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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG17.8 
 2. Planinic, Maccabi15.7 
 3. Rakocevic, Crvena15.7 
 4. Travis, Zadar14.7 
 5. Sutalo, Siroki W.14.6 
 6. White, Radnicki KG14.4 
 7. Gecevski, MZT S.14.4 
 8. Strawberry, Cibona14.3 
 9. Jorovic, Igokea14.2 
 10. Zizic, Cibona14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.2 
 2. Travis, Zadar7.8 
 3. Gordon, Banco d.7.5 
 4. Bader, Szolnok7.4 
 5. Baynes, San A.6.8 
 6. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.2 
 7. Planinic, Maccabi6.1 
 8. Saric, Cibona6.1 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar5.9 
 10. Gecevski, MZT S.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.1 
 2. Subotic, KK Split4.8 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.3 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea3.9 
 5. Simon, Szolnok3.8 
 6. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.5 
 7. Markovic, Radnicki.3.5 
 8. Wright, Cedevita3.3 
 9. Otasevic, MZT S.3.3 
 10. Rannikko, Kataja3.2 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.2 
 2. Green, EA7 Armani1.9 
 3. Otasevic, MZT S.1.7 
 4. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.6 
 5. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.6 
 6. Hammonds, Igokea1.6 
 7. White, Radnicki KG1.5 
 8. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 9. Ramljak, Cedevita1.4 
 10. Travis, Zadar1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  KK Split
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, KK Split1.4 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 3. Planinic, Maccabi1.1 
 4. Musli, Partizan1.0 
 5. Baynes, San A.0.9 
 6. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.8 
 7. Gordon, Banco d.0.8 
 8. Lalic, Krka0.8 
 9. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.8 
 10. Vujcic, KK Split0.7 



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  ARGENTINA   


Brazil U19 defeats Argentine U19 in Dubrovnik - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U19-Argentine U19 66:60

Brazil U19 defeats Argentine U19 in Dubrovnik at the start of the International Tournament with 4 participating teams. Brazil started the campaign with a 66:60 victory.
Argentine won the first period 18-13, but Brazil looked better in the second frame and grabbed a 28:26 halftime advantage. Brazil pushed the tempo in the third period and reached 52:44 at the end of 30 minutes. No matter how hard Argentine tried to recover, they lost the game by 6 points.
Epidio top-scored for the winners with14 points and Arthur Pecos (182-PG-95) netted 13. Sommer and Silva delivered 9 points each in a win. Torres ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96) as well as Pedro Barral (183-PG-94) had 13 each. Saiz followed them with 8 points in a loss.
In another game Croatia U19 opened home tournament with the win over Russia U19. Croatian players won 66:52 in Day 1 of the International Tournament in Dubrovnik.

Brazil U19: Epidio 14, Arthur Pecos 13, Sommer 9, Silva 9
Argentine U19: Torres 18, Juan Vaulet 13, Pedro Barral 13, Saiz 8



Time of changes in Liga A - by Facundo Iatzky

After several meetings, managers of the teams of Liga A have decided to make some changes for next season. First of all, it was decided that the next two seasons, no teams will go to TNA, until the league comes to 20 teams.
Also it was determined that rosters can have 8 senior players (over U19, only two of them can be foreigner), plus two U23 players and until 8 U19 players.
It means that will be one import player less by team, and their VISA have to be approved by the government.
Also there was a compromise to improve the marketing and the infrastucture of the clubs and the stadiums.
Next league would be starting first days of October.



Penarol tab Axel Weigand - by Eurobasket News

Penarol Mar del Plata bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Axel Weigand (200-F-85). The player signed a one-year deal with the team. Last season Axel Weigand spent with Atletico Argentino Junin. He notched 8.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in LigaA. Previously Axel Weigand had stints with Quilmes, Alicante, Monte Hermoso and Boca Juniors. Axel Weigand used to play for U16, U18 and U21 Argentinean National Teams. He debuted for the National Team in 2009. Axel Weigand was Spanish LEB Gold Playoff winner in 2009. He also celebrated LigaA champions title in 2004.


FIBA Americas U16: Argentina needs overtime to beat Canada - by Eurobasket News

Canada U16-Argentina U16 64:65

Argentina U16 needs overtime to beat Canada at the Semifinals of the FIBA Americas Championship. The team posted a 65:64 win over Canada and advanced to the Final.
Argentina started the game with 18-10 in the first period and dominated the first half. They added 17-13 in the second frame and led 35:23 at the halftime. Canada, meanwhile, served with extra passes on offense and cut the lead to Argentina to 4, but a half-court basket in the final seconds of the third quarter by Guillermo Aliende gave a 7-point lead back to Argentina who closed the third quarter, 45-38. Canada won the fourth period 18-11 and tied the game after fourth period. In overtime Argentina led 8 points, while Canada tied the game again at 64:64. Maximo Fjellerup (192-SG-97) scored one free throw for the final result in the game.
Christian Boudet (193-F-97) paced all the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Lucio Delfino (197-PF-97) netted 13. Guillermo Aliende (178-PG-97) scored 12, while Maximo Fjellerup brought 9. Jamal Murray (191-PG-96) finished the game with high 27 points and Edward Ekiyor (203-F/G-96) netted 9. Malick Turenne (195-SG-97) and Koby McEwen (187-PG-97) ended up with 8 points in defeat.

Canada U16: Jamal Murray 27, Edward Ekiyor 9, Malick Turenne 8, Koby McEwen 8
Argentina U16: Christian Boudet 15+10 rebs, Lucio Delfino 13, Guillermo Aliende 12, Maximo Fjellerup 9



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  AUSTRALIA   


China withstand Boomers' charge to win Game Four - by Eurobasket News

China's win ensured the series would finish 2-2, with the Boomers accumulating a superior point difference of 289-264 over the four games.

A 13-4 run late in the third quarter was followed 14-2 run in the final period, propelled the hosts to the home win after dropping Game Three in Tianjin City.

Chris Goulding (192-G-88) inspired a late Boomers rally, scoring eight of his 13 points in the final quarter, as the lead was cut from 17 points to eight inside the final three minutes before the hosts steadied to hold on for the win.

Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said there was plenty to take out of his first series as the full-time national team coach and was pleased with his teams ability to fight out Game Four to the end.

Anytime you get together with a group for the first time theres going to be growing pains and certainly thats what I think this four-game series is very good for for us to learn as a coaching staff and as an Australian Boomers team, Lemanis said.

I thought (in Game Four) our defence wasnt where it had been earlier in the series. At points of the game it was good, but in that third quarter we werent able to stem the flow of points.

Its certainly part of the Aussie spirit is to continue to stay in the content. It would have been easy for us to let up at the end of the game, but I thought the guys did a good at staging engaged and trying to give the effort to give ourselves a chance to win.

Boomers rookie Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) continued his impressive national team debut series, finishing with a team-high 15 points, while Cameron Gliddon added 13 points and Adam Gibson had 12 points on 4-of-5 from three-point territory.

A different China team emerged in Yongcheng City, quickly putting the Boomers on the back foot, establishing a 17-5 lead on the back of a 15-2 run.

The hosts let the Boomers back into the contest after an elbow to the head of Chris Goulding drew an unsportsmanlike foul, changing the momentum.

A 10-0 run from the visitors, highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers from Gibson, saw the hard-fought Chinese lead evaporate to a two-point advantage (17-15) by the end of the first quarter.

Gibson continued with the hot hand, converting a third-straight three-point bomb to give the Boomers the lead as the hosts struggled to recapture their early game offense.

The return of Nevill after a heavy fall in the first quarter gave the Boomers an inside presence as China began to find their attacking rhythm.

Nevill, Cadee and Gliddon all stepped up on the offensive end, with the lead changing eight times in the second period as China drained a buzzer-beating bucket to level scores at 37-37 at the main break.

A more aggressive China team greeted the Boomers at the restart, attacking the rim and forcing their way to the free throw line. Their pressure at both ends wore on the visitors, going on a 13-4 run to lead by 10 points late in the quarter.

The momentum swung back in the Boomers favour courtesy of a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Gliddon, trailing 62-55 at the final change.

Anthony Petries first points of the game had the deficit to just five points before China regained the ascendency on the back of a 14-2 run.

The Boomers sent a late scare through the Chinese team as Chris Goulding and Cameron Bairstow combined for 18 final-quarter points to have the Boomers within striking distance in the dying stages before they steadied to take a seven-point victory.

China 88-81 Australia
Scorers: Cameron Bairstow 15; Chris Goulding, Gliddon 13; Gibson 12; Nevill, Cadee 9; Petrie 4; Wagstaff, Steindl, Johnson 2.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.net.au



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  BAHAMAS   


FIBA Americas U16: Grolla Facundo erupted with 36 points and 25 rebounds against Bahamas - by Eurobasket News

Bahamas-Uruguay 66:72

Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) erupted with 36 points and 25 rebounds against Bahamas as his Uruguay won the first Classification game for 5-8 places. Uruguay won 72:66 at the FIBA Americas Championship Day 4 opener.
Uruguay opened the game with 18-13 and looked better in the first half. Both teams scored 11 points each in the second frame for 29:24 home side lead at the halftime. Uruguay won also the third period 22-16 and enjoyed 11-point advantage after three quarters. Bahamas managed to win the last period 26-21 and reduced to final 6 points.
Santiago Massa (187-PF-96) and Agustin Viotti (190-SF-97) scored 9 points each for the hosts. Deajour Adderley (187-SG-96) replied with 20 points in the losing effort, while Qyemah Gibson (198-SF-97) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. Sebastian Gray (198-SF-97) delivered 10 and Shamar Burrows (187-G-97) added 7.

Bahamas: Deajour Adderley 20, Qyemah Gibson 19+10 rebs, Sebastian Gray 10, Shamar Burrows 7
Uruguay: Facundo Grolla 36+25 rebs, Santiago Massa 9, Agustin Viotti 9



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  BELARUS   


All-Belarusian League Awards 2012-13 - by Valeryi Sobalevsky

Players, coahes and judges choose the best players of the year. There are five nomination,

Winners
Guard of the Year: Guard of the Year: Siarhei Charykau (185-PG-82, college: Yakima Valley CC)
Forward of the Year: Maks Adam Konate (200-F-91)
Center of the Year: Yury Mishukov (205-C-85) of Grodno-93
Newcomer of the Year: Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-F-93)
Coach of the Year: Andrei Krivonos of Minsk-2006

and result of voting
the best guard
Siarhei Charykau 171
Kiril Sitnik (190-G-89) 144
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) 139
Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) 137
Dmitri Akulich (190-G-86) 98

the best forvard
Maks Adam Konate 175
Elena Semenyuk (181-F-86) 133
Henadziy Zakhar (198-SF-92) 132
Ul'anko 132

Sergei Dadukin (198-F-83) 108

the best center

Yury Mishukov 112
Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-PF-78) 90

Uladzimir Krysevich (209-C-91) 61
Madjok 47
Ignatiev


the best coach

Andrei Krivonos Andrei 122
Vasilevko Andrei 113
Poderachev Alex 63

Ruslan Baidakov Ruslan 48
Olbrecht Andrei 44



Newcomer of the Year:
Semianiuk 163
Yahor Patupchyk (191-SG-94) 48
Gaidukevich 41
Verevkin 38
Ilukevich 30




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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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  BRAZIL   


Marquinhos Vieira and Vitor Benite renew contracts with Flamengo - by Eurobasket News

Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) have renewed the contract with Flamengo. The forward inked a new two-year deal with the NBB champions. Marquinhos Vieira joined Flamengo at the start of the previous season. He posted 20.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 block per game in NBB. The forward delivered 17.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists per game in Liga Sudamericana. Marquinhos Vieira also notched 24.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists per game in Liga Americas. He earned All-Liga Americas Honourable Mention. Previously Vieira had stints with Pinheiros/Sky, Montegranaro, New Orleans Hornets and San Carlos. He has been the member of Brazilian National Team since 2005.
Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) will also enter his second consecutive season with Flamengo. His stats read 13.2 points, 2.6 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks per game in NBB. The guard also notched 14.6 points, 2.9 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game in Liga Sudamericana. In Liga Americas Benite posted 16.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per appearance. He made it into All-Liga Sudamericana 2nd Team. Vitor Benite has been the member of the Brazilian National Team since 2009.



Brazil U19 defeats Argentine U19 in Dubrovnik - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U19-Argentine U19 66:60

Brazil U19 defeats Argentine U19 in Dubrovnik at the start of the International Tournament with 4 participating teams. Brazil started the campaign with a 66:60 victory.
Argentine won the first period 18-13, but Brazil looked better in the second frame and grabbed a 28:26 halftime advantage. Brazil pushed the tempo in the third period and reached 52:44 at the end of 30 minutes. No matter how hard Argentine tried to recover, they lost the game by 6 points.
Epidio top-scored for the winners with14 points and Arthur Pecos (182-PG-95) netted 13. Sommer and Silva delivered 9 points each in a win. Torres ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96) as well as Pedro Barral (183-PG-94) had 13 each. Saiz followed them with 8 points in a loss.
In another game Croatia U19 opened home tournament with the win over Russia U19. Croatian players won 66:52 in Day 1 of the International Tournament in Dubrovnik.

Brazil U19: Epidio 14, Arthur Pecos 13, Sommer 9, Silva 9
Argentine U19: Torres 18, Juan Vaulet 13, Pedro Barral 13, Saiz 8



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria U20 steps up for another big win over Romania - by Maria Mitzova

Bulgaria U20 got another big win over Romania U20 - 100-53 - in the second of the two friendly games between the two teams. In the first one the scoreboard showed 86-58.
The Bulgarian team played even better than yesterday, and allowed only 19 points in the first half, while scoring at least 19 in each of the quarters - 22, 19, 33 and 26 respectively.
Romanians yet again had 25 turnovers, after 23 in the first game. Bulgarian team kept the turnovers to the low 10.
Pretty ball movement and tough defense were the keys to the big win.
Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SF-94) ended with 14 points, Kris Minkov (198-SF-94) added 13 plus 5 rebounds.
Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95), who might play for both U20 and U18 team this summer, managed 12 points after only one practice with his team mates. Xavier prospect will spent some time with U20 team, before it's decided whether he will join U18.
Pavlin Ivanov (194-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11, Dimitar Dimitrov (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) and Georgi Funtarov (201-F-93) - 10 each. Deyan Karamfilov (180-PG-94) had 7 assist for the team overall of 19.


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  CAMEROON   


Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa stays with Aix-Maurienne - by Eurobasket News

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-SG-77) has extended the deal with Aix-Maurienne. The Cameroonian guard has signed a new two-year deal with the team. Last season Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa posted 11.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game in ProB. Previously the guard had stints with Paris-Levallois, Chalon, Nanterre, Mulhouse, Rodez and Nantes. He was named All-French ProB Newcomer of the Year back in 2003. Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa was trumped ProB Domestic Player of the Year in 2007. The guard has been the member of the Cameroonian National Team since 2003. He participated at the 2009 African Championship in Libya. His stats read 10.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game at the event. The guard earned All-African Championship Honourable Mention.


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  CANADA   


FIBA Americas U16: Argentina needs overtime to beat Canada - by Eurobasket News

Canada U16-Argentina U16 64:65

Argentina U16 needs overtime to beat Canada at the Semifinals of the FIBA Americas Championship. The team posted a 65:64 win over Canada and advanced to the Final.
Argentina started the game with 18-10 in the first period and dominated the first half. They added 17-13 in the second frame and led 35:23 at the halftime. Canada, meanwhile, served with extra passes on offense and cut the lead to Argentina to 4, but a half-court basket in the final seconds of the third quarter by Guillermo Aliende gave a 7-point lead back to Argentina who closed the third quarter, 45-38. Canada won the fourth period 18-11 and tied the game after fourth period. In overtime Argentina led 8 points, while Canada tied the game again at 64:64. Maximo Fjellerup (192-SG-97) scored one free throw for the final result in the game.
Christian Boudet (193-F-97) paced all the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Lucio Delfino (197-PF-97) netted 13. Guillermo Aliende (178-PG-97) scored 12, while Maximo Fjellerup brought 9. Jamal Murray (191-PG-96) finished the game with high 27 points and Edward Ekiyor (203-F/G-96) netted 9. Malick Turenne (195-SG-97) and Koby McEwen (187-PG-97) ended up with 8 points in defeat.

Canada U16: Jamal Murray 27, Edward Ekiyor 9, Malick Turenne 8, Koby McEwen 8
Argentina U16: Christian Boudet 15+10 rebs, Lucio Delfino 13, Guillermo Aliende 12, Maximo Fjellerup 9



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  CHILE   


FIBA Americas U16: Aguirre Nicolas posts a triple-double against Mexico - by Eurobasket News

Chile U16-Mexico U16 72:64

Nicolas Aguirre (176-PG-97) posts a triple-double against Mexico at the Classification Round for 5-8 places at the FIBA Americas Championship. The player helped Chile to win 72:64 as he erupted with 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
Chile won the first period 17-15, but allowed the opponents to take 2-point lead at the halftime when Mexico posted a 19-15 rally in the second frame. The second half however belonged to Chile. They posted similar 20-15 in the third and the last stanza to win the game.
Sebastian Herrera (190-SF-97) top-scored for Chile with 24 points and Dante Bahamonde (174-G-96) added 20. Felipe Haase followed them with 6 points in a win. Rene Melendez (192-SF-96) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Diego Contreras (186-PG-96) brought 12. Ivan Venegas (200-C-96) and Kevin Vazquez (198-PF-97) poured in 8 points each.
Chile will face Uruguay in the game for the 5th place. Mexico will take on Bahamas in the opener of the last day.

Chile U16: Sebastian Herrera 24, Dante Bahamonde 20, Nicolas Aguirre 17+10 rebs+12 ast, Felipe Haase 6
Mexico U16: Rene Melendez 23, Diego Contreras 12, Ivan Venegas 8, Kevin Vazquez 8



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Jun. 14: Jiang Xi - Hong Kong 91-103
Jun. 14: Hebei S. - Heilongjiang 84-91
Jun. 14: Chongqing FD - Changsha Bank 77-65
Jun. 14: Sichuan BW - Jiangsu TX 103-99
Jun. 14: Guangzhou L. - Nanjin Army 100-78

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 16: Sichuan BW - Hebei S.
Jun. 16: Heilongjiang - Hong Kong
Jun. 16: Jiangsu TX - Chongqing FD
Jun. 16: Jiang Xi - Nanjin Army
Jun. 16: Guangzhou L. - Changsha Bank


China withstand Boomers' charge to win Game Four - by Eurobasket News

China's win ensured the series would finish 2-2, with the Boomers accumulating a superior point difference of 289-264 over the four games.

A 13-4 run late in the third quarter was followed 14-2 run in the final period, propelled the hosts to the home win after dropping Game Three in Tianjin City.

Chris Goulding (192-G-88) inspired a late Boomers rally, scoring eight of his 13 points in the final quarter, as the lead was cut from 17 points to eight inside the final three minutes before the hosts steadied to hold on for the win.

Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said there was plenty to take out of his first series as the full-time national team coach and was pleased with his teams ability to fight out Game Four to the end.

Anytime you get together with a group for the first time theres going to be growing pains and certainly thats what I think this four-game series is very good for for us to learn as a coaching staff and as an Australian Boomers team, Lemanis said.

I thought (in Game Four) our defence wasnt where it had been earlier in the series. At points of the game it was good, but in that third quarter we werent able to stem the flow of points.

Its certainly part of the Aussie spirit is to continue to stay in the content. It would have been easy for us to let up at the end of the game, but I thought the guys did a good at staging engaged and trying to give the effort to give ourselves a chance to win.

Boomers rookie Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) continued his impressive national team debut series, finishing with a team-high 15 points, while Cameron Gliddon added 13 points and Adam Gibson had 12 points on 4-of-5 from three-point territory.

A different China team emerged in Yongcheng City, quickly putting the Boomers on the back foot, establishing a 17-5 lead on the back of a 15-2 run.

The hosts let the Boomers back into the contest after an elbow to the head of Chris Goulding drew an unsportsmanlike foul, changing the momentum.

A 10-0 run from the visitors, highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers from Gibson, saw the hard-fought Chinese lead evaporate to a two-point advantage (17-15) by the end of the first quarter.

Gibson continued with the hot hand, converting a third-straight three-point bomb to give the Boomers the lead as the hosts struggled to recapture their early game offense.

The return of Nevill after a heavy fall in the first quarter gave the Boomers an inside presence as China began to find their attacking rhythm.

Nevill, Cadee and Gliddon all stepped up on the offensive end, with the lead changing eight times in the second period as China drained a buzzer-beating bucket to level scores at 37-37 at the main break.

A more aggressive China team greeted the Boomers at the restart, attacking the rim and forcing their way to the free throw line. Their pressure at both ends wore on the visitors, going on a 13-4 run to lead by 10 points late in the quarter.

The momentum swung back in the Boomers favour courtesy of a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Gliddon, trailing 62-55 at the final change.

Anthony Petries first points of the game had the deficit to just five points before China regained the ascendency on the back of a 14-2 run.

The Boomers sent a late scare through the Chinese team as Chris Goulding and Cameron Bairstow combined for 18 final-quarter points to have the Boomers within striking distance in the dying stages before they steadied to take a seven-point victory.

China 88-81 Australia
Scorers: Cameron Bairstow 15; Chris Goulding, Gliddon 13; Gibson 12; Nevill, Cadee 9; Petrie 4; Wagstaff, Steindl, Johnson 2.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.net.au



NBL Round 9: Chongqing FD defeats Changsha Bank in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

NBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 9 rounds left.

An interesting game for Chongqing FD (8-1) which hosted in Guangzhou second-best Changsha Bank (6-3). First ranked Chongqing FD managed to get a 12-point victory 77-65. The game was mostly controlled by Chongqing FD. Changsha Bank managed to win second period 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Chongqing FD won last quarter 26-16. It was a good game for American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward DaPeng Liu (202-89) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Changsha Bank. Changsha Bank's coach MingZhu Pu rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Chongqing FD maintains first place with 8-1 record. Changsha Bank at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Sichuan BW and Jiangsu TX. Chongqing FD are looking forward to face Jiangsu TX (#4) on the road in the next round. Changsha Bank will play against Guangzhou L. and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Hebei S. is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to seventh ranked Heilongjiang (4-5) 91-84. American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds for the winners and XueLin Yu chipped in 24 points. The best for the losing side was Australian forward Tom Burns (201-84, college: USF) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Hebei S.'s coach Zhijang Di tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Heilongjiang have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 4-5 record. Hebei S. at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Heilongjiang will play against league's second-placed Hong Kong at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hebei S. will play against Sichuan BW (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Sichuan was also quite interesting. 4th placed Jiangsu TX (6-3) played at the court of fifth ranked Sichuan BW (6-3). Sichuan BW managed to secure a 4-point victory 103-99 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jiangsu TX. Hassan Whiteside nailed a triple-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 10 blocks for the winning side. Othello Hunter came up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 20 rebounds for Jiangsu TX in the defeat. Jiangsu TX's coach Qiang Xu let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sichuan BW moved-up to third place, which they share with Changsha Bank and Jiangsu TX. Sichuan BW will meet at home bottom-ranked Hebei S. (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu TX will play against the league's leader Chongqing FD (#1) in Guangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between sixth ranked Guangzhou L. (5-4) and 8th ranked Nanjin Army (2-7) in Guangzhou ended with biggest points difference. Guangzhou L. outscored guests from Nanjin 100-78. The best player for the winners was DaWei Chen who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Guangzhou L.'s coach XuLin Wang felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 5-4 record. Nanjin Army lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Guangzhou L.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Changsha Bank (#3) in Guangdong and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nanjin Army will play on the road against Jiang Xi (#9) in Jiangxi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 Hong Kong beat Jiang Xi on the road 103-91.


Guangzhou L. - Nanjin Army 100-78

The game between sixth ranked Guangzhou L. (5-4) and 8th ranked Nanjin Army (2-7) in Guangzhou ended with biggest points difference. Guangzhou L. outscored guests from Nanjin 100-78. The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou L.. Nanjin Army was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou L. dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Nanjin Army's 42. They outrebounded Nanjin Army 53-38 including 20 on the offensive glass. Guangzhou L. players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was forward DaWei Chen (203-85) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Forward ZhiChao Ba (200-89) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Guangzhou L. players scored in double figures. Guangzhou L.'s coach XuLin Wang felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center JiaFu Tian (208-91) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward ChengLin Fan (202-91) added 21 points respectively. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 5-4 record. Nanjin Army lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Guangzhou L.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Changsha Bank (#3) in Guangdong and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nanjin Army will play on the road against Jiang Xi (#9) in Jiangxi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nanjin Army: F.ChengLin 21+3reb, T.JiaFu 17+7reb+1ast, D.QinShuo 16+1reb, A.LiPeng 8+6reb+1ast, L.Jun 6+5reb+8ast, R.PengPeng 4+5reb+3ast
Guangzhou L.: W.Eric 19+5reb, C.DaWei 18+8reb+1ast, B.ZhiChao 14+5reb+5ast, J.Lei 11+5reb+5ast, D.ChengLong 11+1reb+4ast, G.Liye 9+13reb+1ast
gschID: 242205


Jiang Xi - Hong Kong 91-103

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Hong Kong (7-2) beat 9th ranked Jiang Xi (1-8) in Jiangxi 103-91. The game was mostly controlled by Hong Kong. Jiang Xi was better in fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hong Kong dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Jiang Xi's 46. They outrebounded Jiang Xi 47-32 including 36 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 19 rebounds. Forward MingLiang Wei (195-82) chipped in 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Yulin Xu (184-90) added 25 points respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hong Kong have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Jiang Xi at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Hong Kong's next round opponent will be Heilongjiang (#7) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Jiang Xi will play against Nanjin Army and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jiang Xi: X.Yulin 25+1reb, H.Herbert 18+14reb+3ast, Z.ChaoLong 13+2reb+2ast, L.Jiawei 12+2reb+6ast, W.Chi 10+5reb, M.Yi 7+3reb+1ast
Hong Kong: S.Craig 31+19reb, W.MingLiang 23+3reb, F.Zhou 14+1reb+4ast, C.Zhixin 13+5reb, L.JiuLong 10+8reb+4ast, Z.DongYang 6+4reb
gschID: 242204


Chongqing FD - Changsha Bank 77-65

An interesting game for Chongqing FD (8-1) which hosted in Guangzhou second-best Changsha Bank (6-3). First ranked Chongqing FD managed to get a 12-point victory 77-65. The game was mostly controlled by Chongqing FD. Changsha Bank managed to win second period 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Chongqing FD won last quarter 26-16. It was a good game for American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward DaPeng Liu (202-89) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Chongqing FD players scored in double figures. American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and forward Peng Liu (199-91) added 11 points in the effort for Changsha Bank. Changsha Bank's coach MingZhu Pu rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Chongqing FD maintains first place with 8-1 record. Changsha Bank at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Sichuan BW and Jiangsu TX. Chongqing FD are looking forward to face Jiangsu TX (#4) on the road in the next round. Changsha Bank will play against Guangzhou L. and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Changsha Bank: A.Hilton 20+10reb+1ast, S.Jian 11, L.Peng 11+2reb+1ast, G.Yan 8+3reb+3ast, L.Lin 6+6reb+1ast, R.XiaTi 3+5reb
Chongqing FD: H.Josh 23+10reb, L.DaPeng 18+4reb+1ast, L.XueSong 10+4reb, Y.Peng 10+4reb, Y.KaiFu 8+4reb+1ast, Y.Liang 8+5reb
gschID: 242203


Sichuan BW - Jiangsu TX 103-99

The game in Sichuan was also quite interesting. 4th placed Jiangsu TX (6-3) played at the court of fifth ranked Sichuan BW (6-3). Sichuan BW managed to secure a 4-point victory 103-99 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jiangsu TX. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 35-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Sichuan BW had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sichuan BW made 10 blocks. American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) nailed a triple-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 10 blocks for the winning side and forward Jing Wang (197-78) accounted for 23 points and 6 rebounds. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) came up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 20 rebounds and forward JianYe Song (198-91) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Jiangsu TX in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jiangsu TX's coach Qiang Xu let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sichuan BW moved-up to third place, which they share with Changsha Bank and Jiangsu TX. Sichuan BW will meet at home bottom-ranked Hebei S. (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu TX will play against the league's leader Chongqing FD (#1) in Guangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: H.Othello 38+20reb+2ast, S.JianYe 19+7reb+1ast, Y.ZhiYong 12, F.Xin 11+2reb+6ast, M.Zhuang 9+2reb+2ast, S.XianLing 5+2reb
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 37+17reb+4ast, W.Jing 23+6reb+3ast, C.XiaoDong 15+6reb+2ast, Z.ZhenHu 11+2reb+2ast, W.Yong-Ren 8+9reb+9ast, L.Chenyao 4+2reb
gschID: 242202


Hebei S. - Heilongjiang 84-91

Bottom-ranked Hebei S. is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to seventh ranked Heilongjiang (4-5) 91-84. It looked good early as Hebei S. took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Heilongjiang had a 23-15 second period charge getting the lead and Hebei S. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 84-91. American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds for the winners and point guard XueLin Yu (186-85) chipped in 24 points. The best for the losing side was Australian forward Tom Burns (201-84, college: USF) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and guard YuNan Chen (190-80) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hebei S.'s coach Zhijang Di tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Heilongjiang have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 4-5 record. Hebei S. at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Heilongjiang will play against league's second-placed Hong Kong at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hebei S. will play against Sichuan BW (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hebei S.: B.Tom 23+12reb+5ast, C.YuNan 14+3reb+1ast, J.YiLong 13+4reb, Z.Lei 11+4reb, T.BoWen 6+4reb+3ast, D.ZhiMing 6+4reb+1ast
Heilongjiang: P.Kevinn 26+19reb+3ast, Y.XueLin 24+4reb+3ast, W.Nan 15+4reb, Z.JunXiong 15+3reb+2ast, J.Ming 9+6reb+1ast, L.Jin 2+2reb
gschID: 242201



Mid-Season MVP -Craig Smith - by Alex Yam

Newcomer Craig Smith, former NBA veteran, has dominated the NBL with the Shaanxi club. Smith, is the leagues leading scorer, at a blistering 31.4ppg, all while leading his club to a stellar 6-2 overall record, with the leagues lone win over league leading Chongqing FD.

Smith's savvy inside/outside play has befuddled opponents, both domestic and foreign. Rumors are swirling that CBA teams have come to watch the former NBA vet in his games recently, and have come away more then impressed.

Smith will look to continue his aggressive play,in leading his club to the NBL Championship.



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Croatia U19 opens home tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19-Croatia U19 52:66

Croatia U19 opens home tournament with the win over Russia U19. Croatian players won 66:52 in Day 1 of the International Tournament in Dubrovnik.
Croatia started the game with 16-13 lead end enjoyed a 32:28 halftime advantage. Moreover the hosts pushed the tempo for good in the second half and led 50:42 at the end of the third period. Croatia also won the last period 16-10 and sealed a comfortable win in the opener.
Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Bender nailed 12. Maric poured in 10, whilst Martin Junakovic (185-PG-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 9. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort, whilst Ilintsky, Yuriy Pershin (190-G-94) and Andrey Desyatnikov (219-C-94, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 6 each.
In another game of day 1 Brazil U19 overcame Argentine U19 66:60.

Russia U19: Igor Kanygin 10, Ilintsky 6, Yuriy Pershin 6, Andrey Desyatnikov 6
Croatia U19: Dario Saric 20, Bender 12, Maric 10, Martin Junakovic 9



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Spain U19 claim second straight over Czech Republic U19 - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19 - Spain U19 62:81

Spanish U19 National Team outgunned Czech counterparts in the second game of the exhibition series in Prague. Sebastian Saiz (203-F-94) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winning side as they earned the second consecutive victory in the series.
Spain grabbed a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. Czech Republic struck right back. They upend the tempo in the second period and surged ahead for a 36:35 halftime lead. Spain retained the advantage in the third period. The visitors spurred in front for a 57:51 lead with ten minutes remaining. Spain dropped 24 points in the fourth term and sealed the win at the end. Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) netted 10 points, while Albert Homs (203-F-94, agency: Interperformances) contributed 8 points in the winning effort. Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) chipped in 11 points in the defeat.

Czech Republic U19: Radovan Kouril 12, Martin Peterka 11
Spain U19: Sebastian Saiz 19, Dario Brizuela 10, Albert Homs 8



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Danish Chanan Colman triumphs with Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Danish Chanan Colman (191-G-84, college: Chipola) triumphs with Maccabi Haifa that are crowned new Winner League champions in Israel. They stunned Maccabi Tel-Aviv 86:79 in the Final. Pat Calathes 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 put Haifa in front 69:65 midway through the fourth frame. Paul Stoll 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 answered with 28 points for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Shawn James and Lior Eliyahu had 10 points each in the loss.
Chanan Colman averaged 2.5 points per game this season.



Naestved land Morgan Sabia - by Eurobasket News

Naestved announced the name of their second import player for the next season. The team has agreed on terms of contract with Morgan Sabia (203-F-89, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Hartford). The forward started his pro career in Australia last season. Morgan Sabia joined the Geraldton Buccaneers in Australian State League. The forward averaged 19.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Later Morgan Sabia moved to Europe. He joined KB RTV 21 in Kosovan Superleague. Morgan Sabia graduated from the University of Hartford in 2011. He notched 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per appearance in his senior season. The forward made it into All-AEC 3rd Team in 2011.


Durell Vinson extends with Falcon - by Eurobasket News

Falcon have secured the services of Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner) for the next season. The forward will enter the second straight season with the team. Durell Vinson was instrumental in Falcon winning of 1st Division championship. Durell Vinson previously played for the Svendborg Rabbits, Kouvot Kouvola, Forssan Koripojat, KTP Basket Kotka. He was Danish Cup winner and League finalist in 2012. Durell Vinson earned All-Danish Ligaen Honourable Mention in 2012. The forward participated at the Ligaen All-Star Game in 2012.


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Egypt Announces Roster for Mediterranean Games - by Mohamed Ramadan

Egyptian head coach Amr Abu El-Kheir has announced a 12 man roster that will participate in Mediterranean Games which will take place in Mersin, Turkey from the 20th to 30th of June.

Sporting got the majority of players on the roster, 5 was selected from the league champions, while all Zamalek players failed to make the final team including the defensive force Mohamed Salah. Team Star Tarek El Ghannam is still injured and expected to be in the team after this tournament.

The 12 players who made the roster are:

Point Guards: Wael Badr (Sporting), Ibrahim Abu Khadra (Al Ahly), & Ahmed Hisham (Sporting)
Shooting Guards: Ibrahim El Gammal (Al Ahly), & Sherif Gunaidi (Al Gezira),
Small Forwards: Ahmed El Sabbagh (Al Ittihad), Youssef Shousha (Sporting)
Power Forwards: Assem Marei (MSU Mavericks), Mohamed El Kerdani (Sporting), & Rami Ibrahim (Al Ittihad)
Centers: Haitham Kamal (Al Ittihad), & Marwan Khorshed (Sporting)



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San Marcos wins Game 1 - by Jaime Arevalo

Despite a great game played by UTEC, reigning champions of San Marcos managed to take the win in Game 1 of Apertura Finals, 72-69. The game has been very balanced, and UTEC was ahead in the score, 69-65 with only one minute to go. The superior experience of the San Marcos veterans, led another tome more by Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) (22 pts at the end), allowed them to surpass the rivals in the las three possessions.
Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92) added 15 points at the winning side, Edwin Lopez (183-G/F-85) and Manuel Artiga (196-F/C-83) contributed with 10 pts each. Julio Mancia (202-C-80) was very effecive under the glasses for UTEC and scored 22 points as the game top scorer, Jorge Loucel (186-F-90) added 15 pts at the losing side.
Game 2 will be played tomorrow night, saturday 15, at Gimnasio Nacional



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Eurocup change format - by Igor Obradovic

In their 12th season of this second ranking European club competition, Eurocup announce that they will in season 2013/14 change format.

In new season there will be more clubs, instead of the 32 clubs that old format was have, in new format will be 48 club in Regular season phase. The size of the groups will grow from four to six teams, thus the number of guaranteed games for each club will increase from six to 10. Another innovation in this season will be that clubs will be divided into two regional conferences for the regular season in order to reduce travel times and cost of clubs. Top three teams in each group will advance in to the second phase, the Last32.
Another important change in new format is that Euroleague clubs who don't qualify for the Euroleague top16 will join the remaning 24 in Eurocup in the last32 phase and in that phase of competition will be eight groups of four teams. Top two clubs in each group will advance to 1/8 finals, after that will play home and away games until only two teams are left and the 2013/14 Eurocup winner is crowned and earn right to play in Euroleague in season 2014/15.

The Eurocup competition expansion was approved in the ULEB and ECA General Assemblies held on 13-14 October 2011, but had not yet been implemented until the coming season.

eurocupbasketball.com



Krasnie Krilya will move to Lada-Arena in Tolyati - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya will move to Lada-Arena for the next season. The team plans to play their EuroCup games in a brand new arena that will be open in September. Tolyati is a bit more than an hour drive from Samara. The other Krasnie Krilya will still play at the home arena.
The EuroChallenge 2013 Champions Krasnie Krilya grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final. That time Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) and DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) paced all the winners with 18 points each. Andre Smith notched 14, while Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) added 9.
In VTB League Krasnie Krilya lost the Quarterfinal series to the Champion, CSKA 1-3. In Game 3 Krasnie Krilya managed to beat the favorite 50:49, but then CSKA won the fourth game 69:56.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.16.1 
 3. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.9 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.14.7 
 5. Jerrells, Maine RC14.2 
 6. Lampe, Caja L.13.9 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu13.8 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.13.7 
 9. Weems, CSKA13.7 
 10. Hickman, Maccabi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.3 
 2. Tomic, FCB Regal6.5 
 3. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 4. Lampe, Caja L.6.1 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.6.1 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos6.0 
 7. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.6 
 8. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 9. Thompson, ALBA5.4 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Planinic, Khimky6.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.8 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Cook, Caja Laboral4.0 
 8. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu3.9 
 10. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Fener.Ul.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.9 
 2. Jaaber, Petrochimi1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.1.5 
 6. Diamantidis, Panat.1.4 
 7. Hickman, Maccabi1.4 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral1.3 
 9. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Hines, Olympiacos1.2 
 4. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 5. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 6. Tomic, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 8. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 9. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 10. Falker, Besiktas1.0 


Unicaja will not keep Marcus Williams - by Eurobasket News

28-year old American guard Marcus Williams (191-101kg-85, college: Connecticut) is leaving Unicaja Malaga (ACB). In 29 games he had 8.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg this season. Williams also played 24 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg.
The most of last season he spent at Jiangsu Dragons (CBA) in Chinese league. In 25 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg. Williams also spent pre-season at Unics Kazan (PBL) in Russian league that year.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) in Russian league. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 6.8apg (leader !!!). He helped them to make it to the Russian Cup Semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. Williams also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.5apg and 1.0spg.
In 2009-10 season he played at the Grizzlies in NBA. In 61 games he recorded 4.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg.
In 202009 summer Williams played at Quebradillas (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In 34 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 9.0apg (leader !!!) and 1.0spg. Great season indeed as he was selected Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Import Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
In 2006 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (22nd overall). Williams attended University of Connecticut and it is his seventh season in pro basketball. He represented USA at the World Championships U21 in Argentina eight years ago.
Williams has played also professionally for other NBA teams like Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies.
On Williams: (by David Duane for NBADraft.net in 2006)
He's a threat from the outside now which allows him to penetrate and dish or finish more often ... When big men challenge him in the paint, he uses a crafty floater/tear drop type of shot that he has really perfected ... He is practically unstoppable in the open court because his decision making is so quick and precise ...
Though he makes the right decision on the break, oftentimes he turns the ball over after drive in the lane while trying to feed teammates ... Actually needs to be more selfish at times, especially late in games when teammates are struggling ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Maccabi Tel-Aviv extend Shawn James - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel-Aviv have secured the services of Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) for the next season. Shawn James renewed his deal with the Tel-Aviv team for four more seasons. The centre joined Maccabi in 2011. Last season his stats read 10.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 assist, 3.0 blocks per game in Winner League. The centre helped Maccabi win Israeli Cup title. He also posted 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks per game in EuroLeague. Shawn James was named All-EuroLeague Defensive Player of the Year. The centre previously played for Bnei Hasharon. He was trumped All-Israeli League Centre of the Year in 2010. He was also named the Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. The centre participated at the Israeli League All-Star Game in 2011.


Panathinaikos legend Tsartsaris retires from basketball - by Diamadis Farmakis

A legendary Turkish Airlines Euroleague player has decided to finish his career, at age 33, right after adding another championship title to his outstanding roll of honors. Since the Euroleague started in 2000, Kostas Tsartsaris has been the only player to step on court in each and every edition of the competition, first with Peristeri and then for Panathinaikos, wearing the Green jersey for 11 successful years.

Tsartsaris helped Panathinaikos to make it to another level, being a signature player for the Greens and helping it to win three Euroleague crowns in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Since his arrival in summer 2002, Tsartsaris has also helped Panathinaikos to lift 10 Greek League and 8 Greek Cup trophies - 18 domestic titles of a maximum 22. He is also a three time Greek Cup Final MVP.

Also Tsartsaris found success with the Greek national team, winning EuroBasket 2005, reaching the 2006 FIBA World Championships title game and taking part in two Olympic Games - Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

The Greek power forward, started his career in BC Beroia, played one year in Iceland - for Grindavik - and also played for Near East before joining Peristeri. He played 239 Euroleague games, ranking second in the all-time list right behind Theo Papaloukas (252), who also chose to retire a week ago. Tsartsaris ranks ninth in total rebounds (905) and scored 1,502 points.

''After 16 consecutive seasons and after experience the glory of sports and countless moments of joy, emotions and pride, it is time to say goodbye to basketball, my big passion," Tsartsaris said in an official statesment. "I sincerely thank those who believed in me and gave me their trust and support. I owe a lot to the world of basketball, it was my soul and strength. Thank you," he added.



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Tim Ohlbrecht will not play at Eurobasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Tim Ohlbrecht (210-F/C-88) will not play at Eurobasket 2013 for the German national team. The player announced that he needs more preparation and rest in the US.
Tim Ohlbrecht plays at Houston Rockets in NBA and also played last season at Rio Grande Valley Vipers in D-League.In 38 games he had 12.9ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5bpg. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. The last season Ohlbrecht played at Deutsche Bank Skyliners (BBL) in German league. In 29 games he had 6.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he had 7.3ppg and 2.3rpg. The other team Ohlbrecht played shortly was Fraport Skyliners II (ProB) in German league. In four games he had 14.5ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg and 1.8bpg.
The 2010/2011 season he played at Telekom Baskets (BBL) in German league. In 27 games he had 6.7ppg and 4.9rpg. Ohlbrecht also played 5 games in EuroChallenge where he had 10.0ppg and 5.6rpg.
Ohlbrecht was also a member of German international program for some years. He played for German Senior National Team between 2008 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007. Ohlbrecht represented Germany at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada (Greece) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 15.1ppg, 13.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 55.4%, 3FGP: 22.7%, FT: 75%.



Simone Piangiani announce list of players for Eurobasket - by Igor Obradovic

Italian coach, Simone Piangiani announce extensive list of players who will go on medical control.

1. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) - Lenovo Cantu
2. Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) - Toronto Raptors
3. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) Marco Stefano - Chicago Bulls
4. Daniele Cavaliero (188-PG-84) - Scavolini Banca Marche Pesaro
5. Andrea Cinciarini (190-PG-86) - Reggio Emilia
6. Marco Cusin (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) - Lenovo Cantu
7. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) - Acea Roma
8. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) - EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
9. Angelo Gigli (209-PF-83) - Oknoplast Bologna
10. Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) - Montepaschi Siena
11. Stefano Mancinelli (203-PF-83) - Lenovo Cantu
12. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) Nicol - EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
13. Giuseppe Poeta (190-PG-85) - Oknoplast Bologna
14. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) - Cimberio Varese
15. Guido Rosselli (198-G-83) - Umana Venezia
16. Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) - Vanoli Cremona

Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) (Dinamo Sassari), which recently got an Italian passport, is not on the list, he completed medical control before he was go in America, but he will be ready for EuroBasket in Slovenia.

Italy is on group C alongside Finland, Greece, Russia, Sweeden and Turkey. This group will be played in Koper.



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  FIBA AMERICAS U16   


USA and Argentine advance to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

5-8 Places
Bahamas - Uruguay 66-72
Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) erupted with 36 points and 25 rebounds against Bahamas as his Uruguay won the first Classification game for 5-8 places. Uruguay won 72:66 at the FIBA Americas Championship Day 4 opener. Uruguay opened the game with 18-13 and looked better in the first half. Both teams scored 11 points each in the second frame for 29:24 home side lead at the halftime. Uruguay won also the third period 22-16 and enjoyed 11-point advantage after three quarters. Bahamas managed to win the last period 26-21 and reduced to final 6 points. Santiago Massa (187-PF-96) and Viotti Agustin scored 9 points each for the hosts. Adderley Deajour replied with 20 points in the losing effort, while Gibson Qyemah collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. Sebastian Gray (198-SF-97) delivered 10 and Burrows Shamar added 7.

Chile - Mexico 72-64
Aguirre Nicolas posts a triple-double against Mexico at the Classification Round for 5-8 places at the FIBA Americas Championship. The player helped Chile to win 72:64 as he erupted with 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Chile won the first period 17-15, but allowed the opponents to take 2-point lead at the halftime when Mexico posted a 19-15 rally in the second frame. The second half however belonged to Chile. They posted similar 20-15 in the third and the last stanza to win the game. Herrera Sebastian top-scored for Chile with 24 points and Dante Bahamonde (174-G-96) added 20. Haase Felipe followed them with 6 points in a win. Rene Melendez (192-SF-96) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Contreras Diego brought 12. Venegas Ivan and Kevin Vazquez (198-PF-97) poured in 8 points each. Chile will face Uruguay in the game for the 5th place. Mexico will take on Bahamas in the opener of the last day.

SEMIFINAL
Canada - Argentina 64-65
Argentina U16 needs overtime to beat Canada at the Semifinals of the FIBA Americas Championship. The team posted a 65:64 win over Canada and advanced to the Final. Argentina started the game with 18-10 in the first period and dominated the first half. They added 17-13 in the second frame and led 35:23 at the halftime. Canada, meanwhile, served with extra passes on offense and cut the lead to Argentina to 4, but a half-court basket in the final seconds of the third quarter by Guillermo Aliende gave a 7 points lead back to Argentina who closed the third quarter, 45-38. Canada won the fourth period 18-11 and tied the game after fourth period. In overtime Argentina led 8 points, while Canada tied the game again at 64:64. Maximo Fjellerup (192-SG-97) scored one free throw for the final result in the game. Boudet Christian paced all the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Lucio Delfino (197-PF-97) netted 13. Aliende Guillermo scored 12, while Maximo Fjellerup brought 9. Murray Jamal finished the game with high 27 points and Edward Ekiyor (203-F/G-96) netted 9. Turenne Malick and McEwen Koby ended up with 8 points in defeat.

USA - Puerto Rico 93-64
USA U16 advanced to the Final of the FIBA Americas Championship. The favorites overcame Puerto Rico U16 93:64 and will face Argentina in the Final game. USA took 22-18 lead at the end of the first period and pushed the tempo in the second frame. The defending champions added 25-7 in the second period for 47:25 advantage at the halftime. In the third period USA was stronger with 26-19 burst and reached 29-point deficit before the final period. Both teams scored 20 points in the last stanza for the final result in the game. Diamond Stone (208-C/F-97) and Rabb Ivan top-scored for the winners with 19 points each, while the latter also added 14 rebounds. Joshua Jackson (201-G/F-97) nailed 13, whilst Bryant Thomas had 11. Gandia Ivan replied with 21 points in the losing effort. Ebube Ezegwula-Ebube (200-PF-97) notched 12 and Cancel Edwin brought 10.



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Alex Vaenerberg back to Tampere - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish NT G (U16, U18, U20) Alex Vaenerberg (183-G-92) has left Salo and returned back to Tampere. After playing the last two seasons on Vilpas roster (7,1 ppg - 2,1 rpg, 2,7 apg in 24:29 mpg and 35 contests) Vaenerberg and Pyrinto have agreed and signed a 2-year-contract. Pyrinto new Head Coach Pieti Poikola is pleased to have young and talented Vaenerberg back in Tampere.
All 12 Korisliiga (Top League) teams have been accepted to start season 2013-14 in September-October. A year ago Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) was not allowed to participate because of financial problems. Two years ago it was Honka (Espoo), which team was kicked out of Korisliiga for the same reasons as ToPo.



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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.0 
 3. King, Selcuk Univ.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.1 
 5. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 6. Williams, Paris-.15.7 
 7. Sommerville, Nancy15.6 
 8. Schilb, Chalon15.4 
 9. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.3 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Chalon
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Brockman, Chalon10.7 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.5 
 5. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 6. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 7. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 8. Greer, Strasbourg6.9 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy6.9 
 10. Ajinca, Strasbourg6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Selcuk Univ.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. King, Selcuk Univ.7.4 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Schilb, Chalon5.2 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.8 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.7 
 7. Greer, Strasbourg4.5 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.4 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.3 
 10. Amagou, Roanne4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.2 
 2. Washington, Le Ma.2.0 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 4. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 5. Greene, Orleans1.7 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 7. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 8. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 9. Eldridge, s.Oliv.1.6 
 10. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.6 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 4. Sy, AS.1.2 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.1 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Issa, Le Mans0.8 
 9. Fall, Poitiers0.8 
 10. Plaisted, Limoges0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.6 
 3. Blue, Antibes19.0 
 4. Wood, Evreux18.1 
 5. Siggers, Strasbourg18.1 
 6. Hilliard, Antibes17.4 
 7. McKines, Alaska A.17.3 
 8. Sanders, Hermosillo17.2 
 9. Hannah, Nancy16.8 
 10. Gay, Le Portel16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.7 
 3. Bing, Maurienne9.6 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.1 
 5. McKines, Alaska A.8.9 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.8 
 7. Wyatte, Bordeaux8.2 
 8. Jackson, Nanterre8.1 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.7 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.6 
 2. Rowland, Orchy6.0 
 3. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.9 
 4. Taylor, Le Portel5.8 
 5. Dumas, Bourg5.5 
 6. McIntosh, Feni I.5.4 
 7. Hannah, Nancy5.3 
 8. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
 9. Calvez, Charleville5.1 
 10. Huffman, Antibes5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.4 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.2.3 
 3. Craven, St Vallier2.1 
 4. Sonko, Bourg1.9 
 5. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 6. Siggers, Strasbourg1.8 
 7. Flowers, Denain1.8 
 8. Driss, Pau-Lacq.1.7 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest1.7 
 10. Newson, Hyeres-T.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Fos Ouest
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Badiane, Fos Ouest1.6 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.5 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 4. Chism, Maurienne1.1 
 5. Loum, Orleans1.1 
 6. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 7. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.0 
 8. Blue, Antibes1.0 
 9. Johnson, Chalons-.0.9 
 10. Flowers, Denain0.9 


Sorgues land Damir Karaibrahimovic - by Eurobasket News

Sorgues have bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Damir Karaibrahimovic (188-G-89). The guard spent the previous season with Monaco. He posted 3.8 points and 1.6 assists per game in NM1. Previously Damir Karaibrahimovic had stints with Antibes, Paris Levallois U21 team and CFBB. The guard was the member of the French U16 National Team back in 2005.


Aix-Maurienne tab Jeb Ivey - by Eurobasket News

Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) will strengthen Aix-Maurienne roster next season. The guard comes out of an impressive season in Finland. Jeb Ivey played for Nilas Bisons Loimaa. He averaged 15.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists per game in Korisliiga. The guard led the team to the Korisliiga title. Jeb Ivey was named All-Finnish Korisliiga Guard of the Year in 2013. It was the third straight season in Finland for the guard. He was Korisliiga champion in 2012 as well. Ivey made it into All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team in 2012. Previously Jeb Ivey had stints in Iceland, Germany. He was trumped All-Icelandic League Guard of the Year in 2006. Jeb Ivey participated at the German Bundesliga All-Star Game in 2008.


Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa stays with Aix-Maurienne - by Eurobasket News

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-SG-77) has extended the deal with Aix-Maurienne. The Cameroonian guard has signed a new two-year deal with the team. Last season Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa posted 11.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game in ProB. Previously the guard had stints with Paris-Levallois, Chalon, Nanterre, Mulhouse, Rodez and Nantes. He was named All-French ProB Newcomer of the Year back in 2003. Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa was trumped ProB Domestic Player of the Year in 2007. The guard has been the member of the Cameroonian National Team since 2003. He participated at the 2009 African Championship in Libya. His stats read 10.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game at the event. The guard earned All-African Championship Honourable Mention.


Aaron Cel joins Stelmet Zielona Gora - by Greg

According to our sources Stelmet Zielona Gora (TBL) has just agreed the terms of contract with 26-year old naturalized French forward Aaron Cel (203-87). Cel spent last season at PGE Turow (TBL). In 43 games he had 10.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg this season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. Cel also played 18 games in VTB United League where he recorded 9.2ppg and 6.7rpg.
Cel has played also professionally for other French teams like Le Mans, Nantes, Etendard de Brest and Boulazac Basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GABON   


the Cup Gabon 2013 - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

Next week ... in Libreville and no longer Mouila of 17 to 23 June 2013 will be held the Cup Gabon David Nzoubou for men and Albertine Owone for girls.

The draw to determine the hens will be held this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the headquarters of the FEGABAB from 18:00

The qualified teams are:

9 men's teams or 3 groups of 3

ESTUARY
1-AS ESTUAIRE
2-SOMO B
3-TALI BB

HIGH OGOOUE
1-MANGA BB

MIDDLE OGOOUE
1-IZO-BB

OGOOUE-MARITIME
1-BA BB
2-MANDJI JOKERS
3-STADE MANDJI

WOLEU-NTEM
1-NEW ANGEL

4 women's teams is a single pool

ESTUARY
1-GALAXY
2-NDELLA BB
3 SOMO-B

OGOOUE-MARITIME
1-MAUREL & PROM



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  GERMANY   


Tim Ohlbrecht will not play at Eurobasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Tim Ohlbrecht (210-F/C-88) will not play at Eurobasket 2013 for the German national team. The player announced that he needs more preparation and rest in the US.
Tim Ohlbrecht plays at Houston Rockets in NBA and also played last season at Rio Grande Valley Vipers in D-League.In 38 games he had 12.9ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5bpg. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. The last season Ohlbrecht played at Deutsche Bank Skyliners (BBL) in German league. In 29 games he had 6.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he had 7.3ppg and 2.3rpg. The other team Ohlbrecht played shortly was Fraport Skyliners II (ProB) in German league. In four games he had 14.5ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg and 1.8bpg.
The 2010/2011 season he played at Telekom Baskets (BBL) in German league. In 27 games he had 6.7ppg and 4.9rpg. Ohlbrecht also played 5 games in EuroChallenge where he had 10.0ppg and 5.6rpg.
Ohlbrecht was also a member of German international program for some years. He played for German Senior National Team between 2008 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007. Ohlbrecht represented Germany at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada (Greece) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 15.1ppg, 13.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 55.4%, 3FGP: 22.7%, FT: 75%.



Michael Hoffmann moves to Leitershofen/Stadtbergen - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B side BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen has completed the signing of Michael Hoffmann (203-F/C-89), according to ausgsburger-allgemeine.de
The 23-year-old post player transfers from Regionalliga outfit Deisenhofen to Leitershofen/Stadtbergen. Hoffmann averaged 13.4 points and 7.1 rebounds a game for Deisenhofen last season and helped his team to capture the runner-up spot in the RLSO. From 2008 to 2010 he already had a total of 41 Pro B appearances for Landshut and Nuernberg.



SC Itzehoe Eagles Tab Mr Regionaliga Everage Richardson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

SC Itzehoe Eagles locked up a real gem today bringing in Mr Regionaliga Everage Richardson (191-G-85, college: Co.Carolina). Richardson is a 27 year old 191cm guard from Brooklyn, New York and is about as pure a scorer one will ever see. He averaged 38ppg the last two seasons in the regionaliga. He played the last three years for the Bodfeld Baskets Oberharz (Germany-Regionalliga) and last season played 22 games: 33.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 5.0apg, 3.7spg, FGP: 64.0%, 3Pts: 30.4%, FT: 63.5%. "He is exactly what we need a go to guy. He has a lot of talent and it hurt us that we didn't have a leader last season", added Itzehoe head coach Paul Larysz. Richardson started his basketball career with Co.Carolina (NCAA) and in his senior year played 17 games: 13.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 59.1%. He was a roohie in 2009 and played for Elbingerode Baskets (Germany-Landesliga): 18 games: 48.8ppg, FT: 69.7%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Landesliga All-Star Game -10, German Landesliga Champion -10, German Oberliga Champion -11, German 2.Regionalliga (North-West Group) Champion -12, Eurobasket.com "Best basketball scorer of the World" -12, Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga North Player of the Year -13, and Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga North 1st Team -13

Source: SC Itzehoe Eagles






Mark Gebhardt Moves Up To The ETB Wohnbau Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


It is always nice to see a youth player make the next step within an organization as Mark Gebhardt (193-SF-94) did. Gebhardt is a 18 year old 193cm forward that last season played for ETB SW Essen (Regionalliga), played also at Metropol Baskets Ruhr U19 team. In the NBBL he averaged 12,7ppg and 8,0rpg. The young Germany is pleased about making the next step. "Moving up to the Pro A teams poses a big challenge for me. I like this chance very much and will work hard for minutes and develop further", stressed Mark Gebhardt. His head coach Razvan Munteanu also is happy about a youth player moving up the ranks. "He is a real fighter, hustler and player that has already been consistent in his young years. His biggest strength is his athletcism and drive to the basket", added Razvan Munteanu.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets



Stefan Schmidt Joins TBB Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After four years in Bavaria playing for BBC Bayreuth, Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) has found a new challenge with TBB Trier getting atwo year deal. Schmidt is a 23 year old 206cm center that was born in Schwandorf adn started his basketball career in 2006 with the Franken Hexer (2.Regionalliga). Last season for BBC Bayreuth, he played 32 games: 2,2ppg, 2,1rpg. He averaged only 9,5 minutes per game and it isnt really a surprise that he will play in Trier. TBB Trier and head coach Henrik Rodl have been known for giving young German players the chance to get minutes and develop further as the best examples have been Philipp Zwiener and Maik Zirbes. He played a total of 71 games for BBC Bayreuth. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -07, European Championships U18 in Madrid (Spain) -07: 8 games: 3.1ppg, 2.5rpg, German Bundesliga U-20 All-Star Game -08, German U20 National Team -09, European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) -09: 4 games: 1.8ppg, 1.0rpg, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -10, German University National Team -11and German 2nd National Team -13


Jacob Doerksen Stays With SC Rasta Vechta - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After two seasons in Germany, Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87) will be able to get a chance to play in the Beko BBL this season. New Beko BBL team SC Rasta Vechta announced that they will retain the servces of Jacob Doerksen. Doerksen is a 25 year old 200cm forward from Canada and last season played 34 games: 13.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 64.5%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 62.7%. The Canadian was a very important factor for the team coming to the Beko BBL and head coach Pat Elzie is thankful for him staying. "He was an important part in our team last season. For me he was the most important player. Our team didnt always look good when he was injured. He is one of the best post up players that I have experienced in my long career. He is also a great guy. Now he will have to prove that he can play his game against physical stronger players. I believe that he has the potential to do that", expressed Sc Rasta Vechta head coach Pat Elzie. Before coming to Vechta, the Canadian played for Trinity Western University (CIS,) and as a rookie for Hannover. "Even if I had other good offers, my wife and I felt that Vechta was the best. I had an unbelievable season. The team, city, fans and all else brought me much happiness. I am excited to see how Vechta will play in the BBL. This has been one of my goals since I started to play basketball in Germany. I will work togetehr very hard with the team", stressed Jacob Doerksen.

Source:SC Rasta Vechta









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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 11-2 
 2. Vancouver V. 11-4 
 3. Portland C. 10-5 
 4. Salem S. 8-8 
 5. Nippon T. 1-10 
International
 1. Olympia R. 1-0 
 2. Kitsap A. 1-4 
 3. Seattle F. 0-1 
 4. East Bay PB 0-3 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 9

Jun. 14: Salem S. - Portland C. 96-106
Jun. 15: Portland C. - Nippon T.
Jun. 16: Bellingham S. - Nippon T.
Jun. 16: Seattle F. - Vancouver V.
Jun. 18: Nippon T. - Portland C.



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  IRAN   


Turkey edge Iran in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Iran 71:63

Turkey overcame Iran in the exhibition clash in Istanbul tonight. Turkey is preparing for the Mediterranean Games. Iran meanwhile getting ready for the FIBA Asia Championship. Melih Mahmutoglu (193-G-90) notched 11 points to lead the hosts.
The hosts dominated in the opening quarter. They recorded a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Turkey stretched the lead in the second frame. The home team accounted for a 41:28 halftime advantage. Iran adjusted the tempo in the second half. The Asian powerhouse cut the deficit to 10 points at the final intermission. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) tried to spark a comeback effort for the visitors. Iran narrowed the deficit but Turkey hung on to escape with the victory at the end. Oguz Savas (212-C-87) finished with 10 points, while Baris Hersek (207-PF-88) added 8 points in the win. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami answered with game-high 25 points for Iran. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Turkey: Melih Mahmutoglu 11, Oguz Savas 10, Baris Hersek 8
Iran: Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 25, Hamed Haddadi 13



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - BSL

Winner Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Maccabi T-A 22-5 
 2. Maccabi Haifa 17-10 
 3. Hapoel Eilat 17-10 
 4. Netanya 15-12 
 5. Hapoel J-M 13-14 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 12-15 
Places 7-12
 1. Galil Gilboa 14-13 
 2. Hapoel T-A 13-14 
 3. Hapoel Holon 12-15 
 4. Maccabi Ashdod 11-16 
 5. Bnei Hasharon 10-17 
 6. Elizur Ashkelon 6-21 
Stage One Standings

Finals: Round 1

Jun. 13: Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Haifa 79-86


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. Thomas, Maccabi9.3 
 6. Calathes, 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 Tel-Aviv extend Shawn James - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel-Aviv have secured the services of Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) for the next season. Shawn James renewed his deal with the Tel-Aviv team for four more seasons. The centre joined Maccabi in 2011. Last season his stats read 10.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 assist, 3.0 blocks per game in Winner League. The centre helped Maccabi win Israeli Cup title. He also posted 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks per game in EuroLeague. Shawn James was named All-EuroLeague Defensive Player of the Year. The centre previously played for Bnei Hasharon. He was trumped All-Israeli League Centre of the Year in 2010. He was also named the Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. The centre participated at the Israeli League All-Star Game in 2011.


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  ITALY   

stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia18.8 
 2. Parente, Lucca17.0 
 3. Casadei, Firenze16.5 
 4. Carrizo, Latina B.16.1 
 5. Reati, Treviglio15.5 
 6. Ruggiero, Bari15.2 
 7. Bolzonella, Castel.15.1 
 8. Benfatto, Ferrara15.1 
 9. Vico, Matera14.9 
 10. Wojciechowsk., To.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Rossi, Chieti10.8 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.2 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.8.7 
 4. Benfatto, Ferrara8.4 
 5. Ricci, Casalpus.8.3 
 6. Pazzi, Castelletto8.3 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.0 
 8. Raminelli, Trevigl.8.0 
 9. Baldi Rossi, Torino7.7 
 10. Capitanelli, Fire.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.5.6 
 2. Losi, Mirandola5.3 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.8 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.4 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze3.7 
 6. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.4 
 7. Cantone, Matera3.1 
 8. Carrizo, Latina B.3.1 
 9. Raschi, Chieti3.0 
 10. Gnaccarini, Recan.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.5 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.1 
 3. Gueye, San Severo2.8 
 4. Cortesi, Ferrara2.7 
 5. Parente, Lucca2.7 
 6. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.6 
 7. Vico, Matera2.6 
 8. Maggio, San Severo2.4 
 9. Ferrarese, Trevigl.2.4 
 10. Ranuzzi, Castelle.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 2. Raminelli, Trevigl.1.2 
 3. Gagliardo, Latina0.9 
 4. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 5. Chiacig, Agrigento0.8 
 6. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 7. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola0.7 
 9. Iannuzzi, Matera0.7 
 10. Bisconti, Bari0.6 



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  KOSOVO   


KB RTV 21 tabs Marius Kasiulevicius, ex Silute - by Eurobasket

KB RTV 21 (SuperLeague) inked 31-year old Lithuanian swingman Marius Kasiulevicius (198-100kg-82, college: Trinity Valley JC). He played recently at Silute in Lithuanian NKL league. In 30 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg this season. Kasiulevicius also played at Naglis Palangos (LKL) in Lithuanian league earlier that season. In three games he had 7.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7spg. He also played 3 games in Baltic League where he had 6.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements Kasiulevicius' team made it to the Danish League Semifinals in 2011. He was selected to Danish League All-Star Game in 2011.
Kasiulevicius has played also professionally in Poland (ZKS Stal Stalowa Wola), Denmark (Naestved) and Lithuania (Lietkabelis, Neptunas and Rudupis).
He attended Trinity Valley JC until 2004 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Brian Hamilton is a newcomer at KB RTV 21 Prishtina - by Eurobasket

KB RTV 21 Prishtina (SuperLeague) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American forward Brian Hamilton (198-95kg-82, college: La-Lafayette). He supposed to play at Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in the U.S. in 12-13, but was not signed. The last summer Hamilton played at Rayos de Hermosillo (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league. In 36 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to win the league title. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention. The most of 11-12 season Hamilton spent at D-Fenders in D-League. In 21 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg. He was called during the season by the Detroit Pistons.
The previous (10-11) season Hamilton was tested by Utah Flash in D-League.
In 2009-10 season he was tested by Brooklyn Nets (previous name New Jersey Nets) in NBA.
Hamilton has played also professionally in Philippines (San Mig Coffee), USBL (Pennsylvania V) and D-League (Utah F.).
He attended University Louisiana at Lafayette until 2005 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LBQ   

Standings

LBQ Standings
 1. Jaguars 9-2 
 2. Page-Dynamo 8-5 
 3. Royal 8-5 
 4. Revolution 7-6 
 5. Seigneurs 4-9 
 6. Monteregie 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jun. 13: Monteregie - Seigneurs 75-55
Jun. 14: Seigneurs - Revolution 60-80
Jun. 15: Royal - Monteregie
Jun. 15: Jaguars - Page-Dynamo



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  LITHUANIA   


KB RTV 21 tabs Marius Kasiulevicius, ex Silute - by Eurobasket

KB RTV 21 (SuperLeague) inked 31-year old Lithuanian swingman Marius Kasiulevicius (198-100kg-82, college: Trinity Valley JC). He played recently at Silute in Lithuanian NKL league. In 30 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg this season. Kasiulevicius also played at Naglis Palangos (LKL) in Lithuanian league earlier that season. In three games he had 7.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7spg. He also played 3 games in Baltic League where he had 6.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements Kasiulevicius' team made it to the Danish League Semifinals in 2011. He was selected to Danish League All-Star Game in 2011.
Kasiulevicius has played also professionally in Poland (ZKS Stal Stalowa Wola), Denmark (Naestved) and Lithuania (Lietkabelis, Neptunas and Rudupis).
He attended Trinity Valley JC until 2004 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Russia U20 exchange victories with Lithuania U19 - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 exchange victories with Lithuania U19 in the friendly clashes in Druskininkai.
In Game 1 Russian players celebrated a 76:67 win. They started the game with 19-18 lead and then dominated the second half. Russia posted a 27-21 rally in the third period and finished the game with 18-12 in the last stanza. Denisas Krestininas (202-F-94) scored 12 points for the hosts, while Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) and Donatas Tarolis (201-F-94) had 10 each.
In Game 2 Lithuania U19 won 79:69. Russia grabbed 17-16 lead, but he hosts erupted with a 25-15 surge in the second frame. Lithuania also added 21-12 surge in the last stanza to win the game. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Donatas Tarolis netted 12. Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) delivered 11 and Tomas Dimsa had 10. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-C-93) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.



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  LUXEMBOURG   

Standings - Nationale 2

N2 Stage Two Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Heffingen 27-1 
 2. Arantia 22-6 
 3. Grengewald 19-9 
 4. Mondorf 13-15 
 5. Racing 12-16 
 6. BC Mess 8-20 
Places 7-10
 1. Bascharage 10-14 
 2. Kayldall 10-14 
 3. BBC Nitia 8-16 
 4. Telstar Hesperange 2-22 
Stage One Standings



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 26-6 
 2. Guaymas 23-9 
 3. Navolato 15-17 
 4. Tijuana 15-17 
 5. Nogales 15-17 
 6. Guasave 14-18 
 7. Cananea 14-18 
 8. Obregon 13-19 
 9. Los Mochis 9-23 

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Jun. 14: Hermosillo - Cananea 89-82
Jun. 14: Navolato - Tijuana 74-77

Semi-Finals: Round 2

Jun. 15: Hermosillo - Cananea
Jun. 15: Navolato - Tijuana


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Jones, Obregon25.5 
 2. Monroe, Cananea24.9 
 3. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas22.7 
 5. Pearson, Los M.21.9 
 6. Elliott, Navolato21.1 
 7. McCullough, Nogales21.0 
 8. Morrison, Tijuana19.9 
 9. Sperling, Obregon19.9 
 10. Allen, Guaymas18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Moss, Nogales10.2 
 2. McNeal, Los Mochis9.9 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.7 
 4. Toombs, Navolato8.9 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.5 
 6. Jones, Obregon8.4 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 9. Rougeau, Cananea7.5 
 10. Pettigrew, Guasa.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Stallings, Guasave6.9 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Gadson, Nogales5.8 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas5.3 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana4.4 
 8. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 9. Meza Rogel, Guasa.4.3 
 10. Medina, Tijuana4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.1 
 2. Stallings, Guasave2.0 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo1.9 
 4. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 5. Thomas, Tijuana1.6 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 7. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 8. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
 9. Medina, Tijuana1.3 
 10. Abdul-Awwel, Noga.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 3. Penny, Tijuana1.4 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Toombs, Navolato1.1 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 7. Gonzalez, Cananea1.0 
 8. Mercado, Nogales0.9 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.7 
 10. Zarco, Guaymas0.6 


Paul Stoll wins the title in Israel - by Eurobasket News

Paul Stoll (180-PG-85) wins the title in Israel as his Maccabi Haifa are crowned new Winner League champions. They stunned Maccabi Tel-Aviv 86:79 in the Final. Pat Calathes 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 put Haifa in front 69:65 midway through the fourth frame. Paul Stoll 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 answered with 28 points for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Shawn James and Lior Eliyahu had 10 points each in the loss.



FIBA Americas U16: Aguirre Nicolas posts a triple-double against Mexico - by Eurobasket News

Chile U16-Mexico U16 72:64

Nicolas Aguirre (176-PG-97) posts a triple-double against Mexico at the Classification Round for 5-8 places at the FIBA Americas Championship. The player helped Chile to win 72:64 as he erupted with 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
Chile won the first period 17-15, but allowed the opponents to take 2-point lead at the halftime when Mexico posted a 19-15 rally in the second frame. The second half however belonged to Chile. They posted similar 20-15 in the third and the last stanza to win the game.
Sebastian Herrera (190-SF-97) top-scored for Chile with 24 points and Dante Bahamonde (174-G-96) added 20. Felipe Haase followed them with 6 points in a win. Rene Melendez (192-SF-96) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Diego Contreras (186-PG-96) brought 12. Ivan Venegas (200-C-96) and Kevin Vazquez (198-PF-97) poured in 8 points each.
Chile will face Uruguay in the game for the 5th place. Mexico will take on Bahamas in the opener of the last day.

Chile U16: Sebastian Herrera 24, Dante Bahamonde 20, Nicolas Aguirre 17+10 rebs+12 ast, Felipe Haase 6
Mexico U16: Rene Melendez 23, Diego Contreras 12, Ivan Venegas 8, Kevin Vazquez 8



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  MONTENEGRO   


Serbia U20 edge Montenegro U20 for second straight win in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Montenegro U20 69:49

Serbian U20 National Team registered the second consecutive victory at the friendly international tournament in Zrenjanin. They held off the Montenegrin counterparts to stay on top of the ladder. Nemanja Bezbradica (204-F/C-93, agency: Beo Basket) tossed in 12 points for the winning side.
Serbia dominated from the tip off. The home team gained a 21:10 lead after the first period. Serbia held Montenegro to 9 points in the next frame to ensure a 16-point halftime lead. Serbia boosted the gap to 20 points at the final intermission. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the fourth term as Serbia rolled to the win. Ivan Marinkovic (208-F/C-93) netted 10 points, while Aleksa Avramovic (94) added 8 points for the winning side. Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) responded with 12 points for Montenegro. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) produced 11 points in the losing case.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Bezbradica 12, Ivan Marinkovic 10, Aleksa Avramovic 8
Montenegro U20: Masan Vrbica 12, Milija Mikovic 11



Montenegro U20 outscore Serbia U19 in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Montenegro U20 63:73

Montenegrin U20 National Team opened the international friendly tournament in Zrenjanin with victory. They outscored Serbian U19 selection in the opener. Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) stepped up with 16 points for the winning side.
Serbia jumped to an early lead. The hosts grabbed a 23:17 advantage after ten minutes of action. But Montenegro adjusted their defence in the second term. They cut the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 32:29. Serbia struck right back in the third term. They surged ahead to build what seemed to be a comfortable 8-point buffer before the final term 51:43. But Montenegro unleashed a massive 30:12 rally in the final period to seal the victory. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) netted 13 points, while Danilo Nikolic (205-C-93) added 12 points for the winning side. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) answered with 18 points for Serbia. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) had 10 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Nikola Jankovic 18, Nikola Radicevic 10
Montenegro U19: Masan Vrbica 16, Milija Mikovic 13, Danilo Nikolic 12



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.4 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Parker, San A.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. 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 


27 Players Confirmed For 2013 USA Basketball Mens NT Mini-Camp - by Diamadis Farmakis

USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo today (12 June 2013) announced that 27 players have accepted invitations to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Mens National Team mini-camp that will be held July 22-25 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Accepting invitations to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Mens National Team mini-camp were.:

Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans); Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies/Ohio State); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers); Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons); Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets); Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers).

Recently named 2013-16 USA Basketball National Team head coach and Duke Universitys Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski will direct the mini-camp. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University veteran coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.

The invited players will assemble in Las Vegas on July 21, and will conduct daily training sessions July 22-24 (12:00-2:30 p.m. PDT) and close out the mini-camp with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game on Thursday, July 25, 6 p.m. PDT at the Thomas & Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV. All USA practices will take place at UNLVs Mendenhall Center and are closed to the general public.



Mid-Season MVP -Craig Smith - by Alex Yam

Newcomer Craig Smith, former NBA veteran, has dominated the NBL with the Shaanxi club. Smith, is the leagues leading scorer, at a blistering 31.4ppg, all while leading his club to a stellar 6-2 overall record, with the leagues lone win over league leading Chongqing FD.

Smith's savvy inside/outside play has befuddled opponents, both domestic and foreign. Rumors are swirling that CBA teams have come to watch the former NBA vet in his games recently, and have come away more then impressed.

Smith will look to continue his aggressive play,in leading his club to the NBL Championship.



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UT, basketball coach Kowalczyk agree to contract extension - by Eurobasket News

The University of Toledo and its basketball coach, Tod Kowalczyk , have agreed to a two-year contract extension. This is the second offseason in a row Kowalczyk signed on for an additional two years. The re-worked deal will extend his employment through the 2018-19 season. All other ares of the contract, including pay and incentives, are unchanged. Kowalczyk is due to make $370,000 next year before bonuses. Im extremely grateful to President Lloyd Jacobs and Mike OBrien for the support and confidence they are displaying in me with this contract extension, Kowalczyk said in a statement. We have made a great deal of progress with our program in three short years, and Im very excited in the direction were heading both on the court and in the classroom. Kowalczyk, who inherited a difficult situation three years ago, led the Rockets to a tie last season for the best record in the Mid-American Conference West division. The Rockets also have displayed significant academic improvement under Kowalczyk. The teams most recent Academic Progress Rate figure was 959 with an expected mark of 981 for the 2012-13 season. The Rockets also posted a 2.982 team grade-point average in the 2013 spring semester. The job Tod has done turning around our basketball program in such a short time has been remarkable, OBrien said. Tod and his staff have transformed the culture within the program both on and off the court."
Courtesy of: toledoblade.com



FIBA Americas U16: USA advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News

USA U16-Puerto Rico U16 93:64

USA U16 advanced to the Final of the FIBA Americas Championship. The favorites overcame Puerto Rico U16 93:64 and will face Argentina in the Final game.
USA took 22-18 lead at the end of the first period and pushed the tempo in the second frame. The defending champions added 25-7 in the second period for 47:25 advantage at the halftime. In the third period USA was stronger with 26-19 burst and reached 29-point deficit before the final period. Both teams scored 20 points in the last stanza for the final result in the game.
Diamond Stone (6'10''-C/F-97) and Ivan Rabb (6'10''-PF-97) top-scored for the winners with 19 points each, while the latter also added 14 rebounds. Joshua Jackson (6'7''-G/F-97) nailed 13, whilst Thomas Bryant (6'9''-F-97) had 11. Ivan Gandia (6'2''-G-97) replied with 21 points in the losing effort. Ebube Ezegwula-Ebube (6'7''-PF-97) notched 12 and Edwin Cancel (5'9''-PG-97) brought 10.

USA U16: Diamond Stone 19, Ivan Rabb 19+14 rebs, Joshua Jackson 13, Thomas Bryant 11
Puerto Rico U16: Ivan Gandia 21, Ebube Ezegwula-Ebube 12, Edwin Cancel 10



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Ohio Division 2 Signings & Classes Information! - by Lucius Jones

Here is a list of the NCAA Division 2 Basketball Signees from Ohio for the 2013-2014 College Basketball season:

Jett Speelman - Ashland
Wendell Davis - Ashland
Jeff Foreman - Ashland
Elias Osborne - Ashland
Adrian Cook - Ashland

Tyler Stern - Findlay
Austin Gardner - Findlay
Ricardo Smith - Findlay

Trey Fletcher - Walsh College
Ronnie Stokes - Walsh College
Zach Carter - Walsh College

Mike Mills - Lincoln Memorial
Trent Donald - Lincoln Memorial

Jalen Camper - Concord
Ali Barnes - Concord

Lance Leslie - Ohio Valley
Chase Lawson - Wheeling Jesuit
Kody Bender - West Liberty
Wade Gelhous - Saginaw Valley State
Nic Wells - Lake Erie
Nick Dietsch - Lake Erie
Sterling Gilmore - Central State
Dorian Jordan - Kentucky State
Devon Price - Saint Joseph's College
Stedman Lowry - Hillsdale
Brandon Bapst - Malone
Ryan Logan - Stone Hill



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. OceanaGold N. 11-1 
 2. Wellington S. 10-2 
 3. Nelson G. 8-3 
 4. Southland S. 6-3 
 5. Hub Jets 6-6 
 6. Taranaki MA 4-8 
 7. HBS Bank Hawks 3-8 
 8. Super City R. 2-9 
 9. Waikato P. 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 9

Jun. 12: Wellington S. - HBS Bank Hawks 92-80
Jun. 14: Waikato P. - Super City R. 77-87
Jun. 14: Hub Jets - OceanaGold N. 102-110
Jun. 15: Taranaki MA - Southland S.
Jun. 15: HBS Bank Hawks - Hub Jets
Jun. 15: Nelson G. - OceanaGold N.
Jun. 16: Super City R. - Southland S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Akeem WRIGHT
  OceanaGo.
  (200-F/G-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Wright, OceanaGo.22.8 
 2. Anthony, OceanaGo.22.2 
 3. Jones, Hub Jets20.9 
 4. Pace, Nelson G.20.9 
 5. Conklin, Southland20.3 
 6. Tait, Wellington S.20.1 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.19.6 
 8. Greene, HBS B.19.6 
 9. Hagan, Hub Jets19.5 
 10. Atkinson, Waika.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Atkinson, Waika.14.8 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets14.1 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.5 
 4. Conklin, Southland9.4 
 5. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.9 
 6. Bailey, Super C.8.7 
 7. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.6 
 8. Greene, HBS B.8.2 
 9. Wright, OceanaGo.8.2 
 10. Markson, Wellingt.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Tait, Wellington S.8.1 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.8 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets7.1 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.5.1 
 5. Buck, Super City R.4.8 
 6. Webster, Waika.4.2 
 7. Martin, Southlan.4.1 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.3.9 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.5 
 10. Wright, OceanaGo.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Braswell, Southlan.3.1 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets3.0 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.7 
 4. Martin, Southlan.2.5 
 5. Boucher, Wellingt.2.3 
 6. Greene, HBS B.2.3 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.2.2 
 8. Tait, Wellington S.2.0 
 9. Buck, Super City R.1.9 
 10. O''Riley, Super C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.1 
 2. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.9 
 3. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.8 
 4. Frank, Wellington1.7 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.3 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.2 
 7. Greene, HBS B.1.0 
 8. Dawson, Southlan.0.9 
 9. Wright, OceanaGo.0.8 
 10. Cohadarevic, HBS0.8 



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Nigeria seeks to enforce shift in power at Stankovic Cup - by Iwedi Ojinmah

Despite the fact that not all D Tigers will be at the Stankovic Cup in China there is no doubt that Nigeria's aim is to win it and reinforce the fact that the power in Africa has shifted from almighty Angola to West Africa.


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

Angola has featured six times in the championship winning it in 2008 and 2011. Slovenia won it in 2007 and 2010.

The Stankovic Cup will hold in two Chinese cities of Lanzhou and Guangzhou. The FIBA Stankovic Continental Champions Cup is an international basketball tournament for mens national teams organized annually by basketball world governing body, FIBA.

The idea for the tournament came from President of FIBA, Carl Men Ky Ching, and the purpose of the cup was to honour FIBA Secretary General Emeritus, Serbian Borislav Stankovic, for his significant contribution to basketball.

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





Bakare returns to try again with D Tigers - by Iwedi Ojinmah

As we know after much delay that Nigerian Basketball Federation did the right thing and reappointed veteran coach Ayo Bakare as the head coach of D Tigers in late May. He had earlier submitted his letter of resignation after being instrumental in leading Nigeria on her amazing Olympic run
The newly re-elected President of the Federation, Tijani Umar, said then that there was no sentiment applied in the selection of the national team coache.
We agree.
We are bringing continuity, sustainability, and people who have tremendous belief in the country. Coaches are not chosen on sentiment but what they can bring to the table, he said.
Superfluous when you talk about Bakare.
They key issue here is what else has the NBBF done behind the scenes to smoothen Bakares ruffled feathers? Have they been able to offer more help both in terms of funds and technical help to the coach who was so unhappy he quit while he could have continuously basked in the spot light of the London success?
Hopefully.
Hopefully because as the AfroBasket tournament approaches be rest assured that the best in Africa are preparing seriously and that Nigeria will be the team to beat. If you dont believe me ask the current African champion. Which means Nigeria will be unable to pull of any surprises and will have to earn each win point by point. Nigeria is in group-D alongside Cameroon, Republic of Congo and Mali all capable of tripping the D Tigers.
Right now we are told Bakare is retooling the team by adding and subtracting new pieces.

The other million Naira question now is that in a totally football crazy country will the up till now partial help even if improved that many consider just to be mere first-aid, be enough to help her climb to the summit of African basketball glory?
By re hiring Bakare there is no doubt that she is one step closer, it though now remains to be seen if it will be enough.




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Aguilar now a King - by Aris Ignacio

A father's wish came true.

Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky), the highly-touted forward was traded by the Global Port Batang Pier to the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in a multi-player deal fulfilling his father's wish, former pro and Ginebra forward Peter Aguilar.

Under the terms of the deal, the Kings will be sending rookie big man Yousef Taha (201-C-88) and its first-round 2013 pick to Global Port. The Port Masters will also be acquiring the sevices of Jay Washington (206-C-81, college: Eckerd) from the Petron Blaze Boosters in exchange for rookie Jason Deutchman (196-G/F-86, college: San Diego St.) and second-round picks in 2016 and 2017.

In a separate transactions, Ginebra traded forward Elmer Espiritu (193-F-85) to the Barako Bull Energy for a first-round pick in 2013 which the latter acquired from a previous deal from the Talk N Text Tropang Texters.

The deal sealed months of speculation about Aguilar, who will be playing in his second team in less than six months having been traded by the Tropang Texters to Global Port last January. Aguilar returned to the Philippines after a pursuing an NBA dream in the United States.

In other news, Talk 'N Text sent injured forward-guard Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) to the Energy Colas in exchange for Sean Anthony (193-F-86). Barako Bull then traded Dillinger along with center Don Allado (198-F-77) to the Meralco Bolts for gunner Ronjay Buenafe (188-G-83) and forward
Gilbert Bulawan (188-G-86).



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Aaron Cel joins Stelmet Zielona Gora - by Greg

According to our sources Stelmet Zielona Gora (TBL) has just agreed the terms of contract with 26-year old naturalized French forward Aaron Cel (203-87). Cel spent last season at PGE Turow (TBL). In 43 games he had 10.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg this season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and to the All-Star Game. Cel also played 18 games in VTB United League where he recorded 9.2ppg and 6.7rpg.
Cel has played also professionally for other French teams like Le Mans, Nantes, Etendard de Brest and Boulazac Basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Ponce 21-11 
 2. Santurce 20-12 
 3. Quebradillas 19-13 
 4. Guaynabo 18-14 
 5. Mayaguez 18-16 
 6. Arecibo 15-16 
 7. Humacao 15-16 
 8. Guayama 15-16 
 9. San German 9-22 
 10. Bayamon 9-23 

Regular Season: Round 39

Jun. 14: Mayaguez - Guaynabo 78-73
Jun. 14: Humacao - Arecibo
Jun. 14: Quebradillas - Santurce
Jun. 14: San German - Guayama


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Harris, Ponce21.5 
 2. Diogu, Ponce20.2 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.1 
 4. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 5. Carmona, Humacao19.5 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo19.1 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.17.1 
 10. Lisch, Quebradill.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.4 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.1 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.8 
 4. Phillip, San German8.8 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Diogu, Ponce8.6 
 7. Carmona, Humacao8.4 
 8. Harrellson, Chongq.8.2 
 9. Massie, San German8.1 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.4 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.4 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas5.0 
 4. Clemente, Humacao4.8 
 5. Rivera, Ponce4.8 
 6. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 7. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 8. Coronado, Guayama3.8 
 9. Copeland, San G.3.5 
 10. Gonzalez, Santur.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.1 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.9 
 3. Coronado, Guayama1.8 
 4. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.6 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Rodriguez, Guayama1.4 
 8. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 9. Lisch, Quebradillas1.3 
 10. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Penn, Humacao2.2 
 2. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 3. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 4. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 5. Balkman, Guayama1.4 
 6. Lee, Quebradillas1.3 
 7. Aubry, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Santiago, Guaynabo1.1 
 9. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 10. Harris, Ponce1.0 


FIBA Americas U16: USA advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News

USA U16-Puerto Rico U16 93:64

USA U16 advanced to the Final of the FIBA Americas Championship. The favorites overcame Puerto Rico U16 93:64 and will face Argentina in the Final game.
USA took 22-18 lead at the end of the first period and pushed the tempo in the second frame. The defending champions added 25-7 in the second period for 47:25 advantage at the halftime. In the third period USA was stronger with 26-19 burst and reached 29-point deficit before the final period. Both teams scored 20 points in the last stanza for the final result in the game.
Diamond Stone (6'10''-C/F-97) and Ivan Rabb (6'10''-PF-97) top-scored for the winners with 19 points each, while the latter also added 14 rebounds. Joshua Jackson (6'7''-G/F-97) nailed 13, whilst Thomas Bryant (6'9''-F-97) had 11. Ivan Gandia (6'2''-G-97) replied with 21 points in the losing effort. Ebube Ezegwula-Ebube (6'7''-PF-97) notched 12 and Edwin Cancel (5'9''-PG-97) brought 10.

USA U16: Diamond Stone 19, Ivan Rabb 19+14 rebs, Joshua Jackson 13, Thomas Bryant 11
Puerto Rico U16: Ivan Gandia 21, Ebube Ezegwula-Ebube 12, Edwin Cancel 10



Carmona number one in Puerto Rico for week 38 - by Eurobasket News

Former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for Humacao, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 38.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed Ponce (#1, 21-11) with 20-point margin 91-71. Humacao maintains the 7th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Humacao is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-16 record. Carmona just recently signed at Humacao, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Alejandro Carmona has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.5ppg), rebounds (7th best: 8.4rpg) and averages impressive 51.9% FGP.

The second best player in last week's games was 26-year old American Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86) of Quebradillas. Mata had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Quebradillas was edged by slightly lower-ranked Guaynabo (#4, 18-13) 99-96. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Quebradillas still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 19-13 record is not bad at all. Mata is one of the most experienced players at Quebradillas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was another Humacao's star - American forward Ricardo Marsh (207-F-81). Marsh scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of Humacao, helping his team with a 91-71 easy win against the higher-ranked Ponce (#1, 21-11). The chances of Humacao ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Marsh could help Humacao to bring them higher in the standings. Marsh has a very solid season. In 7 games in Puerto Rico he scored 15.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84) of Bayamon - 30 points and 9 rebounds
5. Javier Mojica (190-G-84) of Bayamon - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84) of Bayamon - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. David Huertas (195-G/F-87) of Quebradillas - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Arecibo - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80) of Guaynabo - 19 points and 13 rebounds
10. Yancy Gates (206-F-89) of Guayama - 21 points and 7 rebounds

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



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Krasnie Krilya will move to Lada-Arena in Tolyati - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya will move to Lada-Arena for the next season. The team plans to play their EuroCup games in a brand new arena that will be open in September. Tolyati is a bit more than an hour drive from Samara. The other Krasnie Krilya will still play at the home arena.
The EuroChallenge 2013 Champions Krasnie Krilya grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final. That time Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) and DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) paced all the winners with 18 points each. Andre Smith notched 14, while Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) added 9.
In VTB League Krasnie Krilya lost the Quarterfinal series to the Champion, CSKA 1-3. In Game 3 Krasnie Krilya managed to beat the favorite 50:49, but then CSKA won the fourth game 69:56.



DeJuan Collins and Krasnie Krilya Samara part ways - by Eurobasket News

DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) and Krasnie Krilya Samara part ways as the American player will not be back to the team next season.
In 6 PBL games he recorded just 2.2ppg and 1.2rpg. He also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 11.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.0apg. Collins also played 7 games in VTB United League where he averaged only 2.0ppg and 1.0rpg. He also spent pre-season at Al Riyadi (Division A) in Lebanese league earlier that year.
The 2011 season Collins played at Zalgiris (LKL) in Lithuanian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 16 LKL games he averaged 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. Collins also played 12 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg. He also played 2 games in Baltic League where he averaged 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg. And finally Collins played 15 games in VTB United League where he averaged 3.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. He won EuroChallenge championship title and the cup.



Croatia U19 opens home tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19-Croatia U19 52:66

Croatia U19 opens home tournament with the win over Russia U19. Croatian players won 66:52 in Day 1 of the International Tournament in Dubrovnik.
Croatia started the game with 16-13 lead end enjoyed a 32:28 halftime advantage. Moreover the hosts pushed the tempo for good in the second half and led 50:42 at the end of the third period. Croatia also won the last period 16-10 and sealed a comfortable win in the opener.
Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Bender nailed 12. Maric poured in 10, whilst Martin Junakovic (185-PG-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 9. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort, whilst Ilintsky, Yuriy Pershin (190-G-94) and Andrey Desyatnikov (219-C-94, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 6 each.
In another game of day 1 Brazil U19 overcame Argentine U19 66:60.

Russia U19: Igor Kanygin 10, Ilintsky 6, Yuriy Pershin 6, Andrey Desyatnikov 6
Croatia U19: Dario Saric 20, Bender 12, Maric 10, Martin Junakovic 9



Russia U20 exchange victories with Lithuania U19 - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 exchange victories with Lithuania U19 in the friendly clashes in Druskininkai.
In Game 1 Russian players celebrated a 76:67 win. They started the game with 19-18 lead and then dominated the second half. Russia posted a 27-21 rally in the third period and finished the game with 18-12 in the last stanza. Denisas Krestininas (202-F-94) scored 12 points for the hosts, while Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) and Donatas Tarolis (201-F-94) had 10 each.
In Game 2 Lithuania U19 won 79:69. Russia grabbed 17-16 lead, but he hosts erupted with a 25-15 surge in the second frame. Lithuania also added 21-12 surge in the last stanza to win the game. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Donatas Tarolis netted 12. Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) delivered 11 and Tomas Dimsa had 10. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-C-93) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.



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Curtain down in Serbia - by Igor Obradovic

Another season in Serbia is over. Partizan mt:s defend their championship tittle, Crvena zvezda came second, Mega Vizura and Vojvodina Srbijagas will play in Adriatic league next season.

On 56 games in regular season in Serbia and 9 in playoff rounds total number of spectators in Serbian Super league was : 154.350 people or avarage per game 2.375.

Team who has the most people in their home games is :

Crvena zvezda 46.850 or 4.259 per game*
Partizan 35.000 or 3.500 per game*
Konstantin 17.500 or 2.500 per game
Sloboda 15.000 or 2.143 per game
Metalac 12.300 or 1.757 per game
Mega Vizura 11.300 or 1.413 per game*
Radnicki 9.500 or 1.357 per game
Vojvodina 6.900 or 862 per game*

*Including play-off games.

Team statistic :

Best two point percentage have Partizan mt:s with 56.4 %, second is Radnicki Kragujevac with 54.2 % and third is Mega Vizura with 53.6 %.
Best in three points percentage is Partizan mt:s with 38.8 %, second is Crvena zvezda Telekom with 34.9 % and third is Mega Vizura with 33.5 %.
Team with the best rebound is Partizan mt:s with total of 691rbd, second is Crvena zvezda Telekom with 673rbd and third is Mega Vizura with 595 rebound.
Team with the most assists is Partizan mt:s with 319ast, second is Crvena zvezda Telekom with 311ast and third is Radnicki Kragujevac with 246ast.

Player statistic :

Most index points :

Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) 394 - Mega Vizura
Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) 324 - Partizan mt:s
DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) 295 - Crvena zvezda Telekom

Most points :

Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) 291 - Crvena zvezda Telekom
Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) 273 - Crvena zvezda Telekom
Boban Marjanovic 263 - Mega Vizura

Most rebounds :

Boban Marjanovic 171 - Mega Vizura
Joffrey Lauvergne 137 - Partizan mt:s
Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) 136 - Crvena zvezda Telekom

Most assists :

Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) 84 - Mega Vizura
Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) 73 - Partizan mt:s
DeMarcus Nelson 72- Crvena zvezda Telekom

Serbia in next season will have four Adriatic league clubs : Partizan mt:s, Crvena zvezda Telekom, Mega Vizura and Vojvodina Srbijagas, and two Euroleague clubs Partizan mt:s and Crvena zvezda Telekom.



Serbia U20 open Zrenjanin tourney with victory - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Ukraine U20 79:54

Serbian U20 National Team victoriously opened the international tournament in Zrenjanin. The hosts outgunned the Ukrainian counterparts in the opener. Sasa Avramovic (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 11 points to lead the winners.
Serbia grabbed a 23:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Ukraine cut the deficit in the second frame. The visitors went on a 19:11 run to get within 4 points at halftime 30:34. But Serbia were back in control in the third period. The hosts held Ukraine to 8 points to ensure a 12-point lead before the fourth frame. Serbia went on a 29:16 rally in the final period to seal a comfortable victory at the end. Andrija Bojic (210-C/F-93, agency: Beo Basket) netted 10 points, while Nemanja Krstic (198-SF-93) added 9 points for the winners. Illya Zhukovskyy (197-SF-93) answered with 11 points for Ukraine. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) netted 10 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Sasa Avramovic 11, Andrija Bojic 10, Nemanja Krstic 9
Ukraine U20: Illya Zhukovskyy 11, Klym Artamonov 10



Montenegro U20 outscore Serbia U19 in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Montenegro U20 63:73

Montenegrin U20 National Team opened the international friendly tournament in Zrenjanin with victory. They outscored Serbian U19 selection in the opener. Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) stepped up with 16 points for the winning side.
Serbia jumped to an early lead. The hosts grabbed a 23:17 advantage after ten minutes of action. But Montenegro adjusted their defence in the second term. They cut the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 32:29. Serbia struck right back in the third term. They surged ahead to build what seemed to be a comfortable 8-point buffer before the final term 51:43. But Montenegro unleashed a massive 30:12 rally in the final period to seal the victory. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) netted 13 points, while Danilo Nikolic (205-C-93) added 12 points for the winning side. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) answered with 18 points for Serbia. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) had 10 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Nikola Jankovic 18, Nikola Radicevic 10
Montenegro U19: Masan Vrbica 16, Milija Mikovic 13, Danilo Nikolic 12



Serbia U19 fire past Ukraine U20 in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Ukraine U20 84:60

Serbian U19 National Team claimed the first victory at the international friendly tournament in Zrenjanin. They knocked down Ukraine U20 for 1-1 record. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) netted 17 points to pace the winners.
Serbia U19 jumped to a 21:10 lead after the starting quarter. Ukraine stepped on the gas in the second frame. The visitors fired 22 points to cut the deficit at 10 points at halftime 42:32. But Serbia were back in control in the third term. The hosts went on a 20:14 run to boost the margin to 16 points. Serbia never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Jovan Novak (183-PG-94) posted 16 points, while Luka Nikolic (209-F/C-94) added 12 points for the hosts. Oleksandr Furs (202-PF-93) answered with 15 points for Ukraine. Vladyslav Koreniuk (206-C-94) and Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) chipped in 14 points each in the defeat.

Serbia U19: Nikola Jankovic 17, Jovan Novak 16, Luka Nikolic 12
Ukraine U20: Oleksandr Furs 15, Vladyslav Koreniuk 14, Klym Artamonov 14



Serbia U20 edge Montenegro U20 for second straight win in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Montenegro U20 69:49

Serbian U20 National Team registered the second consecutive victory at the friendly international tournament in Zrenjanin. They held off the Montenegrin counterparts to stay on top of the ladder. Nemanja Bezbradica (204-F/C-93, agency: Beo Basket) tossed in 12 points for the winning side.
Serbia dominated from the tip off. The home team gained a 21:10 lead after the first period. Serbia held Montenegro to 9 points in the next frame to ensure a 16-point halftime lead. Serbia boosted the gap to 20 points at the final intermission. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the fourth term as Serbia rolled to the win. Ivan Marinkovic (208-F/C-93) netted 10 points, while Aleksa Avramovic (94) added 8 points for the winning side. Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) responded with 12 points for Montenegro. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) produced 11 points in the losing case.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Bezbradica 12, Ivan Marinkovic 10, Aleksa Avramovic 8
Montenegro U20: Masan Vrbica 12, Milija Mikovic 11



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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Doellman, Valencia15.9 
 3. Feldeine, Mad-Croc15.9 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.6 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.4 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Toolson, G.Canari.14.2 
 8. Fisher, FIATC J.13.8 
 9. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.8 
 10. Norel, CAI Zarago.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Martin, Blancos7.1 
 2. Hunter, Jiangsu TX6.8 
 3. Nelson, G.Canari.6.4 
 4. Tomic, FCB Regal6.2 
 5. Lewis, UCAM M.6.2 
 6. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 7. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.0 
 8. Gaffney, FIATC J.5.9 
 9. Kendall, Blusens M.5.9 
 10. Norel, CAI Zarago.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.5.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.2 
 5. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 6. Markovic, Valencia4.1 
 7. Rodriguez, Real M.4.0 
 8. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
 9. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.5 
 10. Granger, Asefa E.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Doellman, Valencia1.9 
 2. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.7 
 3. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 4. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.6 
 5. Finley, Lagun A.1.6 
 6. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 7. Markovic, Valencia1.4 
 8. Uriz, CB Canarias1.3 
 9. Hanga, Assignia M.1.3 
 10. Rodriguez, UCAM M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Mad-Croc
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.5 
 2. Mejri, Blusens M.1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 7. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Hunter, Jiangsu TX1.1 
 9. Barnes, Asefa E.1.0 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 


Unicaja will not keep Marcus Williams - by Eurobasket News

28-year old American guard Marcus Williams (191-101kg-85, college: Connecticut) is leaving Unicaja Malaga (ACB). In 29 games he had 8.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg this season. Williams also played 24 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg.
The most of last season he spent at Jiangsu Dragons (CBA) in Chinese league. In 25 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg. Williams also spent pre-season at Unics Kazan (PBL) in Russian league that year.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) in Russian league. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 6.8apg (leader !!!). He helped them to make it to the Russian Cup Semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. Williams also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.5apg and 1.0spg.
In 2009-10 season he played at the Grizzlies in NBA. In 61 games he recorded 4.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg.
In 202009 summer Williams played at Quebradillas (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In 34 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 9.0apg (leader !!!) and 1.0spg. Great season indeed as he was selected Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Import Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
In 2006 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (22nd overall). Williams attended University of Connecticut and it is his seventh season in pro basketball. He represented USA at the World Championships U21 in Argentina eight years ago.
Williams has played also professionally for other NBA teams like Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies.
On Williams: (by David Duane for NBADraft.net in 2006)
He's a threat from the outside now which allows him to penetrate and dish or finish more often ... When big men challenge him in the paint, he uses a crafty floater/tear drop type of shot that he has really perfected ... He is practically unstoppable in the open court because his decision making is so quick and precise ...
Though he makes the right decision on the break, oftentimes he turns the ball over after drive in the lane while trying to feed teammates ... Actually needs to be more selfish at times, especially late in games when teammates are struggling ..
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Spain U19 claim second straight over Czech Republic U19 - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19 - Spain U19 62:81

Spanish U19 National Team outgunned Czech counterparts in the second game of the exhibition series in Prague. Sebastian Saiz (203-F-94) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winning side as they earned the second consecutive victory in the series.
Spain grabbed a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. Czech Republic struck right back. They upend the tempo in the second period and surged ahead for a 36:35 halftime lead. Spain retained the advantage in the third period. The visitors spurred in front for a 57:51 lead with ten minutes remaining. Spain dropped 24 points in the fourth term and sealed the win at the end. Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) netted 10 points, while Albert Homs (203-F-94, agency: Interperformances) contributed 8 points in the winning effort. Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) chipped in 11 points in the defeat.

Czech Republic U19: Radovan Kouril 12, Martin Peterka 11
Spain U19: Sebastian Saiz 19, Dario Brizuela 10, Albert Homs 8



ACB Round 3 of Finals. Real step closer to the title - by Eurobasket News

FCB Regal - Real Madrid 72-84

Real Madrid dominated from start to finish to earn a confident road win in the third game of the Finals. Real are now 2-1 up on FCB Real in the best-of-five series. The game without a history. Real Madrid led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Regal FC Barcelona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international Felipe Reyes (206-80) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Naturalized Montenegrin power forward Nikola Mirotic (207-91) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) who recorded 20 points and American-DR Congolese power forward Judson Wallace (205-82, college: Princeton) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
FCB Regal: J.Carlos Navarro 20+1reb, S.Jasikevicius 13+1reb, A.Tomic 10+4reb+2ast, J.Wallace 8+6reb+2ast, E.Lorbek 7+2reb, B.Oleson 7+2reb+1ast
Real Madrid: F.Reyes 20+5reb, N.Mirotic 18+2reb+1ast, S.Llull 12+4reb+5ast, R.Fernandez 8+2reb+2ast, M.Begic 8+3reb, T.Darden 7+4reb
gschID: 242292



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  SWEDEN   


Logan Stutz pens deal with LF Basket - by Eurobasket News

Logan Stutz (205-F-88, college: Washburn) pens deal with LF Basket for the next season. The American player will move from Germany.
In 2012/2013 season he played for ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen in Germany. In 28 ProA games he was the best scorer with impressive 20.1ppg and averaged 8.1rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.2apg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team. The most of last season Stutz spent at Raiffeisen Wels (A Bundesliga) in Austrian league. In 16 games he had 4.2ppg and 2.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Stutz also spent pre-season at Leitershofen (ProA) in German league earlier that year. In 11 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 16.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2spg. He played in the final of MIAA Tournament in 2010.Stutz graduated from Washburn University in 2011 and it is his second season as a professional player.



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  TURKEY   


Turkey edge Iran in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Iran 71:63

Turkey overcame Iran in the exhibition clash in Istanbul tonight. Turkey is preparing for the Mediterranean Games. Iran meanwhile getting ready for the FIBA Asia Championship. Melih Mahmutoglu (193-G-90) notched 11 points to lead the hosts.
The hosts dominated in the opening quarter. They recorded a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Turkey stretched the lead in the second frame. The home team accounted for a 41:28 halftime advantage. Iran adjusted the tempo in the second half. The Asian powerhouse cut the deficit to 10 points at the final intermission. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) tried to spark a comeback effort for the visitors. Iran narrowed the deficit but Turkey hung on to escape with the victory at the end. Oguz Savas (212-C-87) finished with 10 points, while Baris Hersek (207-PF-88) added 8 points in the win. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami answered with game-high 25 points for Iran. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Turkey: Melih Mahmutoglu 11, Oguz Savas 10, Baris Hersek 8
Iran: Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 25, Hamed Haddadi 13



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  UKRAINE   


Serbia U19 fire past Ukraine U20 in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Ukraine U20 84:60

Serbian U19 National Team claimed the first victory at the international friendly tournament in Zrenjanin. They knocked down Ukraine U20 for 1-1 record. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) netted 17 points to pace the winners.
Serbia U19 jumped to a 21:10 lead after the starting quarter. Ukraine stepped on the gas in the second frame. The visitors fired 22 points to cut the deficit at 10 points at halftime 42:32. But Serbia were back in control in the third term. The hosts went on a 20:14 run to boost the margin to 16 points. Serbia never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Jovan Novak (183-PG-94) posted 16 points, while Luka Nikolic (209-F/C-94) added 12 points for the hosts. Oleksandr Furs (202-PF-93) answered with 15 points for Ukraine. Vladyslav Koreniuk (206-C-94) and Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) chipped in 14 points each in the defeat.

Serbia U19: Nikola Jankovic 17, Jovan Novak 16, Luka Nikolic 12
Ukraine U20: Oleksandr Furs 15, Vladyslav Koreniuk 14, Klym Artamonov 14



Serbia U20 open Zrenjanin tourney with victory - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Ukraine U20 79:54

Serbian U20 National Team victoriously opened the international tournament in Zrenjanin. The hosts outgunned the Ukrainian counterparts in the opener. Sasa Avramovic (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 11 points to lead the winners.
Serbia grabbed a 23:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Ukraine cut the deficit in the second frame. The visitors went on a 19:11 run to get within 4 points at halftime 30:34. But Serbia were back in control in the third period. The hosts held Ukraine to 8 points to ensure a 12-point lead before the fourth frame. Serbia went on a 29:16 rally in the final period to seal a comfortable victory at the end. Andrija Bojic (210-C/F-93, agency: Beo Basket) netted 10 points, while Nemanja Krstic (198-SF-93) added 9 points for the winners. Illya Zhukovskyy (197-SF-93) answered with 11 points for Ukraine. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) netted 10 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Sasa Avramovic 11, Andrija Bojic 10, Nemanja Krstic 9
Ukraine U20: Illya Zhukovskyy 11, Klym Artamonov 10



Andriy Lebedintsev joins Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk added depth to their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91). The deal is meant for three seasons. Last two seasons Andriy Lebedintsev spent with Ferro-ZNTU. He averaged 1.9 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in Superleague last season. He earned Superleague Cup title with Ferro-ZNTU. Previously the guard had spells for Union Olimpija, BC Odessa, BC Kyiv. He participated at the Slovenian League All-Star Game in 2011. Andriy Lebedintsev was the member of U16, U18 and U21 Ukrainian National Teams. He posted solid 9.8 points, 4.9 assists, 3.6 rebounds per game at the 2011 European Championship U20 in Bilbao.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Brown Back At The Box - by Paul Nilsen

The London Lions have made point guard Rod Brown (186-PG-78, college: W.Michigan) their first signing as they get ready to move to the Copper Box Arena.

The 61 American made an instant impact when he joined the Lions at the turn of this year, spearheading their successful push for a Playoff place. Brown is a veteran of many years playing in the UK before heading off to Europe to play in the big leagues in Spain and Italy.

Now a British passport holder, Brown took hold of the team making the winning basket in the Lions last regular season game to qualify for the Playoffs.

Lions Head Coach Vince Macaulay had this to say, Im just so excited, we have a great opportunity at the Queen Elizabeth Park and with these great challenges we need capable men, Rod was a great addition to us last season and hes just as excited as I am about the move, his veteran leadership was key and will be required this season as we try to compete at the top of the League table, we had a job on our hands to retain his services as he was in great demand hear and overseas but the potential here is the best in British basketball and I think Rod saw that.

A native of Texas, Brown graduated from Western Michigan University in 2000 before coming over to the UK to play. Following spells in Greece, Spain and Italy, Brown played in Switzerland in 2011 where he won the Championship and Playoffs.

Last season Brown averaged 15 points and 4.5 assists per game for the Lions, however it was the calmness under pressure that he brought to his team mates, Macaulay added, In building this years team Rod was our first name down and all at the club are delighted to have been able to bring him back but this is only the start of assembling an exciting team for London.

Player sponsorship is now available for Rod Brown on a first come first served basis.

The Lions are about to announce Season ticket offers for the Copper Box as well as a first opportunity to go to the Copper Box and pick your seats in Seat Selection Sunday, if youre interested in any of these please just email lolly@londonlionsbasketball.com



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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Jun. 14: Stockholmo - Cader 86-99
Jun. 14: Guruyu Waston - Capitol 84-79
Jun. 14: Colon - Yale 77-72
Jun. 15: Larre Borges - Urunday Univ.
Jun. 15: Marne - 25 de Agosto
Jun. 15: Verdirrojo - Welcome


FIBA Americas U16: Grolla Facundo erupted with 36 points and 25 rebounds against Bahamas - by Eurobasket News

Bahamas-Uruguay 66:72

Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) erupted with 36 points and 25 rebounds against Bahamas as his Uruguay won the first Classification game for 5-8 places. Uruguay won 72:66 at the FIBA Americas Championship Day 4 opener.
Uruguay opened the game with 18-13 and looked better in the first half. Both teams scored 11 points each in the second frame for 29:24 home side lead at the halftime. Uruguay won also the third period 22-16 and enjoyed 11-point advantage after three quarters. Bahamas managed to win the last period 26-21 and reduced to final 6 points.
Santiago Massa (187-PF-96) and Agustin Viotti (190-SF-97) scored 9 points each for the hosts. Deajour Adderley (187-SG-96) replied with 20 points in the losing effort, while Qyemah Gibson (198-SF-97) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. Sebastian Gray (198-SF-97) delivered 10 and Shamar Burrows (187-G-97) added 7.

Bahamas: Deajour Adderley 20, Qyemah Gibson 19+10 rebs, Sebastian Gray 10, Shamar Burrows 7
Uruguay: Facundo Grolla 36+25 rebs, Santiago Massa 9, Agustin Viotti 9



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

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

Second Stage: Round 6

Jun. 13: Marinos - Bucaneros 97-94
Jun. 14: Cocodrilos - Gaiteros 97-74
Jun. 13: Cocodrilos - Gaiteros 89-76
Jun. 14: Marinos - Bucaneros 88-79


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Humacao
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Carmona, Humacao23.2 
 2. Pena, Huracanes PP21.9 
 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 PP
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Pena, Huracanes PP6.1 
 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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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


DeJuan Collins and Krasnie Krilya Samara part ways - by Eurobasket News

DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) and Krasnie Krilya Samara part ways as the American player will not be back to the team next season.
In 6 PBL games he recorded just 2.2ppg and 1.2rpg. He also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 11.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.0apg. Collins also played 7 games in VTB United League where he averaged only 2.0ppg and 1.0rpg. He also spent pre-season at Al Riyadi (Division A) in Lebanese league earlier that year.
The 2011 season Collins played at Zalgiris (LKL) in Lithuanian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 16 LKL games he averaged 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. Collins also played 12 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg. He also played 2 games in Baltic League where he averaged 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg. And finally Collins played 15 games in VTB United League where he averaged 3.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. He won EuroChallenge championship title and the cup.




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Women News


WNBL stars dominate Opals team for China series - by Eurobasket News


The strength of the WNBL was again on show as new Jayco Australian Opals Head Coach announced his first squad, ahead of a three-game series against China later starting next week.

Joyce selected nine WNBL players in the 12-strong squad, led by two-time Olympian and Adelaide Lightning star Jennifer Screen (180-SF-82).

Coming off another season of finals basketball in Adelaide, Screen will be one of the most senior members of the Opals squad that will travel to China on Sunday ahead of Game One of the series on June 19.

While Screen brings experience to the table, there will be a fair share of exciting young stars on display headlined by Bendigo Spirit off-season signing Sara Blicavs (188-F-93).

The 20-year-old talent has long been talked about as a future Opals star and Joyce has wasted little time giving the athletic forward a chance to shine against international quality opposition.

Blicavs comes from some of the richest basketball bloodlines, with her mother Karen Blicavs (nee Ogden) representing Australia on the international stage and winning two WNBL MVPs.

While dad Andris is regarded as one of the best athletes to play for the Australian Boomers during the 1980s and forged a brilliant NBL career.

After an impressive debut season with the West Coast Waves, Natalie Burton (194-C-89, college: W.Virginia) capped off a brilliant return to Australian soil, earning her first Opals call-up.

Returning to the WNBL after four years in the US college system, the 24-year-old was a shining light in an otherwise dark season for the Waves.

Logan Thunder off-season signing Tegan Cunningham (185-F-88, college: Oklahoma St.) comes in for her first taste of senior Opals action alongside veteran teammate Kristen Veal (176-G-81), who will be the most senior member of the team at 31 years of age.

After several years in Europe, Natalie Hurst (164-PG-83) celebrated her decision to return to the WNBL and the Canberra Capitals with another opportunity to add to her Opals games tally.

Guards Renae Camino (177-G-86) (Sydney Uni Flames), Tess Madgen (180-G/F-90) (Bulleen Boomers) and bolter Kelly Wilson (170-G-84) (Bendigo Spirit) round out the WNBL contingent, with the inclusion of Wilson a first for the Bendigo star.

Jayco Australian Opals Team 2013 Tour of China (16-24 June)

Sara Blicavs / 188cm / Forward / 15 Feb 1993 / Bendigo Spirit (WNBL)
Natalie Burton / 194cm / Centre / 23 Mar 1989 / West Coast Waves (WNBL)
Renae Camino / 177cm / Guard / 19 Nov 1986 / Sydney Uni Flames (WNBL)
Tegan Cunningham / 186cm / Forward / 23 Jan 1988 / Logan Thunder (WNBL)
Cayla Francis (192-C-89) / 192cm / Forward-Centre / 1 May 1989 / Aix-en-Provence (France)
Natalie Hurst / 163cm / Guard / 8 Apr 1983 / Canberra Capitals (WNBL)
Tess Madgen / 180cm / Guard / 12 August 1990 / Bulleen Boomers (WNBL)
Jennifer Screen / 180cm / Guard-Forward / 26 Feb 1982 / Adelaide Lightning (WNBL)
Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) / 180cm / Guard / 10 January 1981 / CCC Polkowice (Poland)
Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) / 196cm / Forward-Centre / 2 July 1989 / Aix-ene-Provence (France)
Kristen Veal / 176cm / Guard / 24 July 1981 / Logan Thunder (WNBL)
Kelly Wilson / 170cm / Guard / 1 January 1985 / Bendigo Spirit (WNBL)
Courtesy of: http://www.wnbl.com.au



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  BELGIUM   


Noemie Mayombo very positive about playing for Dynamo-GUVD next season - by Bert Larsimont

Belgian national basketball team's point guard Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) has signed a contract for two seasons with the Russian club of Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk (see previous article here).

In the season 2013-14, this club will be coached by Boris Sokolovskiy, European champion with Russia in 2011 and ranked fourth at the London Olympics in 2012. The club has new objectives in FIBA Eurocup too. Noemie Mayombo finished her university studies a year in advance in June 2013 and wishes to respond positively to the request of Coach Boris Sokolovskiy who would like her to compete in a top European championship and rub shoulders with the best players in the world.

Comments of the player: "First of all, I would like to thank the club of Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk and especially Coach Boris Sokolovskiy for giving me the chance to participate in the Russian competition. This is a high-level competition with probably the best players in the world. It is therefore a great opportunity for me to improve my game and make progress. In this perspective of progression and improvement, I have signed for two years with the club of Novisibirsk.

I had the possibility to go in other European countries like Turkey or France, but Coach Boris Sokolovskiy has known me for a long time. He has followed me since 2007 (U21 World championship in Russia). He is a very good coach, he knows how I play and wants to work with me. Thus, I took the opportunity to have a great coach, play in a great competition and work hard to improve my game.

And last but not least, I would like to thank my family for their encouragement and their support in my career and my choices. They have always been there for me."



(Source: LBM Management)



Waregem signs American forward Shanavia Dowdell - by Eurobasket News

Waregem signs American forward Shanavia Dowdell (188-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Louisiana Tech) for the next season. The Belgium team gets bigger with the professional player.
Shanavia Dowdell played last at Rockhampton Cyclones in Australia. In 2012-2013 she played for Townsville Fire (Australia-WNBL, starting five) and averaged 8.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 43.2%. Earlier in 2011-2012 for Townsville Fire her stats read15.5ppg, Reb-4 (9.0rpg), 1.4apg, FGP: 52.6%, FT: 80.0%.
Three years ago Dowdell was drafted by Washington Mystics (WNBA) in second round (18th overall). She attended Louisiana Tech University until 2010 and it may be her third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Dowdell's team made it to the WNBL Semifinals in 2012. She was also voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Import Player of the Year in 2012.
Shanavia Dowdell has played also professionally in France (Toulouse), WNBA (San Antonio Silver Stars).



Dynamo-GUVD add Noemie Mayombo - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo-GUVD bolstered their squad. They agreed on terms of contract with Belgian talent Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management). The guard inked a two-year deal with the Russian team. Noemie Mayombo played for Point Chaud Sprimont for the last three seasons. Last season she averaged impressive 20.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game in D1. Noemie Mayombo was named into Belgian League All-Domestic Players Team. She also earned the third straight All-Belgian League 2nd Team honour. Previously Noemie Mayombo had stints with Neuchatel and Nyon Basket in Switzerland. She was the member of U16, U18, U20 and U21 Belgian National Teams. Noemie Mayombo has been the member of the National Team since 2010.


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  CHINA   


WNBL stars dominate Opals team for China series - by Eurobasket News


The strength of the WNBL was again on show as new Jayco Australian Opals Head Coach announced his first squad, ahead of a three-game series against China later starting next week.

Joyce selected nine WNBL players in the 12-strong squad, led by two-time Olympian and Adelaide Lightning star Jennifer Screen (180-SF-82).

Coming off another season of finals basketball in Adelaide, Screen will be one of the most senior members of the Opals squad that will travel to China on Sunday ahead of Game One of the series on June 19.

While Screen brings experience to the table, there will be a fair share of exciting young stars on display headlined by Bendigo Spirit off-season signing Sara Blicavs (188-F-93).

The 20-year-old talent has long been talked about as a future Opals star and Joyce has wasted little time giving the athletic forward a chance to shine against international quality opposition.

Blicavs comes from some of the richest basketball bloodlines, with her mother Karen Blicavs (nee Ogden) representing Australia on the international stage and winning two WNBL MVPs.

While dad Andris is regarded as one of the best athletes to play for the Australian Boomers during the 1980s and forged a brilliant NBL career.

After an impressive debut season with the West Coast Waves, Natalie Burton (194-C-89, college: W.Virginia) capped off a brilliant return to Australian soil, earning her first Opals call-up.

Returning to the WNBL after four years in the US college system, the 24-year-old was a shining light in an otherwise dark season for the Waves.

Logan Thunder off-season signing Tegan Cunningham (185-F-88, college: Oklahoma St.) comes in for her first taste of senior Opals action alongside veteran teammate Kristen Veal (176-G-81), who will be the most senior member of the team at 31 years of age.

After several years in Europe, Natalie Hurst (164-PG-83) celebrated her decision to return to the WNBL and the Canberra Capitals with another opportunity to add to her Opals games tally.

Guards Renae Camino (177-G-86) (Sydney Uni Flames), Tess Madgen (180-G/F-90) (Bulleen Boomers) and bolter Kelly Wilson (170-G-84) (Bendigo Spirit) round out the WNBL contingent, with the inclusion of Wilson a first for the Bendigo star.

Jayco Australian Opals Team 2013 Tour of China (16-24 June)

Sara Blicavs / 188cm / Forward / 15 Feb 1993 / Bendigo Spirit (WNBL)
Natalie Burton / 194cm / Centre / 23 Mar 1989 / West Coast Waves (WNBL)
Renae Camino / 177cm / Guard / 19 Nov 1986 / Sydney Uni Flames (WNBL)
Tegan Cunningham / 186cm / Forward / 23 Jan 1988 / Logan Thunder (WNBL)
Cayla Francis (192-C-89) / 192cm / Forward-Centre / 1 May 1989 / Aix-en-Provence (France)
Natalie Hurst / 163cm / Guard / 8 Apr 1983 / Canberra Capitals (WNBL)
Tess Madgen / 180cm / Guard / 12 August 1990 / Bulleen Boomers (WNBL)
Jennifer Screen / 180cm / Guard-Forward / 26 Feb 1982 / Adelaide Lightning (WNBL)
Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) / 180cm / Guard / 10 January 1981 / CCC Polkowice (Poland)
Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) / 196cm / Forward-Centre / 2 July 1989 / Aix-ene-Provence (France)
Kristen Veal / 176cm / Guard / 24 July 1981 / Logan Thunder (WNBL)
Kelly Wilson / 170cm / Guard / 1 January 1985 / Bendigo Spirit (WNBL)
Courtesy of: http://www.wnbl.com.au



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Russia University team exchange the wins with Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Russia University team exchange the wins with Czech Republic in Prague.
In Game 1 Russia posted an 80:61 win. They started with a 19-14 lead and then dominated the second half. In Game 2 Czech Republic University team replied with a 77:70 win. The hosts looked better in that game and tied the series at 1-1.



Slovakia U20 wins the first game against Czech Republic U20 - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20-Slovakia U20 59:68

Slovakia U20 wins the first game against Czech Republic U20 in Hradci Kralovej. The Slovakian team took the lead in the first period and reached 68:59 final win.
Slovakia won the first period 17-11 and led 31:23 at the halftime. Czech Republic was too far to give up and replied with 22-18 rally in the third quarter that helped them to reduce to 49:45. Slovakia however posted a 19-14 win in the last stanza for the final result.
Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) notched 19. Beata Janoscikova (195-C-93) delivered 11 and Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) netted 10. Nada Salacova (192-C-94) answered with 11 points in defeat, while Pamela-Therese Effangova (178-SF-93) brought 10. Dominika Pohunkova (175-G-94) poured in 9 and Michaela Vojtkova (181-F-93) ended up with 7.

Czech Republic U20: Nada Salacova 11, Pamela-Therese Effangova 10, Dominika Pohunkova 9, Michaela Vojtkova 7
Slovakia U20: Angelika Slamova 22, Barbora Balintova 19, Beata Janoscikova 11, Sabina Oroszova 10



Kara Trutnov signs American center Morgan Johnson - by Eurobasket News

Kara Trutnov signs American center Morgan Johnson (196-C-90) for 2013/2014 season. The player will debut in Europe.
Kara Trutnov inked 23-year old American center Morgan Johnson who currently played University of Iowa in B10. She just graduated from NCAA. A very good season in her career as she was voted to All-Big Ten 2nd Team. The last season Johnson also at the University of Iowa in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. In 31 games she recorded 14.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.3bpg.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it is her first season in pro basketball. Johnson played in the final of Big Ten Tournament in 2010.
Kara Trutnov earlier announced Katerina Hindrakova and Lenka Vetrovcova.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


France invites to Eurobasket 2013! - by Eurobasket News

Eurobasket 2013 will start tomorrow in France. The French cities are ready for a warm welcome of 16 teams including the home side.
Two games will open the event in Vannes and Trelaze. Montenegro will take on Slovak Republic in Vannes, while Serbia will play against Great Britain in Trelaze. Later there will be 6 more games played during Day 1.
The most interesting and expected game will be between Spain and Russia. The latter came to France as the defending Champions. In 2011 Russia beat Turkey in the final of Eurobasket Women 2011. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) made double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
France finished third as they beat Czech Republic 63:56. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) top-scored with 26 points for France. For their Czech opponents Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) poured 17 points.
France will be the main favorite this time. The team won all friendly games and hopes to prove their ambitions at the home tournament.



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  FRANCE   


France U16 edge German U16 in overtime - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Germany U16 71:66 (OT)

French U16 National Team celebrated the third consecutive victory over their German counterparts in the exhibition series in Mulhouse. This time the victory came in overtime. Germany put up a fierce fight but the hosts snatched a tough win at the end. Maeva Djalbi knocked down 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
France gained a 15:9 lead after the opening quarter. But Germany went on a strong rally in the second frame to gain a 30:27 halftime lead. France denied the deficit to take a 2-point lead into the fourth frame. But Germany bounced back and forced overtime. France netted 18 points in the extra period and snatched a tough win at the end. Astou Gaye netted 16 points for the winning side. Annika Kuper responded with game-high 17 points for Germany. Luana Rodefeld (172-SG) tossed in 16 points in the loss.

France U16: Maeva Djalbi 16, Astou Gaye 16
Germany U16: Annika Kuper 17, Luana Rodefeld 16



France U16 edge Germany U16 for second straight time - by Eurobasket News

French and German U16 National Teams played the second exhibition encounter in Mulhouse. The hosts followed the initial (74:57) success with another convincing victory. France earned a 60:47 victory to take 2-0 lead in the three-game series. The teams will meet again tonight. Amandine Toi stepped up with 12 points to lead the winners.
Germany snatched a 13:12 lead after the opening frame. But the home team quickly denied the deficit. They pulled ahead for a 28:23 halftime advantage. Les Bleus went on a 16:11 run in the third term to boost the gap at 10-point mark. France kept Germany at bay throughout the final quarter and sealed the win at the end. Sunniva Ferri (181-F-97) answered with 11 points for the visitors. Johanna Klug (185-C-98) had 7 points in the loss.



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  GERMANY   


France U16 edge German U16 in overtime - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Germany U16 71:66 (OT)

French U16 National Team celebrated the third consecutive victory over their German counterparts in the exhibition series in Mulhouse. This time the victory came in overtime. Germany put up a fierce fight but the hosts snatched a tough win at the end. Maeva Djalbi knocked down 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
France gained a 15:9 lead after the opening quarter. But Germany went on a strong rally in the second frame to gain a 30:27 halftime lead. France denied the deficit to take a 2-point lead into the fourth frame. But Germany bounced back and forced overtime. France netted 18 points in the extra period and snatched a tough win at the end. Astou Gaye netted 16 points for the winning side. Annika Kuper responded with game-high 17 points for Germany. Luana Rodefeld (172-SG) tossed in 16 points in the loss.

France U16: Maeva Djalbi 16, Astou Gaye 16
Germany U16: Annika Kuper 17, Luana Rodefeld 16



France U16 edge Germany U16 for second straight time - by Eurobasket News

French and German U16 National Teams played the second exhibition encounter in Mulhouse. The hosts followed the initial (74:57) success with another convincing victory. France earned a 60:47 victory to take 2-0 lead in the three-game series. The teams will meet again tonight. Amandine Toi stepped up with 12 points to lead the winners.
Germany snatched a 13:12 lead after the opening frame. But the home team quickly denied the deficit. They pulled ahead for a 28:23 halftime advantage. Les Bleus went on a 16:11 run in the third term to boost the gap at 10-point mark. France kept Germany at bay throughout the final quarter and sealed the win at the end. Sunniva Ferri (181-F-97) answered with 11 points for the visitors. Johanna Klug (185-C-98) had 7 points in the loss.



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  GREECE   


Serbia U20 hand third straight loss to Greece U20 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Greece U20 57:39

Serbia U20 claimed the third consecutive victory over their Greek counterparts in the exhibition series in Novi Becej. Serbia dominated every facet of the game and clinched a well-deserved victory at the end. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 15 points to lead the winners.
Serbia snatched a narrow 17:15 lead after the starting quarter. They extended their lead in the second frame. Serbia piled up a 30:24 halftime lead. The Hellenes stopped the rot in the third term. The visitors cut the deficit at 5-point mark. But Serbia responded with a 17:4 rally in the final period to seal the winning outcome at the end. Nevena Markovic (193-F-93) chipped in 10 points for the winners. Kaubaku responded with 10 points for Greece. Anastasia Slouka (182-SG-93) tossed in 7 points in the losing effort.

Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 15, Nevena Markovic 10, Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) 9
Greece U20: Kaubaku 10, Anastasia Slouka 7



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  ITALY   


Umbertide announced Chiara Consolini and Ashleigh Fontenette - by Eurobasket News

Umbertide announced Chiara Consolini (186-F-88) and Ashleigh Fontenette (172-PG-89, agency: Two Points, college: Texas) for the upcoming season.
Chiara Consolini will come from Famila Wuber Schio. It is actually her comeback to Umbertide as she played here before. In 26 A1 games she recorded 5.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3spg this season. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. Consolini also played 18 games in Euroleague where she averaged just 2.5ppg. The last season she played also at Familia Schio. In 22 games she averaged 5.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0spg. She contributed to her team winning the supercup. Great season indeed as she was voted to Italian League All-Star Game. Consolini also played 15 games in Euroleague where she averaged only 1.8ppg.
Ashleigh Fontenette will come from Valosun KP Brno in Czech Republic. In 27 ZBL games she averaged impressive 16.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg and 3.0spg (leader !!!) this season. She helped them to make it to the Czech Rep. Cup Semifinals. She can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Defensive Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team. The last season Fontenette played at The University of Texas in Big 12 Conference in the NCAA. In 32 games she had 11.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.7spg. A very impressive season as she was selected to Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. Her team made it to the Central Europe Women League Semifinals.



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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Laura AUDERE
  RTU-Merks
  (178-F-84)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Audere, RTU-Merks20.1 
 2. Jallai, Tallina U.19.3 
 3. Puu, Tallina U.19.3 
 4. Haas, Rapla KK18.5 
 5. Hampton, Seatt.18.3 
 6. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.18.2 
 7. Krastina, TTT Riga17.0 
 8. Rozenberga, TTT R.16.7 
 9. Nikolai, Eclex T.15.8 
 10. Cirsa, Liepajas15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dita ROZENBERGA
  TTT R.
  (181-F-92)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Rozenberga, TTT R.11.1 
 2. Kasemagi, Eclex T.10.8 
 3. Peterkin, Liepajas10.2 
 4. Jallai, Tallina U.10.0 
 5. Strautmane, Kolibr.9.4 
 6. Audere, RTU-Merks9.3 
 7. Koster, Eclex Tall.9.1 
 8. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.8.9 
 9. Egle, Liepajas8.4 
 10. Dzarcane, TTT J.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  Cesis
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Eibele, Cesis7.8 
 2. Fomina, RTU-Merks6.1 
 3. Krastina, TTT Riga4.3 
 4. Rosenfeldt, Eclex3.7 
 5. Kosk, Rapla KK3.3 
 6. Jallai, Tallina U.3.3 
 7. Puu, Tallina U.3.2 
 8. Miil, Tallina U.3.2 
 9. Langenfelde, RTU-.3.2 
 10. Ptitsona, Eclex T.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  TTT Riga
  (174-G/F-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Krastina, TTT Riga2.8 
 2. Koster, Eclex Tall.2.7 
 3. Vasiljeva, Tartu U.2.7 
 4. Silaraja, Cesis2.7 
 5. Langenfelde, RTU-.2.6 
 6. Hampton, Seatt.2.5 
 7. Wallace, Tallina U.2.4 
 8. Fomina, RTU-Merks2.4 
 9. Rozenberga, TTT R.2.4 
 10. Puu, Tallina U.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daina LAZDENIECE
  RTU-M.
  (187-C-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.2.3 
 2. Jallai, Tallina U.1.7 
 3. Kasemagi, Eclex T.1.3 
 4. Mesila-K., Eclex T.1.3 
 5. Strautmane, Kolibr.1.1 
 6. Veidere, TTT Riga1.1 
 7. Langina, RTU-Merks1.1 
 8. Peterkin, Liepajas1.1 
 9. Hampton, Seatt.1.0 
 10. Strautmane, Kolib.1.0 



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  NCAA2   


Vikings get DI transfer from Sacramento State - by Eurobasket News

Taylor Peacocke (5'9''-G), who competed last season at Division I Sacramento State, has accepted a scholarship offer to play womens basketball at Western Washington University beginning this fall. We are excited to have Taylor as part of our program, said WWU head coach Carmen Dolfo in making the announcement. She has great versatility and could help us at either off-guard or point guard. Peacocke, a 5-foot-9 guard, saw action in seven games for the Hornets in 2012-13 before suffering a season-ending injury. She received a medical hardship and will have freshman eligibility at WWU. A graduate of Inglemoor High School, Peacocke was a second-team Class 4A all-State selection and a Seattle Times Star Times all-Area pick as a senior. An all-KingCo League selection for the third straight year, Peacocke averaged a league-leading 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.3 steals and 3.2 assists for the Vikings, setting a school career record for points with 1,152. Peacocke was a three-star recruit according to ESPN Hoop Gurlz. She averaged 18.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a junior, and a school-record 19.6 points and 10.6 rebounds as a sophomore. Peacocke was named the Bothell/Kenmore Reporter Athlete of the Year as a junior. WWU graduated three senior starters from last years 29-4 team that won both the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles, took the West Regional championship and reached the NCAA II national semifinals.
Courtesy of: kpug1170.com



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  POLAND   


KING Wilki Morskie Szczecin brings in Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk - by Eurobasket News

KING Wilki Morskie Szczecin agreed terms with 24-year old domestic ex-international power forward Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89). The player will join the team from Matizol Lider Pruszkow. In 21 games she had 10.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.2spg last season. She helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com Polish PLKK All-Domestic Players Team. The earlier season Kaczmarczyk played at AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski (PLKK). In 31 games she recorded 8.5ppg and 6.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as her team made it to the PLKK Semifinals in 2011. Kaczmarczyk was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention back in 2009.She was also a member of Polish international program for some years. Kaczmarczyk played for Polish Senior National Team between 2010 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. She also represented Poland at the European Championships in Poland two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.2ppg, 3.5rpg.



Basket ROW Rybnik signs Agata Gajda - by Eurobasket News

Basket ROW Rybnik signs Agata Gajda (175-PG-80, agency: Promotex) for 2013/2014 season. The player will join the team from PTK Pabianice.
In 17 games last season recorded 8.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.6apg and 2.2spg. The 2011 season Gajda played at CCC Polkowice (PLKK) in Polish league. In 31 games she averaged 3.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.0apg. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Gajda also played 10 games in Euroleague where she averaged 4.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2apg.
The previous (10-11) season she played at Energa Torun (PLKK) in Polish league. In 31 games she averaged 8.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg that season. She contributed to her team making it to the cup final. Gajda also played 8 games in Eurocup where she averaged 8.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.6spg.
Among other achievements she was selected to Polish PLKK All-Star Game back in 2006 and 2010. Gajda represented Poland at the European Championships in Latvia four years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg.



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Dynamo Kursk brings in Shay Doron and Olexandra Kurasova - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Kursk brings in Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) and Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) for the next season. The Russian team remains active on the transfer market.
Shay Doron played last at Tarsus Belediyesi in Turkey. In 23 games she had 12.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg and 2.0spg. Quite impressive year as she was named to Eurobasket.com Turkish TKBL All-Bosmans Team. Doron also played 9 games in Euroleague where she recorded 12.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg. She also spent pre-season at Elitzur Ramla (D1) in Israeli league earlier that year. She helped them to win the cup. The last season Doron played at UMMC Ekaterinburg. In two games she recorded 8.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.5apg. She also played 3 games in Euroleague where she recorded just 1.3ppg and 1.7rpg. The other team Doron played shortly was Shanghai Octopus (WCBA) in Chinese league. But in only one game she had only point.
Olexandra Kurasova comes from Rivas Ecopolis. In 22 games she averaged 9.8ppg and 4.5rpg this season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Kurasova also played 15 games in Euroleague where she had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. The last season Kurasova played at MKB Euroleasing (A Division) in Hungarian league. In 28 games she had 12.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. She contributed to her team winning the cup and make to league final. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Imports Team. Kurasova also played 12 games in Euroleague where she had 11.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.



Russia University team exchange the wins with Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Russia University team exchange the wins with Czech Republic in Prague.
In Game 1 Russia posted an 80:61 win. They started with a 19-14 lead and then dominated the second half. In Game 2 Czech Republic University team replied with a 77:70 win. The hosts looked better in that game and tied the series at 1-1.



Dynamo-GUVD add Noemie Mayombo - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo-GUVD bolstered their squad. They agreed on terms of contract with Belgian talent Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management). The guard inked a two-year deal with the Russian team. Noemie Mayombo played for Point Chaud Sprimont for the last three seasons. Last season she averaged impressive 20.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game in D1. Noemie Mayombo was named into Belgian League All-Domestic Players Team. She also earned the third straight All-Belgian League 2nd Team honour. Previously Noemie Mayombo had stints with Neuchatel and Nyon Basket in Switzerland. She was the member of U16, U18, U20 and U21 Belgian National Teams. Noemie Mayombo has been the member of the National Team since 2010.


Jelena Milovanovic joins Dynamo Kursk - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Kursk stayed active on the market. They secured another signing for the next season. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) penned the deal with the team. The power forward spent the last season in Hungary. She played for UNIQA Euroleasing. Jelena Milovanovic became the second best scorer in A Division posting 18.5 points per game. She also added 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 assists. In EuroLeague Jelena Milovanovic delivered 19.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.4 assists per appearance. She was named All-Hungarian League Player of the Year. Jelena Milovanic also earned All-EuroLeague Honourable Mention. Jelena Milovanovic is not new to Russia. She used to play for Spartak Vidnoe in 2010/12 seasons.


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Jelena Milovanovic joins Dynamo Kursk - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Kursk stayed active on the market. They secured another signing for the next season. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) penned the deal with the team. The power forward spent the last season in Hungary. She played for UNIQA Euroleasing. Jelena Milovanovic became the second best scorer in A Division posting 18.5 points per game. She also added 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 assists. In EuroLeague Jelena Milovanovic delivered 19.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.4 assists per appearance. She was named All-Hungarian League Player of the Year. Jelena Milovanic also earned All-EuroLeague Honourable Mention. Jelena Milovanovic is not new to Russia. She used to play for Spartak Vidnoe in 2010/12 seasons.


Serbia U20 hand third straight loss to Greece U20 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Greece U20 57:39

Serbia U20 claimed the third consecutive victory over their Greek counterparts in the exhibition series in Novi Becej. Serbia dominated every facet of the game and clinched a well-deserved victory at the end. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 15 points to lead the winners.
Serbia snatched a narrow 17:15 lead after the starting quarter. They extended their lead in the second frame. Serbia piled up a 30:24 halftime lead. The Hellenes stopped the rot in the third term. The visitors cut the deficit at 5-point mark. But Serbia responded with a 17:4 rally in the final period to seal the winning outcome at the end. Nevena Markovic (193-F-93) chipped in 10 points for the winners. Kaubaku responded with 10 points for Greece. Anastasia Slouka (182-SG-93) tossed in 7 points in the losing effort.

Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 15, Nevena Markovic 10, Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) 9
Greece U20: Kaubaku 10, Anastasia Slouka 7



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Slovakia U20 wins the first game against Czech Republic U20 - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20-Slovakia U20 59:68

Slovakia U20 wins the first game against Czech Republic U20 in Hradci Kralovej. The Slovakian team took the lead in the first period and reached 68:59 final win.
Slovakia won the first period 17-11 and led 31:23 at the halftime. Czech Republic was too far to give up and replied with 22-18 rally in the third quarter that helped them to reduce to 49:45. Slovakia however posted a 19-14 win in the last stanza for the final result.
Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) notched 19. Beata Janoscikova (195-C-93) delivered 11 and Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) netted 10. Nada Salacova (192-C-94) answered with 11 points in defeat, while Pamela-Therese Effangova (178-SF-93) brought 10. Dominika Pohunkova (175-G-94) poured in 9 and Michaela Vojtkova (181-F-93) ended up with 7.

Czech Republic U20: Nada Salacova 11, Pamela-Therese Effangova 10, Dominika Pohunkova 9, Michaela Vojtkova 7
Slovakia U20: Angelika Slamova 22, Barbora Balintova 19, Beata Janoscikova 11, Sabina Oroszova 10



Martina Stalvant pens deal with MBK Ruzomberok - by Eurobasket News

MBK Ruzomberok agreed terms with 24-year old Swedish international guard Martina Stalvant (181-G-89). She played last at Northland Basket Lulea in Sweden. In 28 Damligan games she had 11.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg and 2.2spg this season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season Stalvant played at IMOS Brno (ZBL) in Czech Republic league. In 37 games she recorded 5.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.4apg. She contributed to her team making it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Stalvant also played 14 games in Euroleague where she recorded just 2.4ppg.
The previous season she played at Gran Canaria (LFB) in Spanish league. In 25 games she recorded 6.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.2apg that season. Stalvant also played 9 games in Eurocup where she recorded 6.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.4apg.
In 2009-10 season she played at 08 Stockholm (Damligan) in Swedish league. In 21 games she recorded 10.4ppg. She contributed to her team winning the league title.
Martina Stalvant has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Stalvant represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 2.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.4apg.



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Jun. 14: Phoenix M. - L.Angeles S. 97-81
Jun. 14: New York L. - Connecticut S. 78-68
Jun. 14: Tulsa S. - Minnesota L. 74-83
Jun. 14: Atlanta D. - Seattle S. 68-59

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 15: L.Angeles S. - S.Antonio SS
Jun. 16: Washington M. - Indiana F.
Jun. 16: Atlanta D. - Chicago S.
Jun. 16: Tulsa S. - Phoenix M.
Jun. 16: Connecticut S. - Seattle S.


Results and Stats from Friday - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix M. - L.Angeles S. 97-81
Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) scored 34 points, DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the host Phoenix Mercury pulled away in the second half for a 97-81 win over the Sparks on Friday night. The Sparks, taking advantage of the time rookie Brittney Griner spent on the bench, slashed into the lane and snared offensive rebounds without much resistance to take a 50-48 lead at halftime. The Sparks scored 12 second-chance points in the half. But in the third quarter, Phoenix pulled away behind its defense, pressuring the Sparks into difficult shots and finishing the game with eight steals. Phoenix also started making their shots, going on an 11-2 run to build a 74-64 lead after three quarters. The Mercury poured it on to open the fourth quarter, with Taurasi and Charde Houston making three-point shots during a 9-2 run that put Phoenix up, 83-69. The Phoenix victory ended a five-game losing streak to the Sparks. Houston had 15 points and Brittney Griner finished with 10 points and four blocked shots in 15 minutes after sitting out the previous game because of a sprained left knee. Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) scored 18 points, Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) added 15 and Nneke Ogwumike had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Sparks. Los Angeles was without Alana Beard, who has a sore hamstring. Coming off its first win of the season, Phoenix played well despite being without forward Candice Dupree, who had been suspended for bumping an official last Saturday. Courtesy of: latimes.com

Tulsa S. - Minnesota L. 74-83
Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) scored 19 points and Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) added 17 to help the Minnesota Lynx overcome a poor performance by Maya Moore and beat the Tulsa Shock 83-74 on Friday night. Moore, who came in leading the WNBA with 22.3 points per game, was held to just 10 on 4-of-12 shooting. Seimone Augustus chipped in with 11 points for Minnesota, which improved to 4-1. "For sure, we do like when we can take some pressure off Maya," Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. "It's what we do as a team." Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) led the Shock (1-6) with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) scored 18 and played shutdown defense on Moore. "Very rarely did Maya have a pass that led to a layup," Reeve said. "Credit Tulsa's defense." Riquna Williams scored 16 points for Tulsa and Nicole Powell added 10. "We had some communication breakdowns and the way they shoot you have to contest them," Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "We've had three- or four-minute spans when we sort of go into a funk offensively. You can't do that against this team." The Lynx took a 39-35 lead at the break and pushed it to 66-53 heading into the fourth quarter before holding off a late rally. Minnesota outrebounded Tulsa 48-30. Brunson did a majority of the damage with 13, nine on the defensive side. "Brunson, she's just a monster," Kloppenburg said. "The key is keeping them off the glass and she is just so good at going around a player to the rim. Holding Maya to 10 points is nice, but they have so many weapons." Tulsa rookie Skylar Diggins, the third pick in this year's draft, was 1-of-6 from the field and scored her only basket with 3:47 left in the game. Courtesy of: sfgate.com

Atlanta D. - Seattle S. 68-59
The lesson here is quite simple: Don't make Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) angry. You wouldn't want to see her when she's angry. Obvious Incredible Hulk reference aside, it's still a fitting way to describe McCoughtry's evolved mental state from Friday night, as the Dream rolled over the Storm 68-59 at Philips Arena. In the beginning, things were rather tame between Atlanta and Seattle, typical for inter-conference foes that only meet twice a season. The Storm, riding a wave of good shooting, cruised to a 19-16 advantage after one quarter. But sometime in the second stanza, things got a little physical, perhaps a little too rough-and-tumble for McCoughtry's liking, prompting her to strike out against the Storm - in a cold, calculating and highly effective manner. "I was getting frustrated because I'm falling to the floor by myself (upon contact) in the paint. And that's not who I am. People know I'm not a flopper," said McCoughtry, without specifying a single incident from Friday's game. "I don't play dirty, and I don't like it when people play dirty with me." The end result: A motivated McCoughtry produced one of her most complete games as a pro, rallying for 23 points, nine boards, seven assists and five steals. "I thought Angel caught on fire at times, made some great plays for us - some back-breakers," said Dream head coach Fred Williams in his postgame address. "She's just playing some really exciting basketball for us, and we fed off her." With Atlanta only up one late in the second quarter, McCoughtry ostensibly clinched the game with a buzzer-beating layup just before halftime, boosting the lead to three (38-35). After that, the Dream dominated the third quarter, holding the Storm to just four points (on 2 of 16 shooting) and expanding their lead to 16 (55-39). The third-quarter lockdown (17-4) was a combination of frenetic Atlanta defense, wayward Seattle shooting and a frenzied tempo that seemingly left the starter-heavy Storm - the WNBA's lowest-scoring team - weary and wobbly. "That's what we do," said McCoughtry, alluding to the Dream's constant desire to push the ball. "That's our identity." Asked if she had ever tallied a triple-double at the pro level, McCoughtry reflected for a brief moment before warmly saying, "No ... I don't really care about that stuff." What she does care about is quite simple: At 5-1, the Dream are enjoying their current spot atop the WNBA's East Conference standings. They're also happy with an unblemished mark at home (3-0), with an average victory margin of 15 points. McCoughtry and her teammates will also appreciate a day of rest ... before 4-1 Chicago - led by Epiphanny Prince (20.7 points per game), Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) (13.4 points, 14.8 rebounds), Courtney Vandersloot and high-profile rookie Elena Delle Donne - visit Atlanta for an intra-conference showdown. In Williams' mind, it's too early to attach red-letter status with any game. It's even somewhat implausible to think Atlanta can plow through its 17-game home slate without suffering a loss. " (Winning every home game), that's every team's goal before the season," says Williams. "But it's very hard to win in this league. Our goal has always been just play exciting basketball for our fans, and I think we're doing that." The above statement certainly applies to the Dream. Last year, the club toiled in third place in the East before incurring a devastating playoff loss to the Indiana Fever, the eventual WNBA champions. But things have changed for the better this season, with Atlanta averaging 78 points per game and getting key contributions from Jasmine Thomas (5'9''-G-89, college: Duke) (13 points vs. Seattle), Armintie Herrington (nine points, four steals) and center Erika de Souva (seven points, eight boards, three blocks). Which brings us back to the showdown talk: In one respect, Coach Williams is sage enough to know that whatever happens Sunday - win or lose - probably won't have great meaning come playoff time (September). On the flip side, his star player chooses to embrace the hype surrounding the Sky (4-1). "Let's make it a big game," McCoughtry shouted to no one in particular inside the Dream locker room. "Let's pump it up!" Courtesy of: foxsportssouth.com

New York L. - Connecticut S. 78-68
There will be days the when the Connecticut Sun win just because Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) is the best player on the floor. Like Wednesday in Indiana. There will also be days when they must win when the MVP center is slightly off-center. Like Friday at the Prudential Center. Saddled with foul trouble and struggling for points and rebounds, Charles sat for large portions of the first three quarters. And without her help, her team quickly succumbed. "I think it's a little more complicated than that," Sun coach Anne Donovan said. Perhaps it is. But led by Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers), who scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half, the New York Liberty wiped out an 11-point deficit in the final 15 minutes to beat the Sun, 78-68. The Sun (2-4) were led by Allie Hightower (17 points) and Kara Lawson (5'8''-PG-81, college: Tennessee) (16 points). Charles was held to seven points and three rebounds. Connecticut returns to the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday to play the Seattle Storm at 5 p.m. "It's going to be a big game, a very big game on Sunday," Kelsey Griffin said. The Sun carried a 33-24 lead into the half. But Charles picked up her fourth foul with 7:11 to play in the third quarter and soon New York began to slowly erase a 47-36 deficit with 5:40 to play in the third. Cappie Pondexter beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter to finally give the Liberty a 56-55 lead, and then two minutes into the fourth New York led by 10. "I think New York was just hungry," Donovan said. "They scored 54 points in the second half and we simply did not match their intensity." The Liberty (4-2) made just 8 of 34 shots in the first half, 4 of their first 28. Connecticut's Griffin (nine points) had a career-high four steals in the half. New York also committed 13 turnovers, which led to 10 points by the Sun. And Cappie Pondexter's only points didn't come until there were just nine seconds to play in the half. Still, New York stayed in touch by dominating the boards throughout the game. It pulled 13 more off the glass than the Sun in the half and held Charles to just 1-for-7 from the floor with three points. By the game's end, the Liberty held a 57-36 rebounding advantage, getting 20 of them on the offensive boards. They were too big, too strong. Charles, the league's reigning MVP, had started the season with five straight double-doubles for the first time in her four seasons. This was quite an accomplishment even for someone who has become the league's most prolific rebounder. "I wasn't aggressive and I wasn't attacking enough," Charles said. "I wasn't being the force I know I can be. And I blame myself because I don't think there is anyone who can deter me if I'm playing the way I know I can." Charles had 30 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday in Indiana. But when she is not on her game, the Sun are going to need more offensive balance to survive the prolonged absences of Renee Montgomery and Tan White. And they'll need to get to the foul line more than they have this season. The Sun have been outscored by 39 points from the line in six games. They went into Friday's game not only last in the league in attempts (9.8 per game), but last in makes (6.8) and percentage (.694). On Friday, the Sun made just 8 of 11 from the line. The Liberty was 16-for-25. Most of those points have been provided by Lawson, off to a great shooting start this season. She had 13 points in the first half, shooting 5-for-9 with two three-pointers to help the Sun build what was a 33-22 lead late in the first half. "We still have a lot of improvements to make, and it's a hard situation in this league because you don't want to fall too far behind too early," Lawson said. "But at the same time, we've played four out of six games on the road against some really good teams." Courtesy of: courant.com