EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/14/2013 4:04:01 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Cibona name Neven Spahija head coach - by Eurobasket News

Cibona Zagreb will have a new head coach. The A1 League champions have agreed on terms of contract with Neven Spahija . The specialist will sign a four-year deal with the team. Neven Spahija will replace Daniel Lutz at the bridge. Neven Spahija worked with Fenerbahce in 2010/12 seasons. He was named All-Turkish League Coach of the Year in 2011. Spahija led Fenerbahce to the Cup and League titles that season. Previously Neven Spahija worked with Valencia, Tau Ceramica, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Lietuvos Rytas, Roseto, Avtodor, Krka. Spahija is also not new to Cibona. He guided the team back in 2000/2002 seasons. Neven Spahija was trumped All-EuroCup Coach of the Year in 2010. He also received All-Lithuanian LKL Coach of the Year award in 2006. Spahija worked with the Croatian National Team in 2003/2005 seasons.


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  ARGENTINA   


FIBA Americas U16: Argentina drub Mexico to reach semis - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U16 - Mexico U16 81:51

Argentina earned the second victory at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. They bettered Mexico to gain 2-1 record in Group A. Lucio Delfino (197-PF-97) netted 17 points to lead the winners. Argentina thus guaranteed the spot in the playoffs. They will face Canada in the semis. Mexico suffered the third consecutive loss and ended up third in Group A ladder.
Argentina set the tone early. They went on a 28:12 run in the starting frame to gain a 16-point lead. Argentina dominated in the next ten minutes. They accounted for a 48:24 halftime lead. Argentina did not loosen the grasp in the second half. They held Mexico to just 27 points in the next two quarters and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Christian Boudet (193-F-97) nailed 12 points, while Maximo Fjellerup (192-SG-97) added 9 points for the winners. Ivan Venegas (200-C-96) responded with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Mexico. Ignacio Villegas (188-PF-97) had 14 points in the loss.

Argentina U16: Lucio Delfino 17, Christian Boudet 12, Maximo Fjellerup 9
Mexico U16: Ivan Venegas 15+13 boards, Ignacio Villegas 14



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  AUSTRALIA   


Brilliant Boomers take thrilling win over China - by Eurobasket News

The Australian Boomers take a 2-1 series lead after a brilliant 68-65 win over China in Game Three of the Sino-Australia Challenge in Tianjin City tonight.

Game Two hero Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) and 30-year-old Boomers rookie Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83) were the stars, as Nevill (12 points) came up with a succession of late game-changing plays at both ends of the floor, while Petrie scored 10 of his 14 points in the final quarter.

The Boomers looked in control in the first half, extending the lead to as many as 15 points in the shadows of half time before the home team began to make their outside shots.

A 9-2 run late in the third quarter was followed by an 11-2 run midway the final quarter as China drew level with six minutes to play.

From there it was the Petrie and Nevill show, with the frontcourt pairing producing defensive stops and big baskets to guide the Boomers to the first road win of the Lemanis regime.

Australian Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said he was pleased with his teams ability to withstand the late charge by the hosts and claim a well-deserved road win.

I was really proud of the way the boys fought that game out tonight and found a way to win, Lemanis said.

China made a charge in the last quarter and I think we kept our composure, we stayed with plays, toughed it out and found a way to get over the line.

We weathered the storm, weathered the run and didnt get rattled at any stage. We stayed on task and that gave us the opportunity to win.

It was a brilliant opening on foreign soil for the Boomers, with Melbourne Tigers star Goulding and Cairns Taipans sharp-shooter Clint Steindl knocking down open shots to grasp the momentum.

The Boomers were rewarded for attacking the basket, getting to the free throw line with ease as they established an 18-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

It was the hot hand of Goulding (8 of his 13 points in the first half) that saw the Boomers put some daylight between themselves and China as Adelaide 36ers duo Petrie and Adam Gibson cashed in on the lax defending of the home team.

As the lead ballooned to 15 points on a Cameron Bairstow dunk, China were allowed to reduce the deficit to 10 points at the main interval, leaving the door slightly ajar as the restart commenced, with the Boomers leading 38-28.

The defensive pressure lifted from China to start the third period, but the Boomers maintained a double-digit lead late in the quarter.

This lead evaporated in a matter minutes as China went on a 9-0 run to close within two points, but the Boomers managed to get the final basket of the period as Cameron Gliddon dropped a late floater to give the visitors a 51-47 advantage.

Quick baskets from Nevill and Goulding to start the final quarter pushed the advantage back to nine points, but the aggressive Chinese had the Boomers in foul trouble early and looked to capitalise.

Petrie protected the Boomers lead, scoring all six points as the hosts went on an 11-6 run to close the gap heading into the three minutes.

Nevill came up big when called upon late, stopping Zhizhi Wang at one end before draining a jumper from the elbow and dragging down a defining offensive rebound.

This guided the Boomers to their second straight victory and a 2-1 series advantage going into Game Four in Yongcheng City on Friday night.

Fans can watch the series-deciding game of the Sino-Australia Challenge LlVE on Fox Sports (Check your local guides) and streaming online at LiveSport.TV.

Australia 68-65 China
Scorers: Petrie 14; Goulding 13; Nevill 12; Gliddon, Bairstow 6; Cadee, Wagstafff 5; Gibson 4; Steindl 3.
Courtesy of: http://www.wnbl.com.au



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  BAHAMAS   


FIBA Americas U16: USA coast past Bahamas - by Eurobasket News

USA U16 - Bahamas U16 121:52

The USA U16 recorded the third straight win at the FIBA Americas Championship in Uruguay. They fired past Bahamas to win Group A. Malik Newman (6'4''-G-97) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. The USA will now face Puerto Rico in the semifinal. Bahamas occupied the third position in the group and would face Uruguay in the classification round.
The USA held Bahamas to 12 points in the opening frame to take an 11-point lead. The North American side dropped 36 points in the second period and accumulated a 59:28 halftime advantage. The USA went on a 28:16 spurt in the third term to boost the lead. The USA finished off their opponents with a massive 34:8 rally in the final quarter. Jayson Tatum (6'7''-F-98) delivered 17 points, while Daniel Giddens (6'10''-C-97) produced 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Sebastian Gray (6'6''-SF-97) answered with 12 points for Bahamas. Oswald Parker (6'4''-PF-97) netted 7 points in the loss.

USA U16: Malik Newman 26, Jayson Tatum 17, Daniel Giddens 14+10 boards, Diamond Stone 14
Bahamas U16: Sebastian Gray 12, Oswald Parker 7



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier Standings
Golden Four
 1. Muharraq 2-0 
 2. Al Manama 1-1 
 3. Al Ahli 1-1 
 4. Al Hala 0-2 
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 2

Jun. 12: Al Manama - Al Hala 74-61
Jun. 12: Al Ahli - Muharraq 58-66

Top 4: Round 3

Jun. 15: Al Hala - Al Ahli
Jun. 15: Muharraq - Al Manama



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  BELGIUM   


Verviers-Pepinster Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

No more Alexandre Libert (194-G-90) next season at Belfius Mons-Hainaut. The young Belgian guard is headed to another Ethias League team Verviers-Pepinster. Alex played 5 years as a pro for Mons-Hainaut from 2007 till now. These past years he also gained some experience in European competitions such as Eurocup and Eurochallenge. Libert was also a member of various Belgian National teams among other the U18 and U20 teams. In 2009 he played for the U20 team during the European Championship and averaged 10.3ppg and 3.5 rpg in 6 games.
This past season he played 24 games for Befius with averages of 2.8ppg and 1.1apg in 10.9 mpg.

Another relative newcomer to Pepinster is former Pepinster and National team player Christian Lemaire who returns to the team this time as team manager.



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  BOSNIA   


Halimic announces U 16 roster - Meho Haracic missing - by Nedzad Kladusak

Emir Halimic, headcoach of the BIH U16 NT has revealed his U16 roster. After several try out camps and the tournament in Travnik following candidates have been invited to join the preparation which will start 01.07.2013 in Sarajevo. Borisa Simanic who has been targeted by Barcelona wants to play for Serbia. Meho Haracic who has caused some waves in BIH is also not included in the roster despite Harun Mahmutovic has clearly pointed out that Haracic will play for BIH and that he would inform FIBA if he refuses to. However there are informations that Haracic will play for Quatar the FIBA Asia U16 championship..

1.Zadro Ljubo
2.Markovic Nemanja
3.Sijercic Amin
4.Mavric Emin
5.Gegic Amar
6.Djedovic Nedim
7.Atic Edin
8.Aleksic Djordje
9.Hadic Damir
10.Durak Atif
11.Jakupovic Jasmin
12.Piric Alija
13.Manjgafic Fahrudin
14.Memic Enis
15.Galic Boe
16.Ahmedic Emir
17.Krvavac Tarik
18.Becar Ammar



Nemanja Gordic win another title in Serbia - by Eurobasket News

Nemanja Gordic (192-PG-88) win another title in Serbia. His Partizan won over Crvena Zvezda 68:52 in Game 4 and won the series 3-1. The last game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Zvezda managed to win fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Zvezda 46-22 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 31 personal fouls committed by Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of French forward Joffrey Lauvergne who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Dragan Milosavljevic contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. The former international guard Igor Rakocevic replied with 10 points and DeMarcus Nelson added 12 points in the effort for Zvezda.
Nemanja Gordic averaged 6.3 points per game in Serbia.



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  BRAZIL   


US Semi-pro team seeks Brasilian Clubs - by Mel Devonne

The Houston Blaze of Houstoin, Tx recently contacted me and are looking for Brasilian teams to play
some exhibition or friendly games before the end of this year.
They feature former NBA players, and minor league players for the United States, and they
should be a good challenge for any Brasilain Club.
Team President, Pat Pellerin can be contacted at houston.blaze@yahoo.com and the team web site
is www.houstonblaze.com.
They level of play of most US minor league teams are equal to some of the mid level NBB teams.



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria U20 starts strong in friendly games - by Maria Mitzova

Bulgarian U20 National Team started test games with a sound win - 86-57 - over Romania, in Pravets.
Bulgaria was stronger throughout the whole game and was never really worried by the visiting team.
Biggest lead in the first half was 16 points, 12 at the break. Bulgarian team kept the advance in the third, to finish strong with a good fourth quarter and 30-point lead at times.
Romania made the crushing 23 turnovers, that led to 34 points by Bulgaria.
Bulgarian team has 23 assists on its hands, with very stable shooting percentage and fine ball movement.
Rimini products Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) and Dimitar Dimitrov (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) finished with 13 and 12 points respectively, and Dimitrov had team high 5 rebounds. Pavlin Ivanov (194-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points.
For Romania Balasz Baczo (193-PG-93) scored 14 points.
Bulgaria and Romania will play one more friendly game, on Friday.


GAME STATS




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  CANADA   


FIBA Americas U16: Canada defeat Uruguay to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay U16 - Canada U16 53:75

Canada maintained their perfect record at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The North American team outgunned Uruguay to clinch the top position in Group B. Jamal Murray (191-PG-96) chipped in 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to pace Canada. They will now take on Argentina in the semis. Uruguay finished winless at the bottom of the standings. They will take on Bahamas in the classification round.
Canada outmuscled the hosts in the first half. The visitors built a 15:7 lead at the first break. Canada went on a 25:10 run in the second period. They claimed a 40:17 halftime advantage. Uruguay narrowed the deficit in the third term. But the deficit proved too deep to overcome as Canada cruised to the victory at the end. Justin Jackson (198-SG-97) netted 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Edward Ekiyor (203-F/G-96) had 11 points for the winning side. Federico Baltasar (185-PG-96) responded with 15 points for Uruguay. Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) netted 9 points in the loss.

Uruguay U16: Federico Baltasar 15, Facundo Grolla 9
Canada U16: Jamal Murray 17, Justin Jackson 15, Edward Ekiyor 11



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  CBL   


Weekend 6/15 - by John Guy

It's dj vu as Hornets, Storm battle for spot

This weekend will be like Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day.
The Bowling Green Hornets will once again be seeking a win against the Middle Tennessee Storm to keep their Central Basketball League championship game dreams intact. This time, however, the two teams will meet in Nashville.
SATURDAY'S GAME
Bowling Green Hornets (3-3) at Middle Tennessee Storm (4-1)
Game Time: 8 p.m. (CST)
Location: Fisk University, Nashville
Last Meeting: Hornets won 130-124 (June 8)
Bowling Green kept its slim shot at the title game alive by handing the Storm their first loss of the season last week. The Hornets will need a repeat performance this weekend in Nashville.
A Middle Tennessee win on Saturday, however, will propel the home team not only to the championship contest, but will also see the Storm play host to St. Louis for all the marbles.
In their last matchup, Justin Taylor (6-foot-3, Tennessee Tech) earned Player of the Week honors with a 24-point, six-assist showing for Bowling Green, while teammate Kahlil McDonald (6-3, Western Kentucky) also netted 24 points.
Taylor is averaging a little more than 19 points per game this season, including a season-high 28 points against River City on May 31.
Meanwhile, Demarco Polk (5-11, Stratford (Tenn.) High School) put up 30 points for the Storm in the loss last week, while Michael France (6-2, Trevecca Nazarene) added 25.
Saturday will be the third, and final, meeting of the season in the Border War series.

Kahlil McDonald (6'3''-G-89, college: W.Kentucky)



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  CHILE   


FIBA Americas U16: Arnaldo Toro carries Puerto Rico past Chile - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico U16 - Chile U16 62:52

Puerto Rico gained the crucial victory in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship preliminary round. They held off Chile to secure the second position in Group B. Puerto Rico advanced into the semifinal to face now the USA. Arnaldo Toro (205-C-97) came up with 14 points and 23 boards to pace the winners.
Puerto Rico cleared off in the opening frame. They went on a 21:13 rally to enter the second period up by 8 points. Puerto Rico held their opponents to 9 points in the next period and piled up a 32:22 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Puerto Rico entered the fourth stanza up by 10 points 46:36. The Chilean youngsters could not turn things around in the final stanza as Puerto Rico marched to the victory. Jorge Pacheco (185-SG-97) netted 14 points, while Ivan Gandia (188-G-97) chipped in 9 points in the winning effort. Nicolas Aguirre (176-PG-97) responded with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Chile. Dante Bahamonde (174-G-96) had 12 points in the loss.

Puerto Rico U16: Arnaldo Toro 14+23 boards, Jorge Pacheco 14, Ivan Gandia 9
Chile U16: Nicolas Aguirre 18, Dante Bahamonde 12



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  CHINA   


Brilliant Boomers take thrilling win over China - by Eurobasket News

The Australian Boomers take a 2-1 series lead after a brilliant 68-65 win over China in Game Three of the Sino-Australia Challenge in Tianjin City tonight.

Game Two hero Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) and 30-year-old Boomers rookie Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83) were the stars, as Nevill (12 points) came up with a succession of late game-changing plays at both ends of the floor, while Petrie scored 10 of his 14 points in the final quarter.

The Boomers looked in control in the first half, extending the lead to as many as 15 points in the shadows of half time before the home team began to make their outside shots.

A 9-2 run late in the third quarter was followed by an 11-2 run midway the final quarter as China drew level with six minutes to play.

From there it was the Petrie and Nevill show, with the frontcourt pairing producing defensive stops and big baskets to guide the Boomers to the first road win of the Lemanis regime.

Australian Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said he was pleased with his teams ability to withstand the late charge by the hosts and claim a well-deserved road win.

I was really proud of the way the boys fought that game out tonight and found a way to win, Lemanis said.

China made a charge in the last quarter and I think we kept our composure, we stayed with plays, toughed it out and found a way to get over the line.

We weathered the storm, weathered the run and didnt get rattled at any stage. We stayed on task and that gave us the opportunity to win.

It was a brilliant opening on foreign soil for the Boomers, with Melbourne Tigers star Goulding and Cairns Taipans sharp-shooter Clint Steindl knocking down open shots to grasp the momentum.

The Boomers were rewarded for attacking the basket, getting to the free throw line with ease as they established an 18-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

It was the hot hand of Goulding (8 of his 13 points in the first half) that saw the Boomers put some daylight between themselves and China as Adelaide 36ers duo Petrie and Adam Gibson cashed in on the lax defending of the home team.

As the lead ballooned to 15 points on a Cameron Bairstow dunk, China were allowed to reduce the deficit to 10 points at the main interval, leaving the door slightly ajar as the restart commenced, with the Boomers leading 38-28.

The defensive pressure lifted from China to start the third period, but the Boomers maintained a double-digit lead late in the quarter.

This lead evaporated in a matter minutes as China went on a 9-0 run to close within two points, but the Boomers managed to get the final basket of the period as Cameron Gliddon dropped a late floater to give the visitors a 51-47 advantage.

Quick baskets from Nevill and Goulding to start the final quarter pushed the advantage back to nine points, but the aggressive Chinese had the Boomers in foul trouble early and looked to capitalise.

Petrie protected the Boomers lead, scoring all six points as the hosts went on an 11-6 run to close the gap heading into the three minutes.

Nevill came up big when called upon late, stopping Zhizhi Wang at one end before draining a jumper from the elbow and dragging down a defining offensive rebound.

This guided the Boomers to their second straight victory and a 2-1 series advantage going into Game Four in Yongcheng City on Friday night.

Fans can watch the series-deciding game of the Sino-Australia Challenge LlVE on Fox Sports (Check your local guides) and streaming online at LiveSport.TV.

Australia 68-65 China
Scorers: Petrie 14; Goulding 13; Nevill 12; Gliddon, Bairstow 6; Cadee, Wagstafff 5; Gibson 4; Steindl 3.
Courtesy of: http://www.wnbl.com.au



4 Nations Game - by Robert Wang

Its been rough sledding for the USA-All Stars as they suffered their fourth straight loss in China, this time to Canada 86-62. The Canadians moved to 4-0 for the event.
Dwight Powell (Stanford) led five Canadians in double figures with 12 points and added seven rebounds. Devin Sweetney who had three straight 20+ point games for the Americans was limited to five points on 1-of-10 shooting. The USA shot only 5-of-22 on three-pointers. Canada shot only 7-of-27 from deep but connected on 58 per cent (25-of-43) on two-point shots. Canada had a 36-25 rebounding edge. Roger Franklin led the USA in scoring with 14 points.
No one on Team USA would say they had a good game tonight. Jason Conrad, Jonathon Morse and Derrick Rodgers played with intensity all night but for the most part it was a total team loss.
In the second game China literally beat up Latvia winning in the end by 9. (No box/final as we did not stay leaving at half time.)
USA hopes to avenge their earlier 2 point loss to Latvia this evening but will need a better overall team performance than they had last night.
The USAs starting five looked sharp starting out the game as they raced out to an early 12-point lead. However Canada caught up after the USA went to their bench. Canada took a three-point lead at the half and stretched the lead to 10-12 for much of the third quarter. Grant Mullins (Columbia) helped put the game away for the Canadians as he drained three shots from deep.



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  CROATIA   


Croatian Roko-Leni Ukic wins the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Croatian Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) wins the title abroad with his Panathinaikos as the latter won 2012/2013 Finals in Greece. The team overcame Euroleague Champion Olympiacos with 3-0 record in the series. In the most crucial game of the series, the team of Panathinaikos in a decisive fourth period beat the team of Olympiakos with 76:72 in a game that never ended as 1.27' before the end, the referees stopped the game and asked all the fans of the home team to leave the court. The referees later decided that the game will not continue and that the team of Panathinaikos was the winner of the game
The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Panathinaikos shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Olympiacos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Dimitris Diamantidis who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Kostas Tsartsaris (209-79) helped adding 14 points and 6 assists. Five Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Kyle Hines with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and Vassilis Spanoulis scored 13 points and 7 assists.
Roko-Leni Ukic averaged 8.1 points per game this season.



Cibona name Neven Spahija head coach - by Eurobasket News

Cibona Zagreb will have a new head coach. The A1 League champions have agreed on terms of contract with Neven Spahija . The specialist will sign a four-year deal with the team. Neven Spahija will replace Daniel Lutz at the bridge. Neven Spahija worked with Fenerbahce in 2010/12 seasons. He was named All-Turkish League Coach of the Year in 2011. Spahija led Fenerbahce to the Cup and League titles that season. Previously Neven Spahija worked with Valencia, Tau Ceramica, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Lietuvos Rytas, Roseto, Avtodor, Krka. Spahija is also not new to Cibona. He guided the team back in 2000/2002 seasons. Neven Spahija was trumped All-EuroCup Coach of the Year in 2010. He also received All-Lithuanian LKL Coach of the Year award in 2006. Spahija worked with the Croatian National Team in 2003/2005 seasons.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Spain U19 beat Czech Republic U19 in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19 - Spain U19 62:70

Spanish U19 National Team visited Prague in their preparations for the upcoming World Championship. They took on the hosts in the first game of the exhibition series. Spain claimed a narrow victory at the Arena Sparta Podvinny mlyn. Alberto Diaz (190-PG-94) accounted for 13 points to lead the winners.
Czech Republic led throughout the first half. The host secured a 19:16 lead after the opening frame. They maintained the advantage throughout the second stanza. Czech Republic registered a 33:31 halftime advantage. Spain pulled in front in the third period. The visitors stepped on the gas to gain a 52:47 lead. They held Czech Republic at distance throughout the final quarter and celebrated the opening win in the series. Borja Mendia connected for 9 points, while Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) added 8 points for Spain. David Kouril (182-G-92) responded with game-high 20 points for Czech Republic. Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) had 8 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U19: David Kouril 20, Lukas Festr 8
Spain U19: Alberto Diaz 13, Borja Mendia 9, Jose Nogues 8



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   

Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Huracanes PP 0-0 
 2. Indios SFM 0-0 
 3. Metros STGO 0-0 
 4. Reales LV 0-0 
South Division
 1. Caneros LR 0-0 
 2. Cocolos SPM 0-0 
 3. Leones SD 0-0 
 4. Titanes DN 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Jun. 25: Leones SD - Cocolos SPM
Jun. 25: Indios SFM - Reales LV
Jun. 26: Caneros LR - Titanes DN
Jun. 26: Huracanes PP - Metros STGO
Jun. 27: Reales LV - Huracanes PP
Jun. 27: Cocolos SPM - Caneros LR


Metros announce Michael Glover - by Eurobasket News

Metros announced their first signing in pre-season. They landed Michael Glover (200-F-87, college: Iona). The forward has just played for San Carlos in District Nacional. He started the season in Turkey. Michael Glover played for Hacettepe University. He averaged 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds per game in TBL. It was his first pro stint. Michael Glover graduated from the Iona College. The forward posted 18.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks per game in his senior season with the Gaels. He was named into NABC Division I All-District I 1st Team for the second straight season.


Los Minas join Rafael Barias in District Nacional Finals - by Eurobasket News

Los Minas entered District Nacional Finals. They overcame San Carlos 104:86 in the decisive fifth game of the semifinal series. Marquise Gainous (204-F-76, college: TCU) stepped up with 28 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners.
Los Minas grabbed a 26:22 lead after the opening period. They fired 26 points in the next quarter to boost the lead to 14 points 52:38. San Carlos stopped the rot in the third term. They ignited a 26:19 run to narrow the deficit. But it was not enough. Los Minas exploded with 33 points in the fourth stanza and got away with the victory. Alberto Ozuna (G) chipped in 19 points, while Rigoberto Mendoza (G) and Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89, college: IUPUI) contributed 15 points each for the winners. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) answered with 37 points and 18 rebounds for San Carlos. Paul Carter (204-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) produced 16 points in the loss.
The title series is scheduled to tip off on Thursday.



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  EUROCUP   


Sassari confirm EuroCup participation - by Eurobasket News

Dinamo Sassari will play in the next EuroCup season. The team announced they had received a wild card for the next edition of the tournament. Sassari had a strong showing at the tournament last season. They managed to win two games in their debut campaign but failed to qualify into the second stage of the competition from a highly-competitive group that included Crvena Zvezda, Cajasol and Orleans. Dinamo Sassari finished second in SeriaA regular season.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Ljubljana will host U18 All Star Game 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

The FIBA Europe U18 All-Star Game will be held in Stozice Arena, Ljubljana on Sept.21 (game day for 5th-8th place), time tbc.

FIBA Europe's expert panel will select the best U18 players in 2013 at the Youth European Championships. By mid-August 2013 the final 24 players will be nominated to attend the U18 All Star Game.

Automatically nominated are the All-Tournament teams of the U18 European Championships Division A and B and the MVP of Division C.

The 24 players will be split into two teams, competing in a regular basketball game. The players will be introduced to a EuroBasket semi-final crowd on 20 September. At half-time, a slam-dunk contest with the most athletic U18 All Stars will be taking place.

Source: Euroleague



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  FBA   


Cory Lemons Named FBA Player of the Week - by Andrew Phillips

Tampa Bay Rebels point guard Cory Lemons (5'10''-G, college: Cabrini) has been named the Florida Basketball Association for the week ending June 9, 2013. Lemons scored 30 points on 11 for 20 shooting and was a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line. He added 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and a block in his debut against the Heartland Prowl as the Rebels improved to 6-2 on the season.

To keep up with the latest Rebels news, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.



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  FIBA AMERICAS U16   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. USA3-0
2. Argentina2-1
3. Bahamas1-2
4. Mexico0-3
Group B
1. Canada3-0
2. P.Rico2-1
3. Chile1-2
4. Uruguay0-3

Qualifying Round: Round 3

A

Jun. 13: ARG - MEX 81-51
Jun. 13: USA - BAH 121-52

B

Jun. 13: PUR - CHI 62-52
Jun. 13: URU - CAN 53-75


Day 3 in Uruguay. Semifinalists are set - by Eurobasket News

Group A
USA - Bahamas 121-52
The USA U16 recorded the third straight win at the FIBA Americas Championship in Uruguay. They fired past Bahamas to win Group A. Malik Newman (193-G-97) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. The USA will now face Puerto Rico in the semifinal. Bahamas occupied the third position in the group and would face Uruguay in the classification round. The USA held Bahamas to 12 points in the opening frame to take an 11-point lead. The North American side dropped 36 points in the second period and accumulated a 59:28 halftime advantage. The USA went on a 28:16 spurt in the third term to boost the lead. The USA finished off their opponents with a massive 34:8 rally in the final quarter. Jayson Tatum (201-F-98) delivered 17 points, while Daniel Giddens produced 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Sebastian Gray (198-SF-97) answered with 12 points for Bahamas. Oswald Parker netted 7 points in the loss.

Argentina - Mexico 81-51
Argentina earned the second victory at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. They bettered Mexico to gain 2-1 record in Group A. Lucio Delfino (197-PF-97) netted 17 points to lead the winners. Argentina thus guaranteed the spot in the playoffs. They will face Canada in the semis. Mexico suffered the third consecutive loss and ended up third in Group A ladder. Argentina set the tone early. They went on a 28:12 run in the starting frame to gain a 16-point lead. Argentina dominated in the next ten minutes. They accounted for a 48:24 halftime lead. Argentina did not loosen the grasp in the second half. They held Mexico to just 27 points in the next two quarters and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Christian Boudet (193-F-97) nailed 12 points, while Maximo Fjellerup added 9 points for the winners. Ivan Venegas (200-C-96) responded with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Mexico. Ignacio Villegas had 14 points in the loss.

Group B
Puerto Rico - Chile 62-52
Puerto Rico gained the crucial victory in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship preliminary round. They held off Chile to secure the second position in Group B. Puerto Rico advanced into the semifinal to face now the USA. Arnaldo Toro (205-C-97) came up with 14 points and 23 boards to pace the winners. Puerto Rico cleared off in the opening frame. They went on a 21:13 rally to enter the second period up by 8 points. Puerto Rico held their opponents to 9 points in the next period and piled up a 32:22 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Puerto Rico entered the fourth stanza up by 10 points 46:36. The Chilean youngsters could not turn things around in the final stanza as Puerto Rico marched to the victory. Jorge Pacheco (185-SG-97) netted 14 points, while Ivan Gandia chipped in 9 points in the winning effort. Nicolas Aguirre (176-PG-97) responded with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Chile. Dante Bahamonde had 12 points in the loss.

Uruguay - Canada 53-75
Canada maintained their perfect record at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The North American team outgunned Uruguay to clinch the top position in Group B. Jamal Murray (191-PG-96) chipped in 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to pace Canada. They will now take on Argentina in the semis. Uruguay finished winless at the bottom of the standings. They will take on Bahamas in the classification round. Canada outmuscled the hosts in the first half. The visitors built a 15:7 lead at the first break. Canada went on a 25:10 run in the second period. They claimed a 40:17 halftime advantage. Uruguay narrowed the deficit in the third term. But the deficit proved too deep to overcome as Canada cruised to the victory at the end. Justin Jackson (198-SG-97) netted 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Edward Ekiyor had 11 points for the winning side. Federico Baltasar (185-PG-96) responded with 15 points for Uruguay. Facundo Grolla netted 9 points in the loss.



Day 2 in Uruguay - by Eurobasket News

USA U16 - Argentina U16 96:72

The USA confirmed the status of top favourite at the U16 FIBA Americas Championship. They claimed the second straight comprehensive victory at the start of the tournament. The USA shot down Argentina for 2-0 record on top of Group A.
Malik Newman (6'4''-G-97) knocked down 21 points to lead the winners.
The USA poured in 31 points in the first period to gain a comfortable 15-point lead. They added 24 points in the second period to boost the lead to as many as 22 points. Argentina stopped the rot in the third period. The Latin American team sparked a 22:17 run to narrow the deficit. But the USA quickly regained control and finished off their opponents with a 24:17 rally in the final frame.
Thomas Bryant (206-F-97) (6'9''-F-97) knocked down 13 points, while Diamond Stone (6'10''-C/F-97) added 11 points for the winning side. Guillermo Aliende (5'10''-PG-97) responded with 18 points and 7 assists for Argentina. Santiago Cuelho (6'0''-PG-97) had 12 points in the loss.

USA U16:
Malik Newman 21, Thomas Bryant 13, Diamond Stone 11
Argentina U16:
Guillermo Aliende 18, Santiago Cuelho 12


Uruguay U16 - Puerto Rico U16 59:65

Puerto Rico registered the first win at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. They overcame hosting Uruguay to improve at 1-1 record in Group B.
Ivan Gandia (188-G-97) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners. Uruguay fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Puerto Rico ensured a strong start to the game. They built a 19:8 lead after ten minutes. Uruguay narrowed the deficit in the second frame. The hosts got within just two points at halftime 28:30. Uruguay denied the deficit in the third period. The home side surged ahead for a 46:45 lead. But Puerto Rico withstood the challenge. They stepped on the gas in the fourth quarter and snatched a tough victory at the end.
Gerardo Texeira (195-PF-97) accounted for 11 points and 19 rebounds, while Edwin Cancel (175-PG-97) had 10 points in the winning case. Martin Counago (185-PG-96) responded with 18 points for Uruguay. Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) netted 14 points in the losing effort.

Uruguay U16:
Martin Counago 18, Facundo Grolla 14
Puerto Rico U16:
Ivan Gandia 16, Gerardo Texeira 11+19 boards, Edwin Cancel 10

Canada U16 - Chile U16 87:40

Canada registered the second straight win at the start of the U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Uruguay. They knocked down Chilean counterparts to improve at 2-0 record in Group B.
Koby McEwen (187-PG-97) stepped up with 19 points to pace the winners.
Canada led by just three points after the starting quarter 18:15. The North American team shifted the gear in the second frame. They went on a 22:4 run to gain a 40:19 halftime advantage. Canada did not slow down in the third period. They triggered a 32:7 rally to pile up a 46-advantage heading into the fourth frame. Canada outscored Chile in the fourth quarter and cruised to the victory at the end.
Justin Jackson (198-SG-97) produced 15 points, while Brandon Cyrus (193-SG-97) added 10 points for the winners. Diego Rojas answered with 9 points for Chile. Dante Bahamonde (174-G-96) and Javier Barra (209-C-97) added 6 points each as Chile slipped at 1-1 record.

Canada U16:
Koby McEwen 19, Justin Jackson 15, Brandon Cyrus 10
Chile U16:
Diego Low (190-SF-97) 9, Dante Bahamonde 6, Javier Barra 6

Bahamas U16-Mexico U16 77:54

Bahamas beat Mexico in Day 2 opener. Bahamas posted a 77:54 win for 1-1 record. Mexico meanwhile fell at 0-2 record in Group A of the U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Uruguay.
Mexico started with 12-10 lead but scored only 7 points in the second frame. It was decisive in the game as Bahamas erupted with 27 points and led 18 points at the halftime. Moreover Bahamas posted a 19-16 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 21-19 in the last period.

Deajour Adderley (187-SG-96) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Sebastian Gray (198-SF-97) nailed 12. Shamar Burrows (187-G-97) delivered 11, whilst Oswald Parker (193-PF-97) and Qyemah Gibson (198-SF-97) had 8 each. Saul Santana (180-F-97) edned up with 13 points in the losing effort and Melendez Villalobos Rene scored 10. Olivas Robles Jesus Humberto poured in 9, whilst Venegas Yamada Ivan Gilberto collected 8 points and 15 boards.

Bahamas U16:
Deajour Adderley 18, Sebastian Gray 12, Shamar Burrows 11, Oswald Parker 8, Qyemah Gibson 8+13 rebs
Mexico U16:
Saul Santana 13, Rene Melendez (192-SF-96) 10, Jesus Olivas 9, Ivan Venegas (200-C-96) 8+15 rebs



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Matthias Jeanville agreed terms with Lucon - by Eurobasket News

Lucon BC (NM2) inked 22-year old forward Matthias Jeanville (200-91). He played recently at Avignon in French NM2 league. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Jeanville also played at Saint-Etienne (NM3) earlier that season. The last season he was tested by Cholet Basket (ProA). He contributed to his team making it to the French Cup Semifinals.
Jeanville has played previously for another French team JDA Dijon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



ALM Evreux Basket brings in Kingsley Pinda - by Eurobasket News

ALM Evreux Basket brings in Kingsley Pinda (195-SG-92) for 2013/2014 season. The French Shooting Guard will move from Nancy.
ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) inked 21-year old shooting guard Kingsley Pinda. He played at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in n ProA. In 5 games he averaged just 0.6ppg this season. Pinda also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he had only 1.7ppg. The last season he played also at Sluc Nancy (ProA). In 37 games he had only 0.1ppg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Pinda also played 1 game in Euroleague but he did not score anything. His team won French Supercup in 2011. Pinda represented France at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.6ppg.



Romain Duport re-upped with Strasbourg IG - by Eurobasket News

Romain Duport (215-C-86) re-upped with Strasbourg IG for another 2 seasons. The French side locked the player until year 2015.
In 30 games he averaged 6.6ppg and 3.7rpg this season. He helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Duport also spent pre-season at Cholet Basket (ProA) in French league earlier that year. His team won French Supercup in 2011. Duport was a member of French U20 National Team back in 2006.
Romain Duport has played also professionally for other French teams like STB Le Havre and Angers BC 49. In 2010-2011 he played for Cholet Basket (ProA, starting five) and averaged 3.3ppg, 2.5rpg. In 2011-2012 continued with Cholet Basket (ProA) and in EuroCup had 4.5ppg, 4.0rpg. In French League his stats read 5.3ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 62.0%, FT: 66.7%.



Limoges and Panagiotis Giannakis part ways - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) cut 54-year old Greek coach Panagiotis Giannakis (agency: FCM). He helped them to win the supercup. Giannakis was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2008.
He was coaching Greek Senior National Team between 1996 and 2008.
Giannakis has coached also professionally in Greece (Panionios).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Saint Vallier add Jared Newson - by Eurobasket News

Saint Vallier reinforced their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin). The guard spent the last season in Hyeres-Toulon. He notched 14.7 points, 6.0 boards, 1.6 steals and 1.5 assists per game in ProB. Previously Jared Newson spent two seasons with Kataja in Finland. His stats read 18.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.3 assists per appearance in Korisliiga in 2011/12. He was named All-Finnish Korisliiga Guard of the Year in 2011. The guard made it into All-Finnish Korisliiga 1st Team in 2012. Jared Newson also had stints in D-League, Germany and Poland. He participated at the German Bundesliga All-Star Game in 2007. The player won Slam Dunk Contest.


Poitiers tab Karim Souchu - by Eurobasket News

Poitiers strengthen their frontcourt. They landed Karim Souchu (198-F-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc., college: Furman). The forward agreed on terms of two-year contract with the team. Last season Karim Souchu spent with Cholet Basket. He averaged 8.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in ProA. His stats read also 4.8 points, 1.6 boards and 1.0 assist per game in EuroCup. Previously Karim Souchu had stints in France, Cyprus and Belgium. He made it into All-Cypriot League 2nd Team in 2008. One year earlier the forward made it into Belgian League All-Bosmans Team. Karim Souchu was the member of French National Team in 2003. Next year he was called up for the French B National Team.


Leo Westermann and Joffrey Lauvergne win another title in Serbia - by Eurobasket News

Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) and Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) win another title in Serbia. Partizan won over Crvena Zvezda 68:52 in Game 4 and won the series 3-1. The last game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Zvezda managed to win fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Zvezda 46-22 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 31 personal fouls committed by Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of French forward Joffrey Lauvergne who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Dragan Milosavljevic contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. The former international guard Igor Rakocevic replied with 10 points and DeMarcus Nelson added 12 points in the effort for Zvezda.


Sylla leaves Nancy - by Eurobasket News

23-year old Seychellois international center Abdel Kader Sylla (205-90) left Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA). In 23 games he averaged just 2.8ppg and 2.1rpg this season. Sylla also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 4.3ppg and 3.3rpg. AddhereLastSeasonawards He played there also last season. In 26 ProA games he had 3.2ppg and 1.7rpg. He helped them to make it to the French La Semaine des AS Cup Semifinals. Sylla also played at Sluc Nancy earlier that season. He played there also last season. Sylla also played 7 games in Euroleague where he had 3.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He won French ProA championship title in 2011. Sylla was a member of Seychellois Senior National Team two years ago.
He has played also professionally in Seychelles (Cobras).
Let's have closer look into Sylla's outlook: An hard worker, long armed, very athletic inside player. Has good moves around the basket, intimidates the opponents and can finish with thunderous dunks. Even after having done great improvements in last season, observers say he has yet a tremendous upside. Has dreams of getting drafted and playing in the NBA, maybe that they will come true.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GABON   


Gabonese Stephane Lasme triumphs in Greece - by Eurobasket News

Gabonese Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) triumphs in Greece with his Panathinaikos as the latter won 2012/2013 Finals in Greece. The team overcame Euroleague Champion Olympiacos with 3-0 record in the series. In the most crucial game of the series, the team of Panathinaikos in a decisive fourth period beat the team of Olympiakos with 76:72 in a game that never ended as 1.27' before the end, the referees stopped the game and asked all the fans of the home team to leave the court. The referees later decided that the game will not continue and that the team of Panathinaikos was the winner of the game
The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Panathinaikos shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Olympiacos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Dimitris Diamantidis who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Kostas Tsartsaris (209-79) helped adding 14 points and 6 assists. Five Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Kyle Hines with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and Vassilis Spanoulis scored 13 points and 7 assists.
Stephane Lasme averaged 9.8 points per game this season.



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  GERMANY   


Hard Work Pays Off Overseas For Blake Poole Thanks To Showcase - by Daniel Poerschke

There is no offseason for Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, college: St.Martin's).

Over the last two months since departing from Dorsten, Germany -- about a 50 minute drive North of Dsseldorf -- where the 6-foot-5 power forward/center held down the paint in Pro-B for BG Dorsten, Poole has continued to hone his basketball skills with the Bellingham Slam of the IBL (International Basketball League).

In the famed exposure league, Poole is averaging 18.4 points and 13 rebounds per game, numbers comparable to this season in Germany when he averaged a double-double for the season -- 14.7 points and 14.1 rebounds per game.

Regardless if it is playing overseas at a professional level in the Pro-B or this summer in the IBL, Poole isn't afraid of a little hard work and any opportunity to develop on the court.

He knows it will pay off.

In fact, such dedication and determination is what Poole arrived in Las Vegas with in the summer of 2011 when the former D-2 (St. Martin's College) big man attended the annual Scorers 1st Showcase. It was at the Showcase that the former 2010-2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year learned what it would take to succeed at the next level.

Hard work.

You can expect to get some good advice about your game while competing at this event -- what you need to work on to become a professional and what you are successful at doing currently with your game, said Poole, who also attended the Showcase in 2012.

Participating in each camp provided Poole the chance to show what he can do on the floor and also be noticed by a number of international talent evaluators who are on-hand at the two-day showcase in Las Vegas.

The 4th annual Scorers 1st Showcase will be held at the MPE South Gym on the campus of UNLV next to the famed Thomas & Mack Center on July 18 and 19.

Ran during the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, the Scorers 1st Showcase promotes and provides exposure to Scorers 1st premiere clients currently playing internationally, along with professionals searching to join Scorers 1st and either begin or continue their professional basketball careers in the NBA, NBDL or overseas.

Over 70 teams from all different continents were in attendance last summer, along with head coaches, general managers and front office executives from around Europe and Asia. Thanks to a successful event, the 2013 Scorers 1st Showcase is expected to be another promising experience complete with increased media exposure.

The Showcase is also a great learning experience for players -- regardless if they are coming fresh out of school or have previously played abroad.

It was nice to get together with a lot of the players from the agency and play togetheryou are in it together and the camp provides the chance to learn from one another as well. While doing the drills I picked up on a few moves that I could integrate with my game.

After graduating from St. Martin's and playing in the IBL, Poole signed with BG Dorsten and finished out the 2012-13 season as the teams' leading scorer and rebounder, while also leading Dorsten in field goal percentage (54.8%) and second in assists (2.4) and steals (1.8) per game.

Now he looks to remain competitive with the Bellingham Slam before getting ready for another season overseas. But first Poole has some other preparation to attend to: Poole will be participating in this year's Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas.

"I would recommend this camp because you will get honest feedback from the agents and coaches. They are good at keeping you motivated while at the same time telling you the truth about where they see your game" said Poole about the Showcase.

Until then, Blake Poole is ready to keep working hard to help better his game this offseason.

http://scorers1stshowcase.wordpress.com/



Crailsheim Merlins land veteran Chris Heinrich - by Moritz Korff

Chris Heinrich (208-C-77, college: St.Louis) will strengthen the Crailsheim Merlins in the 2013-14 season, the 2. Bundesliga Pro A team announced today. The German-American post player will add lots of experience to the Merlins' squad. Heinrich is a professional basketball player since 2001 and over the years has played in several European countries including Austria, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Germany. In the 2004-2005 season the Quakertown, Pa., native appeared in 30 BBL games for Wuerzburg. He spent the past two seasons playing for BAWE Oldenburg, averaging 15.6 points and 7.6 boards a contest last season, while receiving Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 2nd Team honors.


The Mitteldeutscher BC Sign Angelo Caloiaro - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Mitteldeutscher BC is wasting no time this summer getting their new roster ready for the upcoming season and today have announced the arrival of Angelo Caloiaro (203-F-89, college: USF) giving him a one year deal. Caloiaro is a 23 year old 203cm forward from San Jose, California that also has the italian citzenship. He will be starting his second professional season and first in Germany and played as a rookie with Rilski Sportist Samokov (Bulgaria-NBL): 24 games: 12.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 79.8%; Balkan League 7 games: 9.7ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 68.8%. Head coach Silvano Poropat is convinced of the abilities of the young player. He plays the position four, but when needed can play the position three. After his good season in Bulgaria is the Beko BBL a further cut in his career. He was very motivated in our talks and I think that he still has a lot of potential to get better and we will have much fun with him", stressed MBC head coach Silvano Poropat.

Caloiaro started his basketball career in 2008 with USF (NCAA). In hiss enior year, he played 33 games: 14.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 78.5%. He played a total of 127 NCAA games and was able to improve his scoring average each season. In Bulgaria, he was a very consistent scorer and scored in double figures 16 times. "I thank MBC for this chance. I am looking forward to Germany and can hardly wait to meet the team and coach and to attack in the Beko BBL", stressed Angelo Caloiaro.Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been WCC Tournament Semifinals -11, 12, All-WCC 1st Team -12, Bulgarian Cup Semifinals -13, Balkan League Semifinals -13, Bulgarian League Semifinals -13, and Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention -13. MBC also officialy announced the departure of American Devin Uskoski. He had a very solid season with MBC playing 34 games and averaging 10,6ppg and 4,8rpg and was a big fan favorite. "We thank Devin for many nice moments and his fighting mentality and effort. We wish him all the best for his future and one oftens ees each other a second time", stressed MBC manager Martin Geisler.

Source: MBC






Alex Rueck Moves To KIT SC GEQUOS - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

German regionaliga team KIT SC Gequos have reeled in experienced Alexander Rueck (186-G-84) for the upcoming season. Rueck is a 29 year old 186cm guard that will be starting his 13 season as a professional basketball player. He played the last six seasons with BG Karlsruhe playing 152 Pro A games. Last season he played 18 games for BG Karlsruhe. "He brings a big package to the team. He brings quickness, rebounding, athletcism, defense, a good shot from outside and experience", stressed head coach Uli Himstedt. The German started his basketball career with the TSV Crailshiem Merlins in 2001. He also played one season each with KGJ Schwenningen (Regionalliga) and Union Shops Rastatt. "I chose GEQUOS because the complete package fits. I could have played in a higher league, but the organization and their perspective fits. I have worked together with coach Uli Himstedt and athletic coach Roman Thauern and I respect them. I want to play for moving up to the next league", stressed Alexander Rueck.

Source: KIT SC GEQUOS





Erdgas Ehingen Get Mahir Agva - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Erdgas Ehingen is known for being one of the top teams in Germany with developing very young talent with their basketball academy and today have secured another young gem with Mahir Agva (203-C-96). He is only 16 years old, but already 206cm. He will play for the NBBL team as well as belong to the Pro A team. Last season he played for the Young Tigers Tuebingen U19 team (NBBL), played also at SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team (Regionalliga), played also at BBA Ludwigsburg U18 team. He also played a few seconds in a Beko BBL game against MBC where he got a rebound. "We are happy to be able to welcome a talent like him in our program. It is obvious that he has great qualities. Now we must give him the needed fundamentals. The daily competition will help his development", stressed Erdgas Ehingen head coach Ralph Junge.

Source: Erdgas Ehingen



Fabian Thuelig Departs From The Telekom Baskets Bonn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The last few weeks havent been easy for Telekom Baskets Bonn fans as not so nice announcements have come first with basketball legend coach Michael Koch ending his stay there and today two disheartening news flashes happened as Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann moved on to 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin and FFabian Thuelig (196-F-89) announced his retirement. More often than not except in the case of Bernd Kruel who is still chugging along at the age of 37, a player will retire because of age, but in the least cases because of being young and wanting to pursue a new direction and career change. Thuelig is a 23 year old 196cm forward and had been with the Telekom Baskets Bonn since 2006 making his debut in the Beko BBL at age 17. During his stay with Bonn, he also played for farm team Rhondorf. Last season the young German played EuroChallenge 13 games: 2.2ppg, 1.8rpg. In the Beko BBL he played 31 games averaging 3,3ppg and 1,2rpg while averaging 11,1 minutes per game. Last season he scored in double figures one time with a 13 point effort in the playoffs against Oldenburg. "I looked forward at my personal future and decided to concentrate on my studies. I didn't have any time for this in the last years because of basketball. I am the Baskets and surrounding very thanful for the wonderful time where I learned a lot and experienced much", stressed Fabian Thuelig. The German will concentrate now fully on his studies, but continue to play basketball in a lower league. Thuelig played a total of 124 games for Bonn.

Source: Telekom Baskets Bonn








The Artland Dragons Hold Acha Njei - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


2008 Beko BBL cup winner Artland Dragons have kept Acha Njei (190-G-85) for another season. Njei is a 28 year old 195cm shooting guard/small forward that will play his third season for the Artland Dragons. Last season he played 22 games averaging 1,6ppg and 1,1rpg and even started some games. His best game was a 13 point, four rebound and twoa ssist game against Bonn. "He made a big step forward last season. He knows the organization, city and everything around. We are happy to be able to keep working with him and to make the next step. He is a hard worker and showed good games on defense", stressed Artland Dragons head coach Tyron Mccoy. Before coming to teh Artland Dragons, teh German played for Vegesacker TV (2.Regionalliga), Bremern Roosters and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

Source: Artland Dragons





Simon Cummings (ProA and ProB is a great chance to play against so great players) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Simon Cummings (185-PG-90, college: Florida Tech) is a 23 year old 185cm point guard from Port St Lucie, Florida that is looking to start his second professional season. He played at Florida Tech (NCAA2) from 2008-2012. Lasts eason as a rookie he played in England for the London Leopards (United Kingdom-EBL D1, starting five): 17 games: 18.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.1apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 75.5%. Last season he almost played in Germany, but then took the offer from London. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Thanks Simon for taking some time to talk to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how are you enjoying your summer vacation?

Right now I am in Florida enjoying the sunshine that this states has to offer, and also I am going to take a two week vacation to Canada in a week or so

You played as a rookie in England for the London Leopards (United Kingdom-EBL D1). Why was this one of the worst experiences for you?

I wouldn't say playing for the London leopards was the worst experiences of my life. Iwould say that adjusting to the way the game is played in England and the Fiba rules was a tough transition.

What was it like as an American to live in London? What was the coolist experience that you had there?

It was very different. I would say the people the culture the climate. Even the basketball was different but it was worth it and it was fun. The coolest experience I gain from living in London was the connectivity to Europe I got to travel a little and see Europe which most people don't get to do.

In pre season, you had an offer from German Pro B team SC Rist Wedel. Why didnt you take that?

Well right after my college season was over. I was approached by Rist Wedel with an offer. This was my first pro contract offer and I didnt know what to expect, and since I had 3 more months of summer to gain exposure I felt like weighing my options was a better fit for me at that time.

You had good stats in England averaging 18.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.1apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 75.5%. How would you compare the style and skill level of that league compared to the NCAA 2 level?

I would say playing NCAA division 2 at the time was more demanding of my time. We had practice 6 days a week plus classes. Playing in England its tough to get gym time so most of the time practice was cut short. I wasnt a big fan of that because in college my gym was available to me whenever I wanted which is why I shot a better % from behind the arch and the FT line in college.

What was it like playing playing for 43 year old player/coach Robert Youngblood?

Playing for Robert Youngblood was a good experience. We both wanted to win and would do anything to win on any given night so playing for a competitor like that is always amazing. It was my first year as a Pro and also his first year as a coach so it was definatly a learn curve for both of us in our young careers.


Youngblood has been playing in England since 1994. Wasnt he able to make you a bit more comfortable there?

Youngblood did his best to make the situation as home as possible. The most important thing to me was gym availability, and with the way our club was set up this year it wasnt much he could do to get me extra gym time to work on my game.

The Leopards reached the semi finals of the playoffs. How happy were you with the team season and what was missing from winning a title?

Well this year was full of ups and downs. But with our backs against the wall we came together the second part of the season and put together a great run down the stretch wining 8 out of 11 games to win the National trophy finish top four in our league and make it to the final four. We went into overtime to against the best team in the league after controlling the whole game and lost by 5 on some questionable calls. But all in all we put our best foot forward and im proud of the guys.


You played four years at Florida Tech for Billy Mims. What was the most important thing that you learned from him that has gotten you prepared for a professional career?

Playing for Mims was amazing. Ever since day one he drilled a professional attitude into me. Once I walked onto campus he made sure I approached every workout and everyone lesson like a professional. Not just basketball, when we went into the community to do volunteer work he made sure that I acted and looked professional. so the most important thing I would say I learned from Coach Mims was a professional attitude and work ethic.

You got an NCAA 2 record making 10 consecutive three pointers against Trinity. Did you know early on that you would have a big day from outside?

The funny things about that day that I hit 10 in a row, me and my assistant coach Ryan Ballard was joking around during shoot around. Ryan said to me "Cinco when are you going to get your self in the record books" I replied to him before the year is over im going break the record for most 3s made in a game at Florida Tech. and that night I broke both records most 3pts made in a row and most made in a game with 12.


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

I would say my passing. People who watched me play know I can shoot/score and they know I have a strong body that can finish through traffic but I think those skills amaze people more than my court vision.

Who is your point guard role model and too what player could you compare your game to?

Growing up I admired Jason Kidd he is the reason I wear number 5 to this day when he played for the New jersey Nets. I would compare my game to Will Bynum. We have the same body frame and the same ability to penetrate and score through contact.


Your nickname is cinco. Why do people call you this? In Spanish it means five.

Well ive been wearing number 5 ever since I started playing basketball and one day in high school sitting in spanish class I wrote all over my book "Agent~Cinco" and the cinco just stuck but the agent fell off just as quick as gilbert arenas did.

Who was the best player that you played against in college that is in the NBA now?

I played against some good players during my college career like Tony Denison from FSU Jermaine Taylor from UCF and Chandler Parson from UF but the best I would say is Tony Denison because that was my match up, but as far as success in the league till today. I would have to say CP the way he played for the Houston Rockets this season was unbelievable.

Who would win a one on one in practice you or Julius Reid?

This question is probably the funniest of them all because till this day me and Ju Reid go at it on the court! He was my sidekick for 3 years and us playing one on one came up plenty of times. Even though i wont most of the battles I would say its always a tuff match up because he knew my game just as well as I know his.

Would you like to come to Germany to play? What do you know about the league and country?

I would love to come to Germany and play. I have heard great things about the country and its basketball. I know the Beko Basketball Bundesliga is respected all through Europe and the countries ProA and ProB is a great chance to play against so great players.


Do you have any friends playing in Germany now?

I know a couple of people who played in Germany and who is playing in Germany. Im close friends with Dejuan Collins, he started his pro career in Germany. Also I have spoke to Augie johnston a couple of times. My good friend Willie Withfield also played last season in Germany.


If you could sell yourself in a few sentences as to why you would be a good fit for a team how would you describe yourself as a player?

Im a team player first. What ever the team needs done ill do it. If its locking down the opposing teams best guard ill do my best. If its score ill do it, if im asked to set people up and get them open looks ill do it. Im willing to do anything that will help my team win a championship. The last two programs I played at I walked away with the MVP honors and a Championship that the program has NEVER won. In college Florida Tech has never won a conference championship and my senior year I helped deliver that. At the Essex Leopards a team that won the treble last year has never won the "national trophy" and I help deliver that.

How does a typical Simon Cummings work out day look like in summer?

On a typical day of workouts I would get up get breakfast. Then hit the weight room for about an hours and a half. Then After the weight room I would get up about 500 shots and work on certain moves and floaters to better my game. Then I would grab some lunch and take a 2 hour break. Then go to a local gym for open gym for cardio and game like simulation.

Your favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant. Do you feel that he will return and be the old Kobe Bryant?

I feel like Kobe is battling father time, and saying that father time is undefeated. But taking time off to heal properly I think this can pro-long his career for 2 years and he will still be a scoring threat. But the same Kobe Bryant, I doubt it.

What is your alltime basketball dream that you would like to see come true besides being an NBA player?

My all time goals for hoops is just to be a winner. A lot of players get all the fame and attention while they are playing but if you dont win anything you wont be remembered.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last DVD I Watched honestly was "kobe doing work" by spike lee.

but the last movie I saw was Fast 6


Thanks Simon for the chat.





BG Goettingen Bring In Jeremy Dunbar - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen brought in their first new player for the 2013-2014 Pro A season with Jeremy Dunbar (195-G/F-88, college: Arkansas Tech). He isnt an unknown face to Pro A gyms as he will be playing for his third different team in three seasons. After being a rookie in the south in Crailsheim, last season he played his second season up north in Cuxhaven and now will be in the middle of Germany in the heartland of Goettingen. Last season for the Cuxhaven Bascats, he played 33 games: 12.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT-2 (90.8%). "He is a very good three point shooter and finds space that he needs to shoot. His way to play tempo basketball fits to our basketball style", declared BG Goettingen head coach Johan Roijakkers. Dunbar played at SE Louisiana (NCAA) from 2007-2009 playing 15 NCAA games and then at Arkansas Tech (NCAA2) from 2009-2011 playing 61 NCAA games. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Southland East Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -08, GSC West Division Regular Season Champion -10, 11, GSC Tournament Winner -10, GSC All-Tournament Team -10, 11, GSC Tournament Finalist -11, GSC All-GSC West Division 2nd Team -11, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -12

Source: BG Gttingen



Devin Searcy Inks With The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have hauled in Devin Searcy (208-F/C-89, agency: IBS, college: Dayton). Searcy is a 23 year old 208cm power forward that will be playing his third professional season. Last season he played for the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA); EuroCup: 9 games: 5.4ppg, released in Oct.'12, in Nov.'12 signed at Triumph Lyubertsy (Russia-PBL): VTB League: 11 games: 3.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 72.2%, left in Apr.'13. New head coach Calvin Oldham did his homework on the American and is convinced that he will help the team this season. "Devin can play the positions four and five. He wants to develop further with Bremerhaven and brings the needed motivation and attitude. He fits perfectly into our system with his rebounding and defense, but can still improve on offense. . I am convinced that he will represent the Eisbaeren well", added Bremerhaven ehad coach Calvin Oldham. He started his basketball career at Dayton in 2007 and played there until 2010. In this time he also played together with Mr Pro B Josh Parker who will lace up his sneakers this season with the Mitteldeutscher BC. In his senior year for Dayton, Searcy played
36 games: 3.7ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 47.9%, FT: 87.5%. As a rookie, he played for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League, starting five): 45 games: 13.8ppg, Reb-5 (10.8rpg), 1.2apg, FGP: 55.6%, FT: 62.2% and 2012 July: AirTran Orlando Summer League (Philadelphia 76ers): 3 games: 5.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0apg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been NIT Elite Eight -08, Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals -09, NIT Champion -10, Atlantic 10 Tournament Finalist -11, and Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Honorable Mention -12


Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven








The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg Keep Maurice Stuckey - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg announced today that German Maurice Stuckey (187-PG-90, agency: Pro One Sports) will play another season with them. Stuckey came to Wurzburg in 2011 on a loan basis from the Brose Baskets Bamberg and will be loaned out for another season. Last season for Wurzburg, the 23 year old 187cm guard played EuroCup: 6 games: 4.8ppg. In the Beko BBL, he played 34 games averaging 3,9ppg and 1,1rpg while averaging 11,5 minutes per game. "It was clear for me already last season that I wanted to stay in Wurzburg. I like it here and the coaches give me trust and playing time. I also get along well with my teammates and I like our team style", stressed Maurice Stuckey. Last season the German scored 19 points against Phoenix Hagen and continues to impress the coaching staff. "He invested a lot of time in getting back afte rhis long injury and he developed positively. He still has a lot of potential and will help us more than last season. He should give us stability on defense off the bench. He is a young player that will stil develop especially on offense", stressed s.Oliver Baskets head coach Marcel Schroeder.

Source: s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg



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  GREECE   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios16.7 
 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, Panionios6.7 
 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. Pappas, Panionios3.1 
 9. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 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. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 8. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 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. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 3. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 4. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 7. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 8. Charissis, Aris1.0 
 9. Chrysikopoul., PAOK0.7 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos0.7 


Kostas Tsartsaris finished his career on a high note - by Eurobasket News

Kostas Tsartsaris (209-F-79) finished his career on a high note. The player grabbed the title with his Panathinaikos Athens and announced retirement.
In 31 games he recorded 5.7ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg this season. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. Tsartsaris also played 28 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.8ppg and 3.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The last season Tsartsaris played also at Panathinaikos (A1) in Greek league. In 28 games he averaged 4.6ppg and 2.2rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Tsartsaris also played 16 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.4ppg and 2.8rpg. He represented Greece at the World Championships in Turkey three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 50.0%.
Tsartsaris has played previously professionally in Iceland and Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Near East).



Limoges and Panagiotis Giannakis part ways - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) cut 54-year old Greek coach Panagiotis Giannakis (agency: FCM). He helped them to win the supercup. Giannakis was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2008.
He was coaching Greek Senior National Team between 1996 and 2008.
Giannakis has coached also professionally in Greece (Panionios).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ISRAEL   

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.20.4 
 2. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.9 
 3. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 4. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.17.7 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.2 
 7. Collins, Guaros17.0 
 8. Smith, Maccabi Hai.16.8 
 9. Calathes, Maccabi16.3 
 10. Warren, Maccabi16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.14.2 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.10.0 
 3. Uter, Humacao9.4 
 4. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.4 
 5. Calathes, Maccabi9.3 
 6. Thomas, Maccabi9.3 
 7. Wright, Maccabi9.1 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.3 
 2. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.4 
 3. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.2 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.8 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi4.8 
 6. Collins, Guaros4.4 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.2 
 8. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
 9. Bradley, Netanya4.2 
 10. Perry, Elizur A.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 2. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.4 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 6. Smith, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.9 
 8. Jones, Bnei H.1.9 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 10. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Maccabi T-A3.0 
 2. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.6 
 3. Uter, Humacao1.6 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.6 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.3 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 8. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 9. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.1 
 10. Dove, Elizur Ashk.1.0 


Maccabi Haifa shock Maccabi Tel-Aviv for Winner League title - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel-Aviv - Maccabi Haifa 79:86

Maccabi Haifa are crowned new Winner League champions. They stunned Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Final tonight. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's) stepped up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Maccabi Haifa led throughout the bigger part of the opening quarter. But Hickman and Landesberg allowed Tel-Aviv to snatch a 25:24 lead after ten minutes. Maccabi Haifa capitalized on several mistakes from Tel-Aviv early in the second term to pull in front. Soon Donta Smith helped Haifa to a 32:25 advantage. However Tel-Aviv finished the half strong and recorded a 42:37 advantage. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third period. Maccabi Tel-Aviv eked out a 58:57 advantage heading into the final term. James Thomas and Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) put Haifa in front 69:65 midway through the fourth frame. Paul Stoll (180-PG-85) followed with a three-pointer to give Haifa a 72:66 advantage. Soon the gap grew at 7-point mark. Haifa held on to the advantage in the final seconds and celebrated a historic first ever triumph at the end. Gal Mekel finished with 21 points and 7 assists, while Paul Stoll added 14 points for Maccabi Haifa. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) answered with 28 points for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) and Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) had 10 points each in the loss.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Ricky Hickman 28, Shawn James 10, Lior Eliyahu 10
Maccabi Haifa: Pat Calathes 22+10 boards, Gal Mekel 21, Paul Stoll 14



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi17.2 
 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.8.5 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 5. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 6. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 7. Dunston, Cimberio.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.3.8 
 8. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 9. Brown, Montepaschi3.6 
 10. Hackett, Montepa.3.6 
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, Montepaschi1.4 
 4. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 6. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 
 7. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 9. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 10. Cusin, Cantu1.0 


SerieA Round 2 of Finals. Acea Virtus Roma open win count - by Eurobasket News

Acea Virtus RM - Montepaschi 67-62

Acea Virtus Roma came up with the strong fourth quarter rally and secured the first win in SeriaA Finals. They evened the title series at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 21-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. International forward Luigi Datome (203-87) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Austrian power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St.) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Montepaschi Siena. Montepaschi Siena's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: G.Lawal 19+13reb, L.Datome 17+6reb+1ast, J.Taylor 10+2reb+6ast, P.Goss 8+2reb+1ast, B.Jones 5+8reb, A.Czyz 5+5reb
Montepaschi: B.Ortner 19+8reb, D.Hackett 12+7reb+4ast, D.Moss 8+7reb+1ast, B.Brown 8+3reb+3ast, M.Carraretto 5+1reb, B.Eze 4+1reb
gschID: 242183



Sassari confirm EuroCup participation - by Eurobasket News

Dinamo Sassari will play in the next EuroCup season. The team announced they had received a wild card for the next edition of the tournament. Sassari had a strong showing at the tournament last season. They managed to win two games in their debut campaign but failed to qualify into the second stage of the competition from a highly-competitive group that included Crvena Zvezda, Cajasol and Orleans. Dinamo Sassari finished second in SeriaA regular season.


Stefano Sacripanti to replace Andrea Trinchieri in Cantu - by Eurobasket News

Stefano Sacripanti is set to become the new head coach of Cantu. He will replace Andrea Trinchieri . The deal with Sacripanti is expected to be signed soon. Stefano Sacripanti is not new to Cantu. He worked with the team in 2000/2007 seasons. Later he guided Pesaro and Caserta. Stefano Sacripanti also guided Italian U18, U20 and University National Teams.


EA7 Emporio Armani Milano announced Luca Banchi - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano announced Luca Banchi to be a Head Coach of the team. The Italian specialist will leave Montepaschi Siena at the end of the season.
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano hired 48-year old coach Luca Banchi who currently plays Montepaschi Siena. He helped them to make it to the supercup final. Right now he is in the Play-off Finals as well.
A very impressive season as he was named to Head Coach: Italian SerieA All-Star Game. The last season Banchi coached also at Montepaschi Siena. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the supercup. Banchi was coaching Italian U20 National Team back in 2001.He has coached previously another Italian team Acegas Aps Trieste.
The coach of Mens Sana Siena has an agreement with Milano who elected him to replace Sergio Scariolo. Luca Banchi will sign a two-year deal at the end of the Finals.



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Jerry Johnson remains in Kazakhstan - by Eurobasket News

Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) remains in Kazakhstan with his BC Astana. The American player will enter his third season with the team next season.
In 14 VTB United League games he had 11.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Johnson played also at BC Astana in Kazakhstan league. In 16 VTB United League games he recorded 14.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.8apg.
He won Kazakhstan League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013) and the cup for two years in a row (2012 and 2013).
The 2010/2011 season he played at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 5 games he recorded 6.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.0spg that season. Johnson also played 3 games in VTB United League where he recorded 4.7ppg and 1.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Johnson was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League 1st Team in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Johnson has played also professionally in Belgium, Cyprus (Apoel), France (Stade Clermont), Greece (Panellinios), Poland (Polpharma) and Turkey (Galatasaray and Mersin).



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Davis Bertans triumphs abroad, but injured his right knee - by Eurobasket News

Davis Bertans (210-SF-92) triumphs abroad, but injured his right knee. First results from the doctor's office are that Davis Bertans will be out of action for at least 6 months.
His Partizan won over Crvena Zvezda 68:52 in Game 4 and won the series 3-1. The last game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Zvezda managed to win fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Zvezda 46-22 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 31 personal fouls committed by Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of French forward Joffrey Lauvergne who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Dragan Milosavljevic contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. The former international guard Igor Rakocevic replied with 10 points and DeMarcus Nelson added 12 points in the effort for Zvezda.
Davis Bertans averaged 12.2 points per game in Serbia.



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Philippines NT beat Lithuania U20 twice - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 lost two games to Philippines NT. At first the Asian team posted an 83:75 win in Game 1. Philippines NT grabbed a 30:22 lead and had 8 points advantage at the halftime. Lithuania U20 managed to win the third period 14-12, but the guests posted a 20-18 rally in the last period. Paulius Semaska (184-PG-93) scored 15 points for the Lithuanian team, while Tauras Jogela (203-F-93) and Zygimantas Riauka (203-F-93) poured in 12 each.
In Game 2 Philippines NT won over Lithuania U20 88:84. Trailing 15-25 after the first period, Philippines NT dominated the rest of the game. The guests won the second frame 21-14 and added 25-18 in the third quarter. Both teams nailed 27 points each in the last stanza for the final result. Tomas Lekunas (200-G/F-93) top-scored for the Lithuanian team with 24 points and Vaidas Kariniauskas (200-PG-93) had 23. Laimonas Chatkevicius (211-F-93) delivered 10, while Mantas Mockevicius scored 8.



Jonas Maciulis wins the title with Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) wins the title with Panathinaikos as the latter won 2012/2013 Finals in Greece. The team overcame Euroleague Champion Olympiacos with 3-0 record in the series. In the most crucial game of the series, the team of Panathinaikos in a decisive fourth period beat the team of Olympiakos with 76:72 in a game that never ended as 1.27' before the end, the referees stopped the game and asked all the fans of the home team to leave the court. The referees later decided that the game will not continue and that the team of Panathinaikos was the winner of the game
The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Panathinaikos shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Olympiacos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Dimitris Diamantidis who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Kostas Tsartsaris (209-79) helped adding 14 points and 6 assists. Five Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Kyle Hines with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and Vassilis Spanoulis scored 13 points and 7 assists.
Jonas Maciulis averaged 8.6 points per game this season.



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FIBA Americas U16: Argentina drub Mexico to reach semis - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U16 - Mexico U16 81:51

Argentina earned the second victory at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. They bettered Mexico to gain 2-1 record in Group A. Lucio Delfino (197-PF-97) netted 17 points to lead the winners. Argentina thus guaranteed the spot in the playoffs. They will face Canada in the semis. Mexico suffered the third consecutive loss and ended up third in Group A ladder.
Argentina set the tone early. They went on a 28:12 run in the starting frame to gain a 16-point lead. Argentina dominated in the next ten minutes. They accounted for a 48:24 halftime lead. Argentina did not loosen the grasp in the second half. They held Mexico to just 27 points in the next two quarters and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Christian Boudet (193-F-97) nailed 12 points, while Maximo Fjellerup (192-SG-97) added 9 points for the winners. Ivan Venegas (200-C-96) responded with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Mexico. Ignacio Villegas (188-PF-97) had 14 points in the loss.

Argentina U16: Lucio Delfino 17, Christian Boudet 12, Maximo Fjellerup 9
Mexico U16: Ivan Venegas 15+13 boards, Ignacio Villegas 14



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.4 
 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. Chandler, New Y.10.1 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.5 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 10. James, Miami Heat1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.5 
 4. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 5. Duncan, San A.2.4 
 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 


Warriors center Festus Ezeli undergoes knee surgery - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli (6'11''-C-89, college: Vanderbilt) underwent successful surgery yesterday on his right knee, the team announced. The procedure, which was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, was necessary to reinforce both the medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in Ezelis right knee. Ezeli suffered a sprained right knee during the clubs regular-season finale this season at Portland on April 17. He will begin rehabilitation in the near future and is expected to make a complete recovery. The teams medical staff indicates that recovery time could be a minimum of 6-9 months. Ezeli, 23, appeared in 78 regular-season games (41 starts) as a rookie this past season, averaging 2.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.95 blocks (4th among NBA rookies) in 14.4 minutes per game. His 41 starts were the most by a Warriors rookie center since Joe Barry Carroll started 80 games in 1980-81 and also marked the second-most starts amongst NBA rookies this season trailing only teammate Harrison Barnes (81). Originally selected by Golden State with the 30th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, the 611 center appeared in 12 playoff games, averaging 2.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11.2 minutes per contest.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Big Three help Heat even the Finals again - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio S. - Miami Heat 93-109
Miami Heat owner Micky Arison had a message as he walked to the winning locker room. "The death of the Big Three was overrated," he said. Sure was. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84), Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech), his three prized players, are just fine. So are the Heat's championship hopes. Riding big performances from their three All-Stars, the Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night in Game 4. James had 33 points and 11 rebounds after failing to break 20 points in any of the first three games of the series, and Wade scored 32 points, 11 more than his previous high this postseason. Bosh matched his playoff high with 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, he and Wade supplying the baskets that finally put the Spurs away for good midway through the fourth quarter. Three players, 85 points. Just the way the Heat envisioned it when they signed James and Bosh to play with Wade in 2010. "When Bosh, Wade and James score the way they did tonight and shoot it the way they did tonight, a team is going to have a difficult time if you help them like we did," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "When those guys are playing like that, you better be playing a perfect game." The Spurs didn't, committing 19 turnovers that led to 23 points. Just like they have for the last five months, the Heat bounced back from a loss with a victory - a lopsided one at that. They are 12-0 after defeats since Jan. 10, outscoring opponents by nearly 20 points a game in those previous 11 victories. "Right now it's a three-game series," Wade said. "Two great ballclubs, we just want to come out again and play well." Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) scored 20 points for the Spurs, who have one more game here on Sunday. They fell to 10-3 at home all-time in the finals, failing to back up their 113-77 victory in Game 3 that was the third-most lopsided score in the history of the championship series. James insisted he would be better after shooting 7 of 21 from the field with no free throws in that game, saying he was the star and it was his job to lead his team. But while James - and millions of critics worldwide - wanted to pile all the pressure on the league's MVP, it was Wade on Wednesday who said it was the Heat's three All-Stars who had to lead them together, or there would be no championship. He was right. And now those championship hopes are right back on track. "It was on our shoulders," James said. "We had to figure out how to win the game for us and play at the highest level. When all three of us are clicking we're very tough to beat." Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) had 15 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who made a finals-record 16 3-pointers on Tuesday but got up only 16 attempts in this one. Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) scored 13 points and Danny Green had 10, solid nights but nothing like when they combined for 13 3-pointers two nights earlier. The Heat guaranteed they will get at least one more game on their home floor. Game 6 will be Tuesday night, where they could have a chance to clinch a second straight championship. Wade, battling right knee pain throughout the spring, put it away for Miami early in the fourth. He followed a basket with a steal and dunk, pushing the lead to 90-81, and after he made another jumper, Bosh scored the next six Heat points, taking the load off of James. The Heat switched their lineup, inserting Mike Miller, who made 10 of his 11 shots, going 9 of 10 on 3-pointers, in the first three games of the series. They changed uniforms, too, switching from their road reds to their blacks. The only change they really needed was in the performances of their Big Three. James called it a "must-win" and it probably was: No team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals. And the way their three stars played, they couldn't lose. The Heat blocked shots, made stops, and occasionally flopped, playing with renewed aggression after what coach Erik Spoelstra called a "miserable" day of watching and analyzing their passive performance from Tuesday. They still haven't lost two in a row since Jan. 8 and 10. Parker played through a strained right hamstring, shooting 7 of 16, but the Spurs couldn't match the Heat's speed. After the teams traded blowouts in the previous two games, momentum swung wildly in a first half that ended tied at 49. San Antonio raced to a quick 10-point lead, fell behind by 10 with 7 minutes left in the half, then finished with an 11-2 spurt sparked by reserve Boris Diaw. Bosh dove for a dunk that came just after the buzzer, Spurs owner Peter Holt waving it off from his seat along the sideline. James rocked back and forth during the national anthem, a bundle of energy ready to get going. It took a few minutes after the game started, but he began playing with the speed and power that makes him unguardable at his best, grabbing rebounds on defense and rushing the ball up the floor himself to get the Heat into their offense. He and Wade combined to make 10 of 11 shots and score 21 points in the first quarter, helping the Heat erase their early 10-point deficit to go ahead 29-26. Popovich even lit into Duncan during an early second-quarter timeout with Miami on its way to a 41-31 advantage, but the Spurs had it back to even by the time the teams headed to the locker room. Courtesy of: therepublic.com



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FIBA Americas U16: USA coast past Bahamas - by Eurobasket News

USA U16 - Bahamas U16 121:52

The USA U16 recorded the third straight win at the FIBA Americas Championship in Uruguay. They fired past Bahamas to win Group A. Malik Newman (6'4''-G-97) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. The USA will now face Puerto Rico in the semifinal. Bahamas occupied the third position in the group and would face Uruguay in the classification round.
The USA held Bahamas to 12 points in the opening frame to take an 11-point lead. The North American side dropped 36 points in the second period and accumulated a 59:28 halftime advantage. The USA went on a 28:16 spurt in the third term to boost the lead. The USA finished off their opponents with a massive 34:8 rally in the final quarter. Jayson Tatum (6'7''-F-98) delivered 17 points, while Daniel Giddens (6'10''-C-97) produced 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Sebastian Gray (6'6''-SF-97) answered with 12 points for Bahamas. Oswald Parker (6'4''-PF-97) netted 7 points in the loss.

USA U16: Malik Newman 26, Jayson Tatum 17, Daniel Giddens 14+10 boards, Diamond Stone 14
Bahamas U16: Sebastian Gray 12, Oswald Parker 7



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Hard Work Pays Off Overseas For Blake Poole Thanks To Showcase - by Daniel Poerschke

There is no offseason for Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, college: St.Martin's).

Over the last two months since departing from Dorsten, Germany -- about a 50 minute drive North of Dsseldorf -- where the 6-foot-5 power forward/center held down the paint in Pro-B for BG Dorsten, Poole has continued to hone his basketball skills with the Bellingham Slam of the IBL (International Basketball League).

In the famed exposure league, Poole is averaging 18.4 points and 13 rebounds per game, numbers comparable to this season in Germany when he averaged a double-double for the season -- 14.7 points and 14.1 rebounds per game.

Regardless if it is playing overseas at a professional level in the Pro-B or this summer in the IBL, Poole isn't afraid of a little hard work and any opportunity to develop on the court.

He knows it will pay off.

In fact, such dedication and determination is what Poole arrived in Las Vegas with in the summer of 2011 when the former D-2 (St. Martin's College) big man attended the annual Scorers 1st Showcase. It was at the Showcase that the former 2010-2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year learned what it would take to succeed at the next level.

Hard work.

You can expect to get some good advice about your game while competing at this event -- what you need to work on to become a professional and what you are successful at doing currently with your game, said Poole, who also attended the Showcase in 2012.

Participating in each camp provided Poole the chance to show what he can do on the floor and also be noticed by a number of international talent evaluators who are on-hand at the two-day showcase in Las Vegas.

The 4th annual Scorers 1st Showcase will be held at the MPE South Gym on the campus of UNLV next to the famed Thomas & Mack Center on July 18 and 19.

Ran during the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, the Scorers 1st Showcase promotes and provides exposure to Scorers 1st premiere clients currently playing internationally, along with professionals searching to join Scorers 1st and either begin or continue their professional basketball careers in the NBA, NBDL or overseas.

Over 70 teams from all different continents were in attendance last summer, along with head coaches, general managers and front office executives from around Europe and Asia. Thanks to a successful event, the 2013 Scorers 1st Showcase is expected to be another promising experience complete with increased media exposure.

The Showcase is also a great learning experience for players -- regardless if they are coming fresh out of school or have previously played abroad.

It was nice to get together with a lot of the players from the agency and play togetheryou are in it together and the camp provides the chance to learn from one another as well. While doing the drills I picked up on a few moves that I could integrate with my game.

After graduating from St. Martin's and playing in the IBL, Poole signed with BG Dorsten and finished out the 2012-13 season as the teams' leading scorer and rebounder, while also leading Dorsten in field goal percentage (54.8%) and second in assists (2.4) and steals (1.8) per game.

Now he looks to remain competitive with the Bellingham Slam before getting ready for another season overseas. But first Poole has some other preparation to attend to: Poole will be participating in this year's Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas.

"I would recommend this camp because you will get honest feedback from the agents and coaches. They are good at keeping you motivated while at the same time telling you the truth about where they see your game" said Poole about the Showcase.

Until then, Blake Poole is ready to keep working hard to help better his game this offseason.

http://scorers1stshowcase.wordpress.com/



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Game of Sharks vs Jets recap - by Monica Toretto

The Velodrome at Stadium Southland has seen its fair share of cheering crowds, but probably not one that is mainly Orange. Stadium Southland is home this season to the Zero-Fees Southland Sharks, and preparations to transform it into the dreaded Shark Dome start the day before the game. Its not just the stadium that sports orange accessories, as each home game comes and goes its plain to see there is more and more Orange being flaunted around by fans. Friday night in Invercargill took on a menacing feel as the Southland Sharks looked ready to tear the opposition apart in front of a rather vocal home crowd. Ive been at all the home games this season, been right in the thick of things as I sat in the stands with the fans instead of at a safe location with the other journos. Why? I like it; I like the banter, the suggestions that get tossed around by the crowd, the cheering, and the jumping up and down. I like to be where the action is.
So there I sat in the middle of about 1,900 cheering fans as the Zero-Fees Southland Sharks put on a show on the court against the Manawatu Jets. Kevin Braswell was on fire, earning himself the NBLs player of the week, by scoring 31 points. Leon Henry was not far behind with 27, and Reuben Te Rangi scoring 19. The crowd lapping it up, cheering, singing and whistling.
The Sharks went on to win 110-81, and that was after there was a break in proceedings when a scuffle broke out between a few players which quickly grew in momentum to include the coaches. Thankfully only a few ruffled feathers were the outcome and the Referees quickly had tempers under control not bad really considering the tempers belonged to others. The Sharks werent put off by the distraction and the crowd really got loud during the last quarter when the home team went from 82 to 110 points.
Im not sure what fans do when there is no home game the following week, Im guessing theyre getting their orange ready for the final home game against the OceanaGold Nuggets on June 21st at Stadium Southland? Coach Paul Henare is still hoping for that sell out game perhaps hell get his wish next week.

Tickets available from Stadium Southland or Ticketdirect.

Southland Sharks 110 (Kevin Braswell 31, Leon Henry 27, Reuben Te Rangi 19, Brian Conklin 18)
Manawatu Jets 81 (Chris Hagen 21, Nick Horvath15, Troy McLean 13).
1Q: 26-18, HT: 59-33, 3Q: 82-62




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Philippines NT beat Lithuania U20 twice - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 lost two games to Philippines NT. At first the Asian team posted an 83:75 win in Game 1. Philippines NT grabbed a 30:22 lead and had 8 points advantage at the halftime. Lithuania U20 managed to win the third period 14-12, but the guests posted a 20-18 rally in the last period. Paulius Semaska (184-PG-93) scored 15 points for the Lithuanian team, while Tauras Jogela (203-F-93) and Zygimantas Riauka (203-F-93) poured in 12 each.
In Game 2 Philippines NT won over Lithuania U20 88:84. Trailing 15-25 after the first period, Philippines NT dominated the rest of the game. The guests won the second frame 21-14 and added 25-18 in the third quarter. Both teams nailed 27 points each in the last stanza for the final result. Tomas Lekunas (200-G/F-93) top-scored for the Lithuanian team with 24 points and Vaidas Kariniauskas (200-PG-93) had 23. Laimonas Chatkevicius (211-F-93) delivered 10, while Mantas Mockevicius scored 8.



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FIBA Americas U16: Arnaldo Toro carries Puerto Rico past Chile - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico U16 - Chile U16 62:52

Puerto Rico gained the crucial victory in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship preliminary round. They held off Chile to secure the second position in Group B. Puerto Rico advanced into the semifinal to face now the USA. Arnaldo Toro (205-C-97) came up with 14 points and 23 boards to pace the winners.
Puerto Rico cleared off in the opening frame. They went on a 21:13 rally to enter the second period up by 8 points. Puerto Rico held their opponents to 9 points in the next period and piled up a 32:22 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Puerto Rico entered the fourth stanza up by 10 points 46:36. The Chilean youngsters could not turn things around in the final stanza as Puerto Rico marched to the victory. Jorge Pacheco (185-SG-97) netted 14 points, while Ivan Gandia (188-G-97) chipped in 9 points in the winning effort. Nicolas Aguirre (176-PG-97) responded with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Chile. Dante Bahamonde (174-G-96) had 12 points in the loss.

Puerto Rico U16: Arnaldo Toro 14+23 boards, Jorge Pacheco 14, Ivan Gandia 9
Chile U16: Nicolas Aguirre 18, Dante Bahamonde 12



Cangrejeros de Santurce sign Will McDonald - by Marcos Carlo

Looking to add strength inside Santurce signed center Will McDonald. He should replace Frank Elegar.



McDonald played last year with Mets de Guaynabo and posted 17,5 points and 7.5 rebounds in eleven games. One of those games was in the regular season.



He has years of experience in ACB and his last season there was 2010-2011 with Juventut. He then moved to China and the Philippines.



In China he played for Fujian scoring 21.1 points and 10.1 rebounds in 32 games this season. His debut with Santurce could be later this week.



Cangrejeros de Santurce sign Will McDonald - by Marcos Carlo

Looking to add strength inside Santurce signed center McDonald Will (211-C-79, college: S.Florida). He should replace Frank Elegar.

McDonald played last year with Mets de Guaynabo and posted 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in eleven games. One of those games was in the regular season.

He has years of experience in ACB and his last season there was 2010-2011 with Juventut. He then moved to China and the Philippines.

In China he played for Fujian scoring 21.1 points and 10.1 rebounds in 32 games this season. His debut with Santurce could be later this week.



Mets stay hot by winning over Piratas - by Luis Modestti


Mets de Guaynabo defeated Piratas de Quebradillas 99-96 to win their eighth game in a row.

Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: USC) scored 24 points and Jose Lloreda 19 with 13 boards for the winners who controlled a late game push by Piratas.

David Huertas scored 27 points and Lorenzo Mata 20 with 11 boards for Piratas. Kevin Lisch added 18 points and Ricky Melendez 10.

Guaynabo is fourth with an 18-13 record while Quebradillas is 19-13.

Capitanes de Arecibo crushed Indios de Mayaguez 93-67. Angel Vassallo scored 26 points, Tre Kelley 15 and Windy Graterol 12 for Arecibo.

The games scheduled for Thursday, June 13 are:

Leones de Ponce at Vaqueros de Bayamon
Atleticos de San German at Cangrejeros de Santurce



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

Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 1st Team 2013
Leo Westermann
Westermann
Igor Rakocevic
Rakocevic
Vladimir Lucic
Lucic
Novica Velickovic
Velickovic
Boban Marjanovic
Marjanovic

Player of the Year: Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89) of Partizan
Guard of the Year: Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Crvena Zvezda
Forward of the Year: Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89) of Partizan
Center of the Year: Rasko Katic (208-C-80) of Crvena Zvezda
Most Improved Player of the Year: Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) of Partizan
Bosman Player of the Year: Davis Bertans (210-SF-92) of Partizan
Import Player of the Year: DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85) of Crvena Zvezda
Domestic Player of the Year: Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) of Mega Vizura
Defensive Player of the Year: Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88) of Mega Vizura
Coach of the Year: Dusko Vujosevic of Partizan

1st Team
G: Leo Westermann (198-G-92) of Partizan
G: Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Crvena Zvezda
F: Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89) of Partizan
C: Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) of Mega Vizura
C: Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88) of Mega Vizura

2nd Team
G: Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94) of Mega Vizura
PG: Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) of Partizan
C: Boris Savovic (210-F-87) of Crvena Zvezda
F: Mladen Sljivancanin (200-G/F-85) of Borac
C: Djordje Gagic (210-C-90) of Partizan

Honorable Mention
Dejan Musli (213-C-91) of Partizan
Vladimir Popovic (190-G-82) of OKK Beograd
Marko Popovic (193-G-84) of Sloga
Bojan Bakic (195-SG-83) of Metalac
Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) of Partizan
Vuk Malidzan (193-G-88) of OKK Beograd
Branko Jereminov (187-G-87) of Tamis
Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87) of Vojvodina

All-Defensive Team
G: Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) of Partizan
G: Branko Lazic (195-G-89) of Crvena Zvezda
PF: Stanoje Knezevic (202-PF-89) of OKK Beograd
C: Slavko Vranes (230-C-83) of Metalac
G: Ognjen Kuzeta (194-G-87) of Vojvodina



Davis Bertans out for at least 6 months! - by Ivan Milenkovic

Partizan won 12th consecutive Serbian League title yesterday, but their celebration is spoiled by Davis Bertans' (210-SF-92) injury. Excellent 3-point shooter injured his right knee anterior cruciate ligament in second quarter of yesterday's game and, of course, didn't play in second half. "Black and whites" managed to win and celebrate 20th title in their history, but they already have serious problem for next season - young Latvian was projected as their starter at small forward in 2013/2014 season. First results from the doctor's office are that Davis Bertans will be out of action for at least 6 months.


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Sylla leaves Nancy - by Eurobasket News

23-year old Seychellois international center Abdel Kader Sylla (205-90) left Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA). In 23 games he averaged just 2.8ppg and 2.1rpg this season. Sylla also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 4.3ppg and 3.3rpg. AddhereLastSeasonawards He played there also last season. In 26 ProA games he had 3.2ppg and 1.7rpg. He helped them to make it to the French La Semaine des AS Cup Semifinals. Sylla also played at Sluc Nancy earlier that season. He played there also last season. Sylla also played 7 games in Euroleague where he had 3.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He won French ProA championship title in 2011. Sylla was a member of Seychellois Senior National Team two years ago.
He has played also professionally in Seychelles (Cobras).
Let's have closer look into Sylla's outlook: An hard worker, long armed, very athletic inside player. Has good moves around the basket, intimidates the opponents and can finish with thunderous dunks. Even after having done great improvements in last season, observers say he has yet a tremendous upside. Has dreams of getting drafted and playing in the NBA, maybe that they will come true.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SLOVAKIA   


Robert Sturcel continues in Prievidza - by Petr Marek

Member of Slovak NT U20 Robert Sturcel (184-PG-93) stays in BC Prievidza. He is first player of roster for new season. The Head Coach Krunoslav Krajnovic builds up competitive roster to achieve the highest goals of the club. BC Prievidza has confirmed negotiations with three Slovak players and one foreigner. The Champion from season 2011/2012 finished last season in first round of playoff and Board and fans were not satisfied with this result. Club extended contract with Croatian coach "Kruno" who came in Prievidza in February. He knows Slovak league very well (Head Coach of Lucenec, Spisska Nova Ves, Zilina and Komarno).


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  SLOVENIA   


Portoroz extends Zagorc and brings in Vukovic - by Matej Bergant

According to kosarka.si newcomer to Slovenian Liga Telemach Splosna plovba Portoroz extended Jaka Zagorc (190-G-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) for another year and signed Boban Vukovic (183-G-88) from UKK Koper. Zagorc was one of their most important players who led them to securing the promotion this year. He was averaging 16.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in Slovenian Second Division. During his career he played also for Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana, Zagorje, youth Union Olimpija team and Litija.


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  SPAIN   


Gran Canaria keep Brad Newley - by Eurobasket News

Gran Canaria secured the services of Brad Newley (199-F/G-85, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The forward agreed on terms of one-year contract extension with the Spanish team. Brad Newley joined Gran Canaria at the start of the previous season. He notched 11.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assist per game in ACB. Previously Brad Newley had stints with Lietuvos Rytas, Besiktas, Panellinios, Panionios and Townsville Crocodiles. He participated at the 2008 A1 All-Star Game. Brad Newley also took part at the LKL All-Star Game in 2011. He was named Australian NBL All-Star Game MVP in 2005. The forward was trumped All-NBL Newcomer of the Year in the same season. Brad Newley has been the member of the Australian National Team since 2005. The forward tallied 7.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for the Boomers at the 2012 London Olympics.


Spain U19 beat Czech Republic U19 in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19 - Spain U19 62:70

Spanish U19 National Team visited Prague in their preparations for the upcoming World Championship. They took on the hosts in the first game of the exhibition series. Spain claimed a narrow victory at the Arena Sparta Podvinny mlyn. Alberto Diaz (190-PG-94) accounted for 13 points to lead the winners.
Czech Republic led throughout the first half. The host secured a 19:16 lead after the opening frame. They maintained the advantage throughout the second stanza. Czech Republic registered a 33:31 halftime advantage. Spain pulled in front in the third period. The visitors stepped on the gas to gain a 52:47 lead. They held Czech Republic at distance throughout the final quarter and celebrated the opening win in the series. Borja Mendia connected for 9 points, while Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) added 8 points for Spain. David Kouril (182-G-92) responded with game-high 20 points for Czech Republic. Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) had 8 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U19: David Kouril 20, Lukas Festr 8
Spain U19: Alberto Diaz 13, Borja Mendia 9, Jose Nogues 8



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  SWITZERLAND   


Randoald Dessarzin leaves Lugano Tigers - by Luca Maffioli

According to RSI.ch, Randoald Dessarzin leaves Lugano Tigers. The Swiss specialist will be the new head coach of BBC Lausanne, in LNB. Dessarzin worked last two seasons in Canton Ticino with Lugano Tigers. In his first season he won the Swiss LNA Championship, the Swiss Cup and the Coupe de la Ligue. In 2012/2013 Lugano lost Swiss Championship in game-5 of LNA Playoff. He started his career in Boncourt, then he moved to France. He worked with JDA Dijon Bourgogne and with Ivory Coast National Team.


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  TURKEY   


Fenerbahe and Andersen part ways - by Efe Gorkem

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul are considering big changes for the upcoming season. The yellow canaries started with releasing Australian center David Andersen (212-C-80).

David Andersen was one of the two players who left Siena to sign Fenerbahce. Australian frontcourt player was a big disappointment for Fenerbahce. In his only season with the Istanbul club, Andersen averaged 7.3 ppg and 4 rpg in Euroleague and 8 ppg and 2.9 rpg in TBL.

In other news, Fenerbahce asked Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) to take a pay cut from his contract. If 32 year old forward agrees to pay cut with Fenerbahce, he will stay. If not, the team is ready to put him on the transfer list.



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  UKRAINE   


Maksym Pustozvonov joins Azovmash - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash bolstered their frontcourt. They signed a deal with Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket). The forward spent the last two seasons with BC Donetsk. Last season Maksym Pustozvonov notched 4.0 points and 1.1 boards per game in VTB League. In Superleague his stats read 4.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per appearance. The forward also tallied 2.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in EuroCup. Pustozvonov is not new to Azovmash. He played in Mariupol in 2010/11 season. His stats read then 9.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in Superleague. He earned All-Superleague Honourable Mention in 2011. Maksym Pustozvov has been the member of the Ukrainian National Team since 2009.


Ferro-ZNTU keep Artem Butskyy - by Eurobasket News

Ferro-ZNTU kept one of their key players for the next season. The Zaporizhya team extended the contract with Artem Butskyy (186-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket). The point guard will enter the third straight season with Ferro-ZNTU. Last season Artem Butskyy notched 6.1 points, 3.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in Superleague. He helped Ferro-ZNTU to earn Superleague Cup title. Artem Butskyy had spells with Sumihimprom, BC Kyiv, Cherkasy, BC Odessa and MBC Mykolaiv before joining Ferro-ZNTU. He participated at the Superleague All-Star Game in 2012. Artem Butskyy made it into UBL All-Domestic Players Team in 2009. He also earned the same honour in Superleague in 2007 and 2013. Artem Butskyy has been the member of the Ukrainian National Team since 2005.


Hoverla land Bobby Maze - by Eurobasket News

Hoverla announced another signing. They landed Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee). The point guard spent the last season in Cyprus. Bobby Maze played for Keravnos Strovolou. The guard averaged 16.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game in EuroChallenge. He also delivered 14.2 points, 4.1 assists, 4.0 rebounds per game in Cypriot League. Bobby Maze was named into Cyprus League All-Imports Team. Previously Bobby Maze had stints in Belarus, Venezuela and Lithuania. The guard was trumped All-Belarusian Player of the Year in 2012.
He is the second newcomer for Hoverla as the Ivano-Frankivsk team inked Andre Young (175-G-90, college: Clemson) before.



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Results for the Metropolitan League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro league 8th round:
Welcome 85 - Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: Two Points, college: Cumberland) 19 pts. 16 reb. 3 blocks, Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) 18 pts. 6 assists
Colon 81 - Myles Walker (203-C-90, college: Indiana St.) 18 pts 15 reb. 2 blocks.
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Cader 95 - Julio Panelli (180-G-90) 27 pts. Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 19 pts. 20 reb. 9 assists
Guruyu Waston 82 - Nicolas Alvarez (194-G-92) 21 pts. Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) 16 pts. 12 reb. 2 blocks
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Verdirrojo 82 - Tulio Cobos (197-PF-86, college: Northeastern St.) 23 pts. 12 reb. Maximiliano Cervi (198-F-92) 17 pts. 10 reb.
25 de Agosto 66 - Eric Freeman (205-C-79, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Ky Wesleyan) 28 pts. 12 reb. Andres Ferres (197-F-85) 12 pts. 8 reb.





FIBA Americas U16: Canada defeat Uruguay to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay U16 - Canada U16 53:75

Canada maintained their perfect record at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The North American team outgunned Uruguay to clinch the top position in Group B. Jamal Murray (191-PG-96) chipped in 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to pace Canada. They will now take on Argentina in the semis. Uruguay finished winless at the bottom of the standings. They will take on Bahamas in the classification round.
Canada outmuscled the hosts in the first half. The visitors built a 15:7 lead at the first break. Canada went on a 25:10 run in the second period. They claimed a 40:17 halftime advantage. Uruguay narrowed the deficit in the third term. But the deficit proved too deep to overcome as Canada cruised to the victory at the end. Justin Jackson (198-SG-97) netted 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Edward Ekiyor (203-F/G-96) had 11 points for the winning side. Federico Baltasar (185-PG-96) responded with 15 points for Uruguay. Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) netted 9 points in the loss.

Uruguay U16: Federico Baltasar 15, Facundo Grolla 9
Canada U16: Jamal Murray 17, Justin Jackson 15, Edward Ekiyor 11



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Standings - LPB

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

Second Stage: Round 5

Jun. 10: Gaiteros - Gigantes 94-84
Jun. 10: Bucaneros - Trotamundos 83-93
Jun. 11: Gaiteros - Gigantes 72-78
Jun. 9: Bucaneros - Trotamundos 100-93

Second Stage: Round 6

Jun. 13: Marinos - Bucaneros
Jun. 13: Cocodrilos - Gaiteros
Jun. 14: Marinos - Bucaneros
Jun. 14: Cocodrilos - Gaiteros


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Humacao
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Carmona, Humacao23.2 
 2. Pena, Huracanes21.9 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.21.5 
 4. Santana, Gaiteros21.0 
 5. Maye, Bayamon20.4 
 6. Miller, Gaiteros20.0 
 7. Bailey, Panteras19.3 
 8. Martinez, San C.19.3 
 9. Rodgers, Marinos18.2 
 10. Flores, Guaiqueri.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San C.
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Martinez, San C.12.1 
 2. Santana, Gaiteros10.1 
 3. Massie, San German9.9 
 4. Johnson, Toros9.2 
 5. Miller, Toros8.2 
 6. Urbina, Toros8.1 
 7. Carmona, Humacao7.7 
 8. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.7 
 9. Bethelmy, Cocodril.7.5 
 10. Sucre, Marinos7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kelvin PENA
  Huracanes
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Pena, Huracanes6.1 
 2. Rivera, Humacao6.1 
 3. Vargas, Marinos5.7 
 4. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.0 
 5. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.8 
 6. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.5 
 7. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.3 
 8. Fortson, Trotamun.4.1 
 9. Guillent, Guaros3.9 
 10. Flores, Guaiqueri.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 James MILLER
  Gaiteros
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Miller, Gaiteros3.2 
 2. Riley, Bucaneros2.9 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.2.5 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.4 
 5. Carmona, Humacao2.2 
 6. Guillent, Guaros2.2 
 7. Horton, Panteras2.1 
 8. Johnson, Toros2.1 
 9. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.1 
 10. Pena, Huracanes2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Toros
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Miller, Toros2.2 
 2. Lang, Cocodrilos1.6 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 4. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.2 
 6. Gadzuric, Marinos0.9 
 7. Massie, San German0.9 
 8. Santana, Gaiteros0.9 
 9. Adams, Guaros0.8 
 10. Matthews, Marinos0.8 



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Jerry Johnson remains in Kazakhstan - by Eurobasket News

Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) remains in Kazakhstan with his BC Astana. The American player will enter his third season with the team next season.
In 14 VTB United League games he had 11.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Johnson played also at BC Astana in Kazakhstan league. In 16 VTB United League games he recorded 14.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.8apg.
He won Kazakhstan League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013) and the cup for two years in a row (2012 and 2013).
The 2010/2011 season he played at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 5 games he recorded 6.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.0spg that season. Johnson also played 3 games in VTB United League where he recorded 4.7ppg and 1.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Johnson was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League 1st Team in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Johnson has played also professionally in Belgium, Cyprus (Apoel), France (Stade Clermont), Greece (Panellinios), Poland (Polpharma) and Turkey (Galatasaray and Mersin).



Maksym Pustozvonov joins Azovmash - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash bolstered their frontcourt. They signed a deal with Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket). The forward spent the last two seasons with BC Donetsk. Last season Maksym Pustozvonov notched 4.0 points and 1.1 boards per game in VTB League. In Superleague his stats read 4.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per appearance. The forward also tallied 2.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in EuroCup. Pustozvonov is not new to Azovmash. He played in Mariupol in 2010/11 season. His stats read then 9.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in Superleague. He earned All-Superleague Honourable Mention in 2011. Maksym Pustozvov has been the member of the Ukrainian National Team since 2009.


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  WBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Jun. 14: Anderson H. - Gastonia G.
Jun. 14: Atlanta Blaze - Conyers CK
Jun. 14: Georgia Majic - Rome G.



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No Jones Cup for Gilas due to Philippines-Taiwan tensions - by Ying-Chou Chou


Due to the tension between Taiwan and the Philippines arising from the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman three weeks ago, defending champions Gilas-Pilipinas has been removed from the list of teams that will compete in the Jones Cup basketball tournament, head coach Vincent Reyes said Monday.

Taiwanese authorities reportedly could not guarantee the team's safety, despite reports that hostility towards Filipinos has begun to ebb.

Using his Twitter account, Reyes announced that Gilas has been "un-invited" to the event, which is held annually in Taiwan.

As a result, Gilas will not be able to defend the title they won last year.

After Iran dominated the competitions from 2009 to 2011, the Philippines finally got another Jones Cup title with LA Tenorio carrying the team to a 76-75 win over the team representing the United States. Tenorio was also named as the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Reyes said "the on-going RP-Taiwan tension stemming from the fisherman slay" was the reason for the exclusion of the Philippine basketball team.

Gilas will be heading to Lithuania to prepare for the FIBA Asia Championship, but being part of the Jones Cup has been very important because it gives Gilas the chance to size up the opposition. Now the team will need to find other competitions, according to Reyes.

Before 2012, the Philippines last won the Jones Cup back in 1998 with the Philippine Centennial team led by legends such as Alvin Patrimonio, Johnny Abarrientos, Kenneth Duremdes, and Jolas Lastimosa.

The Philippines has won the Jones Cup four times since the tournament started in 1977. It ranks second in the all-time list, next only to the United States, which has won the Jones Cup title 14 times.

"Unfortunate as it is, we need to move forward. We need to stay strong. We need to stay focused. Nothing has changed - we control our destiny," said PBA Commissioner Chito Salud in reaction to the news. "We will not be deterred in our quest to perform well in the coming FIBA-Asia championship which our country will host."

This is not the first time that the Philippine basketball team has been disallowed from joining international competitions. Back in 2006, FIBA banned the Philippines from joining any FIBA-sanctioned tournaments as a result of the power struggle between the Basketball Association of the Philippines and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. The ban was lifted on February of 2007




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Women News


Argentinian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Oriana Paladin 160-G-97 Sunderland Argentina
Sofia Giannini 159-G-97 Velez S. Argentina
Antonela Albuerne 166-G-97 Lanus Argentina
Rosario De Leon 183-F-97 Gran Canaria Spain
Martina Rodriguez 162-G-97 Berazategui Argentina
Luciana Delabarba 167-G-97 Berazategui Argentina
Sofia Zapke 167-G-97 Union Florida Argentina
Maribel Barzola 177-F-97
Ana Paz 178-F-97
Julieta Giorgetti 180-C-97
Julieta Mungo 181-C-97
Ana Seltzer 175-C-97

Hernan Amaya Head Coach



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Injury free Cole returns to Bulleen - by Eurobasket News

After her season was cut short due to a knee injury last year, Rebecca Cole (177-PG-92) has signed with the Bulleen Boomers for the 2013-14 Womens National Basketball League season.

Cole who previously captained the AIS WNBL team and the Australian Gems at the 2011 FIBA Under 19 World Championships badly injured her knee at training in 2011, requiring immediate surgery which was expected to put her out for at least 12 months.

Her talent did not go unnoticed and while she worked tirelessly on her recovery routine, former Boomers Coach Tom Maher saw her potential and signed her up for the 2012/13 season.

While her training was restricted last season, Cole said she is feeling good and eager to get back onto the court for next seasons league.

I very much enjoyed being at the club last year even though it was a frustrating time with my knee not being 100 per cent and therefore not being able to train as much as I liked, said Cole.

In saying that, my knee is feeling amazing and I can't wait to get back on the court and work hard again.

I also look forward to being coached by our new coach Guy Molloy and again by Cheryl as I believe it will be a great experience for me.

The 177cm point guard played her junior basketball at Nunawading and was a gifted athlete representing Victoria in netball and athletics. In 2008, with the offer of a scholarship to the AIS, Rebecca chose to focus on basketball.

Head Coach Guy Molloy saw the same potential in Rebecca and quickly signed her up for another season with Bulleen.

Bec is a tough physical player who is set to re-emerge in WNBL play after a frustrating two seasons with knee problems, said Molloy.

The medical report has been very reassuring and she is ready to re-establish her reputation as one of the country's best young guards.

I am particularly looking forward to her defensive presence.
Courtesy of:http://www.wnbl.com.au



Flanagan to reignite Flames - by Eurobasket News

WNBL star and Townsville Fire Captain Rachael Flanagan (170-G-82) will play a starring role on The Townsville Flames roster for the next few rounds as she suits up to fill the void left by former Fire players Kirby Dalgleish and Claudia Brassard.

The injection of Flanagan into the group while Dalgleish is off getting married and Brassard is away on national duties will bolster the Flames spirits as they seek to lift their 1-5 record.

Townsville Flames Coach Mark Wrobel said: I am pleased to have Rachael back after a long stint away and hope that she can bring the same form she has shown with the Fire in the WNBL.

Flanagan is one of the best point guards in the WNBL and was recently named as part of the 35 player squad for the new look Australian Opals under newly appointed Head Coach Brendan Joyce.

The hard-nosed guard is busy planning her own wedding and getting her body ready for the upcoming 2013/2014 season. Flanagan looks forward to leading her side back to the WNBL Grand Final, which made her unavailable for the Opals inaugural camp in Canberra last week.

This weekend will see the Flames face the Toowoomba Mountaineers at Murray Basketball Stadium on Friday, tip-off 6.30pm. Toowoomba who sit ahead of the Flames with a record of 2-4 are a team off the back of beating the Bundaberg Bears in an upset win.

Flanagan is one of a few players to be playing in the QBL with team mate Kayla Standish who is currently playing with the Mackay Meteorettes who remain undefeated at the top of the table, as well as Emma McKenzie who also plays for the Flames.

This is a good opportunity in getting ready for the 2013/2014 season; I need to make sure I am fit and it wont hurt to get my hands on a basketball again after a little break. Pulling on the Flames uniform for the first time in a while will be a good feeling too, Flanagan said.
Courtesy of: http://www.wnbl.com.au



Allen signs with Bulleen - by Eurobasket News


The Bulleen Boomers have signed talented forward Rebecca Allen (185-G-92) for the 2013/14 Womens National Basketball League season.

Allen or Spida as she is affectionately known had a stand out first season for the Boomers in 2012/13, producing an average of six points and five rebounds per game.

With the team ravaged by injury Allen got her opportunity to step up in the second half of the season, with impressive results including a 19 point, 11 rebound haul against the Sydney Uni Flames.

The 185cm forward was born in Wangaratta but moved to Melbourne where she played her junior basketball at Nunawading.

She has represented Australia and Victoria at various events including the 2011 FIBA Under 19 World Championship with the Gems under Cheryl Chambers, the Boomers Assistant Coach and won gold with Victoria at the 2011 Australian Under 20 National Championships.

Bulleen Head Coach Guy Molloy said Allens ability to step up when the team needed her last season left a lasting impression and is confident she will continue to shine.

Bec came on strongly for the club in the second half of last season and appears to be on the verge of becoming a top flight WNBL player, said Molloy.

Her athleticism and scoring ability will be important weapons for the team.

The 2013/14 WNBL season will be Allens fifth after debuting with Dandenong in 2009/10 followed by two seasons at the AIS before starting with the Boomers last year.
Courtesy of: http://www.wnbl.com.au



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Brazilian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Brazilian U16 National Team 2013
#s#
Aline De Moura
De Moura
Fabiola Alexandrino
Alexandrino
Izabela Leite
Leite
Larissa Carneiro
Carneiro
Marcella Dos Santos
Dos Santos
#e#5
Aline De Moura 185-F/C-97 Americana Brazil
Caroline Eckert 169-G-97
Fabiola Alexandrino 184-C-97 ADC Bradesco Brazil
Izabela Leite 170-G-99 Americana Brazil
Jennifer Calixto 189-C-98
Larissa Carneiro 164-G-97
Leticia Josefino 183-C-98
Marcella Dos Santos 192-C-97 Divino/COC Brazil
Mariana Fuckner 178-F-97 ADC Bradesco Brazil
Mariane De Carvalho 179-F-97 Americana Brazil
Mayara Marins 179-F-98
Wytalla Motta 182-F/C-97 Americana Brazil

Julio Cesar Patricio Head Coach
Anne Sabatini Assistant



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  CANADA   


Canadian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Canadian U16 National Team 2013
#s#
Hailey Brown
Brown
Bridget Carleton
Carleton
Julia Chandler
Chandler
Tamara Farquhar
Farquhar
Mael Gilles
Gilles
#e#5
Chelayne Bailey 165-G
Hailey Brown 185-F
Bridget Carleton 185-G
Julia Chandler 188-F
Tamara Farquhar 181-F
Danielle Garven 185-G/F
Mael Gilles 185-F
Oksana Gouchie-Provencher 188-C
Kate Hill 168-G
Tayla Jackson 188-C
Jaelyn Kirkpatrick 185-G
Aislinn Konig 175-G
Michaela Nieuwenhuizen 191-C
Kendra Van Leeuwen 175-G
Nicole Vander Helm 183-G
Eternati Willock 188-F-97
Lauren Yearwood 191-C

Carly Clarke Head Coach Ryerson Canada
Andre Desjardins Assistant
Taffe Charles Assistant Carleton Canada



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  NIGERIA   


ZBWBL: First Bank crash to Dolphins - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Basketball history was rewritten Thursday in the second semi-finals of the 2012/2013 season of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League when former champion First Bank basketball club crashed like-a-pack of cards to Dolphins basketball club by 64-72 points in an explosive game at the sports hall of the national stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Trouble began for the Elephant Girls as the bankers are also known took a narrow seven points lead into the break with 36-29 points but could not curtail the pace of the Dolphins players who ring-round the First Bank side forcing them to commit series of turn-overs thus surrendering to the Wale Aboderin owned Dolphins in the third and fourth quarters (11-23, 17-27).

The win by Dolphins sent the entire stadium into wide jubilation as many hailed the victory and applauded the new format introduced by the Nigeria Basketball Federation the final-8 playoffs.

Babatunde Babalola congratulated Dolphins basketball club for making history of qualifying for the grand finale after several attempts in the past and booking a continental ticket as the semi-final lose means First Bank will not partake of a continental outing this year.



ZBWBL: First Deepwater land final ticket, beat Sunshine 80-46 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Defending champion of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) organized Zenith Bank Women Basketball League Thursday landed a grand finale ticket of the 9th edition of the league with an 80-46 points victory over Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure.

The first semi-final saw the Oil & Gas ladies recording resounding win in all four quarters by 21-04, 21-20, 21-13 and 17-09 points respectively.

The Coaches Lateef Erinfolami and Shola Ogunade-Shomala tutored champion will now meet the winner of the second semi-final between former champion First Bank basketball club and Dolphins basketball which was on as at the time of filling this report at 16H00 on Saturday.



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  POLAND   


Polish U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

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




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  RUSSIA   


Dynamo Moscow extend Tatiana Vidmer - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow have agreed on terms of contract extension with Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86). The centre joined the team at the start of the previous season. Tatiana Vidmer averaged 10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game in PBL. The centre also notched 10.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in EuroCup. She earned All-PBL Honourable Mention in 2013. Tatiana Vidmer also made it into Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team. Previously Tatiana Vidmer had stints with Vologda-Chevakata and UMMC. She made it onto All-EuroCup All-Europeans Team in 2009. Vidmer also earned All-EuroCup Honourable Mention in both 2009 and 2013. The centre was the member of Russian National Team in 2010/11 seasons.


Dynamo Kursk sign Rebekkah Brunson - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Kursk bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown). The forward is currently playing for the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA. She averages 9.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Last season Rebekkah Brunson spent with USK Praha. Her stats read 16.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in ZBL. In EuroLeague the forward notched 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per appearance. She was named All-Czech Republic D1 Player of the Year. Rebekkah Brunson is not new to Russia. She used to play for Dynamo Moscow and Nadezhda Orenburg before. The forward also had stints in Spain, Italy and Belgium before. Rebekkah Brunson was named All-Europe Cup Centre of the Year in 2007. She was then trumped All-Italian A1 Player of the Year in 2008. Rebekkah Brunson received All-Spanish LFB Forward of the Year award in 2011.


Russian U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
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Marina Ryavkina
Ryavkina
Alexandra Marchenkova
Marchenkova
Ksenia Tikhonenko
Tikhonenko
Mariya Davydova
Davydova
Olesya Sedletskaya
Sedletskaya
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Anastasia Tochilova 174-F-93 UMMC-2 Russia
Evgeniya Buykina 179-G-93 Spartak-2 N Russia
Marina Ryavkina 169-PG-93 Spartak-2 V Russia
Galina Kiseleva 184-SF-93 Spartak V MR Russia
Darya Namok 179-G/F-93 Spartak-2 V Russia
Gulnaz Siraeva 169-G-93 Chevakata-2 Russia
Alexandra Marchenkova 183-PF-94
Ksenia Tikhonenko 193-F/C-93 Spartak V MR Russia
Mariya Davydova 191-F/C-93 FIU USA
Olesya Sedletskaya 176-G/F-93 Chevakata-2 Russia




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  TURKEY   


Turkey settles down in Vannes - by Eurobasket News

Turkey settles down in Vannes in order to start their Eurobasket 2013 campaign. The team will face Ukraine in their opener.
Esra Ural (198-C-91, agency: 1x1 Sports) and Cansu Koksal (185-SF-94) were the final two cuts for Turkey. Esra Ural currently plays at Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor in Turkey. In 28 TKBL games she averaged 3.1ppg and 3.9rpg this season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Ural also played 4 games in Eurocup but she had just 0.8ppg and 1.8rpg. The last season she played also at Kayseri (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 23 games she had only 2.6ppg and 2.3rpg. Ural also played 7 games in Eurocup where she had 4.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.0apg. She was selected to Turkish TBBL All-Star Game back in 2010.
Ural has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Ural represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Serbia two years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 9.0ppg, Reb-2 (13.4rpg), 1.1spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 50.9%, FT: 64.3%.
Cansu Koksal is a player of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu. She has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Koksal played for this year and for U22 National Team last year. She represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) last year. Koksal's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 7 games: 0.9ppg.



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Olesia Malashenko is confirmed to miss Eurobasket - by Eurobasket News

Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) is confirmed to miss Eurobasket 2013. The Ukrainian player had a foot injury and could not recover on time.
Olesia Malashenko currently played at Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin in France. In 17 LFB games she averaged 11.9ppg and 4.8rpg this season. Malashenko also played 10 games in Euroleague where she had 10.4ppg and 3.8rpg. The last season she played at Vologda-Chevakata. In 25 games she had 7.4ppg and 2.7rpg. Malashenko also played 12 games in Eurocup where she had 9.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements her team made it to the EuroCup Semifinals in 2012. Malashenko received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team award in 2010 and 2011.
She was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Malashenko played for Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2007 and 2009. She also represented Ukraine at the European Championships U20 in Serbia two years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: Score-2 (16.4ppg), 9.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.6%.



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  USA   


USA U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

USA U16 National Team 2013
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Dejanae Boykin
Boykin
Kalani Brown
Brown
Chassity Carter
Carter
Lauren Cox
Cox
Crystal Dangerfield
Dangerfield
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11Dejanae Boykin 6'2''-F-97 High School USA
15Kalani Brown 6'4''-C-97 High School USA
8Chassity Carter 5'11''-G-97 High School USA
13Lauren Cox 6'4''-F-98 High School USA
4Crystal Dangerfield 5'5''-G-98 High School USA
9Chelsea Dungee 5'11''-G-97 High School USA
10Asia Durr 5'11''-G-97 High School USA
7Sabrina Ionescu 5'10''-G-97 High School USA
14Nancy Mulkey 6'9''-C-98 High School USA
5Taylor Murray 5'6''-G-97 High School USA
6Arike Ogunbowale 5'9''-F-97 High School USA
12Katie Samuelson 6'3''-G/F-97 High School USA

Sue Phillips Head Coach
Mary Klinger Assistant
Brian Robinson Assistant