EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/2/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Igokea agrees with Cliff Hammonds, according to report - by Eurobasket News

Igokea agreed a deal with American Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson), according to journalist Djordje Matic. The transfer is still not announced by the club. Hammonds played last season for Banvit. He had 5 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 1 apg for 26 games in Turkish league. The player appeared in 11 EuroCup games adding 6 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.5 apg. He helped Banvit to reach Cup Finals and TBL Semis. Before Banvit, Clifford Hammonds played one year for ASVEL. There he had 10.1 ppg, 4.1 apg and 3.4 rpg for 35 games in ProA. The player averaged almost the same numbers in EuroCup. In 2009/10 season Hammonds was a member of Peristeri and before that he played in Puerto Rico. He also has experience from Efes Pilsen and Darussafaka.


Radnicki Kragujevac lands Terrico White - by Eurobasket News

Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) will continue his career in Serbia, according to Mondo.rs. The American guard penned a 1-year deal with Radnicki Kragujevac. White spent last season in NBA D-League. He appeared 18 times with Idaho Stampede averaging 12.6 points and 3.3 rebounds. In 2010/11, White was a member of Detroit Pistons, but he didn't appear in any official game due to injury. The Pistons selected him as 36th overall pick in 2010 NBA draft. Terrico White left University of Mississippi after his sophomore season. He had 15.1 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 35 games in 2009/10. The player had almost the same numbers as freshman. He was named SEC Newcomer of the Year -09. That year White helped U19 USA National Team to win the Gold at U19 World Championship in New Zealand.


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  ARGENTINA   


Penarol gets bigger with young C Fernando Podesta - by Eurobasket News

Fernando Podesta (204-C-92) will continue his career in Penarol. He arrives to the reigning LigaA champion from Velez Sarsfield. Podesta will make his first practice with Penarol today.
Fernando Podesta played for Argentinean U19 National Team last summer. They reached Semifinals of U19 World Championship in Latvia. The center appeared four times at this event averaging 2 points and 1 rebound. In 2010, he played for U18 Argentina at U18 FIBA Americas in San Antonio. They also reached Semis at this event and Podesta shined with 9 ppg, plus 4 rpg for 5 games. In 2009, Fernando Podesta won the Gold at U17 South American Championship in Trinidad. He played 5 games for U17 Argentina registering 6.4 ppg and 4.2 rpg.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Hawks imports: Adris DeLeon heads up Gordie's wishlist - by Eurobasket News

The Wollongong Hawks are gradually getting closer to signing a pair of imports for the 2012-13 NBL season.

Wollongong coach Gordie McLeod has returned from a recruiting trip to the US and was back on the job yesterday, guiding the Hawks through their first official pre-season training session at the Snakepit.

McLeod spoke to former Wollongong import Gary Ervin (183-G-83, college: Arkansas) while he was in New York, though the 2011 NBL MVP is highly unlikely to return to the club.

He also held discussions with former Gold Coast Blaze import Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington) in addition to other promising potential recruits.

"The chances of us getting Gary would be very slim. He's got some good offers on the table and obviously he's gone up to another level with regards to salary," McLeod said.

"He was interested to chat with us and he reinforced how much he enjoyed his time here and how much it helped him go to the next level.

"In regards to Adris, now that the Gold Coast are gone, he would be someone we'd certainly look at, but we also have to decide if that's what we're looking for.

" (Former Blaze coach) Joey (Wright) spoke very highly of Adris. It was a good opportunity to meet him and have a chat and get a feel for what type of guy he is."

Under contract with the Hawks next season are Oscar Forman, Tim Coenraad, Larry Davidson, Rhys Martin and Tyson Demos.

The club is close to re-signing Dave Gruber, Glen Saville and Dan Jackson, leaving vacancies for two Americans.

McLeod said he was still weighing up whether he would recruit two guards or a guard and forward.

"I had a look at a number of guys we've been following for a while and trying to recruit," the 2010 NBL Coach of the Year said.

"The recruitment committee will sit down this week and we'll discuss that, and we'll probably make some decisions with regards to what we'll do with the imports. It's probably more likely than not that we'll sign one and then wait a bit, but we'll discuss that this week.

"We've got a shortlist of guys that we're looking at, and it's just which way we decide to go in terms of getting two guards or go with a guard and a big.

"We've been evaluating and doing our homework. We need to start to finalise our roster."

The Hawks play two pre-season games next month before the 2012-13 season tips off on October 5 with a home game against the Sydney Kings.

Courtesy of www.illawarramercury.com.au



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  AUSTRIA   


Panthers ink with Kapfenberg big man Heinz Kuegerl - by Stefan Prager

The BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers announced the signing of Austrian big man Heinz Kuegerl (211-C-86). He is coming from local rivals Kapfenberg Bulls. The 6'11'' forward/center almost spent his entire career in Kapfenberg but was limited to just 37 games over the last two seasons with the Bulls due to multiple injuries and severe influenza infections which caused cardiac arrhythmia. In his last season with the Bulls Kuegerl averaged just 4 points along with 2.0 rpg in 11 minutes per contest. Kuegerl was a member of the Austrian national team from 2006 to 2012. He won two championships and a cup title with the Bulls and was selected to play in the All Star in 2009 as well as in 2010.


WBC Wels signs Benjamin Mair, Gmunden and Morris Curry part ways - by Eurobasket News

Benjamin Mair (185-G-92) is a new member of WBC Wels. The Austrian point guard penned a 1-year deal with the club. Mair arrives to Wels from UBC St. Polten, where he spent last two seasons. In the past, Mair also played for St.Polten juniors. Benjamin Mair played for U20 Austrian National Team this summer averaging 5.8 points for 5 games at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Sofia. Two years ago he played for U18 Austrian NT.
Morris Curry (178-G-87, college: Providence) is no longer a member of Gmunden. The player exploded with 18 ppg, 5 apg and 3.1 rpg in 41 games last season. He helped Gmunden to win Austrian Cup and to reach A Bundesliga Finals. Curry was named Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Guard of the Year -12. Before Gmunden, he played for AEK Athens and AZS Koszalin.



Gussing Knights hire Radomir Mijanovic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Radomir Mijanovic is the new Head Coach of Gussing Knights. The Slovenian specialist most recently worked with Polish AZS Koszalin. He started 2009/10 season there, but they parted ways after just few months. Before Koszalin, Mijanovic worked with Helios Domzale in 2008/09. A year before that the coach spent with Krka Novo Mesto. His first Head Coaching job came in 2006 with Nova Gorica - Slovenian second division team. In the past Mijanovic spent several years as Assistant Coach of Union Olimpija. From 2009 to 2011, Radomir Mijanovic was Head Coach of Slovenian U20 National Team. In the past, he also coached Slovenian U18 NT.
Radomir Mijanovic will replace Robert Langer.



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Ventspils add Janis Timma - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils added young talent to the roster. They signed contract with Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM). The forward spent the previous season with Liepajas Lauvas. Janis Timma averaged 13.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game in LBL. In Baltic League the forward tallied 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance. Janis Timma also played for Liepajas Lauvas-2. His stats read 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game in LBL2. Janis Timma participated at U20 European Championship this summer. The forward averaged 14.7 points, 5.5 boards, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game in Slovenia. He earned All-European Championship U20 Honourable Mention.


Siauliai sign contract with Vytautas Sulskis - by Eurobasket News

Siualiai deepened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88, college: Youngstown St.). The guard penned 1+1 deal with the team. Last season Vytautas Sulskis spent with Kedainiai Triobet. He tallied 6.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists per game in LKL. In Baltic League the guard posted 6.9 points, 3.3 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance. Vytautas Sulskis tasted basketball overseas. He played for the Youngstown State University Penguins. The guard averaged 13.1 points, 5.2 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game in his senior season. Sulskis was named into Horizon League All-Newcomers Team in 2008.


Rudupis bring in Tautvydas Slezas - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Tautvydas Slezas (207-C-90, agency: Interperformances). The centre started the previous season in Juventus Utenos. He tallied 1.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in LKL. In Baltic League Tautvydas Slezas notched 3.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per appearance. In February Tautvydas Slezas joined Delikatesas. His stats read 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in NKL. Eurobasket.com named the centre into All-Lithuanian NKL 2nd Team. Previously Tautvydas Slezas had stints with Perlas, Lietuvos Rytas and Taurages Bremena-KTU. He played for U16, U18, U19 and U20 Lithuanian National Teams.


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  BOSNIA   


Igokea agrees with Cliff Hammonds, according to report - by Eurobasket News

Igokea agreed a deal with American Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson), according to journalist Djordje Matic. The transfer is still not announced by the club. Hammonds played last season for Banvit. He had 5 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 1 apg for 26 games in Turkish league. The player appeared in 11 EuroCup games adding 6 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.5 apg. He helped Banvit to reach Cup Finals and TBL Semis. Before Banvit, Clifford Hammonds played one year for ASVEL. There he had 10.1 ppg, 4.1 apg and 3.4 rpg for 35 games in ProA. The player averaged almost the same numbers in EuroCup. In 2009/10 season Hammonds was a member of Peristeri and before that he played in Puerto Rico. He also has experience from Efes Pilsen and Darussafaka.


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  BULGARIA   


Ivan Tenev signs long term deal with Tundja Yambol - by Eurobasket News

Ivan Tenev (175-G-93) got his first professional deal. The young Bulgarian point guard will stay with Tundja Yambol for the next several years. Tenev is a product of Yambol, where he started as teenager. Last season he got a chance in 9 NBL games. Ivan Tenev played for U20 Bulgarian National Team this summer. He appeared once at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Sofia. Three years ago Tenev played for U16 Bulgaria. They won the Gold at U16 EuroBaslet Division B in Portugal.
Earlier this summer, Tundja Yambol also kept Plamen Aleksiev (180-G-87). The player signed a 3-year deal. Also, Julian Radionov (188-G-79) will stay with the club and it will be his fourth straight season with Yambol.



Rilski Sportist is close to sign Terry Smith - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist is pretty active on the transfer market these days. The team landed Braxton Dupree (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Towson) yesterday and now they are close to sign a deal with American point guard Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst), according to Bgbasket.com. Smith spent last season in Switzerland. He appeared 34 times with BBC Monthey averaging 16.2 points, 3 rebounds and 2.8 assists. They reached Swiss Cup Finals and LNA Semis, while Smith was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 1st Team. From 2009 to 2011, Terry Smith was a member of Kolin. He was the top scorer of Czech Republic championship a year ago with 17.4 ppg. In 2010, he was third scorer of the competition with 16.7 ppg. Smith is a product of Mercyhurst College (NCAA2), where he graduated in 2008. He had 17.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg for his school as a senior.


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  CANADA   


Windsor Express name of new pro hoops team - by Eurobasket News

Windsor's new basketball team will be called the Windsor Express, according to an official with the National Basketball League of Canada.

Team spokesperson Shalece Daniels refused to comment, but a website for the Windsor Express exists with links to the National Basketball League of Canada site, which is hosted by Pointstreak.com.

"If it's linked to our website, if it's on Pointstreak, it's true," the league's media contact Anthony Bennett told CBC Windsor.

A Twitter account by the same name has existed and been active since May 3. A Facebook page also exists.

The logo features a steam engine powering its way out of a basketball.

"It's been out there for a while," Bennett said of the name and logo.

Coincidentally, Windsors new pro team has scheduled a media conference beside the Spirit of Windsor locomotive on the waterfront Wednesday.

Members of the Canadian Transportation Museum found Engine 5588 at the CN Rail yards in London, Ont. in 1961. It was slated to be scrapped.

The group negotiated a sale price of approximately $3,500 and had the steam engine shipped to Windsor and restored.

No name or venue for the team has been announced; only that Windsor will be the newest team in the league when the season tips off in the fall.

Last week CBC News Windsor was first to report the team would soon be making announcements.

Bennett said a head coach could be part of Wednesday's announcement. The league will hold a player combine and camp to evaluate talent at the end of August, Bennett said.

Courtesy of www.cbc.ca



Wake Forest will play two exhibitions in Canada - by Eurobasket News

Wake Forest will play two men's basketball exhibition games in Canada this fall.

The school said Tuesday that it would play Brock University on Oct. 19 in St. Catherines, Ontario, and face Ryerson University the following day in Toronto.

It marks the Demon Deacons' first international preseason trip since they went to the Bahamas in early September 2006.

Coach Jeff Bzdelik says his young team will benefit from playing international competition so close to home. Wake Forest's roster has four returning scholarship players and seven freshmen.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



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  CROATIA   


Dario Saric has signed with Bilbao - by Dajana Karl

Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) has signed a 5 years contract with Spanish Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket but the following season he plans on spending with KK Cibona VIP Zagreb due to his high school graduation.

His father Predrag Saric says: "It's really great that Dario is able to stay in Croatia the following season. He will be spending it with Cibona as a loan which will be a great preparation for Spain. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket is the perfect club for Dario because he will get to play, he won't be just sitting on the bench and passing balls."

Dario said that he's happy about this because KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje won't be playing Euroleague nor Adriatic league the following season, which is not giving him the possibility to play against the best.

But this entire job could fail if FIBA arbitral tribunal stands by the side of KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje which is looking for one million euros of compensation.
"If this happens, than he'll be staying in Zagreb. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket is not able to pay that much, but we're sure that FIBA will be deciding in favor of Dario."

Dario Saric is an extremely talented player that's able to play all of the positions. In 2011 World Championship U19, Dario was averaging 18.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1 blocked shots, 1.1 steals in 8 games.



Damir Markota joining Besiktas? - by Dajana Karl

According to Turkish media, Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) will be officially joining Besiktas Istanbul soon.

Last season he signed with Slovenian Union Olimpija Ljubljana , but due to their financial issues he transfered to KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje. That season, after leaving Olimpija, Markota was near signing with Turkish club Turk Telekom but at the end that did not happen. In Euroleague with Olimpija, Markota was averaging 4.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 7 games while in Adriatic league he was averaging 11.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 9 games. With Zagreb in Adriatic league, he was averaging 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 12 games and in A1 league in 13 games his average was 17.6 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Damir Markota is currently on Croatian national team, playing forward position.



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. B&W Opava 0-0 
 2. BC Kolin 0-0 
 3. BK Decin 0-0 
 4. BK Pardubice 0-0 
 5. BK Prostejov 0-0 
 6. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 7. Chomutov 0-0 
 8. J.Hradec 0-0 
 9. Levice 0-0 
 10. NH Ostrava 0-0 
 11. Svitavy 0-0 
 12. USK Praha 0-0 
 13. Usti n/Labem 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 3: CEZ Nymburk - Svitavy
Oct. 3: USK Praha - BC Kolin
Oct. 3: J.Hradec - Chomutov
Oct. 3: NH Ostrava - BK Prostejov
Oct. 3: Usti n/Labem - BK Pardubice
Oct. 3: Levice - B&W Opava



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  DENMARK   


Bowlin teams up with Thomann in Horsens IC - by Christian Hamborg

As already announced former Missouri Southern (NCAA D2) Keane Thomann (211-C-89, college: Missouri So.) will start his first professionel season for Horsens IC. Today Horsens IC announced the signing of another former Missouri Southern player as Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri So.) was also added to the Danish team.

The former All-MIAA Player of the Year and All-MIAA Defensive Player of the Year started his pro career for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen and averaged 12.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg and an impressive 2.0 spg but couldn't prevent the team from finishing last in the German Pro-A division.
After his stint in Germany Skyler Bowlin joined the Ringwood Hawks in the Australia-State League.



Player updates for Aarhus BC - by Christian Hamborg

Aarhus BC (formerly known as Aabyhoj IF) announced a couple of newcomers for the upcoming season with American swingman Randy Dezouvre (195-G/F) highlighting the pack.
Last season Randy Dezouvre played for Iona Gaels winning the MAAC Regular Season. The forward notched 17.1 minutes per game while putting up 5.2 point per game and 2,7 rebounds per game. It will be the frist pro season for Randy Randy Dezouvre.

Another newcomer is Bulgarian forward Hristo Petkov (200-F-85, college: Campbellsville). Petkov finished a two-year contract with Bakken Bears and managed to win the Danish League in both years. Petkov had an injury-plagued season for the Danish champions and only managed to play in 11 games. This will be Petkov's fifth season in Denmark.

Icelandic guard Arnar Jonsson (184-G-83) will also be joining the team. Arnar Jonsson was a part of the team in the 10-11 season but only played pre-season games before returning to Keflavik.

Aarhus BC also announced that Rasmus Soby Dalboge (191-G-89), Jakob Wang (190-F-90), Anton Elsner (186-G-90, college: Clinton CC (NY)), Gudni Valentinusson (204-C-85), Emil Sommer, Lukas Oliveria Jensen and Louis Gibson (195-SF-90) will be a part of the roster.



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  EUROCUP   


Lamont Hamilton didn't use NBA out option, will play for Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) will play next season for Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket. The player signed a deal earlier this summer with NBA option until July 31. He did not use it and Bilbao officially announced that Hamilton will play for the club next season.
Lamont Hamilton spent last three years with Paris-Levallois. He exploded in the latest one with 17 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 2 apg for 30 games. He was second rebounder, fourth scorer and fourth shot blocker of the competition. Hamilton was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Center of the Year and participated at Pro All-Star Game. Before Paris-Levallois, Lamont Hamilton played one year for Tenerife Rural. There he had 12.6 ppg and 7 rpg for 31 LEB Gold games in 2008/09 season. Hamilton is a product of St. Johns University, where he graduated in 2007.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Union Olimpija signs Australian big guy Aron Baynes - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija continues with signings for the next season. The team landed Australian big guy Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.). He spent last year in Greece averaging 13.6 points and 8.7 rebounds for 23 games with Ikaros Kalitheas. Baynes was top rebounder of the competition and was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Center of the Year -12. It was his third season in Europe.
Before Ikaros, Aron Baynes spent one year with EWE Baskets Oldenburg. With them he had 13.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg for 5 EuroCup games. In German league Baynes averaged 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 40 appearances. The Australian played his rookie year for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius. He is a product of the Washington State University.
With his country Aron Baynes currently plays at 2012 Olympic Games in London. He has 9 ppg and 5 rpg after two games.



Besiktas returns Muratcan Guler and Cevher Ozer - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas announced signing of Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) and Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports).
Muratcan Guler spent last season with Turk Telekom Ankara. He appeared 29 times in TBL averaging 7.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists. The player also added 6.8 ppg, 4.8 apg and 4.7 rpg for 6 EuroChallenge games. Guler already was a member of Besiktas from 2008 to 2010 and from 1999 to 2001. He also has experience from Antalya, Karsiyaka and Ulker.
Cevher Ozer played for Besiktas from 2006 to 2011. He left the team last summer for Galatasaray Medical Park. For 18 Euroleague games Ozer averaged 3.6 points and 1.4 rebounds. The player had better numbers for 33 TBL games: 5.5 ppg and 2 rpg. Before Besiktas, he played for Darussafaka.



Anton Ponkrashov will remain with CSKA - by Eurobasket News

Anton Ponkrashov (202-SG-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) will remain with CSKA for the upcoming season. The national team player will enter his second season with the team.
The last year Anton Ponkrashov came back to CSKA where he played for the Moscow powerhouse back in 2006/07 and 2009/10 seasons. The seaosn 2010/2011 Anton Ponkrashov spent in Spartak Saint Petersburg. He averaged 11.4 points, 4.4 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.3 steals per game in PBL. In EuroChallenge the guard delivered 10.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Anton Ponkrashov into All-EuroChallenge 2nd Team. The guard also made it into Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team. Ponkrashov played for Russian National Team at 2010 World Championship. His stats read 6.7 points, 5.1 assists and 1.9 boards in Turkey.
In 2011-2012 for CSKA Moscow (PBL) his stats read 4.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.7apg in VTB league and in Euroleague he averaged 3.8ppg. In Russian League after 12 games his stats read 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 57.5%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 75.0%.



BC Khimky keep Vitaliy Fridzon and Dmitry Khvostov - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimky keep Vitaliy Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Dmitry Khvostov (191-PG-89) for the upcoming season. Both National team players will enter another season with Eurocup Champion.
Vitaly Fridzon extended with BC Khimki for the next season. The Russian Guard remains with his best team since year 2004. In his debut season for BC Khimki-2 Moscow reg. (B Superleague, starting five) he averaged 15,5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 36.0%, also played at BC Khimky Moscow (A Superleague, starting five) and in 16 games had 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3FGP: 43.0%.
In 2011-2012 for BC Khimky Moscow Region he averaged 12.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 84.0% in EuroCup and in VTB League had 13.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 86.4%. In Russian League his stats read 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT-3 (51.2%), FT-1 (94.8%).
Dmitry Khvostov will enter his second season with BC Khimky. In 2011-2012 for BC Khimky Moscow Region (PBL) Dmitry Khvostov averaged 1.3ppg, 2.1apg in EuroCup and in VTB League showed 2.4ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.9apg. In Russian League after 17 games his stats read 2.2ppg, 1.6apg.



Maccabi Tel Aviv tab Pops Mensah-Bonsu - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel Aviv tab Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) for the next season. The British player will sign after the Olympics.
Early in 2010 Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv made a very generous offer to the former Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors NBA player, Pops Mensah-Bonsu. It was reported that Maccabi had offered the Great Britain center $500.000 dollars for the season.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu had the best season with Besiktas Milangaz. in December he joined the Turkish team and it was a great move by the player. Besiktas managed to beat Anadolu Efes 80-76 in Game Six of the Turkish league Finals winning the title with 4-2 in the series. Mensah-Bonsu shined in this game with 10 points and 8 rebounds for 26 minutes on the court. This was third trophy for Besiktas last year as they already celebrated in Turkish Cup and EuroChallenge. He played 11 games in EuroChallenge registering 18.5 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 1.3 apg and 1 bpg. The British big guy was the top rebounder, top shot blocker and fourth scorer of the competition. Mensah-Bonsu also was the Finals MVP and Eurobasket.com named him Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Player of the Year -12.



Marcelus Kemp signs with Montepaschi - by Eurobasket News

Marcelus Kemp (195-SG-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) signs with Mens Sana Siena for the upcoming season. The American Shooting Guard comes from Turkey.
Last year he played for Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul. At the EuroCup Qualifications he averaged 21.0ppg, 2.5rpg. In EuroChallenge his stats read 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 37.2%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 84.2%, while in Turkish League he had 9.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 79.2%.
Marcelus Kemp started the earlier season in Bologna. He tallied 13.6 points, 4.4 boards and 1.1 steals per game in Seria A. In 2009 the guard played for Sassari in LegaDue. His stats read 21.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists per game. Marcelus Kemp received Eurobasket.com All-Italian LegaDue Honorable Mention in 2009 and 2010.

Together with Besiktas last seaosn he became Turkish Cup Winner -12, EuroChallenge Champion -12 and Turkish League Champion -12.



Blake Schilb is officially with Chalon - by Eurobasket News

Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, college: Loyola, IL) is officially with Chalon for 2012/2013 season. The American Swingman will enter his 4th season in a row for the team.
In 2011-2012 for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five) he became the fifth top-scorer of the league with 16.6ppg 3.8rpg, 4.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 93.0%. At the EuroCup Qualifications his stats read 17.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.5apg, while in EuroChallenge he showed 17.4ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-5 (4.8apg), Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 63.1%, 3PT: 46.7%, FT: 77.1%.
Last year Chalon ensured the services of one of their key player. Chalon signed a contract extension with Blake Schilb. The 28-year-old guard had a strong season with Chalon. He tallies 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals per Pro A game.
Earlier Blake Schilb had played for Nymburk in Czech Republic. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Czech League Guard of the Year back in 2009. Last season he became French Cup Winner -11 (MVP), 12, French ProA All-Star Game -12, French La Semaine des AS Cup Winner -12 (MVP), Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Import of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team -12, Eurobasket.com EuroChallenge All-Imports Team -12 and EuroChallenge Finalist -12. Moreover he was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Finals MVP -12, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Player of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Guard of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Import Player of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 1st Team -12, Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Imports Team -12 and French ProA Regular Season Runner-Up -12. Together with Chalon Blake Schilb became French ProA Champion -12.



Union Olimpija sign also Sasu Salin - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija continued to work actively on building their roster. They secured another signing for the upcoming season. Union Olimpija agreed on terms of contract extension with Sasu Salin (190-PG-91). The Finnish player will enter his third season with the Ljubljana team. Last season Sasu Salin averaged 9.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in Adriatic League. In Euroleague his stats read 4.4 points, 2.0 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance. In Slovenian League Sasu Salin notched 10.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. The guard earned All-Adriatic League Honourable Mention. He also made it onto Slovenian League All-Defensive Team. Sasu Salin participated at Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso this summer.


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KORISLIIGA: Holmes and Commons to Lapua - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga (Top League) newcomer Korikobrat (Lapua) has found the American helps for coming 2012-13 season. Two out of three names are known. Team's PG will be
B.J. Holmes (180-PG-88, college: Texas A&M), who played last season 14 games in Poland (Lodz) and averaged 8,1 ppg - 3,3 apg. Team's F-C will be Chris Commons (206-F-84, college: USC Aiken) who has international experience from Germany and Brunei, where Commons has played shortly. Lapua's third American player is a Forward, whose name will be informed later. Team's new Head Coach is Nenad Stefanovic from Serbia.



KORISLIIGA: Korihait captured Coach Jarmo Laitinen - by Rauno Hurmalainen

UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) has now a new Head Coach. "Mr Basketball" Jarmo Laitinen , 58, will coach Korihait coming 2012-13 season. In Laitinen Korihait will get a coach with a lot of experience. Laitinen played on top level in Finland for 11 years (1970-74 and 1977-84), he attended Brigham Young University in Utah, USA 1974-77, was a member of Finnish NT in 60 games, has been coaching on top level for several years since 1985. Laitinen has been Head Coach of Pyrinto (Tampere) and YMCA Lappeenranta. Last season Laitinen didn't coach so he is again back in business!


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Patrick Sanders and Vaidotas Pridotkas join Charleville - by Eurobasket News

Charleville announced two new names on the roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Patrick Sanders (198-F-85, college: Cal-Irvine) and Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84).

Patrick Sanders started the season in D-League. The forward played for the Dakota Wizards. His stats read 1.8 points per game. In February Patrick Sanders joined Rayos de Hermosillo in Mexico. The forward notched 19.0 points, 4.1 boards and 1.4 assists per game in CIBACOPA. He earned Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honourable Mention. Previously Patrick Sanders had stints in Latvia, Australia and Netherlands.
Vaidotas Pridotkas is not new to France. The Lithuanian forward played for Brest in the last two seasons. He notched 16.0 points, 7.4 boards and 1.8 assists per game in NM1 last season. He made it into French NM1 All-Bosmans Team for two seasons in a row in 2011 and 2012.




Charleville extend contracts of Nicolas Racon and Tafari Toney - by Eurobasket News

Charleville kept Nicolas Racon (194-F-85) and Tafari Toney (203-C/F-86, agency: JEMsports) on the roster. The team agreed on terms of contract extension with the players.
Nicolas Racon will enter the second straight season with Charleville. Last season the forward notched 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in NM1. Previously Nicolas Racon had stints with Nantes, Lille, Chalons-en-Champagne, Bourg and Pau Orthez.
Tafari Toney will also enter the second season with the team. The centre averaged 13.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Tafari Toney into All-French NM1 2nd Team. Previously Tafari Toney had stints with Liverpool Mersey Tigers, Sheffield Sharks and Newcastle Eagles. He was trumped All-British BBL Centre of the Year in 2010 and 2011.



Nanterre targets American PG J.P. Primm, according to report - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre is on the market looking for the point guard. According to French media (Catch-and-shoot.com), the team wants to sign rookie J.P. Primm (185-G). He would replace Diante Garrett (193-G-88, college: Iowa St.). Prim is a product of University of North Carolina Asheville, where he graduated few months ago. He appeared 34 times for the school as a senior averaging 15.4 points, 4.2 assists and 3.3 rebounds. He helped NC-Asheville to win Big South Conference Tournament and was named MVP. J.P. Primm shined also as a junior. That season he had 14.6 ppg, 4.5 apg and 3.7 rpg in 34 games. The player was named to Big South Conf. All-Tournament Team -11, 12. NC-Asheville was Big South Tournament winner in 2011 as well.


Blake Schilb is officially with Chalon - by Eurobasket News

Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, college: Loyola, IL) is officially with Chalon for 2012/2013 season. The American Swingman will enter his 4th season in a row for the team.
In 2011-2012 for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five) he became the fifth top-scorer of the league with 16.6ppg 3.8rpg, 4.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 93.0%. At the EuroCup Qualifications his stats read 17.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.5apg, while in EuroChallenge he showed 17.4ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-5 (4.8apg), Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 63.1%, 3PT: 46.7%, FT: 77.1%.
Last year Chalon ensured the services of one of their key player. Chalon signed a contract extension with Blake Schilb. The 28-year-old guard had a strong season with Chalon. He tallies 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals per Pro A game.
Earlier Blake Schilb had played for Nymburk in Czech Republic. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Czech League Guard of the Year back in 2009. Last season he became French Cup Winner -11 (MVP), 12, French ProA All-Star Game -12, French La Semaine des AS Cup Winner -12 (MVP), Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Import of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team -12, Eurobasket.com EuroChallenge All-Imports Team -12 and EuroChallenge Finalist -12. Moreover he was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Finals MVP -12, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Player of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Guard of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Import Player of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 1st Team -12, Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Imports Team -12 and French ProA Regular Season Runner-Up -12. Together with Chalon Blake Schilb became French ProA Champion -12.



Nanterre confirm J.P. Primm - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre confirmed the signing of J.P. Primm (185-G). He is meant to replace Diante Garrett (193-G-88, college: Iowa St.) on the roster. The guard will start his pro career in France. J.P. Primm graduated from NC-Asheville this summer. He tallied 15.4 points, 4.2 assists, 3.3 boards and 1.9 steals per game in his senior season. J.P. Primm was named All-Big South Conference Tournament MVP. The guard also made it into Big South Conference All-Tournament Team for the second season in a row. J.P. Primm also got into NABC Division I All-District 13 1st Team. Nanterre have confirmed eight players for 2012/13 season. They are J.P. Primm, Xavier Corosine (184-G-85), Jeremy Nzeulie (187-G-91), Marc Judith (192-G-87), Chris Oliver (198-F-85, college: Radford), Stephen Brun (202-F-80), Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-C-85) and Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84, college: Massachusetts).


Saint-Etienne brings in Serbian Slobodan Ocokoljic - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Etienne brings in Serbian Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80, agency: TSS Management, college: Weber St.) for the upcoming season. The player remains in France but moves to another team.
The last two seasons he spent with Sorgues BC (France-NM1, starting five). In his first year after 34 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 85.0%. In 2011-2012 for Sorgues BC his stats read 11.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 78.3%.
Earlier Slobodan Ocokoljic played for Cognac BB (NM1). In 2009-2010 he showed 14.9ppg, Reb-5 (8.2rpg), 2.4bpg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 76.1%. Before coming to France Ocokoljic played at BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers, Aspis Apoel Nicosia and InterCollege Etha Engomis.
In 2010 he was named Eurobasket.com All-French N1 Honorable Mention. Last season the Serbian player was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention -11 and Eurobasket.com French NM1 All-Bosmans Team -11.



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Two post players for TG Wuerzburg - by Moritz Korff

TG Wuerzburg, newcomer to the 1. Regionalliga South-East, has announced a double deal for the 2012-13 season. Malcolm Boone (196-F/C) and Malte Herwig (202-C-92) will strengthen the team's backcourt.
Boone is the younger brother of Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.), who plays for BBL team s.oliver baskets Wuerzburg. Boone spent his college career at NCAA Division 3 school Keystone. He averaged 15.2 points, 7.7 boards, 2.3 blocks, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per contest for the Giants last season.
Herwig moves from Goettingen to Wuerzburg. The 20-year-old post player appeared in seven BBL games for the Violets last season, but mostly saw action for ASC 4 Goettingen in the 1. Regionalliga North, scoring 7.6 points a game.



Julius Coles joins Schwelmer Baskets - by Moritz Korff

Julius Coles (193-G-89, agency: Fierce Sports Management) has been announced as the latest new player of the Schwelmer Baskets for the 2012-13 season. The forward finished his college career at Canisius (NCAA Division One) in 2011. As a senior he had averaged 10.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1 steal per contest for the Golden Griffins. He didn't play in the 2011-12 season, Schwelm will be his first stop in overseas basketball. Meanwhile, the Baskets also told that none of their Americans, Jason Holmes (191-G-86, college: Le Moyne), Alexander Starr (196-F-84, college: Centenary), Jason Smith (183-G-83, agency: Fierce Sports Management, college: Al.-Huntsville) will return for another season.


Patrick Carney transfers from Essen to Recklinghausen - by Moritz Korff

Pro B newcomer Citybasket Recklinghausen has finalized the signing of a third American player for the upcoming campaign. Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman) will make the switch from Essen to Recklinghausen, just like Kendall Chones (201-F-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Colgate) does.
Carney averaged 4.3 points per contest in 31 Pro A games last season. Earlier in his career the 2007 graduate of NCAA D3 school Chapman played against the Recklinghausen team several times, when starring for the Velbert Baskets.



BV Chemnitz Complete Roster With Three German Youngsters - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A team BV Chmenitz already start with the preparations for the new season on August third and have completed the roster bringing young Germans Jonas Groening (191-G-94), Kilian Leuteritz and Dominic Bassl to the roster. Groning is a 18 year old 191cm guard that last season played for BV Chemnitz 99 (ProA): 1 game: 0pts, 1reb, 1ast, played mostly for BV TU Chemnitz II (2.Regionalliga). "I hope that my injuries are over and I just want to be fit. My focus is on the U19 team, but I am also happy to be able to practice with the pros", stated Jonas Groning. The team also added 18 year old Kilian Leuteritz who is a 182cm point guard. "I will be able to learn much from experienced players like John Bynum and Takumi Ishizaki. I also want to play well in practices with the pros", added Kilian Leuteritz. The third player to be added to the roster is Dominic Bassl that is a 16 year old 188cm shooting guard. Last season he played for the U16 for BV Chemnitz. He played 16 games averaging 7,5ppg and 5,2rpg. Dominic needs to find himself first in the NBBL where he will be the youngest player. I also want to give him the chnace now to train with the pros", stressed BV Chemnitz head coach Felix Schreier.

Source: BV Chemnitz 99



Brian Roberts Looking To Fullfil That NBA Dream With The New Orleans Hornets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to Radio Bamberg Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances) wont be playing for 5 time Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg this season. Roberts is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Toledo, Ohio that played three seasons in the Beko BBL with Bamberg and racked up 6 titles. Last season in the Beko BBL, he played 44 games: 12.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 49.4%, FT: 88.0%. He was a member this summer of the New Orleans Hornets at the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas and had a superb campaign averaging 13ppg and making the NBA team aware of his talent. "The New Orleans Hornets gave us the signal in written form that Brian Roberts will play in the NBA this season. First he will be in training camp and then they will see if he gets a contract for the season", stated Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder. The departure of Roberts leaves a huge void in the Bamberg back court as the team now will need a replacement.




Josip Peric Remains With Science City Jena - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Pro A team Science City Jena have completed their roster for the 2012-2013 season by giving Josip Peric (187-PG-93) a contract extension.Josip Peric is a 19 year old 187cm point guard that will be playing his second season with Science City Jena. Last season he played for Science City Jena (ProA): 2 games: 0pts, 1.0apg, played also for TuS Jena II (2.Regionalliga): 15 games: 16.9ppg. The Berlin native is happy about being able to stay in Jena. "I like the city, feel comfortable and understand my teammates. I have only heard positive things about the new players. I am looking positive into the future. This is my first real ptrofessional season after the NBBL. I want to find my role as good as possible and improve", added Josip Peric.

Source: Science City Jena



Fabian Luhring Leaves SC Rist Wedel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Fabian Luhring is leaving PRO B team SC Rist Wedel after only one season to play for the Royals in the 2 REgionaliga north west. Luhring is a 29 year old 213cm center that wants to complete his studies there. The German also gave a hand in the youth work giving his expereince in holiday camps and being active in the school programs with SC Rist. Back in 2010-2011, he played for the Baskets Akad. Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB 2 (2.Regionalliga): 16ppg. He was German 2.Regionalliga (North-North Group) Runner-Up in 2011.

Source: SC Rist Wedel




Lamont Mcintosh Returns Back To The Beko BBL With The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Back in his days with the Artland Dragons, Derrick Allen buddy LaMont McIntosh (190-G-82, college: Georgia St.) would ride to work to the Artland Arena on his bicycle and that possibly could be an option in the beautiful Bavarian city of Wurzburg as the American signed a deal with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg today. Mcintosh is a 30 year old 182cm shooting guard from Georgia that returns back to the Beko BBL after tasting new experiences in the Ukraine, Greece and Poland. He celebrated his biggest success in Germany in 2008 as he hoisted the Beko BBL cup in Hamburg beating EnBW Ludwigsburg. Last season, he played for the Athens Razors (ABA), in Jan.'12 signed at AZS Koszalin (Poland-PLK): 14 games: 11.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 85.2%.

He started his basketball career at Georgia St. (NCAA). He started his professional basketball career in 2004 with the Southern Crescent Lightning (WBA): 17 games: 11.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg. He also played for the Scottish Rocks (United Kingdom-BBL) in 2004 and in 2005 for the Southern Crescent Lightning (WBA): 40 games: 16.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.4%, 3Pts: 33.5%. In 2005-2006, he played for Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium-D1): 28 games: 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 51.0%. He then played for the Artland Dragons from 2006-2009 playing a total of 95 Beko BBL games and 26 Eurocup games. In 2009-2010, he played for Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 20 games: 16.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 73.8%. In 2010-2011, he played for Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1, starting five): 25 games: 7.1ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 80.8%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been A-Sun Regular Season Winner -02, A-Sun Finalist -02, A-Sun Tournament Semifinals -04, WBA Regular Season Runner-Up -04, WBA Champion -04, British BBL Semifinals -05, WBA Semifinals -05, Belgian Cup Semifinals -06German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -07, German Bundesliga Finalist -07, German Bundesliga Cup Winner -08, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -08, and Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -08

Source: s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg



Julian Albus Gets Two Year Deal With The Walter Tigers Tuebingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Working hard in practice can never hurt as Julian Albus (193-F-92) learned as despite not getting many minutes, he has been rewarded with his diligent work as the Walter tIgers Tuebingen gave him a two year deal extension. Julian Albus is a 20 year old 193 cm forward that last year played 7 games: 0.7ppg; played mostly for SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team (Regionalliga): 20 games: 7.8ppg, 3.0rpg. "He has developed well in the last two years and gives much effort. He has integrated himself well into the team and always wants to learn more. We will continue to work with him so he will find his role in the team. I am standing 100% behind him", stressed Walter TIgers Tuebingen head coach Igor Perovic.

Source: WALTER Tigers Tbingen



German U-18 National Team For The 2012 European Championships In Lithuvania Nominated - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



U-18 German coach Kay Blumel has nominated his roster for the 2012 European championships in Lituvania from August 7-20. The team will meet at the end of the week and play two test games against France before departing for Lithuvania. "We have two top favorites in our group with Spain and Serbia. We saw their level at the Albert Schweitzer tournament this year. We are the underdog in the first two games, but will use the chance if we get it. The game against the Ukraine could become our final if we want to make the next round. Almost every player can play two positions which gives me many tactical variations which can help us against the strength and weaknesses of our opponents.

The roster is as follows.Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) (BC Hamburg / Piraten Hamburg), Robin Jorch (RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf/ IBBA Berlin), Dominik Lockhart (VfB 1900 Gieen Pointers), Mauricio Marin (FC Bayern Munich), Daniel Mayr (Science City Jena), Malik Mller (TuS Urpringschule), Gavin Schilling (LA Salle Institute Chicago), David Taylor (TSV Breitengussbach), Johannes Thiemann (TSV Breitengussbach), Maximilian Ugrai (Wurzburg Baskets Akademie), Stefan Wess (UBC Mnster) and Paul Zipser (USC Heidelberg).

Source: DBB





Jared Benson Joins The Dresden Titans - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B club Dresden Titans have announced the arrival of Jared Benson (208-C-89). Benson is a 23 year old 208cm center from Carney, Michigan that will start his professinal career in Germany. He played at N.Michigan (NCAA2) from 2007-2012. Last season, he averaged 11,7ppg, 5,6rpg and 1,7bpg. "We are happy that we got the desired player that we wanted with Jared. He will play an important role in our team", stressed DResden Titans head coach Thomas Krzywinski. THe club got help from Jason Boucher who recommened the American big man. He was voted to the All-GLIAC North Division 2nd Team -11

Source: Dresden Titans





Laron Griffin moves to Hanau White Wings - by Daniel Poerschke

The TG 1837 White Wings Hanau of the german Pro B league announced the signing of their newest american inside player today: Laron Griffin (203-F-89-agency: Scorers1st Sportmanagement) will suit up for them for the 2012/13 season. Griffin is an athletic inside player, who comes from NCAA 1 Eastern Washington University. "Laron is a very good rebounder and defensive player. He is hungry and excited to play for us now", says Hanau head coach Hans Beth. Former NBA sharpshooter Craig Ehlo was Griffin's assistant coach at Eastern Washington: "Laron gives everything for his team, he listens to everything the coaching staff was telling him. I never had a more easier coachable player on any of my teams."


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A1 Transfer news - by Chris Mammides

The last few days the following transfers took place:
Alekos Petroulas (202-F-78), Dimitrios Kompodietas (195-G-85) and Andreas Kanonidis (198-F-91) agreed financial terms and will continue his career in DASH Peristeri GS Athens
AGOR agreed financial terms with ex PAOKs player Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86)
Panionios ON Telecoms Athens agreed financial terms with Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77), Nikos Pappas (194-G-90), Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90), and Giorgos Bogris (210-C/F-89).
Minas Gekos is officially the new Head Coach of Kolossos Rodou to replace Vassilis Frangias
Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas agreed financial terms with Cyprus International Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M), Dimitris Kalampakas (202-F-89) and the Bulgarian Simeon Iliev (202-F-89)
Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) and Ilysiakos split ways officially. On the contrary the team of Ilysiakos renewed the contract of Nikos Chatzis (196-G-76) for another one season.
Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's) agreed financial terms and will continue his career in the Israeli league with Makabi Haifa
Georgios Diamantopoulos (195-F-80) agreed financial terms with Keravnos Strovolou in the Cyprus league.



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Belgium destroyed Holland 103-47 - by Fred Roggen

Belgium hammered Holland (103-47) in Hoei in a preparation game for the European Championship 2013 qualifying games. Belgium led from tip-to-buzzer, the scoreboard read 27-12 after ten minutes. In the second frame the winners added 29-14 for 56-26 at the halftime. It was easy to name the winner of the game at the start of the third period when Belgium did not even think of slowing down. In the third period Belgium added massive 21-10 for the bigger lead. Due to 26-11 in the last stanza Belgium increased the win to 56 points.
Robin Smeulders (208-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) had 11 points in the losing case, while Francisco Elson (212-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California) posted 9.





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Eilingsfeld moves to Atomeromu SE - by Levente Szabo

A few weeks ago it was announced by the management of Atomeromu SE Paks that they are in search of a domestic Power Forward because their rising star Ferdinand Morgen (210-F/C-90) will have a heart surgery and it is pretty sure that he will have to retire from basketball. The search didnt last long and the team agreed with a talented youngster, Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group).

Janos is a really strong and athletic player, who was the best big man in his age group for his entire career. In 2009 as a member of the U18 Hungarian National Team he recorded at the European Championships 22.8ppg and 12.5rpg (FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 63.2%) and was vote to the U18 Division B 1st Team as well as being selected to play at the U18 All-Star Game at the European Championships Finals in Poland. Last year at the U20 European Championships in Sarajevo (Bosnia) he had 22.7ppg combined with 7.8rpg (FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 61.1%).

Meanwhile in the Hungarian League he got more and more playing time with his club team. In the first 19 games of the season with PVSK-Pecs he averaged 7.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4spg in 24 minutes of playing time before he transferred to Kormend. He finished up the season with the red-black team playing 13 minutes a game. In his limited playing time Janos showed a decent form averaging 5.7ppg and 2.1rpg (FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 46.2%). He had his best game last season with 15 points in 19 minutes against his new team, Atomeromu SE Paks.

Janos signed a 2 year deal with Atomeromu SE Paks and will move from Kormend because of the current financial status of the team they wanted to do a serious paycut in his contract.



Sims joins Szeged - by Levente Szabo

Kevin Sims (178-G-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tulane) signed for the upcoming season with Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged. The American point guard will join coach Molnar's team after a great season with the Romanian team CSS Giurgiu. Kevin was one of the better guards in Romania last year averaging 18.3ppg and 5.5apg. The 5'10" guard is a product of Tulane where he was a 4 year starter.

Kevin started his professional career with As de Sale in Morocco where he advanced with his team into the semifinals of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup. Last year before joining CSS Giurgiu he began the season with the Georgia Lions where he averaged 20.9ppg and 6.5apg.

The American point guard is the second foreign signing of Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged which means that they only have one more import spot to fill.



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Snaefell sign Asim McQueen - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Domino's League team Snaefell has sign their second import player.
Team sign Asim McQueen (203-F-88, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Tulane) 6'8" forward who played College ball at Tulane where he average 7,7 points & 4,6 rebounds
After College McQueen played part of season in Argentina top league for Club Atenas Cordoba average 7 points & 3,4 rebounds
Last season 2011-2012 McQueen played for Banda Norte Rio Cuarte in TNA league (second league) Average 15 points
Before Snaefell had sign point guard Jay Threatt (180-G-89, college: Delaware St.).



Stjarnan sign youngster Saemundur Valdimarsson - by Snorri Arnaldsson

Stjarnan has signed Saemundur Valdimarsson (187-G-93) from 1st division team FSU Selfoss for the upcoming season. Saemundur Valdimarsson is the younger brother of Marvin Valdimarsson (198-G/F-81) who is beginning his third season with the team. Asked about the transaction, coach Teitur Orlygsson said: "We are very happy to have Saemundur on board, he had a great season with FSU Selfoss last season and he's a very talented player."

Homegrown hero Kjartan Kjartansson (191-G-84) has also returned home, but he served as a player/coach at FSU Selfoss last season in the 1st division. Kjartan Kjartansson has played with Stjarnan for many years and was a key figure in the team that went to the finals in 2010-2011 season.



Grindavik inks Zeglinski and Broussard - by Snorri Arnaldsson

U.M.F. Grindavik has inked contracts with their imports for the upcoming season, as they will bring in Sammy Zeglinski (182-PG-88) and Aaron Broussard (195-F-90, agency: JEMsports) (195-F-90, agency: JEMsports) to fill the two open roster spots for imports. They will replace Giordan Watson (178-G-85, college: Cent.Michigan) and finals MVP J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Cleveland St.) who both signed with Karhu Kauhajoki in Finland.

U.M.F. Grindavik has also brought back two youngsters from UMFN Njardvik, with Egill Birgisson (197-F-91) and youth national team player Jens Oskarsson (198-F-93) return to U.M.F. Grindavik. Jens Oskarsson averaged 1.2ppg and 0.5rpg in 3.2mpg last season for UMFN Njardvik. In turn, Thorsteinn Finnbogason (194-F-89) (194-F-89) will leave U.M.F. Grindavik and play for Haukar in the 1st division in the coming season.



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Artsiom Parakhouski is on the way to Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) is on the way to Maccabi Haifa for the upcoming season. According to sportando.net the Belarus International heads to Israel.
At the end of the last season BC Budivelnyk strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Artsiom Parakhouski. The centre started the season 2011/2012 in Italy. The Belarusian player signed with Bennet Cantu but left the team in October. Last season Artsiom Parakhouski played for VEF Riga. He averaged 10.3 points, 4.4 boards and 1.3 blocks per game in LBL. In Baltic League his stats read 15.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per appearance. In VTB League the centre notched 12.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Artsiom Parakhouski All-Baltic League Player of the Year. He is the member of Belarusian National Team.
In 2011-2012 for Budivelnyk Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague) averaged 7.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 59.3%, FT: 65.7% in Ukrainian League and in VTB League showed 9.5ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 58.0%, FT: 42.9%.



Maccabi Tel Aviv tab Pops Mensah-Bonsu - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel Aviv tab Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) for the next season. The British player will sign after the Olympics.
Early in 2010 Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv made a very generous offer to the former Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors NBA player, Pops Mensah-Bonsu. It was reported that Maccabi had offered the Great Britain center $500.000 dollars for the season.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu had the best season with Besiktas Milangaz. in December he joined the Turkish team and it was a great move by the player. Besiktas managed to beat Anadolu Efes 80-76 in Game Six of the Turkish league Finals winning the title with 4-2 in the series. Mensah-Bonsu shined in this game with 10 points and 8 rebounds for 26 minutes on the court. This was third trophy for Besiktas last year as they already celebrated in Turkish Cup and EuroChallenge. He played 11 games in EuroChallenge registering 18.5 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 1.3 apg and 1 bpg. The British big guy was the top rebounder, top shot blocker and fourth scorer of the competition. Mensah-Bonsu also was the Finals MVP and Eurobasket.com named him Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Player of the Year -12.



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Angelico Biella lands American Craig Brackins - by Eurobasket News

Angelico Biella added another player to its roster today. After Julian Mavunga (203-F-90), the team penned a deal with Craig Brackins (208-F-87, college: Iowa St.). He played for the Boston Celtics at 2012 NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas. Before that, Brackins played for Boston at Summer League in Orlando. The player finished last season with Philadelphia 76ers averaging 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds for 13 NBA games. Before Philly, Brackins spent some time with NBA D-League team Maine Red Claws. There he shined with 18.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 2.7 apg for 7 games. Craig Brackins started last season with Israeli squad Maccabi Ashdod. In 2010/11, he played 3 games with Philadelphia and spent rest of the season with Springfield Armor. Brackins is a product of the Iowa State University, where he played until 2010. He was 21st overall pick selected by Oklahoma City Thunder.


Montepaschi Siena ink Marcelus Kemp - by Giovanni Bargna

After the rumors heard a few days ago, Montepaschi Siena officially announced Marcelus Kemp (195-SG-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) today.
Kemp played for Besiktas Istanbul during last season clinching the Turkish league title, the eurochallenge one and the Turkish National Cup.
The small forward spent spent his early career in the USA from 2001 to 2008 being named Ncaa "most improved player" in 2005, then moved to Italy in 2008 joining Livorno.
In 2009 signed with Sassari and helped the team reaching a spot in the Serie A averaging 21.4 points per game and 4.7 rebounds.
Before flying to Turkey Kemp played 9 games with Virtus Bologna in 2010 scoring 13.6 points per game and grabbing 4.4 rebounds.
He gave a great contribution to Besiktas Istanbul last season averaging 9.6ppg in the league and 11.1ppg in the Eurochallenge tournament.



Rodney Green moves to Casale - by Eurobasket News

Rodney Green (195-F/G-88, college: La Salle) moves to Casale for the next season. The American player moves from Ukraine.
Last year Rodney Green played for MBC Mykolaiv. The American G/SF signed a deal for one season.
Earlier he played for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa, where he had 12.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.1 apg for 18 games in Premier league. Green also added 10 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.8 apg for 6 EuroCup games. During the season he moved to Ironi Ashkelon averaging 15.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists for 13 games. Green participated at the Premier League All-Star game and he was also named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention -11. It was first professional season for Rodney Green. He graduated last year at La Salle University. For 18 games as a senior he had 18.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 4.3 apg.
In 2011-2012 for MBC Mykolaiv (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five) his stats read 16.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 67.5%.



Sidigas Avellino tab Ndudi Ebi - by Eurobasket News

Sidigas Avellino strengthened their roster. They reportedly agreed on terms of contract wit Ebi Ndudi (206-F-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports). The forward started the previous season in Lebanon. He played for Anibal Zahle. Ebi Ndudi tallied 24.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 2.9 blocks and 1.4 assists per game in Division A. Later the Nigerian player moved to China. He joined Jiangsu Tongxi. Ebi Ndudi posted 29.0 points, 18.6 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.2 steals and 3.1 blocks per appearance. Ebi Ndudi is not new to Italy. The forward used to play for Carife Ferrara, Rimini and Aget Imola before.


Craig Brackins joins Angelico Biella - by Antonello Varallo

Angelico Biella announced the agreement with former Philadelphia 76ers Craig Brackins (208-F-87, college: Iowa St.) .
The big man from Lancaster, California (the city famous for many scenes of Tarantino's Kill Bill and Cameron's Terminator 2) will play for the second time in Europe, after a short experience with Maccabi Ashdod (Israel-Premier League, 4 games with 13.8 ppg).
He was drafted by Oklahoma (1rd, number 21) after a good college career with Iowa State (95 games, 16 ppg), and so far he has played 17 NBA games with Philadelphia (30 points scored). He also played with Springfield Armor (D-League: 18 games: 20.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 24.7%, FT: 72.7%) and Maine Red Claws (D-League: 7 games: 18.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.0).



Olimpia Milano set to sign Amedeo Tessitori - by Pervin Elgin

The young big man will be loaned, maybe to Biella

Olimpia Milano reached an agreement with Amedeo Tessitori who will be signed to a multi-year deal. The young big man comes from Virtus Siena who will get around 100.000 as buyout. Tessitori will be loaned next season, likely to Angelico Biella. Montepaschi Siena was interested in the player but he chose to sign with Milano.

Courtesy of sportando.net



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Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 0-0 
 2. Hitachi SR 0-0 
 3. Hokkaido L. 0-0 
 4. Mitsubishi DD 0-0 
 5. Panasonic T. 0-0 
 6. Tochigi Brex 0-0 
 7. Toshiba BT 0-0 
 8. Toyota Alvark 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: Toyota Alvark - Tochigi Brex
Oct. 5: Toshiba BT - Mitsubishi DD
Oct. 6: Toyota Alvark - Tochigi Brex
Oct. 6: Toshiba BT - Mitsubishi DD
Oct. 6: Aishin SH - Hokkaido L.
Oct. 6: Panasonic T. - Hitachi SR
Oct. 7: Aishin SH - Hokkaido L.
Oct. 7: Panasonic T. - Hitachi SR



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Ventspils add Janis Timma - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils added young talent to the roster. They signed contract with Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM). The forward spent the previous season with Liepajas Lauvas. Janis Timma averaged 13.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game in LBL. In Baltic League the forward tallied 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance. Janis Timma also played for Liepajas Lauvas-2. His stats read 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game in LBL2. Janis Timma participated at U20 European Championship this summer. The forward averaged 14.7 points, 5.5 boards, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game in Slovenia. He earned All-European Championship U20 Honourable Mention.


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Siauliai sign contract with Vytautas Sulskis - by Eurobasket News

Siualiai deepened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88, college: Youngstown St.). The guard penned 1+1 deal with the team. Last season Vytautas Sulskis spent with Kedainiai Triobet. He tallied 6.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists per game in LKL. In Baltic League the guard posted 6.9 points, 3.3 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance. Vytautas Sulskis tasted basketball overseas. He played for the Youngstown State University Penguins. The guard averaged 13.1 points, 5.2 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game in his senior season. Sulskis was named into Horizon League All-Newcomers Team in 2008.


Rudupis bring in Tautvydas Slezas - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Tautvydas Slezas (207-C-90, agency: Interperformances). The centre started the previous season in Juventus Utenos. He tallied 1.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in LKL. In Baltic League Tautvydas Slezas notched 3.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per appearance. In February Tautvydas Slezas joined Delikatesas. His stats read 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in NKL. Eurobasket.com named the centre into All-Lithuanian NKL 2nd Team. Previously Tautvydas Slezas had stints with Perlas, Lietuvos Rytas and Taurages Bremena-KTU. He played for U16, U18, U19 and U20 Lithuanian National Teams.


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Buducnost signed Gerald Lee - by Darko Pekic

After the signing of Dee Bost (187-G-89) yesterday, Buducnost added an important player under the basket today. His name is Gerald Lee (208-F-87, college: ODU) junior, son of Gerald Lee senior (former professional player and great scorer) and member of Finnish National Team. Lee spent the last season in Italy and played for Prima Veroli ( Division 2) averaging 12.4 ppg and 6.0 rpg.

Lee started his career in Finland but later moved to USA to play college basketball for Old Dominion. He was one of the most dominant big men in NCAA basketball during the season 2009/2010.



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Celtics sign Jamar Smith and Dionte Christmas - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed free agent guards Jamar Smith (6'3''-SG-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) and Dionte Christmas (6'5''-G-86, agency: Arete Sports Agency, college: Temple).

Smith, a 63 guard, appeared in 44 games last season for BK Prostov in the Czech Republic and averaged 14.8 points and 2.5 assists while shooting 39.3% from three-point territory during league games. Smith also appeared in two games during EuroCup qualifications and in six games of the EuroChallenge. Smith played for the Celtics during the 2012 Orlando Summer League and averaged 9.2 points while shooting 45.0% from three. Smith was previously with the Celtics during training camp prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. Smith previously played for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League. He played collegiately for the University of Illinois and the University of Southern Indiana.

Christmas, a 65 guard, appeared in 26 games during the 2011-12 season for AGO Rethymno Aegean in Greece and averaged 18.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He shot 36.0% from three point territory and 46.3% from the field overall. He was an Honorable Mention All-American at Temple during his senior year (2008-09) and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Christmas played for the Celtics during their 2012 Summer League teams in Orlando and Las Vegas.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Mavs, Magic talked Howard swap, but don't get excited - by Eurobasket News

It's Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85). There will always be teams interested in talking.

When the Brooklyn Nets deal fell through, and the Lakers talks went nowhere, and the Rockets deal seemingly fizzled, there was a lot of conversation about where exactly the Magic were going to go. If the offers they've gotten after all this time weren't good enough, what were they going to get for Howard? Who would even talk about a possible deal?

Well, there are always teams. Those offers likely won't be good enough to get a deal done, or they would have come sooner. But they'll be there. Like the Mavericks.

From Fox Sports Southwest:

Meanwhile, FOXSportsSouthwest.com has learned that Nelson and Hennigan visited last week about a Dwight Howard trade. But

"There's just not much there (in terms of a Mavs-Magic trade to be done in 2012),'' Nelson tells us.

Nelson suggests that there are offers on the table for Dwight that "trump'' what Dallas can present now or in the near future, which includes expiring contracts, the promise of cap space, and maybe the willingness to take back contract ballast.

via Mavericks, Magic visit about Howard trade.

The Mavericks' ability to throw Shawn Marion, Rodrigue Beaubois, Vince Carter (for a second time) and poor draft picks while taking on deals isn't going to get Rob Hennigan's eyes popping. He's got better offers on the table. But the Mavericks will stay in the hunt, hanging around, especially since Howard leaked that he'd consider signing with Dallas in free agency.

Dallas hasn't been pressuring the Magic to make a deal like the Nets, colluding with Howard. They haven't been holding out to make sure they absolutely win the deal in a big way, like the Lakers. They're just kind of there, available to dump some money and get a fresh start. That has to make them an attractive option. But the assets just aren't there.

If Howard winds up in Dallas blue, instead of Orlando blue, it'll be through free agency, unless something unexpected occurs.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Lakers' Kobe Bryant excited to run Princeton offense under Eddie Jordan - by Eurobasket News

The L.A. Lakers are close to bringing aboard Eddie Jordan as an assistant on coach Mike Brown's staff, a move that jibes with Kobe Bryant's (6'6''-SG-78) wish to implement the Princeton offense, a distant cousin to the triangle, Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Bryant has been searching for spacing and freedom and flow on offense, for a way to counter defenses bent on sagging and suffocating him on the floor, according to Wojnarowski. Even before the Lakers acquired Steve Nash, Bryant raised the idea of using the Princeton offense with Brown. Jordan"the foremost Princeton authority in the NBA, the heir to architect Pete Carril"sold the concept on Bryant and Brown in Las Vegas during Team USA training camp in early July.

"It's a great offense," Bryant told Yahoo! Sports. "It's exactly what we need. It takes us back to being able to play by making reads and reacting to defenses. It takes a great deal of communication, but that's where we're at our best: Reading and reacting as opposed to just coming down and calling sets. Calling sets make you vulnerable. ...

"Those types of principles ball movement, changing sides on the floor, everybody being involved those are championship principles. That's championship DNA."

The system, Bryant said, should benefit Pau Gasol, whose offensive numbers dipped in Browns first year with the Lakers.

"Steve is going to make it easier for Pau, because he's an incredible distributor, but the system is perfect for (Gasol)," Bryant said. "His ability to pass the ball, to make plays from the high post to shoot is the perfect system for him.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Former Laker Barnes released from jail after threatening police officer - by Eurobasket News

Former Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) is out of jail after being arrested on suspicion of threatening a police officer who stopped him for a traffic warrant.

Manhattan Beach police Sgt. Paul Ford says Barnes was released around 11:30 p.m. Monday, three hours after his arrest.

Barnes was walking when he was arrested on a $26,000 misdemeanor warrant for driving on a suspended license.

Ford says Barnes also allegedly made a verbal threat to the officer. Total bail: $51,000.

Barnes later posted on Twitter that a small situation had turned into an Urban Legend and scoffed at what he calls all you perfect people judging him for missing a court date.

Barnes is a free agent. He was the Lakers' top-scoring reserve last season, averaging 7.8 points per game.

Courtesy of www.theglobeandmail.com



76ers officially sign former Villanova guard Maalik Wayns - by Eurobasket News

The 76ers signed rookie free-agent guard Maalik Wayns (6'2''-G-91, college: Villanova) on Tuesday.

Wayns averaged 17.6 points, 4.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game during his junior season at Villanova. He also ranked seventh in the nation in free-throw shooting (89.2 percent).

A member of the Magic in the 2012 Orlando Pro Summer League, Wayns appeared in three games, averaging 11.7 points, 5.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.33 steals.

A native of Philadelphia, Wayns was not drafted in June after a season with the Wildcats in which he was named second-team, All-Big East. He was among few bright spots for Villanova last season, as the team struggled to a 13-19 finish, with a 5-13 mark in the conference.

The 76ers went 35-31 last season and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. They defeated Chicago in the first round in six games before falling to Boston in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Knicks sign free-agent guard Chris Smith - by Eurobasket News

New York Knickerbockers Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Chris Smith (6'2''-G-87) to a contract.

Smith, 6-2, 195 pounds, played two years at Louisville University to average 9.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 27.5 minutes in 40 games (38 starts), helping lead the Cardinals to reach the NCAA Final Four during his senior season in 2011-12.

The Millstone, N.J native represented the Knicks entry at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and is the younger brother of Knicks guard J.R. Smith.

We at InsideHoops.com doubt that Chris will make the regular season Knicks roster.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



New Orleans Hornets to sign guard Roger Mason Jr. - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Hornets have reached an agreement with unrestricted combo guard Roger Mason (6'5''-G/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Virginia)., a league source confirmed.

Mason, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, is expected to sign his contract later this week. He averaged 5.5 points and 1.3 rebounds per game last season.

Mason, 31, also played for the Bulls, Spurs, Raptors and Wizards since coming out of Virginia in 2002. He has averaged 7.2 points per game for his career.

Courtesy of www.nola.com



Jacque Vaughn says his coaching style will be 'calm, not garish' - by Eurobasket News

Jacque Vaughn offered glimpses of his personality during his introductory news conference Monday. He revealed that he has a favorite poet (Maya Angelou). He displayed a sense of humor; when asked when he started to think about becoming a coach, he responded, When my knees and my ankles started hurting. You get a little smarter then.

But what will his coaching style be like?

He gave a few clues after the news conference ended when I asked him to describe the offense his team will run.

I dont think Ill pigeonhole myself into a certain style, he answered. Ive been kind of inclusive about the different styles Ive played against. Coach [Jerry] Sloan had a style that he used for 20 years. Pop [Gregg Popovich] has been extremely innovative. I watch the game of basketball internationally, and I love some of the things that they do.

For me, its about putting guys in a position to make plays. I will not call a play every single time down the floor. My demeanor on the sideline is more calm, not garish at all, and I think players will be receptive to that and want to play. As long as I can teach them, and theyre receptive to teaching, then Ill let them make plays.

Whats the biggest takeaway from that?

Its that he said he would project calmness.

In that way, if hes able to do that when games count, hell contrast with his predecessor, Stan Van Gundy.

Van Gundy got results, and players responded to him even after Dwight Howard underwent season-ending back surgery. Indeed, many players were outspoken in their support of Van Gundy after the season, saying that they wanted Van Gundy to return. And Van Gundy compiled a 259-135 regular-season record over five seasons for a franchise-best .657 winning percentage.

But if Howard had a criticism of Van Gundy, it was Van Gundys occasionally demonstrative sideline demeanor and his propensity to harp on mistakes. Howard discussed that in an interview with Esquire magazine last offseason.

It remains to be seen just how sharply Vaughns style will contrast with Van Gundys or whether Magic players will respond better to a coach who has a more placid style on the sideline.

Still, if the Magic do emphasize the development of young players, Vaughns approach might work.

Courtesy of www.orlandosentinel.com



Brandon Roy says retirement was never final in his mind - by Eurobasket News

Brandon Roy's (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) retirement from the NBA last year wasn't intended as a final decision.

The Minnesota Timberwolves were eager to help him clarify his status.

"After a few months of sitting out, I decided, 'Hey, I don't want to stop playing basketball,'" Roy said Tuesday at a news conference at Target Center after signing a two-year, $10.4 million contract. "I wanted to continue going forward. It was never a situation where I said, 'I'm done forever.' It's just more of a pause."

The Portland Trail Blazers announced Roy's medical-related retirement right before the start of the lockout-shortened season last year. His knees, lacking cartilage after six operations, were bothering him too much to continue. Roy said Tuesday, though, that the team doctor advised him to quit. The Blazers used the amnesty clause to waive Roy and not count the remaining $63 million on his contract against their salary cap or luxury tax.

"It was never really officially my decision to retire," Roy said.

So here he is with the Wolves, at 6-foot-6 and age 28 ready to resume what was already an outstanding career before his knees began to break down.

Roy was on a playing-time limit 22 minutes per game during his last season with the Blazers, a restriction he said frustrated him badly. His 18-point fourth quarter in a Game 4 comeback win over the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs only boosted his confidence that he could still play at an elite level.

The Wolves not only were interested once he made it known he was considering a comeback, they promised him they'd take off the reins as long as he can prove his knees can handle it. Roy said his goal is to again become a 35-minute-per-game player, his career average.

That, combined with endorsements from friends of head coach Rick Adelman, familiarity with Adelman's assistants and a playoff-caliber core in Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and now Andrei Kirilenko, was enough to persuade Roy to pick the Wolves.

"It's not a situation where I wanted to be a 10th man. I want to be able to go out and work and be a big part of a team taking that next step, and I thought the pieces were right here," Roy said. "When they say, 'You know, Brandon, the sky's the limit here,' that really made me feel good. I thought some teams maybe wanted me to play a small role, but Minnesota was saying, 'You can come in and earn as big of a role as you want.' So that was really important for me."

Roy worked out for two months last winter before deciding to try an increasingly popular but medically unproven procedure known as platelet-rich plasma therapy. It's basically an injection of a patient's own blood back into the body, to help heal degenerative joints. Kobe Bryant went to Germany before last season to have it done. Roy said it's allowed him to work out hard and feel no day-after discomfort.

"I'm not saying I'm Kobe Bryant, but my body felt really good. I've been working out ever since, and there hasn't been any swelling. I'm excited I got it done," Roy said. He told Wolves president of basketball operations and general manager David Kahn he wouldn't have returned if he didn't think he could "reach a high level of basketball."

Roy, of course, was drafted by the Wolves in 2006 and traded to the Blazers for fellow shooting guard Randy Foye soon after. His mom keeps a picture of him shaking the commissioner's hand for the cameras, with a Timberwolves cap on. Roy recalled Tuesday a television interview backstage that ended abruptly that night when the deal was done.

"I'm just happy to be here and be a part of the organization for a little bit longer than 30 minutes," Roy said, smiling. "Hopefully nobody's yelling, 'Cut!' back there."

Despite his per-game points falling to 12.2 during the 2010-11 season, while playing in only 47 games, Roy still has a career average of 19 points. He was an All-Star in three of his five seasons with the Blazers, the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2007 and scored better than 26 points per game during the 2008 playoffs.

So after years of decrying the front office for the ill-fated Roy-for-Foye trade, Wolves fans can finally root for the player they wanted while hoping those knees hold up.

"This one kind of came out of left field," Kahn said. "It wasn't until late this spring that Brandon decided that he was ready to come back to basketball after being away for only a season. And all I can say is I'm just thrilled that he chose us and not somebody else, to resume his career."

Kahn said he's not concerned about unrealistic expectations. The fact that Roy is not currently experiencing soreness or swelling in his knees, Kahn said, is key.

"If that continues," Kahn said, "this should really work out well because that's the only thing then that would hold him back."

Courtesy of www.wavy.com



C.J. Miles could sign with Los Angeles Lakers, source says - by Eurobasket News

Unrestricted free agent small forward C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) has narrowed his options down to a few teams, a league source told The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday, and the longtime Jazzman is drawing serious interest from the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 6-foot-6, 222-pound Miles could make a decision during the next 2-3 days. If he signs with the Lakers, the source said, it'll likely be a one- or two-year deal via Los Angeles' mini mid-level exception.

Miles, 25, has already met with Dallas and Cleveland since free agency started July 1.

He averaged 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists for Utah from 2005-12, playing in 389 games (159 starts). Miles' best season was in 2010-11, when he set career highs in average points (12.8), rebounds (3.3) and minutes (25.2).

His production slipped last year, though, when he shot just 38.1 percent from the floor and failed to land a consistent spot in the Jazz's rotation. After the season, Miles voiced complaints about coach Tyrone Corbin's ability to communicate with the team.

While Miles often struggled with consistency, he's a highly athletic player many believe has yet to reach his ceiling. During the 2010-11 campaign, Miles hit at least three 3-pointers in 13 games, connected on 7 of 10 against Portland on November 20, 2010, and scored a career-high 40 points on 14-of-18 shooting against Minnesota on March 16, 2010. Miles' defense also improved the past two seasons, and he's shown the ability to lock down opponents when fully motivated.

Miles dealt with a strained left calf at the end of the 2011-12 season, and didn't play for Utah after April 8. He's fully recovered, though, and is currently engaged in offseason workouts.

The Jazz have been presented with sign-and-trade options for Miles, but none of the deals have thus far gained traction.

Miles was drafted by Utah with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com



Celtics sign Jason Collins, re-sign Dooling - by Diamadis Farmakis

The Boston Celtics, continue re-building their roster for the upcoming season. After the loss of Ray Allen, the re-sign of Kevin Garnett and the addition of the veteran Jason Terry, now it's time for the C's to fill in their bench.

The Celtics have signed free agent center Jason Collins and re-signed guard Keyon Dooling (6'3''-G-80, college: Missouri), plus two americans who played last season, overseas. The team announced Tuesday it had signed the two youmg shooting guards, Jamar Smith and Dionte Christmas.

Collins, an 11-year veteran, has averaged 3.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12.3 minutes in his career with New Jersey, Memphis, Minnesota and Atlanta. With the Hawks last season, he averaged 1.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.3 minutes.

Dooling, a 12-year veteran, averaged 4.0 points and 1.1 assists in 14.4 minutes last season, his first with Boston.

Smith, a member of Boston's summer league team in Orlando, averaged 14.8 points and 2.5 assists for BK Prostov in the Czech Republic. Christmas averaged 18.6 points and 4.4 rebounds with AGO Rethymno Aegean in Greece



Learning On the Go - by Daniel Gibson

Anthony Davis rolled to the basket and jumped high up into the air. There was a defender jumping in front of him but Davis used his long arms to snag the ball and dunk it in one smooth motion, right over the top of the defense.

This scene happened repeatedly against Tunisia. It has happened in the minutes Davis has been on the floor over the course of the five Olympic exhibition games team USA has played. And everybody remembers him doing that all season long during his one year reign at Kentucky.

Davis was brought on board after Blake Griffin went down with an injury and was told that he wouldn't be needed much be it would be a great learning experience for him. The stats show that players who have competed on the US Olympic team go back to their respective NBA teams with a renewed sense of leadership and understanding of the game.

Davis hasn't even played a preseason or regular season game in the NBA yet. His first professional action is coming in practice and scrimmages with the best players in the league. His first professional game experience is on the Olympic stage with the world watching and the pressure of living up to the Dream Team's standard looming over the teams head.

Talk about being thrown into the fire.

The lanky rookie with the unibrow has taken it all in stride. His coaches and teammates all rave about his work ethic, talent and eagerness to learn. Kobe Bryant is telling reporters that he's taken Davis under his wing. Deron Williams has already labeled him as "a franchise player," and LeBron James said his game already reminds him of Marcus Camby.

While the other rookies were in Vegas and/or Orlando competing in the NBA summer league against other rookies and players looking to make a NBA roster, Davis is competing against the best players in the world. That type of experience is priceless for players who've been in the league for years but he's getting to take it all in as a rookie.

Learning under coach Mike Krzyzewski, Mike D'Antoni and the rest of the coaching staff will prepare him for learning NBA schemes and breaking down film. When he arrives in New Orleans, coach Monty Williams will be pleasantly surprised with the growth of his number one pick. But, it may not be too much of a surprise because his coach traveled to London to watch him play.

Davis has the chance to train and learn from the best players in the NBA and he's like a sponge taking it all in. You can tell from his interview with ESPN.

"They told me from the beginning, it's not going to be on me to win a gold medal," Davis said. "Just to be on the bench with these 11 other guys is a great opportunity. [But] when I get my time, I'm going to go out there and play hard."




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Windsor Express name of new pro hoops team - by Eurobasket News

Windsor's new basketball team will be called the Windsor Express, according to an official with the National Basketball League of Canada.

Team spokesperson Shalece Daniels refused to comment, but a website for the Windsor Express exists with links to the National Basketball League of Canada site, which is hosted by Pointstreak.com.

"If it's linked to our website, if it's on Pointstreak, it's true," the league's media contact Anthony Bennett told CBC Windsor.

A Twitter account by the same name has existed and been active since May 3. A Facebook page also exists.

The logo features a steam engine powering its way out of a basketball.

"It's been out there for a while," Bennett said of the name and logo.

Coincidentally, Windsors new pro team has scheduled a media conference beside the Spirit of Windsor locomotive on the waterfront Wednesday.

Members of the Canadian Transportation Museum found Engine 5588 at the CN Rail yards in London, Ont. in 1961. It was slated to be scrapped.

The group negotiated a sale price of approximately $3,500 and had the steam engine shipped to Windsor and restored.

No name or venue for the team has been announced; only that Windsor will be the newest team in the league when the season tips off in the fall.

Last week CBC News Windsor was first to report the team would soon be making announcements.

Bennett said a head coach could be part of Wednesday's announcement. The league will hold a player combine and camp to evaluate talent at the end of August, Bennett said.

Courtesy of www.cbc.ca



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Laron Griffin moves to Hanau White Wings - by Daniel Poerschke

The TG 1837 White Wings Hanau of the german Pro B league announced the signing of their newest american inside player today: Laron Griffin (203-F-89-agency: Scorers1st Sportmanagement) will suit up for them for the 2012/13 season. Griffin is an athletic inside player, who comes from NCAA 1 Eastern Washington University. "Laron is a very good rebounder and defensive player. He is hungry and excited to play for us now", says Hanau head coach Hans Beth. Former NBA sharpshooter Craig Ehlo was Griffin's assistant coach at Eastern Washington: "Laron gives everything for his team, he listens to everything the coaching staff was telling him. I never had a more easier coachable player on any of my teams."


Wake Forest will play two exhibitions in Canada - by Eurobasket News

Wake Forest will play two men's basketball exhibition games in Canada this fall.

The school said Tuesday that it would play Brock University on Oct. 19 in St. Catherines, Ontario, and face Ryerson University the following day in Toronto.

It marks the Demon Deacons' first international preseason trip since they went to the Bahamas in early September 2006.

Coach Jeff Bzdelik says his young team will benefit from playing international competition so close to home. Wake Forest's roster has four returning scholarship players and seven freshmen.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



NCAA adds 1-year postseason bans to UCF penalties - by Eurobasket News

Central Florida will have to sit out the postseason for a year in men's basketball and football under sanctions the NCAA handed down Tuesday, adding to penalties the school self-imposed after major recruiting violations were uncovered last year in both programs.

UCF also was cited for ''a lack of institutional control'' and fined $50,000.

The penalties added two years to UCF's previously proposed three years' probation. And they leave in place other sanctions: vacating basketball victories; a reduction in basketball scholarships; and, tighter limits on football recruiting visiting days.

Greg Sankey, the executive associate commissioner of the SEC and an NCAA infractions committee member, said that the lack of control UCF had on outside entities was the most egregious finding.

''Part of what was troubling here is there was knowledge of the representatives or third parties being involved in the recruiting process and (UCF officials) facilitated that,'' he said Tuesday.

In a news conference to respond to the NCAA's findings, UCF president John Hitt said while he ''generally accepts'' the penalties levied, the school will appeal the postseason ban in football.

''We just don't feel the violations outlined in the NCAA bylaws justify the sanctions,'' Hitt said.

UCF has 15 days to file its notice of appeal, and Hitt said his understanding is the appeals process should carry beyond the 2012 football season. Should the NCAA deny the appeal, UCF would serve the bowl ban in 2013.

Hitt called their appeal ''well-grounded,'' noting that none of the players UCF recruited illegally ever actually played football at the school.

All the punishments stem from a 2011 investigation that found the programs were involved with runners for sports agents and made cash payments to recruits.

Former athletics director Keith Tribble and assistant football coach David Kelly were cited for unethical conduct by the NCAA last year and resigned. Tribble was given a three-year show-cause order and Kelly a one-year order. It means any institution that hires them in that time must prove to the NCAA that they are rules compliant.

Basketball coach Donnie Jones served a three-game suspension last season and was also given a three-year show-cause order beginning next season.

Hitt said that while dismissal was considered for both Jones and football coach George O'Leary, no personal involvement was found by the NCAA on O'Leary's part. He said they thought Jones made ''errors in judgment'' that were punished sufficiently in school officials' eyes.

Hitt also acknowledged that UCF's stiff penalties could be a sign the NCAA is following up on promises to beef up enforcement for rules' violators. As a result of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State was slammed last week with a four-year bowl ban and the loss of dozens of scholarships.

''I think most students of the NCAA and intercollegiate athletics have been forecasting that penalties would get stronger and become greater in months ahead,'' Hitt said. ''I think we're seeing that.''

Plus, UCF has had trouble before. The school just got off two years of NCAA probation in February after football staff members were cited for placing impermissible calls to perspective recruits over an 18-month period from 2007 to 2009. That violation made UCF a repeat offender, which also likely factored into its new punishments.

UCF is in the process of preparing to move to the Big East Conference in 2013 as an all-sports member. This will be its final season in Conference USA.

UCF football was picked to win Conference USA's East Division in a preseason media poll after coming off a disappointing 5-7 year in 2011.

The NCAA has a bylaw that allows players whose eligibility is elapsing and won't have another opportunity to compete in postseason play to immediately transfer.

On the basketball side, that could mean Knights' senior Keith Clanton now faces a decision of whether to transfer or stay without the possibility of playing in the NCAA tournament this upcoming season. Clanton was a first-team All-CUSA selection last season.

The NCAA's investigation began last year following media reports that UCF officials and athletes had involvement with a man named Ken Caldwell, a reputed recruiter for a professional sports agency, and associate Brandon Bender.

Specifically, the NCAA said in a notice of allegations to UCF last August that Caldwell and Bender ''assisted the institution in the recruitment of six men's basketball players and five football perspective student-athletes'' through inducements including cash payments. It also said that Tribble, Caldwell and Jeff Lagos, a ''known representative of the institution's athletics interests, attempted to arrange employment'' for people involved.

The NCAA said in its findings Tuesday that it was evident that Caldwell ''was making an effort to develop a network of relationships with prospective student-athletes and, in turn, expand his sphere of influence within the collegiate coaching community.''

Former basketball player A.J. Rompza, who graduated from UCF last year, was the only athlete involved who ever wound up playing a game at UCF, however.

In imposing its own penalties in February, UCF acknowledged a lack of sufficient compliance within its programs, which it said was being addressed with the hiring of new athletic director Todd Stansbury in January.

At his news conference announcing Tribble's resignation, UCF president John Hitt said that the school had put a lot of trust in him to assure they were in compliance with NCAA rules.

In a written response through his attorney in February to the NCAA's allegations Tribble acknowledged some improprieties, but claimed that until this case he had a ''somewhat misinformed understanding of NCAA recruiting legislation.''

In March, Stansbury announced an increase in compliance staffing aimed at setting a new tone for UCF's coaches and athletes going forward. He reiterated that pledge again on Tuesday.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



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Center Ndudi Ebi returns to Italy - by Eurobasket News

Ebi Ndudi (206-F-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports) is back to Italy. The player agreed to terms with Sidigas Avellino, according to Il Mattino (via Sportando.net). Ebi most recently played for the Chinese NBL team Jiangsu Tongxi. He appeared 9 times for them averaging 29 points, 18.6 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals. The Nigerian center spent last season in Lebanon. There he had 24.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 2.9 bpg for 10 games with Anibal Zahle. Ebi Ndudi is not a new face in Italy as he already played there from 2008 to 2011. He signed with Ferrara in 2008 registering 12.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg for 30 games in SerieA. Next year, Ebi had 15.3 ppg and 13.6 rpg with Rimini in LegaDue. Season 2010/11 Ebi Ndudi split between Imola and Limoges. With Imola he collected 19.2 ppg (No.5) and 9.2 rpg (No.1) for 21 games in LegaDue. He was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team -11.


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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamelle CORNLEY
  Rain o.
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Cornley, Rain o.23.2 
 2. Blakely, B-Meg L.22.9 
 3. Yap, B-Meg Llam.16.2 
 4. Lee, Rain or Shine14.0 
 5. Chan, Rain or Shine13.6 
 6. Simon, B-Meg Llam.10.5 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.9.2 
 8. Pingris, B-Meg L.9.0 
 9. de Ocampo, B-Meg8.0 
 10. Cruz, Rain or Shi.7.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.13.2 
 2. Cornley, Rain o.11.5 
 3. Pingris, B-Meg L.9.1 
 4. de Ocampo, B-Meg6.4 
 5. Reavis, B-Meg L.6.4 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine5.3 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.5.1 
 8. Quinahan, Rain o.4.9 
 9. Yap, B-Meg Llam.4.6 
 10. Belga, Rain or Sh.4.1 
Assists Per Game
 Paul LEE
  Rain or Shine
  (191-G-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lee, Rain or Shine3.6 
 2. Blakely, B-Meg L.3.4 
 3. Cornley, Rain o.3.3 
 4. Pingris, B-Meg L.2.9 
 5. Urbiztondo, B-Meg2.9 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.2.8 
 7. Yap, B-Meg Llam.1.9 
 8. de Ocampo, B-Meg1.9 
 9. Chan, Rain or Shine1.9 
 10. Arana, Rain o.1.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.2.8 
 2. Chan, Rain or Shine1.0 
 3. Urbiztondo, B-Meg0.9 
 4. Cornley, Rain o.0.9 
 5. Norwood, Rain o.0.8 
 6. Buenafe, Rain o.0.7 
 7. Ibanes, Rain o.0.6 
 8. Arana, Rain o.0.5 
 9. Barroca, B-Meg L.0.5 
 10. Yap, B-Meg Llam.0.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.2.7 
 2. Quinahan, Rain o.0.7 
 3. Norwood, Rain o.0.7 
 4. Reavis, B-Meg L.0.6 
 5. Yap, B-Meg Llam.0.5 
 6. de Ocampo, B-Meg0.5 
 7. Pingris, B-Meg L.0.4 
 8. Ibanes, Rain o.0.4 
 9. Belga, Rain or Shi.0.3 
 10. Barroca, B-Meg L.0.3 


2012 PBA Governors Cup Finals Game 5: Not Just Yet - by Enzo Flojo

B-MEG LLAMADOS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 91-81

The Elasto-Painters had probably planned an elaborate celebration for what coldve been their first title as Rain or Shine.

James Yap, however, made his own plans for Game 5, and his plans involved the B-Meg Llamados staying alive for a Game 6.

Yap was awesome in this encounter, connecting on more than half of his field goal attempts to finish with 30 points. Jamelle Cornley, Yancy De Ocampo, and Rafi Reavis supplied much-needed support, mainly because big man Marc Pingris was out of commission. Blakely, De Ocampo, and Reavids combined for 40 points and 41 rebounds as the Llamados dominated the interior. Another big thing was limiting Gabe Norwood to ZERO points in 37 minutes of action. Norwood had been averaging nearly 12 points per game in the first four matches of the Finals. This is also the first game in the conference where he was blanked by the opposing defense.

Game 6 is set on Friday with the Painters having another shot at destiny, while B-Meg can extend the series anew with another win.

Game Report:

James Yap played his finest game of the tournament, sizzling for 30 points to lead B-MEG to a 91-81 victory over Rain or Shine in Game Five of the Governors Cup finals Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. The win allowed the Llamados to stay alive in the best-of-seven series, which Rain or Shine still leads, 3-2.

Enjoy ko na lang tong series, dahil down kami, he said. Wag lang naming bigyan ng pressure ang sarili namin, enjoy lang kami.

B-MEG coach Tim Cone was all praises for his superstar after the game.

He stepped up big time. He walked the talk and put the game on his shoulders. Its like a Michael Jordan performance from him, he said.

Yap sizzled for 11 points in the first period of the heated encounter, which saw the two-time Most Valuable Player called for a flagrant foul penalty one for punching Rain or Shine defensive specialist Jireh Ibanes.

Ok lang naman sana kung pisikal lang, pero kung medyo sinasadya na, hindi na maganda yun, he said.

But the penalty did not seem to deter Yap, who capped his 18-point first half performance with a late three-pointer before the break to give the Llamados a 44-41 lead.

The Llamados were holding on to a 59-56 lead at the 4:37 mark of the third quarter when import Marqus Blakely, who finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, tangled with Rain or Shine enforcer Beau Belga. It led to double technical fouls and Belgas ejection. That seemed to fire up B-MEG, which ended the third period with a nine-point lead, 70-61, before cruising to victory in the fourth quarter.


B-MEG won despite missing Marc Pingris, who did not see action because of a stiff neck. Mark Barroca came off the bench and scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds while Yancy de Ocampo had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Llamados.

BML 91- Yap 30, Blakely 24, De Ocampo 14, Barroca 9, Simon 7, Urbiztondo 2, Villanueva 2, Reavis 2, Gaco 1.
ROS 81- Cornley 25, Chan 14, Arana 11, Cruz 8, Ibanes 6, Buenafe 5, Belga 4, Quinahan 4, Tang 2, Rodriguez 2, Norwood 0.
QS: 19-18, 44-41, 70-61, 91-81

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




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Siden Torun recruit Aleks Perka and Radoslaw Plebanek - by Eurobasket News

Siden Torun completed the roster for the next season. They added Aleks Perka (201-F-87, agency: Stanley International, college: Rice) and Radoslaw Plebanek (190-G-85).

Aleks Perka spent the last season with AZS Kutno. The forward averaged 12.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in 1Liga. Eurobasket.com named Aleks Perka into 1Liga 2nd Team. Previously the forward played for Polonia Azbud, and Rice University.
Radoslaw Plebanek extended his contract with Siden Torun. He joined the team in January. The guard notched 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per appearance. Radoslaw Plebanek started the season with KK Swiecie. His stats read 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.7 steals per appearance.




Slask Wroclaw add Lukasz Diduszko - by Eurobasket News

Slask Wroclaw will continue his career in Wroclaw. He agreed on terms of contract with Slask. Lukasz Diduszko (197-F-86) spent the last season with Kotwica Kolobrzeg. His stats read 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in PLK. Previously Lukasz Diduszko played for AZS Koszalin, AZS Katowice and Pogon Ruda Slaska junior team.


Jakub Wojciechowski joins NT roster - by Eurobasket Center

Jakub Wojciechowski (213-C/F-90) will replace injured Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Cincinnati) on the National Team roster of Poland. Hrycaniuk will be out for next 2-3 weeks. Wojciechowski is expeected to join the team today.
Jakub Wojciechowski started last season with Benetton Treviso. He played 5 games in Italian SerieA (1.8ppg, 1.8rpg) and also 6 games in EuroCup (1.3ppg, 1.3rpg). In February he moved to Enel Brindisi (Italy-Lega2). While playing 8 games his stats were 1.9ppg and 1.3rpg.



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Rashaad Singleton moves to Energia Rovinari - by Eurobasket News

Rashaad Singleton (213-C-87, college: Florida Southern) moves to Energia Rovinari for 2012/2013 season. The American Center will play in Romania.
The season 2011-2012 he started for Panteras de Aguascalientes (Mexico-LNBP, starting five) and after 7 games averaged 4.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9bpg. Later moved to Sendai 89ers (Japan-BJ League, starting five) and after 53 games showed 7.5ppg, 7.3rpg, Blocks-3 (2.9bpg), FGP: 50.8%, FT: 52.8%.
In 2010-2011 Rashaad Singleton appeared in Jordan. He played for ASU Sports Club before moving to Mexico. He was on tryouts with Fuerza Nogales and Panteras de Aguascalientes. Rashaad Singleton is not new to Japan. He played for the Oita Heat Devils back in 2009/10 season. The centre notched 6.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. Rashaad Singleton graduated from Florida Southern College winning SSC Tournament in his senior season.



BC Perla Harghitei announced Nicolae Foalea and Mike Davis - by Eurobasket News

BC Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc announced Nicolae Foalea (192-G/F-92) and Mike Davis (211-F/C-86, college: Seton Hall). The Romanian team brought the Romanian and American players respectively.
Nicolae Foalea started his career in 2008-2009 for Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca II junior team and then in 2009-2010 played also for CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca. After another two season with the team he moved to his new squad.
Mike Davis appeared first for Seton Hall (NCAA) and in 31 games averaged 2.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 47.1%, FT: 66.7%. In 2008-2009 for Seton Hall (NCAA) he had 2.6ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 45.6%, FT: 69.4%. In Dec.'10 signed at New Mexico Thunderbirds (D-League) and after 9 games showed 1.0ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 33.3%, FT: 75.0%.
The season 2011-2012 appeared for Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) and had 2.7ppg, 2.7rpg.



Devon Pearson not coming to CSS Giurgiu - by Eurobasket News

It seems that Devon Pearson (198-F-84, college: SMU) will not play for CSS Giurgiu after all. Despite they agreed a deal earlier this summer, the American changed his mind and decided to stay in Mexico, according to Totalbaschet.ro. Pearson was Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Player of the Year -12. He helped Pioneros de Los Mochis to reach Playoff Semifinals. For 32 games he averaged impressive 27.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. Pearson was the top scorer and second rebounder of the competition. After CIBACOPA season, the player moved to Uruguayan team Romis Nelimar. There he 23.8 ppg and 13.7 rpg. Pearson also has experience from the Mexican LNBP team Toros Nuevo Laredo. CSS Giurgiu is already on the market to replace Pearson.


Energia Rovinari announced 2012/2013 roster - by Eurobasket News

Energia Rovinari announced 2012/2013 roster as they started the preparation for the new season. There might be some more changes in the team.
Yesterday the team announced Rashaad Singleton (213-C-87, college: Florida Southern) who moves to Energia Rovinari for 2012/2013 season. The American Center will play in Romania.
Stefan Nikolic (192-G-87) will stay for another season. The Serbian player will enter his third season as he averaged 11.2ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-5 (5.4apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 66.3% in the last one.
Also the team announced to keep Viorel Mocanu (204-C-77), David Steffel (212-C/F-85), Alexandru Deconescu, Louis Darby (196-G-84, college: Long Beach St.), Razvan Bratoloveanu (185-PG-92), Claudiu Alionescu (202-C-84), Alexandru Gliga (187-PG-84), Robert Giles (194-G-87, college: Ball St.) and Stefan Atanackovic (196-G-84).
Adrian Rosu (196-F-91) is a new name in the team. He is a Romanian Forward who spent three years with Ciuc. In 2009-2010 he started for CSS BC Miercurea Ciuc (Div.B) and in 2010-2011 for BC Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc (Div.A) averaged 1.5ppg. In 2011-2012 his stats read 3.0ppg.



Serbian Vukasin Mandic inks with CSU Asesoft Ploiesti - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Vukasin Mandic (200-F/G-82) inks with CSU Asesoft Ploiesti for 2012/2013 season. The player will land from Cyprus.
In Nov.'06 he signed at KK Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac (A), and in 12 games averaged 13.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.8 spg. In 2007-2008 for MENT Vassilakis (Greece-A2, starting five) his stats read 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP-1 (66.0%), 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 84.0%.
In 2008-2009 for MENT Vassilakis (Greece-A2, starting five) he showed 12.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 78.0%. Later in 2009-2010 Vukasin Mandic moved to DROP Ermis Lagkada (Greece-A2, starting five) and had 16.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 82.8%.
In Feb.'11 signed at AEK Athens (Greece-A1) and showed 8.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 81.8%. The last season appeared for Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A) and after 14 games had 10.5ppg.



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Omar Thomas heads to Krasnie Krilya - by Eurobasket News

Omar Thomas (197-F-82, college: UTEP) heads to Krasnie Krilya for the next season. According to twitter.com/krasnyekrylia the team announced former Serie A Regular Season MVP.
Last year Omar Thomas became a new member of Crvena Zvezda. The American forward penned a deal for rest of the season. He replaced Adam Morrison, who parted ways with the club earlier.
In 2010 Omar Thomas spent the season Air Avelino. He appeared 33 times in SerieA averaging 17.5 points, 6 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Thomas was named Serie A Regular Season MVP -11. In 2009/10, he played for Enel Brindisi collecting 18.3 ppg and 7.5 rpg for 30 games. Thomas also has experience from Rieti, Pau-Orthez and Rimini. In 2010, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year -10. Omar Thomas is currently banned by the Italian Basketball Federation for the next 16 months because of using false Slovenian passport. It allowed him to play as a Bosman last season.



BC Khimky keep Vitaliy Fridzon and Dmitry Khvostov - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimky keep Vitaliy Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Dmitry Khvostov (191-PG-89) for the upcoming season. Both National team players will enter another season with Eurocup Champion.
Vitaly Fridzon extended with BC Khimki for the next season. The Russian Guard remains with his best team since year 2004. In his debut season for BC Khimki-2 Moscow reg. (B Superleague, starting five) he averaged 15,5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 36.0%, also played at BC Khimky Moscow (A Superleague, starting five) and in 16 games had 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3FGP: 43.0%.
In 2011-2012 for BC Khimky Moscow Region he averaged 12.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 84.0% in EuroCup and in VTB League had 13.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 86.4%. In Russian League his stats read 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT-3 (51.2%), FT-1 (94.8%).
Dmitry Khvostov will enter his second season with BC Khimky. In 2011-2012 for BC Khimky Moscow Region (PBL) Dmitry Khvostov averaged 1.3ppg, 2.1apg in EuroCup and in VTB League showed 2.4ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.9apg. In Russian League after 17 games his stats read 2.2ppg, 1.6apg.



Enisey Krasnoyarsk lock Nesterov, Gromyko and Solovyev - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk lock Alexey Nesterov (203-G/F-88), Pavel Gromyko (198-F-89) and Vladislav Solovyev (195-F-88) for the next season. The players will remain with the VTB participant.
Alexey Nesterov joined the team last season. In 2011-2012 for Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) he averaged 1.8ppg, 1.8rpg in EuroChallenge and in VTB League had 2.4ppg, 1.8rpg. In Russian League after 17 games his stats read 2.8ppg, 1.4rpg. Earlier he played for Triumph Lyubertsy.
Pavel Gromyko will enter his third season with the team. In 2010-2011 he averaged 2.3ppg, 1.4rpg after coming from BC Khimky Moscow Region. In 2011-2012 for Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) he averaged 3.0ppg, 2.8rpg in VTB league and in Russian League showed 14 1.7ppg.
Vladislav Solovyev spent his whole career with the team and also played a short period for Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv Novosybirsk. In 2011-2012 for Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) he averaged1.4ppg, 1.4rpg in VTB league and in Russian League had 3.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0spg.



Anton Ponkrashov will remain with CSKA - by Eurobasket News

Anton Ponkrashov (202-SG-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) will remain with CSKA for the upcoming season. The national team player will enter his second season with the team.
The last year Anton Ponkrashov came back to CSKA where he played for the Moscow powerhouse back in 2006/07 and 2009/10 seasons. The seaosn 2010/2011 Anton Ponkrashov spent in Spartak Saint Petersburg. He averaged 11.4 points, 4.4 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.3 steals per game in PBL. In EuroChallenge the guard delivered 10.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Anton Ponkrashov into All-EuroChallenge 2nd Team. The guard also made it into Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team. Ponkrashov played for Russian National Team at 2010 World Championship. His stats read 6.7 points, 5.1 assists and 1.9 boards in Turkey.
In 2011-2012 for CSKA Moscow (PBL) his stats read 4.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.7apg in VTB league and in Euroleague he averaged 3.8ppg. In Russian League after 12 games his stats read 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 57.5%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 75.0%.



Kazan admit defeat in Pops chase - by Anton Zirkov

Unics Kazan admitted they lost the battle to land British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) to Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv.
The Tatarstans were chasing the Brit for the past month and made him couple of improved offers but Pops rejected the chance to join the club.
The new destination of Pops is Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv were he agreed terms and left the Kazan top brass frustrated:"Pops told us that prefers Maccabi and we recpect his decision,but also frustrated because he was our main target this summer,he is one of the best inside players in Europe,and of course we are dissapointed,but we will go to other options that we have".
Pops is playing for Great Britain in the Olympic games and in two games is having great numbers of 17.5ppg and 10.5rpg.




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Standings

National League Standings
 1. Boroughmuir 0-0 
 2. C.Eriksson F. 0-0 
 3. Dunfermline R. 0-0 
 4. Edinburgh K. 0-0 
 5. Glasgow R. II 0-0 
 6. Glasgow Storm 0-0 
 7. Glasgow Univ. 0-0 
 8. St.Mirren S. 0-0 
 9. Stirling K. 0-0 
 10. Troon T. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 8: Boroughmuir - Edinburgh K.
Sep. 8: Dunfermline R. - Stirling K.
Sep. 8: Glasgow Storm - C.Eriksson F.
Sep. 8: St.Mirren S. - Glasgow R. II
Sep. 8: Troon T. - Glasgow Univ.



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Standings

SEBL Standings
North-A Division
 1. Marietta Fbr. 6-1 
 2. Marietta O. 6-1 
 3. Summer Hill 4-3 
 4. TN Temple 4-3 
 5. Skyline 4-3 
 6. Baseline 3-4 
 7. Gwinnett E. 1-6 
 8. BC Howren 0-7 
North-B Division
 1. Dalton W. 7-0 
 2. Cartersville T. 6-1 
 3. Polk County 4-3 
 4. Columbus S. 3-4 
 5. Cedartown B. 1-6 
 6. Bartow B. 0-7 
South Division
 1. Black Monop. 4-1 
 2. ABC 4-1 
 3. Tri-County 4-2 
 4. Strictly Bus 4-3 
 5. Da Fellaz 3-2 
 6. BC Lakers 2-4 
 7. Reep 3 2-4 
 8. School Boys 2-4 
 9. Phoenix 1-5 



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Saint-Etienne brings in Serbian Slobodan Ocokoljic - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Etienne brings in Serbian Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80, agency: TSS Management, college: Weber St.) for the upcoming season. The player remains in France but moves to another team.
The last two seasons he spent with Sorgues BC (France-NM1, starting five). In his first year after 34 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 85.0%. In 2011-2012 for Sorgues BC his stats read 11.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 78.3%.
Earlier Slobodan Ocokoljic played for Cognac BB (NM1). In 2009-2010 he showed 14.9ppg, Reb-5 (8.2rpg), 2.4bpg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 76.1%. Before coming to France Ocokoljic played at BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers, Aspis Apoel Nicosia and InterCollege Etha Engomis.
In 2010 he was named Eurobasket.com All-French N1 Honorable Mention. Last season the Serbian player was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention -11 and Eurobasket.com French NM1 All-Bosmans Team -11.



Serbian Vukasin Mandic inks with CSU Asesoft Ploiesti - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Vukasin Mandic (200-F/G-82) inks with CSU Asesoft Ploiesti for 2012/2013 season. The player will land from Cyprus.
In Nov.'06 he signed at KK Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac (A), and in 12 games averaged 13.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.8 spg. In 2007-2008 for MENT Vassilakis (Greece-A2, starting five) his stats read 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP-1 (66.0%), 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 84.0%.
In 2008-2009 for MENT Vassilakis (Greece-A2, starting five) he showed 12.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 78.0%. Later in 2009-2010 Vukasin Mandic moved to DROP Ermis Lagkada (Greece-A2, starting five) and had 16.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 82.8%.
In Feb.'11 signed at AEK Athens (Greece-A1) and showed 8.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 81.8%. The last season appeared for Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A) and after 14 games had 10.5ppg.



Radnicki Kragujevac lands Terrico White - by Eurobasket News

Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) will continue his career in Serbia, according to Mondo.rs. The American guard penned a 1-year deal with Radnicki Kragujevac. White spent last season in NBA D-League. He appeared 18 times with Idaho Stampede averaging 12.6 points and 3.3 rebounds. In 2010/11, White was a member of Detroit Pistons, but he didn't appear in any official game due to injury. The Pistons selected him as 36th overall pick in 2010 NBA draft. Terrico White left University of Mississippi after his sophomore season. He had 15.1 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 35 games in 2009/10. The player had almost the same numbers as freshman. He was named SEC Newcomer of the Year -09. That year White helped U19 USA National Team to win the Gold at U19 World Championship in New Zealand.


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Vladimir Hovanak and Marek Stec sign with Nova Ves - by Eurobasket News

Vladimir Hovanak (193-G/F-82) and Marek Stec (193-G-80, college: Jacksonville JC) sign with Nova Ves for the upcoming season.
Vladimir Hovanak spent last four seasons with SKP Banska Bystrica. He debuted with 14.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 50%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 81.9% early in 2008. Last season his stats read 13.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 77.0%. Earlier he actually played for 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves, Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin and Slovakofarma Pezinok.
Marek Stec comes from Astrum Levice. In 2008-2009 he played for BK Breda & Weinstein Opava and averaged 12.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 82.5%. In 2009-2010 for BK Breda & Weinstein Opava his stats read 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 82.6%. In 2010-2011 for BK Breda & Weinstein Opava he averaged 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 72.5%.
The season 2011-2012 Marek Stec started for Astrum Levice (Czech Rep.-NBL) and had 3.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg; played also at Onyx Levice (Slovakia-Extraliga) and showed 6.7ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 78.6%.



Guess, Who's Back? - by Thomas Kottra

It's been a tough season for both- BK Inter Bratislava which came short to compete in Czech MNBL and coach Vidin who joined the last-but-one team of BK Vahostav-SK Zilina in late November 2011.
BK Inter Bratislava gets prepared for upcoming season hiring pretty well known Serbian coach Oliver Vidin . He's been a threat for all opponent teams when coachin Dolny Kubin, BK Inter Bratislava or BK Vahostav-SK Zilina in recent years with his aggressive and variable defense. Now he's back to compete in colors of Slovak capital city again.
Recent year players Andrej Kuffa (203-F-90), Richard Kucsa (189-G-85), Tomas Durana (198-F-89), Jaroslav Musil (189-G-89), Michal Rosival (193-G-91) and Jakub Novysedlak (188-PG-93) joined Vidin to begin the pre-season, accompaned by Matus Luley (195-F-92), Richard Urland (195-F-84) and Marko Ravasz (191-F-90). Big names of foreign players are planned to be revealed after signing in August.
First round of Slovak Extraliga is planned to take place on 6th of October, Inter will compete against runner-up team from MBK Rieker Komarno.



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Union Olimpija sign also Sasu Salin - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija continued to work actively on building their roster. They secured another signing for the upcoming season. Union Olimpija agreed on terms of contract extension with Sasu Salin (190-PG-91). The Finnish player will enter his third season with the Ljubljana team. Last season Sasu Salin averaged 9.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in Adriatic League. In Euroleague his stats read 4.4 points, 2.0 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance. In Slovenian League Sasu Salin notched 10.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. The guard earned All-Adriatic League Honourable Mention. He also made it onto Slovenian League All-Defensive Team. Sasu Salin participated at Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso this summer.


Union Olimpija signs Australian big guy Aron Baynes - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija continues with signings for the next season. The team landed Australian big guy Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.). He spent last year in Greece averaging 13.6 points and 8.7 rebounds for 23 games with Ikaros Kalitheas. Baynes was top rebounder of the competition and was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Center of the Year -12. It was his third season in Europe.
Before Ikaros, Aron Baynes spent one year with EWE Baskets Oldenburg. With them he had 13.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg for 5 EuroCup games. In German league Baynes averaged 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 40 appearances. The Australian played his rookie year for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius. He is a product of the Washington State University.
With his country Aron Baynes currently plays at 2012 Olympic Games in London. He has 9 ppg and 5 rpg after two games.



Gussing Knights hire Radomir Mijanovic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Radomir Mijanovic is the new Head Coach of Gussing Knights. The Slovenian specialist most recently worked with Polish AZS Koszalin. He started 2009/10 season there, but they parted ways after just few months. Before Koszalin, Mijanovic worked with Helios Domzale in 2008/09. A year before that the coach spent with Krka Novo Mesto. His first Head Coaching job came in 2006 with Nova Gorica - Slovenian second division team. In the past Mijanovic spent several years as Assistant Coach of Union Olimpija. From 2009 to 2011, Radomir Mijanovic was Head Coach of Slovenian U20 National Team. In the past, he also coached Slovenian U18 NT.
Radomir Mijanovic will replace Robert Langer.



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Lamont Hamilton didn't use NBA out option, will play for Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) will play next season for Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket. The player signed a deal earlier this summer with NBA option until July 31. He did not use it and Bilbao officially announced that Hamilton will play for the club next season.
Lamont Hamilton spent last three years with Paris-Levallois. He exploded in the latest one with 17 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 2 apg for 30 games. He was second rebounder, fourth scorer and fourth shot blocker of the competition. Hamilton was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Center of the Year and participated at Pro All-Star Game. Before Paris-Levallois, Lamont Hamilton played one year for Tenerife Rural. There he had 12.6 ppg and 7 rpg for 31 LEB Gold games in 2008/09 season. Hamilton is a product of St. Johns University, where he graduated in 2007.



UCAM Murcia lands Matt Gatens for the next season - by Eurobasket News

UCAM Murcia is very active on the transfer market these days. Their latest addition is American rookie Matt Gatens (195-G-89). He penned a 1-year deal with the club. Gatens graduated at the University of Iowa few months ago. He shined with 15.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.9 apg for 33 games as a senior and was named to All-Big Ten 3rd Team -12. Iowa reached NIT Sweet 16. Gatens spent all four years with the school. After graduation, Matt Gatens participated at 2012 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft). There he had 9.3 ppg and 4 rpg for 3 games. Recently he played for the Phoenix Suns at 2012 NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas.
Earlier this week, UCAM Murcia already landed Marcus Lewis (203-F/C-86, college: ORU).



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Besiktas returns Muratcan Guler and Cevher Ozer - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas announced signing of Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) and Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports).
Muratcan Guler spent last season with Turk Telekom Ankara. He appeared 29 times in TBL averaging 7.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists. The player also added 6.8 ppg, 4.8 apg and 4.7 rpg for 6 EuroChallenge games. Guler already was a member of Besiktas from 2008 to 2010 and from 1999 to 2001. He also has experience from Antalya, Karsiyaka and Ulker.
Cevher Ozer played for Besiktas from 2006 to 2011. He left the team last summer for Galatasaray Medical Park. For 18 Euroleague games Ozer averaged 3.6 points and 1.4 rebounds. The player had better numbers for 33 TBL games: 5.5 ppg and 2 rpg. Before Besiktas, he played for Darussafaka.



TED Ankara Kolejliler brings in Cagdas Erdogan - by Eurobasket News

Another signing for TED Ankara Kolejliler. The TBL newcomer penned a deal with Cagdas Erdogan (188-G-88). He will be used at position 1. Erdogan is coming to TED Ankara from Vestelspor Manisa, where he had 4.6 ppg, 1.8 apg and 1.6 rpg in 40 TB2L games. Before Vestel, the player spent two years with Bornova in TBL, but he had limited playing time. It two years Erdogan had about 2 ppg and 1 apg for almost 50 games. He played for Manisa also from 2007 to 2009.
Few days ago TED Kolejliler extended deal with Nezih Ozbakir. Last week the team signed Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.), Caner Erdeniz (188-G-87) and Gokhan Yazicioglu (200-F-90). They also landed scoring machine Kirk Penney (196-G-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin).
First signing of the team was center Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket). TED Ankara was TB2L champion last season.



Omar Sneed stays in Mersin for one more season - by Ugur Turker

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi keeps experienced forward Omar Sneed (198-F-76, college: Memphis) for next season. He will be third foreigner of Turkish team. Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi has already signed with Michael Wrigth and David Holston. Former Karsiyaka player extended his contract one more year. Omer Sneed played 16.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 3.2 ass in 15 TBL games. He also played Karsiyaka, Hapoel, Defendor in his career.It is said that Coach Mete Babaoglu wants to sign one more bosman player to finish transfer period. ( only in Eurobasket.com )


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Guinn will enter his third season in Zaporozhye - by Eurobasket News

R.T. Guinn (208-PF-81, college: Baylor) will enter his third season in Zaporozhye as he will stay in Ferro. The latter has agreed on terms of contract with R.T. Guinn.
The season 2010-2011 he started for Limoges CSP Elite (France-ProA, starting five) and averaged 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 77.3%. In Mar.'11 moved to Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five) and showed 14.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT-2 (46.0%), FT: 79.0%. In 2011-2012 for Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Ukraine-Superleague) after 52 games his stats read 17.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 83.7%.
In 2010 R.T. Guinn played for Budivelnyk in Ukraine. His stats read 10.7 points, 3.9 boards in Superleague. The centre also had stints in USBL, CBA, Sweden, Germany and Turkey. R.T. Guinn was named into All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team in 2009.



Daniel Werner heads to Ferro-ZNTU - by Eurobasket News

Daniel Werner (203-F-87, college: Florida) will continue his career in Ukraine. The forward has agreed on terms of contract with Ferro-ZNTU. Last season Daniel Werner spent in Italy. He played for Canadian Solar Bologna. His stats read 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in SeriaA. Daniel Werner started his pro career in 2010. He played in Hungary. The forward notched 18.0 points, 9.1 boards, 3.4 assists and 2.6 steals per game for Kaposvari KK. Eurobasket.com named Daniel Werner into All-Hungarian League 2nd Team. He also participated at Hungarian League All-Star Game.


Stanislav Ovdeenko moves to Hoverla - by Eurobasket News

Stanislav Ovdeenko moves to Hoverla for the upcoming season. The Ukrainian player comes back from Belarus.
In 2004-2005 he started for Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Higher League) and stayed with the team for 7 seasons. In 2010-2011 for Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Superleague) he averaged 2.2ppg, 1.2rpg. The season 2011-2012 also started for Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Superleague) but in Jan.'12 moved to BC Grodno-93 (Belarus-Premier League, starting five). In 23 games his stats read 11.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 83.3%.
For his Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention that he reached Ukrainian Superleague Semifinals -10, 11 and became Ukrainian Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up -10. Stanislav Ovdeenko participated at the Belarusian League All-Star Game -12 and became Belarusian League Regular Season Runner-Up -12. Moreover he became Belarusian League Finalist -12, Belarusian Cup Finalist -12 and made it into Eurobasket.com Belarusian League All-Imports Team -12.



Nemanja Gordic pens deal with Azovmash - by Eurobasket News

Nemanja Gordic (193-G-88) pens deal with Azovmash for the next season. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player moves to Ukraine.
Nemanja Gordic was Buducnost captain and their best point guard who started his career with them in 2005. With Buducnost, Gordic has so far won 3 consecutive titles from 2007-2009. He also lifted three national cups in the progress. Member of Bosnian National Team has helped Buducnost achieve good result in Europe, averaging 11.9 points and 2.1 assist per game. With Bosnian NT, in qualifications for EuroBasket 2009, Gordic appeared in 6 games and posted averages of 6.2 points and 1.3 rebounds. This season Gordic struggled with injuries. He made only 5 appearances in Adriatic League and has averaged 5.7 points and 1.7 assists per match. In qualifications for EuroBasket 2011, Gordic has averaged 13.0 points and 2.0 assists.
In 2010-2011 for BC Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro-1A, starting five) he averaged 5.7ppg, 1.7apg in Adriatic league and in Dec.'10 moved to Lottomatica Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA). In Euroleague he shwoed 9.7ppg, 2.5apg, FGP: 29.4%, 3PT: 46.7%, FT: 66.7%, while in Italian League showed 9.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 65.4%.
In 2011-2012 he moved to Acea Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA, starting five) and had 9.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 71.7%.



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Standings - Metropolitan League

Metropolitan Standings
 1. Atenas 13-5 
 2. Marne 12-6 
 3. Goes 11-7 
 4. Larranaga 10-7 
 5. Cader 10-8 
 6. Urunday Univ. 9-9 
 7. Capitol 9-9 
 8. Guruyu Waston 8-10 
 9. Verdirrojo 7-10 
 10. Romis N. 6-13 
 11. Yale 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jul. 31: Cader - Yale 83-65
Jul. 31: Atenas - Romis N. 80-74
Jul. 31: Goes - Marne 79-62
Jul. 31: Urunday Univ. - Guruyu Waston 73-77
Jul. 31: Capitol - Larranaga 67-77

Regular Season: Round 21

Aug. 3: Cader - Capitol
Aug. 3: Larranaga - Goes
Aug. 3: Marne - Atenas
Aug. 3: Guruyu Waston - Verdirrojo
Aug. 3: Yale - Urunday Univ.


Results for the Metro League 20th round - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro League 20th round:
Atenas 80 -Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 36 points 16 rebounds 2 blocks
Romis Nelimar 74 - Jose Moure (185-G-89) 24 points 4 rebounds 4 assists
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Goes 79 - Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 14 points 8 rebounds
Marne 62 - Julio Panelli (180-G-90) 17 points Eric Freeman (205-C-79, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Ky Wesleyan) 6 points 10 rebounds
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Cader 83 - Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) 23 points, Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) 16 points 6 rebounds
Yale 65 - Jerry Echenique (201-C-79, college: High Point) 19 points 13 rebounds
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Larranaga 77 - Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 20 points 15 rebounds
Capitol 67 - Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 13 points 6 rebounds 2 blocks
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Guruyu Waston 79 - Martavius Adams 34 points 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4 assists
Urunday Universitario 73 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 18 points 12 rebounds 4 assists



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Nemanja Gordic pens deal with Azovmash - by Eurobasket News

Nemanja Gordic (193-G-88) pens deal with Azovmash for the next season. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player moves to Ukraine.
Nemanja Gordic was Buducnost captain and their best point guard who started his career with them in 2005. With Buducnost, Gordic has so far won 3 consecutive titles from 2007-2009. He also lifted three national cups in the progress. Member of Bosnian National Team has helped Buducnost achieve good result in Europe, averaging 11.9 points and 2.1 assist per game. With Bosnian NT, in qualifications for EuroBasket 2009, Gordic appeared in 6 games and posted averages of 6.2 points and 1.3 rebounds. This season Gordic struggled with injuries. He made only 5 appearances in Adriatic League and has averaged 5.7 points and 1.7 assists per match. In qualifications for EuroBasket 2011, Gordic has averaged 13.0 points and 2.0 assists.
In 2010-2011 for BC Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro-1A, starting five) he averaged 5.7ppg, 1.7apg in Adriatic league and in Dec.'10 moved to Lottomatica Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA). In Euroleague he shwoed 9.7ppg, 2.5apg, FGP: 29.4%, 3PT: 46.7%, FT: 66.7%, while in Italian League showed 9.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 65.4%.
In 2011-2012 he moved to Acea Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA, starting five) and had 9.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 71.7%.



Enisey Krasnoyarsk lock Nesterov, Gromyko and Solovyev - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk lock Alexey Nesterov (203-G/F-88), Pavel Gromyko (198-F-89) and Vladislav Solovyev (195-F-88) for the next season. The players will remain with the VTB participant.
Alexey Nesterov joined the team last season. In 2011-2012 for Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) he averaged 1.8ppg, 1.8rpg in EuroChallenge and in VTB League had 2.4ppg, 1.8rpg. In Russian League after 17 games his stats read 2.8ppg, 1.4rpg. Earlier he played for Triumph Lyubertsy.
Pavel Gromyko will enter his third season with the team. In 2010-2011 he averaged 2.3ppg, 1.4rpg after coming from BC Khimky Moscow Region. In 2011-2012 for Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) he averaged 3.0ppg, 2.8rpg in VTB league and in Russian League showed 14 1.7ppg.
Vladislav Solovyev spent his whole career with the team and also played a short period for Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv Novosybirsk. In 2011-2012 for Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) he averaged1.4ppg, 1.4rpg in VTB league and in Russian League had 3.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0spg.




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Women News


China defeats Angola 76-52, books first Quarterfinals ticket at 2012 Olympics - by Eurobasket News

CHINA - ANGOLA 76-52

China is the first team who officially booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals at 2012 Olympic Games in London. They defeated Angola today for 3-0 record in Group A. Ma Zengyu (183-F-84) led the winners with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Chen Nan (195-C-83) also scored 15 points, while Gao Song (190-PF-92) added 8 points and 9 boards. Sonia Guadalupe (188-PF-85) delivered 12 points for Angola, who dropped to 0-3. Luisa Tomas (192-C-83) (9 rebs) and Felizarda Jorge (172-SG-85) posted 11 and 10 points respectively. China led by two at the half and scored 22 of the first 26 points in the third quarter to blow the game open. Ma scored five straight with a three-point play and layup that made it 48-33 with 3:58 left in the period. China cruised the rest of the way. Angola hung tough with China in an exciting first half that saw 11 lead changes. Quarters: 15-13, 18-18, 24-6, 19-15.
On Friday, China will play against also undefeated USA and winner will most likely end as No.1 in Group A. Angola will meet Croatia.

China: Ma Zengyu 15+6 boards, Chen Nan 15, Gao Song 8+9 boards
Angola: Sonia Guadalupe 12, Luisa Tomas 11+9 boards, Felizarda Jorge 10



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia keeps Brazil winless in London, 67-61 - by Eurobasket News

AUSTRALIA - BRAZIL 67-61

Australia celebrated its second win at 2012 Olympic Games in London. They outsmarted Brazil 67-61 improving to 2-1 record in Group B. After this victory Australia is very close to reach the Quarterfinals. At the other side, Brazil dropped to 0-3 and they are in very difficult situation now. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) scored 18 points for the winners and pulled down 8 rebounds. Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) had double-double of 17 points and 10 boards, while Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80) added 11 pts and 6 boards. Brazil got 22 points from Karla da Costa (173-SG-78) and 11 from Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Clarissa Dos Santos (187-C-88) followed them with 10 points and 6 rebs.
- Shocked by France in overtime in their last match, the Opals came out firing and took total control with a 12-2 run through the first and second quarters to open up a nine-point break. With Cambage and Jackson staying out of the early foul trouble which has plagued them in London, Australia controlled the boards to open up a 13-point halftime lead and hold Brazil to just 18 first-half points. Cambage did much of the grunt-work at both ends with her giant presence under the basket at both ends, and also chipped in important points. Jackson stepped up in a see-sawing third quarter, moving past Leslie's previous mark of 488 Games points with a free throw late in the term as the Opals restored their lead to 11 by the break. But the Brazilians would not go away, and clambered back to within four points with 16 seconds left. Fittingly, Jackson made the match safe with two clutch free throws and an important rebound which allowed Australia to soak up the remaining time. - courtesy of www.news.com.au.
Australia will play against Russia on Friday. Brazil's rival will be Canada.

Australia: Lauren Jackson 18+8 boards, Cambage Elizabeth 17+10 boards, Suzy Batkovic-Brown 11+6 boards
Brazil: Karla da Costa 22, Erika De Souza 11, Clarissa Dos Santos 10+6 boards



Jasmine Hooper relishing new opportunity - by Eurobasket News

New BDS Logan Thunder signing Jasmine Hooper says she is relishing the opportunity to start her third season in the WNBL at the South-East Queensland club after signing a one-year contract.

21-year-old Hooper joins the Thunder with two seasons experience for the West Coast Waves in the WNBL under her belt and revealed the move came in the midst of waiting for an offer from her former club.

It started getting closer to the trials and I still hadn't heard anything, so I decided to approach Logan," she said.

After really thinking about my future in basketball and after talking to some of my previous coaches and players they thought it might be a good idea to talk to other clubs.

I always thought I would just play for the Waves again and a move wouldnt be possible, but as soon as I found out more about the club I was very keen.

It will be a fresh start and Im looking forward to experiencing a new coach and new team mates, facilities and surroundings.

Fremantle-born Hooper is determined to make the most of the opportunity presented to her and said she was confident the change would help improve her game.

I like to stay in my comfort zone so I think that playing in a new team and with new coaches will make me want to prove to them that I deserve to play," she said.

I will be pushed harder than normal and the move will help me take my game to the next level and will allow me to mature.

I would love to work hard on my outside shot and improve my consistency.

Head Coach Jason Chainey said the athletic 177cm Hooper will primarily fill the three spot and will bring versatility to the squad.

Jasmine is an all-rounder and her versatility will allow her to line up in a variety of positions, he said.

Her aggressiveness on the offensive end and her hard nose defense is something that I really like and will compliment us greatly.

She has a no holds bar approach, can do everything that is asked of her and can score when necessary.

We will be calling on Jasmine to bring that same spark that Sarah Graham had when she came off the bench.

The new Thunder mentor, who will embark on his first season at the helm of the club after taking over the reins from Olaf Lange who accepted the head coaching position for Russian FIBA EuroLeague side UMMC Ekaterinburg, said he sees the upcoming season as the dawn of a new era for his new-look side.

I see change as a great opportunity to get better and excel and that is exactly what this group will do," he said.

I like to think that I have the ability to get the best out of players which I intend to do with Jasmine and our entire team."

Hooper will make the move to Logan with her boyfriend and is expected to arrive in early September when her commitments with the Willetton Tigers in Western Australias State Basketball League (SBL) have finished.

Hooper is enjoying a fruitful off-season with the Tigers, where she is averaging 20.3 points per game to go with 7.4 rebounds.

The Thunder open their 2012/13 WNBL season campaign on October 6 against intrastate rivals Townsville Fire at RSL Stadium.

Courtesy of WNBL Australia



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Australia keeps Brazil winless in London, 67-61 - by Eurobasket News

AUSTRALIA - BRAZIL 67-61

Australia celebrated its second win at 2012 Olympic Games in London. They outsmarted Brazil 67-61 improving to 2-1 record in Group B. After this victory Australia is very close to reach the Quarterfinals. At the other side, Brazil dropped to 0-3 and they are in very difficult situation now. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) scored 18 points for the winners and pulled down 8 rebounds. Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) had double-double of 17 points and 10 boards, while Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80) added 11 pts and 6 boards. Brazil got 22 points from Karla da Costa (173-SG-78) and 11 from Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Clarissa Dos Santos (187-C-88) followed them with 10 points and 6 rebs.
- Shocked by France in overtime in their last match, the Opals came out firing and took total control with a 12-2 run through the first and second quarters to open up a nine-point break. With Cambage and Jackson staying out of the early foul trouble which has plagued them in London, Australia controlled the boards to open up a 13-point halftime lead and hold Brazil to just 18 first-half points. Cambage did much of the grunt-work at both ends with her giant presence under the basket at both ends, and also chipped in important points. Jackson stepped up in a see-sawing third quarter, moving past Leslie's previous mark of 488 Games points with a free throw late in the term as the Opals restored their lead to 11 by the break. But the Brazilians would not go away, and clambered back to within four points with 16 seconds left. Fittingly, Jackson made the match safe with two clutch free throws and an important rebound which allowed Australia to soak up the remaining time. - courtesy of www.news.com.au.
Australia will play against Russia on Friday. Brazil's rival will be Canada.

Australia: Lauren Jackson 18+8 boards, Cambage Elizabeth 17+10 boards, Suzy Batkovic-Brown 11+6 boards
Brazil: Karla da Costa 22, Erika De Souza 11, Clarissa Dos Santos 10+6 boards



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France downs Canada 64-60, books Quarterfinals ticket at 2012 Olympics - by Eurobasket News

CANADA - FRANCE 60-64

France registered third straight win at 2012 Olympic Games in London. This time France was better than Canada 64-60 for perfect 3-0 record in Group B. France is now very close to reach the Quarterfinals and actually only theory can keep them away. At the other side, Canada dropped to 1-2 in this pool. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) were the leading players in victory with 16 and 14 points respectively. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) (7 rebs) and Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) (5 rebs) helped with 10 points each. In defeat, Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah) answered with 17 points, and Natalie Achonwa (190-F-92) had 14 pts, plus 8 rebs. Kimberley Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) was third scorer in Canada with 8 points.
Yacoubou's consecutive lay-ins to start the final period gave the French a 46-40 advantage. Canada was able to cut it to 62-60 after Natalia Anchonwas three-point play with 9.5 seconds left. Celine Dumerc sealed the win with two free throws less than a second later. Quarters: 13-12, 15-13, 14-15, 22-20.
On Friday, France will play against the host UK. Canada will meet Brazil in maybe the crucial game.

Canada: Shona Thorburn 17, Natalie Achonwa 14+8 boards, Kimberley Smith 8
France: Emilie Gomis 16, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 14, Sandrine Gruda 10+7 boards, Celine Dumerc 10+5 boards

UPDATE: France officially booked Quarterfinals ticket.



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China defeats Angola 76-52, books first Quarterfinals ticket at 2012 Olympics - by Eurobasket News

CHINA - ANGOLA 76-52

China is the first team who officially booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals at 2012 Olympic Games in London. They defeated Angola today for 3-0 record in Group A. Ma Zengyu (183-F-84) led the winners with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Chen Nan (195-C-83) also scored 15 points, while Gao Song (190-PF-92) added 8 points and 9 boards. Sonia Guadalupe (188-PF-85) delivered 12 points for Angola, who dropped to 0-3. Luisa Tomas (192-C-83) (9 rebs) and Felizarda Jorge (172-SG-85) posted 11 and 10 points respectively. China led by two at the half and scored 22 of the first 26 points in the third quarter to blow the game open. Ma scored five straight with a three-point play and layup that made it 48-33 with 3:58 left in the period. China cruised the rest of the way. Angola hung tough with China in an exciting first half that saw 11 lead changes. Quarters: 15-13, 18-18, 24-6, 19-15.
On Friday, China will play against also undefeated USA and winner will most likely end as No.1 in Group A. Angola will meet Croatia.

China: Ma Zengyu 15+6 boards, Chen Nan 15, Gao Song 8+9 boards
Angola: Sonia Guadalupe 12, Luisa Tomas 11+9 boards, Felizarda Jorge 10



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  CROATIA   


Czech Republic celebrates first win in London - by Eurobasket News

CROATIA - CZECH REPUBLIC 70-89

Both teams were winless after two days of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Czech Republic exploded in the last ten minutes of the game against Croatia to register 89-70 victory for 1-2 score in Group A. Czech Republic is now step closer to the Quarterfinals, while Croatia fell to 0-3. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) top-scored in victory with 20 points, Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) had 19 and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) netted 18 pts. Jana Vesela (194-PF-83) helped with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, but Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) was the MVP of this game with valuation 26 (11 pts, 10 rebs, 6 as). In Croatia, Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) (6 rebs) and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) (5 rebs) posted 20 and 15 points respectively. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) stopped to 9 pts and 5 boards.
Croatia made 10-0 run at the beginning of the game, but Czech Republic rallied to take a 45-39 halftime lead en route to their first win of the London Games. Croatia responded after the breather and managed to take 60-56 lead late in the third quarter. Hana Horakova answered for the Czech Republic with a triple that tied the game to 60-60 at the beginning of Q4. Burgrova connected two baskets after that and later Czech Republic completed crucial 17-4 run. They were up by 19 in the finish.
Czech Republic will take on powerful USA on Friday. Croatia will meet also winless Angola.

Croatia: Sandra Mandir 20+6 boards, Ana Lelas 20+5 boards, Jelena Ivezic 9+5 boards
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 20, Ilona Burgrova 19, Eva Viteckova 18, Jana Vesela 12+8 boards+7 as, Hana Horakova 12+8 boards+7 as



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Standings - ZBL (W)

ZBL Standings
 1. DSK Karlin 0-0 
 2. Frisco Sika 0-0 
 3. Hradec Kralove 0-0 
 4. Lokomotiva 0-0 
 5. Pardubice 0-0 
 6. Slovanka MB 0-0 
 7. Strakonice 0-0 
 8. Trutnov 0-0 
 9. USK Praha 0-0 
 10. Valosun Brno 0-0 
 11. VS Praha 0-0 
 12. VSE Praha 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 26: Trutnov - Slovanka MB
Sep. 26: VS Praha - VSE Praha
Sep. 26: Valosun Brno - DSK Karlin
Sep. 26: Hradec Kralove - Frisco Sika
Sep. 26: Pardubice - USK Praha
Sep. 26: Lokomotiva - Strakonice


Czech Republic celebrates first win in London - by Eurobasket News

CROATIA - CZECH REPUBLIC 70-89

Both teams were winless after two days of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Czech Republic exploded in the last ten minutes of the game against Croatia to register 89-70 victory for 1-2 score in Group A. Czech Republic is now step closer to the Quarterfinals, while Croatia fell to 0-3. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) top-scored in victory with 20 points, Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) had 19 and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) netted 18 pts. Jana Vesela (194-PF-83) helped with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, but Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) was the MVP of this game with valuation 26 (11 pts, 10 rebs, 6 as). In Croatia, Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) (6 rebs) and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) (5 rebs) posted 20 and 15 points respectively. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) stopped to 9 pts and 5 boards.
Croatia made 10-0 run at the beginning of the game, but Czech Republic rallied to take a 45-39 halftime lead en route to their first win of the London Games. Croatia responded after the breather and managed to take 60-56 lead late in the third quarter. Hana Horakova answered for the Czech Republic with a triple that tied the game to 60-60 at the beginning of Q4. Burgrova connected two baskets after that and later Czech Republic completed crucial 17-4 run. They were up by 19 in the finish.
Czech Republic will take on powerful USA on Friday. Croatia will meet also winless Angola.

Croatia: Sandra Mandir 20+6 boards, Ana Lelas 20+5 boards, Jelena Ivezic 9+5 boards
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 20, Ilona Burgrova 19, Eva Viteckova 18, Jana Vesela 12+8 boards+7 as, Hana Horakova 12+8 boards+7 as



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W-Standings - Group A

Standings
Group E
1. France4-1
2. Spain4-1
3. Turkey3-2
4. Russia3-2
5. Sweden1-4
6. Greece0-5
Group F
1. Italy3-2
2. Holland3-2
3. Serbia3-2
4. Croatia3-2
5. Slovakia2-3
6. Slovenia1-4
Group G (Places 13-16)
1. Czech Rep.3-0
2. Belgium2-1
3. Poland1-2
4. Romania0-3

Second Stage: Round 6

G

Aug. 1: POL - ROM 82-62

F

Aug. 1: CRO - SLO 77-40

E

Aug. 1: ESP - GRE 76-36

F

Aug. 1: SRB - SVK 71-56

E

Aug. 1: RUS - SWE 70-65

G

Aug. 1: CZE - BEL 64-62

F

Aug. 1: ITA - NED 64-56

E

Aug. 1: TUR - FRA 54-63

Quarter-Finals: Round 7

Q-Finals

Aug. 3: FRA - CRO
Aug. 3: ESP - SRB
Aug. 3: ITA - RUS
Aug. 3: NED - TUR

Places 9-12

Aug. 3: SWE - SLO
Aug. 3: SVK - GRE

G

Aug. 3: CZE - ROM
Aug. 3: BEL - POL



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U18 France wins Group E, U18 Turkey also heads to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

U18 TURKEY - U18 FRANCE 54-63

France is the winner of Group E at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They handed 63-54 loss to Turkey in the last day of the second stage to finish with almost perfect 4-1 record. Of course France advanced to the Quarterfinals, where they will meet Croatia. Turkey also heads to QFinal, but as No.3 in this pool with 3-2 score. Their rival will be Holland. France exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 16-9, 12-18, 16-13, 10-23. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) led France with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Aby Gaye (193-C-95) added 13 points and also 10 rebs. Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) was their third player with double-double: 10 pts, 12 boards. In Turkey, Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) answered with 15 points (5 rebs), while Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) scored 11 pts (5 rebs). Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) followed them with 10 pts. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.

Turkey: Elif Emirtekin 15+5 boards, Gizem Sezer 11+5 boards, Merve Aydin 10
France: Valeriane Ayayi 14+10 boards, Aby Gaye 13+10 boards, Marieme Badiane 10+12 boards



France downs Canada 64-60, books Quarterfinals ticket at 2012 Olympics - by Eurobasket News

CANADA - FRANCE 60-64

France registered third straight win at 2012 Olympic Games in London. This time France was better than Canada 64-60 for perfect 3-0 record in Group B. France is now very close to reach the Quarterfinals and actually only theory can keep them away. At the other side, Canada dropped to 1-2 in this pool. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) were the leading players in victory with 16 and 14 points respectively. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) (7 rebs) and Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) (5 rebs) helped with 10 points each. In defeat, Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah) answered with 17 points, and Natalie Achonwa (190-F-92) had 14 pts, plus 8 rebs. Kimberley Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) was third scorer in Canada with 8 points.
Yacoubou's consecutive lay-ins to start the final period gave the French a 46-40 advantage. Canada was able to cut it to 62-60 after Natalia Anchonwas three-point play with 9.5 seconds left. Celine Dumerc sealed the win with two free throws less than a second later. Quarters: 13-12, 15-13, 14-15, 22-20.
On Friday, France will play against the host UK. Canada will meet Brazil in maybe the crucial game.

Canada: Shona Thorburn 17, Natalie Achonwa 14+8 boards, Kimberley Smith 8
France: Emilie Gomis 16, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 14, Sandrine Gruda 10+7 boards, Celine Dumerc 10+5 boards

UPDATE: France officially booked Quarterfinals ticket.



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U18 Spain heads to QFinals in Bucharest, U18 Greece ends second stage winless - by Eurobasket News

U18 SPAIN - U18 GREECE 76-36

As expected, Spain was too strong for Greece 76-36 in the last day of the second stage at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Spain finished as the second ranked team of Group E with almost perfect 4-1 score and advanced to the Quarterfinals. There, Spain will play against Serbia. Greece closes the standings in this pool with 0-5 and will continue in Classification Round. Greece will fight for 9th position in Bucharest and its first rival will be Slovakia. Spain took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 28-7, 13-12, 20-6, 15-11. Irene Gari (184-F-94) top-scored in victory with 14 points. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) netted 9 points, while Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) and Marles Balart (185-F/C-94) posted 8 points each. In the loosing squad, Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) answered with 17 points in defeat. Nikolina Ioannidou (174-SG-94) scored 7 and Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) stopped to 6 pts. All teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Friday.

Spain: Irene Gari 14, Ariadna Pujol 9, Elena De Alfredo 8, Marles Balart 8
Greece: Anna Stamolamprou 17, Nikolina Ioannidou 7, Amanda Lovely 6



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U18 Italy downs U18 Holland 64-56 for the first place in Group F, both teams advance to QFinals - by Eurobasket News

U18 ITALY - U18 HOLLAND 64-56

Italy closed second stage at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest with 64-56 win over Holland. It was a game for the first place in Group F and it belongs to Italy now. Both teams ended with 3-2 record, but Holland is No.2. Third and fourth ranked Serbia and Croatia have the same score and all of them advanced to the Quarterfinals. Holland exploded in the second quarter (4-19) to take 14-point lead at the halftime, but Italy replied with 21-11 in Q3 and continued in the same rhythm for rest of the way (22-10) celebrating 8-point win at the end. Elena Ramo' (180-F-94) and Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) (6 as) scored 15 and 14 points respectively in Italy. Marida Orazzo (175-F/G-94) helped with 10 pts. In defeat, Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) was much better than the others with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) (8 rebs) and Britt Zappeij (184-C-95) had 9 and 8 pts in this meeting. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday, when Italy will play against Russia. Holland's rival will be Turkey.

Italy: Elena Ramo' 15, Erica Reggiani 14+6 as, Marida Orazzo 10
Holland: Kourtney Treffers 21+6 boards, Isabella Slim 9+8 boards, Britt Zappeij 8



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  ITALY   


Gloria Favilla remains with Ducato Lucca - by Eurobasket News

Gloria Favilla (176-G-85) remains with Ducato Lucca for another season and will enter her 5th straight one. She appeared first in 2008-2009 and stayed with the team up to now. Last season for Ducato Lucca (A1) her stats read 1.8ppg, 1.1rpg. Together with the team she reached Italian A1 Semifinals -12.


Ntumba Madelene joins the forces of Saces Dike Napoli - by Eurobasket News

Ntumba Madelene Mitongu (180-F/C-81) joins the forces of Saces Dike Napoli for the upcoming season. The player moves from Lucsa Milano.
In 2007-2008 she started for C.U.S. Cagliari (A2, starting five). In her last season with the team she showed 13.2ppg, 10.0rpg, 0.9apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 33.2%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 71.2%. In 2011-2012 Ntumba Madelene moved to Lucsa Milano (A2, starting five) and had 12.0ppg, Reb-3 (10.2rpg), 1.6apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 35.4%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 71.9%. For her awards it is a must to mention that she was Italian A2 North Champion -10.
Lara Tagliabue (180-C-89) meanwhile tab with OMC Broni. The Italian player confirmed her arrival to the team. In 2006-2007 she appeared for Pool Comense (A1) and then in 2007-2008 moved to Synthesis3 Ivrea (A2). In 2008-2009 Lara Tagliabue played for Sea Logistic Systems Crema (A2).



TEC-MAR Crema announced Martina Picotti and Magdalena Losi - by Eurobasket News

Martina Picotti (181-F-90) started her career in 2007-2008 for Libertas Sporting Udine (A2). In 2009-2010 she played for 811 Sauris Udine (A2). Early in 2006 she was a member of the Italian U16 National Team -06. At the European Championships U16 Division B in Jyvaskyla (Finland) -06 she reached Semifinals with her team. Martina averaged 7.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 39.6%, 3FGP: 50%, FT: 65%. Later she was a Italian U20 National Team member-09-10. At the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) -09 her stats read 3.9ppg, 1.8rpg.
Magdalena Losi (173-F-80, agency: Promotex) is a Polish player who moved to Italy in 2008. In 2008-2009 she played for Memar Reggio Emilia (Italy-A2, starting five). In 2010-2011 Magdalena Losi returned to Poland and spent a year with LKS Siemens AGD Lodz. In 24 games her stats read 12.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 87.5%. In 2011-2012 played for Vassalli 2G Vigarano (Italy-A2, starting five) and showed high 15.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 27.2%, FT: 80.7%.



U18 Italy downs U18 Holland 64-56 for the first place in Group F, both teams advance to QFinals - by Eurobasket News

U18 ITALY - U18 HOLLAND 64-56

Italy closed second stage at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest with 64-56 win over Holland. It was a game for the first place in Group F and it belongs to Italy now. Both teams ended with 3-2 record, but Holland is No.2. Third and fourth ranked Serbia and Croatia have the same score and all of them advanced to the Quarterfinals. Holland exploded in the second quarter (4-19) to take 14-point lead at the halftime, but Italy replied with 21-11 in Q3 and continued in the same rhythm for rest of the way (22-10) celebrating 8-point win at the end. Elena Ramo' (180-F-94) and Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) (6 as) scored 15 and 14 points respectively in Italy. Marida Orazzo (175-F/G-94) helped with 10 pts. In defeat, Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) was much better than the others with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) (8 rebs) and Britt Zappeij (184-C-95) had 9 and 8 pts in this meeting. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday, when Italy will play against Russia. Holland's rival will be Turkey.

Italy: Elena Ramo' 15, Erica Reggiani 14+6 as, Marida Orazzo 10
Holland: Kourtney Treffers 21+6 boards, Isabella Slim 9+8 boards, Britt Zappeij 8



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Day 3 of the Olympic Games in London: USA, China, Russia and France book Quarterfinals tickets - by Eurobasket News

Group A
USA - Turkey 89-58
Angel McCoughtry (185-SF-86, college: Louisville) (6'1''-SF-86, college: Louisville) and the U.S. Olympic women's team's depth wore down Turkey. McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) added 16 to help the Americans beat the Turkey 89-58 Wednesday night. Turkey entered the game undefeated and were expected to give the Americans their toughest test in the Olympics so far. The Turks had looked impressive in their first Olympic appearance and said they weren't intimidated by the top-ranked team in the world despite the U.S. winning its first two games by an average of 38.5 points. The Turks stayed close for a while. They had an early one-point lead in the first quarter before McCoughtry helped the Americans build a 15-point advantage by the half. Turkey didn't waiver, coming within 50-45 in the third quarter before McCoughtry and the reserves put the game away. Her three-point play started a 13-2 run. On the Americans' next possession she missed a 3-pointer, but hustled for the offensive rebound and found Maya Moore for an easy lay-in. Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) then took over, scoring six of the final eight points during the burst to make it 63-47 after three quarters much to the delight of LeBron James, who was in attendance along with some of the other men's Olympic team. The Turks could get no closer in the fourth quarter. Former VCU star Quanitra Hollingsworth (6'5''-C-88, college: VCU) led Turkey (2-1) with 11 points. She was born in American, but became a naturalized to play for Turkey in May. Birsel Vardarli (5'9''-G-84) also had 11 points for the Turks. Coach Geno Auriemma has said the U.S.' depth would be key to its success. The Americans played without center Sylvia Fowles for the second straight game because she was resting a sore left foot. She also sat out the team's 52-point win over Angola on Monday night. The Turks have played well in their first Olympics with wins over Angola and the Czech Republic. They had hung with the Americans for three quarters of an exhibition game in Istanbul last month before the U.S. pulled away to a 19-point victory. They had a tougher time on Wednesday against the U.S., which now has won its last 36 games in the Olympics and is attempting to win a fifth consecutive gold medal. Next up for the U.S. on Friday is the Czech Republic, which beat Croatia 89-70 for its first win. After playing, practicing or traveling for the last 18 days the Americans will take Thursday off. The Americans close out pool play Sunday against China, which is also 3-0 after routing Angola 76-52. China has already clinched a spot in the quarterfinal. Also Wednesday, France edged Canada 64-60 to advance to the next round. Russia remained unbeaten with a 67-61 win over Britain. The Russians also advanced to the quarterfinals. Australia rebounded from its first loss to a non-American team in the Olympics since 1996 with a 67-61 victory over Brazil. *Courtesy of ESPN

Croatia - Czech Republic 70-89
Both teams were winless after two days of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Czech Republic exploded in the last ten minutes of the game against Croatia to register 89-70 victory for 1-2 score in Group A. Czech Republic is now step closer to the Quarterfinals, while Croatia fell to 0-3. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) top-scored in victory with 20 points, Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) had 19 and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) netted 18 pts. Jana Vesela (194-PF-83) helped with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, but Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) was the MVP of this game with valuation 26 (11 pts, 10 rebs, 6 as). In Croatia, Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) (6 rebs) and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) (5 rebs) posted 20 and 15 points respectively. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) stopped to 9 pts and 5 boards. Croatia made 10-0 run at the beginning of the game, but Czech Republic rallied to take a 45-39 halftime lead en route to their first win of the London Games. Croatia responded after the breather and managed to take 60-56 lead late in the third quarter. Hana Horakova answered for the Czech Republic with a triple that tied the game to 60-60 at the beginning of Q4. Burgrova connected two baskets after that and later Czech Republic completed crucial 17-4 run. They were up by 19 in the finish. Czech Republic will take on powerful USA on Friday. Croatia will meet also winless Angola.

China - Angola 76-52
China is the first team who officially booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals at 2012 Olympic Games in London. They defeated Angola today for 3-0 record in Group A. Ma Zengyu (183-F-84) led the winners with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Chen Nan (195-C-83) also scored 15 points, while Gao Song (190-PF-92) added 8 points and 9 boards. Sonia Guadalupe (188-PF-85) delivered 12 points for Angola, who dropped to 0-3. Luisa Tomas (192-C-83) (9 rebs) and Felizarda Jorge (172-SG-85) posted 11 and 10 points respectively. China led by two at the half and scored 22 of the first 26 points in the third quarter to blow the game open. Ma scored five straight with a three-point play and layup that made it 48-33 with 3:58 left in the period. China cruised the rest of the way. Angola hung tough with China in an exciting first half that saw 11 lead changes. Quarters: 15-13, 18-18, 24-6, 19-15. On Friday, China will play against also undefeated USA and winner will most likely end as No.1 in Group A. Angola will meet Croatia.

Group B
Australia - Brazil 67-61
Australia celebrated its second win at 2012 Olympic Games in London. They outsmarted Brazil 67-61 improving to 2-1 record in Group B. After this victory Australia is very close to reach the Quarterfinals. At the other side, Brazil dropped to 0-3 and they are in very difficult situation now. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) scored 18 points for the winners and pulled down 8 rebounds. Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) had double-double of 17 points and 10 boards, while Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80) added 11 pts and 6 boards. Brazil got 22 points from Karla da Costa (173-SG-78) and 11 from Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Clarissa Dos Santos (187-C-88) followed them with 10 points and 6 rebs. Shocked by France in overtime in their last match, the Opals came out firing and took total control with a 12-2 run through the first and second quarters to open up a nine-point break. With Cambage and Jackson staying out of the early foul trouble which has plagued them in London, Australia controlled the boards to open up a 13-point halftime lead and hold Brazil to just 18 first-half points. Cambage did much of the grunt-work at both ends with her giant presence under the basket at both ends, and also chipped in important points. Jackson stepped up in a see-sawing third quarter, moving past Leslie's previous mark of 488 Games points with a free throw late in the term as the Opals restored their lead to 11 by the break. But the Brazilians would not go away, and clambered back to within four points with 16 seconds left. Fittingly, Jackson made the match safe with two clutch free throws and an important rebound which allowed Australia to soak up the remaining time. Australia will play against Russia on Friday. Brazil's rival will be Canada.

United Kingdom - Russia 61-67
Russia advanced to the Quarterfinals of 2012 Olympic Games. They celebrated 67-61 victory against the home team and jumped to 3-0 in Group B, what is already enough for the next stage. UK faced with third straight loss in London. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86) top-scored in Russia with 12 points (6 rebounds) and Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) had two points less. Olga Arteshina (188-PF-82) and Becky Hammon (175-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) (6 as) netted 9 and 8 points respectively. Natalie Stafford (175-SG-76) answered with 18 points for the hosts and Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) had 14. Britain went on a 12-2 run to open the game, but Russia took the lead on the last shot of the opening quarter at 16-14 and never trailed again. Russia's Ilona Korstin scored five straight points late in the game to hold off Britain, which closed the gap to three (61-58) with 56 seconds to play after its captain Johannah Leedham made one of two free throws. But Korstin hit three of four free throws and nailed a jumper in between to secure Russia's unexpectedly close win over the Olympic newcomer. Russia will play against Australia in two days, while UK will take on France.

Canada - France 60-64
France registered third straight win at 2012 Olympic Games in London. This time France was better than Canada 64-60 for perfect 3-0 record in Group B. France already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. At the other side, Canada dropped to 1-2 in this pool. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) were the leading players in victory with 16 and 14 points respectively. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) (7 rebs) and Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) (5 rebs) helped with 10 points each. In defeat, Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah) answered with 17 points, and Natalie Achonwa (190-F-92) had 14 pts, plus 8 rebs. Kimberley Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) was third scorer in Canada with 8 points. Yacoubou's consecutive lay-ins to start the final period gave the French a 46-40 advantage. Canada was able to cut it to 62-60 after Natalia Anchonwas three-point play with 9.5 seconds left. Celine Dumerc sealed the win with two free throws less than a second later. Quarters: 13-12, 15-13, 14-15, 22-20. On Friday, France will play against the host UK. Canada will meet Brazil in maybe the crucial game.



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U18 Russia beats U18 Sweden 70-65 in do-or-die game, heads to Quarterfinals in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 EuroBasket: U18 RUSSIA - U18 SWEDEN 70-65

Russia outplayed Sweden 70-65 in do-or-die game on Wednesday. Thanks to this victory Russia finished as the fourth ranked team in Group E with 3-2 record and it is enough for the Quarterfinals. At the other side, Sweden dropped to 1-4 ending as No.5 in this pool. They failed to reach the next stage and will continue in Classification Round from 9th to 13th places. Russia was down by 5 at the halftime, but managed to take minimum lead with ten minutes remaining in the game. Sweden shined at the beginning of Q4 and quickly made 3-9 run for 55-60 lead, but Russia tied the score at 65-65 with 1:17 to go. Novikova drained a triple soon after that and Albina Razheva (188-PF-94) connected two free throws, while Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) and Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) missed twice at the other side. Quarters: 15-12, 17-25, 20-14, 18-14. Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) paced Russia with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Razheva had double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Julia Gladkova (183-F-94) added 13 pts, plus 7 rebs. In defeat, Hersler shined with 20 points and 12 boards, and Hanson netted 15 points (5 rebs). Their third scorer was Linnea Frykbo (169-SG-94) with 14 pts. In the Quarterfinals, Russia will meet Italy. Sweden will play against Slovenia in the first game of the Classification Round.

Russia: Alexandra Marchenkova 18+8 boards, Albina Razheva 17+12 boards, Julia Gladkova 13+7 boards
Sweden: Paulina Hersler 20+12 boards, Gabriella Hanson 15+5 boards, Linnea Frykbo 14



Russia outplays United Kingdom 67-61, advances to QFinals in London - by Eurobasket News

UNITED KINGDOM - RUSSIA 61-67

Russia advanced to the Quarterfinals of 2012 Olympic Games. They celebrated 67-61 victory against the home team and jumped to 3-0 in Group B, what is already enough for the next stage. UK faced with third straight loss in London. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86) top-scored in Russia with 12 points (6 rebounds) and Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) had two points less. Olga Arteshina (188-PF-82) and Becky Hammon (175-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) (6 as) netted 9 and 8 points respectively. Natalie Stafford (175-SG-76) answered with 18 points for the hosts and Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) had 14.
-Britain went on a 12-2 run to open the game, but Russia took the lead on the last shot of the opening quarter at 16-14 and never trailed again. Russia's Ilona Korstin scored five straight points late in the game to hold off Britain, which closed the gap to three (61-58) with 56 seconds to play after its captain Johannah Leedham made one of two free throws. But Korstin hit three of four free throws and nailed a jumper in between to secure Russia's unexpectedly close win over the Olympic newcomer. - (courtesy of www.greenfieldreporter.com)
Russia will play against Australia in two days, while UK will take on France.

United Kingdom: Natalie Stafford 18, Johannah Leedham 14
Russia: Eugeniya Belyakova 12+6 boards, Marina Kuzina 10, Olga Arteshina 9+6 as, Becky Hammon 8



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Standings - Women

National League Standings
 1. Clark Eriksson 0-0 
 2. Edinburgh KK 0-0 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 0-0 
 4. Pentland Star 0-0 
 5. Polonia Phoenix 0-0 
 6. St.Mirren RKC 0-0 
 7. Tayside 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 1: Edinburgh KK - Clark Eriksson
Sep. 1: St.Mirren RKC - Pentland Star
Sep. 1: Tayside - Glasgow Rocks



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Mladi Krajisnik sings Marina Markovic - by Tamara Ruzic

Serbian Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) is heading to Mladi Krajisnik. The 21- year old guard/forward is going for the fist time abroad, after a season spent in Radivoj Korac. She also played for Hemofarm and Kovin. For Radivoj Korac, Markovic played 17 games in Adriatic League averaging 17 min, 6.4 pts, 3.5 reb and 0.7 ass. She was member of the youth national team, where she took 4th place in European Championship last season for U 20 .





Solna Vikings brings in Tamara Ruzic - by Eurobasket News

Solna Vikings brings in Tamara Ruzic (181-G-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Charleston So.) for 2012/2013 season. The Serbian Guard moves to Sweden for the next season.
In 2009 Tamara Ruzic decided to leave KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje due to the club's financial problems. After a very successful season , when KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje won double crown and played in a final of Adriatic League, Tamara Ruzic extended contract for theseason. She was playing very good this season, averaging 12.8 ponts,4.6 rebounds,0.8 assists during 33.50 minutes. Few days ago she decided to leave the team, because club has financial problems.
In Dec 2009 she moved to BK Inpek UKF Nitra (Slovakia-Extraliga) and averaged 7.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 32.6%, FT: 80.0%. In 2010-2011 went to Apollon Ptolemaidos (Greece-A1, starting five) and showed 10.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 81.4%. The season 2011-2012 started for Jagodina 2001 (Serbia-A League) and after 23 games had 13.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT-1 (41.4%), FT: 83.3%.



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Felixova signed with Piestanske Cajky - by Barbora Stuchlikova

According to ebasket.sk Slovak center Maria Felixova (191-C-90) signed two-year contract with Piestanske Cajky. The long-standing player of MBK Ruzomberok didn't belong among key players of the team and time she spent on the court was not very satisfying for her. Besides Slovak Extraliga, Ruzomberok also participated in EuroCup and Felixova in almost 10 minutes averaged 2,6 points and 2,2 rebounds per game. In Slovak Extraliga she spent 14 minutes on court in average and added 5,3 points and 3,8 rebounds per game.
The head coach of Piestanske Cajky Martin Pospisil is aware of Felixova's talent and understands she needs to gain more experiences to develop into an important player. Piestanske Cajky declaring to work with young Slovak players are ready to give her that opportunity.



MBK Ruzomberok signed Eva Kmetova - by Barbora Stuchlikova

Slovak Eva Kmetova (188-C/F-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) is heading to MBK Ruzomberok. The 24-year forward returns back to Slovakia after a season spent in Czech Valosun KP Brno. There she averaged 3,6 points and 5,3 rebounds per game. Valosun KP Brno finished the season on fourth spot after losing to BK Czech coal Aldast Strakonice in five-match fight for bronze medals.
Kmetova started with senior basketball in Banska Bystrica and after two seasons she moved to Poprad where she stayed for five years. Eva Kmetova also played with Slovakian U16, U18 and U20 teams and was a member of Senior National Team in EuroBasket qualification for France 2013.She participated in all eight encounters of the senior team and added 3,3 points and 0,7 rebounds per game.



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Cadi ICG Software signs PG Marina Delgado - by Eurobasket News

Cadi ICG Software (former Cadi la Seu) reinforced its roster at position one. The team penned a deal with Spanish point guard Marina Delgado (171-PG-92). She arrives to the club from Real Club Celta Vigo Urban. For 23 LFB games last season Delgado averaged 5.9 points and 2 rebounds. The PG joined Vigo in 2009 from Jovent Palma.
Marina Delgado played for U19 Spanish National Team last summer. She helped them win the Silver at U19 World Championship in Chile averaging 6 points and 3.9 rebounds for 8 games. Two years ago Delgado won the Silver with U18 Spain and U18 EuroBasket in Slovakia. In 2009, they won the Gold at U18 EuroBasket in Sodertalje. Marina Delgado exploded four years ago at U16 EuroBasket in Katowice. She was Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Best Player -08.



U18 Spain heads to QFinals in Bucharest, U18 Greece ends second stage winless - by Eurobasket News

U18 SPAIN - U18 GREECE 76-36

As expected, Spain was too strong for Greece 76-36 in the last day of the second stage at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Spain finished as the second ranked team of Group E with almost perfect 4-1 score and advanced to the Quarterfinals. There, Spain will play against Serbia. Greece closes the standings in this pool with 0-5 and will continue in Classification Round. Greece will fight for 9th position in Bucharest and its first rival will be Slovakia. Spain took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 28-7, 13-12, 20-6, 15-11. Irene Gari (184-F-94) top-scored in victory with 14 points. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) netted 9 points, while Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) and Marles Balart (185-F/C-94) posted 8 points each. In the loosing squad, Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) answered with 17 points in defeat. Nikolina Ioannidou (174-SG-94) scored 7 and Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) stopped to 6 pts. All teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Friday.

Spain: Irene Gari 14, Ariadna Pujol 9, Elena De Alfredo 8, Marles Balart 8
Greece: Anna Stamolamprou 17, Nikolina Ioannidou 7, Amanda Lovely 6



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U18 Russia beats U18 Sweden 70-65 in do-or-die game, heads to Quarterfinals in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 EuroBasket: U18 RUSSIA - U18 SWEDEN 70-65

Russia outplayed Sweden 70-65 in do-or-die game on Wednesday. Thanks to this victory Russia finished as the fourth ranked team in Group E with 3-2 record and it is enough for the Quarterfinals. At the other side, Sweden dropped to 1-4 ending as No.5 in this pool. They failed to reach the next stage and will continue in Classification Round from 9th to 13th places. Russia was down by 5 at the halftime, but managed to take minimum lead with ten minutes remaining in the game. Sweden shined at the beginning of Q4 and quickly made 3-9 run for 55-60 lead, but Russia tied the score at 65-65 with 1:17 to go. Novikova drained a triple soon after that and Albina Razheva (188-PF-94) connected two free throws, while Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) and Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) missed twice at the other side. Quarters: 15-12, 17-25, 20-14, 18-14. Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) paced Russia with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Razheva had double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Julia Gladkova (183-F-94) added 13 pts, plus 7 rebs. In defeat, Hersler shined with 20 points and 12 boards, and Hanson netted 15 points (5 rebs). Their third scorer was Linnea Frykbo (169-SG-94) with 14 pts. In the Quarterfinals, Russia will meet Italy. Sweden will play against Slovenia in the first game of the Classification Round.

Russia: Alexandra Marchenkova 18+8 boards, Albina Razheva 17+12 boards, Julia Gladkova 13+7 boards
Sweden: Paulina Hersler 20+12 boards, Gabriella Hanson 15+5 boards, Linnea Frykbo 14



Jenny Lidgren returns to Solna Vikings - by Eurobasket News

Jenny Lidgren (191-C-88) returns to Solna Vikings where she started her career. The Swedish Center moves now from Italy.
In 2005-2006 she started for Solna Vikings (Damligan) and averaged 1.0ppg, 1.7rpg. In 2006-2007 for Solna Vikings (Damligan) her stats read 1.0ppg, 1.8rpg.
In 2007-2008 she moved to Md-Balt.County (NCAA) and after 29 games had 1.5ppg, 1.8rpg. In 2008-2009 joined 08 Stockholm (Damligan) and debuted in EuroCup with 4.0ppg, 2.5rpg, while in Swedish League her stats read 2.0ppg, 3.0rpg.
In 2009-2010 for 08 Stockholm she showed 4.0ppg, 2.4rpg and in her last season Jenny Lidgren improved to 5.4ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 38.6%, FT: 64.9%.
In 2011-2012 she moved to Lucsa Milano (Italy-A2, starting five) and had 7.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 37.1%, FT: 70.9%.
Last year Jenny Lidgren was a Swedish National Team member. At the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 her stats read 2.7ppg, 1.0rpg.



Solna Vikings brings in Tamara Ruzic - by Eurobasket News

Solna Vikings brings in Tamara Ruzic (181-G-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Charleston So.) for 2012/2013 season. The Serbian Guard moves to Sweden for the next season.
In 2009 Tamara Ruzic decided to leave KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje due to the club's financial problems. After a very successful season , when KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje won double crown and played in a final of Adriatic League, Tamara Ruzic extended contract for theseason. She was playing very good this season, averaging 12.8 ponts,4.6 rebounds,0.8 assists during 33.50 minutes. Few days ago she decided to leave the team, because club has financial problems.
In Dec 2009 she moved to BK Inpek UKF Nitra (Slovakia-Extraliga) and averaged 7.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 32.6%, FT: 80.0%. In 2010-2011 went to Apollon Ptolemaidos (Greece-A1, starting five) and showed 10.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 81.4%. The season 2011-2012 started for Jagodina 2001 (Serbia-A League) and after 23 games had 13.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT-1 (41.4%), FT: 83.3%.



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U18 France wins Group E, U18 Turkey also heads to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

U18 TURKEY - U18 FRANCE 54-63

France is the winner of Group E at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They handed 63-54 loss to Turkey in the last day of the second stage to finish with almost perfect 4-1 record. Of course France advanced to the Quarterfinals, where they will meet Croatia. Turkey also heads to QFinal, but as No.3 in this pool with 3-2 score. Their rival will be Holland. France exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 16-9, 12-18, 16-13, 10-23. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) led France with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Aby Gaye (193-C-95) added 13 points and also 10 rebs. Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) was their third player with double-double: 10 pts, 12 boards. In Turkey, Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) answered with 15 points (5 rebs), while Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) scored 11 pts (5 rebs). Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) followed them with 10 pts. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.

Turkey: Elif Emirtekin 15+5 boards, Gizem Sezer 11+5 boards, Merve Aydin 10
France: Valeriane Ayayi 14+10 boards, Aby Gaye 13+10 boards, Marieme Badiane 10+12 boards



US women beat Turkey 89-58 in Olympic basketball - by Eurobasket News

Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-SF-86, college: Louisville) and the U.S. Olympic women's team's depth wore down Turkey.

McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) added 16 to help the Americans beat the Turkey 89-58 Wednesday night.

Turkey entered the game undefeated and were expected to give the Americans their toughest test in the Olympics so far. The Turks had looked impressive in their first Olympic appearance and said they weren't intimidated by the top-ranked team in the world despite the U.S. winning its first two games by an average of 38.5 points.

The Turks stayed close for a while. They had an early one-point lead in the first quarter before McCoughtry helped the Americans build a 15-point advantage by the half.

Turkey didn't waiver, coming within 50-45 in the third quarter before McCoughtry and the reserves put the game away.

Her three-point play started a 13-2 run. On the Americans' next possession she missed a 3-pointer, but hustled for the offensive rebound and found Maya Moore for an easy lay-in.

Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) then took over, scoring six of the final eight points during the burst to make it 63-47 after three quarters much to the delight of LeBron James, who was in attendance along with some of the other men's Olympic team.

The Turks could get no closer in the fourth quarter. Former VCU star Quanitra Hollingsworth (6'5''-C-88, college: VCU) led Turkey (2-1) with 11 points. She was born in American, but became a naturalized to play for Turkey in May. Birsel Vardarli (5'9''-G-84) also had 11 points for the Turks.

Coach Geno Auriemma has said the U.S.' depth would be key to its success. The Americans played without center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) for the second straight game because she was resting a sore left foot. She also sat out the team's 52-point win over Angola on Monday night.

The Turks have played well in their first Olympics with wins over Angola and the Czech Republic. They had hung with the Americans for three quarters of an exhibition game in Istanbul last month before the U.S. pulled away to a 19-point victory.

They had a tougher time on Wednesday against the U.S., which now has won its last 36 games in the Olympics and is attempting to win a fifth consecutive gold medal.

Next up for the U.S. on Friday is the Czech Republic, which beat Croatia 89-70 for its first win. After playing, practicing or traveling for the last 18 days the Americans will take Thursday off.

The Americans close out pool play Sunday against China, which is also 3-0 after routing Angola 76-52. China has already clinched a spot in the quarterfinal.

Also Wednesday, France edged Canada 64-60 to advance to the next round. Russia remained unbeaten with a 67-61 win over Britain. The Russians also advanced to the quarterfinals. Australia rebounded from its first loss to a non-American team in the Olympics since 1996 with a 67-61 victory over Brazil.

Courtesy of ESPN



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Russia outplays United Kingdom 67-61, advances to QFinals in London - by Eurobasket News

UNITED KINGDOM - RUSSIA 61-67

Russia advanced to the Quarterfinals of 2012 Olympic Games. They celebrated 67-61 victory against the home team and jumped to 3-0 in Group B, what is already enough for the next stage. UK faced with third straight loss in London. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86) top-scored in Russia with 12 points (6 rebounds) and Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) had two points less. Olga Arteshina (188-PF-82) and Becky Hammon (175-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) (6 as) netted 9 and 8 points respectively. Natalie Stafford (175-SG-76) answered with 18 points for the hosts and Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) had 14.
-Britain went on a 12-2 run to open the game, but Russia took the lead on the last shot of the opening quarter at 16-14 and never trailed again. Russia's Ilona Korstin scored five straight points late in the game to hold off Britain, which closed the gap to three (61-58) with 56 seconds to play after its captain Johannah Leedham made one of two free throws. But Korstin hit three of four free throws and nailed a jumper in between to secure Russia's unexpectedly close win over the Olympic newcomer. - (courtesy of www.greenfieldreporter.com)
Russia will play against Australia in two days, while UK will take on France.

United Kingdom: Natalie Stafford 18, Johannah Leedham 14
Russia: Eugeniya Belyakova 12+6 boards, Marina Kuzina 10, Olga Arteshina 9+6 as, Becky Hammon 8



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US women beat Turkey 89-58 in Olympic basketball - by Eurobasket News

Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-SF-86, college: Louisville) and the U.S. Olympic women's team's depth wore down Turkey.

McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) added 16 to help the Americans beat the Turkey 89-58 Wednesday night.

Turkey entered the game undefeated and were expected to give the Americans their toughest test in the Olympics so far. The Turks had looked impressive in their first Olympic appearance and said they weren't intimidated by the top-ranked team in the world despite the U.S. winning its first two games by an average of 38.5 points.

The Turks stayed close for a while. They had an early one-point lead in the first quarter before McCoughtry helped the Americans build a 15-point advantage by the half.

Turkey didn't waiver, coming within 50-45 in the third quarter before McCoughtry and the reserves put the game away.

Her three-point play started a 13-2 run. On the Americans' next possession she missed a 3-pointer, but hustled for the offensive rebound and found Maya Moore for an easy lay-in.

Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) then took over, scoring six of the final eight points during the burst to make it 63-47 after three quarters much to the delight of LeBron James, who was in attendance along with some of the other men's Olympic team.

The Turks could get no closer in the fourth quarter. Former VCU star Quanitra Hollingsworth (6'5''-C-88, college: VCU) led Turkey (2-1) with 11 points. She was born in American, but became a naturalized to play for Turkey in May. Birsel Vardarli (5'9''-G-84) also had 11 points for the Turks.

Coach Geno Auriemma has said the U.S.' depth would be key to its success. The Americans played without center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) for the second straight game because she was resting a sore left foot. She also sat out the team's 52-point win over Angola on Monday night.

The Turks have played well in their first Olympics with wins over Angola and the Czech Republic. They had hung with the Americans for three quarters of an exhibition game in Istanbul last month before the U.S. pulled away to a 19-point victory.

They had a tougher time on Wednesday against the U.S., which now has won its last 36 games in the Olympics and is attempting to win a fifth consecutive gold medal.

Next up for the U.S. on Friday is the Czech Republic, which beat Croatia 89-70 for its first win. After playing, practicing or traveling for the last 18 days the Americans will take Thursday off.

The Americans close out pool play Sunday against China, which is also 3-0 after routing Angola 76-52. China has already clinched a spot in the quarterfinal.

Also Wednesday, France edged Canada 64-60 to advance to the next round. Russia remained unbeaten with a 67-61 win over Britain. The Russians also advanced to the quarterfinals. Australia rebounded from its first loss to a non-American team in the Olympics since 1996 with a 67-61 victory over Brazil.

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Storm now included in new NBA/NHL arena talks - by Eurobasket News

King County Council approved an amended proposal from investor Chris Hansen by a 6-3 vote to build a NBA/NHL arena in the SoDo district. The Storm was included in one amendment, the county asking the city and Hansen to find a favorable and transferable lease, according to The Associated Press.

The Storm receives about a $300,000 yearly subsidy from the city, negotiated in 2009 after the Sonics were sold to Oklahoma businessmen in 2008. The WNBA team is in the midst of a 10-year lease with the city and an economical transfer to the new arena is a sticking point in negotiations between Hansen and the city, according to The Associated Press.

In an interview with Karen Bryant when Hansen's proposal was originally announced, the Storm CEO and president stated that while KeyArena has worked for the team, a new arena would help the Storm's future. As various Sonics owners found, there are limits on rooms to hold sponsor functions and improve suites.

The Storm owners stated, however, that they weren't involved in original talks about the arena or KeyArena's future. Hansen would like to renovate the facility into a smaller venue fit for concerts, which could hinder basketball capacity which is at 17,072 overall and 9,686 for Storm games. The team curtains off the upper-bowl for most games, removing for popular games and the postseason. When the Storm won the 2004 championship, it had a true sellout (17,072) for two WNBA Finals home games.

The ownership group has since met with Hansen, who is a supporter of the WNBA team.

"We're in active discussions," Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel said on the team's website. Force 10, the official name of the Storm's ownership group, met with Hansen for the first time earlier this month. "We're looking to do the right thing for our fans and our business. We're excited to hear more about what Chris' plans are and excited to continue to work with the city to figure out what the best long-term place will be for the Storm to continue to thrive and grow."

The Storm has strong advocates on the Seattle City Council in members Jean Godden and Bruce Harrell, whose daughter plays basketball at Cleveland High School.

"Let's not slide into the old ways of giving lip service to women's enterprises and women athletes," Godden wrote in an opinion piece for The Seattle Times. "There needs to be real consideration given to securing a long-term, financially viable home for the Storm."

On the court, the Storm (9-10) will return to WNBA play on Aug. 16 against Phoenix at KeyArena. The team resumes practice Wednesday evening but All-Stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson won't join the Storm until the completion of the Olympic Games in London.

Bird, starting point guard for USA Basketball, has helped lead the Americans to a 2-0 start in pool play. After a competitive opening match against Croatia, the Americans defeated Angola 90-38. The women play Turkey at 2:15 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday.

"For us, it's really about how we play," Bird told reporters after the game Monday. She finished with five assists. "We're not really worried about the competition. Obviously we talk about them and prepare, but it's more about what we're doing and how we're doing it, no matter what the score is. We can really use games like this to get to know each other better and to learn because the training time has been limited."

Jackson, starting center for the Aussies, fouled out of 74-70 overtime loss to France on Monday. It was Australia's first loss in Olympic competition that wasn't against Team USA since 1996.

Former Storm reserve Belinda Snell banked a three-pointer from beyond halfcourt to send the game into overtime. But without Jackson and C Liz Cambage (Tulsa Shock) in the game for extra play, the Opals were without go-to scoring options. The Aussies also committed turnovers and missed open looks that led to the loss.

"Hey lovlies, thanks 4 the (love)," she posted on her Twitter account. "We r feeling positive and ready for the next 1! What will b will b, but we leaving it all out there.#noregrets"

The Opals play Brazil at 6:30 a.m. (PST) on Wednesday. All Olympic basketball games can be seen on NBC Basketball Channel or online through the network.

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