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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Siroki WWin add Robert Rikic - by Eurobasket News

Siroki Wwin added size to their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Robert Rikic (217-C-90). The deal is meant for four seasons. The centre spent the last season in Croatia. He played for KK Zagreb. Robert Rikic tallied 1.5 points per game in Adriatic League. In Croatian League the centre posted 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per appearance. Previously the centre had stints with Dubrovnik and Dubrava Zagreb. Robert Rikic used to play for U18 and U20 Croatian National Teams. Last year Robert Rikic joined Croatian B National Team.


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentino land Brian Carlwell - by Eurobasket News

Argentino de Junin deepened their roster. They added Brian Carlwell (211-C-87, college: San Diego St.). The centre arrives from Australia. Brian Carlwell started his pro career with the Cockburn Cougars in SBL. He tallied 21.4 points, 13.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in Australia. Brian Carlwell graduated from San Diego State University in 2011. The centre notched 3.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in his senior season. He was MWC Tournament winner for the second season in a row. The centre also became MWC regular season champion in 2011. Brian Carlwell made it into NCAA Sweet 16 together with the Aztecs.


Libertad Sunchales bring in Ricardo Sanchez - by Eurobasket News

Libertad Sunchales strengthened their froncourt. They agreed on terms with Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87). The centre is meant to replace Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine). Ricardo Sanchez was last seen in Puerto Rico. The centre had a stint with Indios de Mayaguez. He tallied 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in BSN. He started the season in Argentina. Ricardo Sanchez played for Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca. The centre averaged 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per appearance. He participated at LigaA All-Star Game. Ricardo Sanchez has been the member of Puerto Rican National Team since 2007. He took part at Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Tournament. Ricardo Sanchez notched 6.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in Caracas.


Estudiantes Bahia Blanca sign Garfield Blair - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Garfield Blair (196-G-87, college: Stetson). The Jamaican guard started his pro career this season. He signed with the Kilsyth Cobras in Australia. Garfield Blair notched 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in SEABL. Garfield Blair graduated from Stetson in 2009. He averaged 17.3 points, 7.7 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game in his senior season. He made it into NABC Division I All-District 3 2nd Team. The guard was drafted by the Springfield Armor in D-League Draft. Garfield Blair has been the member of Jamaican National Team since 2010. He participated at CBC Championship in 2011. Garfield Blair notched 12.0 points, 5.6 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Nassau.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Rudupis close to Laimonas Kisielius - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis are close to landing Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary). The forward has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with the team. Last season Laimonas Kisielius spent in Kedianiai. He tallied 10.1 points, 3.5 boards and 1.9 assists per game in Baltic League. In LKL the forward notched 10.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists per appearance. He participated at LKL All-Star Game in 2012. Previously Laimonas Kisielius had stints in Liepajas Lauvas, Aisciai Kaunas, BC Siauliai and Ferro-ZNTU. He took part at LBL All-Star Game in 2010. Laimonas Kisielius graduated from William & Mary in 2008. He made it into All-CAA 3rd Team in his senior season. Laimonas Kisielius played for U20 Lithuanian National Team.


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  BELGIUM   


Monteiro starts her pro career at Belgacom Liege Basket - by Eurobasket

Belgacom Liege Basket added to their roster 22-year old American swingman B.J. Monteiro (195-90). Monteiro played most recently at University of Duquesne (NCAA). While playing 28 games for Duquesne last season he averaged 15.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg and 1.0bpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Various D1 News - by Peter Buyse

Two teams have players on try-out at the moment. Spirou Basket has the very unknown American forward Glen Dandridge (198-F-85, college: Lambuth) on a one month tryout. After 3 rather unnoticed seasons at Missouri between 2004 and 2007 he moved to NAIA team Lambuth where he played his final season of college basketball with averages of 15.0 ppg and 5.2 rpg. This earned him All NAIA D1 1st team honors. He then played some seasons in the Canadian PBL for the Halifax Rainmen and Quebec Kebs in 2009. In 2010 he also played in the PBL with the Rochester Razorbacks. During the 2010-2011 season he played in the ABA for the San Diego Surf, and this past year he played in Morocco for Berkane.

VOO Verviers-Pepinster has two Belgian players on try-out, Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) and Stephane Moris (207-F/C-86). Moris already played there the past season.

Former Gent, Verviers-Pepinster and Leuven player Brandon Freeman (191-G-83, college: UALR) announced on his facebook page that is leaving Belgium after 6 years and is headed to Japan to play in the BJ league for
Shimane Susanoo Magic.




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  BOSNIA   


Siroki WWin add Robert Rikic - by Eurobasket News

Siroki Wwin added size to their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Robert Rikic (217-C-90). The deal is meant for four seasons. The centre spent the last season in Croatia. He played for KK Zagreb. Robert Rikic tallied 1.5 points per game in Adriatic League. In Croatian League the centre posted 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per appearance. Previously the centre had stints with Dubrovnik and Dubrava Zagreb. Robert Rikic used to play for U18 and U20 Croatian National Teams. Last year Robert Rikic joined Croatian B National Team.


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  BRAZIL   

Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues

Paulista Standings
GroupA
 1. S.Jose/Unimed 2-0 
 2. Palmeiras 1-0 
 3. Suzano 1-0 
 4. Gremio Mogi 1-1 
 5. Paulistano 1-1 
 6. Metodista/S.B. 0-1 
 7. Pinheiros/Sky 0-1 
 8. Inter Santos 0-2 
GroupB
 1. Itabom/Bauru 2-0 
 2. Vivo/Franca 1-0 
 3. America 1-1 
 4. Winner/Limeira 1-1 
 5. Jacarei 0-1 
 6. Liga Sorocaba 0-1 
 7. Rio Claro 0-1 
Stage Two Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Aug. 22: Rio Claro - Itabom/Bauru 81-88
Aug. 22: America - Winner/Limeira 70-60
Aug. 22: Inter Santos - Paulistano 68-79
Aug. 23: Jacarei - Vivo/Franca
Aug. 23: Suzano - S.Jose/Unimed
Aug. 23: Metodista/S.B. - Pinheiros/Sky
Aug. 23: Palmeiras - Gremio Mogi



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  CANADA   


CANADIAN MENS BASKETBALL TEAM BACK IN THE HANDS OF JAY TRIANO - by John Gary

courtesy NATIONAL POST of CANADA THe last head basketball coach to guide the Canadian senior mens basketball team to the Olympics is back in the saddle. Jay Triano was named thursday as the replacement for former bench boss Leo Rautins,who resigned last September following Canadas failed bid to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Triano led the CAndian contingent to a quater-final appearance and 7th place finish at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The mens squad has not qualified for a Summer Games since."This is a huge honor,' Triano said at a press conference at the Air Canada Center. "Im very excited."


Rainmen hire owner's cousin to coach - by Eurobasket News

After going overseas to find a head coach a year ago, Halifax Rainmen CEO Andre Levingston looked a little closer to home this time.

The Rainmen announced Wednesday they have hired former NBA veteran Cliff Levingston (agency: Edge Sports ) (6'8''-F-61), the owners first cousin, to guide the National Basketball League of Canada franchise this season.

Im excited about the hire, and the opportunity to work with family is always good, Andre Levingston said Wednesday in an interview from Detroit, where he was visiting family and wrapping up a scouting trip.

Cliff Levingston (agency: Edge Sports ), 51, becomes the clubs fifth head coach, replacing Spaniard Josep (Pep) Claros, who led the Rainmen to within a victory of an NBL championship in his one season at the helm.

A first-round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1982, Levingston played 830 regular-season games in 11 NBA seasons with the Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets.

The six-foot-eight, 210-pound forward averaged 7.1 points per game over his career and was a part of two NBA championship teams with Michael Jordan and the Bulls in 1991 and 1992.

He went on to coach in the Continental Basketball Association, the American Basketball Association and the United States Basketball League.

Hes been a successful coach for a number of years and his accomplishments as an NBA player, he had a stellar career, Andre Levingston said.

I just reached out to him a few days ago and said, Hey, I know you like coaching, theres an opportunity here, would you be interested in coming in and being coach and we worked out the details and got it done.

The Rainmen owner, who doubles as the clubs GM, and the new coach will meet up on the weekend for the leagues two-day player combine in Orangeville, Ont., that precedes Monday nights NBL draft.

The Rainmen have only one draft selection, in the second round. They dealt their first- and third-round picks to the Summerside Storm last season to acquire centre Troy Gottselig.

Andre Levingston said he expects a deeper talent pool at this years combine and draft, following up on the leagues successful first season, and hell make his selection based on ability, not position.

Im looking for the best player available at my pick, he said.

Forward Danny Friend and guard Jerrell Thompson, two of the teams three picks a year ago, were cut in training camp. The third, guard Papa Oppong, saw limited action before he was released early in the season.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca



Islander joins Storm coaching staff - by Eurobasket News

Former Three Oaks Senior High athletic director, Mike Leslie, has joined the Summerside Storm as an assistant coach for the upcoming National Basketball League of Canada season.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Leslie was a classroom and physical education teacher at the elementary, intermediate and high school levels in both Nova Scotia and P.E.I. over the past 27 years. Leaving the classroom in 2006, he continued to impact student learning as a high school principal, before moving to the P.E.I. Department of Education in 2008 where he has been working as career education curriculum specialist and, more recently, secondary programs co-ordinator.

Over the past three decades, Leslie has followed his passion of coaching basketball at the local, provincial and national levels, learning from and with high performance coaches and players at the elite level. He has represented two provinces at the Canada Games as an official and a coach, is a former president and director of elite development with Basketball PEI, as well as an instructor with the Canada Basketball Atlantic High Performance Program. He has coached various provincial teams and high school programs in Nova Scotia and P.E.I., accumulating 14 provincial championships.

Leslie had courtside seats to most of last seasons Storm games and, watching head coach Joe Salerno from a fans perspective, felt he would have chemistry with the organization.

It seemed when I would look across at the bench in certain situations, (Salerno and I) were reacting in similar ways to the dynamic of what was happening out on the floor, he said.

I had known (Storm co-owner) Duncan (Shaw) a little bit from working at UPEI. Hes a very strong supporter and alumnus of the UPEI mens program that Ive been involved in coaching before.

Leslie has also officiated at the AUS, CIS, and recently completed a stint as an assistant coach with the UPEI Mens Panthers. His love for teaching the fundamentals of the game has led many of his former players to achieve success on the court at college, university, national, and professional levels, and off the court.

The team has not yet issued word on whether Mev Bahonjic, Salernos assistant coach last season, will be returning for a second year. For his part, Leslie said he has no objections to working alongside another assistant.

While he admits that being an assistant coach for an NBL of Canada franchise will be different than any basketball position hes held in the past, Leslie is looking forward to the challenge.

Its an elite league and these players have had a number of professional experiences beyond their university background. Its nice to have an opportunity to work with players where this is their passion and they want to pursue that to the highest degree, he said. These are grown men who are doing this for a livelihood, and I havent worked with athletes in that circumstance much before. Thats a critical piece with the draft coming up, is trying to find the players that meet the dynamic of what youre trying to create with the team.

The Storm is gearing up for its second season in the NBL of Canada. Season, corporate and group ticket options along with ticket prices will be released this coming week.

The team is also holding its second annual draft party on Aug. 27 at Credit Union Place. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., while the draft will be streamed live beginning at 8 p.m.

The teams training camp opens Oct. 15 with the first exhibition game scheduled for Oct. 26. The Storms first regular season home game is Nov. 2 at Credit Union Place in Summerside when they host the Saint John Mill Rats.

For more information visit the Summerside Storm website at www.stormbasketball.ca or contact the Storm at info@stormbasketball.ca. Also join the Storm on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Arrieros 0-0 
 2. Bayside 0-0 
 3. Bucaros 0-0 
 4. Cafeteros 0-0 
 5. Caribbean H. 0-0 
 6. Choco 0-0 
 7. Guerreros 0-0 
 8. Hormigueros 0-0 
 9. InderValle 0-0 
 10. Once Caldas 0-0 
 11. Patriotas 0-0 


SCHEDULLE FOR THE 2012 CUP RELEASED - by Victor Garcia

The Colombian Nationall Federation has released the oficial schedulle for the 2012 Cup including a record number of 11 teams, the teams are divided in two groups:

Group A:
BUKAROS FRESKALECHE (Bucaramanga)
PATRIOTAS (Tunja)
ISLANDERS SOPESA (San Andres)
INDERVALLE (Cali)
CAFETEROS (Armenia)

Group B:
GUERREROS (Bogota)
ARRIEROS (Medellin)
ONCE CALDAS (Manizales)
NUEVO CHOCO (Quibdo)
BAYSIDE (San Andres)
HORMIGUEROS (Bucaramanga)

The starting night is the September 7, the first four teams of each group will get the ticket for the first playoff round.



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  CROATIA   


Marko Tomas undergoes successful surgery - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita Zagreb announced that Marko Tomas (201-G-85) underwent successful foot surgery and he will miss next 6-8 weeks. The player signed with Cedevita recently, but failed to pass the medical tests due to this injury. However, the team decided to keep him. Marko Tomas played for Fenerbahce Ulker from 2010 until this summer. However, he missed most of the 2011/12 season due to injury. In 2010/11, the player had 8.5 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 15 Euroleague games. He also added 9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.9 apg for 35 games in TBL. Tomas won TBL title and Cup with FB Ulker. In 2009/10, he played for Cibona Zagreb winning the championship title with them. From 2005 to 2007 and later in 2008/09 season Marko Tomas played for Real Madrid. They were ACB league champions in ULEB Cup winners in 2007. In 2007/08, the player was loaned to Fuenlabrada. Tomas is a product of KK Zagreb. Tomas is active member of Croatian NT since 2004, but he had to miss this summer.


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  D-LEAGUE   


D-League Texas Legends name Eduardo Najera head coach - by Eurobasket News

The Texas Legends have named Eduardo Najera (6'8''-F-76, college: Oklahoma) the first Mexican-born head coach under the NBA umbrella, pending NBA approval. Najera becomes the third head coach in Legends history, following former NBA Coach of the Year Del Harris, and basketball Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lieberman.

Subject to NBA approval, Najera will also be a minority owner of the Legends, as well as hold a front office position with the Mavericks. Najeras NBA career began with the Mavericks in 2000, after he became the first Mexican-born player to be drafted in NBA history.

I have the utmost respect for Eddie, commented Legends Owner Donnie Nelson. The work ethic he exhibited as a player, and his knowledge of the NBA game will serve him well in his role as Head Coach of the Legends. Whether coaching a rookie, or an NBA veteran, Coach Najera will have valuable insight for all of our players. I am equally excited to begin working with Eddie in a front office capacity with the Mavericks as he learns the management side of the game. I am proud to be able to call Eddie an ownership partner with the Legends.

Najera announced his retirement from the NBA as a player in the same press conference. Of Najeras 12 seasons in the NBA, five were in a Mavericks uniform 2000-04; 2009-10 and he still regards Plano as his primary residence. In his first four seasons, the power forward averaged 17.4 minutes, helping Dallas reach its first postseason since 1990 in his rookie season.

This is a dream come true, commented Najera. I have long wondered what would be in store for me when I hung up the basketball playing shoes, and this is the perfect opportunity for my post-playing career. The chance to develop as a coach, while also assisting Mark (Cuban) and Donnie with the Mavs, is an ideal situation. I am thankful to have individuals such as Mark Cuban, Donnie Nelson, and Del Harris by my side as individuals to lean on for advice.

Del Harris was the Legends head coach for the 2011-12 season, which saw the Legends have a team record two players called up to the NBA (Sean Williams and Dan Gadzuric). Harris will return to his front office role as General Manager. Najera represents another branch of Harris coaching tree. Harris has coached more than 60 people who have become NBA or collegiate coaches, and 11 of Harris assistants have gone on to NBA head coaching positions.

I look forward to assisting Eddie in any way possible as General Manager, said Harris. I am proud to say that one of my former players is taking over the coaching reigns, and look forward to watching Eddies development as a coach.

Najeras addition as a minority owner brings the Legends ownership group to four individuals, including Chinese-born Sonny Xiao, the first Chinese-born owner under the NBA umbrella (joining original owners Nelson and Evan Wyly).

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   

Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Indios SF 11-3 
 2. Metros 8-7 
 3. Huracanes 7-7 
 4. Reales 5-10 
South Division
 1. Titanes 8-7 
 2. Caneros 7-7 
 3. Leones SD 6-8 
 4. Cocolos 6-9 

Regular Season: Round 12

Aug. 21: Cocolos - Caneros 89-85
Aug. 21: Huracanes - Indios SF 81-86
Aug. 20: Leones SD - Metros 78-95
Aug. 22: Leones SD - Titanes 76-84
Aug. 22: Reales - Metros 130-125

Regular Season: Round 13

Aug. 24: Caneros - Titanes
Aug. 24: Indios SF - Metros
Aug. 25: Caneros - Leones SD
Aug. 25: Indios SF - Reales
Aug. 26: Metros - Huracanes
Aug. 26: Titanes - Cocolos


Historia: Anniversary of Dominican Victory over the USA - by Ozell Wells

Basketball history: Anniversary of First Dominican basketball victory over U.S.

On this date, August 23, 2012, marks 36 years of the first victory of a Dominican team basketball over the U.S. in international competition.
The Dominican youth national team defeated the U.S. by 90-88 in the First Basketball Junior Pan American Games, an event held in the city of Bauru, Brazil, and attended by eight countries in the Pan American region.
Since that victory, the Dominican Republic has been considered as a power in the region. The team finished fourth in that particular Pan Am tournament, having lost the match for the bronze medal against Puerto Rico with a score of 69-72.



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  EUROCUP   


Galatasaray GM Murat Ozyer talked Eurobasket.com Turkey - by Ugur Turker

Speculation in Turkey have not finished yet. Galatasaray General Menager talked Eurobasket.com Turkey about Huseyin Koksal (195-SG-91) and Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90).

" I never created these news about Huseyin Koksal so that � do not have to solve this topic. That is Turkish Basketball Federation who have to make an announcement about these speculation since TBF is the centre of this circle. Personally, i am only empoyer of Galatasaray Medicak Park and i am only intersted in my management not for other teams. " Murat Ozyer said.

" We applied TBF with information and documents we have about Ilkan Karaman. I hope we are right. At the end of this process, there is going to be public announcement in order to clean information pollution. " talked Ozyer about Ilkan Karaman movement.



Lokomotiv Kuban confirm Jimmy Baron - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban officials have confirmed the signing of Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island). The guard will start the next season in Russia. Jimmy Baron is meant to replace Vlado Ilievski (187-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) on the roster. Jimmy Baron spent the last three seasons in Spain. He played for Lagun Aro. Last season the guard notched 11.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in ACB. He earned All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention. Jimmy Baron started his pro career in Turkey in 2009. He played for Mersin Belediyesi. His stats read 16.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance in TBL. He participated at TBL All-Star Game. Jimmy Baron also earned All-Turkish TBL Honourable Mention.


Budivelnyk announce Mathew Witt - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk have confirmed the signing of Mathew Witt (183-PG-84, college: E.Kentucky). The point guard is moving to Kyiv. Last season Mathew Witt spent in Spain. He played for Knet Roja Clavijo. The guard notched 18.2 points, 4.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in LEB Gold. He made it into All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team. Previously Mathew Witt had stints with Guadalajara, Den Helder Seals, Schalke 04. Eurobasket.com named the player LEB Silver Guard of the Year in 2011. He led the team to the LEB Silver title that season. Budivelnyk had to enter the market after the injury of their newcomer Tony Skinn. The Nigerian player would be sidelined for several months and Budivelnyk decided to look for the substitution.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Panathinaikos added Gaios Skordilis - by Chris Mammides

The newlly established team of Panathinaikos Athens have added its sixth local player after agreed financial terms with the Greek center Gaios Skordilis (206-C-87), a player who was supposed to sign with Olympiakos but everything changed after the negative situation with Vasileios Kavvadas (who must be consider allready an Olympiakos player).
Gaios Skordilis is a strong and tough player and is expected to be the third center after the American (to be announced very soon) and Big Sofo. His role will not be obviously a protagonist, never the less the transaction to the permanent champions consider being a very crucial step in his basketball career, let's not forget that the player is still quite young (25) and has many years of good and solid basketball in his career.



Asseco Prokom bring in rookie Drew Viney - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom bring in Drew Viney (203-F-88) for the next season. The American Forward will debut in Europe.

In 2007-2008 he started for Oregon (NCAA) and in 12 games averaged 1.5ppg, 1.2rpg. In 2009-2010 increased to 16.7ppg, 7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 81.9% and then in 2010-2011 had high 17.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 76.7%. In 2011-2012 for Loyola Marymount (NCAA, starting five) his stats read 15.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 80.5%.
In 2012 July Drew Viney participated at the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Miami Heat). In 4 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg.
Early in 2010 he reached WCC Tournament Semifinals -10 and made it into All-WCC 1st Team -10, 12. Moreover in 2011 he was named All-WCC Honorable Mention -11.



Besiktas announces signing of Damir Markota - by Eurobasket News

Damir Markota (209-F-85) is a new member of Besiktas. The Croatian big guy signed a 1-year deal with reigning Turkish and EuroChallenge champions. Markota split last season between Union Olimpija and Zagreb. With Zagreb he shined with 17.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.6 apg for 13 Croatian league games. He was second rebounder and fourth scorer of the competition. The player also added 9 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2.3 apg for 12 games in Adriatic league. With Union Olimpija, Damir Markota collected 4.7 ppg and 6 rpg for 7 Euroleague appearances. His numbers in Adriatic league increased to 11.1 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 9 games. In 2010/11, Markota also played for Union Olimpija. In the past, he was a member of Bilbao, Menorca, Zalgiris, Spartak St.Petersburg, Tulsa 66ers and Cibona. In 2006/07 season Damir Markota played 30 NBA games with Milwaukee Bucks. He had 1.7 ppg. Markota is active member of the Croatian National Team since 2002.


Union Olimpija announced Klemen Prepelic - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija announced Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) for the next season. The Slovenian player will debut in EuroLeague this season.
In 2008-2009 he appeared for MFC.2 Branik Maribor (1B) and in 2009-2010 averaged 10.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT-3 (84.9%). In 2010-2011 moved to Helios Domzale (Telemach League) and in Slovenian League showed 6.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP-3 (66.7%), 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 72.3%.
In 2011-2012 he continued for Helios Domzale (Telemach League, starting five) and in Adriatic League erupted with 14.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 83.1%. In Slovenian League Klemen Prepelic became the second top-scorer with 16.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 87.9%.
In Round 4 Guard Klemen Prepelic put on an extraordinary performance for Helios, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award (Second Stage). The 19-year old player was the main contributor (19 points, three rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Krka 79-78. Prepelic had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts.



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  FRANCE   


Rodrigue Beaubois spending time in the ring? - by Eurobasket News

Toughness has never exactly been Rodrigue Beaubois' (6'1''-G-88, agency: Court Side) calling card in his first three seasons.

After all, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle used to joke about needing a spatula to scrape the former 185-pounder off the practice floor. Just last April during a game at Chicago, Beaubois dislocated the ring finger on his left hand. When it happened, he dropped to the floor so fast and with such a yelp that everyone immediately feared a gruesome fracture like the one suffered by Delonte West that required surgery and pins and sidelined him for six weeks.

After about six minutes in the training room, Beaubois was back on the bench with his ring and middle fingers taped together. About six seconds later, he was back in the game and put together a special night that had everyone talking about this sudden showing of toughness as the playoffs loomed.

And then there was Dirk Nowitzki's interpretation of the scene that saw Beaubois drop to the floor as if hit by a sniper's bullet from the United Center rafters. Of course, it was Nowitzki who dominated the 2011 NBA Finals after tearing a tendon in the middle finger of his left hand.

"Oh man, he was yelling; I thought we were going to have to put him down, he was yelling so loud," Nowitzki said facetiously. "But he was all right. I looked over and his finger was just a little sideways."

So, what do guys do to get tougher? They get in the ring, right?

"Roddy B's been working out actually. He's been in the gym; I saw him just the other day. He's taking boxing classes," Cuban said during his 70-minute appearance Tuesday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's "Ben & Skin Show." "I told Roddy and the folks around him, I said he's got to learn to throw a punch and take a punch. So he's been taking some boxing classes, he's been working out, he's bigger, he's stronger. He's going to have a chance to compete, just like everybody."

This is a seriously heavy season approaching for the 24-year-old Beaubois. It his fourth season and the last on his contract. His eye-popping, "Free Roddy B" rookie season is all but forgotten. With a totally remade Mavs team that includes proven youth at both guard positions in Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo, Beaubois must prove he has finally put his foot injury from the summer of 2010 in the rear-view mirror and that he is ready to take charge of his career.

Even Cuban, who once deemed Beaubois untouchable in terms of a trade, acknowledged that Beaubois' progression has been slow.

"He should be [farther along], but once he got hurt he didn't recover quite the way we had hoped," Cuban said. "But I think that's in the past now and so he'll have every opportunity. We'll find out. We're not going to pre-judge. He's going to get a chance to play and if he outplays O.J., he'll play instead of O.J. If he outplays Darren, he'll play instead of Darren. It's very Darwinian."

Beaubois needs a strong showing. Boxing probably isn't in his future.

Courtesy of ESPN



SIG Strasbourg and Rashad McCants part ways - by Eurobasket News

Rashad McCants (193-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) is no longer a member of SIG Strasbourg. They player failed to pass medical/physical tests. McCants penned a deal with Strasbourg earlier this summer. Most recently he played for the Filipino team Powerade Tigers. The player also spent some with in Puerto Rico recently. Rashad McCants played for the NBA D-League team Frisco Texas Legends in 2010/11 season. He appeared in 11 games with them averaging 14.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists. McCants played for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005 to 2009. Actually, the player finished 2008/09 season with the Sacramento Kings. He had 10.3 ppg and 2 rpg for them in 24 games. Rashad McCants was exploded in 2007/08 season with Minnesota. At that time he had 14.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.2 apg for 75 NBA games. McCants is a product of the North Carolina University. They were NCAA champions in 2005.


Yannick Bokolo joins Cajasol for the training camp - by Eurobasket News

Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) joined Cajasol for the training camp. The player left Gravelines earlier this summer, despite the team offered him 5-year contract extension. Bokolo spent last four years with Gravelines. He had 8.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.6 apg for 10 EuroCup games last season. The player also added 7.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.9 apg for 31 games in ProA. Gravelines was ProA regular season champion, but they failed to Cholet in the Quarterfinals. Before Gravelines, Yannick Bokolo played for Le Mans. They won ProA title and Semaines des As in 2006. A year ago, Bokolo won Semaine des As trophy also with Gravelines. He was named MVP. Yannick Bokolo appeared 6 times with the French National Team in London this summer registering 1.2 ppg.


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Lokomotiv Kuban and Jeremiah Massey part ways - by Eurobasket News

Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) is no longer a member of Lokomotiv Kuban. His contract expired and will not be extended, according to the Russian team. Massey spent last two seasons with Kuban. In the latest one he had 15.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.1 apg in 14 EuroCup games. He was top rebounder and second scorer of the competition. The player was named to Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 2nd Team -12 and Eurobasket.com EuroCup All-Imports Team -12. In Russian league Jeremiah Massey collected 13.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2 spg. There he was second rebounder of the championship and No.2 in steals. In VTB United League, Massey had pretty close numbers. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team -11, 12 and Eurobasket.com VTB League All-Imports Team -12. In 2011, Massey was Forward of the Year in EuroChallenge. Before Lokomotiv Kuban, he played for Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro, Real Madrid, Aris Thessaloniki and Larissa. In 2007, he received FYROM citizenship.


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Giorgi Gamqrelidze signs in Poland - by Eurobasket News

Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86, agency: FCM) will continue his career in Poland. The Georgian point guard penned a 1-year deal with Trefl Sopot. He arrives to the club from Olimpi Tbilisi. The player appeared 25 times in Superleague last season averaging 12.6 points, 6.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds. He was second assistant of the league and was named to Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League 2nd Team -12. Before Olimpi Tbilisi, Giorgi Gamqrelidze spent one year with German Giessen and one with Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels. In the past, he played for Energy Invest Rustavi, Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers and Dinamo Tbilisi. In 2008 and 2009, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Guard of the Year -08, 09. The player won two championship titles with Rustavi. Giorgi Gamqrelidze played for the Georgian National Team last summer at EuroBasket in Lithuania. He had 3.4 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.3 apg for 7 games.


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Cliff Goncalo Joins The Dresden Titans - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

German Regionaliga team Dresden Titans have completed their roster with Cliff Goncalo. Goncalo is an 18 year old who comes from the BV TU Chemnitz II (2.Regionalliga) system. On account of his studies,he has chosen to go to Dresden and be able to continue his basketball career there. Goncalo will have the chance to also have a double license as player and play for the club NBBL team and thus get added playing experience. Goncalo is a point guard that can also help out as a shooting guard.


Lou Campbell Joins SIG Strassburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After playing the last three years in Germany with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, EWE Baskets Oldenburg and the Walter TIgers Tuebingen, Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo) has decided to turn his back on 7 years in Germany and try a new destination with France. Campbell has signed a contract with SIG Strassburg of the French PRO A league. Last season for the Tigers, Campbell played 34 games averaging 9.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 81.0%. He was able to score in double figures 20 times and even unraveled a double double against his ex team Bremerhaven with 13 points and 11 assists. His best scoring output was 20 points against FC Bayern Munich. It was pretty obvious that the American from New Jersey wasnt returning back to Tuebingen at the end of the season, but hope that he might end up with another team in the Beko BBL, but that just didnt happen. Now with Strassburg, Campbell will play with the Greer brothers, Rashad Mccants and fire lob passes inside to ex NBA player and French national player Alexis Ajinca.


Jermelle Fraser (ITake Pride In My Defense) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jermelle Fraser (186-PG-87) is a 186cm guard that was born in 1987. He is a pure point guard with good passing qualities and is good at changing speeds. He played at St Thomas Aquinas (NCAA 2) from 2005-2007 and finished his college career at Suny Maritime (NCAA 3) in 2009. In his senior year, he played 21 games averaging 8,2ppg, 2,5rpg and 2,5apg. He is still looking to land with a team in Europe for a full season. Recently he played for the Jersey G-Force of the IBL league. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

Thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?


Thank you for your time. I am currently in NYC where I was born and raised. My summer so far has been pretty good, I can't complain at all


You have played for some touring teams but never a complete season in Europe. How tough has the job market been this summer?

The market has been really tough this summer. And As a guard its always tougher. Theres just so many of us out here all trying to get the same spot


Teams in countries like Germany, Finland and England are interested in you. What makes your game suitable to the European style?

A few things make my game suitable. I'm a tough guard with both speed and quickness. I can play at different speeds all the time so that definitely helps


Your a classic point guard that is atrue floor general. What is your strongest quality on the court?

My strongest quality I'd have to say is defense, whether its on or off the ball. Its something I take pride in.


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


My rebounding ability usually doesnt get noticed right away. I'm about 6ft, but I have a long wiry strong frame along with some good athleticism


Which player was your role model as a kid and what player do you look up to now?


Michael Jordan was my role model as a kid. I looked up to him then and still do now.


What has been the best experience you have had as a player since finishing at Suny Maritime in 2009?


I would say touring and competing in England around September with the USA Select squad. Although I wasn't able to get picked up at the time, all in all it was a good experience


If you could describe yourself in a few sentences how would you sell yourself to a professional team the best?


Jermelle Fraser posseses a strong work ethic .. He is a relentless defender and can help run any team with the ball in his hands


How does a typical summer workout day look for you in 2012?


Well .. I try to focus on conditioning. When I am in tip-top shape I feel I can do whatever I please on the basketball court. Then I try to get alot of shots up. Particularly outside the arch and pulling up in the lane, things I didnt have in college. Calisthenics and a little bit of weights every other day.


Who would beat who in their prime, the Dream team or 2012 team USA?



That is a good question! I actually had a discussion about this the other day with some fellow Bball friends... DREAM TEAM


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


One of my favorites... "Above the Rim"


Thanks Jermelle for the chat.





Cricelli has left Schalke - by Moritz Korff

Samuel Cricelli (200-F-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Caldwell) has left FC Schalke 04 (1. Regionalliga West) after two weeks of practice with the Royal Blues. The Brit asked to opt out of his contract, according to the Schalke website, because he was feeling homesick. The team is now looking for a player to replace him. As S04 has already signed an American in Justin Smith, it has to be a player with an EU passport.


T.J. Smith: "You should average five rebounds anyways and one or two always falls in your lap at some point in the game" - by Moritz Korff

T.J. Smith (188-G-84, college: Ky Wesleyan) has left his mark on the 1. Regionalliga West in these past two years. The 28-year-old point guard from Rialto, California, received Eurobasket.com All-RLW First Team honors in 2011 and 2012 and was named the 2011 Eurobasket.com All-RLW Defensive Player of the Year. Last season the graduate of NCAA D2 school Kentucky Wesleyan averaged 23.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.6 steals per contest for SVD 49 Dortmund. Eurobasket.com had the chance to talk with him about his overseas career, his game and his plans for the up and coming campaign.

What's your status regarding the 2012-13 season? Are you still available?
T.J. Smith: My status regarding the 2012-2013 season at this moment I'm still available on the market to play anywhere. Nothing has came up for me to return to Germany, but I sure do hope something comes up quickly, because I love playing and should be playing.

After making the Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West First Team in the last two years, do you think it is time for you to move to a higher league?
After making the Regionalliga West First team two years straight, I do honestly feel it's time to play in a higher league only to keep pushing myself and compete against different competition. I'm always looking for new motivation.

You were named Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Defensive Player of the Year after the 2010-11 season: What are the characteristics of a good defender in your opinion?
When I was named Regionalliga West Defensive Player of the year it was an honor. In my opinion honestly in order to be a good defender you have to possess will power and HEART to compete on the defensive end night in and night out!

Besides your defensive skills, what else are your strengths on the basketball court?
Other than my defense, my other strengths on the court are my heart, my passion and my will to win. That's my strongest aspect, because I never quit on nothing. I'm also a great leader, because I push myself and others all the time to be better. I love watching others getting better as the season progresses. Last but not least I just try to bring my all around game to the court in order to better myself and to keep constantly thinking the game.

How is it possible to average seven rebounds per game as a guard like you did last season?
I averaged seven rebounds this past season, because it goes with my strengths on the court as far as heart passion and will to win. The way I look at it: I'm an athletic point guard, so if I don't use my natural abilities, then that means I'm letting it go to waste. Like I said before I push my self night in and night out, meaning trying to raise my abilities every night. I feel if I do that, then only good results can come from that. Besides you should average five rebounds anyways and one or two always falls in your lap at some point in the game...

How did you spend the summer basketball wise?

This whole summer I just worked on my game and played in summer leagues the whole summer. I also worked on my body always staying ready for action no matter what the case can be. I don't relax, because I know somebody else is out there just as hungry as me. So I just stay positive and working on everything.

The 2011-12 season was the first year in which the Regionalliga teams were allowed to have only one American player on the roster. How did that rule affect the level of competition in the league?
Since this past season we where only allowed to have one American, I honestly don't think it affected the level of competition. What I do think is that it allowed more of the German players in the league shine more as far as playing and getting experience. I actually think that it was good, because some teams had no American and the German players on those teams showed a lot of team unity. Overall it was a good thing to see.



TJ Arterberry: "I pride myself on being a hard worker" - by Moritz Korff

TJ Arterberry (204-F/C-82, college: California Baptist) out of Westwood, California, is power forward/center with a lot of experience. The 30-year-old has played in Europe since 2007, taking his game to three different countries. He played for five different clubs in Germany and spent this past season in Luxembourg. Eurobasket.com talked with him about his career and his plans for the future.

You are in Germany already and worked out with a team in the Frankfurt area, but did not receive a contract for the up and coming season there. What's next?
Arterberry: I was working with pro b club Langen for 3 weeks. They have a great new coach there Ty Shaw. Workouts went great, coach Shaw liked how hard I play, he did everything he could to get me on the team, but the management could not afford to have a third American. Next I will keep going to workouts, until I find a team that I help.

Last season you played in Luxembourg and averaged a double-double per game. Can you give a short summary of how the season has been for you and your team?
Last season was a very unique situation for me. I was a player-coach for the first men's team and also coached three other teams for the club. It was a great learning and growth experience. Our men's team finished fourth place, and finished the second half of the year very strong.

You have been playing in Europe since 2007. How difficult has been for you to land new jobs every summer?

I have been very fortunate finding clubs to play for, although at times it can be very hard, because I don't use a agency. I have been able to play in Germany, Spain, and Luxembourg by only promoting myself.

During your jobs in Europe you oftentimes worked as a coach at the mean time. Do you have any plans of becoming a full-time coach, once your playing career is over?

Yes, I have a great passion for basketball. When I'm done as a player I plan to becoming a full time coach, teaching the game I love. I have been very lucky having a great high school coach Phil Bryant, and another great coach Tim Collins at California Baptist University.

Can you talk about yourself as a basketball player? What are some characteristics of your game?

I pride myself on being a hard worker, someone that does the dirty work, anything to help my team win games. Im a very strong interior defender, a banger inside, that can also shoot the 3.

In Germany you played at the Regionalliga level so far: Do you think you would be capable of being successful in the Pro B or Pro A as well?
Yes, I feel that I could be very successful at the next level. I played with a lot of high level players my whole career. I could help a lot of teams either starting, or off the bench. t.j.arterberry@gmail.com



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Panathinaikos added Gaios Skordilis - by Chris Mammides

The newlly established team of Panathinaikos Athens have added its sixth local player after agreed financial terms with the Greek center Gaios Skordilis (206-C-87), a player who was supposed to sign with Olympiakos but everything changed after the negative situation with Vasileios Kavvadas (who must be consider allready an Olympiakos player).
Gaios Skordilis is a strong and tough player and is expected to be the third center after the American (to be announced very soon) and Big Sofo. His role will not be obviously a protagonist, never the less the transaction to the permanent champions consider being a very crucial step in his basketball career, let's not forget that the player is still quite young (25) and has many years of good and solid basketball in his career.



AGOR announced Sizopoulos - by Giorgos Diploidis

Andreas Sizopoulos (193-G-83) came to a deal with A.G.O Rethymno Aegean. The Cyprian guard will add more depth in the squad of the team of Crete. The player will change club but not area because he will stay in the Island. Last season was member of OF Irakleio where in A2 category in 30 games had 11.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg.

He started his career from APOEL, then he played in Papagou, Milonas, Near East, ICBS, Arkadikos, and Panerythraikos.



Zisis Sarikopoulos is a newcomer at Aris Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket

Aris Thessaloniki added to their roster 22-year old Greek international center Zisis Sarikopoulos (213-90, college: Ohio State). He played most recently at Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1). While playing 30 games for Panionios last season Sarikopoulos averaged 4.4ppg and 1.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Sarikopoulos graduated Ohio State in 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. Sarikopoulos has been a member of Greek international program for some years. he played for senior national team this year and previously for U20 national team in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Den Helder Kings tabs Mark Hill, Storm Warren - by Fred Roggen

Dutch newcomer Den Helder Kings announced on Thursday the addition of two new players to their 2012-13 season roster. The new arrivals are point guard Mark Hill (180-G, agency: Court Side, college: CS Northridge) and young forward Storm Warren (200-F-88).
Hill arrives from Crailsheim Merlins of Germany where last season he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 76.7% in 35 German Pro-A games. He played college ball at Cal State - Northridge until 2010.
The other addition for Den Helder Kings is Storm Warren, a young forward who arrives from Louisiana State University. Last season he averaged 8.4ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 45.5%, FT: 69.6% in 32 games as a senior.



Ognjen Ivanovic signs deal with OKK Beograd - by Fred Roggen

Dutch forward Ognjen Ivanovic (194-F-90) has signed a contract with OKK Beograd (Serbia-A League), inking a one-year deal the club announced on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not released. The 22-year-old Ivanovic arrives from Dutch site Rotterdam Basketbal College, where he averaged 6.7ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 71.4%
in 20 Dutch Basketball League games during the 2010-2011 season. Ivanovic made his Dutch Basketball League debut in the 2009-10 season playing for Rotterdam and averaged 2.9 points in 32 league games.



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Lamar Roberson signed with BC Kormend - by Tamas Deri

The 203 cm tall, 26 years old american all-around forward signed with Eurochallenge Team BC Kormend for the coming season and will arrive in September to our country. Lamar Roberson (203-F-86, college: La-Lafayette) graduated on the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2010 and played also for Houston and UNLV in the NCAA. He signed his first professional contract with Aanekosken Huima in Finland and averaged 17.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2.0spg in 10 games. During the last summer he agreed with Svit in Slovakia and was one of the key players helping his team with 18.3ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.8apg, 2.0spg in 18 games of the Extraliga. Because of his VISA issues he had to leave the country and finished the season with Boncourt in Switzerland puting up 13.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 1.1 bpg.


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2012 William Jones Cup: Iran prevail against Taiwan B - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Taiwan B 83:71

Iran celebrated the fifth straight win at William Jones Cup. Mostafa Hashemi team defeated Taiwanese B National Team to stay perfect. Hamed Sohrabnejad (203-PF-83) notched 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Taiwan B slipped at 0-6 record after the loss.
Iran cleared off early in the game. They finished the starting quarter up by 11 points 27:16. The margin grew deeper in the second frame. Iran ensured a 46:28 halftime lead. Taiwan narrowed the gap in the third quarter. They cut the margin by five points to trail by 13 points at the final break. Taiwan unloaded 23 points in the fourth term but Iran was not threatened and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Farid Aslani (183-PG-88) accounted for 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Saeid Davarpanah (190-G/F-87) topscored with 19 points for Iran. Lin Chih-Wei (198-C-92) answered with 14 points for Taiwan. Sung Yu-Hsuan (183-G-89) netted 12 points in the loss.

Iran: Saeid Davarpanah 19, Hamed Sohrabnejad 15+11 boards, Farid Aslani 15
Taiwan: Lin Chih-Wei 14, Sung Yu-Hsuan 12



Off season news - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

** Farzad Kouhian is new Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan head coach. Kouhian was ZobAhan head coach since 2008-09 season.

** Aren Davoudichegani (185-PG-86) signed with Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan. Iran NT PG Aren Davoudichegani signed with Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan .

** Pouya Tajik (202-F-80) signed with Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan. After Davoudi Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan added Tajik to their roster to show that they will be one of championships contenders in 2012-13 season.

** Saman Veisi (189-G-82) signed with Foolad Mahan Esfahan. He didn't play in 2011-12 season due to his injury.

** Mehdi Shirjang (191-F-90) signed with Foolad Mahan Esfahan. Shirjan signed 2 years contract with the club.



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Orlandina signs Marco Portannese and Andrea Vignali - by Eurobasket News

Orlandina Basket Capo d'Orlando announced signing of Marco Portannese (192-G-89, agency: Players Group) and Andrea Vignali (200-F-93) for the next season.
Marco Portannese arrives to the club from PMS Torino. He was third scorer of Nazionale A with 16.4 ppg for 35 games. The player already has Lega Due experience from Scafati, where he spent some time in 2010/11 season. Portanesse also played for Consum.IT Siena and Montegranaro (SerieA). In 2010, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian A Dilettanti Most Improved Player of the Year. In the past Marco Portannese played for U18 Italian National Team. He had 43.7 ppg and 1.7 rpg for 6 games at U18 EuroBasket in Madrid.
Andrea Vignali played last season for Nazionale B team Don Bosco Livorno. He participated at Imola Summer League (GIBA team recently).



Biancoblu Bologna inks 2-year deal with Djordje Drenovac - by Eurobasket News

Djordje Drenovac (209-F-92, agency: Interperformances) will continue his career in Italy. The Serbian forward penned a 2-year deal with Biancoblu Bologna. The player spent last four years with Austrian squad Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions. He had 23 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.2 apg for 25 games last season. Drenovac was second scorer of the competition. In 2010/11, the forward collected 13.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 32 games with Arkadia. He had lower numbers from 2008 to 2010. This summer Djordje Drenovac played for U20 Serbian National Team at U20 EuroBasket in Slovenia. He had 9 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 6 games at this event. Lat summer Drenovac won the silver medal with U19 Serbia at U19 World Championship in Latvia. In the past, he also played for Serbian U18 and U18 National Teams.


Montepaschi Siena bulks up with Kasun - by Pervin Elgin

Italian champs Montepaschi Siena announced over the weekend the addition of big man Mario Kasun to a one-year deal with the option of another. Kasun (2.13 meters, 32 years old) arrives from KK Zagreb, where last season he averaged 12.2 points and 6.6 rebounds in 9 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games. He ranked 5th overall in Offensive Rebounds during the 2011-12 Regular Season. Kasun made his debut in 1997 in Gorica of his native Croatia and kept growing as a player until he signed in 2002 for the Frankfurt Skyliners of Germany, where he exploded in his game. That led him to the NBA in 2004 as he spent two seasons with the Orlando Magic. However, injuries kept him from progressing and he was back in Europe to play with FC Barcelona in 2006. In the summer of 2008 he moved to Turkey to play with Efes Pilsen for two seasons before returning to Croatia in the summer of 2010, when he joined KK Zagreb until now. Kasun won the German League in 2004, the Spanish King's Cup in 2007, the Turkish League and Cup in 2009 and the Croatian League in 2011 among others.

Courtesy of euroleague.net



Arminas Urbutis agreed terms with Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia - by Eurobasket

Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (SerieA) added to their roster 26-year old Lithuanian power forward Arminas Urbutis (205-100kg-86, college: Hofstra). He played most recently at Victoria Libertas Pesaro (SerieA). While playing 8 SerieA games for Pesaro last season Urbutis averaged 1.9ppg and 2.1rpg. He played also 3 games for Rudupis in Eurocup where he had 16.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.0spg. Urbutis helped them to make it to the semifinals. He graduated Hofstra University in 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball. Urbutis was a member of Lithuanian U20 national team until 2006.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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2012 William Jones Cup: USA selection roll over Japan - by Eurobasket News

Japan -USA selection 73:95

USA selection roll over Japan in Day 6 of the 2012 William Jones Cup. The American team won 95:73 for 4-1 record, while Japan fell at 2-4 record.
Japan surprised the favorites 22-19 in the first period, but could not stay on race later in the game. USA produced 32-18 in the second period and took the lead at the halftime. Moreover USA won the third period 26-19 and finished the game with 18-14 in the last stanza.
James Justice (5'10''-PG-89, college: Martin Methodist) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Marcus Melvin (6'8''-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) notched 15. Wayne Arnold (6'4''-G-84, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Tennessee St.) delivered 13 points, while Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.) brought 12. Takatoshi Furukawa (6'3''-G/F-87) finished the night with 18 points and Kosuke Takeuchi (6'9''-C/F-85) delivered 17. Kosuke Kanamaru (6'4''-F/G-89) poured in 12 and Ryota Sakurai (6'5''-G-83) brought 7.
Tomorrow USA will face Jordan in Day 7 of the 2012 William Jones Cup. Japan meanwhile will take on South Korea.

Japan: Takatoshi Furukawa 18, Kosuke Takeuchi 17, Kosuke Kanamaru 12, Ryota Sakurai 7
USA selection: James Justice 18, Marcus Melvin 15, Wayne Arnold 13, Freddie Williams 12



Shimane Susanoo Magic add Brandon Freeman - by Eurobasket News

Shimane Susanoo Magic bolstered their roster. They added Brandon Freeman (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: UALR). The guard spent the last two seasons with Leuven. He tallied 12.6 points and 1.2 boards per game for the Bears last season. He reached Belgian Cup semis with the team. Previously Brandon Freeman had stints with Verviers-Pepinster, Optima Gent, Arkansas RimRockers and Arkansas Angels. The guard was named into All-WBA 4th Team in 2006.


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2012 William Jones Cup: Anyang KGC improved to 3-2 record - by Eurobasket News

Jordan -Anyang KGC 84:105

Anyang KGC improved to 3-2 record at the 2012 William Jones Cup. The South Korean team overcame Jordan 105:84 in Day 6 of the tournament. Jordan meanwhile fell at 1-4 record.
Both teams scored 24 points each in the first period and only then Anyang KGC took the control of the game. They produced 27-19 in the second frame and grabbed 8-point lead at the halftime. Moreover South Korean team added 30-23 in the third period and enjoyed 81:66 lead after three quarters. Anyang KGC won also the last stanza 24-18 and celebrated a 21-point victory.
Pattillo Juan (197-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 17 rebounds, while Choi Hyun-Min (196-F-90) also scored 24. Stutz Garrett (212-C-90, college: Wichita St.) and Lee Jung-Hyun (191-F-87) followed them with 12 points each in a win. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) replied with 24 points and Ali ZAGHAB collected 20 points and 13 rebounds. Wesam AL SOUS poured in 18 and Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87) delivered 8.

Jordan: Rasheim Wright 24, Ali ZAGHAB 20+13 rebs, Wesam AL SOUS 18, Mahmoud Abdeen 8
Anyang KGC: Pattillo Juan 24+17 rebs, Choi Hyun-Min 24, Stutz Garrett 12, Lee Jung-Hyun 12



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Rolands Smits signs with Avila - by Eurobasket News

Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) stays in Spain for at least one more season. The young Latvian prospect will play for Grupo Eulen Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila. It will be his first experience in LEB Silver. Smits was a member of Fuenlabrada II in 2011/12. There he had 5.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 18 games in EBA. Rolands Smits is a member of the Latvian U18 National Team and he played for them this summer. The team participated at U18 EuroBasket in Lithuania. Smits appeared 8 times for his country averaging 4.1 points and 2.1 rebounds. Last summer he played for U16 Latvia at U16 EuroBasket in Czech Republic. The player shined with 13.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 9 games. Rolands Smits was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Honorable Mention -11. They won Baltic Sea Cup in Tallin last summer.


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2012 William Jones Cup: Lebanon cruise past Philippines - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - Philippines 91:72

Lebanon earned the second win at the William Jones Cup. They knocked down Philippines to improve at 2-4 record. Elie Estephane (193-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) dropped 28 points to lead the winners. Philippines fell at 4-1 record after the loss.
Lebanon strongly entered the game. They jumped to a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Ghassan Sarkis team stayed in control throughout the second quarter. They secured a 43:32 halftime advantage. Lebanon unleashed 31 points in the third quarter to boost their lead. They entered the fourth quarter up by as many as 28 points. Philippines cut the deficit in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Jarrid Famous (209-C/F-88, college: S.Florida) accounted for 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) had 15 points for Philippines. Solomon Mercado (181-PG-84, college: Biola, CA) and Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) netted 11 points each in the loss.

Lebanon: Elie Estephane 28, Jarrid Famous 26+11 boards, Jean Abdel Nour 14
Philippines: Gabe Norwood 15, Solomon Mercado 11, Marcus Douthit 11



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Evaldas Aniulis joins Mazeikiai - by Eurobasket News

Mazeikiai bolstered their backcourt. They landed Evaldas Aniulis (192-SG-92). The guard spent the last season with Kompensa team of KKL. Previously Evaldas Aniulis had experience playing overseas. He studied and played for Wasatch Academy in the USA. The guard also played for KK Akademija Vilnius in NKL. Evaldas Aniulis was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Lithuanian National Teams. He participated at U20 European Championship in Slovenia this summer. The guard tallied 1.0 point and 1.3 rebounds per game at the tournament. Evaldas Aniulis earned Gold together with Lithuania.


Rudupis close to Laimonas Kisielius - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis are close to landing Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary). The forward has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with the team. Last season Laimonas Kisielius spent in Kedianiai. He tallied 10.1 points, 3.5 boards and 1.9 assists per game in Baltic League. In LKL the forward notched 10.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists per appearance. He participated at LKL All-Star Game in 2012. Previously Laimonas Kisielius had stints in Liepajas Lauvas, Aisciai Kaunas, BC Siauliai and Ferro-ZNTU. He took part at LBL All-Star Game in 2010. Laimonas Kisielius graduated from William & Mary in 2008. He made it into All-CAA 3rd Team in his senior season. Laimonas Kisielius played for U20 Lithuanian National Team.


Arminas Urbutis agreed terms with Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia - by Eurobasket

Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (SerieA) added to their roster 26-year old Lithuanian power forward Arminas Urbutis (205-100kg-86, college: Hofstra). He played most recently at Victoria Libertas Pesaro (SerieA). While playing 8 SerieA games for Pesaro last season Urbutis averaged 1.9ppg and 2.1rpg. He played also 3 games for Rudupis in Eurocup where he had 16.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.0spg. Urbutis helped them to make it to the semifinals. He graduated Hofstra University in 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball. Urbutis was a member of Lithuanian U20 national team until 2006.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Abejas 0-0 
 2. Barreteros 0-0 
 3. Corr.Victoria 0-0 
 4. Fuerza Regia 0-0 
 5. Gansos 0-0 
 6. Gigantes 0-0 
 7. Guerreros 0-0 
 8. Halc.Rojos 0-0 
 9. Halc.Xalapa 0-0 
 10. Huracanes 0-0 
 11. Lechugueros 0-0 
 12. Osos 0-0 
 13. Panteras 0-0 
 14. Pioneros 0-0 
 15. Soles 0-0 
 16. Toros 0-0 



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D-League Texas Legends name Eduardo Najera head coach - by Eurobasket News

The Texas Legends have named Eduardo Najera (6'8''-F-76, college: Oklahoma) the first Mexican-born head coach under the NBA umbrella, pending NBA approval. Najera becomes the third head coach in Legends history, following former NBA Coach of the Year Del Harris, and basketball Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lieberman.

Subject to NBA approval, Najera will also be a minority owner of the Legends, as well as hold a front office position with the Mavericks. Najeras NBA career began with the Mavericks in 2000, after he became the first Mexican-born player to be drafted in NBA history.

I have the utmost respect for Eddie, commented Legends Owner Donnie Nelson. The work ethic he exhibited as a player, and his knowledge of the NBA game will serve him well in his role as Head Coach of the Legends. Whether coaching a rookie, or an NBA veteran, Coach Najera will have valuable insight for all of our players. I am equally excited to begin working with Eddie in a front office capacity with the Mavericks as he learns the management side of the game. I am proud to be able to call Eddie an ownership partner with the Legends.

Najera announced his retirement from the NBA as a player in the same press conference. Of Najeras 12 seasons in the NBA, five were in a Mavericks uniform 2000-04; 2009-10 and he still regards Plano as his primary residence. In his first four seasons, the power forward averaged 17.4 minutes, helping Dallas reach its first postseason since 1990 in his rookie season.

This is a dream come true, commented Najera. I have long wondered what would be in store for me when I hung up the basketball playing shoes, and this is the perfect opportunity for my post-playing career. The chance to develop as a coach, while also assisting Mark (Cuban) and Donnie with the Mavs, is an ideal situation. I am thankful to have individuals such as Mark Cuban, Donnie Nelson, and Del Harris by my side as individuals to lean on for advice.

Del Harris was the Legends head coach for the 2011-12 season, which saw the Legends have a team record two players called up to the NBA (Sean Williams and Dan Gadzuric). Harris will return to his front office role as General Manager. Najera represents another branch of Harris coaching tree. Harris has coached more than 60 people who have become NBA or collegiate coaches, and 11 of Harris assistants have gone on to NBA head coaching positions.

I look forward to assisting Eddie in any way possible as General Manager, said Harris. I am proud to say that one of my former players is taking over the coaching reigns, and look forward to watching Eddies development as a coach.

Najeras addition as a minority owner brings the Legends ownership group to four individuals, including Chinese-born Sonny Xiao, the first Chinese-born owner under the NBA umbrella (joining original owners Nelson and Evan Wyly).

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Rodrigue Beaubois spending time in the ring? - by Eurobasket News

Toughness has never exactly been Rodrigue Beaubois' (6'1''-G-88, agency: Court Side) calling card in his first three seasons.

After all, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle used to joke about needing a spatula to scrape the former 185-pounder off the practice floor. Just last April during a game at Chicago, Beaubois dislocated the ring finger on his left hand. When it happened, he dropped to the floor so fast and with such a yelp that everyone immediately feared a gruesome fracture like the one suffered by Delonte West that required surgery and pins and sidelined him for six weeks.

After about six minutes in the training room, Beaubois was back on the bench with his ring and middle fingers taped together. About six seconds later, he was back in the game and put together a special night that had everyone talking about this sudden showing of toughness as the playoffs loomed.

And then there was Dirk Nowitzki's interpretation of the scene that saw Beaubois drop to the floor as if hit by a sniper's bullet from the United Center rafters. Of course, it was Nowitzki who dominated the 2011 NBA Finals after tearing a tendon in the middle finger of his left hand.

"Oh man, he was yelling; I thought we were going to have to put him down, he was yelling so loud," Nowitzki said facetiously. "But he was all right. I looked over and his finger was just a little sideways."

So, what do guys do to get tougher? They get in the ring, right?

"Roddy B's been working out actually. He's been in the gym; I saw him just the other day. He's taking boxing classes," Cuban said during his 70-minute appearance Tuesday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's "Ben & Skin Show." "I told Roddy and the folks around him, I said he's got to learn to throw a punch and take a punch. So he's been taking some boxing classes, he's been working out, he's bigger, he's stronger. He's going to have a chance to compete, just like everybody."

This is a seriously heavy season approaching for the 24-year-old Beaubois. It his fourth season and the last on his contract. His eye-popping, "Free Roddy B" rookie season is all but forgotten. With a totally remade Mavs team that includes proven youth at both guard positions in Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo, Beaubois must prove he has finally put his foot injury from the summer of 2010 in the rear-view mirror and that he is ready to take charge of his career.

Even Cuban, who once deemed Beaubois untouchable in terms of a trade, acknowledged that Beaubois' progression has been slow.

"He should be [farther along], but once he got hurt he didn't recover quite the way we had hoped," Cuban said. "But I think that's in the past now and so he'll have every opportunity. We'll find out. We're not going to pre-judge. He's going to get a chance to play and if he outplays O.J., he'll play instead of O.J. If he outplays Darren, he'll play instead of Darren. It's very Darwinian."

Beaubois needs a strong showing. Boxing probably isn't in his future.

Courtesy of ESPN



Clippers not expecting Chauncey Billups back until November - by Eurobasket News

Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) says he wants to be ready for the start of the season. But the Clippers are not really counting on the 36-year-old bouncing back from an Achilles injury that fast.

In a report discussing how the Clippers will start this season trying to play catch up due to injury, Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles has this note:

To make matters worse, Chauncey Billups, who is still recovering from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered in February, isnt expected to return to the court until November, while Lamar Odom, who hasnt played in an NBA game since April 7, has been spending most of the summer trying to get back into basketball shape.

For those scoring at home, Billups will be out for training camp and maybe the start of the season. Chris Paul is expected to return from thumb surgery midway through training camp. Blake Griffin (coming off knee surgery) and Lamar Odom (coming off whatever the heck happened to his mind last season) will be brought along slowly. And there are six new guys on the roster to fit into the rotation.

What were saying is, dont bet on a fast Clippers start.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com



Report: Mavericks almost traded for Kobe in '07 - by Eurobasket News

The Dallas Mavericks almost paired Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) with Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) in the summer of 2007, owner Mark Cuban said on ESPN Radio.

While Cuban was competing on Dancing with the Stars, the team was close to landing Bryant, he said.

Bryant was unhappy with Lakers management at the time. He felt like the team wasnt giving him the support he needed to win a title without Shaquille ONeal. The Lakers hadnt traded for Pau Gasol yet, and Andrew Bynum was still developing.

When I was doing Dancing with the Stars, I was taking breaks because I was talking to Kobes agent because Kobe wanted to get traded, Cuban said on the Ben and Skin Show on KESN-FM. Literally, between Dancing with the Stars practices I had thought we traded for Kobe Bryant. I even talked to their owner and thought we were going to have done deal, and [Lakers GM] Mitch Kupchak changed [Kobes] mind and brought him back.

Cuban said that the Mavericks wouldnt have traded Nowitzki to acquire Bryant. The failed trade seemed to work out. Each franchise has won an NBA title since then.

Courtesy of http://tracking.si.com



Wizards worked out Martell Webster - by Eurobasket News

The Washington Wizards arent desperately in need of making any roster additions, but that doesnt mean that they arent searching through the remaining free agent pool to find a possible fit financially and personnel-wise with the team.

Free agent small forward Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) worked out for the Wizards at Verizon Center this week, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. The former No. 6 pick of the NBA draft in 2005, Webster has averaged 8.4 points and shot 37.4 percent from beyond three-point range throughout his career in Portland and Minnesota

Webster appeared in 47 games last season, starting in 26, and averaged 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds. He shot a career-low 33.9 percent from long distance. Minnesota bought out Webster for $600,000 so that they could avoid paying him $5.7 million next season and use the available money to make an offer sheet to restricted free agent Nicolas Batum, who wound up returning to Portland.

ESPN.com first reported the workout for Webster, but a league source added that the team has watched a few free agents in Washington and elsewhere to see if there is a need to add another player to the current 13-man roster. They are about $3 million under the salary cap but are seeking to fill out the roster with players on minimum salaries.

Anthony Tolliver has been in the mix for some time, but the team also has interest in free agents Michael Redd, Terrence Williams and Shawne Williams. Redd has a connection with Ernie Grunfeld since Grunfeld drafted Redd, a former all-star and Olympic gold medallist, for Milwaukee in 2000. Redd averaged 8.2 points last season in Phoenix after missing most of the previous three seasons with knee ailments.

Terrence Williams averaged 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 18 games with Sacramento after getting waived by Houston last season. Shawne Williams became a free agent in July after working out a buyout with Portland. He was a valued member of the New York Knicks during their playoff run two seasons ago but struggled in New Jersey before eventually getting dealt for Gerald Wallace.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



Q&A: Lakers coach Mike Brown - by Eurobasket News

It has been an outstanding summer for Lakers head coach Michael Brown, and not only because he was able to take his first real family vacation since taking the gig last year. With the lockout in the rearview mirror, Brown now can prepare for the season as a detail-oriented man like himself prefers, dotting i's, crossing t's and creating a season's blueprint for his roster.

And a fine roster it is, having added Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks, with Jordan Hill re-signed.

Youve got to give [vice president of player personnel] Dr. Buss, Jim Buss, and [general manager] Mitch Kupchak credit, Brown said in a phone conversation last week. They always will, as youve seen in the past and as we see currently, they always will try to put a product on the floor that they think can compete for an NBA championship. The guys that they brought in, theyre all professionals, theyre all very good players, and they give us a chance.

Even pain has been wrapped in joy this offseason, evidenced by his reaction when Kupchak told him the Lakers had acquired Howard while keeping Pau Gasol.

I got a little excited. I tried to jump up and down, but my mind was telling me to do something that my body wouldnt allow me to do. I almost pulled my hamstring sitting down. I dont know if thats ever happened to anybody, but I was so excited that my leg tensed up. I almost tore my hamstring. So I got up slowly and gave him and Jim Buss a hug, Brown said.
That might be the first hug theyve gotten from their coach, ever, when it comes to a trade happening.

Given the incredibly rapid and odds-bucking reversal of fortune for the Lakers this offseason, Im sure Lakers fans would react the same way to seeing either Kupchak or Buss. Many of those fans will hold their hug for Brown until the end of the year. Brown understands the pressure facing him this year, one of the many things we covered in our phone interview. Below is a transcrit of highlights from our conversation.



LOL: In London [for the Olympics], Kobe Bryant spoke about the team installing the Princeton offense this year. Is that more or less the plan?

MB: I like some of the things that we did last year, and were going to keep some of those things in place. But in the same breath, Ive always been infatuated with what Eddie [Jordan] did when he was in Washington. I think if you take away the individual players and how talented they are -- obviously if you have certain players it doesnt matter what you run as long as you run something to their strengths, youre going to have success offensively.

So if you take away the individual players and their strengths and all that and just look at the purity of different offenses and how to defend them on a night in, night out basis, I always felt that the stuff [Jordan] did in Washington was difficult to defend. It was difficult to come up with a game plan because of the spacing and ball movement and stuff like that. Its a stress-free offense because of the counters that are built in and so on and so forth. So I started looking into that at the beginning of the summer a little bit and talked with a couple of guys that have done it on the collegiate level and on the professional level, and then I brought Eddie in for a while.

I spent about a week or so with him, talking about it. So theres a good chance were going to go down that road to incorporate some of that, or a lot of that, into what we did last year.

Note: Multiple outlets have reported Jordan's expected addition to the staff, something confirmed to me as well by a source familiar with the situation.


LOL: Is the installation at least in part because you have guys who have been system players? Kobe, Pau et al? You know system basketball is something theyre comfortable with?

MB: Yes, that is part of it. This team is built that way, and because theyre built that way, because theyre used to it, I think it will help them out at the end of the day.


LOL: How does the Princeton work with having someone like Nash? As is my understanding, its not as much a heavy pick-and-roll offense, but more motion and ball movement.

MB: The way that well put it together, Steves going to have an opportunity -- hes going to quarterback the team -- and so hes going to have an opportunity to come down the floor every possession and in early offense play pick-and-roll if he wants to. Its up to him, based on where he decides to take the ball or a call that he makes or an action that he does, its up to him to get us into some of the looks of the Princeton offense.

So again, with him quarterbacking, or making that decision, hell still have a chance to get the ball back after he moves or after bodies move. I dont want to completely give away what were trying to do, but in a nutshell, he will have an opportunity to play pick-and-roll at the beginning of almost every play set coming down the floor in early offense. And if not, he can also choose to get to some of the looks out of the Princeton by making a pass or doing an action or doing a call or whatever.


LOL: I know youre a defensive-minded coach, but when you think about the aesthetics of what the offense could look like, the amount of options available to you, I suspect its been hard to stop smiling.

MB: And thats whats exciting. The versatility that we do have it gives us the ability to do a lot of different things. We dont want to give too much, especially early on, and then in the same breath as the season goes along were going to learn from them based on who they are individually and as a unit.

I feel like I have a nice foundation, or a nice mix, in mind to give the team when you talk about combining some of the stuff that we did last year with some of the Princeton stuff that Eddie did in Washington, and then kind of going from there.


LOL: Was last year enjoyable? Was it a fun year for you as a coach?

MB: Yes, it was. It was enjoyable from the standpoint that I felt like, as the season went along, I felt like we grew and I felt like we were pretty good at the end. I thought going into the playoffs we were really good.

I thought it hurt us not having Metta [World Peace] against Denver [in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs], because they were able to take advantage of some things on the perimeter that they wouldnt have been able to do if we had Metta. And even going into the Oklahoma [conference semifinals] series, after the first game I was good. I felt like we put together a plan after the first game as to where we could compete and possibly win the series. So I felt good about our performance and our chances and all that other stuff in that series.

Obviously, it was unfortunate that we didnt win and it was disappointing. But for the shortened season and all the other stuff, I thought we had a solid year.


LOL: How hard was it to connect to your players and your staff, given the nature of last year?

MB: It was tough in that regard. Everything was so rushed, and not only was everything so rushed, youre talking about a culture thats been what it was for 10, 12 years -- however long theyve been going this way. I dont think there are any two guys that are the same out there. For Phil [Jackson] to be here and to have the success that he had for as long as he had, for me to come in -- and obviously being myself because I cant be Phil -- that had to have been a culture shock to the players, too.

It took some time, but I thought that as the year went along, especially during the playoffs, we were pretty connected.


LOL: When you look back at the work you did, where are those places you look at and think you could have done this, should have done X differently. Where you think youll be better this year?

MB: I thought I got better with the media as the year went along. Initially, that was a shock to me, in terms of understanding why and how everything can be such a big deal here. In Cleveland, I experienced it a little bit because LeBron [James] is a guy that drew the medias attention on a national level, but really the media was only concerned about him, and him only, [and only] sometimes if we won or lost.

The media was not as big a deal for me when I was in Cleveland because they didnt cover, or they werent as interested in the other guys like they are here. From 1-15. You could be the 14th player on the team, and if theres a small thing going on, on the court or off the court, it can turn into a media frenzy. So that was an adjustment that I had to make. Just understanding that, feeling that, accepting it, dealing with it, throughout the course of the year.

In terms of what I can do?

Shoot, I always look back and say I could have or should have tried this offensively. Defensively, yes, there are things that, yeah, I could have tried this defensively, but I think at the end of the day all of that is just about coaching. No matter where I am, whether its here with the Lakers or Cleveland or anyplace else, thats how you get better. You second-guess yourself, you question the things that you did at times, and think through them again in order to have a better feel as to whether you should continue down a path or change it up.

I dont think theres really anything with Xs and Os-wise that I can sit here and say would be different, in terms of me questioning them if I was with another team.


LOL: There were moments -- following a narrow 88-85 win over New Orleans at Staples on March 31, when the team looked awful, for example -- and we expected heavy criticism of them in your postgame press conference but didn't get it. You were complimentary instead. Were you reluctant to risk making yourself the news? Do you think going forward you'll have more leeway for public criticism or stronger talk when necessary?

MB: Ive never been a guy that looked to put myself in the headlines. I dont need to publicly bash this individual or these three guys, or even bash the team to get my point across. Im not trying to get my point across to the media. Im coaching the 15 guys in the locker room. Ive always told those guys the truth. I told them the truth in front of their face, in the film room, whenever we did drills, or what not.

For me, Im not a guy that feels like I need to send a message to the team through the media. Its not my style. Looking back at it, I know there were a lot more headlines in the past but for me I think of our club more as being in a bunker. Its us, and us that has to stick together, and us that has to figure out our problems. I believe that the more that you include people outside of that bunker, the more problems youre going to have.

Now its going to be a lot of things youre going to have to answer throughout the course of the year that, in my opinion, I dont need to spend my time and energy on. Yeah, if the team doesnt play well -- we didnt defend, we didnt do this, we didnt do that -- Im going to tell the truth, but for me to publicly bash the team to prove a point or try to get a message across or try to act bigger than what I am? That doesnt need to happen.

LOL: So its fair to say what you might have said to us after any given game or practice isnt necessarily what you told the team?

MB: That is fair to say.

LOL: Do you prefer your team be a front-runner? Would you prefer your team be thought of as a sleeper? Because obviously the expectations are going to be a lot higher this year.

Everybody says that -- expectations, expectations, pressure, pressure, pressure. Pressure to me occurs if youre not prepared, and well be prepared.

Having said that, yes, you understand peoples thoughts and expectations, but Im telling you this: I dont think there was anybody last year that expected us and said it was OK that we got knocked out in the second round, or that we didnt win the West. I dont think theres one person in L.A. that can honestly say they didnt expect more.

You look at other teams, theres some other teams out there -- Stan Van Gundy isnt back for Orlando. You can figure some lesser teams, the coaches arent there. This business is about winning. So the expectations when you talk about last year and this year, to me our expectation last year was to win a championship. Our expectation this year is to win a championship, and if I asked you or anybody else, I think you guys would have expected us to win last year, just like you expect us to win this year. Thats no different.

I understand why people say that, this year especially, with the addition of Nash and Howard, but at the end of the day the reality of it is we have to go through Oklahoma City. They won the West. We have to go through the Miami Heat, because theyre the NBA champions. We dont have anything right now to say that were the team to beat except we do have a nice team that Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak put together on paper. Now we have to try to go get it, but we have to go through the teams that were the Western Conference champion and the NBA champion.


LOL: So basically, given that youre going to be on the hot seat anyway, you might as well have a roster that makes it easier for you to get where youre expected to go?

MB: Bingo, and thats what I like about this job. The level of expectations that we have as an organization doesnt sit with just making the playoffs. Every year, ownership and management want to compete for a championship. As a coach, I dont know why you would want to be put in any other situation, unless youre just happy getting a paycheck or being a coach in the NBA. I want to be put in a situation where year in, year out I have an opportunity to win. You know? In my opinion, thats my dream and should be the dream of anybody thats a competitor. This situation warrants that.


LOL: Do you really think you should have won a title last year? You mentioned that you thought media had the expectation of a title. I know I didnt think you guys were good enough.

I think at the end of the day, everybody, for the most part -- there might be some media people, there might be some people that had an understanding of some of the deficiencies that we [might] have had last year, but I still think at the end of the day with the way we exited and throughout the year with some of the ups and downs we had, yeah, [I] didnt think anything less than that.

Again, I think its just the nature of the culture that has been built around this team, when you talk about the city of Los Angeles.


LOL: Given that if something really bad happens and you guys flame out, your job becomes something people will talk about in terms of security, given that, are you more excited about this year than last?

If you think back to last year, there were plenty of people that talked about whether or not I should have a job coming into the season.


LOL: That is true.

And thats where Im going with it. Whether I have this team or I have last years team, or Im in Cleveland and we won 60-something games two years in a row, people are always going to talk in my opinion -- not just me, but other coaches, too -- about whether or not a coach should be here the following year. I have no control over that, so Im just excited that Im able to be here in this organization and coaching this group of guys.

Courtesy of ESPN
(By Brian Kamenetzky, ESPNLosAngeles.com)



Nets are going Greene - by Eurobasket News

Donte Greene (6'9''-F-88, college: Syracuse) will soon be the latest player to join the Nets, as their massive roster overhaul this summer continues.

The 6-foot-11 forward tweeted, HELLO BROOKLYN along with a picture of the Nets logo inside the teams facility in Brooklyn yesterday. That came shortly after Yahoo! Sports reported the Nets had agreed in principle with Greene. A league source said the deal will be non-guaranteed.

Greenes agent, Chris Luchey, told The Post it was premature to say a deal had been signed, but that all signs point to Greene officially joining the Nets in the near future.

Greene will be the eighth new player - out of 14 currently on the roster - to join the team since last season ended.

When the move is completed, Greene will give the Nets a young, viable small forward to play behind Gerald Wallace. Backup small forward was one of two remaining areas of need on the roster, along with backup center.

Greene played in 53 games, including seven starts, for Sacramento last season, and finished with averages of 5.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game.

The 24-year-old has averages of 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds over the course of his four-year NBA career, all with the Kings, after leaving Syracuse after one year to enter the 2008 NBA Draft.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com



Martell Webster agreed terms with Washington Wizards - by Eurobasket

Washington Wizards (NBA) added to their roster 26-year old guard Martell Webster (202-107kg-86). He played most recently at Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA). While playing 47 games for the team from Minnesota last season Webster averaged 6.9ppg and 3.6rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Islander joins Storm coaching staff - by Eurobasket News

Former Three Oaks Senior High athletic director, Mike Leslie, has joined the Summerside Storm as an assistant coach for the upcoming National Basketball League of Canada season.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Leslie was a classroom and physical education teacher at the elementary, intermediate and high school levels in both Nova Scotia and P.E.I. over the past 27 years. Leaving the classroom in 2006, he continued to impact student learning as a high school principal, before moving to the P.E.I. Department of Education in 2008 where he has been working as career education curriculum specialist and, more recently, secondary programs co-ordinator.

Over the past three decades, Leslie has followed his passion of coaching basketball at the local, provincial and national levels, learning from and with high performance coaches and players at the elite level. He has represented two provinces at the Canada Games as an official and a coach, is a former president and director of elite development with Basketball PEI, as well as an instructor with the Canada Basketball Atlantic High Performance Program. He has coached various provincial teams and high school programs in Nova Scotia and P.E.I., accumulating 14 provincial championships.

Leslie had courtside seats to most of last seasons Storm games and, watching head coach Joe Salerno from a fans perspective, felt he would have chemistry with the organization.

It seemed when I would look across at the bench in certain situations, (Salerno and I) were reacting in similar ways to the dynamic of what was happening out on the floor, he said.

I had known (Storm co-owner) Duncan (Shaw) a little bit from working at UPEI. Hes a very strong supporter and alumnus of the UPEI mens program that Ive been involved in coaching before.

Leslie has also officiated at the AUS, CIS, and recently completed a stint as an assistant coach with the UPEI Mens Panthers. His love for teaching the fundamentals of the game has led many of his former players to achieve success on the court at college, university, national, and professional levels, and off the court.

The team has not yet issued word on whether Mev Bahonjic, Salernos assistant coach last season, will be returning for a second year. For his part, Leslie said he has no objections to working alongside another assistant.

While he admits that being an assistant coach for an NBL of Canada franchise will be different than any basketball position hes held in the past, Leslie is looking forward to the challenge.

Its an elite league and these players have had a number of professional experiences beyond their university background. Its nice to have an opportunity to work with players where this is their passion and they want to pursue that to the highest degree, he said. These are grown men who are doing this for a livelihood, and I havent worked with athletes in that circumstance much before. Thats a critical piece with the draft coming up, is trying to find the players that meet the dynamic of what youre trying to create with the team.

The Storm is gearing up for its second season in the NBL of Canada. Season, corporate and group ticket options along with ticket prices will be released this coming week.

The team is also holding its second annual draft party on Aug. 27 at Credit Union Place. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., while the draft will be streamed live beginning at 8 p.m.

The teams training camp opens Oct. 15 with the first exhibition game scheduled for Oct. 26. The Storms first regular season home game is Nov. 2 at Credit Union Place in Summerside when they host the Saint John Mill Rats.

For more information visit the Summerside Storm website at www.stormbasketball.ca or contact the Storm at info@stormbasketball.ca. Also join the Storm on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com



Rainmen hire owner's cousin to coach - by Eurobasket News

After going overseas to find a head coach a year ago, Halifax Rainmen CEO Andre Levingston looked a little closer to home this time.

The Rainmen announced Wednesday they have hired former NBA veteran Cliff Levingston (agency: Edge Sports ) (6'8''-F-61), the owners first cousin, to guide the National Basketball League of Canada franchise this season.

Im excited about the hire, and the opportunity to work with family is always good, Andre Levingston said Wednesday in an interview from Detroit, where he was visiting family and wrapping up a scouting trip.

Cliff Levingston (agency: Edge Sports ), 51, becomes the clubs fifth head coach, replacing Spaniard Josep (Pep) Claros, who led the Rainmen to within a victory of an NBL championship in his one season at the helm.

A first-round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1982, Levingston played 830 regular-season games in 11 NBA seasons with the Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets.

The six-foot-eight, 210-pound forward averaged 7.1 points per game over his career and was a part of two NBA championship teams with Michael Jordan and the Bulls in 1991 and 1992.

He went on to coach in the Continental Basketball Association, the American Basketball Association and the United States Basketball League.

Hes been a successful coach for a number of years and his accomplishments as an NBA player, he had a stellar career, Andre Levingston said.

I just reached out to him a few days ago and said, Hey, I know you like coaching, theres an opportunity here, would you be interested in coming in and being coach and we worked out the details and got it done.

The Rainmen owner, who doubles as the clubs GM, and the new coach will meet up on the weekend for the leagues two-day player combine in Orangeville, Ont., that precedes Monday nights NBL draft.

The Rainmen have only one draft selection, in the second round. They dealt their first- and third-round picks to the Summerside Storm last season to acquire centre Troy Gottselig.

Andre Levingston said he expects a deeper talent pool at this years combine and draft, following up on the leagues successful first season, and hell make his selection based on ability, not position.

Im looking for the best player available at my pick, he said.

Forward Danny Friend and guard Jerrell Thompson, two of the teams three picks a year ago, were cut in training camp. The third, guard Papa Oppong, saw limited action before he was released early in the season.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca



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Keith Clanton: 'We can shock the country' - by Eurobasket News

Kentucky called. So did Ohio State and Alabama. Keith Clanton (6'9''-F) even took an overnight visit to Florida State and strongly considered playing across the state in Tallahassee for his final season.

"In the end, I trust Donnie Jones and Central Florida to get me where I need to be," Clanton told CBSSports.com in his first interview since deciding to stay in Orlando.

Clanton's high school coach was fielding the calls in the aftermath of Central Florida's one-year postseason ban, one that made the star forward a free agent, along with his fellow seniors. No shortage of high-major schools made inquiries since just about everyone could use a skilled big man who has put up no shortage of double-doubles over the course of his career. He could have gone to Lexington and become perhaps the missing piece, a veteran frontcourt player, to give UK fans consecutive national titles.

Ultimately, he decided to give his phone number to just one coach, FSU's Leonard Hamilton.

"I felt like I could have been happy at Florida State," Clanton said. "But I just felt as though I could accomplish all my goals staying at Central Florida."

It was a shock to many when Clanton tweeted the news Saturday night, just moments after delivering his decision to both Hamilton and Jones. However, Clanton had established a strong bond with Jones and the program.

"He's a great person and people are taking it the wrong way," Clanton said of his head coach. "He's got such high-character and I trust him completely. We're behind him 100 percent and people that don't know him just don't understand the type of guy that he really is."

"It's great to see Keith stay home and play for his school, team and family," Jones told CBSSports.com.

So now Clanton will finish his career as a Knight, with no postseason -- but with the knowledge that he remained loyal to his coach, teammates and program. He played down the road at Orlando Christian Prep and his mother, Gloria, lives just 15 or so miles away.

"We can still win the regular-season title," Clanton said. "And play for pride. That's important, along with my hopes to play at the next level."

The 6-foot-9 Clanton led the team in both scoring (14.5) and rebounding (8.1) last season. While the Knights lost Marcus Jordan, who has decided to focus solely on classes at UCF, and C.J. Reed (Georgia Southern) and Josh Crittle (UIC), Clanton feels that the team can still challenge for a top spot in C-USA.

"I think we can shock the country," he said. "We all have a chip on our shoulder and we have one of the best coaches in the country."

Clanton will assume more of a leadership role with the departure of Jordan and vocal guard A.J. Rompza. In fact, he and senior walk-on Bobby Horodyski wasted little time rallying the troops, calling a team meeting for Monday night. "We talked about our goals and how we can prove people wrong," he said.

Clanton returns as to go-to guy, but he'll still have the help of Isaiah Sykes (12.3 ppg), former Virginia forward Tristan Spurlock (7.2 ppg) and Oklahoma transfer Calvin Newell, who averaged 13 points for the Sooners before transferring midway through last season.

"People say it's loyalty," Clanton said of his decision. "But it was the best decision for me, the best opportunity for me. This is the right place for me to end my college career."

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



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Nicholas Phillip joins Tromso - by Eurobasket News

Tromso Storm also agreed on terms of contract with Nicholas Phillip (187-F/G-90). The forward played for Froya since 2007. Last season Nicholas Phillip averaged 8.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in BLNO. He became BLNO champion with Froya. Nicholas Phillip was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Norwegian National Teams.


Tromso Storm sign Jonathan Jones - by Eurobasket News

Tromso Storm strengthened their roster. They added Jonathan Jones (195-F, college: Kean) to the squad. The forward graduated from the Kean University in 2011. He will start his pro career in Norway. Jonathan Jones tallied 23.9 points and 13.7 rebounds per game in NCAA3. He was named into NABC Division III All-America 1st Team. The forward also made it into D3Hoops.com All-America Awards 1st Team. Jonathan Jones moved to Europe this summer. He spent some time in Iceland on tryouts with Njardvik. Jonathan Jones did not sign a deal there and moved to Norway.


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2012 William Jones Cup: Lebanon cruise past Philippines - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - Philippines 91:72

Lebanon earned the second win at the William Jones Cup. They knocked down Philippines to improve at 2-4 record. Elie Estephane (193-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) dropped 28 points to lead the winners. Philippines fell at 4-1 record after the loss.
Lebanon strongly entered the game. They jumped to a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Ghassan Sarkis team stayed in control throughout the second quarter. They secured a 43:32 halftime advantage. Lebanon unleashed 31 points in the third quarter to boost their lead. They entered the fourth quarter up by as many as 28 points. Philippines cut the deficit in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Jarrid Famous (209-C/F-88, college: S.Florida) accounted for 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) had 15 points for Philippines. Solomon Mercado (181-PG-84, college: Biola, CA) and Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) netted 11 points each in the loss.

Lebanon: Elie Estephane 28, Jarrid Famous 26+11 boards, Jean Abdel Nour 14
Philippines: Gabe Norwood 15, Solomon Mercado 11, Marcus Douthit 11



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Asseco Prokom bring in rookie Drew Viney - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom bring in Drew Viney (203-F-88) for the next season. The American Forward will debut in Europe.

In 2007-2008 he started for Oregon (NCAA) and in 12 games averaged 1.5ppg, 1.2rpg. In 2009-2010 increased to 16.7ppg, 7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 81.9% and then in 2010-2011 had high 17.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 76.7%. In 2011-2012 for Loyola Marymount (NCAA, starting five) his stats read 15.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 80.5%.
In 2012 July Drew Viney participated at the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Miami Heat). In 4 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg.
Early in 2010 he reached WCC Tournament Semifinals -10 and made it into All-WCC 1st Team -10, 12. Moreover in 2011 he was named All-WCC Honorable Mention -11.



Trefl Sopot bring in Giorgi Gamqrelidze - by Eurobasket News

Trefl Sopot deepened their roster. They announced the signing of Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86, agency: FCM). The Georgian player spent the last season at motherland. He played for Olimpia Tbilisi. The guard notched 12.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game in Superleague. Eurobasket.com named Giorgi Gamqrelidze into All-Georgian League 2nd Team. Previously the guard had stints with Giessen, MBC Weissenfels, Energy Invest Rustavi, Furstenfeld Panthers and Dinamo Tbilisi. He was named All-Georgian League Guard of the Year in 2008 and 2009. Giorgi Gamqrelidze was trumped All-Georgian League Player of the Year in 2009. He also became Superleague MVP in 2007. He participated at Georgian League All-Star Games in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Giorgi Gamqrelidze played for U16, U18 and U20 Georgian National Teams. He has been the member of Georgian National Team since 2004.


AZS Koszalin tab Lance Jeter - by Ernest

AZS Koszalin strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Lance Jeter (190-102kg-88, college: Nebraska). He played most recently at AZS Koszalin (TBL). Jeter graduated University of Nebraska in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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SCM U Craiova inks Serbian Zoran Milovic - by Eurobasket News

SCM U Craiova inks Serbian Zoran Milovic (204-C/F-77) for the next season. The player will remain in Romania but with another team.
Last year the Serbian big guy signed a deal with CSS Giurgiu. Milovic was not a new face in Romania, as he already played there in the past. He was a member of CSU Brasov, Pitesti and Rapid Bucuresti. Zoran Milovic spent last season in Greece. He had 7.2 ppg and 3 rpg for 29 games with A2 team Apollon Patras. In 2009/10, Milovic played for Macedonian teams MZT Fon and Torus. With MZT, he had 14.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 6 games. Later with Torus, Milovic averaged 10.4 points and 5.3 boards. He played in Romania from 2007 to 2009. In 2008, Milovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team and also Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team.
In 2011-2012 for signed at CSS Giurgiu he averaged 12.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 80.0%.



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Lokomotiv Kuban confirm Jimmy Baron - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban officials have confirmed the signing of Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island). The guard will start the next season in Russia. Jimmy Baron is meant to replace Vlado Ilievski (187-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) on the roster. Jimmy Baron spent the last three seasons in Spain. He played for Lagun Aro. Last season the guard notched 11.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in ACB. He earned All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention. Jimmy Baron started his pro career in Turkey in 2009. He played for Mersin Belediyesi. His stats read 16.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance in TBL. He participated at TBL All-Star Game. Jimmy Baron also earned All-Turkish TBL Honourable Mention.


Lokomotiv Kuban and Jeremiah Massey part ways - by Eurobasket News

Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) is no longer a member of Lokomotiv Kuban. His contract expired and will not be extended, according to the Russian team. Massey spent last two seasons with Kuban. In the latest one he had 15.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.1 apg in 14 EuroCup games. He was top rebounder and second scorer of the competition. The player was named to Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 2nd Team -12 and Eurobasket.com EuroCup All-Imports Team -12. In Russian league Jeremiah Massey collected 13.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2 spg. There he was second rebounder of the championship and No.2 in steals. In VTB United League, Massey had pretty close numbers. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team -11, 12 and Eurobasket.com VTB League All-Imports Team -12. In 2011, Massey was Forward of the Year in EuroChallenge. Before Lokomotiv Kuban, he played for Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro, Real Madrid, Aris Thessaloniki and Larissa. In 2007, he received FYROM citizenship.


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Biancoblu Bologna inks 2-year deal with Djordje Drenovac - by Eurobasket News

Djordje Drenovac (209-F-92, agency: Interperformances) will continue his career in Italy. The Serbian forward penned a 2-year deal with Biancoblu Bologna. The player spent last four years with Austrian squad Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions. He had 23 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.2 apg for 25 games last season. Drenovac was second scorer of the competition. In 2010/11, the forward collected 13.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 32 games with Arkadia. He had lower numbers from 2008 to 2010. This summer Djordje Drenovac played for U20 Serbian National Team at U20 EuroBasket in Slovenia. He had 9 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 6 games at this event. Lat summer Drenovac won the silver medal with U19 Serbia at U19 World Championship in Latvia. In the past, he also played for Serbian U18 and U18 National Teams.


SCM U Craiova inks Serbian Zoran Milovic - by Eurobasket News

SCM U Craiova inks Serbian Zoran Milovic (204-C/F-77) for the next season. The player will remain in Romania but with another team.
Last year the Serbian big guy signed a deal with CSS Giurgiu. Milovic was not a new face in Romania, as he already played there in the past. He was a member of CSU Brasov, Pitesti and Rapid Bucuresti. Zoran Milovic spent last season in Greece. He had 7.2 ppg and 3 rpg for 29 games with A2 team Apollon Patras. In 2009/10, Milovic played for Macedonian teams MZT Fon and Torus. With MZT, he had 14.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 6 games. Later with Torus, Milovic averaged 10.4 points and 5.3 boards. He played in Romania from 2007 to 2009. In 2008, Milovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team and also Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team.
In 2011-2012 for signed at CSS Giurgiu he averaged 12.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 80.0%.



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Interesting match-ups in SBF Cups - by Carlos Pereira

The draw for the womens and mens Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) Cup competitions starting in late September has thrown up some interesting matchups.
In the womens competition, defending champions Anse Etoile Stars will come up against tough opposition in the form of Mont Fleuri in their first match on Sunday October 7.
If they are able to beat Mont Fleuri, the Stars will move to the semifinal where they will meet Juniors who have won a bye straight into the last-four stage.
In the bottom half of the draw, HotShots and RA Sisters are already in the semifinal and the winners of the Friday October 12 clash will qualify for the final slated for Saturday October 27.
Outgoing mens champions Mont Fleuri Dawgz have quite an easy path, at least until the quarterfinal round. Coach Nigel Ah-kongs team await the winners of the all-second division clash between AAP Brothers and Razors. Their toughest challenge might come in the semifinal where they could meet one of three top flight teams MBU Rockers, Baya and Cascade Bullets.
Losing finalists Premium Cobras are in the bottom half of the mens draw and their first game is on October 8 against Juniors whom they are expected to beat to set up a quarterfinal showdown with either RC Dynamics or PLS Hawks.
The mens final is on the same day as the womens on Saturday October 27.
Meanwhile, the SBF is this year organising a Second Division Cup competition, giving the second tier teams an opportunity to play among themselves as they rarely go far in the SBF Cup.
Only Praslin Warriors are not involved in both the Second Division Cup and SBF Cup competitions as, according to the an SBF spokesperson, the travel costs to Mahe for matches are too high.

G. G.



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Union Olimpija announced Klemen Prepelic - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija announced Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) for the next season. The Slovenian player will debut in EuroLeague this season.
In 2008-2009 he appeared for MFC.2 Branik Maribor (1B) and in 2009-2010 averaged 10.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT-3 (84.9%). In 2010-2011 moved to Helios Domzale (Telemach League) and in Slovenian League showed 6.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP-3 (66.7%), 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 72.3%.
In 2011-2012 he continued for Helios Domzale (Telemach League, starting five) and in Adriatic League erupted with 14.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 83.1%. In Slovenian League Klemen Prepelic became the second top-scorer with 16.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 87.9%.
In Round 4 Guard Klemen Prepelic put on an extraordinary performance for Helios, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award (Second Stage). The 19-year old player was the main contributor (19 points, three rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Krka 79-78. Prepelic had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts.



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2012 William Jones Cup: Anyang KGC improved to 3-2 record - by Eurobasket News

Jordan -Anyang KGC 84:105

Anyang KGC improved to 3-2 record at the 2012 William Jones Cup. The South Korean team overcame Jordan 105:84 in Day 6 of the tournament. Jordan meanwhile fell at 1-4 record.
Both teams scored 24 points each in the first period and only then Anyang KGC took the control of the game. They produced 27-19 in the second frame and grabbed 8-point lead at the halftime. Moreover South Korean team added 30-23 in the third period and enjoyed 81:66 lead after three quarters. Anyang KGC won also the last stanza 24-18 and celebrated a 21-point victory.
Pattillo Juan (197-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 17 rebounds, while Choi Hyun-Min (196-F-90) also scored 24. Stutz Garrett (212-C-90, college: Wichita St.) and Lee Jung-Hyun (191-F-87) followed them with 12 points each in a win. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) replied with 24 points and Ali ZAGHAB collected 20 points and 13 rebounds. Wesam AL SOUS poured in 18 and Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87) delivered 8.

Jordan: Rasheim Wright 24, Ali ZAGHAB 20+13 rebs, Wesam AL SOUS 18, Mahmoud Abdeen 8
Anyang KGC: Pattillo Juan 24+17 rebs, Choi Hyun-Min 24, Stutz Garrett 12, Lee Jung-Hyun 12



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Jorge Calvo is a newcomer at Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders - by Eurobasket

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders (BBL) added to their roster 25-year old Spanish guard Jorge Calvo (190-87). He played most recently at Baloncesto Leon in Spanish EBA. While playing 20 games for Leon last season Calvo averaged 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.4apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Raimundo Lopez joins Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto - by Eurobasket

Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto (LEB Gold) agreed terms with 23-year old domestic point guard Raimundo Lopez (185-89). He played most recently at CB Granada in LEB Gold. However his team withdrew from the league. While playing 33 games for Granada last season Lopez averaged 6.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He played in the final in 2011. Lopez played also pro basketball in Greece and Latvia. He played for Spanish U20 national team until 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Iraurgi Saski Baloia Lan Mobel lands Nurse - by Eurobasket Center

Iraurgi Saski Baloia Lan Mobel (LEB Silver) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard David Nurse (191-G-87, college: W.Illinois). Nurse played most recently at Ikaros Kallitheas (Greece) and Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League). He is a very experienced player. Nurse played also pro basketball in Australia. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.




Valladolid tab Alhaji Mohammed - by Eurobasket News

Club Baloncesto Valladolid bolstered their backcourt. They added Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville). Last season the guard spent in Kuwait. He played for Al Kuwait SC. Alhaji Mohammed was Kuwait League finalist. He also became SuperCup winner with Al Kuwait. Alhaji Mohammed played for Lleida in LEB Gold in 2010/11 season. He tallied 16.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game in LEB Gold. The guard also had stints with Towzin Electric Kashan, Limoges, Matrixx Magix Nijmegen, Paderborn Baskets and Idaho Stampede. Eurobasket.com named Alhaji Mohammed All-Dutch Eredivisie Guard of the Year in 2007. He also made it into All-French ProB 2nd Team. Alhaji Mohammed participated Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007.


Rolands Smits signs with Avila - by Eurobasket News

Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) stays in Spain for at least one more season. The young Latvian prospect will play for Grupo Eulen Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila. It will be his first experience in LEB Silver. Smits was a member of Fuenlabrada II in 2011/12. There he had 5.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 18 games in EBA. Rolands Smits is a member of the Latvian U18 National Team and he played for them this summer. The team participated at U18 EuroBasket in Lithuania. Smits appeared 8 times for his country averaging 4.1 points and 2.1 rebounds. Last summer he played for U16 Latvia at U16 EuroBasket in Czech Republic. The player shined with 13.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 9 games. Rolands Smits was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Honorable Mention -11. They won Baltic Sea Cup in Tallin last summer.


Palma Air Europa keeps PG Sergio Riera - by Eurobasket News

Sergio Riera (182-PG-87) stays with Palma Air Europa. The Spanish point guard signed a 1-year contract extension. Riera played 25 games for the club last season averaging 10.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He helped the team to win promotion for LEB Silver. They were EBA Group E regular season champions. Sergio Riera arrived to Palma last summer from Marin PeixeGalego. In 2009/10 season he played for the LEB Gold team Melilla. The player got a chance in 13 games, but his playing time was very limited. They reached LEB Gold Semifinals and were LEB Gold Cup winners. In 2008/09, Riera had 3.8 ppg for the LEB Bronze team Merida. In the past, he also played for Sant Josep Obrer.


Young Miguel Lorenzo joins Caceres - by Eurobasket News

Miguel Lorenzo (205-C/F-91) is a new member of Caceres. The young PF/C signed a deal for the next season. He spent last three years with CB Ins Oftamologico Clinicas Rincon. The player had 9 ppg and 5 rpg for 31 games in LEB Gold last season. In 2010/11, he averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. In the past, Miguel Lorenzo spent two years with Unicaja Malaga II. They competed in EBA. Last summer Lorenzo helped U20 Spain to win the gold medal at U20 EuroBasket in Bilbao. He had 3.6 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 8 games at this event. In 2010, he won the bronze medal at U20 EuroBasket in Croatia. Three years ago, Lorenzo also played for the Spanish U18 National Team. He is a product of Unicaja Malaga.


Yannick Bokolo joins Cajasol for the training camp - by Eurobasket News

Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) joined Cajasol for the training camp. The player left Gravelines earlier this summer, despite the team offered him 5-year contract extension. Bokolo spent last four years with Gravelines. He had 8.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.6 apg for 10 EuroCup games last season. The player also added 7.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.9 apg for 31 games in ProA. Gravelines was ProA regular season champion, but they failed to Cholet in the Quarterfinals. Before Gravelines, Yannick Bokolo played for Le Mans. They won ProA title and Semaines des As in 2006. A year ago, Bokolo won Semaine des As trophy also with Gravelines. He was named MVP. Yannick Bokolo appeared 6 times with the French National Team in London this summer registering 1.2 ppg.


Estudiantes keep Tariq Kirksay - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes decided to keep Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) on the roster. The sides have agreed on terms of contract extension. The forward started the previous season in Italy. He played for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Tariq Kirksay tallied 6.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.6 steals per game in SeriaA. Later Tariq Kirksay moved to Spain. He joined Asefa Estudiantes. The forward averaged 8.9 points, 4.2 boards and 1.6 steals per appearance in ACB. Previously Tariq Kirksay had stints with Cajasol, Unics, Nancy, Bourg-en-Bresse, Rueil-Malmaison, La Rioja, Besancon, Rabotnicki, Long Island Surf. Eurobasket.com named Tariq Kirksay All French ProA Forward of the Year in 2005. He was also trumped All-Spanish ACB Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. He made it into All-EuroCup 1st Team in 2011.


Lleida keep Miguel Feliu - by Eurobasket News

Lleida ensured the services of Miguel Feliu (200-F-85) for another season. The forward has agreed on terms of contract prolongation with the team. Miguel Feliu joined Lleida at the start of the previous season. He tallied 8.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists per game in LEB Gold. Previously the forward had spells for Obradoiro, Sant Josep Girona, CB Vic, Palma Aqua Magica, Ricoh Manresa, CB Hospitalet. He was named into All-Spanish LEB1 All-Newcomers Team in 2006. Miguel Feliu was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Spanish National Teams.


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  SWITZERLAND   


Boncourt tab Gardner Louissaint - by Eurobasket News

Boncourt added Gardner Louissaint (196-F-91) to the squad. The forward spent the last two seasons with Monthey. Last season he tallied 2.3 points per game in LNB. He also played for Creations Cuisines BBC Collombey-Muraz in 1LN. Gardner Louissaint was the member of Swiss U18 and U20 National Teams.


Union Neuchatel bring in Pape Badji, Jules Aw and Jeffrey Schwab - by Eurobasket News

Union Neuchatel announced three new names on the roster. They are Pape Badji (206-F/C-92), Jules Aw (200-F-86) and Jeffrey Schwab (184-G-92).
Pape Badji spent the last two seasons with Vacallo Basket. Last season the Senegalese player averaged 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in LNA. Pape Badji has been the member of Senegalese National Team since 2010. The centre participated at African Championship in Madagascar last year.
Jules Aw arrives from Geneve Lions. Last season the forward tallied 10.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists per appearance. Previously Jules Aw had stints with Herens, Al Ansar, BB Nyon and Monthey. He made it into Swiss LNA All-Newcomers Team in 2007. He was the member of Senegalese National Team in 2005/07 seasons.
Jeffrey Schwab played for Benetton Fribourg since 2008. Last season he notched 0.7 points per game in LNA. The guard mostly played for Academie Fribourg U23. His stats read 12.1 points, 3.4 assists, 2.9 steals and 1.6 boards per game in LNB.



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  TAIWAN   


2012 William Jones Cup: Iran prevail against Taiwan B - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Taiwan B 83:71

Iran celebrated the fifth straight win at William Jones Cup. Mostafa Hashemi team defeated Taiwanese B National Team to stay perfect. Hamed Sohrabnejad (203-PF-83) notched 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Taiwan B slipped at 0-6 record after the loss.
Iran cleared off early in the game. They finished the starting quarter up by 11 points 27:16. The margin grew deeper in the second frame. Iran ensured a 46:28 halftime lead. Taiwan narrowed the gap in the third quarter. They cut the margin by five points to trail by 13 points at the final break. Taiwan unloaded 23 points in the fourth term but Iran was not threatened and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Farid Aslani (183-PG-88) accounted for 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Saeid Davarpanah (190-G/F-87) topscored with 19 points for Iran. Lin Chih-Wei (198-C-92) answered with 14 points for Taiwan. Sung Yu-Hsuan (183-G-89) netted 12 points in the loss.

Iran: Saeid Davarpanah 19, Hamed Sohrabnejad 15+11 boards, Farid Aslani 15
Taiwan: Lin Chih-Wei 14, Sung Yu-Hsuan 12



2012 Jones Cup Men Day 6 results - by Chris Wang

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

UPG (US) 95-73 Japan
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3054-10000.php
Lebanon 91-71 Philippines
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3066-10000.php
KGC (Korea) 105-84 Jordan
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3058-10000.php
Iran 83-71 Taiwan B
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3074-10000.php

Standings:
Iran 5-0
Philippines 4-1
UPG (US) 4-1
Taiwan 3-2
KGC (South Korea) 3-2
Japan 2-4
Lebanon 2-4
Jordan 1-4
Taiwan B 0-6



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  TURKEY   


Besiktas announces signing of Damir Markota - by Eurobasket News

Damir Markota (209-F-85) is a new member of Besiktas. The Croatian big guy signed a 1-year deal with reigning Turkish and EuroChallenge champions. Markota split last season between Union Olimpija and Zagreb. With Zagreb he shined with 17.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.6 apg for 13 Croatian league games. He was second rebounder and fourth scorer of the competition. The player also added 9 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2.3 apg for 12 games in Adriatic league. With Union Olimpija, Damir Markota collected 4.7 ppg and 6 rpg for 7 Euroleague appearances. His numbers in Adriatic league increased to 11.1 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 9 games. In 2010/11, Markota also played for Union Olimpija. In the past, he was a member of Bilbao, Menorca, Zalgiris, Spartak St.Petersburg, Tulsa 66ers and Cibona. In 2006/07 season Damir Markota played 30 NBA games with Milwaukee Bucks. He had 1.7 ppg. Markota is active member of the Croatian National Team since 2002.


Galatasaray GM Murat Ozyer talked Eurobasket.com Turkey - by Ugur Turker

Speculation in Turkey have not finished yet. Galatasaray General Menager talked Eurobasket.com Turkey about Huseyin Koksal (195-SG-91) and Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90).

" I never created these news about Huseyin Koksal so that � do not have to solve this topic. That is Turkish Basketball Federation who have to make an announcement about these speculation since TBF is the centre of this circle. Personally, i am only empoyer of Galatasaray Medicak Park and i am only intersted in my management not for other teams. " Murat Ozyer said.

" We applied TBF with information and documents we have about Ilkan Karaman. I hope we are right. At the end of this process, there is going to be public announcement in order to clean information pollution. " talked Ozyer about Ilkan Karaman movement.



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  UBA   


2012 William Jones Cup: USA selection roll over Japan - by Eurobasket News

Japan -USA selection 73:95

USA selection roll over Japan in Day 6 of the 2012 William Jones Cup. The American team won 95:73 for 4-1 record, while Japan fell at 2-4 record.
Japan surprised the favorites 22-19 in the first period, but could not stay on race later in the game. USA produced 32-18 in the second period and took the lead at the halftime. Moreover USA won the third period 26-19 and finished the game with 18-14 in the last stanza.
James Justice (5'10''-PG-89, college: Martin Methodist) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Marcus Melvin (6'8''-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) notched 15. Wayne Arnold (6'4''-G-84, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Tennessee St.) delivered 13 points, while Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.) brought 12. Takatoshi Furukawa (6'3''-G/F-87) finished the night with 18 points and Kosuke Takeuchi (6'9''-C/F-85) delivered 17. Kosuke Kanamaru (6'4''-F/G-89) poured in 12 and Ryota Sakurai (6'5''-G-83) brought 7.
Tomorrow USA will face Jordan in Day 7 of the 2012 William Jones Cup. Japan meanwhile will take on South Korea.

Japan: Takatoshi Furukawa 18, Kosuke Takeuchi 17, Kosuke Kanamaru 12, Ryota Sakurai 7
USA selection: James Justice 18, Marcus Melvin 15, Wayne Arnold 13, Freddie Williams 12



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  UKRAINE   


Budivelnyk announce Mathew Witt - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk have confirmed the signing of Mathew Witt (183-PG-84, college: E.Kentucky). The point guard is moving to Kyiv. Last season Mathew Witt spent in Spain. He played for Knet Roja Clavijo. The guard notched 18.2 points, 4.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in LEB Gold. He made it into All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team. Previously Mathew Witt had stints with Guadalajara, Den Helder Seals, Schalke 04. Eurobasket.com named the player LEB Silver Guard of the Year in 2011. He led the team to the LEB Silver title that season. Budivelnyk had to enter the market after the injury of their newcomer Tony Skinn. The Nigerian player would be sidelined for several months and Budivelnyk decided to look for the substitution.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Guildford Heat tab Frank Holmes - by Eurobasket

Guildford Heat (BBL) re-signed for next season 28-year old American forward Frank Holmes (206-84, college: UAB). While playing 19 BBL games for Guildford Heat last season Holmes averaged 9.9ppg and 6.7rpg. He played also 1 game for Leicester R. in BBL where he had 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Holmes helped them to make it to the semifinals. He played also pro basketball in Slovakia and USA. Holmes graduated University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jorge Calvo is a newcomer at Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders - by Eurobasket

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders (BBL) added to their roster 25-year old Spanish guard Jorge Calvo (190-87). He played most recently at Baloncesto Leon in Spanish EBA. While playing 20 games for Leon last season Calvo averaged 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.4apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   

Standings

VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. Azovmash 0-0 
 2. BC Astana 0-0 
 3. BC Donetsk 0-0 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 5. Khimky 0-0 
 6. Krasnie Krilya 0-0 
 7. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 8. PGE Turow 0-0 
 9. Spartak SP 0-0 
 10. Unics 0-0 
Group B
 1. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 2. CSKA 0-0 
 3. Enisey 0-0 
 4. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 5. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 6. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 7. Neptunas 0-0 
 8. Triumph 0-0 
 9. VEF Riga 0-0 
 10. Zalgiris 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 2: BC Astana - Lietuvos rytas
Oct. 6: Lokomotiv - Zalgiris
Oct. 7: N.Novgorod - CEZ Nymburk
Oct. 7: Neptunas - CSKA
Oct. 8: VEF Riga - Triumph



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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   

Standings

Standings
1. Iran5-0
2. Philippines4-1
3. USA4-1
4. S.Korea3-2
5. Taiwan2-2
6. Japan2-4
7. Lebanon2-4
8. Jordan1-4
9. Taiwan B0-6

Preliminary Round: Round 6

Aug. 23: LEB - PHI 91-72
Aug. 23: JOR - KOR 84-105
Aug. 23: JPN - USA 73-95
Aug. 23: TAB - IRI 71-83

Preliminary Round: Round 7

Aug. 24: USA - JOR
Aug. 24: PHI - IRI
Aug. 24: KOR - JPN
Aug. 24: TAI - TAB


2012 Jones Cup Men Day 6 results - by Chris Wang

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

UPG (US) 95-73 Japan
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3054-10000.php
Lebanon 91-71 Philippines
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3066-10000.php
KGC (Korea) 105-84 Jordan
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3058-10000.php
Iran 83-71 Taiwan B
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3074-10000.php

Standings:
Iran 5-0
Philippines 4-1
UPG (US) 4-1
Taiwan 3-2
KGC (South Korea) 3-2
Japan 2-4
Lebanon 2-4
Jordan 1-4
Taiwan B 0-6




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Women News


Celik inks Bogoje and brings back Gagic, Mehmedic, Kovacevic and Graham - by Zeljko Zule

Bosnian champion Celik Zenica made four roster addition for the upcoming 2011-12 season, signing Ivona Bogoje (193-C-76) and bringing back Zvjezdana Gagic (169-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Amra Mehmedic (177-G-81), Alma Kovacevic (186-F/C-83) and Stanecia Graham (186-F-86, college: Washburn).
Fomer Croatian national team member Ivona Bogoje arrives from Mladi Krajisnik, where she averaged 16.1 points, 7.6 rrebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blockes in 18 Adriatic League games last season.
Zvjezdana Gagic spent the last season with Sloboda Novi Grad, where she averaged 14.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.8 steals in 18 Adriatic Laegue games. .
Amra Mehmedic arrives from Romanian side Satu Mare, where she posted 10.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals in 36 games last season.
Alma Kovacevic started the 2011-12 season with Omnilogic Bucuresti and later moved to ICIM Arad, for whom she averaged 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17 Romanian League games.
Stanecia Graham played the last season with ICIM Arama and she averaged 11.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 35 games of Romanian Championship.



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Aussie U17 star gives Flames a taste of the future - by Eurobasket News

As our next generation of WNBL and Jayco Australian Opals show the world their stuff at the 2012 FIBA Under 17 Womens World Championship fans of the Sydney Uni Flames could do worse than to keep tabs on the efforts of 17-year-old point guard Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95).

The Sydney-sider has been the star of the Australia team in the lead-up to their Quarter Final clash with the USA, leading the team in points (10.8 per game), minutes (29 per game) and free throw percentage (21-of-22 95.5%) as well as being strong on the boards (4.2 per game).

Her quality was no more evident than in the narrow loss to the Netherlands, where Panousis dropped a team-high 23 points as well as grabbing 5 rebounds and 4 steals.

A product of the Flames academy, Panousis has signed on for the upcoming 2012/13 WNBL season, where she will be the understudy to long-time Jayco Opal and Flames stalwart Alicia Poto.

The opportunity to learn the art form that is the point guard position from someone of the calibre of Poto will not only benefit the rising star, but will excite the Flames fans.

The Sydney Uni Flames begin their 2012/13 WNBL season on Saturday October 6 against the Canberra Capitals.

Courtesy of www.wnbl.com.au



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  BELARUS   


Zera Butter explodes against U20 Belarus, U20 Holland wins 84-59 - by Eurobasket News

U20 BELARUS - U20 HOLLAND 59-84

Holland smashed Belarus 84-59 in a game for third place in Group E of the second stage at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Thanks to this win Holland ended as No.3 with 3-2 record. At the other side, Belarus dropped to fourth position with 2-3, but they also advanced to the Quarterfinals due to victory against Poland two days ago. Holland made 17-point lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 23 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality. Zera Butter (179-G-92) was unstoppable in this meeting with 30 points for 20 minutes on the court. She made all of her 6 attempts from behind the arc and reach valuation 29. Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) and Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) scored 10 points each. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) posted 12 points in defeat. Their second scorer was Ksenija Voishal (182-F-94) with 8 points. Holland will meet Ukraine in the Quarterfinals. Belarus will take on Turkey. All Quarterfinals games are scheduled for Friday.

Belarus: Maryna Ivashchanka 12, Ksenija Voishal 8
Holland: Zera Butter 30, Jamailah Adams 10, Richelle Van Der Keijl 10



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  BELGIUM   


U20 Greece escapes with 64-63 win over U20 Belgium - by Eurobasket News

U20 GREECE - U20 BELGIUM 64-63

Greece jumped to 5-0 record at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy and they are very close to win the promotion for Division A. It was a very important game and Greece grabbed 64-63 thriller win over Belgium. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-SG-92, agency: LBM Management) made a lay-up with 3 seconds remaining in the game for 63-63 tie. Greece had the last possession and Georgia Kantara drew a foul, after what she scored first free throw and intentionally missed the second one. No time left for Belgium, who dropped to 3-3 after this loss. Quarters: 11-14, 16-15, 17-15, 20-19. Artemis Spanou (184-F-93) led Greece with double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) scored 16 points and Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) added 8 pts, plus 7 rebs. In Belgium, Mayombo shined with 29 points and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Alisson Mai (183-C-93) (7 rebs) and Caroline Bourlioux (182-C-92) (5 rebs) netted 7 and 6 pts respectively. Championship continues on Friday, when Greece will meet Israel. Belgium has 2 days off.

Greece: Artemis Spanou 21+10 boards, Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 16, Styliani Fouraki 8+7 boards
Belgium: Emmanuella Mayombo 29, Alisson Mai 7+7 boards, Caroline Bourlioux 6+5 boards



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Baiba Eglite inks with BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Baiba Eglite (177-G-89) inks with BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary for the next season. The Latvian player comes back to Europe after 4 years with UTEP.
In 2005-2006 she appeared for BK TTT / Riga (LSBL) and in 2006-2007 averaged 6.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 41%, 3PT: 25%, FT: 70% in Latvian League. In BWBL after 12 games her stats read 3.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.5spg.
In 2007-2008 for TTT Riga (LSBL) averaged 6.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1spg and in BWBL had 3.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg. In 2008-2009 moved to UTEP (NCAA). The last season her stats read 26 games: 1.6ppg.


In 2007-2009 Baiba Eglite was a member of the Latvian U20 National Team. She participated at the European Championships U20 in Sofia (Bulgaria) in 2007 and averaged 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 32.9%, 3FGP: 16.7%, FT: 75%. At the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) she won Bronze with her team in 2009. In 4 games Eglite averaged 5.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%.



Kara Trutnov lands El Sara Greer - by Eurobasket News

Kara Trutnov reinforced its roster under the basket, according to Basket.idnes.cz. Reportedly the team penned a 1-year deal with American PF/C El Sara Greer (188-C/F, college: Oregon St.). It will be her second season in Europe. Greer played for Romanian Craiova in 2011/12. She appeared 32 times in the league averaging 8.3 points, 11 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.2 blocks. The player was top shot blocker of the competition and fourth rebounder. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Defensive Player of the Year -12 and Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Defensive Team -12. She also participated at Romanian league All-Star Game. El Sara Greer is a product of Oregon State University, where she graduated something more than a year ago. She had 9.2 ppg and 8.1 rpg for 30 games with her school as a senior. The player was awarded with All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention -11 and Pac-10 All-Defensive Team -11. She transferred to Oregon State in 2009 from Kirkwood CC (JUCO).


U20 Romania stays in the race for Bronze in Klatovy - by Eurobasket News

U20 ROMANIA - U20 CZECH REPUBLIC 68-65

Romania stays in the race for third place in Klatovy. They grabbed 68-65 win over Czech Republic improving to 3-3 record, while at the other side the host of U20 EuroBasket Division B dropped to 3-2. Three teams will win the promotion for Division A. Cristina Bigica (182-G/F-92) exploded in victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) also had a great game adding 20 points, while Alexandra Ionescu (175-PG-92) followed 9 points and 6 rebounds. The hosts got 19 points from Renata Pudlakova (173-PG-92) and 12 pts, plus 5 rebounds from Michaela Vojtkova (181-F-93). Petra Bakajsova (184-F/C-93) had 8 points and 6 boards in this meeting. Romania was down by 4 with ten minutes remaining in the game, but they shined in the last quarter 20-13 to take 3-point win at the end. Quarters: 22-21, 15-15, 11-16, 20-13. Romania will play against Bulgaria on Friday. Czech Republic will meet Switzerland.

Romania: Cristina Bigica 27+5 boards, Gabriela Cursaru 20, Alexandra Ionescu 9+6 boards
Czech Republic: Renata Pudlakova 19, Michaela Vojtkova 12+5 boards, Petra Bakajsova 8+6 boards



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Stats Leaders (Women)

Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (186-G-92)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Iagupova, UKR26.2 
 2. Zietara, POL18.2 
 3. Butter, NED18.2 
 4. Abdi, SWE16.8 
 5. Domingues, POR14.7 
 6. Colic, SRB14.5 
 7. Drammeh, SWE14.0 
 8. Rozenberga, LAT14.0 
 9. Casas, ESP13.8 
 10. Papova, BLR13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ksenia TIKHONENKO
  RUS
  (190-F/C-93)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Tikhonenko, RUS10.5 
 2. Grigalauskyt., LTU10.3 
 3. Iagupova, UKR10.2 
 4. Svaryte, LTU8.7 
 5. Mistygacz, POL8.3 
 6. Green, ENG8.2 
 7. Papova, BLR8.2 
 8. Filonchyk, BLR7.8 
 9. Hruscakova, SVK7.7 
 10. McGarrachan, ENG7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (186-G-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Iagupova, UKR5.0 
 2. Cakir, TUR3.8 
 3. Ortiz, ESP3.7 
 4. Nystrom, SWE3.3 
 5. Adams, NED3.2 
 6. Zietara, POL3.2 
 7. Dotto, ITA3.0 
 8. Dotto, ITA2.8 
 9. Bernies, FRA2.7 
 10. Bridina, LAT2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (186-G-92)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Iagupova, UKR3.7 
 2. Casas, ESP3.5 
 3. Ortiz, ESP2.7 
 4. Domingues, POR2.5 
 5. Colic, SRB2.3 
 6. Okockyte, LTU2.3 
 7. Dotto, ITA2.3 
 8. Butter, NED2.3 
 9. De Kleijn, NED2.2 
 10. Zietara, POL2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Maryna IVASHCHANKA
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ivashchanka, BLR1.5 
 2. Mistygacz, POL1.5 
 3. Cornelie, FRA1.3 
 4. Papova, BLR1.2 
 5. Tikhonenko, RUS1.2 
 6. Efimova, RUS1.0 
 7. Diallo, FRA1.0 
 8. Basaran, TUR0.8 
 9. Ortiz, ESP0.7 
 10. Zietara, POL0.6 


Division A: Second stage is over, Quarterfinals set in Debrecen - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Poland - Spain 51-74
Spain handed 74-51 loss to Poland in the last day of the second stage in Deberecen. It means that Spain jumped to 4-1 record and advanced to the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket as the second ranked team of Group E. Poland dropped to fifth place with 2-3 and failed to advance. Belarus, who also has 2-3, grabbed fourth position due to 60-54 win over Poland two days ago. Spain took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 16-10, 18-9, 20-13, 20-19. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) top-scored for Spain with 13 points. Elena Diaz (188-C-92) and Claudia Calvelo (192-C-92) posted 11 and 9 points respectively. In Poland, Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) was much better than the others with 16 points. Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) had 10 and Martyna Stelmach (187-F/C-92) stopped to 6 pts. Spain will play against France in the Quarterfinals. Poland goes to classification games from 9th-12th place and its first rival will be Serbia.

Belarus - Holland 59-84
Holland smashed Belarus 84-59 in a game for third place in Group E of the second stage at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Thanks to this win Holland ended as No.3 with 3-2 record. At the other side, Belarus dropped to fourth position with 2-3, but they also advanced to the Quarterfinals due to victory against Poland two days ago. Holland made 17-point lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 23 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality. Zera Butter (179-G-92) was unstoppable in this meeting with 30 points for 20 minutes on the court. She made all of her 6 attempts from behind the arc and reach valuation 29. Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) and Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) scored 10 points each. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) posted 12 points in defeat. Their second scorer was Ksenija Voishal (182-F-94) with 8 points. Holland will meet Ukraine in the Quarterfinals. Belarus will take on Turkey. All Quarterfinals games are scheduled for Friday.

Sweden - Lithuania 73-50
Sweden closed second stage in Debrecen with 73-50 win over Lithuania. Sweden is the winner of Group E with almost perfect 4-1 record and will meet Russia in the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket. Lithuania is the last ranked team in this pool with 0-5. They will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th-12th place. Lithuania shined in the second half to take the comfortable victory in this game. Quarters: 10-11, 23-20, 15-8, 25-11. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) led the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) followed her with 14 points and 6 rebs, while Ida Christensen (174-PG-93) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) registered double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Neringa Skadaite (184-F-92) and Santa Okockyte (176-PG-92) netted 10 and 9 points respectively, plus each of them grabbed 5 rebounds. Championship continues on Friday.

Group F
Slovakia - France 63-68
France made it in do-or-die game against Slovakia, 68-63. There is three-way tie now in Group F with France, Slovakia and Russia all having 2-3 record. France has the best numbers in this circle and they grabbed third place in the group. Russia is No.4, while Slovakia dropped to fifth place, what is not enough for the Quarterfinals. France reached it and their rival will be Spain. Slovakia will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th-12th place. Adja Konteh (173-G/F-92) shined for the winners with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93) and Romane Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) top-scored in Slovakia with 15 points, while Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) and Angelika Oravcova (175-PG-92) netted 13 points each. France celebrated in this meeting thanks to amazing third period. They were down by 5 at the HT and exploded with 20-6 after the breather, what was too much for Slovakia for rest of the way. Championship continues on Friday..

Russia - Turkey 57-62
Turkey extended its winning streak in Debrecen to end as No.1 of Group F with perfect 5-0 record. Of course, Turkey advanced to the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket where they will meet Belarus. Russia finished as the fourth ranked team in this pool with 2-3 score and also heads to the next stage. Their rival will be Sweden. All teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Friday. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) led Turkey with 15 points and 5 rebounds, and Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) added 10 points and 6 rebs. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) had 8 pts in this victory. In Russia, Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) shined with double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Their second scorer was Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) with 12 points, while Darya Namok (179-G-93) and Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) posted 9 pts each. Turkey had impressive start (23-11), but Turkey cut the margin to 5 pts with ten minutes remaining in the game. Teams were tied to 12-12 in the last quarter and Turkey celebrated its fifth win in the group.

Ukraine - Serbia 85-63
Ukraine cruised past Serbia 85-63 in the last day of the second stage in Debrecen. Thanks to this win Ukraine finished as the second ranked team of Group F with 3-2 record and advanced to the Quarterfinals. There, Ukraine's rival will be Holland. Serbia closes the standings in this pool with 1-4. They will continue in Classification Round from 9th-12th places. In the first game Serbia will play against Poland. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) once again was a key player in Ukraine with triple-double of 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists (valuation 36!). Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93, agency: New Trend Agency) scored 22 points and Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) added 14 points, plus 5 rebs. In defeat, Snezana Colic (178-G-92) (6 rebs) and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) posted 12 points each. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) added 10 points and 6 rebs. Ukraine dominated during the entire game: 26-17, 21-15, 18-13, 20-18. All teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Friday.

Group G
Portugal - United Kingdom 66-39
Portugal had no mercy for UK in third round of Group G at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Portugal celebrated huge 66-39 win for 2-1 record in this group. At the other side, UK dropped to 0-3 and already faced with relegation to Division B. Portugal's hopes to survive still exist, despite Italy jumped to 3-0 in this pool. Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and Vitoria Pacheco (179-C-92) added 12 points, plus 6 rebounds. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) added 11 pts to this win. In defeat, Erin McGarrachan (182-G-92) collected 11 points and 8 rebs. Cheridene Green (187-C-95) also scored 11 pts, but to go with 7 rebs, and Jessica Hurd (185-C-92) posted 7 points. Quarters: 18-14, 15-6, 16-9, 17-10. Championship continues on Friday.

Latvia - Italy 58-61
Third straight win for Italy in Group G of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. This time Italy had to work very hard to beat Latvia 61-58. After this victory Italy drastically improved its chances to win this pool and to survive in Division A. Latvia dropped to 1-2 and they are in difficult situation now. Teams were tied at 48-48 with ten minutes remaining in the game and Italy won the last period 13-10. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) had 13 points and 5 rebounds in Italy, and Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) added 11 pts and also 5 boards. Giovanna Pertile (182-F-92) collected 10 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) was better than the others with 21 points and Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) had 12 pts, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Their third scorer was Ilze Jakobsone (170-G-94) with 6 pts for 5 minutes on the court. Championship continues on Friday. Italy's next rival will be Portugal, while Latvia will meet last ranked UK.



Division B: Day Six in Klatovy - by Eurobasket News

Greece - Belgium 64-63
Greece jumped to 5-0 record at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy and they are very close to win the promotion for Division A. It was a very important game and Greece grabbed 64-63 thriller win over Belgium. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-SG-92, agency: LBM Management) made a lay-up with 3 seconds remaining in the game for 63-63 tie. Greece had the last possession and Georgia Kantara drew a foul, after what she scored first free throw and intentionally missed the second one. No time left for Belgium, who dropped to 3-3 after this loss. Quarters: 11-14, 16-15, 17-15, 20-19. Artemis Spanou (184-F-93) led Greece with double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) scored 16 points and Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) added 8 pts, plus 7 rebs. In Belgium, Mayombo shined with 29 points and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Alisson Mai (183-C-93) (7 rebs) and Caroline Bourlioux (182-C-92) (5 rebs) netted 7 and 6 pts respectively. Championship continues on Friday, when Greece will meet Israel. Belgium has 2 days off.

Switzerland - Hungary 47-59
As expected, Hungary celebrated its fifth straight win at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. They outplayed Switzerland 59-47 on Wednesday. After this game Switzerland is very close to win the promotion for Division A as they share first place with also undefeated Greece. Three teams will be promoted. At the other side, Switzerland dropped to 1-4 at this event. Judit Manyoky (172-G-92) and Viktoria Fuisz (175-G/F-93) (7 rebs) scored 12 and 10 points respectively for the winners. Their third scorer was Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92) with 8 pts (5 rebs). In defeat, Rosalie Grobet (185-F/C-92) posted 12 and Sarah Cavin (178-SF-92) had two points less. Melissa Favre (184-PF-92) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 20-19, 10-16, 5-14, 12-10. In the next game Hungary will meet Germany, while Switzerland will take on Czech Republic. All teams will take a rest today.

Germany - Israel 93-73
Germany downed Israel 93-73 in Day Six of U20 EuroBasket Division B. Thanks to this win Germany stays in the race for one of the medals in Klatovy and also for promotion to Division A. They have 3-2 record sharing third place with Czech Republic. Israel faced with fifth loss in six games. Germany exploded at the beginning and after the breather to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 27-20, 27-27, 25-9, 14-17. Finja Schaake (179-F-92) was their key player with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) (7 rebs) and Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92, college: Gonzaga) (8 rebs) netted 15 and 14 points respectively. In Israel, Bar Gilinski (185-PF-92) was once again much better than the others with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) was their second scorer with 21 points. Germany will meet top-ranked Hungary on Friday. Israel will play against also No.1 Greece.

Romania - Czech Republic 68-65
Romania stays in the race for third place in Klatovy. They grabbed 68-65 win over Czech Republic improving to 3-3 record, while at the other side the host of U20 EuroBasket Division B dropped to 3-2. Three teams will win the promotion for Division A. Cristina Bigica (182-G/F-92) exploded in victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) also had a great game adding 20 points, while Alexandra Ionescu (175-PG-92) followed 9 points and 6 rebounds. The hosts got 19 points from Renata Pudlakova (173-PG-92) and 12 pts, plus 5 rebounds from Michaela Vojtkova (181-F-93). Petra Bakajsova (184-F/C-93) had 8 points and 6 boards in this meeting. Romania was down by 4 with ten minutes remaining in the game, but they shined in the last quarter 20-13 to take 3-point win at the end. Quarters: 22-21, 15-15, 11-16, 20-13. Romania will play against Bulgaria on Friday. Czech Republic will meet Switzerland.



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Standings - LFB

LFB Standings
 1. Aix-en-Provence 0-0 
 2. Arras 0-0 
 3. Bourges 0-0 
 4. Charleville 0-0 
 5. Landes 0-0 
 6. Lattes Montp. 0-0 
 7. Lyon 0-0 
 8. Mondeville 0-0 
 9. Nantes 0-0 
 10. Perpignan 0-0 
 11. Tarbes 0-0 
 12. Toulouse 0-0 
 13. Union Hainaut 0-0 
 14. Villeneuve 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 23: Union Hainaut - Mondeville
Sep. 22: Nantes - Aix-en-Provence
Sep. 23: Villeneuve - Charleville
Sep. 22: Lyon - Arras
Sep. 22: Landes - Tarbes
Sep. 23: Lattes Montp. - Toulouse
Sep. 22: Bourges - Perpignan


U20 France beats U20 Slovakia in do-or-die game, heads to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

U20 SLOVAKIA - U20 FRANCE 63-68

France made it in do-or-die game against Slovakia, 68-63. There is three-way tie now in Group F with France, Slovakia and Russia all having 2-3 record. France has the best numbers in this circle and they grabbed third place in the group. Russia is No.4, while Slovakia dropped to fifth place, what is not enough for the Quarterfinals. France reached it and their rival will be Spain. Slovakia will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th-12th place. Adja Konteh (173-G/F-92) shined for the winners with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93) and Romane Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) top-scored in Slovakia with 15 points, while Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) and Angelika Oravcova (175-PG-92) netted 13 points each. France celebrated in this meeting thanks to amazing third period. They were down by 5 at the HT and exploded with 20-6 after the breather, what was too much for Slovakia for rest of the way. Championship continues on Friday.

Slovakia: Barbora Balintova 15, Marta Palenikova 13, Angelika Oravcova 13
France: Adja Konteh 13+5 boards, Sara Chevaugeon 12, Romane Romane Bernies 10



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U20 Germany jumps to 3-2 in Klatovy - by Eurobasket News

U20 GERMANY - U20 ISRAEL 93-73

Germany downed Israel 93-73 in Day Six of U20 EuroBasket Division B. Thanks to this win Germany stays in the race for one of the medals in Klatovy and also for promotion to Division A. They have 3-2 record sharing third place with Czech Republic. Israel faced with fifth loss in six games. Germany exploded at the beginning and after the breather to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 27-20, 27-27, 25-9, 14-17. Finja Schaake (179-F-92) was their key player with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) (7 rebs) and Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92, college: Gonzaga) (8 rebs) netted 15 and 14 points respectively. In Israel, Bar Gilinski (185-PF-92) was once again much better than the others with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) was their second scorer with 21 points. Germany will meet top-ranked Hungary on Friday. Israel will play against also No.1 Greece.

Germany: Finja Schaake 25+5 boards, Laura Hebecker 15+7 boards, Sonja Greinacher 14+8 boards
Israel: Bar Gilinski 29+10 boards, Nof Kedem 21



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U20 Greece escapes with 64-63 win over U20 Belgium - by Eurobasket News

U20 GREECE - U20 BELGIUM 64-63

Greece jumped to 5-0 record at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy and they are very close to win the promotion for Division A. It was a very important game and Greece grabbed 64-63 thriller win over Belgium. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-SG-92, agency: LBM Management) made a lay-up with 3 seconds remaining in the game for 63-63 tie. Greece had the last possession and Georgia Kantara drew a foul, after what she scored first free throw and intentionally missed the second one. No time left for Belgium, who dropped to 3-3 after this loss. Quarters: 11-14, 16-15, 17-15, 20-19. Artemis Spanou (184-F-93) led Greece with double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) scored 16 points and Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) added 8 pts, plus 7 rebs. In Belgium, Mayombo shined with 29 points and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Alisson Mai (183-C-93) (7 rebs) and Caroline Bourlioux (182-C-92) (5 rebs) netted 7 and 6 pts respectively. Championship continues on Friday, when Greece will meet Israel. Belgium has 2 days off.

Greece: Artemis Spanou 21+10 boards, Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 16, Styliani Fouraki 8+7 boards
Belgium: Emmanuella Mayombo 29, Alisson Mai 7+7 boards, Caroline Bourlioux 6+5 boards



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Zera Butter explodes against U20 Belarus, U20 Holland wins 84-59 - by Eurobasket News

U20 BELARUS - U20 HOLLAND 59-84

Holland smashed Belarus 84-59 in a game for third place in Group E of the second stage at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Thanks to this win Holland ended as No.3 with 3-2 record. At the other side, Belarus dropped to fourth position with 2-3, but they also advanced to the Quarterfinals due to victory against Poland two days ago. Holland made 17-point lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 23 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality. Zera Butter (179-G-92) was unstoppable in this meeting with 30 points for 20 minutes on the court. She made all of her 6 attempts from behind the arc and reach valuation 29. Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) and Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) scored 10 points each. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) posted 12 points in defeat. Their second scorer was Ksenija Voishal (182-F-94) with 8 points. Holland will meet Ukraine in the Quarterfinals. Belarus will take on Turkey. All Quarterfinals games are scheduled for Friday.

Belarus: Maryna Ivashchanka 12, Ksenija Voishal 8
Holland: Zera Butter 30, Jamailah Adams 10, Richelle Van Der Keijl 10



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Fifth straight win for U20 Hungary in Klatovy - by Eurobasket News

U20 SWITZERLAND - U20 HUNGARY 47-59

As expected, Hungary celebrated its fifth straight win at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. They outplayed Switzerland 59-47 on Wednesday. After this game Switzerland is very close to win the promotion for Division A as they share first place with also undefeated Greece. Three teams will be promoted. At the other side, Switzerland dropped to 1-4 at this event. Judit Manyoky (172-G-92) and Viktoria Fuisz (175-G/F-93) (7 rebs) scored 12 and 10 points respectively for the winners. Their third scorer was Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92) with 8 pts (5 rebs). In defeat, Rosalie Grobet (185-F/C-92) posted 12 and Sarah Cavin (178-SF-92) had two points less. Melissa Favre (184-PF-92) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 20-19, 10-16, 5-14, 12-10. In the next game Hungary will meet Germany, while Switzerland will take on Czech Republic. All teams will take a rest today.

Switzerland: Rosalie Grobet 12, Sarah Cavin 10, Melissa Favre 8
Hungary: Judit Manyoky 12, Viktoria Fuisz 10+7 boards, Lilla Adamecz 8+5 boards



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U20 Germany jumps to 3-2 in Klatovy - by Eurobasket News

U20 GERMANY - U20 ISRAEL 93-73

Germany downed Israel 93-73 in Day Six of U20 EuroBasket Division B. Thanks to this win Germany stays in the race for one of the medals in Klatovy and also for promotion to Division A. They have 3-2 record sharing third place with Czech Republic. Israel faced with fifth loss in six games. Germany exploded at the beginning and after the breather to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 27-20, 27-27, 25-9, 14-17. Finja Schaake (179-F-92) was their key player with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) (7 rebs) and Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92, college: Gonzaga) (8 rebs) netted 15 and 14 points respectively. In Israel, Bar Gilinski (185-PF-92) was once again much better than the others with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) was their second scorer with 21 points. Germany will meet top-ranked Hungary on Friday. Israel will play against also No.1 Greece.

Germany: Finja Schaake 25+5 boards, Laura Hebecker 15+7 boards, Sonja Greinacher 14+8 boards
Israel: Bar Gilinski 29+10 boards, Nof Kedem 21



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Another win for U20 Italy in Group G - by Eurobasket News

U20 LATVIA - U20 ITALY 58-61

Third straight win for Italy in Group G of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. This time Italy had to work very hard to beat Latvia 61-58. After this victory Italy drastically improved its chances to win this pool and to survive in Division A. Latvia dropped to 1-2 and they are in difficult situation now. Teams were tied at 48-48 with ten minutes remaining in the game and Italy won the last period 13-10. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) had 13 points and 5 rebounds in Italy, and Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) added 11 pts and also 5 boards. Giovanna Pertile (182-F-92) collected 10 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) was better than the others with 21 points and Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) had 12 pts, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Their third scorer was Ilze Jakobsone (170-G-94) with 6 pts for 5 minutes on the court. Championship continues on Friday. Italy's next rival will be Portugal, while Latvia will meet last ranked UK.

Latvia: Sabine Dukate 21, Dita Rozenberga 12+6 boards+5 as, Ilze Jakobsone 6
Italy: Francesca Dotto 13+5 boards, Caterina Dotto 11+5 boards, Giovanna Pertile 10+7 boards



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Another win for U20 Italy in Group G - by Eurobasket News

U20 LATVIA - U20 ITALY 58-61

Third straight win for Italy in Group G of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. This time Italy had to work very hard to beat Latvia 61-58. After this victory Italy drastically improved its chances to win this pool and to survive in Division A. Latvia dropped to 1-2 and they are in difficult situation now. Teams were tied at 48-48 with ten minutes remaining in the game and Italy won the last period 13-10. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) had 13 points and 5 rebounds in Italy, and Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) added 11 pts and also 5 boards. Giovanna Pertile (182-F-92) collected 10 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) was better than the others with 21 points and Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) had 12 pts, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Their third scorer was Ilze Jakobsone (170-G-94) with 6 pts for 5 minutes on the court. Championship continues on Friday. Italy's next rival will be Portugal, while Latvia will meet last ranked UK.

Latvia: Sabine Dukate 21, Dita Rozenberga 12+6 boards+5 as, Ilze Jakobsone 6
Italy: Francesca Dotto 13+5 boards, Caterina Dotto 11+5 boards, Giovanna Pertile 10+7 boards



Baiba Eglite inks with BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Baiba Eglite (177-G-89) inks with BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary for the next season. The Latvian player comes back to Europe after 4 years with UTEP.
In 2005-2006 she appeared for BK TTT / Riga (LSBL) and in 2006-2007 averaged 6.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 41%, 3PT: 25%, FT: 70% in Latvian League. In BWBL after 12 games her stats read 3.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.5spg.
In 2007-2008 for TTT Riga (LSBL) averaged 6.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1spg and in BWBL had 3.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg. In 2008-2009 moved to UTEP (NCAA). The last season her stats read 26 games: 1.6ppg.


In 2007-2009 Baiba Eglite was a member of the Latvian U20 National Team. She participated at the European Championships U20 in Sofia (Bulgaria) in 2007 and averaged 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 32.9%, 3FGP: 16.7%, FT: 75%. At the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) she won Bronze with her team in 2009. In 4 games Eglite averaged 5.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%.



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U20 Sweden wins Group E, heads to Quarterfinals in Debrecen - by Eurobasket News

U20 SWEDEN - U20 LITHUANIA 73-50

Sweden closed second stage in Debrecen with 73-50 win over Lithuania. Sweden is the winner of Group E with almost perfect 4-1 record and will meet Russia in the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket. Lithuania is the last ranked team in this pool with 0-5. They will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th-12th place. Lithuania shined in the second half to take the comfortable victory in this game. Quarters: 10-11, 23-20, 15-8, 25-11. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) led the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) followed her with 14 points and 6 rebs, while Ida Christensen (174-PG-93) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) registered double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Neringa Skadaite (184-F-92) and Santa Okockyte (176-PG-92) netted 10 and 9 points respectively, plus each of them grabbed 5 rebounds. Championship continues on Friday.

Sweden: Farhiya Abdi 21+7 boards, Binta Drammeh 14+6 boards, Ida Christensen 12
Lithuania: Monika Grigalauskyte 13+11 boards, Neringa Skadaite 10, Santa Okockyte 9



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U20 Spain downs U20 Poland 74-51, advances to QFinals - by Eurobasket News

U20 POLAND - U20 SPAIN 51-74

Spain handed 74-51 loss to Poland in the last day of the second stage in Deberecen. It means that Spain jumped to 4-1 record and advanced to the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket as the second ranked team of Group E. Poland dropped to fifth place with 2-3 and failed to advance. Belarus, who also has 2-3, grabbed fourth position due to 60-54 win over Poland two days ago. Spain took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 16-10, 18-9, 20-13, 20-19. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) top-scored for Spain with 13 points. Elena Diaz (188-C-92) and Claudia Calvelo (192-C-92) posted 11 and 9 points respectively. In Poland, Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) was much better than the others with 16 points. Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) had 10 and Martyna Stelmach (187-F/C-92) stopped to 6 pts. Spain will play against France in the Quarterfinals. Poland goes to classification games from 9th-12th place and its first rival will be Serbia.

Poland: Monika Jasnowska 16, Karolina Wilk 10, Martyna Stelmach 6
Spain: Queralt Casas 13, Elena Diaz 11, Claudia Calvelo 9



Basketball Investments Gdynia officially announced Talisa Rhea - by Eurobasket News

Basketball Investments Gdynia officially announced Talisa Rhea (180-G, college: Seattle) for the next season. The American Guard will enter her first pro year in Europe.
She is 23 year old guard who graduated Seattle University this year.
In 2007-2008 she started for Oregon St. (NCAA, starting five): and averaged 9.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 36.8%, 3Pts: 37.0%, FT: 77.8%. In 2008-2009 she improved to 13.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 37.4%, 3Pts: 30.8%, FT: 73.8%. In 2009-2010 Talisa Rhea had 15.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 33.6%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 77.8%.
Later she moved to Seattle (NCAA, starting five) and was very important part of the team. In 2011/2012 She averaged 14,1 ppg and 5,2 apg. Before that she have been playing for Oregon St. In that team she was also playing very important role.



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U20 Portugal blasts U20 UK, 66-39 - by Eurobasket News

U20 PORTUGAL - U20 UNITED KINGDOM 66-39

Portugal had no mercy for UK in third round of Group G at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Portugal celebrated huge 66-39 win for 2-1 record in this group. At the other side, UK dropped to 0-3 and already faced with relegation to Division B. Portugal's hopes to survive still exist, despite Italy jumped to 3-0 in this pool. Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and Vitoria Pacheco (179-C-92) added 12 points, plus 6 rebounds. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) added 11 pts to this win. In defeat, Erin McGarrachan (182-G-92) collected 11 points and 8 rebs. Cheridene Green (187-C-95) also scored 11 pts, but to go with 7 rebs, and Jessica Hurd (185-C-92) posted 7 points. Quarters: 18-14, 15-6, 16-9, 17-10. Championship continues on Friday.

Portugal: Daniela Domingues 20, Vitoria Pacheco 12+6 boards, Jessica Almeida 11
UK: Erin McGarrachan 11+8 boards, Cheridene Green 11+7 boards, Jessica Hurd 7



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Standings - Women

BSNF Standings
 1. Carolina G. 2-0 
 2. Juncos V. 1-0 
 3. Quebradillas 1-0 
 4. Morovis M. 0-0 
 5. San German 0-1 
 6. Aguas B.T. 0-1 
 7. Ponce L. 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 1

Aug. 21: Carolina G. - San German 79-69
Aug. 18: Aguas B.T. - Quebradillas 69-85
Aug. 17: Ponce L. - Carolina G. 54-102
Aug. 20: Juncos V. - Ponce L. 106-80

Regular Season: Round 2

Aug. 22: Juncos V. - Aguas B.T.
Aug. 22: Ponce L. - Morovis M.
Aug. 24: Ponce L. - Quebradillas
Aug. 24: Carolina G. - Aguas B.T.



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U20 Romania stays in the race for Bronze in Klatovy - by Eurobasket News

U20 ROMANIA - U20 CZECH REPUBLIC 68-65

Romania stays in the race for third place in Klatovy. They grabbed 68-65 win over Czech Republic improving to 3-3 record, while at the other side the host of U20 EuroBasket Division B dropped to 3-2. Three teams will win the promotion for Division A. Cristina Bigica (182-G/F-92) exploded in victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) also had a great game adding 20 points, while Alexandra Ionescu (175-PG-92) followed 9 points and 6 rebounds. The hosts got 19 points from Renata Pudlakova (173-PG-92) and 12 pts, plus 5 rebounds from Michaela Vojtkova (181-F-93). Petra Bakajsova (184-F/C-93) had 8 points and 6 boards in this meeting. Romania was down by 4 with ten minutes remaining in the game, but they shined in the last quarter 20-13 to take 3-point win at the end. Quarters: 22-21, 15-15, 11-16, 20-13. Romania will play against Bulgaria on Friday. Czech Republic will meet Switzerland.

Romania: Cristina Bigica 27+5 boards, Gabriela Cursaru 20, Alexandra Ionescu 9+6 boards
Czech Republic: Renata Pudlakova 19, Michaela Vojtkova 12+5 boards, Petra Bakajsova 8+6 boards



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U20 Turkey wins Group F with perfect 5-0 record - by Eurobasket News

U20 RUSSIA - U20 TURKEY 57-62

Turkey extended its winning streak in Debrecen to end as No.1 of Group F with perfect 5-0 record. Of course, Turkey advanced to the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket where they will meet Belarus. Russia finished as the fourth ranked team in this pool with 2-3 score and also heads to the next stage. Their rival will be Sweden. All teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Friday. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) led Turkey with 15 points and 5 rebounds, and Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) added 10 points and 6 rebs. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) had 8 pts in this victory. In Russia, Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) shined with double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Their second scorer was Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) with 12 points, while Darya Namok (179-G-93) and Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) posted 9 pts each. Turkey had impressive start (23-11), but Turkey cut the margin to 5 pts with ten minutes remaining in the game. Teams were tied to 12-12 in the last quarter and Turkey celebrated its fifth win in the group.

Russia: Ksenia Tikhonenko 14+14 boards, Svetlana Efimova 12, Darya Namok 9, Alexandra Stolyar 9
Turkey: Ayse Cora 15+5 boards, Olcay Cakir 10+6 boards, Pelin Bilgic 8



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Alina Iagupova's triple-double lifts U20 Ukraine to 22-point win over U20 Serbia - by Eurobasket News

U20 UKRAINE - U20 SERBIA 85-63

Ukraine cruised past Serbia 85-63 in the last day of the second stage in Debrecen. Thanks to this win Ukraine finished as the second ranked team of Group F with 3-2 record and advanced to the Quarterfinals. There, Ukraine's rival will be Holland. Serbia closes the standings in this pool with 1-4. They will continue in Classification Round from 9th-12th places. In the first game Serbia will play against Poland. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) once again was a key player in Ukraine with triple-double of 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists (valuation 36!). Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93, agency: New Trend Agency) scored 22 points and Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) added 14 points, plus 5 rebs. In defeat, Snezana Colic (178-G-92) (6 rebs) and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) posted 12 points each. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) added 10 points and 6 rebs. Ukraine dominated during the entire game: 26-17, 21-15, 18-13, 20-18. All teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Friday.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 24+13 boards+10 as, Oleksandra Chek 22, Lyudmyla Naumenko 14+5 boards
Serbia: Snezana Colic 12+6 boards, Natasa Kovacevic 12, Ivana Brajkovic 10+6 boards



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U20 France beats U20 Slovakia in do-or-die game, heads to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

U20 SLOVAKIA - U20 FRANCE 63-68

France made it in do-or-die game against Slovakia, 68-63. There is three-way tie now in Group F with France, Slovakia and Russia all having 2-3 record. France has the best numbers in this circle and they grabbed third place in the group. Russia is No.4, while Slovakia dropped to fifth place, what is not enough for the Quarterfinals. France reached it and their rival will be Spain. Slovakia will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th-12th place. Adja Konteh (173-G/F-92) shined for the winners with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93) and Romane Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) top-scored in Slovakia with 15 points, while Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) and Angelika Oravcova (175-PG-92) netted 13 points each. France celebrated in this meeting thanks to amazing third period. They were down by 5 at the HT and exploded with 20-6 after the breather, what was too much for Slovakia for rest of the way. Championship continues on Friday.

Slovakia: Barbora Balintova 15, Marta Palenikova 13, Angelika Oravcova 13
France: Adja Konteh 13+5 boards, Sara Chevaugeon 12, Romane Romane Bernies 10



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Cadi ICG Software adds prospect Marles Balart - by Eurobasket News

Cadi ICG Software announced signing of young PF/C Marles Balart (185-F/C-94). The player arrives from Ros Casares, where she spent last season. They penned a 3-year deal last summer, but the team went bankrupt two months ago. Balart mostly played for their junior team. In the past, she was a member of Sarria. Marles Balart played for Spanish U18 National Team this summer at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. She had 4.9 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 9 games at this event. Last summer, they won the bronze medal at U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. At this event the player had 8.7 ppg and 7.9 rog for 9 appearances. In 2010, Balart was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Best Center. She exploded with 9.7 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 9 games with U16 Spain. The player was top rebounder of the competition. Three years ago, Marles Balart helped U16 Spain to win the gold medal at U16 EuroBasket in Naples.


U20 Spain downs U20 Poland 74-51, advances to QFinals - by Eurobasket News

U20 POLAND - U20 SPAIN 51-74

Spain handed 74-51 loss to Poland in the last day of the second stage in Deberecen. It means that Spain jumped to 4-1 record and advanced to the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket as the second ranked team of Group E. Poland dropped to fifth place with 2-3 and failed to advance. Belarus, who also has 2-3, grabbed fourth position due to 60-54 win over Poland two days ago. Spain took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 16-10, 18-9, 20-13, 20-19. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) top-scored for Spain with 13 points. Elena Diaz (188-C-92) and Claudia Calvelo (192-C-92) posted 11 and 9 points respectively. In Poland, Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) was much better than the others with 16 points. Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) had 10 and Martyna Stelmach (187-F/C-92) stopped to 6 pts. Spain will play against France in the Quarterfinals. Poland goes to classification games from 9th-12th place and its first rival will be Serbia.

Poland: Monika Jasnowska 16, Karolina Wilk 10, Martyna Stelmach 6
Spain: Queralt Casas 13, Elena Diaz 11, Claudia Calvelo 9



Sara Gomez moved to UNB Obenasa - by Eurobasket News

Sara Gomez (168-G-86) moved to UNB Obenasa for the next season. The Spanish player left Celta after three seasons.
Last year Sara Gomez resigned with Celta. She joined them in 2009 from Extrugasa. In 2010 Gomez appeared 26 times in LFB averaging 5.9 points, 2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. In 2009/10, she registered 4.8 ppg, 2 rpg and 2.1 apg for 26 games. Gomez was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Most Improved Player of the Year -10. She played for U21, U20 and U18 Spanish National Team in the past.


In 2011-2012 for Real Club Celta Vigo Urban (LFB, starting five) she averaged 6.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 27.2%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 73.2%. Sara Gomez recorded 17 points in the opener against Cajarural in a 65:66 loss. In Game 2 she scored 15 points that was the second result in the season. Sara Gomez later nailed 11 points three times during the year.



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U20 Sweden wins Group E, heads to Quarterfinals in Debrecen - by Eurobasket News

U20 SWEDEN - U20 LITHUANIA 73-50

Sweden closed second stage in Debrecen with 73-50 win over Lithuania. Sweden is the winner of Group E with almost perfect 4-1 record and will meet Russia in the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket. Lithuania is the last ranked team in this pool with 0-5. They will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th-12th place. Lithuania shined in the second half to take the comfortable victory in this game. Quarters: 10-11, 23-20, 15-8, 25-11. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) led the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) followed her with 14 points and 6 rebs, while Ida Christensen (174-PG-93) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) registered double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Neringa Skadaite (184-F-92) and Santa Okockyte (176-PG-92) netted 10 and 9 points respectively, plus each of them grabbed 5 rebounds. Championship continues on Friday.

Sweden: Farhiya Abdi 21+7 boards, Binta Drammeh 14+6 boards, Ida Christensen 12
Lithuania: Monika Grigalauskyte 13+11 boards, Neringa Skadaite 10, Santa Okockyte 9



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Standings - LNF

LNA Standings
 1. Basel 0-0 
 2. Bellinzona 0-0 
 3. Fribourg 0-0 
 4. Helios 0-0 
 5. Highflyers 0-0 
 6. Hope-GBA 0-0 
 7. Muraltese 0-0 
 8. Ovronnaz-Mart. 0-0 
 9. Pully 0-0 
 10. Riva Basket 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 6: Pully - Helios
Oct. 6: Basel - Hope-GBA
Oct. 6: Ovronnaz-Mart. - Bellinzona
Oct. 7: Highflyers - Riva Basket
Oct. 7: Muraltese - Fribourg


Fifth straight win for U20 Hungary in Klatovy - by Eurobasket News

U20 SWITZERLAND - U20 HUNGARY 47-59

As expected, Hungary celebrated its fifth straight win at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. They outplayed Switzerland 59-47 on Wednesday. After this game Switzerland is very close to win the promotion for Division A as they share first place with also undefeated Greece. Three teams will be promoted. At the other side, Switzerland dropped to 1-4 at this event. Judit Manyoky (172-G-92) and Viktoria Fuisz (175-G/F-93) (7 rebs) scored 12 and 10 points respectively for the winners. Their third scorer was Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92) with 8 pts (5 rebs). In defeat, Rosalie Grobet (185-F/C-92) posted 12 and Sarah Cavin (178-SF-92) had two points less. Melissa Favre (184-PF-92) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 20-19, 10-16, 5-14, 12-10. In the next game Hungary will meet Germany, while Switzerland will take on Czech Republic. All teams will take a rest today.

Switzerland: Rosalie Grobet 12, Sarah Cavin 10, Melissa Favre 8
Hungary: Judit Manyoky 12, Viktoria Fuisz 10+7 boards, Lilla Adamecz 8+5 boards



Uni Basel land Michelle Harrison - by Eurobasket News

Uni Basel Basket strengthened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Michelle Harrison (190-F-87, college: Utah). The forward will start her pro career in Switzerland. Michell Harrison graduated from the University of Utah in 2011. The forward notched 4.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in her senior season. She was MWC Tournament winner with the Utes. Previously Michell Harrison studied and played for Stanford University. She played in NCAA Final Four in 2009. In 2010 Michelle Harrison made it into NCAA Final with the Cardinals. She was PAC-10 Tournament Winner in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.


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U20 Turkey wins Group F with perfect 5-0 record - by Eurobasket News

U20 RUSSIA - U20 TURKEY 57-62

Turkey extended its winning streak in Debrecen to end as No.1 of Group F with perfect 5-0 record. Of course, Turkey advanced to the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket where they will meet Belarus. Russia finished as the fourth ranked team in this pool with 2-3 score and also heads to the next stage. Their rival will be Sweden. All teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Friday. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) led Turkey with 15 points and 5 rebounds, and Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) added 10 points and 6 rebs. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) had 8 pts in this victory. In Russia, Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) shined with double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Their second scorer was Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) with 12 points, while Darya Namok (179-G-93) and Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) posted 9 pts each. Turkey had impressive start (23-11), but Turkey cut the margin to 5 pts with ten minutes remaining in the game. Teams were tied to 12-12 in the last quarter and Turkey celebrated its fifth win in the group.

Russia: Ksenia Tikhonenko 14+14 boards, Svetlana Efimova 12, Darya Namok 9, Alexandra Stolyar 9
Turkey: Ayse Cora 15+5 boards, Olcay Cakir 10+6 boards, Pelin Bilgic 8



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Alina Iagupova's triple-double lifts U20 Ukraine to 22-point win over U20 Serbia - by Eurobasket News

U20 UKRAINE - U20 SERBIA 85-63

Ukraine cruised past Serbia 85-63 in the last day of the second stage in Debrecen. Thanks to this win Ukraine finished as the second ranked team of Group F with 3-2 record and advanced to the Quarterfinals. There, Ukraine's rival will be Holland. Serbia closes the standings in this pool with 1-4. They will continue in Classification Round from 9th-12th places. In the first game Serbia will play against Poland. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) once again was a key player in Ukraine with triple-double of 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists (valuation 36!). Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93, agency: New Trend Agency) scored 22 points and Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) added 14 points, plus 5 rebs. In defeat, Snezana Colic (178-G-92) (6 rebs) and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) posted 12 points each. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) added 10 points and 6 rebs. Ukraine dominated during the entire game: 26-17, 21-15, 18-13, 20-18. All teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Friday.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 24+13 boards+10 as, Oleksandra Chek 22, Lyudmyla Naumenko 14+5 boards
Serbia: Snezana Colic 12+6 boards, Natasa Kovacevic 12, Ivana Brajkovic 10+6 boards



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U20 Portugal blasts U20 UK, 66-39 - by Eurobasket News

U20 PORTUGAL - U20 UNITED KINGDOM 66-39

Portugal had no mercy for UK in third round of Group G at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Portugal celebrated huge 66-39 win for 2-1 record in this group. At the other side, UK dropped to 0-3 and already faced with relegation to Division B. Portugal's hopes to survive still exist, despite Italy jumped to 3-0 in this pool. Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and Vitoria Pacheco (179-C-92) added 12 points, plus 6 rebounds. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) added 11 pts to this win. In defeat, Erin McGarrachan (182-G-92) collected 11 points and 8 rebs. Cheridene Green (187-C-95) also scored 11 pts, but to go with 7 rebs, and Jessica Hurd (185-C-92) posted 7 points. Quarters: 18-14, 15-6, 16-9, 17-10. Championship continues on Friday.

Portugal: Daniela Domingues 20, Vitoria Pacheco 12+6 boards, Jessica Almeida 11
UK: Erin McGarrachan 11+8 boards, Cheridene Green 11+7 boards, Jessica Hurd 7



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D1 STANDING

LINABAFE Standings
Central
 1. Bucaneras 0-0 
 2. EPB 0-0 
 3. Estudiantes 0-0 
 4. U15 NT 0-0 
West
 1. Aguilas 0-0 
 2. Guerreras 0-0 
 3. Juveniles 0-0 
 4. Otras 0-0 
 5. Yaracuyanas 0-0 



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connecticut S. 17-5 
 2. Indiana F. 12-8 
 3. Atlanta D. 11-11 
 4. New York L. 8-13 
 5. Chicago S. 8-13 
 6. Washington M. 6-17 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 18-4 
 2. S.Antonio SS 16-5 
 3. L.Angeles S. 16-7 
 4. Seattle S. 11-12 
 5. Phoenix M. 4-17 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-18 

Regular Season: Round 27

Aug. 22: Atlanta D. - Chicago S. 82-71
Aug. 23: Phoenix M. - New York L.
Aug. 23: Seattle S. - Indiana F.
Aug. 23: L.Angeles S. - S.Antonio SS


Lyttle, Hayes lead Dream past Sky 82-78 - by Eurobasket News

Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) had 24 points and Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G-89, college: Connecticut) scored 18 to lead the short-handed Atlanta Dream to an 82-71 victory over the Chicago Sky on Wednesday night.

Atlanta (11-11), playing without star forward Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-SF-86, college: Louisville), had a 17-point halftime lead cut to three midway through the fourth quarter before pulling away for its second win in three games -- both against Chicago -- since the league's month-long Olympic break.

Armintie Price (5'9''-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Mississippi) had 14 points and Lindsey Harding 13 for the Dream, who were 22 for 29 on free throws.

Sylvia Fowles scored 22 points and Swin Cash added 19 for the Sky (8-13), who lost their eighth straight.

McCoughtry, the WNBA's leading scorer at 22.7 points per game, didn't play because of personal reasons. She took part in pregame ceremonies to honor the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team and then left the arena. She is expected to rejoin the Dream for Friday's game at Washington.

Chicago pulled to 69-66 on Ticha Penicheiro's running layup with 5:41 left. But Hayes completed a three-point play 30 seconds laterand the Dream regained control by hitting free throws down the stretch.

Atlanta outscored Chicago 26-12 in the second quarter to take a 48-31 halftime lead. Lyttle scored nine of her 17 first-half points during a 12-5 run to start the quarter and the Dream kept pulling away as Cathrine Kraayeveld hit two 3s.

Cash helped Chicago keep it close early, scoring 10 of her 12 first-half points in the first quarter. But Atlanta made 58 percent of its shots before intermission to 38 percent for Chicago.

The Sky cut the lead to 61-53 going into the final quarter behind Fowles' nine points. But Chicago was outscored 13-5 after pulling within three points.

Epiphanny Prince, Chicago's leader at 20.4 point per game, played 17 minutes without scoring, taking just one shot. Prince, who missed eight games due to a foot injury before returning to the lineup last week, sprained an ankle late in Chicago's 77-67 loss to New York on Tuesday.

McCoughtry scored 25 as the Dream won 82-76 in Chicago last Friday and followed that up with 22 points in an 86-72 loss at Indiana on Saturday.

The game was the first at home for Atlanta since June 26. The Dream went 3-3 during a six-game trip before the Olympic break, and then split the first two games after the resumption of play.

Courtesy of www.gwinnettdailypost.com



Lauren Jackson back with Storm for late-season push - by Eurobasket News

Tears turned to sweat as Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) returned to the Storm's practice Wednesday.

The Storm session was a simple walk-through after critiquing game video. Seattle (10-12) plays host to Indiana (12-8) on Thursday.

The Storm will attempt to halt its worst home skid since 2009 at two games.

Jackson, a 6-foot-6 center, will start against the Fever. She remained after practice Wednesday to get in extra offensive work with assistant coach Jenny Boucek.

That's when the sweat dripped after an emotional week in her native Australia. She was at the forefront of the country's celebration for Olympic athletes, an honor after being named her country's flag bearer for the London Games' Opening Ceremonies.

"It was something I'll never forget," Jackson said. "Getting on the plane (from Sydney to Seattle) and having to say goodbye to everybody was the first time I've been in tears ... ever. It was the end of that era, and now I've got to focus and move forward."

Add star Sue Bird and veterans Tanisha Wright and Camille Little to the practice mix and the Storm is finally coming together for a late push. The final piece to the starting lineup is wing Katie Smith.

"She's someone who has been a partner in crime for the last 11 seasons," Bird said of Jackson. "Whenever we're back on the floor together it's very comfortable. I think she puts us at ease."

Whether it culminates in victories is unknown. Indiana has won two of three since the Olympics hiatus, with a 10-point triumph Tuesday at Los Angeles.

The Storm is without center Ann Wauters (Achilles) and forward Tina Thompson (knee). Wauters has missed eight games due to her injury. Storm coach Brian Agler expects her to be out at least another week to completely heal. Thompson also is being held out as a precautionary measure. She's expected to play Sunday.

Jackson's minutes will be limited Thursday, but the team is glad she's back after watching from the bench during an 86-73 defeat against Minnesota on Tuesday.

"I don't think it's all going to fall into place right away," Agler said. "But I think we're going to have enough time to get it to a pretty good spot."

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com



Mercury ink Briana Gilbreath to a seven day contract - by Eurobasket News

The Mercury signed yet another "seven-day" contract bringing in 2012 third round pick (of the Washington Mystics) Briana Gilbreath (6'1''-G-90). With Candice Dupree and Charde Houston on the shelf the roster spot opened up.

Gilbreath is a 6-0 guard from Southern California (USC) standout was drafted by the Mystics in the third round this year. She did not make the roster in the nations capital, but will have an opportunity to play on a Mercury team that has seen three players go down with season ending injuries.

With Samantha Prahalis and Alexis Hornbuckle starting and newcomer Dymond Simon coming off the bench the Mercury can use all the help they can get in the back court. She is a scoring guard that was very active on the glass in college, both will be welcome additions.

The Mercury host the New York Liberty on Thursday night at 7 p.m. local time.

Courtesy of http://arizona.sbnation.com



Lynx forward Maya Moore remains WNBA's most popular jersey - by Eurobasket News

The WNBA today announced that Lynx forward Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) remained the league's most popular selling jersey for the second consecutive year, based on sales on WNBAStore.com from October 2011 through August 2012. Lindsay Whalen also ranked in the top 10 in jersey sales, coming in at No. 10. Led by jersey sales of Moore and Whalen, the Minnesota Lynx remained atop the league in merchandise sales.

A full list of the league's top selling jerseys is below:



TOP 10 MOST POPULAR PLAYER JERSEYS:

1. Maya Moore - Minnesota Lynx

2. Candace Parker - Los Angeles Sparks

3. Diana Taurasi - Phoenix Mercury

4. Becky Hammon - San Antonio Silver Stars

5. Sue Bird - Seattle Storm

6. Cappie Pondexter - New York Liberty

7. Lauren Jackson - Seattle Storm

8. Tamika Catchings - Indiana Fever

9. Angel McCoughtry - Atlanta Dream

10. Lindsay Whalen - Minnesota Lynx

TOP 5 MOST POPULAR TEAM MERCHANDISE:

1. Minnesota Lynx

2. Los Angeles Sparks

3. Atlanta Dream

4. San Antonio Silver Stars

5. Phoenix Mercury

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com