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  ARGENTINA   



Quilmes keep Maximiliano Maciel - by Eurobasket News

Quilmes Mar del Plata started to build the roster for the next season LigaA campaign. They have secured the services of Maximiliano Maciel (195-F-83). The sides have agreed on terms of three-year contract extension. The forward joined Quilmes at the start of the last season. He posted 13.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in TNA. Maximiliano Maciel helped Quilmes get LigaA promotion. The forward was named into All-Argentinean TNA 2nd Team in 2013. Previously Maximiliano Maciel had stints with San Martin Corrientes, Gimnasia Esgrima, Deportivo Puerto Madryn, Ferrocarril Oeste, Boca Juniors. He participated at LigaA All-Star Game in 2009. Maximiliano Maciel was the member of U16 and U20 Argentinean National Teams.


Obras Sanitarias hire Silvio Jose Santander - by Eurobasket News

Obras Sanitarias have agreed on terms of contract with Silvio Jose Santander . The specialist will take over the team in the next season. Silvio Jose Santander has recently been working with Trotamundos de Carabobo in Venezuela. Previously he got four seasons of work with Lanus Buenos Aires under his belt. Silvio Jose Santander was named All-Argentinean LigaA Coach of the Year in 2012. He led Lanus into LigaA Finals in 2013. Previously Silvio Jose Santander worked with Panteras de Miranda, Regatas Corrientes, Soles de Mexicali, Atletico Argentino, Penarol, Echague Parana. He was trumped All-Mexican LNBP Coach of the Year in 2007. The specialist guided the Mexican National Team in 2008. Silvio Jose Santander will try to improve the results of Obras Sanitarias who finished just 13th in the last LigaA season.


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Petron Blaze register second straight win in ASEAN League Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Indonesia Warriors 66:65

Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) converted a layup with five seconds remaining in regulation to seal another dramatic win for Petron Blaze in the ASEAN League Finals against the Indonesia Warriors. The Beermen are now one step away from the title. Brian Williams accounted for 17 points and 16 rebounds to pace the hosts.
The Filipino team accounted for a 14:12 lead ten minutes into the game. They stayed in front throughout the second quarter. The Blaze fired 23 points to secure a 37:34 halftime advantage. However the Warriors turned things their way in the third period. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) scored 10 points in the quarter and helped the Warriors take a 51:49 lead into the fourth stanza. The lead changed hands for several times throughout dramatic final period. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) made it 64:63 for the hosts with 34 seconds remaining. Stanley Pringle answered with a bucket to give the Warriors a slim lead with 21 seconds remaining. But Brian Williams stepped up for the Petron Blaze in the dying seconds and sealed the second straight win for the home team. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) provided 12 points, while Leo Avenido (186-G-78) and Pauliasi Taulava added 8 points each in the victory. Stanley Pringle responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the Warriors. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, college: Georgia) had 15 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Brian Williams 17+16 boards, Chris Banchero 12, Leo Avenido 8, Pauliasi Taulava 8
Indonesia Warriors: Stanley Pringle 21, Chris Daniels 15+11 boards



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  AUSTRIA   


Grum changes teams - by Stefan Heinrich

Slovenian Guard Samo Grum (193-G/F-79) leaves the Furstenfeld Panthers after just one year and he will suit up for the St. Polten Dragons for the new season. Last season Grum played 30 games for the panthers and he finished with 18.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6pag and he played bis best offensive game against St. Polten scoring 40 Points in the important win. Headcoach Uros Vukadinovic stated that he is very happy to get Grum on board as he is one the most experienced Players in the league and he is known as one of the best scorers over years. Also he is happy to be able to work with him next season.


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  BELGIUM   


Eurobasket Belgium Awards - by Peter Buyse

Player of the Year: Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) (198-G-85, college: Hawaii)
Guard of the Year: Derek Raivio (190-SG-84, college: Gonzaga)
Forward of the Year: Ryan Thompson (198-G-89, college: Rider)
Center of the Year:
Brian Qvale (210-C-88, college: Montana)
Most Improved Player of the Year: Niels Marnegrave (191-PG-87) (191-PG-87) (191-PG-87)
Bosman Player of the Year: Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83)
Import Player of the Year: Matt Lojeski
Domestic Player of the Year: Roel Moors (190-G-78) (190-G-78) (190-G-78)
Defensive Player of the Year: Niels Marnegrave
Coach of the Year Dario Gjergja
Playoff MVP: Matt Lojeski

1st team
G: Derek Raivio (190-SG-84, college: Gonzaga)
G: Matt Lojeski
F: Ryan Thompson
F: Justin Cage (198-F-85, college: Xavier)
C: Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida)

2nd team
G: Ronell Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB)
G:
Dusan Djordjevic
F: John Tofi (203-F/C-84, college: UTEP)
F: Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan)
C: Brian Qvale (210-C-88, college: Montana)

Honorable Mention
Roel Moors
Niels Marnegrave
Monwell Randle (203-F/C-83, college: SE Missouri St.)
Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton)
Josh Bostic (196-F-87, college: Findlay, OH)

All Domestic Team
G: Roel Moors
G: Niels Marnegrave
F: Jean-Marc Mwema (195-F-89)
F: Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, college: UAB)
C: Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83)

All Imports Team


G: Derek Raivio (190-SG-84, college: Gonzaga)
G: Matt Lojeski
F: Ryan Thompson
F: Justin Cage (198-F-85, college: Xavier)
C: Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida)

All Bosman Team

G: Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83)
G: Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80)
F: Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan)
F: Ivan Aska (200-F-90, college: Murray St.)
C: Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77)




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  BOSNIA   


KAO Dramas keep Bosnian coach Nenad Markovic - by Eurobasket News

KAO Dramas keep Bosnian coach Nenad Markovic (agency: Beo Basket ) for the next season. The Head Coach of the team will continue with the side he joined in February.
In 2012-2013 he signed at KAO Dramas (Greece-A1) and finished the Regular Season with 11-15 record. It was not however enough to advanced to the Play-offs.
Among other achievements Markovic's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2008. He was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2010. Markovic is currently a head coach of Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team.
He was a very experienced player. Nenad Markovic has played also professionally in France, Israel, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Bosnia (Bosna ASA BHT).
At the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) his team won Gold last year. He was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Best Coach -12.



Bosnians at Adidas Eurocamp 2013! - by Chris Mathieu

Originally Emir Sulejmanovic was scheduled to play at the Eurocamp as one of the youngest participants. He had to pull out due to a lingering injury from the season and was replaced at the last moment by another young Bosnian prospect Jusuf Nurkic. Adin Vrabac joined Nurkic after declaring himself eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft.

Nurkic made a big impression in the first days game action scoring 12pts with 5rbs and 2blks in limited action.

Vrabac scored 8pts with 2rbs and 1ass in the days game.

Both had interesting results in the measuring and agility drills. Vrabac came up in first place in the lane agility drill they ran at the camp surpassing some of the big names stars present. He also measured out at a legit 203cm with a good wing span.
Nurkic showed himself to be a mobile big man with a legit 213cm frame. He surprised many by weighing in a solid 280lbs a weight he carries very well but could get himself into better shape to improve his measurements and agility numbers. He displayed good agility and footwork.

Two other Bosnians ended up with the next generation prospects Dragan Bender who is 205cm and a versatile SF/PF who has become one of the hottest young prospects in Europe. Also Borisa Simanic was in the camp who is a versatile 201cm SG/SF who has created some buzz in Europe as of late.

Two of the biggest Bosnian prospects of that generation Milos Glisic and Nedim Dedovic were surprisingly absent.




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  CANADA   


Canada defeats team USA at Four Nations'Tournament - by Eurobasket News

The Development Mens National Team (DMNT) continued its strong play in China with a close 75-73 victory over the United States. The team opened the nine-game Four Nations International Invitational Tournament on Saturday with a hard-fought 70-66 win over the host nation.

It is always special when Team Canada faces Team USA in international competition and this occasion proved to be no different. Toronto, Ont. native Dwight Powell began the game with energy and quickly put up 8 points in the opening frame. Daniel Mullings brought the Canadian bench and the lively crowd to its feet with a rim-rattling put-back dunk as Canada built a 44-35 advantage at the midway point of the game.

The DMNT continued to play well in the third quarter and pushed the lead to 58-48 with strong play at both ends of the court. Team USA showed character and resolve in making a late run to challenge the Canadians and knotted the game at 73 to set the stage for some late-gamer heroics from the Red and White. With 0.05 seconds left in the game, a determined Kyle Wiltjer (208-F-92) was fouled and sent to the line. He calmly made both free throws to earn Canada the win.

Kyle Wiltjer led the Canadians with 17 points, including a perfect 5-for-5 performance from the line. Powell finished the game with 16 point and added four rebounds. When asked about playing their North American rivals, Kyle Wiltjer said, "it was a great team effort tonight. For me, it is always fun to play against the USA since I live there. The guards did a good job of making good passes down the stretch and finding me when I was open. We got some good calls down the stretch which also helped.

He believes the Canadians put together a strong effort, but sees the opportunity for growth. The good thing about this game is that we are getting better, but there is still room for improvement. Head coach Jay Triano added that we were fortunate to hang on and pull out the win. We can't let teams come back after being up by nine. We haven't been shooting the ball well, but are finding ways to gut it out."

The DMNT faces Latvia next to close out the portion of the tournament taking place in Kaixian. On Tuesday, the teams will have a travel day to make their way to Huaihua where the four squads of student athletes will once again face one another in a stretch of three games in three days beginning on Wednesday. Canada and the United States will renew their rivalry on Thursday.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.ca



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  CBL   

Standings

CBL Standings
1. St.Louis H. 5-2
2. M.Tennessee S. 4-1
3. Bowling Green H. 3-3
4. River City P. 2-6
5. Dayton A.S. 1-1

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 8: Bowling Green H. - M.Tennessee S. 130-124


Week Review - by John Guy

Hornets keep hopes alive, hand Storm first loss

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. Using a strong third-quarter performance, the Bowling Green Hornets gave Middle Tennessee its first loss of the season, while keeping their chances of a berth in the league title game alive.
Justin Taylor (6-foot-3 Tennessee Tech) and Kahlil McDonald (6-3, Western Kentucky) each scored 24 points as the Hornets defeated the Storm, 130-124, here at Russellville High School Saturday night.
It was the first loss for the Storm (4-1), who were seeking to clinch the final spot in the Central Basketball League championship game. The St. Louis Hawks (5-2) have already secured their place in the title contest.
Middle Tennessee held a 55-54 lead at halftime after trailing for most of the opening half. The Hornets, however, outscored the Storm, 38-28, in the third period to take control of the contest.
Even so, the Storm fought back in the fourth, making it a 102-101 contest at one point, but a 7-0 run by the Hornets helped them to regain the advantage and keep the visitors at bay during the final minutes of play.
In addition to Taylor's and McDonald's performances, Boris Siakam (6-7, Western Kentucky), in his debut, added 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Jamal Crook (6-3, Western Kentucky) netted 19 points.
Meanwhile, Middle Tennessee's Demarco Polk (5-11, Stratford (Tenn.) High School) led all scorers with 30 points. Michael France (6-2, Trevecca Nazarene) scored 25 points for the Storm, Dominique Rouse (6-6, Life) tossed in 19 and Fred Hill (6-5, Tennessee State) hauled in nine boards.
The Hornets and Storm will meet again on June 15 with a 8 p.m. (CST) tipoff at Fisk University in Nashville. It will be another must win for Bowling Green as another Middle Tennessee win will earn the Storm a postseason berth.
Also on Saturday night, the River City Panthers defeated the Galesburg Pride in an exhibition game, 105-84, at the Peoria Academy.
It was closer than the 55-point win the Panthers had on May 18 as, this time around, the Pride managed to play every quarter close.
River City will next play host to Middle Tennessee on June 16 to close out the inaugural CBL regular season.

Justin Taylor (6'3''-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY) <<>><<>> Michael France (6'2''-G/F, college: Trevecca Naz.)



B-League - by John Guy

The Central Basketball League announces a new concept in minor league basketball-a division under a league banner for first-year or developing franchises.

Called the CBLs B-League, the official name will be the Central Basketball League Breakthrough Division and teams will play a short 12-game season beginning this fall right after Labor Day.

A lot of people will say a league already exists like this, says Director of Operations John Guy of the CBL. Theyll say the ABA fits that description and in a sense theyre right. Although this will be organized and cost less than the thousands the ABA charges. In fact, it will only cost $789.56.

Thats right. For less than the cost of 60 pizzas from Papa Johns, teams can check the water temperature of minor league basketball before they cannonball into the deep end without their water wings and discover the cement block attached to their ankle.

The only reason to saddle a new franchise with debt before they ever tipoff is greed, states Guy. We provide an excellent website, stats, video and recognition on major minor league basketball platforms.

Starting September 6th and finishing up with a championship game weeks before Thanksgiving, the B-League will be a bus league with teams no further than a carpool ride apart and playing in old, funky and historic gymnasiums in their areas. Well be playing in the gym that Hoosiers was filmed in, says Guy.

Teams that excel during the season can then evaluate their finances, organization and player pool to decide if they want to be a part of the CBLs Spring League and play against top talent in the Midwest.





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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


Maxime Zianveni finished successful season abroad - by Eurobasket News

Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79) finished successful season abroad with French Strasbourg. The team reached the Finals, however lost to Nanterre that have become the new ProA champions. The underdogs fired past Strasbourg 83:77 in the fourth game of the Finals to claim 3-1 win in the series. David Lighty stepped up with 21 points to lead the hosts.
Strasbourg went on a 19:9 run to start the clash. But Nanterre did not panic and responded with a 13:0 run to gain a 22:19 lead early in the second period. Nanterre extended the lead in the second frame. The hosts opened a 35:25 advantage midway through the period. Strasbourg got within four points at the interval 36:40. Nanterre maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The hosts built a 59:51 advantage heading into the fourth period. Strasbourg went on a desperate comeback rally in the final stanza. They narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark 68:70. But Nanterre answered with six points in a row and cleared off for good at the end. Jeremy Nzeulie delivered 17 points, while Chris Warren contributed 13 points for the winners. Romain Duport responded with 19 points for Strasbourg. Ricardo Greer had 15 points in the loss.
Maxime Zianveni averaged 3.6 points per game in France.



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Guangzhou FM 6-1 
 2. Sichuan BW 5-2 
 3. Changan Group 5-2 
 4. Jiangsu TX 5-2 
 5. Hong Kong 5-2 
 6. Guangzhou L. 4-3 
 7. Heilongjiang 2-5 
 8. Nanjin Army 2-5 
 9. Jiang Xi 1-6 
 10. Hebei S. 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 7

Jun. 9: Jiangsu TX - Changan Group 94-89
Jun. 9: Nanjin Army - Sichuan BW 91-101
Jun. 9: Jiang Xi - Hebei S. 120-85
Jun. 9: Heilongjiang - Guangzhou L. 105-102
Jun. 9: Hong Kong - Guangzhou FM 104-93

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 12: Jiangsu TX - Hebei S.
Jun. 12: Guangzhou L. - Hong Kong
Jun. 12: Jiang Xi - Heilongjiang
Jun. 12: Nanjin Army - Guangzhou FM
Jun. 12: Changan Group - Sichuan BW


China Olympics Team beat Latvia U20 in Kaixian - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-China Olympics Team 58:74

China Olympics Team beat Latvia U20 in Kaixian in Day 2 of the Four Nations International Invitational Tournament. The hosts posted a 74:58 win on Saturday.
China won the first period 22-13 and dominated the game. The hosts added 20-13 rally in the second frame and led 16 points at the halftime. Moreover China posted a 13-10 in the third quarter and did not mind 19-222 in the last stanza.
For Latvia Arturs Lusis (197-F-93) and Peteris Rekis (197-C-93) scored 8 points each. Klavs Strazdins (192-F-93) netted 7, while Ilja Gromovs (207-C-94) and Ingus Jakovics (185-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) brought 6 each.
Canada meanwhile overcame the United States 75:73. In Day 3 Canada faces Latvia next to close out the portion of the tournament taking place in Kaixian. On Tuesday, the teams will have a travel day to make their way to Huaihua where the four squads of student athletes will once again face one another in a stretch of three games in three days beginning on Wednesday.



US team lost to Latvia team - by Robert Wang

Latvia edged the US Basketball USA All-Stars team 67-65 as they made two free throws with one second remaining in the game.
The USA rallied from a ten-point deficit with 2:48 to play, tying the game with 55 seconds remaining on a three-pointer by Devin Sweetney (St. Francis-PA, Moncton Miracles). The USA stopped Latvia on the next possession and had the ball with 28 seconds on the clock. Derek Needham (Fairfield) missed a three-pointer off the back rim with 10 seconds remaining. Latvia secured the long rebound and got into transition. They missed a quick shot but the USA could not secure the rebound. Latvia pulled down the offensive rebound, was fouled and made both shots from the charity line to win the game.

Devin Sweetney led the Americans with 24 points. Roger Franklin (North Texas) played hard and ended with a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Franklin worked hard on both ends and was physical doing good things all night. He was the USAs most consistent guy on the floor at both ends and did not shy away. Oliver McNally (Harvard, Moncton Miracles) was the other American in double figures with 10 points. The USA shot 2-of-11 on three-pointers.
USA All-Stars Coach We lost a winnable game tonight. Latvia made some shots when it counted to win it. We need to improve our offensive execution and defensive intensity. The guys have been great and I think our teamwork will improve as we only had one full practice prior to this game. Well make some game management adjustments that should have a positive effect and hopefully will start shooting better.



Chinese NBL round 6 best performance: Hassan Whiteside - by Eurobasket News

American Hassan Whiteside (213-C/F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Sichuan BW, receiving a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 21 rebounds, while his team beat Hong Kong (5-2) 109-95. Sichuan BW is placed at 2nd position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Sichuan BW will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. Whiteside just recently signed at Sichuan BW and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Hassan Whiteside averages just after two games 26.0ppg and 21.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was another Sichuan BW's star - 26-year old XiaoDong Chen (207-C-86). Chen had a very good evening with a double-double of 35 points and 11 rebounds. Of course together with Whiteside he helped Sichuan BW with another comfortable win 109-95 over the lower-ranked Hong Kong (5-2) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Sichuan BW to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Chen is one of the most experienced players at Sichuan BW and similarly like Hassan Whiteside has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.5ppg (#6). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of Jiang Xi (#9). Hill scored 23 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Hill's great performance Jiang Xi lost 79-102 to the higher-ranked Guangzhou L. (#6, 4-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jiang Xi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hill he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hill has individually a great season in China. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 17.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hilton Armstrong (210-C/F-84) of Changan Group - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ariel Williams) of Guangzhou L. - 17 points and 12 rebounds
6. Gang Yu (208-C-92) of Heilongjiang - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Josh Harrellson (208-F-89) of Guangzhou FM - 14 points and 21 rebounds
8. Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83) of Heilongjiang - 20 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Craig Smith (201-F-83) of Hong Kong - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. LiPeng An (199-F-90) of Nanjin Army - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



NBL Round 7: Hong Kong hands first defeat to Guangzhou FM - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

Undefeated Guangzhou FM (6-1) recorded its first loss on the court of fifth ranked Hong Kong on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Hong Kong 104-93. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Guangzhou FM. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Hong Kong. Guangzhou FM managed to win second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hong Kong won last quarter 25-15. They shot 60.6 percent from the field. Forward JiuLong Liu (197-83) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 28 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Hong Kong have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Guangzhou FM at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Hong Kong is looking forward to face Guangzhou L. (#6) on the road in the next round. Guangzhou FM will play against Nanjin Army (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Heilongjiang. Eighth ranked Heilongjiang (2-5) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Guangzhou L. (4-3) 105-102 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Nan Wang contributed with 30 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Guard ChengLong Duan (192-88) answered with 31 points and 6 rebounds for Guangzhou L.Heilongjiang moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Nanjin Army. Defending champion Guangzhou L. keeps the sixth position with three games lost. Heilongjiang will play against Jiang Xi (#9) in Jiangxi in the next round. Guangzhou L. will play at home against Hong Kong and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Jiangsu. Third ranked Jiangsu TX faced their biggest opponent Changan Group. Host Jiangsu TX (5-2) defeated guests from Guangdong (5-2) 94-89. It was a great evening for Othello Hunter who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. At the losing side Hilton Armstrong responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Jiangsu TX moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Changan Group. Jiangsu TX will meet at home bottom-ranked Hebei S. (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Changan Group will play against the league's second-placed Sichuan BW (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Jiang Xi can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Hebei S. (0-7) 120-85. It was an exceptional evening for Herbert Hill who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 21 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Jiang Xi (1-6) left bottom position moving up to ninth place. It was Hebei S.'s seventh loss in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Jiang Xi's next round opponent will be higher ranked Heilongjiang (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hebei S. will play against Jiangsu TX and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Nanjin was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Sichuan BW (5-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Nanjin Army (2-5). Sichuan BW defeated Nanjin Army 101-91 on Sunday. Hassan Whiteside fired 32 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Sichuan BW moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Nanjin Army keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Sichuan BW will face Changan Group (#3) in Guangdong in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nanjin Army will play at home against the league's leader Guangzhou FM (#1).



Nanjin Army - Sichuan BW 91-101

The game in Nanjin was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Sichuan BW (5-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Nanjin Army (2-5). Sichuan BW defeated Nanjin Army 101-91 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Sichuan BW. Nanjin Army was better in third quarter 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sichuan BW shot 61.2 percent from the field. Sichuan BW had a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) fired 32 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) produced 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) and center JiaFu Tian (208-91) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sichuan BW moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Nanjin Army keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Sichuan BW will face Changan Group (#3) in Guangdong in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nanjin Army will play at home against the league's leader Guangzhou FM (#1).
Top scorers:
Nanjin Army: S.Shengyue 39+7reb, F.ChengLin 16+1reb, T.JiaFu 15+4reb+1ast, D.QinShuo 11+6reb, G.Han 5+4reb, L.Jun 3+2reb+5ast
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 32+9reb+1ast, C.XiaoDong 21+5reb, W.Jing 16+5reb, H.XiaoBin 13+5reb+2ast, Z.ZhenHu 8+2reb, C.Ma 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 242195


Jiang Xi - Hebei S. 120-85

Jiang Xi can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Hebei S. (0-7) 120-85. The game without a history. Jiang Xi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Hebei S.'s 38. Jiang Xi had a 38-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Hebei S. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 21 rebounds. Chi Wei accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Australian forward Tom Burns (201, college: USF) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and guard DeShuai Shi (192-92) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for Hebei S. in the defeat. Five Jiang Xi and four Hebei S. players 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. Jiang Xi (1-6) left bottom position moving up to ninth place. It was Hebei S.'s seventh loss in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Jiang Xi's next round opponent will be higher ranked Heilongjiang (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hebei S. will play against Jiangsu TX and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hebei S.: B.Tom 22+10reb+3ast, S.DeShuai 17+3reb+4ast, D.ZhiMing 12+1reb, J.YiLong 11+4reb, Z.GuoQiang 7+3reb+1ast, Z.Lei 5+2reb
Jiang Xi: H.Herbert 32+21reb, Z.Nan 23+2reb+4ast, W.Chi 20+8reb+1ast, S.Baoli 14+3reb, L.Jiawei 11+5reb+6ast, Z.ChaoLong 6+1ast
gschID: 242194


Hong Kong - Guangzhou FM 104-93

Undefeated Guangzhou FM (6-1) recorded its first loss on the court of fifth ranked Hong Kong on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Hong Kong 104-93. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Guangzhou FM. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Hong Kong. Guangzhou FM managed to win second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hong Kong won last quarter 25-15. They shot 60.6 percent from the field. Forward JiuLong Liu (197-83) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 28 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and forward Liang Yu (209-86) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hong Kong have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Guangzhou FM at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Hong Kong is looking forward to face Guangzhou L. (#6) on the road in the next round. Guangzhou FM will play against Nanjin Army (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: Y.Liang 22+6reb+3ast, H.Josh 22+13reb+1ast, Y.KaiFu 18+4reb+5ast, L.XueSong 11+3reb+1ast, L.DaPeng 9+1reb+2ast, D.JunJiang 4
Hong Kong: S.Craig 28+9reb+3ast, W.MingLiang 26+1reb, L.JiuLong 25+12reb+4ast, Y.Chao 17+2reb+2ast, F.Zhou 8+5ast, C.ZhaoShen 0+4reb
gschID: 242193


Jiangsu TX - Changan Group 94-89

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Jiangsu. Third ranked Jiangsu TX faced their biggest opponent Changan Group. Host Jiangsu TX (5-2) defeated guests from Guangdong (5-2) 94-89. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 26-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Jiangsu TX made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Changan Group turnovers. It was a great evening for Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Zhuang Ma (194-88) helped adding 18 points. At the losing side American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jian Sun (190-88) scored 28 points. Four Changan Group players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Jiangsu TX moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Changan Group. Jiangsu TX will meet at home bottom-ranked Hebei S. (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Changan Group will play against the league's second-placed Sichuan BW (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Changan Group: S.Jian 28+2reb, A.Hilton 20+10reb+3ast, G.Yan 15+7reb+6ast, L.Lin 11+6reb+3ast, J.JunQi 5+3reb+1ast, R.XiaTi 4+4reb+3ast
Jiangsu TX: H.Othello 24+14reb, Y.ZhiYong 19+2reb+1ast, M.Zhuang 18+3reb+2ast, F.Xin 9+3reb+7ast, F.Hui 7+4reb+1ast, S.XinLei 6+1reb
gschID: 242192


Heilongjiang - Guangzhou L. 105-102

Important game to mention about took place in Heilongjiang. Eighth ranked Heilongjiang (2-5) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Guangzhou L. (4-3) 105-102 on Sunday evening. The hosts were already 21 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 41-23 Guangzhou L.'s run in the last quarter cut the lead to 105-102 at the end of the game. Guangzhou L. was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Nan Wang (198-87) contributed with 30 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Guard ChengLong Duan (192-88) answered with 31 points and 6 rebounds and forward ZhiChao Ba (200-89) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Guangzhou L.Four Heilongjiang and five Guangzhou L. players scored in double figures. Heilongjiang moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Nanjin Army. Defending champion Guangzhou L. keeps the sixth position with three games lost. Heilongjiang will play against Jiang Xi (#9) in Jiangxi in the next round. Guangzhou L. will play at home against Hong Kong and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou L.: D.ChengLong 31+6reb, B.ZhiChao 19+6reb+1ast, G.Liye 17+3reb+1ast, C.DaWei 16+2reb+1ast, W.Ariel 10+10reb, T.Chao 4+5reb+8ast
Heilongjiang: W.Nan 30+6reb+2ast, P.Kevinn 26+13reb+3ast, Y.XueLin 16+2reb+8ast, Z.JunXiong 14+2reb+1ast, J.Ming 9+7reb+6ast, H.Mengxin 6
gschID: 242191



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Thomas, Piratas22.9 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.0 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.2 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Brooks, Bucaros18.7 
 7. Northern, Rafael B.18.6 
 8. Gilbert, Bucaros18.5 
 9. Crawford, Academia18.4 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros12.8 
 2. Crawford, Academia11.4 
 3. Northern, Rafael B.10.9 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Piratas10.7 
 5. Smith, Aguilas9.5 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 7. Blue, Academia8.3 
 8. Newsome, Bambuque.7.9 
 9. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 10. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Moreno, Piratas5.8 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas5.5 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.1 
 4. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.4 
 6. Bacci, Aguilas3.9 
 7. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.4 
 9. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 10. Pomare, Caribbea.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Moreno, Piratas1.9 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 3. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.6 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.5 
 5. Jordan, Once Cald.1.5 
 6. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 7. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 8. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 9. Bacci, Aguilas1.3 
 10. Thomas, Piratas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Rafael B.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Rafael B.2.2 
 2. Farley, Academia0.8 
 3. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 4. Newsome, Bambuque.0.8 
 5. Blue, Academia0.6 
 6. Baquero, Halcones0.5 
 7. Hernandez, Bucaros0.5 
 8. Smith, Aguilas0.5 
 9. Cuero, Aguilas0.5 
 10. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 


Colombian Juan Palacios wins the title in France - by Eurobasket News

Colombian Juan Palacios (204-F/C-85) wins the title in France as his Nanterre have become the new ProA champions. The underdogs fired past Strasbourg 83:77 in the fourth game of the Finals to claim 3-1 win in the series. David Lighty stepped up with 21 points to lead the hosts.
Strasbourg went on a 19:9 run to start the clash. But Nanterre did not panic and responded with a 13:0 run to gain a 22:19 lead early in the second period. Nanterre extended the lead in the second frame. The hosts opened a 35:25 advantage midway through the period. Strasbourg got within four points at the interval 36:40. Nanterre maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The hosts built a 59:51 advantage heading into the fourth period. Strasbourg went on a desperate comeback rally in the final stanza. They narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark 68:70. But Nanterre answered with six points in a row and cleared off for good at the end. Jeremy Nzeulie delivered 17 points, while Chris Warren contributed 13 points for the winners. Romain Duport responded with 19 points for Strasbourg. Ricardo Greer had 15 points in the loss.
Juan Palacios averaged 7.4 points per game in France this season.



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  CROATIA   


Croatia won and lost in Jesolo - by Eurobasket News

Croatia won and lost in Jesolo at the preparation tournament before the Mediterranean Games.
In Day 1 Greece won over Croatia 62:52. Greece started with a 16-11 lead and led 33:26 at the halftime. Greece enjoyed a 49:38 lead after three quarters and enjoyed double digit win at the end. Bochoridis and Gondicas stepped up with 13 points each. Bozinovic replied with 14 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 Italy lost to Croatia 64:66. The later took 18-16 lead at the end of the first period and then increased to 33:28 at the halftime. Moreover Croatia dominated the third period and led 51:43 at the end of thirty minutes. The hosts managed to catch up with the opponents but lost the game by two points. Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Krstanovic posted 13. Boban had 10 and Luka Panduric (192-G-93) delivered 9. Cournooh answered with 17 points for the hosts and Stefano Gentile (191-PG-89) netted 16.



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BK JIP Pardubice keep American Travis Nelson - by Eurobasket News

BK JIP Pardubice keep American Travis Nelson (208-C-87, college: Minnesota St.) for another season. The player will remain in Czech Republic.
In 42 NBL games he recorded 12.6ppg and 5.6rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Nelson ended the last season at Al Wasl (D1) in UAE league. But the most of that year he spent at Tajfun (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 26 games he averaged impressive 17.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention.
The 2010-2011 season Nelson played at London Lions (BBL) in British league. In 29 games he averaged remarkable 19.9ppg and 7.0rpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 3rd Team.
Among other achievements his team won NSIC Regular Season in 2010. Nelson received also NSIC Newcomer of the Year award back in 2009 at his college time.Nelson attended Minnesota State Mankato until 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.



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Play -offs: Finals - Panathinaikos added a 2nd victory over the Euroleague champions - by Chris Mammides

Greek Finals: Game no. 2 - Panathinaikos Vs Olympiakos 63-52 (2-0)

The team of Coach Argiris Pedoulakis , the six star Panathinaikos kept OAKA unbeaten and is now leading the series with 2-0. The Greens more passionate and more experienced than ever (this season) they needs simply one victory to succeed what they usually succeeding (with a small break of last year), to win the Hellenic league.
The two teams enter into the court with specific targets and guiding principle coming from their coaches, so the reds of Coach Bartzokas having in their suitcase the home loss 48 hours before, begun the game on an aggressive manner Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) in the role that knows most took the lead and end up the first period with a +5, 16-21.

The second period though the balances changed with Panathinaikos playing tougher defense over Vassilis Spanoulis and with Law obviously not being able to help as much as he wanted due to his injury, Olympiakos faced the same problems as he did a couple of days ago, in the point guard position. So Panathinaikos with Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) in an amazing night, balanced the game and brought it to the basket by the end of the first half, 29-31. Panathinaikos showed more accuracy and more passion while Olympiakos was obviously more stressed trying to balance the series many times with anorthodox ways...

The third period was totally different as Panathinaikos having another great third period (this season) and with Roko-Leni Ukic and Bramos shooting accurately from behind the arc; even though Olympiakos took some scoring (unexpectedly) by Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-G-91),, this wasnt enough, Panathinaikos dominated in both edges and developed a double digit difference to close the third period to 53-45. Olympiakos remain pointless for many minutes and the usual suspects in all the previous games and in the Euroleague, players like Printezis, Papanikolaou and Perperoglou were far behind and their accuracy in their shooting was not helping their team, while Vassilis Spanoulis up to a point stopped scoring due to the great defense by Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80), Roko-Leni Ukic and Lasme (occasionally).

The red players were not in their best shape and Pedulakis realized that from the early beginning so he gave to the game his own rhythm which was totally right for Panathinaikos but was absolutely problematic for Coach Bartzokas and his troop. The experience of the Green players of Panathinaikos was more than obvious since their solid game and their performance in many times reminded us, the Olympiakos players might have won two Euroleagues but they were obviously missing the experience while their enthousiasm was not enough, at least in this game....

The fourth and final period was simply the epitome of the game since Panathinaikos being more of a team with solid basketball, tough defense and a great home court (the OAKA had more or less 20.000 Green funs who created an amazing atmosphere) was not going to lose (at least tonight) with Dimitris Diamantidis in the leading role and Curry with Gist giving some solid assistance the permanent champions took the crucial victory which brings them just a victory to the double..


Panathinaikos was better once more in the assists 13 over 7 of Olympiakos, in the block shots 5 over 3 of Olympiakos and in the three pointers since the 11 of 27 are much better than the 5 of 26 of Olympiakos while the 9 of 25 in the two pointers are not much better than the 13 of 35 of Olympiakos. The players of Bartzokas though were much better in the areas of steals 10 against only 3 by Panathinaikos and in the turnovers weret ehy had only 13 in compare to the 17 of Panathinaikos

MVP of the game was the Croatian Ukic who is a different player in this set of games against Olympiakos, with great penetrations, not so many false balls and mature game, is assisting Panathinaikos to reach its goal proving that he is a player that Greens must count on in the years to come...

Top scorers:
Panathinaikos:
Roko-Leni Ukic 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists in 22 minutes, Dimitris Diamantidis 10 points, 8 rebounds, 7 winning fouls and 2 assists, Bramos 9 with 3 of 4 three pointers, Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists!
Olympiakos:
Vassilis Spanoulis 12 and Hines 8 points and 8 rebounds.



Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv keep American Ricky Hickman - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv keep American Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) for the next season. The Israeli titans confirmed the player for the 2013/2014 season.
In 32 Winner League games he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Hickman also played 27 games in Euroleague where he averaged 13.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. The last season Hickman played at Victoria Libertas Pesaro (SerieA) in Italian league. In 41 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Guard of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
The 2010/11 season Ricky Hickman played at Novipiu Casale (SerieA) in Italy. In 41 games he averaged remarkable 17.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg that season. He contributed to his team winning the league title. It was a very successful season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
In 2009-10 season Ricky Hickman played at Namika Lahti (Korisliiga) in Finnish league. In 39 games he averaged great 23.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.9apg and 2.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Finnish Cup Semifinals. It was a very successful season as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team. The most of previous (08-09) season Hickman spent at LTi 46ers (BBL) in German league. In 24 games he averaged 6.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He also played at BG 74 Goettingen II (2.Regionalliga) in German league earlier that season. In 24 games he averaged 6.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg.



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  FBA   

Standings

FBA Standings
 1. Tampa Bay R. 6-2 
 2. Florida Flight 5-3 
 3. Heartland P. 4-2 
 4. Palm Beach T. 0-8 


Rebels Top Prowl - by Andrew Phillips

On Saturday June 8th, the Tampa Bay Rebels and the Heartland Prowl faced-off in their third meeting of the season at Freedom High School. After splitting the first two contests, each team expected a tough game, and both had to overcome challenges immediately. "Both teams had to face adverse floor conditions. The AC wasn't on, and the recent weather conditions in the Bay area made the gym hot and the court slippery. We are glad none of the athletes got hurt," commented Rebels Coach Fernando Rojas .

The Rebels came out of the gate playing up-tempo basketball that resulted in a commanding a 16 point lead at half time. In the third quarter, the visiting team made a run behind forward Arnold Louis (6'7''-F-90) and guard Junior Geidi (6'1''-G-88), which brought the Prowl back to within single digits at the beginning of the last period. The Rebels were able to control the remainder of game as they secured a 114-109 victory behind the strong play of new point guard Cory Lemons (5'10''-G), who finished with 30 points and made all seven of his free throws. Center Charles Okwandu (7'1''-C-86, college: Connecticut) also added 21 points for Tampa Bay.

The Rebels will travel to Lake Wales next weekend to play the Prowl in the last regular season meeting between the two teams for the 2013 season. Please visit www.tampabayrebels.com for complete coverage and updated information.



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  FIBA AMERICAS U16   


Uruguay U16 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Uruguay U16 National Team 2013
#s#
Pierino Rusch
Rusch
Maximiliano Nobile
Nobile
Joaquin Ortega
Ortega
Martin Counago
Counago
Federico Baltasar
Baltasar
#e#5
Pierino Rusch 174-PG-97 Hebraica Uruguay
Maximiliano Nobile 172-PG-97 Paysandu Uruguay
Joaquin Ortega 180-PG-96 Defensor Uruguay
Martin Counago 185-PG-96 Bigua Uruguay
Federico Baltasar 185-PG-96 Malvin Uruguay
Agustin Viotti 190-SF-97 Hebraica Uruguay
Gonzalo Diaz 186-SF-87 Malvin Uruguay
Joaquin Jones 191-SF-97 Bigua Uruguay
Santiago Massa 187-PF-96 Hebraica Uruguay
Felipe Monteverde 189-PF-97 Trouville Uruguay
Facundo Grolla 193-C-97 Bigua Uruguay
Luis Arregui 193-C-98 Bigua Uruguay

Fernando Cabrera Head Coach
Alejandro Alvarez Assistant MH Basket Argentina



Puerto Rican U16 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Puerto Rican U16 National Team 2013
#s#
Gerardo Texeira
Texeira
Ivan Gandia
Gandia
Luis Gonzalez
Gonzalez
Arnaldo Toro
Toro
Leandro Allende
Allende
#e#5
Gerardo Texeira 195-PF-97
Ivan Gandia 188-G-97
Luis Gonzalez 177-PG-96
Arnaldo Toro 205-C-97
Leandro Allende 190-F/G-97
Jose Martinez 203-PF-96
Jorge Pacheco 185-SG-97
Ebube Ezegwula-Ebube 200-PF-97
Kevin Munoz 187-SF-97
Edwin Cancel 175-PG-97
Armando Dunn 198-PF-96
Nicholas Berry 200-PF-97

Pedro Cintron Head Coach Arecibo Puerto Rico
Daniel Ortiz Assistant



USA U16 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

NCAA1 U16 National Team 2013
#s#
Thomas Bryant
Bryant
Daniel Giddens
Giddens
Joshua Jackson
Jackson
Vincent King
King
Jayson Tatum
Tatum
#e#5
Thomas Bryant 6'9''-F-97 High School
Daniel Giddens 6'10''-C-97 High School
Joshua Jackson 6'7''-G/F-97 High School
Vincent King 6'6''-G/F-97 High School
Jayson Tatum 6'7''-F-98 High School
Seventh Woods 6'2''-PG-98 High School
Malik Newman 6'4''-G-97 High School
Diamond Stone 6'10''-C/F-97 High School
Harry Giles 6'9''-F-98 High School
Ivan Rabb 6'10''-PF-97 High School
Terrance Ferguson 6'6''-G-97 High School
Devearl Ramsey 5'10''-PG-97 High School

Don Showalter coach
Eric Flannery coach



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  FRANCE   


WOSB add Thomas Trauttmann and Tony Traineau - by Eurobasket News

WOSB add Thomas Trauttmann (199-C-91) and Tony Traineau (204-C-79) for the next season.
The 22-year old French center Thomas Trauttmann currently played at Angers BC 49 in France. In 21 games he had just 2.4ppg and 2.3rpg this season. The last season Trauttmann played at Strasbourg IG (ProA) in French league. But in three games he recorded only 1.3ppg and 1.7rpg.He was a member of French U16 National Team back in 2007.
Tony Traineau will move from BC Souffelweyersheim in France. In 21 NM1 games he recorded just 1.5ppg and 2.2rpg last season. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. The last season Traineau played also at Souffelweyersheim (NM1) in French league. In 33 games he averaged only 2.8ppg and 3.5rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Traineau has played also professionally for other French teams like Angers BC 49, Quimper UJAP and Ardres.



Saint Chamond Basket brings in Maxime Chupin - by Eurobasket News

Saint Chamond Basket brings in Maxime Chupin (205-C-89, college: Cal-Irvine) for the next season. The French player will move from Angers BC 49
The 24-year old domestic center Maxime Chupin played last at Angers BC 49. In 30 games he had 8.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2apg this season. The last season Chupin played also at Angers BC 49. In 31 games he recorded 5.1ppg and 4.2rpg. He won French ProA championship title in 2010. Chupin represented France at the European Championships U18 in Madrid (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 1.7ppg, 2.3rpg.
Chupin has played previously for two other France teams: Cholet and Aix-Maurienne.
He attended University of California-Irvine until 2011 and it is his second season as a professional player.



Boris Dallo close to Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Antibes are pursuing the signing of Boris Dallo (197-PG-94). The sides are being reportedly in advanced talks over the deal. The point guard spend the previous season with Poitiers. He notched 2.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in ProA. Previously Boris Dallo played for Centre Federal du Basket-Ball. He was the member of U16, U18 French National Teams. Boris Dallo is expected to play for France at U20 European Championship this summer.


Serbia U19 edge France U20 in Treviso - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - France U20 63:54

Serbian U19 National Team clashed with France U20 at the Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso. The Balkan team claimed a confident victory. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) and Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) netted 12 points each to lead the winners.
Serbia grabbed an early lead. They posted a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Serbia maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They accounted for a 33:26 halftime advantage. France turned things around in the third term. Les Bleus went on a 19:9 run to secure a 3-point lead heading into the fourth period. But Serbia quickly regained control. They went on a 21:9 run in the final frame to seal the winning outcome. Doko Salic (210-C-95) netted 9 points for the winners. Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) answered with 17 points for France. William Howard (201-F-93) had 13 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Nikola Radicevic 12, Nikola Jankovic 12, Doko Salic 9
France U20: Alexandre Chassang 17, William Howard 13



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. White, Phoenix17.2 
 2. Burrell, Bremerha.16.2 
 3. Rice, B.Muenchen15.8 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.7 
 5. Bryant, Ratiopharm15.6 
 6. Peacock, Fraport15.4 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.15.2 
 8. Brooks, Fraport SKY14.7 
 9. Taylor, Art.Dragons14.3 
 10. Redding, Walter T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.1 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets6.7 
 5. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 6. Linhart, TBB Trier6.5 
 7. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 9. Buckman, Art.Drag.6.3 
 10. Robertson, Fraport6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 2. Renfroe, Brose B.4.9 
 3. Rice, B.Muenchen4.4 
 4. Hamilton, Mayaguez4.3 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.4.3 
 6. White, Phoenix4.2 
 7. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 8. Redding, Walter T.4.1 
 9. Guenther, Ratio.3.6 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Phoenix2.0 
 2. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.8 
 4. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 5. Kramer, EWE B.1.6 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Wood, Le Mans1.4 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
 10. Burtschi, Fraport1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.6 
 2. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.4 
 4. Ford, Brose Bask.1.2 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.1 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 8. King, Art.Dragons0.9 
 9. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 10. Chikoko, TBB Trier0.9 


Germany U18 surrender against France U18 in Vittel - by Eurobasket News

German U18 National Team suffered a heavy defeat in the hands of their French counterparts in the exhibition clash in Vittel 49:80. The teams will meet again later tonight.
Germany got to a confident start. They grabbed an 11:10 lead after ten minutes. But France recovered well in the second frame. They went on a 27:12 rally in the second quarter and gained a 37:23 halftime lead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third period. France ensured a 14-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. The hosts ignited a 26:9 run in the fourth period to seal the winning outcome at the end. Christian Sengfelder (202-C-95) dropped 13 points to lead the winners. Konstantin Kovalev (203-F-95) added 8 points, while Daniel Mayr (216-C-95, agency: LUMANI 10.7) chiped in 7 points in the loss.



Brose Baskets win the opener of the BBL Finals - by Eurobasket News

Brose Bask. - EWE Baskets 65-63

Brose Baskets win the opener of the BBL Finals, 65:63. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Brose Bask. made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Slovakian point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 14 points. International center Philipp Neumann (209-92, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South, agency: Pro One Sports) added 15 points in the effort for EWE Baskets. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: A.Gavel 14+3reb+2ast, P.Neumann 13+4reb, C.Jacobsen 9+6reb+1ast, B.Nachbar 9+3reb, J.Goldsberry 6+1reb+1ast, M.Zirbes 6+4reb
EWE Baskets: J.Jenkins 15+1reb+2ast, A.Chubb 13+6reb+2ast, M.Abdul-Hamid 10, R.Burrell 7+10reb, D.Joyce 7+3reb+3ast, C.Kramer 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 242168



Stefon Jackson Remains With The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

One didnt see Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) shine his bright smile often last season, but he will get another chance to help the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven this season with another quest of reaching the Beko BBL playoffs. Jackson is a 28 year old 196cm forward from Philadelphia that last season played 33 games averaging 12,0ppg, 4,1rpg and 2,6apg. He scored in double figures in 25 games and had a strong second half where he scored in double figures in 17 of his last 18 games. His best game was 25 points in a shell shocking 105-73 defeat of TBB Trier. "I feel very comfortable in Bremerhaven and that was why they were my first choice", added Stefon Jackson. Bremerhaven manager Jan Rathjen is happy for being bale to keep the strong shooter. "He was a dependable player last season. he showed an immaculate attitude, brought consistency in his game and gave the team energy in difficult situations. We are very happy that he will stay", added Jan Rathjen.

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven





Ratiopharm Ulm Extend Contract With Tommy Mason- Griffin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It is always nice to see when a basketball team extends a contract with a player despite him being out of the lineup with a severe injury. That was the case with Tommy Mason-Griffin (180-PG-90, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma) who didnt play a single minute with ratiopharm Ulm in the 2012-2013 suffering a severe knee injury in pre season, but the club showed their trust and heart by never giving up on the American and extending his contract with him. Mason Griffin is a 22 year old 180cm point guard who will enter his fourth season with the team after playing only a season of college basketball at Oklahoma (NCAA). In the 2011-2012 season he played 37 games: 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.6%. "I am very thankful for the team giving me the chance to come back. When the knee holds, I will give everything to give the trust back", stressed Mason-Griffin. Ulm manager Thomas Stoll also belives in the diminutive, but strong player from Houston, Texas. "Tommy is burning for his comeback and I am sure that he will return even stronger", warned Thomas Stoll.


Source: rtaiopharm Ulm






The Miles Basketball Minute 2013 Beko BBL Playoff Final Preview Brose Baskets Bamberg-EWE Baskets Oldenburg 3-1 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the last few weeks, the big wide smiles of Mr FC Bayern Munich legend Uli Hoeness who had been as tame as a kitten in interviews and appearance recently and German national player blond sunny boy Bastian Schweinsteiger had been all over the TV with the only thing missing being the two making a follow up video duet to the comical, but authentic video greeting that FC Bayern Munich soccer player Dante had made following the cup win. But in the waning minutes of game five in Bamberg, the happy and gregarious complexions of both who were in the Stechert arena had taken a severe nose dive into the Bamberg Regnitz river as Bamberg were leading easily by 16 points and the only one who was flashing that typical winner Bamberg smile was Mr Bamberg Wolfgang Heyder who probably hadnt enjoyed the last few minutes as much since years despite all the success they have had, but to slam the door so obnoxiously into Germanys most famous sports team in the last quarter must have been like winning the final before the final. Even if Bamberg didnt get to the series like usual stomping over their opponents as if they were helpless gnats being suffocated by the breathing of Nathan Jawai on a hot summer day in New South Wales, but in the end the Brose Baskets Bamberg are back where they belong in the Beko BBL final for the fourth year in a row.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg really had their hands full with FC Bayern Munich having to go the distance having to win in their own living room. After an embarrassing 98-85 loss in game one at home, they rebounded well winning the next two games to take a 2-1 lead in the series. However instead of closing out the series in Munich where they were controlling the game and leading 69-63 with 4.14 to play, they totally collapsed in crunch time letting FC Bayern Munich finish out the game on a 17-2 run as Tyrese Rice gave the clutch a new name as he hit two deep big three pointers as they tied the series 2-2. In game five, fans in Bamberg saw a very exciting and tight game in the first half as the game was dead locked at 40-40 at halftime. In the second half, the Brose Baskets Bamberg shifted up a few gears on defense and took a big lead where FC Bayern Munich couldnt react. Bamberg finally was hitting shots, while FC Bayern Munich was being held to very tough shots and they shot dreadfully from outside at 33,3%. Bamberg won 85-66. Ex NBA player Bostjan Nachbar hit two giant three pointers ultimately sealing the fate of FC Bayern Munich. After averaging giving up 85 points in the first four games, the Brose Baskets Bamberg finally clamped down and played their typical aggressive defense holding Munich to 26 points in the second half. Bamberg also did a good job controlling the boards 43-37 and their 23-8 assist rate speaks volumes demonstrating their healthy mix of successful offense and defense.

The last time the EWE Baskets Oldenburg were in the Beko BBL final Chris Kramer was finishing up his junior year at Purdue, Lebron James friend Dru Joyce was finishing up his second professional season with ratiopharm Ulm placing second again in the assist ranking, Adam Chubb was with Alba Berlin and won his second cup title in a row and Konrad Wysocki and Dominik Bahiense De Mello were with Frankfurt and lost in the quarterfinals to Oldenburg. The only current Oldenburg player that was on the floor now celebrating the 2009 Beko BBL game five win against Bonn was Mr Oldenburg for life and 2004 NBA draft pick Rickey Paulding. Paulding will have that chance again to play in a Beko BBL finals and one thing that the Detroit native will have in the back of his mind is the fact that he departed the floor in the 2009 semi finals flashing a big smile while rookie Bamberg head coach Chris Fleming left with a sullen face as Oldenburg swept Bamberg. Paulding has a 3-1 record in playoff game 5 series only losing to Alba Berlin in 2011 where current teammate Julius Jenkins was an opponent. Paulding now has a very motivated Jenkins on his team who is in the game shape of his life and playing against his ex team Bamberg.

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg had their second five game series and actually could of wrapped up the series quite rapidly on May 29th and had a week of recovery time had they not lost game one at home 86-84. Oldenburg had some fortune in game two as German national player Per Guenther went down with an injury playing only two minutes in game two and missing game three and game four. Oldenburg won game two and game three keeping ratiopharm Ulm to 59 points and taking a commanding 2-1 game lead. Ratiopharm Ulm at the brink of summer vacation won a hard fought game four battle despite an Oldenburg comeback and 29 points from Julius Jenkins to force a game five 81-79. In game five, Oldenburg was more clever in crunch time as Dru Joyce hit big free throws, Rickey Paulding a big three pointer and taking advantage of a key John Bryant turnover. The key in the series was the big play of Julius Jenkins who could have MVP as his middle name as he has been MVP at the 2008 Beko BBL all star game and playoff finals and 2009 cup final four. Jenkins was Oldenburg top scorer in every game and averaged 21 points in the series. Jenkins clearly out MVPed 2012and 2013 Beko BBL MVP John Bryant who only had five points in game five. Bryant may be big country, but Jenkins was clearly more big than the California native who did average 10 rebounds in the five game series.

With so many top teams this season in the Beko BBL, in the end there was no surprises entering the final as the top two teams Bamberg and Oldenburg will meet for the championship. Before the season, many experts had Oldenburg as a team that could challenge Bamberg for the championship and here they are. Bamberg have a small edge on paper and did win both regular season games, but by only a combined total of 13 points. Oldenburg lost the first meeting at home 75-68. It was a very tight game for 30 minutes, but Bamberg then tightened up the defense in the fourth quarter holding Oldenburg to nine points while shooting 49% from the field and 50% from outside. In Bamberg, the fans saw a high scoring shoot out as Oldenburg lost 94-88. Ex Bamberg forward Jeremiah Massey had a huge game scoring 18 points and hitting some big shots early in the fourth quarter helping Bamberg gain control of the game. The key match up in the finals will be Julius Jenkins against Anton Gavel. Jenkins played like an MVP in the Ulm series and is hot at the moment while Anton Gavel also had a typical strong series against FC Bayern Munich and is often the guy that gets his team going when they are going through tough phases of a game. Oldenburg has a chance in this series. Bamberg are more vulnerable then ever as teams really have felt that they can beat them this season. Oldenburg might have has two tough five game series in their bones, but they are as focused as ever to win that second club title. This is a series that also will go four or five games. Oldenburg has defended very well this season and will need to keep that balance between the Bamberg snipers and their inside beasts of Ford, Zirbes and Neumann. Bamberg has to be careful not give away a game at home. Bamberg needs to keep that guard tandem of Joyce/Kramer wrapped up and close the paint on Adam Chubb. Paulding could also be an extra deciding factor in this series. It has been a while since he tasted title champagne and his big shoots could make a difference as he shot 48% against Ulm and 42,6% from the parking lot in the playoffs so far. The series poses two of the leagues most professional players with Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) and Rickey Paulding. Only a shame that one of them will go home without hardware. Jenkins may have exploded in the Ulm series showing that Tyrese Rice effect and go to guy mentality, but he wont finish off Bamberg alone in this series. He will need much support, but if Oldenburg will be able to tip toe around the Bamberg pressure defense and play successful structured offense is the question. Bamberg will be too much in a four/five game series and win with their experience and home court advantage. Bamberg might have lost some routine and more games than usual in the last two seasons, but one thing is for sure, teams still need to be on top of their game for 40 minutes and that is something Oldenburg will have to do consistently in each game to have success.




The Lti Giessen 46ers Name Dennis Wucherer Head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The LTi Giessen 46ers will start their first season in the Pro A with a very known German basketball name behind the bench with Denis Wucherer (196-G-73) Wucherer is a 40 yerar old German that ended his professional basketball career in 2007 in Belgium with Telindus Ostende having 123 international games on his record with Germany. As a coach, he has had some years experience and now will get his first job as a head coach for a professional German team. "He was our main choice from the start and we are happy that we were able to quickly find an agreement. He fits into our profile, comes from the region, and sees our limited budget as a challenge, but also a chance. I am sure that he will give us new impulses and bring his ideas. We need more consistency as we ha din the past and that is why we gave him a two year deal", added Giessen 46ers CEO Heiko Schelberg.

Wucherer started his coaching career in 2008 for the Bayer Giants U-19 team and also coached their U-20 team. He also was assistant coach for the German A-2 national team and assistant coach for Dirk Bauermann with FC Bayern Munich in the 2011-2012 season. "I am looking forward to this special challenge as rookie coach with the Giessen 46ers. Our goal first will be to establish the team on the court and financially in the Pro A. This way we can calmly prepare to get back into the Beko BBL We want to devlop our youth as well as display successful and interesting basketball", added Dennis Wucherer. As a player, the native from Mainz Germany had his biggest success with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen winning four league titles and two cups. He also played in Frankfurt and Wurzburg. He also played outside of Germany in Italy and Belgium and won one title in Belgium in 2006. He was a three time Beko BBL all star being named MVP at the 2005 game. His biggest success was winning the silver at the 2005 European chmapionships on the side with Nba player Dirk Nowitzki in Belgrade.

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers










Ugur Kulhan Remains With The Licher Basket Baeren - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Licher Basket baeren annopunced today that Ugur Kulhan (189-G-91) will continue to play for the team. Ugur Kulhan is a 22 year old 189cm guard and last season played 11 games and scored four points against Breitengussbach. He also found action with the second team of Lich that plays in the Regionaliga and there he averaged 13,3ppg and was second best scorer on the team. "We are happy that he will stay and that he made the jump to the first team. We hope his way will serve as a role model for young talented players", added Dirk Schafer. The German who also has the Turkish citzenship is happy about staying in Lich. "I have been going into the gym since a kid and it was always a dream for me to play for the first team. I decided to go for the first team even if it was difficult to depart from the second team because I know all the guys since I was a kid. But our assistant coach will still be on my sie. I wont lose the name rookie so quick, but I will get experience and help the team", stressed Ugur Kulhan.




Herzoege Wolfenbuettel add four pieces to 2013-14 frontcourt - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B side Herzoege Wolfenbuettel announced the signing of four players for the 2013-14 season: Marcel Schwarz (203-C-90), Oliver Hahn (198-F-88), Tobias Tessmann (205-C-91) and Tony Granz (205-F/C-87) will help to bolster the team's frontcourt.
Schwarz appeared in 10 Pro B games last season, scoring a total of five points. He also averaged 6.5 points a contest for SG MTV/BG Wolfenbuettel in the 1. Regionalliga North.
Hahn produced 6.4 points as well as 4.6 boards a game in 14 RLN encounters, while Tessmann and Grenz shot hoops in Braunschweig. Tessmann gained some Pro B experience and saw action in 18 games for the SUM Baskets, notching close to one point per outing and also averaged 8.6 points a game for SG Braunschweig's second team in the 2. Regionalliga. Granz added 15.0 points a contest in 9 games on the same team.
"They won't necessarily be our leading scorers, but nobody expects that. Their job is to give the team a presence underneath the basket, put in hard work and add some points once in a while", Herzoege coach Thorsten Weinhold stated.



Chartrael Hall fighting the label of a Regionalliga player - by Moritz Korff

Chartrael Hall (188-G-86, college: Bellarmine) was one of the most unique players in the 2012-13 Regionalliga West season with his capability of accumulating double-digits in points and rebounds each time he step out on the floor for his team, TV 1864 Salzkotten. During the season, Hall led the club in points per game (19.4), seventh in the RLW rankings, rebounds per game (10.5), third in the league, he was ranked second in the RLW in assists per game (4.9apg) and fourth in steals per game (2.4spg). He helped Salzkotten to a third place finish and a 17-7 slate in the RLW. "The season was good for the most part", Hall said. "We had our ups and downs like any team does, dealing with injuries, sickness and mental fatigue."

Prior to the start of the RLW season, the odds were that Bochum and Iserlohn, maybe Schalke and Grevenbroich would have a good shot at the title, while Salzkotten was pegged as an underdog. "The difference between Salzkotten, Bochum and Iserlohn, I would say is finances", Hall compared his team to the top two in the league. "Bochum, who was projected to move up last season but was beat out by Recklinghausen, was the top candidate to win the league this year and they did so losing just one game. Iserlohn also wanted to be in the running for moving up to Pro B because of their new facility and the money they put into their coach and team. Our team was more of a laid back, play for fun team at first Then once the club realized that our team was really good and we were winning games by large margins, talk of moving up came into the picture. But I would say finances overall is the difference."

Hall's journey started in his hometown Louisville, Kentucky. After two years at Spalding University he transfered to NCAA Division 2 program Bellarmine. Coming out of school in 2009 he was determined to pursue a career as a professional basketball player and even found himself on NBA radar, but eventually signed a contract which took him to the lower leagues in Germany. "After my workout with the New York Knicks back in 2009, I ended up waiting for summer league stuff and it never happened and I ended up in 2. Regionalliga and I have been labeled ever since. But I am not a Regionalliga player by any means. My level of basketball is much higher." He drew the interest of Pro A coaches in the past, a deal, however, did not happen: "I practiced last year with the Finke Baskets Paderborn almost all season and I was bummed I did not get an offer after Christmas break", Hall said and added: "But maybe this season I will get an offer from Paderborn and they will allow me to come and help their organization. I am hoping that I can continue to keep working and make it to the highest level of basketball. I have a passion and desire for the game and I will not stop until I am where I need to be. It is all about being at the right place, at the right time and doing something about it."

As American players are mostly the only professionals on Regionalliga teams, they are usually being asked to shoulder the statistical load. Like Hall did in Salzkotten.
"There are good Americans and the battles are good but the key to the game is this, who can make their german players play better! That is the key", Hall said who is currently preparing for another season in Germany and is spending hours upon hours working out in the gym and on the court in order to be ready: "Summer time is my time! I put in countless hours of work because I know that in order for me to go to the next level individually, I must work work work work work work! I try to go 2-3 times a day and if I can not then I will always make sure that I run, do push ups, sit ups, dribbling drills and passing. I really focus on my fundamentals when I am working out in the summer. Then I will workout with other pro players to get the competition I need and to tryout the new moves or shots I have been working on."

Following another productive year in the Regionalliga, jumping to the next level is high on his agenda with hopes that a Pro A team will take a chance on him. "All I need is one opportunity to prove myself and I will show everybody that, sometimes it is better to take a chance on someone you don't know but who has earned his way from the bottom while climbing to the top!"



Off Season... - by T.J. Bannister

Off season is a time to relax and spend time with your family, but its also a time to work hard and get better at the things you feel will elevate your game. So this summer I made it my priority to look at every game film from this past season and to learn from my mistakes. My playing time was limited this season due to injury, however now I'm 100% and I'm very thankful to God that he healed me this soon from my injury so now I'm in full force working on my game. My determination and dedication will take my talent to another level and make me become much more effective then I've already been. I will work so hard because I'm so hungry from not being able to play my game effectively last year due to injury and nothing will stop me from becoming one of the best PG's this season. So I'd like to encourage anyone who went through injury that didn't allow them to play to the best of their ability to keep their head up and work hard this summer. One thing I always tell my friends is if you try you can make it and there's so much more to life then giving up. So I hope everyone has a blessed summer and work hard, and continue to keep God first. Take care and God bless you all this summer!!!


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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.0 
 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. Haralampidis, PAOK13.2 
 10. Grant, Apollon13.0 
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, Panionios6.6 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR5.8 
 10. Charissis, Aris5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.7 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 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. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 4. Pappas, Panionios1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 8. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 9. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Perist.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Petway, AGOR2.5 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 4. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.1 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 7. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 8. Charissis, Aris1.0 
 9. Chrysikopoul., PAOK0.7 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos0.7 


KAO Dramas keep Bosnian coach Nenad Markovic - by Eurobasket News

KAO Dramas keep Bosnian coach Nenad Markovic (agency: Beo Basket ) for the next season. The Head Coach of the team will continue with the side he joined in February.
In 2012-2013 he signed at KAO Dramas (Greece-A1) and finished the Regular Season with 11-15 record. It was not however enough to advanced to the Play-offs.
Among other achievements Markovic's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2008. He was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2010. Markovic is currently a head coach of Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team.
He was a very experienced player. Nenad Markovic has played also professionally in France, Israel, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Bosnia (Bosna ASA BHT).
At the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) his team won Gold last year. He was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Best Coach -12.



Greece won and lost in Citta di Jesolo - by Eurobasket News

Greece won and lost in Citta di Jesolo at the International Tournament with 4 participating teams.
In Day 1 Greece won over Croatia 62:52. Greece started with a 16-11 lead and led 33:26 at the halftime. Greece enjoyed a 49:38 lead after three quarters and enjoyed double digit win at the end. Bochoridis and Gondicas stepped up with 13 points each. Bozinovic replied with 14 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 Turkey outscored Greece 98:83. Turkey won the first period 20-18 and added 27-21 in the second quarter. Moreover Turkey posted a 22-18 in the third frame and finished the game with 29-26 in the last stanza. Birkan Batuk (196-SG-90) stepped up with 18 points and Oguz Savas (212-C-87) had 14. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-SG-93, agency: FCM) nailed 20 points in defeat, while Bochoridis scored 15.



Play -offs: Finals - Panathinaikos added a 2nd victory over the Euroleague champions - by Chris Mammides

Greek Finals: Game no. 2 - Panathinaikos Vs Olympiakos 63-52 (2-0)

The team of Coach Argiris Pedoulakis , the six star Panathinaikos kept OAKA unbeaten and is now leading the series with 2-0. The Greens more passionate and more experienced than ever (this season) they needs simply one victory to succeed what they usually succeeding (with a small break of last year), to win the Hellenic league.
The two teams enter into the court with specific targets and guiding principle coming from their coaches, so the reds of Coach Bartzokas having in their suitcase the home loss 48 hours before, begun the game on an aggressive manner Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) in the role that knows most took the lead and end up the first period with a +5, 16-21.

The second period though the balances changed with Panathinaikos playing tougher defense over Vassilis Spanoulis and with Law obviously not being able to help as much as he wanted due to his injury, Olympiakos faced the same problems as he did a couple of days ago, in the point guard position. So Panathinaikos with Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) in an amazing night, balanced the game and brought it to the basket by the end of the first half, 29-31. Panathinaikos showed more accuracy and more passion while Olympiakos was obviously more stressed trying to balance the series many times with anorthodox ways...

The third period was totally different as Panathinaikos having another great third period (this season) and with Roko-Leni Ukic and Bramos shooting accurately from behind the arc; even though Olympiakos took some scoring (unexpectedly) by Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-G-91),, this wasnt enough, Panathinaikos dominated in both edges and developed a double digit difference to close the third period to 53-45. Olympiakos remain pointless for many minutes and the usual suspects in all the previous games and in the Euroleague, players like Printezis, Papanikolaou and Perperoglou were far behind and their accuracy in their shooting was not helping their team, while Vassilis Spanoulis up to a point stopped scoring due to the great defense by Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80), Roko-Leni Ukic and Lasme (occasionally).

The red players were not in their best shape and Pedulakis realized that from the early beginning so he gave to the game his own rhythm which was totally right for Panathinaikos but was absolutely problematic for Coach Bartzokas and his troop. The experience of the Green players of Panathinaikos was more than obvious since their solid game and their performance in many times reminded us, the Olympiakos players might have won two Euroleagues but they were obviously missing the experience while their enthousiasm was not enough, at least in this game....

The fourth and final period was simply the epitome of the game since Panathinaikos being more of a team with solid basketball, tough defense and a great home court (the OAKA had more or less 20.000 Green funs who created an amazing atmosphere) was not going to lose (at least tonight) with Dimitris Diamantidis in the leading role and Curry with Gist giving some solid assistance the permanent champions took the crucial victory which brings them just a victory to the double..


Panathinaikos was better once more in the assists 13 over 7 of Olympiakos, in the block shots 5 over 3 of Olympiakos and in the three pointers since the 11 of 27 are much better than the 5 of 26 of Olympiakos while the 9 of 25 in the two pointers are not much better than the 13 of 35 of Olympiakos. The players of Bartzokas though were much better in the areas of steals 10 against only 3 by Panathinaikos and in the turnovers weret ehy had only 13 in compare to the 17 of Panathinaikos

MVP of the game was the Croatian Ukic who is a different player in this set of games against Olympiakos, with great penetrations, not so many false balls and mature game, is assisting Panathinaikos to reach its goal proving that he is a player that Greens must count on in the years to come...

Top scorers:
Panathinaikos:
Roko-Leni Ukic 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists in 22 minutes, Dimitris Diamantidis 10 points, 8 rebounds, 7 winning fouls and 2 assists, Bramos 9 with 3 of 4 three pointers, Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists!
Olympiakos:
Vassilis Spanoulis 12 and Hines 8 points and 8 rebounds.



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  IBL   


Matteson, Wilkins lead Slam to tenth straight win - by Kip Leonetti

Four players scored over 20 points as the Bellingham Slam cruised to their tenth consecutive victory, 153-100 over the East Bay Pit Bulls in IBL play at Whatcom Pavilion on Sunday.

The Slam, facing an East Bay lineup playing its third game in as many days, took advantage of lackluster defense by the Pit Bulls from the get-go. Leading 9-6 early, Bellingham used an 11-2 run in the middle stages of the first quarter to open up an 20-8 lead with six minutes left before taking a 34-25 score into the quarter break.

The game was decided in the second quarter after the Slam offense exploded for 42 points thanks to 18 points from guard Drew Ready, who nearly outscored the entire Pit Bulls roster which could only muster 19 in the frame. A three-ball from guard Rico Wilkins (6'0''-PG-88, college: W.Washington) pushed the Slam's advantage to 30 with two minutes left before Bellingham headed into halftime with a 76-44 lead.

It was more of the same in the third quarter for the Slam, who extended the margin to 40 for the first time, at 91-51, on a bucket by center Evan Matteson (6'10''-C, college: Texas A&M Int.) with 8:28 left.

Bellingham's offense didn't rest in the fourth quarter, as Wilkins and guard Chas Kok (6'5''-F) combined to score the Slams first 16 points in the period, with Wilkins' 11-point barrage coming in the span of just 80 seconds to put the score at 132-82 with eight minutes to go. The Slam's reserves kept the tired Pit Bulls at bay the rest of the way.

Matteson led Bellingham's team-oriented offense with 25 points, while Wilkins ended with 23 on 6-of-9 shooting from three-point range. Forward Nicholas Moore posted a season-high 17 rebounds.

Forward Mike Scott (6'5''-F-84, college: Cabrillo CC) led seven East Bay players in double figures with 23 points, while guard Phil Johnson (6'4''-G-75, college: CS San Bernar.) posted a double-double with 13 points and 15 boards.

The Slam head on the road for their next game as they face a tough test against the Portland Chinooks on Tuesday, with a 7 p.m. set for Eastmoreland Court. The team wont return home until June 21 when they welcome their rivals, the Vancouver Volcanoes, back to Whatcom Pavilion for a 7 p.m. start.



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  INDONESIA   


Petron Blaze register second straight win in ASEAN League Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Indonesia Warriors 66:65

Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) converted a layup with five seconds remaining in regulation to seal another dramatic win for Petron Blaze in the ASEAN League Finals against the Indonesia Warriors. The Beermen are now one step away from the title. Brian Williams accounted for 17 points and 16 rebounds to pace the hosts.
The Filipino team accounted for a 14:12 lead ten minutes into the game. They stayed in front throughout the second quarter. The Blaze fired 23 points to secure a 37:34 halftime advantage. However the Warriors turned things their way in the third period. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) scored 10 points in the quarter and helped the Warriors take a 51:49 lead into the fourth stanza. The lead changed hands for several times throughout dramatic final period. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) made it 64:63 for the hosts with 34 seconds remaining. Stanley Pringle answered with a bucket to give the Warriors a slim lead with 21 seconds remaining. But Brian Williams stepped up for the Petron Blaze in the dying seconds and sealed the second straight win for the home team. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) provided 12 points, while Leo Avenido (186-G-78) and Pauliasi Taulava added 8 points each in the victory. Stanley Pringle responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the Warriors. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, college: Georgia) had 15 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Brian Williams 17+16 boards, Chris Banchero 12, Leo Avenido 8, Pauliasi Taulava 8
Indonesia Warriors: Stanley Pringle 21, Chris Daniels 15+11 boards



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  ISRAEL   

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.20.4 
 2. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.9 
 3. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 4. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.17.7 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.2 
 7. Collins, Guaros17.0 
 8. Smith, Maccabi Hai.16.9 
 9. Warren, Maccabi16.1 
 10. Calathes, Maccabi16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.14.2 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.10.0 
 3. Thomas, Maccabi9.5 
 4. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.4 
 5. Uter, Humacao9.4 
 6. Calathes, Maccabi9.2 
 7. Wright, Maccabi9.1 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.3 
 2. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.2 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.9 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi4.8 
 6. Collins, Guaros4.4 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.2 
 8. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
 9. Bradley, Netanya4.2 
 10. Perry, Elizur A.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 2. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.4 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 6. Smith, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.9 
 8. Jones, Bnei H.1.9 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 10. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.9 
 2. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.6 
 3. Uter, Humacao1.6 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.6 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.3 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 8. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 9. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.1 
 10. Green, Galil Gilb.1.0 


Maccabi Haifa advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Eilat 71-68 (3-2)

Maccabi Haifa advanced to the Finals after a decisive 71:68 win against Hapoel Eilat. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hapoel Eilat won fourth quarter 27-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Larry O'Bannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Eilat. Four Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: D.Smith 21+6reb+5ast, P.Calathes 18+5reb+1ast, P.Stoll 15+5reb+3ast, J.Thomas 8+10reb, G.Mekel 4+1reb+6ast, C.Carr 3+1reb
Hapoel Eilat: L.O'Bannon 21+6reb+3ast, E.Holman 16+5reb+2ast, A.Ben-Chimol 10+3reb+3ast, A.Nissim 10+3reb+1ast, S.Hopson 5+4reb+2ast, T.Younger 4+7reb
gschID: 242149



Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv keep American Ricky Hickman - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv keep American Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) for the next season. The Israeli titans confirmed the player for the 2013/2014 season.
In 32 Winner League games he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Hickman also played 27 games in Euroleague where he averaged 13.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. The last season Hickman played at Victoria Libertas Pesaro (SerieA) in Italian league. In 41 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Guard of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
The 2010/11 season Ricky Hickman played at Novipiu Casale (SerieA) in Italy. In 41 games he averaged remarkable 17.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg that season. He contributed to his team winning the league title. It was a very successful season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
In 2009-10 season Ricky Hickman played at Namika Lahti (Korisliiga) in Finnish league. In 39 games he averaged great 23.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.9apg and 2.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Finnish Cup Semifinals. It was a very successful season as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team. The most of previous (08-09) season Hickman spent at LTi 46ers (BBL) in German league. In 24 games he averaged 6.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He also played at BG 74 Goettingen II (2.Regionalliga) in German league earlier that season. In 24 games he averaged 6.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg.



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  ITALY   


Jesolo hosts International Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Jesolo hosts International Tournament for 4 teams that prepare for the Mediterranean Games. In Day 1 Italy overcame Turkey 68:57. The latter grabbed a 22-14 lead at the end of the first period and increased to 17 points at the halftime. Italy however reduced to 36:45 after three quarters and then erupted for 11-point win. Stefano Gentile (191-PG-89) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Vitali poured in 12. Zerini posted 11 and David Cournooh (188-G-90) added 9. Mahamutoglu replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Kilicli brought 9.
In Day 2 Turkey outscored Greece 98:83. Turkey won the first period 20-18 and added 27-21 in the second quarter. Moreover Turkey posted a 22-18 in the third frame and finished the game with 29-26 in the last stanza. Birkan Batuk (196-SG-90) stepped up with 18 points and Oguz Savas (212-C-87) had 14. Larentzakis nailed 20 points in defeat, while Bochoridis scored 15.
In Day 2 Italy lost to Croatia 64:66. The later took 18-16 lead at the end of the first period and then increased to 33:28 at the halftime. Moreover Croatia dominated the third period and led 51:43 at the end of thirty minutes. The hosts managed to catch up with the opponents but lost the game by two points. Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Krstanovic posted 13. Antonio Boban (200-F/G-93) had 10 and Panduric delivered 9. David Cournooh answered with 17 points for the hosts and Stefano Gentile netted 16.



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  LATVIA   


China Olympics Team beat Latvia U20 in Kaixian - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-China Olympics Team 58:74

China Olympics Team beat Latvia U20 in Kaixian in Day 2 of the Four Nations International Invitational Tournament. The hosts posted a 74:58 win on Saturday.
China won the first period 22-13 and dominated the game. The hosts added 20-13 rally in the second frame and led 16 points at the halftime. Moreover China posted a 13-10 in the third quarter and did not mind 19-222 in the last stanza.
For Latvia Arturs Lusis (197-F-93) and Peteris Rekis (197-C-93) scored 8 points each. Klavs Strazdins (192-F-93) netted 7, while Ilja Gromovs (207-C-94) and Ingus Jakovics (185-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) brought 6 each.
Canada meanwhile overcame the United States 75:73. In Day 3 Canada faces Latvia next to close out the portion of the tournament taking place in Kaixian. On Tuesday, the teams will have a travel day to make their way to Huaihua where the four squads of student athletes will once again face one another in a stretch of three games in three days beginning on Wednesday.



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Lithuania U19 hand second loss to Ukraine U20 - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19 - Ukraine U20 95:62

Lithuanian U19 National Team handed the second consecutive loss to Ukrainian U20 selection. Once again Lithuania dominated the game in Druskininkai posting a comfortable 33-point win at the end. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners.
Lithuania poured in 28 points in the first period to take a 9-point lead. The hosts stayed aggressive offensively throughout the second period. They recorded a 53:38 halftime advantage. Lithuania did not slow down in the third frame. They ignited a 22:7 run in the quarter to boost the margin to 30-point mark. Lithuania did not allow Ukraine any closer throughout the fourth frame and sealed a well-deserved win at the end. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) nailed 14 points, while Martinas Gebenas tossed in 12 points for the winners.



Philippine NT edges Lithuanian Jazz-Diremta - by Eurobasket News

Philippine NT edges Lithuanian Jazz-Diremta in a friendly game. The more experienced team celebrated a 74:63 win due to the last period.
Jazz-Diremta started the game with 18-16 and looked better in the first half. The European side added 18-14 in the second frame and led 36:30 at the halftime. Philippine NT managed to win the third period 17-16 and reduced to 5 points after three quarters. They erupted with 27-11 surge in the last stanza to win the game.
Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) netted 13. Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-F-92) brought 20 points for the Lithuanian team and Paulius Vaitiekunas (205-PF-92) added 14. Karolis Kokoska (194-F-92) netted 12, while Evaldas Aniulis (192-SG-92), poured in 6. Paulius Petrilevicius delivered 5 and Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-C-80) scored 3.



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Jones, Obregon25.5 
 2. Monroe, Cananea25.2 
 3. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas22.7 
 5. Pearson, Los M.21.9 
 6. Elliott, Navolato21.3 
 7. McCullough, Nogales21.1 
 8. Sperling, Obregon19.9 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana19.6 
 10. Allen, Guaymas18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Moss, Nogales10.2 
 2. McNeal, Los Mochis9.9 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.7 
 4. Toombs, Navolato8.7 
 5. Jones, Obregon8.4 
 6. Penny, Tijuana8.3 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 8. Rougeau, Cananea7.6 
 9. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 10. Selleaze, Navolato6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Stallings, Guasave7.0 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Gadson, Nogales6.0 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas5.3 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.8 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana4.5 
 8. Meza Rogel, Guasa.4.4 
 9. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 10. Insunza, Navolato4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.1 
 2. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo1.9 
 4. Stallings, Guasave1.9 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.6 
 6. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 7. Rougeau, Cananea1.3 
 8. Insunza, Navolato1.3 
 9. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 10. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.6 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Toombs, Navolato1.1 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 7. Mercado, Nogales1.0 
 8. Gonzalez, Cananea1.0 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 10. Zarco, Guaymas0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Wins for Guasave and Tijuana - by Eurobasket News

Nogales - Tijuana 67-80

Tijuana claimed the third straight win over Nogales to take 3-2 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Tijuana Zonkeys. Fuerza Guinda Nogales managed to win fourth quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Jamaican forward Mugabe Thomas (193-80, college: Cedarville) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) responded with 20 points and Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: M.Morrison 20+6reb+4ast, M.Thomas 17+8reb, J.Penny 12+8reb, O.Quintero 12+4reb+5ast, L.Ramirez 10+3reb+3ast, G.Lira 4+1reb+1ast
Nogales: O.McCullough 20+4reb+2ast, R.Moss 13+10reb, J.Griffin 12+1reb+2ast, C.Gadson 7+2ast, J.Mercado 7+4reb, A.Izaguirre 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 242289


Guasave - Navolato 83-74

Guasave escaped elimination beating Navolato at home court. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-18. But Garra Canera de Navolato won second period 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) nailed 23 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) accounted for 17 points and 15 rebounds. Stallings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Center Bernard Toombs (208-87, college: Troy) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Garra Canera de Navolato in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Guasave: N.Stallings 23+6reb+8ast, E.Phelps 17+15reb+2ast, S.Pettigrew 15+5reb+4ast, V.Buelna 12+1ast, J.Farrera 8+9reb, F.Harris 5+2reb+3ast
Navolato: B.Toombs 27+12reb+2ast, M.Elliott 22+5reb, F.Verdugo 16+8reb+3ast, J.Angel Reatiga 7+2reb+1ast, J.Gonzalez 2+4reb+5ast, R.Selleaze 0+4reb+2ast
gschID: 242288



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  MOROCCO   


Renaissance de Berkane and Wydad Casablanca advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Renaissance de Berkane and Wydad Casablanca advanced to the Final after the Semifinal series against their opponents. Wydad Casablanca won the first game against Sport Plazza Casa 69:61 and then lost the second 79:80. As a total it gave them 148:141 total win.
Renaissance de Berkane smashed FUS Rabat 90:65 in Game 2. In Game 1 Rabat celebrated a 75:66 victory.



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Parker, San A.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Horford, Atlanta H.10.1 
 10. Chandler, New Y.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.5 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 10. Iguodala, Denver1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.5 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Heat strike back to even championship series - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat - San Antonio S. 103-84
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) overcame a terrible start to finish with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and the Miami Heat rolled to a 103-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night to even the series at a game apiece. Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) scored 19 points for the defending champion Heat, who trailed late in the third quarter before going on a 30-5 run to take control. Chris Bosh added 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 17 points on 6-for-6 shooting and Tony Parker had 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting with five assists for the Spurs, who turned the ball over 17 times after tying a finals record with only four in their Game 1 victory. Game 3 is Tuesday night in San Antonio. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) added 10 points and six assists for the defending champion Heat, who were down 62-61 with under four minutes to play in the third quarter and in danger of falling into a serious hole in their bid to repeat. Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) and nine points and 11 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) had 14 rebounds, including eight on offense, for the Spurs, who shot 41 percent. James had a triple-double in Game 1 with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. But his scoring total was the lowest in these playoffs, and again there was chatter that the four-time MVP somehow needed to do more. James brushed those suggestions off, saying it was important to get guys like Bosh and Wade going early to get them into the game. Actually, it was Chalmers who ended up being the one to get James going. James missed eight of his first 10 shots and was 3 for 13 after three quarters, and the Spurs led 62-61 on a layup from Green with less than 4 minutes to go in the third. Green, who was cut twice by the Spurs and once by the Cavaliers during an early portion of his career that took him to Slovenia and Reno in the NBA's developmental league, was flawless in the first three quarters after playing a big role in the Game 1 victory. But Chalmers seemed to have an answer every time. Often the brunt of harsh prodding from James and Wade on the court, the former Final Four hero from Kansas kept the Heat going in this one. His three-point play gave Miami a 64-62 lead in response to Green's layup, Ray Allen hit a 3 and James finally converted on a tough drive to the rim for a 69-62 lead, eliciting a roar from the white-clad crowd. James scored two more layups on a 7-0 run to start the fourth, stuffed Tiago Splitter on a dunk attempt and then fed Mike Miller (6'8''-F/G-80, college: Florida) for a corner 3. James capped the staggering Heat surge with a soaring tomahawk dunk for a 91-67 lead, prompting Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to pull his starters and start thinking about Game 3 back home. Even though it's only Game 2, there was so much on the line for the star-studded Heat. An incredible 27-game winning streak fueled a 66-win season, with many handing James and Co. their second straight title before the playoffs even started. Then the Indiana Pacers took them to seven games in a rugged Eastern Conference finals series, and a seemingly invincible team suddenly looked beatable. After leading for most of Game 1 behind 17 points from Wade in the first three quarters, the Heat appeared to run out of gas in the fourth. Wade was held scoreless in the final period and the well-rested Spurs got a miraculous shot from Parker with 5.2 seconds in a 92-88 victory. In the history of the NBA Finals, only three of 31 teams had come back to win the championship after falling behind 0-2. None of those teams did it after losing the first two games at home, and the series is headed back to the River Walk for three straight games this week. Leading up to the game, the Heat remained confident in the fact that they have come back from a 1-0 deficit so many times before. They trailed Chicago in last year's playoffs, but rebounded to win 4-1. They did the same to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the finals and again to the Bulls in this year's Eastern Conference semifinals. But there was a big difference in all three of those series. "We didn't lose any games at home," Bosh said. "Dropping one on your home floor in the opening is a tough pill to swallow, but it's our reality." They walked into an arena on Sunday night with white t-shirts draped over every seat that read "Larry loves Miami," a reference to the Lawrence O'Brien championship trophy. But there was no question that this 1-0 hole may have been their biggest yet since James arrived on South Beach three years ago. Wade called it a must-win game. Duncan and Popovich, one of the most respected coaches in the NBA, have won four championships together. But the core that also includes Parker and Manu Ginobili hasn't hoisted the trophy since 2007, when the Spurs beat James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. "For some reason when our backs are against the wall, we really respond appropriately and that kind of propels us through the rest of the series," Bosh said. "Maybe when we look back on this we'll say losing Game 1 was the best thing that could happen to us." Courtesy of: nypost.com



Mo Cheeks should be new Pistons coach soon - by Eurobasket News

The Detroit Pistons appear poised to make Maurice Cheeks their next head coach, in the effort to end the revolving door at that spot. Cheeks and the Pistons have been engaged in negotiations in recent days, as multiple sources expressed optimism this saga, that began with the team firing Lawrence Frank at seasons end and wound up with the Pistons going through the complicated process of interviewing multiple candidates, has reached its end. The Pistons hope to get a deal done before the end of weekend. Frank being due to receive nearly $4 million next season the last guaranteed year of his contract along with a portion of his fourth year could complicate matters as far as Cheeks contract length and amount. Currently an assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Cheeks has helped with the development of guards Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA), Reggie Jackson (6'3''-PG-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) and former Thunder guard Eric Maynor (6'2''-PG-87, college: VCU), who was traded to Portland this season. Its a background the Pistons liked, especially since theyre still figuring out what they have in 2011 first-round pick Brandon Knight and they hope Cheeks could be a good mentor for him Cheeks consistency probably outweighed his tangible resume, as his career record doesnt jump out at anyone (284-286 in nine seasons in Portland and Philadelphia), but hes highly regarded around the league, especially in Oklahoma City.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Chauncey Billups wins inaugural Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award - by Eurobasket News

The NBA announced Sunday that Clippers guard Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) is the winner of the inaugural Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award. Im just very honored to be the first recipient of such a prestigious and great award, Billups said, as he received the award prior to tip off of Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Spurs at the American Airlines Arena. This is an unbelievable honor for me to have my name alongside Mr. Twyman. NBA.com first reported the details of the new award, which recognizes the ideal teammate who displays selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players and his commitment and dedication to his team. The award takes its name from Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes, who spent three seasons as teammates on the Rochester Royals and Cincinnati Royals in the 1950s. Stokes suffered a career-ending head injury in 1958 and fell into a coma after a series of seizures. The injury eventually left Stokes paralyzed and Twyman soon became his legal guardian, caring for him and helping raise money for his medical bills. Maurice was on his own, Twyman told The New York Post in 2008. Something had to be done and someone had to do it. I was the only one there, so I became that someone. The Twyman-Stokes trophy depicts Twyman holding a basketball in one hand and extending the other to help Stokes up from the court. The story is the most unbelievable story Ive heard in sports, Billups said. For my name to be mentioned with [Twyman's] I almost dont feel worthy. Billups emerged as the winner from a group of 12 finalists that included: Shane Battier (Heat), Manu Ginobili (Spurs), Roy Hibbert (Pacers), Serge Ibaka (Thunder), Andre Iguodala (Nuggets), Jarrett Jack (Warriors), Jason Kidd (Knicks), Roger Mason, Jr. (Hornets), Emeka Okafor (Wizards), Jerry Stackhouse (Nets) and Luke Walton (Cavaliers). Chauncey Billups defines what this award was designed to recognize, a player committed to his club, his teammates and his community, NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement. He has mentored and guided countless young players to adopt his selfless attitude, dedication, passion for our game and to respect the history and example of players like Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes. Six finalists were selected from each conference by a panel of former NBA players and the leagues current players voted on the winner, with players being unable to vote for their own teammates. Following Billups, Battier finished second, Kidd third, Jack fourth and Stackhouse fifth. The Teammate of the Year award joins the leagues Citizenship Award, which recognizes community service contributons, and the Sportsmanship Award, which honors on-court integrity, as annual non-basketball awards. Billups has now won all three, taking home the Citizenship Award in 2008 and the Sportsmanship Award in 2009. Billups, 36, averaged 8.4 points and 2.2 assists in 22 appearances for the Clippers this year after tearing his Achilles tendon during the 2011-12 season. A 16-year pro out of Colorado, Billups was a member of the title-winning 2004 Pistons and is a five-time All-Star. He enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Both Twyman and Stokes are members of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Twyman died of blood cancer at the age of 78 in 2012; Stokes died of a heart attack at age 36 in 1970.
Courtesy of: si.com



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USA U16 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

NCAA1 U16 National Team 2013
#s#
Thomas Bryant
Bryant
Daniel Giddens
Giddens
Joshua Jackson
Jackson
Vincent King
King
Jayson Tatum
Tatum
#e#5
Thomas Bryant 6'9''-F-97 High School
Daniel Giddens 6'10''-C-97 High School
Joshua Jackson 6'7''-G/F-97 High School
Vincent King 6'6''-G/F-97 High School
Jayson Tatum 6'7''-F-98 High School
Seventh Woods 6'2''-PG-98 High School
Malik Newman 6'4''-G-97 High School
Diamond Stone 6'10''-C/F-97 High School
Harry Giles 6'9''-F-98 High School
Ivan Rabb 6'10''-PF-97 High School
Terrance Ferguson 6'6''-G-97 High School
Devearl Ramsey 5'10''-PG-97 High School

Don Showalter coach
Eric Flannery coach



Former Illini Myke Henry headed to DePaul - by Eurobasket News

Late-breaking news from the Land of Lincoln tonight. It seems Myke Henry (6'6''-G/F-92), who requested his release from Illinois just over a month ago, has chosen his new school. According to our own Scott Phillips, Henry will move upstate and join Oliver Purnells perpetual rebuilding project at DePaul. Henry is returning to his hometown, so the choice isnt too surprising. Exactly what his role might be remains to be seen, he played in 35 games last season, averaging 10.6 minutes, 3.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. OceanaGold N. 10-1 
 2. Wellington S. 9-2 
 3. Nelson G. 8-3 
 4. Southland S. 6-3 
 5. Hub Jets 6-5 
 6. Taranaki MA 4-8 
 7. HBS Bank Hawks 3-7 
 8. Super City R. 1-9 
 9. Waikato P. 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 8: OceanaGold N. - Hub Jets 95-93
Jun. 3: Wellington S. - Waikato P. 90-77
Jun. 8: Waikato P. - Taranaki MA 84-97
Jun. 9: Super City R. - Waikato P. 80-94
Jun. 3: Hub Jets - Taranaki MA 79-72
Jun. 8: Nelson G. - HBS Bank Hawks 70-87
Jun. 7: Southland S. - Hub Jets 110-81

Regular Season: Round 9

Jun. 12: Wellington S. - HBS Bank Hawks
Jun. 14: Hub Jets - OceanaGold N.
Jun. 14: Waikato P. - Super City R.
Jun. 15: Taranaki MA - Southland S.
Jun. 15: HBS Bank Hawks - Hub Jets
Jun. 15: Nelson G. - OceanaGold N.
Jun. 16: Super City R. - Southland S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Akeem WRIGHT
  OceanaGo.
  (200-SF-84)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Wright, OceanaGo.21.8 
 2. Anthony, OceanaGo.21.6 
 3. Pace, Nelson G.20.9 
 4. Tait, Wellington S.20.5 
 5. Conklin, Southland20.3 
 6. Jones, Hub Jets20.0 
 7. Atkinson, Waika.19.7 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.19.2 
 9. Braswell, Southlan.19.0 
 10. Greene, HBS B.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets14.8 
 2. Atkinson, Waika.14.5 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.5 
 4. Conklin, Southland9.4 
 5. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.8 
 6. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.6 
 7. Bailey, Super C.8.6 
 8. Markson, Wellingt.8.3 
 9. Wright, OceanaGo.8.2 
 10. Greene, HBS B.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Tait, Wellington S.8.5 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.6 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets7.1 
 4. Buck, Super City R.5.2 
 5. Leasure, Taranaki.5.1 
 6. Webster, Waika.4.3 
 7. Martin, Southlan.4.1 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.3.9 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.5 
 10. Wright, OceanaGo.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Braswell, Southlan.3.1 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets2.8 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.6 
 4. Martin, Southlan.2.5 
 5. Boucher, Wellingt.2.5 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.2.2 
 7. O''Riley, Super C.2.0 
 8. Allen, OceanaGo.1.9 
 9. Buck, Super City R.1.9 
 10. Greene, HBS B.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.1 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.9 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.9 
 4. Frank, Wellington1.7 
 5. Horvath, Hub Jets1.3 
 6. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.3 
 7. Greene, HBS B.1.1 
 8. Dawson, Southlan.0.9 
 9. Wright, OceanaGo.0.8 
 10. Cohadarevic, HBS0.8 



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2013 ASEAN Basketball League Finals Roundup: June 7-9, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

And just like that, the San Miguel Beermen are one away from the 2013 ASEAN Basketball League crown. About a week after disposing of the pesky Sports Rev Thailand Slammers, the Beermen went to work and survived twp tough outings against the defending champion Indonesia Warriors.

In the first game last Friday, June 7, it was 40-year old phenom Asi Taulava who buckled down to work and registered a double-double line 22 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 10-of-14 from the field to help SMB clinch an all-important Game 1 win. Playmaker Chris Banchero also did well with 15 points, 6 boards, and 5 assists despite shooting just 5-of-15 from the floor. Wing shooters Val Acua and Leo Avenido also found their marks, contributing 13 and 12 markers respectively thanks to a combined 5-of-6 shooting from rainbow land. Steve Thomas spearheaded the Warriors with 20 points and 17 rebounds, but the Beermen just came up with the bigger plays in the endgame.

In the second game last night, the Beermen had to go through the wringer, escaping with a 66-65 W after Brian Williams made the go-ahead basket with under 7 seconds left. Williams cut through the baseline and received an inbound pass from Avenido. Williams then converted on the easy deuce and handed the one-point lead to San Miguel. Fil-American Stanley Pringle raced downcourt for a potential game-winning runner, but it clanged off the rim as time expired. Williams led SMB with 17 points, 16 boards, and 4 blocked shots as most of the other locals struggled. Banchero scored 12 points, but he missed 10 of his 13 field goal attempts in the process. He was thoroughly outplayed by Pringle, who ended with 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. Thomas teamed up with Chris Daniels for 28 points and 24 rebounds for the visiting Warriors, who now must win all three remaining Finals games to successfully defend their title.

Game Recaps:
SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over INDONESIA WARRIORS, 75-70
Asi Taulava proved why he is the reigning AirAsia 2013 ASEAN Most Valuable Player in front of a packed Ynares Sports Arena. Taulava made two big shots in the last minute to help the San Miguel Beermen take a 1-0 lead in the AirAsia 2013 ABL Finals over the Indonesia Warriors following their 75-70 win tonight.

The evening started off with the presentation of the 2013 ABL End of Season Awards. ABL Chief Operating Officer Ridi Djajakusuma presented Beermen head coach Leo Austria with his 2013 Coach of the Year award and the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers Chris Charles with his 2013 Defensive Player of the Year award. Charles was later handed his 2013 World Import MVP trophy by ABL Chief Executive Officer Anthony Macri. Then Beermen Asi Taulava came on centre court amidst loud cheers to receive his 2013 ASEAN MVP presented by AirAsia trophy from Mr. Macri.

Buoyed by his accolade, Taulava led all scoring with 22 points, in addition to 10 rebounds. Chris Banchero finished with 15 points while Val Acuna added 13 points for the Beermen who received 24 points from their bench.

My teammates trust me when we need to get a big basket at the end of the game. Thank the Lord my shots have been falling. It was a great team win tonight and our defense held our ground tonight, said Taulava after the win.

Leo Avenido started things off and gave the Beermen a 5-3 lead with his three-pointer, but the Warriors went on 14-4 run to take a 17-9 lead with 3:21 left in the first quarter. The run was capped off by a pull up jumper from Stanley Pringle and Jerick Canada. Indonesia maintained their lead at the end of the first quarter after Steven Thomas made two free throws to put the Warriors up 23-18.

Down 36-29 with 2:24 left before halftime, Taulava took over the game. Off a timeout with one second left on the shot clock, Taulava hit a tough jumper and sparked a 9-2 run. On the next possesion, Taulava made an easy layup which helped the Beermen level the game at 38 all during the break.

Val Acuna and Jeric Fortuna played big roles off the Beermen bench and helped the Beermen get the 59-55 lead after the three period. Acuna made a baseline cut and finished it with a double pump layup while Fortuna grabbed a loose ball for an open layup to end the third quarter.

After Fortunas split charities and Acunas running bank shot, San Miguel built their lead up to 67-58 with 6:50 left. Although the Beermen tried to put the game away, the Warriors managed to pull back to within 3 points with 3 mintes left after Thomas sank two free throws. But Taulava decided to put the Warriors away for good. With 50 seconds left, Taulava drove past Thomas on the baseline to make a layup. Taulava did not stop there as he then made a step-back jumper on the elbow to cap off his amazing night and ensured the Beermen get the 1-0 lead in the series.

Taulava expects the Warriors to play much tougher in the second game however. They [the Warriors] are the defending champions. You cant take anything away from them. They will come back in the next game and its going to be even harder to get a win. They are very experienced, he says on his expectations for game two.

Thomas led the Warriors with 20 points and 17 rebounds, Stanley Pringle finished with 15 points and Chris Daniels contributed 14 points.

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over INDONESIA WARRIORS, 66-65
It was another exciting finish for game two in the AirAsia 2013 ABL Finals. Down by one point with 6.8 seconds left, San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria drew the perfect play to free up Brian Williams for a layup. With that layup, the Beermen are now just one win away from taking the AirAsia 2013 ABL Championship following a 66-65 win over Indonesia Warriors to take a 2-0 lead in this best-of-five series.

That last play was actually a play that the Warriors has been killing us with all season. The funny thing is that we finally did it to them and it worked to perfection. Im just glad I made that game winner, said Williams who scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

Behind Williams big night, Chris Banchero finished with 12 points while Leo Avenido and Asi Taulava contributed 8 points each.

The game was neck and neck since the jump. Both teams played great defense in the first quarter which resulted in a very low scoring affair. After Steven Thomas scored on a short jumper, Justin Williams answered immediately by scoring on a layup off a no-look pass from Banchero which gave the Beermen a slight edge, 14-12, after 10 minutes.

Early in the second quarter, the Beermen quickly built a 10 point lead on back-to-back three-point shots from Jeric Fortuna and Banchero. However, Mario Wuysang quickly stopped the bleeding by scoring 5 straight points that trimmed the Beermen lead to 22-17 with 7:15 left before halftime. Stanley Pringle made his only field goal in the first half by sinking a three-point shot with 2 seconds left to cut the Warriors deficit to 37-34 at halftime.

The third quarter saw both teams exchanging baskets. Fortuna continued to play well off the Beermens bench as he sank a three-point shot with 1:43 left in the third period to tie the game at 49 all. But, Pringle drives hard to the basket to make a layup against Taulava to put the Warriors up 51-49 heading into the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately for Indonesia, they had to lose Jerick Canada and John Smith in the fourth quarter as both players suffered injuries. The game was deadlocked at 63 all with 56 seconds left. Taulava split his free throw and gave the Beermen a 64-63 lead, but Pringle made a floater with seconds left to put the Warriors back in front.

After Chris Daniels was unable to save the ball under the Beermens rim, San Miguel receives the ball back with 6.8 seconds left. Warriors head coach Todd Purves called a timeout, but the Beermen were able to execute a great play to take the lead. Avenido, who inbounded the ball, made the perfect pass to B. Williams who uses a great back-pick from Banchero to get free for the game winning layup. Pringle had one last chance at the buzzer but his floater did not go down and the Beermen are now one win away from winning the AirAsia 2013 ABL Championships.

In this heartbreaking loss for the Warriors, Pringle finished with 21 points while Daniels recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Steven Thomas added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors. Before leaving the game with a knee injury, Canada was able to score 11 points.

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




Philippine NT edges Lithuanian Jazz-Diremta - by Eurobasket News

Philippine NT edges Lithuanian Jazz-Diremta in a friendly game. The more experienced team celebrated a 74:63 win due to the last period.
Jazz-Diremta started the game with 18-16 and looked better in the first half. The European side added 18-14 in the second frame and led 36:30 at the halftime. Philippine NT managed to win the third period 17-16 and reduced to 5 points after three quarters. They erupted with 27-11 surge in the last stanza to win the game.
Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) netted 13. Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-F-92) brought 20 points for the Lithuanian team and Paulius Vaitiekunas (205-PF-92) added 14. Karolis Kokoska (194-F-92) netted 12, while Evaldas Aniulis (192-SG-92), poured in 6. Paulius Petrilevicius delivered 5 and Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-C-80) scored 3.



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Rosa Radom add Jakub Dloniak - by Eurobasket News

Rosa Radom bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Jakub Dloniak (192-F-83, agency: Promotex). The forward inked a 2+1 deal with the team. Last season Jakub Dloniak played for Siarka Jezioro. He notched 20.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game in PLK. The forward became the top scorer in the League. Eurobasket.com named Jakub Dloniak All-Polish League Most Improved Player of the Year. He made it into Polish League All-Domestic Players Team. Previously the forward had stints with Zastal ZG, Spojna Stargard, Znicz, Tarnovia Tarnowo, SKK Szczecin. Jakub Dloniak participated at the Polish League All-Star Games in 2011 and 2013.


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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Ponce 20-9 
 2. Quebradillas 18-12 
 3. Santurce 18-12 
 4. Guaynabo 17-13 
 5. Mayaguez 17-14 
 6. Guayama 14-15 
 7. Arecibo 14-16 
 8. Humacao 13-16 
 9. San German 9-20 
 10. Bayamon 8-21 

Regular Season: Round 36

Jun. 8: Ponce - Mayaguez 92-87
Jun. 8: Quebradillas - Arecibo 91-83
Jun. 8: Humacao - Guaynabo 70-83

Regular Season: Round 37

Jun. 9: Guayama - Humacao
Jun. 9: San German - Ponce
Jun. 9: Bayamon - Quebradillas
Jun. 10: Mayaguez - Santurce


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Harris, Ponce21.5 
 2. Diogu, Ponce20.5 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.0 
 4. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 5. Carmona, Humacao18.9 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.8 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Lisch, Quebradillas16.9 
 10. Huertas, Quebradi.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.1 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.9 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.9 
 4. Phillip, San German9.1 
 5. Diogu, Ponce8.8 
 6. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 7. Harrellson, Guangz.8.2 
 8. Carmona, Humacao8.1 
 9. Graterol, Arecibo8.1 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.5 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.2 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas5.1 
 4. Clemente, Humacao4.8 
 5. Rivera, Ponce4.8 
 6. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 7. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 8. Coronado, Guayama3.8 
 9. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 10. Hickerson, San G.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.2 
 2. Coronado, Guayama1.9 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 4. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 5. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 7. Rodriguez, Guayama1.4 
 8. Lisch, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 10. Villegas, Guaynabo1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Penn, Humacao2.2 
 2. Harrellson, Guangz.1.5 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 5. Aubry, Mayaguez1.3 
 6. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 7. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 8. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce0.9 
 10. Nichols, Arecibo0.9 


Lisch's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old guard Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International) had an amazing evening in the last week for second-ranked Quebradillas and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 36.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Arecibo (#7, 14-16) 91-83. Quebradillas is placed at 2nd position in Puerto Rican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quebradillas will need more victories to improve their 18-12 record. In the team's last game Lisch had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Quebradillas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Saint Louis University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lisch is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.9apg) and averages solid 59.7% FGP and 43.1% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last week was Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Guaynabo. He is Panamanian forward in his first season at Guaynabo. In the last game Lloreda recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 19 rebounds. Of course he lead Guaynabo to another comfortable win 83-70 over the lower-ranked Humacao (#8, 13-16) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Guaynabo to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 17-13 record is not bad at all. Lloreda is one of the most experienced players at Guaynabo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Denis Clemente (183-PG-86) of Humacao (#8). Clemente showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, five rebounds and six assists in the last week. Despite Clemente's great performance Humacao lost 70-83 to the higher-ranked Guaynabo (#4, 17-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Humacao ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Clemente could help Humacao to bring them higher in the standings. Clemente has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.7apg (5th best). Denis Clemente has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Huertas (195-G/F-87) of Quebradillas - 33 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Arecibo - 25 points and 5 rebounds
6. Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82) of Mayaguez - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Ponce - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Humacao - 22 points and 9 rebounds
9. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Guaynabo - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Guaynabo - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Puerto Rican U16 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Puerto Rican U16 National Team 2013
#s#
Gerardo Texeira
Texeira
Ivan Gandia
Gandia
Luis Gonzalez
Gonzalez
Arnaldo Toro
Toro
Leandro Allende
Allende
#e#5
Gerardo Texeira 195-PF-97
Ivan Gandia 188-G-97
Luis Gonzalez 177-PG-96
Arnaldo Toro 205-C-97
Leandro Allende 190-F/G-97
Jose Martinez 203-PF-96
Jorge Pacheco 185-SG-97
Ebube Ezegwula-Ebube 200-PF-97
Kevin Munoz 187-SF-97
Edwin Cancel 175-PG-97
Armando Dunn 198-PF-96
Nicholas Berry 200-PF-97

Pedro Cintron Head Coach Arecibo Puerto Rico
Daniel Ortiz Assistant



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  SCOTLAND   


Summer Slam: Scotland cruise past England - by Eurobasket News

Scotland - England 83:59

Scottish National Team outgunned their English opponents at the start of the Summer Slam in Edinburgh. Alasdair Fraser (201-F-92, agency: Court Side) stepped up with 24 points to pace the winners.
Scotland set the tone in the opening frame. The hosts went on a 28:9 run in the starting ten minutes. Scotland stretched the lead in the second period. They accounted for a massive 50:24 halftime advantage. England stopped the bleeding in the third period. The visitors went on a 20:17 run to narrow the deficit. But Scotland slowed the tempo down in the fourth frame and coasted to the victory. Jonny Bunyan (182-PG-92) delivered 20 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for Scotland. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) accounted for 11 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Orlan Jackman (201-F-88, agency: Stanley International, college: Oklahoma City) responded with game-high 27 points for England. Stefan Gill (173-PG-83) and Mike Tuck (201-F-83, college: Loyola, MD) posted 8 points each in the loss. The teams are scheduled to meet again later tonight.

Scotland: Alasdair Fraser 24, Jonny Bunyan 20, Kieron Achara 11
England: Orlan Jackman 27, Stefan Gill 8, Mike Tuck 8



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  SERBIA   


Adidas EuroCamp All-Stars outscore Serbia U19 - by Eurobasket News

Adidas EuroCamp All-Stars - Serbia U19 71:54

Adidas EuroCamp All-Star selection took on the Serbian U19 National Team on the second day of action in Treviso. The All-Stars claimed a comfortable victory at the end. Augusto Cesar Lima (206-C-91) and Raul Neto (186-PG-92) posted 14 points each to lead the winners.
All-Stars grabbed a 15:12 lead after the opening frame. They extended the margin in the second period. All-Stars went on a 22:9 run to secure a comfortable 37:21 halftime lead. Serbia picked up the tempo in the third period but All-Stars easily matched it. The teams traded baskets as the All-Star selection maintained the lead. They entered the fourth frame up by 16 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 8 points for the winners. Doko Salic (210-C-95) answered with 20 points for Serbia. Dusan Kutlesic (195-SG-94) had 11 points in the loss.

Adidas All-Stars: Augusto Cesar Lima 14, Raul Neto 14, Oleksandr Lypovyy 8
Serbia U19: Doko Salic 20, Dusan Kutlesic 11



Andreja Milutinovic on his way to Bilbao? - by Igor Obradovic

The ex-Crvena zvezda player is an option for join club from Spain, Bilbao in next couple of days.

Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) play last season in Crvena zvezda but club didn't want to extend contract with him and from that time Milutinovic is free agent.
He will go on NBA Summer league this year.

He was born in Kragujevac in 1990, in the Crvena zvezda last season they scored 9.5 points per game in Adriatic league in 25 minutes on the court, have 1.2 ast and 3.6 rbd.



Great season for Aleksandar Vuletic in Romania - by Tamara Ruzic

wo Serbian coaches Vladimir Lucic and Vlastimir Vukadinovic and two players Aleksandar Vuletic (202-F-86, college: Indian Hills CC) and Nemanja Petrovic (90) promote with their team CS Concordia Chiajna to Liga Nationala de Romania. They had impressive season in Romania, won 21 games and lost only against CSA Steaua.
Aleksandar Vuletic had average 14 points 11 rebounds 5 assists per game. He played before for Indian Hills College in USA, Viva Basket in Serbia and Banska Bystrica (Slovakia).
Nemanja Petrovic had average 16 points 5 assists and 2 steals per game. He used to play in FMP and won with them Euroleague for juniors in Madrid in 2008.



Serbia U19 edge France U20 in Treviso - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - France U20 63:54

Serbian U19 National Team clashed with France U20 at the Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso. The Balkan team claimed a confident victory. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) and Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) netted 12 points each to lead the winners.
Serbia grabbed an early lead. They posted a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Serbia maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They accounted for a 33:26 halftime advantage. France turned things around in the third term. Les Bleus went on a 19:9 run to secure a 3-point lead heading into the fourth period. But Serbia quickly regained control. They went on a 21:9 run in the final frame to seal the winning outcome. Doko Salic (210-C-95) netted 9 points for the winners. Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) answered with 17 points for France. William Howard (201-F-93) had 13 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Nikola Radicevic 12, Nikola Jankovic 12, Doko Salic 9
France U20: Alexandre Chassang 17, William Howard 13



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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. Nocioni, Caja Lab.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Martin, Blancos7.1 
 2. Hunter, Jiangsu TX6.8 
 3. Nelson, G.Canari.6.4 
 4. Tomic, FCB Regal6.2 
 5. Lewis, UCAM M.6.2 
 6. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 7. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.0 
 8. Norel, CAI Zaragoza5.9 
 9. Kendall, Blusens M.5.9 
 10. Gaffney, FIATC J.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. Rodriguez, Real M.4.1 
 6. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 7. Markovic, Valencia4.1 
 8. Huertas, FCB Regal3.6 
 9. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.5 
 10. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
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. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.6 
 5. Finley, Lagun A.1.6 
 6. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 7. Markovic, Valencia1.4 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 9. Rodriguez, UCAM M.1.3 
 10. Uriz, CB Canarias1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Mad-Croc
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.5 
 2. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 3. Mejri, Blusens M.1.5 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Hunter, Jiangsu TX1.1 
 7. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 8. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 10. Tomic, FCB Regal1.0 


ACB Round 1 of Finals. Real post dramatic victory in Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - FCB Regal 76-72

Real claimed a dramatic come-from-behind victory in the first game of the ACB Finals. Sergio Rodriguez and Rudy Fernandez stepped up for Real in the dying minutes and brought the hosts to the opening win in the title series. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 26-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Real Madrid made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Real Madrid had a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Regal FC Barcelona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international point guard Sergio Rodriguez (191-86) fired 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. International Rudy Fernandez (198-85) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Victor Sada (192-84) produced 17 points and international guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) added 15 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: S.Rodriguez 21+1reb+4ast, S.Llull 19+1reb+1ast, R.Fernandez 14+8reb+2ast, M.Begic 6+3reb+1ast, J.Carroll 5+1reb, N.Mirotic 5+3reb
FCB Regal: V.Sada 17+4reb+1ast, J.Carlos Navarro 15+4reb, M.Huertas 10+2ast, B.Oleson 9+1reb+2ast, E.Lorbek 8+3reb+1ast, A.Tomic 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 242150



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  SWEDEN   


Solna Vikings hires Ray Ailus as a new Head Coach - by Tamara Ruzic

Solna Vikings is pleased to announce Ray Ailus as new men's team coach. Ray has a long career behind him as a player in Finland and has coached at the
highest level in the Finnish league since 2004/2005. Ray also has credentials as head coach of the Finnish U18 and HU20 national teams and as a manager at Basketball Academy in Turku.
Solna Vikings Sporting Director Christer Sjgren about Ray:
"Ray has a good reputation in Finland as an accomplished talent developer, good game coach, and he has an energy and enthusiasm that is contagious. He will drive the team and have high demands on the players and the itself which we think suits us perfectly. Ray also draws from a defensive basis which fits well on our club profile. "
Coach Ray Alius: "I am delighted to have the chance in Sweden and Solna Vikings, I have heard many good things about Solna, their fans and their organization, and I look forward to leading the club's men's team next season.We will work hard and play with both heart and mind. "


Ailus has coached UU-Korihait (Sparliiga),KTP Basket Kotka (Korisliiga), Joensuun Kataja (Korisliiga) and KTP Basket Kotka (Korisliiga).2009, He was Finnish League Regular Season Champion



Nassjo land Gustav Sundstrom - by Eurobasket News

Nassjo Basket added depth to their backcourt. They signed Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91). Last season Gustav Sundstrom started with the Sodertalje Kings. He posted 3.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in Basketligan. The guard also played for the Talje Knights. Gustav Sundtrom averaged 16.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists per game in Basketettan.


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  TURKEY   


Turkey starts Mediterranean games preparation - by Eurobasket News

Turkey starts Mediterranean games preparation and participates at the International Tournament in Jesolo, Italy.
In Day 1 Italy overcame Turkey 68:57. The latter grabbed a 22-14 lead at the end of the first period and increased to 17 points at the halftime. Italy however reduced to 36:45 after three quarters and then erupted for 11-point win. Stefano Gentile top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Michele Vitali (196-G-91) poured in 12. Andrea Zerini (200-F-88) posted 11 and Cournooh added 9. Mahamutoglu replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Kilicli brought 9.
In Day 2 Turkey outscored Greece 98:83. Turkey won the first period 20-18 and added 27-21 in the second quarter. Moreover Turkey posted a 22-18 in the third frame and finished the game with 29-26 in the last stanza. Birkan Batuk (196-SG-90) stepped up with 18 points and Oguz Savas (212-C-87) had 14. Larentzakis nailed 20 points in defeat, while Bochoridis scored 15.



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  UBA   


Davis named 2013 UBA Coach of the Year - by Travis McAvene

Michael Davis of the Georgia PRIME was recently named 2012-2013 UBA coach of the year.

The Georgia PRIME finished the regular season with a league best 20-1 record. The Prime also made it to the UBA championship game, where they lost to the GIE Maile Matrix.

Michael Davis has now won the UBA coach of the year award two out of the last three seasons. 'I really enjoyed getting back into coaching after taking a year off during the 2011-2012 season, said Coach Michael Davis . We had a great season, but came up a little short in the championship game.

Coach Michael Davis plans to return for the 2013-2014 season in the UBA and make another run for a championship.





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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Summer Slam: Scotland cruise past England - by Eurobasket News

Scotland - England 83:59

Scottish National Team outgunned their English opponents at the start of the Summer Slam in Edinburgh. Alasdair Fraser (201-F-92, agency: Court Side) stepped up with 24 points to pace the winners.
Scotland set the tone in the opening frame. The hosts went on a 28:9 run in the starting ten minutes. Scotland stretched the lead in the second period. They accounted for a massive 50:24 halftime advantage. England stopped the bleeding in the third period. The visitors went on a 20:17 run to narrow the deficit. But Scotland slowed the tempo down in the fourth frame and coasted to the victory. Jonny Bunyan (182-PG-92) delivered 20 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for Scotland. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) accounted for 11 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Orlan Jackman (201-F-88, agency: Stanley International, college: Oklahoma City) responded with game-high 27 points for England. Stefan Gill (173-PG-83) and Mike Tuck (201-F-83, college: Loyola, MD) posted 8 points each in the loss. The teams are scheduled to meet again later tonight.

Scotland: Alasdair Fraser 24, Jonny Bunyan 20, Kieron Achara 11
England: Orlan Jackman 27, Stefan Gill 8, Mike Tuck 8



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  URUGUAY   


Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro League (7th round)
Larre Borges 82 - Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: E.Michigan) 27 pts. 8 reb. 5 blocks, Renzo Lazzaroni (186-G-85) 27 pts 14 reb. 7 assists.
25 de Agosto 78 - Eric Freeman (205-C-79, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Ky Wesleyan) 22 pts. 10 reb.
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Welcome 69 - David Oviedo (180-PG-86) 17 pts 6 assists, Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: Two Points, college: Cumberland) 12 pts 14 reb. 6 blocks
Guruyu Waston 58 - Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) 14 pts. 5 reb.
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Capitol 88 - Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 28 pts. 10 reb. 3 blocks Gonzalo Iglesias (201-F-93) 11 8 reb. 2 blocks
Colon 74 - Myles Walker (203-C-90, college: Indiana St.) 21 pts. 15 reb. 3 blocks
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Urunday 64 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 14 pts 8 reb.
Cader 60 - Julio Panelli (180-G-90) 15 pts. 5 reb. Gerald Inman (208-F-87, college: Rutgers) 8 pts. 11 reb. 5 blocks



Uruguay U16 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Uruguay U16 National Team 2013
#s#
Pierino Rusch
Rusch
Maximiliano Nobile
Nobile
Joaquin Ortega
Ortega
Martin Counago
Counago
Federico Baltasar
Baltasar
#e#5
Pierino Rusch 174-PG-97 Hebraica Uruguay
Maximiliano Nobile 172-PG-97 Paysandu Uruguay
Joaquin Ortega 180-PG-96 Defensor Uruguay
Martin Counago 185-PG-96 Bigua Uruguay
Federico Baltasar 185-PG-96 Malvin Uruguay
Agustin Viotti 190-SF-97 Hebraica Uruguay
Gonzalo Diaz 186-SF-87 Malvin Uruguay
Joaquin Jones 191-SF-97 Bigua Uruguay
Santiago Massa 187-PF-96 Hebraica Uruguay
Felipe Monteverde 189-PF-97 Trouville Uruguay
Facundo Grolla 193-C-97 Bigua Uruguay
Luis Arregui 193-C-98 Bigua Uruguay

Fernando Cabrera Head Coach
Alejandro Alvarez Assistant MH Basket Argentina



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Group A
 1. Marinos 5-1 
 2. Bucaneros 3-1 
 3. Trotamundos 0-6 
Group B
 1. Gigantes 4-2 
 2. Gaiteros 2-2 
 3. Cocodrilos 2-4 
Places 7-10
 1. Guaros 25-28 
 2. Guaiqueries 21-23 
 3. Panteras 19-35 
 4. Toros 18-36 
2013 Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Jun. 8: Gigantes - Cocodrilos 88-84
Jun. 7: Gigantes - Cocodrilos 74-83
Jun. 7: Trotamundos - Marinos 72-76
Jun. 6: Trotamundos - Marinos 69-72

Second Stage: Round 5

Jun. 9: Bucaneros - Trotamundos
Jun. 10: Bucaneros - Trotamundos
Jun. 10: Gaiteros - Gigantes
Jun. 11: Gaiteros - Gigantes


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Humacao
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Carmona, Humacao23.2 
 2. Pena, Huracanes21.9 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.21.5 
 4. Santana, Gaiteros21.0 
 5. Maye, Bayamon20.4 
 6. Miller, Gaiteros20.2 
 7. Bailey, Panteras19.3 
 8. Martinez, Guaros19.3 
 9. Rodgers, Marinos18.2 
 10. Flores, Guaiqueri.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Guaros
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Martinez, Guaros12.1 
 2. Santana, Gaiteros10.1 
 3. Massie, San German9.9 
 4. Johnson, Toros9.2 
 5. Miller, Toros8.2 
 6. Urbina, Toros8.1 
 7. Carmona, Humacao7.7 
 8. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.7 
 9. Bethelmy, Cocodril.7.6 
 10. Colmenares, Cocod.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kelvin PENA
  Huracanes
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Pena, Huracanes6.1 
 2. Rivera, Humacao6.1 
 3. Vargas, Marinos5.7 
 4. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.0 
 5. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.7 
 6. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.6 
 7. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.3 
 8. Fortson, Trotamun.4.1 
 9. Guillent, Guaros3.9 
 10. Miller, Gaiteros3.3 
Steals Per Game
 James MILLER
  Gaiteros
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Miller, Gaiteros3.5 
 2. Riley, Bucaneros3.0 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.2.5 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.4 
 5. Carmona, Humacao2.2 
 6. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.2 
 7. Guillent, Guaros2.2 
 8. Johnson, Toros2.1 
 9. Horton, Panteras2.1 
 10. Rivera, Humacao2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Toros
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Miller, Toros2.2 
 2. Lang, Cocodrilos1.6 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 4. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.2 
 6. Gadzuric, Marinos0.9 
 7. Massie, San German0.9 
 8. Santana, Gaiteros0.9 
 9. Adams, Guaros0.8 
 10. Bayona, Bucaneros0.8 



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  WBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Jun. 7: Rome G. - Georgia Majic 97-80
Jun. 7: Conyers CK - Atlanta Blaze 88-96

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 13: Rome G. - Anderson H.
Jun. 13: Georgia Majic - Atlanta Blaze



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U21   


Adidas EuroCamp All-Stars outscore Serbia U19 - by Eurobasket News

Adidas EuroCamp All-Stars - Serbia U19 71:54

Adidas EuroCamp All-Star selection took on the Serbian U19 National Team on the second day of action in Treviso. The All-Stars claimed a comfortable victory at the end. Augusto Cesar Lima (206-C-91) and Raul Neto (186-PG-92) posted 14 points each to lead the winners.
All-Stars grabbed a 15:12 lead after the opening frame. They extended the margin in the second period. All-Stars went on a 22:9 run to secure a comfortable 37:21 halftime lead. Serbia picked up the tempo in the third period but All-Stars easily matched it. The teams traded baskets as the All-Star selection maintained the lead. They entered the fourth frame up by 16 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 8 points for the winners. Doko Salic (210-C-95) answered with 20 points for Serbia. Dusan Kutlesic (195-SG-94) had 11 points in the loss.

Adidas All-Stars: Augusto Cesar Lima 14, Raul Neto 14, Oleksandr Lypovyy 8
Serbia U19: Doko Salic 20, Dusan Kutlesic 11



Adidas All-Stars edge Team USA in Treviso - by Eurobasket News

Adidas All-Stars - Team USA 64:54

Adidas All-Stars selection prevailed against Team USA at the start of the Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso, Italy. Lucas Mariano (207-C-93) stepped up with 11 points to lead the All-Stars.
Team USA jumped to an early lead but Adidas All-Stars erased the deficit to take a narrow 16:15 lead after ten minutes. All-Stars posted a 27:23 halftime lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the third period. Adidas All-Stars built a 43:38 lead into the fourth frame. The US team cut the deficit at just two points midway through the fourth stanza but Adidas All-Stars capped the regulation with a strong rally to snatch the victory. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) knocked down 9 points, while Danilo Andjusic (195-G-91, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points for the winners. Victor Law answered with 15 points for Team USA. Damiyne Durham had 12 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Adidas All-Stars: Lucas Mariano 11, Klemen Prepelic 9, Danilo Andjusic 8
Team USA: Victor Law 15, Damiyne Durham 12




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Women News


Reze Tournament: Argentina beat Senegal to finish 7th - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U19 - Senegal U19 60:38

Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) came up with another strong performance leading Argentina to the victory on the final day of the Reze international tournament in France. Argentina overcame Senegal to claim the 7th overall position. Llorente delivered 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Argentina held the African team to 6 points in the opening frame and grabbed a 13-point lead. Senegal improved their game in the second period. They dropped 13 points and cut the deficit at 9-point mark at halftime. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third period. Argentina gained a 10-point lead with ten minutes remaining. The Latin American side went on an 18:6 rally in the fourth stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Magali Armesto (165-PG-95) notched 10 points, while Sofia Aispurua (185-C-95) added 8 points for the winners. Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye (94) responded with 20 points for Senegal. Mame Coumba Sy (95) had 11 points in the loss.

Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 24, Magali Armesto 10, Sofia Aispurua 8
Senegal U19: Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye 20, Mame Coumba Sy 11



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  AUSTRALIA   


Reze Tournament: Australia stun France to clinch trophy - by Eurobasket News

France U19 - Australia U19 60:66

Australian U19 National celebrated victory at the international Reze Tournament in France. The Gems shot down hosting France in the Final yesterday. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) dropped 17 points to lead the Aussies to the victory.
The Gems set the tone early in the game. Australia went on a 19:15 run in the first period. The Gems stayed in front throughout the second frame. Australia ensured a 36:28 halftime lead. The Gems boosted their lead in the third period. They held Les Bleus to 11 points in the frame and opened a 14-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. France went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth stanza. They narrowed the deficit but failed to save the game. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) dropped 16 points, while Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) added 14 points and 12 boards for the Gems. Mamignan Toure (184-SG-94) responded with 17 points for France. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) had 13 points in the loss.

France U19: Mamignan Toure 17, Aby Gaye 13
Australia U19: Carley Mijovic 17, Casey Samuels 16, Stephanie Talbot 14+12 boards



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  AUSTRIA   


Summer Slam: Austria narrowly defeat Scotland Futures - by Eurobasket News

Scotland Futures - Austria 64:68

Austrian National Team claimed a narrow victory at the start of the Summer Slam exhibition series in Edinburgh. They overcame Scotland Futures selection comprised of Scottish U18 NT and Senior NT players. Jessica Franz (183-F) stepped up with 19 points and 8 boards to pace the winners.
Austria led by three points after ten minutes of action 17:14. But Scotland Futures took over in the second period. The hosts cut the distance to a single point at halftime 33:34. Scotland Futures surged ahead in the third frame. The home team exploded with 27 points to post an 8-point lead before the final frame. Austria made necessary arrangements defensively and came up with a decisive 17:5 surge in the fourth frame to snatch the victory. Sarah Schicher (188-C/F-90, college: Dowling) produced 12 points, while Verena Bachler (175-G-88) added 8 points for the winning side. Sarah Thomson (177-G-95) answered with 22 points for Scotland Futures. Rona Corkindale (177-F-86) tossed in 13 points in the loss.

Scotland Futures: Sarah Thomson 22, Rona Corkindale 13
Austria: Jessica Franz 19, Sarah Schicher 12, Verena Bachler 8



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  BELARUS   


Greece U20 finished third at the International Tournament in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20-Belarus U20 65:58

Greece U20 finished third at the International Tournament in Istanbul. The team posted the initial victory in the last day of the competition and climbed up the ladder. Greece needed a 65:58 win to leave Belarus winless.
Both teams scored 14 points each in the first period and then Greece grabbed a 29:22 halftime advantage. Greece led 5 points after three quarters and managed to add 2 more points advantage to the final result. Fourakis top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) replied with 17 points in the losing effort.
Russia U20 wins Istanbul Tournament with 4 participating teams. The Russian team posted a decisive 67:54 win against the hosts and won it all. Turkey U20 meanwhile finished on the second place.



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  BELGIUM   


Sint Katelijne Waver announced Anne-Sophie Strubbe - by Eurobasket News

Sint Katelijne Waver added to their roster 23-year old ex-international shooting guard Anne-Sophie Strubbe (182-SG-90). She currently played at Declercq Stortbeton Waregem. In 18 Division I games she recorded 5.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.5spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. The most of last season Strubbe spent at BBC Kangoeroes-Boom. In 28 Division I games she averaged 7.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3spg. She contributed to her team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Strubbe also played at Young Cats earlier that season. In 7 Eurocup games she averaged 3.3ppg and 1.4rpg.
Anne-Sophie Strubbe was also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Strubbe played for Belgian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. She also represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 66.7%.Strubbe has played previously for another Belgian team Jeugd Gentson.



2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Belgium snatch win over Finland - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Belgium 56:59

Belgium finished their 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign with win over Finland. Sofie Hendrickx (187-PF-86) stepped up with 12 points and 14 rebounds to pace Belgium in Helsinki. Belgium finished at 1-1 record, while Finland fell at 0-2 in Group C.
Finland ensured a quick start to the game. The hosts dominated in the opening ten minutes to take a 12-point lead. Belgium changed their attitude defensively in the second period. The visitors held Finland to 9 points in the frame to narrow the deficit at 8-point mark 25:33. Belgium continued their rally in the third stanza. The visitors went on an 18:4 run to spur ahead. Finland denied the deficit in the fourth frame. Lehtoranta tied things up at 56 with 47 seconds remaining. Mayombo answered with two free throws and then Deyaert sank one freebie to seal the win for Belgium. Vreny Van Driel (175-G-88) provided 9 points, while Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) had 7 points for the winners. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) and Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) answered with 14 points each for the hosts.

Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 14+12 boards, Heta Korpivaara 14
Belgium: Sofie Hendrickx 12+14 boards, Vreny Van Driel 9, Miete Celus 7



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  BRAZIL   


Reze Tournament: Brazil thump Poland to earn fifth position - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U19 - Poland U19 63:36

Brazil wrapped up their Reze international tournament campaign on a high note. They overcame Polish counterparts to occupy the fifth overall position. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Latin American team.
Brazil held Poland to 6 points in the opening frame to gain an 8-point lead. Brazil opened the second period on a 6:0 run to boost the gap to double-digits. Poland were able to narrow the deficit at 9-point mark at halftime 16:25. Brazil finished the third period strong to open a 13-point lead. They went on a 17:4 surge early in the fourth frame and sealed the win at the end. Maria De Oliveira notched 11 points and 9 rebounds, while Guimaraes added 8 points for the winners. Karina Szybala (180-F-93) responded with 9 points for Poland. Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) had 8 points in the loss.

Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 16, Maria de Oliveira 11, Guimaraes 8
Poland U19: Karina Szybala 9, Karolina Puss 8



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2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Bulgaria complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland-Bulgaria 65:73

Bulgaria complete the Semifinal picture of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Bulgaria won over Switzerland 73:65 and became the winner of Group B. Now the team will join Poland, Israel and Greece at the Semifinal stage.
Bulgaria opened the game with a 16-10 lead and never looked behind after. They added 19-8 burst in the second quarter and had 35:18 lead at the halftime. Switzerland however had nothing to lose in the game and dominated the second half. They won the third period 21-18 and finished the game with 26-20 rally.
Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) stepped up with 27 points for the winners and Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 19. Hristina Ivanova (183-F-89) and Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) delivered 7 points each in a win. Caroline Turin (173-F-87) answered with 26 points in the losing effort and Marielle Giroud (180-F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Alexia Rol (175-F-89) also scored 12, while Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) brought 10.

Switzerland: Caroline Turin 26, Marielle Giroud 12+12 rebs, Alexia Rol 12, Karen Twehues 10
Bulgaria: Milena Tomova 27, Daniela Peteva 19, Hristina Ivanova 7, Evelina Guneva 7



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  CANADA   


Canada finished the International Tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Turkey-Canada 46:51

Canada finished the International Tournament with the win against Turkey. The Canadian side posted a final 51:46 victory over the European team and finished with 1-2 record on the third place. Turkey meanwhile suffered their third loss and ended up on the fourth position.
Both teams entered the game winless and desired to finish on a high note. Kendel Ross opened the game with a three-pointer. Later both teams played tough on the defensive side of the ball and it reflected on the scoreboard. After the opening 10 minutes, Canada owned a 13-10 advantage but Turkey was able to build a 31-23 lead at the half. At the end of the game Canadians kept up their strong play and put together a 16-5 run to propel the team to the victory.
Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) stepped up with 16 points and Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) notched 8. Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) and Alisha Tatham (180-G-86, college: Massachusetts) followed them with 7 points each. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) answered with 9 points in the losing effort, while Yilmaz brought 8. Begum Dalgalar (183-F-88), Tugce Canitez (187-F-90, college: Westmont) and Cirak each scored 6 points in a loss.

Turkey: Quanitra Hollingsworth 9, Yilmaz 8, Begum Dalgalar 6, Tugce Canitez 6, Cirak 6
Canada: Kia Nurse 16, Tamara Tatham 8, Courtnay Pilypaitis 7, Alisha Tatham 7



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  CHINA   


China prevails against Lithuania in Panevezys - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania-China 66:73

China prevails against Lithuania in Panevezys at the start of the International Tournament. The Asian team overcame the home side of the tournament 73:66 in the opener.
Lithuanian started the game with a 23-22 rally and managed to take 1-point lead at the halftime. Both teams scored 16 points each in the second quarter and as a result the board showed 39:38 for the hosts. China looked better in the second half and posted two narrow victories. At first they won the third period 18-16 and then finished the game with a 17-11 surge.
Chen Nan (197-C-83) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. She made 10 out 15 shots from the field. Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) collected 16 points and 7 rebounds for Lithuania, while Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) netted 14. Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Illinois) brought 11 and Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) scored 10.
Tomorrow Lithuanian team will take on Sweden, while China will face Japan.



Reze Tournament: Russia prevail against China to step onto pedestal - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19 - China U19 75:64

Russia finished their Reze international tournament campaign victoriously. They defeated China to clinch the third position. Albina Razheva (188-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winning team.
Russia jumped to an early lead. They accounted for 21 points in the first period and established a 6-point lead at the first break. Russia maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They arrived at the interval up by 10 points 38:28. China stopped the rot in the third period. The Asian team fired 23 points to cut the deficit at 8-point mark. But Russia held their opponents to 13 points in the final period and sealed the win at the end. Yuliya Gladkova (185-F-94) chipped in 13 points, while Olga Novikova (179-G-94) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) responded with 21 points and 7 assists for China. Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) had 12 points in the defeat.

Russia U19: Albina Razheva 21+11 boards, Yuliya Gladkova 13, Olga Novikova 12
China U19: Yang LiWei 21, Yang Hengyu 12



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  CROATIA   


Croatia hand second straight loss to Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Croatia 69:85

Croatia recorded the second straight win over Hungary in the exhibition series. Matea Vrdoljak (183-F-85) stepped up with 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
Croatia dominated from the tip off. They fired 22 points in the opening quarter to build an 11-point lead. Hungary increased the tempo in the second period but Croatia matched it perfectly. They fired 26 points to ensure a 13-point lead at halftime. Croatia finished off their opponents in the third period. Croatia went on a 25:10 run to pile up a massive 28-point advantage at the final intermission. Hungary went on a strong 24:12 rally in the fourth period but could not rescue this one. Iva Ciglar (168-PG-85, agency: Data Plus Group) netted 16 points, while Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 13 points for the winners. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) answered with 20 points for Hungary. Krisztina Raksanyi (181-G-91) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 20, Krisztina Raksanyi 12
Croatia: Matea Vrdoljak 17+12 boards, Iva Ciglar 16, Antonija Misura 13



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Lubor Blazek confirmed 12 players for EuroBasket Women 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Lubor Blazek confirmed 12 players for EuroBasket Women 2013
Lubor Blazek confirmed 12 players for EuroBasket Women 2013 that will start this Friday. Katerina Krizova (186-F-80) and Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91) became the last two players not to go with Czech Republic to France.
Czech Republic finished 4th in EuroBasket 2011. The team lost the game for the third place to France 56:63. Sandrine Gruda led her team to win She scored 26 points for France. For their Czech opponents Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) poured 17 points. Other two Czechs players end this game with double figures: Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) ( (14 points), Eva Viteckova (13 points).

On Friday Czech Republic will start against Belarus. The team will also play against Lithuania and Croatia in group D in the first round of the tournament.

Czech Republic:
Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78)
Katerina Bartonova (174-PG-90)
Katerina Elhotova
Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87)
Tereza Peckova (189-F-87)
Romana Hejdova (184-F-88)
Jana Vesela (194-PF-83)
Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88)
Tereza Vyoralova (175-SG-94)
Ilona Burgrova (194-C-84, college: S.Carolina)
Petra Kulichova
Alena Hanusova (19-C-91)



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2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Greece rout Estonia to enter the semis - by Eurobasket News

Estonia-Greece 43:58

Greece rout Estonia to enter the semis of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Greek side became the third team in the Semifinal Stage after a 58:43 win.
It was the game for the top position in Group A as both teams won the first two games against Netherlands and Luxembourg. Greece was the favorite of the game and won the first period 15-8. Moreover the Greek side added a n 18-11 rally to take 33;19 halftime advantage. Estonia managed to win the third period 12-11 and also scored 12 points in the last period. It was not however enough to win the quarter neither the game as Greece posted 14 points in the last period.
Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 10. Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-F/G-81) scored 8, whilst Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) and Katerina Sotiriou (186-F-84, agency: FCM) had 7 each. Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) finished the game with 13 points in the losing effort and Maaja Bratka (190-F/C-92) poured in 10. Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-C/F-87) produced 8 and Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) added 6.

Estonia: Mirjam Nikolai 13, Maaja Bratka 10, Laina Mesila-Kaarmann 8, Merike Anderson 6
Greece: Zoi Dimitrakou 12, Peli Papamichail 10, Olga Chatzinikolaou 8, Dimitra Kalentzou 7, Katerina Sotiriou 7



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Alfredas Vainauskas confirms Tatyana Abrikosova for EuroBasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Alfredas Vainauskas confirms Tatyana Abrikosova (179-SG-89, agency: IPSA) for EuroBasket 2013 as sad news came about Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) from Chicago. The player is expected to miss minimum of two weeks due to her injury that she got against China.
Epiphanny Prince currently plays Chicago Sky in WNBA. In three games she averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg this season.
Three years ago (a year after she left the college) Chicago Sky selected her as fourth overall pick in WNBA draft.She graduated her college in 2009 and is in her fourth season in pro basketball. Prince's team made it to the PBL Semifinals. She received Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team award in 2013. Prince was a member of Russian Senior National Team two years ago. She has played previously professionally in Turkey (Botas and Galatasaray) and Russia (Dynamo Kursk and Spartak Vidnoye).
Tatyana Abrikosova is a player of Dynamo Moscow. In 2012-2013 she averaged 3.1ppg, 1.3rpg, while in EuroCup her stats read 3.3ppg.



The Semifinals are set for EuroBasket Women 2015 Qualifiers - by Eurobasket News

The Semifinals are set for EuroBasket Women 2015 Qualifiers as Greece and Bulgaria completed the picture last night. Both teams joined Poland and Israel that booked the tickets on Saturday.
Greece rout Estonia to enter the semis of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Greek side became the third team in the Semifinal Stage after a 58:43 win. It was the game for the top position in Group A as both teams won the first two games against Netherlands and Luxembourg. Greece was the favorite of the game and won the first period 15-8. Moreover the Greek side added a n 18-11 rally to take 33;19 halftime advantage. Estonia managed to win the third period 12-11 and also scored 12 points in the last period. It was not however enough to win the quarter neither the game as Greece posted 14 points in the last period.
Zoi Dimitrakou top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 10. Olga Chatzinikolaou scored 8, whilst Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) and Katerina Sotiriou had 7 each. Mirjam Nikolai finished the game with 13 points in the losing effort and Maaja Bratka (190-F/C-92) poured in 10. Laina Mesila-Kaarmann produced 8 and Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) added 6.
Bulgaria complete the Semifinal picture of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Bulgaria won over Switzerland 73:65 and became the winner of Group B. Now the team will join Poland, Israel and Greece at the Semifinal stage.
Bulgaria opened the game with a 16-10 lead and never looked behind after. They added 19-8 burst in the second quarter and had 35:18 lead at the halftime. Switzerland however had nothing to lose in the game and dominated the second half. They won the third period 21-18 and finished the game with 26-20 rally.
Milena Tomova stepped up with 27 points for the winners and Daniela Peteva had 19. Hristina Ivanova and Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) delivered 7 points each in a win. Caroline Turin (173-F-87) answered with 26 points in the losing effort and Marielle Giroud collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Alexia Rol also scored 12, while Karen Twehues brought 10.



Lubor Blazek confirmed 12 players for EuroBasket Women 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Lubor Blazek confirmed 12 players for EuroBasket Women 2013
Lubor Blazek confirmed 12 players for EuroBasket Women 2013 that will start this Friday. Katerina Krizova (186-F-80) and Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91) became the last two players not to go with Czech Republic to France.
Czech Republic finished 4th in EuroBasket 2011. The team lost the game for the third place to France 56:63. Sandrine Gruda led her team to win She scored 26 points for France. For their Czech opponents Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) poured 17 points. Other two Czechs players end this game with double figures: Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) ( (14 points), Eva Viteckova (13 points).

On Friday Czech Republic will start against Belarus. The team will also play against Lithuania and Croatia in group D in the first round of the tournament.

Czech Republic:
Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78)
Katerina Bartonova (174-PG-90)
Katerina Elhotova
Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87)
Tereza Peckova (189-F-87)
Romana Hejdova (184-F-88)
Jana Vesela (194-PF-83)
Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88)
Tereza Vyoralova (175-SG-94)
Ilona Burgrova (194-C-84, college: S.Carolina)
Petra Kulichova
Alena Hanusova (19-C-91)



Sancho Lyttle will join the forces of Spain - by Eurobasket News

Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) will join the forces of Spain this week after she started her WNBA season. The Spanish naturalized player will join her teammates before the start of Eurobasket 2013. Last night Sancho Lyttle scored 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Dream (4-1), who were off to their best start since opening the 2010 season with six wins.
Sancho Lyttle currently plays Atlanta Dream in WNBA. She has a double citizenship as she also holds Vincentian passport. In 5 WNBA games she averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.6apg, 2.8spg and 1.6bpg this season. This season she played at Galatasaray (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 36 games she had 11.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.8spg. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL 2nd Team.
Mondelo Lucas meanwhile made the final cut in the roster as he left Lucila Pascua (195-C-83).



Israel and Poland advanced to the EuroBasket Women 2015 Qualification Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Israel and Poland advanced to the EuroBasket Women 2015 Qualification Semifinals and two more teams will join them tonight. Greece, Estonia, Switzerland, Slovenia and Bulgaria are among another teams to fight for two more spots.
Israel registered the second straight win at the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group D. They overcame FYR Macedonia in Ramla and booked the ticket in the semis. Jennifer Fleisher (195-C-84, college: Pennsylvania) delivered 17 points and 17 rebounds to lead the hosts. Israel leads the ladder at 2-0 record, while FYR Macedonia slipped at 1-1.
Poland claimed the second straight win in Group C of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Polish team thus clinched the top position in the group after a 65:56 win over Finland.
Greece closed Day 2 with the win over Luxembourg and improved to 2-0 record. The Greek side posted an 80:68 win and will face Estonia for the top spot in Group A. Estonia meanwhile silence Holland and stay unbeaten in Group A of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Estonian side improved to 2-0 record after a 77:54 win against the Dutch side.
Slovenia edged Switzerland for the initial win at the EuroBasket Women 2015 First Qualification Round. The Slovenian team won 84:76 and finished with 1-1 record. Switzerland will take on Bulgaria tomorrow in their last game.



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  FINLAND   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Belgium snatch win over Finland - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Belgium 56:59

Belgium finished their 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign with win over Finland. Sofie Hendrickx (187-PF-86) stepped up with 12 points and 14 rebounds to pace Belgium in Helsinki. Belgium finished at 1-1 record, while Finland fell at 0-2 in Group C.
Finland ensured a quick start to the game. The hosts dominated in the opening ten minutes to take a 12-point lead. Belgium changed their attitude defensively in the second period. The visitors held Finland to 9 points in the frame to narrow the deficit at 8-point mark 25:33. Belgium continued their rally in the third stanza. The visitors went on an 18:4 run to spur ahead. Finland denied the deficit in the fourth frame. Lehtoranta tied things up at 56 with 47 seconds remaining. Mayombo answered with two free throws and then Deyaert sank one freebie to seal the win for Belgium. Vreny Van Driel (175-G-88) provided 9 points, while Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) had 7 points for the winners. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) and Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) answered with 14 points each for the hosts.

Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 14+12 boards, Heta Korpivaara 14
Belgium: Sofie Hendrickx 12+14 boards, Vreny Van Driel 9, Miete Celus 7



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  FRANCE   


The French National Team won Tournoi EuroEssonne - by Eurobasket News

France - Spain 67:56

The French National Team won Tournoi EuroEssonne with 4 participating teams. The hosts overcame Spain 67:56 in the Final game and reached third straight win. Spain suffered their first pre-season loss and finished second at the tournament with 2-1 record.
France proved their ambitions to be the favorite of the upcoming EuroBasket 2013. They opened the game with 19-7 lead and limited the guests to just 3 points in the second frame. France scored another 19 points and led 38:10 at the halftime. Spain recovered in the second half and won both periods. They posted 23-12 in the third quarter and finished the game with a 23-17 rally in the last stanza.
Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) netted 11. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) delivered 9, while Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) had 8. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) answered with 21 points in defeat and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 14. Dominguez delivered 5, whilst Laia Palau (176-G-79) and Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 4 each.

France: Emilie Gomis 12, Edwige Lawson-Wade 11, Celine Dumerc 9, Sandrine Gruda 8
Spain: Alba Torrens 21, Marta Xargay Casademont 14, Dominguez 5, Laia Palau 4, Laura Gil 4



Reze Tournament: Australia stun France to clinch trophy - by Eurobasket News

France U19 - Australia U19 60:66

Australian U19 National celebrated victory at the international Reze Tournament in France. The Gems shot down hosting France in the Final yesterday. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) dropped 17 points to lead the Aussies to the victory.
The Gems set the tone early in the game. Australia went on a 19:15 run in the first period. The Gems stayed in front throughout the second frame. Australia ensured a 36:28 halftime lead. The Gems boosted their lead in the third period. They held Les Bleus to 11 points in the frame and opened a 14-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. France went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth stanza. They narrowed the deficit but failed to save the game. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) dropped 16 points, while Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) added 14 points and 12 boards for the Gems. Mamignan Toure (184-SG-94) responded with 17 points for France. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) had 13 points in the loss.

France U19: Mamignan Toure 17, Aby Gaye 13
Australia U19: Carley Mijovic 17, Casey Samuels 16, Stephanie Talbot 14+12 boards



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Germany nip FYR Macedonia in overtime thriller - by Eurobasket News

Germany - FYR Macedonia 87:83 (OT)

Germany recorded the second win at the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off FYR Macedonia in overtime marathon to claim the second position in Group D. FYR Macedonia finished third at 1-2 record. Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) came up with 25 points, 5 boards and 4 assists to lead the winners.
FYR Macedonia looked better in the opening frame. The Balkan team grabbed a 21:13 lead at the first break. But Germany grabbed the lead in the second frame. They fired 23 points to gain a 36:35 halftime advantage. Germany stayed hot offensively. They nailed 25 points in the third period to ensure a 6-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Margret Skuballa and Menz gave Germany a 75:69 lead for Germany with just 140 seconds remaining in regulation. But Tanturovska and Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) drained back-to-back three-pointers to level things up at 75. Chrissy Givens (180-F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) gave FYR Macedonia an 81:78 lead midway through the extra period. But Thimm, Bretreiner and Margret Skuballa capped the overtime with 7 points in a row as Germany snatched victory at the end. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) netted 18 points, while Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) added 16 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side. Slavica Dimovska answered with 27 points for FYR Macedonia. Chrissy Givens had 20 points, 8 boards and 6 assists in the loss.

Germany: Margret Skuballa 25, Anne Breitreiner 18, Katharina Fikiel 16+18 boards
FYR Macedonia: Slavica Dimovska 27, Chrissy Givens 20



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  GERMANY   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Germany nip FYR Macedonia in overtime thriller - by Eurobasket News

Germany - FYR Macedonia 87:83 (OT)

Germany recorded the second win at the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off FYR Macedonia in overtime marathon to claim the second position in Group D. FYR Macedonia finished third at 1-2 record. Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) came up with 25 points, 5 boards and 4 assists to lead the winners.
FYR Macedonia looked better in the opening frame. The Balkan team grabbed a 21:13 lead at the first break. But Germany grabbed the lead in the second frame. They fired 23 points to gain a 36:35 halftime advantage. Germany stayed hot offensively. They nailed 25 points in the third period to ensure a 6-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Margret Skuballa and Menz gave Germany a 75:69 lead for Germany with just 140 seconds remaining in regulation. But Tanturovska and Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) drained back-to-back three-pointers to level things up at 75. Chrissy Givens (180-F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) gave FYR Macedonia an 81:78 lead midway through the extra period. But Thimm, Bretreiner and Margret Skuballa capped the overtime with 7 points in a row as Germany snatched victory at the end. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) netted 18 points, while Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) added 16 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side. Slavica Dimovska answered with 27 points for FYR Macedonia. Chrissy Givens had 20 points, 8 boards and 6 assists in the loss.

Germany: Margret Skuballa 25, Anne Breitreiner 18, Katharina Fikiel 16+18 boards
FYR Macedonia: Slavica Dimovska 27, Chrissy Givens 20



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  GREECE   


Greece U20 finished third at the International Tournament in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20-Belarus U20 65:58

Greece U20 finished third at the International Tournament in Istanbul. The team posted the initial victory in the last day of the competition and climbed up the ladder. Greece needed a 65:58 win to leave Belarus winless.
Both teams scored 14 points each in the first period and then Greece grabbed a 29:22 halftime advantage. Greece led 5 points after three quarters and managed to add 2 more points advantage to the final result. Fourakis top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) replied with 17 points in the losing effort.
Russia U20 wins Istanbul Tournament with 4 participating teams. The Russian team posted a decisive 67:54 win against the hosts and won it all. Turkey U20 meanwhile finished on the second place.



2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Greece rout Estonia to enter the semis - by Eurobasket News

Estonia-Greece 43:58

Greece rout Estonia to enter the semis of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Greek side became the third team in the Semifinal Stage after a 58:43 win.
It was the game for the top position in Group A as both teams won the first two games against Netherlands and Luxembourg. Greece was the favorite of the game and won the first period 15-8. Moreover the Greek side added a n 18-11 rally to take 33;19 halftime advantage. Estonia managed to win the third period 12-11 and also scored 12 points in the last period. It was not however enough to win the quarter neither the game as Greece posted 14 points in the last period.
Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 10. Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-F/G-81) scored 8, whilst Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) and Katerina Sotiriou (186-F-84, agency: FCM) had 7 each. Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) finished the game with 13 points in the losing effort and Maaja Bratka (190-F/C-92) poured in 10. Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-C/F-87) produced 8 and Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) added 6.

Estonia: Mirjam Nikolai 13, Maaja Bratka 10, Laina Mesila-Kaarmann 8, Merike Anderson 6
Greece: Zoi Dimitrakou 12, Peli Papamichail 10, Olga Chatzinikolaou 8, Dimitra Kalentzou 7, Katerina Sotiriou 7



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  HOLLAND   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Netherlands beat Luxembourg in Bertrange - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands-Luxembourg 77:53

Netherlands beat Luxembourg in Bertrange as both teams finished their 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Dutch side posted a 77:53 win and finished the Group third with 1-2 record. Luxembourg finished the group with 0-3 record on the last spot.
Netherlands jumped to 16:5 start and never looked behind in the game. They added 23-13 surge in the second frame and led 21 points at the halftime. Moreover the Dutch side won the third quarter 23-8 and increased to 62:26 after three quarters. Luxembourg meanwhile erupted with 27-15 surge in the last stanza and reduced to final 77:53 margin.
Natalie Van Den Adel (185-G-90, college: Colorado St.) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Tanya Broering (178-G-84) as well as Rianne De Roos (191-C-89) had 12 each. Chatilla Van Grinsven (190-F-89, college: St.Joseph's) followed them with 10 points in a win. Cathy Schmit (17-G-90) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, while Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) poured in 11. Jill Bausch (170-G-87) finished the game with 6 points in a loss.

Netherlands: Natalie Van Den Adel 13, Tanya Broering 12, Rianne De Roos 12, Chatilla Van Grinsven 10
Luxembourg: Cathy Schmit 17, Nadia Mossong 11, Jill Bausch 6



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  HUNGARY   


Croatia hand second straight loss to Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Croatia 69:85

Croatia recorded the second straight win over Hungary in the exhibition series. Matea Vrdoljak (183-F-85) stepped up with 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
Croatia dominated from the tip off. They fired 22 points in the opening quarter to build an 11-point lead. Hungary increased the tempo in the second period but Croatia matched it perfectly. They fired 26 points to ensure a 13-point lead at halftime. Croatia finished off their opponents in the third period. Croatia went on a 25:10 run to pile up a massive 28-point advantage at the final intermission. Hungary went on a strong 24:12 rally in the fourth period but could not rescue this one. Iva Ciglar (168-PG-85, agency: Data Plus Group) netted 16 points, while Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 13 points for the winners. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) answered with 20 points for Hungary. Krisztina Raksanyi (181-G-91) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 20, Krisztina Raksanyi 12
Croatia: Matea Vrdoljak 17+12 boards, Iva Ciglar 16, Antonija Misura 13



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  ISRAEL   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Israel hold off Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Portugal 59:56

Israel recorded the third straight win at the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They prevailed against Portugal to win Group D with perfect 3-0 record. Michal Epstein (180-F-81, college: Boston U.) scored 14 points to lead the winners. Israel will now continue their quest for 2015 EuroBasket ticket in the semifinals. Portugal lost three games in a row.
Israel eked out a 16:12 lead after a close first quarter. Portugal got within 2 points at the interval 27:29. Israel stepped on the gas in the third frame. They went on an 18:12 run to secure an 8-point buffer before the fourth stanza 47:39. Portugal managed to revive the intrigue. Vera Correia (178-PF-80) put the visitors within one 56:57 with 47 seconds remaining. Michal Epstein went perfect from charity stripe to give Israel a 59:56 lead. Vera Correia committed a turnover in the dying seconds as Israel ran away with the win. Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) notched 12 points, while Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) added 10 points for the hosts. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) answered with 14 points for Portugal. Vera Correia topscored with 17 points in the loss.

Israel: Michal Epstein 14, Katia Levitsky 12, Shay Doron 10
Portugal: Vera Correia 17, Sofia Silva 14



Elitzur Holon land Rebekah Gardner and Kamiko Williams - by Eurobasket News

Elitzur Holon bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Rebekah Gardner (185-G-90, college: UCLA) and Kamiko Williams (180-G, college: Tennessee).
Rebekah Gardner is not new to Israel. The guard starter her pro career in Israel last season. She played for Hapoel Petah Tikva. Rebekah Gardner notched 18.2 points, 9.1 boards, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game in D1. She was named into All-Israeli League 2nd Team.
Kamiko Williams graduated from the University of Tennessee this spring. She averaged 7.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game in her senior season. The guard then joined the New York Liberty. Kamiko Williams posts 4.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in the WNBA.



Kalin's pro career will start at Ramat Hasharon - by Eurobasket News

Kalin's pro career will start at Ramat Hasharon. A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra (D1) signed 24-year old American guard Jacqui Kalin (173-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) who currently played University of Northern Iowa in MVC.
She just graduated from N.Iowa (NCAA). She helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded All-MVC Player of the Year, All-MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and selected to All-MVC 1st Team. The last season Kalin was tested by the University of Northern Iowa in Missouri Valley Conference in the NCAA. As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it is her first season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Kalin's college team won MVC Tournament for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).


Recently the team announced that Alysha Clark won't continue with Ramat Hasharon in the next season. She was named Blue Raider assistant coach.


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  ITALY   


Claudio Agresti remains with Ariano Irpino - by Eurobasket News

Claudio Agresti (agency: Players Group ) remains with Ariano Irpino for the next season. The Italian Specialist will be in helm of the team for 2013/2014 season.
As a Head Coach he worked since 1983 with Faenza, Vicenza, Pistoia, San Giovanni Valdarno. In 1997-1998 moved to Virtus Valleverde Imola (Italy-B1) and then coached La Spazia (Female Serie A) and Chieti (Female Serie A).
In 2004-2005 he worked as a Techical Staff Advisor with Premiata Montegranaro (Lega 2). Later in 2006-2007 worked with Eurorida Scafati (SerieA) and in 2007-2008 moved to Virtus Viterbo (A1) women team. In 2009-2010 was a Head Coach of Vomero Basket Napoli (A1) women team and in 2010-2011 coached Risorseimmobiliari.it La Spezia (A2) women team. In 2011-2012 continued with Sogeit La Spezia (A2) women team and in 2012-2013 took Gruppo L.P.A. Ariano Irpino (A2) women team under control.
Together with the team Claudio Agresti (agency: Players Group ) reached Italian A2 South Semifinals -13.



Molino Antonio stays with Ragusa - by Eurobasket News

Antonio Molino stays with Ragusa for the next season. The Italian Specialist will enter another season with his Italian team. Last year he became Italian A2 South Regular Season Champion -13. Ragusa finished the South Group with 23-1 record.
His Ragusa played at the Finals of the FILA CUP A2 but lost toUmana Reyer Venezia. The latter overcame Passalacqua Ragusa 75:67 in the Final game to take the trophy.



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  JAPAN   


Japan overcame Sweden in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Sweden-Japan 52:54

Japan overcame Sweden in Lithuania at the start of Four-Nation Tournament. The Asian side posted a narrow 54:52 win in Panevezys.
Sweden started the game better and won the first two quarters. The Scandinavian team produced a 12-9 rally in the opening period and then added 14-12 in the second frame. Japan meanwhile dominated the second half and posted two narrow wins. The team from Far East reduced to 4 points after a 16-15 rally in the third quarter and then erupted with 17-11 in the last stanza.
Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 14 points for Sweden and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) brought 11. Kadidja Andersson (185-PF-80, college: Minnesota) and Danielle Hamilton Carter posted 6 points each, while Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 5.
China prevails against Lithuania in Panevezys at the start of the International Tournament. The Asian team overcame the home side of the tournament 73:66 in the opener. Tomorrow Lithuanian team will take on Sweden, while China will face Japan.



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  LATVIA   


Latvia U20 opens friendly series against Lithuania U20 in Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 opens friendly series against Lithuania U20 in Riga. The hosts left no chances to their opponents in Game 1 and sealed an easy 81:52 win.
Latvia started the game with a 23-16 lead and added 16-15 rally in the second frame. The picture remained the same in the second half as Latvia dominated the court. They won the third period 18-14 and finished the game with a massive 24-7 surge.
Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) poured in 17. Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) notched 9 points, while Kate Aizsila (172-G-94) and Paula Langina (180-F-94) had 7 points each. Ance Aizsila (176-G-94) followed them with 6 points in a win.
Tomorrow the teams face each other in Game 2. On Tuesday they will play the third, last game against each other.



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  LITHUANIA   


Latvia U20 opens friendly series against Lithuania U20 in Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 opens friendly series against Lithuania U20 in Riga. The hosts left no chances to their opponents in Game 1 and sealed an easy 81:52 win.
Latvia started the game with a 23-16 lead and added 16-15 rally in the second frame. The picture remained the same in the second half as Latvia dominated the court. They won the third period 18-14 and finished the game with a massive 24-7 surge.
Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) poured in 17. Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) notched 9 points, while Kate Aizsila (172-G-94) and Paula Langina (180-F-94) had 7 points each. Ance Aizsila (176-G-94) followed them with 6 points in a win.
Tomorrow the teams face each other in Game 2. On Tuesday they will play the third, last game against each other.



China prevails against Lithuania in Panevezys - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania-China 66:73

China prevails against Lithuania in Panevezys at the start of the International Tournament. The Asian team overcame the home side of the tournament 73:66 in the opener.
Lithuanian started the game with a 23-22 rally and managed to take 1-point lead at the halftime. Both teams scored 16 points each in the second quarter and as a result the board showed 39:38 for the hosts. China looked better in the second half and posted two narrow victories. At first they won the third period 18-16 and then finished the game with a 17-11 surge.
Chen Nan (197-C-83) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. She made 10 out 15 shots from the field. Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) collected 16 points and 7 rebounds for Lithuania, while Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) netted 14. Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Illinois) brought 11 and Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) scored 10.
Tomorrow Lithuanian team will take on Sweden, while China will face Japan.



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  LUXEMBOURG   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Netherlands beat Luxembourg in Bertrange - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands-Luxembourg 77:53

Netherlands beat Luxembourg in Bertrange as both teams finished their 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. The Dutch side posted a 77:53 win and finished the Group third with 1-2 record. Luxembourg finished the group with 0-3 record on the last spot.
Netherlands jumped to 16:5 start and never looked behind in the game. They added 23-13 surge in the second frame and led 21 points at the halftime. Moreover the Dutch side won the third quarter 23-8 and increased to 62:26 after three quarters. Luxembourg meanwhile erupted with 27-15 surge in the last stanza and reduced to final 77:53 margin.
Natalie Van Den Adel (185-G-90, college: Colorado St.) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Tanya Broering (178-G-84) as well as Rianne De Roos (191-C-89) had 12 each. Chatilla Van Grinsven (190-F-89, college: St.Joseph's) followed them with 10 points in a win. Cathy Schmit (17-G-90) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, while Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) poured in 11. Jill Bausch (170-G-87) finished the game with 6 points in a loss.

Netherlands: Natalie Van Den Adel 13, Tanya Broering 12, Rianne De Roos 12, Chatilla Van Grinsven 10
Luxembourg: Cathy Schmit 17, Nadia Mossong 11, Jill Bausch 6



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  NIGERIA   


ZBWBL: First Deepwater tame Plateau Rocks 88-50 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Reigning champion of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) organized Zenith Bank Women Basketball League, First Deepwater basketball club Sunday tamed the moves of Plateau Rocks basketball club in a group-A game of the final-8 playoffs by 88-50 points.

The Three-Time champion won in all four quarters by 21-10, 21-14, 21-08 and 25-18 points to maintain a hundred percent record and remain top of group-A.

The Coach Lateef Erinfolami tutored Oil & Gas ladies were equally in splendid performance on the opening day of the playoffs on Saturday with a 71-34 points victory over border girls Nigeria Customs basketball club.

The team will round-off it preliminary game against versatile Lagos-based Dolphins basketball club on Monday at 14H00.

Other results of the second day of the final-8 playoffs saw former champion First Bank basketball club winning it second straight game with a 71-45 points win over FCT Angels basketball club; Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure defeated IGP Queens basketball club of Lagos by 55-47 points while Dolphins edged past Nigeria Customs by 83-62 points in an explosive game.

With results from the first and second days of the final-8 playoffs First Deepwater basketball club and Dolphins basketball club have both secured a semi-final ticket from group-A and whoever wins on Monday will top the group going into the semis while First Bank basketball club and Sunshine Angels of Akure are also through to the last four from group-B as the Monday last group game will see whoever win leading the group to the semi-finals slated for Thursday at the sports hall of the Lagos national stadium.

Day-1 Results:
First Bank 80-42 IGP Queens
Sunshine Angels 43-40 FCT Angels
First Deepwater 71-34 Customs
Dolphins 68-42 Plateau Rocks

Day-2:
Customs 62-83 Dolphins
First Bank71-45 FCT Angels
IGP Queens 47-55 Sunshine Angels
First Deepwater 88-50 Plateau Rocks

Day-3 Games:
Plateau Rocks Vs Customs
Sunshine Angels Vs First Bank
FCT Angels Vs IGP Queens
Dolphins Vs First Deepwater
Nkechi Akashili (G-90)



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  POLAND   


Reze Tournament: Brazil thump Poland to earn fifth position - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U19 - Poland U19 63:36

Brazil wrapped up their Reze international tournament campaign on a high note. They overcame Polish counterparts to occupy the fifth overall position. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Latin American team.
Brazil held Poland to 6 points in the opening frame to gain an 8-point lead. Brazil opened the second period on a 6:0 run to boost the gap to double-digits. Poland were able to narrow the deficit at 9-point mark at halftime 16:25. Brazil finished the third period strong to open a 13-point lead. They went on a 17:4 surge early in the fourth frame and sealed the win at the end. Maria De Oliveira notched 11 points and 9 rebounds, while Guimaraes added 8 points for the winners. Karina Szybala (180-F-93) responded with 9 points for Poland. Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) had 8 points in the loss.

Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 16, Maria de Oliveira 11, Guimaraes 8
Poland U19: Karina Szybala 9, Karolina Puss 8



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  PORTUGAL   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Israel hold off Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Portugal 59:56

Israel recorded the third straight win at the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They prevailed against Portugal to win Group D with perfect 3-0 record. Michal Epstein (180-F-81, college: Boston U.) scored 14 points to lead the winners. Israel will now continue their quest for 2015 EuroBasket ticket in the semifinals. Portugal lost three games in a row.
Israel eked out a 16:12 lead after a close first quarter. Portugal got within 2 points at the interval 27:29. Israel stepped on the gas in the third frame. They went on an 18:12 run to secure an 8-point buffer before the fourth stanza 47:39. Portugal managed to revive the intrigue. Vera Correia (178-PF-80) put the visitors within one 56:57 with 47 seconds remaining. Michal Epstein went perfect from charity stripe to give Israel a 59:56 lead. Vera Correia committed a turnover in the dying seconds as Israel ran away with the win. Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) notched 12 points, while Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) added 10 points for the hosts. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) answered with 14 points for Portugal. Vera Correia topscored with 17 points in the loss.

Israel: Michal Epstein 14, Katia Levitsky 12, Shay Doron 10
Portugal: Vera Correia 17, Sofia Silva 14



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  RUSSIA   


Alfredas Vainauskas confirms Tatyana Abrikosova for EuroBasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Alfredas Vainauskas confirms Tatyana Abrikosova (179-SG-89, agency: IPSA) for EuroBasket 2013 as sad news came about Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) from Chicago. The player is expected to miss minimum of two weeks due to her injury that she got against China.
Epiphanny Prince currently plays Chicago Sky in WNBA. In three games she averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg this season.
Three years ago (a year after she left the college) Chicago Sky selected her as fourth overall pick in WNBA draft.She graduated her college in 2009 and is in her fourth season in pro basketball. Prince's team made it to the PBL Semifinals. She received Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team award in 2013. Prince was a member of Russian Senior National Team two years ago. She has played previously professionally in Turkey (Botas and Galatasaray) and Russia (Dynamo Kursk and Spartak Vidnoye).
Tatyana Abrikosova is a player of Dynamo Moscow. In 2012-2013 she averaged 3.1ppg, 1.3rpg, while in EuroCup her stats read 3.3ppg.



Russia U20 wins Istanbul Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20-Russia U20 54:67

Russia U20 wins Istanbul Tournament with 4 participating teams. The Russian team posted a decisive 67:54 win against the hosts and won it all. Turkey U20 meanwhile finished on the second place.
Both undedeated teams entered the game for the Final spot. Both of them scored 14 points in the first period, while Russian grabbed 2-point lead at the halftime after a 19-17 rally in the second period. Moreover Russia needed a 16-11 burst in the third quarter to take 8-point advantage after three quarters. Russia also won the last period 18-12 and triumphed at the tournament.
Marina Riavkina top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Olesya Sedletskaya (176-G/F-93) nailed 9. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) poured in 8, whilst Kseniia Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) collected 7 points and 17 rebounds and Evgeniya Buykina (179-G-93) also scored 7. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) notched 20 points in the losing effort and Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) brought 14. Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) followed them with 12 points in a loss.

Turkey U20: Ayse Cora 20, Pelin Bilgic 14, Elif Emirtekin 12
Russia U20: Marina Riavkina 12, Olesya Sedletskaya 9, Darya Namok 8, Ksenia Tikhonenko 7+17 rebs, Evgeniya Buykina 7



Reze Tournament: Russia prevail against China to step onto pedestal - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19 - China U19 75:64

Russia finished their Reze international tournament campaign victoriously. They defeated China to clinch the third position. Albina Razheva (188-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winning team.
Russia jumped to an early lead. They accounted for 21 points in the first period and established a 6-point lead at the first break. Russia maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They arrived at the interval up by 10 points 38:28. China stopped the rot in the third period. The Asian team fired 23 points to cut the deficit at 8-point mark. But Russia held their opponents to 13 points in the final period and sealed the win at the end. Yuliya Gladkova (185-F-94) chipped in 13 points, while Olga Novikova (179-G-94) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) responded with 21 points and 7 assists for China. Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) had 12 points in the defeat.

Russia U19: Albina Razheva 21+11 boards, Yuliya Gladkova 13, Olga Novikova 12
China U19: Yang LiWei 21, Yang Hengyu 12



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Summer Slam: Austria narrowly defeat Scotland Futures - by Eurobasket News

Scotland Futures - Austria 64:68

Austrian National Team claimed a narrow victory at the start of the Summer Slam exhibition series in Edinburgh. They overcame Scotland Futures selection comprised of Scottish U18 NT and Senior NT players. Jessica Franz (183-F) stepped up with 19 points and 8 boards to pace the winners.
Austria led by three points after ten minutes of action 17:14. But Scotland Futures took over in the second period. The hosts cut the distance to a single point at halftime 33:34. Scotland Futures surged ahead in the third frame. The home team exploded with 27 points to post an 8-point lead before the final frame. Austria made necessary arrangements defensively and came up with a decisive 17:5 surge in the fourth frame to snatch the victory. Sarah Schicher (188-C/F-90, college: Dowling) produced 12 points, while Verena Bachler (175-G-88) added 8 points for the winning side. Sarah Thomson (177-G-95) answered with 22 points for Scotland Futures. Rona Corkindale (177-F-86) tossed in 13 points in the loss.

Scotland Futures: Sarah Thomson 22, Rona Corkindale 13
Austria: Jessica Franz 19, Sarah Schicher 12, Verena Bachler 8



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Reze Tournament: Argentina beat Senegal to finish 7th - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U19 - Senegal U19 60:38

Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) came up with another strong performance leading Argentina to the victory on the final day of the Reze international tournament in France. Argentina overcame Senegal to claim the 7th overall position. Llorente delivered 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Argentina held the African team to 6 points in the opening frame and grabbed a 13-point lead. Senegal improved their game in the second period. They dropped 13 points and cut the deficit at 9-point mark at halftime. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third period. Argentina gained a 10-point lead with ten minutes remaining. The Latin American side went on an 18:6 rally in the fourth stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Magali Armesto (165-PG-95) notched 10 points, while Sofia Aispurua (185-C-95) added 8 points for the winners. Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye (94) responded with 20 points for Senegal. Mame Coumba Sy (95) had 11 points in the loss.

Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 24, Magali Armesto 10, Sofia Aispurua 8
Senegal U19: Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye 20, Mame Coumba Sy 11



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Sancho Lyttle will join the forces of Spain - by Eurobasket News

Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) will join the forces of Spain this week after she started her WNBA season. The Spanish naturalized player will join her teammates before the start of Eurobasket 2013. Last night Sancho Lyttle scored 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Dream (4-1), who were off to their best start since opening the 2010 season with six wins.
Sancho Lyttle currently plays Atlanta Dream in WNBA. She has a double citizenship as she also holds Vincentian passport. In 5 WNBA games she averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.6apg, 2.8spg and 1.6bpg this season. This season she played at Galatasaray (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 36 games she had 11.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.8spg. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL 2nd Team.
Mondelo Lucas meanwhile made the final cut in the roster as he left Lucila Pascua (195-C-83).



The French National Team won Tournoi EuroEssonne - by Eurobasket News

France - Spain 67:56

The French National Team won Tournoi EuroEssonne with 4 participating teams. The hosts overcame Spain 67:56 in the Final game and reached third straight win. Spain suffered their first pre-season loss and finished second at the tournament with 2-1 record.
France proved their ambitions to be the favorite of the upcoming EuroBasket 2013. They opened the game with 19-7 lead and limited the guests to just 3 points in the second frame. France scored another 19 points and led 38:10 at the halftime. Spain recovered in the second half and won both periods. They posted 23-12 in the third quarter and finished the game with a 23-17 rally in the last stanza.
Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) netted 11. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) delivered 9, while Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) had 8. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) answered with 21 points in defeat and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 14. Dominguez delivered 5, whilst Laia Palau (176-G-79) and Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 4 each.

France: Emilie Gomis 12, Edwige Lawson-Wade 11, Celine Dumerc 9, Sandrine Gruda 8
Spain: Alba Torrens 21, Marta Xargay Casademont 14, Dominguez 5, Laia Palau 4, Laura Gil 4



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Exclusive interview with Johanna Ericsson - Head Coach of Eos - by Tamara Ruzic

Coach Johanna Ericsson come from the island Gotland, home club is Visby Ladies. She has played fourteen season in Damligan and coached youth team among the side. The SM-GULD 2005 crowned her career as a player. She has spent last five years of coaching in Mlndal for Kvarnby wich she brought up from bottom of division one to win qualifikation for basketligan damen year number two. Then three season in hihgest league where her team last season did their best result. I have been working as national team coach for five years and now she will do her first European Championchip as a head coach for DU-16 team.

1. How are you? How was last season with Kvarnby?
I feel that the hole concept of me coaching and the team and club developing the program has kept going thrue the five years. I think we did our best season last year, but especially the playoffs was when we performed well. I think to improve small dealtails on and off court is important for me to be satisfied.

2. You have spent 3 years there and you have coached Brittney Smart- one of the best players in
Sweden?

The first year when we went up I looked to recruit someone who could lead the team from pg possision, I looked thrue a lot of tapes and talked to a lot of agents. But i got my likes up for the blond girl who was all over the court. But agent said she wasent available. But keept emailing about her and her agent and they decided to listen to what we could offer. So I got what I wanted. Brittany Smart in Kvarnby jersey. Brittany started out season by looking average to me.. but her numbers sure was not average. She scored 30 points against Norrkping away in first game. And I told here I asked more from here and she agreed. She was just what I had looked for and a little bit more, until the knee injury destroyed all the fun. Club and me keept her and helped her to recover and last season was the first season she played all games but the third season she played for me in club. I think we invested in her and gave her basketball career a chance to continue. Wich she should she was grateful foreign last years playoffs by coming out string.. It makes her probably swedens most hunted player right now.

3. Congratulation on your new job position in Eos. What are the plans and ambitions for the club?

Thanks, after five years I think I need a new experience to start. Eos has been in league for only four season and still havent reached the playoffs. Eos has good potential in the club and also a stabile organisation to start working from, it feels good for me as a coach to get backed up. The club work hard with there youth team and of course wants to provide a good alternative for own players but also see that elit players can combined playing and studying in Lund in a good way. To build future.

4. You are a young coach, how is your experience in foreigner players?

Well my experience come of course from playing with a lot of foreigners during my own playing. So I know there can be some differences for them coming for example to Sweden and play. Food, new playing style diffrent coaching styles and maybe not the collage supported life they are used to. What does it make hard and easy for the coach when they arrive to the club? For me as a coach I just see it as a bless and to make level get higher. Its big motivation for youth players, it makes practice more competitive and for me it gives me more weapons to combined with Swedish girls strength.

5. Whats your filosophy as a coach?

Well me as a coach is demanding, ambitions, instructive, and I hope to be a roll model. I see my strength in the teaching parts. For me its important for players to feel own importancy and with all those individuals that we work that as a team. Communication is my best tool. I use my voice to get where I want, and to get people on the train.

6. You are also a National Head Coach of U16,you are responsible for everything on team defense/offense ? Goals/expectations this summer?

First goal is to stay in A-EM so it means we have to win some tough games. But I think I have talented group of players but in this age its always hard to know what to expect from country more than tradition.

7. Who is next young Swedish star?

Next young star is from Eos, she is born -97 and her name is Adriana Camber. She is athletic and very versitale. She is highly motivated and keeps being better from each time I see her.

10. Whats your plans for future?
Well I hope future is bright and I would love to take opportunities to coach outside the country but are very happy for my new job in Eos and also hope to get to keep working with Swedish National Team.

11. Eurobasket 2013 in France, your favorites? Prognoss , who will play for medals?

Turkey, Russia, Spain, France .



Japan overcame Sweden in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Sweden-Japan 52:54

Japan overcame Sweden in Lithuania at the start of Four-Nation Tournament. The Asian side posted a narrow 54:52 win in Panevezys.
Sweden started the game better and won the first two quarters. The Scandinavian team produced a 12-9 rally in the opening period and then added 14-12 in the second frame. Japan meanwhile dominated the second half and posted two narrow wins. The team from Far East reduced to 4 points after a 16-15 rally in the third quarter and then erupted with 17-11 in the last stanza.
Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 14 points for Sweden and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) brought 11. Kadidja Andersson (185-PF-80, college: Minnesota) and Danielle Hamilton Carter posted 6 points each, while Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 5.
China prevails against Lithuania in Panevezys at the start of the International Tournament. The Asian team overcame the home side of the tournament 73:66 in the opener. Tomorrow Lithuanian team will take on Sweden, while China will face Japan.



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2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Bulgaria complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland-Bulgaria 65:73

Bulgaria complete the Semifinal picture of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Bulgaria won over Switzerland 73:65 and became the winner of Group B. Now the team will join Poland, Israel and Greece at the Semifinal stage.
Bulgaria opened the game with a 16-10 lead and never looked behind after. They added 19-8 burst in the second quarter and had 35:18 lead at the halftime. Switzerland however had nothing to lose in the game and dominated the second half. They won the third period 21-18 and finished the game with 26-20 rally.
Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) stepped up with 27 points for the winners and Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 19. Hristina Ivanova (183-F-89) and Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) delivered 7 points each in a win. Caroline Turin (173-F-87) answered with 26 points in the losing effort and Marielle Giroud (180-F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Alexia Rol (175-F-89) also scored 12, while Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) brought 10.

Switzerland: Caroline Turin 26, Marielle Giroud 12+12 rebs, Alexia Rol 12, Karen Twehues 10
Bulgaria: Milena Tomova 27, Daniela Peteva 19, Hristina Ivanova 7, Evelina Guneva 7



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Russia U20 wins Istanbul Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20-Russia U20 54:67

Russia U20 wins Istanbul Tournament with 4 participating teams. The Russian team posted a decisive 67:54 win against the hosts and won it all. Turkey U20 meanwhile finished on the second place.
Both undedeated teams entered the game for the Final spot. Both of them scored 14 points in the first period, while Russian grabbed 2-point lead at the halftime after a 19-17 rally in the second period. Moreover Russia needed a 16-11 burst in the third quarter to take 8-point advantage after three quarters. Russia also won the last period 18-12 and triumphed at the tournament.
Marina Riavkina top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Olesya Sedletskaya (176-G/F-93) nailed 9. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) poured in 8, whilst Kseniia Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) collected 7 points and 17 rebounds and Evgeniya Buykina (179-G-93) also scored 7. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) notched 20 points in the losing effort and Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) brought 14. Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) followed them with 12 points in a loss.

Turkey U20: Ayse Cora 20, Pelin Bilgic 14, Elif Emirtekin 12
Russia U20: Marina Riavkina 12, Olesya Sedletskaya 9, Darya Namok 8, Ksenia Tikhonenko 7+17 rebs, Evgeniya Buykina 7



Canada finished the International Tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Turkey-Canada 46:51

Canada finished the International Tournament with the win against Turkey. The Canadian side posted a final 51:46 victory over the European team and finished with 1-2 record on the third place. Turkey meanwhile suffered their third loss and ended up on the fourth position.
Both teams entered the game winless and desired to finish on a high note. Kendel Ross opened the game with a three-pointer. Later both teams played tough on the defensive side of the ball and it reflected on the scoreboard. After the opening 10 minutes, Canada owned a 13-10 advantage but Turkey was able to build a 31-23 lead at the half. At the end of the game Canadians kept up their strong play and put together a 16-5 run to propel the team to the victory.
Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) stepped up with 16 points and Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) notched 8. Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) and Alisha Tatham (180-G-86, college: Massachusetts) followed them with 7 points each. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) answered with 9 points in the losing effort, while Yilmaz brought 8. Begum Dalgalar (183-F-88), Tugce Canitez (187-F-90, college: Westmont) and Cirak each scored 6 points in a loss.

Turkey: Quanitra Hollingsworth 9, Yilmaz 8, Begum Dalgalar 6, Tugce Canitez 6, Cirak 6
Canada: Kia Nurse 16, Tamara Tatham 8, Courtnay Pilypaitis 7, Alisha Tatham 7



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Jun. 8: Washington M. - Minnesota L. 85-80
Jun. 8: L.Angeles S. - Tulsa S. 76-69 OT
Jun. 9: New York L. - Atlanta D. 76-67
Jun. 9: Chicago S. - S.Antonio SS 72-70
Jun. 8: Indiana F. - Phoenix M. 67-82

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 11: Minnesota L. - S.Antonio SS
Jun. 12: Indiana F. - Connecticut S.


Latest results and stats from around the League - by Eurobasket News

Chicago S. - S.Antonio SS 72-70
Missing their leading scorer, the Chicago Sky are asking rookie Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) to pick up the slack. She answered the call on Sunday, scoring a career-high 23 points, including two free-throws with 1.8 seconds left, to lead the Sky to a 72-70 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars and earn praise from her coach. "We've all been talking about it and the word that we've all used is unique skill set for somebody 6-5, and poise," Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. Chicago (4-1), playing its second game without Epiphanny Prince, led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, but Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) tied the game 70-70 on a 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left. Delle Donne then took the inbounds pass from Swin Cash (6'1''-SF-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut) and was fouled in the lane by Shameka Christon, setting up her two free throws. After a timeout, Perkins missed a desperation, off-balance 3-pointer to seal Chicago's win. Delle Donne, the second overall pick in April's draft, helped Chicago recover from its first loss of the season, an 81-69 defeat on Friday to the Silver Stars in San Antonio. "We really wanted redemption. We were unhappy after that loss for many reasons," said Delle Donne who had the toughest outing of her young career in the loss. "We watched the film and we let it sink in and then we realized that it was time to bounce back." During that game, Chatman wanted Delle Donne to be more assertive. She responded Sunday by making 7 of 12 from the field and connecting on her first five attempts. The Sky also tried to establish her more in the post, while giving her more ball-handling duties. "I felt a lot more comfortable tonight," Delle Donne said. Prince, who is averaging 20.7 points, left the team last week to join the Russian national team as it tries to qualify for next year's world championships. She hurt her right ankle Thursday and is back in Chicago to consult with team doctors. She's not scheduled to rejoin the Sky until July. Chicago got its fourth win in five games thanks to Delle Donne and Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU), who had her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 16 rebounds. "It's obvious Piph brings a lot to the table, but at the end of the day it's 11 people out there who have to play on the floor," Fowles said. "Her being limited it hurts us, but at the same time we've still got a team that needs to go out there and play and win." San Antonio was saying similar things. Perkins scored 20 to lead the Silver Stars (2-2), who were without injured All-Stars Becky Hammon (right middle finger) and Sophia Young (right ACL). Despite that, and falling behind by 15, San Antonio came back to tie the Sky. "My only thing was I wish we could have played more basketball because I felt like we were headed in the right direction," Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. Perkins' 20 points were a season high, and without Hammon and Young, she is being asked to do more for San Antonio. "I think we're coming along well," Perkins said. "We've been playing good basketball, team basketball, so we don't have any excuses right now. We're good with what we've got." Chatman and the Sky know what they have in Delle Donne, who's averaging 19.4 points per game and has scored at least 20 three times. Chatman also knew that everybody expected Delle Donne to get the ball on the last possession. The lack of surprise didn't matter. "The only thoughts going to the line is knock these down," Delle Donne said. "There's no negative thoughts, nothing. Just make these shots one at a time." Courtesy of: times-gazette.com

New York L. - Atlanta D. 76-67
Just two days after losing by 19 points at Atlanta, the New York Liberty were determined to make up for their poor performance. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) and Plenette Pierson (6'2''-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) scored 17 points each to lead the Liberty past the Dream 76-67 on Sunday, handing Atlanta its first loss this season. Kara Braxton (6'6''-C-83, college: Georgia) added 14 points to help New York (3-2) improve to 3-0 at home. Leilani Mitchell, the Liberty's 5-foot-5 reserve guard, had a team-high seven rebounds, Pondexter added six boards and six assists, and rookie Kelsey Bone also had six rebounds. "We were all disappointed as a unit in Atlanta," Pondexter said. "The way we played there was no excuse. We were not happy. They got going earlier there and this time we definitely wanted to take that away from them. I thought Kara Braxton, Plenette Pierson, Bone, (Toni) Young, they all came out and did a collective job as posts to neutralize their two bigs. Kudos to them, they did awesome." Pondexter, 3 for 13 from the field through the first three quarters, scored 10 points on 4-for-6 shoting in the fourth. "I just kept telling myself, 'No matter what, everybody struggles, just keep finding a way to get it done,'" she said. "Inside, I kind of got going. I made a basket and things opened up offensively for me with my jump shot." Trailing by four points at the start of the fourth quarter, New York outscored Atlanta 25-12 over the final 10 minutes. Young's jumper in the final minute of the third quarter pulled the Liberty to 55-51. Pondexter had a three-point play and Alex Montgomery (6'1''-G/F-89, college: Georgia Tech) made a layup with 8:10 remaining to put New York ahead one. Thomas' bank shot gave Atlanta its last lead, 59-58, with 7:15 left. Braxton followed with a layup to put New York back ahead, Mitchell hit a 3 and Pondexter scored on a jumper to stretch the lead to 65-59 with 5:15 to go. The Dream didn't get closer than four points again. Braxton made back-to-back layups and Pondexter hit a 3 to increase the Liberty's advantage to 72-61, their largest lead of the game. "I thought we were a pretty sound defensive ball club," Laimbeer said. "We cut off all the drives, took care of business with second shots in the second half. First half kind of hurt us, second half we got most of the rebounds." New York played without forward Essence Carson, who is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee late in the second quarter of the 75-56 defeat at Atlanta on Friday night. An MRI exam Saturday revealed the tear. The former Rutgers star, in her sixth season in the league, was averaging a team-high 17.7 points and 6.3 rebounds through the first three games. Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Dream (4-1), who were off to their best start since opening the 2010 season with six wins. Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) scored 15 points, Tiffany Hayes added 13 and Jasmine Thomas 11. Atlanta was missing head coach Fred Williams because of a dental procedure. Assistant Joe Ciampi took over. "It starts with your offensive expectations and your offensive success. In that game, we got run-outs, we got easy baskets from breaking them down on turnovers and run outs, we rebounded the ball and got the ball to our hot hands. We had 20 assists in that game," Ciampi said. "Today, we just didn't get it done, and credit New York - they took us out of our rhythm." Courtesy of: accessnorthga.com

L.Angeles S. - Tulsa S. 76-69 OT
Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) scored 21 points and Lindsey Harding added 20 to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Tulsa Shock 76-69, in overtime on Saturday night. Toliver made a long jumper to give the Sparks (2-1) the lead for good at 68-67. Harding made four free throws in overtime and an impressive right-hand scoop shot that pushed it to 74-69. The Shock (1-5) were held to three points and one field goal in overtime. Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Sparks, although she was held to five points in the second half and overtime. Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) led Tulsa with 17 points and rookie Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90, college: Notre Dame) had 10. Three of Tulsa's five losses have come in overtime this season. Tulsa played without starters Liz Cambage and Tiffany Jackson-Jones because of ankle injuries as well as top reserve Riquna Williams because of a concussion. Trailing 66-65 with 13.9 seconds left in regulation, Parker was fouled. She made one of the two free throws to tie it. Tulsa called consecutive timeouts before Diggins' bank-shot attempt missed at the buzzer. Tulsa took a 66-62 lead with more than a minute left when Johnson made two free throws and a driving layup against Parker. Toliver got wide open and made a 3-pointer on the Sparks' next possession and L.A. got the ball back after Diggins missed a long jumper to set up the play for Parker. Alana Beard returned after she missed the previous game with a hamstring injury but sat out the second half. Courtesy of: foxnews.com

Washington M. - Minnesota L. 85-80
Last season, the Washington Mystics often faded during the waning minutes of games while finishing with only five wins. Two days ago, the Minnesota Lynx looked unbeatable, scoring 99 points in a flashy offensive performance in a 20-point win. That effort did not carry over to their first road game while Washington certainly did not resemble a last-place team. Ivory Latta (5'6''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half and Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) had 23 as the Mystics fended off Minnesota's fourth quarter rally and beat the Lynx 85-80 on Saturday night. Currie scored 18 in the first half and combined with Latta to shoot 17 for 26 on field goals for the Mystics (3-1). Coupled with Friday's 66-62 victory at Connecticut, Washington has won consecutive games for the first time since 2010. "We're more than halfway to our total wins from last year just four games in," said Currie, one of only four players left from last season's team that finished 5-29. "It feels great. We've been working hard and we deserve to finally kind of change the tide of what has been happening here." Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) scored 22 points and Rebekkah Brunson had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Lynx (2-1), who shot 38.5 percent from the field and 62 percent (13 of 21) at the foul line. Seimone Augustus also scored 21 for Minnesota, which had won four straight over the Mystics. Moore and Augustus, both members of the U.S. women's gold medal-winning Olympic team along with guard Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota), shot a combined 15 of 44 on their field goal attempts. The Mystics led after each of the first three quarters and took a 67-58 advantage into the fourth. However, Minnesota used a 10-1 run to tie the score at 68-all. Moore fouled out with 1:33 remaining on Tierra Ruffin-Pratt's layup that put Washington in front for good at 75-73. "I guess it can't help to have our Olympian on the bench, but our Olympians didn't play like Olympians today so I'm not sure it would have made much difference," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. Kia Vaughn's turnaround jumper gave the Mystics a 79-75 lead. Washington made all six of its free-throw attempts in the final 15 seconds, including two from Latta, who was emotional after the win due to the passing of her grandfather earlier in the week. After winning only 11 games over the previous two seasons, Washington hired former Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault as coach and general manager in December. The Mystics off to their best start since opening the 2010 season 3-0. "We had to hang on for dear life, but we got stops at the end when we needed to," Thibault said. "I'm really proud of them. It was a hell of a win." Thibault was fired by the Sun following the 2012 season after leading Connecticut to eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons, including trips to the WNBA Finals in 2004 and 2005. Not only did he turn over the Mystics' roster after his hiring, but perhaps the franchise's direction as well. "Last year and the year before we had a lot of close games but weren't able to finish," Currie said. "That's the difference this year; we're a lot more attentive, a lot more focused and I think we believe in ourselves a little bit more than we did last year." Minnesota opened the season with two wins at home by a combined 36 points, trailing for a total of 32 seconds in the victories. The Lynx never led during the final three quarters against Washington. "We hung in there, we tied the game, had a chance, but just didn't finish the game the way that you have to when you're on the road," Reeve said. After their win at Connecticut the previous night, the Mystics flew back home Saturday morning, arriving in Washington at 7:30 a.m., but it was the Lynx with the sleepy start. "You would have thought we were on the back-to-back with the low energy that we played with," Reeve said. Currie had a season-high 10 points against the Sun, but topped that with 13 in the first quarter against Minnesota, making all her six of her field goal attempts. "We came out aggressive, we played hard," Currie said. "We hit them first before they hit us." Washington led 23-20 after one and 43-36 at halftime. Courtesy of: twincities.com

Indiana F. - Phoenix M. 67-82
No Brittney Griner? No problem. With the 6-8 rookie center sidelined due to a left knee sprain, the Phoenix Mercury still ran past the Indiana Fever 82-67 Saturday afternoon in front of 8,672 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and a national television audience on ABC. It was the Mercury's first win this season. The Fever had prepared for a moderate-tempo Mercury offense focused on pounding the ball inside to Griner in the post, but they found out just moments before tipoff that Griner would not play. Indiana (1-3) had no answers when Phoenix (1-3) came out with its familiar run-and-gun style. 'It reminded me of an old Phoenix team in 2009 that won a championship,' Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. 'They went with their length, their quickness, their speed. 'To be honest, I don't think we were prepared for a Phoenix team that would switch everything because Griner wasn't in there.' Griner, averaging 16.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, sustained the injury in Phoenix's last game but wasn't ruled out by team doctors until a reevaluation Saturday morning. 'We spent so much time and focus on what we were going to do with her out there offensively and defensively, so that totally shifted the whole game plan,' Fever star Tamika Catchings said. After the game, Mercury coach Corey Gaines couldn't accept the blame for Phoenix's 0-3 season start quickly enough. 'We're going to change our style of play with Brittney or without Brittney,' Gaines said. 'It didn't go well. It's done. The test is over. We're going back to our up-tempo, spread-the-court, jack-up-shots offense.' Gaines said Phoenix is back to its 'loosey-goosey, organized chaos' style. Griner will share the workload now with veterans Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut), DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) and Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple), who reminded everyone Saturday they can do just fine without the rookie phenom. Taurasi scored 26 points, and Bonner followed with 24 points and 11 rebounds. 'They were playing bad before because of me,' Gaines said. 'That was my fault. Bad style.' Fever guard Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) led all scorers with a regular-season career-high 29 points, including 6-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, but the defending WNBA champions finished with a season-low 67 points. 'We were both hungry for a win, and they came out on top,' Zellous said. 'I think their athleticism kind of bothered us a little bit and we were rushing.' Indiana held a 38-37 lead at halftime before being outscored 26-12 in the third quarter. 'We lost our poise,' Catchings said. The physical game featured five technical fouls and plenty of bodies knocked to the floor. But the Fever simply looked out of sorts. They were outrebounded 42-30 and shot 37.3 perfect from the floor. Fever center Erlana Larkins, who had expected to match up against Griner, didn't register a single shot in nearly 29 minutes of action. 'At the end of the day, we've got to play Fever basketball,' Larkins said. 'We play good defense, we box out, we rebound, all those things this basketball team is known for. We didn't do any of that today.' Courtesy of: indystar.com



New York Liberty forward Carson suffers knee injury - by Eurobasket News

New York Liberty forward Essence Carson (6'0''-G-86, college: Rutgers) will miss the remainder of the 2013 season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), head coach and general manager Bill Laimbeer today announced. Carson suffered the injury to her left knee during the second quarter of the Liberty's game at Atlanta this past Friday, June 7. Entering the game against the Dream, Carson was the team's leading scorer, averaging 17.7 points through the first three contests. Carson played in all 34 games in 2012, making 23 starts. She was third on the team in scoring with a career-best 11.6 points per game and also averaged career highs in rebounds (3.4) and assists (1.7). In her sixth year in the league, Carson has appeared in 172 career games averaging 8.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. A seventh overall pick of the Liberty in 2008, she earned her first career WNBA All-Star nomination in 2011. Carson made four playoff appearances, including the Eastern Conference Finals in 2008 and 2010. In 16 playoff games, Carson averaged 8.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest. She currently ranks seventh in Liberty history with 1,501 career points.
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