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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   



Quarterfinals are set in Maputo - by Eurobasket News

U18 AfroBasket Quarterfinals are set. Eight teams advanced to this stage: Egypt, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Angola, Mali, Ghana, Mozambique and Tunisia. The Quarterfinals will be played on Thursday.


Quarter-Finals - Thursday, August 23, 2012
14 H ANGOLA - MALI
16 H IVORY COAST - GHANA
18 H MOZAMBIQUE - SENEGAL
20 H EGYPT - TUNISIA

Classification match (9 - 11th)
12 H MOROCCO - RWANDA



Mozambique is the host of this event. Egypt is the defending champion.


Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Mali3-1
2. Ghana3-1
3. Mozambique2-2
4. Tunisia1-3
5. Rwanda1-3
Group B
1. Egypt5-0
2. Senegal4-1
3. Ivory Coast3-2
4. Angola2-3
5. Gabon1-4
6. Morocco0-5

Finals: Round 8

FINAL

Aug. 25: SEN - IVO 71-62

Places 5-6

Aug. 25: ANG - TUN 61-40

Bronze

Aug. 25: MLI - EGY 54-78

Places 7-8

Aug. 25: MOZ - GHA 48-45

Quarter-Finals: Round 6

Places 9-11

Aug. 23: MOR - RWA


Aug. 23: IVO - GHA
Aug. 23: ANG - MLI
Aug. 23: MOZ - SEN
Aug. 23: EGY - TUN



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


The Quarterfinals are set in Ulaanbaatar - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Lebanon - Japan 82-94
Japan beat Lebanon, both advance to the Quarterfinals of the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. Japan needed 94:82 win for 2-3 record in Group E on the third place. Lebanon closed the Quarterfinal picture with the same record. It was a decisive game in the group for the Quarterfinal picture. Both teams scored 12 points each in the first 5 minutes and then Japan gabbed 22-18 advantage at the end of the quarter. They increased to 10 points midway through the second frame and led 50:36 at the halftime. Japan grabbed 58:43 with 5 minutes to go in the third quarter, while the difference remained the same at the end of the period. Lebanon tried hard at the end of the game and reduced to 12 points for the final success for both teams. Masahiro Narita (185-SF-94) led the way with 26 points and Watanabe Yuta collected 21 points and 11 rebounds. Yudai Baba (193-SF-95) and Shuto Terazono (165-PG-94) collected 18 points and 12 assists. Salem Jimmy finished the game with 15 points and Ali Mezher (182-PG-94) as well as Arakji Wael had 12 points. Chamoun Elie followed with 10 points in a loss.

India - Syria 57-69
Syria overcame India, as both of them will play for 9-12 places at the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. Syria won 69:57 and finished the 2-3 record in Group E as well as Lebanon and Japan. It was not however enough to advance to the Quarterfinals due to the games between each other. India finished the group with 0-5 record on the last place. India won the first period 17-14 and then scored another 17 points in the second frame. Syria also scored 17 and trailed 3 points at the halftime. Syria however dominated the second half. They produced 22-10 in the third period and finished the game with 16-13 in the last stanza. Mahmmoud Trub (195-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Obesi Ali had 17. Palpreet Singh Brar (204-C-94) ended up with 19 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, while Singh Rakesh added 14. Amit Kanarjee (187-PG-94) brought 12 and Shyam Sunder (179-PG-94) scored 8.

China - South Korea 107-102 OT
China wins Group E after two-overtime-thriller over South Korea in one of the best games so far at the 22nd Asia U18 Championship. China grabbed 107:102 win for 5-0 record on top. South Korea meanwhile suffered their first loss and finished second with 4-1 record. China won the first period 20-19, but South Korea replied with 25-16 in the second period. It was again China to win the third and the fourth periods to tie the game at the end of 40 minutes. Only at the end of the second overtime Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94), Yang and Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) brought the victory for the Chinese team. Wang Zhelin (215-C/F-94) erupted with 33 points and 15 rebounds, while Gao Shang had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Luo Hanchen produced 21 points and Dai Huaibo added 10. Gibeom Cheon (187-G-94) answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Jonghyun Lee nailed 19. Seongmo Choi (187-G-94) followed them with 15 points in a loss.

Group F
Indonesia - Saudi Arabia 67-73
Saudi Arabia grabs the last Quarterfinal ticket at the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. The team overcame Indonesia 73:67 and finished with 1-4 record as well as Indonesia and Bahrain. Due to the better difference in the games between each other Saudi Arabia will face China in Finals. Indonesia and Bahrain will play in the games for 9-12 places. Saudi Arabia produced 17-10 in the first period, but could not win the half. Indonesia needed 20-10 in the second frame for 30:27 halftime advantage. The second half however belonged to Saudi Arabia that won the third and the last quarters. Faqihi Waheed top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Mohammed Alhosawe (173-G-94) notched 12. Khalid Sufyani (170-PG-94) brought 11, while Abojalas Nassir scored 9. Juan Kokodiputra (193-C/F-95) finished the game with 21 points in defeat and Andre Adrianno (175-G-94) chipped in with 18. Jan Panagan (179-G-94) scored 8, whilst Lapian Jeff and Pangesthio Rivaldo added 7 apiece.

Bahrain - Philippines 72-99
Alejandro Rodolfo leads Philippines over Bahrain at the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. The winning side improved to 4-1 record however finished only third in the group. Iran and Taiwan took the top places in Group F with the same records due to the better difference. Bahrain finished with 1-4 record on the last spot with the same situation between three teams. Bahrain surprised the favorites with 22-13 in the first period and added 24-22 in the second frame. The third quarter was however decisive in the game as Philippines erupted with 38-15 in it to take the lead in the game. They finished the campaign with 26-11 in the last stanza for the final success. Alejandro Rodolfo paced all the winners with 23 points and Pingoy Jerie nailed 19. Cani Janhubert and Rey Nambatac (179-G-94) followed them with 11 points each in a win. Shukralla Ali Hassan finished the game with 32 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, while Mohammed Buallay (185-F-95) scored 16.

Taiwan - Iran 78-77
Taiwan overcame Iran in overtime thriller as both teams finish on top of Group F. Taiwan grabbed the second place after a 78:77 victory. Iran meanwhile suffered their first loss and kept the top position. Iran took 24:22 lead after the first period and added defensive 15-11 in the second frame. Taiwan meanwhile dominated the second half including the extra time as well. They produced 20-14 in the fourth period to tie the game and then needed 9-8 in extra time to seal the victory. Lee Chia-Jui (200-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Wang Chih-Chun nailed 16. Lin Yu-Ping followed them with 11 points. Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) ended up with 22 points, while Hossein Rahmati collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Mohammad Sistani had 13, whilst Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) brought 8 points and 16 rebounds.


Standings

Standings
Group E
1. China5-0
2. S.Korea4-1
3. Japan2-3
4. Lebanon2-3
5. Syria2-3
6. India0-5
Group F
1. Iran4-1
2. Taiwan4-1
3. Philippines4-1
4. S.Arabia1-4
5. Indonesia1-4
6. Bahrain1-4
Group Places 13-16
1. Mongolia1-2
2. Singapore0-3
3. Hong Kong0-3
4. Kazakhstan0-3

Finals: Round 9

FINAL

Aug. 26: CHN - KOR 93-91

7-8 Place

Aug. 26: LEB - KSA 89-78

5-6 Place

Aug. 26: PHI - TAI 85-89

3-4 Place

Aug. 26: JPN - IRI 83-87



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  AUSTRALIA   


Hawks sign Auryn MacMillan - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Wollongong Hawks have bolstered their roster for the 2012/13 NBL Season with the addition of forward/centre Auryn MacMillan (204-F/C-87, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Gardner-Webb).

The 25 year old from Melbourne has played the past three SEABL seasons with the Kilsyth Cobras, recently averaging 13 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 2012. Auryn also played professionally in Germany during the 2010/11 season.

The relatively unknown Australian spent his college career at Gardner-Webb University from 2006-2010. Listed at 204cm and 107kg, MacMillan will join the front line of Oscar Forman, Larry Davidson and Dave Gruber.

MacMillan has had two visits to the club in the past two months for trials and has shown a great attitude to putting in the hard work on the practice court.

Auryn is a hard worker, has competed well in practice while he has been here and shown a great attitude, hes the type of player that will really suit our culture here in Wollongong, Head Coach Gordie McLeod said.

He has shown a willingness to learn and develop as a player which is a positive sign for any incoming player into the NBL. Hell provide some great energy on both ends of the floor and will put the effort in, he added.

MacMillan will suit up for the Hawks against the Sydney Kings Friday night in Terrigal and will now remain with the squad in Wollongong.

This is a really good opportunity for me to remain in Australia and compete against the best players day in and day out. Ive really enjoyed trialling with the club the past two months and Im looking forward to being with the group this season, MacMillan said.

The players, coaching staff and management have been very welcoming and Im looking forward to being part of a club that has a great culture and so much history.

Im looking forward to develop my game here under Gordie and the coaching staff, work hard and give everything I can on the court when the opportunity arises. He added.

Auryns addition comes after the Hawks announced the first import of 2012/13 in Lance Hurdle, these two will join the existing group of Glen Saville, Oscar Forman, Larry Davidson, Rhys Martin, Dave Gruber, Dan Jackson, Tyson Demos and Tim Coenraad.

The club has one import spot remaining and will look to finalise in the coming weeks and will have 11 contracted players for the 2012/13 NBL Season.

The Wollongong NRE Hawks will officially commence the NBL Season on Friday 5 October against the Sydney Kings at the WIN Entertainment Centre, tip off 7:30pm.



Hawks sign import Lance Hurdle - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Wollongong Hawks are excited to announce the addition of American guard Lance Hurdle (188-G-87, college: Miami, FL) to the roster for the upcoming 2012/13 NBL Season.

The 188cm guard completed his college career with the University of Miami in 2009 and has spent the past three seasons competing in the NBA Development League, last playing for the Springfield Armour.

An athletic combo guard with the ability to spread the floor with his long range shooting ability and ability to get to the rim, Hurdle will give the Hawks another quality offensive option on the court this upcoming season.

Were excited to have Lance arrive in Wollongong shortly and join our team this season. Hes a player that we see positive upside in and a player that can develop his game here in Australia. Head Coach Gordie McLeod said.

This will be Hurdles first international contract after spending the first few years after college plying his trade in the NBA Development League.

We think this is a real good opportunity here with the Hawks for Hurdle and his playing style. Once Lance gets settled in with the team and our structures, we think his skill set and style of play will really compliment our current group that we have.

He can get up and down the court pretty quick, hes athletic, a quality shooter and our fans will enjoy watching him compete every night. He added.

Hurdle will be arriving in Australia in the coming days and is excited about the opportunity that is ahead of him.

Im excited about the chance to come out and play for Coach Gordie McLeod and the Wollongong Hawks. I think this is a great program to be a part of and will be a good fit for my style of play. Lance Hurdle said.

This will be my first professional experience outside of the US and from what Ive heard so far of Wollongong and the fans that get behind the team, its going to be a great place to be. Really looking forward to flying out soon, meeting all the guys on the team and putting the hard work in on the court. He added.

The Wollongong NRE Hawks will officially commence the NBL Season on Friday 5 October against the Sydney Kings at the WIN Entertainment Centre, tip off 7:30pm.



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  BAHRAIN   


U18 Championship: Alejandro Rodolfo leads Philippines over Bahrain - by Eurobasket News

Bahrain U18- Philippines U18 72:99

Rodolfo Alejandro (180-G-95) leads Philippines over Bahrain at the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. The winning side improved to 4-1 record however finished only third in the group. Iran and Taiwan took the top places in Group F with the same records due to the better difference. Bahrain finished with 1-4 record on the last spot with the same situation between three teams.
Bahrain surprised the favorites with 22-13 in the first period and added 24-22 in the second frame. The third quarter was however decisive in the game as Philippines erupted with 38-15 in it to take the lead in the game. They finished the campaign with 26-11 in the last stanza for the final success.
Rodolfo Alejandro paced all the winners with 23 points and Jerie Pingoy (175-G-94) nailed 19. Janhubert Cani (178-PG-95) and Rey Nambatac (179-G-94) followed them with 11 points each in a win. Ali Hassan Shukralla finished the game with 32 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, while Mohammed Buallay (185-F-95) scored 16.

Bahrain U18: Ali Hassan Shukralla 32+12 rebs, Mohammed Buallay 16
Philippines U18: Rodolfo Alejandro 23, Jerie Pingoy 19, Janhubert Cani 11, Rey Nambatac 11



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Two new players signs for OKK Beograd - by Zoran Popovic (T)

After Vladimir Popovic, two new players will enforce OKK Beograd for the next season. Ognjen Ivanovic (194-F-90) and Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) are two new players on witch will coach Jekovic count in his team. Ognjen Ivanovic is comming from Rotterdam Challengers fro, Netherland. During the last season Ivanovic on 20 games average scored 6.7 points, 1.4 boards and 1 assist per game. Nikola Jeftic last season played for Crnokosa Kosjeric and on 16 games in Serbian Championship average scored 12.8 points, 5.3 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. During the career Jeftic played for Beovuk 72 Beograd, Ulcinj and Radnicki Kragujevac


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  BELARUS   


BK Minsk-2006 lands Ulyanko - by Eurobasket Center (T)

BK Minsk-2006 strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-F-79). Ulyanko played most recently at BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Estonia). While playing 22 games in Baltic League for Kalev/Cramo last season he averaged 10.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He also played 16 games in VTB League recording 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, 4.2rpg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the championship title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They made it also to the cup final. Ulyanko is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Estonia, Russia and Ukraine.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BELGIUM   


Charleroi Transfer News - by Peter Buyse (T)

Belgacom Spirou Basket Charleroi announced the return of Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) to their roster for the 2012-2013 season. Walsh last played in Charleroi during the 2008-2009 season when led Spirou to the Belgian Championship while winning playoff MVP honors. He also spent the second half of the season at Spirou in 07-08 after starting the season at Manresa in Spain. Played for Larisa in Greece durng 06-07. After his second stint with Spirou in 08-09 he moved to Slovenia where he played for Olimpija Ljbljana wehre he played Adriatic League and Euroleague before heading to Thessaloniki to finish the season in Greece. He spent the 2010-2011 season in the French ProA league for Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne. Spanish team Murcia was his first team of the 2011-2012 season before moving to another Spanish team Vitoria. Later in Feb 2012 he packed his bags and joined the roster of Mariupol in Ukraine. In 21 games in the superleague in Ukraine he averaged 16.0 ppg, 4.4 ropg and 4.7 apg,
The team expects him to arrive this weekend and join them for their training camp in Spa.


Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Aalstar 0-0 
 2. Antwerp 0-0 
 3. Leuven 0-0 
 4. Liege 0-0 
 5. M.Hainaut 0-0 
 6. Oostende 0-0 
 7. Spirou 0-0 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 6: Leuven - Liege
Oct. 6: Oostende - Verviers-Pep.
Oct. 6: Aalstar - Spirou
Oct. 7: Antwerp - M.Hainaut



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  BRAZIL   


Diego Dias goes to Paulistano - by Paulo Freire (T)

The Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo basketball team agreed terms with young center Diego Silva (206-C/F-90) who was playing for Santos.
Diego is a older brother of Lucas Dias (205-C-96) one of the top prospects of Brazil, who is currently playing for rival Pinheiros.
Diego has the chance to be back again in a big club as he played in Bauru before having a season in Jacarei.
At Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo Diego will have also the chance to play the NBB U-22.
Diego can also play at the forward position as he has quick feets and run the court well.



Soro agreed terms with Santos - by Paulo Freire (T)

After announcing the hiring of Rafinha, Renan Custodio and Paulao, the Internacional/Pref. de Santos basketball team of Santos city continues to strengthen their roster for the Paulista State Championship.

Now the team hired the guard Evandro Soro (190-G-80) that played the last season at the Uberlandia shirt.

Born in 1980, in the city of Bauru, the guard of 1.90 cm tall already played for many team in his hometown Bauru, Rio Claro, Minas, Cocodrilos of Venezuela, Casa Branca and for 2 seasons at Uberlandia.

Last season he played 33 games in the NBB, with an averaged of over 17 minutes on court, 6.8 points and 1.2 rebounds



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Dynamic McLean launches U10 District Basketball League! - by David Edole

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI-- with little fanfare and not much support Milton McLean keeps on doing what he does best and on Monday August 20th, 2012 he did it again with the launching of the Sea Cows Basketball Club U10 Inter District Showcase League.

After a brief Opening Ceremony at which McLean stated the purpose of the Tournament was to display Basketball Skills and to work together There will be five of you on court so learn to work together. I want you all to do your best whether you win or lose and feel good about yourselves he stated.

Member for the 3rd District, the Honourable Julian Fraser, RA was also on hand and expressed equal amazement at the efforts McLean goes to in organizing these events Another dynamic undertaking of yours he commented to McLean.

Fraser went on to address the two teams assembled for the first match The organizer of this event could have been anywhere right now, home relaxing, out making money , but he decided to sacrifice his time to be here. Why do you think he chose to be here? Well in ten years from now you will be in college and in another ten years you will be leading the country right? well if you dont have a steady upbringing and learn the values of teamwork and discipline you wont be able to and that is what McLean is trying to instill in you

This is a good foundation he continued, play to win, be satisfied that you have done your best and if you can hold your hand up at the end and say you tried your hardest then win or lose all of you will be winners.

Albions Attackers took a nerve wracking 20-19 win in game 1 over Parsons Punishers, but it wasnt until with 60 seconds left that they took the lead for good. In fact they had been down by as many as 5 points up until half way through the final quarter. The Punishers should have had the game all sewn up well before then though as they had by far the majority of play and shots.

Cekoi Smith led the Attackers with 7 points and two assists, whilst Keshawn added 6 points with two rebounds and KAndre Clarke finished with 5 points and 1 rebound.

For the Punishers, Elroy Matthew scored 9 points with 4 rebounds, 12 steals and 1 block. Marlon Hodge finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 assist and 3 blocks, with Enrique Jafarally adding 4 points, 1 rebound, 3 steals and 2 assists.

In game 2 the Punishers bounced back with a 27-25 win against Cherry Ghut Crushers. Elroy Bollers topped the scoring charts with 11 points, 12 rebounds, 9 steals, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Jafarally underlined his potential with 10 points and 4 rebounds whilst Jermaine Arthur Junior added 6 points and 3 steals.

For the Crushers Malaki Smith notched 12 points with 5 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 assists and 3 blocks with Ryan Adams scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocks.

Games in the Tournament continue all week with tomorrows highlight an exhibition game between the u16 teams of Monei and Real Tool at 5pm on the Court in Sea Cows Bay.



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  CANADA   


Caceres inks F Olu Ashaolu - by Eurobasket News (T)

Olu Ashaolu (200-F-88) is set to start his professional basketball career. The Canadian/Nigerian forward penned a 1-year deal with Caceres. They compete in Spanish second division for men - LEB Gold. Ashaolu graduated at the University of Oregon few months ago. The player had 8.5 ppg and 5.1 rpg for his school as a senior. Oregon reached NIT Elite Eight and was Pac-12 regular season co-runner-up. The player transferred to Oregon a year ago from the Louisiana Tech University. He shined with 14.2 ppg and 9.4 rpg for 32 games with Louisiana Tech in 2010/11 season. A year before that the player registered 10.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg for 35 games. Olu Ashaolu was awarded with All-WAC Honorable Mention -11 and also was named to WAC All-Defensive Team -11. He played for Canadian U18 National Team at 2006 International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18).


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  CAPE VERDE   


Almeida brothers lead Cape Verde to Abidjan 2013 - by Eurobasket News

SHEFFIELD (Julio Chitundas African Message) - Cape Verdeans tend to regard themselves as perseverant people who never turn their backs when confronted with adversity. On Saturday night they faced a tough test as they were on the brink of missing out on qualification to the 2013 Afrobasket, following a 68-52 loss to Senegal the night before.
Clearly determined to make it to Abidjan (the site of next year's African Championship), the FIBA Africa Zone II Qualifying Tournament hosts prevailed with a 80-63 win over African powerhouse Mali.
Led by Nigerian-born head coach Alex Nwora , Cape Verde finished second in the tournament, behind Senegal.
Mali and Mauritania finished third and fourth respectively.
Mali, one of the most regular teams at Afrobasket tournaments, miss out on the 2013 edition for the second time since 1985. They failed to qualify in 2003. On the other hand, Senegal confirmed their status as regulars, having not missed an Afrobasket since 1964.
Cape Verde, however, returns to the competition after missing out on last years event in Madagascar.
Trouble for Nworas men began early in the Zone II tournament as they were not allowed to use three of their players - Pedro Silva, Jean Claude and Bj Monteiro - for administrative reasons. However, the nine-man squad confirmed their resilience.

Whatever coach Nwora told his team at halftime against Mali as they trailed 28-26, it worked to great effect.

Mario Correia, one of Cape Verde's most experienced players, put his team in the lead with a three-pointer to start the second half before Mali tied the contest at 32.

The packed Vav Duarte Arena then erupted and the islanders never looked back, despite efforts from Malians Mohamed Tangara, Amadou Kaba and Modibo Niakate.
Jos Ruizs team struggled with their shooting throughout the second half, unlike the first half during which they led by as many as 10 points.
The hosts began the fourth quarter just as they did the third, with a three-pointer, this time, by Ivan Almeida.
If the hosts struggled shooting in the first half, brothers Ivan and Joel Almeida led the Cape Verdean symphony in the second half, with three-pointers that disrupted Mali's attempts to get back into the game.
This Cape Verde team may not be a powerhouse in the continent, but they showed so much potential on Saturday night which may leave opponents quite worried. In my view they may cause trouble in Abidjan next year.

They may arrive in the Ivorian capital with some changes to their roster, should the teams captain, 32-year-old Rodrigo Mascarenhas decide to retire from the international game as he has suggested. Otherwise he will play his third Afrobasket.
However, with the likes of the Almeida brothers, Correia, Brian Rudolph and Kevin Coronel, Nwora has every reason to aim high as this is talented team that beat Senegal 82-72 in the first round of this qualifying tournament.
Nevertheless, one of the biggest attractions of the Cape Verde team is 20-year-old big man Edy Walter Da Veiga, a 2.20m (7'3") center who currently plays for Spanish second division side La Palma Isla Bonita. He only started playing basketball three years ago but is establishing himself as potent defensive presence for the islanders.
Moreover, Cape Verde enjoy a large migrant community in Abidjan which may play its contribution in next year's tournament.
As a result of his fine play, Ivan Almeida was named the FIBA Africa zone II Most Valuable Player, ahead of Senegalese Mouhammad Faye.
Ivan and his brother Joel went from anonymity at the 2009 Afrobasket to the frontline this year, in a team that is going to Ivory Coast to win all games as Ivan said at the end to Saturday nights win over Mali.
This qualification for Abidjan is a new challenge for the country's national basketball federation (Federaao Caboverdiana de Basquetbol) but even more so for the Cape Verde sport authorities, most of whom attended Saturday's game along with the nation's Prime Minister Jos Maria Neves.

If the authorities were impressed with what they saw, the federations president Kitana Cabral may have motives to sigh.
Since Cape Verde beat African giants Nigeria and Egypt at the 2007 Afrobasket before embarking on an Olympic adventure at the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament - squaring off against Dirk Nowitzkis Germany as well as New Zealand - perhaps it is now time to look at this team not just as a minnow from Africa, but as a giant in the making. Their most recent opponents Mali, Senegal and Mauritania may agree, or not.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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  CHINA   


China Edges Korea in Overtime - by Arthur Volbert

Wang Zhelin had 33 points and 15 rebounds as China edged Korea in overtime 107-102 in the FIBA Asia U-18 Championship. Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) added 26 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks. Luo Hanchen had 21 points and 3 assists. Dai Huaibo had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Zhou Qi had 2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 10 minutes,

China led 20-19 after one quarter but trailed 44-36 at the half. Korea led 66=65 after three quarters and the game was tied 88-88 in regulation. Wang Zhelin fouled out with 1:45 left in the game allowing Korea to rally and tie the game in regulation. But China still won in overtime with Zhou Qi at center.

Cheon Gibeon had 21 points and 5 rebounds for Korea. 206 cm Lee Jonghyun had 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Kang Sangjae had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Choi Jungyon had 15 points and 8 rebounds, Choi Seongmo had 15 points and 4 rebounds.

Korea outrebounded China 43-41. China had 16 turnovers to 14 for Korea. China shot 52 percent of its field goals to 38 percent for Korea. Korea hit 79 percent from the foul line to 63 percent for China.

China finished first in its group with a 5-0 record. Korea was second at 4-1.

Iran was shocked 78-77 in overtime by Chinese Taipei but still won its group on tie-breakers as Iran, Chinese Taipei and the Philippines all finished with 4-1 records.

China will face Saudi Arabia Friday in the quarterfinals and quite possibly will have a rematch with Korea in the finals.

Link to box score:
http://www.fibaasia.net/UserImages/BSF01201282233418.PDF

Other games:
Saudi Arabia 73 Indonesia 67
Philippines 99 Indonesia 72
Japan 94 Lebanon 82
Syria 69 India 57

Quarter final matchups:
Japan vs. Chinese Taipei
China vs. Saudi Arabia
Korea vs. The Philippines
Lebanon vs. Iran

Final Group Standings;
GROUP E
Team W L Pts GA
China (CHN) 5 0 10 1.5000
Korea (KOR) 4 1 09 1.3102
Japan (JPN) 2 3 07 0.8975
Lebanon (LIB) 2 3 07 0.8971
Syria (SYR) 2 3 07 0.8697
India (IND) 0 5 05 0.6639

GROUP F
Team W L Pts GA
Iran, I.R. (IRI) 4 1 09 1.4379
Chinese Taipei (TPE) 4 1 09 1.4019
Philippines (PHI) 4 1 09 1.3989
Saudi Arabia, K. (KSA) 1 4 06 0.9210
Indonesia (INA) 1 4 06 0.6392
Bahrain (BRN) 1 4 06 0.5750



Liaoning Mens Basketball Club 2011-12 Season - by Eurobasket Center

Liaoning Mens Basketball Club, despite recent claims, last season fulfilled there financial obligations to Carney Rodney (201-F-84, college: Memphis). The team clearly is one of of the more talented teams, roster wise, as they have arguably 2 of the top point guards in the league, as well as the top non-American big man. Under new ownership, the team looks to continue to build upon, what could be a strong campaign in the CBA.

The team is just 4 years removed from a CBA finals berth, so the team has the talent, and ability. This season they will be led by a new coach, and ownership will be in its 2nd full season, under a new gm, and staff, the team is poised for a run this season.



U18 Championship: China wins Group E after two-overtime-thriller over South Korea - by Eurobasket News

China U18-South Korea U18 107:102 2 OT

China wins Group E after two-overtime-thriller over South Korea in one of the best games so far at the 22nd Asia U18 Championship. China grabbed 107:102 win for 5-0 record on top. South Korea meanwhile suffered their first loss and finished second with 4-1 record.
China won the first period 20-19, but South Korea replied with 25-16 in the second period. It was again China to win the third and the fourth periods to tie the game at the end of 40 minutes. Only at the end of the second overtime Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94), Yang and Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) brought the victory for the Chinese team.
Wang Zhelin (215-C/F-94) erupted with 33 points and 15 rebounds, while Gao Shang had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Luo Hanchen (188-G-94) produced 21 points and Dai Huaibo added 10. Gibeom Cheon (187-G-94) answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Jonghyun Lee (206-C-94) nailed 19. Seongmo Choi (187-G-94) followed them with 15 points in a loss.

China U18: Wang Zhelin 33+15 rebs, Gao Shang 26+8 rebs + 7ast, Luo Hanchen 21, Dai Huaibo 10
South Korea U18: Gibeom Cheon 21, Jonghyun Lee 19, Seongmo Choi 15



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BAYSIDE CONFIRMS ITS IMPORTS - by Victor Garcia

The new team of the San Andres Island, Bayside confirms the name of its three imports for the upcoming Federation Cup:

Almond "Tre" Brewer and 1,94 Forward coming from California is the american coming to fill the small forward spot in the Bayside team
Zack Atkinson , 2,08 center will be the man in the middle.
Keith Thompson , 1.98 F will swing between the small and power forward spots.

The team is working with the young talent of San Andres all them under 23 years of age.



ISLANDERS SOPESA INKS BRAGGS AND JONES - by Victor Garcia

Islanders Sopesa began to recruit its imports for the 2012 season, and decided to bring back Kendrick Jones (1,91 G) who played with the team some seasons ago, Jones is an experienced guard with good numbers in many leagues.
The team also get a good post up player inking the veteran Torraye Braggs (2,02 F), at 36 years Braggs is one of the most succesfull american forwards in Latin America, he also played in the NBA with the Houston Rokets during the 2003-2004 season, and had played at Spain, China, Korea, Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Both players are great aditions to the island team.



GUERREROS GET GREG PLUMMER AS ITS FIRST IMPORT - by Victor Garcia

Guerreros de Bogota is assembling a stronger team for the 2012 season, the Bogotas team just inked the american guard / forward Gregory Plummer as its first import for the upcoming season.
Plummer (1,94 F/G) comes with very good background from New York Cty, as well know local player in the area, Plummer also has experience in Mexico, Luxembourg and Canada, with Plummer the Guerreros gets a solid shooter and defender.



FEDERATION CUP NEWS, A NEW TEAM IS ANNOUNCED IN CHOCO - by Victor Garcia

For this year the Colombian Basketball Federation Cup is close to set a record number of teams, a couple of days ago the Choco announced a new team in Quibdo, Choco is the hometown of many talented players like Edgar Moreno, Adison Mosquera, Jairo Mendoza.
The directives and players of the team are not confirmed yet, but Edgar Moreno will be on the team and for will try to add many of the talented players of the region.
With the Choco team the number of teams for the 2012 Cup arrives to 11.



FEDERATION CUP NEWS, ISLANDERS STRENGHTS ITS ROSTER - by Victor Garcia

The Islanders Sopesa are back in the Cup, the team from the beautifull Island of San Andres are assembling a very strong team, based on the local talent of players like the idol of the island basketball Joe Manuel, and now adds two well known players. the guard / forward Eleuterio Renteria (1,93 G/F) member of the Colombian National, also adds size with the arrival of Dario Cuero (2,00 F).
Islanders will be among the top four teams of the Cup.



FEDERATION CUP NEWS, BUKAROS ADDS JETER - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros founds its third import player for the 2012 season, the yellow team inked the american forward Richard Jeter (1.98 F), Jeter is an experienced player with previous teams in Ukranie, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Phillipines.
With Jeter the yellow team gets deep in the forward spot and also scoring, Jeter is expected to arrive within the next week.
Bukaros also lost Edgar Moreno, the colombian starting guard will join the new team in his hometown Quibdo - Choco.



FEDERATION CUP NEWS - by Victor Garcia

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

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

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

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





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Marques Green pens deal with Cedevita - by Eurobasket News (T)

Marques Green (167-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) pens deal with Cedevita for the next season. USA-FYR Macedonian Point Guard moves to Croatia.
Marques Green began his career in Europe with Roanne (France-ProA), and after another season in French league with Nancy, he moved to Ankara (Turkey-D1). Then, he arrived for to Avellino for the first time, where he played the best season of his career, leading his team to the third place in the Italian league and winning the Italian Cup. Earlier Green played for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey TBL) and with Scavolini Pesaro, where he ended this season with 11.6 ppg in 29 Italian league games (season high of 28 points) and 9.5 ppg in 16 Eurochallenge games.
In 2010-2011 he appeared for Air Avellino (Italy-SerieA, starting five) he averaged 11.4ppg, 2.9rpg, Assists-1 (6.8apg), Steals-5 (2.7spg), FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 80.5%. In 2011-2012 for Sidigas Avellino (Italy-SerieA, starting five) he became the fifth top-scorer with 16.1ppg, 4.5rpg, Assists-1 (6.5apg), Steals-2 (2.5spg), FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 87.0%. Over the last two seasons in Italy he reached Italian Cup Semifinals -11 and became Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention -11, 12.



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Napoli-Sant'Antimo signs Jiri Hubalek - by Eurobasket News (T)

Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St.) is back to Italy. The Czech big guy signed a deal with Napoli-Sant'Antimo. Hubalek returns to Italy from Lebanon, where he finished last season. The player joined Al Moutahed Tripoli in March. He started the season with Iranian team Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour and was awarded with Asia-Basket.com All-WABA League Honorable Mention -12. The player had 20.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg for 5 games in WABA. Jiri Hubalek is not a new face in Italy as he played for Dinamo Sassari from 2009 to until the last summer. He shined with 17.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg in 43 LegaDue games two years ago. He helped Sassari to win LegaDue Playoffs and was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Bosman Player of the Year -10. In 2010/11, the player had 7.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 11 games in SerieA. In the past he played for Rieti, also in SerieA. Jiri Hubalek is a product of Iowa State University.


Czech Republic closed Day 3 with the win over Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Portugal-Czech Republic 67:74

Czech Republic closed Day 3 with the win over Portugal at the 2013 EuroBasket qualifying round. The guests grabbed 74:67 win in Feijo in front of 1500 fans.
Czech Republic did not waste time and started with 24-10 in the first period. The victory however was not that easy later in the game. Portugal produced 24-19 in the second frame as Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) reduced to 41:34. Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) meanwhile brought 50:36 for the guests and Vojtech Hruban (200-G/F-89) scored for 58:44. Portugal tried hard to recover and managed to reduce to 4 points with 1 minute to go. Pavel Pumprla (198-SG-86)s however nailed three with the buzzer for the final success.
Petr Benda (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Vojtech Hruban netted 12. Pavel Pumprla poured in 11, whilst Lubos Barton scored 9. Jaime Silva (187-PG-80) replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Joao Gomes brought 10.

Portugal: Jaime Silva 20, Joao Gomes 10
Czech Republic: Petr Benda 18, Vojtech Hruban 12, Pavel Pumprla 11, Lubos Barton 9



Ass.Pallacanestro Sant Antimo sign Jiri Hubalek - by Eurobasket Center (T)

Ass.Pallacanestro Sant Antimo (Lega2) signed 30-year old Czech Republic ex-international center Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, college: Iowa St., agency: Two Points). Hubalek played most recently at Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon). He helped them in their games in WABA League (5 games: 20.8ppg, 7.2rpg). Hubalek was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-WABA League Honorable Mention. He is a very experienced player. Hubalek played also pro basketball in Iran, Lebanon and Czech Rep.. He graduated Iowa State University in 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Hubalek played for Czech Republic senior national until 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EGYPT   


Egyptian U18 National Team 2012 - by Greg

4 R Ali
5 Omar Mohamed 183-PG-94 Somouha Egypt
6 S Nadi
7 Saleh Ehab
8 A Rahman
9 Z Fakhry
10 A Anwara
11 Ali Moatez
12 M Ahmed
13 Omar Abdeen 180-PG-95 Sporting Egypt
14 N Ahmed
15 Mohamed Elsayed 192-C-96 Somouha Egypt

S Mustafa Head Coach
A Hassan Assistant



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Panathinaikos targets Anthony Tolliver - by Dimitris Katsionis


According to the player's agent, Larry Fox, Panathinaikos made an offer to Anthony Tolliver (206-C-85, college: Creighton) as the "Greens" looking for a quality undersized center to pair with Schortsianitis. The case is difficult cause the player will probably be approached from NBA teams too. Tolliver has played 160 games in the NBA the last 2,5 seasons. He stands at 6'8'' with a huge 7'2'' wingspan. He is a very good (and confident) three point shooter who excels on shot blocking and defensive rebounding. His main weakness is that he doesn't have such a good footwork and as a result he can't defend quick power forwards outside, in addition with the post where he is an excellent defender. His high basketball IQ, fundamental style of playing and professionalism gave him a contract to the NBA but it is obvious that if he offered stable scoring from the post he would have sign higher contracts (his salary is about 2 million dollars/year ). Tolliver, a Creighton graduate and Dana Altmans product, excelled in Warriors up tempo offense. Moreover, Altman is famous for his fast-paced offense based on good ball movement and three point shooting. Last year Tolliver played for Minnesota Timberwolves (4.1 ppg.-3.0 rpg in 51 games)



Marques Green pens deal with Cedevita - by Eurobasket News (T)

Marques Green (167-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) pens deal with Cedevita for the next season. USA-FYR Macedonian Point Guard moves to Croatia.
Marques Green began his career in Europe with Roanne (France-ProA), and after another season in French league with Nancy, he moved to Ankara (Turkey-D1). Then, he arrived for to Avellino for the first time, where he played the best season of his career, leading his team to the third place in the Italian league and winning the Italian Cup. Earlier Green played for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey TBL) and with Scavolini Pesaro, where he ended this season with 11.6 ppg in 29 Italian league games (season high of 28 points) and 9.5 ppg in 16 Eurochallenge games.
In 2010-2011 he appeared for Air Avellino (Italy-SerieA, starting five) he averaged 11.4ppg, 2.9rpg, Assists-1 (6.8apg), Steals-5 (2.7spg), FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 80.5%. In 2011-2012 for Sidigas Avellino (Italy-SerieA, starting five) he became the fifth top-scorer with 16.1ppg, 4.5rpg, Assists-1 (6.5apg), Steals-2 (2.5spg), FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 87.0%. Over the last two seasons in Italy he reached Italian Cup Semifinals -11 and became Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention -11, 12.



Unicaja announces signing of James Gist - by Eurobasket News (T)

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


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KORISLIIGA: Damon Williams continues - by Rauno Hurmalainen (T)

American Forward Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) continues his long basketball career at least by two more years. Williams and Pyrinto (Tampere) have re-signed a 2-year-contract (2012-14). Williams will start his ninth season in Finland and eighth season on Pyrinto roster. Last season Williams averaged 17,0 ppg, 10,1 rpg and 4,1 apg. Williams will be 39 yo in December. Pyrinto has re-signed also with Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90). Despite this player's age (22) Niemi will start already his seventh season on Pyrinto roster. Niemi averaged passed season 4,0 ppg - 1,7 rpg in 15:49 mpg and 48 contests.
In Division 1 A BC Nokia has signed with American F-C Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic). Moultrie started last season with YMCA Oulu (18 games: 18,1 ppg - 13,9 rpg) and helped then FoKoPo (Forssa) to get back to Top League (Korisliiga) averaging 15,3 ppg - 10,7 rpg in 11 games.



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Cholet agrees with Anthony Mason Junior - by Eurobasket News (T)

Cholet reinforced its roster at position 3. The former French champion agreed a 1-year deal with American forward Anthony Mason Junior (201-F-87, college: St.John's). The player finished last season in Bahrain with BC Al Hala. He helped them reach Gulf Club Championship Finals. Mason started last season with the NBA D-League team Sioux Falls Skyforce. He appeared 45 with them last season averaging 17.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Mason played for the Skyforce also in 2010/11. That season he had 15.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 3.3 apg for 15 games. It was his first year as a pro. Anthony Mason is a product of St.John's University, where he graduated two years ago. He had 7.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg for his school in 19 games as a senior. In 2008, he was awarded with All-Big East Honorable Mention -08.


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Pero Antic and Vlado Ilievski retire from the National Team - by Eurobasket News (T)

Pero Antic (211-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Vlado Ilievski (187-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) will not play for FYROM National Team any longer. Both players officially announced their retirement from the NT.
Pero Antic joined FYROM NT in 2005. Last summer they reached Semifinals at EuroBasket in Lithuania. The player shined with 11.6 ppg and 8.5 rpg for 11 games. This summer FYROM participated at Additional Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas, but failed to book a ticket for London. Antic had 11.7 ppg and 7 rpg for 3 games in Caracas.
Vlado Ilievski played for the National Team from 1998 to 2003 and later in 2007, 2008, 2011 and this year as well. He had 10 ppg, 3.3 apg and 2.2 rpg for 11 games in Lithuania. This summer in Caracas Ilievski collected 12.3 ppg and 3.3 apg for 3 games.
This is bad, but expected news for the FYROM NT.



Fersped-Rabotnicki brings in Slobodan Mihajloski - by Eurobasket News (T)

Slobodan Mihajloski (202-F/C-82) is a new member of Fersped-Rabotnicki. The Macedonian PF/C penned a deal for the next season. Mihajloski spent last six years with Feni Industri. They won three championship titles together and two Cup trophies. Feni also was Balkan league champion a year ago. Last season they reached Superleague Finals, but failed to MZT Skopje. Slobodan Mihajloski played only six games for Feni last season, after what they parted ways (December, 2011). In 2010/11 season the player had 8.5 ppg and 3.3 rpg in 24 domestic league appearances. He numbers in Balkan league were even better: 12.7 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 9 games. In the past, Slobodan Mihajloski played for Vardar Skopje, Veles and Gostivar. In 2010, the player was warded with Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention -10. In 2011, he got the same award, but in BIBL.


Feni releases Marjan Gjurov - by Eurobasket News (T)

Feni Industri parted ways with Marjan Gjurov (201-SF-80). The former Superleague champion decided to terminate deal with the player. However, according to Gjurov he has one more year left in his contract and he doesnt want to leave.
Marjan Gjurov is a member of Feni Industri since 2007. Last season he played 30 games in Superleague averaging 3.1 points and 1.1 rebounds. Gjurov also added 2.7 ppg and 1.5 rpg for 12 Balkan league appearances. Marjan Gjurov won two championship titles with Feni and one Cup trophy. They also were Balkan league champs in 2011. In the past, Gjurov was a member of Vardar Osiguruvanje. With them he won Macedonian Cup in 2007.



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Gabonese U18 National Team 2012 - by Greg

4 Herbert Moundanga
5 Glenn Moussouami
6 Lyod Sima
7 Ritch Ondo Engong Gabon
8 Wilfried Ongomou
9 Eliot Landji
10 Junior Messi Messi Toungui Gabon
11 Axe Ossami Toungui Gabon
12 Junior Mindjoudi
13 Haamia Mbongo BA BB Gabon
14 Alan Ndikuedi
15 Rodrigue Muanda Espoir BC Gabon

M Nguimbi Head Coach
Patrick Mboumba Assistant Engong Gabon



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2012 WORLD SCORING RACE - by Eurobasket Center

According to our database*, Everage Richardson (191-G-85, college: Co.Carolina) is once again the best basketball scorer of the world. The American player ended the 2011-2012 season with 42.1 points per game, playing in Germany for the Oberharz in the 2.Regionalliga League. From the 2009 season, the American guard marks over 40 points per game, and it was in 2010 & 2011 the leading scorer in the world respectively scoring 48.8 and 47.8 points per game.
In second place, just like last year, the Italian guard Thomas Branca (188-G-88), who finished with a career best of 37.9 points per game, playing for Borgosesia in italian Serie D League. In 3rd place overall still an Italian player: Costanzo Ruocco (184-SF-83) of Capri ended with 35.7 ppg, playing in the Promozione Italian league with a season high of 63 points. Over 35 per game also for American Greg Hernandez (198-C, college: Maryville, TN) of Glamorgan (35.3), English club of the EBL Division 2. Close the Top 5 of the Rossendale Stephen Gayle (180-G-80) (EBL Division 4), at 34.8 ppg. Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84, college: Massachusetts) scores 34.7 in Chinas NBL for Heilongjiang for 6th place and Ricky Easterling (188-G-83, college: Bridgewater) 34.5 ppg for Saarlouis in Germany (1.Regionalliga League).

* based on the statistics of 140 World Basketball Leagues College & Youth tournaments are not included)

2012 WORLD SCORING RACE:

42.1 - Everage Richardson (191-G-85) (Oberharz), 2.Regionalliga (Germany)
37.9 - Thomas Branca (188-G-88) (Borgosesia), Serie D (Italy)
35.7 - Costanzo Ruocco (184-SF-83) (Capri), Promozione (Italy)
35.3 - Greg Hernandez (198-C) (Glamorgan), EBL Division 2 (United Kingdom)
34.8 - Stephen Gayle (180-G-80) (Rossendale), EBL Division 4 (United Kingdom)
34.7 - Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) (Heilongjiang), NBL (China)
34.5 - Ricky Easterling (188-G-83) (Saarlouis), 1.Regionalliga (Germany)
34.4 - J.R. Smith (198-G-85) (Zhejiang), CBA (China)
34.4 - Lloyd Johnson (180-G-85) (Albany), IBA (USA)
34.2 - Adeleke Kenny (205-C-83) (Henan), NBL (China)
34.2 - Ryan Edwards (196-F-83) (Kankakee), IBA (USA)
33.8 - Hugo Sierra Moreira (190-G/F-73) (Cerignola), Serie D (Italy)
33.6 - Lester Hudson (191-G-84) (Qingdao), CBA (China)
33.4 - Fahreed Cheatham (196-F-79, college: Lincoln, PA) (Destroyers), ACPBL (USA)
32.0 - Williams Marcus (200-F/G-86) (Shanxi), CBA (China)



Filmore Beck Moves To The White Wings Hanau - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber (T)


Filmore Beck (189-G-91) just cant move away from the Frankfurt-Rhine Main area as he has played there all his career and today he joined the White Wings Hanau. Beck is a 21 year old 189 cm guard that was born in Frankfurt and last played in the 2010-2011 season for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt II (ProB): German League: 1 game: 0pts, 1ast; 13 games: 8.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 23.9%, FT: 72.2%. Beck got a nasty injury in January 2011 with the German junior national team and hasnt played since. He got a ligament injury in his foot. Despite his long injury is Hanau head coach Hans Beth confident about the capabilities of Beck. "Filmore is a player from the region that deserves a chance after his injury. We wantto help him develop his his basketball and charachter qualities. He has good qualities that should be inserted into the team", stressed Hans Beth. Beck started his basketball career in 2006 with
: Eintracht Frankfurt (2.Regionalliga) playing there until 2009. In 2009-2010, he played for the : Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt II (ProB, starting five): 22 games: 13.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 76.9%, also a license to play for Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (1.Bundesliga): 1 game: 0pts. Awards and achievements in his career have been German U16 National Team -07, German U18 National Team -09, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Newcomers Team -10, and German Bundesliga Finalist -10




Source: Hanau White Wings




Kevin Bright (I Want To Be Consistent Over A Whole Season At A High Level) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kevin Bright (198-F/G-92) is a 19 year old 198cm swing man from Mannheim Germany. He played for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule from 2007-2012 playing a total of 83 German second division games. In the 2011-2012 season, he played 25 games averaging 8,5ppg, 2,9rpg and 2,5apg. He will be attend Vanderbilt university in the 2012-2013 season. Eurobasket sat down with the German to talk basketball.

After moving up to the PRO A last season, Erdgas Ehingen finished the season in 11th place. Can one be happy with the end result?

We had some problems at the start, but we beat some top teams in the second half of the season. All in all, one can be satisfied with the season.


You scored 24 points in the first game at MBC. What will you always remember from this game?

I will remember the great atmosphere in their arena. Even though that we lost, we showed that we could play with a top team.

In your first PRO A season, you averaged 8,5ppg, 2,9rpg and 2,5apg. How satisfied were you with your own season?

I wasnt too happy with my season. I had some bad games, but I think that I learned from my mistakes and the PRO A was a good experience and preparation for the NCAA.


On what things do you still need to work on on your game?

Being able to be consistent over a whole season at a high level.


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

I believe that my defense gets overlooked by people.


You were born in Mannheim. What was your childhood like?

I had a relaxed childhood. I came from a good family back round. My parents separated when I was young, but I have good contact to both. I started with soccer and changed to basketball.


Who were your NBA idols as a kid?

I liked Kobe Bryant because he can do it all. I also liked Ademola Okulaja. I always liked watching him play.


You came as a 15 year old to Ehingen in 2007. When you look back, was this the right decision to make?

That was the best decision in my life. I have learned so much on and off the court and am so thankful that I had this experience. Everyone treated me so well and I think I would not have had a better experience anywhere else.


What are the most important things that you have learned from Ralph Junge?

I learned that Whom can you defend is most important. Coaches only let you play if you play defense. It doesnt matter how much you can score, but in the end defense is always most important.


You played at the 2012 European championships. How challenging is it fighting for playing time with German Patrick Heckmann?

We have been playing against each other the last years in the PRO B. I really havent played any one on one against him, but if I did I would beat him being physical.


Who wins a one on one, you or Garrett Williamson?

He won every time. He was the best defender that I ever played against.

How happy are you about going to Vanderbilt?

I am so happy about doing this. I think that I have made steps the last years with Ehingen and now I am ready to make the next step.


How did you like Vanderbilt when you visited the school?

I visited there last June. I really liked the campus. It is a private school with 12,000 students. One of the reasons why I went there was because of the good basketball program and good academic program.


What do you know about your future teammates?

I have heard that there are 2 NBA prospects on the team.


Do you feel pressure to play in the NCAA?

Yes I feel pressure, but it is positive.


Is Nashville a city you want to live in?

Yes, it is a nice city with much flair. I will have to get used to country music.


Who was the best player that you played against in the PRO A?

Arizona Reid from MBC.

What have been the most free throws that you have made in a row?

50


What was your most crazy shot in your career?

In the NBBL, a buzzer beater three pointer in a semi final game.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Hitch with Will Smith.


Thanks Kevin for the chat.




Kenny Hasbrouck Moves To Italy - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena) is turning into a European basketball traveler as he turns his head from the Beko BBL and will play in Italy this upcoming season. SAIE3 Bologna (Italy-SerieA) have announced the signing of the American who will play in his third country in Europe after Spain and Germany. Last season Hasbrouck played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): German League: 33 games: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 79.2%; EuroChallenge: 11 games: 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg, Steals-1 (2.1spg), FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 85.7%. Hasbrouck had an up and down season in which he had 15 games where he scored in double figures, but then again had games where he couldnt hit the side of a barn from downtown. In games where he didnt hit for double figures, he shot a very cold 13-43 from the parking lot. His strongest games were 23 points against Tuebingen and Ludwigburg.


Thorben Haake Remains With The Sport-Club Itzehoe Eagles - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber (T)

The Sport-Club Itzehoe Eagles announced today that Thorben Haake (188-PG-91) will remain for a fourth season with the team. Haake is a 21 year old 188 cm point guard. The team was lucky that he couldnt get a university position in Cologne and thus will study in Kiel thus being able to keep playing for the Sport-Club Itzehoe Eagles. Last season, he played 22 games: 6.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3Pts: 34.3%, FT: 76.7%. "I am happy that a known face is staying not only for the team, but also for the fans. He is a very ambitious player and still has potential. He has a lot of desire to have success", stressed head coach Paul Larysz .

Source: Sport-Club Itzehoe Eagles



Jermaine Dixon Moves To USC Heidelberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber (T)

With only one real point guard with Kai Barth, USC Heidelberg allowed themselves much time to look for a second one and found one with Jermaine Dixon (191-G-87, college: Pittsburgh) giving him a one year contract. Dixon is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Baltimore, Maryland that is the brother of former NBA player Juan Dixon. He can be described as a physical, athletic guard who can go from A to Z very quickly. As a lefthander, he is a natural scorer who can penetrate and attack the basket. Dixon is also extremely coachable and loves to compete. Last season, he played for Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix (Japan-BJ League, starting five): 51 games: 18.2ppg, 4.9rpg, Assists-3 (5.5apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 70.1%. Dixon started his basketball career at Pittsburgh (NCAA). In his senior year, he played 25 games: 10.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 20.9%, FT: 70.4%. He started his professional basketball career in 2010 playing for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 9.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.0apg, 2.5spg, in Oct.'10 moved to Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix (Japan-BJ League, starting five): 31 games: 12.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 71.9%; in Feb.'11 signed at Akita Northern Happinets (Japan-BJ League, starting five): 1 game: 20pts, 9reb, 2steals, left shortly . Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Big East Regular Season Runner-Up -09, Big East Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -10, Japanese BJ League Eastern Division Regular Season Champion -12, Japanese BJ League Finalist -12, Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Guard of the Year -12, Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 1st Team -12, and Asia-Basket.com Japanese BJ League All-Imports Team -12

Source: USC Heidelberg



Jarrel Smith: "I remained confident and finished strong" - by Moritz Korff (T)

With 19.1 points per game Jarrel Smith (200-F, college: Concordia Irvine) was the leading scorer of the Giessen Pointers in this past Pro B season. However, Smith - who joined the team after the christmas break and appeared in 10 games until the remainder of the season - and his teammates were not able to avoid relegation to the Regionalliga, as they fell short to the Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the play down series. The native of Encino, California, takes a look back at this past campaign, tells about his college career and about his relationship with his brother Jimmy Smith (193-G-86, college: Concordia Irvine).

Can you give us an update on your current status? Are you still available for the 2012-13 season?

Jarrel Smith: I am currently a free agent.I'm not signed with an agency and yes I'm available for the 2012-2013 season.

The Giessen Pointers struggled last season and ended up being relegated to the Regionalliga. You played ten games for the team last season, so you only were there at the end of the season. But what was is your take on what went wrong and why the Pointers had such a tough time last year?
I believe that the Giessen Pointers had a very rough season because of how young we were. Experience is a big part of winning and we simply just didn't have enough of it. We lacked aggression, focus, and most importantly, work ethic. These three important things are why we crashed as a team. That being said, because the players are so young they have a lot of room for improvement and I wish them the best.

You averaged 19.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in your ten games for the Pointers: How do you feel about your personal performances during your first stint overseas?
I think, I did pretty good for my first season.I started getting used to everything towards the last end of the season. I struggled more than I wanted to in the beginning, because everything was new to me. I remained confident and finished strong.

Looking back at your college career, you started at Colorado State, then transferred to another NCAA D1 program, Towson, and moved to NAIA school Concordia Irvine for your senior year. Can you give a brief summary of the time that you spent at these three universities?

My time at Colorado State was short but I'm glad I went through it. I played with Jason Smith, a PF/Center for the New Orleans Hornets. It was my first college from high school, so I really learned a lot. I spent my next three years at Towson University, which was a good experience until the end. The coach and I had differences, so I decided to spend my last year of college at one of the best NAIA colleges in the nation, Concordia Irvine.

Transferring from a NCAA D1 school to Concordia Irvine, one of the better NAIA teams: Is there a big difference as far as the level of competition is concerned?

As far as the team I was on, no. Concordia had players that could be and compete at a lot of D1 schools. The teams that we were playing against had a little bit more ways to go. Because we were a top NAIA school we were the closest to D1 competition out of all the teams we played.

You played with your brother Jimmy in high school and in college: Is he playing pro basketball as well and how would it be like for you two to maybe play on the same pro team?

Yes, my brother, Jimmy, is also playing professional basketball. He signed with a team in Cyprus last season and is also a free agent right now as well.That would be a dream, if we could both be able to play on the same team overseas.It's hard enough for brothers to be able to do that in college let alone somewhere beyond the United States.

How did you spend the summer and how did you prepare yourself for the up and coming season?

I spent the summer training everyday.And I am also still training everyday. I took what I needed to take from last season and made upgrades to my workouts, diet, and mindset.Me and my brother workout at around10AMeveryday, come back home and rest, and then we get a second workout in at around 2 or3pm. We try to get in 2 a days to prepare our bodies for the long season.

What will the team get that decides to sign you?

The team that signs me will get a player that is dedicated to working hard everyday, a player that will bring a great attitude off and on the court, a player that not only wants to better himself, but to also better his teammates so we all progress forward. I want to help my team reach goals that they could not reach the year before. Contact email: JarrelSmith@gmail.com



Giessen Pointers add Elijah Allen to 2012-13 roster - by Moritz Korff (T)

Elijah Allen (193-F-89) will strengthen the roster of the Giessen Pointers (1. Regionalliga South-West) in the 2012-13 season. The 22-year-old guard/forward spent his college career at NW Missouri State (NCAA Division Two) and completed his four year stint with the Bearcats in 2011. In his senior season (2010-11) Allen averaged 14.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest, while being named to the All-Mid-America Intercollege Athletics Association Third Team.


Lithuanian forward for Weiden - by Moritz Korff (T)

The Coocoons Baskets Weiden (1. Regionalliga South-East) will get Lithuanian help in the up and coming season. Rytis Valencius (202-F) has joined the team, the club unveiled on its website. The 24-year-old forward attended the Arvydas-Sabonis-Basketballschool in his native Lithuania and spent the past three years in England. In a recent exhibition game against Karlsbad, Valencius scored 16 points for the Weiden team. "It is obvious that Rytis has had a great basketball education and that he is very versatile", Coach Kevin Decker said.


Dresden Titans sign Andrew Jones - by Moritz Korff (T)

The Dresden Titans, newcomer to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B, have completed the signing of Andrew Jones (190-G/F-83, college: Miles). The 29-year-old will play for the Titans for the second time. In 2008 he had a short stint with the team. Last season Jones led the Aschersleben Tigers in scoring and averaged 23.7 points per contest in the 1. Regionalliga North. He also had 7.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.8 steals a game, while being named to the Eurobasket.com All-RLN Second Team.


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Transfer news - by Chris Mammides (T)

A1 League
Great Rumors brings Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) to Panathinaikos Athens
Panelefsiniakos other than Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83) have officially renewed the contracts of Kyriakopoulos, and Christos Deligiannis (204-F-84) while Nikos Papanikolopoulos (192-G-79) agreed financial terms for one year.
Aris agreed financial terms with Zisis Sarikopoulos (213-C-90, college: Ohio St.) for the next two years.
Panionios is no longer interested to renew the contract of Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79), the Serbian forward seems to ask more money and the deal is off. The new target for Panionios is Giorgos Barlos (202-F-80).

Vasileios Kavvadas (202-F-91) will be the fourth player to say No to Panathinaikos Athens to join forces with its rivals Olympiakos, it is worth mentioned that the three out of four cases have the same agent!!!


A2 League
Paraskeva Martzos (197-F-85) and Darko Matic (192-G-84) agreed financial terms with Doxa LEfkadas
Tassos Traianos (195-F/G-87) agreed financial terms with OFI
Theodoros Tsiloulis (190-G-93) agreed terms with Aiolos Trikalon while the Trikala team renewed the contracts of Sotiris Gioulekas (202-F-79), Fountas, Giorgos Lepeniotis (187-G-79), Nikos Tsoutsos (202-F-82) and Giannis Papachristos (194-F-80)


B' Division
Ermis Lagkada agreed financial terms with Panagiotis Liakopoulos (185-G-91), Dionis Karabatsos (204-F-94)



Panathinaikos targets Anthony Tolliver - by Dimitris Katsionis


According to the player's agent, Larry Fox, Panathinaikos made an offer to Anthony Tolliver (206-C-85, college: Creighton) as the "Greens" looking for a quality undersized center to pair with Schortsianitis. The case is difficult cause the player will probably be approached from NBA teams too. Tolliver has played 160 games in the NBA the last 2,5 seasons. He stands at 6'8'' with a huge 7'2'' wingspan. He is a very good (and confident) three point shooter who excels on shot blocking and defensive rebounding. His main weakness is that he doesn't have such a good footwork and as a result he can't defend quick power forwards outside, in addition with the post where he is an excellent defender. His high basketball IQ, fundamental style of playing and professionalism gave him a contract to the NBA but it is obvious that if he offered stable scoring from the post he would have sign higher contracts (his salary is about 2 million dollars/year ). Tolliver, a Creighton graduate and Dana Altmans product, excelled in Warriors up tempo offense. Moreover, Altman is famous for his fast-paced offense based on good ball movement and three point shooting. Last year Tolliver played for Minnesota Timberwolves (4.1 ppg.-3.0 rpg in 51 games)



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PromotieDivisie News: Four new teams in the Promotie! - by Terry Cooper

What a summer it has been with the Olympics, European Qualifications, and team transactions that have made the summer of 2012 very busy as well as hot! With the 2012-13 season preparing to start in the next few weeks, new teams are getting ready for a level of basketball that will have players and coaches on their p's and q's every week. Four new teams will begin their journey to the championship in the spring as we welcome: MSV/Zeemacht, Habitop/Orca's, UBALL, and Almere Pioneers to the league. A couple of the teams are familiar to the PromotieDivisie and hopefully will be able to get off to a great start early as for UBALL and MSV/Zeemacht this will be a test for them to establish themselves as a contender. With four new teams in the league we must say farwell to a few teams that were relegated or decided not to play this season such as: GOBA, VBC Akrides, BV Hoofddorp, and Jugglers. We wish them success in Eerste Divisie and hopeful return to the division. 2012-13 season will be a bit of a mystery to determine who will come out of the blocks early in competition and establish themselves as an elite team. Binnenland, Red Giants, Leiden, and De Hoppers hope to continue their great play over the past seasons as these teams have no problem building a solid cast of players that compliment each other well on the court. The other teams will have to bring in key players with experience with young talent that have winning as a priority as well as team play and dedication in order to make noise early. As time has proven in the past few seasons, atleast one team will show their dominance against the league veteran teams and show why they belong in this league while others will have to make changes early to avoid falling behind and possible relegation at the end of the season. PromoiteDivisie basketball is back for another season and I will be here to keep you on track of it all wherever I am playing (yes, still doing my thang!). Hope everyone summer was a blast but now for those true 'ballers' it's time to get back to work on the hardwood and show'em what you got. I'm Terry Cooper (191-G-73, college: N.Carolina A&T) and until next time, stay tuned!!!


Landstede Zwolle nabs Darryl Webb at forward - by Fred Roggen (T)

Landstede Zwolle reinforced its frontcourt ahead of the start of the season by registering forward Darryl Webb (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Indiana, PA) for the team's DBL roster. Webb arrives from German side Crailsheim Merlins, where he averaged 15.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 66.4% in 35 German Pro-A games last season.
Darryl Webb played college basketball at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he averaged 17.4ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3Pts: 29.1%, 72.6% as a senior in the 2010-11 season and was awarded All-PSAC West Division Player of the Year.



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U18 Championship: Syria overcame India, both will play for 9-12 places - by Eurobasket News

India U18-Syria U18 57:69

Syria overcame India, as both of them will play for 9-12 places at the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. Syria won 69:57 and finished the 2-3 record in Group E as well as Lebanon and Japan. It was not however enough to advance to the Quarterfinals due to the games between each other. India finished the group with 0-5 record on the last place.
India won the first period 17-14 and then scored another 17 points in the second frame. Syria also scored 17 and trailed 3 points at the halftime. Syria however dominated the second half. They produced 22-10 in the third period and finished the game with 16-13 in the last stanza.
Mahmmoud Trub (195-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Ali Obesi (188-F-94) had 17. Palpreet Singh Brar (204-C-94) ended up with 19 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, while Rakesh Singh (198-PF-95) added 14. Amit Kanarjee (187-PG-94) brought 12 and Shyam Sunder (179-PG-94) scored 8.

India U18: Palpreet Singh Brar 19+13 rebs, Rakesh Singh 14, Amit Kanarjee 12, Shyam Sunder 8
Syria U18: Mahmmoud Trub 18+10 rebs, Ali Obesi 17



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2012 William Jones Cup: Iran defeat USA to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Iran - USA 97:89 (2OT)

Iran claimed the fourth straight win at William Jones Cup. They overcame USA selection to improve at 4-0 record on top of the ladder. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) came up with 29 points to lead the winners.
Iran unloaded 27 points to surge ahead in the opening quarter. They accumulated a 6-point lead at the first break. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 7-point lead at halftime. USA narrowed the deficit in the third quarter. The North American team got within 6 points at the third intermission. They held Iran to just 11 points in the fourth quarter to deny the deficit and sent the game into overtime. The first extra period finished in a 7:7 tie. Iran surged ahead in the second overtime scoring 16 points and sealing the victory at the end. Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) notched 21 points, while Oshin Sahakian (200-F-86) added 15 points and 13 boards for the winners. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) answered with 22 points for USA. Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) banked 21 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Iran: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 29, Mahdi Kamrani 21, Oshin Sahakian 15+13 boards
USA: Curtis Marshall 22, Marcus Melvin 21



U18 Championship: Taiwan overcame Iran in overtime thriller - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan-Iran 78:77 OT

Taiwan overcame Iran in overtime thriller as both teams finish on top of Group F. Taiwan grabbed the second place after a 78:77 victory. Iran meanwhile suffered their first loss and kept the top position.
Iran took 24:22 lead after the first period and added defensive 15-11 in the second frame. Taiwan meanwhile dominated the second half including the extra time as well. They produced 20-14 in the fourth period to tie the game and then needed 9-8 in extra time to seal the victory.
Lee Chia-Jui (200-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Wang Chih-Chun (180-G-82) nailed 16. Lin Yu-Ping followed them with 11 points. Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) ended up with 22 points, while Hossein Rahmati (204-C-93) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Mohammad Sistani (181-G-86) had 13, whilst Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) brought 8 points and 16 rebounds.

Taiwan: Lee Chia-Jui 22, Wang Chih-Chun 16, Lin Yu-Ping 11
Iran: Vahid Dalirzahan 22, Hossein Rahmati 18+11 rebs, Mohammad Sistani 13, Saleh Foroutannik 8+16 rebs



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Maccabi Ashdod adds Jamie Skeen and Chris Allen - by Eurobasket News (T)

Maccabi Ashdod announced signing of Jamie Skeen (205-F-88, college: VCU) and rookie Chris Allen (190-G-88) for the upcoming season.
Jamie Skeen is not a new face in Israel as he finished last season with Ironi Ashkelon. He joined them in December averaging 9 points and 4.8 rebounds for 19 games in Premier League. Skeen started last season with French ASVEL. There he had 3 ppg and 1.4 rpg for 11 games in ProA. The player had slightly better numbers for 6 EuroCup games. Skeen is a product of VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University), where he graduated a year ago. They reached 2011 NCAA Final Four.
Chris Allen is rookie who graduated at Iowa State University few months ago. He had 12.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.3 apg in 34 games as a senior. He transferred to Iowa State in 2010 from the Michigan State University. With Michigan State Allen reached NCAA Final Four two years ago.



Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon sign Jumaine Jones - by Eurobasket (T)

Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon signed 33-year old American forward Jumaine Jones (203-104kg-79, college: Georgia). He played most recently at Victoria Libertas Pesaro in Italian SerieA. While playing 41 games for Pesaro last season Jones averaged 11.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg in Eurocup. He played also in SerieA (30 games: 13.6ppg, Reb-2 (8.6rpg), 1.5apg, 2.2spg), and Euroleague Qualifying Round ( 2 games: 11.0ppg, 8.5rpg). Jones helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Jones is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Italy, Puerto Rico, Russia and USA. Jones graduated University of Georgia in 1999 and it will be his 14th season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Virtus Roma keeps captain Alessandro Tonolli for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News (T)

Virtus Roma announced singing of a 1-year contract extension with team captain Alessandro Tonolli (202-F-74). It will be their 19th season together. Last season the player appeared in 25 SerieA games, but with very limited playing time. He averaged 1 point and 1.5 rebounds. In 2010/11 season the player appeared only six times for the club. Tonolli started his pro career with Roma and never left it. They reached Italian Cup Finals together in 2006. That same year Roma also played in ULEB Cup Quarterfinals. Four years ago Roma reached SerieA Finals. Alessandro Tonolli played for Italian National Team in 1997, 1998 and from 2000 to 2004.


Napoli-Sant'Antimo signs Jiri Hubalek - by Eurobasket News (T)

Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St.) is back to Italy. The Czech big guy signed a deal with Napoli-Sant'Antimo. Hubalek returns to Italy from Lebanon, where he finished last season. The player joined Al Moutahed Tripoli in March. He started the season with Iranian team Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour and was awarded with Asia-Basket.com All-WABA League Honorable Mention -12. The player had 20.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg for 5 games in WABA. Jiri Hubalek is not a new face in Italy as he played for Dinamo Sassari from 2009 to until the last summer. He shined with 17.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg in 43 LegaDue games two years ago. He helped Sassari to win LegaDue Playoffs and was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Bosman Player of the Year -10. In 2010/11, the player had 7.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 11 games in SerieA. In the past he played for Rieti, also in SerieA. Jiri Hubalek is a product of Iowa State University.


Pesaro extends Simone Flamini - by Eurobasket News (T)

Despite reports in Italian media that Simone Flamini (203-G/F-82) and Pesaro are unable to agree on contract extension, the team officially announced that Flamini stays for the upcoming season. There were also some rumors that Flamini will join Milano for the training camp. Simone Flamini had 1.3 ppg and 1.7 rpg in 41 games with Scavolini last season. In 2010/11, the player averaged 4.4 points and 1.6 rebounds for 30 games. He joined the club three years ago. Before Scavolini, Flamini played for Montegranaro, Napoli and Caffe Maxim Bologna.


Forli gets bigger with center Mattia Soloperto - by Eurobasket News (T)

Fulgor Libertas Forli reinforced its roster under the basket. The team signed a 1-year deal with Italian center Mattia Soloperto (208-C-80). He arrives to the club from Sigadas Avelino. The player appeared 22 times in SerieA last season, but he had very limited playing time. He averaged only 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds. Before Avelino, Soloperto spent one year with Latina. There he shined with 12.4 ppg and 7.9 rpg for 28 games in A Dilettanti. From 2008 to 2010, he played for Trapani and in 2007/08 season Mattia Soloperto was a member of Montecatini. In the past, he was a member of Reggio Calabria, Imola, Ragusa and Teamsystem Bologna. Forli was the last ranked team in LegaDue last season.


Valerio Amoroso is officially announced by Pesaro - by Eurobasket News (T)

Valerio Amoroso (204-F/C-80) is officially announced by Pesaro for the next season. The Italian Power Forward / Center moved to his new team.
Earlier the team offered him a deal. The Italian PF/C spent last season with Banca Tercas Teramo. He appeared 32 times in SerieA collecting 11.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2 apg. Amoroso played for Canadian Solar Bologna in 2010/11. There he had 8.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 27 games. From 2008 to 2010, Valerio Amoroso played also played for Teramo. He had 12.2 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 26 league games in their second season together. The player registered almost the same numbers for 6 games in EuroCup. In the past, Amoroso was a member of Montegranaro and Scafati. He played for Italian National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2009.
Pesaro also confirmed Lamont Mack and Simone Flamini.



Victoria Libertas Pesaro lands Mack - by Eurobasket Center (T)

Victoria Libertas Pesaro strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Lamont Mack (201-F-104kg-87, college: Charlotte). Mack played most recently at Lukoil Academik Sofia (Bulgaria). While playing 8 games in EuroCup for Lukoil Academik last season he averaged 11.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.6apg. He also played 36 games in Bulgarian League recording 11.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the championship title and the cup. Mack was selected also to the all-star game. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team and All-League 2nd Team. Mack played also pro basketball in Bulgaria and Greece. He graduated University of North Carolina - Charlotte in 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



2012 WORLD SCORING RACE - by Eurobasket Center

According to our database*, Everage Richardson (191-G-85, college: Co.Carolina) is once again the best basketball scorer of the world. The American player ended the 2011-2012 season with 42.1 points per game, playing in Germany for the Oberharz in the 2.Regionalliga League. From the 2009 season, the American guard marks over 40 points per game, and it was in 2010 & 2011 the leading scorer in the world respectively scoring 48.8 and 47.8 points per game.
In second place, just like last year, the Italian guard Thomas Branca (188-G-88), who finished with a career best of 37.9 points per game, playing for Borgosesia in italian Serie D League. In 3rd place overall still an Italian player: Costanzo Ruocco (184-SF-83) of Capri ended with 35.7 ppg, playing in the Promozione Italian league with a season high of 63 points. Over 35 per game also for American Greg Hernandez (198-C, college: Maryville, TN) of Glamorgan (35.3), English club of the EBL Division 2. Close the Top 5 of the Rossendale Stephen Gayle (180-G-80) (EBL Division 4), at 34.8 ppg. Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84, college: Massachusetts) scores 34.7 in Chinas NBL for Heilongjiang for 6th place and Ricky Easterling (188-G-83, college: Bridgewater) 34.5 ppg for Saarlouis in Germany (1.Regionalliga League).

* based on the statistics of 140 World Basketball Leagues College & Youth tournaments are not included)

2012 WORLD SCORING RACE:

42.1 - Everage Richardson (191-G-85) (Oberharz), 2.Regionalliga (Germany)
37.9 - Thomas Branca (188-G-88) (Borgosesia), Serie D (Italy)
35.7 - Costanzo Ruocco (184-SF-83) (Capri), Promozione (Italy)
35.3 - Greg Hernandez (198-C) (Glamorgan), EBL Division 2 (United Kingdom)
34.8 - Stephen Gayle (180-G-80) (Rossendale), EBL Division 4 (United Kingdom)
34.7 - Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) (Heilongjiang), NBL (China)
34.5 - Ricky Easterling (188-G-83) (Saarlouis), 1.Regionalliga (Germany)
34.4 - J.R. Smith (198-G-85) (Zhejiang), CBA (China)
34.4 - Lloyd Johnson (180-G-85) (Albany), IBA (USA)
34.2 - Adeleke Kenny (205-C-83) (Henan), NBL (China)
34.2 - Ryan Edwards (196-F-83) (Kankakee), IBA (USA)
33.8 - Hugo Sierra Moreira (190-G/F-73) (Cerignola), Serie D (Italy)
33.6 - Lester Hudson (191-G-84) (Qingdao), CBA (China)
33.4 - Fahreed Cheatham (196-F-79, college: Lincoln, PA) (Destroyers), ACPBL (USA)
32.0 - Williams Marcus (200-F/G-86) (Shanxi), CBA (China)



Ass.Pallacanestro Sant Antimo sign Jiri Hubalek - by Eurobasket Center (T)

Ass.Pallacanestro Sant Antimo (Lega2) signed 30-year old Czech Republic ex-international center Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, college: Iowa St., agency: Two Points). Hubalek played most recently at Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon). He helped them in their games in WABA League (5 games: 20.8ppg, 7.2rpg). Hubalek was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-WABA League Honorable Mention. He is a very experienced player. Hubalek played also pro basketball in Iran, Lebanon and Czech Rep.. He graduated Iowa State University in 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Hubalek played for Czech Republic senior national until 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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2012 William Jones Cup: Philippines remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Philippines-Japan 88:84

Philippines remain undefeated at the 2012 William Jones Cup. The team improved to 4-0 record after 88:84 win over Japan.
Philippines won the first period 26-23, but failed in the second quarter. Japan was too good for the opponents and erupted with 24-10 to take 47:36 lead at the halftime. Moreover Japan added 24-22 in the third period for 13-point lead. Philippines meanwhile did not give up and responded with 30-13 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Jeffrei Chan (192-F-83) added 14. LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) nailed 13 and Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) scored 11. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort and Hironori Watanabe (180-G-88) brought 16. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) netted 14, whilst Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) delivered 10.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 26+15 rebs, Jeffrei Chan 14, LA Tenorio 13, Gabe Norwood 11
Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 17, Hironori Watanabe 16, Ryota Sakurai 14, Daiki Tanaka 10



U18 Championship: Japan beat Lebanon, both advance to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon U18-Japan U18 82:94

Japan beat Lebanon, both advance to the Quarterfinals of the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. Japan needed 94:82 win for 2-3 record in Group E on the third place. Lebanon closed the Quarterfinal picture with the same record.
It was a decisive game in the group for the Quarterfinal picture. Both teams scored 12 points each in the first 5 minutes and then Japan gabbed 22-18 advantage at the end of the quarter. They increased to 10 points midway through the second frame and led 50:36 at the halftime. Japan grabbed 58:43 with 5 minutes to go in the third quarter, while the difference remained the same at the end of the period. Lebanon tried hard at the end of the game and reduced to 12 points for the final success for both teams.
Masahiro Narita (185-SF-94) led the way with 26 points and Yuta Watanabe (200-SF-94) collected 21 points and 11 rebounds. Yudai Baba (193-SF-95) and Shuto Terazono (165-PG-94) collected 18 points and 12 assists. Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) finished the game with 15 points and Ali Mezher (182-PG-94) as well as Wael Arakji (192-G-94) had 12 points. Elie Chamoun (193-F-94) followed with 10 points in a loss.

Lebanon U18: Jimmy Salem 15, Ali Mezher 12, Wael Arakji 12, Elie Chamoun 10
Japan U18: Masahiro Narita 26, Yuta Watanabe 21+11 rebs, Yudai Baba 18, Shuto Terazono 18+12 asts



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2012 William Jones Cup: Taiwan edge Jordan for third win - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - Jordan 85:63

Taiwan registered the third win at the William Jones Cup. The hosts toppled Jordan for 3-2 record. Jordan fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) delivered 22 points and 8 boards to lead the charge.
Jordan started the game strongly. They limited the hosts to 13 points in the first quarter and earned a 2-point lead. Jordan boosted the margin at 5-point mark at halftime 36:31. But Taiwan turned things around in the third quarter. They went on a massive 28:11 rally to pull ahead. Taiwan outgunned their opponents 26:16 in the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Lu Cheng-Ju (194-F-86) knocked down 20 points, while Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) accounted for 12 points for the winners. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) answered with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Jordan. Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87) netted 12 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Tsung-Hsien Chang 22, Lu Cheng-Ju 20, Lin Chih-Chieh 12
Jordan: Ali Jamal 15, Mahmoud Abdeen 12



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Ulinzi Warriors Gun Down Lakesiders - by Eurobasket News

FORMER national champions Ulinzi Warriors beat Lakeside 84-64 in a premier league basketball show at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium. The soldiers took a deserved 23-5 lead in the first quarter and hanged up 23-13 in the second quarter against the visiting Kisumu side that had given away two ties on a walk over.

After the breather, the Lakeside staged a remarkable rally that saw them take the third quarter posting a 20-19 advantage before collapsing again 22-16 in the last. Willian Otieno nailed 18 points, Mike Tanui shot 14 and James Omune 12 to lead Ulinzi. The losers had 12 points from Samuel Gekara and 11 from Dennis Nyabuti. Sprite Storms whipped Mennonite 55-27 in the women's match up.

The victors broke off a close 29-24 advantage at the break to win convincingly. Susan Akinyi shot 20 point and Lynette Mukri had 10. Belind Okoth made the losers 9. Lower division leaders Nakuru Club beat Emyba 74-59 as Ariel Okal shot 23 points while Collins Ochino replied with a similar number of points for Emyba.
Courtesy of: The Star (Nairobi)



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U18 Championship: Japan beat Lebanon, both advance to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon U18-Japan U18 82:94

Japan beat Lebanon, both advance to the Quarterfinals of the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. Japan needed 94:82 win for 2-3 record in Group E on the third place. Lebanon closed the Quarterfinal picture with the same record.
It was a decisive game in the group for the Quarterfinal picture. Both teams scored 12 points each in the first 5 minutes and then Japan gabbed 22-18 advantage at the end of the quarter. They increased to 10 points midway through the second frame and led 50:36 at the halftime. Japan grabbed 58:43 with 5 minutes to go in the third quarter, while the difference remained the same at the end of the period. Lebanon tried hard at the end of the game and reduced to 12 points for the final success for both teams.
Masahiro Narita (185-SF-94) led the way with 26 points and Yuta Watanabe (200-SF-94) collected 21 points and 11 rebounds. Yudai Baba (193-SF-95) and Shuto Terazono (165-PG-94) collected 18 points and 12 assists. Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) finished the game with 15 points and Ali Mezher (182-PG-94) as well as Wael Arakji (192-G-94) had 12 points. Elie Chamoun (193-F-94) followed with 10 points in a loss.

Lebanon U18: Jimmy Salem 15, Ali Mezher 12, Wael Arakji 12, Elie Chamoun 10
Japan U18: Masahiro Narita 26, Yuta Watanabe 21+11 rebs, Yudai Baba 18, Shuto Terazono 18+12 asts



First win for Lebanon in the Jones Cup 2012 : Lebanon - Chinese Taipei B : 88-67 - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

Lebanon won its first game in the William Jones Cup , After four consecutive losses the win came against Chinese Taipei B on the score of 88-67.
The Lebanese Team is preparing for the FIBA ASIA Cup which will be held in Japan next September , Seeing that the team misses many key players these losses doesnt reflects the real image of Lebanese Basketball.

The game against Chinese Taipei B saw Lebanon controlling the tempo of the game from the first minutes especially with Jarrid Famous and Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83) who had his best performance in this tournament , he finished the game with 26 points , Famous had a big impact under the basket , he finished the game with 14 points and 9 rebounds ,Elie Stephan contributed with 13 points.

In the first quarter Lebanon dominated the game and had a 22-13 lead at the end of the quarter , in the second quarter Taipei B reacted and decreased the difference but Lebanon managed to contain the comeback and to stay on top by increasing the lead to 39-25.

In the 3rd quarter the same rhythm continued despite some comebacks from the home team and the quarter finished 59-51. The start of the last quarter saw Taipei B making a run but Lebanon regrouped through Abed El Nour and regained the momentum to secure a clear big win in the end on the score of 88-67.

Lebanon next game will be against the Philippines who finished 4th in the Last FIBA ASIA Championship which was held in September 2011 in Wuhan China.



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Zalgiris sends Vytenis Cizauskas to Valladolid - by Eurobasket News (T)

Zalgiris sends Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) to Valladolid for the next season. The Lithuanian point guard is set to move to Valladolid on loan from Kaunas.
In 2007-2008 he appeared for Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas (NKL) and then later averaged 12.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 67.9%. In 2009-2010 appeared for Aisciai Kaunas (LKL) and had 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg.
In 2010-2011 came back to Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas (NKL, starting five) and after 23 games showed 16.4ppg, 5.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 69.0%. In Jan.'11 moved to Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) and in Lithuanian League had 8.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 65.1%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 71.4%. In Baltic League his stats read 6.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 6.3%, FT: 65.2%.
Last season played for KK Baltai Kaunas (LKL) and in Baltic League had 6.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 73.2%. In Lithuanian League Vytenis Cizauskas showed 7.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 73.6%.



Sakalai Vilnius sign Ignas Ramasauskas - by Eurobasket (T)

Sakalai Vilnius signed 19-year old Lithuanian center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93). He played most recently at BC Siauliai (LKL). Ramasauskas helped them to make it to the semifinals. he played for Lithuanian U20 national team. Ramasauskas represented Lithuania at the Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) (Finalist) last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



BC Siauliai land 217 cm tall Ovidijus Galdikas - by Eurobasket (T)

BC Siauliai strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Lithuanian center Ovidijus Galdikas (217-88). He played most recently at Anyksciu KKSC-Volupis (RKL). Galdikas missed the last season and had one year break from professional basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Sakalai Vilnius sign Ignas Ramasauskas - by Eurobasket (T)

Sakalai Vilnius signed 19-year old Lithuanian center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93). He played most recently at BC Siauliai (LKL). Ramasauskas helped them to make it to the semifinals. he played for Lithuanian U20 national team. Ramasauskas represented Lithuania at the Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) (Finalist) last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Ayon will be the only Mexican player in the NBA next year - by Kristian Santiago (T)

Eduardo Najera (202-F-76, college: Oklahoma) retires and will be the new head-coach of the Frisco Texas Legends in the D-League, according to ESPN.
The 36-year old native of Chihuahua suited up for a total of six teams in 12 seasons and is one out of three Mexicans (Horacio Llamas (212-C-73) and Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) are the others) to have played regular season games in the NBA.

Mexican-hopeful Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88, college: California) moved to Serbia for a try-out with Euroleague-participant BC Partizan MT:S Beograd. If he makes the team, Gutierrez will be probably the first Mexican in the Euroleague.

Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon in Israel signed former Mexican national-team guard Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, college: UNLV) to a deal. He played recently in Greece for Ikaros where he tallied up 14,8 ppg last season.

Recent Wyoming-graduate Francisco Cruz (190-G-89, college: Wyoming) will be playing for the Mexican champions of Halcones Rojos de Veracruz in the LNBP. He averaged 12 ppg for the Cowboys in the Mountain West Conference in 2011-2012.

Hartford-graduate Genesis Maciel (205-F/C-89) inked a contract with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun in Cancun. It will be his frist season in the LNBP under the tutelage of Spaniard Josep Claros .




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Mirotic: "Maybe playing for Montenegro" - by Dragan Scepanovic

Three years earlier when he was only seventeen years Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) was an absolute sensation in European basketball jersey when the Real Madrid had 84 evaluation and thus broke the record that held great Arvydas Sabonis. It is therefore not surprising that the Spaniards his decision to play for the Spanish national team suffered as a great victory. Nikola Mirotic two years ago chose Spain instead of native Montenegro, but now says that the Spanish did not, however, exclude the possibility that Pekovic and join society.
"I do not want to talk too much about this, but I want you to know one thing. Yeah, there is an option to play for Montenegro. Still have not rejected their proposal, far from it. Understand that the Spanish public this surprising, but it happened a lot what I did not like, " said Nikola Mirotic which caused quite a stir in their sport to the public.



Tanjevic : Tyrone Corbin is stupid ! - by Dragan Scepanovic

A qualifying match for the European Championship 2013th year between Italy and Turkey was the reason for the press to the Apennines to request an interview with legendary Montenegrin basketball coach Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ), ex head coach of BC Buducnost from Podgorica, who Italian NT in 1999. led to the title of European Champion. The main topic of discussion was the Turkish center Enes Kanter, which is due to commitments in the NBA refused to play for the national team. "America is the place to Canter. Place where you do not even need to use your brain. Firstly because a coach who absolutely do not understand anything. In the NBA there are three to four trainers who apply and who are remembered. Everyone else is stupid, including Tyrone Corbin (Utah coach). For him, I do not want to hear, let alone call him. I wanted to help him, but now I do not.


Primorje from Herceg Novi reinforced their management with Rasa Mijuskovic - by Darko Pekic (T)

Basketball Club from Herceg Novi, Primorje announced some changes in the management today. They added Rasa Mijuskovic and he will be their sport director in the upcoming season with an option to do the same job after the season ends. Mijuskovic is known in the world of basketball as former manager of basketball clubs Ibon, Mogren and Primorje, where he already worked in 2010 as sport director. Mijuskovic has been in talks lately with Teodo from Tivat but two sides did not reach an agreement about future collaboration.

Its a pleasure for me to return to Herceg Novi. Our plan is to put together a team which will be a mix of domestic talent and experienced players. However, we will pay special attention on the kids born and raised in Herceg Novi as they are the future of this club. I can promise only the hard work and I will do my best to provide good conditions to the coach Dejan Jevtic and his players. There will be some changes in the organization for sure, related to newcomers and the way the club is organized, but I will be able to tell you more about that in the weeks to come.
I can tell you now that the season preparations will start in the first week of september in our gym and probably some players will be tested during the first week of preparations- said Mijuskovic for eurobasket.com



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76ers add Sam Hinkie to candidate list in search for new GM - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers are targeting Houston Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations Sam Hinkie in their ongoing search for a new general manager, SI.com has learned.

A leader in the league's analytics movement who has been the Rockets' second-in-command behind general manager Daryl Morey for the past five years, Hinkie joins a field of candidates that includes Boston assistant general manager Mike Zarren, former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower, and former Portland assistant general manager and ESPN analyst Tom Penn. Sixers incumbent Rod Thorn has a year remaining on his contract, but his deal reportedly includes a provision through which he will become a part-time consultant with the team for the following five years as part of a transition that already has begun.

The Sixers have received permission to speak with Hinkie, though it's not known if he has met with owner Josh Harris and his group. It also remains unclear whether Hinkie is willing to leave his job with the Rockets to continue his NBA front office ascent.

Hinkie -- who has been integral in draft, scouting and salary cap management for the Rockets and has an MBA from Stanford -- was hired by Houston as a special assistant to then-general manager Carroll Dawson in 2005. While there is no known timeline for the Sixers' search, the job became far more appealing when the Sixers landed center Andrew Bynum on Aug. 10 in the four-team deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers.

There is already momentum for the Sixers entering their second season under the Harris-led ownership group, as eighth-seeded Philadelphia downed the top-seeded -- and Derrick-Rose less -- Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. Philadelphia also took Boston to seven games before falling in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Sixers lost two of their top three leading scorers in Lou Williams (via free agency to Atlanta) and Andre Iguodala (in the four-team trade, to Denver), but added shooting guard Nick Young and center Kwame Brown via free agency. They also made a trade with Golden State to acquire small forward Dorell Wright.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Mark Cuban: Dirk Nowitzki wouldn't ask to be traded - by Eurobasket News

Mark Cuban is well aware of the water-cooler conversation: Do the Mavericks owe it to Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) to trade him if the franchise goes into full-fledged rebuilding mode?

"I'm not going to trade him," Cuban said Tuesday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Ben and Skin Show.

Of course, Cuban wouldn't want to deal Dirk. And the Mavs couldn't pull the trigger on a trade involving Nowitzki without his permission anyway, considering that his contract includes one of the two no-trade clauses in the NBA.

But what if Nowitzki requested to be moved to a contender for the twilight of his prime?

"Maybe Id have the conversation," Cuban said. "But I know Dirk; he wouldnt."

Courtesy of ESPN



Sources: Eduardo Najera retiring - by Eurobasket News (T)

Eduardo Najera (6'8''-F-76, college: Oklahoma) is retiring from the NBA to become the head coach of the NBA D-League's Texas Legends, according to sources with knowledge of the decision.

Sources told ESPN.com that Najera, although he has no significant coaching experience, has accepted the offer from Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations and Legends co-owner Donnie Nelson to take over from Del Harris as coach of the Mavs' D-League affiliate.

Najera also will have an ownership stake in the Legends, sources say, and likewise receive a to-be-determined title working under Nelson in the Mavericks' front office. Sources say Harris, who turned 75 in June, will return to his original role as Legends general manager and also mentor Najera as the 36-year-old makes the transition to coaching.

Selected by the Houston Rockets on the Mavericks' behalf with the 38th pick in the 2000 NBA draft, Najera played 12 seasons in the NBA, most recently with the Charlotte Bobcats. Najera was the first Mexican-born player to be drafted by an NBA team and will become the first Mexican-born coach in either the NBA or its developmental league.

University of Texas-Arlington alumnus Kaleb Canales, born in Laredo, became the first Mexican-American to serve as an NBA head coach when he was named interim coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, going 8-15 last season. Najera came to the United States in 1994 to play two seasons of high school ball and learn English before starring at the University of Oklahoma.

Earlier this summer, Najera had been cleared to resume his playing career after an elbow he absorbed in April from Milwaukee's Jon Brockman resulted in a fractured frontal bone that required 12 screws and a mesh screen to be inserted into Najera's forehead. But sources say Najera, after a long career that made him just the second player from Mexico to make it into the NBA (after the undrafted Horacio Llamas) and which featured two stints with the Mavericks, has decided that he wants to start his coaching career in earnest.

Sources say Harris and Najera's soon-to-be-finalized coaching staff will be charged with helping him adapt on the fly to his new job. Legends assistant coach and longtime NBA guard David Wesley recently left the organization to join the New Orleans Hornets' broadcast team and fellow Legends assistant Scott Flemming was recently named head coach of India's national team.

Najera is poised to become the third head coach in as many seasons for the ever-innovative Nelson, after Hall of Famer and longtime Dallas resident Nancy Lieberman -- who was the first female to coach a men's team under the NBA's umbrella -- and former NBA Coach of the Year Harris.

Harris has spent the past two summers as a top assistant to John Calipari with the Dominican Republic's national team, which fell just short of qualifying for the Olympics in July, while also serving as a consultant to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban after a seven-year run in Dallas as an assistant to Mavs coaches Don Nelson and Avery Johnson.

Harris also has hoped to be considered for one more NBA head-coaching position after stints with the Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers that delivered one trip to the NBA Finals (with Houston in 1981) and an average of 55 wins in four full seasons with L.A. For now, he'll rejoin Nelson, Spud Webb, Lieberman and Malcolm Farmer in the Legends' front office.

The Legends have posted records of 24-26 in both of their D-League seasons to date. Antonio Daniels, Dan Gadzuric, Alando Tucker and Sean Williams are among the former NBA first-round draft picks whose D-League rights are held by the Frisco-based franchise, which will hold open tryouts for local players on Sept. 8 and then open training camp under Najera in mid-November.

Sources say Najera is expecting to announce his plans Wednesday in his native Mexico at a press conference in Mexico City.

Courtesy of ESPN



Spurs waive Derrick Byars - by Eurobasket News (T)

San Antonio Spurs have announced that they have waived forward Derrick Byars (6'7''-G/F-84, college: Vanderbilt).

Byars was signed out of the D-League by the Spurs in late April and played in two games for the Spurs, averaging five points and 5.5 rebounds per game in under 20 minutes.

The 6-7 forward from Vanderbilt played for the Spurs summer league squad and failed to make much of an impact. Back when he was signed, I questioned the Spurs' move in bringing in yet another tweener on a roster full of players who could play at shooting guard and small forward.

With Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Stephen Jackson, Matt Bonner, Boris Diaw and Manu Ginobili all able to spend time at small forward, and with the stockpile of guards, the Spurs likely felt he was the odd man out.

This move could also signal the chances that the Spurs want to give James Anderson another shot in training camp after his impressive performance and work ethic in Vegas. It could also be a roster spot-cutting move in case they are looking to bring aboard a big man.

Byars will likely land in another teams' training camp. He hasn't had much success making it past preseason, so hopefully he has better chances this time.

Courtesy of www.projectspurs.com



Jim O'Brien joins Dallas Mavs as lead Assistant Coach - by Eurobasket News (T)

The guy who replaced Rick Carlisle as the Indiana Pacers coach back in 2007 will now join Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavericks and Jim O'Brien have come to an agreement on a multi-year deal to make him the new Lead Assistant on Carlisles staff. He was the Mavericks top candidate just a week ago after Terry Stotts was hired by the Portland Trail Blazers as their new head coach.

Carlisle was determined to find a top Assistant who had head coaching experience. Not to many guys available right now who are more qualified than OBrien. I think this is a great fit for both sides as the players and coaches will better with this new addition.

Jim was fired by the Pacers after they failed to make the playoffs for three straight seasons after the 2010-2011 season. He was the head coach of the Boston Celtics from 2001-2004, coaching them to the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2002 season. He was hired as head coach by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2004-2005 season. He coached the Sixers to the playoffs in his one season, but was fired to make way for Maurice Cheeks.

OBrien is 60 years old, but still has plenty of coaching left in him. If succeeds in his new role he will be back to head coaching somewhere in no time.

Courtesy of www.rantsports.com



Mavs owner still miffed about Jason Kidd's departure - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said because of the way they parted, he would not to expect to see Jason Kidd's (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) retired jersey hanging from the rafters of American Airlines Center anytime soon.

On ESPN radio's Ben & Skin show, Cuban said he is still steamed that Kidd left a reported three-year, $9 million offer to stay in Dallas for basically the same deal with the New York Knicks, shortly after the Mavericks failed to land free agent guard Deron Williams in early July.

"I was more than upset. I thought he was coming. I was [upset]," Cuban said on the radio. "J-Kidd is a big boy; he can do whatever he wants. But you don't change your mind like that. ... I'm sure I'll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn't put J-Kidd's number in the rafters.

"It hurt my feelings, period, because I felt that we had developed a relationship, and I thought that he was committed to the organization. It sure seemed that he was. I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time. I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else."

Courtesy of www.star-telegram.com



Chris Paul undergoes successful thumb surgery - by Eurobasket News

Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had surgery on Tuesday to a repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and should be ready for the start of training camp, the team announced.

The Clippers said Paul is expected to be out for eight weeks, and then should be able to start all basketball activities, including full contact.

Paul had the procedure done by Dr. Steven Shin, a hand specialist at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

Paul played with the injury throughout the just-completed Olympics in London, keeping the thumb taped while he helped the United States win the gold medal.

Paul aggravated the thumb injury on the first day of training camp with the U.S. team in Las Vegas in July. He got an X-ray that revealed a sprained right thumb.

Paul wore a protective splint over the thumb and was forced to sit out a few of the teams scrimmages in Las Vegas.

He told reporters in Las Vegas that he first injured his thumb in the playoffs.

Courtesy of www.foxsportswest.com



Green comes back to Boston Celtics - by Eurobasket (T)

Boston Celtics added to their roster 26-year old forward Jeff Green (206-107kg-86, college: Georgetown). Its actually his comeback to Boston as he missed previous season due to an injury. Green played most recently at Boston Celtics (NBA). He graduated Georgetown University in 2007 being drafted by Celtics with number 5. However his first four seasons Green spent in Seattle and Oklahoma City, joining again Celtics in February last year. It will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Vols' Reese out six months after shoulder surgery - by Eurobasket News

Tennessee freshman basketball player Derek Reese underwent a surgical procedure on his right shoulder to address a labral tear Tuesday at UT Medical Center.

Tennessee associate director of sports medicine Chad Newman set an estimated recovery time at approximately six months.

Reese, a true freshman guard from Orlando, Fla., enrolled at UT for the second session of summer school. He joined the Volunteers on their recent exhibition tour of Italy but did not dress for any of the teams four games because of his shoulder injury.

Reese had enjoyed a solid summer before getting hurt. Because his grandparents are from Puerto Rico, he played for the P.R. U19 team that competed in the Nike Global Challenge in Washington, D.C. in July. He started all three games and led his team with averages of 21.0 points and 12.3 rebounds.

Once he began practicing with his new teammate in preparation for Tennessees trip to Italy, the 6-foot-7 Reese caught the attention of his coaches.

He knows how to play, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said before the Vols departed for Italy. Hes got a good feel for the game. He knows when to throw the bounce pass. He knows when to penetrate, pitch and feed a guy. Its the simple things that you kind of take for granted.

Hes been coached, said assistant coach Kent Williams. Hes got a good feel for the flow of the game. More strength, more experience will really help him.

It appears likely Reese will have to take a medical redshirt. But if theres any position where the Vols could stand the loss of a player, its at the shooting guard/small forward slot, where five players will be competing for time.

Martin probably would have looked to redshirt a player in 2012-13 anyway. Once his rehabilitation is complete, Reese can take advantage of the year off by adding muscle to his 205-pound frame.

Courtesy of www.nooga.com



Xavier expels forward Dez Wells for student conduct violation - by Eurobasket News (T)

Xavier has expelled forward Dezmine Wells (6'4''-G/F-92) for what it calls a "serious violation" of the school's code of student conduct.

Wells started 32 games as a freshman last season and was the fourth-leading scorer. His expulsion means that the Musketeers have lost all five starters from the team that reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. Three graduated and senior guard Mark Lyons left by mutual agreement.

Wells averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds as a freshman, making the Atlantic 10's all-rookie team. He was suspended for four games for his role in an on-court brawl with Cincinnati during the season.

Xavier says the school's conduct board, consisting of faculty, students and administrators, decided Wells had violated the conduct code and deserved expulsion.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Top-50 prospect Norvel Pelle chooses Iona - by Eurobasket News (T)

Despite losing Scott Machado (6'1''-G-90) and Michael Glover (6'7''-F-87) to graduation, Iona is sending a message to the rest of the MAAC that it won't be easy to knock the Gaels from their perch atop the league.

Arguably the biggest statement came late Tuesday night, when top-50 prospect Norvel Pelle (6'10''-F/C) committed to Iona.

Pelle is a 6-foot-11 power forward from California who originally signed with St. John's as a member of the class of 2011. After being ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA, he took a post-grad year in an attempt to get cleared in the 2012 class. San Diego State and Iowa State were both connected to Pelle during the high school season, but neither school worked out. New Mexico State, DePaul and Auburn were in the mix down the stretch.

The commitment comes with a caveat: Pelle is not yet eligible for this season, and he is waiting for the NCAA to make a decision. Sources have indicated that it could be a close call.

If Pelle is cleared to play for the Gaels this fall, they are going to be a very tough out in the MAAC. He is extremely long and athletic, and he gets up and down the floor quickly. Pelle can block shots very well, and has consistently expanded his offensive game over the past couple of years.

He would join a loaded starting lineup that includes returning guards Momo Jones and Sean Armand, as well as Toledo transfer Curtis Dennis and Western Kentucky transfer David Laury, who becomes eligible in January.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



UNO to announce acceptance to Southland Conference - by Eurobasket News

The University of New Orleans is being granted membership to the Southland Conference, marking another major step for an athletics program that has struggled to stay afloat since Hurricane Katrina.

League and school officials have scheduled an official announcement Thursday. Former UNO basketball standout Gabe Corchiani, now one of the program's top boosters, says officials have already disclosed the decision to him.

Corchiani says the Southland is an ideal fit because schools like Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State will be natural rivals.

Corchiani says he applauds new UNO President Peter Fos and new Athletic Director Derek Morel for scrapping plans to drop down in divisions and maintain a Division I program that has a history of success, including appearances in the NCAA men's basketball tournament and the College World Series.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com



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U18 Championship: Alejandro Rodolfo leads Philippines over Bahrain - by Eurobasket News

Bahrain U18- Philippines U18 72:99

Rodolfo Alejandro (180-G-95) leads Philippines over Bahrain at the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. The winning side improved to 4-1 record however finished only third in the group. Iran and Taiwan took the top places in Group F with the same records due to the better difference. Bahrain finished with 1-4 record on the last spot with the same situation between three teams.
Bahrain surprised the favorites with 22-13 in the first period and added 24-22 in the second frame. The third quarter was however decisive in the game as Philippines erupted with 38-15 in it to take the lead in the game. They finished the campaign with 26-11 in the last stanza for the final success.
Rodolfo Alejandro paced all the winners with 23 points and Jerie Pingoy (175-G-94) nailed 19. Janhubert Cani (178-PG-95) and Rey Nambatac (179-G-94) followed them with 11 points each in a win. Ali Hassan Shukralla finished the game with 32 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, while Mohammed Buallay (185-F-95) scored 16.

Bahrain U18: Ali Hassan Shukralla 32+12 rebs, Mohammed Buallay 16
Philippines U18: Rodolfo Alejandro 23, Jerie Pingoy 19, Janhubert Cani 11, Rey Nambatac 11



2012 William Jones Cup: Philippines remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Philippines-Japan 88:84

Philippines remain undefeated at the 2012 William Jones Cup. The team improved to 4-0 record after 88:84 win over Japan.
Philippines won the first period 26-23, but failed in the second quarter. Japan was too good for the opponents and erupted with 24-10 to take 47:36 lead at the halftime. Moreover Japan added 24-22 in the third period for 13-point lead. Philippines meanwhile did not give up and responded with 30-13 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Jeffrei Chan (192-F-83) added 14. LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) nailed 13 and Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) scored 11. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort and Hironori Watanabe (180-G-88) brought 16. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) netted 14, whilst Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) delivered 10.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 26+15 rebs, Jeffrei Chan 14, LA Tenorio 13, Gabe Norwood 11
Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 17, Hironori Watanabe 16, Ryota Sakurai 14, Daiki Tanaka 10



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Oliver Stevic is a newcomer at Stelmet Zielona Gora - by Eurobasket (T)

Stelmet Zielona Gora agreed terms with 28-year old Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-100kg-84). He played most recently at Junior Casale Monferrato in Italian SerieA. While playing 27 SerieA games for Monferrato last season Stevic averaged 7.8ppg and 5.8rpg. He played also 1 game for Gescrap BB in Euroleague but did not score anything. Stevic played also 4 games in Spanish league where his stats were 3.5ppg and 3.0rpg. Stevic is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain.

By Eurobasket Data Center



AZS Koszalin tests Lance Jeter - by Eurobasket (T)

AZS Koszalin is testing 24-year old American guard Lance Jeter (190-102kg-88, college: Nebraska). He played most recently at Aris Leeuwarden in Dutch Eredivisie. While playing 32 games for Leeuwarden last season Jeter averaged 16.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He was selected also to the all-star game. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 1st Team. Jeter graduated University of Nebraska in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Patryk Bajtus is a newcomer at UMKS Kielce - by Eurobasket Center (T)

UMKS Kielce (1Liga) added to their roster 21-year old center Patryk Bajtus (206-C-91, agency: Promotex). He played most recently at KKS Novum Lublin (2Liga). While playing 13 games for Novum Lublin last season he recorded 11.6ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.5spg. He has already played before for teams from Poznan, Kolobrzeg, Warszawa and Pruszkow.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Trefl Sopot inks PG Frank Turner - by Eurobasket News (T)

Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) is a new member of Trefl Sopot. The American point guard announced via Twitter that he signed a deal for the upcoming season. The player spent last two years with Eiffel Towers Den Bosch. They were 2011/12 Dutch Eredivisie champions. Turner helped the team with 12.7 ppg, 4.6 apg, 3.7 rpg and 1.9 spg in 41 games last season. He was Eredivisie top assistant and No.5 in steals. Turner was MVP of the All-Star Game and he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team -12. In his first season with Eiffel, Frank Turner had 13 ppg, 5.5 apg (No.1), 3 rpg and 2.2 spg (No.2). He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Guard of the Year -11. Turner graduated at Canisius College two years ago.


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Czech Republic closed Day 3 with the win over Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Portugal-Czech Republic 67:74

Czech Republic closed Day 3 with the win over Portugal at the 2013 EuroBasket qualifying round. The guests grabbed 74:67 win in Feijo in front of 1500 fans.
Czech Republic did not waste time and started with 24-10 in the first period. The victory however was not that easy later in the game. Portugal produced 24-19 in the second frame as Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) reduced to 41:34. Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) meanwhile brought 50:36 for the guests and Vojtech Hruban (200-G/F-89) scored for 58:44. Portugal tried hard to recover and managed to reduce to 4 points with 1 minute to go. Pavel Pumprla (198-SG-86)s however nailed three with the buzzer for the final success.
Petr Benda (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Vojtech Hruban netted 12. Pavel Pumprla poured in 11, whilst Lubos Barton scored 9. Jaime Silva (187-PG-80) replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Joao Gomes brought 10.

Portugal: Jaime Silva 20, Joao Gomes 10
Czech Republic: Petr Benda 18, Vojtech Hruban 12, Pavel Pumprla 11, Lubos Barton 9



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Sanchez inks with Libertad Sunchales: - by Luis Modestti (T)

Puerto Rican national team forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87) inked with Libertad Sunchales for the 2012/2013 season. The announcement was made by the team today.

Sanchez played last season with Estudiantes in Argentina and averaged 12.8 points with 5.2 rebounds in 52 games. He then played for Indios de Mayaguez where he won a title.

This summer he played for the Puerto Rican national team in the Centrobasket and Olympic Qualifier.



Pellot released from Caneros: - by Luis Modestti (T)

Caneros de La Romana announced the release of Puerto Rican guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: VCU) due to injury.

Pellot only played three games and started one with Caneros. He averaged 4.7 points and shot 32% from the field. In his last game he netted 10 but it was evident that they needed to make a change.

Since finishing with Quimsa, Pellot has suffered some setbacks in San German and now in the Dominican Republic.



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Romania: Preseason underway - by Chris Terrell

Coach Dragan Petricevic and Sibiu open the Preseason with a win on the road at BC Perla Harghitei. The Bosnia-Herzogovenian Coach is no stranger to Romania having won the Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010 while with Timisoara and is a 3 time winner of the league championship twice with Arad and once with Ploesti. In the contest, the scoring by quarter was 20-25, 12 22, 22-31, 19-28... final score 73-106 in favor of the visitor CSU Atlassib. Also in action was Pitesti at Craiova but the scoring was not available at the time of this release the data had not been provided. Craiova will host a pair of games with Giurgiu this weekend. It's starting to get going in Romania as teams begin to test where they are at this point in the Preseason. The Romanian Cup will begin at the end of September, followed by the regular season openers on October 6th.


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Spartak-Primorye adds Aleksei Surovtsev - by Eurobasket News (T)

Spartak-Primorye adds Aleksei Surovtsev Spartak-Primorye Vladivostok continues with signings for the upcoming season. Their new member is Russian forward Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84). He arrives to the club from Krasnie Krilya Samara. Surovtsev played 17 PBL games last season with Krasnie Krilya averaging 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds. He also added 3.6 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 8 VTB United League appearances. Krasnie Krilya won the Russian Cup this year. From 2009 to 2011, Aleksei Surovtsev was a member of Lokomotiv Kuban. In their first season together he had 9.3 ppg and 3.4 rpg in 24 Russian league games. Before Lokomotiv Kuban, the player spent two and a half years with Ural Great Perm. He also has experience from Dynamo St. Petersburg and Unics II. In 2005, Surovtsev was named Russian All-Superleague B Most Improved Player of the Year.


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Senegalese U18 National Team 2012 - by Greg

4 A Saydine
5 D Abdulye
6 Khadim Fall 193-SF-95 Le Mans France
7 M Ndour
8 M Dieng
9 S Fall
10 S Ndiale
11 I Niang
12 A Ndoye
13 Pape Diatta 94
14 Q Gueye
15 Y Fall

Madiene Fall Head Coach
A Hassan Assistant



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Petar Popovic moves to Germany - by Eurobasket News (T)

Petar Popovic (211-C-79) will continue his career in Germany. The Serbian center penned a deal with Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck. Popovic arrives to his new club from Crvena Zvezda Beograd. He helped Crvena Zvezda to reach Serbian league and Cup Finals last season. The player averaged 11.1 points and 4 rebounds for 21 Serbian league games. He also added 11.2 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 25 appearances in Adriatic league. Before Crvena Zvezda, Petar Popovic spent one year with Spartak St.Petersbug. He also has experience from Estudiantes, Joventut, Benetton and Hemofarm. In 2006/07, Popovic played for Crvena Zvezda as well. In 2006, he won the Italian league title with Benetton. A year before that Popovic was Adriatic league champion with Hemofarm.

"Petar is a typical, physical center. He is very good under and with his back to the basket. He also has potential with the mid distance shot. He is experienced and will give us physical presence under the basket", warned Dragons head coach Stefan Koch.



Two new players signs for OKK Beograd - by Zoran Popovic (T)

After Vladimir Popovic, two new players will enforce OKK Beograd for the next season. Ognjen Ivanovic (194-F-90) and Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) are two new players on witch will coach Jekovic count in his team. Ognjen Ivanovic is comming from Rotterdam Challengers fro, Netherland. During the last season Ivanovic on 20 games average scored 6.7 points, 1.4 boards and 1 assist per game. Nikola Jeftic last season played for Crnokosa Kosjeric and on 16 games in Serbian Championship average scored 12.8 points, 5.3 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. During the career Jeftic played for Beovuk 72 Beograd, Ulcinj and Radnicki Kragujevac


Lester Hudson joins BC Partizan MT:S Beograd - by Eurobasket (T)

BC Partizan MT:S Beograd signed 28-year old American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin). He played most recently at Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in the U.S. While playing 3 games for the team from Memphis last season Hudson averaged 3.0ppg. he is a very experienced player. He played also in Chinese CBA for 2 seasons. Hudson helped Guandong Southern Tigers to win Chinese CBA in 2011. He was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team twice, in 2011 and in 2012. He was also selected to play in CBA All-Star Game last year. Hudson graduated University of Tennessee at Martin in 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Oliver Stevic is a newcomer at Stelmet Zielona Gora - by Eurobasket (T)

Stelmet Zielona Gora agreed terms with 28-year old Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-100kg-84). He played most recently at Junior Casale Monferrato in Italian SerieA. While playing 27 SerieA games for Monferrato last season Stevic averaged 7.8ppg and 5.8rpg. He played also 1 game for Gescrap BB in Euroleague but did not score anything. Stevic played also 4 games in Spanish league where his stats were 3.5ppg and 3.0rpg. Stevic is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Stars whip Juniors to close in on title - by Eurobasket News

Cobras upset Baya to move to second place

Defending womens league champions Anse Etoile Stars closed in on defending their title won last season after inflicting a heavy 91-19 defeat on Juniors during the weekend, while Premium Cobras defeated Baya to move to second on the table.
With one round of matches remaining in the three-round league, Stars are the number one favourites to win the title after registering a 100% winning streak throughout the first two.
In case of defeats against rivals HotShots and Mont Fleuri in the third round, the girls of coach Michel Malbrook will still add another piece of silverware to their collection. They can only lose the title if they lose by walk-over.
In Saturdays match, Stars dominated all four quarters 24-7, 13-0, 28-4 and 26-8 with young Jana Malbrook contributing 23 points to lead the scoring.
Coach Malbrook praised his young players for their perfect league campaign so far this season. He explained that the youngsters have brought more options to their game and allow the more experienced players to take a break and recover during matches.
He added that they are still adopting a strict training programme and this will go on until they win the league title. After that, they will attempt winning the Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) Cup for back-to-back doubles.
Stars have now garnered 18 points from nine victories in as many matches.
Winless Juniors stay at the bottom of the table on eight points.
In the mens division league, Premium Cobras have moved up to the second place on the table following their 97-66 win over Baya. Cobras won the first two quarters 22-16 and 22-17 for a 44-33 half-time lead. In the second half, captain Amadou Sylla and company switched to a stronger gear, dominating the last two quarters 28-17 and 26-16 to outpace Baya 97-66 at the final whistle.
Sylla and Dan Cme scored 21 points apiece to lead the scoring for the Cobras, while captain Timmy Adam was Bayas top scorer with 23 points.
Cobras now have 21 points from nine wins and three losses, while the defeat the fourth in 12 games has left Baya in fifth position on 20 points.
In the Anse Boileau derby played during the weekend, Angels outscored Drifters 85-73, bringing their points tally to 17. After five wins and seven defeats they are now sixth on the table.

Barry Dubignon was Angels leading scorer with 20 points the same total achieved by Drifters top scorer Arnaud Arissol.
As for Drifters, they are occupying seventh spot on the league table. They have 16 points from three wins and 10 defeats out of 13 matches.
Mont Buxton-based MBU Rockers were also among the winners during the weekend. They defeated RC Dynamics 85-69, bringing their points tally to 21 after seven wins and seven defeats.
Pascal Bibi contributed 31 points to finish as Rockers leading scorer, while Emmanuel Jupiter led Dynamics with 20 points.
Rockers are now in fourth spot, while Dynamics are eighth on 15 points from two wins and 11 defeats.
Meanwhile, in the mens league division two, leaders Praslin Warriors collected a win and a loss in their two away matches played at Victoria Gymnasium.
In their first match on Saturday, the Warriors lost 55-67 to second-placed Beau Vallon Heat, while on Sunday they beat Juniors 76-36 to maintain top spot with 21 points from nine wins and three losses.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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U18 Championship: China wins Group E after two-overtime-thriller over South Korea - by Eurobasket News

China U18-South Korea U18 107:102 2 OT

China wins Group E after two-overtime-thriller over South Korea in one of the best games so far at the 22nd Asia U18 Championship. China grabbed 107:102 win for 5-0 record on top. South Korea meanwhile suffered their first loss and finished second with 4-1 record.
China won the first period 20-19, but South Korea replied with 25-16 in the second period. It was again China to win the third and the fourth periods to tie the game at the end of 40 minutes. Only at the end of the second overtime Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94), Yang and Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) brought the victory for the Chinese team.
Wang Zhelin (215-C/F-94) erupted with 33 points and 15 rebounds, while Gao Shang had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Luo Hanchen (188-G-94) produced 21 points and Dai Huaibo added 10. Gibeom Cheon (187-G-94) answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Jonghyun Lee (206-C-94) nailed 19. Seongmo Choi (187-G-94) followed them with 15 points in a loss.

China U18: Wang Zhelin 33+15 rebs, Gao Shang 26+8 rebs + 7ast, Luo Hanchen 21, Dai Huaibo 10
South Korea U18: Gibeom Cheon 21, Jonghyun Lee 19, Seongmo Choi 15



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Leche Rio Breogan Lugo sign Anthony Winchester - by Eurobasket Center (T)

Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) signed 29-year old American guard Anthony Winchester (193-G-83, college: W.Kentucky). Winchester played most recently at Autocid Ford Burgos (LEB Gold). He is a very experienced player. Winchester graduated Western Kentucky University in 2006 and actually missed last seasons. He played last time in 2007 with Burgus, but he had to leave the team at the beginning of the season due to an injury.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - LEB Silver

LEB Silver Standings
 1. Aurteneche M. 0-0 
 2. Avila 0-0 
 3. Cafes Aitona 0-0 
 4. Castello 0-0 
 5. Clinicas Rincon 0-0 
 6. Guadalajara 0-0 
 7. La Palma 0-0 
 8. Lan Mobel ISB 0-0 
 9. Oviedo CB 0-0 
 10. Palma 0-0 
 11. Prat Juventud 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 12: Clinicas Rincon - Cafes Aitona
Oct. 12: La Palma - Guadalajara
Oct. 13: Aurteneche M. - Castello
Oct. 13: Avila - Lan Mobel ISB
Oct. 13: Prat Juventud - Palma


Zalgiris sends Vytenis Cizauskas to Valladolid - by Eurobasket News (T)

Zalgiris sends Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) to Valladolid for the next season. The Lithuanian point guard is set to move to Valladolid on loan from Kaunas.
In 2007-2008 he appeared for Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas (NKL) and then later averaged 12.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 67.9%. In 2009-2010 appeared for Aisciai Kaunas (LKL) and had 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg.
In 2010-2011 came back to Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas (NKL, starting five) and after 23 games showed 16.4ppg, 5.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 69.0%. In Jan.'11 moved to Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) and in Lithuanian League had 8.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 65.1%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 71.4%. In Baltic League his stats read 6.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 6.3%, FT: 65.2%.
Last season played for KK Baltai Kaunas (LKL) and in Baltic League had 6.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 73.2%. In Lithuanian League Vytenis Cizauskas showed 7.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 73.6%.



Caceres inks F Olu Ashaolu - by Eurobasket News (T)

Olu Ashaolu (200-F-88) is set to start his professional basketball career. The Canadian/Nigerian forward penned a 1-year deal with Caceres. They compete in Spanish second division for men - LEB Gold. Ashaolu graduated at the University of Oregon few months ago. The player had 8.5 ppg and 5.1 rpg for his school as a senior. Oregon reached NIT Elite Eight and was Pac-12 regular season co-runner-up. The player transferred to Oregon a year ago from the Louisiana Tech University. He shined with 14.2 ppg and 9.4 rpg for 32 games with Louisiana Tech in 2010/11 season. A year before that the player registered 10.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg for 35 games. Olu Ashaolu was awarded with All-WAC Honorable Mention -11 and also was named to WAC All-Defensive Team -11. He played for Canadian U18 National Team at 2006 International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18).


Unicaja announces signing of James Gist - by Eurobasket News (T)

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


Forca Lleida inks Alex Thompson - by Eurobasket News (T)

Forca Lleida continues with signings for the upcoming season. Their new member is American big guy Alex Thompson (208-F-85, college: Iowa St.). He arrives to the club from LEB Silver team Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri. Last season Thompson appeared 30 times in the league averaging 10.2 points, 8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. He was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 2nd Team -12 and Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Imports Team -12. Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri reached Playoff Semifinals, while Thompson was fifth rebounder and fourth shot blocker of the league. In 2010/11 season Alex Thompson played for Swiss team Starwings Basket Regio Basel. There he had 10.6 ppg, 10.6 rpg and 2 bpg. Before Basel, the player spent one year with Lausanne Basket. Alex Thompson is a product of Iowa State University, where he graduated three years ago. He had 2.4 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 31 games as a senior.


Real Madrid sends Jorge Sanz to Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News (T)

Real Madrid sends Jorge Sanz (188-PG-93) to Obradoiro on loan for the next season. The 1993 year born player will have more playing time in another team.
In 2009-2010 he appeared for MMC Real Madrid junior team, played also at Real Madrid II (LEB Silver). In 2010-2011 played for Real Madrid (ACB) and mostly at Real Madrid II (EBA). In 14 games his stats read 7.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 60.0%. In 2011-2012 appeared mostly for Real Madrid (ACB) and in Euroleague averaged 2.2ppg. He played at Real Madrid II (EBA) and after 23 games showed high 13.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.2%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 79.7%.
In 2009 Jorge Sanz was a member of the Spanish U16 National Team. At the European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) he became Champion with Spain and averaged 8.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 83.3%.
Later he was Spanish U17 National Team member and at the World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) showed 10.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 57.6%.



Caceres Basket tab Braydon Hobbs - by Eurobasket (T)

Caceres Basket (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Braydon Hobbs (195-84kg, college: Bellarmine). He just graduated Bellarmine College. Hobbs averaged last season 12.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.7apg, 1.2bpg, 1.9spg. He helped Bellarmine to make it to the NCAA D2 Final Four and was voted to NABC Division II All-America Team. It will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 Championship: Syria overcame India, both will play for 9-12 places - by Eurobasket News

India U18-Syria U18 57:69

Syria overcame India, as both of them will play for 9-12 places at the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. Syria won 69:57 and finished the 2-3 record in Group E as well as Lebanon and Japan. It was not however enough to advance to the Quarterfinals due to the games between each other. India finished the group with 0-5 record on the last place.
India won the first period 17-14 and then scored another 17 points in the second frame. Syria also scored 17 and trailed 3 points at the halftime. Syria however dominated the second half. They produced 22-10 in the third period and finished the game with 16-13 in the last stanza.
Mahmmoud Trub (195-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Ali Obesi (188-F-94) had 17. Palpreet Singh Brar (204-C-94) ended up with 19 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, while Rakesh Singh (198-PF-95) added 14. Amit Kanarjee (187-PG-94) brought 12 and Shyam Sunder (179-PG-94) scored 8.

India U18: Palpreet Singh Brar 19+13 rebs, Rakesh Singh 14, Amit Kanarjee 12, Shyam Sunder 8
Syria U18: Mahmmoud Trub 18+10 rebs, Ali Obesi 17



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U18 Championship: Taiwan overcame Iran in overtime thriller - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan-Iran 78:77 OT

Taiwan overcame Iran in overtime thriller as both teams finish on top of Group F. Taiwan grabbed the second place after a 78:77 victory. Iran meanwhile suffered their first loss and kept the top position.
Iran took 24:22 lead after the first period and added defensive 15-11 in the second frame. Taiwan meanwhile dominated the second half including the extra time as well. They produced 20-14 in the fourth period to tie the game and then needed 9-8 in extra time to seal the victory.
Lee Chia-Jui (200-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Wang Chih-Chun (180-G-82) nailed 16. Lin Yu-Ping followed them with 11 points. Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) ended up with 22 points, while Hossein Rahmati (204-C-93) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Mohammad Sistani (181-G-86) had 13, whilst Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) brought 8 points and 16 rebounds.

Taiwan: Lee Chia-Jui 22, Wang Chih-Chun 16, Lin Yu-Ping 11
Iran: Vahid Dalirzahan 22, Hossein Rahmati 18+11 rebs, Mohammad Sistani 13, Saleh Foroutannik 8+16 rebs



2012 William Jones Cup: Taiwan edge Jordan for third win - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - Jordan 85:63

Taiwan registered the third win at the William Jones Cup. The hosts toppled Jordan for 3-2 record. Jordan fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) delivered 22 points and 8 boards to lead the charge.
Jordan started the game strongly. They limited the hosts to 13 points in the first quarter and earned a 2-point lead. Jordan boosted the margin at 5-point mark at halftime 36:31. But Taiwan turned things around in the third quarter. They went on a massive 28:11 rally to pull ahead. Taiwan outgunned their opponents 26:16 in the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Lu Cheng-Ju (194-F-86) knocked down 20 points, while Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) accounted for 12 points for the winners. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) answered with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Jordan. Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87) netted 12 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Tsung-Hsien Chang 22, Lu Cheng-Ju 20, Lin Chih-Chieh 12
Jordan: Ali Jamal 15, Mahmoud Abdeen 12



2012 Jones Cup Men Day 5 results - by Chris Wang

Boxcores in .png format available for download at https://www.box.com/s/d6319f1344755683f669

Iran 97-89 (2OT) UPG (US)
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3072-10000.php
Lebanon 88-67 Taiwan B
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3077-10000.php
Philippines 88-84 Japan
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3051-10000.php
Taiwan 85-63 Jordan
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3045-10000.php

Standings:
Iran 4-0
Philippines 4-0
UPG (US) 3-1
Taiwan 3-2
KGC (South Korea) 2-2
Japan 2-3
Jordan 1-3
Lebanon 1-4
Taiwan B 0-5



2012 William Jones Cup: Taiwan B lost to Lebanon - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan B lost to Lebanon in Day 5 of the 2012 William Jones Cup. In the game for the initial success Lebanon won its first game 88:67 and improved to 1-4 record. Taiwan B meanwhile fell at 0-5 record.
The game against Chinese Taipei B saw Lebanon controlling the tempo of the game from the first minutes especially with Jarrid Famous and Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83) who had his best performance in this tournament , he finished the game with 26 points , Famous had a big impact under the basket , he finished the game with 14 points and 9 rebounds ,Elie Stephan contributed with 13 points.
In the first quarter Lebanon dominated the game and had a 22-13 lead at the end of the quarter , in the second quarter Taipei B reacted and decreased the difference but Lebanon managed to contain the comeback and to stay on top by increasing the lead to 39-25.
In the 3rd quarter the same rhythm continued despite some comebacks from the home team and the quarter finished 59-51. The start of the last quarter saw Taipei B making a run but Lebanon regrouped through Abed El Nour and regained the momentum to secure a clear big win in the end on the score of 88-67.
Lebanon next game will be against the Philippines who finished 4th in the Last FIBA ASIA Championship which was held in September 2011 in Wuhan China.
(Courtesy of: ASIA-BASKET LEBANON)



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Savio Ready for East Africa Basketball Glory - by Eurobasket News

REINING national Basket League champions Savio left yesterday for Kampala, Uganda hoping to power their way to the finals of the 2012 season of East and Central Africa Basketball Championship.
Team captain George Tarimo told the 'Sunday News' last Friday that his team was looking to improve on the semi-final mark they achieved last year in the corresponding event held in Burundian capital Bujumbura.
Tarimo was speaking during a thanks-giving farewell party hosted by the team on behalf of one of the team's main sponsors, BQ Contractors Limited, that also donated sports gear worth over 2m/-.
He said that the team was among a contingent of four local teams that would fly Tanzanian flag at the annual championship, adding that the players would inspire each other towards the ultimate finals.
The other teams include Lady Lions, ABC and Jeshi Stars and the towering Tarimo was enthusiastic about the huge mix of talent in the four teams when he said the players were in high spirits and prepared for a successful appearance.
He said: "Last year we were eliminated at the semis. Events like this are always very competitive with teams from Kenya, and other countries fighting to reach the finals. Ours is a complete team of talent and commitment and we will inspire each other even beyond the finals. We are there to be counted."
While offering the donation, Eng. John Bura, the Managing Director of BQ Contractors preached discipline, saying players must observe the values of good sportsmanship and fair play at all times.
Bura said: "We like being associated with youth development and are therefore, happy that we are able to support your trip to Kampala. It is important we all observe discipline and fair play if we look to succeed. Again, the most disciplined players attract more support. Please go and compete in the spirit of fair play."
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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Tunisian U18 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

4 Amrou Bouallegue 190-F-95
5 H Dharief
6 Mohamed Said 187-F-95
7 M Mahjouri
8 Naji Jaziri 189-G-94 US Monastir Tunisia
9 B Gara
10 Khalil Ghrib 197-F-94 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
11 M Gmiha
12 Mohamed Mejri 203-C-95
13 Haithem Saada 200-C-95
14 Y Debache
15 Ghazi Salah 197-C-95

Khelil BenAmeur Head Coach



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Hacettepe also adds Michael Glover and Cameron Bennerman - by Eurobasket News (T)

Hacettepe announced signing of two more players for the upcoming season: Michael Glover (200-F-87) and Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.).
Michael Glover graduated at Iona College few months ago. He shined with 18.3 ppg and 9 rpg for his school in 33 games as a senior. The played was named to All-MAAC 1st Team -11, 12. He transferred to Iona from E.Utah Junior College two years ago.
Cameron Bennerman most recently played for the Polish team Energa Czarni Slupsk. It was in 2010/11 season, when the player averaged 14.5 points and 3 rebounds for 21 games. He was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League 2nd Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Imports Team -11. Bennerman also participated at PLK All-Star Game. Before Poland, he played in Italy, Spain and NBA D-League.



Muhammed Baygul joins Hacettepe - by Eurobasket News (T)

Hacettepe Universitesi continues with signings for the upcoming season. Their new member is young Turkish shooting guard Muhammed Baygul (191-SG-92). He arrives to the club from Darussafaka. Baygul appeared 25 times in TB2L last season averaging 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. Before Darussafaka, he played one year for FMV Isikspor, also in TB2L. With them he had 8.1 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 13 games. In 2009/10 and 2010/11 Baygul also played for Galatsaray junior team. Last summer, Muhammed Baygul was a member of Turkish U20 National Team. He had 2 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 5 games at U20 EuroBasket in Bilbao. Two years ago, Baygul played for U18 Turkey. With them he had 10.3 ppg for 9 games at U18 EuroBasket in Villnius.


Hacettepe signs Glover, Bennerman, Baygul, re-signs Besok - by Baha Kurtulus (T)

The Turkish team active on the market

Turkish team Hacettepe signed for the upcoming season Muhammed Baygul (191-SG-92), Mike Michael Glover (200-F-87) and Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.). The club also re-signed Huseyin Besok (212-C-75).
Michael Glover is a rookie who comes from Iona where he averaged 18.3ppg with 8rpg in his last season in NCAA.
Bennerman spent the year in Poland with Energa Czarni Slupsk scoring 14.5ppg.
Baygul is a guard born in 1992 who comes from Darussafaka where he scored 9.7ppg in TBL2.


Courtesy of www.sportando.net



Fenerbahce set to announce Luca Dalmonte as assistant coach - by Baha Kurtulus

The coach will assist Simone Pianigiani.

Luca Dalmonte agreed to terms with Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and will be the assistant coach of Simone Pianigiani. Dalmonte, who has coached Pesaro during the last seasons, is also the assistant coach of Pianigiani with the National Team. Dalmonte already signed the contract and will be announced in the coming hours by Fenerbahce.

Courtesy of www.sportando.net



Final Genclik inks Marshall Moses - by Baha Kurtulus (T)

The 23-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with Final Spor Genclik Bursa.
Marshall Moses (198-F-89, college: Oklahoma St.) has graduated from the Oklahoma State University in 2011. He scored 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in his senior season. Marshall Moses made it into All-Big -12 3rd Team.

Marshall Moses appeared 25 times for Hapoel Kfar Saba/Kohav ( Israel ) last season averaging 17 points and 10.3 rebounds.



No beats in the group. Italy win again - by Bulent Karagoz

Turkey-Italy 69 78 . Italy had the third victory in group F. Tanjevics new team a combination of the experienced players with the talented youngsters could resist only three quarters. It was a game of Turkish penetrations against Italian 3 points. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) was the hero for Italy and scored 23 points. Turkey leaded the game for three quarters, but the fourth quarter was the time for Italy. Italian 27 points during the fourth quarter, determined the winner. Turkey hadnt the enough resistance for the last 4 minutes to have the second victory. Turkey suffered the first defeat in the group where Italy had the third victory.


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Kemba Walker to Coach Elite 24 Team - by David Edole

Via ESPN PR:

NBA players and event alumni Brandon Jennings and Kemba Walker (185-PG-90, college: Connecticut) will coach the Raymond Lewis and Marques Johnson squads at the Under Armour Elite 24 this weekend. The teams, named after Los Angeles playground legends in the tradition of the event, will each be comprised of 12 of the nations leading high school boys basketball players

Jennings, a point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks, dished out an event record 23 assists in the 2007 Elite 24. He will be assisted by the Minnesota Timberwolves Derrick Williams, the No. 2 pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, to lead the Raymond Lewis squad.

Walker, now with the Charlotte Bobcats, made 7-of-8 field goals en route to 16 points in the same 2007 Elite 24 game. He will team with DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers to lead the Marques Johnson squad. Johnson participated in the inaugural Elite 24 event at Harlems famed Rucker Park in 2006.

In addition, Rashad Vaughn, No. 12 on the ESPN 60 and the top-ranked shooting guard on the list, has been added to the players roster.

The Under Armour Slam Dunk Contest and the Under Armour Elite 24 will air live on ESPNU from the Venice Beach outdoor courts in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. ET both days.

2012 Under Armour Elite 24 Coaches:
RAYMOND LEWIS SQUAD
Head Coach: Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks)
Assistant Coach: Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves)

MARQUES JOHNSON SQUAD
Head Coach: Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats)
Assistant Coach: DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)



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2012 William Jones Cup: Iran defeat USA to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Iran - USA 97:89 (2OT)

Iran claimed the fourth straight win at William Jones Cup. They overcame USA selection to improve at 4-0 record on top of the ladder. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) came up with 29 points to lead the winners.
Iran unloaded 27 points to surge ahead in the opening quarter. They accumulated a 6-point lead at the first break. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 7-point lead at halftime. USA narrowed the deficit in the third quarter. The North American team got within 6 points at the third intermission. They held Iran to just 11 points in the fourth quarter to deny the deficit and sent the game into overtime. The first extra period finished in a 7:7 tie. Iran surged ahead in the second overtime scoring 16 points and sealing the victory at the end. Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) notched 21 points, while Oshin Sahakian (200-F-86) added 15 points and 13 boards for the winners. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) answered with 22 points for USA. Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) banked 21 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Iran: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 29, Mahdi Kamrani 21, Oshin Sahakian 15+13 boards
USA: Curtis Marshall 22, Marcus Melvin 21



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FIBA Africa Zone 5: KCCA Leopards win, UCU Lady Canons falter - by Joel Nature

Martha Soigi scored 15 points and picked 15 rebounds to lead Ugandas KCCA Leopards to a 63-50 win over Berco Stars in the Zone 5 club championships at Lugogo.

The two teams matched shot for shot in the first two quarters but Leopards got the edge in the second half on the foul line and beyond the arc. Leopards were 15-for-26 on the line and 4-for-10 on 3-pointers while Berco Stars went 8-for-17 on free throws and 2-for-11 from downtown.

Guard, Flavia Okecho added 12 points for Leopards while Carol Badaru and Joyce Zalwango chipped in with 11 and 10 points respectively. KCCA Leopards had a rebounding advantage, out boarding Berco Stars 54-43. Safi Kalume paced Berco Stars with game high 18 points and 15 rebounds. Ines Nazera played out the 40 minutes and added 17 points.

Meanwhile, UCU Lady Canons fell, 64-75 to Eagle Wings of Kenya. After tying at 17 in the first period, 2010 champions, Eagle Wings opened the second quarter with the first 6 points to go up 23-17 with 8:33 and did not trail again.

Leading 53-44, Eagle Wings opened the final quarter with a 5-0 run to take lead into double digit (59-44) with7:50 which was relinquished in the garbage time but restored with 59 seconds to the final buzzer.

Rose Ouma Atieno led eagle wings with game high 26 points, 13 rebounds and also swiped 7 steals. Betty muomba samba added 10 points. Lady canons looked tired and warn out in the twilight of the third quarter and all of the final period coughing the ball up unnecessarily. They turned over the ball 45 times, Angella Namirimu committing 13 of those.

Lorene Akinyi paced Lady Canons with a 24/13 performance. Moreen Amoding added 23 points while Peace Proscovias 6 points went a long with 16 boards. Eagle wings were edged out on the glass 40-47.



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Al Wasl Dubai inks Assane Sene - by Greg (T)

Senegalese native Assane Sene (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) will continue his basketball journey after securing himself a lucrative contract at Dubai based sporting club Al Wasl, the biggest sporting club in the United Arab Emirates.
The 7ft center began his basketball journey after leaving the SEEDS Academy in Senegal. He received a scholarship to South Kent High School, (alongside Matthew Bryan Amaning). After receiving interest from many collegiate powerhouses, Sene decided to sign a four year scholarship to Virginia where he graduated 2012



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AASE Derby graduates heading to US colleges - by Eurobasket News (T)

Two graduates from Derby Trailblazers Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) program have agreed to join American colleges this coming season at two ends of the United States.

Rema Lascelles (197-G-92) has earned a full scholarship at Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) while Joshua Guddemi (198-F-94) will be attending New Haven University in Connecticut, also on scholarship.

Both players starred in Noel Baker School's 2012 national title winning team and their former coach Matt Shaw is delighted to see the players progressing:

"This is what AASE, our academy and our club is all about - player development. Of course our club would be stronger if these guys had stayed but we are thrilled the lads have such great opportunities and we have encouraged them all the way."

Lascelles, who was MVP in the U19 Mens Premier Schools final fours in March, is expected to play point guard for HPU and is very enthusiastic about the prospect of life in Hawaii.

"I'm very excited about studying and playing basketball in Hawaii, said the 19 year old. I have heard nothing but good things about the university from everyone I have spoken to, so it will be quite an experience."

Coach Shaw added: "We are delighted for Rema. He has made a huge contribution to the Trailblazers club over several years. I expect Rema to be a big success in the States and I know everyone at the club will be keeping a close eye on his progress."

Lascelles was a major part of the 2009 Derby team that won the Under 18 Mens national championship, featuring in the starting five at the age of 16. More recently he started for Derbys Division 1 Men as they made the final fours last season.

"It will be hard to replace a player of Rema's quality, continued Shaw. He has such a great understanding of the game and does so many things well on the court. But our club philosophy is about player development and we are delighted to see him have such a great opportunity. We always encourage players to play at a higher level and actively seek opportunities like this for them."

Guddemi had several scholarship opportunities after attending an exposure camp in Philadelphia. New Haven University is located in Connecticut and the Chargers play in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Derby assistant coach Paul Bowen commented: "Josh has been a huge success and a great ambassador for our program. On the court, in training and in games his attitude has always been outstanding. We are delighted he has earned this opportunity."

Guddemi's attitude and ability has also seen him win the British Colleges Sports Personality of the Year award, a nationwide award that recognises not only outstanding sporting achievement but also takes into account students grades and their contribution to the local community.

Matt Shaw confirmed Guddemi will also be sorely missed: "On the court you don't find too many players with Josh's skill set - that will be hard for our academy and our men's team to replace. But we will also be sad to lose the camaraderie he brings to the squad and I know his teammates will miss him as a friend too. As a club we always push players to further themselves and this is certainly a great opportunity that we have encouraged Josh to take."
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders signs Fraley just out of college - by Eurobasket Center (T)

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders signed 23-year old American center John Fraley (203-C-89). Fraley played most recently at Austin Peay State University (NCAA) in the U.S. While playing 23 games for Austin Peay St. last season his stats were: 11.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.6bpg. He just graduated Austin Peay State University and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He was selected last season to All-OVC 2nd Team after helping his university to make it to OVC Tournament semifinals.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Freeman leads Marne - by Hector Lopez

Eric Freeman (205-C-79, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Ky Wesleyan) netted 24 points when Marne beat Urunday Universitario 85-75 for the Metro league 2nd round. Freeman also grabbed 8 reounds with 2 blocks, Julio Panelli (180-G-90) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. For Urunday Universitario Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) scored 25 points with 14 rebounds and 3 assists, Jose Mackiewicz (201-F/C-79) added 16 points and 5 rebounds. The position after the first round are:Atenas 19 points, Marne 18, Cader 17.5, Goes 17, Larranaga 16, Urunday Universitario 16. The winner of this stage will play the Uruguayan League 2013 and four others will classify to playoff for another promotion.


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LNB 2012 Week 1 - Guacharos and Estudiantes split series in San Juan - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guacharos de Monagas (1-1) completed its first two-game series as a franchise in Venezuela's LNB 2012 regular season, by earning a series split as visitors against Estudiantes de Guarico (1-1), at Villa Olimpica's Dome in San Juan de los Morros.

Guacharos, coached by the LNB 2009, 2010 and 2011 champion Nestor Salazar, won the first game 94-91, thanks to 37 points scored by imported player Maurice Carter (183-G-83), in the best individual performance so far in the league. He got help from David Cedeno (190-G-83) with 16 points and Amber Marin (208-C-81) with a double double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

For Estudiantes, coached by Salazar's long time side kick Ibsen Castrillo, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) netted 26 points, imported player Lewis Marquez added 19 and Ernesto Mijares (190-PG-76) finished up with 16.

The second match was won by Estudiantes, 89-88. Derwin Ramirez scored 27 points, Lewis Marquez added 23 and Johan Pinero (183-PG-76) finished up with 14. For Guacharos, Maurice Carter pitched in 24, Fernando Lucena (185-G-86) followed him with 15 and Elvis Burguillos (194-G/F-82) ended with 14.



LNB 2012 Week 1 - Bravos takes away 2 games from Generales in Barquisimeto - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Bravos de Portuguesa and Generales de Lara made their debut in Venezuela's LNB 2012 as expansion franchises, but Bravos took the best part, as they were able to pull wins as visitors against Generales at Napoleon Rodriguez Arena in Barquisimeto, 78-72 and 74-67 in close definitions.

In the first game, Generales went ahead on a 10-2 run but Bravos tied it 18-18 and then extended their lead to 39-30 by halftime. Generales could not avoid the margin to increase as Bravos took an 11-point advantage (57-46) to the last 10 minutes of play. Down by 12 (69-57) with 5 minutes to go, Generales, woke up and put things 74-70 three minutes later, but then let two loose balls be recovered by the visitors and let them take a couple of offensive rebounds that gave them the triumph.

For Bravos, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, Cesar Musset (190-G-78) followed him with 12 coming off the bench, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) scored 11, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 10 with 8 rebounds and Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 9 more. Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82) added 7, Elder Gimenez (186-G-91) 6, U21 player Rodolfo Jimenez scored 3 and Jose Lopez another 3, while Henry Paez (184-PG-70) and Juan Carlos Lopez did not score. The team coached by Nelson Solorzano could not use imported player Terrell Taylor because he hasn't arrived to Venezuela.

For Generales, Yorbis Umbria (203-F-84) scored 19 points, Cruz Salcedo (190-G-74) added 16 points and 7 assists and Graddy Osorio (193-F-87) also scored 16. Carlos Rodriguez (206-C-89) finished up with 12 points, Freddy Toro (201-F-88) added 4, Victor Suarez 3 and Willy Barradas (182-G-93) 2. U21 players Rodolfo Canate, Vincenzo Poiche and Jesus Rodriguez did not score, and neither did Anderson Morales (180-PG-92) and Alexander Melendez, in the team coached by Daniel Seoane , who worked his first game as a head coach instead of an assistant coach.

"I'm satisfied because we fought it, we hanged in there and we did stuff that we've worked in practice sessions, but we still have a long way to go", said Seoane after the game. "The key in the end was that we missed several shots with advantage, we had no definition in 2-1 and 3-1 situations, we couldn't score and they did. The always scored an important shot to answer because they have a team of very experienced players, and they showed it".

According to Seoane, his team became "anxious and lacked experienced, it was our first game because we didn't play any friendly games during preseason and we should've gotten our anxiety out of the system. We couldn't finish off a great team effort".

He also said that "down by 15, it would've been easy for a young team to throw the towel and we didn't. We huzzled back, we got down by 4 thanks to our defense, but we couldn't grab a couple of loose balls, a couple of offensive rebounds in which we fouled them and gave them the extra free-throw. Against teams like those, you can't give away so much things".

The second game was won by Bravos, 74-67 (21-16, 18-22, 17-16, 18-13). For Bravos, Francisco Centeno had a double double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, Douglas Chiquito added 19 points and 7 rebounds, Tomas Aguilera scored 11 with 6 boards and Kenji Urdaneta and Cesar Musset another 10 each. Elder Gimenez scored 4 more.

For Generales, Yorbis Umbria and Cruz Salcedo netted 15 points each and Salcedo grabbed 8 boards, Graddy Osorio had a double double of 10 points and 13 rebounds, Carlos Rodriguez scored 9 points with 8 rebounds, Willy Barradas added 8, Victor Suarez 4 with 6 assists, Freddy Toro 3 and Alexander Melendez 3 more.



Venezuela selected to host 2013 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy Tournament - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB) announced that FIBA Americas selected the country over Mexico to host the 2013 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy, set to be played at El Poliedro de Caracas, according to president Carmelo Cortez.

The tournament features 10 teams split into two groups of 5, fighting for 4 spots for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, to be played in Spain. Venezuela's condition as host allows Paraguay to join the tournament. Paraguay had not qualified for it, having finished 5th in the 2012 South American Championship played in Argentina.

As such, the tournament will feature Canada, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Panama from the Centrobasket Zone and Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela from the ABASU or South American zone.

The United States won't have to play this tournament since they won the Gold medal in the recently played Olympic Games of London, thus advancing directly to the FIBA World Cup.

Mexico's only hope to play the tournament was to be the host country, since they were unable to qualify in the 2012 Centrobasket tournament.


Venezuela won because, according to FIBA Americas officials, the country impressed the international experts thanks to the job they did organizing the FIBA Pre-Olympic Qualy Tournament, in which 12 countries fought for the last 3 remaining tickets to the Olympic Games, ultimately won by Russia, Lithuania and Nigeria. Venezuela finished with a 1-1 performance in the first round, coached by Eric Musselman and with NBA player Greivis Vasquez (197-PG-87), Hector Romero (202-F/C-80) and former NBA player Oscar Torres (198-F/G-76), as well as NCAA player Gregory Echenique, as main references.



Greivis Vasquez: We'll have to work hard to go to Spain in 2014 - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan NBA PG Greivis Vasquez (197-PG-87), one of the stars in Venezuela's Senior NT and player of the New Orleans Hornets, sent a press release through his media representative, Rene Rincon, expressing his happiness about Venezuela's designation as host country of the 2013 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy Tournament, to be played at El Poliedro Arena in Caracas.

"I'm very happy because, once again, our country will have a chance to organize a tournament of high international level. This tournament will offer the fans of basketball an opportunity to watch and support our National Squad", said the 25 year-old player.

"The designation of Venezuela as host means that we'll have to work very hard if we want to qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. The Pre-Olympic Tournament taught us that there are lots of changes that we need to make and aspects to improve", added the former Maryland standout.

"We, the players, have the obligation of giving everything out of us out there to gain the objective of qualifying and in that aspect, I assume my responsibility. We should all think big so we can achieve bigger things and goals".

Venezuela will attempt to qualify to a FIBA World Cup for the fourth time, after successfully attending the editions of Argentina 1990, Indianapolis 2002 and Japan 2006.



Lester Hudson joins BC Partizan MT:S Beograd - by Francisco Vega (T)

BC Partizan MT:S Beograd signed 28-year old American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin). He played most recently at Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in the U.S. While playing 3 games for the team from Memphis last season Hudson averaged 3.0ppg. he is a very experienced player. He played also in Chinese CBA for 2 seasons. Hudson helped Guandong Southern Tigers to win Chinese CBA in 2011. He was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team twice, in 2011 and in 2012. He was also selected to play in CBA All-Star Game last year. Hudson graduated University of Tennessee at Martin in 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

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Musselman excited about Venezuela's designation as hosts of 2013 FIBA Americas Tournament - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's Senior NT head coach, Eric Musselman , expressed his happiness about the designation of Venezuela as host of the 2013 FIBA Americas World Cup Olympic Qualy tournament over Mexico, in an e-mail message sent to Latinbasket.com Venezuela and the Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB).

Musselman, who's also the head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, an affiliate of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers which he led to the 2011-2012 D-League Finals, took over the job back in 2011 and led the team to a 5th place finish in the 2011 FIBA Americas Pre-Olympic Qualy Tournament in Mar del Plata Argentina, went on to get the Silver Medal in the 2012 ABASU's South American Championship in Argentina and led them to a 1-1 finish in the 2012 FIBA World Pre-Olympic Qualy Tournament, played at El Poliedro Arena in Caracas, Venezuela

"What a great job Carmelo Cortez has done for Venezuela Basketball! This is such Big Basketball News all over the Basketball World", he said. "The Federation and Venezuela continues to impress and make great strides throught the entire world basketball community", he added. " (I'm) so happy for Carmelo Cortez, The Venezuela Federation and the entire country of basketball fans".

Venezuela will host Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Canada, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Panama. Four spots for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain will be in stake. The United States won't need to play the tournament because of their condition of Olympic Games champions that allows them to advance directly to the World Cup.



Greivis Vasquez is happy about coach Williams's contract extension - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Greivis Vasquez (197-PG-87), set to become a starter for New Orleans Hornets in the 2012-2013 season of the NBA, his third full pro season in the league, said he was happy about the general management's decision to renew coach Monty Williams for the next four seasons.

"It's a very good contract because he's our mentor and leader", said Vasquez through a text sent by his media representative, Rene Rincon. "With this agreement of four years, New Orleans is showing that it trusts our head coach, by giving him the responsibility to transform a young team into a winning team, able to win championships".

Vasquez averaged 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in 66 games, 26 six of those as a starter, after averaging 3.6 points, 2.2 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game in the 2010-2011 season for the Memphis Grizzlies, including his first experience in the NBA playoffs.

"Personally, it's great news, because I have an excellent relationship with him", added Vasquez. "He's shown me that he believes in me and with this extension I think, in the following season, our dynamics as a team will keep improving, since I will be the starting point guard".

The 25 year-old player recently excelled as the star of Venezuela's Senior NT in the FIBA Pre-Olympic Qualy Tournament played in Caracas, Venezuela. He said that Monty Williams is " a great coach, who understands and communicates with the players". Other options for his position on court are Eric Gordon (193-G-88), Austin Rivers (193-G-92), Xavier Henry (198-G-91) and the recently signed, Brian Roberts (188-PG-85).



LNB 2012 - Week 1: Aduaneros begin season with sweep over Atleticos UCV - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Aduaneros de Carabobo, another new franchise in Venezuela's LNB 2012 season, began their history with a two-game home sweep over Atleticos UCV, in the first inter-conference series of the regular season schedule, played at Manuel Penaloza Arena in Puerto Cabello.

Aduaneros won the first game 98-82 (30-14, 24-28, 27-13, 17-27). The team coached by Alfredo Madrid and David Sequera , enjoyed great performances by Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82), with a double double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, plus 6 assists. He got help from Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) with 19 points and Javinger Vargas (206-C-90) with 10 points.

For Atleticos UCV, Cesar Garcia (175-G-89) finished with 19 points, Jovanni Diaz (195-G-92) added 17 and Yochuar Palacios followed them with 15.

"I feel great, even though we've only been training for a week and a half. We're almost complete, we're just waiting for the imported player to arrive. Today we played a great game and things worked out well", said Jose Vargas after the game. "The young guys coming off the bench did a fine job, as good as the starters and I want to thank the people that came to watch the game and supported us at every moment", he said according to a note published by SeHablaBasket.com.

Aduaneros also won the second game, 86-77. Javinger Vargas was amazing with 29 points, including 5 three-point shots and 9 rebounds. Jose Vargas added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. PG Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) also completed a double double of 14 points and 12 assists. For Atleticos UCV, imported player Travis Derochowski (206-C, college: Warner Pacific) scored 17 points and Eduardo Rios (182-G-88) added 11.



Venezuela sends NT for FIBA's 3x3 Basketball World Cup in Greece - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- A National Team of Venezuela will attend the first ever FIBA 3x3 Basketball World Cup, to be played in Athens, Greece from August 23rd till the 26th with 24 teams split into 4 groups of 6 countries, according to a press release of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB).

Pro players Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85), Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82), Michael Flores (192-G-85) and Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) will be representing the country in Europe. Ananguren already played a Tournament in Brazil in which Venezuela grabbed the bronze medal. He played with amateur players Victor Prim, Victor Calderon and Jose Ali Uriepero in a team coached by Israel Plaza. Ananguren also won the official Dunks Contest.

Venezuela will face Guam, Argentina, Mexico, Ukraine and France in its first round group. The four best teams will advance to the second round to direct elimination games. Every game last 10 minutes unless a team reaches 21 points first and claims the win. Full rules, schedule and complementary info can be found at the official FIBA 3x3 Hub website.



Guaros and Cocodrilos reach agreement, Martinez to play for Guaros in LPB 2013 - by Francisco Vega (T)

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The general managements of Guaros de Lara and Cocodrilos de Caracas reached and agreement that will allow Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) to play for Guaros in LPB 2013, after Lara's management meetings with Martinez and his agent in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, were successful.

The meeting was held at Cocodrilos Sports Park offices in Caracas between co-owner and president of Guaros, Jorge Hernandez, sports manager Tomas Morris and Caracas's GM, Rostyn Gonzalez. The even took a picture of themselves holding a letter of agreement.

"We just finished the transaction", said Hernandez to Latinbasket.com through a phone calls, minutes after the negotiation was confirmed. "Jack Michael Martinez will be with us from November 19th, in our first day of preseason in Barquisimeto. We got the imported player that we wanted to have as our center for next season", he added.

Hernandez also expressed that Martinez "said that he was very happy to belong to this organization now and is willing to take us to our first LPB championship. He also thanked Cocodrilos de Caracas and its fans for all the years that he spent with them and for allowing this transaction to be performed".

Hernandez said that Martinez will be joined by returning imported players Hassan Adams (193-G-84) and John Millsap (198-F-82). "This is the second big transaction we've complete (since they bought the team) after we were able to bring back Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86) to the team last season in another important hiring".

The bussiness associate of former MLB champion Luis Sojo, also said that he recently came back to Venezuela from Europe, where he negotiated with a player that participated in the FIBA Olympic Qualy Tournament held in Caracas last July and that "this player will also be with us, but I won't say his name just yet".

He also reminded the fans of Guaros that "my compromise is with them. I promised I would bring them a spectacle worthy of their attention and support and to have a team that is able to fight for a championship. All of our actions are for the fans of Lara".

Cocodrilos will ask for an LEB player (U23 player) from Guaros, to be named later, as part of the transaction, the first of its kind in recent times, as the rights over imported players don't tend to be subject of trades, neither in the offseason or during the season.

Martinez will play for his third team in Venezuela's LPB, since he also played for Panteras de Miranda between 2002 and 2004 and played for Cocodrilos between 2008 and 2012.

The general management of Guaros recently spent time in the Dominican Republic, re-signing Chad Baker as assistant coach and holding meetings with players Heissler Guillent and Edgar Lugo (189-G-82). A new head coach, coming from the United States and with NBA links and experience, has been signed but his name hasn't been named public yet, due to a couple of contract related issues with a different organization.



Heissler Guillent returns to Venezuela, leaves Leones (Dominican Republic) - by Francisco Vega (T)

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86) had to stop playing for Leones de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic's LNB, due to a family matter that needed his immediate attention back home, which forced Leones to let him go and bring in Levance Fields as his replacement.

Guillent played 14 regular season games for the team, averaging 14.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in his first experience in this league, having played before as an imported player in leagues of Mexico and Colombia.

Back in Venezuela, he belongs to Guaros de Lara in LPB and was recently visited in Santo Domingo by the team's general management, trying to work a few things ahead of a season that could begin as early as in January of 2013. Guillent was also drafted by Guacharos de Monagas in Venezuela's LNB, but had no plans to play in this league.



Marinos renew contract of coach Arrieta, sign Orta and Matthews for LPB 2013 - by Francisco Vega (T)

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui's general management has been active in the market heading towards the LPB 2013 season, as they decided to re-sign head coach Jorge Arrieta, start negotiations for a long-term contract with PF Axiers Sucre (200-F-78) and sign Puerto Rican-Venezuelan Raul Orta (196-G-85) and imported player Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) for the LPB 2013 season, which could begin as early as January 18th and could feature a 54-game regular season schedule per team.

Arrieta, who's won the LPB title three times in 2003, 2004 and 2012, becomes the first head coach of Marinos to be repeated for a second season after having won the LPB championship since Nelson Solorzano , back in 2005 and 2006.

Nicknamed "Kabubi", he's the only coach who's recently been able to win two straight LPB seasons in a row (2003, 2004). He will no longer have assistant coach Daniel Seoane by his side, since he decided to move to Bucaneros de La Guaira as assistant coach for Argentinian Guillermo Narvarte for the 2013 season.

Matthews, a former star for Gigantes de Guayana, will play for Marinos after averaging 16.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in Argentina's first division basketball for Quilmes de Mar del Plata. He's now playing LNB ball in Venezuela with Centauros de Apure, current title holders.

Orta, who last played in Venezuela for Marinos in the 2010 season, will come back from day one, thus stopping his usual stints in Puerto Rico's BSN league. "Orta will be with us from day one", said GM Gianni Patino. "It's a great relief, since he can play both the one and two positions. The important thing is to get the chemistry in the team from the very beginning". He's also engaged in negotiations to bring back SF Leon Rodgers (199-F-80).

Regarding Sucre's contract, he said that he wants to stop rumors of him going to another team. "From our side, it's never been a plan to let Axiers go anywhere. His enormous talent is evident and that's why most teams would want him. Rumors always come and go".



Michael Carrera to play for USC in NCAA's Division I - by Francisco Vega (T)

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SF-PF Michael Carrera (198-F-93) will play for the South Carolina Gamecocks in the United States's NCAA Division I of college basketball, allowing the SEC conference to become the scenario for future clashes between two of the most talented Venezuelan prospects, Carrera and Anthony Perez (203-F-93), who'll be playing for Ole Mississippi.

Carrera, a 2.01m and 18-year old talent who is the son of former LPB player Luis Carrera, recently graduated from Montrose Christian High School in Rockville, Maryland, where he excelled as a player for the Mustangs, winning the national championship in the 2010-2011 season and making it to the playoffs again in his senior season, the same high school in which another Venezuelan, current NBA player Greivis Vasquez (197-PG-87), first played when he arrived to the country. It's also the same school in which Kevin Durant (206-SF-88) and Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85) took their first steps.

The Venezuelan player will now be coached by Frank Martin, who recently finished a five-year span in Kansas State with a 117-54 win-loss record, according to a note sent by Carrera's media representative, Rene Rincon. "I'm very happy", said Carrera. "I'm going to drive from Washington D.C. tomorrow to Columbia and report to head coach Martin. I can't wait to join this team and achieve amazing goals. We want to make history. He's a great coach, a Latin American, he was clear to me and I'm sure he'll help me in this new phase of my career".

Carrera also mentioned that the school campus is "beautiful" and that "when I came to visit, I was impressed by the kindness of its people. The gym is spectacular. By watching the University facilities I said to myself: this is where I want to be".

In the past few months, he had been linked to half a dozen colleges, but hadn't announced a verbal or written commitment to non. Carrera and Perez-Cortesia will not be the only Venezuelans in the NCAA's Division I. Gregory Echenique (206-C-90) of Creighton, Dennison Rodriguez (202-F-89) of Georgia State and Juan Coronado (198-F-90) of Liberty will also be playing in the 2012-2013 season, while Danny Herrera (193-F-92) decided to move from Duquesne to NJCAA ball.



LNB 2012 Week 1 - Centauros de Apure sweeps Lanceros de Cojedes - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Centauros de Apure (2-0), title holders of Venezuela's LNB Division I, began their quest for another championship with a home sweep over Lanceros de Cojedes (0-2), at Biruaca Dome, with over 3.000 fans attending the games in both nights.

Centauros, coached by Puerto Rican Carlos Mercado, won the first match 84-76 (16-15, 22-21, 21-18, 25-22). Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) scored 18 points, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) added 18, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) followed them with 15 and Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) finished up with 14. Meanwhile, for Lanceros, Darwin Matos (197-G/F-85) scored 15, Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) added 15 and Morris Sierralta (190-G/F-87) finished up with 13.

In the second game, Centauros won 88-84 (17-10, 13-17, 29-25, 29-32). Centauros will also play Liga Suramericana, alongside Tiburones de Vargas, as the teams representing Venezuela in the international clubs tournament.



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2012 Jones Cup Men Day 5 results - by Chris Wang

Boxcores in .png format available for download at https://www.box.com/s/d6319f1344755683f669

Iran 97-89 (2OT) UPG (US)
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3072-10000.php
Lebanon 88-67 Taiwan B
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3077-10000.php
Philippines 88-84 Japan
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3051-10000.php
Taiwan 85-63 Jordan
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3045-10000.php

Standings:
Iran 4-0
Philippines 4-0
UPG (US) 3-1
Taiwan 3-2
KGC (South Korea) 2-2
Japan 2-3
Jordan 1-3
Lebanon 1-4
Taiwan B 0-5




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U17 Australia outguns U17 Japan 100-66, both teams advance to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

U17 AUSTRALIA - U17 JAPAN 100-66

Australia advanced to the Quarterfinals of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They blasted top ranked Japan 100-66 handing them the first loss at this event. But it is important to mention that this game was just the formality and Japan already secured first place in Group B, while Australia clinched position No.4. In the Quarterfinals, Australia (3-2) will meet defending champion USA. Japan's (4-1) rival will be Belgium. Australia took control on Japan in the second quarter and never looked back after that (17-20, 25-14, 32-16, 26-16). Alanna Smith (188-PF-96) led the winners with 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Keely Froling (184-F-96) added 13 points and 6 rebs. Alicia Froling (187-PF-96) followed them with 12 points and 5 boards. In defeat, Risa Miki (177-C-96) posted 10 points and Mamiko Tanaka (178-C-96) had 8 points, plus 7 rebounds. Saori Miyazaki (165-SG-95) also scored 8 pts. Japan used this game to rest most of the starting five players, who got only 5-6 minutes on the court. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.

Australia: Alanna Smith 15+7 boards, Keely Froling 13+6 boards, Alicia Froling 12+5 boards
Japan: Risa Miki 10, Mamiko Tanaka 8+7 boards, Saori Miyazaki 8



Australia keeps Turkey winless, advances to FIBA U17 World Championship QFinals - by Eurobasket News

U17 TURKEY - U17 AUSTRALIA 53-63

Australia handed 63-53 loss to Turkey in Day Four of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. It was the crucial game for both teams and Australia jumped to 2-2 booking a ticket for the Quarterfinals at this event. Turkey dropped to 0-4 with no chance to advance. Turkey had better start (16-11, Q1), but all after that belonged to Australia. They made 29-26 turn until the halftime and jumped to plus 5 with ten minutes to go in the game. Last quarter also belonged to Australia (19-14), who celebrated comfortable 10-point win at the end. Louise Brown (183-F-95) (14 rebs) and Tiana Mangakahia (165-PG-95) (5 rebs) led Australia with 13 points each. Brown was MVP of this meeting with valuation 17. Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) and Abigail Wehrung (177-G-95) added 10 pts each in victory. Turkey got double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds from Hulya Coklar (188-C-95). Busra Akbas (170-PG-95) had 13 points (5 rebs) and Sinem Atas (182-PF-95) stopped to 8 pts (6 rebs). On Wednesday, Australia will meet top ranked Japan. Turkey will play against Brazil and the winner will avoid last place in Group B.

Turkey: Hulya Coklar 15+11 boards, Busra Akbas 13+5 boards, Sinem Atas 8+6 boards
Australia: Louise Brown 13+14 boards, Tiana Mangakahia 13+5 boards, Vanessa Panousis 10, Abigail Wehrung 10


Standings - WNBL

WNBL Standings
 1. Adelaide 0-0 
 2. Bendigo S. 0-0 
 3. Bulleen B. 0-0 
 4. Canberra C. 0-0 
 5. Dandenong R. 0-0 
 6. Logan T. 0-0 
 7. Sydney UF 0-0 
 8. Townsville F. 0-0 
 9. West Coast 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: Dandenong R. - Bulleen B.
Oct. 5: Adelaide - Bendigo S.
Oct. 6: Sydney UF - Canberra C.
Oct. 6: Townsville F. - Logan T.
Oct. 6: West Coast - Bendigo S.



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U17 Italy takes second place in Group A after 59-51 win over U17 Belgium - by Eurobasket News

U17 BELGIUM - U17 ITALY 51-59

Italy celebrated 59-51 victory over Belgium in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam. Italy ended as the second ranked team of Group A with almost perfect 4-1 record. Their rival in the Quarterfinals will be Spain or Holland (will be known tonight). At the other side, Belgium ended as No.4 in this pool and also advanced to the next stage. In the QFinals Belgium will play against undefeated Japan. Italy was 4-points up at the beginning of Q4 and they jumped to plus 10 with 3:07 remaining in the game. It was too much for Belgium for rest of the way. Quarters: 16-9, 17-21, 14-13, 12-8. Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) paced Italy with double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Cecilia Zandalasini (181-SF-96) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Elisa Ercoli (190-C-95) added 11 pts and 9 boards to this win. Belgium got 13 points and 6 rebs from Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-PG-95). Their second scorer was An-Katrien Nauwelaers (178-PF-95) with 8 pts. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday. Tomorrow all teams will have a day-off.

Belgium: Hind Ben Abdelkader 13+6 boards, An-Katrien Nauwelaers 8
Italy: Elisa Penna 15+13 boards, Cecilia Zandalasini 14+6 boards, Elisa Ercoli 11+9 boards



U20 Belgium jumps to fourth place in Klatovy - by Eurobasket News

U20 BELGIUM - U20 GERMANY 68-58

Belgium outplayed Germany 68-58 in very important game on Tuesday. After this win, Belgium jumped to fourth place with 3-2 record. Teams were tied at 45-45 with ten minutes remaining in the game, after what Belgium totally took control on its rival and closed this meeting with 23-13 for comfortable 10-point win at the end. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-SG-92, agency: LBM Management) stepped up for her teams with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Camille Lebrun (174-SF-94) had 15 points and 5 rebs, while Alisson Mai (183-C-93) added 14 pts and 7 rebs. In Germany, Finja Schaake (179-F-92) top-scored with 21 points. Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92, college: Gonzaga) collected 16 points and 7 rebs, and Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) stopped to 10 pts. Germany dropped to 2-2. Belgium's next rival will be undefeated Greece and it will be another very important game for both teams. Germany will meet Israel. At this moment, Greece and Hungary are on top of the standings with perfect 4-0 score. Three teams will win the promotion for Division A.

Belgium: Emmanuella Mayombo 25+5 boards+5 as, Camille Lebrun 15+5 boards, Alisson Mai 14+7 boards
Germany: Finja Schaake 21, Sonja Greinacher 16+7 boards, Julia Gaudermann 10



U17 USA stops Hind Ben Abdelkader, outguns U17 Belgium 80-50 - by Eurobasket News

U17 BELGIUM - U17 USA 50-80

As expected, USA celebrated another easy win in Amsterdam. This time USA cruised past Belgium 80-50 for perfect 4-0 record in Group A. With this victory USA officially secured first place in this pool. At the other side Canada dropped to 2-2, but they will also advance to the Quarterfinals. USA made 14-point lead until the halftime, after what Belgium improved, but still was able to cut the margin for only one point in Q3. USA entered to the last ten minutes with plus 13 and they closed this game with 22-7 for the final 30-point win. Rebecca Greenwell (6'1''-SG-95) netted 17 points in USA and Diamond Deshields (6'1''-SF-95) helped with double-double of 14 points and 11 rebs. Kaela Davis (6'1''-G/F-95) posted 12 pts. In Belgium, Manon Grzesinski (5'11''-C-95) had 10 points and 8 rebs, while Celine Lemmens (5'11''-PF-95) scored 9 points. Hind Ben Abdelkader (5'7''-PG-95) was limited to just 7 points and 8 rebounds with extremely poor shot percentage (1/10 FG2, 1/4 3-pts, valuation: -11). USA will meet winless Mali on Wednesday. Belgium will play against Italy and it will be decisive game for the second place in Group A.

Belgium: Manon Grzesinski 10+8 boards, Celine Lemmens 9, Hind Ben Abdelkader 7+8 boards
USA: Rebecca Greenwell 17, Diamond Deshields 14+11 boards, Kaela Davis 12



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U17 Brazil avoids last place in Group B - by Eurobasket News

U17 BRAZIL - U17 TURKEY 62-50

Brazil was better than Turkey 62-50 in the last day of the Preliminary Round at FIBA U17 World Championship. Both teams were winless before this meeting and Brazil now avoided last place in Group B with 1-4 record. Turkey dropped to 0-5 and both teams failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will fight for 9th place at this event. Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) scored 16 points for Brazil and Vitoria Domingos (178-PF-96) helped with double-double of 11 points, plus 10 rebs. Carla Lucchini (165-PG-95) also scored 11 pts in this game. Turkey got 17 points and 16 rebounds from Hulya Coklar (188-C-95), who was MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Busra Akbas (170-PG-95) and Sinem Atas (182-PF-95) posted 11 and 7 points respectively. Brazil shined in the second half to take the victory today. Quarters: 14-15, 18-20, 20-9, 10-6. All teams will take a rest on Thursday. After that, Brazil will meet Mali, while Turkey will play against South Korea.

Brazil: Izabella Sangalli 16, Vitoria Domingos 11+10 boards, Carla Lucchini 11
Turkey: Hulya Coklar 17+16 boards, Busra Akbas 11, Sinem Atas 7



Holland books Quarterfinals ticket at FIBA U17 World Championship - by Eurobasket News

U17 HOLLAND - U17 BRAZIL 62-42

Holland celebrated very valuable 62-42 win over Brazil in Day Four of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. Thanks to this win Holland improved to 3-1 in Group B and booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Brazil dropped to 0-4 with no chance to advance. Holland shined at the beginning and later after the breather to secure victory in this meeting. Quarters: 19-8, 10-17, 21-6, 12-11. Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) scored 19 points for her team and she also pulled down 13 rebounds. Slim was MVP of the game with valuation 25. Britt Zappeij (182-PF-95) had 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) netted 11 pts. In Brazil, Monique Soares (187-PF-97) top-scored with 12 points and Carla Lucchini (165-PG-95) had 8 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Daphner Pezavento (190-C-95) was their third scorer with only 6 points. Holland will meet Spain on Wednesday in the battle for the second place in Group B. Brazil will play against also winless Turkey.

Holland: Isabella Slim 19+13 boards, Britt Zappeij 12+8 boards, Laura Cornelius 11
Brazil: Monique Soares 12, Carla Lucchini 8+5 boards, Daphner Pezavento 6



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U20 Czech Republic escapes with 69-64 win over U20 Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

U20 CZECH REPUBLIC - U20 BULGARIA 69-64

Czech Republic had to work very hard to beat Bulgaria in Day Five of U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. The host of this event celebrated 69-64 win and improved to 3-1 record. Bulgaria stays winless after five games played. Czech Republic had 12-point lead at the halftime, but Bulgaria exploded after the breather making 27-16. There hosts were still up by one and managed to extend their lead for rest of the way. Renata Pudlakova (173-PG-92) top-scored in victory with 17 points and Barbora Kasparkova (181-F/C-92) added 15 points, plus 6 rebs. Michaela Vojtkova (181-F-93) had 12 points and 5 rebs for the hosts. Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds in defeat, but with poor shot percentage (2/8 FG2, 2/10 3-pts). Viktoriya Stoycheva (171-PG-92) (6 rebs) and Radostina Dimitrova (181-SF-94) (6 rebs) scored 11 and 10 points respectively. On Wednesday, Czech Republic will take on Romania. Bulgaria has a day-off.

Czech Republic: Renata Pudlakova 17, Barbora Kasparkova 15+6 boards, Michaela Vojtkova 12+5 boards
Bulgaria: Iva Kostova 20+6 boards, Viktoriya Stoycheva 11+6 boards, Radostina Dimitrova 10+6 boards



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Canada heads to Quarterfinals of FIBA U17 World Championship - by Eurobasket News

U17 CANADA - U17 SOUTH KOREA 74-61

Canada outplayed South Korea 74-61 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam. Canada ended this stage as third ranked team of Group A with 3-2 record and will meet Holland in the Quarterfinals. South Korea is No.5 in this pool with 1-4 score and failed to reach the next stage. They will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th to 12th place. Third quarter was the crucial on in this game. Canada was down by 6 points at the HT, but they made impressive 24-9 after the breather for plus 9 with one quarter to go. Canada had no troubles to keep comfortable lead for rest of the way and actually extended it to double digit. Saicha Grant-Allen (193-PF-95) was the best player in victory with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau (187-SF-95) followed with 13 pts and 10 rebs. Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) helped her team with 12 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists. In defeat, Kim Heejin (168-SF-95) top-scored with 18 points and Park Jieun (183-C-95) had 12. An Heji (164-PG-97) stopped to 11 pts in this meeting. Championship continues on Friday. Next South Korea's rival will be Turkey.

Canada: Saicha Grant-Allen 14+13 boards, Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau 13+10 boards, Kia Nurse 12+5 boards+5 as
South Korea: Kim Heejin 18, Park Jieun 12, An Heji 11



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U20 Czech Republic escapes with 69-64 win over U20 Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

U20 CZECH REPUBLIC - U20 BULGARIA 69-64

Czech Republic had to work very hard to beat Bulgaria in Day Five of U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. The host of this event celebrated 69-64 win and improved to 3-1 record. Bulgaria stays winless after five games played. Czech Republic had 12-point lead at the halftime, but Bulgaria exploded after the breather making 27-16. There hosts were still up by one and managed to extend their lead for rest of the way. Renata Pudlakova (173-PG-92) top-scored in victory with 17 points and Barbora Kasparkova (181-F/C-92) added 15 points, plus 6 rebs. Michaela Vojtkova (181-F-93) had 12 points and 5 rebs for the hosts. Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds in defeat, but with poor shot percentage (2/8 FG2, 2/10 3-pts). Viktoriya Stoycheva (171-PG-92) (6 rebs) and Radostina Dimitrova (181-SF-94) (6 rebs) scored 11 and 10 points respectively. On Wednesday, Czech Republic will take on Romania. Bulgaria has a day-off.

Czech Republic: Renata Pudlakova 17, Barbora Kasparkova 15+6 boards, Michaela Vojtkova 12+5 boards
Bulgaria: Iva Kostova 20+6 boards, Viktoriya Stoycheva 11+6 boards, Radostina Dimitrova 10+6 boards



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Division B: Day Five in Klatovy - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Switzerland 57-61
Switzerland registered first victory at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. They outsmarted Israel 61-57 for 1-3 record at this event. At the same time, Israel fell to 1-4. Israel was up by 8 with ten minutes remaining in the game. However, Melissa Favre (184-PF-92) and her teammates exploded offensively in the last quarter scoring 26 points, while at the other side they limited Israel to just 14. All of that was enough for the victory at the end. Favre top-scored in Switzerland with 13 points and Dana Bozovic (180-SF-93, agency: LBM Management) added 10 points, plus 8 rebounds. Nadege Clement (184-C-93) followed them with 8 points and same numbers of boards. In Israel, Bar Gilinski (185-PF-92) had monster double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) and Thea Lemberger (175-G-92) (5 rebs) netted 12 and 9 points respectively. Switzerland will meet top ranked Hungary on Wednesday. Israel's next rival is Germany.


Czech Republic - Bulgaria 69-64
Czech Republic had to work very hard to beat Bulgaria in Day Five of U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. The host of this event celebrated 69-64 win and improved to 3-1 record. Bulgaria stays winless after five games played. Czech Republic had 12-point lead at the halftime, but Bulgaria exploded after the breather making 27-16. There hosts were still up by one and managed to extend their lead for rest of the way. Renata Pudlakova (173-PG-92) top-scored in victory with 17 points and Barbora Kasparkova (181-F/C-92) added 15 points, plus 6 rebs. Michaela Vojtkova (181-F-93) had 12 points and 5 rebs for the hosts. Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds in defeat, but with poor shot percentage (2/8 FG2, 2/10 3-pts). Viktoriya Stoycheva (171-PG-92) (6 rebs) and Radostina Dimitrova (181-SF-94) (6 rebs) scored 11 and 10 points respectively. On Wednesday, Czech Republic will take on Romania. Bulgaria has a day-off.

Belgium - Germany 68-58
Belgium outplayed Germany 68-58 in very important game on Tuesday. After this win, Belgium jumped to fourth place with 3-2 record. Teams were tied at 45-45 with ten minutes remaining in the game, after what Belgium totally took control on its rival and closed this meeting with 23-13 for comfortable 10-point win at the end. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-SG-92, agency: LBM Management) stepped up for her teams with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Camille Lebrun (174-SF-94) had 15 points and 5 rebs, while Alisson Mai (183-C-93) added 14 pts and 7 rebs. In Germany, Finja Schaake (179-F-92) top-scored with 21 points. Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92, college: Gonzaga) collected 16 points and 7 rebs, and Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) stopped to 10 pts. Germany dropped to 2-2. Belgium's next rival will be undefeated Greece and it will be another very important game for both teams. Germany will meet Israel. At this moment, Greece and Hungary are on top of the standings with perfect 4-0 score. Three teams will win the promotion for Division A.

Hungary - Romania 73-51
Hungary registered fourth straight victory at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. Thanks to this win Hungary joined Greece on top of the standings. At the other side, Romania dropped to 2-3 at this event. Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92) led the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92) scored 15 points and Judit Manyoky (172-G-92) helped her team with 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Cristina Bigica (182-G/F-92) delivered 17 points, while Alexandra Ionescu (175-PG-92) followed her with 13 pts and 5 rebs. Hungary exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 22-13, 8-16, 16-12, 27-10. On Wednesday, Hungary will meet Switzerland. Romania will play against the home team - Czech Republic.



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U20 Belgium jumps to fourth place in Klatovy - by Eurobasket News

U20 BELGIUM - U20 GERMANY 68-58

Belgium outplayed Germany 68-58 in very important game on Tuesday. After this win, Belgium jumped to fourth place with 3-2 record. Teams were tied at 45-45 with ten minutes remaining in the game, after what Belgium totally took control on its rival and closed this meeting with 23-13 for comfortable 10-point win at the end. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-SG-92, agency: LBM Management) stepped up for her teams with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Camille Lebrun (174-SF-94) had 15 points and 5 rebs, while Alisson Mai (183-C-93) added 14 pts and 7 rebs. In Germany, Finja Schaake (179-F-92) top-scored with 21 points. Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92, college: Gonzaga) collected 16 points and 7 rebs, and Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) stopped to 10 pts. Germany dropped to 2-2. Belgium's next rival will be undefeated Greece and it will be another very important game for both teams. Germany will meet Israel. At this moment, Greece and Hungary are on top of the standings with perfect 4-0 score. Three teams will win the promotion for Division A.

Belgium: Emmanuella Mayombo 25+5 boards+5 as, Camille Lebrun 15+5 boards, Alisson Mai 14+7 boards
Germany: Finja Schaake 21, Sonja Greinacher 16+7 boards, Julia Gaudermann 10



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U17 Holland beats U17 Spain 56-37 for the second place in Group B - by Eurobasket News

U17 HOLLAND - U17 SPAIN 56-37

Holland demonstrated wonderful performance in the last day of the Preliminary Round at FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They handed 56-37 loss to Spain in the battle for the second place in Group B. Holland ended this stage with almost perfect 4-1 record and will meet Canada in the Quarterfinals. Spain is third ranked team in this pool with 3-2 and will play against Italy at the next stage. Holland was up by 5 at the halftime and later shined in the last ten minutes of the game to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 8-10, 13-6, 16-15, 19-6. Emese Hof (190-C-96) (8 rebs) and Lisanne de Jonge (180-SF-95) (5 rebs) scored 9 points each for the winners. Esther Fokke (184-PF-96) was another player with 9 pts in victory. In Spain, Maria Navarro (184-PF-95) delivered 8 points and Yaiza Rodriguez (165-SG-95) had 6 pts. Thursday is a day-off for all teams in Amsterdam. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.

Holland: Emese Hof 9+8 boards, Lisanne de Jonge 9+5 boards, Esther Fokke 9
Spain: Maria Navarro 8, Yaiza Rodriguez 6



Holland books Quarterfinals ticket at FIBA U17 World Championship - by Eurobasket News

U17 HOLLAND - U17 BRAZIL 62-42

Holland celebrated very valuable 62-42 win over Brazil in Day Four of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. Thanks to this win Holland improved to 3-1 in Group B and booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Brazil dropped to 0-4 with no chance to advance. Holland shined at the beginning and later after the breather to secure victory in this meeting. Quarters: 19-8, 10-17, 21-6, 12-11. Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) scored 19 points for her team and she also pulled down 13 rebounds. Slim was MVP of the game with valuation 25. Britt Zappeij (182-PF-95) had 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) netted 11 pts. In Brazil, Monique Soares (187-PF-97) top-scored with 12 points and Carla Lucchini (165-PG-95) had 8 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Daphner Pezavento (190-C-95) was their third scorer with only 6 points. Holland will meet Spain on Wednesday in the battle for the second place in Group B. Brazil will play against also winless Turkey.

Holland: Isabella Slim 19+13 boards, Britt Zappeij 12+8 boards, Laura Cornelius 11
Brazil: Monique Soares 12, Carla Lucchini 8+5 boards, Daphner Pezavento 6



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U20 Hungary extends winning streak to four - by Eurobasket News

U20 HUNGARY - U20 ROMANIA 73-51

Hungary registered fourth straight victory at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. Thanks to this win Hungary joined Greece on top of the standings. At the other side, Romania dropped to 2-3 at this event. Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92) led the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92) scored 15 points and Judit Manyoky (172-G-92) helped her team with 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Cristina Bigica (182-G/F-92) delivered 17 points, while Alexandra Ionescu (175-PG-92) followed her with 13 pts and 5 rebs. Hungary exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 22-13, 8-16, 16-12, 27-10. On Wednesday, Hungary will meet Switzerland. Romania will play against the home team - Czech Republic.

Hungary: Lilla Adamecz 19+7 boards, Anna Mansare 15, Judit Manyoky 12
Romania: Cristina Bigica 17, Alexandra Ionescu 13+5 boards



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U20 Switzerland downs U20 Israel for the first win in Klatovy - by Eurobasket News

U20 ISRAEL - U20 SWITZERLAND 57-61

Switzerland registered first victory at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. They outsmarted Israel 61-57 for 1-3 record at this event. At the same time, Israel fell to 1-4. Israel was up by 8 with ten minutes remaining in the game. However, Melissa Favre (184-PF-92) and her teammates exploded offensively in the last quarter scoring 26 points, while at the other side they limited Israel to just 14. All of that was enough for the victory at the end. Favre top-scored in Switzerland with 13 points and Dana Bozovic (180-SF-93, agency: LBM Management) added 10 points, plus 8 rebounds. Nadege Clement (184-C-93) followed them with 8 points and same numbers of boards. In Israel, Bar Gilinski (185-PF-92) had monster double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) and Thea Lemberger (175-G-92) (5 rebs) netted 12 and 9 points respectively. Switzerland will meet top ranked Hungary on Wednesday. Israel's next rival is Germany.

Israel: Bar Gilinski 22+10 boards, Nof Kedem 12, Thea Lemberger 9+5 boards
Switzerland: Melissa Favre 13, Dana Bozovic 10+8 boards, Nadege Clement 8+8 boards



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U17 Italy takes second place in Group A after 59-51 win over U17 Belgium - by Eurobasket News

U17 BELGIUM - U17 ITALY 51-59

Italy celebrated 59-51 victory over Belgium in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam. Italy ended as the second ranked team of Group A with almost perfect 4-1 record. Their rival in the Quarterfinals will be Spain or Holland (will be known tonight). At the other side, Belgium ended as No.4 in this pool and also advanced to the next stage. In the QFinals Belgium will play against undefeated Japan. Italy was 4-points up at the beginning of Q4 and they jumped to plus 10 with 3:07 remaining in the game. It was too much for Belgium for rest of the way. Quarters: 16-9, 17-21, 14-13, 12-8. Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) paced Italy with double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Cecilia Zandalasini (181-SF-96) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Elisa Ercoli (190-C-95) added 11 pts and 9 boards to this win. Belgium got 13 points and 6 rebs from Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-PG-95). Their second scorer was An-Katrien Nauwelaers (178-PF-95) with 8 pts. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday. Tomorrow all teams will have a day-off.

Belgium: Hind Ben Abdelkader 13+6 boards, An-Katrien Nauwelaers 8
Italy: Elisa Penna 15+13 boards, Cecilia Zandalasini 14+6 boards, Elisa Ercoli 11+9 boards



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Evelyn Mawuli lifts U17 Japan to 83-79 win over U17 Spain - by Eurobasket News

U17 SPAIN - U17 JAPAN 79-83

Japan did a great job in Day Four of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They grabbed 83-79 win against Spain to stay alone on top of Group B with perfect 4-0 record. Thanks to this victory Japan secured first place in this pool. Spain dropped to 3-1 and will play against Holland on Wednesday for the position No.2. All three teams already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Spain had 79-78 lead with 80 seconds remaining in the game, but Evelyn Mawuli (180-C-95) connected two baskets after that and scored one free throw, while Spain was scoreless for rest of the way. Quarters: 20-21, 19-19, 22-23, 22-16. Ai Yamada (167-SG-95) scored 20 points for the winners (4/5 for 3-pts), while Yunika Nakamura (177-PF-95) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Game hero Mawuli helped with double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. In defeat, Leticia Romero (176-SG-95) shined with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Ariadna Pujol (183-PG-95) netted 10 points and Laura Quevedo (185-PF-96) added 9 pts, plus 11 rebs. Japan will meet Australia in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam. As mentioned above, Spain will play against Holland.

Spain: Leticia Romero 22+7 boards+5 as, Ariadna Pujol 10, Laura Quevedo 9.
Japan: Ai Yamada 20, Yunika Nakamura 18+5 boards, Evelyn Mawuli 14+15 boards



U17 Australia outguns U17 Japan 100-66, both teams advance to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

U17 AUSTRALIA - U17 JAPAN 100-66

Australia advanced to the Quarterfinals of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They blasted top ranked Japan 100-66 handing them the first loss at this event. But it is important to mention that this game was just the formality and Japan already secured first place in Group B, while Australia clinched position No.4. In the Quarterfinals, Australia (3-2) will meet defending champion USA. Japan's (4-1) rival will be Belgium. Australia took control on Japan in the second quarter and never looked back after that (17-20, 25-14, 32-16, 26-16). Alanna Smith (188-PF-96) led the winners with 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Keely Froling (184-F-96) added 13 points and 6 rebs. Alicia Froling (187-PF-96) followed them with 12 points and 5 boards. In defeat, Risa Miki (177-C-96) posted 10 points and Mamiko Tanaka (178-C-96) had 8 points, plus 7 rebounds. Saori Miyazaki (165-SG-95) also scored 8 pts. Japan used this game to rest most of the starting five players, who got only 5-6 minutes on the court. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.

Australia: Alanna Smith 15+7 boards, Keely Froling 13+6 boards, Alicia Froling 12+5 boards
Japan: Risa Miki 10, Mamiko Tanaka 8+7 boards, Saori Miyazaki 8



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Eagle Wings Soar Over Uganda Varsity Side in Zone Five Tourney - by Eurobasket News

NATIONAL women's basketball champions Eagle Wings started their Fiba Africa Zone Five campaign on a winning note hitting Uganda Christian University (UCU) 75-64 in a tough match at Lugogo Indoor Stadium Kampala, Uganda. The Kenyans who played their opener a few hours after arrival looked fatigued in the first three quarters but picked up in the last quarter to earn two vital points. Other Kenyan representatives Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and KCB Lions did not have a game on the opening day.

Wings and UCU were both deadlocked 17-17 in the first quarter before the Kenyans raced away to a 17-14 second quarter advantage. After the breather, Wings bolted away 19-13 for their biggest margin before winding the fourth 22-20 to carry the day. Rose Ouma, who joined the team a few days ago from her base in Dubai led all scorers with a game high 26 points while her national team mate Samba Mjomba nailed 10.

The losers had 24 points from a Kenyan student Lorraine Akinyi who hit 24 and Maureen Amadiny who collected 23. In the other game, Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) thrashed Berco Stars of Burundi 63-50 with Martha Sogi sinking 15 and Flavio Oketch making 12 for Uganda. The Burundians had 1 from Kalume Sifa and 17 from Nzerera Ines.

Kyambogo Warriors of Uganda lost 56-72 to Espoir of Rwanda. The championships has a total of 16 teams- eight in both categories. The winners will represent the region in the Africa club championships latter in the year. KPA step onto the court with a tough game against host club KCCA, Eagle Wings meet Don Bosco while KCB Lions have a date with debutants South Sudan.

Last year's losing finalists and national champions Co-operative Bank of Kenya did not travel for the games. Today's fixtures from 11 am: Eagle Wings v Don Bosco, KCB Lionsd v South Sudan, Jeshi stars v Berco Stars, APR v UCU, Espoir v Urunani, ABC v D Mark Power, KCCA v KPA, Kyambogo Warriors v Savio.
Courtesy of: The Star (Nairobi)



Eagle Wings through to semi finals - by Eurobasket News

Kenyan basketball champions Eagle Wings on Wednesday put up another powerful performance beating Tanzanias Don Bosco 92-36 in their second zone 5 championship preliminary match played at the Lugogo Gymnasium in Kampala Uganda.
There were only three teams in the pool after APR of Rwanda withdrew from the competition. On Monday Eagle Wings defeated Uganda Christian University 75-64 in their first match.
The Kenyan team now qualifies for the semi finals of the regional competition and will play runners up of Pool A that also has Kenya Ports Authority. The semi finals will be played on Saturday.

Rose Ouma once again was the highest scorer in the match against Don Bosco with 21 points. Susan Akinyi and last years premier league Most Valuable Player Samba Mjomba both contributed 17 points while Don Boscos Saida Mohammed was the highest scorer for the Tanzanian side with 8 points.



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U17 USA ends Preliminary Round in Amsterdam with perfect 5-0 - by Eurobasket News

U17 USA - U17 MALI 98-28

It was a game between top ranked USA and winless Mali. As expected, USA celebrated huge 98-28 victory ending the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam with perfect 5-0 record. USA is the winner of Group A and will meet Australia in the Quarterfinals of FIBA U17 World Championship. Mali (0-5) will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th-12th place. USA created 23-6 lead in the first quarter and continued with 31-5 for the next ten minutes. Mali simply was not able to reply and faced with 70-point loss at the end of the game. Brianna Turner (6'3''-SF-96) (5 rebs), Rebecca Greenwell (6'1''-SG-95) (5 rebs) and Diamond Deshields (6'1''-SF-95) scored 13 points apiece for the winners. Each of USA players managed to score at least 2 points in this meeting. Also each of them got at least 10 minutes on the court. In Mali, Awa Keita (6'0''-C-96) had 10 points and 8 rebs. Their second scorer was Mariam Maiga (5'6''-SG-96) with 9 pts. Quarterfinals games will be played on Friday and all teams will take a rest on tomorrow.

USA: Brianna Turner 13+5 boards, Rebecca Greenwell 13+5 boards, Diamond Deshields 13
Mali: Awa Keita 10+8 boards, Mariam Maiga 9



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UConn to face Ohio State in Hall of Fame Challenge - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut and Ohio State will headline the first women's Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge in 2013.

The two powerhouse programs will play each other as part of a quadrupleheader on Dec. 1, 2013. Marist will face Old Dominion; Monmouth takes on Boston University; and St. Bonaventure will meet Bowling Green.

"We are very pleased to be a part of the inaugural Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "There are some really good teams in the field and it will be a lot of fun to showcase our game in the birthplace of college basketball."

Before the games in Springfield, Ohio State and UConn will host the other teams in a round robin tournament. Marist, Bowling Green and Monmouth will play at Ohio State. Boston University, Old Dominion and St. Bonaventure will be at Connecticut.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



U17 USA ends Preliminary Round in Amsterdam with perfect 5-0 - by Eurobasket News

U17 USA - U17 MALI 98-28

It was a game between top ranked USA and winless Mali. As expected, USA celebrated huge 98-28 victory ending the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam with perfect 5-0 record. USA is the winner of Group A and will meet Australia in the Quarterfinals of FIBA U17 World Championship. Mali (0-5) will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th-12th place. USA created 23-6 lead in the first quarter and continued with 31-5 for the next ten minutes. Mali simply was not able to reply and faced with 70-point loss at the end of the game. Brianna Turner (6'3''-SF-96) (5 rebs), Rebecca Greenwell (6'1''-SG-95) (5 rebs) and Diamond Deshields (6'1''-SF-95) scored 13 points apiece for the winners. Each of USA players managed to score at least 2 points in this meeting. Also each of them got at least 10 minutes on the court. In Mali, Awa Keita (6'0''-C-96) had 10 points and 8 rebs. Their second scorer was Mariam Maiga (5'6''-SG-96) with 9 pts. Quarterfinals games will be played on Friday and all teams will take a rest on tomorrow.

USA: Brianna Turner 13+5 boards, Rebecca Greenwell 13+5 boards, Diamond Deshields 13
Mali: Awa Keita 10+8 boards, Mariam Maiga 9



U17 USA stops Hind Ben Abdelkader, outguns U17 Belgium 80-50 - by Eurobasket News

U17 BELGIUM - U17 USA 50-80

As expected, USA celebrated another easy win in Amsterdam. This time USA cruised past Belgium 80-50 for perfect 4-0 record in Group A. With this victory USA officially secured first place in this pool. At the other side Canada dropped to 2-2, but they will also advance to the Quarterfinals. USA made 14-point lead until the halftime, after what Belgium improved, but still was able to cut the margin for only one point in Q3. USA entered to the last ten minutes with plus 13 and they closed this game with 22-7 for the final 30-point win. Rebecca Greenwell (6'1''-SG-95) netted 17 points in USA and Diamond Deshields (6'1''-SF-95) helped with double-double of 14 points and 11 rebs. Kaela Davis (6'1''-G/F-95) posted 12 pts. In Belgium, Manon Grzesinski (5'11''-C-95) had 10 points and 8 rebs, while Celine Lemmens (5'11''-PF-95) scored 9 points. Hind Ben Abdelkader (5'7''-PG-95) was limited to just 7 points and 8 rebounds with extremely poor shot percentage (1/10 FG2, 1/4 3-pts, valuation: -11). USA will meet winless Mali on Wednesday. Belgium will play against Italy and it will be decisive game for the second place in Group A.

Belgium: Manon Grzesinski 10+8 boards, Celine Lemmens 9, Hind Ben Abdelkader 7+8 boards
USA: Rebecca Greenwell 17, Diamond Deshields 14+11 boards, Kaela Davis 12



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Gigantes continue to roll as they beat Atleticas: - by Luis Modestti

Gigantes de Carolina started the 2012 BSNF season with a 2-0 record after beating Atleticas de San German 79-69.

Carla Cortijo (172-G-87, college: Texas) scored 21 points, Cynthia Valentin 19 and Yolanda Jones 14 for the winners who recovered from a quick start by San German.

Gigantes dominated the first half 40-33 and took off in the third quarter led by Jones. Atleticas had some rallies and got close again in the final quarter but Angiely Morales sealed the game for the visitors.

Michelle Gonzalez scored 16 and Earnesia Williams 15 for San German.

All games scheduled for tonight were suspended due to a Tropical Storm Warning.



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U20 Hungary extends winning streak to four - by Eurobasket News

U20 HUNGARY - U20 ROMANIA 73-51

Hungary registered fourth straight victory at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. Thanks to this win Hungary joined Greece on top of the standings. At the other side, Romania dropped to 2-3 at this event. Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92) led the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92) scored 15 points and Judit Manyoky (172-G-92) helped her team with 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Cristina Bigica (182-G/F-92) delivered 17 points, while Alexandra Ionescu (175-PG-92) followed her with 13 pts and 5 rebs. Hungary exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 22-13, 8-16, 16-12, 27-10. On Wednesday, Hungary will meet Switzerland. Romania will play against the home team - Czech Republic.

Hungary: Lilla Adamecz 19+7 boards, Anna Mansare 15, Judit Manyoky 12
Romania: Cristina Bigica 17, Alexandra Ionescu 13+5 boards



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Canada heads to Quarterfinals of FIBA U17 World Championship - by Eurobasket News

U17 CANADA - U17 SOUTH KOREA 74-61

Canada outplayed South Korea 74-61 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam. Canada ended this stage as third ranked team of Group A with 3-2 record and will meet Holland in the Quarterfinals. South Korea is No.5 in this pool with 1-4 score and failed to reach the next stage. They will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th to 12th place. Third quarter was the crucial on in this game. Canada was down by 6 points at the HT, but they made impressive 24-9 after the breather for plus 9 with one quarter to go. Canada had no troubles to keep comfortable lead for rest of the way and actually extended it to double digit. Saicha Grant-Allen (193-PF-95) was the best player in victory with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau (187-SF-95) followed with 13 pts and 10 rebs. Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) helped her team with 12 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists. In defeat, Kim Heejin (168-SF-95) top-scored with 18 points and Park Jieun (183-C-95) had 12. An Heji (164-PG-97) stopped to 11 pts in this meeting. Championship continues on Friday. Next South Korea's rival will be Turkey.

Canada: Saicha Grant-Allen 14+13 boards, Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau 13+10 boards, Kia Nurse 12+5 boards+5 as
South Korea: Kim Heejin 18, Park Jieun 12, An Heji 11



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Evelyn Mawuli lifts U17 Japan to 83-79 win over U17 Spain - by Eurobasket News

U17 SPAIN - U17 JAPAN 79-83

Japan did a great job in Day Four of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They grabbed 83-79 win against Spain to stay alone on top of Group B with perfect 4-0 record. Thanks to this victory Japan secured first place in this pool. Spain dropped to 3-1 and will play against Holland on Wednesday for the position No.2. All three teams already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Spain had 79-78 lead with 80 seconds remaining in the game, but Evelyn Mawuli (180-C-95) connected two baskets after that and scored one free throw, while Spain was scoreless for rest of the way. Quarters: 20-21, 19-19, 22-23, 22-16. Ai Yamada (167-SG-95) scored 20 points for the winners (4/5 for 3-pts), while Yunika Nakamura (177-PF-95) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Game hero Mawuli helped with double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. In defeat, Leticia Romero (176-SG-95) shined with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Ariadna Pujol (183-PG-95) netted 10 points and Laura Quevedo (185-PF-96) added 9 pts, plus 11 rebs. Japan will meet Australia in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam. As mentioned above, Spain will play against Holland.

Spain: Leticia Romero 22+7 boards+5 as, Ariadna Pujol 10, Laura Quevedo 9.
Japan: Ai Yamada 20, Yunika Nakamura 18+5 boards, Evelyn Mawuli 14+15 boards



U17 Holland beats U17 Spain 56-37 for the second place in Group B - by Eurobasket News

U17 HOLLAND - U17 SPAIN 56-37

Holland demonstrated wonderful performance in the last day of the Preliminary Round at FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They handed 56-37 loss to Spain in the battle for the second place in Group B. Holland ended this stage with almost perfect 4-1 record and will meet Canada in the Quarterfinals. Spain is third ranked team in this pool with 3-2 and will play against Italy at the next stage. Holland was up by 5 at the halftime and later shined in the last ten minutes of the game to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 8-10, 13-6, 16-15, 19-6. Emese Hof (190-C-96) (8 rebs) and Lisanne de Jonge (180-SF-95) (5 rebs) scored 9 points each for the winners. Esther Fokke (184-PF-96) was another player with 9 pts in victory. In Spain, Maria Navarro (184-PF-95) delivered 8 points and Yaiza Rodriguez (165-SG-95) had 6 pts. Thursday is a day-off for all teams in Amsterdam. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.

Holland: Emese Hof 9+8 boards, Lisanne de Jonge 9+5 boards, Esther Fokke 9
Spain: Maria Navarro 8, Yaiza Rodriguez 6


Standings - LFB

LFB Standings
 1. Bembibre 0-0 
 2. Burgos 0-0 
 3. Cadi ICG S. 0-0 
 4. Cajarural 0-0 
 5. Conquero 0-0 
 6. Girona 0-0 
 7. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 8. Hondar.-Irun 0-0 
 9. Mann Filter 0-0 
 10. Navarra 0-0 
 11. Perfumerias 0-0 
 12. Rivas Ecopolis 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 13: Hondar.-Irun - Burgos
Oct. 12: Conquero - Navarra
Oct. 13: Gran Canaria - Cadi ICG S.
Oct. 13: Bembibre - Girona
Oct. 13: Rivas Ecopolis - Cajarural



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U20 Switzerland downs U20 Israel for the first win in Klatovy - by Eurobasket News

U20 ISRAEL - U20 SWITZERLAND 57-61

Switzerland registered first victory at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. They outsmarted Israel 61-57 for 1-3 record at this event. At the same time, Israel fell to 1-4. Israel was up by 8 with ten minutes remaining in the game. However, Melissa Favre (184-PF-92) and her teammates exploded offensively in the last quarter scoring 26 points, while at the other side they limited Israel to just 14. All of that was enough for the victory at the end. Favre top-scored in Switzerland with 13 points and Dana Bozovic (180-SF-93, agency: LBM Management) added 10 points, plus 8 rebounds. Nadege Clement (184-C-93) followed them with 8 points and same numbers of boards. In Israel, Bar Gilinski (185-PF-92) had monster double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) and Thea Lemberger (175-G-92) (5 rebs) netted 12 and 9 points respectively. Switzerland will meet top ranked Hungary on Wednesday. Israel's next rival is Germany.

Israel: Bar Gilinski 22+10 boards, Nof Kedem 12, Thea Lemberger 9+5 boards
Switzerland: Melissa Favre 13, Dana Bozovic 10+8 boards, Nadege Clement 8+8 boards



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U17 Brazil avoids last place in Group B - by Eurobasket News

U17 BRAZIL - U17 TURKEY 62-50

Brazil was better than Turkey 62-50 in the last day of the Preliminary Round at FIBA U17 World Championship. Both teams were winless before this meeting and Brazil now avoided last place in Group B with 1-4 record. Turkey dropped to 0-5 and both teams failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will fight for 9th place at this event. Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) scored 16 points for Brazil and Vitoria Domingos (178-PF-96) helped with double-double of 11 points, plus 10 rebs. Carla Lucchini (165-PG-95) also scored 11 pts in this game. Turkey got 17 points and 16 rebounds from Hulya Coklar (188-C-95), who was MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Busra Akbas (170-PG-95) and Sinem Atas (182-PF-95) posted 11 and 7 points respectively. Brazil shined in the second half to take the victory today. Quarters: 14-15, 18-20, 20-9, 10-6. All teams will take a rest on Thursday. After that, Brazil will meet Mali, while Turkey will play against South Korea.

Brazil: Izabella Sangalli 16, Vitoria Domingos 11+10 boards, Carla Lucchini 11
Turkey: Hulya Coklar 17+16 boards, Busra Akbas 11, Sinem Atas 7



Australia keeps Turkey winless, advances to FIBA U17 World Championship QFinals - by Eurobasket News

U17 TURKEY - U17 AUSTRALIA 53-63

Australia handed 63-53 loss to Turkey in Day Four of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. It was the crucial game for both teams and Australia jumped to 2-2 booking a ticket for the Quarterfinals at this event. Turkey dropped to 0-4 with no chance to advance. Turkey had better start (16-11, Q1), but all after that belonged to Australia. They made 29-26 turn until the halftime and jumped to plus 5 with ten minutes to go in the game. Last quarter also belonged to Australia (19-14), who celebrated comfortable 10-point win at the end. Louise Brown (183-F-95) (14 rebs) and Tiana Mangakahia (165-PG-95) (5 rebs) led Australia with 13 points each. Brown was MVP of this meeting with valuation 17. Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) and Abigail Wehrung (177-G-95) added 10 pts each in victory. Turkey got double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds from Hulya Coklar (188-C-95). Busra Akbas (170-PG-95) had 13 points (5 rebs) and Sinem Atas (182-PF-95) stopped to 8 pts (6 rebs). On Wednesday, Australia will meet top ranked Japan. Turkey will play against Brazil and the winner will avoid last place in Group B.

Turkey: Hulya Coklar 15+11 boards, Busra Akbas 13+5 boards, Sinem Atas 8+6 boards
Australia: Louise Brown 13+14 boards, Tiana Mangakahia 13+5 boards, Vanessa Panousis 10, Abigail Wehrung 10



Ozge Yavas is a newcomer at Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul - by Eurobasket Center (T)

Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul added to their roster 21-year old point guard Ozge Yavas (174-PG-91). Yavas played most recently at Burhaniye Belediyesi (TKB2L). While playing 6 games for Burhaniye Bld last season she averaged 13.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.2apg. She helped them to win the championship title and they made it also to the cup final. Yavas is a very experienced player. She played also pro basketball in Latvia, Slovakia and Sweden.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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KCCA Leopards win, UCU Lady Canons falter - by Eurobasket News

Martha Soigi scored 15 points and picked 15 rebounds to lead Ugandas KCCA Leopards to a 63-50 win over Berco Stars in the Zone 5 club championships at Lugogo.
The two teams matched shot for shot in the first two quarters but Leopards got the edge in the second half on the foul line and beyond the arc. Leopards were 15-for-26 on the line and 4-for-10 on 3-pointers while Berco Stars went 8-for-17 on free throws and 2-for-11 from downtown.
Guard, Flavia Okecho added 12 points for Leopards while Carol Badaru and Joyce Zalwango chipped in with 11 and 10 points respectively. KCCA Leopards had a rebounding advantage, out boarding Berco Stars 54-43. Safi Kalume paced Berco Stars with game high 18 points and 15 rebounds. Ines Nazera played out the 40 minutes and added 17 points.
Meanwhile, UCU Lady Canons fell, 64-75 to Eagle Wings of Kenya. After tying at 17 in the first period, 2010 champions, Eagle Wings opened the second quarter with the first 6 points to go up 23-17 with 8:33 and did not trail again.
Leading 53-44, Eagle Wings opened the final quarter with a 5-0 run to take lead into double digit (59-44) with7:50 which was relinquished in the garbage time but restored with 59 seconds to the final buzzer.
Rose Ouma Atieno led eagle wings with game high 26 points, 13 rebounds and also swiped 7 steals. Betty muomba samba added 10 points. Lady canons looked tired and warn out in the twilight of the third quarter and all of the final period coughing the ball up unnecessarily. They turned over the ball 45 times, Angella Namirimu committing 13 of those.
Lorene Akinyi paced Lady Canons with a 24/13 performance. Moreen Amoding added 23 points while Peace Proscovias 6 points went a long with 16 boards. Eagle wings were edged out on the glass 40-47.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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Standings - Women

EBL Standings
 1. Barking Abbey 0-0 
 2. Cardiff Archers 0-0 
 3. Leeds Carnegie 0-0 
 4. Loughborough 0-0 
 5. Manchester M. 0-0 
 6. Newham Stars 0-0 
 7. Northumbria 0-0 
 8. Nottingham 0-0 
 9. Sevenoaks Suns 0-0 
 10. Sheffield Hatters 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 20: Sevenoaks Suns - Barking Abbey
Oct. 27: Northumbria - Sevenoaks Suns
Nov. 3: Sheffield Hatters - Sevenoaks Suns
Nov. 3: Northumbria - Barking Abbey
Nov. 3: Cardiff Archers - Loughborough
Nov. 4: Manchester M. - Leeds Carnegie
Nov. 4: Newham Stars - Nottingham



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Latest games (5): Toliver, Sparks beat Fever for 7th straight win - by Eurobasket News

L.Angeles S. - Indiana F. 79-69
Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) scored 21 points to lead all five starters in double-digit scoring as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 79-69 Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory. Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) scored 15 points, DeLisha Milton-Jones and Nneka Ogwumike each had 12 and Alana Beard added 10 for the Sparks (17-6). Los Angeles is on its longest winning streak since an 8-game run June 7-25, 2006. Katie Douglas led the Fever (12-8) with 22 points and Tamika Catchings added 16. Douglas made a jumper to bring Indiana to 73-66 with 2:25 remaining and the Fever pulled to 75-69 on a free throw. Indiana rebounded Beard's missed shot in the lane but turned it over on the trip down the court. Toliver scored on a layup for a 77-69 lead and put it out of reach with two free throws with 16.1 seconds remaining. *Courtesy of www.14news.com

S.Antonio SS - Washington M. 75-72
Becky Hammon (5'9''-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) scored 22 points to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to their 12th straight victory, 75-72 against the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night. Danielle Robinson (5'9''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) added 16 points and Sophia Young 13 for the Silver Stars (16-5). Coming off their largest margin of victory of the season - 42 points Sunday at Phoenix - the Silver Stars had to fend off a late rally to beat the Mystics. ''Because we won by so much against Phoenix, coming in here, I think we may have taken Washington for granted a little bit,'' Young said. ''I don't think we brought enough energy.'' Crystal Langhorne had 17 points, including 11 in the final quarter, to lead Washington (5-17) on a late rally. Jasmine Thomas also scored 17 points and Monique Currie had 12. After shooting 45 percent against the Mercury, the Silver Stars missed 24 of 37 shots in the first half against the Mystics. '' (Missed) some shots?'' Hammon said. '' (We missed) all the shots. It was rough going there. That happens. What you want to do is keep playing defense, try to stay within striking distance or maintain a little bit of a lead because you know the shooting is eventually going to come around.'' Leading by one point at halftime, the Silver Stars outscored Washington 26-12 in the third quarter totake a commanding lead into the fourth. ''We talked about what we needed to do (in the second half),'' Mystics coach Trudi Lacey said. ''The main thing is San Antonio came out more focused and played with more sense of urgency in the third quarter than we did.'' Hammon scored 12 points in the third, opening with a 3-pointer and a driving layup to extend San Antonio's lead to 40-32. She added another 3 following a layup by Robinson to extend the Silver Stars' advantage to 47-37 with 5:23 left in the third. ''When our posts sprint down to that block, it puts a lot of pressure on them because most of the time it's a guard,'' Hammon said. ''I know I got a couple of 3s in transition, but it's because our post players ran and pulled all that defense.'' Washington pulled within six points late in the fourth. Currie opened the rally, hitting a jumper to cut the lead to 63-52 with 7 minutes left. Langhorne hit two jumpers to pull Washington to 67-61 with 4 minutes remaining. ''I have to compliment Washington,'' San Antonio coach Dan Hughes said. ''They just competed and they were physical and tough minded. They didn't go away. I mean, we put them down 15 points and they kept coming back.'' Robinson hit her second straight short jumper to give San Antonio a 71-62 edge a minute later. Robinson scored six of her points in the final 3 minutes to help the Silver Stars preserve their win streak. ''Wasn't that amazing - from a standpoint of shot-making,'' Hughes said of Robinson. ''We moved the ball well, but if your strategy is to leave her open, she's evolving into an excellent mid-range shooter. Those were pressure shots.'' San Antonio's Shameka Christon stole a crosscourt pass with less than two minutes remaining on a 3-on-2 break and the Mystics trailing 71-65. Young hit one of two free throws on the next possession. Washington closed to 75-72 on Thomas' 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds remaining, but Young was able to dribble out the clock after getting behind the defense on the ensuing inbounds. Despite going 3 for 15 to open the game, San Antonio tied the game at 9-all on a pair of free throws by Young. Post Jayne Appel had four of her game-high 10 rebounds in the first 5 minutes. Washington didn't fare much better offensively, going 3 for 13 in the first quarter. Hughes was assessed a technical foul with 3 minutes left in the first half after throwing his jacket onto the bench and had to be restrained by Young. Hughes was upset with a no call when Robinson lost the ball on a contested layup on a fastbreak. The technical sparked a pair of 3-pointers by Hammon that gave the Silver Stars a 33-27 lead. The Mystics cut the deficit on a 3-pointer by Thomas and a long jumper by Currie with 0.2 seconds left. Currie's shot was initially ruled a 3 but changed after a video review at the half. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com

Chicago S. - New York L. 67-77
The Chicago Sky lost their seventh straight against the New York Liberty at the Allstate Arena in Illinois tonight. The Sky are now 4th in the Eastern Conference right under the Atlanta Dream, Indiana Fever and Connecticut Sun. The top scorer for the Sky was Olympic gold medalist Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 block shots while Eshaya Murphy (6'0''-G/F-85, college: USC) contributed with 16 points and Epiphanny Prince adding 10. As well, fellow Olympian & gold medalist Swin Cash contributed with 8 points. The top scorer for the Liberty was Cappie Pondexter as she lead the liberty with 25 points. At the beginning, the game was neck and neck with both teams defending well, however the liberty finished the second half with an 18-point lead. Chicago quickly cut down New York's lead to six at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but the Liberty were able to reassemble themselves and maintain throughout the end of the game. An incident occurred in the game with less than 5 minutes remaining, as Prince rolled on her right ankle. This was her third game as she suffered a broken foot injury in June against the Indiana Fever . She was taken of the court and didn't return to play, however she stayed courtside till the end of the game. Both teams shot the same amount of free throws, shooting 27 each, and had the same amount of assists, at 17, but it's clear that the Liberty won by their steals and blocks, as they swiped 14 steals and had 9 block shots. The Liberty & Sky met on occasion in this season as the Liberty have won now two of those three games. They will play against one another again on September seventh in New York. Despite New York's win tonight, they are still 5th in the East under Chicago. The Liberty has won 8 games and lost 13, while the Sky have won 8 games and lost 12. Chicago's next opponent will be the Atlanta Dream once again, but this time in Atlanta, tomorrow while the Liberty will play against the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday. Stay tuned to 'Pippen Ain't Easy' all offseason long to get the best, most up to date news and analysis on not only the Chicago Bulls but the entire NBA from the end of the Final through the Draft and all the way through to the 2013 Tip. *Courtesy of http://pippenainteasy.com

Seattle S. - Minnesota L. 73-86
Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) is getting closer to being back on the court for the Seattle Storm. She has returned after an extended stint in Australia with her national team and was even in her Seattle warm-up gear on the sidelines Tuesday night, but did not play. The Storm certainly could have used her, though. Seattle gave up 20 or more points to three different Minnesota players and were out-rebounded by 14 in an 86-73 loss to the Lynx, who hold the WNBA's best record (18-4). Seimone Augustus scored 22 points and Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) and Rebekkah Brunson each added 20 to lead the way for Minnesota, but it was Monica Wright who seemed to set the tone. Wright, a Lynx reserve guard, made her first six shots and finished with 15 points as Minnesota built a big lead in the third quarter and, after losing it, built another in the fourth. Wright's second 3-pointer of the third quarter gave the Lynx their biggest lead at 17 points, but the Storm closed the quarter strong to cut the deficit to seven. Seattle opened the fourth quarter with a Tanisha Wright jumper that cut Minnesota's lead to 69-64. But thanks to Moore, Brunson and Augustus, that's as close as the Storm got in the game. 'I don't think we guarded Augustus real well in that stretch,' Storm head coach Brian Agler said. 'And I don't think we got to Maya Moore a couple of times.' Moore scored six, Augustus scored five and Brunson scored four in a 15-0 run by the Lynx that pushed their lead to 20. Storm point guard Sue Bird returned after a bout with the flu that forced her to miss most of last week's victory over Phoenix and all of Saturday's loss to Los Angeles. Bird scored 17 points and dished four assists in Tuesday's game. The Storm played Minnesota with just eight players available again. Jackson didn't play, forward Tina Thompson missed the game as she continues to recover from a knee injury and Ann Wauters was out again with an Achilles injury. The Storm have been shorthanded since early July, but Bird said the team can't dwell on that. 'As an athlete and competitor and as a team really, you can't think about who you don't have,' Bird said. 'You can only worry about who you do have. Am I looking forward to having three people play that didn't play tonight? Absolutely.' The Storm were led offensively by Camille Little, who scored 20 points and shot 7-for-11 from the field. Despite the Storm's second straight loss and falling two games under .500, Agler was upbeat. Perhaps it is because he knows he will soon have arguably the best women's basketball player in the world back in the lineup. 'I thought we competed hard, and we did some good things,' Agler said. 'I thought we were outnumbered in regards to depth, and I think Minnesota is a good basketball team. I also think that we're a team that still has our best days ahead of us.' *Courtesy of www.heraldnet.com

Connecticut S. - Tulsa S. 82-80 OT
Two days after getting a contract extension, Kara Lawson (5'8''-PG-81, college: Tennessee) showed why the Connecticut Sun were eager to keep her for a few more years. Lawson scored 19 points, including a wide-open 3-pointer from the left corner with 11.8 seconds left in overtime to give Connecticut an 82-80 win over the Tulsa Shock on Tuesday night. Lawson, who signed a three-year extension on Sunday, also had four rebounds and four assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Sun (17-5). Renee Montgomery (5'7''-PG-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored 16 points and Tina Charles, battling a sinus infection, had 13 points and eight rebounds for Connecticut. Allison Hightower added 12 points and Mistie Mims had 11 points and 11 rebounds. .Temeka Johnson had 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Shock (3-18) and Jennifer Lacy scored 14. Roneeka Hodges and Ivory Latta scored 13 points each and rookie Glory Johnson had a game-high 15 rebounds. Connecticut trailed 80-79 with time running out in overtime when Lawson got open. ''They were really loading up on the strong side,'' Lawson said. ''Put everybody in the paint, so weakside, especially the corner, a lot of times is where the open player was if you can reverse it and get it there.'' Sun coach Mike Thibault said, ''Kara doesn't have any fear. Great players want to take big shots.'' Latta missed a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in overtime and Hightower grabbed the rebound to end the game. ''We had a couple of chances,'' Tulsa head coach Gary Kloppenburg said. ''It was a hell of a game. I feel bad for our kids. They've been battling all year. We've been in a lot of close games. We just haven't been able to finish against the really good teams.'' Temeka Johnson's layup gave Tulsa a 79-78 lead with 18.2 seconds left in overtime. It was just the fifth basket of that period. The Shock had a chance to win in regulation, but Kalana Greene's putback with 13 seconds left tied the game at 74-all. ''The ball was kind of bouncing loose, and (Greene) got it and put it in,'' Kloppenburg said. ''We come up with that ball, we're probably going to win the game. They have to start fouling us.'' Latta missed an 18-foot jumper in the final second as the game went into overtime. Tulsa trailed by three points with less than 3 minutes left when Amber Holt made a contested pull-up jumper to cut the deficit to one point. Over a minute later, Hodges was left wide-open in the left corner. She made a 3-pointer to push the Shock ahead 74-72 with 1:41 left in regulation. Hodges made three 3-pointers in the first 6 minutes to give the Shock a 15-8 lead. There were 13 lead changes. Connecticut had the largest advantage, 40-32, with seconds left in the first half. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



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Quarterfinals are set in Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Canada - South Korea 74-61
Canada outplayed South Korea 74-61 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam. Canada ended this stage as third ranked team of Group A with 3-2 record and will meet Holland in the Quarterfinals. South Korea is No.5 in this pool with 1-4 score and failed to reach the next stage. They will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th to 12th place. Third quarter was the crucial on in this game. Canada was down by 6 points at the HT, but they made impressive 24-9 after the breather for plus 9 with one quarter to go. Canada had no troubles to keep comfortable lead for rest of the way and actually extended it to double digit. Saicha Grant-Allen (193-PF-95) was the best player in victory with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau (187-SF-95) followed with 13 pts and 10 rebs. Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) helped her team with 12 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists. In defeat, Kim Heejin (168-SF-95) top-scored with 18 points and Park Jieun (183-C-95) had 12. An Heji (164-PG-97) stopped to 11 pts in this meeting. Championship continues on Friday. Next South Korea's rival will be Turkey.

USA - Mali 98-28
It was a game between top ranked USA and winless Mali. As expected, USA celebrated huge 98-28 victory ending the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam with perfect 5-0 record. USA is the winner of Group A and will meet Australia in the Quarterfinals of FIBA U17 World Championship. Mali (0-5) will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th-12th place. USA created 23-6 lead in the first quarter and continued with 31-5 for the next ten minutes. Mali simply was not able to reply and faced with 70-point loss at the end of the game. Brianna Turner (6'3''-SF-96) (5 rebs), Rebecca Greenwell (6'1''-SG-95) (5 rebs) and Diamond Deshields (6'1''-SF-95) scored 13 points apiece for the winners. Each of USA players managed to score at least 2 points in this meeting. Also each of them got at least 10 minutes on the court. In Mali, Awa Keita (6'0''-C-96) had 10 points and 8 rebs. Their second scorer was Mariam Maiga (5'6''-SG-96) with 9 pts. Quarterfinals games will be played on Friday and all teams will take a rest on tomorrow.

Belgium - Italy 51-59
Italy celebrated 59-51 victory over Belgium in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam. Italy ended as the second ranked team of Group A with almost perfect 4-1 record. Their rival in the Quarterfinals will be Spain or Holland (will be known tonight). At the other side, Belgium ended as No.4 in this pool and also advanced to the next stage. In the QFinals Belgium will play against undefeated Japan. Italy was 4-points up at the beginning of Q4 and they jumped to plus 10 with 3:07 remaining in the game. It was too much for Belgium for rest of the way. Quarters: 16-9, 17-21, 14-13, 12-8. Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) paced Italy with double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Cecilia Zandalasini (181-SF-96) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Elisa Ercoli (190-C-95) added 11 pts and 9 boards to this win. Belgium got 13 points and 6 rebs from Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-PG-95). Their second scorer was An-Katrien Nauwelaers (178-PF-95) with 8 pts. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday. Tomorrow all teams will have a day-off.

Group B
Holland - Spain 56-37
Holland demonstrated wonderful performance in the last day of the Preliminary Round at FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They handed 56-37 loss to Spain in the battle for the second place in Group B. Holland ended this stage with almost perfect 4-1 record and will meet Canada in the Quarterfinals. Spain is third ranked team in this pool with 3-2 and will play against Italy at the next stage. Holland was up by 5 at the halftime and later shined in the last ten minutes of the game to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 8-10, 13-6, 16-15, 19-6. Emese Hof (190-C-96) (8 rebs) and Lisanne de Jonge (180-SF-95) (5 rebs) scored 9 points each for the winners. Esther Fokke (184-PF-96) was another player with 9 pts in victory. In Spain, Maria Navarro (184-PF-95) delivered 8 points and Yaiza Rodriguez (165-SG-95) had 6 pts. Thursday is a day-off for all teams in Amsterdam. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.

Australia - Japan 100-66
Australia advanced to the Quarterfinals of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They blasted top ranked Japan 100-66 handing them the first loss at this event. But it is important to mention that this game was just the formality and Japan already secured first place in Group B, while Australia clinched position No.4. In the Quarterfinals, Australia (3-2) will meet defending champion USA. Japan's (4-1) rival will be Belgium. Australia took control on Japan in the second quarter and never looked back after that (17-20, 25-14, 32-16, 26-16). Alanna Smith (188-PF-96) led the winners with 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Keely Froling (184-F-96) added 13 points and 6 rebs. Alicia Froling (187-PF-96) followed them with 12 points and 5 boards. In defeat, Risa Miki (177-C-96) posted 10 points and Mamiko Tanaka (178-C-96) had 8 points, plus 7 rebounds. Saori Miyazaki (165-SG-95) also scored 8 pts. Japan used this game to rest most of the starting five players, who got only 5-6 minutes on the court. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.

Brazil - Turkey 62-50
Brazil was better than Turkey 62-50 in the last day of the Preliminary Round at FIBA U17 World Championship. Both teams were winless before this meeting and Brazil now avoided last place in Group B with 1-4 record. Turkey dropped to 0-5 and both teams failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will fight for 9th place at this event. Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) scored 16 points for Brazil and Vitoria Domingos (178-PF-96) helped with double-double of 11 points, plus 10 rebs. Carla Lucchini (165-PG-95) also scored 11 pts in this game. Turkey got 17 points and 16 rebounds from Hulya Coklar (188-C-95), who was MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Busra Akbas (170-PG-95) and Sinem Atas (182-PF-95) posted 11 and 7 points respectively. Brazil shined in the second half to take the victory today. Quarters: 14-15, 18-20, 20-9, 10-6. All teams will take a rest on Thursday. After that, Brazil will meet Mali, while Turkey will play against South Korea.


Div.A Standings

Standings
Group A
1. USA5-0
2. Italy4-1
3. Canada3-2
4. Belgium2-3
5. S.Korea1-4
6. Mali0-5
Group B
1. Japan4-1
2. Holland4-1
3. Spain3-2
4. Australia3-2
5. Brazil1-4
6. Turkey0-5

Finals: Round 8

Bronze

Aug. 26: CAN - JPN 84-77

FINAL

Aug. 26: USA - ESP 75-62

Places 7-8

Aug. 26: NED - BEL 65-70

Places 5-6

Aug. 26: AUS - ITA 58-49


Day Four in Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Belgium - USA 50-80
As expected, USA celebrated another easy win in Amsterdam. This time USA cruised past Belgium 80-50 for perfect 4-0 record in Group A. With this victory USA officially secured first place in this pool. At the other side Canada dropped to 2-2, but they will also advance to the Quarterfinals. USA made 14-point lead until the halftime, after what Belgium improved, but still was able to cut the margin for only one point in Q3. USA entered to the last ten minutes with plus 13 and they closed this game with 22-7 for the final 30-point win. Rebecca Greenwell (6'1''-SG-95) netted 17 points in USA and Diamond Deshields (6'1''-SF-95) helped with double-double of 14 points and 11 rebs. Kaela Davis (6'1''-G/F-95) posted 12 pts. In Belgium, Manon Grzesinski (5'11''-C-95) had 10 points and 8 rebs, while Celine Lemmens (5'11''-PF-95) scored 9 points. Hind Ben Abdelkader (5'7''-PG-95) was limited to just 7 points and 8 rebounds with extremely poor shot percentage (1/10 FG2, 1/4 3-pts, valuation: -11). USA will meet winless Mali on Wednesday. Belgium will play against Italy and it will be decisive game for the second place in Group A.

Italy - South Korea 79-53
Italy booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They blasted South Korea 79-53 for almost perfect 3-1 record in Group A. Italy was better team from the beginning and they had no troubles to celebrate comfortable victory. Quarters: 17-11, 16-13, 24-16, 22-13. Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the winners. Cecilia Zandalasini (181-SF-96) had 11 points and 9 rebs, while Sofia Marangoni (173-SG-95) (6 as) and Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) (5 rebs) posted 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Park Jinhui (173-SG-96) shined with double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds. Park Jieun (183-C-95) scored 11 pts and Kim Heejin (168-SF-95) added 9. South Korea dropped to 1-3 but still has a chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Canada on Wednesday. Italy will meet Belgium in the last day of the Preliminary Round.

Mali - Canada 42-77
Second win for Canada at FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. Canada smashed Mali 77-42 for 2-2 record in Group A. At the other side, Mali closes the standings in this pool with 0-4. Canada had impressive start making 26-6 lead in the first ten minutes of play. They jumped to plus 25 at the halftime and rest of the game was just the formality. Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) scored 14 points in victory and Kolbie Orum (187-PF-95) added 13 points, plus 7 rebs. Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau (187-SF-95) followed them with 11 pts. In Mali, Awa Keita (182-C-96) was better than the others with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Aissata Fomba (175-SG-95) had 7 points and same numbers of boards, while Mariam Maiga (167-SG-96) stopped to 6 pts. In the last day of the Preliminary Round Canada will meet Belgium. Mali will take on powerful USA.

Group B
Holland - Brazil 62-42
Holland celebrated very valuable 62-42 win over Brazil in Day Four of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. Thanks to this win Holland improved to 3-1 in Group B and booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Brazil dropped to 0-4 with no chance to advance. Holland shined at the beginning and later after the breather to secure victory in this meeting. Quarters: 19-8, 10-17, 21-6, 12-11. Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) scored 19 points for her team and she also pulled down 13 rebounds. Slim was MVP of the game with valuation 25. Britt Zappeij (182-PF-95) had 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) netted 11 pts. In Brazil, Monique Soares (187-PF-97) top-scored with 12 points and Carla Lucchini (165-PG-95) had 8 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Daphner Pezavento (190-C-95) was their third scorer with only 6 points. Holland will meet Spain on Wednesday in the battle for the second place in Group B. Brazil will play against also winless Turkey.

Turkey - Australia 53-63
Australia handed 63-53 loss to Turkey in Day Four of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. It was the crucial game for both teams and Australia jumped to 2-2 booking a ticket for the Quarterfinals at this event. Turkey dropped to 0-4 with no chance to advance. Turkey had better start (16-11, Q1), but all after that belonged to Australia. They made 29-26 turn until the halftime and jumped to plus 5 with ten minutes to go in the game. Last quarter also belonged to Australia (19-14), who celebrated comfortable 10-point win at the end. Louise Brown (183-F-95) (14 rebs) and Tiana Mangakahia (165-PG-95) (5 rebs) led Australia with 13 points each. Brown was MVP of this meeting with valuation 17. Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) and Abigail Wehrung (177-G-95) added 10 pts each in victory. Turkey got double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds from Hulya Coklar (188-C-95). Busra Akbas (170-PG-95) had 13 points (5 rebs) and Sinem Atas (182-PF-95) stopped to 8 pts (6 rebs). On Wednesday, Australia will meet top ranked Japan. Turkey will play against Brazil and the winner will avoid last place in Group B.

Spain - Japan 79-83
Japan did a great job in Day Four of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They grabbed 83-79 win against Spain to stay alone on top of Group B with perfect 4-0 record. Thanks to this victory Japan secured first place in this pool. Spain dropped to 3-1 and will play against Holland on Wednesday for the position No.2. All three teams already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Spain had 79-78 lead with 80 seconds remaining in the game, but Evelyn Mawuli (180-C-95) (180-C-95) connected two baskets after that and scored one free throw, while Spain was scoreless for rest of the way. Quarters: 20-21, 19-19, 22-23, 22-16. Ai Yamada (167-SG-95) scored 20 points for the winners (4/5 for 3-pts), while Yunika Nakamura (177-PF-95) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Game hero Mawuli helped with double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. In defeat, Leticia Romero (176-SG-95) shined with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Ariadna Pujol (183-PG-95) netted 10 points and Laura Quevedo (185-PF-96) added 9 pts, plus 11 rebs. Japan will meet Australia in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam. As mentioned above, Spain will play against Holland.