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  ANGOLA   



1 De Agosto Beat Libolo, Confirm Title - by Eurobasket News

Luanda 1 de Agosto's senior males basketball team last Tuesday here beat Recreativo do Libolo by 101-93, in a game that closed this year's edition of the National Basketball Championship (Bai-Basket2013) and that was played in Rio Seco Pavilion.
1 de Agosto, who before this match were already the early winners of the championship, totalled 22 points, followed by Recreativo do Libolo (defending champions) with 18 points, then Petro de Luanda (17) and Interclube (16).
In a different game of the final stage's last round , Petro de Luanda beat Interclube by 110-100, thus occupying the third place.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



National Basketball Team Starts Preparation in Bi Province - by Eurobasket News

Luanda Angola's national men team of basketball that will take final shape on May 30 will start its preparation in central Bie province, ahead of the Afrobasket2013 set for August 20-31, in Cote d'Ioive, Angop learnt.
Medical tests an administrative issues will be handled on June 03-14, whereas physical, technical and tactic preparation will start on the 16th in Bi.
Meanwhile, the second phase of the training will start in central Benguela province on May 23, before returning to Luanda for the last training period.
A period of friendly games will be held in Spain on dates still to be announced.
The Angolan team will leave for the venue of the competition on August 17. Angola will play Cape Verde, Mozambique and Central Africa Republic
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  ARGENTINA   


Julian Chiera is the new argentinean player in the NCAA - by Facundo Iatzky

Julian Chiera (196-G/F-91) will be the 4th argentinean to play in NCAA next year. Julian will join University of Southeastern Louisiana in the division I. Julian started to play basketball in club Barrio Parque of Cordoba, Argentina, and then moved to Brazil. He played last two years in Laramie Comunity College. The other argentinean players confirmed for next season in NCAA I are: Patricio garino (George Washington), Agustin Ambrosino (BYU) and Pablo Bertone (Florida Atlantic).

Source: CABB press



Battle comes back to Marinos, ex Lanus - by Eurobasket News

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) added to their roster 32-year old American center Robert Battle (204-104kg-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management). It is actually his comeback to Puerto La Cruz as he played here before. Battle just played at Lanus in Argentinian LigaA. In 51 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5bpg this season. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com Argentinian LigaA All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team. The last season Battle played at Libertad Sunchales (LigaA) in Argentina. In 46 games he averaged 14.2ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg and 1.5bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was selected Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Import Player of the Year, Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (2011) summer Battle was tested by Marinos.
In 2003 Battle was drafted by Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs (USBL) in third round (22nd overall).
The former Drexel University standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Battle was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Player of the Year back in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Battle has played also professionally in France, Mexico (Santos), Turkey (Goztepe), Spain (Palma and Blancos de Rueda).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.4 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 3. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 4. Boxley, Oberwart18.9 
 5. Grum, Furstenfeld18.6 
 6. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.5 
 8. Richards, BC Vienna17.3 
 9. Kovacevic, St.Po.17.3 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  BC Vienna
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Pearson, BC Vienna8.5 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.1 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 4. Washington, Wels7.5 
 5. Hunt, Gussing7.3 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart7.1 
 7. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 8. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
 10. Kohlmaier, St.Pol.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.7 
 2. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 3. Woods, Kapfenberg4.5 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.1 
 6. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna3.9 
 8. Danek, BC Vienna3.7 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.3.5 
 10. O''Neal, Furstenfe.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 3. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 4. Hinson, Oberwart1.4 
 5. Ray, BC Vienna1.4 
 6. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
 7. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 8. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.3 
 9. Cox, Furstenfeld1.2 
 10. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Hunt, Gussing1.0 
 4. Bortolin, Arkadia1.0 
 5. Washington, Wels0.8 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 7. Gant, Oberwart0.7 
 8. Boxley, Oberwart0.7 
 9. Chappell, Klostern.0.7 
 10. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 3 of Finals. Gunners cut the deficit - by Eurobasket News

Oberwart - BC Vienna 97-72

Oberwart came back into the title series after they brushed past BC Vienna at home court. The game was mostly controlled by Redwell Gunners Oberwart. BC Vienna managed to win third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Redwell Gunners Oberwart made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) who scored 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) chipped in 24 points. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach Tom Johnson felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Hinson 24+3reb, S.Boxley 20+7reb+7ast, H.Ochsenhofer 17+4reb+1ast, R.Chaney 16+3reb+2ast, D.Jandl 5+2reb, J.Johnson 5+4reb+1ast
BC Vienna: R.Richards 18+6reb, S.Stazic 16+4reb+4ast, S.Ray 14+2reb+1ast, M.Pearson 9+3reb, J.Francois 8+4reb, B.Danek 3+3reb
gschID: 241181



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 19-3 
 2. Muharraq 19-3 
 3. Al Ahli 16-6 
 4. Al Hala 15-7 
 5. Sitra 15-7 
 6. Issa Town 12-10 
 7. Nuwaidrat 12-11 
 8. Hidd 9-13 
 9. Bahrain Club 7-15 
 10. Al Najma 4-18 
 11. Al Ittihad 4-18 
 12. Samaheej 0-21 

Regular Season: Round 22

May. 21: Muharraq - Al Najma 94-73
May. 18: Sitra - Al Ittihad 69-66
May. 21: Nuwaidrat - Al Hala 65-91
May. 17: Bahrain Club - Issa Town 59-71
May. 22: Al Ahli - Al Manama 52-71
May. 17: Nuwaidrat - Hidd 51-54

Round 20

May. 18: Al Hala - Muharraq 84-110


Premier League Round 22: Hidd edges Nuwaidrat by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Premier League just ended. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Premier League took place in Nuwaidrat. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Nuwaidrat (12-11) to eighth ranked Hidd (9-13) 54-51 on Friday evening. Hidd have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Hidd maintains eighth position with 9-13 record. Nuwaidrat at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Manama: Al Manama (#2) and Al Ahli (#3). Al Ahli was smashed at home by 19 points 52-71 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Al Manama (19-3) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Muharraq. Al Ahli lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with six games lost.
The game in Nuwaidrat supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Al Hala (15-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Nuwaidrat (12-11). Al Hala smashed Nuwaidrat 91-65 on Tuesday. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sitra. Loser Nuwaidrat keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost.
The game in Muharraq supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Muharraq (19-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Al Hala (15-7). Muharraq smashed Al Hala 110-84. Muharraq have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Al Manama. Defending champion Al Hala dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost.
Eleventh-ranked Al Ittihad (4-18) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Sitra (15-7) on Saturday. Sitra managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected much easier game. Sitra moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Al Hala. Al Ittihad lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 18 games lost.

In the last two games of round 22 Al Najma was crushed by Muharraq in Al Muharraq 94-73. Bahrain Club was beaten by Issa Town at home 59-71.


Al Ahli - Al Manama 52-71

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Manama: Al Manama (#2) and Al Ahli (#3). Al Ahli was smashed at home by 19 points 52-71 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Al Manama (19-3) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Muharraq. Al Ahli lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with six games lost.
gschID: 237585


Muharraq - Al Najma 94-73

There was no surprise in Al Muharraq where 10th ranked Al Najma (4-18) was crushed by second ranked Muharraq (19-3) 94-73 on Tuesday. Muharraq have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Al Manama. Al Najma lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 18 games lost.
gschID: 237584


Nuwaidrat - Al Hala 65-91

The game in Nuwaidrat supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Al Hala (15-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Nuwaidrat (12-11). Al Hala smashed Nuwaidrat 91-65 on Tuesday. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sitra. Loser Nuwaidrat keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost.
gschID: 237583


Sitra - Al Ittihad 69-66

Eleventh-ranked Al Ittihad (4-18) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Sitra (15-7) on Saturday. Sitra managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected much easier game. Sitra moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Al Hala. Al Ittihad lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 18 games lost.
gschID: 237581


Bahrain Club - Issa Town 59-71

No shocking result in a game in Manama where seventh ranked Issa Town (12-10) defeated 9th ranked Bahrain Club (7-15) 71-59 on Friday. Issa Town have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Bahrain Club keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost.
gschID: 237580


Nuwaidrat - Hidd 51-54

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Premier League took place in Nuwaidrat. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Nuwaidrat (12-11) to eighth ranked Hidd (9-13) 54-51 on Friday evening. Hidd have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Hidd maintains eighth position with 9-13 record. Nuwaidrat at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost.
gschID: 237579


Round 20
Al Hala - Muharraq 84-110

The game in Muharraq supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Muharraq (19-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Al Hala (15-7). Muharraq smashed Al Hala 110-84. Muharraq have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Al Manama. Defending champion Al Hala dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost.
gschID: 237582



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  BELGIUM   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.18.9 
 2. Raivio, Aalstar18.8 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar18.8 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende17.5 
 5. Randle, Spirou17.4 
 6. Aleksandrov, Assig.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.5 
 8. Black, Antwerp14.8 
 9. Bostic, M.Hainaut14.8 
 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. Aleksandrov, Assig.5.9 
 8. Tofi, Aalstar5.9 
 9. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
 10. Cummard, Aalstar5.9 
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. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.0 
 5. Randle, Spirou3.9 
 6. Raivio, Aalstar3.8 
 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. Thompson, Aalstar1.5 
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 



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  BERMUDAS   


Bermudas National Team 2013 - by Simas

Bermudas National Team 2013
#s#
Aaron Jackson
Jackson
Chris Crumpler
Crumpler
Jahvon Dean Jones
Jones
Jaren Haley
Haley
Jason Lowe
Lowe
#e#5
Aaron Jackson 85 Devonshire D. Bermudas
Chris Crumpler 83 Paget Bcats Bermudas
Jahvon Dean Jones 198-F-83 St.George's Bermudas
Jaren Haley 185-G Barton, NC USA
Jason Lowe 85 Somerset F. Bermudas
Jason Simons 86 Smith's Wcats Bermudas
Lee John 188-G-88 KKL Taiwan
Shannon Thompson Warwick RR Bermudas
Steven Simons 82 Smith's Wcats Bermudas
Sullivan Phillips 198-G/F-79 Goettingen Germany
Tejour Riley 193-G-94 McGill Canada
Vernon Lambe 86 Hamilton T. Bermudas
William Trott

Roderick Spencer Head Coach
Gavin MacKenzie Assistant



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  BRAZIL   

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Vieira, Flamengo20.7 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha18.5 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.1 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.18.0 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.7 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.17.3 
 8. Becker, S.Jose/U.17.0 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 10. Antonio, S.Jose/U.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.2 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia8.0 
 5. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 7. Teichmann, Franca7.1 
 8. Agba, Bauru7.1 
 9. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.0 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.3 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.6 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia5.4 
 6. Figueroa, Franca4.5 
 7. Fischer, Bauru4.4 
 8. Taylor, Bauru4.4 
 9. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 10. Campos, Suzano4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kojo MENSAH
  Flamengo
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Mensah, Flamengo0.2 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 3. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 5. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 7. Dornelles, Pinhei.0.1 
 8. Zanotti, Flamengo0.1 
 9. Alves, Brasilia0.1 
 10. Vieira, Flamengo0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.2 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.1 
 3. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 4. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 6. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 7. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 8. Figueroa, Franca1.7 
 9. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 10. Ribeiro, Basque.1.6 


NBB Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Sao Jose/Unimed force decider - by Eurobasket News

S.Jose/Unimed - Flamengo 96-88

Sao Jose/Unimed held off visiting Flamengo to force the decisive fifth game of the semifinal series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-19. But Flamengo won third quarter 32-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sao Jose/Vinac looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Flamengo's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sao Jose/Vinac made 9 blocks. The former international power forward Jefferson Antonio (207-83) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Five Sao Jose/Vinac players scored in double figures. The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) produced 29 points and the former international center Caio Silveira (211-87, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Unimed: J.Antonio 23+6reb+2ast, M.Becker 22+5reb+2ast, D.Stefanelli 18+2reb+4ast, A.Laws 15+6reb+7ast, F.de Assis 10+5reb+9ast, I.Parisotto 3
Flamengo: M.Vieira 29+3reb+1ast, C.Silveira 14+5reb+1ast, V.Benite 12+1reb+1ast, K.Mensah 8+2reb+4ast, G.Yeye Torres 6+1reb, E.Machado 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 241331



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.5 
 2. Tyler, Trotamundos18.8 
 3. Smith, Rilski S.17.2 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.17.0 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.16.3 
 6. Marinovic, Levski16.1 
 7. Milosevic, Tundja16.0 
 8. Marintchechk., Spa.15.9 
 9. Panic, Balkan15.7 
 10. Haritopoulos, Luk.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Trotamundos
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Tyler, Trotamundos13.5 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.7 
 3. Galiotos, Perister.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan8.7 
 5. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.9 
 6. Marintchechk., Spa.7.4 
 7. Caloiaro, Rilski S.7.4 
 8. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.2 
 9. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.2 
 10. Gugino, Rilski S.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Walker, Beroe7.2 
 2. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.8 
 3. Marinovic, Levski5.1 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.4.7 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.4.6 
 6. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.3 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.1 
 8. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.9 
 9. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
 10. Karamfilov, U203.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.4 
 2. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 3. Zahariev, Rilski S.2.2 
 4. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.1 
 5. Green, Spirou2.1 
 6. Velikov, Cherno M.2.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.1.8 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.8 
 9. Popovic, Lukoil A.1.7 
 10. Holmes, Beroe1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Trotamundos
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tyler, Trotamundos3.1 
 2. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.4 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan1.1 
 5. Dupree, Rilski S.1.1 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.1.0 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 8. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 9. Vrcelj, Cherno M.0.7 
 10. Pantic, Levski So.0.7 


Levski stole the home court advantage from Lukoil Academic - by Valentin Anguelov

Levski stole the home court advantage from Lukoil Academic after they beat them in the first final match of the National Basketball League. In a very interesting game in Pravets "The blues" led almost the entire game, and at the end of a very dramatic finish the score was 88-84 for 1-0 in their favor in the series. The series are best of 5 as a very interesting match is coming after one day off in Pravets at 15.30 on Saturday before the series to move "Universiada" Hall in the capital of Bulgaria - Sofia.

The first half was very even as Levski took for several times lead in the match, but Lukoil Academic were able to come back. First 20 minutes were conducted with frequent changes of leadership and at the break Lukoil Academic was ahead by a point, 46-45.

The second half started with a triple by Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) and Levski was again ahead. The third quarter was equal to the very end, when bad behavior on the bench of hosts allowed Levski to score consecutive free throws and they grabbed an advance of 70-62 after 30 minutes.

Levski kept the advance to the last 3 minutes when Lukoil got back in the game and even took a point lead minute and a half before the final whistle. Mladen Pantic followed with important basket after a beautiful combination. In the remaining moments Levski were able to protect their basket and did not allow any basket which practically meant only one thing - win for Levski and 1-0 in the series in their favor.

Marko Marinovic scored most for the winners - 18 points, 17 had Nemanja Protic and Dimitar Angelov added 12.

For Lukoil Darryl Watkins was the top scorer with 24 points, but missed a lot of free throws. Bozhidar Avramov added 21 points and 14 were managed by Brandon Heath.

The second match, as we said its on Saturday (25 May) at the sports complex in Pravets starting at 15:30 local time.



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  CHILE   

Stats Leaders - LIBSUR

Points Per Game
 Evandro ARTEAGA
  U.Concep.
  (178-G-83)
  Avg: 27
 1. Arteaga, U.Concep.27.0 
 2. Jones, Obregon20.0 
 3. Taylor, U.Concep.16.0 
 4. Osses, U.Concepci.15.0 
 5. Saez, San Fernando15.0 
 6. Morales, San F.14.0 
 7. Sheppard, San F.12.0 
 8. Cabrera, San F.9.0 
 9. Zamorano, Dep.Espa.6.0 
 10. Del Solar, U.Co.5.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrell TAYLOR
  U.Concep.
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Taylor, U.Concep.7.0 
 2. Sheppard, San F.6.0 
 3. Zamorano, Dep.Espa.5.0 
 4. Jones, Obregon5.0 
 5. Morales, San F.4.0 
 6. Osses, U.Concepci.3.0 
 7. Saez, San Fernando3.0 
 8. Soto, San Fernando3.0 
 9. Del Solar, U.Conce.2.0 
 10. Vasquez, U.Conce.2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Franco MORALES
  San F.
  (179-G-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Morales, San F.6.0 
 2. Zamorano, Dep.Espa.3.0 
 3. Vasquez, U.Concep.3.0 
 4. Jones, Obregon3.0 
 5. Arteaga, U.Concep.2.0 
 6. Moraga, San F.2.0 
 7. Sheppard, San F.2.0 
 8. Cabrera, San F.1.0 
 9. Figueroa, U.Concep.1.0 
 10. Del Solar, U.Co.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Jones, Obregon1.0 
 2. Arteaga, U.Concep.1.0 
 3. Del Solar, U.Conce.1.0 
 4. Cabrera, San F.1.0 
 5. Moraga, San F.0.0 
 6. Figueroa, U.Concep.0.0 
 7. Castro, U.Concep.0.0 
 8. Saez, San Fernando0.0 
 9. Acuna, Dep.Espanol0.0 
 10. Nehring, U.Conc.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Terrell TAYLOR
  U.Concep.
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 1
 1. Taylor, U.Concep.1.0 
 2. Jones, Obregon1.0 
 3. Saez, San Fernando1.0 
 4. Morales, San F.1.0 
 5. Del Solar, U.Conce.0.0 
 6. Cabrera, San F.0.0 
 7. Arteaga, U.Concep.0.0 
 8. Nehring, U.Concep.0.0 
 9. Acuna, Dep.Espanol0.0 
 10. Marechal, U.Con.0.0 


A new beginning for the Chilean basketball - by Daniel Valencia

The basketball in Chile has a new beginning.

After 34 seasons, Dimayor league has officialy ended. The new leaders in the chilean basketball federation (president Marcelo Casas), have put all the efforts into build a unified league between Liga Nacional and Dimayor teams, and from now on is a reality.

The last teams that joined Libcentro are CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago and CD Universidad de Concepcion, those will be part of group north and group south respectively.

From now on, the teams will be fighting for a spot in LIGA NACIONAL.



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  CYPRUS   

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Nancy
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Brown, Nancy20.1 
 2. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 3. Aleksic, Monaco17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Diggs, Barons k.15.3 
 6. Williams, Etha15.1 
 7. Fisher, AEK15.0 
 8. Warren, Wellington14.7 
 9. Maze, Keravnos14.2 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mihajlo PESIC
  AEL
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 2. Brown, Nancy7.6 
 3. Aleksic, Monaco7.4 
 4. Diggs, Barons k.6.9 
 5. Buljan, Keravnos6.6 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.5 
 7. Jefferson, Boulaz.6.2 
 8. Maras, Ilysiakos6.0 
 9. Fisher, AEK5.9 
 10. Kaskiris, ENAD5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  Monaco
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aleksic, Monaco5.0 
 2. Diggs, Barons k.4.8 
 3. Maze, Keravnos4.1 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Adegboye, Etha3.3 
 6. Demertzis, Kavala3.3 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.3 
 8. Mokongo, Apoel3.0 
 9. Tutt, AEK2.7 
 10. Dixon, AEK2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, Waikato2.3 
 3. Diggs, Barons k.2.1 
 4. Poole, Etha1.8 
 5. Stiggers, Apoel1.8 
 6. Brown, Nancy1.7 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.5 
 8. Williams, Etha1.5 
 9. Allen, AEL1.5 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  AEK
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Harrison, AEK2.1 
 2. Jefferson, Boulaz.1.5 
 3. Brown, Nancy1.3 
 4. Baker, Omonia1.2 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.0 
 6. Morrison, Apoel0.9 
 7. Maras, Ilysiakos0.8 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.7 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, Champville0.5 



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  DENMARK   


Frederik Rungby stays with Horsens - by Eurobasket News

Frederik Rungby (199-F-93) has agreed on terms of contract extension with Horsens. The talented forward will enter the second season with the team. Frederik Rungby joined Horsens at the start of the previous season. He tallied 8.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in Ligaen. Previously the forward played for Bakken, Aabyhoj and Aarhus. Frederik Rungby was the member of the Danish U16, U18 and U20 National Teams. He notched 2.8 points, 4.0 boards and 1.2 assists per game at the U20 European Championship in Division B last year in Bulgaria.


Svendborg keep Claus Magaard - by Eurobasket News

Svendborg have extended the contract of Claus Magaard (194-F/G-86). The guard had a solid season with the Rabbits. He tallied 8.0 points, 2.9 boards, 1.1 assists per game in Ligaen last season. It will be the ninth season with the Rabbits for Claus Magaard. He was Danish Ligaen champion and two-times Cup winner with the team.


Svendborg extend co-operation with Craig Pedersen - by Eurobasket News

Craig Pedersen will remain the head coach of Svendborg. The Rabbits signed a new deal with their long-time head coach. The contract is meant for four seasons. Craig Pedersen has been working with the Rabbits since 2003. He led the team to two Danish Cup titles in 2008 and 2012. Svendborg also claimed the Ligaen title in 2010. Craig Pedersen was chosen to the Ligaen All-Star Game in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012. The last season Svendborg clinched the regular season title but surrendered against the Bakken Bears in the Finals. Craig Pedersen finished his players career in 2006. He worked as playing head coach for three seasons.


Summer in Svendborg - by Thomas Soltau

Recently the club reported that they have signed Head Coach Graig Pedersen to a long-term deal of 4 years. Doing so should secure a continuity to the program and may also help attract players, as Pedersen is highly regarded as one of the top coaches in Denmark in recent years.

On another positive note the Rabbits also reported re-signing Claus Magaard, one of the CDL's top shooters. However, the team is still lacking height so it will be interesting to see what other Rabbits can be pulled out of the hat in Svendborg in the off-season.

Rumors also have Adama Darboe and Donald Rutherford (199-F/C-87, college: Catawba), two of the team's leading scorers, heading somewhere else.



Danish U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
August Haas
Haas
Sikander Nielsen
Nielsen
Tage Dembele
Dembele
Jacob Larsen
Larsen
Kasper Christiansen
Christiansen
#e#5
4Sebastian Dalsgaard 166-G-97
5Jonathan Ebert F-97
6August Haas 180-G-97
7Sikander Nielsen 182-G-97 Horsholm Denmark
8Mads Sturup 190-F-97
9Tage Dembele 201-F-97
10Filip Rajovic 188-F-97
11Gustav Thestrup 194-F-97
12Henrik Pedersen 195-F-97 ALBA Denmark
13Tobias Jensen 187-G-97
14Jacob Larsen 204-PF-97
15Kasper Christiansen 203-F-97 Trenkwalder RE Italy

Guido Steen Head Coach Sanda Sweden
Anders Sommer Assistant
Mads Olesen Assistant Aalborg Denmark



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - 1.Liiga

1.Liiga Stage Two Standings
Group C
 1. Balteco 11-3 
 2. Kohila SK 11-3 
 3. Marcus 10-4 
 4. Tamsalu 7-7 
 5. TU/Rock II 5-9 
 6. Kures. SWE-7 5-9 
 7. Swedbank 5-9 
 8. TTU SK 2-12 
Group D
 1. Audentese/N. 10-4 
 2. BC Kalev II 9-5 
 3. Voru KK 8-6 
 4. Rapina 8-6 
 5. Elion/Corle 7-7 
 6. Rapla KK 6-8 
 7. SK RIM T.Kalev 5-9 
 8. Parnu II 3-11 
Stage One Standings


1Liiga stats leaders

SEB Korvpalli Meistriliiga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Antson Allar-Raul 21.52
2 Jarv Ants 20.14
3 Klementsov Margus 19.92
4 Pakkas Arkko 19.7
5 Pihela Priit 18.7
6 Frier Howard 18.63
7 Oja Ardi 18.33
8 Orula Kristo 17.78
9 Polusk Mario 17.43
10 Erm Heigo 17.43
Rebounds Per Game
1 Oja Ardi 12.79
2 Jarv Ants 12.45
3 Kaarlep Indrek 11.28
4 Joosep Siim 10.07
5 Niidas Heiko 10.04
6 Orumaa Raiko 9.87
7 Kraav Leho 9.8
8 Antson Allar-Raul 9.6
9 Tagamets Ando 9.33
10 Klementsov Margus 9.24
Assists Per Game
1 Polusk Mario 5.57
2 Kiil Rene 4.26
3 Ratsep Kaspar 4.15
4 Kunts Jano 4.11
5 Pugonen Sven 4
6 Klementsov Margus 3.6
7 Nomm Brett 3.57
8 Saare Sander 3.47
9 Rausberg Martin 3.45
10 Talts Freddy 3.43


Estonian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Ivalo Pajumets
Pajumets
Robert Valge
Valge
Kregor Hermet
Hermet
Norman Kabin
Kabin
Tom Kaldre
Kaldre
#e#5
4Norman Kabin 170-PG-97 Parnu II Estonia
5Siim Post 182-G-97
6Kaspar-Erik Puusepp 196-F-98
7Ivalo Pajumets 191-G-97 Audentese/N. Estonia
8Jurgen Jurgenson 203-C-97 Parnu Estonia
9Tom Kaldre 185-SG-98
10Karl Suurorg 198-SF-98 Audentese/N. Estonia
11Madis Soodla 200-F/C-97 Audentese/N. Estonia
12Robert Valge 187-SF-97 Parnu Estonia
13Kregor Hermet 195-PF-97 Audentese/N. Estonia
14Sander Viilup 186-SG-97 Parnu II Estonia
15Arnold Mitt 206-C-98

Aivo Erkmaa Head Coach
Vaido Rego Assistant



Estonian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Keit Turk
Turk
Saimon Sutt
Sutt
Kristofer Kurvits
Kurvits
Raimond Tribuntsov
Tribuntsov
Sander Kruus
Kruus
#e#5
4Keit Turk 182-PG-95 TU/Rock II Estonia
5Jaagup Russak 183-PG-96 TU/Rock II Estonia
6Saimon Sutt 200-SG-95 TU/Rock II Estonia
7Andri Metsaru 180-PG-95 Tarvas Estonia
8Kristofer Kurvits 195-G/F-96 Swedbank Estonia
9Raimond Tribuntsov 190-G-95 Tarvas Estonia
10Ivo-Van Tamm 198-PF-96 Audentese/N. Estonia
11Maik-Kalev Kotsar 194-G-96 Audentese/N. Estonia
12Egert Haller 192-G-95 Audentese/N. Estonia
13Karl-Peeter Junk 198-PF-95 Audentese/N. Estonia
14Sander Kruus 200-PF-95 TU/Rock II Estonia
15Karl-Martin Kask 206-C/F-95 Audentese/N. Estonia

Rauno Pehka Head Coach Audentese/N. Estonia
Olari Narits Assistant TU/Rock II Estonia



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.16.1 
 3. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.9 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.14.7 
 5. Jerrells, Maine RC14.2 
 6. Lampe, Caja L.13.9 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu13.8 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.13.7 
 9. Weems, CSKA13.7 
 10. Hickman, Maccabi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.3 
 2. Tomic, FCB Regal6.5 
 3. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 4. Lampe, Caja L.6.1 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.6.1 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos6.0 
 7. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.6 
 8. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 9. Thompson, ALBA5.4 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Planinic, Khimky6.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.8 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Cook, Caja Laboral4.0 
 8. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu3.9 
 10. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Fener.Ul.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.9 
 2. Jaaber, Petrochimi1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.1.5 
 6. Diamantidis, Panat.1.4 
 7. Hickman, Maccabi1.4 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral1.3 
 9. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Hines, Olympiacos1.2 
 4. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 5. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 6. Tomic, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 8. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 9. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 10. Falker, Besiktas1.0 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Rimantas Kaukenas and Darius Songaila confirm EuroBasket absence - by Eurobasket News

Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) and Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) confirm EuroBasket absence. Two Lithuanian veterans will not help the National team in Slovenia.
Rimantas Kaukenas enjoys the season with Zalgiris. The Lithuanian star came back from Italy last year. Montepaschi Siena enjoyed two seasons with the shooting guard Rimantas Kaukenas. In 2011-2012 for Montepaschi Siena he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 64.3% in Euroleague and in Italian League after 23 games showed 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 84.1%.
Earlier Rimantas Kaukenas played for Real Madrid. He played 18 Euroleague games collecting 10.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.3 apg. In the Spanish league, Kaukenas added 8.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.1 apg for 29 games.
Darius Songaila finished the season with BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague). In EuroCup his stats read 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 56.3%, FT: 84.6%. In Ukrainian Superleague he showed 15. 9 points per game.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Kyiv prepares for U16 European Championship 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Kyiv prepares for U16 European Championship 2013. The Ukrainian capital will host the event from 8 to 18 August.

Sixteen teams were divided into 4 groups of four teams:

Group A: Belgium, Russia, Spain, Greece
Group B: Sweden, Germany, Turkey, Lithuania
Group C: Montenegro, Serbia, France, Poland
Group D: Ukraine, Italy, Croatia, Latvia

Last year Turkey became the new U16 European champions. They overcame France 66:61 in the title game in Vilnius. Mehmet Alemdaroglu (205-F-96) posted 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Serbia stepped onto the pedestal at U16 European Championship. They defeated Italy 83:69 to claim the Bronze medals.
Belgium clinched Division B title at the U16 European Championship. The team overcame Montenegro 56:46 in the Final to seal the important victory in Bucharest. Both teams advanced to Division A for this year. Sweden caught up the last train to Division A at the U16 European Championship. The Scandinavian team overcame Hungary 79:55 in the game for the third place that gave the last spot in the top division this year.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Latvia will host U18 European Championship Men Division A - by Eurobasket News

Latvia will host U18 European Championship Men Division A on 18 - 28 July 2013. Liepaja, Riga & Ventspils will invite the players for the tournament this year.
Sixteen teams were divided into 4 groups of four teams:

Group A: Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia, France
Group B: Greece, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic
Group C: Italy, Latvia, Bulgaria, Spain
Group D: Ukraine, Turkey, England, Croatia

Last year Croatia celebrated the first U18 European Championship title since 2002. They overcame hosting Lithuania 88:76 in the championship game to clinch the trophy. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) came up with another sizzling performance tallying 39 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assist to lead the winners. Serbia stepped onto the pedestal at U18 European Championship. They defeated Russia to clinch the Bronze medals.
Bosnia and Herzegovina won Gold at home tournament at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The hosts overcame Czech Republic 76:64 as both teams will play in Division A this year.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Georgia0-0
2. Germany0-0
3. Greece0-0
4. Lithuania0-0
5. Serbia0-0
Group B
1. Croatia0-0
2. Montenegro0-0
3. Sweden0-0
4. Turkey0-0
5. Ukraine0-0
Group C
1. Bulgaria0-0
2. Spain0-0
3. Israel0-0
4. Latvia0-0
5. Russia0-0
Group D
1. Czech Rep.0-0
2. Estonia0-0
3. France0-0
4. Italy0-0
5. Slovenia0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 9: GER - GEO
Jul. 9: SRB - LTU

B

Jul. 9: TUR - CRO
Jul. 9: UKR - MNT

C

Jul. 9: ESP - RUS
Jul. 9: LAT - ISR

D

Jul. 9: ITA - FRA
Jul. 9: SLO - EST



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  FINLAND   


Finnish U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Tuomas  Hirvonen
Hirvonen
Henri Niemisto
Niemisto
Oskar Michelsen
Michelsen
Alexander Madsen
Madsen
Henri Ventoniemi
Ventoniemi
#e#5
4Tuomas Hirvonen 175-G-96 Kouvot Finland
5Fiifi Aidoo 175-PG-96 HBA-Marsky Finland
6Henri Niemisto 194-G-96 HBA-Marsky Finland
7Elias Eerikinharju 185-G-96 ToPo Finland
8Ville Wuorenjuuri 187-G-95 Tapiolan Honka Finland
9Shawn Hopkins 194-G/F-95 BC Nokia Finland
10Samuli Nieminen 201-F-96 HBA-Marsky Finland
11Oskar Michelsen 203-PF-95 HBA-Marsky Finland
12Alexander Madsen 199-F/C-95 Kouvot Finland
13Juho-Matti Henttonen 195-C-96 Namika Lahti Finland
14Thomas van Santen 205-C-96 HBA-Marsky Finland
15Henri Ventoniemi 201-PF-95 HBA-Marsky Finland

Ray Ailus Head Coach TuNMKY Finland
Sami Toiviainen Assistant KTP Finland
Joonas Iisalo Assistant KaU Koris Finland



Finnish U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Aatu Kivimaki
Kivimaki
Jesse Haapanen
Haapanen
Matias Suvanto
Suvanto
Riku Laine
Laine
Lassi Nikkarinen
Nikkarinen
#e#5
4Lassi Nikkarinen 176-PG-97 ToPo Finland
5Aatu Kivimaki 177-PG-97 KaU Koris Finland
6Edon Maxhuni 177-PG-98 HBA-Marsky Finland
7Jesse Haapanen 186-SG-97 Tapiolan Honka Finland
8Miikka Nieminen 186-SF-97 Helsinki Finland
9Tommi Rasi 184-G-98
10Matias Suvanto 185-SF-97 HBA-Marsky Finland
11Jonathan Guzman Monet 192-F-97 HBA-Marsky Finland
12Riku Laine 194-G-97 Ura Basket Finland
13Vili Nyman 193-F-98
14Matias Oksa 196-SF-97 ToPo Finland
15Karri Kallio 196-PF-97 KTP Finland

Jyri Lohikoski Head Coach
Jari Nykanen Assistant
Daniel Jansson Assistant



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  FRANCE   

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.16.1 
 5. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 6. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.8 
 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. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 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. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.7 
 7. Greer, Strasbourg4.7 
 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. Issa, Le Mans0.8 
 9. Fall, Poitiers0.8 
 10. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.6 
 3. Blue, Antibes19.2 
 4. Wood, Evreux18.1 
 5. Siggers, Strasbourg18.1 
 6. Hilliard, Antibes17.5 
 7. McKines, Alaska A.17.3 
 8. Sanders, Hermosillo17.2 
 9. Hannah, Evreux16.8 
 10. Gay, Le Portel16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.7 
 3. Bing, Maurienne9.6 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.1 
 5. McKines, Alaska A.8.9 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.8 
 7. Wyatte, Bordeaux8.2 
 8. Jackson, Pau-La.8.1 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.6 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.0 
 3. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.9 
 4. Taylor, Le Portel5.8 
 5. Dumas, Bourg5.5 
 6. McIntosh, Feni I.5.4 
 7. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.3 
 9. Calvez, Charleville5.1 
 10. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.4 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.2.3 
 3. Craven, St Vallier2.1 
 4. Sonko, Bourg1.9 
 5. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 6. Flowers, Denain1.8 
 7. Siggers, Strasbourg1.8 
 8. Driss, Pau-Lacq.1.7 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest1.7 
 10. Rowland, Boulogne1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.5 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 4. Loum, Boulogne1.1 
 5. Chism, Maurienne1.1 
 6. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 7. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.0 
 8. Johnson, Chalons-.0.9 
 9. Flowers, Denain0.9 
 10. Ho You Fat, Evre.0.9 


ProB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Antibes and Chalons-Reims reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Antibes - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 83-79 OT

Antibes needed overtime to tame Pau-Lacq-Orthez at home court as they advanced into ProB Finals. Pau-Lacq-Orthez trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 17-5 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 14-18. 27 personal fouls committed by Pau-Lacq-Orthez helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Raphael Desroses (199-80, agency: Fusion Sports) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Claude Bergeaud rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Antibes: T.Blue 19+12reb+4ast, R.Desroses 16+8reb, A.Hilliard 15+4reb+4ast, T.Huffman 10+2reb+5ast, M.Badiane 10+7reb+2ast, G.Yango 7+9reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: C.Jackson 19+9reb+1ast, A.Mendy 19+10reb+1ast, D.Denave 13+1ast, S.Driss 11+8reb+6ast, B.Boddicker 10+6reb+4ast, J.Morency 4+5reb
gschID: 241263


Chalons-Reims - Evreux 74-73

Chalons-Reims stole a narrow home win over Evreux to seal their championship series appearance. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-73. Chalons-Reims made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Steeve Ho You Fat (203-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: R.Mels 15+2reb+5ast, J.Burrell 14+9reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 12+2reb+1ast, K.Corre 11+4reb+1ast, P.Beye 8+5reb, P.Poupet 7+2ast
Evreux: S.Ho You Fat 17+11reb, D.Reed 16+8reb, C.Hannah 13+2reb+2ast, J.Wood 11+12reb+4ast, L.Konate 5+1reb+1ast, L.Sambe 5+3ast
gschID: 241262



ProA Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Strasbourg and Nanterre to clash for title - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL - Strasbourg 52-73

Strasbourg outgunned ASVEL on the road and sealed the title series appearance. Strasbourg IG shot 61.7 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Strasbourg IG especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. The former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American point guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American point guard Michael Thompson (177-89, college: Northwestern) replied with 14 points and naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) added 8 points in the effort for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. 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:
Strasbourg: L.Campbell 14+3reb+3ast, A.Ajinca 14+6reb+2ast, A.Jeanneau 14+1reb+2ast, A.Toupane 8, R.Duport 6+3reb+2ast, R.Greer 6+7reb+2ast
ASVEL: M.Thompson 14+3ast, A.Acker 12+1reb, A.Sy 8+4reb+1ast, G.Joseph 5+2reb+1ast, E.Jackson 5+6reb+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 241267


Nanterre - Chalon 103-91 OT

Nanterre used an overtime to shoot down Chalon and paved their way into the Finals. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 19-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 21-9. JSF Nanterre made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Chalon/Saor was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) contributed with 24 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Marcus Denmon (190-90, college: Missouri) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Chalon/Saor. Four JSF Nanterre and five Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: D.Lighty 27+11reb+3ast, T.Meacham 24+3reb+5ast, C.Warren 16+1reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 13+7reb+1ast, M.Judith 9+5reb+1ast, S.Brun 8+3reb+3ast
Chalon: S.Williams 18+9reb+3ast, I.Evtimov 18+3reb+1ast, M.Denmon 16+6reb+2ast, B.Schilb 12+4reb+1ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 11+5reb+1ast, S.Tchicamboud 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 241266



Ludovic Vaty forced to leave pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) will have to end his pro career. Heart problems caused a tough and sad decision for the promising player. Ludovic Vaty spent the last two seasons in Gravelines. Last season the centre posted 12.7 points and 5.5 boards per game in EuroChallenge. In ProA his stats read 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds per appearance. He made it into All-EuroChallenge 2nd Team. Ludovic Vaty was also named French Leaders Cup MVP. He was the member of the French National Team since 2008. The centre participated at the ProA All-Star Game in 2012 and 2013. Ludovic Vaty also played for U16, U18 and U20 French National selections.


Three players leave Chartres - by Eurobasket News

Michel Ipouck (199-F-86), Vincent Mendy (204-F/C-83, agency: Fusion Sports) and Abgue Barakaou (185-G-81) have decided to leave Chartres. The team finished the season in the 11th place in NM1 League. They won 17 out of 34 games played.
Michel Ipouck posted 10.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in the season. Previously the forward had stints with Le Puy, Angers, Nanterre, Saint-Quentin, Poitiers. He was the member of the U20 French National Team back in 2006. Later Michel Ipouck joined the Cameroonian National Team.
Vincent Mendy joined Chartres back in October. The centre notched 5.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per appearance. He used to play in Nancy, ASVEL, Mulhouse, Stade Clermontois, Nanterre, Charleville, Angers and Lievin Basket before.
Abgue Barakaou spent the last three seasons with Chartres. Last season his stats read 7.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in NM1.



Orchy tab Austen Rowland - by Eurobasket News

Orchy have bolstered their backcourt. ProB newcomers signed contract with Austen Rowland (186-PG-81, agency: Court Side, college: Lehigh). The point guard spent the last season with Boulogne. He notched 12.3 points, 3.3 boards, 6.0 assists per game in ProB. Austen Rowland spent the 2011/12 season with Evreux. He posted 14.4 points, 5.2 assists, 3.3 boards and 1.7 steals per appearance in ProB that season. Austen Rowland was named into All-French ProB 3rd Team in both 2011 and 2012. He previously had spells in Germany, Austria, Lithuania and USBL. The guard was named into All-German 2.Bundesliga 1st Team in 2005. Rowland won the Austrian Cup back in 2009.


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YMCA Thump GAF in Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Friday thumped Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) 66 points to 26, in the second round of the Gambian Basketball League. The game was played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
Speaking to Observer Sports after the game, the YMCA coach, Foday Singhateh, declared that his team were stronger than their opponents. He said: "If we win (by this margin) it means we are strong. If we were not strong, we wouldn't have won by such a points margin. The players are putting the pressure on me. It is hard work for me now. I have to pick and choose now who is going to play and which first five are going to start because whoever plays, they gave hundred percent, so that means that they are determined to play.
"No, we are not running with the league. It is not yet (at that stage) because we have three more big games to come. We have Wallidan, Brikama, Sport House and even Saints. They play very well against us." Earlier on in the female league, Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) defeated Serekunda West by 22 points to 10.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Basketball federation to host 3 Nation Tourney - by Eurobasket News

The Gambia Basket Associationisset to celebrate the Head of States 48th birthday anniversary through an international basketball tournament which is set to kick off today at the independence Stadium basketball court in Bakau at 19:00 hours.

Two basketball teams from the neighboring countries, Senegal and Mauritania will join the Gambia to celebrate the presidents birthday.

This was disclosed at a press briefing yesterday by the GBA Secretary General Abdoulie M.B. Jallow, who told reporters that this would be the first time that the newly selected Gambia Basketball national team will be showcased internationally.

He disclosed that Senegal and Mauritanian teams are due to arrive today in Banjul and will be lodged at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi, fully sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

He further revealed that the tournament will commence today where the Gambia Basketball national team will clash with the Senegalese team at the Independence stadium at 19:00 hours.

He said on Friday, Senegal will played Mauritania at the same venue and time, adding that on Saturday, Gambia will play Mauritania making the final round of the game.

The best two teams will play the final on Sunday. He expressed optimism that the Gambia will win the final on Sunday.

He said the tournament is in collaboration with the ministry of youths and sports through the National Sports Council saying that they have been working these past few days to make sure that the tournament is properly organised.

He outlined that the Gambia is playing on the Birthday of the president which he said is most appropriate in organising the tournament and invites all basketball lovers to come and support the team.

The secretary went on to thank the government, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the GNOC, Trust Bank and all others for their support.

Author: Adama K. Jallow
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  GEORGIA   

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Bowie, Rustavi21.9 
 2. Archibeque, MIA A.18.6 
 3. Chlaidze, Sokhumi18.3 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.18.3 
 5. Nelson, Rustavi16.8 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi16.0 
 7. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.15.9 
 8. Ramishvili, Batumi15.8 
 9. Fatsatsia, Olimpi15.8 
 10. Chikviladze, Dina.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stevan MILOSEVIC
  Olimpi
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Milosevic, Olimpi12.4 
 2. Archibeque, MIA A.11.6 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.11.6 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.5 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.10.2 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi9.1 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 8. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.8.0 
 9. Prewitt, MIA A.6.9 
 10. Berishvili, Olimpi6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia7.0 
 2. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.7 
 3. Bowie, Rustavi5.5 
 4. Vaughn, MIA A.5.5 
 5. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.4 
 6. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.4 
 7. Bakradze, Lapua5.4 
 8. Sokk, Olimpi5.4 
 9. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi3.9 
 10. Tsekvava, Rustavi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.3 
 2. Ramishvili, Batumi1.9 
 3. Machaladze, STU T.1.9 
 4. Vaughn, MIA A.1.9 
 5. Barbakadze, Kutaisi1.7 
 6. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.7 
 7. Chikviladze, Dinam.1.6 
 8. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.6 
 9. Bakradze, Lapua1.5 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.0 
 2. Eliashvili, Batumi1.6 
 3. Milosevic, Olimpi1.5 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.5 
 5. Periashvili, Samed.1.2 
 6. Aselaini, TSU T.1.1 
 7. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.1 
 8. Archibeque, MIA A.0.9 
 9. Jgerenaia, Armia0.8 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi0.8 


MIA Academy takes 2-1 Superleague Final - by Eurobasket News

MIA Academy - Olimpi 74-67 (2-1)

MIA Academy takes 2-1 Superleague Final. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. MIA made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Olimpi.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: K.Archibeque 22+12reb+2ast, B.Raymond 15+4reb+3ast, D.Vaughn 12+3reb+9ast, C.Prewitt 8+7reb+2ast, A.Lomouri 6+3reb+1ast, I.Londaridze 5+4reb
Olimpi: M.Berishvili 19+5reb+2ast, S.Sokk 13+4reb+5ast, L.Fatsatsia 9+8reb+4ast, S.Milosevic 9+10reb+5ast, D.Moore 9, A.Dvalishvili 4
gschID: 241371



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The Miles Basketball Minute 2013 Beko BBL Semi Final Playoff Preview ratiopharm Ulm-EWE Baskets Oldenburg 3-1 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

For many basketball fanatics, the simple basketball charge advancement of the EWE Baskets Olenburg over the Telekom Baskets Bonn seemed like it would be a routine task and as typical as many think Lebron James and the Miami Heat will win back to back titles, seeing Diddy, Beyonce and Chris Brown in the tabloids daily or seeing the New York Yankees a top the MLB east standings, but instead Bonn made life very tough for the 2009 Beko BBL champion taking them to five games. Detroit native and 2004 Pistons draft pick Rickey Paulding already had a big scare in the 2009 finals almost not tasting his first professional title as Bonn was already feisty then with penetration sprinter EJ Rowland, Chris Williams clone Brandon Bowmann, Ohio athletic wizard Patrick Flomo and shot block monster Ken Johnson giving away the title after blowing a three point lead with 43 seconds to play as Jason Gardner and Je kel Foster won the game with free throws 71-70. Paulding was the top scorer for Oldenburg with 20 points in the game five win in 2009 and in the 2013 game five quarterfinal clash had to watch Chris Kramer lead the team in scoring with 19 points, but Paulding surely remembered that 2009 game and didnt want to make the game get any more exciting as Oldenburg was able to pull away in the second half and he finished with 12 points hitting some in your face three point clutch shots. Bonn played their hearts out, but remain known for being unable to win big games or titles, while Paulding skips merrily to a semi final bout with ratiopharm Ulm.

The cities Munich and Ulm have very little in common in that Munich is a lot bigger, might be the most known German city in the world and is just more visited because of the famous October fest beer party while Ulm is a lot smaller, has the beautiful gothic minister and best player in the league with John Bryant. Ratiopharm Ulm and FC Bayern Munich have very little in common in basketball as well, except that both teams got to the semi finals as quickly as Bamberg guard Anton Gavel fires a shot to the basket. Both swept their opponents and not only Jared Homan and Tyrese Rice would look dapper in chimney sweeper attire, but imagine the sweeping duo of John Bryant and Per Guenther sweeping that chimney clean to perfection. If it is just sweeping out a chimney or actually getting behind the camera to make an advertisement on how to blow away an opponent without losing a game then it would be these two Ulmer players that could probably convince the most people with their two abilities in the chimney or on the court as they both can be as dominating as a Lebron James and Dwayne Wade when they need to be. Both Ulm players remember the final sweep loss to the Brose Baskets Bamberg last season and decided to get some practice against the Artland Dragons. FC Bayern Munich most likely will need a horse shoe if they want to sweep Bamberg as that happening is as unlikely as a non German team winning the Champions league. However with Ulm very much rested and Oldenburg only having 72 hours rest before game one against the Schwaben team, the chances of Ulm to sweep an Oldenburg team is a lot greater, but in reality it is most likely that it wont happen. Bryant and Guenther will just be happy to reach a second final in a row and if necessary keep their sweeping uniform in their closet.

The Ewe Baskets Oldenburg used their home court advantage to the fullest winning every game at home while the Telekom Baskets Bonn played them tough at home winning 88-80 and 88-82. In both losses in Bonn, Oldenburg shot very poorly and Jared Jordan was able to control the game while his team shot very well. Oldenburg had no problems winning game one and three at home while winning game three by 30 points. The thin bench at times left them hanging as more times than not it was Americans Jamel Mcclean and Kyle Weems that led the team on offense including a 34 point effort by Weems in game four. In game five, Bonn fought for 40 minutes and kept the game close in the first half 43-42. However in the second half, Oldenburg continued to be very consistent on offense as the Americans Chris Kramer, Adam Chubb, Julius Jenkins and Ronald Burrell hit timely shots while Bonn was more inconsistent on offense and had some costly turnovers. Bonn did cut the lead to three points with a minute to play and had Mcclean had more fortune on two shots inside then who knows if Oldenburg would have pulled out the win. Oldenburg showed the whole series that they could rely on many players on offense as they had four different top scorers in the five game series including unsung hero Robin Smuelders twice.

One could say that ratiopharm ulm had a cake walk in their series against the Artland Dragons. The Artland Dragons underachieved this season and were a major disappointment being swept by rtaiopharm Ulm. Ratiopharm Ulm won their two games easily at home by 35 points, but were challenged in Quackenbruck, but escaped the dragon dungeon winning 90-85. In both victories at home, ratiopharm Ulm dominated the boards and shot very well and had an amazing only five turnovers in game one. Ulm usually has a very healthy knack of spreading around the basketball love as they had six players in double figures so if a John Bryant and Allan Ray combined for 48 points of the team 83 in game one, then no one was mad, but simply a showcase like that is always possible with their offensive weapons. In the game that was tight at Artland, the home team was able to cut it to four points in crunch time, but Ulm always had an answer and Per Guenther exploded for 35 points as nobody could stop him not even Toby the Dragon whos fire was useless. All in all ratiopharm Ulm was a class to high for the Artland Dragons and they also had three different top scorers in all three games. Even when it seems like big John Bryant didnt play much of a role, he still ended the three game series with 14,7ppg and 10,0rpg as he played very solid with the combination of his supporting cast also producing. Ratiopharm Ulm also cleaned up on defense allowing 75 points in the series never letting Artland really explode except in game two.

Ratiopharm Ulm swept the season series and were able to win on the road while the EWE Baskets Oldenburg have the home court advantage. In the first meeting in Ulm this season, Oldenburg was blown away 96-66 as the game was pretty much decided at halftime already after a 31 point first quarter explosion by ratiopharm Ulm. John Bryant was unstoppable tallying 26 points and ratiopharm Ulm dominated the boards 44-27 and shot 45% from the field and from the parking lot. Oldenburg never found a rhythm on offense and drained much energy needing to come back in the hostile environment in the Ulm arena. Ratiopharm Ulm completely shut down the playmaking of Dru Joyce and Chris Kramer. In the return game in Oldenburg, ratiopharm Ulm snuck away with a 95-91 shoot out win. The game was very tight in the fourth quarter as Oldenburg led four times, but California native Jon Bryant slammed the door shot in the last minute with four clutch free throws. Ratipharm ulm had a very good shooting day while Oldenburg rebounded better and only had nine turnovers. Ulm go into this series well rested with no game in more than a week while Oldenburg dont have much time to recuperate after their game five win against Bonn and will be in very good game shape. These are two offensive forces going head to head where the defense most likely will take a back seat to the offense. Oldenburg will need to keep John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) in check and Adam Chubb will have to be at his best and improve on the 45-14 head to head points that Bryant led over him. Even if you can get a Bryant somewhat into foul trouble, then there is the second beast waiting in the wings with Omar Samhan. Controlling the boards will be vital and just defending their perimeter shooters as guys like Allan Ray, Philipp Schwethelm and Steven Esterkamp are always dangerous and even a Keaton Nankivil can hit big shots not too mention the much improved parking lot shooting of Per Guenther who shot 48% during the season. Oldenburg cant lose game one at home or it could be a short series and find a rhythm early on offense. Ratiopharm Ulm enter the series as the favorite and have come into the playoffs reaching their peak having won 12 of their last 13 games. Their offense just continues to rock and seldom falters as they just score, score and score having connected for less than 80 points only three times in the last 13 games. If ratiopharm Ulm can control the boards, play their game, limit Joyce and Kramer then they will win this series. Mr Oldenburg Rickey Paulding is one of the hardest competitors in the league and he deserves a second title as much as John Bryant a first, but ratiopharm Ulm is simply the better team, have a deeper bench and have John Bryant. Ratiopharm ulm will win the series in four games and just be too much for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg.




Philipp Heyden Returns Back To BBC Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Last season it was head coach Marco Van den Berg that got going quickly getting his team built for the upcoming season and this season Predrag Krunich also is getting an early jump with his new roster planning. BBC Bayreuth got a replacement for German Stefan Schmidt by bringing in Phillipp Heyden (206-C-88). Heyden is a 24 year old 206cm center that started his basketball career in 2005 with BSG Ludwigsburg (Regionalliga). He played for BBC Bayreuth in the 2010-2011 season playing : 23 games: 2.4ppg, 1.7rpg. He played for MBC the last two seasons and last year played 30 games averaging 6,3ppg and 3,4rpg. "Philipp has potential and can still develop. He also has experience in the Beko BBL", stated Predrag Krunich. He played for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga) from 2006-2008 before moving to Ludwigsburg in 2008 where he played until 2010. He played 28 Beko BBL games for EnBW Ludwigsburg. "For me it is time to make the next step. My deciosn was made easier in that Bayreuth had interest in me. It also helps that I have played together with Nicolai Simon and Simon Schmitz and know what to expect. I am looking forward to returning and hope we can reach our goals", stressed Phillipp Heyden. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -06, International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -06: 6 games: 11.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 50.9%, FT: 58.6%, European Championships U18 in Amaliada (Greece) -06: 8 games: 1.3ppg, 1.5rpg, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -08, German U20 National Team -08German A2 National Team -09, German University National Team -11, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -12, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -12, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -12

Source: BBC Bayreuth





Kristof Schwarz Remains With The NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brother Malte Schwarz got his contract renewed with the Mitteldeutscher BC recently and today it was the turn of brother Kristof to sign on the dotted line and will remain another year in the Regionaliga with the NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos. Kristof Schwarz (186-G-87, agency: Court Side) is a 26 year old 186cm guard that will play his third season with them. Last season he played 17 games: 10.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3Pts: 30.0%, FT: 67.2%. Despite still recovering from an injury, at the moment it is uncertain if he will be ready for the start of the season, but the club has trust in the German that he will be. "Even if it takes one or two months more to get fit, we are convinced of his abilities. We are happy to have a great player captain and ideal coach for our youth program like him", stressed Iserlohn manager Michael Dahmen. The German started his basketball career with Bramfelder SV Hamburg (2. Regionalliga). He then played for SC Rist Wedel from 2005-2008. He played 45 games for Phoenix Hagen form 2008-2001 including 16 Beko BBL games in the 2009-2001 season. In the 2010-2011 season he played for the : Crailsheim Merlins (ProA): 16 games: 6.0ppg, 1.5apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 65.4%. I am happy to play another season here. I am happy that I have gotten teh trust despite my tough injury. I will give everything to be ready by the start of the season", added Kristof Schwarz.


Source: NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos




BV Chemnitz Sign Ceyhan Pfeil - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A club BV Chemnitz have gotten busy in this young off season signing the third German to the team with Ceyhan Pfeil (191-G-91). Pfeil is a 22 year old 191cm guard that is known for his defensive game. Last season he played for Murat Didin and the Duesseldorf Baskets playing 35 games: 2.0ppg. He scored in double figures twice with 12 points against Science City Jena and 10 points against SC Rasta Vechta. "Ceyhan was here last week for a try out and convinced me with his game and charachter. He is very versatile in the back court, has a solid shot and plays with passion. I think that he still has potential to develop", stressed BV Chemnitz head coach Felix Schreier. Pfeil started his basketball career in 2009 for BSG Bremerhaven (2. Regionalliga): 17 games: 9.2ppg, also had a license to play for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1.Bundesliga). He played for Cuxhaven from 2010-2012 and in the 2011-2012 season played Cuxhaven BasCats (ProA): 18 games: 2.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.0apg; in Jan.'12 moved to Gloria Giants Duesseldorf (ProA): 17 games: 5.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 78.9%

Source: BV Chemnitz





BSW Sixers: Schierenbeck named head coach, Stumpf to serve as sports director - by Moritz Korff

The BSW Sixers officially announced Torsten Schierenbeck as their new head coach, while Tino Stumpf was named a sports director. Both signed two-year deals with the 2. Bundesliga Pro B club. Meanwhile, Marcus Brambora will serve as Schierenbeck's assistent.
Most recently Schierenbeck finished his second year at the helm of BG Dorsten and announced to step back from this position after the 2012-13 season. The 2011-12 Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro B Coach of the Year worked for Bernau, Magdeburg, Zehlendorf and Stahnsdorf earlier in his career.



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.7 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.3 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.1 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.0 
 8. Printezis, Olympia.13.4 
 9. McGrath, Zalgiris13.3 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.6 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.3 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios6.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Charissis, Aris5.7 
 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. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 8. Pappas, Panionios3.1 
 9. Gibson, Ikaros3.1 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK3.0 
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. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 8. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 10. Carter, AGOR1.3 
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. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 6. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 9. Hines, Olympiacos0.8 
 10. Powell, Olympiacos0.8 


Panionios bring in Errick McCollum - by Eurobasket News

Panionios have secured the services of Errick McCollum (185-PG-88, college: Goshen) for the next season. The point guard is in his third pro season. He spent it with Apollon Patras in Greece. Errick McCollum averaged 15.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in A1 League. Last season the guard spent in Israel. He played for Hapoel Kfar Saba/Kohav Yair. The guard notched impressive 24.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game in the National League. He was named into All-Israeli National League 2nd Team. The guard was also trumped National League Import Player of the Year. The Goshen College graduate started his pro career in another Israeli team Elitzur Netanya.


PLAY-OFFS: A historic afternoon for AGOR - by Chris Mammides

The sweep over PAOK is now a fact! Having the home court disadvantage the team of Coach Thanasis Giaples, AGOR managed to beat twice the team of PAOK and after the road win in Thessaloniki an easy second win came in Rethymnon and with a solid 2-0 the islanders from Crete are officially in the top four teams of the Hellenic Basketball for the season 2012-2013, for the first time in their history!!!
This time the MVP of the game was not Brent Petway (204-F-85, college: Michigan) but his fellow American Marc Antonio Carter (191-G-85, college: NC-Wilmington) in a great afternoon to lead his team with 25 points and 7 rebounds followed by Gabe Pruitt (193-G-86, college: USC) with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in just 22 minutes.
About the game now, the home team was aggressive from the very beginning and right after three minutes the score was already 11-6. PAOK reacted and with Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84, college: Miami, OH) and Papadopoulos came back to take the lead with 13-14. The last two minutes of the first period though were totally belong to the the home team with Leonidas Kaselakis (201-F-90) from behind the arc and Aggelopoulos in his best period in the game brought the difference to 24-17 before PAOK cuts the deficit at the end with Wiliam Hatcher to 27-21.
The ex player of AGOR, Dedas scored from behind the arc at the early beginning of the second period to cut the deficit a bit but Gabe Pruitt was there to score 5 points and bring the deficit to double digit for his team 38-25 and 41-25 after a while. The home team had an amazing crescent from the parameter and they managed to top up the team of Soulis Soulis Markopoulos with 50-29 by the end of the first half succeeding a solid 23-8 in the second period!!
Things remain the same in the third period with PAOK not being very focused for such a game while Leonidas Kaselakis (201-F-90) on the other site continue his scoring crescent bringing his team to +24 53-29. PAOK reacted and with a 10-0 cut the deficit to 53-39 before Duvnjak's long shot reshaped the score to 56-39 three minutes before the end of the third season. PAOK couldnt react in the level that Coach Soulis Markopoulos wanted and even though the deficit was closing with Wiliam Hatcher and Charlambidiss long shots Leonidas Kaselakis (201-F-90) was there to bring the difference in its normal by the end of the third period, 65-47.
The fourth and final period things remain the same as PAOK was below average and AGOR wanted to finish the story in their home court once and for all, Gabe Pruitt (193-G-86, college: USC) and Gabe Pruitt took over in the scoring while PAOK found some good scoring from Margaritis to -16, 75-58
Rethymno was not giving up and with Gabe Pruitt in the scoring line brought the deficit once more to +20 (80-60) .The rest is simply history.
The periods: 27-21, 50-29, 65-47, 88-65.
The scorers:
AGOR: Gabe Pruitt (193-G-86, college: USC) 10, Kallinikidis 7, Gabe Pruitt 13, Aggelopoulos 3, Tsohlas 3, Duvnjak 6, Kommatos 8, Leonidas Kaselakis (201-F-90) 25, Latovic 2, Brent Petway 11
PAOK: Wiliam Hatcher 20, Leonidas Kaselakis (201-F-90) 11, Charalambidis 4, Tsairelis 7, Dedas 2, Margaritis 8, Papadopoulos 6, Kalles 6, Ambaras 5.



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Leiden swept the Finals 4-0 against Leeuwarden and won 2012/2013 Play-offs - by Eurobasket News

Leiden swept the Finals 4-0 against Leeuwarden and won 2012/2013 Play-offs. The second team of the Regular Season posted a 65:59 win in Game 4 to become the Champions of the country.
Leeuwarden had nothing to lose in the game and started with 14-11 lead. Leiden however replied with a 21-16 burst in the second frame and added 12-11 rally in the third period. They also won the last quarter 21-20 and sealed a 2012/2013 title.



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Cananea
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Austin, Cananea20.9 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.5 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari19.7 
 5. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 6. Wood, Albacomp19.1 
 7. Copeland, San G.18.8 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.18.7 
 9. Shaw, Fribourg18.5 
 10. Nelson, Marso N.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.10.7 
 2. Bader, Szolnok9.0 
 3. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 4. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 5. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.1 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.1 
 8. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 9. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.4 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari6.3 
 3. Williams, Atomeromu6.1 
 4. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.9 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.5 
 6. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 7. Copeland, San G.5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.5 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.8 
 3. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 5. Moore, Albacomp2.2 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.2.0 
 8. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.0 
 9. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni0.9 
 3. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 5. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 6. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 8. Lekli, Albacomp0.6 
 9. Bader, Szolnok0.6 
 10. Dramicanin, Jaszb.0.6 


A Division Round 1 of Finals. Albacomp surge ahead - by Eurobasket News

Albacomp - Szolnok 79-70

Albacomp pulled ahead in the championship series edging visiting Szolnok in the opener. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 49-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Albacomp made 8 blocks. American guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) fired 26 points and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 26 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: B.Wood 26+2reb+4ast, R.Moore 15+5reb+4ast, D.Hollis 13+3reb, Z.Szabo 12+4reb+2ast, J.Jones 9+3reb, Z.Supola 2+1reb
Szolnok: J.Florence 26+8reb+2ast, R.Bell 14+7reb, B.Simon 8+2reb+3ast, M.Bader 6+10reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 6+5reb+1ast, M.Szabo 4+4reb
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Volcanoes' Tapscott named Player of the Week - by Kip Leonetti

2012 IBL Rookie of the Year, league All-Star and Southern California Summer Pro League Diamond in the Rough Chehales Tapscott (6'5''-F-90, college: Portland St.) delivers again this season with his team, the Vancouver Volcanoes, going 1-1 this week. Averaging 27.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and shooting 70% from the field with 8 double-doubles in as many games, this is his first Player of the Week nod this season. With two in 2012 it is possible we will see Tapscott here again and his new coach Joe Navarro agrees.

"Chey is one of the hardest matchups in the league. He's skilled enough to step out and score on the perimeter and he scores at will on the block. He opens up so much for other players because of his scoring ability and unselfishness. The guy just doesn't stop on the boards and if he was getting the same minutes he was getting last year he'd be averaging 30 and 17 a night," Coach Navarro boasts.



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Icelandic U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Petur Runar Birgisson
Birgisson
Dagur Jonsson
Jonsson
Eysteinn Aevarsson
Aevarsson
Maciej Baginski
Baginski
Magnus Mar Traustason
Traustason
#e#5
4Petur Runar Birgisson 185-G-96 Tindastoll Iceland
5Magnus Mar Traustason 190-G-96 Njardvik Iceland
6Jon Gudmundsson 192-G-96 IA Iceland
7Oddur Kristjansson 180-G-95 Stjarnan Iceland
8Erlendur Stefansson 185-PG-95 Thor Thorl Iceland
9Dagur Jonsson 185-PG-95 Stjarnan Iceland
10Thorgeir Blondal 190-G-95 KR Iceland
11Hugi Holm 192-C-95
12Eysteinn Aevarsson 192-SF-95 Hottur Iceland
13Maciej Baginski 195-SF-95 Njardvik Iceland
14Tomas Thordur Hilmarsson 201-F-95 Stjarnan Iceland
15Maciej Klimaszewski 203-C-95 FSU Iceland

Ingi Thor Steinthorsson Head Coach Snaefell Iceland
Vidar Hafsteinsson Assistant Hottur Iceland



Icelandic U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

4Ragnar Fridriksson 174-G-97
5Bergthor Rikhardsson 184-G-97
6Sigurthor Sigurthorsson 182-G-97
7Hilmir Kristjansson 193-G-97 Grindavik Iceland
8Kristinn Palsson 196-F-97
9Halldor Hermannsson 183-G-97 Thor Thorl Iceland
10Kari Jonsson 186-G-97
11Ragnar Ragnarsson 188-G-97
12Atli Sigurbjartsson 185-F-97
13Breki Gylfason 199-C-97
14Adam Olafsson 198-C-97
15Saethor Kristjansson 195-F-97

Einar Johannsson Head Coach
Finnur Stefansson Assistant KR Iceland



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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.20.4 
 2. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.9 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.1 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.2 
 7. Collins, Guaros17.0 
 8. Calathes, Maccabi16.5 
 9. Smith, Maccabi Hai.16.1 
 10. Warren, Maccabi16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.14.2 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.10.0 
 3. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.8 
 4. Uter, Maccabi9.4 
 5. Thomas, Maccabi9.2 
 6. Calathes, Maccabi9.2 
 7. Wright, Maccabi9.1 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.3 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.1 
 4. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.0 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi4.8 
 6. Collins, Guaros4.4 
 7. Bradley, Netanya4.2 
 8. Perry, Elizur A.4.2 
 9. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
 10. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.2 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 6. Smith, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 7. Jones, Bnei H.1.9 
 8. Wright, Maccabi1.9 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 10. Simpson, Maccabi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Maccabi T-A3.0 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.6 
 3. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.6 
 4. Uter, Maccabi1.6 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.2 
 8. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 9. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.1 
 10. Green, Galil Gilb.1.0 


Hapoel J-M and Hapoel Eilat complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Netanya - Hapoel J-M 68-79 (2-3)

The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for Hapoel Jerusalem especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. American players dominated the game. Josh Duncan (203-86) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. point guard Ronald Steele (187-86, college: Alabama, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. Power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for GreenTops Netanya. GreenTops Netanya's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: J.Duncan 23+10reb+5ast, R.Steele 15+1reb+4ast, R.Limonad 14+4reb, S.Samuels 11+5reb, C.Fells 11+3reb+3ast, E.Kadir 3+1reb+1ast
Netanya: M.Killingsworth 21+5reb, R.Bradley 14+5reb+3ast, Y.Orland 9+2ast, R.Morgan 9+8reb+2ast, E.Shulman 8+7ast, D.Washington 5+5reb+5ast
gschID: 241351


Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Rishon 91-80 (3-2)

The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-80. Hapoel Eilat shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Maccabi Rishon's players. American power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Larry O'Bannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Rishon. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: E.Holman 20+8reb+2ast, L.O'Bannon 15+7reb+6ast, S.Hopson 14+4reb+9ast, T.Younger 11+3reb, E.Skverer 9+1reb+3ast, J.Tillman 9+5reb
Maccabi Rishon: A.Uter 25+12reb+2ast, J.Wright 17+9reb+2ast, A.Ben David 14+3ast, N.Hanochi 7+1reb+7ast, L.Jones 7+3reb, S.Dawson 6
gschID: 241349



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  JAMAICA   


Roy Hibbert's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). He led Indiana Pacers to a victory against the New York Knicks (54-28) 106-99 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Hibbert had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 blocks in 42 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 49-32 record this season. It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team. Hibbert belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 2.6bpg. He also averaged so far 12.2ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 75.3% in the 92 games he played so far. Hibbert is a naturalized American. He played for the Jamaican senior national team three years ago.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in Israel). Samuels contributed to a Hapoel Jerusalem's victory against the fourth-ranked GreenTops Netanya (15-12) 79-68 in the Israeli Winner League on Thursday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (13-14) is placed fifth in Places 1-6 group. Samuels has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 48.5% and FT: 66.2% in the 10 games. He is in the roster of the Jamaican senior national team.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Puerto Rico). Efejuku was the major contributor in Indios' victory against the league outsider Vaqueros (6-17) 85-74 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Thursday night. He scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Indios de Mayaguez (14-9) is placed third in the BSN. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Efejuku has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 83.3%. Efejuku has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican. He is also a member of the Jamaican senior national team.

Mugabe Thomas
Mugabe Thomas
   #4. An experienced forward Mugabe Thomas (193-80, college: Cedarville, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA could not help Tijuana Zonkeys (14-12) in their last game. Despite Thomas' very good performance Tijuana Zonkeys lost 90-98 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Mineros de Cananea. He scored 18 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 24 minutes. This year Thomas has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.3apg in the seven games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2006.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #5. International point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Venezuela), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB was not able to help Guaiqueries (19-32) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Guaiqueries was badly defeated 105-87 in Valencia by the higher-ranked Trotamundos (#7). Scott was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added made 4 passes and 4 steals. 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 season: 10.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.4apg and 3.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Scott played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Scott plays currently for the Jamaican national team.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #6. Forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA was not able to secure a victory for Fribourg (17-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Fribourg lost 61-72 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Lugano Tigers. Yates was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. Yates' stats this year are: 13.1ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.3apg in the 33 games. He is a naturalized American. Yates is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team three years ago.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #7. Former international power forward Ryan Reid (203-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in France) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Chorale de Roanne (17-13) in their game against Chalon/Saor (18-12) in the French ProA. He scored 7 points. Chorale de Roanne was crushed 91-63 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Chalon/Saor (#4). Reid's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 4.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Reid used to play for the Jamaican national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Rishon to a victory over the second-ranked Hapoel Eilat (17-10) 79-70 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Uter was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 14 rebounds. Uter also added 4 assists and 5 blocks. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (12-15) is placed sixth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses. Uter is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Uter averages: 15.3ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6bpg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) could not help Le Portel (20-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Gay's very good performance Le Portel was defeated 80-75 on the road by the second-ranked ALM Evreux. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Gay also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Gay belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2. This season he has very high stats. Gay averages: 16.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5bpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Experienced Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Lottomatica Roma's victory against the closely-ranked Trenkwalder RE (18-12) 72-59 in the Italian SerieA last Tuesday. Bailey recorded 6 points and added 3 assists in only 14 minutes. Acea Virtus Roma (20-10) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Bailey averages: 4.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg in the eight games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.



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  KENYA   


Nazarene University Pip Old Pirates in NBA Duel - by Eurobasket News

OLD Pirates suffered a shock 52-50 loss at the hands of Africa Nazarene University in an entertaining Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) league tie at Railways Club.
A driving lay up by Valentine Wachira separated the two sides. Coseiga Bayless led the "Wolfpacks" with 16 while Mannaseh Otieno managed the losers 12.
Don Bosco whipped United States International University 72-33 as Joel Atebe posted 27 points. Friends of Basketball (FOB) beat Neosasa Morans 46-40. Francis Odhiambo posted game high of 36 points as FOB won 70-34 over CFC Stanbic Bank. Dankind Academy dimmed Dolphins 45-25. JKUATS won 52-33 against Woodley Knights. Upper Hill pipped JKUATS Karen 51-46. Mt. Kenya University Thika upstaged JKUATS, Karen 76-44. Legacy snapped their losing run with a 57-35 over stubborn Dolphins.
Dankind Academy beat Our Lady Queen of Peace 47-36. Women champions Strathmore University dismissed Metroloplitan school champions Buru Buru Girls 49-34. Parklands Arya stunned Jkuat Juja 48-38.
Ulinzi "Blades" cut Jkuat Juja 66-30 . Gladiators thumped Zetech College 63-33 while Parklands Arya whipped ANU 62-39.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  KOSOVO   

Stats Leaders

BKT Superliga Stats Leaders


Peja is Kosovo's new champion! - by Dren Shporta

Peja with a great performance in the second quarter created the difference against Sigal Prishtina in the third game of final series to be crowned as Kosovo Champions of the 2012/13 season.

Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) was again influential while storming in the second quarter and to be the almost only scorer of Peja in the last quarter, for the final result of 84-73.

Sigal Prishtina started the game well, but they just were stopped in the second quarter and didnt came back until the end of the match.

Dardan Berisha was the top scorer of the final night of the season, scoring 30 points, while Samir Shaptahovic added 25 more for new champions. Other players didnt pass double ciphered limit in scoring.

At the losing side, Rugova brothers were in form, with Granit adding 22 points and Fisnik scoring 17 points + 8 rebounds.

This is Pejas first championship title since 2004 when they won LPBK (Kosova Professional Basketball League).



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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Peiners, LU21.1 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.18.7 
 3. Cain, Barons k.15.8 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.6 
 5. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.6 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera15.4 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 8. Diggs, Barons k.14.3 
 9. Apsitis, Turiba14.2 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpi.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.6 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.4 
 3. Dargais, LU8.0 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.7 
 5. Cavars, Valmiera7.6 
 6. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala7.1 
 9. Berzins, Valmiera7.0 
 10. Berzins, VEF Riga6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  VEF Riga
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Rowland, VEF Riga6.7 
 2. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.5 
 3. Diggs, Barons k.5.0 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.7 
 5. Peiners, LU3.5 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.4 
 7. Sims, Ventspils3.2 
 8. Coders, Jurmala3.1 
 9. Bertans, VEF Riga3.1 
 10. Sokolovs, Turiba3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 3. Rowland, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Peiners, LU1.8 
 5. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.7 
 6. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Cain, Barons k.1.5 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpi.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cain, Barons k.1.6 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.2 
 3. Meiers, Ventspils1.0 
 4. Daniels, VEF Riga1.0 
 5. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 6. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.9 
 7. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 8. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Berzins, VEF Riga0.8 
 10. Ziedins, Valmiera0.8 


VEF Riga takes LBL Finals lead - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
VEF Riga - Ventspils 74-72 (2-1)

VEF Riga takes LBL Finals lead at 2-1. Ventspils were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of VEF Riga, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for the former international forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ventspils. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: K.Janicenoks 18+1reb+2ast, E.Rowland 14+1reb+3ast, D.Zavackas 12+6reb+1ast, W.Daniels 11+1reb+1ast, G.Jahovics 8+2reb+2ast, A.Kavaliauskas 7+9reb+4ast
Ventspils: F.Campbell 27+10reb+4ast, J.Timma 12+6reb+1ast, M.Laksa 10+3reb+2ast, A.Vairogs 7, S.Valters 4+4reb+4ast, M.Meiers 4+3reb
gschID: 241327



Davis Bertans selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Davis Bertans (210-92, currently plays in Serbia). He led Partizan to a victory over the sixth-ranked Metalac (3-10) crushing them 88-62 in the Serbian A League in Sunday night's game. Bertans was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. 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. It's Bertans' first season with the team. Bertans has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 67.3%(35-52) and FT: 76.7% in the 12 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Armands Skele (192-83, currently plays in Estonia). Skele contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked TU/Rock (28-4) 81-69 in the Estonian KML last Friday. He recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (28-4) is placed first in the KML. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This season Skele averages: 9.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 37.5%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. Kuksiks could not help Budivelnyk (28-11) to beat Azovmash (25-14). He scored 6 points in 23 minutes. The league leader Budivelnyk lost 73-77 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Azovmash. This year Kuksiks' overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 42.4% and FT: 78.6% in the 16 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Ivars Timermanis
Ivars Timermanis
   #4. Forward Ivars Timermanis (203-82, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to help Ploiesti (23-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Timermanis' good performance Ploiesti was defeated 91-81 on the road by the much lower-ranked Targu Mures (#11). He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Timermanis' total stats this season are: 9.1ppg and 2.9rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2007.

Janis Porzingis
Janis Porzingis
   #5. Former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Palencia Baloncesto (15-11) in their last game. Despite Porzingis' good performance Palencia Baloncesto lost 76-81 in Alicante to the higher-ranked (#3) Meridiano. He scored 14 points, had 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 34 minutes. This year Porzingis' total stats are: 9.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3spg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team five years ago.

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #6. Forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Szolnok (8-2) in their game against Atomeromu (6-4) in the Hungarian A Division. Kalve did not beat the league record on Friday evening. He recorded only 2 points. The sixth-placed Szolnok was defeated 95-82 in Paks by the second-ranked Atomeromu in the Places 1-6 group. They ended the series of seven consecutive victories. Kalve has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 4.5rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team three years ago.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Latvian passport:

   #1. Experienced Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80, agency: Ronsport, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help Hod Hasharon (18-8) in their last game. Despite Gandel's good performance Hod Hasharon lost 119-125 on the road to the leading Ironi Nes-Ziona. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 36 minutes. This year Gandel has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in the 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Latvian and Israeli.

Other top Latvian players, who play abroad:

Janis Blums (191-SG-82) plays for Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL
Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) plays for Golden State Warriors in the NBA
Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) plays for Spartak St.Petersburg in Russian PBL
Ojars Silins (202-F/G-93) plays for Trenkwalder RE in Italian SerieA
Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) plays for Cajasol in Spanish ACB
Maris Laksa (205-F-81) plays for BC Rakvere in Estonian KML
Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) plays for BC Rakvere in Estonian KML
Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish ACB
Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish ACB
Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Basketligan

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



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  LESOTHO   


Basketball finally getting attention - by Eurobasket News

MASERU Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) public relations officer, Ratolo Molupe, says basketball is finally getting the recognition it deserves in the country.
Molupe told the Lesotho Times that their national league has become stronger despite the financial struggles that pose a major threat to young Basotho basketball enthusiasts looking to make the best out of their talent.
The situation is very bad for the sport.
However, we are not ready to give up the fight and we will continue with the struggle with the hope of getting sponsors soon, Molupe said.
We dont have enough playing courts and the association has to dig deep into their pockets to secure grounds for the games to be played.
He said the association is faced with sponsorship challenges, which prevented them from getting the necessary equipment and resources to help improve the game in the country.
LBA has eight teams in their national league while they have also introduced a league for the youths at high school level.
We came with good strategies before the start of our calendar year as we searched for means and ways to improve the sport and so far so good. Things are working quite well, said Molupe.
We have also been encouraged by the crowds that grace our games on weekends as the sport continues to catch the attention of the youth in our country, he said.
He said the association now has a committee made up of players and those in leadership whose main aim is to source funds to improve the game.
Rovers from Roma are favourites to clinch the 2012-13 national basketball league title.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo24.6 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.20.2 
 3. Stallworth, Pinhei.20.2 
 4. Vassallo, Arecibo19.4 
 5. Guzman, Panteras19.0 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.18.1 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.16.8 
 8. Benite, Flamengo16.2 
 9. Dos Santos, Brasil.15.9 
 10. Ferreira, Pinheir.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Caio SILVEIRA
  Flamengo
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Silveira, Flamengo8.8 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.8.0 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo7.8 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia7.8 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.7.6 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.5 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo7.5 
 8. Hernandez, Guaymas7.2 
 9. Guzman, Panteras7.2 
 10. Battle, Marinos6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.0 
 2. de Assis, S.Jose/U.5.8 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.5.0 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo4.4 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus4.2 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia3.9 
 7. Benite, Flamengo3.7 
 8. Laws, S.Jose/U.3.7 
 9. Stallworth, Pinhei.3.4 
 10. Cardenas, Mavort3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.2.1 
 2. Cardenas, Mavort1.7 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.1.7 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.1.6 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.5 
 6. Mensah, Flamengo1.4 
 7. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.4 
 8. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.4 
 9. de Assis, S.Jose/U.1.3 
 10. Benite, Flamengo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Murilo BECKER
  S.Jose/U.
  (210-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Becker, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 2. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 3. Battle, Marinos0.9 
 4. Ferreira, Pinheiro.0.8 
 5. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.7 
 6. Zanotti, Flamengo0.5 
 7. Levy, Lanus0.4 
 8. McFarlan, Lanus0.4 
 9. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.3 
 10. Ramos, Arecibo0.3 



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Donatas Zavackas selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former U20 international forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Latvia. He could not help VEF Riga (11-7) in their last game. Despite Zavackas' very good performance the fourth-placed VEF Riga was crushed 104-82 on the road by the leading Khimky in the group B of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Zavackas also added 6 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. It's Zavackas' first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 48.3%(58-120) and FT: 71.0% in the 24 games he played so far. Zavackas played for the Lithuanian U20 national team thirteen years ago.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #2. Second place goes to former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine). He led Budivelnyk to a victory over the closely-ranked Azovmash (25-14) 80-63 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Wednesday. Anisimovas was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (28-11) is placed first in the Superleague. Anisimovas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Budivelnyk's roster. Anisimovas has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.5% and FT: 58.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Lithuanian and Ukrainian. Former BC Siauliai starter played for the Lithuanian university national team in 2007.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85, currently plays in Greece). Maciulis contributed to Panathinaikos' victory against the closely-ranked PAOK (17-9) 71-61 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Panathinaikos Athens (21-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 16th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Maciulis' overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 57.3%(43-75), 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 69.6% in the 26 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #4. Point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (14-4) 77-65 in the VTB United League in Thursday night's game. Kalnietis scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Lokomotiv Kuban (12-6) is placed third in group B. This season Kalnietis has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.1apg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #5. International center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, also represented by Interperformances, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Donatas Zavackas. But that was another game of his team in Latvian LBL which we would like to mention. Kavaliauskas contributed to a 2-point VEF Riga's victory against the closely-ranked Ventspils (8-2) 74-72. He scored 7 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. VEF Riga (19-1) is placed fourth in the LBL. It was his team's 14th consecutive victory in a row. Kavaliauskas has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4apg in the 20 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Vaidotas Peciukas
Vaidotas Peciukas
   #6. Guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to help Targu Mures (23-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Peciukas' very good performance the league leader Targu Mures was defeated 83-78 at home by the lower-ranked Ploiesti (#3). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Peciukas also added 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Peciukas' stats this season are: 14.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Lithuanian team eight years ago.

Dainius Salenga
Dainius Salenga
   #7. Former international forward Dainius Salenga (197-77, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michailis Anisimovas. However that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Superleague which brought him to that list. Salenga was not able to secure a victory for Budivelnyk (28-11) in their game against Azovmash (25-14). He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. The league leader Budivelnyk lost 73-77 on their home court in Kyiv to the lower-ranked (#3) Azovmash. This year Salenga's total stats are: 8.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg in the 44 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team eight years ago.

Arvydas Eitutavicius
Arvydas Eitutavicius
   #8. Point guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-82, college: American, currently plays in Poland) was the main contributor in Anwil's victory against the leader PGE Turow (23-9) 75-63 in the Polish TBL last Thursday. Eitutavicius was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points. Anwil Wloclawek (18-14) is placed fifth in Places 1-6 group. Eitutavicius has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2010.

Simas Jasaitis
Simas Jasaitis
   #9. International small forward Simas Jasaitis (202-82, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mantas Kalnietis. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League we would like to talk about. Jasaitis couldn't help Lokomotiv (12-6) in their game against Unics Kazan (14-4). He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Lokomotiv (#3) was edged 68-65 on their home court in Kuban by the second-ranked Unics Kazan in the group B of VTB United League. Jasaitis has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #10. Point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Regal FC Barcelona in a 1-point victoryagainst one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (8-26) 90-89 in the Spanish ACB last Thursday. Jasikevicius recorded 5 points in 11 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Jasikevicius has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 2.0apg in the 24 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the eighth-ranked Apollon Patras 77-63 in the Greek A1 in Wednesday night's game. He recorded only 3 points in 4 minutes on the court. Gecevicius has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U21 international point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American, currently plays in Russia) contributed to Universitet-Yugra's victory against the closely-ranked Ural Ekaterinburg 87-79 in the Russian Superleague (second division) last Tuesday. Lekavicius recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 9 assists. Lekavicius belongs to league's best passers (ranked #3) and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 5.1apg and 1.8spg. Lekavicius used to play for the Lithuanian U21 national team back in 2003.

   #13. U20 international shooting guard Vytenis Cizauskas (190-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blancos de Rueda in their game against G.Canaria 2014 in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 9 points in 25 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 78-62. This year Cizauskas averages only 2.6ppg in the 25 games. He is also Lithuanian U20 national team player.

   #14. Former international guard Donatas Slanina (192-77, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Trenkwalder RE in their game against Lottomatica Roma in the Italian SerieA. Slanina scored 5 points. His team was defeated 74-69. This season he averages only 4.1ppg. Slanina used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2004.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (191-81, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the leader AZS Koszalin crushing them 96-66 in the Polish TBL last Friday. He scored only 2 points and added 3 assists in 17 minutes. Cesnauskis has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.1apg in the 35 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team thirteen years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a Okapi Aalstar's victory against the league leader Base Oostende (20-8) 95-84 in the Belgian Ethias League on Tuesday night. Young recorded 8 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Generali Okapi Aalstar (17-11) is placed fourth in the Ethias League. Young is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has averaged so far 9.7ppg and 6.4rpg in the 30 games he played so far. Young is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL could not help Telekom Baskets (18-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Veikalas' good performance Telekom Baskets was defeated 89-80 on the road by the second-ranked EWE Baskets. He scored 12 points. Veikalas averaged so far 11.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg.



Rimantas Kaukenas and Darius Songaila confirm EuroBasket absence - by Eurobasket News

Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) and Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) confirm EuroBasket absence. Two Lithuanian veterans will not help the National team in Slovenia.
Rimantas Kaukenas enjoys the season with Zalgiris. The Lithuanian star came back from Italy last year. Montepaschi Siena enjoyed two seasons with the shooting guard Rimantas Kaukenas. In 2011-2012 for Montepaschi Siena he averaged 14.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 64.3% in Euroleague and in Italian League after 23 games showed 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 84.1%.
Earlier Rimantas Kaukenas played for Real Madrid. He played 18 Euroleague games collecting 10.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.3 apg. In the Spanish league, Kaukenas added 8.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.1 apg for 29 games.
Darius Songaila finished the season with BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague). In EuroCup his stats read 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 56.3%, FT: 84.6%. In Ukrainian Superleague he showed 15. 9 points per game.



Tautvydas Lydeka extends contract with Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas and Tautvydas Lydeka (208-C/F-83) have agreed on terms of contract extension. The centre signed a new one-year deal with the Vilnius team. Tautvydas Lydeka joined Lietuvos Rytas back in February. He tallied 8.8 points and 5.0 boards per game in LKL. The centre also notched 7.0 points, 3.3 boards and 1.0 assist per game in VTB League. The centre started the season with Krasnie Krilya. Lydeka delivered 2.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per EuroChallenge game. In VTB League his stats read 7.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per appearance. In PBL Lydeka had 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds. Previously Tautvydas Lydeka had stints in Italy, Bosnia, Netherlands, Ukraine and Lithuania.


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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 22-6 
 2. Guaymas 20-6 
 3. Tijuana 14-12 
 4. Nogales 13-13 
 5. Cananea 12-16 
 6. Navolato 12-16 
 7. Guasave 9-17 
 8. Los Mochis 9-17 
 9. Obregon 9-17 

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 22: Navolato - Guaymas 97-102
May. 22: Cananea - Hermosillo 92-70
May. 22: Guasave - Obregon 78-93
May. 22: Tijuana - Los Mochis 106-88

Regular Season: Round 31

May. 24: Hermosillo - Tijuana
May. 24: Obregon - Los Mochis
May. 24: Navolato - Guasave
May. 24: Guaymas - Nogales


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Jones, Obregon25.5 
 2. Monroe, Cananea24.9 
 3. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 4. Elliott, Navolato22.1 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas21.8 
 6. McCullough, Nogales20.6 
 7. Pearson, Los M.20.3 
 8. Sperling, Obregon19.8 
 9. Davis, Obregon19.3 
 10. Allen, Guaymas19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyrone MCNEAL
  Los Mochis
  (213-C-)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. McNeal, Los Mochis10.4 
 2. Moss, Nogales10.3 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.1 
 4. Toombs, Navolato8.6 
 5. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 6. Jones, Obregon8.2 
 7. Penny, Tijuana8.0 
 8. Rougeau, Cananea7.8 
 9. Habel, Guaymas7.8 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Stallings, Guasave6.8 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Shorter, Guaymas5.2 
 4. Morrison, Tijuana4.8 
 5. Insunza, Navolato4.8 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo4.6 
 7. Medina, Tijuana4.4 
 8. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana4.1 
 10. Elliott, Navolato4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.3 
 2. Stallings, Guasave2.0 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.8 
 5. Insunza, Navolato1.5 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 7. Allen, Guaymas1.3 
 8. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 9. Medina, Tijuana1.3 
 10. Rougeau, Cananea1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.8 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.7 
 3. Moss, Nogales1.5 
 4. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.2 
 6. Mercado, Nogales1.0 
 7. Gonzalez, Cananea0.9 
 8. Toombs, Navolato0.9 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 10. Pearson, Los M.0.8 


CIBACOPA Round 30: Mineros de Cananea defeats leader Rayos de Hermosillo - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (22-6) on the court of sixth ranked Mineros de Cananea on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Mineros de Cananea 92-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. The game was mostly controlled by Mineros de Cananea. Rayos de Hermosillo managed to win third quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mineros de Cananea dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Rayos de Hermosillo's 30. It was a good game for American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. International guard Gabriel Giron (190-88) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. International point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) replied with 17 points for Rayos de Hermosillo. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Mineros de Cananea (12-16) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Navolato. Defending champion Rayos de Hermosillo still keeps top position with six games lost. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play at home against Tijuana Zonkeys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon managed to get a ninth victory, breaking the six-game losing streak. This time they won against eighth-ranked Frayles de Guasave 93-78. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 15-point difference proves that Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon was well-prepared to that game. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Nate Carter chipped in 17 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Pedro Meza Rogel (186-85, college: Arizona W. CC) with 17 points and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (9-17) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Guasave and Los Mochis. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#8) at home in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will play against Garra Canera de Navolato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Navolato was also quite interesting. Second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (20-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (12-16). Ostioneros de Guaymas managed to secure a 5-point victory 102-97 on Wednesday. Shannon Shorter notched 22 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the effort. Even 39 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by Marcus Elliott did not help to save the game for Garra Canera de Navolato. Ostioneros de Guaymas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-6 record having 2 victories less than leader Hermosillo. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas will meet at home Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) in the next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Frayles de Guasave and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 30 Los Mochis was beaten by Tijuana on the road 106-88.


Guasave - Obregon 78-93

Bottom-ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon managed to get a ninth victory, breaking the six-game losing streak. This time they won against eighth-ranked Frayles de Guasave 93-78. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 15-point difference proves that Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon was well-prepared to that game. The game without a history. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon shot 63.6 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Nate Carter (201-83, college: Oklahoma, agency: Fusion Sports) chipped in 17 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Pedro Meza Rogel (186-85, college: Arizona W. CC) with 17 points and 8 assists and American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Four Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon and five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (9-17) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Guasave and Los Mochis. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#8) at home in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will play against Garra Canera de Navolato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: E.Frederick 22+3reb, P.Meza Rogel 17+4reb+8ast, N.Stallings 14+1reb+4ast, S.Pettigrew 13+13reb+1ast, F.Harris 10+4reb+1ast, J.Farrera 2+1reb
Obregon: K.Jones 24+6reb+4ast, N.Carter 17+4reb+2ast, R.Navarro 17+4reb+1ast, L.Davis 11+2reb+4ast, J.Salcedo 9+6reb+2ast, G.Preer 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 234967


Cananea - Hermosillo 92-70

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (22-6) on the court of sixth ranked Mineros de Cananea on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Mineros de Cananea 92-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. The game was mostly controlled by Mineros de Cananea. Rayos de Hermosillo managed to win third quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mineros de Cananea dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Rayos de Hermosillo's 30. It was a good game for American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. International guard Gabriel Giron (190-88) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Mineros de Cananea players scored in double figures. International point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) replied with 17 points and the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) added 15 points in the effort for Rayos de Hermosillo. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Mineros de Cananea (12-16) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Navolato. Defending champion Rayos de Hermosillo still keeps top position with six games lost. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play at home against Tijuana Zonkeys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: S.Monreal 17+4reb+1ast, J.Lopez 15+3reb+3ast, J.Villanueva 9+3reb, K.Spain 7+6reb, J.Camacho 6+3reb, E.Little 6+7reb+3ast
Cananea: S.Monroe 33+8reb+3ast, G.Giron 21+4reb+4ast, J.Jones 15+3reb, R.Rougeau 10+7reb+1ast, O.Zuniga 8+3reb+1ast, K.Arias 3
gschID: 234969


Tijuana - Los Mochis 106-88

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (14-12) beat at home 7th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (9-17) 106-88 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Tijuana Zonkeys. Pioneros Los Mochis managed to win fourth quarter 28-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tijuana Zonkeys dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Pioneros Los Mochis' 36. Tijuana Zonkeys looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tijuana Zonkeys made 8 blocks. Point guard Luis Ramirez (180-82) notched 33 points (!!!), 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) supported him with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Five Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Even 32 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) did not help to save the game for Pioneros Los Mochis. His fellow American import guard Phillippe Harris (180-85, college: Fayetteville St., agency: Athlete Management Group) added 28 points and 4 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 14-12 record having ten points less than leader Hermosillo. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side keep the seventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Obregon and Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys will meet league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 32+5reb+5ast, P.Harris 28+1reb+4ast, T.McNeal 17+13reb, J.Sandoval 7+3reb+5ast, J.Favela 2+3reb+8ast, J.Quintero 2+4reb
Tijuana: L.Ramirez 33+4reb+6ast, M.Morrison 20+11reb+9ast, E.Medina 17+8reb+7ast, J.Penny 16+8reb+4ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 14+6reb+1ast, S.Sanchez 6+1reb
gschID: 234968


Navolato - Guaymas 97-102

The game in Navolato was also quite interesting. Second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (20-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (12-16). Ostioneros de Guaymas managed to secure a 5-point victory 102-97 on Wednesday. Garra Canera de Navolato trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 36-28 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 97-102 at the end of the game. Ostioneros de Guaymas shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) notched 22 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the effort and the former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St.) supported him with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Even 39 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) did not help to save the game for Garra Canera de Navolato. Guard Adrian Villalobos (183) added 21 points and 4 assists. Ostioneros de Guaymas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-6 record having 2 victories less than leader Hermosillo. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas will meet at home Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) in the next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Frayles de Guasave and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Navolato: M.Elliott 39+6reb+1ast, A.Villalobos 21+1reb+4ast, F.Verdugo 17+3reb+4ast, J.Gonzalez 8+5reb+5ast, B.Toombs 7+7reb+1ast, J.Angel Reatiga 3+1reb+6ast
Guaymas: H.Hernandez 30+6reb+1ast, S.Shorter 22+7reb+9ast, V.Avila 13+4reb, J.Habel 12+2reb+2ast, M.Ayala 9+2reb+1ast, F.Benitez 8+2reb
gschID: 234966



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  NBA   


Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has partially torn labrum in left shoulder, MRI reveals - by Eurobasket News

Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) played 12 playoff games with a partially torn left shoulder, the Daily News has learned. An MRI of Anthony's shoulder revealed a partially torn labrum, according to a Knicks source, and he may need surgery. The Knicks are hopeful that the injury will heal on its own and the club has told Anthony to rest for the next three to four weeks, at which point he will be reevaluated. The Daily News reported on Monday that Anthony was scheduled to have his shoulder examined by team doctors after he experienced chronic pain dating back to April 14, when he originally injured his arm against the Pacers. Anthony then re-injured it in Game 5 against Boston and later reported he was experiencing the sensation of his shoulder popping out of the socket, which is common for someone suffering from a torn labrum. The Knicks had not given a medical update on Anthony as of Wednesday night. If surgery is needed, it could sideline Anthony from three to five months and could compromise his availability for the start of training camp in October. Throughout the playoffs, Anthony refused to use the injury as an excuse, even though his shooting percentage dipped considerably. Having to play against two defensive-minded teams in Boston and Indiana also didnt help, but it was obvious that Anthony, the NBAs scoring champion, wasnt 100%. In the Knicks second-round series loss to the Pacers, Anthony made 65 of 150 shots, including scoring 39 points on 15- for-29 shooting in Game 6. Anthony was unavailable for comment on Wednesday. When he left his exit meeting with Mike Woodson and Glen Grunwald, Anthony was optimistic that his shoulder was fine. I don't think its any major damage, Anthony said Monday. But we'll see. Well find that out. Anthony admitted he was playing with pain since the regular-season game against the Pacers. It was bothering me since it happened, Anthony said. To be able to play with that and get through the pain, it just came to a point where you just try not to think about it. Thats where I was at mentally. Anthony reinjured it against Boston when Kevin Garnett yanked on his left arm. He played with a brace over his shoulder for the rest of the season. Anthony shot 40% from the floor in 12 postseason games after shooting 45% in the regular season. It's just a matter of resting it and letting it heal, he said Monday. Anthony finished third in the MVP voting behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant and enjoyed arguably his best NBA season. Anthony led the Knicks to 54 victories and their first playoff series victory in 13 seasons.
Courtesy of: nydailynews.com



James, Bryant voted to All-NBA first team - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) was a unanimous pick for the All-NBA team and Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) earned his record-tying 11th first-team selection. James received all 119 votes for the first team from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada. Joining the league's MVP and Bryant on the first team Thursday were Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas), San Antonio center Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) and Clippers guard Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest). Bryant tied Utah Hall of Famer Karl Malone with his 11th first-team nod. NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) led the second team, joined by guards Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82), center Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and forward Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma).
The third team was Houston's James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.), Miami's Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), Lakers center Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) and forwards Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) of Indiana and David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) of Golden State.
Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com



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  NORWAY   


Norwegian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Harald Frey
Frey
Flemming Ravndal
Ravndal
Sondre Rodal
Rodal
Mats Selboe
Selboe
August Volckmar
Volckmar
#e#5
4Simen Holsaeter 171-G-97
5Harald Frey 180-PG-97 Baerum Basket Norway
6Christoper Dobree-Bell 178-G-97
7Flemming Ravndal 191-SG-97
8Gaute Haugen 185-G-97
9Mathias Fossum 197-F-97
10Sondre Rodal 184-G-97
11Mattis De Jong 190-G-98
12Mats Selboe 186-F-97
13Peder Frantzvaag 202-C-98
14Sindre Jensen 200-C-97
15August Volckmar 195-F-97

Per Toien Head Coach
Kjetil Andresen Assistant
Stale Frey Assistant



Norwegian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Magnus Elgmork
Elgmork
Vuk Krivokapic
Krivokapic
Sjur Berg
Berg
Matz Stockman
Stockman
Oeivind Ihle
Ihle
#e#5
4Magnus Elgmork 184-PG-95 Baerum Basket Norway
5Havard Flostrand G-95 Froya Basket Norway
6Oeivind Ihle 195-PF-96
7Mikkel Kolstad 184-G-95 Gimle BBK Norway
8Anders Nymo 180-PG-96
9Vuk Krivokapic 193-F-95 Miners Norway
10Fredrik Haug 201-PF-96
11Franck Millestad 189-G-95 Baerum Basket Norway
12Sjur Berg 198-F-96 Asker Aliens Norway
13Andrija Blatancic 195-SG-95 Froya Basket Norway
14Johannes Dolven 197-PF-96
15Matz Stockman 208-C/F-95 Baerum Basket Norway

Christer Elgmork Head Coach
David Cox Assistant Rutgers USA
Axel Langaker Assistant



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2013 ASEAN Basketball League Playoffs Roundup: May 23, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

I have a theory. I believe the San Miguel Beermen lost Game 1 because they had trouble remembering, much less pronouncing, the name of the guy who plugged the winning shot Thai national team mainstay Darongpan Apiromvilaichai.

Darongpan Apiromvilaichai.

Yes, say that over and over till your head hurts and your tongue gets tied.

If you were SMB coach Leo Austria, how can you prepare your team against a guy whose name has nine syllables.

Still, its no excuse. The Beermen werent the Beermen in this one.

Sure, maybe we can forgive the fact they had less rebounds, assists, and steals than the Slammers. Sure, fine. But we CANNOT forgive SMBs 50% free throw shooting and their 25 turnovers.

Tsk tsk.

I guess they have more problems than pronouncing these Thai names.

Oh, and did I mention that this Darongpan guy has a twin?

No. Really.

Game Recaps:
SPORTS REV THAILAND SLAMMERS over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 62-60
Darongpan Apiromvilaichai knocked down the biggest shot of his career with 5 seconds left on the game to help the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers upset the No. 1 seed San Miguel Beermen with a 62-60 win in Game 1 of the AirAsia 2013 ABL Playoffs semi-finals.

All the credit goes to all my teammates. Everybody works very hard to get this win. On the last play, coach drew a great play and Im very happy I was to able to knock it down, said Apiromvilaichai after the game.

Chris Charles led the Slammers with 24 points and 13 rebounds while Kannawat Lertlaaokul added 10 points. Darrius Brannon, who was battling a knee injury all game long, contributed 8 points and 10 rebounds for the Slammers who are leading 1-0 in this best-of-five series.

Slammers head coach Joe Bryant credited his teams defense. We played great aggressive defense in this game. We put a lot of pressure on the ball and it worked very well, said Bryant after game. The Slammers aggressive defense forced San Miguel to commit 25 turnovers in this game.

Despite never having beaten the Beermen this season, the Slammers came ready to play as they took a 15-7 lead with 3:45 left in the first period on a three-point shot from Chanachon Klahan. However, Chris Banchero came off the Beermens bench and made an impact right away. With Banchero on the court, the Beermen were able to play high-tempo basketball. As a result, they ended the first period with a 10-2 run capped off by a layup from Banchero to tie things up at 17.

In the second quarter, the Slammers were able to answer every Beermen run. After Justin Williams cut the Beermens deficit to 2 points, Charles came back with a long two and layup that stretched the lead back to 6 points with 3 minutes left in the second period. Right before halftime, Paulo Hubalde and Banchero had a layup each to once again get the Beermen within 2 points. Unfortunately for San Miguel, Luiz Gonzaga made a three-pointer with 40 seconds left to give the Slammers a 36-31 lead at halftime.

It was the same story in the third quarter. Asi, who had been very quiet in the first half, made a layup that cut the Slammers lead to 43-42 with 1:48 left in the third quarter. Once again, the Slammers were able to respond immediately with a jumpshot from Charles and layup from Sukdavb Ghogar as the Slammers head to the final quarter with a 47-42 lead.

The fourth quarter was everything you expected in a playoffs game. Both teams kept exchanging baskets and hit big shots. Banchero put the Beermen in front at 54-53 after finishing a tough layup against Baguion. With 13 seconds left and his team down by 2, Banchero calmly knocks down both of his free throws to tie the game. Off a timeout, coach Bryant drew a perfect play which led to Apiromvilaichai standing free on the wing and made the game winning-shot.

This is San Miguels first loss since February 16th, 2013. During this loss, Banchero scored 13 points in his return, Justin Williams had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Brian Williams added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Sources:
Intro by Enzo Flojo/HoopNut.com.
Game recap was compressed and compiled from AseanBasketballLeague.com.




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Adam leaves early but Baya win - by Eurobasket News

Heat stay unbeaten before Hawks clash

Baya lost centre Timmy Adam early in the first quarter, but Alex Baron and the rest of the team did not let his absence bother them as they powered to a 75-60 win, inflicting a third defeat on Mont Fleuri Dawgz so early in the season.

The mens division one championship is really getting interesting; probably the most interesting it has been in many years. And on Saturday, the big crowd at Victoria Gymnasium got their moneys worth as Baya and Mont Fleuri Dawgz brought the game to the basketball garden.
After Adam was taken off the court by teammates after spraining his right ankle, he was not there to exhort his team to play hard as he was transported to the English River health centre. But his teammates read the defence and took advantage of any openings they found against the Dawgz.
As coach Michel Malbrook diagrammed plays, Baron filled the void left by Adam, dominating the offensive and defensive boards and also finishing with a game-leading 22 points.
Steve Denis banked four treys for 13 of his 20 points, while captain Dave Roseline added 15 as Bayas starters scored 67 of their teams 75 points.
After winning the first quarter 20-13, Baya lost the second 18-21 but still went for the break with a four-point 38-34 advantage.
The two teams tied each other 14-14 in the third quarter before Baya stepped on the accelerator to pull away from the Dawgz as they won the fourth quarter 23-12 for a big 75-60 win.
Were playing good basketball, skipper Roseline told Sports Nation.
We needed to win and we played as a team. We will be all out in the remaining matches, added Roseline whose team are second in the nine-team standings with nine points after four wins and a loss.
Steven Andr was the Dawgz top scorer with 15 points, while young and talented Kevin Romain finished with 14 the same total as swingman Cyril Agrippine who fouled out after coming off the bench.
The defeat was the third in six games for the Dawgz coached by Nigel Ah-kong and they have to start getting their strategy right if they want to stay in the title hunt.
Also Saturday, Beau Vallon Heat extended their win run to five games with an 80-59 victory against Angels and they are the only unbeaten side in the championship with a maximum 10 points to lead the standings.
With their next opponents PLS Hawks watching from the stands, Beau Vallon turned up the heat on Angels as they won the first three quarters 21-17, 22-5 and 26-18.
Although they lost the fourth 11-19, it did not have much impact as they had three players scoring in double figures Jean-Paul JP Camille with 27 points, centre Robert Lon with 25 and Christopher To Camille with 12.
Heats starters outscored those of Angels 63-39 and it remains to be seen if they can produce the same result this coming Saturday against PLS Hawks who are still licking their wounds from a first defeat in two years on a 73-82 score at the hands of Baya.
Before that, the Hawks will be in action tomorrow when they take on RC Dynamics in a match scheduled for last Saturday but was postponed due to rain which rendered the Victoria Gymnasium court slippery.
Also on Sunday, the match between MBU Rockers and Drifters had to be stopped with six minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Rockers leading 67-58.
Meanwhile, in the mens second division league, Praslin Warriors collected two weekends during the weekend 59-50 against Anse Etoile and 62-59 against Wolf to go third on the seven-team table with nine points (four wins and a loss).
Cascade Bullets, who lost their top flight status at the end of last season, are leading the chase with 10 points after five wins in as many games and Razors are also on 10 points but have played six games winning four and losing two.
G. G.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  SLOVENIA   


Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Awards 2012-13 - by Zeljko Zule

Player of the Year: Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) of Krka
Guard of the Year: Jaka Klobucar of Krka
Forward of the Year: Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) of Union Olimpija
Center of the Year: Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) of Krka
Newcomer of the Year: Robert Abramovic (185-G-88) of LTH Castings Mercator
Domestic player of the Year: Jaka Klobucar of Krka
Import Player of the Year: Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of Krka
Defensive Player of the year: Jaka Klobucar of Krka
Most Improved Player of the Year: Dejan Mlakar (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Slovan
Coach of the Year: Igor Kuzma of Maribor Messer

1st Team
PG: Jakov Vladovic of Krka
G: Jaka Klobucar of Krka
F/G: Jaka Blazic of Union Olimpija
F/C: Dino Muric (200-F-90) of Union Olimpija
C: Smiljan Pavic of Krka

2nd Team
PG: Bojan Jovanovic (186-G-82) of Maribor Messer
G: Jure Pelko (190-G-90) of Maribor Messer
F: Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) of Zlatorog
F/C: Mladen Primorac (210-C-90) of Tajfun Sentjur
C: Esmir Rizvic (213-C-82, college: Texas Tech) of Maribor Messer

Honorable Mention
Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) of Krka
Samo Udrih (195-G-79) of Zlatorog
Nikola Gacesa (205-F-87, college: TCU) of Helios
Milos Miljkovic (204-F/C-84) of Rogaska Crystal

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Bojan Jovanovic of Maribor Messer
G: Jaka Klobucar of Krka
F/G: Jaka Blazic of Union Olimpija
F: Dino Muric of Union Olimpija
C: Smiljan Pavic of Krka

All-Imports Players Team
PG: Jakov Vladovic of Union Olimpija
F/G: Damir Rancic (199-G-83) of Helios
F/G: Igor Maric (196-F-85) of Maribor Messer
F: Mladen Primorac of Tajfun Sentjur
C: Esmir Rizvic of Maribor Messer

All-Defensive Team
G: Samo Udrih of Zlatorog
G: Jaka Klobucar of Krka
F: Luka Lapornik of Zlatorog
F/C: Djordje Majstorovic (209-C/F-90) of Helios
C: Jure Lalic (210-C-86, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of Krka

All-Newcomers Team
PG: Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) of Helios
G: Robert Abramovic of LTH Castings Mercator
F/G: Gregor Hrovat (196-G-94) of Helios
F/C: Matija Trampus (203-C-89) of Grosuplje
C: Ziga Fifolt (210-C-93) of Grosuplje




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  SPAIN   

Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Feldeine, Mad-Croc15.9 
 3. Doellman, Valencia15.6 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.6 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.4 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Toolson, G.Canari.14.1 
 8. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.9 
 9. Fisher, FIATC J.13.8 
 10. Nelson, G.Canari.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Martin, Blancos7.1 
 2. Hunter, Blancos6.8 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.5 
 4. Nelson, G.Canari.6.4 
 5. Lewis, UCAM M.6.2 
 6. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 7. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.0 
 8. Kendall, Blusens M.6.0 
 9. Norel, CAI Zaragoza5.9 
 10. Gaffney, FIATC J.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.5.9 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.2 
 5. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 6. Rodriguez, Real M.4.0 
 7. Markovic, Valencia3.9 
 8. Huertas, FCB Regal3.7 
 9. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.5 
 10. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Doellman, Valencia2.0 
 2. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.7 
 3. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.7 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 5. Finley, Lagun A.1.6 
 6. Markovic, Valencia1.5 
 7. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 9. Uriz, CB Canarias1.3 
 10. Hanga, Assignia M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Blusens M.
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Blusens M.1.6 
 2. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 7. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Hunter, Blancos1.1 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 10. Tomic, FCB Regal1.0 


Standings - LEB Silver

LEB Silver Standings
 1. Oviedo CB 15-5 
 2. Prat Juventud 13-7 
 3. Guadalajara 12-8 
 4. Clinicas Rincon 12-8 
 5. Palma 11-9 
 6. Aurteneche M. 10-10 
 7. Lan Mobel ISB 10-10 
 8. Castello 9-11 
 9. Avila 7-13 
 10. Cafes Aitona 6-14 
 11. La Palma 5-15 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Hanley, Valencia17.7 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.16.9 
 3. Luettgerodt, Avila16.2 
 4. Matemalas, Palma14.1 
 5. Balmon, Guadalaj.14.1 
 6. Justo, Lan M.13.9 
 7. Blair, Palma13.5 
 8. Hidalgo, Castello13.4 
 9. Cruz, La Palma12.9 
 10. Ortega, Castello12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will HANLEY
  Valencia
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Hanley, Valencia11.2 
 2. Pantin, Lan M.10.3 
 3. Balmon, Guadalaj.8.8 
 4. Diagne, Mad-Croc8.7 
 5. Joseph, Palma8.2 
 6. Dominguez, G.Cana.8.1 
 7. Blair, Palma7.8 
 8. Ortega, Castello7.4 
 9. Elias, Aurtenec.7.3 
 10. Aramburu, Cafes A.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Francisco CARDENAS
  Oviedo CB
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Cardenas, Oviedo6.4 
 2. Llorente, Guadalaj.5.0 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.4 
 4. Herrero, Avila3.4 
 5. Alvarado, Aurtenec.3.4 
 6. Santana, G.Canari.3.3 
 7. Santamaria, Cafes3.2 
 8. Vives, FIATC J.3.1 
 9. Bassas, Prat J.3.0 
 10. Diaz, La Palma2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Guillem VIVES
  FIATC J.
  (190-F/G-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vives, FIATC J.2.2 
 2. Arcelus, Aurtenec.2.1 
 3. Ros, Prat Juventud1.9 
 4. Diaz, Unicaja1.8 
 5. Forbes, Aurtenec.1.8 
 6. Balmon, Guadalaj.1.8 
 7. Santana, G.Canari.1.8 
 8. Cardenas, Oviedo1.7 
 9. Rueda, Castello1.7 
 10. Arruti, Aurtenec.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Victor ARTEAGA
  Guadalaj.
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Arteaga, Guadalaj.2.0 
 2. Marti, Prat J.1.8 
 3. Joseph, Palma1.7 
 4. Fall, Clinicas Rin.1.5 
 5. Aramburu, Cafes A.1.3 
 6. Niang, La Palma1.2 
 7. Diagne, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Pantin, Lan M.1.0 
 9. Hidalgo, Castello0.9 
 10. Malick, Clinicas.0.6 


Laboral Kutxa agree on terms of contract with Walter Hodge - by Eurobasket News

Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) will sign contract with Laboral Kutxa as reported by various sources. The guard is expected to ink a two-year deal with the Basque team. The guard is playing for Stelmet Zielona Gora this season. He notched 21.1 points, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 rebounds per game in EuroCup. Walter Hodge became the topscorer in the tournament. His stats also read 18.1 points, 4.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds per appearance in PLK. Walter Hodge made it into All-EuroCup 2nd Team. The guard had stints in Puerto Rico and Poland before. He was named All-Polish Player of the Year in 2012. Walter Hodge has been the member of the US Virgin Islands Team since 2009. He notched 20.3 points, 4.8 assists, 4.5 boards and 1.8 steals per game at the 2012 Centrobasket in Puerto Rico.


Jayson Granger may agree terms with Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket - by Eurobasket News

Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (ACB) is close to land 24-year old Italian-Uruguayan guard Jayson Granger (186-89) who currently played at Asefa Estudiantes Madrid. In 34 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg this season. The last season Granger played also at Asefa Estudiantes. In 32 games he had 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2009. Granger received also Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships 2nd Team award in 2012. He represented Italy at the South American Championships in Chaco (Argentina) last year. Granger's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 12.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 83.3%.
Granger has played previously professionally in Uruguay (Cordon).
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
Granger's game is described as: Jayson Granger is a nice size point guard who just knows how to play the game.
He makes great decisions with the basketball and is a nice quality ball handler and defender.
He has excellent passing skills and can score when the opportunity is there
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SWEDEN   


Swedish U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Henrik Sjolin
Sjolin
John Brandmark
Brandmark
Craig Lecesne
Lecesne
Samuel Berkelund
Berkelund
Tobias Sjoberg
Sjoberg
#e#5
4Gustav Ericson 187-PG-97 Norrkoping Sweden
5Henrik Sjolin 178-G-97 Sodertalje Sweden
6John Brandmark 192-SG-97 Boras Sweden
7Elias Zackrisson 97
8Theodore Silveira 192-SF-97 Lidingo Sweden
9Craig Lecesne 196-PG-97 Malbas Sweden
10Erik Busk 197-SF-97 Taby Sweden
11Nils Johansson 195-SG-97 Taby Sweden
12Gustav Ling-Brostrom 97
13Gustav Malmstrom 197-PF-97 Norrkoping Sweden
14Samuel Berkelund 201-SF-97 Sodertalje Sweden
15Tobias Sjoberg 201-C-97 Malbas Sweden

Panagiotis Nikolaidis Head Coach Eco Orebro Sweden
Jorgen Fastberg Assistant Helsingborg Sweden
Christer Stjernborg Assistant Solna Vikings Sweden



Swedish U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Caleb Musie
Musie
Erik Johansson
Johansson
Andreas Von Uthmann
Von Uthmann
Henrik Jadersten
Jadersten
Filip Kovacek
Kovacek
#e#5
4Caleb Musie 168-PG-95 Norrkoping Sweden
5Filip Kovacek 182-PG-95 Sodertalje Sweden
6Erik Johansson 194-F-96 Talje Sweden
7Tim Schuberg 188-G-95 Blackeberg Sweden
8Jordan Peltier 188-PG-95 Sanda Sweden
9Martin Hyberg 202-C-95
10Andreas Von Uthmann 196-F-96 BG Lulea Sweden
11Alexander Russom 191-G-95 Sanda Sweden
12Marko Marinkovic 210-C-95 Helsingborg Sweden
13Henrik Jadersten 208-F-95 Solna Sweden
14Dzenis Sogolj 202-PF-95 Norrkoping Sweden
15Jakob Stenhede 95

Olle Lunden Head Coach Sodertalje Sweden
Jonathan Haile Assistant Sanda Sweden
Demetrius Poles Assistant Brahe Basket Sweden



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  THAILAND   


ASEAN League: Slammers shock Blaze on the road - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Thailand Slammers 60:62

The Thailand Slammers came up with a loud surprise in the opening game of the ASEAN League semifinals. They snapped a 16-game winning streak of the Petron Blaze to stun them on the road. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) stepped up with 24 points and 13 boards to lead the Slammers to the first win in the best-of-five series.
The teams stayed close throughout the first quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after the starting period. The Slammers surged ahead in the second frame. The Thai team gained a 36:31 halftime advantage. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term as the Slammers held on to the lead. The visitors entered the fourth frame up by five points. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) helped the Blaze to erase the deficit and pull ahead 54:53 midway through the fourth frame. The teams were tied at 60 with 13 seconds remaining in regulation. But Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) came up with a jumper to seal the victory for the Slammers. Kannawat Lertlaaokul notched 10 points, while Darrius Brannon (206-F-83, college: Houston) added 8 points and 10 boards for the winning side. Chris Banchero responded with 13 points for the Blaze. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) and Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) had 12 points each in the losing effort.

Petron Blaze: Chris Banchero 13, Brian Williams 12, Justin Williams 12
Thailand Slammers: Christien Charles 24+13 boards, Kannawat Lertlaaokul 10, Darrius Brannon 8+10 boards



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  TURKEY   

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.4 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.5 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.3 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Theodore, Antalya15.8 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.2 
 10. Chalmers, Aliaga15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.11.1 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Stimac, Banvit BK7.6 
 5. Elonu, Tofas7.5 
 6. Prince, Mersin7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.7.1 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 9. Besok, Hacettepe6.3 
 10. Vidmar, Besiktas6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Woodside, TED K.7.1 
 2. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 3. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.8 
 5. Theodore, Antalya4.7 
 6. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.5 
 7. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.5 
 8. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu4.2 
 10. Gordon, Anadolu4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Mersin
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Mersin1.9 
 2. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 3. Theodore, Antalya1.7 
 4. Markoishvili, Gala.1.7 
 5. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.6 
 6. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 7. Gordon, Anadolu1.5 
 8. Shumpert, Aliaga1.3 
 9. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
 10. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.6 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.2 
 4. Vidmar, Besiktas1.0 
 5. Elonu, Tofas1.0 
 6. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 7. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.9 
 8. Prince, Mersin0.8 
 9. Plisnic, TED K.0.8 
 10. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 


Anadolu Efes clinch the last Semifinal spot - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - TED Kolejliler 97-61 (2-1)

Anadolu Efes clinch the last Semifinal spot in the Play-offs. The EuroLeague representative overcame TED Kolejliler 97:61 in the decisive third game. The game without a history. Anadolu Efes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to TED Kolejliler's 36. Anadolu Efes looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by TED Kolejliler's players. The best player for the winners was international Sinan Guler (192-83, college: Carroll, MT, agency: 1x1 Sports) who scored 17 points and 5 assists. International Birkan Batuk (196-90) chipped in 19 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was New Zealand guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) who recorded 18 points and American point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. 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:
Anadolu Efes: B.Batuk 19+3reb+2ast, S.Guler 17+4reb+5ast, D.Savanovic 16+6reb+2ast, D.Balbay 10+3ast, K.Gonlum 10+5reb, J.Lukas Gordon 8+2reb+4ast
TED Kolejliler: K.Penney 18+4reb+3ast, B.Woodside 13+3reb+4ast, V.Plisnic 11+3reb, J.Stanojevic 10+5reb+1ast, N.Ozbakir 4+1reb, C.Erdeniz 2
gschID: 241373



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Poland). Hodge led Stelmet ZG to an easy victory against the leader AZS Koszalin (18-14) crushing them 96-66 in the Polish TBL last Friday. He scored 13 points. 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. Hodge is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 18.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 33.1% and FT: 83.7%. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. Hodge is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Cuthbert Victor
Cuthbert Victor
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St., currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help Le Mans (16-14) to beat ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (18-12). Victor scored 8 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes. Le Mans lost 70-75 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. It was Le Mans' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Victor's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 61.6%(122-198), 3FGP: 23.2% and FT: 60.9% in the 33 games he played so far. He played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team in 2011.

Ivan Aska
Ivan Aska
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Ivan Aska (200-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Belgium). Aska was not able to help Leuven Bears (9-19) in their game against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (18-10) in the Belgian Ethias League. He recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. But Leuven Bears was crushed 86-46 in Quaregnon by the higher-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#3). It was Leuven Bears' third consecutive loss in a row. Aska is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.8% and FT: 74.5%. Aska is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. He is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Jason Edwin
Jason Edwin
   #4. Swingman Jason Edwin (197-81, college: Kent St., currently plays in Colombia) led Bucaros to a victory over the third-ranked Piratas (12-8) 98-91 in the Colombian DPB last Saturday. Edwin was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points in 37 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Bucaros Freskaleche (12-8) is placed second. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Edwin has very impressive stats this year: 17.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.4apg in the 29 games. He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has U.S. Virgin Islands passport:

   #1. Experienced Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to an overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) 93-89 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Duncan scored 17 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 4 shots in 31 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 58-24 record this season. It's Duncan's 16th year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Duncan averages: 17.7ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.6apg and 2.5bpg in the 81 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.

Other top U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play abroad:

Julius Hodge (201-G-83) plays for Paris-Levallois in French ProA
Gregory Washington (208-C/F-84) plays for Svendborg in Danish Ligaen
Frank Elegar (208-C-86) plays for Cangrejeros in Puerto Rican BSN
Dane Rawlins (193-G/F-87) plays for Tampa Bay Rain in the ABA
Joey Lewis (188-F) plays for Alaska Quake in the ABA
Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82) plays for Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL
Alphonso Niles (201-C-73) plays for Lakewood Panthers in the ABA



Laboral Kutxa agree on terms of contract with Walter Hodge - by Eurobasket News

Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) will sign contract with Laboral Kutxa as reported by various sources. The guard is expected to ink a two-year deal with the Basque team. The guard is playing for Stelmet Zielona Gora this season. He notched 21.1 points, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 rebounds per game in EuroCup. Walter Hodge became the topscorer in the tournament. His stats also read 18.1 points, 4.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds per appearance in PLK. Walter Hodge made it into All-EuroCup 2nd Team. The guard had stints in Puerto Rico and Poland before. He was named All-Polish Player of the Year in 2012. Walter Hodge has been the member of the US Virgin Islands Team since 2009. He notched 20.3 points, 4.8 assists, 4.5 boards and 1.8 steals per game at the 2012 Centrobasket in Puerto Rico.


Tim Duncan Earn All-NBA Honors - by David Edole

SAN ANTONIO The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) was named to the league's All-NBA Teams. Duncan was selected to the All-NBA First Team, the 14th All-NBA selection in his career.

Duncan and Tony Parkers All-NBA honors mark the seventh time in Spurs franchise history that two teammates have earned All-NBA honors in the same season. The last time was when Duncan (Second team) and Parker (Third team) were selected in the 2008-09 season.

The selections mark the 38th time in team history that a Spur has been selected to an All-NBA team, which includes 19 First Team selections, 10 Second Team selections and nine Third Team selections.

Duncans 14th All-NBA Team selection ranks tied for second all-time in NBA history with Karl Malone and Shaquille ONeal. Ahead of him are Kareem Adbul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant with 15 All-NBA selections.

The First Team honor is Duncans 10th of his career, becoming just the ninth player in NBA history with 10-or-more selections. He joins Kobe Bryant (11), Karl Malone (11), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (10), Elgin Baylor (10), Bob Cousy (10), Michael Jordan (10), Bob Pettit (10) and Jerry West (10),

In 2012-13, Duncan averaged 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.65 blocks (third in the NBA) in 30.1 minutes. Duncans 2.65 blocks per game is his highest average since the 2003-04 season when he averaged 2.68 blocks. It is also the highest average of any NBA player 37-years-or-older since the NBA started keeping track of blocked shots in 1973.

Duncan becomes the oldest player selected on the All-NBA First Team since Abdul-Jabbar (38-years-old) was named to the First Team in the1985-86 season.

Duncan has been named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2013), the All-NBA Second Team three times (2006, 2008 and 2009) and the All-NBA Third team once (2010).

This year marks Duncans NBA-record 14th time he has appeared on both the All-Defensive Team and All-NBA Team in the same season. On May 13, Duncan was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.


2012-13 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM

Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward LeBron James, Miami (119) 595
Forward Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (102) 555
Center Tim Duncan, San Antonio (45) 392
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (91) 521
Guard Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (97) 537

2012-13 ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM

Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points

Forward Carmelo Anthony, New York (24) 397
Forward Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers 132
Center Marc Gasol, Memphis (38) 295
Guard Tony Parker, San Antonio (16) 273
Guard Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (20) 306


2012-13 ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM

Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points

Forward David Lee, Golden State 79
Forward Paul George, Indiana 73
Center Dwight Howard, L.A. Lakers (17) 203
Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami (3) 145
Guard James Harden, Houston (5) 253



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  UGANDA   


City Oilers face struggling Nkumba - by Eurobasket News

YMCA Gladiators Vs KIU Rangers 6:30pm Nkumba Marines Vs City Oilers 8:30pm A win against a big team stamps our place and quest Jimmy Enabu said after City Oilers 75-65 win over Falcons last Friday. The guard along with the high-octane Oilers will be back on the floor this evening with reams of confidence to face struggling Nkumba Marines whose only season win came in the opening fixture against relegation bound Vegetarians. Oilers (2-1) have scored at least 65 points in every game while their opponents, Marines (1-2) have at most put up 64 points. Big men Ramadhan Arou, Kami Kabange and Andrew Okello are imperious at the defensive end for Oilers. Brian Sivachi who is averaging 20.6 points for Nkumba has to be at his best to better any of the three at the post. The center gets little help from teammates and this nearly guarantees a big loss. Gladiators will meanwhile face KIU Rangers in the womens top division. Both teams are struggling offensively and have each won a single game this season. Gladiators (1-2) blew out school side, Nabisunsa while Rangers held off A1 Challenge on the weekend. Rangers won both fixtures against Gladiators last season including a walk-over.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Enabu hungry for more success - by Eurobasket News

By Julius Senyimba
Airtel National Basketball League (YMCA)
Women: Gladiators v KIU Rangers 6:30pm
Men: City Oil v Vegetarians 8:30pm
AFTER City Oils 75-65 win against last years finalists and six times champions Falcons, point guard Jimmy Enabu believes his side has to look at it as a stepping stone to bigger things. The Oil boys last Friday.
All we need is to dream big, the Falcons win was good but we have more games ahead and we have to win plenty of them. If we continue like this, we will put ourselves in the frame for the title, explained Enabu.
City Oil return to action today in the second game of the day at YMCA, Wandegeya against follow promoted side Vegetarians. When the two teams met in Division One last year, City Oil reigned supreme and normal service expected to resume.
Enabu got a taste of the national championship with DMark Power and wants aims to win it with his current employers. He believes that creating a bond with new recruits Ramadhan Arou from Sudan and center Kami Kabange from Rwanda will be the catalyst.
We are yet to play as a team but it is just a matter of training hard and playing more games together for us to understand each other better. Our team has good players and all we need to be one, Enabu added.
Vegetarians are yet to register their first league win and it is difficult to imagine them getting anything out of this game.
Meanwhile, in the ladies encounter, powerhouses KIU Rangers will take on lowly Gladiators in the first game of the day.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  UKRAINE   


Kyiv prepares for U16 European Championship 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Kyiv prepares for U16 European Championship 2013. The Ukrainian capital will host the event from 8 to 18 August.

Sixteen teams were divided into 4 groups of four teams:

Group A: Belgium, Russia, Spain, Greece
Group B: Sweden, Germany, Turkey, Lithuania
Group C: Montenegro, Serbia, France, Poland
Group D: Ukraine, Italy, Croatia, Latvia

Last year Turkey became the new U16 European champions. They overcame France 66:61 in the title game in Vilnius. Mehmet Alemdaroglu (205-F-96) posted 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Serbia stepped onto the pedestal at U16 European Championship. They defeated Italy 83:69 to claim the Bronze medals.
Belgium clinched Division B title at the U16 European Championship. The team overcame Montenegro 56:46 in the Final to seal the important victory in Bucharest. Both teams advanced to Division A for this year. Sweden caught up the last train to Division A at the U16 European Championship. The Scandinavian team overcame Hungary 79:55 in the game for the third place that gave the last spot in the top division this year.



Cherkasy tab Terry Smith - by Eurobasket News

Cherkasy have entered the market. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) is expected to become the first newcomer for the Superleague team. Terry Smith has just finished the season in Bulgaria. The guard played for Rilski Sportist. He was the top scorer in the Balkan League this season. His stats read 18.8 points, 3.6 boards, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game at the tournament. Terry Smith also posted 17.2 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 boards per game in Bulgarian NBL. The guard was named into All-Balkan League 2nd Team. Previously Terry Smith had stints in Switzerland, Czech Republic and Germany. He made it into All-Swiss LNA 1st Team in 2012. The guard participated at the Czech NBL All-Star Game in 2011.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   

Standings - EBL2

EBL D2 Standings
 1. Newham Nept. 17-3 
 2. Manchester M. 15-7 
 3. Eastside E. 14-8 
 4. Derbyshire A. 13-9 
 5. Loughborough 12-9 
 6. London Cap. 11-10 
 7. Glamorgan G. 10-8 
 8. Mansfield G. 8-14 
 9. London W. 7-14 
 10. London Utd 7-15 
 11. Team Solent 4-18 
 12. Birmingham M. 3-17 


EBL2 Stats Leaders

EBL Div.2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Gwynne, GG 28.3
2 Valentine, ARR 24.3
3 Stepanavicius, NEW 23.2
4 Reid, MNS 21.1
5 Lawal, SOL 17.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Gwynne, GG 17.2
2 Watts, MNS 10.8
3 Chiguri, ARR 10.6
4 Reid, MNS 9.8
5 Stepanavicius, NEW 9.7
Assists Per Game
1 Vear, NEW 6.1
2 O.Williams, GG 5.5
3 Ward, MAN 5.4
4 Richards, MNS 5.2
5 R.Williams, GG 4.7


Eurobasket.com All-British EBL Division Two Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-British EBL Division Two 1st Team 2013
Thomas Ward
Ward
Steve Vear
Vear
Brian Reid
Reid
Karolis Stepanavicius
Stepanavicius
Matt Gwynne
Gwynne

Finals MVP: Karolis Stepanavicius (198-F) of Newham Nept.
Player of the Year: Matt Gwynne (6'10''-F/C) of Cary Invasion
Guard of the Year: Thomas Ward (183-PG) of Manchester M.
Forward of the Year: Karolis Stepanavicius (198-F) of Newham Nept.
Center of the Year: Matt Gwynne (6'10''-F/C) of Cary Invasion
Bosman Player of the Year: Karolis Stepanavicius (198-F) of Newham Nept.
Import Player of the Year: Matt Gwynne (6'10''-F/C) of Cary Invasion
Domestic Player of the Year: Thomas Ward (183-PG) of Manchester M.
Defensive Player of the Year: Matt Gwynne (6'10''-F/C) of Cary Invasion
Coach of the Year: Sam Stiller of Newham Nept.

1st Team
PG: Thomas Ward (183-PG) of Manchester M.
G: Steve Vear (180-G) of Newham Nept.
F: Brian Reid (201-F-88) of Mansfield G.
F: Karolis Stepanavicius (198-F) of Newham Nept.
F/C: Matt Gwynne (6'10''-F/C) of Cary Invasion

2nd Team
PG: Robert Valentine (183-PG-88) of Derbyshire A.
G/F: Craig Pringle (191-G/F-89) of Eastside E.
F/G: Daniel Watts (198-F/G-88) of Mansfield G.
F/G: Andrew Chiguiri (191-F/G-92) of Derbyshire A.
C: Ibrahim Gariba (206-C-84) of London Cap.

Honorable Mention
Ladi Brown (193-G/F) of Newham Nept.
Joshua Houghton (189-G-91) of Manchester M.
Mark Denchfield (G) of Eastside E.
John Stewart (198-F-93) of Leicester R.
Owen Williams (175-PG-88) of Glamorgan G.
Rhys Williams (190-G-85) of Glamorgan G.
Daniel Jay Richards (185-G-81) of Mansfield G.
Phillippe Kouda (197-F-81) of London W.
Kaye Lawal of Team Solent
Alan Bean (F) of Birmingham M.

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Thomas Ward (183-PG) of Manchester M.
G: Steve Vear (180-G) of Newham Nept.
F/G: Daniel Watts (198-F/G-88) of Mansfield G.
G/F: Craig Pringle (191-G/F-89) of Eastside E.
F/G: Andrew Chiguiri (191-F/G-92) of Derbyshire A.

All-Imports Team
PG: Robert Valentine (183-PG-88) of Derbyshire A.
PG: Owen Williams (175-PG-88) of Glamorgan G.
F: Brian Reid (201-F-88) of Mansfield G.
F: Karolis Stepanavicius (198-F) of Newham Nept.
F/C: Matt Gwynne (6'10''-F/C) of Cary Invasion



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  URUGUAY   


Jayson Granger may agree terms with Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket - by Eurobasket News

Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (ACB) is close to land 24-year old Italian-Uruguayan guard Jayson Granger (186-89) who currently played at Asefa Estudiantes Madrid. In 34 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg this season. The last season Granger played also at Asefa Estudiantes. In 32 games he had 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2009. Granger received also Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships 2nd Team award in 2012. He represented Italy at the South American Championships in Chaco (Argentina) last year. Granger's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 12.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 83.3%.
Granger has played previously professionally in Uruguay (Cordon).
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
Granger's game is described as: Jayson Granger is a nice size point guard who just knows how to play the game.
He makes great decisions with the basketball and is a nice quality ball handler and defender.
He has excellent passing skills and can score when the opportunity is there
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 37-14 
 2. Cocodrilos 34-16 
 3. Gaiteros 29-24 
 4. Bucaneros 27-24 
 5. Gigantes 26-25 
 6. Guaros 24-27 
 7. Trotamundos 24-29 
 8. Panteras 20-32 
 9. Guaiqueries 19-32 
 10. Toros 17-34 

Regular Season: Round 46

May. 21: Panteras - Bucaneros 91-89
May. 22: Gaiteros - Trotamundos 89-80
May. 21: Gigantes - Toros 86-83
May. 20: Cocodrilos - Marinos 78-81
May. 20: Gaiteros - Guaros 102-99

Regular Season: Round 48

May. 25: Marinos - Panteras
May. 25: Trotamundos - Gaiteros
May. 25: Guaiqueries - Toros
May. 25: Cocodrilos - Gigantes
May. 25: Bucaneros - Guaros


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Humacao
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Carmona, Humacao23.2 
 2. Pena, Toros21.9 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.21.5 
 4. Santana, Gaiteros21.0 
 5. Maye, Bayamon20.4 
 6. Bailey, Panteras19.3 
 7. Martinez, Guaros19.3 
 8. Rodgers, Marinos18.2 
 9. Flores, Guaiqueries18.1 
 10. Johnson, Toros17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Guaros
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Martinez, Guaros12.2 
 2. Santana, Gaiteros10.1 
 3. Massie, San German9.9 
 4. Johnson, Toros8.9 
 5. Miller, Toros8.2 
 6. Urbina, Toros8.1 
 7. Sucre, Marinos7.8 
 8. Colmenares, Cocod.7.7 
 9. Carmona, Humacao7.7 
 10. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kelvin PENA
  Toros
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Pena, Toros6.1 
 2. Rivera, Humacao6.1 
 3. Vargas, Marinos6.0 
 4. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.0 
 5. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.7 
 6. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.6 
 7. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.4 
 8. Fortson, Trotamun.4.1 
 9. Guillent, Guaros3.8 
 10. Flores, Guaiqueri.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Bucaneros
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Riley, Bucaneros2.9 
 2. Fortson, Trotamun.2.5 
 3. Vargas, Marinos2.4 
 4. Horton, Panteras2.2 
 5. Guillent, Guaros2.2 
 6. Carmona, Humacao2.2 
 7. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.1 
 8. Macuare, Gigantes2.1 
 9. Rivera, Humacao2.0 
 10. Johnson, Toros2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Toros
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Miller, Toros2.2 
 2. Lang, Cocodrilos1.6 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 4. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.2 
 6. Massie, San German0.9 
 7. Santana, Gaiteros0.9 
 8. Gadzuric, Marinos0.9 
 9. Matthews, Marinos0.8 
 10. Bravo, Gigantes0.8 


Battle comes back to Marinos, ex Lanus - by Eurobasket News

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) added to their roster 32-year old American center Robert Battle (204-104kg-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management). It is actually his comeback to Puerto La Cruz as he played here before. Battle just played at Lanus in Argentinian LigaA. In 51 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5bpg this season. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com Argentinian LigaA All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team. The last season Battle played at Libertad Sunchales (LigaA) in Argentina. In 46 games he averaged 14.2ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg and 1.5bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was selected Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Import Player of the Year, Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (2011) summer Battle was tested by Marinos.
In 2003 Battle was drafted by Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs (USBL) in third round (22nd overall).
The former Drexel University standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Battle was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Player of the Year back in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Battle has played also professionally in France, Mexico (Santos), Turkey (Goztepe), Spain (Palma and Blancos de Rueda).

By Eurobasket Data Center



U9 Doral's Timberwolves 2013 Champions - by Yelitza La Torre

U9 Doral Timberwolves played an amazing game to defeat U9 Doral New York Knicks 19 - 13 to become Champions of the 2013 U9 Basketball tournament held on Morgan Levy Park in El Doral in Miami, Florida.
Venezuelan-American, 8 years young and 5 foot tall Jhan Lucena Harp was unstoppable; helping his Doral Timberwolves team mates win this first championship game.
Congratulations to both team Doral Timberwolves and Doral New York Knicks for this unforgettable 2013 Championship game as well to all those that organized this great under 9 years old basketball tournament in Morgan Levy Park in El Doral Miami, Florida State.




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Tautvydas Lydeka extends contract with Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas and Tautvydas Lydeka (208-C/F-83) have agreed on terms of contract extension. The centre signed a new one-year deal with the Vilnius team. Tautvydas Lydeka joined Lietuvos Rytas back in February. He tallied 8.8 points and 5.0 boards per game in LKL. The centre also notched 7.0 points, 3.3 boards and 1.0 assist per game in VTB League. The centre started the season with Krasnie Krilya. Lydeka delivered 2.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per EuroChallenge game. In VTB League his stats read 7.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per appearance. In PBL Lydeka had 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds. Previously Tautvydas Lydeka had stints in Italy, Bosnia, Netherlands, Ukraine and Lithuania.



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Women News


Papova and Filonchyk trying to leave... - by Timur Tolokh

After long discussing with the basketball team Olimpia, Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) and Maryia Filonchyk (187-PF-92) made decision to not to extend the contract with Olimpia. Girls signed contract with TPA agency and will try to find team in stronger league.
Maryia Papova finished season with next statistic in BWBL in 7 games: 19.4ppg, 9.4rpg, 3.3apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, in other tournament EuroCup in 8 games she scored: 15.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.8apg and in Belarusian League in 25 games: Score-4 (14.5ppg), 6.9rpg, Assists-5 (2.2apg), 1.7spg. Also she became All-BWBL Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
Maryia Filonchyk finished season with BWBL: 7 games: 12.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, EuroCup: 8 games: 9.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg and in Belarusian League: 25 games: 12.6ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg.
This years girls claim 1 place in Baltic league, 1 place in Belarus championship and also they won Cup of Belarus.



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  BULGARIA   


Varna will host U16 European Championship Women Division A - by Eurobasket News

Varna will host U16 European Championship Women Division A. The Bulgarian city will invite the teams to the tournament from 1-11 August 2013.

Sixteen teams were divided into 4 groups of four teams:

Group A: Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia
Group B: Russia, Sweden, Latvia, Turkey
Group C: Belgium, Netherlands, Lithuania, Italy
Group D: France, Hungary, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic

Last year Spain won the Gold at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They blasted Italy 70-49 in the Big Final to take the first place at that event. Spain took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Italiy's Cecilia Zandalasini (181-SF-96) is named MVP of this event. Russia outplayed Belgium 53-41 to win the Bronze at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Belgium stays without the medal ending as No.4.
Lithuania won U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They handed 86-73 loss to Bulgaria in the Final. Both teams won the promotion for Division A. Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) led Lithuania to victory with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) is named MVP of the tournament.



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  CHILE   


San Antonio Silver Stars released Morrison - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Silver Stars released 24-year old Chilean international center Ziomara Morrison (193-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports).
This season Morrison played at Rivas Ecopolis (LFB) in Spanish league. In 19 games she had 7.4ppg and 4.8rpg this season. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Center of the Year. Morrison also played 14 games in WNBA where she recorded 5.9ppg and 3.9rpg.
This summer she played at San Antonio Silver Stars. Morrison won Spanish LF2 Group B championship title in 2011. She also represented Chile at the South American Championships in Santiago (Chile) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: Score-3 (18.5ppg), Reb-1 (11.3rpg), 2.0apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.8%.
Morrison has played previously professionally in Italy (Ribera) and Spain (Jopisa Burgos and Aros Leon).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CROATIA   


Vinkovci and Vukovar to host U18 European Championship Women Division A - by Eurobasket News

Vinkovci and Vukovar to host U18 European Championship Women Division A on August 15-25. The Croatian cities will be glad to host such an event. Sixteen teams were divided into four groups with 4 teams in each.

Group A: Turkey, Belarus, Netherlands, Czech Republic
Group B: Spain, England, Russia, Croatia
Group C: Greece, Portugal, Sweden, Serbia
Group D: Italy, Slovenia, France, Slovak Republic

Last year France won the Gold at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They failed in the Final against Belgium two years ago, but outsmarted Russia 65-61 taking the first place at that event. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) was a key player in victory with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. She reached valuation 25 and was named MVP of the tournament.
Belarus was the gold medal winner in Strumica. They grabbed 76-74 victory over UK in the Big Final of U18 EuroBasket Division B. The Silver belongs to UK and both teams won the promotion for Division A. Portugal won the Bronze in Strumica.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Ann Wauters returs to Russia - by Eurobasket News

Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) returs to Russia and will play again fro UMMC. The Russian Champions signed the Belgian player.
Last yera Ann Wauters played for Galatasaray and averaged 13.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 77.5%.
The season 2011-2012 she started for Ros Casares Valencia (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in Euroleague after 20 games averaged 14.6ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 69.0%. In Spanish League her stats read 14.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.2apg, FGP-2 (59.6%), 3PT-2 (54.5%), FT: 72.4%. The season 2012 she will also continue with Seattle Storm (WNBA, starting five).
Only last year she became Spanish LFB Cup Finalist -12, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 3rd Team -12, became Spanish LFB Regular Season Champion -12 and Spanish LFB Champion -12. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Player of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Center of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Bosman Player of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 1st Team -12 and Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Bosmans Team -12.
In 2013 she became Turkish President Cup Finalist -13, Turkish Cup Winner -13 and was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Center of the Year -13 and Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Bosman Player of the Year -13.



Miguel Mendez leaves Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News

Miguel Mendez leaves Rivas Ecopolis and will continue his career abroad. The Spanish Specialist left the team after two years.
Last year Miguel Mendez became Spanish LFB Cup Winner -13, Spanish LFB Regular Season Champion -13 and Spanish LFB Finalist -13. Earlier Rivas Ecopolis reached an agreement with its Head Coach Miguel Mendez for another season. The Spanish specialist took over the team in summer 2011. He guided them to Euroleague Finals, which they lost to Ros Casares. In LFB, Rivas reached Semifinals but once again they failed against the dream team of Ros Casares. They also played in the LFB Cup Semis. Before Rivas Ecopolis, Miguel Mendez worked three years with Celta Vigo. He also has experience from Arranz Acinas. Miguel Mendez was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year -10. He won Silver and Bronze medals with U18 Spanish NT Team at U20 European Championships 2010 and 2011.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Varna will host U16 European Championship Women Division A - by Eurobasket News

Varna will host U16 European Championship Women Division A. The Bulgarian city will invite the teams to the tournament from 1-11 August 2013.

Sixteen teams were divided into 4 groups of four teams:

Group A: Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia
Group B: Russia, Sweden, Latvia, Turkey
Group C: Belgium, Netherlands, Lithuania, Italy
Group D: France, Hungary, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic

Last year Spain won the Gold at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They blasted Italy 70-49 in the Big Final to take the first place at that event. Spain took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Italiy's Cecilia Zandalasini (181-SF-96) is named MVP of this event. Russia outplayed Belgium 53-41 to win the Bronze at U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Belgium stays without the medal ending as No.4.
Lithuania won U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They handed 86-73 loss to Bulgaria in the Final. Both teams won the promotion for Division A. Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) led Lithuania to victory with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) is named MVP of the tournament.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Vinkovci and Vukovar to host U18 European Championship Women Division A - by Eurobasket News

Vinkovci and Vukovar to host U18 European Championship Women Division A on August 15-25. The Croatian cities will be glad to host such an event. Sixteen teams were divided into four groups with 4 teams in each.

Group A: Turkey, Belarus, Netherlands, Czech Republic
Group B: Spain, England, Russia, Croatia
Group C: Greece, Portugal, Sweden, Serbia
Group D: Italy, Slovenia, France, Slovak Republic

Last year France won the Gold at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They failed in the Final against Belgium two years ago, but outsmarted Russia 65-61 taking the first place at that event. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) was a key player in victory with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. She reached valuation 25 and was named MVP of the tournament.
Belarus was the gold medal winner in Strumica. They grabbed 76-74 victory over UK in the Big Final of U18 EuroBasket Division B. The Silver belongs to UK and both teams won the promotion for Division A. Portugal won the Bronze in Strumica.



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  FINLAND   


Spain demolish the Finnish side - by Eurobasket News

Spain-Finland 92:28

Spain demolish the Finnish side in the first friendly game. The hosts posted an overwhelming 92:28 win in Game 1. Spain dominated the whole game and won all the quarters of the game. They tried hard to post three-digit number at the very end, but were happy to leave the court with 92 points. The teams will meet again tomorrow.



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Diana Furesz stays with PTE-PEAC - by Eurobasket News

Diana Furesz (174-G-84, agency: Interperformances) stays with PTE-PEAC for the next season. The Hungarian Guard will enter her second season with the team.
In 2012-2013 for PTE-PEAC (A Division, starting five) Diana Furesz averaged 9.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.1apg, Steals-5 (2.3spg), FGP: 30.9%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 80.4%. In Adriatic League her stats read 7.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.1apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 17.0%, FT-1 (91.3%).
The former national team player combo guard played the previous two seasons in Sopron. She played in Euroleague, won championship and Hungarian cup. Diana Furesz averaged 9.2 points and 2.9 assists per game in Hungarian league and was starter guard of Sopron.
Diana Furesz was a member of the Hungarian National Team -08-11. At the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 -08 she showed 5.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 46.7%, FT: 63.6%.



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  KENYA   


Eagle Wings Samba Mjomba out for a month - by Eurobasket News

National Womens Basketball League defending Champions Eagle Wings will be forced to do without their dependable point guard Samba Mjomba for a month after she injured her knee in training last week.
I was told by the doctor I will be out for a month. It is the same knee I injured last year while with the national team preparing for the Zone 5 games. I am already on physiotherapy sessions which I have to attend thrice a week, Mjomba told Michezoafrika.com.
She missed her teams last match against students Strathmore University and it was evident that her absence was felt as the team went down 48-26 in what will be their first loss of the season.
It was painful to watch the team lose and you cant do anything about it. I hate losing but I know that the team will recover. It is good that we have noted our mistakes quite early in the season and I trust that we will correct in time, adds the 2011 season Most valuable player.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  RUSSIA   


UMMC bring back Ann Wauters - by Eurobasket News

UMMC secured the services of Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) for the next season. It is actually her comeback to Ekaterinburg as she played here before. Ann Wauters was the member of the UMMC roster back in 2009-11 seasons. Last season the Belgian centre spent in Turkey. She played for Galatasaray. Ann Wauters delivered 13.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in TKBL. In EuroLeague the centre notched 9.5 points, 5.5 boards and 1.1 assists per appearance. She was named All-Turkish TKBL Centre of the Year. Previously Ann Wauters had stints in Russia, Spain, WNBA. The centre was trumped All-Europeans Player of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005. Ann Wauters was the member of the Belgian National Team in 2003-10 seasons.


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  SPAIN   


Spain demolish the Finnish side - by Eurobasket News

Spain-Finland 92:28

Spain demolish the Finnish side in the first friendly game. The hosts posted an overwhelming 92:28 win in Game 1. Spain dominated the whole game and won all the quarters of the game. They tried hard to post three-digit number at the very end, but were happy to leave the court with 92 points. The teams will meet again tomorrow.



Miguel Mendez leaves Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News

Miguel Mendez leaves Rivas Ecopolis and will continue his career abroad. The Spanish Specialist left the team after two years.
Last year Miguel Mendez became Spanish LFB Cup Winner -13, Spanish LFB Regular Season Champion -13 and Spanish LFB Finalist -13. Earlier Rivas Ecopolis reached an agreement with its Head Coach Miguel Mendez for another season. The Spanish specialist took over the team in summer 2011. He guided them to Euroleague Finals, which they lost to Ros Casares. In LFB, Rivas reached Semifinals but once again they failed against the dream team of Ros Casares. They also played in the LFB Cup Semis. Before Rivas Ecopolis, Miguel Mendez worked three years with Celta Vigo. He also has experience from Arranz Acinas. Miguel Mendez was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year -10. He won Silver and Bronze medals with U18 Spanish NT Team at U20 European Championships 2010 and 2011.



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TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket News

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

Finals: Round 2

May. 23: Orman - Edirne 82-74
May. 23: Cankaya - Botas 63-53
May. 23: Altay Konak - Orduspor 62-41

Finals: Round 3

May. 24: Cankaya - Altay Konak
May. 24: Orduspor - Edirne
May. 24: Botas - Orman


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. Atila, Izmir BSB19.0 
 8. Melvin, Orman18.9 
 9. Thomas, Altay K.18.6 
 10. Ayim, Orduspor17.5 
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, Cankaya14.0 
 5. Melvin, Orman13.3 
 6. Lester, Edirne13.2 
 7. Ozyigit, Asistanbul12.9 
 8. Jones, Bursa BSB12.5 
 9. Yalcinkaya, Sirince12.4 
 10. Thomas, Altay K.12.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dilara TONGAR
  Antakya
  (169-G-91)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Tongar, Antakya6.3 
 2. Uygul, Dizdar6.3 
 3. Boz, Altay Konak6.2 
 4. Usal, 55 Genclik5.7 
 5. Salter, Altay Konak5.6 
 6. Topdemir, Nallihan5.2 
 7. Turan, Bursa BSB4.9 
 8. Uykan, Edirne4.8 
 9. Ozyigit, Asistanbul4.7 
 10. Atila, Izmir BSB4.7 
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. Karsavran, Anadol.2.4 
 10. Bugdayci, Harran2.4 
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, Edirne1.4 
 7. Ekiz, Gure1.3 
 8. Bilen, Nigde T.T.1.3 
 9. Menderes, Izmir B.1.3 
 10. Taylor, 55 Genclik1.2 


TKB2L Round 2 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Orman - Edirne 82-74

The hosts were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-16 Edirne's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-74 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Orman especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Edirne was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Chasity Melvin (191-76, college: N.Carolina St.) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Ilayda Tokmak (170-93) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Orman players scored in double figures. American power forward Susan Lester (188-88, college: Butler) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and the former international guard Yasemin Ibek (-91) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Orman: I.Tokmak 19+2reb+4ast, C.Melvin 17+17reb+1ast, A.Ivegin 14+5reb+1ast, S.Atli 13+3reb, B.Pehlivan 8+5reb+5ast, A.Korkmaz 7+1reb
Edirne: S.Lester 22+16reb+1ast, Y.Ibek 10+3reb+1ast, N.Ceylan Emre 9+1reb+2ast, K.Dicle 8+6reb, B.Yillar 6+2reb+2ast, D.Dogan 5
gschID: 241447


Cankaya - Botas 63-53

The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 38-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Cankaya dominated on the defensive end, holding Botas to just 6 points in third quarter. Cankaya had a 39-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Tiffany Stansbury (191-83, college: N.Carolina St.) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 23 rebounds to lead the effort and center Gulcin Cantekin (187-84) supported her with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds by center Tilbe Senyurek (188-95) did not help to save the game for Botas. point guard Serife Onar (167-96) added 16 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Cankaya: T.Stansbury 18+23reb+2ast, G.Cantekin 15+9reb+1ast, M.Ince 8+6reb+3ast, P.Kuccuk 6+1reb+3ast, D.Gezgin 6+1reb+5ast, B.Gokceri 5+1reb
Botas: S.Onar 16+2reb+1ast, T.Senyurek 11+14reb, C.Yetis 9+3reb+4ast, B.Akbas 7+7reb+1ast, N.Zuyeva 5+5reb+1ast, G.Komur 3+3reb
gschID: 241446


Altay Konak - Orduspor 62-41

The game without a history. Altay Konak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Orduspor to just 7 points in third quarter. Altay Konak held Orduspor to an opponent 21.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 35.9 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Orduspor 49-33 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward LaToya Thomas (188-81, college: Mississippi St., agency: Ronsport) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Bengu Arseven (-81) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Aynur Metin (174-76) replied with 19 points and Canadian power forward Miranda Ayim (191-88, college: Pepperdine) added 5 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Orduspor. Orduspor's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Altay Konak: L.Thomas 23+18reb+4ast, B.Arseven 11+5reb+2ast, D.Boz 9+5reb+4ast, N.Bircan Gokdemir 7+8reb+1ast, B.Muezzinler 4+4reb, S.Guclu 3+4reb+1ast
Orduspor: A.Metin 19+2reb, S.Karaman 7+4reb+2ast, H.Kayalar 6+1reb+1ast, M.Ayim 5+9reb, M.Talay 2+5reb+1ast, G.Sezer 2+4reb+1ast
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Natasha Lacy reaches agreement with Belediyesi - by Eurobasket News

Natasha Lacy reaches agreement with Belediyesi. The American player will move to Turkey for 2013-2014 season.
Last year she finished the season with Good Angels. Natasha Lacy started the season in Israel with Elitzur Ramla. However she soon moved to Slovak Republic after the Israeli team experienced financial difficulties. Natasha Lacy notches 8.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per Euroleague game for Good Angels. Last season Natasha Lacy spent with Ceyhan Belediyespor in Turkey. She tallied 18.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 3.3 steals per game. She participated at TKBL All-Star Game. Natasha Lacy played for the Washington Mystics in the summer. The guard averaged 3.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in WNBA.
In 2012-2013 for Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga) she averaged 7.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.2apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.6%. In Euroleague her stats read 16 games: 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 7.7%, FT: 67.9%; MEL: 3 games: 11.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.3apg, 3.0spg.



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Connecticut Sun released Johannah Leedham - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut Sun released 26-year old British international small forward Johannah Leedham (180-87, college: Franklin Pierce).
This season Leedham played at Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (LFB) in French league. In 13 games she had 8.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg this season. She helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Leedham also played 8 games in EuroLeague where she recorded 8.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg.
The last season she played at Bulleen Boomers (WNBL) in Australian league. In 17 games she recorded 10.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.1apg and 2.6spg last season. She contributed to her team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as she was named to Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Honorable Mention.
The previous (10-11) season Leedham played at AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski (PLKK) in Polish league. In 16 games she recorded 10.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg that season. Quite impressive year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. She also played 9 games in Euroleague where she recorded 9.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg and 2.1spg (in top 5).
Three years ago Leedham was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in third round (27th overall).
She attended Franklin Pierce University (NCAA Div.II) until 2010 and it is her third season in pro basketball. Leedham was voted Daktronics All-NCAA D2 1st Team back in 2010 at her college time.
Leedham was also a member of British international program for some years. She played for British Senior National Team between 2008 and 2012 and previously for University National Team in 2009. Leedham represented United Kingdom at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-2 (16.2ppg), 5.2rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-3 (2.4spg), FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 85.7%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Yvonne Turner released by Silver Stars - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Silver Stars waived Yvonne Turner (5'9''-G-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Nebraska). The guard spent the last season in Russia. She played for Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk. Yvonne Turner averaged 14.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game in PBL. She also delivered 13.5 points, 3.3 boards, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game in EuroCup. Yvonne Turner made it into All-EuroCup 3rd Team. The guard also earned All-Russian PBL Honourable Mention. Previously Yvonne Turner had stints in Australia, Germany. She was trumped into All-German DBBL 1st Team in 2011. Next season the guard made it into All-German DBBL 2nd Team.


San Antonio Silver Stars released Morrison - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Silver Stars released 24-year old Chilean international center Ziomara Morrison (193-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports).
This season Morrison played at Rivas Ecopolis (LFB) in Spanish league. In 19 games she had 7.4ppg and 4.8rpg this season. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Center of the Year. Morrison also played 14 games in WNBA where she recorded 5.9ppg and 3.9rpg.
This summer she played at San Antonio Silver Stars. Morrison won Spanish LF2 Group B championship title in 2011. She also represented Chile at the South American Championships in Santiago (Chile) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: Score-3 (18.5ppg), Reb-1 (11.3rpg), 2.0apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.8%.
Morrison has played previously professionally in Italy (Ribera) and Spain (Jopisa Burgos and Aros Leon).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Connecticut Sun waives Latoya Williams - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut Sun released 26-year old center Latoya Williams (190-87, college: Chipola JC).
This season Williams played at Lupa Promotion (A1) in Croatian league. In 25 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.8ppg and averaged 5.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg and 1.2bpg this season. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and named to 1st Team. Williams also played 12 games in WNBA where she had 12.3ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3spg.
The last season she played at Ikaros Kalitheas (A1) in Greek league. In 24 games she recorded very remarkable stats: 23.0ppg, 13.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2.4spg and 1.3bpg last season. She contributed to her team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also played in the cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Defensive Player of the Year.

Williams ended the previous (10-11) season at Partizan (A League) in Serbia. She contributed to her team winning the league title and the cup. A very good season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Import Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year and named to 2nd Team. But the most of that year she spent at Hapoel Tel-Aviv (D2) in Israeli league. In three games she recorded 12.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7spg and 1.7bpg.
The previous (09-10) season Williams played at MUKS Poznan (PLKK, starting five) in Polish league. In 11 games she recorded 10.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg and 1.1bpg.
She graduated from Chipola College in 2009 and it is her fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Washington Mystics released Shey Peddy - by Eurobasket News

Washington Mystics released 25-year old point guard Shey Peddy (170-88, college: Temple, agency: LBM Management).
This season Peddy played at Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (D1) in Israeli league. In 19 games she had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.8apg and 3.2spg this season. Great year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention.
The last summer she was tested by Chicago.
Last year Peddy was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA) in second round (23rd overall).
She attended Temple University until 2012 and it is her first season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Peddy's team was regular season runner-up in Atlantic 10 for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). She was also voted All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and All-Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 at her college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



San Antonio also waive Julie Wojta - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio cut another player to fit up the opening game roster. They waived Julie Wojta (6'0''-G/F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Wisc.-Green Bay). The forward joined the Silver Stars after an impressive season in Belgium. Julie Wojta played for Belfius Namur. She tallied 15.7 points, 11.1 boards, 2.1 steals and 2.1 assists per game in Division I. In EuroCup Julie Wojta notched 14.5 points, 7.7 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance. The player was named All-Belgian League Forward of the Year. She also made it onto All-Belgian League 1st Team. Julie Wojta was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury back in 2012. She got traded to the Minnesota Lynx but appeared in just one game last season.


Connecticut Sun released Johannah Leedham - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut Sun released 26-year old British international small forward Johannah Leedham (180-87, college: Franklin Pierce).
This season Leedham played at Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (LFB) in French league. In 13 games she had 8.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg this season. She helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Leedham also played 8 games in EuroLeague where she recorded 8.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg.
The last season she played at Bulleen Boomers (WNBL) in Australian league. In 17 games she recorded 10.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.1apg and 2.6spg last season. She contributed to her team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as she was named to Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Honorable Mention.
The previous (10-11) season Leedham played at AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski (PLKK) in Polish league. In 16 games she recorded 10.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg that season. Quite impressive year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. She also played 9 games in Euroleague where she recorded 9.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg and 2.1spg (in top 5).
Three years ago Leedham was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in third round (27th overall).
She attended Franklin Pierce University (NCAA Div.II) until 2010 and it is her third season in pro basketball. Leedham was voted Daktronics All-NCAA D2 1st Team back in 2010 at her college time.
Leedham was also a member of British international program for some years. She played for British Senior National Team between 2008 and 2012 and previously for University National Team in 2009. Leedham represented United Kingdom at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-2 (16.2ppg), 5.2rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-3 (2.4spg), FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 85.7%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tulsa Shock waives Paris - by Eurobasket News

Tulsa Shock waived 26-year old ex-international center Courtney Paris (191-113kg-87, college: Oklahoma).
This season Paris played at Botas (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 22 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 13.5rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.0apg this season. A very spectacular year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention. She also played 6 games in WNBA where she averaged remarkable 19.3ppg, 13.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg.
The last summer Paris played at Atlanta. But in four games she averaged just 1.5ppg and 2.0rpg.
In 2009 she was drafted by Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA) in first round (7th overall).
The former University of Oklahoma standoutis in her fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as her team made it to the EuroCup Semifinals in 2012. Paris was also voted All-Big 12 Player of the Year and CBSSports.com NCAA All-America 1st Team back in 2009 at her college time.
Paris was also a member of USA international program for some years. She played for USA Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006. Paris represented USA at the World Championships U21 in Moscow Region (Russia) six years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 8 games: 10.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 55.7%, FT: 60%.
Paris has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Spain (Rivas Ecopolis) and other WNBA teams (Sacramento M., Los Angeles Sparks and Chicago Sky).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Seattle Storm released Chelsea Poppens - by Eurobasket News

Seattle Storm released 22-year old forward Chelsea Poppens (188-91, college: Iowa State).
This season Poppens played at Iowa State University. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as she was named to All-Big 12 1st Team, Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team and Associated Press NCAA All-America Honorable Mention.
Poppens just graduated from Iowa State and it is her first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Minnesota Lynx cut Shawnice Wilson - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Lynx cut 23-year old center Shawnice Wilson (198-90, college: Miami, FL, agency: Merit Sports).
Wilson just graduated from University of Miami, Florida and it is her first season in pro basketball. She posted 10.0 points and 8.6 boards in her senior season.
Among other achievements her team was regular season runner-up in ACC in 2012. Wilson received also ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team award in 2012 at her college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



San Antonio Silver Stars let Flores go - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Silver Stars cut 23-year old former international forward Christine Flores (190-90, college: Missouri, agency: Ronsport).
This season Flores played at Galil Elion (D1) in Israeli league. In 19 games she averaged impressive 16.5ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg and 2.3bpg this season. She helped them to make it to the Israeli Cup Semifinals. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention.
The last summer Flores was tested by Phoenix.
Last year she was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in third round (30th overall).
The former University of Missouri standoutis in her first season in pro basketball. Flores also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 6.5ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 71.4%.

By Eurobasket Data Center