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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Ivan Ramljak heads to Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) will continue his career in Croatia. The forward has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Cedevita. Ivan Ramljak spent the last season in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He played for Siroki WWin. The forward posted 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in Adriatic League. He also notched 7.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in the Bosnian League. Ivan Ramljak used to play for Posusje before joining Siroki back in 2009. He was named into Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Defensive Team in 2011 and 2012. Ivan Ramljak used to play for U18 and U20 Croatian National Teams. Last year the forward joined the Croatian National Team.


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina U16 NT 2013 - by Facundo Iatzky

Coach Eduardo Japez will be the head coach of the U16 National Team that will play FIBA Americas U16 in Uruguay next month.
The list of 12 players is the following:
4- Maximo Fjellerup (192-G-97) of Argentino Juniors Tres Arroyos
5- Ayan Carvalho (192-G-97) of Echague Parana
6- Santiago Cuelho (185-G-97) of Capuchinos Concordia
7- Guillermo Aliende (178-PG-97) of Olimpico La banda
8- Christian Boudet (193-F-97) of Independiente Neuquen
9- Nahuel Paciotti (183-PG-97) of GEVP
10- Jeffrey Merchant (195-F-97) of Pueblo Nuevo Olavarria
11- Jorge Agustin Mas (194-G-97) of Atenas Cordoba
12- Lucio Delfino (198-F-97) of Union Santa Fe
13- Ignacio Onetto (207-C-97) of Provincial Rosario
14- Martin Fernandez (199-F-97) of Andes Talleres Mendoza
15- Lautaro Riego (198-C-97) of Boca Juniors





Argentina U19 NT 2013 - by Facundo Iatzky

CABB released the official list of 12 players who will play the U19 World Championship in Czech Republic.

They are:
Pedro Barral (188-PG-94) of Obras sanitarias
Franco Barroso (208-C-94) of Atenas
Matias Bernardini (190-SG-94) of Sportsmen
Lucas Gonzalez (200-PF-94) of Instituto Cordoba
Rodrigo Haag (193-SG-95) of Echague Parana
Ignacio Moreno (199-SF-94) of Huracan Trelew
Javier Saiz (206-PF-94) of hindu Cordoba
Gonzalo Torres (202-C-94) of Bahia Estudiantes
Juan Vaulet (199-SF-96) of Hindu Cordoba
Gaston Whelan (191-PG-94) of Hindu Cordoba
Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of Quimsa
Lucas Vildoza (191-G-95) of Quilmes

Head coach: Nicolas Casalanguida



Quimsa bring in Matias Sandes - by Eurobasket News

Quimsa are building their roster for the next season. They made another market move. Quimsa agreed on terms of contract with Matias Sandes (201-F/C-84). The centre spent the last season with Centro Juventud Sionista de Parana. He posted 9.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in LigaA. Previously the centre played for Fuenlabrada, Ford Burgos, Tau Ceramica in Spain as well as Boca Juniors in Argentina. He was named All-Argentinean LigaA Newcomer of the Year in 2005. The centre also earned All-Argentinean LigaA Honourable Mention in 2012. He was the member of U16, U18, U21 Argentinean National Teams. Matias Sandes has been the member of the Argentinean National Team since 2003. The centre was named into All-PanAmerican Games 2nd Team in 2011.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Daniel Kickert wins the title in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83) wins the title in Ukraine with his Budivelnyk as the latter became the new Superleague champions! Lots of sports betting companies predicted that and Budivelnik overcame Azovmash 82:70 in the seventh decisive game of the title series in Kyiv tonight. Leo Lyons posted 27 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts to the trophy.
Budivelnyk set the tone early in the game. The hosts poured in 28 points in the first ten minutes to gain a 9-point lead. Budivelnyk stayed red hot throughout the second frame. The hosts fired 30 points in the next ten minutes to arrive at halftime up by 19 points 58:39. Azovmash finally added aggressiveness to their defence in the third term. The Mariupol team slowed the home team down in the quarter. Azovmash cut the deficit at 16-point mark at the final break. Miroslav Raduljica and Lynn Greer gave Azovmash a spark of hope cutting the deficit to 11 points with under three minutes left in regulation. But Malcolm Delaney and Leo Lyons came up with timely baskets for Budivelnyk and the hosts ran away with the victory. Malcolm Delaney finished with 19 points, 6 assists and 4 boards, while Michailis Anisimovas added 14 points for the winners. Lynn Greer responded with 31 points for Azovmash. Miroslav Raduljica chipped in 20 points in the loss.
Daniel Kickert averaged 9.2 points per game for the Champions.



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  BELGIUM   


Brussels Basketball with newcomer Colt Ryan now ready for the 2013-14 Ethias League - by Bert Larsimont

During a very nice press conference held in a friendly atmosphere in the large lounge of the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Thursday evening, Coach Serge Crevecoeur has announced that US player Colt Ryan (196-G/F-90) has signed with Brussels Basketball for the 2013-14 season. The US forward who averaged 20.1 ppg, 89.3% from the FT line, 3.6 rpg, 4.0 apg and 1.5 spg in his senior year with Evansville in NCAA now completes the Brussels Basketball roster made up of 13 players: Nick Celis (194-G-88), Domien Loubry (186-G-85), Maxime Verspeeten (192-SG-94), Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88), Geoffrey Hockins (188-PG-88), Maxime Depuydt (192-F-92), Yannick Somers, Colt Ryan, Stephen Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara), Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84), Toly Kazakis, Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) and Brandon Ubel (208-F-91, college: Nebraska). Brussels Basketball is the new name of the Belgian capital's Ethias League team.

Coach Serge Crevecoeur stressed the fact that there are 9 players of Belgian nationality in his complete roster and that 9 of his players are also under age 25.

Basket Brussels' first game of next season is scheduled on Sunday, Oct. 6th (if no future modification due to TV rights). Brussels Basket of President Andre De Kandelaer will host RBC Verviers Pepinster in their modern facility of Neder-over-Hembeek, a close suburb of Brussels, on that day. This is now official: the Ethias League 2013-14 will be played with 10 teams. Earlier this week, RBC Verviers Pepinster (under a B licence, no European competition) was officially granted the right to continue in the Ethias League indeed.

The Brussels Basketball press conference was held in presence of local authorities, representatives of the federation, partners, journalists, reporters and correspondents as well as of great basketball personalities like Belgian Lions' Manager Jacques Ledure, ex-Belgian NT and Division I Head Coach Guy Crevecoeur (Serge's father), former star Terence Stansbury, etc.



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  BOSNIA   


List of candidates for BiH U18 National team - by Miljan Veskovic

Bosnia and Herzegovina basketball association announce the list of candidates for the U18 National team.

On the list are:

Sandro Gacic (Laboral Kutxa)
Adi Zahiragic (Spars)
Ivo Garic (Canarias Basketball Academy)
Djordje Kelecevic (Rookie)
Bojan Lulic (Maribor Messer)
Stefan Lakic (Varda HE)
Aleksandar Lazic (Union Olimpija)
Nedim Buza (Spars)
Haris Nurevac (Bosna)
Davor Karamatic (Capljina Lasta)
Dino Alic (Nets)
Amar Alibegovic (Roma stella Azzura)
Nedim Tunovic (Zlatorog Lako)
Darijan Stipanovic (Maribor Messer)
Imran Polutak (Krka)
Emir Sulejmanovic (Union Olimpija)
Milenko Predic (Rookie)
Stefan Djurasinovic (Estudiantes)
Nemanja Krtolica (Basket 2000)

Head coach: Nenad Markovic (agency: Beo Basket )



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  BOTSWANA   

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 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 17

May. 31: Dolphins - Saints
Jun. 1: Flames - Spartans
Jun. 1: Flames - Warriors
Jun. 1: Bullets - BDF V



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  BRAZIL   


Brazil U19 wins international tournament - by Eurobasket News

Brazilian U19 National Team celebrated victory at the international tournament in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso. They claimed two wins in as many games played. Brazil overcame Argentina on the final day of the competition 77:70. Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) and Arthur Pecos (182-PG-95) scored 14 points each to pace the winners.
Brazil rolled to a 20:11 lead at the end of the first quarter. The hosts stretched the lead in the second period. Brazil accumulated a 43:30 halftime advantage. Argentina stopped the rot in the third term. The visitors got within 10 points at the final break. Argentina got even closer in the fourth frame but Brazil stayed calm and sealed the winning outcome. Antonio Ferreira (194-F-95) finished with 10 points, while Felipe Ricci (180-G-95) added 7 points for the hosts.



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.5 
 2. Tyler, Trotamundos18.8 
 3. Smith, Cherkasy17.2 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.17.0 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.16.3 
 6. Milosevic, Tundja16.0 
 7. Marintchechk., Spa.15.9 
 8. Marinovic, Levski15.9 
 9. Panic, Balkan15.7 
 10. Bozov, Balkan15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Trotamundos
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Tyler, Trotamundos13.5 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.7 
 3. Galiotos, Perister.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan8.7 
 5. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.9 
 6. Marintchechk., Spa.7.4 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.4 
 8. Caloiaro, Rilski S.7.4 
 9. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.2 
 10. Gugino, Rilski S.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Walker, Beroe7.2 
 2. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.8 
 3. Marinovic, Levski5.1 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.4.7 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.4.6 
 6. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.3 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.1 
 8. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.9 
 9. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
 10. Karamfilov, U203.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.4 
 2. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 3. Zahariev, Rilski S.2.2 
 4. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.1 
 5. Green, Spirou2.1 
 6. Velikov, Cherno M.2.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.1.8 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.8 
 9. Holmes, Beroe1.7 
 10. Caloiaro, Rilski1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Trotamundos
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tyler, Trotamundos3.1 
 2. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.3 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.2 
 4. Dupree, Rilski S.1.1 
 5. Santos, Balkan1.1 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.1.0 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 8. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 9. Pantic, Levski Sof.0.7 
 10. Vrcelj, Cherno M.0.7 


Levski Sofia tied exciting NBL Finals - by Eurobasket News

Levski Sofia - Lukoil Academik 75-74 (2-2)

Levski Sofia tied exciting NBL Finals at 2-2. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. 29 personal fouls committed by Lukoil Academik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. International Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Veselin Veselinov (201-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) in the effort for Lukoil Academik. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: M.Marinovic 22+5reb+9ast, C.Kostov 19+2reb+1ast, M.Pantic 9+6reb+1ast, N.Protic 6, P.Ivanov 5+7reb, N.Varbanov 5+2reb
Lukoil Academik: V.Veselinov 16+6reb+1ast, D.Watkins 14+11reb+2ast, B.Popovic 12+2reb+4ast, B.Heath 9+4reb+6ast, T.Banev 8+3reb, D.Haritopoulos 8+7reb
gschID: 241986



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  COLOMBIA   


CHANGES IN BAMBUQUEROS AND MANIZALES OC - by Victor Garcia

Bambuqueros and Manizales OC did made changes on their rosters, Bambuqueros release the american guard Carl Edwards and get the well known in Colombia Jermaine Watson , Bambuqueros is trying to improve quickly to keep of the fight for the tittle.
Manizales OC gets the american power forward Jai Lewis (201-F-83, college: George Mason) to replace the injured Rome Sanders, Lewis an experienced big and strong player has been playing in Japan in the last three seasons.



PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL SEMIFINAL PLAYOFFS - 3RD GAMES - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros took the lead 2-1 in the 5 games series against Piratas, the game began with Piratas taking control of the actions specially thanks to a good night of the Venezuelan Player Edgar Arteaga, the first quarter finished with a 13 pts Piratas lead, from the second quarter Bukaros improve its defense and start to cut the gap, Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) and Freddy Asprilla was doing a nice job in the offensive side, but the end of the regulation was dramatic with Piratas leading the game by 4 ponts and less than 30 seconds in the clock, Asprilla got a foul and one to put Bukaros one point behind, then Piratas had Edgar Moreno on the free throw line with 3 seconds left making one of his shots but a foul over Lawrence Gilbert in the rebound puts him on the line , Gilber made both free throws and forced the over time.
In the overtime Bukaros more fuel and reached a 5 points lead to win the game.
Bukaros Frekaleche 105 J. Edwin 39 pts, F. Asprilla 20 pts
Piratas de Bogota 101 E. Artega 31 pts, T. Thomas 27 pts
BUKAROS LEADS 2-1

Bambuqueros had the arrival of Jermaine Watson to replace Carl Edwards, the Neivas team took the lead from the begining against an undersized Manizales OC team that played without Rome Sanders and Leonardo Salazar, the OC is waiting the arrival of the strong power forward Jai Lewis, Bambuqueros played a fine game in front of their crowd with Darrin Dorsey and Stalin Ortiz leading the way to cut the gap the in the series and keep their hopes alive for the fourth game tonight.
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 96 D. Dorsey 27 pts, S. Ortiz 22 pts
Manizales OC 76 A Jordan 20 pts, C. Ordoez 15 pts.
MANIZALES LEADS 2-1




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  CONGO-BRAZAVILLE   


Boris Meno (ex USK Praha) could sign at Maurienne - by Eurobasket News

Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (ProB) is about to tab 30-year old naturalized Congolese forward Boris Meno (203-105kg-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) who recently played at USK Praha in Czech Republic. In 41 NBL games he averaged impressive 16.6ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last season Meno played at Turi Svitavy (NBL) in Czech Republic league. In 38 games he had 14.8ppg and 8.4rpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Czech Rep. NBL All-Star Game.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Basketbol Brno (2Liga) in Czech Republic league. In 17 games he had 9.7ppg and 10.4rpg. A very impressive season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Bosman Player of the Year, selected to Honorable Mention and selected to All-Bosmans Team.
In 2009-10 season Meno played at BK Kondori Liberec (1Liga) in Czech Republic league. Impressive indeed as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Defensive Player of the Year. Part of previous (08-09) season he spent at Hermine Nantes Atlantique. In three games he had 5.3ppg and 4.7rpg. Meno also spent pre-season at STB Le Havre (ProA) earlier that year.
Among other achievements his college team won Southern Conference Tournament for three years in a row (between 2006 and 2008).
Meno is a very experienced player.
He graduated from Davidson College in 2008 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
Meno is described as: Defensively, he is capable of creating chaos, and his running and rebounding ability should give him numerous scoring opportunities in the paint.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CROATIA   


Ivan Ramljak heads to Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) will continue his career in Croatia. The forward has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Cedevita. Ivan Ramljak spent the last season in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He played for Siroki WWin. The forward posted 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in Adriatic League. He also notched 7.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in the Bosnian League. Ivan Ramljak used to play for Posusje before joining Siroki back in 2009. He was named into Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Defensive Team in 2011 and 2012. Ivan Ramljak used to play for U18 and U20 Croatian National Teams. Last year the forward joined the Croatian National Team.


Andrej Stimac top-scores and wins the trophy with the Lions - by Eurobasket News

Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) top-scores and wins the trophy with the Lions in Switzerland. His Geneve Lions are the new LNA champions. They prevailed against the Lugano Tigers 74:64 in the fifth decisive game of the championship series tonight. Andrej Stimac nailed 21 points to lead the hosts to the trophy.
The Lions pulled in front early in the encounter and marched a 21:17 lead after the opening frame. The Lions maintained the lead throughout the second period. They ensured a 44:34 halftime lead. But the Tigers bounced back strong in the third period. The visitors ignited a 17:5 rally to eke out a 51:49 lead with ten minutes remaining. The Lions pulled together in the fourth frame and responded in fashion. The hosts poured in 25 points in the final stanza and raced to the historic win at the end. Juwann James posted 17 points, while Kelvin Parker added 13 points for the hosts. Derek Stockalper responded with 18 points for Lugano. Branko Milisavljevic contributed 12 points in the loss.



Zoran Planinic and Kresimir Loncar finished the season in Russia - by Eurobasket News

Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) finished the season in Russia as Khimky could not make it to the Finals of VTB league. Khimky finished second in PBL League, could not make it to the EuroLeague Quarterfinals and was one step from VTB Final.
CSKA stormed past Khimky to enter the title series. The Russian Champions did not leave any chance to Khimky in the decisive Game 5 and posted an easy 87:64 win.
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Khimky helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Viktor Khryapa who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Andrey Vorontsevich chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Zoran Planinic produced 11 points and 5 assists and James Augustine added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
In 2012-2013 for BC Khimky Moscow Region Zoran Planinic averaged 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, Assists-1 (6.3apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 16.4%, FT: 66.7% in Euroleague. In VTB League his stats read 11.4 points per game.
Kresimir Loncar averaged 8.0ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 87.2% in EuroLeague. In VTB league his stats read 7.8 points per game.



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  CYPRUS   


2013 GSSE: Cyprus cruise past Iceland for third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus - Iceland 81:52

Cyprus claimed the third consecutive victory at the start of 2013 Games of Small States of Europe. They knocked down Iceland to stay perfect. Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) stepped up with 15 points and 6 boards for the winners.
Cyprus held their opponents to just 9 points in the opening quarter to pull ahead. They accumulated a 5-point lead at the first intermission. Cyprus fired 20 points in the next period to boost the gap to 16 points 34:18. Cyprus extended their dominance after the main break. They erupted for 29 points in the third term as they enjoyed a 28-point buffer heading into the final period. Iceland had little chance of rescuing this game as they had to surrender at the end. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-F/C-80), Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) and Georgios Palalas (185-PG-81) chipped in 12 points each for the winners. Brynjar Bjornsson (191-G-88, college: Francis Marion) answered with 17 points for Iceland. Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) had 10 points in defeat.

Cyprus: Grigoris Pantouris 15, Panagiotis Trisokkas 12, Anthony King 12, Georgios Palalas 12
Iceland: Brynjar Bjornsson 17, Jon Olafur Jonsson 10



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  DENMARK   


Naestved bring in Henry Wilkins - by Eurobasket News

Naestved bolstered their roster. They announced the signing of the import player. His name is Henry Wilkins (195-SG-90). The shooting guard spent the last three seasons playing for the Leeds Carnegie. Last season Henry Wilkins posted 10.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in EBA. He celebrated the British National Cup title with Leeds. Henry Wilkins was named the MVP of the tournament. Henry Wilkins was also EBL Division I champion with the Carnegie in 2011. Naestved have confirmed five players for the next season so far. These are Henry Wilkins, Martin Hoirup (195-F-82), Lars Hoirup (193-F/G-83), Alex Murphy (185-PG-88) and Nicolai Andersen (201-C-96).


Bakken Bears keep Andreas Jakobsen - by Eurobasket News

Bakken Bears have extended the contract of Andreas Jakobsen (187-PG-83, college: Columbia, MO). The point guard has been playing for the team since 2005. Last season Andreas Jakobsen posted 10.6 points, 3.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game in Ligaen. The guard was named All-Danish Ligaen Newcomer of the Year in 2006. He was also trumped All-Danish Ligaen Domestic Player of the Year in 2009. The guard was the member of the Danish National Team in 2007-10 seasons.


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  EGYPT   


Basketball clinic in Egypt by Cairo zone - by Sherif Soliman

Cairo basketball zone will be organizing a basketball clinic in Cairo stadium hall from the 3rd-8th of June, Most probably Nenad trinic the Serbian fiba instructor will be in Egypt to cover the sessions also Robert Taylor might join the clinic but till now he didn't get the release from the QBF. The clinic will be held under the auspice of the Egyptian basketball federation. Egyptian instructors like Samy shrouny, Ahmed Kamel, Ashrf Tawfeek and others will participate in the clinic.



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  FINLAND   


Markus Molenius agrees terms with Karhu Kauhajoki - by Eurobasket News

Karhu Kauhajoki bostered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Markus Molenius (203-F-92, agency: FCM). The forward signed a 1+1 deal with the team. Markus Molenius spent the last season in FoKoPo. He notched 10.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in Korisliiga. Earlier the forward had stints with Jarvenpaan Koripalloseura, Jarvenpaa and Kori-Konkarit. He was Finnish 1st Division regular season champion in 2011 and 2012. Markus Molenius was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Finnish National Teams. He participated at U20 European Championship in Division B last year. Markus Molenius posted 6.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in Sofia.


KORISLIIGA: Coach Gibson stays at Loimaa - by Rauno Hurmalainen

American Coach Greg Gibson , 44, will stay possibly five (5) more years as Bisons (Loimaa) Head Coach! Bisons and Gibson have re-signed the contract, which is model 3+2 years! After coaching Karhu (Kauhajoki) during the years 2003 - November 2009, Gibson became Korikonkarit (Loimaa) Head Coach in the year 2010. Already the first year was full of success and Gibson led LoKoKo from Division 1 into Top League (Korisliiga). Two years in Korisliiga and Gibson has made LoKoKo (nowadays Bisons) twice Finnish Champion! Bisons roster may get some changes, though. American G Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) may quit or move somewhere else - or may stay at Loimaa. The player himself knows best the future plans?


KORISLIIGA: Eero Lehtinen continues at Salo - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish G-F Eero Lehtinen (193-G-85) will start his second season on Vilpas (Salo) roster 2013-14. Lehtinen and Vilpas have signed a 1-year-contract. Lehtinen played passed season 45 games on SalVi roster averaging 11,5 ppg - 4,8 rpg in 29:24 mpg. Lehtinen was team's leading Finnish scorer.
In Division 1 FoKoPo (Forssa) will change the Coach. Head Coach Miikka Sopanen will be replaced by Juri Heinamaki, 26. Last season Heinamaki was the assistant coach under Sopanen. Still sad news from Aanekoski and Saynatsalo. Both Huima (Aanekoski) and Riento (Saynatsalo) will give up and not participate Division 1 A season 2013-14. The reasons are financial among other reasons.



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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.0 
 3. King, Selcuk Univ.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.1 
 5. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 6. Williams, Paris-.15.7 
 7. Sommerville, Nancy15.6 
 8. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.5 
 9. Schilb, Chalon15.4 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.7 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.5 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.1 
 6. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 7. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy6.9 
 10. Ajinca, Strasbourg6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Selcuk Univ.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. King, Selcuk Univ.7.4 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Schilb, Chalon5.2 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.8 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.7 
 7. Greer, Strasbourg4.7 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.5 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.3 
 10. Amagou, Roanne4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.2 
 2. Washington, Le Ma.2.0 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 4. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 5. Greene, Orleans1.7 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 7. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 8. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 9. Eldridge, s.Oliv.1.6 
 10. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.6 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 4. Sy, AS.1.2 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.1 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Issa, Le Mans0.8 
 9. Fall, Poitiers0.8 
 10. Plaisted, Limoges0.8 


Rouen tab Henry Kahudi - by Eurobasket News

Rouen has reportedly landed Henry Kahudi (193-PG-91, agency: Fusion Sports). The point guard spent his entire career in Le Mans. Last season the point guard notched 2.0 points, 1.3 boards and 1.0 assist per game in EuroLeague qualifying round. In EuroCup Henry Kahudi tallied 2.7 points, 1.2 boards and 1.2 assists per game. The guard also posted 1.4 points and 1.0 board in ProA. Henry Kahudi was the member of U16, U18 and U20 French National Teams.


Berck released Jimmy Verove - by Eurobasket News

Berck/Rang du Fliers Opale Sud (NM2) released 43-year old domestic forward Jimmy Verove (198-70). Verove also played at Landernneau (NM3) earlier that season.
He has played previously for four other France teams: JDA Dijon, Gravelines-Dunkerque, Etendard de Brest and Besancon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Berck released Jimmy Verove - by Eurobasket News

Berck/Rang du Fliers Opale Sud (NM2) released 43-year old domestic forward Jimmy Verove (198-70). Verove also played at Landernneau (NM3) earlier that season.
He has played previously for four other France teams: JDA Dijon, Gravelines-Dunkerque, Etendard de Brest and Besancon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Boris Meno (ex USK Praha) could sign at Maurienne - by Eurobasket News

Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (ProB) is about to tab 30-year old naturalized Congolese forward Boris Meno (203-105kg-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) who recently played at USK Praha in Czech Republic. In 41 NBL games he averaged impressive 16.6ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last season Meno played at Turi Svitavy (NBL) in Czech Republic league. In 38 games he had 14.8ppg and 8.4rpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Czech Rep. NBL All-Star Game.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Basketbol Brno (2Liga) in Czech Republic league. In 17 games he had 9.7ppg and 10.4rpg. A very impressive season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Bosman Player of the Year, selected to Honorable Mention and selected to All-Bosmans Team.
In 2009-10 season Meno played at BK Kondori Liberec (1Liga) in Czech Republic league. Impressive indeed as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Defensive Player of the Year. Part of previous (08-09) season he spent at Hermine Nantes Atlantique. In three games he had 5.3ppg and 4.7rpg. Meno also spent pre-season at STB Le Havre (ProA) earlier that year.
Among other achievements his college team won Southern Conference Tournament for three years in a row (between 2006 and 2008).
Meno is a very experienced player.
He graduated from Davidson College in 2008 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
Meno is described as: Defensively, he is capable of creating chaos, and his running and rebounding ability should give him numerous scoring opportunities in the paint.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Antoine Eito joins Le Mans - by Eurobasket News

Antoine Eito (186-PG-88) will continue his career in Le Mans. The point guard spent the last season with Orleans. He posted 2.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in EuroCup. Antoine Eito also notched 4.0 points, 2.1 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in ProA. Previously the point guard had spells for Vichy, ASVEL and Cognac. Antoine Eito is not new to Le Mans. He played for the team late in 2011/12 season. His stats then read 4.1 points and 1.1 boards per appearance.


St Quentin and Alexis Rambur split ways - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (ProB) parted ways 30-year old shooting guard Alexis Rambur (195-83). In 25 NM1 games he recorded 3.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.3apg this season. Rambur played there also last season. In 31 NM1 games he averaged 4.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the league title.
Rambur has played previously for two other France teams: JA Vichy and SPO Rouen.

By Eurobasket Data Center



ProA Round 2 of Finals. Nanterre even title series - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg - Nanterre 79-84

Nanterre snatched a road win over Strasbourg to even the championship series at 1-1. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-17. But Strasbourg IG won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Strasbourg IG helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 4 assists. Center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Strasbourg IG. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: L.Campbell 20+3reb+4ast, R.Greer 16+10reb+4ast, J.Greer 16+4reb, A.Ajinca 8+6reb, J.Shurna 6+3reb, A.Jeanneau 5+1reb+2ast
Nanterre: T.Meacham 26+1reb+4ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 13+7reb, S.Brun 13+5reb+1ast, D.Lighty 12+2reb+3ast, J.Nzeulie 9+2reb, M.Judith 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 241827



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Georgi Tsintsadze clinched the trophy with Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) clinched the trophy with Budivelnyk in Ukraine as the latter became the new Superleague champions! They overcame Azovmash 82:70 in the seventh decisive game of the title series in Kyiv tonight. Leo Lyons posted 27 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts to the trophy.
Budivelnyk set the tone early in the game. The hosts poured in 28 points in the first ten minutes to gain a 9-point lead. Budivelnyk stayed red hot throughout the second frame. The hosts fired 30 points in the next ten minutes to arrive at halftime up by 19 points 58:39. Azovmash finally added aggressiveness to their defence in the third term. The Mariupol team slowed the home team down in the quarter. Azovmash cut the deficit at 16-point mark at the final break. Miroslav Raduljica and Lynn Greer gave Azovmash a spark of hope cutting the deficit to 11 points with under three minutes left in regulation. But Malcolm Delaney and Leo Lyons came up with timely baskets for Budivelnyk and the hosts ran away with the victory. Malcolm Delaney finished with 19 points, 6 assists and 4 boards, while Michailis Anisimovas added 14 points for the winners. Lynn Greer responded with 31 points for Azovmash. Miroslav Raduljica chipped in 20 points in the loss.
Georgi Tsintsadze scored 3 points in the last game. In 2012/2013 season he averaged 9.1 points per game in Ukraine.



Special Interview with Nate Bowie the MVP of the Superleague - by Eurobasket News

Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) traveled about 5 years before leaving his stamp once again in another league. This time the Republic of Georgia Superleague with Rustavi Energy. Nate was named the Most Valuable Player after he took Rustavi Energy to a 3 seed and to the playoffs, leading the league in points and steals with averages of 21.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assist and 3.3 steals per game showing he is ready for a even higher level.

1. You had an outstanding season personal wise and team wise. What are your thoughts of this season?
Well of course a true competitor as myself was a little short that my team felt a little short in reaching the superleague championship but I think it was a huge step forward for Rustavi Energy as well as my career. You go in the preseason to set yourself apart from any other athlete in your league, and that was my whole mind set this season.

2. Subsequently you led the Portugal and Georgia is scoring. What were the differences between your season this year and last?
Well I think not much change this season from last year. This past summer I put in a lot of work with other professional players from Kansas City to better my game. Worked on a lot of scoring options off the ball as well as off the opposite pivot. I feel to be a true weapon you have to be deadly at every aspect in the game. This is what makes a opponent difficult to guard. Leaves the defense guessing.

3. Before you came here you have played in Slovenia, Qatar and Portugal. What are the differences between those and Georgia Superleague?
Well I would say Slovenia and Georgia is a lot alike. Both leagues have tall players but the difference between them is that Slovenia league is a lot more physical. The referees let a lot of things go. Which can be good at times. Portugal is a faster league than Georgia as well as having more athletes. But overall on paper I would say The Republic of Georgia ranks at the top, on paper.

4. As a American citizen, what do you think about Georgia as a country after living here for a season?
Well every country has its pros and cons. I met a lot of nice people that I will always remember in my life. For some people it can be a cultural shock due to lack of ethnicity. But I had a good time especially once everyone knew who I was in the country made it a lot easier. The capital Tbilisi also gave me a bit of American cuisine and cultural that I missed from time to time. But overall it was a decent experience.

5. How where you able to ascend your defense this season in Georgia? As I presume you are living up to the nickname Edward Scissorhands.
Well that was another aspect I wanted to work on more during the offseason. I always been a solid defender, but when your a guard filling up the net with baskets people tend to forget about other aspects of my game. So this was another thing I wanted to set myself apart from other players in the league. I loved to jump the passing lanes as well as lock down on ball defending.

6. In your free time you watch a lot of basketball around Europe. Do you think it's a difference between other leagues and the Superleague in the Republic of Georgia?
Well it's always a difference in each and every league in Europe. Some are pros and others are cons.

7. You are a very unorthodox player giving you the edge against your opponents. Which position do you favor the most?
I prefer a point guard. Been a point guard most of my life. Sometimes teams I have been on have moved me to the 2 position to play off ball if our team is struggling to get a basket. Mostly down the stretch of the game. But I'm for sure a point guard.

8. In your career you have climb up the ladder each year proving to the world of basketball that you are a great player. How important was these obstacles in your career?
I don't like the saying that obstacles make you stronger because sometimes obstacles can break someone down where they no longer can try anymore. So I try to look as obstacles a dead end road, that you have to put the car in reverse and try another road. That's basically how my career summed up. It's funny checking in on all the coaches or agents that didn't give me a chance to show them my skills. I say this with all the joy and respect I can give. I'm at a point in my career where I'm very happy with. It's been a long road but worth it.

9. Which players do you look up to in order to model your game after?
I'm a huge fan of Earl The Pearl Monroe. I use to try to patter my game after him. Me being a little guard you have to love other guys that's smaller, like Isaiah Thomas, Spud Webb, Nate Archibald and even Allen Iverson.

10. What are your plans for this summer?
My plans for this summer is to first take a few weeks off from the game of basketball and let my body rejuvenate. But most importantly spend time with my family. Than I plan on going even harder with workouts with teams, individuals as well as summer leagues. It's a huge upcoming year so I have to be ready any opportunity my agent presents me with. Me getting 9 awards this season is only the beginning but at the same time a product of my off season workouts

11. The whole world is waiting to know what is your next move in your career next season?
You will be the first to know.
Want to thank my eurobasket followers and my family and friends. As well as my agents for working hard. Will talk to ya soon. Thanks.



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Bryan Bailey Remains With BBC Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

While teammates like Joe Trapani or Beckham Wyrick might be enjoying their extended summer vacation in the States, Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80, college: Bucknell) continues to be hard at work as he is competiting in the Italian playoffs with Acea Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA). Bailey just cant get enough of basketball at the moment or BBC Bayreuth as the club announced today that the American from New York will play 2 more years in Bayreuth. Last season for Bayreuth, the 32 year old 185cm guard played 33 games: 12.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 39.7%, FT: 84.7%. Since turning pro in 2002, the American has enjoyed playing basketball in Germany as he will be playing his eighth season there this upcoming season. He played 5 seasons with the Artland Dragons, one in Wurzburg and briefly with Oldenburg. "Bryan brings consistency to the team. He always brings the maximum no matter what in practice or in the game", stressed head coach Predrag Krunich. Currently in Italy he is averaging 4,5ppg, 2,6rpg and 1,9apg. Even if he is enjoying a new experience in Italy where he is fighting to reach the final, he knows exactly what he ahs with BBC Bayreuth. "I am happy that I will continue to play in Bayreuth and am looking forward hopefully to a successful season. I believe that we can build on last season and get better", added Bryan Bailey.

Source: BBC Bayreuth



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  GREECE   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.2 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.3 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.1 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.0 
 8. McGrath, Zalgiris13.3 
 9. Printezis, Olympia.13.2 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.5 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.3 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios6.8 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR5.7 
 10. Charissis, Aris5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.7 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.3 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.7 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.5 
 7. Gibson, Ikaros3.3 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 9. Pappas, Panionios3.1 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.0 
 3. Pappas, Panionios1.9 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 8. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Perist.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Petway, AGOR2.6 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 4. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 5. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 6. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 7. Charissis, Aris1.0 
 8. Lasme, Panathin.1.0 
 9. Hines, Olympiacos0.7 
 10. Powell, Olympiacos0.7 


Olympiacos and Panathinaikos step closer to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Panionios 81-55 (2-0)

The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Panathinaikos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International swingman Michael Bramos (197-87, college: Miami, OH) scored 15 points to lead the charge for the winners and Gabonese forward Stephane Lasme (203-82, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 11 points during the contest. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Nikos Pappas (195-90, agency: FCM) scored 9 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: M.Bramos 15+4reb+2ast, S.Lasme 11+3reb, S.Schortsanitis 9+4reb, D.Diamantidis 9+3reb+1ast, R.Ukic 6+3reb+4ast, J.Maciulis 6+4reb+1ast
Panionios: L.Milbourne 10+5reb, V.Jankovic 10+3reb+1ast, N.Pappas 9+3reb+3ast, G.Athanasoulas 8+2reb+2ast, M.Payne 5+1ast, D.Agravanis 3+1reb
gschID: 241985


Olympiacos - AGOR 87-72 (2-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. AGOR managed to win second period 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by AGOR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists during the contest. American forward Brent Petway (204-85, college: Michigan) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian guard Uros Duvnjak (190-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 21 points. Four AGOR players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: K.Papanikolaou 19+7reb+2ast, G.Printezis 15+1reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 11+2reb+6ast, P.Antic 10+1reb+1ast, K.Hines 8+5reb, M.Gecevicius 8+2reb
AGOR: U.Duvnjak 21+1reb+1ast, P.Horne 13+5reb+3ast, B.Petway 12+9reb+3ast, N.Kommatos 12+4reb+3ast, N.Angelopoulos 6+4reb+3ast, M.Antonio Carter 3+3reb
gschID: 241984



Karidakos stays at Polis Kallitheas - by Dimitris Kalovelonis

Polis Kallitheas announced that Giannis Karidakos is staying at the team for one more year.The 32 yeard old veteran helped Polis to succed promotion in Greek B League for first time,so he will remain to Polis roster in order to help the team survire next year at B League.
The announcement:

"We announce the renewal of our partnership with the athlete KARYDAKI IOANNI (32, 2.00), and we wish him every success in the challenging championship of the Second National Division."



Koukas signs at Ethnikos Piraeus - by Dimitris Kalovelonis

It seems that Ethnikos Piraeus is making the roster for next season in order to succed promotion.Today they announced that Giorgos Koukas (180-G-85, agency: FCM) signed to Ethnikos Piraeus for next year.
Ethnikos Piraeus announcement:


"The blue and white shirt to wear for a second time George Koukas after agreeing to all of the Steering Committee. Playmaker, 28, with a height of 1.80 has played nine years in the A2 and is considered one of the most capable and experienced guards in National League.

Last season George Koukas played in 14 games with Ikaros Serres in A2. In the first half of the season's military obligations kept him for a considerable time out of action, but then returned a vengeance, culminating in an away game against champions Kifissia. In that game he had 19 points with four three-pointers, and 9 assists! Overall had 9.4 points and 3.2 assists per game, with 85% free throws, 38% on twos and 33% on threes.

He began his career at the infrastructure of OSPF, 2003-04 went to DP Papagos as next year he wore the jersey of Near East and the 2005-2006 season he played at Sporting having 29 entries. In 2006, transcribed in Daphne and in the summer of 2007 wore the shirt Pangration for two years, having a total of 60 entries. The 2009-10 season went to Crete on behalf of the boy during the years 2010 and 2012 he played with the colors of Ikaros Serres stopover the National. "



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  GUYANA   


Haynes Foundation donates gear to YBG - by Don Farrell

GUY - Haynes Foundation donates gear to YBG
Posted by admin on 2013-04-30 05



YBG directors Chris Bowman (left) and Rayad Boyce pose with the gear and equipment donated by the Haynes Foundation
United States of America (USA)-based organisation Haynes Foundation continued their support of the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) elite programme by providing the local basketball group with equipment and gear.
The overseas organisation which manages both of Guyana's basketball websiteswww.youthbasketballguyana.com and www.guyanabasketball.com, donated 40 pieces of reversible training tops, jumps ropes, bandages, cones, 30 internationally approved basketballs for mini/girls and regular competition and a portable game clock along with a manual scoreboard to booth.
The manual scoreboard according to YBG organisers is expected to enhance the upcoming the regional conference games which are expected to tip off on May 3.
Meanwhile Co-director of YBG Chris Bowman expressed his gratitude for the support from the Haynes Foundation and their ongoing support to youth basketball in the country.
About the Haynes Foundation
The Haynes Foundation Inc. supports the humanitarian, educational and sporting needs for the children of Guyana regardless of race, religion, class, or any other criteria. Since 2006, Haynes Foundation has distributed goods, equipment and services to more than 500 children. The mission of the Haynes Foundation is to provide the necessary resources and services to enhance the personal growth and development of disadvantaged children who might otherwise never realize their potential in both Guyana and the USA.
The specific purposes of the Haynes Foundation are to:
Support social issues in the development of sports and education in Guyana and USA;
Deliver sports clinics, equipment and activities for student athletes in Guyana;
Foster youth-serving programs to support health, education, youth and family development;
Raise the awareness of AIDS/HIV, STDs and Teenage Pregnancy prevention;
Provide clothing, shoes and grooming for under privilege children and Orphanages and
Provide school base services to prevent drug and alcohol abuse, academic drop out, and delinquency.
About Youth Basketball Guyana
Our mission is two-fold: The first part involves building an expansive structure for youth basketball by establishing better links between grass-root and youth/school involvement, right up to senior level competition. The second very important connection is related to providing greater opportunities for our youngsters by promoting the value of education through the formation of well rounded student athletes.
The necessity of structure to youth basketball is at the forefront of this initiative but with such growing concerns over illiteracy, HIV/ Aids and other dangerous trends facing our youths, Youth Basketball Guyanawill place equal emphasis on education and personal leadership.
Our hope therefore is that we can play a role in shaping the game for the next generation by working with stakeholder groups, be it the NSC, Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture, Ministry of Education, partners like the Haynes Foundation or the various Associations. We would not be able to do everything, but we can do something. The question then is what is the best that we can do that will create an environment for youth basketball to strive and to lay the foundation for the game to grow in Guyana.






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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Cananea
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Austin, Cananea20.9 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.5 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 4. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 5. Dunn, Kaposvari19.2 
 6. Copeland, San G.18.8 
 7. Wood, Albacomp18.7 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.18.7 
 9. Shaw, Fribourg18.5 
 10. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.10.7 
 2. Bader, Szolnok9.2 
 3. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 4. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 5. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.1 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.1 
 8. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 9. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari6.5 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.2 
 3. Moore, Albacomp6.2 
 4. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.9 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.5 
 6. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 7. Copeland, San G.5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.5 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.7 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 4. Moore, Albacomp2.3 
 5. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.2.0 
 8. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.0 
 9. Williams, Atomeromu1.8 
 10. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 3. Barovic, Soproni0.9 
 4. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 6. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 8. Fey, Shinshu BW0.6 
 9. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.6 
 10. Dramicanin, Jaszb.0.6 


A Division Round 4 of Finals. Szolnok force decider - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - Albacomp 83-79

Szolnok outscored Albacomp at home court to force the decisive fifth game in the title series. Albacomp trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 31-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-83 at the end of the game. Szolnok made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Albacomp helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 17 points for the winners. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) produced 19 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: J.Florence 17+2reb+2ast, I.Nemeth 15+1reb+3ast, R.Bell 10+2reb+2ast, M.Bader 10+11reb, A.Horvath 10+2reb+3ast, B.Simon 8+1reb+5ast
Albacomp: R.Moore 19+4reb+6ast, D.Hollis 15+5reb, J.Jones 15+4reb+1ast, B.Wood 12+6reb+3ast, Z.Szabo 5+1reb+2ast, A.Keller 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 241928



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  IBL   


Deane's 29 rebound night nets him Player of the Week nod - by Kip Leonetti

This week, the International Basketball League Player of the Week award presented by Phiten goes to Daniel Deane (6'9''-F, college: Oregon St.) of the Salem Sabres. Not only did he average 20 points and 15 rebounds per game in three games this past weekend, he has tied the IBL all-time record for most rebounds in one game at 29 on Monday versus the Nippon Tornadoes.

One of the Sabres partners, Sterling Alexander, raves about Deane in many ways. Daniel works hard crashing the boards, on offense, defense and is doing a wonderful job. It is evident he is working on his game on and off the court, with desires to go overseas and is diligent to make that happen. He plays physical, and with contact underneath the basket has the strength which gives him the ability to get into position and he goes after it. Deane gives us 110% when he is on the floor, Sterling stated.

Deane will look to keep up his strong play as the Sabres travel to Vancouver to face the Volcanoes on May 31 before hosting the Nippon Tornadoes on June 1 at Chemeketa Community College to kick off a three game homestand.



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  ICELAND   


2013 GSSE: Cyprus cruise past Iceland for third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus - Iceland 81:52

Cyprus claimed the third consecutive victory at the start of 2013 Games of Small States of Europe. They knocked down Iceland to stay perfect. Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) stepped up with 15 points and 6 boards for the winners.
Cyprus held their opponents to just 9 points in the opening quarter to pull ahead. They accumulated a 5-point lead at the first intermission. Cyprus fired 20 points in the next period to boost the gap to 16 points 34:18. Cyprus extended their dominance after the main break. They erupted for 29 points in the third term as they enjoyed a 28-point buffer heading into the final period. Iceland had little chance of rescuing this game as they had to surrender at the end. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-F/C-80), Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) and Georgios Palalas (185-PG-81) chipped in 12 points each for the winners. Brynjar Bjornsson (191-G-88, college: Francis Marion) answered with 17 points for Iceland. Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) had 10 points in defeat.

Cyprus: Grigoris Pantouris 15, Panagiotis Trisokkas 12, Anthony King 12, Georgios Palalas 12
Iceland: Brynjar Bjornsson 17, Jon Olafur Jonsson 10



Latest signing. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Few teams in Iceland have sign back important players for upcoming season and others have add new on.
Hottur has sign back Frisco Sandidge and Austin Magnus Bracey. Sandidge was Eurobasket.com player of the year and Bracey holds double passport US & Icelandic.
Hottur also sign Hreinn Birgisson who comes from Tindastoll.Tindastoll has sign US/Icelandic passport holder Darrell Flake who played for Thor last season
Stjarnan sign back Icelandic player of the year Justin Shouse, Shouse has double citizenship.
KFI has sign big men Mirko Virijevic who played for the team last season
Snorri Hrafnkelsson moves from Keflavik to Njardvik.
Keflavik sign former player Throstur Johannsson who played for Tindastoll last 2 season, keflavik also sign Gunnar Olafson from Fjolnir



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  IRELAND   


Irish U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Irish U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Aidan Quinn
Quinn
Andy Bartley
Bartley
Cillian Fahy
Fahy
Conor Quinn
Quinn
Dylan Costelloe
Costelloe
#e#5
Aidan Quinn 187-G-95 Belfast Star Ireland
Andy Bartley
Cillian Fahy Fr.Mathews Ireland
Conor Quinn 187-G-95 Belfast Star Ireland
Dylan Costelloe Moycullen Ireland
Kevin O'Hanlon 186-PG-95
Liam Pettigrew
Mark Ryan 191-C-95 UCD Marian Ireland
Oscar Moran Tolka Rovers Ireland
Patrick Lyons 187-PG-95 Moycullen Ireland
Ross McCann 95
Stephen O'Brien Moycullen Ireland

Greg Petrovic Head Coach



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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. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi17.1 
 5. Datome, Acea V.17.0 
 6. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 7. Diener, Banco d.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.8.4 
 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 VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Brown, Montepaschi3.8 
 8. Taylor, Acea V.3.8 
 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. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 6. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 7. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 8. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 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, Montepaschi1.5 
 3. Lawal, Acea V.1.5 
 4. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 
 10. Cusin, Cantu1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 21
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.21.0 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.20.5 
 3. Young, Upea CdO19.5 
 4. Mays, Givova S.18.8 
 5. Marigney, Prima V.18.8 
 6. Roderick, LeGamber.18.6 
 7. Green, Novipiu Cas.18.5 
 8. Jenkins, C.de L.18.0 
 9. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 10. Griffin, Fileni B.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.6 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 3. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 4. Mosley, Biancobl.9.1 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.0 
 6. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.5 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.1 
 9. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.0 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERNANDEZ
  C.de L.
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Fernandez, C.de L.5.1 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.7 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.6 
 4. Roderick, LeGamber.4.3 
 5. Ware, Novipiu Casa.4.3 
 6. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 7. Gay, Aget S.4.3 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Prima V.3.3 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 2. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 3. James, FCM F.2.3 
 4. Fernandez, C.de L.2.3 
 5. Mays, Givova S.2.3 
 6. Forray, Pall.Trento2.2 
 7. Guarino, FCM F.2.1 
 8. Battle, Upea CdO2.0 
 9. Vitali, Biancobl.2.0 
 10. Filloy, AcegasAp.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 4. Griffin, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.1 
 6. James, FCM F.1.1 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 8. Butkevicius, Novip.0.9 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.9 
 10. Brkic, C.de L.0.8 


Lega2 Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Brescia and Novipiu Casale claim wins - by Eurobasket News

Novipiu Casale - Giorgo Tesi PT 85-72

Novipiu Casale opened win count at the semifinal series versus Giorgio Tesi Pistoia. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a good game for American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 4 assists. The former international swingman Niccolo Martinoni (202-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Two Points) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Tuscany Pistoia. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tuscany Pistoia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Giorgo Tesi PT: D.Fajardo 18+9reb, A.Graves 13+1reb+4ast, R.Cortese 13+3reb, R.Rullo 11+1ast, F.Toppo 7+9reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 4+4reb
Novipiu Casale: C.Ware 24+2reb+4ast, R.Green 18+3reb+3ast, M.Malaventura 16+1reb, N.Martinoni 15+11reb+1ast, G.Ferrero 4+6reb+1ast, P.Butkevicius 3+6reb
gschID: 241295


Pall.Trento - C.de Latte BRE 62-79

Brescia stole a road win over Trento to step closer to the Finals. The game without a history. C.de Latte BRE led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. C.de Latte BRE forced 24 Pall.Trento turnovers. It was a great evening for American swingman J.R. Giddens (196-85, college: N.Mexico) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. Argentinian guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple) helped adding 16 points and 5 assists. Four C.de Latte BRE players scored in double figures. C.de Latte BRE's coach Alberto Martelossi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Pall.Trento: L.Garri 19+10reb, L.Dordei 10+7reb+1ast, B.Elder 10+2reb+2ast, L.Conte 9+3reb+4ast, D.Pascolo 6+3reb, M.Spanghero 3+2reb+1ast
C.de Latte BRE: J.Giddens 23+7reb+3ast, M.Jenkins 18+4reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 16+3reb+5ast, D.Brkic 11+3reb+1ast, N.Barlos 5+2reb, A.Scanzi 4+1reb
gschID: 241294



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  KOSOVO   


Hajrizi goes to champions, Peja - by Dren Shporta

Kosovan player of the year of last season (2011/12), Drilon Hajrizi (203-F-91), has been transferred to new champions of Kosovo - Peja.

The Mitrovica born player who played his entire career in Trepca, since the junior team, has decided to change ambient.

In an exclusive talk with kosovan sport news portal www.borozani.com, Hajrizi claimed that the main reason of going to Peja are - club ambitions to fight for every trophy.

He also mentioned that he isn't bothered from the starting five fight, because of concurrence in team, as he loves to fight for a place in.

Peja has achieved to win the kosovan championship by beating Sigal Prishtina 3-0 in the Play-Off finals.



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  LBQ   

Standings

LBQ Standings
 1. Royal 7-2 
 2. Jaguars 6-2 
 3. Page-Dynamo 5-4 
 4. Seigneurs 4-4 
 5. Revolution 3-6 
 6. Monteregie 1-8 

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 30: Monteregie - Seigneurs 71-70
Jun. 1: Page-Dynamo - Monteregie
Jun. 1: Royal - Jaguars
Jun. 2: Page-Dynamo - Revolution
Jun. 2: Royal - Seigneurs


Latest wins for Royal and Jaguars - by Eurobasket News

Royal kept the leading position in LBQ ladder. They claimed the 7th win in the season edging Montegrie in Quebec. Charles Fortier (6'4''-G/F-79) stepped up with 22 points to pace the winners. Royal dominated from start to finish to earn a comfortable win. Samuel Audet-Sow (6'6''-F-80) scored 16 points for the home team. Kaba responded with 12 points for Montegrie as they slipped at 1-8 record.
In the meantime Jaguars held off Page-Dynamo 81:74 at home court. It was the battle between the second and third ranked teams in the League. The hosts proved the strength behind 17 points from Ruhezamihigo Hamza. Evens Laroche (6'4''-F) added 16 points for the winning side. Page-Dynamo answered with 19 points from Manix Auriantal (6'2''-G-80, college: NYIT).



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania U19 lose to Australian counterparts in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian U19 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming World Championship. They hosted the Australian counterparts in the opening clash of three-game exhibition series. The Emus dominated throughout the bigger part of the game and posted a well-deserved 72:57 victory at the end.
The Emus got to a strong start. The Aussies jumped at 19:11 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania picked up the tempo in the second frame. The hosts fired 23 points in the next period to cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the interval 34:38. But the Emus regained control after the big break. Australia went on a 19:9 run in the third period and ensured a 14-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Australia kept Lithuania at bay throughout the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) topscored for the hosts with 13 points. Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) added 8 points, while Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94), Mantvydas Staselis (190-G/F-94), Martinas Gebenas and Rokas Gustys (204-C-94) had 5 points each in the loss.



Michailis Anisimovas and Dainius Salenga win the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Michailis Anisimovas and Dainius Salenga win the title abroad with Budivelnyk in Ukraine as the latter became the new Superleague champions! They overcame Azovmash 82:70 in the seventh decisive game of the title series in Kyiv tonight. Leo Lyons posted 27 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts to the trophy.
Budivelnyk set the tone early in the game. The hosts poured in 28 points in the first ten minutes to gain a 9-point lead. Budivelnyk stayed red hot throughout the second frame. The hosts fired 30 points in the next ten minutes to arrive at halftime up by 19 points 58:39. Azovmash finally added aggressiveness to their defence in the third term. The Mariupol team slowed the home team down in the quarter. Azovmash cut the deficit at 16-point mark at the final break. Miroslav Raduljica and Lynn Greer gave Azovmash a spark of hope cutting the deficit to 11 points with under three minutes left in regulation. But Malcolm Delaney and Leo Lyons came up with timely baskets for Budivelnyk and the hosts ran away with the victory. Malcolm Delaney finished with 19 points, 6 assists and 4 boards, while Michailis Anisimovas added 14 points for the winners. Lynn Greer responded with 31 points for Azovmash. Miroslav Raduljica chipped in 20 points in the loss.
Michailis Anisimovas averaged 10.3 points per game this season. Dainius Salenga showed 8.2 points per game.



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  LUXEMBOURG   


2013 GSSE: Luxembourg storm past San Marino - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg - San Marino 88:37

Luxembourg registered the third win in a row at the start of the 2013 Games of Small States of Europe. The hosts thrashed San Marino to remain perfect. Luxembourg and Cyprus share the top position with 3-0 records. Six Luxembourg players scored in double digits in this one. Larrie Smith (198-F-75, college: Tenn Tech) posted 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners.
Luxembourg fired 28 points in the first period to take an 18-point lead. The home team dominated every facet of the game in the next three periods as well. Luxembourg piled up a 48:16 halftime advantage. The hosts did not slow down in the third term. They cleared off to a 69:25 lead at the final break. Luxembourg finished off San Marino with a 22:12 rally in the final period. Jean Kox (199-PF-90) delivered 13 points, while Samy Picard (196-PF-88) added 12 points in the victory. Enrico Zanotti (195-C-90) replied with 10 points and 7 rebounds for San Marino. Teodoro Casadei (180-PG-89) had 9 points in the loss.

Luxembourg: Larrie Smith 16, Jean Kox 13, Samy Picard 12
San Marino: Enrico Zanotti 10, Teodoro Casadei 9



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  MONTENEGRO   


Bojan Dubljevic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain). Dubljevic led Valencia Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked CAI Zaragoza (21-13) crushing them 80-42 in the Spanish ACB last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Dubljevic recorded 15 points and had 3 steals. Valencia Basket (22-12) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Dubljevic has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 55.8%(121-217), 3FGP: 47.4%(36-76) and FT: 83.7%. He is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Bjelica could not help Caja Laboral (25-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Caja Laboral lost in an overtime 78-83 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) G.Canaria 2014. Bjelica scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Bjelica averages: 5.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 55.2%(69-125), 3FGP: 24.4% and FT: 74.4% in the 35 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Bjelica is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Sead Sehovic
Sead Sehovic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89, currently plays in Hungary). He was the main contributor in Szolnok's victory against the leader Albacomp (8-2) 65-60 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. Sehovic was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (8-2) is placed sixth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Sehovic's first season with the team. This year Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 30.3% and FT: 73.6%. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin. Ex-BC Buducnost Podgorica player is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Boris Bakic
Boris Bakic
   #4. Guard Boris Bakic (193-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) was the major contributor in a MZT Skopje's victory against the second-ranked Kozuv (7-3) 93-89 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Sunday. He recorded 18 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (9-1) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Bakic's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.7apg. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Milos Borisov
Milos Borisov
   #5. International swingman Milos Borisov (198-85, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help Radnicki KG (13-9) in their game against Partizan (-) in the Serbian A League, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Borisov was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 20 minutes. But the third-placed Radnicki KG lost 79-91 in Beograd to the much lower-ranked (#12) Partizan in the Superliga group. The Second Stage already ended. Borisov has reliable stats this year: 10.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.9apg in the 13 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #6. Power forward Marko Todorovic (210-92, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Regal FC Barcelona to win against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) crushing them 88-62 in the Spanish ACB in Thursday night's game. Todorovic recorded 5 points. Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Todorovic's overall stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 2.1rpg. He is U21 international player who is currently on the Montenegrin National Team roster.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #7. International point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milko Bjelica and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Cook was not able to secure a victory for Caja Laboral (25-9) in their game against G.Canaria 2014 (19-15). He scored 5 points in 19 minutes. Caja Laboral lost in an overtime 78-83 in Las Palmas to the lower-ranked (#7) G.Canaria 2014. This year Cook's overall stats are: 2.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.7apg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Cook is also Montenegrin national team player. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Slavko Vranes
Slavko Vranes
   #8. Center Slavko Vranes (230-83, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Konstantin (1-13) 69-52 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Vranes was the top player that evening. He scored 16 points and blocked 2 shots. Vujic Metalac Valjevo (4-10) is placed sixth in Superliga group. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. The Second Stage already ended. Vranes is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.5bpg. Vranes used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2011.

Vladimir Dasic
Vladimir Dasic
   #9. International power forward Vladimir Dasic (208-88, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Slavko Vranes and both played together in the last Serbian A League game. Dasic contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Konstantin (1-13) 69-52. He scored 8 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Dasic is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). This season he has very good stats: 12.4ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.8spg. Dasic is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

Bojan Bakic
Bojan Bakic
   #10. Shooting guard Bojan Bakic (195-83, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Slavko Vranes. He played also in the last Serbian A League game facing Vladimir Dasic (above) in the other team. Bakic contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Konstantin (1-13) 69-52. He scored 7 points in 19 minutes. Bakic is currently second on the list of top scorers with 18.6ppg. He also averaged so far 2.9rpg and 2.4apg in the 26 games. Bakic is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid to a victory over the fifth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (21-13) 84-76 in the Spanish ACB in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Mirotic had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. Real Madrid (30-4) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Mirotic has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg and 5.8rpg in the 36 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Georgia), who plays in the Georgian Superleague could not help Olimpi (17-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Olimpi was defeated 86-80 in a derby game by the second-ranked MIA. Milosevic was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Milosevic is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 12.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4bpg.

   #3. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) was the major contributor in a Base Oostende's victory against the closely-ranked Okapi Aalstar (17-11) 84-78 in the Belgian Ethias League last Thursday. Djordjevic scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (20-8) is placed first in the Ethias League. Djordjevic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 4.0apg. This year he also averages: 9.1ppg and 3.1rpg in the 31 games. Djordjevic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.

   #4. Milos Komatina (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Bosnia) was the main contributor in Igokea's victory against the second-ranked HKK Siroki WWin (9-1) 62-47 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Tuesday night's game. Komatina was the top player that evening. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (9-1) is placed first. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Komatina's overall stats are: 6.2ppg and 3.4rpg in the 11 games.

   #5. Experienced Branko Cuic (197-G-78, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to help Targu Mures (23-7) in their last game. Despite Cuic's very good performance the league leader Targu Mures lost 79-89 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Ploiesti. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Cuic also added 3 passes in 36 minutes. Cuic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 5.4apg. This year he also averages: 14.4ppg and 6.8rpg in the 41 games.

   #6. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90, currently plays in Serbia) managed to help Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd to win against the 14th-ranked Vojvodina 74-61 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. Subotic scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #7. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Serbia) faced previously mentioned Bojan Subotic in the Serbian A League last game. Marojevic, who plays in the Serbian A League was not able to secure a victory for Vojvodina (8-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Vojvodina (#4) lost 61-74 at home to the second-ranked Zvezda in the Superliga group. Marojevic was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 4 rebounds in only a mere 13 minutes. This year Marojevic's total stats are: 9.6ppg and 3.2rpg in the 42 games.

   #8. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked BK Prostejov crushing them 108-51 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. He recorded only 2 points and added 10 assists in 15 minutes. This year Pavkovic's total stats are: 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.6apg in the 38 games.

   #9. Petar Despotovic (194-G-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Konstantin in their game against Metalac in the Serbian A League. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 69-52. Despotovic's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg. He has both Montenegrin and Serbian nationalities. Despite Despotovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #10. Damjan Kandic (208-F-84, currently plays in Romania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Branko Cuic. But that was another game of his team in Romanian Liga Nationala which we would like to mention. Kandic contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti crushing them 90-63. He scored only 3 points. Kandic's total stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 3.7rpg.



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  NBA   


Toronto Raptors hire Masai Ujiri as general manager - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors announced Friday that the club has signed Masai Ujiri as its General Manager. Ujiri, 42, was recently named the NBAs Executive of the Year in his capacity as Executive Vice-President of Basketball Operations for the Denver Nuggets. He replaces Bryan Colangelo , who is now the Raptors President. In his three seasons in Denver, Ujiri built the Nuggets into a team that won a franchise-record 57 games and delivered an NBA-best 38-3 record at home this past season. A native of Nigeria, and the first African-born GM in the NBA, Ujiri will report to Tim Leiweke, MLSEs President and CEO. We feel very lucky to have Masai in our organization. He is a proven judge of talent and we look for him to be a big part of creating a winning atmosphere, leading us to the playoffs and, ultimately, delivering NBA championships for Toronto, said Leiweke. I would also like to publicly thank the Kroenkes in Denver for being such a class organization that they would allow Masai to pursue his dream. They put him first in all of our discussions. Ujiri spent three years with the Raptors after joining the team as director of global scouting in 2007. He was elevated to assistant general manager in 2008. Ujiri is thrilled to return to the franchise that first gave him a front office position. To come back to the Raptors, to live in such a great city, and work in an organization that has committed all the resources necessary to win championships was a huge factor in the decision, said Ujiri. I have already developed a great relationship with Tim Leiweke and I cant wait to get back to Canada to build a team that is poised to take the next step in the NBA.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Larry Drew takes over Bucks - by Eurobasket News

Larry Drew was out of a job but not for long. The Atlanta Hawks decided to hire a new coach Tuesday, after Drew had served as the franchise's coach for the past three seasons. But on Friday the 55-year-old Drew landed firmly on his feet, agreeing in principle to a three-year contract to coach the Milwaukee Bucks. The contract has a team option for the fourth year, according to a source. Drew will take over a Bucks team in transition with more changes ahead this summer. Point guard Brandon Jennings is a restricted free agent, and shooting guard Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) has to decide whether to opt out or exercise an $11 million option for next season. Top reserve guard J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) is an unrestricted free agent and Mike Dunleavy, who has played the last two years as the Bucks sixth man, also is unrestricted. Drew's experience won out as he was hired after Bucks officials held second interviews Wednesday with him and Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson . The Bucks also considered several other candidates, including veteran assistant Steve Clifford, who was hired as Charlotte's coach Monday. Drew has coached in the NBA since 1992 and was the lead assistant for six years under Mike Woodson in Atlanta before becoming head coach in 2010. The Hawks went 128-102 in three seasons under Drew and reached the playoffs each year, advancing to the conference semifinals in 2011. "He was highly regarded by those that have played for him and those that he has worked under as an assistant coach," Bucks general manager John Hammond said. "And even those that coached him in his playing career (spoke highly). Along with the outstanding job he did in the interview process, we felt like he was the right person for our job." Drew also served as an assistant under Byron Scott in New Jersey and Doug Collins in Washington, giving him a variety of coaching approaches to study. And Drew said he was influenced greatly at the end of his playing career by then Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley. A news conference to introduce Drew is scheduled Monday morning at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Drew was not available for comment Friday. The native of Kansas City, Kan., becomes the 13th coach in Bucks history, following Scott Skiles and Jim Boylan . Skiles coached the Bucks for four-plus years before exiting in early January, and Boylan finished the season as interim coach. The Bucks went 38-44 and reached the Eastern Conference playoffs but were swept by top-seeded Miami in the first round. Hammond stressed before the coaching search began that he was looking for a coach who could maintain a strong relationship with the players while also being able to enforce discipline. The Bucks did not have a unified locker room at the end of the season and teammates Ellis and Larry Sanders (6'11''-F-88, college: VCU) had to be separated after Game 3 of the playoff series against Miami, according to reports. Jennings sent out a brief Twitter message after the hiring, saying simply, "Great Pickup." Drew said in a previous interview that one of his strengths was his ability to relate well to his players. He has the advantage of playing 10 years in the NBA, including five years with the Kansas City and Sacramento Kings. He was a first-round pick in the 1980 draft, selected 17th overall by the Detroit Pistons. He played his final four seasons in the league for the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, ending in 1991. Drew remained under contract with Atlanta at the end of the season but was allowed to pursue other jobs and had his first interview with the Bucks on May 20. Hawks general manager Danny Ferry was hired last summer with Drew entering the final year of his contract. Ferry wanted to pick his own man and hired longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer as the Hawks' new coach Tuesday. Drew coached such standouts as Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Al Horford during his time with the Hawks. During the interview process Drew said he was quite familiar with the Bucks personnel. The Hawks and Bucks met four times late in the regular season and Atlanta won all four times. Drew will be able to join the Bucks in time to help prepare for the June 27 NBA draft. Milwaukee has the 15th and 43rd picks.
Courtesy of: jsonline.com



Chris Andersen suspended by NBA for Game 6 of ECF - by Eurobasket News

Chris Andersen (6'10''-C/F-78, college: Blinn JC) has been suspended one game for his physical altercation with Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, the NBA announced on Friday. Andersen will miss Game 6 on Saturday. The incident -- in which Andersen shoved Hansbrough and escalated the altercation -- also was upgraded to a flagrant foul two. Hansbrough was given a technical foul on the play but had it rescinded on Friday. Andersen has established himself as a vital part of the Heat's bench.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. OceanaGold N. 9-1 
 2. Nelson G. 7-2 
 3. Wellington S. 7-2 
 4. Hub Jets 5-3 
 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. 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 30: Waikato P. - OceanaGold N. 80-97
May. 31: Hub Jets - Nelson G. 77-89
May. 28: Wellington S. - OceanaGold N. 102-93
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: 22.1
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.22.1 
 2. Pace, Nelson G.21.2 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.21.2 
 4. Tait, Wellington S.21.0 
 5. Atkinson, Waika.20.6 
 6. Conklin, Southland20.3 
 7. Warren, Wellington19.2 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.19.0 
 9. Maxey, Nelson G.18.8 
 10. Greene, HBS B.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets14.8 
 2. Atkinson, Waika.13.8 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.6 
 4. Conklin, Southland9.4 
 5. Tisby, OceanaGo.9.0 
 6. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.8 
 7. Bailey, Super C.8.4 
 8. Vukona, Nelson G.8.2 
 9. Greene, HBS B.8.0 
 10. Maxey, Nelson G.7.9 
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 Jets6.8 
 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. Frank, Wellington3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Braswell, Southlan.3.1 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets3.0 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.9 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.2.7 
 5. Martin, Southlan.2.5 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.2.3 
 7. Greene, HBS B.2.1 
 8. O''Riley, Super C.2.1 
 9. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.0 
 10. Wright, OceanaGo.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.1 
 2. Gabriel, Taranaki.2.0 
 3. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.0 
 4. Frank, Wellington1.9 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.4 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.4 
 7. Greene, HBS B.1.0 
 8. Dawson, Southlan.0.9 
 9. Prewster, HBS B.0.9 
 10. Wright, OceanaGo.0.9 



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Alade Aminu selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Karsiyaka (23-7) in their last game. Despite Aminu's good performance Karsiyaka was edged 79-77 at home by the leading Galatasaray. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. Aminu has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 64.7%(165-255) and FT: 67.4% in the 33 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He was not able to help Cimberio Varese (23-7) in their last game. Despite Ere's very good performance the league leader Cimberio Varese lost 72-80 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Montepaschi Siena. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Ere also added 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Ere has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 73.7% in the 35 games. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Ere played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Benjamin Eze
Benjamin Eze
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Ebi Ere in the Italian SerieA last game. Eze contributed to a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the league leader Cimberio Varese (23-7) 80-72. He recorded 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Eze is currently second on the list of best blockers. This season he averages: 6.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 56.6%(90-159) and FT: 53.7%. Eze is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Italian. He played for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
   #4. Power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Leones to a victory over the fifth-ranked Capitanes (14-12) 108-93 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Tuesday. Diogu was MVP of the game. He scored 29 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. Leones de Ponce (12-0) is placed in the BSN. So far his team won all twelve games in the Regular Season. Diogu has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.8ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.6apg in the 12 games. Diogu has both American and Nigerian nationalities. He is also Nigerian national team player.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #5. Former international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in Pall.Trento's victory against the closely-ranked C.de Latte BRE (17-11) 75-73 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Tuesday night. Umeh was the best player in that game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and had 5 steals. Pallacanestro Trento 2009 (14-14) is placed eighth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Umeh's first season with the team. This year Umeh has very high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.1apg. Umeh also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He used to play for the Nigerian national team two years ago.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #6. Guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Czech Republic) helped CEZ Nymburk win their game against the second-ranked BK Prostejov (21-13) crushing them 73-49 in the Czech Republic NBL in Sunday night's game. Efevberha scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A1. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (33-1) is placed first. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Efevberha has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.2apg in the 22 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Efevberha is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team four years ago.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #7. Former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A was not able to secure a victory for Champville (20-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Champville was badly defeated 76-59 on their home court in Dik El Mehdi by the leading Al Riyadi. Akindele had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 32 minutes. Akindele's stats this year are: 12.9ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4bpg in the eight games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Chukwudinma Odiakosa
Chukwudinma Odiakosa
   #8. Power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St., currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hod Hasharon (18-8) in their game against Ironi Nes-Ziona (22-4) in the Israeli National League (second division), despite his very good performance last Friday. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Odiakosa also added 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. But Hod Hasharon lost 73-83 on their home court in Hod Hasharon to the leading Ironi Nes-Ziona. Odiakosa belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #9) and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.6ppg, 11.7rpg and 1.7apg in the 35 games. Odiakosa used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team back in 2004.

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #9. Former U19 international center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Ikaros (12-14) in their game against Panathinaikos (22-4) in the Greek A1. He scored 8 points. Ikaros was badly defeated 78-62 on their home court in Kalitheas by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. Alabi's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 2.9rpg. He used to play for the Nigerian U19 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Lottomatica Roma (20-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite Lawal's very good performance Lottomatica Roma was defeated 81-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Cantu (#7). He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Lawal also added 7 rebounds. It's Lawal's first season with the team. Lawal is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.5bpg. Lawal has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #2. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Puerto Rico), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN was not able to help Indios (15-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Indios was defeated 95-91 in Guaynabo by the lower-ranked Mets (#6). Efejuku was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Efejuku has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg. Efejuku is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Jamaican.

   #3. Experienced Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (18-12) in their game against Strasbourg IG (18-12) in the French ProA. Nsonwu-Amadi scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was crushed 73-52 in Strasbourg by the second-ranked Strasbourg IG. Nsonwu-Amadi's stats this season are: 10.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4apg.

   #4. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) contributed to Vaqueros' victory against the closely-ranked Brujos (11-14) 77-68 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Friday night's game. Ebi recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Vaqueros de Bayamon (8-19) is located at the very bottom in the BSN. Ebi averaged so far 10.7ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg in the nine games he played so far.



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  PANAMA   


Former NBA players against the Panama All Stars - by Robert OConnell

Former NBA players will play and exhibition game against the Panama All Star team. The former NBA players will be lead by 13 year veteran in the NBA sharpshooter Cuttino Mobley (194-G-74, college: Rhode Island) of the Houston Rockets, 6 year NBA veteran forward Anthony Bonner (203-F-68, college: St.Louis) who played in four teams including the New York Knicks, forward David Wood (206-F-64, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) who played 10 years in the NBA in the 9 different teams, Center Todd Fuller (211-C-74, college: N.Carolina St.) who played 5 years in the NBA and finished with the Miami Heat and seven footer Paul Grant (211-C-74, college: Wisconsin) who played 4 years in the NBA and played his last NBA game in 2004.
The Panamanian All Star Team will have the experience with the International point guard Joel Munoz (179-PG-80) who played for Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo in Brazil, forward-center Jamaal Levy (206-C-83, college: Wake Forest) of Lanus Buenos Aires in Argentina, swingman Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) and forward Daniel King (203-F-87, college: Texas Southern) of Maldonado in Uruguay, forward Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) of Marinos de Anzotegui is questioned due to flu. The rest of the team will have a group of talented youngsters leaded by Center Eduardo Archibold (206-C-87), Enrique jr Grenald (175-G-93) . and Pedro Rivas (187-F-87) son of the legend Pedro "Mago" Rivas one of the best Panamanian player of all times. they all will be coach by former international player Enrique Grenald (185-G).
This game will be sponsored by the Panama's City Hall and a group of former players and businessman and thanks to them this game will be free for the public



Former NBA players will play and exhibition Game with Team Panama - by Robert OConnell

Former NBA players will play and exhibition game against the Panama All Star team. The former NBA players will be lead by 13 year veteran in the NBA sharpshooter Cuttino Mobley of the Houston Rockets, 6 year NBA veteran forward Anthony Bonner who played in four teams including the New York Knicks, forward David Wood who played 10 years in the NBA in the 9 different teams, Center Todd Fuller who played 5 years in the NBA and finished with the Miami Heats and seven footer Paul Grant who played 4 years in the NBA and played his last NBA game in 2004.
The Panamanian All Star Team will have the experience with the International point guard Joel Munoz who played for Paulistiano in Brazil, forward-center Jamaal Levy of Lanus in Argentina, swingman Ernesto Oglivie and forward Daniel King of Maldonado in Uruguay, forward Josimar Ayarsa of Marinos de Anzotegui is questioned due to flu. The rest of the team will have a group of talented youngsters leaded by Center Eduardo Archibold, Guillermo Grenald Jr. and Pedro Rivas son of the legend Pedro "Mago" Rivas one of the best Panamanian player of all times. they all will be coach by former international player Guillermo Grenald.
This game will be sponsored by the Panama's City Hall and a group of former players and businessman and thanks to them this game will be free for the public



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  POLAND   

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.1 
 2. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG17.8 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.2 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 9. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
 10. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 2. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.6 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.2 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow6.9 
 9. Mahalbasic, Asseco6.8 
 10. Hrycaniuk, Valenc.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil5.5 
 3. Koszarek, Stelm.5.4 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Turner, Fos Ouest5.3 
 6. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 7. Hodge, Stelmet ZG4.5 
 8. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 9. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 10. Brandwein, Energa3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 3. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.6 
 7. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 8. Henry, AZS Koszalin1.4 
 9. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
 10. Tiller, Siarka J.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.2 
 6. Harris, AZS K.1.1 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 9. Mahalbasic, Asseco0.8 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.8 


TBL Round 3 of Finals. Stelmet Zielona Gora one step away from title - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet ZG - PGE Turow 82-78

Stelmet Zielona Gora are now step away from PLK title. They handed PGE Turow the third straight loss in the title series and would be looking to close out the series on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 31-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Stelmet ZG forced 20 PGE Turow turnovers. It was a good game for U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American-Guinean point guard Russell Robinson (185-86) answered with 16 points and 7 assists and Bosnian-Croatian Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for PGE Turow. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: W.Hodge 20+1reb+5ast, Q.Hosley 16+5reb+3ast, L.Koszarek 14+3reb+6ast, M.Sroka 12+5reb, O.Stevic 11+4reb+1ast, D.Borovnjak 7+3reb+4ast
PGE Turow: I.Opacak 18+4reb, R.Robinson 16+2reb+7ast, A.Cel 12+4reb+1ast, P.Stelmach 11+6reb+1ast, I.Zigeranovic 10+3reb+3ast, M.Chylinski 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 241254



Hrycaniuk left Valencia - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Polish international center Adam Hrycaniuk (206-104kg-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Alti Sport) left Valencia Basket (ACB). In four games he recorded 3.0ppg and 4.0rpg this season.
Hrycaniuk managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. He also played at Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) in Polish league earlier that season. In 25 games he averaged 10.0ppg and 6.8rpg. Hrycaniuk also played 10 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.0ppg and 5.3rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Polish League championship title for four years in a row (between 2009 and 2012). Hrycaniuk was also voted Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Domestic Players Team in 2011 and 2012. He represented Poland at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 11.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.2%, FT: 57.9%.
Hrycaniuk has played previously for two other Polish teams: Spojnia and Start Gdynia.
He attended University of Cincinnati until 2008 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
On Hrycaniuk: Very skilled big man with great toughness ... loves to run the floor ... a guy that you can count on to out hustle his opponent.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  RUSSIA   


Khimky expects players Exodus as financial troubles mounts - by Vladimir Lobanov

Last night BC Khimky Moscow Region were eliminated in game 5 of the VTB semi finals to CSKA Moscow and finished the season with a bad taste.
Although they were the underdogs in this series they managed to take it to game 5 at home,in front of the BC Khimky Moscow Region faithful.
The BC Khimky Moscow Region Back office still doesn't know how to describe this season,in most parts of it,they were "one of the best teams in Europe" according to BC Khimky Moscow Region President Andrey Nechaev,who talked with Eurobasket.com after the game.
"in most parts we played wonderful basketball,until the end of the first round of the top16,but after it we lost couple of games that were in our hands,and we lost momentum".
Khimly were eliminated from the top16 and according to Nechaev it was a big failure:"We thought of the playoffs or even final four.but we failed in this,a worst teams like Maccabi Tel-Aviv of Caja Laboral managed to qualify but we didn't.this is the big failure".
But Nechaev was satisfied with the performance in the VTB league:"We finished 1st in our group,and we were unlucky to get CSKA in our Bracket,but we managed to take the series to game 5"
Nechaev continued to talk about the Financial problems in the club:"We had big financial problems during the season and we still have,for now we are in uncertainty of the future of the team.maybe we will have a low budget,i don't know,its still early to know".
BC Khimky Moscow Region are expected to release most of their high earners stars,the likes of Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency),Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport),Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) and Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) will be a hot property for Euroleague Elite clubs and Nechaev admits that most of the best players and top earners will leave:"Most of our best players will leave,Planinic has finished his contract and i know he has couple of offers already,from Turkey.Paul Davis had a good season,but he also has offers,he is highly wanted by Maccab Tel-Aviv as i know it,LoncarK.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) are most probably to move on".
BC Khimky Moscow Region as we know it,still owes money for some of their players,and for now its hard to see if they get what they owed.




VTB League: CSKA wins the Russian battle and advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - CSKA 64:87

CSKA stormed past Khimky to enter the title series. The Russian Champions did not leave any chance to Khimky in the decisive Game 5 and posted an easy 87:64 win.
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Khimky helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-C-87) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 11 points and 5 assists and James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
In the Final series CSKA will take on Lokomotiv. The series will start on June 3rd in Moscow.

Khimky: Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) 14, James Augustine 13, Zoran Planinic 11, Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) 10
CSKA: Viktor Khryapa 14+7reb+8ast, Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) 14, Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85) 12, Andrey Vorontsevich 11



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  SAINT LUCIA   


CBC President visits St Lucia - by Don Farrell


LCA - CBC President visits St. Lucia Basketball Federation
Posted by admin on 2013-05-16 10



From left to right: President of the St. Lucia Basketball Federation, Leslie Collymore; President of the Caribbean Basketball Federation, Usie Richards; and SLBF-Public Relations Officer, Neil Joseph.
A young and very energetic Combined Schools Team proved too much for Bois D' Orange Lions as they coasted to an easy win during play in the National Men's Basketball League Thursday evening at the Vigie Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.
Combined Schools came away with a 86-63 victory in a fast paced game. Give Lions some credit, despite playing against younger opponents intent on running them breathless up and down the court, they did keep up for much of the game. However, in the end, Combined Schools with their run and gun tactic proved too much to handle.
School boys were led by Troy Louison with a game high 31 points and seven rebounds earning him the Valley Cold Storage Player of the Game.
In game two of the scheduled double header, ISE won by default over Micoud Hustlerz. In Dennery, a Premiere League clash saw defending champions Courts Jets grounded by the home team 76-60.
In attendance was President of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation/Vice President for Central America and the Caribbean, Usie Richards. While here for the St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, he received an invitation from the St. Lucia Basketball Federation (SLBF) to attend the game.
Asked about CBC, when it comes to assisting the SLBF, their clubs and affiliates, Richards began by first congratulating the executive for successfully hosting a Level One Coaching clinic.
He then went on to say: 'The most important item we are addressing in the Caribbean, is the need to organize and structure the sport of basketball through the federations in each of the countries that make up the Caribbean Basketball Federation. We have clinics and training for coaches, referees, table officials etc., and we are preparing the implementation for assisting coaches who are certified in Level One and Two, in developing the game of basketball for the players within their particular national federation.'
Richards feels that structure and organization by individuals who manage and administer the game is vital because 'if we don't have good teachers, instructors and referees the quality of the game of basketball will not be good.'
Commenting on the game which Combined Schools won convincingly Richards said: 'There is nothing more pleasing to see, than a group of young men beating an older team, which speaks volumes for the younger players.'
Source: David Pascal/St. Lucia Star



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  SAN MARINO   


2013 GSSE: Luxembourg storm past San Marino - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg - San Marino 88:37

Luxembourg registered the third win in a row at the start of the 2013 Games of Small States of Europe. The hosts thrashed San Marino to remain perfect. Luxembourg and Cyprus share the top position with 3-0 records. Six Luxembourg players scored in double digits in this one. Larrie Smith (198-F-75, college: Tenn Tech) posted 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners.
Luxembourg fired 28 points in the first period to take an 18-point lead. The home team dominated every facet of the game in the next three periods as well. Luxembourg piled up a 48:16 halftime advantage. The hosts did not slow down in the third term. They cleared off to a 69:25 lead at the final break. Luxembourg finished off San Marino with a 22:12 rally in the final period. Jean Kox (199-PF-90) delivered 13 points, while Samy Picard (196-PF-88) added 12 points in the victory. Enrico Zanotti (195-C-90) replied with 10 points and 7 rebounds for San Marino. Teodoro Casadei (180-PG-89) had 9 points in the loss.

Luxembourg: Larrie Smith 16, Jean Kox 13, Samy Picard 12
San Marino: Enrico Zanotti 10, Teodoro Casadei 9



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  SENEGAL   


Senegalese Babacar Toure wins the title with the Lions - by Eurobasket News

Senegalese Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85) wins the title with the Lions in Switzerland. His Geneve Lions are the new LNA champions. They prevailed against the Lugano Tigers 74:64 in the fifth decisive game of the championship series tonight. Andrej Stimac nailed 21 points to lead the hosts to the trophy.
The Lions pulled in front early in the encounter and marched a 21:17 lead after the opening frame. The Lions maintained the lead throughout the second period. They ensured a 44:34 halftime lead. But the Tigers bounced back strong in the third period. The visitors ignited a 17:5 rally to eke out a 51:49 lead with ten minutes remaining. The Lions pulled together in the fourth frame and responded in fashion. The hosts poured in 25 points in the final stanza and raced to the historic win at the end. Juwann James posted 17 points, while Kelvin Parker added 13 points for the hosts. Derek Stockalper responded with 18 points for Lugano. Branko Milisavljevic contributed 12 points in the loss.
In 2012-2013 forLions de Geneve (Switzerland-LNA) Babacar Toure averaged 9.9 points per game.



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  SERBIA   

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.16.8 
 7. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 8. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 9. Zekovic, Vojvodina14.5 
 10. Nesovic, AEK13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.11.7 
 2. Radovic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Dasic, Metalac8.4 
 4. Savovic, Crvena Z.7.6 
 5. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 6. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 7. Lauvergne, Partizan6.8 
 8. Kljajevic, C Afric.6.4 
 9. Marelja, UCAM M.5.8 
 10. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura5.0 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 5. Malidzan, OKK B.4.5 
 6. Nesovic, AEK4.2 
 7. Westermann, Parti.4.0 
 8. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 9. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.8 
 10. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
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. Nelson, Crvena Z.1.7 
 7. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 8. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 9. Jereminov, Tamis1.6 
 10. Zivanovic, Metalac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Slavko VRANES
  Metalac
  (230-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Vranes, Metalac2.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.7 
 3. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 4. Bertans, Partizan1.3 
 5. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 6. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 7. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 8. Lauvergne, Partizan0.8 
 9. Bezbradica, BKK R.0.7 
 10. Mijovic, Duhok0.7 


Luka Pavicevic extends contract with Chorale de Roanne Basket - by Zoran Popovic

Former Serbian University National team and Montenegrin National team Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) extends contract with Chorale de Roanne Basket on three more years. Last season Pavicevic was on the bench of Chorale de Roanne Bakset and in quarter final playoff serie lost against Chalon. Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) was member of Yugoslavian National team, played for Jugoplastika Spalato, Cibona Zagreb, Hapoel, Zrenjanin, Crvena Zvezda, FMP Zeleznik, Beobanka, Rabotnicki, Anwil and Ostrow. As head coach Pavicevic was on the bench of OKK Beograd, Atlas Banka, Hemofarm Vrsac, Panionios, Alba Berlin and now Roanne. Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) won three Euroleague titles as player with Jugoplastika Spalato.


Mega stuned Zvezda in close game! - by Igor Obradovic

In second semifinal game in Krusevac, Mega Vizura stuned Crvena zvezda in close game 73:71 (17:16, 13:13, 19:18, 24:24).

This was been a very close game, teams took turns in the lead. The biggest advantage Mega had at the beginning of the second quarter of +10 but the Crvena zvezda s quickly neutralized. After that, the game was played point for point. In last seconds of the game Luka Drca (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket, college: Utah) missed second free throw, Crvena zvezda have last attack but Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) missed three points shoot and Mega Vizura equalized to 1:1 in semifinal series.

Mega Vizura : Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) 16pts, 15rbd, Luka Drca 15pts, 1ast, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) 14pts, 5rbd, 1ast
Crvena zvezda : Marko Simonovic 20pts, 6rbd, 1ast, Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) 13pts, 6rbd, 2ast, DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) 14pts, 2rbd, 3ast

Third and last game will be played in Pionir Hall, on 2. June at 21:00.



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  SPAIN   

Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Doellman, Valencia15.9 
 3. Feldeine, Mad-Croc15.9 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.6 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.4 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Toolson, G.Canari.14.2 
 8. Fisher, FIATC J.13.8 
 9. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.8 
 10. Nelson, G.Canari.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Martin, Blancos7.1 
 2. Hunter, Blancos6.8 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.5 
 4. Nelson, G.Canari.6.4 
 5. Lewis, UCAM M.6.2 
 6. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 7. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.0 
 8. Kendall, Blusens M.5.9 
 9. Gaffney, FIATC J.5.9 
 10. Norel, CAI Zarago.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.5.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.2 
 5. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 6. Markovic, Valencia4.1 
 7. Rodriguez, Real M.4.0 
 8. Huertas, FCB Regal3.6 
 9. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
 10. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Doellman, Valencia1.9 
 2. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.7 
 3. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 4. Finley, Lagun A.1.6 
 5. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.6 
 6. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 7. Markovic, Valencia1.4 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
 9. Uriz, CB Canarias1.3 
 10. Hanga, Assignia M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Mad-Croc
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.5 
 2. Mejri, Blusens M.1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Hunter, Blancos1.1 
 7. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 10. Tomic, FCB Regal1.0 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Anthony WINCHESTER
  San G.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Winchester, San G.15.9 
 2. Sanchez, Melilla15.6 
 3. Starosta, Plana.15.5 
 4. Blanch, Andorra15.4 
 5. Barbour, Ourense15.3 
 6. Zengotitaben., Cor.14.7 
 7. Hezonja, FCB Regal14.5 
 8. Samuels, Lobe H.14.3 
 9. Otegui, Palencia14.1 
 10. Ruiz de Gala., Cl.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ondrej STAROSTA
  Plana.
  (215-C-79)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Starosta, Plana.9.8 
 2. Wachsmann, Melilla9.0 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.8.1 
 4. Diouf, Breogan8.0 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.7.6 
 6. Hernandez-S., Cor.7.2 
 7. Ogide, Ourense7.0 
 8. McDermott, Palen.6.9 
 9. Otegui, Palencia6.7 
 10. Kale, Coruna6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel PEREZ
  Andorra
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Perez, Andorra5.2 
 2. Uriz, Clavijo5.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Forca L.4.7 
 4. Marco, Melilla4.5 
 5. Lopez, A.Ford B.4.3 
 6. Forcada, Palencia4.1 
 7. Creus, Assignia M.3.3 
 8. Aguilar, A.Ford B.3.2 
 9. Schreiner, Andorra3.1 
 10. Perez, FCB Regal3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mario HEZONJA
  FCB Regal
  (201-G/F-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hezonja, FCB Regal1.9 
 2. Sikma, A.Ford B.1.9 
 3. Blanch, Andorra1.8 
 4. Otegui, Palencia1.7 
 5. Perez, Andorra1.7 
 6. Toledo, A.Ford B.1.7 
 7. Lopez, A.Ford B.1.7 
 8. Samuels, Lobe H.1.7 
 9. Uriz, Clavijo1.7 
 10. Xavier, A.Ford B.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Breogan
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Diouf, Breogan1.9 
 2. Flis, Andorra1.2 
 3. Mbaye, FCB Regal1.1 
 4. Samuels, Lobe H.1.1 
 5. Hernandez-S., Cor.1.1 
 6. Starosta, Plana.1.0 
 7. Sikma, A.Ford B.0.9 
 8. Leonavicius, Breog.0.8 
 9. Gatell, Lobe Hues.0.7 
 10. Mejeris, Clavijo0.7 


ACB Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Real and Barcelona post home victories - by Eurobasket News

FCB Regal - G.Canaria 2014 69-63

FC Regal claimed the opening win in the semifinal series versus Gran Canaria. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) fired 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-DR Congolese power forward Judson Wallace (205-82, college: Princeton) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. American-Azerbaijani power forward Spencer Nelson (202-80, college: Utah St.) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and Dominican forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four G.Canaria 2014 players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
FCB Regal: J.Carlos Navarro 14, J.Wallace 13+6reb, B.Oleson 9+2reb+3ast, A.Tomic 8+8reb+4ast, V.Sada 7+5reb+2ast, J.Ingles 6+3reb+2ast
G.Canaria 2014: S.Nelson 21+11reb+3ast, B.Newley 13+8reb+1ast, E.Baez 12+11reb+1ast, T.Bellas 11+2reb+1ast, R.Guerra 4+1ast, R.Toolson 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 241934


Real Madrid - CAI Zaragoza 84-76

Real Madrid outscored CAI Zaragoza to take 1-0 lead in the series. CAI Zaragoza trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-84 at the end of the game. Naturalized Montenegrin power forward Nikola Mirotic (207-91) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International Felipe Reyes (206-80) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Real Madrid's coach Pablo Laso used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Pablo Aguilar (203-89) produced 11 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian forward Damjan Rudez (203-86, agency: FCM) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Four Real Madrid and five CAI Zaragoza players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: N.Mirotic 18+11reb+2ast, F.Reyes 16+8reb, R.Fernandez 14+3reb+2ast, M.Begic 10+4reb, J.Carroll 8, D.Draper 5
CAI Zaragoza: D.Rudez 16+2reb+1ast, J.Jones 12+4reb+1ast, P.Aguilar 11+6reb+3ast, S.Van Rossom 10+3reb+5ast, M.Roll 10+3reb, J.Stefansson 7+1ast
gschID: 241933



Hrycaniuk left Valencia - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Polish international center Adam Hrycaniuk (206-104kg-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Alti Sport) left Valencia Basket (ACB). In four games he recorded 3.0ppg and 4.0rpg this season.
Hrycaniuk managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. He also played at Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) in Polish league earlier that season. In 25 games he averaged 10.0ppg and 6.8rpg. Hrycaniuk also played 10 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.0ppg and 5.3rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Polish League championship title for four years in a row (between 2009 and 2012). Hrycaniuk was also voted Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Domestic Players Team in 2011 and 2012. He represented Poland at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 11.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.2%, FT: 57.9%.
Hrycaniuk has played previously for two other Polish teams: Spojnia and Start Gdynia.
He attended University of Cincinnati until 2008 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
On Hrycaniuk: Very skilled big man with great toughness ... loves to run the floor ... a guy that you can count on to out hustle his opponent.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Robinson left Valencia - by Eurobasket News

33-year old American forward Jason Robinson (196-102kg-80, college: Pikeville) left Valencia Basket (ACB). In 8 games he had 3.6ppg and 2.1rpg this season. Robinson also played at GECR Indalo (LigaA) in Argentinian league earlier that season. In 50 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3apg.
The last season he played at Blancos de Rueda. In 34 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Robinson's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish LEB Gold in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention back in 2010.
Robinson has played also professionally in Portugal (Sangalhos and Belenenses), South Korea (KCC Egis) and Spain (Melilla Baloncesto and Gandia Basquet).
He attended Pikeville College until 2003 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.
On Robinson: Physical & Mental: Has a very good team attitude. Works and communicates well with teammates. Good condition physically. Smart.
Ball Skills: Needs improvement to create his own shot.
Offense: Could be more aggressive. Shooting stroke and range could improve.
Rebounding: Needs to be more aggressive on the blocks.
Defense: Very good foot work. Vision could be better.
Game Knowledge: Understands the game.
Strengths: Has uncanny ability to get his teammates open.
Opportunities for Improvement: Needs to be more aggressive. Concentrate on increasing foot speed.
Overall Comments: Good condition physically. Runs the floor well. Integrates well with teammates. Very coachable. Good versatility at the next level, with size and athleticism
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By Eurobasket Data Center



LEB Gold Round 3 of Finals. Lucentum take 2-1 lead - by Eurobasket News

Lucentum - Andorra 71-70

Lucentum snatched a narrow home win over Andorra to take 2-1 lead in the title series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a good game for American forward Taylor Coppenrath (205-81, college: Vermont) who saved his team from a defeat with 9 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Roma Bas (192-83) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Forward Marc Blanch (194-82) answered with 26 points and Austrian point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 11 points in the effort for River Andorra. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Lucentum: R.Bas 17+1reb, A.Llorca 11+4reb, P.Rivero 10+5reb+2ast, T.Coppenrath 9+6reb+3ast, R.Huertas 7+1ast, S.Green 6+3reb+1ast
Andorra: M.Blanch 26+1reb, T.Schreiner 11+2reb+3ast, T.Hampl 10+4reb, P.Sanchez 9+3reb+2ast, A.Moncasi 6+3reb, D.Flis 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 241842



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Geneve Lions earn LNA title - by Eurobasket News

Geneve Lions - Lugano Tigers 74:64

The Geneve Lions are the new LNA champions. They prevailed against the Lugano Tigers in the fifth decisive game of the championship series tonight. Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) nailed 21 points to lead the hosts to the trophy.
The Lions pulled in front early in the encounter and marched a 21:17 lead after the opening frame. The Lions maintained the lead throughout the second period. They ensured a 44:34 halftime lead. But the Tigers bounced back strong in the third period. The visitors ignited a 17:5 rally to eke out a 51:49 lead with ten minutes remaining. The Lions pulled together in the fourth frame and responded in fashion. The hosts poured in 25 points in the final stanza and raced to the historic win at the end. Juwann James (198-F/C-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: JMU) posted 17 points, while Kelvin Parker (184-PG-82, college: NW Missouri St.) added 13 points for the hosts. Derek Stockalper (196-SG-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) responded with 18 points for Lugano. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 12 points in the loss.

Geneve Lions: Andrej Stimac 21, Juwann James 17, Kelvin Parker 13
Lugano Tigers: Derek Stockalper 18, Branko Milisavljevic 12



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  TRBL   

TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
Eastern Conference
 1. Cary Invasion 10-0 
 2. Big Texas 6-2 
 3. Fayetteville C. 6-3 
 4. Wilmington SD 2-7 
 5. Nighthawks 1-7 
 6. Bull City L. 0-1 
Western Conference
 1. PT Players 9-0 
 2. HoopForLyfe 4-4 
 3. Greensboro C. 4-5 
 4. Queen City E. 3-7 
 5. Carolina G. 1-9 
 6. SC Allstars 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 31: PT Players - Queen City E. 131-114
Jun. 1: Big Texas - Wilmington SD
Jun. 1: Carolina G. - PT Players
Jun. 2: Big Texas - Fayetteville C.
Jun. 2: Cary Invasion - Greensboro C.
Jun. 2: Hub City L. - Queen City E.


Cobras Stay Alive in Playoff Hunt - by Eurobasket News

Greensboro, NC: The Greensboro Cobras secured a key win at home over the Queen City Express to keep their playoffs hope alive. The Express came out strong with great shooting from Dominique Jenkins (5'9''-G) to stay close in the first quarter with the Greensboro. The Cobras maintained the lead most of the game with a balanced arsenal of scoring to take a 57-51 halftime lead. The third quarter was a slug fest for both teams, but Greensboro was able to capitalize on their chances and take a 92-74 lead to end the quarter.

Queen City made a strong push in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to three points in the final seconds, but a lay-up by Terry Cooper secured the victory for the Cobras. The Cobras were led by Norman Carter with 27 points followed by Jeremy James with 24. The Express was led by Anthony Brown (6'4''-G/F) with 24 points followed by Dominique Jenkins with 2 points1. The Express will host the PrimeTime Players at Carolina Courts on Friday May 31st at 7pm followed by a game against HoopForLyfe on Sunday June 2nd at 7pm. Greensboro will host the Cary Invasion at Bennett College on Sunday June 2nd at 4pm.
Courtesy of: https://www.scoretrax.com



PrimeTime Players Pull Away Late, Clinch Top Spot in West - by Eurobasket News

Concord, NCThe PrimeTime Players got all they could handle from crosstown rival Queen City on Friday night before pulling away late on their way to a 131-114 victory. Queen City lead for the entire first quarter behind lights-out inside shooting from Phil Barnes. The Express stretched their lead to as many as 11 before PrimeTime trimmed it to a four-point deficit before the first intermission. The second quarter started off with more of the same as Ryan Vann (6'2''-G) knocked down three consecutive three-pointers to stretch the Express lead back into double-digits.

PrimeTime woke up shortly before the halftime break, going up on a 8-0 run to close the second quarter and take a hard-fought 67-62 lead.The third quarter saw more hustle play from the Express behind Marshon Farrior, who had eight of his 19 points in the period. PrimeTime had trouble rebounding the ball and stopping the Queen City fast break, causing them to relinquish their halftime lead. A Jerry Hollis three-pointer put the Express up by three heading into the final quarterthe first time all season the Players had been down that far into a game.

A tired Express team got into early foul trouble in the fourth quarter and went cold from the perimeter, failing to make any of their four three point attempts in the final period. PrimeTime, conversely, finally found their stroke in the fourth, hitting six-of-eight from beyond the arc. Chris Moore had 12 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth, including three late threes. James Dillard had 10 of his 20 in the final period including a key three to put the game out of reach with under two minutes to play. Moore had eight assists to go with his 32 points for the Players while Malaciah Jones recorded yet another double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Thomas Pfaff had 10 points and 12 reboundssix of which came in the fourth quarter. Sean Barnette (6'6''-F-86, college: Wingate) had 19 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists while Brian Mobley chipped in 17 points. Donald Rutherford had 10 points to round out the scoring for PrimeTime.

Farrior and Barnes both had 19 points and 10 rebounds apiece for the Express while Ramar Cuthbertson chipped in 15. Tonights win clinched the number one seed in the TRBL West Division for the PrimeTime Players with three games remaining. Queen City fell to 3-7 on the year, amplifying the stakes for their game Sunday when they host HoopForLyfe. PrimeTime will be in action again on Saturday at the Banks Street Gym in Fort Mill as they play host to the Carolina Gladiators at 5pm.

Courtesy of: https://www.scoretrax.com



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  TURKEY   

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.4 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.5 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.3 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Theodore, Guaynabo15.8 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.3 
 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, Guaynabo7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.6.9 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 9. Vidmar, Besiktas6.3 
 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, Guaynabo4.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.7 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.5 
 7. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 8. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.3 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu4.2 
 10. Holston, Mersin4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Guaynabo
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Guaynabo1.9 
 2. Theodore, Guaynabo1.7 
 3. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 4. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.6 
 5. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 6. Markoishvili, Gala.1.4 
 7. Gordon, Anadolu1.4 
 8. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
 9. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
 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 BK1.3 
 4. Vidmar, Besiktas1.0 
 5. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 6. Elonu, Tofas1.0 
 7. Prince, Guaynabo0.8 
 8. Besok, Hacettepe0.8 
 9. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.8 
 10. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 


Galatasaray advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Banvit BK - Anadolu Efes 75-69

The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 23-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American-Azerbaijani center Charles Davis (205-84, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (211-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. International Kerem Gonlum (208-77) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Joshua Shipp (196-86, college: UCLA) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Anadolu Efes. Four Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: C.Davis 19+6reb+3ast, V.Stimac 13+10reb+1ast, K.Bajramovic 10+3reb+2ast, S.Mejia 9+1reb+4ast, I.Turkyilmaz 7+3reb+1ast, E.Veyseloglu 6+3reb+1ast
Anadolu Efes: K.Gonlum 22+11reb, D.Savanovic 10+3reb+1ast, S.Erden 10+4reb, J.Shipp 10+5reb+3ast, J.Farmar 9+4reb+5ast, K.Tunceri 5+1ast
gschID: 241931


Karsiyaka - Galatasaray 77-79

Galatasaray advanced to the Finals after a 79:77 win and swept the Semifinal series 3-0. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-77. The best player for the winners was Senegalese center Boniface Ndong (213-77) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American power forward Ersin Dagli (203-81, college: Alabama, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 19 points and 6 assists and Nigerian center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: B.Ndong 23+9reb+1ast, E.Dagli 15+2reb+4ast, J.Gordon 13+3reb+2ast, E.Arslan 13+1reb+3ast, C.Arroyo 9+4reb+6ast, M.Macvan 3+2reb
Karsiyaka: B.Dixon 19+2reb+6ast, E.Buker 15+1reb+3ast, A.Aminu 14+8reb+1ast, C.Mutaf 10+1reb, J.Diebler 9+3reb, C.Topaloglu 6+2reb
gschID: 241930



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Culpepper, Fe.21.6 
 2. Greer, Azovmash17.7 
 3. Dykes, Hoverla17.5 
 4. Goods, Hapoel T-A17.2 
 5. Thomas, Cherkasy16.9 
 6. Vukosavljevi., Hal.16.5 
 7. Mayo, Mykolaiv16.1 
 8. Lyons, Budivelnyk16.1 
 9. Songaila, BC Do.15.9 
 10. Mitchell, Halychy.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.5 
 2. Moore, Fe.9.0 
 3. Jones, Albacomp8.5 
 4. Wiggins, DniproAzot8.0 
 5. Eziukwu, Panele.7.9 
 6. Muldrow, Pieno Z.7.6 
 7. Fischer, BC Donet.7.4 
 8. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.2 
 9. Lyons, Budivelnyk6.9 
 10. Harris, Azovmash6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lynn GREER
  Azovmash
  (186-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Greer, Azovmash7.1 
 2. Low, Dnipro6.9 
 3. Florence, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Lawrence, Hoverla6.2 
 5. Deane, Khimik6.0 
 6. Zimmerman, Neckar5.8 
 7. Perkins, Olympiacos5.4 
 8. Mitchell, Halychyna5.2 
 9. Adams, Orleans5.1 
 10. Brazelton, Petroc.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Szolnok
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Florence, Szolnok2.0 
 2. Adams, Orleans1.9 
 3. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 4. Shavies, Mykolaiv1.9 
 5. Zimmerman, Neckar1.8 
 6. Culpepper, Fe.1.8 
 7. Frazier, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 8. Dykes, Hoverla1.6 
 9. Low, Dnipro1.6 
 10. Davis, Trefl Sopot1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Pieno Z.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Muldrow, Pieno Z.3.1 
 2. Fischer, BC Donet.1.9 
 3. Eziukwu, Panele.1.8 
 4. Goodridge, Yesilgi.1.6 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.6 
 6. Balashov, BC Odes.1.3 
 7. Gumeniuk, Mykolaiv1.3 
 8. Hunter, Cherkasy1.3 
 9. Fesenko, BC Donet.1.3 
 10. Raduljica, Azovm.1.1 


Budivelnyk claim Superleague title - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Azovmash 82:70

Budivelnyk are the new Superleague champions! They overcame Azovmash in the seventh decisive game of the title series in Kyiv tonight. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) posted 27 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts to the trophy.
Budivelnyk set the tone early in the game. The hosts poured in 28 points in the first ten minutes to gain a 9-point lead. Budivelnyk stayed red hot throughout the second frame. The hosts fired 30 points in the next ten minutes to arrive at halftime up by 19 points 58:39. Azovmash finally added aggressiveness to their defence in the third term. The Mariupol team slowed the home team down in the quarter. Azovmash cut the deficit at 16-point mark at the final break. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) and Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) gave Azovmash a spark of hope cutting the deficit to 11 points with under three minutes left in regulation. But Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) and Leo Lyons came up with timely baskets for Budivelnyk and the hosts ran away with the victory. Malcolm Delaney finished with 19 points, 6 assists and 4 boards, while Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) added 14 points for the winners. Lynn Greer responded with 31 points for Azovmash. Miroslav Raduljica chipped in 20 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk: Leo Lyons 27, Malcolm Delaney 19, Michailis Anisimovas 14
Azovmash: Lynn Greer 31, Miroslav Raduljica 20



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Day 5 of Semi-Finals. CSKA stun Khimky to reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - CSKA 64-87

CSKA stormed past Khimky to enter the title series. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Khimky helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Viktor Khryapa (203-82) who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Center Andrey Vorontsevich (207-87) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Croatian-Bosnian guard Zoran Planinic (198-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 11 points and 5 assists and American forward James Augustine (208-84, college: Illinois, agency: Priority Sports) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Khimky: K.Loncar 14+2reb+2ast, J.Augustine 13+4reb+1ast, Z.Planinic 11+4reb+5ast, S.Monya 10+7reb+1ast, P.Davis 7+1reb+2ast, V.Fridzon 5+2reb
CSKA: V.Khryapa 14+7reb+8ast, S.Weems 14+1reb, Z.Erceg 12+2reb+1ast, A.Vorontsevich 11+5reb+1ast, A.Jackson 9+3reb+4ast, V.Micov 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 241981




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Women News


Gillian Brazier Shoot Out to benefit future stars - by Don Farrell


ANT - Gillian Brazier Shoot-Out to benefit from future Stars Scouting



Although only three (3) overseas teams have to date, confirmed their participation for the 13th Annual Gillian Brazier Basketball Shoot-Out, the participating teams are expected to benefit from the presence of scouts from America Junior Colleges.
The expected teams are: the Sultan Pros-pects of Missisauga, Canada, former GB Champs, Chase Collegiate of Connecticut and Martinique. At least three local teamswill make up the fixtures.
According to Acting Director of Sports, Evans (jawaki) Jones and Schools Basketball Coordinator, Carl Knight, this may be the ideal op-portunity for the coaches to scout talented girls interested in a college education.
The return of the Future Stars clinic to Anti-gua, scheduled for June 30-July 7, coincide with the hosting of the 13th Annual Gillian Brazier Shoot-Out.
The team of Junior College Coaches include: Van Coleman who is currently the NationalBasketball Director of theHot100 Hoops & Basketball channel.com Networks, and the Executive Director of Van Coleman's Future Stars Basketball Camps for the past 25 years.
Jim Anderson-currently the Director of YOUR World Youth Programs and has been the Director of Business Development & Camp operations Manager for the Future Stars Camp for the past 20 years.
Mike Marquis-the main pillar in the Future Stars organization while coaching basketball for the past 25 years. He has coached close to 100 Division 1 college players including Jimmie Butler of the Chicago Bulls and Joel Anderson of the Miami Heats.
Thom McDonald-currently the Commissioner of the Iowa Community College Athletic Association and Director of Basketball Operations for Championship Productions. He is the Executive Director of the NJCAA Coaches Association.
Kim Muhl-the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Kirkwood College where he has won over 600 games over 20 years. He is known for his ability to scout and identify top women basketball talent.
Mitch Marquis-an excellent clinician who does a great job of demonstrating the various skills need-ed to become a college level player.
Wings showing promise for ABBA women's league: Three teams came out on Sunday afternoon to get the ball rolling for the start of the ABBA Women's Basketball scheduled for May 11, 2013. Wings, though showing some young talent, played in a losing cause to Icers in the first game 27-20. In the second game, Icers defeated Vipers in a close call, 28-26. All Women Basketball teams Meeting are invited to a Meeting on Thursday, May 4, 2013, at YMCA starting at 5:00 P.M. to discuss the start of the League.






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Belarus snatch victory over Russia in Lyon - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Russia 67:66

Belarus claimed the first win at the international tournament in France. They narrowly defeated Russia in the second round of the tournament held in Lyon. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) nailed a late jumper to propel Belarus to the victory. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) notched 14 points and 9 rebounds to pace Belarus.
Belarus jumped to an early lead in the game. They arrived at the first intermission up by five points 20:15. Belarus held their opponents to 9 points in the second term to take a 6-point lead at the interval 30:24. But Russia turned the tables in the third period. They went on a 24:16 rally in the quarter to gain a 48:46 lead at the final intermission. Russia led by three points with under two minutes remaining in regulation 66:63. However Likhtarovich and Yelena Leuchanka scored four points in a row and brought Belarus to the victory. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91, agency: IPSA) posted 12 points, while Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) had 11 points in the win. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85, agency: IPSA) answered with 16 points for Russia. Liudmila Sapova (186-F/C-84) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 14, Alexandra Tarasova 12, Katerina Snytsina 11
Russia: Marina Kuzina 16, Liudmila Sapova 14



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  BOTSWANA   


League Games this Weekend in the BBA Women's League - by Peter Ubakar

Police Women will look to keep thier winning ways going when they come up against BC Raven tonite. Police women are the only team in the Botswana Basketball women League to have an undefeated record. The ravens will look to challneg that with the likes of Thuto Serati, Seitha Safako and Foonie Pelekekae, while Police will bring in league leading scorer in Endie Bayanditse, Sesupo Balosi, Dorothy Okatch and Kemonye Madikwe. In tomorrow's game BDF v women will face off against Dolphins women while Splinters women of Frnacistown will square off against UB Relics.


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  CANADA   


Canada snatch win over Serbia in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Canada 57:59

Canada stunned hosting Serbia at the start of Belgrade Trophy 2013 international tournament. Kimberley Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) fired 18 points to pace the North American team to a slim victory in the opener.
It was all going Serbian way in the first half. The hosts snatched a 20:18 lead at the first break. Serbia held Canada to just 9 points in the second period to ensure a 34:27 halftime lead. Serbia kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. The hosts entered the fourth frame up by 8 points 48:40. But Canada turned things around in the fourth period. The North American team went on a 19:9 surge in the final ten minutes to steal a narrow victory. Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) dropped 10 points, while Korenda Colley (173-G) added 8 points in the winning case. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) answered with 12 points for Serbia. Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) had 10 points in the loss.

Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 12, Milica Dabovic 10
Canada: Kimberley Smith 18, Courtnay Pilypaitis 10, Korenda Colley 8



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  CROATIA   


Spain wins the second game at Torneo de Benahavis - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Croatia 76:55

Spain wins the second game at Torneo de Benahavis. The home side of the campaign overcame Croatia 76:55 and took 2-0 record. Croatia meanwhile fell at 1-1 record and will face Netherlands tomorrow, while Spain will take on Turkey.
Both teams entered the openers of the tournament. Spain opened the game with 20-10 run and the posted a massive 21-8 surge in the second quarter. Croatia started to play better in the second half and as a result won the last period. At first Spain posted a 22-21 rally in the third quarter, while Croatia finished the game with 16-13 rally.
Amaya Valdemoro (183-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Alba Torrens (188-F-89) stepped up with 13 points each, while Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 11. Rodriguez netted 9 and Queralt Casas (178-G/F-92) delivered 8. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) finished the game with 17 points in defeat and Emanuela Salopek (178-SG-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) brought 10. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) nailed 8, whilst Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) ended up with 7.

Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 13, Alba Torrens 13, Laura Gil 11, Rodriguez 9, Queralt Casas 8
Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 17, Emanuela Salopek 10, Iva Sliskovic 8, Ana Lelas 7



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2013 GSSE: Iceland roll past Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Iceland - Cyprus 70:49

Iceland registered the second straight win at the 2013 Games of Small States of Europe in Luxembourg. They knocked down Cyprus to stay perfect at the tournament. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU) stepped up with 16 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners.
Iceland quickly cleared off in this one. They jumped to a 19:9 lead after the opening quarter. Cyprus slowed their opponents down a bit in the second frame. Iceland though secured a 33:23 halftime lead. The gap grew at 11-point mark by the end of the third period. Iceland went on an 18:8 rally in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome. Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir (175-G-90) delivered 15 points, while Maria Ben Erlingsdottir (187-C-88, agency: Promotex, college: UTPA) added 14 points for the winners. Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) responded with 19 points for Cyprus. Sophia Theologou (190-C-88) chipped in 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the loss.

Iceland: Helena Sverrisdottir 16+12 boards, Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir 15, Maria Ben Erlingsdottir 14
Cyprus: Kalia Papadopoulou 19, Sophia Theologou 11



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Italian Champions keep Elodie Godin - by Eurobasket News

Italian Champions keep Elodie Godin (191-C-85) for the next season. Famila Schio announced keeping Elodie Godin for 2013/2014 season.
Elodie Godin joined Cras Taranto 4 years ago. In her first season she averaged 8.6ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 81.5% in EuroCup and in Italian League had 7.3ppg, Reb-5 (8.2ppg), 1.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.7%, FT: 67.2%. In 2011-2012 for Cras Taranto (Italy-A1, starting five) in Euroleague she averaged 9.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.5%, FT: 88.9% and in Italian League had 7.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.2spg, FGP: 46.1%, FT: 77.1%.
In 2012-2013 for Famila Wuber Schio (Italy-A1, starting five) Elodie Godin averaged 6.5ppg, Reb-3 (8.9rpg), 1.3apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 41.3%, FT: 83.3%. In Euroleague her stats read 4.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 1.0bpg.
Godin was also a member of French international program for some years. She played for French Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004. Godin represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Her team won Silver and her stats at that event were 8 games: 1.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg.
Godin has played also professionally in Czech Rep., France (Valenciennes USVO and Bourges) and Czech Republic (USK Praha).



EuroLeague champions complete the roster - by Eurobasket News

EuroLeague champions complete the roster as they announced already the whole team. Today UMMC confirmed Deanna Nolan (183-G/F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia), Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82), Tatiana Popova (180-PF-84), Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) and Olga Arteshina (188-PF-82). Earlier the team signed Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and re-upped Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83), Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87), Maria Stepanova (202-C-79), Silvia Dominguez (166-PG-87), Candace Parker (193-C-86, college: Tennessee) and Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82, college: Connecticut).
What is the reason to change anything if you won everything? UMMC became the top team in 2012/2013 season and won all possible titles. They claimed the seventh PBL title in their history. They overcame Spartak V MR in Vidnoe to sweep the title series. UMMC swept the trophies this season winning Russian championship, Russian Cup and EuroLeague.
Deanna Nolan averaged 9.1 points per game in Russian League and in EuroLeague had 7.5 points per game. Anna Petrakova showed 6.2 points per game, while Olga Arteshina had 4.7 points per game. Polsih International Ewelina Kobryn had 7.7 points per game.



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  FRANCE   


France thrash Lithuania in Lyon - by Eurobasket News

France - Lithuania 77:36

French National Team gained the second straight win at the international tournament. The hosts bruised Lithuania in Lyon to improve at 2-0 record. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) topscored for France once again with 12 points.
France left their opponents far behind in the starting quarter. Les Bleus opened a 20:6 lead after ten minutes. France stayed dominant in the second period. They accumulated a 36:17 halftime lead. Les Bleus did not loosen the grip after the big break. The hosts held the Baltic team to 12 points in the third term to pile up a 26-point buffer heading into the fourth period. France went on a 22:7 run in the final ten minutes to finish off the visitors. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) nailed 11 points each for the winners. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) responded with 11 points for Lithuania. Gabriele Gutkauskaite (172-PG-90) netted 8 points in the loss.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 12, Sandrine Gruda 11, Celine Dumerc 11
Lithuania: Gintare Petronyte 11, Gabriele Gutkauskaite 8



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  HOLLAND   


Turkey edged Netherlands at Torneo de Benahavis - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands -Turkey 44:64

Turkey edged Netherlands at Torneo de Benahavis. The Turkish side achieved their first 64:44 win in Spain and improved to 1-1 record. Netherlands meanwhile feel at 0-2 record.
Turkey lost the opener to Croatia and started with 15-5 run. The Dutch side managed to reduce to 4 points at the halftime as they produced a 16-10 rally in the second frame. Turkey however dominated the second half and posted two victories. They erupted with a 24-9 surge in the third quarter and finished the game with 15-14 in the lasts stanza.
Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Aysegul Gunay (172-PG-92, agency: 1x1 Sports) netted 9. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) added 8, while Koksal scored 7 and Cakir as well as Naile Cirak (185-C-85) poured in 6 each. Van Grinsven replied with 11 points in the losing effort and Van Den Adel had 9. Kuijt scored 8, whilst Tanya Broering (178-G-84) and Eline Kasius (190-F-92) notched 5 apiece.

Netherlands: Van Grinsven 11, Van Den Adel 9, Kuijt 8, Tanya Broering 5, Eline Kasius 5
Turkey: Tugba Palazoglu 13, Aysegul Gunay 9, Quanitra Hollingsworth 8, Koksal 7, Cakir 6, Naile Cirak 6



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2013 GSSE: Iceland roll past Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Iceland - Cyprus 70:49

Iceland registered the second straight win at the 2013 Games of Small States of Europe in Luxembourg. They knocked down Cyprus to stay perfect at the tournament. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU) stepped up with 16 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners.
Iceland quickly cleared off in this one. They jumped to a 19:9 lead after the opening quarter. Cyprus slowed their opponents down a bit in the second frame. Iceland though secured a 33:23 halftime lead. The gap grew at 11-point mark by the end of the third period. Iceland went on an 18:8 rally in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome. Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir (175-G-90) delivered 15 points, while Maria Ben Erlingsdottir (187-C-88, agency: Promotex, college: UTPA) added 14 points for the winners. Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) responded with 19 points for Cyprus. Sophia Theologou (190-C-88) chipped in 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the loss.

Iceland: Helena Sverrisdottir 16+12 boards, Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir 15, Maria Ben Erlingsdottir 14
Cyprus: Kalia Papadopoulou 19, Sophia Theologou 11



Icelandic National Team 2013 - by Simas

Icelandic National Team 2013
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Palina Gunnlaugsdottir
Gunnlaugsdottir
Sara Run Hinriksdottir
Hinriksdottir
Ingunn Kristinardottir
Kristinardottir
Bryndis Gudmundsdottir
Gudmundsdottir
Hildur Sigurdardottir
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Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 168-PG-87 Keflavik Iceland
Sara Run Hinriksdottir 165-F-96 Keflavik Iceland
Ingunn Kristinardottir 170-G-95 Keflavik Iceland
Bryndis Gudmundsdottir 178-F-88 Keflavik Iceland
Hildur Sigurdardottir 178-G-81 Snaefell Iceland
Hildur Kjartansdottir 183-G-94 Snaefell Iceland
Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 176-F-85 Valur Iceland
Hallveig Jonsdottir 180-G-95 Valur Iceland
Petrunella Skuladottir 177-F-85 Grindavik Iceland
Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir 175-G-90 Haukar Iceland
Helena Sverrisdottir 185-F/G-88 Good Angels Slovakia
Maria Ben Erlingsdottir 187-C-88 Saint Gratien France

Sverrir Sverrisson Head Coach Grindavik Iceland
Anna Sveinsdottir Assistant



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  ITALY   


Italy edge Montenegro at the start of Belgrade Trophy 2013 tournament - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Montenegro 63:48

Italy claimed the first win at the international Belgrade Trophy 2013 tournament. They shot down Montenegro for the opening win. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) nailed 10 points to lead the winners.
Montenegro eked out an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. The Azzurri however managed to snatch a 28:26 lead at the interval. Italy boosted their lead in the third term. They opened a 5-point lead at the final intermission 42:37. Italy fired 21 points in the final stanza and sealed the win at the end. Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) and Valeria Battisodo (176-G-88, agency: Players Group) chipped in 8 points each for the winners. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) responded with 22 points for Montenegro. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) accounted for 11 points in the loss.

Italy: Giorgia Sottana 10, Kathrin Ress 8, Valeria Battisodo 8
Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 22, Milka Bjelica 11



Italian Champions keep Elodie Godin - by Eurobasket News

Italian Champions keep Elodie Godin (191-C-85) for the next season. Famila Schio announced keeping Elodie Godin for 2013/2014 season.
Elodie Godin joined Cras Taranto 4 years ago. In her first season she averaged 8.6ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 81.5% in EuroCup and in Italian League had 7.3ppg, Reb-5 (8.2ppg), 1.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.7%, FT: 67.2%. In 2011-2012 for Cras Taranto (Italy-A1, starting five) in Euroleague she averaged 9.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.5%, FT: 88.9% and in Italian League had 7.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.2spg, FGP: 46.1%, FT: 77.1%.
In 2012-2013 for Famila Wuber Schio (Italy-A1, starting five) Elodie Godin averaged 6.5ppg, Reb-3 (8.9rpg), 1.3apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 41.3%, FT: 83.3%. In Euroleague her stats read 4.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 1.0bpg.
Godin was also a member of French international program for some years. She played for French Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004. Godin represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Her team won Silver and her stats at that event were 8 games: 1.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg.
Godin has played also professionally in Czech Rep., France (Valenciennes USVO and Bourges) and Czech Republic (USK Praha).



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Sweden open Four Nations Tournament with win over Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Sweden - Latvia 62:61

Swedish National Team victoriously opened the Four Nations Tournament in Sodertalje. The hosts snatched a tough victory over Latvia. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 15 points to pace the hosts.
Sweden pulled ahead in the first frame. They established a 16:14 lead ten minutes into the game. The Scandinavian team upend the tempo in the second quarter and gained a 34:26 halftime advantage. However Latvia changed the complexion of the game in the third term. The Baltic team exploded with 24 points to get within a single point at the final break. Anete Steinberga (188-F-90, agency: LBM Management, college: UTEP) put the visitors ahead by one 61:60 with under two minutes remaining in regulation. But Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) answered with a bucket to regain the lead for Sweden. Anete Steinberga and Liene Jansone missed potential winners in the dying seconds as Sweden got away with a narrow win at the end. Frida Aili (179-G-88) posted 9 points, while Kadidja Andersson (185-PF-80, college: Minnesota) and Elisabeth Egnell added 8 points each for the home side. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) answered with 16 points for Latvia. Anete Steinberga had 10 points in the loss.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 15, Frida Aili 9, Kadidja Andersson 8, Elisabeth Egnell 8
Latvia: Kristine Karklina 16, Anete Steinberga 10



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France thrash Lithuania in Lyon - by Eurobasket News

France - Lithuania 77:36

French National Team gained the second straight win at the international tournament. The hosts bruised Lithuania in Lyon to improve at 2-0 record. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) topscored for France once again with 12 points.
France left their opponents far behind in the starting quarter. Les Bleus opened a 20:6 lead after ten minutes. France stayed dominant in the second period. They accumulated a 36:17 halftime lead. Les Bleus did not loosen the grip after the big break. The hosts held the Baltic team to 12 points in the third term to pile up a 26-point buffer heading into the fourth period. France went on a 22:7 run in the final ten minutes to finish off the visitors. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) nailed 11 points each for the winners. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) responded with 11 points for Lithuania. Gabriele Gutkauskaite (172-PG-90) netted 8 points in the loss.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 12, Sandrine Gruda 11, Celine Dumerc 11
Lithuania: Gintare Petronyte 11, Gabriele Gutkauskaite 8



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Amicale lands Liz Schmitz - by Eurobasket News

Amicale Steinsel (Total League) tabbed 25-year old Luxembourg international forward Liz Schmitz (180-88). She started the season at Jeugd Gentson in Belgian Division I. In 18 games she averaged 4.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1spg this season. The last season Schmitz played also at Jeugd Gentson (Division I) in Belgium. In 25 games she had 7.4ppg and 5.4rpg. Her team made it to the Luxembourg League Semifinals in 2007.
Schmitz has been also a member of Luxembourg international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2007 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2005. Schmitz represented Luxembourg at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg.
Schmitz has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Namur and R.Spirou Monceau) and Luxembourg (AB Contern and BBT Ros Casares Letzebuerg).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Belgrade Trophy 2013 , Round 1. : Montenegro lose against Italy - by Dragan Scepanovic

MONTENEGRO - ITALY 48:63 (18:17, 8:11, 11:14, 11:21)
ITALY: Consolini 6, Cinili 6, Sottana 10 (4as), Gatti 5, Zanoni 6 (4reb), Masciadri 5 (4reb), Wabara (4reb), Bagnara 3, Formica 4, Ress 8 (10reb), Battisodo 8, Crippa 2.
MONTENEGRO: Mujovic, Skerovic 2 (5reb), De Forge 7, Bajic, Vucetic, Aleksic, Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) 22 (10reb,5st), Bjelica 11 (5teb), Perovanovic 6 (5Reb), Turcinovic, Jovanovic, Culafic.



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Belarus snatch victory over Russia in Lyon - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Russia 67:66

Belarus claimed the first win at the international tournament in France. They narrowly defeated Russia in the second round of the tournament held in Lyon. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) nailed a late jumper to propel Belarus to the victory. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) notched 14 points and 9 rebounds to pace Belarus.
Belarus jumped to an early lead in the game. They arrived at the first intermission up by five points 20:15. Belarus held their opponents to 9 points in the second term to take a 6-point lead at the interval 30:24. But Russia turned the tables in the third period. They went on a 24:16 rally in the quarter to gain a 48:46 lead at the final intermission. Russia led by three points with under two minutes remaining in regulation 66:63. However Likhtarovich and Yelena Leuchanka scored four points in a row and brought Belarus to the victory. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91, agency: IPSA) posted 12 points, while Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) had 11 points in the win. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85, agency: IPSA) answered with 16 points for Russia. Liudmila Sapova (186-F/C-84) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 14, Alexandra Tarasova 12, Katerina Snytsina 11
Russia: Marina Kuzina 16, Liudmila Sapova 14



EuroLeague champions complete the roster - by Eurobasket News

EuroLeague champions complete the roster as they announced already the whole team. Today UMMC confirmed Deanna Nolan (183-G/F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia), Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82), Tatiana Popova (180-PF-84), Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) and Olga Arteshina (188-PF-82). Earlier the team signed Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and re-upped Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83), Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87), Maria Stepanova (202-C-79), Silvia Dominguez (166-PG-87), Candace Parker (193-C-86, college: Tennessee) and Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82, college: Connecticut).
What is the reason to change anything if you won everything? UMMC became the top team in 2012/2013 season and won all possible titles. They claimed the seventh PBL title in their history. They overcame Spartak V MR in Vidnoe to sweep the title series. UMMC swept the trophies this season winning Russian championship, Russian Cup and EuroLeague.
Deanna Nolan averaged 9.1 points per game in Russian League and in EuroLeague had 7.5 points per game. Anna Petrakova showed 6.2 points per game, while Olga Arteshina had 4.7 points per game. Polsih International Ewelina Kobryn had 7.7 points per game.



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  SERBIA   


Canada snatch win over Serbia in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Canada 57:59

Canada stunned hosting Serbia at the start of Belgrade Trophy 2013 international tournament. Kimberley Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) fired 18 points to pace the North American team to a slim victory in the opener.
It was all going Serbian way in the first half. The hosts snatched a 20:18 lead at the first break. Serbia held Canada to just 9 points in the second period to ensure a 34:27 halftime lead. Serbia kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. The hosts entered the fourth frame up by 8 points 48:40. But Canada turned things around in the fourth period. The North American team went on a 19:9 surge in the final ten minutes to steal a narrow victory. Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) dropped 10 points, while Korenda Colley (173-G) added 8 points in the winning case. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) answered with 12 points for Serbia. Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) had 10 points in the loss.

Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 12, Milica Dabovic 10
Canada: Kimberley Smith 18, Courtnay Pilypaitis 10, Korenda Colley 8



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  SLOVAKIA   


SKBD Rucon add Samantha Whitcomb - by Eurobasket News

SKBD Rucon Spisska Nova Ves bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Samantha Whitcomb (178-G, college: Washington). The guard spent the last two seasons in Germany. Last season Samantha Whitcomb played for BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel. She averaged 18.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game in DBBL. She was named All-German DBBL Guard of the Year and made it into the DBBL 1st Team. Previously Samantha Whitcomb played for ChemCatz Chemnitz. Samantha Whitcomb graduated from the University of Washington in 2010. She tallied 13.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in her senior season. The guard made it into All-PAC-10 1st Team in 2010.


Slovak Republic hand second loss to Japan - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic - Japan 61:52

Slovak Republic won the exhibition series against Japan. The hosts outgunned the Asian team 61:52 in the third encounter in Ruzomberok to win the series 2-1. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners.
Slovak Republic and Japan stayed close throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 12:12 after ten minutes. Japan limited the hosts to just 7 points in the second period and surged ahead for a 22:19 halftime lead. But Slovak Republic adjusted offensively after the big break. The home team unloaded 23 points in the third quarter to take a 4-point lead after thirty minutes of action. Slovak Republic outgunned their opponents 19:14 in the final frame to seal the victory. Timea Sujova (173-G-84) netted 10 points, while Eva Kmetova (188-C-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) chipped in 9 points for the winners.



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  SPAIN   


Spain wins the second game at Torneo de Benahavis - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Croatia 76:55

Spain wins the second game at Torneo de Benahavis. The home side of the campaign overcame Croatia 76:55 and took 2-0 record. Croatia meanwhile fell at 1-1 record and will face Netherlands tomorrow, while Spain will take on Turkey.
Both teams entered the openers of the tournament. Spain opened the game with 20-10 run and the posted a massive 21-8 surge in the second quarter. Croatia started to play better in the second half and as a result won the last period. At first Spain posted a 22-21 rally in the third quarter, while Croatia finished the game with 16-13 rally.
Amaya Valdemoro (183-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Alba Torrens (188-F-89) stepped up with 13 points each, while Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 11. Rodriguez netted 9 and Queralt Casas (178-G/F-92) delivered 8. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) finished the game with 17 points in defeat and Emanuela Salopek (178-SG-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) brought 10. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) nailed 8, whilst Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) ended up with 7.

Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 13, Alba Torrens 13, Laura Gil 11, Rodriguez 9, Queralt Casas 8
Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 17, Emanuela Salopek 10, Iva Sliskovic 8, Ana Lelas 7



Amy Syll strengthens Caja Rural - by Eurobasket News

Caja Rural bolstered their frontcourt. They penned deal with Amy Syll (195-C-93). The Senegalese centre spent the last season with Cortegada in Spanish LF2. She posted 10.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
Caja Rural have already secured the services of Linda Rubene (190-F-91, college: Indiana) for the next season.



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Sweden open Four Nations Tournament with win over Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Sweden - Latvia 62:61

Swedish National Team victoriously opened the Four Nations Tournament in Sodertalje. The hosts snatched a tough victory over Latvia. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 15 points to pace the hosts.
Sweden pulled ahead in the first frame. They established a 16:14 lead ten minutes into the game. The Scandinavian team upend the tempo in the second quarter and gained a 34:26 halftime advantage. However Latvia changed the complexion of the game in the third term. The Baltic team exploded with 24 points to get within a single point at the final break. Anete Steinberga (188-F-90, agency: LBM Management, college: UTEP) put the visitors ahead by one 61:60 with under two minutes remaining in regulation. But Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) answered with a bucket to regain the lead for Sweden. Anete Steinberga and Liene Jansone missed potential winners in the dying seconds as Sweden got away with a narrow win at the end. Frida Aili (179-G-88) posted 9 points, while Kadidja Andersson (185-PF-80, college: Minnesota) and Elisabeth Egnell added 8 points each for the home side. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) answered with 16 points for Latvia. Anete Steinberga had 10 points in the loss.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 15, Frida Aili 9, Kadidja Andersson 8, Elisabeth Egnell 8
Latvia: Kristine Karklina 16, Anete Steinberga 10



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  TURKEY   


Great Britain edge Turkey in Sodertalje - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - Turkey 67:60

Great Britain tipped off their Four Nations Tournament campaign with victory. They held off Turkey in Sodertalje. Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan) scored 15 points to pace the winners.
The lead changed hands for several times early in the encounter before Turkey went on an 8:0 run to take a 19:12 lead. They accounted for a 21:18 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Great Britain paid more attention to their defence in the second term. They held Turkey to 12 points in the quarter and spurred ahead for a 35:33 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third period. Great Britain secured a narrow 47:45 lead heading into the fourth stanza. Great Britain used a 6:0 run late in regulation to post a 65:57 lead. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) hit a three-pointer to pull Turkey closer but Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.) answered with a jumper to seal the win for Great Britain. Rachel Vanderwal finished with 13 points, while Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) added 10 points for the winning side. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 12 points for Turkey. Merve Aydin had 11 points in the loss.

Great Britain: Stephanie Gandy 15, Rachel Vanderwal 13, Kimberly Butler 10
Turkey: Ayse Cora 12, Merve Aydin 11



Turkey edged Netherlands at Torneo de Benahavis - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands -Turkey 44:64

Turkey edged Netherlands at Torneo de Benahavis. The Turkish side achieved their first 64:44 win in Spain and improved to 1-1 record. Netherlands meanwhile feel at 0-2 record.
Turkey lost the opener to Croatia and started with 15-5 run. The Dutch side managed to reduce to 4 points at the halftime as they produced a 16-10 rally in the second frame. Turkey however dominated the second half and posted two victories. They erupted with a 24-9 surge in the third quarter and finished the game with 15-14 in the lasts stanza.
Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Aysegul Gunay (172-PG-92, agency: 1x1 Sports) netted 9. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) added 8, while Koksal scored 7 and Cakir as well as Naile Cirak (185-C-85) poured in 6 each. Van Grinsven replied with 11 points in the losing effort and Van Den Adel had 9. Kuijt scored 8, whilst Tanya Broering (178-G-84) and Eline Kasius (190-F-92) notched 5 apiece.

Netherlands: Van Grinsven 11, Van Den Adel 9, Kuijt 8, Tanya Broering 5, Eline Kasius 5
Turkey: Tugba Palazoglu 13, Aysegul Gunay 9, Quanitra Hollingsworth 8, Koksal 7, Cakir 6, Naile Cirak 6



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Ukrainian U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Oleksandra Chek
Chek
Miriam Uro-Nilie
Uro-Nilie
Nataliya Skorbatyuk
Skorbatyuk
Olga Krayevska
Krayevska
Anna Kiriyenko
Kiriyenko
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Oleksandra Chek 191-C-93 Atomeromu Hungary
Miriam Uro-Nilie 190-C-94 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
Nataliya Skorbatyuk 183-F-95 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
Olga Krayevska 183-PG-94 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
Anna Kiriyenko 190-C-93 Sozh Gomel Belarus
Nataliia Sergeieva 180-F-94 Tavriyska Zivka Ukraine

Oleg Riban Head Coach
Ruslana Kirichenko Assistant



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Great Britain edge Turkey in Sodertalje - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - Turkey 67:60

Great Britain tipped off their Four Nations Tournament campaign with victory. They held off Turkey in Sodertalje. Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan) scored 15 points to pace the winners.
The lead changed hands for several times early in the encounter before Turkey went on an 8:0 run to take a 19:12 lead. They accounted for a 21:18 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Great Britain paid more attention to their defence in the second term. They held Turkey to 12 points in the quarter and spurred ahead for a 35:33 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third period. Great Britain secured a narrow 47:45 lead heading into the fourth stanza. Great Britain used a 6:0 run late in regulation to post a 65:57 lead. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) hit a three-pointer to pull Turkey closer but Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.) answered with a jumper to seal the win for Great Britain. Rachel Vanderwal finished with 13 points, while Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) added 10 points for the winning side. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 12 points for Turkey. Merve Aydin had 11 points in the loss.

Great Britain: Stephanie Gandy 15, Rachel Vanderwal 13, Kimberly Butler 10
Turkey: Ayse Cora 12, Merve Aydin 11



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 2-0 
 2. Chicago S. 2-0 
 3. Washington M. 1-0 
 4. Connecticut S. 1-1 
 5. Indiana F. 1-1 
 6. New York L. 1-1 
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. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 31: Chicago S. - Connecticut S. 86-75
May. 31: New York L. - Tulsa S. 78-76 OT
May. 31: Indiana F. - Atlanta D. 77-86

Regular Season: Round 4

Jun. 1: S.Antonio SS - L.Angeles S.
Jun. 1: Minnesota L. - Connecticut S.
Jun. 2: Washington M. - Atlanta D.
Jun. 2: Chicago S. - Tulsa S.
Jun. 2: Seattle S. - Phoenix M.


Storm forward Thompson to retire after this season - by Eurobasket News

Seattle Storm forward Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC), the first overall pick in the inaugural WNBA draft in 1997, announced Friday that she will retire after this season. The only player to compete in all WNBA seasons to date, the 38-year-old Thompson will end her career as the league's all-time scoring leader. She currently has 7,018 points. She is an eight-time all-star and was named to the league's All-Decade Team. Thompson also helped lead the Houston Comets to the first four WNBA titles between 1997 and 2000. Thompson, who has also played for Los Angeles, called basketball a "safe haven" and said she would always be grateful for her time in the WNBA. She played her college ball at Southern California and was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 2012.
Courtesy of: seattlepi.com



Dream, Sky and Liberty takes wins on Friday - by Eurobasket News

Chicago S. - Connecticut S. 86-75
Sky center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) never had combined 20 points with 20 rebounds in the same game as only 12 other players in WNBA history have. But after scoring 24 points with a career-high 22 rebounds, two shy of the WNBA record, in the Sky's 86-75 victory over the Sun Friday night in the home opener at Allstate Arena, she was more impressed with the zero on her stat line. "I really didn't have a foul?" she asked. Asked the last time that had happened for her in a game, Fowles replied, "Never." The Sky are off to a 2-0 start after dismissing two of the more reputable league opponents in the Mercury, which stars rookie sensation Brittney Griner, and the Sun, a veteran team that played in the conference finals last season. "They look hungry," Sky coach Pokey Chatman said of her players. "We've been starving for several years now." Fowles made 9 of 19 shots while rookie Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) followed up on her historic debut with 20 points. Delle Donne scored 22 points in the Sky's Monday victory over the Mercury, the sixth-most points in a rookie's first game. The Sky shot 45.7 percent from the field and outrebounded the Sun 46-32. Aiming to make their first playoff appearance, the Sky gave the home crowd of 6,607 an early reason to believe. They went just 7-10 at home last season, 14-20 overall. Their legitimacy will be tested Sunday when they host the Tulsa Shock with former Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins. Courtesy of: chicagotribune.com

New York L. - Tulsa S. 78-76 OT
Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers)'s jumper with five-tenths of a second left lifted the New York Liberty to a 78-76 win over the Tulsa Shock on Friday night. With the score tied, Pondexter caught the ball at the top of the key and dribbled to her right before pulling up just outside the lane. The ball hit almost every part of the rim before dropping in. Tulsa had one last chance, but Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee)'s layup came just after the buzzer. The officials went to the monitor to review whether the shot was good or not and ruled it came just after. Pondexter finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Liberty (1-1). Elizabeth Cambage (6'8''-C-91) scored 22 points before injuring her ankle in overtime to lead Tulsa (0-3) while Glory Johnson added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Courtesy of: nj.com

Indiana F. - Atlanta D. 77-86
This is not how the Indiana Fever won their first WNBA title a little more than seven months ago. Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) scored 29 points, leading the Atlanta Dream past the Fever 86-77 Friday before a crowd of 10,756 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on a festive night that began with a ceremony celebrating that championship. The Dream capitalized on an outbreak of Fever turnovers to close the third quarter on a 10-0 run and seize a 10-point lead. The Fever never crept closer than six points thereafter. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) scored 20 points, Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) 17, Shavonte Zellous 15 and Briann January 13 for the Fever. Former Ben Davis High School guard Alex Bentley (5'7''-G-90, college: Penn St.), a rookie from Penn State, came off the bench to score 10 for the Dream. During the ceremony, Catchings motioned toward the Indiana Pacers' George Hill and referred to getting 'another one,' meaning another ring. Hill wore a Fever T-shirt. The Pacers meet the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals tonight. Also in attendance Friday was Hill's backcourt mate, Lance Stephenson. One by one, Fever players and coaches walked to midcourt, hugged WNBA President Laurel Richie and received a box containing the championship rings. After rings were awarded, a banner was unfurled proclaiming the Fever as 2012 WNBA champions. The Fever became the first WNBA champion to overcome 1-0 deficits in each of the first two rounds. They played the WNBA Finals without Douglas, who was sidelined by an ankle injury. 'I think it was a tremendous example to everyone - not only in sports, but just in life,' Fever coach Lin Dunn said Thursday. 'That old saying: When you get lemons, make lemonade.' 'We had some tough situations where we had a chance to fold or just give up, and we certainly didn't. We rose to the occasion. That's what made the journey even more special, because of how we did it, under such adverse circumstances.' Courtesy of: indystar.com