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  ARGENTINA   



Croatia U19 posts the second straight win in Dubrovnik - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U19- Argentina U19 89:80

Croatia U19 posts the second straight win in Dubrovnik at the International Tournament with 4 teams. In Day 2 Croatia beat Argentina U19 89:80. The latter suffered their second straight loss.
Both teams nailed 21 points in the first period and then the second frame became decisive in the game. The hosts erupted for 49:39 lead at the halftime and never looked behind after. Croatia led 73:59 after three quarters, while Argentina looked better in the last stanza. The latter did their best to recover and managed to reduce to final 9 points.
Martin Junakovic (185-PG-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Bender netted 18. Dominik Mavra (191-SG-94) delivered 13, whilst Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 11. Torres ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, while Moreno and Rodrigo Haag (193-SG-95) had 14 each. Gonzales delivered 10 points in a loss.

Croatia U19: Martin Junakovic 21, Bender 18, Dominik Mavra 13, Tomislav Gabric 11
Argentina U19: Torres 17, Moreno 14, Rodrigo Haag 14, Gonzales 10



FIBA Americas U16: USA breeze past Argentina for the title - by Eurobasket News

USA U16 - Argentina U16 94:48

The USA conquered the FIBA Americas U16 Championship title. They knocked down Argentina in the Final in Punta del Este yesterday. Joshua Jackson (6'7''-G/F-97) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners.
It was a one way traffic right from the start. The North Americans jumped to a 15:8 lead at the first break. The USA poured in 28 points in the second period to gain a 28-point halftime lead 43:15. The USA kept on mounting the pressure in the third period. They cleared off to a massive 33-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Argentina scored just 13 points in the fourth term as the US team cruised to the victory. Jayson Tatum (6'7''-F-98) posted 14 points, while Seventh Woods (6'2''-PG-98) added 12 points for the winning side. Maximo Fjellerup (6'4''-SG-97) responded with 13 points for Argentina. Lucio Delfino (6'6''-PF-97) and Lautaro Riego (6'6''-C-97) had 12 points each in the loss.


Malik Newman (6'4''-G-97) was named the MVP after the end of the tournament.

USA U16: Joshua Jackson 16, Jayson Tatum 14, Seventh Woods 12
Argentina U16: Maximo Fjellerup 13, Lucio Delfino 12, Lautaro Riego 12



Quimsa tab Fernando Funes - by Eurobasket News

Quimsa bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Fernando Funes (192-G/F-83). The guard signed a one-year deal with the team. Last season Fernando Funes played for Argentino. He averaged 12.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game in LigaA. Previously the guard had stints with Gimnasia-Indalo Esgrima, Lanus, Boca Juniors, San Nicolas, Atenas, Central Enterriano and Trotamundos. He earned All-Argentinean LigaA Honourable Mention in 2010.


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  AUSTRALIA   


SBL: Crucial doubles for Tigers, Hawks (Friday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

The Willetton Tigers and Perry Lakes Hawks' women's and men's SBL teams both recorded impressive Friday night victories over Kalamunda and Wanneroo respectively to open Week 14 action.

Kalamunda tried to stick with Perry Lakes in the first half on Friday at the WA Basketball Centre with the Hawks leading by just 10 points at half-time, but from there the home side racked up 74 points to the Suns' 34 to end up with a massive 130-80 win.

Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) had a night out for the Hawks with 30 points and 13 rebounds while Corey Easley (205-F-83, college: Minnesota St.) added 22 points, Michael Lay 20, Ben Purser 13 and Rob Cassir 10.

The Suns obviously missed Australian Boomers centre Luke Nevill with Jake Withers scoring 14 points, Ben Smith 12 and Louis Timms 11 to go with 10 rebounds.

The Willetton Tigers recorded a crucial 111-94 win over the Wanneroo Wolves at Willetton Basketball Stadium with Quinn McDowell leading the way with 28 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Brandon Adams (201-F-87, college: Hawaii) also had 27 points and 18 boards for the Tigers with Jacob Reed adding 14 points and Kyle Armour 13.

Trian Iliadis worked tirelessly for the Wolves with 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Rob Huntington added 15 points, Seb Salinas 13 and Damian Matacz 13.

The Willetton Tigers women's team beat the Wanneroo Wolves 62-51 with Antonia Edmondson and Melissa Marsh both finishing with 18 points. Marsh also picked up eight rebounds. Lisa Wallbutton added 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Tigers as well.

Shani Amos hit 11 points to go with 10 rebounds for the Wolves with Casey Lockwood adding 10 points.

The Perry Lakes Hawks won a nail-biter against the Kalamunda Eastern Suns coming back from a nine-point half-time deficit to win by two.

Natalie Burton scored 20 points and pulled in 13 rebounds to go with four assists for the Hawks with Kate Anthony scoring 14 points and Belinda Mayger finishing with 13 points, 10 boards and seven assists.

Jennie Rintala hit 15 points to go with six boards for the Suns while Melissa Moyle hit 12 points and Sarah-Jane Knox pulled in 10 rebounds.

Article by Chris Pike
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



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  BAHAMAS   


FIBA Americas U16: Bahamas finished 7th in Uruguay - by Eurobasket News

Bahamas U16-Mexico U16 60:58

Bahamas finished 7th in Uruguay at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team escaped the last position after a 60:58 win against Mexico. Deajour Adderley (187-SG-96) brought the last points for his side to seal the victory.
Bahamas won the first period 12-10 and then added 21-13 in the second frame. Mexico managed to recover in the third period after a 15-9 rally and continued to catch up with the opponents in the last period. Although Mexico won the period 20-18, it was not enough to win the game. Being tied at 58, Deajour Adderley brought the last points for his side to seal the victory.
Deajour Adderley top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Qyemah Gibson (198-SF-97) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sebastian Gray (198-SF-97) followed them with 9 points in a win. Rene Melendez (192-SF-96) finished the game with 16 points in defeat, whilst Ivan Venegas (200-C-96) had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Oscar Pina (180-SG-97) nailed 10 and Diego Contreras (186-PG-96) brought 6.

Bahamas U16: Deajour Adderley 24, Qyemah Gibson 12+10 rebs, Sebastian Gray 9
Mexico U16: Rene Melendez 16, Ivan Venegas 15+10 rebs, Oscar Pina 10, Diego Contreras 6



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

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

Top 4: Round 3

Jun. 15: Muharraq - Al Manama 70-82
Jun. 15: Al Hala - Al Ahli 51-65



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  BRAZIL   


Brazil U19 outscore Russia U19 in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19-Brazil U19 59:61

Brazil U19 outscore Russia U19 in Day 2 of the International Tournament. Brazil improved to 2-0 record in Dubrovnik after a 61:59 victory. Russia meanwhile suffered their second straight loss.
Russia won the first period 17-15 and led two points at the halftime as both teams nailed 12 points in the second frame. The third quarter became decisive in the game as Brazil erupted with 20-10 surge to take the lead. Russia replied with 20-14 rally in the last stanza but reduced only to 2 points at the end.
Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) stepped up with 15 points for Russia and Pavel Krechetov (188-PG-94) added 13. Alexander Gankevich (201-PF-95) and Yuriy Pershin (190-G-94) followed them with 7 points each.
Croatia U19 meanwhile posts the second straight win in Dubrovnik at the International Tournament with 4 teams. In Day 2 Croatia beat Argentina U19 89:80. The latter suffered their second straight loss.



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  CANADA   


FIBA Americas U16: Canada beat Puerto Rico to clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Canada U16 - Puerto Rico U16 62:50

Canada finished their FIBA Americas U16 Championship on a high note. They rallied past Puerto Rico to climb onto the pedestal. Jamal Murray (191-PG-96) nailed 15 points helping Canada earn the Bronze medals.
Canada grabbed a narrow 12:11 lead at the first intermission. But Puerto Rico denied it in the second term. Puerto Rico surged ahead to secure a 25:21 halftime advantage. Canada increased the tempo in the second half. They trimmed the deficit to trail by a single point at the final intermission. Canada triggered a 24:11 run in the fourth quarter to escape with a tough victory at the end. Koby McEwen (187-PG-97) chipped in 12 points, while Nolan Narain (205-C-97) added 10 points in the winning case. Leandro Allende (190-F/G-97) answered with 16 points for Puerto Rico. Arnaldo Toro (205-C-97) had 15 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

Canada U16: Jamal Murray 15, Koby McEwen 12, Nolan Narain 10
Puerto Rico U16: Leandro Allende 16, Arnaldo Toro 15+14 boards



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  CHILE   


FIBAAMERICAS U16: The NT finished fifth - by Daniel Valencia

The Chilean National Team U16 finished fifth in the FIBAAMERICAS U16 championship.

The team coached by Manuel Cordoba (agency: Regeneracom Sports ) defeated to Uruguay 64-62 in day 1 of the tournament, lost against Canada 87-40 in day 2 and in day 3, with the chance to qualify to the world championship the NT was defeated by Puerto Rico 62-52.

In the second round of the tournament, lookin for the fifth place, the NT defeated to Mexico 72-64 and once again to the host Uruguay (66-65) on saturday to reach the fifth place.

The point guard Nicolas Aguirre (176-PG-97) finished second in the scoring list of the torunament with 18.0 points per game, first in assists per game with 6.0 and first in steals with 4.2 The center Javier Barra (209-C-97) finished ninth in rebounds with 7.4 per game.

After a year away from the minor series of the NT, Manuel Cordoba (agency: Regeneracom Sports ) returned with another good performance.



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  CHINA   


USA won their 2nd Game - by Robert Wang

The USA All-Stars team played by far their best game of the China tour, topping host China 88-82 in a well-played game. The USA lead the entire game running out to a ten-point lead after the first quarter and was up 63-51 after the third quarter.
China cam back in the fourth quarter led by Lin Chang and Tonglin Sun who each scored 16 points. China out-rebounded the Americans 32-22 but the USA pulled down several key rebounds in the fourth quarter.
Robert Crawford provided scoring off the bench with eight first half points, including two three-pointers. USA point guard Derek Needham finally got untracked scoring 24 points on 5-of-6 from long distance. Needham added five rebounds and three steals. Devin Sweetney led the USA with 25 points, his fourth 20+ point effort of the tour.
This was a high level game at times. The USA played with confidence and it showed on both sides of the ball. Guys were competitive and executed well. They made plays individually and as a group. The USA answered each of Chinas runs in the 2nd half, fueled by defense and rebounding.
Canada topped Latvia 106-84 earlier. The Canadians shots over 50% for the game including 50% on three-pointers.



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  CROATIA   


Croatia U19 posts the second straight win in Dubrovnik - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U19- Argentina U19 89:80

Croatia U19 posts the second straight win in Dubrovnik at the International Tournament with 4 teams. In Day 2 Croatia beat Argentina U19 89:80. The latter suffered their second straight loss.
Both teams nailed 21 points in the first period and then the second frame became decisive in the game. The hosts erupted for 49:39 lead at the halftime and never looked behind after. Croatia led 73:59 after three quarters, while Argentina looked better in the last stanza. The latter did their best to recover and managed to reduce to final 9 points.
Martin Junakovic (185-PG-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Bender netted 18. Dominik Mavra (191-SG-94) delivered 13, whilst Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 11. Torres ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, while Moreno and Rodrigo Haag (193-SG-95) had 14 each. Gonzales delivered 10 points in a loss.

Croatia U19: Martin Junakovic 21, Bender 18, Dominik Mavra 13, Tomislav Gabric 11
Argentina U19: Torres 17, Moreno 14, Rodrigo Haag 14, Gonzales 10



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  CYPRUS   


No news good news? - by Michael Aristidou

Nothing special is going on in Cyprus league. The teams finished their obligations for this year and for the time being no team make anything for the new season. One thing is sure that the budjet for the teams will be less than this year. Some teams even thinging of playing with a mix of young players and some EU or american players only. Although it is early to speak about that at this period things are not good for the time been.
Everyone is hoping to better days in the league in order to have a competitive championship.



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   

Standings

Eurobasket S.League Standings
Atlanta
 1. England 0-0 
 2. France 0-0 
 3. Germany 0-0 
 4. Greece 0-0 
 5. Ireland 0-0 
 6. Italy 0-0 
 7. Russia 0-0 
 8. Spain 0-0 
Indianapolis
 1. Rome 4-0 
 2. Berlin 2-1 
 3. Madrid 2-2 
 4. Paris 1-2 
 5. Amsterdam 0-4 
Houston
 1. Buenos Aires 0-0 
 2. Dubai 0-0 
 3. Mexico City 0-0 
 4. Okinawa 0-0 
 5. Tokyo 0-0 
Las Vegas
 1. Brussels 0-0 
 2. Dublin 0-0 
 3. Geneva 0-0 
 4. Helsinki 0-0 
 5. Istanbul 0-0 
 6. Kiev 0-0 
 7. Lugano 0-0 
 8. Manchester 0-0 
 9. Monaco 0-0 
 10. Moscow 0-0 
 11. Venice 0-0 
 12. Zurich 0-0 
Los Angeles
 1. Amsterdam 0-0 
 2. Rome 0-0 
 3. Stockholm 0-0 
 4. Vienna 0-0 
 5. Warsaw 0-0 
New York
 1. Milano 0-0 
 2. Torino 0-0 
Phoenix
 1. Asker 0-0 
 2. Poitiers 0-0 
 3. Solna 0-0 
 4. Treviso 0-0 


Indianapolis - Day 1 (Game 6): Madrid 70 - Paris 63 - by Eurobasket

Game 6: Madrid 70 - Paris 63

A competitive game from start to finish, Team Madrid, coached by Paul Schwarz, came out victorious against Team Paris, winning 70-63. Chris Teasley (190-G-90) won game MVP, scoring 18 points, 16 coming in the first half when he set the pace, and recording fice rebounds and two assists. Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Ill.-Chicago) had 14 points and six rebounds and Cedric Ridle Jr. (188-PG-90, agency: Worldwide Career Management) finished with 12 points. It was a balanced team effort, as every player scored at least eight points for Team Madrid. Taylor Williams (203-PF-90) paced Team Paris, coached by Jay Bradford , finishing with 23 points and eight rebounds. His teammate LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (191-G-87, college: Greenville) had 13 points and recorded eight rebounds, consistently crashing the glass and getting his team second chance opportunities.

Madrid 70

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
57 Vandermeer, Scott 4-6 2-7 0-0 3 3 6 0 1 1 1 14
48 Montoya, Rodrigo 2-2 1-1 2-2 2 0 0 0 1 0 9
21 Teasley, Chris 5-7 2-3 2-2 2 3 5 2 1 0 3 18
43 Ridle, Cedric 3-5 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 2 12
29 Selken, Nick 3-5 0-0 2-6 0 1 1 3 1 0 2 8
16 Buggs, Erik DNP
49 Hollis, Iran 3-7 1-1 0-0 2 4 6 2 1 0 2 9
Total 20-32 8-15 5-9 9 10 19 9 8 1 10 70

Paris 63

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
47 Edwards, Calvin 3-4 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 12
6 Mitchell, Deionta 1-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 2
28 Williams, Taylor 4-5 5-7 0-0 4 4 8 0 5 0 1 23
27 Ellis, LaPhonso 6-7 0-2 1-1 4 4 8 3 2 0 3 13
46 Story, Kevin 3-4 0-1 4-8 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 10
4 Turner, Desmond 2-3 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 1 0 0 4 2
5 Coons, Casey 0-1 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
Total 19-27 7-20 5-9 12 16 28 9 9 0 10 63



Indianapolis - Day 1 (Game 2): Berlin 64 - Madrid 62 - by Eurobasket

Game 2: Berlin 64 - Madrid 62

With just under 30 seconds left and a tie game, Team Berlins Nick Selken (183-PG-88) took matters into his own hands. Driving down the left side of the lane, Selken hit a floater in the lane to give his team a two-point lead and the victory. He finished with six points. Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Ill.-Chicago), a seven-foot center, won game MVP honors for Team Madrid finishing with 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. He was able to control the paint and force Team Madrid into tough shots around the rim. Chris Teasley (190-G-90) had 11 points and Cedric Ridle Jr. (188-PG-90, agency: Worldwide Career Management) finished with an efficient 20 points. Team Berlin was led by Mitchell Carter (208-C-100, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who finished with 23 points and 4 rebounds. Andrew Myatt (193-G-87) added 11 points and 4 rebounds and Rashad Allison (185-G-89) finished with 10 points for Team Berlin. In a highly competitive game, both teams went back and forth, but the execution in the final seconds proved to be the difference.

Berlin 64
# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
10 Williams, Brandon 1-2 0-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 2
12 Allison, Rashad 1-2 2-3 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 10
22 Jones, Kent 0-2 2-2 1-1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 7
13 Clayton, Emil 1-2 0-2 2-4 0 3 3 0 1 0 2 4
23 Russell, Wesley 2-2 0-1 0-0 0 6 6 3 1 0 3 4
58 Carter, Mitch 6-11 3-6 2-2 3 1 4 0 1 0 1 23
11 Lewis, Aaron 0-0 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 3
24 Myatt, Andrew 4-7 1-5 0-1 0 4 4 1 0 0 1 11
Total 17-28 9-27 7-10 4 18 22 8 4 1 13 64

Madrid 62
# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
57 Vandermeer, Scott 6-10 0-1 0-0 2 5 7 2 1 3 1 12
48 Montoya, Rodrigo 0-1 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 3
21 Teasley, Chris 4-6 1-4 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 1 11
43 Ridle, Cedric 3-6 3-7 5-6 0 4 4 2 1 0 2 20
29 Selken, Nick 3-6 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 7
16 Buggs, Erik 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2
49 Hollis, Iran 2-3 1-2 0-2 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 7
Total 19-35 6-16 6-10 4 16 8 5 3 6 62





Indianapolis - Day 1 (Game 5): Rome 74 - Berlin 51 - by Eurobasket

Game 5: Rome - Berlin 74-51

Team Rome was able to easily defeat Team Berlin 74-51, led by game MVP Brandon Beasley (195-F-88), who finished with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists. They received good efforts from Anthony Cousin (180-PG-90), who finished with 13 points and three assists, Mark Yelovich (198-F-89), who finished with 18 points and seven rebounds and Jake Shipley (202-F-91), who finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Team Berlin struggled throughout to have any offensive flow, as they were slowed by the length and speed of Team Rome. Mitchell Carter (208-C-100, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) led Team Berlin with 10 points and both Rashad Allison (185-G-89) and Kent Jones (186-PG-89) contributed nine points and three rebound.

Rome 74

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
17 Butler, DaVon 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 3 0
18 Houpt, Jack 1-1 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5
19 Cousin, Anthony 2-2 2-3 3-5 2 0 2 3 1 0 0 13
25 Shipley, Jake 1-1 2-6 2-2 2 3 5 0 1 0 1 10
26 Yelovich, Mark 5-8 2-4 2-2 3 4 7 2 0 0 1 18
42 Beasley, Brandon 5-7 3-5 0-2 1 4 5 3 0 3 2 19
44 Williams, Devin 0-3 3-6 0-0 0 5 5 1 0 1 0 9
Total 14-22 14-29 7-11 8 19 27 10 3 4 7 74

Berlin 51

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
10 Williams, Brandon 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5
12 Allison, Rashad 2-3 1-2 2-2 1 2 3 1 2 0 2 9
22 Jones, Kent 3-4 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 9
13 Clayton, Emil 0-1 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 6
23 Russell, Wesley 4-8 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 4 1 0 0 8
58 Carter, Mitch 5-6 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 1 2 10
11 Lewis, Aaron 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
24 Myatt, Andrew 2-5 0-2 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 0 2 4
Total 17-28 5-19 2-2 4 15 10 9 1 7 51



Indianapolis - Day 1 (Game 4): Madrid 91 - Amsterdam 53 - by Eurobasket

Game 4: Madrid 91 - Amsterdam 53

Team Madrid, coached by Paul Schwarz, beat Team Amsterdam 91-53 in a game that quickly turned into a blowout with the hot shooting from Team Madrid. Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Ill.-Chicago) was named game MVP for his second time after he finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, while knocking down four three-point shots. Team Madrid also also received contributions from Chris Teasley (190-G-90), who had 17 points and Nick Selken (183-PG-88), who had 18 points, five assists and four rebounds. Team Amsterdam, coached by John Bryant , an assistant coach in the NBDL for the Bakerfield Jam, was paced by John Taylor (185-G-89, agency: Worldwide Career Management), who had 18 points, and Tim Parham (206-F/C-83, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Md-E Shore), who had 15 points.

Madrid 91
# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
57 Vandermeer, Scott 6-7 4-6 0-1 3 8 11 1 3 4 1 24
48 Montoya, Rodrigo 4-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 8
21 Teasley, Chris 8-9 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 17
43 Ridle, Cedric 5-10 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 5 0 1 3 12
29 Selken, Nick 5-6 2-2 2-2 0 4 4 5 0 0 1 18
16 Buggs, Erik DNP
49 Hollis, Iran 3-4 1-1 3-3 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 12
Total 31-41 10-13 7-8 5 16 21 17 6 5 9 91

Amsterdam 53
# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
8 Hicks, Jelani 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 2
15 Taylor, John 3-4 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 18
14 Richey, Fayzon 3-5 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 6
40 Archie, Keith 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 1 0 0 0 2
55 Harper, Jeff 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 2
56 Parham, Tim 7-12 0-2 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 15
51 Taylor, Deandre 3-6 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 2 8
30 Stover, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Total 19-29 4-13 3-4 4 7 11 5 7 0 11 53



Indianapolis - Day 1 (Game 3): Rome 67 - Paris 55 - by Eurobasket

Game 3: Rome 67 - Paris 55

Team Rome improved their record to 2-0 with a dominant victory over Team Paris, winning 67-55. They led the entire game. Mark Yelovich (198-F-89) won game MVP honors, leading the way with 17 points, on 8-of-15 shooting from the field. He had eight of the first 12 points in the game, setting the tone from the start. Jake Shipley (202-F-91) contributed 17 points and 4 rebounds, while Anthony Cousin (180-PG-90) controlled the pace from the point guard position, finishing with seven points, five assists and only one turnover. With just under eight minutes to play, Team Paris attempted to make a run, led by Taylor Williams (203-PF-90) who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He hit four of his five three-pointers in the second half. LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (191-G-87, college: Greenville) finished with 15 points and five rebounds for Team Paris. Turnovers were the story, as Team Rome had only 6, compared to 10 for Team Paris.


Rome 67
# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
17 Butler, DaVon 1-2 1-2 1-2 1 3 4 1 0 0 1 7
19 Cousin, Anthony 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 5 0 0 1 7
25 Shipley, Jake 4-6 3-4 1-2 1 3 4 0 1 2 0 18
26 Yelovich, Mark 7-11 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 17
42 Beasley, Brandon 1-5 1-3 1-2 1 2 3 3 1 0 2 6
44 Williams, Devin 1-1 1-1 0-0 2 2 4 2 0 0 2 5
18 Houpt, Jack 0-1 2-3 1-3 0 3 3 0 1 0 7
Total 16-30 11-19 4-9 5 17 22 12 5 2 6 67

Paris 55
# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
47 Edwards, Calvin 2-5 2-3 0-0 3 4 7 3 1 0 1 7
6 Mitchell, Deionta 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 0
28 Williams, Taylor 3-9 5-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 21
27 Ellis, LaPhonso 3-5 3-5 1-3 4 6 10 1 0 0 1 16
46 Story, Kevin 2-3 0-1 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 0 1 4
4 Turner, Desmond 1-3 1-2 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 4
5 Coons, Casey 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3
Total 9-24 11-24 2-5 9 15 24 10 5 0 9 55




Indianapolis - Day 1 (Game 8): Rome 67 - Madrid 58 - by Eurobasket

Game 8: Rome 67 - Madrid 58

Team Rome, coached by Joey Burton, completed their undefeated day by defeating Team Madrid, coached by Paul Schwarz, 67-58 in one of the final games of the day. The top two team entering the tournament were equally matched throughout, but the play of game MVP Jake Shipley (202-F-91) and his shooting was the difference. He connected on six three-pointers, five coming in the second half to give his team the edge, while also pulling down six rebounds. Team Rome also got strong play from Brandon Beasley (195-F-88), who finished with 23 points, five rebounds and three assists. Team Madrid had four guys in double figures including Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Ill.-Chicago), Chris Teasley (190-G-90), Cedric Ridle Jr. (188-PG-90, agency: Worldwide Career Management) and Iran Hollis (197-F-90).

Rome 67

#Name2PM-A3PM-AFTM-AOFFDEFTOTASTFLSBLKTOPTS
17Butler, DaVon0-00-00-000000000
18Houpt, Jack2-31-32-202211019
19Cousin, Anthony1-30-22-203311004
25Shipley, Jake1-16-82-2156131022
26Yelovich, Mark2-51-10-010101025
42Beasley, Brandon7-151-26-9415300223
44Williams, Devin2-20-00-005522004
Total15-299-1612-1561521881567

Madrid 58

#Name2PM-A3PM-AFTM-AOFFDEFTOTASTFLSBLKTOPTS
57Vandermeer, Scott2-52-36-8134220116
48Montoya, Rodrigo2-30-12-204411006
21Teasley, Chris4-41-30-0134100111
43Ridle, Cedric3-61-31-2022230310
29Selken, Nick2-30-11-101101015
16Buggs, ErikDNP
49Hollis, Iran2-41-53-3022030010
Total15-254-1613-16215176100658



Indianapolis - Day 1 (Game 1): Rome 72 - Amsterdam 50 - by ESL News

Game 1: Rome 72 - Amsterdam 50

It was 27-26 at halftime when Brandon Beasley (195-F-88) took over for Rome. Beasley had 10 of his 17 points in the second half. He earned game MVP honors, leading all scorers, while adding seven rebounds. Team Rome, coached by Joey Burton, ran up and down the court, proving too much for Team Amsterdam, while managing to limit their turnovers. Five players scored in double figures for Rome, including Jake Shipley (202-F-91), who finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, while shooting 3-of-6 on threes. Jack Houpt (201-F-90) and Mark Yelovich (198-F-89) each had 13 points, while Anthony Cousin (180-PG-90) had 11. Devin Williams (193-G-87, college: Indianapolis) had four assists. Team Amsterdam was led by Fayzon Richey (188-SG-90, agency: Worldwide Career Management), who finished with 16 points, shooting 6-of-11 overall. He was the only player to reach double figures for Team Amsterdam. Keith Archie (203-F-83, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: W.Illinois) and DeAndre Taylor (195-G-89, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: N.Michigan) each had seven points. Turnovers were an issue for Team Amsterdam, as they finished with 13.

Team Rome 72
# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
17 Butler, Devon 0-1 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 3 0
18 Houpt, Jack 2-3 2-5 3-4 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 13
19 Cousin, Anthony 4-7 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 11
25 Shipley, Jake 3-7 3-6 0-0 2 5 7 1 0 0 1 15
26 Yelovich, Mark 5-8 1-2 0-1 2 4 6 2 1 2 1 13
42 Beasley, Brandon 6-9 1-3 2-4 2 5 7 0 3 0 1 17
44 Williams, Devin 0-1 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 0 0 3
9-27 5-9 7 21 28 11 11 2 8 72
Totals 20-36 9-27 5-9 7 21 28 11 11 2 8 72

Team Amsterdam 50
# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
8 Hicks, Jelani 0-2 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 3
15 Taylor, John 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 3 2 1 1 0 4 5
14 Richey, Fayzon 3-6 3-5 1-2 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 16
40 Archie, Keith 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 5 6 0 1 0 3 4
55 Harper, Jeff 2-7 1-1 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 0 2 7
56 Parham, Tim 3-4 0-0 0-2 1 5 2 1 0 0 0 6
51 Taylor, Deandrea 2-5 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 7
30 Stover, Jordan 0-0 0-3 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
Totals 13-31 7-15 3-8 3 16 19 5 5 0 13 50





Indianapolis - Day 1 (Game 7): Berlin 72 - Amsterdam 70 - by Eurobasket

Game 7: Berlin 72 - Amsterdam 70

In the closing seconds of the game, Team Berlin had the ball and a chance to win the game. They failed to get a shot off and the most exciting game of the day went into overtime, but Team Berlin, coached by John Spezia (agency: Warren Sports International ), wasnt going to be denied. Game MVP Russell Wesley (193-F-81) hit a pull up 15 foot jumpshot to win the game as time expired to give his team the victory 72-70. Team Amsterdam had ample opportunities to seize control of the game, but Spezia would not let his team be denied, leaning on Russell, who finished with 19 points and 4 rebounds. Mitchell Carter (208-C-100, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) also had a strong perormance for Team Berlin, finishing with 23 points and seven rebounds, while point guard Rashad Allison (185-G-89) had 17 points. Team Amsterdam was led by Fayzon Richey (188-SG-90, agency: Worldwide Career Management) who finished with 24 points and hit 6-of-7 three pointers, while also adding six rebounds. DeAndre Taylor (195-G-89, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: N.Michigan) had 21 points and six rebounds and Tim Parham (206-F/C-83, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Md-E Shore) had 15 points and five rebounds for Team Amsterdam, coached by John Bryant .

Berlin 72

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
10 Williams, Brandon 2-5 0-1 1 1 4
12 Allison, Rashad 0-2 4-6 5-8 3 2 2 17
22 Jones, Kent 1-4 0-1 2 2 1 2
13 Clayton, Emil 2-4 1-2 2 1 1 4 7
23 Russell, Wesley 7-11 1-2 2-6 1 3 2 1 1 19
58 Carter, Mitch 7-11 1-2 5-6 3 4 1 2 1 23
11 Lewis, Aaron 0-1 0-1 1 2 0
24 Myatt, Andrew DNP
Total 72

Amsterdam 70

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
8 Hicks, Jelani 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
15 Taylor, John 1-1 0-3 2-3 0 2 2 5 0 0 4 4
14 Richey, Fayzon 1-1 6-7 4-4 2 4 6 0 1 1 1 24
40 Archie, Keith 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 0 1 2
55 Harper, Jeff 0-0 1-4 1-2 0 3 3 2 3 1 2 4
56 Parham, Tim 7-11 0-0 1-2 1 4 5 0 4 1 1 15
51 Taylor, Deandre 9-10 0-6 3-3 1 5 6 2 0 0 0 21
30 Stover, Jordan 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Total 20-27 7-15 11-14 4 23 27 10 12 3 11 70



Indianapolis - Day 1 (Game 9): Paris 59 - Amsterdam 58 - by Eurobasket

Game 9: Paris 59 - Amsterdam 58

In the last game of the day, Team Paris, coached by Jay Bradford , defeated Team Amsterdam, coached by John Bryant , in overtime. Team Amsterdam was in control most of the game, leading by 10 with seven minutes left, but game MVP Casey Coons (183-PG-90) of Team Paris took over, hitting all six of his threes in the final 10 minutes and overtime. He finished with 18 points. LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (191-G-87, college: Greenville) added 10 points and nine rebounds and Taylor Williams (203-PF-90) contributed 12 points and nine rebounds. It was an all-around team effort for Team Paris, as they avoided being the lowest seed for the tournament. Team Amsterdam was lef by Tim Parham (206-F/C-83, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Md-E Shore), who had 15 points and seven rebounds and DeAndre Taylor (195-G-89, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: N.Michigan), who had 14 points and three rebounds. Team Amsterdam will go into the tournament still seeking their first win.

Paris 59

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
47 Edwards, Calvin 1-2 1-4 3-3 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 8
6 Mitchell, Deionta 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1
28 Williams, Taylor 5-7 0-4 2-2 4 5 9 0 1 0 1 12
27 Ellis, LaPhonso 5-9 0-2 0-1 4 5 9 3 3 0 2 10
46 Story, Kevin 3-7 0-1 1-2 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 7
4 Turner, Desmond 1-3 0-3 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 3
5 Coons, Casey 0-1 6-7 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 0 18
Total 15-29 8-22 7-10 10 18 28 8 11 0 8 59

Amsterdam 58


# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
8 Hicks, Jelani 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 3
15 Taylor, John 1-1 1-1 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 3 7
14 Richey, Fayzon 1-2 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 0 0 8
40 Archie, Keith 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2
55 Harper, Jeff 3-5 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 8
56 Parham, Tim 4-8 1-3 4-4 2 5 7 0 1 1 1 15
51 Taylor, Deandre 4-5 1-4 3-4 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 14
30 Stover, Jordan 0-3 1-2 0-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 3
Total 14-27 7-17 11-14 4 18 22 6 7 1 8 58



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Pappas heralded his departure from Panionios - by Giorgos Diploidis

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens today won AGOR 71-61 in Crete, made the 3-1 in the series and took the third place of the championship after the completion of the Greek play offs. His first scorer Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) stated in a website (panionianea.gr) about his future: "It is very difficult to stay in the team. If Panionios ON Telecoms Athens was playing in Euroleague, the things would be different. I could stay forever in the club".

His sayings come to a moment when the rumors support that he and Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90, agency: FCM) the next year will be again teammates but by wearing the shirt of the team which won the Greek Championship and Cup, Panathinaikos Athens




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USA breeze past Argentina for the title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
USA - Argentina 94-48
The USA conquered the FIBA Americas U16 Championship title. They knocked down Argentina in the Final in Punta del Este yesterday. Joshua Jackson (201-G/F-97) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners. It was a one way traffic right from the start. The North Americans jumped to a 15:8 lead at the first break. The USA poured in 28 points in the second period to gain a 28-point halftime lead 43:15. The USA kept on mounting the pressure in the third period. They cleared off to a massive 33-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Argentina scored just 13 points in the fourth term as the US team cruised to the victory. Jayson Tatum (201-F-98) posted 14 points, while Seventh Woods added 12 points for the winning side. Maximo Fjellerup (192-SG-97) responded with 13 points for Argentina. Lucio Delfino (197-PF-97) and Lautaro Riego had 12 points each in the loss.



3rd place
Puerto Rico - Canada 50-62
Canada finished their FIBA Americas U16 Championship on a high note. They rallied past Puerto Rico to climb onto the pedestal. Jamal Murray (191-PG-96) nailed 15 points helping Canada earn the Bronze medals. Canada grabbed a narrow 12:11 lead at the first intermission. But Puerto Rico denied it in the second term. Puerto Rico surged ahead to secure a 25:21 halftime advantage. Canada increased the tempo in the second half. They trimmed the deficit to trail by a single point at the final intermission. Canada triggered a 24:11 run in the fourth quarter to escape with a tough victory at the end. Koby McEwen (187-PG-97) chipped in 12 points, while Nolan Narain added 10 points in the winning case. Leandro Allende (190-F/G-97) answered with 16 points for Puerto Rico. Arnaldo Toro (205-C-97) had 15 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

5-6 places
Uruguay - Chile 65-66
Chile clinched 5th position at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team won over the hosts, Uruguay 66:65 in the last game and sent the hosts a step lower. Both teams scored 13 points each in the opening period and stayed close for the majority of the game. Chile needed a 13-12 rally in the second frame to take 1-point advantage at the halftime. Uruguay however looked better in the third period and managed to respond with a 23-18 surge, but Chile managed to win the game. Dante Bahamonde scored the two to seal the victory for Chile, 66:65. Nicolas Aguirre (176-PG-97) was unstoppable with 33 points and Dante Bahamonde (174-G-96) added 14. Herrera Sebastian and Low Diego finished the game with 6 points each. Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) replied with 25 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Counago Martin had 17. Viotti Agustin delivered 10 and Baltasar Federico brought 7.

7-8 places
Bahamas - Mexico 60-58
Bahamas finished 7th in Uruguay at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team escaped the last position after a 60:58 win against Mexico. Deajour Adderley brought the last points for his side to seal the victory. Bahamas won the first period 12-10 and then added 21-13 in the second frame. Mexico managed to recover in the third period after a 15-9 rally and continued to catch up with the opponents in the last period. Although Mexico won the period 20-18, it was not enough to win the game. Being tied at 58, Deajour Adderly brought the last points for his side to seal the victory. Deajour Adderley (187-SG-96) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Gibson Qyemah collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sebastian Gray (198-SF-97) followed them with 9 points in a win. Rene Melendez (192-SF-96) finished the game with 16 points in defeat, whilst Venegas Ivan had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Pina Oscar nailed 10 and Contreras Diego brought 6.



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Manuchar Markoishvili brings the trophy from Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) brings the trophy from Turkey as his Galatasaray triumphs at 2012/2013 season as they won the Final series against Banvit 4-1. Galatasaray added 76:58 win in Game 4 and became the Champions. The game was mostly controlled by Galatasaray. Banvit BK managed to win fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Cenk Akyol who scored 22 points. Carlos Arroyo chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. Serkan Erdogan produced 11 points and 5 assists and Serbian center Vladimir Stimac added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Manuchar Markoishvili averaged 9.4 points per game in Turkey. In EuroCup after 3 games his stats read 12.0ppg, 1.3rpg.



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Brian Harper (I Liked Scottie Pippen Because Of His Determination And Tenacity To Be Able To Guard All Players) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brian Harper (206-F/G-85, agency: IBS, college: Paine) is a 27 year old 206cm forward that recently completed his first season in Germany in the Beko BBL for TBB Trier. He Played 33 games for TBB Trier averaging 11,0ppg and 4,8rpg and 1,0apg. He started off playing guard at 6'5" at Paine and grew to 6'10" and never changing positions. Brian's a smooth shooting wing with explosive athleticism. He has tremendous lateral movement with a wing span of 7'4". Brian is a talented ball handler. He adds an extra advantage as he utilizes his size to rebound over smaller defenders. He played at Paine (NCAA2) from 2003-2007. He turned professional in 2007 and played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div., starting five): 15 games: Score-3 (25.1ppg), 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 66.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for KCC Egis (Korea-KBL, starting five): Korean League: 9 games: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.7%; released in Nov.'08, in Feb.'09 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg; in March '09 signed at Reno Bighorns (D-League): 5 games: 1.2ppg. In the last three years, he played in Japan for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) playing a total of 102 games. Last season, he played 49 games: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 61.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket during the last season about basketball.

You are playing your first season for TBB Trier. How do you like it so far?

I love it here. I love the city, enjoy the people and the TBB Trier organization. The organization really takes care of all the things off the court which makes it easier to concentrate on basketball

Trier is a beautiful area. What are the biggest geographical differences to Stone mountain, Georgia?

I think it is colder in Trier and there are more hills here. In Atlanta is very flat and also no body of water. In Trier there is the river.


You played three seasons in Japan. What was the biggest transition that you had to do coming to the Beko BBL?

Just the style of basketball. In Japan there is more isolation and more like the NBA and team orientated. But I have to say that I have enjoyed my time in the German league and it has been a good experience for me.

Is defense before offense in Trier a mentality that you could become friends with?

Yes I got used to it early. Coach Rodl stressed at the start of the season. We have many great athletes that can play multiple positions and because of that we can do so much on defense. The more defensive stops that we get the better chance we have to win.

What do you like most about the coaching style of Henrik Rodl?

He is a tremendous coach. I like how he is able to relate to his players and is able to get his point across. He is a players coach. He knows exactly what he needs to get out of his players. I really enjoy playing for him.

What is the secret of the early success of the TBB Trier?

I dont think that there is really any secret. We just give very much effort and put in a lot of hardwork. Every guy just wants to sacrifice his body to play defense. Coach has a good scheme and all the players abide by it.

You can play the 3 and 4 position. How much fun is it to play with American Nate Linhart? How do you guys compliment each other best on the court?

Linhart is a great player. He has a great knack for playing defense and getting steals and being in the right place. We both can play multiple positions. We both understand what each guy does which gives us so much more room to do things. If one of us makes a mistake then the other guy picks up the slack.

Who has been the unsung TBB Trier player so far?

Jarrett Howell has been our unsung hero. I dont think he gets the credit that he deserves. He is our floor general and gets everybody going and makes sure that everybody is in the right place.

You have very skinny legs. What were common names that people called you?

I never really heard any names.

Not even chicken legs?

No not that either or at least not to my face.


A hidden strength in your game is your shot blocking. Who was your role model defender?

Scottie Pippen was because of his determination and tenacity to be able to guard all players.

You leave many players behind you when you penetrate with your quick first step. Do you hear trash talking on the court?

Every now and then, because everybody on the court is competitive, but usually not. The Beko BBL is very professional and everybody is very focused on doing their job.

Vitalis Chicoko is a very athletic player. What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen him do?

He is super athletic. He reminds me a lot of me. He can play many different positions and can do so much. I think the most amazing thing that I have seen him do is just the way he uses his long legs. He has grabbed some rebounds that I never would of thought that he could of reached.

Who was your NBA idol as kid?

Kevin Garnett was always my favorite player. I liked his intensity and how hard he played. I never saw him not play hard.


What was your nicest memory at Paine?

Getting player of the year and reaching the conference final.

Your toughest opponent in the NCAA was Cuxhaven American Monya Pratt. What made it so difficult to play against him?

He was one of those players where you knew that he could play. He was just a very tough player and we had many nice battles against each other in college.


What was your biggest advantage being an American in Japan where you played three years?

That I was taller than everyone else.


What is still missing from your ex teammate Devin Searcy to reach the NBA who played shortly with the 76ers?

Nothing is missing. He is very young and will be in the NBA. It is just a matter of time.

What NCAA story would you like to hear from Henrik Rodl from his time at North Carolina?

I asked him how it felt playing at a stage like that where you were always expected to win.


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

50.

What was your most crazy shot in your career?

I hit two full court shots once with a swish and the other a bank shot using one hand like a football quarterback.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

End of watch. A great football movie.


Thanks Brian for the chat.





Nedim Hadzovic Leaves The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburh announced today that Nedim Hadzovic (205-F/C-90) will no longer play for the team. Nedim Hadzovic is a 22 year old 205cm power forward from Bosnia and Herzgovina that has decided to pursue a career in the IT field. Last season the big man played in two games in the Beko BBL against Frankfurt and Bamberg and also played in the second Regionaliga for the Neckar Riesen averaging 14,4ppg. He wont totally give up basketball as he will look to play in the Pro B. "I learned a lot in Ludwigsburg and have the team much to be thankful for. The years gave me very much fun here", stressed Nedim Hadzovic.

Source: Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg



Sebastian Schroter Remains With The SG Schwelmer Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Sebastian Schroter (207-PF-83) will play a second season with the SG Schwelmer baskets. Schroter is a 29 year old 207cm forward and last season for Schwelm played 32 games: 10.0ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 60.8%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 78.3%.The club let him sign for two more years. "Sebastian fullfilled his role last season and I am sure he will be even more important this season. I am looking forward to continued working with him", stressed Schwelm head coach Raphael Wilder. Schroeter started his career in 2003 with the Hertener Lowen (Regionalliga) where he played three seasons. He then gathered experience with Phoenix Hagen (2.Bundesliga) for one season before playing in Essen from 2007-2012 playing 144 Pro A games.

Source: Schwelmer Baskets



Logan Stutz moving north - by Moritz Korff

Logan Stutz (205-F-88, college: Washburn) who led the 2. Bundesliga Pro A in scoring last season is set to continue his career in Sweden. The 25-year-old power forward has agreed to terms with LF Basket, the Swedish Basketliga club announced on its website.
Stutz notched 20.1 points per contest for ETB Essen during the 2012-13 season and grabbed 8.1 rebounds a game. He had a personal season-high 44 points against Leipzig in early December and was named to the 2012-13 Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team.



Germany A2 edge Czech Republic in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Germany A2 - Czech Republic A2 74:61

German B National Team played a friendly encounter with their Czech counterparts in Osnabruck. The hosts proved the strength claiming a 13-point win at the end. Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) delivered 17 points to lead the winning team.
Germany started the game strong. They reeled off to a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. Germany maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 41:32 halftime advantage. But Czech Republic bounced back in the third term. The visitors trimmed the deficit at 3 points with ten minutes remaining. Germany withstood the challenge and fired past the visitors in the fourth quarter. Christian Standhardinger (203-F-89) nailed 13 points, while Johannes Voigtmann (208-C-92) added 11 points for the winners.



Germany U20 edge Greece U20 in Chartres - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 victoriously opened the friendly tournament in Chartres, France. They held off Greece in overtime for 1-0 record. David Brembly (197-G/F-93) netted 18 points to lead the winners.
Germany led by a single point after the opening quarter 22:21. Greece pulled ahead in the second frame. The Hellenes ensured a 33:34 halftime lead. Greece boosted the gap in the third period. They fired 23 points to gain a 9-point lead before the fourth period. But Germany went on a 20:11 run in the fourth term and forced overtime. Germany nailed 12 points in the extra period and sealed the win at the end. Paul Zipser (201-PG-94, agency: LUMANI 10.7) notched 11 points, while Sid Marlon Theis (204-F/C-93) had 10 points for the winning side.



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios16.8 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.3 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.1 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.0 
 8. McGrath, Zalgiris13.3 
 9. Petway, AGOR13.3 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.5 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.3 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 6. Jankovic, Panionios6.5 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR5.9 
 10. Charissis, Aris5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.7 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.7 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.5 
 7. Gibson, Ikaros3.3 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 9. Pappas, Panionios3.1 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.0 
 3. Pappas, Panionios1.9 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 8. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 10. Liakopoulos, Pane.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Petway, AGOR2.4 
 2. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 3. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 4. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 7. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 8. Charissis, Aris1.0 
 9. Chrysikopoul., PAOK0.7 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos0.7 


Panionios wins the Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

3rd place
AGOR - Panionios 61-71 (1-3)

Panionios wins the Bronze medals in Greece. The game was mostly controlled by Panionios. AGOR managed to win third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Nikos Pappas (195-90, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Giorgos Bogris (210-89) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Panionios players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Brent Petway (204-85, college: Michigan) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.


Top scorers:
AGOR: B.Petway 25+7reb, M.Antonio Carter 10+5reb+4ast, U.Duvnjak 10+4reb, A.Tsochlas 7+1reb+2ast, G.Pruitt 4+1reb+2ast, N.Kommatos 2+7reb
Panionios: N.Pappas 20+8reb+2ast, G.Bogris 12+10reb, I.Athineou 12+4reb+4ast, W.Keys 10+1reb, M.Batis 7+3reb+1ast, V.Jankovic 4


gschID: 242350



Pappas heralded his departure from Panionios - by Giorgos Diploidis

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens today won AGOR 71-61 in Crete, made the 3-1 in the series and took the third place of the championship after the completion of the Greek play offs. His first scorer Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) stated in a website (panionianea.gr) about his future: "It is very difficult to stay in the team. If Panionios ON Telecoms Athens was playing in Euroleague, the things would be different. I could stay forever in the club".

His sayings come to a moment when the rumors support that he and Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90, agency: FCM) the next year will be again teammates but by wearing the shirt of the team which won the Greek Championship and Cup, Panathinaikos Athens




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  HUNGARY   


Lekli will play in Zalaegerszeg - by Tamas Deri

Jozsef Lekli (206-F/C-87, agency: TSS Management) has just signed with Zalagerszeg after he could celebrate the Hungarian National Championship and Cup Titles as a member of Alba Fehervar. The 26 year old bigman averaged 8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game to go along with 0.5 block and 1 steal per contest in the regular season of 2012/2013, but he fell out of the rotation in the last period of the year. Lekli started his professional career in Nyiregyhaza and he spent two seasons with Kecskemet. The 206 cm-tall center helped Kaposvar in the previous season, which was his personal best as he posted 10.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg with 57% of shooting from the field. However, he had better numbers (13.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg) in 2010/2011 while he was playing for Nyregyhza, but he couldn't stay healthy that time.



Sabali is the new head coach, Denes also moves to Sopron - by Tamas Deri

The young, but experienced Hungarian coach, Balazs Sabali left the second division participant MAFC in order to take over the head coaching duties of the Hungarian First League's Soproni KC. The native of Kormend spent some nice years with the team of his home town and he coached Paksi Atomeromu SE as well, what is more, he won the Hungarian Cup Title there. Sabali had been an assistant coach of the Hungarian National Team for 4 years and he gained some experience as the leader of Hegyvidek, after it the 36 year-old expert became the HC of Krmend again, but he had to leave the team in 2011/2012. He spent this season with MAFC where he was proven to be a great helper for young and talented prospects, leading them to the playoffs and he managed to beat his new team, Sopron in the 1/8 finals of the Hungarian Cup.
The management of Sopron published also, that hungarian forward Gabor Denes (198-F-82, agency: TSS Management) signed with the club for the coming season. The 198 cm tall forward started his professional carreer with Falco KC Szombathely, after that he played 2 seasons for Kaposvar, 4 for Pecs and other 4 for Kecskemet in a row. During the last season he helped coach Ivkovic's team with 9.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0spg in the 2nd division of our country.



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 11-2 
 2. Vancouver V. 11-4 
 3. Portland C. 11-5 
 4. Salem S. 8-8 
 5. Nippon T. 1-11 
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. 141-83
Jun. 16: Bellingham S. - Nippon T.
Jun. 16: Seattle F. - Vancouver V.
Jun. 18: Nippon T. - Portland C.



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  IRAN   


Italy narrowly edge Iran in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Iran 65:64

Italy continued their preparation for the upcoming Mediterranean Games. They clashed with Iran in Istanbul. The Azzurri snatched a narrow win at the end. Andrea De Nicolao (185-PG-91) came up with 17 points to lead the winners.
Italy jumped to an early lead. They secured a 14:7 advantage after ten minutes. Iran however improved defensively in the next period. The Asian powerhouse held the Azzurri to 11 points and cut the deficit to a single point at haltime 24:25. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They entered the fourth period up by three points 46:43. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Italy forced Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) to a turnover in the dying seconds to escape with the victory at the end. Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) nailed 12 points, while Andrea Zerini (200-F-88) added 8 points for the Azzurri. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami responded with 21 points for Iran. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Italy: Andrea De Nicolao 17, Luca Vitali 12, Andrea Zerini 8
Iran: Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 21, Hamed Haddadi 12



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi17.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 6. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 7. Datome, Acea V.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.5 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 5. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.4 
 7. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Bourousis, EA7 A.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 5. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.8 
 8. Hackett, Montepas.3.7 
 9. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 10. Brown, Montepasc.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  PGE T.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 6. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 7. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 8. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. James, Poitiers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.1.5 
 3. Eze, Montepaschi1.4 
 4. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 6. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 7. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 8. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 
 9. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 10. Cusin, Cantu1.0 


SerieA Round 3 of Finals. Montepaschi retake the lead - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi - Acea Virtus RM 89-81

Montepaschi outgunned Virtus Roma in Siena to regain the lead in the championship series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a good game for the former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 assists. American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena's coach Luca Banchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Luigi Datome (203-87) answered with 25 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and American forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Lottomatica Roma.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.Brown 23+3reb+1ast, D.Hackett 17+4reb+8ast, M.Janning 13+2reb+1ast, B.Eze 10+3reb, M.Carraretto 6+2reb, D.Moss 6+3reb
Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 25+2reb+2ast, B.Jones 15+8reb, P.Goss 12+3reb+1ast, G.Lawal 7+9reb, J.Taylor 7+1reb+6ast, L.D'Ercole 6+3reb
gschID: 242184



Italy edge Tunisia in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Tunisia 60:53

Italy outgunned Tunisia in the preparation game for the upcoming Mediterranean Games. David Cournooh (188-G-90) stepped up with 13 points to lead the Azzurri to the victory in Istanbul.
Italy held their opponents to just 8 points in the first term. The Azzurri gained a 6-point lead at the first break. Italy maintained the lead throughout the second period. They established a 29:21 halftime lead. The gap grew in the third period. The Azzurri piled up a 14-point advantage at the final intermission 45:31. Tunisia tried to put up a comeback in the fourth period but just stopped short of victory at the end. Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) and Valerio Mazzola (205-PF-88) netted 8 points each for the winners. Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc.) responded with 16 points for Tunisia. Mokhtar Ghayaza (204-C-86) and Salah Mejri (217-C-86) netted 10 points each in the loss.

Italy: David Cournooh 13, Luca Vitali 8, Valerio Mazzola 8
Tunisia: Macram Ben Romdhane 16, Mokhtar Ghayaza 10, Salah Mejri 10



Ferentino extend Francesco Guarino - by Eurobasket News

Ferentino have agreed on terms of contract extension with Francesco Guarino (182-PG-79). The new deal is meant for two seasons. Francesco Guarino joined Ferentino in 2011. He posted 13.0 points, 3.2 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.9 rebounds per game in LegaDue last season. The guard earned All-Italian Nazionale A Honourable Mention in 2012.


Italy narrowly edge Iran in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Iran 65:64

Italy continued their preparation for the upcoming Mediterranean Games. They clashed with Iran in Istanbul. The Azzurri snatched a narrow win at the end. Andrea De Nicolao (185-PG-91) came up with 17 points to lead the winners.
Italy jumped to an early lead. They secured a 14:7 advantage after ten minutes. Iran however improved defensively in the next period. The Asian powerhouse held the Azzurri to 11 points and cut the deficit to a single point at haltime 24:25. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They entered the fourth period up by three points 46:43. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Italy forced Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) to a turnover in the dying seconds to escape with the victory at the end. Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) nailed 12 points, while Andrea Zerini (200-F-88) added 8 points for the Azzurri. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami responded with 21 points for Iran. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Italy: Andrea De Nicolao 17, Luca Vitali 12, Andrea Zerini 8
Iran: Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 21, Hamed Haddadi 12



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  JUCO   


5 Questions With: Columbus State CC New Head Coach: DeAndre Walker! - by Lucius Jones

Newly hired Columbus State CC Head Coach DeAndre Walker is a former player from the school who went on to play NCAA D2 at Fairmont St. Walker then played professionally in the CBA when it was the #1 minor league source for NBA call-ups. Choosing his career and family over his professional opportunities abroad, DeAndre developed into an amazing coach who should quickly lead Columbus State back to prominence. Here are his answers to our "5 Questions With" series:

Q - How does it feel to finally be a Collegiate Head Coach?

A It feels great to have been blessed with this opportunity. If it had not been for the coaches who took a chance on me, and the instrumental part of helping to build the Hidden Gems organization, this opportunity may not have been possible. This will be very special as Columbus State Community College is where my collegiate playing career also started.

Q - What are your thoughts on coaching at the same JC you once before attended?

A Being able to provide young men the same opportunity I was given at the JC level is a blessing. If it had not been for Columbus State, I wouldn't be where I am in life today. The coaching staff of 2000-02 of Anthony Gholson and Anthony Stewart took a chance on me and it has paid off and I would like to return the favor to young men full of potential and great upside and help them reach their life goals.

Q - What type of philosophy do you intend to bring to Columbus State Basketball?

A I have always been a firm believer that the hardest worker can always beat talent. We will strive to work hard in the classroom, on the court, in the weight room and in the community. Our offensive philosophy will be more of an uptempo pace with a little structure provided in order to allow the student-athletes to develop their skill sets and transition their skill work into game like situations. This will provide the exposure and development necessary in order to proceed to a higher level of collegiate basketball.

Q - Is there a specific type of player you will look for to play for you at Columbus State?

A The number one thing I can only ask for is for someone to play hard, buy in and do things the right way. Not just on the court but in life.

Q - What are the best and worst things aspiring coaches can do to work their way up in the coaching ranks?

A The best thing a coach can do is to stay persistent, have patience, connect with a great AAU organization as I did with Hidden Gems and learn to keep the interest of the young student-athletes at the forefront. Also, establish relationships with collegiate coaches, build trust, and never burn any bridges. The worst thing anyone can do is do nothing, you have to make sacrifices and go for it!



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  LATVIA   


Jekabpils land Martins Kravcenko - by Eurobasket News

Jekabpils bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85). The guard spent the last season in Ukraine. He played for MBC Mykolaiv. Martins Kravcenko posted 6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in Superleague. Previously Martins Kravcenko had stints with Liepajas Lauvas, Barons/LMT Riga. He earned All-Baltic League Honourable Mention in 2012. The guard also received All-Latvian League Honourable Mention. Martins Kravcenko was named All-Latvian League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2005. He was the member of U20 Latvian National Team. In 2009 the guard played for the Latvian University National Team.


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  MEXICO   

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Jones, Obregon25.5 
 2. Monroe, Cananea24.6 
 3. Austin, Cananea23.3 
 4. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas22.7 
 6. Pearson, Los M.21.9 
 7. Elliott, Navolato21.3 
 8. McCullough, Nogales21.0 
 9. Sperling, Obregon19.9 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana19.8 
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, Navolato8.8 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.6 
 6. Jones, Obregon8.4 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 9. Rougeau, Cananea7.5 
 10. Austin, Cananea7.3 
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, Hermosillo4.9 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana4.6 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana4.4 
 8. Meza Rogel, Guasa.4.3 
 9. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 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. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.9 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.6 
 6. Thomas, Tijuana1.6 
 7. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 8. Rougeau, Cananea1.3 
 9. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
 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. Verdugo, Navolato0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Tijuana and Hermosillo post second straight wins - by Eurobasket News

Navolato - Tijuana 107-109 OT

Tijuana used overtime to finally tame Navolato taking 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 31-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-15. Tijuana Zonkeys made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jamaican forward Mugabe Thomas (193-80, college: Cedarville) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) responded with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the former international forward Jesus Gonzalez (195-86) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: J.Penny 33+10reb+1ast, L.Ramirez 19+5reb+1ast, M.Thomas 17+9reb+3ast, M.Morrison 16+4reb+2ast, E.Medina 13+2reb+5ast, D.Ramirez 4+1reb
Navolato: M.Elliott 26+8reb+8ast, J.Gonzalez 20+11reb+2ast, F.Verdugo 17+5reb+3ast, R.Selleaze 13+6reb+4ast, A.Villalobos 13+1reb+2ast, B.Toombs 8+6reb
gschID: 242329


Hermosillo - Cananea 89-88

Hermosillo narrowly defeated Cananea to earn 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Mineros de Cananea cut a 19-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. Rayos de Hermosillo made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Mineros de Cananea 42-31 including 18 on the offensive glass. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized American forward Quentin Gonzalez (200-84, college: McNeese St.) responded with 29 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) scored 23 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: J.Lopez 25+10reb+5ast, P.Sanders 19+3reb+1ast, S.Monreal 17+5reb+2ast, K.Spain 14+10reb+2ast, E.Little 6+7reb+5ast, J.Villanueva 4+2reb
Cananea: Q.Gonzalez 29+8reb+1ast, K.Austin 23+4reb+3ast, S.Monroe 15+4reb+3ast, G.Giron 15+5reb+2ast, R.Rougeau 5+7reb+3ast, K.Arias 1+2reb+1ast
gschID: 242328



FIBA Americas U16: Bahamas finished 7th in Uruguay - by Eurobasket News

Bahamas U16-Mexico U16 60:58

Bahamas finished 7th in Uruguay at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team escaped the last position after a 60:58 win against Mexico. Deajour Adderley (187-SG-96) brought the last points for his side to seal the victory.
Bahamas won the first period 12-10 and then added 21-13 in the second frame. Mexico managed to recover in the third period after a 15-9 rally and continued to catch up with the opponents in the last period. Although Mexico won the period 20-18, it was not enough to win the game. Being tied at 58, Deajour Adderley brought the last points for his side to seal the victory.
Deajour Adderley top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Qyemah Gibson (198-SF-97) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sebastian Gray (198-SF-97) followed them with 9 points in a win. Rene Melendez (192-SF-96) finished the game with 16 points in defeat, whilst Ivan Venegas (200-C-96) had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Oscar Pina (180-SG-97) nailed 10 and Diego Contreras (186-PG-96) brought 6.

Bahamas U16: Deajour Adderley 24, Qyemah Gibson 12+10 rebs, Sebastian Gray 9
Mexico U16: Rene Melendez 16, Ivan Venegas 15+10 rebs, Oscar Pina 10, Diego Contreras 6



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  NBA   


Hawks hire Darvin Ham as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

The Atlanta Hawks named Darvin Ham their new assistant coach on Saturday. Ham joins the staff of Mike Budenholzer. Darvin has a great feel for the game and knows what it takes for a team to be successful and compete at a high level," Budenholzer said. He was a smart player who played with intensity and toughness every night and he has gone about coaching the same way. Ham played eight years in the NBA and spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Garnett willing to waive no trade clause in package deal with Rivers to Clippers - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers are engaged in discussions with the Boston Celtics on a deal that would involve Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) and Doc Rivers . The Clippers would send DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) and two first round picks to the Celtics for Garnett and the right to hire Rivers as their head coach. Garnett is willing to waive his no-trade clause. Donald Sterling is prepared to pay Rivers an annual salary of $7 million. The Celtics are also seeking the inclusion of Eric Bledsoe (6'1''-PG-89, college: Kentucky), but the Clippers want to include him in another package. The Celtics and Rivers seek a resolution to the talks within the next few days.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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  NCAA1   


FIBA Americas U16: USA breeze past Argentina for the title - by Eurobasket News

USA U16 - Argentina U16 94:48

The USA conquered the FIBA Americas U16 Championship title. They knocked down Argentina in the Final in Punta del Este yesterday. Joshua Jackson (6'7''-G/F-97) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners.
It was a one way traffic right from the start. The North Americans jumped to a 15:8 lead at the first break. The USA poured in 28 points in the second period to gain a 28-point halftime lead 43:15. The USA kept on mounting the pressure in the third period. They cleared off to a massive 33-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Argentina scored just 13 points in the fourth term as the US team cruised to the victory. Jayson Tatum (6'7''-F-98) posted 14 points, while Seventh Woods (6'2''-PG-98) added 12 points for the winning side. Maximo Fjellerup (6'4''-SG-97) responded with 13 points for Argentina. Lucio Delfino (6'6''-PF-97) and Lautaro Riego (6'6''-C-97) had 12 points each in the loss.


Malik Newman (6'4''-G-97) was named the MVP after the end of the tournament.

USA U16: Joshua Jackson 16, Jayson Tatum 14, Seventh Woods 12
Argentina U16: Maximo Fjellerup 13, Lucio Delfino 12, Lautaro Riego 12



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Jun. 15: Taranaki MA - Southland S. 93-101
Jun. 12: Wellington S. - HBS Bank Hawks 92-80
Jun. 15: Nelson G. - OceanaGold N. 87-82
Jun. 14: Waikato P. - Super City R. 77-87
Jun. 16: Super City R. - Southland S. 69-82
Jun. 15: HBS Bank Hawks - Hub Jets 66-80
Jun. 14: Hub Jets - OceanaGold N. 102-110

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 21: Southland S. - OceanaGold N.
Jun. 21: Wellington S. - HBS Bank Hawks
Jun. 21: Wellington S. - Super City R.
Jun. 22: HBS Bank Hawks - Taranaki MA
Jun. 22: Nelson G. - Super City R.
Jun. 23: Hub Jets - Waikato P.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  OceanaGo.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.22.3 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.22.3 
 3. Pace, Nelson G.21.0 
 4. Conklin, Southland21.0 
 5. Jones, Hub Jets20.3 
 6. Tait, Wellington S.20.1 
 7. Greene, HBS B.19.6 
 8. Webster, Wellingt.19.6 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki.19.5 
 10. Braswell, Southla.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Atkinson, Waika.14.8 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets14.3 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.7 
 4. Conklin, Southland9.1 
 5. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.8 
 6. Bailey, Super C.8.7 
 7. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.4 
 8. Markson, Wellingt.8.2 
 9. Greene, HBS B.8.2 
 10. Wright, OceanaGo.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Tait, Wellington S.8.1 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.8.0 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets6.6 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.5.4 
 5. Buck, Super City R.4.8 
 6. Webster, Waika.4.2 
 7. Martin, Southlan.4.0 
 8. Anderson, Taranaki.3.5 
 9. Braswell, Southlan.3.4 
 10. Boucher, Wellingt.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris HAGAN
  Hub Jets
  (181-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hagan, Hub Jets3.1 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.8 
 3. Martin, Southlan.2.6 
 4. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.5 
 5. Greene, HBS B.2.3 
 6. Boucher, Wellingt.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.2.0 
 3. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.8 
 4. Frank, Wellington1.7 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.3 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.3 
 7. Greene, HBS B.1.0 
 8. Dawson, Southlan.0.8 
 9. Wright, OceanaGo.0.8 
 10. Cohadarevic, HBS0.8 


Southland Sharks Move a Mountain - by Monica Toretto

Taranaki Mountain Airs v Zero Fees Southland Sharks - June 15, 2013.
The fans had every reason to be both optimistic and nervous as the Southland Sharks took to the road this weekend for their two away games back to back. Optimistic because the Sharks are in fine form with their last two games both being wins, and nervous because previous away games didn't quite go according to plan with two losses from two games.
First up this weekend were the Taranaki Mountain Airs who they beat in fine form when the Airs visited Invercargill. There have been doubts about the Sharks record on the road by certain sceptics but Coach Paul Henare has proven that he knows what hes doing and will no doubt have his team ready for the challenge ahead. The challenge was met by the players as the Sharks were in front by half time. Although the Sharks led by 9 points going into the final quarter the Airs managed to close that gap to just four at 88-84 with a mere four nerve wrecking, nail biting minutes to go. But thankfully the Sharks showed they are made of sterner stuff and won by 101-93.
Brian Conklin (198-F-89, college: St.Louis) was again unstoppable and tallied up with 27 points. Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown)l 23, Leon Henry (202-F/G-85, college: S.Idaho JC) 20, Luke Martin (181-PG-81, college: UTEP) 12, Reuben Te Rangi (197-F-94) 12.




Southland Sharks Win Four In A Row - by Monica Toretto

James Blond Super City Rangers v Zero Fees Southland Sharks June 16, 2013.
Southland Sharks fans prefer their team playing at home, it gives them a chance to cheer their players on but also because the Sharks have won all but one home game this season so far. Stadium Southland truly is the Shark Dome and the fans make sure the opposition knows who they are facing not just the guys in orange, but also the crowd in orange. Its a job they take as seriously as the players do on the court. So its understandable there were a few grumpy faces in Invercargill this weekend as the Sharks hit the road for two games in two days away from the comfort of their own Shark Dome.
The second game of the double whammy started interestingly enough with the Sharks trailing by seven points in the first quarter, which was very swiftly rectified by half time.
It was a nervous half time wait for those Southland Sharks fans watching the live stats on their computer while their team stood face to face with the City Rangers half way up the country. A narrow margin of just three points had the Sharks in the lead with 47 44 at the half time mark. American import Brian Conklin (198-F-89, college: St.Louis) the lead scorer with 23 at that point in the game.
Brian went on to score 25 points and 15 rebounds in under 25 minutes, again showing the consistency in his game that he has throughout the season.
With 32 seconds left on the clock in the 3rd quarter, the Southland Sharks lead had increased to 12 points to show 67-55.
During the last quarter in form Luke Martin (181-PG-81, college: UTEP) wasted no time scoring mere seconds after coming back on as a substitute, inching the Sharks lead further ahead. The game finished strongly in favour of the Southland Sharks (82 to 69), hopefully silencing those critics who not so long ago claimed that the Sharks couldnt win away from home. This game is the second away win in two days, and fourth straight win in a row for a strong and talented Southland Sharks team. The fans no doubt will be jubilant, loud and fired up for the last home game of the season in the Shark Dome in Invercargill on Friday June 21st, when the Sharks face their closest neighbours the OceanaGold Nuggets. The Nuggets currently occupy the top spot on the standing table.
Brian Conklin scored 25 points, Leon Henry (202-F/G-85, college: S.Idaho JC) 19, Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown)l 14.




NBL round nine wrap - by Mike Lacey

Round nine began with the second placed Wellington Saints (10-2) entertaining the HBS Bank Hawks (3-8). New Saints import Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Minnesota) made a telling contribution on debut scoring 17 points and gathering 14 rebounds in just nineteen minutes court time. The scores were level at the end of the third period but a 28-16 surge from the Saints in the final ten minutes saw them home. Dillon Boucher and Brian Greene (29 points) were ejected after a fourth quarter altercation and both face a one game suspension.

The table topping Otago Nuggets (11-1) secured their first visit to the play-offs since 1997, defeating the Jets in Palmerston North 110-102. The victory was built on a powerful first half performance, the Nuggets amassing 66 points to lead by 22 at the break. The Jets looked dead and buried but led by Chris Hagan (28pts/7assists/5 steals) and Marcel Jones (27pts) they clawed their way back into the game to trail by just five points entering the final four minutes. The Nuggets kept their composure in the closing stages, the NBLs two leading scorers, Akeem Wright and BJ Anthony seeing them home. Wright scored 33 points (13 from 17 from the field) and Anthony 28 points. Anthony has obviously been working on his outside shot his stroke looks far smoother than it did last year and 3 from 4 from behind the three point arc is evidence his hard work is paying off. Interestingly the Jets back up centre Miles Pearce managed to foul out in just 10:15 playing time.

The Waikato Pistons had recorded a comprehensive victory over fellow cellar dwellers the James Blond Super City Rangers last week but in Hamilton on Friday night the tables were turned. With both teams boasting just one victory each the result was likely to decide the recipient of the wooden spoon. Unfortunately for Waikato they made a dreadful start trailing 37-51 at half time the home team were not helped by import Garrius Holloman shooting just one from nine in the half. He and the team did improve in the second half and in fact trailed by just one point (72-73) with 5:30 remaining. However the Rangers held their nerve and aided by a Duane Bailey three and six points from Shea Ili in the final three minutes secured an 87-77 win. The trio of guards, Houston ORiley (19pts), Carl Buck (18pts) and Ili (16pts) were outstanding for the Rangers. Once again Tai Webster (24pts) led the Pistons scoring and Zack Atkinson was his usual efficient self (14pts/18 rebounds).

On Saturday the Taranaki Mountain Airs v Southland Sharks fixture tipped off at 5pm to avoid clashing with the televised All Blacks rugby test. Not sure if it worked in terms of crowd support but it certainly didnt work on the score board as the Sharks secured a vital 101-93 win. Taranaki shaded the first period 21-19 but were overhauled in the second period, the Sharks ahead 49-45 at the main break. The visitors extended their lead in the third in front 76-64, the import duo of Kevin Braswell and Brian Conklin doing a lot of the damage. The Sharks were still nine points ahead with 4:12 remaining but a three from Ethan Rusbatch and a pair of buckets from veteran Link Abrams brought the Airs within three points with 2:50 remaining. The reliable duo of Conklin (27pts) and Braswell (23pts) steadied the Southland ship, Leon Henry (20pts) and Luke Martin made free throws, and the Sharks moved a step closer to the play-offs. Jack Leasure accumulated 24 points for the Airs but the loss means they can no longer make the play-offs.
The HBS Hawks entertained the Jets without the suspended Brian Greene and injured Everard Bartlett. They made a promising start to lead 20-17 at quarter time, Alonso Burton scoring 8 points. The Jets upped their defensive intensity in the second quarter and aided by back to back threes from Troy MacLean established a four points half time buffer and a 50-59 advantage at three quarter time. Chris Hagan (16pts) eased the Jets into a ten point lead early in the final quarter and the visitors were able to keep a double digit advantage to close out a comfortable 80-66 win. Dion Prewster had his most productive game for the Hawks, amassing 18 points and 16 rebounds and Nick Horvath was the best of the Jets knocking down 23 points and snaring 16 rebounds. The win keeps the play-off hopes of the Jets alive but the Hawks, whilst still have a mathematical chance of qualifying are realistically out of contention for 2013.

Josh Pace scored 10 first quarter points to help the Nelson Giants establish a 25-19 advantage over league leaders the Otago Nuggets in Nelson but there was a momentum reversal in the second period, the Nuggets taking it out 24-16 to lead by two points at half time. The third quarter was a tight affair, Otago ahead by the slimmest of margins, 63-62 with ten minutes to play. The teams were neck and neck in the final quarter the lead changing hands on several occasions. The Giants made their move with three minutes remaining; Mika Vukona blocked a BJ Anthony shot and then made a brace of free throws. Erron Maxey made a basket and suddenly the Giants were ahead 81-74 with just over two minutes to play. However the league leaders werent finished, Anthony and Wright making back to back baskets to trim the margin to 2 points. Brooke Ruscoe restored a four points advantage for the home side; Pace held his nerve at the free throw line and the Nuggets suffered just their second loss of the season going down 87-82. The Nuggets (11-2) remain top of the table and the Giants (9-3) strengthen their grip on third spot. Benny Anthony led all scorers with 24 points (9 from 14 from the field), Josh Pace, 22 points was key for the Giants as was Mika Vukona, 8 rebounds and 20 points including a perfect 10 of 10 from the charity stripe.

The only Sunday game of the round played at Trusts Stadium, Waitakere featured the James Blond Super City Rangers and the Southland Sharks, both teams seeking their second win of the round. The Rangers shaded the first quarter 24-21, the Sharks the second quarter 26-20. Four players had ten points at the main break the lively Shea Ili and Patrich Bolstad for the home team and Kevin Braswell and Leon Henry for the southerners. The Sharks quickly stretched their lead, up by twelve points early in the third period as Brian Conklin found his range having sat on the bench for long periods of the first half after getting into foul trouble. Braswell committed a technical foul in the final seconds of the quarter to gift the Rangers a couple of points but the Sharks were still in control, 67-57with ten minutes remaining. The final quarter was a scrappy affair as turnovers increased and shooting percentages plummeted. Both teams shot below 40% from the field and combined, just 17% (7 from 42) from behind the three point arc. Conklin (25pts/15 rebounds) led all scorers and he was ably supported by Leon Henry (19pts). Carl Buck (18pts) spearheaded the Rangers effort and Ili, surely on the Breakers radar as a development player finished with 11points, 6 rebounds and 3 impressive blocks. It may have been scrappy but the Sharks will be delighted with their weekends work. Two road wins and a cemented place in the top four will have pleased coach Paul Henare.




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2013 ASEAN Basketball League Championship Roundup: June 12, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

The San Miguel Beermen brought the bacon back home where it truly belongs. SMB completed a sweep of the Indonesia Warriors in Game 3 to secure the second ABL trophy, which was last won by a Philippine team in the leagues maiden season in 2010.

Not even Indonesias homecourt crowd could derail the inevitable as league MVP Asi Taulava put his stamp on San Miguels first title in the ASEAN circuit. The Rock scored 19 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and handed out 3 assists as SMB opened up the game in the second half. Local players Chris Banchero and Leo Avenido scored 10 apiece to backstop Taulavas stellar effort, and this is important because the Beermen havent been as import-reliant as all the other teams in the league. With the exception of JR Cawaling, all 10 Beermen inserted into the game scored. In contrast, coach Todd Purves of Indonesia stuck with a super tight 7-man rotation.

The Warriors didnt exactly enjoy the best from their stars. Mario Wuysang had 21 points but no assists. Chris Daniels scored 15 points and had 19 rebounds, but he shot just 7-of-20 from the field. Stanley Pringle didnt do too well, too. The usually prolific Fil-Am connected on just 4 of his 11 field goal attempts while also turning the ball over 5 times. Indonesia was just outclassed, but it is worth noting that Jerick Caada wasnt able to play for them.

Despite the big win, however, its already clear that next season will be a big challenge for SMB as Asi Taulava is eyeing a return to the more competitive PBA (he also received an offer to play for the Foshan Dralions in the CBA) while Chris Banchero is set to join the PBA D-League, which is a requirement for him to eventually enter the 2014 PBA Draft. The Warriors Pringle, too, is rumored to be thinking of foregoing next season to join the PBA.

Game Recaps:
SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over INDONESIA WARRIORS, 70-55
The San Miguel Beermen were crowned the AirAsia 2013 ASEAN Basketball League Champions tonight following their 70-55 win over the Indonesia Warriors.

The Beermen have been very vocal about their intentions from the start and head coach Leo Austria dedicated the win to his predecessor, the late Bobby Parks.

Asi Taulava led the champions with 19 points. Chris Bancheros followed with 10 points, although that only told the smallest part of the role that he has played in the Beermen squad throughout the finals series.

The defending champions looked uncomfortable in the beginning and struggled with their shots, managing just 23% from the field. The Beermen, on the other hand, barely lost their stride from the past two games. A Justin Williams block in the first half started them on a 6-0 run capped with a Fortuna basket that put the Beermen up 14-10 going into the second quarter.

The Beermen continued to build their lead in the second quarter, Taulava and Banchero both going on scoring runs. The Beermen were 44% from the field in the first half, although they struggled from the three, missing all seven of their attempts. They still managed to hold on to a six point lead 33-27 heading into the break.

Points were still hard to come by for the Warriors in the second half but they tried hard to make things difficult for the Beermen. Chris Daniels came in off the break with a couple of quick baskets that put the hosts in to within four points at 31-35. However Paulo Hubalde put a stop to that with a layup before he stole the ball off Thomas and fed it to Avenido for a three. Then a Taulava basket gave Beermen their first double digit lead of the game at 49-38 with 2:20 remaining till the final quarter. The Beermen held on to that lead and finished the third period ahead 53 to 43.

The fourth quarter was an uphill battle the Warriors were unable to climb. Despite a tough fight from Mario Wuysang, who finished on top of the leaderboard with 21 points, the Warriors soon found themselves down 17 points with half the quarter still remaining. With the Championship so close in their sights, the Beermen powered on and finished off the game 70-55 to lift the 2013 ABL Championship trophy.

Source:
Intro was written by Enzo Flojo/HoopNut.com.
Game recaps were compressed and compiled from AseanBasketballLeague.com.




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Stelmet Zielona Gora keep Mantas Cesnauskis - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet Zielona Gora keep Mantas Cesnauskis (191-G-81) for the next season. The 32-year old Lithuanian-Polish Mantas Cesnauskis will continue in Poland.
In 39 games he averaged 5.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.1apg last season. He helped them to win the league title. Cesnauskis also played 12 games in Eurocup where he had 4.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.1apg. The last season he played at Energa Czarni (TBL) in Polish league. In 39 games he had 9.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. Cesnauskis was selected to Polish League All-Star Game in 2011.
He was a member of Lithuanian U20 National Team back in 2000.
Cesnauskis has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons-Hainaut), Cyprus (Apoel) and Lithuania (Sakalai and Nevezis). In 2000 he started his career in Puntukas Anyksciai.



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Ponce 21-12 
 2. Quebradillas 20-13 
 3. Santurce 20-13 
 4. Guaynabo 19-14 
 5. Mayaguez 18-16 
 6. Guayama 17-16 
 7. Humacao 16-16 
 8. Arecibo 15-17 
 9. San German 9-23 
 10. Bayamon 9-24 

Regular Season: Round 40

Jun. 15: Guaynabo - Bayamon 94-87
Jun. 15: Guayama - Ponce 84-73
Jun. 16: Quebradillas - Humacao
Jun. 16: Arecibo - San German


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Harris, Ponce21.2 
 2. Carmona, Humacao20.0 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.6 
 5. Diogu, Ponce19.6 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo19.1 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.17.0 
 10. Lisch, Quebradill.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.4 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.0 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce8.6 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Phillip, San German8.5 
 7. Carmona, Humacao8.3 
 8. Harrellson, Chongq.8.2 
 9. Graterol, Arecibo8.0 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  Mayaguez
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.4 
 2. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas5.1 
 4. Clemente, Humacao4.9 
 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, Guayama1.7 
 4. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.6 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 8. Rodriguez, Guayama1.3 
 9. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 10. Rivera, Ponce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 3. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 4. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 5. Balkman, Guayama1.4 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 8. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 9. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 10. Santiago, Guayna.1.1 


Carlos Arroyo triumphs with Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) triumphs with Galatasaray as the latter triumphs at 2012/2013 season as they won the Final series against Banvit 4-1. Galatasaray added 76:58 win in Game 4 and became the Champions.
The game was mostly controlled by Galatasaray. Banvit BK managed to win fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Cenk Akyol who scored 22 points. Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Arroyo chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. The former international guard Serkan Erdogan produced 11 points and 5 assists. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Carlos Arroyo averaged 13.3 points per game in Turkey.



FIBA Americas U16: Canada beat Puerto Rico to clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Canada U16 - Puerto Rico U16 62:50

Canada finished their FIBA Americas U16 Championship on a high note. They rallied past Puerto Rico to climb onto the pedestal. Jamal Murray (191-PG-96) nailed 15 points helping Canada earn the Bronze medals.
Canada grabbed a narrow 12:11 lead at the first intermission. But Puerto Rico denied it in the second term. Puerto Rico surged ahead to secure a 25:21 halftime advantage. Canada increased the tempo in the second half. They trimmed the deficit to trail by a single point at the final intermission. Canada triggered a 24:11 run in the fourth quarter to escape with a tough victory at the end. Koby McEwen (187-PG-97) chipped in 12 points, while Nolan Narain (205-C-97) added 10 points in the winning case. Leandro Allende (190-F/G-97) answered with 16 points for Puerto Rico. Arnaldo Toro (205-C-97) had 15 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

Canada U16: Jamal Murray 15, Koby McEwen 12, Nolan Narain 10
Puerto Rico U16: Leandro Allende 16, Arnaldo Toro 15+14 boards



Latest BSN transactions: - by Luis Modestti


- Mets de Guaynabo release forward J.P. Prince

Prince averaged 2,25 points and 2 rebounds in four games for Mets. They are considering some options for the playoffs.

- Indios de Mayaguez sign Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Massachusetts)

Thomas was announced by Indios but it is now known who he replaces. He played for FC Bayern Muenchen in Germany and averaged 9,3 points and 2,8 rebounds.

- Will McDonald made his debut yesterday for Cangrejeros de Santurce

McDonald enters for Frank Elegar who scored 9,71 points and grabbed 6,7 rebounds in seven games.



Indios end Mets winning streak - by Luis Modestti


Indios de Mayaguez defeated Mets de Guaynabo 78-73 to stop their winning streak at eight games.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) scored 23 points and Ramon Clemente added 14 for the winners who have an 18-16 record. Guaynabo is 18-14 so far.

Caciques-Gigantes dominated Capitanes de Arecibo 99-81 as Alejandro Carmona netted 33 points and Ricardo Marsh followed with 17. With their latest moves Humacao looks as a contender for the playoffs.

Piratas de Quebradillas beat Cangrejeros de Santurce 75-64. Lorenzo Mata dominated inside with 24 points and 11 boards. Piratas are now tied with Santurce in second place with a 20-13 record.

Brujos de Guayama beat Atleticos de San German 82-78. Darnell Hinson led the winners with 25 points. This is the third time in franchise history that San German lost 23 games in a season, the other two times were in 1977 and 1980.

On Friday Cangrejeros dominated San German 80-71 and Bayamon surprised Leones de Ponce 90-82 as Jesse Pellot had 30 points.

Games for Saturday, June 15:

Vaqueros de Bayamon at Mets de Guaynabo
Leones de Ponce at Brujos de Guayama



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Spartak St.Petersburg target John Bryant - by Vladimir Lobanov

Spartak St.Petersburg are targeting American center John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) who played last season in German outfit Ratiopharm Ulm.
Bryant,who voted to the best center in the Eurocup and to the All Eurocup first team of 2012/2013 season, has finished his 2 years contact with the German team (overall 3 seasons with Ulm) and he is a free agent.
After a disappointing season,Spartak St.Petersburg are looking to build a stronger team for next season,and Bryant is one of the main targets for the off season,according to a source from the team.Bryant is wanted by couple of Europe's elite clubs but Spartak St.Petersburg are hoping to act quick and bring him to the team.
Bryant averaged 16ppg,9rpg and 1.6apg in 16 games in the Eurocup and 15.6ppg,10.1rpg in 41 games in the German League.



Brazil U19 outscore Russia U19 in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19-Brazil U19 59:61

Brazil U19 outscore Russia U19 in Day 2 of the International Tournament. Brazil improved to 2-0 record in Dubrovnik after a 61:59 victory. Russia meanwhile suffered their second straight loss.
Russia won the first period 17-15 and led two points at the halftime as both teams nailed 12 points in the second frame. The third quarter became decisive in the game as Brazil erupted with 20-10 surge to take the lead. Russia replied with 20-14 rally in the last stanza but reduced only to 2 points at the end.
Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) stepped up with 15 points for Russia and Pavel Krechetov (188-PG-94) added 13. Alexander Gankevich (201-PF-95) and Yuriy Pershin (190-G-94) followed them with 7 points each.
Croatia U19 meanwhile posts the second straight win in Dubrovnik at the International Tournament with 4 teams. In Day 2 Croatia beat Argentina U19 89:80. The latter suffered their second straight loss.



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Boniface Ndong wins the title with Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) wins the title with Galatasaray as the latter triumphs at 2012/2013 season as they won the Final series against Banvit 4-1. Galatasaray added 76:58 win in Game 4 and became the Champions.
The game was mostly controlled by Galatasaray. Banvit BK managed to win fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Cenk Akyol who scored 22 points. Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Arroyo chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. The former international guard Serkan Erdogan produced 11 points and 5 assists and Serbian center Vladimir Stimac added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Boniface Ndong averaged 8.8 points in the Turkish League.



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Milan Macvan triumphs with Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

Milan Macvan (205-PF-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) triumphs with Galatasaray as the latter triumphs at 2012/2013 season as they won the Final series against Banvit 4-1. Galatasaray added 76:58 win in Game 4 and became the Champions.
The game was mostly controlled by Galatasaray. Banvit BK managed to win fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Cenk Akyol who scored 22 points. Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Arroyo chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. The former international guard Serkan Erdogan produced 11 points and 5 assists and Serbian center Vladimir Stimac added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Milan Macvan averaged 8.0 points per game. In EuroCup his stats read 7.7 points per game.



Uros Duvnjak and Damir Latovic finished a great season abroad - by Eurobasket News

Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Damir Latovic (204-C-80) finished a great season abroad with their AGOR. Both Serbian players contributed to the fourth place.
Last night Panionios wins the Bronze medals in Greece as they beat AGOR 3-1 in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Panionios. AGOR managed to win third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Nikos Pappas who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Giorgos Bogris who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Panionios players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Brent Petway responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds and Marc Antonio Carter scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Uros Duvnjak averaged 10.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 80.6% this season.
Damir Latovic showed 4.6ppg, 2.9rpg in his fourth straight season in Greece.



Vladimir Stimac selected the top Serbian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vladimir Stimac
Vladimir Stimac
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Vladimir Stimac (211-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Stimac could not help Banvit BK (25-5) to beat Galatasaray (27-3). He scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. But Banvit BK was badly defeated 76-58 on the road by the leading Galatasaray. Stimac belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5. This season he averages: 8.5ppg, 7.4rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(140-238). Stimac is currently a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Nenad Krstic
Nenad Krstic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nenad Krstic (212-83, currently plays in VTB United League). He managed to help CSKA Moscow in a victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (12-6) 59-54 in the VTB United League on Friday night. Krstic recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. CSKA Moscow (15-3) is placed second in group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Krstic has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 53.9% and FT: 70.1% in the 30 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Milan Macvan
Milan Macvan
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Milan Macvan (205-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Turkey). Macvan contributed to a 1-point Galatasaray's victory against the closely-ranked Banvit BK (25-5) 72-71 in the Turkish TBL last Monday. He scored 5 points in 11 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (27-3) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. This year Macvan's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 36.3% and FT: 82.8% in the 39 games. He is also a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Uros Duvnjak
Uros Duvnjak
   #4. Guard Uros Duvnjak (190-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to help AGOR (17-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Duvnjak's good performance AGOR was defeated 71-60 in Athens by the higher-ranked Panionios (#3). He scored 12 points and had 3 steals. This season Duvnjak has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Serbian university national team back in 2007.

Zoran Erceg
Zoran Erceg
   #5. International power forward Zoran Erceg (210-85, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nenad Krstic and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Erceg contributed to a CSKA Moscow's victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (12-6) 59-54. He recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. It's Erceg's first season with the team. This year Erceg's total stats are: 7.1ppg and 1.8rpg in the 16 games. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Aleksandar Rasic
Aleksandar Rasic
   #6. Point guard Aleksandar Rasic (195-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) helped Montepaschi Siena win their game against the league leader Cimberio Varese (23-7) 82-69 in the Italian SerieA in Friday night's game. Rasic recorded only 3 points. Montepaschi Siena (18-12) is placed fifth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Rasic averages just 2.1ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Greece) led Panionios to a victory over the closely-ranked AGOR (17-9) 71-60 in the Greek A1 in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Jankovic had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (20-6) is placed third in the A1. It's Jankovic's fourth season with the team. He is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.5rpg. Jankovic also averaged so far 12.2ppg and 1.7apg in the 35 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Greek. Despite Jankovic's Serbian passport, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Serbian team.

   #2. Dusan Sakota (209-SF-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Cimberio Varese (23-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite Sakota's good performance the league leader Cimberio Varese was defeated 82-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Montepaschi Siena (#5). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Sakota's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 2.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Greek. Despite Sakota's Serbian nationality, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Serbian team.

   #3. Dusan Cantekin (221-C-90, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Banvit BK (25-5) in their game against Galatasaray (27-3) in the Turkish TBL. Cantekin scored 5 points in 11 minutes. Banvit BK was badly defeated 76-58 in Istanbul by the leading Galatasaray. This year Cantekin's total stats are: 4.2ppg and 2.4rpg in the 16 games. He has both Serbian and Turkish nationalities.

   #4. David Brkic (210-F/C-82, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for C.de Latte BRE (17-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Brkic's very good performance C.de Latte BRE was defeated 65-60 in Pistoia by the higher-ranked Tuscany (#3). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Brkic also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Brkic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. Brkic also holds two passports: Serbian and Italian.

   #5. Experienced Damir Latovic (204-C-80, currently plays in Greece) managed to help A.G.O Rethymno Aegean in a 1-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Panionios (20-6) 74-73 in the Greek A1 last Sunday. Latovic scored only 3 points in 6 minutes on the court. A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (17-9) is placed fifth in the A1. Latovic has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.9rpg in the 35 games.

   #6. Darko Cohadarevic (206-F/C-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in New Zealand), who plays in the New Zealand NBL couldn't help HBS Bank Hawks (3-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Cohadarevic's good performance HBS Bank Hawks were defeated 80-66 at home by the higher-ranked Hub Jets (#5). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Cohadarevic also added 9 rebounds. He has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.

   #7. Stevan Stojkov (182-PG-89, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned David Brkic and both played together in the last Italian Lega2 game. Stojkov couldn't help C.de Latte BRE in their game against Tuscany Pistoia. He recorded 6 points in 17 minutes. His team lost 60-65. Stojkov has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 1.4apg in the 31 games. He has dual citizenship: Serbian and Italian. Despite Stojkov's Serbian passport, he previously played for the Italian U18 national team.



Serbia U20 win Zrenjanin tournament - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Serbia U19 73:64

Serbia U20 claimed the title at the international friendly tournament in Zrenjanin. They overcame the Serbian U19 selection for the third straight win. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) nailed 16 points to pace the winners.
Serbia U20 grabbed a 22:15 lead ten minutes into the game. They could not clear off though in the second frame. Serbia U19 stepped on the gas and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at the interval 42:37. Serbia U19 got even closer in the third quarter. They cut the deficit to 3 points before the final frame 56:53. But U20 selection went on a 17:11 run in the fourth stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Nemanja Krstic (198-SF-93) accounted for 14 points, while Ivan Marinkovic (208-F/C-93) netted 10 points for the winners. Ognjen Dobric (198-SF-94) and Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) responded with 13 points each for Serbia U19.

Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 16, Nemanja Krstic 14, Ivan Marinkovic 10
Serbia U19: Ognjen Dobric 13, Nikola Jankovic 13



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  SPAIN   


Bizkaia Bilbao keep Alex Mumbru, Raul Lopez and Roger Grimau - by Eurobasket News

Bizkaia Bilbao have secured the services of key players Roger Grimau (196-G-79, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group), Raul Lopez (183-PG-80) and Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) for the next season. Three players have agreed on terms of contract extensions.
Alex Mumbru signed a new three-season deal. The forward has been playing for the Basque team since 2009. Last season Alex Mumbru notched 10.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steal per game in EuroCup. In ACB his stats read 12.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per appearance.
Raul Lopez will enter his third straight season with Bizkaia Bilbao. Last season the guard notched 6.1 points, 3.1 assists and 2.5 boards per game in EuroCup. He also delivered 5.8 points, 2.7 assists and 1.5 rebounds per appearance in ACB.
Roger Grimau will enter the third consecutive season with Bilbao. The guard came up with 6.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in EuroCup. He also tallied 7.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in ACB.



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Italy edge Tunisia in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Tunisia 60:53

Italy outgunned Tunisia in the preparation game for the upcoming Mediterranean Games. David Cournooh (188-G-90) stepped up with 13 points to lead the Azzurri to the victory in Istanbul.
Italy held their opponents to just 8 points in the first term. The Azzurri gained a 6-point lead at the first break. Italy maintained the lead throughout the second period. They established a 29:21 halftime lead. The gap grew in the third period. The Azzurri piled up a 14-point advantage at the final intermission 45:31. Tunisia tried to put up a comeback in the fourth period but just stopped short of victory at the end. Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) and Valerio Mazzola (205-PF-88) netted 8 points each for the winners. Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc.) responded with 16 points for Tunisia. Mokhtar Ghayaza (204-C-86) and Salah Mejri (217-C-86) netted 10 points each in the loss.

Italy: David Cournooh 13, Luca Vitali 8, Valerio Mazzola 8
Tunisia: Macram Ben Romdhane 16, Mokhtar Ghayaza 10, Salah Mejri 10



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  TURKEY   

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.4 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.5 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.3 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Theodore, Guaynabo15.8 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.3 
 10. Chalmers, Aliaga15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.11.1 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Elonu, Tofas7.5 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.4 
 6. Prince, Guaynabo7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.6.9 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 9. Vidmar, Besiktas6.3 
 10. Besok, Hacettepe6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Woodside, TED K.7.1 
 2. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 3. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 4. Theodore, Guaynabo4.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.7 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.5 
 7. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 8. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.3 
 9. Eldridge, Hacettepe4.2 
 10. Burtt, Avtodor4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Guaynabo
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Guaynabo1.9 
 2. Theodore, Guaynabo1.7 
 3. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 4. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 5. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.6 
 6. Gordon, Anadolu1.4 
 7. Markoishvili, Gala.1.3 
 8. Shumpert, Aliaga1.3 
 9. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
 10. Lewis, Antalya1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.6 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 4. Vidmar, Besiktas1.0 
 5. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 6. Elonu, Tofas1.0 
 7. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 
 8. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 
 9. Prince, Guaynabo0.8 
 10. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.8 


Tofas Bursa let Joshua Heytvelt and Austin Nichols go - by Eurobasket News

Tofas Bursa opted not to exercise contract extension option on Joshua Heytvelt (210-F/C-86, college: Gonzaga) and Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.). Both players will leave the Turkish team.
Joshua Heytvelt joined Tofas at the start of the season. He notched 6.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in EuroChallenge. In TBL the forward tallied 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per appearance. Previously Joshua Heytvelt had stints in Croatia, Italy and Turkey. He was named All-Turkish League Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
Austin Nichols played for Tofas Bursa since 2010. Last season the forward delivered 12.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per EuroChallenge game. In TBL he posted 8.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per appearance.



Galatasaray triumphs at 2012/2013 season! - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray - Banvit BK 76-58 (4-1)

Galatasaray triumphs at 2012/2013 season as they won the Final series against Banvit 4-1. Galatasaray added 76:58 win in Game 4 and became the Champions. The game was mostly controlled by Galatasaray. Banvit BK managed to win fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Cenk Akyol (198-87) who scored 22 points. Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. The former international guard Serkan Erdogan (190-78) produced 11 points and 5 assists and Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (211-87, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: C.Akyol 22+4reb, B.Ndong 16+5reb, C.Arroyo 15+3reb+8ast, E.Dagli 9+9reb+2ast, M.Markoishvili 7+2reb+1ast, J.Gordon 4+5reb+3ast
Banvit BK: S.Erdogan 11+4reb+5ast, C.Davis 10+5reb+2ast, V.Stimac 9+10reb, K.Lucas 6+1reb+2ast, K.Simmons 6+4reb, D.Cantekin 5+3reb
gschID: 242334



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  UKRAINE   


Denys Lukashov joins Azovmash - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash added another newcomer. They agreed on terms of contract with Denys Lukashov (190-PG-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). The point guard spent the last season with BC Donetsk. Denys Lukashov notched 2.3 points, 1.4 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game in VTB League. In Superleague Lukashov accounted for 4.8 points, 2.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds per appearance. Denys Lukashov chipped in 3.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance in EuroCup. Previously Denys Lukashov had stints with BC Kyiv and Budivelnyk. He was named All-Ukrainian Superleague Newcomer of the Year in 2009. He made it into Superleague All-Domestic Players Team in 2009 and 2010. The guard has been the member of the Ukrainian National Team since 2009.


Ferro-ZNTU tab Mykola Vilkhovetskyi - by Eurobasket News

Ferro-ZNTU deepened their roster. They added Mykola Vilkhovetskyi (191-G-88). The guard started the previous season in Dnipro. He notched 3.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Superleague. Mykola Vilkhovetskyi left the team in November. The guard moved to Kazakhstan to join Kaspiy. Mykola Vilkhovetskyi is the produced of Dnipropetrovsk basketball school. He was the member of U18, U20 and U21 Ukrainian National Teams. Mykola Vylkhovetskyi played for the National Team in 2009. He was the Cup winner with Dnipro in 2011.


Dmitri Lipovtsev set to join Hoverla - by Eurobasket News

Hoverla is close to landing one of the top performers of the Ukrainian Higher League. Dmitri Lipovtsev (207-C-86) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Hoverla. The centre averaged impressive 16.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game in the Higher League last season. Dmitri Lipovtsev was named All-Ukrainian Higher League Centre of the Year for two seasons in a row 2012 and 2013.


BC Kyiv tab Stanislav Dikiy - by Eurobasket News

Stanislav Dikiy (201-F-88) will continue his career in the Ukrainian capital. He signed the deal with BC Kyiv. The forward spent the last season with Ferro-ZNTU. Dikiy notched 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in Superleague. Previously Stanislav Dikiy played for Dynamo Dnipropetrovsk, DniproAzot and Avtodor Saratov.


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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Jun. 15: Larre Borges - Urunday Univ. 89-77
Jun. 14: Stockholmo - Cader 86-99
Jun. 14: Guruyu Waston - Capitol 84-79
Jun. 15: Marne - 25 de Agosto 78-70
Jun. 14: Colon - Yale 77-72
Jun. 15: Verdirrojo - Welcome 71-103

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 17: 25 de Agosto - Cader
Jun. 17: Capitol - Verdirrojo
Jun. 17: Larre Borges - Guruyu Waston
Jun. 17: Welcome - Marne
Jun. 17: Urunday Univ. - Colon
Jun. 17: Yale - Stockholmo


Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the 9th round Metro League
Guruyu Waston 84 - Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) 24 pts 15 reb. Nicolas Alvarez (194-G-92) 13 pts. 2 reb 4 assists
Capitol 79 - Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 29 pts 4 reb. Juan Wenzel (190-G-89) 19 pts 6 reb.
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Colon 77 - Nicolas Ibarra (192-F-82) 29 pts 7 reb. Myles Walker (203-C-90, college: Indiana St.) 15 pts 15 reb. 2 blocks
Yale 72 - Emilio Dominguez (202-C-87) 13 pts. Santiago Noe (175-G-85) 18 pts 6 reb
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Cader 99 - Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 21 pts. 15 reb. 7 assists, Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) 21 pts
Stockolmo 86 - Christopher Moore (205-F-82, college: Virginia Union) 24 pts. 14 reb. 2 blocks, Daniel Rivero (182-G-77) 24 pts. 6 assists



FIBA Americas U16: Chile clinched 5th position - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay U16-Chile U16 65:66

Chile clinched 5th position at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team won over the hosts, Uruguay 66:65 in the last game and sent the hosts a step lower.
Both teams scored 13 points each in the opening period and stayed close for the majority of the game. Chile needed a 13-12 rally in the second frame to take 1-point advantage at the halftime. Uruguay however looked better in the third period and managed to respond with a 23-18 surge, but Chile managed to win the game. Dante Bahamonde scored the two to seal the victory for Chile, 66:65.
Nicolas Aguirre (176-PG-97) was unstoppable with 33 points and Dante Bahamonde (174-G-96) added 14. Sebastian Herrera (190-SF-97) and Diego Low (190-SF-97) finished the game with 6 points each. Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) replied with 25 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Martin Counago (185-PG-96) had 17. Agustin Viotti (190-SF-97) delivered 10 and Federico Baltasar (185-PG-96) brought 7.

Uruguay U16: Facundo Grolla 25+13 rebs, Martin Counago 17, Agustin Viotti 10, Federico Baltasar 7
Chile U16: Nicolas Aguirre 33, Dante Bahamonde 14, Sebastian Herrera 6, Diego Low 6



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Denys Lukashov joins Azovmash - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash added another newcomer. They agreed on terms of contract with Denys Lukashov (190-PG-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). The point guard spent the last season with BC Donetsk. Denys Lukashov notched 2.3 points, 1.4 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game in VTB League. In Superleague Lukashov accounted for 4.8 points, 2.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds per appearance. Denys Lukashov chipped in 3.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance in EuroCup. Previously Denys Lukashov had stints with BC Kyiv and Budivelnyk. He was named All-Ukrainian Superleague Newcomer of the Year in 2009. He made it into Superleague All-Domestic Players Team in 2009 and 2010. The guard has been the member of the Ukrainian National Team since 2009.


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  WBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Jun. 14: Georgia Majic - Rome G. 114-106
Jun. 14: Atlanta Blaze - Conyers CK




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Women News

ABA Standings - by Eurobasket News

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


SBL: Jessica Van Schie reaches 200 SBL games - by Eurobasket News

Jessica Van Schie (G-82) 's 200 game milestone achievement will be celebrated this Saturday night infront of her home crowd in Lakeside as they take on the Willetton Tigers.

Van Schie's 200th SBL game was a successful one last weekend as Lakeside defeated Cockburn by 21 points.

Van Schie started her SBL career back in 2004 with the Lakeside Lightning and has been an integral part of the club for ten years now highlighted with a WSBL championship in 2006.

Jess has not only contributed to the club with her on court attributes but has also given plenty to the club off the court as Lakeside's SBL Administrator.

The SBL congratulates Jess on her achievement.
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SBL: Tough Weekend for Suns - by Eurobasket News

The weekend opened with a difficult trip to the State Basketball Centre to face the in-form Perry Lakes Hawks.

The Suns women controlled the game for extensive periods and lead for most of the forty minutes, but some poor execution late in the game and inaccuracy from the free throw line un-did the great physical effort that was shown, going down 72-74 in a thriller. Pleasingly the Suns were able to match the Lady Hawks, who are a very a good rebounding team, in the rebounds category.

The Suns men came out all guns blazing in the opening quarter and it was them who looked like the second placed team not the Hawks, opening up a 20-9 lead. Despite being within 10 at half time, a massive third quarter by Perry Lakes, which saw them outscore the surprisingly flat Suns 37-12 made the margin insurmountable with the final score being 130-80.

After a tough Friday night, the Suns were back at home at the Furnace on Saturday night, looking to make amends against the Rockingham Flames. Prior to the Womens game a special presentation was made, by Eastern Suns President Peter Hanson and WSBL Head Coach Craig Mansfield , to Captain Ajay Jones who played her 100th SBL game, all for the Eastern Suns, becoming the first female to achieve this milestone for the club, at the young age of 20.

The Suns played an excellent first quarter opening up a 27-14 lead against their second placed opponents, only to let Rockingham back in the game in the second, to go in at half time squared at 38-38.

Rockingham, not having played the night before, was far fresher and was able to take advantage of the Suns fatiguing energy levels and opened up a 12 point lead at the final change 66-54 and never looked back, running out winners 89-68.

Sass Knox was great for the Suns and pulled in 12 rebounds, to go with the 10 from Friday night, Jennie Rintala had 18 points and milestone woman Ajay Jones had 14 points and 4 rebounds. Next week another tough challenge faces the fourth placed Suns women, their fifth straight fixture against a fellow top 6 team, the first placed Wanneroo Wolves.

The Suns men have been slow starters in games this season but recently they have bucked this trend and this continued Saturday night, pouring in 29 points, including a Ben Smith 4 point play. The Suns led by as many as 8 but let the Flames back in and trailed at the end of the first quarter 29-32.

The second quarter continued to be a high scoring game with both teams shooting above 50% at half time and Rockingham holding a slender 1 point lead 59-58.

After the horror third quarter the night before against the Hawks, a much more determined and focussed Suns outfit emerged from the change rooms and whilst the margin did get to 11 the Suns were able to reel the Flames back in. A late Ben Smith three pointer reduced the margin to 5 at the final break 84-89.

As in the womens game, the final quarter was all Rockingham who had the fresh legs and were able to break away and win 120-100.

Flames import Steven Bennett, who had been well held all game, was eventually able to break free and recorded a triple double- 14 points, 17 assists and 10 rebounds. Rockingham had a great shooting night, shooting at a very high 56%. For the Suns, Ben Smith had 34 points, 11 of which in the first quarter, and 7/14 from the three point line for the game, Louis Timms had 26 points and 7 rebounds, whilst fellow starter Dayo Oladejo had 8 rebounds.

The Suns take on the Wanneroo Wolves at the Furnace, this coming Sunday 23rd of June, with the WSBL game starting at 12pm and the MSBL at 2pm.

Article by Steve Trajeski
Courtesy of:
SBL



SBL: Lightning, Wolves consolidate top spots (Saturday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Week 14 SBL action was always going to be crucial in determining spots in the finals race in both the women's and men's competition, and it sees the Wanneroo Wolves and Lakeside Lightning hold top spots at the end of the weekend.

The Lakeside Lightning improved to 16-2 to remain on top of the men's SBL standings with a thumping 127-87 win over the Willetton Tigers at Lakeside Recreation Centre. The Tigers were also coming off a win over Wanneroo on Friday but the Lightning scored 40-19 in the first quarter.

Ben Beran top-scored for Lakeside with 26 points with Darrel Morgan adding 21 and Jarrad Prue 16 to go with a massive 28 rebounds and 10 assists. Brad Jackson also scored 14 points and Chris Sofoulis 12.

Quinn McDowell scored 22 points for Willetton with Brandon Adams adding 17, Adam Nener 12 and Lochlan Cummings 10.

The Perry Lakes Hawks won its second game of the weekend following up a 50-point win on Friday over Kalamunda with an 82-77 defeat of the East Perth Eagles at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre on Saturday.

Michael Lay hit 23 points and pulled in 10 rebounds for the Hawks with Adrian Majstrovich scoring 16 points and collecting 13 boards. Rob Cassir scored 14 points, Corey Easley 12 and Ben Purser 11.

Tom Jervis had 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for East Perth. Drew Williamson finished with 16 points, Jarrod Balcombe 12 and Michael Jones 11.

The Perth Redbacks made the Wanneroo Wolves have a disappointing weekend. The Wolfpack lost to Willetton on Friday and then the Redbacks beat them 90-83 at Joondalup Basketball Stadium on Saturday.

The Redbacks shot up to fifth position with the win with an 11-8 record while Wanneroo slips to eighth at 9-9.

Michael Vigor led the way for the Redbacks with 25 points and eight rebounds while Bennie Lewis hit 20 points, Justin Brown 18 and Adam Johnston 16. Brown also pulled in 17 boards.

Damian Matacz scored 24 points and had nine rebounds for Wanneroo with Seb Salinas throwing in 20 points, six boards and four assists. Rob Huntington also had 14 points and Reece Maxwell 12.

The defending champion Cockburn Cougars continued its charge with a 122-86 win over South West Slammers to improve to a 7-12 record now having recorded three straight wins.

David Reichel scored 17 points and had eight rebounds for the Cougars with Brian Carlwell adding 19 points, Damien Scott 19, Gavin Field 17 and Alex Prince 10.

Trent Worthington scored 22 points for the Slammers with Clive Weeden adding 21 and Josh Weir 13.

The Stirling Senators beat the Mandurah Magic 98-89 at Warwick Leisure Centre with Cory Cooperwood hitting 33 points and pulling in 15 rebounds to go with six assists, five steals and three blocks for the Senators.

Jordan Wild added 23 points and 15 rebounds with Josh Throns scoring 19 points and Sean Gilmore 12.

Taylor Mullenax had 23 points for Mandurah with Taylor Land adding 19 points and Rhett Della Maddalena 17.

The Rockingham Flames beat the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 120-100 at Ray Owen Sports Centre with Cooper Land scoring 30 points. Travis Moore also had 25 points, Trent Gerovich 24, Jake Amos 15 and Steven Bennett 14.

Ben Smith hit 34 points for the Suns and Louis Timms 26.

In the battle of the country teams, The Geraldton Buccaneers improved to an 11-7 record to sit in fourth spot with a 109-83 win over Goldfields Giants at Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium.

Daniel Thomas finished with 32 points and six assists for the Buccaneers on the back of 6-of-8 shooting from three-point territory. Rob Kampman also had 28 points and 10 rebounds for Geraldton with Aaron Ralph scoring 18 points and Luke Wrensted 12.

Markhuri Sanders-Frison finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and four assists for Goldfields with Matthew Leske adding 19 points and Jaycen Herring 11.

The Wanneroo Wolves women's team bounced back from a Friday night loss to Willetton beating the Perth Redbacks 53-40 at Joondalup Basketball Stadium to sit on top of the WSBL ladder.

Nikita-Lee Martin top-scored for Wanneroo with 12 points to go with seven rebounds. Shani Amos scored 10 points with Chelsea Burns adding eight. Marita Payne top-scored with the Redbacks with 17 points and 15 boards.

The Lakeside Lightning beat the Willetton Tigers 69-66 to improve to 8-7 and sit in seventh spot on the ladder with the Tigers unable to back up their win over Wanneroo at home on Friday.

Emily Fielding had a night out for Lakeside finishing with 28 points. Jessica Beran added 19 points and 13 rebounds, with Krystal Stoneking scoring 14 points.

Antonia Edmondson (181-F-87) starred for Willetton with 27 points with Melissa Marsh adding 20 and Lisa Wallbutton 11 to go with 15 rebounds.

The Perry Lakes Hawks won its second straight game of the weekend backing up Friday's win over Kalamunda to beat the one-win East Perth Eagles 65-48 on Saturday.

The wins improve the Hawks to a 9-6 record to sit in fifth position with Gabriella Clayton (173-G-90) starring with 24 points. Rosie Tobin added 12 points and 10 rebound, and Natalie Burton 11 and 14.

Nicole Jorre St Jorre worked hard for the Eagles with 17 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists.

The Cockburn Cougars recorded a solid 80-68 win over the South West Slammers to improve to sixth spot in the standings.

The Stirling Senators thumped the Mandurah Magi 80-55 with Taylor Lilley hitting 19 points, Amber Land 16 and Samantha Roscoe 12.

Rachel Halleen had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Mandurah with Briana Klasztorny (G/F-90) and Gemma Thomas scoring 10 points each.

Last year's grand finalists Rockingham scored a big 89-68 away win over Kalamunda on Saturday making it a doubly disappointing weekend for the Suns following Friday loss to Perry Lakes.

Samantha Whitcomb was on fire for the Flames finishing with 36 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Kaye Tucker added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Jacinta Bourne 10 points.

Jennie Rintala scored 18 points for Kalamunda with Adrienne Jones adding 14.

Article by Chris Pike
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



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  BELARUS   


EuroBasket 2013: Belarus thump Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Czech Republic 60:39

Belarus registered the opening win at the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They knocked down Czech Republic in Group D. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) stepped up with 14 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Belarus dominated every facet of the game in the opening quarter. Czech Republic suffered a major blow as Vesela left the court injured in the opening minutes. Belarus capitalized building a 21:5 lead at the first break. Czech Republic answered with some defensive brilliance of their own in the second period. They held Belarus to 6 points in the quarter to narrow the gap at 10-point mark at halftime 27:17. The teams traded baskets throughout low-scoring third period. Belarus entered the fourth quarter up by 10 points 39:29. They went on a 21:10 rally in the fourth term to seal the winning outcome. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87), Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) and Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) notched 10 points apiece for the winners. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) answered with 14 points for Czech Republic. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) had 8 points in the loss.

Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 14, Anastasiya Veremeenko 10, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 10, Alexandra Tarasava 10
Czech Republic: Michaela Zrustova 14, Alena Hanusova 8



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  BULGARIA   


The Bulgarian connection at EuroBasket Women 2013 - by Christomir Rackov

At the Women EuroBasket 2013 tournament, which started today in France, on the rosters of participating teams there are 9 players that have played for Bulgarian club teams at some point in their career, as well as 2 players of Bulgarian descent.

Here is the full list, with a reminder of which Bulgarian team they play (-ed) for and when (or a note about their Bulgarian origins):

Slovak Republic

9. Barbora Fabianova (182-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Youngstown St.) (Lukoil Neftochimic - 2007/2008)

Ukraine

4. Olga Dubrovina (170-G-87, agency: LBM Management) (Neftochimic - 2011/2013)
5. Olena Samburska (172-G/F-89, agency: LBM Management) (Lukoil Neftochimic - 2008/2009, 2010/2011, - 2012/2013)
8. Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90, agency: LBM Management) (Neftochimic - 2011/2012)
13. Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) (Dunav Econt - 2005/2008)

Turkey

11. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) (Bulgarian-born)

Sweden

4. Frida Aili (179-G-88) (Lukoil Neftochimic - 2009/2010)

Italy

15. Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) (half Bulgarian)

Belarus

8. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) (Lukoil Neftochimic - 2009/2010)
9. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) (Dunav Econt - 2009/2010)

Czech Republic

6. Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) (Dunav Econt - 2008/2009)



2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Bulgaria rally past Poland - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria - Poland 59:44

Bulgaria registered an important victory in the 2015 EuroBasket qualifying round. They outgunned Poland to take a comfortable lead before the return leg in Poland. Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87) notched 22 points to lead the Bulgarian to the victory tonight.
Bulgaria set the tone early. The hosts went on a 20:13 run in the opening quarter. Bulgaria kept Poland at bay throughout the second frame. The hosts held the visitors to 6 points and gained a 31:19 halftime advantage. Bulgaria stayed dominant throughout the third term. The home team accumulated a 14-point lead into the fourth frame. Poland scored just 10 points in the final period to surrender at the end. Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) notched 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Stefka Miteva (190-C-89) chipped in 10 points for the winning side. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) answered with 10 points and 6 boards for Poland. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) had 6 points in the loss.

Bulgaria: Ekaterina Dimitrova 22, Milena Tomova 11+12 boards, Stefka Miteva 10
Poland: Magdalena Leciejewska 10, Dominika Owczarzak 6



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  CROATIA   


EuroBasket 2013: Croatia pull away from Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Croatia 77:89

Croatia opened their 2013 EuroBasket campaign with victory. They came up strong in the second half to knock down Lithuania. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) netted 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
It was all going the Lithuanian way in the opening quarter. The Baltic team earned a 21:9 lead midway through the period. Misura and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) pulled Croatia within 4 points at the end of the quarter 22:26. Croatia stayed close but failed to surge ahead in the second period. Lithuania secured a 45:43 halftime lead. But Rezan and Misura opened the second half with five straight points to put Croatia in front 48:45. The lead changed hands throughout the period before Iva Sliskovic gave Croatia a 68:64 advantage. They opened the fourth frame with five consecutive points to boost the gap at 9-point mark. The gap soon grew at double digits and the Croatian side rolled to the victory at the end. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) provided 17 points, while Ana Lelas and Iva Ciglar (168-PG-85, agency: Data Plus Group) had 12 points each for the winning side. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) responded with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Lithuania. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Lithuania: Gintare Petronyte 23+14 boards, Giedre Paugaite 14
Croatia: Iva Sliskovic 19, Jelena Ivezic 17, Ana Lelas 12, Iva Ciglar 12



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EuroBasket 2013: Belarus thump Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Czech Republic 60:39

Belarus registered the opening win at the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They knocked down Czech Republic in Group D. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) stepped up with 14 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Belarus dominated every facet of the game in the opening quarter. Czech Republic suffered a major blow as Vesela left the court injured in the opening minutes. Belarus capitalized building a 21:5 lead at the first break. Czech Republic answered with some defensive brilliance of their own in the second period. They held Belarus to 6 points in the quarter to narrow the gap at 10-point mark at halftime 27:17. The teams traded baskets throughout low-scoring third period. Belarus entered the fourth quarter up by 10 points 39:29. They went on a 21:10 rally in the fourth term to seal the winning outcome. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87), Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) and Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) notched 10 points apiece for the winners. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) answered with 14 points for Czech Republic. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) had 8 points in the loss.

Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 14, Anastasiya Veremeenko 10, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 10, Alexandra Tarasava 10
Czech Republic: Michaela Zrustova 14, Alena Hanusova 8



Czech Republic U20 beat Slovakia U20 in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20-Slovakia U20 64:51

Czech Republic U20 beat Slovakia U20 in Game 2 of the friendly clash. After a 59-68 loss in the first game, Czech Republic posted a 64:51 win.
Czech Republic started the game with 12-10 lead and increased to 5 points at the halftime. Czech Republic led 46:41 after three quarters and then pushed the tempo in the last stanza for 14-point victory. Slovakia made 21 fouls, while Czech Republic ended up with 14.
Pamela-Therese Effangova (178-SF-93) stepped up with 12 points for the winners and Eliska Mircova (176-PG-96) notched 9. Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) delivered 8, while Beata Adamcova (185-PF-93) added 7. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) ended up with 14 points in a loss, whilst Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) had 12. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) poured in 8 and Lenka Slezarikova (G-93) added 6.

Czech Republic U20: Pamela-Therese Effangova 12, Eliska Mircova 9, Monika Satoranska 8, Beata Adamcova 7
Slovakia U20: Zofia Hruscakova 14, Sabina Oroszova 12, Angelika Slamova 8, Lenka Slezarikova 6



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Women)

Standings
Group A
1. Turkey1-0
2. Montenegro.1-0
3. Slovakia0-1
4. Ukraine0-1
Group B
1. Spain1-0
2. Italy1-0
3. Russia0-1
4. Sweden0-1
Group C
1. U.Kingdom1-0
2. France1-0
3. Latvia0-1
4. Serbia0-1
Group D
1. Belarus1-0
2. Croatia1-0
3. Czech Rep.0-1
4. Lithuania0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jun. 15: MNT - SVK 77-63
Jun. 15: UKR - TUR 52-78

B

Jun. 15: ESP - RUS 77-72
Jun. 15: SWE - ITA 63-64

C

Jun. 15: SRB - ENG 68-76
Jun. 15: LAT - FRA 39-62

D

Jun. 15: LTU - CRO 77-89
Jun. 15: BLR - CZE 60-39

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jun. 16: SVK - UKR
Jun. 16: TUR - MNT

B

Jun. 16: ITA - ESP
Jun. 16: RUS - SWE

C

Jun. 16: ENG - LAT
Jun. 16: FRA - SRB

D

Jun. 16: CRO - BLR
Jun. 16: CZE - LTU


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Alba TORRENS
  ESP
  (188-F-89)
  Avg: 30
 1. Torrens, Galatasa.30.0 
 2. Petronyte, Taranto23.0 
 3. Eldebrink, Rivas E.23.0 
 4. Dubljevic, USK P.20.0 
 5. Sliskovic, SKBD R.19.0 
 6. Milovanovic, UNIQA19.0 
 7. Ress, Lucca18.0 
 8. Petrakova, UMMC18.0 
 9. Ivezic, Ceyhan Bld17.0 
 10. Dabovic, Dynamo17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gintare PETRONYTE
  LTU
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 14
 1. Petronyte, Taranto14.0 
 2. Ress, Lucca14.0 
 3. Leedham, Bourges10.0 
 4. Osipova, Istanbul.9.0 
 5. Leuchanka, Atlan.8.0 
 6. Lyttle, Atlanta D.8.0 
 7. Ogorodnikova, Uman.8.0 
 8. Ivezic, Ceyhan Bld8.0 
 9. Veremeenko, Fener.8.0 
 10. Likhtarovich, For.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Isil ALBEN
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Alben, Galatasaray7.0 
 2. Ciglar, Novi Zagreb6.0 
 3. Kubatova, Roche5.0 
 4. Kmetova, MBK R.4.0 
 5. Leedham, Bourges4.0 
 6. Palau, USK Praha4.0 
 7. Dubljevic, USK P.4.0 
 8. Perovanovic, Nadez.4.0 
 9. Eldebrink, Rivas E.4.0 
 10. Petronyte, Taran.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jelena MILOVANOVIC
  SRB
  (190-PF-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Milovanovic, UNIQA4.0 
 2. Petronyte, Taranto4.0 
 3. Belyakova, Spartak4.0 
 4. Skerovic, USK Praha4.0 
 5. Leedham, Bourges4.0 
 6. Dabovic, Dynamo M.4.0 
 7. Alben, Galatasaray4.0 
 8. Butulija, Partizan3.0 
 9. Tarasava, VS Praha3.0 
 10. Collins, Cardif.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  BLR
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Veremeenko, Fener.5.0 
 2. Jurcenkova, IMOS3.0 
 3. Stewart, Bacsb.2.0 
 4. Ress, Lucca2.0 
 5. Torrens, Galatasa.2.0 
 6. Leedham, Bourges1.0 
 7. Osipova, Istanbul.1.0 
 8. Caglar, Galatasaray1.0 
 9. Papova, Olimpia1.0 
 10. Elhotova, USK Pr.1.0 


Day 1 in Vannes and Trelaze - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Ukraine - Turkey 52-78
Turkey registered the opening win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Ukraine in Group A opener. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) stepped up with 15 points and 5 boards to pace the winners. Turkey stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 24:11 run to leave Ukraine far behind. Ukraine tried to put together a comeback in the second term. Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) put Ukraine within 7 points 30:37 late in the first half. Birsel Vardarli (175-G-84) drained a triple but Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) beat the buzzer with a layup to make it 32:40. Turkey opened the second half on an 11:1 run to clear off. Turkey built a 22-point lead heading into the fourth period 62:40. Turkey never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Tugba Palazoglu, Bahar Caglar and Nevriye Yilmaz netted 11 points each for the winners. Olexandra Kurasova and Viktoria Mircheva answered with 8 points each for Ukraine.

Montenegro - Slovakia 77-63
Montenegro wins the opener of the tournament. The team had a slow start against Slovakia, but then erupted for 77:63 win. Slovakia looked better in the opening period and managed to take 18-14 lead. They did not slow down in the second frame and even after a 17-19 loss, enjoyed 2-point advantage at the halftime. Montenegro however came back from the lockers with the hungrier mood. They won the third period 26-17 and took the lead that they never gave back to Slovakia. Montenegro started the last period with a 15-1 surge and dominated the rest of the game. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Penn St.) managed to reduce to 74:54 and then she also posted another two free throws for 74:56. Brezaniova reduced to two more points and then Skerovic gave Montenegro 75:58. Turcinovic and Brezaniova exchanged the baskets for 77:61, while Tetemondova closed the game for the final result. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 20 points while Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 13. Milica Jovanovic followed them with 12 and Ana Turcinovic added 10. Romana Romana Vynuchalova and Katarina Tetemondova replied with 13 points each in defeat, whilst Timea Sujova had 7.

Group B
Spain - Russia 77-72
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) nails 30 points in a 77-72 win over Russia Spain won the first period 21-18 and posted a 17-11 rally in the second period. The Spanish side controlled the half and reached 38:29 after 20 minutes and then looked also better in the third period. Spain reached maximum 18 points lead, but Russia was too far to give up. Torrens made it 63:53 with 7 minutes to go from the free throw line and she later scored a three for 66:55. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) brought 68:55 and Petrakova reduced to 11 points again. The latter responded with another three for 68:60 with 6 minutes to go. Zhedik reduced to 5 points and then Belyakova scored for 68:65. Amaya Valdemoro (183-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) brought two for 70:65 and Spain then increased to 7 points with less than two minutes to go. Osipova made one free throw for 72:66 and then Prince brought 72:69 making three shots. Prince went later to the free throw line again and reduced the gap to just 2 points with 17 seconds to go. Sancho Lyttle responded with two free throws for 74:70 and then Torrens closed the game for 77:72. Amaya Amaya Valdemoro scored 15 points and Marta Xargay delivered 11. Anna Petrakova answered with 18 points in defeat and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) notched 13. Irina Osipova scored 10, whilst Evgenia Belyakova had 9.

Sweden - Italy 63-64
Italy gained a dramatic victory on the opening day of the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They held off ambitious Sweden for the first win in Group B. Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) posted 18 points and 14 rebounds and made a decisive block shot in the dying seconds to propel the Azzurri to the victory. Sweden led by one after a very close first period 13:12. The Azzurri put their noses in front in the second frame. Italy gained a 31:30 halftime advantage. Italy tipped off the second half with 7 points in a row to take an 8-point lead. But the Scandinavian team denied the deficit. Ashley Key knocked down four straight free throws to level things up at 42. The teams traded baskets before Gatti made it 51:49 for the Azzurri at the end of the third period. Erin Eldebrink and Aili made it 55:52 for Sweden early in the fourth period. However Italy responded with 6:1 run to continue with a see-saw action. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) gave Italy a 64:60 lead with 23 seconds remaining in regulation. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with two free throws to cut the deficit to two points. Giorgia Sottana then missed both her free throw attempts to spark the intrigue. Frida Eldebrink had a chance to even things up but hit just one free throw. Egnell though came up with an offensive rebound and Sweden had one last chance to win the game. Frida Eldebrink penetrated into the paint but Kathrin Ress came up with a big block to ice the win for Italy. Raffaella Masciadri netted 9 points, while Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) and Giorgia Sottana added 8 points each for the winners. Frida Eldebrink answered with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Sweden. Elin Eldebrink and Ashley Key had 10 points each in the loss.

Group C
Latvia - France 39-62
France registered a comfortable win at the start of the home European Championship. They cruised past Latvia in Group C. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. The hosts dominated from start to finish in this one. Les Bleus held Latvia to 7 points in the opening frame to gain an 8-point lead. They boosted the gap in the second frame. France accumulated a 33:14 halftime advantage. Latvia picked up the tempo in the third term. They fired 19 points to trim the deficit at 17-point mark 33:50. However Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui nailed six points early in the fourth frame to calm things down. Les Bleus took over and cruised to the victory at the end. Sandrine Gruda posted 9 points, while Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) added 7 points for the winners. Elina Babkina answered with 11 points for Latvia. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) had 8 points in the loss.

Serbia - United Kingdom 68-76
Great Britain surprise Serbia in Trelaze in the opener of the EuroBasket 2013 in Group C. Great Britain erupted for a 76:68 win and grabbed 1-0 record on top. Great Britain immediately showed their ambitions in the first period as they produced an 18-13 lead. Serbia recovered in the second frame and managed to post 25-23 rally for 41:38 at the halftime. Serbian team dominated the third period and started to control the court adding 21-11 in the period an entered the last stanza with 7 points deficit. Great Britain however needed the final push in the last period to win the game. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) scored for 71:68 and then Collins increased to 4 points from the free throw line. Again Johannah Leedham and then Chantelle Handy ensured the first victory of the tournament in the last seconds of the game. Azania Stewart and Stephanie Gandy top-scored for the winners with 13 points each. Johannah Leedham collected 12 points and 10 boards, while Chantelle Handy netted 10. Jelena Milovanovic ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, whilst Ana Dabovic added 17. Ines Ajanovic (196-F/C-80) nailed 10 and Milica Dabovic brought 7.

Group D
Lithuania - Croatia 77-89
Croatia opened their 2013 EuroBasket campaign with victory. They came up strong in the second half to knock down Lithuania. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) netted 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. It was all going the Lithuanian way in the opening quarter. The Baltic team earned a 21:9 lead midway through the period. Misura and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) pulled Croatia within 4 points at the end of the quarter 22:26. Croatia stayed close but failed to surge ahead in the second period. Lithuania secured a 45:43 halftime lead. But Rezan and Misura opened the second half with five straight points to put Croatia in front 48:45. The lead changed hands throughout the period before Iva Sliskovic gave Croatia a 68:64 advantage. They opened the fourth frame with five consecutive points to boost the gap at 9-point mark. The gap soon grew at double digits and the Croatian side rolled to the victory at the end. Jelena Ivezic provided 17 points, while Ana Lelas and Iva Ciglar had 12 points each for the winning side. Gintare Petronyte responded with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Lithuania. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Belarus - Czech Republic 60-39
Belarus registered the opening win at the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They knocked down Czech Republic in Group D. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) stepped up with 14 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Belarus dominated every facet of the game in the opening quarter. Czech Republic suffered a major blow as Vesela left the court injured in the opening minutes. Belarus capitalized building a 21:5 lead at the first break. Czech Republic answered with some defensive brilliance of their own in the second period. They held Belarus to 6 points in the quarter to narrow the gap at 10-point mark at halftime 27:17. The teams traded baskets throughout low-scoring third period. Belarus entered the fourth quarter up by 10 points 39:29. They went on a 21:10 rally in the fourth term to seal the winning outcome. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87), Tatsiana Likhtarovich and Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) notched 10 points apiece for the winners. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) answered with 14 points for Czech Republic. Alena Hanusova had 8 points in the loss.



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  FRANCE   


EuroBasket 2013: France with convincing victory in opener - by Eurobasket News

France - Latvia 62:39

France registered a comfortable win at the start of the home European Championship. They cruised past Latvia in Group C. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners.
The hosts dominated from start to finish in this one. Les Bleus held Latvia to 7 points in the opening frame to gain an 8-point lead. They boosted the gap in the second frame. France accumulated a 33:14 halftime advantage. Latvia picked up the tempo in the third term. They fired 19 points to trim the deficit at 17-point mark 33:50. However Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui nailed six points early in the fourth frame to calm things down. Les Bleus took over and cruised to the victory at the end. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) posted 9 points, while Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) added 7 points for the winners. Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) answered with 11 points for Latvia. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) had 8 points in the loss.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 17, Sandrine Gruda 9, Emilie Gomis 7
Latvia: Elina Babkina 11, Kristine Karklina 8



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  GREECE   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Greece prevail against Israel - by Eurobasket News

Greece - Israel 69:57

Greece made the first step towards 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Final. They overcame Israel in Athens to build a 12-point cushion before the return leg of the semifinal series. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) stepped up with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners.
Greece led right from the start. They built a 21:15 lead after ten minutes. The Hellenes maintained the lead throughout the second period. They ensured a comfortable 43:27 halftime lead. Israel finally picked up the defensive rhythm in the third term. The visitors limited Greece to 14 points in the period to cut the deficit at 13-point mark. Israel held Greece to 12 points but just managed to cut the distance by one losing the battle at the end. Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-F/G-81) and Katerina Sotiriou (186-F-84, agency: FCM) finished with 13 points apiece for Greece. Michal Epstein (180-F-81, college: Boston U.) answered with 19 points for Israel. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) had 15 points in the loss.

Greece: Artemis Spanou 21+14 boards, Olga Chatzinikolaou 13, Katerina Sotiriou 13
Israel: Michal Epstein 19, Shay Doron 15



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  ISRAEL   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Greece prevail against Israel - by Eurobasket News

Greece - Israel 69:57

Greece made the first step towards 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Final. They overcame Israel in Athens to build a 12-point cushion before the return leg of the semifinal series. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) stepped up with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners.
Greece led right from the start. They built a 21:15 lead after ten minutes. The Hellenes maintained the lead throughout the second period. They ensured a comfortable 43:27 halftime lead. Israel finally picked up the defensive rhythm in the third term. The visitors limited Greece to 14 points in the period to cut the deficit at 13-point mark. Israel held Greece to 12 points but just managed to cut the distance by one losing the battle at the end. Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-F/G-81) and Katerina Sotiriou (186-F-84, agency: FCM) finished with 13 points apiece for Greece. Michal Epstein (180-F-81, college: Boston U.) answered with 19 points for Israel. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) had 15 points in the loss.

Greece: Artemis Spanou 21+14 boards, Olga Chatzinikolaou 13, Katerina Sotiriou 13
Israel: Michal Epstein 19, Shay Doron 15



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  ITALY   


Umbertide land Lavinia Santucci - by Eurobasket News

Umbertide continued to bolstered their roster. Their newest signing is Lavinia Santucci (186-F-85). The forward started the previous season with Faenza. She posted 6.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game in A1. Lavinia Santucci moved to Switzerland after Faenza folded. The forward signed for Riva Basket. Lavinia Santucci notched 14.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.3 assists per game in LNA. In February Lavinia Santucci moved back to Italy to ink with Cagliari. Her stats read 9.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in A1. Lavinia Santucci was named All-Italian A1 Most Improved Player of the Year in 2010. She has been the member of the Italian National Team since 2005.


Loris Barbiero remains with Sogeit La Spezia - by Eurobasket News

Loris Barbiero (agency: Players Group ) remains with Sogeit La Spezia for the next season. The Italian Specialist will enter his second straight season.
As a Coach Assistant he started in 2006-2007 for Reyer Venezia (A1) women team and worked there until year 2009. In 2010-2011 he became a Head Coach of Pool Comense (A1). In 2012-2013 took Sogeit La Spezia (A2) under control and achieved good results.
Elite V.La Spezia head to A1 next season as they won the series against Battipaglia 2-1.The game was mostly controlled by Elite V.La Spezia. Min.Battipaglia managed to win fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elite V.La Spezia dominated on the defensive end, holding Min.Battipaglia to just 6 points in third quarter. Elite V.La Spezia forced 20 Min.Battipaglia turnovers and outrebounded them 41-23 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Silvia Favento who scored 20 points. International center Maria Laterza chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds.



EuroBasket 2013: Italy nip Sweden in drama - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Sweden 64:63

Italy gained a dramatic victory on the opening day of the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They held off ambitious Sweden for the first win in Group B. Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) posted 18 points and 14 rebounds and made a decisive block shot in the dying seconds to propel the Azzurri to the victory.
Sweden led by one after a very close first period 13:12. The Azzurri put their noses in front in the second frame. Italy gained a 31:30 halftime advantage. Italy tipped off the second half with 7 points in a row to take an 8-point lead. But the Scandinavian team denied the deficit. Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) knocked down four straight free throws to level things up at 42. The teams traded baskets before Gatti made it 51:49 for the Azzurri at the end of the third period. Erin Eldebrink and Aili made it 55:52 for Sweden early in the fourth period. However Italy responded with 6:1 run to continue with a see-saw action. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) gave Italy a 64:60 lead with 23 seconds remaining in regulation. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with two free throws to cut the deficit to two points. Giorgia Sottana then missed both her free throw attempts to spark the intrigue. Frida Eldebrink had a chance to even things up but hit just one free throw. Egnell though came up with an offensive rebound and Sweden had one last chance to win the game. Frida Eldebrink penetrated into the paint but Kathrin Ress came up with a big block to ice the win for Italy. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) netted 9 points, while Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) and Giorgia Sottana added 8 points each for the winners. Frida Eldebrink answered with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Sweden. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Ashley Key had 10 points each in the loss.

Italy: Kathrin Ress 18+14 boards, Raffaella Masciadri 9, Francesca Dotto 8, Giorgia Sottana 8
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 23, Elin Eldebrink 10, Ashley Key 10



Ragusa confirm Paola Mauriello - by Eurobasket News

Ragusa confirm Paola Mauriello (185-G-81) for the next season. The Italian Guard will enter her second straight season with the team.
In 24 A2 games she had 14.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5spg last season. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. The earlier season Mauriello played at Club Atletico Romagna Faenza (A1) in Italian league. In 24 games she recorded 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4spg.
The season 2010/2011 she played at Lavezzini Parma (A1) in Italian league. In 21 games she recorded 7.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.0spg that season.
In 2009-10 season Mauriello played at Napoli BK Women (B) in Italian league. In 25 games she recorded 10.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.3spg. She also represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games four years ago.



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EuroBasket 2013: France with convincing victory in opener - by Eurobasket News

France - Latvia 62:39

France registered a comfortable win at the start of the home European Championship. They cruised past Latvia in Group C. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners.
The hosts dominated from start to finish in this one. Les Bleus held Latvia to 7 points in the opening frame to gain an 8-point lead. They boosted the gap in the second frame. France accumulated a 33:14 halftime advantage. Latvia picked up the tempo in the third term. They fired 19 points to trim the deficit at 17-point mark 33:50. However Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui nailed six points early in the fourth frame to calm things down. Les Bleus took over and cruised to the victory at the end. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) posted 9 points, while Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) added 7 points for the winners. Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) answered with 11 points for Latvia. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) had 8 points in the loss.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 17, Sandrine Gruda 9, Emilie Gomis 7
Latvia: Elina Babkina 11, Kristine Karklina 8



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EuroBasket 2013: Croatia pull away from Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Croatia 77:89

Croatia opened their 2013 EuroBasket campaign with victory. They came up strong in the second half to knock down Lithuania. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) netted 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
It was all going the Lithuanian way in the opening quarter. The Baltic team earned a 21:9 lead midway through the period. Misura and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) pulled Croatia within 4 points at the end of the quarter 22:26. Croatia stayed close but failed to surge ahead in the second period. Lithuania secured a 45:43 halftime lead. But Rezan and Misura opened the second half with five straight points to put Croatia in front 48:45. The lead changed hands throughout the period before Iva Sliskovic gave Croatia a 68:64 advantage. They opened the fourth frame with five consecutive points to boost the gap at 9-point mark. The gap soon grew at double digits and the Croatian side rolled to the victory at the end. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) provided 17 points, while Ana Lelas and Iva Ciglar (168-PG-85, agency: Data Plus Group) had 12 points each for the winning side. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) responded with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Lithuania. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Lithuania: Gintare Petronyte 23+14 boards, Giedre Paugaite 14
Croatia: Iva Sliskovic 19, Jelena Ivezic 17, Ana Lelas 12, Iva Ciglar 12



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EuroBasket 2013: Montenegro wins the opener of the tournament - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro-Slovakia 77:63

Montenegro wins the opener of the tournament. The team had a slow start against Slovakia, but then erupted for 77:63 win.
Slovakia looked better in the opening period and managed to take 18-14 lead. They did not slow down in the second frame and even after a 17-19 loss, enjoyed 2-point advantage at the halftime. Montenegro however came back from the lockers with the hungrier mood. They won the third period 26-17 and took the lead that they never gave back to Slovakia. Montenegro started the last period with a 15-1 surge and dominated the rest of the game. Vynuchalova managed to reduce to 74:54 and then she also posted another two free throws for 74:56. Brezaniova reduced to two more points and then Skerovic gave Montenegro 75:58. Turcinovic and Brezaniova exchanged the baskets for 77:61, while Tetemondova closed the game for the final result.
Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 20 points while Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 13. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) followed them with 12 and Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) added 10. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Penn St.) and Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) replied with 13 points each in defeat, whilst Timea Sujova (173-G-84) had 7.

Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 20, Jelena Skerovic 13, Milica Jovanovic 12, Ana Turcinovic 10
Slovakia: Romana Vynuchalova 13, Katarina Tetemondova 13, Timea Sujova 7



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2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Bulgaria rally past Poland - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria - Poland 59:44

Bulgaria registered an important victory in the 2015 EuroBasket qualifying round. They outgunned Poland to take a comfortable lead before the return leg in Poland. Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87) notched 22 points to lead the Bulgarian to the victory tonight.
Bulgaria set the tone early. The hosts went on a 20:13 run in the opening quarter. Bulgaria kept Poland at bay throughout the second frame. The hosts held the visitors to 6 points and gained a 31:19 halftime advantage. Bulgaria stayed dominant throughout the third term. The home team accumulated a 14-point lead into the fourth frame. Poland scored just 10 points in the final period to surrender at the end. Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) notched 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Stefka Miteva (190-C-89) chipped in 10 points for the winning side. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) answered with 10 points and 6 boards for Poland. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) had 6 points in the loss.

Bulgaria: Ekaterina Dimitrova 22, Milena Tomova 11+12 boards, Stefka Miteva 10
Poland: Magdalena Leciejewska 10, Dominika Owczarzak 6



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EuroBasket 2013: Alba Torrens nails 30 points in a 77-72 win over Russia - by Eurobasket News

Spain-Russia 77:72

Alba Torrens (188-F-89) nails 30 points in a 77:72 win over Russia in the last game of Day 1. Spain survived a late Russian push and sealed their win in the opener. Spain won the first period 21-18 and posted a 17-11 rally in the second period. The Spanish side controlled the half and reached 38:29 after 20 minutes and then looked also better in the third period. Spain reached maximum 18 points lead, but Russia was too far to give up. Torrens made it 63:53 with 7 minutes to go from the free throw line and she later scored a three for 66:55. Sancho Lyttle brought 68:55 and Petrakova reduced to 11 points again. The latter responded with another three for 68:60 with 6 minutes to go.
Zhedik reduced to 5 points and then Belyakova scored for 68:65. Amaya Valdemoro brought two for 70:65 and Spain then increased to 7 points with less than two minutes to go. Osipova made one free throw for 72:66 and then Prince brought 72:69 making three shots. Prince went later to the free throw line again and reduced the gap to just 2 points with 17 seconds to go. Sancho Lyttle responded with two free throws for 74:70 and then Torrens closed the game for 77:72.
Amaya Valdemoro (183-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 15 points and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 11. Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) answered with 18 points in defeat and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) notched 13. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) scored 10, whilst Evgenia Belyakova had 9.

Spain: Alba Torrens 30, Amaya Valdemoro 15, Marta Xargay Casademont 11, Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) 8
Russia: Anna Petrakova 18, Epiphanny Prince 13, Irina Osipova 10, Evgenia Belyakova 9



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EuroBasket 2013: Great Britain surprise Serbia in Trelaze - by Eurobasket News

Serbia-Great Britain 68:76

Great Britain surprise Serbia in Trelaze in the opener of the EuroBasket 2013 in Group C. Great Britain erupted for a 76:68 win and grabbed 1-0 record on top.
Great Britain immediately showed their ambitions in the first period as they produced an 18-13 lead. Serbia recovered in the second frame and managed to post 25-23 rally for 41:38 at the halftime. Serbian team dominated the third period and started to control the court adding 21-11 in the period an entered the last stanza with 7 points deficit. Great Britain however needed the final push in the last period to win the game. Johannah Leedham scored for 71:68 and then Collins increased to 4 points from the free throw line. Again Johannah Leedham and then Chantelle Handy (191-C-87, college: Marshall) ensured the first victory of the tournament in the last seconds of the game.
Azania Stewart (195-C-89, college: Florida) and Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) collected 12 points and 10 boards, while Chantelle Handy netted 10. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, whilst Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) added 17. Ines Ajanovic (196-F/C-80) nailed 10 and Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) brought 7.

Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 19, Ana Dabovic 17, Ines Ajanovic 10, Milica Dabovic 7
Great Britain: Azania Stewart 13, Stephanie Gandy 13, Johannah Leedham 12+10 rebs, Chantelle Handy 10



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Czech Republic U20 beat Slovakia U20 in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20-Slovakia U20 64:51

Czech Republic U20 beat Slovakia U20 in Game 2 of the friendly clash. After a 59-68 loss in the first game, Czech Republic posted a 64:51 win.
Czech Republic started the game with 12-10 lead and increased to 5 points at the halftime. Czech Republic led 46:41 after three quarters and then pushed the tempo in the last stanza for 14-point victory. Slovakia made 21 fouls, while Czech Republic ended up with 14.
Pamela-Therese Effangova (178-SF-93) stepped up with 12 points for the winners and Eliska Mircova (176-PG-96) notched 9. Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) delivered 8, while Beata Adamcova (185-PF-93) added 7. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) ended up with 14 points in a loss, whilst Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) had 12. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) poured in 8 and Lenka Slezarikova (G-93) added 6.

Czech Republic U20: Pamela-Therese Effangova 12, Eliska Mircova 9, Monika Satoranska 8, Beata Adamcova 7
Slovakia U20: Zofia Hruscakova 14, Sabina Oroszova 12, Angelika Slamova 8, Lenka Slezarikova 6



EuroBasket 2013: Montenegro wins the opener of the tournament - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro-Slovakia 77:63

Montenegro wins the opener of the tournament. The team had a slow start against Slovakia, but then erupted for 77:63 win.
Slovakia looked better in the opening period and managed to take 18-14 lead. They did not slow down in the second frame and even after a 17-19 loss, enjoyed 2-point advantage at the halftime. Montenegro however came back from the lockers with the hungrier mood. They won the third period 26-17 and took the lead that they never gave back to Slovakia. Montenegro started the last period with a 15-1 surge and dominated the rest of the game. Vynuchalova managed to reduce to 74:54 and then she also posted another two free throws for 74:56. Brezaniova reduced to two more points and then Skerovic gave Montenegro 75:58. Turcinovic and Brezaniova exchanged the baskets for 77:61, while Tetemondova closed the game for the final result.
Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 20 points while Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 13. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) followed them with 12 and Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) added 10. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Penn St.) and Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) replied with 13 points each in defeat, whilst Timea Sujova (173-G-84) had 7.

Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 20, Jelena Skerovic 13, Milica Jovanovic 12, Ana Turcinovic 10
Slovakia: Romana Vynuchalova 13, Katarina Tetemondova 13, Timea Sujova 7



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Tintos de Toro Caja Rural Zamora brings in Marina Delgado - by Eurobasket News

Tintos de Toro Caja Rural Zamora brings in Marina Delgado (174-PG-92) for the next season. The 21-year old point guard Marina Delgado will come from Real Club Celta Vigo Urban.
In 14 LFB games she averaged 9.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.9spg last season. Delgado also spent pre-season at Cadi ICG Software (previous name Cadi ICG S.) earlier that year.
Despite young age Delgado had impressive career. She received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team award back in 2008. She represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) last year. Delgado's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Delgado has played previously for another Spanish team Jovent.



EuroBasket 2013: Alba Torrens nails 30 points in a 77-72 win over Russia - by Eurobasket News

Spain-Russia 77:72

Alba Torrens (188-F-89) nails 30 points in a 77:72 win over Russia in the last game of Day 1. Spain survived a late Russian push and sealed their win in the opener. Spain won the first period 21-18 and posted a 17-11 rally in the second period. The Spanish side controlled the half and reached 38:29 after 20 minutes and then looked also better in the third period. Spain reached maximum 18 points lead, but Russia was too far to give up. Torrens made it 63:53 with 7 minutes to go from the free throw line and she later scored a three for 66:55. Sancho Lyttle brought 68:55 and Petrakova reduced to 11 points again. The latter responded with another three for 68:60 with 6 minutes to go.
Zhedik reduced to 5 points and then Belyakova scored for 68:65. Amaya Valdemoro brought two for 70:65 and Spain then increased to 7 points with less than two minutes to go. Osipova made one free throw for 72:66 and then Prince brought 72:69 making three shots. Prince went later to the free throw line again and reduced the gap to just 2 points with 17 seconds to go. Sancho Lyttle responded with two free throws for 74:70 and then Torrens closed the game for 77:72.
Amaya Valdemoro (183-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 15 points and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 11. Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) answered with 18 points in defeat and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) notched 13. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) scored 10, whilst Evgenia Belyakova had 9.

Spain: Alba Torrens 30, Amaya Valdemoro 15, Marta Xargay Casademont 11, Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) 8
Russia: Anna Petrakova 18, Epiphanny Prince 13, Irina Osipova 10, Evgenia Belyakova 9



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EuroBasket 2013: Italy nip Sweden in drama - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Sweden 64:63

Italy gained a dramatic victory on the opening day of the 2013 EuroBasket in France. They held off ambitious Sweden for the first win in Group B. Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) posted 18 points and 14 rebounds and made a decisive block shot in the dying seconds to propel the Azzurri to the victory.
Sweden led by one after a very close first period 13:12. The Azzurri put their noses in front in the second frame. Italy gained a 31:30 halftime advantage. Italy tipped off the second half with 7 points in a row to take an 8-point lead. But the Scandinavian team denied the deficit. Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) knocked down four straight free throws to level things up at 42. The teams traded baskets before Gatti made it 51:49 for the Azzurri at the end of the third period. Erin Eldebrink and Aili made it 55:52 for Sweden early in the fourth period. However Italy responded with 6:1 run to continue with a see-saw action. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) gave Italy a 64:60 lead with 23 seconds remaining in regulation. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with two free throws to cut the deficit to two points. Giorgia Sottana then missed both her free throw attempts to spark the intrigue. Frida Eldebrink had a chance to even things up but hit just one free throw. Egnell though came up with an offensive rebound and Sweden had one last chance to win the game. Frida Eldebrink penetrated into the paint but Kathrin Ress came up with a big block to ice the win for Italy. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) netted 9 points, while Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) and Giorgia Sottana added 8 points each for the winners. Frida Eldebrink answered with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Sweden. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Ashley Key had 10 points each in the loss.

Italy: Kathrin Ress 18+14 boards, Raffaella Masciadri 9, Francesca Dotto 8, Giorgia Sottana 8
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 23, Elin Eldebrink 10, Ashley Key 10



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Ukraine U20 hosted Turkey U20 in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 hosted Turkey U20 in Kyiv as the teams played three games. Turkey managed to win two of them and won the friendly series 2-1.
In Game 1 Turkey U20 posted a 98:60 win. The guests won all the quarters of the game and dominated the whole court. YALUINKAYA and GAKIR stepped up with 16 points each, while Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 12. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) poured in 12 in defeat, while KRAIEVSKA, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) and Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) had 9 each.
In Game 2 Ukraine U20 celebrated a 70:68 victory. It was a great success for the host that won the first and the third periods. Chek top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Uro-Nile scored 13. Bilgiu ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Gakir and Cora produced 13 each.
In Game 3 Turkey U20 posted a final 71:55 victory. Trailing 10 points after the first period, Turkey dominated the rest of the game and posted three victories in the quarters. Aydin, Sezer and Kavurmacioglu scored 13 points each, while Gakir scored 9. Kraievska replied with 12 points in defeat, while Uro-Nile notched 10.



EuroBasket 2013: Turkey destroy Ukraine in opener - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Ukraine 78:52

Turkey registered the opening win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Ukraine in Group A opener. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) stepped up with 15 points and 5 boards to pace the winners.
Turkey stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 24:11 run to leave Ukraine far behind. Ukraine tried to put together a comeback in the second term. Matsko put Ukraine within 7 points 30:37 late in the first half. Vardarli drained a triple but Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) beat the buzzer with a layup to make it 32:40. Turkey opened the second half on an 11:1 run to clear off. Turkey built a 22-point lead heading into the fourth period 62:40. Turkey never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80), Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) and Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) netted 11 points each for the winners. Olexandra Kurasova and Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) answered with 8 points each for Ukraine.

Turkey: Quanitra Hollingsworth 15, Tugba Palazoglu 11, Bahar Caglar 11, Nevriye Yilmaz 11
Ukraine: Olexandra Kurasova 8, Viktoria Mircheva 8



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EuroBasket 2013: Turkey destroy Ukraine in opener - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Ukraine 78:52

Turkey registered the opening win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Ukraine in Group A opener. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) stepped up with 15 points and 5 boards to pace the winners.
Turkey stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 24:11 run to leave Ukraine far behind. Ukraine tried to put together a comeback in the second term. Matsko put Ukraine within 7 points 30:37 late in the first half. Vardarli drained a triple but Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) beat the buzzer with a layup to make it 32:40. Turkey opened the second half on an 11:1 run to clear off. Turkey built a 22-point lead heading into the fourth period 62:40. Turkey never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80), Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) and Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) netted 11 points each for the winners. Olexandra Kurasova and Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) answered with 8 points each for Ukraine.

Turkey: Quanitra Hollingsworth 15, Tugba Palazoglu 11, Bahar Caglar 11, Nevriye Yilmaz 11
Ukraine: Olexandra Kurasova 8, Viktoria Mircheva 8



Ukraine U20 hosted Turkey U20 in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 hosted Turkey U20 in Kyiv as the teams played three games. Turkey managed to win two of them and won the friendly series 2-1.
In Game 1 Turkey U20 posted a 98:60 win. The guests won all the quarters of the game and dominated the whole court. YALUINKAYA and GAKIR stepped up with 16 points each, while Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 12. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) poured in 12 in defeat, while KRAIEVSKA, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) and Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) had 9 each.
In Game 2 Ukraine U20 celebrated a 70:68 victory. It was a great success for the host that won the first and the third periods. Chek top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Uro-Nile scored 13. Bilgiu ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Gakir and Cora produced 13 each.
In Game 3 Turkey U20 posted a final 71:55 victory. Trailing 10 points after the first period, Turkey dominated the rest of the game and posted three victories in the quarters. Aydin, Sezer and Kavurmacioglu scored 13 points each, while Gakir scored 9. Kraievska replied with 12 points in defeat, while Uro-Nile notched 10.



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EuroBasket 2013: Great Britain surprise Serbia in Trelaze - by Eurobasket News

Serbia-Great Britain 68:76

Great Britain surprise Serbia in Trelaze in the opener of the EuroBasket 2013 in Group C. Great Britain erupted for a 76:68 win and grabbed 1-0 record on top.
Great Britain immediately showed their ambitions in the first period as they produced an 18-13 lead. Serbia recovered in the second frame and managed to post 25-23 rally for 41:38 at the halftime. Serbian team dominated the third period and started to control the court adding 21-11 in the period an entered the last stanza with 7 points deficit. Great Britain however needed the final push in the last period to win the game. Johannah Leedham scored for 71:68 and then Collins increased to 4 points from the free throw line. Again Johannah Leedham and then Chantelle Handy (191-C-87, college: Marshall) ensured the first victory of the tournament in the last seconds of the game.
Azania Stewart (195-C-89, college: Florida) and Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) collected 12 points and 10 boards, while Chantelle Handy netted 10. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, whilst Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) added 17. Ines Ajanovic (196-F/C-80) nailed 10 and Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) brought 7.

Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 19, Ana Dabovic 17, Ines Ajanovic 10, Milica Dabovic 7
Great Britain: Azania Stewart 13, Stephanie Gandy 13, Johannah Leedham 12+10 rebs, Chantelle Handy 10



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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. 3-2 
 3. Phoenix M. 2-3 
 4. S.Antonio SS 2-4 
 5. Seattle S. 1-3 
 6. Tulsa S. 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 15: L.Angeles S. - S.Antonio SS 84-48
Jun. 16: Washington M. - Indiana F.
Jun. 16: Atlanta D. - Chicago S.
Jun. 16: Tulsa S. - Phoenix M.
Jun. 16: Connecticut S. - Seattle S.


EuroBasket Women 2013: WNBA star Katie Smith shares views on the European women basketball level - by Bert Larsimont

Some young European talents should be carefully watched by WNBA scouts during the EuroBasket Women 2013: players like Ukraine's Alina Iogupova (FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year) whose selection in the 2013 WNBA draft by the LA Sparks was eventually voided, Olcay Cakir of Turkey, Diandra Tchatchouang of France, natural Serbian scorer Ana Dabovic, Spanish playmaker Queralt Casas of Rivas Ecopolis, etc.

To talk about how WNBA players, staff and observers consider the main European event for women's basketball national teams, we have had the chance to get a short interview with experienced New York Liberty's guard Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.). The US basketball star was NCAA Champion with the Ohio State Buckeyes in 1993 and twice WNBA Champion with the Detroit Shock in 2006 and 2008. Smith is also a five-time WNBA All Star, three-time Olympic Champion and two-time World Champion. Moreover, Katie Smith played two seasons in FIBA EuroLeague in the past: with Lotos Clima Gdynia of Poland in 2001-02 and with Fenerbahce Istanbul of Turkey in 2009-2010.

Here is the full interview with the American women professional basketball champion:

Bert Larsimont (Eurobasket.com): Katie, as a player you've taken part in the Olympics, the Worlds and the Euroleague in the past and you know the main European women basketball competitions pretty well. How would you consider the European women basketball level nowadays?

Katie Smith (New York Liberty - WNBA): I think that European women's basketball is constantly improving. With players coming to the States to play in the WNBA and with Americans coming to Europe to compete, we both learn from each other and that helps us all improve.

BL: Is the EuroBasket Women tournament considered/seen as a big event among WNBA players, observers and scouts? Will WNBA franchise owners have a close look at the new talents who could be revealed at the EuroBasket 2013 to be held later this month?

KS: I think the tournament is seen as a big event especially because it is so competitive. You have a lot of very good teams battling to be number one. Coaches and scouts constantly watch players from overseas and especially the young players who are starting to make a name for themselves. Plus many American players know a lot of the players in Europe and play in these countries so they enjoy watching their friends and teammates play.

BL: Despite the start of the WNBA season overseas, are you going to follow the main women's national team competition organized by FIBA Europe (via the media/internet)?

KS: I will probably see the scores but I won't be watching very closely besides that.

BL: What would be your favourite teams in the next European tournament?

KS: I think some of the top teams are France, Turkey, Spain, Russia and Czech Republic. It will be very competitive.

BL: Do you plan to come back to Europe, either to play or coach in the future?

KS: I will be retiring from playing after this WNBA season and would like to coach. Therefore, if a coaching job came open and they were interested, I would definitely consider it.

BL: How will next summer be planned for you, what's on your agenda (WNBA, projects, business and on the side)? Anything you can share with the BaskeMe.com readers?

KS: As I said I am retiring after this season. I would like to coach so I am looking at options there. I am also currently in graduate school at Ohio State University to become a Registered Dietitian. So I would like to use my degree with coaching to emphasis nutrition on performance and health.