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  ARGENTINA   



Olympics: Argentina defeats Nigeria 93-79 - by Leonardo Contieri

Argentina played almost perfect in the first quarter, jumping to a 37-19 lead as Andres Nocioni has his best game by far scoring 11 points, Carlos Delfino added 9 and Luis Scola 8. Facundo Campazzo started again as Pablo Prigioni is recovering from his illness.
On the second quarter Argentina extended the lead to 26 (50-24) as Leonardo Gutierrez scored 3 three pointers in five minutes.Nigeria manahed to cut the deficit at halftime thanks to 8 offensive rebounds that allowed the second and third chances on offense.
In the rhird quarter the difference fluctuated between 16 and 21 points as Nigeria kept getting offensive rebounds and Argentina got a good quarter from Scola. Argentina led 76-57 with ten minutes to play.
The final quearter did not bring surprises as Nigeria never cut the difference below 13 points.

Scorers: Argentina: Campzzo 3, Ginobili 13, Delfino 18, Nocioni 17, Scola 22 (starters) J. Gutierrez 9, L. Gutierrez 9, Prigioni, Kammerichs, Mata, Leiva 2.
Nigeria: A.Aminu 10, Diogu 16, Skinn 3, Obasohan 15, Oyedeji 3 (starters) Ibekwe 3, Oguchi 12, Oruche 7, Archibong, Ugboaja 6, A.Aminu 3.



Olympics 2012: Argentina take care of Nigeria - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Nigeria 93:79

Argentina earned the third win in London. They knocked down Nigeria tonight to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Nigeria suffered the third straight loss and slipped at 1-3. Luis Scola (204-PF-80) stepped up with 22 points to lead the winners.
Argentina started the game aggressively. They exploded with 37 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure an 18-point lead. The margin quickly grew at 20-point mark in the second quarter. Argentina arrived at halftime up by 20 points 57:37. Argentina stayed in charge throughout the third term. They entered the final stanza leading 76:57. Nigeria got within 15 points midway through the final term but Argentina stayed calm and coasted to the victory at the end. Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82) notched 18 points, while Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) added 17 points in the victory. Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) responded with 16 points and 11 boards for Nigeria. Derrick Obasohan (198-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) had 15 points in the loss.

Argentina: Luis Scola 22, Carlos Delfino 18, Andres Nocioni 17
Nigeria: Ike Diogu 16+11 boards, Derrick Obasohan 15



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  AUSTRALIA   


Olympics 2012: Australia extinguish Great Britain in second half - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Great Britain 106:75

Australia earned a crucial win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Great Britain to seal the quarterfinal appearance. The Boomers improved at 2-2 record in Group B. Great Britain fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) ran the floor with impressive 39 points for the Boomers.
Great Britain dominated in the first half. They opened a 6:0 lead early in the game. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the opening frame to post a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. Reinking gave Great Britain a 42:28 lead midway through the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 46;36 halftime advantage. But Australia turned the tables in the third frame. The Boomers went on a 17:2 run to level things up at 53. Patrick Mills and Newley scored six points in a row as Australia gained a 66:57 lead late in the quarter. The Boomers opened the fourth frame on an 18:0 run and never looked back en route to the win. David Andersen (212-C-80) had 13 points, while Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) provided 11 points for the Boomers. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) answered with 16 points for Great Britain. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points in defeat.

Australia: Patrick Mills 39, David Andersen 13, Joe Ingles 11
Great Britain: Joel Freeland 16, Daniel Clark 14



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  BELARUS   


Scott Christopherson in BK Minsk-2006 - by Timur Tolokh

Young guard from the United States Scott Christopherson (190-G-89, agency: Priority Sports) (Scott Christoferson) signed with basketball Club BK Minsk-2006.
23-year-old basketball player in "Minsk" will play more on the point guard position, but also can effectively play by shooting guard.

Scott Christofferson was born May 17, 1989 in LaCrosse (Wis.). His career 190-inch player has started serving in the league in the NCAA college team, "Marquette (Marquette) in the 2007-2008 season. In 18 games his stats were 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds.

The following season he moved to "Iowa" (Iowa St. ), also participate in NCAA, where he spent three seasons (the first year not playing). Last season in 34 games, he scored an average of 12.6 points, did 3 rebounds and 2.3 Assists. His performance was: FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 45.6%, FT: 90.3%.
In July 2012 addressed to the NBA summer league in the "Portland Trail Blazers (Portland Trail Blazers).



Jajuan Smith coming to Belarus - by Timur Tolokh

Contract signed with the American guard JaJuan Smith (188-G-85, college: Tennessee).

BK Minsk-2006 signed 27-year-old Jajuan - athletic versatile defender with a good pass and shot. Born in Bradley County (Tenn.) Smith alone can solve the critical situation due to the good dribbling. At the site has a high dedication and aggressive actions in defense, allowing to do a lot of interceptions.

His career JaJuan Smith began in 2004 as part of a team NCAA Tennessee (Tennessee), which included 25 games spent an average productivity of 1.9 points, 20 rebounds and 10 Assists. However, fourth season in the club of his stats improved to 14.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 Assists. In 208 he was invited to team pre-Draft camp Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors. Spent five games in the NBA summer league in the "Dallas Mavericks (Dallas Mavericks) - 7.6 points (48.1%), selection of 1.0, 0.8 Assists., FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 46.6%, FT: 83.3%.

In 2009, trained with the "Memphis Grizzlies (Memphis Grizzlies), held a pre-season training with the "Dallas Mavericks" and then appeared in the "Pitagoras / Minas Tennis Club" in the championship in Brazil. In January 2010 moved to the "Beyrazar Rosalia (Beirasar Rosalia) (Spain, Spain-LEB Silver), in March - the "Tulsa (Tulsa 66ers) (D-League): 10 games, 7.9 points. 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 Assists.
In the 2011-2012 season, played for the "St. John Mill Rets (Saint John Mill Rats) in Canada Canada-NBL, (in March came in "Mutlu Aku Selcuk Konya Universitesi (Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya) (Turkey-TB2L) .



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  BELGIUM   


Antwerp Giants Transfer - by Peter Buyse

Port of Antwerp Giants announced the addition of American forward LaMarcus Reed III (195-G/F-88) to their 2012-2013 roster. The former UT-Arlington Maverick comes to Belgium after a good senior season which saw him selected to the Southland Conference 1st Team this past season. He led the school in scoring with 17.8 ppg to go with 3.7 rebounds in 33 games. He also made 66 of 166 3pt shots, shoots a steady 80 pct from the free throw line and made 46.1 of his FG attempts.
As a junior he was also the team's leading scorer with 12.4 ppg.
He was selected to play for the Portland Trailblazers during the NBA's Las Vegas Summerleague.



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  BOSNIA   


Adecco 2012: Milos Teodosic leads Serbia over Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News

Serbia-Bosnia and Herzegovina 101:91

Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) leads Serbia over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Day 2 of the International tournament in Ljubljana. He erupted with 29 points and 11 assists in a 101:91 win. Serbia improved to 2-0 record, while Bosnia and Herzegovina is with 1-1 record.
Both teams won their openers of the tournament and desired to reach the second win. Serbia took 24-18 and led 4 points at the halftime. Bosnia and Herzegovina won the third period 27-26 and reduced to 3 points entering the last stanza. Serbia however had Milos Teodosic who was unstoppable for the winners. He led his team to 30-23 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) poured in 18 points for the winners to follow Milos Teodosic. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) notched 15, while Vladimir Stimac (208-C-87, agency: Interperformances) added 11. Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 21 points and Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) collected 19 points and 12 rebounds. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) also scored 19, whilst Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) poured in 16.

Serbia: Milos Teodosic 29+11 ast, Dusko Savanovic 18, Zoran Erceg 15, Vladimir Stimac 11
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Elmedin Kikanovic 21, Zack Wright 19+12 rebs, Mirza Teletovic 19, Nihad Djedovic 16



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  BRAZIL   


Olympics 2012: Brazil thrash China to make the Quarterfinal appearance - by Eurobasket News

China-Brazil 59:98

Brazil thrash China to make the Quarterfinal appearance of the Olympics 2012. Brazil improved to 3-1 record in Group B after 98:56 victory, while the Asian team fell at 0-4 record.
Brazil started with 4-0 run and then Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored for 9:2. Guo and Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) exchanged the late baskets in the end of the period for 25:9. Brazil however could not score in the first four minutes of the second frame. China reduced only to 25:11 and then Tiago Splitter posted two for 40:19. Liu meanwhile closed the half at 42:21. The second half also belonged to the favorite team. Brazil won the third period 28-17 and added 28-21 in the last stanza.
Marquinhos Vieira top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 13 each. Tiago Splitter delivered 12, while Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) posted 10. Zhu FangYu (201-SF-83) delivered 13 points in the losing effort and Chen Jianghua (188-PG-89) had 10.

China: Zhu FangYu 13, Chen Jianghua 10
Brazil: Marquinhos Vieira 14, Leandrinho Barbosa 13, Guilherme Giovannoni 13, Tiago Splitter 12, Marcelo Magalhaes 10



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  BULGARIA   


Simeon Iliev joins Greek Kavala - by Maria Mitzova

Bulgarian forward Simeon Iliev (202-F-89, agency: Interperformances) will continue his career in Greek team of Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas. Iliev, a junior of financially troubled Euroins Cherno More, signed a three-year contract with the Greeks.
Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas is used to searching on Bulgarian market, as Alexander Yanev played for the club last couple of months previous season, and Chavdar Kostov is still on the roster.
22-years old Iliev made his first steps in his home town of Rousse, and then moved to the fine academy of Euroins Cherno More.
Euroins Cherno More is under huge danger of outdrawing from the Bulgarian NBL, due to financial instability, and many players already left the team.



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  CHINA   


China Blown Out by Brazil - by Arthur Volbert

China gave up today in its game against Brazil, losing 98-59. Yi Jianlian showed why he sat on the Dallas Mavericks bench this season, scoring 5 points on 1 of 9 shots. Yi disappears when he becomes the team's sole focus, and draws defensive attention. He is terribly inconsistent.

Sun Yue again did not play today and Sun's no-longer-star-status meant that China did not have a stellar player to assist Yi, unlike in the World Championships in 2010. Wang Zhizhi, at 35, is no longer the star he used to be and was scoreless in 3 minutes. China's leading scorer was Zhu FangYu (201-SF-83), who had 13 points and 3 rebounds. Chen Jianghua had 10 points and 4 rebounds, but no assists and 2 turnovers. Guo Ailun had 8 points and 2 rebounds, but no assists. No other player scored more than 5. China was outrebounded by Brazil 49-32. Brazil had 27 assists to 6 for China. China hit only 36 percent of its two-point shots to 47 percent for Brazil. Brazil hit 12 of 25 three-pointers to 2 of 8 for China as China's perimeter defense was attrocious. The team that looked capable of reaching the quarter-finals in its game against Spain, collapsed the rest of the tournament. The team must now be rebuilt as Guo Ailun and Chen Jianghua replace Liu Wei, Wang Shipeng and Zhu FangYu. Wang Zhelin, Zhou Qi and Zhai Xiaochuan must gradually be worked into the lineup.

Starting with the class of 1993, China seems to have achieved some significant progress. But there was a fallow period from the class of 1984 through the class of 1992 where China was shifting from its old style of play to the international style. Player development appears to have been stunted throughout this period, We will see whether China can continue the progress its junior teams have shown recently or whether this is illusory and China will have no more success in basketball than it has in soccer. It is possible that China has a problem with team sports while excelling in individual disciplines. Time will tell.





Link to box score:

http://www.london2012.com/basketball/event/men/match=bkm400b11/index.html?v=20120804-182719308




Olympics 2012: Brazil thrash China to make the Quarterfinal appearance - by Eurobasket News

China-Brazil 59:98

Brazil thrash China to make the Quarterfinal appearance of the Olympics 2012. Brazil improved to 3-1 record in Group B after 98:56 victory, while the Asian team fell at 0-4 record.
Brazil started with 4-0 run and then Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored for 9:2. Guo and Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) exchanged the late baskets in the end of the period for 25:9. Brazil however could not score in the first four minutes of the second frame. China reduced only to 25:11 and then Tiago Splitter posted two for 40:19. Liu meanwhile closed the half at 42:21. The second half also belonged to the favorite team. Brazil won the third period 28-17 and added 28-21 in the last stanza.
Marquinhos Vieira top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 13 each. Tiago Splitter delivered 12, while Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) posted 10. Zhu FangYu (201-SF-83) delivered 13 points in the losing effort and Chen Jianghua (188-PG-89) had 10.

China: Zhu FangYu 13, Chen Jianghua 10
Brazil: Marquinhos Vieira 14, Leandrinho Barbosa 13, Guilherme Giovannoni 13, Tiago Splitter 12, Marcelo Magalhaes 10



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Adecco 2012: Slovenia pip Croatia in the capital - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia Croatia 83:76

Slovenia pip Croatia in the capital for 1-1 record at Adecco 2012. The hosts of the tournament needed a 83:76 win in Day 2 second game to take 1-1 record. Croatian side meanwhile suffered the second straight loss and dropped at 0-2 record.
Both teams lost their openers last night and desired to win the initial game. Slovenia grabbed 26:17 after the first ten minutes and had 9-point advantage at the halftime. Croatia meanwhile replied with 22-18 but could not take the win. The hosts finished the game with 18-16 and celebrated a necessary win.
Domen Lorbek (197-G/F-85) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) netted 14. Jaka Blazic (193-G-90) poured in 13, while Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) added 9. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) edne dup with 17 points in the losing effort and Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) poured in 11. Simon nailed 10, whilst Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) produced 9.
In another game Milos Teodosic leads Serbia over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Day 2 of the International tournament in Ljubljana. He erupted with 29 points and 11 assists in a 101:91 win. Serbia improved to 2-0 record, while Bosnia and Herzegovina is with 1-1 record.

Slovenia: Domen Lorbek 22, Zoran Dragic 14, Jaka Blazic 13, Gasper Vidmar 9
Croatia: Luka Zoric 17, Damir Markota 11, Simon 10, Roko-Leni Ukic 9



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Transfer news from Cyprus - by Michael Aristidou


Although less than a month is left for pre-season it seems that some teams are way behind their schedule.

These days we had some transfers.

Last season champion Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia sign up British point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, college: St.Bonaventure) who was in Cytavision Apoel Nicosia last year.

Pizza Express Apollon Limassol will continue with Akis Konstantinou as head coach. The team also make their first movement with swingman Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) renewing for another year. The team also has Stefanos Iliadis (186-PG-94) from junior team.

Also Keravnos sign up Greek forward Georgios Diamantopoulos (195-F-80, agency: Interperformances) for a year. Diamantopoulos was again in the league two years ago when he play for Achilleas.



Easy win for Cyprus national team - by Michael Aristidou


The new Cyprus team manages to won their first game in the2nd national tournament held by the Cypriot federation.
In the opening game Sweden Jordan 83-65 in a game that ex-player of Michelin Etha Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) played for Sweden.
Later on Cyprus won Norway 65-48 in a game that Cyprio NT was better all the way. Andreas Pilavas (194-G-83) was the first scorer 11 (1), followed by Liatsos 9 (2)
Today the tournament continues with the games between Jordan-Norway and Cyprus-Sweden



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Shan Foster heads to Caneros de la Romana - by Eurobasket News

Shan Foster (198-G/F-86, college: Vanderbilt) heads to Caneros de la Romana for the upcoming season. According to sportando.net the player moves to Dominican Republic.
In 2011-2012 for Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Belgium-D1, starting five) he averaged 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 37.0% in EuroCup and in Belgian League showed 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 67.6%.
Last year Dexia Mons-Hainaut has announced the signing of American forward Shan Foster for the 2010-2011 season. At that time Foster left Vanderbilt in 2008 as the school's all time leading scorer and 3pt shooter. He was voted SEC player of the year after his senior year when he led the conference in scoring with 20.3 ppg. His great senior year got him drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2nd round of the 2008 NBA draft.
He then went to Italy where he played for Caserta. That season he played 14 games for Antalya in Turkey. In those 14 games he averaged 9.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg.



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Day 2, Houston ESL official games are very exciting and competitive! - by ESL News

Game 1: Mexico City 52 Dubai 49
This was a very competitive contest featuring two quality teams for the first game of the day.
However Mexico City was too strong in the end and squeaked out a 52-49 win.
This game went down to the final minutes as both teams wanted the win; however one team could only grab the victory.
Brandon Obrien (198-F) had an outstanding game scoring 26 points and grabbing 2 rebounds. Gregory Plummer (193-G-83, college: Eckerd) had a nice floor game as he chipped in 13 points for the winning team. Kenny LaGuerre (205-F/C-85) had a solid performance for Dubai as he led his team with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: N.Illinois) helped out the cause contributing 9 points and 6 rebounds and 2 assists


Mexico City-52, Brandon Obrien 26 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Harout Massayan, 0 pts, 4 rebs, John Pichon 5 pts, 6 rbs, 1 asts, Broderick Hubbard, 2 pts, 1 reb, Douglas Williams, 4 pts, Stavon Williams, 2 pts, 4 rbs, Gregory Plummer, 13 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast
Dubai-49, Tokorra Cato, 0 pts, 0 reb, Marcus Smallwood, 9 pts, 6 reb, 2 asts, Jejuan Plair 9 pts, 1 rebs, Kenny LaGuerre, 10 pts, 6 reb, Lance Sydney Lucas, 2 pts, TJ Johnson, 10 pts, 4 rebs, 5 asts, Richard Thomas 9 pts, 1 ast

Game 2: Okinawa 54 Buenos Aires 52
Okinawas balanced attack and professional play separated them from Buenos Aires late in the game and they never looked back. Griffen Warren (178-PG-86) was very solid as he scored 13 pts and 2 rbs and 2 assists for the winners. Raason Young (198-F, college: Montana St. - Billin) chipped in 10 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast for the winners in support.
Andre Bailey led Buenos Aires with 11 pts, 7 rbs and 3 asts in defeat.

Okinawa-54, Telvin Marshall (196-G-92), 8 pts, 3 rbs, Griffen Warren, 13 pts, 2 rbs, 2 ast, Terrance Hill (193-G-89), 8 pts, 2 reb, 1 asts, Jeremy Lewis, 8 pts, 5 rebs, 1 ast, Garrett Davis, 0 pts, Raason Young, 10 pts, 3 rebs, 1 ast, Travis Jones, 7 pts, 4 rbs, 2 ast
Buenos Aires-52, Daniel Bryant (177-PG-87), 11 pts, 2 rbs, Andre Bailey, 11 pts, 7 rbs, 3 asts, Vernold Posey, 2 pts, 7 asts, Chelten Jenkins, 8 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Zayne Gawanab, 7 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast, Calvin Jenkins 8 pts, 5 rebs, Bens Hamga 5 pts, 1 reb

Game 3: Tokyo 67 Dubai 60
This game was very competitive and came down to the final minutes as Tokyo was able to hold off Dubai and keep the victory 67-60. Tokyo had a balanced attack as three men scored 17 pts each and they were Lamont Houston, Morris Smith and Yan Moukoury. and 5 rebs. Richard Thomas led Dubai with 19 pts, while Kenny LaGuerre added 17 pts and 9 rbs.

Tokyo-67, Akeem Sween (191-G-87), 3 pts, 1 ast, Tadavius Williams, 3 pts, 1 rb, 2 asts, Jesse Williams, 4 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Lamont Houston, 17 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Andre Perkins, 6 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Morris Smith, 17 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Yan Moukoury, 17 pts, 2 rebs, 2 ast
Dubai-60, Tokorra Cato, 2 pts, 1 rbs, Sidney Lucas, 1 pts, Kenny LaGuerre, 17 pts, 9 rbs, 2 asts, , 0 pts, 1 ast, Richard Thomas, 19 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Marcus Smallwood, 8 pts, 3 rbs, T.J. Johnson (190-G-89), 8 pts, 2 rbs, 4 ast, Jejuan Plair, 5 pts, 1 rbd

Game 4: Mexico City 76 Buenos Aires 70
This game was a track meet as Mexico City again displayed poise and a balanced attack to take the victory 76-70. Brandon Obrien led all scorers with 25 pts while Gregory Plummer added 21 pts in the victory. Buenos Aires has very much talent, but have not put it all together yet. However, Daniel Bryant shined with 17 pts while Vernard Posey chipped in 8 pts and 8 asts for the losing team.

Mexico City-76, Harout Massoyan, 2 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Douglas Williams, 13 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Brandon Obrien, 25 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast, John Pichon, 4 pts, 8 rbs, 2 asts, Stavon Williams, 4 pts, 2 asts, Broderick Hubbard, 7 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Gregory Plummer, 21 pts, 4 rbs
Buenos Aires-70, Chelten Carter, 4 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Vernard Posey, 8 pts, 2 rbs, 8 asts, Andre Bailey, 8 pts, 4 rbs, 2 asts, Bens Hamga, 5 pts, 6 rbs, 2 asts, Daniel Bryant, 19 pts, 2 rbd, 1 ast, Calvin Jenkins, 15 pts, 5 rbs, Zayne Gawanab, 9 pts, 1 rbd

Game 5: Okinawa 80 Tokyo 72
This game was a close contest and the game went back and forth however, Stockholm was able to pull out the victory with a 80-72 score over Tokyo. Again, Okinawa displayed a balanced attack as they were led by Jeremy Lewis with 20 pts, while Terrance Hill had 19 pts and Raason Young chipped in 17 pts. Tokyo had a balanced attack as well, but it was not enough as big man Yan Moukoury led the losing team with 23 pts.

Okinawa-80, Terrance Hill, 19 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Jeremy Lewis, 20 pts, 5 rebs, 4 asts, Garrett Davis, 2 pts, 2 rbs, 1 asts, Raason Young, 17 pts, 2 rbs, Telvin Marshall, 5 pts, 8 rbs, 1 ast, Travis Jones, 14 pts, 1 rbs, Griffen Warren, 3 pts, 4 asts.
Tokyo-72, Akeem Sween, 14 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast, Jesse Williams, 8 pts, 3 reb, Todavius Williams, 10 pts, 2 rbs, 2 asts, Lamont Houston, 2 pts, 2 rbs, Andre Perkins, 2 pts, Yan Moukoury, 23 pts, 2 asts, Morris Smith, 13 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast

Game 6: Dubai 76 Buenos Aires 50
Dubai shaked off the early morning losses and got a much needed victory 62-52. Dubai really had a balanced attack in the victory being led by Jejuan Plair wth 14 pts, Richard Thomas had 13 pts and followed by Marcus Smallwood with 12 pts. On the other side for the losing team only one player really stood out for them as Calvin Jenkins had 16 pts.

Dubai-76, T.J. Johnson, 8 pts, 2 asts, Tokorra Cuto, 11 pts, 1 rbs, 1 asts, Jejaun Plair, 14 pts, 1 ast, Richard Thomas, 13 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Lontrell Jackson, 10 pts, 1 rbd, 1 ast, Marcus Smallwood, 12 pts, 5 rb, 2 asts, Kenny LaGuerre, 8 pts, 5 rebs, 1 ast
Beunos Aires-50, Andre Bailey, 9 pts, 3 rbs, 3 asts, Vernard Posey, 4 pts, 4 asts, Calvin Jenkins, 16 pts, 3 rbs, Chelton Carter, 2 pts, 1 rbs, 2 ast, Bens Hamga, 4 pts, 1 rbd, 6 pts, 5 rbs, Daniel Bryant, 6 pts, 1 ast, Zayne Gawanab, 2 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast


Game 7: Mexico City 71 Tokyo 65
This game was a very competitive game that saw two very good teams and an unbeaten Mexico City team stay unbeaten with a 71-65 victory. Down the stretch Mexico City put it together and was too much for Tokyo down the stretch. Mexico City was led by Brandon Obrien with 27 points and was virtually unstoppable. The veteran, Gregory Plummer chipped in 13 pts. Morris Smith had 26 pts and 5 rbs for Tokyo in the close loss for his team.

Mexico City-71, Stavon Williams, 5 pts, 7 rbs, 1 ast, John Pichon, 12 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Brandon Obrien, 27 pts, 6 rbs, 2 asts, Broderick Hubbard, 6 pts, 4 rbs, 1 asts, Harout Massoyan, 0 pts, 1 rbs, 1 asts, Gregory Plummer, 13 pts, 2 rbs, 2 ast, Douglas Williams, 8 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast,
Tokyo-65, Lamont Houston, 9 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Tadavius Williams, 7 pts, 2 rebs, 1 asts, Yan Moukoury, 9 pts, 2 rbs, 2 asts, Jesse Williams, 3 pts, 3 rbs, 2 asts, Akeem Sween, 9 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Morris Smith, 26 pts, 5 rbs, 3 asts, Luke Doolittle, 2 pts, 1 rbd, 2 asts

Game 8: Dubai 76 Okinawa 63
This game was not a very close contest as the game got out of hand early and Dubai held onto the victory even though Okinawa made several attempts to get back in the game. Dubai was able to pull out the victory with a 76-63 score over Okinawa for their second victory of the day. Jejaun Plair had 17 pts and led Dubai. On the losing side for Okinawa, Griffen Warren had 20 pts.

Dubai-76, T.J. Johnson, 13 pts, 2 asts, Jejuan Plair, 17 pts, 2 rbs, 2 asts, Tokorra Cato, 9 pts, 2 asts, Kenny LaGuerre, 8 pts, 5 rbs, Marcus Smallwood, 4 pts, 2 rbs, Richard Thomas, 16 pts, 4 rbs, 2 asts
Okinawa-63, Terrance Hill, 19 pts, 9 rbs, 1 ast, Jeremy Lewis, 0 pts, 1 rebs, 2 asts, Garrett Davis, 3 pts, 2 rbs, 1 asts, Raason Young, 12 pts, 4 rbs, Telvin Marshall, 4 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Travis Jones, 5 pts, 1 rbs, Griffen Warren, 20 pts, 1 rbd, 1 ast.



Houston ESL First Day completed and teams are very competitive! - by ESL News

Coach John Bryant put the players through NBA type drills at the Legends Sports Complex in Houston, Texas yesterday evening as players left the gym late last night. All players were very tired after a day of travel and heavy workouts followed by the evaluation games. All teams are very competitive as official games are all set to begin. Scouts who were in attendance last night all felt very happy with how hard the players played and the talent level. Look for there to be very good games over the next two days.


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Joey Dorsey continues with Olympiacos for two years. - by Giorgos Diploidis

Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, college: Memphis) signed a new deal with the team of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus for the next two seasons. The American center for went last year to the club of Pireus in the middle of the period and for a lot of people was the key which improved the defense and the whole playing of the team.

This summer tried to find a good contract in NBA but he couldn't. As a result he signed a new contract with Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus. Last season in 26 games in the Basketleague had 6.6ppg, 5.6rpg and 5spg.



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Finland cruise past Iran in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Iran 80:51

Finland registered the first win at the Adidas Istanbul Cup tournament. They overcame Iran in the consolation final. Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the winners.
Finland jumped to an early lead. They accumulated a 21:13 lead at the first intermission. Finland went on a 24:7 run in the second frame. They built a 45:20 halftime lead. The European team stretched the lead in the third quarter. They accumulated a 35-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Iran cut the deficit in the final stanza but suffered a heavy loss at the end. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) topscored with 18 points for Finland. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) added 12 points for the winning side. Mohammad Jamshidi (197-SF-91) responded with 16 points for Iran. Farid Aslani (183-PG-88) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Finland: Mikko Koivisto 18, Tuukka Kotti 14+11 boards, Shawn Huff 12
Iran: Mohammad Jamshidi 16, Farid Aslani 9



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Olympics 2012: Tunisia challenge France before losing - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia - France 69:73

France registered the third win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They held off pesky Tunisia to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Tunisia suffered the fourth loss in a row. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 22 points to lead the winners.
France seemed well in control early in the game. They recorded a 20:15 lead at the first break. France held their opponents at 12 points in the second term and posted a 35:27 halftime lead. France boosted the margin in the third term. They led by 16 points midway through the period. France entered the final quarter up by 17 points 60:43. But Tunisia refused to surrender. They capitalized on sloppy French attitude to narrow the gap at 5-point mark with 50 seconds remaining. Nando De Colo hit two free throws and France managed to escape with victory at the end. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Kevin Seraphin (206-C-89) added 10 points in the victory. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86) responded with 20 points for Tunisia. Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: Prossin Sports Management) had 17 points in the loss.

Tunisia: Tony Parker 22, Nicolas Batum 19, Kevin Seraphin 10
France: Mohamed Hadidane 20, Macram Ben Romdhane 17



Roanne add Alan Voskuil - by Eurobasket News

Roanne add Alan Voskuil (191-G-86, college: Texas Tech) for the upcoming season. The Danish player moves to France from Italy.
Last year the American/Danish guard penned a one-year deal with Piacenza. In 32 games he became the 5th top-scorer of the league with 18.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 86.3%.
Voskuil arrived to Piacenza club from Bornova, where he finished earlier season. He joined them in April 2010 averaging 18.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals for five games. Voskuil missed first part of the season and in February moved to Danish Horsens IC. There he had 18.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.7 spg in 14 games.
He was named Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketliga Honorable Mention -11. Voskuil was also awarded with Eurobasket.com Danish Basketliga All-Domestic Players Team -11. The guard spent 2009/10 season with Matchmind Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila. He registered 14.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.4 apg for 19 games in Spanish LEB Silver. He is a product of the Texas Tech University.



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Standings - Pro B

ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Bayer Giants 0-0 
 2. Dorsten 0-0 
 3. Hannover 0-0 
 4. Herten 0-0 
 5. MTV Wolfenbuettel 0-0 
 6. Oldenburg 0-0 
 7. Recklinghausen 0-0 
 8. Rist Wedel 0-0 
 9. Schwelm 0-0 
 10. Stahnsdorf 0-0 
 11. SU Medien 0-0 
 12. Wulfen 0-0 
Group South
 1. BSW Sixers 0-0 
 2. Dragons 0-0 
 3. Dresden 0-0 
 4. Fraport SKY II 0-0 
 5. Hanau 0-0 
 6. Konstanz 0-0 
 7. Langen 0-0 
 8. Leitershofen 0-0 
 9. Licher Baeren 0-0 
 10. Noerdlingen 0-0 
 11. TSV Troester 0-0 
 12. Weissenhorn 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 3: Herten - Hannover
Oct. 3: Dorsten - SU Medien
Oct. 3: Stahnsdorf - Schwelm
Oct. 3: BSW Sixers - Recklinghausen
Oct. 3: Oldenburg - Rist Wedel
Oct. 3: MTV Wolfenbuettel - Wulfen


Turkey defeat Germany to win Adidas Istanbul Cup - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Germany 71:67

Turkey clinched the Adidas Istanbul Cup tournament trophy. They held off Germany in the Final. Semih Erden (213-C-86) exploded with 29 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Germany enjoyed a narrow 15:14 lead at the first break. Germany extended the lead in the second quarter. They posted a 29:26 halftime lead. However Turkey turned the tables in the third quarter. They exploded with a 24:8 run to ensure a 13-point lead at the final intermission. Germany fired 30 points trimming the deficit but Turkey survived the challenge posting victory at the end. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) netted 9 points for the winners. Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-PF-81, college: Penn St.) responded with 20 points for Germany. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) had 14 points in the loss.

Turkey: Semih Erden 29, Ilkan Karaman 9, Can Mutaf (193-G-91) 7
Germany: Jan-Hendrik Jagla 20, Tibor Pleiss 14



Japhet Mcneil (I Can Dominate A Game On The Ball Defensively) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Japhet McNeil (183-PG-85, college: Bridgeport) is a 27 year old 183 cm guard from Brooklyn, New York. He played at East Carolina from 2003 -2006. He then transferred to Bridgeport (NCAA2) for his senior year in 2006-2007. At Bridgeport, he played 31 games averaging 16.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.9apg, 4.0spg, FT: 67.3%, FGP: 38.3%, 3PT: 34.6%. In 2008-2009, he played his rookie season in Germany in the PRO A for USC Heidelberg playing 30 games and averaging 14.8ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-1 (7.9apg), Steals-1 (3.5spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT: 63.3%. In 2009-2010, he played in Finland for Kori-Konkarit Loimaa (Finland-1st Division, starting five): 5 games: 9.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg, 3.4spg, FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 50.0%. In 2010-2011, he played for BG Karlsruhe (Germany-ProA): 3 games: 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg. Last season he played for the Connecticut TopBallerz (ABA)
an dthis summer took part at the EuroDraft Camp in Schwechat (Austria): Cronus team: 4 games: 5.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg and the Blacktop Showcase (Team Finland B4) He spoke to Eurobasket about Basketball and life.

Japhet thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. We are in the middle of summer. Where are you presently and how have you enjoyed your summer the best away from the court?

Hey Miles, thanks for having me its always a pleasure and fun. Yea we are in mid summer, I'm actually in NYC that's home sweet home for me. It's been a good summer thus far, I was able to attend some exposure events and participate in some individuals to stay at surface and get my game evaluated by scouts. So I wasn't away from the courts this summer, I went to Austria Vienna and attended the euro draft event, that was great I thought I played well and showed a good floor game from the pg perspective and in a camp setting with playing equal minutes and in increments, I did some networking met some good players and enjoyed Vienna at this point. I'm still waiting on some good feedback I got from the camp along with the exposure event that was in NYC black top mng same settings I attended that as well, I invested in my career rather than the nyc streetball this summer.

You had a very strong rookie season with USC Heidelberg in 2008-2009 playing 30 games: 14.8ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-1 (7.9apg), Steals-1 (3.5spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT: 63.3%., Are you a bit disappointed that you werent able to get a job in the Beko BBL the next season?

Yes indeed, that was a solid campaign for USC Heidelberg my rookie season. Its sort of weird but I am a tough critic toward myself and I say to myself that was a sub par year individually because I was so new to the experience, but I'd like to see myself when I am at a comfort level, Your level rises. That's where I'm pretty much at right now with my game, trying to play at a high comfort level. The BBL teams didn't make any concrete attempts at me, disappointing yes but motivational at the same time. That following year I took the offer in Cyprus, but it didn't work out tough country but great experience.


After three years in Europe playing in Germany and Finland, you decided to come back to the States last season to play for the Connecticut TopBallerz (ABA). Why did you decide to make this move?

After three years overseas what made me come back to the states and play?? It was basically trial and error, the offers that was put on the table was really at a all time low, that was a period when the NBA lockout was in effect, and I thought it trickled down. When I realized it was getting late I decided to either try the developmental league which I end up not doing due to complications, or something to stay in shape until a good deal surfaced.
I was fortunate to be a part of a solid ABA organization in ctb top ballerz, they was able to present the same options that a team in Europe could with housing/pay / games/film so I opted to stay in the U.S.

What kind of experience of playing in the ABA did you have? What was your wakeup call to playing in the ABA?

The experience playing in the ABA it has it's very own lane honest speaking. You have teams that can't afford the budget so they fold, so therefore you have to make up a game, level of competition is solid because you have guys that played overseas or has the talent to, but for whatever reason they not. It was very humbling but it made me realize that my game is suited for the the Europe competition I like to be professional all the way around. The organization I was apart of tried to uphold that image as much as possible that's why we were successful by winning the northeast region and competing in the elite 8 against the other organizations that were well managed in the ABA.

If you had to compare the ABA to the PRO A in Germany, where would you see the differences in level of play and player talent?

If I had to compare the two, pro a vs the ABA? For starts it will be definitely professionalism, budget, the talent level is comparable because again you get guys that played all over, for instance on our roster starting out 2 nba d league players that was drafted also John Winchester out of Tennessee and other top Connecticut natives that was successful at some point. Those were just the players that was on my team, other squads would have guys that could play in PRO A. And be successful. But it's no comparison to the style of play I'll give that to the European style any day better organization, that is evident you get a lot more practice time and more of a team feel.


The Connecticut TopBallerz (ABA) had all sorts of players on the roster from NCAA2 and NCAA3 players to 39 year old Jeff Johnson. What kind of experience was it playing with these guys?


Yea there were a lot of roster changes, that made it hard to really get a chemistry and that team feeling but for the most part the guys who were close on the team stayed together, you need that to be cohesive as a unit, the family feel on the court, the I got your back feel!! Hahahah that was a roster error, my guy Jeff Johnson by the way who is a hell of a player and actually played a part in my game because he made me work my tail off in practice he is 28 years old, I don't think a 39 year old would be able to hang with me right now lol

You are 27 now and coming into the best basketball age. You have matured a lot in the last years since our first interview in 2008. How have you matured as a player and how has your game progressed since your rookie year with USC Heidelberg?


Yes, I'm 27 now and like you said I'm coming to great playing age, body still feels 22 ish but my mental aspect has got a lot tougher that saying is true the game begins to slow down and you begin to be mentally tougher, along with your game. I'm blessed to be injury free, so hopefully I'm like wine as I age I get more polished

You are interested to coming back to Germany. You played for USC Heidelberg and BG Karlsruhe. Why should a PRO A team sign Japhet McNeil for the 2012-2013 season? What are your most important assets?

My most important assets are my defense capabilities, and the versatility because I can dominate a game on the ball defensively but on the offensive end I m able to put pressure on the defense, with my quickness + dribbling ability + passing ability. This year I'm focused on sticking the 3 ball more often and constantly knocking down the in between jump shot. I have to add I'm very coachable I think that is so vital because if your the captain of the ship you have to follow out orders to be able to sail in your destination.

You played only seven games for BG Karlsruhe, but you were able to practice with German Rouven Roessler. What was the most amazing thing that you saw him do in a practice or game?


I did. I was a member of BG Karlsruhe, Rouven was very good and competitive that's what I liked most about him, very quiet but a nice guy atl east towards me, that's because I was a pass first point guard lol no but Rouv got some game with him. He would go on runs by himself, fadeaways, pull ups, really good player and you can't forget about his athleticism for his age.

How does a summer work out day look like for Japhet McNeil in 2012?


My work outs varies, I have a physical trainer, and basketball trainer. I try to create a balance schedule during the week that way the body doesn't get beat down and I can continue to build. As far as free weights I'm not heavy with we do a lot of agility, body weight, flexibility, core work etc. On the basketball end we work on the entire arsenal. The entire "ARSONAL"

What is your goal for this season as a basketball player?

The goal that I set for this season for whichever club I'm apart of, I want to obviously play well and be healthy but the big picture my over all goal is to finish strong. I have to be able to start well, that's never an issue it's about finishing better than how you start, so that's very important to me and something I m going to focus on.

What is your sweetest memory of a Japhet Mcniel to Jibril Hodges hook up on the court during the USC Heidelberg season?

) My greatest memory with my guy Jibril Hodges aside from off the court!!! It would have to be that alley oop I threw him against Schalke, phweeew that's all time right there, it was then and it still is to this day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmYGl5wqE8Y&sns=em) watch it in hq ohhhh baby!!

Which team would win a game in their prime, the Dream team or Team USA 2012?

I'm going to go with team USA 2012-2013, the dream team would have match up problems. We forget this years Olympic team has 3 or 4 players legit that are going to be top 5 all time greats surpassing players like Chris Mullin and Christian Laettner etc. the dream team top guns are MJ, Scottie, Magic, Bird, a young Shaq, Ewing etc. 2012-2013 Olympic team consist of Kevin Durant a matchup problem, Kobe all time great, Lebron all time great, Chris Paul will go down as one of the top pg to ever lace em if he stays healthy same opinion with Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony all time great as well etc. I think it's a toss up argument but at the end of the day it comes downs to match ups.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


The last DVD I saw lately, I ran out and I had to grab the classic movie "top shottas" one of my all time gangster films!!

Thanks Japhet for the chat.





Ross Jorgusen Remains With The Basketball Academy Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Ross Jorgusen has been an important part of the success of the youth development for the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg for many years and will remain on board for two more years. He has been coach for five years there and led the NBBL team into the quarterfinals of the playoffs three years in a row. He has a double function as coach in which he also coaches the Regionaliga team of BSG Ludwigsburg and has supported the development of players Besnik Bekteshi and Tim Koch. "Ross Jorgusen has done a commendable job here the last 5 years. We are happy that he will stay and work full time for the academy. We have a very qualifyed coaching staff and the best requirements to keep the development going. Congrats to Ross Jorgusen , Csar Kiersz and Stefan Fahrad for their new coaching licenses", stressed Mario Probst

Source: Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg



The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg Get 14 Years Of Combined Professional Basketball Experience With Wayne Bernard And Kammron Taylor - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Beko BBL team Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg have brought in an expereinced guard duo for the upcoming season with Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Davidson) that has made a name for himself in the Beko BBL with the Mitteldeutscher BC and LTi Giessen 46ers and Kammron Taylor (188-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) who has considerable experience in Europe and recently got a gig in the NBA Summerleague with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bernard is a 30 year old 190cm guard that was born in San Diego, California. "We got Wayne because he is very experienced and knows his role and the league. He has a great charachter. The young players like Besnik Bekteshi will profit from him", stated head coach Steven Key. He played at Davidson (NCAA) from 1999-2003 playing a total of 102 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played : 27 games: 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.4apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 83.3%. , Bernard is a player that performs at his best in pressure situations. He has superb range on his jumper, and can also drive to the hoop with slashing moves. He is also a capable ball handler. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel-Premier L.): 10 games: 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.5apg, 2.4spg: waived at the end of Dec.'03: averaged 31.7 min, 14 pts, 5.5 as, 3.3 to, 2.4 st and a VAL of 14.1 in 10 games, at the end of Jan.'04 signed at Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1): 8 games: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg. In the 2004-2005 season he played for Norrkoping Dolphins (Sweden-Basketligan): 30 games: 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 40.7%, 3-Pts: 30.5%. In 2005-2006, he got further valuable experience in Europe playing for Etoile Charleville-Mezires (France-ProB): 34 games: 14.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 75.7%, during the season moved to ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB). In 2006-2007, he played for ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB): 18 games: 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.6%; left in Jan.'07: 18 games: 10ppg 2rpg 2apg, then joined Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 11 games: 14.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 84.4%. In 2007-2008, he played for Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 47 games: 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2.2spg, FGP-3 (62.0%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 78.8%. Bernard ha splayed in Germany since 2008. In the 2008-2009 season he helped mBC move up to the Beko BBL playing 30 games: 14.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 80.4%. Last season, he played for LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 9.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-5 (1.4spg), FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 85.2%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Southern Conf. North Division Regular Season Runner-Up -01, Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team -01, Southern Conf. North Division Regular Season Champion -02, Southern Conf. Tournament Winner -02, All-Southern Conf. 2nd Team -03Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Defensive Team -05, Swedish Basketligan Quarterfinals -05, French ProB Finalist -06, Finnish Cup Finalist -08, Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team -08, Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Imports Team -08, Finnish League Finalist -08, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -09Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Import Player of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Guard of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Player of the Year -09, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -09.

The Beko BBL team also picked up Kammron Taylor (188-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) who is a 27 year old 188cm point guard from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is an extremly quick point guard with scoring power. Last season, he played for
SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 13 games: 14.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 84.1%. "Kammeron was exactly the guy that we were looking for. His quickness in the always faster league will help us. He is a player that makes his teammates better and can score. He has an invitation to an NBA camp, but luckly chose us", stressed Steven Key. He played at Wisconsin (NCAA) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 36 games: 13.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 41.9%, 3Pts: 38.4%, FT: 79.0%. iN 2007, he turned professional and played for C.B. L'Hospitalet (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 34 games: 15.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 80.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Kepez Bld Antalya (Turkey-TBL): 8 games: 10.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 81.3%; in Dec.'08 moved to Beirasar Rosalia (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 20 games: Score-2 (18.1ppg), 2.1rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 84.7%. In 2009-2010, he played for STB Le Havre (France-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 13.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 36.5%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 81.4%; in Mar.'10 moved to Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (Hungary-A Division, starting five): 6 games: 21.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 93.9%. In 2010-2011, he played for Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): Cyprus League: 2 games: 16.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Big Ten Regular Season Runner-Up -04, 07, Big Ten. Tournament Champion -04, Big Ten Tournament Finalist -05, 07NCAA Tournament Elite Eight -05, All-Big Ten Honorable Mention -06, NABC All-NCAA District 11 2nd Team -07, All-Big Ten 2nd Team -07, Big Ten All-Tournament Team -07ESPN College Three Point Championships -07, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention -09, Cyprus League Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Cyprus League Semifinals -11, and Colombian Copa Federacion Semifinals -11



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Joey Dorsey continues with Olympiacos for two years. - by Giorgos Diploidis

Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, college: Memphis) signed a new deal with the team of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus for the next two seasons. The American center for went last year to the club of Pireus in the middle of the period and for a lot of people was the key which improved the defense and the whole playing of the team.

This summer tried to find a good contract in NBA but he couldn't. As a result he signed a new contract with Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus. Last season in 26 games in the Basketleague had 6.6ppg, 5.6rpg and 5spg.



Michalis Tsairelis agreed in terms with PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis

Mihalis Tsairelis (206-F/C-88) is the next player who moves from Aris Thessaloniki to PAOK Thessaloniki (or opposite) throughout the history of the two big rival teams. The power forward - center was out of contract with Aris Thessaloniki and PAOK Thessaloniki was trying to convice the player to join the club. It seems it finally did it and Tsairelis will probably play uder the instructions of Soulis Markopoulos. There he will find again Telis Zournatzidis who was his coach in Apollon Kalamarias.

After Kalamaria Tsairelis joined Aris Thessaloniki for one season, he was on loan to AEL 1964 Larissa (2008-2009), AS Trikalla 2000 (2009-2010) and the last two seasons returned and played for the team of Thessaloniki. The deal is expected to be officially announced in the start of next week.





Transfer news and rumors - by Chris Mammides

A1 league
Panelefsiniakos AOK added the American Nikolas Raivio (192-G-86, college: Portland) ex player of the Hungarians Kaposvari KK where he had an amazing performance
Peristeri added Christos Lakkas (188-G-91) ex player of Panerythraikos. The 21 year guard will debute in the A1 with the jersey of Peristeri as Coach Koustenis knows and likes the player.
AS Apollon Patras agreed financial terms with Andreas Pelekoudas (207-C-88) the ex center of Esperos Patras.Furthermore, the Patras team is expecting the answer from Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) on the two years offer made earlier this week, the same player is targeted by Aris Thessalonikis and the "game" will be among the two teams. Lastly, Apollon renewed the contract of its top player Nikos Argyropoylos (188-G-78) for another one season and teh same goes with Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77) who haven't proceeded with AO Pagrati Athens.

Ikaros Kallitheas is very close to sign the veteran power forward Nikos Barlos (202-F-79) who did a great season with Panionios
VAP Kolossos Rodou and its new Head Coach Minas Gekos will do their best to grab Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) who is in talks with a couple of clubs abroad.

A2 League
OFI agreed financial terms with Head Coach Fotis Takianos and their ex player Alexandros Petrakis (200-F-87)
Nea Kifisia agreed financial terms with Vaggelis Karaboulas
Lavrio agreed financial terms with Kostas Paschalis (208-C-75) while they renewed the contract of Leuteris Kakiousis (181-G-68) for another one season and becomes the fourth player after Giannakopoulos, Nikos Markomichalis (188-G-86) and Michalis Perakis (207-C-84)
AO Pagrati Athens agreed financial terms with Kostas Tzialas (207-C/F-84)
Doxa Lefkadas agreed terms with Kostas Aktipis (191-G-91)

B' League
Dimitris Katiakos (205-C/F-87) agreed financial terms with Esperos Patras

Evangelos Ziagkos agreed terms to be the Head Coach of AEK Athens
Martin Lazaridis (199-F-85) agreed financial terms with Amyntas

Filippos Veroias agreed financial terms with George Brozos (198-F-86, college: Furman) and Savas Chrysopoulos (200-F-89)
Anatolia agreed terms with Stratos Nisiotis (203-F-78) while Dimitri Tsourmas remains the Head Coach of the team.

C' Division
Psyhiko Athens agreed financial terms with Nikos Pettas (195-G-81)

Giannis Tsolakis (195-F-83) agreed financial terms with Papados Geras
Ergotelis agreed terms with Andreas Xenakis (195-G-81), Yiannis Karalis (202-F-80) and Dimitris Stathakis (188-G-92)

Anagennisi Flogas agreed financial terms with Dimitris Papavasiliou (186-G-83)



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  HOLLAND   


Holland U18 overcame Finland U18 79-80 OT - by Fred Roggen

The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame, in the second preparation game for the European Championship in the B Division. Holland were more consistent as they earned a 20-25 lead at the first break. Finland denied the deficit and surged ahead midway through the second frame, but the Dutch squad went into the locker rooms up by one point 42-43. The lead continued to change hands throughout the third frame. Finland had the last laugh in the period as they entered the final stanza up by two points 59-57.
Neither side was able to clear off in the final quarter. Holland trailed also in the majority of the fourth quarter, but managed to tie the game at 73-73. The team of head coach Johan Roijakkers made some important baskets and won the game in overtime. Shane Hammink (198-G-94) made one free throw at the end of the game for the final success 79-80.





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  ICELAND   


Stefan Torfason moves to Snaefell - by Snorri Arnaldsson

U18 national team player Stefan Torfason (195-F-93) has signed a contract to play for Ungmennafelagio Snaefell next season. Stefan Torfason came up through the youth ranks at 1st league club Thor AK but will now move to Stykkisholmur to take on the top division. In Ungmennafelagio Snaefell, Stefan Torfason will team up with his older brother Olafur Torfason (194-F-87).

Stefan Torfason averaged 16.5ppg and 8.5rpg in the 1st division last season and will look to make an impression with Ungmennafelagio Snaefell next season.



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  IRAN   


Finland cruise past Iran in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Iran 80:51

Finland registered the first win at the Adidas Istanbul Cup tournament. They overcame Iran in the consolation final. Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the winners.
Finland jumped to an early lead. They accumulated a 21:13 lead at the first intermission. Finland went on a 24:7 run in the second frame. They built a 45:20 halftime lead. The European team stretched the lead in the third quarter. They accumulated a 35-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Iran cut the deficit in the final stanza but suffered a heavy loss at the end. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) topscored with 18 points for Finland. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) added 12 points for the winning side. Mohammad Jamshidi (197-SF-91) responded with 16 points for Iran. Farid Aslani (183-PG-88) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Finland: Mikko Koivisto 18, Tuukka Kotti 14+11 boards, Shawn Huff 12
Iran: Mohammad Jamshidi 16, Farid Aslani 9



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  ITALY   


Capo d'Orlando tab Talor Battle - by Eurobasket News

Capo d'Orlando secured the services of Talor Battle (183-PG-88, college: Penn St.). The point guard started the previous season in France. He played for Cholet Basket. Talor Battle posted 8.0 points, 2.5 assists, 1.7 rebounds per game in ProA. In EuroCup the guard notched 2.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists. In December Talor Battle moved to Germany. He joined Telekom Baskets Bonn. His stats read 11.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 1.Bundesliga. In EuroChallenge the guard accounted for 11.9 points, 3.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds per appearance. Talor Battle participated at NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas this summer.


Trieste starts building the roster - by Eurobasket News

Trieste starts building the roster for the upcoming season. The newcomer in Legadue is close to Jobey Thomas (194-G-80, college: Charlotte) and Marko Milic (201-F-77).
Marko Milic played for Vanoli Cremona. The veteran forward appeared 32 times in SerieA this season averaging 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Cremona finished as tenth ranked team of the regular season with 14-18 record. Marko Milic joined Cremona in February of 2010. He had 14 ppg and 7.3 rpg for the club in their first season together. In 2010/11, Milic registered almost the same numbers. Before Cremona, the former Slovenian NT member played for Orleans, Union Olimpija, Real Madrid, Virtus Bologna, Scavolini Pesaro and Roseto.
Jobey Thomas is an American player who is not new in Italy. In 2006-2007 he played for Premiata Montegranaro and then in 2008-2009 moved to Armani Jeans Milano. Later he appeared for Cimberio Varese (Italy-SerieA, starting five) and averaged 13.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 76.0%. In Dec.'11 signed at Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA, starting five) and showed 12.5ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 60.6%, FT: 90.9% in EuroCup. In Italian League after 24 games his stats read 10.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 44.5%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT-3 (91.2%).



Tezenis Verona bring in Olaseni Lawal - by Eurobasket News

Tezenis Verona bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, college: Wayne St., MI). The Nigerian centre spent the last season in Spain. He played for Rioja Clavijo. Olaseni Lawal averaged 9.1 points, 10.6 boards, 1.7 blocks per game in LEB Gold. Previously Olaseni Lawal had stints with Rayet Guadalajara and Al Arabi. Eurobasket.com gave the centre into All-Spanish LEB Gold Honourable Mention in 2012. He participated at 2010 Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas. The centre made it into All-Big Men Team. He was Summer League in Las Vegas winner with his team.


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  JORDAN   


Norway fire past Jordan to open win count in Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Norway - Jordan 83:62

Norway opened win count at the international tournament in Cyprus. They overcame Jordan for 1-1 record. Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) knocked down 17 points to lead the Scandinavian team. Jordan fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Norway held the Asian team to 12 points in the first stanza to take a 6-point lead. Norway stretched the gap to 9 points at the interval 38:29. Norway boosted the gap in the third term. The Europeans extended the margin to 16 points before the fourth frame. Norway did not slow down in the final stanza and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Roy Nwachukwu (196-F-90, college: Seminole St.CC) netted 14 points, while Thomas Mjos (181-PG-90) 13 points in the victory. Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh (200-F-86) netted 12 points for Jordan. Mohammad Shaher (210-C-90) posted 11 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Norway: Stian Mjos 17, Roy Nwachukwu 14, Thomas Mjos 13
Jordan: Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh 12, Mohammad Shaher 11+12 boards



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  LITHUANIA   


Olympics 2012: USA struggle to overcome Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania-USA 94:99

USA struggle to overcome Lithuania in Day 4 of the 2012 Olympics. After an easy win over Nigeria, USA grabbed a valuable 99:94 win over the Baltic State and improved to 4-0 record. Lithuanian meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group A.
USA scored 33 points in the first period and led 8 points at the end of the first period. The victory was not however that easy for the favorites. Lithuanian bounced back with 26-22 in the second frame Linas Kleiza (6'8''-SF-85, college: Missouri) reduced to 55:51 at the halftime. Moreover a 5-0 run gave Lithuanian team 56:55 lead as Sarunas Jasikevicius (6'4''-PG-76, college: Maryland) nailed from the arc. The teams exchanged some more baskets in the third period as Seibutis tied the game at 69:69. USA managed to grab 78:72 lead at the end of the quarter after Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois)s shot. Linas Kleiza later brought his team 82:80, while LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) made three for 90:86. No matter how hard the Lithuanian team tried to recover they finished with 5-point loss.
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and LeBron James top-scored for the winners with 20 points for the 4th straight win. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) nailed 16, while Deron Williams delivered 12. Linas Kleiza finished the game with 25 points in the losing effort and Martynas Pocius (6'5''-SG-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) nailed 14. Darius Songaila (6'9''-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) notched 11 and Paulius Jankunas (6'9''-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) delivered 9.

Lithuania: Linas Kleiza 25, Martynas Pocius 14, Darius Songaila 11, Paulius Jankunas 9
USA: Carmelo Anthony 20, LeBron James 20, Kevin Durant 16, Deron Williams 12



CSM Oradea keep Lithuanian Gediminas Navickas - by Eurobasket News

CSM Oradea keep Lithuanian Gediminas Navickas (180-G-84) for the next season. In 2011-2012 for CSM Oradea (Romania-Div.A) he averaged 10.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 77.1%.
Gediminas Navickas moved to Oradea last season debuted for his team with 7 points. The Lithuanian player spent the season 2007-2008 for Aisciai-Atletas Kaunas (LKL, starting five). In Baltic League after 19 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 69.0%, while in Lithuanian League his stats read 9.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.9%, FT: 63.3%, 3PT: 36.8%. In 2008-2009 he moved to Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (Ukraine-UBL, starting five) and showed 9.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 82.2%.
In 2009-2010 he played for AZS Koszalin (Poland-PLK) and had 7.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 72.7%, while in Feb.'10 moved to Valga Welg/Kolmvedu (Estonia-KML, starting five). After 10 games his stats read 18.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 78.0%.
In 2011 season Gediminas Navickas played for BC Odessa (Ukraine-Superleague). In 46 games his stats read 5.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 73.6%.



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  MONTENEGRO   


Damjan Kandic moves to Romania - by Darko Pekic

CS Municipal Bucuresti has announced the signing of Damjan Kandic (208-F-84) for the 2012-2013 Season in Romania. Kandic is a 6'10 forward from Montenegro that played in Hungary last season for Marso NYKK where in 13 games he averaged 16.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 87.2%. He's known as a pick and pop 4 man that can stretch the floor and knock down 3s as evidenced by his near 40% 3 point shooting and 87% free throws.

He has played previously in Buducnost, Lovcen, Cyprus, Czech Republic and Serbia.



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  NBA   


CJ Miles signs with Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News

Free agent forward C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) has signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a series of tweets from the Salt Lake Tribunes Brian T. Smith.

Miles spurned interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Dallas Mavericks. According to Smith, these teams were capable of offering Miles more money, but Miles wanted the chance to be a starter and have his own impact, even if it came with a smaller paycheck.

Drafted straight out of high school by the Jazz in 2005, Miles has played all of his seven NBA seasons in Utah. He enjoyed a career year in 2010-11, averaging 12.8 points and 3.3 rebounds a game in a role that mostly saw him come off the bench. His production dipped slightly last season, though at 25, he offers the unusual combination of being both young and experienced.

Courtesy of http://tracking.si.com



Paul Pierce: 'Ray Allen still my bro' - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) admitted he's "a little bitter" about Ray Allen's (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) decision to go to Miami and said it will be "weird" going up against him on opening night next season.

But Pierce expressed gratitude for what Allen brought to Boston, including helping the Celtics win a world title.

"Ray made the best decision for him," Pierce told the team's official website Thursday in his first public offseason comments. "That's what it's all about: You get in these situations, you become a free agent and you make a decision based on what's best for you and your family. Ray will always be a brother for me. If it wasn't for him, I probably wouldn't be wearing a championship ring. So the things he was able to do for this organization will never be forgotten."

Asked if he has talked to Allen since he spurned Boston's two-year, $12 million offer to sign with Miami for half the value, Pierce said, "A couple texts. I'm a little bitter that he went to Miami, but he's still a brother of mine."

Pierce said that despite the departure of Allen, he is a fan of what Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and his staff have been able to do this offseason reassembling much of the core, highlighted by a three-year contract extension for Kevin Garnett.

"I love what Danny's been able to do," Pierce said. "It was a tough decision this summer. A lot was riding on what direction we were going to head in. It was just a domino effect, once we signed Kevin, we knew were going to try to make another run at it. That's pretty much the way I looked at it. Once we signed him, a number of guys were able to jump on board.

"I thought Danny did a good job of trying to replace Ray Allen. As you know Ray Allen went off to Miami, on his choice, but he was a great teammate, it was fun playing with him. But I think the guys coming in here -- Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, trying to get a healthy Jeff Green, even some of our rookies -- I think we've added a lot more depth, and it's going to take a lot of pressure off me this upcoming season."

As for who he's most excited to play with next season, Piece pointed to Terry.

"I've always been a big fan of Jason Terry," Pierce said. "Playing against him in college for a couple years, then watching his NBA career flourish over the years. From winning a championship to just bringing that element to our ball club now -- he's one of best sixth men all-time to play the game. That's something we were lacking a year ago, and that was only due to injuries, so hopefully he can bring that consistency, that championship experience, so we can get back to where we were a few years ago."

As for his health, Pierce admitted a sprained MCL, suffered during a walkthrough in the first round of the postseason, hindered him the remainder of the playoffs, but he didn't want to use it as an excuse for his diminished play. Pierce said he has spent much of the offseason strengthening the area around the knee while it heals.

"The knee is a lot better. It's not completely healed, but I figure I'm about 90 percent now," Pierce said. "So I've been doing a lot to strengthen it, so I can come back a stronger player. It really hampered me, I thought, the last 10-15 games of the year. I couldn't explode like I wanted to. But everybody was hurt at that point of the year. Everybody was dealing with nagging injuries. That's why I didn't really stress on it too much in the playoffs, because I know everyone is dealing with injuries and that's just another excuse."

Pierce said he focused on strengthening his quad and hamstring to alleviate stress on the knee. He said that workout included a lot of stair work and light running on the treadmill. But he noted, "It's been responding very well."

Pierce expressed "fresh excitement" for the new season and noted, "We're going to build on what we did last year. I think we're more talented. We were able to bring back Brandon Bass -- we brought back our starters and then added to it. I think we have a deeper and better bench. Hopefully, it reflects better in the playoffs, so that we can go for a championship."

Courtesy of ESPN



Olympics 2012: USA struggle to overcome Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania-USA 94:99

USA struggle to overcome Lithuania in Day 4 of the 2012 Olympics. After an easy win over Nigeria, USA grabbed a valuable 99:94 win over the Baltic State and improved to 4-0 record. Lithuanian meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group A.
USA scored 33 points in the first period and led 8 points at the end of the first period. The victory was not however that easy for the favorites. Lithuanian bounced back with 26-22 in the second frame Linas Kleiza (6'8''-SF-85, college: Missouri) reduced to 55:51 at the halftime. Moreover a 5-0 run gave Lithuanian team 56:55 lead as Sarunas Jasikevicius (6'4''-PG-76, college: Maryland) nailed from the arc. The teams exchanged some more baskets in the third period as Seibutis tied the game at 69:69. USA managed to grab 78:72 lead at the end of the quarter after Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois)s shot. Linas Kleiza later brought his team 82:80, while LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) made three for 90:86. No matter how hard the Lithuanian team tried to recover they finished with 5-point loss.
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and LeBron James top-scored for the winners with 20 points for the 4th straight win. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) nailed 16, while Deron Williams delivered 12. Linas Kleiza finished the game with 25 points in the losing effort and Martynas Pocius (6'5''-SG-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) nailed 14. Darius Songaila (6'9''-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) notched 11 and Paulius Jankunas (6'9''-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) delivered 9.

Lithuania: Linas Kleiza 25, Martynas Pocius 14, Darius Songaila 11, Paulius Jankunas 9
USA: Carmelo Anthony 20, LeBron James 20, Kevin Durant 16, Deron Williams 12



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  NIGERIA   


Olympics 2012: Argentina take care of Nigeria - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Nigeria 93:79

Argentina earned the third win in London. They knocked down Nigeria tonight to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Nigeria suffered the third straight loss and slipped at 1-3. Luis Scola (204-PF-80) stepped up with 22 points to lead the winners.
Argentina started the game aggressively. They exploded with 37 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure an 18-point lead. The margin quickly grew at 20-point mark in the second quarter. Argentina arrived at halftime up by 20 points 57:37. Argentina stayed in charge throughout the third term. They entered the final stanza leading 76:57. Nigeria got within 15 points midway through the final term but Argentina stayed calm and coasted to the victory at the end. Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82) notched 18 points, while Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) added 17 points in the victory. Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) responded with 16 points and 11 boards for Nigeria. Derrick Obasohan (198-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) had 15 points in the loss.

Argentina: Luis Scola 22, Carlos Delfino 18, Andres Nocioni 17
Nigeria: Ike Diogu 16+11 boards, Derrick Obasohan 15



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  NORWAY   

Standings - 1Div.

1Div. Standings
 1. Fyllingen BBK 0-0 
 2. Hoybraten 0-0 
 3. Miners 0-0 
 4. NTNUI 0-0 
 5. Persbraaten 0-0 
 6. Trondheim 0-0 
 7. Varden 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 29: Fyllingen BBK - Miners


Norway fire past Jordan to open win count in Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Norway - Jordan 83:62

Norway opened win count at the international tournament in Cyprus. They overcame Jordan for 1-1 record. Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) knocked down 17 points to lead the Scandinavian team. Jordan fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Norway held the Asian team to 12 points in the first stanza to take a 6-point lead. Norway stretched the gap to 9 points at the interval 38:29. Norway boosted the gap in the third term. The Europeans extended the margin to 16 points before the fourth frame. Norway did not slow down in the final stanza and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Roy Nwachukwu (196-F-90, college: Seminole St.CC) netted 14 points, while Thomas Mjos (181-PG-90) 13 points in the victory. Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh (200-F-86) netted 12 points for Jordan. Mohammad Shaher (210-C-90) posted 11 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Norway: Stian Mjos 17, Roy Nwachukwu 14, Thomas Mjos 13
Jordan: Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh 12, Mohammad Shaher 11+12 boards



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. USA4-0
2. Argentina3-1
3. France3-1
4. Lithuania1-3
5. Nigeria1-3
6. Tunisia0-4
Group B
1. Russia4-0
2. Spain3-1
3. Brazil3-1
4. Australia2-2
5. China0-4
6. U.Kingdom0-4

Preliminary Round: Round 4

A

Aug. 4: LTU - USA 94-99
Aug. 4: NGR - ARG 79-93
Aug. 4: TUN - FRA 69-73

B

Aug. 4: RUS - ESP 77-74
Aug. 4: ENG - AUS 75-106
Aug. 4: CHN - BRA 59-98

Preliminary Round: Round 5

Aug. 6: AUS - RUS
Aug. 6: TUN - LTU
Aug. 6: FRA - NGR
Aug. 6: ENG - CHN
Aug. 6: ESP - BRA
Aug. 6: ARG - USA


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  AUS
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Mills, AUS22.5 
 2. Scola, ARG22.5 
 3. Ginobili, ARG21.0 
 4. Anthony, USA20.5 
 5. Gasol, ESP19.5 
 6. Kirilenko, RUS19.5 
 7. Parker, FRA19.0 
 8. Deng, ENG18.3 
 9. Kleiza, LTU18.3 
 10. Durant, USA16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ike DIOGU
  USA
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Diogu, NGR10.3 
 2. Mejri, TUN9.5 
 3. Yi, CHN9.3 
 4. Ben Ghnia, TUN9.3 
 5. Aminu, NGR8.0 
 6. Varejao, BRA7.5 
 7. Deng, ENG7.5 
 8. Mensah-Bonsu, ENG7.3 
 9. Nene, BRA7.0 
 10. Freeland, ENG6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  BRA
  (191-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Huertas, BRA6.3 
 2. Shved, RUS6.3 
 3. Prigioni, ARG6.0 
 4. Jasikevicius, LTU6.0 
 5. Williams, USA5.8 
 6. Paul, USA5.5 
 7. Ponkrashov, RUS4.8 
 8. Deng, ENG4.8 
 9. Ginobili, ARG4.5 
 10. Kalnietis, LTU4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Emanuel GINOBILI
  ARG
  (198-SG-77)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ginobili, ARG2.5 
 2. Aminu, NGR2.3 
 3. Nielsen, AUS2.3 
 4. Ben Ghnia, TUN2.0 
 5. Paul, USA2.0 
 6. Kirilenko, RUS2.0 
 7. James, USA1.8 
 8. Prigioni, ARG1.7 
 9. Sun, CHN1.7 
 10. Deng, ENG1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  TUN
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Mejri, TUN3.3 
 2. Yi, CHN2.0 
 3. Batum, FRA1.8 
 4. Ibaka, ESP1.5 
 5. Seraphin, FRA1.5 
 6. Kirilenko, RUS1.3 
 7. Aminu, NGR1.3 
 8. Kaun, RUS1.3 
 9. Gasol, ESP1.3 
 10. Newley, AUS1.3 


Day 4 of Olympic tournament in London - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Nigeria - Argentina 79-93
Argentina earned the third win in London. They knocked down Nigeria tonight to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Nigeria suffered the third straight loss and slipped at 1-3. Luis Scola (204-PF-80) stepped up with 22 points to lead the winners. Argentina started the game aggressively. They exploded with 37 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure an 18-point lead. The margin quickly grew at 20-point mark in the second quarter. Argentina arrived at halftime up by 20 points 57:37. Argentina stayed in charge throughout the third term. They entered the final stanza leading 76:57. Nigeria got within 15 points midway through the final term but Argentina stayed calm and coasted to the victory at the end. Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82) notched 18 points, while Andres Nocioni added 17 points in the victory. Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) responded with 16 points and 11 boards for Nigeria. Derrick Obasohan had 15 points in the loss.

Lithuania - USA 94-99
USA struggle to overcome Lithuania in Day 4 of the 2012 Olympics. After an easy win over Nigeria, USA grabbed a valuable 99:94 win over the Baltic State and improved to 4-0 record. Lithuanian meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group A. USA scored 33 points in the first period and led 8 points at the end of the first period. The victory was not however that easy for the favorites. Lithuanian bounced back with 26-22 in the second frame Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) reduced to 55:51 at the halftime. Moreover a 5-0 run gave Lithuanian team 56:55 lead as Sarunas Jasikevicius nailed from the arc. The teams exchanged some more baskets in the third period as Seibutis tied the game at 69:69. USA managed to grab 78:72 lead at the end of the quarter after Deron Williams's shot. Linas Kleiza later brought his team 82:80, while LeBron James (203-SF-84) made three for 90:86. No matter how hard the Lithuanian team tried to recover they finished with 5-point loss. Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and LeBron James top-scored for the winners with 20 points for the 4th straight win. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) nailed 16, while Deron Williams delivered 12. Linas Kleiza finished the game with 25 points in the losing effort and Martynas Pocius nailed 14. Darius Songaila notched 11 and Paulius Jankunas delivered 9.

Tunisia - France 69-73
France registered the third win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They held off pesky Tunisia to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Tunisia suffered the fourth loss in a row. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 22 points to lead the winners. France seemed well in control early in the game. They recorded a 20:15 lead at the first break. France held their opponents at 12 points in the second term and posted a 35:27 halftime lead. France boosted the margin in the third term. They led by 16 points midway through the period. France entered the final quarter up by 17 points 60:43. But Tunisia refused to surrender. They capitalized on sloppy French attitude to narrow the gap at 5-point mark with 50 seconds remaining. Nando De Colo hit two free throws and France managed to escape with victory at the end. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Kevin Seraphin added 10 points in the victory. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86) responded with 20 points for Tunisia. Macram Ben Romdhane had 17 points in the loss.

Group B
China - Brazil 59-98
Brazil thrash China to make the Quarterfinal appearance of the Olympics 2012. Brazil improved to 3-1 record in Group B after 98:56 victory, while the Asian team fell at 0-4 record. Brazil started with 4-0 run and then Tiago Splitter scored for 9:2. Guo and Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) exchanged the late baskets in the end of the period for 25:9. Brazil however could not score in the first four minutes of the second frame. China reduced only to 25:11 and then Tiago Splitter posted two for 40:19. Liu meanwhile closed the half at 42:21. The second half also belonged to the favorite team. Brazil won the third period 28-17 and added 28-21 in the last stanza. Marquinhos Vieira top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) and Guilherme Giovannoni netted 13 each. Tiago Splitter delivered 12, while Marcelo Magalhaes posted 10. Zhu FangYu (201-SF-83) delivered 13 points in the losing effort and Chen Jianghua had 10.

United Kingdom - Australia 75-106
Australia earned a crucial win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Great Britain to seal the quarterfinal appearance. The Boomers improved at 2-2 record in Group B. Great Britain fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) ran the floor with impressive 39 points for the Boomers. Great Britain dominated in the first half. They opened a 6:0 lead early in the game. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the opening frame to post a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. Reinking gave Great Britain a 42:28 lead midway through the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 46;36 halftime advantage. But Australia turned the tables in the third frame. The Boomers went on a 17:2 run to level things up at 53. Patrick Mills and Newley scored six points in a row as Australia gained a 66:57 lead late in the quarter. The Boomers opened the fourth frame on an 18:0 run and never looked back en route to the win. David Andersen (212-C-80) had 13 points, while Joe Ingles provided 11 points for the Boomers. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) answered with 16 points for Great Britain. Daniel Clark had 14 points in defeat.

Russia - Spain 77-74
Russia overcame a slow start to defeat Spain in the Olympic basketball tournament. Vitaliy Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) scored 24 points to lead the winners. Russia are now at 4-0 record on top of Group B. Spain fell at 3-1 record after the loss. Spain opened the game with ten points in a row. The European champions earned a 28:11 lead at the first break. Russia slowly came back to life in the second term. They cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 40:32. Vitaliy Fridzon, Viktor Khryapa and Timofey Mozgov put Russia in front 51:47 midway through the third term. Russia maintained the lead till the final break 56:53. Navarro and Rudy Fernandez put Spain back in front early in the final quarter. The gap grew at 9-point mark 69:60 with under five minutes remaining. But Kirilenko triggered a 10:2 run that put Russia within one. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) returned a 3-point lead for Spain but Timofey Mozgov and Vitaliy Fridzon made it 77:74 for Russia with 4 seconds remaining. Marc Gasol committed a turnover in the final possession as Russia got away with victory. Anton Ponkrashov (202-SG-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) posted 14 points and 11 assists, while Viktor Khryapa and Timofey Mozgov added 12 points each in the victory. Pau Gasol responded with 20 points for Spain. Rudy Fernandez and Marc Gasol had 10 points each in the loss.



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CSM Oradea keep Lithuanian Gediminas Navickas - by Eurobasket News

CSM Oradea keep Lithuanian Gediminas Navickas (180-G-84) for the next season. In 2011-2012 for CSM Oradea (Romania-Div.A) he averaged 10.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 77.1%.
Gediminas Navickas moved to Oradea last season debuted for his team with 7 points. The Lithuanian player spent the season 2007-2008 for Aisciai-Atletas Kaunas (LKL, starting five). In Baltic League after 19 games he averaged 11.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 69.0%, while in Lithuanian League his stats read 9.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.9%, FT: 63.3%, 3PT: 36.8%. In 2008-2009 he moved to Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (Ukraine-UBL, starting five) and showed 9.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 82.2%.
In 2009-2010 he played for AZS Koszalin (Poland-PLK) and had 7.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 72.7%, while in Feb.'10 moved to Valga Welg/Kolmvedu (Estonia-KML, starting five). After 10 games his stats read 18.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 78.0%.
In 2011 season Gediminas Navickas played for BC Odessa (Ukraine-Superleague). In 46 games his stats read 5.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 73.6%.



Virgil Stanescu joins CSU Ploiesti - by Eurobasket News

Virgil Stanescu (208-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) joins CSU Ploiesti for the upcoming season. The Romanian Center moves from BC Mures Targu-Mures.
The season 2011-2012 he started for BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti (Div.A, starting five), then moved to BC Mures Targu-Mures (Div.A, starting five). In 33 games his stats read 15.2ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 72.3%.
During his long European career Virgis has played in Germany (Frankfurt Skyliners), Belgium (Oostende), Turkey (Turk Telekom) and has spent the four seasons in the Russian A Superleague (Spartak St.Petersburg, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok, Unics Kazan and CSK VVS Samara). In 2008-2009 for CSK VVS Samara he averaged 8.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 68.0% and in the EuroChallenge had 10.7ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 47.5%, FT: 68.0%. Virgil is considered the best Romanian National Team Player since 1997.

Last season he was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention -12 and Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Domestic Players Team .



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Olympics 2012: Russia topple Spain - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Spain 77:74

Russia overcame a slow start to defeat Spain in the Olympic basketball tournament. Vitaliy Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) scored 24 points to lead the winners. Russia are now at 4-0 record on top of Group B. Spain fell at 3-1 record after the loss.
Spain opened the game with ten points in a row. The European champions earned a 28:11 lead at the first break. Russia slowly came back to life in the second term. They cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 40:32. Vitaliy Fridzon, Viktor Khryapa (205-SF-82) and Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) put Russia in front 51:47 midway through the third term. Russia maintained the lead till the final break 56:53. Navarro and Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) put Spain back in front early in the final quarter. The gap grew at 9-point mark 69:60 with under five minutes remaining. But Kirilenko triggered a 10:2 run that put Russia within one. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) returned a 3-point lead for Spain but Timofey Mozgov and Vitaliy Fridzon made it 77:74 for Russia with 4 seconds remaining. Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) committed a turnover in the final possession as Russia got away with victory. Anton Ponkrashov (202-SG-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) posted 14 points and 11 assists, while Viktor Khryapa and Timofey Mozgov added 12 points each in the victory. Pau Gasol responded with 20 points for Spain. Rudy Fernandez and Marc Gasol had 10 points each in the loss.

Russia: Vitaliy Fridzon 24, Anton Ponkrashov 14+11 assists, Viktor Khryapa 12, Timofey Mozgov 12
Spain: Pau Gasol 20, Rudy Fernandez 10, Marc Gasol 10



Sergey Karaulov joins the forces of Triumph - by Eurobasket News

Sergey Karaulov (215-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) joins the forces of Triumph for 2012/2013 season. The Uzbekistani born Center moves from Spartak Primorie Vladivostok.
Early in 2007-2008 he played for Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu (Russia-A Superleague) and averaged 3.8ppg, 2.6rpg. In 2008-2009 moved to NBA Nizhny Novgorod (Russia-B Superleague, starting five) and in 55 games had 11.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%, FT: 64.3%. In 2009-2010 Sergey Karaulov joined Krasnie Krilya Samara (Russia-A Superleague) and in EuroChallenge had 2.6ppg, 2.7rpg. In Russian League after 21 games his stats read 3.6ppg, 3.1rpg.
The season 2010-2011 started for Krasnie Krilya Samara (Russia-PBL) and averaged 2.0ppg, 1.8rpg.Then moved to Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Russia-Superleague, starting five): and had 8.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 50.7%, FT: 73.9%. The last season for Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Russia-PBL) he had 2.4ppg, 3.2rpg.



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Serbia U18 wins the second straight game over Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Slovenia U18 83:66

Serbia U18 wins the second straight game over Slovenia before the start of the E18 European Championship in Division A. Serbia won the second game 83:66.
Serbia opened the game with 16-8, while Slovenia replied with 20-15 in the second period. The teams went to the lockers for 36:33 on the board. In the second half Serbian team played better and reached the easy victory. They won the third period 27-18 and finished the game with 25-20 in the last stanza.
Luka Andusic (195-G/F-94) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Salic notched 13. Nikola Rebic (187-PG-95) delivered 11 and Brano Dukanovic (173-G-95) scored 10. Nikolic finished the game with 16 points and Matic Rebec (179-PG-95) followed him with 14. Gregor Hrovat (94) netted 9 and Jan Rizman (194-G-94) scored 8.
In Game 1 Serbia won over Slovenia 113:100 in three overtimes.

Serbia U18: Luka Andusic 20, Salic 13, Nikola Rebic 11, Brano Dukanovic 10
Slovenia U18: Nikolic 16, Matic Rebec 14, Gregor Hrovat 9, Jan Rizman 8



Adecco 2012: Milos Teodosic leads Serbia over Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News

Serbia-Bosnia and Herzegovina 101:91

Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) leads Serbia over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Day 2 of the International tournament in Ljubljana. He erupted with 29 points and 11 assists in a 101:91 win. Serbia improved to 2-0 record, while Bosnia and Herzegovina is with 1-1 record.
Both teams won their openers of the tournament and desired to reach the second win. Serbia took 24-18 and led 4 points at the halftime. Bosnia and Herzegovina won the third period 27-26 and reduced to 3 points entering the last stanza. Serbia however had Milos Teodosic who was unstoppable for the winners. He led his team to 30-23 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) poured in 18 points for the winners to follow Milos Teodosic. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) notched 15, while Vladimir Stimac (208-C-87, agency: Interperformances) added 11. Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 21 points and Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) collected 19 points and 12 rebounds. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) also scored 19, whilst Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) poured in 16.

Serbia: Milos Teodosic 29+11 ast, Dusko Savanovic 18, Zoran Erceg 15, Vladimir Stimac 11
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Elmedin Kikanovic 21, Zack Wright 19+12 rebs, Mirza Teletovic 19, Nihad Djedovic 16



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Slovakia lost two friendly matches against Hungary - by *AddMe

Slovakian National Team has played on Friday and on Saturday two friendly matches against Hungarian National Team as a preparation before upcoming qualifying matches for European Championship. Unfortunately they have lost both their matches. In Friday's game Slovakian National Team has lost 51:78 to Hungarian National Team, although they were fouled 24 times. But the haven't used this advantage to dramatize the game. The best scorers for Slovakian National Team was Robert Nuber (187-PG-83) with 14 points, followed by Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) with 13 points.
Second game was more dramatic, but Slovakian National Teamn side has lost it by 9 points 57:66. Slovakian National Team has improved their defense, but they failed to equalize the score in the match. In Saturday's game they were led by Anton Gavel with 19 points (4 three pointers) and Peter Sedmak (207-C-85) with 10 points.
Slovakian National Team is starting their qualifying journey on 15th august against Estonian National Team in Tallinn.



Gause to the champions - by *AddMe

According to pdbasket.com is Paul Gause (180-G-86, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Seton Hall) heading to BC Prievidza. Gause is the first foreign player sign for the champions. Gause has started his pro carrer in NCAA, where he played three seasons for Seton Hall. He spend last season playing in England in team Newcastle Eagles, where he achieved winning every trophy which can be winned in British BBL. 26-years old guard has averaged in 40 games last season 14.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.5apg per game. He was also included in Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 3rd Team .


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Adecco 2012: Slovenia pip Croatia in the capital - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia Croatia 83:76

Slovenia pip Croatia in the capital for 1-1 record at Adecco 2012. The hosts of the tournament needed a 83:76 win in Day 2 second game to take 1-1 record. Croatian side meanwhile suffered the second straight loss and dropped at 0-2 record.
Both teams lost their openers last night and desired to win the initial game. Slovenia grabbed 26:17 after the first ten minutes and had 9-point advantage at the halftime. Croatia meanwhile replied with 22-18 but could not take the win. The hosts finished the game with 18-16 and celebrated a necessary win.
Domen Lorbek (197-G/F-85) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) netted 14. Jaka Blazic (193-G-90) poured in 13, while Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) added 9. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) edne dup with 17 points in the losing effort and Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) poured in 11. Simon nailed 10, whilst Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) produced 9.
In another game Milos Teodosic leads Serbia over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Day 2 of the International tournament in Ljubljana. He erupted with 29 points and 11 assists in a 101:91 win. Serbia improved to 2-0 record, while Bosnia and Herzegovina is with 1-1 record.

Slovenia: Domen Lorbek 22, Zoran Dragic 14, Jaka Blazic 13, Gasper Vidmar 9
Croatia: Luka Zoric 17, Damir Markota 11, Simon 10, Roko-Leni Ukic 9



Krka grabs veteran Golemac - by Zeljko Zule

The current Slovenian champion Krka continued adding frontcourt strength by signing former national team memberr Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) for the upcoming season. Golemac arrives from Italian side Sidegas Avellino, for whom he averaged 11.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 rebounds over 29 minutes in 30 Seria A games. Krka will be his third Slovenian club after previous stints at Union Olimpija and Slovan. Among his career highlights are winning national championships in Slovenia and Turkey, as well as cups in Slovenia and Israel. Golemac has also won the Adriatic League with Olimpija and the 2006 FIBA EuroCup Challenge with Ural Great. Golemac represented the Slovenian national team at EuroBasket 2003 and 2009.


Serbia U18 wins the second straight game over Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Slovenia U18 83:66

Serbia U18 wins the second straight game over Slovenia before the start of the E18 European Championship in Division A. Serbia won the second game 83:66.
Serbia opened the game with 16-8, while Slovenia replied with 20-15 in the second period. The teams went to the lockers for 36:33 on the board. In the second half Serbian team played better and reached the easy victory. They won the third period 27-18 and finished the game with 25-20 in the last stanza.
Luka Andusic (195-G/F-94) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Salic notched 13. Nikola Rebic (187-PG-95) delivered 11 and Brano Dukanovic (173-G-95) scored 10. Nikolic finished the game with 16 points and Matic Rebec (179-PG-95) followed him with 14. Gregor Hrovat (94) netted 9 and Jan Rizman (194-G-94) scored 8.
In Game 1 Serbia won over Slovenia 113:100 in three overtimes.

Serbia U18: Luka Andusic 20, Salic 13, Nikola Rebic 11, Brano Dukanovic 10
Slovenia U18: Nikolic 16, Matic Rebec 14, Gregor Hrovat 9, Jan Rizman 8



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Travis Derochowski got a deal with Athletics UCV in Venezuela - by Wolfgang Lucena

6'10'' power forward/center Travis Derochowski will arrive in Venezuela next week from McMinnville, Oregon to join Athletics UCV towards 2012 Venezuela National Basketball League.
Athletics UCV lead by its head coach Freddy Rengifo Rizzo, has been training since the last week of June this year in order to get ready for the upcoming 2012 Venezuela National Leagues Tip Off. "Our main focus in this years practices is to improve last years experience...Travis Derochowski will be a great help for us...I am sure he will bring a lot of respect in the post position...we are really excited with this agreement" - Head Coach Freddy Rengifo Rizzo
Derochowski earned First Team All-Cal Pac honors in 2010-2011. He also led the conference in rebounds and shots blocked. Later at Simpson University Travis Derochowski averaged a double-double in points and rebounds in two California Pacific Conference games and the big guy from McMinnville was selected as the California Pacific Conference Men's Basketball player of the week for the date of January 23rd through January 29th, 2012.
His size and experience will be welcome to Athletics UCV in Venezuelas Basketball National League.




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U-18 Korean junior national team - by JungHwan Seo

Korean basketball Association announced U-18 National team members. This team includes the only senior national member Lee Jong-hyun.
Guard Heo Hoon is the second son of Heo Jae who was the legend of Korean basketball.

U-18 team will go to Asian Basketball Championship two weeks later in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

U-18 Korean junior national team

Guards

Chun Gi-bum (187cm), Choi Sung-mo (188cm), Heo Hoon (180cm)

Forwards

Choi Jun-yong (202cm), Choi Seung-wuk (197cm), Kim Seung-Jun (195cm), Jung Hee-won (193cm), Kang Sang-jae (201cm)

Centers

Lee Jong-hyun (206cm), Park In-tae (204cm), Kim Min-gi (200cm), Kim Jin-yong (200cm)



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Olympics 2012: Russia topple Spain - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Spain 77:74

Russia overcame a slow start to defeat Spain in the Olympic basketball tournament. Vitaliy Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) scored 24 points to lead the winners. Russia are now at 4-0 record on top of Group B. Spain fell at 3-1 record after the loss.
Spain opened the game with ten points in a row. The European champions earned a 28:11 lead at the first break. Russia slowly came back to life in the second term. They cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 40:32. Vitaliy Fridzon, Viktor Khryapa (205-SF-82) and Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) put Russia in front 51:47 midway through the third term. Russia maintained the lead till the final break 56:53. Navarro and Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) put Spain back in front early in the final quarter. The gap grew at 9-point mark 69:60 with under five minutes remaining. But Kirilenko triggered a 10:2 run that put Russia within one. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) returned a 3-point lead for Spain but Timofey Mozgov and Vitaliy Fridzon made it 77:74 for Russia with 4 seconds remaining. Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) committed a turnover in the final possession as Russia got away with victory. Anton Ponkrashov (202-SG-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) posted 14 points and 11 assists, while Viktor Khryapa and Timofey Mozgov added 12 points each in the victory. Pau Gasol responded with 20 points for Spain. Rudy Fernandez and Marc Gasol had 10 points each in the loss.

Russia: Vitaliy Fridzon 24, Anton Ponkrashov 14+11 assists, Viktor Khryapa 12, Timofey Mozgov 12
Spain: Pau Gasol 20, Rudy Fernandez 10, Marc Gasol 10



John Holland moves to Sevilla - by Eurobasket News

John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) moves to Sevilla for the next season. The Puerto Rican National Team player heads to Spain.
In 2011-2012 for Chorale de Roanne Basket (France-ProA, starting five) he averaged 16.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 83.9% in EuroChallenge and in French League had 14.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 83.8%. In France he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 2nd Team -12, Eurobasket.com EuroChallenge All-Imports Team -12 and reached EuroChallenge Quarterfinals -12.
In July 2012 he participated at the AirTran Orlando Summer League (Oklahoma City Thunder).
John Holland headed to France from the Boston University, where he graduated a year ago. Holland had 19.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.6 apg for his school as a senior. He had almost the same digits as a junior and sophomore. Holland was named All-AEC Player of the Year -11 and his school was AEC Tournament winner.



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Cyprus rally past Sweden in Four Nations Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus - Sweden 83:68

Cyprus registered the second straight win at the start of Four Nations international tournament. The hosts knocked down Sweden for 2-0 record. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge.
Sweden enjoyed a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. But Cyprus shifted the gear in the second quarter. The home side accounted for 26 points in the period to secure a 42:36 halftime lead. Sweden narrowed the gap in the third term. The Scandinavian team got within a single point heading into the fourth stanza. But Cyprus went on a stunning 26:12 run in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83) provided 16 points, while Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) had 12 points in the win. Christian Maraker (206-F-82, college: Pacific) replied with 17 points for Sweden. Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) had 11 points in defeat.

Cyprus: Anthony King 19, Andreas Sizopoulos 16, Panagiotis Trisokkas 12
Sweden: Christian Maraker 17, Kenny Grant 11



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Olympics 2012: Tunisia challenge France before losing - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia - France 69:73

France registered the third win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They held off pesky Tunisia to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Tunisia suffered the fourth loss in a row. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 22 points to lead the winners.
France seemed well in control early in the game. They recorded a 20:15 lead at the first break. France held their opponents at 12 points in the second term and posted a 35:27 halftime lead. France boosted the margin in the third term. They led by 16 points midway through the period. France entered the final quarter up by 17 points 60:43. But Tunisia refused to surrender. They capitalized on sloppy French attitude to narrow the gap at 5-point mark with 50 seconds remaining. Nando De Colo hit two free throws and France managed to escape with victory at the end. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Kevin Seraphin (206-C-89) added 10 points in the victory. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86) responded with 20 points for Tunisia. Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: Prossin Sports Management) had 17 points in the loss.

Tunisia: Tony Parker 22, Nicolas Batum 19, Kevin Seraphin 10
France: Mohamed Hadidane 20, Macram Ben Romdhane 17



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Turkey defeat Germany to win Adidas Istanbul Cup - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Germany 71:67

Turkey clinched the Adidas Istanbul Cup tournament trophy. They held off Germany in the Final. Semih Erden (213-C-86) exploded with 29 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Germany enjoyed a narrow 15:14 lead at the first break. Germany extended the lead in the second quarter. They posted a 29:26 halftime lead. However Turkey turned the tables in the third quarter. They exploded with a 24:8 run to ensure a 13-point lead at the final intermission. Germany fired 30 points trimming the deficit but Turkey survived the challenge posting victory at the end. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) netted 9 points for the winners. Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-PF-81, college: Penn St.) responded with 20 points for Germany. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) had 14 points in the loss.

Turkey: Semih Erden 29, Ilkan Karaman 9, Can Mutaf (193-G-91) 7
Germany: Jan-Hendrik Jagla 20, Tibor Pleiss 14



Boniface Ndong on his way to Galatasaray - by Baha Kurtulus

The big man is moving to Turkey

Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) will continue his career in Turkey with Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul. The big man accepted the proposal made by the Turkish powerhouse (more than 1M per season) and will sign soon a contract. Barcelona wanted to keep him but asked to the player a paycut in his salary. Ndong averaged almost 10ppg and 6.6rpg in ACB in 2011-12.
He was named to eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention last season.

Courtesy of www.sportando.net



Luca Dalmonte and Francesco Cuzzolin to join Pianigiani in Fenerbahce - by Baha Kurtulus

Two more Italians in the Turkish team. David Andersen (212-C-80) is finalizing a deal with Fenerbahce.

Luca Dalmonte will be Simone Pianigiani's assistant coach in Fenerbahce while Francesco Cuzzolin will be the physical coach. Dalmonte and Cuzzolin are also working with Simone Pianigiani with the Italian National Team. Fenerbahce is also finalizing the deal with Fenerbahce where he will get $1.5M per season.

Courtesy of www.sportando.net



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Vitito Ojeda: "Our children need positive coaches and parents" - by David Edole

When children begin to play basketball at a young age, they must be provided with the opportunity of going through positive experiences. The vast majority of children in sports want to have fun and make friends. They do not know the value of victory and defeat. We, the adults and parents are the ones encouraging the concept of winning under any consideration. This is where negative experiences begin to move children away from sports.

Several months ago, on the cover of a newspaper there was an article concerning the cruel treatment received by children in sports by their coaches.

Days later, the New York Times highlighted the serious problem of violence by the coaches during the games of children. The article reports that more than 30% of the children in a game receive verbal and physical abuse by coaches and parents.

It is speculated that the reported percentage may be much higher. Last week it was reported that a father attacked his son in the middle of the basketball game because his son was not playing well. Another father punished his son because his team lost the game because of a missed free throw.

Every day we hear news of horror about this serious problem.

The desire to win at all costs motivates and leads to a coach to use any means to achieve victory, forgetting the teaching process that has to be developed to achieve a positive impact on children.

Many of the experts in this field agree that this deplorable situation has to change, this change must occur in the first instance at the local level, where coaches, parents and players are in constant communication and present in all games.

We agree and strongly believe that sports for children are meant to be fun. Both, coaches and parents are directly responsible to work together in order to eliminate or change the deteriorating image of sports that our children are receiving. It is highly recommended to counsel parents before any competition to provide guidance on their behavior during the game.

A good positive relationship between parents and coaches could help to ensure that sports serve as a positive experience for our youth. While the basketball season progresses, parents could become the best ally of the coach serving of great value to the team.

You can also make parents and coaches who have had major problems via communication can eliminate desavenas setting a great example for the benefit of their children.

It is very important that from the beginning there is an open and clear communication between parents and coaches, to eradicate this problem.

It is highly advisable to have a pre-season meeting between coaches and parents. At this meeting the coach should explain the philosophy of the league, the program and its objectives as well as his personal philosophy, along with his priorities and goals.

During this meeting it is important to discuss the expectations that parents have with the coach and vice versa. All these expectations can be part of a Code of Conduct for Parents and Coaches adapted for the league or tournament involving their children.

We understand that looking for the solution to this problem is critical and of optimum priority for any organization or person involved in the development of children in any sport. It is the obligation of any institution, organization that promotes basketball to ensure that their competition has a clearly defined objective, eliminating the victory as the only priority.

This spiral of violence in children sports, can only be fought within the sport, and basketball is a great vehicle that develops character, discipline, friendship, and is a great school for all participants. Do not forget that basketball is a great tool for education, health, respect and a great vehicle for the development of the physical and mental health of everyone involved.

Do not forget to know and respect the rights of children.

The child must be respected as a child and not be asked to perform as an adult.

By: Victor "Vitito" Ojeda
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About the author:

One of the most significant coaches in basketball both in Puerto Rican and international levels, promoter of a new basketball, and the voice of coaches in America, Mr. Victor "Vitito" Ojeda coached the Puerto Rico National Team in 1978 and has one of the highest percentages of victories in the history of Puerto Rican basketball.



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Standings - EBL Conf.

EBL D1 Standings
 1. Bradford D. 0-0 
 2. Bristol AF 0-0 
 3. Brixton T. 0-0 
 4. Derby T. 0-0 
 5. Hemel Storm 0-0 
 6. Leeds Carnegie 0-0 
 7. Leicester W. 0-0 
 8. Leopards 0-0 
 9. Medway Park 0-0 
 10. Northumbria 0-0 
 11. Reading R. 0-0 
 12. Tees Valley M. 0-0 
 13. Westminster W. 0-0 
 14. Worthing T. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 27: Leicester W. - Bristol AF
Oct. 27: Medway Park - Westminster W.
Oct. 27: Bradford D. - Brixton T.
Oct. 27: Northumbria - Leeds Carnegie
Oct. 27: Worthing T. - Leopards
Oct. 27: Hemel Storm - Reading R.
Oct. 27: Derby T. - Tees Valley M.


Olympics 2012: Australia extinguish Great Britain in second half - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Great Britain 106:75

Australia earned a crucial win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Great Britain to seal the quarterfinal appearance. The Boomers improved at 2-2 record in Group B. Great Britain fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) ran the floor with impressive 39 points for the Boomers.
Great Britain dominated in the first half. They opened a 6:0 lead early in the game. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the opening frame to post a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. Reinking gave Great Britain a 42:28 lead midway through the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 46;36 halftime advantage. But Australia turned the tables in the third frame. The Boomers went on a 17:2 run to level things up at 53. Patrick Mills and Newley scored six points in a row as Australia gained a 66:57 lead late in the quarter. The Boomers opened the fourth frame on an 18:0 run and never looked back en route to the win. David Andersen (212-C-80) had 13 points, while Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) provided 11 points for the Boomers. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) answered with 16 points for Great Britain. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points in defeat.

Australia: Patrick Mills 39, David Andersen 13, Joe Ingles 11
Great Britain: Joel Freeland 16, Daniel Clark 14



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Travis Derochowski got a deal with Athletics UCV in Venezuela - by Wolfgang Lucena

6'10'' power forward/center Travis Derochowski will arrive in Venezuela next week from McMinnville, Oregon to join Athletics UCV towards 2012 Venezuela National Basketball League.
Athletics UCV lead by its head coach Freddy Rengifo Rizzo, has been training since the last week of June this year in order to get ready for the upcoming 2012 Venezuela National Leagues Tip Off. "Our main focus in this years practices is to improve last years experience...Travis Derochowski will be a great help for us...I am sure he will bring a lot of respect in the post position...we are really excited with this agreement" - Head Coach Freddy Rengifo Rizzo
Derochowski earned First Team All-Cal Pac honors in 2010-2011. He also led the conference in rebounds and shots blocked. Later at Simpson University Travis Derochowski averaged a double-double in points and rebounds in two California Pacific Conference games and the big guy from McMinnville was selected as the California Pacific Conference Men's Basketball player of the week for the date of January 23rd through January 29th, 2012.
His size and experience will be welcome to Athletics UCV in Venezuelas Basketball National League.





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Women News


Austria to play for 9th place at U18 EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News

U18 AUSTRIA - U18 NORWAY 75-51

Austria is the winner of Group G in Strumica. They outplayed Norway 75-51 for almost perfect 3-1 record. It means that Austria will meet Latvia for ninth place at U18 EuroBasket Division B. At the other side, Norway ended as No.4 in this pool with 1-3 score. They will meet host FYROM for 15h place. Camille Legris (168-PG-95) had 16 points and 5 rebounds in victory and Anja Fuchs-Robetin (180-SG-96) added 13 points, plus 14 boards. Camilla Neumann (183-F-94) netted 12 pts. In defeat, Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) collected 16 points and 7 rebounds. Vilde Tveito (183-PF-95) had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Quarters: 20-15, 17-9, 13-11, 25-16. Both teams will take a rest today.

Austria: Camille Legris 16+5 boards, Anja Fuchs-Robetin 13+14 boards, Camilla Neumann 12
Norway: Stine Austgulen 16+7 boards, Vilde Tveito 8+7 boards



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Belarus U18 clinch Division A promotion - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U18-Hungary U18 67:63

Belarus U18 clinch Division A promotion for the next season. The team won the Semifinal game against Hungary 67:63 and entered the Final. Hungary meanwhile will have another chance tomorrow in the game against Portugal.
Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) opened the scoring account for Hungary and Valiantsina Myshapud (182-PF-94) scored for 2-2 in the opening tip. Holubeva later tied the game at 11:11 and Valiantsina Myshapud made the same at 19:19. Hungary started to play better in the second frame and led in the majority of the period. Dorottya Balla (184-G/F-94) brought 30:26, while Csutoras made a jump shot for 32:28. Dorottya Balla later sent the teams to the lockers at 37:32. Belarus however dominated the second half and stormed with two victories. They produced a 17-12 surge in the third period and added 18-14 in the last stanza. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) and Valiantsina Myshapud ensured the latest baskets for the winning side.
Maryia Papova stepped up with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Valiantsina Myshapud posted 12. Janka Hegedus (184-F-94) delivered 15 points in defeat, while Dorottya Balla and Dora Nagy (167-PG-95) scored 11 each. Amadea Szamosi followed them with 10 points and the same number of boards.

Belarus U18: Maryia Papova 14+13 rebs, Valiantsina Myshapud 12, Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) 11
Hungary U18: Janka Hegedus 15, Dorottya Balla 11, Dora Nagy 11, Amadea Szamosi 10+10 rebs



Turkey U20 starts Istanbul Tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20-Belarus U20 73:60

Turkey U20 starts Istanbul Tournament with the win over Belarus U20. The home side overcame Belarus 73:60 in the opener.
Turkey opened the game with 18-13 and dominated the first period. They added 17-16 in the second quarter for 6-point halftime advantage. The second half also was dominated by the hosts. They won the third period 15-11 and then finished the game with 23-20 in the last stanza.
Gizem Basaran (194-C-92) led the way with 16 points and Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) nailed 13. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) delivered 11, while Olcay Cakir added 9. Maryia Filonchyk (187-PF-92) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) posted 15 and Ivanshchanka scored 9.
In another game Sweden U20 defeat Russia U20 68:66.

Turkey U20: Gizem Basaran 16, Ozge Kavurmacioglu 13, Ayse Cora 11, Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) 9
Belarus U20: Maryia Filonchyk 20, Darya Lipinskaya 15, Ivanshchanka 9



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U18 Belgium fire past Romania in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18 - Belgium U18 45:98

Belgium celebrated a comfortable win over Romania in classification round Group G of U18 European Championship. Belgium improved at 3-2 record, while the hosts slipped at 0-5 record in the ladder. Heleen Adams (173-SF-94) led the winners with 20 points.
Belgium jumped to an early lead. They accumulated a 26:9 advantage at the first intermission. Belgium extended the lead in the second quarter. They secured a massive 54:13 halftime lead. Romania struggled to pick up the tempo in the third quarter. Belgium stretched the margin to as many as 46 points heading into the fourth frame. Belgium outgunned the home team in the final stanza to celebrate a well-deserved win at the end. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) knocked down 14 points, while Antonia Delaere (176-F/G-94) added 12 points for the winners. Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) answered with 17 points for Romania. Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95) posted 15 points in the loss.

Romania U18: Dora Ardelean 17, Iulia Raileanu 15

Belgium U18: Heleen Adams 20, Hind Ben Abdelkader 14, Antonia Delaere 12



U18 Poland joins U18 Belgium with 2-2 record in Group G - by Eurobasket News

U18 BELGIUM - U18 POLAND 56-64

Poland handed 64-56 loss to Belgium on Friday and both teams have 2-2 record now in Group G of U18 EuroBasket. Teams in this group fight for the survival in Division A. However, only the winner will make it and Czech Republic already has 4-0 record. Poland shined after the breather to beat Belgium in this game. Quarters: 12-14, 14-17, 24-13, 14-12. Dominika Owczarzak (169-PG-94) led the winners with 17 points. Anna Jakubiuk (179-G/F-94) helped with double-double of 11 points and 11 rebs, while Magdalena Wojdalska (185-SG-94) and Katarzyna Jaworska (188-F/C-94) added 8 points each. In Belgium, Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) collected 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Manon Humblet (182-C/F-94) followed with 16 points and 9 boards. Today, Poland will meet Czech Republic. Romania will take on Belgium.

Belgium: Hind Ben Abdelkader 20+7 boards+5 as, Manon Humblet 16+9 boards
Poland: Dominika Owczarzak 17, Anna Jakubiuk 11+11 boards, Magdalena Wojdalska 8, Katarzyna Jaworska 8



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  BRAZIL   


Brasil Women out of Olympics, but Erika de Souza in the Brasil National League - by Mel Devonne

The Brasil womens national team was bounced out the Olympics by Canada this past week, but good news
for the womens national league, as new team Sport Recife has announced that Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas)
will play this coming season in the LBF (Liga Basquete Feminino)
This new team means business and also has signed vet center Allesandra de Oliviera and will announce two more signings soon
according to team director, Mrcio Manfrin.
Erika will finish the 2nd half of the WNBA season with the Atlanta Dream and will bring her talents home to the LBF new team Sport Recifie.
Rumor also has it that Manguerira of Rio de Janeiro will enter the national this season after dropping out last year.



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Phillips twins info - by David Edole

Womens basketball, coached by Denise Cardenas, went 31-3, reaching the semifinals of the NJCAA tournament. Cardenas notched her 100th career victory early in the season, and CAC went 20-0 against Arizona Community College Athletic Conference opponents.

Tamara Phillip and Katrina Ottesen were selected to the All-America team. Phillip (second team) averaged 13.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals. Ottesen (third team) averaged 15.1 points and made 84 of her 224 three-point attempts (37.5 percent). Brea Townsend averaged 11.2 points, and Katrina Salinas averaged 10.3.

List of Central Arizona College athletes who received scholarships to attend four-year colleges in 2012-13:
Womens basketball (5)

Katrina Ottesen (Colorado State), Katrina Salinas (Bowling Green), Alice Pitts (Dixie State), Tamara Phillip (Albany or Texas-Pan America), Tafara Phillip (Albany or Texas-Pan American)



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Bulgaria U18 wins Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U18-Lithuania U18 82:66

Bulgaria U18 wins Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place over Lithuania 82:66. Bulgarian side will play for 5-6 places tomorrow, while the Baltic State will play for 7-8 spots.
Both teams hoped to play in the semifinals but could meet each other only at the lower round. Bulgaria grabbed 24-13 in the first period and enjoyed 11-point halftime advantage. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Bulgarian team. They won the third quarter 23-19 and finished the game with 18-17. Kordova, Ieva Kazlauskaite (180-F-94) and Putramentaite closed the game with their last shots.
Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 30 points and Kalina Aksentieva (182-PF-95) netted 12. Martina Nikolova (179-SF-94) delivered 10, while Kristina Peychinova (176-SG-94) scored 8. Ieva Kazlauskaite finished the game with 15 points and Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) ended up with 12 points in defeat.

Bulgaria U18: Iva Kostova 30, Kalina Aksentieva 12, Martina Nikolova 10, Kristina Peychinova 8
Lithuania U18: Ieva Kazlauskaite 15, Justina Kraujunaite 12



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U18 Turkey dismantle Croatia in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Croatia U18 92:43

Turkey will play for the fifth place at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Croatia in Bucharest to set up the clash versus Spain.
Turkey stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They recorded a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. The gap keep on growing in the second quarter. Turkey accumulated a 45:16 halftime lead. Turkey poured in 29 points in the third term to extend the margin to as many as 46 points. Turkey did not slow down in the fourth frame and rolled to the victory at the end. Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Turkey. Deniz Dogan (176-SF-94) added 13 points, while Fahriye Bayraktar (185-SF-95) had 12 points in the victory. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Antonija Chiabov (188-F/C-95) had 9 points in the loss.

Turkey U18: Elif Emirtekin 22, Deniz Dogan 13, Fahriye Bayraktar 12
Croatia U18: Ivana Tikvic 11, Antonija Chiabov 9



U18 France eliminates U18 Croatia in the Quarterfinals, 51-43 - by Eurobasket News

U18 FRANCE - U18 CROATIA 51-43

France advanced to the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They eliminated Croatia 51-43 in the QFinals on Friday. France shined in the last ten minutes of the game to take the victory. Quarters: 11-14, 8-7, 17-14, 15-8. Lidija Turcinovic (179-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Olivia Epoupa (168-PG-94) helped with double-double of 10 points, plus 13 boards. Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) added 9 pts and 13 rebs. At the other side, Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) collected 20 points ad 10 rebounds. The last player with double digits in scoring in Croatia was Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) with 10 points (9 rebs). France will meet Holland in the Semifinals. Croatia will continue in Classification Games from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Turkey.

France: Lidija Turcinovic 13, Olivia Epoupa 10+13 boards, Marieme Badiane 9+13 boards
Croatia: Ana-Marija Begic 20+10 boards, Ivana Tikvic 10+9 boards



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U18 Czech Republic makes 10-0 run in last 40 seconds to beat U18 Romania 70-67 - by Eurobasket News

U18 CZECH REPUBLIC - U18 ROMANIA 70-67

Czech Republic grabbed 70-67 victory against Romania thanks to wonderful finish. Czech Republic was down by 7 points with only 40 seconds remaining in the game, but Romania missed 2 shots after that, received one block and made one turnover, while its rival made two triples and two jump shots for impressive 10-0 run which brought them victory in this meeting. Quarters: 13-12, 15-13, 17-17, 25-25. After this win Czech Republic jumped to 4-0 record in Group G and they are very close to survive in Division A. Romania already faced with relegation (0-4). Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) led the winners with 17 points and 7 rebounds, and Veronika Havlikova (172-F-94) netted 15 pts. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) had 14 pts and 5 boards. In defeat, Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) shined with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95) also had 16 pts and 6 rebs, while Alexandra Dumitrache (170-PG-94) followed with 11 pts and 5 assists. Czech Republic will meet Poland today. Romania will play against Belgium.

Czech Republic: Sarka Jozova 17+7 boards, Veronika Havlikova 15, Kamila Hoskova 14+5 boards
Romania: Dora Ardelean 16+10 boards, Iulia Raileanu 16+6 boards, Alexandra Dumitrache 11+5 as



U18 Czech Republic beat Poland to secure Division A spot - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U18 - Poland U18 58:54

Czech Republic secured U18 European Championship Division A place for the next season. They won classification round Group G to avoid relegation. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds as Czech Republic prevailed against Poland in the decisive game.
Poland were up by one point at the first intermission 13:12. Czech Republic surged ahead in the second quarter. They posted a 30:28 halftime lead. Poland retained the lead in the third term. They held Czech Republic to 8 points in the period and ensured a 6-point lead at the final intermission. Karolina Severova (182-PF-94) and Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) drained triples early in the final period as Czech Republic cut the distance to three points. Kamila Hoskova and Opocenska gave Czech Republic a 53:52 lead with less then two minutes to go. Wozniak put Poland in front but the Czech team answered with three free throws in the dying seconds to steal victory. Sarka Jozova finished with 10 points, while Karolina Severova added 8 points for the winners. Julia Adamowicz (178-SF-94) answered with 17 points for Poland. Dominika Owczarzak (169-PG-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U18: Kamila Hoskova 11, Sarka Jozova 10, Karolina Severova 8
Poland U18: Julia Adamowicz 17, Dominika Owczarzak 12



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U18 Denmark outscored U18 Germany - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18-Denmark U18 71:78

U18 Denmark outscored U18 Germany at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place. The Danish side grabbed 78:71 win and will play tomorrow against Bulgaria. Germany meanwhile will take on Lithuanian side for 7-8 places.
Germany opened the game with 22-20, while Denmark erupted with 22-10 in the second frame. The Danish side grabbed 42:32 halftime advantage but had difficulties reaching the win. Germany bounced back with 21-13 and reduced to 2 points at the end of three quarters. Denmark meanwhile needed a strong finish in the game to seal the victory.
Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) to-scored for the winners with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Sofie Preetzmann (180-G-95) notched 19. Marian Sheikh (180-PF-94) delivered 12, whilst Simone Ceccardi (182-PF-95) posted 11. Fanny Szittya (170-PG-94) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort and Ama Degbeon (183-F-95) added 11. Levke Brodersen (168-G-94) chipped in with 9 and Chantal Neuwald (180-G-95) delivered 8.

Germany U18: Fanny Szittya 13, Ama Degbeon 11, Levke Brodersen 9, Chantal Neuwald 8
Denmark U18: Maria Jespersen 20+14 rebs, Sofie Preetzmann 19, Marian Sheikh 12, Simone Ceccardi 11



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

W-Standings - Group A

Standings
Group E
1. France4-1
2. Spain4-1
3. Turkey3-2
4. Russia3-2
5. Sweden1-4
6. Greece0-5
Group F
1. Italy3-2
2. Holland3-2
3. Serbia3-2
4. Croatia3-2
5. Slovakia2-3
6. Slovenia1-4
Group G (Places 13-16)
1. Czech Rep.5-0
2. Belgium3-2
3. Poland2-3
4. Romania0-5

Quarter-Finals: Round 7

Q-Finals

Aug. 3: NED - TUR 77-69 2OT
Aug. 3: ESP - SRB 60-64
Aug. 3: FRA - CRO 51-43
Aug. 3: ITA - RUS 42-64

Places 9-12

Aug. 3: SVK - GRE 81-48
Aug. 3: SWE - SLO 68-58

G

Aug. 3: CZE - ROM 70-67
Aug. 3: BEL - POL 56-64

Finals: Round 9

Final

Aug. 5: FRA - RUS

Places 5-6

Aug. 5: TUR - ESP

Places 7-8

Aug. 5: CRO - ITA

Places 9-10

Aug. 5: SWE - SVK

Bronze

Aug. 5: NED - SRB

G

Aug. 5: ROM - POL
Aug. 5: BEL - CZE

Places 11-12

Aug. 5: SLO - GRE


Div.A Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulina HERSLER
  (190-PF-94)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Hersler, SWE21.9 
 2. Ben Abdelkad., BEL18.9 
 3. Stamolamprou, GRE16.0 
 4. Hruscakova, SVK14.7 
 5. Tikvic, CRO14.2 
 6. Bilgic, TUR14.1 
 7. Stanacev, SRB13.9 
 8. Razheva, RUS13.3 
 9. Raileanu, ROM13.1 
 10. Slim, NED12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zofia HRUSCAKOVA
  (190-C-95)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Hruscakova, SVK11.1 
 2. Lisec, SLO10.6 
 3. Badiane, FRA10.1 
 4. Tikvic, CRO9.7 
 5. Stankovic, SRB8.4 
 6. Begic, CRO8.3 
 7. Gaye, FRA8.1 
 8. Razheva, RUS8.1 
 9. Marchenkova, RUS7.8 
 10. Treffers, NED7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandra STANACEV
  (167-PG-94)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Stanacev, SRB4.6 
 2. Epoupa, FRA4.5 
 3. Gabrovsek, SLO3.8 
 4. Havlikova, CZE3.6 
 5. Owczarzak, POL3.5 
 6. Eriksson, SWE3.3 
 7. Ben Abdelkad., BEL3.3 
 8. Lizarazu, ESP2.8 
 9. Dumitrache, ROM2.8 
 10. Novikova, RUS2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Leticia ROMERO
  (177-G-95)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Romero, ESP2.8 
 2. Aydin, TUR2.4 
 3. Hanson, SWE2.3 
 4. Bilgic, TUR2.3 
 5. Owczarzak, POL2.2 
 6. Epoupa, FRA2.1 
 7. Gavrila, ROM2.0 
 8. Balintova, SVK1.9 
 9. Gladkova, RUS1.9 
 10. Stamolamprou, GRE1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivana TIKVIC
  (189-C-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tikvic, CRO3.0 
 2. Stankovic, SRB2.8 
 3. Gaye, FRA2.0 
 4. Jaworska, POL1.6 
 5. Marchenkova, RUS1.4 
 6. Hersler, SWE1.3 
 7. Coklar, TUR1.1 
 8. Badiane, FRA0.9 
 9. Slim, NED0.8 
 10. de Jonge, NED0.8 


Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Stine AUSTGULEN
  (177-G-94)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Austgulen, NOR19.3 
 2. Kostova, BUL19.3 
 3. Stojanovska2, MKD15.7 
 4. Jespersen, DEN15.3 
 5. Hristova, BUL15.0 
 6. Kedem, ISR14.8 
 7. Joseph, ENG14.2 
 8. Kraujunaite, LTU14.1 
 9. Papova, BLR13.8 
 10. Rakovic, MNT13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amadea SZAMOSI
  (190-F/C-94)
  Avg: 11
 1. Szamosi, HUN11.0 
 2. Papova, BLR10.7 
 3. Green, ENG9.8 
 4. Jespersen, DEN9.4 
 5. Perrenoud, SUI8.4 
 6. Rakovic, MNT7.8 
 7. Kalenta, BLR7.7 
 8. Stojanovska2, MKD7.5 
 9. Austgulen, NOR7.4 
 10. Kmetovska, MKD7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Justina KRAUJUNAITE
  (174-F-95)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Kraujunaite, LTU3.7 
 2. Bridina, LAT3.3 
 3. Viana, POR3.2 
 4. Wood, SCO3.0 
 5. Csutoras, HUN2.8 
 6. Kmetovska, MKD2.8 
 7. Jamsa, FIN2.8 
 8. Randrup-T., DEN2.7 
 9. Sirsinaityte, LTU2.7 
 10. Tamasauskait., L.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Iva KOSTOVA
  (178-SG-94)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Kostova, BUL3.7 
 2. Ferreira, POR3.0 
 3. Bridina, LAT2.7 
 4. Dzirma, GER2.3 
 5. Dimitrova, BUL2.3 
 6. Dayan, ISR2.3 
 7. Sergeieva, UKR2.3 
 8. Rakovic, MNT2.2 
 9. Skorbatyuk, UKR2.2 
 10. Koizar, AUT2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Laura PERRENOUD
  (189-C-94)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Perrenoud, SUI3.1 
 2. Papova, BLR2.7 
 3. Kalenta, BLR2.2 
 4. Kostourkova, POR1.5 
 5. Kostova, BUL1.4 
 6. Kostova, BUL1.4 
 7. Szamosi, HUN1.3 
 8. Tveito, NOR1.1 
 9. Mizgeryte, LTU1.0 
 10. Gulich, GER1.0 


Belarus and England advanced to Division A for 2012/2013 season - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS

Belarus - Hungary 67-63
Belarus U18 clinch Division A promotion for the next season. The team won the Semifinal game against Hungary 67:63 and entered the Final. Hungary meanwhile will have another chance tomorrow in the game against Portugal. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) opened the scoring account for Hungary and Valiantsina Myshapud (182-PF-94) scored for 2-2 in the opening tip. Holubeva later tied the game at 11:11 and Valiantsina Myshapud made the same at 19:19. Hungary started to play better in the second frame and led in the majority of the period. Balla brought 30:26, while Csutoras made a jump shot for 32:28. Balla later sent the teams to the lockers at 37:32. Belarus however dominated the second half and stormed with two victories. They produced a 17-12 surge in the third period and added 18-14 in the last stanza. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) and Valiantsina Myshapud ensured the latest baskets for the winning side. Maryia Papova stepped up with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Valiantsina Myshapud posted 12. Hegedus delivered 15 points in defeat, while Balla and Nagy scored 11 each. Amadea Szamosi followed them with 10 points and the same number of boards.

Portugal - United Kingdom 71-78
England U18 advanced to Division A for 2012/2013 season after a Semifinal win over Portugal. The British side grabbed the ticket to the top division with 78:71 victory. Portugal will have another chance to advance tomorrow as they will play in the game for the third place. Portugal erupted with 23-12 in the first period but failed to win the game. England replied with 22-14 and Joseph reduced to 37:34 after a three-pointer. Bravo-Harriott tied the game at 41:41 early in the third, whilst Ashleigh Munns (180-G-94) brought 44:43 from the arc. Green scored for 57:56 and Ashleigh Munns nailed three for 65:64. Joseph made the last points from the free throw line for the final success. Joseph and Cheridene Green top-scored for the winners with 18 points each, while the latter also grabbed 18 rebounds. Bravo-Harriott posted 12, while Monakana delivered 10. Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) finished the game with 18 points and Ines Viana (164-PG-94) posted 17. Soeiro ended up with 8, while Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) chipped in with 6.

Places 15-16
Norway - FYR Macedonia 62-72
The hosts finished on the 15th place in Strumica at the U18 European Championship for Women Division B. FYR Macedonia U18 overcame Norway U18 72:62 as both teams ended up their campaign. Norway started with 18-10, but could not keep the lead in the game. The hosts woke up in the second frame and won all three last quarters. They bounced back with 19-13 in the second period and then produced a 23-17 in the third quarter. Moreover FYR Macedonia finished the game with 20-14 to seal the last victory. Forka Gjorgjieva (95) scored the last points for the winners, while Muren was the last player to score in the game. Aleksandra Stojanovska2 (178-SF-94) paced all the winners with 22 points and Kmetovska had 17. Ivona Pejkovska (175-PG-95) delivered 14, while Lazareska posted 4. Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) finished the game with 29 points in the losing case, whilst Skorpen added 10. Muren chipped in with 6 and Karlstad had 4.

Places 17-18
Switzerland - Scotland 53-46
Switzerland U18 send the Scottish side to the last spot at the U18 European Championship for Women Division B. The Swiss side finished the tournament with 53:46 win over Scotland and ended up on the 17th place. Switzerland entered the court having 6 players in the roster who played in the game. They lost the first period 13-15, but recovered in the second period and after 15-9 grabbed 28:24 at the halftime. Switzerland looked better in the second half and added two narrow victories. They won the third period 9-8 and finished with 16-14 in the last stanza. Ljubica Cutunic (186-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds, while Koch posted 11. Dijana Milenkovic (180-SF-96) notched 10 and Laura Perrenoud (189-C-94) added 5. Wood finished the game with 11 points in defeat and Mackie had 10.

Places 5-8
Bulgaria - Lithuania 82-66
Bulgaria U18 wins Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place over Lithuania 82:66. Bulgarian side will play for 5-6 places tomorrow, while the Baltic State will play for 7-8 spots. Both teams hoped to play in the semifinals but could meet each other only at the lower round. Bulgaria grabbed 24-13 in the first period and enjoyed 11-point halftime advantage. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Bulgarian team. They won the third quarter 23-19 and finished the game with 18-17. Kordova, Kazlauskaite and Putramentaite closed the game with their last shots. Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 30 points and Aksentieva netted 12. Martina Nikolova (179-SF-94) delivered 10, while Peychinova scored 8. Kazlauskaite finished the game with 15 points and Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) ended up with 12 points in defeat.

Germany - Denmark 71-78
U18 Denmark outscored U18 Germany at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place. The Danish side grabbed 78:71 win and will play tomorrow against Bulgaria. Germany meanwhile will take on Lithuanian side for 7-8 places. Germany opened the game with 22-20, while Denmark erupted with 22-10 in the second frame. The Danish side grabbed 42:32 halftime advantage but had difficulties reaching the win. Germany bounced back with 21-13 and reduced to 2 points at the end of three quarters. Denmark meanwhile needed a strong finish in the game to seal the victory. Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) to-scored for the winners with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Sofie Preetzmann (180-G-95) notched 19. Sheikh delivered 12, whilst Ceccardi posted 11. Fanny Szittya (170-PG-94) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort and Degbeon added 11. Levke Brodersen (168-G-94) chipped in with 9 and Neuwald delivered 8.



Division A, Day 8: France and Russia will play in Final - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals
Serbia - Russia 69-75
Russia will play in U18 European Championship Final. They knocked down Serbia to reach the title game. Zhanna Byazrova (178-G/F-94) came up with 20 points to lead the winners. Serbia jumped to an early lead. They established a 17:13 advantage after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Serbia ensured a 37:33 halftime advantage. Russia cut the deficit in the third term. They got within three points at the final intermission 56:53. Novikova finally tied things up at 66 midway through the fourth frame. Zhanna Byazrova then hit a three-pointer to ignite a 9:0 run that propelled Russia to a 75:68 lead. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) answered with a free throw but Serbia ran out of time to restore the intrigue. Albina Razheva (188-PF-94) accounted for 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Julia Gladkova added 12 points for the winners. Aleksandra Stanacev answered with 23 points for Serbia. Kristina Topuzovic netted 14 points in the loss.

France - Holland 60-47
France registered a comfortable win over Netherlands in the U18 European Championship semifinal. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) and Lidija Turcinovic (179-SG-94) scored 14 points each to lead the winners. France will now take on Russia in the championship game in Bucharest. Netherlands will face Serbia in consolation final. France limited their opponents to 6 points in the opening quarter to take an 11-point lead. Netherlands however stiffened defence and narrowed the gap in the second quarter. The Dutch team trailed by just 4 points at halftime 22:29. Netherlands spurred in front in the third term. They used a 16:0 run to take a 37:28 lead. France faced an 8-point deficit heading into the fourth stanza 32:40. However Les Bleus opened the final term with a 17:2 run to take a 49:42 advantage. France did not loosen the grip afterwards cruising to the victory. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) had 12 points, while Epoupa added 11 points for the winners. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) responded with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Netherlands. Emese Hof and Laura Cornelius netted 8 points each in the loss.

Places 5-8
Croatia - Turkey 43-92
Turkey will play for the fifth place at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Croatia in Bucharest to set up the clash versus Spain. Turkey stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They recorded a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. The gap keep on growing in the second quarter. Turkey accumulated a 45:16 halftime lead. Turkey poured in 29 points in the third term to extend the margin to as many as 46 points. Turkey did not slow down in the fourth frame and rolled to the victory at the end. Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Turkey. Deniz Dogan (176-SF-94) added 13 points, while Fahriye Bayraktar had 12 points in the victory. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Antonija Chiabov had 9 points in the loss.
Spain - Italy 75-61
Spain defeated Italy today at U18 European Championship. They will now face Turkey for the fifth place at the tourney. Italy will wrap up their campaign in Bucharest against Croatia tomorrow. Spain eked out a 19:15 lead at the first break. Italy did not allow Spain to clear off. The Azzurri cut the deficit to two points at halftime 39:37. Spain adjusted their defence in the third term. They held Italy to 14 points in the quarter and secured a 5-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Spain went on a 19:10 run in the fourth frame to seal a comfortable win at the end. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) scored 27 points to pace the winners. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) added 11 points, while Leticia Romero had 10 points for Spain. Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Italy. Elena Ramo' had 10 points in defeat.

Group G
Romania - Belgium 45-98
Belgium celebrated a comfortable win over Romania in classification round Group G of U18 European Championship. Belgium improved at 3-2 record, while the hosts slipped at 0-5 record in the ladder. Heleen Adams (173-SF-94) led the winners with 20 points. Belgium jumped to an early lead. They accumulated a 26:9 advantage at the first intermission. Belgium extended the lead in the second quarter. They secured a massive 54:13 halftime lead. Romania struggled to pick up the tempo in the third quarter. Belgium stretched the margin to as many as 46 points heading into the fourth frame. Belgium outgunned the home team in the final stanza to celebrate a well-deserved win at the end. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) knocked down 14 points, while Antonia Delaere added 12 points for the winners. Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) answered with 17 points for Romania. Iulia Raileanu posted 15 points in the loss.

Poland - Czech Republic 54-58
Czech Republic secured U18 European Championship Division A place for the next season. They won classification round Group G to avoid relegation. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds as Czech Republic prevailed against Poland in the decisive game. Poland were up by one point at the first intermission 13:12. Czech Republic surged ahead in the second quarter. They posted a 30:28 halftime lead. Poland retained the lead in the third term. They held Czech Republic to 8 points in the period and ensured a 6-point lead at the final intermission. Karolina Severova and Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) drained triples early in the final period as Czech Republic cut the distance to three points. Kamila Hoskova and Opocenska gave Czech Republic a 53:52 lead with less then two minutes to go. Wozniak put Poland in front but the Czech team answered with three free throws in the dying seconds to steal victory. Sarka Jozova finished with 10 points, while Karolina Severova added 8 points for the winners. Julia Adamowicz (178-SF-94) answered with 17 points for Poland. Dominika Owczarzak had 12 points in the loss.



Division B: Day 8 in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Group G
Austria - Norway 75-51
Austria is the winner of Group G in Strumica. They outplayed Norway 75-51 for almost perfect 3-1 record. It means that Austria will meet Latvia for ninth place at U18 EuroBasket Division B. At the other side, Norway ended as No.4 in this pool with 1-3 score. They will meet host FYROM for 15h place. Camille Legris (168-PG-95) had 16 points and 5 rebounds in victory and Anja Fuchs-Robetin (180-SG-96) added 13 points, plus 14 boards. Camilla Neumann (183-F-94) netted 12 pts. In defeat, Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) collected 16 points and 7 rebounds. Vilde Tveito (183-PF-95) had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Quarters: 20-15, 17-9, 13-11, 25-16. Both teams will take a rest today.

Finland - Israel 48-57
Israel outplayed Finland on Friday 57-48 at U18 EuroBasket Division B. There is a three way tie now in Group G with Austria, Finland and Israel all having the same 3-1 record. Finland is No.2 in this circle and Israel is No.3. It means that Finland will meet Ukraine in the battle for 11th place in Strumica. Israel will play against Montenegro for position No.13. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) led Israel to victory with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Hadar Levi (170-PG-94) helped with 6 points and 6 rebounds. In defeat, Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) collected 10 points and 7 rebs. Maria Aijanen (187-F/C-95) followed her with 8 points and 9 rebs. Both teams will take a rest today and will play their last games tomorrow.

Group H
Ukraine - FYR Macedonia 72-62
Ukraine outplayed FYROM 72-62 in the last day of the second stage at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Ukraine ended as the second ranked team of Group H with 3-1 record. At the other side, FYROM is No.4 with 1-3. Ukraine shined after the breather to secure the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 13-16, 14-17, 26-7, 19-22. Funmilayo Omoboogunje (185-F-94) led the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Anastasiya Savytska (175-G-94) also scored 14 pts. Miriam Uro-Nile (190-C-94) added 13 pts. In defeat, Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) was better than the others with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Aleksandra Stojanovska2 (178-SF-94) (6 rebs) and Ivona Pejkovska (175-PG-95) added 13 and 9 pts respectively. Ukraine will meet Finland tomorrow for 11th place in Strumica. FYROM will play against Norway for position No.15.

Latvia - Montenegro 97-59
Latvia had no mercy for Montenegro on Friday celebrating huge 97-59 victory. Latvia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 27-20, 29-10, 20-12, 21-17. Latvia is the winner of Group H with perfect 4-0 record and will play for ninth place in Strumica. Their rival will be Austria. Montenegro (2-2, No.3) will meet Israel for 13th place. Renate Reine (176-G-94) led Latvia with 15 points. Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) helped with 12 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds, while Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) also added 12 points, but to go with 7 boards. In defeat, Kristina Rakovic (182-F/C-94) (6 rebs) and Jelena Nikpaljevic (175-G-94) netted 12 points each. Milena Vujacic (95) netted one less. Both teams will take a rest today.



Division A, Day 7: Serbia, Russia, France and Holland advance to the Semis - by Eurobasket News

QUARTERFINALS
Spain - Serbia 60-64
Serbia shocked Spain in the last quarter to take 64-60 victory in the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. It means that Serbia advanced to the Semis, where they will meet Russia. Spain will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Serbia was down by 6 after 30 minutes of play, but they opened last period with 9-2 run. Teams were tied at 57-57 with 3:39 to go, after what Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) lifted Serbia to plus 4. Spain struggled offensively in the finish, while at the other side Stanacev sealed the victory from the FT line. Quarters: 12-8, 15-27, 16-14, 21-11. Vuckovic (9 rebs) and Kovacevic (7 rebs) led the winners with 14 points each. Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) added 12 points and 9 boards. In defeat, Leticia Romero (177-G-95) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Patricia Soler (185-C-94) (7 rebs) and Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) netted 12 points each. Championship continues today.

France - Croatia 51-43
France advanced to the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They eliminated Croatia 51-43 in the QFinals on Friday. France shined in the last ten minutes of the game to take the victory. Quarters: 11-14, 8-7, 17-14, 15-8. Lidija Turcinovic (179-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Olivia Epoupa (168-PG-94) helped with double-double of 10 points, plus 13 boards. Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) added 9 pts and 13 rebs. At the other side, Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) collected 20 points ad 10 rebounds. The last player with double digits in scoring in Croatia was Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) with 10 points (9 rebs). France will meet Holland in the Semifinals. Croatia will continue in Classification Games from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Turkey.

Italy - Russia 42-64
Russia had no troubles to beat Italy 64-42 in the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Russia advanced to the Semis and will meet Serbia in the battle for the title game. Italy will be transferred to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Spain. Russia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 18-9, 22-13, 9-9, 15-11. Zhanna Byazrova (178-G/F-94) top-scored in victory with 13 points and Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) added 12 pts, plus 9 rebs. Olga Novikova (177-G-94) collected 11 points and 5 boards. Italy got 15 points from Elena Ramo' (180-F-94) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Elisa Penna (185-F-95) had 8 points and 10 boards. Championship continues today.
Holland - Turkey 77-69 2OT
Holland is in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They celebrated 77-69 double overtime win against Turkey on Friday. Holland will meet France in the Semis, while Turkey goes to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. In the first game Turkey will take on Croatia. During the regulation time Turkey had fought back from an early double-digit deficit to get their noses in front midway through the fourth quarter, when the Netherlands were experiencing a real offensive drought. But, they couldn't see it through and Treffers finished an and-one' play to tie the game up at 55-55, before Isabella Slim (181-F-95) had the chance to make a last gasp triple but rimmed out. During overtime the momentum seemed to be with the Netherlands but they too looked like they might have blown it, when a jump-shot by Deniz Dogan (176-SF-94) forced the second extra period. In the end, the Netherlands always looked slightly the more assured side, and they finally made what turned out to be the game-winning run. Quarters: 18-9, 8-13, 18-19, 6-6 OT1, 11-14 OT2. Lisanne de Jonge (181-F-95) stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Isabella Slim (9 rebs) and Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) (7 rebs) netted 15 points each. In the loosing squad, Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) collected 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) added 12 pts, plus 6 rebs. Deniz Dogan stopped to 11 pts in this meeting. Championship continues today.

Places 9-12
Sweden - Slovenia 68-58
Sweden is close to reach the ninth place at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They handed 68-58 loss to Slovenia and will meet Slovakia tomorrow in decisive game for position No.9. At the other side, Slovenia will take on Greece in the game for 11th place. Sweden exploded after the breather to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 14-15, 11-17, 20-9, 23-17. Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) shined for the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Linnea Frykbo (169-SG-94) followed her with 22 points and 5 boards, while third scorer in victory was Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) with just 5 pts (10 rebs). Slovenia got 18 points and 7 rebounds from Eva Lisec (191-C-95), and Anita Kastelic (172-G-94) posted 10 pts. Vesna Sever (180-F-94) had 7 points for 10 minutes on the court. Both teams will take a rest today.

Slovakia - Greece 81-48
Slovakia had an easy job against Greece on Friday. Slovakians celebrated huge 81-48 win and will meet Sweden in the game for 9th place at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. After this loss, Greece will try to reach position No.11. However, it won't be easy as their rival will be Slovenia. Slovakia was up by 10 at the halftime and jumped to plus 22 with ten minutes remaining. Quarters: 17-14, 17-10, 25-13, 22-11. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Michaela Rakova (187-F-94) had 14 points and 8 rebs, while Terezia Palenikova (170-G/F-95) and Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) netted 11 points each. Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) answered with 20 points in defeat. Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) was their second scorer with only 6 points. Both teams will take a rest today.

Group G
Czech Republic - Romania 70-67
Czech Republic grabbed 70-67 victory against Romania thanks to wonderful finish. Czech Republic was down by 7 points with only 40 seconds remaining in the game, but Romania missed 2 shots after that, received one block and made one turnover, while its rival made two triples and two jump shots for impressive 10-0 run which brought them victory in this meeting. Quarters: 13-12, 15-13, 17-17, 25-25. After this win Czech Republic jumped to 4-0 record in Group G and they are very close to survive in Division A. Romania already faced with relegation (0-4). Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) led the winners with 17 points and 7 rebounds, and Veronika Havlikova (172-F-94) netted 15 pts. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) had 14 pts and 5 boards. In defeat, Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) shined with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95) also had 16 pts and 6 rebs, while Alexandra Dumitrache (170-PG-94) followed with 11 pts and 5 assists. Czech Republic will meet Poland today. Romania will play against Belgium.

Belgium - Poland 56-64
Poland handed 64-56 loss to Belgium on Friday and both teams have 2-2 record now in Group G of U18 EuroBasket. Teams in this group fight for the survival in Division A. However, only the winner will make it and Czech Republic already has 4-0 record. Poland shined after the breather to beat Belgium in this game. Quarters: 12-14, 14-17, 24-13, 14-12. Dominika Owczarzak (169-PG-94) led the winners with 17 points. Anna Jakubiuk (179-G/F-94) helped with double-double of 11 points and 11 rebs, while Magdalena Wojdalska (185-SG-94) and Katarzyna Jaworska (188-F/C-94) added 8 points each. In Belgium, Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) collected 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Manon Humblet (182-C/F-94) followed with 16 points and 9 boards. Today, Poland will meet Czech Republic. Romania will take on Belgium.



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U18 Israel beats U18 Finland in Strumica, 57-48 - by Eurobasket News

U18 FINLAND - U18 ISRAEL 48-57

Israel outplayed Finland on Friday 57-48 at U18 EuroBasket Division B. There is a three way tie now in Group G with Austria, Finland and Israel all having the same 3-1 record. Finland is No.2 in this circle and Israel is No.3. It means that Finland will meet Ukraine in the battle for 11th place in Strumica. Israel will play against Montenegro for position No.13. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) led Israel to victory with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Hadar Levi (170-PG-94) helped with 6 points and 6 rebounds. In defeat, Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) collected 10 points and 7 rebs. Maria Aijanen (187-F/C-95) followed her with 8 points and 9 rebs. Both teams will take a rest today and will play their last games tomorrow.

Finland: Noora Jarvikangas 10+7 boards, Maria Aijanen 8+9 boards
Israel: Nof Kedem 24+5 boards, Hadar Levi 6+6 boards



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U18 France eliminates U18 Croatia in the Quarterfinals, 51-43 - by Eurobasket News

U18 FRANCE - U18 CROATIA 51-43

France advanced to the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They eliminated Croatia 51-43 in the QFinals on Friday. France shined in the last ten minutes of the game to take the victory. Quarters: 11-14, 8-7, 17-14, 15-8. Lidija Turcinovic (179-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Olivia Epoupa (168-PG-94) helped with double-double of 10 points, plus 13 boards. Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) added 9 pts and 13 rebs. At the other side, Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) collected 20 points ad 10 rebounds. The last player with double digits in scoring in Croatia was Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) with 10 points (9 rebs). France will meet Holland in the Semifinals. Croatia will continue in Classification Games from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Turkey.

France: Lidija Turcinovic 13, Olivia Epoupa 10+13 boards, Marieme Badiane 9+13 boards
Croatia: Ana-Marija Begic 20+10 boards, Ivana Tikvic 10+9 boards



U18 France rally past Netherlands to enter title game - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Netherlands U18 60:47

France registered a comfortable win over Netherlands in the U18 European Championship semifinal. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) and Lidija Turcinovic (179-SG-94) scored 14 points each to lead the winners. France will now take on Russia in the championship game in Bucharest. Netherlands will face Serbia in consolation final.
France limited their opponents to 6 points in the opening quarter to take an 11-point lead. Netherlands however stiffened defence and narrowed the gap in the second quarter. The Dutch team trailed by just 4 points at halftime 22:29. Netherlands spurred in front in the third term. They used a 16:0 run to take a 37:28 lead. France faced an 8-point deficit heading into the fourth stanza 32:40. However Les Bleus opened the final term with a 17:2 run to take a 49:42 advantage. France did not loosen the grip afterwards cruising to the victory. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) had 12 points, while Epoupa added 11 points for the winners. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) responded with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Netherlands. Emese Hof (188-C-96) and Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) netted 8 points each in the loss.

France U18: Aby Gaye 14, Lidija Turcinovic 14, Valeriane Ayayi 12
Netherlands U18: Kourtney Treffers 12+11 boards, Emese Hof 8, Laura Cornelius 8



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U18 Ukraine wins against U18 FYROM 72-62 - by Eurobasket News

U18 UKRAINE - U18 FYR MACEDONIA 72-62

Ukraine outplayed FYROM 72-62 in the last day of the second stage at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Ukraine ended as the second ranked team of Group H with 3-1 record. At the other side, FYROM is No.4 with 1-3. Ukraine shined after the breather to secure the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 13-16, 14-17, 26-7, 19-22. Funmilayo Omoboogunje (185-F-94) led the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Anastasiya Savytska (175-G-94) also scored 14 pts. Miriam Uro-Nile (190-C-94) added 13 pts. In defeat, Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) was better than the others with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Aleksandra Stojanovska2 (178-SF-94) (6 rebs) and Ivona Pejkovska (175-PG-95) added 13 and 9 pts respectively. Ukraine will meet Finland tomorrow for 11th place in Strumica. FYROM will play against Norway for position No.15.

Ukraine: Funmilayo Omoboogunje 14+5 boards, Anastasiya Savytska 14, Miriam Uro-Nile 13
FYROM: Ivana Kmetovska 19+7 boards, Aleksandra Stojanovska2 13+6 boards, Ivona Pejkovska 9



The hosts finished on the 15th place in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Norway U18- FYR Macedonia U18 62:72

The hosts finished on the 15th place in Strumica at the U18 European Championship for Women Division B. FYR Macedonia U18 overcame Norway U18 72:62 as both teams ended up their campaign.
Norway started with 18-10, but could not keep the lead in the game. The hosts woke up in the second frame and won all three last quarters. They bounced back with 19-13 in the second period and then produced a 23-17 in the third quarter. Moreover FYR Macedonia finished the game with 20-14 to seal the last victory. Gjorgjieva scored the last points for the winners, while Christina Muren (172-G-94) was the last player to score in the game.
Aleksandra Stojanovska2 (178-SF-94) paced all the winners with 22 points and Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) had 17. Ivona Pejkovska (175-PG-95) delivered 14, while Sofija Lazareska (175-F-95) posted 4. Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) finished the game with 29 points in the losing case, whilst Kristine Skorpen (170-PG-94) added 10. Christina Muren chipped in with 6 and Stine Karlstad (174-SG-95) had 4.

Norway U18: Stine Austgulen 29, Kristine Skorpen 10 Christina Muren 6, Stine Karlstad 4
FYR Macedonia U18: Aleksandra Stojanovska2 22, Ivana Kmetovska 17, Ivona Pejkovska 14, Sofija Lazareska 4



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U18 Denmark outscored U18 Germany - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18-Denmark U18 71:78

U18 Denmark outscored U18 Germany at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place. The Danish side grabbed 78:71 win and will play tomorrow against Bulgaria. Germany meanwhile will take on Lithuanian side for 7-8 places.
Germany opened the game with 22-20, while Denmark erupted with 22-10 in the second frame. The Danish side grabbed 42:32 halftime advantage but had difficulties reaching the win. Germany bounced back with 21-13 and reduced to 2 points at the end of three quarters. Denmark meanwhile needed a strong finish in the game to seal the victory.
Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) to-scored for the winners with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Sofie Preetzmann (180-G-95) notched 19. Marian Sheikh (180-PF-94) delivered 12, whilst Simone Ceccardi (182-PF-95) posted 11. Fanny Szittya (170-PG-94) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort and Ama Degbeon (183-F-95) added 11. Levke Brodersen (168-G-94) chipped in with 9 and Chantal Neuwald (180-G-95) delivered 8.

Germany U18: Fanny Szittya 13, Ama Degbeon 11, Levke Brodersen 9, Chantal Neuwald 8
Denmark U18: Maria Jespersen 20+14 rebs, Sofie Preetzmann 19, Marian Sheikh 12, Simone Ceccardi 11



Ukraine U20 needs overtime to beat the hosts in Rotenburg - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20-Ukraine U20 94:98 OT

Ukraine U20 needs overtime to beat the hosts in Rotenburg. The Ukrainian side overcame Germany U20 98:94. In Game 1 the hosts celebrated an easy 71:53 victory.
Germany started the second game better and took 23-22 after the first 10 minutes. Ukraine however replied with 19-17 and took 1-point lead at the halftime. Moreover the guests added 21-19 in the third period for 3-point lead after thirty minutes. Germany needed a strong finish of the game to tie the score at the end of the fourth period. Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) tied the game at 85:85 and sent the teams to overtime. Ukraine meanwhile posted 13-9 in extra time to win the game.
Finja Schaake scored 29 points for the home side and Sonja Greinacher (193-F-92) nailed 18. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) posted 10, while Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) delivered 9.



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  GREECE   


Slovakia blasts Greece at U18 EuroBasket, 81-48 - by Eurobasket News

U18 SLOVAKIA - U18 GREECE 81-48

Slovakia had an easy job against Greece on Friday. Slovakians celebrated huge 81-48 win and will meet Sweden in the game for 9th place at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. After this loss, Greece will try to reach position No.11. However, it won't be easy as their rival will be Slovenia. Slovakia was up by 10 at the halftime and jumped to plus 22 with ten minutes remaining. Quarters: 17-14, 17-10, 25-13, 22-11. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Michaela Rakova (187-F-94) had 14 points and 8 rebs, while Terezia Palenikova (170-G/F-95) and Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) netted 11 points each. Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) answered with 20 points in defeat. Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) was their second scorer with only 6 points. Both teams will take a rest today.

Slovakia: Zofia Hruscakova 15+11 boards, Michaela Rakova 14+8 boards, Terezia Palenikova 11, Angelika Slamova 11
Greece: Anna Stamolamprou 20, Styliani Fouraki 6



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  HOLLAND   


U18 Holland downs U18 Turkey in double overtime thriller, heads to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

U18 HOLLAND - U18 TURKEY 77-69 2OT

Holland is in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They celebrated 77-69 double overtime win against Turkey on Friday. Holland will meet France in the Semis, while Turkey goes to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. In the first game Turkey will take on Croatia. During the regulation time Turkey had fought back from an early double-digit deficit to get their noses in front midway through the fourth quarter, when the Netherlands were experiencing a real offensive drought. But, they couldn't see it through and Treffers finished an and-one' play to tie the game up at 55-55, before Isabella Slim (181-F-95) had the chance to make a last gasp triple but rimmed out. During overtime the momentum seemed to be with the Netherlands but they too looked like they might have blown it, when a jump-shot by Deniz Dogan (176-SF-94) forced the second extra period. In the end, the Netherlands always looked slightly the more assured side, and they finally made what turned out to be the game-winning run. Quarters: 18-9, 8-13, 18-19, 6-6 OT1, 11-14 OT2. Lisanne de Jonge (181-F-95) stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Isabella Slim (9 rebs) and Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) (7 rebs) netted 15 points each. In the loosing squad, Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) collected 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) added 12 pts, plus 6 rebs. Deniz Dogan stopped to 11 pts in this meeting. Championship continues today.

Holland: Lisanne de Jonge 19+9 boards Isabella Slim 15+9 boards, Laura Cornelius 15+7 boards
Turkey: Pelin Bilgic 19+7 boards, Merve Aydin 12+6 boards, Deniz Dogan 11



Spain U20 won the second game of the Torneo Internacional de Noia - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20-Holland U20 83:39
Spain U20 won the second game of the Torneo Internacional de Noia. The home side overcame Holland U20 83:39. Yurena Diaz (178-G-93) managed to score 4 from the arc in such an offensive game.
Spain looked great and scored 10 three-pointers in the game. Spain won all the quarters of the game and dominated the court.
Queralt Casas (180-G-92) stepped up with 19 points and Yurena Diaz notched 13. Maria Espana (175-G-92) and Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 8 points apiece, while Sara Rodriguez (185-C-93) had 7.
In another game France U20 smashed Poland U20 53:28 and also celebrated the second straight win. France and Spain will face each other in the Final, last game in Day 3. Poland and Holland meanwhile will play for the initial victory at the tournament. Both teams lost the first two games.



U18 France rally past Netherlands to enter title game - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Netherlands U18 60:47

France registered a comfortable win over Netherlands in the U18 European Championship semifinal. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) and Lidija Turcinovic (179-SG-94) scored 14 points each to lead the winners. France will now take on Russia in the championship game in Bucharest. Netherlands will face Serbia in consolation final.
France limited their opponents to 6 points in the opening quarter to take an 11-point lead. Netherlands however stiffened defence and narrowed the gap in the second quarter. The Dutch team trailed by just 4 points at halftime 22:29. Netherlands spurred in front in the third term. They used a 16:0 run to take a 37:28 lead. France faced an 8-point deficit heading into the fourth stanza 32:40. However Les Bleus opened the final term with a 17:2 run to take a 49:42 advantage. France did not loosen the grip afterwards cruising to the victory. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) had 12 points, while Epoupa added 11 points for the winners. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) responded with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Netherlands. Emese Hof (188-C-96) and Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) netted 8 points each in the loss.

France U18: Aby Gaye 14, Lidija Turcinovic 14, Valeriane Ayayi 12
Netherlands U18: Kourtney Treffers 12+11 boards, Emese Hof 8, Laura Cornelius 8



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  HUNGARY   


Belarus U18 clinch Division A promotion - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U18-Hungary U18 67:63

Belarus U18 clinch Division A promotion for the next season. The team won the Semifinal game against Hungary 67:63 and entered the Final. Hungary meanwhile will have another chance tomorrow in the game against Portugal.
Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) opened the scoring account for Hungary and Valiantsina Myshapud (182-PF-94) scored for 2-2 in the opening tip. Holubeva later tied the game at 11:11 and Valiantsina Myshapud made the same at 19:19. Hungary started to play better in the second frame and led in the majority of the period. Dorottya Balla (184-G/F-94) brought 30:26, while Csutoras made a jump shot for 32:28. Dorottya Balla later sent the teams to the lockers at 37:32. Belarus however dominated the second half and stormed with two victories. They produced a 17-12 surge in the third period and added 18-14 in the last stanza. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) and Valiantsina Myshapud ensured the latest baskets for the winning side.
Maryia Papova stepped up with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Valiantsina Myshapud posted 12. Janka Hegedus (184-F-94) delivered 15 points in defeat, while Dorottya Balla and Dora Nagy (167-PG-95) scored 11 each. Amadea Szamosi followed them with 10 points and the same number of boards.

Belarus U18: Maryia Papova 14+13 rebs, Valiantsina Myshapud 12, Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) 11
Hungary U18: Janka Hegedus 15, Dorottya Balla 11, Dora Nagy 11, Amadea Szamosi 10+10 rebs



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  ISRAEL   


U18 Israel beats U18 Finland in Strumica, 57-48 - by Eurobasket News

U18 FINLAND - U18 ISRAEL 48-57

Israel outplayed Finland on Friday 57-48 at U18 EuroBasket Division B. There is a three way tie now in Group G with Austria, Finland and Israel all having the same 3-1 record. Finland is No.2 in this circle and Israel is No.3. It means that Finland will meet Ukraine in the battle for 11th place in Strumica. Israel will play against Montenegro for position No.13. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) led Israel to victory with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Hadar Levi (170-PG-94) helped with 6 points and 6 rebounds. In defeat, Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) collected 10 points and 7 rebs. Maria Aijanen (187-F/C-95) followed her with 8 points and 9 rebs. Both teams will take a rest today and will play their last games tomorrow.

Finland: Noora Jarvikangas 10+7 boards, Maria Aijanen 8+9 boards
Israel: Nof Kedem 24+5 boards, Hadar Levi 6+6 boards



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  ITALY   


U18 Russia advances to Semifinals in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 ITALY - U18 RUSSIA 42-64

Russia had no troubles to beat Italy 64-42 in the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Russia advanced to the Semis and will meet Serbia in the battle for the title game. Italy will be transferred to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Spain. Russia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 18-9, 22-13, 9-9, 15-11. Zhanna Byazrova (178-G/F-94) top-scored in victory with 13 points and Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) added 12 pts, plus 9 rebs. Olga Novikova (177-G-94) collected 11 points and 5 boards. Italy got 15 points from Elena Ramo' (180-F-94) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Elisa Penna (185-F-95) had 8 points and 10 boards. Championship continues today.

Italy: Elena Ramo' 15, Elisa Penna 8+10 boards
Russia: Zhanna Byazrova 13, Alexandra Marchenkova 12+9 boards, Olga Novikova 11+5 boards



U18 Spain hold off Italy - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Italy U18 75:61

Spain defeated Italy today at U18 European Championship. They will now face Turkey for the fifth place at the tourney. Italy will wrap up their campaign in Bucharest against Croatia tomorrow.
Spain eked out a 19:15 lead at the first break. Italy did not allow Spain to clear off. The Azzurri cut the deficit to two points at halftime 39:37. Spain adjusted their defence in the third term. They held Italy to 14 points in the quarter and secured a 5-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Spain went on a 19:10 run in the fourth frame to seal a comfortable win at the end. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) scored 27 points to pace the winners. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) added 11 points, while Leticia Romero (177-G-95) had 10 points for Spain. Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Italy. Elena Ramo' (180-F-94) had 10 points in defeat.

Spain U18: Elena De Alfredo 27, Ariadna Pujol 11, Leticia Romero 10
Italy U18: Antonia Peresson 12, Elena Ramo' 10



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  LATVIA   


U18 Latvia destroys U18 Montenegro in Strumica, 97-59 - by Eurobasket News

U18 LATVIA - U18 MONTENEGRO 97-59

Latvia had no mercy for Montenegro on Friday celebrating huge 97-59 victory. Latvia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 27-20, 29-10, 20-12, 21-17. Latvia is the winner of Group H with perfect 4-0 record and will play for ninth place in Strumica. Their rival will be Austria. Montenegro (2-2, No.3) will meet Israel for 13th place. Renate Reine (176-G-94) led Latvia with 15 points. Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) helped with 12 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds, while Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) also added 12 points, but to go with 7 boards. In defeat, Kristina Rakovic (182-F/C-94) (6 rebs) and Jelena Nikpaljevic (175-G-94) netted 12 points each. Milena Vujacic (95) netted one less. Both teams will take a rest today.

Latvia: Renate Reine 15, Krista Bridina 12+7 as+5 boards, Paula Tomsone 12+7 boards
Montenegro: Kristina Rakovic 12+6 boards, Jelena Nikpaljevic 12, Milena Vujacic 11



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  LITHUANIA   


Bulgaria U18 wins Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U18-Lithuania U18 82:66

Bulgaria U18 wins Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place over Lithuania 82:66. Bulgarian side will play for 5-6 places tomorrow, while the Baltic State will play for 7-8 spots.
Both teams hoped to play in the semifinals but could meet each other only at the lower round. Bulgaria grabbed 24-13 in the first period and enjoyed 11-point halftime advantage. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Bulgarian team. They won the third quarter 23-19 and finished the game with 18-17. Kordova, Ieva Kazlauskaite (180-F-94) and Putramentaite closed the game with their last shots.
Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 30 points and Kalina Aksentieva (182-PF-95) netted 12. Martina Nikolova (179-SF-94) delivered 10, while Kristina Peychinova (176-SG-94) scored 8. Ieva Kazlauskaite finished the game with 15 points and Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) ended up with 12 points in defeat.

Bulgaria U18: Iva Kostova 30, Kalina Aksentieva 12, Martina Nikolova 10, Kristina Peychinova 8
Lithuania U18: Ieva Kazlauskaite 15, Justina Kraujunaite 12



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  MONTENEGRO   


U18 Latvia destroys U18 Montenegro in Strumica, 97-59 - by Eurobasket News

U18 LATVIA - U18 MONTENEGRO 97-59

Latvia had no mercy for Montenegro on Friday celebrating huge 97-59 victory. Latvia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 27-20, 29-10, 20-12, 21-17. Latvia is the winner of Group H with perfect 4-0 record and will play for ninth place in Strumica. Their rival will be Austria. Montenegro (2-2, No.3) will meet Israel for 13th place. Renate Reine (176-G-94) led Latvia with 15 points. Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) helped with 12 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds, while Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) also added 12 points, but to go with 7 boards. In defeat, Kristina Rakovic (182-F/C-94) (6 rebs) and Jelena Nikpaljevic (175-G-94) netted 12 points each. Milena Vujacic (95) netted one less. Both teams will take a rest today.

Latvia: Renate Reine 15, Krista Bridina 12+7 as+5 boards, Paula Tomsone 12+7 boards
Montenegro: Kristina Rakovic 12+6 boards, Jelena Nikpaljevic 12, Milena Vujacic 11



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  NORWAY   


Austria to play for 9th place at U18 EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News

U18 AUSTRIA - U18 NORWAY 75-51

Austria is the winner of Group G in Strumica. They outplayed Norway 75-51 for almost perfect 3-1 record. It means that Austria will meet Latvia for ninth place at U18 EuroBasket Division B. At the other side, Norway ended as No.4 in this pool with 1-3 score. They will meet host FYROM for 15h place. Camille Legris (168-PG-95) had 16 points and 5 rebounds in victory and Anja Fuchs-Robetin (180-SG-96) added 13 points, plus 14 boards. Camilla Neumann (183-F-94) netted 12 pts. In defeat, Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) collected 16 points and 7 rebounds. Vilde Tveito (183-PF-95) had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Quarters: 20-15, 17-9, 13-11, 25-16. Both teams will take a rest today.

Austria: Camille Legris 16+5 boards, Anja Fuchs-Robetin 13+14 boards, Camilla Neumann 12
Norway: Stine Austgulen 16+7 boards, Vilde Tveito 8+7 boards



The hosts finished on the 15th place in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Norway U18- FYR Macedonia U18 62:72

The hosts finished on the 15th place in Strumica at the U18 European Championship for Women Division B. FYR Macedonia U18 overcame Norway U18 72:62 as both teams ended up their campaign.
Norway started with 18-10, but could not keep the lead in the game. The hosts woke up in the second frame and won all three last quarters. They bounced back with 19-13 in the second period and then produced a 23-17 in the third quarter. Moreover FYR Macedonia finished the game with 20-14 to seal the last victory. Gjorgjieva scored the last points for the winners, while Christina Muren (172-G-94) was the last player to score in the game.
Aleksandra Stojanovska2 (178-SF-94) paced all the winners with 22 points and Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) had 17. Ivona Pejkovska (175-PG-95) delivered 14, while Sofija Lazareska (175-F-95) posted 4. Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) finished the game with 29 points in the losing case, whilst Kristine Skorpen (170-PG-94) added 10. Christina Muren chipped in with 6 and Stine Karlstad (174-SG-95) had 4.

Norway U18: Stine Austgulen 29, Kristine Skorpen 10 Christina Muren 6, Stine Karlstad 4
FYR Macedonia U18: Aleksandra Stojanovska2 22, Ivana Kmetovska 17, Ivona Pejkovska 14, Sofija Lazareska 4



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  POLAND   


Becky Burke signs with KK ROW Rybnik - by Eurobasket News

Becky Burke (180-G-89, agency: LBM Management) signs with KK ROW Rybnik for the upcoming season. She will be the second American player in the roster for 2012/2013 season.
In 2008-2009 she started for Louisville (NCAA) and in 38 games averaged 5.0ppg, 1.8rpg. In 2009-2010 for Louisville (NCAA, starting five) she improved to 13.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 80.4%.
In 2010-2011 her stats read 7.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 90.7%. The last season for Louisville Becky Burke had 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 84.5%.
In 2009 she became Big East Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -09 and Big East Conf. Tournament Finalist -09. Moreover she was NCAA Finalist -09. Together with Louisville Becky Burke played in NCAA Sweet 16 -11.



Spain U20 starts Torneo Internacional de Noia with the victory - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20-Poland U20 67:43

Spain starts Torneo Internacional de Noia with the victory over Poland U20. The home side overcame the opponents 67:43.
Spain opened the game with 18-10 and never looked behind after. They led 32:22 at the halftime after a narrow win in the second frame. Poland started to play better in the third period and managed to reduce the gap. Spain however added 20-8 in the last stanza to seal the victory in the opener.
Queralt Casas (180-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Maria Espana (175-G-92) notched 13. Yurena Diaz (178-G-93) nailed 11, while Marta Claret (185-C-92) and Elena Diaz (188-C-92) added 9 each.
In another game France U20 overcame Holland U20 58:50. In Day 2 Holland will take on Spain, while Poland will face France.



U18 Czech Republic beat Poland to secure Division A spot - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U18 - Poland U18 58:54

Czech Republic secured U18 European Championship Division A place for the next season. They won classification round Group G to avoid relegation. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds as Czech Republic prevailed against Poland in the decisive game.
Poland were up by one point at the first intermission 13:12. Czech Republic surged ahead in the second quarter. They posted a 30:28 halftime lead. Poland retained the lead in the third term. They held Czech Republic to 8 points in the period and ensured a 6-point lead at the final intermission. Karolina Severova (182-PF-94) and Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) drained triples early in the final period as Czech Republic cut the distance to three points. Kamila Hoskova and Opocenska gave Czech Republic a 53:52 lead with less then two minutes to go. Wozniak put Poland in front but the Czech team answered with three free throws in the dying seconds to steal victory. Sarka Jozova finished with 10 points, while Karolina Severova added 8 points for the winners. Julia Adamowicz (178-SF-94) answered with 17 points for Poland. Dominika Owczarzak (169-PG-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U18: Kamila Hoskova 11, Sarka Jozova 10, Karolina Severova 8
Poland U18: Julia Adamowicz 17, Dominika Owczarzak 12



U18 Poland joins U18 Belgium with 2-2 record in Group G - by Eurobasket News

U18 BELGIUM - U18 POLAND 56-64

Poland handed 64-56 loss to Belgium on Friday and both teams have 2-2 record now in Group G of U18 EuroBasket. Teams in this group fight for the survival in Division A. However, only the winner will make it and Czech Republic already has 4-0 record. Poland shined after the breather to beat Belgium in this game. Quarters: 12-14, 14-17, 24-13, 14-12. Dominika Owczarzak (169-PG-94) led the winners with 17 points. Anna Jakubiuk (179-G/F-94) helped with double-double of 11 points and 11 rebs, while Magdalena Wojdalska (185-SG-94) and Katarzyna Jaworska (188-F/C-94) added 8 points each. In Belgium, Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) collected 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Manon Humblet (182-C/F-94) followed with 16 points and 9 boards. Today, Poland will meet Czech Republic. Romania will take on Belgium.

Belgium: Hind Ben Abdelkader 20+7 boards+5 as, Manon Humblet 16+9 boards
Poland: Dominika Owczarzak 17, Anna Jakubiuk 11+11 boards, Magdalena Wojdalska 8, Katarzyna Jaworska 8



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  PORTUGAL   


England U18 advanced to Division A for 2012/2013 season - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U18-England U18 71:78

England U18 advanced to Division A for 2012/2013 season after a Semifinal win over Portugal. The British side grabbed the ticket to the top division with 78:71 victory. Portugal will have another chance to advance tomorrow as they will play in the game for the third place.
Portugal erupted with 23-12 in the first period but failed to win the game. England replied with 22-14 and Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) reduced to 37:34 after a three-pointer. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (183-PG-95) tied the game at 41:41 early in the third, whilst Munns brought 44:43 from the arc. Green scored for 57:56 and Munns nailed three for 65:64. Shequila Joseph made the last points from the free throw line for the final success.
Shequila Joseph and Cheridene Green (187-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 18 points each, while the latter also grabbed 18 rebounds. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott posted 12, while Janice Monakana (183-F-95) delivered 10. Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) finished the game with 18 points and Ines Viana (164-PG-94) posted 17. Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) ended up with 8, while Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) chipped in with 6.

Portugal U18: Laura Ferreira 18, Ines Viana 17, Joana Soeiro 8, Maria Kostourkova 6
England U18: Shequila Joseph 18, Cheridene Green 18+18 rebs, Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott 12, Janice Monakana 10



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U18 Belgium fire past Romania in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18 - Belgium U18 45:98

Belgium celebrated a comfortable win over Romania in classification round Group G of U18 European Championship. Belgium improved at 3-2 record, while the hosts slipped at 0-5 record in the ladder. Heleen Adams (173-SF-94) led the winners with 20 points.
Belgium jumped to an early lead. They accumulated a 26:9 advantage at the first intermission. Belgium extended the lead in the second quarter. They secured a massive 54:13 halftime lead. Romania struggled to pick up the tempo in the third quarter. Belgium stretched the margin to as many as 46 points heading into the fourth frame. Belgium outgunned the home team in the final stanza to celebrate a well-deserved win at the end. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) knocked down 14 points, while Antonia Delaere (176-F/G-94) added 12 points for the winners. Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) answered with 17 points for Romania. Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95) posted 15 points in the loss.

Romania U18: Dora Ardelean 17, Iulia Raileanu 15

Belgium U18: Heleen Adams 20, Hind Ben Abdelkader 14, Antonia Delaere 12



U18 Czech Republic makes 10-0 run in last 40 seconds to beat U18 Romania 70-67 - by Eurobasket News

U18 CZECH REPUBLIC - U18 ROMANIA 70-67

Czech Republic grabbed 70-67 victory against Romania thanks to wonderful finish. Czech Republic was down by 7 points with only 40 seconds remaining in the game, but Romania missed 2 shots after that, received one block and made one turnover, while its rival made two triples and two jump shots for impressive 10-0 run which brought them victory in this meeting. Quarters: 13-12, 15-13, 17-17, 25-25. After this win Czech Republic jumped to 4-0 record in Group G and they are very close to survive in Division A. Romania already faced with relegation (0-4). Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) led the winners with 17 points and 7 rebounds, and Veronika Havlikova (172-F-94) netted 15 pts. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) had 14 pts and 5 boards. In defeat, Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) shined with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95) also had 16 pts and 6 rebs, while Alexandra Dumitrache (170-PG-94) followed with 11 pts and 5 assists. Czech Republic will meet Poland today. Romania will play against Belgium.

Czech Republic: Sarka Jozova 17+7 boards, Veronika Havlikova 15, Kamila Hoskova 14+5 boards
Romania: Dora Ardelean 16+10 boards, Iulia Raileanu 16+6 boards, Alexandra Dumitrache 11+5 as



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U18 Russia advances to Semifinals in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

U18 ITALY - U18 RUSSIA 42-64

Russia had no troubles to beat Italy 64-42 in the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Russia advanced to the Semis and will meet Serbia in the battle for the title game. Italy will be transferred to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Spain. Russia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 18-9, 22-13, 9-9, 15-11. Zhanna Byazrova (178-G/F-94) top-scored in victory with 13 points and Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) added 12 pts, plus 9 rebs. Olga Novikova (177-G-94) collected 11 points and 5 boards. Italy got 15 points from Elena Ramo' (180-F-94) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Elisa Penna (185-F-95) had 8 points and 10 boards. Championship continues today.

Italy: Elena Ramo' 15, Elisa Penna 8+10 boards
Russia: Zhanna Byazrova 13, Alexandra Marchenkova 12+9 boards, Olga Novikova 11+5 boards



U18 Russia beat Serbia to reach Final in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - Serbia U18 75:69

Russia will play in U18 European Championship Final. They knocked down Serbia to reach the title game. Zhanna Byazrova (178-G/F-94) came up with 20 points to lead the winners.
Serbia jumped to an early lead. They established a 17:13 advantage after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Serbia ensured a 37:33 halftime advantage. Russia cut the deficit in the third term. They got within three points at the final intermission 56:53. Novikova finally tied things up at 66 midway through the fourth frame. Zhanna Byazrova then hit a three-pointer to ignite a 9:0 run that propelled Russia to a 75:68 lead. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) answered with a free throw but Serbia ran out of time to restore the intrigue. Albina Razheva (188-PF-94) accounted for 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Julia Gladkova (183-F-94) added 12 points for the winners. Aleksandra Stanacev answered with 23 points for Serbia. Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) netted 14 points in the loss.

Russia U18: Zhanna Byazrova 20, Albina Razheva 17+11 boards, Julia Gladkova 12
Serbia U18: Aleksandra Stanacev 23, Kristina Topuzovic 14



Sweden U20 surprise Russian team in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20-Russia U20 68:66

Sweden U20 surprise Russian team in Istanbul at the start of the International Tournament. The Scandinavian team celebrated a 68:66 victory.
Sweden erupted with 24-14 in the first period and added 17-12 in the second frame. Russia dominated the second half and won the third and the last periods. It was not however enough to win the game.
Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Fahriya Abdi netted 14. Ulrica Holmqvist (186-F/C-93) delivered 9, while Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) added 8. Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) posted 17. Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) ended up with 8 points and Darya Namok (179-G-93) scored 7.
In another game Turkey U20 starts Istanbul Tournament with the win over Belarus U20. The home side overcame the opponents 73:60 in the opener.

Sweden U20: Josefin Vesterberg 17, Fahriya Abdi 14, Ulrica Holmqvist 9, Ellen Nystrom 8
Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 19, Galina Kiseleva 17, Yulia Poluyanova 8, Darya Namok 7



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Switzerland U18 send the Scottish side to the last spot - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U18-Scotland U18 53:46

Switzerland U18 send the Scottish side to the last spot at the U18 European Championship for Women Division B. The Swiss side finished the tournament with 53:46 win over Scotland and ended up on the 17th place.
Switzerland entered the court having 6 players in the roster who played in the game. They lost the first period 13-15, but recovered in the second period and after 15-9 grabbed 28:24 at the halftime. Switzerland looked better in the second half and added two narrow victories. They won the third period 9-8 and finished with 16-14 in the last stanza.
Ljubica Cutunic (186-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds, while Alexandra Koch (175-PG-94) posted 11. Dijana Milenkovic (180-SF-96) notched 10 and Laura Perrenoud (189-C-94) added 5. Hilary Wood (163-G-94) finished the game with 11 points in defeat and Beth Mackie (170-G-94) had 10.

Switzerland U18: Ljubica Cutunic 23+9 rebs, Alexandra Koch 11, Dijana Milenkovic 10, Laura Perrenoud 5
Scotland U18: Hilary Wood 11, Beth Mackie 10



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Serbia shocks Spain in U18 EuroBasket Quarterfinals, 64-60 - by Eurobasket News

U18 SPAIN - U18 SERBIA 60-64

Serbia shocked Spain in the last quarter to take 64-60 victory in the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. It means that Serbia advanced to the Semis, where they will meet Russia. Spain will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Serbia was down by 6 after 30 minutes of play, but they opened last period with 9-2 run. Teams were tied at 57-57 with 3:39 to go, after what Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) lifted Serbia to plus 4. Spain struggled offensively in the finish, while at the other side Stanacev sealed the victory from the FT line. Quarters: 12-8, 15-27, 16-14, 21-11. Vuckovic (9 rebs) and Kovacevic (7 rebs) led the winners with 14 points each. Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) added 12 points and 9 boards. In defeat, Leticia Romero (177-G-95) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Patricia Soler (185-C-94) (7 rebs) and Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) netted 12 points each. Championship continues today.

Spain: Leticia Romero 19+6 boards, Patricia Soler 12+7 boards, Elena De Alfredo 12
Serbia: Katarina Vuckovic 14+9 boards, Natasa Kovacevic 14+7 boards, Kristina Topuzovic 12+9 boards



U18 Russia beat Serbia to reach Final in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - Serbia U18 75:69

Russia will play in U18 European Championship Final. They knocked down Serbia to reach the title game. Zhanna Byazrova (178-G/F-94) came up with 20 points to lead the winners.
Serbia jumped to an early lead. They established a 17:13 advantage after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Serbia ensured a 37:33 halftime advantage. Russia cut the deficit in the third term. They got within three points at the final intermission 56:53. Novikova finally tied things up at 66 midway through the fourth frame. Zhanna Byazrova then hit a three-pointer to ignite a 9:0 run that propelled Russia to a 75:68 lead. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) answered with a free throw but Serbia ran out of time to restore the intrigue. Albina Razheva (188-PF-94) accounted for 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Julia Gladkova (183-F-94) added 12 points for the winners. Aleksandra Stanacev answered with 23 points for Serbia. Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) netted 14 points in the loss.

Russia U18: Zhanna Byazrova 20, Albina Razheva 17+11 boards, Julia Gladkova 12
Serbia U18: Aleksandra Stanacev 23, Kristina Topuzovic 14



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Slovakia blasts Greece at U18 EuroBasket, 81-48 - by Eurobasket News

U18 SLOVAKIA - U18 GREECE 81-48

Slovakia had an easy job against Greece on Friday. Slovakians celebrated huge 81-48 win and will meet Sweden in the game for 9th place at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. After this loss, Greece will try to reach position No.11. However, it won't be easy as their rival will be Slovenia. Slovakia was up by 10 at the halftime and jumped to plus 22 with ten minutes remaining. Quarters: 17-14, 17-10, 25-13, 22-11. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Michaela Rakova (187-F-94) had 14 points and 8 rebs, while Terezia Palenikova (170-G/F-95) and Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) netted 11 points each. Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) answered with 20 points in defeat. Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) was their second scorer with only 6 points. Both teams will take a rest today.

Slovakia: Zofia Hruscakova 15+11 boards, Michaela Rakova 14+8 boards, Terezia Palenikova 11, Angelika Slamova 11
Greece: Anna Stamolamprou 20, Styliani Fouraki 6



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U18 Sweden hands 68-58 loss to U18 Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

U18 SWEDEN - U18 SLOVENIA 68-58

Sweden is close to reach the ninth place at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They handed 68-58 loss to Slovenia and will meet Slovakia tomorrow in decisive game for position No.9. At the other side, Slovenia will take on Greece in the game for 11th place. Sweden exploded after the breather to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 14-15, 11-17, 20-9, 23-17. Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) shined for the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Linnea Frykbo (169-SG-94) followed her with 22 points and 5 boards, while third scorer in victory was Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) with just 5 pts (10 rebs). Slovenia got 18 points and 7 rebounds from Eva Lisec (191-C-95), and Anita Kastelic (172-G-94) posted 10 pts. Vesna Sever (180-F-94) had 7 points for 10 minutes on the court. Both teams will take a rest today.

Sweden: Paulina Hersler 25+5 boards, Linnea Frykbo 22+5 boards, Gabriella Hanson 5+10 boards
Slovenia: Eva Lisec 18+7 boards, Anita Kastelic 10, Vesna Sever 7



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Spain U20 starts Torneo Internacional de Noia with the victory - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20-Poland U20 67:43

Spain starts Torneo Internacional de Noia with the victory over Poland U20. The home side overcame the opponents 67:43.
Spain opened the game with 18-10 and never looked behind after. They led 32:22 at the halftime after a narrow win in the second frame. Poland started to play better in the third period and managed to reduce the gap. Spain however added 20-8 in the last stanza to seal the victory in the opener.
Queralt Casas (180-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Maria Espana (175-G-92) notched 13. Yurena Diaz (178-G-93) nailed 11, while Marta Claret (185-C-92) and Elena Diaz (188-C-92) added 9 each.
In another game France U20 overcame Holland U20 58:50. In Day 2 Holland will take on Spain, while Poland will face France.



Spain U20 won the second game of the Torneo Internacional de Noia - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20-Holland U20 83:39
Spain U20 won the second game of the Torneo Internacional de Noia. The home side overcame Holland U20 83:39. Yurena Diaz (178-G-93) managed to score 4 from the arc in such an offensive game.
Spain looked great and scored 10 three-pointers in the game. Spain won all the quarters of the game and dominated the court.
Queralt Casas (180-G-92) stepped up with 19 points and Yurena Diaz notched 13. Maria Espana (175-G-92) and Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 8 points apiece, while Sara Rodriguez (185-C-93) had 7.
In another game France U20 smashed Poland U20 53:28 and also celebrated the second straight win. France and Spain will face each other in the Final, last game in Day 3. Poland and Holland meanwhile will play for the initial victory at the tournament. Both teams lost the first two games.



U18 Spain hold off Italy - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Italy U18 75:61

Spain defeated Italy today at U18 European Championship. They will now face Turkey for the fifth place at the tourney. Italy will wrap up their campaign in Bucharest against Croatia tomorrow.
Spain eked out a 19:15 lead at the first break. Italy did not allow Spain to clear off. The Azzurri cut the deficit to two points at halftime 39:37. Spain adjusted their defence in the third term. They held Italy to 14 points in the quarter and secured a 5-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Spain went on a 19:10 run in the fourth frame to seal a comfortable win at the end. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) scored 27 points to pace the winners. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) added 11 points, while Leticia Romero (177-G-95) had 10 points for Spain. Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Italy. Elena Ramo' (180-F-94) had 10 points in defeat.

Spain U18: Elena De Alfredo 27, Ariadna Pujol 11, Leticia Romero 10
Italy U18: Antonia Peresson 12, Elena Ramo' 10



Serbia shocks Spain in U18 EuroBasket Quarterfinals, 64-60 - by Eurobasket News

U18 SPAIN - U18 SERBIA 60-64

Serbia shocked Spain in the last quarter to take 64-60 victory in the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. It means that Serbia advanced to the Semis, where they will meet Russia. Spain will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Serbia was down by 6 after 30 minutes of play, but they opened last period with 9-2 run. Teams were tied at 57-57 with 3:39 to go, after what Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) lifted Serbia to plus 4. Spain struggled offensively in the finish, while at the other side Stanacev sealed the victory from the FT line. Quarters: 12-8, 15-27, 16-14, 21-11. Vuckovic (9 rebs) and Kovacevic (7 rebs) led the winners with 14 points each. Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) added 12 points and 9 boards. In defeat, Leticia Romero (177-G-95) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Patricia Soler (185-C-94) (7 rebs) and Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) netted 12 points each. Championship continues today.

Spain: Leticia Romero 19+6 boards, Patricia Soler 12+7 boards, Elena De Alfredo 12
Serbia: Katarina Vuckovic 14+9 boards, Natasa Kovacevic 14+7 boards, Kristina Topuzovic 12+9 boards



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U18 Sweden hands 68-58 loss to U18 Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

U18 SWEDEN - U18 SLOVENIA 68-58

Sweden is close to reach the ninth place at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They handed 68-58 loss to Slovenia and will meet Slovakia tomorrow in decisive game for position No.9. At the other side, Slovenia will take on Greece in the game for 11th place. Sweden exploded after the breather to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 14-15, 11-17, 20-9, 23-17. Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) shined for the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Linnea Frykbo (169-SG-94) followed her with 22 points and 5 boards, while third scorer in victory was Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) with just 5 pts (10 rebs). Slovenia got 18 points and 7 rebounds from Eva Lisec (191-C-95), and Anita Kastelic (172-G-94) posted 10 pts. Vesna Sever (180-F-94) had 7 points for 10 minutes on the court. Both teams will take a rest today.

Sweden: Paulina Hersler 25+5 boards, Linnea Frykbo 22+5 boards, Gabriella Hanson 5+10 boards
Slovenia: Eva Lisec 18+7 boards, Anita Kastelic 10, Vesna Sever 7



Sweden U20 surprise Russian team in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20-Russia U20 68:66

Sweden U20 surprise Russian team in Istanbul at the start of the International Tournament. The Scandinavian team celebrated a 68:66 victory.
Sweden erupted with 24-14 in the first period and added 17-12 in the second frame. Russia dominated the second half and won the third and the last periods. It was not however enough to win the game.
Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Fahriya Abdi netted 14. Ulrica Holmqvist (186-F/C-93) delivered 9, while Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) added 8. Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) posted 17. Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) ended up with 8 points and Darya Namok (179-G-93) scored 7.
In another game Turkey U20 starts Istanbul Tournament with the win over Belarus U20. The home side overcame the opponents 73:60 in the opener.

Sweden U20: Josefin Vesterberg 17, Fahriya Abdi 14, Ulrica Holmqvist 9, Ellen Nystrom 8
Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 19, Galina Kiseleva 17, Yulia Poluyanova 8, Darya Namok 7



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Switzerland U18 send the Scottish side to the last spot - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U18-Scotland U18 53:46

Switzerland U18 send the Scottish side to the last spot at the U18 European Championship for Women Division B. The Swiss side finished the tournament with 53:46 win over Scotland and ended up on the 17th place.
Switzerland entered the court having 6 players in the roster who played in the game. They lost the first period 13-15, but recovered in the second period and after 15-9 grabbed 28:24 at the halftime. Switzerland looked better in the second half and added two narrow victories. They won the third period 9-8 and finished with 16-14 in the last stanza.
Ljubica Cutunic (186-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds, while Alexandra Koch (175-PG-94) posted 11. Dijana Milenkovic (180-SF-96) notched 10 and Laura Perrenoud (189-C-94) added 5. Hilary Wood (163-G-94) finished the game with 11 points in defeat and Beth Mackie (170-G-94) had 10.

Switzerland U18: Ljubica Cutunic 23+9 rebs, Alexandra Koch 11, Dijana Milenkovic 10, Laura Perrenoud 5
Scotland U18: Hilary Wood 11, Beth Mackie 10



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Turkey U20 starts Istanbul Tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20-Belarus U20 73:60

Turkey U20 starts Istanbul Tournament with the win over Belarus U20. The home side overcame Belarus 73:60 in the opener.
Turkey opened the game with 18-13 and dominated the first period. They added 17-16 in the second quarter for 6-point halftime advantage. The second half also was dominated by the hosts. They won the third period 15-11 and then finished the game with 23-20 in the last stanza.
Gizem Basaran (194-C-92) led the way with 16 points and Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) nailed 13. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) delivered 11, while Olcay Cakir added 9. Maryia Filonchyk (187-PF-92) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) posted 15 and Ivanshchanka scored 9.
In another game Sweden U20 defeat Russia U20 68:66.

Turkey U20: Gizem Basaran 16, Ozge Kavurmacioglu 13, Ayse Cora 11, Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) 9
Belarus U20: Maryia Filonchyk 20, Darya Lipinskaya 15, Ivanshchanka 9



U18 Turkey dismantle Croatia in Bucharest - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Croatia U18 92:43

Turkey will play for the fifth place at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Croatia in Bucharest to set up the clash versus Spain.
Turkey stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They recorded a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. The gap keep on growing in the second quarter. Turkey accumulated a 45:16 halftime lead. Turkey poured in 29 points in the third term to extend the margin to as many as 46 points. Turkey did not slow down in the fourth frame and rolled to the victory at the end. Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Turkey. Deniz Dogan (176-SF-94) added 13 points, while Fahriye Bayraktar (185-SF-95) had 12 points in the victory. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Antonija Chiabov (188-F/C-95) had 9 points in the loss.

Turkey U18: Elif Emirtekin 22, Deniz Dogan 13, Fahriye Bayraktar 12
Croatia U18: Ivana Tikvic 11, Antonija Chiabov 9



U18 Holland downs U18 Turkey in double overtime thriller, heads to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

U18 HOLLAND - U18 TURKEY 77-69 2OT

Holland is in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They celebrated 77-69 double overtime win against Turkey on Friday. Holland will meet France in the Semis, while Turkey goes to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. In the first game Turkey will take on Croatia. During the regulation time Turkey had fought back from an early double-digit deficit to get their noses in front midway through the fourth quarter, when the Netherlands were experiencing a real offensive drought. But, they couldn't see it through and Treffers finished an and-one' play to tie the game up at 55-55, before Isabella Slim (181-F-95) had the chance to make a last gasp triple but rimmed out. During overtime the momentum seemed to be with the Netherlands but they too looked like they might have blown it, when a jump-shot by Deniz Dogan (176-SF-94) forced the second extra period. In the end, the Netherlands always looked slightly the more assured side, and they finally made what turned out to be the game-winning run. Quarters: 18-9, 8-13, 18-19, 6-6 OT1, 11-14 OT2. Lisanne de Jonge (181-F-95) stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Isabella Slim (9 rebs) and Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) (7 rebs) netted 15 points each. In the loosing squad, Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) collected 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) added 12 pts, plus 6 rebs. Deniz Dogan stopped to 11 pts in this meeting. Championship continues today.

Holland: Lisanne de Jonge 19+9 boards Isabella Slim 15+9 boards, Laura Cornelius 15+7 boards
Turkey: Pelin Bilgic 19+7 boards, Merve Aydin 12+6 boards, Deniz Dogan 11



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U18 Ukraine wins against U18 FYROM 72-62 - by Eurobasket News

U18 UKRAINE - U18 FYR MACEDONIA 72-62

Ukraine outplayed FYROM 72-62 in the last day of the second stage at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Ukraine ended as the second ranked team of Group H with 3-1 record. At the other side, FYROM is No.4 with 1-3. Ukraine shined after the breather to secure the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 13-16, 14-17, 26-7, 19-22. Funmilayo Omoboogunje (185-F-94) led the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Anastasiya Savytska (175-G-94) also scored 14 pts. Miriam Uro-Nile (190-C-94) added 13 pts. In defeat, Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) was better than the others with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Aleksandra Stojanovska2 (178-SF-94) (6 rebs) and Ivona Pejkovska (175-PG-95) added 13 and 9 pts respectively. Ukraine will meet Finland tomorrow for 11th place in Strumica. FYROM will play against Norway for position No.15.

Ukraine: Funmilayo Omoboogunje 14+5 boards, Anastasiya Savytska 14, Miriam Uro-Nile 13
FYROM: Ivana Kmetovska 19+7 boards, Aleksandra Stojanovska2 13+6 boards, Ivona Pejkovska 9



Ukraine U20 needs overtime to beat the hosts in Rotenburg - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20-Ukraine U20 94:98 OT

Ukraine U20 needs overtime to beat the hosts in Rotenburg. The Ukrainian side overcame Germany U20 98:94. In Game 1 the hosts celebrated an easy 71:53 victory.
Germany started the second game better and took 23-22 after the first 10 minutes. Ukraine however replied with 19-17 and took 1-point lead at the halftime. Moreover the guests added 21-19 in the third period for 3-point lead after thirty minutes. Germany needed a strong finish of the game to tie the score at the end of the fourth period. Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) tied the game at 85:85 and sent the teams to overtime. Ukraine meanwhile posted 13-9 in extra time to win the game.
Finja Schaake scored 29 points for the home side and Sonja Greinacher (193-F-92) nailed 18. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) posted 10, while Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) delivered 9.



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England U18 advanced to Division A for 2012/2013 season - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U18-England U18 71:78

England U18 advanced to Division A for 2012/2013 season after a Semifinal win over Portugal. The British side grabbed the ticket to the top division with 78:71 victory. Portugal will have another chance to advance tomorrow as they will play in the game for the third place.
Portugal erupted with 23-12 in the first period but failed to win the game. England replied with 22-14 and Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) reduced to 37:34 after a three-pointer. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (183-PG-95) tied the game at 41:41 early in the third, whilst Munns brought 44:43 from the arc. Green scored for 57:56 and Munns nailed three for 65:64. Shequila Joseph made the last points from the free throw line for the final success.
Shequila Joseph and Cheridene Green (187-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 18 points each, while the latter also grabbed 18 rebounds. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott posted 12, while Janice Monakana (183-F-95) delivered 10. Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) finished the game with 18 points and Ines Viana (164-PG-94) posted 17. Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) ended up with 8, while Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) chipped in with 6.

Portugal U18: Laura Ferreira 18, Ines Viana 17, Joana Soeiro 8, Maria Kostourkova 6
England U18: Shequila Joseph 18, Cheridene Green 18+18 rebs, Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott 12, Janice Monakana 10