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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Who will really participate in ABA League next season? - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Adriatic Basketball League published some time ago the names of the clubs who have the right to participate in the next season in the regional league, due to results made in previous season. If only the results counted, the participants would be Union Olimpija Ljubljana and Krka Novo Mesto from Slovenia, KK Cibona VIP Zagreb, KK Zadar and KK Cedevita Zagreb from Croatia, BC Igokea Aleksandrovac and HKK Siroki WWin from Bosnia and Herzegovina, BC Partizan MT:S Beograd, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd, Mega Vizura and KK Vojvodina Novi Sad from Serbia, KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica from Montenegro, Szolnoki Olajbanyasz from Hungary, KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom from Macedonia.

However, the system becomes complicated, given that four of the named teams should play the wild card to enter the competition. Those are HKK Siroki WWin, KK Vojvodina Novi Sad, KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom and Szolnoki Olajbanyasz.

While KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom and Szolnoki Olajbanyasz are not questionable and is expected that they would pay 150.000 for the wild card, iroki and KK Vojvodina Novi Sad are experiencing financial problems and will most likely not be able to fulfill the demand of the league in order to obtain the spot "at the Adriatic".

HKK Siroki WWin president Ante Suton already announced that they will not pay and that they want to negotiate with the League owners regarding wild card price, while KK Vojvodina Novi Sad is still blocked by BAT due to the debts towards its former player Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara), has no right to play in its home arena (SPENS Novi Sad), due to the debts towards this sporting centre and there is no light to see at the end of the tunnel. President of Vojvodina Novi Sad football club Ratko Butorovic promised that they would help basketball club to overcome those problems with a financial injection, but he was found dead in a hotel a few days a go.

The clubs have a deadline until June 20th to fulfil the terms in order to obtain the wild card. If they don't other teams could get the invitation to join the league instead. Radnicki Kragujevac, who had a successful season in the Adriatic League, but then failed to qualify for the next season, is eagerly waiting for an empty spot. And some other teams too...




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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket: Nigeria list 15 players for Stankovic Cup - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has released a list of fifteen players for the 2013 edition of the FIBA Stankovic Cup billed for June 26 through July 10 in China.

The fifteen players according to a release by the secretariat of the Nigeria basketball body is made up of ten foreign-based and the five home-based selected recently in the first camping exercise held in Abuja.

The NBBF gave the players names as team captain Olumide Oyedeji co-captain Ike Diogu, Ben Uzoh, Richard Oruche, Stan Okoye, Abubakar Usman, Michael Ohiero, Stanley Gumut, Abdulwahab Yahaya, Solomon Alabi, Deji Egbeyemi, Nkem Ojougboh, Kingsley Oguchi, Ehimen Orukpe amd Kelechi Anuna.

We want to use the Stankovic Cup to set the tune ahead the 27th Afrobasket and we can conveniently say here that winning the Afrobasket is our ultimate as more players whom we have left out of this invitational tournament will join the team soon.

The Stankovic Cup which will hold in two Chinese cities of Lanzhou and Guangzhou will afford our players especially the home-based the opportunity to be exposed to modern facilities which the team will use for training before to the United States of America.

Some players who are committed to the national team for the Afrobasket have been allowed to team up with the team in July after the Stankovic Cup to enable them sort out contractual issues and try outs with NBA teams during the period opined NBBF Head of Media, Patrick Omorodion.

The FIBA Stankovic Continental Champions Cup is an international basketball tournament for mens national teams organized annually by basketball world governing body, FIBA. The idea for the tournament came from President of FIBA, Carl Men Ky Ching, and the purpose of the cup was to honour FIBA Secretary General Emeritus, Serbian Borislav Stankovic, for his significant contribution to basketball.

Other nations expected to feature in the tournament include Argentina, Australia, China, Germany, and Serbia.

Africa has been represented in past tournaments by Angola and Tunisia with Angola joining Slovenia as the only two teams that had won the tournament twice since its inception in 2005.

Tunisia finished third at the 2012 edition, while Angola has featured six times in the championship, with the Southern Africa nation winning it in 2008 and 2011. Slovenia won it in 2007 and 2010.



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  ARGENTINA   


FIBA Americas U16: Argentina open campaign with the win over Bahamas - by Eurobasket News

Argentina-Bahamas 74:53

Argentina open campaign with the win over Bahamas. The Argentinean team posted a 74:53 victory in Day 1 of Group A campaign.
Argentina won the first period 20-16 and never looked behind after. They added 14-8 in the second frame and led 34:24 at the halftime. Moreover Argentina dominated the second half as well. They won the third period 20-18 and finished the game with 20-11 rally.
Lucio Delfino (197-PF-97) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Nunez de Carvalho Ayan added 13. Maximo Fjellerup (192-SG-97) notched 12 and Christian Boudet (193-F-97) poured in 11. Deajour Adderley (187-SG-96) ended up with 15 points in defeat and Deondre Vilmar (190-PG-97) scored 13. Shamar Burrows (187-G-97) delivered 10, whilst Gibson Qyemah Tahfeeq had 7.
Tomorrow United States of America will take on Argentina, while Bahamas will face Mexico.

Argentina: Lucio Delfino 18+17 rebs, Nunez de Carvalho Ayan 13, Maximo Fjellerup 12, Christian Boudet 11
Bahamas: Deajour Adderley 15, Deondre Vilmar 13, Shamar Burrows 10, Gibson Qyemah Tahfeeq 7



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  BAHAMAS   


FIBA Americas U16: Argentina open campaign with the win over Bahamas - by Eurobasket News

Argentina-Bahamas 74:53

Argentina open campaign with the win over Bahamas. The Argentinean team posted a 74:53 victory in Day 1 of Group A campaign.
Argentina won the first period 20-16 and never looked behind after. They added 14-8 in the second frame and led 34:24 at the halftime. Moreover Argentina dominated the second half as well. They won the third period 20-18 and finished the game with 20-11 rally.
Lucio Delfino (197-PF-97) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Nunez de Carvalho Ayan added 13. Maximo Fjellerup (192-SG-97) notched 12 and Christian Boudet (193-F-97) poured in 11. Deajour Adderley (187-SG-96) ended up with 15 points in defeat and Deondre Vilmar (190-PG-97) scored 13. Shamar Burrows (187-G-97) delivered 10, whilst Gibson Qyemah Tahfeeq had 7.
Tomorrow United States of America will take on Argentina, while Bahamas will face Mexico.

Argentina: Lucio Delfino 18+17 rebs, Nunez de Carvalho Ayan 13, Maximo Fjellerup 12, Christian Boudet 11
Bahamas: Deajour Adderley 15, Deondre Vilmar 13, Shamar Burrows 10, Gibson Qyemah Tahfeeq 7



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier League Stage Three Standings
Golden Four
 1. Al Ahli 0-0 
 2. Al Hala 0-0 
 3. Al Manama 0-0 
 4. Muharraq 0-0 
Places 5-6
 1. Issa Town 1-4 
 2. Sitra 0-5 
Places 7-12
 1. Nuwaidrat 12-11 
 2. Hidd 9-13 
 3. Bahrain Club 7-15 
 4. Al Najma 4-18 
 5. Al Ittihad 4-18 
 6. Samaheej 0-21 
Stage Two Standings

Top 4: Round 1

Jun. 9: Muharraq - Al Hala 80-63
Jun. 9: Al Ahli - Al Manama 74-72

Top 4: Round 2

Jun. 12: Al Manama - Al Hala
Jun. 12: Al Ahli - Muharraq



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  BRAZIL   


Edward Basden set to join Franca - by Eurobasket News

Franca is close to announce another signing. They have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Edward Basden (196-G/F-83, college: Charlotte). The guard started the last season in Mexico. He played for Huracanes de Tampico. Edward Basden posted 13.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game in LNBP. Later Edward Basden moved to Venezuela to sign with Trotamundos de Carabobo. He appeared in four LBP games averaging 8.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Finally Edward Basden moved to Dominican Republic to sign for San Carlos in District Nacional League. Edward Basden is not new to Franca. He played for the team back in 2011/12 season. He stats read then 11.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.2 assists per game. The guard also had stints in Philippines, Greece, China, Turkey, France, Germany, D-League and NBA. He made it into All-Chinese NBL 2nd Team in 2010.


Sao Jose/Unimed tab Alex Oliveira - by Eurobasket News

Sao Jose/Unimed have secured the services of Alex Oliveira (194-F-83) for the next season. The forward spent the last season with Paulistano. Alex Oliveira notched 10.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists per game in NBB. He also delivered 9.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in Paulista League. Previously Alex Oliveira played for Bauru and Sao Caetano. He participated at the Brazilian League All-Star Game in 2010.
Sao Jose/Unimed also extended the contracts of Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83), Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) and Fulvio de Assis (186-PG-81).
Jefferson Antonio will enter the third straight season with Sao Jose/Unimed. He posted 16.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 block per game in NBB last season. He also delivered 12.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.0 block in Liga Americas.
Dede Stefanelli joined Sao Jose/Unimed back in 2011. Last season his stats read 14.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in NBB. In Liga Americas the guard notched 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance.
Fulvio de Assis has been playing for the team since 2009. Last season his stats read 11.8 points, 7.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds per game in NBB. He also notched 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists in Liga Americas.



Atila Santos reinforces Palmeiras - by Eurobasket News

Palmeiras bolstered their frontcourt. They inked a deal with Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St.). The centre spent the last season in Bulgaria. He played for Balkan Botevgrad. The centre posted 10.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks per game in NBL. Atilas Santos was the member of Flamengo roster in 2011/12 season. He posted 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in Liga Sudamericana. The centre also delivered 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in NBB. Atila Santos was named All-Brazilian League Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Previously Atila Santos had stints in Spain and Bulgaria. He made it into All-Bulgarian League 3rd Team in 2009.


Fabian Ramirez joins Bauru - by Eurobasket News

Bauru strengthened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Fabian Ramirez (193-F-90). The Argentinean forward has played lately for Universo/Ajax in Brazilian SuperCup. He spent the last season with Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda. Fabian Ramirez delivered 10.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game in LigaA. Previously the forward had spells for San Martin Corrientes and Boca Juniors junior team. He was the member of U16, U17, U18 and U19 Argentinean National Teams. Fabian Ramirez attended the Argentinean National Team training camp in 2012.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


VG Basketball Court To Get Attention By Year End - Sports Minister - by David Edole

Works on the roof for the basketball court at the Jeffery Caines Arena, Virgin Gorda (VG), along with other improvements to the facility will begin by year end. This promise came from Hon. Myron Walwyn, Education and Culture Minister.

Recently, the Minister who has responsibility for sports, explained that on the 17th May tenders were sent out for the covering of the basketball court.

"The covering of this court has been promised for a number of years, but we are committed to actually getting it done," he said.

At the time, the Minister stated that they anticipate that they will receive bids within a two-week period to the central tender board.

"And we hope to start on this project before the end of this year. Thanks to community members such as Erwin "Reds" Tellimack and Trevor "West" Stevens, we continue to have significant athletic talent being developed in Virgin Gorda, and it is time that as a Government and a people, we invest in the actual infrastructure to support the dreams and aspirations of our youth," the Minister stated.

The open-air facility has been a challenge for players and during the opening ceremony of a basketball league in August last year, it was evident as large swarm of insects kept players fanning and visibly uncomfortable.

The scope of works for the enhancement of the Virgin Gorda Basketball Court includes the drawing and design of a proper covering to completely cover the existing basketball court, the creation of more seating capacity and upgrades to the restroom facility and the concession stand.

The drawings are expected to incorporate proper lighting for the court and mechanical requirements to improve the scoreboard equipment.



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria U20 NT roster 2013 - by Maria Mitzova

Bulgarian U20 National Team roster, which is preparing for European championship in Estonia.
Bulgaria is in Group C, with Spain, Latvia, Israel and Russia.

Guards
Angel Natskin (186-PG-93)
Deyan Karamfilov (180-PG-94)
Manuel Kimanov
Nikolay Grozev (199-G/F-94)
Kamen Atanasov (194-G/F-94)
Pavlin Ivanov (194-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket)

Forwards
Kris Minkov (198-SF-94)
Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93)
Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SF-94)
Dimitar Dimitrov (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances)
Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances)
Georgi Funtarov (201-F-93)

Centers
Kiril Kirilov (205-C/F-94)
Velislav Galabov (207-C-94)
Denislav Vutev (206-C-94, agency: Promotex)

Head coach: Lyubomir Minchev



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  CANADA   


FIBA Americas U16: Canada hold off Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

Canada U16 - Puerto Rico U16 76:63

Canada recorded the first win at the U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Uruguay. They outscored Puerto Rico in Group B opener for both teams. Jamal Murray (191-PG-96) stepped up with 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Canada and Puerto Rico stayed on level terms throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 13:13 after ten minutes. Canada stepped on the gas in the second frame. The North Americans fired 23 points and gained a 36:24 halftime advantage. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Canada ensured a 12-point buffer before the final quarter. Puerto Rico could not recover in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Malick Turenne (195-SG-96) responded with 14 points for Canada. Koby McEwen (187-PG-97) finished with 12 points for the winners. Arnaldo Toro (205-C-97) responded with 13 points for Puerto Rico. Gerardo Texeira (195-PF-97) chipped in 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Canada U16: Jamal Murray 24, Malick Turenne 14, Koby McEwen 12
Puerto Rico U16: Arnaldo Toro 13, Gerardo Texeira 11+10 boards



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  CHILE   


FIBA Americas U16: Sebastian Herrera win game for Chile against Uruguay - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay U16 - Chile U16 62:64

Sebastian Herrera (190-SF-97) sank a late basket and propelled Chile to the starting victory at the U16 FIBA American Championship. Chile overcame hosting Uruguay in Group B opener. Dante Bahamonde (174-G-96) and Sebastian Herrera stepped up with 18 points apiece to pace the visitors.
It was a close battle from start to finish. Uruguay and Chile were tied at 16 at the first break. Chile put their noses in front in the second frame. The visitors snatched a 29:28 halftime lead. Uruguay denied the deficit in the third stanza. The hosts evened the game at 47 with ten minutes remaining. Chile spurred ahead late in regulation but a triple from Agustin Viotti tied things up at 62. Sebastian Herrera came up with late heroics as his bucket with four seconds left in regulation sealed the win for Chile. Nicolas Aguirre (176-PG-97) provided 17 points for the winning side. Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Uruguay. Santiago Massa had 15 points in the loss.

Uruguay U16: Facundo Grolla 17+10 boards, Santago Massa 15
Chile U16: Dante Bahamonde 18, Sebastian Herrera 18, Nicolas Aguirre 17



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Boston C.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Boston32.0 
 2. Douby, Sagesse31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Dallas M.29.0 
 6. Daniels, Rio G.28.6 
 7. Spencer, Al Riyadi28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.3 
 10. Hudson, Austin T.27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  Talk N Text
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, Talk N Te.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Boston14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Harris, Ponce12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.4 
 8. Daniels, Rio G.11.3 
 9. Siler, Ponce11.2 
 10. Singleton, New Y.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Olympiacos6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.8 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. McGrady, San A.5.1 
 7. Jeter, Shandong FB5.1 
 8. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Olympiacos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Olympiacos2.6 
 2. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Douby, Sagesse2.4 
 4. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB2.3 
 6. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 8. Hudson, Austin T.2.1 
 9. Abbas, Shandong FB2.1 
 10. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Ponce2.3 
 4. Jones, New York K.1.9 
 5. Daniels, Rio G.1.7 
 6. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Vroman, Shandong.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 7

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 12: Jiangsu TX - Hebei S.
Jun. 12: Guangzhou L. - Hong Kong
Jun. 12: Jiang Xi - Heilongjiang
Jun. 12: Nanjin Army - Chongqing FD
Jun. 12: Changsha Bank - Sichuan BW


Herbert Hill claims Chinese NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Herbert Hill (208-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Jiang Xi and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 32 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Hebei S. (#10, 0-7) with 35-point margin 120-85. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Jiang Xi is placed at 9th position in Chinese NBL. The season is still in it's early stage, so the team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings. They lost 6 games and had just one victory. Hill just recently signed at Jiang Xi, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Providence College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hill is in league's top in points (4th best: 25.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 16.6rpg) and averages solid 2.3bpg and 55.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old forward Shengyue Sun (198-F-89) of Nanjin Army. Sun impressed basketball fans with 39 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Nanjin Army lost that game 91-101 to the higher-ranked Sichuan BW (#2, 5-2). This loss caused Nanjin Army to drop to 8th position in the standings. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Nanjin Army managed to get this year. Sun is one of the most experienced players at Nanjin Army and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.6ppg (#7). He also registered 5.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Hassan Whiteside (213-C/F-89) of second-ranked Sichuan BW. Whiteside got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Sichuan BW, leading his team to a 101-91 win against the lower-ranked Nanjin Army (#8, 2-5). Sichuan BW needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Whiteside has a great season in China. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.3ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 18.1rpg (2nd best). He also has 5.3bpg and FGP: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Othello Hunter (203-F-86) of Jiangsu TX - 24 points and 14 rebounds
5. Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83) of Heilongjiang - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Craig Smith (201-F-83) of Hong Kong - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Hilton Armstrong (210-C/F-84) of Changsha Bank - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. JiuLong Liu (197-F-83) of Hong Kong - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nan Wang (198-G/F-87) of Heilongjiang - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Liang Yu (209-F-86) of Chongqing FD - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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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, Bambuqueros21.8 
 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, Bucaros18.3 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros12.6 
 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.7.8 
 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. Jordan, Once Cal.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. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 


BAMBUQUEROS UTRAHUILCA IS THE CHAMPION OF FIRST PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP - by Victor Garcia

Bambuqueros Utrahuilca sweep the Bukaros Freskaleche to became in the champion of the first Edition of the Professional Basketball Division, Liga Directv.
Bambuqueros played its best game of the playoffs with a strong defense that limited Bukaros just to 68 pts and 33% filed goal average including 12 turnovers, Bukaros offensive again struggled in the execution, most of possessions finished with just to players touching the ball and a forced shot.
The first half finished with Bambuqueros 2 points lead and looks like the locals made the adjustment but entering the second half the game start to change and Bambuqueros began to open a 8 points gap, five Neivas players scored in double figures leaded by the series MVP Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) with 18 points, Enielsen Guevara also posted 18.
Bambuqueros was the favorite form the beginning, his powerfull Colombian roster finally was the key for the success, and in the final playoffs his defense very strong and the motor of his offensive.

Bukaros Freskaleche 68 J. Edwin 17 pts, L. Gilbert 16 pts
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 87 S. Ortiz 18 pts, E. Guevara 18 pts.




PROFESSIONAL DIVISION FINALS - GAME 3. - by Victor Garcia

Bambuqueros won the game three of the finals playoff and now is just one game away to be the first champion of the Professional Basketball Division.
Playing without Divier Perez and using Jairo Mendoza on his place the Bambuqueros team ruled in the second and fourth quarter, their defense putting pressure on the ball was succesfull forcing 19 turnovers specially because Bukaros did not played their offensive sets and spent most of the time dribbling the ball trying to play one on one.
Bukaros tried to use the zone at times, but the answer of Bambuqueros was to put Rodrigo Caicedo as point guard , Ortiz and Darrin Dorsey (188-PG, college: Dakota Wesleyan) on the wings to open the zone, forcing Bukaros again to switch to man defense.
The turnovers were the factor at the end and now Bambuqueros looks to have the attitude to be the new champion.
Bukaros Freskaleche 78 D. Dorsey 20 pts, S. Ortiz 17 pts
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 86 J. Edwin 26 pts, N. Covington 16 pts.




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  COSTA RICA   


Sanatura-Escazu claim Clausura title - by Eurobasket News

Sanatura-Escazu - Coopenae USJ 65:62

Sanatura-Escazu celebrated the Clausura title. They defeated Coopenae USJ in the decisive third game of the title series. Sanatura-Escazu will now face Apertura champions Barva in the Grand Final.
Escazu grabbed a narrow 18:15 lead after the opening quarter. San Ramon pulled ahead in the second frame. The visitors arrived at halftime up by three points 35:32. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Sanatura-Escazu eked out a 48:47 lead heading into the final stanza. The margin grew at 7-point mark midway through the final frame. Coopenae USJ trimmed the gap late in regulation but could not avoid the loss at the end. Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83, college: John Brown) stepped up with 22 points to lead Sanatura-Escazu. Daniel Simmons (194-F/C-80) answered with 18 points for San Ramon.



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  CROATIA   


Ante Tomic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a 1-point Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the league leader Real Madrid (30-4) 72-71 in the Spanish ACB in Tuesday night's game. Tomic scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Tomic's first season with the team. Tomic belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5 with 6.2rpg. He also averaged so far 11.3ppg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 61.5%(206-335) and FT: 62.4% in the 42 games he played so far. Tomic played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Mario Stojic
Mario Stojic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium). He led Base Oostende to a victory against the closely-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut 81-70 in the Belgian Ethias League last Monday. Stojic scored 14 points. Telenet Oostendeis placed eighth in the Ethias League. Stojic has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 56.6%(77-136), 3FGP: 39.8% and FT: 78.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German. Stojic played for the Croatian national team in 2009.

Dontaye Draper
Dontaye Draper
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Ante Tomic in the Spanish ACB last game. Draper, who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Real Madrid (30-4) to beat Regal FC Barcelona (23-11). It was not Draper's best game last Tuesday. He scored only 3 points in 10 minutes. The league leader Real Madrid was edged 72-71 at home by the lower-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona. This year Draper averages: 3.7ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP: 39.0% and FT: 76.0% in the 36 games. He is a naturalized American. Draper played for the Croatian national team two years ago. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

Damjan Rudez
Damjan Rudez
   #4. Forward Damjan Rudez (203-86, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help CAI Zaragoza (21-13) in their game against Real Madrid (30-4) in the Spanish ACB. Rudez scored 8 points. CAI Zaragoza was defeated 77-63 on their home court in Zaragoza by the leading Real Madrid. This season Rudez has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #5. International center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in a victory against the fifth-ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-14) 78-72 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Planinic scored only 1 points in 5 minutes on the court. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (22-5) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. This year Planinic's overall stats are: 3.2ppg and 2.3rpg in the 23 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Other top Croatian players, who play abroad:

Mario Hezonja (201-G/F-95) plays for Regal FC Barcelona in Spanish ACB
Marko Popovic (185-G-82) plays for Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL
Mario Delas (207-F/C-90) plays for Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL
Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) plays for Panathinaikos in Greek A1
Stanko Barac (216-C-86) plays for Anadolu Efes in Turkish TBL
Tomislav Zubcic (208-C/F-90) plays for Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL
Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) plays for Khimky in Russian PBL
Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) plays for Khimky in Russian PBL
Fran Pilepic (193-G/F-89) plays for Gescrap BB in Spanish ACB
Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) plays for Unicaja Malaga in Spanish ACB
Luka Zoric (211-C-84) plays for Unicaja Malaga in Spanish ACB
Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) plays for Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkish TBL

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



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  D-LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Arecibo
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Dentmon, Arecibo22.9 
 2. Mitchell, Talk N.22.1 
 3. Lamb, Oklah.Ci.21.2 
 4. Goudelock, LA La.21.2 
 5. Mack, Atlanta H.20.1 
 6. Samuels, Hapoel J.19.8 
 7. Joseph, San A.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.3 
 9. Nichols, Arecibo18.7 
 10. Joseph, Brooklyn18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Golden S.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Golden S.12.6 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, San German10.9 
 4. Samuels, Hapoel J.10.3 
 5. Mays, Sioux F.10.0 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.9.9 
 7. Varnado, Miami H.9.9 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Jones, Houston R.9.0 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Sioux F.
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Barrett, Sioux F.7.8 
 2. Mack, Atlanta H.7.5 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.7.1 
 4. Wright, Arecibo6.8 
 5. Russell, Cocodrilos6.5 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.3 
 7. Quinn, Cleveland C.6.1 
 8. Singletary, Ooste.5.6 
 9. McNeal, Utah Jazz5.5 
 10. Joseph, San A.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Philadel.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Philadel.2.4 
 2. Millsap, Los A.2.0 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.2.0 
 4. Greene, Reno B.1.9 
 5. Joseph, San A.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Marinos1.9 
 7. Tyndale, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Murry, Rio G.1.8 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.7 
 10. Leslie, Santa C.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Miami H.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Varnado, Miami H.3.3 
 2. Melo, Boston C.2.9 
 3. Armstrong, Changs.2.3 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 5. Orton, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Minnesot.2.1 
 7. Williams, Texas L.2.0 
 8. Moon, Los A.2.0 
 9. Jordan, Talk N Te.2.0 
 10. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.1.9 



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Sammy Mejia selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Banvit BK (25-5) in their last game. Despite Mejia's good performance Banvit BK was edged 72-71 at home by the leading Galatasaray. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Mejia also added 7 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks in 30 minutes on the court. Mejia has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 59.2%(151-255), 3FGP: 48.2%(40-83) and FT: 75.2% in the 40 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic senior national team eight years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Baez was not able to help G.Canaria 2014 (19-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance G.Canaria 2014 was crushed 84-62 on their home court in Las Palmas by the higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona. Baez had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 34 minutes. This year Baez averages: 9.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 73.6% in the 38 games. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2009.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France). Greer was not able to secure a victory for Strasbourg IG (18-12) in their game against JSF Nanterre (15-15) in the French ProA. Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game He recorded 12 points. It's Greer's first season with the team. Greer is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. His overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3FGP: 26.4% and FT: 69.7%. Greer is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic national team four years ago. Greer used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #4. Power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Puerto Rico) contributed to Brujos' victory against the closely-ranked Capitanes (14-16) 86-82 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Wednesday night. Asselin recorded 10 points in only 11 minutes. Brujos de Guayama (14-16) is placed eighth in the BSN. This year Asselin's overall stats are: 8.0ppg and 3.7rpg in the three games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Asselin used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006. He played also for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

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

   #1. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Strasbourg IG (18-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Greer's very good performance Strasbourg IG was defeated 83-77 on the road by the lower-ranked JSF Nanterre (#8). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Greer also added 6 rebounds. Greer is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg. Greer has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #2. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was the major contributor in Cangrejeros' victory against the closely-ranked Capitanes (14-16) 93-88 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Friday. He scored 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Sosa's third season in pro basketball. Cangrejeros de Santurce (19-12) is placed third in the BSN. This year Sosa's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.6apg in the 26 games he played so far.

   #3. Victor Liz (188-G/F-88, currently plays in Puerto Rico), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN was not able to help Atleticos (12-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Atleticos was edged 87-86 in Juana Diaz by the leading Leones. Liz was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 7 rebounds. This season Liz has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg.

   #4. Juan Coronado (193-G-83, currently plays in Puerto Rico), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Brujos (14-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance Brujos was edged 75-74 in Humacao by the higher-ranked (#7) Caciques. Coronado was the top scorer with 12 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 27 minutes. Coronado is ranked third on the list of the most steals in the league with 1.8spg. He also averaged so far 11.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 3.7apg in the 30 games.

   #5. Elpidio Fortuna (188-G-85, currently plays in Puerto Rico) faced previously mentioned Victor Liz in the Puerto Rican BSN last game. Fortuna contributed to a 1-point Leones' victory against one of league's weakest teams Atleticos (9-21) 87-86. He recorded 8 points and added 3 assists. Fortuna is currently second on the list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.9apg and 2.1spg.

   #6. Ivan Lopez (208-C/F-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in Puerto Rico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Elpidio Fortuna and both played together in the last Puerto Rican BSN game. Lopez managed to help Leones de Ponce to win against one of league's weakest teams Atleticos 87-86. He recorded only 4 points. This season Lopez averages just 0.9ppg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and Puerto Rican.



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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Ray, Ratiopharm16.5 
 6. Eidson, Unics16.5 
 7. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 8. Delaney, Budivelnyk16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 10. Brown, Lokomotiv15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.0 
 2. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.3 
 4. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.3 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 8. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.6 
 9. Ndong, Galatasaray6.0 
 10. Drozdov, Budiveln.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Calathes, Lokom.6.7 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 4. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 5. Kalnietis, Lokomot.5.2 
 6. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 7. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Chatman, Unics4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Doellman, Valencia1.7 
 4. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 6. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 8. Carter, Spartak SP1.4 
 9. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.4 
 10. Eidson, Unics1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 4. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.2 
 5. Lishchuk, Valencia1.0 
 6. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.0 
 7. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 9. Carter, Spartak SP0.9 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.0.8 


John Bryant left the forces of Ratiopharm Ulm - by Eurobasket News

John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) left the forces of Ratiopharm Ulm and will not join them for 2013/2014 season. Bryant, the two-time Eurobasket.com All-BBL Center of the Year and reigning Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Center of the Year, played for Ulm since 2010.
In 41 BBL games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 15.6ppg and averaged 10.1rpg (leader !!!), 1.5apg and 1.4bpg (#3 in the league) this season. He helped them to make it to the supercup final. Bryant also played 13 games in Eurocup where he was ninth best scorer with remarkable 16.0ppg and had 9.0rpg (leader !!!) and 1.6apg. He played there also last season. In 42 BBL games he recorded 14.1ppg, 9.4rpg (leader !!!), 1.3apg and 1.3bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game.
In 2009 Bryant was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in second round (31st overall).He attended Santa Clara University and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.The list of the past achievements is quite long as Bryant was voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


CSKA part ways with Anton Ponkrashov - by Eurobasket News

Anton Ponkrashov (200-SG-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) is leaving CSKA. The sides have reached an agreement on terms of contract termination. The guard joined CSKA back in 2011. Last season Anton Ponkrashov posted 2.9 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in VTB League. In EuroLeague the point guard averaged 2.1 points, 1.7 assists and 1.6 rebounds. Ponkrashov also posted 4.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per appearance in PBL. Previously Anton Ponkrashov played for Spartak SP. He was named into All-EuroChallenge 2nd Team in 2011. Anton Ponkrashov also made it into Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team in the same season. The guard has been the member of the Russian National Team since 2005. He averaged 5.8 points, 3.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


Laboral Kutxa keep Andres Nocioni for 2013/2014 season - by Eurobasket News

Laboral Kutxa keep Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) for 2013/2014 season. The 34-year old Argentinean ex-international small forward Andres Nocioni will remain in Spain.
In 36 ACB games he recorded 13.3ppg and 5.0rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Nocioni also played 28 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.9ppg and 4.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Part of last season Nocioni spent at the 76ers in NBA. But in 10 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.3rpg. He also spent pre-season at Penarol (LigaA) in Argentinian league earlier that year. In two games he averaged impressive 16.5ppg and 11.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Nocioni was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention back in 2004,2005 and 2006. He also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Nocioni's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 69.2%.
Andres Nocioni has played also professionally in NBA (Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings), Spain (Assignia Manresa) and Argentina (Olimpia and Independiente General Pico).



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  FRANCE   


Nancy confirm Clevin Hannah - by Eurobasket News

Nancy have officially signed Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.). The point guard signed a one-year deal with the team. Last season Clevin Hannah spent with Evreux. He posted impressive 16.8 points, 5.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in ProB. He earned All-French ProB Honourable Mention. Previously Clevin Hannah had stints in Finland and Romania. The guard made it into All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team in 2012. He earned All-Romanian League Honourable Mention in 2011.


Monaco keep Jason Jones - by Eurobasket News

Monaco will keep Jason Jones (203-C-86, college: Northeastern St.) on the roster. The centre has agreed on terms of a new two-year deal with the team. Last season Jason Jones averaged 7.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in NM1. Previously Jason Jones played for Saint Quentin Basket-Ball. He was NM2 finalist in 2012.


Claude Marquis signs with Cholet - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Claude Marquis (204-F/C-80). The centre inked a one-year deal with the team. Last season Claude Marquis spent with Nancy. He notched 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 block per game in EuroChallenge. The centre also delivered 10.6 points, 5.5 rebounds per game in ProA. Previously Claude Marquis spent fourteen straight seasons with Cholet. He was named into French ProA All-Domestic Players Team in 2005. Claude Marquis participated at the ProA All-Star Games in 2004, 2005 and 2008. The centre was the member of the French National Team in 2004-2008 seasons.


Nancy keep Kenny Grant - by Eurobasket News

Nancy kept Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) for the next season. The Swedish guard has agreed on terms of one-season contract extension. Kenny Grant will enter his third straight season with Nancy. Last season the guard posted 3.4 points and 1.2 assists per game in ProA. In EuroChallenge Kenny Grant delivered 6.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. Previously Kenny Grant had stints in Sweden, Poland and Romania. He made it into Swedish Basketligan All-Domestic Players Team in 2009 and 2010. Kenny Grant was trumped All-Swedish Basketligan Domestic Player of the Year in 2010. He has been the member of the Swedish National Team since 2006. Kenny Grant notched 10.9 points, 4.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.


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  GERMANY   


Sport-Club Itzehoe Eagles Grab Lars Kroeger - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Regionaliga team Sport-Club Itzehoe Eagles have brought in Lars Kroger. Kroeger is a 22 year old 210cm center from Hamberg. The German played for TSG Bergedorf (2.Regionalliga) since 2010 and last season played 10 games: 5.7ppg. One of the main reasons that Kroeger took the offer was because he had perfect conditions to combine basketball and job. His new coach is also thrilled about the young man joining the team. "He has a lot of talent.he has very quick feet for a player of his size. He also has all qualities with his size to play well", stressed Sport-Club Itzehoe Eagles head coach Paul Larysz.

Source: Sport-Club Itzehoe



Brandon Gay (TBB Trier Helped Me Become A Professional) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) is a 30 year old 203cm forward that recently finished his his second season for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (Hungary-A Division). In his second season he played 18 games: 7.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 78.6%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 11.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 91.7%; Adriatic League: 21 games: 8.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 65.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT-1 (91.3%)He started his basketball career with San Diego (NCAA). In 2005-2006 he turned professional and played his first two seasons for TBB Trier. He then played three seasons for the Antwerp Giants (Belgium-D1). His best season was his first season where he played ULEB Cup: 10 games: 13.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.9apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 53.4%, 3FGP: 41.2%; Belgian League: 35 games: 14.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.9apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 84.0%. In 2010-2011, he played for VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium-D1, starting five): 31 games: 10.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT-2 (44.3%), FT: 80.4%. Last season he played for Sokhumi Tbilisi (Georgia-Superleague, starting five): Georgian League: 2 games: 18.5ppg, 10.5rpg, 4.5apg, 2.5spg; Eurochallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 14.0ppg, 4.5rpg, in Oct.'11 moved to Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (Hungary-A Division): Hungarian League: 30 games: 9.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 87.9%; EuroChallenge: 14 games: 8.9ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 91.7%. He caught up with Eurobasket some months ago and talked about his season in Hungary and basketball career.

Brandon where are you currently and how is your winter going?

Whats up Miles, Im in Szolnok, Hungary playing for the second season in a row. The winter hasn't been how I expected it to be but we are working hard to get our season turned back around.

You are playing your second season for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungry. How do you like this country and league?

The country is good, Im in a smaller city than other teams I played for and that I live in but that just means there is a larger focus on the basketball team. This season we are in the Adriatic League and Euro Challenge, we will join the Hungarian league after the Adriatic season is over. Every game its really good competition and as a player you cant ask for more than that.

You lost twice to the EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Eurochallenge play. How was it coming back to Germany? What did you remember from your two games that you played in Oldenburg with TBB Trier?

Its funny I started my career in Trier with Coach Joe Whelton and my first game as a rookie was against Oldenburg! It was a weird feeling going back there after so long. Always great to play there, I like that arena. I like how you let everyone know we lost twice too!!!

How was it playing against German Konrad Wysocki? You played against him back in the 2006-2007 season when he played with ratiopharm Ulm. How has his game progressed?

Yea he is a good player. Versatile guy who plays hard. I know you had to play like that under Coach Taylor when he was at Ulm and the same with Coach Machowski at Oldenburg now.

What is it like being the only American on the team of Szolnoki Olajbanyasz ? Back in Belgium you usually had some Americans as teammates? Do they treat you in anyway more special because you are an American?

It is the first time I have been in this type of situation. I was here last season and I know the guys so it is cool. Even the Hungarian newcomers I knew them and how they competed. We are a pretty close team so even for the new foreigners it was a simple transition into the team I feel. Im a "Home-Body" so I can fit in pretty much anywhere!! As long as I have good quality internet and my PS3 Im good!!

What is your role on the team with Szolnoki Olajbanyasz ?

I think my role is to play team basketball just like everyone else. Thats was how we won last year and how we will win this year. Especially playing in the Adriatic League, have to play good individual/team defense. On offense, run the offense to get what we want and take the open shot when I have it.

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

I think my passing. I like to pass and think Im a good passer for a forward. I would say handles but that would be a lie!!

You played your first two seasons as a professional in Germany for TBB Trier? When you look back on those two seasons, how did your time in the BBL help you develop as a player?

TBB Trier helped me become a professional. You hear stories all the time about differences between players and their clubs but I didnt have any problems in Trier. All I had to do was focus on playing, thats what I did and am still doing. I think for rookies that the first thing they should learn is how to be a pro. Lean to practice hard, learn how to take care of your body, how to treat people. That goes with your talent to have long a long career. Thats what I learned in Trier from the older guys and coaches.

What is your fondest memory on the court with TBB Trier in the BBL?

On the court it would have to be the victory dance Trier does after every home victory! With my main man Axel "Aggy" Mock leading the cheer that's something I will always remember!

Did you ever have a more pure scorer as a teammate then Tommy Adams? He could score a lot quickly.

Some players but not as smooth as T.A., dude was a problem on the court. Thing about T.A. is he didnt want to score as much as he did with us. He wanted to run the show and create plays for the team and he got a bad rap for it a little bit but we needed him to score. When he got hot shooting the ball he can score with the best of them.

After two seasons in the BBL, you went to play four seasons in Belgium. You had two good stat seasons in Germany. Was it just hip to go to Belgium or did you just get better offers?

Antwerp won the Belgium Cup and got a bid into Euro Cup. It was a tough move to make because the BBL was a great league. To this day I still think about that decision because I was leaving a really good situation in Trier. Antwerp turned out to be a good situation as well.

You played three seasons with the Antwerp Giants (Belgium-D1), but didnt win any titles. The team had a pretty strong roster. What do you think was missing for getting a title?

We were never good enough to get home court advantage throughout playoffs. Each year we ran into the #1 seed in the semifinals and home court is very important in a best of 3 series. We had good teams man, just could not get over that hump.

You played two seasons with 2008 BBL scoring champion Tim Black. What was the most amazing thing that you saw him do on the court?

Tim is a scrub!!! Just joking!! Tim is a tough guy man. The craziest thing I saw him do was during my last year there. We were home against Mons down 7 or 8 late in the 4th quarter and he just took over and ended up wining the game for us with a crazy lay-up. He had a great season that year.

You played with Rashaun Freeman at VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium-D1,). Who won a one on one in practice you or Rashaun Freeman?

This is my interview so of course I'm going to say ME!! "Free" is a really good player though a beast on the low block.

After four solid seasons in Belgium, was there any thought of coming back to Germany to play? Did you have any offers the last years?

No, but maybe in the future.

You have played in Georgia and Hungry the last two seasons. What are the main differences to the German and Belgium leagues?

The style of play. Didnt stick around in Georgia to see much of the league but in Hungary there's lots of pick and roll action. In Germany and Belgium its more set plays and isolation.

What do you have in your memory about dueling against Derrick Allen in the BBL form 2005-2007? At that time, he was one of the dominant power forwards in the league?

Derrick is probably the most energetic player I ever played against as a pro. He had all the skills but his energy makes him better than a lot of guys.

Who was your toughest player that you had to play against in the BBL?

There were a lot of good players in the league but the toughest player was probably a teammate of mine in Jermaine Dearman. We battled in practice everyday and I think it prepared both of us for games.

You played NBA Summer league for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007. What memories do you still have from that summer?

Probably learning a little bit of Phil Jackson's Triangle offense. We ran a version of it in Trier but to have Tex Winter actually there teaching it was pretty cool. Learning things from Brian Shaw and Kurt Rambis was great too.

You are 30 now. What goals do you still have as a professional player? I guess just winning titles?

Goals are the same each year to help the team Im on win a title and cup. Nothing else matters.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row without missing?

In a shooting practice my first year in Antwerp shooting 10 at a time I think I hit 91 straight. I shoot too many jumpers in games to even get that many attempts in a season now!!!

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

Nothing sticks out as crazy. I got hit on the arm shooting a 3 a few times and they went in. Thats not crazy, thats just luck!!

So is this the year of the Houston Texans?

Of course!! Shout out out to the Texans!! Im from Texas so American football is like soccer to Europeans!! My Texans play your Pats this Monday night, could be a sleepless night for me!!

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Boomerang and Paid in Full on the last road trip. I have the Avengers and new Dark Knight on my iPad but havent seen them yet. As far as best show to watch right now, Homeland! Its like when 24 first came out, addicting!

Thanks Brandon for the chat.





Erdgas Ehingen Keep Taylor Rohde - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Erdgas Ehingen have announced today that Taylor Rohde (205-F/C-90, college: Alaska-Anch.) will play another season with them. The 23 year old 205cm forward was a rookie last season and started the season with the MLP Academics Heidelberg (Germany-ProA): 15 games: 7.7ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 46.7%, FT: 71.1%, then moved to Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-ProA, starting five): 18 games: 11.1ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 58.8%, FT: 58.4%. "Taylor brings a lot of offensive talent and is a hard worker. He is still a young player that fits into our concept", stressed head coach Ralph Junge. Last season for Erdgas Ehingen. He scored in double figures 10 times and had 18 points against Crailsheim and Cuxhaven.

Source: Erdgas Ehingen





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.




Till Henkel takes his game to Sechtem - by Moritz Korff

Till Henkel (208-C) will join 1. Regionalliga West outfit SG Sechtem for the 2013-14 season. The 28-year-old post player averaged 7.5 points and 6.5 rebounds a game for SG BG Bonn-MTuS last season. Meanwhile, Max Brauer (195-F-87), Daniel Bartel (185-G-93), Robert Salomon (194-F-90), Sascha Walbroehl (191-G-89), Dimitrij Bowdurez (183-G-86) and Markus Rehs (209-C-83) have decided to stay with the SG team for one more year. Sechtem finished the 2012-13 season in 8th position in the RLW standings.



BBG Herford looking for continuity - by Moritz Korff

Christoph Steffen (182-G-92), Karl Gronau (185-G-84) and Omar Zemhoute (190-G-91) have renewed their agreements with 1. Regionalliga West team Herford and thus, became BBG's first signings this summer. Steffen scored 7.6 points a contest last season and dished out close to two assists a game. Zemhoute averaged 6.3 points as well as 2.3 boards per outing. Gronau had to sit out this past campaign due to an injury, but is eager to make his comeback as the new season approaches.


Dachau: Sovarzo named new head coach - by Moritz Korff

Roland Sovarzo has been appointed as the new head coach of the Dachau Spurs (1. Regionalliga South-East). He will follow Florian Kroepelin. 47-year-old Sovarzo is a former 2. Bundesliga player at Baunach and won 72 caps for the German Deaf National Basketball Team. He also serves as the coach of the German Women's Deaf NT. The Spurs had a 9-17 record in the 2012-13 RLSO season and finished in 12th place.


John Bryant and three more players leaving Ulm - by Moritz Korff

John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara), Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, college: Ohio), Lance Jeter (190-G-88, college: Nebraska) and Femi Oladipo (201-F-90) will leave BBL team ratiopharm Ulm.
Bryant plans on joining a team that is competing in the Euroleague next season, while Ulm only qualified for the EuroCup competition. Bryant, the two-time Eurobasket.com All-BBL Center of the Year and reigning Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Center of the Year, played for Ulm since 2010 and dominated the league ever since. In the 2012-13 season he averaged 15.6 points and a BBL-high 10.1 rebounds a game. Jeter added 7.6 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 boards a game, while Esterkamp scored 9.2 points per contest. Due to a knee injury Oladipo did not appear in any BBL game last season. Jeter's and Oladipo's contracts have expired, while Esterkamp has not been able to receive a German passport yet and has been waived by the club.



Baskets Vilsbiburg bring in Brandon Crawford - by Moritz Korff

The Baskets Vilsbiburg (1. Regionalliga South-East) have completed the signing of Brandon Crawford (201-F-84, college: Albion). The 28-year-old post player is projected to protect the paint alongside Czech center Lubos Novy (204-C-91).
"Despite his size and frame, he moves well for a player with his strength. He gained plenty of experience playing at a high level over the past years and kept developing. He won't need too much time to adapt because of the players who he knows from back then", coach Holger Prote said on the team's website. Crawford spent the 2007-2008 season with TG Renesas Landshut as a teammate of current Vilsbiburg players Michael Mayr (195-G/F-87), Johannes Kreutzer (178-G-85), Nikolaus Maerkl (187-G) and Prote, now the Vilsbiburg coach.
Crawford started his pro career with the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck in 2006. He spent the past three years playing in South American countries, including Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and most recently Colombia. For Academia de la Montaa he averaged 18.4 points and 11.4 rebounds in 17 games in the Colombian DPB league.



Grimaldi and Livas commit to Goettingen - by Moritz Korff

BG Goettingen's Marco Grimaldi (188-G-83) and Nicholas Livas (198-G-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) have both penned fresh deals for the 2013-14 season. "I think we managed to keep the heart and soul of last year's team", CEO Frank Meinertshagen stated on bggoettingen.de.
Livas became an essential player on the Violets' team in his first Pro A season, averaging 9.2 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds a contest, before he went down with a season-ending broken fibula in game one of the playoff series against Jena.
Grimaldi served as the team captain and was second on the roster in minutes played per contest (30:46mpg). He scored 6.5 points a game and pulled down 4.1 rebounds per outing, while dishing out 2.9 assists a game.



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.0 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.3 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.1 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.0 
 8. McGrath, Zalgiris13.3 
 9. Haralampidis, PAOK13.2 
 10. Grant, Apollon13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.5 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.3 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios6.6 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR5.8 
 10. Charissis, Aris5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.7 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.7 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.5 
 7. Gibson, Ikaros3.3 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 9. Pappas, Panionios3.1 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.0 
 3. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 4. Pappas, Panionios1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 8. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 9. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Perist.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Petway, AGOR2.5 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 4. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.1 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 7. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 8. Charissis, Aris1.0 
 9. Chrysikopoul., PAOK0.7 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos0.7 



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Ross Bekkering joins Groningen - by Eurobasket News

Ross Bekkering (203-F-87) will continue his career with GasTerra Flames Groningen. The Canadian forward has agreed on terms of contract with the team. Last season Ross Bekkering spent with Leiden. He posted 12.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists per game in Eredivisie. Previously he had stints with Magixx Nijmegen and Leiden. He earned All-Dutch Eredivisie Honourable Mention in 2011. Ross Bekerring was the member of the Canadian University National Team in 2007 and 2009.


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Bloomington Flex 2013 PBL Champions - by Gianni Pascucci

The Bloomington Flex claimed their second Premier Basketball League Championship title in as many years this past weekend after outplaying the Rochester RazorSharks. The Flex dominated the first two games in the best-of-three series, eliminating the need for a third game to be played. The champions claimed the 2013 title yesterday in Rochester in front of a packed house.
The first game was held in Bloomington on Friday, June 7. The Flex defeated the RazorSharks with a final score of 106-86. Valuable players for the Flex include Jemal Farmer (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Arkansas) with 24 points, and both Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) and Todd Peterson (6'8''-F-84, college: N.Illinois) with 16 points. Mac Koshwal and Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia) gained 15 points apiece for the RazorSharks, but it wasnt quite enough to take game one.
Game two was played in Rochester, NY on Sunday, June 9. The home court advantage was not enough leverage for Rochester, as the Flex once again conquered the RazorSharks and walked away with the league title. The final score was 88-77, with a 22 point contribution from Anderson, 15 from Nate Fuqua (6'2''-G/F-88, college: Iowa Wesleyan) and 12 from Peterson.
This is the second consecutive year that the Flex have met and defeated the RazorSharks in the league championship. Congratulations to the Flex on a hard-fought battle and repeating as PBL champions, I look forward to seeing what next season has in store for both teams when the rivalry rekindles, said Dr. Severko Hrywnak , chairman of the board.



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Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi17.4 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 6. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 7. Datome, Acea V.16.2 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.4 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 5. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.4 
 7. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 8. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 9. Brown, Montepaschi3.6 
 10. Hackett, Montepa.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  PGE T.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 6. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. James, Poitiers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.1.5 
 3. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 4. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 5. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 9. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 10. Cusin, Cantu1.0 


SerieA Round 1 of Finals. Montepaschi Siena earn first victory - by Eurobasket News

Acea Virtus RM - Montepaschi 76-85

Montepaschi Siena registered the opening win in the Finals. They upset Acea Virtus Roma in the capital tonight. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-17. But Lottomatica Roma won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Lottomatica Roma outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 37-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists. American forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Montepaschi Siena's coach Luca Banchi used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Lottomatica Roma.
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: G.Lawal 17+8reb, P.Goss 16+4reb+4ast, J.Taylor 15+5reb+3ast, B.Jones 9+6reb+1ast, L.Datome 7+9reb+2ast, P.Lorant 3+1reb
Montepaschi: D.Moss 20+4reb+2ast, D.Hackett 18+2reb+10ast, B.Brown 17+1reb+3ast, B.Eze 8+4reb, B.Ortner 8+5reb, T.Ress 5+2reb
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  KOSOVO   


Kosovan referees part of the BIBL seminary - by Onur Decani

Referees of Basketball Superleague of Kosovo are taking part of the seminary for referees held by Balkan League, in Samakov of Bulgaria. The referees who received the invitation by BIBL will take part on the seminary from 9th to 16th of June.
The seminary is led by well-known instructor in Europe, Alan Richardson. Richardson is helped by other instructors like : Valentin Lazarov, Davorin Nakic, Giorgi Piperkov, Mansour Al Ashmari, Stelios Koukoulekidis, Leonid Chudin and others.
Kosovan referees since the first day in the seminary had the chance to refer official U-18 games, under the supervision of instructors and received positive ratings.



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  LEBANON   


An Unclear Situation for the Lebanese National Team - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

The Lebanese National Team is facing an unclear situation for the first time since the rising of Lebanese Basketball in 1998. The Federation didnt assemble yet the National Team. The preparation plan consist only on a participation in the Jones Cup ( FLB didnt confirm the participation yet) .

The federation had a meeting two days ago and called coach Ghassan Sarkis for a meeting from which nothing came out. Fadi El Khatib the National Team star is not joining the team this week , Julien Khazzouh left to Australia , many other players are demanding not to join the team in this situation.

Lebanon a power in the Asian Basketball since 2001 , finishing 2nd in three FIBA ASIA Championships ( 2001, 2005,2007) and 4th in 2003,2009 is losing ground to other countries , in 2011 the Team sent to Wuhan was a combination of young players didnt had enough experience and maturity to continue the good results , the roster missed around 8 important players , Lebanon finished 8th in the ranking and for the first time outside the best 4 teams since 2001.

Lebanon is facing same situation this year also , due to very unreasonable decisions many players are not willing to join or some will not be called and with no budget and no preparation plan the team will have a very bad FIBA ASIA Championship. A strong championship will build a very strong National Team but this formula is not working in Lebanon.



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Laboral Kutxa sign Tadas Sedekerskis - by Eurobasket News

Laboral Kutxa added a young talent to the roster. The Basque team has agreed on terms of contract with Tadas Sedekerskis (178-PG-98). The Lithuanian player inked a 1+2 contract with the Spanish side. The point guard spent the last season with Nafta/Univer. Klaipeda. He tallied 1.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in NKL. Tadas Sedekerskis also played for Neringos kursiai in RKL.


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Black Star announce Jarvis Williams - by Eurobasket News

Black Star Mersch announced the signing of their second import player. They agreed on terms of contract with Jarvis Williams (198-G-89). Black Star is the first pro team in his career. Jarvis Williams has just graduated from the Minnesota State University. He posted 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in his senior season. Jarvis Williams was named All-NSIC All-Tournament MVP. He was also trumped All-NSIC Defensive Player of the Year. Jarvis Williams made it into NABC Division II All-Central Region 1st Team. He participated at the Reeses Division II College All-Star Game.
Balck Star have previously announced the signing of Mike Oppland (204-F-84, college: Valparaiso).



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FIBA Americas U16: USA rout Mexico - by Eurobasket News

USA U16 - Mexico U16 130:31

The USA got to the winning start of their U16 Fiba Americas Championship campaign. They steamrolled past Mexico in Group A opener. Diamond Stone (6'10''-C/F-97) stepped up with 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
The USA jumped to a 29:9 lead after ten minutes of action. They erupted for 39 points in the second term to extend the lead. The USA piled up a massive 68:16 halftime advantage. They did not slow down in the third period. The USA rallied to a comprehensive 99:24 advantage at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Malik Newman (6'4''-G-97) provided 19 points, while Harry Giles (6'9''-F-98) and Ivan Rabb (6'10''-PF-97) delivered 14 points each for the winners. Rene Melendez (6'4''-SF-96) answered with 7 points for Mexico. Saul Santana (5'11''-F-97) had 5 points in the loss.

USA U16: Diamond Stone 20, Malik Newman 19, Harry Giles 14, Ivan Rabb 14
Mexico U16: Rene Melendez 7, Saul Santana 5



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.4 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Parker, San A.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Horford, Atlanta H.10.1 
 10. Chandler, New Y.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.5 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 10. Iguodala, Denver1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.5 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Spurs storm past Heat in Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

From big 3s to Big Three, the Spurs had it all in the NBA Finals' raucous return to San Antonio. Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) made 7 of the Spurs' finals-record 16 3-pointers, Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and the Spurs clobbered the Miami Heat 113-77 on Tuesday night to take 2-1 lead in the series. Green scored 27 points and Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) made six 3-pointers while scoring 24 as San Antonio went 16 of 32 from behind the arc, rolling to the third-biggest victory in finals history. Duncan bounced back from his worst game ever in the finals, and the Spurs' combination of fresh faces and old reliables in a raucous return to a city that hadn't hosted a finals game since 1997. The Spurs were as good as fans remembered in the old days, shutting down LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) until they had built a huge lead late in the third quarter. James finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but missed 11 of his first 13 shots against the excellent defense of Kawhi Leonard, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Game 4 is Thursday here, where the Heat are 3-22 in the regular season and so far zero wins and one really bad beating in the postseason. Duncan shot 3 of 13 for nine points, his worst performance ever in his 25 NBA Finals games, in the Heat's 103-84 victory Sunday. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) wasn't much better, shooting 5 of 14 and committing five turnovers, and Manu Ginobili admitted afterward the veteran trio had to play well for the Spurs to win. They were fine, but the lesser-knowns were better. Parker and Ginobili combined for 14 assists, but the bigger story was the guys who had never played on this stage before. Neal, who went undrafted after playing for LaSalle and Towson, then playing overseas for three seasons in Italy, Spain and Turkey. Green, who had been cut multiple times - including by James' Cavaliers - and now has the shot to stick. Leonard, the draft-night trade acquisition from San Diego State who played the NBA's 4-time MVP to a stalemate. Mike Miller (6'8''-F/G-80, college: Florida) made all five 3-pointers and scored 15 points for the Heat, who broke open Sunday's game and seized momentum in the series with a 33-5 run in the second half. The Spurs seized it right back, improving to 18-7 in the finals, the best winning percentage of any team with 20 or more games. A brief flurry by James had Miami within 15 after three quarters, but Neal, Green and Leonard combined on a 13-0 run to open the fourth, Green's 3-pointer making it 91-63. The NBA hadn't made its way along San Antonio's River Walk this late in the season since 1997, and fans couldn't wait to have the Spurs back. They sang and danced and clapped around the concourse and in their seats, as if their favorite rock band had returned for a concert. And they were thrilled to see the Duncan they recognized from his first 24 finals appearances. He got right on the board in this one, with a short jumper 20 seconds into the game. The Spurs, who had played from behind most of the series, had a 24-20 lead after making 11 of 18 shots in the first quarter. Duncan hit a pair of 3 throws and another basket, and after a jumper by Neal, he threw a long outlet to Leonard for a dunk that made it 40-30. Neal's 3 made it 43-32, but Miller hit a pair of 3-pointers in a 12-1 run that tied it at 44 with 37 seconds in the half, the Heat appearing set to go into the half with momentum. But Parker drilled a 3 from the corner, and after Green blocked James' shot, the Spurs rushed it up for a 3-pointer by Neal that fell at the buzzer, the reserve guard pointing back toward his defenders before the Spurs headed to the locker room with a 50-44 advantage. The party played on all right, with a huge roar when Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79), a former perennial All-Star now in his first finals appearance as a member of the Spurs' bench, checked in midway through the fourth quarter. He was scoreless with three assists. James started 2 for 13, then made his final four shots of the third as the Heat got within 13 before Ginobili fired a nifty pass to Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) under the basket for a score with 0.1 seconds remaining, making it 78-63 and setting the stage for the big fourth-quarter finish. It was a potentially pivotal victory for the Spurs in their quest to go 5 for 5 in the finals. Since the NBA Finals went to a 2-3-2 format in 1985, the Game 3 winner when the series was tied 1-1 has gone on to win 12 of the 13 titles - though the Heat were the lone one that didn't, in 2011.
Courtesy of: whig.com



Spurs' Tony Parker to have MRI Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

Spurs guard Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) will undergo an MRI Wednesday morning after sustaining an injury against the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Parker was injured midway through the third quarter. He returned in the fourth before leaving for good with 10 minutes, 33 seconds remaining in the Spurs 113-77 blowout victory at AT & T Center. He scored just six points in 27 minutes. I felt something on my hamstring so I dont know, Parker said. I have no idea. We will do an MRI (Wednesday). Hopefully, its nothing big and its just a cramping or got tight on me. I dont know, it was just a weird feeling. Parker said he wasnt in pain after the game. His only post-game treatment was icing. I played two minutes in the fourth quarter and we were up big so (coach Gregg Popovich) didnt want to take a risk.
Courtesy of: sun-sentinel.com



Pistons officially hire Cheeks - by Eurobasket News

After nearly a two month search, the Pistons have hired Maurice Cheeks to be their next head basketball coach. The team officially announced the signing of Cheeks to a multi-year contract on Monday night. Were pleased to welcome Maurice Cheeks to the Pistons organization, Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said in a statement. The leadership and player development qualities he brings as a former player and coach blends nicely with the roster we are building for the future. Hes won an NBA championship, coached in two NBA Finals as an assistant coach and mentored some of the top young players in the NBA. After spending some time with Maurice, I was very impressed not only with his basketball knowledge but his communication and leadership skills, Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement. We are very excited to have someone of his experience and talent help take this franchise into the future. Cheeks spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach for Oklahoma City Thunder, who went 212-100 during his tenure and reached the NBA Finals last season. He takes over for Lawrence Frank, who went 54-94 in two seasons as Detroits head coach. He is the 29th head coach in Pistons history and fifth in the last eight seasons.
Courtesy of: macombdaily.com



Lionel Hollins won't return to Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

Lionel Hollins will not return to the Memphis Grizzlies for the 13-14 NBA season. Hollins was without a contract for next season and the Grizzlies informed him of their decision on Monday. Hollins led the Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals this season before losing to the Spurs in four games. The Grizzlies will consider George Karl , Alvin Gentry and David Joerger as replacements for Hollins. Joerger is widely considered the frontrunner.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Kidd meets with Nets about coaching job - by Eurobasket News

Jason Kidd was regarded as a coach on the floor during his 19 seasons as an N.B.A. point guard, a reputation he is now trying to parlay into a head coaching job with the Nets, despite his lack of formal experience. Kidd made his pitch to Nets officials Monday, according to a person briefed on the meeting. To offset his own inexperience, Kidd is proposing to stock his bench with veteran coaches, including Lawrence Frank , the Nets former head coach, the person said. ESPN.com first reported Kidds interest in hiring Frank, who has a 279-335 record in nine years as a coach with the Nets and Detroit Pistons. Frank, 42, formed a close relationship with Kidd during their six and a half seasons together with the Nets. Frank was an assistant when Kidd arrived in 2001 and rose to head coach in January 2004, replacing Byron Scott . Kidd, 40, retired last week after one season with the Knicks. Despite his basketball acumen, he is considered a long shot for the job, given his inexperience. The top candidates include Lionel Hollins , who is out as the Memphis Grizzlies coach, and Brian Shaw , the associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Shaw is scheduled to interview with the Nets on Wednesday. Courtesy of: nytimes.com


Patrick Ewing joins Michael Jordan's team as a coach - by Eurobasket News

Patrick Ewing has landed a job working for a man who was his NBA nemesis. Ewing will become associate head coach of Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats. Yahoo first reported that Ewing would join Steve Cliffords staff. Ewing previously worked for Clifford in Orlando and Houston. Although Ewing would like to become a head coach, lets not lose sight of the big picture here. As Yahoos Adrian Wojnarowski points out, this completes a Space Jam reunion.
Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com



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  NCAA1   


FIBA Americas U16: USA rout Mexico - by Eurobasket News

USA U16 - Mexico U16 130:31

The USA got to the winning start of their U16 Fiba Americas Championship campaign. They steamrolled past Mexico in Group A opener. Diamond Stone (6'10''-C/F-97) stepped up with 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
The USA jumped to a 29:9 lead after ten minutes of action. They erupted for 39 points in the second term to extend the lead. The USA piled up a massive 68:16 halftime advantage. They did not slow down in the third period. The USA rallied to a comprehensive 99:24 advantage at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Malik Newman (6'4''-G-97) provided 19 points, while Harry Giles (6'9''-F-98) and Ivan Rabb (6'10''-PF-97) delivered 14 points each for the winners. Rene Melendez (6'4''-SF-96) answered with 7 points for Mexico. Saul Santana (5'11''-F-97) had 5 points in the loss.

USA U16: Diamond Stone 20, Malik Newman 19, Harry Giles 14, Ivan Rabb 14
Mexico U16: Rene Melendez 7, Saul Santana 5



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  NIGERIA   

DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conference
 1. D.Warriors 10-4 
 2. Union Bank 9-5 
 3. Oluyole W. 8-6 
 4. Royal Hoopers 8-6 
 5. Islanders 7-7 
 6. Customs 6-8 
 7. Comets 5-9 
 8. Police Baton 3-11 
Savannah Conference
 1. Kano Pillars 14-0 
 2. Mark Mentors 11-3 
 3. Niger Potters 9-5 
 4. Plateau Peaks 8-6 
 5. Kada Stars 6-8 
 6. Bauchi Nets 4-10 
 7. Immigration 3-11 
 8. Yelwa Hawks 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 14

Atlantic

Jun. 10: Royal Hoopers - Comets 63-49
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


Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket: Nigeria list 15 players for Stankovic Cup - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has released a list of fifteen players for the 2013 edition of the FIBA Stankovic Cup billed for June 26 through July 10 in China.

The fifteen players according to a release by the secretariat of the Nigeria basketball body is made up of ten foreign-based and the five home-based selected recently in the first camping exercise held in Abuja.

The NBBF gave the players names as team captain Olumide Oyedeji co-captain Ike Diogu, Ben Uzoh, Richard Oruche, Stan Okoye, Abubakar Usman, Michael Ohiero, Stanley Gumut, Abdulwahab Yahaya, Solomon Alabi, Deji Egbeyemi, Nkem Ojougboh, Kingsley Oguchi, Ehimen Orukpe amd Kelechi Anuna.

We want to use the Stankovic Cup to set the tune ahead the 27th Afrobasket and we can conveniently say here that winning the Afrobasket is our ultimate as more players whom we have left out of this invitational tournament will join the team soon.

The Stankovic Cup which will hold in two Chinese cities of Lanzhou and Guangzhou will afford our players especially the home-based the opportunity to be exposed to modern facilities which the team will use for training before to the United States of America.

Some players who are committed to the national team for the Afrobasket have been allowed to team up with the team in July after the Stankovic Cup to enable them sort out contractual issues and try outs with NBA teams during the period opined NBBF Head of Media, Patrick Omorodion.

The FIBA Stankovic Continental Champions Cup is an international basketball tournament for mens national teams organized annually by basketball world governing body, FIBA. The idea for the tournament came from President of FIBA, Carl Men Ky Ching, and the purpose of the cup was to honour FIBA Secretary General Emeritus, Serbian Borislav Stankovic, for his significant contribution to basketball.

Other nations expected to feature in the tournament include Argentina, Australia, China, Germany, and Serbia.

Africa has been represented in past tournaments by Angola and Tunisia with Angola joining Slovenia as the only two teams that had won the tournament twice since its inception in 2005.

Tunisia finished third at the 2012 edition, while Angola has featured six times in the championship, with the Southern Africa nation winning it in 2008 and 2011. Slovenia won it in 2007 and 2010.



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  PARAGUAY   


LIBERTAD kills FPC in 77th METRO. - by Santiago Maciel


Great speedy game showed Libertad at the beginning of TOP 6 second round against FPC.
The black and withe stripe team offered a great variety of offensive resources to quickly kill any possibility of getting into the game
to the team from Villa Morra.

Cristian Viveros had no chances to slow down Libertads pace due to a lack of preparation in defense, very short offenses and also the loss
of center Cristian Rodas (now in Cerro).

By the end of 1st half the difference ws already of 21 points. The difference ended up being 38 points by the end of the game for Libertad.
Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) had a very good game passing the ball, and Diego Bareiro (195-F-91) was the most viewed player on the court thanks to his tremendouws athleticism
and circus moves.

Libertad
C. Vallejos (7)E. Sosa (7)A.Peralta (10)D. Bareiro (9)E. Ortiz (8)
S.Aceval, J.Jara, G.Araujo, N.Zaracho

Felix Perez Cardozo
C. Mora (9) H. Vairoletto (9) C. Vargas (8) M. Gonzalez (7) C. Marmol (7)
A. Cantero, D. Talavera, I. Lafuente, B. Zavan, J. Astigarraga, J. Aquino.

Libertad -21-25-21-19
F.P.C -18-07-14-09





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  POLAND   


Kotwica Kolobrzeg name Dariusz Szczubial head coach - by Eurobasket News

Dariusz Szczubial is the new head coach of Kotwica Kolobrzeg. The specialist has worked lately with Siarka Jezioro. Siarka Jezioro finished just outside playoff zone in PLK last season. Dariusz Szczubial is not new to Kotwica. He worked with the team in 2010/11 season. The specialist also guided AZS Koszalin, MKKS Rybnik, Znicz Jaroslaw, Polpharma, Polonia Warszawa, Pogon Ruda Slaska and Zabrze. Dariusz Szczubial worked with the Polish National Team in 2000-02 seasons.


Kelati left Valencia - by Eurobasket News

31-year old Polish international swingman Thomas Kelati (195-91kg-82, college: Washington State, agency: Beo Basket) left Valencia Basket (ACB). He is a dual citizen owning also Eritrean passport. In 29 ACB games he had 10.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg this season. He helped them to make it to the final and supercup semifinals. Kelati also played 13 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
The last season he played at Khimky (PBL) in Russian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and Kelati had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 20 PBL games he recorded 5.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Kelati also played 2 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.0apg and 2.5spg. He also played 15 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team winning the Eurocup championship. And finally Kelati played 16 games in VTB United League where he recorded 8.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg (in top 5). He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Kelati was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention in 2011. He also represented Poland at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg, Steals-5 (2.0spg), FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 88.2%.
Kelati is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons-Hainaut), Greece (Olympiacos), NBA (LA Lakers), Poland (PGE Turow).
Kelati attended Washington State until 2005 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
On Kelati: A swingman who improved in each of his seasons overseas, becoming ACB material. Has a very quick and effective first step, that allows him to beat almost anyone. Long arms and timing make him a very good rebounder for his size. Defense is adequate both on the 2 and 3, but has the athletic skills to improve it too.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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FIBA Americas U16: Canada hold off Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

Canada U16 - Puerto Rico U16 76:63

Canada recorded the first win at the U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Uruguay. They outscored Puerto Rico in Group B opener for both teams. Jamal Murray (191-PG-96) stepped up with 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Canada and Puerto Rico stayed on level terms throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 13:13 after ten minutes. Canada stepped on the gas in the second frame. The North Americans fired 23 points and gained a 36:24 halftime advantage. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Canada ensured a 12-point buffer before the final quarter. Puerto Rico could not recover in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Malick Turenne (195-SG-96) responded with 14 points for Canada. Koby McEwen (187-PG-97) finished with 12 points for the winners. Arnaldo Toro (205-C-97) responded with 13 points for Puerto Rico. Gerardo Texeira (195-PF-97) chipped in 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Canada U16: Jamal Murray 24, Malick Turenne 14, Koby McEwen 12
Puerto Rico U16: Arnaldo Toro 13, Gerardo Texeira 11+10 boards



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  RUSSIA   


CSKA part ways with Anton Ponkrashov - by Eurobasket News

Anton Ponkrashov (200-SG-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) is leaving CSKA. The sides have reached an agreement on terms of contract termination. The guard joined CSKA back in 2011. Last season Anton Ponkrashov posted 2.9 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in VTB League. In EuroLeague the point guard averaged 2.1 points, 1.7 assists and 1.6 rebounds. Ponkrashov also posted 4.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per appearance in PBL. Previously Anton Ponkrashov played for Spartak SP. He was named into All-EuroChallenge 2nd Team in 2011. Anton Ponkrashov also made it into Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team in the same season. The guard has been the member of the Russian National Team since 2005. He averaged 5.8 points, 3.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


Unics lock Chuck Eidson for the next season. - by Eurobasket News

Unics lock Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) for the 2013-2014 season. The American player agreed to join UNICS for one more year and to waive his player option (which was in the second year of his contract).
Eidson managed to play in three leagues this year. In 14 PBL games he recorded 12.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.3apg and 1.7spg. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.5ppg and had 4.6rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg (in top 5). Eidson also played 22 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. The last season Eidson played at Regal FC Barcelona (ACB) in Spanish league. In 40 games he averaged 7.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the supercup. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention. Eidson also played 18 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
The previous (10-11) season Chuck Eidson played at Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel. In 32 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg that season. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team. Eidson also played 22 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg and 2.6spg (leader !!!). He contributed to his team making it to the final. It was a very successful season as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 3rd Team and All-Defensive Team.



Russian U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Russian U20 National Team 2013
#s#
Aleksandr Gudumak
Gudumak
Pavel Dushenkov
Dushenkov
Vladislav Evstafyev
Evstafyev
Alexander Zakharov
Zakharov
Denis Zakharov
Zakharov
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Aleksandr Gudumak 203-C-93 CSKA Russia
Pavel Dushenkov 207-C-93 Khimky-2 Russia
Vladislav Evstafyev 201-C-93 Unics-2 Russia
Alexander Zakharov 204-F/G-93 Khimky Russia
Denis Zakharov 193-PG-93 N.Novgorod Russia
Yury Karpenko 185-PG-93 CSKA-2 Russia
Artem Komolov 194-SF-93 CSKA-2 Russia
Andrey Loginov 204-PF-93 Spartak V. Russia
Denis Orlenko 210-C-93 Spartak V. Russia
Artem Popov 206-C/F-93 Spartak SP-2 Russia
Ivan Rusetskiy 199-SF-93 Khimky-2 Russia
Maxim Sakharov 195-G-93 Khimky-2 Russia
Kirill Sokolov 93 Spartak SP-2 Russia
Vladislav Trushkin 201-F-93 Spartak V. Russia
Pavel Chrebtov 199-F-93 Kamit-Univ. Russia
Aleksey Chilikin 208-C-93 SBSK Russia

Evgeni Kisurin Head Coach Spartak SP-2 Russia



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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Feldeine, Mad-Croc15.9 
 3. Doellman, Valencia15.9 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.6 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.4 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Toolson, G.Canari.14.2 
 8. Fisher, FIATC J.13.8 
 9. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.8 
 10. Nocioni, Caja Lab.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Martin, Blancos7.1 
 2. Hunter, Jiangsu TX6.8 
 3. Nelson, G.Canari.6.4 
 4. Lewis, UCAM M.6.2 
 5. Tomic, FCB Regal6.2 
 6. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 7. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.0 
 8. Norel, CAI Zaragoza5.9 
 9. Kendall, Blusens M.5.9 
 10. Gaffney, FIATC J.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.5.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.2 
 5. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 6. Markovic, Valencia4.1 
 7. Rodriguez, Real M.4.0 
 8. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.5 
 9. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
 10. Huertas, FCB Reg.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Doellman, Valencia1.9 
 2. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.7 
 3. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 4. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.6 
 5. Finley, Lagun A.1.6 
 6. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 7. Markovic, Valencia1.4 
 8. Rodriguez, UCAM M.1.3 
 9. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
 10. Uriz, CB Canarias1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Mad-Croc
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.5 
 2. Mejri, Blusens M.1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 7. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Hunter, Jiangsu TX1.1 
 9. Barnes, Asefa E.1.0 
 10. Tomic, FCB Regal1.0 


ACB Round 2 of Finals. FCB Regal snatch dramatic win in Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - FCB Regal 71-72

C.J. Wallace hit a crucial late three-pointer and then Brad Oleson calmly sank two free throws as FCB Regal snatched an important road win over Real to even the title series. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Regal FC Barcelona made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Real Madrid helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. Naturalized American point guard Brad Oleson (191-83, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. International Rudy Fernandez (198-85) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and international Felipe Reyes (206-80) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: F.Reyes 13+6reb, R.Fernandez 11+10reb+2ast, N.Mirotic 10+3reb, S.Llull 8+1reb+2ast, M.Begic 7+6reb+1ast, T.Darden 7
FCB Regal: J.Carlos Navarro 19+1reb+5ast, B.Oleson 14+4ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 8+3reb, A.Tomic 8+5reb, E.Lorbek 6+5reb, J.Wallace 6+4reb
gschID: 242291



Laboral Kutxa sign Tadas Sedekerskis - by Eurobasket News

Laboral Kutxa added a young talent to the roster. The Basque team has agreed on terms of contract with Tadas Sedekerskis (178-PG-98). The Lithuanian player inked a 1+2 contract with the Spanish side. The point guard spent the last season with Nafta/Univer. Klaipeda. He tallied 1.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in NKL. Tadas Sedekerskis also played for Neringos kursiai in RKL.


Kelati left Valencia - by Eurobasket News

31-year old Polish international swingman Thomas Kelati (195-91kg-82, college: Washington State, agency: Beo Basket) left Valencia Basket (ACB). He is a dual citizen owning also Eritrean passport. In 29 ACB games he had 10.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg this season. He helped them to make it to the final and supercup semifinals. Kelati also played 13 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
The last season he played at Khimky (PBL) in Russian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and Kelati had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 20 PBL games he recorded 5.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Kelati also played 2 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.0apg and 2.5spg. He also played 15 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team winning the Eurocup championship. And finally Kelati played 16 games in VTB United League where he recorded 8.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg (in top 5). He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Kelati was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention in 2011. He also represented Poland at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg, Steals-5 (2.0spg), FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 88.2%.
Kelati is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons-Hainaut), Greece (Olympiacos), NBA (LA Lakers), Poland (PGE Turow).
Kelati attended Washington State until 2005 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
On Kelati: A swingman who improved in each of his seasons overseas, becoming ACB material. Has a very quick and effective first step, that allows him to beat almost anyone. Long arms and timing make him a very good rebounder for his size. Defense is adequate both on the 2 and 3, but has the athletic skills to improve it too.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Luka Bogdanovic will remain with Cajasol - by Eurobasket News

Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) will remain with Cajasol in the next season. In 34 ACB games he recorded 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg. Bogdanovic also played 12 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg. The last season he played also at Cajasol (ACB) in Spanish league. In 36 games he averaged 11.1ppg and 3.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The 2010-2011 season Bogdanovic played at Chorale de Roanne (ProA) in French league. In 7 games he averaged 11.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.7apg that season. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 7.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2009-10 season Bogdanovic played at FIATC Joventut (ACB) in Spanish league. In 34 games he averaged 9.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He also played 12 games in Eurocup where he averaged 10.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Bogdanovic's team won French ProA Regular Season in 2008. He received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention award in 2011. Bogdanovic represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.8ppg, 2.2rpg.



Laboral Kutxa keep Andres Nocioni for 2013/2014 season - by Eurobasket News

Laboral Kutxa keep Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) for 2013/2014 season. The 34-year old Argentinean ex-international small forward Andres Nocioni will remain in Spain.
In 36 ACB games he recorded 13.3ppg and 5.0rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Nocioni also played 28 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.9ppg and 4.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Part of last season Nocioni spent at the 76ers in NBA. But in 10 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.3rpg. He also spent pre-season at Penarol (LigaA) in Argentinian league earlier that year. In two games he averaged impressive 16.5ppg and 11.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Nocioni was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention back in 2004,2005 and 2006. He also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Nocioni's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 69.2%.
Andres Nocioni has played also professionally in NBA (Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings), Spain (Assignia Manresa) and Argentina (Olimpia and Independiente General Pico).



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Nassjo sign their first foreigner - by Andreas Eriksson

Nassjo Basket, in Basketligan, just announced their first foreign player for the upcoming season. They have inked a contract with James Washington (178-G), who most recenly played for Leitershofen in the German Pro-B (Third division). He played with Trier in the Bundersliga 1 before that and at college in Mid Tennesse.
- James is a leader with a high basketball-IQ and a natural scorer. He's strong and incredibly quick with offensive threats from both outside and inside the threepointline, says Nassjo Basket Head Coach Stefan Timbus in a pressrelease.



Nancy keep Kenny Grant - by Eurobasket News

Nancy kept Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) for the next season. The Swedish guard has agreed on terms of one-season contract extension. Kenny Grant will enter his third straight season with Nancy. Last season the guard posted 3.4 points and 1.2 assists per game in ProA. In EuroChallenge Kenny Grant delivered 6.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. Previously Kenny Grant had stints in Sweden, Poland and Romania. He made it into Swedish Basketligan All-Domestic Players Team in 2009 and 2010. Kenny Grant was trumped All-Swedish Basketligan Domestic Player of the Year in 2010. He has been the member of the Swedish National Team since 2006. Kenny Grant notched 10.9 points, 4.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.


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  TAIWAN   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Taylor KING
  KKL
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. King, KKL24.0 
 2. Lamizana, Al Ahli21.8 
 3. Lin, KKL21.1 
 4. Taylor, Al Shabab20.8 
 5. Davis, Pure Youth18.9 
 6. Felix, Guaiqueries18.0 
 7. Allen, Taiwan Beer16.6 
 8. Tien, Dacin Tigers16.1 
 9. Howell, Dacin Tige.15.4 
 10. Chen, Bank o.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taylor KING
  KKL
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. King, KKL13.9 
 2. Davis, Pure Youth13.6 
 3. Lamizana, Al Ahli12.3 
 4. Howell, Dacin Tige.12.1 
 5. Taylor, Al Shabab12.0 
 6. Allen, Taiwan Beer10.4 
 7. Felix, Guaiqueries9.0 
 8. Zhou, Bank o.7.2 
 9. Tsai, Pure Youth6.9 
 10. Tien, Dacin Tigers6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kuan-Lun LIN
  KKL
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Lin, KKL4.5 
 2. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.1 
 3. Lamizana, Al Ahli3.7 
 4. Hsu, Dacin Tigers3.4 
 5. Wu, Sichuan BW3.1 
 6. Chen, Pure Youth3.0 
 7. King, KKL2.8 
 8. Taylor, Al Shabab2.8 
 9. Chen, Jiangsu TX2.7 
 10. Lai, Taiwan Beer2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Joseph TAYLOR
  Al Shabab
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Taylor, Al Shabab2.4 
 2. King, KKL2.1 
 3. Liu, Taiwan Beer1.9 
 4. Felix, Guaiqueries1.6 
 5. Ke, Pure Youth1.4 
 6. Chen, Pure Youth1.4 
 7. Davis, Pure Youth1.4 
 8. Zuo, Taiwan Beer1.3 
 9. Lo, Dacin Tigers1.3 
 10. Zheng, Bank o.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Al Ahli
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lamizana, Al Ahli3.3 
 2. Davis, Pure Youth2.4 
 3. Felix, Guaiqueries1.8 
 4. King, KKL1.6 
 5. Taylor, Al Shabab1.6 
 6. Lee, Yulon Luxgen1.1 
 7. Howell, Dacin Tige.1.1 
 8. Wu, Taiwan Mobile0.9 
 9. Liu, Taiwan Beer0.8 
 10. Allen, Taiwan Beer0.8 



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TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.24.3 
 2. Kambala, Pi Koleji22.4 
 3. Reese, Baskent21.3 
 4. Carter, Usak20.5 
 5. Hall, Darussafaka17.9 
 6. Knox, Vestel17.7 
 7. Nelson, Akhisar Bld17.5 
 8. Sykes, Bucaneros17.4 
 9. Lowery, Balikesir17.3 
 10. El-Amin, Trabzons.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 KZell WESSON
  Baskent .
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Wesson, Baskent13.6 
 2. Bristol, Polzela12.2 
 3. Kambala, Pi Koleji12.2 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.6 
 5. Moses, Final Gencl.10.1 
 6. Miller, Istanbul.9.7 
 7. Pasco, Balikesir9.7 
 8. Sykes, Bucaneros9.3 
 9. Knox, Vestel8.9 
 10. Ofoegbu, Yesilgir.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.6.5 
 2. Dobie, Trabzonspor5.8 
 3. Grier, Pi Koleji5.2 
 4. Hall, Darussafaka4.8 
 5. El-Amin, Trabzons.4.7 
 6. Porrini, Gelisim4.6 
 7. Sahillioglu, Pi Ko.4.5 
 8. Williams, Maliye M.4.2 
 9. Lowery, Balikesir3.9 
 10. Turna, Bandirma.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Pi Koleji
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grier, Pi Koleji2.6 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.3 
 3. Reed, Pertevniyal2.0 
 4. Brown, Humacao2.0 
 5. Waller, San Lazaro1.9 
 6. Carter, Usak1.9 
 7. Lowery, Balikesir1.8 
 8. Celebioglu, Gelisim1.7 
 9. Turna, Bandirma.1.6 
 10. Gordon, Yesilgire.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric BUCKNER
  Usak
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Buckner, Usak2.2 
 2. Bristol, Polzela1.6 
 3. Sykes, Bucaneros1.6 
 4. Wesson, Baskent1.3 
 5. Knox, Vestel1.3 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.1.2 
 7. Brown, Pertevniyal0.9 
 8. Carter, Nippon T.0.9 
 9. Morrow, Akhisar0.9 
 10. Carter, Usak0.9 



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  UBL   

Standings

UBL Cluster Div. Games Standings
Northern Division
 1. Arkansas B. 4-0 
 2. Arkansas W. 4-1 
 3. Metro L. 3-1 
 4. Springfield T. 2-2 
 5. Oklahoma O-P 0-0 
Southern Division
 1. St.Louis S. 4-0 
 2. Round Rock 2-1 
 3. Texas W. 2-1 
 4. Missouri T. 1-1 
 5. Mississippi T. 0-0 


UBL Playoffs/ Championship Games - by Ozzie Denson

UBL PLAYOFFS

JUNE 22, 2013

AT GREENHILL SCHOOL 4141 SPRING VALLEY ROAD

ADDISON , TX

1:00PM

TEXAS WRANGLERS VS ROUND ROCK RHYTHMS

3:00PM

ARKANSAS VS MISSOURI

UBL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 8PM

Well it that time again. The UBL Playoffs. Five Teams still standing. Arkansas Warriors , Arkansas Bobcats. St. Louis Scopions, Round Rock Rhythms and The two time defending Champions The Texas Wranglers. Its going to be a WAR!!! in Texas.
UBL come get some!!!
www.ublhoops.com



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Hoverla tab Andre Young - by Eurobasket News

Hoverla strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Andre Young (175-G-90, college: Clemson). The guard spent the last season in Netherlands. He played for Eiffel Towers Den Bosch. Andre Young averaged 13.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 2.3 steals per game in Eredivisie. He was named into All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team. And also made it into Dutch Eredivisie All-Imports Team. It was the first pro season for the guard. Andre Young graduated from Clemson in 2012. He posted 13.3 points, 3.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in his senior season. Andre Young was named into ACC All-Defensive Team in 2012.


Cherkasy land Jason Washburn - by Eurobasket News

Cherkasy continue to reinforce the roster for the next season. They have just landed Jason Washburn (208-C-90). The centre will start his pro career in Ukraine. Jason Washburn has just graduated from the University of Utah. He notched 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in his senior season with the Utes. Jason Washburn earned All-Pac 12 Honourable Mention in 2013.


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  URUGUAY   


Results for the Metro league - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro league (8th. round)
Marne 87 - Andre Stephens (202-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) 25 pts. 11 points 2 blocks, Federico Della Mea 20 pts.5 reb.
Capitol 80 - Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 30 pts. 6 reb. Ignacio Cambon (181-PG-92) 16 pts.
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Urunday Universitario 79 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 12 pts. 11 reb. 4 assists, Javier Crocano (195-F-86) 14 pts 10 reb. 4 blocks
Stockolmo 77 - Christopher Moore (205-F-82, college: Virginia Union) 23 pts. 10 reb. Daniel Rivero (182-G-77) 22 pts. 8 reb.
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The game Yale -Larre Borges was postponed



FIBA Americas U16: Sebastian Herrera win game for Chile against Uruguay - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay U16 - Chile U16 62:64

Sebastian Herrera (190-SF-97) sank a late basket and propelled Chile to the starting victory at the U16 FIBA American Championship. Chile overcame hosting Uruguay in Group B opener. Dante Bahamonde (174-G-96) and Sebastian Herrera stepped up with 18 points apiece to pace the visitors.
It was a close battle from start to finish. Uruguay and Chile were tied at 16 at the first break. Chile put their noses in front in the second frame. The visitors snatched a 29:28 halftime lead. Uruguay denied the deficit in the third stanza. The hosts evened the game at 47 with ten minutes remaining. Chile spurred ahead late in regulation but a triple from Agustin Viotti tied things up at 62. Sebastian Herrera came up with late heroics as his bucket with four seconds left in regulation sealed the win for Chile. Nicolas Aguirre (176-PG-97) provided 17 points for the winning side. Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Uruguay. Santiago Massa had 15 points in the loss.

Uruguay U16: Facundo Grolla 17+10 boards, Santago Massa 15
Chile U16: Dante Bahamonde 18, Sebastian Herrera 18, Nicolas Aguirre 17



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  WBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 10

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




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Women News


Argentinian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

#s#
#e#2
4Micaela Sancisi 157-G-94 American USA
5Sofia Chelini 168-PG-95 Talleres Argentina
6Victoria Llorente 184-F/C-96 Lanus Argentina
7Leon Zulema Garcia 185-C-94 Velez S. Argentina
8Julieta Armesto 179-F-94 Lanus Argentina
9Magali Armesto 165-PG-95 Lanus Argentina
10Julieta Ale 96
11Agustina Jourthevil 175-F-94 Lanus Argentina
12Emilia Giustiniani Ben Hur Argentina
13Mara Marchizotti 189-C-94 Velez S. Argentina
14Sofia Aispurua 185-C-95 Velez S. Argentina
15Andrea Ledesma 97

Hernan Amaya Head Coach
Ezequiel Vallet Assistant Velez S. Argentina



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Vanessa Panousis
Panousis
Stephanie Talbot
Talbot
Darcy Garbin
Garbin
Carley Mijovic
Mijovic
Casey Samuels
Samuels
#e#5
4Vanessa Panousis 170-PG-95 Sydney UF Australia
5Tiana Mangakahia 165-PG-95 Townsville F. Australia
6Alex Wilson 94 Eastern M. Australia
7Louise Brown 183-F-95 Nunawading S. Australia
8Stephanie Talbot 186-G-94 Adelaide Australia
9Penn Maddison
10Darcy Garbin 185-F-94 West Coast Australia
11Carley Mijovic 197-C-94 Kilsyth LC Australia
12Tupea Tahlia
13Lauren Scherf 194-C-96 Dandenong Australia
14Casey Samuels 180-G-94 Canberra C. Australia
15Alicia Froling 187-PF-96 Townsville F. Australia

Cheryl Chambers Head Coach Knox R. Australia
Karen Dalton Assistant Sydney UF Australia



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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Jessica Franz
Franz
Eva Breuer
Breuer
Kata Takacs
Takacs
Nora Kampitsch
Kampitsch
Sophia Plank
Plank
#e#5
4Lisa Zderadicka 168-PG-94 BC Vienna Austria
5Verena Bachler 175-G-88 Vaerlose Denmark
6Julia Pocksteiner 177-G-93 Fl.Foxes Austria
7Jessica Franz 183-F Calgary Canada
8Anna Kadensky 185-C-89 BK Duchess Austria
9Eva Breuer 168-G-83 WBC Raiffeisen Austria
10Kata Takacs 184-F-91 BG 89 Avides Germany
11Anja Zderadicka 171-PG-92 BC Vienna Austria
12Nora Kampitsch 182-C-88 UBI Graz Austria
13Sophia Plank 178-G/F-83 BK Duchess Austria
14Julia Koppl 185-F Dowling USA
15Sarah Schicher 188-C/F-90 Lemvig Denmark

Mike Kress Head Coach UBBC Austria
Marlies Kiefer Assistant



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  BRAZIL   


Iziane Castro Marques (ex Maranhao) joins Connecticut Sun - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut Sun agreed terms with 31-year old Brazilian international swingman Iziane Castro Marques (182-71kg-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas). She just played at Maranhao in Brazilian LBF league. In 9 games she was the best scorer with impressive 20.8ppg and averaged 6.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg this season. Castro Marques' team made it to the LBF Semifinals. She was voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian LBF 1st Team in 2012 and 2013.
Castro Marques was also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. She played for Brazilian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2000. Castro Marques also represented Brazil at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) two years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-3 (17.4ppg), 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 70.4%.
Castro Marques is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Villeneuve D'Ascq), Latvia, Poland (Wisla Can-Pak), Russia (Spartak Vidnoye), Spain (Extrugasa), Turkey (Besiktas), WNBA (Washington Mystics, Seattle Storm and Atlanta Dream) and Brazil (Ourinhos).
On Castro Marques: 'Izi' is very quick and has a great first step. She can create her own shot and can score from all over the court. She also is a team player who possesses a great attitude.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CHINA   


China posts the initial win in Panevezys - by Eurobasket News

China posts the initial win in Panevezys as they beat the hosts, Lithuania in Day 1. Later on Japan and Sweden were stronger then Chinese squad.
In Day 2 Japan did not leave any chances for China. Japan dominated the majority of the game and posted an 83:62 victory. Mitiko Miyamoto (175-G/F-86) top-scored for the winners with 28 points.
Sweden overcame China in the last game of the competition. The Scandinavian team won 86:68 and finished second at the tournament. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 12. Yderstrom poured in 11, whilst Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) added 8.
The European teams will not start Eurobasket 2013 campaign.



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Wisla Can-Pack signs Jantel Lavender, re-signs Erin Phillips and Paulina Pawlak - by Grzegorz Ozog

Wisla Can-Pack Krakow sign American center Jantel Lavender (190-C-88, college: Ohio St.) and also re-signings Australian guard Erin Phillips (173-PG-85) and Polish guard Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group).

Jantel Cherrill Lavender who play actually in WNBA Lose Angeles Sparks last season in Europe spend in Famila Wuber Schio where playe in 44 games average 17.3ppg and 6.9rpg.

Wisla Can-Pack roster for season 2013/14: Marta Jujka (192-C-88) (Poland), Katarzyna Krezel (184-F/G-85, college: UTEP) (Poland), Jantel Lavender (USA), Cristina Ouvia (Spain), Allie Quigley (USA, Hungary), Paulina Pawlak (Poland), Erin Phillips (Australia), Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej (Poland), Zane Tamane (Latvia), Justyna urowska (Poland).

Polish League will start on 28th of September.



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  GREECE   


Greek U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Eleanna Christinaki
Christinaki
Georgia Kantara
Kantara
Anastasia Slouka
Slouka
Grigoria Pateraki
Pateraki
Styliani Fouraki
Fouraki
#e#5
Eleanna Christinaki 181-G-96 Panathinaikos Greece
Elisavet Politopoulou 164-PG-93 NW Florida St. USA
Aspasia Kalampakou 178-SG-93 Asteras Greece
Vasiliki Tarla 181-SF-94
Georgia Kantara 176-F/G-93 Iraklis Greece
Anastasia Slouka 182-SG-93 Panathinaikos Greece
Grigoria Pateraki 185-PF-93 Lamar USA
Maria Karabatsa 190-C-95 Melissia Greece
Styliani Fouraki 186-C-94
Pavlina Tselempi 190-C-94 PAOK Greece




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  ITALY   


Benedetta Bagnara announced her stay in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) announced her stay in Italy and will continue with Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca. In 27 A1 games she recorded 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg this season. She helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. The last season Bagnara played also at Lucca (A1) in Italian league. In 29 games she averaged 11.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. She contributed to her team winning the league title. Great season indeed as she was voted to Italian League All-Star Game, All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout Champion and All-Domestic Players Team.
Among other achievements Bagnara received Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Most Improved Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Newcomers Team award back in 2008.
She was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Bagnara played for Italian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2007. She also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 5.4ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 75.0%.



Lucca add Jillian Robbins and Florina Pascalau - by Eurobasket News

Gesam Gas Lucca bolstered their roster. They signed Jillian Robbins (190-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Tulsa) and Florina Pascalau (196-C-82).
Jillian Robbins spent the last season in Romania. The forward played for CSM Targoviste. She tallied 12.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 1.5 assists per game in Division A. Jillian Robbins also provided 9.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game in EuroLeague. She made it into All-Romanian League 1st Team. Previously Jillian Robbins had stints in Israel, Turkey, Russia, Poland and Ukraine. She was trumped All-Ukrainian Higher League Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.
Florina Pascalau was tested by CSM Targoviste at the start of the previous season but did not play a single game for the team. She played for Taranto and Priolo in Italy before. Florina Pascalau was named All-Italian A1 Centre of the Year in 2006. She was the member of the Romanian National Team in 2004-11 seasons.



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  JAPAN   


Japan wins the International Tournament in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Japan wins the International Tournament in Lithuania as the team posted three victories. After the win against Sweden in the opener, Japan added the victories against China and Lithuania.
In Day 2 Japan did not leave any chances for China. Japan dominated the majority of the game and posted an 83:62 victory. Mitiko Miyamoto (175-G/F-86) top-scored for the winners with 28 points.
In Day 3 Japan overcame Lithuania 68:58. The Asian team took 18:13 lead after the first period but led only 1 point at the halftime. Japan allowed the hosts to score 14 points in the third and the last quarters and won both of them. Japan produced a 22-14 win in the third period and added 15-14 in the last stanza. Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Illinois) scored 16 points for the home side and Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) added 12. Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) delivered 10, whilst Kristina Vengryte (186-C-81) brought 8.



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  LATVIA   


Latvia U20 finishes the series against Lithuania U20 with the win - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-Lithuania U20 82:54

Latvia U20 finishes the series against Lithuania U20 with the win. Latvia won the third game 82:54 and won the series with 2-1 record.
Lithuania surprise the hosts in Game 2 by one point. Latvia however dominated the whole third game and won all the quarters. Latvia started the game with 24-12 and led 13 points at the halftime. Moreover Latvia won the third period 21-12 and finished the game with 20-14 rally.
Asnate Fomina top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Ance Aizsila (176-G-94) added 15. Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) and Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93) delivered 10 points each in a win. Ilze Jakobsone (170-G-94) scored 9, while Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) brought 8 points. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) replied with 14 points in the losing effort.



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  LITHUANIA   


Latvia U20 finishes the series against Lithuania U20 with the win - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-Lithuania U20 82:54

Latvia U20 finishes the series against Lithuania U20 with the win. Latvia won the third game 82:54 and won the series with 2-1 record.
Lithuania surprise the hosts in Game 2 by one point. Latvia however dominated the whole third game and won all the quarters. Latvia started the game with 24-12 and led 13 points at the halftime. Moreover Latvia won the third period 21-12 and finished the game with 20-14 rally.
Asnate Fomina top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Ance Aizsila (176-G-94) added 15. Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) and Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93) delivered 10 points each in a win. Ilze Jakobsone (170-G-94) scored 9, while Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) brought 8 points. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) replied with 14 points in the losing effort.



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  MONTENEGRO   


Buducnost announced the team for next season - by Darko Pekic

Buducnost announced today at press conference that the new head coach of the Wolves for next season would be Milos Kovac , who has plenty of experience in male basketball. Kovac has worked in youth basketball mostly and this will be his first adventure in the female basketball world. He will replace Zdenko Grbavcevic who parted ways with Buducnost after the end of season.

But its not the only news. Buducnost's sports director and former basketball player Zoran Vujicic (200-F-66) announced four new signings for next season: Ana Radovic (190-C-90, agency: LBM Management), Milica Deura (178-G-90), Haleigh Lankster (175-G-89) and Vanja Mudresa (96). Radovic is an experienced post player who played last season in Lithuania for Utena and Fortuna. She was raised in Red Star Belgrade basketball program. Milica Deura played last season for Partizan in Adriatic League and won the League title. She is a regular member of Bosnian National Team. US guard-forward Haleigh Lankster will play her first season abroad in Montenegro. She attended Wichita St. and was voted All-MVC Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Vanja Mudresa is the most unexperienced newcomer in Buducnost but the member of U18 National Team of Montenegro has a bright future.

All new players will join the team during August, when the preseason starts.



Chevakata bring in Snezana Aleksic - by Eurobasket News

Chevakata reinforced their roster. They inked Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89). The Montenegrin international is not new to Russia. She spent the last two seasons playing in the country. Last season Snezana Aleksic was the member of Dynamo Moscow roster. She posted 3.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in PBL. In EuroCup Snezana Aleksic notched 3.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. Previously the guard had stints with Spartak Noginsk, Neas Halkidonas, Sibenik Jolly and Buducnost Podgorica. She used to play for U18 and U20 Montenegrin National Teams. Snezana Aleksic was trumped All-European Championship U20 Best Guard in 2008. She has been on the Montenegrin National Team since 2007.


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  POLAND   


Polish U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Monika Skrzecz
Skrzecz
Kinga Wozniak
Wozniak
Katarzyna Jaworska
Jaworska
Magdalena Koperwas
Koperwas
Karolina Puss
Puss
#e#5
4Monika Skrzecz 163-PG-94 SMS Lomianki Poland
5Nikola Kacperska 167-PG-93 Aleksandrow L. Poland
6Kinga Wozniak 168-G-94 Inea AZS Poland
7Anita Tomaszewska 172-SF-93 Aleksandrow L. Poland
8Karina Szybala 180-F-93 Artego Bydg. Poland
9Katarzyna Jaworska 188-F/C-94 Gorzow Poland
10Anna Jakubiuk 180-G-94 BI SSA Gdynia Poland
11Magdalena Koperwas 181-F-93 Inea AZS Poland
12Julia Adamowicz 178-SF-94 Inea AZS Poland
13Karolina Puss 178-SG-94 CCC Polkowice Poland
14Ewelina Jackowska 191-F-93 GTK Gdynia Poland
15Beata Jaworska 188-PF-94 Gorzow Poland

Iwona Jablonska Head Coach MUKS Poznan Poland
Tomasz Rospara Assistant



Wisla Can-Pack land Jantel Lavender - by Eurobasket News

Wisla Can-Pack announced the signing of Jantel Lavender (190-C-88, college: Ohio St.). The centre is currently playing with the Los Angeles Sparks. She posts 1.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in WNBA. Last season Jantel Lavender spent in Italy. She played for Familia Wuber Schio. Her stats read 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in A1 League. The centre also notched 18.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in EuroLeague. Jantel Lavender was named All-Italian A1 Player of the Year. She also earned All-EuroLeague Honourable Mention. Jantel Lavender is not new to Poland. She used to play for CCC back in 2011/12 season. Lavender averaged 14.2 points, 8.1 boards and 1.0 assist per PLKK game then.


Wisla extend Erin Phillips and Paulina Pawlak - by Eurobasket News

Wisla have renewed the contracts of Erin Phillips (173-PG-85) and Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group).
Paulina Pawlak will enter her fifth straight season with Wisla. Last season the point guard posted 4.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists per game in PLKK. She also tallied 4.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists in EuroLeague. Previously Paulina Pawlak played for Lotos Gdynia. She participated at the PLKK All-Star Game for three seasons in a row (2010, 2011 and 2012). The guard made it into Polish PLKK All-Domestic Players Team in 2010. Paulina Pawlak has been the member of Polish National Team since 2004.
Erin Phillips has been the member of Wisla Can-Pack roster since 2010. Last season her stats read 11.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game in PLKK. Erin Phillips was named All-Polish PLKK Guard of the Year in 2011. She also earned All-EuroLeague and All-Polish PLKK Honourable Mentions in 2012. Erin Phillips has been the member of the Australian National Team since 2006.



Wisla Can-Pack signs Jantel Lavender, re-signs Erin Phillips and Paulina Pawlak - by Grzegorz Ozog

Wisla Can-Pack Krakow sign American center Jantel Lavender (190-C-88, college: Ohio St.) and also re-signings Australian guard Erin Phillips (173-PG-85) and Polish guard Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group).

Jantel Cherrill Lavender who play actually in WNBA Lose Angeles Sparks last season in Europe spend in Famila Wuber Schio where playe in 44 games average 17.3ppg and 6.9rpg.

Wisla Can-Pack roster for season 2013/14: Marta Jujka (192-C-88) (Poland), Katarzyna Krezel (184-F/G-85, college: UTEP) (Poland), Jantel Lavender (USA), Cristina Ouvia (Spain), Allie Quigley (USA, Hungary), Paulina Pawlak (Poland), Erin Phillips (Australia), Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej (Poland), Zane Tamane (Latvia), Justyna urowska (Poland).

Polish League will start on 28th of September.



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  RUSSIA   


Chevakata bring in Snezana Aleksic - by Eurobasket News

Chevakata reinforced their roster. They inked Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89). The Montenegrin international is not new to Russia. She spent the last two seasons playing in the country. Last season Snezana Aleksic was the member of Dynamo Moscow roster. She posted 3.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in PBL. In EuroCup Snezana Aleksic notched 3.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. Previously the guard had stints with Spartak Noginsk, Neas Halkidonas, Sibenik Jolly and Buducnost Podgorica. She used to play for U18 and U20 Montenegrin National Teams. Snezana Aleksic was trumped All-European Championship U20 Best Guard in 2008. She has been on the Montenegrin National Team since 2007.


Russian U19 National Team -13 - by Simas

4 Ekaterina SAFONOVA
5 Yulia Sorokina
6 Natalia GRISHKEVICH
*7 Yuliya CHAYKOVSKAYA
8 Zhanna BYAZROVA
9 Daria LEVCHENKO
*l0 Julia Gladkova
11 Polina SYCH
*12 0lga NOVIKOVA
*13 Anna Shchetina
14 Polina FEDOROVA
*15 Albina RAZHEVA

Elena Shulzhenko
Irina Pleshakova



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  TURKEY   


Turkish National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Merve Aydin
Aydin
Elif Emirtekin
Emirtekin
Pelin Bilgic
Bilgic
Yasemin Koc
Koc
Tilbe Senyurek
Senyurek
#e#5
Busra Akbas 170-PG-95 Botas Turkey
Merve Aydin 174-PG-94 Mersin Turkey
Sinem Atas 182-PF-95 Antalya Koleji Turkey
Didem Nakas 173-SG-94 Istanbul Univ. Turkey
Ayse Cora 175-G/F-93 Galatasaray Turkey
Elif Emirtekin 184-F-94 Botas Turkey
Pelin Bilgic 170-G-94 Botas Turkey
Yasemin Koc 189-C-93 Besiktas Turkey
Melike Yalcinkaya 189-C-93 Sirince Turkey
Busra Akgun 183-SF-93 Botas Turkey
Fahriye Bayraktar 185-SF-95 Fener.Ulker Turkey
Tilbe Senyurek 188-C-95 Botas Turkey




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  WNBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 11: Minnesota L. - S.Antonio SS 87-72
Jun. 12: Indiana F. - Connecticut S.


Iziane Castro Marques (ex Maranhao) joins Connecticut Sun - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut Sun agreed terms with 31-year old Brazilian international swingman Iziane Castro Marques (182-71kg-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas). She just played at Maranhao in Brazilian LBF league. In 9 games she was the best scorer with impressive 20.8ppg and averaged 6.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg this season. Castro Marques' team made it to the LBF Semifinals. She was voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian LBF 1st Team in 2012 and 2013.
Castro Marques was also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. She played for Brazilian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2000. Castro Marques also represented Brazil at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) two years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-3 (17.4ppg), 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 70.4%.
Castro Marques is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Villeneuve D'Ascq), Latvia, Poland (Wisla Can-Pak), Russia (Spartak Vidnoye), Spain (Extrugasa), Turkey (Besiktas), WNBA (Washington Mystics, Seattle Storm and Atlanta Dream) and Brazil (Ourinhos).
On Castro Marques: 'Izi' is very quick and has a great first step. She can create her own shot and can score from all over the court. She also is a team player who possesses a great attitude.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tulsa Shock waives Paris - by Eurobasket News

Tulsa Shock waived 26-year old ex-international center Courtney Paris (191-113kg-87, college: Oklahoma). In two WNBA games she recorded 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg this season.
Last season Paris played at Botas (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 22 games she averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 13.5rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.0apg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention.
The last (2012) summer Paris played at Atlanta. But in four games she averaged just 1.5ppg and 2.0rpg.
In 2009 she was drafted by Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA) in first round (7th overall).
The former University of Oklahoma standoutis in her fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as her team made it to the EuroCup Semifinals in 2012. Paris was also voted All-Big 12 Player of the Year and CBSSports.com NCAA All-America 1st Team back in 2009 at her college time.
Paris was also a member of USA international program for some years. She played for USA Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006. Paris represented USA at the World Championships U21 in Moscow Region (Russia) six years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 8 games: 10.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 55.7%, FT: 60%.
Paris has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Spain (Rivas Ecopolis) and other WNBA teams (Sacramento M., Los Angeles Sparks and Chicago Sky).

By Eurobasket Data Center