EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/23/2013 4:04:01 AM

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  ABA   



Seattle Mountaineers sign Duran Blue - by Gianni Pascucci

The Seattle Mountaineers have signed Duran Blue (6'1''-G), from Lee University (TN) for the 2013-2014 ABA (American Basketball Association) seasons. The Lee University standout led the Flames with 162 assists and only 63 turnovers in 34 games enroot to a 30 win and 4 lost season. The lee team advanced to the Elite 8 in the NAIA National Tournament. Duran was selected to the All Southern States Conference Division Team. "I am very excited to sign a player of Duran ability; hes smart, athletic, fast and a team leader. We needed to bring in a player with these qualities to quarterback our team", stated Mountaineer Coach Sims.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Union Olimpija in talks with Ales Pipan - by Eurobasket News

Ales Pipan is close to become the next head coach of Union Olimpija. The team is reportedly in final stage of the talks with the specialist to take over the bridge. Ales Pipan , if appointed, will replace Saso Filipovski . Ales Pipan is currently working with MZT Skopje. He led the team to the FYR Macedonian League Finals where they lead 2-0 against Kozuv. Ales Pipan is also the head coach of FYR Macedonian National Team. Previously the Slovenian specialist worked with Maribor, Lasko, Krka, Geoplin Slovan, Anwil Wloclawek, KK Zadar. He guided the Slovenian National Team in 2004/08 seasons. Ales Pipan also was at helm of the Polish National Team in 2011-12 seasons.
Union Olimpija finished quite unsuccessful season in the second position in Slovenian Telemach League. They also failed to qualify for the Final Four at the Adriatic League.



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  ALBANIA   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Kamza Basket 21-0 
 2. SK Tirana 16-4 
 3. Vllaznia 16-4 
 4. Apolonia 14-7 
 5. Shoqata 14-7 
 6. Elbasani 8-12 
 7. U.A.T. 8-13 
 8. Flamurtari 7-13 
 9. Partizani 7-14 
 10. Teuta 5-15 
 11. Skenderbeu 4-16 
 12. Studenti 3-17 


Kamza Basket wins 2012/2013 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Kamza Basket wins 2012/2013 Finals. The team grabbed the trophy of the country after sweeping the Final series against Vllaznia 3-0.
In the third game Kamza Basket overcame Vllaznia 81:54. The favorites started with 21-18 lead and added 21-15 in the second frame. Moreover Kamza Basket won the third quarter 17-10 and finished the game with 22-11 in the last stanza.
Earlier in Game 1 Kamza Basket overcame Vllaznia 90:76. In Game 2 Kamza Basket tasted a tough 76:70 victory. As a total after three games it gave them a 247-200 success.
It was the second title for Kamza Basket. They won the Cup title earlier during the season beating Vllaznia 82:67.



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  ALGERIA   


Angers Etoile d'Or St-Leonard lands Ahmed Fellah - by Eurobasket News

Angers Etoile d'Or St-Leonard (NM2) tabbed 32-year old naturalized Algerian point guard Ahmed Fellah (180-81). He started the season at Angers BC 49 (NM1). In 26 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Fellah played also at Angers BC 49 (NM1). In 24 games he had 4.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements he won French NM1 championship title in 2011. Fellah was selected to French ProA All-Star Game back in 2007. He represented France at the Pan Arab Games eight years ago.
Fellah has played previously for six other France teams: Cholet, Besancon, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, JSF Nanterre and Entente Orleans 45.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ARGENTINA   


Argentinian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Argentinian U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Gabriel Deck
Deck
Pedro Barral
Barral
Matias Bernardini
Bernardini
Lucas Gonzalez
Gonzalez
Rodrigo Haag
Haag
#e#5
Gabriel Deck 194-F-95 Quimsa Argentina
Pedro Barral 183-PG-94 Obras Argentina
Matias Bernardini 190-G-94 Sportmen Argentina
Lucas Gonzalez 200-PF-94 Instituto Cor. Argentina
Rodrigo Haag 193-SG-95 Atl.Echague Argentina
Ignacio Moreno 197-F-94 Huracan Argentina
Gonzalo Torres 202-C-94 Wuber-Est.Bahia Argentina
Gaston Whelan 187-G-94 Hindu Club Argentina
Augustin Caffaro 206-C-95 San Mart.MJ Argentina
Juan Vaulet 198-PF-96 Hindu Club Argentina
Lucas Vildoza 191-SG-95 Quilmes MP Argentina
Franco Barroso 207-C-94 Atenas Argentina
Federico Dayer 197-F-94 Sportmen Argentina
Javier Saiz 202-F-94
Alejandro Zurbriggen 95 Regatas C. Argentina
Nicolas Zurschmitten 183-G-95 Atenas Argentina

Nicolas Casalanguida Head Coach Regatas C. Argentina
Sebastian Gonzalez Assistant 9 de Julio Argentina
Marcelo Germanetto Assistant All Boys SR Argentina



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


AirAsia ABL Playoffs Tips Off! - by Aris Ignacio

After 19 weeks and 66 matches, the AirAsia ABL Playoffs 2013 tips off this week with back-to-back matches in Manila, Philippines and Jakarta, Indonesia. The league also announces AirAsia as title sponsor for the 2013 Playoffs. The regions leading budget airline, AirAsia has been a major sponsor of the ABL throughout the 2013 season, and previously served as title sponsor for the 2011 and 2012 ABL seasons.

The defending champion Indonesia Warriors will return to the playoffs in a bid to become the leagues first ever back-to-back champions, while the top-seeded San Miguel Beerman seek to carry their impressive regular season success into the postseason. Veterans of all three previous ABL Playoffs, the Westports Malaysia Dragons look to get over the hump and into the ABL Finals for the first time in franchise history. Rounding out the field are Coach Joe "Jellybean" Bryant's Sports Rev Thailand Slammers and their star duo, Wutipong Dasom and Christian Charles.

The AirAsia ABL Playoffs 2013 is a best of five series which pits the first ranked team against the fourth, and the second ranked team against the third, according to the standings at the end of the regular season. As a result, the top-seeded Beermen will face off against the Slammers while the second place Warriors will meet the Dragons.

Games will be played in a 2-2-1 format, which sees the higher ranked teams awarded home court advantage. The Beermen, for example, will first host the Slammers on the 23rd and 25th of May in the Philippines before travelling to Bangkok, Thailand for Game 3 on the 28th of May. If necessary, the teams will square off again in Bangkok for Game 4 on the 30th of May and then fly back to Manila for Game 5.

The AirAsia ABL Playoffs 2013 officially kick off on Thursday the 23rd of May with a special playoffs edition of the ABL Crossover programme, which will air on FOX Sports Asia at 7pm HKT. The main event will follow at 8pm HKT, when the Beermen and the Slammers face off at the Ynares Center, Antipolo City.

The 2013 season has turned out to be one of the most exciting and competitive in league history, said Anthony Macri, Chief Executive Officer of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League. The battle for the final spot in the playoffs came down to the last week of the season, and we also saw a triple overtime thriller just last week between two teams that were already guaranteed post-season slots.

Regarding AirAsia's return as title sponsor, Macri added, AirAsia has always been a proud and valuable partner of the league. Resuming their role as title sponsor demonstrates AirAsias continued commitment to the ASEAN region and to the development of local athletes, and we are excited for the future of the relationship for our league and our fans.

All of the AirAsia ABL Playoffs 2013 games will be live on FOX Sports Asia as well as the ABL Livestream at YouTube.com/ABL. The complete schedule can be found on the ABL website at http://www.ASEANBasketballLeague.com/.

Source: http://www.aseanbasketballleague.com/news/detail/7286/airasia-abl-playoffs-2013-tips-off



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  BELGIUM   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Derek RAIVIO
  Aalstar
  (190-SG-84)
  Avg: 19
 1. Raivio, Aalstar19.0 
 2. Walsh, Brose Bask.18.9 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar18.8 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende17.8 
 5. Randle, Spirou17.4 
 6. Aleksandrov, Assig.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.5 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut14.8 
 9. Black, Antwerp14.8 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.9.7 
 2. Green, Spirou7.3 
 3. Young, Aalstar6.4 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende6.3 
 5. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.3 
 6. Aska, Leuven6.0 
 7. Tofi, Aalstar5.9 
 8. Love, Antwerp5.9 
 9. Aleksandrov, Assig.5.9 
 10. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Krka
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Krka5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven4.9 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.2 
 4. Raivio, Aalstar4.0 
 5. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.0 
 6. Randle, Spirou3.9 
 7. Moors, Antwerp3.7 
 8. Walsh, Brose Bask.3.5 
 9. Thompson, Aalstar3.4 
 10. Black, Antwerp3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.4 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.1 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Hanavan, Leuven1.9 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.8 
 7. Green, Spirou1.8 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.7 
 9. Randle, Spirou1.6 
 10. Iarochevitch, Lie.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.1 
 3. Ferguson, Verviers.1.1 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.8 
 7. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 8. Green, Spirou0.6 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Williamson, Liege0.6 


Ethias League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Mons-Hainaut and Aalstar earn wins - by Eurobasket News

Spirou - M.Hainaut 53-64

Mons-Hainaut surprised Spirou away from home to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. It looked good early as Spirou Charleroi took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Belfius Mons-Hainaut had a 16-9 second period charge getting the lead and Spirou Charleroi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 53-64. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) added 14 points in the effort for Spirou Charleroi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Spirou: J.Randle 14+3reb+3ast, D.Green 13+11reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 7+2reb+1ast, C.Beghin 7+1reb+1ast, S.Massot 4+3reb, D.Allen 4+2reb
M.Hainaut: J.Cage 14+5reb, Q.Taylor 12+6reb+2ast, M.Randle 11+5reb, J.Bostic 9+5reb+2ast, G.Muya 9+5reb+1ast, B.Qvale 5+3reb
gschID: 241220


Oostende - Aalstar 84-95

Aalstar shot down Oostende on the road to gain the lead in the series. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-84. Okapi Aalstar made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Base Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) fired 28 points for the winners. His fellow American import Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 assists. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) produced 32 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Base Oostende's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Oostende: M.Lojeski 32+5reb+6ast, D.Djordjevic 17+4reb+3ast, M.Stojic 13+3reb, B.Wright 7+2reb+1ast, S.Singletary 6+2reb+2ast, Q.Serron 3+1reb
Aalstar: R.Thompson 28+3reb+1ast, D.Raivio 19+1reb+11ast, J.Tofi 16+6reb+2ast, A.Ruoff 14+2reb+1ast, C.Young 8+13reb, T.Dreesen 6
gschID: 241219



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  BERMUDAS   


Bermuda National Team defeats Buffalo Warriors - by Eurobasket News

The Bermuda National Team victoriously opened their exhibition series versus the Buffalo Warriors in the USA. They claimed a 94:89 overtime win in the first game of the series. It was an exciting basketball battle. Bermuda dominated throughout the bigger part of the game. They led by as many as 22 points. However the Warriors narrowed the deficit. A barrage of late three-pointers helped Buffalo erase the distance at the end of regulation. The teams headed into overtime. Bermuda pulled together in the extra period and snatched a tough victory at the end. Chris Crumpler (83) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, college: Wash.Adventist) added 19 points and 13 boards for Bermuda. Dean Jones stood out with three blocks. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Thursday.


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  BRAZIL   


Andre Bresolin renews contract with Caerense - by Eurobasket News

Caerense have re-signed the deal with one of the teams best performers Andre Bresolin (195-G/F-87). The forward joined Caerense at the start of the season. He notched 12.1 points, 3.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 block per game in NBB. Andre Bresolin helped Caerense occupy the 7th overall position in the regular season as they made it into playoffs. Previously Andre Bresolin played for Joinville, Pinheiros/Sky, Araraquara. He was the member of the Brazilian University National Team. Andre Bresolin earned All-World University Games Honourable Mention in 2009. The forward was also the part of the Brazilian National Team at the South American Championship in Colombia in 2010. Brazil won Gold at the tournament. Andre Bresolin posted 0.7 points per game at the tourney.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


No surprises in Summer League openers! - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI --The 2013 BVI Basketball Federations Summer League tipped off on Saturday May 18, 2013 in the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex with business as usual for the expectant fans and teams alike.
The Opening Ceremony, however, did not go quite as the BVIBF had planned with only a smattering of teams present; a situation that President Byron Hodge indicated during his remarks would be dealt with later. Im disappointed in the turn out (of teams), but thats something I will deal with later.

Minister responsible for sport, the Honourable Myron V. Walwyn had made mention that the Federation body needs to be strong and whilst he was alluding to how fast the sport was growing, commented, Basketball is fast becoming the most popular sport in the Territory and the Federation needs to be strong, but his words were more than an appropriate if the BVIBF is going to maintain discipline and respect within the league structure.

Mrs Melrona Telemaque spoke on behalf of Patrick O. Harrigan, Ag. Director of the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports and pledged the departments continued support for the growth and development of Basketball in the Territory. She also made mention that that this sport could not have survived and succeeded over the years without the continuous commitment of players and patrons who, with great passion, have helped to develop basketball as one of the most supported sporting events in the Territory. With the help of Godly principles many young men and women alike have benefited from the amazing coaching and sportsmanship that has been fostered in this league.

The Minister, during his remarks, also re iterated the comments made earlier by Mrs Telemaque on behalf of the DYAS, encouraging the teams to play fair. I would like to encourage everyone to exercise good sportsmanship and to try their best as I declare the 2013 Basketball Season officially open.

On behalf of the main Sponsor, Lime, Mrketing Manager Janette Brin felt that the sport has a lot of potential to help the youths, in particular, fill their dreams. Its a great, happening sport and we are happy to be back on board, she noted, We have a lot of great young athletes, girls and boys, playing the sport and Lime feels that they have a lot of potential, so its an honour for us to help them go after their dreams.

The first game of the elongated night saw the female ballers put on an exhibition match and gave witness to the crowd that they have talent and the ability to play thrilling basketball.

Joi Ann Thomas, who earlier had given a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, scored the first 6 points of the night, which, with the addition of 2 from Sheldeen Joseph, had given the Greens an early 8-5 lead over the Yellows. Bianca Brewley had scored 3 for the opposing team.

Thomas splashed a 3 pointer to make it 12-7 later in the first quarter, but a Joy Victor steal and pass to Brewley reduced the deficit to just 3 at 14-11. Dominique Wattley then netted a 3 to give the Yellows the lead for the first time at 16-14.

Joseph did her best to get the Greens back ahead during the 2nd quarter, including one missed shot that she made, and then recovered before shooting again and drawing a foul. She hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 18-15 to the yellows. Thomas also kept the pressure up with another 2, but the Yellows survived the onslaught to lead 22-21 at the half.

The third quarter was mostly about the drives of Joseph drawing fouls and the break aways from Victor, with Shauliqua Fahie adding to the mix. The topsy turvy nature of the period ending at 33-30 to the Yellows on the back of two late free throws from Victor.

Into the 4th and a couple of minutes of defensive stalemate was broken by Brewley who increased the yellows lead to 5 points from under the basket. With the clock winding down, Kelienne Smith made a steal and pass to Fahie, but her surging run was pulled up for travelling. Joseph made a couple of free throws to make it 35-32. Smith, Fahie, Thomas and Joseph all saw long shots hit the rim or go wide. With 39 seconds to go, Smith missed another attempted score leveler and into the last 10 seconds the Yellows were able to hold on to the ball and secure the win.

Joseph ended with 15 points for the Greens and Wattley 12 for the yellows who won 35-32.

In the league proper, the Young Starz were led to an 83-72 win over And One by 18 point efforts from both Jmoi Dore and Stephan Caul. The latter also added 12 rebounds to hit the seasons first double double and picked up 5 blocks and 3 steals to complete his night.

Aldric Thomas scored 16 point for the Starz, whilst Albert Hatchett notched 16 points for And One along with 7 rebounds. Nathan Rodney and Akeem Nibbs both scored 15 with the former adding 9 rebounds and the latter 6 assists.

The final game on the opening day saw business as usual for the defending Champions, the Legs, who despite being without Jasin Edwin and Kennedy Bass, had just enough power to hold off the Kings 61-55.

Each quarter had been evenly matched with neither team able to grab an advantage until the Legs showed why they are Champions with a dominant last quarter to wrestle the game away from the Kings.

Khalid Jerrard top scored for Legs with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Dion Blyden scored 14 and Trevor Stephen added 7 whilst the Kings were led by Ray Victors 17 point and 15 rebound effort. Kameron Young scored 11 points with 8 rebounds and Cedric King 10 points with 14 rebounds.



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  BULGARIA   


Basketball United launches a crowdfunding for crowdmanagement campaign - by Eurobasket Center

www.Basketball-United.com will establish the first in the world basketball team, which will be crowdmanaged online by basketball people from around the world.
The start-up has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the intention to raise $85,000 in the next 40 days. If their campaign is successful, they will receive additional funding from a private investor, which will ensure the budget of the basketball team for its first season. You can check it out here:
http://www.thrillpledge.com/projects/crowdsource-and-manage-a-pro-basketball-team
We are receiving positive feedback from all over the world. Basketball fans are very intelligent and knowledgeable of the game, and they have expressed their interest and support in our innovative team, states Valentin Mitov who is one of the co-founders and also the CEO. Now, we are launching this crowdfunding campaign, and we hope that the basketball community will support us. In return, we have managed to provide very cool and valuable rewards for them.
Basketball United has already managed to attract corporate partners, such as http://s2h.com and http://itsmyplay.com and is in the process of negotiating with other interested parties.

About Basketball United
Basketball United is a project of Bulgarian start-up company Reality Sport Ltd. The companys main goal is to disrupt the professional sports- entertainment industry by allowing sports fans to become sports directors (FanManagers).
http://Basketball-United.com will provide the FanManagers with voting platform, full statistics, videos of practices and games, and interviews with players and coaches. Everyone who loves the sport of basketball and has an internet connection may register, vote, manage and support this unique professional basketball team, regardless of his or her nationality.
In addition, all FanManagers of the team will be able to compete against each other in the first in the world Reality basketball manager game. The FanManagers with the highest ranking will be recognized each month of the basketball season and will be awarded cash prizes. Fantasy sports games are already very popular, but we believe that a REALITY sports game will take the sports-entertainment and gaming industries to another level, says Mr. Mitov. We believe that our innovative team management model will be not only more fan-friendly, but also more successful, and will soon be adopted by other sports teams around the world.

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Alex Sandov
PR Manager
Reality Sport Ltd.
45 Veslets str.
Sofia 1202
Bulgaria
Tel: 00359887726388
e-mail: pr@basketball-united.com



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

DPB Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Bambuqueros 14-6 
 2. Bucaros 12-8 
 3. Piratas 12-8 
 4. Once Caldas 10-10 
 5. Academia 6-14 
 6. Aguilas 6-14 
Places 7-8
 1. Caribbean Heat 10-18 
 2. Halcones 6-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 20

May. 21: Aguilas - Bambuqueros 98-82
May. 21: Academia - Bucaros 104-70
May. 21: Piratas - Once Caldas 104-101

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 27: Piratas - Bucaros
May. 28: Once Caldas - Bambuqueros


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Thomas, Piratas22.9 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.2 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.2 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Northern, Rafael B.18.6 
 7. Crawford, Academia18.4 
 8. Brooks, Bucaros18.3 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros18.3 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros13.1 
 2. Crawford, Academia11.4 
 3. Northern, Rafael B.10.9 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Piratas10.9 
 5. Smith, Aguilas9.5 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 7. Blue, Academia8.3 
 8. Newsome, Bambuque.7.5 
 9. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 10. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Moreno, Piratas5.6 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas5.5 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.3 
 4. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.4 
 6. Bacci, Aguilas3.9 
 7. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.5 
 9. Jordan, Once Cald.3.2 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.0 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.7 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 5. Jordan, Once Cald.1.5 
 6. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 7. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 8. Bacci, Aguilas1.3 
 9. Mendez, Piratas1.3 
 10. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Rafael B.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Rafael B.2.2 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.9 
 3. Newsome, Bambuque.0.8 
 4. Farley, Academia0.8 
 5. Blue, Academia0.6 
 6. Smith, Aguilas0.5 
 7. Cuero, Aguilas0.5 
 8. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.5 
 9. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 
 10. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 20 - SECOND PHASE RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Piratas and Manizales OC needed extra time to decide the game winner ; Edgar Moreno (190-G-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: UTEP) made a three pointer with less than 20 seconds in the clock that meant the victory for the black team.
Piratas de Bogota 104- L. Mendez 32 pts, J. Fanhbulleh 24 pts + 13 rebs.
Manizales OC 101- J. Garris 29 pts, P. Cubillan 20 pts

Academia playing with his local players says goodbye to his fans defeating Bukaros, the yellow team playing very relaxed tking care of his players thinking on the upcoming playoffs.
Academia de la Montana 104- N. Aragon 26 pts + 10 rebs, M. Catao 20 pts + 11 rebs.
Bukaros Freskaleche 70- J. Hernandez 16 pts, F. Asprilla 10 pts + 10 rebs.




PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION - SEMIFINAL PLAYOFFS - by Victor Garcia

No surprises, Bambuqueros Utrahuilca, Bukaros Freskaleche, Piratas de Bogota and Manizales OC were the best teams in the first edition of the Professional Basketball Division and arrived to the semifinals in the following order.

1- Bambuqueros Utrahuilca
2- Bukaros Freskaleche
3- Piratas de Bogota
4- Manizales OC

The facing in the playoffs are the following:

1- Bambuqueros Utrahuilca vs 4- Manizales OC
2- Bukaros Freskaleche vs 3- Piratas de Bogota

The semifinals playoffs will start on Monday May 27 at Bogot and Manizales, game 1 of the Bukaros vs Piratas will be TV broadcasted by Directv and game 2 of the Bambuqueros vs Manizales OC will be broadcasted also.



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Ross, Jolly20.6 
 2. Budimir, Osjecki18.4 
 3. Batina, Djuro D.15.9 
 4. Saric, Cibona15.3 
 5. Radic, Kvarner 201014.8 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci14.5 
 7. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 8. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.4 
 9. Brnas, Djuro D.14.3 
 10. Skific, Kvarner14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josip SOBIN
  KK Split
  (203-G/F-89)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Sobin, KK Split8.9 
 2. Trepalovac, Darda8.8 
 3. Saric, Cibona8.3 
 4. Bilan, Cedevita7.4 
 5. Mrva, Jolly7.3 
 6. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 7. Jakolis, Dubrovnik7.0 
 8. Sarlija, Djuro D.6.6 
 9. Travis, Zadar6.3 
 10. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Cibona
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Blassingame, Cibona5.3 
 2. Krivec, Kvarner5.1 
 3. Car, KK Zagreb4.0 
 4. Tomeljak, Osjecki3.9 
 5. Glavinic, Sloboda3.8 
 6. Ross, Jolly3.6 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci3.6 
 8. Panduric, Darda3.4 
 9. Katic, KK Split3.4 
 10. Pesut, Zabok3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ross, Jolly2.8 
 2. Saric, Cibona2.1 
 3. Strawberry, Cibona2.1 
 4. Katic, KK Split1.9 
 5. Car, KK Zagreb1.8 
 6. Ramljak, Zadar1.6 
 7. Budimir, Osjecki1.6 
 8. Bicvic, Darda1.5 
 9. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.4 
 10. Travis, Zadar1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.9 
 2. Bilan, Cedevita1.1 
 3. Saric, Cibona1.0 
 4. Bubalo, Jolly1.0 
 5. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 6. Nurkic, Zadar0.9 
 7. Trepalovac, Darda0.8 
 8. Djerman, Zabok0.7 
 9. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 10. Hrncic, Darda0.7 


A1 Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Cibona become the first finalists - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - Zadar 91-61

Cedevita cruised past Zadar to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The decisive third game is scheduled for Sunday. The game without a history. Cedevita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Cedevita outrebounded KK Zadar 41-22 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Miro Bilan (215-89) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Marko Tomas (201-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Barisa Krasic (203-78) produced 10 points and American point guard Dwight Thorne (190-88, college: Colorado) added 9 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Zadar: B.Krasic 10+4reb, J.Nurkic 10, D.Thorne 9+1reb+2ast, J.Brkic 8+2reb, I.Ivanov 7+1reb+1ast, F.Kastropil 6+1reb
Cedevita: M.Tomas 20+4reb+2ast, M.Bilan 18+9reb, G.Suton 11+11reb+3ast, L.Andric 10+2reb, D.Kitchen 8+3reb+1ast, P.Suput 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 241171


Jolly - Cibona 67-73

Cibona stole a road win over Jolly to advance into A1 Finals. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jolly won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cibona made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. International power forward Dario Saric (208-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Forward Mate Mrva (195-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 16 points in the effort for Jolly. Four Jolly players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Jolly: R.Ross 16+4reb+1ast, M.Mrva 15+11reb+4ast, J.Naletilic 11+4reb+2ast, D.Bubalo 10+4reb+1ast, L.Katura 6+7reb+4ast, D.Vrsaljko 4
Cibona: D.Strawberry 14+2reb+2ast, A.Zizic 11+3reb+1ast, D.Saric 11+7reb+4ast, J.Blassingame 9+3reb+5ast, S.Nicevic 8+3reb+1ast, D.Kus 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 241170



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Division B standings

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Bakken Bears keep Chris Christoffersen - by Eurobasket News

The newly crowned Ligaen champions Bakken Bears have ensured the services of Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon) for one more season. The centre will enter his seventh straight season with the Bears. Last season Chris Christoffersen averaged 10.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 assists per game in Ligaen. He earned All-Danish Ligaen Honourable Mention. Chris Christoffersen previously played in Italy, NBDL, Finland and Sweden. He was named All-Danish Ligaen Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. He made it onto All-Domestic Players Team in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013. Chris Christoffersen was the member of the Danish National Team in 2004-2011 seasons.


Danish U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Mathias Kelly
Kelly
Jakob Ravn
Ravn
Rasmus Hansen
Hansen
Simon Neidhardt
Neidhardt
Mathias Christensen
Christensen
#e#5
4Mathias Christensen 197-F-95 Naestved Denmark
5Kristoffer Arvedsen 178-PG-95 Horsholm Denmark
6Mathias Kelly 189-G-96 Svendborg Denmark
7Jacob Nielsen 200-PF-95 Aarhus BF Denmark
8Jakob Ravn 193-G-96 Aarhus BF Denmark
9Karl Baare 178-PG-95 Aarhus BC Denmark
10Mads Hansen 194-G-96
11Rasmus Hansen 203-PF-95 Horsholm Denmark
12Simon Neidhardt 193-G/F-95 Aarhus BF Denmark
13Sebastian Petersen 185-G-95 Aarhus BF Denmark
14Johannes Nielsen 203-PF-96
15Tobias Reinholt 208-C-95 Horsens IC Denmark
17Tobias Christensen 193-G/F-95 Vaerlose Denmark

Bogdan Karaicic Head Coach Horsholm Denmark
Karolis Marcinkevicius Assistant
Mads Andersen Assistant



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Bameso clinch top position in Group A of District Nacional - by Eurobasket News

Bameso claimed the fifth win in the District Nacional tournament. They fired past San Lazaro 89:75 to secure the top position in Group A. San Lazaro fell at 3-4 record after the loss. Werner Diaz stepped up with 18 points and 13 boards to pace Bameso. Juan Suero chipped in 15 points for the winners. Bameso led by just a single point 36:35 at halftime. However they used a 26:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Melvin Richardson (206-F-85, college: S.Florida) netted 15 poins for the winning side. Antabia Waller (188-G-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Auburn) responded with 15 points for San Lazaro. Eloy Vargas (210-F-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky) had 14 points and 14 boards in the loss.


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Dem.Rep. of Congo National Team 2013 - by Simas

#s#
#e#1
Mbowa Kalengayi80
Maxi MunangaMolokai Kinshasa DR Congo
Johnny Buzangu88Mazembe Katanga DR Congo
Evariste TshonganyaC
Christian NiamazomiC
Mohamed Ntumba200-C-85Albury Wodonga Bandits Australia
Ngongo Prince AsaniF/C-81Mazembe Katanga DR Congo
Dunugo Bayombo83Kauka Kinshasa DR Congo
Arsene Mutomb
Patrick Mupanda Buzangu85Mazembe Katanga DR Congo
Mabilama SamunaG/F-78B.C.Onatra Kinshasa DR Congo
Junior Botendju

Papy Kiembe Head Coach

Mbuyi Kolela Coach



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Standings - Liga Superior

D1 Standings
 1. San Marcos 13-0 
 2. UTEC 11-2 
 3. Denver 8-5 
 4. Roll Royce 7-6 
 5. Leones 6-7 
 6. Chaleco 4-9 
 7. And1 San Miguel 2-11 
 8. Delgadense 1-12 


Copa Alba last round - by Jaime Arevalo

In the last round of Torneo Apertura - Copa Alba, Denver defeated on the road AND1 San Miguel, 59-55, keeping the third place in the table. Douglas Baires (180-G) was tthe game top performer at 21 pts, Ernesto Lahud (176-PG-84) added 8, at the home team side Edgar Ramirez (191-F) scored 16 pts and Gerson Lanza (G) 13
In the second game of the day, Leones defeated Chaleco, 76-68, with Hugo Salazar (189-F-81) leading the way at 28 puntos, Arturo Escamilla (185-F-77) adding 17 and Isaac Figueroa (191-F) adding 13. With 20 points, Eduardo Recinos (192-F) was the best at the losing side, and Rene Palma added 16.
The game between Roll Royce and UTEP ended before the regulation, due to a retirement from the court of all the Roll Royce players, when the score was 73-54 for UTEC. It hall happened during the fourth quarter, at 8:21 from the end of the game. A brawl between Kevin Mejia and Julio Mancia (202-C-80) started various discussions and disputes betweeen referees, players and coaches of both teams. At the end, disagreeing with referees decisions, Roll Royce coach Carlos Lopez decided to retire his team.
Three days before, in the first game of the same round, San Marcos had easily prevailed over Delgadense, 105-57, keeping the top of the table undefeated.
At only one round to end the second phase, the updated standings are as follows:

1. SAN MARCOS 13-0
2. UTEC 11-2
3. DENVER 8-5
4. LEONES 6-7
5. ROLL ROYCE 7-6
6. CHALECO 4-9
7. AND 1/ SM 2-11
8. DELGADENSE 1-12



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Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball.

Robert Holcomb Faye
Robert Holcomb Faye
   #1. Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford, currently plays in Holland), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie could not help Leeuwarden (20-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Leeuwarden was edged 74-73 on the road by the second-ranked Leiden. Holcomb Faye was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 34 minutes. Holcomb Faye is currently first on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 7.2apg and 1.9spg in the 46 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2008 Holcomb Faye went to the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Brussels.

Akeem Wright
Akeem Wright
   #2. Akeem Wright (200-SF-84, college: Kansas St., currently plays in New Zealand) led Otago OceanaGold Nuggets to a victory over the seventh-ranked Taranaki MA (2-6) 110-93 in the New Zealand NBL last Saturday. Wright was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 10 rebounds. Wright also added 7 assists, 3 blocks and 5 steals. Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (7-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. Wright belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #2. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Wright averages: 22.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.9apg and 2.4spg. Worth to mention Wright played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Four years ago he took part in the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Kiev.

Emmanuel Little
Emmanuel Little
   #3. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA could not help Rayos de Hermosillo (22-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Rayos de Hermosillo was edged 78-76 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Little had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 32 minutes. Little has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 3.0apg in the 26 games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five years ago Little played at the ESL camp in Chicago playing for London.

Agnis Cavars
Agnis Cavars
   #4. Agnis Cavars (196-F-86, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to Valmiera's victory against the closely-ranked Barons kvartals (21-13) 72-65 in the Latvian LBL in Wednesday night's game. He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Valmiera (22-12) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Cavars is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders. His overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 7.6rpg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2011 Cavars attended the ESL camp in Cologne, Germany playing for Team Belgrade.

Bilal Benn
Bilal Benn
   #5. Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86, college: Niagara, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in an Ironi Nes-Ziona's victory against the closely-ranked Hod Hasharon (18-8) 125-119 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 12 rebounds. Benn also added 3 assists and 4 steals in 58 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Ironi Nes-Ziona (22-4) is placed first in the National League. Benn is ranked third on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.7spg. This year he also averages: 18.2ppg, 9.2rpg and 4.1apg in the 35 games he played so far. Benn played in 2010at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas for Team Zurich.

Jermaine Barnes
Jermaine Barnes
   #6. Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, college: Point, GA, currently plays in UBA) led GIE Maile Matrix to a victory over the Georgia Spartans (12-9) 94-86 in the UBA on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Barnes recorded 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The GIE Maile Matrix has a solid 14-7 record this season. His team will play only one more game in the UBA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Barnes is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Barnes averages: 27.9ppg, 7.6rpg, 7.0apg and 2.2spg. Barnes attended two years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Houston.

Phillippe Harris
Phillippe Harris
   #7. Phillippe Harris (180-G-85, agency: Athlete Management Group, college: Fayetteville St., currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA could not help Pioneros Los Mochis (9-16) in their last game. Despite Harris' very good performance Pioneros Los Mochis lost 83-95 on the road to the second-ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas. He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Harris also added 7 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 26 minutes. This year Harris has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg in the six games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also for Team Munich at the ESL in Salt Lake City in 2008.

Sammy Monroe
Sammy Monroe
   #8. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA could not help Mineros de Cananea (11-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Monroe's very good performance Mineros de Cananea was badly defeated 105-88 on the road by the leading Rayos de Hermosillo. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Monroe also added 5 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 2 blocks. Monroe is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Monroe averages: 24.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1bpg and 1.5spg. He played three years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Geneva.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #9. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Venezuela), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB could not help one of league's weakest teams Guaiqueries (19-32) in their last game. Despite Scott's very good performance Guaiqueries was badly defeated 105-87 on the road by the higher-ranked (#7) Trotamundos. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Scott also added made 4 passes and 4 steals in 25 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Scott has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.4apg and 3.6spg in the five games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. He attended in 2011 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

Dwight Thorne
Dwight Thorne
   #10. Dwight Thorne (190-PG-88, college: Colorado, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a 1-point KK Zadar's victory against the fourth-ranked Jolly (7-7) 77-76 in the Croatian A1 in Tuesday night's game. He scored 8 points. KK Zadar (11-3) is placed third in Places 1-8 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Thorne's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.4apg. Worth to mention Thorne played also for Team Kiev at the ESL in Las Vegas last year.



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Sasa Obradovic stays in ALBA Berlin - by Zoran Popovic

According to official information published on ALBA Berlin web site and in Serbian Sports news, Serbian coach Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ) will stays one more season in German team. This season ALBA Berlin in Germany championship made score of 20 wins and 14 lost games. Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ) came in ALBA Berlin in season 2012-2013. and before ALBA was head coach of RheinEnergie Kln, BC Kyiv, PGE Turow Zgorzelec and BC Donetsk . As a player Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ) was member of Yugoslavian National team from 1993 until 2002.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Jasmin Repesa will guide Croatia at Eurobasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Jasmin Repesa will guide Croatia at Eurobasket 2013. The Coach made the decision after Unicaja Malaga did not prolong the contract with him for another season.
Yesterday we announced that Jasmin Repesa was not going to stay with Unicaja Malaga reportedly. The Spanish media reports that the team decided to part ways with the coach after his failure to lead Unicaja into the ACB playoffs. Unicaja finished the regular season in the ninth position at 18-16 record. The Malaga team also failed to make it into EuroLeague playoffs occupying the fifth position in the second stage Group E. Jasmin Repesa took over Unicaja at the start of the season. He signed 1+1 contract then. Last season the Croatian specialist worked with KK Cibona. He led the team to the A1 title. Eurobasket.com named Jasmin Repesa All-Croatian A1 League Coach of the Year. Repesa used to work in Croatia, Turkey, Poland and Italy before. He also guided the Croatian and Polish National Teams.
Repesa, expects all eligible players to be available for selection on the Croatia squad that will travel to EuroBasket.



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M-Standings - Group A

Standings
Group A
1. Belgium0-0
2. Spain0-0
3. Greece0-0
4. Russia0-0
Group B
1. Germany0-0
2. Lithuania0-0
3. Sweden0-0
4. Turkey0-0
Group C
1. France0-0
2. Montenegro0-0
3. Poland0-0
4. Serbia0-0
Group D
1. Italy0-0
2. Latvia0-0
3. Holland0-0
4. Ukraine0-0



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Standings Division A

Standings
Group A
1. France0-0
2. Lithuania0-0
3. Slovenia0-0
4. Serbia0-0
Group B
1. Bosnia0-0
2. Czech Rep.0-0
3. Greece0-0
4. Russia0-0
Group C
1. Bulgaria0-0
2. Spain0-0
3. Italy0-0
4. Latvia0-0
Group D
1. Croatia0-0
2. U.Kingdom0-0
3. Turkey0-0
4. Ukraine0-0



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Georgia0-0
2. Germany0-0
3. Lithuania0-0
4. Serbia0-0
Group B
1. Croatia0-0
2. Montenegro0-0
3. Turkey0-0
4. Ukraine0-0
Group C
1. Spain0-0
2. Israel0-0
3. Latvia0-0
4. Russia0-0
Group D
1. Estonia0-0
2. France0-0
3. Italy0-0
4. Slovenia0-0


Tallinn prepares for Division A scheduled for July 9-21 - by Eurobasket News

Tallinn prepares for Division A scheduled for July 9-21. The Estonian city will host 20 teams of the continent.
Lithuania will go to Estonia to defend their title. Last year they became new U20 European champions. They survived a thriller against France 50:49 in the title clash tonight to celebrate the first title since 1996. Egidijus Mockevicius (208-C-92) scored 11 points to lead the Baltic team.
Croatia shock the Czechs to win the title in Division B at the U20 European Championship. The Croatian side won the Final 88:80 and clinched the top place in Division B. Both teams will head to the top Division this year.

Here are the groups:
Group A:
Germany, Georgia, Serbia, Lithuania, Greece
Group B: Sweden, Ukraine, Croatia, Turkey, Montenegro
Group C: Bulgaria, Latvia, Russia, Spain, Israel
Group D: Czech Republic, Slovenia, France, Italy, Estonia



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: It's the transfer time - by Rauno Hurmalainen

It's again the transfer time. Teams are needing certain kind of players and some players are changing the scenery. American-Finnish Clifton Jones (201-F-78, college: Oregon St.) will stay in Lappeenranta however. Jones will start his second season on YMCA Lappeenranta roster and his 14th season in Finland. Jones came to Finland in the year 2000 and started his career here on Kataja (Joensuu) roster. Last season Jones averaged 5,9 ppg - 6,1 rpg in 32 contests and 27:09 mpg. YMCA LPR has signed a 1+1 year contract also with F Atte Perttu (202-C-90), who averaged 2,8 ppg - 1,6 rpg on Kouvot (Kouvola) roster in 34 games and 13:06 mpg.
UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) will loose two players. F Petri Heinonen (207-PF-88) will return back "home" to Tampere after spending 1,5 seasons in Espoo (Honka) and 4,5 season in Uusikaupunki (Korihait). Passed season Heinonen averaged 9,9 ppg (1 - 38,9%, 2 - 58,8%, 3 - 36,4%) - 7,0 rpg in eight games and 25:52 mpg. G Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) will return back to Espoo (Honka) after one season on Korihait roster. Kopio averaged 9,5 ppg (1 - 62,2%, 2 - 38,1%, 3 - 31,0%) - 2,0 rpg - 2,2 apg in 44 games and 28:33 mpg.



Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Finns who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Khimky to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked VEF Riga (11-7) crushing them 104-82 in the VTB United League in Friday night's game. Koponen scored 12 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 25 minutes on the court. BC Khimky Moscow Region (14-4) is placed first in group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Koponen's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(28-49), 3FGP: 55.8%(29-52) and FT: 93.8%(15-16) in the 19 games he played so far. Koponen is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League. He could not help Un.Olimpija (7-3) in their last game on Monday. Despite Salin's good performance the second-placed Un.Olimpija was defeated 71-61 on the road by the leading Krka in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Salin also added 4 rebounds. Salin's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 41.0%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Montenegro). Lee was the major contributor in Buducnost's victory against the second-ranked Sutjeska (6-4) 77-62 in the Montenegrin 1A on Tuesday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group S-League. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (7-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Lee has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 76.9%(70-91) and FT: 58.7% in the 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Lee is also a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #4. An experienced point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasu Salin. But that was another game of his team in Slovenian Telemach League which we would like to mention. Rannikko was not able to help Un.Olimpija (7-3) in their game against Krka (9-1). He scored 7 points. Un.Olimpija (#2) was edged 79-77 at home by the leading Krka in the Places 1-6 group. Rannikko's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 2.0apg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #5. Former U16 international power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasu Salin and both played together in the last Slovenian Telemach League game. Sulejmanovic was not able to secure a victory for Un.Olimpija (7-3) in their game against Krka (9-1). He did not have that impressive stats last Monday. Sulejmanovic recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Un.Olimpija (#2) lost 61-71 in Novo Mesto to the leading Krka in the Places 1-6 group. This year Sulejmanovic's overall stats are: 2.2ppg and 2.2rpg in the 11 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finnish. Sulejmanovic used to play for the Finnish U16 national team two years ago.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81) plays for Vanoli Cremona in Italian SerieA
Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) plays for Solna Vikings in Swedish Basketligan
Shawn Huff (198-SF-84) plays for Upea CdO in Italian Lega2
Joonatan Torbica (180-G-98) plays for TV 1862 Langen in German ProB
Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) plays for Prat Juventud in Spanish LEB Silver
Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82) plays for Blois in French NM1
Iikka Maki (191-SF-94) plays for Sant Nicolau in Spanish EBA
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEL in Cypriot Division A
Kristjan Rinaldo (192-G/F-91) plays for TTU SK in Estonian 1.Liiga



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Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.0 
 3. King, Selcuk Univ.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.4 
 5. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.9 
 6. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 7. Williams, Paris-.15.7 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy15.6 
 9. Schilb, Chalon15.4 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.7 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.5 
 5. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg7.0 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 8. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy6.9 
 10. Ajinca, Strasbourg6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Selcuk Univ.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. King, Selcuk Univ.7.4 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Schilb, Chalon5.2 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.8 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg4.8 
 7. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.7 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.5 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.3 
 10. Amagou, Roanne4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.2 
 2. Washington, Le Ma.2.0 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 4. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 5. Greene, Orleans1.7 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 7. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 8. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 9. Eldridge, s.Oliv.1.6 
 10. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.6 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 4. Sy, AS.1.2 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.1 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 
 9. Fall, Poitiers0.8 
 10. Plaisted, Limoges0.8 


Tony Parker's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of French who are currently playing abroad.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Golden State Warriors (47-35) 109-91 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and making 10 passes in 34 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 58-24 record this season. It's Parker's 12th year with the team. Parker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.6apg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 83.3% in the 78 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Joffrey Lauvergne
Joffrey Lauvergne
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia). He was the main contributor in Partizan's victory against the seventh-ranked Sloboda (3-10) crushing them 102-54 in the Serbian A League last Wednesday. Lauvergne was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (11-2) is placed first in Superliga group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Lauvergne is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 2FGP: 68.5%(50-73), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 63.0%. Lauvergne played for the French U20 national team in 2011.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Caja Laboral (25-9) in their last game. Despite Causeur's good performance Caja Laboral lost 94-99 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#10) CB Canarias. He recorded 11 points and added 3 passes in 27 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Causeur's first season with the team. This year Causeur's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 58.5%(83-142), 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 77.0% in the 32 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Yakhouba Diawara
Yakhouba Diawara
   #4. Forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Umana Venezia (16-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Diawara's very good performance Umana Venezia was defeated 84-75 in Varese by the leading Cimberio. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Diawara also added 4 steals. Diawara has relatively good stats this season: 13.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. He is also French national team player.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #5. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker and both played together in the last NBA game. Diaw contributed to an easy victory against the Golden State Warriors (47-35) 109-91. He scored 8 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes. This year Diaw's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.3apg in the 83 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #6. Forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an overtime PGE Turow's victory against the fifth-ranked Anwil (18-14) 77-75 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night. Cel recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (23-9) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Cel has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the French team six years ago.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #7. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fabien Causeur and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Heurtel was not able to secure a victory for Caja Laboral (25-9) in their game against CB Canarias (17-17). He recorded 8 points in 23 minutes. Caja Laboral lost 94-99 in Tenerife to the much lower-ranked (#10) CB Canarias. Heurtel has averaged so far 5.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.4apg in the 34 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team four years ago.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #8. Power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88, agency: Fusion Sports, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gescrap BB (19-15) in their game against Blusens Monbus (18-16) in the Spanish ACB. Moerman recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Gescrap BB lost 73-79 in Santoago de Comp to the lower-ranked (#8) Blusens Monbus. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Moerman has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 3.7rpg in the 31 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2010.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #9. Former international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Chicago Bulls (45-37) in their game against the Miami Heat (66-16) in the NBA. Noah cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 42 minutes. The Chicago Bulls were edged 94-91 in Miami by the Heat. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Bulls' roster. Noah is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 10.9rpg. This year he also averages: 11.7ppg, 3.7apg, 2.1bpg and 1.1spg in the 78 games. Noah is a naturalized American. He used to play for the French national team two years ago. Strangely Noah has never played in France.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #10. Guard Leo Westermann (198-92, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joffrey Lauvergne. But that was another game of his team in Serbian A League which we would like to mention. Westermann contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Metalac (3-10) crushing them 88-62. He scored 6 points and had 4 steals. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (11-2) is placed first in Superliga group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Westermann is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. He has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.1apg. Westermann is U20 international player who is currently on the French National Team roster.

   #11. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Indiana Pacers in their game against the New York Knicks in the NBA. He scored 5 points in 17 minutes. His team lost 75-85 in the NBA. Mahinmi has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 3.7rpg in the 91 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #12. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Valencia Basket in a victory against the league outsider Assignia Manresa crushing them 90-59 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded only 4 points in 10 minutes. Pietrus has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 3.0rpg in the 26 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. Former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes in their game against FIATC Joventut in the Spanish ACB. Kirksay recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. His team was crushed by 37 points 112-75. Kirksay is currently second on the league's list of most steals. He has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.7spg. Kirksay is a naturalized American. He used to play for the French national team five years ago. Kirksay played also for Mulhouse in French league.

The list of other players, who all have French passport but never been selected to any of French national teams:

   #1. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Hapoel Jerusalem (13-14) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Kadir's very good performance the fifth-placed Hapoel Jerusalem was crushed 92-69 on the road by the higher-ranked GreenTops Netanya (#4) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Kadir also added 5 rebounds. Kadir has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #2. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League was not able to help Hapoel Eilat (17-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Nissim's good performance the second-placed Hapoel Eilat was defeated 79-70 in Rishon Le-Zion by the lower-ranked Maccabi Rishon (#6) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Nissim also added 5 assists and 4 steals. Nissim has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #3. Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in Philippines) led Alaska Aces to a victory against the seventh-ranked Barangay Ginebra (7-7) 104-90 in the Filipino PBA last Friday. Dozier recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 20 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 3 blocks. Alaska Aces (11-3) are placed first in Commissioner's Cup group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Dozier is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Dozier averages: 20.1ppg, 17.3rpg, 2.2apg and 2.8bpg.

   #4. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) was not able to secure a victory for Al Moutahed (23-9) in their game against Byblos (14-17) in the Lebanese Division A. He recorded 8 points and blocked 2 shots in only 14 minutes. Al Moutahed lost 92-96 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#6) Byblos. Samaha has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 4.4rpg in the 36 games he played so far. He has both French and Lebanese nationalities.

   #5. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their game against CAI Zaragoza (21-13) in the Spanish ACB. Tillie recorded 8 points. his team was crushed 108-74 in Zaragoza by the lower-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#5). The Regular Season already ended. Tillie has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg and 4.3rpg. He also holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #6. Mikael Maruotto (203-F/G-91, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Lions de Geneve in a victory against the closely-ranked Lugano Tigers 80-74 in the Swiss LNA in Tuesday night's game. Maruotto scored only 2 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 16 minutes. Maruotto has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg in the 34 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Swiss.

   #7. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Palencia Baloncesto in their game against Meridiano Alicante in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Ott scored only 4 points. His team was defeated 81-76. Ott has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Ott has never played in France.



Tony Parker posts 18 assists in Spurs' 93-89 overtime win - by Eurobasket News

Year after year, Tony Parker (188-PG-82) goes about his business, producing remarkable games for the San Antonio Spurs with little to no fanfare. He's the only top-five point guard who can be considered underrated, a fact that could have something to do with playing for a small-market team or the workman-like approach of the Spurs.

Either way, he deserves more credit than he receives. His performance in San Antonio's 93-89 overtime defeat of the Memphis Grizzlies was another example of exactly why Parker should be held in higher regard. Parker had 18 assists, all of which can be seen in a nice highlight reel.

He didn't shoot the ball particularly well, at 6-of-20 from the field, but that's not necessarily what he does. Parker doesn't wow you as a scorer, because most of his points come on floaters and mid-range jumpers. What he did was find teammates in scoring position all night.

All things considered, his stat line of 15 points, 18 assists and five rebounds are as impressive a performance as any Spur has had this postseason. Don't take my word for it, look at all 18 dishes in the video below. The bounce pass at the 1:43 is especially pretty.
Courtesy of: http://www.sportingnews.com



Angers Etoile d'Or St-Leonard lands Ahmed Fellah - by Eurobasket News

Angers Etoile d'Or St-Leonard (NM2) tabbed 32-year old naturalized Algerian point guard Ahmed Fellah (180-81). He started the season at Angers BC 49 (NM1). In 26 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.1apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Fellah played also at Angers BC 49 (NM1). In 24 games he had 4.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements he won French NM1 championship title in 2011. Fellah was selected to French ProA All-Star Game back in 2007. He represented France at the Pan Arab Games eight years ago.
Fellah has played previously for six other France teams: Cholet, Besancon, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, JSF Nanterre and Entente Orleans 45.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GEORGIA   


Viktor Sanikidze selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Georgians who are currently playing abroad.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Italy). He led Montepaschi Siena to a victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (19-11) 90-80 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game. Sanikidze recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. Montepaschi Siena (18-12) is placed fifth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Sanikidze averages: 6.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 58.9%(63-107), 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 66.7% in the 36 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain). He led FIATC Joventut to a victory over the closely-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (15-19) crushing them 112-75 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Fisher was MVP of the game. He recorded 26 points (!!!) and added 9 passes in 22 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fisher's second season in pro basketball. FIATC Joventut Badalona (16-18) is placed 11th in the ACB. The Regular Season already ended. It's Fisher's first year with the team. Fisher is currently ninth on the list of top scorers with 13.8ppg. This year his other stats are: 2.1rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 36.3% and FT: 83.3% in the 32 games. Fisher is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Fisher is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. Tsintsadze could not help Budivelnyk (28-11) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance the league leader Budivelnyk was defeated 86-74 on the road by the lower-ranked Azovmash (#3). Tsintsadze was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 assists. Tsintsadze's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 32.9% and FT: 77.2%. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #4. Small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Tofas (12-18) crushing them 82-49 in the Turkish TBL on Tuesday night. He scored 9 points and had 5 steals. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (27-3) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. Markoishvili is ranked second on the list of the most steals in the league. His overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg. Markoishvili is also Georgian national team player.

The list of other players, who all have Georgian passport but never been selected to any of Georgian national teams:

   #1. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in a Stelmet ZG's victory against the leader AZS Koszalin (18-14) 89-83 in the Polish TBL last Tuesday. Hosley scored 16 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 3 shots. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Stelmet Zielona Gora (20-12) is placed third. It's Hosley's first season with the team. Hosley is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hosley averages: 15.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.6apg and 2.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.

   #2. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Karsiyaka's victory against the closely-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (24-6) 74-68 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Thomas recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (23-7) is placed fifth in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Thomas has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.3apg in the 27 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #3. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Capitanes to a victory against the closely-ranked Brujos (10-12) 92-86 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Friday night's game. He scored 16 points, had 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 29 minutes. Capitanes de Arecibo (11-11) is placed fifth in the BSN. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Diaz's first season with the team. Diaz has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg in the six games.

Other top Georgian players, who play abroad:

Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) plays for Olympiacos in Greek A1
Tornike Shengelia (203-PF-91) plays for Brooklyn Nets in the NBA
Zaza Pachulia (210-C-84) plays for Atlanta Hawks in the NBA
Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81) plays for Karsiyaka in Turkish TBL
Beka Burjanadze (203-PF-94) plays for Cajasol in Spanish ACB
Jacob Pullen (185-PG-89) plays for Oknoplast BO in Italian SerieA
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) plays for Champville in Lebanese Division A
Giga Janelidze (199-F-95) plays for Casalpusterlengo in Italian Nazionale A

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Georgian playing currently abroad. Go to Georgian Abroad Page to see completed list.



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. White, Phoenix17.2 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.2 
 3. Burrell, Bremerha.16.2 
 4. Rice, B.Muenchen15.8 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.7 
 6. Peacock, Fraport15.4 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.15.0 
 8. Brooks, Fraport SKY14.7 
 9. Taylor, Art.Dragons14.3 
 10. Redding, Walter T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.1 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets6.8 
 5. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 6. Linhart, TBB Trier6.5 
 7. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 9. Lischka, Walter T.6.3 
 10. Buckman, Art.Drag.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 2. Renfroe, Brose B.4.7 
 3. Rice, B.Muenchen4.4 
 4. Hamilton, Mayaguez4.3 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.4.3 
 6. White, Phoenix4.2 
 7. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 8. Redding, Walter T.4.1 
 9. Guenther, Ratio.3.7 
 10. Gavel, Brose Bask.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Phoenix2.0 
 2. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.8 
 4. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 6. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.3 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.6 
 2. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.4 
 4. Ford, Brose Bask.1.2 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.1 
 6. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 7. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 8. Chikoko, TBB Trier0.9 
 9. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 10. King, Art.Dragons0.9 


Sebastian Schroeder Remains With NBC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After the successful 2012-2013 Pro A season where NBC reached the playoffs and took 2013 Pro A finalist Duesseldorf Baskets to five games in the quarterfinals, the team is already looking ahead to the upcoming season. Recently the club extended the contract with head coach Martin Ides and today announced that Sebastian Schroeder (192-G-88) will remain until 2015. This will be the fifth season for the German. He is a 24 year old small forward and last season averaged 16 minutes per game averaging 5,4ppg and 2,4rpg. "He made a big step forward last season. I think he will be able to keep developing", stressed NBC head coach Martin Ides.

Source: NBC



Sasa Obradovic To Fullfil His Contract With Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After surprisingly being swept by FC Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Beko BBL playoffs, one wasnt sure how 8 time champion Alba Berlin would analyze the season and react, but the club has decided to continue to allow head coach Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ) fullfil his contract until 2014. The Serb guided Alba Berlin to a fifth place finish during the regular season with a record of 20-14, took the team to the Top16 of the Euroleague and won the Beko BBL cup. "We have taken the needed time to take the experiences and results of the last season to to analyze and reflect upon them. With Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ), we have a high qualifyed coach that totally identifys with Alba Berlin and shares our basic values, effort, passion and devotion. We will continue to work on trying to continue with success and to get farther in the playoffs than last season", sztessed Marco baldi.

Source: Alba Berlin



The Dresden Titans Tab Philipp Lieser And Georg Doelle - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Dresden Titans have announced the arrival of Germans Philipp Lieser (194-G-87, college: Cent.Washington) and Georg Doelle and have separated from Americans Jared Bensen and Jason Boucher. The team hauled in Philipp Lieser who came from MBC and last season played 6 games in the Beko BBL and also had a double license for the Aschersleben Tigers in the Regionaliga. For the Regionaliga team he played 13 games averaging 15ppg and three assists. "His stats and his defesne were reasons for us getting him. We hope to be more consistent on defesne with him", stated Titans CEO Georg Kuchler. The team also brought in Georg Doelle who had played for the Regionaliga team averaging 24ppg and nine rebounds. Americans Jared Benson and Jason Boucher wont be returning. After our expereince last season, we have decided to focus our roster on German players. We know that Jason Boucher was a fan favorite. He did much for the club and the decision was tough for us. We decided to make a cut at this position. Philipp is a young player that has had expereince in the States and will study in Dresden as well and stay for a longer period of time here", stated Goerg Kuchler.

Source: Dresden Titans





Phoenix Hagen Keep Mark Dorris And David Bell - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Phoenix Hagen fans got great news today in that the club announced that Americans Mark Dorris (188-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: Marshall) will stay until 2014 and David Bell until 2015. Phoenix Hagen has shown early that they want to keep the team in tact as they also gave American Larry Gordon a contract extension recently. Dorris who comes from Ohio played 31 games averaging 10,6ppg, 2,9rpg and 1,7apg while David Bell played 38 games averaging 15,7ppg, 2,6rpg and 2,6pg. "I am really happy about this double strike. They are both great guys that had a lot to do with our success. There was no reason to wait to resign them. They arent only liked with their good play, but also with their charachter. Signing them now also should help us to be more ready for the next season", stressed Phoenix Hagen CEO Oliver Herkelmann.

Source: Phoenix Hagen





Benito Barreras Remains With SSV lok Bernau - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Regionaliga team SSV Lok Bernau have announced that Benito Barreras (191-G-89) will remain to strap on their jersey this season. Barreras is a 23 191 cm guard that was born in Cuba, but has been living in Berlin since he was 16 years old. Last season for SSV Lok Bernau he played 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg. "He has always conquered new basketball challenges in his career so far. He showed this quality last season. I am very happy that he will continue to play for us", stresed SSV Lok Bernau head coach Rene Schilling . He started his basketball career for BG Zehlendorf and won a U16 title. He also was able to win 5 titles with DBV Charlottenburg with the U-18 and U-20. He played for ASV Moabit from 2008-2011 and in the 2011-2012 season for SSC Sudwest Berlin in the second Regonaliga Ost. THERE HE PLAYED 20 games: 15.6ppg:

Source: SSV Lok Bernau



Hamed Attarbashi Named Assitant Coach For The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven announced today that Bremerhaven head coach Calvin Oldham will be assisted on the sidelines by Hamed Attarbashi . Attarbashi isnt an unknown face for the club as he has been the coach of the Eisbaeren NBBL team nad was youth corrdinator. The club also announced that Stephan Voelkel will no longer be the asistant coach after having that duty there for four yeara under Doug Spradley. "We think that we have found a very good solution for the position of assistant coach with Attarbashi. He has done exceptional work in the last six years in the youth area and developed young players nicely with the NBBL team. He should continue this in the Bundesliga. He knows what duties he has in the Beko BBL", stressed Bremerhaven manager Jan Rathjen. Attarbashi had been second assistant coach the last three a half years with Bremerhaven. Before coming to Bremerhaven the 36 year old Iranian/German played for : BC Hamburg Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga) and was the youth coordinator for Paderborn in the 2004-2005 season. "I am excited about working together with Calvin Oldham and will take my position with verve. I am aligned with the club and city and am happy to continue to be a part of the program", added Hamed aatarbashi.

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven



Ratiopharm and Bayern Muenchen won BBL Semi-Finals openers - by Eurobasket News

Brose Bask. - B.Muenchen 85-98 (0-1)

The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Brose Bask.'s 32 and made 25-of-27 free shots (92.6 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Brose Bask. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Israeli Yotam Halperin (193-84) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Slovenian Bostjan Nachbar (207-80) answered with 22 points and American swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) added 15 points in the effort for Brose Bask.Five Bayern Muenchen and four Brose Bask. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: B.Nachbar 22+1reb, C.Jacobsen 15+4reb+1ast, S.Ford 13+4reb, M.Zirbes 10+7reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 9+4reb+5ast, J.Goldsberry 5+2reb+7ast
B.Muenchen: T.Rice 25+5reb+1ast, J.Jagla 16+1reb, Y.Halperin 15+4reb+3ast, B.Thomas 12+6reb+1ast, L.Roberts 10+9reb+1ast, C.Troutman 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 241269


EWE Baskets - Ratiopharm 84-86 (0-1)

American players dominated the game. Center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron, agency: LUMANI 10.7) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. EWE Baskets' coach Sebastian Machowski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: J.Jenkins 21+6reb+4ast, R.Paulding 18+3reb, D.Joyce 17+5reb+5ast, A.Chubb 9+5reb+1ast, R.Burrell 7+6reb+1ast, C.Kramer 6+3reb+1ast
Ratiopharm: J.Bryant 24+12reb+1ast, A.Ray 16+5reb+1ast, P.Guenther 12+5reb+4ast, D.Theis 9+7reb+2ast, S.Esterkamp 8+2reb, O.Samhan 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 241268



Interview with Vladimir Bogojevic, former Head Coach of Giessen, German NT player, 3-time Bundesliga champion and 2-time Cup winner - by Eurobasket News

Eurobasket had pleasure to talk with the well known face in German basketball Vladimir Bogojevic and we are happy to publish this exclusive interview.

Vladimir Bogojevic played for the German National Team for almost six years from 1996 to 2001, participated with them at European Championships in 1997 and 1999. In his second EC appearance he was No.1 assistant of the championship, playing together with the German NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki. In the past, Vladimir Bogojevic also played for the German youth National Teams and was one of the top prospects at that time. His pro basketball career started in 1994 in Giessen and later he spent 3 wonderful years with ALBA Berlin winning 3 German league titles and 1 Cup trophy. After ALBA Berlin, Vladimir Bogojevic played for the Serbian powerhouse Partizan Belgrade, Spanish Caja San Fernando Seville, Rhein Energy Cologne, Greek MENT, Italian Messina, Czech Prostejov and finished playing career in 2007 with Duesseldorf Magics. He won another Cup trophy in 2004 with Cologne and appeared several times at the German League All-Star Game.

Immediately after he ended playing career, Vladimir Bogojevic got an opportunity to take a role as the Head Coach at team Kaiserslautern Braves (2. Bundesliga). In his first Head Coaching job Vladimir Bogojevic managed to win the third place in 2. Bundesliga (now ProA), what was considered as big success. In 2008 the award came and his former team Giessen offered Vladimir Bogojevic Sports Director job, where he served several months, before taking over the team as Head Coach in January of 2009. The team had poor start of the season and it was year of financial consolidation at Giessen, the team was relegated, but managed to get the wild card to stay in the Bundesliga. In 2009/10 season the team still had the lowest budget in the league, but under Vladimir Bogojevic managed to end as No.14 team, what was the best result for the club since 2005/06. Unfortunately, the financial situation continued to be very unstable also in 2010/11 and Vladimir Bogojevic made a decision to leave, giving a chance to the team to bring in two new players and save the season somehow. Only the people which were involved to situation in Giessen over those years know very well how difficult was working there with many crucial issues on daily basis.

Vladimir how you would describe these few years at Giessen as their Head Coach?
First of all would like to say hello to all Eurobasket visitors. Well, I am wondering from where to start. It was my second Head Coaching job and a very unique experience. It was the team where I grew up, so lot of emotions were there. The team struggled financially, but we managed to make good results there on the court. Have to say that I am proud on my years in Giessen, it was never easy working there but we were fighting constantly and in one entire season which I spent there we ended as No.14 in the league, what was have to say pretty unexpected due to budget we had. Our defense was maybe the best one in the league that year and our focus was on that, what is natural due to club limitations. I was doing many different things there, what most of the coaches would never do, but as I said there were lot of emotions and we gave the best under of all of those circumstances. Have to underline once again that working in Giessen was huge experience for me and I feel much stronger than before that.

And what about your first Head Coaching job, it was Kaiserslautern braves in 2. Bundesliga?
As you mentioned, it was my first job as a Head Coach and it was a very successful one. I wasnt too much involved in 2. Bundesliga basketball until that time and with the players in that league, so it was a great experience and my team managed to take third place in the league. Was very nice working there and if I can choose again what would be my first HC experience, it would be this team and this league. Doesnt matter how successful player you were, you have to start from lower level as Head Coach as thats the only way how you will have complete knowledge which becomes necessary sooner or later.

Just to make a summary, you played professionally more than 10 years in German top division and won five trophies. You was point guard, how you compare playing and coaching, is it easier for you to coach because you was general on the floor while you was playing?
As I expected, start coaching was much different than playing and I needed some time to switch. After every month it was easier and easier and I was enjoying in these coaching jobs, despite it wasnt easy due to club budgets, but at least in two years I managed to create what I wanted and I am proud on that. There were many distractions for me and for the players, especially in Giessen, but hard work pays off and thats my motto.

Its about two years now from your latest Head Coaching employment, how do you feel and whats your plan for the future?
Have to say that I needed a break after working about 3 years in Giessen and now I am definitely looking forward to the new challenge. You know when I was a player I was winning trophies and I kept that mentality, that is important in every segment of life, so in coaching as well. I miss hard work, I miss devotion on the court and over these two years I was involved to our league a lot. Also when we talk about the league, I have to support this 6-German players rule in the BBL as last season results were already obvious. Most of those guys would never get a chance to show what they can do under the old rule. So having 6 domestic players in the team is really very positive thing as you are working not only for the team, but for the country and basketball in Germany. I like that a lot.

Over the past several days the people connect you more and more to Adriatic league teams as you are coming from that region, can you comment on this please?
Unfortunately I cannot comment you this one, but I do understand you had to ask. I am originally from Serbia, my father was well respected coach who created former NBA star Vlade Divac, so I am well informed about all basketball happenings there and I am glad Serbia will have two Euroleague teams next season, Partizan and Crvena Zvezda, as that never happened before. This is not a surprise to me as great basketball is playing there. Serbia had 3 teams in Adriatic league Final 4 this season, while also top Croatian, Slovenian and Bosnian teams are on very high level, what is good for basketball.

What are your predictions, who in your opinion has the most chances to win the BBL title this season?
Have to say it is a very exciting season, not only about who will win the title, but I would say even more at the middle of the standings where was big battle who will go to the Playoffs and who will be relegated. I am not happy that my former team Giessen had disappointing year. Most of the other teams were pretty leveled and it was exciting to watch and analyze teams, to play more attention on details and on the players and young players as well. Also, I had time to focus on other top European leagues, NBA Summer Leagues and NCAA basketball, that's something what you cant do while working. I feel I needed that time and used it very well. Now to get back to the question, I dont have a favorite. All four semifinalists showed they are very strong and ready to put a great fight, so from me its 25% chance for each team, despite home court advantages.

At the end as we were catching Vladimir between two flights, we would have way more questions for you, but managed to get answers at least about these important things. Vladimir thank you very much for your time and we honestly wish you all the best and at least those several trophies more which you won as a player, to take them as Head Coach as well!
Thanks a lot for your wishes and all the best to you as well.



Citybasket Recklinghausen secure Witter signature - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B team Citybasket Recklinghausen has clinched a deal with Cavel Witter (183-G-87, college: Creighton) for the 2013-14 campaign, the club announced. The 25-year-old Kansas City, Missouri, native graduated from NCAA D1 school Creighton in 2010. He spent the first years of his pro career in Portugal. He averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 assists, 2.3 boards and 1.5 steals a contest for LPB side Barreirense in 2011-12.
Witter will join Christoph Bruns (180-G-87), Mirko Bregulla (184-G-78) and Milan Obradovic (186-G-90), who transfers from Schalke to his hometown team, in the Citybasket backcourt.



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  GREECE   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.0 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.3 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.1 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.0 
 8. Haralampidis, PAOK13.6 
 9. Printezis, Olympia.13.4 
 10. McGrath, Zalgiris13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  PAOK
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.4 
 2. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.6 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.3 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios6.8 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Charissis, Aris5.8 
 10. Petway, AGOR5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.7 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.4 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.7 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.5 
 7. Pappas, Panionios3.2 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros3.1 
 9. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 10. Xanthopoulos, Pa.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.0 
 3. Pappas, Panionios1.9 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 8. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Perist.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 4. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 5. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 9. Powell, Olympiacos0.8 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos0.8 


Nick Calathes selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Greeks who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. He could not help Lokomotiv (12-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Calathes' very good performance the third-placed Lokomotiv was edged 68-65 at home by the second-ranked Unics Kazan in the group B of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Calathes also added 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists. Calathes is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Calathes averages: 15.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.6apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.1%(111-198), 3FGP: 38.8%. He is a naturalized American. Calathes is currently a member of the Greek senior national team. He used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Dusan Sakota
Dusan Sakota
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy). Sakota led Cimberio Varese to a victory over the eighth-ranked Umana Venezia (16-14) 84-75 in the Italian SerieA on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Sakota scored 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. Cimberio Varese (23-7) is placed first in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Sakota's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3FGP: 49.6%(58-117) and FT: 72.0% in the 33 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Greek. Former Panathinaikos Athens starter played for the Greek U20 national team in 2006.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Zisis was not able to help Gescrap BB (19-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Gescrap BB was defeated 79-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#8). Zisis was the top scorer with 17 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Zisis' first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 9.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 82.2%. Zisis is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #4. Power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League) faced previously mentioned Nick Calathes in the VTB United League last game. Vougioukas was the major contributor in a 3-point Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (12-6) 68-65. He scored 14 points, had 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in 30 minutes. Vougioukas has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1bpg in the 22 games. He is also Greek national team player.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #5. International power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ian Vougioukas. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League which we would like to mention. Kaimakoglou, who plays in Russia was not able to secure a victory for Unics Kazan (14-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Unics Kazan (#2) was defeated 68-64 in Kuban by the lower-ranked Lokomotiv (#3) in the group A of VTB United League. Kaimakoglou was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Kaimakoglou is currently fifth on the league's list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg. Kaimakoglou plays currently for the Greek national team.

Dimitris Haritopoulos
Dimitris Haritopoulos
   #6. Power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL couldn't help Lukoil Academik (24-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Lukoil Academik lost 88-95 in Samokov to the lower-ranked (#4) Rilski Sportist. Haritopoulos recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. Haritopoulos belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6 with 16.1ppg. He also averaged so far 6.3rpg and 1.8apg in the 17 games. Haritopoulos is a former international player as he played for the Greek senior team eight years ago.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #7. International forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Montepaschi Siena (18-12) 82-67 in the Italian SerieA last Saturday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (19-11) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Fotsis' total stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 4.4rpg. He is also Greek national team player.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #8. Forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' surprising victory against the second-ranked Caja Laboral (25-9) 99-94 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Lampropoulos recorded 17 points in 24 minutes. Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (17-17) is placed tenth in the ACB. The Regular Season already ended. This year Lampropoulos' total stats are: 8.1ppg and 3.8rpg in the 34 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2003.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #9. An experienced former international point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, agency: FCM, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help CSKA Moscow to win against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (12-6) 87-78 in the VTB United League in Friday night's game. Papaloukas scored only 4 points and added 3 passes. CSKA Moscow (15-3) is placed second in group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Papaloukas has averaged so far 2.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the Greek national team five years ago.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #10. Center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the ninth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (18-16) 57-50 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Mavrokefalidis recorded only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Regal FC Barcelona this season. His team is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Mavrokefalidis is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Nikos Barlos (203-79, currently plays in Italy) helped C.de Latte BRE win their game against the closely-ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli 97-87 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Tuesday night. Barlos scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. This year Barlos has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg in the 30 games. He used to play for the Greek national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lagun Aro GBC in their game against Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB. Papamakarios recorded 8 points. His team was crushed by 33 points 100-67. Papamakarios has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

The list of other players, who all have Greek passport but never been selected to any of Greek national teams:

   #1. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Haifa to a victory over the leader Galil Gilboa (14-13) 93-87 in the Israeli Winner League in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Calathes had a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 3 steals in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (17-10) is placed third. Calathes is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Calathes averages: 16.5ppg, 9.2rpg and 2.0apg in the 30 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89, currently plays in Georgia) was the main contributor in Olimpi's victory against the closely-ranked MIA (17-3) crushing them 86-65 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague last Tuesday. Sokk was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Olimpi Tbilisi (17-3) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Sokk is currently seventh on the list of best passers with 5.4apg. This year he also averages: 10.4ppg and 2.7rpg in the 27 games. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian.

   #3. Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to MIA's victory against the league leader Olimpi (17-3) 79-71 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague on Monday night. He recorded 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. MIA Academy Tbilisi (17-3) is placed second in the Superleague. Kounas has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Cypriot.

   #4. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-PG-84, currently plays in France) contributed to Chalons-Reims' victory against the closely-ranked ALM Evreux (25-9) 80-74 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. He was the best player in that game. Tsagarakis recorded 22 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Chalons-Reims (23-11) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Tsagarakis has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg. He has both Greek and French nationalities. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.



A1 Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Apollon Patras 77-63

It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Olympiacos's pressure prevailed and they won that period 15-7 extending their advantage to 14 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Apollon Patras to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Olympiacos made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Apollon Patras was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Josh Powell (206-83, college: N.Carolina St.) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and international guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. At the losing side naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (199-77, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 14 points and American-Dominican power forward Larry Turner (210-82, college: Tennessee St.) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: V.Petrovic-Stergiou 14+4reb+3ast, L.Turner 8+8reb, K.Grant 8+2reb+3ast, I.Lianos 7+2reb+1ast, E.McCollum 6+3reb+2ast, G.Molfetas 6+6reb+1ast
Olympiacos: J.Powell 18+5reb, V.Spanoulis 10+3reb+6ast, A.Law 9+1reb+2ast, P.Antic 7+3reb, K.Hines 7+4reb+2ast, K.Sloukas 6+3ast
gschID: 241316


Panathinaikos - Ikaros 88-57

The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Panathinaikos outrebounded Ikaros 46-24 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Panathinaikos looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward James Gist (205-86) stepped up and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Gabonese forward Stephane Lasme (203-82, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side guard Mihalis Giannakidis (192-88, agency: FCM) responded with 17 points and power forward Vassilis Symtsak (204-81) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: M.Giannakidis 17+1reb+1ast, S.Alabi 9+5reb, D.Gibson 8+2ast, V.Symtsak 8+8reb+2ast, Z.Vrkic 7+3reb+1ast, M.Faye 5+3reb+1ast
Panathinaikos: J.Gist 17+7reb+1ast, R.Guinn 12+6reb+1ast, R.Curry 11+2reb+2ast, S.Lasme 10+10reb+2ast, D.Diamantidis 9+2reb+8ast, R.Ukic 8+1reb
gschID: 241315


Panionios - Aris 80-79 OT

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aris won third quarter 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Aris used huge pressure winning it 23-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 13-14. Aris was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Nikos Pappas (195-90, agency: FCM) stepped up and scored 28 points for the winners and naturalized Serbian forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, agency: FCM) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side the former international forward Michalis Pelekanos (198-81, agency: FCM) responded with 17 points and 4 assists and power forward Kostas Charissis (212-79, college: USC, agency: FCM) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Aris players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Aris: M.Pelekanos 17+3reb+4ast, M.Pasalic 16+3reb+1ast, K.Charissis 13+10reb, A.Asimakopoulos 11+5reb, J.Hunt 9+6reb+2ast, E.Bochoridis 5+1reb
Panionios: N.Pappas 28+4reb+3ast, G.Athanasoulas 14+3reb+1ast, V.Jankovic 12+10reb+2ast, W.Keys 8+1reb, C.Booker 7+6reb, M.Batis 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 241314


PAOK - AGOR 71-75

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But PAOK won fourth quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Brent Petway (204-85, college: Michigan) stepped up and scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and his fellow American import guard Gabe Pruitt (193-86, college: USC) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. At the losing side the former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80) responded with 8 points and 14 rebounds and American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH) scored 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
PAOK: W.Hatcher 18+2reb+2ast, E.Margaritis 15+4reb+1ast, G.Dedas 10+2reb+3ast, M.Tsairelis 8+4reb, L.Kaselakis 8+5reb+1ast, L.Papadopoulos 8+14reb+2ast
AGOR: B.Petway 23+7reb+2ast, G.Pruitt 10+1reb+6ast, U.Duvnjak 8+1reb, N.Kommatos 7+6reb+1ast, P.Horne 7+2reb, D.Latovic 6+6reb
gschID: 241313



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  IBA-PBL   

Standings

IBA-PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Sauk Valley P. 17-5 
 2. Kankakee S. 14-5 
 3. Bloomington F. 11-6 
 4. Kenosha B. 11-9 
 5. Chicago R. 9-10 
 6. St.Louis T. 5-12 
 7. Springfield X. 3-11 
 8. Lake County S. 0-8 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 17-2 
 2. Gary Splash 14-8 
 3. Indiana D. 11-4 
 4. Holland Dream 7-8 
 5. Lansing C. 7-12 
 6. Lake Michigan 5-16 
 7. West Virginia M. 3-15 
 8. New Jersey G-F 2-2 
 9. Albany L. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 23

May. 24: St.Louis T. - Springfield X.
May. 24: Rochester R. - New Jersey G-F
May. 25: Gary Splash - St.Louis T.
May. 25: Holland Dream - Indiana D.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ryan EDWARDS
  Kankakee.
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 32.2
 1. Edwards, Kankakee.32.2 
 2. Bostick, Kenosha31.9 
 3. Baptist, Kankakee.26.1 
 4. Cobbs, Kenosha B.24.6 
 5. Bennett, Gary S.22.9 
 6. Thomas, Kenosha B.22.3 
 7. Waller, Sauk V.21.8 
 8. Motley, Lansing C.20.9 
 9. Pepper, St.Louis T.20.6 
 10. Farmer, Blooming.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Pettiford, India.11.1 
 2. Warren, Gary S.10.7 
 3. Baptist, Kankakee.10.3 
 4. Barkdoll, Rocheste.10.3 
 5. Haley, Rochester R.9.4 
 6. Devaughn, India.9.0 
 7. Cobbs, Kenosha B.8.2 
 8. Williams, Lansing8.1 
 9. Love, Sauk V.7.9 
 10. Reaves, Rocheste.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tony BENNETT
  Rocheste.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Bennett, Rocheste.7.6 
 2. Kyle, Kankakee S.7.1 
 3. Ruffin, Blooming.4.9 
 4. Waller, Sauk V.4.9 
 5. Motley, Lansing C.4.4 
 6. Goldsberry, West V.4.4 
 7. Radcliff, Sauk V.4.3 
 8. Anderson, Rochest.4.0 
 9. Tunnell, West V.3.8 
 10. Pettiford, India.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas COBBS
  Kenosha B.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cobbs, Kenosha B.2.7 
 2. Collins, West V.2.2 
 3. Radcliff, Sauk V.2.0 
 4. Bostick, Kenosha2.0 
 5. Goldsberry, West V.1.7 
 6. Waller, Sauk V.1.6 
 7. Kyle, Kankakee S.1.6 
 8. Baptist, Kankakee.1.5 
 9. Bennett, Rocheste.1.5 
 10. Boykins, Lansing1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Pettiford, India.1.4 
 2. Green, Blooming.1.4 
 3. Warren, Gary S.1.4 
 4. Carlwell, Chicago1.3 
 5. Wolfinger, Sauk V.1.2 
 6. Bostick, Kenosha1.1 
 7. Harris, Lake Michi.1.0 
 8. Eversley, West V.1.0 
 9. Barkdoll, Rocheste.0.9 
 10. Williams, Lansing0.8 



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  IRAN   

D1 Stats Leaders

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 M. samad nikkhah 24.6
2 Jonas Lalehzadeh 20.56
3 Diego Fajardo 20.14
4 Mehdi Kamrani 19.86
5 Iman Zandi 19.56
6 Sani Becirovic 18.87
7 Moh. Jamshidi 17.21
8 Mojtaba Baniaghil 16.29
9 Mikalai Aliakseyeu 16.29
10 Moh. Hassanzadeh 16
Rebounds Per Game
1 Diego Fajardo 10.86
2 Sergo Atuashvili 10.11
3 Mikalai Aliakseyeu 10.00
4 Marco Milic 9.82
5 Povilas Cukinas 9.20
6 Hamed Sohrabnejad 7.78
7 Moh. Hassanzadeh 7.70
8 Ontario Lett 7.07
9 Reza Lotfi 7.00
10 Francisco Elson 7.00
Assists Per Game
1 Sani Becirovic 4.47
2 Christopher Williams 3.69
3 H. Hosseynzadeh 3.65
4 Aren Davoudi 3.41
5 Hamed Afagh 3.39
6 Amir Amini 3.33
7 Iman Paryab 3.17
8 Jonas Lalehzadeh 3.11
9 Saman Veisi 3.08
10 Mehdi Kamrani 2.86
Steals Per Game
1 Amir Amini 3.94
2 Kaveh Nourafza 3
3 Erfan Nasajpour 2.91
4 Aren Davoudi 2.71
5 Benny Kochooie 2.67
6 Mohammad Jamshidi 2.64
7 Mehdi Kamrani 2.57
8 Hamed Afagh 2.44
9 Majid Ghasemzadeh 2.39
10 M. Samad Nikkhah 2.33
Blocks Per Game
1 Antoine Broxsie 1.82
2 Danny Agbelese 1.8
3 Asqar Kardoust 1.67
4 Rouzbeh Arghavan 1.61
5 Povilas Cukinas 1.27
6 Mikalai Aliakseyeu 1.14
7 Jabber Rouzbahani 1
8 Moh. Hassanzadeh 0.9
9 Moh. Shahsavan 0.83
10 Moh. deba Kone 0.78



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  ISRAEL   


Josh Duncan may join to Maccabi Electra - by Meidan Katsnelson

Maccabi Tel Aviv wants to join the Power Forward of Hapoel Jerusalem, Josh Duncan.
The team wants to replace Nick Caner Medley and Josh Duncan is a good option for Tel Avivians.
Duncan scored 11.7 points this season and took 6.2 rebounds per game.
Duncan arrived from Maccabi Ashdod last summer to Hapoel Jerusalem and signed a two year contract.
Maccabi said: "We have not talked with Josh Duncan."
Should add that Pat Calathes may join the Team.
But the team wants more to sign Duncan.
Duncan (2:03, 27) can play in position 4 and 5 because he is a great player and tall.
Season, Duncan scored 57.1% three and 84% FT.can also considered to be a quiet and modest player, as Maccabi like.

source: http://www.sport5.co.il/







Pat Calathes will sign to MTA for 3 season? Paul Davis in talks with MTA - by Meidan Katsnelson


A source close said to Eurobasket that Pat Calathes that, Greek forward of Maccabi Haifa will
Join to Maccabi Tel Aviv and sign at the end of the season for 3 seasons. Calathes, who arrived last summer
To Maccabi Haifa from Panathinaikos, scored 16 points this season and took 9.2 rebounds per game.
Maccabi Tel Aviv liked his ability series against Galil Gilboa (including 32 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in Game 3).

About Alex Tyus, Maccabi In talking with him and he will sign to Maccabi Electra at the end of the season.
The player scored 8.5 points and took 5.1 rebounds per game this season. The player joined last summer to Cantu from Maccabi Ashdod and does a very good season.
Even Paul Davis in talks with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv.
The player who playing this season with Khimki Moscow.
Maccabi wants a new Center to play with Shawn James, and Paul Davis is a good option because Khimki is in financial straits, so they will release it this summer.
Davis scored 11.9 points this season and took 4.8 rebounds per game.

about coaching staff, Derek Sharp and Guy Goodes will stay with Maccabi Tel Aviv along with David Blatt.
Sharp said his close friends. The team's management gave David Blatt OK to start talking with players that Maccabi wants to sign.




Good game for Yotam Halperin in Bayern's win - by Idan Seggev

The Israeli point guard, Yotam Halperin (193-SG-84), was one of the main reason that FC Bayern Muenchen won their first game in the German semifinal series vs. Brose Baskets Bamberg 98-85 and "stole" the home court advantage. Halperin played 30 minutes and finished with 15 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3PT, 4-4 FT), 3 assists & 4 rebounds. Halperin scored 11 points in the first half and was on the court in the 4th quarter when Bayern made their run to secure their victory. The 2nd game in the series will be in Munich on May 26th.


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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Datome, Acea V.17.2 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Brown, Montepaschi17.0 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.5 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 5. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.5 
 7. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 5. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.4.0 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 9. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 10. Steele, Hapoel J.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  PGE T.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 6. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 7. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 8. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. Goss, Acea V.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 3. Lawal, Acea V.1.4 
 4. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 
 8. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 9. Cusin, Cantu1.1 
 10. Tyus, Cantu1.1 


SerieA Round 7 of Quarter-Finals. Cantu, Montepaschi and Virtus Roma reach semis - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Armani - Montepaschi 80-90

Montepaschi Siena surprised Emporio Armani on the road in the seventh game of the series and advanced into semifinals. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Armani Milano was better in second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armani Milano was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 6 assists. Georgian Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena's coach Luca Banchi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 17 points and American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) scored 18 points.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: D.Hackett 25+3reb+6ast, B.Brown 17+1reb+2ast, V.Sanikidze 17+6reb+1ast, D.Moss 14+5reb+2ast, T.Ress 5+5reb+2ast, K.Kangur 5+2reb
EA7 Armani: K.Langford 18+1ast, E.Bremer 17+1reb+1ast, M.Hairston 10+4reb+2ast, A.Gentile 9+1reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 9+6reb, N.Melli 6+4reb
gschID: 241350


Acea Virtus RM - Trenkwalder RE 72-59

Acea Virtus Roma held off Trenkwalder to punch their semifinal ticket. The game was mostly controlled by Lottomatica Roma. Trenkwalder RE was better in fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lottomatica Roma forced 19 Trenkwalder RE turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Trenkwalder RE was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds. American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. At the losing side international point guard Andrea Cinciarini (190-86) responded with 23 points and American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: G.Lawal 16+7reb, L.Datome 15+6reb+1ast, P.Goss 14+6reb+3ast, J.Taylor 11+3reb+4ast, B.Jones 9+10reb, B.Bailey 6+3reb+3ast
Trenkwalder RE: A.Cinciarini 23+4reb+2ast, D.Taylor 12+5reb+2ast, G.Brunner 10+6reb, R.Cervi 7+2reb, T.Bell 5+2reb, D.Filloy 2
gschID: 241311


Banco di Sard. - Cantu 95-97

Cantu shocked Sassari in the decider and paved their way through into the next stage. Banco di Sard. trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 95-97 at the end of the game. Cantu shot 61.3 percent from the field. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 assists. Forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) answered with 18 points and 5 assists and guard Marvis Thornton (194-77, college: St.John's) added 18 points in the effort for Banco di Sard.Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cantu: J.Ragland 20+6ast, J.Brooks 13+2reb+2ast, P.Aradori 12+2reb+1ast, A.Tyus 12+6reb, N.Mazzarino 12+2ast, M.Leunen 11+3reb+5ast
Banco di Sard.: T.Diener 18+4reb+5ast, M.Thornton 18+2reb+2ast, D.Diener 11+2reb+6ast, B.Sacchetti 11+7reb, T.Easley 11+5reb, D.Gordon 10+6reb
gschID: 241310



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  LBQ   

Standings

LBQ Standings
 1. Royal 6-2 
 2. Jaguars 5-2 
 3. Page-Dynamo 5-3 
 4. Seigneurs 3-3 
 5. Revolution 3-5 
 6. Monteregie 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 9

May. 25: Monteregie - Royal
May. 25: Page-Dynamo - Jaguars
May. 25: Revolution - Seigneurs


Royal stay on top of LBQ standings - by Eurobasket News

Royal is leading the Elite LBQ ladder at the moment. The team claimed six wins in 8 games played in the season so far. Royal shot down Revolution 106:87. Charles Fortier (6'4''-G/F-79) stepped up with impressive 41 points to pace the league leaders.
Next day Royal faced Page-Dynamo. It was a tough battle from start to finish. Page-Dynamo claimed the fifth victory in the season beating the league leaders 97:96. Manix Auriantal (6'2''-G-80, college: NYIT) stepped up with 26 points for Page-Dynamo. Greishe Clerjuste (6'2''-G) netted 22 points in the win. Samuel Audet-Sow (6'6''-F-80) answered with game-high 35 points for Royal.
Jaguars snatched a 72:71 win over Monteregie to improve at 5-2 record. Youssef Ouharig led the winners with 19 points. Monteregie responded with 20 points from Rodrigo Imperador (6'5''-F).



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Luxembourg National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Tom Schumacher
Schumacher
Pitt Koster
Koster
Samy Picard
Picard
Billy McDaniel
McDaniel
Larrie Smith
Smith
#e#5
4Tom Schumacher 190-PG-87 T71 Luxembourg
5Pitt Koster 182-PG-89 Residence Luxembourg
6Raul Birenbaum 182-SG-89 Contern Luxembourg
7Laurent Schwartz 180-PG-89 Musel Pikes Luxembourg
8Christopher Jones 186-G-90 Contern Luxembourg
9Jairo Delgado 188-G/F-85 Etzella Luxembourg
13Samy Picard 196-PF-88 Amicale Luxembourg
14Martin Rajniak 204-PF-78 Basket Esch Luxembourg
20Alexandre Rodenbourg 202-C-91 Sparta Luxembourg
21Dean Gindt 201-PF-91 Sparta Luxembourg
22Billy McDaniel 201-F/C-84 Amicale Luxembourg
30Jean Kox 199-PF-90 Musel Pikes Luxembourg
33Larrie Smith 198-F-75 Sparta Luxembourg

Frank Baum Head Coach Musel Pikes Luxembourg
Karsten Schul Assistant
Louis Wennig Assistant Racing Luxembourg



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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 22-5 
 2. Guaymas 20-6 
 3. Tijuana 13-12 
 4. Nogales 13-13 
 5. Navolato 12-16 
 6. Cananea 11-16 
 7. Los Mochis 9-16 
 8. Guasave 9-17 
 9. Obregon 9-17 

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 22: Navolato - Guaymas 97-102
May. 22: Guasave - Obregon 78-93
May. 22: Tijuana - Los Mochis
May. 22: Cananea - Hermosillo


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Jones, Obregon25.6 
 2. Monroe, Cananea24.8 
 3. Frederick, Guasave23.3 
 4. Elliott, Navolato22.1 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas21.8 
 6. McCullough, Nogales20.6 
 7. Rougeau, Cananea20.2 
 8. Davis, Obregon19.9 
 9. Sperling, Obregon19.8 
 10. Pearson, Los M.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyrone MCNEAL
  Los Mochis
  (213-C-)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. McNeal, Los Mochis10.3 
 2. Moss, Nogales10.3 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.4 
 4. Toombs, Navolato8.6 
 5. Jones, Obregon8.3 
 6. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 7. Penny, Tijuana8.0 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.8 
 9. Rougeau, Cananea7.6 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Stallings, Guasave6.9 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Shorter, Guaymas5.2 
 4. Insunza, Navolato4.8 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.8 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana4.6 
 7. Medina, Tijuana4.3 
 8. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana4.1 
 10. Elliott, Navolato4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.1 
 2. Stallings, Guasave2.0 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.8 
 5. Insunza, Navolato1.5 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 7. Rougeau, Cananea1.4 
 8. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 9. Allen, Guaymas1.3 
 10. Medina, Tijuana1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.8 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.6 
 3. Moss, Nogales1.5 
 4. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.1 
 6. Mercado, Nogales1.0 
 7. Toombs, Navolato0.9 
 8. Gonzalez, Cananea0.9 
 9. Pearson, Los M.0.8 
 10. McCullough, Nogal.0.8 


Obregon lands Greg Preer - by Eurobasket News

Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (CIBACOPA) landed American guard Greg Preer (191, college: Ashland). He played recently at Lechugueros (LNBP). In 40 games he averaged 6.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg this season.
Preer graduated from Ashland University in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball. Greer has already debuted for Obregon. He notched 9 points, 3 boards and 2 assists in the win over Guasave.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Steffphon Pettigrew (ex Marinos) agreed terms with Guasave - by Eurobasket News

Frayles de Guasave (CIBACOPA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-100kg-89, college: W.Kentucky). He was tested at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league, but was released by the team in April. In only one LPB game he had 3 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block this season. This season Pettigrew played at Abejas (LNBP). In 44 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.0spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Honorable Mention. The last season he played at Atletico Aguada (LUB) in Uruguayan league. In 44 games he averaged remarkable 19.2ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.8apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com Uruguay LUB All-Imports Team.
Among other achievements Pettigrew's college team won Sun Belt Tournament for two years in a row (2008 and 2009).
He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 29 - by Eurobasket News

Former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-F-83) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Hermosillo and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed Cananea (#6, 11-16) with 17-point margin 105-88. It allowed Hermosillo to consolidate first place in the Mexican CIBACOPA. Hermosillo have a solid 22-5 record. In the team's last game Lopez had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Hermosillo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jesus Lopez averages this season 13.2ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American power forward Kenny Jones (198-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management) of Obregon. Jones impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Obregon was edged by slightly higher-ranked Guasave (#8, 9-16) 97-96. Obregon are still at the very bottom. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-17 record. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Obregon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.6ppg (#1). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of second-ranked Guaymas. Shorter showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Guaymas, leading his team to a 107-86 easy win against the lower-ranked Navolato (#5, 12-15). Guaymas needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 6 lost games. Shorter has a great season in Mexico. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.7ppg (4th best) and assists with 5.0apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Frederick (203-F-88) of Guasave - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Navolato - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Devon Pearson (198-F-84) of Los Mochis - 24 points and 12 rebounds
7. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Tijuana - 25 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Hector Hernandez (206-F-85) of Guaymas - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 21 points and 4 rebounds
10. Luis Ramirez (180-PG-82) of Tijuana - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Standings - 1B

1B Standings
 1. KK Zeta 2011 16-0 
 2. Gorstak 10-6 
 3. S.Centar 10-6 
 4. Berane 2010 9-7 
 5. Pljevlja 8-8 
 6. Buducnost II 7-9 
 7. Un.Mediteran 7-9 
 8. KK Zeta 5-11 
 9. Gusinje 0-16 



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Playoffs NEWS - by Marek Krala


FUS and RS Berkane (RSB) each won a precious victory respectively to the MCO and AS Sal (SSA). WAC head guard the hen "A" after winning a valuable win against CRA in Al Hoceima. Sport Plaza (SP) moved up to second place in their pool after his victory at home against the Maghreb Fes (MAS).

Gleaning two points from victory against the CRA in Al Hoceima, WAC has consolidated its position in top spot in Pool "A".
This victory with a score of 64 points to 71 certainly will decide the WAC and the CRA in the final statement of the pool, unless the CRA come trap the WAC home. With six points for three wins in as many games played, WAC must properly manage the rest of the competition to finish in first place overall.

With three defeats in three games played, MAS remains in last place overall in the hen. He will face the SSA Sale on behalf of the fourth day, scheduled for next Wednesday.
The latter has a win and two losses. He must win against the MAS on Wednesday to stay in touch with the SP which will play a very tough game in Berkane face the leader of the RSB hen after his brilliant victory over the SSA with a score of 72 -88.

The MCO is in the same situation as the MAS in the other pool. He just lost at home to FUS on the score of 87 points to 94. The MCO will challenge the WAC Casablanca on Wednesday.

SP-MAS 83 - 74
ASS- RSB 72 - 88
MCO-FUS 87 - 94
CRA-WAC 64 - 71



Playoffs NEWS - by Marek Krala


FUS and RS Berkane (RSB) each won a precious victory respectively to the MCO and AS Sal (SSA). WAC head guard the hen "A" after winning a valuable win against CRA in Al Hoceima. Sport Plaza (SP) moved up to second place in their pool after his victory at home against the Maghreb Fes (MAS).

Gleaning two points from victory against the CRA in Al Hoceima, WAC has consolidated its position in top spot in Pool "A".
This victory with a score of 64 points to 71 certainly will decide the WAC and the CRA in the final statement of the pool, unless the CRA come trap the WAC home. With six points for three wins in as many games played, WAC must properly manage the rest of the competition to finish in first place overall.

With three defeats in three games played, MAS remains in last place overall in the hen. He will face the SSA Sale on behalf of the fourth day, scheduled for next Wednesday.
The latter has a win and two losses. He must win against the MAS on Wednesday to stay in touch with the SP which will play a very tough game in Berkane face the leader of the RSB hen after his brilliant victory over the SSA with a score of 72 -88.

The MCO is in the same situation as the MAS in the other pool. He just lost at home to FUS on the score of 87 points to 94. The MCO will challenge the WAC Casablanca on Wednesday.

SP-MAS 83 - 74
ASS- RSB 72 - 88
MCO-FUS 87 - 94
CRA-WAC 64 - 71



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Parker, San A.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Horford, Atlanta H.10.1 
 10. Chandler, New Y.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.6 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 9. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 10. Young, Philadelph.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Michael Jordan announces Charlotte Bobcats to change name to Hornets in 2014 - by Eurobasket News

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan (6'7''-F-63, college: N.Carolina) announced Tuesday that the franchise has officially submitted paperwork to the NBA to change its name to the Hornets for the 2014-15 season.

Lets bring the buzz back, Jordan said at a press conference, noting that overwhelming fan support for the switch influenced the organizations decision.

The franchise also launched BackBuzzCity.com to celebrate the re-branding and manage interest from fans interested in season tickets.

The Charlotte Hornets name has been a mainstay throughout the region for many years, and we are excited to announce our intention to re-establish this historic brand, Jordan wrote in a letter to fans. We believe that its return will galvanize our fan base by unifying our loyal Bobcats fans with those who have strong memories of our citys NBA predecessor.

Jordan also said that his organization will begin a year-long process to select the teams colors and design the teams logo and uniforms.

Multiple reports in the past week indicated plans were underway to bring the Hornets nickname back to Charlotte after the original Hornets relocated to New Orleans in 2002. The New Orleans Hornets unveiled a re-branding in January and took on the Pelicans moniker immediately following the conclusion of the 2012-13 regular season, freeing up the Hornets nickname.

The original Hornets joined the NBA as an expansion franchise in 1988 and spent 14 seasons in Charlotte before being moved to New Orleans by former owner George Shinn in 2002. Shinn opted to keep the nickname but eventually sold the franchise to the NBA in 2010. In April 2012, the league in turn sold the franchise to Tom Benson, who sought the Pelicans name change to better reflect the teams home.

It was very important to me and our staff that we change the name of this club to something that represented New Orleans, Louisiana, Benson said in a promotional video. We worked on it. It wasnt something that just came out of the blue, overnight. We worked on it for a long period of time. You just cant have a better name for Louisiana and New Orleans than the Pelican. Its the perfect representative.

The Bobcats joined the NBA as an expansion franchise in 2004. Jordan purchased a majority stake in the Bobcats in 2010. Last June, the Bobcats released new jersey designs, removing the pinstripes and changing the teams moniker on its white home jersey from Bobcats to Cats.

While Bobcats are indigenous to the Carolinas, the Charlotte Observer noted back in December that the Charlotte Hornets moniker drew its inspiration from the 1700s.

The Hornets nickname in Charlotte dates back to the Revolutionary War, when British General Charles Cornwallis compared the resistance in Charlotte to a hornets nest. It has been used in sports by a minor league baseball team (1901-73), an upstart football league team (1974-75) and the citys first NBA franchise.

The Bobcats, who finished the 2012-13 season with the second-worst record in the league at 21-61, have finished with a winning record just once and have made just one playoff appearance during their nine-year franchise history. The Hornets finished with a winning record eight times and qualified for the playoffs seven times during their 14 seasons in Charlotte, advancing out of the first round on four occasions.
Courtesy of: http://nba.si.com



Lebron James helps the Heat snatch victory in Game 1 against the Pacers - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat - Indiana P. 103-102 OT
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) made a layup as time expired in overtime, and the Miami Heat found a way to beat the Indiana Pacers 103-102 in a wild Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. James finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Heat - his ninth postseason triple-double, and barely anyone noticed. All that mattered was the last shot, which simply saved the Heat. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) made three free throws with 2.2 seconds left in the overtime, which he forced with a miracle 3-pointer, to give the Pacers the lead. But James - with Indiana shot-blocking center Roy Hibbert curiously on the bench - just drove down the left side of the lane, scored with ease and the Heat escaped. Game 2 is Friday night in Miami. Officials reviewed James' play at the end, though it was clear he beat the clock, and the Pacers walked slowly toward their locker room, lamenting one that got away - by no fault of George's. George was fouled by Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) on the play where the Pacers had to think they had stolen the series opener. George saved the Pacers in regulation with a 32-footer with 0.7 seconds left in regulation that tied the game, and tried a shot from a similar distance as time was expiring in the extra session. Referee Jason Phillips said Wade hit George, and the Pacers' star made all three free throws for the 16th lead change of the night. The final lead change came moments later, and Miami survived a game that had 18 ties and neither team ever leading by more than seven points. Wade scored 19 points, Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) had 17 and Chris Andersen (6'10''-C/F-78, college: Blinn JC) had 16 on 7 for 7 shooting for Miami. George scored 27 for the Pacers, who got 26 from David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier), 19 from Hibbert. The Pacers have won only two series in franchise history after dropping a Game 1. The final few seconds of regulation were stunning, with Ray Allen - the sixth-best free-throw shooter in NBA history - missing one that proved big, and George making a miracle happen. Trailing by two with 17.7 seconds left, the Pacers had to foul Allen, who surely would have been their last choice. But he missed one of the two free throws, and it remained a one-possession game. Indiana brought the ball into the frontcourt, called time, and then seemed to have nothing really working as the final seconds of regulation ticked away. So George simply made something happen. From 32 feet - from the newly applied Eastern Conference finals sticker on the side of the court, technically - George connected with 0.7 seconds left, tying the game and giving Indiana life. Allen didn't get much of a desperation shot off at the end of regulation, and to overtime the teams went. The Pacers kept landing the first punches. George made a pair of free throws to open the extra session, and Andersen tied it with a pair of his own. Hibbert scored from close range, and Wade answered with an easy one after a runout for the 16th tie of the night. George was far from done. He went past James, got into the lane, tossed up a shot after contact and started what became a three-point play that put the Pacers up 99-96. Miami had three chances at the tie - a desperation 3-pointer by Shane Battier as the shot clock was expiring, then a 3-point try by Battier and another 3 attempt by Battier. All missed. But Bosh grabbed the rebound of the last Battier shot that bounced off the rim in that sequence, scored while being fouled by George with 49.7 seconds left, calmly swished the free throw and the teams were - what else? - tied again at 99-all. Courtesy of: nj.com



CHICAGO BULLS 2013 SEASON RECAP - by Chris Mathieu

CHICAGO BULLS 2013 SEASON RECAP
I predicted the Bulls would go 44-38 this season; they beat my prediction going 45-37. The Bulls had unexpected heros in Nate Robinson and the surprising emergence of Jimmy Butler and the even the play of Marco Belinelli. No surprises in the play of veterans Deng, Boozer and Noah who all played great in the absence of Rose for the entire season.
The absence of Rose for the entire season ended up being a massive disappointment for the team and the fans. Rose planned in advance to not play this season but refused to share this plan with the team. The team exceeded the salary cap in a season in which they had no chance of winning a title, a major mistake under the new NBA salary cap restrictions. The Bulls made two major mistakes this season. Mistake number one was not resigning Omer Asik, who developed into one of the best centers in the NBA. His play exceeded anything the Bulls could have expected but they knew what they were losing when the let him go for nothing and that was a major mistake. To give up an asset like a 213cm who can defend multiple positions is a terrible miscalculation. Teams need size, defense and rebounding and that depth was the major strength of the team. The Bulls will not be able to replace what he brought to the team anytime soon. The other mistake is exceeding the salary cap in a year which they couldnt win a title. Once it became clear that Rose would miss most if not all of the season they should have started the rebuilding process. They were offered Harrison Barnes for Luol Deng and refused the trade; they were offered a pick for Kyle Korver and instead traded him for a trade exception they have no interest in using.
The team was ravaged with injuries and a lack of depth but competed no matter what. A major credit to the players, the organization and coaches for competing almost every night even though they were short on healthy bodies. The Bulls had some terrible losses to bad teams like Charlotte, something that rarely happened with Rose. The team also however had some major victories ending the long winning streaks of the Heat and the Knicks. The team played very well down the stretch and carried that over into the playoffs knocking out the healthier and higher ranked Nets even though they lost Deng, Hinrich and were missing Rose and Hamilton four expected starters that the team previously relied upon. The seven game series against the Nets was a classic. The second round opening win against the Heat on the road gave a short lived boost to the hope that the Bulls could beat the Heat without Rose, those hopes came crashing down in the second game when the Heat abused the Bulls and eventually went on to win the series in five games

Derrick Rose: Beyond disappointing the way that team Rose handled the return raising expectations for a triumphant comeback and then dragging out hope for a late season return. Derrick did not handle the situation well at all, giving conflicting reasons why he didnt return. The backlash against him was fierce and unexpected. No doubt however that when he returns next season he will be embraced once again.
GRADE: F
Luol Deng: Deng had another solid season but didnt shoot as well as he has in the past. The amount of burden he has to carry for the team defensively wears him down and he has regressed some offensively the last two seasons. In his defense he has played through serious injuries. I would only give him a 50-50 chance of him returning next season. He is a valuable player who is coming into his final season under contract.
GRADE: C+
Joakim Noah: Noah blossomed in the season and was well on his way to winning defensive player of the year until injuries mounted. His summer work with Karim Abdul Jabar helped his confidence in his shot, once into his move he shot confidently. Noah also seemed to have better stamina something he had struggled with in the past. He continues to battle with plantar fasciitis a reoccurring issue in his professional career. Noahs defense, rebounding and passing are qualities that make a difference on the Bulls, he has become the heart of the team.
GRADE: B+
Richard Hamilton: Rip was injured again and struggled offensively and defensively and fell into coach Thibs doghouse, a situation that appears is hard to get out of. His lack of defensive effort drove the coaching staff crazy and it is clear he will not be back with the Bulls.
GRADE: D
Carlos Boozer: No one receives more criticism on the Bulls than Boozer and much of it is undeserved. Boozer played very well when paired with Hinrich in the pick and roll and carried the team for much of the season. His defensive effort was better for the most part but he will never be better than average defensively, at best. Boozer will always struggle against bigger athletic defenders with length. He will be back again next season for sure.
GRADE: B-
Kirk Hinrich: Kirk struggled with his shot and his health for the entire season. He really was coming into his own down the stretch and into the playoffs when he was injured. What Kirk brings to the table shows up so much more on the court than in the box score. The Bulls played much better and won at a much higher percentage when on the court than when off of it. His play against the Nets in the playoffs and against the Heat in the regular season was courageous and memorable.
GRADE: C
Nate Robinson: Nate played incredibly well for a street free agent playing on a non-guaranteed deal. He added a lot of excitement to the Bulls that otherwise would be missing without Rose. He is a supremely confident player who believes every shot is going in and shoots accordingly. He was just as likely to shoot you into a game as shoot you out of one. For a player expected to be the third string point guard going into the season it was a great year for him. No doubt he will finally earn that multiple year guaranteed deal he has been looking for. He struggles defensively because of his size and is more of a 168cm SG.
GRADE: B-
Marco Belinelli: Marco was a big surprise for the Bulls. He had only played on bad teams in his career and the move to a team challenging for a title and competing every night there were questions about how he would fit into a role on a winning team. Marco played much better starting than coming off the bench and was a willing defender. He is capable of creating his own shot, handling the ball and running offense in the pick and roll. He and Robinson were very effective with him running the offense and Robinson playing off the ball.
GRADE: C+
Vladimir Radmanovic: Vlad Rad never earned the trust of Thibs and even when needed he rarely turned to him. Vladimir should have been encased in glass and only used in an emergency. He rarely was able to get onto the court because he was so unreliable defensively. He didnt make waves but he also didnt compete hard in practice every day and seems to enjoy being in the NBA more than playing in the NBA at this point. No chance he returns next season.
GRADE: F
Taj Gibson: Taj had a bad year, for a player the team chose to keep over Omer Asik it became apparent early that he benefited from having the big Turk next to him cleaning up his mistakes. Taj struggled with injuries and lacks any offensive moves. He can dunk and is a decent, at best shooter. Taj will be earning big-time money starting next season and needs to earn it.
GRADE: C-
Nazr Mohammed: Nazr was mothballed early, forgotten but played a key role down the stretch when injuries mounted. He has little left in the tank but still provides effort decent shooting and some defense.
GRADE: C-
Marquis Teague: He clearly wasnt ready to play in his rookie season as a 19 year old kid. He had a few moments of playing well but struggles running a team, handling the ball and shooting. He should improve with time if he works hard at it.
GRADE: D
Jimmy Butler: Jimmy had an incredible breakout season, becoming one the best wing defenders in the NBA. He improved his shooting shot selection, passing and defense. For a player picked at the back end of the first round he looks like a real steal. Jimmy should improve but is more of a stand still shooter and slasher than a ball hander who can create his own shot. Given his work ethic there is no doubt he will continue to improve. His numbers in his second season in the league were almost identical to those of Scottie Pippen in his second season, a promising development. During the playoffs he became a focal point of the team on offense and defense, guarding LeBron 1 on 1 almost exclusively. When Deron Williams was killing the Bulls in the playoffs they switched him onto him. He shut down the 20 million dollar man Joe Johnson when he guarded him in the first round of the playoffs.
GRADE: A-
Malcom Thomas: Barely played and showed little.
GRADE: D-
Daequan Cook: Showed flashes as a street free agent but seems limited and unlikely to return. He was a wreck against his former team the Miami Heat in the playoffs.
GRADE: D
Coach Tom Thibodeau: One of the best coaching jobs I have ever seen. The team was held together by duct tape and glue at times and still responded. His play calling, focus and defense are exceptional. His only deficiencies are his propensity to ground his players into dust and he was outcoached by Spoelstra in the playoffs (again)
GRADE:A

Team Outlook
The team has a lot of decisions to make this offseason and the team needs to decide on what course they want to chart for the future. Will the team trade Luol Deng who has been a key player for the team for almost 10 seasons? The reality is he is going into the last year of a contract that will pay him almost 15 million a year, an amount he will be hard pressed to receive next time. The team if it moves him can replace him with Jimmy Butler or a cheaper or younger option. The Bulls will have a shot at a decent player in this seasons draft and the target so far look to be a center and small forward. I have seen Gorgui Dieng, Sergey Karasev, Steve Adams and Giannis Adetokoubo linked to the team so far. What is apparent is the team looks for solid players with a good work ethic who will fit in on the team. It appears the team is in a holding pattern waiting for Mirotic to come over and for the team to receive the Bobcats pick in 2016. It seems short sighted if the team wastes more years waiting for another three seasons to get these future prospects into the team. What they need to be is careful of exceeding the luxury tax 3 out of 5 seasons as the penalties for this kind of infraction is now severe. It seems unlikely that Nate Robinson, Nazr Mohamed, Vladimir Radmanovic will be back. The team would like to resign Marco Belinelli to return but it would have to be on favorable terms to the team. After his performance for the Bulls that seems unlikely and even if he enjoyed the city and the team it doesnt seem likely Marco will be in the mood to give the team a massive discount to return to the team.
The team will turn over at least 4-6 players on the roster before next season and how and who they get will make a big difference to the teams future. Besides the possibility of moving Deng it looks like the team will be shopping at the discount bin in the free agent market. If they team can move Deng for a pick, sign Tony Allen to play SG and move Jimmy Butler to SF the team would get financial flexibility without losing much defensively.

5 YEAR BULLS DRAFT REVIEW
2012 1 (29) Marquis Teague struggled as a 19 year old rookie playing on a team with high expectations. He fit in with the team concept but looks to be at least two years away from being a contributor in a major way. He struggled getting the ball up the court when Miami pressed him in the playoffs.
GRADE: D
2011 (23) Nikola Mirotic The Bulls got the steal of the draft (along with the Nuggets selection of Kenny Faried) in Mirotic so late in the first round. Mirotics European contract with Real Madrid is what scared many teams away from him. It would be very expensive buyout in the first two years after that it becomes much more reasonable. Some teams questioned his desire to play in the NBA but he appears willing to come over in the next few years. If the draft were held again it is a great possibility he would be a top 5 pick. He has twice won the EUROLEAGUE rising star award, the first player to do so and is still only 21 years old. GRADE: A+
2011 1 (28) Norris Cole: Cole was a part of the trade for Nikola Mirotic and if Mirotic turns out to be the player the Bulls and most people expect him to be it will be a great trade GRADE:
2011 1 (30) Jimmy Butler He got more playing time that expected due to Dengs injury and Brewers inefectivness. GRADE: C
2011 2 (43) Malcom Lee Never shown NBA ability GRADE: F
2010 1 (17) Kevin Saraphin A part of the Kirk Heinrich trade started to play late in the year with the Wizards GRADE: C-
2009 1 (16) James Johnson a bust with the Bulls they were able to get a first round pick for him from the Raptors GRADE: C-
2009 1 (26) Taj Gibson an excellent role player for the Bulls with great feet and toughness GRADE: B+
2008 1 (1) Derrick Rose a no brainer except for those who clamored for Michael Beasley GRADE: A+
2008 2 (39) Sonny Weems Never showed NBA potential GRADE: F




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Mix result for Nepal Boys in 1ST FIBA ASIA 3X3 U18 CHAMPIONSHIP - by Dinesh Thapa

The inaugural edition of the 1st FIBA Asia 33 U18 Championship for Boys and Girls has started in Bangkok, Thailand with 36 different teams, representing 18 countries across FIBA Asia ranging from Japan in East to Lebanon in the West and Kazakhstan in the North to Maldives in the South will be on show showcasing their skills in the Thai capital.

Nepal Boys and Girls team are also participating in the championship. On the first day of the championship, Nepal Boys team lost to Thailand 8 21 while in the second match Nepal Boys team beat Srilanka 13-12. Its a mix result for Nepal Boys team.

Girls team of Nepal played only one match in the first day losing to Philippines 6 13.

Nepal Girls team: Sneha Shrestha, Anusha Malla, Shreya Khadka and Chhoki Dolma Tamang

Nepal Boys team: Dilli Kumar Limbu, Krishna Man Maharjan, Binesh Neupane and Sonam Thendu Sherpa.

Manager/Coach (for both team): Bikash Shahi



DAY Result of 1ST FIBA ASIA 3X3 U18 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR BOYS & GIRLS - by Dinesh Thapa

1ST FIBA ASIA 3X3 U18 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR BOYS & GIRLS
22-24 MAY 2013 BANGKOK, THAILAND

DAY 1 RESULT (22 May 2013)

1 (Girls) Thailand vs Vietnam 15:5
2 (Boys) Maldives vs Thailand One 7:19
3 (Boys) Kazakhstan vs Vietnam 11:8
4 (Boys) Japan vs Hong Kong 15:21
5 (Boys) Indonesia vs Syria 14:16*
6 (Boys) Qatar vs C. Taipei 12:15
7 (Girls) India vs Qatar 21:4
8 (Girls) Lebanon vs Thailand One 6:21
9 (Girls) Sri Lanka vs Malaysia 6:9
10 (Girls) Nepal vs Philippines 6:13
11 (Boys) Macau vs Lebanon 13:18
12 (Boys) Nepal vs Thailand 8:21
13 (Boys) Hong Kong vs Vietnam 17:7
14 (Boys) Malaysia vs Kazakhstan 19:10
15 (Girls) Macau vs Indonesia 8:11
16 (Girls) C. Taipei vs Hong Kong 11:14
17 (Boys) India vs China 8:21
18 (Girls) China vs Maldives 21:0
19 (Boys) Indonesia vs C. Taipei 15:16
20 (Boys) Philippines vs Qatar 14:17
21 (Girls) Thailand 1 vs India 15:20
22 (Girls) Qatar vs Lebanon 9:6
23 (Boys) Hong Kong vs Kazakhstan 16:13
24 (Boys) Japan vs Malaysia 18:15
25 (Girls) Philippines vs Malaysia 17:11
26 (Boys) Thailand 1 vs India 14:18
27 (Boys) China vs Maldives 21:4
28 (Boys) Syria vs Qatar 18:14
29 (Boys) C. Taipei vs Philippines 18:20*
30 (Boys) Thailand vs Macau 21:4
31 (Boys) Nepal vs Sri Lanka 13:12
32 (Girls) Syria vs Sri Lanka 6:8

* denotes OT



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Duke's Mike Krzyzewski to continue as coach of USA Basketball - by Eurobasket News

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski will return as head coach of USA Basketball for the 2016 Olympics, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Wednesday. A formal announcement is scheduled for Thursday. SI.com first reported the news. Krzyzewski has accumulated a 62-1 record with USA Basketball while winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. The 66-year-old Hall of Famer previously stated he planned to end his tenure, walk away before the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Madrid. But he's now decided otherwise and will coach USA Basketball in Madrid in 2014 and in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. USA Basketball's next mini-camp with possible team members will be in July. Krzyzewski is the winningest coach in college basketball history with 957 career victories. He's won four national championships and made 11 Final Fours. His Blue Devils are expected to be a preseason top-10 team when the AP poll is released in October.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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Teams lining up imports for Governor's Cup - by Aris Ignacio

Two former Best Import awardees and potentially exciting finds are set to come in for the season-ending PBA Governors Cup beginning on August 14.

At least six former imports are being eyed for another tour of duty, including former Rain or Shine Elasto Painters reinforcements Arizona Reid (196-F-86, college: High Point) and Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87, college: Penn St.) who are on the radar of the Petron Blaze Boosters and Global Port Batang Pier, respectively.

There are also new faces including Alaska Aces prospect Wendell McKines (198-F-88, college: N.Mexico St.), who has earned a reputation as an electrifying scorer who plays like a bigger version of Calvin Abueva (191-F-88).

Reid, the 2011 Governors Cup best import, is being considered by the Petron Blaze Boosters while last year's awardee Cornley has been linked to Global Port Batang Pier.

A source from Petron Blaze Boosters disclosed that the coaching staff will decide on import choice as soon as coach Olsen Racela returns from the US next week, but indicated that Reid is high on the list that also included D.J. Kennedy (198-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's), Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida), John Milsap and Bobby Jones.

Air21 Express is bringing back the prolific Zach Graham (198-G-89, college: Mississippi), while the San Mig Coffee Mixers will again ride on the shoulders of last year's reinforcement Marqus Blakely (196-F-88, college: Vermont).

The Talk N Text Tropang Texters will parade NBA D-League Rookie of the Year Tony Mitchell (198-F-89, college: Alabama), who played in the last three games of the last Commissioner's Cup semis as a late replacement for Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa).

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is said to have already agreed in principle with former ABL top scorer Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87, college: USF), but a sources informed that former Houston Rocket Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) is also being considered.

Former Rio Grande Valley Viper Mike Singletary (198-F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Texas Tech) has led Barako Bull Energy to first place in Group B in the ongoing 2nd Al Shabab International Basketball Tournament in Dubai, and will most likely be tapped for the season-ending tournament by the George Chua franchise.

So far only Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, which has also reportedly sent an offer sheet to Reid, and the Meralco Bolts, reportedly trying to bring back Mario West (195-G-84, college: Georgia Tech), are still without import.

Heres a quick rundown of the possible imports for the Governors Cup.

1. Alaska Aces - Wendell McKines (confirmed)

2. Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings - Dior Lowhorn

3. San Mig Coffee Mixers - Marqus Blakely (confirmed)

4. Talk N Text Tropang Texters - Tony Mitchell (confirmed)

5. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters - negotiating with Arizona Reid

6. Petron Blaze Boosters - negotiating with Arizona Reid

7. Barako Bull Energy Cola - Mike Singletary

8. Meralco Bolts - Mario West

9. Air21 Express - Zach Graham (confirmed)

10. Global Port Batang Pier - still evaluating list

* Some credit goes to S. Badua



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Santurce 16-7 
 2. Ponce 14-8 
 3. Mayaguez 14-9 
 4. Quebradillas 13-10 
 5. Arecibo 11-11 
 6. Humacao 10-12 
 7. Guayama 10-12 
 8. Guaynabo 10-12 
 9. San German 8-14 
 10. Bayamon 6-17 

Regular Season: Round 27

May. 22: Santurce - Mayaguez 80-76
May. 22: Quebradillas - Bayamon 75-65
May. 23: Guayama - San German
May. 23: Arecibo - Guaynabo


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20
 1. Harris, Ponce20.0 
 2. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo18.7 
 4. Carmona, Humacao18.6 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon17.9 
 6. Brown, Humacao17.4 
 7. Ramos, Arecibo17.1 
 8. Vassallo, Arecibo16.5 
 9. Dentmon, Arecibo16.3 
 10. Efejuku, Mayaguez16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Harris, Ponce11.3 
 2. Lloreda, Guaynabo10.4 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo10.2 
 4. Phillip, San German9.2 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon8.5 
 7. Harrellson, Guaya.8.2 
 8. Garcia, San German8.0 
 9. Graterol, Arecibo8.0 
 10. Scott, Humacao7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 2. Dentmon, Arecibo5.3 
 3. Clemente, Humacao5.2 
 4. Rivera, Ponce5.1 
 5. Huertas, Quebradil.4.2 
 6. Coronado, Guayama4.0 
 7. Garcia, Quebradill.3.8 
 8. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 9. Mojica, Bayamon3.4 
 10. Pagan, Santurce3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Guayama
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Coronado, Guayama2.3 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.3 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.5 
 5. Dentmon, Arecibo1.4 
 6. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Rivera, Ponce1.3 
 8. Santiago, Ponce1.3 
 9. Harrellson, Guaya.1.2 
 10. Williams, Santurce1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Penn, Humacao1.7 
 2. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 3. Harrellson, Guaya.1.5 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.4 
 5. Scott, Humacao1.2 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 7. Lee, Quebradillas1.1 
 8. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 9. Brock, Guayama0.9 
 10. Nichols, Arecibo0.9 


Santurce lands Frank Elegar - by Eurobasket News

Cangrejeros de Santurce (BSN) tabbed 27-year old U.S. Virgin Islands international center Frank Elegar (208-108kg-86, college: Drexel). He played recently at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian KML league. Elegar managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 23 KML games he averaged 10.2ppg, 9.0rpg (#3 in the league), 1.1spg and 1.0bpg this season. He helped them to win the league title. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Elegar also played 16 games in Baltic League where he had 12.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Elegar also played 16 games in VTB United League where he had 8.3ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6spg. The last season he played at Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (TBL) in Turkish league. In 12 games he had 10.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3spg and 1.4bpg. Elegar also spent pre-season at Marousi BC (A1, starting five) in Greek league that year. In 13 games he had 9.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1bpg. He was tried-out by Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA) in Argentinian league that season.
The previous (10-11) season Elegar played at JA Vichy (ProA, starting five) in French league. In 23 games he had 9.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.8spg. He contributed to his team making it to the French Cup Semifinals.
In 2009-10 season Elegar played at Bornova Belediye in Turkish league. In 33 games he had 11.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg.
In 2008 he was drafted by Albany Patroons (CBA) in fourth round (16th overall).
The former Drexel University standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball. He received NABC All-NCAA District 3 1st Team award back in 2007 at his college time. Elegar also represented U.S. Virgin Islands at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 11.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 0.0%.
Elegar has played also professionally in Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mike Harris gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

American Mike Harris (198-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last week for Ponce and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 26.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 14 points and twenty three rebounds, while his team beat Guayama (#7, 10-12) 85-78. Ponce maintains the 3rd position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ponce will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. Harris just recently signed at Ponce, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rice University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harris is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 11.3rpg. Harris is in league's top in and averages solid 54.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 25-year old American forward Gilbert Brown (198-F-87) of Humacao. Brown impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Humacao was edged by the lower-ranked San German (#9, 8-14) 68-66. This loss caused Humacao to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-12 record. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Humacao and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#6). He also recorded 3.2 assists per game.

The third best performed player last week was another Ponce's star - Nigerian Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83). Diogu scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Ponce, helping his team with a 85-78 win against the lower-ranked Guayama (#7, 10-12). Ponce needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 8 lost games. Diogu has a very solid season. In 9 games in Puerto Rico he scored 22.3ppg. He also has 9.2rpg, FGP: 55.5% and 3PT: 46.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of San German - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Arecibo - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80) of Guaynabo - 17 points and 10 rebounds
7. Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80) of Guaynabo - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of San German - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77) of San German - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Arecibo - 20 points and 5 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Avtodor
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Burtt, Avtodor21.2 
 2. Likholitov, Volgog.17.3 
 3. Makshantsev, Novo.16.1 
 4. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.6 
 5. Chernov, AltajBas.15.5 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd15.2 
 7. Monroe, Ural E.15.0 
 8. McGhee, Ural E.14.5 
 9. Komissarov, Volgo.14.2 
 10. Podkolzin, Novosy.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fedor LIKHOLITOV
  Volgograd
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Likholitov, Volgog.12.1 
 2. Podkolzin, Novosyb.7.7 
 3. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.7.3 
 4. Rollins, Trotamund.7.2 
 5. Varlamov, AltajBas.7.1 
 6. Pisarchuk, Sever.7.0 
 7. Makshantsev, Novo.6.9 
 8. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.6.9 
 9. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.7 
 10. Denison, Ataman6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Avtodor
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Burtt, Avtodor5.6 
 2. Glazunov, Ural E.5.5 
 3. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.1 
 4. Tokarev, Novosybi.4.6 
 5. Chernov, AltajBas.4.5 
 6. Boyko, Volgograd4.4 
 7. Mateyunas, Ataman4.3 
 8. Urazmanov, Dynamo4.1 
 9. Anisimov, Novosybi.3.7 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rya.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo2.5 
 2. Zibirov, Ryazan2.2 
 3. Zakamov, Novosybi.2.0 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor1.9 
 5. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.8 
 6. Mateyunas, Ataman1.8 
 7. Glazunov, Ural E.1.7 
 8. Bartunov, Ryazan1.6 
 9. Zakharov, N.Nov.1.6 
 10. Gladyshev, AltajB.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Hakeem ROLLINS
  Trotamundos
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rollins, Trotamund.1.6 
 2. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.3 
 3. Ponosov, AltajBas.1.3 
 4. Denison, Ataman1.2 
 5. Likholitov, Volgog.1.2 
 6. Varlamov, AltajBas.1.0 
 7. Kondrashin, Sever.1.0 
 8. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.0 
 9. Voron, Volgograd0.9 
 10. Oveshkov, Planet.0.9 


Unics plans to split ways with three players - by Eurobasket News

Unics announced they would not renew the contracts of Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU), Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) and Igor Zamanskiy (202-F-77, agency: Alti Sport).
Terrell Lyday has played for the Kazan team since 2008. Last season he notched 19.5 points, 2.0 assists per game in EuroLeague Qualifying Round. He also notched 11.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in EuroCup. The guard also averaged 6.4 points and 1.9 boards in PBL. In VTB League his stats read 11.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per appearance.
Mire Chatman joined Unics at the start of the season. The point guard delivered 10.8 points, 4.3 boards, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game in EuroCup. Mire Chatman also notched 6.7 points and 2.3 boards in PBL. In VTB League the guard came up with 7.5 points, 3.3 boards and 2.8 assists.
Igor Zamanskiy joined Unics in the same year as Terrell Lyday. Last season his stats read 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In PBL Igor Zamanskiy posted 4.6 points, while in VTB League he delivered 3.2 points per game.



Nizhny Novgorod extends contract with Zoran Lukic for 2 more years - by Vladimir Lobanov

BC Nizhny Novgorod has extended the contract of their Serbian head coach - Zoran Lukic for two more years.
The team management were very satisfied with Lukic's job this season after he lead the team to the Quarter finals of the VTB League,passing favorites Spartak St.Petersburg in the 1/8 finals and losing only 2-1 to Zalgiris in the 1/4 finals.
Lukic,who is in BC Nizhny Novgorod from the 2008/09 season was delighted to continue with the club:"To be honest, I had some options for future employment . But I gave too much for the establishment of "BC Nizhny Novgorod" in Russian basketball and continue to see the huge potential there is in our team.In such a situation, to me personally, it is interesting to continue this work at the club. In finishing the season with the guys we have made a good step forward and should continue to progress in our results. Now we have coming off-season, but we have to work hard to improve the team for next season".



Unics will not renew contract with Stanislav Eremin - by Eurobasket News

Unics announced their decision not to renew the contract of head coach Stanislav Eremin . The specialist took over the Kazan team in February. He replaced Aco Petrovic . However Unics finished in just the fifth position in PBL regular season. They also surrendered againt Lokomotiv Kuban at the quarterfinal stage of the VTB League. On top of it Unics lost to Valencia in the first round of EuroCup playoffs.


Ural Ekaterinburg tied Superleague Finals - by Eurobasket News

3rd place
Avtodor - Ataman 82-78 (2-0)

The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-21 Ataman's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-78 at the end of the game. Avtodor forced 19 Ataman turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Ataman was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) notched 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-91) supported him with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) by center Alexey Kurtsevich (209-89) did not help to save the game for Ataman. Alexei Nesterov (204-88) added 19 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: S.Burtt 20+7reb+6ast, I.Strebkov 18+5reb+4ast, H.Rollins 14+9reb, A.Podosinnikov 10+5reb, S.Toropov 7+3reb, A.Zaykin 7+3reb
Ataman: A.Nesterov 19+5reb+3ast, A.Kurtsevich 19+12reb+1ast, V.Solovyev 10+8reb+1ast, D.Beliaev 10+2reb, D.Zagnoyko 7+8ast, A.Burtsev 4+3reb
gschID: 241369


FINAL
Univ.Surgut - Ural Ekaterinb. 76-86 (1-1)

Ural Ekaterinburg tied Superleague Finals at 1-1. Ural Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Universitet-Yugra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Chris Monroe (191-81, college: G.Washington) had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Lithuanian point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and guard Anton Ageev (192-84) scored 20 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four Universitet-Yugra players scored in double figures. Universitet-Yugra's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: C.Monroe 27+10reb+5ast, A.McGhee 19+6reb+1ast, D.Nikolaev 14+6reb+1ast, M.Tkachenko 9+1reb+1ast, A.Glazunov 8+5reb+10ast, O.Baranov 4+7reb+1ast
Univ.Surgut: A.Ageev 20+1reb+2ast, L.Lekavicius 16+12reb+3ast, A.Rindin 13+3reb, I.Aleksandrov 11+5reb+1ast, D.Hloponin 9+4reb+1ast, G.Zelenskiy 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 241370



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Scottish National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Fraser Glass
Glass
Scott Russell
Russell
Alasdair Fraser
Fraser
Kieron Achara
Achara
Gareth Murray
Murray
#e#5
4Fraser Glass 185-PG-92 St.Mirren S. Scotland
5Kevin Scott 185-SG-88 Glasgow Storm Scotland
6John Browne 92 E.Lothian P. Scotland
7Ifedade Thomas 185-G/F-88 Troon T. Scotland
8Matthew Dick 201-F Stirling K. Scotland
9Jonny Bunyan 182-PG-92 Glasgow Rocks United Kingdom
10Scott Russell 182-PG-81 C.Eriksson F. Scotland
11Alasdair Fraser 201-F-92 Maine USA
12Christopher Cleary 200-C-88 St.Mirren S. Scotland
13Nicholas Collins 195-F-84 St.Mirren S. Scotland
14Kieron Achara 208-PF-83 Kavala Greece
15Gareth Murray 201-F-84 Glasgow Rocks United Kingdom

Iain Maclean Head Coach Glasgow Storm Scotland
Peter Duncan Assistant Stirling K. Scotland



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Standings - A Liga

A Standings
Superliga
 1. Partizan 11-2 
 2. Crvena Zvezda 10-3 
 3. Mega Vizura 9-4 
 4. Vojvodina 8-5 
 5. Radnicki KG 7-6 
 6. Metalac 3-10 
 7. Sloboda Uzice 3-10 
 8. Konstantin 1-12 
Places 9-17
 1. Vrsac 14-12 
 2. Radnicki Basket 14-12 
 3. Borac 13-13 
 4. OKK Beograd 12-14 
 5. Tamis 11-15 
 6. Smederevo 10-16 
 7. Sloga 9-17 
 8. BKK Radnicki 8-18 
 9. Jagodina 5-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 13

May. 22: Radnicki KG - Sloboda Uzice 96-58
May. 22: Crvena Zvezda - Metalac 88-75
May. 22: Mega Vizura - Vojvodina 85-88
May. 22: Konstantin - Partizan 48-73

Second Stage: Round 14

May. 25: Metalac - Konstantin
May. 25: Partizan - Radnicki KG
May. 25: Sloboda Uzice - Mega Vizura
May. 25: Vojvodina - Crvena Zvezda


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Bojan BAKIC
  Metalac
  (195-SG-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bakic, Metalac19.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena18.9 
 3. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 5. Sibalic, LF Basket17.3 
 6. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.9 
 7. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 8. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 9. Zekovic, Vojvodina14.6 
 10. Kljajevic, C Afri.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.11.8 
 2. Radovic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Dasic, Metalac8.1 
 4. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 5. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 6. Kljajevic, C Afric.6.4 
 7. Lauvergne, Partizan6.2 
 8. Marelja, UCAM M.5.8 
 9. Jevtovic, Sloboda5.8 
 10. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura4.9 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 5. Malidzan, OKK B.4.5 
 6. Nesovic, AEK4.2 
 7. Westermann, Parti.4.1 
 8. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 9. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
 10. Rakocevic, Crvena3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 2. Nesovic, AEK2.1 
 3. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 4. Dasic, Metalac1.9 
 5. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 6. Jeftic, OKK Beogr.1.6 
 7. Jereminov, Tamis1.6 
 8. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 9. Zivanovic, Metalac1.6 
 10. Sljivancanin, Bor.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Slavko VRANES
  Metalac
  (230-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Vranes, Metalac2.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.6 
 3. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 4. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 5. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 6. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 7. Lauvergne, Partizan0.8 
 8. Musli, Partizan0.7 
 9. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 10. Mijovic, Duhok0.7 


Partizan secure pole position ahead of playoffs - by Ivan Milenkovic

Defending champions, Partizan, secured first position in regular season of Superliga and home-court advantage in playoffs after their 11th win in 13 Superliga games.
''Black and whites'' easily defeated Konstantin in Nis - 48-73. Partizan played strong defense from the start and allowed hosts to score only 30 points in 30 minutes. On the other side of the court, Partizan players struggled in first quarter (which ended 11-11), but found their rhythm in next 20 minutes. ''Black and whites'' scored 40 and received 19 points during second and third period, which was enough for convincing win.
Only two Konstantin players scored more than 6 points! Danilo Tasic (202-F-93) led home team with 14 points (and 5 rebounds), while Nemanja Gudzic (195-G/F-90) scored 13 points (0/6 from beyond the arc). Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) scored 14 points each for Partizan and Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) added 10. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) had 8 points and 8 rebounds.



Vojvodina in ABA League! - by Igor Obradovic

After the victory against Mega Vizura in the 13. round of Serbian Super League basketball club Vojvodina ensure place and in the next season will play in the Adriatic league competition (ABA League).
A team from Novi Sad won by a score of 85:88 (20:25, 18:25, 25: 26, 22:12).
Guests had an excellent start off, on entering the fourth quarter, and they even had 13 points advantage over Mega Vizura. In the last quarter Mega played a good game and at one point score was tied 85:85, but after that Vojvodina through Radovan Markovic hit by 2 points and took the lead again in this match. In the next attack of Mega, Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) missed by 2 points and then made a foul on Kuzeta who hit one free throw which was enough for the victory for team of Novi Sad.

Mega Vizura : Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) 15pts, 10rbd, Luka Drca (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket, college: Utah) 16pts, 3rbd, Vasilije Micic 14pts, 3rbd, Marko Lukovic (204-SF-92, agency: Beo Basket) 13pts, 7rbd
Vojvodina Srbijagas : Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket) 21 pts, Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) 16pts, 7rbd, 3ast, Mile Ilic (215-C-84) 14pts, 3rbd, 7ast



Serbia 13. round : Crvena zvezda, Partizan and Radnicki wins - by Igor Obradovic

In the 13th round Superliga Serbia Crvena zvezda Telekom, Partizan mt:s and Radnicki Kragujevac were recorded easy victories in their matches.

In the Pionir Hall in front of 3.000 people, Crvena zvezda was better than the team Metalac from Valjevo with result 90:73 (17:20, 26:12, 27:19).
With this win and lost of Mega Vizura, Crvena zvezda came up to the second position on the table behind Partizan.
Crvena zvezda Telekom : Rakocevic 19pts, 3ast, Nelson 11pts, 6rbd, 4ast, Radivojevic 9pts, 2rbd, 8ast, Savovic 12pts, 4rbd, 1ast
Metalac Koteks : Vranes 15pts, 4rbd, 3ast, Dasic 20pts, 7rbd, 4ast, Tomasevic 13pts, 3rbd

Away in Nis, Serbian defending champion, Partizan easily win home team, Konstantin. They recorded a convincing victory with a score 48:73 (11:11, 8:19, 11:21, 18:22).
After this away win Partizan secured they first posistion before start of play-of matches.
Konstantin : Tasic D. with 14pts, 5rbd and 1ast, Gudzic 13pts, 3rbd, 1ast.
Partizan mt:s : Musli 8pts, 8rbd, 1ast, Milosavljevic 10pts, 6rbd, 3ast, Lucic 14pts, 4rbd and Bertans with 9pts, 6rbd and 2ast.

Radnicki from Kragujevac won easily against Sloboda Uzice with a score 96:58 (28:14, 23:13, 22:15, 23:16)
But despite this victory they have lost all chances to qualify for the finals of the Super League Serbia and also lost all chances to play next year Adriatic league, because they can not possibly come up with fourth place in the table because today's win of Vojvodina in Belgrade's against Mega Vizura (85:88).
Radnicki Kragujevac : Nikolic 20pts, 5rbd, 1ast, Dimic 7pts, 9rbd, 4ast, 1steal, Bircevic 21pts, 8rbd, Miljenovic 15pts, 8rbd, 2steals, 8ast.
Sloboda Uzice : Jevtovic 14pts, 3rbd, Vasic 11pts, 2rbd, 5ast.



Sasa Obradovic stays in ALBA Berlin - by Zoran Popovic

According to official information published on ALBA Berlin web site and in Serbian Sports news, Serbian coach Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ) will stays one more season in German team. This season ALBA Berlin in Germany championship made score of 20 wins and 14 lost games. Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ) came in ALBA Berlin in season 2012-2013. and before ALBA was head coach of RheinEnergie Kln, BC Kyiv, PGE Turow Zgorzelec and BC Donetsk . As a player Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ) was member of Yugoslavian National team from 1993 until 2002.


Kalinic number one in Serbian Superliga for round 13 - by Eurobasket News

Forward Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Vojvodina, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13 (Second Stage).
The 21-year old player was the main contributor (16 points, seven rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Mega Vizura (#3, 9-4) 88-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Vojvodina maintains the 4th position in Serbian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Vojvodina will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. Kalinic has many years of experience at Vojvodina, through which he has constantly improved. Nikola Kalinic averages this season 10.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) of Radnicki KG. Nikolic had a very good evening with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Of course he lead Radnicki KG to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Sloboda Uzice (#7, 3-10) 96-58. Radnicki KG's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Nikolic is one of the most experienced players at Radnicki KG and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) of Mega Vizura (#3). Marjanovic scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Marjanovic's great performance Mega Vizura lost 85-88 to #4 ranked Vojvodina. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Mega Vizura needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 4 lost games. Marjanovic has a great season in Serbia. After 38 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.9ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 68.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milos Dimic (195-G-89) of Radnicki KG - 7 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93) of Radnicki KG - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Luka Drca (198-G-87) of Mega Vizura - 16 points and 4 rebounds
7. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88) of Metalac - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) of Radnicki KG - 21 points and 8 rebounds
9. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) of Partizan - 8 points and 8 rebounds
10. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Crvena Zvezda - 19 points and 3 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Extraliga Round 4 of Finals. Inter Bratislava even title series - by Eurobasket News

Inter Bratislava - Komarno 97-95 OT

Inter Bratislava outlasted Komarno in overtime to record the second consecutive victory in the championship series. Komarno was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-20 charge of Inter Bratislava, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-12. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Alando Tucker (198-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and the former international power forward Martin Rancik (204-78, college: Iowa St.) who added 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Amin Stevens (201-90, college: Florida A&M) responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Kevin Thompson (205-89, college: Morgan St.) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Five Komarno players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: A.Tucker 33+8reb+1ast, M.Rancik 25+10reb+4ast, N.Delic 15+4reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 9+2reb+5ast, P.Sedmak 7+4reb, J.Graham 5+7reb+4ast
Komarno: A.Stevens 21+9reb+4ast, C.Lowe 18+4ast, V.Simpson 18+2reb+3ast, K.Thompson 14+11reb+1ast, J.Kratochvil 10+6reb+2ast, M.Kozlik 6+1reb
gschID: 241238



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Union Olimpija in talks with Ales Pipan - by Eurobasket News

Ales Pipan is close to become the next head coach of Union Olimpija. The team is reportedly in final stage of the talks with the specialist to take over the bridge. Ales Pipan , if appointed, will replace Saso Filipovski . Ales Pipan is currently working with MZT Skopje. He led the team to the FYR Macedonian League Finals where they lead 2-0 against Kozuv. Ales Pipan is also the head coach of FYR Macedonian National Team. Previously the Slovenian specialist worked with Maribor, Lasko, Krka, Geoplin Slovan, Anwil Wloclawek, KK Zadar. He guided the Slovenian National Team in 2004/08 seasons. Ales Pipan also was at helm of the Polish National Team in 2011-12 seasons.
Union Olimpija finished quite unsuccessful season in the second position in Slovenian Telemach League. They also failed to qualify for the Final Four at the Adriatic League.



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Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon20.8 
 2. Mladjan, Lugano T.20.1 
 3. Owens, BBC Nyon20.0 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.19.0 
 5. Ely, Boncourt18.3 
 6. O''Bannon, Hapoel17.8 
 7. Burrows, Starwings17.3 
 8. Dobbins, Larre B.17.2 
 9. Milisavljevi., Lug.17.1 
 10. Reid, Fribourg16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon11.4 
 2. Burrows, Starwings9.4 
 3. Chapman, SAM M.8.5 
 4. Garrett, Fribourg8.1 
 5. Dobbins, Larre B.7.9 
 6. Barber, Lugano T.7.7 
 7. Gordon, Lugano T.7.6 
 8. Volcy, Seigneurs7.5 
 9. Reid, Fribourg7.5 
 10. Dubas, Leuven7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Barrett, SAM M.7.5 
 2. Gibson, MBC7.3 
 3. Milisavljevi., Lug.6.3 
 4. Parker, Geneve L.6.0 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 6. Kojadinovic, Month.4.7 
 7. Laroche, Monthey4.5 
 8. Draughan, Fribourg3.9 
 9. Burrows, Starwings3.5 
 10. Stimac, Geneve L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Barrett, SAM M.2.9 
 2. Gibson, MBC2.9 
 3. Laroche, Monthey2.5 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings2.2 
 5. Petkovic, SAV V.2.1 
 6. Owens, BBC Nyon1.8 
 7. Fergerson, Lugano1.7 
 8. Kojadinovic, Month.1.7 
 9. Ferguson, Boncourt1.6 
 10. James, Geneve L.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  SAM M.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Chapman, SAM M.2.6 
 2. Garrett, Fribourg2.5 
 3. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.5 
 4. Dobbins, Larre B.1.3 
 5. Burrows, Starwings1.3 
 6. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 7. Badji, Neuchatel0.9 
 8. Owens, BBC Nyon0.8 
 9. Mladjan, SAM M.0.8 
 10. Barber, Lugano T.0.7 


LNA Round 2 of Finals. Geneve Lions earn second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Geneve Lions - Lugano Tigers 80-74

Geneve Lions outgunned Lugano Tigers to take 2-0 lead in the title series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Lugano Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kelvin Parker (184-82, college: NW Missouri St.) who scored 26 points. The other American import guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. Geneve Lions' coach Ivan Rudez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) produced 23 points and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and American forward Richie Gordon (203-89, college: W.Carolina) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: K.Parker 26+3reb+2ast, V.Buscaglia 12+4reb+1ast, T.Brown 11+3reb+5ast, A.Stimac 10+4reb+1ast, J.James 9+2reb+2ast, B.Toure 8+8reb+1ast
Lugano Tigers: B.Milisavljevic 23+1reb+5ast, R.Gordon 16+8reb, D.Mladjan 13+2reb+4ast, K.Barber 11+2reb+2ast, D.Stockalper 8+6reb, W.Molteni 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 241178



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TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.24.3 
 2. Kambala, Pi Koleji22.4 
 3. Reese, Baskent21.3 
 4. Carter, Usak20.4 
 5. Hall, Darussafaka17.9 
 6. Knox, Vestel17.7 
 7. Nelson, Akhisar Bld17.5 
 8. Sykes, Bucaneros17.4 
 9. Lowery, Balikesir17.3 
 10. Brown, Humacao16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 KZell WESSON
  Baskent .
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Wesson, Baskent13.6 
 2. Kambala, Pi Koleji12.2 
 3. Bristol, Polzela12.2 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.6 
 5. Moses, Final Gencl.10.1 
 6. Miller, Istanbul.9.7 
 7. Pasco, Balikesir9.7 
 8. Sykes, Bucaneros9.3 
 9. Knox, Vestel8.9 
 10. Ofoegbu, Yesilgir.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.6.5 
 2. Dobie, Trabzonspor5.8 
 3. Grier, Pi Koleji5.2 
 4. El-Amin, Trabzons.4.9 
 5. Hall, Darussafaka4.8 
 6. Porrini, Gelisim4.6 
 7. Sahillioglu, Pi Ko.4.5 
 8. Williams, Maliye M.4.2 
 9. Lowery, Balikesir3.9 
 10. Kan, Baskent3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Pi Koleji
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grier, Pi Koleji2.6 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.3 
 3. Reed, Pertevniyal2.0 
 4. Brown, Humacao2.0 
 5. Waller, San Lazaro1.9 
 6. Carter, Usak1.9 
 7. Lowery, Balikesir1.8 
 8. Celebioglu, Gelisim1.7 
 9. Erol, Gelisim1.6 
 10. Gordon, Yesilgire.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric BUCKNER
  Usak
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Buckner, Usak2.2 
 2. Bristol, Polzela1.6 
 3. Sykes, Bucaneros1.6 
 4. Wesson, Baskent1.3 
 5. Knox, Vestel1.3 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.1.2 
 7. Brown, Pertevniyal0.9 
 8. Carter, Nippon T.0.9 
 9. Morrow, Akhisar0.9 
 10. Carter, Usak0.9 


TB2L Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Akhisar Bld - Usak 51-66 (0-2)

The game without a history. Usak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and swingman Ozcan Surucu (200-83) supported him with 13 points. Usak's coach Ozan Bulkaz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) did not help to save the game for Akhisar Bld. His fellow American import forward Darrius Morrow (203-90, college: E.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 6 points and 14 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Akhisar Bld: T.Nelson 19+13reb+1ast, S.Yavuz 13+3reb+1ast, G.Esmer 6+2reb, D.Morrow 6+14reb+1ast, L.Demirci 3+2reb, C.Terzioglu 2+4reb+1ast
Usak: J.Carter 14+10reb+6ast, O.Surucu 13+3reb+2ast, E.Buckner 11+4reb, S.Kavut 8+4reb+1ast, M.Emre Boztepe 6+4reb+1ast, M.Erol 5+4reb
gschID: 241318


Trabzonspor - Yesilgiresun 62-59 (1-1)

The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 33-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Khalid El-Amin (178-79, college: Connecticut) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Gokhan Orcun Tunca (201-80) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Trabzonspor's coach Hasan Ozmeric used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Alex Gordon (184-85, college: Vanderbilt) responded with 17 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and his fellow American import center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Yesilgiresun: A.Gordon 17+4reb+3ast, J.Ofoegbu 16+8reb, U.Turkoglu 9+2reb, M.Sevda 9+4reb+1ast, G.Gen 5+3reb+1ast, A.Ozdemir 3+1reb+1ast
Trabzonspor: K.El-Amin 16+9reb+4ast, G.Orcun Tunca 14+4reb, K.Pinkney 10+7reb, A.Onder Kulcebas 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Akcay 5+1reb+4ast, A.Guney 4+3reb
gschID: 241317



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Elegar to Puerto Rico - by David Edole

Cangrejeros de Santurce (BSN) tabbed Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) to be apart of the team. Elegar is coming off a season where he led Kalev/Cramo to the Estonian KML league championship. Elegar managed to play in three leagues this past season but played with one team. In 23 KML games he averaged 10.2ppg, 9.0rpg (#3 in the league), 1.1spg and 1.0bpg this season. Because of his play, he as awarded Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Center of the Year and was selected to 1st Team all league and to the All-Imports Team. Elegar also played 16 games in Baltic League where he put up norms of 12.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg. He also contributed to his team making it to the semifinals of that league. A very impressive season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Elegar also played 16 games in VTB United League where he had 8.3ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6spg.
Video of Elegar this past season in Estonia Below.
http://sport.delfi.ee/news/korvpall/kml/frank-elegar-jatkab-hooaega-puerto-ricos.d?id=66167094



Tim Duncan Becomes 1st Player in NBA History to Record 500 Playoff Blocks - by David Edole

By Dan Favale
All the San Antonio Spurs do is win, and all Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) does is make NBA playoff history.
The Big Fundamental registered four blocks in San Antonio's 93-89 Game 2 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, the last of which was his 500th career postseason swat, making him the first player in league history to reach such a milestone.
Duncan's 500 postseason blocks rank first all time (obviously) and are 24 more than second-place Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (476) and 304 more than any active player. Pau Gasol's 196 are the second most among active players.
That means Duncan will stand alone for a while a long while.
For his career, Duncan is averaging 2.5 blocks per playoff game, the second-highest mark of any player who has appeared in at least 100 postseason contests (his 202 appearances rank seventh all time).
Adding to the significance of his latest feat is how it compares to some of the greats.
Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal two of the best shot-blockers to ever grace the hardwood recorded fewer total blocks in fewer playoff games. Simply amazing.
Though Duncan won't go down as the greatest shot-blocker the league has ever seen, it's difficult to dismiss him as the Association's best postseason shot-blocker ever. Not merely because he's reached 500 but because of how he's done it.
This is a guy who is averaging 2.2 blocks per game for his career during the regular season (still impressive) and just seemingly turns it on for the playoffs, elevating his play to a whole different level.
As is often the case with Duncan, he doesn't receive enough credit. I mean, no one else is going to hit 500 for a long, long time.
Because we're all into such things, Dwight Howard and Serge Ibaka have the best chance to become the next "Duncan." Howard is 27 and has 166 career playoff blocks, while Ibaka is 24 and has 156.
To put that in perspective, by the time Duncan was 27, he had 224 postseason blocks, which may not bode well for Dwight. At 24, he had 73, so keep your eyes on Ibaka.
Don't lose sight of Duncan, though. He's eclipsed the 500-block plateau, but he's not done yet.



Santurce lands Frank Elegar - by Eurobasket News

Cangrejeros de Santurce (BSN) tabbed 27-year old U.S. Virgin Islands international center Frank Elegar (208-108kg-86, college: Drexel). He played recently at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian KML league. Elegar managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 23 KML games he averaged 10.2ppg, 9.0rpg (#3 in the league), 1.1spg and 1.0bpg this season. He helped them to win the league title. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Elegar also played 16 games in Baltic League where he had 12.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Elegar also played 16 games in VTB United League where he had 8.3ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6spg. The last season he played at Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (TBL) in Turkish league. In 12 games he had 10.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3spg and 1.4bpg. Elegar also spent pre-season at Marousi BC (A1, starting five) in Greek league that year. In 13 games he had 9.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1bpg. He was tried-out by Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA) in Argentinian league that season.
The previous (10-11) season Elegar played at JA Vichy (ProA, starting five) in French league. In 23 games he had 9.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.8spg. He contributed to his team making it to the French Cup Semifinals.
In 2009-10 season Elegar played at Bornova Belediye in Turkish league. In 33 games he had 11.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg.
In 2008 he was drafted by Albany Patroons (CBA) in fourth round (16th overall).
The former Drexel University standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball. He received NABC All-NCAA District 3 1st Team award back in 2007 at his college time. Elegar also represented U.S. Virgin Islands at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 11.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 0.0%.
Elegar has played also professionally in Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Culpepper, Fe.21.6 
 2. Dykes, Hoverla17.5 
 3. Greer, Azovmash17.3 
 4. Goods, Hapoel T-A17.2 
 5. Thomas, Cherkasy16.9 
 6. Vukosavljevi., Hal.16.5 
 7. Mayo, Mykolaiv16.1 
 8. Songaila, BC Do.15.9 
 9. Mitchell, Halychyna15.8 
 10. Lyons, Budivelnyk15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.5 
 2. Moore, Fe.9.0 
 3. Jones, Albacomp8.5 
 4. Wiggins, DniproAzot8.0 
 5. Eziukwu, Panele.7.9 
 6. Muldrow, Pieno Z.7.6 
 7. Fischer, BC Donet.7.4 
 8. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.2 
 9. Lyons, Budivelnyk6.9 
 10. Harris, Azovmash6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lynn GREER
  Azovmash
  (186-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Greer, Azovmash7.1 
 2. Low, Dnipro6.9 
 3. Florence, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Lawrence, Hoverla6.2 
 5. Deane, Khimik6.0 
 6. Zimmerman, Neckar5.8 
 7. Perkins, Olympiacos5.4 
 8. Mitchell, Halychyna5.2 
 9. Adams, Orleans5.1 
 10. Brazelton, Petroc.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Szolnok
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Florence, Szolnok2.0 
 2. Adams, Orleans1.9 
 3. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 4. Shavies, Mykolaiv1.9 
 5. Frazier, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 6. Culpepper, Fe.1.8 
 7. Zimmerman, Neckar1.8 
 8. Low, Dnipro1.6 
 9. Dykes, Hoverla1.6 
 10. Eziukwu, Panele.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Pieno Z.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Muldrow, Pieno Z.3.1 
 2. Fischer, BC Donet.1.9 
 3. Eziukwu, Panele.1.8 
 4. Goodridge, Yesilgi.1.6 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.6 
 6. Balashov, BC Odes.1.3 
 7. Gumeniuk, Mykolaiv1.3 
 8. Hunter, Cherkasy1.3 
 9. Fesenko, BC Donet.1.3 
 10. Raduljica, Azovm.1.1 


Superleague Round 4 of Finals. Budivelnyk stun Azovmash in Mariupol - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Azovmash - Budivelnyk 63-80

Budivelnyk thumped Azovmash in Mariupol to even the championship series at 2-2. The game without a history. Budivelnyk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) who scored that evening 6 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) supported him with 18 points. Budivelnyk's coach Ainars Bagatskis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds by Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) did not help to save the game for Azovmash. American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) added 18 points and 7 assists for lost side.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: M.Raduljica 23+13reb, L.Greer 18+4reb+7ast, O.Kolchenko 9+2reb+1ast, D.Zabirchenko 5+4reb+2ast, T.Dragicevic 4+4reb+3ast, I.Zaytsev 4+6reb+1ast
Budivelnyk: M.Anisimovas 18+4reb, L.Lyons 14+4reb+2ast, G.Tsintsadze 12+3reb+3ast, D.Kickert 10+3reb+2ast, D.Salenga 9+2reb+1ast, A.Drozdov 9+5reb+4ast
gschID: 240437



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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

Metropolitan Standings
 1. Larre Borges 2-0 
 2. Stockholmo 2-0 
 3. 25 de Agosto 1-0 
 4. Guruyu Waston 1-0 
 5. Cader 1-1 
 6. Capitol 1-1 
 7. Urunday Univ. 1-1 
 8. Verdirrojo 1-1 
 9. Welcome 1-1 
 10. Colon 0-2 
 11. Marne 0-2 
 12. Yale 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

May. 21: Capitol - Cader 94-83
May. 20: Larre Borges - Marne 87-70
May. 21: Colon - Stockholmo 75-79
May. 20: Yale - Welcome 65-75
May. 20: Urunday Univ. - Verdirrojo 57-74
May. 21: 25 de Agosto - Guruyu Waston 0-0

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 24: 25 de Agosto - Capitol
May. 24: Cader - Larre Borges
May. 24: Guruyu Waston - Yale
May. 25: Colon - Marne
May. 25: Stockholmo - Verdirrojo
May. 25: Urunday Univ. - Welcome


Stcokolmo and Larre are leading the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Tirrell Baines (198-F-86, college: Marshall) netted 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds leading Stockolmo to beat Colon 79-75 and the winner is now leading the Metro league along with Larre Borges, both with a 2-0 record. Also for Stockolmo, Daniel Rivero (182-G-77) scored 17 points. For Colon, Myles Walker (203-C-90, college: Indiana St.) scored 26 points with 11 rebounds and 2 blocks.Capitol defeated Cader 94-83 and both teams has now a 1-1 record. For Capitol Juan Wenzel (190-G-89) 26 points with 6 assists, Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) added 16 points with 10 rebounds 2 blocks and 4 assists. For Cader Marcel Subervielle scored 22 points with 6 rebounds and Gerald Inman (208-F-87, college: Rutgers) added 17 points with 12 rebounds.


Uruguay NT announce training camp invitees - by Eurobasket News

The Uruguayan National Team will soon begin their preparations for the 2013 Fiba Americas Championship. Uruguay will take part at the Stankovic Cup in China as part of that preparatory work. The first training camp of the team is scheduled to tip off on June 10. Seventeen players have been invited to attend the training sessions. These are:

Martin Aguilera (195-F-87)
Federico Alvarez (194-F-88)
Emiliano Cane
Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86)
Marcos Cabot (178-PG-89)
Hernando Caceres (201-C-94)
Mathias Calfani (202-C-92)
Nicolas Catala (195-F-91)
Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91)
Federico Haller (198-F-88)
Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C-85)
Brad Kanis (218-C-84, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Grand Canyon)
Gonzalo Meira (192-F-88)
Luciano Parodi (182-PG-94)
Rodrigo Trelles (191-F-88)
Santiago Vidal (180-PG-89)
Ignacio Guerra.



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  USA   


Duke's Mike Krzyzewski to continue as coach of USA Basketball - by Eurobasket News

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski will return as head coach of USA Basketball for the 2016 Olympics, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Wednesday. A formal announcement is scheduled for Thursday. SI.com first reported the news. Krzyzewski has accumulated a 62-1 record with USA Basketball while winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. The 66-year-old Hall of Famer previously stated he planned to end his tenure, walk away before the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Madrid. But he's now decided otherwise and will coach USA Basketball in Madrid in 2014 and in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. USA Basketball's next mini-camp with possible team members will be in July. Krzyzewski is the winningest coach in college basketball history with 957 career victories. He's won four national championships and made 11 Final Fours. His Blue Devils are expected to be a preseason top-10 team when the AP poll is released in October.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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  VENEZUELA   


Steffphon Pettigrew (ex Marinos) agreed terms with Guasave - by Eurobasket News

Frayles de Guasave (CIBACOPA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-100kg-89, college: W.Kentucky). He was tested at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league, but was released by the team in April. In only one LPB game he had 3 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block this season. This season Pettigrew played at Abejas (LNBP). In 44 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.0spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Honorable Mention. The last season he played at Atletico Aguada (LUB) in Uruguayan league. In 44 games he averaged remarkable 19.2ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.8apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com Uruguay LUB All-Imports Team.
Among other achievements Pettigrew's college team won Sun Belt Tournament for two years in a row (2008 and 2009).
He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Unics plans to split ways with three players - by Eurobasket News

Unics announced they would not renew the contracts of Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU), Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) and Igor Zamanskiy (202-F-77, agency: Alti Sport).
Terrell Lyday has played for the Kazan team since 2008. Last season he notched 19.5 points, 2.0 assists per game in EuroLeague Qualifying Round. He also notched 11.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in EuroCup. The guard also averaged 6.4 points and 1.9 boards in PBL. In VTB League his stats read 11.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per appearance.
Mire Chatman joined Unics at the start of the season. The point guard delivered 10.8 points, 4.3 boards, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game in EuroCup. Mire Chatman also notched 6.7 points and 2.3 boards in PBL. In VTB League the guard came up with 7.5 points, 3.3 boards and 2.8 assists.
Igor Zamanskiy joined Unics in the same year as Terrell Lyday. Last season his stats read 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In PBL Igor Zamanskiy posted 4.6 points, while in VTB League he delivered 3.2 points per game.



Unics will not renew contract with Stanislav Eremin - by Eurobasket News

Unics announced their decision not to renew the contract of head coach Stanislav Eremin . The specialist took over the Kazan team in February. He replaced Aco Petrovic . However Unics finished in just the fifth position in PBL regular season. They also surrendered againt Lokomotiv Kuban at the quarterfinal stage of the VTB League. On top of it Unics lost to Valencia in the first round of EuroCup playoffs.


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  WBA   

Standings

WBA Standings
 1. Anderson H. 0-0 
 2. Atlanta Blaze 0-0 
 3. Conyers CK 0-0 
 4. Gastonia G. 0-0 
 5. Gwinnett Majic 0-0 
 6. Rome G. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Jun. 7: Gastonia G. - Anderson H.
Jun. 7: Conyers CK - Atlanta Blaze
Jun. 7: Rome G. - Georgia Majic



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Canada0-0
2. Croatia0-0
3. Spain0-0
4. S.Korea0-0
Group B
1. Argentina0-0
2. Czech Rep.0-0
3. Iran0-0
4. Lithuania0-0
Group C
1. Australia0-0
2. Brazil0-0
3. Senegal0-0
4. Serbia0-0
Group D
1. China0-0
2. Ivory Coast0-0
3. Russia0-0
4. USA0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Jun. 27: ESP - CAN
Jun. 27: CRO - KOR

Group B

Jun. 27: CZE - LTU
Jun. 27: IRI - ARG

Group C

Jun. 27: SEN - AUS
Jun. 27: SRB - BRA

Group D

Jun. 27: CHN - RUS
Jun. 27: IVO - USA




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Women News

Standings - Women

A1 Standings
 1. Flamutari 19-2 
 2. Tirana 19-2 
 3. Apolonia 15-6 
 4. Kamza Basket 12-9 
 5. Vllaznia 8-13 
 6. Skenderbeu 6-15 
 7. Studenti 3-18 
 8. Elbasani 2-19 


Flamutari triumphs at 2012/2013 season! - by Eurobasket News

Flamurtari - Apolonia 56-53 (3-0)

Flamutari triumphs at 2012/2013 season! The winners swept the Final series against Apolonia 3-0 due to the last victory 56:53.
Flamurtari trailed 12-17 after the first period and could not change the game in the first half. Apolonia posted a 13-10 rally in the second frame and led 30:22 at the halftime. Flamurtari however dominated the second half and managed to seal the victory. They won the third quarter 15-11 and finished the game with 19-12 in the last stanza.
Todorevic top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Migena Plasa (185-C-76) netted 14. Elektra Zykaj (181-F-90) scored 12 and Eljona Comollari (187-C-90) had 8. Adelajda Aliaj (188-C-87) replied with 14 points in the losing effort, while Mehmeti poured in 13. Igena Qypi (179-F-90) had 11 and Semanjaku delivered 9.

Flamurtari: Myrto (5), Elektra Zykaj (12), Migena Plasa (14), Todorevic (17), Eljona Comollari (8) / Elmazi, Demiraj.
Apolonia: A. Semanjaku (4), Komti (2), E.Semanjaku (9), Mehmeti (13), Adelajda Aliaj (14) / Igena Qypi (11), Selmani.



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  BELGIUM   


Laurence Van Malderen remain with the Belgian Champions - by Eurobasket News

Laurence Van Malderen (192-C-81, agency: LBM Management) remain with the Belgian Champions for the next season. The Center will enter her fourth season with Belfius Namur.
Together with Belfius Namur in April Laurence Van Malderen celebrated D1 title. They overcame Kangoeroes-Boom 62:61 in the decisive third game of the title series. Laurence Van Malderen chipped in 14 points in the winning effort.
In 2012-2013 for Belfius Namur Capitale (D1, starting five) she averaged 13.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 69.2%. In EuroCup her stats read 8.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 34.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 42.9%.
Only this year she was named Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention and became Belgian League Regular Season Champion . She was named Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Domestic Players Team -13 and became Belgian League Champion -13. Moreover Laurence Van Malderen was Belgian Cup Winner -13 with her team.



Belgium U16 comes back from Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U16 comes back from Luxembourg. The Junior national Team posted only one victory and finished on the last place.
France U16 wins Dussmann Trophy that took place from 18th-20th May in Luxembourg. The French side posted three victories and clinched the top place.
In Day 1 France U16 overcame Belgium U16 63:46. Omella Bankole top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Alix Duchet added 16. Belgium's top scorers are Fauve Bastiaenssens and Serena Lyn-Geldof with 9 points each.
Luxembourg surprised Belgium 49:41. It was the initial win for the hosts, but the victory allowed them to take the final second spot later at the tournament.
In Day 3 Belgium overcame Slovakia 59:54, but finished last. Both teams as well as Luxembourg finished with 1-2 record.



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  CANADA   


Canadian National Team 2013 - by Simas

Canadian National Team 2013
#s#
Natalie Achonwa
Achonwa
Kayla Alexander
Alexander
Miranda Ayim
Ayim
Janelle Bekkering
Bekkering
Krysten Boogaard
Boogaard
#e#5
Natalie Achonwa 190-F-92 Notre Dame
Kayla Alexander 193-C-91 S.Antonio SS
Miranda Ayim 191-F/C-88 Orduspor Turkey
Janelle Bekkering 181-SF-88 Kangoeroes-B. Belgium
Krysten Boogaard 195-C-88 Nice France
Justine Colley 175-G-91 St.Mary's Canada
Nirra Fields 175-G-93 UCLA
Ruth Hamblin 198-C Oregon St.
Kalisha Keane 185-F-89 S.Antonio SS
Miah-Marie Langlois 176-PG-91 Windsor Canada
Lizanne Murphy 185-F-84 Aix-en-Provence France
Kia Nurse 177-PG-96
Krista Phillips 198-C-88 Dandenong R. Australia
Courtnay Pilypaitis 184-G-88 VICI Aistes Lithuania
Katherine Plouffe 190-F-92 Marquette
Michelle Plouffe 193-F-92 Utah
Emily Potter 195-C-95
Folade Raincock-Ekunwe 188-F-91 Simon Fraser Canada
Karly Roser 178-G-93 Northwestern
Kendel Ross 185-G/F-88 GDESSA Portugal
Stephany Skrba 188-F-87 Bourges France
Kim Smith 172-G UTEP
Alisha Tatham 180-G-86 Basel Switzerland
Tamara Tatham 185-F-85 Halle Germany
Shona Thorburn 178-G-82 Aix-en-Provence France
Jamie Weisner 178-G Oregon St.
Taryn Wicijowski 190-F-91 Utah
Korissa Williams 177-G-92 Windsor Canada
Emma Wolfram 193-C-95

Lisa Thomaidis Head Coach Saskatchewan Canada



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  CHINA   


Beijing Great Wall bring in Australian Elizabeth Cambage - by Eurobasket News

Beijing Great Wall bring in Australian Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) for the next season. The Aussie player will continue her career in China.
Last year Zhejiang Far East agreed on terms of contract with Elizabeth Cambage. The Aussie player is expected to earn around $400,000 for four month in China. The centre spent the last season with the Bulleen Melbourne Boomers in WNBL. She tallied 21.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.2 assists per game. The centre also had stints with Dandenong Rangers, AIS and Tulsa Shock during her career. Elizabeth Cambage was named All-Australian WNBL Player of the Year in 2011. She made it into WNBA All-Rookie Team in 2011. She was the member of U19 and U20 Australian National Teams. The centre has been recently selected for the Australian NT for Olympic Games in London.
In 2012-2013 for Zhejiang Far East (China-WCBA, starting five) Elizabeth Cambage became the second top-scorer of the League with 36.2ppg, Reb-5 (11.1rpg), Blocks-1 (2.5bpg), FGP-1 (78.5%), FT: 79.8%.



China hand three defeats to Cuba - by Eurobasket News

China and Cuba played three exhibition games. Tom Maher debuted on the bridge of the Chinese selection with three consecutive victories.
China opened the exhibition series with a comfortable 73:57 victory. Gao Song (190-PF-92) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Ji YanYan (182-G-85) added 13 points for the hosts. Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) responded with 19 points and 8 boards for Cuba.
The next game was a closer battle. Cuba stuck around for the bigger part of the clash but the Asian powerhouse snatched a 74:67 victory at the end. Ji YanYan banked 14 points to carry China to the win. Yamara Amargo topscored for Cuba again with 26 points. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) contributed 15 points in the loss.
Finally China recorded a 75:67 win. Chen Nan (197-C-83) stepped up with 21 points for the winning side. Wen Lu (188-F-90) added 14 points in the victory. Yamara Amargo replied with 29 points for Cuba. Marlen Cepeda (193-C-85) dropped 19 points and pulled down 10 boards for the Latin American team.



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  CROATIA   


Novi Zagreb tab Tina Trebec - by Eurobasket News

Novi Zagreb made another market move. They landed Tina Trebec (189-C-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency). The Slovenian centre played for Basket Slovanka this past season. She averaged 14.3 points and 4.4 boards per game in ZBL. Last (2011/12) season Tina Trebec had a stint with Merkur Celje. She averaged 17.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists per appearance in Adriatic League. In Slovenian League the centre posted 19.6 points and 7.1 boards. She was named All-Slovenian League Player of the Year. Tina Trebec has been the member of the Slovenian National Team since 2010. She participated at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Her stats read 10.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game at the event.


Novi Zagreb lands Trebec - by Zeljko Zule

The busiest team at the start of the summer signing market continues to be Novi Zagreb. The freshly crowned Croatian champion announced the addition of Slovenian national team member Tina Trebec (189-C-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) for the upcoming season. Trebec arrives from Czech side Slovanka MB, for whom she appeared in 18 League games and averaged 14.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks over 28 minutes in her first season abroad.


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  CUBA   


China hand three defeats to Cuba - by Eurobasket News

China and Cuba played three exhibition games. Tom Maher debuted on the bridge of the Chinese selection with three consecutive victories.
China opened the exhibition series with a comfortable 73:57 victory. Gao Song (190-PF-92) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Ji YanYan (182-G-85) added 13 points for the hosts. Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) responded with 19 points and 8 boards for Cuba.
The next game was a closer battle. Cuba stuck around for the bigger part of the clash but the Asian powerhouse snatched a 74:67 victory at the end. Ji YanYan banked 14 points to carry China to the win. Yamara Amargo topscored for Cuba again with 26 points. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) contributed 15 points in the loss.
Finally China recorded a 75:67 win. Chen Nan (197-C-83) stepped up with 21 points for the winning side. Wen Lu (188-F-90) added 14 points in the victory. Yamara Amargo replied with 29 points for Cuba. Marlen Cepeda (193-C-85) dropped 19 points and pulled down 10 boards for the Latin American team.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic beat Ukraine once again - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic -Ukraine 74:67

Czech Republic beat Ukraine once again. In Game 2 the Czechs posted a 74:67 victory winning the Rebounds of the game 38-25.
Czech Republic opened the game with 22-16 and increased to 15 points at the halftime. The board showed 42:27 when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Ukraine managed to reduce the gap in the third quarter and trailed 62:51 with 10 minutes to go. Moreover the cut it to final 7 points and looked better in the last period.
Jana Vesela (194-PF-83) , Zrustova and Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 9 points each. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) and Krizova posted 8 points each in a win. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, whilst Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) produced 10. Inna Kochubei (174-G-82) and Mircheva followed them with 8 points each in a loss.
Czech Republic made 24 turnovers versus 21 from Ukraine.

Czech Republic: Jana Vesela 9, Zrustova 9, Lenka Bartakova 9, Katerina Elhotova 8, Krizova 8
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 12, Olena Ogorodnikova 10, Inna Kochubei 8, Mircheva 8



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  ESTONIA   


Estonian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Trine Kasemagi
Kasemagi
Kadri-Ann Lass
Lass
Jane Svilberg
Svilberg
Marie Roosalu
Roosalu
Anett Nurm
Nurm
#e#5
4Anett Nurm 183-F-96 Audentes SG/N. Estonia
5Trine Kasemagi 190-C-95 Eclex Tallinn Estonia
6Kristi Tamp 173-PG-95 Audentes SG/N. Estonia
7Kadri-Ann Lass 175-F-96 Eclex Tallinn Estonia
8Laura Noor 170-G-95 Eclex Tallinn Estonia
9Anni Tagapere 172-G-95 Audentes SG/N. Estonia
10Jane Svilberg 179-F-95 Eclex Tallinn Estonia
11Marie Roosalu 178-F-96 Audentes SG/N. Estonia
13Kaari Kamp 176-F-96 Rapla KK Estonia
14Katlin Korjus 182-SF-96
15Sofia Anissimova 179-F-96 Tallina U. Estonia
17Laura Noor 170-G-95 Eclex Tallinn Estonia

Marek Koitla Head Coach Tallina U. Estonia
Ants Vandrik Assistant Marcus Estonia
Rando Reining Assistant Eclex Tallinn Estonia



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  EUROCUP   


Laurence Van Malderen remain with the Belgian Champions - by Eurobasket News

Laurence Van Malderen (192-C-81, agency: LBM Management) remain with the Belgian Champions for the next season. The Center will enter her fourth season with Belfius Namur.
Together with Belfius Namur in April Laurence Van Malderen celebrated D1 title. They overcame Kangoeroes-Boom 62:61 in the decisive third game of the title series. Laurence Van Malderen chipped in 14 points in the winning effort.
In 2012-2013 for Belfius Namur Capitale (D1, starting five) she averaged 13.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 69.2%. In EuroCup her stats read 8.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 34.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 42.9%.
Only this year she was named Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention and became Belgian League Regular Season Champion . She was named Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Domestic Players Team -13 and became Belgian League Champion -13. Moreover Laurence Van Malderen was Belgian Cup Winner -13 with her team.



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tina CHARLES
  Connecti.
  (193-C-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. Charles, Connecti.24.0 
 2. Milovanovic, UNIQA19.1 
 3. Lavender, Familia18.4 
 4. Johnson, S.Antoni.18.3 
 5. Ogwumike, L.Angele.17.5 
 6. Marginean, Istanb.17.3 
 7. Parker, L.Angele.16.9 
 8. Pierson, New Y.15.9 
 9. Bonner, Phoenix M.15.8 
 10. Abdi, L.Angeles S.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tina CHARLES
  Connecti.
  (193-C-88)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Charles, Connecti.12.5 
 2. Bonner, Phoenix M.10.5 
 3. Parker, L.Angele.10.4 
 4. Lavender, Familia8.6 
 5. Henry, Atlanta D.8.5 
 6. Can, Tarsus Bld8.4 
 7. McCoughtry, Fener.8.1 
 8. Johnson, S.Antoni.8.0 
 9. Teilane-T., Nadezh.7.9 
 10. Ogwumike, L.Angel.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Laia PALAU
  CCC P.
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Palau, CCC P.6.4 
 2. Skerovic, USK Praha6.2 
 3. Bojovic, Good A.5.5 
 4. Ouvina, Wisla C.4.8 
 5. Taurasi, Phoen.4.7 
 6. Hurst, Canberra C.4.6 
 7. Dumerc, Bourges4.4 
 8. Dominguez, UMMC4.4 
 9. Robinson, Tarsus B.4.3 
 10. Vardarli, Fener.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Anna CRUZ
  Rivas Ecopolis
  (173-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Cruz, Rivas Ecopol.2.9 
 2. Lyttle, Galatasaray2.6 
 3. Bojovic, Good A.2.4 
 4. Ouvina, Wisla C.2.4 
 5. McCoughtry, Fener.2.3 
 6. Gomis, Arras2.3 
 7. Robinson, Tarsus B.2.3 
 8. Robbins, Targoviste2.2 
 9. Milovanovic, UNIQA2.1 
 10. Ogwumike, L.Angel.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Fener.
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Veremeenko, Fener.2.1 
 2. Parker, L.Angele.1.5 
 3. Majewska, CCC P.1.5 
 4. Lassiter, Mondevil.1.2 
 5. Vieru, Spartak1.1 
 6. Godin, Familia Sch.1.0 
 7. Ndongue, Bourges1.0 
 8. Kulichova, Good A.0.9 
 9. Vaughn, Washingt.0.9 
 10. Teilane-T., Nadez.0.9 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Latvia to miss Sabine Niedola in France - by Eurobasket News

Latvia to miss Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) in France at Eurobakset 2013. The Latvian player will be out of action for six months with a torn ACL.
Sabine Niedola finished the season in Spain for Cadi ICG Software (Spain-LFB): In 19 games she averaged 4.5ppg, 3.1rpg. Niedola finished the earlier season with Caja Rural averaging 4.9 points and 4 rebounds for 9 games in LFB. She joined them in January. Before that, Niedola shined with TTT Riga with 18.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.9 spg and 2.6 apg for 9 games in Latvian league. She started the season with Liepajas metalurgs. In 2010/11, Niedola was a member of French Nantes.
Sabine Niedola is active member of the Latvian NT since 2009. She had 7.3 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 8 game in 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. A year ago she had 4.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 9 games at the EuroBasket in Poland. Niedola shined with Latvian youth National Teams in the past.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

W-Standings - Div.A

Standings
Group A
1. Bulgaria0-0
2. Croatia0-0
3. Spain0-0
4. Greece0-0
Group B
1. Latvia0-0
2. Russia0-0
3. Sweden0-0
4. Turkey0-0
Group C
1. Belgium0-0
2. Italy0-0
3. Lithuania0-0
4. Holland0-0
Group D
1. Czech Rep.0-0
2. France0-0
3. Hungary0-0
4. Slovakia0-0



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

W-Standings - Group A

Standings
Group A
1. Belarus0-0
2. Czech Rep.0-0
3. Holland0-0
4. Turkey0-0
Group B
1. Croatia0-0
2. U.Kingdom0-0
3. Spain0-0
4. Russia0-0
Group C
1. Greece0-0
2. Portugal0-0
3. Serbia0-0
4. Sweden0-0
Group D
1. France0-0
2. Italy0-0
3. Slovenia0-0
4. Slovakia0-0



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

W-Standings - Group A

Standings
Group A
1. Belarus0-0
2. Holland0-0
3. Serbia0-0
4. Ukraine0-0
Group B
1. Spain0-0
2. Greece0-0
3. Poland0-0
4. Slovakia0-0
Group C
1. France0-0
2. Hungary0-0
3. Italy0-0
4. Russia0-0
Group D
1. Germany0-0
2. Lithuania0-0
3. Sweden0-0
4. Turkey0-0


Samsun to host Division A from July 4-14 - by Eurobasket News

Samsun to host Division A from 4-14 July. The Turkish city will invite 16 teams that are divided into 4 groups.
Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus and Netherlands will play in Group A.
Poland, Slovak Republic, Greece and Spain made Group B. In Group C Italy will play against Russia, Hungary and France. Turkey, Lithuania, Germany and Sweden were sent to Group D.
In 2012 Spain was too strong for Russia 59:46 in the gold medal game at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Spain defended the title which they won 2 years ago in Novi Sad. Two years ago Spain also outplayed Russia in the title game 62:53. Turkey won the bronze medal in Debrecen. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) is named MVP of the tournament.
Greece won the gold medal at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. They outsmarted Czech Republic 76-71 in the last day of the competition. Greece also won the promotion for Division A, while the host of this event failed to do it. Hungary took the bronze. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) is MVP of the tournament.



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  FINLAND   


Finnish U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Anni Jamsa
Jamsa
Elina Koskimies
Koskimies
Ulriikka Latvala
Latvala
Vilma Purhonen
Purhonen
Elli Koskinen
Koskinen
#e#5
4Anni Jamsa 167-PG-95 HyPo Finland
5Riikka Kujala 165-G-95 ViVe Finland
6Elina Koskimies 180-F-96 KaPo Finland
7Jenni Rantanen 171-G-95 Honka Finland
8Ulriikka Latvala 173-SG-95 Huima Finland
9Evianna Sipila 178-SF-95 Honka Finland
10Ninni Salmi 182-F-96 KaPo Finland
11Veera Valimaa 182-F-96 Pyrinto Finland
12Ida Myllyoja 180-SF-96 TuRi Finland
13Vilma Purhonen 183-PF-95 Honka Finland
14Armi Anttila 189-F/C-95 Honka Finland
15Elli Koskinen 193-C-96 TuRi Finland

Mikko Larkas Head Coach Tapiolan Honka Finland
Ilkka Palviainen Assistant Namika Lahti Finland
Emma Malm Assistant



Finnish National Team 2013 - by Simas

Finnish National Team 2013
#s#
Vilma Kesanen
Kesanen
Heta Korpivaara
Korpivaara
Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta
Lehtoranta
Emmi Leino
Leino
Anni Makitalo
Makitalo
#e#5
Vilma Kesanen 179-G-88 ToPo Finland
Heta Korpivaara 186-G/F-84 Heli Girls Germany
Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta 175-G-91 PeKa Finland
Emmi Leino 182-F/G-94 Honka Finland
Anni Makitalo 175-F-91 Catz Finland
Reetta Piipari 170-PG-80 PeKa Finland
Dionne Pounds 174-F-84 Caja Rural Spain
Minna Sten 189-F-87 HoNsU Finland
Tiina Sten 189-G/F-85 Wasserburg Germany
Taru Tuukkanen 190-C-77 Caja Rural Spain
Hanna Vapamaa 180-F-90 Catz Finland
Anniina Aijanen 189-C-95 BC Nokia Finland

Anton Mirolybov Head Coach HBA-Marsky Finland



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  FRANCE   


France U16 wins Dussmann Trophy - by Eurobasket News

France U16 wins Dussmann Trophy that took place from 18th-20th May in Luxembourg. The French side posted three victories and clinched the top place.
In Day 1 France U16 overcame Belgium U16 63:46. Omella Bankole top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Alix Duchet (165-PG-97) added 16. Belgium's top scorers are Fauve Bastiaenssens and Serena Lyn-Geldof with 9 points each.
In Day 2 France outscored Slovakia 67:59. France controlled the majority of the game and reached the second straight win.
In Day 3 France rolled over Luxembourg 66:49 and posted the third victory. France proved their ambitions for European Championship in Bulgaria. The tournament will be played in August 1-11.



France federation has announced preliminary rosters for U19 - by Bas Hendriks

Last years U18 champions France will start preparation towards the World Cup that will take place later this summer. First day of camp is May 24.

No less than 10 out of last years 12 players will return looking to claim a spot on the French squad that will be led by Jerome Fournier who is in for his last stint with the National teams. Amongst familiar faces are creative heart and soul of the team Lidija Turcinovic, and perennial allstar and current MVP Olivia Epoupa. France will play Netherlands, Senegal and Canada in the group stages of the world cup. In preparation to the Worldcup they will tip off in Rez and Fougres as well in the Mediterranian Cup that will take place during Eurobasket 2013.

The roster:

BrendaAgblemagnon1.921995IntrieureArras
ValrianneAyayi1.841994AilireBasket Landes
MamounaBa1.901996IntrieureCentre Fdral
MarimeBadiane1.891994IntrieureRoche Vende BC
ClarinceDjaldi Tabdi1.841995AilireCentre Fdral
OliviaEpoupa1.641994MeneuseBasket Landes
EliseFagnez1.981995IntrieureCentre Fdral
AbyGaye1.951995IntrieureCentre Fdral
MathildeGeisser1.921994IntrieureBourges Basket
OphlieIrabe1.801995AilireUSO Mondeville
PaulineLithard1.651994MeneuseReims
EvaMarsac1.831994AilireLimoges ABC (LF2)
Marie-EvePaget1.701994MeneuseCavigal Nice Basket 06 (LF2)
AwaSissoko1.801994AilireSIG
MamignanToure1.801994AilireArras
LidijaTurcinovic1.781994LeaderBasket Lattes Montpellier
AmlieVoynet1.831994WingerSI Graffenstaden



Lyon bring in Bintou Dieme - by Eurobasket News

Lyon bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Bintou Dieme (164-PG-84). The point guard spent the last season with Villenueve DAscq. She posted 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Bintou Dieme was named into All-French LFB 2nd Team. Dieme played for Le Havre in 2011/12 season. Her stats read 16.7 points, 5.6 boards, 5.1 assists and 2.6 assists per appearance in LF2 that season. Bintou Dieme was trumped All-French LF2 Guard of the Year. Earlier the point guard had spells for Joventud, Union Saint-Amand, Villenueve, Pays dAix Basket and Cote dOpale Basket. She was EuroCup Cup and LFB Cup Finalist in 2006 and 2008 respectively.


Soana Lucet will continue her career in Angers - by Eurobasket News

Angers have entered the market. The LFB newcomers tabbed Soana Lucet (186-F-87, college: Arizona). The New Caledonian forward spent the last season in Belgium. She played for Castors Braine. Soana Lucet posted 11.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in Division I. The forward earned All-Belgian League Honourable Mention. Soana Lucet started 2011/12 season with Arras. Her stats read 2.3 points and 1.4 boards per appearance in LFB. In EuroCup the forward notched 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. She later in the season moved to Castors Braine. Lucet was named into All-Belgian League 2nd Team in 2012.


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  HUNGARY   


Anna Vajda joins Botas - by Eurobasket News

Botas made a big market move. They agreed on terms of contract with Hungarian international Anna Vadja (191-F/C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas). The centre started the last season with Samsun Basketbol. She posted 10.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in TKBL. Later in the season Anna Vadja moved to Spain. She inked a deal with Rivas Ecopolis. Her stats read 7.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in LFB. In EuroLeague Anna Vadja posted 7.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per appearance. The centre has been the member of the Hungarian National Team since 2003. She posted 6.1 points, 6.5 boards and 1.6 assists per game at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.


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  ICELAND   


Icelandic U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Hallveig Jonsdottir
Jonsdottir
Ingunn Kristinardottir
Kristinardottir
Marin Laufey Davidsdottir
Davidsdottir
Sara Run Hinriksdottir
Hinriksdottir
Anita Arnadottir
Arnadottir
#e#5
4Anita Arnadottir 95 Breidablik Iceland
5Lovisa Henningsdottir 184-G-95 Haukar Iceland
6Hallveig Jonsdottir 180-G-95 Valur Iceland
7Anita Kristmundsdottir 154-G-95 Njardvik Iceland
8Ingunn Kristinardottir 170-G-95 Keflavik Iceland
9Johanna Run Styrmisdottir 174-F-95 Grindavik Iceland
10Sollilja Bjarnadottir 171-C-95 Valur Iceland
11Gudlaug Bjort Juliusdottir 172-SF-96 Njardvik Iceland
12Sandra Lind Thrastardottir 172-C-96 Keflavik Iceland
13Marin Laufey Davidsdottir 172-G-94 Hamar Iceland
14Sara Run Hinriksdottir 165-F-96 Keflavik Iceland
15Elsa Run Karlsdottir 188-C-96 Valur Iceland

Margret Sturlaugsdottir Head Coach
Ingvar Thor Gudjonsson Assistant



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  INDONESIA   


Surabaya Emdee Fever and Tomang Sakti Mighty Bees Jakarta advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Surabaya Emdee Fever and Tomang Sakti Mighty Bees Jakarta advanced to the Final. Both teams finished on top of the Regular Season and rightfully won the Semifinal games.
Surabaya Emdee Fever rolled over Sahabat Semarang 70:46. Gabriel Sophia (180-C-91) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 14 rebounds, while Sumiati Sutrisno (165-SG-90) netted 13. Nathasa Debby Christaline scored 13 points in defeat and Nur Rahmawati (G) added 12.
Tomang Sakti Mighty Bees Jakarta meanwhile overcame Medco Merah Putih Predators Jakarta 66:54. Trailing 11-12 after the first period, the favorites needed a 20-11 surge to take the lead and never looked behind after. Jacklien Ibo (175-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Wulan Ayu Ningrum scored 17. Hanum Fasya (163-G-90) delivered 24 points in the losing effort.
The Finals game as well as the game for the third place will be played on May 24th.



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  ISRAEL   

Standings (W)

D1 Standings
Places 1-5
 1. Maccabi Ashdod 23-0 
 2. Elitzur Ramla 16-7 
 3. Ramat Hasharon 10-13 
 4. Maccabi R.Hen 8-12 
 5. Elitzur Holon 8-15 
Places 6-9
 1. H.R. Le-Zion 8-11 
 2. Hap.Petah Tikva 8-11 
 3. Elitzur Netanya 7-12 
 4. Galil Elion 6-13 
Stage One Standings


THE COACHES IN DIV 1. - by Gil Goshen

Here is the list of the coaches indiv 1
in Israel - season 2013-14:

Rama Chen - Ami Barda will continue for second season.
Ashdod - Edny Dagan will continuie for the 3rd season.
Ramat Hasharon - Orna Ostfeld will continue for the 20th season.
Hapoel Rishon Lezion - Shira Haelion will continue for the 3rd season.
Elitzur Holon - Roi Aizinberg, last season Ramat Hasharon ast. coach.
Hapoel Petach Tykva - Gil Sela will continue for the 3rd season.
Hetzelia - Yoni Oren.
Elitzur Ramla - Adan Inbar will continue for the 4th season.



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  LATVIA   


Latvia to miss Sabine Niedola in France - by Eurobasket News

Latvia to miss Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) in France at Eurobakset 2013. The Latvian player will be out of action for six months with a torn ACL.
Sabine Niedola finished the season in Spain for Cadi ICG Software (Spain-LFB): In 19 games she averaged 4.5ppg, 3.1rpg. Niedola finished the earlier season with Caja Rural averaging 4.9 points and 4 rebounds for 9 games in LFB. She joined them in January. Before that, Niedola shined with TTT Riga with 18.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.9 spg and 2.6 apg for 9 games in Latvian league. She started the season with Liepajas metalurgs. In 2010/11, Niedola was a member of French Nantes.
Sabine Niedola is active member of the Latvian NT since 2009. She had 7.3 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 8 game in 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. A year ago she had 4.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 9 games at the EuroBasket in Poland. Niedola shined with Latvian youth National Teams in the past.



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Mersch hosted a youth tournament - by Eurobasket News

Mersch hosted a youth tournament for U16 teams. France, Luxembourg, Slovakia and Belgium participated at the four-nation tournament.
France U16 wins Dussmann Trophy that took place from 18th-20th May in Luxembourg. The French side posted three victories and clinched the top place.
In Day 1 France U16 overcame Belgium U16 63:46. Omella Bankole top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Alix Duchet (165-PG-97) added 16. Belgium's top scorers are Fauve Bastiaenssens and Serena Lyn-Geldof with 9 points each.
Slovakia outscored Luxembourg 54:50. The guests took 18-12 lead after the first period and added 15-14 in the second frame. Moreover Slovakia posted 17-14 rally in the third quarter but managed to save only 4-point win as Luxembourg won the last period 10-4.
In Day 2 France outscored Slovakia 67:59. France controlled the majority of the game and reached the second straight win.
Luxembourg surprised Belgium 49:41. It was the initial win for the hosts, but the victory allowed them to take the final second spot later at the tournament.
In Day 3 Belgium overcame Slovakia 59:54, but finished last. Both teams as well as Luxembourg finished with 1-2 record. France rolled over Luxembourg 66:49 and posted the third victory.



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  NEW CALEDONIA   


Soana Lucet will continue her career in Angers - by Eurobasket News

Angers have entered the market. The LFB newcomers tabbed Soana Lucet (186-F-87, college: Arizona). The New Caledonian forward spent the last season in Belgium. She played for Castors Braine. Soana Lucet posted 11.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in Division I. The forward earned All-Belgian League Honourable Mention. Soana Lucet started 2011/12 season with Arras. Her stats read 2.3 points and 1.4 boards per appearance in LFB. In EuroCup the forward notched 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. She later in the season moved to Castors Braine. Lucet was named into All-Belgian League 2nd Team in 2012.


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Phoenix Mercury cut Ify Ibekwe - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Mercury cut 24-year old naturalized Nigerian power forward Ify Ibekwe (187-89, college: Arizona, agency: LBM Management).
This season Ibekwe played at Union Hainaut (LFB) in French league. In 12 games she recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.8spg this season. She also played 2 games in WNBA where she averaged 8.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5spg.
Ibekwe ended the last (11-12) season at Jopisa Burgos (LFB) in Spanish league. In 6 games she averaged 10.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.7spg last season. But the most of that year she spent at Belfius Namur (Division I) in Belgian league. In 12 games she averaged 13.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg and 2.3spg. Ibekwe also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged remarkable 21.5ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8spg.
The previous (2011) summer she played at Seattle. But in two games she did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds.
Two years ago Ibekwe was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in second round (24th overall).
She attended University of Arizona until 2011 and it is her second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Ibekwe's team was regular season runner-up in WNBA Western Conference in 2011. She received also All-Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011 at her college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Norwegian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Rosanna Elahi
Elahi
Maja Foeleide
Foeleide
Stine Karlstad
Karlstad
Kristine Lindholm
Lindholm
Vilde Tveito
Tveito
#e#5
4Rosanna Elahi 163-G-95 Ammerud Norway
5Kristine Nyegaarden 176-F-95 BC Asker Norway
6Stina Aune 163-PG-95 Gimle Norway
7Teuta Haxhimehmedi 168-G-95 Ammerud Norway
8Nini Skjulhaug 169-SG-96
9Fredrikke Hylen 174-SG-96 Gimle Norway
10Maja Foeleide 181-PF-95 Ulriken Norway
11Stine Karlstad 172-SG-95 Ulriken Norway
12Signe Kyrkjebo 180-F-95 Gimle Norway
13Victoria Lillestrom 169-SG-95 Gimle Norway
14Kristine Lindholm 180-SF-95 BC Asker Norway
15Vilde Tveito 182-PF-95 Ulriken Norway

Jeff Christensen Head Coach Hop Norway



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CCC Polkowice sign Paulina Misiek - by Eurobasket News

CCC announced the signing of Paulina Misiek (182-F-87, agency: Promotex). The forward spent the last season with Energa Torun. She tallied 10.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists per game in PLKK. Previous season Paulina Misiek played for Widzew Lodz. Her stats read 13.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per appearance.
Paulina Misiek earned All-Polish PLKK Honourable Mention in 2013. She was also included on the training camp roster of the Polish National Team this spring.



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Serbia revenge against Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Serbia -Slovakia 83:65

Serbia revenge against Slovakia in the second game between two sides in Kranjska Gora. After a 68:74 loss few days ago, the Serbian side posted a comfortable 83:65 victory.
Slovakia looked better again in the start of the game and took 16-14 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. The rest of the game belonged however to another team, Serbia. The latter posted a 27-17 surge in the second frame and took 8-point halftime advantage. Moreover they added 24-14 rally in the third quarter and increased to 18 points. Both teams posted the same number of points in the last stanza for the final result.
Jovana Rad (187-PF-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced all the winners with 13 points and Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) notched 12. Popovic delivered 10, whilst Bojana Vulic (191-F/C-84) scored 9. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) answered with 15 points in the losing effort and Vinucalova posted 8. Gabriela Kubatova (171-G-84) followed them with 7 and Krcturbova scored 6.

Serbia: Jovana Rad 13, Jelena Milovanovic 12, Popovic 10, Bojana Vulic 9
Slovakia: Lucia Kupcikova 15, Vinucalova 8, Gabriela Kubatova 7, Krcturbova 6



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Milan Spiner's team compete in Mersch - by Eurobasket News

Milan Spiner's team compete in Mersch at the Dussmann Trophy that took place from 18th-20th May in Luxembourg. Slovakia U16 posted one victory and finished third at the tournament. The French side posted three victories and clinched the top place.
In Day 1 Slovakia outscored Luxembourg 54:50. The guests took 18-12 lead after the first period and added 15-14 in the second frame. Moreover Slovakia posted 17-14 rally in the third quarter but managed to save only 4-point win as Luxembourg won the last period 10-4.
In Day 2 France outscored Slovakia 67:59. France controlled the majority of the game and reached the second straight win.
In Day 3 Belgium overcame Slovakia 59:54, but finished last. Both teams as well as Luxembourg finished with 1-2 record. France rolled over Luxembourg 66:49 and posted the third victory.



Serbia revenge against Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Serbia -Slovakia 83:65

Serbia revenge against Slovakia in the second game between two sides in Kranjska Gora. After a 68:74 loss few days ago, the Serbian side posted a comfortable 83:65 victory.
Slovakia looked better again in the start of the game and took 16-14 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. The rest of the game belonged however to another team, Serbia. The latter posted a 27-17 surge in the second frame and took 8-point halftime advantage. Moreover they added 24-14 rally in the third quarter and increased to 18 points. Both teams posted the same number of points in the last stanza for the final result.
Jovana Rad (187-PF-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced all the winners with 13 points and Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) notched 12. Popovic delivered 10, whilst Bojana Vulic (191-F/C-84) scored 9. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) answered with 15 points in the losing effort and Vinucalova posted 8. Gabriela Kubatova (171-G-84) followed them with 7 and Krcturbova scored 6.

Serbia: Jovana Rad 13, Jelena Milovanovic 12, Popovic 10, Bojana Vulic 9
Slovakia: Lucia Kupcikova 15, Vinucalova 8, Gabriela Kubatova 7, Krcturbova 6



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Novi Zagreb tab Tina Trebec - by Eurobasket News

Novi Zagreb made another market move. They landed Tina Trebec (189-C-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency). The Slovenian centre played for Basket Slovanka this past season. She averaged 14.3 points and 4.4 boards per game in ZBL. Last (2011/12) season Tina Trebec had a stint with Merkur Celje. She averaged 17.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists per appearance in Adriatic League. In Slovenian League the centre posted 19.6 points and 7.1 boards. She was named All-Slovenian League Player of the Year. Tina Trebec has been the member of the Slovenian National Team since 2010. She participated at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Her stats read 10.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game at the event.


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Swedish U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Rebecka Garderyd
Garderyd
Emma Eriksson
Eriksson
Johanna Prytz
Prytz
Moa Lundqvist
Lundqvist
Anna Lundqvist
Lundqvist
#e#5
4Rebecka Garderyd 170-PG-96 BG Lulea Sweden
5Emma Eriksson 163-PG-95 BG Lulea Sweden
6Johanna Prytz 187-G-96 Jarfalla Sweden
7Anna Lundqvist 176-G-96 Alvik Basket Sweden
8Elin Johansson 185-F-95 Sanda Sweden
9Lovisa Brunnberg 176-G-96 BG Lulea Sweden
10Moa Lundqvist 182-F-95 BG Lulea Sweden
11Linnea Rosendahl 177-F-96
12Amanda Kantzy 185-F-96 BG Lulea Sweden
13Jelena Jakovljevic 179-G/F-95 Beocin Serbia
14Veronika Mirkovic 185-C-95 Sanda Sweden
15Ida Andersson 172-F-96 Kringlan Sweden

Mikael Johansson Head Coach Northland Sweden
Jonas Fredrikson Assistant Hogsbo Sweden
Angelica Gabrielsson Assistant Eskinstuna Sweden



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  TURKEY   

TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket News

TKB2L Final 6 Standings
 1. Altay Konak 1-0 
 2. Cankaya 1-0 
 3. Orduspor 1-0 
 4. Botas 0-1 
 5. Edirne 0-1 
 6. Orman 0-1 
Stage Two Standings

Finals: Round 1

May. 22: Orduspor - Orman 60-56
May. 22: Edirne - Cankaya 59-62
May. 22: Botas - Altay Konak 53-76

Finals: Round 2

May. 23: Altay Konak - Orduspor
May. 23: Cankaya - Botas
May. 23: Orman - Edirne


TBB2L Stats Leaders - by Eurobasket

Points Per Game
 Sharon HOUSTON
  Nallihan
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Houston, Nallihan24.8 
 2. Celebi, Burhaniye24.0 
 3. Dursun, Tekkekoy22.3 
 4. Jones, Bursa BSB20.5 
 5. Tulgar, Sirince19.4 
 6. Taylor, 55 Genclik19.1 
 7. Melvin, Orman19.0 
 8. Atila, Izmir BSB19.0 
 9. Thomas, Altay K.18.4 
 10. Ayim, Orduspor18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharon HOUSTON
  Nallihan
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Houston, Nallihan18.9 
 2. Taylor, 55 Genclik14.9 
 3. Senyurek, Botas14.7 
 4. Stansbury, Cankaya13.6 
 5. Melvin, Orman13.1 
 6. Lester, Edirne13.0 
 7. Ozyigit, Asistanbul12.9 
 8. Jones, Bursa BSB12.5 
 9. Yalcinkaya, Sirince12.4 
 10. Thomas, Altay K.12.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dilara TONGAR
  Antakya
  (169-G-91)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Tongar, Antakya6.3 
 2. Boz, Altay Konak6.3 
 3. Uygul, Dizdar6.3 
 4. Salter, Altay Konak5.7 
 5. Usal, 55 Genclik5.7 
 6. Topdemir, Nallihan5.2 
 7. Uykan, Edirne4.9 
 8. Turan, Bursa BSB4.9 
 9. Atila, Izmir BSB4.7 
 10. Ozyigit, Asistanb.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Berfu UZUN
  Harran Uni.
  (--88)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Uzun, Harran Uni.4.5 
 2. Ayyildiz, Tekkekoy3.9 
 3. Aksoy, Balcova3.7 
 4. Atila, Izmir BSB3.4 
 5. Inan, Bigaspor3.3 
 6. Kumandanoglu, Mers.3.1 
 7. Lester, Edirne2.6 
 8. Yalcin, Harran Uni.2.5 
 9. Akbas, Botas2.4 
 10. Karsavran, Anadol.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharon HOUSTON
  Nallihan
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Houston, Nallihan3.7 
 2. Jones, Bursa BSB1.7 
 3. Gokova, Dizdar1.7 
 4. Ayim, Orduspor1.6 
 5. Oztekin, Sirince1.5 
 6. Karatas, Edirne1.5 
 7. Ekiz, Gure1.3 
 8. Bilen, Nigde T.T.1.3 
 9. Menderes, Izmir B.1.3 
 10. Taylor, 55 Genclik1.2 


TKB2L Round 1 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Edirne - Cankaya 59-62

The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 37-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Edirne outrebounded Cankaya 43-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Tiffany Stansbury (191-83, college: N.Carolina St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Center Gulcin Cantekin (187-84) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Susan Lester (188-88, college: Butler) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and guard Nihan Demirkol (172-92) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Edirne.
Top scorers:
Cankaya: T.Stansbury 24+13reb+3ast, M.Ince 10+1reb+4ast, G.Cantekin 10+6reb+1ast, P.Kuccuk 6+3reb+3ast, D.Gezgin 4+3reb+2ast, B.Gokceri 4+1ast
Edirne: S.Lester 13+13reb+1ast, N.Demirkol 12+7reb+3ast, H.Uykan 10+4reb+4ast, N.Ceylan Emre 9+6reb+3ast, B.Toker 6+6reb, D.Dogan 5
gschID: 241116


Botas - Altay Konak 53-76

It looked good early as Botas took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Altay Konak had a 24-7 second period charge getting the lead and Botas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 53-76. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Botas to just 7 points in second quarter. Altay Konak dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Botas' 30. Altay Konak forced 21 Botas turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward LaToya Thomas (188-81, college: Mississippi St., agency: Ronsport) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners and swingman Rana Derin (175-92) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Altay Konak players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Tilbe Senyurek (188-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and guard Cansu Yetis (168-93) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Altay Konak: L.Thomas 24+10reb+6ast, N.Bircan Gokdemir 12+6reb+2ast, R.Derin 12+10reb+2ast, D.Boz 11+4reb+5ast, O.Salter 8+2reb+3ast, B.Arseven 7+4ast
Botas: C.Yetis 12+6reb+2ast, T.Senyurek 11+10reb+1ast, N.Zuyeva 10+9reb, B.Akgun 6+2reb+1ast, B.Akbas 5+7reb+2ast, A.Darinc 5+2reb
gschID: 241115


Orduspor - Orman 60-56

The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 60-56. Orduspor dominated on the defensive end, holding Orman to just 7 points in second quarter. They also forced 22 Orman turnovers. Arzu Akay (186-76) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and Melis Talay (-90) accounted for 12 points and 4 assists. Four Orduspor players scored in double figures. Orduspor's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Chasity Melvin (191-76, college: N.Carolina St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and forward Betul Pehlivan (178-88) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Orman in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Orduspor: A.Akay 14+13reb+3ast, M.Talay 12+1reb+4ast, S.Karaman 11+2reb+3ast, A.Metin 10+4reb+2ast, H.Kayalar 8+1ast, M.Basak 2+1ast
Orman: B.Pehlivan 12+5reb+3ast, C.Melvin 12+11reb+3ast, A.Ivegin 9+1reb, S.Atli 8+3reb+1ast, D.Ozak 4+2reb, I.Tokmak 4+8reb
gschID: 241114



Ceyhan Belediye pens deal with Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Guard of The Year - by Eurobasket News

Ceyhan Belediye pens deal with D'Andra Moss (178-SG-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: VCU) for the next season. The American Shooting Guard moves to Turkey for 2013/2014 season.
Last year D'Andra Moss played for Liomatic Umbertide. She became the top-scorer of the league with 17.4ppg, 6.6rpg, Steals-4 (2.9spg), FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 79.8%.
Earlier D'Andra Moss became a new member of Gran Canaria. D'Andra Moss headed to Granca from Finland, where she spent 2010/11. She exploded with 25.1 ppg, 12.3 rpg and 3 apg for 32 games with Torpan Poiat Helsinki. D'Andra Moss helped her team to reach the Playoff Semifinals and was named Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Player of the Year -11. She was the best scorer, third rebounder and fourth assistant of the competition. It was the first professional season for D'Andra Moss, who graduated last year at the Virginia Commonwealth University. She had 17.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg for her school as a senior. D'Andra Moss was a warded with All-CAA 1st Team -10.
In 2011-2012 for Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias (Spain-LFB, starting five) she became also the top-scorer of the League with 20.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 77.1%. In EuroCup her stats read 18.6ppg), 6.7rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 26.3%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 76.6%.



Botas land Sandra Ygueravide - by Eurobasket News

Botas bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Sandra Ygueravide (172-PG-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas). The Spanish point guard started the previous season in Spain. She played for Hondarribia-Irun. Her stats read 12.8 points, 4.1 assists, 3.3 boards and 1.5 steals per game in LFB. Later the guard moved to Edremit in Turkey. Sandra Ygueravide posted 14.8 points, 1.5 boards and 1.3 assists per game in TKBL. The guard finished the season in France with Pays dAix Basket. Her stats read 12.7 points, 5.1 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per appearance. Previously Sandra Ygueravide had stints with Avenida and Estudiantes.


Alexis Hornbuckle signs deal with Mersin - by Eurobasket News

Mersin strengthened their roster for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Alexis Hornbuckle (180-G-85, college: Tennessee). The guard is currently in the USA waiting for the WNBA season start with the Phoenix Mercury. She spent the last season in Israel. Alexis Hornbuckle played for Elitzur Holon. Her stats read 18.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game. She earned All-Israeli League Honourable Mention for the second season in a row. Alexis Hornbuckle is not new to Turkey. She used to play for Besiktas back in 2008/09 season. Her stats read then 13.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists per game in TKBL.


Anna Vajda joins Botas - by Eurobasket News

Botas made a big market move. They agreed on terms of contract with Hungarian international Anna Vadja (191-F/C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas). The centre started the last season with Samsun Basketbol. She posted 10.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in TKBL. Later in the season Anna Vadja moved to Spain. She inked a deal with Rivas Ecopolis. Her stats read 7.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in LFB. In EuroLeague Anna Vadja posted 7.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per appearance. The centre has been the member of the Hungarian National Team since 2003. She posted 6.1 points, 6.5 boards and 1.6 assists per game at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.


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Czech Republic beat Ukraine once again - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic -Ukraine 74:67

Czech Republic beat Ukraine once again. In Game 2 the Czechs posted a 74:67 victory winning the Rebounds of the game 38-25.
Czech Republic opened the game with 22-16 and increased to 15 points at the halftime. The board showed 42:27 when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Ukraine managed to reduce the gap in the third quarter and trailed 62:51 with 10 minutes to go. Moreover the cut it to final 7 points and looked better in the last period.
Jana Vesela (194-PF-83) , Zrustova and Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 9 points each. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) and Krizova posted 8 points each in a win. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, whilst Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) produced 10. Inna Kochubei (174-G-82) and Mircheva followed them with 8 points each in a loss.
Czech Republic made 24 turnovers versus 21 from Ukraine.

Czech Republic: Jana Vesela 9, Zrustova 9, Lenka Bartakova 9, Katerina Elhotova 8, Krizova 8
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 12, Olena Ogorodnikova 10, Inna Kochubei 8, Mircheva 8



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  USA   


USA U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

USA U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Nia Coffey
Coffey
Bashaara Graves
Graves
Gabby Green
Green
Linnae Harper
Harper
Moriah Jefferson
Jefferson
#e#5
15Candice Agee 6'6''-C-94 Penn St. USA
11Nia Coffey 6'1''-F-95
13Bashaara Graves 6'2''-F-94 Tennessee USA
8Gabby Green 6'1''-G-95
6Linnae Harper 5'7''-SG-95
4Moriah Jefferson 5'7''-G-94 Connecticut USA
5Alexis Jones 5'8''-G-94 Duke USA
7Kelsey Plum 5'9''-G-94
10Breanna Stewart 6'4''-F-94 Connecticut USA
12Morgan Tuck 6'2''-F-94 Connecticut USA
9Brianna Turner 6'3''-SF-96
14A'Ja Wilson 6'4''-F-96

Katie Meier Head Coach Miami, FL USA
Nikki Caldwell Assistant LSU USA
Kelly Graves Assistant Gonzaga USA



USA University National Team 2013 - by Simas

USA University National Team 2013
#s#
Crystal Bradford
Bradford
Aaryn Ellenberg
Ellenberg
Reshanda Gray
Gray
Cassie Harberts
Harberts
Bria Hartley
Hartley
#e#5
9Crystal Bradford 6'0''-G-93 Cent.Michigan USA
7Aaryn Ellenberg 5'7''-G Oklahoma USA
12Reshanda Gray 6'3''-F-93 California USA
14Cassie Harberts 6'2''-F-92 USC USA
6Bria Hartley 5'7''-G-92 Connecticut USA
10Jordan Hooper 6'2''-F-92 Nebraska USA
13Tricia Liston 6'1''-G-92 Duke USA
5Ariel Massengale 5'6''-G-93 Tennessee USA
11Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 6'0''-F-93 Connecticut USA
15Theresa Plaisance 6'5''-F-92 LSU USA
8Shoni Schimmel 5'9''-G-92 Louisville USA
4Odyssey Sims 5'9''-G-92 Baylor USA

Sherri Coale Head Coach Oklahoma USA
Brian Giorgis Assistant Marist USA
Coquese Washington Assistant Penn St. USA



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  WBCBL   


Women's semi-pro team will play out of Augusta - by Willie McCray

Along with the two Georgia-Lina Hurricanes semi-professional basketball teams, a third semi-pro team will play out of Augusta this season.

The Atlanta Lady Tarheels will join the Lady Hurricanes in the Womens Blue Chip Basketball League, the team announced Tuesday. Both teams will use Paine Colleges HEAL Complex as their home venue.

The two womens teams began their seasons May 4. The Lady Hurricanes are 1-1 and the Lady Tarheels are 0-3.
The Lady Tarheels will play their first home game at Paine on Saturday at 4 p.m. against the Auburn Lady Flyers. The Lady Hurricanes first home game is June 1 at 4 p.m. against the Fayetteville Lady Rush.

Im very excited to use Paines complex, said Bryan Beaver, chairman and founder of Elite Sports Group of Augusta, which owns the three teams. Its something nice for the fans and also the other teams to experience.

Beaver also coaches the Lady Tarheels, assisted by Barry Robinson. The Lady Hurricanes are coached by Mike Bennett and Kristopher Stallings.
The WBCBL season runs from May through the end of July. The league nationals occur the first week of August in St. Louis.
Beaver said the Lady Tarheels experienced difficulties with the gym they expected to use in Atlanta, forcing a move to Augusta for this season.
That means three semi-pro teams will play in Augusta this year, including the mens Hurricanes team, which is scheduled to play its first game at Paine on Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. against the Georgia Grizzlies. The men will play in the American Basketball Association.

Its always exciting to have sporting events in community, Augusta Sports Council CEO Brinsley Thigpen said. Its fun to have semi-pro teams. Its another event for residents to watch and participate, another option to check out and watch. It should be fun.

Tickets at the gate for the womens games are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Kids 5 and under are free.

By David Lee
Staff Writer (The Augusta Chronicle)





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  WNBA   


Atlanta Dream waived Cathrine Kraayeveld - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Dream waived 32-year old forward Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-83kg-81, college: Oregon, agency: LBM Management).
Kraayeveld ended this season at Winnus (WKBL) in South Korean league. In 10 games she recorded 11.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg. But the most of that year she spent at S-Birds (WKBL) in South Korean league. In 15 games she averaged 14.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.0spg.
The last (2012-13) season Kraayeveld played at Villeneuve D'Ascq (LFB) in French league. In 12 games she averaged 9.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.6apg last season.
Kraayeveld was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Korean WKBL Honorable Mention in 2013.
The previous (2011) summer she played at Chicago. In 33 games she averaged 5.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2apg.
The last (2011) season Kraayeveld played at Tarsus Bld (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 8 games she averaged 8.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg.
In 2005 she was drafted by San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA) in third round (27th overall).
The former University of Oregon standoutis in her eighth season in pro basketball. Her team made it to the Turkish Cup final in 2011.
She is quite experienced player. Kraayeveld has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Namur), Czech Rep., Slovakia (Good Angels), other WNBA teams (New York Liberty and Chicago Sky), Czech Republic (USK Praha), Turkey (Botas) and NWBL (San Diego S.).
The scouts decsribe her following way: She's a quintessential player at the next level, not only with her ability, but with her work ethic, her ability to do what her team needs, her ability to practice, her off-season work ethic.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Atlanta Dream waives Sydney Carter - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Dream released 23-year old point guard Sydney Carter (167-90, college: Texas A&M, agency: Ronsport).
This season Carter played at Galil Elion (D1) in Israeli league. In 18 games she had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 5.4apg (top 3) and 2.6spg (in top 5) this season. She helped them to make it to the Israeli Cup Semifinals.
The last summer Carter played at Chicago. In only one game she recorded 4 points and 1 steal.
Last year she was drafted by Chicago Sky (WNBA) in third round (27th overall).
Carter attended Texas A&M University until 2012 and it is her first season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she played in the final of Big 12 Tournament in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Carter was also voted Big 12 All-Defensive Team in 2011 and 2012 at her college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Phoenix Mercury cut Ify Ibekwe - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Mercury cut 24-year old naturalized Nigerian power forward Ify Ibekwe (187-89, college: Arizona, agency: LBM Management).
This season Ibekwe played at Union Hainaut (LFB) in French league. In 12 games she recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.8spg this season. She also played 2 games in WNBA where she averaged 8.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5spg.
Ibekwe ended the last (11-12) season at Jopisa Burgos (LFB) in Spanish league. In 6 games she averaged 10.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.7spg last season. But the most of that year she spent at Belfius Namur (Division I) in Belgian league. In 12 games she averaged 13.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg and 2.3spg. Ibekwe also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged remarkable 21.5ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8spg.
The previous (2011) summer she played at Seattle. But in two games she did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds.
Two years ago Ibekwe was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in second round (24th overall).
She attended University of Arizona until 2011 and it is her second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Ibekwe's team was regular season runner-up in WNBA Western Conference in 2011. She received also All-Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011 at her college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Minnesota Lynx waives Jacki Gemelos - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Lynx released 25-year old guard Jacki Gemelos (182-75kg-88, college: USC).
Last year Gemelos was drafted by New York Liberty (WNBA) in third round (31st overall).
The former University of Southern California staris in her first season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Gemelos played in the final of NIT in 2011. She was also voted All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention in 2011 at her college time.
Gemelos was a member of USA University National Team two years ago.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Minnesota Lynx released Chucky Jeffery - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Lynx released 22-year old guard Chucky Jeffery (178-91, college: Colorado).
This season Jeffery played at the University of Colorado. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Her stats read 13.7 points, 8.2 boards, 4.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game in her senior season. A very impressive season as she was named to All-Pac-12 1st Team, Associated Press NCAA All-America Honorable Mention and WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honorable Mention.
Jeffery just graduated from University of Colorado and it is her first season as a pro.

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Phoenix Mercury waived Thorn - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Mercury waived 32-year old guard Erin Thorn (178-65kg-81, college: