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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   



18th U18 AFROBASKET FOR MEN: Senegal, CIV in grand finale showdown - by Olusegun Ikuesan

As curtain falls on the 18th edition of Africa top prime youth competition, Afrobasket for U18 Men in Maputo, Mozambique today two West Africa neighbours from FIBA Africa Zone-2 and Zone-3, Senegal and Cote dIvoire will engage each other in the grand finale of the championship that dunk-off over a week ago.

Both countries finished second and third in group-B behind former champion Egypt with Senegal finishing the preliminary with a 4-1 record while Cote dIvoire ended her preliminary campaign with a 3-2 records.

Senegal saw off host Mozambique in the quarter final and went on to edge out Mali in the semis by 63-47 points on Friday, Cote dIvoire on the other hand bundled Ghana out in the quarter final and upstage defending champion Egypt in the semi final clinically by 57-42 points to set up a grand finale duel against Senegal.

The game will hold at the gymnasium of Academica ISPU in Maputo, Mozambique at 18H00.



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  ALBANIA   


Poland ease past Albania in Tirana - by Eurobasket News

Albania - Poland 67:105

Poland gained the second victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They cruised past Albania in Tirana. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) scored 17 points to lead the visitors. Poland are now at 2-2 record, while Albania slipped at 0-3.
Poland tipped off the game aggressively. They fired 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. Poland stayed in control throughout the second frame. They ensured a 56:33 halftime advantage. Albania slowed the visitors down a bit in the third quarter. The hosts cut the margin to 21-point mark before the fourth period. But Poland unleashed 35 points in the final frame to seal a confident victory. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) and Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-G/F-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Independence CC) provided 14 points each for the winners. Klaudio Ndoja (198-SG-85) answered with 16 points for Albania. Ersid Luca (212-C-81) and Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) netted 14 points each in the loss.

Albania: Klaudio Ndoja 16, Ersid Luca 14, Gerti Shima 14
Poland: Mateusz Ponitka 17, Michal Ignerski 14, Przemyslaw Zamojski 14



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  ARGENTINA   


Atletico Echague tab Aaron Williams - by Eurobasket News (T)

Atletico Echague brings Aaron Williams (203-C/F-83, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) back to Argentina. The team has agreed on terms of contract with the centre. Last season Aaron Williams started in the country. He played for Alvear. Aaron Williams notched 16.4 points per game in TNA. The centre finished the season in PBL. He played for the Rochester RazorSharks. Aaron Williams tallied 12.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance. He was PBL finalist. Previously Aaron Williams had stints in Argentina, Venezuela, EBA, PBL, Netherlands and Luxembourg. He was named All-PBL Centre of the Year in 2008. Aaron Williams earned All-Argentinean TNA Honourable Mention in 2010.


Sionista lands American F Darrell Wonge - by Eurobasket News (T)

Sionista de Parana reinforced its roster at position 3. The team landed American forward Darrell Wonge (201-F-86, college: Winston Salem). He arrives to the club from Moncton Mircales of the NBL Canada. Wonge appeared 36 times for them last season averaging 16.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He participated at the NBL Canada All-Star Game. Before Moncton, the forward played in EBA league and in Ecuador. With Ecuadorian Fundation Honorato Haro he had 15 ppg and 10 rpg in 2009/10 season. Wonge was named Guayas League MVP. The player also has experience from Japan, where he won JB2L title in 2009 with Toyota Tsusho Fighting Eagles. Darrell Wonge is a product of Winston Salem University, where he played for 2006 to 2008. He had 10.7 ppg and 5 rpg for 30 games in their last season together.


Liga A rosters 2012/13: part 1 - by Facundo Iatzky

Atenas Cordoba:

Bruno Labaque (182-G-77), Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) , Diego Guaita (204-C-83), Roman Gonzalez (209-C-78), Mariano Fierro (201-F/C-86), Javier Bulfoni (192-G-76), Julian Aprea (210-C-87), Alexis Elsener (195-G-88), Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82, college: Troy), Bruno Colli (175-PG-92)
Franco Barroso (207-C-94), Tomas Ligorria, Nicolas Zurschmitten (180-G-95), Daniel Tabbia
youth team: Cristian Rossini (196-F-95), Mauricio Prieto (190-G-94), Gregorio Espindola (195-F-95).

Regatas corrientes:

Javier Martinez (189-G-78), Nicolas Ferreyra (185-PG-85), Miguel Gerlero (194-G-88), Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87), Pedro I. Calderon (209-C-80), Paolo Quinteros (185-PG-79), Federico Guillermo Kammerichs (202-F-80), Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent), Djibril Kante (201-C-80, college: Indiana St.), Fabio Vieta
Luciano Tognon, Nicolas Brussino (201-G-93), Carlos Buendia (182-G-95), Juan Arengo, Alejandro Zurbriggen

Lanus:

Nicolas Laprovittola (188-PG-90), Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82), Facundo Giorgi (205-F/C-85, college: FIU), Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81),Leonel Carlos Schattmann (194-G-87), Lucas Perez (184-PG-87), Robert Battle (204-C-81, college: Drexel), Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, college: Illinois), William McFarlan (201-F-76,college: St.Thomas Aquinas), Martin Cuello (195-G-93)
Guido Mariani, Shawn Anderson, Leonel Rodriguez (C-93), Erik Budzisch (206-C-94)
youth team: Tomas Malvestiti, Matias Nunez.

Olimpico La banda:

Jonatan Machuca (184-PG-89), Fabian Ramirez (197-F/G-90), Fernando Malara (194-F-80), Ariel Eslava (203-G/F-79), Ariel Pau (186-G-84), Hernando Salles (188-G-79), Cedric McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati), Deilvez Yearby (198-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: IPFW), Sam Clancy (202-C/F-80, college: USC), Marco Diez (180-G-92)
Mauricio Manfredi, Hugo Lopez, Avaro Alvarez (195-F-94) , Jorge Banegas (192-G-93), Adrian Juarez



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Iran, China, South Korea and Japan reach semis in Ulaanbaatar - by Eurobasket News

QUARTEFINALS
Saudi Arabia - China 33-76
China had little problems at the quarterfinal stage of U18 Asia Championship. They coasted past Saudi Arabia to reach semis. Yang Jinmeng (190-G-95) came up with 11 points to lead China. Saudi Arabia entered the game confidently. They led midway through the opening quarter. But the defending champions denied the deficit and pulled ahead for an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew deeper in the second term. China ensured a 40:20 lead at halftime. They controlled the tempo after the big break. China kept their opponents at 18% from the field and eased to a 28-point lead heading into the fourth frame. They never looked back marching to the victory. Li Qi (198-F-95), Li Jinglong (195-F-95) and Bai Bing (200-F-95) finished with 9 points each for the winners. Nassir Abo Jalas (192-F-94) answered with 9 points for Saudi Arabia. Asslam Bafarat and Safwan Mohammed netted 6 points each in the loss.

South Korea - Philippines 90-77
South Korea will play at the semifinal stage of U18 Asia Championship. They overcame Philippines in the quarterfinal battle today. Jonghyun Lee (206-C-94) led the effort with 26 points and 18 rebounds. South Korea pulled ahead early in the encounter. They piled up a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Philippines drew things level midway through the second quarter however South Korea managed to regain the lead. They ensured a 47:41 advantage at halftime. South Korea pulled away in the third quarter. The Korean side stretched the gap to as many as 14 points at the final intermission 69:55. Philippines failed to threaten the deficit in the final minutes. Choi Jun-Yong (200-F-94) delivered 17 points, while Heo Hoon added 15 points for the winners. Jerie Pingoy (175-G-94) answered with 19 points for Philippines. Rey Nambatac had 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Lebanon - Iran 47-84
Iran advanced into semifinal stage of U18 Asia Championship. They knocked down Lebanon to complete semifinal picture. Iran will now battle South Korea for the championship game birth. Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) scored 22 points to lead the winners. Iran held their opponents to 11 points in the opening quarter to jump ahead. Iran entered the second quarter up by 7 points. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They posted a 34:26 halftime lead. Iran increased the tempo in the third term. They unleashed 31 points and ensured a comfortable 31-point buffer before the final stanza. Iran stayed in charge in the final period and cruised to the victory at the end. Behnam Yakhchali (191-G-95) produced 17 points, while Saleh Foroutannik and Mohammad Yousof Vand contributed 10 points each for the winners. Ziad Ali (197-F/C-94) answered with 10 points for Lebanon. Gerard Hadidian and Ali Mezher netted 8 points each in the loss.

Taiwan - Japan 67-68
Japan is the first Semifinalist of the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. The team grabbed 68:67 win over Taiwan in the first Quarterfinal game of the day. Japan won the first period 27:16 and but could take only 1-point lead at the halftime. Taiwan responded with 24-14 and reduced to 41:40 after the first 20 minutes of the game. In the third period Japan produced 15-13 and led 56:53 after three quarters. Chin Ming-Ching gave Taiwan 65:63 lead with 3 minutes to go and he also brought 67:65. Masahiro Narita (185-SF-94) however nailed three for Japan to bring the important victory at the tournament. Masahiro Narita erupted with 31 points for the winners and Kazushi Mori (192-SF-94) notched 15. Terazono Shuto followed them with 11 points in a win. Fang Shih-En (199-C-94) replied with 18 points and 17 rebounds in defeat. Chiu Jih-Cheng and Chin Ming-Ching scored 9 points each.
9-12 places
Syria - Bahrain 80-70
Syria beat Bahrain at the start of the Classification games for 9-12 places. Syria won 80:70 and will play for the 9th place against India. The play-offs are scheduled for Saturday. Syria started the game with 16-14 and added 19-17 in the second frame. Both teams scored 23 points each in offensive third period as the board showed 58:54 after three quarters. Syria came up with 22-16 in the last stanza and sealed the victory. Mahmmoud Trub (195-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Ali Obesi (188-F-94) nailed 20. Baghajati Okba delivered 14, while Atle Mohamad added 8. Ali Hassan Shukralla finished the game with 20 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Ali Sayed Hasan also scored 20. Buallay Mohammed posted 12, whilst Naser Mahamed chipped in with 9.

India - Indonesia 67-53
India roll over Indonesia at the Classification games for 9-12 places. India won 67:53 and will play for the 9th place against Syria. The play-offs are scheduled for Saturday. Both teams wanted to play for the higher place and showed great game and effort. Indonesia started with 16-14, but India replied with 18-8 in the second frame. Moreover India added 14-13 in the third period for 46:37 at the end of three quarters. Palpreet Singh Brar (204-C-94) increased the lead to 16 points and he also closed the game from the free throw line for 14-point victory. Palpreet Singh Brar paced all the winners with 24 points and Amit Kanarjee (187-PG-94) added 12. Sunder Shyam delivered 9, while Singh Rakesh had 8 points and 14 rebounds. Kristianto Halim (201-C-94) finished the game with 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Adrianno Andre had 10.



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U18 Championship: Syria beat Bahrain at the start of the Classification games - by Eurobasket News

Syria U18-Bahrain U18 80:70

Syria beat Bahrain at the start of the Classification games for 9-12 places. Syria won 80:70 and will play for the 9th place against India. The play-offs are scheduled for Saturday.
Syria started the game with 16-14 and added 19-17 in the second frame. Both teams scored 23 points each in offensive third period as the board showed 58:54 after three quarters. Syria came up with 22-16 in the last stanza and sealed the victory.
Mahmmoud Trub (195-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Ali Obesi (188-F-94) nailed 20. Okba Baghajati (182-G-94) delivered 14, while Mohamad Atle (199-C-95) added 8. Ali Hassan Shukralla finished the game with 20 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Ali Sayed Hasan (182-F-94) also scored 20. Mohammed Buallay (185-F-95) posted 12, whilst Mahamed Naser (191-F-97) chipped in with 9.

Syria U18: Mahmmoud Trub 24, Ali Obesi 20, Okba Baghajati 14, Mohamad Atle 8
Bahrain U18: Ali Hassan Shukralla 20+13 rebs, Ali Sayed Hasan 20, Mohammed Buallay 12, Mahamed Naser 9



U18 Championship: Indonesia beat Bahrain to finish on the 11th place - by Eurobasket News

Bahrain U18-Indonesia U18 64:67

Indonesia beat Bahrain to finish on the 11th place at the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. The team needed 67:64 win to clinch the higher place than the opponents.
Bahrain started with 14-11 lead, but Indonesia replied with the same result in the second quarter as Vicent Kosasih (202-C-96) tied the score at 25:25. Indonesia won the third period 22-21 and led 1 point after three quarters. Sitorus tied the game at 53:53, while Juan Kokodiputra (193-C/F-95) brought 62:55 midway through the fourth period. Mahamed Naser (191-F-97) reduced to 66:63 and Ali Hassan Shukralla cut it to 2 points from the free throw line. Juan Kokodiputra meanwhile score also one free throw for the winning team to bring the final result in the game.
Kevin Argadiba (195-C-94) paced all the winners with 14 points and Juan Kokodiputra scored 13. Vicent Kosasih and Yerikho Tuasela (178-G-94) followed them with 10 points apiece. Mohammed Buallay (185-F-95) replied with 15 points in the losing effort, whilst Ali Hassan Shukralla collected 14 points and 15 rebounds. Mahamed Naser delivered 11 and Jasim Abul (167-PG-94) had 10.

Bahrain U18: Mohammed Buallay 15, Ali Hassan Shukralla 14+15 rebs, Mahamed Naser 11, Jasim Abul 10
Indonesia U18: Kevin Argadiba 14, Juan Kokodiputra 13, Vicent Kosasih 10, Yerikho Tuasela 10



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  BELARUS   


No stopping for Italy in Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Italy 63:84

Italy clinched the fourth consecutive win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They defeated Belarus in Minsk for 4-0 record on top of Group F. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) provided 22 points and 6 rebounds for the visitors. Belarus suffered the third loss in a row.
Italy surged ahead right from the start. They accounted for a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri kept the hosts at distance throughout the second quarter. Italy secured a 39:33 halftime lead. Luigi Datome and Giuseppe Poeta (190-PG-85) drained three treys in an 11:0 run from Italy as they opened a 17-point lead late in the third term. Belarus cut the distance to 9 points midway through the final frame but failed to get any closer and Italy marched to the win. Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) connected for 19 points, while Giuseppe Poeta had 11 points in the victory. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) replied with 19 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) had 9 points in the loss.

Belarus: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 19, Artsiom Parakhouski 9
Italy: Luigi Datome 22, Danilo Gallinari 19, Giuseppe Poeta 11



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Finland cruise past Belgium in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Belgium 97:60

Finland recorded the third consecutive win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They overcame Belgium in Helsinki to stay undefeated on top of Group E. Belgium suffered the first loss and slipped at 2-1 record. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) delivered 21 points and 8 assists to lead the hosts.
It was a close battle in the first two periods. Finland led by just a single point 19:18 after ten minutes. They stretched the margin in the second frame. Finland accumulated a 37:32 halftime lead. The home team cleared off in the third quarter. Finland went on a 23:2 run in the period to take a 60:36 lead midway through the quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by 23 points 66:43. Finland never looked back afterwards breezing to the victory. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) delivered 17 points, while Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) added 12 points for the winners. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) answered with 11 points for Belgium. Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB) had 9 points in the loss.

Finland: Petteri Koponen 21, Shawn Huff 17, Mikko Koivisto 12
Belgium: Sam Van Rossom 11, Wen Boss Mukubu 9



Leuven Bears News - by Peter Buyse (T)

Faisal Aden (193-G-89, college: Washington St.) will not be the replacement for Adeola Dagunduro (195-G-86, college: Nebraska) who left for Rome. After extensive medical tests, the team management decided to end the tryout period and release the player. Their medical staff thought it was too early for Aden to play at the required level this short after his injury.

They did announce a new arrival today in American forward Bradford Burgess (198-G/F-90). Burgess just finished his college career at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The former VCU Ram had a good senior and junior year in college, stats during his senior year were 13.4 ppg and 4.0 rpg earning him CAA 1st team honors. He is also an excellent FT shooter making 80 pct in his last college year.
During his junior year his team made it all the way to the NCAA Final 4. Both years he was selected to the CAA All Tournament Team.

During the historic NCAA Tournament run in 2011, Burgess average 15.7 ppg, led the team with 7.0 rpg and shot .484 from the the field during 6 games.




Interview with with Belgian-Moroccan point guard Karim Nesba - by Ozell Wells

Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting with Belgian-Moroccan point guard Karim Nesba (188-G-86, agency: Promotex, college: Auburn-Montgomery). Also a member of the Moroccan National Team, he was able to give insights on his dual nationality in both Belgium & Morocco, as well as speak on winning the Championship in Morocco and reaching the CUP FINAL this past season with RSB Berkane.

EU: Karim, how are you doing?
KN: Ozell, I am doing great how are you doing?

EU: I am doing fantastic, am blessed and highly favoured humdullah. We are both finishing Ramadan and it is good to be here with you. Briefly tell us your opinions of the Moroccan National Team this past summer. In a new instalment, you had a new coach, you had some players who had departed the club and returned such as Younes Idrissi or Mohammed Hachad, who was nursing an injury for the past year or so. Tell me more.
KN: Yes we have started with a new everything! New combinations, with a new coach, receiving players back who had been away at college in the States or playing in France and Italy. So we now have everyone back and we have a good team in great shape. We actually qualified for the next African Cup, which is to be held in Abidjan, Cote Dvoir, and next summer.

EU: Where did u guys finish in your stage? I heard that you sounded defeated the National Team of Algeria. Who else was in the stage? Tell us more.
KN: The tournament was in Algeria, we beat both Libya and Algeria so we finished first. That put us in a better group next summer at the next Africa Cup.

EU: Now tell us about this wonderful year that you had in Morocco this past season! Not only did you make it to the Moroccan Cup Final, but you also won the league and now sit as CHAMPION of Morocco.
KN: Yea, it was a fantastic year. We got to the final of the cup losing to AS SALE, in the final by just a few points. Then to be able to bounce back and qualify for the playoffs and there be able to win close games in the playoffs to win the FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP IN CLUB HISTORY!

EU: WOW! THE FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP IN CLUB HISTORY! Is your signing status? Are they calling you to come back for a second go around? Tell us more
KN: Especially now that we are trying to build a strong team, since we are also now going to the African Championship of Clubs, and the Arabic Championships. Havent signed yet though, as the season there starts a bit later in late November or so. I am here back in Belgium, just looking at everything closely as I am look to improve and get to another level as a player. You know, get to another level of competition and not just relax in a league that I know and can play in the rest of my career.

EU: Now you are also a Belgian passport holder. Please tell us of your experiences here in Belgium, as we have heard talk of the level of play going down. Please share your thoughts.
KN: Yes, I was born and raised here in Brussels. The reason that I left early was due to getting a scholarship in the USA at Howard University. So I finished up there, came back and played a season at Bree one year. Then I went to Morocco now for two years. I never really played in Belgium in the top league. The reason being, we Belgian guys are missing. In the top league, you dont see many of us. You have the Americans who come and they play, more or less get our jobs, so to speak. Thats also because there are no real rulesthere are only 8 teams now in division one. There is no team that goes from division 2 to division 1 there are no teams going down. I do think that they will fix this in the next 2 years or so. The good Belgian guys are missing. All of the good Belgian guys are missing, we have the top guys playing abroad, in Italy we have Jonathan Tabu, Sam van Rossum in Spain, a lot of good Belgian players, but not enough to have a good Belgian League.

EU: What are you looking to do? \number 1 to change the situation here in Belgium and Number 2 to change or benefit the situation in Morocco, as you are on the National Team. This is if a change is even possible?
KN: I am going to go where I am needed. I am not going to go into a situation where it is easy. I would rather have a job where I the threat of getting cut or losing my job and being forced to the bench. I dont want a situation where I can just coast and play easy. I want to be pushed. I want to be challenged, have more responsibility. This is what I play for, also a reason why I left Belgium. Most Belgian players they just go to sit on the bench and watch the Americans play, and its as if they think that its normal and they dont want to fight to show the management or the coach that THEY CAN DO IT TOO. I dont see anyone working in the off-season so that they can show that they can kill that guy or this guy. I just see them happy to be there. Hopefully, we can see this change in the near future.

EU: What can we look for from you this season and in the seasons to come?
KN: Well, I look to keep getting better and better. Getting to another stage, I have some workouts and trials In France. SO wherever it is that I end up, you will see me compete as best as I can and compete within my team to make us all better. To be able to stand on the podium with the CUP or trophy as the CHAMPION! It's even better than being the leading scorer or the best scorer of the league THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF ALLBEING THE CHAMPION!

EU: Any words for your fans in both Belgium and Morocco?
KN: Hmm, I dont think I have a lot of fans. I want to call them young brothers, lets say. Guys that I know that want to be pro and want to be basketball players. They have to know that it is very tough. They need to know that they have to studyfind a place where they can study and play basketball. This world of basketball is not easy. It is very rough and there is a lot of competition and there are a lot of risks. They need to ensure that they are very careful and they will be allright.

We at EUROBASKET want to congratulate Karim on winning the CHAMPIONSHIP IN MOROCCO, THE FIRST IN THE HISTORY OF HIS CLUB. POTENTIALLY TO RETURN THERE OR TO MOVE ON TO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST OR EVEN HERE IN EUROPE.STAY TUINED!



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Bosnia-Hercegovina wins luckily after a 24 point lead - by Nedzad Kladusak

It was expected to be the easiest game on road during these qualifiers but a Bosnian team showed that lack of disciplin and egoism can jeopardize even 24 point lead.
BIH started with a threepointer of Mirza Teletovic but Romanians answered with a three pointer and managed to establish a small lead after BIH didn t play serious defense on the perimeter but also in the paint. It s been the entry of Nedzad Sinanovic that enabled BIH to develop its transition game and stopped the offense of Romania. Bosnia steadily increased the margin successfully converting fastbreaks to easy points but also thanks to its marksman Masic (12 points, FG-3 4/4) and Teletovic (21 pts, FG-6/19). However Kikanovic, Sinanovic and Masic had three PF so even the half time ended 52-32 it was not a guarantee that the game was over. Timely with the end of the first half a major power supply problem turned out the lights which lead to a extended break. However three minutes after the begin of the second half the BIH NT slowly lost control of the game. The problems that have been evident in the previous game of the BIH NT a poor performance on the defensive end of Kikanovic, unreasonable penetrations and turnover by Djedovic (FG 6/14) but also a unnecessary shooting exercise of Teletovic from 8,9 and more meters even when being in contact and at the very beginning of the attack enabled Romania to cut the margin to 6 3 minutes to go. After Sinanovic and Masic have been fouled out BIH had massive problems in the defense while on the offensive end the BIH NT had no ideas. Aleksandar Petrovic called for time out pointing out that it was not the fault of Zach not pointing directly on the guys who were responsible for that mess. Only 2:28 min to go Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) (5pts,8 assists) took over and gave evidence of his sensational athletic skills dunk posterizing two romanian players.
Nine seconds before the end a late three pointer of excellent Moldoveanu cut the margin to three but after Persic finalised a fast break with a dunk the third Bosnian win was sealed.
However against Latvia and Georgia our team wouldn t have had a chance.



Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed valuable win in Sibiu - by Eurobasket News

Romania -Bosnia and Herzegovina 79:84

Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed valuable win in Sibiu in front of 15oo local fans over Romania. The team improved to 3-1 record in EuroBasket Qualification Round Group D after 84:79 victory.
Bosnia grabbed 25:22 after the first 10 minutes and added massive 27-10 in the second quarter. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) brought 58:34 lead early in the third period, however the victory was not that easy. Titus Nicoara (200-PF-88, agency: Interperformances) reduced to 75:57 at the end of the third period and then Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88, college: American) cut it to 10 points. Titus Nicoara scored for 77:72 and then Vlad Moldoveanu nailed three for 82:79. Persic meanwhile was the last to score in the game and brought the necessary win for the guests.
Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Elmedin Kikanovic top-scored for the winners with 21 points each, while Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) notched 17. Ante Masic (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances) delivered 12 points in a win. Vlad Moldoveanu replied with 25 points and 11 rebounds in defeat as Romanian fell at 1-2 record. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched 11, whilst Titus Nicoara and Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) added 10 apiece.

Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 25+11 rebs, Andrei Mandache 11, Titus Nicoara 10, Ionut Dragusin 10
Bosnia: Mirza Teletovic 21, Elmedin Kikanovic 21, Nihad Djedovic 17, Ante Masic 12



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  BRAZIL   


Lins the new basketball team - by Paulo Freire (T)

The city of Lins in Sao Paulo State will have a new team, the Lins Basquete.
On the command of the team is the veteran head coach Lauriberto Brocco who was out of the basketball scene in the last year and a half.
The new players are Marcos de Souza (208-C-82), Wilton Dos Santos (180-G-89), Luciano Junior (201-F-86, college: Idaho), Caue Freitas (188-F-88), Fernando Henrique (201-F-84), Manuil De Souza (212-C-79), Bruno Ferreira (203-F-89, college: Indian Hills CC), Lucas Figueiredo and Danilo Jato
The team will compete on the second division of the Paulista State Championship, against Sao Caetano, Piracicaba, Taubate and Pindamonhangaba.
Their roster so far has experience players that already have NBB experiences on other teams.



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria win all the quarters over Luxembourg for a total 94:68 success - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg-Bulgaria 68:94

Bulgaria win all the quarters over Luxembourg for a total 94:68 success at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team improved to 2-2 record in Group B of the campaign. Luxembourg meanwhile suffered the third straight loss.
Bulgaria won the first period 22-18 and never looked behind after. They added 27-18 in the second frame and enjoyed 49:36 lead at the halftime after Velikovs three-pointer. Filip Videnov (197-SF-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky) scored for 54:40 and Hristo Nikolov (200-PF-85) brought 58:43 midway through the third quarter. Simmons closed it at 69:48, while Bulgaria added another 25-20 in the last stanza. Birenbaum and Velikov were the last players to score for their teams.
Filip Videnov top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Hristo Nikolov 16 as well as Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) poured in 16 each. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) nailed 11 points in a winning effort. Tom Schumacher (189-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, while Pitt Koster (182-PG-89) chipped in with 11.

Luxembourg: Tom Schumacher 22, Pitt Koster 11
Bulgaria: Filip Videnov 19, Hristo Nikolov 16, Ivan Lilov 16, Chavdar Kostov 11



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China Tops Saudi Arabia 76-33 - by Arthur Volbert

China blew out Saudi Arabia 76-33 in the FIBA Asia U-18 Championship. It will face Japan tomorrow in one semi-final while Iran faces Korea in the other. China defeated Japan 138-73 in the second round of this tournament.

Yang Jinmeng (190-G-95) led China with 11 points and 6 rebounds as everyone was given significant playing time. Han Delong played 16 minutes, with 6 points and 3 rebounds, showing that his injury was not serious.

Li Qi, Bai Bing and Li Jinglong scored 9 points apiece. Wu Qian and Wang Zhelin scored 8. Wang and Gao Shang each played 13 minutes, resting for future encounters. Zhou Qi had 6 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in 22 minutes.

Nassir Abo Jalas scored 9 for Saudi Arabia and no other player had more than 6.

Iran defeated Lebanon 84-47 while Korea topped the Philippines 90-77. Japan edged Chinese Taipei 68-67. In 9-12 placement games Syria defeated Bahrain 80-70 and India topped Indonesia 67-53.

Korea and Iran will have a tough contest tomorrow with the identity of the winnner in doubt. China will have a much easier time against Japan, a reward for edging Korea in the second round.



U18 Championship: China cruise past Saudi Arabia into semifinal - by Eurobasket News

China U18 - Saudi Arabia U18 76:33

China had little problems at the quarterfinal stage of U18 Asia Championship. They coasted past Saudi Arabia to reach semis. Yang Jinmeng (190-G-95) came up with 11 points to lead China.
Saudi Arabia entered the game confidently. They led midway through the opening quarter. But the defending champions denied the deficit and pulled ahead for an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew deeper in the second term. China ensured a 40:20 lead at halftime. They controlled the tempo after the big break. China kept their opponents at 18% from the field and eased to a 28-point lead heading into the fourth frame. They never looked back marching to the victory. Li Qi (198-F-95), Li Jinglong (195-F-95) and Bai Bing (200-F-95) finished with 9 points each for the winners. Nassir Abo Jalas (192-F-94) answered with 9 points for Saudi Arabia. Asslam Bafarat (197-F/C-94) and Safwan Mohammed (203-C-94) netted 6 points each in the loss.

China U18: Yang Jinmeng 11, Li Qi 9, Li Jinglong 9, Bai Bing 9
Saudi Arabia U18: Nassir Abo Jalas 9, Asslam Bafarat 6, Safwan Mohammed 6



Jesus Mateo takes over Chinese team Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons - by Eurobasket News (T)

Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons got a new Head Coach for the upcoming season. The Chinese CBA team hired Spanish specialist Jesus Mateo, according to Marca.com. Most recently he worked with Unicaja Malaga. Mateo took over Unicaja during the summer of 2010 and coached them until March this year. Before Unicaja, Mateo worked as Head Coach of Fuenlabrada. He started as Assistant Coach there in 2008 and in December of 2009 was promoted to HC position. In 2007/08 and before that from 2004 to 2006 he worked as Assistant Coach of Unicaja. Meanwhile, Jesus Mateo spent half of the season as HC of CAI Zaragoza. In the past, he was Assistant Coach of Real Madrid and worked with their youth selections as well. Mateo is also a member of Sergio Scariolo's (agency: Alti Sport) coaching staff in the Spanish National Team.


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Inforcement for Svjetlost Brod! - by Dani Erceg (T)

Croatian participant in Balkan League Svjetlost Slavonski Brod agreed terms with Josip Blajic (192-G-87). Blajic started last season in roster of Cibona Zagreb, in December he moved to Kvarner 2010 where he averaged 10.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.8spg. In his career so far he also played for Alkar Sinj and Trogir. In 2007. he was member of Croatian U-20 NT on European Championship in Nova Gorica , played 6 games there and averaged 5.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.5apg. In 2011. he was member of Croatian B-National Team.


Croatia continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Croatia-Hungary 89:65

Croatia continue their winning streak at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team overcame Hungary 89:65 and improved to 3-0 record on top of Group C. Hungary meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Croatia was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions in the first period. They opened the game with 20-14 and added 27-18 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the home side. Croatia posted 20-18 in the third quarter and finished the game with 22-15 in the lasts stanza. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) brought the last points for the winners, while Trotter made the last two free throws for the final result.
Roko-Leni Ukic stepped up with 18 points, while Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 15. Damir Markota (209-F-85) notched 12 and Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) scored 11. Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) delivered 19 in defeat and David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) finished the game with 10 points.

Croatia: Roko-Leni Ukic 18, Luksa Andric 15, Damir Markota 12, Bojan Bogdanovic 11
Hungary: Adam Hanga 19, David Vojvoda 10



KK Zagreb inks Mike James. - by Dajana Karl

After a though previous season, KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje signed their first foreign player for this year - Mike James (185-G-90).

James is former Lamar basketball player and this will be his first season playing professionally, he's also the only Lamar senior from the 2011-12 to sign a professional contract.

He started his college career at Eastern Arizona College, then later for his junior and senior year, he transferred to an NCAA Division I, Lamar University. In sophomore season, James broke the University's record when he scored 52 points against Louisiana College. His senior season, he averaged 17.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. By the end of his season he earned titles Southland Tournament MVP, All-Southland First Team and Southland Conference Player of the week three times in four weeks.





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Ukraine rout Cyprus in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus-Ukraine 47:68

Ukraine rout Cyprus in Nicosia to take 3-1 record in Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Ukrainian team did not have any difficulties reaching 68:47 victory.
Ukraine scored the first 6 points in the game and kept the hosts scoreless for about 4 minutes. Ukraine grabbed 16:10 after the first period, while Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) tied the game at 18:18. Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-PG-84, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) nailed three for 30:22 at the end of the second quarter and Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) brought 34:29. Later Natyzhko closed the period at 45:38. Ukraine added massive 23-8 in the last stanza to seal the success in the game.
Dmytro Zabirchenko top-scored for the winners with 15, while Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14. Steven Burtt brought 9 and Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) delivered 8. Anthony King answered with 13 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, whilst Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-PF-80) delivered 12.

Cyprus: Anthony King 13+14 rebs, Panagiotis Trisokkas 12
Ukraine: Dmytro Zabirchenko 15, Maksym Pustozvonov 14, Steven Burtt 9, Artur Drozdov 8



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Showron Glover is the New Point Guard for Levharti Chomutov - by Surujh Roopnarine (T)

Looking to fill the void of the departures of Robert Lowery, Jr. and Patrick Pope, Levharti Chomutov have turned to 25-year old point guard Showron Glover (180-PG-87) for the 2012-13 season. Glover, 5-11, played collegiately at the University of Saskatchewan (CIS) before beginning his career in 2010-11 in Switzerlands top division with BC Boncourt Red Team. He had an explosive season, averaging 20.3ppg (3rd in the league), 3.7rpg, 6.3apg (2nd) and 3.7spg (2nd) while shooting an amazing 62.7% from the field and 75.5% from the free-throw line. Last season he played briefly for the Wollongong Hawks in Australia before leaving in January.


Astrum Levice Adds Willie Kemp, Tyler Murray and Robert Nuber for 2012-13 Season - by Surujh Roopnarine (T)

American point guard Willie Kemp (188-G-87, college: Memphis), Canadian shooting guard Tyler Murray (195-G-90) and Slovakian guard Robert Nuber (187-PG-83) are the newest faces to Astrum Levice.
Willie Kemp played collegiately for the Memphis Tigers where he was part of three-straight 30-win seasons and three-consecutive postseason appearances in the NCAA Tournament. As a senior during the 2009-10 season he averaged 7.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 38.5% from the field and 37.1% from three in 34 games. In his rookie season, 2010-11 he played briefly for the Dakota Wizards of the NBA D-League before heading to Tunisis last season to play for Etoile du Sahel, where he led them to a regular season, league and Cup championships.
Tyler Murray will begin his professional career with Levice after completing his collegiate play at Wagner. Last season, the Toronto, Ontario native averaged 12.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting a blistering 49.0% from three (74-151). During his final three-seasons as a starter at Wagner, the 6-5 Murray never failed to shoot at least 41% from three. His Junior season was his standout campaign, when he was named to the Northeast Conference (NEC) First Team.
Rounding out the new additions for Levice is 28-year old guard Robert Nuber. Last season the 6-2 guard played for BK SPU Bemaco Nitra in the Extraliga where he averaged 9.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 33 games. Nuber has played professionally in Slovakia and Hungary during his career and is an active member of the Slovakian national Team.



Haakim Johnson is the Newest Addition to Usti nad Labem - by Surujh Roopnarine

SLUNETA Usti nad Labem has acquired 25-year old guard/forward Haakim Johnson (201-G-87, college: Pikeville) for the 2012-13 season. The veteran 6-7 Johnson has played professionally in Puerto Rico, Japan and most recently Mexico during his four-year professional career. This year as a member of Ostioneros de Guaymas (Mexico-CIBACOPA) he appeared in 55 games, averaging 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists, leading them to the league finals. A New Jersey native, Johnson graduated from Pikeville (NAIA) in 2009 after beginning his career at Seminole Community College.


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Knet signs rookie, NCAA champ Eloy Vargas - by Eurobasket News (T)

Eloy Vargas (210-F-88, college: Kentucky) is set to start his professional basketball career. The Dominican big guy signed a 1-year deal with Knet. They will compete in Spanish second division for men - LEB Gold. Vargas graduated at the University of Kentucky few months ago. They were NCAA champions, but Vargas had very limited playing time. It was expected as Kentucky had No.1 NBA pick Anthony Davis (208-C-93, college: Kentucky), as well as few other players who will start their NBA careers in the upcoming season. Eloy Vargas played 33 games for the school as a senior averaging 1.7 rebounds and less than a point. He transferred to Kentucky in 2010 from Miami Dade C (JUCO). In this first year with Kentucky they reached NCAA Final Four. Eloy Vargas started college career at the University of Florida in 2008. He spent just one year with Florida, before he moved to Miami Dade CC. Vargas was on the list of candidates for Dominican National Team last summer.


Marlon Martinez hit sports journalist Junior Matrille - by Kerwin Abreu

Puerto Plata: Dominican basketball player Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) was involved in a braul in the middle of Indios de San Francisco vs Huracanes del Atlantico game last tuesday. Martinez hit sport journalist Junior Matrille with a punch in his face, while Matrille was sit on a chair close to the basket floor.

Because of the action the LNB fined Martinez with 50 thousand pesos and Matrille was fined with 15 thousand pesos. Both will have to pay to the league.

In the case of Junior Matrille he was hit and will have to pay as guilty.

This case is not over yet and will be determine by a judge. Marlon has a large amount of bad actions in his career.



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Federation elections - by Khaled El Saied

Today was big victory at the Egyptian basketball federation elections for Dr Magdy Abo Frekha the new chairman of the federation also the other board members are Mohamed Abd Elmoteleb , Dr. Osama Gadalla, Gasser Riad , Khaled ELoosy, Hesham,and Ghadalla the remarkable thing that only one member was replaced which was Ihab Mohsen on the other hand the Egyptian national team for youth lost today in the semi finals against Cote Devoir we will see in the next few days which is the first decision the new president will take and what is the new strategy


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El Salvador to host Centrobasket Under 15 - by Jaime Arevalo

The 2012 edition of the "Torneo Centroamericano y del Caribe sub-15 masculino" will start tomorrow, sarturday 25 in San Salvador. The tournment will run till August 29, with the participation of eight National Teams. .
The allignment of Groupo A is made of Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Barbados. In Group B will compete Mexico, Bahamas, Cayman Islands and El Salvador. The best two teams of every group will advance to semifinals.
The roster of Team El Salvador, coached by Joaqun Morataya (Head) and Francisco Salinas (Assistant) is as follows:

Pedro Santos
Oscar Martnez
Ricardo Fernndez
Luis Paredes
Jos Menjivar
Oscar Suria
Diego Gonzlez
Ren Alas
Jonathan Cruz
Leonardo Hernndez
Rodrigo Cambara
Uriel Arteaga



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Serbia fire past Estonia in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Estonia 88:63

Serbia secured the third win in Group A of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They toppled Estonia for 3-1 record in the ladder. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) accounted for 12 points apiece for the hosts. Estonia fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
Serbia stayed strong from the start. The home team accounted for 26 points in the opening frame and secured an 11-point lead. Serbia kept Estonia at bay throughout the second quarter. The Balkan team established a 50:28 halftime lead. Serbia boosted the margin even more in the third term. They piled up a 29-point buffer heading into the fourth stanza. Estonia responded with a 22:18 run in the final term but could not rescue the game. Danilo Andjusic (195-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points for Serbia. Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) replied with 11 points for Estonia. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) netted 10 points in defeat.

Serbia: Nenad Krstic 12, Milos Teodosic 12, Danilo Andjusic 11
Estonia: Reinar Hallik 11, Siim-Sander Vene 10



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Cajasol will play in EuroCup next season - by Eurobasket News

Cajasol accepted invitation to play in EuroCup next season. They will replace Lagun Aro GBC. The team from Seville reached Liga Endesa Quarterfinals few months ago. They failed to Real Madrid 0-2 in the series. The team finished regular season as No.7. Cajasol already played in EuroCup in 2010/11 and actually they reached the title game. Unics outplayed them 92-77 in the Finals.
Regarding Lagun Aro, the team gave up on EuroCup due to reduced budget for 2012/13. The team had impressive last season in Liga Endesa. They were No.5 of the regular season and reached Playoff Quarterfinals. There, Valencia had to work very hard to eliminate them with 2-1. Lagun Aro had MVP and best scorer of Liga Endesa last season - Andy Panko. However, the player left this summer for Panathinaikos Athens. Lagun Aro GBC ended as No.14 in 2010/11 season. They returned to the ACB in 2009. That year Lagun Aro was the LEB Gold Playoff winner.



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Omar Cook is the new captain of EA7 Emporio Armani Milano - by Eurobasket News

Omar-Sharif Cook (188-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) is the new captain of EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. The American point guard arrived to Milano a year ago from Valencia. Last season he had 7.3 ppg, 5.7 apg and 2.4 rpg for 16 Euroleague games. He was the league's No.1 in assists. In SerieA, Cook registered 8.8 ppg, 4.9 apg and 2.7 rpg in 44 appearances. Milano reached SerieA Finals and Cup Semis. Their main target for the next season is to win SerieA title. Omar-Sharif Cook plays in Milano as Bosman due to his Montenegrin citizenship (received it in 2009). He played for Montenegro at 2009 European Championships Division B averaging 8 points, 4.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals. After that he added 7.8 ppg, 6.1 apg and 2.3 rpg for 8 games in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. Cook played for Montenegro last summer in Lithuania as well. He had 7.4 ppg, 4.2 apg and 2.2 rpg for 5 games at 2011 EuroBasket.
Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) is vice captain of Milano.



Robertas Javtokas to miss 4-6 months due to foot injury - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris Kaunas announced that Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) will undergo foot surgery in the coming days and he will be sidelined for the next 4-6 months. The Lithuanian big guy got injured (stress fracture) during the Olympic Additional Qualifying Tournament in Caracas. He had 2.3 ppg, 3 rpg and 1 bpg in 4 games at this event. Robertas Javtokas averaged 6.3 points and 5 rebounds for the Lithuanian NT last summer at 2011 EuroBasket. He appeared 11 times at this event.
Robertas Javtokas returned to Zalgiris Kaunas a year ago from Valencia. He had 6.3 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 16 Euroleague games last season. The player also added 8.2 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 26 games in LKL, while his numbers in VTB United League were pretty close. Zalgiris won Lithuanian and Baltic league titles last season. They also celebrated in Lithuanian Cup.



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EuroBasket 2013 Qualifying Round. Day 4 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Serbia - Estonia 88-63
Serbia secured the third win in Group A of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They toppled Estonia for 3-1 record in the ladder. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) accounted for 12 points apiece for the hosts. Estonia fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Serbia stayed strong from the start. The home team accounted for 26 points in the opening frame and secured an 11-point lead. Serbia kept Estonia at bay throughout the second quarter. The Balkan team established a 50:28 halftime lead. Serbia boosted the margin even more in the third term. They piled up a 29-point buffer heading into the fourth stanza. Estonia responded with a 22:18 run in the final term but could not rescue the game. Danilo Andjusic (195-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points for Serbia. Reinar Hallik replied with 11 points for Estonia. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) netted 10 points in defeat.

Montenegro - Iceland 85-67
Montenegro clinched the fourth consecutive victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They held off visiting Iceland in Niksic. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 16 points to lead the home side. Montenegro set the tone early. The hosts fired 26 points in the starting period to earn an 11-point lead. Montenegro stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. The Balkan team ensured a 48:32 halftime lead. Iceland cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts scored just 12 points to lead by 15 points at the final intermission. However Montenegro quickly picked up the slack and exploded with 25 points in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) provided 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Suad Sehovic added 14 points for the winners. Hlynur Baeringsson (197-F-82) answered with 19 points for Iceland. Jakob Sigurdarson had 15 points in defeat.

Slovakia - Israel 64-82
Israel leveled their EuroBasket qualifying record at 2-2 after a road win over Slovak Republic. The Israel team celebrated the second win in the group after 82:64 over the hosts in Levice. Both teams stayed close to each other in the opening tip of the game, while Israel pushed the tempo at the end of the quarter and grabbed 27:20 lead. Pnini Guy later brought 34:23 and Limonad scored for 41:27. Slovak Republic trailed 18 points at the end of the half before Marko and Sykora reduced to 47:35 at the halftime. Israel did not slow down and produced 22-12 in the third period for a comfortable lead. They did not mind 13-17 in the last stanza for 18-point victory. Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) poured in 18 points to lead the winners, while Eliyahu Lior notched 14. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) scored 9, whilst Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) and Pnini Guy had 8 each. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Batka Michal added 7.

Group B
Germany - Sweden 81-66
Germany beat Sweden to stay perfect at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The German side overcame visiting Scandinavian team 81:66 for 3-0 record on top of Group B. Sweden meanwhile fell at 1-2 record. Germany started with 19-17 in the first period and produced massive 26-11 in the second frame. The home side also looked better in the third quarter and added 21-14 in it for 24-point advantage after 30 minutes. Sweden meanwhile managed to win the last period 24-15 and reduced to final 15 points. Massamba nailed three for 79:66, while Guenther closed the game with a lay-up. Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) and Benzing stepped up with 15 points each, while Staiger posted 12. Schwethelm followed them with 9 points in a win. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) responded with 22 points in the losing case, whilst Martin Pahlmblad (183-G-86) and Maraker delivered 8 each.

Luxembourg - Bulgaria 68-94
Bulgaria win all the quarters over Luxembourg for a total 94:68 success at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team improved to 2-2 record in Group B of the campaign. Luxembourg meanwhile suffered the third straight loss. Bulgaria won the first period 22-18 and never looked behind after. They added 27-18 in the second frame and enjoyed 49:36 lead at the halftime after Velikov's three-pointer. Filip Videnov (197-SF-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky) scored for 54:40 and Nikolov Hristo brought 58:43 midway through the third quarter. Simmons closed it at 69:48, while Bulgaria added another 25-20 in the last stanza. Birenbaum and Velikov were the last players to score for their teams. Filip Videnov top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Nikolov Hristo 16 as well as Lilov Ivan poured in 16 each. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) nailed 11 points in a winning effort. Tom Schumacher (189-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, while Pitt Koster (182-PG-89) chipped in with 11.

Group C
Cyprus - Ukraine 47-68
Ukraine rout Cyprus in Nicosia to take 3-1 record in Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Ukrainian team did not have any difficulties reaching 68:47 victory. Ukraine scored the first 6 points in the game and kept the hosts scoreless for about 4 minutes. Ukraine grabbed 16:10 after the first period, while Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) tied the game at 18:18. Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-PG-84, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) nailed three for 30:22 at the end of the second quarter and Burtt Steven brought 34:29. Later Natyzhko closed the period at 45:38. Ukraine added massive 23-8 in the last stanza to seal the success in the game. Dmytro Zabirchenko top-scored for the winners with 15, while Pustozvonov Maksym netted 14. Burtt Steven brought 9 and Drozdov Artur delivered 8. Anthony King answered with 13 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, whilst Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-PF-80) delivered 12.

Croatia - Hungary 89-65
Croatia continue their winning streak at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team overcame Hungary 89:65 and improved to 3-0 record on top of Group C. Hungary meanwhile fell at 1-2 record. Croatia was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions in the first period. They opened the game with 20-14 and added 27-18 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the home side. Croatia posted 20-18 in the third quarter and finished the game with 22-15 in the lasts stanza. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) brought the last points for the winners, while Trotter made the last two free throws for the final result. Roko-Leni Ukic stepped up with 18 points, while Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 15. Markota notched 12 and Bogdanovic scored 11. Hanga delivered 19 in defeat and Vojvoda finished the game with 10 points.

Group D
Georgia - Latvia 79-76
Georgia recorded the third straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They survived thriller against Latvia to improve at 3-0 record in Group D. Latvia slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Jacob Pullen became the hero of the day in Tbilisi scoring a buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal the victory for the hosts. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) top-scored for Georgia with 19 points. Georgia enjoyed a narrow 21:20 lead after ten minutes. Latvia surged ahead early in the second quarter. However Georgia regained control and raced to a 41:36 halftime advantage. Manuchar Markoishvili opened a double-digit lead for the hosts midway through the third term 56:46. Georgia seemed to be en route to the victory as they accumulated a 64:53 lead into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 14-point mark early in the fourth period. However Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) masterminded a 12:0 run from Latvia as they drew things level at 76. Mareks Mejeris (207-SF-91, agency: Players Group) had a chance to put the visitors in front but missed two free throw attempts and Jacob Pullen punished Latvia. The guard drained a last-second triple to lift Georgia to the victory. Zaza Pachulia accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Viktor Sanikidze added 10 points in the victory. Janis Strelnieks answered with 22 points for Latvia. Kaspars Berzins had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Romania - Bosnia 79-84
Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed valuable win in Sibiu in front of 1500 local fans over Romania. The team improved to 3-1 record in EuroBasket Qualification Round Group D after 84:79 victory. Bosnia grabbed 25:22 after the first 10 minutes and added massive 27-10 in the second quarter. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) brought 58:34 lead early in the third period, however the victory was not that easy. Nicoara Titus reduced to 75:57 at the end of the third period and then Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88, college: American) cut it to 10 points. Nicoara Titus scored for 77:72 and then Vlad Moldoveanu nailed three for 82:79. Persic meanwhile was the last to score in the game and brought the necessary win for the guests. Teletovic Mirza and Elmedin Kikanovic top-scored for the winners with 21 points each, while Djedovic Nihad notched 17. Masic Ante delivered 12 points in a win. Vlad Moldoveanu replied with 25 points and 11 rebounds in defeat as Romanian fell at 1-2 record. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched 11, whilst Nicoara Titus and Dragusin Ionut added 10 apiece.

Group E
Albania - Poland 67-105
Poland gained the second victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They cruised past Albania in Tirana. Mateusz Ponitka scored 17 points to lead the visitors. Poland are now at 2-2 record, while Albania slipped at 0-3. Poland tipped off the game aggressively. They fired 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. Poland stayed in control throughout the second frame. They ensured a 56:33 halftime advantage. Albania slowed the visitors down a bit in the third quarter. The hosts cut the margin to 21-point mark before the fourth period. But Poland unleashed 35 points in the final frame to seal a confident victory. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) and Przemyslaw Zamojski provided 14 points each for the winners. Klaudio Ndoja (198-SG-85) answered with 16 points for Albania. Ersid Luca and Gerti Shima netted 14 points each in the loss.

Finland - Belgium 97-60
Finland recorded the third consecutive win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They overcame Belgium in Helsinki to stay undefeated on top of Group E. Belgium suffered the first loss and slipped at 2-1 record. Petteri Koponen delivered 21 points and 8 assists to lead the hosts. It was a close battle in the first two periods. Finland led by just a single point 19:18 after ten minutes. They stretched the margin in the second frame. Finland accumulated a 37:32 halftime lead. The home team cleared off in the third quarter. Finland went on a 23:2 run in the period to take a 60:36 lead midway through the quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by 23 points 66:43. Finland never looked back afterwards breezing to the victory. Shawn Huff delivered 17 points, while Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) added 12 points for the winners. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) answered with 11 points for Belgium. Wen Boss Mukubu had 9 points in the loss.

Group F
Turkey - Portugal 74-62
Turkey celebrated the second victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down visiting Portugal in Group F. Turkey improved at 2-1 record, while Portugal fell at 0-3. Semih Erden delivered 19 points to pace the hosts. Portugal quite unexpectedly stayed on level terms with the hosts in the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. But Turkey gradually increased the tempo. They strengthened the pressure and ensured a 42:31 halftime lead. Turkey maintained the advantage throughout the third term. The hosts entered the final frame up by 15 points. Portugal held Turkey to just 12 points in the final quarter but scored only 13 themselves and had to surrender at the end. Serhat Cetin knocked down 16 points, while Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) added 10 in the victory. Joao Gomes answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Portugal. Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Belarus - Italy 63-84
Italy clinched the fourth consecutive win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They defeated Belarus in Minsk for 4-0 record on top of Group F. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) provided 22 points and 6 rebounds for the visitors. Belarus suffered the third loss in a row. Italy surged ahead right from the start. They accounted for a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri kept the hosts at distance throughout the second quarter. Italy secured a 39:33 halftime lead. Luigi Datome and Giuseppe Poeta drained three treys in an 11:0 run from Italy as they opened a 17-point lead late in the third term. Belarus cut the distance to 9 points midway through the final frame but failed to get any closer and Italy marched to the win. Danilo Gallinari connected for 19 points, while Giuseppe Poeta had 11 points in the victory. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) replied with 19 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski had 9 points in the loss.



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Finland cruise past Belgium in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Belgium 97:60

Finland recorded the third consecutive win at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They overcame Belgium in Helsinki to stay undefeated on top of Group E. Belgium suffered the first loss and slipped at 2-1 record. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) delivered 21 points and 8 assists to lead the hosts.
It was a close battle in the first two periods. Finland led by just a single point 19:18 after ten minutes. They stretched the margin in the second frame. Finland accumulated a 37:32 halftime lead. The home team cleared off in the third quarter. Finland went on a 23:2 run in the period to take a 60:36 lead midway through the quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by 23 points 66:43. Finland never looked back afterwards breezing to the victory. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) delivered 17 points, while Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) added 12 points for the winners. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) answered with 11 points for Belgium. Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB) had 9 points in the loss.

Finland: Petteri Koponen 21, Shawn Huff 17, Mikko Koivisto 12
Belgium: Sam Van Rossom 11, Wen Boss Mukubu 9



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Kozuv Gergelija lands Pavlovski - by Eurobasket Center (T)

Kozuv Gergelija strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old center Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Pavlovski played most recently at Chernomorets Burgas (Bulgaria). While playing 29 games for Chernomorets last season he averaged 16.1ppg (5th best in the league), 9.8rpg ( best in the league) and 1.0bpg (2nd best in the league). A very spectacular season in his career as he received an award of Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Bosman Player of the Year. Pavlovski is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Georgia survive Latvian challenge in Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

Georgia - Latvia 79:76

Georgia recorded the third straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They survived thriller against Latvia to improve at 3-0 record in Group D. Latvia slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Jacob Pullen (183-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) became the hero of the day in Tbilisi scoring a buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal the victory for the hosts. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) top-scored for Georgia with 19 points.
Georgia enjoyed a narrow 21:20 lead after ten minutes. Latvia surged ahead early in the second quarter. However Georgia regained control and raced to a 41:36 halftime advantage. Manuchar Markoishvili opened a double-digit lead for the hosts midway through the third term 56:46. Georgia seemed to be en route to the victory as they accumulated a 64:53 lead into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 14-point mark early in the fourth period. However Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) masterminded a 12:0 run from Latvia as they drew things level at 76. Mejeris had a chance to put the visitors in front but missed two free throw attempts and Jacob Pullen punished Latvia. The guard drained a last-second triple to lift Georgia to the victory. Zaza Pachulia (210-C-84) accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) added 10 points in the victory. Janis Strelnieks answered with 22 points for Latvia. Kaspars Berzins (211-PF-85) had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Georgia: Manuchar Markoishvili 19, Zaza Pachulia 18, Viktor Sanikidze 10
Latvia: Janis Strelnieks 22, Kaspars Berzins 14+11 boards



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Germany beat Sweden to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Germany-Sweden 81:66

Germany beat Sweden to stay perfect at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The German side overcame visiting Scandinavian team 81:66 for 3-0 record on top of Group B. Sweden meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Germany started with 19-17 in the first period and produced massive 26-11 in the second frame. The home side also looked better in the third quarter and added 21-14 in it for 24-point advantage after 30 minutes. Sweden meanwhile managed to win the last period 24-15 and reduced to final 15 points. Massamba nailed three for 79:66, while Guenther closed the game with a lay-up.
Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) and Robin Benzing (209-SF-89) stepped up with 15 points each, while Lucca Staiger (195-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) posted 12. Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89, agency: Pro One Sports) followed them with 9 points in a win. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) responded with 22 points in the losing case, whilst Martin Pahlmblad (183-G-86) and Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) delivered 8 each.

Germany: Heiko Schaffartzik 15, Robin Benzing 15, Lucca Staiger 12, Philipp Schwethelm 9
Sweden: Jonas Jerebko 22, Martin Pahlmblad 8, Christian Maraker 8



The Fraport Skyliners Issue Their Third Preseason Try Out To Alexander Franklin. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber (T)

The Fraport Skyliners announced today that they have given their third try out of the preseason to Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88, college: Siena) after having given two earlier to Jonathan Jones and Anthony Jones. Franklin is a 24 year old 196 cm forward from Reading Pennsylvania that also has the Puerto Rico citzenship got a try out until the end of Seotember with an option for a contract extension. Last season, he played for JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (France-ProB, starting five): 10 games: 13.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 65.1%; in Dec.'11 moved to CB Lobe Huesca (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 19 games: Score-5 (16.2ppg), 6.4rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 58.7%. "He is a special player as an undersized power forward. He has a lot of talent and I am happy that we could bring him to Frankfurt. Now we have to see if he fits to us. He can penetrate, shoot form outside, is strong and can rebound", stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Muli Katzurin.

Franklin started his basketball career at Siena where he played from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 16.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 0.0%, FT: 66.8%. He played a total of 129 NCAA games and played a few seasons with ex Beko BBL player Kenny Hasbrouck. "He is a very explosive player that I hope will fit in our system. With his experience in France and Spain, He has some experience in Europe despite his 24 years of age and potential", added Fraport Skyliners sport director Kamil Novak.
Franklin turned professional in 2010 playing for C.B. Tarragona 2017 (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 33 games: 14.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.6apg, Steals-4 (1.6spg), FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 60.4%. This past summer, he played for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN, starting five): 21 games: 6.4ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP-3 (58.4%), 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 69.6%, then moved to Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN), then signed at Titanes Del Distrito Nacional (Dominican Rep.-LNB). There he was a teammate of injured BBC Bayreuth point guard Kevin Hamilton. "The chance to play in Frankfurt is great. I am excited about the club, organization and city. My good friend Kevin Hamilton told me many good things about the league and Fraport Skyliners and made me feel comfortable in making my decision. I am a versatile player that helps the team at both ends. If it is defending, scoring inside or out, I always try to do that what the team needs. I want to show the fans that I am a hard worker and do everything for the team and give some spectactular plays", stated Alexander Franklin. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been MAAC Tournament Finalist -07, MAAC Regular Season Runner-Up -08, MAAC Tournament Winner -08, 09, 10, All-MAAC 2nd Team -08, 09, NABC Division I All-District 1 2nd Team -09, MAAC Regular Season Champion -09, 10, MAAC All-Tournament Team -09, MAAC All-Tournament MVP -10
All-MAAC 1st Team -10, All-MAAC Player of the Year -10, NABC Division I All-District 1 1st Team -10, AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -10, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention -11, Puerto Rican BSN Champion -12, Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Finals MVP -12, Puerto Rican National Team -12, Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) -12 (Silver): 6 games: 6.5ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 50.0%, and Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) -12: 2 games: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg

Source: Fraport Skyliners





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 at Suny Maritime (NCAA 3). 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 in training camp. 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.





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Four players for KAOD - by Chris Mammides (T)

A1 Transfer news
Luka Mirkovic (208-C-89), Preston Knowles (185-G-89, college: Louisville), Dimitrios Kalaitzidis (198-F/G-85) and Stelios Ioannou (200-F-87) are officially players of KAOD Dramas who seems to be "reactivated" after the first 3-4 weeks of the transfer period. Coach Kalafatakis is now in a position to count all ready 8 players in his roster and needs another four to finalise his team for the season 2012-2013
Danny Gibson (180-G-84, college: S.Indiana) is officially Ikaros Kallitheas player since earlier this afternoon.
AGOR agreed financial terms with the Cyprus international Andreas Sizopoulos (193-G-83) who becomes the second Cypriot after Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M) in Kavala to join forces with an A1 team this season

Christos Pappas returned to Olympiakos after a decade and he is officially a member of the Coaching team of the Piraeus team

Other divisions news
Vassilis Kitsoulis (204-F-83) agreed financial terms with OF Irakleio for one year.


Dimitris Maslarinos (195-G-82) agreed financial terms with GS Iraklis Thessaloniki

AS Koroivos Amaliadas agreed financial terms with Head Coach Antonis Oikonomakis for one year.



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Croatia continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Croatia-Hungary 89:65

Croatia continue their winning streak at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team overcame Hungary 89:65 and improved to 3-0 record on top of Group C. Hungary meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Croatia was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions in the first period. They opened the game with 20-14 and added 27-18 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the home side. Croatia posted 20-18 in the third quarter and finished the game with 22-15 in the lasts stanza. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) brought the last points for the winners, while Trotter made the last two free throws for the final result.
Roko-Leni Ukic stepped up with 18 points, while Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 15. Damir Markota (209-F-85) notched 12 and Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) scored 11. Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) delivered 19 in defeat and David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) finished the game with 10 points.

Croatia: Roko-Leni Ukic 18, Luksa Andric 15, Damir Markota 12, Bojan Bogdanovic 11
Hungary: Adam Hanga 19, David Vojvoda 10



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Montenegro stay on winning track beating Iceland - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Iceland 85:67

Montenegro clinched the fourth consecutive victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They held off visiting Iceland in Niksic. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 16 points to lead the home side.
Montenegro set the tone early. The hosts fired 26 points in the starting period to earn an 11-point lead. Montenegro stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. The Balkan team ensured a 48:32 halftime lead. Iceland cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts scored just 12 points to lead by 15 points at the final intermission. However Montenegro quickly picked up the slack and exploded with 25 points in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) provided 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) added 14 points for the winners. Hlynur Baeringsson (197-F-82) answered with 19 points for Iceland. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82, college: Birm.Southern) had 15 points in defeat.

Montenegro: Bojan Dubljevic 16, Vladimir Dasic 15, Suad Sehovic 14
Iceland: Hlynur Baeringsson 19, Jakob Sigurdarson 15



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U18 Championship: Syria clinches 9th place in Ulaanbaatar - by Eurobasket News

Syria U18-India U18 86:76

Syria clinches 9th place in Ulaanbaatar at the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. The team overcame India 86:76 as both teams finished the campaign.
Syria grabbed 20:17 after the first 10 minutes and added massive 22-12 in the second frame. India was too far to give up and replied with 30-27 in the third period as Palpreet Singh Brar (204-C-94) reduced to 69:59. India managed also to reduce to 8 points, but Okba Baghajati (182-G-94) brought 84:68. SAMINATHAN closed the game from the perimeter for the final result in the campaign.
Mahmmoud Trub (195-F-94) and Okba Baghajati combined for 50 points for the winners. Ali Obesi (188-F-94) nailed 13, while Mouhammad Shahin (192-F-94) scored 7. Palpreet Singh Brar finished the game with 27 points in defeat, whilst Rakesh Singh (198-PF-95) had 17 points and 15 rebounds. Amit Kanarjee (187-PG-94) scored 16 points and Narender Satyawan (176-PG-96) collected 9 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds.

Syria U18: Mahmmoud Trub 27, Okba Baghajati 23, Ali Obesi 13, Mouhammad Shahin 7
India U18: Palpreet Singh Brar 27, Rakesh Singh 17+15 rebs, Amit Kanarjee 16, Narender Satyawan 9+8 ast+7 rebs,



U18 Championship: India roll over Indonesia - by Eurobasket News

India U18-Indonesia U18 67:53

India roll over Indonesia at the Classification games for 9-12 places. India won 67:53 and will play for the 9th place against Syria. The play-offs are scheduled for Saturday.
Both teams wanted to play for the higher place and showed great game and effort. Indonesia started with 16-14, but India replied with 18-8 in the second frame. Moreover India added 14-13 in the third period for 46:37 at the end of three quarters. Palpreet Singh Brar (204-C-94) increased the lead to 16 points and he also closed the game from the free throw line for 14-point victory.
Palpreet Singh Brar paced all the winners with 24 points and Amit Kanarjee (187-PG-94) added 12. Shyam Sunder (179-PG-94) delivered 9, while Rakesh Singh (198-PF-95) had 8 points and 14 rebounds. Kristianto Halim (201-C-94) finished the game with 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Andre Adrianno (175-G-94) had 10.

India U18: Palpreet Singh Brar 24, Amit Kanarjee 12, Shyam Sunder 9, Rakesh Singh 8+14 rebs
Indonesia U18: Kristianto Halim 12+15 rebs, Andre Adrianno 10



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U18 Championship: India roll over Indonesia - by Eurobasket News

India U18-Indonesia U18 67:53

India roll over Indonesia at the Classification games for 9-12 places. India won 67:53 and will play for the 9th place against Syria. The play-offs are scheduled for Saturday.
Both teams wanted to play for the higher place and showed great game and effort. Indonesia started with 16-14, but India replied with 18-8 in the second frame. Moreover India added 14-13 in the third period for 46:37 at the end of three quarters. Palpreet Singh Brar (204-C-94) increased the lead to 16 points and he also closed the game from the free throw line for 14-point victory.
Palpreet Singh Brar paced all the winners with 24 points and Amit Kanarjee (187-PG-94) added 12. Shyam Sunder (179-PG-94) delivered 9, while Rakesh Singh (198-PF-95) had 8 points and 14 rebounds. Kristianto Halim (201-C-94) finished the game with 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Andre Adrianno (175-G-94) had 10.

India U18: Palpreet Singh Brar 24, Amit Kanarjee 12, Shyam Sunder 9, Rakesh Singh 8+14 rebs
Indonesia U18: Kristianto Halim 12+15 rebs, Andre Adrianno 10



U18 Championship: Indonesia beat Bahrain to finish on the 11th place - by Eurobasket News

Bahrain U18-Indonesia U18 64:67

Indonesia beat Bahrain to finish on the 11th place at the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. The team needed 67:64 win to clinch the higher place than the opponents.
Bahrain started with 14-11 lead, but Indonesia replied with the same result in the second quarter as Vicent Kosasih (202-C-96) tied the score at 25:25. Indonesia won the third period 22-21 and led 1 point after three quarters. Sitorus tied the game at 53:53, while Juan Kokodiputra (193-C/F-95) brought 62:55 midway through the fourth period. Mahamed Naser (191-F-97) reduced to 66:63 and Ali Hassan Shukralla cut it to 2 points from the free throw line. Juan Kokodiputra meanwhile score also one free throw for the winning team to bring the final result in the game.
Kevin Argadiba (195-C-94) paced all the winners with 14 points and Juan Kokodiputra scored 13. Vicent Kosasih and Yerikho Tuasela (178-G-94) followed them with 10 points apiece. Mohammed Buallay (185-F-95) replied with 15 points in the losing effort, whilst Ali Hassan Shukralla collected 14 points and 15 rebounds. Mahamed Naser delivered 11 and Jasim Abul (167-PG-94) had 10.

Bahrain U18: Mohammed Buallay 15, Ali Hassan Shukralla 14+15 rebs, Mahamed Naser 11, Jasim Abul 10
Indonesia U18: Kevin Argadiba 14, Juan Kokodiputra 13, Vicent Kosasih 10, Yerikho Tuasela 10



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U18 Championship: Iran tame Lebanon to stay in title race - by Eurobasket News

Iran U18 - Lebanon U18 84:47

Iran advanced into semifinal stage of U18 Asia Championship. They knocked down Lebanon to complete semifinal picture. Iran will now battle South Korea for the championship game birth. Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) scored 22 points to lead the winners.
Iran held their opponents to 11 points in the opening quarter to jump ahead. Iran entered the second quarter up by 7 points. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They posted a 34:26 halftime lead. Iran increased the tempo in the third term. They unleashed 31 points and ensured a comfortable 31-point buffer before the final stanza. Iran stayed in charge in the final period and cruised to the victory at the end. Behnam Yakhchali (191-G-95) produced 17 points, while Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) and Mohammad Yousof Vand (207-C-95) contributed 10 points each for the winners. Ziad Ali (197-F/C-94) answered with 10 points for Lebanon. Gerard Hadidian (197-F/C-95) and Ali Mezher (182-PG-94) netted 8 points each in the loss.

Iran U18: Vahid Dalirzahan 22, Behnam Yakhchali 17, Saleh Foroutannik 10, Mohammad Yousof Vand 10
Lebanon U18: Ziad Ali 10, Gerard Hadidian 8, Ali Mezher 8



2012 William Jones Cup: Philippines hand Iran first loss - by Eurobasket News

Philippines - Iran 77:75

Philippines ensured the fifth victory at William Jones Cup. They narrowly defeated Iran for 5-1 record. Iran suffered the first loss at the tournament and slipped at 5-1 record. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) delivered 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.
Philippines enjoyed a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. Iran erased the deficit in the second frame. They knotted things up at 33. Philippines surged ahead in the third period. Smart Gilas accounted for a comfortable 9-point lead at the final intermission. Iran went on a desperate comeback rally in the final frame. They almost succeeded but Philippines proved character late in regulation and stole victory at the end. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) had 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Jeffrei Chan (192-F-83) added 12 points in the win. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) answered with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Iran. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) netted 16 points in the loss.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 22+10 boards, Gabe Norwood 17, Jeffrei Chan 12
Iran: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 26+10 boards, Asghar Kardoust 16



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Israel leveled their EuroBasket qualifying record - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic-Israel 64:82

Israel leveled their EuroBasket qualifying record at 2-2 after a road win over Slovak Republic. The Israel team celebrated the second win in the group after 82:64 over the hosts in Levice.
Both teams stayed close to each other in the opening tip of the game, while Israel pushed the tempo at the end of the quarter and grabbed 27:20 lead. Guy Pnini (200-SF-83) later brought 34:23 and Limonad scored for 41:27. Slovak Republic trailed 18 points at the end of the half before Marko and Sykora reduced to 47:35 at the halftime. Israel did not slow down and produced 22-12 in the third period for a comfortable lead. They did not mind 13-17 in the last stanza for 18-point victory.
Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) poured in 18 points to lead the winners, while Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) notched 14. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) scored 9, whilst Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) and Guy Pnini had 8 each. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Michal Batka (204-PF-87) added 7.

Slovak Republic: Anton Gavel 22, Michal Batka 7
Israel: Alex Tyus 18, Lior Eliyahu 14, Omri Casspi 9, Yogev Ohayon 8, Guy Pnini 8



Lokomotiv Kuban close to get Yogev Ohayon - by Eurobasket News

General Manager of Lokomotiv Kuban Andrey Vedischev announced that his team reached an agreement with Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87). He said there are few details left to agree with Maccabi Tel Aviv and also added that situation should be clear by mid September, because Ohayon is now with the Israeli National Team (Source: Rsport.ru).
Yogev Ohayon joined Maccabi Tel Aviv last summer from Hapoel Jerusalem. He had 5.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 2.6 apg for 21 Euroleague games last season. The player also added 8.8 ppg, 5 apg and 3 rpg for 30 Israeli league appearances, plus 4 ppg and 2.4 apg for 25 games in Adriatic league. He helped Maccabi to win Israeli and Adriatic league titles, plus Israeli Cup. As mentioned above, Before Maccabi Tel Aviv, Yogev Ohayon spent two years with Hapoel Jerusalem. In 2008/09 season he was a member of Iscar Nahariya collecting 10.6 ppg, 4.3 apg, 4.2 rpg and 2.6 spg for 25 games in Israel. Ohayon is a product of Hapoel Galil Elyon. Last summer at the EuroBasket in Lithuania he had 2.8 ppg and 1.8 rpg in 4 games.



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Omar Cook is the new captain of EA7 Emporio Armani Milano - by Eurobasket News

Omar-Sharif Cook (188-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) is the new captain of EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. The American point guard arrived to Milano a year ago from Valencia. Last season he had 7.3 ppg, 5.7 apg and 2.4 rpg for 16 Euroleague games. He was the league's No.1 in assists. In SerieA, Cook registered 8.8 ppg, 4.9 apg and 2.7 rpg in 44 appearances. Milano reached SerieA Finals and Cup Semis. Their main target for the next season is to win SerieA title. Omar-Sharif Cook plays in Milano as Bosman due to his Montenegrin citizenship (received it in 2009). He played for Montenegro at 2009 European Championships Division B averaging 8 points, 4.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals. After that he added 7.8 ppg, 6.1 apg and 2.3 rpg for 8 games in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. Cook played for Montenegro last summer in Lithuania as well. He had 7.4 ppg, 4.2 apg and 2.2 rpg for 5 games at 2011 EuroBasket.
Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) is vice captain of Milano.



Brescia brings in Arizona Reid for tryout - by Eurobasket News (T)

Leonessa Brescia brought in Arizona Reid (196-F-86, college: High Point) for tryout. The American forward spent last season with Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels. He shined with 16.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 1.5 apg for 33 games in ProA. The player helped Mitteldeutscher to win ProA title and they were regular season champs as well. Reid was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -12. In 2010/11 season, Arizaon Reid played in Philippines, Switzerland and Lebanon. With Swiss BBC Monthey he had 18.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg for 19 games in LNA. Reid was fifth rebounder of the competition. In 2009/10, he played for the Finish team UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki. There he had 19 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 1.7 apg in 47 games. His first season as a pro Reid spent with Swiss team Geneva Devils. The player graduated at High Point University in 2008.


Sidigas Avellino verbally agrees with Mustafa Shakur, according to report - by Eurobasket News (T)

Mustafa Shakur (193-G-84, college: Arizona) will stay in Italy for the next season, according to Italian media. The American point guard agreed a deal with Sidigas Avellino and he is expected to sign the contract soon. Shakur arrives to the club from Novipiu Casale Monferrato, where he spent last season. They were unable to agree terms on contract extension. The player had 16 ppg, 4.3 apg and 3.8 rpg for 21 games in SerieA. Mustafa Shakur joined Casale in November and he spent two months with Pau-Orthez before that. The player had 9.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 4.2 apg for 6 games in ProA. In 2010/11 season, Shakur played 22 NBA games for the Washington Wizards. There he had 2.3 ppg, 1.1 apg and 1 rpg. During the season he also collected 16.7 ppg, 5 apg and 4.7 rpg for 23 games in NBA D-League with Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In the past, Mustafa Shakur played for Tulsa 66ers, Panellinios, Tau Ceramica and Prokom Trefl Sopot.


No stopping for Italy in Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Italy 63:84

Italy clinched the fourth consecutive win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They defeated Belarus in Minsk for 4-0 record on top of Group F. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) provided 22 points and 6 rebounds for the visitors. Belarus suffered the third loss in a row.
Italy surged ahead right from the start. They accounted for a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri kept the hosts at distance throughout the second quarter. Italy secured a 39:33 halftime lead. Luigi Datome and Giuseppe Poeta (190-PG-85) drained three treys in an 11:0 run from Italy as they opened a 17-point lead late in the third term. Belarus cut the distance to 9 points midway through the final frame but failed to get any closer and Italy marched to the win. Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) connected for 19 points, while Giuseppe Poeta had 11 points in the victory. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) replied with 19 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) had 9 points in the loss.

Belarus: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 19, Artsiom Parakhouski 9
Italy: Luigi Datome 22, Danilo Gallinari 19, Giuseppe Poeta 11



Fenerbahce Ulker officially hires Luca Dalmonte as assistant coach - by Eurobasket Center

Fenerbahce Ulker officially hires Luca Dalmonte as assistant coach
Dalmonte joins Pianigiani

Fenerbahce Ulker announced the arrival of Luca Dalmonte as assistant coach. Dalmonte signed for one season. Dalmonte joins Simone Pianigiani, named head coach of the Turkish powerhouse. Dalmonte is assistent coach of the Italian National Team and was head coach of VL Pesaro over the last seasons.

Courtesy of sportando.net


Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Aget Imola 0-0 
 2. Bologna 0-0 
 3. Brescia 0-0 
 4. Ferentino 0-0 
 5. Fileni BPA 0-0 
 6. Forli 0-0 
 7. Givova Scafati 0-0 
 8. Monferrato 0-0 
 9. Orlandina 0-0 
 10. Pistoia 0-0 
 11. Prima Veroli 0-0 
 12. S.Antimo 0-0 
 13. Sigma Barcel. 0-0 
 14. Tezenis VE 0-0 
 15. Trento 0-0 
 16. Trieste 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 7: Monferrato - Bologna
Oct. 7: Pistoia - Ferentino
Oct. 7: Prima Veroli - Forli
Oct. 7: Fileni BPA - Brescia
Oct. 7: S.Antimo - Tezenis VE
Oct. 7: Trento - Sigma Barcel.
Oct. 7: Trieste - Aget Imola
Oct. 7: Orlandina - Givova Scafati



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2012 William Jones Cup: Anyang KGC outscore Japan - by Eurobasket News

Anyang KGC-Japan 84:62

Anyang KGC outscore Japan for 4-2 record at the 2012 William Jones Cup. The South Korean team overcame Japan 84:62 in Day 7.
Anyang KGC won the first period 17-14 and added 20-10 in the second frame. They continued their dominance in the second half as well and won other two quarters either. The South Korean produced 24-20 in the third quarter and finished the game with 23-18 in the last stanza.
KIM Tae-Sul and Stutz Garrett (212-C-90, college: Wichita St.) paced all the winners with 18 points each, while Pattillo Juan (197-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) notched 13. Kim Sung-Chul (195-F-76) delivered 11 points in a win. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) answered with high 24 points and 14 rebounds, whilst Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) added 15. Takatoshi Furukawa (190-G/F-87) scored 11 points in a loss.
Tomorrow Anyang KGC will face Iran, while Japan will play against Lebanon on Sunday.

Anyang KGC: KIM Tae-Sul 18, Stutz Garrett 18, Pattillo Juan 13, Kim Sung-Chul 11
Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 24+14 rebs, Kosuke Kanamaru 15, Takatoshi Furukawa 11



U18 Championship: Japan is the first Semifinalist - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan U18-Japan U18 67:68

Japan is the first Semifinalist of the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. The team grabbed 68:67 win over Taiwan in the first Quarterfinal game of the day.
Japan won the first period 27:16 and but could take only 1-point lead at the halftime. Taiwan responded with 24-14 and reduced to 41:40 after the first 20 minutes of the game. In the third period Japan produced 15-13 and led 56:53 after three quarters. Chin Ming-Ching (194-F-94) gave Taiwan 65:63 lead with 3 minutes to go and he also brought 67:65. Masahiro Narita (185-SF-94) however nailed three for Japan to bring the important victory at the tournament.
Masahiro Narita erupted with 31 points for the winners and Kazushi Mori (192-SF-94) notched 15. Shuto Terazono (165-PG-94) followed them with 11 points in a win. Fang Shih-En (199-C-94) replied with 18 points and 17 rebounds in defeat. Chiu Jih-Cheng (178-PG-94) and Chin Ming-Ching scored 9 points each.

Taiwan U18: Fang Shih-En 18+17 rebs, Chiu Jih-Cheng 9, Chin Ming-Ching 9
Japan U18: Masahiro Narita 31, Kazushi Mori 15, Shuto Terazono 11



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2012 William Jones Cup: USA hold off Jordan - by Eurobasket News

USA - Jordan 77:66

USA celebrated the fifth win at William Jones Cup. They knocked down Jordan for 5-1 record. Curtis Marshall (6'6''-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) delivered 16 points to pace the winners. Jordan fell at 1-5 record after the loss.
USA had a tiny 21:19 lead ten minutes into the game. But they shifted the gear in the second quarter. The North American team went on a 25:12 rally to leave Jordan behind. USA ensured a 46:31 halftime advantage. USA and Jordan traded baskets throughout the third term. The North Americans entered the final frame up by 15 points. Jordan cut the distance but could not seriously threaten the deficit at the end. James Justice (5'10''-PG-89, college: Martin Methodist) had 12 points, while Wayne Arnold (6'4''-G-84, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Tennessee St.) had 11 points for the winners. Rasheim Wright (6'4''-G-81, college: District of Col.) answered with game-high 18 points for Jordan. Mahmoud Abdeen (6'3''-PG-87) produced 9 points in the loss.

USA: Curtis Marshall 16, James Justice 12, Wayne Arnold 11
Jordan: Rasheim Wright 18, Mahmoud Abdeen 9



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Sodertalje Kings bring in Agnis Cavars - by Eurobasket News (T)

Sodertalje Kings reinforced their roster at position 3. The team penned a 1-year deal with Latvian forward Agnis Cavars (198-F-86). He arrives to the club from Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels. Cavars joined Mitteldeutscher in January averaging 3.3 points and 1 rebound for 16 games. He helped the club to win German ProA title. The player participated at Eurobasket Summer League in Cologne a year ago. He had 13.7 ppg and 8.7 rpg for 3 games with Team Belgrade. Agnis Cavars played for Barons Riga from February of 2010 until the last summer. They won the Latvian league title together in 2010. In the past, the forward played for Beverina Brenguli, Valmeira and Riga. In 2005, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Newcomer of the Year -05. Agnis Cavars played for the Latvian U20 National Team in 2005 and 2006. In the past, he was a member of their U18 NT.


Georgia survive Latvian challenge in Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

Georgia - Latvia 79:76

Georgia recorded the third straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They survived thriller against Latvia to improve at 3-0 record in Group D. Latvia slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Jacob Pullen (183-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) became the hero of the day in Tbilisi scoring a buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal the victory for the hosts. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) top-scored for Georgia with 19 points.
Georgia enjoyed a narrow 21:20 lead after ten minutes. Latvia surged ahead early in the second quarter. However Georgia regained control and raced to a 41:36 halftime advantage. Manuchar Markoishvili opened a double-digit lead for the hosts midway through the third term 56:46. Georgia seemed to be en route to the victory as they accumulated a 64:53 lead into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 14-point mark early in the fourth period. However Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) masterminded a 12:0 run from Latvia as they drew things level at 76. Mejeris had a chance to put the visitors in front but missed two free throw attempts and Jacob Pullen punished Latvia. The guard drained a last-second triple to lift Georgia to the victory. Zaza Pachulia (210-C-84) accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) added 10 points in the victory. Janis Strelnieks answered with 22 points for Latvia. Kaspars Berzins (211-PF-85) had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Georgia: Manuchar Markoishvili 19, Zaza Pachulia 18, Viktor Sanikidze 10
Latvia: Janis Strelnieks 22, Kaspars Berzins 14+11 boards



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U18 Championship: Iran tame Lebanon to stay in title race - by Eurobasket News

Iran U18 - Lebanon U18 84:47

Iran advanced into semifinal stage of U18 Asia Championship. They knocked down Lebanon to complete semifinal picture. Iran will now battle South Korea for the championship game birth. Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) scored 22 points to lead the winners.
Iran held their opponents to 11 points in the opening quarter to jump ahead. Iran entered the second quarter up by 7 points. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They posted a 34:26 halftime lead. Iran increased the tempo in the third term. They unleashed 31 points and ensured a comfortable 31-point buffer before the final stanza. Iran stayed in charge in the final period and cruised to the victory at the end. Behnam Yakhchali (191-G-95) produced 17 points, while Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) and Mohammad Yousof Vand (207-C-95) contributed 10 points each for the winners. Ziad Ali (197-F/C-94) answered with 10 points for Lebanon. Gerard Hadidian (197-F/C-95) and Ali Mezher (182-PG-94) netted 8 points each in the loss.

Iran U18: Vahid Dalirzahan 22, Behnam Yakhchali 17, Saleh Foroutannik 10, Mohammad Yousof Vand 10
Lebanon U18: Ziad Ali 10, Gerard Hadidian 8, Ali Mezher 8



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Robertas Javtokas to miss 4-6 months due to foot injury - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris Kaunas announced that Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) will undergo foot surgery in the coming days and he will be sidelined for the next 4-6 months. The Lithuanian big guy got injured (stress fracture) during the Olympic Additional Qualifying Tournament in Caracas. He had 2.3 ppg, 3 rpg and 1 bpg in 4 games at this event. Robertas Javtokas averaged 6.3 points and 5 rebounds for the Lithuanian NT last summer at 2011 EuroBasket. He appeared 11 times at this event.
Robertas Javtokas returned to Zalgiris Kaunas a year ago from Valencia. He had 6.3 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 16 Euroleague games last season. The player also added 8.2 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 26 games in LKL, while his numbers in VTB United League were pretty close. Zalgiris won Lithuanian and Baltic league titles last season. They also celebrated in Lithuanian Cup.



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Bulgaria win all the quarters over Luxembourg for a total 94:68 success - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg-Bulgaria 68:94

Bulgaria win all the quarters over Luxembourg for a total 94:68 success at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The team improved to 2-2 record in Group B of the campaign. Luxembourg meanwhile suffered the third straight loss.
Bulgaria won the first period 22-18 and never looked behind after. They added 27-18 in the second frame and enjoyed 49:36 lead at the halftime after Velikovs three-pointer. Filip Videnov (197-SF-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky) scored for 54:40 and Hristo Nikolov (200-PF-85) brought 58:43 midway through the third quarter. Simmons closed it at 69:48, while Bulgaria added another 25-20 in the last stanza. Birenbaum and Velikov were the last players to score for their teams.
Filip Videnov top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Hristo Nikolov 16 as well as Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) poured in 16 each. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) nailed 11 points in a winning effort. Tom Schumacher (189-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, while Pitt Koster (182-PG-89) chipped in with 11.

Luxembourg: Tom Schumacher 22, Pitt Koster 11
Bulgaria: Filip Videnov 19, Hristo Nikolov 16, Ivan Lilov 16, Chavdar Kostov 11



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  MALI   


Mali U18 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

5 Lassine Diallo 188-F-95
6 B Kouyate
8 I Guindo
9 Boubacar Coulibaly 150-PG-95
10 Mamedy Diawara 196-G/F-82 Metz-Ste Marie France
11 Mohamed Drame 95
12 B Sidibe
13 M Traore
14 I Ouatara
15 D Doumbia

Zoumana Coulibaly Head Coach
Hamidou Traore Assistant



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  MEXICO   


Bad day for Mexico in 3X3 World Championship - by Carlos Chapa

Mexico National 3X3 Team lost three games yesterday, falling against Ukraine with a score of 11-17, failing to Argentina 8-17 and coming short against Venezuela 18-21 on the first edition of the 3X3 World Championships that are held in Athens, Greece.

With this loses Mexico stands with a 1-3 record finishing the day in 5th place on group C. Team Mexico will have narrow chances to advance to the next round even if they beat France, who is ranked in first place of the pool.

Members of the Mexican National 3X3 Team include: Gabriel Giron, Ivan Silva, Jorge Perez and Garduno Abraham




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Montenegro stay on winning track beating Iceland - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Iceland 85:67

Montenegro clinched the fourth consecutive victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They held off visiting Iceland in Niksic. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 16 points to lead the home side.
Montenegro set the tone early. The hosts fired 26 points in the starting period to earn an 11-point lead. Montenegro stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. The Balkan team ensured a 48:32 halftime lead. Iceland cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts scored just 12 points to lead by 15 points at the final intermission. However Montenegro quickly picked up the slack and exploded with 25 points in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) provided 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) added 14 points for the winners. Hlynur Baeringsson (197-F-82) answered with 19 points for Iceland. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82, college: Birm.Southern) had 15 points in defeat.

Montenegro: Bojan Dubljevic 16, Vladimir Dasic 15, Suad Sehovic 14
Iceland: Hlynur Baeringsson 19, Jakob Sigurdarson 15



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Interview with with Belgian-Moroccan point guard Karim Nesba - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting with Belgian-Moroccan point guard Karim Nesba (188-G-86, agency: Promotex, college: Auburn-Montgomery). Also a member of the Moroccan National Team, he was able to give insights on his dual nationality in both Belgium & Morocco, as well as speak on winning the Championship in Morocco and reaching the CUP FINAL this past season with RSB Berkane.

EU: Karim, how are you doing?
KN: Ozell, I am doing great how are you doing?

EU: I am doing fantastic, am blessed and highly favoured humdullah. We are both finishing Ramadan and it is good to be here with you. Briefly tell us your opinions of the Moroccan National Team this past summer. In a new instalment, you had a new coach, you had some players who had departed the club and returned such as Younes Idrissi or Mohammed Hachad, who was nursing an injury for the past year or so. Tell me more.
KN: Yes we have started with a new everything! New combinations, with a new coach, receiving players back who had been away at college in the States or playing in France and Italy. So we now have everyone back and we have a good team in great shape. We actually qualified for the next African Cup, which is to be held in Abidjan, Cote Dvoir, and next summer.

EU: Where did u guys finish in your stage? I heard that you sounded defeated the National Team of Algeria. Who else was in the stage? Tell us more.
KN: The tournament was in Algeria, we beat both Libya and Algeria so we finished first. That put us in a better group next summer at the next Africa Cup.

EU: Now tell us about this wonderful year that you had in Morocco this past season! Not only did you make it to the Moroccan Cup Final, but you also won the league and now sit as CHAMPION of Morocco.
KN: Yea, it was a fantastic year. We got to the final of the cup losing to AS SALE, in the final by just a few points. Then to be able to bounce back and qualify for the playoffs and there be able to win close games in the playoffs to win the FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP IN CLUB HISTORY!

EU: WOW! THE FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP IN CLUB HISTORY! Is your signing status? Are they calling you to come back for a second go around? Tell us more
KN: Especially now that we are trying to build a strong team, since we are also now going to the African Championship of Clubs, and the Arabic Championships. Havent signed yet though, as the season there starts a bit later in late November or so. I am here back in Belgium, just looking at everything closely as I am look to improve and get to another level as a player. You know, get to another level of competition and not just relax in a league that I know and can play in the rest of my career.

EU: Now you are also a Belgian passport holder. Please tell us of your experiences here in Belgium, as we have heard talk of the level of play going down. Please share your thoughts.
KN: Yes, I was born and raised here in Brussels. The reason that I left early was due to getting a scholarship in the USA at Howard University. So I finished up there, came back and played a season at Bree one year. Then I went to Morocco now for two years. I never really played in Belgium in the top league. The reason being, we Belgian guys are missing. In the top league, you dont see many of us. You have the Americans who come and they play, more or less get our jobs, so to speak. Thats also because there are no real rulesthere are only 8 teams now in division one. There is no team that goes from division 2 to division 1 there are no teams going down. I do think that they will fix this in the next 2 years or so. The good Belgian guys are missing. All of the good Belgian guys are missing, we have the top guys playing abroad, in Italy we have Jonathan Tabu, Sam van Rossum in Spain, a lot of good Belgian players, but not enough to have a good Belgian League.

EU: What are you looking to do? \number 1 to change the situation here in Belgium and Number 2 to change or benefit the situation in Morocco, as you are on the National Team. This is if a change is even possible?
KN: I am going to go where I am needed. I am not going to go into a situation where it is easy. I would rather have a job where I the threat of getting cut or losing my job and being forced to the bench. I dont want a situation where I can just coast and play easy. I want to be pushed. I want to be challenged, have more responsibility. This is what I play for, also a reason why I left Belgium. Most Belgian players they just go to sit on the bench and watch the Americans play, and its as if they think that its normal and they dont want to fight to show the management or the coach that THEY CAN DO IT TOO. I dont see anyone working in the off-season so that they can show that they can kill that guy or this guy. I just see them happy to be there. Hopefully, we can see this change in the near future.

EU: What can we look for from you this season and in the seasons to come?
KN: Well, I look to keep getting better and better. Getting to another stage, I have some workouts and trials In France. SO wherever it is that I end up, you will see me compete as best as I can and compete within my team to make us all better. To be able to stand on the podium with the CUP or trophy as the CHAMPION! It's even better than being the leading scorer or the best scorer of the league THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF ALLBEING THE CHAMPION!

EU: Any words for your fans in both Belgium and Morocco?
KN: Hmm, I dont think I have a lot of fans. I want to call them young brothers, lets say. Guys that I know that want to be pro and want to be basketball players. They have to know that it is very tough. They need to know that they have to studyfind a place where they can study and play basketball. This world of basketball is not easy. It is very rough and there is a lot of competition and there are a lot of risks. They need to ensure that they are very careful and they will be allright.

We at EUROBASKET want to congratulate Karim on winning the CHAMPIONSHIP IN MOROCCO, THE FIRST IN THE HISTORY OF HIS CLUB. POTENTIALLY TO RETURN THERE OR TO MOVE ON TO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST OR EVEN HERE IN EUROPE.STAY TUINED!



Morocco U18 National Team -12 - by Eurobasket Center

4 M Clhanine
5 M Shifi
6 Y Belmahjoub
7 B Azougu
8 F Taleb
9 Z Merjane
10 K El Ahmer
11 M Belhaddar
12 M El Marchi
13 A El Kannouwni
14 M Benbanazza
15 O El Cunma

Mustapha Chiba Head Coach ASS Sale Morocco
A Mehounhe Assistant



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18th U18 AFROBASKET FOR MEN: Senegal, CIV in grand finale showdown - by Olusegun Ikuesan

As curtain falls on the 18th edition of Africa top prime youth competition, Afrobasket for U18 Men in Maputo, Mozambique today two West Africa neighbours from FIBA Africa Zone-2 and Zone-3, Senegal and Cote dIvoire will engage each other in the grand finale of the championship that dunk-off over a week ago.

Both countries finished second and third in group-B behind former champion Egypt with Senegal finishing the preliminary with a 4-1 record while Cote dIvoire ended her preliminary campaign with a 3-2 records.

Senegal saw off host Mozambique in the quarter final and went on to edge out Mali in the semis by 63-47 points on Friday, Cote dIvoire on the other hand bundled Ghana out in the quarter final and upstage defending champion Egypt in the semi final clinically by 57-42 points to set up a grand finale duel against Senegal.

The game will hold at the gymnasium of Academica ISPU in Maputo, Mozambique at 18H00.



Mozambique U18 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

4 F Ngoque
5 Yuri Chambal 189-F-95
6 Hugo Martins 190-F-95
7 Castro Vilanculos 204-C-95
8 T Malanca
9 Helton Ubisse 196-C-95
10 J Faduco
11 C Chirindza
12 N Mbucuia
13 Govino Nangilal 185-C-95
14 J Tome
15 P Sieco

R Rafael Head Coach
S Neves Assistant



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Harrellson, Andersen emerge as Heat options in middle - by Eurobasket News

With a 2012-13 roster otherwise mostly completed, the Miami Heat continue to deal with their remaining sizeable issue.

Free-agent center Josh Harrellson (6'10''-F-89, college: Kentucky), traded by the New York Knicks to the Houston Rockets earlier this summer and since released, confirmed on his Twitter account a workout with the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.

According to a source familiar with the situation, Harrellson is one of several big men the Heat have recently workout out.

Currently, Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman are the only centers under contact to the Heat, although the Heat are expected to open the season with power forward Chris Bosh as their starting center, possibly with power forward Udonis Haslem as his primary backup at the position, continuing the small-ball approach the team utilized on the way to the 2012 NBA championship.

The Heat also have attracted the interest of free-agent center Chris Andersen (6'10''-C/F-78, college: Blinn JC), who recently bypassed a lucrative European offer and is believed to be amenable to a Heat offer at the NBA minimum salary, which is all the Heat, operating above the NBA salary cap, have available. Andersen was released earlier this summer by the Denver Nuggets under the league's amnesty provision that eases a team's luxury-tax liability.

On his verified Twitter account, Harrellson first posted "Miami here I come Wednesday! Let's have a good workout" followed by "Miami!!! Ready to impress!"

At 6 feet 10, 275 pounds, Harrellson would become the second-heaviest player on the Heat roster to Pittman. Currently, small forward LeBron James holds that distinction.

Harrellson, whose workout with the Heat was reported by ESPN, averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in an average of 14.6 minutes last season as a rookie with the Knicks, shooting 20 of 59 on 3-pointers.

Other remaining free-agent candidates who could meet the Heat's apparent need for size in the middle include Darko Milicic and Andray Blatche.

Blatche, an amnesty cut by the Washington Wizards, said in a recent story in the Syracuse Post-Standard, "My dream destination right now would be back on the court. For real. Just to get back on the court. It's something I love to do. It doesn't matter if it's the Heat or the Spurs or the D-League. Whatever. As long as Im back on the court playing ball."

The Heat also could fill out their power rotation with players already working with the team. Veteran power forward Juwan Howard was the first Heat player to return to workouts at AmericanAirlines Arena in the wake of the team's championship. Center Mickell Gladness, who began last season with the Heat before closing the season with the Golden State Warriors, played for the Heat's summer-league team in July and recently joined Heat guard Norris Cole and Heat free-agent prospects Terrel Harris and Jarvis Varnado at the NBA's rookie transition program, a mandatory program for NBA newcomers that was not held last summer because of the lockout.

The Heat currently have 13 players under guaranteed contract for the coming season: James, Dwyane Wade, Bosh, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Haslem, Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Mike Miller, Anthony, James Jones, Cole and Dexter Pittman. Teams can carry a maximum of 20 players during the offseason and training camp, 15 during the regular season.

Heat President Pat Riley recently said he is hopeful of having a full training-camp roster in place by the end of Labor Day weekend, with training camp opening the last week of September.

Courtesy of http://articles.orlandosentinel.com



Marcus Jordan fined for disturbing the peace in wake of July arrest - by Eurobasket News

Marcus Jordan (6'3''-G-88), son of NBA legend Michael Jordan and former Central Florida guard, has been fined $250 and court costs in connection with charges stemming from his arrest in Omaha last month, the Associated Press is reporting.

Jordan pleaded no contest Thursday to disturbing the peace during an incident that took place in July.

According to reports, Jordan was arguing with two women in the driveway of an Omaha hotel early July 1 and police were called. Jordan was very animated, intoxicated and uncooperative as hotel security tried to contain him, according to a police report filed about the incident. He was then arrested.

Last season with Central Florida, Jordan averaged 13.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for a team that finished 22-11. The team lost to Drexel in the first round of the NIT.

Jordan will not return to the school for his senior season.

Central Florida has been in the news recently after being slapped with a postseason ban by the NCAA after it was found that the school had a connection to Kenneth Caldwell, a man with ties to a sports agency.

In addition to a postseason ban that keeps the team out of the Conference USA and NCAA tournaments, the school was forced to vacate wins and was fined $50,000.

Central Florida joins the Big East for the start of the 2013-14 season.

Courtesy of http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com



Sacramento Kings may be on the move to Virginia Beach - by Eurobasket News

The now annual Sacramento Kings question has lifted its dark head once again: Are they leaving or not?

Perhaps even the Kings don't know.

Team officials declined Thursday to respond to a published report in a Virginia paper that the team will join Comcast-Spectacor and Live Nation in pitching an arena proposal to Virginia Beach city officials next week.

Citing anonymous sources, The Hampton Roads Business Journal said team owners are expected to be in Virginia on Tuesday when Comcast unveils an arena proposal.

But a Kings representative, speaking under condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment, said team officials would not be in Virginia Beach when the City Council meets next week.

Publicly, the team acknowledged it has been contacted by other cities in recent years about the possibility of selling or moving the team. The calls began flowing again this spring after a proposed $391 million arena deal in downtown Sacramento fell apart.

"The franchise is not going to discuss which cities have approached the organization and are not going to comment on every rumor," team officials said in an emailed statement.

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson and NBA officials both said Thursday that they have gotten no word of any Kings involvement in the Virginia Beach proposal. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the team has not filed an application for relocation to a new city.

A Virginia Beach spokesman said Comcast and Live Nation representatives met with the mayor and vice mayor earlier this week, and that Comcast officials said they would guarantee a pro team if an arena were built.

Comcast officials issued a statement saying, "despite preliminary reports, no specific professional sports team from any league has been identified as the potential tenant for this building."

The Virginia Beach council website lists the arena item on Tuesday's agenda simply as an "economic development presentation," and does not mention the Kings or any other entity. A city spokesman said there would be no staff report or other written material issued prior to the meeting.

Philadelphia-based Comcast-Spectacor formerly owned the Philadelphia 76ers, but sold the team last year. The company owns the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers. Live Nation is a national concert promoter and arena manager.

The Virginia rumors reverberated Thursday in Sacramento, where the team's status has been unsettled for two years for lack of a modern arena. The team negotiated a deal in 2011 to move to Anaheim, but pulled out after NBA officials coaxed the Maloofs into staying at least another year to see if an arena deal could be done in Sacramento.

Communications consultant Doug Elmets, who has worked with the Kings, said he questions the Maloofs' sincerity.

"With the Maloofs, it's not what they say, it's what they don't say," Elmets said. "If they are absolutely committed to Sacramento, then why not be transparent in this most recent rumor? By saying no comment, it means you have something to hide."

Virginia Beach, whose metropolitan population is smaller than Sacramento's, has been in the hunt for a major sports team for more than a decade.

Courtesy of www.fresnobee.com



Nelson officially retired as coach - by Eurobasket News (T)

Don Nelson, the NBA's all-time winningest coach, reportedly said Saturday night he is officially done with coaching.

Nelson, who will be inducted next month into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame, told NBA.com that his coaching career is over after spanning 34 years.

As late as last season, Nelson flirted with returning to the bench when he was a candidate for the head-coaching job with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The job went to Rick Adelman.

Nelson, 72, has coached for 30 seasons during 1976-2010 for teams, finishing his career with a second stint with the Golden State Warriors. He ended with 1,300 and was one of two coaches to be named NBA Coach of the Year three times (1982, '85 and '92).

His most famous coaching moment may have been in 2007 when he led the Warriors to a first-round upset of the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks -- a team he had coached two years earlier.

His coaching career also included directing the U.S. to a gold medal in the 1994 World Championships.

As a player, he won five NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, with whom he played 11 of his 15 seasons.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



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  NCAA1   


Benetton Fribourg Olympic lands American Darrius Garrett - by Eurobasket News (T)

Darrius Garrett (205-F/C-90, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Richmond) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American big guy signed a one-year deal with Benetton Fribourg Olympic. They will compete in Swiss top division for men - LNA. Garrett is a product of Richmond University, where he graduated few months ago. The player appeared 32 times with his school as a senior averaging 4.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks. He was named to Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team -12. A year ago, Richmond played in NCAA Sweet 16. Darrius Garrett helped his school that season with 1.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.6 bpg. It is important to mention that Richmond was Atlantic 10 Tournament winner in 2011. A year before that, the school reached Tournament Finals. Garrett spent all four years with Richmond.


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  NIGERIA   


Pinar Karsiyaka signs Alade Aminu - by Eurobasket News (T)

Another signing by Pinar Karsiyaka for the upcoming season. Karsiyaka and its new Head Coach Ufuk Sarica brought in Nigerian center Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech). He arrives to the club from Chalon. Aminu had 11.6 ppg and 6.8 rpg for 36 games helping Chalon to win the French ProA title last season. They also were Semaine des As winners. Aminu appeared in 16 EuroChallenge games as well collecting 12.2 ppg and 6.7 rpg. In 2010/11 season, the player had 9.1 ppg and 5.1 rpg in 32 ProA games. With Chalon he also won two French Cup trophies. Before Chalon, Alade Aminu played in the NBA D-League. He split 2009/10 season between Erie Bay Hawks and Bakersfield Jam. With Erie he had 12.2 ppg and 6.5 rpg for 37 games and later he added 19.3 ppg and 9.2 rpg for 9 games with Bakersfield. Aminu is a product of the Georgia Tech University, where he graduated three years ago.


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  PHILIPPINES   


U18 Championship: South Korea hold off Philippines to enter semifinal - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U18 - Philippines U18 90:77

South Korea will play at the semifinal stage of U18 Asia Championship. They overcame Philippines in the quarterfinal battle today. Jonghyun Lee (206-C-94) led the effort with 26 points and 18 rebounds.
South Korea pulled ahead early in the encounter. They piled up a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Philippines drew things level midway through the second quarter however South Korea managed to regain the lead. They ensured a 47:41 advantage at halftime. South Korea pulled away in the third quarter. The Korean side stretched the gap to as many as 14 points at the final intermission 69:55. Philippines failed to threaten the deficit in the final minutes. Choi Jun-Yong (200-F-94) delivered 17 points, while Heo Hoon (181-G-95) added 15 points for the winners. Jerie Pingoy (175-G-94) answered with 19 points for Philippines. Rey Nambatac (179-G-94) had 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea U18: Jonghyun Lee 26+18 boards, Choi Jun-Yong 17, Heo Hoon 15
Philippines U18: Jerie Pingoy 19, Rey Nambatac 12



2012 William Jones Cup: Philippines hand Iran first loss - by Eurobasket News

Philippines - Iran 77:75

Philippines ensured the fifth victory at William Jones Cup. They narrowly defeated Iran for 5-1 record. Iran suffered the first loss at the tournament and slipped at 5-1 record. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) delivered 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.
Philippines enjoyed a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. Iran erased the deficit in the second frame. They knotted things up at 33. Philippines surged ahead in the third period. Smart Gilas accounted for a comfortable 9-point lead at the final intermission. Iran went on a desperate comeback rally in the final frame. They almost succeeded but Philippines proved character late in regulation and stole victory at the end. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) had 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Jeffrei Chan (192-F-83) added 12 points in the win. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) answered with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Iran. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) netted 16 points in the loss.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 22+10 boards, Gabe Norwood 17, Jeffrei Chan 12
Iran: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 26+10 boards, Asghar Kardoust 16



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Poland ease past Albania in Tirana - by Eurobasket News

Albania - Poland 67:105

Poland gained the second victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. They cruised past Albania in Tirana. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) scored 17 points to lead the visitors. Poland are now at 2-2 record, while Albania slipped at 0-3.
Poland tipped off the game aggressively. They fired 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. Poland stayed in control throughout the second frame. They ensured a 56:33 halftime advantage. Albania slowed the visitors down a bit in the third quarter. The hosts cut the margin to 21-point mark before the fourth period. But Poland unleashed 35 points in the final frame to seal a confident victory. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) and Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-G/F-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Independence CC) provided 14 points each for the winners. Klaudio Ndoja (198-SG-85) answered with 16 points for Albania. Ersid Luca (212-C-81) and Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) netted 14 points each in the loss.

Albania: Klaudio Ndoja 16, Ersid Luca 14, Gerti Shima 14
Poland: Mateusz Ponitka 17, Michal Ignerski 14, Przemyslaw Zamojski 14



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  PORTUGAL   


Turkey too good for Portugal in Ankara - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Portugal 74:62

Turkey celebrated the second victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down visiting Portugal in Group F. Turkey improved at 2-1 record, while Portugal fell at 0-3. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) delivered 19 points to pace the hosts.
Portugal quite unexpectedly stayed on level terms with the hosts in the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. But Turkey gradually increased the tempo. They strengthened the pressure and ensured a 42:31 halftime lead. Turkey maintained the advantage throughout the third term. The hosts entered the final frame up by 15 points. Portugal held Turkey to just 12 points in the final quarter but scored only 13 themselves and had to surrender at the end. Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) knocked down 16 points, while Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) added 10 in the victory. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Portugal. Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Turkey: Semih Erden 19, Serhat Cetin 16, Kerem Gonlum 10
Portugal: Joao Gomes 19, Claudio Fonseca 16+10 boards



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Mladen Jojic takes Steaua Bucuresti under control - by Eurobasket News (T)

Mladen Jojic (agency: Interperformances ) takes Steaua Bucuresti under control for the next season. Bosnia and Herzegovina-Croatian specialist returns to the team where he was a coach in year 2000.
In 1999-2000 he appeared for Steaua (Romania), but then moved to CSU-Asesoft Ploiesti (Romania-D1). He stayed with the team for 4 seasons and became Romanian League Champion -05, 06, 07, 08. He was a Head Coach for Romanian League All-Star Game -05, 06 and FIBA Europe Cup Winner -05. Mladen Jojic (agency: Interperformances ) was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Coach of the Year -05 and later became Romanian Cup Winner -06, 07.

In 2008 he signed 2-year contract at Gaz Metan Medias (Romania-Div.A) and then later moved to CS Nova Vita Targu Mures (Romania-D1) women team. Together with his team Mladen reached Romanian League Semifinals -12.



Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed valuable win in Sibiu - by Eurobasket News

Romania -Bosnia and Herzegovina 79:84

Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed valuable win in Sibiu in front of 15oo local fans over Romania. The team improved to 3-1 record in EuroBasket Qualification Round Group D after 84:79 victory.
Bosnia grabbed 25:22 after the first 10 minutes and added massive 27-10 in the second quarter. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) brought 58:34 lead early in the third period, however the victory was not that easy. Titus Nicoara (200-PF-88, agency: Interperformances) reduced to 75:57 at the end of the third period and then Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88, college: American) cut it to 10 points. Titus Nicoara scored for 77:72 and then Vlad Moldoveanu nailed three for 82:79. Persic meanwhile was the last to score in the game and brought the necessary win for the guests.
Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Elmedin Kikanovic top-scored for the winners with 21 points each, while Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) notched 17. Ante Masic (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances) delivered 12 points in a win. Vlad Moldoveanu replied with 25 points and 11 rebounds in defeat as Romanian fell at 1-2 record. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched 11, whilst Titus Nicoara and Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) added 10 apiece.

Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 25+11 rebs, Andrei Mandache 11, Titus Nicoara 10, Ionut Dragusin 10
Bosnia: Mirza Teletovic 21, Elmedin Kikanovic 21, Nihad Djedovic 17, Ante Masic 12



Liviu Dumitru is the new captain of Targu Mures - by Eurobasket News

Targu Mures got a new captain for the next season. It is experienced center Liviu Dumitru (203-C-79), who will play his third straight year for the club. Dumitru had 8.8 ppg and 4.4 rebounds for 33 games last season. In 2010/11, the player averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds for 33 appearances in the league. Targu Mures competed in BIBL that season and Dumitru added 11.6 ppg, plus 3.5 rpg for 8 games. Before Targu Mures, Liviu Dumitru played five years for Pitesti. In the past, he also was a member of Constanca, Brasov and Rapid Bucharest.
Targu Mures already completed its roster for the upcoming season. Earlier this month the team landed Croatian Matija Ceskovic. Last season Ceskovic shined with 18 ppg, 2.9 apg and 1.8 rpg in 24 Croatian league games with Kvarner Rijeka.

Targu Mures: 4. Tudos, 5. Dumitru, 6. Bacz, 8. Ciric, 9. Peciukas, 11. Bora, 12. Balaban, 13. Jucan, 14. Jakab, 15. Paliciuc, 24. Ceskovic, 55. Cuic.



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Lokomotiv Kuban close to get Yogev Ohayon - by Eurobasket News

General Manager of Lokomotiv Kuban Andrey Vedischev announced that his team reached an agreement with Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87). He said there are few details left to agree with Maccabi Tel Aviv and also added that situation should be clear by mid September, because Ohayon is now with the Israeli National Team (Source: Rsport.ru).
Yogev Ohayon joined Maccabi Tel Aviv last summer from Hapoel Jerusalem. He had 5.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 2.6 apg for 21 Euroleague games last season. The player also added 8.8 ppg, 5 apg and 3 rpg for 30 Israeli league appearances, plus 4 ppg and 2.4 apg for 25 games in Adriatic league. He helped Maccabi to win Israeli and Adriatic league titles, plus Israeli Cup. As mentioned above, Before Maccabi Tel Aviv, Yogev Ohayon spent two years with Hapoel Jerusalem. In 2008/09 season he was a member of Iscar Nahariya collecting 10.6 ppg, 4.3 apg, 4.2 rpg and 2.6 spg for 25 games in Israel. Ohayon is a product of Hapoel Galil Elyon. Last summer at the EuroBasket in Lithuania he had 2.8 ppg and 1.8 rpg in 4 games.



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Rwandan U18 National Team 2012 - by Greg

4 Dan Manzi 204-F-95 High School USA
5 Ali Kubwimana
6 Muhamed Rafiki
7 Fabrice Mugirangeza
8 Sunny Munyandamutsa
9 Scifon Shyaka 198-F High School USA
10 Olivier Shyaka
11 Rurangirwa Karekezi
12 Eric Ngenzi
13 Sankara Uwimana
14 Pascal Niyonkuru
15 Jean Ndoli

Nenad Amanovic Head Coach Medvescak Croatia
Cyrille Kalima Assistant
Albert Buhake Assistant
Moise Mutokambali Assistant
Francis Manzi Assistant



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U18 Championship: China cruise past Saudi Arabia into semifinal - by Eurobasket News

China U18 - Saudi Arabia U18 76:33

China had little problems at the quarterfinal stage of U18 Asia Championship. They coasted past Saudi Arabia to reach semis. Yang Jinmeng (190-G-95) came up with 11 points to lead China.
Saudi Arabia entered the game confidently. They led midway through the opening quarter. But the defending champions denied the deficit and pulled ahead for an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew deeper in the second term. China ensured a 40:20 lead at halftime. They controlled the tempo after the big break. China kept their opponents at 18% from the field and eased to a 28-point lead heading into the fourth frame. They never looked back marching to the victory. Li Qi (198-F-95), Li Jinglong (195-F-95) and Bai Bing (200-F-95) finished with 9 points each for the winners. Nassir Abo Jalas (192-F-94) answered with 9 points for Saudi Arabia. Asslam Bafarat (197-F/C-94) and Safwan Mohammed (203-C-94) netted 6 points each in the loss.

China U18: Yang Jinmeng 11, Li Qi 9, Li Jinglong 9, Bai Bing 9
Saudi Arabia U18: Nassir Abo Jalas 9, Asslam Bafarat 6, Safwan Mohammed 6



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Lester Hudson not coming to Partizan - by Eurobasket News (T)

Lester Hudson (191-G-84, college: Tenn-Martin) is not coming to Partizan after all. The Serbian powerhouse and also the player denied the signing. Hudson stated it was only a rumor. The player started last season with Chinese team Qingdao Double Star. He exploded with 33.6 ppg, 7 rpg, 6.3 apg and 2.9 spg for 32 games in CBA. He was the second best scorer of the league, No.2 in steals and No.4 in assists. Hudson participated at the All-Star Game and was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team -12. The player got the same award in 2010/11, when he helped Guandong Southern Tigers to win the CBA title. Last season, Lester Hudson also appeared 13 times for the NBA team Cleveland Cavaliers averaging 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He played 5 games for the NBA D-League squad Austin Toros as well. There Hudson had 17.6 ppg, 6 rpg and 4.2 apg. Lester Hudson finished the season with Memphis Grizzlies registering 3 ppg for 3 games.


Partizan starts preparation for the next season - by Eurobasket News

Partizan starts preparation for the next season and played already two friendlies.
At first the Serbian Champions lost to Politekhnika-Halychyna 72:73. The Ukrainian tea,m won the first and the second quarters of the game, while the hosts managed to respond with 2 victories in the second half. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) paced all the winners with 17 points and Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15.
Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the hosts with 16 points and Branislav Dekic (207-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) followed him with 13. Gutijerez poured in 11, whilst Vesterman netted 10.
Tonight Partizan outscored Mega Vizura 86:79. They won the first period 23-16 and added 20-18 in the second frame. Moreover the Serbian Champions produced 24-18 in the third quarter, while Mega Vizura won the last stanza 27-19. Djordje Gagic stepped up with 22 points and Branislav Dekic scored 14. Vesterman poured in 11, while Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) added 9. Avramovic replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15.



Serbia fire past Estonia in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Estonia 88:63

Serbia secured the third win in Group A of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They toppled Estonia for 3-1 record in the ladder. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) accounted for 12 points apiece for the hosts. Estonia fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
Serbia stayed strong from the start. The home team accounted for 26 points in the opening frame and secured an 11-point lead. Serbia kept Estonia at bay throughout the second quarter. The Balkan team established a 50:28 halftime lead. Serbia boosted the margin even more in the third term. They piled up a 29-point buffer heading into the fourth stanza. Estonia responded with a 22:18 run in the final term but could not rescue the game. Danilo Andjusic (195-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points for Serbia. Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) replied with 11 points for Estonia. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) netted 10 points in defeat.

Serbia: Nenad Krstic 12, Milos Teodosic 12, Danilo Andjusic 11
Estonia: Reinar Hallik 11, Siim-Sander Vene 10



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Israel leveled their EuroBasket qualifying record - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic-Israel 64:82

Israel leveled their EuroBasket qualifying record at 2-2 after a road win over Slovak Republic. The Israel team celebrated the second win in the group after 82:64 over the hosts in Levice.
Both teams stayed close to each other in the opening tip of the game, while Israel pushed the tempo at the end of the quarter and grabbed 27:20 lead. Guy Pnini (200-SF-83) later brought 34:23 and Limonad scored for 41:27. Slovak Republic trailed 18 points at the end of the half before Marko and Sykora reduced to 47:35 at the halftime. Israel did not slow down and produced 22-12 in the third period for a comfortable lead. They did not mind 13-17 in the last stanza for 18-point victory.
Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) poured in 18 points to lead the winners, while Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) notched 14. Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) scored 9, whilst Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) and Guy Pnini had 8 each. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Michal Batka (204-PF-87) added 7.

Slovak Republic: Anton Gavel 22, Michal Batka 7
Israel: Alex Tyus 18, Lior Eliyahu 14, Omri Casspi 9, Yogev Ohayon 8, Guy Pnini 8



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U18 Championship: South Korea hold off Philippines to enter semifinal - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U18 - Philippines U18 90:77

South Korea will play at the semifinal stage of U18 Asia Championship. They overcame Philippines in the quarterfinal battle today. Jonghyun Lee (206-C-94) led the effort with 26 points and 18 rebounds.
South Korea pulled ahead early in the encounter. They piled up a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Philippines drew things level midway through the second quarter however South Korea managed to regain the lead. They ensured a 47:41 advantage at halftime. South Korea pulled away in the third quarter. The Korean side stretched the gap to as many as 14 points at the final intermission 69:55. Philippines failed to threaten the deficit in the final minutes. Choi Jun-Yong (200-F-94) delivered 17 points, while Heo Hoon (181-G-95) added 15 points for the winners. Jerie Pingoy (175-G-94) answered with 19 points for Philippines. Rey Nambatac (179-G-94) had 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea U18: Jonghyun Lee 26+18 boards, Choi Jun-Yong 17, Heo Hoon 15
Philippines U18: Jerie Pingoy 19, Rey Nambatac 12



2012 William Jones Cup: Anyang KGC outscore Japan - by Eurobasket News

Anyang KGC-Japan 84:62

Anyang KGC outscore Japan for 4-2 record at the 2012 William Jones Cup. The South Korean team overcame Japan 84:62 in Day 7.
Anyang KGC won the first period 17-14 and added 20-10 in the second frame. They continued their dominance in the second half as well and won other two quarters either. The South Korean produced 24-20 in the third quarter and finished the game with 23-18 in the last stanza.
KIM Tae-Sul and Stutz Garrett (212-C-90, college: Wichita St.) paced all the winners with 18 points each, while Pattillo Juan (197-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) notched 13. Kim Sung-Chul (195-F-76) delivered 11 points in a win. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) answered with high 24 points and 14 rebounds, whilst Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) added 15. Takatoshi Furukawa (190-G/F-87) scored 11 points in a loss.
Tomorrow Anyang KGC will face Iran, while Japan will play against Lebanon on Sunday.

Anyang KGC: KIM Tae-Sul 18, Stutz Garrett 18, Pattillo Juan 13, Kim Sung-Chul 11
Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 24+14 rebs, Kosuke Kanamaru 15, Takatoshi Furukawa 11



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  SPAIN   


River Andorra tab Justin Safford - by Eurobasket News (T)

River Andorra bolstered their frontcourt. They landed Justin Safford (204-F-87, college: Missouri). The deal is meant for the next season. The forward will enter his second pro season in Spain. Justin Safford started his pro career in Sweden. He played for LF Basket last season. The forward notched 16.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists per game in Basketligan. Justin Safford graduated from the University of Missouri in 2011. He averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in his senior season. The forward was Big 12 Tournament winner with the Tigers in 2009.


Alicante inks 1-year deal with Jesus Fernandez - by Eurobasket News (T)

Alicante continues with new signings for the upcoming season. Their new member is Jesus Fernandez (204-C-75) who penned a 1-year deal. The Spanish big guy spent last three seasons with Granada. In the latest one he had 15.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 2.1 apg in 34 LEB Gold games. In 2010/11, the player collected 6.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 33 games in ACB. Granada faced with relegation that season. Before Granada, Jesus Fernandez played two years for Menorca. He had 5.8 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 30 ACB league games in their first season together. The center also was a member of Granada from 2003 to 2007. In the past, he played for Fuenlabrada, Ourense and Pamesa.


Jesus Mateo takes over Chinese team Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons - by Eurobasket News (T)

Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons got a new Head Coach for the upcoming season. The Chinese CBA team hired Spanish specialist Jesus Mateo, according to Marca.com. Most recently he worked with Unicaja Malaga. Mateo took over Unicaja during the summer of 2010 and coached them until March this year. Before Unicaja, Mateo worked as Head Coach of Fuenlabrada. He started as Assistant Coach there in 2008 and in December of 2009 was promoted to HC position. In 2007/08 and before that from 2004 to 2006 he worked as Assistant Coach of Unicaja. Meanwhile, Jesus Mateo spent half of the season as HC of CAI Zaragoza. In the past, he was Assistant Coach of Real Madrid and worked with their youth selections as well. Mateo is also a member of Sergio Scariolo's (agency: Alti Sport) coaching staff in the Spanish National Team.


Cajasol will play in EuroCup next season - by Eurobasket News

Cajasol accepted invitation to play in EuroCup next season. They will replace Lagun Aro GBC. The team from Seville reached Liga Endesa Quarterfinals few months ago. They failed to Real Madrid 0-2 in the series. The team finished regular season as No.7. Cajasol already played in EuroCup in 2010/11 and actually they reached the title game. Unics outplayed them 92-77 in the Finals.
Regarding Lagun Aro, the team gave up on EuroCup due to reduced budget for 2012/13. The team had impressive last season in Liga Endesa. They were No.5 of the regular season and reached Playoff Quarterfinals. There, Valencia had to work very hard to eliminate them with 2-1. Lagun Aro had MVP and best scorer of Liga Endesa last season - Andy Panko. However, the player left this summer for Panathinaikos Athens. Lagun Aro GBC ended as No.14 in 2010/11 season. They returned to the ACB in 2009. That year Lagun Aro was the LEB Gold Playoff winner.



Knet signs rookie, NCAA champ Eloy Vargas - by Eurobasket News (T)

Eloy Vargas (210-F-88, college: Kentucky) is set to start his professional basketball career. The Dominican big guy signed a 1-year deal with Knet. They will compete in Spanish second division for men - LEB Gold. Vargas graduated at the University of Kentucky few months ago. They were NCAA champions, but Vargas had very limited playing time. It was expected as Kentucky had No.1 NBA pick Anthony Davis (208-C-93, college: Kentucky), as well as few other players who will start their NBA careers in the upcoming season. Eloy Vargas played 33 games for the school as a senior averaging 1.7 rebounds and less than a point. He transferred to Kentucky in 2010 from Miami Dade C (JUCO). In this first year with Kentucky they reached NCAA Final Four. Eloy Vargas started college career at the University of Florida in 2008. He spent just one year with Florida, before he moved to Miami Dade CC. Vargas was on the list of candidates for Dominican National Team last summer.


Iraurgi SB inks Antonio Pantn - by Eurobasket News (T)

Another signing for Iraurgi Saski Baloia Lan Mobel in just two days. After David Nurse (191-G-87, college: W.Illinois), the team penned a 1-year deal with Antonio Pantin (203-C/F-88). He will be used at positions 4 and 5. Pantin spent last two seasons with Ourense. He had 6.8 ppg and 5 rpg for 33 games last season helping the team to win LEB Silver Playoffs. Of course, they won the promotion for LEB Gold. The team faced with relegation from LEB Gold a year ago. That season Pantin had very limited playing time. Before Ourense, Antonio Pantin played one year for Rosalia registering 5.2 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 25 LEB Silver games. In the past, he was a member of Rhinos Xiria (EBA), Real Madrid II (LEB Bronze) and Mostoles Stone (EBA). In 2007, Antonio Pantin played for the Spanish U19 National Team. He had 4.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 9 games at FIBA U19 World Championship in Novi Sad.


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American Reggie Chamberlain leaves Dolphins - by Eurobasket News (T)

Reggie Chamberlain (182-G-89, college: UMKC) is no longer a member of the Norrkoping Dolphins. The American point guard left the club due to personal reasons. He was practicing with the team for some time and according to Assistant Coach Jesper Sundberg he looked good. Norrkoping and Chamberlain penned a deal earlier this summer and it supposed to be the first professional season for the player. Reggie Chamberlain graduated at the University of Missouri - Kansas City few months ago. He appeared 31 times for his school as a senior averaging 17.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He was awarded with All-Summit League Honorable Mention -12. In 2011, the player was named to Summit League All-Newcomers Team -11. Chamberlain transferred to UMKC in 2009 from the Wichita State University. He was redshirted in 2009/10 due to NCAA transfer rules.


Sodertalje Kings bring in Agnis Cavars - by Eurobasket News (T)

Sodertalje Kings reinforced their roster at position 3. The team penned a 1-year deal with Latvian forward Agnis Cavars (198-F-86). He arrives to the club from Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels. Cavars joined Mitteldeutscher in January averaging 3.3 points and 1 rebound for 16 games. He helped the club to win German ProA title. The player participated at Eurobasket Summer League in Cologne a year ago. He had 13.7 ppg and 8.7 rpg for 3 games with Team Belgrade. Agnis Cavars played for Barons Riga from February of 2010 until the last summer. They won the Latvian league title together in 2010. In the past, the forward played for Beverina Brenguli, Valmeira and Riga. In 2005, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Newcomer of the Year -05. Agnis Cavars played for the Latvian U20 National Team in 2005 and 2006. In the past, he was a member of their U18 NT.


Germany beat Sweden to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Germany-Sweden 81:66

Germany beat Sweden to stay perfect at the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The German side overcame visiting Scandinavian team 81:66 for 3-0 record on top of Group B. Sweden meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Germany started with 19-17 in the first period and produced massive 26-11 in the second frame. The home side also looked better in the third quarter and added 21-14 in it for 24-point advantage after 30 minutes. Sweden meanwhile managed to win the last period 24-15 and reduced to final 15 points. Massamba nailed three for 79:66, while Guenther closed the game with a lay-up.
Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) and Robin Benzing (209-SF-89) stepped up with 15 points each, while Lucca Staiger (195-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) posted 12. Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89, agency: Pro One Sports) followed them with 9 points in a win. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) responded with 22 points in the losing case, whilst Martin Pahlmblad (183-G-86) and Christian Maraker (206-PF-82, college: Pacific) delivered 8 each.

Germany: Heiko Schaffartzik 15, Robin Benzing 15, Lucca Staiger 12, Philipp Schwethelm 9
Sweden: Jonas Jerebko 22, Martin Pahlmblad 8, Christian Maraker 8



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Benetton Fribourg Olympic lands American Darrius Garrett - by Eurobasket News (T)

Darrius Garrett (205-F/C-90, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Richmond) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American big guy signed a one-year deal with Benetton Fribourg Olympic. They will compete in Swiss top division for men - LNA. Garrett is a product of Richmond University, where he graduated few months ago. The player appeared 32 times with his school as a senior averaging 4.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks. He was named to Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team -12. A year ago, Richmond played in NCAA Sweet 16. Darrius Garrett helped his school that season with 1.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.6 bpg. It is important to mention that Richmond was Atlantic 10 Tournament winner in 2011. A year before that, the school reached Tournament Finals. Garrett spent all four years with Richmond.


Geneve Lions extend Jeremy Jaunin and Florian Steinmann until 2014 - by Eurobasket News (T)

Geneve Lions announced signing of 2-year contract extension with Jeremy Jaunin (170-PG-91) and Florian Steinmann (197-F-91). It means they will stay together until the end of 2013/14 season.
Jeremy Jaunin arrived to the club two years ago from Colas Bernex Basket. He had 3.6 ppg and 2 apg for 36 games last season. In 2010/11, the player had 4.7 ppg and 1.2 rpg in 34 appearances. He also played for the LNB team Colas Bernex that season as was named Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Domestic Player of the Year -11 and Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Defensive Player of the Year -11. Jaunin played for Swiss U20 and U18 National Team in the past.
Florian Steinmann was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB 2nd Team -12 and he was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Defensive Player of the Year -12. Steinmann had 22.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.9 spg and 3.2 apg for 15 LNB games with Colas Bernex last season. The player also appeared 18 times with Geneve Lions registering 3.4 ppg. Last summer he played for Swiss U20 National Team.



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U18 Championship: Syria beat Bahrain at the start of the Classification games - by Eurobasket News

Syria U18-Bahrain U18 80:70

Syria beat Bahrain at the start of the Classification games for 9-12 places. Syria won 80:70 and will play for the 9th place against India. The play-offs are scheduled for Saturday.
Syria started the game with 16-14 and added 19-17 in the second frame. Both teams scored 23 points each in offensive third period as the board showed 58:54 after three quarters. Syria came up with 22-16 in the last stanza and sealed the victory.
Mahmmoud Trub (195-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Ali Obesi (188-F-94) nailed 20. Okba Baghajati (182-G-94) delivered 14, while Mohamad Atle (199-C-95) added 8. Ali Hassan Shukralla finished the game with 20 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Ali Sayed Hasan (182-F-94) also scored 20. Mohammed Buallay (185-F-95) posted 12, whilst Mahamed Naser (191-F-97) chipped in with 9.

Syria U18: Mahmmoud Trub 24, Ali Obesi 20, Okba Baghajati 14, Mohamad Atle 8
Bahrain U18: Ali Hassan Shukralla 20+13 rebs, Ali Sayed Hasan 20, Mohammed Buallay 12, Mahamed Naser 9



U18 Championship: Syria clinches 9th place in Ulaanbaatar - by Eurobasket News

Syria U18-India U18 86:76

Syria clinches 9th place in Ulaanbaatar at the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. The team overcame India 86:76 as both teams finished the campaign.
Syria grabbed 20:17 after the first 10 minutes and added massive 22-12 in the second frame. India was too far to give up and replied with 30-27 in the third period as Palpreet Singh Brar (204-C-94) reduced to 69:59. India managed also to reduce to 8 points, but Okba Baghajati (182-G-94) brought 84:68. SAMINATHAN closed the game from the perimeter for the final result in the campaign.
Mahmmoud Trub (195-F-94) and Okba Baghajati combined for 50 points for the winners. Ali Obesi (188-F-94) nailed 13, while Mouhammad Shahin (192-F-94) scored 7. Palpreet Singh Brar finished the game with 27 points in defeat, whilst Rakesh Singh (198-PF-95) had 17 points and 15 rebounds. Amit Kanarjee (187-PG-94) scored 16 points and Narender Satyawan (176-PG-96) collected 9 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds.

Syria U18: Mahmmoud Trub 27, Okba Baghajati 23, Ali Obesi 13, Mouhammad Shahin 7
India U18: Palpreet Singh Brar 27, Rakesh Singh 17+15 rebs, Amit Kanarjee 16, Narender Satyawan 9+8 ast+7 rebs,



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2012 Jones Cup Men Day 7 results - by Chris Wang

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

UPG (US) 77-66 Jordan
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3069-10000.php
Philippines 77-75 Iran
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3064-10000.php
KGC (Korea) 84-62 Japan
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3050-10000.php
Taiwan 84-66 Taiwan B
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3049-10000.php

Standings:
Iran 5-1
Philippines 5-1
UPG (US) 5-1
Taiwan 4-2
KGC (South Korea) 4-2
Japan 2-5
Lebanon 2-4
Jordan 1-5
Taiwan B 0-7



2012 William Jones Cup: Taiwan teams meet each other - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan-Taiwan B 84:66

Taiwan teams meet each other in Day 7 of the 2012 William Jones Cup. The first team overcame Taiwan B 84:66. The latter fell at 0-7 record, while the first team improved to 4-2 record.
Taiwan opened the game with 21-19 lead, but Taiwan B dominated the second quarter. They again scored 19 points, but that time it was enough to win the quarter. Taiwan B grabbed 38:35 lead at the halftime, however could not win the game. Taiwan needed two victories in the second half to seal the victory. They posted 24-16 in the third quarter and finished the game with 25-12 in the last stanza.
Chen Shih-Chieh (176-G-84) poured in 17 points to lead the charge, while Lu Cheng-Ju (194-F-86) posted 12. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) delivered 11 and Liu Cheng (192-F-90) scored 10. Sung Yu-Hsuan (183-G-89) replied with 23 points in defeat, whilst Hu Long-Mao (194-F-92) brought 13.

Taiwan: Chen Shih-Chieh 17, Lu Cheng-Ju 12, Tsung-Hsien Chang 11, Liu Cheng 10
Taiwan B: Sung Yu-Hsuan 23, Hu Long-Mao 13



U18 Championship: Japan is the first Semifinalist - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan U18-Japan U18 67:68

Japan is the first Semifinalist of the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship. The team grabbed 68:67 win over Taiwan in the first Quarterfinal game of the day.
Japan won the first period 27:16 and but could take only 1-point lead at the halftime. Taiwan responded with 24-14 and reduced to 41:40 after the first 20 minutes of the game. In the third period Japan produced 15-13 and led 56:53 after three quarters. Chin Ming-Ching (194-F-94) gave Taiwan 65:63 lead with 3 minutes to go and he also brought 67:65. Masahiro Narita (185-SF-94) however nailed three for Japan to bring the important victory at the tournament.
Masahiro Narita erupted with 31 points for the winners and Kazushi Mori (192-SF-94) notched 15. Shuto Terazono (165-PG-94) followed them with 11 points in a win. Fang Shih-En (199-C-94) replied with 18 points and 17 rebounds in defeat. Chiu Jih-Cheng (178-PG-94) and Chin Ming-Ching scored 9 points each.

Taiwan U18: Fang Shih-En 18+17 rebs, Chiu Jih-Cheng 9, Chin Ming-Ching 9
Japan U18: Masahiro Narita 31, Kazushi Mori 15, Shuto Terazono 11



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Turkey too good for Portugal in Ankara - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Portugal 74:62

Turkey celebrated the second victory at 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down visiting Portugal in Group F. Turkey improved at 2-1 record, while Portugal fell at 0-3. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) delivered 19 points to pace the hosts.
Portugal quite unexpectedly stayed on level terms with the hosts in the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. But Turkey gradually increased the tempo. They strengthened the pressure and ensured a 42:31 halftime lead. Turkey maintained the advantage throughout the third term. The hosts entered the final frame up by 15 points. Portugal held Turkey to just 12 points in the final quarter but scored only 13 themselves and had to surrender at the end. Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) knocked down 16 points, while Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) added 10 in the victory. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Portugal. Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Turkey: Semih Erden 19, Serhat Cetin 16, Kerem Gonlum 10
Portugal: Joao Gomes 19, Claudio Fonseca 16+10 boards



Pinar Karsiyaka signs Alade Aminu - by Eurobasket News (T)

Another signing by Pinar Karsiyaka for the upcoming season. Karsiyaka and its new Head Coach Ufuk Sarica brought in Nigerian center Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech). He arrives to the club from Chalon. Aminu had 11.6 ppg and 6.8 rpg for 36 games helping Chalon to win the French ProA title last season. They also were Semaine des As winners. Aminu appeared in 16 EuroChallenge games as well collecting 12.2 ppg and 6.7 rpg. In 2010/11 season, the player had 9.1 ppg and 5.1 rpg in 32 ProA games. With Chalon he also won two French Cup trophies. Before Chalon, Alade Aminu played in the NBA D-League. He split 2009/10 season between Erie Bay Hawks and Bakersfield Jam. With Erie he had 12.2 ppg and 6.5 rpg for 37 games and later he added 19.3 ppg and 9.2 rpg for 9 games with Bakersfield. Aminu is a product of the Georgia Tech University, where he graduated three years ago.


Fenerbahce Ulker officially hires Luca Dalmonte as assistant coach - by Eurobasket Center

Fenerbahce Ulker officially hires Luca Dalmonte as assistant coach
Dalmonte joins Pianigiani

Fenerbahce Ulker announced the arrival of Luca Dalmonte as assistant coach. Dalmonte signed for one season. Dalmonte joins Simone Pianigiani, named head coach of the Turkish powerhouse. Dalmonte was head coach of VL Pesaro over the last seasons and assistent coach of the Italian National Team.

Courtesy of sportando.net



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2012 William Jones Cup: USA hold off Jordan - by Eurobasket News

USA - Jordan 77:66

USA celebrated the fifth win at William Jones Cup. They knocked down Jordan for 5-1 record. Curtis Marshall (6'6''-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) delivered 16 points to pace the winners. Jordan fell at 1-5 record after the loss.
USA had a tiny 21:19 lead ten minutes into the game. But they shifted the gear in the second quarter. The North American team went on a 25:12 rally to leave Jordan behind. USA ensured a 46:31 halftime advantage. USA and Jordan traded baskets throughout the third term. The North Americans entered the final frame up by 15 points. Jordan cut the distance but could not seriously threaten the deficit at the end. James Justice (5'10''-PG-89, college: Martin Methodist) had 12 points, while Wayne Arnold (6'4''-G-84, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Tennessee St.) had 11 points for the winners. Rasheim Wright (6'4''-G-81, college: District of Col.) answered with game-high 18 points for Jordan. Mahmoud Abdeen (6'3''-PG-87) produced 9 points in the loss.

USA: Curtis Marshall 16, James Justice 12, Wayne Arnold 11
Jordan: Rasheim Wright 18, Mahmoud Abdeen 9



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Ukraine rout Cyprus in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus-Ukraine 47:68

Ukraine rout Cyprus in Nicosia to take 3-1 record in Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification Round. The Ukrainian team did not have any difficulties reaching 68:47 victory.
Ukraine scored the first 6 points in the game and kept the hosts scoreless for about 4 minutes. Ukraine grabbed 16:10 after the first period, while Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) tied the game at 18:18. Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-PG-84, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) nailed three for 30:22 at the end of the second quarter and Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) brought 34:29. Later Natyzhko closed the period at 45:38. Ukraine added massive 23-8 in the last stanza to seal the success in the game.
Dmytro Zabirchenko top-scored for the winners with 15, while Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14. Steven Burtt brought 9 and Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) delivered 8. Anthony King answered with 13 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, whilst Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-PF-80) delivered 12.

Cyprus: Anthony King 13+14 rebs, Panagiotis Trisokkas 12
Ukraine: Dmytro Zabirchenko 15, Maksym Pustozvonov 14, Steven Burtt 9, Artur Drozdov 8



Jeremy Wise did not pass the physicals with Cherkasy Monkeys - by Eurobasket News (T)

Jeremy Wise (191-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) did not pass the physicals with Cherkasy Monkeys and will not sign with the team as it was reported earlier.

Jeremy Wise started the last season in Israel. He played for Maccabi Haifa. Jeremy Wise notched 7.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Premier League. In December Jeremy Wise moved to D-League. The guard joined Bakersfield Jam. His stats read 14.0 points, 6.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. Later Jeremy Wise moved to Trotamundos de Carabobo in Puerto Rico. The guard averaged 8.0 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in LPB. Jeremy Wise finished the season in Dominican Republic. He played for Caneros de La Romana. Previously the guard had stints in Italy, Philippines and D-League.



Dante Swanson close to Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News (T)

Cherkasy entered the market after the failed deal with Jeremy Wise. The team has reportedly been in contact with Dante Swanson (178-PG-81, college: Tulsa). The deal may be announced soon. Dante Swanson is not new to Ukraine. The guard spent the last two seasons with Hoverla. Last season Dante Swanson tallied 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists per EuroChallenge game. In Superleague the guard delivered 10.4 points, 4.5 assists, 3.4 boards and 1.4 steals per appearance. Previously Dante Swanson had stints with AZS Koszalin, Anwil Wloclawek, Slask Wroclaw and Astoria Bydgoszcz. He participated at Polish League All-Star Games in 2004 and 2006. The guard made it into Polish League All-Imports Team in 2010. In 2006 Dante Swanson earned All-Polish League Honourable Mention.


Ukrainian teams start friendly campaigns - by Eurobasket News

Ukrainian teams start friendly campaigns to prepare better for the upcoming 2012/2013 league.
Dnipro lost the game to Neptunas 67:76. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83, college: ODU) top-scored for the Ukrainian team with 24 points and 9 rebounds while Derrick Low (188-PG-86, college: Washington St.) added 19.
The Serbian Champions lost to Politekhnika-Halychyna 72:73. The Ukrainian team won the first and the second quarters of the game, while the hosts managed to respond with 2 victories in the second half. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) paced all the winners with 17 points and Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15. Gagic top-scored for the hosts with 16 points and Dekic followed him with 13. Gutijerez poured in 11, whilst Vesterman netted 10.
Cherkasy meanwhile overcame Kremen 103:41. The winning team dominated the whole game and won all the quarters. Alexandr Nerush (192-G-83) scored 23 points and Thomas posted 19.



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Great Daye for Sheffield Sharks guard - by Eurobasket News (T)

Sheffield Sharks have begun to build their backcourt for the coming season with the signing of American point guard Gage Daye (188-G-89, college: Bloomfield).

Daye attended Bloomfield College and became their all-time leading points scorer in his senior year.

Following this, the 63 New Jersey native played last season for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA Development League.

The signing of 23-year-old Daye means it is unlikely that last seasons guard duo of Ryan Patton and Jimmy Langhurst will be returning to the club.

However, Great Britain international Nate Reinking is a guard who Sharks would welcome back to the EIS if a deal could be reached.

Dayes deal comes on the back of Sharks securing the services of Canadian big man Mike Tuck for another season.

The Star understands Londoner Olu Babalola is close to agreeing a deal with the club ahead of their first match of the season against East London Royals at the EIS on Friday, September 21.

Courtesy of www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk



Sheffield One Health Sharks sign Gage Daye - by Eurobasket (T)

Sheffield One Health Sharks (BBL) signed 23-year old American guard Gage Daye (188-89, college: Bloomfield). He played most recently at Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in the U.S. While playing 4 games for Ft.Wayne MA last season Daye averaged 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.5apg. He graduated Bloomfield College in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Results for the Metro 2nd stage - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro 2nd stage
Urunday Universitario 96 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 33 points 10 rebounds 2 blocks 4 assists, Jose Mackiewicz (201-F/C-79) 13 oints 8 rebounds
Larranaga 88 - Emiliano Suarez (182-PG-91) 25 points 7 rebounds, Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 15 points 8 rebounds
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Atenas 77 - Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 26 points 17 rebounds, Pablo Clerici (195-F-78) 14 points
Cader 69 - Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) 22 points 11 rebounds, Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) 19 points 6 assists
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The game Goes-Marne was postponed

Standings: Atenas 21 points, Cader 18.5, Urunday 18.5, Marne 18, Larranaga 17.5 Goes 17



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Mike Davis was contacted by Guaros, but will remain in the NCAA - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Coach Mike Davis, a former head coach of Venezuela's Senior National Team back in 1995 and also a former coach of Marinos de Oriente (now Marinos de Anzoategui), revealed in a phone interview to Latinbasket.com Venezuela and Diario El Impulso, that he was contacted by the general management of Guaros de Lara to become the head coach for the upcoming LPB 2013 season, but family matters to attend and the fact that he got a chance to continue his NCAA Division I career as a head coach with Texas Southern, prevented him from reaching a deal.

"I would have loved to go back to Venezuela, because I love that country and its basketball"; he said from Houston. "If the offer had come in a different situation for me, I would have accepted it. I was (practically) on my way to coach Guaros", added the former head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers and the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) programs.

"I even had a chance to talk to some of the players of Guaros, including John Millsap (198-F-82). I coached his brother Elijah Millsap (198-G-87) in Alabama. The possibility of going back to Venezuela reminded me of the atmosphere of the games and the fans. I remembered my time with Marinos", he added.

However, a chance to work closer to home and continue a very successful NCAA career came by with Texas Southern. "It's a very good opportunity to me and I'm really excited about it".

He coached Venezuela's Senior NT in the 1995 FIBA Americas Pre-Olympic Tournament in Tucuman, Argentina. Venezuela went 0-4. It was the tournament in which long time legend Sam Shepherd (185-G-53) retired from the squad, while then rookies Richard Lugo (209-C-73) and Diego Guevara (184-G-77) made their official debuts.

Asked about the development of Venezuelan basketball and his thoughts about it, Davis said that he had the chance to see it himself back in 2009, when the Senior NT visited Birmingham for a series of friendly games against local teams. "I saw a very good group of young talented players. Venezuela has always had good players. All they need is more team work. They should focus more on practice sessions, trainings, work on the fundamental aspects of the game".

Regarding Venezuelan NBA player Greivis Vasquez (197-PG-87), he called him "a fantastic basketball player".

Guaros de Lara's general management has said that they have selected and signed an American head coach, but the name hasn't been revealed due to "a couple of contract issues of the coach with another organization that need to be worked out first".



Venezuela advances to Round of 16 in FIBA's 3x3 World Cup - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's Senior NT secured a spot in the Round of 16 at the 2012 FIBA 3x3 World Cup in Athens, Greece, by defeating Mexico 21-18 and setting their win-loss record in 2-2.

Venezuela had finished 1-1 after Day 1 of Group C's first round, by taking down Guam 21-9 and then being defeated by France, 16-12. In Day 2, they opened up with another loss against Ukraine, 14-11 but then qualified for the next round with a win over Mexico, 21-18. Tomorrow, they'll face Argentina to finish the first round, but no matter what happens, both teams will advance.

The Venezuelan team includes Michael Flores (192-G-85), Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82), Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) and Jorge Diaz (195-F-77). Ananguren also played in a previous tournament of FIBA's 3x3 World Tour, helping Venezuela to get the bronze medal in Sao Paulo, Brazil, then playing with amateurs Victor Prim, Victor Calderon and Jose Ali Uriepero. Ananguren even won the official dunks contest in that tournament.

The FIBA 3x3 World Cup is being played in Athens, Greece with 24 countries split into 4 groups of 6 teams each.

"The experience has been amazing, but this tournament is very hard", said Flores through a press release of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation. "Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77) is playing with Spain. The Europeans have sent teams with pro players of high caliber and that helps us improve for future editions of this tournament. We've got to practice more. Of course, this is our first time here and we didn't know the level of players we were going to face, but it's pretty strong. We've advanced to the next round and now the goal is to get ourselves between the Top 10 teams of the world", he added.

FIBA is promoting its new 3x3 format because it could be part of the Olympic Games in 2016. Venezuela will also play in the FIBA 3x3 Junior World Cup to be played in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain, next September.



Oscar Torres announces retirement from Venezuela's Senior NT, will continue to play in LPB - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SF Oscar Torres (198-F/G-76), has announced his retirement from Venezuela's Senior National Team, according to Diario El Nacional's basketball writer, Pedro Luis Moreira, who published Torres's statements in his Twitter account.

The former NBA player, now 35 years old and with experience in leagues of Italy, Russia and Turkey, last played for the Senior NT in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualy Tournament played at El Poliedro Arena in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela failed to gain a ticket for the London 2012 Olympic Games after finishing 1-1 in the first round. Torres skipped a previous tournament, the 2012 South American Championship played in Argentina and in which the team won the Silver Medal.

Venezuela is set to host the 2013 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy Tournament, but Torres, contacted by Moreira, said his retirement plans won't change due to that. "It'll be hard to watch my teammates out there on court. It'll be a hard moment, but I have to step away and give a chance to younger players", he said to Moreira. "As I've always had, in the arena or watching it on TV, I'll support my teammates. I know they need my support", said the former player of Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

"I'll remain active with Marinos (de Anzoategui). Now I'm spending good moments with my family", he added. Torres made his debut with Venezuela's NT back in 1999.



Gregory Vargas reports to preseason in Mexico - by Francisco Vega (T)

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) reported to Halcones de Xalapa's preseason, heading towards the 2012-2013 season of Mexico's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP).

In an interview for the team's official website, Vargas said that he feels "fine, glad and motivated to achieve a new goal. Being part of this team gives me extra inspiration because it is a great team, a great organization that has a lot of good goals to accomplish, since the championship slipped away last season and they're going for it again. It is the main goal and I came to that, to support them and help them. I'm focused on trying to win that championship for this team, one of the greatest in Latin America"

Vargas won Venezuela's LPB 2012 title as a member of Marinos de Anzoategui and went on to play for Venezuela's Senior NT in the South American Championship of Argentina 2012 and the FIBA World Olympic Qualy Tournament, played at El Poliedro Arena in Caracas, Venezuela.

He arrives to Xalapa after having played for one of the team's worst enemies, Halcones Rojos de Veracruz, where another Venezuelan, Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86), will be playing again. "I don't have any bad feelings about my previous team or anything, because before I arrived to Halcones Rojos, I also followed Xalapa. I was a big fan of this league through Internet and I had always liked the greatest teams in it and the level of the league. I wanted to be a part of this team and last year I was able to win the championship with Veracruz. I know there's a great rivalry. It's a beautiful thing to me because last season I was on the other side and this time I'll be in this side, focused on beating them".

Vargas said he hadn't been able to come to practice before because he had family matters to attend in Venezuela.



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2012 Jones Cup Men Day 7 results - by Chris Wang

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

UPG (US) 77-66 Jordan
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3069-10000.php
Philippines 77-75 Iran
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3064-10000.php
KGC (Korea) 84-62 Japan
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3050-10000.php
Taiwan 84-66 Taiwan B
http://2012wjc.basketball-tpe.org/files/902-1008-3049-10000.php

Standings:
Iran 5-1
Philippines 5-1
UPG (US) 5-1
Taiwan 4-2
KGC (South Korea) 4-2
Japan 2-5
Lebanon 2-4
Jordan 1-5
Taiwan B 0-7




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Women News


Buducnost makes Grbavcevic its new head coach - by Zeljko Zule

Montenegrin champion Buducnost made its first major move for the 2012-13 Adriatic League season by naming Zdenko Grbavcevic the team's new head coach. Grbavcevic, 39, has been head coach of the men's team Univerzitet Mediteran since 2007, having led the team to a B1 League Play-Off stage in 2011 and 2012. Grbavcevic make his head coching debut with Mogren and served five season as junior coach with Buducnost, between 2000 and 2005.
Grbavcevic replaces Zeljko Vukicevic , whose contract expired.



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ACCMW Qualifiers: First Deepwater target good outing - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria domestic women league champion, First Deepwater basketball club has set a personal goal of having a good outing at the 2012 Africa Champions Cup Zone-3 qualifiers slated for Monrovia, Liberia from September 1st through 10th.

Team head coach Lateef Erinfolami says the players are in high spirit ahead the qualifiers with over ten clubs contesting for the two slots at stake.

Coach Erinfolami says part of the plans is to get the players in competition mood and battle ready for the task ahead.

The club who won the 2009 zone-3 qualifiers in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire is eager to prove a point that her third place finish at the final round of the continent biggest women club competition on home soil was not a fluke.

First Deepwater basketball club golden girl and reigning Nigeria women league most valuable player (MVP), Nkechi Akashili told our correspondent that the players will not leave anything to chance in their bid to qualify for it third final round.

Our coaches are doing everything possible to make us be in top shape for the qualifier as we know that it will be tough out there in Liberia and that was why we skip the public holiday so as to be focus.

The African terrain is not new to us but we must not be complacent as we aim to qualify for our third final round of the club championship which is holding in Abidjan in October this year so the Liberia qualifier must be accomplished, she concluded.

Three other clubs will fly Nigeria flag at the men and women club qualifier, they included two-time Africa champion First Bank basketball club who will join First Deepwater as Nigeria representative in the women category while DStv premier league champion and runner-up Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt and Kano Pillars basketball club will represent the country in the men cadre.
Nkechi Akashili (G)



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Mladi Krajisnik inks Serbian guard Milana Zivadinovic - by Eurobasket News (T)

Mladi Krajisnik continues with signings for the upcoming season. Their latest addition is Serbian guard Milana Zivadinovic (179-G-91). She arrives to the club from Vojvodina Nis Novi Sad, where she had 8.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 2.8 apg for 17 Adriatic league games last season. The player also added 6.3 ppg, 4 apg and 3.3 rpg in Serbian championship. She played for Vojvodina also in 2010/11. That season Zivadinovic registered 6 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2 apg for 22 games in Adriatic league. Stats from the Serbian league for 2011/12 is not available. She helped Vojvodina to reach Playoff Semifinals in Serbia in both seasons. In the past, Milana Zivadinovic was a member of Crvena Zvezda and Radivoj Korac. Last summer she played for the Serbian U20 National Team at U20 EuroBasket. Serbia was the host of this event and they reached Semifinals. Zivadinovic averaged 1.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists for 9 games. She played for U20 NT also in 2010 and before that Zivadinovic played for U18 Serbia.


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Jolly JBS and Ana Vrsaljko part ways - by Eurobasket News (T)

Ana Vrsaljko (188-F/C-84) is no longer a member of Jolly JBS. Her contract expired earlier this summer and will not be extended. Vrasljko spent last season with Jolly JBS and they reached Playoff Finals together. Jolly JBS also played in Croatian Cup Semis. Before Jolly JBS, Ana Vrsaljko spent three years with Gospic. They were Croatian and Adriatic league champions two years ago. Gospic also won the Croatian Cup that season. In the past, Vrsaljko was a member of Zadar and Vidici Dalmostan.
Meanwhile Jolly JBS started with preparations for the upcoming season. All players from 2011/12 stayed with the club, except of Ana Vrsaljko. Antonija Misura and Luca Ivankovic will join the team next week as they got 7 extra days off due to their participation at the Olympic Games in London.



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ISRAELI LEAGUE UPDATE. - by Gil Goshen (T)


DANIELLE ADAMS SIGNED WITH M. ASHDOD,
2011-2012: Pallacanestro Pozzuoli (Italy-A1, starting five): 10 games: 15.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 80.5%
2012: San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA).

AVERY WARLEY SIGNED WITH ELITZUR HOLON
2011-2012: Liberty (NCAA, starting five): 33 games: 12.9ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.0spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 57.4%, FT: 68.3%
2012: Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) training camp. they have also signed Jasmine Wynne.


Avery Warley (190-F-87, college: Liberty)



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Michelle Harrison gets pro deal in Switzerland - by Eurobasket News (T)

Michelle Harrison (6'3''-F-87, college: Utah) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American forward penned a 1-year deal with SC Uni Basel Basket. They will compete in Swiss top division for women - LNA. Harrison graduated at the University of Utah a year ago. She had 4.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.3 spg for the school in 35 games as a senior. Michelle Harrison transferred to Utah in 2010 from the University of Stanford. She spent four years with Stanford, but appeared only once in 2007/08 due to injury. That is the reason why the player got one extra year of eligibility and she spent it with Utah. In her last season with Stanford, Harrison had 1.3 ppg and 1.1 rpg for 28 games (2009/10). She won Pac-10 Tournament four times with Stanford. In 2010, they even reached NCAA Finals. A year ago with Utah Michelle Harrison won the MWC Tournament.


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Norrkoping Dolphins sign Hanna Johansson and Tamar Gruwell - by Eurobasket News (T)

Norrkoping Dolphins announced signing of Hanna Johansson (187-F-89) and Tamar Gruwell (173-G-87) for the upcoming season. Both players penned their first professional deals.
Hanna Johansson graduated at the University of Alaska at Anchorage few months ago. They competed in NCAA2. Johansson helped her school to reach NCAA2 Elite Eight this year and she was named to All-NCAA D2 3rd Team -12. The player spent all four years with Alaska- Anchorage. In the past, she played for Brahe and Umea. Johansson also was a member of Swedish U20 and U18 National Teams.
Tamar Gruwell also arrives to Norrkoping from the University of Alaska at Anchorage. It will be her first year overseas.



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Same as is it was ever - by Eurobasket News

Last years finalists Otago Oceana Goldrush and Nelson Sparks showed theyll be tough to beat again, booking semifinal spots at the Womens Basketball Championship playoffs in Dunedin today.

Goldrush entered the tournament fearing the worst, but took advantage of their home floor to edge previous champions Harbour Breeze 52-49 in the morning and former form horses Hutt Valley 65-63 in the evening to top Section A. After leading most of the game, they trailed Hutt by a point with six seconds remaining, but got their noses back in front with a basket from Soraya Jensen and held on until the end.

Meanwhile, in Section B, Nelson overwhelmed Taranaki Trojans 81-47 behind Jelena Vucinic (175-G-91, college: Louisiana Tech)s 16 points in their early outing and then outlasted Waitakere West Auckland 61-54, with Jess Bygate amassing 15 points and nine rebounds.

Otago and Nelson now await the winners of tomorrow mornings crossovers, which see Harbour face Taranaki and Waitakere against Hutt.

In the plate division, Waikato Wizards and Canterbury Wildcats were both 2-0 at the end of the day.

Womens Basketball Championship
Edgar Centre, Dunedin
Thursday, August 23

8.30am
Harbour Breeze 49 (Rebecca Van Kuyk 14, Brooke Blair (94) 13) Otago Oceana Goldrush 52 (Julia Main 15, Soraya Jensen 12)
Box Score Otago v Harbour

Nelson Sparks 81 (Jelena Vucinic 16, Jaime Campbell 12, Lisa Book 11) Taranaki Trojans 47 (Terai Sadler 15, Hannah Flemming 10)
Box Score Nelson v Taranaki

10.30am
Waikato Wizards 68 (Natasha Lenden 25, Miriam Slatter 10) Palmerston North Storm 33 (Bridgette Lawn (190-F-91) 8)
Box Score Waikato v Palmerston North

Rotorua Lady Vols 48 (Aroha Jennings 28, Makayla Daysh 13) Canterbury Wildcats 54 (Pipi Connell 13, Courtney Hamblin 12, Rosanna Katene 11)
Box Score Rotorua v Canterbury

1.30pm
Hutt Valley Flyers 46 (Lisa Scott 10) Harbour Breeze 54 (Jaycin Tini 13, Rebecca Van Kuyk 10)
Box Score Hutt Valley v Harbour

Waitakere West Auckland Rangers 64 (Penina Davidson (189-F-95) 17) Taranaki Trojans 48 (Terai Sadler 15)
Box Score Waitakere v Taranaki

3.30pm
Kelvin Hotel Southland Pearls 50 (Morgan Hunter (178-G-94) 15, Elise Cassidy 14, Te Huinga Selby-Rickett 13) Waikato Wizards 84 (Rhiah Spooner-Knight 23, Leanne Walker 15, Natasha Lenden 13)
Box Score Southland v Waikato

Canterbury Wildcats 74 (Courtney Hamblin 20, Hayley Gray 17) Palmerston North Storm 53 (Bardo Tuhaka-Ensing 14, Bridgette Lawn 10)
Box Score Canterbury v Palmerston North

6.30pm
Otago Oceana Goldrush 65 (Janet Main 17, Soraya Jensen 13, Samara Gallaher 12) Hutt Valley Flyers 63 (Joanna Judge 12, Jacinta Beckley 11, Bulou Tuisue 10)

Waitakere West Auckland Rangers 54 (Penina Davidson 19, Te Oramae Solomon 10) Nelson Sparks 61 (Jess Bygate 15, Kat Jones 13, Nicky Rampton 13)
Box Score Waitakere v Nelson

8.30pm
Rotorua Lady Vols 53 (Aroha Jennings 25) Kelvin Hotel Southland Pearls 68 (Morgan Hunter 22, Elise Cassidy 13, Te Huinga Selby-Rickett 12)

Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz



WBC defence goes awry - by Eurobasket News

The best-laid plans of mice and men and Otago Oceana Goldrush coach Brent Matehaere.

If the 2012 Womens Basketball Championship was previously unfolding as a game of cat and mouse between the defending champions and their several challengers, that trap seems to have back-fired.

When the competition began two months ago, Matehaere was confident his under-strength outfit had enough firepower to sneak through the opening rounds and regain their power in time to prevail in the finals on their home court at Dunedins Edgar Centre.

The first part of that prophecy was fulfilled when Otago edged Nelson Sparks a rematch of last years WBC finalists in their final preliminary game to seal a place in the six-team championship playoffs.

But with the field now descending on the southern city for this weeks season climax, Matehaere admits the Goldrush will have their work cut out. Gone are the stars that carried them to victory 12 months ago.

If you look at what we had last year, when we thought we had it sorted and still have to fight for it, were severely undermanned this time, he laments.

Stalwart Suzie Bates (175-G-87) is concentrating on her role as NZ womens cricket captain, while fellow internationals Patrice McKenzie (injured), Daneka Wipiiti (194-F-82) (overseas) and Casey Lockwood (injured) are also non-starters.

But the Goldrush havent had those players all season. Perhaps the biggest losses are netballers Jodi Brown and Te Paea Selby-Rickett, who were instrumental in keeping the titleholders in contention last month, but are unavailable through commitments to their preferred code.

The only frontline survivor from last years winning effort is forward Samara Gallaher, but even she is dependent on a doctors clearance for concussion symptoms.

Matehaeres only hopes right now seem to be the possibility that other teams are also below full strength and a playoff format that could allow a team to lose twice, but still claim the crown.

As for title favourites, two stand out.

Hutt Valley have been the form team all season theyve lost just once to Waitakere, says Matehaere. Theyve done well and are well rounded.

Theyre not a team that have had players coming in and out. Theyve been consistent through the season.
The other contenders are Otagos old rivals, Nelson.

The Sparks are in a similar situation in terms of consistency of players. Theyve got the size and theyve got the old heads know how to get it done.

The WBC finals begin tomorrow morning, when Otago face previous champions Harbour Breeze and Nelson take on Taranaki Trojans at 8.30am.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz



Sparks, Rangers in WBC final - by Eurobasket News

Nelson Sparks will face Waitakere West Auckland for the 2012 Womens Basketball Championship in Dunedin tomorrow.

Runners-up last year, the Sparks earned a spot in the final, beating former champions Harbour Breeze 62-57 in the first semifinal.

After an opening half where the lead was never more than a few points, Harbour was up by three at the break and stretched their advantage to seven soon after play restarted.

They couldnt hold it. Brooke Blairs three-pointer on the buzzer gave the Breeze a two-point lead into the final quarter, but a 12-1 run midway through the period propelled the Sparks into a strong position and they were able to close the contest out.

Nelson centre Nicky Rampton dominated around the basket for 16 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks, while Jelena Vucinic shot 7/10 from the free-throw line among her 13 points.

The other semifinal went down to the wire, with debutants Waitakere gaining an upper hand over defending champions Otago Oceana Goldrush in the second quarter and held a 12-point advantage just after halftime.

Otago closed to within a point with 21 seconds remaining, but had to foul to get the ball back and Westie point guard Amanda Buck made their free-throws for a 57-52 victory.

In the plate division, Canterbury Wildcats became the last unbeaten team left in the playoffs, toppling Waikato Wizards 59-46 in the afternoon. But they lost their unblemished record with a loss to Southland Kelvin Hotel Pearls in the evening.

Womens Basketball Championship
Edgar Centre, Dunedin
Friday, August 24
9am
Waikato Wizards 74 (Rhiah Spooner-Knight 17, Aimee Firmin (175-F-80) 11, Miriam Slatter 11, Leanne Walker 10) Rotorua Lady Vols 34 (Makayla Daysh (180-F-95) 16)

Kelvin Hotel Southland Pearls 75 (Morgan Hunter 16, Elise Cassidy (171-G-87) 16, Te Huinga Selby-Rickett 14, Bailey McDougall 14) Palmerston North Storm 56 (Bridgette Lawn 16, Danielle Pomare-Mackay 15)

11am
Harbour Breeze 72 (Rebecca Van Kuyk 15, Brooke Blair 13) Taranaki Trojans 43 (Toni Sharader 15, Terai Sadler 10) (G1)

Waitakere West Auckland Rangers 69 (Penina Davidson 15, Wuanyei Ah Hing 14, Keziah Lewis 13) Hutt Valley Flyers 54 (Lisa Scott 15) (G2)

2pm
Waikato Wizards 46 (Natasha Lenden 15) Canterbury Wildcats 59 (Hayley Gray (171-G-89) 14, Pip Connell 13, Courtney Hamblin 11)

Palmerston North Storm 31 (Shanice Swain 8) Rotorua Lady Vols 54 (Makayla Daysh 24, Tania Neale 10)

5pm
Semifinal one Nelson Sparks 67 (Nicky Rampton 16, Jelena Vucinic 13, Kat Jones 10) Harbour Breeze 57 (Rebecca Van Kuyk 14, Brooke Blair 13, Shinae Blair 10) (G3)

7pm
Semifinal two Otago Oceana Goldrush 52 (Danielle Calnan (176-G-85) 14, Soraya Umaga-Jensen 12) Waitakere West Auckland 57 (Te Oramae Soloman 14, Adoniah Lewis 11) (G4)

Canterbury Wildcats 55 (Pip Connell 21, Hayley Gray 14) Southland Kelvin Hotel Pearls 67 (Morgan Hunter20, Elise Cassidy 16, Te Huinga Selby-Rickett 14)

Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.org.nz



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ACCMW Qualifiers: First Deepwater target good outing - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria domestic women league champion, First Deepwater basketball club has set a personal goal of having a good outing at the 2012 Africa Champions Cup Zone-3 qualifiers slated for Monrovia, Liberia from September 1st through 10th.

Team head coach Lateef Erinfolami says the players are in high spirit ahead the qualifiers with over ten clubs contesting for the two slots at stake.

Coach Erinfolami says part of the plans is to get the players in competition mood and battle ready for the task ahead.

The club who won the 2009 zone-3 qualifiers in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire is eager to prove a point that her third place finish at the final round of the continent biggest women club competition on home soil was not a fluke.

First Deepwater basketball club golden girl and reigning Nigeria women league most valuable player (MVP), Nkechi Akashili told our correspondent that the players will not leave anything to chance in their bid to qualify for it third final round.

Our coaches are doing everything possible to make us be in top shape for the qualifier as we know that it will be tough out there in Liberia and that was why we skip the public holiday so as to be focus.

The African terrain is not new to us but we must not be complacent as we aim to qualify for our third final round of the club championship which is holding in Abidjan in October this year so the Liberia qualifier must be accomplished, she concluded.

Three other clubs will fly Nigeria flag at the men and women club qualifier, they included two-time Africa champion First Bank basketball club who will join First Deepwater as Nigeria representative in the women category while DStv premier league champion and runner-up Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt and Kano Pillars basketball club will represent the country in the men cadre.
Nkechi Akashili (G)



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Targu Mures add Lashawn Johnson and Takesha Riggs - by Eurobasket News (T)

Targu Mures add Lashawn Johnson (188-F/C-86, college: Illinois St.) and Takesha Riggs (173-G, college: Ft.Valley St.) for the upcoming season.
Lashawn Johnson started her career in 2005-2006 for Illinois St. (NCAA) and stayed for three seasons. In 2009-2010 she moved to Hyvinkaan Ponteva (Finland-1st Division) and averaged 17.0ppg, 15.0rpg. In 2010-2011 her stats read 18.0ppg, 17.0rpg.
Takesha Riggs was number two scorer in SIAC conference. Lead the conference in scoring her sophmore and junior season. Averaged over 100 assists her senior year and almost 100 steals (3.2 per contest, leading steals in SIAC). In her first year at FVSU, she came into the team and made an immediate impact by leading her team to a 21-9 record. She also made 1st team all conference all four years at FVSU. Riggs also made the SIAC tournament team twice.



BCM Danzio Timisoara signs two players - by Eurobasket News (T)

BCM Danzio Timisoara added two new players for the upcoming season. The Romanian team signed rookie Antoinette Thompson (170-G) and Natasa Mijatovic (191-F/C-89).
Antoinette Thompson heads to Romania for her first professional season. She graduated at Texas Christian University few months ago. Thompson appeared 30 times for her school as a senior averaging 8.3 points, 4 rebounds and 2.5 assists. She was awarded with All-MWC Honorable Mention -12. Thompson helped TCU to reach MWC Tournament Finals a year ago.
Natasa Mijatovic played last season for the Serbian team Vrbas Medela. She had 14 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 22 games. Before Vrbas, she played for Slovenian Odeja Skofja Loka. Mijatovic was a member of the Serbian U20 NT in 2008.



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Russia eliminates Sweden 73-65, heads to Semifinals of U20 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

U20 SWEDEN - U20 RUSSIA 65-73

Russia advanced to the Semifinals of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They handed 73-65 loss to Sweden in the QFinals. Russia's rival in the battle for the gold medal game will be Holland. At the other side, Sweden will continue in Classification Round from 5th-8th place. Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) top-scored in victory with 15 points and Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) helped with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Galina Kiseleva (184-F-93) secured a nice help adding 13 points, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) was better than the others with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) scored 14 points and Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) added 10 pts, plus 8 rebs. Russia was up by four at the end of Q3 and jumped to 68-54 with 4 minutes remaining in the game. That was simply too much for Sweden. Quarters: 20-18, 18-12, 12-16, 23-19. Championship continues today.

Sweden: Josefin Vesterberg 16+5 boards, Farhiya Abdi 14, Binta Drammeh 10+8 boards
Russia: Alexandra Stolyar 15, Ksenia Tikhonenko 14+9 boards, Galina Kiseleva 13+6 boards



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Astou Traore moves to Cadi ICG - by Eurobasket News (T)

Astou Traore (182-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) moves to Cadi ICG for the upcoming season. The Senegalese player remains however in Spain.

Last year Astou Traore played for El Joventut Mariana. In 25 games she became the fourth top-scorer with 16.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 83.1%.
In 2006-2007 she played for ASPTT Charleville-Mezieres (France-NF1) and then moved to Joventud Mariana (Spain-LF2, starting five) where she became the fifth top-scorer with 17.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP-3 (45.0%), 3PT: 33.0%,FT-1 (93.0%). In 2008-2009 appeared in Argon Uni Girona (Spain-LF2, starting five) and showed 18.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.0%, FT: 57.0%, while in 2009-2010 for Argon Uni Girona (Spain-LFB, starting five) had 11.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 75.4%. Last season Astou Traore played for Cadi la Seu D'urgell (Spain-LFB, starting five) and after 26 games averaged 14.0ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 78.2%.



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Jovana Vukoje in CSU ALBA IULIA - by Tamara Ruzic

CSU ALBA IULIA announced experienced Serbian guard Jovana Vukoje (174-G-86) for 2012/2013 season.
Serbian guard will spend one more season in Romania. Vukoje played last season for BCM Bega Danzio Timisoara, where she had 34 games, averaging 14.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.6apg, 2.2spg per game. Vukoje started her career in Partizan, then moved to Red Star from Belgrade. Vukoje also played for Vojvodina from Novi Sad, Vozdovac from Belgrade, Dynamo NPU from Kyiy Ukraina, Lupa Promotion from Novi Zagreb Croatia. Vukoje was member of the national Serbian team 2010.




BCM Danzio Timisoara brings Natasa Mijatovic - by Tamara Ruzic

BCM Danzio Timisoara added one more player to their roster, a Serbian center Natasa Mijatovic (191-F/C-89) for the upcoming season. The Romanian club panned a one year deal with Mijatovic.Natasa Mijatovic played last season for the Serbian team Vrbas Medela. She played 22 games and was averaging 14 ppg and 7.8 rpg per game. Mijatovic also played for Slovenian Odeja Skofja Loka. Mijatovic was a member of the Serbian U20 NT in 2008.


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CB Conquero Huelva keep Mirchandani, Cabrera, Raluy and Alonso - by Eurobasket News (T)

CB Conquero Huelva keep Lidia Mirchandani (172-PG-76), guard Patricia Cabrera (176-PG-91), power forward Nerea Raluy (174-G-93) and guard Ana Alonso (187-F-90).
CB Conquero Huelva keep Lidia Mirchandani, guard Patricia Cabrera, power forward Nerea Raluy and guard Ana Alonso. The following players helped CB Conquero Huelva to win promotion to LFB. Conquero overcame Pais Vasco 76:66 and advanced to the top division. Conquero dominated on the defensive end, holding Pais Vasco to just 7 points in third quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of Bulgarian forward Radostina Dimitrova who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Lidia Mirchandani joined the team in 2011 and averaged 10.6ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-4 (3.6apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 45.4%, FT-3 (87.5%).
Patricia Cabrera also was a newcomer last year and averaged 8.6ppg, FGP: 29.2%, 3PT-1 (50.3%).
Nerea Raluy will enter her 4th season with the team, while Ana Alonso will have the fifth straight season.



Astou Traore moves to Cadi ICG - by Eurobasket News (T)

Astou Traore (182-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) moves to Cadi ICG for the upcoming season. The Senegalese player remains however in Spain.

Last year Astou Traore played for El Joventut Mariana. In 25 games she became the fourth top-scorer with 16.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 83.1%.
In 2006-2007 she played for ASPTT Charleville-Mezieres (France-NF1) and then moved to Joventud Mariana (Spain-LF2, starting five) where she became the fifth top-scorer with 17.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP-3 (45.0%), 3PT: 33.0%,FT-1 (93.0%). In 2008-2009 appeared in Argon Uni Girona (Spain-LF2, starting five) and showed 18.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.0%, FT: 57.0%, while in 2009-2010 for Argon Uni Girona (Spain-LFB, starting five) had 11.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 75.4%. Last season Astou Traore played for Cadi la Seu D'urgell (Spain-LFB, starting five) and after 26 games averaged 14.0ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 78.2%.


LFB2 Standings - by Simas

LF2 Standings
Group A
 1. ADBA 0-0 
 2. Al-Qazeres 0-0 
 3. Aros Leon 0-0 
 4. Arxil Pontev. 0-0 
 5. Cortegada 0-0 
 6. Ensino 0-0 
 7. Ferrol 0-0 
 8. Ourense P. 0-0 
 9. Oviedo 0-0 
 10. Real C.Vigo 0-0 
 11. Valladolid 0-0 
Group B
 1. Alcobendas 0-0 
 2. Asefa Estud. 0-0 
 3. Casablanca 0-0 
 4. Gernika 0-0 
 5. Las Gaunas 0-0 
 6. Las Rozas 0-0 
 7. Leganes 0-0 
 8. Orion-GDKO 0-0 
 9. Pais Vasco 0-0 
 10. Real Canoe 0-0 
 11. Segle XXI 0-0 
 12. Tenerife 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Group A

Oct. 20: Real C.Vigo - Valladolid
Oct. 20: Ourense P. - Aros Leon
Oct. 20: Ferrol - ADBA
Oct. 20: Oviedo - Ensino
Oct. 20: Arxil Pontev. - Cortegada

Group B

Oct. 20: Asefa Estud. - Las Rozas
Oct. 20: Gernika - Pais Vasco
Oct. 20: Alcobendas - Leganes
Oct. 20: Segle XXI - Orion-GDKO
Oct. 20: Real Canoe - Las Gaunas
Oct. 20: Tenerife - Casablanca



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Russia eliminates Sweden 73-65, heads to Semifinals of U20 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

U20 SWEDEN - U20 RUSSIA 65-73

Russia advanced to the Semifinals of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They handed 73-65 loss to Sweden in the QFinals. Russia's rival in the battle for the gold medal game will be Holland. At the other side, Sweden will continue in Classification Round from 5th-8th place. Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) top-scored in victory with 15 points and Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) helped with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Galina Kiseleva (184-F-93) secured a nice help adding 13 points, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) was better than the others with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) scored 14 points and Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) added 10 pts, plus 8 rebs. Russia was up by four at the end of Q3 and jumped to 68-54 with 4 minutes remaining in the game. That was simply too much for Sweden. Quarters: 20-18, 18-12, 12-16, 23-19. Championship continues today.

Sweden: Josefin Vesterberg 16+5 boards, Farhiya Abdi 14, Binta Drammeh 10+8 boards
Russia: Alexandra Stolyar 15, Ksenia Tikhonenko 14+9 boards, Galina Kiseleva 13+6 boards



Norrkoping Dolphins sign Hanna Johansson and Tamar Gruwell - by Eurobasket News (T)

Norrkoping Dolphins announced signing of Hanna Johansson (187-F-89) and Tamar Gruwell (173-G-87) for the upcoming season. Both players penned their first professional deals.
Hanna Johansson graduated at the University of Alaska at Anchorage few months ago. They competed in NCAA2. Johansson helped her school to reach NCAA2 Elite Eight this year and she was named to All-NCAA D2 3rd Team -12. The player spent all four years with Alaska- Anchorage. In the past, she played for Brahe and Umea. Johansson also was a member of Swedish U20 and U18 National Teams.
Tamar Gruwell also arrives to Norrkoping from the University of Alaska at Anchorage. It will be her first year overseas.



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Mersin adds Seda Erdogan for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News (T)

Mersin continues with signings for the upcoming season. Their latest addition is forward Seda Erdogan (170-F-87, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Dodge City CC). She arrives to the club from Ceyhan. Erdoran appeared 18 times in TKBL last season averaging 5.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists. From 2009 until the last summer she was a member of Tarsus. The player collected 7.7 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 23 games in their first season together. In 2008/09, Seda Erdogan played for Cankaya and she also finished 2007/08 season there. In the past, she played for Besiktas and Dodge City Community College (USA). Seda Erdogan played for the Turkish National Team last summer in Poland. She had 2 ppg for 9 games helping her country to win the EuroBasket Silver. Erdogan played for U20 Turkey in 2007.


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Latest games (4): Fever top Storm on Zellous' last-second 3 - by Eurobasket News

Seattle S. - Indiana F. 66-68
Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) made the game-winning 3- pointer with less than one second remaining on Thursday, as the Indiana Fever used a wild comeback to defeat the Seattle Storm, 68-66. Indiana trailed 66-53 with 4:04 left, but scored 15 unanswered points to cap the incredible rally. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) finished with game-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds and scored five points during the deciding burst. Briann January added 11 points in the win while Zellous chipped in 10. Three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson made her season-debut for the Storm and scored four points on 1-of-4 shooting in almost 26 minutes of action. She missed the earlier part of the campaign while training and competing with her Australian national team as part of the London Olympics. Camille Little scored a team-high 15 points for the Storm, who have lost three straight at home for the first time since 2006. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

L.Angeles S. - S.Antonio SS 101-77
Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) matched career highs with 29 points and six 3-pointers made, Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) added 21 points and the Los Angeles Sparks beat San Antonio 101-77 Thursday night for their eight straight victory and ended the Silver Stars' 12-game winning streak. DeLisha Milton-Jones had 14 points as the Sparks (18-6) got their longest win streak since an eight-game run June 2006. Los Angeles, which improved to 11-1 at Staples Center, had lost the first three meetings against San Antonio - including its only home defeat on June 24. "Of course it was (talked about)," Beard said. "Yesterday we talked about it . They definitely had our number. They caught us at a time when we were trying to figure ourselves out defensively. But the month off that we had, we really worked on our team defense and that showed tonight." Danielle Robinson had a season-high 22 points to lead the Silver Stars (16-6) and Shenise Johnson had 15. Leading scorers Sophia Young and Becky Hammon combined for 14 points as neither played much late in the blowout. Sparks star forward Candace Parker had six points, 10 rebounds and six assists in fewer than 18 minutes. Toliver also had six assists on a night that coach Carol Ross said was the team's best ball movement of the season. Toliver, who shot 9 for 30 in the teams' three previous meetings, was 10 for 14 this time - including 6 for 7 on 3s. "We didn't want to get swept," Toliver said. "That was an added thing, but we were just trying to come out defensively and play really well and just be really aggressive. We did that against Indiana and Seattle. It wasn't just San Antonio. They were the team in front of us and we didn't like how the first three games went. That was an added bonus." Los Angeles shot a season-high 57 percent from the field and matched a season-best with 10 3-pointers. The Sparks also moved one game behind defending champion Minnesota for first place in the Western Conference. Toliver made three 3-pointers in a 62-second stretch late in the third quarter to give the Sparks their biggest lead at 87-53. Los Angeles shot nearly 59 percent in the first three quarters. "They shot lights out," Young said. "I thought our defense was terrible. We weren't focused at all. We've got to give them credit. They played much better than we did. We can definitely play much better basketball than that." San Antonio never got closer than 22 points in the second half. "If I had the answer we would have made the push," San Antonio coach Dan Hughes said. It was San Antonio's first loss since June 22 and their fourth game in seven days. "We're playing so much, the most important thing was to make no excuses," Hughes said. "Tonight, L.A. played very well and we didn't get it done. But we've got another game in 48 hours. We're playing so much basketball right now. You can't linger whether it was a good game or a bad." Toliver and Beard each scored 16 points in the first half and went a combined 5 for 5 on 3s as the Sparks took a 59-35 lead into halftime, setting a franchise record for points in the first half. Beard scored 11 points in the second quarter and helped Los Angeles maintain at least an 18-point lead over the final 6 minutes of the first half. Toliver converted a left-handed layup on a pretty give-and-go play with Jantel Lavender before Ebony Hoffman sank a 3-pointer for the 24-point halftime lead. Toliver made three 3s in the last 2:16 of the first quarter, the last of which gave the Sparks a 29-17 lead going into the second quarter. The Sparks forced the Silver Stars into five turnovers and four fouls in the first 10 minutes. Los Angeles' previous record for points in the first half was 55 at Connecticut on May 24, 2003, and against Utah on Aug.4, 2002. *Courtesy of www.sacbee.com

Atlanta D. - Chicago S. 82-71
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

Phoenix M. - New York L. 77-89
Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) scored 31 points to lead the New York Liberty to an 89-77 victory over Phoenix on Thursday night, handing the Mercury their ninth straight loss. Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) and Leilani Mitchell scored 13 points each, Plenette Pierson had 12 points and Kara Braxton added 12 points and nine rebounds to help the Liberty (9-13) win for the third time in four games since the league's month-long Olympic break. ''We've had injuries like Phoenix ... so we've been out of synch,'' Liberty coach John Whisenant said. ''Since the break we've been playing better because we got everyone healthy and we've been able to practice with healthy people... And we've been making shots. Coaching is a lot easier when we make shots.'' Pondexter shot 9 for 15 from the field - 5 for 9 on 3pointers - and was 8 for 8 from the free-throw line. New York shot 47 percent (30 for 64), including 13 for 27 on 3s, and moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference, one-half game ahead of Chicago and two games behind third-place Atlanta. ''We have to stay afloat,'' Pondexter said. ''Our goal is to win eight more games to be in a safe position.'' DeWanna Bonner scored 34 points for Phoenix (4-18), which continued to play without several of its injured regulars. Bonner shot 11 for 26 from the field, tying her career high for baskets made. The Liberty led by 18 in the first half before Phoenix rallied to pull to 56-53 midway through the third period on Bonner's layup. However, Pondexter scored nine points over the next 6 minutes and New York took a 70-61 lead into the final period. ''I don't know if we just came out a little too passive,'' Bonner said. ''We're trying to figure things out and we end up digging ourselves a hole. With this team you can't do that. We have to come out aggressive and its hard to do that when you're down 15, 16 points.'' Sammy Prahalis added 12 points, four rebounds and four assists, and Krystal Thomas added a career-high 14 rebounds for the Mercury, who played only eight players. Phoenix was without Olympic gold medalist Diana Taurasi, who was in warmups but said she felt lightheaded and did not play. She underwent a dental procedure last Friday. Before the Olympic break, Taurasi had missed 18 of Phoenix's 20 games with a hip flexor but then led the Americans in scoring during the Olympic tournament, averaging 12.4 points a game. ''Practices are better and hopefully next game she'll play,'' Mercury coach Corey Gaines said. Phoenix regulars Candice Dupree (knee), Alexis Gray-Lawson (knee) and Charde Houston (ankle) all sat out with injuries. New York made 4 of 5 from beyond the arc in the first 4 minutes and then scored eight straight points to take a 30-16 lead after the first quarter. Pondexter hit three 3s in the second to help the Liberty take a 45-27 lead with 4:36 left in the half. But Bonner scored nine points down the stretch as the Mercury closed to 50-40 at the break. ''We lost that first quarter and we couldn't dig ourselves out of that hole,'' Gaines said. ''You know we cut it down to three but they hit some shots.'' *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com