quarter. They established an insurmountable 46-point buffer heading into the fourth term 75:29. Portugal could not recover and Italy coasted to the victory in the final quarter. Angelo Gigli (209-PF-83) finished with 14 points, while Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) and Stefano Mancinelli (203-PF-83) added 11 points each for the winners. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) answered with 9 points for Portugal. Jaime Silva (187-PG-80) netted 8 points in the loss.

Italy: Pietro Aradori 21, Angelo Gigli 14, Danilo Gallinari 11, Stefano Mancinelli 11
Portugal: Joao Gomes 9, Jaime Silva 8



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U18 European Championship: Latvia sneak past Slovenia to clinch playoff spot - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Slovenia U18 61:60

Latvia earned a tough win on the final day of Second Stage at U18 European Championship. The hosts held off Slovenia to improve at 3-2 record in Group F. Slovenia slipped at 1-4 record and got eliminated from the title race. Davis Geks (183-G/F-95) posted 20 points to lead the winners.
Latvia jumped to an early lead in the game. They recorded a 14:9 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts stretched the margin in the second period. They accumulated a 38:25 halftime advantage. But Slovenia refused to surrender. The visitors trimmed the distance to 4-point mark at the final intermission. Tomaz Bolcina (206-F/C-94) and Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) put Slovenia within one 60:61 with 33 seconds remaining. Matic Rebec had a chance to win it for Slovenia but missed a layup with moments before the buzzer. Roberts Krastins (196-SF-94) and Ivars Zvigurs (195-G/F-95) netted 8 points each for Latvia. Matic Rebec answered with 24 points for Slovenia. Tomaz Bolcina had 18 points in the loss.

Latvia U18: Davis Geks 20, Roberts Krastins 8, Ivars Zvigurs 8
Slovenia U18: Matic Rebec 24, Tomaz Bolcina 18



Bosnia and Herzegovina hang on to beat Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Latvia 87:84

Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They overcame visiting Latvia in Sarajevo. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Bosnia and Herzegovina fired 23 points in the opening quarter but Latvia almost matched the effort and trailed by just one point at the first break. Bosnia and Herzegovina managed to clear off to a 3-point lead at halftime 41:38. Latvia capped the third term on a 7:2 run to take a 67:64 lead into the fourth frame. Mejeris stretched the lead to 6 points early in the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands numerous times before Persic and Zach Wright gave the home team an 85:82 lead with 5 seconds remaining. Davis Bertans (205-SF-92) put Latvia within one but Djedovic answered with two accurate free throws and sealed the victory for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) provided 20 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points in the victory. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) answered with 18 points for Latvia. Davis Bertans had 17 points in the loss.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mirza Teletovic 24, Zack Wright 20+11 boards, Elmedin Kikanovic 18
Latvia: Janis Strelnieks 18, Davis Bertans 17



Ingus Bankevics returns to France - by Eurobasket News (T)

Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: Players Group) is back to France. The Latvian guard/small forward penned a 1-year deal with St-Chamond. They will compete in NM1 next season. Bankevics finished the last one with Valmeira. He had 14.3 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 13 Latvian league games. The played also added 17 ppg, 2 apg and 1.5 rpg for 2 appearances in Baltic league. Bankevics started the season with French SO Maritime Boulogne. There he had 8 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 4 ProB games, after what they parted ways. Ingus Bankevics played for Ventspils and Barons in 2010/11 season. Actually, he started it with Ventspils and in March of 2011 moved to Barons. Before that, he was a member of VEF Riga and Valmiera. In 2010, Ingus Bankevics played for the Latvian National Team. He had 7.8 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 8 games in Qualifications to European Championships 2011.


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Lebanon dropped two spots in the FIBA ranking - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

Lebanon dropped two spots in the FIBA ranking, Lebanon is ranked now 25th in the FIBA Ranking , this ranking is made after each Major FIBA or Zones Championships , Lebanon was 23rd but the rise of Tunisia by winning the FIBA Africa Championship and participation in the London Olympic games gave them 10 extra sports to be ranked as number 22 .
Lebanon who was ranked as 2nd in Asia till 2009 and first Arabic in the FIBA Rankings, The Lebanese National teams are losing ground to other Asian teams like Iran, Jordan, Korea, Philippines , Last time a Lebanese Age championship reached a podium in Asia was in 2006 in the FIBA ASIA Under 18 Championship, that summer Lebanon played in the World Championship in Japan and managed to create a big achievement by beating France and Venezuela. Since that date the Youth National Teams are reaching maximum the sixth place in the FIBA ASIA Championships and as for the Men the best result was 4th in 2009.

The Lebanese Basketball community should put a strategy to regain back the leading roles in Asia and Arab countries, the 2006 U18 National Team reached the 3rd place in Asia and qualified to the FIBA World U19 Championship in Serbia , this team reached there because there was a big program set by the LBF President Mr. Michel Tannous and his team by making the team play in the second division championship and play many tournament s as well undergoing training camps. The team reached the U18 FIBA ASIA Championship with a record of 75-0 in 2 years of action. This was all under coach Paul Coughter commands.

For this reason The LBF should work to set such programs to build U18 , U16 , U14 National Teams working throughout the year and playing games in order to gain experience and confidence. By time this youth national teams can send players to the Lebanese League and to the Lebanese Men National Team, we have an example the 2006 Lebanese U18 Team have many players playing major roles in the Lebanese League these days , Rodrigue AKL , Mohamad HAMDAR , Miguel MARTINEZ , The same is with the 2004 U18 Team we have Elie Stephan , Mazen Mneimneh , Marwan Ziadeh , Nadim Souaid, .

The Lebanese Youth National Teams have big talents , they are always playing major roles in the WABA Ages Championships but they are falling short in the FIBA ASIA ones and even against the same teams played against in the WABA Championships , This is due to the lack of preparations , the main reason for this failure is the lack of budget ,the LBF should find the funding which was ok even in the toughest days in 2005 , 2006 and 2007.



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U18 European Championship: Lithuania beat Spain to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18 - Spain U18 72:65

Lithuania kept their record spotless at U18 European Championship. They defeated Spain to finish the Second Stage on top of Group E. Spain slipped at 4-1 record to earn the second position. Augustinas Jankaitis (202-C-94) scored 14 points to lead the winners.
The teams entered the game undefeated. Spain eked out a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Lithuania stiffened their defence and surged ahead for a 35:31 halftime lead. The Baltic team stretched the lead in the third quarter. Lithuania grabbed a 6-point advantage into the fourth frame. The hosts extended the lead to 11 points midway through the final term and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-SF-94) and Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) provided 13 points each for the hosts. Oriol Pauli (201-G-94) and Juan Saiz (204-PF-94) answered with 12 points each for Spain.

Lithuania U18: Augustinas Jankaitis 14, Jokubas Gintvainis 13, Lukas Lekavicius 13
Spain U18: Oriol Pauli 12, Juan Saiz 12



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U18 European Championship: Luxembourg win the opener of Classification Round for 17th to 22nd Place - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U18-Luxembourg U18 61:75

Luxembourg win the opener of Classification Round for 17th to 22nd Place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Scotland 75:61.
Luxembourg started the game with a 6-0 run and never looked behind after in the first quarter. They won the first period 22:15, but then Scotland erupted in the second frame. Joshua McGilvray (201-C-95) gave his side 29:28 lead and Wilcox closed the half at 33:30. Luxembourg meanwhile answered with 13-0 run and Yann Wolff (196-PF-94) brought 47:33 on the board. Jo Hoeser (193-PF-94) later closed the third quarter at 61:38 and the game was done at that moment. Luxembourg did not mind 14-23 in the last stanza to win the game by 14 points.
Bob Melcher (196-G-94) stepped up with 22 points for the winners, while Jo Hoeser collected 19 points and 13 rebounds. Yann Wolff posted 11 and Max Hilger (187-PG-95) delivered 5. Joshua McGilvray answered with 21 points and Jack Nicholson (180-SG-94) notched 14.

Scotland U18: Joshua McGilvray 21, Jack Nicholson 14
Luxembourg U18: Bob Melcher 22, Jo Hoeser 19+13 rebs, Yann Wolff 11, Max Hilger 5



Azerbaijan cruise past Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg - Azerbaijan 78:101

Azerbaijan registered the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They stunned Luxembourg on the road tonight. Zaur Pashayev (188-G-83) provided 21 points to lead the visitors.
Azerbaijan exploded with 31 points in the opening quarter to clear off. They posted a 14-point lead after ten minutes. The visitors stayed aggressive offensively in the second quarter. Azerbaijan extended the lead to 18 points at halftime 59:41. Azerbaijan did not slow down after the big break. They erupted for 27 points in the third quarter to ensure a 20-point buffer before the fourth term. Azerbaijan limited the hosts to 12 points in the final term to seal a comfortable win at the end. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) and Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) accounted for 20 points each for the winners. Samy Picard (196-PF-88) answered with 28 points for Luxembourg. Tom Schumacher (189-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) provided 18 points in the loss.

Luxembourg: Samy Picard 28, Tom Schumacher 18
Azerbaijan: Zaur Pashayev 21, Charles Davis 20, Orhan Haciyeva 20



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Montenegro won over Israel in Podgorica - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro-Israel 75:69

Montenegro won over Israel in Podgorica in front of about 4000 fans. The hosts grabbed 75:69 win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.
Israel won the opening tip 8:2 and managed to win the first period 20:17. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) later tied the game at 26:26 and then Blagota Sekulic (209-C-82, agency: FCM) scored for 37:34 at the end of the half. The teams exchanged the lead several more times in the third period as Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored for 54:46 at the end of it. He later brought 61:53, but Israel could not win. Suad Sehovic tied the game at 69:69 and Montenegro closed the game with a 9-0 run for the final win.
Suad Sehovic top-scored for the winners with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) and Blagota Sekulic also scored 12. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) netted 10 points in a winning effort. Lior Eliyahu answered with 22 points in the losing effort, while Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) posted 17. Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) and Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) brought 8 points each in a loss.

Montenegro: Suad Sehovic 12+11 rebs, Taylor Rochestie 12, Blagota Sekulic 12, Vladimir Dasic 10
Israel: Lior Eliyahu 22, Omri Casspi 17, Yogev Ohayon 8, Alex Tyus 8



U18 European Championship: Belgium ties the records with Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U18-Belgium U18 62:82

Belgium ties the records with Montenegro after the victory at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team won 82:62 as both sides are with 1-1 records in Group F.
Belgium looked fantastic in the first half and won the first two quarters. They limited the Montenegrin team to 13 points in each period and took 41:26 lead at the halftime. Montenegro replied with 23-18 in the third period and reduced to 10 points with 10 minutes to go. Belgium however limited them again to 13 points and won the last quarter by 10 points totaling to 20 at the end.
Naim El Khounchar (193-G-94) paced all the winners with 22 points and Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) as well as Xavier Francois (200-C-94) had 14 each. Emmanuel Lecomte (180-G-95) followed them with 10 points in a win. Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) poured in 14 points in defeat, while Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) added 10.

Montenegro U18: Masan Vrbica 14, Luka Djurovic 10
Belgium U18: Naim El Khounchar 22, Arno Mollekens 14, Xavier Francois 14, Emmanuel Lecomte 10



Samir Saptahovic moved to Peja (Kosovo) - by Darko Pekic (T)

After only one year spent at Bashkimi, Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81) is back in Peja, and will play the upcoming season in the team with whom he won the Kosovo Cup in season 2010/11. The 31 year old guard was Bashkimi's leader last year, but they could only manage to reach fourth place in the league and surprisingly went to the Cup final, where they lost against Trepca.

Saptahovic was born in Bar (Montenegro) and has started his career in the youth team of Primorka. In the season 2001/2002 he was one of the best Primorka's players in YUBA league. Later he moved to Kosovo, took their citizenship and this will be his 9th season in the former province of Yugoslavia.



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Detroit Pistons sign second round pick Khris Middleton - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has signed 2012 second-round draft selection Khris Middleton (6'7''-F-91, college: Texas A&M) to a contract.

Middleton, who was selected as an early-entry candidate with the 39th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, played three seasons at Texas A&M averaging 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 87 career games. The a 6-7 forward posted averages of 13.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season for the Aggies as a junior, scoring 16.1 points per game over the seasons final seven games. Middleton averaged a career-high 14.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists as a sophomore and earned Second Team All-Big 12 and All-District selections. The Charleston, South Carolina native who is known as a creative scorer that excels in the mid-range game shot 36.1% from three-point range (39-108 3FG) during the 2010-11 season and 32.1% (92-287 3FG) for his collegiate career.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Rockets waive Josh Harrellson to make room for Carlos Delfino - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Rockets waived Josh Harrellson (6'10''-F-89, college: Kentucky) today to make room for Carlos Delfino (6'7''-SF-82), the team announced.

Harrellson was acquired by the Rockets from the New York Knicks as part of the Marcus Camby sign-and-trade on July 11.

Harrellson saw action in two games with the Rockets at 2012 NBA Summer League. He averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 37 games (four starts) with New York in 2011-12.

Harrellsons contract was not guaranteed although it would have become guaranteed on Thursday.

Earlier this week, the Rockets agreed to terms with Delfino on a $3 million contract for one season with a team option for another season.

The Rockets roster is now at 20.

Courtesy of http://blog.chron.com



USA Basketball delivers huge ratings for NBC - by Diamadis Farmakis

The USA Basketball men's and women's teams gold medal games deliver huge ratings drew big viewership numbers for their gold medal games on NBC -- with 12.5 million viewers for the men, and 10.2 viewers for the women -- helping propel NBC Sports to record numbers throughout the Summer Olympics in London.

The USA Basketball men's gold medal game against Spain averaged 12,5 million viewers and an 8,2 household rating on NBC , making it the most viewed and highest rated men's basketball gold medal telecast since 2000
The game more than doubled the average viewership for the men's basketball gold medal telecast in Beijing (6.0 million viewers).

On NBC Sports Network, the six USA Basketball men's games averaged more than 2.6 million viewers, up 81% versus the four game average on USA Network in 2008, including a high of 3.3 million viewers for the game against Argentina (8/6).

The USA Basketball women's gold medal game against France on NBC averaged 10.2 million viewers, up +73% versus the 2008 USA Basketball women's gold medal game on NBC (5.9 million viewers). The three USA women's games on NBC averaged more than 10 million viewers.

The women's team also performed strong for NBC Sports Network. The five games on the network averaged 1.24 million viewers viewers per game, +26% higher than the team's average on USA Network in 2008 .



Bynum receives rock star welcome in Philadelphia - by Eurobasket News

Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) heard the roar from hundreds of Philadelphia 76ers fans chanting his name the moment he stepped into the National Constitution Center.

No wonder he wants to stick around.

Bynum says about Philadelphia, he's ''leaning toward making this my home.'' That brought even louder cheers from an event that was more pep rally than press conference.

Wearing a Sixers T-shirt, Bynum made his first appearance Wednesday since he was acquired last week from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a four-team deal. Former Philadelphia All-Star Andre Iguodala landed in Denver and Orlando shipped Dwight Howard to the Lakers.

Bynum's contract is up after this season. But the Sixers can offer him a max deal worth over $100 million over five seasons.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Celtics still expected to sign Jeff Green - by Eurobasket News

Lets start with the obvious here: Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) (still) isn't formally a member of the Boston Celtics. Yes, his deal has been termed imminent since early July and, yes, a month later, theres still wrinkles to be ironed out.

What exactly those hurdles are isnt clear, but those close to the situation have hinted that its simply contract language, something thats slightly more difficult after Green missed all of last season due to a heart ailment.

That said, neither the Celtics nor Greens camp have given any reason to believe that a deal wont eventually be consummated -- and neither seems in a particular rush to finish it up. Green attended an introductory press conference last month and hasnt shied away from talking about his excitement to play for the Celtics next season.

But heres one reason his contract is truly noteworthy: Whenever this deal is finalized, its expected to be the biggest total payday the Celtics hand out this offseason with a reported four-year pact at a value of upwards of $9 million per season. With a deal like that, Boston is essentially committing to Green as a core member of their future (a four-year deal would run longer than even the three years remaining on Rajon Rondo's current deal).

In the glimpse we got at the end of the 2010-11 season, Green proved to be exactly the player he was with Oklahoma City (look at his stats per 36 minutes, they are nearly identical). To some, that wasnt good enough. The question is whether hes capable of more, and whether having a strong supporting cast will allow him to flourish in Boston.

Our expectations? Jason Terry may have the sixth man tag, but Green absolutely must be the most important supplementary piece to Bostons core. Even coming off the bench, he must emerge as a consistent contributor, the type that can help carry Boston when veterans like Paul Pierce struggle.

The Celtics have to figure out how to properly harness his versatility, exploiting his size against smaller 3s and (carefully) moving him to the 4 in smaller lineups (Green has struggled mightily against post-up 4s, but can blanket smaller wings). Boston needs to find lineups that bring out the most in his skill set. But ultimately it's on Green to show he's capable of more than we saw in that brief post-trade glimpse.

The encouraging side is that Green will only turn 26 next month. Even after sitting out last season, he's still got four years of experience under his belt (two playoff trips) and he's still young enough to make another leap. The Celtics are hoping he can blossom into a true impact player.

What we'd like to see: More aggression all over the court. He needs to be a stronger rebounder, a more tenacious defender, and he needs to be on full tilt when running in transition. You can see the ability to be a game-changer and, now that he's healthy, Green needs to show it on the floor.

Read on to see our panel predictions.

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Greg Payne, ESPN Boston

All indications from Green and everyone else associated with him (his agent, Danny Ainge, etc.) are that he's poised to return better than before, and the Celtics will need that to be true. Maybe it was unfair to really critique Green's game for the half season he was initially here for prior to his heart ailment. Whatever the case, the C's need him to be a consistent scorer, rebounder, and quality defender off the bench. It's as simple as that. I don't know if there's any sort of "leap" for Green to still make, but he has to cement himself as a player Boston can rely upon. That's the most important thing, bottom line. Right now he's the only real backup the team has for Paul Pierce, and I'd be willing to bet Doc Rivers will want to scale back Pierce's minutes a bit this season, which will only put a brighter spotlight on Green. No one can doubt Green's natural abilities and physical gifts -- the Celtics just need those things to translate to points, rebounds, and, most importantly, wins. If Green can do that, not only will he be one of the better backup small forwards in the league, but he'll team with the likes of Jason Terry and Chris Wilcox to comprise a pretty formidable second unit.

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Brendan Jackson, CelticsHub

In an ideal world, flipping Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green would have gone down as Danny Ainge's fourth greatest achievement as a GM, behind the Kevin Garnett/Ray Allen offseason, making the draft-night trade for Rajon Rondo, and signing Jermaine O'Neal for two years at the full mid-level exception (OK, one of those moves was not good). Unfortunately, Green struggled to gel with the Celtics at the end of 2011 and missed last season after undergoing surgery for an aortic aneurysm. The hope this season is that the Celtics have a young, athletic small forward to back up Paul Pierce. I'm here to temper those expectations. The truth is that Green has never been particular effective at playing the small forward position. In Green's last two full seasons, he posted a PER lower than league average for small forwards (albeit in limited minutes). The good news is that Green has also limited his small forward opponent's production to a PER around league average. At best, the increase in minutes at the small forward position will prove that Green was originally miscast as an undersized power forward. At worst, he'll be an athletic wing defender able to run with Rajon Rondo. I expect he'll be somewhere in the middle.

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Chuck McKenney, Reds Army

I'm expecting a lot from Green and that's because Danny Ainge seemingly outbid the entire NBA with the reported four-year contract valued somewhere around $32-36 million. I'm begging anyone to show me a rumor that involved another team willing to give Green anything close to the deal he's supposed to sign in Boston. Let's move on to the facts. Green struggled mightily in the 26 games he played for Boston in 2011. He was passive and out of sync. Last season was supposed to be his redemption, but he was forced to have heart surgery. Fortunately, all signs point to Green being heart healthy this year. There might be some rust, but he'll shake it off in camp. For the Celtics to make another deep playoff run, Green must contribute consistent offense (15-17 points per game) off the bench. I think he can do that. The real questions about Green come in the next two to three years -- as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett fade, is Green capable of carrying the torch? Yikes.

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Jay King, Celtics Town

My first expectation, and the only one in which I'm confident, is that Green will one day officially sign with the Boston Celtics. From there, my expectations for the 6-foot-9 forward become a dizzying combination of hopes, fears, doubts, underwhelming advanced statistics and impressive dreams. Green possesses the talent, skill and athletic makeup to become Boston's small forward of the future. He could blossom into a franchise cornerstone capable of running with Rajon Rondo, scoring from inside or out, and defending two or three positions. The problem is that he's never actually produced at a level deserving of his reported (and rumored, and one day maybe even official) contract. Green rarely, if ever, enters Kevin Garnett's patented "bar fight mode" and he plays with all the aggression of a monk. Sadly enough, Green's presence on the court has a troubling history of making his teams worse. That doesn't mean he's hopeless. At the very least, the Georgetown product provides the Celtics with an athletic reserve who can fill a number of different roles depending on what the team needs. He's capable, perhaps, of much more. That "perhaps" could haunt him for the duration of his time in Boston or it could vanish into a cloud of awesomeness. I vote for the latter.

Courtesy of ESPN



Magic re-sign G Ish Smith - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Orlando Magic re-signed guard Ishmael Smith (6'0''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest) on Wednesday. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Smith averaged 2.8 points, 1.6 assists and 1.3 rebounds over 26 games with the Magic and the Golden State Warriors last season.

The 24-year-old Wake Forest product has appeared in 69 career NBA regular season games with Houston, Memphis, Golden State and Orlando. He averaged 2.5 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com



Suns sign Jermaine O'Neal - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Phoenix Suns signed veteran center Jermaine O'Neal (6'11''-F/C-78) on Wednesday.

O'Neal, who has been in the league since 1996, played in 25 games for the Boston Celtics last season and averaged 5.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.

"We are pleased that Jermaine will continue his successful NBA career in Phoenix," said Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby. "We look forward to his contributions not only on the floor but as a veteran leader on our team."

Originally selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 17th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, O'Neal owns career averages of 13.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 912 games (680 starts) with the Trail Blazers (1996-2000), Indiana Pacers (2000-08), Toronto Raptors (2008-09), Miami Heat (2009-10) and Celtics (2010-12).

The 33-year-old O'Neal is a six-time NBA All-Star (2002-07). He also won the NBA's Most Improved Player award in 2002.

Additionally, the Suns waived center Brad Miller and guard Jerome Dyson, whose contracts were acquired from the New Orleans Hornets on July 27 in a three- team trade.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com



Eastern Michigan's Rob Murphy leaving for job with Orlando Magic - by Eurobasket News (T)

Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy is leaving the MAC school to take a job in the NBA with the Orlando Magic, according to a report from MLive.com's Graham Couch.

A source told CBSSports.com that the job would be in the Magic's scouting department.

It's an abrupt move for Murphy, who spent one year at Eastern Michigan and led the Eagles to a 14-18 record. In fact, Murphy's been a college basketball guy almost entirely up to this point. Before coaching Eastern Michigan he spent seven years as an assistant on Jim Boeheim's staff at Syracuse. His career also includes a stint as an assistant at Kent State and six years as a high school coach in Detroit.

This development comes at an awful and unusual time for Eastern Michigan. It's rare for a program to need to hire a new head coach in June, let alone halfway through August. The college basketball season is now less than two months away. And classes start on campus at Eastern Michigan in three weeks.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry increases rehab intensity - by Eurobasket News

Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) will take a significant step in his rehab this week. Curry plans to increase the intensity of workouts to strengthen a troublesome right ankle when he arrives at the Golden State Warriors facility on Wednesday.

Curry plans to ramp up his rehab and basketball work as he tries to return from an injury filled 2011-12 season, according to CSNBayArea.com. Starting Wednesday, he will workout on four consecutive days to test the right ankle that caused him to miss 40 of the Warriors 66 regular season games.

The season began with a hopeful Curry in the backcourt with Monta Ellis. But, by the end of the year, Curry was reduced to a cheerleader and Ellis had been traded to Milwaukee. After multiple tweaks that sent him limping to the sidelines, Curry shutdown his season on March 11.

Surgery came in April to remove loose debris, and Curry was told there was no structural damage to the his right ankle. Curry is aiming to participate fully in the Warriors training camp, which begins on Oct. 3.

I dont think hell have any restrictions, Warriors general manager Bob Meyers told CSNBayArea.com. Hes being cautious because he has time to be. But as far as full-go, hes there right now. Hes not going to push it unnecessarily, though. Hes going to be cautious. But as far as restrictions, theyve all been lifted.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Knicks star Amare Stoudemire thrilled to be learning from Hakeem Olajuwon - by Eurobasket News

Six-time NBA All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) "can't wait" to explore the moves he has learned from former Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon (7'0''-C/F-63, college: Houston) when he returns to play with the N.Y. Knicks.

Stoudemire has been in Houston for about a week working with the Hall of Fame center.

"It's always room to improve as a player," Stoudemire said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "To want to be the best is always a common denominator for most players.

"So working with Hakeem, one of the best players to ever play the game, is a great opportunity for me. We are both very quick and athletic for our positions. So to learn from him will be a great advantage for me."

Stoudemire said it is fantastic to work with a guy who has accomplished so much in the NBA.

Olajuwon won two NBA championships with the Rockets and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

"That's the route I hope to take with my career, is to eventually get to the Hall of Fame and win multiple championships," Stoudemire said. "To learn from a guy and pick up the same characteristics as he has and apply them to myself is going to be awesome for me."

And Stoudemire already notices the improvement in his game in just the short time he has been with working with Olajuwon.

"He helped me a lot," Stoudemire said. "A lot of moves that he has really, really translate to my game. To now develop a post game is going to be remarkable for me. It's going to catch a lot of my opponents off guard and it's going to be a great year for me.

"I have the IQ to implement this and learn fast, but it's not easy. There's a lot of detail that goes into it. He's very, very swift with his footwork, and he's very agile also, at (age) 50 still. It's great to learn from him. This is a great opportunity because you never how long he's going to be able to do this. So while I'm young and can still learn from one of the best, (I'm) very blessed to be a part of it."

Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who played with Olajuwon when the two were with the Rockets, thought working with Hakeem would be a good way for Stoudemire to add some weapons to his repertoire.

"Coach Woodson wanted to develop my post game and he knew I had it in me," Stoudemire said. "He called up a good friend Hakeem and Hakeem said, 'sure no problem.'

"We both play a similar position. He's an athletic center and I'm an athletic forward, but he's played as a four. He's known as a basketball player. Same as myself being able to adapt to any environment and play to the best of my ability, so to learn from him is awesome."

Stoudemire is ready to try out the new part of his game on the opposition right now.

"I can't wait. I can't wait," said Stoudemire.

Olajuwon is looking forward to seeing the new Amare Stoudemire as well.

"Wow. First of all it's a real blessing to have this opportunity to work with the best in the game," Olajuwon said. What an honor and a compliment to have the opportunity.

"The most important thing is the value that you know you can add to their career. That's what's most joyful for me. You are familiar with the style of basketball that they play and you see how you can expand their game, not just on the post, as a scorer."

Olajuwon began his tutorials in 2009 with Kobe Bryant. Dwight Howard came to Houston to work with Olajuwon in 2010 and again last year, along with LeBron James.

Now Stoudemire is learning from Hakeem the Dream.

"It shows a lot about the (Knicks) organization," Olajuwon said. "Coach Woodson, that he wanted to go to him in the post. Amare also, you have to give him a lot of compliments and credit that he wants to improve and he knows that it's going to make it much easier for him as he gets older."

Olajuwon really enjoys watching great athletes like Stoudemire take what they learn from him and put it to work with NBA games on the line.

"That's the most satisfying because when I watch the game and when I see them work on that and take the opportunity and actually see the guys in their comfort zone," Olajuwon said. That's why you see they can't wait for their season to start."

Courtesy of www.myfoxhouston.com



Chicago Bulls hire Brian Hagen as assistant general manager - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has hired Brian Hagen to be the teams Assistant General Manager.

'Brian is someone I have thought for quite a while is one of the best young scouts and executives in the league', said Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. 'We are extremely pleased that he has decided to join the Chicago Bulls organization.'

Hagen spent the previous nine seasons with the New Orleans Hornets in a number of capacities with their Basketball Operations staff, most recently serving as the teams Director of Player Personnel. In that role, he coordinated the teams amateur and professional scouting operations and assisted in the evaluation of free agents and prospective trade acquisitions.

While with the Hornets, he also spent time as the teams video coordinator, Director of Basketball Operations, Director of Scouting and Assistant to the General Manager.

Prior to joining New Orleans, he also was an Assistant Coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2002-03.

Hagen began his career at the collegiate level while at Iowa State as an Undergraduate Assistant (1996-2000). A native of Joice, Iowa, he graduated from Iowa State in 2000 with a degree in Management Information Systems.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Magic refused to trade Howard within division, removing Hawks from consideration - by Eurobasket News

The Magic were waiting to get the best offer. But there were also tactical elements involved in their decision of where to trade Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85).

After the New York Daily News reported that the Magic refued to trade Howard to the Nets because of how they perceived the Nets approached Howard, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Hawks were similarly invested in trading for Howard, and the deal fell through for reasons other than the return package.

He approached the Orlando Magic about a trade for Howard in early July but was turned down. He never had the opportunity to share his vision with Howard and try to convince him that the dysfunction that Howard (an Atlanta native) was familiar with was a thing of the past. It never even got as far as being in position to convince Howard to sign an extension.

We had discussions with Orlando about Dwight Howard, Ferry said. They were apprehensive to trade him within the division.

via Ferry made pitch for Dwight Howard but was stopped short | Jeff Schultz.

Now that's a little crazy. The Hawks' offer would have included substantially more talent in return than what the Magic received, young, flexibile talent on top of it, and they could have taken on more money than the Magic sent out in the Lakers deal.

By the time that it would matter whether Dwight Howard beat them or not, Howard could have moved on to another team or could be a wholly different player. It's one thing to not want to see him four times a year, but it's another to pass up what was best for the franchise.

Yes, Howard being in the same division would have stood in the Magic's way of winning a division title in a few years (a feat absolutely no one cares about in the NBA), but it woud have been way down the line. The Nets offers wasn't substantially better than what Orlando got from the Lakers-Nuggets-Sixers deal. The Hawks offer almost assuredly would have been.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Grizzlies sale may fall through, potential owner has some issues - by Eurobasket News

Grizzlies fans were rightfully hopeful when news got out that long-time team owner Michael Heisley planned to sell the team to a young billionaire out of the Silicon Valley, Robert Pera. Not that they really knew anything about Pera - he is 34 and filthy rich selling high tech electronic equipment to the developing world, mostly - but he had to be better than Heisley. Right?

We may never find out. The sale of the Grizzlies to Pera seems to have some challenges. To put it kindly.

As the NBA goes through its background checks on Pera, his company, Ubiquiti Networks Inc., is seeing a lot of controversies. And that could stall or kill the sale, suggests the San Jose Business Journal (via Ball Dont Lie and Eye on Basketball).

The NBA is going through an extensive vetting process that will look into everything from Peras business associates, to his family, to his financial situation. That will include Ubiquitis recent controversies, such as an acknowledgement that the companys products were illegally sold into Iran.

NBA officials will look into (the Iran issue), theyll question it, said SportsCorp. President Marc Ganis, who advises on team deals. They dont want a front-page New York Times story six months from now about how an NBA owner sold products to terrorist organizations, by way of example. Theyre going to want to understand what (the Iran case is) before they sign off on it.

Pera has a 63 percent stake in Ubiquiti, according to regulatory filings. That stock was worth $2 billion as of May but has dropped to $800 million.
I would love to be worth only $800 million.

But for buying an NBA team, that is on the low end. Especially when the sale price is a reported $350 million.

Pera has said he is looking for some local investors to be part of the franchise, so he wouldnt have to come up with all the cash himself. And he still has the money to buy the team. But all this stuff is enough to get the rather conservative (financially) NBA to pause.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com (by Kurt Helin)



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David Cooper named Mill Rats Head Coach - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Saint John Mill Rats held a press conference today to announce that they have hired David Cooper as Head Coach for the 2012-2013 NBL Canada season.

Cooper has been an integral part to the Mill Rats organization both on and off the court for the past five years. First as a player for three years, then as an assistant coach and VP of Marketing.

His new role as Head Coach this year is an exciting turn, one that Cooper says will help him develop and train players at the next level. He has been involved with coaching and development for over 10 years now.

Mill Rats General Manager Ian McCarthy states, "We are excited to have David Cooper take on this role for the team. He has been a role model for many and has earned the respect of the fans, organization and players. When the position opened up, it was a no brainer for us."

In 2002, while in college, he founded NetTime Sports an international Sports firm that specialized in the development and training of hundreds athletes throughout the United States and Canada.

Cooper graduated from James Madison University in 2006 after playing Division 1 NCAA basketball. He holds a Major in Kinesiology/ Sports Management and Business.

Cooper also played in the Northeast-10 Conference, was part of the USV1 National Team, was name to the Strength and Conditioning All American team and was a Mill Rats player for three years.

During the 2009-2010 season, Cooper was named Head Coach for Hesser College and lead the team to the NCAA Final 4 Conference in their first year. Later that year, in 2010, Cooper became a co-founder of Manchester, New Hampshire's, Bishop Elite AAU Basketball. David Cooper also founded David Cooper Basketball and partnered with Matt Bonner from the NBA San Antonio Spurs to run clinics and workouts throughout New Hampshire to promote Matt Bonner Basketball.

Since relocating to Saint John in 2010, Coop has also founded the Mill Rats Basketball Academy, dedicated to the training and development of players at an elite level. During his ten year tenor, Cooper has coached over 30 AAU teams from ages 10-17 on a local, national and international competitive level. He has personally developed over 100 collegiate and professional players.

The Saint John Mill Rats organization would like to thank former Head Coach Jaren Jackson, who earned the NBA Championship title in 1999 while playing for the NBA San Antonio Spurs. Jackson coached the team for the past two years but has decided to stay stateside this year as his wife accepted a legal job with the NCAA in Indianapolis. While helping his family during the transition, he will be missed.

"We are appreciative of the two years that Coach Jackson gave to our organization and we all learned a lot from his NBA pedigree and experience," stated Ian McCarthy, Mill Rats President and General Manager. "However we are really excited about the new direction our team is taking. We are confident that we will be a very, very competitive team this season."

The Saint John Mill Rats organization would also like to remind last year's season ticket holders that they have two weeks left to renew their seats before they become open to the public. Last day to renew is Friday, August 31.

Season tickets are first come, first serve. Bowl tickets are good for the best available seats anywhere in the bowl. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station box office and at the Mill Rats Fan Zone located on the second floor in the Brunswick Square Shopping Centre.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Trey McCorkle signs first professional deal overseas - by Eurobasket News (T)

Trey McCorkle (6'10''-F, agency: SDJ Sports) is ready to start his professional basketball career and it will be overseas. The American forward signed a 1-year deal with BC Boncourt. The team completes in Swiss top division for men - LNA. Last season they reached Playoff Quarterfinals and hope to improve in the next one. McCorkle graduated at IPFW (Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne) few months ago. He had 12.2 ppg and 5.1 rpg for his school in 29 games as a senior. Trey McCorkle spent all four years with IPFW and he was constantly improving. As a freshman the player had 3.2 ppg and 1.4 rpg. As a sophomore his numbers increased to 6.5 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 29 games. In his junior season McCorkie averaged 8.7 points and 3.6 boards. IPFW reached Summit League Tournament Semifinals two years ago.


Travis Bureau gets pro deal in Romania - by Eurobasket News (T)

Travis Bureau (6'7''-G-88, agency: SDJ Sports, college: La-Lafayette) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American forward signed a 1-year deal with CSU Craiova. The team competes in Romanian top division for men. Bureau graduated at University Louisiana at Lafayette something more than a year ago. He had 10.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 1.4 apg for his school in 27 games as a senior. The player was named to All-Sun Belt 3rd Team -11. That year La-Lafayette was Sun Belt West Division regular season co-champion. As a junior, Travis Bureau averaged 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 29 games. The forward had the best stats as a sophomore, when he collected 12.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 27 appearances. In his freshmen season Bureau was Sun Belt West Division regular season runner-up with La-Lafayette.


Big East commissioner Mike Aresco says conference is 'united' - by Eurobasket News

New Big East commissioner Mike Aresco wants to create a conference that gives its members no reason to leave.

Aresco held his first news conference Wednesday since being hired by the Big East. He was joined at the New York Athletic Club by University of Cincinnati president Greg Williams, head of the league's search committee.

The Big East was gutted during the last round of conference realignment, losing three longtime members (Syracuse, West Virginia and Pittsburgh) and a member-to-be (TCU). It has reconstructed itself as a national football conference that will span four time zones starting next season.

"I think you approach realignment with the idea that you strengthen your conference," said Aresco, who is leaving his job as an executive vice president with CBS Sports to take over the Big East in early September. "You make it a place people want to be. You make it a place where people who have left would rather have been back there. You make sure that there is a consensus among the schools."

Aresco said he believes the rebuilding league is stable.

"I would not have taken this job if I did not feel that this was a cohesive conference that was committed to each other," Aresco said. "What I want to do is make sure I'm a good communicator. I think it's very, very important to make everyone feel welcome. To understand everyone's concerns. You have a disparate group of schools but they share a common goal. They want to make this work."

The Big East also has an expansive basketball league that includes eight members that don't participate in the football conference, including Notre Dame.

Balancing the desires of the basketball schools with the football schools has always been tricky for the Big East, and now it's bringing in football-only members such as Boise State and San Diego State, which have no regional ties to the current members.

"I think we have a football conference that's going to be extremely successful. We already have the most successful basketball conference in the country," Aresco said. "There already is stability and it's my job to guide them to an even brighter future."

Aresco is a Connecticut native who grew up with the Big East Conference, which started as a northeast basketball league, expanded to football in the early 1990s and is now in the process of its second major makeover.

The Big East is also about to enter into negotiations for a new television contract -- one that likely will decide whether the conference does have a future.

Football drives the value of a conference, and right now Big East football has been downgraded. The league has held a lucrative automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series, but that system is being replaced by a playoff starting in 2014.

The Big East no longer will draw postseason revenues equivalent to the Big Ten, Southeastern Conference, Big 12, Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conference, but it is still hoping to land a television deal worth upward of a billion dollars.

"I'm not daunted," Aresco said. "We have to tell the story. We have to talk about the Big East's strengths. They're there and they're quite significant and substantial.

"I believe this conference has always had the ability to reinvent itself and become stronger. It's had to do that a few times and it's going to do it this time."

Courtesy of ESPN



UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad ineligible for trip to China - by Eurobasket News

Five-star recruit Shabazz Muhammad (6'6''-G/F-93) is ineligible for UCLAs summer tour of China, according to a report by Adam Zagoria of zagsblog.com.

A 6-6, 215-pound small forward, Muhammad is being investigated by the NCAA for possibly receiving improper benefits during his recruitment.

The investigation is focusing on whether Muhammad received help with financing his recruiting visits.

The Bruins will leave for China on Aug. 22 without their most highly-regarded incoming freshman. UCLA will play two games in Beijing and one in Shanghai.

Muhammad has been battling an ankle sprain suffered last month, but should be healthy for the regular season. His eligibility is the bigger question.

Muhammads father, Ron Holmes, acknowledged to CBSSports.com in February a connection to two financial advisers that could compromise his sons eligibility.

Muhammad, ranked the No. 1 recruit in the 2012 class by Rivals.com, chose UCLA over Kentucky and Duke.

I think he can be a really outstanding player, UCLA coach Ben Howland told SNY.tv last month. The one thing I noticed our first practice is hes a great offensive rebounder.

I mean, hes going to be a load and weve got to utilize him in a lot of different ways because he can post, he can shoot it, he can put it on the floor, he goes and gets it.

Scout.com was first to report on Muhammads ineligibility.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Alabama self-reports 27 secondary violations to NCAA - by Eurobasket News

Alabama self-reported 27 secondary rules violations to the NCAA over the past 13 months, including six by the men's basketball staff and four involving football.

The university posted the violations involving 10 sports on its website Tuesday, dating from July 4, 2011. Five of the violations in men's basketball involved impermissible text messages to recruits, a restriction that was overturned in June.

The football violations included providing a scholarship check to an athlete before his certification, accepting two recruits' Facebook friend requests before the allowed date, texting a recruit's father and giving recruits impermissible documents.

Most violations brought letters of admonishment and rules education, but one football coach isn't allowed to make recruiting calls for 30 days and another can't contact two recruits for 60 days.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Eastern Michigan's Rob Murphy leaving for job with Orlando Magic - by Eurobasket News (T)

Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy is leaving the MAC school to take a job in the NBA with the Orlando Magic, according to a report from MLive.com's Graham Couch.

A source told CBSSports.com that the job would be in the Magic's scouting department.

It's an abrupt move for Murphy, who spent one year at Eastern Michigan and led the Eagles to a 14-18 record. In fact, Murphy's been a college basketball guy almost entirely up to this point. Before coaching Eastern Michigan he spent seven years as an assistant on Jim Boeheim's staff at Syracuse. His career also includes a stint as an assistant at Kent State and six years as a high school coach in Detroit.

This development comes at an awful and unusual time for Eastern Michigan. It's rare for a program to need to hire a new head coach in June, let alone halfway through August. The college basketball season is now less than two months away. And classes start on campus at Eastern Michigan in three weeks.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



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Could three-on-three join the Olympic lineup? - by Eurobasket News

Could three-on-three basketball be coming to the Olympics?

It will if FIBA, the international governing body, has its way. Secretary-general Patrick Baumann said Saturday that his group planned to propose it to be played as early as the 2016 Rio Games.

Three-on-three, the game played in driveways, on playgrounds and around the country during the annual Gus Macker tournaments, debuted in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. FIBA wants to create a comprehensive ranking system that would determine the best three-on-three teams in the world. FIBA already has a three-on-three world tour and world championship, but Baumann welcomed all three-on-three tournaments, such as Gus Macker and Hoop It Up, into the fold as long as those tournaments adhered to FIBA rules, including the registration of players in a database to chart wins and losses.

"Like volleyball has beach volleyball, swimming has synchronized swimming, we want three-on-three to be part of it," Baumann said.

After rankings determine the top teams worldwide, Baumann said, each nation would be responsible for creating a format to determine which team it would send to the Olympics.

Baumann reasoned that three-on-three would allow more countries to experience the Olympics and help FIBA expand basketball's global popularity. He said smaller basketball nations regularly send teams to the three-on-three world championship.

"We've chosen three-on-three as being one way of bringing that community into the Games," he said. "For us, this is also really about growing the mass of players on a grass-roots basis. We want them to be part of the family and hopefully have new talents for the game."

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



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Belgium upset Poland in Sopot - by Eurobasket News

Poland-Belgium 57:64

Belgium upset Poland in Sopot to open their EuroBasket qualifying campaign with a victory. The Belgian side grabbed 64:57 win over the hosts at the end of Day 1.
Poland looked better in the start of the game and reached 21:17 at the end of the quarter. Ignerski later scored for 29:24, but Belgium replied with a 9-0 run for 33:29. Ponitka meanwhile managed to tie the game at 33:33. Belgium looked better in the third period and scored final nine points of the period, with Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87)'s three-pointer making it 49:40 on the buzzer. Poland reduced to 2 points at the end of the fourth period, but could not come closer. Tabu-Eboma and Maxime De Zeeuw brought the final points in a win.
Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Maxime De Zeeuw and Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB) posted 11 each. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) ended up with 10 points for the winners. Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) netted 23 in defeat, whilst Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) delivered 12.

Poland: Marcin Gortat 23, Lukasz Koszarek 12
Belgium: Sam Van Rossom 13, Maxime De Zeeuw 11, Wen Boss Mukubu 11, Christophe Beghin 10



U18 European Championship: France march past Poland - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Poland U18 83:62

France celebrated a confident win over Poland at classification round Group G at U18 European Championship. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) came up with 20 points and 13 boards to lead the winners.
Poland stayed in charge throughout the first half. They posted a 23:22 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew in the second quarter. Poland ensured a 45:40 halftime advantage. Les Bleus turned things around in the third quarter. France held their opponents to 5 points and pulled ahead for a 12-point lead at the final break. France outscored Poland 21:12 in the final ten minutes to seal the victory. Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) posted 15 points, while Kevin Harley (197-G-94) added 14 points for the winners. Damian Jeszke (202-PF-95) answered with 13 points for Poland. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) provided 12 points in the loss.

France U18: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 20+13 boards, Alexandre Chassang 15, Kevin Harley 14
Poland U18: Damian Jeszke 13, Mikolaj Witlinski 12



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  PORTUGAL   


Italy roll past Portugal in EuroBasket Qualifying Round opener - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Portugal 97:45

Italy left no chance for visiting Portugal at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) scored 21 points to lift the Azzurri to a comfortable win at the end.
Italy dominated from start to finish. They built a 24:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Italy fired 26 points in the second quarter to boost the lead. The hosts piled up a 50:20 halftime lead. Italy extended the lead in the third quarter. They established an insurmountable 46-point buffer heading into the fourth term 75:29. Portugal could not recover and Italy coasted to the victory in the final quarter. Angelo Gigli (209-PF-83) finished with 14 points, while Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) and Stefano Mancinelli (203-PF-83) added 11 points each for the winners. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) answered with 9 points for Portugal. Jaime Silva (187-PG-80) netted 8 points in the loss.

Italy: Pietro Aradori 21, Angelo Gigli 14, Danilo Gallinari 11, Stefano Mancinelli 11
Portugal: Joao Gomes 9, Jaime Silva 8



U18 European Championship: Portugal needs a strong finish to beat Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18-Portugal U18 48:60

Portugal needs a strong finish to beat Sweden at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Portugal grabbed 60:48 victory in the start of the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place. Portugal took 2-0 record, while Sweden fell at 1-1 in Group H.
Portugal won the first period 18-15 and added massive 19-10 in the second frame. Bastos nailed three for 37:25 at the end of the half and Pedro Marques (173-PG-95) brought 39:28. Sweden meanwhile pushed the tempo and tied the game at 44:44, but could not win the game. Portugal looked better in the last stanza and proved their ambitions for the higher places. Pedro Marques scored the last points for the winners and Johan Lofberg (199-SG-95) was the last to score in the game.
Andre Miguens (184-SF-94) paced all the winners with 17 points, while Pedro Marques, Joao Grosso (196-F-94) and Joao Gallina (192-SF-94) delivered 8 each. Alexander Gorski (193-SG-94) scored 17 in defeat and Johan Lofberg added 10.

Sweden U18: Alexander Gorski 17, Johan Lofberg 10
Portugal U18: Andre Miguens 17, Pedro Marques 8, Joao Grosso 8, Joao Gallina 8



Andre Pinto joins CAB Madeira - by Eurobasket News (T)

Andre Pinto (200-F-80) will continue his career in CAB Madeira. The forward played for Ovarense since 1999. Last season the forward notched 8.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in LPB. Andre Pinto was the member of U18 and U20 Portuguese National Teams. The forward debuted for Portuguese National Team in 2010. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.


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Josh Simmons and Chris Ware sign with Giurgiu Wolves - by Chris Terrell

Now enjoying their second day with the club, Josh Simmons (196-F-88, college: Ark.-Fort Smith) and Chris Ware (203-C-89, agency: SDJ Sports) will be an integral part of the team's success for Giurgiu this season. Simmons and Ware were two of the players that showcased their skills at the EuroCamp Dallas held this past summer and earned playing contracts in the process. Simmons is a great athlete and at 6'5 can run and finish with the best of them. He has professional playing experience in the NBA D-League as well as the CiBaCoPa League in Mexico where he averaged 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists while shooting an off the charts 71.4% for Coras de Tepic. Throughout his career, Simmons from the Houston area, has experience playing 3 positions, point, shooting guard, and small forward. He can handle and create as well as consistently knock down 3's. He will be one of the fan favorites for the band near the Danube that now carries the nickname Wolves.

Chris Ware is a 6'8 270lb PF/C out of Chicago that has the body to bang down low but also the soft touch to step out and knock down 3's. He's big and strong and not someone that easily posted up but also has the feet to challenge smaller opponents that he could in turn walk down to the box on the other end. Ware was a NJCAA D2 Champion, and a NJCAA D2 All-American 1st Team in 2010 at Lincoln. He also had successful stints at Pittsburgh State and Indiana Tech. The versatility of the two players covers all 5 positions on the floor for Giurgiu.



Romania open EuroBasket Qualification with victory - by Eurobasket News

Romania - Netherlands 90:84

Romania celebrated the opening win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off Netherlands in the opener in Group D. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 19 points to lead the winners.
Romania and Netherlands got to a flying start. The teams teamed up for 55 points in the first quarter. Romania eked out a 28:27 lead. Netherlands denied the deficit in the second quarter. The teams stayed close and arrived at halftime tied at 45. Romania pulled ahead in the third quarter. They stayed hot red offensively and it finally paid off as the home team accumulated a 7-point lead into the fourth frame. Netherlands cut the deficit at 3 points late in regulation but Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88, college: American) sank two free throws and sealed the victory for Romania. He finished with 16 points, 9 assists and 4 boards for Romania. Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) and Mihai Silvasan (200-SF-85, agency: Court Side) added 14 points each for the winners. Henk Norel (214-C-87) answered with 27 points for Netherlands. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) netted 18 points in the loss.

Romania: Andrei Mandache 19, Vlad Moldoveanu 16, Ionut Dragusin 14, Mihai Silvasan 14
Netherlands: Henk Norel 27, Rogier Jansen 18



U18 European Championship: Austria outscored Romania in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18-Austria U18 50:80

Austria outscored Romania in Sarajevo at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The winners improved to 2-0 record after 80:50 win in a newly created Group G of the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place in Group G. Romanian meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Austria pulled the tempo early in the game and reached 18-8 after the first 10 minutes. They erupted with 31 points in the second frame as Valentin Bauer (181-PG-94) closed the half at 49:24. Marko Soldo (194-G/F-95) increased the lead to 27 and then Benedikt Guettl (188-G-94) scored for 62:37. Kolb later closed the third period from the free throw line to give his side 64:41. Another 16-9 in the last quarter gave Austria 30-point victory.
Valentin Bauer led the way with 20 points, whilst Jakob Poeltl (208-PF-95) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Benedikt Guettl notched 12 and Marko Soldo poured in 10. Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) scored 16 in defeat and Mirel Dragoste (180-PG-95) notched 9.

Romania U18: Andrei Damian 16, Mirel Dragoste 9
Austria U18: Valentin Bauer 20, Jakob Poeltl 14+10 rebs, Benedikt Guettl 12, Marko Soldo 10



Jeremy Hunt not coming to Oradea - by Eurobasket News (T)

Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis) will not play for CSM Oradea next season. According to the local media (Totalbaschet.ro) the American confirmed this news, but didn't provide any further info. Hunt agreed a deal with Oradea earlier this summer, but it seems the team will have to look for his replacement now. Jeremy Hunt finished last season in Greece. He played 16 games for KAO Dramas averaging 7.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He started the season with Argentinean team Quimsa. There, Hunt had 2.1 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 9 games in LigaA. In 2010/11 season Hunt played for German Telekom Baskets Bonn. He shined with 12.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.4 apg in 34 games. In 2010, he won the Portuguese Cup with Porto Ferpinta and they also reached League Finals. Jeremy Hunt graduated at the University of Memphis in 2007.


Tyler Morris returns to U Mobitelco Cluj - by Eurobasket News (T)

Tyler Morris (187-PG-86, college: Boston U.) is back to CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca for the upcoming season. The American point guard signed a 1-year deal. He started last season with Cluj averaging 7.4 points, 3.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds for 11 games in Romanian league. The player also added 10.6 ppg, 4 apg, 2.8 rpg and 2.4 spg for 5 games in EuroChallenge. They parted ways in December. Tyler Morris played for Cluj in 2010/11 as well. That season he had 7.1 ppg, 4 apg and 2.7 rpg for 20 appearances helping his team to win the championship title. It was the first season as a pro for Tyler Morris, who graduated at Boston University in 2010. He played 27 games for his school as senior averaging 10.3 points, 3.9 assists and 3 rebounds. Morris spent all four years with Boston University and in 2007 he was named All-AEC Rookie of the Year.


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U18 European Championship: Russia hold off Turkey, enter playoffs - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - Turkey U18 71:67

Russia claimed the decisive victory at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They overcame Turkey to clinch the spot in the quarterfinals. Russia improved at 3-2 record, while Turkey slipped at 1-4 in Group F. Oleg Alferov (193-SG-94) posted 17 points to lead the winners.
Turkey eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Turkey piled up a 37:26 halftime advantage. Russia started to come back to life in the third quarter. They narrowed the deficit at 7-point mark at the final break 47:54. Russia opened the fourth term on a 10:1 run to surge ahead. Turkey returned in charge but not for too long. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94), Ilnitskiy and Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94) made it 63:62 for Russia. The teams exchanged a pair of buckets before Annaev and Kashin sealed the victory for Russia from the charity stripe. Mikhail Kulagin accounted for 13 points, while Igor Kanygin added 11 points for the winners. Burak Yildizli (202-PF-94) answered with 11 points for Turkey. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) netted 10 points in the loss.

Russia U18: Oleg Alferov 17, Mikhail Kulagin 13, Igor Kanygin 11
Turkey U18: Burak Yildizli 11, Cedi Osman 10



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U18 European Championship: Luxembourg win the opener of Classification Round for 17th to 22nd Place - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U18-Luxembourg U18 61:75

Luxembourg win the opener of Classification Round for 17th to 22nd Place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Scotland 75:61.
Luxembourg started the game with a 6-0 run and never looked behind after in the first quarter. They won the first period 22:15, but then Scotland erupted in the second frame. Joshua McGilvray (201-C-95) gave his side 29:28 lead and Wilcox closed the half at 33:30. Luxembourg meanwhile answered with 13-0 run and Yann Wolff (196-PF-94) brought 47:33 on the board. Jo Hoeser (193-PF-94) later closed the third quarter at 61:38 and the game was done at that moment. Luxembourg did not mind 14-23 in the last stanza to win the game by 14 points.
Bob Melcher (196-G-94) stepped up with 22 points for the winners, while Jo Hoeser collected 19 points and 13 rebounds. Yann Wolff posted 11 and Max Hilger (187-PG-95) delivered 5. Joshua McGilvray answered with 21 points and Jack Nicholson (180-SG-94) notched 14.

Scotland U18: Joshua McGilvray 21, Jack Nicholson 14
Luxembourg U18: Bob Melcher 22, Jo Hoeser 19+13 rebs, Yann Wolff 11, Max Hilger 5



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FIATC Joventut signs Sitapha Savane for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News (T)

As expected, Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) became a new member of FIATC Joventut. The Senegalese forward penned a 1-year deal with the club. He parted ways with Gran Canaria earlier this summer, after his contract expired. Savane spent last eight seasons with Granca. In the latest one he had 5 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 33 games in Liga Endesa. The player added 4.1 ppg and 1.7 rpg for 7 EuroCup appearances. In 2010/11 Savane collected 7.4 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 20 games in Spain. He had almost the same numbers in EuroCup. The forward got injured in February of 2011 and missed rest of the season. Before Gran Canaria, Sitapha Savane played for Tenerife, Murcia and Menorca. In 2006, he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Defensive Team. That year Savane played for the Senegalese National Team at the World Championship in Japan. He had 8.6 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 5 games at this event.
Earlier this week, Joventut confirmed signing of American point guard Corey Fisher (186-PG-88, college: Villanova).



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U18 European Championship: Serbia outclass Greece in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Greece U18 64:59

Serbia posted the second win at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They defeated Greece to clinch 3-2 record in the third position in Group F. Greece fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
Serbia silenced the Hellenes in the opening ten minutes. The Serbian youngsters went on a 19:9 run to clear off. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Serbia ensured a 10-point lead at the interval 36:26. Greece turned things around in the third term. They ignited a 22:10 run to take a 2-point lead at the final intermission. But Serbia recovered well enough. Andric and Luka Andusic (191-G-94) drained back-to-back triples midway through the period to give Serbia a 57:53 lead. Luka Andusic then scored five points late in regulation to seal the victory for Serbia. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) posted 20 points and 14 rebounds for Serbia. Luka Andusic added 17 points in the winning effort. Michalis Kamperidis (203-F-94) answered with 17 points for Greece. Diamantis Slaftsakis (200-SF-94) had 16 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Nikola Jankovic 20+14 boards, Luka Andusic 17, Doko Salic 8
Greece U18: Michalis Kamperidis 17, Diamantis Slaftsakis 16



Unicaja reportedly close to sing C Kosta Perovic - by Eurobasket News (T)

Unicaja is very active on the transfer market these days. Earlier today, Spanish media reported that the Malaga team agreed a 1+1 year deal with James Gist (205-F-86) and 2-year deal with Slovenian Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89). The latest news is that Unicaja is close to sign Serbian big guy Kosta Perovic (217-C-85). He spent last two seasons with Regal Barca winning two championship titles. They also celebrated in Copa del Rey a year ago. Perovic averaged 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds for 23 Liga Endesa games last season. He also added 4.5 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 20 Euroleague appearances. Kosta Perovic had pretty close numbers in 2010/11 as well. Before Barcelona, the center spent two years with Valencia. He also has some NBA experience from the Golden State Warriors. In the past, Kosta Perovic spent few years with Partizan Belgrade. The center is regular member of the Serbian National Team, but he was unable to play for his country this summer.


Nenad Zivcevic joined KK Rabotnicki Skopje - by Nenad Ilijev (T)

KK Rabotnicki Skopje made a big signing bringing back its former player Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87). Former Serbian youth NT member agreed to wear Rabotnicki jersey in upcoming season. Nenad Zivcevic was part of three European Championships with Serbian National Team winning three gold medals with U16, U18 and U20 squad! He is recognized as good shooter and his ability to play as real all-round player.
Last season he started in Ukraine with Politekhnika-Halychyna but he moved to KK Lirija Skopje in November '11 where he become one of the best players in Macedonian League. He finished season with Swedish Basketligan side Sundsvall Dragons signing in January '12 and averaging 11.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.9apg till end of season.



Srdjan Jekovic new head coach of OKK Beograd - by Zoran Popovic (T)

After Vlado Djurovic takes internatinal engagement, Management of OKK Beograd decides to promotie Srdjan Jekovic as head coach. Coach Jekovic on his bench will have assistants Marko Boras and Tomislav Tomovic with mediacl staff Doctor Gligorije Babovic and Physiotherapeutic Marko Djurkovic.
Srdjan Jekovic was born October 17, 1969 in Cacak. During the players career he played for Zeleznicar Cacak, Borac Cacak, Kolubara Lazarevac, IMT Beopetrol, AZS Torun from Poland, SC Lusitania from Portugal and Prolupac from Prokuplje.
Coaching career he started in AS Basket Beograd, continue in Kolubara Lazarevac as head coach, assistant in KK Crvena Zvezda and junior team of Mega Vizura. Two times was head coach of Belgrade selection on international tournaments.



OKK Beograd lands Milorad Sutulovic - by Zoran Popovic (T)

Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90) is first enforcement for upcoming season in OKK Beograd. Milorad Sutulovic, 22 years old player, during the career played for Buducnost Podgorica, Union Olimpija, BC Igokea Aleksandrovac, ABS Primorka and KK Pogorica. During the last season in KK Podgorica Sutulovic average scored 18.2 points, 3.4 boards and 1.2 assists, Sutulovic win Montenegrian Championship and Naitonal Cup and with Unin Olimpija National Cup.


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U18 European Championship: Hungary destroy Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U18-Slovakia U18 71:38

Hungary destroy Slovakia in the start of the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place in Group G. The Hungarian team smashed the opponent 71:38 for 2-0 record on top. Slovakia meanwhile suffered another loss and dropped at 0-2 record.
The game was even in the first period as Hungary managed to take only 15:12 after the first ten minutes. They added however 17-9 in the second period and enjoyed 32:21 lead. Moreover Hungary added massive 22-7 in the third quarter as Peter Jakab (200-F-93) brought 54:28 on the board after 30 minutes. Hungary produced a 17-10 in the last stanza for the final victory.
Peter Jakab paced all the winners with 16 points, while Kristof Simon (183-PG-94) and Marton Varga (205-C/F-94) delivered 10 each. Zoltan Perl (194-G-95) followed them with 9 points. Martin Matejcik (185-G-94) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort and Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) chipped in with 8.

Hungary U18: Peter Jakab 16, Kristof Simon 10, Marton Varga 10, Zoltan Perl 9
Slovakia U18: Martin Matejcik 11, Vladimir Brodziansky 8



Tallinn saw a successful start of the home side - by Eurobasket News

Estonia-Slovak Republic 95:74

Tallinn saw a successful start of the home side at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Estonia overcame Slovak Republic 95:74 in the start of Group A in the capital.
Estonia took 27:20 after the first period and added 24-22 in the second frame. Janar Talts (207-PF-83) sent the teams to the lockers at 51:42 and Sokk increased to 11 points early in the third. Estonia continued to dominate the court and grabbed 75:60 after thirty minutes. They added another productive 20-14 in the last stanza for the first victory.
Janar Talts top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) added 15. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) netted 14, while Gert Dorbek (193-SG-85) had 11. Jozef Vojtek (204-F-85) replied with 13 points in defeat and Robert Nuber (187-PG-83) had 12. Dusan Pandula (197-SF-84) delivered 10, while Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 9.

Estonia: Janar Talts 16+11 rebs, Kristjan Kangur 15, Gregor Arbet 14, Gert Dorbek 11
Slovak Republic: Jozef Vojtek 13, Robert Nuber 12, Dusan Pandula 10, Anton Gavel 9



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U18 European Championship: Latvia sneak past Slovenia to clinch playoff spot - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Slovenia U18 61:60

Latvia earned a tough win on the final day of Second Stage at U18 European Championship. The hosts held off Slovenia to improve at 3-2 record in Group F. Slovenia slipped at 1-4 record and got eliminated from the title race. Davis Geks (183-G/F-95) posted 20 points to lead the winners.
Latvia jumped to an early lead in the game. They recorded a 14:9 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts stretched the margin in the second period. They accumulated a 38:25 halftime advantage. But Slovenia refused to surrender. The visitors trimmed the distance to 4-point mark at the final intermission. Tomaz Bolcina (206-F/C-94) and Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) put Slovenia within one 60:61 with 33 seconds remaining. Matic Rebec had a chance to win it for Slovenia but missed a layup with moments before the buzzer. Roberts Krastins (196-SF-94) and Ivars Zvigurs (195-G/F-95) netted 8 points each for Latvia. Matic Rebec answered with 24 points for Slovenia. Tomaz Bolcina had 18 points in the loss.

Latvia U18: Davis Geks 20, Roberts Krastins 8, Ivars Zvigurs 8
Slovenia U18: Matic Rebec 24, Tomaz Bolcina 18



Zoran Dragic agrees with Unicaja - by Zeljko Zule (T)

Slovenian national team member Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) agreed terms with Spanish side Unicaja Malaga for two seasons. Dragic spent the last two years with Krka Novo Mesto averaging 11.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 12 Eurocup games, and 11,0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7assists and 1.7 steals in 25 Adriatic League. Zoran Dragic is the younger brother of Goran, a member of the Phoenix Suns.


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U18 European Championship: Lithuania beat Spain to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18 - Spain U18 72:65

Lithuania kept their record spotless at U18 European Championship. They defeated Spain to finish the Second Stage on top of Group E. Spain slipped at 4-1 record to earn the second position. Augustinas Jankaitis (202-C-94) scored 14 points to lead the winners.
The teams entered the game undefeated. Spain eked out a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Lithuania stiffened their defence and surged ahead for a 35:31 halftime lead. The Baltic team stretched the lead in the third quarter. Lithuania grabbed a 6-point advantage into the fourth frame. The hosts extended the lead to 11 points midway through the final term and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-SF-94) and Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) provided 13 points each for the hosts. Oriol Pauli (201-G-94) and Juan Saiz (204-PF-94) answered with 12 points each for Spain.

Lithuania U18: Augustinas Jankaitis 14, Jokubas Gintvainis 13, Lukas Lekavicius 13
Spain U18: Oriol Pauli 12, Juan Saiz 12



Fuenlabrada keep Javier Vega - by Eurobasket News (T)

Javier Vega (205-C-88) will stay with Fuenlabrada for another season. Last season Javier Vega notched 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in EuroChallenge. In Spanish League his stats read 2.6 points and 1.3 boards per appearance. Previously Javier Vega had stints with Illescas, Qalat Caja Sol, Leon, Getafe Espacio. He earned All-Spanish LEB Silver Honourable Mention in 2010. Javier Vega was the member of U18, U19 and U20 Spanish National Teams.


FIATC Joventut signs Sitapha Savane for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News (T)

As expected, Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) became a new member of FIATC Joventut. The Senegalese forward penned a 1-year deal with the club. He parted ways with Gran Canaria earlier this summer, after his contract expired. Savane spent last eight seasons with Granca. In the latest one he had 5 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 33 games in Liga Endesa. The player added 4.1 ppg and 1.7 rpg for 7 EuroCup appearances. In 2010/11 Savane collected 7.4 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 20 games in Spain. He had almost the same numbers in EuroCup. The forward got injured in February of 2011 and missed rest of the season. Before Gran Canaria, Sitapha Savane played for Tenerife, Murcia and Menorca. In 2006, he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Defensive Team. That year Savane played for the Senegalese National Team at the World Championship in Japan. He had 8.6 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 5 games at this event.
Earlier this week, Joventut confirmed signing of American point guard Corey Fisher (186-PG-88, college: Villanova).



Melilla extends Joan Riera until 2014 - by Eurobasket News (T)

Juan Riera (188-PG-79) will play for Melilla until the end of 2013/14 season. The Spanish point guard signed a 1-year contract extension yesterday. Two sides had a valid contract until the next summer, but now extended it for another season. Riera joined Melilla a year ago from CAI Zaragoza. He had 8.6 ppg, 2.6 apg and 1.8 rpg for 38 LEB Gold games. He helped Melilla to reach the Playoff Finals, but lost it to Menorca. In 2010/11, the player appeared in 10 ACB league games with CAI Zaragoza, but he had very limited playing time. From 2004 to 2010, Juan Riera was a member of Mallorca. Two yeas ago he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Domestic Players Team. In 2006, they reached LEB Gold Cup Finals. In the past, Juan Riera played for Porrina, La Coruna, Jovent and Plasencia.


Unicaja reportedly close to sing C Kosta Perovic - by Eurobasket News (T)

Unicaja is very active on the transfer market these days. Earlier today, Spanish media reported that the Malaga team agreed a 1+1 year deal with James Gist (205-F-86) and 2-year deal with Slovenian Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89). The latest news is that Unicaja is close to sign Serbian big guy Kosta Perovic (217-C-85). He spent last two seasons with Regal Barca winning two championship titles. They also celebrated in Copa del Rey a year ago. Perovic averaged 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds for 23 Liga Endesa games last season. He also added 4.5 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 20 Euroleague appearances. Kosta Perovic had pretty close numbers in 2010/11 as well. Before Barcelona, the center spent two years with Valencia. He also has some NBA experience from the Golden State Warriors. In the past, Kosta Perovic spent few years with Partizan Belgrade. The center is regular member of the Serbian National Team, but he was unable to play for his country this summer.


Unicaja also agrees 2-year deal with Zoran Dragic - by Eurobasket News (T)

Another important news is coming from Malaga. According to Laopiniondemalaga.es, Unicaja agreed a 2-year deal with Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89). Earlier today the same source reported that Unicaja agreed 1+1 year deal with James Gist (205-F-86). Reportedly, both players will sign their contracts soon.
Zoran Dragic spent last two seasons with Krka Novo Mesto. They were EuroChallenge champions and Slovenian league winners in 2011. Few months ago Krka defended the title in Slovenia. Dragic had 13 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 16 appearances. In Adriatic league the player had 11 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.7 spg for 25 appearances. Dragic also added 11.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.1 apg for 12 EuroCup games. Zoran Dragic was Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Player of the Year -11, 12. He was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Defensive Player of the Year -11, 12. Before Krka, Dragic spent few years with Geoplin Slovan. He played for the Houston Rockets this summer at 2012 NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas. In 4 games Dragic had 6.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg.



Burgos extends Juan Aguilar - by Eurobasket News (T)

Autocid Ford Burgos announced signing of a 1-year contract extension with Juan Aguilar (188-G-88). It will be their second season together. Aguilar arrived to the club last summer from Cajasol Sevilla. He played 39 games in LEB Gold registering 4.4 ppg, 3.1 apg and 1.4 rpg. With Cajasol in 2010/11 the player had 1 ppg for 5 games in ACB. He joined them in April of 2011. Juan Aguilar started that season with Tarragona in LEB Gold. With them he shined with 7.9 ppg, 4.6 apg and 2.4 rpg. He was the league;s No.1 in assists. In the past, Aguilar also played for Qalat and Cajasol II. In 2007, the player was a member of U19 Spanish National Team. He had 1.7 ppg for 9 games at U19 World Championship in Novi Sad.


Lagun Aro GBC out of EuroCup - by Eurobasket News

Lagun Aro GBC will not play in EuroCup next season. The team officially announced this news yesterday. The main reason for this decision is reduced budget for 2012/13. The team had impressive last season in Liga Endesa. They were No.5 of the regular season and reached Playoff Quarterfinals. There, Valencia had to work very hard to eliminate them with 2-1. Lagun Aro had MVP and best scorer of Liga Endesa last season - Andy Panko. However, the player left this summer for Panathinaikos Athens. Lagun Aro GBC ended as No.14 in 2010/11 season. They returned to the ACB in 2009. That year Lagun Aro was the LEB Gold Playoff winner.


Unicaja Malaga agrees 1+1 year deal with James Gist - by Eurobasket News (T)

James Gist (205-F-86) will continue his career in Spain. The American power forward agreed a deal with Unicaja Malaga, according to Spanish media (Laopiniondemalaga.es). Reportedly, two sides agreed a 1+1 year deal and will sign it in the next few days. Gist arrives to Unicaja from Fenerbahce Ulker, where he spent last season. He appeared 16 times in Euroleague averaging 7.4 points and 4.5 rebounds. The player also added 9.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 31 TBL games. Fener failed to defend both league title and Cup. Before Fenerbahce Ulker, James Gist played one year for the Serbian powerhouse Partizan Belgrade. With them he won Adriatic and Serbian league titles, plus they won the trophy in Serbian Cup. Gist was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team -11. In the past, Gist played for Lokomotiv Kuban and Angelico Biella. He graduated at the University of Maryland four years ago.


Alicante adds Roma Bas - by Eurobasket News (T)

Alicante continues with signings for the upcoming season. Their latest addition is Spanish guard Roma Bas (192-G-83). The 30-year-old player arrives from Menorca Basket. He appeared 44 times with them last season averaging 5.8 points. Menorca managed to win the LEB Gold Playoffs and promotion for Liga Endesa, but they faced with huge financial troubles this summer and ceased to exist. Before Menorca, Roma Bas spent two years with Navarra. He had 11.2 ppg and 1.2 rpg for them in 38 LEB Gold games a year ago. In 2008/09 season, Bas played for AD Molina. There he shined with 12.5 ppg and 1.8 rpg in 34 LEB Silver games. In the past, Bas played for Santa Pola and Aguas Valencia-Expobar.


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Bulgaria hold off Sweden at home court - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria - Sweden 78:73

Bulgaria recorded the first win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off visiting Sweden for 1-0 record in Group B. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 13 points to lead the home team.
Bulgaria and Sweden traded baskets throughout intese first quarter. Hristo Nikolov (200-PF-85) capped the period with a three-pointer to give Bulgaria a 21:19 lead. The hosts used a 6:0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 33:27 lead. The margin soon grew at 8-point mark. Bulgaria ensured a 44:40 lead at halftime. Sweden kept within striking distance throughout the third quarter. The Scandinavian team trailed by three points heading into the fourth frame 57:60. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) scored first six points for Bulgaria in the fourth term to put Bulgaria up by 7 points 66:59. Sweden cut the deficit to three points on several occasions but Bulgaria hung on to escape with victory at the end. Chester Simmons posted 12 points, while Nikolay Varbanov (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances), Filip Videnov (197-SF-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky) and Hristo Nikolov added 11 points each for the winners. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) answered with 26 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for Sweden. Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) had 15 points in the loss.

Bulgaria: Chavdar Kostov 13, Chester Simmons 12, Nikolay Varbanov 11, Filip Videnov 11, Hristo Nikolov 11
Sweden: Jonas Jerebko 26, Christian Maraker 15



U18 European Championship: Portugal needs a strong finish to beat Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18-Portugal U18 48:60

Portugal needs a strong finish to beat Sweden at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Portugal grabbed 60:48 victory in the start of the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place. Portugal took 2-0 record, while Sweden fell at 1-1 in Group H.
Portugal won the first period 18-15 and added massive 19-10 in the second frame. Bastos nailed three for 37:25 at the end of the half and Pedro Marques (173-PG-95) brought 39:28. Sweden meanwhile pushed the tempo and tied the game at 44:44, but could not win the game. Portugal looked better in the last stanza and proved their ambitions for the higher places. Pedro Marques scored the last points for the winners and Johan Lofberg (199-SG-95) was the last to score in the game.
Andre Miguens (184-SF-94) paced all the winners with 17 points, while Pedro Marques, Joao Grosso (196-F-94) and Joao Gallina (192-SF-94) delivered 8 each. Alexander Gorski (193-SG-94) scored 17 in defeat and Johan Lofberg added 10.

Sweden U18: Alexander Gorski 17, Johan Lofberg 10
Portugal U18: Andre Miguens 17, Pedro Marques 8, Joao Grosso 8, Joao Gallina 8



Eco Orebro adds Croatian forward Fran Urli - by Eurobasket News (T)

Eco Orebro continues with signings for the upcoming season. Their latest addition is Croatian forward Fran Urli (203-F-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Hawaii-Pacific). The player heads to his new team from Hawaii-Pacific University, where he graduated few months ago. Urli appeared 26 times for the school averaging 11.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. He was awarded with All-PacWest Honorable Mention -12. Fran Urli transferred to Hawaii-Pacific in 2011 from the University at Albany. He missed 2010/11 season and before that the player had 5.5 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 30 games with Albany in 2009/10. Urli joined Albany in 2009 from Panola Junior College (JUCO), where he played from 2007 to 2009. In the past, Urli was a member of Zagreb II. He also was a member of Croatian U16 and U18 National Team.


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SAV Vacallo extends Matt Schneiderman for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News (T)

Matt Schneiderman (204-F/C-81, college: N.Iowa) will stay with SAV Vacallo for at least one more year. The player signed contract extension today. Schneiderman arrived to the club last summer from Lugano Tigers. He appeared 27 times in LNA averaging 13.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists. The player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention. A year ago with Lugano, Schneiderman won the LNA title, Swiss Cup and Liga Cup trophies. He won the LNA championship also with SAV Vacallo three years ago. In 2010, Matt Schneiderman was named Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Forward of the Year. He averaged 17.4 points and 5.5 rebounds for 37 games with SAV Vacallo. In the past, Schneiderman played for Monthey, Reims (France) and Lausanne. He graduated at the University of Northern Iowa in 2005.


U18 European Championship: Georgia march past Switzerland - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U18-Georgia U18 73:95

Georgia march past Switzerland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Georgian side grabbed 95:73 in group J of the Classification Round for 17th to 22nd Place.
Georgia started with 23:12 and never looked behind after. The team added 21-14 in the second frame as the board showed 44:26 after Verga's shot. Abuladze and Schittenhelm exchanged the shots early in the third for 47:28, while Valeri Kvantaliani (202-PF-94) brought 54:33. Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) later closed the quarter at 70:56. Georgia won the last stanza 25-17 and reached the initial win in the group.
Nika Ramishvili (179-SG-94) paced all the winners with 18 points and Irakli Mikeladze (180-PG-94) notched 15. Beka Burjanadze (203-PF-94) delivered 12, while Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) and Valeri Kvantaliani poured in 11 each. Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) finished the game with 18 points in defeat and Branislav Kostic posted 11.

Switzerland U18: Daniel Andjelkovic 18, Branislav Kostic 11
Georgia U18: Nika Ramishvili 18, Irakli Mikeladze 15, Beka Burjanadze 12, Giorgi Tsirekidze 11, Valeri Kvantaliani 11



BBC Monthey signs Drew Neitzel and Shay Shine - by Eurobasket News (T)

BBC Monthey announced signing of its first two import players for the upcoming season. The team landed Americans Drew Neitzel (183-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) and Shay Shine (187-G-89).
Drew Neitzel arrives to Monthey from the NBA D-League team Frisco Texas Legends. He played 30 games for them last season averaging 5.4 points and 4 assists. In 2010/11, Neitzel was a member of the German team BBC Bayreuth. He joined them in January of 2011 registering 7.7 ppg and 3.4 apg for 16 games. Neitzel also has experience from France. He is a product of the Michigan State University.
Shay Shine heads to Monthey from the High Point University. He shined with 15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 3 apg for his school in 31 games last season. Shine had pretty close numbers in 2010/11.



Boncourt announce Trey McCorkle and Shy Ely - by Eurobasket News (T)

Boncourt secured the services of Trey McCorkle (208-F, agency: SDJ Sports) and Shy Ely (194-G/F-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: Evansville) for the next season.
Trey McCorkle will start his pro career in Switzerland. He has just graduated from the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The forward notched 12.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in his senior season.
Shy Ely spent the last season in D-League. The guard played for the Dakota Wizards. He tallied 8.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance. Previously Shy Ely spent two seasons with the Iowa Energy in D-League. He was D-League champion in 2011. Shy Ely is the product of the University of Evansville. The guard posted 18.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in his senior season.



Geneve Lions bring in Andrej Stimac - by Eurobasket News (T)

Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) will continue his career in Switzerland. The centre has agreed on terms of contract with Geneve Lions. The Croatian player spent the previous season back at home. He played for Svjetlost Slavonski Brod. The centre posted 16.7 points, 7.0 boards, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game in A1 League. Andrej Stimac earned All-Croatian A1 League Honourable Mention. Previously the centre had stints in Turkey, Spain, Poland and Croatia. He was Croatian League champion in 2004 and 2008. Andrej Stimac celebrated Croatian Cup title in 2010. Andrej Stimac took part at Croatian League All-Star Game in 2002. The centre was the member of U18 Croatian National Team.


Switzerland roll over Albania in Tirana - by Eurobasket News

Albania-Switzerland 51:76

Switzerland roll over Albania in Tirana in the last game of Day 1 at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Swiss side took 76:51 in their first game.
Switzerland took 7:1 from the start and won the first period 20:10. Stockalper and Louissaint opened the second period from the arc, while David Ramseier (203-F/C-87) scored for 29:13. Switzerland later had 39:27 at the end of the half and Stefan Petkovic (185-PG-92) brought 45:29. Ramseier and Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) closed the period at 61:42 when it became clear about the winner. The guests also added 15-9 in the last period to seal the victory.
Dusan Mladjan led the way with 24 points and David Ramseier netted 13. Stefan Petkovic and Greg Brunner (201-PF-83, college: Iowa) scored 9 points each as the latter also grabbed 11 rebounds. Ersid Luca (212-C-81) finished the game with 12 points and Erkand Karaj (188-PG-82) notched 11. Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) ended up with 10 and Endrit Hysenagolli (204-C-88) had 7.

Albania: Ersid Luca 12, Erkand Karaj 11, Gerti Shima 10, Endrit Hysenagolli 7
Switzerland: Dusan Mladjan 24, David Ramseier 13, Stefan Petkovic 9, Greg Brunner 9+11 rebs



Lugano Tigers sign Korvotney Barber and Brandon Ewing - by Eurobasket News (T)

Lugano Tigers officiated the new import signings. The LNA defending champions landed Korvotney Barber (201-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn) and Brandon Ewing (187-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Wyoming).
Korvotney Barber spent the last season in Turkey. The forward played for Istanbulspor. He tallied 13.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in TB2L. Previously Korvotney Barber had stints with Nantes and Okapi Aalstar. He was named into Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 2nd Team in 2011.
Brandon Ewing played in D-League last season. The guard was the member of the Iowa Energy squad. Brandon Ewing notched 7.4 points, 4.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game in D-League. Previously Brandon Ewing had stints in Cyprus and Israel. He was trumped All-Cyprus League Guard of the Year in 2011.



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Fenerbahce Ulker confirms 2-year deal with David Andersen - by Eurobasket News (T)

It's official. Fenerbahce Ulker announced signing of a 2-year deal with Australian center David Andersen (212-C-80). He returned to Europe last summer from the NBA. Andersen had 11.7 ppg and 6.2 rpg for 20 Euroleague games with Montepaschi Siena. The player also added 13.9 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 38 SerieA appearances. He helped Montepaschi to defend the title and Cup in Italy. David Andersen played for the Houston Rockets in 2009/10 season averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 63 NBA games. He started 2010/11 with them as well, but in November of 2010 was traded to the New Orleans Hornets. With the Hornets he had 2.8 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 28 games. In 2008/09, Andersen played for Regal Barca winning the ACB title with them. Before that, he spent four very successful years with CSKA Moscow and in the past also played for Montepaschi. David Andersen had 12 ppg and 6 rpg for 6 games at the Olympic Games in London with Australian National Team.
Fenerbahce Ulker will start with preparations for the upcoming season next Monday (August 20). This week players will have physical tests.



Olin Edrine adds G Pertev Onguner - by Eurobasket News (T)

Olin Edrine continues with signings for the upcoming season. Their latest addition is Turkish guard Pertev Onguner (196-G-91). He arrives to the club from Aliaga. Onguner appeared 15 times with them last season averaging 1.6 points. Before Aliaga, he spent one year with Bornova registering 2.7 ppg for 28 games. From 2008 to 2010, the guard played for Genc Telekom in TB2L collecting 9.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.6 apg for 20 games in their second season together. He also appeared two times with Turk Telekom in TBL. Pertev Onguner played for Turkish U20 National Team last summer at U20 EuroBasket in Bilbao. He had 4.4 ppg for 9 games at this event. In 2009, Onguner won the bronze medal with U18 Turkey and U18 EuroBasket in Metz. There he averaged 3.1 points and 2 rebounds for 9 games. In the past, Pertev Onguner played for U16 Turkey.


Banvit finally confirms signing of Vladimir Stimac - by Eurobasket News (T)

Vladimir Stimac (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) is officially a new member of Banvit. We reported earlier this summer that two sides agreed a deal, but his team finally made it official today. Stimac is not a new face in TBL as he spent last season with Olin Edrine. He appeared 30 times in the league averaging 14.8 points and 9.9 rebounds. The Serbian big guy was second rebounder of the competition and was named to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 2nd Team -12 and Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Bosmans Team -12. He also participated at TBL All-Star Game. In EuroChallenge, Stimac added 18 ppg and 7.2 rpg for 6 games. Before Olin Edrine, Vladimir Stimac played for CEZ Nymburk. He started 2010/11 season with Ventspils, where he arrived during the summer of 2010 from Crvena Zvezda. Vladimir Stimac active member of the Serbian National Team. They outplayed Iceland last night in the opening game of 2013 EuroBasket qualifications.


U18 European Championship: Russia hold off Turkey, enter playoffs - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - Turkey U18 71:67

Russia claimed the decisive victory at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They overcame Turkey to clinch the spot in the quarterfinals. Russia improved at 3-2 record, while Turkey slipped at 1-4 in Group F. Oleg Alferov (193-SG-94) posted 17 points to lead the winners.
Turkey eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Turkey piled up a 37:26 halftime advantage. Russia started to come back to life in the third quarter. They narrowed the deficit at 7-point mark at the final break 47:54. Russia opened the fourth term on a 10:1 run to surge ahead. Turkey returned in charge but not for too long. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94), Ilnitskiy and Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94) made it 63:62 for Russia. The teams exchanged a pair of buckets before Annaev and Kashin sealed the victory for Russia from the charity stripe. Mikhail Kulagin accounted for 13 points, while Igor Kanygin added 11 points for the winners. Burak Yildizli (202-PF-94) answered with 11 points for Turkey. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) netted 10 points in the loss.

Russia U18: Oleg Alferov 17, Mikhail Kulagin 13, Igor Kanygin 11
Turkey U18: Burak Yildizli 11, Cedi Osman 10



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Boys Dem Stun Guidance; One Game away from NBBA Crown - by David Edole

By Dave Davis August 14, 2012

Boys Dem, trailing for three quarters, exploded for 36 fourth-quarter points to blow by Guidance and take game two of the New Breed Basketball Association finals, 98-80, Monday night at the Ronald Charles Gymnasium. It was as if Boys Dem's defense shifted into high gear with about six minutes left in the contest.

They were jumping the passing lanes and coming up with steals as they harassed Guidance ball handlers every inch of the court.

This was all about our defense, said Coach Keith Swanston. We played good defense for most of the game but we really picked it up at the six-minute mark. The win moves Boys Dem one game closer to the 2012 crown as they now hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five championship series.

As they did in game one, the teams battled hard from the opening whistle, and Guidance made an effort not o go down 2-0 in the series. They held a two-point edge after one quarter at 24-22.

Led by six points apiece from Colleen Stevens and Joelfri Polanco, Guidance was able to take the second quarter, 22-18, to extend their lead to six points heading into the locker room at the half, 46-40.

The third period was evenly played for the most parts, but Boys Dem began to cut into the lead as the quarter came to a close and they only trailed by one, 63-62, heading into the fourth and final period.

The final quarter began with the teams exchanging baskets for the first few minutes, but after a Boys Dem timeout they returned to the floor with a defensive intensity that appeared to catch Guidance off-guard. The momentum shifted almost instantaneously.

Zomari Swanston (193-G/F), Wilson Ferrance (191-G) and Rasheed Swanston (196-F-95) scored 11, 10 and nine points respectively for the winners in the final period, extending their lead to as much as 21 points in just under six minutes to blow wide open what was a close game.

Guidance, as game as ever, could do nothing to stem the tide that boys Dem rolled over them for a runaway, 98-80, victory.

Boys Dems Wilson Ferrance led all scorers with a game high 27 points. He got good support from teammates Z. Swanston with 20 points, R. Swanston with 18 and Terrell Christian with 12 points.

For Guidance it was the hard working Jerome Nathaniel leading the way with 24 points, Joelfri Polanco had 18,Stephaun Adams finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Raydell Dennis had 10 points with 13 rebounds.

Although Boys Dem leads the series 2-0, for many local basketball enthusiasts the series is far from over, and some expect Guidance to bounce back with a victory in game three on Wednesday.

Boys Dem, of course, will be playing to have none of that.



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Politekhnika-Halychyna bring in Ivan Shkurupiy - by Eurobasket News (T)

Politekhnika-Halychyna added depth to their roster. They signed Ivan Shkurupiy (200-F-82). The experienced forward was last seen in BC Donetsk in 2010/11 season. Ivan Shkurupiy tallied 3.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in Superleague. Earlier Ivan Shkurupiy had stints with Gryfony, MBC Mykolaiv, DniproAzot, Sumikhimprom, Khimik Yuzny. The forward is not new to Lviv. He played for Lvovskaya Politekhnika in 2005/06 season. Ivan Shkurupiy notched 7.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Superleague then. He was the member of U20 Ukrainian National Team back in 2002. Ivan Shkurupiy played in Superleague Final as well as Ukrainian Cup semifinal.


Azovmash sign Akinlolu Akingbala and Lynn Greer - by Eurobasket News (T)

Azovmash bolstered their roster. They added Akinlolu Akingbala (208-C-83, college: Clemson) and Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple).

Akinlolu Akingbala spent the last season in France. The centre played for Nancy. He tallied 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block per game in Euroleague. In French League the Nigerian player delivered 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks per game. Previously Akinlolu Akingbala had stints with Universitet-Yugra, BK Ventspils, Pujol Lleida and Los Angeles D-Fenders. Eurobasket.com named the centre into All-French ProA 2nd Team last season.
Lynn Greer comes to Mariupol from Russia. The guard played for Unics Kazan last season. Lynn Greer notched 9.1 points, 4.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game in VTB League. In Euroleague his stats read 7.6 points, 2.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal per appearance. Lynn Greer also notched 7.3 points, 1.7 assists and 1.4 rebounds in PBL. Previously Lynn Greer played in Turkey, Italy, Greece, NBA, Poland and NBDL. He was named All-Polish League Player of the Year in 2004. Lynn Greer was trumped All-Italian SeriaA Player of the Year in 2006.




U18 European Championship: Italy cruise past Ukraine, advance into quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18 - Ukraine U18 76:51

Italy recorded the crucial win in Group E of U18 European Championship. The Azzurri drubbed Ukraine to reach quarterfinals. Amedeo Tessitori (204-PF-94) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead Italy.
The teams exchanged baskets throughout close first quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Italy shifted the gear in the second quarter. The Azzurri exploded with 27 points to take a 12-point halftime lead. Italy held Ukraine to only 6 points in the third quarter to aggravate the damage. They ensured a 23-point lead heading into the final quarter. Ukarine had nothing to answer with in the final quarter as Italy cruised to the victory. Matteo Imbro (192-PG-94) posted 16 points, while Alessandro Procacci (192-PG-94) provided 10 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) answered with 18 points for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) netted 10 points in the loss.

Italy U18: Amedeo Tessitori 18, Matteo Imbro 16, Alessandro Procacci 10
Ukraine U18: Yevgen Sakhniuk 18, Igor Boyarkin 10



Ukraine beat Hungary in Dnepropetrovsk in front of 5000 fans - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine-Hungary 77:71

Ukraine beat Hungary in Dnepropetrovsk at their start of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The home side grabbed 77:71 win in Group C opener.
More than 5000 came to see the game of the National team in Dnepropetrovsk. Ukraine started well and won the first period 23-20. In the second period Hungary however grabbed the lead and had 41:39 at the halftime. Akos Horvath (194-SG-81) increased to 44:39 early in the fourth, while Trotter nailed three for 52:46. Krisztian Wittmann (184-PG-85, agency: FCM) kept the advantage at 59:57 at the end of the third period, but the guests could not win. Ukraine trailed until the last minute, but managed to seal the victory. Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) and Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) were perfect from the free throw line for the final success.
Sergii Gladyr paced all the winners with 19 points and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13. Steven Burtt delivered 12, while Kyryl Natyazhko (208-C-90, agency: Beo Basket, college: Arizona) posted 11. Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Akos Horvath as well as Miklos Szabo (205-F/C-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Hofstra) added 10 apiece. Krisztian Wittmann followed them with 8 points in a loss.

Ukraine: Sergii Gladyr 19, Viacheslav Kravtsov 13, Steven Burtt 12, Kyryl Natyazhko 11
Hungary: Adam Hanga 21, Akos Horvath 10, Miklos Szabo 10, Krisztian Wittmann 8



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


U18 European Championship: England remains undefeated in Division B - by Eurobasket News

England U18-Estonia U18 73:49

England remains undefeated in Division B at the U18 European Championship. The team won the first game of the Second Stage over Estonia 73:49 for 2-0 record. The Baltic side meanwhile fell at 0-2 record in Group E.
Estonia surprised the favorites with 16-15 in the first period, but could not match at the rest of the game. England answered with 20-4 in the second period for 35:20 at the halftime. Moreover England won the third period 20-17 as Luke Nelson (189-PG-95) brought 55:37 on the board after three quarters. Another 18-12 in the last period continued their winning streak.
Tyrell Isaacs (183-PG-95) and Luke Nelson stepped up with 12 points each. Kingsley Okoroh (213-C-95) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Jordan Spencer (183-PG-94) poured in 7. Martin Jurtom (198-PF-94) produced 12 points in defeat, while Brett Nomm (185-PG-94) had 9.

England U18: Tyrell Isaacs 12, Luke Nelson 12, Kingsley Okoroh 10+12 rebs, Jordan Spencer 7
Estonia U18: Martin Jurtom 12, Brett Nomm 9



Maddox Lands With Eagles - by Paul Nilsen (T)

Newcastle Eagles are able to announce the signing of 6'8 power forward Kareem Maddox (202-F/C-89, college: Princeton). The 23 year American will be starting his second professional season and will look to fill the role vacated by the departing Andrew Thomson.

Maddox played DivisionI college basketball for the Princeton Tigers of the Ivy League. In his senior season he was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of Year and also named to the All Ivy League 1st team. He was known in college as a versatile and unselfish player who was able to score, pass, rebound and block shots as his team required it. He led his team to the Ivy League Championship and the NCAA tournament where they were narrowly defeated by a powerful Kentucky team 59-57 on a layup by NBA star Brandon Knight at the buzzer. Maddox himself recorded 12 points, 4rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists in the game.

Hailing from Oak Park, California, Maddox spent his first professional season playing for Landstede Zwolle of the Dutch Eredivisie. He averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 23 minutes per game and shot a healthy 36% from the three point line and 75% from the foul line before suffering an injury in January which curtailed his season.

Maddox has a degree in English following his time at Princeton and was highly recommended by his team-mate at Landstede last year and new Eagles point guard, Damon Huffman.

Fab Flournoy said: "We are delighted to have signed Kareem. He is another who impressed us in our Christmas tournament last year and we feel that his size, athleticism and smartness will really fit well into our defensive scheme.. Its also nice to bring some more young legs into the team"!!




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Women News


Australian U17 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Vanessa Panousis
Panousis
Tiana Mangakahia
Mangakahia
Louise Brown
Brown
Abigail Wehrung
Wehrung
Stephanie Collins
Collins
#e#5
4 Vanessa Panousis 170-PG-95 City of Sydney Australia
5 Carly Turner 179-SG-95 AIS Australia
6 Tiana Mangakahia 165-PG-95 AIS Australia
7 Louise Brown 183-F-95 Nunawading S. Australia
8 Alanna Smith 188-PF-96 Nunawading S. Australia
9 Alicia Froling 187-PF-96 Townsville F. Australia
10 Danni Pearce 175-SF-96 Traralgon Australia
11 Keely Froling 184-F-96 Townsville F. Australia
12 Abigail Wehrung 177-G-95 AIS Australia
13 Stephanie Collins 195-C-95 Melbourne T. Australia
14 Annie Blackburn 178-SG-96 Warrnambool Australia
15 Lauren Scherf 194-C-96 Melbourne T. Australia

Marissa Fillipou Head Coach
Simon Pritchard Assistant Norwood F. Australia
Chris Lucas Assistant Townsville F. Australia



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  BELARUS   


Belarusian U20 National Team 2012 - by Simas

#s#
Natallia Baklaha
Baklaha
Nadzeya Bohdan
Bohdan
Tatsiana Dudareva
Dudareva
Maryia Filonchyk
Filonchyk
Anastasiya Haryna
Haryna
#e#5
Natallia Baklaha 172-PG-93 Gorizont Belarus
Nadzeya Bohdan 187-C-93 BrGU Belarus
Tatsiana Dudareva 181-G-93 Berezina Belarus
Maryia Filonchyk 187-PF-92 Olimpia Belarus
Anastasiya Haryna 188-F-94 Victoria Belarus
Alena Holubeva 176-PG-94 Victoria Belarus
Maryna Ivashchanka 190-C-93 Gorizont Belarus
Hanna Kalenta 190-C-94 Berezina Belarus
Darya Lipinskaya 180-SG-93 Gorizont Belarus
Alena Martynava 187-F-94 Victoria Belarus
Aliaksandra Musatava 174-SG-92 Olimpia Belarus
Janina Nikitina 175-G-92 Gorizont Belarus
Krystsina Novikava 183-PF-92 Gorizont Belarus
Karalina Padshyvalava 165-PG-92 Olimpia Belarus
Maryia Papova 186-PF-94 Olimpia Belarus
Natallia Pratskaila 184-F-94 Victoria Belarus
Maryia Rashchenia 185-PF-92 Olimpia Belarus
Anfisa Shulha 170-G-92 Midland CC USA
Valiansina Sivaplias 170-G-92
Khrystina Turomsha 168-G-92 Berezina Belarus
Katsiaryna Urbanovich 185-F-93 Minsk-2006 Belarus
Ksenija Voishal 182-F-94 Victoria Belarus

Alaksandr Shymkaviak Head Coach
Viktoriya Datsun Assistant Olimpia Belarus



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  BELGIUM   


Belgian U20 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Belgian U20 National Team 2012
#s#
Harriet Bende
Bende
Liza Biebuyck
Biebuyck
Caroline Bourlioux
Bourlioux
Justine Colson
Colson
Antonia Delaere
Delaere
#e#5
Harriet Bende 186-C-94 Mondeville II France
Liza Biebuyck 173-G/F-93 Waregem Belgium
Caroline Bourlioux 182-C-92 Lindenwood USA
Justine Colson 173-SG-96 Point Chaud Belgium
Antonia Delaere 175-SF-94 Kangoeroes-B. Belgium
Sien Devliegher 175-SF-93 Blue Cats Belgium
Natacha Doppee 170-PG-93 Point Chaud Belgium
Evi Hayse 181-C/F-93 Jeugd Gentson Belgium
Celine Henry 174-F-93 Point Chaud Belgium
Manon Humblet 182-C/F-94 Belfius Namur Belgium
Camille Lebrun 174-SF-94 Belfius Namur Belgium
Jaleesa Maes 188-C-92 Kangoeroes-B. Belgium
Alisson Mai 183-C-93 Spirou Monceau Belgium
Emmanuella Mayombo 170-SG-92 Point Chaud Belgium
Emma Meesseman 192-C-93 Villeneuve France
Inge Meylemans 164-PG-92 Waregem Belgium
Ann Schyvens 160-PG-93 Kangoeroes-B. Belgium
Jill Van Meerbeeck 176-SF-94 Belfius Namur Belgium
Julie Vanloo 171-PG-93 Waregem Belgium
Marieke Versavel 168-PG-92 Blue Cats Belgium

Daniel Goethals Head Coach Belfius Namur Belgium
Philip Mestdagh coach



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  BRAZIL   


Brazilian U17 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Kananda Ribeiro
Ribeiro
Carla Lucchini
Lucchini
Izabella Sangalli
Sangalli
Camila Pereira
Pereira
Monique Soares
Soares
#e#5
4 Kananda Ribeiro 183-F/C-96 Ourinhos Brazil
5 Caroline Dos Reis 176-SF-96
6 Carla Lucchini 165-PG-95
7 Izabella Sangalli 184-SF-95 Americana Brazil
8 Camila Pereira 174-SG-95
9 Leticia Da Silva 165-PG-95
10 Lais Ferreira 171-SG-95
11 Bianca Araujo 189-C-96 Santo Andre Brazil
12 Vitoria Domingos 178-PF-96
13 Kawanni Firmino 184-PF-95
14 Daphner Pezavento 190-C-95
15 Monique Soares 187-PF-97

Janeth Arcain Head Coach



Brazilian U18 National Team 2012 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Vanessa Goncalves
Goncalves
Isabela Ramona
Ramona
Thamara Silva
Silva
Maria Ferreira
Ferreira
#e#4
4 Carolina Dos Santos 173-G-95
5 Bruna Werberich 170-G-95
6 Ana Demori 164-G
7 Vanessa Goncalves 185-F-94 Santo Andre Brazil
8 Estela Gregorio 177-G-94 Sao Jose Brazil
9 Maria Fonseca 180-F/C-94 Maranhao Brazil
10 Alana Goncalo 162-G-95 Sao Bernardo Brazil
11 Maria Ferreira 188-F-94 Uniao Micaelense Portugal
12 Martha Silva 185-C-94
13 Isabela Ramona 178-F-94 M.Petrobras Brazil
14 Ana Borges 178-F-94
15 Thamara Silva 187-C-94 ADC Bradesco Brazil

Julio Cesar Patricio Head Coach
Bruno Guidorizzi Assistant
Elvis Pinto Assistant



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgarian U20 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Bulgarian U20 National Team 2012
#s#
Kalina Aksentieva
Aksentieva
Mariya Andonova
Andonova
Radostina Dimitrova
Dimitrova
Zlatina Dimitrova
Dimitrova
Ralitsa Genova
Genova
#e#5
Kalina Aksentieva 182-PF-95 Champion 2006 Bulgaria
Mariya Andonova 183-PF-94 Cherno More Bulgaria
Radostina Dimitrova 181-SF-94 Neftochimic Bulgaria
Zlatina Dimitrova 178-SF-94 Cherno More Bulgaria
Ralitsa Genova 192-C-95 Plovdiv Bulgaria
Lilia Georgieva 170-PG-94 Champion 2006 Bulgaria
Silviya Koleva 176-SF-94 Neftochimic Bulgaria
Radina Kordova 184-PF-94 Cherno More Bulgaria
Gabriela Kostova 192-C-94 Neftochimic Bulgaria
Iva Kostova 178-SG-94 Cherno More Bulgaria
Vesela Kovacheva 174-PG-92 Minyor Bulgaria
Yana Kozhuharova 183-PF-93 Cherno More Bulgaria
Martina Nikolova 179-G/F-94 Slavia Bulgaria
Veronika Petkova 175-SF-94 Champion 2006 Bulgaria
Ivana Petrova 180-G/F-95 Champion 2006 Bulgaria
Kristina Peychinova 176-SG-94 Rilski Sportist Bulgaria
Ana-Maria Sarafska 180-SF-93 Levski Bulgaria
Viktoriya Stoycheva 171-PG-92 Levski Bulgaria
Mariya Svetoslavova 179-F/G-93 Levski Bulgaria
Hristina Tyutyundzhieva 189-C-93 Tarbes France
Viktoria Valchinova 165-PG-95 Champion 2006 Bulgaria
Lora Vasileva 170-PG-95 Slavia Bulgaria
Katrin Velichkova 180-SF-93 Minyor Bulgaria
Rositsa Yovcheva 170-G/F-94 Neftochimic Bulgaria

Tatyana Gateva Head Coach Champion 2006 Bulgaria
Kalina Popyankova Assistant



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  CANADA   


Canadian U18 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

#s#
Renee Byrne
Byrne
Kaylee Halvorson
Halvorson
Isidora Purkovic
Purkovic
Paige Crozon
Crozon
Taijah Campbell
Campbell
#e#5
4 Sarah-Jane Marois 168-G
5 Renee Byrne 178-G Alberta Canada
6 Kaili Lukan 180-PG
7 Samantha Hill 178-G
8 Kaylee Halvorson 170-G-94
9 Isidora Purkovic 180-G/F-94
10 Paige Crozon 186-F-94
11 Samantha Cooper 185-G/F
12 Michelle Hudyn 188-F
13 Taijah Campbell 191-F-94
14 Cheyanne Roger 188-C-95
15 Ruth Hamblin 195-C

Andy Sparks Head Coach Ottawa Canada
Donna Branch Assistant Lethbridge Canada
Scott Edwards Assistant Alberta Canada



Canadian U17 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Kia Nurse
Nurse
Shaylisha Colley
Colley
Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau
Caron-Goudreau
Kolbie Orum
Orum
Emma Wolfram
Wolfram
#e#5
4 Christina Buttenham 180-SG-96
5 Kayla Davis 170-PG-95
6 Kia Nurse 177-PG-96
7 Shaylisha Colley 172-PG-96
8 Hannah Jardine 182-SG-95
9 Quinn Dornstauder 190-C-95
10 Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau 187-SF-95
11 Kolbie Orum 187-PF-95
12 Emily Potter 195-C-95
13 Khaleann Caron-Goudreau 187-SF-95
14 Emma Wolfram 193-C-95
15 Saicha Grant-Allen 193-PF-95

Carly Clarke Head Coach UPEI Canada
Agnes Borg Assistant
Andre Desjardins Assistant



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic U20 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Czech Republic U20 National Team 2012
#s#
Beata Adamcova
Adamcova
Petra Bakajsova
Bakajsova
Radka Brhelova
Brhelova
Martina Cepelkova
Cepelkova
Zaneta Duskova
Duskova
#e#5
Beata Adamcova 185-PF-93 Valosun Brno Czech Republic
Petra Bakajsova 184-F/C-93 VS Praha Czech Republic
Radka Brhelova 168-PG-93 Valosun Brno Czech Republic
Martina Cepelkova 184-F/C-92 Hradec Kralove Czech Republic
Zaneta Duskova 187-F/C-94 Pardubice Czech Republic
Pamela-Therese Effangova 175-SF-93 Slovanka MB Czech Republic
Karolina Elhotova 182-F-92 VS Praha Czech Republic
Jana Hausknechtova 180-G-92 Hradec Kralove Czech Republic
Michaela Horakova 179-SF-92 Hradec Kralove Czech Republic
Eva Kaderkova 175-F/G-92 VSE Praha Czech Republic
Barbora Kasparkova 181-F/C-92 Frisco Sika Czech Republic
Marketa Kleckova 185-C-92 Lokomotiva Czech Republic
Katerina Kozumplikova 174-SG-93 Trutnov Czech Republic
Tereza Matulkova 177-SG-94 VS Praha Czech Republic
Gabriela Mervinska 190-C-93 Trutnov Czech Republic
Dominika Pohunkova 176-G-94 VS Praha Czech Republic
Renata Pudlakova 173-PG-92 VS Praha Czech Republic
Kamila Selucka 186-C/F-93 Hradec Kralove Czech Republic
Monika Sivrova 179-G/F-92 Frisco Sika Czech Republic
Anezka Skokanova 174-PG-93 Trutnov Czech Republic
Hana Smidkova 186-F/C-92 VS Praha Czech Republic
Barbora Vechtova 188-C/F-92 Hradec Kralove Czech Republic
Michaela Vojtkova 181-F-93 Valosun Brno Czech Republic
Tereza Vyoralova 176-SG-94 VS Praha Czech Republic

Marcela Kramer Head Coach Strakonice Czech Republic



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Dominican Republic U18 National Team 2012 - by Simas

4 Yamile Rodriguez 94
5 Frabel Feliz 94
6 Cheisy Hernandez 94
7 Mary Pimentel
8 Anyelina Santos
9 Yamel Abreu 95
10 Rosa Mejia
11 Priscila Moquete
12 Nicole Rivera
13 Yoani Mota
14 Libia Peralta
15 Kayla Guerrero

Juan Matos Head Coach Titanes Dominican Republic
Julio Cesar Javier Assistant



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Division A and Division B tournaments begin tomorrow - by Eurobasket News

U20 EuroBasket Division A and Division B tournaments begin tomorrow in Debrecen and Klatovy.


In Division A, there will 16 teams divided to 4 groups in the Preliminary Round. Three teams from each pool will advance to the second stage. Last ranked teams from the Preliminary Round will be transferred to Group G, where they will fight for the survival in Division A. Only the winner of that pool will make it, while 3 other teams will be relegated. In Stage Two, there will be Groups E and F with six teams per pool. Four best teams from each group will advance to the Quarterfinals.

Preliminary Round - Day 1

GROUP A
Aug. 16, 2012 Lithuania-Latvia
Aug. 16, 2012 Belarus-Spain

GROUP B
Aug. 16, 2012 Holland-Italy
Aug. 16, 2012 Sweden-Poland

GROUP C
Aug. 16, 2012 Portugal-France
Aug. 16, 2012 Ukraine-Turkey

GROUP D
Aug. 16, 2012 United Kingdom-Russia
Aug. 16, 2012 Slovakia-Serbia


In Division B, there will be 9 times in total and all of them are placed to one group. It will be round-robin system and winner of this pool will take the gold medal. Second and third ranked teams will take two other honors.

Day 1
Aug. 16, 2012 Israel - Hungary
Aug. 16, 2012 Germany - Romania
Aug. 16, 2012 Greece - Bulgaria
Aug. 16, 2012 Belgium - Czech R.



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  GERMANY   


German U20 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

German U20 National Team 2012
#s#
Kristin Annawald
Annawald
Lena-Marie Bradaric
Bradaric
Julia Gaudermann
Gaudermann
Janna Graf
Graf
Sonja Greinacher
Greinacher
#e#5
Kristin Annawald 186-PF-93 Rhein MB Germany
Lena-Marie Bradaric 166-PG-93 Bad Aibling Germany
Julia Gaudermann 166-PG-92 Halle Germany
Lena Gohlisch 173-SG-93
Janna Graf 183-PF-92 Yale USA
Sonja Greinacher 192-F/C-92 Pardubice Czech Republic
Nicola Happel 160-PG-92 Marburg Germany
Laura Hebecker 181-F-93 Halle Germany
Anna Heise 190-C-93 Halle Germany
Inken-Viktoria Henningsen 180-G/F-93 Halle Germany
Julia Kohlmann 172-SG-92 Halle Germany
Laura Masek 187-PF-92 Marburg Germany
Katharina Mueller 181-F-94 Saarlouis Germany
Mara Muender 173-PG-92 Goettingen Germany
Sabrina Ochs 174-SG-92 Osnabruck Germany
Finja Schaake 179-F-92 Marburg Germany
Judith Schmidt 186-F/C-92 Chemnitz Germany
Christina Schnorr 187-F/C-92 Halle Germany
Fanny Szittya 174-G-94 Heli Girls Germany
Ramona Tews 173-PG-92 Oberhausen Germany
Caroline Van der Velde 183-PF-93 Opladen Germany
Daniela Vogel 182-F-92 Berlin Germany

Harald Janson Head Coach Freiburg Germany
Heiko Czach Assistant Berlin Baskets Germany
Wolfgang Wichote Assistant



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  GREECE   


Greek U20 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Greek U20 National Team 2012
#s#
Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi
Chatzigiakoumi
Maria Christakopoulou
Christakopoulou
Styliani Fouraki
Fouraki
Sofia Georgiadi
Georgiadi
Zafeira Giampani
Giampani
#e#5
Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 187-F-92 Florida Gulf Coast USA
Maria Christakopoulou 173-PG-93 GAC Eunikos Greece
Styliani Fouraki 186-C-94
Sofia Georgiadi 185-C-95
Zafeira Giampani 185-C-92 Panionios Greece
Aspasia Kalampakou 178-SG-93 GAC Eunikos Greece
Dimitra Kampouraki 164-PG-93 GAC Eunikos Greece
Georgia Kantara 176-SG-93 Pylaia Greece
Amanda Lovely 180-PF-94
Christina Navrozidou 176-SG-92 Panionios Greece
Grigoria Pateraki 185-PF-93 Lamar USA
Elisavet Politopoulou 164-PG-93 NW Florida St. USA
Anastasia Slouka 182-SG-93 Panathinaikos Greece
Artemis Spanou 184-F-93 Robert Morris USA
Anna Stamolamprou 171-PG-95 PAOK Greece
Vasiliki Tarla 181-SF-94
Eleni Voulgaraki 183-G-92 PAOK Greece
Evlampia Zacharaki 184-PF-93 Athinaikos Greece

Thanos Softsis Head Coach Panionios Greece
Andreas Mavros Assistant



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  HOLLAND   


Scorer Rachel Roubehie-Fissa stays with Binnenland - by Eurobasket News (T)

Challenge Sports Binnenland Rotterdam announced important news today. The team signed a 1-year contract extension with Rachel Roubehie-Fissa (175-G-89). She was their key player last season with 16.2 ppg, 5 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2.3 spg in 24 games. Roubehie-Fissa helped Binnenland to reach Eredivisie Finals and she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 1st Team -12. Binnenland was Eredivisie regular season champion. Rachel Roubehie-Fissa finished as third scorer of the league and participated at Eredivisie All-Star Game. The guard arrived to Binnenland last summer from AutoCAD Amazone Leidsche Rijn. There she had 17.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.5 apg for 20 games. In the past, Roubehie-Fissa spent few years with Groningen. Two years ago she played for Dutch National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011.


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  HUNGARY   


Hungarian U20 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Hungarian U20 National Team 2012
#s#
Lilla Adamecz
Adamecz
Bettina Baksa
Baksa
Judit Barnai
Barnai
Noemi Czirjak
Czirjak
Fruzsina Fejes
Fejes
#e#5
Lilla Adamecz 181-F-92 Vasas Hungary
Bettina Baksa 175-G-92 Atomeromu Hungary
Judit Barnai 190-F/C-94 Nanette FTC Hungary
Noemi Czirjak 179-PG-93 DKSK Hungary
Fruzsina Fejes 192-C/F-94 DKSK Hungary
Viktoria Fuisz 175-G/F-93 Kanizsa Hungary
Szidonia Katona 182-F-93 ELTE-BEAC Hungary
Dora Koch 175-G-93 Vasas Hungary
Anna Kovats 179-G-92 Szeged Hungary
Zsofia Licskai 191-C/F-93 UNIQA Eurol. Hungary
Anna Mansare 188-F/C-92 Vasas Hungary
Judit Manyoky 172-G-92 Vasas Hungary
Alma Nemeth 184-F-92 UNIQA Eurol. Hungary
Regina Pap 187-PF-94 Atomeromu Hungary
Vivien Szabo 186-F/C-92 BSE-FCSM Hungary
Flora Szabo 188-PF-92 Pecs 2010 Hungary
Bettina Szabo 168-G-92 DKSK Hungary
Amadea Szamosi 190-C/F-94 Pecs 2010 Hungary
Petra Vagvolgyi 191-PF-93 UNIQA Eurol. Hungary
Krisztina Velkey 180-G/F-92 Vasas Hungary
Szonja Vukov 184-SF-94 BSE-FCSM Hungary
Dorina Zele 185-F-92 Atomeromu Hungary

Sandor Farkas Head Coach Nanette FTC Hungary



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  IRELAND   


St Joseph's set for Ireland - by Patrick Maher

St Joseph's set for Ireland

Saint Josephs University (SJU) womens basketball team will visit Ireland from August 12-23 as they begin their preparations for the 2012-2013 season.

SJU are one of the most renowned womens college basketball teams in the NCAA Division 1 and are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

The Hawks will have Irish basketball legend, Susan Moran, on hand to personally guide the team around the Emerald Isle. Moran, a Tullamore native, who is the all-time leading scorer in Saint Joseph's basketball history, will enter her 10th season as an assistant coach on Hawk Hill this year.

As the only player in the colleges history to lead the team in both scoring and rebounding for four consecutive seasons, Moran is the second woman in Saint Joseph's basketball history to have her jersey (10) retired. Not only has she been inducted into the Saint Joseph's Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (2008), but Moran has also earned a spot in the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame (2009) and most recently the SJU Athletic Hall of Fame (2010).

Following her college career, Moran played with the WNBA's New York Liberty and professionally in Spain, New Zealand and Australia. Moran continued her hard work down under and received MVP of the Women's National Basketball League in New Zealand in 2005. Once again, Moran earned another prestigious title in 2006 as she claimed MVP of the Queensland Australia Basketball League.

As an assistant coach in SJU, Moran is now responsible for post development, opponent scouting, international recruiting and equipment.

- SJU Itinerary -

Saint Josephs women will begin their pre-season tour of Ireland in Galway. The Hawks will spend two nights in the west of Ireland where they will host a clinic for local children at St. Mary's Secondary School while also visiting the Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey in Connemara.

From Galway the team will travel to Limerick and play their first game against Super League Champions, UL on Wednesday August 15th at 7:30pm in the University Arena.

The Hawks will continue their pre-season tour with a trip to the south of Ireland to take on a Glanmire select team on Friday, August 17th at 7:30pm in Upper Glanmire. While in Cork the team will have a tour of the Jameson Distillery and visit the famous Blarney Stone there they will hope to be bestowed with the gift of eloquence!

SJU will stop off in Tullamore for a clinic and embrace their assistant coachs hometown before they visit the capital. In Dublin, the team to take time out of their hectic schedule to visit the world famous Guinness Storehouse tour before they face DCU Mercy on Sunday, August 19th at 3:30pm in DCU Sports Complex.

SJU will be welcomed to Belfast by the Minister for Sport in Stormont, however the final whistle will blow in Belfast for the Hawks as they play the last game of their tour against an Irish select team. The team will be coached by James Weldon and made up of the top players from the Womens Super League on Monday August 20th at 6:30pm in Ulster University, Jordanstown. The Hawks will also visit the breath taking Giants Causeway and Titanic Quarter before flying back stateside.

Keep track of the team and their results on our Facebook and Twitter pages over the next week.

Courtesy :

Shane Whelan
Communications Manager
www.basketballireland.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 4590211
Fax: +353 (0)1 4590212
Mobile: +353 (0)87 9892733
National Basketball Arena


Susan Moran (178-F-80)



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  ISRAEL   


Israeli U20 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Israeli U20 National Team 2012
#s#
Orian Amsalem
Amsalem
Mor Eti Borodovski
Borodovski
Avigiel Cohen
Cohen
Elite Cohen
Cohen
May Dayan
Dayan
#e#5
Orian Amsalem 178-G-92 Maccabi Ashdod Israel
Mor Eti Borodovski 184-C-93
Avigiel Cohen 182-G-92 California USA
Elite Cohen 181-F-92
May Dayan 170-PG-94 Maccabi Ashdod Israel
Shanie Fridman 170-SF-93
Bar Gilinski 185-PF-92 Elitzur Holon Israel
Daniel Hagag 168-PG-92 Maccabi R.Hen Israel
Hadar Kalim 167-PG-93 Bnot Hasharon Israel
Nof Kedem 170-SG-94
Adva Krupik 181-SF-92
Thea Lemberger 175-G-92 UCLA USA
Inbar Lev Ron 174-SG-92
Dafna Mahler 182-F-91
Sapir Sarig 180-C/F-93 Elitzur Holon Israel
Doron Shaiba 172-SG-93

Edny Dagan Head Coach Maccabi Ashdod Israel
Roi Aizenberg Assistant B.Yehuda Israel



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  JAPAN   


Japanese U17 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Yunika Nakamura
Nakamura
Haruka Hatakenaka
Hatakenaka
Evelyn Mawuli
Mawuli
Natsumi Nagai
Nagai
Saori Miyazaki
Miyazaki
#e#5
4 Yunika Nakamura 177-PF-95
5 Haruka Hatakenaka 194-PF-95
6 Evelyn Mawuli 180-C-95
7 Natsumi Nagai 169-PG-95
8 Ai Yamada 167-SG-95
9 Saori Miyazaki 165-SG-95
10 Nanae Morita 160-PG-95
11 Ayane Itani 172-SF-95
12 Sakura Akaho 182-C-96
13 Risa Miki 177-C-96
14 Mamiko Tanaka 178-C-96
15 Yuki Kato 177-PF-97

Shinichiro Hayashi Head Coach



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  LATVIA   


Latvian U20 National Team 2012 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Dita Rozenberga
Rozenberga
Ance Aizsila
Aizsila
Krista Bridina
Bridina
Sabine Dukate
Dukate
Guna Lagzdina
Lagzdina
#e#5
4 Dita Rozenberga 181-F-92 TTT Riga Latvia
5 Ance Aizsila 175-G-94 TTT Riga Latvia
6 Ilze Jakobsone 170-G-94 Cesis Latvia
7 Asnate Fomina 175-PG-94 TTT Juniores Latvia
8 Renate Reine 176-G-94 TTT Juniores Latvia
9 Krista Bridina 174-PG-94 TTT Riga Latvia
10 Sigita Dzarcane 181-F-95 TTT Juniores Latvia
11 Ruta Veidere 188-C-94 TTT Riga Latvia
12 Paula Langina 180-F-94 TTT Juniores Latvia
13 Paula Tomsone 193-C-94 TTT Juniores Latvia
14 Sabine Dukate 174-F-93 TTT Riga Latvia
15 Guna Lagzdina 187-C-93 TTT Riga Latvia

Ainars Cukste Head Coach TTT Juniores Latvia
Aigars Nerips Assistant TTT Riga Latvia
Krists Plendiskis Assistant Cuxhaven Germany



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian U20 National Team 2012 - by Simas

#s#
Monika Aleksaite
Aleksaite
Akvile Baronenaite
Baronenaite
Elzbieta Ceponyte
Ceponyte
Kriste Druskyte
Druskyte
Monika Grigalauskyte
Grigalauskyte
#e#5
Monika Aleksaite 178-F-93 Suduva Lithuania
Akvile Baronenaite 185-F-93 LKKA-Aistes Lithuania
Elzbieta Ceponyte 180-F-95
Kriste Druskyte 179-G/F-92 Lemminkainen Lithuania
Monika Grigalauskyte 190-PF-92 Lemminkainen Lithuania
Gintare Jasiunskaite 186-F-94 LKKA-Aistes Lithuania
Viktorija Juodeikyte 163-PG-93 Ruta Siauliai Lithuania
Ieva Kazlauskaite 180-F-94 Ruta Siauliai Lithuania
Justina Kraujunaite 174-F-95 Kibirkstis-Tiche Lithuania
Auste Macaityte 173-G-94 Ruta Siauliai Lithuania
Roberta Mizgeryte 188-PF-95 Lemminkainen Lithuania
Santa Okockyte 176-PG-92 VICI Aistes Lithuania
Monika Petrauskaite 183-F-92 LKKA-Aistes Lithuania
Ieva Preskienyte 193-C-93 Kibirkstis-Tiche Lithuania
Dovile Saurazaite 170-G-92 LKKA-Aistes Lithuania
Ruta Savickaite 188-F-95 Kibirkstis-Tiche Lithuania
Neringa Skadaite 184-F-92 LKKA-Aistes Lithuania
Laura Svaryte 190-C/F-92 Ruta Siauliai Lithuania
Greta Tamasauskaite 171-G-91 LAMMKK Lithuania
Greta Tamasuskaite 173-G-92
Kornelija Valiuskyte 172-G-92 Rider USA
Egle Zelnyte 187-F-94 LAMMKK Lithuania
Laura Zelnyte 188-F-94 LKKA-Aistes Lithuania
Rita Zilinskaite 175-G-92 Alytus Lithuania

Dalius Ubartas Head Coach Lemminkainen Lithuania
Tadas Stankevicius Assistant Kibirkstis-Tiche Lithuania



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Attila Veres takes over Telstar Hesperange - by Eurobasket News (T)

Attila Veres will continue his coaching career in Luxembourg. The Romanian specialist took over Telstar Hesperange as Head Coach. The team competes in Diekirch League. Veres most recently worked with Sfantu Gheorghe. He took them over in January of 2010 and stay there until this summer. A year ago, Sfantu Gheorghe reached Romanian league and Cup Semifinals. Hesperange was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Coach of the Year -10. He also coached two times at the All-Star Game in Romania. In the past, Veres worked with CSM Oradea and Romanian U20 National Team. Attila Veres also was a professional basketball player in the past. He was a member of Oradea and West Petrom Arad. With Arad he won 3 championship titles in Romania.
Yesterday, Telstar Hesperange signed a deal with Romanian player Ildiko Vass (178-G-78).



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  PORTUGAL   


GDKO Ibaizabal signs Portuguese NT guard Carla Freitas - by Eurobasket News (T)

Carla Freitas (170-G-80) will continue her career in Spain. The Portuguese National Team guard signed a 1-year deal with Orion-GDKO Ibaizabal Galdakao. Freitas played for CAB Madeira last four seasons. In the latest one she had 15 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.1 apg and 2.3 spg for 25 games. The team reached League and Cup Semifinals. In 2010/11, Frietas collected 11.9 ppg and 3.7 rpg for her team in 25 appearances. In 2010 and 2011 she was named to Eurobasket.com Portuguese League All-Domestic Players Team. In 2010, she also played at Liga Feminina All-Star Game. In the past, Carla Freitas was a member of Mariana, Arxil, Breogan Lugo and Ferrol. She is active member of the Portuguese NT since 2005. Freitas appeared 8 times in 2013 EuroBasket qualifications averaging 8.5 points and 2.1 rebounds.


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  ROMANIA   


Attila Veres takes over Telstar Hesperange - by Eurobasket News (T)

Attila Veres will continue his coaching career in Luxembourg. The Romanian specialist took over Telstar Hesperange as Head Coach. The team competes in Diekirch League. Veres most recently worked with Sfantu Gheorghe. He took them over in January of 2010 and stay there until this summer. A year ago, Sfantu Gheorghe reached Romanian league and Cup Semifinals. Hesperange was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Coach of the Year -10. He also coached two times at the All-Star Game in Romania. In the past, Veres worked with CSM Oradea and Romanian U20 National Team. Attila Veres also was a professional basketball player in the past. He was a member of Oradea and West Petrom Arad. With Arad he won 3 championship titles in Romania.
Yesterday, Telstar Hesperange signed a deal with Romanian player Ildiko Vass (178-G-78).



Romanian U20 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Romanian U20 National Team 2012
#s#
Angela Al Shaar
Al Shaar
Dora Ardelean
Ardelean
Simina Avram
Avram
Cristina Badi
Badi
Cristina Bigica
Bigica
#e#5
Angela Al Shaar 182-PF-93 Cluj Napoca Romania
Dora Ardelean 186-PF-94 Timisoara Romania
Simina Avram 177-F-95 Brasov Romania
Cristina Badi 180-PF-93 Brasov Romania
Cristina Bigica 182-G/F-92 Marquette USA
Bianca Blanaru 195-C-95 Timisoara Romania
Henrietta Blejan 185-F/C-93 Timisoara Romania
Mihaela Chelariu 188-C-92 Olimpia Romania
Ruxandra Chis 176-SG-93 Oradea Romania
Arina Craciun 194-C-93 ICIM Arad Romania
Ana Cuatu 178-F/G-92 Sp.Studentesc Romania
Gabriela Cursaru 169-PG-92 Brasov Romania
Hanna Demeter 183-F-94 Targu Secuiesc Romania
Alexandra Dumitrache 170-PG-94 Olimpia Romania
Ana Maria Grigore 175-SG-94 Olimpia Romania
Alexandra Ionescu 175-PG-92 Minnesota USA
Diana Moraru 181-SF-93 ICIM Arad Romania
Georgiana Plavitu 171-PG-93 Brasov Romania
Iulia Raileanu 189-F/C-95 Galati Romania
Stefana Rotarescu 188-C/F-92 Olimpia Romania
Emoke Szocs 175-SF-93 Cluj Napoca Romania
Sonia Ursu 175-SG-93 Olimpia Romania
Elena Usurelu 175-F/G-92
Christina Zidaru 177-F-92 Timisoara Romania

Daniel Calancea Head Coach Brasov Romania
George-Mihai Lancranjan Assistant



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  SPAIN   


GDKO Ibaizabal signs Portuguese NT guard Carla Freitas - by Eurobasket News (T)

Carla Freitas (170-G-80) will continue her career in Spain. The Portuguese National Team guard signed a 1-year deal with Orion-GDKO Ibaizabal Galdakao. Freitas played for CAB Madeira last four seasons. In the latest one she had 15 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.1 apg and 2.3 spg for 25 games. The team reached League and Cup Semifinals. In 2010/11, Frietas collected 11.9 ppg and 3.7 rpg for her team in 25 appearances. In 2010 and 2011 she was named to Eurobasket.com Portuguese League All-Domestic Players Team. In 2010, she also played at Liga Feminina All-Star Game. In the past, Carla Freitas was a member of Mariana, Arxil, Breogan Lugo and Ferrol. She is active member of the Portuguese NT since 2005. Freitas appeared 8 times in 2013 EuroBasket qualifications averaging 8.5 points and 2.1 rebounds.


Spanish U20 National Team 2012 - by Simas

#s#
Susana Bacete
Bacete
Marles Balart
Balart
Roso Buch
Buch
Paula Cabrera
Cabrera
Claudia Calvelo
Calvelo
#e#5
Susana Bacete 179-G/F-93 Real Canoe Spain
Marles Balart 185-F/C-94 Ros Casares Spain
Roso Buch 179-G-92 Caceres Spain
Paula Cabrera 177-G-92 Casablanca Spain
Claudia Calvelo 192-C-92 Ensino Spain
Leyre Carrascosa 201-C-93 Valladolid Spain
Queralt Casas 180-G-92 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
Marta Claret 185-C-92 Girona Spain
Marina Delgado 174-PG-92 Cadi ICG S. Spain
Elena Diaz 188-C-92 Asefa Estud. Spain
Yurena Diaz 178-G-93 Gran Canaria Spain
Maria Espana 175-G-92 Mariana Spain
Paula Estebas 175-F-93 Las Gaunas Spain
Ana Faussuier 189-C/F-94 Segle XXI Spain
Laura Gil 190-C-92 Hondar.-Irun Spain
Paula Justel 187-F-92 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
Yaiza Lazaro 186-F/C-94 Gernika Spain
Astou Ndour 196-C-94 Gran Canaria Spain
Mariona Ortiz 183-F/G-92 Cajarural Spain
Sara Rodriguez 185-C-93 Asefa Estud. Spain
Amaia Segues 186-C-92 Pais Vasco Spain
Andrea Vilaro 177-G-93 Cajarural Spain
Elisabet Vivas 178-G-92 Bembibre Spain
Inmaculada Zanoguera 177-G/F-93 Toledo USA

Anna Caula Head Coach Girona Spain
Cesar Ruperez Assistant Navarra Spain
Luis Rey Assistant



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  SWEDEN   


Swedish U20 National Team 2012 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Ellen Nystrom
Nystrom
Binta Drammeh
Drammeh
Josefin Vesterberg
Vesterberg
Farhiya Abdi
Abdi
Amanda Zahui
Zahui
#e#5
4 Louise Noaksson 175-G-93 Kvarnby Sweden
5 Ida Christensen 174-PG-93
6 Sofie Persson 165-PG-93 Brahe Sweden
7 Allis Nystrom 183-F-93 Northland Sweden
8 Ellen Nystrom 180-G-93 Northland Sweden
9 Elin Gustavsson 185-F-93 Brahe Sweden
10 Binta Drammeh 180-F-92 Telge Sweden
11 Josefin Vesterberg 187-F/C-93 Northland Sweden
12 Sandra Hasahya-Ngoie 185-F/C-92 08 Sweden
13 Farhiya Abdi 188-F-92 Frisco Sika Czech Republic
14 Ulrica Holmqvist 186-F/C-93 Telge Sweden
15 Amanda Zahui 190-C-93 Telge Sweden

Fredrik Joulamo Head Coach LF Basket Sweden
Nicolas Andersson Assistant
Jurgita Kausaite Assistant Solna Vikings Sweden



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  SWITZERLAND   


Swiss U20 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Swiss U20 National Team 2012
#s#
Dana Bozovic
Bozovic
Martina Bracelli
Bracelli
Sarah Cavin
Cavin
Nadege Clement
Clement
Ljubica Cutunic
Cutunic
#e#5
Dana Bozovic 180-SF-93 Fribourg Switzerland
Martina Bracelli 180-SF-93 Bellinzona Switzerland
Sarah Cavin 178-SF-92 Hope-GBA Switzerland
Nadege Clement 184-C-93 Helios Switzerland
Ljubica Cutunic 186-SF-94 Hope-GBA Switzerland
Vanessa Dorestant 170-G-92 Fribourg Switzerland
Malak Ezzakraoui 174-SG-93 Lancy Switzerland
Melissa Favre
Rosalie Grobet 185-F/C-92 Hope-GBA Switzerland
Shannon Hatch 178-SF-93 Riva Basket Switzerland
Meghanne Kolly
Kristina Milenkovic 175-SF-93 Highflyers Switzerland
Alix Rieder 168-PG-93 Hope-GBA Switzerland
Giulia Simioni 173-PG-93 Highflyers Switzerland
Dorothee Studer 169-G-92 Hope-GBA Switzerland
Gaelle Thuerler 167-PG-93 Hope-GBA Switzerland

Billy Karageorgakis Head Coach Hope-GBA Switzerland
Jean Wuersdoerfer Assistant
Mary Ann Dillier Assistant



Luzern tab Giulia Simioni - by Eurobasket News (T)

Luzern Highfliers bolstered their roster. They added Giulia Simioni (173-G-93) to the squad. The guard spent the last season with Bellinzona in LNB. Her stats read 11.9 points per game. Giulia Simioni was the member of U18 Swiss National Team.


Riva Basket ink Alessia Ghiringhelli - by Eurobasket News (T)

Riva Basket deepened their squad. They announced the arrival of Alessia Ghiringhelli (180-F-94). The forward spent the previous season with Bellinzona. Her stats read 3.6 points per game in LNB. Alessia Ghiringhelli was the member of U16 Swiss National Team.


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  USA   


USA U18 National Team 2012 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Moriah Jefferson
Jefferson
Michaela Mabrey
Mabrey
Breanna Stewart
Stewart
Alexis Prince
Prince
Morgan Tuck
Tuck
#e#5
4 Moriah Jefferson 5'7''-G-94
5 Lexie Brown 5'9''-PG-94
7 Michaela Mabrey 5'9''-G-94
9 Jannah Tucker 5'11''-G-95
10 Breanna Stewart 6'3''-F/C-94 High School USA USA
11 Alexis Prince 6'2''-G/F-94
12 Morgan Tuck 6'2''-F-94 High School USA USA
13 Bashaara Graves 6'2''-F-94
14 Candice Agee 6'6''-C-94
15 Kendall Cooper 6'3''-C-95

Katie Meier Head Coach Miami, FL USA
Nikki Caldwell Assistant LSU USA
Kelly Graves Assistant Gonzaga USA



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  WNBA   


USA Basketball delivers huge ratings for NBC - by Diamadis Farmakis

The USA Basketball men's and women's teams gold medal games deliver huge ratings drew big viewership numbers for their gold medal games on NBC -- with 12.5 million viewers for the men, and 10.2 viewers for the women -- helping propel NBC Sports to record numbers throughout the Summer Olympics in London.

The USA Basketball men's gold medal game against Spain averaged 12,5 million viewers and an 8,2 household rating on NBC , making it the most viewed and highest rated men's basketball gold medal telecast since 2000
The game more than doubled the average viewership for the men's basketball gold medal telecast in Beijing (6.0 million viewers).

On NBC Sports Network, the six USA Basketball men's games averaged more than 2.6 million viewers, up 81% versus the four game average on USA Network in 2008, including a high of 3.3 million viewers for the game against Argentina (8/6).

The USA Basketball women's gold medal game against France on NBC averaged 10.2 million viewers, up +73% versus the 2008 USA Basketball women's gold medal game on NBC (5.9 million viewers). The three USA women's games on NBC averaged more than 10 million viewers.

The women's team also performed strong for NBC Sports Network. The five games on the network averaged 1.24 million viewers viewers per game, +26% higher than the team's average on USA Network in 2008 .



WNBA starts after break - Five Games to Watch in the 2nd Half - by Diamadis Farmakis

After bringing home the gold for the fifth straight time for Team USA, the WNBA's superstars return home to tip off the second half of the season on Aug. 16.

The Minnesota Lynx dominated the headlines going into this season as the defending champs and the ones to beat come playoff time. Now, a handful of teams have stepped up to make the race to the top one of the most exciting ones to watch in years.

Connecticut, Los Angeles and San Antonio start the second half of the season with winning streaks of five games or more. Meanwhile, the Seattle Storm and Phoenix Mercury will welcome back their clutch players Lauren Jackson and Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut), who were out the first half of the season due to Olympic play and injury rehab, respectively. Both the Storm and Mercury started off the season with sluggish starts, but the return of their stars are bound to turn things around and likely to shake up the race to the top spot even more.

Here are five games worth sinking your teeth into once WNBA action returns Aug. 16. Don't miss a second of any of it with

8/16 - Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm (10:00 p.m. EST)
The Mercury and Storm are former championship teams that have had a tough first half, mostly in part to the loss of their strongest players.

8/23 - San Antonio Silver Stars vs. Los Angeles Sparks (10:30 p.m. EST)
Both teams have had drastic rebounds over the past few months and head into the second half of the season among the top teams in the Western Conference

8/25 - Minnesota Lynx vs. Atlanta Dream (7:00 p.m. EST)
Let the 2011 WNBA Finals rematch commence! The Atlanta Dream have a score to settle with the Lynx after getting swept by them last year in the finals.

9/4 - Los Angeles Sparks vs. Minnesota Lynx (8:00 p.m. EST, NBA TV)
The defending champion Minnesota Lynx have been billed as the team to beat this season and nobody is more anxious to dethrone them than the Los Angeles Sparks

9/19 - Indiana Fever vs. Connecticut Sun (7 p.m.)
The fight for the top ranking in the Eastern Conference will take place between the Fever and the Sun


Courtesy of : wnba.com



Tamika Catchings set to talk about Olympic gold - by Eurobasket News

Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee), fresh from a gold medal victory with the U.S. women's basketball team, will talk with reporters at noon today about the London games.

Catchings and the Indiana Fever returned to practice today after the WNBA took a month-long break for the Olympics.

Catchings and the U.S. women's basketball team routed France 86-50 in the final Saturday, winning their fifth straight Olympic gold medal .

The win was the latest in this dominant run that the Americans have been on over the past 16 years. The U.S. has now won 41 consecutive games in the Olympics since taking the bronze medal in 1992.

This story will be updated.

Courtesy of www.indystar.com



Connecticut signs Moore, waives Shegog - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Connecticut Sun announced today it has signed veteran center Jessica Moore (6'3''-C-82, college: Connecticut) to a seven-day contract.

To make room on the roster, the Sun waived rookie center Chay Shegog (6'5''-C-90, college: N.Carolina).

Moore appeared in 29 games for the Sun in 2011, collecting 48 points and 23 rebounds in limited minutes off the bench. She was not re-signed in 2012 because she was not physically ready to play at the start of the season. Moore eventually signed with Atlanta, but was recently waived by the Dream.

Selected with the 21st overall pick (second round) of the 2012 WNBA Draft, the 6-foot-5 Shegog appeared in three games, playing a total of eight minutes for the Sun this season.

Currently tied for the best record in the WNBA at 15-4, the Sun resume their season Thursday in New Jersey against the New York Liberty. Connecticut returns home for the first of seven remaining regular season games on Saturday, hosting the Liberty at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U17   


FIBA U17 World Championship starts on Friday in Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News

Everything is ready for the beginning of 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. The twelve participating teams will be divided into two groups (A, B) of six teams each. Each team will play all the other teams in its own group (total of five games for each team). First four teams from each group will advance to the Quarterfinals. Other teams will be transferred to Classification games from 9th-12th place. 30 games in total will be played in Preliminary Round.

GROUP A: Belgium, Canada, Italy, Korea, Mali and USA.
GROUP B: Australia, Brazil, Japan, Holland, Spain and Turkey.

As mentioned above, the event starts on Friday and Preliminary Round will end on August 22. Quarterfinals will be played on August 24 and Semis are scheduled for day later. August 26 (Sunday) is the last day of the competition in Amsterdam.

USA is the defending champion from 2010. They blasted France in the gold medal game 92-60. Two years ago bronze medal belonged to China.