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  ALBANIA   



Ersid Luca and Gerti Shima with the title in Kosovo. - by Arnold Laperi

Current Albanian national team players, Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) and Ersid Luca (212-C-81), win the Superleague championship in Kosovo with KB Peja along with former national team guard, Samir Shaptahovic (174-PG-81). KB Peja swept Sigal Prishtina, who has been one of the dominating force of Kosovar basketball in the past years, three games to none. It was the first time in nine season the title returned to the city of Peja.

Kamza Basket stars, Erkand Karaj and Endrit Hysenagolli look towards the Kosovo Superleague for the upcoming season. It is said that both players are in contact with Kosovo Superleague champions KB Peja, where their old SK Tirana teammate, Gerti Shima, currently plays. Besides KB Peja, Hysenagolli has interest from Bashkimi Prizren, Superleague runners-up, Sigal Pristina and also from the Montenegrins side KK Ulcinj. Besides the Kamza Basket duo, the newly promoted Superleague team, BC Studenti, is looking to sign Fjorentin Bircaj, who start this past season as a member of Flamurtari Vlore, before transferring to the newly formed Basket Tirana side.



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  APBL   


Catching Up with Joe Posey - by Justin Moore

This summer i will be catching up with some of the top players in the DMV DC area and some stars from the APBL and see how there off season workouts are going.This time i got to catch up with Joe Posey (6'5''-G-85, college: JMU) an dead eye shooter from the DC area who had a stink with the Alexandria Avengers this season among other pro leagues.

1.Joe so tell us about some of your basketball background.

Played highschool at Notre Dame academy, highly recruited by just about everyone. Went to jmu cause of family situation. Had maturity issues and slight attitude that was detrimental to my play there. Group up playing with my brother who is no playing for Minnesota Timberwolves.

2.How did this season go for you I saw you bounced around a little bit.
This season was disapponting. Got going a lil at saint john but had to leave the team due to pneumonia. Tried to play through it but as the doctors said I was literally killing myself. But when healthy played well could have been much better. Went to oshawa to help them make the playoffs but hadn't played due to illness and was cleared by doctors to play again 3 days prior to going there after not playing for a month. Was a lil rusty and out of game shape but did ok.

3.Talk about your experience in the nbl Canada and also some of your time in the npbl.
Nbl Canada is a good league with talented players and good organizations. No games are missed. Most cities have good fan support abd atmospheres the league is really growing and its getting better. Coming from playing in south america prior to NBL canada it was very different.

4.what have you been working on this off season.
This offseason I've been working out I n Oregon mostly with the physical trainers at Nike to cut my body fat, improve my explosiveness and foot speed, core strength and overall conditioning. Last season I found that when my body was tired the things I'm capable of doing I couldn't because of fatigue in my legs. So that's been a big point of emphasis. Also my ball handling is much improved as well as my mid range game and working of screens with the dribble. I'm excited to show the changes in my game its been great.

5.What are some of your goals with the game of basketball and what's your next move
My goals are simply to keep improving and getting feedback from coaches on what my game lacks or needs work on and making those deficiencies strong points to my game. Want to continue to move up and go as far as my ability, opportunities, and God will allow. I recently signed with BoostSports Management based near russia so ill probably be there this season.



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  ARGENTINA   


Barrio Parque advance into TNA - by Eurobasket News

Regatas Concepcion - Barrio Parque 65:70 (1-3)

Barrio Parque will play in TNA next season. The team overcame Regatas Concepcion 3-1 in the additional qualifying series to ensure their promotion. Barrio Parque claimed a decisive five-point victory on the road to win the series. Esteban Cantarutti (185-G-88) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners.
Barrio Parque grabbed a 24:20 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained it throughout the second period. Barrio Parque ensured a 40:34 halftime lead. Regatas Concepcion cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts got within three points at the final break. But Barrio Parque withheld the challenge. They held on to the advantage and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Juan Ignacio Kelly delivered 14 points, while Lautaro Rivata netted 12 points for the winning side. Phillip Lockett (202-F-88, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 20 points for Regatas. Federico Mariani (190-F) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Regatas Concepcion: Phillip Lockett 20, Federico Mariani 11
Barrio Parque: Esteban Cantarutti 19, Juan Ignacio Kelly 14, Lautari Rivata 12



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

State Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 9-1 
 2. Waverley F. 8-3 
 3. Corio Bay S. 8-3 
 4. Diamond V.E. 7-2 
 5. Ringwood H. 7-4 
 6. Werribee 5-6 
 7. Eltham W. 4-7 
 8. Hume City 3-8 
 9. Melbourne 1-9 
 10. Sherbrooke S. 1-10 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 8-1 
 2. Woodville W. 7-2 
 3. C.District L. 6-3 
 4. Forestville E. 6-3 
 5. N.Adelaide R. 5-4 
 6. Southern T. 4-5 
 7. Sturt S. 4-5 
 8. Norwood F. 4-5 
 9. S.Adelaide P. 1-8 
 10. Eastern M. 0-9 
QBL
 1. Rockhampton 6-1 
 2. Gladstone P. 6-2 
 3. Cairns M. 5-1 
 4. Mackay M. 4-3 
 5. Brisbane C. 3-2 
 6. Northside W. 3-2 
 7. Suncoast 2-2 
 8. Gold Coast R. 2-3 
 9. Bundaberg B. 2-4 
 10. Townsville H. 2-4 
 11. SW Metro P. 1-4 
 12. Ipswich F. 1-5 
 13. Toowoomba 1-5 
SBL
 1. Lakeside L. 15-2 
 2. East Perth E. 11-6 
 3. Perry Lakes H. 10-5 
 4. Geraldton B. 10-7 
 5. Mandurah M. 10-7 
 6. Perth R. 10-8 
 7. Wanneroo W. 9-7 
 8. Willetton T. 9-7 
 9. SW Slammers 9-8 
 10. Cockburn C. 6-12 
 11. Stirling S. 5-11 
 12. Rockingham F. 5-12 
 13. Goldfield G. 5-12 
 14. Kalamunda E.S. 3-13 
SEABL-East
 1. Geelong S. 13-2 
 2. Bendigo B. 12-3 
 3. Dandenong R. 7-5 
 4. Frankston B. 7-7 
 5. Sandringham S. 6-8 
 6. Canberra G. 6-9 
 7. Brisbane S. 5-8 
SEABL-South
 1. Mt Gambier 11-4 
 2. Hobart C. 9-5 
 3. Nunawading S. 7-6 
 4. NW Tasmania 6-9 
 5. Ballarat M. 6-9 
 6. Kilsyth C. 4-9 
 7. Albury W.B. 4-11 
 8. Knox R. 4-12 
WARATAH
 1. Manly Warr. 12-1 
 2. Sydney C. 10-3 
 3. Cent.Coast C. 9-3 
 4. Hornsby S. 9-5 
 5. Norths Bears 8-5 
 6. Colonial Hotel 7-6 
 7. Bankstown B. 6-5 
 8. Newcastle H. 6-7 
 9. Hills H. 6-8 
 10. Illawarra H. 4-7 
 11. Parramatta W. 4-9 
 12. Maitland M. 1-11 
 13. Sutherland S. 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 13

QBL

Jun. 8: Cairns M. - Gladstone P. 87-69
Jun. 7: Ipswich F. - Bundaberg B. 77-85
Jun. 9: Townsville H. - Gladstone P. 75-93
Jun. 8: Gold Coast R. - Rockhampton 73-76
Jun. 8: Brisbane C. - Northside W. 71-86
Jun. 9: SW Metro P. - Rockhampton 52-96
Jun. 8: Toowoomba M. - Bundaberg B. 103-109

SBL

Jun. 8: Mandurah M. - Perry Lakes H. 92-84
Jun. 7: East Perth E. - Stirling S. 91-98
Jun. 8: Rockingham F. - East Perth E. 90-89
Jun. 7: Perth R. - Cockburn C. 89-92
Jun. 8: Goldfield G. - Wanneroo W. 71-111
Jun. 8: Cockburn C. - Lakeside L. 112-97
Jun. 8: Geraldton B. - SW Slammers 111-89
Jun. 7: Perry Lakes H. - Rockingham F. 110-76
Jun. 8: Kalamunda E.S. - Willetton T. 108-116

Regular Season: Round 14

BIG V

Jun. 15: Sherbrooke S. - Werribee
Jun. 15: Bulleen B. - Eltham W.
Jun. 15: Melbourne - Hume City
Jun. 16: Corio Bay S. - Diamond V.E.
Jun. 16: Waverley F. - Ringwood H.

Central ABL

Jun. 15: Eastern M. - Woodville W.
Jun. 15: N.Adelaide R. - S.Adelaide P.
Jun. 15: Southern T. - Norwood F.
Jun. 15: C.District L. - Sturt S.
Jun. 15: Forestville E. - W.Adelaide B.

QBL

Jun. 14: Bundaberg B. - Northside W.
Jun. 14: Ipswich F. - SW Metro P.
Jun. 14: Townsville H. - Toowoomba
Jun. 15: Brisbane C. - Suncoast
Jun. 15: Cairns M. - Toowoomba
Jun. 15: Gladstone P. - Northside W.
Jun. 15: Mackay M. - Rockhampton
Jun. 16: Gold Coast R. - Brisbane C.

SBL

Jun. 14: Perry Lakes H. - Kalamunda E.S.
Jun. 14: Willetton T. - Wanneroo W.
Jun. 15: Goldfield G. - Geraldton B.
Jun. 15: Wanneroo W. - Perth R.
Jun. 15: Lakeside L. - Willetton T.
Jun. 15: East Perth E. - Perry Lakes H.
Jun. 15: Cockburn C. - SW Slammers
Jun. 15: Stirling S. - Mandurah M.
Jun. 15: Kalamunda E.S. - Rockingham F.

SEABL

Jun. 14: Hobart C. - Frankston B.
Jun. 14: Mt Gambier - Kilsyth C.
Jun. 15: Brisbane S. - Dandenong R.
Jun. 15: Sandringham S. - Ballarat M.
Jun. 15: Geelong S. - Nunawading S.
Jun. 15: NW Tasmania - Frankston B.
Jun. 15: Bendigo B. - Canberra G.
Jun. 15: Albury W.B. - Knox R.
Jun. 16: Ballarat M. - Canberra G.
Jun. 16: Kilsyth C. - Sandringham S.
Jun. 16: Nunawading S. - Bendigo B.

WARATAH

Jun. 15: Parramatta W. - Hornsby S.
Jun. 15: Illawarra H. - Manly Warr.
Jun. 15: Sydney C. - Bankstown B.
Jun. 15: Newcastle H. - Colonial Hotel
Jun. 15: Norths Bears - Maitland M.
Jun. 16: Hills H. - Sutherland S.
Jun. 16: Hornsby S. - Cent.Coast C.


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

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Australian players, who play currently abroad.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the seventh-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (19-15) crushing them 84-62 in the Spanish ACB in Wednesday night's game. Ingles scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Ingles averages: 6.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 74.4% in the 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Newley could not help G.Canaria 2014 (19-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance G.Canaria 2014 was defeated 77-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (#3). Newley was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 9 rebounds. It's Newley's first season with the team. Newley has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 28.7% and FT: 67.9%. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Shawn Redhage
Shawn Redhage
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Puerto Rico). Redhage led Quebradillas to a victory over the closely-ranked Indios (17-14) 98-81 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Redhage recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 6 assists. Pirates de Quebradillas (19-12) is placed second in the BSN. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Redhage has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 44.8% and FT: 74.5%. He is a naturalized American. Redhage played for the Australian national team five years ago. He used to play for NW Tasmania Thunder in Australian league.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #4. Center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help Lokomotiv (12-6) in their game against CSKA Moscow (15-3) in the VTB United League. Maric scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. The third-placed Lokomotiv lost 54-64 in Moscow to the second-ranked CSKA in the group B of VTB United League. Maric belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5 with 6.6rpg. This year he also averages: 8.4ppg in the 29 games. Maric is also Australian national team player.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #5. Former international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Bayern Muenchen (21-13) 85-66 in the German BBL on Thursday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Brose Baskets Bamberg (26-8) is placed first in the BBL. Ogilvy's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Irish and Australian. Ogilvy used to play for the Australian national team two years ago.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #6. Point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the San Antonio Spurs (58-24) in their game against the Miami Heat (66-16) in the NBA. He cannot count it as his best performance. Mills scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs were badly defeated 103-84 in Miami by the Heat. It was Spurs' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Mills averages just 4.7ppg in the 65 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Australian senior team four years ago.

Mark Dickel
Mark Dickel
   #7. An experienced former U18 international guard Mark Dickel (188-76, also represented by Priority Sports, college: UNLV, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to a 2-point Otago OceanaGold Nuggets' victory against the fifth-ranked Hub Jets (6-5) 95-93 in the New Zealand NBL last Saturday. Dickel scored 13 points and added 7 passes. Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (10-1) are placed first in the NBL. Dickel is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (third place). His overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 7.6apg and 2.6spg. Dickel used to play for the Australian U18 national team seventeen years ago.

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

   #1. Tom Burns (201-F, college: USF, currently plays in China), who plays in the Chinese NBL (second division) could not help the league outsider Hebei Springs (0-7) in their last game. Despite Burns' very good performance the bottom-ranked Hebei Springs were crushed 112-89 on the road by the higher-ranked (#8) Nanjin Army. He had a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 20 rebounds. Burns also added 3 assists and 5 blocks in 43 minutes. It was his first game for Hebei Springs this season. So far Hebei Springs lost all seven games in the Regular Season.

   #2. Zane Meehl (185-G-86, college: Mid-Continent, currently plays in New Zealand) was not able to help Hub Jets (6-5) in their game against Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (10-1) in the New Zealand NBL. He scored 7 points in 16 minutes. Hub Jets were edged 95-93 in Dunedin by the leading Otago OceanaGold Nuggets. This year Meehl's overall stats are: 4.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg in the 10 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand. Despite Meehl's Australian passport, he previously played for the New Zealand university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team.



QBL: Weekend Wrap-Up: Round 5 - by Eurobasket News

Bundaberg Bulls def. Ipswich Force 85 -77
It was a close battle in this match for much of the game, with scores kept close in the first three quarters. Ipswich led by one point at halftime before the Bulls got out in front 65 63 by three-quarter time, and in a fierce battle managed to secure a stronger lead and take out the match. Zarryon Fereti (192-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) hit 28 points for Bundaberg, while Jerel Chavis shot 21 for Ipswich.

Northside Wizards def. Brisbane Capitals 86 - 71
Northside got out in front early in the match and built a 14-point lead by the end of the first quarter, the Capitals fought hard in the second quarter to pull the lead back, and trailed by eight points at halftime. The third quarter saw Brisbane put the pressure on and get within one-point of the Wizards, but the visitors again got the better of the Capitals and sealed up the 15-point win.

Cairns Marlins def. Gladstone Power 87- 69
Gladstone held a one-point lead at quarter-time, but Cairns got the upper hand in the second quarter to go into halftime up 39-36. The Marlins managed to hold their advantage for the rest of the match and held the Power to 15 points in the final quarter, before finishing the match with the 18-point win. James Mitchell put up 24 points for Cairns while Illiwa Baldwin (86) shot 22 points for Gladstone.

Rockhampton Rockets def. Gold Coast Rollers 76- 73
Fans were treated in this match, with scores locked at 18-all at the end of the first quarter, before the Rockets went into halftime up by two points. The visitors then put on a run of points in the third quarter to head into the final stanza ahead by 10 points, before Gold Coast ramped up and came close to taking out the match from Rockhamptons grip, with Adam Darragh hitting four three pointers to help get the Rollers close to a win. But the Rockets came out on top to seal it by three points. Darragh top-scored for the match with 21 points, while Michael Kingma, Justin Watts (196-G-90, college: N.Carolina) and Stephen Weigh all shot 17 points for Rockhampton.

Bundaberg Bulls def. Toowoomba Mountaineers 109- 103
It was a fierce battle on the mountain, with scores kept close throughout the match. Bundaberg held the lead for much of the match, but Toowoomba got out in front during the third quarter, and again early in the final quarter. But the Bulls proved too strong and pulled off their second win of the round and of the season, 109-103. James Legan shot a huge 42 points for Toowoomba while Zarryon Fereti and Rodrick Stewart both put up 30 points for Bundaberg.

Rockhampton Rockets def. South West Metro Pirates 96 -52
The Rockets dominated this match from the outset, locking up an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter and maintaining control for the rest of the match. Brad Williamson shot 30 points for Rockhampton, while Kenny Barnes (201-F-82, college: USF) hit 13 points for the Pirates.

Gladstone Power def. Townsville Heat 93- 75
The Power bounced back from their earlier loss against Cairns with this win, which saw a close battle in the first half with the Heat holding the lead up until mid-way through the second quarter. The Power took control from there and build a solid lead to lock up the 18-point win. Braydon Hobbs hit 37 points for Gladstone while the Cedar brothers both shot 16 points for Townsville.
Courtesy of: http://qbl.basketball.net.au



QBL Players of the Week: Round 5 - by Eurobasket News

With a combined 58 points in his teams two wins at the weekend, Zarryon Fereti (192-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) of the Bundaberg Bulls has been named as mens Player of the Week for Round 5. Fereti took to the court on Friday night against his former team Ipswich Force, and contributed 28 points at 41.7% in the field and 66.7% at the foul line in the 85-77 win. Fereti put in four assists, one block and two rebounds to help get the Force over the line in the match, which was a close battle for the first three quarters. Bundaberg held a two-point lead at the first break, before Ipswich bit back and led by one point at halftime. The Bulls managed to again get out in front in the third quarter to go into the final period up 65-63, and had to fight hard against a tenacious Force side in order to get the edge and secure the win. Fereti backed up his solid performance on Friday night with a 30-point and seven-rebound effort on Saturday night in Bundabergs nailbiting 109-103 defeat of Toowoomba. Scores were close in the first quarter with Bundaberg up 26-22 at the first break, before pushing out their lead to 53-46 by halftime. Toowoomba bounced back in the third quarter to out-score the Bulls 25-21 and to trail by just three at the final break, and maintained their pressure on the visitors in the final quarter but were unable to stop the Bulls from taking the six-point win. Fereti shot at 54.5% in the field and 57.1% at the perimeter, also having a hand in six assists during the match.

Its the guards first season with Bundaberg, currently sitting on an average of 21.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game this season. Fereti joined the Bulls following two seasons with the Ipswich Force in 2012 and 2010, last season averaging 20.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and named Player of the Week in Round 2 for shooting 30 points in the Forces win over South West Metro. In 2011 he suited up for the Sandringham Sabres in the SEABL competition, averaging 17.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Fereti has also played internationally, attending college at Southern Idaho Junior College from 2003 to 2006 and St. Bonaventure University in New York state from 2006 to 2008. In 2006 while playing for Southern Idaho he was named in the NJCAAs All-Region 18 second team, while his final year at St. Bonaventure he played 30 games and shot 13.8 points per game, at 85.5% for free-throws. In 2008/09 Fereti played 27 games for the Koeln 99ers in the Germany-1.Bundesliga competition, scoring 121 points in total during his tenure.

Fereti edged out a number of other notable contenders for this rounds Player of the Week, including team-mate Willie Shackleford, who shot 27 points and took 21 rebounds against Ipswich, and 20 points and 22 rebounds against Toowoomba. The Mountaineers James Legan (190-G-87, agency: Court Side, college: E.Carolina) led the way for his team in the battle against Bundy with 42 points and 10 rebounds, while Braydon Hobbs was also strong for Gladstone in their win over Townsville with 37 points.

Courtesy of: http://qbl.basketball.net.au



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Aalstar 0-0 
 2. Antwerp 0-0 
 3. Excelsior 0-0 
 4. Kangor.-Boom 0-0 
 5. Leuven 0-0 
 6. Liege 0-0 
 7. M.Hainaut 0-0 
 8. Oostende 0-0 
 9. Spirou 0-0 
 10. Verviers-Pep. 0-0 


Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. CEP Fleurus 0-0 
 2. Essor Charleroi 0-0 
 3. Gembo BBC 0-0 
 4. Gent Hawks 0-0 
 5. Giants II 0-0 
 6. Houthalen 0-0 
 7. M.Hainaut II 0-0 
 8. Melsele 0-0 
 9. Oudenaarde 0-0 
 10. Point Chaud 0-0 
 11. Sint-Jan Ant. 0-0 
 12. Soba 0-0 
 13. St-Niklase 0-0 
 14. Turuka 0-0 
 15. Waregem 0-0 
 16. Wevelgem 0-0 


Leuven Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

Stella Artois Leuven Bears has reached an agreement with point guard Tu Holloway (182-G-89, college: Xavier) to join the 2013-2014 roster. Tu played college at Xavier where he played his last season during the 11-12 season. During that season he averaged 17.5 ppg, 4.8apg and 3.6 rpg. He is also a proficient free throw shooter at 86.2 pct.
His junior season was even better and earned him Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors, with averages of 19.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 5.4apg.
Was selected to the Atlantic 10 1st team during his junior and senior years. Also earned All Defensive team in 2011.
He played the past season in Turkey for Aliaga. In 17 games he averaged 5.8ppg 1.8rpg and 1.6apg while playing 17.0 mpg.

Earlier the team also announced that forward Bradford Burgess (198-G/F-90, college: VCU) has extended his contract for the 2013-2014 season.
This past season he averaged 10.0ppg and 3.7 rpg.



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  BRAZIL   


Thyago Aleo joins Palmeiras - by Eurobasket News

Palmeiras are bringing in Thyago Aleo (188-G-89). The guard is set to sign for the next season with the team. Last season Thyago Aleo spent with Joinville. He posted 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists per game in NBB. Previously the guard had stints with Itabom/Bauru, Londrina, Santo Andre, AB Merida, Sao Bernardo and Pinheiros. Thyago Aleo was the member of U18 Brazilian National Team in 2006.


Brazilian University National Team 2013 - by Simas

Brazilian University National Team 2013
#s#
Jefferson Campos
Campos
Elinho Corazza
Corazza
Caue Borges dos Santos
dos Santos
Guilherme Pereira
Pereira
Jimmy de Oliveira
de Oliveira
#e#5
Jefferson Campos 190-G-91 Suzano Brazil
George Chaia 190-G-91 Flamengo Brazil
Elinho Corazza 193-G-89 Paulistano Brazil
Caue Borges dos Santos 180-G-91 Franca Brazil
Joao Belmiro 198-F-90 Rio Claro Brazil
Guilherme Pereira 190-F-91 Bauru Brazil
Jimmy de Oliveira 189-F/G-90 Basquete Cearense Brazil
Dalla Barba 198-F-91 Limeira Brazil
Leonardo Meindl 200-F-93 Franca Brazil
Isaac Goncalves 195-F/G-90 Brasilia Brazil
Andre De Souza 202-C-90 Bauru Brazil
Erick Camilo 203-F-92 S.Jose/Unimed Brazil
Rafael Donatti 201-F-91 Paulistano Brazil
Lucas Mariano 207-C-93 Franca Brazil
Ronald Reis 210-C-91 Brasilia Brazil
Cristiano Felicio 206-C-92 High School USA

Ruben Magnano Head Coach
Jose Neto Assistant Flamengo Brazil
Gustavo Conti Assistant Paulistano Brazil



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  BULGARIA   


14 names in Bulgarian National team roster for Eurobasket 2015 Qualification - by Vladi Lazarova

The head coach of Bulgarian Men's National team Konstantin Papazov announced today the roster for Eurobasket 2015 qualification tournament this summmer. Bulgarians are in Group A, among the teams of Romania and Iceland. Their first game is in Romania (1.08.2013 in Constanta). Papazov invited only 14 players for preparation period. Bulgaria will fight without Filip Videnov after the captain announced his retirement from the National team. In the squad are back the twin brothers Dejan Ivanov and Kaloyan Ivanov, also Veselin Veselinov (Lukoil Academic) - MVP of the finals in NBL.

CENTERS
Nikolay Varbanov (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances)

Konstandin Marshavelski (206-C-89)

FORWARDS
Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket)
Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket)
Veselin Veselinov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Virginia St.)
Aleksandar Georgiev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances)
Martin Durchev (204-SF-87, agency: FCM)
Hristo Zahariev (197-SF-90)

GUARDS

Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances)
Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88)
Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88, agency: Interperformances)
Bozhidar Avramov (196-PG-90, agency: Interperformances)
Asen Velikov (185-PG-86)
Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza)



Lukoil in the news: Searching for coach, giving up on VTB League - by Maria Mitzova

Lukoil Academik Sofia is still looking for a head coach for 2013-14 season.
Team GM Sasho Vezenkov , who served the position in the last few months, confirmed that the next head coach will be an import. He denied the rumors, connecting Lukoil to its former coach Jovica Arsic , despite Arsic being present in the gym during the Finals in Bulgaria.
Lukoil will not test again the option for Euroleague QR, but will definitely register for Eurocup.
Other news from Lukoil come that it is highly unlikely the team to participate in VTB League next season, due to arena unavailability in Sofia area. The last word on both new coach and VTB League participation will be the one of team president Valentin Zlatev, who is expected to return from business trip.
Lukoil Academik Sofia has under contract only three players - Bozhidar Avramov, Tencho Banev and Nikolay Kolev, but will offer a new one to Veselin Veselinov soon. Trying not to give lots of details, the GM admitted the imports are leaving Lukoil, one for sure is the team leader from last three seasons Brandon Heath.



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  CANADA   


DMNT remains perfect in China with the win over Latvia - by Eurobasket News

The Development Men's National Team (DMNT) moved to a 3-0 record with a convincing 82-40 victory over Latvia on Monday morning. With the win, the team closed-out the first leg of the Four Nations' International Invitational Tournament following victories over China and the United States over the weekend.

Toronto, Ont. native Dwight Powell (208-F-91) once again started the game well with an impressive showing. The DMNT quickly built a lead and established a strong game focused on rebounding and defence. Latvia proved to be a resourceful and tenacious opponent, but Canada went into halftime sporting a 36-26 lead.

The second half saw Canada breakout in a big way. The team's offensive game shone while the bench provided energy and productivity. The Red and White's stalwart defence continued to be effective in shutting-down any push from the Latvian side. In the second half, the team allowed only 14 points while netting 46. Canada's commitment to rebounding showed as they finished the game with a clear 43-20 advantage.

Powell led the Canadians' even attack with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Murphy Burnatowski registered 12 points on an efficient shooting display, making five shots in six attempts, and Melvin Ejim chipped-in 11 while grabbing 8 rebounds. Kingston, Ontario's Owen Klassen (208-F-91) finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds as the team pressed on offence and controlled on defence through the match. "Now that we are getting used to playing with each other, we are starting to click as a team. I think that we will only get better as the trip goes on and we'll be ready to play when it comes time for the FISU games," said Klassen when asked about the team's dynamic.

Head coach Jay Triano noted that, "we were really able to focus on the defensive end tonight; we took them out of the game with what we were able to do offensively. We still need to make better decisions offensively with and without the ball. Our bigs did an outstanding job inside against their smaller bigs. We were able to punish them inside."

The DMNT will now travel to the city of Huaihua to continue the team's tour through China. The same four teams will once again match-up over the course of three days beginning on Wednesday where Canada will face the United States. Canada took the first match between the two North American rivals with a 75-73 victory on Sunday.

Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.ca



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  CHILE   


Las Animas and Espanol Osorno lead LIBSUR standings - by Eurobasket News

Las Animas maintained the leading position in the LIBSUR standings. They knocked down Loncoche 64:40 in the latest encounter. Claudio Santana (90) and Gerson Alvarez stepped up with 12 points to pace the winners. Christian Von Bischhoffshausen added 10 points in the victory.
Espanol Osorno defeated Carahue 81:47. Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) stepped up with 25 points to lead Osorno. Milenko Sepulveda (187-F-88) contributed 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side.
Victoria held off Club Deportivo Valdivia 69:61. Marcos Guzman notched 20 points to lead the winners.
Espanol will face Valdivia, while Las Animas will take on Carahue in the eighth round of LIBSUR next weekend.



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  CHINA   


4 Nations Game - by Robert Wang

China took a 37-31 halftime lead. The USA came back to close the margin to one at the close of the third quarter and then took a four-point lead with four minutes remaining after China Head Coach Bin Fan received two technical fouls and was thrown out of the game. The USA run was fueled by Devin Sweetneys scoring, Oliver McNallys passing along with Roger Franklins defense and rebounding. After that, China went to the free throw line on almost every possession and eventually came away with the win.
It was a very physical game on both ends of the court. China out-shot the USA All-Stars from the charity stripe by a 48-17 margin. China scored 20 more points from the free throw line than did the Americans. The USA shot only 6-of-24 on three-pointers against 7-of-12 for China. The USA had a strong defensive effort holding China to 22% shooting on two-pointers (9-of-40).
The USA team is playing very hard and have generally have adjusted nicely to the rough style of play going on. Its impossible for the guards to get any spacing or rhythm because of the grabbing, holding and chucking everywhere on the court. This has limited the effectiveness of Derek Needham and the other point guards.Sweetney continued his high scoring as he led the game with 22 points, his third consecutive 20+ point outing. He also continued to make some big shots. Franklin, McNally and Derrick Rodgers have adapted to the style of play and are able to handle the physical play.
Jiangpeng Duan and Xiaochuan Zhai led China with 13 points each.
Jonathan Morse has shown an excellent feel for the game and intangibles while 70 Jason Conrad has been a little inconsistent but is solid.
All that said, the overall team attitude has remained solid and the team is trying. Weve really stepped up our defensive physicality but we dont have much room for error and have struggled to consistently score. We havent gotten many easy baskets. The Latvia game was a bad night, but the last two games have been good competition, unfortunately we have come up short.
The USA All-Stars Coach said:
Such a fun crowd and atmosphere tonight. Our team competed and executed in the face of adversity. Couldnt be more proud of the teams effort and intensity. China is a skilled team and made plays down the stretch. Their aggressiveness got them to the free throw line but the free throw disparity was disappointing and did not help our chances to get our first win



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  COLOMBIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Thomas, Piratas22.9 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros21.9 
 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. Crawford, Academia18.4 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros18.4 
 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, Bambuqueros1.5 
 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. Newsome, Bambuque.1.0 
 3. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 4. Farley, Academia0.8 
 5. Blue, Academia0.6 
 6. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 
 7. Baquero, Halcones0.5 
 8. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.5 
 9. Cuero, Aguilas0.5 
 10. Hernandez, Bucar.0.5 


PROFESSIONAL DIVISION FINALS - GAME 1. - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros start the final playoff of the Federation Cup defeating the Bukaros in Neiva, Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) and Reque Newsome proved all their experience and combined for 35 pts in the night, the Bambuqueros defense worked hard and the 23 personal fouls called for the locals shows that the game was a physical one, no one of the Bukaros main players scored more than 18 points and got just 11 points from the bench, Bambuqueros had the debut of Juan Herrera .

Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 84 S. Ortiz 20 pts + 9 rebs, R. Newsome 15 pts + 7 rebs
Bukaros Freskaleche 74 L. Gilbert 18 pts, N. Convington 15 pts.




PROFESSIONAL DIVISION FINALS - GAME 2. - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros proved different alternatives on defense and had some success using a zone defense in the secon game at Neiva, Bambuqueros offensive was too plain against the zone defense limited to take the three point shooting to finish the first half with 2 of 16 3pt shots, Bukaros finished the first half with a 6 points lead, but from the third quarter Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) began to be a major factor, the American forward start to rule the paint and the medium range jumper to boost the Bambuqueros to a 54 points half and lead the locals to get the second victory in the playoff, in Bukaros Jason Edwin finished with 23 pts.

Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 85 S. Ortiz 24 pts, R. Newsome 21 pts + 8 rebs
Bukaros Freskaleche 82 J. Edwin 24 pts, L. Gilbert 17 pts.




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  COSTA RICA   


Coopenae USJ and Escazu tied in Clausura Finals - by Eurobasket News

Coopenae USJ and Escazu are tied at 1-1 in the Clausura Finals. The teams exchanged victories in the opening two games. The teams are scheduled to clash again on Monday.
Coopenae USJ claimed a 61:56 victory in the opening game of the series. Escazu led at the end of the first period but Coopenae went on a decisive run in the second half to snatch a tough win at the end. Chris Giles (193-G, college: Seton Hill) stepped up with 12 points to lead Coopenae USJ. Jathiev Davies added 18 points for the winners. Michael Jackson (195-F/G-87) responded with game-high 21 points for Escazu. Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83, college: John Brown) fired 14 points in the loss.
The next game was once again a close battle. Coopenae USJ led by a single point after the opening frame but Escazu surged ahead for a 36:33 halftime lead. Isaac St.Rose stepped up for Escazu in the second half and gave the hosts a key lead. They held on to escape with a 73:71 victory at the end.



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  CROATIA   


Turkey demolish Croatia at the end of the Torneo KE-Citta di Jesolo - by Eurobasket News

Croatia-Turkey 46:93

Turkey demolish Croatia at the end of the Torneo KE-Citta di Jesolo in Italy. The Turkish team won 93:46 and finished with 2-1 record. The Croatian side meanwhile ended up with 1-2 record.
Turkey won the first period 24:7 and also posted 24 points in the second and the third quarters. Croatia posted 14 points in the second frame and trailed 27 points at the halftime. After another 24-10 surge in the third period the lead grew up to 41 points. Turkey added a 21-15 rally in the last quarter to seal the victory.
Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Can Mutaf (190-G-91) nailed 13. Oguz Savas (212-C-87) delivered 11, while Baris Ermis (194-G-85) brought 9. Matej Buovac (201-F-93) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort and Segaric netted 9. Boban brought 6, whilst Bakovic and Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) poured in 5 each.

Croatia: Matej Buovac 11, Segaric 9, Boban 6, Bakovic 5, Henrik Sirko 5
Turkey: Serhat Cetin 16, Can Mutaf 13, Oguz Savas 11, Baris Ermis 9



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Pavel Bosak Moves to BK Decin - by Surujh Roopnarine

Levharti Chomutov must feel like a feeder system for BK Decin, as for the second season in a row one of their top players has moved to the North Bohemian club. This time it is veteran guard Pavel Bosak (192-G/F-82) whot will move to Decin, following in the footsteps of American guard Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) from last season.
Bosak, 31, spent one season in Chomutov, appearing in 31 games and averaging 13.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists. On the season he shot 49.9% from the field including 33.9% from three and 74.4% from the free-throw line. Prior to joining Chomutov, Bosak had played professionally abroad in France (NM2), Slovakia (Extraliga) and Italy (Lega2) in addition to his time in the NBL with BK Prostejov and USK Praha. In addition to the addition of Bosak, GM Jakub Dura announced the contract extensions of captain Jakub Houska (207-PF-82), Robert Landa (200-F-82), Jan Jiricek (203-F-90) and Jakub Kasa (200-C-92) .



BK Opava Strengthens Roster With Addition of Martin Gniadek - by Surujh Roopnarine

23-year old power forward Martin Martin Gniadek (201-F/C-90) will continue his career in the jersey of BK Breda & Weinstein Opava. After spending the first five years of his pro career with BK Nova Hut Ostrava the 6-7 Martin Gniadek will move to BK Breda & Weinstein Opava for the 2013-2014 season. After being part of the most successful BK Nova Hut Ostrava club in recent history, Martin Gniadek felt that a move to BK Breda & Weinstein Opava would be best for his development, i.e., playing time, as he was a key reserve with BK Nova Hut Ostrava last season. In 43 games he averaged a respectable 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting 44.6% from the field, 33.6% from three and 67.1% from the free-throw line.
Currently BK Breda & Weinstein Opava counts on seven players under contract as they will hope to operate on a similar budget as next season, but hold out hope of catching a main/title sponsor for the upcoming season. Last season BK Breda & Weinstein Opava finished 15-21, 3rd place in A2 group play, losing to USK Praha 2-1 in the main playoff qualifications.
Radim Kramny (215-C-85)
Jakub Sirina (185-G-87)
Radim Klecka (190-G-90)
Ladislav Toth (196-F-83)
Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-G-77)
Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88)
Jakub Blazek (203-F-80)
Martin Gniadek
Coach: Petr Czudek



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  DENMARK   


Bakken Bears bring in Thomas Laerke - by Eurobasket News

The Ligaen champions Bakken Bears added depth to their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with talented swingman Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91). He spent the last season in Spain. Thomas Laerke played for Opentach Basquet Pla in EBA. He notched 18.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. It was the second straight season with Opentach Basquet Pla for the Dane. He also spent part of 2011/12 season with Aurteneche in LEB Silver. His stats read 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game there. Thomas Laerke was trumped All-Spanish EBA Bosman Player of the Year in 2012. He made it onto All-Spanish EBA 2nd Team.


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Rafael Barias advance into District Nacional Finals - by Eurobasket News

Rafael Barias became the first finalists of District Nacional championship. They snatched n 89:86 victory over Bameso in the fourth game of the series to win it 3-1. Joel Ramirez stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. Bameso led by as many as 10 points at halftime 47:37. But Rafael Barias exploded with 29 points in the third term to narrow the deficit at 2-point mark. Rafael Barias went on a 23:18 run in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome at the end. Luis Martinez finished with 16 points, while Juan Martinez added 14 points for the winners. Geraldo Suero responded with 24 points for Bameso. Juan Suero and Emmanuel Willis chipped in 14 points each in the loss.
San Carlos outgunned Los Minas 94:87 to force the decisive fifth game in the series. Los Minas were up by three points 46:43 at halftime but San Carlos used a 24:16 run in the third period to surge ahead. They erupted for 27 points in the final frame and escaped with the crucial win at the end. Warren Carter (205-F/C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) notched 26 points to lead San Carlos. Paul Carter (204-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) had 22 points for the winning side. Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89, college: IUPUI) replied with 28 points and 9 rebounds in the defeat.



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  EBA   


Interview with Chris Matthews - by Justin Moore

Hello Usbasket I got a chance to Speak with former EBA MVP and Overseas Player Chris Matthews (6'4''-G-85, college: St.Bonaventure) we talked about about his time in the EBA and whats up next for the 6'4 lights out shooter !

1.Hows your experience been playing overseas?

Playing basketball in Europe has absolutely allowed me to grow and force me to become a better basketball player. Ive been able to see so much in the last three years, playing in different competitive leagues and environments. Imgrateful that God and my hard work have allowed me the opportunity to play with some great clubs and players from all over. Any opportunity that allows me to work with great coaches and players I jump on. I am never satisfied, there always new things to learn, even when you feel like youre at the top of your game. My experiences overseas have been a blessing to me and my family.

2. What are your goals during the off season and what are you working on this summer?

My goal during the off season is always to get better everyday. Thats where the behind the scenes work goes in that no one sees. I continue to focus on keeping my body conditioned and healthy to be the best overall player I can be. Ive been fortunate enough to train with two of the best trainers in the area. The owner of 360 fitness David Vanderpool,and Curtis Yarborough owner of Mo Skills Basketall Training. Both of those guys continue to push me past my limits. Im working on creativity when going to the basket, using my 64 frame to get whatever I want going to the rim. My explosion off the dribble and attack are all things Im focusing on right now. They have both had a huge impact on my development this summer

3.How is the competition overseascompared to the US minor leagues you've played in?

Most of the competition overseas Ive experienced has been good. Its good basketball, and when you through in the fans and home court advantage it makes things fun. I love how intense it is playing on the road; itreminds me so much of college. The players overseas and in the US minor leagues are no different. Both are hungry but overseas play can be a lot more aggressive, the type of basketball I love.

4.Where are you looking to play next season?

Ive switched to a new agency and I have two camps Ive been invited to one in Italy the other in Las Vegas. My goal is to play for a great club that I will be with for a while and be able to consistently contribute to winning seasons.



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  EL SALVADOR   


UTEC and San Marcos to meet in Final Series - by Jaime Arevalo

San Marcos and Universidad Tecnolgica (Utec) advanced to Apertura Finals defeating Leones and Denver, respectively. Both the Semifinals ended 2-0, in Game 2 San Marcos defeated Leones, 78-55, led by Oscar Rivera (190-F-80), who scored 20 points. Edwin Lopez (183-G/F-85) and Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92) added 15 pts apiece at the winning side, Isaac Figueroa (191-F) was the best in Leones with 20 pts he too.
UTEC triumphed in Game 2 over Denver, 94-79, and will try to break the hegemony of San Marcos, now at its fifth final series in a row.
Apertura Final Series will start on thuirsday, June 13 with Game 1. Game 2 will be played on saturday, June 15.



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


The Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) gives you what no other exposure camp in the world can! - by Eurobasket

The Eurobasket Summer League is the number one exposure event in the world along with the NBA summer leagues in Orlando and Las Vegas. The Eurobasket Summer League locations are strategically placed in order to ensure the participants the best opportunity to get to the next level. Eurobasket is without question the number one basketball web-site in the world which gives every participant in the Eurobasket Summer League a tool for exposure that no other camp or showcase can even begin to compete with. ESL along with NBA summer leagues serves as an alternative platform for agents or managers to send their high quality players to be scouted by some of the top coaches in the international market. Please go to www.eurobasket.com which dedicates front page priority coverage of the ESL leagues, standings, statistics and your game film to see for yourself. Also, we would like for you to follow this link for more video coverage of the Eurobasket Summer League and some of the past players of the ESL.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Unicaja announce Ryan Toolson - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja officiated the signing of Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley). Ryan Toolson spent the previous season with Gran Canaria. He posted 14.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists per game in ACB. The guard helped Gran Canaria into ACB semifinals. Gran Canaria also made it into Spanish Cup semis. Previously Ryan Toolson had spells in Turkey and Italy. He made it into All-Turkish League 2nd Team in 2012. The guard participated at the Turkish League All-Star Game in 2010. Ryan Toolson had a quite successful college career. He was named All-Independent Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008 while playing for the Utah Valley State Wolverines.


CSKA keep Serbian Vladimir Micov - by Eurobasket News

CSKA keep Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) for 2013/2014 season. The team announced renewing the contract with the Serbian Forward.
Micov managed to play in three leagues this year. In 14 PBL games he recorded 7.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 30 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.7apg. He helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. Micov also played 31 games in VTB United League where he averaged 8.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship.
The previous season Micov played at FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) in Italian league. In 25 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.4apg. He contributed in the supercup final and the cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. He also played 14 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Micov was voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League 1st Team back in 2007. He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Moscow eight years ago. Micov's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 0.9apg, FGP: 32.1%, 3FGP: 44.4%, FT: 83.3%.



Zoran Planinic and Khimky part ways - by Eurobasket News

Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Khimky part ways. One of the top players in the team will not be coming back in 2013/2014 season.
Planinic managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 11 PBL games he recorded 12.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.8apg and 1.0spg. He also played 22 games in Euroleague where he averaged 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.3apg and 1.1spg. Planinic also played 24 games in VTB United League where he averaged 11.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 5.5apg (top 4). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season Planinic played also at Khimky (PBL). Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 19 PBL games he averaged 13.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Planinic also played 15 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.9apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team winning the Eurocup championship. Planinic also played 15 games in VTB United League where he averaged 10.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.2apg (top 3) and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
In 2003 Planinic was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (22nd overall).Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup European Player of the Year award in 2012.



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  FRANCE   


Angers BC 49 tabs Ahmed Doumbia - by Eurobasket News

Angers BC 49 (NM1) inked 24-year old forward Ahmed Doumbia (190-89). He played last season at Marmande (NM2). The earlierseason Doumbia played also at Marmande (NM2).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Florian Thibedore heads to ADA Blois Basket - by Eurobasket News

Florian Thibedore (193-G/F-90) heads to ADA Blois Basket for 2013/2014 season. The French Swingman will move from Quimper UJAP.
Florian Thibedore played for Quimper UJAP since year 2009. In 28 NM1, starting five games he averaged 13.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.6spg this season. The last season Thibedore had 7.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. He won French ProB championship title in 2008. Thibedore represented France at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) five years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 3.4ppg, 1.4rpg.
Thibedore has played previously for another French team Besancon. In 2006-2007 he appeared for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (ProA) and played mostly for U21 team. Also in 2007-2008 he showed up in Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (ProB) 9 games and averaged 0.7ppg, while played mostly for U21 team



SPO Rouen Basket brings in Chrislain Cairo - by Eurobasket News

SPO Rouen Basket brings in Chrislain Cairo (200-PF-91) for the next season. The 22-year old power forward Chrislain Cairo leaves his Denain ASC Voltaire.
In 34 games he recorded 8.2ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg last season. The previous season Cairo played at Gravelines-Dunkerque (ProA). But in three games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.0rpg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 1.0ppg. Cairo represented France at the European Championships U18 in Metz (France) four years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.7ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 39.1%, FT: 60.0%.
Cairo started his career for Centre Federal du Basket-Ball (N1). In 2008-2009 his stats read 8.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 71.0%. In 2009-2010 he moved to Olympique Antibes (ProB): and had 2.1ppg, 1.1rpg.



Quimper tab Tahirou Sani - by Eurobasket News

Quimper added Tahirou Sani (203-F-85) to the squad. The Malian-French forward spent the last season with Aurore de Vitre in NM2. In 2011/12 season Tahirou Sani played for Blois Basket in NM1. He notched 8.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Previously he had stints with Vosges, Mirecourt, IR Reykjavik, Geneve Devils, Brest, Golbey-Epinal, Gravelines. Tahirou Sani was the member of Malian National Team in 2005-11 seasons.


Saint Vallier land Ryan Zamroz - by Eurobasket News

Saint Vallier added scoring power to the roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Ryan Zamroz (192-G/F-87, agency: Players Group, college: Master's). The forward spent the last season with Sorgues BC. He became NM1 leading scorer. Ryan Zamroz averaged 18.6 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. He made it onto French NM1 All-Bosmans Team. The forward also earned All-French NM1 Honourable Mention. Previously Ryan Zamroz had stints in Sweden, United Kingdom and Australia. He was named Australian SBL League MVP. Ryan Zamroz made it onto British BBL All-Bosmans Team in 2011. He participated at the BBL All-Star Game in the same season.


Wilbert Brown set to join Chalon-sur-Saone - by Eurobasket News

Wilbert Brown (200-PF-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Niagara) should become the newcomer in Chalon-sur-Saone. The sides have reportedly agreed on terms of two-year deal. Wilbert Brown spent the previous season with Aix-Maurinne. He notched impressive 21.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists per game in ProB. Wilbert Brown became the topscorer of the League. The forward was named into ProB 2nd Team. Previously the forward had spells in Spain, Philippines, Japan, Germany and Israel. Wilbert Brown was named into All-French ProB 3rd Team in 2012. The forward played in LEB Gold Playoff semifinals.
Chalon-sur-Saone have previously landed A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky).



Fos Ouest bring in Moussa Badiane - by Eurobasket News

Fos Ouest bolstered their roster with addition of Moussa Badiane (205-C-81, agency: Fusion Sports, college: E.Carolina). The centre spent the last season with Antibes. He notched 7.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.6 blocks per game in ProB. Previously Moussa Badiane had stints with Nancy, Aix-Maurienne, Chalon, Stade Clermontois. He was named All-French ProB Centre of the Year in 2010. Moussa Badiane made it into French ProB All-Domestic Players Team in 2010 and 2012. The centre also earned All-French ProB Honourable Mention in 2012.


Denain tab Mory Correa - by Eurobasket News

Denain announced their second signing in post season. They agreed on terms of contract with Mory Correa (204-C/F-79, agency: Fusion Sports, college: Wyoming). The centre started the previous season with Lievin Basket. But shortly after Mory Correa moved to Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez. He notched 4.0 points, 3.1 rebounds per game in ProB. Previously Mory Correa played for Evreux, Boulazac, Challans, Besancon, Charleville, Chalons-en-Champagne. He made it into French ProB All-Newcomers Team in 2006.


Bourg ink O'Darien Bassett - by Eurobasket News

Bourg strengthened their backcourt. They landed O'Darien Bassett (191-G-86, college: Troy).. The guard comes from Rouen. Last season O'Darien Bassett notched 15.4 points, 4.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game in ProB. Previously the guard had spells for Bordeaux, Stade Clermontois, Craiova, Kaisterslautern. He earned All-Romanian League Honourable Mention in 2010. O'Darien Bassett participated at the Romanian League All-Star Game in 2010.


France U20 roll past Team USA in Treviso - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Team USA 74:53

French U20 National Team overcame Team USA selection at the Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso. Pinault Bastien (194-G/F-93) came up with 15 points to lead the winners.
Team USA grabbed a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes. But the French youngsters regained the lead in the second frame. They went on an 18:12 run to secure a 37:32 halftime lead. France held their North American opponents to just 5 points in the third period. Les Bleus accumulated a 17-point lead before the fourth frame 54:37. They went on a 20:16 run in the fourth frame to seal the win. Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) netted 13 points, while Boris Dallo (197-PG-94) added 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Devin Robinson answered with 12 points for Team USA. Victor Law produced 9 points in the loss.

France U20: Pinault Bastien 15, Alexandre Chassang 13, Boris Dallo 12
Team USA: Devin Robinson 12, Victor Law 9



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Germany U18 lose second straight in Vittel - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 suffered the second straight defeat against their French counterparts in Vittel. This time the game was a close battle with Germany losing by just six points 55:61. France grabbed a 17:13 lead after the opening period. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. France accumulated a 31:26 halftime lead. The home side boosted the gap in the third term. France arrived at the final intermission up by 9 points 50:41. But Germany held the hosts to 11 points in the fourth frame to trim the deficit at the end. Daniel Mayr (216-C-95, agency: LUMANI 10.7) chipped in 12 points to pace Germany. Lukas Meisner (201-SF-95) netted 9 points, while Lars Schluter tossed in 8 points in the loss.


Ivan Rosic named new BG Dorsten coach - by Moritz Korff

Ivan Rosic has been named the new head coach of 1. Regionalliga team BG Dorsten. The 41-year-old will follow Besart Kelmendi who was set as the new man at the helm for next season, but stepped back shortly.
Rosic transfers from 2. Regionalliga team Werne to Dorsten and has signed a two-year deal with BG. He plans on building a team that is capable of being in the mix for the RLW championship title next season.



Pro B newcomer Bochum keeps three players - by Moritz Korff

The Bochum AstroStars have handed contract extensions to Chamseddine Korbi (188-G-83), Felix Wenningkamp (196-F/G-88) and Dennis Kortmann (204-C-90). Thus, all three players will follow the AstroStars to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B.
Korbi led the Bochum team in three pointers made (39 treys in 21 games played) during the 2012-13 RLW season and shone as the team's second leading scorer (15.0ppg). Wenningkamp produced an average of 8.1 points through 22 games, while pulling down 2.1 rebounds a contest. Kortmann added 5.2 points and 5.3 boards per outing.



Itzehoe Eagles enter 2013-14 season with added size - by Moritz Korff

The Itzehoe Eagles (1. Regionalliga North) have added size to their 2013-14 roster with the arrival of Lars Kroeger (210-C). The 22-year-old will join the Eagles coming from TSG Bergedorf. Kroeger scored 5.7 points a contest for the Hamburg team in the 2. Regionalliga last season.
"Lars has incredible potential. He has got all physical tools to play at a higher level", Itzehoe coach Paul Larysz stated on the team's website.



John Bynum returning to old stomping grounds - by Moritz Korff

John Bynum (191-G-78, college: Metro St.) was a young man, when he first played for the Elephants Grevenbroich in the 2002-2003 season. He then moved to Norway, but joined back the Elephants for the 2004-05 campaign. Almost ten years later, he is a 35-year-old veteran with eleven seasons in European basketball under his belt. For the 2013-14 season he will take his game back to Grevenbroich, the 1. Regionalliga West team announced today.
In between his Grevenbroich stints he played for seven different teams in Germany and will add massive experience to the Elephants' roster. Last season Bynum had 21 appearances for Pro A team Chemnitz, averaging 11.8 points, 5.2 boards and 3.6 assists a contest, but parted ways with the Niners in February.



Robert Thurman Joins The ETB Wohnbau Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Well Logan Stutz wasnt a rookie last season, but the ETB Wohnbau Baskets had a lot of pleasure with the 205cm big man and hope the same with newcomer Robert Thurman (208-F-89) who will test the professional waters this season in Germany in the Pro A with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen. Thurman is a 23 year old 208cm center from North Edwards, California that played at top basketball address University of California. In his senior year he played 34 games: 5.1ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 60.7%, FT: 40.9%. "With Robert we have a very athletic player with his strength on defense and with rebounding. His ability on defense to change shots and watch over the basket are very worthwhile. He is a very strong player that has a great attitude. He has shown that he is able to get used to new situations and play with a lot of joy. He will have the chance to prove himself more on offense and he will be an important player for us with his positive attitude", expressed Essen head coach Igor Krizanovic. At Caifornia he was known as the Thurminator and had back to back 12 point efforts against UNLV. The American is excited about starting his professional basketball career in Germany. "I am very excited about playing in Germany and am looking forward to geeting to know this culture. My past experience has shown me that one can achieve a lot with hard work and passion. I will take this attitude to Essen", expressed Robert Thurman.
Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been GNAC 3rd Team -09, Pac-12 Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -12, and Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals -12.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets



The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Name Raoul Korner Head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have announced today that Raoul Korner (agency: Court Side ) will take ove rthe duties of head coach this season. Korner is a 39 year old Austrian that has had substantial experience coaching in Austria. He coached Den Bosch in Holland the last three years winning the league title in 2012. "We are very happy that Raoul Korner (agency: Court Side ) has decided to come to the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. We wanted a coach that was young and dynamic like us and wants to develop further. The internal and external parameters have to fit from both sides. He fits this and he is a further puzzle piece in our concept. He also has very much ambition and has a great attitude. Despite his young age, he has 14 years of coaching experience where he has been successful", stressed New Yorker phantoms manager Oliver Braun.


Korner started his coaching career in 1998 with the BC Vienna youth team. He also coached UBC Mattersburg Uniqua 46ers, Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions and Kraftwerk Wels (A Bundesliga). "After three successful and unforgetable years in Den Bosch, I was looking for a new challenge and have found it with Braunschweig. With the good youth program that the Phantoms have, this offers the chance to build a team with hard work that fans can identify with. I am looking forward to the organization, city, fans and duties", stressed Raoul Korner. He has a long list of Awards/Achievements with Head Coach: Austrian Bundesliga All-Star Game -01, 03, Austrian Bundesliga Coach of the Year -01, Head Coach: Austrian U22 National Team -01, Austrian Bundesliga A Semifinals -01, 02, 07, Coach Assistant: Austrian National Team -01, Austrian Cup Winner -02, 06, Head Coach: Austrian U18 National Team -03, Coach Assistant: Australian A Bundesliga All-Star Game -05-06, Austrian Bundesliga A Finalist -06, Austrian Cup Finalist -09, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga Coach of the Year -09, Austrian Bundesliga A Champion -09, Austrian Supercup Finalist -09, Coach Assistant: Austrian A Bundesliga All-Star Game -10, Dutch Eredivisie Semifinals -11, 13, Head Coach: Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game -12, Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Coach of the Year -12, Dutch Eredivisie Regular Season Runner-Up -12, Dutch Eredivisie Champion -12, Head Coach: Austrian U16 National Team -12, European Championships U16 Division B in, Bucharest (Romania) -12, Dutch Supercup Finalist -13, Dutch Cup Finalist -13, and Dutch Eredivisie Regular Season Champion -13

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig









Theo Ioannidis Departs From Noma Iserlohn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Regionaliga team Noma Iserlohn have announced that they have gone separate ways with Theodoros Ioannidis (198-G/F-88) is a 25 yera old 198cm forward and last season played 23 games: 3.3ppg, 2.7rpg. The Greek played had been with Iserlohn since 2007 and helped the team be runner up in the Regionaliga west in 2013. Iserlohn head coach Mathias Grothe did have lauding words for the play of the big man in the last years. "Theo was able to lead the team in the past with his energy and opponents werent able to play their game as much inside", stated Mathias Grothe. Ioannidis and and guard Thorben Paulsen will now play for BG Hagen.

Source: Noma Iserlohn





Nino Valentic Remains With The Licher Baskets Baeren. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B club Licher Baskets Baeren are striving for stabilty as they have kept their fourth player after Ugur Kulhan, Viktor Klassen and Daniel Dorr with Nino Valentic (198-F-90) Valentic is a 23 year old 198cm forward that will play his second season in Lich. Last season for the Hessen team he played 25 games: 10.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.7%. It wasnt difficult for the German to stay in Lich. "I liked the last season. The club is professional. We had a lot of fun and as a team mostly played successully. Despite our early loss in the playoffs, that doesnt speak to what we were capable of achieving. That is why I stayed and my goal this season is to reach even more", stressed Nino Valentic Before coming to Lich, the German has had experiecne playing for teams like VfB Hermsdorf Berlin (Regionalliga), Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProB) and the Saar-Pfalz Braves (ProA). He was an important of the success scoring in double figures 14 times including a 23 point effort against Hanau.

Source: Licher Baskets Baeren





Sean Mccaw (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) My Biggest Strength As A Coach Is The Ability To Teach And Gain Respect Without The Players Having The Feeling That I Dont Understand Them - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Sean McCaw (205-F-73, college: S.Utah) is a American/Austrain that had along playing career in Europe and has got into coaching some years ago. The 39 year old played in countries like Austria, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK. He won a league title in Austria with Arkadia Traiskirchen in 2000 and was a three time slam dunk contest winner at the Austrian All star contest. He started his coaching career with BBC Bayreuth working with the youth for three seasons. Last season he was an assistant coach for German Pro A team Cuxhaven Bascats. This season he will work in the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweog organization coaching the NBBL, JBBL and pro B teams. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Sean thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You signed with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig some days ago. You had a two year contract with the Cuxhaven Bascats. In the Cuxhaven Bascats press release, it was stated that you wanted out of your contract because you had a better contract offer from Braunschweig?

It isnt important for me when they write, but I do care about WHAT they write. I did not decide to leave Cuxhaven because I got an offer from Braunschweig. I actually had two other offers. I was sure I would leave Cuxhaven long before any offer came. I wont go into the reasons why, but I will say that it wasnt a good fit between me and the club almost from the start.

Cuxhaven was very successful reaching the playoffs. In the past in your short coaching career, you strived to stay in one place as you did in Bayreuth for three seasons. You have a big family so I am sure moving back and fourth isnt something you want to do. So what were the main reasons for leaving Cuxhaven after only one season?

You are right, I am not the type to move all around the country when I feel comfortable somewhere, especially because of my family, but Cuxhaven was not the right fit for me and my family so I made a choice as a father first, and as a coach second. My family and I actually loved living in Cuxhaven and the fans were great.

It says on the Cuxhaven home page that you left despite getting an offer from Cuxhaven. Why didnt you take it?

Well actually I had a contract for another season. Things are still not totally resolved between me and the club which is very unfortunate but I will let my lawyer handle those unresolved issues. I am just happy to move on to the next part of my coaching career.

After a season in Cuxhaven, what will you remember most out of this learning experience to help you in the future when dealing with teams?

I have to say it wasnt all bad for me in Cuxhaven. I met some very nice people and the players we had last season were all really professional and took their job seriously which made things a lot easier. Coaching wise, it was new for me to be an assistant coach and I saw a lot in my role. That alone will for sure help me in my future. The team was much better than most expected so that was also great to experience. On the business side, I will just make sure to choose more wisely, but there are some things a person can never know until you are actually there.


What things were you able to learn on the court from head coach Kristis Plendiskis that you will take to Braunschweig?

Krists and I had a solid working relationship in my opinion and I believe he has a bright future as a coach. There is a lot I can take from this past season but of course we are two totally different coaches so I will stick to my own personal coaching philosophy.

How proud are you off American Scott Thomas that made the jump to the first league in Belgium. Will he be able to make the adjustment there?

Scott did an amazing job this season and I am sure he will be successful in Belgium. Actually I am really proud of all the guys we had this season and I am sure they will all find their way. A few have already signed and I couldnt be happier for them. It was a joy to work with them.


Monyea Pratt had a very good last two months. Is he a guy that could make the jump to the Beko BBL?

Monyea probably had to adjust the most out of any player we had on our team. In the Pro B he was a go to guy, and with us he came mostly from the bench and his minutes were usually dependent on others, but he really took it well and continued to work hard in practice and play his role in games to the best of his ability although we all knew he should be playing more. At the end, he got his chance and really did well. Because he is so variable as a player, I would say that he is a guy that COULD play in the Beko BBL. It all depends on what a coach is looking for. In my opinion, he would deserve the chance.


How well did German Maurice Plukota develop? In what area did he develop the most?

Maurice did a good job for us. I think he has the skill set to be a decent player someday. He just needs the right setting and maybe an experienced coach to bring the best out in him. He hasnt been playing basketball for so long but his athleticism is incredible. I think he doesnt know how much potential he really has. To make the next step, he needs to learn the finer points to the game that have nothing to do with pure athleticism. I think he got better with that as the year went on though.

How excited are you to be working for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. This seems like a place you will enjoy. I remember seeing you there at games in the last years.

I am incredibly excited to have the chance to work within the New Yorker Phantoms organization. I understand their vision for the future and appreciate their trust in me to do my part to develop their young German talent. Over the years they have put out some incredible talent but now its time for us not only to develop talent but to make sure that these players identify with the club/city and want to be a part of it for many years! That is what I look forward to being a part of.

How strange is it already being part of the organization despite no new head coach yet?

Actually it doesnt affect my work at all at the moment. I do not know much about what the club has planned about their new head coach, but I am sure Oliver Braun and the rest of the management are doing all they can behind the scenes to bring in the best possible coach. It isnt always an easy process though.


You will have three duties as NBBL, JBBL and assistant to the Pro B team. How will you prepare for these duties in the next months?

Well with the NBBL it has already started. I am going to coach them in the NBBL Qualification round on the 22nd and 23rd in Hamburg. Although I am getting a late start with the team, I am confident that we will qualify in a tough group. After that my most important thing to do will be to meet with the youth coaches and develop a good working relationship. There is so much for me to learn and I have so many ideas, but without having a good relationship with the people I work with, it would be difficult. Liviu Calin will be a big help to me and I hope to learn a lot from his vast experience as a coach to help me grow as a coach. A day without learning is a wasted day.

You were three seasons with BBC Bayreuth working with the youth. What is your biggest strength as a basketball teacher for the youth?

Because I still have contact with many of my former players in Bayreuth, I would have to say that one of my biggest strengths is the ability to teach and gain respect without the players having the feeling that I dont understand them. I was like them when I was younger, and I am not so old that I dont remember what it was like to be young and at times wild. I believe respect is earned on a day to day basis and not just because I have the title of Coach or because I yell at them. I have a different approach, and so far in my career, I have always had good relationships with my players.


How disappointed are you that you most likely wont be coaching Dennis Schroeder this season?

I am not disappointed at all. Even though I dont know him, I have followed his career and believe he has an incredible chance because of the talent he has and how hard he worked for it. As a basketball fan, I am excited to see how his career develops. I wish him all the best, even though I wont have an opportunity to coach him.

Where do you see him landing in the NBA draft?

I look at the draft boards just like everyone else and of course its difficult to for see what place anyone will land. There are too many factors involved in the NBA draft, but because this isnt the strongest draft, and because of how he impressed the scouts, I have a feeling he will go higher than most draft boards have him listed.

When was the last time you watched your buzzer beater against Bremerhaven?

Come on Miles, that was ages ago, no one is interested in that haha! No seriously, I showed it to my kids a few months ago because the topic came up about the longest shot I ever made. I told them, but they didnt believe me so I used YouTube as a way to prove myself. The look on their faces was priceless! The only thing I really remember about that game is that we lost.

Will the Spurs be able to dethrone the Heat?

I am not a "Heat Hater", but a Spurs fan...and that since I was a young kid rocking the David Robinson jersey and trying to play like Sean Elliott on the playground. I think it will go to 7 games with my Spurs winning.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

A movie DVD? Whats that? You think a father of 3 and passionate basketball coach has time for DVDs unless its a basketball game? Haha...actually I havent watched a DVD in a while because Im too busy watching reality trash online like Love & Hip Hop. Terrible isnt it?

Thanks Sean for the chat.




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Italy wins Torneo KE-Citta di Jesolo - by Eurobasket News

Italy wins Torneo KE-Citta di Jesolo with 4 participating teams. The hosts overcame Greece U20 82:64 in a preparation tournament for the Mediterranean Games.
Italy started strong and grabbed 14-6 lead at the end of the first period. The tempo dramatically increased in the second frame as Italy reached 37:29 lead at the halftime. Moreover they continued their dominance in the second half and increased the lead. Italy led 62:44 after three quarters and then managed to win 82:64 with the total result.
Stefano Gentile (191-PG-89) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Cervi nailed 12. David Cournooh (188-G-90) posted 11 and Moraschini added 10. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-SG-93, agency: FCM) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, while Antetokounbo poured in 12. Bochoridis notched 10 points and Petros Melissaratos (205-F/C-93) as well as Slaftsakis had 7 each.



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Iran National Team in Istanbul - by Asiabasket

I.R. Iran National Team spends 9 days in Istanbul to have a preparatory camp and a few friendly games vs. African National teams.
After a short starting camp in Tehran, 15 players will continue to practice hard in Istanbul to get ready for one of the toughest editions of Asian competitions in 27th FIBA Asia Championship which will be held in Manila, Philippines.
Iran is scheduled to face Algeria, Egypt and the FIBA Africa champions, Tunisia for the 1st round of their overseas camps in Istanbul.
The national team will resume their program in Tehran on June 22nd after they get back home on June 19th.



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Huertas to Tel Aviv? - by Idan Seggev

According reports in Spain, Regal FC Barcelona is very interesting to sign CSKA Moscow's point guard, Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) and in case of success, they may release Their Brazilian point guard, Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports), even though he still have two more years in his contract which is around 1.4 million euro per year. If Huertas will leave eventually, Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv & Anadolu Efes Istanbul are the mentioned teams to sign him. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv was interested to bring back Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) who finally signed with CSKA Moscow, but Marcelinho can be an excellent start to build the team for next season.


Gal Mekel to audition for Milwaukee - by Idan Seggev

The Israeli point guard of Maccabi Bazan Haifa, Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St.), will travel with his personal coach after Thursday's final to the U.S. to tryouts with Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz and maybe other NBA teams. Last year Mekel already impressed when he practiced with the Jazz and this time he will probably join their squad for the summer league. Mekel hope to be the second Israeli player in the NBA after Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) already made it. In Mekel is also interested Russian club, Lokomotiv Kuban, Eurocup cup holder which will play in the Euroleague next season. Mekel joined lately to Maccabi Bazan Haifa this season and was one of the main reasons that the club reached the Israeli cup final and the league title final, where the can still win it on Thursday vs. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. Mekel was also had been chosen for the 2012-13 best five in the Israeli league, with average of 13.8 ppg, 4.8 apg & 2.6 rpg.


Winner league awards 2012-13 - by Idan Seggev

The Gala night of Winner league took place yesterday three days before the big final between MAccabi & Haifa and during the evening the best five of the season was announced, along with other personal awards. Here are the players who were chosen for the best five this season, when Gal Mekel is the only Israeli player in it:

Gal Mekel (Maccabi Haifa) - 13.4 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.6 rpg
Scotty Hopson (Hapoel Eilat) - 18.6 ppg, 2.8 apg, 5.4 rpg
Devin Smith - (Maccabi Electra) - 13.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Pat Calathes (Maccabi Haifa) - 15.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2 apg
Shawn James (Maccabi Electra) - 10 ppg, 6 rpg, 3 bpg

Also were chosen:
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Bar Timor (Hapoel Tel Aviv) - best revelation
Yehu Orland (Barak Netanya) - best 6th player
Eyal Shulman (Barak Netanya) - best improve player
Shawn James (Maccabi Electra) - best defensive player



Winner league awards 2012-13 - by Idan Seggev

The Gala night of Winner league took place yesterday three days before the big final between Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv & Maccabi Bazan Haifa and during the evening the best five of the season was announced, along with other personal awards. Here are the players who were chosen for the best five this season, when Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) is the only Israeli player in it:

Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) (Maccabi Bazan Haifa) - 13.4 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.6 rpg
Scotty Hopson (200-G-89, college: Tennessee) (Hapoel Eilat) - 18.6 ppg, 2.8 apg, 5.4 rpg
Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) - (Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv) - 13.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's) (Maccabi Bazan Haifa) - 15.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2 apg
Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) (Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv) - 10 ppg, 6 rpg, 3 bpg

Also were chosen:
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Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) (Hapoel Tel-Aviv) - best revelation
Yehu Orland (193-G-81, agency: Ronsport) (GreenTops Netanya) - best 6th player
Eyal Shulman (192-PG-87) (GreenTops Netanya) - best improve player
Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) (Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv) - best defensive player



Maccabi Haifa advanced to the Finals - by Netanel Dahan

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
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Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 21
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.21.0 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.20.4 
 3. Young, Upea CdO19.5 
 4. Marigney, Prima V.18.8 
 5. Mays, Givova S.18.8 
 6. Roderick, LeGamber.18.6 
 7. Green, Novipiu Cas.18.2 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 9. Jenkins, C.de L.17.7 
 10. Griffin, Fileni B.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.6 
 2. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 3. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 4. Mosley, Biancobl.9.1 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.0 
 6. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.4 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.1 
 9. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.0 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERNANDEZ
  C.de L.
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Fernandez, C.de L.4.9 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.7 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.6 
 4. Gay, Aget S.4.3 
 5. Roderick, LeGamber.4.3 
 6. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 7. Ware, Novipiu Casa.4.2 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Prima V.3.3 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 2. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 3. James, FCM F.2.3 
 4. Mays, Givova S.2.3 
 5. Fernandez, C.de L.2.2 
 6. Forray, Pall.Trento2.1 
 7. Guarino, FCM F.2.1 
 8. Battle, Upea CdO2.0 
 9. Vitali, Biancobl.2.0 
 10. Filloy, AcegasAp.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 4. Griffin, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.1 
 6. James, FCM F.1.1 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 8. Butkevicius, Novip.0.9 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.9 
 10. Brkic, C.de L.0.8 


DNB Finals - by Armando Caporaso

With the last game played yesterday it's over also this DNB season with 3 teams promoted that will play next year in the new Lega2 Silver! All the teams that had won own groups during the regular season completed the ride winning also the promotion playoffs.

A

Controlgom Monticelli Brusati (1) vs LTC Sangiorgese (7) 2-0 (86-79, 96-59)

After a balanced game 1 for Monticelli Brusati it's been really easy obtain the victory and the promotion at PalaBorsani against the LCT. In the first game of the series the hosts were dragged by the 22 pts of the Argentinian Federico Requena (204-F-86, agency: Players Group) and by the 19 pts of the expert playmaker Rombaldoni Rodolfo with a good 8/10 total. The other players in double digit are been Bertolini Luca with 15 pts and Masieri Luciano with 12 pts and 6 reb while from the bench good performance of Ochoa Ignacio with 9 pts in just 14 minutes. At the visitors not enough Benzoni Daniele Mario that closed with the double-double (19 pts + 12 reb) and the other 4 players in double digit: Zanelli Alessandro with 16 pts and 8 reb, Valesin Gianluca with 11 pts and Amato Andrea + Bianchi Sebastiano both with 10 pts. Good game also for Priuli Alessandro with 9 pts and 7 reb. In the decisive second match there was no game, +37 the final for the regular season winners with an amazing partial in the second half (53-24). Requena is again the top scorer with 22 pts, excellente game for Masieri with 21 pts and 7 reb, 16 pts of Bertolini and 11 pts for Rombaldoni. The LTC, however arrived in final despite the seventh place in the final standing, played a really good post season eliminating Castellanza and Varese (second and third forces of this group) but unfortunately has played one of his worst games probably during the most important match of the entire season. Only 2 players with more of ten points for the hosts, Amato with 12 pts and Benzoni with 11 pts, and little else to save with a terrible 40-117 of ranking.

MVP of the finals: Federico Requena 22.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 spg, 20.0 rnk, 8/9 free throws, 16/29 total (55%)

B

Acmar Ravenna (1) vs Enegan Affrico Bk. Firenze (3) 2-1 (78-80, 73-70, 90-55)

The Acmar completes a perfect season and after the victory in the league cup and the first place during the regular season (26-4 the record) obtains also the deserved promotion to the Lega2 Silver. The series was started really bad for Ravenna with the defeat in game 1 (the first at home after 19 consecutive wins) despite a great comeback unfortunately interrupted only in the last possessions. Eugenio Rivali (178-PG-86, agency: Two Points) was been almost perfect with 15 pts, 11 reb, 3 stl and 5 ass with 33 of ranking but the top scorer of the team for that game was Amoni Francesco with 20 pts. For the other 14 pts of Cicognani Giacomo, 13 pts of Bedetti Luca and 11 pts + 8 reb for Broglia Giorgio. For the winners, that have kept the advantage until the end after the 18-8 of the first 10 minutes, great performance of Fattori Giovanni with 24 pts and 9 reb, 20 pts of Paparella Emiliano with 7 ass, 11 pts for the couple Grilli Daniele/Fontani Cosimo and 7 pts + 7 reb of Udom Mattia helping from the bench. In the second game at PalaAffrico, first match-point for Firenze, the team of coach Lanfranco Giordani starts bad again (18-27) but this time completes the comeback in the last quarter (21-13) and brings the series at 'game 3' led by the 20 pts of Broglia and the 14 pts of Bedetti and Rivali (another good performance for the pointguard that adds also 5 stl and 4 ass). For the hosts 21 pts of Fattori, 18 pts for Paparella, 10 pts of Grilli and 8 pts + 9 reb of the usual Udom. In the last decisive game at Palazzetto Angelo Costa the Acmar plays the perfect match closing with an amazing +35 and a partial of 47-21 in the last 20 minutes deleting all the balance of the first 2 games. For Firenze 14 pts of Lovatti Fabio and Fattori and 10 pts with 7 reb for Udom, probably the only 3 players that have tried to the end... for the Enegan Affrico only 29 of total ranking with 23 turnovers and 19-36 the challenge under the boards. For the winners all really easy in the second half, they close this season with 5 players in double digit and an incredible 62% by 2 (28/45). The top scorer is again Rivali with 21 pts and 5 ass, 21 also for Cernivani Stefano in 26 minutes, 15 pts for Bedetti, 11 pts of Broglia and Penserini Giovanni (respectively with 8 reb and 7 stl) and only 6 pts for Cicognani but with 11 reb.

MVP of the finals: Eugenio Rivali 16.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, 3.7 spg, 27,7 rnk, 14/15 free throws, 18/30 total (60%)

C

Madogas Natural Energy BNB (1) vs Mec-Energy Roseto (2) 2-0 (71-64, 76-73)

In the challenge between first and second of the group there was, as predicted, a great balance but is Corato who had the best winning the second game away reaching an important promotion. In the first match played at PalaColombo just in the last minutes the hosts have managed to get the win despite the good start in the first quarter. Palombita Giancarlo was the top scorer for the BNB with 15 pts adding also 5 ass but it's been an excellent team performance with 11 pts of Corral Diego Nahuel, 10 pts for Stella Mauro, 9 pts of Merletto Daniele, 8 pts and 8 reb for Zaccariello Leonardo, 7 pts and 7 reb of Ferraro Innocenzo and double-double for Andrea Ancellotti (212-C-88) with 11 pts + 11 reb adding also 3 blk. Instead for the visitors quite the opposite with 19 pts for Petrucci Niccolo' and 15 pts of Stanic Nicolas Manuel with 4 stl while from the bench there were 9 pts of Marini Pierpaolo and 8 pts by Amoroso Francesco. At Pala Maggetti Roseto was not able to recover the disadvantage in the last seconds and will have to remain another year in DNB. Stanic is the top scorer in this last game with 18 pts and 5 ass, 11 pts for Leo Arcangelo and Di giuliomaria Christian that has captured also 10 reb (5 offensive) and 8 pts + 4 ass of Marcante Fabio. For the visitors Palombita closed with 16 pts, 12 pts in 24 minutes for Merletto, 13 pts and 4 ass for Zaccariello, 11 pts and 4 ass of Ferraro and another good performance of the ex Reggio Emilia Ancellotti with only 7 pts but 13 reb. The key of the victory for the Madogas Natural Energy it's been probably the best free throws percentage (64% against 54%, too many errors, also in the decisive moments, for the Mec-Energy).

MVP of the finals: Andrea Ancellotti 9.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 1.0 spg, 13.5 rnk



Italy wins Torneo KE-Citta di Jesolo - by Eurobasket News

Italy wins Torneo KE-Citta di Jesolo with 4 participating teams. The hosts overcame Greece U20 82:64 in a preparation tournament for the Mediterranean Games.
Italy started strong and grabbed 14-6 lead at the end of the first period. The tempo dramatically increased in the second frame as Italy reached 37:29 lead at the halftime. Moreover they continued their dominance in the second half and increased the lead. Italy led 62:44 after three quarters and then managed to win 82:64 with the total result.
Stefano Gentile (191-PG-89) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Cervi nailed 12. David Cournooh (188-G-90) posted 11 and Moraschini added 10. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-SG-93, agency: FCM) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, while Antetokounbo poured in 12. Bochoridis notched 10 points and Petros Melissaratos (205-F/C-93) as well as Slaftsakis had 7 each.



Lega2 Round 2 of Finals. Pistoia record second consecutive victory - by Eurobasket News

Giorgo Tesi PT - C.de Latte BRE 58-56

Pistoia stepped closer to the title after handing the second straight defeat to Brescia. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 58-56. Swingman Riccardo Cortese (195-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points. Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American swingman J.R. Giddens (196-85, college: N.Mexico) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and the former international power forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for C.de Latte BRE.
Top scorers:
Giorgo Tesi PT: A.Graves 12+2reb+1ast, R.Cortese 12+4reb+1ast, M.Hicks 10+7reb, G.Galanda 8+3reb+2ast, R.Rullo 6+1ast, D.Fajardo 6+10reb
C.de Latte BRE: J.Giddens 20+12reb+2ast, D.Brkic 10+6reb+2ast, N.Barlos 9+7reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 8+4reb+2ast, S.Stojkov 5+2reb, F.Loschi 2+1reb
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Jaguars, Hoopers stay on course - by Eurobasket News

Mid-season champions Granville Jaguars and beaten finalist Hoopers stayed on course for a place in the finals of the Flow National Basketball League-West competition after scoring good wins in third round games on Saturday.
Jaguars dealt two-time defending champions Catherine Hall's chances a big blow with a 76-68 win in the first game, while Hoopers turned back MBCC Knights 82-66 as both stayed on top of the points tables. Jaguars stayed on top with 21 points from12 games, with Hoopers next on 18 points same as Lucea Flames, with Catherine Hall on 17 points and Knights on 16 with Railway Lane Tigers on 12. Leroy Lawrence continued his impressive season with a double-double 25 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks to lead Jaguars to their ninth win as they beat the two-time defending champions for the second time this season. Jaguars were in control of the game, leading by five points 18-13 after the first quarter and were up 40-34 at half-time and extended their lead to 54-44 going into the fourth quarter. Greg Bernard also came up big for Jaguars with 16 points, six rebounds, six steals and three blocked shots as Vaughn Corke also scored 25 points for Catherine Hall as well as three rebounds, three steals and four assists with Jermaine Rerrie scoring 16 points and had eight rebounds. Mikhail Smith led Hoopers' balanced scoring with 14 points, six rebounds, four steals and five assists with Dwayne Johns scoring 13 points and had nine rebounds as they led 13-9, 39-26 and 58-48 at the intervals. Jhaun Bryan and Lemar Mitchell both scored 13 points for Knights who have lost six of their 11 games in their first season in the NBL-West.
Courtesy of: jamaicaobserver.com



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Dardania Streetball Kosova 2013 started yesterday in Peja - by Onur Decani

The first edition officially recognized by FIBA 3x3, started yesterday (09.06.13) with the qualifying phase in Peja. This was the 13th edition of Streetball in Kosovo but only the first to be officially recognized by FIBA's Streetball Federation "3x3".
This year Streetball Kosova had changes in playing rules as they adopted the rules of FIBA 3x3.
Formerly Streetball Kosova 2013 was set to start a couple of weeks ago, but the starting date was changed due to the weather conditions.
The first team to qualify for the finals was "Talibanet" who beat "Macuckat" 12-10 in the final match of Peja edition.
The Dardania Streetball Kosova 2013 Finals, will be held in the same place (Peja) on the 6th of July, after the other qualifying phases will be held in Prizren, Gjakova, Gjilan, Ferizaj, Mitrovica and Prishtina.



Dardania Streetball Kosova 2013 started yesterday in Peja - by Onur Decani

The first edition officially recognized by FIBA 3x3, started yesterday (09.06.13) with the qualifying phase in Peja. This was the 13th edition of Streetball in Kosovo but only the first to be officially recognized by FIBA's Streetball Federation "3x3".
This year Streetball Kosova had changes in playing rules as they adopted the rules of FIBA 3x3.
Formerly Streetball Kosova 2013 was set to start a couple of weeks ago, but the starting date was changed due to the weather conditions.
The first team to qualify for the finals was "Talibanet" who beat "Macuckat" 12-10 in the final match of Peja edition.
The Dardania Streetball Kosova 2013 Finals, will be held in the same place (Peja) on the 6th of July, after the other qualifying phases will be held in Prizren, Gjakova, Gjilan, Ferizaj, Mitrovica and Prishtina.




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DMNT remains perfect in China with the win over Latvia - by Eurobasket News

The Development Men's National Team (DMNT) moved to a 3-0 record with a convincing 82-40 victory over Latvia on Monday morning. With the win, the team closed-out the first leg of the Four Nations' International Invitational Tournament following victories over China and the United States over the weekend.

Toronto, Ont. native Dwight Powell (208-F-91) once again started the game well with an impressive showing. The DMNT quickly built a lead and established a strong game focused on rebounding and defence. Latvia proved to be a resourceful and tenacious opponent, but Canada went into halftime sporting a 36-26 lead.

The second half saw Canada breakout in a big way. The team's offensive game shone while the bench provided energy and productivity. The Red and White's stalwart defence continued to be effective in shutting-down any push from the Latvian side. In the second half, the team allowed only 14 points while netting 46. Canada's commitment to rebounding showed as they finished the game with a clear 43-20 advantage.

Powell led the Canadians' even attack with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Murphy Burnatowski registered 12 points on an efficient shooting display, making five shots in six attempts, and Melvin Ejim chipped-in 11 while grabbing 8 rebounds. Kingston, Ontario's Owen Klassen (208-F-91) finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds as the team pressed on offence and controlled on defence through the match. "Now that we are getting used to playing with each other, we are starting to click as a team. I think that we will only get better as the trip goes on and we'll be ready to play when it comes time for the FISU games," said Klassen when asked about the team's dynamic.

Head coach Jay Triano noted that, "we were really able to focus on the defensive end tonight; we took them out of the game with what we were able to do offensively. We still need to make better decisions offensively with and without the ball. Our bigs did an outstanding job inside against their smaller bigs. We were able to punish them inside."

The DMNT will now travel to the city of Huaihua to continue the team's tour through China. The same four teams will once again match-up over the course of three days beginning on Wednesday where Canada will face the United States. Canada took the first match between the two North American rivals with a 75-73 victory on Sunday.

Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.ca



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Standings

LBQ Standings
 1. Jaguars 8-2 
 2. Page-Dynamo 8-5 
 3. Royal 8-5 
 4. Revolution 6-6 
 5. Seigneurs 4-7 
 6. Monteregie 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 5: Seigneurs - Page-Dynamo 93-97
Jun. 8: Revolution - Royal 88-81
Jun. 9: Page-Dynamo - Royal 88-77
Jun. 9: Seigneurs - Jaguars 76-93
Jun. 9: Monteregie - Revolution 60-101
Jun. 8: Jaguars - Monteregie



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  LITHUANIA   


LSU edge Philippines NT - by Eurobasket News

LSU-Philippines NT 89:86

LSU edge Philippines NT on Sunday. The Lithuanian team posted a 89:86 win due to the seocnd half.
It was another game of the Philippines NT against the Lithianuians. Few days ago they beat Jazz-Diremta 74:63. Last night LSU started with 28-21, but the Asian team took control in the second period and dominated the rest of the half. They erupted with a 28-13 surge, but could not win the game. LSU won the third period 22-15 and finished the game with 26-22 in the last period. Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) top-scored for the einners with 23 points and Arunas Vasiliauskas (200-F-85) netted 17. Sarunas Vingelis scored 16, whilst Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) added 15. Arunas Sakalauskas (190-G-91) followed them with 13 points in a win. Ranidel deOcampo (195-F-81) replied with 21 points int he losing effort.



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Quimper tab Tahirou Sani - by Eurobasket News

Quimper added Tahirou Sani (203-F-85) to the squad. The Malian-French forward spent the last season with Aurore de Vitre in NM2. In 2011/12 season Tahirou Sani played for Blois Basket in NM1. He notched 8.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Previously he had stints with Vosges, Mirecourt, IR Reykjavik, Geneve Devils, Brest, Golbey-Epinal, Gravelines. Tahirou Sani was the member of Malian National Team in 2005-11 seasons.


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NT U18 : Head coach Radovic announced list of players - by Dragan Scepanovic

Head coach of U18 NT of Montenegro Dragan Radovic announced list of players for EC 2103 U18 B Division in Macedonia, on list are 18 basketball players : Aleksandar Novosel, Aleksandar Dozic, Mihailo Radunovic, Vasilije Bacovic and Milos Andjelic (BC Buducnost Podgorica ), Luka Djurovic, Igor Cvorovic and Goran Loncar (BC Sutjeska Niksic), Emir Hadzibegovic and Nemanja Sekularac (BC Centar B.Polje), Milovan Draskovic (BC Barselona, SPA), Zoran Nikolic (BC Girona, SPA), Marko Raicevic (BC Studentski Centar Podgorica ), Vaso Milovic ( BC Mornar Bar), Petar Popovic (BC Lovcen Cetinje), Luka Savic (BC ABS Primorje H.Novi ) and Zdravko Boskovic (BC Anagastum Niksic).


Buducnost extended contract with Igor Jovovic - by Darko Pekic

Buducnost announced tonight that Igor Jovovic , who won the League title with the club from Podgorica, would coach them in the upcoming season also. The news is not a surprise because Jovovic knows all players well as he has previosly worked as assistant coach in Dejan Radonjic (agency: Beo Basket )'s coaching staff for many years. The 30 year old Jovovic got a chance in domestic Superleague this year after the departure of Dejan Radonjic (agency: Beo Basket ) and helped the team from Podgorica to defend the title. Therefore, he deserved Dragan Bokan 's trust for next season.

Jovovic, who is Podgorica native, has also played for Buducnost youth teams.



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  NBA   


The Hawks sign coach Quin Snyder - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks signed 47-year old coach Quin Snyder. He started the season at CSKA Moscow in Russian PBL league.
Snyder just won VTB United League championship title. Snyder was voted All-D-League Coach of the Year back in 2009.
He was coaching USA Senior National Team back in 2003.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @WojYahooNBA)



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  NCAA1   


France U20 roll past Team USA in Treviso - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Team USA 74:53

French U20 National Team overcame Team USA selection at the Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso. Pinault Bastien (194-G/F-93) came up with 15 points to lead the winners.
Team USA grabbed a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes. But the French youngsters regained the lead in the second frame. They went on an 18:12 run to secure a 37:32 halftime lead. France held their North American opponents to just 5 points in the third period. Les Bleus accumulated a 17-point lead before the fourth frame 54:37. They went on a 20:16 run in the fourth frame to seal the win. Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) netted 13 points, while Boris Dallo (197-PG-94) added 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Devin Robinson answered with 12 points for Team USA. Victor Law produced 9 points in the loss.

France U20: Pinault Bastien 15, Alexandre Chassang 13, Boris Dallo 12
Team USA: Devin Robinson 12, Victor Law 9



Serbia U19 claim confident win over Team USA in Treviso - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Team USA (U18) 79:61

Serbian U19 National Team played another exhibition encounter at the Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso. They faced Team USA selection. The European team proved the strength claiming a well-deserved 18-point victory. Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 15 points to pace the winners.
Serbia stormed into the game. They poured in 27 points in the opening quarter to gain a 14-point lead. Team USA stopped the rot in the second term. The North American team cut the deficit at 10-point mark at halftime 29:39. But Serbia regained control in the third period. They held Team USA to 10 points in the next quarter and posted a 16-point advantage before the final period. Serbia dropped 24 points in the fourth frame and sealed the win. Ognjen Dobric (198-SF-94) finished with 13 points, while Petar Aranitovic (192-PG-94) added 11 points for Serbia. Dwayne Morgan answered with 16 points for Team USA. Alex Robinson had 15 points in the losing effort.

Serbia U19: Vasilije Micic 15, Ognjen Dobric 13, Petar Aranitovic 11
Team USA: Dwayne Morgan 16, Alex Robinson 15



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DStv PBL Standings

DStv Standings
Atlantic Conference
 1. D.Warriors 8-4 
 2. Union Bank 8-5 
 3. Oluyole W. 8-5 
 4. Royal Hoopers 6-6 
 5. Islanders 6-7 
 6. Customs 6-7 
 7. Comets 5-7 
 8. Police Baton 3-9 
Savannah Conference
 1. Kano Pillars 12-0 
 2. Mark Mentors 9-3 
 3. Plateau Peaks 8-4 
 4. Niger Potters 7-5 
 5. Kada Stars 5-7 
 6. Bauchi Nets 4-8 
 7. Immigration 2-10 
 8. Yelwa Hawks 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Atlantic

Jun. 10: Royal Hoopers - Comets 63-41
Jun. 9: Royal Hoopers - Comets 61-49
Jun. 9: Police Baton - D.Warriors 44-48

Savannah

Jun. 9: Mark Mentors - Plateau Peaks 98-71
Jun. 9: Kano Pillars - Bauchi Nets 78-57
Jun. 9: Immigration - Kada Stars 74-81
Jun. 9: Yelwa Hawks - Niger Potters 56-64

Regular Season: Round 15

Atlantic

Jun. 14: Police Baton - Islanders
Jun. 14: Union Bank - Comets
Jun. 15: Police Baton - Islanders
Jun. 15: Union Bank - Comets
Jun. 15: Customs - D.Warriors

Savannah

Jun. 15: Plateau Peaks - Niger Potters
Jun. 15: Bauchi Nets - Kada Stars
Jun. 15: Kano Pillars - Yelwa Hawks
Jun. 15: Mark Mentors - Immigration



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Tom Thibodeau to Join Team USA Coaching Staff - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau will be one of two new coaches to round out the coaching staff of the U.S. Olympic mens basketball team, according to an ESPN report. The other coach will be Monty Williams of the now New Orleans Pelicans. Thibs and Williams will work for the next three summers under current Team USA head coach, Duke Universitys Mike Krzyzewski , and they will replace Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni and former Portland Trailblazers head coach, Nate McMillan . Adding Tom Thibodeau to the staff should be a great launching pad for the return of Derrick Rose (191-G-88, college: Memphis) to USA Basketball. Rose was a lock to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London until he suffered the injury to his ACL in the NBA Playoffs last April. The next Olympic cycle will begin in 2014 with the World Cup of Basketball which will be a prelude of sorts to the 2016 Olympic Games which will be held in Brazil in 2016.
Courtesy of: nbcchicago.com



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Dawson, Meralco29.6 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.23.9 
 3. Macklin, Barang.23.3 
 4. Bowles, San M.22.7 
 5. Sundov, Rain o.22.1 
 6. David, Global Port21.9 
 7. Dozier, Alaska Aces20.1 
 8. Canaleta, Air21 E.15.5 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.14.0 
 10. Cardona, Meralco13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces17.3 
 2. Dawson, Meralco16.0 
 3. Dunigan, Air21 E.15.4 
 4. Bowles, San M.15.2 
 5. Macklin, Barang.14.7 
 6. Sundov, Rain o.12.5 
 7. Abueva, Alaska Ac.8.6 
 8. Pingris, San M.7.8 
 9. Santos, Petron B.7.1 
 10. Aguilar, Global P.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ross, Meralco9.2 
 2. Cabagnot, Petron5.2 
 3. Casio, Alaska Aces5.0 
 4. Tenorio, Barang.5.0 
 5. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.8 
 6. Cortez, Air21 E.4.7 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barang.4.5 
 8. Lee, Rain or Shine4.2 
 9. Barroca, San M.3.8 
 10. Devance, San M.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dawson, Meralco3.1 
 2. Barroca, San M.1.9 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.1.9 
 4. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 5. Cortez, Air21 E.1.6 
 6. Urbiztondo, Barang.1.5 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.1.3 
 8. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.1 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.1.0 
 10. Intal, Barako Bull1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces2.8 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.4 
 3. Bowles, San M.2.1 
 4. Dawson, Meralco1.9 
 5. Aguilar, Global Po.1.8 
 6. Macklin, Barang.0.9 
 7. Fajardo, Petron B.0.9 
 8. Pennisi, Barako Bu.0.8 
 9. Raymundo, Barang.0.7 
 10. Devance, San M.0.7 


LSU edge Philippines NT - by Eurobasket News

LSU-Philippines NT 89:86

LSU edge Philippines NT on Sunday. The Lithuanian team posted a 89:86 win due to the seocnd half.
It was another game of the Philippines NT against the Lithianuians. Few days ago they beat Jazz-Diremta 74:63. Last night LSU started with 28-21, but the Asian team took control in the second period and dominated the rest of the half. They erupted with a 28-13 surge, but could not win the game. LSU won the third period 22-15 and finished the game with 26-22 in the last period. Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) top-scored for the einners with 23 points and Arunas Vasiliauskas (200-F-85) netted 17. Sarunas Vingelis scored 16, whilst Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) added 15. Arunas Sakalauskas (190-G-91) followed them with 13 points in a win. Ranidel deOcampo (195-F-81) replied with 21 points int he losing effort.



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  POLAND   


Slovenian Andrej Urlep will continue with Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian Andrej Urlep (agency: Edge Sports ) will continue with Energa Czarni for the next season. The Head Coach of the team remains in Poland.
In Jan.'13 signed at Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-TBL). Energa Czarni Slupsk finished the Regular Season with 13-9 record. Later the team had 16-16 record in the Second stage and lost the Quarterfinal series to Stelmet ZG 2-3. The latter later became the Champion of Poland.
The last season Urlep coached at AZS Koszalin. The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the Polish Cup final in 2004 and 2010. Urlep was also voted Eurobasket Polish League Coach of the Year back in 2002,2003 and 2005. He used to coach Polish National Team (as & arrNT2 (10,4) & ) back in 2007.
Urlep has coached previously another Polish team Anwil.



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Ponce 21-9 
 2. Quebradillas 19-12 
 3. Santurce 19-12 
 4. Guaynabo 17-13 
 5. Mayaguez 17-15 
 6. Arecibo 14-16 
 7. Humacao 14-16 
 8. Guayama 14-16 
 9. San German 9-21 
 10. Bayamon 8-22 

Regular Season: Round 37

Jun. 9: San German - Ponce 86-87
Jun. 9: Guayama - Humacao 74-75
Jun. 9: Bayamon - Quebradillas 73-80
Jun. 10: Mayaguez - Santurce 73-76

Regular Season: Round 38

Jun. 11: Ponce - Humacao
Jun. 11: Guayama - Bayamon
Jun. 12: Guaynabo - Quebradillas
Jun. 12: Arecibo - Mayaguez
Jun. 13: Santurce - San German
Jun. 13: Bayamon - Ponce


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Harris, Ponce21.8 
 2. Diogu, Ponce20.5 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.0 
 4. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 5. Carmona, Humacao19.4 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.8 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Lisch, Quebradillas17.0 
 10. Huertas, Quebradi.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.1 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.7 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.9 
 4. Phillip, San German9.0 
 5. Diogu, Ponce8.8 
 6. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 7. Harrellson, Chongq.8.2 
 8. Massie, San German8.2 
 9. Carmona, Humacao8.1 
 10. Graterol, Arecibo8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.5 
 2. Lisch, Quebradillas5.1 
 3. Hamilton, Mayaguez4.9 
 4. Clemente, Humacao4.8 
 5. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 6. Rivera, Ponce4.7 
 7. Huertas, Quebradil.3.9 
 8. Coronado, Guayama3.7 
 9. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 10. Mojica, Bayamon3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Renaldo BALKMAN
  Guayama
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Balkman, Guayama2.1 
 2. Fortuna, Ponce2.1 
 3. Coronado, Guayama1.8 
 4. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.5 
 5. Rodriguez, Guayama1.4 
 6. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 7. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.4 
 8. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 9. Villegas, Guaynabo1.3 
 10. Santiago, Ponce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Penn, Humacao2.2 
 2. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 3. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.4 
 5. Balkman, Guayama1.3 
 6. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 7. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 8. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 9. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 10. Nichols, Arecibo0.9 



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  RUSSIA   


Russian University National Team 2013 - by Simas

Russian University National Team 2013
#s#
Pavel Antipov
Antipov
Semen Antonov
Antonov
Nikita Balashov
Balashov
Evgeny Valiev
Valiev
Artem Vikhrov
Vikhrov
#e#5
Pavel Antipov 204-F-91 Unics Russia
Semen Antonov 202-PF-89 N.Novgorod Russia
Nikita Balashov 207-F-91 Krasnie Krilya Russia
Evgeny Valiev 205-F-90 Triumph Russia
Artem Vikhrov 196-PG-92 Triumph Russia
Maxim Grigoryev 195-G-90 Lokomotiv Russia
Viacheslav Zaitsev 191-G-89 Khimky Russia
Viktor Zaryazhko 194-G-92 Krasnie Krilya Russia
Andrey Zubkov 205-F-91 Lokomotiv Russia
Sergey Karasev 202-SG-93 Triumph Russia
Pavel Korobkov 206-C-90 N.Novgorod Russia
Dmitry Kulagin 197-F-92 Krasnie Krilya Russia
Ivan Lazarev 210-C/F-91 Triumph Russia
Vladimir Pichkurov 192-G-90 Volgograd Russia
Sergey Toropov 206-F/C-89 Avtodor Russia
Dmitry Khvostov 190-G-89 Khimky Russia

Vasiliy Karasev Head Coach Triumph Russia



Russian National Team 2013 - by Simas

Russian National Team 2013
#s#
Semen Antonov
Antonov
Nikita Balashov
Balashov
Sergey Bykov
Bykov
Eugeny Voronov
Voronov
Andrey Vorontsevich
Vorontsevich
#e#5
Semen Antonov 202-PF-89 N.Novgorod Russia
Nikita Balashov 207-F-91 Krasnie Krilya Russia
Sergey Bykov 190-G-83 Lokomotiv Russia
Eugeny Voronov 194-G-86 CSKA Russia
Andrey Vorontsevich 207-C-87 CSKA Russia
Egor Vyaltsev 192-PG-85 Khimky Russia
Maxim Grigoryev 195-G-90 Lokomotiv Russia
Alexey Zhukanenko 210-F-86 Khimky Russia
Sergey Karasev 202-SG-93 Triumph Russia
Dmitry Kulagin 197-F-92 Krasnie Krilya Russia
Valery Likhodey 205-F-86 Lokomotiv Russia
Sergey Monya 202-PF-83 Khimky Russia
Timofey Mozgov 215-C-86 Denver N. USA
Anton Ponkrashov 200-SG-86 CSKA Russia
Dmitry Sokolov 214-C-85 CSKA Russia
Vitaliy Fridzon 195-G-85 Khimky Russia
Dmitry Khvostov 190-G-89 Khimky Russia
Alexey Shved 198-G-88 Minnesota T. USA

Fotis Katsikaris Head Coach Gescrap BB Spain



CSKA Moscow and Quin Snyder part ways - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (PBL) released 47-year old American coach Quin Snyder. Snyder won VTB United League championship title. He was voted All-D-League Coach of the Year back in 2009.
Snyder was coaching USA Senior National Team back in 2003.

By Eurobasket Data Center



CSKA keep Serbian Vladimir Micov - by Eurobasket News

CSKA keep Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) for 2013/2014 season. The team announced renewing the contract with the Serbian Forward.
Micov managed to play in three leagues this year. In 14 PBL games he recorded 7.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 30 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.7apg. He helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. Micov also played 31 games in VTB United League where he averaged 8.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship.
The previous season Micov played at FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) in Italian league. In 25 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.4apg. He contributed in the supercup final and the cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. He also played 14 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Micov was voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League 1st Team back in 2007. He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Moscow eight years ago. Micov's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 0.9apg, FGP: 32.1%, 3FGP: 44.4%, FT: 83.3%.



Zoran Planinic and Khimky part ways - by Eurobasket News

Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Khimky part ways. One of the top players in the team will not be coming back in 2013/2014 season.
Planinic managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 11 PBL games he recorded 12.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.8apg and 1.0spg. He also played 22 games in Euroleague where he averaged 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.3apg and 1.1spg. Planinic also played 24 games in VTB United League where he averaged 11.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 5.5apg (top 4). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season Planinic played also at Khimky (PBL). Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 19 PBL games he averaged 13.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Planinic also played 15 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.9apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team winning the Eurocup championship. Planinic also played 15 games in VTB United League where he averaged 10.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.2apg (top 3) and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
In 2003 Planinic was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (22nd overall).Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup European Player of the Year award in 2012.



Terrell Lyday officially left the forces of Unics - by Eurobasket News

Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) officially left the forces of Unics where he stayed since year 2008. The American player announced that he would not mind stay in Russia, but hopes to try another League abroad.
In 2012-2013 for Unics Kazan (Russia-PBL, starting five) he averaged 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 79.1% in VTB League. In EuroCup his stats read 11.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 87.2%.
In 2011Unics Kazan have extended the contract of Terrell Lyday for 2 years. In 2011-2012 for Unics Kazan (Russia-PBL, starting five) he averaged 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 65.0% in VTB league and in Euroleague showed 11.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 87.0%. In Russian League after 20 games his stats read 11.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 75.4%.



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  SCOTLAND   


Summer Slam: Scotland hand second straight defeat to England - by Eurobasket News

Scotland - England 74:66

The Scottish National Team registered the second consecutive victory over England in the Summer Slam exhibition series in Edinburgh. Jonny Bunyan (182-PG-92) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners.
England got to the better start. The visitors dropped 24 points to post a 4-point lead at the first break. Scotland quickly bounced back. The hosts went on a 24:17 rally to secure a 44:41 halftime lead. The Scottish team held their opponents to 7 points in the third term to boost lead at 8-point mark 56:48. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame as Scotland maintained the lead and raced to the victory. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) posted 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc., college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) netted 11 points and grabbed 10 boards in the victory. Jamell Anderson (200-F-90) and Anthony Rowe (203-F-85, college: N.Georgia) replied with 15 points each for England. David Watts (206-F-83) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Scotland: Jonny Bunyan 17, Kieron Achara 14+10 boards, Gareth Murray 11+10 boards
England: Jamell Anderson 15, Anthony Rowe 15, David Watts 14



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Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 2. Bakic, Metalac18.6 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 4. Sibalic, LF Basket17.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.9 
 6. Rakocevic, Crvena16.5 
 7. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 8. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 9. Zekovic, Vojvodina14.5 
 10. Kljajevic, C Afri.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.11.7 
 2. Radovic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Dasic, Metalac8.4 
 4. Savovic, Crvena Z.7.4 
 5. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 6. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 7. Lauvergne, Partizan6.6 
 8. Kljajevic, C Afric.6.4 
 9. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
 10. Marelja, UCAM M.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura5.0 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 5. Malidzan, OKK B.4.5 
 6. Nesovic, AEK4.2 
 7. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 8. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.9 
 9. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
 10. Westermann, Parti.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 2. Nesovic, AEK2.1 
 3. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 4. Nelson, Crvena Z.1.8 
 5. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 6. Dasic, Metalac1.8 
 7. Jereminov, Tamis1.6 
 8. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 9. Zivanovic, Metalac1.6 
 10. Sljivancanin, Bor.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Slavko VRANES
  Metalac
  (230-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Vranes, Metalac2.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.7 
 3. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 4. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 5. Bertans, Partizan1.2 
 6. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 7. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 8. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 9. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 
 10. Lauvergne, Partiz.0.7 


Serbia U19 claim confident win over Team USA in Treviso - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Team USA (U18) 79:61

Serbian U19 National Team played another exhibition encounter at the Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso. They faced Team USA selection. The European team proved the strength claiming a well-deserved 18-point victory. Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 15 points to pace the winners.
Serbia stormed into the game. They poured in 27 points in the opening quarter to gain a 14-point lead. Team USA stopped the rot in the second term. The North American team cut the deficit at 10-point mark at halftime 29:39. But Serbia regained control in the third period. They held Team USA to 10 points in the next quarter and posted a 16-point advantage before the final period. Serbia dropped 24 points in the fourth frame and sealed the win. Ognjen Dobric (198-SF-94) finished with 13 points, while Petar Aranitovic (192-PG-94) added 11 points for Serbia. Dwayne Morgan answered with 16 points for Team USA. Alex Robinson had 15 points in the losing effort.

Serbia U19: Vasilije Micic 15, Ognjen Dobric 13, Petar Aranitovic 11
Team USA: Dwayne Morgan 16, Alex Robinson 15



Crvena zvezda win against Partizan - by Igor Obradovic

In third game of final series in Serbian Super league, Crvena zvezda as a formal guest win against Partizan in close game with the score 74:81 (24:20, 15:19, 22:21, 13:21).

In a very difficult match Crvena zvezda was better and claimed victory of her faith to be returned after 15 years to win the title in Serbia.
The biggest advantage in the first part of a Partizan, at one point led to +6 but not long kept the advantage and the half ended with a score 39:39.
At the beginning of the second half, Crvena zvezda entered into a problem with personal fouls but the coach Radonjic have great control so few minutes played Djokic, Mitrovic and Milovanovic to rest and preserve from foul point guard position, power forward and center. In the first half of the third quarter Partizan led constantly but never by more than 3 or 4 points, while at one point thanks to a Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) and Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89), who were excellent at the free-throw line left on +10 (58:48) in 27 minutes. After the series of Partizan, Crvena zvezda awake from lethargic play and have series of 2:19 and 61:67 comes to leadership. After that, again, there is a mini-series of Partizan and leadership of 71:70. After experienced Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) hitting three-point shot from the corner and once again Crvena zvezda lead.
Crvena zvezda after playing calmly and come up with the leadership of 74:79 followed by Bertans missing shoot for 3 points and the game ends with 74:81 in favor of the red and white.

Partizan mts : Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) 13pts, 7rbd, 2ast, Vladimir Lucic 26pts, 5rbd, 1ast, Dragan Milosavljevic 13pts, 3rbd.
Crvena zvezda Telekom : Igor Rakocevic 18pts, 2rbd, 2ast, DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) 10pts, 7rbd, 2ast, Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) 8pts, 9rbd, 1ast, Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) 12pts, 6rbd, 3ast

Fourth game is on schedule on 12. June and Crvena zvezda is host.



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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenian Andrej Urlep will continue with Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian Andrej Urlep (agency: Edge Sports ) will continue with Energa Czarni for the next season. The Head Coach of the team remains in Poland.
In Jan.'13 signed at Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-TBL). Energa Czarni Slupsk finished the Regular Season with 13-9 record. Later the team had 16-16 record in the Second stage and lost the Quarterfinal series to Stelmet ZG 2-3. The latter later became the Champion of Poland.
The last season Urlep coached at AZS Koszalin. The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the Polish Cup final in 2004 and 2010. Urlep was also voted Eurobasket Polish League Coach of the Year back in 2002,2003 and 2005. He used to coach Polish National Team (as & arrNT2 (10,4) & ) back in 2007.
Urlep has coached previously another Polish team Anwil.



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  SPAIN   


Unicaja announce Ryan Toolson - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja officiated the signing of Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley). Ryan Toolson spent the previous season with Gran Canaria. He posted 14.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists per game in ACB. The guard helped Gran Canaria into ACB semifinals. Gran Canaria also made it into Spanish Cup semis. Previously Ryan Toolson had spells in Turkey and Italy. He made it into All-Turkish League 2nd Team in 2012. The guard participated at the Turkish League All-Star Game in 2010. Ryan Toolson had a quite successful college career. He was named All-Independent Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008 while playing for the Utah Valley State Wolverines.


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  TRBL   

TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
Eastern Conference
 1. Cary Invasion 12-0 
 2. Big Texas 9-3 
 3. Fayetteville C. 7-4 
 4. Wilmington SD 2-10 
 5. Nighthawks 1-8 
 6. Bull City L. 0-1 
Western Conference
 1. PT Players 12-0 
 2. HoopForLyfe 5-5 
 3. Greensboro C. 5-7 
 4. Queen City E. 4-8 
 5. Carolina G. 1-11 
 6. SC Allstars 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 9: Carolina G. - Queen City E. 94-109
Jun. 8: Wilmington SD - Greensboro C. 91-113
Jun. 9: PT Players - HoopForLyfe 137-133
Jun. 8: Johnston County - Fayetteville C. 130-141
Jun. 8: Big Texas - PT Players 126-189
Jun. 9: Wilmington SD - Big Texas 114-125
Jun. 9: Greensboro C. - Cary Invasion 100-138

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Jun. 15: Cary Invasion - HoopForLyfe
Jun. 15: PT Players - Big Texas


Cobras Over Wilmington, Playoffs Still in Reach - by Eurobasket News

Greensboro, NC: The Cobras kept their playoff hopes alive by defeating the Sea Dawgs 116-91 in Goode Gymnasium at Bennett College. Greensboro forward Jonathan Priest started off hot, giving the Cobras a 34-20 first quarter led. The Sea Dawgs answered quickly with Charles Baker (6'6''-F-87) leading the way to keep the game close, but a 3- point shot by John Kelley at the buzzer gave Greensboro a 52-43 halftime lead. Both teams traded baskets most of the third quarter, but Greensboro went on a scoring run with three-point shooting from Kenard Moore (6'0''-PG-87, college: SE Missouri St.) and Zeke Mayes to seal the win for Greensboro. Kenard Moore led the Cobras with 23 points, followed by Zeke Mayes with 21 points and 18 rebounds. Zach Hermann led Wilmington with 30 points, followed by Charles Baker with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Wilmington will finish there season against Big Texas on Sunday in Jacksonville, NC, while Greensboro will travel to Cary to face the Invasion on Sunday at 5 pm.
Courtesy of: https://www.scoretrax.com



PrimeTime Dominates Home Finale, Beats Big Texas 189-126 - by Eurobasket News

Ft. Mill, SC: The PrimeTime Players closed out their home schedule with a bang on Saturday evening, setting a league record for points in a game in a 189-126 win over visiting Big Texas. The game was a preview of next weekends first round playoff matchup. The two teams will square off at 7:00pm on Saturday at the J.D. Fuller Center in Fayetteville.

Big Texas played PrimeTime close early, with early buckets from Nate Priest and Charles Gamble (6'4''-G/F-87, college: Barton, NC) keeping pace with the hot shooting Players. Terell Smith knocked down four three-pointers in the first period, including two during a key stretch at the end of the opening period where PrimeTime pushed their lead to 17 heading into the break.

It was all down hill from there for Big Texas, who had no answer from the perimeter. PrimeTime hit 21 threes in the game, compared to just nine for Big Texas. The margin at halftime was 33 and it continued to grow until it hit its peak with just a few seconds to go.
The 189 points scored today topped the 180 points that PrimeTime scored in their home opener against the South Carolina All-Stars.

Brian Mobley (6'6''-G/F-87, college: Johnson C. Smith) led PrimeTime with 36 points, while Smith had 33, and Chris Moore had 31 points to go along with 12 assists. Malaciah Jones recorded his usual double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Sean Barnette (6'6''-F-86, college: Wingate) tallied a double-double of his own with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Donald Rutherford tallied 22 points, James Dillard registered 19, and Thomas Pfaff had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Gamble and Keson Cheeks led the way for Big Texas with 24 points apiece. Cheeks also pulled down a team-high 14 rebounds. Priest finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Omar Jones had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Brian West added 20 points for Big Texas.

PrimeTime will wrap up the regular season tomorrow evening when they visit HoopForLyfe at Carolina Courts in Concord at 7:00pm. Big Texas will host Wilmington tomorrow in their regular season finale.
Courtesy of: https://www.scoretrax.com



Queen City Conquers Gladiators - by Eurobasket News

Concord, NC: The Queen City Express ended their 2013 season on a high note on Sunday evening, knocking off the visiting Carolina Gladiators 109-94. The win pushed the Express' record to 4-8 on the season, a mark that will keep them just shy of the playoffs.

The game started off sloppy on both sides, as the two teams combined for nine turnovers in the first quarter. Queen City rode six points and six boards from Phil Barnes to a 22-17 lead at the first break. Quinton Malloy was the story of the second quarter for the Express, hitting four consecutive three-pointers and five in the quarter on his way to 15 of his 17 points on the night. The Gladiators got 10 points apiece from Yobbie Williams and Kevin Hall (5'10''-PG) and were able to trim a double-digit deficit to just eight at the half.

The Gladiators came out of the halftime break with added intensity on the defensive end, holding Queen City to just 19 points in the third quarter. Williams added eight more points for Carolina and grabbed five rebounds in the period as the Gladiators trimmed the Express lead down to seven heading into the final quarter. Queen City's Shonn Farrior took it upon himself to ensure that Carolina came no closer than that. Farrior recorded a double-double in the fourth quarter alone, scoring 12 of his 14 points and grabbing 10 of his 17 rebounds as the Express methodically put the Gladiators away. A pair of Kenyatta Reed three-pointers iced the game in the final two minutes and the Express posted a couple of garbage time buckets to reach the final margin.

Barnes and Malloy led the way for Queen City with 24 points apiece, with Barnes adding a game-high 19 rebounds to his stat line. Barry Tunstall finished one assist shy of a triple-double despite an off shooting night, posting 13 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists. Reed finished with 20 points and Mark Horsley (6'4''-F) posted a double-double of his own with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Yobbie Williams had a game-high 30 points and 13 rebounds for the Gladiators, who finished a frustrating season at 1-11. Terrence "Hulk" Ellison had 13 points and 11 rebounds while Johnny McCrimmon had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Hall added 20 points of his own.
Courtesy of: https://www.scoretrax.com



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  TURKEY   

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.4 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.5 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.3 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Theodore, Guaynabo15.8 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.3 
 10. Chalmers, Aliaga15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.11.1 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Elonu, Tofas7.5 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.4 
 6. Prince, Guaynabo7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.6.9 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 9. Besok, Hacettepe6.3 
 10. Vidmar, Besiktas6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Woodside, TED K.7.1 
 2. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 3. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 4. Theodore, Guaynabo4.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.7 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.5 
 7. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 8. Eldridge, Hacettepe4.2 
 9. Burtt, Avtodor4.2 
 10. Arroyo, Galatasar.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Guaynabo
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Guaynabo1.9 
 2. Theodore, Guaynabo1.7 
 3. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 4. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 5. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.6 
 6. Gordon, Anadolu1.4 
 7. Shumpert, Aliaga1.3 
 8. Markoishvili, Gala.1.3 
 9. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
 10. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.6 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 4. Vidmar, Besiktas1.0 
 5. Elonu, Tofas1.0 
 6. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 7. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 
 8. Prince, Guaynabo0.8 
 9. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 
 10. Plisnic, TED K.0.8 


Turkey demolish Croatia at the end of the Torneo KE-Citta di Jesolo - by Eurobasket News

Croatia-Turkey 46:93

Turkey demolish Croatia at the end of the Torneo KE-Citta di Jesolo in Italy. The Turkish team won 93:46 and finished with 2-1 record. The Croatian side meanwhile ended up with 1-2 record.
Turkey won the first period 24:7 and also posted 24 points in the second and the third quarters. Croatia posted 14 points in the second frame and trailed 27 points at the halftime. After another 24-10 surge in the third period the lead grew up to 41 points. Turkey added a 21-15 rally in the last quarter to seal the victory.
Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Can Mutaf (190-G-91) nailed 13. Oguz Savas (212-C-87) delivered 11, while Baris Ermis (194-G-85) brought 9. Matej Buovac (201-F-93) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort and Segaric netted 9. Boban brought 6, whilst Bakovic and Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) poured in 5 each.

Croatia: Matej Buovac 11, Segaric 9, Boban 6, Bakovic 5, Henrik Sirko 5
Turkey: Serhat Cetin 16, Can Mutaf 13, Oguz Savas 11, Baris Ermis 9



Galatasaray steps closer to the title - by Eurobasket News

Banvit BK - Galatasaray 71-72 (0-3)

Galatasaray steps closer to the title as they won Game 3 of the Finals 72:71. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 1 point. The best player for the winners was Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) who scored 15 points. International point guard Ender Arslan (190-83) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Azerbaijani center Charles Davis (205-84, college: Alabama) who recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Dominican-American guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Banvit BK's coach Orhun Ene rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: C.Davis 18+5reb+5ast, S.Mejia 14+7reb+4ast, S.Erdogan 11, K.Simmons 10+3reb, V.Stimac 6+6reb, E.Veyseloglu 5+2reb
Galatasaray: C.Arroyo 15+2reb+3ast, E.Arslan 12+3reb+3ast, E.Dagli 10+4reb+1ast, M.Markoishvili 10+2reb+3ast, B.Ndong 6+2reb, F.Aldemir 6+4reb+3ast
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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Virgin Islands HS all star game on You Tube - by David Edole

Led by game MVP Jecoy Julius, a senior at Kean High, St. Thomas was able to overcome a 35-31 deficit going into the second half. St. Thomas boys were able to make a clean sweep of the Sun Stroke Classic for St. Thomas, beating St. Croix, 67-63.

"It was too much one-on-one, so we switched to zone," said Julius, who led the team with 20 points on an impressive 9-for-10 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds. "I had a comfortable day. I just did my thing."

Sekayi Petersen added 12 points for St. Thomas, who now trails St. Croix in the all-time series, 9-6.

On St. Croix's side, Educational Complex's Malik Miller scored a team-high 14 points.

TO VIEW THE GAME

http://youtu.be/eRMjldWzZ20



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Rising Star Back With Wolves - by Paul Nilsen

One of last years surprise packages is returning to Worcester Wolves for the forthcoming season.

Kalil Irving (201-F-92) came to the city last summer to study marketing at the University of Worcester and immediately contacted Wolves Director of Basketball Paul James, seeking a place in his squad.

James soon liked what he saw from the 21 year old forward and rewarded him with a spot on his roster. By only his third competitive game for the Wolves, versus Mersey Tigers, Irving had already hit double-figure scoring.

By October he had become a member of James starting five and hit a season-high 22 points in an outing against Cheshire. Quickly becoming a fan favourite for his high-powered plays (he was named as Wolves Most Exciting Player for 2012-13), Irvings swift rise to prominence continued with a call up to join the England squad, taking part in last weekends doubleheader of friendlies against Scotland.

Paul James spoke about the impact Irving has had in only his first year at the Wolves: Kalil came over to us having played with Medway Crusaders at a level beneath the BBL. He immediately showed me that he can handle himself at a higher level. His ability and hard work has earned him minutes with the Wolves and the opportunity to represent his country.James is pleased that Irving has committed to continue his development in Worcester, adding: If Kalil carries on with his dedication and hard work then he can have a great future in the game. We will support him in achieving his goals and I know he will want to show everyone just what he can produce.



Summer Slam: Scotland hand second straight defeat to England - by Eurobasket News

Scotland - England 74:66

The Scottish National Team registered the second consecutive victory over England in the Summer Slam exhibition series in Edinburgh. Jonny Bunyan (182-PG-92) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners.
England got to the better start. The visitors dropped 24 points to post a 4-point lead at the first break. Scotland quickly bounced back. The hosts went on a 24:17 rally to secure a 44:41 halftime lead. The Scottish team held their opponents to 7 points in the third term to boost lead at 8-point mark 56:48. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame as Scotland maintained the lead and raced to the victory. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) posted 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc., college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) netted 11 points and grabbed 10 boards in the victory. Jamell Anderson (200-F-90) and Anthony Rowe (203-F-85, college: N.Georgia) replied with 15 points each for England. David Watts (206-F-83) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Scotland: Jonny Bunyan 17, Kieron Achara 14+10 boards, Gareth Murray 11+10 boards
England: Jamell Anderson 15, Anthony Rowe 15, David Watts 14



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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 10: Marne - Capitol 87-80
Jun. 10: Urunday Univ. - Stockholmo 79-77
Jun. 11: 25 de Agosto - Verdirrojo
Jun. 11: Cader - Guruyu Waston
Jun. 11: Welcome - Colon
Jun. 11: Yale - Larre Borges


The FIBA Americas U16 championship will start in Punta del Este - by Hector Lopez

The FIBA Americas U16 Championship, with the participation of eigth teams will start on Thursday, in Punta del Este (Uruguay) to qualify four of them to the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship. In the opening day Argentina will face Bahamas and Mexico will play with USA, for Group A, and Uruguay-Chile and Canada Puerto rico, will play for group B. The games for the second day (Wednesday) will be Bahamas-Mexico, USA-Argentina, Chile-Canada and Uruguay- Puerto Rico. On Thursday will play USA-Bahamas, Argentina-Mexico, Puerto rico-Chile and Uruguay-Canahttp://www.eurobasket.com/news_system/images/Btn_Initial_Submit.jpgda.


Cader replace Gerald Inman with Gary Hamilton - by Eurobasket News

Cader made the change on the roster. They landed Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL). He will replace Gerald Inman (208-F-87, college: Rutgers) who has been cut. Gary Hamilton has just finished the LUB season with Defensor. He posted 10.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game in the LUB. The centre earned All-Uruguayan LUB Honourable Mention in 2013. Previously Gary Hamilton had stints in Japan, Germany, Poland and D-League. He was named All-Japanese BJ League Centre of the Year in 2011. Gary Hamilton was also trumped All-Japanese BJ League Defensive Player of the Year the same season. The centre received the same award in 2.Bundesliga ProA in 2009.


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  USA   


Tom Thibodeau to Join Team USA Coaching Staff - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau will be one of two new coaches to round out the coaching staff of the U.S. Olympic mens basketball team, according to an ESPN report. The other coach will be Monty Williams of the now New Orleans Pelicans. Thibs and Williams will work for the next three summers under current Team USA head coach, Duke Universitys Mike Krzyzewski , and they will replace Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni and former Portland Trailblazers head coach, Nate McMillan . Adding Tom Thibodeau to the staff should be a great launching pad for the return of Derrick Rose (191-G-88, college: Memphis) to USA Basketball. Rose was a lock to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London until he suffered the injury to his ACL in the NBA Playoffs last April. The next Olympic cycle will begin in 2014 with the World Cup of Basketball which will be a prelude of sorts to the 2016 Olympic Games which will be held in Brazil in 2016.
Courtesy of: nbcchicago.com



USA U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

USA U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Ryan Arcidiacono
Arcidiacono
Brandon Ashley
Ashley
Robert Carter
Carter
Damyean Dotson
Dotson
Javan Felix
Felix
#e#5
21Ryan Arcidiacono 6'3''-G-94 Villanova USA
20Bryce Alford 6'3''-G-94 UCLA USA
64Brandon Ashley 6'8''-F-94 Arizona USA
68Robert Carter 6'8''-F-94 Georgia Tech USA
28Damyean Dotson 6'5''-G-94 Oregon USA
22Kris Dunn 6'3''-PG-94 Providence USA
23Javan Felix 5'10''-PG-94 Texas USA
29Michael Frazier 6'4''-G-94 Florida USA
30Marcus Georges-Hunt 6'5''-F-94 Georgia Tech USA
69Shaquille Goodwin 6'9''-F-94 Memphis USA
65Aaron Gordon 6'9''-PF-96 High School USA
66Jerami Grant 6'8''-F-94 Syracuse USA
70Montrezl Harrell 6'8''-F-94 Louisville USA
31Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 6'6''-F-95 High School USA
71Jahlil Okafor-Benton 6'11''-C-95 High School USA
24Rodney Purvis 6'4''-PG-94 N.Carolina St. USA
25James Robinson 6'3''-G-94 Pittsburgh USA
32Marcus Smart 6'4''-G-94 Oklahoma St. USA
72Jarnell Stokes 6'8''-F-94 Tennessee USA
26Rasheed Sulaimon 6'4''-G-94 Duke USA
73Devin Thomas 6'9''-F-94 Wake Forest USA
67Mike Tobey 6'11''-F-94 Virginia USA
27Nigel Williams-Goss 6'3''-PG-94 Washington USA
33Justice Winslow 6'6''-F-96 High School USA

Billy Donovan Head Coach Florida USA
Tony Bennett Assistant Virginia USA
Shaka Smart Assistant VCU USA



USA University National Team 2013 - by Simas

USA University National Team 2013
#s#
Eric Atkins
Atkins
Markel Brown
Brown
Deonte Burton
Burton
Quinn Cook
Cook
Bryce Cotton
Cotton
#e#5
Eric Atkins 6'2''-PG-91 Notre Dame USA
Markel Brown 6'3''-PG-92 Oklahoma St. USA
Deonte Burton 6'1''-PG-91 Nevada USA
Quinn Cook 6'1''-PG-93 Duke USA
Bryce Cotton 6'1''-PG-92 Providence USA
Spencer Dinwiddie 6'5''-G-93 Colorado USA
C.J. Fair 6'8''-F-91 Syracuse USA
Kevin Ferrell 6'0''-G-93 Indiana USA
Davante Gardner 6'8''-F-91 Marquette USA
Treveon Graham 6'5''-G-93 VCU USA
Jerian Grant 6'5''-G-92 Notre Dame USA
P.J. Hairston 6'5''-G-92 N.Carolina USA
A.J. Hammons 7'0''-C-92 Purdue USA
Luke Hancock 6'6''-F-90 Louisville USA
Joe Harris 6'6''-G-91 Virginia USA
Tyler Haws 6'5''-G-91 BYU USA
Andre Hollins 6'1''-PG-92 Minnesota USA
Rodney Hood 6'8''-F-92 Duke USA
Josh Huestis 6'7''-F Stanford USA
Cory Jefferson 6'9''-F-90 Baylor USA
Sean Kilpatrick 6'4''-G-90 Cincinnati USA
Alex Kirk 7'0''-F/C-91 N.Mexico USA
Roy Marble 6'6''-F-92 Iowa USA
Doug McDermott 6'8''-F-92 Creighton USA
Adreian Payne 6'10''-C-91 Michigan St. USA
Chasson Randle 6'1''-PG-93 Stanford USA
Will Sheehey 6'7''-F-92 Indiana USA
Aaron White 6'8''-F-92 Iowa USA
Kendall Williams 6'4''-G-91 N.Mexico USA

Bob McKillop Head Coach Davidson USA
John Beilein Assistant Michigan USA
Frank Martin Assistant S.Carolina USA



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Group A
 1. Marinos 5-1 
 2. Bucaneros 4-2 
 3. Trotamundos 1-7 
Group B
 1. Gigantes 4-3 
 2. Gaiteros 3-2 
 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 5

Jun. 10: Gaiteros - Gigantes 94-84
Jun. 10: Bucaneros - Trotamundos 83-93
Jun. 9: Bucaneros - Trotamundos 100-93
Jun. 11: Gaiteros - Gigantes


Latest victories for Gaiteros and Trotamundos - by Eurobasket News

Trotamundos snapped seven-game losing skid to beat Bucaneros 93:83 on the road. Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89) stepped up with 23 points to lead the visitors. Bucaneros led by seven points after the opening quarter but could not capitalize. Trotamundos erased the deficit to take a 44:43 lead at halftime. They stretched the lead to as many as 10 points at the final intermission 69:59. Trotamundos did not slow down in the fourth frame and sealed the win at the end. Pedro Chourio (186-PG-90) netted 16 points for the winners. Raymond Sykes (206-F/C-86, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Clemson) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Bucaneros. Sonny Reyes had 15 points in the loss.
Gaiteros fired past Gigantes 94:84 at home court. Richard Roby (198-G/F-85) stepped up with 20 points and 10 boards for the hosts. Edward Santana (203-F-80) contributed 18 points and 10 caroms in the victory. Blake Walker (197-F/G-82, college: Portland St.) replied with 23 points for Gigantes.




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Women News


QBL Player of the Week: Round 5 - by Eurobasket News

After spending her 20th birthday putting up 33 points and 12 rebounds to help her team seal a 26-point victory over Bundaberg at the weekend, Nadeen Payne (188-F/C-93) from the Ipswich Force is the womens Player of the Week for Round 5. Bundaberg got out in front of the Force at the start of the game, with Ipswich managing to fight back from a five-point deficit to finish the first quarter ahead 17-12, with Payne hitting 10 points in the quarter to help her team get out in front. Payne did the most damage in the second quarter, putting up 18 points and also having a hand in a number of assists to help the Force build a 15-point lead by halftime. Ipswich continued to dominate in the third quarter, heading into the final stanza with a 26-point lead and managing to hold off attempts by Bundaberg to bring back the deficit, to eventually finish the match with a 81-55 win. During her 34 minutes on court, Payne shot at 60.9% accuracy in the field, and only dropped one of her six foul shots, while also contributing five assists, two steals and one block. The win on Friday night took the Force to four wins out of six games, and sees them currently leading Pool C.

Paynes performance in Round 5 has been one of her best this season, but she has been consistently strong each week for the Force, scoring in excess of 20 points each game in addition to bringing in a multitude of rebounds. The forward/centre swing currently sits on an average of 23.7 points at 45.5% in the field and 80.4% at the foul line and 9.7 rebounds per game. Its the Townsville natives second season with the Force, coming back to the QBL team following a promising first season with WNBL club Adelaide Lightning - her averages of 8.5 points and 3.6 assists per game earning her a renewal with the team for the 2013/14 WNBL season. Her 2012 season with Ipswich saw her hit an average of 22.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, and was named Player of the Week for Round 8 for contributing 35 points and 12 rebounds for the Force in their win over the Northside Wizards. Payne was awarded a scholarship to the AIS in 2009, and played two seasons with the AIS WNBL, averaging 6.1 points per game in her first season in 2009/2010. 2009 also saw her selected for the Australian Under 18 team, and won gold for Australia at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. Payne also represented Australia at the FIBA Under 17 World Championship in France in 2010. She began the 2010/2011 WNBL season with the AIS for two matches, before being signed to the Townsville Fire, where she averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in the 11 matches for her home team. In 2011, Payne made it through to the semifinals of the FIBA Under 19 World Championship in Chile with the Australian Gems, and also won bronze with Queensland at the Australian Under 20 National Championships in the same year. Payne returned to the Townsville Fire for the 2011/2012 WNBL season, to play 22 games and average 8.1 points per game for the Fire, with the team making it through to the semifinals.

Other strong performances in Round 5 include Toowoombas Chelsie Schweers, who was instrumental for the Mountaineers in their 71-68 win over Bundaberg, with the import hitting 27 points and taking 10 rebounds and five assists in the victory. New Northside Wizards import Aja Parham (183-G/F-84, college: Boston Coll.) was strong in defeat, after she shot 28 points and took 13 rebounds in her first match for the Wizards during their 71-59 loss to Brisbane. South West Metro Pirates player Maddy Willey again had a strong week, with 28 points and nine rebounds in her teams narrow three-point loss against Rockhampton, while the Cyclones Alexandra Brady (167-G-92) put up 24 points and six rebounds in Rockhamptons win over Gold Coast Rollers.
Courtesy of: http://qbl.basketball.net.au



QBL: Weekend Wrap-Up: Round 5 - by Eurobasket News

Ipswich Force def. Bundaberg Bears 81- 55
The Bears picked up an initial lead but were soon overpowered by the Force, with Ipswich leading at every break and cruising to a comfortable 26 point win. Nadeen Payne (188-F/C-93) shone for the Force with 33 points and 12 rebounds, while DLesha Lloyd was Bundabergs best with 20 points.

Brisbane Capitals def. Northside Wizards 71- 59
The Capitals locked up their second win in as many weeks against the Wizards, but had to fight in order to secure the victory. Northside held the upper hand in the first half, before the Capitals fired up halfway through the third quarter and managed to hold control to take the match. New Northside import Aja Parham top-scored for the match with 28 points, while Heidi Freeburn hit 19 for Brisbane.

Gladstone Power def. Cairns Dolphins 80 -70
The Power got out in front early and by halftime held an 18-point lead, and continued to hold control in the third quarter. The fourth quarter saw Cairns put their foot down and put on a run of points to edge back a double-figure deficit to trail by just three points with 90 seconds to go. But Gladstone held their nerve and walked away with the 10-point win. Cayla Francis shot 26 points for the Dolphins while Diana Neves (170-G-87, college: Vanguard) hit 27 points for Gladstone.

Rockhampton Cyclones def. Gold Coast Rollers 90- 78
The first half was closely fought with the Rollers managing to stay on the heels of the Cyclones narrow lead. But the visitors accelerated from the third quarter and got out in front to seal up the win. Alex Brady hit 24 points for Rockhampton while Carine Reimink shot 21 for the Gold Coast.

Toowoomba Mountaineers def. Bundaberg Bears 71- 68
Bundaberg held a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter, and the Bears went on to push out their lead to eight points by halftime. The Mountaineers came out firing after the break and out-scored the Bears 20-9 in the third quarter, and maintained composure in the final quarter to lock up the narrow victory. Chelsie Schweers pulled 27 points for Toowoomba while DLesha Lloyd put up 23 points for Bundaberg.

Rockhampton Cyclones def. South West Metro Pirates 64- 61
The Pirates gave the Cyclones a run for their money in this clash, with South West managing to bounce back from trailing in the first quarter to lock scores up at 34-all at halftime. The Pirates got out in front in the third quarter, taking an eight-point lead at one stage. The hosts held the lead right up until three minutes left in the game, before Rockhampton put the pressure on to take out another win on the road. Maddy Willey (178-G-94) had a huge match for the Pirates with 28 points, while Shanavia Dowdell and Alex Brady both hit 16 points for the Cyclones.

Gladstone Power def. Townsville Flames 86- 67
The first quarter was a close battle, with the Power holding just a one-point lead at the first break. The Flames kept up and trailed by a small margin during much of the second quarter, but Gladstone soon pulled away and built themselves a strong lead, eventually taking the match by 19 points. Natalie Hurst shot 24 points for the Power while Lisa Brennan hit 17 points for Townsville.
Courtesy of: http://qbl.basketball.net.au



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  AUSTRIA   


Summer Slam: Austria edge Scotland Futures again - by Eurobasket News

Scotland Futures - Austria 83:94 (OT)

The Austrian National Team gained the second straight win over Scotland Futures at the exhibition series in Edinburgh. Jessica Franz (183-F) stepped up with 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the visitors.
Scotland Futures snatched a narrow lead after ten minutes. They posted an 18:16 advantage at the first break. Austria denied the deficit in the second period. The visitors leveled things up at 38. Scotland Futures eked out a 56:54 lead heading into the final term. But Austria managed to save the game. The visitors fired 26 points in the fourth period and forced overtime. Austria finished off the hosts with a 14:3 rally in the extra period. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) notched 16 points, while Sarah Schicher (188-C/F-90, college: Dowling) had 15 points for the winning side. Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) responded with 26 points, 7 assists for Scotland Futures. Rona Corkindale (177-F-86) and Kathryn Taylor (185-F-91) banked 12 points apiece in the loss.

Scotland Futures: Deanne Hayward 26, Rona Corkindale 12, Kathryn Taylor 12
Austria: Jessica Franz 18, Sophia Plank 16, Sarah Schicher 15



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  CHILE   


Chilean National Team 2013 - by Simas

Chilean National Team 2013
#s#
Paula Carrasco
Carrasco
Javiera Novion
Novion
Valentina Aragonese
Aragonese
Barbara Cousino
Cousino
Daniela Troncoso
Troncoso
#e#5
Paula Carrasco 161-PG-94 Los Leones Chile
Sendy Basaez 170-G
Javiera Novion 168-G-87 New Crusaders Chile
Valentina Aragonese 173-F-79 Ancona Italy
Barbara Cousino 178-F-96 Colo Colo Chile
Daniela Troncoso 175-F-87 Univ. Austral Chile
Fernanda Serrano 173-G-92 Club Sergio Ceppi Chile
Javiera Morales 176-G-92 Club Sergio Ceppi Chile
Francisca Salvatierra 173-G-94 Los Leones Chile
Jenifer Fuentes 178-F-96 Club Brisas Chile
Catalina Abuyeres 182-F-97 Club Sergio Ceppi Chile
Milena Koljanin 182-F-96 Club Sergio Ceppi Chile
Paola Naranjo 183-F-78 Los Leones Chile
Ziomara Morrison 193-C-89 S.Antonio SS USA

Ricardo Gonzalez Head Coach



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  CHINA   


Chinese National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Shuang Zhao
Zhao
Yuan Ding
Ding
YanYan Ji
Ji
Song Gao
Gao
Xiao Ji
Ji
#e#5
4Shen Yi 174-PG-93 Zhejiang China
5Li ShanShan 177-G-87 Jiangsu China
6Qiu Siyue 177-PG-91 Guangdong China
7Zhao Shuang 188-F-90 Shenyang China
9Ding Yuan 185-F-91 Guangdong China
10Ji YanYan 182-G-85 Heilongjiang China
12Gao Song 190-PF-92 Heilongjiang China
14Ji Xiao 193-F/C-85 Zhejiang China
15Chen Nan 197-C-83 Bayi China
16Liu JiaCen 193-C-89 Heilongjiang China
17Sun Mengran 197-C-92 Bayi China
19Wei Wei 206-C-89 Guangdong China

Tom Maher Head Coach Bulleen B. Australia
Xu Li Min Assistant Beijing China
Wei Zheng Assistant



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  CROATIA   


Novi Zagreb signs Kristina Benic - by Eurobasket News

Novi Zagreb signs Kristina Benic (180-F-88) for the next season. The team added to their roster 25-year old ex-international forward who played for ZKK Sibenik Jolly JBS. It is actually her comeback to Lupa Promotion as she played here before. In 24 A1 games she had 11.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.9apg and 2.8spg this season. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. The last season Benic played also at Jolly. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League 2nd Team. She won Croatian A1 championship title in 2007. Benic also represented Croatia at the European Championships U18 Division B in Chieti (Italy) seven years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 4 games: 2.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.3spg.
Benic has played previously for another Croatian team Ragusa.



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  LATVIA   


Lithuania U20 wins Game 2 in Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-Lithuania U20 65:66

Lithuania U20 wins Game 2 in Riga against the Latvian U20 representative. The guests lost the first game by 29 points, but managed to steal a 66:65 victory on Monday.
Lithuania started the game with 24-13 lead and managed to win the first period. Latvia posted a 18-14 rally in the second frame that kept the guests in front at 38:31. Latvia continued to catch up with the opponents in the second half and posted two narrow wins. It was enough however only to reduce to the minimum as Lithuania enjoyed a 1-point win.
Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) scored 15 points for the hosts and Ilze Jakobsone added 14. Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) and Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) followed them with 11 points each, while Kate Aizsila (172-G-94) brought 9. Vineta Birina (185-C-96) scored 4 points for the Latvian side.
Game 3 will be played tomorrow, Tuesday, 11th June.



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania pip Sweden in Panevezys - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania -Sweden 76:74

Lithuania pip Sweden in Panevezys in Day 2 of the International Tournament. The home side grabbed a 76:74 win for 1-1 record. Sweden meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Both teams lost their first games to the Asian representatives and desired to win the initial game. Sweden took 14:13 lead at the end of the first period, but then the hosts replied with 16-14 rally in the second frame. Sweden led three points after 30 minutes of the game as they won the frame 28-24. Lithuanian meanwhile needed a 23-18 finish to seal the victory.
Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Illinois) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) nailed 14. Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) delivered 12, while Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) added 9 and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) posted 7. Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) answered with 15 points for the Scandinavian team and Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) brought 13. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 11, whilst Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 8.

Lithuania: Iveta Salkauske 25, Giedre Paugaite 14, Kamile Nacickaite 12, Gintare Petronyte 9, Inesa Visgaudaite 7
Sweden: Ashley Key 15, Elisabeth Egnell 13, Frida Eldebrink 11, Louice Halvarsson 8



Lithuania U20 wins Game 2 in Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-Lithuania U20 65:66

Lithuania U20 wins Game 2 in Riga against the Latvian U20 representative. The guests lost the first game by 29 points, but managed to steal a 66:65 victory on Monday.
Lithuania started the game with 24-13 lead and managed to win the first period. Latvia posted a 18-14 rally in the second frame that kept the guests in front at 38:31. Latvia continued to catch up with the opponents in the second half and posted two narrow wins. It was enough however only to reduce to the minimum as Lithuania enjoyed a 1-point win.
Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) scored 15 points for the hosts and Ilze Jakobsone added 14. Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) and Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) followed them with 11 points each, while Kate Aizsila (172-G-94) brought 9. Vineta Birina (185-C-96) scored 4 points for the Latvian side.
Game 3 will be played tomorrow, Tuesday, 11th June.



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  NIGERIA   


ZBWBL: First Deepwater sets up Sunshine semi-final duel - by Olusegun Ikuesan

.....As First Bank confront Dolphins


Defending champion of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League, First Deepwater basketball club maintained her unbeaten run with an 87-62 points victory over Dolphins basketball club in last group-A game played Monday.

The Oil & Gas ladies took the game beyond the reach of Dolphins basketball club in the first two quarters with 21-14 and 25-05 points win to open up a point margin of 27 points of 46-19 points going into the break.

The Coach Lateef Erinfolami tutored side won the third quarter by a point margin of 18-17 points but gave up the last quarter by 23-26 points for a final score-line of 87-62 points.

With the victory First Deepwater basketball club have now set up a semi-final clash against Sunshine Angels basketball club who finished second behind First Bank basketball club in group-B while the Elephant Girls as First Bank basketball club is also known will confront Dolphins basketball club who finished second in group-A.

Zenith Bank Women Basketball League
Day-4 Results:
Plateau Rocks 50-52 Customs
Sunshine Angels 29-61 First Bank
FCT Angels 53-60 IGP Queens
Dolphins 62-87 First Deepwater



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  POLAND   


Rebecca Harris signs with Basket ROW Rybnik - by Eurobasket News

Rebecca Harris (176-G-86, college: Illinois) signs with Basket ROW Rybnik for 2013/2014 season. It is actually her comeback to the team that folded in the beginning of the last season.
The 27-year old American guard Rebecca Harris played last time at KK ROW Rybnik in Poland. In 33 games she averaged 12.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Polish PLKK All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Harris played in the final of Big Ten Tournament in 2008. She received also Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. D1 All-Imports Team award back in 2009.
Harris has played also professionally in Czech Rep., Greece (Olympiakos) and Czech Republic (BA Sparta).
She attended University of Illinois until 2008 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.



Artego Bydgoszcz keep Justyna Jeziorna and Ewelina Gala - by Eurobasket News

Artego Bydgoszcz keep Justyna Jeziorna (173-G-81) and Ewelina Gala (186-F-90) for another season. Both Polish players will enter their second seasons with the squad.
Justyna Jeziorna averaged 4.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg this season. The last season Jeziorna played at LKS Siemens (PLKK) in Polish league. In 25 games she had 8.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. The 2010-2011 season she played at CCC Polkowice (PLKK) in Polish league. In 34 games she had 5.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg that season. She contributed to her team making it to the final. Jeziorna was selected to Polish PLKK All-Star Game back in 2010. She also represented Poland at the European Championships in Latvia four years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 5.3ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 40.0%.
Ewelina Gala had 5.8ppg and 3.8rpg this season. The last season Gala played at Tecza Leszno (1Liga) in Polish league. In 29 games she recorded 7.3ppg and 3.6rpg. She also spent pre-season at GTK Wejcherowo (2Liga) in Polish league earlier that year. Gala was tried-out by Basketball Investments SSA Gdynia in Poland earlier that season. But in only one Euroleague game she did not score anything. She was selected to Polish PLKK All-Star Game back in 2010. Gala represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 11.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 81.3%.



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  PORTUGAL   

Standings - Women

Liga Feminina Standings
 1. Alges 19-3 
 2. Lombos Quinta 17-5 
 3. CAB Madeira 16-5 
 4. GDESSA 16-6 
 5. AD Vagos 14-7 
 6. Olivais 14-8 
 7. Boa Viagem 12-10 
 8. CDTorres N. 8-14 
 9. Lousada 6-16 
 10. Montijobanda 5-17 
 11. Academico FC 3-19 
 12. Ovarense 2-20 



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  RUSSIA   


Slovak Republic beat Russian University team in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic beat Russian University team in the opener. The hosts posted a 67:65 in Game 1 in a balanced-team game.
Slovak Republic started the game with 29:22 lead but could not control the end of the first half. The Russian team replied with 2-14 burst and tied the game at the halftime. The hosts again grabbed the lead early in the third and took 4-point advantage before the final stanza. Russia did their best to recover, but managed to win the quarter only 11-9 and lost the game by two points.
Sujova top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Tetemondova as well as Lukacovicova had 10 each. Kupcikova and Baburova delivered 8 apiece, while Vynuchalova brought 7. Jurcenkova followed them with 6 points.
Game 2 is scheduled for June 11th.



Russian National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Anna Petrakova
Petrakova
Eugeniya Belyakova
Belyakova
Marina Kuzina
Kuzina
Valeriya Musina
Musina
Nadezhda Grishaeva
Grishaeva
#e#5
13Anna Petrakova 189-PF-84 UMMC Russia
8Eugeniya Belyakova 182-SF-86 Spartak V MR Russia
11Natalia Vieru 196-C-89 Spartak V MR Russia
7Marina Kuzina 195-C-85 Spartak V MR Russia
6Natalia Vodopiyanova 189-PF-81 Dynamo K. Russia
19Valeriya Musina 183-G-87 CCC Polkowice Poland
9Natalia Zhedik 184-SF-88 Nadezhda O. Russia
17Liudmila Sapova 186-F/C-84 Nadezhda O. Russia
18Maria Cherepanova 190-PF-87 Dynamo K. Russia
15Nadezhda Grishaeva 195-C-89 Dynamo M. Russia
12Irina Osipova 196-C-81 Istanbul Univ. Turkey
10Ilona Korstin 183-SG-80 Dynamo M. Russia

Alfredas Vainauskas Head Coach Dynamo K. Russia



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  SCOTLAND   


Summer Slam: Austria edge Scotland Futures again - by Eurobasket News

Scotland Futures - Austria 83:94 (OT)

The Austrian National Team gained the second straight win over Scotland Futures at the exhibition series in Edinburgh. Jessica Franz (183-F) stepped up with 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the visitors.
Scotland Futures snatched a narrow lead after ten minutes. They posted an 18:16 advantage at the first break. Austria denied the deficit in the second period. The visitors leveled things up at 38. Scotland Futures eked out a 56:54 lead heading into the final term. But Austria managed to save the game. The visitors fired 26 points in the fourth period and forced overtime. Austria finished off the hosts with a 14:3 rally in the extra period. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) notched 16 points, while Sarah Schicher (188-C/F-90, college: Dowling) had 15 points for the winning side. Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) responded with 26 points, 7 assists for Scotland Futures. Rona Corkindale (177-F-86) and Kathryn Taylor (185-F-91) banked 12 points apiece in the loss.

Scotland Futures: Deanne Hayward 26, Rona Corkindale 12, Kathryn Taylor 12
Austria: Jessica Franz 18, Sophia Plank 16, Sarah Schicher 15



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  SLOVAKIA   


Slovak Republic beat Russian University team in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic beat Russian University team in the opener. The hosts posted a 67:65 in Game 1 in a balanced-team game.
Slovak Republic started the game with 29:22 lead but could not control the end of the first half. The Russian team replied with 2-14 burst and tied the game at the halftime. The hosts again grabbed the lead early in the third and took 4-point advantage before the final stanza. Russia did their best to recover, but managed to win the quarter only 11-9 and lost the game by two points.
Sujova top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Tetemondova as well as Lukacovicova had 10 each. Kupcikova and Baburova delivered 8 apiece, while Vynuchalova brought 7. Jurcenkova followed them with 6 points.
Game 2 is scheduled for June 11th.



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  SPAIN   

Stats Leaders - LFB

Points Per Game
 Bernice MOSBY
  Indiana F.
  (186-F-84)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Mosby, Indiana F.19.3 
 2. Allison, Mackay M.18.9 
 3. Traore, Cadi I.16.0 
 4. Putnina, Umbertide15.3 
 5. Romero, Gran C.15.3 
 6. Walich, Conquero14.9 
 7. Ndour, Gran Canaria14.5 
 8. Monroe, Uni Girona14.2 
 9. Denson, Caja Rural14.0 
 10. Diaz, Gran Canaria13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vanessa BLE
  Gran Canaria
  (190-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Ble, Gran Canaria11.5 
 2. Monroe, Uni Girona9.0 
 3. Putnina, Umbertide8.5 
 4. Covington, Cadi I.7.9 
 5. Ndour, Gran Canaria7.6 
 6. Allison, Mackay M.7.6 
 7. Henry, Atlanta D.7.6 
 8. Mosby, Indiana F.7.5 
 9. Denson, Caja Rural7.1 
 10. Stevenson, Hondar.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Noemi JORDANA
  Uni Girona
  (173-PG-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jordana, Uni Girona4.0 
 2. Romero, Gran C.3.6 
 3. Mirchandani, Conqu.3.4 
 4. Asurmendi, UNB O.3.2 
 5. Ortiz, Perfumerias3.0 
 6. Suarez, Hondar.-.2.9 
 7. Fernandez, Perfume.2.7 
 8. Lopez, Bembibre2.6 
 9. Broering, Conquero2.6 
 10. Ble, Gran Canaria2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa KARCIC
  Novi Zagreb
  (185-PF-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Karcic, Novi Zagreb2.4 
 2. Romero, Gran C.2.2 
 3. Chumillas, Burgos2.2 
 4. Allison, Mackay M.2.2 
 5. Gomez, Burgos2.1 
 6. Xargay Casad., Per.2.0 
 7. Gil, Rivas Ecopolis1.9 
 8. Casas, Rivas Ecopo.1.9 
 9. Mosby, Indiana F.1.8 
 10. Fernandez, Perfum.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacinta MONROE
  Uni Girona
  (193-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1
 1. Monroe, Uni Girona1.0 
 2. Karcic, Novi Zagreb1.0 
 3. Putnina, Umbertide0.8 
 4. Ndour, Gran Canaria0.7 
 5. Mosby, Indiana F.0.7 
 6. Gomez, Lombos Q.0.7 
 7. Parham, Northsid.0.6 
 8. Ndoye, Gran Canaria0.6 
 9. Morrison, S.Antoni.0.6 
 10. Brown, Bembibre0.6 



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  SWEDEN   


Lithuania pip Sweden in Panevezys - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania -Sweden 76:74

Lithuania pip Sweden in Panevezys in Day 2 of the International Tournament. The home side grabbed a 76:74 win for 1-1 record. Sweden meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Both teams lost their first games to the Asian representatives and desired to win the initial game. Sweden took 14:13 lead at the end of the first period, but then the hosts replied with 16-14 rally in the second frame. Sweden led three points after 30 minutes of the game as they won the frame 28-24. Lithuanian meanwhile needed a 23-18 finish to seal the victory.
Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Illinois) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) nailed 14. Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) delivered 12, while Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) added 9 and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) posted 7. Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) answered with 15 points for the Scandinavian team and Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) brought 13. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 11, whilst Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 8.

Lithuania: Iveta Salkauske 25, Giedre Paugaite 14, Kamile Nacickaite 12, Gintare Petronyte 9, Inesa Visgaudaite 7
Sweden: Ashley Key 15, Elisabeth Egnell 13, Frida Eldebrink 11, Louice Halvarsson 8



Lars Johansson to coach Sweden through 2015 - by Eurobasket News

Lars Johansson will guide the Swedish National Team through 2015. He has agreed on terms of contract extension with the Swedish basketball federation. Lars Johansson has been the head coach of the Swedish National Team since 2011. He led the team into 2013 EuroBasket. Sweden went for impressive 7 wins in 8 games played at the 2013 EuroBasket qualification. They won qualifying round Group D overcoming Spain and Germany. Lars Johansson also works with the Norrkoping Dolphins. He led the team to the Damligan title last season. Lars Johansson was named All-Swedish Damligan Coach of the Year.
Sweden will start 2013 EuroBasket campaign in preliminary Group B. They will play alongside Spain, Russia and Italy.



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Virgin Islands HS All Star Game on You Tube - by David Edole

Powered by Most Valuable Player Akia Frett, a junior at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, St. Thomas utilized an aggressive man-to-man defense to overwhelm St. Croix in the opening half and take a 50-25 lead into halftime. They continued to cruise in the second half, as sloppy turnovers by St. Croix contributed to 29 points for St. Thomas. St. Thomas came out on top against St. Croix, 81-57
Frett poured in a game-high 19 points and dished out 11 assists. Germequa Bell chipped in 14 points, and Jahrima Simmons and Renique Francis, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, added 10 points apiece for St. Thomas, who now leads the all-time series, 8-7.
TO VIEW THE GAME http://youtu.be/W2iCWuLV1dI