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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   



CIV 2013 Afrobasket: Nigeria open camp with 12 local players - by Olusegun Ikuesan

..... Reappoint Bakare, Nnaji Head Coach

The Nigeria Basketball Federation at the weekend announced the commencement of the it training camp comprising twelve home-based players drawn from clubs in the DStv premier league for the 27th edition of the continent most prestigious basketball competition; the African Cupf of Nations for Men tagged Afrobasket for slated for Abidjan Cote dIvoire from August 20 through August 31 this year.

The camp which open on Sunday in Abuja will be supervised by Nigeria London 2012 Olympic Games head coach Ayo Bakare who was reappointed by the NBBF to help tinker the team he led to a third place finish at the 26th edition of Afrobasket held in Antananarivo, Madagascar and also led the Nigerian side to book it first Olympic Games ticket in Caracas Venezuela against all odds.

Coach Bakare who has coached Nigeria to five of the six times the FIBA Africa Zone-III country has made to the podium will be assisted by the quartet of Coaches Sani Ahmed, FIBA Africa Hall of Famer Ayinla Johnson, Ogoh Odaudu and Abdulrahman Mohammed have been chared by the federation to ensure that the home-based players are given equal opportunities as their foreign based counterpart.

In the same vein the Tijjani Umar led Nigeria federation has also ratify the appointment of two-time Afrobasket for women winner Coach Scott Nnaji as head coach of the women national team.

Coach Nnaji won the Afrobasket with the Nigeria women team in 2003 in Maputo Mozambique and 2005 in Abuja Nigeria, the Customs-man was also at the Beijing 2004 Olympic Games and 2006 FIBA World Championship.

Coach Nnaji will be assisted by the trio of Adewumi Aderemi who was also an assistant coach of the gold winning women national team in 2003 and 2005, Lateef Erinfolami and Emmanuel Odah.

According to the NBBF the women team will open it camping after the May 31 draw of the Maputo 2013 Afrobasket for women.

The twelve local players who has since arrive the Abuja camp for the men championship includes Abubakar Usman of Kano Pillars basketball club and his teammate Mattew Onmonya; the trio of Stanley Gumut, Michael Ohiero and Andulwahab Yahaya of Mark Mentors basketball club of Abuja; Mohammed Baba Shehu of Niger Potters basketball of Minna; Victor James Ugo and Nkem Ojougboh from Comets basketball club of Lagos; Azuoma Dike of Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos; Louis Edem Ekpeyong of Union Bank basketball club of Lagos; Kayode Balogun of Islanders basketball club of Lagos and Victor Atisele of Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt.

The five-day camping exercise which is the first phase in series of Nigeria preparation for the biennial continental championship will end on Thursday.

Nigeria ranked second behind Africas most successful team Angola has not won the Cup of Nations in her fifteen participations but has finished second thrice (Dakar 1997, Luanda 1999 and Alexandra 2003) and came third three times (Algiers 1995, 2005 and Antananarivo 2011).
Stanley Gumut (197-F-86)



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  ARGENTINA   


Emanuel Ginobili selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to an overtime victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) 104-93 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Ginobili scored 19 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 30 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 58-24 record this season. It's Ginobili's 11th year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ginobili averages: 11.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.0%, 3FGP: 35.5% and FT: 77.9% in the 73 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Caja Laboral (25-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Nocioni's good performance Caja Laboral was defeated in an overtime 83-78 on the road by the lower-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (#7). He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. Nocioni also added and 3 steals. It's Nocioni's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3FGP: 46.7%(57-122) and FT: 77.6%. Nocioni is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain). Richotti contributed to an CB Canarias' surprising victory against the second-ranked Caja Laboral (25-9) 99-94 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 10 points in 23 minutes. Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (17-17) is placed tenth in the ACB. The Regular Season already ended. This year Richotti's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 79.8% in the 34 games. Similarly like Nocioni and Ginobili above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Richotti is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #4. Forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol (12-22) 76-68 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 10 points. Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (12-22) is placed 14th in the ACB. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's roster. Mainoldi's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 5.7rpg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Mainoldi is also Argentinian national team player.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #5. International guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) helped C.de Latte BRE win their game against the closely-ranked Pall.Trento (14-14) 84-81 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 30 minutes. Centrale del Latte Brescia (17-11) is placed fifth in the Lega2. Fernandez is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). This year his total stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.0apg and 2.2spg in the 32 games. Fernandez plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

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

   #1. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Matera to a victory over the closely-ranked Agrigento (20-14) 85-77 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Vico recorded 27 points (!!!) in 41 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bawer Matera (22-12) is placed second in the Nazionale A. Vico is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 14.9ppg. This year his other stats are: 4.0rpg, 2.2apg and 2.6spg in the 37 games he played so far. Vico has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Trenkwalder RE's victory against the closely-ranked Lottomatica Roma (20-10) 91-82 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He scored 7 points. Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (18-12) is placed sixth in the SerieA. Filloy's overall stats this season are: 3.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy) helped Agrigento win their game against the closely-ranked Matera (22-12) 78-72 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. He recorded 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Moncada Solar Agrigento (20-14) is placed third in the Nazionale A. Chiarastella has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. Similarly like Filloy and Vico above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) helped Latina Basket win their game against the 11th-ranked Bari (16-18) 73-59 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. Carrizo recorded 10 points and added 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 33 minutes. A.S.D. Latina Basket (12-22) is placed 16th in the Nazionale A. Carrizo is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers with 16.1ppg. This year his other stats are: 4.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg in the 20 games. Similarly like three previous players above, Carrizo also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Pall.Trento (14-14) to beat C.de Latte BRE (17-11). He recorded only 4 points and had 3 steals. Pall.Trento was edged 84-81 on the road by the higher-ranked C.de Latte BRE (#5). It was Pall.Trento's first loss after three consecutive victories. Forray has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.4apg and 2.2spg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.



Regatas keep Nicolas Casalanguida at helm - by Eurobasket News

Regatas Corrientes extended the contract of head coach Nicolas Casalanguida . The specialist will enter the third consecutive season with the team. Nicolas Casalanguide led Regatas to LigaA and Liga Sudamericana titles this year. He was named All-Liga Sudamericana and LigaA Coach of the Year. Nicolas Casalnguida previously worked with Gimnasia Esgrima Comodoro Rivadavia. He was also trumped the All-Argentinean LigaA Coach of the Year back in 2009. Nicolas Casalanguida worked as an assistant coach with the Argentinean National Team in 2009. He was promoted to the head coaching position in 2010. Right now the specialist is at helm of the U19 Argentinean National Team. He prepares the team for the upcoming U19 World Championship in Czech Republic.


U19 Brazil and Argentina play exhibition games - by Eurobasket News

Brazilian and Argentinean U19 National Team played two friendly games in Brazil. The first game ended with a 64:64 draw. The second game was held in Franca. Brazil jumped to an early lead. The hosts built a 36:31 halftime lead. The hosts went on an 18:7 run in the third term to boost the lead. Argentina fired 24 points in the fourth period to seal a 78:55 victory at the end. Lucas Rosa (193-G/F-95) notched 18 points to pace the hosts. Arthur Pecos (182-PG-95) added 13 points, while Eduardo Sommer contributed 12 points for the winners. Pedro Barral (183-PG-94) answered with 14 points for Argentina.
Both teams will now participate at the international tournament in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso. The tourney will also involve U23 Uruguayan National selection.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

State Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 8-1 
 2. Corio Bay S. 8-2 
 3. Diamond V.E. 7-2 
 4. Waverley F. 7-3 
 5. Ringwood H. 6-4 
 6. Werribee 5-5 
 7. Eltham W. 3-7 
 8. Hume City 3-7 
 9. Sherbrooke S. 1-9 
 10. Melbourne 1-9 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 7-1 
 2. Woodville W. 6-2 
 3. C.District L. 5-3 
 4. Forestville E. 5-3 
 5. N.Adelaide R. 4-4 
 6. Sturt S. 4-4 
 7. Norwood F. 4-4 
 8. Southern T. 4-4 
 9. S.Adelaide P. 1-7 
 10. Eastern M. 0-8 
QBL
 1. Mackay M. 4-2 
 2. Rockhampton 3-1 
 3. Cairns M. 3-1 
 4. Gladstone P. 3-1 
 5. Brisbane C. 2-1 
 6. Northside W. 2-1 
 7. Gold Coast R. 2-2 
 8. Townsville H. 2-2 
 9. Suncoast 1-2 
 10. SW Metro P. 1-2 
 11. Ipswich F. 1-3 
 12. Toowoomba 1-3 
 13. Bundaberg B. 0-4 
SBL
 1. Lakeside L. 14-1 
 2. East Perth E. 10-4 
 3. Perry Lakes H. 8-4 
 4. Geraldton B. 8-6 
 5. Wanneroo W. 8-6 
 6. Mandurah M. 8-6 
 7. Willetton T. 8-6 
 8. Perth R. 8-7 
 9. SW Slammers 8-7 
 10. Goldfield G. 5-9 
 11. Rockingham F. 4-10 
 12. Cockburn C. 4-10 
 13. Stirling S. 3-10 
 14. Kalamunda E.S. 2-12 
SEABL-East
 1. Geelong S. 12-2 
 2. Bendigo B. 10-3 
 3. Dandenong R. 6-5 
 4. Frankston B. 6-7 
 5. Canberra G. 6-7 
 6. Sandringham S. 5-7 
 7. Brisbane S. 4-7 
SEABL-South
 1. Mt Gambier 10-4 
 2. Hobart C. 8-5 
 3. Nunawading S. 6-5 
 4. NW Tasmania 6-8 
 5. Ballarat M. 6-8 
 6. Kilsyth C. 4-8 
 7. Albury W.B. 4-10 
 8. Knox R. 4-11 
WARATAH
 1. Manly Warr. 10-1 
 2. Sydney C. 10-2 
 3. Cent.Coast C. 8-3 
 4. Hornsby S. 8-5 
 5. Norths Bears 7-5 
 6. Colonial Hotel 6-5 
 7. Newcastle H. 6-6 
 8. Bankstown B. 5-4 
 9. Hills H. 5-7 
 10. Illawarra H. 4-5 
 11. Parramatta W. 3-9 
 12. Maitland M. 1-9 
 13. Sutherland S. 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 11

BIG V

May. 25: Eltham W. - Diamond V.E. 93-97
May. 26: Corio Bay S. - Waverley F. 89-87
May. 25: Hume City - Sherbrooke S. 80-71
May. 25: Werribee D. - Bulleen B. 64-77
May. 25: Melbourne T. - Ringwood H. 47-104

Central ABL

May. 25: Woodville W. - Forestville E. 83-67
May. 25: W.Adelaide B. - S.Adelaide P. 79-55
May. 25: C.District L. - N.Adelaide R. 63-65
May. 25: Eastern M. - Southern T. 61-86
May. 25: Norwood F. - Sturt S. 51-72

QBL

May. 26: Rockhampton - Townsville H. 88-84
May. 25: Ipswich F. - Northside W. 87-97
May. 25: Gladstone P. - Townsville H. 85-73
May. 26: Toowoomba M. - Gold Coast R. 83-80
May. 26: Suncoast C. - Cairns M. 72-80
May. 25: Bundaberg B. - Cairns M. 69-79
May. 26: SW Metro P. - Mackay M. 68-106
May. 25: Gold Coast R. - Mackay M. 64-65
May. 25: Brisbane C. - Toowoomba M. 101-74

SBL

May. 25: Willetton T. - Perth R. 91-88
May. 25: Goldfield G. - Rockingham F. 77-105
May. 25: Kalamunda E.S. - Stirling S. 108-89
May. 25: Geraldton B. - Mandurah M. 107-85
May. 24: Lakeside L. - SW Slammers 107-74
May. 25: East Perth E. - Cockburn C. 105-99
May. 25: SW Slammers - Wanneroo W. 101-99
May. 24: Perth R. - Perry Lakes H. 100-91

SEABL

May. 25: Geelong S. - Knox R. 98-91
May. 25: Bendigo B. - Dandenong R. 92-77
May. 25: Kilsyth C. - NW Tasmania 91-94
May. 25: Brisbane S. - Ballarat M. 91-81
May. 25: Albury W.B. - Hobart C. 90-94
May. 26: Knox R. - NW Tasmania 81-76
May. 25: Nunawading S. - Frankston B. 72-63
May. 26: Frankston B. - Hobart C. 107-118
May. 24: Mt Gambier - NW Tasmania 103-82

WARATAH

May. 26: Newcastle H. - Sutherland S. 85-77
May. 25: Sydney C. - Sutherland S. 78-61
May. 25: Maitland M. - Bankstown B. 72-86
May. 25: Hornsby S. - Hills H. 68-86
May. 25: Parramatta W. - Manly Warr. 63-81
May. 25: Norths Bears - Colonial Hotel 101-79
May. 25: Illawarra H. - Cent.Coast C.


Australian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Australian U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Dante Exum
Exum
Nicholas Duncan
Duncan
Emmett Naar
Naar
Mirko Djeric
Djeric
Gerard Martin
Martin
#e#5
Dante Exum 193-PG-95 High School USA
Nicholas Duncan 203-F-95 Manly Warr. Australia
Dane Pineau 203-F-94 Melbourne T. Australia
Emmett Naar 186-G-94 Norths Bears Australia
Mirko Djeric 191-PG-95 Hawks Australia
Gerard Martin 190-G-95 Manly Warr. Australia
Anthony Fisher 191-G-94 Ballarat M. Australia
Fabijan Krslovic 204-C/F-95
Joshua Oswald 196-F-94 Werribee D. Australia
Felix Kalau Van Hofe 195-SF-95 Melbourne T. Australia
Jonah Bolden 206-F High School USA
Keanu Pinder 201-F Lakeside L. Australia

Damian Cotter Head Coach



Big V: Weekend Wrap- Round 10 - by Eurobasket News

Round 10 belonged to Ringwoods Bryan Dougher and his hot hand. The Hawks are flying and their New York Yankee is ripping it up! Did we mention he scored more than the opposition?
SCM ROUND UP
ROUND 10
Bryan Dougher did it, need we say more? In arguably the best shooting display this season, Ringwoods import from New York smashed Melbourne to pieces with a sublime 48pt performance that included 11 treys at an amazing 69% clip. His personal haul was higher than that of the Tigers, who scored 47pts. Following a competitive opening quarter (19-12), the Tigers were belted from pillar to post, managing just 14pts to Ringwoods 54pts during the middle quarters. The final 57pt margin was as much about Doughers big game as it was a reflection on where Melbourne is at just now. Only Kloester and Fryar hit double figures (10pts each) for Melbourne in a very poor showing, while over at Ringwood it was Shaun Clarke (204-F/C) (13pts, 14rbs) playing second fiddle to Dougher. Ringwoods domination was further highlighted by Matt Snowballs seven assists, two more than Melbournes total dime count (five).
Hume City squeezed out just their first win in seven games, edging past a defiant Sherbrooke in a competitive game from start to finish. The Suns shot better, but lost the boards by 14. The usual suspects stepped up for the Bron-cos Jamal Brown (15pts, 13rbs), Jermaine Maybank (193-G-82, college: Kansas St.) (13pts) and Shaun Prendergast (13pts). For the Suns there was a lot to like about Bryan Moores game (24pts) and Tim Mulhall (14pts) was solid. Though the Broncos are long shots to make the finals this season, this win will give them a boost in confidence and hopefully deliver more success shortly. As for the Suns, no doubt they are improving, but that next win cant come soon enough.
Eltham Diamond Valley
www.bigv.com.au
The battle of the No Love Lost Cup turned out to be a ripper. As expected, the Wildcats got up for this one and pushed the more fancied Eagles all the way. DV produced a 30-19 second quarter to break the game open and, try as they might, a solid second half by the Wildcats couldnt claw the margin all the way back. It was a much better showing by the home team and hopefully we will see continued signs of that improvement in the coming weeks. Scott Cuffe (29pts) was once again Elthams lead-out man, James Malvaso (20pts) had another good game and John Lister (16pts) did his bit. With the win DV are starting to cement a top four berth and its hard to see them missing the finals from here. Despite Matt Fennell (10pts) being well held in this game, the likes of Adam Moore (198-F-77, college: IPFW) (23pts, 13rbs) and Sammy Gazzo (19pts) led the way to ensure a win that the Ea-gles always like getting.
As they did earlier in the season, Werribee pushed the highly-fancied Bulleen all the way and despite the loss the Devils probably headed home satisfied with a reasonable effort. Werribee won the rebounds and forced the Boomers into 22 turnovers, though a 28% shooting clip was below par and a key factor in the loss given the visitors took 18 more shots. Adrien Sturt (9pts, 10rbs) was well held, but you need to keep more than one player quiet to get the win against the Boomers and this time it was Mike Rose (24pts) and Corey Standerfer (16pts, 9rbs) doing the damage.
Weve enjoyed some thrilling games this season in SCM and once again two of the divisions heavyweights turned it on for the fans with Corio Bay scoring a narrow 89-87 win against Waverley on the back of a MaAlo Hicks basket with seven sec-onds to play. Both teams delivered plenty of highlights, but in the end theres little doubt Corio Bays 63-29 rebound ad-vantage was telling. Hicks (23pts, 25rbs) produced his best game of the season, Jason Reardon (20pts, 13rbs) was up and about, while Liam Norton (16pts) continued his recent good form. For the Falcons, Sedale Threatt (19pts, 7ast) led the way, with Brad Kelleher (17pts) and Ivan Platenik (14pts) chipping in. The win extends the Stingrays streak to five and firmly in second place on the ladder, while Waverley remains in fourth position with Ringwood lurking in fifth spot.
ROUND 10 RESULTS
Ringwood 104 defeated Melbourne 47 Hume City 80 defeated Sherbrooke 71 D Valley 97 defeated Eltham 93 Bulleen 77 defeated Werribee 64 Corio Bay 89 defeated Waverley 87
Should our statistical sources be correct, Melbournes 47pts was the lowest score ever recorded in SCM, taking over the previous record of 48pts, which ironically was set by Melbourne back in round 9 of 2011 against Sherbrooke.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



SBL: Buccs on show as they outclass Magic - by Eurobasket News

The Bank of Queensland Redbacks Mens State Basketball League secured a strong 100 to 91 home-game win over the second-placed Perry Lakes Hawks.

Redbacks Point-guard Joel Wagner (181-G-87) was the game-high scorer with 25 along with five rebounds and four assists.

Centre Justin Brown was their next highest-scorer with 21 and 12 rebounds while swing-man Bennie Lewis scored 20 and had 10 rebounds and five assists.

However, they were unable to secure a second-win over the weekend going down in a tight away-game to the Willetton Tigers 88 to 91.

The loss proved costly as the Redbacks men dropped from sixth to eighth place in the 14-team competition with eight wins and seven losses.

Lewis was their top-scorer on 24 along with five assists.

Point-guard Adam Johnson scored 18 and had three assists while shooting-guard Jarrad Prior scored 13.

The Bank of Queensland Womens team also split the weekend beating the Hawks 65 to 56 while losing to the Tigers 42 to 64.

Redbacks centre Marita Payne was the game-high scorer against the Hawks with 20 along with nine rebounds.

Point-guard Rachel Lisch was their next highest scorer with 15 and four assists and three rebounds while point-guard Gabby OSullivan scored eight.

Payne was also their highest scorer in the loss to the Tigers with 14 and 10 rebounds while Lisch had 11 and six rebounds.

They now have five wins and six losses and are ninth in the 12-team competition.

The action continues this Saturday when the Redbacks meet the Stirling Senators in an away-game at the Warwick Leisure Centre, with the womens game starting at 6PM and the mens game at 8PM.

The men then play the Goldfields Giants in a home-game on Sunday at midday at the Western Australian Basketball Centre, Mount Claremont.

Article courtesy of Redbacks Media
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SBL: Hawks wings clipped as Eagles soar (Week 11 Men's Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Lakeside Lightning extended their advantage at the top of the Mens State Basketball League ladder after their nearest rivals suffered surprise defeats in round 11.

The Lightning tipped off the round with a comfortable 107-74 win over South West at home to stretch their winning streak to seven games.

Andy Stewarts team spread the scoring load, with 11 different players getting their names on the scoresheet, while Jarrad Prue pulled down another 19 rebounds.

Clive Weedon (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Jamahr Warren (18 points, eight rebounds) had good nights for the Slammers but couldnt drag their team over the line.

While Lakeside did what they had to against a lower-ranked opponent, Perry Lakes slipped up in a 100-91 defeat to Perth Redbacks away from home.

NBL development player Rob Cassir drained 22 points for the Hawks and Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) had 14 points and 20 rebounds, but they were no match for the likes of Joel Wagner (25 points) and Bennie Lewis (20 points).

Wanneroo missed the chance to jump above Perry Lakes when they were beaten 101-99 by South West in a tense game at Eaton on Saturday.

The Wolves looked to have taken control with a 33-point third quarter, but the Slammers hit back to win a thriller in front of their home fans.

Warren scored a game-high 34 points for South West on impressive 15-of-21 shooting.

Defeats for Wanneroo and Perry Lakes opened the door for East Perth, who beat last seasons grand final foe Cockburn for the second time in as many games since losing the decider.

Former Perth Wildcats shooting guard Drew Williamson (196-G/F-83, college: Metro St.) nailed 24 points as the Eagles held on for a 105-99 victory in a high-scoring affair at Morley.

The win saw the Eagles leapfrog both Wanneroo and Perry Lakes into second position behind Lakeside.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Kalamunda enjoyed a rare night out with a 108-89 win over fellow strugglers Stirling.

Australian Boomers star Luke Nevill registered a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds, but it was Louis Timms (32 points), Benjamin Smith (25 points) and Joel Questel (19 points) who had the biggest impact on the scoreboard.

Jordan Wild had a huge night for Stirling with 29 points and 24 rebounds.

Willetton maintained their place in the top eight with a 91-88 win over Perth, while Rockingham enjoyed a rare 105-77 win over Goldfields.
Article by Shayne Hope
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



Daniel Kickert selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (25-14) 80-63 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Wednesday night's game. Kickert recorded 10 points in 24 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (28-11) is placed first in the Superleague. This year Kickert averages: 9.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 48.9%(23-47) and FT: 68.4% in the 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Kickert is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Shawn Redhage
Shawn Redhage
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Puerto Rico). He led Quebradillas to a triple overtime (!!!) victory over the closely-ranked Cangrejeros (16-9) 94-90 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Sunday. Redhage was MVP of the game. He scored 27 points (!!!), grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Pirates de Quebradillas (22-8) is placed second in the BSN. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Redhage has relatively good stats this season: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 73.7%. He is a naturalized American. Redhage played for the Australian national team in 2008. He used to play for NW Tasmania Thunder in Australian league.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Spain). Ingles contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the ninth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (18-16) 57-50 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 6 points in 15 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 that game will be critical. This year Ingles' overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 73.0% in the 24 games. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #4. Swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) led G.Canaria 2014 to an overtime victory against the second-ranked Caja Laboral (25-9) 83-78 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Newley scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (19-15) is placed seventh in the ACB. It's Newley's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. Newley is also Australian national team player.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #5. Former international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Germany) helped Brose Baskets Bamberg win their game against the closely-ranked Bayern Muenchen (21-13) 93-83 in the German BBL last Sunday. He scored 10 points and added 4 passes in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Brose Baskets Bamberg (26-8) is placed first in the BBL. This year Ogilvy's total stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg in the 10 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Irish and Australian. Ogilvy used to play for the Australian national team two years ago.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #6. Swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala could not help Oradea (23-7) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance Oradea was defeated 79-72 on the road by the lower-ranked Gaz Metan (#5). Dillon was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Dillon has reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.7apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Australian senior team four years ago.

Julian Khazzouh
Julian Khazzouh
   #7. Former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A was not able to help Sagesse (25-7) in their last game. Despite Khazzouh's very good performance Sagesse was edged 75-74 in Tripoli by the lower-ranked (#3) Al Moutahed. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. Khazzouh also added 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Khazzouh is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6bpg in the 28 games. Khazzouh used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #8. Center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban to win against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (14-4) 68-64 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (12-6) is placed third in group B. Maric is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 7.1rpg. Maric plays currently for the Australian national team.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #9. Former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) crushing them 105-83 in the NBA on Sunday night. He recorded only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 58-24 record this season. This year Mills averages just 4.7ppg in the 64 games. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

Mark Dickel
Mark Dickel
   #10. An experienced guard Mark Dickel (188-76, also represented by Priority Sports, college: UNLV, currently plays in New Zealand) led Otago OceanaGold Nuggets to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Zero Fees Southland Sharks (5-3) crushing them 95-66 in the New Zealand NBL in Sunday night's game. Dickel scored 12 points, grabbed 9 boards, passed 6 assists and added 3 steals. Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (8-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all eight games in the Regular Season. Dickel belongs to league's best passers (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 7.4apg and 3.4spg. Dickel is a former U18 international player as seventeen years ago he still played for the Australian national team.

   #11. International center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Fenerbahce Ulker in their game against Karsiyaka in the Turkish TBL. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Andersen scored only 3 points in 4 minutes on the court. His team was edged 81-78. He has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 2.9rpg in the 26 games. Andersen plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #12. International power forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help UCAM Murcia in their game against CAI Zaragoza in the Spanish ACB. Barlow cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. His team was crushed by 34 points 108-74. Barlow has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 33 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

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

   #1. Thomas Ammar (199-G/F-87, college: Mars Hill, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A could not help Byblos (14-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Byblos was badly defeated 101-81 on the road by the higher-ranked Al Moutahed (#3). Ammar scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ammar has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Lebanese.

   #2. Luke Martin (182-PG-81, college: UTEP, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked HBS Bank Hawks (2-6) crushing them 94-73 in the New Zealand NBL last Saturday. Martin scored 7 points, made 5 passes and 5 steals. Zero Fees Southland Sharks (5-3) are placed fifth in the NBL. Martin is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg and 2.5spg.

   #3. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Caceres Basket (12-14) in their game against River Andorra (22-4) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Duinker cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 13 minutes. Caceres Basket lost 70-82 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked River_Andorra. Duinker has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 5.1rpg in the 35 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.

   #4. Zane Meehl (185-PG-86, college: Mid-Continent, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to a Hub Jets' victory against the league outsider Advice First Waikato Pistons (0-7) 89-75 in the New Zealand NBL in Saturday night's game. Meehl scored 7 points. Telecom Business Hub Jets (5-2) are placed fourth in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Meehl has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 1.7rpg. He has both Australian and New Zealand nationalities. Despite Meehl's Australian passport, he previously played for the New Zealand university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team.



Emus bounce back to edge Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19 - Australia U19 52:80

Australian U19 National Team avenged the starting loss and rallied to a comfortable victory in the second game of the exhibition series versus Czech Republic opponents. Felix Kalau Van Hofe (195-SF-95) stepped up with 17 points to lead the Emus to the victory in Prague.
Australia dominated from the starting minutes. They quickly gained an 18:6 lead. The Emus stayed in charge throughout the second frame. They grabbed a 42:25 halftime advantage. Australia did not allow the home team to get any closer in the third quarter. The Emus ensured a 65:40 lead at the final intermission. Australia cruised to the victory in the fourth period. Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) notched 15 points, while Dante Exum (193-PG-95) added 11 points for the winners. Daniel Truhlar (200-PF-94) replied with 15 points for Czech Republic. Jan Kozina (95), Jiri Soula (187-SG-95), Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) and Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) netted 7 points apiece in the loss.

Czech Republic U19: Daniel Truhlar 15, Jan Kozina 7, Jiri Soula 7, Lukas Festr 7, Petr Safarcik 7
Australia U19: Felix Kalau Van Hofe 17, Nicholas Duncan 15, Dante Exum 11



Canberra to host 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships - by Eurobasket News

Canberra will host the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships between Australia and New Zealand this August ahead of 17th FIBA Basketball World Cup to be held in Spain and Turkey next year. The double header to take place in the nations capital as part of Canberras Centenary will feature the Australian Boomers and Jayco Australian Opals taking on the New Zealand Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns. The two-game series will tip off in Auckland on Wednesday August 14, before arriving in Canberra at the AIS Arena on Sunday August 18. Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally said Canberra fast becoming a mecca for basketball in Australia would be a fitting host for the FIBA Oceania Championships, one of the biggest tournaments on the high performance calendar. Canberra is one of Australias strongest sporting hubs, housing our elite program at the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence at the AIS and boasting such fierce teams in the Canberra Capitals and Canberra Gunners, Ms Keneally said. It is only fitting that the proud basketball community in our nations capital should showcase these championships at the world class AIS Arena as the Boomers and Opals tip-off their campaign toward the 2013 World Cup. ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism and Events Andrew Barr said that the traditional rivalry between Australia and New Zealand in all sports made the Oceania series a great addition to the Centenary sporting calendar that Canberrans have been able to enjoy this year. As with many of the sporting events we have witnessed this year, the Oceania Qualifying Series is yet another top class international event as part of the Centenary Celebrations and Im sure that tickets will sell fast, particularly as it is a double-header and a rare opportunity to see the cream of both our mens and womens teams playing at the same venue, Mr Barr said. I encourage all those keen to be part of this unique opportunity to get your tickets early as there is no doubt that these games will be a sell-out. Basketball ACT Chief Executive Officer Tony Jackson said ACT Basketball were proud to be presenting partners of the Oceania qualifier on the back of a solid reputation for presenting top class events in the nations sports loving capital. Basketball ACT operates twelve months, seven days a year, from running community events to the housing of the Canberra Gunners in the SEABL and the Capitals in the WNBL, so to have the Oceania qualifier in such a big year for Canberra is a cherry on top, Mr Jackson said. We are excited to be a major part of bringing the Opals and Boomers here to our ever growing basketball community and were confident our major event experience will ensure a show worthy of a world cup qualifier. The Boomers have automatically qualified for the 2014 World Cup with Australia and New Zealand taking the two places on offer; however, seedings and group placements will be decided at the mens qualifier. The Jayco Opals must win the two-test event to qualify, as only one place is on offer in the Oceania Qualifier for women.
Courtesy of: basketball.net.au



Czech Republic edge Australia in Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19 - Australia U19 75:71

Czech Republic U19 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming World Championship. They faced Australian counterparts in the exhibition encounter in Nymburk. The hosts clinched a tough victory at the end. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) stepped up with 21 points to lead the hosts.
Australia started the game strong. The Emus jumped to a 25:19 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Australia piled up a 39:36 halftime advantage. But Czech Republic gradually took over. The hosts picked up the tempo after the big break and surged ahead for a 56:51 lead into the fourth period. The Czechs held on tight in the final minutes and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) chipped in 19 points, while Jiri Soula (187-SG-95) added 16 points for the winners. Dante Exum (193-PG-95) responded with 21 points for Australia. Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) had 13 points in the loss. The teams are scheduled to meet on Monday and Tuesday again.

Czech Republic U19: Martin Peterka 21, Lukas Festr 19, Jiri Soula 16
Australia U19: Dante Exum 21, Nicholas Duncan 13



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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, Aalstar18.3 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende17.4 
 5. Randle, Spirou16.8 
 6. Aleksandrov, Assig.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.5 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.0 
 9. Black, Antwerp14.8 
 10. Robinson, Leuven14.5 
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. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.4 
 4. Young, Aalstar6.2 
 5. Wilkinson, Oostende6.1 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.0 
 7. Aska, Leuven6.0 
 8. Love, Antwerp5.9 
 9. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
 10. Aleksandrov, Assi.5.9 
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. Raivio, Aalstar3.9 
 6. Randle, Spirou3.8 
 7. Moors, Antwerp3.7 
 8. Walsh, Brose Bask.3.5 
 9. Black, Antwerp3.4 
 10. Thompson, Aalstar3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.4 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.1 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 4. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 5. Hanavan, Leuven1.9 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.8 
 7. Randle, Spirou1.7 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.7 
 9. Green, Spirou1.7 
 10. Iarochevitch, Lie.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Spirou
  (208-C-73)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Riddick, Spirou1.1 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.1 
 3. Ferguson, Verviers.1.1 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.8 
 7. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 8. Green, Spirou0.6 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Williamson, Liege0.6 


Ethias League Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Oostende earn Finals ticket - by Eurobasket News

Aalstar - Oostende 70-77

Oostende overcame Aalstar on the road to clinch the third straight win in the series. Oostende thus qualified into the championship series. They will take on Mons-Hainaut for the title now. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 45-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) fired 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Croatian-German swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points. Base Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) produced 17 points and 6 assists and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: D.Raivio 17+1reb+6ast, R.Thompson 13+3reb, J.Tofi 12+7reb+4ast, A.Ruoff 11+6reb, C.Young 9+2reb+2ast, T.Dreesen 5+1reb
Oostende: M.Lojeski 24+6reb+2ast, M.Stojic 12+1reb+3ast, V.Petrovic 11+4reb, D.Drobnjak 7+4reb, B.Wright 7+5reb+4ast, D.Djordjevic 6+6ast
gschID: 241885



Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) in their last game. Despite Hervelle's very good performance Gescrap BB was crushed 88-62 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Hervelle also added 8 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. This year Hervelle averages: 8.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 55.1%(98-178), 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 81.8% in the 35 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). Van Rossom was the major contributor in an overtime CAI Zaragoza's victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (22-12) 122-120 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 18 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). CAI Zaragoza (21-13) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Van Rossom's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.5%(61-108), 3FGP: 45.1%(55-122) and FT: 86.7%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy). Tabu was not able to help Cantu (17-13) in their game against Lottomatica Roma (20-10) in the Italian SerieA. It was not his best game last Monday. Tabu scored only 2 points in 15 minutes. Cantu lost 68-74 in Roma to the higher-ranked (#3) Lottomatica. It's Tabu's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.5%, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 81.1% in the 39 games. Tabu is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #4. An experienced guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Tezenis VE (15-13) in their game against Novipiu Casale (18-10) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). His contribution was not very remarkable in Sunday's game. Lauwers recorded only 2 points. Tezenis VE was defeated 76-67 at home by the higher-ranked Novipiu Casale (#4). Lauwers' total stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 2.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Italian. Lauwers is also Belgian national team player.

Other top Belgian players, who play abroad:

Xavier-Robert Francois (204-C-94) plays for Strasbourg IG in French ProA
Kostja Mushidi (188-F-98) plays for Telekom Baskets in German BBL
Marcus Faison (196-G-78) plays for KTP-Basket in Finnish Korisliiga
Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92) plays for Maribor Messer in Slovenian Telemach League
Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) plays for Polpharma in Polish TBL
Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74) plays for Fileni BPA Jesi in Italian Lega2
Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83) plays for JA Vichy in French NM1
Ilunga Mbenga (214-C-80) plays for Barako Bull in Filipino PBA
Julien Rahier (193-G-83) plays for Starwings in Swiss LNA
Gael Hulsen (193-G/F-90) plays for Liverpool Mersey Tigers in British BBL
Charly Pontens (189-SG-95) plays for CFBB in French NM1

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



KABO Roster News - by Peter Buyse

Kangoeroes Boom, the new Ethias League team has announced it's first foreign player. Former Florida State Luke Loucks (196-G-90, college: Florida St.) is joining the team for the 2013-2014 season.
The point guard started the previous season in Latvia playing shortly for Riga. He moved in early 2013 to Cyprus where he played 11 games for Apollon. His averages in Cyprus were 10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 6.4 apg.
During his senior year at Florida State he was instrumental in winning the ACC tournament. He scored 7.1 ppg and dished out 4.3 apg. He was selected to the ACC All-Tournament team.

At present the roster consists of Luke Loucks, Witse Van Schil (188-G-83), Robin Haerbos at the 1 spot, Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) , Mitchel Gorremans (191-G/F-85) are the shooting guards, Wim Dobbelaere (198-F/C-85), Amaury Marion (196-F-91) on the 3 spot and Randy Oveneke (201-F-86), Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) on 4. Two more American players (4/5) will be added later.
Peter Jorssen becomes the new assistant coach.




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Ernest Bremer selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Bremer could not help Armani Milano (19-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Armani Milano lost 80-90 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Montepaschi Siena. Bremer was the second best scorer with 17 points in 20 minutes on the court. This year Bremer averages: 6.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.4apg, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 73.1% in the 26 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Bremer played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team two years ago. He used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey). Bajramovic was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Banvit BK (25-5) in their game against Anadolu Efes (25-5) in the Turkish TBL. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Banvit BK was edged 72-70 in Istanbul by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. Bajramovic's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 39.7% and FT: 74.5%. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Nemanja Gordic
Nemanja Gordic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88, currently plays in Serbia). Gordic contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Metalac (4-10) crushing them 88-62 in the Serbian A League last Sunday. He scored 9 points and added 4 passes. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (12-2) is placed first in Superliga group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. It's Gordic's first season with the team. Gordic's overall stats this year are: 6.9ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 55.1%(27-49), 3FGP: 53.3%(8-15) and FT: 75.0%. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #4. Guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to secure a victory for Aris (12-10) in their last game. Despite Pasalic's very good performance Aris was edged in an overtime 80-79 in Athens by the higher-ranked (#3) Panionios. He was the second best scorer with 16 points in 37 minutes. Pasalic has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.5apg in the 25 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Barisa Krasic
Barisa Krasic
   #5. Former international center Barisa Krasic (203-78, currently plays in Croatia) led KK Zadar to a victory against the second-ranked Cedevita (11-3) 79-74 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. Krasic recorded 12 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-8. KK Zadar (11-3) is placed third. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Krasic's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg and 2.9rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team eight years ago.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #6. Center Jusuf Nurkic (212-94, currently plays in Croatia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Barisa Krasic. But that was another game of his team in Croatian A1 which we would like to mention. Nurkic, who plays in the Croatian A1 couldn't help KK Zadar (11-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the third-placed KK Zadar was crushed 91-61 in Zagreb by the second-ranked Cedevita in the Places 1-8 group. Nurkic was the second best scorer with 10 points in only 10 minutes. This year Nurkic's overall stats are: 8.6ppg and 4.6rpg in the 16 games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Jozo Brkic
Jozo Brkic
   #7. International power forward Jozo Brkic (212-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Croatia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Barisa Krasic. He played also in the last Croatian A1 game facing Jusuf Nurkic (above) in the other team. Brkic couldn't help KK Zadar (11-3) in their game against Cedevita (11-3). He scored 8 points. KK Zadar (#3) was crushed 91-61 in Zagreb by the second-ranked Cedevita in the Places 1-8 group. This season Brkic averages only 2.2ppg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian U20 national team, Brkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Josip Naletilic
Josip Naletilic
   #8. Guard Josip Naletilic (195-89, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Croatia) couldn't help Jolly (17-4) in their game against Cibona (12-2) in the Croatian A1, despite his good performance last Tuesday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 33 minutes. But Jolly (#3) lost 67-73 at home to the leading Cibona in the Places 1-8 group. It was Jolly's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Naletilic's total stats are: 5.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg in the 20 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Nedzad Sinanovic
Nedzad Sinanovic
   #9. International center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blancos de Rueda (12-22) in their game against G.Canaria 2014 (19-15) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Blancos de Rueda was badly defeated 78-62 in Las Palmas by the much higher-ranked (#7) G.Canaria 2014. It was Blancos de Rueda's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Sinanovic has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 4.7rpg in the 33 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #10. Shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help PGE Turow (23-9) in their game against Stelmet ZG (20-12) in the Polish TBL. Opacak cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. PGE Turow was defeated 69-65 on their home court in Zgorzelec by the lower-ranked Stelmet ZG (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. This season Opacak has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg and 3.1rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. U18 international power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Un.Olimpija in their game against Krka in the Slovenian Telemach League. Sulejmanovic cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team lost 61-71. Sulejmanovic has averaged so far 2.2ppg and 2.2rpg in the 11 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team.

   #12. International center Ognjen Kuzmic (215-90, currently plays in Spain) managed to help FIATC Joventut Badalona to win against the closely-ranked Asefa Estudiantes crushing them 112-75 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Kuzmic recorded only 2 points. Kuzmic has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 5.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

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

   #1. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Russian team Khimky to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked CSKA Moscow (15-3) 83-80 in the VTB United League in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Planinic recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group A. BC Khimky Moscow Region (14-4) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Planinic is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 5.7apg. He also averaged so far 11.3ppg and 2.9rpg in the 21 games he played so far. Planinic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #2. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Blusens Monbus (18-16) 90-75 in the Spanish ACB last Friday. He recorded 9 points. Real Madrid (30-4) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Begic averages: 5.6ppg and 3.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #3. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Croatia) led Cedevita to an easy victory against the third-ranked KK Zadar (11-3) crushing them 91-61 in the Croatian A1 in Wednesday night's game. Suton recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-8. KK Cedevita Zagreb (11-3) is placed second. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Suton's first season with the team. Suton's overall stats this year are: 6.6ppg and 4.5rpg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #4. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, also represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (24-6) in their last game. Despite Bogdanovic's good performance Fenerbahce Ulker was edged 81-78 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Karsiyaka. He scored 11 points in 34 minutes. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg in the 29 games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #5. Seid Hajric (203-F-83, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL was not able to help Anwil (18-14) in their last game. Despite Hajric's good performance the fifth-placed Anwil was edged 81-78 at home by the leading AZS Koszalin in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Hajric also added 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was Anwil's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Hajric has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg and 5.6rpg in the 39 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Polish.

   #6. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a Targu Mures' victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti crushing them 90-63 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Ceskovic scored 14 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. This season Ceskovic has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.3apg. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #7. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to an overtime Szolnok's victory against the second-ranked Atomeromu 102-98 in the Hungarian A Division last Sunday. Sehovic scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 38 minutes. This year Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin passports.

   #8. Mile Ilic (215-C-84, currently plays in Serbia) led Vojvodina to a 3-point victory against the third-ranked Mega Vizura 88-85 in the Serbian A League on Wednesday night. Ilic recorded 14 points and added 6 assists. Ilic's overall stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 2.5rpg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities.

   #9. Experienced Veselin Petrovic (196-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to a victory against the closely-ranked Okapi Aalstar 77-70 in the Belgian Ethias League in Monday night's game. Petrovic recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. This year Petrovic's overall stats are: 3.4ppg and 1.4rpg in the 19 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #10. Sasha Topchov (206-C-80, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for Oradea in their game against Gaz Metan in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Topchov scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was defeated 79-72. This season Topchov has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg and 3.8rpg.



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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Troopers 7-0 
 2. Spartans 7-1 
 3. BDF V 6-1 
 4. Cadets 5-4 
 5. Police 4-6 
 6. Flames 3-2 
 7. Dolphins 3-3 
 8. Bullets 3-4 
 9. Saints 3-5 
 10. Splinters 1-8 
 11. Warriors 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 16

May. 24: Spartans - Police 72-55
May. 25: Bullets - Cadets 63-65
May. 25: Spartans - Bullets 59-33
May. 25: Flames - Splinters 51-44
May. 25: Cadets - Spartans 29-70
May. 25: Splinters - Troopers 29-42
May. 25: Dolphins - Warriors 107-34



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Paulistano tab Kenny Dawkins - by Eurobasket News

Paulistano bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with one of the best NBB players of the last seasons Kenny Dawkins (175-G-87, college: Lamar). The guard spent the last four seasons with Liga Sorocabana. He notched 18.0 points, 4.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds per game. Previously Kenny Dawkins played for Southeast Texas Mavericks, Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He earned All-Paulista League Honourable Mention in 2011 and 2012. Kenny Dawkins was also trumped ABA Rookie of the Year in 2010.


U19 Brazil and Argentina play exhibition games - by Eurobasket News

Brazilian and Argentinean U19 National Team played two friendly games in Brazil. The first game ended with a 64:64 draw. The second game was held in Franca. Brazil jumped to an early lead. The hosts built a 36:31 halftime lead. The hosts went on an 18:7 run in the third term to boost the lead. Argentina fired 24 points in the fourth period to seal a 78:55 victory at the end. Lucas Rosa (193-G/F-95) notched 18 points to pace the hosts. Arthur Pecos (182-PG-95) added 13 points, while Eduardo Sommer contributed 12 points for the winners. Pedro Barral (183-PG-94) answered with 14 points for Argentina.
Both teams will now participate at the international tournament in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso. The tourney will also involve U23 Uruguayan National selection.



Vivo/Franca renew deal with Jeferson Froehlich - by Eurobasket News

Vivo/Franca have secured the services of Jeferson Froehlich (193-PG-91) for another season. The point guard will enter the second straight season with the team. Jeferson Froehlich joined Vivo/Franca in 2012. He posted 8.7 points, 3.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game in Paulista League. Jeferson Froehlich also notched 5.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per appearance in NBB. Previously Jefferson Froehlich played for Real Madrid II, EBC Majadahonda, Joinville. He was the member of the U19 Brazilian National Team back in 2009.


Winner/Limeira add Renan Leichtweis - by Eurobasket News

Winner/Limeira bolstered their frontcourt. They signed contract with Renan Leichtweis (211-C-89). The centre spent the last season with Tijuca Tenis Clube. Renan Leichtweis posted 8.5 points, 4.2 rebounds per game in NBB. Previous (11/12) season the centre spent in Spain. He played for Faymasa Palencia Baloncesto. The centre notched 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in LEB Gold. Earlier Renan Leichtweis had stints for Bizkaia Bilbao, Santurtzi, Qalat Caja Sol Sevilla. He was the member of the U18 Brazilian National Team in 2005 and 2006.
Winner/Limeira is also reportedly in talks with Bruno Fiorotto (208-C-84). We will keep you posted on the details of the possible deal.



Lins sign Leandro Cabral and Ismar - by Paulo Freire

Thinking on the classification for the next stage of the Paulista State, the Lins Basquete Basketball announced the hiring of 2 athletes to strengthen their roster.
The team is in the second place of the first stage of the Paulista State competition and strengthened their squad announcing the players Ismar Neto (190-SG-87, college: Lindsey Wilson) and Leandrao Cabral (208-C-92).
Ismar Neto is a combo guard of 1.86 m and 26 years old, he played in the last 2 seasons at the Brasilia team where he was NBB champion last season. The player previously played College basketball in the US. This season the athlete played 18 games in the NBB where he averaged 2.7 points in 6 minutes per game.
The athlete Leandrao Cabral will strengthen the force of Lins Basquete basketball, with only 20 years old and 2.08 m tall, the center has defended the teams of Pindamonhangaba, Palmeiras and Pinheiros. In the NBB he had a few opportunities entering on the court only 4 times and averaged 1.3 points per game.



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Earl Rowland selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Latvia). He led VEF Riga to a victory over the closely-ranked Ventspils (8-2) 78-69 in the Latvian LBL in Saturday night's game. Rowland was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals in 33 minutes on the court. 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. It's Rowland's first season with the team. Rowland is currently first on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 6.5apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 44.2% and FT: 77.8% in the 21 games he played so far. Rowland is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely Rowland has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Ivanov could not help Cimberio Varese (23-7) to beat Montepaschi Siena (18-12). He recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The league leader Cimberio Varese was defeated 80-72 on the road by the lower-ranked Montepaschi Siena (#5). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This season Ivanov averages: 4.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 33.3% and FT: 57.1%. He played for the Bulgarian national team in 2011.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL. Homan was not able to help Bayern Muenchen (21-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Bayern Muenchen lost 83-93 in Bamberg to the leading Brose Baskets. Homan scored 10 points in 18 minutes. This year Homan's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 43.9% and FT: 53.0% in the 37 games. He is a naturalized American. Homan played for the Bulgarian national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #4. Shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a Gaz Metan's victory against the 14th-ranked Oradea (0-27) 79-72 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Monday night. Lilov scored 10 points. CS Gaz Metan Medias (20-10) is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. Lilov's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Georgi Sirakov
Georgi Sirakov
   #5. Former U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Mazzeo San Severo (11-23) in their game against Naturhouse Ferrara (16-18) in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Despite his good performance last Sunday He recorded 11 points. Sirakov's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and Italian. Sirakov used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Chalon/Saor (18-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Chalon/Saor was defeated in an overtime 103-91 on the road by the lower-ranked JSF Nanterre (#8). Evtimov was the second best scorer with 18 points. This season Evtimov averages: 9.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and French.

   #2. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in a victory against the eighth-ranked Apollon Patras (11-15) 83-73 in the Greek A1 on Friday night. Antic scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (25-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. This year Antic averages: 6.3ppg and 3.2rpg in the 24 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #3. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia), who plays in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga was not able to help Kozuv (7-3) in their last game. Despite Karadzovski's good performance the second-placed Kozuv lost 81-89 at home to the leading MZT Skopje in the Places 1-6 group. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Karadzovski is currently third on the list of best passers with 3.7apg. He also averaged so far 11.8ppg and 2.5rpg in the 30 games. Karadzovski has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

Other top Bulgarian players, who play abroad:

Earl Calloway (191-G-83) plays for Unicaja Malaga in Spanish ACB
Pavlin Ivanov (194-SG-93) plays for Buducnost in Montenegrin 1A
Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84) plays for Umana Venezia in Italian SerieA
Willie Deane (188-PG-80) plays for Khimik in Ukrainian Superleague
Dimitre Dimitrov (196-G/F-95) plays for Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA
Roderick Blakney (184-G-76) plays for Cajasol in Spanish ACB
Ibrahim Jaaber (187-PG-84) plays for Petrochimi in Iranian Superleague
Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) plays for Air Avellino in Italian SerieA
Andre Collins (183-PG-82) plays for Gaziantep in Turkish TBL

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



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Stats Leaders - A1

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


Croatian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Croatian U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Dario Saric
Saric
Mario Hezonja
Hezonja
Tomislav Gabric
Gabric
Filip Bundovic
Bundovic
Martin Junakovic
Junakovic
#e#5
Dario Saric 208-F/C-94 Cibona Croatia
Mario Hezonja 201-G/F-95 FCB Regal Spain
Tomislav Gabric 201-PF-95 Jolly Croatia
Filip Bundovic 203-C-94 Zabok Croatia
Martin Junakovic 185-PG-94 GKK Sibenik Croatia
Jakov Mustapic 193-G-94 Zabok Croatia
Josip Gulam 188-PG-95 Jolly Croatia
Tomislav Rados 200-F-94 Osjecki Sokol Croatia
Antun Hrkac 192-F-94 Darda Croatia
Dominik Mavra 191-SG-94 KK Split Croatia
Ivan Bender 206-C-95 KK Split Croatia
Karlo Lebo 193-SG-94 Cedevita Croatia
Lovro Demo 198-SG-94 Krizevci Croatia
Marin Maric 208-C-94 KK Split Croatia
Mislav Brzoja 193-F/G-94 Villanova USA
Daniel Zovko 204-C-94 Zrinjski HT Bosnia

Drazen Brajkovic Head Coach KK Zagreb Croatia
Josef Dulibic Assistant



Blassingame in Cibona two more seasons! - by Dani Erceg

Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) and Cibona agreed on extension of contract for two more seasons. So far in Croatian League, Blassingame played 16 games, averaging 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.3apg, 1.1spg. In his career so far he also played for Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Nicosia, AEK Athens , Solna Vikings, Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion , Lappeenranta NMKY, 08 Stockholm , BC Odessa, Energa Czarni Slupsk and Asseco Prokom Gdynia. In 2012. he was Polish champion.


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Czech Republic edge Australia in Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19 - Australia U19 75:71

Czech Republic U19 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming World Championship. They faced Australian counterparts in the exhibition encounter in Nymburk. The hosts clinched a tough victory at the end. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) stepped up with 21 points to lead the hosts.
Australia started the game strong. The Emus jumped to a 25:19 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Australia piled up a 39:36 halftime advantage. But Czech Republic gradually took over. The hosts picked up the tempo after the big break and surged ahead for a 56:51 lead into the fourth period. The Czechs held on tight in the final minutes and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) chipped in 19 points, while Jiri Soula (187-SG-95) added 16 points for the winners. Dante Exum (193-PG-95) responded with 21 points for Australia. Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) had 13 points in the loss. The teams are scheduled to meet on Monday and Tuesday again.

Czech Republic U19: Martin Peterka 21, Lukas Festr 19, Jiri Soula 16
Australia U19: Dante Exum 21, Nicholas Duncan 13



Emus bounce back to edge Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19 - Australia U19 52:80

Australian U19 National Team avenged the starting loss and rallied to a comfortable victory in the second game of the exhibition series versus Czech Republic opponents. Felix Kalau Van Hofe (195-SF-95) stepped up with 17 points to lead the Emus to the victory in Prague.
Australia dominated from the starting minutes. They quickly gained an 18:6 lead. The Emus stayed in charge throughout the second frame. They grabbed a 42:25 halftime advantage. Australia did not allow the home team to get any closer in the third quarter. The Emus ensured a 65:40 lead at the final intermission. Australia cruised to the victory in the fourth period. Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) notched 15 points, while Dante Exum (193-PG-95) added 11 points for the winners. Daniel Truhlar (200-PF-94) replied with 15 points for Czech Republic. Jan Kozina (95), Jiri Soula (187-SG-95), Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) and Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) netted 7 points apiece in the loss.

Czech Republic U19: Daniel Truhlar 15, Jan Kozina 7, Jiri Soula 7, Lukas Festr 7, Petr Safarcik 7
Australia U19: Felix Kalau Van Hofe 17, Nicholas Duncan 15, Dante Exum 11



Czech Republic U19 National Team -13 - by Simas

Czech Republic U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Martin Peterka
Peterka
Lukas Festr
Festr
Jiri Soula
Soula
Daniel Truhlar
Truhlar
Marian Hrabovsky
Hrabovsky
#e#5
Martin Peterka 201-PF-95 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Lukas Festr 185-PG-94 USK Praha Czech Republic
Jiri Soula 187-SG-95 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Daniel Truhlar 200-PF-94 USK Praha Czech Republic
Marian Hrabovsky 198-G/F-94 JBC Brno Czech Republic
Jan Krivanek 203-PF-94 USK Praha Czech Republic
Jan Kozina 95 Loko Plzen Czech Republic
Roman Vach 194-F BK Tabor Czech Republic
Dominik Heinzl 202-C-95 Nymburk B Czech Republic
Matej Svoboda 200-PF-96 Nymburk B Czech Republic
Pavel Grunt 207-C-94 U19 Czech Republic
Lukas Stegbauer 200-PF-95 Nymburk B Czech Republic
Petr Safarcik 188-G/F-94 USK Praha Czech Republic

Petr Jachan Head Coach U19 Czech Republic
Dusan Bohunicky Assistant BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Jan Ulrych Assistant U19 Czech Republic



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Rafael Barias clinch semifinal appearance - by Eurobasket News

Rafael Barias became the first team to guarantee their semifinal appearance in District Nacional tournament. They claimed the seventh win in the season outscoring San Lazaro 95:87. Rafael Barias thus improved at 7-2 record on top of their Group. San Lazaro dropped 32 points in the second frame to accumulate a 6-point halftime lead. But Rafael Barias went on a 27:17 run in the third quarter to pull ahead. Rafael Barias exploded with 28 points in the fourth period to seal the victory. Joel Ramirez knocked down 19 points to pace the winners. Santos Martinez (198-G/F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Livingstone) added 16 points, while Juan Martinez produced 14 points and 9 boards for the winners. Antabia Waller (188-G-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Auburn) responded with 21 points for San Lazaro. Jeff Robinson dropped 25 points and grabbed 13 boards in defeat.


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Teodosic will miss Eurobasket2013! - by Igor Obradovic

Serbia will definitely be weakened at the upcoming European Championships to be played this year in Slovenia.

The way things are, Serbia will have this European Championship play without perhaps the best player, Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) who is in the second semi-final match against Khimki in VTB league got leg injury and in the words of a leading man of CSKA Moscow, Andrey Vatutin, Teodosic must go on operation and then recovery will take between two and four months.

Teodosic this year won the Russian Championship with CSKA, play on Final4 in Euroleague and was included in second five of this competition.



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Tony Parker and Spurs sweep Grizzlies to reach NBA Finals - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs are back in the NBA Finals for the first time since they won their last championship back in 2007, and this trip feels even more special for a team counted out as too old to contend anymore. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 37 points in his best game this postseason, and the San Antonio Spurs finished off a sweep Monday night of the Memphis Grizzlies with a 93-86 win on Monday night in the Western Conference final. 'It's a great feeling,' Parker said as he sat with the Western Conference trophy perched in front of him. 'Since last year, I promised Tim Duncan we would go back to the Finals and get an opportunity to win the whole thing and trying to do my best to be aggressive every night. I think everybody on the team, we really want to do it for him. We win the West and now one more step. It's the hardest one.' The Spurs now have won six straight in these playoffs, handing two straight losses to a team that had been undefeated on their own court in their best postseason in franchise history. Memphis finished off its best season ever swept by the very same franchise that needed four games to knock them out of their first playoff appearance back in 2004. Parker had his best game this postseason as he hit 15 of 21 and all six at the free throw line earning the Spurs and Duncan plenty of rest before Game 1 of the Finals on June 6. 'He's been amazing,' Duncan said of Parker. 'Every year he gets better and better and better. He's been carrying us. You can see tonight he carried us the entire game." Duncan hugged Manu Ginobili before heading off the court, celebrating the chance at a title that slipped away a year ago when the Spurs blew a 2-0 lead to Oklahoma City losing four straight. The 37-year-old Duncan finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Kawhi Leonard added 11. 'We want to get back there,' Duncan said of making the finals. 'We've had some really close years where we fell right on the verge of getting back. It feels like forever since we've been there.' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the fact they are back in the finals after a six-year drought likely won't really sink in for a bit, though he already felt pretty good. 'You don't expect that to happen maybe this late in the game with the same group,' Popovich said. 'It's tough to do with the same group. It's tough to do, to maintain something that long. It just shows the character of those three guys and the ability to play with whoever else is brought in around them. They deserve a lot of credit for that.' Memphis coach Lionel Hollins had talked about how his Grizzlies needed to dig deep for something they didn't know they had to take the first step back into this series. But they couldn't outshoot the Spurs and got beaten once again at their own inside game. The Spurs shot 51.3 percent (39 of 76) from the floor and outscored Memphis 52-32 in the paint, even though the Grizzlies had a 41-34 edge on the boards. Memphis led only briefly and the last at 6-4 as the Spurs took control early. Memphis stayed close only by getting to the free throw line, making more shots there (17 of 24) than San Antonio took (12 of 13). The Grizzlies also got a career-high 22 points from reserve Quincy Pondexter (6'6''-F-88, college: Washington), 18 of those in the second half. Pondexter was the only player from Memphis to shoot over .500. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) finished with 13, continuing his struggles at the line where he was 5 of 8, and Marc Gasol had 14. 'We learned that winning isn't easy and winning championships is one of the hardest things you can possibly do,' Pondexter said. 'I think our guys really dug deep to get as far as we did, and San Antonio's a tremendous team. We're going to take a couple pages out of their book.' Duncan had taken care of the Grizzlies scoring the big points in overtime in each of the last two games. Parker took over this time as he hit 14 of his first 18 shots, and he hit the biggest shot with 9:15 left when he knocked down his lone 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of both Tony Allen and Randolph after Memphis gotten within 76-73 with fans sensing the most life out of the Grizzlies all night long. Parker and Duncan took turns making buckets before Parker got hit in the eye by Gasol's outstretched hand after missing a shot. When Parker returned with 4:43 left, Gasol went over to him and Parker told him he was fine. Parker then hit a jumper with 4:13 remaining for an 89-81 lead. The Grizzlies made one last run and got within three one last time when Gasol scored on a runner in the lane with 48.7 seconds left at 89-86. But Parker hit four free throws in the final 29.7 seconds to seal the victory for San Antonio and its first Western Conference title since the Spurs' last NBA title in 2007. The Spurs made it impossible for Memphis to get off to a quick start as they had more points in the paint (16) than the Grizzlies scored in the first quarter as San Antonio went up 24-14 shooting 52.4 percent (11 of 21). The Spurs cooled off a bit in the second quarter, missing six of seven shots in a stretch. Memphis got into the bonus early, and the Grizzlies used the free throw line to keep San Antonio from doubling up its lead by hitting 8 of 10 at the line. Even Randolph, who has struggled mightily at the line in this series, breathed a sigh of a relief when his first attempt went down, and he knocked down two straight. The Grizzlies also got a couple 3s from Bayless, the second after Memphis got its best break of the first half when officials called a 5-second call on the Spurs inbounding the ball. Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) missed his would-be buzzer beater, leaving the Spurs up just 44-38. Gasol's frustration spilled over in the third quarter as he headed to the bench for a timeout when he smacked the press table with both hands. He also went to his knees when officials blew their whistles after he rebounded a miss. But Pondexter, who missed 23 games to a sprained left knee suffered Dec. 29 against Denver, kept the Grizzlies close almost singlehandedly as he scored 12 points in the third. Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com


Jonathan Hoyaux stays with Saint-Vallier - by Eurobasket News

Jonathan Hoyaux (192-G-88) stays with Saint-Vallier for another season. The French Guard will enter his second season with the team.
In 2005-2006 he appeared for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone U20 team. In 2006-2007 played for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) and also played mostly for U21 team.
In 2007-2008 continued for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) and debuted in ULEB Cup. In French League his stats read 0.8ppg, as he played mostly for U21 team.
In 2008-2009 for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) averaged 1.8ppg. In 2010-2011 moved to Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (ProB) and after 36 games showed 3.6ppg. The season 2011-2012 appeared for Limoges CSP Elite (ProB) and had 3.5ppg. This past season played for Saint Vallier Basket Drome (ProB, starting five) and had 10.0 points per game.



Duro comes back to Rueil - by Eurobasket News

Rueil Athletic Club (NM1) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old guard Gilles Duro (190-88). It is actually his comeback to Rueil as he played here before. Duro started the season at Aubenas (NM2). The last season he played at Rueil Athletic Club. In 23 games he recorded 9.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg. Duro won French NM2 Group D championship title in 2011.
He has played previously for another French team Sarcelles.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Orchies add Kevin Thalien - by Eurobasket News

Orchies continue to work actively on the market. They brought in Kevin Thalien (190-PG-92) on loan from Nancy. The point guard spent the last season on loan with Bordeaux. He notched 5.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.4 boards per game in ProB. Kevin Thalien was the member of U20 and U21 French National Teams.


Gaetan Clerc stays with Aix-Maurienne until 2016 - by Eurobasket News

Gaetan Clerc (189-PG-91) has renewed his deal with Aix-Maurienne. The point guard will stay with the team through 2016. Gaetan Clerc joined Aix-Maurienne back in 2011. Last season he notched 6.8 points, 2.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in ProB. Previously the guard had stints with Lievin Basket and Sluc Nancy. He was the member of the U16 French National Team back in 2007.


Nantes bring in Alexis Desespringalle - by Eurobasket News

Nantes continued to work on the market. They have recently agreed on terms of contract with Alexis Desespringalle (192-SF-91). The small forward spent the last season in NM1 League. He played for Rueil. Alexis Desespringalle averaged 11.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Previously the forward played for Nanterre. He was the ProB champion back in 2011.


Orchies eye Sadio Doucoure - by Eurobasket News

Orchies are planning to sign Sadio Doucoure (195-SF-92). The small forwards spent the last two seasons with Cognac. He posted 8.3 points, 5.5 boards and 1.4 assists per game last season. Sadio Doucoure was the member of the U20 French National Team last year.
Orchies landed Austen Rowland (186-PG-81, agency: Court Side, college: Lehigh) few days ago.



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Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 1st Team 2013
Aleksandar Kostoski
Kostoski
Damjan Stojanovski
Stojanovski
Mohammed Abukar
Abukar
Gjorji Cekovski
Cekovski
Uros Lukovic
Lukovic

Finals MVP: Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of MZT Skopje
Player of the Year: Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) of MZT Skopje
Guard of the Year: Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) of MZT Skopje
Forward of the Year: Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85) of Rabotnicki
Center of the Year: Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo
Domestic Player of the Year: Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) of MZT Skopje
Bosman Player of the Year: Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo
Import Player of the Year: Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85) of Rabotnicki
Defensive Player of the Year: Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo
Coach of the Year: Ales Pipan of MZT Skopje

1st Team
G: Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88) of Kumanovo
SG: Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) of MZT Skopje
F: Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85) of Rabotnicki
PF: Gjorji Cekovski (203-PF-79) of MZT Skopje
C: Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo

2nd Team
G/F: Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89) of Kumanovo
PG: Igor Mijajlovic (193-PG-84) of Kozuv
G/F: Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83) of Kozuv
C/F: Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) of Feni Indistrija
C: Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of MZT Skopje

Honorable Mention
Slobodan Bozovic (207-C/F-79) of Kozuv
Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84) of Kozuv
Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-C/F-79) of Rabotnicki
Corey McIntosh (183-PG-85) of Feni Indistrija
Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88) of Kumanovo
Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80) of Lirija
Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82) of Kozuv
Aleksandar Jevdic (203-C-82) of ABA Strumica
Dragan Kerkez (89) of Vardar

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88) of Kumanovo
SG: Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) of MZT Skopje
G/F: Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89) of Kumanovo
PF: Gjorji Cekovski (203-PF-79) of MZT Skopje
C: Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of MZT Skopje

All-Imports Team
PG: John Sharper (186-PG-84) of Rabotnicki
PG: Corey McIntosh (183-PG-85) of Feni Indistrija
F: Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88) of Kumanovo
F/G: Cade Davis (197-F/G-88) of MZT Skopje
F: Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85) of Rabotnicki

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Igor Mijajlovic (193-PG-84) of Kozuv
G/F: Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80) of Feni Indistrija
G/F: Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83) of Kozuv
C/F: Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-C/F-79) of Rabotnicki
C: Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo



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Stanley Burrell (People See Me As A Scorer, But I Love To Pass The Ball) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Stanley Burrell (191-PG-84) is a 28 year old 190cm point guard from Indianapolis that is playing his first season in Bremerhaven. He played at Xavier from 2004-2008 and in hiss enior year played 37 games: 9.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 39.1%, 3Pts: 39.3%, FT: 82.3%. He played a total of 132 NCAA games. In 2008-2009, he turned professional and played for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1): Adriatic League: 17 games: 9.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 10.5%, FT: 72.2%, left team in Jan.'09, in Feb.'09 moved to Austin Toros (D-League): 23 games: 6.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 76.9%. In 2009-2010, he played for VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium-D1, starting five): 31 games: 10.8ppg, 2.1rpg, Assists-1 (4.6apg), FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 67.4%. In 2010-2011, he played for Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1): EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.0spg; Belgian League: 36 games: 8.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 66.0%. In 2011-2012, he played for Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-PLK, starting five): 39 games: 15.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.8apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 81.9%. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball during the last season.

You were a Beko BBL allstar. How did you like the atmosphere in Nurnberg?

It was really incredible. I was so excited to be there and to be able to represent the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. I hope that I was able to put on a good show.


What international player did you like feeding passes most to in the Beko BBL game?

I was talking with coach Doug Spradley about that. I liked passing the ball to Adam Chubb during the game. He is a very smart and experienced player. I like passing the ball to a big guy that understands the game.


What German player impressed you more during the Allstar game?

I always try to compare myself to a guy at my position. Per Guenther impressed me most. He was the best player that I played against.

Can Jacob Burtschi give you pointers shooting three pointers. What is his biggest strength as a player?

Yes he is a good catch and shoot player. His biggest strength is his energy and hustle play. You can always count on him playing hard on defense.


You have been a very consistent scorer this season. Are you more of a scoring point guard? You have also shown that you can set up your teammates nicely.

I think this confuses people a lot. People see me as a scorer, but I love to pass the ball. I can do both well and I am able to adjust to any situation. I think that I am a versatile player.

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

My passing ability. I led team in scoring last season. I am more a scorer and my passing gets overlooked.


The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven had picked up American Kevin Kruger during the season. What did you like most about his game?

He is a very smart and experienced player. He is also a good catch and shoot player that keeps the defense honest. Often the lane is packed so it is good to have a guy like him that I can pass to.

Jacob Burtschi once told me that you talk with your eyes. Where did you get this fire from?

I try to be the best motivator on the court and inspire my teammates. If it means yelling or giving emotion, I just try to do whatever I can to fire up the players.


What is the most important thing that you have learned from head coach Doug Spradley?

He keeps telling me to find my balance between scoring and passing. I have to know when to pick the moments to score and find the open guy.


How was your childhood in Indianapolis?

I had a great childhood. I was allowed to play all sports, but my mom saw quickly my love for basketball and gave her support.


Did you ever visit French Lick?

I know about the history and that Larry Bird comes from there. I was never there, but only drove by.


What was your sweetest moment of reaching the 2008 NCAA tournament elite 8?

It was just having the thrill of playing in front of thousands and playing against UCLA and NBA guys like Kevin Love, Darren Collison and Russell Westbrook.


What do you remember the most about NBA player Derrick Brown?

I remember his dunks the most. He is so long and athletic. He always made me look good. All that I had to do was put the ball up and he would get it and dunk it.

You played together with New York Knicks forward Chris Copeland in Belgium. Did you know that he would reach the NBA?

No question. His confidence that he had on the floor was amazing in his first season. In the second season, he returned back to Belgium and continued to have that confidence and just killed over there.


You played together with Scott Morrison last season in Poland. Do you gyus ever practice ally-ops.

No we dont really practice ally-ops. I just give him the ball in his comfort zone and let him do his thing.


What were the most ally ops that you made in a row in practice without missing?

Today I made 47 or 48 out of 50 in practice.

What was your most crazy shot that you made in your career?

I had a game winning shot in college and a few in the pros.


How does Jacob Burtschi get you to laugh?

We have more a professional relationship. He jokes around more with Scott Morrison and Keith Waleskowski.


What is your favorite place in Bremerhaven?

I like to go to a restaurant called Lloyds. It has very good food.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Flash point and Crimminel Minds.

Thanks Stanley for the chat.





Guido Grunheid Remains With The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


It seems as Guido Gruenheid (209-F/C-82, agency: LUMANI 10.7) is feeling very comfortable in Quackenbruck as today the club announced a contract extension with the German. The 30 year old who is a 209cm forward/center that is an in-between forward with the height (but not the size) of a 4 and the quickness (but not the ball handling and the shot) of a 3 will play his third season for the 2008 cup winner Artland Dragons. "Guido has been here 2 years and we know him well. He is a very good defender, plays good team basketball and understands his role on the team. He has a lot of expereince and it was clear that we wanted to keep him"; staed Artland Dragons head coach Tyron Mccoy. Gruinheid who has played 38 games for the German national team last season played 36 games averaging 4,0ppg, 3,1rpg and 1,2apg. he also played EuroCup: 6 games: 1.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg.

Source: Artland Dragons




Mark Depta And Johannes Grote Remain With Herten - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B club Herten announced the contract extenstions with Germans Mark Depta (195-F-92) and Johannes Grote (207-C-91). Depta is a 21 year old 195cm forward that will be playing his fifth season with the team. Last season he played three games averaging 1,7ppg. "This club is my home and I feel very comfortable here. I want to develop furtehr after my injury", added Mark Depta. Grote is a 22 year old 207cm center that last season played 13 games for Herten. "I am happy to stay another year with Herten. I think that I can develop even more under the new coach", stressed Grote.


Source: Herten




Marco Buljevic Stays With The ETB Wohnbau Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After getting much experience in the Giessen and Oldenburg systems, but never making his breakthrough, it seems like Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side) has found niche in the German Pro A as he signed a contract extension with teh ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen as he will play his fourth season for them. Last season for Essen the German/Croatian played 30 games averaging 10,8ppg, 2,2rpg and 1,9apg while shooting 31,6% from the parking lot. "I am happy to remain another year in Essen. I feel good in Essen and like to live in Essen and like the fans. One of the reasons for me staying is head coach Igor Krizanovic that gives me alot of trust. Another reason was that practices are always very intense", stated Marco Buljevic. The club also is happy that the 26 year old 197cm guard will remain. " He is one of our most expereinced players after three years, but hasnt used all of his potential yet. His role will chnage a bit this season as he will have more of a role in the playmaking. He has those qualities", stressed Essen head coach IgorKrizanovic

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets





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Linos in the camp, Kalles in the surgery - by Giorgos Diploidis

Nikos Kalles (211-C/F-87) on Tuesday will have a surgery to help him overcome a problem he faces in the kneecap. He is expected to be back in about a month so he will not have trouble taking part in PAOK's pre-season training.

At the same time his teammate Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-SF-92) will participate in the camp of Treviso where the best talents are concentrated because he wants to take part in the NBA draft of the new season, (2013/14).

Finally another player of coach Markopoulos, Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) will have a surgery in his knee which it caused him a lot of troubles this period. The time of his recovery in contrast with Kalles is not known.



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Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 9-1 
 2. Vancouver V. 8-4 
 3. Salem S. 5-5 
 4. Portland C. 4-5 
 5. Nippon T. 1-4 
International
 1. East Bay PB 0-0 
 2. Olympia R. 0-0 
 3. Seattle F. 0-0 
 4. Kitsap A. 0-4 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 24: Bellingham S. - Salem S. 129-112
May. 24: Vancouver V. - Portland C. 128-139
May. 27: Salem S. - Nippon T. 116-103
May. 25: Portland C. - Salem S. 115-124
May. 25: Nippon T. - Vancouver V. 104-137
May. 27: Portland C. - Bellingham S. 104-106

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 31: Salem S. - Vancouver V.
Jun. 1: Portland C. - LoneStar S.
Jun. 1: Nippon T. - Salem S.
Jun. 1: Seattle F. - Bellingham S.
Jun. 2: Nippon T. - Vancouver V.
Jun. 2: Bellingham S. - Kitsap A.
Jun. 2: Portland C. - LoneStar S.



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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. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 4. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.17.9 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.2 
 7. Collins, Guaros17.0 
 8. Calathes, Maccabi16.5 
 9. Smith, Maccabi Hai.16.2 
 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.9.7 
 4. Thomas, Maccabi9.4 
 5. Uter, Maccabi9.4 
 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.5.4 
 3. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.1 
 4. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.0 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi4.7 
 6. Collins, Guaros4.4 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.2 
 8. Bradley, Netanya4.2 
 9. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
 10. Perry, Elizur A.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 2. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 3. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.2 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi2.2 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 6. Smith, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.9 
 8. Jones, Bnei H.1.9 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 10. Simpson, Maccabi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.9 
 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 


Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nes-Ziona 22-4 
 2. Ironi Nahariya 21-5 
 3. Hod Hasharon 18-8 
 4. Ironi Ramat Gan 17-9 
 5. Hapoel Afula 17-9 
 6. Elitzur Yavne 16-10 
 7. Ironi K-A 15-11 
 8. Hapoel Kazrin 11-15 
 9. Macc.B.Yaakov 10-16 
 10. Elitzur Ramla 10-16 
 11. Kiryat Tivon 8-18 
 12. Hapoel K/S 8-18 
 13. Maccabi K/G 5-21 
 14. Maccabi K/B 4-22 


Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi T-A won Semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi T-A - Hapoel J-M 91-73 (1-0)

It looked good early as Hapoel Jerusalem took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maccabi T-A had a 18-13 second period charge getting the lead and Hapoel Jerusalem was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-91. Maccabi T-A dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Jerusalem's 42. Maccabi T-A forced 20 Hapoel Jerusalem turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Josh Duncan (203-86) answered with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international point guard Meir Tapiro (192-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 12 points in the effort for Hapoel Jerusalem. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: L.Eliyahu 22+5reb+5ast, S.James 21+5reb+1ast, D.Smith 14+10reb+4ast, R.Hickman 12+2reb+7ast, Y.Ohayon 10+3reb+4ast, S.Landesberg 8+2reb
Hapoel J-M: J.Duncan 15+6reb+5ast, R.Steele 13+2reb+2ast, M.Tapiro 12+3reb+2ast, S.Samuels 10+2reb+1ast, C.Fells 10+2reb+4ast, E.Kadir 8+1reb
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Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Eilat 87-75 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Haifa. Hapoel Eilat managed to win second period 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hapoel Eilat 48-32 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maccabi Haifa looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. American forward Jerome Tillman (198-87, college: Ohio, agency: KMG Sports Management) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Afik Nissim (186-81) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: D.Smith 19+6reb+7ast, P.Calathes 17+11reb+5ast, G.Mekel 17+5reb+6ast, P.Stoll 12+4reb+4ast, J.Thomas 10+15reb, C.Colman 5+1reb
Hapoel Eilat: A.Nissim 16+2reb+1ast, E.Holman 15+4reb, S.Hopson 12+2reb+3ast, L.O'Bannon 11+4reb+4ast, J.Tillman 10+11reb, T.Younger 7+8reb
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Hod Hasharon tied National League Finals - by Netanel Dahan




Hod Hasharon - Ironi Nes-Ziona 90-77 (1-1)

Hod Hasharon tied National League Finals at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Hod Hasharon. Ironi Nes-Ziona managed to win fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ironi Nes-Ziona 40-28 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hod Hasharon looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Eran Asante Asare (194-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Hod Hasharon's coach Roy Hagai used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tal Karpels (195-90) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures.

Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 19+6reb+1ast, E.Asante Asare 18+11reb+6ast, B.Walker 15+5reb+5ast, O.Hover 9+5reb, G.Dotan 9+3reb+9ast, I.Stolero 8+2reb+2ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Karpels 17+5reb+3ast, T.Michael Dunne 15+5reb+5ast, R.Zehavian 13+4reb+1ast, G.Amitay 11+4reb+2ast, E.Engel 9+2reb+2ast, B.Benn 4+5reb+1ast


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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi17.3 
 4. Datome, Acea V.17.3 
 5. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.5 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 5. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.5 
 7. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Bourousis, EA7 A.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA6.0 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.9 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 9. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 10. Shakur, Erie Bay3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  PGE T.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 6. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 8. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. James, Poitiers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.6 
 3. Lawal, Acea V.1.5 
 4. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 8. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 
 10. Cusin, Cantu1.0 


DNB Semifinals - by Armando Caporaso

With the games of yesterday are official the 6 teams, 2 for group, that will play in the finals to obtain a spot for the next season in Lega2 Silver (new format that will take the place of the current DNA).

Group A

Controlgom Monticelli Brusati vs Orsi Derthona Tortona 2-0 (75-72, 68-62)
The Controlgom is the first finalist in the group thanks 2 victory against Tortona. In game 1 the hosts comeback in the second half thanks 20 pts of Bertolini Luca and 18 pts for Rodriguez Yancarlos that add 4 stl. Good game also for Rodolfo Rombaldoni (193-G-77, agency: Players Group) with 10 pts, 4 stl and 5 ass while for the opponents not enough 2 great performances of Quaroni Mauro (25 pts + 8 reb but 10/23 total at shoot) and Giuliano Samoggia (200-F/C-83) that closed with the double-double (22 pts + 12 reb). In the game 2 is decisive the last quarter, 22-15 for the visitors, that reaches the final thanks 4 players in double digit (Rombaldoni top scorer with 15 pts, 12 pts + 8 reb for the Argentinian Masieri Luciano) while for the Orsi Derthona in this last game of the season 24 pts of Degrada Stefano and 21 pts for Samoggia. Fo the others just 3 pts of Quaroni (but 6 ass) and 9 reb of Pavone Maurizio.

ABC Utensili Varese vs LTC Sangiorgese Bk 1-2 (82-88, 68-64, 63-71)
In a series with all away wins is the Sangiorgese that surprising and eliminates Varese reaching Monticelli Brusati in final. Daniele Mario Benzoni (196-F-80) is the MVP of the 3 games closing the series with 19.3 ppg (24, 17 and 17 again) adding also 14 reb in the decisive third match but important was also the cotribute of Sebastiano Bianchi (195-F-92) with 14.7 ppg and 11.3 rpg, always in double-double (10+12, 21+12 and 13+10). For the ABC Utensili 24 pts of Filippo Rovera (190-G/F-86) and 9 ass for Realini Maurizio in game 1 (loses with a bad partial in the last quarter) and 24 pts of Luca Matteucci (200-G/F-85) in the victory at PalaBorsani in game 2. In the decisive game not enough another good game of Matteucci and Rovera (rispectively 19 and 16 pts) against the 4 players in double digit of the visitors that close the match after a perfect partial in the second quarter (21-8 and 34-23 after 20 minutes).

Group B

Affrico Basket Firenze vs Consum.it Virtus Siena 2-0 (81-67, 79-76)
In the Tuscan derby Firenze gets the better of the Virtus Siena and became the first finalist in the group B. In the first game the victory is net with the Enegan Affrico that has 6 player in dobule digit and 94 of ranking against the 59 of the visitors. Mattia Udom (202-G/F-93) is the MVP with an amazing performance (20 pts + 13 reb) but good things are arrived also by Paparella Emiliano (11 pts + 8 reb) and Fontani Cosimo (13 pts). For the Consum.it the top scorer was Andrea Colli (203-F-88, agency: Players Group) with 17 pts, 12 reb and 4 stl, for the other 16 pts of Imbro Gerlando and 15 pts with 9 reb for Thomas De Min (203-F-86). Game 2 is more balanced but Firenze wins at PalaEstra leading again by Udom (on loan from the Montepaschi) with 20 pts and 14 reb and Fattori Giovanni that closes with 21 pts and 9 reb. For the hosts not enough the 26 pts of Filippo Alessandri (190-G-89) and the double-double of Colli and De Min.

Acmar Ravenna vs Tramec Riduttori Cento 2-1 (85-64, 70-82, 83-66)
Ravenna is the second finalst thanks the victory obtained yesterday against Cento in the decisive game 3 of the series. After the first 2 quarter the Acmar had already close the game (50-34 the partial) and the Tramec has had to surrender after the great exploit in the previous game. In the first match Ravenna had dominated with 19 pts of Eugenio Rivali (178-PG-86, agency: Two Points) with 7 ass, 17 pts of Amoni Francesco with 10 reb and 16 pts for Luca Bedetti (193-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) while Simone Di Trani (185-G-83) was one of the few to escape from the debalce with 20 pts. In the game 2 at Palasport Benedetto XIV Cento had played a great last partial (29-16) led by another good offensive performance of Di Trani (25 pts and + 4 stl) and other 4 players in double digit (17 pts for Rorato Marco, the second top scorer of the team) while for the visitors the MVP it's been Giorgio Broglia (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances) that, starting from the bench, closed the game with 17 pts and 9 reb with 28 of ranking in 29 minutes (top scorer however was Luca Bedetti with 19 pts). In the decisive game bad performance of Di Trani with just 4 pts after the 2 great previous games, not enough the 20 pts of Bona Marco against the 5 man in double digit of the winners (double-double of Cicognani Giacomo and 15 pts of the couple Bedetti-Penserini Giovanni).

Group C

Madogas Natural Energy BNB vs Autosoft Scauri 2-0 (83-67, 75-67)
The Basket Nord Barese is the first finalist thanks the perfect 2-0 against Scauri reached without big problems, expecially in the first game of the series where the hosts was already 46-27 after the first half closing the match with 5 players in double digit and 104 of ranking. Giancarlo Palombita (188-G-79) it's been the top scorer with 19 pts adding also 4 stl while for the Autosoft there are 17 pts of Torboli Lorenzo. In the second game, played at Palasport C. Borrelli fo Scauri, the Madogas its' been almost always ahead in the score despite the attempts to take the series at the decisive game 3 of the hosts led by Iannone Armando with 16 pts and Serino Davide that scores 11 pts and catches 9 reb. For the future finalists the top scorer is Zaccariello Leonardo with 15 pts but the title of MVP was assigned to the double-double of Andrea Ancellotti (212-C-88) that closed the match with 13 pts and 11 reb.

Mec-Energy Roseto vs Lighthouse Trapani 2-1 (71-65, 54-60, 71-63)
In the other series of the group, probably one of the most exciting of this semifinals, Roseto take the ticket for the final winning the last decisive game at Pala Maggetti. The series starts with a victory for the Mec-Energy but the Lighthouse wins his home game thanks the 16 pts of Davide Virgilio (180-PG-72)/Nelson Rizzitiello (198-G/F-84) and the good game of the ex Milano Luca Ianes (203-F/C-80) with 11 pts and 9 reb despite the comeback attempt of the visitors led by the 16 pts of the Argentinian guard Nicolas Stanic (180-PG-84, agency: Players Group) and the 12 pts of Petrucci Niccolo. In the last match played own yesterday Arcangelo Leo (203-C-81) it's been decisive with 20 pts and 11 reb helped by the 15 pts of the expert center Christian DiGiuliomaria (209-C/F-79) (a little experience also in Switzerland this season), the 12 pts of Francesco Amoroso (203-F-78) and 9 pts of Stanic with 6 ass. Rizzitiello tried to bring his team to the victory (expecially in the good second quarter of Trapani) with 17 pts but, with the also the good performances of Ianes (14 pts + 11 reb) and Luca Tardito (202-F-89, agency: Players Group) (from the bench 8 pts, 11 reb and 4 ass), it was not enough to reach the final.



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Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League Awards 2013 - by Dren Shporta

Eurobasket.com All-Kosovo League 1st Team 2013
Samir Shaptahovic
Shaptahovic
Dardan Berisha
Berisha
Granit Rugova
Rugova
Gerti Shima
Shima
Fisnik Rugova
Rugova

Finals MVP: Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88) of Peja
Player of the Year: Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88) of Peja
Guard of the Year: Samir Shaptahovic (174-PG-81) of Peja
Forward of the Year: Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) of Peja
Center of the Year: Fisnik Rugova (206-G/F-89) of Sigal Prishtina
Domestic Player of the Year: Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88) of Peja
Import Player of the Year: Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82) of Sigal Prishtina
Young Player of the Year: Arian Memeti (197-C-95) of Drita
Coach of the Year: Rudolf Jugo of Peja

1st Team
PG: Samir Shaptahovic (174-PG-81) of Peja
SG: Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88) of Peja
F: Granit Rugova (196-F-86) of Sigal Prishtina
PF: Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) of Peja
G/F: Fisnik Rugova (206-G/F-89) of Sigal Prishtina

2nd Team
G: Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85) of Bashkimi
F: Alban Veseli (200-F-90) of Peja
G: Kendrick Jones (190-G-83) of RTV 21
F: Drilon Hajrizi (203-F-91) of Trepca
F: Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82) of Sigal Prishtina

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Samir Shaptahovic (174-PG-81) of Peja
SG: Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88) of Peja
F: Granit Rugova (196-F-86) of Sigal Prishtina
F: Drilon Hajrizi (203-F-91) of Trepca
G/F: Fisnik Rugova (206-G/F-89) of Sigal Prishtina

All-Imports Team
G: Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85) of Bashkimi
G: Kendrick Jones (190-G-83) of RTV 21
PF: Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) of Peja
F/C: Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C-87) of Gotha
F: Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82) of Sigal Prishtina



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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. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.6 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.6 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera15.4 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 8. Diggs, Barons k.14.3 
 9. Apsitis, Turiba14.2 
 10. Rowland, VEF Riga14.0 
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. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 6. Cavars, Valmiera7.6 
 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: 6.5
 1. Rowland, VEF Riga6.5 
 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. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 9. Sokolovs, Turiba3.1 
 10. Coders, Jurmala3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  VEF Riga
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rowland, VEF Riga2.0 
 2. Strelnieks, VEF R.1.9 
 3. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 4. Peiners, LU1.8 
 5. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.7 
 6. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.7 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 9. Cain, Barons k.1.5 
 10. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
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. Daniels, VEF Riga1.1 
 4. Meiers, Ventspils1.0 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.9 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 7. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 8. Berzins, VEF Riga0.8 
 9. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 10. Ziedins, Valmiera0.8 


VEF Riga claim third LBL title in a row - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Ventspils 100:81

VEF Riga earned the third consecutive LBL title. They knocked down Ventspils in the fifth game of the title series to win it 4-1. Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 19 points to pace VEF Riga to the victory.
VEF Riga stormed into the game. The defending champions fired 33 points in the opening quarter to take a 10-point lead. Ventspils slowed the hosts down a bit in the second frame. But the visitors could not get any closer. VEF Riga maintained the advantage and posted a 52:42 halftime lead. VEF Riga exploded with 27 points in the third term to boost their lead. The hosts arrived at the final intermission up by 16 points 79:63. VEF Riga kept Ventspils at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and sealed the win at the end. Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) posted 18 points, while Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) and Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) provided 16 points each for the winners. Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) responded with 15 points for Ventspils. Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88) had 14 points in the loss.

VEF Riga: Will Daniels 19, Dairis Bertans 18, Earl Rowland 16, Kristaps Janicenoks 16
Ventspils: Folarin Campbell 15, Arturs Berzins 14



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 33.9
 1. Emmett, Amchit33.9 
 2. Blair, Hoops27.3 
 3. Harper, Sagesse26.4 
 4. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville26.1 
 6. Spencer, Al Riyadi24.5 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos23.8 
 8. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 9. Williams, Bejjeh23.1 
 10. Sims, Sagesse22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Fraser, Byblos16.9 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.7 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.10.9 
 5. Hill, Amchit10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.4 
 7. Khazzouh, Sagesse9.2 
 8. Perry, Hoops9.1 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi8.9 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Blair, Hoops6.6 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh6.5 
 3. Akl, Sagesse6.3 
 4. Chatfield, Mouta.6.3 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.6 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos5.0 
 8. Khatib, Champville4.9 
 9. Khoury, Amchit4.8 
 10. Fahed, Moutahed4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, Hoops3.2 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.3 
 3. Emmett, Amchit2.1 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos2.0 
 5. Harper, Sagesse1.9 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.9 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 9. Spencer, Al Riyadi1.6 
 10. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 2. Hill, Amchit2.5 
 3. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.6 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.5 
 5. Fraser, Byblos1.4 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.1 
 8. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 9. Vogel, Al Riyadi0.8 
 10. Freije, Amchit0.8 



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Antanas Kavaliauskas and Donatas Zavackas earned Latvian title - by Eurobasket News

Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) and Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) earned Latvian title with their VEF Riga. The latter earned the third consecutive LBL title. They knocked down Ventspils in the fifth game of the title series to win it 4-1. Will Daniels scored 19 points to pace VEF Riga to the victory.
VEF Riga stormed into the game. The defending champions fired 33 points in the opening quarter to take a 10-point lead. Ventspils slowed the hosts down a bit in the second frame. But the visitors could not get any closer. VEF Riga maintained the advantage and posted a 52:42 halftime lead. VEF Riga exploded with 27 points in the third term to boost their lead. The hosts arrived at the final intermission up by 16 points 79:63. VEF Riga kept Ventspils at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and sealed the win at the end. Dairis Bertans posted 18 points, while Earl Rowland and Kristaps Janicenoks provided 16 points each for the winners. Folarin Campbell responded with 15 points for Ventspils. Arturs Berzins had 14 points in the loss.
Antanas Kavaliauskas averaged 10.7 points per game in Latvia, while Donatas Zavackas had 9.7 points per game.



VTB League: Lokomotiv beat visiting Zalgiris in Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - Zalgiris 82:72

Lokomotiv beat visiting Zalgiris in Game 3 of the series. The Russian side took 2-1 lead after an 82:72 win.
The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 40-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lokomotiv forced 21 Zalgiris turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Lokomotiv especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was Nick Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 assists. Lithuanian Simas Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) who recorded 24 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) and Oliver Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) added 9 points and 7 assists respectively. Zalgiris' coach Joan Plaza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Game 3 is scheduled for tomorrow, May 28th in Krasnodar.

Lokomotiv: Nick Calathes 20+12asts, Simas Jasaitis 18, Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) 14, Valery Likhodey (205-F-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) 12, Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) 9
Zalgiris: Ksistof Lavrinovic 24, Oliver Lafayette 9, Popovic 8



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Montenegrin Boris Bakic wins the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Montenegrin Boris Bakic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) wins the title abroad with his Skopje in FYR Macedonia. His team earned the fourth straight win over Kozuv and swept the Prva Liga title series. MZT Skopje thus defended their title to remain the leading force in the Macedonian basketball. Damjan Stojanovski nailed 21 points to pace MZT Skopje to the decisive victory.
Kozuv managed to take a narrow 19:15 lead at the first break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the intense second frame. Kozuv arrived at halftime up by 3 points 43:40. The hosts went out of the dressing room ready for a fierce fight. They held MZT Skopje to just 13 points in the third period to boost the lead to 8 points at the final intermission 61:53. But MZT Skopje had an answer in store. The visitors poured in improbable 40 points in the final quarter to steal an impressive win at the end. Boris Bakic provided 18 points, while Gjorji Cekovski added 17 points and 7 boards for the winners and Nikola Otasevic scored 6 points. Slobodan Bozovic answered with 24 points for Kozuv. Miladin Pekovic dropped 22 points in the losing effort.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Parker, San A.20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Horford, Atlanta H.10.1 
 10. Chandler, New Y.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.5 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 9. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 10. George, Indiana P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Island Falls native Steve Clifford named Bobcats head coach - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford , a native of Island Falls, has been hired as the Charlotte Bobcats new head coach, multiple media outlets reported Monday. Clifford replaces Mike Dunlap , who was fired in April after one season as Charlottes head coach. Clifford agreed to a two-year contract with a team option for a third year. Clifford will receive $6 million, if he is there all three years. This is the first head coaching job for Clifford, who last season was on the Lakers staff after coaching for five seasons under Stan Van Gundy with the Orlando Magic. He had also worked for Jeff van Gundy with the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets. Former Phoenix Suns assistant Elston Turner , former Los Angeles Clippers and Suns coach Alvin Gentry and former Lakers assistant and Duke player Quin Snyder were also candidates for the job. The Bobcats went 21-61 under Dunlap, finishing with the second-worst record in the NBA, ahead of only the Orlando Magic. Clifford is the son of Gerald Clifford, a Wytopitlock native who cut his coaching teeth at now defunct Mattawamkeag High before becoming a fixture at North Country Union High in Derby Line, Vt. Steve played for his father before returning to his native state to play at the University of Maine at Farmington. After graduating from UMF in 1983, Clifford took his first teaching and coaching job at Woodland High School, where he guided the Dragons to a pair of tournament berths in two seasons. Clifford moved from Woodland into the college coaching ranks, first at Division II Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., initially as a volunteer under current Cheverus of Portland coach Bob Brown. After four years at Saint Anselm, Clifford moved up to Division I Fairfield University in Connecticut before rejoining Brown at Boston University. Clifford stayed at BU for four years, then went to Siena College in upstate New York for a year before landing his first college head coaching job at Adelphi University on Long Island in Garden City, N.Y. There he compiled an 86-36 record, guiding Adelphi to four appearances in the NCAA Div. II national tournament and becoming the first coach in school history with four straight 20-win seasons.
Courtesy of: bangordailynews.com



Tony Parker and Spurs sweep Grizzlies to reach NBA Finals - by Eurobasket News

Memphis G. - San Antonio S. 86-93
The San Antonio Spurs are back in the NBA Finals for the first time since they won their last championship back in 2007, and this trip feels even more special for a team counted out as too old to contend anymore. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) scored 37 points in his best game this postseason, and the San Antonio Spurs finished off a sweep Monday night of the Memphis Grizzlies with a 93-86 win on Monday night in the Western Conference final. 'It's a great feeling,' Parker said as he sat with the Western Conference trophy perched in front of him. 'Since last year, I promised Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) we would go back to the Finals and get an opportunity to win the whole thing and trying to do my best to be aggressive every night. I think everybody on the team, we really want to do it for him. We win the West and now one more step. It's the hardest one.' The Spurs now have won six straight in these playoffs, handing two straight losses to a team that had been undefeated on their own court in their best postseason in franchise history. Memphis finished off its best season ever swept by the very same franchise that needed four games to knock them out of their first playoff appearance back in 2004. Parker had his best game this postseason as he hit 15 of 21 and all six at the free throw line earning the Spurs and Duncan plenty of rest before Game 1 of the Finals on June 6. 'He's been amazing,' Duncan said of Parker. 'Every year he gets better and better and better. He's been carrying us. You can see tonight he carried us the entire game." Duncan hugged Manu Ginobili before heading off the court, celebrating the chance at a title that slipped away a year ago when the Spurs blew a 2-0 lead to Oklahoma City losing four straight. The 37-year-old Duncan finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Kawhi Leonard added 11. 'We want to get back there,' Duncan said of making the finals. 'We've had some really close years where we fell right on the verge of getting back. It feels like forever since we've been there.' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the fact they are back in the finals after a six-year drought likely won't really sink in for a bit, though he already felt pretty good. 'You don't expect that to happen maybe this late in the game with the same group,' Popovich said. 'It's tough to do with the same group. It's tough to do, to maintain something that long. It just shows the character of those three guys and the ability to play with whoever else is brought in around them. They deserve a lot of credit for that.' Memphis coach Lionel Hollins had talked about how his Grizzlies needed to dig deep for something they didn't know they had to take the first step back into this series. But they couldn't outshoot the Spurs and got beaten once again at their own inside game. The Spurs shot 51.3 percent (39 of 76) from the floor and outscored Memphis 52-32 in the paint, even though the Grizzlies had a 41-34 edge on the boards. Memphis led only briefly and the last at 6-4 as the Spurs took control early. Memphis stayed close only by getting to the free throw line, making more shots there (17 of 24) than San Antonio took (12 of 13). The Grizzlies also got a career-high 22 points from reserve Quincy Pondexter (6'6''-F-88, college: Washington), 18 of those in the second half. Pondexter was the only player from Memphis to shoot over .500. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) finished with 13, continuing his struggles at the line where he was 5 of 8, and Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) had 14. 'We learned that winning isn't easy and winning championships is one of the hardest things you can possibly do,' Pondexter said. 'I think our guys really dug deep to get as far as we did, and San Antonio's a tremendous team. We're going to take a couple pages out of their book.' Duncan had taken care of the Grizzlies scoring the big points in overtime in each of the last two games. Parker took over this time as he hit 14 of his first 18 shots, and he hit the biggest shot with 9:15 left when he knocked down his lone 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of both Tony Allen and Randolph after Memphis gotten within 76-73 with fans sensing the most life out of the Grizzlies all night long. Parker and Duncan took turns making buckets before Parker got hit in the eye by Gasol's outstretched hand after missing a shot. When Parker returned with 4:43 left, Gasol went over to him and Parker told him he was fine. Parker then hit a jumper with 4:13 remaining for an 89-81 lead. The Grizzlies made one last run and got within three one last time when Gasol scored on a runner in the lane with 48.7 seconds left at 89-86. But Parker hit four free throws in the final 29.7 seconds to seal the victory for San Antonio and its first Western Conference title since the Spurs' last NBA title in 2007. The Spurs made it impossible for Memphis to get off to a quick start as they had more points in the paint (16) than the Grizzlies scored in the first quarter as San Antonio went up 24-14 shooting 52.4 percent (11 of 21). The Spurs cooled off a bit in the second quarter, missing six of seven shots in a stretch. Memphis got into the bonus early, and the Grizzlies used the free throw line to keep San Antonio from doubling up its lead by hitting 8 of 10 at the line. Even Randolph, who has struggled mightily at the line in this series, breathed a sigh of a relief when his first attempt went down, and he knocked down two straight. The Grizzlies also got a couple 3s from Bayless, the second after Memphis got its best break of the first half when officials called a 5-second call on the Spurs inbounding the ball. Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) missed his would-be buzzer beater, leaving the Spurs up just 44-38. Gasol's frustration spilled over in the third quarter as he headed to the bench for a timeout when he smacked the press table with both hands. He also went to his knees when officials blew their whistles after he rebounded a miss. But Pondexter, who missed 23 games to a sprained left knee suffered Dec. 29 against Denver, kept the Grizzlies close almost singlehandedly as he scored 12 points in the third. Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com



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Katin Reinhardt is leaving UNLV - by Eurobasket News

Katin Reinhardt (6'5''-G-93) is leaving UNLV after one year because he's frustrated with his role, despite the fact that his role allowed him to shoot 324 times this season, which ranked second on the team behind only future NBA lottery pick Anthony Bennett (6'8''-F-93). Reinhardt averaged 10.1 points in 29.2 minutes per game this season while helping UNLV make the NCAA tournament. He's expected to transfer to a Pac-12 school. USC is among the possible destinations, a source told CBSSports.com. This development will leave UNLV without six of its top eight scorers from last season. Bryce Dejean-Jones and Khem Birch are the only regulars returning.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. OceanaGold N. 8-1 
 2. Wellington S. 7-2 
 3. Nelson G. 6-2 
 4. Hub Jets 5-2 
 5. Southland S. 5-3 
 6. Taranaki MA 3-7 
 7. HBS Bank Hawks 2-6 
 8. Super City R. 1-7 
 9. Waikato P. 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 28: Wellington S. - OceanaGold N. 102-93
May. 30: Waikato P. - OceanaGold N.
May. 31: Hub Jets - Nelson G.
Jun. 1: HBS Bank Hawks - Wellington S.
Jun. 2: Super City R. - Nelson G.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  OceanaGo.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.22.6 
 2. Pace, Nelson G.22.4 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.21.1 
 4. Tait, Wellington S.21.0 
 5. Atkinson, Waika.20.3 
 6. Conklin, Southland20.3 
 7. Warren, Wellington19.2 
 8. Hagan, Hub Jets19.1 
 9. Braswell, Southlan.19.0 
 10. Maxey, Nelson G.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets14.6 
 2. Atkinson, Waika.13.9 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.6 
 4. Conklin, Southland9.4 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.8 
 6. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.6 
 7. Bailey, Super C.8.4 
 8. Pace, Nelson G.8.3 
 9. Maxey, Nelson G.8.0 
 10. Greene, HBS B.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Tait, Wellington S.8.6 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.7 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets7.0 
 4. Buck, Super City R.5.4 
 5. Leasure, Taranaki.5.3 
 6. Martin, Southlan.4.1 
 7. Webster, Waika.3.9 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.3.9 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.8 
 10. Ruscoe, Nelson G.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris HAGAN
  Hub Jets
  (181-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Hagan, Hub Jets3.3 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.3.1 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.3.0 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.2.7 
 5. Martin, Southlan.2.5 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.2.3 
 7. Wright, OceanaGo.2.2 
 8. Ruscoe, Nelson G.2.1 
 9. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.1 
 10. O''Riley, Super C.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.1 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.1 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.2.0 
 4. Frank, Wellington1.9 
 5. Horvath, Hub Jets1.6 
 6. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.6 
 7. Greene, HBS B.1.0 
 8. Wright, OceanaGo.1.0 
 9. Prewster, HBS B.0.9 
 10. Markson, Wellingt.0.9 


Season over for Natanahira - by Hugh McAuliffe

Southland's all-important National Basketball League win over Hawke's Bay on Saturday night may have come at a cost.

While the Zero Fees-sponsored Sharks were delighted with the impressive 94-73 win, the dark cloud hovering over that victory was yet another knee injury to youngster Morgan Natanahira (198-F/G-91).

The Breakers development player, who is in his first year with the Sharks, has had knee troubles in the past but has worked hard to get them right and get back into the playing lineup.

However, on Saturday night while defending in the first quarter, he took a fall, injuring his troublesome knee, which has put him in doubt for the remainder of the Sharks campaign.

Ironically Natanahira went into Saturday night's game as a doubtful starter because of a shoulder injury but still fronted, playing 4 minutes and 32 seconds, before being helped from the court.

Coach Paul Henare said it was disappointing for the young player, who he said had worked very hard. "It's early days, he's got to have a MRI scan to see really what's going on. Hopefully it's not too bad," Henare said.

"But it's an opportunity for different guys to step up. Leon [Henry] is obviously going to have to shoulder a bit of the load at the four spot.

"James Paringatai, who's had limited minutes this year, I thought in the first half he came in and gave us a really great start, he made some good plays for us and we're going to need him to keep doing that."



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DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conference
1. Union Bank 8-2
2. Oluyole W. 7-3
3. D.Warriors 6-4
4. Islanders 5-5
5. Royal Hoopers 4-6
6. Comets 4-6
7. Customs 3-7
8. Police Baton 3-7
Savannah Conference
1. Kano Pillars 10-0
2. Plateau Peaks 8-2
3. Mark Mentors 7-3
4. Niger Potters 6-4
5. Bauchi Nets 4-6
6. Immigration 2-8
7. Kada Stars 2-8
8. Yelwa Hawks 1-9

Regular Season: Round 10

Atlantic

May. 25: Oluyole W. - D.Warriors 86-77
May. 26: Oluyole W. - D.Warriors 65-70
May. 25: Police Baton - Union Bank 61-73
May. 25: Islanders - Comets 58-60
May. 25: Customs - Royal Hoopers 47-67

Savannah

May. 26: Plateau Peaks - Bauchi Nets 98-93
May. 25: Plateau Peaks - Bauchi Nets 93-65
May. 26: Mark Mentors - Kano Pillars 84-85
May. 25: Mark Mentors - Kano Pillars 79-88
May. 25: Immigration - Yelwa Hawks 60-40
May. 26: Immigration - Yelwa Hawks 59-61
May. 26: Kada Stars - Niger Potters 58-75
May. 27: Kada Stars - Niger Potters 48-65

Regular Season: Round 11

Atlantic

May. 31: D.Warriors - Islanders
May. 31: Customs - Police Baton
Jun. 1: D.Warriors - Islanders
Jun. 1: Customs - Police Baton
Jun. 1: Comets - Oluyole W.

Savannah

Jun. 1: Yelwa Hawks - Kada Stars
Jun. 1: Plateau Peaks - Kano Pillars
Jun. 1: Bauchi Nets - Mark Mentors
Jun. 1: Niger Potters - Immigration


CIV 2013 Afrobasket: Nigeria open camp with 12 local players - by Olusegun Ikuesan

..... Reappoint Bakare, Nnaji Head Coach

The Nigeria Basketball Federation at the weekend announced the commencement of the it training camp comprising twelve home-based players drawn from clubs in the DStv premier league for the 27th edition of the continent most prestigious basketball competition; the African Cupf of Nations for Men tagged Afrobasket for slated for Abidjan Cote dIvoire from August 20 through August 31 this year.

The camp which open on Sunday in Abuja will be supervised by Nigeria London 2012 Olympic Games head coach Ayo Bakare who was reappointed by the NBBF to help tinker the team he led to a third place finish at the 26th edition of Afrobasket held in Antananarivo, Madagascar and also led the Nigerian side to book it first Olympic Games ticket in Caracas Venezuela against all odds.

Coach Bakare who has coached Nigeria to five of the six times the FIBA Africa Zone-III country has made to the podium will be assisted by the quartet of Coaches Sani Ahmed, FIBA Africa Hall of Famer Ayinla Johnson, Ogoh Odaudu and Abdulrahman Mohammed have been chared by the federation to ensure that the home-based players are given equal opportunities as their foreign based counterpart.

In the same vein the Tijjani Umar led Nigeria federation has also ratify the appointment of two-time Afrobasket for women winner Coach Scott Nnaji as head coach of the women national team.

Coach Nnaji won the Afrobasket with the Nigeria women team in 2003 in Maputo Mozambique and 2005 in Abuja Nigeria, the Customs-man was also at the Beijing 2004 Olympic Games and 2006 FIBA World Championship.

Coach Nnaji will be assisted by the trio of Adewumi Aderemi who was also an assistant coach of the gold winning women national team in 2003 and 2005, Lateef Erinfolami and Emmanuel Odah.

According to the NBBF the women team will open it camping after the May 31 draw of the Maputo 2013 Afrobasket for women.

The twelve local players who has since arrive the Abuja camp for the men championship includes Abubakar Usman of Kano Pillars basketball club and his teammate Mattew Onmonya; the trio of Stanley Gumut, Michael Ohiero and Andulwahab Yahaya of Mark Mentors basketball club of Abuja; Mohammed Baba Shehu of Niger Potters basketball of Minna; Victor James Ugo and Nkem Ojougboh from Comets basketball club of Lagos; Azuoma Dike of Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos; Louis Edem Ekpeyong of Union Bank basketball club of Lagos; Kayode Balogun of Islanders basketball club of Lagos and Victor Atisele of Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt.

The five-day camping exercise which is the first phase in series of Nigeria preparation for the biennial continental championship will end on Thursday.

Nigeria ranked second behind Africas most successful team Angola has not won the Cup of Nations in her fifteen participations but has finished second thrice (Dakar 1997, Luanda 1999 and Alexandra 2003) and came third three times (Algiers 1995, 2005 and Antananarivo 2011).
Stanley Gumut (197-F-86)



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Canberra to host 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships - by Eurobasket News

Canberra will host the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships between Australia and New Zealand this August ahead of 17th FIBA Basketball World Cup to be held in Spain and Turkey next year. The double header to take place in the nations capital as part of Canberras Centenary will feature the Australian Boomers and Jayco Australian Opals taking on the New Zealand Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns. The two-game series will tip off in Auckland on Wednesday August 14, before arriving in Canberra at the AIS Arena on Sunday August 18. Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally said Canberra fast becoming a mecca for basketball in Australia would be a fitting host for the FIBA Oceania Championships, one of the biggest tournaments on the high performance calendar. Canberra is one of Australias strongest sporting hubs, housing our elite program at the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence at the AIS and boasting such fierce teams in the Canberra Capitals and Canberra Gunners, Ms Keneally said. It is only fitting that the proud basketball community in our nations capital should showcase these championships at the world class AIS Arena as the Boomers and Opals tip-off their campaign toward the 2013 World Cup. ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism and Events Andrew Barr said that the traditional rivalry between Australia and New Zealand in all sports made the Oceania series a great addition to the Centenary sporting calendar that Canberrans have been able to enjoy this year. As with many of the sporting events we have witnessed this year, the Oceania Qualifying Series is yet another top class international event as part of the Centenary Celebrations and Im sure that tickets will sell fast, particularly as it is a double-header and a rare opportunity to see the cream of both our mens and womens teams playing at the same venue, Mr Barr said. I encourage all those keen to be part of this unique opportunity to get your tickets early as there is no doubt that these games will be a sell-out. Basketball ACT Chief Executive Officer Tony Jackson said ACT Basketball were proud to be presenting partners of the Oceania qualifier on the back of a solid reputation for presenting top class events in the nations sports loving capital. Basketball ACT operates twelve months, seven days a year, from running community events to the housing of the Canberra Gunners in the SEABL and the Capitals in the WNBL, so to have the Oceania qualifier in such a big year for Canberra is a cherry on top, Mr Jackson said. We are excited to be a major part of bringing the Opals and Boomers here to our ever growing basketball community and were confident our major event experience will ensure a show worthy of a world cup qualifier. The Boomers have automatically qualified for the 2014 World Cup with Australia and New Zealand taking the two places on offer; however, seedings and group placements will be decided at the mens qualifier. The Jayco Opals must win the two-test event to qualify, as only one place is on offer in the Oceania Qualifier for women.
Courtesy of: basketball.net.au



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2013 ASEAN Basketball League Playoffs Roundup: May 24-26, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

Indonesia protected its homecourt against a game Malaysia squad, while the Beermen avenged a Game 1 shocker by blowing the Slammers out of the PhilSports Arena in this past weekends 2013 ABL Playoff action.

Stanley Pringle is certainly back for the Indonesia Warriors, and he has been doing what he does best carve defenses apart and make a beeline to the basket. In the first two games of Indonesias Playoff match-up with the Malaysia Dragons, Pringle has averaged 21.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg, and 1.0spg while shooting close to 52% from the field. He was the main scoring option in the Indons title romp last year, and it seems he has settled into that role once again this postseason. John Smith and Mario Wuysang helped him out in Game 1 with a combined 31 points, while Steven Thomas and Chris Daniels paired up for 23 points and 26 rebounds in Game 2. The Dragons have been competitive, however, leaning on the dynamic duo of Justin Melton and Gavin Edwards. Melton and Edwards have normed 23.5ppg and 15.5ppg respectively in the series first two games. Malaysia has to win Game 3 to avoid a sweep and then snatch Game 4 to send the series back to Jakarta for the decider.

In the other Playoff match-up, the San Miguel Beermen redeemed themselves from the improbable Game 1 upset by thoroughly outclassing the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers in Game 2. The Pinoys shot better than 50% from the field, including 8-of-16 from three-point land, won the rebounding battle 43-32, and did a better job distributing the basketball 24 assists to just 12 for Thailand. Local players Jeric Fortuna, Chris Banchero, Val Acua, and Leo Avenido all scored at least 12 points to lead SMBs unabated dominance. Their backs are against the wall, though, as Games 3 & 4 will be played in Thailand. The Slammers will definitely be buoyed by their boisterous hometown crowd, and they would do well to maximize that in the hopes of upsetting the Beermen once more. If SMB manages to win at least one game in Thailand and send the game back to Manila, then the Thais might be staring at a lost cause.

Game Recaps:
INDONESIA WARRIORS over WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS, 72-63
The Indonesia Warriors started their AirAsia 2013 ABL playoffs campaign with a comfortable 72-63 win over the Westports Malaysia Dragons in front of their home fans at Mahaka Square, Indonesia. With this win, the Warriors take a 1-0 lead in this best-of-five series.
Stanley Pringle led all scoring with 21 points, John Smith finished with 17 points and Mario Wuysang added 14 points to round up the top scorers from the Warriors side.
Before tip-off, the Dragons received discouraging news that their import Marcus Hubbard will sit out for this game due to an illness. Hubbards absence was felt in the first quarter as the Dragons were struggling to score the ball. With the Dragons only shooting at 29% from the field in the first quarter, the Warriors took advantage and built their lead. Pringle made a three-pointer with 3 minutes left, putting the Warriors up 16-8.
The Warriors earned their first big lead in the second quarter after John Smith drained a three-pointer and Mario Wuysang made a basket with 2:38 left before halftime, building up the Warriors lead to 33-17.
Down 14 to start the third quarter, the Dragons did not help themselves and were careless with the ball on offense. Although they were up double-digits, Warriors players continued to play solid defense and put pressure on the ball handler which led to Indonesia forcing Malaysia to turn the ball over 7 times. Using an 8-0 run capped off by field goal from Pringle, Indonesia balooned their lead 60-36 with 53 seconds left in the third period.

Melton and Gavin Edwards tried to spark a comeback early in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for Malaysia, Warriors players consistently executed their offense. Pringle knocked down a three to maintain the Warriors lead at 70-49 with 4:10 left in the game. Steven Thomas, who had a monster game on the boards, ensured the Warriors win with his free throws which gave the Warriors a 71-53 lead with 2:53 left. Thomas finished this game with a season-high 21 rebounds.
With the absence of Hubbard, Melton and Edwards led the Dragons offense. Melton finished with 19 points while Edwards had 17 points. Moala Tautuaa contributed 9 points and 8 boards for the Dragons who committed 24 turnovers.

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over SPORTS REV THAILAND SLAMMERS, 91-60
The San Miguel Beermen made a statement with a convincing 91-60 win over the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers this afternoon. This win ties the series up at one game a piece in the AirAsia 2013 ABL Playoffs semi-final round.
Chris Banchero and Val Acuna led the Beermen with 14 points each. However, Jeric Fortuna gave the Beermen a big boost off the bench. Fortuna contributed 13 points and 5 assists for the Beermen who scored 42 points in the paint.
Before the game, Beermens head coach Leo Austria aimed to limit Slammers big man Chris Charles touch. As a result, Charles was unable to replicate his dominant performance from Game 1 and finished with only 9 points this afternoon. Wutipong Dasom finished with 11 points, followed by Charles who had 9 points and 9 rebound for the Slammers.
San Miguel started to dominate the Slammers at the end of the first period. Thailand was only down 14-12 after Froilan Baguion converted his two free throws with 2:49 left in the first quarter. Banchero then came off the Beermens bench and sparked an 8-1 run to end the first quarter. Bancheros layup plus two free throws help the Beermen get up to 22-13 after 10 minutes.
In the second quarter, San Miguels defense continued to thrive against Thailands offense. The Beermen offense was also clicking on all cylinders. Fortuna opened up the second quarter by knocking down a one-dribble pull up which gave the Beermen their first double-digit lead at 24-13. Right before halftime, Chris Banchero scores on a put back and Justin Williams scores to beat the buzzer to put the Beermen up 42-24 at halftime.

It was all San Miguel early in the third quarter. Although they already held an 18 point lead, Avenido opened up the third quarter with a reverse layup which sparked a 9-2 run. J. Williams capped off the run with a powerful slam to clean up Bancheros missed layup, extending the San Miguel lead to 51-26 with 7:22 left. However, J. Williams afternoon was cut short after being ejected with 1:19 left in the third quarter. J.Williams received his second unsportmanlike foul after elbowing Darongpan Apiromvilaichai.
Despite missing J. Williams, San Miguel continued to build their lead in the fourth quarter. After only shooting 23% from behind-the-arc in Game 1, San Miguel were able to knock down their three-pointers this afternoon. Acuna ensured his team will even the series at 1-1 with his three-point shot with 3:15 left, giving the Beermen a 29 point lead.

INDONESIA WARRIORS over WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS, 77-65
The Indonesia Warriors used a late 16-4 run to subdue a brave fight from the Westports Malaysia Dragons to take the 2-0 lead in the AirAsia 2013 ABL Playoffs semi-finals round.
Stanley Pringle scored 21 points as he led the Warriors to a 77-65 win over the Dragons earlier today at Mahaka Square, Indonesia. Steven Thomas recorded a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Jerick Canada, Chris Daniels and John Smith contributed 11 points each for the Warriors who are one win away from AirAsia 2013 ABL Finals.
The Dragons were missing import Marcus Hubbard, who was forced to sit out of the game due to an illness. Despite missing his presence, Malaysia did not shy away from playing physical basketball. Justin Melton took the initiative and lead his team in the first quarter. Melton made back to back baskets to put Malaysia up 10-6 with 5 minutes left in the first period.
In the second quarter, Melton continued to torture the Warriors defense. A basket from Melton and Armon gave the Dragons a 33-25 lead with 3:46 left before halftime. After a big performance in Game 1, John Smith continued to knock down shots for the Warriors in Game 2. He cut the Dragons lead to 35-34 at halftime after scoring five straight points late in the second period.
The Warriors were leading by seven points in the third quarter, until the momentum shifted to the Dragons towards the end of the period. Melton continued to lift his teams spirit as he knocked down a three-point shot right before the buzzer to cut the Warriors lead to 53-51 heading into the final quarter.
Melton did not stop there however, and his three-point shot with 7:41 gave the Dragons a 56-55 lead. Unfortunately for Malaysia, they were not able to keep Chris Daniels off the offensive boards. Daniels put the Warriors up by three points with five minutes left after tipping in a Canada miss.

John Ng then tied the game at 61 with his three-pointer, but Canada made a bank shot to beat the shot clock as he sparked a 16-4 Warriors run down the stretch. The Warriors win was capped off by a dunk from Thomas who stole a pass off Guga Batumalai. A Canada corner three at 37 seconds left ensured Indonesia the 2-0 lead as the series will move to Malaysia.
Melton led all scoring with 28 points, followed by 24 points from Gavin Edwards. Moala Tautuaa added 9 points for the Dragons who now have to win game 3 to stay alive.

Source:
Intro was written by Enzo Flojo/HoopNut.com.
Game recaps were compressed and compiled from AseanBasketballLeague.com.




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  POLAND   


Rosa Radom agreed with two new players for the next season - by Eurobasket Center

KS Rosasport Radom already started building the roster for the upcoming PLK season. They agreed to terms with two players: small forward Lukasz Majewski (199-F-82) and point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-PG-89).

It will be actually a come back to Radom for Lukasz Majewski as he geew up as a basketball player in this city. Last season he spent in Polpharma Starogard Gdanski and averaged 10.1ppg and 4.1rpg. In 2 previous seasons he played for Anwil Wloclawek. In 2010 he was a member of Polish NT in the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 (8 games: 2.9ppg, 1.4rpg).

Kamil Laczynski played recently in 1Liga with MOSiR Krosno. A promising pointguard averaged impressive 12.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 5.8apg. He led his team to 1Liga finals. Laczynski was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Guard of the Year -13 and All-Polish 1Liga 1st Team.

Rosa Radom team is very active on the market. According to the sources they are close to sign Jakub Dloniak (192-F-83, agency: Promotex). They are also in talks with Nic Wise (178-PG-87, college: Arizona) and Kim Adams (201-F/C-82, college: Arkansas St.) who played in Radom this season.



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  PORTUGAL   

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Holt, Alges19.2 
 2. Almeida, Vitor.19.0 
 3. Loncovic, Barcelos18.5 
 4. Huggins, Lusitania18.3 
 5. Rapier, Sampaense17.1 
 6. Dunn, Benfica16.9 
 7. Balseiro, Academica16.5 
 8. Oliveira, Barcelos16.3 
 9. Smith, CAB Madeira16.1 
 10. Baker, Sampaense15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Holt, Alges11.8 
 2. Momplaisir, Lusita.10.6 
 3. Hallman, Academica10.2 
 4. Almeida, Vitor.9.5 
 5. Nevels, Lusitania9.3 
 6. Loncovic, Barcelos8.6 
 7. Cunha, Vitoria SC8.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense8.4 
 9. Gomes, Benfica7.9 
 10. Doliboa, Benfica7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense6.6 
 2. Fernandes, Acade.5.6 
 3. Sing, Sampaense5.4 
 4. Smith, CAB Madeira5.3 
 5. Swiggett, Vitor.4.5 
 6. Pires, Alges4.4 
 7. Fechas, Barcelos4.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense4.1 
 9. Rodrigues, Fisica3.8 
 10. Costa, CAB Madei.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense2.4 
 2. Coelho, Barcelos2.3 
 3. Almeida, Vitor.2.3 
 4. Loncovic, Barcelos2.3 
 5. Jackson, CAB M.2.0 
 6. Swiggett, Vitor.2.0 
 7. Hallman, Academica1.9 
 8. Freire, Fisica1.9 
 9. Andrade, Benfica1.9 
 10. Cunha, Vitoria SC1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLAISIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Momplaisir, Lusita.2.1 
 2. Nevels, Lusitania1.8 
 3. Lukasiak, Acade.1.1 
 4. Almeida, Vitor.1.1 
 5. Fonseca, Benfica1.0 
 6. Swetalla, Vitor.0.9 
 7. Rosario, Fisica0.9 
 8. Holt, Alges0.7 
 9. Evora, Benfica0.7 
 10. Gentry, Benfica0.7 


Standings - Proliga

Proliga Standings
 1. Oliveirense 17-3 
 2. Maia Basket 17-3 
 3. Electrico FC 16-4 
 4. Illiabum 12-8 
 5. Guifoes 10-10 
 6. Sangalhos 10-10 
 7. Angra 7-13 
 8. Terceira 6-14 
 9. Leca 6-14 
 10. Benfica B 5-15 
 11. Ginasio 4-16 


National Team first list with 18 players... - by Jorge Martin

Mario Leonel Palma , national coach today unveiled the names of the players for the first stage of the national team in order to qualify for the EuroBasket 2015.
This first stage will start on 23th of June in Aveiro with the following names :

Associacao Academica de Coimbra :
Joao Balseiro (192-F-87)
Marco Goncalves (206-C-84)
Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82)

Ovarense Dolce Vita :
Cristovao Cordeiro (202-PF-89)
Jose Miguel Barbosa (176-G-90)
Miguel Miranda (205-F-78, agency: Dynamics Global Management)

Sport Alges e Dafundo :
Antonio Pires (185-G-86)

Barcelos Hotel Terco :
Nuno Oliveira (186-PG-89)

Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras :
Joao Santos (204-F-79, college: Nevada)

Illiabum Clube :
Miguel Queiroz (202-PF-91)




Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 1st Team 2013
Mario Fernandes
Fernandes
LaceDarius Dunn
Dunn
Joao Gomes
Gomes
Marcel Momplaisir
Momplaisir
Miguel Miranda
Miranda

Player of the Year: LaceDarius Dunn (193-G-87) of Benfica
Guard of the Year: Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) of Academica
Forward of the Year: Ivan Almeida (198-G-89) of Vitoria SC
Center of the Year: Marcel Momplaisir (205-C-81) of Lusitania
Newcomer of the Year: LaceDarius Dunn (193-G-87) of Benfica
Most Improved Player of the Year: LaceDarius Dunn (193-G-87) of Benfica
Import Player of the Year: LaceDarius Dunn (193-G-87) of Benfica
Domestic Player of the Year: Arnette Hallman (199-F-88) of Academica
Defensive Player of the Year: Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) of Benfica
Coach of the Year: Carlos Lisboa of Benfica

1st Team
PG: Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) of Academica
G: LaceDarius Dunn (193-G-87) of Benfica
SG: Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) of Benfica
C: Marcel Momplaisir (205-C-81) of Lusitania
F: Miguel Miranda (205-F-78) of Ovarense

2nd Team
G: Jason Smith (183-G-83) of CAB Madeira
G: Ivan Almeida (198-G-89) of Vitoria SC
C: Dain Swetalla (206-C-86) of Vitoria SC
F: Arnette Hallman (199-F-88) of Academica
C/F: Jose Manuel Coego (204-C/F-78) of CAB Madeira

Honorable Mention
Joao Balseiro (192-F-87) of Academica
Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) of Benfica
Marko Loncovic (200-F-91) of Barcelos
Carlos Ferreirinho (200-F/G-91) of Sampaense
Al Rapier (200-F-89) of Sampaense
Paulo Cunha (200-F-80) of Vitoria SC
Durrell Nevels (198-F-86) of Lusitania
Helder Carvalho (205-C/F-84) of Sampaense
Jamarkus Holt (205-F) of Alges
Seth Doliboa (203-F-80) of Benfica
Fernando Sousa (192-F/G-81) of Academica
Carlos Barroca (182-PG-84) of Fisica
Pedro Pinto (188-PG-88) of Galitos-Tley

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) of Academica
G: Ivan Almeida (198-G-89) of Vitoria SC
SG: Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) of Benfica
F: Miguel Miranda (205-F-78) of Ovarense
C: Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) of Benfica

All-Imports Team
G: Jason Smith (183-G-83) of CAB Madeira
G: Steve Baker (187-G-90) of Sampaense
C: Dain Swetalla (206-C-86) of Vitoria SC
C: Marcel Momplaisir (205-C-81) of Lusitania
F: Al Rapier (200-F-89) of Sampaense

All-Defensive Team
PG: Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) of Academica
G: LaceDarius Dunn (193-G-87) of Benfica
SG: Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) of Benfica
C: Marcel Momplaisir (205-C-81) of Lusitania
F: Arnette Hallman (199-F-88) of Academica

All-Newcomers Team
G: Jose Miguel Barbosa (176-G-90) of Ovarense
PG: Nuno Oliveira (186-PG-89) of Barcelos
F/G: Carlos Ferreirinho (200-F/G-91) of Sampaense
F: Marko Loncovic (200-F-91) of Barcelos
SF: Stefan Djukic (201-SF-89) of Sampaense

All-Youth Team
PG: Andre Calabote (178-PG-93) of Sampaense
PG: Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) of Alges
F: Emanuel Correia de Sa (199-F-93) of Ovarense
C/F: Pedro Belo (214-C/F-92) of Benfica
F: Pedro Soares (198-F-93) of Ovarense



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Ponce 16-8 
 2. Santurce 16-9 
 3. Mayaguez 14-11 
 4. Quebradillas 14-11 
 5. Arecibo 13-11 
 6. Humacao 12-12 
 7. Guayama 11-13 
 8. Guaynabo 11-13 
 9. San German 8-17 
 10. Bayamon 8-18 

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 27: Bayamon - San German 90-83
May. 28: Ponce - Arecibo
May. 28: Guayama - Quebradillas
May. 29: Guaynabo - Humacao
May. 29: Santurce - Bayamon


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Harris, Ponce20.1 
 2. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo18.9 
 4. Carmona, Humacao18.3 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon18.3 
 6. Brown, Humacao17.6 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.1 
 8. Ramos, Arecibo16.6 
 9. Efejuku, Mayaguez16.1 
 10. Galindo, Santurce15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harris, Ponce10.9 
 2. Lloreda, Guaynabo10.6 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.7 
 4. Phillip, San German9.2 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon8.3 
 7. Harrellson, Guaya.8.2 
 8. Graterol, Arecibo8.2 
 9. Carmona, Humacao8.1 
 10. Williams, Santurce7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 2. Dentmon, Arecibo5.1 
 3. Clemente, Humacao5.1 
 4. Rivera, Ponce4.9 
 5. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 6. Coronado, Guayama3.9 
 7. Garcia, Quebradill.3.6 
 8. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 9. Hickerson, San G.3.4 
 10. Mojica, Bayamon3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.3 
 2. Coronado, Guayama2.2 
 3. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.5 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 7. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 8. Santiago, Ponce1.2 
 9. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.2 
 10. Liz, San German1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Penn, Humacao2.1 
 2. Harrellson, Guaya.1.5 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 5. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 6. Lee, Quebradillas1.1 
 7. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 8. Graterol, Arecibo1.0 
 9. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 10. Brock, Guayama0.9 


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

American Mike Harris (198-F-83) had a great game in the last week for league's leader Ponce and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 29.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Bayamon (#10, 7-18) 87-78. It allowed Ponce to jump to the first place in the Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ponce has a very solid 16-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Harris just recently signed at Ponce, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rice University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harris is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.1ppg and leads league in rebounds with 10.9rpg. Harris is in league's top in and averages solid 54.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 30-year old American guard David Jackson (196-G-82) of second-ranked Santurce. Jackson impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Santurce was edged in overtime by slightly lower-ranked Quebradillas (#4, 14-11) 94-90. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Santurce still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 16-9 record is not bad at all. Jackson is one of the most experienced players at Santurce and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was Venezuelan Windi Graterol (204-C-86) of Arecibo (#5). Graterol scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Arecibo, leading his team to a 80-77 win against the lower-ranked San German (#9, 8-16). Arecibo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 11 lost games. Graterol has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Quebradillas - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Gilbert Brown (198-F-87) of Humacao - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82) of Humacao - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kleon Penn (213-C-86) of Humacao - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jeffrion Aubry (205-C-76) of Mayaguez - 12 points and 8 rebounds
9. Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86) of Quebradillas - 10 points and 15 rebounds
10. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Arecibo - 20 points and 11 rebounds

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



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  ROMANIA   


Tudor Costescu is a new coach of BC Timisoara - by Eurobasket News

Tudor Costescu is a new coach of BC Timisoara from 2013/2014 season. The Romanian Specialist will come from BCM U Pitesti.
BC Timisoara added to their roster 39-year old coach Tudor Costescu . The last season Costescu coached also at Pitesti. He helped them to win the cup. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Head Coach: Romanian League All-Star Game. Costescu won Romanian Division B championship title in 2009.
He was coaching Romanian University National Team in 2009.
Costescu has coached previously another Romanian team Steaua.
BC Timisoara finished the Regular Season with 20-10 record. The team later lost at the Play-offs to Ploiesti 0-3. The latter is a step from the title of 2012/2013 season.



American Louis Darby remains with Rovinari - by Eurobasket News

American Louis Darby (196-G-84, college: Long Beach St.) remains with Rovinari for the next season. One of the top-scorers of the League will enter his fourth season with the team.
Last season in 33 Liga Nationala games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. The earlier season Darby played also at Rovinari (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 29 games he had very remarkable stats: 17.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Darby's college team won Big West Tournament in 2007.
He is a very experienced player. Darby has played also professionally in Cyprus (Keravnos), Syria (Al Wahda) and WCBL (Carlsbad).
He attended Long Beach State until 2007 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
In his top game last season Louis Darby erupted with 37 points and 12 rebounds. His Rovinari beat Timisoara 90:89.



Tudor Dumitrescu announced retirement - by Eurobasket News

Tudor Dumitrescu (195-G-79) announced retirement. The Romanian player spent the last 6 seasons with CS Gaz Metan Medias and decided to finish his professional career.
In 19 Liga Nationala games he had just 2.7ppg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Dumitrescu also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded only 1.0ppg. The last season he played also at Gaz Metan (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 25 games he recorded 7.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.5apg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and made it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Dumitrescu was voted Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2005,2008 and 2010. He also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 three years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 16.7%, 3PT: 55.6%, FT: 50.0%.
Dumitrescu has played previously professionally in Germany (Nuernberger) and Romania (CSU Sibiu and U-Mobitelco).



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  RUSSIA   


CSKA Moscow PG Milos Teodosic done this season - by Meidan Katsnelson

Milos Teodosic out for the season because her leg injury suffered in Game 2 of the VTB against Khimki Moscow.

Ettore Messina said after the game that Teodosic is likely done for the season.
Maybe he wont play his Serbia NT in the Eurobasket this summer.
The player scored 10.7ppg, took 2.4rpg and passed 4.3apg this season.
The Serbian Guard will stay with CSKA Moscow next season.



source: sportnado





VTB League: Lokomotiv beat visiting Zalgiris in Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - Zalgiris 82:72

Lokomotiv beat visiting Zalgiris in Game 3 of the series. The Russian side took 2-1 lead after an 82:72 win.
The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 40-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lokomotiv forced 21 Zalgiris turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Lokomotiv especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was Nick Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 assists. Lithuanian Simas Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) who recorded 24 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) and Oliver Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) added 9 points and 7 assists respectively. Zalgiris' coach Joan Plaza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Game 3 is scheduled for tomorrow, May 28th in Krasnodar.

Lokomotiv: Nick Calathes 20+12asts, Simas Jasaitis 18, Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) 14, Valery Likhodey (205-F-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) 12, Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) 9
Zalgiris: Ksistof Lavrinovic 24, Oliver Lafayette 9, Popovic 8



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  SERBIA   

Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 14

May. 25: Sloboda Uzice - Mega Vizura 95-82
May. 25: Partizan - Radnicki KG 91-79
May. 25: Metalac - Konstantin 69-52
May. 25: Vojvodina - Crvena Zvezda 61-74

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 28: Partizan - Vojvodina
May. 28: Crvena Zvezda - Mega Vizura


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Igor RAKOCEVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Rakocevic, Crvena18.9 
 2. Bakic, Metalac18.6 
 3. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 5. Sibalic, LF Basket17.3 
 6. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.9 
 7. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 8. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 9. Zekovic, Vojvodina14.6 
 10. Kljajevic, C Afri.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.11.8 
 2. Radovic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Dasic, Metalac8.4 
 4. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 5. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 6. Kljajevic, C Afric.6.4 
 7. Lauvergne, Partizan6.3 
 8. Marelja, UCAM M.5.8 
 9. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
 10. Jevtovic, Sloboda5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura4.9 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 5. Malidzan, OKK B.4.5 
 6. Westermann, Parti.4.3 
 7. Nesovic, AEK4.2 
 8. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 9. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
 10. Rakocevic, Crvena3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 2. Nesovic, AEK2.1 
 3. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 4. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 5. Dasic, Metalac1.8 
 6. Jeftic, OKK Beogr.1.6 
 7. Jereminov, Tamis1.6 
 8. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 9. Zivanovic, Metalac1.6 
 10. Sljivancanin, Bor.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Slavko VRANES
  Metalac
  (230-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Vranes, Metalac2.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.6 
 3. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 4. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 5. Bertans, Partizan1.2 
 6. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 7. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 8. Lauvergne, Partizan0.8 
 9. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 
 10. Radenkovic, Smed.0.7 


Boban Marjanovic MVP! - by Igor Obradovic

Regular part of the Serbian Superliga is over and the MVP award goes to the center of Mega Vizura, Boban Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket).

Boban Marjanovic was have 314 index points, behind him is Crvena zvezda player, experienced Igor Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) with 257, third Bojan Bakic from Metalac with 229 index points.
Among the top five are Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) from Partizan with 211 index points and Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88) from Metalac with 203 index points.

Best five in regular part of Serbian Super league :

1. DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke)
2.
Igor Rakocevic
3.
Novica Velickovic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket)
4.
Vladimir Dasic
5.
Boban Marjanovic

Best scorer in the league is Igor Rakocevic with 246 points, second with 226 is Bakic, Boban Marjanovic third with 213 points. Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket) fourth with 187 and Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) fifth with 179 points.
Most points in one game gave Bakic (43), Novica Velickovic (37) and Igor Rakocevic (33).

First semifinal games is on schedule on 28. and 29. May. Partizan play against Vojvodina in 28. may and Crvena zvezda will play against Mega Vizura on 29. May.
Second games is on 30. and 31. May




Nikola Otasevic triumphs with his Skopje - by Eurobasket News

Nikola Otasevic triumphs with his Skopje in FYR Macedonia. His team earned the fourth straight win over Kozuv and swept the Prva Liga title series. MZT Skopje thus defended their title to remain the leading force in the Macedonian basketball. Damjan Stojanovski nailed 21 points to pace MZT Skopje to the decisive victory.
Kozuv managed to take a narrow 19:15 lead at the first break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the intense second frame. Kozuv arrived at halftime up by 3 points 43:40. The hosts went out of the dressing room ready for a fierce fight. They held MZT Skopje to just 13 points in the third period to boost the lead to 8 points at the final intermission 61:53. But MZT Skopje had an answer in store. The visitors poured in improbable 40 points in the final quarter to steal an impressive win at the end. Boris Bakic provided 18 points, while Gjorji Cekovski added 17 points and 7 boards for the winners and Nikola Otasevic scored 6 points. Slobodan Bozovic answered with 24 points for Kozuv. Miladin Pekovic dropped 22 points in the losing effort.
This season for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (FYR Macedonia-Prva Liga) Nikola Otasevic averaged 7.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-3 (1.7spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 63.3% in Adriatic League. In Prva Liga his stats read 4.6 points per game.



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Tiago Splitter may sign to Real Madrid - by Meidan Katsnelson

The great Center of the Spurs will sign to the Blancos?

Real will get offer for the Center.
Real wants to win the Euroleague next season
And his goal is to sign new Center.
They're purpose is to sign a Center with big name.
If Splliter will agree to Real's offer, Madrid will be the team with the best
Roster.
But if he will say no, Real will get offer to Majei Lampe from Caja Laboral Vitoria.
The Big Man did great season with Vitoria and he is a good
Option for the Blancos.

Source: HoppsHype
Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances)



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Nassjo tab Daniel Persson - by Eurobasket News

Daniel Persson (198-G/F-91) is returning into the big game. The talented forward has signed a contract with Nassjo. The deal is meant for two seasons. Daniel Persson last played for 08 Stockholm back in 2011/12 season. He tallied 5.0 points and 2.0 boards per game. However a serious injury sidelined the player for the entire 2012/13 season. Daniel Persson underwent a successful hip surgery in winter and is hoping to make a successful comeback when the new season starts. Daniel Persson used to play for St. Helena and Solna Vikings. He was the member of the U18 and U20 Swedish National Teams. Daniel Persson posted 2.4 points and 1.8 boards per game at the U20 European Championship in Bilbao in 2011.


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Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon20.8 
 2. Mladjan, Lugano T.20.1 
 3. Owens, BBC Nyon20.0 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.19.0 
 5. Ely, Boncourt18.3 
 6. O''Bannon, Hapoel17.8 
 7. Burrows, Starwings17.3 
 8. Dobbins, Larre B.17.2 
 9. Milisavljevi., Lug.16.9 
 10. Reid, Fribourg16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon11.4 
 2. Burrows, Starwings9.4 
 3. Chapman, SAM M.8.5 
 4. Garrett, Fribourg8.1 
 5. Dobbins, Larre B.7.9 
 6. Gordon, Lugano T.7.6 
 7. Volcy, Seigneurs7.5 
 8. Reid, Fribourg7.5 
 9. Barber, Lugano T.7.5 
 10. Dubas, Leuven7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Barrett, SAM M.7.5 
 2. Gibson, MBC7.3 
 3. Milisavljevi., Lug.6.4 
 4. Parker, Geneve L.6.1 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 6. Kojadinovic, Month.4.7 
 7. Laroche, Monthey4.5 
 8. Draughan, Fribourg3.9 
 9. Stimac, Geneve L.3.5 
 10. Burrows, Starwings3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  MBC
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gibson, MBC2.9 
 2. Barrett, SAM M.2.9 
 3. Laroche, Monthey2.5 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings2.2 
 5. Petkovic, SAV V.2.1 
 6. Owens, BBC Nyon1.8 
 7. Kojadinovic, Month.1.7 
 8. Fergerson, Lugano1.7 
 9. James, Geneve L.1.6 
 10. Dubas, Leuven1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  SAM M.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Chapman, SAM M.2.6 
 2. Garrett, Fribourg2.5 
 3. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.4 
 4. Burrows, Starwings1.3 
 5. Dobbins, Larre B.1.3 
 6. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 7. Badji, Neuchatel0.9 
 8. Owens, BBC Nyon0.8 
 9. Mladjan, SAM M.0.8 
 10. Barber, Lugano T.0.7 



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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.6.9 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 9. Dagli, Galatasaray6.3 
 10. Besok, Hacettepe6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Woodside, TED K.7.1 
 2. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 3. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 4. Theodore, Antalya4.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.7 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.5 
 7. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 8. Holston, Mersin4.2 
 9. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.2 
 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. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.6 
 5. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 6. Gordon, Anadolu1.5 
 7. Markoishvili, Gala.1.5 
 8. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
 9. Lewis, Antalya1.3 
 10. Shumpert, Aliaga1.3 
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. Prince, Mersin0.8 
 8. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 
 9. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.8 
 10. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 



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USbasket.com All-UBA Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

USbasket.com All-UBA 1st Team 2013
Ransom Antoine
Antoine
Jon Rogers
Rogers
Jermaine Barnes
Barnes
DeAndre Bray
Bray
Terence Morris
Morris

Finals MVP: Brian Moultrie (6'6''-C/F-87) of GIE Maile M.
Player of the Year: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of Houston E.
Point Guard of the Year: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of Georgia P.
Shooting Guard of the Year: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of GIE Maile M.
Small Forward of the Year: Ransom Antoine (6'5''-F-82) of Georgia S.
Power Forward of the Year: Jon Rogers (6'9''-C-84) of Georgia P.
Center of the Year: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of Houston E.
Western Conference Player of the Year: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of Houston E.
Southern Conference Player of the Year: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of Georgia P.
Eastern Conference Co-Player of the Year: Isaac Jefferson (6'5''-G/F-81) of Ohio H.G.
Eastern Conference Co-Player of the Year: Will Richard (6'3''-G-84) of Dayton K.
Rookie of the Year: Jay Bowdy (6'6''-F/G-83) of N.Texas F.
Defensive Player of the Year: Quin Humphrey (6'5''-G/F-84) of GIE Maile M.
Co-Import Player of the Year: Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80) of S.Generals
Co-Import Player of the Year: Tony Omotayo (6'5''-F-85) of Atlanta T.
Sixth Man of the Year: Darrell Waters (6'5''-F-85) of Georgia P.
Most Improved Player of the Year: Ransom Antoine (6'5''-F-82) of Georgia S.
International Player of the Year: Mychal Kearse (195-G-83) of Al Karkh
Owner/GM of the Year: Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86) of Houston E.
Coach of the Year: Michael Davis of Georgia P.
Playoffs Most Outstanding Coach: D.J. Douglas of GIE Maile M.

1st Team
F: Ransom Antoine (6'5''-F-82) of Georgia S.
C: Jon Rogers (6'9''-C-84) of Georgia P.
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of GIE Maile M.
G: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of Georgia P.
F: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of Houston E.

2nd Team
G: Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84) of Georgia P.
F/G: Jay Bowdy (6'6''-F/G-83) of N.Texas F.
G/F: Derrick Allen (6'5''-G/F-85) of Georgia P.
G/F: Quin Humphrey (6'5''-G/F-84) of GIE Maile M.
G/F: Richard Lusane (6'5''-G/F-84) of Georgia P.

3rd Team
F/C: Miguel Morton (6'8''-F/C-83) of Georgia P.
G/F: Isaac Jefferson (6'5''-G/F-81) of Ohio H.G.
G: Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87) of GIE Maile M.
F: Jeremy McCarty (6'7''-F-88) of Cleveland H.
G: Chris Vanlandingham (6'4''-G-89) of S.Generals

Honorable Mention
Terry Turner (6'2''-G-83) of Texas C.
Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86) of Houston E.
Zach Sowers (6'3''-G-85) of Ohio H.G.
Chad Eichelberger (6'11''-C-82) of Georgia S.
Will Richard (6'3''-G-84) of Dayton K.
Stephen Briggs (6'9''-F-84) of Cleveland H.
Jeremiah Pojah (6'8''-F-86) of Houston E.
Frank Kelsi Bennett (6'7''-F-82) of Georgia S.
Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80) of S.Generals
Tony Omotayo (6'5''-F-85) of Atlanta T.
Mike Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84) of Atlanta T.
Anthony Allison (6'6''-F-86) of Houston E.
Cervante Burrell (5'10''-PG-89) of GIE Maile M.
Josh Brewster (6'7''-F-85) of Atlanta T.
Delvin Franklin (6'2''-G) of Texas C.

All-Imports Team
F: Tony Omotayo (6'5''-F-85) of Atlanta T.
C: Parysh Munroe (6'8''-C-86) of Georgia S.
G/F: Sharif Muhammad (6'5''-G/F-89) of Ohio H.G.
G: Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80) of S.Generals
G: Kingsley Oguchi (6'4''-G-87) of Texas C.

All-Defensive 1st Team
G/F: Quin Humphrey (6'5''-G/F-84) of GIE Maile M.
F: Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79) of Houston E.
F: Darrell Waters (6'5''-F-85) of Georgia P.
G: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of Georgia P.
G/F: Richard Lusane (6'5''-G/F-84) of Georgia P.

All-Defensive 2nd Team
G/F: Erick Gainous (6'4''-G/F-80) of GIE Maile M.
F/C: Miguel Morton (6'8''-F/C-83) of Georgia P.
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of GIE Maile M.
C: Chad Eichelberger (6'11''-C-82) of Georgia S.
F: Ransom Antoine (6'5''-F-82) of Georgia S.

All-Rookie 1st Team
F: Jeremy McCarty (6'7''-F-88) of Cleveland H.
G: Chris Vanlandingham (6'4''-G-89) of S.Generals
G/F: Quin Humphrey (6'5''-G/F-84) of GIE Maile M.
F/G: Jay Bowdy (6'6''-F/G-83) of N.Texas F.
G/F: Derrick Allen (6'5''-G/F-85) of Georgia P.

All-Rookie 2nd Team
F: Jeremiah Pojah (6'8''-F-86) of Houston E.
: Antoine Byrd of Georgia S.
C: Parysh Munroe (6'8''-C-86) of Georgia S.
F: David Brown (6'5''-F-88) of S.Generals
PG: Cervante Burrell (5'10''-PG-89) of GIE Maile M.

All-Playoffs 1st Team
G: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of Georgia P.
G/F: Quin Humphrey (6'5''-G/F-84) of GIE Maile M.
C/F: Brian Moultrie (6'6''-C/F-87) of GIE Maile M.
F: Evan Ravenel (6'8''-F-89) of GIE Maile M.
G/F: Richard Lusane (6'5''-G/F-84) of Georgia P.

All-Playoffs 2nd Team
G: Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84) of Georgia P.
C: Jon Rogers (6'9''-C-84) of Georgia P.
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of GIE Maile M.
F/G: Jay Bowdy (6'6''-F/G-83) of N.Texas F.
G: Jordan Brooks (6'3''-G-86) of Houston E.

All-Playoffs 3rd Team
PG: Cervante Burrell (5'10''-PG-89) of GIE Maile M.
G/F: Derrick Allen (6'5''-G/F-85) of Georgia P.
F: Ransom Antoine (6'5''-F-82) of Georgia S.
C: Parysh Munroe (6'8''-C-86) of Georgia S.
G: Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86) of Houston E.



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Ferro-ZNTU split ways with Moore, keep Zmitrovich - by Eurobasket News

Ferro-ZNTU have decided not to prolong the contract with Cameron Moore (208-F-90, college: UAB). The forward will leave the team. Cameron Moore started his pro career in Zaporizhya this season. He notched 13.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in Superleague. He won the Superleague Cup with Ferro-ZNTU.
In the meantime Ferro-ZNTU extended the deal with Yakov Zmitrovich (200-F-84). The forward has been playing for the team since 2004. Last season Yakov Zmitrovich posted 1.0 point and 0.8 boards per game in Superleague.
Ferro-ZNTU also stated the plans to renew the deals wih Randy Culpepper (182-PG-89, college: UTEP), Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Robert Morris), Artem Butskyy (186-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Alexander Rybalko (190-G-79). However the final decision has not been made and the sides are in talks right now.



Stanislav Sokur renews contract with Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News

Cherkasy have renewed the contract with Stanislav Sokur (205-C-82). The centre joined the team at the start of the last season. Stanislav Sokur notched 3.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in Superleague. Previously he had spells for DniproAzot, Pulsar Rivne and Dynamo Dnipropetrovsk. He was the member of the Ukrainian National Team back in 2003. Stanislav Sokur participated at the UBL All-Star Game back in 2009.


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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 27: Capitol - Larre Borges 80-87
May. 27: Verdirrojo - Colon 69-60
May. 27: Yale - Urunday Univ. 65-74
May. 28: Welcome - 25 de Agosto
May. 28: Marne - Cader
May. 28: Guruyu Waston - Stockholmo




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Women News


Bendigo Spirit add Elyse Penaluna - by Eurobasket News

Bendigo Spirit signed 25-year old former international center Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88). The player will come from Bendigo Lady Braves. Great season indeed as she was voted to Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Penaluna won Australian SEABL championship title in 2011. She received also Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 1st Team award back in 2009.
Penaluna was also a member of Australian international program for some years. She played for Australian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2011 and previously for U21 National Team in 2007. Penaluna represented Australia at the Oceania Championships four years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 2 games: 7.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 31.8%, FT: 80.0%.
Penaluna has played previously professionally in France (Aix-en-Provence) and Australia (Bulleen Boomers and Rangers).



Weekend Wrap- Round 10 - by Eurobasket News

Waverleys run ends at the hands of Ringwood, the Cougars bounce back, the Tigers continue to drift, the Broncos add another win, the Boomers score a badly needed win and the Eagles rip Eltham to shreds.
SCW ROUND UP
ROUND 10
Hume City started round 10 with a comfortable 23pt win over Sherbrooke. The Broncos were never troubled after a 25-5 second quarter saw them head into the halftime break with a 44-18 lead. Though the Suns saved a little pride down the stretch, the home team chalked up another win and continue to sit only behind Ringwood on the ladder. Hume Citys 58-38 rebound count was telling with Yinka Olorunnife (16pts, 11rbs) and Tarryn Macpherson (12pts) best for the winners. For Sherbrooke, only Tarryn Wilkin (14pts) and Danielle Fidge (13pts) hit double digits.
In a crunch game for both teams, Diamond Valley wasted little time in disposing of an Eltham unit that we expected much more from on their home deck. Both teams have struggled with consistency this season, but when it mattered most it was a rampant Diamond Valley stepping up to take a key win. The Wildcats led 18-13 after the opening 10 minutes, and all signs pointed to a competitive game, however DV then went on a 65-31 blitz and regis-tered a strong win to keep their finals hopes alive. Adriana Cann (23pts) and Katie ONeill (22pts) were brilliant for the Eagles, well supported by Jaclyn Smith (13pts), while for Eltham too much was left to youngsters Cassie Stockton (11pts) and Isabella Brancatisano (11pts). Defensively, DV held Hayley Munro (4pts), Rebecca Guglielmino (7pts) and Holly Bowman (3pts) with aplomb.
www.bigv.com.au
ROUND 10 RESULTS
Hume City 74 defeated Sherbrooke 51 D Valley 78 defeated Eltham 49 Bulleen 79 defeated Melbourne 70 McKinnon 63 defeated Melbourne 58 Ringwood 88 defeated Waverley 74
Bulleen grabbed a much needed win, topping a competitive Melbourne 79-70 to ensure the stay inside the top four, just ahead of Diamond Valley and Waverley. The Boomers havent been too flash lately, losing games to Ringwood, Diamond Valley and Hume City, so this victory was timely and will hopefully kick-start Bulleens finals chances. A 30-15 start was a key factor in the win, but it must also be noted that Melbourne looked far more competitive and look to be edging closer to their next win after a rough few weeks. Lauren Pearce delivered 15pts in 18min, her best haul since round one, while Funda Nakkasoglu also scored 15pts for the Boomers. Though disappointed with the loss, Melbourne enjoyed some good signs from Courtney Gaze (16pts), Megan McIntyre (15pts, 12rbs) and Georgia Pineau (13pts).
McKinnon bounced back with a win and in so doing subjected Melbourne to a tough weekend where two close losses kept them well off the pace and languishing in ninth place with just three wins. The victory was far from comprehensive, the Cougars needing a 19-12 last quarter to get the win. Julie Brookhouse (24pts) and Alex Lough (19pts, 11rbs) both played well for the winners, while Georgia Pineau (17pts, 8rbs) was Melbournes best in some great signs for the future.
Plenty of hype surrounded Waverleys clash with top team Ringwood, but as many predicted we got to see the increasing depth of a Hawks team that is clearly this years title favourite. Though Waverley relished this clash as a chance to prove their own finals aspirations, it was Ringwoods ability to find multiple avenues to score that shone through. Tara Blair (17pts), Jadee Rooney (16pts), Amber Hegge (16pts), Lisa Ewin (15pts) and Emma Beddome (11pts) all played well, ensuring the Hawks kept the Falcons at arms length. Brigitte Ardossi (20pts, 11rbs) and Mikaela Dombkins (16pts) kept pace for the home team, and Tahlia Higgs (16pts) was also a key player, but there was little else to boast. Ringwoods winning streak now hits nine and now they must lead from the front, taking the tag as the heavyweights of the competition.
Since returning to the league and going into SCW back in 2011, the wins have been few and far between for Sherbrooke. In the 42 games theyve played in the top flight, the Suns have registered only 9 wins. Their win-loss record each season has been 2013 (1-9), 2012 (4-16) and 2011 (4-17).
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



SBL: Ruthless Tigers show no mercy (Week 11 Women's Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Willetton and Wanneroo put pressure on Womens State Basketball League leaders Rockingham with wins in their respective matches in round 11.

Rockingham have won their past nine games to build a 9-2 record, but had a bye in round 11.

The bye opened the door for the Tigers and Wolves to draw level on nine wins, but they both have three losses and the Flames have a game in hand.

Willetton were the most impressive of the two challengers on the weekend, scoring a comfortable 64-42 win over mid-table Perth Redbacks.

The Tigers led by five points at half-time before breaking the game wide open with a 24-6 third quarter.

Wanneroo beat South West 54-52 in a tight affair away from home, with WNBL guard Nikita-Lee Martin (184-G-88) the standout contributor with 14 points amongst a group of 10 separate scorers.

The Slammers had been forced to back up after a tough 73-66 loss to Lakeside on Friday and produced a gutsy display before eventually falling short.

East Perth remain rooted to the foot of the ladder following a 65-44 defeat to Cockburn, while Kalamunda are in fourth place after beating Stirling 84-70.

It was a rare night of double-celebration for Kalamunda at the Ray Owen Sports Centre, where both the Suns mens and womens teams enjoyed victories.

On Friday night, Perth beat Perry Lakes 65-56 to stay in touch with the top eight.

Article by Shayne Hope
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



Abby Bishop comes back to Canberra Capitals - by Eurobasket News

Abby Bishop (189-C-88) comes back to Canberra Capitals. The player has signed a three year deal to play in the Nations Capital for two of the next three WNBL seasons. It is actually her comeback to Canberra Capitals as she played here before.
Among the achievements her team won Australian WNBL Regular Season in 2009 and 2012. Bishop received also Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL 2nd Team award in 2012.
She was also a member of Australian international program for some years. Bishop played for Australian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team between 2006 and 2007. She also represented Australia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdom) last year. Bishop's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 7 games: 3.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg.
Bishop has played previously for five other Australia teams: Seattle Storm, Adelaide Lightning, Dandenong Rangers, Australian Institute of Sport and Lady Cobras.



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Emma Meesseman starts WNBA season for Washington Mystics - by Eurobasket News

Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) starts WNBA season for Washington Mystics. The Belgian player debuted with 3 assists and 2 rebounds in her opener. Her Washington beat Tulsa 95:90 in overtime. Boht teams scored 23 points in the first period, while Washington grabbed 1-point lead at the halftime. They added 21-19 in the third period, but Tulsa tied the game at end of the fourth period. Only due to 7-2 in overtime Washington won the game.
For the next season Emma Meesseman agreed on terms of contract with Villeneuve dAsco last season. Emma Meesseman spent the last four seasons playing in Belgium. She was the part of Blue Cats Ieper team. Fiba 2011 European Young Player Award holder had an amazing last season with Ieper. Emma Messeeman tallied 19.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game in D1. In EuroCup her stats read 14.8 points, 8.6 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Eurobasket.com named the centre All-Belgian League Player of the Year. She has been the member of Belgian National Team since 2010.
In 2012/2013 season Emma Meesseman averaged 12.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, Blocks-5 (1.2bpg), FGP: 51.6%, FT: 78.2%.



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Brazilian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Brazilian U19 National Team 2013
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Carla Lucchini
Lucchini
Estela Gregorio
Gregorio
Isabela Ramona
Ramona
Izabella Sangalli
Sangalli
Kananda Ribeiro
Ribeiro
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Alana Goncalo 162-G-95 Sao Bernardo Brazil
Bruna Werberich 170-G-95 ADC Bradesco Brazil
Carla Lucchini 165-PG-95 Divino/COC Brazil
Carolina Dos Santos 173-G-95 Sao Jose Brazil
Estela Gregorio 177-G-94 Sao Jose Brazil
Gabriela Guimaraes 183-F Divino/COC Brazil
Isabela Ramona 178-F-94 Guarulhos Brazil
Izabella Sangalli 184-SF-95 Americana Brazil
Kananda Ribeiro 183-F/C-96 Ourinhos Brazil
Leticia Rodrigues 190-F/C Ourinhos Brazil
Lorraine Silva 180-G/F-94 M.Petrobras Brazil
Maira Andrade 181-F-95 Sao Jose Brazil
Maria Ferreira 192-C-94 Americana Brazil
Maria Fonseca 180-F/C-94 Maranhao Brazil
Martha Silva 185-C-94 ADC Bradesco Brazil
Monique Soares 187-PF-97 ADC Bradesco Brazil
Vanessa Goncalves 185-F-94 Santo Andre Brazil

Janeth Arcain Head Coach
Luis Cardoso Assistant Palmeiras Brazil
Elvis Pinto Assistant



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Bulgarian National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
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Evelina Guneva
Guneva
Ekaterina Dimitrova
Dimitrova
Milena Tomova
Tomova
Emilia Yancheva
Yancheva
Daniela Peteva
Peteva
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5Hristina Ivanova 183-F-89 Levski Bulgaria
6Evelina Guneva 183-F-80 Gernika Spain
9Ekaterina Dimitrova 182-G-87 Charleville France
10Milena Tomova 189-F/C-82 Montana 2003 Bulgaria
11Ralitsa Naneva 178-F-86 Beroe Bulgaria
12Emilia Yancheva 193-C-89 Levski Bulgaria
13Stefka Miteva 190-C-89 Blue Cats Belgium
15Dimana Georgieva 190-C-88 Priolo Italy
19Tsvetomira Sharenkapova 183-PF-91 Dunav 8806 Bulgaria
23Daniela Peteva 179-F-89 Levski Bulgaria

Georgi Boshkov Head Coach



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Miranda Ayim finished the successful season abroad - by Eurobasket News

Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) finished the successful season abroad and averaged high 18.1 points per game for Orduspor (Turkey-TKB2L, starting five). The Canadian player clinched second place in Turkey.
In the last three games she scored 20, 29 and again 20 points respectively.
In her top game Orduspor overcame Cankaya 71:63. The hosts were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 28-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. Orduspor outrebounded Cankaya 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian power forward Miranda Ayim who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 9 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws).
In the last game Botas was beaten by Orduspor 66:71. Miranda Ayim nailed 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Arzu Akay accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Orduspor's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Tilbe Senyurek came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds.



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Russia edge Estonia one more time in Druskininkai - by Eurobasket News

Russia edge Estonia one more time in Druskininkai in the friendly series between two sides. In Game 2 Russia posted a comfortable 94:64 win. Russian took control from the first minutes and never looked behind. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) scored the first seven points in the game finished with total 14. Natalia Zhedik (184-SF-88) top-scored for the winners with 16 points.


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Elisa Aguilar agreed terms with CCC Polkowice - by Eurobasket News

Elisa Aguilar (172-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) agreed terms with CCC Polkowice for 2013/2014 season. The Spanish player will head to the Polish Champions from Spartak Moscow Region.
Last season in Russia she averaged 3.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.6apg this season. She helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Aguilar also played 16 games in Euroleague where she had 5.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.3apg. The last season she played at Rivas Ecopolis (LFB) in Spanish league. In 26 games she had 7.9ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.1apg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. Aguilar also played 21 games in Euroleague where she had 9.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.7apg. She contributed to her team making it to the final.
Among other achievements Aguilar's team won Spanish LFB Cup for three years in a row (between 2009 and 2011). She received also Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2009. Aguilar represented Spain at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 9.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 27.0%, 3PT: 47.2%.
Aguilar has played previously professionally in WNBA (San Antonio Silver Stars) and Spain (Ros Casares).



Miguel Mendez takes Famila Schio under control - by Eurobasket News

Miguel Mendez takes Famila Schio under control. The Spanish Specialist moves from Spain as he just left his Rivas Ecopolis.
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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Bourges signs Chatilla van Grinsven - by Bas Hendriks

French champions Bourges Basket today announced the signing of Dutch international powerforward Chatilla Van Grinsven (190-F-89, college: St.Joseph's)

The SJU graduate played one game in preseason for the Connecticut Sun in WNBA before being waived by the team. Last year she led her team with 14.9 points and 10.4 rebounds a game. Later this week the former player of Almonte Eindhoven - new in the Dutch eredivisie coming season- will join the national team in order to reinforce the roster of national coach Meindert van Veen, looking to gain a spot for Eurobasket 2015.



Perpignan and Lyon face relegation - by Eurobasket News

The French Basketball Federation came up with the decision to relegate Perpignan Basket and Union Lyon Basket Feminin to the regional league on its last board meeting. The teams have experienced financial difficulties which may be the reason for the decision. Both teams have an opportunity to appeal the decision. The Federation board also decided to keep the number of LFB teams at 14. It means Arras and Union Hainaut have a chance now to secure their position in the top league for the next season. In the meantime Angers was denied the promotion to LFB despite their success at LF2 Final Four two weeks ago. W
We will keep you updated with the development of the situation.



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German U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

German U20 National Team 2013
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Carla Bellscheidt
Bellscheidt
Lena-Marie Bradaric
Bradaric
Levke Brodersen
Brodersen
Keisha Carthauser
Carthauser
Elisabeth Dzirma
Dzirma
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Carla Bellscheidt 183-F-94 Opladen Germany
Lena-Marie Bradaric 166-PG-93 Bad Aibling Germany
Levke Brodersen 168-PG-94 Saarlouis Germany
Keisha Carthauser 183-F-94 Gruenberg Germany
Elisabeth Dzirma 178-G-94 Gruenberg Germany
Laura Hebecker 181-F-93 Halle Germany
Anna Heise 190-C-93 Maine USA
Ilka Hoffmann 183-F-94 Freiburg Germany
Isabell Meinhart 176-G-94 Gruenberg Germany
Katharina Mueller 181-F-94 Herner Germany
Mary Mihalyi 158-PG-94 Chemnitz Germany
Caroline Van der Velde 183-PF-93 Herner Germany




Germany tastes the initial success in Guildford - by Eurobasket News

Germany-Israel 72:67

Germany tastes the initial success in Guildford with 4 participating teams. In Day 3 the German side overcame Israel 72:67 and finished the campaign with 1-2 record. The Israeli team remained winless and ended up with 0-3 record.
Both teams entered the game with two losses and desired to finish the campaign on a high note. Israel started the game with 21-18 and allowed the opponents to score another 18 points in the second frame. For Germany it was more than enough to take the lead at the halftime as they limited Israel to 11 points. In the second half the teams exchanged the narrow victories that brought 72:67 result on the board after 40 minutes.
Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Stephanie Wagner (182-F-90) added 13. Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) posted 12, while Lea Mersch (170-G-87) had 9.
Greece meanwhile wins British Basketball Invitational Tournament 2013 with 4 teams participated. In the third decisive game the Greek side overcame Great Britain and finished on top with 3-0 record. The hosts suffered their first loss and finished second with 2-1 record. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) has been named as Standard Life Tournament MVP!



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Greece wins British Basketball Invitational Tournament 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain-Greece 66:69

Greece wins British Basketball Invitational Tournament 2013 with 4 teams participated. In the third decisive game the Greek side overcame Great Britain and finished on top with 3-0 record. The hosts suffered their first loss and finished second with 2-1 record. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) has been named as Standard Life Tournament MVP!
Greece started with a 5-0 run and led 17:13 early in the game. Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.) made it 32:31 for the hosts and GB have stormed into a seven point lead in the 3rd quarter 41:34! At the end of the third quarter GB lead 52:50, while Greece took 61:58 advantage early in the fourth period. At the end Afroditi Kosma (187-F/C-83) shot three and gave Greece 57:56 lead. Greece led 63:61 with 90 seconds left and then Papamichail added two from the line for 65:61. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) went to the line to make 1 of 2 and gave the guests 68:63, while Limoura made the final score in the game.



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Bourges signs Chatilla van Grinsven - by Bas Hendriks

French champions Bourges Basket today announced the signing of Dutch international powerforward Chatilla Van Grinsven (190-F-89, college: St.Joseph's)

The SJU graduate played one game in preseason for the Connecticut Sun in WNBA before being waived by the team. Last year she led her team with 14.9 points and 10.4 rebounds a game. Later this week the former player of Almonte Eindhoven - new in the Dutch eredivisie coming season- will join the national team in order to reinforce the roster of national coach Meindert van Veen, looking to gain a spot for Eurobasket 2015.



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  INDONESIA   

WNBL stats leaders

WNBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Anggraeni, SHB 15.53
2 Sophia, SFV 15.33
3 Ningrum, TSJ 14.92
4 Ibo, TSJ 14.13
5 Christaline, SHB 13.07
Rebounds Per Game
1 Sophia, SFV 13.4
2 Hastari, MPP 12.47
3 Ibo, TSJ 11.13
4 Anggraeni, SHB 10.93
5 Ramadhani SHB 8.13
Assists Per Game
1 Ningrum, TSJ 5.62
2 Herawan, SFV 4.2
3 Sari Dewi, MPP 3.6
4 Christaline, SHB 3.47
5 Sinatra, SHB 2.79
Steals Per Game
1 Adhipuspitasari, SRD 2.6
2 Herawan, SFV 2.53
3 Sugianto, SFV 2.47
4 Anggraeni, SHB 2.4
5 Fedora Tsarine, SRD 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Sophia, SFV 3.27
2 Ramadhani, SHB 1.93
3 Ibo, TSJ 1.87
4 Achmad, RJW 1.8
5 Kalumata, TSJ 1.43


Asia-Basket.com All-Indonesian WNBL Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Asia-Basket.com All-Indonesian WNBL 1st Team 2013
Wulan Ayu Ningrum
Ningrum
Marlina Herawan
Herawan
Jacklien Ibo
Ibo
Mega Nanda Perdana Putri
Perdana Putri
Fanny Kalumata
Kalumata

Player of the Year: Jacklien Ibo (175-F-90) of Tomang Sakti
Sixth Woman of the Year: Tania Rasidi (160-G-91) of Sritex DS
Defensive Player of the Year: Natasha Debby Christaline (SG) of Sahabat S.
Coach of the Year: Wempi Wiyanto of Sritex DS

1st Team
G/F: Wulan Ayu Ningrum (174-G/F-85) of Tomang Sakti
PG: Marlina Herawan (163-PG-83) of Surabaya F.
F: Jacklien Ibo (175-F-90) of Tomang Sakti
F: Mega Nanda Perdana Putri (171-F-90) of Surabaya F.
SF: Fanny Kalumata (175-SF-89) of Tomang Sakti



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Germany tastes the initial success in Guildford - by Eurobasket News

Germany-Israel 72:67

Germany tastes the initial success in Guildford with 4 participating teams. In Day 3 the German side overcame Israel 72:67 and finished the campaign with 1-2 record. The Israeli team remained winless and ended up with 0-3 record.
Both teams entered the game with two losses and desired to finish the campaign on a high note. Israel started the game with 21-18 and allowed the opponents to score another 18 points in the second frame. For Germany it was more than enough to take the lead at the halftime as they limited Israel to 11 points. In the second half the teams exchanged the narrow victories that brought 72:67 result on the board after 40 minutes.
Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Stephanie Wagner (182-F-90) added 13. Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) posted 12, while Lea Mersch (170-G-87) had 9.
Greece meanwhile wins British Basketball Invitational Tournament 2013 with 4 teams participated. In the third decisive game the Greek side overcame Great Britain and finished on top with 3-0 record. The hosts suffered their first loss and finished second with 2-1 record. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) has been named as Standard Life Tournament MVP!



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  ITALY   


Miguel Mendez takes Famila Schio under control - by Eurobasket News

Miguel Mendez takes Famila Schio under control. The Spanish Specialist moves from Spain as he just left his Rivas Ecopolis.
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.



Shannon McCallum joins Umana Reyer - by Eurobasket News

Shannon McCallum (177-G-87, college: Charlotte) will continue her career in Italy. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with Umana Reyer. Shannon McCallum spent the last season in Iceland. She played for KR Reykjavik. Her stats read impressive 30.7 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 4.5 steals per game in Dominos League. She led KR into the Leagues Finals. Shannon McCallum made it into All-Icelandic League 1st Team. Shannon McCallum started her pro career with Riva Basket in Switzerland in 2011/12 season. She averaged 24.3 points, 5.2 boards, 3.8 steals and 2.3 assists per game in LNA. She made it into All-Swiss LNA 1st Team.


Umbertide bring in Karisma Penn - by Eurobasket News

Umbertide bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Karisma Penn (188-F-91, college: Illinois). The forward will start her pro career in Italy. Karisma Penn has just graduated from the University of Illinois. She posted 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.9 steals, 2.2 blocks and 1.4 assists per game in her senior season. She was named into All-Big Ten 2nd Team. Karisma Penn also earned Associated Press NCAA All-America Honourable Mention. The forward made it into Big Ten All-Freshmen Team back in 2010. Penn would make it into All-Big Ten 3rd Team in 2011 and 2012. She joined the New York Liberty training camp in May but was released several weeks later.


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Latvia U20 sweep the series against Ukraine U20 - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 sweep the series against Ukraine U20 as they win in all three games. After 67:58 victory, Latvia added 67:52 and 75:70 wins.
On May 26th Latvia U20 posted a 67:52 victory. Trailing 14-16 after the first period, Latvia won the rest of the quarters and sealed a confident 15-point victory. Kate Aizsila (172-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Kate Karlina Kreslina netted 13. Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93) scored 10 and Vineta Birina (185-C-96) as well as Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) had 9 each.
Tonight Latvia U20 celebrated a 75:70 win in overtime. Ukraine showed one of the best games, but could not taste the initial success. Latvia overcame 7-point deficit with 10 minutes to go in the fourth period and then posted a 14-9 surge in overtime. Renate Reine (180-G-94) stepped up with 19 points, while Guna Lagzdina and Krista Bridina poured in 11 each.



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  POLAND   


Elisa Aguilar agreed terms with CCC Polkowice - by Eurobasket News

Elisa Aguilar (172-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) agreed terms with CCC Polkowice for 2013/2014 season. The Spanish player will head to the Polish Champions from Spartak Moscow Region.
Last season in Russia she averaged 3.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.6apg this season. She helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Aguilar also played 16 games in Euroleague where she had 5.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.3apg. The last season she played at Rivas Ecopolis (LFB) in Spanish league. In 26 games she had 7.9ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.1apg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. Aguilar also played 21 games in Euroleague where she had 9.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.7apg. She contributed to her team making it to the final.
Among other achievements Aguilar's team won Spanish LFB Cup for three years in a row (between 2009 and 2011). She received also Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2009. Aguilar represented Spain at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 9.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 27.0%, 3PT: 47.2%.
Aguilar has played previously professionally in WNBA (San Antonio Silver Stars) and Spain (Ros Casares).



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  RUSSIA   


Russia edge Estonia one more time in Druskininkai - by Eurobasket News

Russia edge Estonia one more time in Druskininkai in the friendly series between two sides. In Game 2 Russia posted a comfortable 94:64 win. Russian took control from the first minutes and never looked behind. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) scored the first seven points in the game finished with total 14. Natalia Zhedik (184-SF-88) top-scored for the winners with 16 points.


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Serbian U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Serbian U20 National Team 2013
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Jovana Djordjevic
Djordjevic
Kristina Topuzovic
Topuzovic
Ivana Brajkovic
Brajkovic
Zorana Marinkovic
Marinkovic
Jelena Stankovic
Stankovic
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Jovana Djordjevic 187-F-93 Radivoj Korac Serbia
Natasa Zolotic 165-G-93 Sabac Serbia
Kristina Topuzovic 182-G/F-94 Radivoj Korac Serbia
Ivana Brajkovic 195-C-93 Radivoj Korac Serbia
Zorana Marinkovic 168-G-93 Jagodina 2001 Serbia
Jelena Stankovic 180-F-93 Sabac Serbia
Natasa Kovacevic 187-F-94 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Aleksandra Stanacev 167-PG-94 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Jelena Stulic 180-G/F-93 Jagodina 2001 Serbia
Tamara Rajic 182-G/F-93 Vrbas Medela Serbia
Dijana Stancic 182-G/F-93 Stara Pazova Serbia
Marija Mrsic 93 Vrsac Serbia
Vida Emese 188-F/C-93 Spartak Serbia
Tamara Miskovic 175-G-94 Vrbas Medela Serbia
Nevena Markovic 193-F-93 IUPUI USA
Milena Lakovic 93 Celarevo Serbia
Milica Toskovic 188-G-93 Dartmouth USA




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Lars Johansson adds Ashley Key to the National Team - by Eurobasket News

Lars Johansson adds Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) to the National Team camp that gets ready for Eurobasket 2013. The American player is Naturalized now after 4 years spent in Sweden.
After graduating from N.Carolina St. (NCAA) she was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA,3rd (35)). In 2007-2008 moved to Marbo Basket (Sweden-Damligan, starting five) and showed 13.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.5apg, Steals-3 (3.2spg), 2FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 74.5%. In 2008-2009 signed at Cukierki Odra Brzeg (Poland-PLKK, starting five) and had 9.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 18.6%, FT: 69.5%. Later in 2009-2010 moved back to Marbo Basket (Sweden-Damligan) and became the third top-scorer with 19.6ppg, 7.3rpg, Assists-4 (3.9apg), Steals-1 (3.8spg), 2FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 64.4%.
In 2010-2011 for Marbo Basket she improved to 21.0ppg, 6.0rpg, Assists-2 (3.9apg), Steals-3 (3.0spg), FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 78.1%, while in
2011-2012 for Mark Basket Marbo (Sweden-Damligan, starting five) Ashley Key became the top-scorer of the league with 22.8ppg, 7.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.3apg), Steals-2 (4.2spg), FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 77.7%. Last year for Mark Basket Marbo Kinna (Sweden-Damligan, starting five) her stats read 22.2ppg), 6.9rpg, Assists-1 (4.6apg), Steals-1 (3.2spg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 78.1%.



Farhiya Abdi joins Good Angels Kosice - by Tamara Ruzic

BK IMOS Brno has announced that their Swedish forward Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) will not return to the team next season and she is heading Kosice.
Abdi played two seasons in Brno. In the last season (which was her best of two) she averaged 15.8 points (43% FG), 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in EuroLeague Women and 16.4 points (45% FG), 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in the Czech league.
She currently is playing for Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA and will not be playing for Sweden in EuroBasket Women.
Earlier today Kosice manager revealed that Slovak players Lucia Kupcikova, Katarina Pindrochova, Barbora Balintova, Zofia Hruscakova and Beata Janoscikova will be returning.
Of the foreigners most likely to return is Tijana Krivacevic.



Udominate extend contract with Jeannie Saunders - by Eurobasket News

Udominate Basket Umea have extended the deal with one of the teams leaders. They signed a one-year extension with Jeannie Saunders (173-G-86, college: Salem Intern.). The guard joined the team at the start of the season. She quickly became one of the teams leaders. Jeannie Saunders tallied 15.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.8 steals per game in Damligan. She helped Udominate reach Damligan semifinals. Jeannie Saunders was named into All-Damligan 2nd Team. Previously Jeannie Saunders played for the Visby Ladies, Cabo Rojo Turistas and Columbus Hidden Gems. She was named All-Damligan Import Player of the Year back in 2011. The guard also made it into WBCBL National Tournament 1st Team in 2010.


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New coach for Riva Basket - by Melanie Nussbaumer

Riva Basket announced today that coach Fabrizio Rezzonico decided to not continue next season. The team already found his replacement in the name of Aldo Corno (agency: LBM Management ).
Coach Corno is not unknown in Riva as he coached there half of season 2008-09. He has a long experience and successfull in coaching both men and women, in Italy with the Italian national team, head coach from 1985 to 1991, from 1994 to 1995, from 1999 to 2004. 178 caps as head coach (italian recordman for basketball). Silver medal at UNIVERSIADI of Korea and MEDITERRANEAN GAMES of Tunisia. Participated in 14 euroleagues, 10 times in final and 6 times winner. From 2009-2012 he coached french women team Challes-les-Eaux Basket.





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TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket News

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

Finals: Round 5

May. 27: Altay Konak - Edirne 80-50
May. 27: Cankaya - Orman 67-84
May. 27: Botas - Orduspor 66-71


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. Thomas, Altay K.19.1 
 7. Taylor, 55 Genclik19.1 
 8. Melvin, Orman19.0 
 9. Atila, Izmir BSB19.0 
 10. Ayim, Orduspor18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharon HOUSTON
  Nallihan
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Houston, Nallihan18.9 
 2. Taylor, 55 Genclik14.9 
 3. Senyurek, Botas14.0 
 4. Stansbury, Cankaya13.8 
 5. Melvin, Orman13.0 
 6. Ozyigit, Asistanbul12.9 
 7. Lester, Edirne12.6 
 8. Jones, Bursa BSB12.5 
 9. Thomas, Altay K.12.5 
 10. Yalcinkaya, Sirin.12.4 
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 Konak5.3 
 6. Topdemir, Nallihan5.2 
 7. Turan, Bursa BSB4.9 
 8. Ozyigit, Asistanbul4.7 
 9. Atila, Izmir BSB4.7 
 10. Uykan, Edirne4.6 
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, Edirne2.5 
 8. Yalcin, Harran Uni.2.5 
 9. Bugdayci, Harran U.2.4 
 10. Uzun, Tekkekoy2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharon HOUSTON
  Nallihan
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Houston, Nallihan3.7 
 2. Gokova, Dizdar1.7 
 3. Jones, Bursa BSB1.7 
 4. Ayim, Orduspor1.6 
 5. Oztekin, Sirince1.5 
 6. Ekiz, Gure1.3 
 7. Bilen, Nigde T.T.1.3 
 8. Karatas, Edirne1.3 
 9. Menderes, Izmir B.1.3 
 10. Taylor, 55 Genclik1.2 


Altay Konak Belediyesi wins TKB2L Final Stage - by Eurobasket News

Altay Konak Belediyesi wins TKB2L Final Stage with 5-0 record. The team posted all the victories and triumphed in the country.
In the last game Altay Konak outscored Edirne 80:50. The game was mostly controlled by Altay Konak. Edirne was better in fourth quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Edirne to just 7 points in second quarter. Altay Konak dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Edirne's 24. Altay Konak had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Edirne's players. American forward LaToya Thomas (188-F-81, agency: Ronsport, college: Mississippi St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Nazli Bircan Gokdemir chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Kubra Dicle (187-C-92) responded with 10 points and 7 rebounds and Nihan Demirkol (172-G-92) scored 6 points and 7 rebounds.
In another games Cankaya lost to Orman 67:84. Chasity Melvin orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Ayse Ivegin (177-G-87) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Orman players scored in double figures. Tiffany Stansbury (191-F/C-83, college: N.Carolina St.) answered with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Gulcin Cantekin added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Cankaya.
Botas was beaten by Orduspor 66:71. Miranda Ayim nailed 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Arzu Akay (186-PF-76) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Orduspor's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Tilbe Senyurek came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds.



Canik Belediye renew a contract with Ekin Bas - by Can Ozay

Canik Belediyesi Sport Club's chairman, Ercan Bayrak and board of the management decide to renew a contract with Ekin Bas who was taking action in the middle of the 2012-13 season as a head coach of Canik Belediyesi. After the announcement of the official agreement, Chairman Ercan Bayrak talks to the media "We are renewing a contract with Ekin Bas and we approved his experience and knowledge". And then chairman additionally express his intention, "Next season our target is climb up to top positions of the league table with renovated and young squad".

Also coach Ekin Bas adds, "I am glad to be here. My special thanks to our mayor Mr. Genc, Chairman Ercan Bayrak and board of the management. Next year, we will combine our squad with determined young players and experienced foreign players".




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Ukraine continue tough schedule preparation - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine-Russian University team 76:57

Ukraine continue tough schedule preparation for EuroBasket 2013. The team played already 4 games in 5 days earlier and scheduled another three games in three days against Russian University team. Last night Ukraine posted a 76:57 win in the opener.
Ukraine won the first period 22-14, but could not control the end of the half. The Russian players replied with a 17-11 rally and reduced to 2 points at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game when Ukraine erupted with a 26-11 burst to seal the victory. Moreover they added 17-15 in the last stanza of the game.
Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) added 12. Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) and Mircheva posted 7 each, while Zaritska added 6. Tatyana Abrikosova (179-SG-89, agency: IPSA) and Anastasiya Loginova (190-C-90) nailed 10 points each in the losing effort. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) notched 9, whilst Liubov Paskalenko (205-C-90) poured in 8.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 23, Olexandra Kurasova 12, Olena Ogorodnikova 7, Mircheva 7, Zaritska 6
Russia: Tatyana Abrikosova 10, Anastasiya Loginova 10, Alexandra Tarasava 9, Liubov Paskalenko 8



Latvia U20 sweep the series against Ukraine U20 - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 sweep the series against Ukraine U20 as they win in all three games. After 67:58 victory, Latvia added 67:52 and 75:70 wins.
On May 26th Latvia U20 posted a 67:52 victory. Trailing 14-16 after the first period, Latvia won the rest of the quarters and sealed a confident 15-point victory. Kate Aizsila (172-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Kate Karlina Kreslina netted 13. Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93) scored 10 and Vineta Birina (185-C-96) as well as Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) had 9 each.
Tonight Latvia U20 celebrated a 75:70 win in overtime. Ukraine showed one of the best games, but could not taste the initial success. Latvia overcame 7-point deficit with 10 minutes to go in the fourth period and then posted a 14-9 surge in overtime. Renate Reine (180-G-94) stepped up with 19 points, while Guna Lagzdina and Krista Bridina poured in 11 each.



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Greece wins British Basketball Invitational Tournament 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain-Greece 66:69

Greece wins British Basketball Invitational Tournament 2013 with 4 teams participated. In the third decisive game the Greek side overcame Great Britain and finished on top with 3-0 record. The hosts suffered their first loss and finished second with 2-1 record. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) has been named as Standard Life Tournament MVP!
Greece started with a 5-0 run and led 17:13 early in the game. Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.) made it 32:31 for the hosts and GB have stormed into a seven point lead in the 3rd quarter 41:34! At the end of the third quarter GB lead 52:50, while Greece took 61:58 advantage early in the fourth period. At the end Afroditi Kosma (187-F/C-83) shot three and gave Greece 57:56 lead. Greece led 63:61 with 90 seconds left and then Papamichail added two from the line for 65:61. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) went to the line to make 1 of 2 and gave the guests 68:63, while Limoura made the final score in the game.



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 1-0 
 2. Chicago S. 1-0 
 3. Connecticut S. 1-0 
 4. Indiana F. 1-0 
 5. Washington M. 1-0 
 6. New York L. 0-1 
Western
 1. L.Angeles S. 1-0 
 2. Minnesota L. 0-0 
 3. Phoenix M. 0-1 
 4. S.Antonio SS 0-1 
 5. Seattle S. 0-1 
 6. Tulsa S. 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

May. 27: Tulsa S. - Washington M. 90-95 OT
May. 27: Phoenix M. - Chicago S. 80-102
May. 26: L.Angeles S. - Seattle S. 102-69

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 31: Indiana F. - Atlanta D.
May. 31: New York L. - Tulsa S.
May. 31: Chicago S. - Connecticut S.


Sparks, Sky and Mystics claim season-opening victories - by Eurobasket News

L.Angeles S. - Seattle S. 102-69
The announcement over the loudspeaker before the Sparks' game drew claps from the Staples Center crowd. "Tonight the Sparks report no injuries." It was a sharp contrast to the injury-riddled Seattle Storm team they were facing, which was playing without superstars Sue Bird (knee surgery) and Lauren Jackson (hamstring surgery), both of whom are sidelined for the season. The Sparks' relative depth showed in a big way in their 102-69 win in their season opener Sunday evening. It was their largest margin of victory in franchise history. They can thank their shooting for the record. Through three quarters, the Sparks shot a very impressive 69.8%. They finished the game outshooting the Storm, 62.1% to 40.6%. The Sparks turned the game into a blowout in the third quarter, going on a 24-5 run over the first eight minutes of the period. After building a 22-point lead with 5 minutes 18 seconds left in the third quarter, starters Candace Parker, Lindsey Harding and Alana Beard were taken out of the game. None of the starters played in the fourth quarter, yet they each finished in double figures. Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) led all scorers with 17 points on six-for-nine shooting. Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford) had 15 points on four-for-four shooting. Harding had 12 points on five-for-six shooting and Parker had 10 points on four-for-eight shooting. Marissa Coleman (6'1''-G/F-87, college: Maryland) came off the bench to score 12 points on four-for-five shooting. Perhaps even more impressive than how well the Sparks shot the ball was how well they shared it. The Sparks had 26 assists on 36 field goals. They had 15 fastbreak points. "It was a good start to the season," Parker said. "We shot the ball well, we moved the ball well, and we were able to come out in the third quarter and play defense and I think that was key." When the starters were taken out of the game, the reserves maintained their level of play, building the Sparks' lead up to as many as 35 points. "Having the depth ... is certainly going to bode well as we move through the long season," Coach Carol Ross said. Parker acknowledged that it was an ideal start, but she was careful to chalk it up as just that. "We didn't win the championship today," she said, "so we're just going to go back to the drawing board and move on to the next game." Courtesy of: latimes.com

Phoenix M. - Chicago S. 80-102
Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) outplayed double-dunking Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor) and had the third-best rookie debut in WNBA history, scoring 22 points to lead the Chicago Sky to a 102-80 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Monday. The No. 2 overall pick behind Griner in this year's draft, Delle Donne had 16 points by halftime as the Sky raced out to a 24-point lead. She added eight rebounds and finished only behind Candace Parker's 34-point debut for Los Angeles in 2008 and the 25 Cynthia Cooper scored for Houston in 1997. Griner became the third WNBA player to dunk and first to do it twice in one game. She had 17 points and eight rebounds, but was limited to two points in nine minutes because of fouls as Chicago built its big first-half lead. The only other WNBA players to dunk during a game were Parker, who did it twice, and Lisa Leslie. Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) had 26 points and five assists for the Sky. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) had 18 points and four assists, and Candice Dupree added 15 points for Phoenix. Griner came into the WNBA with expectations unlike any other player in league history. With a wingspan of 7-foot-4 and agility more like a much smaller player, Griner blocked more shots than anyone in NCAA history, man or woman, and changed the below-the-rim perception of women's basketball with 18 dunks. Griner turned a national spotlight toward the WNBA and the Mercury in particular, adding a big piece to a team already loaded with stars like Taurasi, Penny Taylor and Dupree. Griner's debut had downtown Phoenix buzzing with people and created an atmosphere inside US Airways Center like it was a playoff game. Griner got off to a good start, racing past Chicago's Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) for a tip-in on the game's first possession and swatting Prince on a drive to the basket. Delle Donne was the better player after that. Griner didn't take another shot in the first half after picking up her third foul with 2 1-2 minutes left in the first quarter and sat the rest of the way. Delle Donne showed off her versatility, scoring on drives, pull-up jumpers and a couple of 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer, to score 16 points by halftime. Phoenix also had no answer for Prince, who hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range and had 14 points by halftime. Chicago, taking advantage of Phoenix's shoddy defense and poor rebounding, hit 23 of 39 shots - 6 of 10 from the arc - and turning six offensive rebounds into 11 points for a 56-32 halftime lead. The Mercury started to play better in the third quarter. Griner scored on a three-point play with a turnaround to start the second half and swatted a shot in the post by Delle Donne. She scored again inside after missing an attempted skyhook - a shot she learned from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - and Bonner hit a 3-pointer that cut Chicago's lead to 64-52 with 2 minutes left in the quarter. It turned out to be too big of a hole to come back from. Prince hit a couple more 3-pointers - one set up by a wicked crossover - and the Sky led 74-52 headed into the fourth quarter. Griner brought the crowd to its feet with a one-handed dunk early in the fourth quarter and threw down a vicious two-hander - hanging on the rim for effect - after a turnover late, but Chicago was up by more than 20 at the time. Courtesy of: dailyherald.com

Tulsa S. - Washington M. 90-95 OT
Ivory Latta (5'6''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) didn't wait long to show the Tulsa Shock and its fans what they would missing without having her this season. In her return to the BOK Center on Monday, the veteran guard scored 27 points, helping the Mystics pull out a 95-90 win and spoiling Tulsa's WNBA home opener before 7,381 spectators and an ESPN2 television audience. After playing for the Shock in its first three years in Tulsa, Latta signed a free agent contract with the Mystics in the off-season. She made four 3-pointers, including one that banked in as she was fouled for a four-point play in the fourth quarter, and went 4-for-4 from the foul line over the final 16.7 seconds as the WNBA's worst team in 2012 opened with a win while sending the Shock to an 0-2 start. 'I thought Ivory hit a couple of back-breakers,' Shock head coach Gary Kloppenburg said. 'She was terrific." Latta also helped neutralize Tulsa's rookie backcourt. Celebrated first-round draft pick Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90, college: Notre Dame) had nine points and 11 assists in her first start before the home fans, and Angel Goodrich had seven points and four assists in her first pro start. 'I thought we had the game today,' said Diggins, who played a game-high 42 minutes, 26 seconds. 'We made some turnovers down the stretch. We change some of those and keep away from the fouls, and we're right there.' Roneeka Hodges (5'11''-G-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida St.), Elizabeth Cambage (6'8''-C-91) and Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) combined for 63 points for the short-handed Shock as Candice Wiggins, Nicole Powell and Tiffany Jackson-Jones watched from the bench. Powell was in uniform but Wiggins and Powell were in street clothes, wearing walking boots. Kloppenburg said Powell and Wiggins could be back in a few days, while Jackson-Jones' leg issue may take longer. 'That's three good players sitting on the sideline and two of them (Wiggins and Powell) are guards, and that hurt us today,' Kloppenburg. The 5-foot-11 Wiggins, known for her perimeter defense, might have been able to do more to slow Latta. At the same time, Diggins was forced to move from the point to fill Wiggins' role at shooting guard. 'I know the position,' Diggins said. 'Obviously, I would love to play more at the '1.' That's my position ... but I'm just doing what my team needs me to do, filling in for Candice - substitute teacher at the '2' spot.' Tulsa trailed for much of regulation, battled back to tie at 88-88 before the end, and then went cold in overtime. The Shock missed its first nine shots in the five-minute extra session and finished 1-for-10. In fact, the Shock went the final 3:34 of regulation without a field goal and the first 4:49 of overtime before Elizabeth Cambage scored with an offensive rebound with 11 seconds left. Hodges matched a career high with six treys and finished with 22 points to lead the Shock. Elizabeth Cambage, in her first home action since playing her rookie season with Tulsa in 2011, had 21 points and 10 rebounds - just five days after flying from Australia to rejoin the team. 'I felt like a newborn deer,' Elizabeth Cambage said. 'I was just trying to find my feet and get through a play without messing it up. But it's just the early days of our growing together, so it's going to be all right,' she said. After a slow first quarter, Johnson finished ferociously with 20 points and 14 rebounds - one off her career high. Tulsa's next home game is June 14 against the Minnesota Lynx. In between, the Shock plays at New York and Chicago on Friday and Sunday, respectively, and at Seattle (June 7) and Los Angeles (June 8). Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com