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  ARGENTINA   



Argentino tab Julian Aprea - by Eurobasket News

Argentino secured the first Argentinean signing in after season. They landed Julian Aprea (209-C-87). The centre started the previous season with Atenas. He notched 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in LigaA. Julian Aprea moved to La Union in January. He tallied 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per appearance for La Union. The centre previously played for Regatas Corrientes, Tijuca, Obras Sanitarias, Gimnasia Villa Del Parque, Ciclista Juninense and Boca Juniors.


Bahia Estudiantes add Diego Gerbaudo - by Eurobasket News

Bahia Estudiantes confirmed the signing of Diego Gerbaudo (180-PG-89). The point guard inked a one-year deal with the team. Last season Diego Gerbaudo played for 9 de Julio Rio Terceiro. He notched 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game in LigaA. Previously Diego Gerbaudo had stints with Atenas, Quimsa, Real Madrid II, Regatas San Nicolas, Gimnasia y Esgrima. The guard was the member of U16, U18, U19 Argentinean National Teams. Diego Gerbaudo also joined the Argentinean National Team training camp in 2008.


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  AUSTRALIA   


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

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

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Regal FC Barcelona to win against the league leader Real Madrid (30-4) 72-71 in the Spanish ACB last Tuesday. Ingles scored only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Ingles averages: 5.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 75.6%. He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Shawn Redhage
Shawn Redhage
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Puerto Rico). Redhage led Quebradillas to a victory over the seventh-ranked Caciques (16-17) 84-67 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Redhage recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Pirates de Quebradillas (21-13) is placed second in the BSN. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Redhage has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 45.7%(32-70) and FT: 74.6% in the 18 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Redhage played for the Australian national team in 2008. He used to play for NW Tasmania Thunder in Australian league.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA). Mills contributed to an easy victory against the Miami Heat (66-16) crushing them 113-77 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He scored only 2 points. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 58-24 record this season. This year Mills averages just 4.6ppg, 2FGP: 56.1%(64-114), 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 84.2%. He played for the Australian national team four years ago.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #4. Center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 2-point Brose Baskets Bamberg's victory against the closely-ranked EWE Baskets (25-9) 65-63 in the German BBL last Sunday. Ogilvy recorded only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Brose Baskets Bamberg (26-8) is placed first in the BBL. This year Ogilvy's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg in the 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: Irish and Australian. Ogilvy used to play for the Australian national team back in 2011.

Mark Dickel
Mark Dickel
   #5. An experienced former U18 international guard Mark Dickel (188-76, also represented by Priority Sports, college: UNLV, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to an Otago OceanaGold Nuggets' victory against the fifth-ranked Hub Jets (7-6) 110-102 in the New Zealand NBL on Friday night. He scored 6 points, made 10 passes and 3 steals. Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (11-2) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Dickel belongs to league's best passers (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (third place). His total stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 8.0apg and 2.5spg. Dickel is another player who holds two passports: Australian and New Zealand. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team seventeen years ago.

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

   #1. Tom Burns (201-F-84, college: USF, currently plays in China), who plays in the Chinese NBL (second division) could not help the league outsider Hebei Springs (0-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Hebei Springs lost 94-103 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Jiangsu TX. Burns had a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 48 minutes. So far Hebei Springs lost all ten games in the Regular Season. Burns is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Burns averages: 26.0ppg, 14.2rpg, 2.4apg and 2.0bpg in the nine games he played so far.

   #2. Luke Martin (181-PG-81, college: UTEP, currently plays in New Zealand) led Zero Fees Southland Sharks to a victory against the closely-ranked Taranaki MA (4-9) 101-93 in the New Zealand NBL in Saturday night's game. Martin scored 12 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 31 minutes. Zero Fees Southland Sharks (8-3) are placed fourth in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Martin is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). This year his total stats are: 6.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 2.3spg in the 10 games.

   #3. Zane Meehl (185-G-86, college: Mid-Continent, currently plays in New Zealand) managed to help Telecom Business Hub Jets to win against the closely-ranked HBS Bank Hawks (3-9) 80-66 in the New Zealand NBL last Saturday. Meehl scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Telecom Business Hub Jets (7-6) are placed fifth in the NBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Meehl's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

Other top Australian players, who play abroad:

Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86) plays for Regal FC Barcelona in Spanish ACB
Aron Baynes (208-C-86) plays for San Antonio Spurs in the NBA
Andrew Bogut (212-C-84) plays for Golden State Warriors in the NBA
Matt Nielsen (208-F-78) plays for Khimky in Russian PBL
Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83) plays for Budivelnyk in Ukrainian Superleague
Aleks Maric (211-C-84) plays for Lokomotiv in Russian PBL
David Andersen (212-C-80) plays for Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkish TBL
Kyrie Irving (191-G-92) plays for Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA
Brad Newley (199-F/G-85) plays for G.Canaria 2014 in Spanish ACB
Steven Markovic (190-G-85) plays for Radnicki KG in Serbian A League
David Barlow (205-PF-83) plays for UCAM Murcia in Spanish ACB
Daniel Dillon (194-G/F-86) plays for Oradea in Romanian Liga Nationala

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



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  BARBADOS   


Lumber Company Lakers crowned basketball kings - by Don Farrell


THE Lumber Company Lakers are the 2013 Barbados Amateur Basketball Associations (BABA) Premier League Champions, sweeping the best-of-five series against Smalta Pinelands 3-0.

In the third game of the series, which was held at the Barbados Community College, Lakers came from behind as much as 11 points in the final quarter to capture what looked like an unlikely one-point victory 70-69. In an impressive 14-0 run led by the return of MVP Andre Lockhart who was in foul trouble early and forced to sit out most of the third quarter the Lakers came from 11 points down, 60-49, to snag their first lead of the game with four minutes and 22 seconds left to play.

All this was done as Pinelands key playmaker Jeremy Gill was out of the game and his back was being feverishly worked on after he was injured when he ran into a solid screen early in the fourth quarter.

My hip was hurting from before, but when I got screened my entire back locked off and I couldnt move, said Gill after the game.

With Gill out of the game, the Lakers exploited Pinelands, who had outplayed them in three of the four quarters. Pinelands started to look visibly tired and the momentum had swung by the time a limping Gill was returned to the game with just over three minutes left on the game clock.

Pinelands had been solid all game long, diving on the ground for loose balls, running the court for fast breaks, competing on the boards for rebounds and scoring buckets to keep their lead intact amidst small runs from the Lakers throughout the game.

But in the five minutes that Gill was gone in the fourth quarter, Pinelands were unable to score a single field goal and were out-rebounded as the Lakers increased the tempo and tested their fitness.

Lockhart, who was returned to the game with four fouls, played smartly and was a like a conductor directing his symphony that was the Lakers team.

He finished with his lowest score of the three games, 15 points, but it was more about teamwork and picking the right moments as he finished with an increased assist total and, more importantly, the victory. Even as he sat on the bench, Lockhart got up and called in the members on the court for a huddle as they began to falter and drop their heads in the third quarter. Now in the fourth, he was back with a bang and his team was feeding off of his energy.

Pinelands finally stopped the bleeding and locked the scores at 64 points apiece with a minute and 30 seconds left in the game, but Lakers were solid from the charity stripe, scoring their crunch time free throws as Pinelands was forced to foul and stop the clock.
With the shooter-friendly rims of the Barbados Community College, the Lakers found Keefe Birkett as the replacement scorer for Lockhart.

Birkett who is known for his impressive shooting throughout the regular season often struggles in that department in the finals, but he has shown his maturity in this series; never losing faith in his ability. He returned with 19 points in the game which included an all-important three-pointer with 25 seconds left in the game to put his team up five and the game out of reach. In the two games before, Birkett had scored four and nine points respectively.

Pinelands could not claw their way back and fell just one point shy after their forward, Charles Vanderpool, scored a three-pointer with one second on the clock and the Lakers closed out the series with a 70-69 victory.

For Pinelands, Gill finished with 22 points, while Vanderpool had 16 points and 13 rebounds and centre Kurt Elias got 10 points and 12 rebounds.

story by:corey greaves



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  BERMUDAS   


Skills on show during All-star Weekend - by Don Farrell

Bermuda basketballs CellOne All-Star Weekend at Somersfield Academy proved a feast of court skills for fans.
The first game of the night saw ECL Rookie team beat the Sophomore side 34-28. Keiron Dill top scored for the rookies with 16, while for Sophomore, Dion Easton notched 11.
The second game saw Bermuda National team beat the CellOne ECL Select outfit 50-33.Bermudas Chris Crumpler scored 15 in a fine display.
Coach Derrick Hendrickson had his ECL select primed for an upset as at the half they were down by only one point.
Unfortunately, whatever National team Coach Roderick Spenser had to say to his team lit a fire under them as they picked apart the select team using both on and off-the-ball screens to free players.
In the end, the national teams pedigree showed the select side, why they are the two-time defending Island Games gold medallists.
The night was kicked off with the skills competition, which was won by Vernon Lambe who, despite slipping on his run, stayed focused on his way to victory.
The three-point competition was won by Jason Simons when the finals turned out to be the battle of the Jasons as Jason Lowe succumbed to the pressure and Jason Simons rose to 2013 supremacy.
The Slam Dunk competition saw Te Jour Riley and Dion Easton battle for the title. Tejour won after performing a dunk so spectacular that Easton felt his only chance at winning was to use his two attempts in the finals on a dunk that required him to catch a ball thrown to him while leaping over Reggie Tolosa. Had he achieved this dunk he may have been right but he missed both attempts.



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  BOSNIA   


Interview with Ammar Becar! - by Chris Mathieu

Interview with Ammar Becar!
Ammar Becar burst onto the season with a breakout freshman season at Niles Notre Dame in Chicago. Ammar has become a hot high school prospect who is drawing interest from division one college teams. He agreed to join the Bosnia U16 team this summer and will be leaving for Sarajevo to join his teammates shortly. Here is an interview he did before he left

Q) How did you get your start in basketball?
A) I started in 6th grade, before that I did karate. I play for Niles Notre Dame and also the Chi-Town Diablos.

Q) Who are your greatest influences on the court?
A) My High school coach at Niles Notre Dame Tom West. I just finished my freshman season with the team.

Q) What are your greatest strengths on the court?
A) I can shoot; dish, finish and I have range out to the three point line. I am a good athlete, I can rebound, I am strong and I like to defend.

Q) What was the highlight of your season with Niles Notre Dame?
A) When we beat Bennett Academy and I defended D1 prospect Sean OMara (who is 207cm) and held him to 4 points.

Q) How do you feel about getting chosen for the BiH U16 team?
A) I am very happy, it is my National Team. Even though I wasnt born in Bosnia, my family is from Sarajevo, Bosnia and I proud to play for my country.

Q) What do you know about your teammates?
A) I know Nedim Dedovic, Boe Galic and a few others. We keep in contact through Facebook and we are excited about playing together. They are gathering players from all over USA, Spain, Germany and some other places and it is exciting.

Q) Do you follow any of what I call this platinum generation of young Bosnian prospects like Jusuf Nurkic, Nedim Buza, Emir Sulejmanovic, Adin Vrabac etc?
A) Yes, Buza was voted the MVP of the basketball without borders camp in Moscow and he had the chance to work with Andrei Kirilenko and some others. I have a lot of friends and I am excited when they come together.

Q) What are your expectations of the U16 team this summer?
A) We expect to go to Division A. We have the talent and skill to get there. We should be a good team.

Q) How do you feel the Bosnian Senior Team will do this summer at Eurobasket in Slovenia?
A) I think we should do very well. With Teletovic, Dedovic and the others it is a very talented and deep team.

Q) Were do you see yourself in 10 years?
A) I am getting offers from division 1 teams and I see myself finishing high school, going to college and then playing professionally somewhere.

Q) Who is your favorite basketball player of all time?
A) I love this question, DRAZEN PETROVIC

Q) What is your favorite team in the NBA?
A) Miami Heat.

Q) Who is your favorite NBA player of all time?
A) Michael Jordan

Q) Do you follow European football?
A) Yes, I am excited because I heard that USA will play Bosnia in football while I am in Sarajevo and I will go to the game. My favorite team is Real Madrid but I also like Bayern Munchen as well.

All the fans of Bosnian basketball and the revolution that is sweeping the BiH sports world wish Ammar and his teammates the best this summer while representing BiH. We hope that he continues to work hard and represents Bosnia as well in the future as he has in the past. For a young player starting out he has really made an impression early in his career. Best of luck and good wishes to Ammar and his family!




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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Troopers 12-0 
 2. Spartans 9-1 
 3. BDF V 6-3 
 4. Dolphins 6-3 
 5. Cadets 6-4 
 6. Flames 6-6 
 7. Police 4-6 
 8. Bullets 4-8 
 9. Saints 3-7 
 10. Splinters 1-9 
 11. Warriors 0-10 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jun. 15: Bullets - Flames 59-63



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgarian U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Bulgarian U20 National Team 2013
#s#
Angel Natskin
Natskin
Deyan Karamfilov
Karamfilov
Nikolay Grozev
Grozev
Pavlin Ivanov
Ivanov
Kris Minkov
Minkov
#e#5
Angel Natskin 186-PG-93 U20 Bulgaria
Deyan Karamfilov 180-PG-94 U20 Bulgaria
Manuel Kimanov 94
Nikolay Grozev 199-G/F-94 U20 Bulgaria
Kamen Atanasov 194-G/F-94 U20 Bulgaria
Pavlin Ivanov 194-SG-93 Buducnost Montenegro
Kris Minkov 198-SF-94 Lukoil Academik Bulgaria
Aleks Simeonov 200-F-93 U20 Bulgaria
Nikolay Stoyanov 195-SF-94 U20 Bulgaria
Dimitar Dimitrov 203-F-93 Levski Sofia Bulgaria
Tencho Tenchev 202-F-93 U20 Bulgaria
Georgi Funtarov 201-F-93 High School USA
Kiril Kirilov 205-C/F-94 U20 Bulgaria
Velislav Galabov 207-C-94 U20 Bulgaria
Denislav Vutev 206-C-94 Cherno More Bulgaria

Lyubomir Minchev Head Coach U20 Bulgaria



Bulgarian National Team 2013 - by Simas

Bulgarian National Team 2013
#s#
Nikolay Varbanov
Varbanov
Dinko Marshavelski
Marshavelski
Dejan Ivanov
Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
Ivanov
Veselin Veselinov
Veselinov
#e#5
Nikolay Varbanov 210-C-85 Levski Sofia Bulgaria
Dinko Marshavelski 211-F/C-89 Northeastern USA
Dejan Ivanov 205-F/C-86 Cimberio VA Italy
Kaloyan Ivanov 205-F-86 Sidigas AV Italy
Veselin Veselinov 201-F-83 Lukoil Academik Bulgaria
Aleksandar Georgiev 203-F-90 Assignia M. Spain
Martin Durchev 204-SF-87 Tundja Yambol Bulgaria
Hristo Zahariev 197-SG-90 Rilski Sportist Bulgaria
Chavdar Kostov 195-SG-88 Levski Sofia Bulgaria
Ivan Lilov 196-SG-88 Gaz Metan Romania
Pavel Ivanov 200-SF-88 Levski Sofia Bulgaria
Bozhidar Avramov 196-PG-90 Lukoil Academik Bulgaria
Asen Velikov 185-PG-86 Cherno More Bulgaria
Branko Mirkovic 190-G-82 Rilski Sportist Bulgaria

Konstantin Papazov Head Coach Levski Sofia Bulgaria



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  CBL   


New Teams - by John Guy

Lake City to join CBL for 2014 season
First two teams tabbed for upcoming fall developmental season


By Butch Cooper

NASHVILLE


The Central Basketball League announced on Monday a new addition for the 2014 season and the first two teams for the upcoming fall developmental B-League season.

The Lake City Kingdom Riders will join the CBL for the 2014 campaign. Owned by Monessia Drake, the Riders are based out of Lake Charles, La.
These (Lake City) owners are dedicated people who want nothing more than to give back to their community with a faith-based program and help young basketball players move up the ladder, said John Guy, CBL Director of Operations.

Meanwhile, the Indiana Legends and the Parkersburg Angels have been accepted for the upcoming fall season.
The Legends are based out of Portland, Ind., and are owned by Zeb Sutton. They will play at the Bryant Community Center or the Jay County Boys Club.
As a former Hoosier, I'm especially happy with the excitement in Indiana for our league, said Guy. Portland is a hot-bed of basketball action for a small Indiana town and we look forward to working with them.

The Angels are scheduled to play their home games at the Elite Sports Center in Parkersburg, W.Va., which has a 1,000 seat facility.
"Parkersburg had welcomed us into their city and we look forward to working with the churches in the Ohio River city with the Angels", Guy said. "I have already heard of some big names in the Parkersburg region looking to play with the Angels and they are talking with a former WVU Mountaineer player to be their coach."

The B-League season is set to begin in September. More teams will be announced in the coming weeks.




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  CHINA   


Canada still undefeated in the 4 Nations Games - by Robert Wang

The USA Mens All-Stars lost their third heartbreaking game, as Canada prevailed in a double-overtime thriller 95-93.
The USA staged a great comeback in this game. Canada jumped out to a 16-point lead after one quarter and extended the lead the 23 points at halftime. The lead moved to 26 points early in the third quarter before the USA mounted their comeback. The Canadian lead was cut to 11 points after the third quarter. Mike Moore, Robert Crawford and Isaac Butts sparked the third quarter comeback. Devin Sweetney scored 30 points for the USA while Derek Needham added 12. The USA received excellent contributions from their bench in this game.
Canada moves to 7-0 for the event while the USA drops to 2-5 with three of their losses by two points.



Pinkney's double-double lands him NBL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83) had a very impressive game in the last round for Heilongjiang and receives a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 35 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Hong Kong (#3, 7-3) 121-108. Heilongjiang maintains the 7th position in Chinese NBL. Heilongjiang is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-5 record. In the team's last game Pinkney had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Heilongjiang, being already a very valuable addition to the team. The University of Nevada graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pinkney is in league's top in points (2nd best: 29.5ppg), rebounds (7th best: 13.7rpg), assists (6th best: 3.4apg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 57.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Craig Smith (201-F-83) of Hong Kong. He is American forward in his first season at Hong Kong. In the last game Smith recorded impressive 41 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Hong Kong lost that game 108-121 to the lower-ranked Heilongjiang (#7, 5-5). This loss caused Hong Kong to drop to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 7-3 record is not bad at all. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Hong Kong and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.3ppg (#1). He also registered 14.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Bryan Davis (206-F-86, agency: N.E.T.) of Jiang Xi (#9). Davis scored 29 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Jiang Xi, leading his team to a 102-97overtime win against Nanjin Army (2-8). Jiang Xi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Davis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Davis as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nan Wang (198-G/F-87) of Heilongjiang - 35 points and 9 assists
5. Hassan Whiteside (213-C/F-89) of Sichuan BW - 18 points and 14 rebounds
6. Josh Harrellson (208-F-89) of Chongqing FD - 18 points and 22 rebounds
7. QinShuo Deng (205-F-92) of Nanjin Army - 22 points and 8 rebounds
8. Xin Feng (187-PG-92) of Jiangsu TX - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Shawne Williams (206-F-86) of Guangzhou L. - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Othello Hunter (203-F-86) of Jiangsu TX - 15 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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  COLOMBIA   


Latinbasket.com All-Colombian DPB Awards 2013 - by Victor Garcia

Latinbasket.com All-Colombian DPB 1st Team 2013
Tayron Thomas
Thomas
Stalin Ortiz
Ortiz
Jason Edwin
Edwin
Cesar Cortes
Cortes
John Hernandez
Hernandez


Finals MVP:
Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Bambuqueros, the Colombian guard leaded another squat to a Championship, the fifth of his career.
Player of the Year: Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas , Among a group of talented players that had a strong impact on the league we choose the American guard Tayron Thomas because he was able to change the face of the Piratas team a make thema a contender.
Guard of the Year: Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas
Forward of the Year: Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) of Bucaros, was a multidimensional player that leaded the Bukaros through many roster limitations.
Center of the Year: John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Bucaros, again was the cornerstone of the Bukaros defense, leaded the league in rebounds and blocke shots, a player with big heart.
Newcomer of the Year: Johan Paul Mejia (204-C-94) of Once Caldas, The young forward took a challenge very young and left a good image , this guy can have future.
Domestic Player of the Year: Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Bambuqueros, not too much more to say, Ortiz got his fifth tittle leading the Bambuqueros.
Import Player of the Year: Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas
Most Improved Player of the Year: Gianluca Bacci (187-G-89) of Aguilas, the Colombian guard finally has the chance to be the leader of a team and he proved all his value
Defensive Player of the Year: John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Bucaros, no other player has more defensive impact on his team the Hernandez.
Coach of the Year: Jose Tapias of Piratas, Tapias got the best of a limited roster to make Piratas a contender.

1st Team
PG: Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas
G: Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Bambuqueros
G/F: Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) of Bucaros
F: Cesar Cortes (201-F-80) of Once Caldas
C: John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Bucaros

2nd Team
G: Gianluca Bacci (187-G-89) of Aguilas
PG: Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia
F/G: Justin Garris (196-F/G-89) of Once Caldas
C: Reque Newsome (204-C-81) of Bambuqueros
C: Patrick Culver (208-C-84) of Caribbean Heat

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Gianluca Bacci (187-G-89) of Aguilas
G: Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Bambuqueros
F/G: Norbey Aragon (194-F/G-78) of Academia
F: Cesar Cortes (201-F-80) of Once Caldas
C: John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Bucaros

All-Imports Team
PG: Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia
PG: Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas
G/F: Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) of Bucaros
C: Reque Newsome (204-C-81) of Bambuqueros
C: Patrick Culver (208-C-84) of Caribbean Heat




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  COSTA RICA   


Barva take 2-0 lead against Sanatura-Escazu in Finals - by Eurobasket News

The National Championship Finals are held now in Costa Rica. Barva are now step away from the title following back-to-back victories over Sanatura-Escazu. The teams are scheduled to clash in what could be a decisive game on June 19.
The first game was rather a one-way traffic. Barva dominated from start to finish. They built a comprehensive 44:18 halftime lead. They did not look back afterwards cruising to a 73:43 success at the end. Kay Martinez (198-G-84, college: Jackson St.) stepped up with 22 points to lead the winners.
The next game was a closer battle. Sanatura-Escazu tried hard to stay within striking distance of Barva. But the visitors gained a 69:55 lead late in regulation. Escazu capped the regulation with a 9:0 run but could not avoid a 69:64 loss at the end. Christian Chavarria netted 17 points in the victory.



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Benjamin will not continue with Naestved - by Eurobasket News

30-year old American power forward Joe Benjamin (200-99kg-83, college: West Virginia State) left Team FOG Naestved (Ligaen). In 30 games he had 11.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg this season.
The last season Benjamin played at Horsholm 79ers. In 32 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Danish Ligaen All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Virum Vipers (1st Division).
Benjamin has played previously for another Danish team Aarhus BC.
He attended West Virginia State until 2007 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
On Benjamin: Joe has a great knowledge of the game and is always focused on the task at hand, whether it be practice or a game. He plays the game with a passion that will carry over to everyone on his team. He has a very good post up game, shoots the 15 foot jump shot consistently, has improved his 3 point shot and his ball handling, and rebounds with the best of them.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Plannthin joins BC Prievidza in Slovakia - by Christian Hamborg

Mikkel Plannthin (195-G-88, agency: FCM) has signed a 1-year contract with Slovakian team BC BC Prievidza. Mikkel Plannthin had an excellent season in Denmark playing for Svendborg Rabbits and this will be his first contract outside of Denmark. The 24 year old guard was an instrumental player all season for Svendborg Rabbits and managed to become (once again) a Danish League Regular Season Champion averaging 13.6 points, 4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 40 games.

In the playoffs Mikkel Plannthin and the Svendborg Rabbits made it ale the way to the Finals but lost in game 7. Mikkel Plannthin averaged 15.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in the 7 finals games.

Mikkel Plannthin has played for Svendborg Rabbits for 5 years and has been a Danish League Finalist all years winning the trophy in 2010.

Currently Mikkel Plannthin is participating in the preparations for the Danish NT this summer.




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San Marcos wins fifth consecutive title - by Jaime Arevalo

San Marcos defeated Universidad Tecnologica (UTEC) in Game 2 of Final Seies, 81-71, claiming the Apertura Title - Copa Alba. Thanks to this win, San Marcos ends First Dvision-Apertura undefeated and takes its fifth consecutive Salvadorean Crown
The main performers all season long were Oscar Rivera (190-F-80), Carlos Arias (200-F/C-89), Edwin Lopez (183-G/F-85) and Salvador Bandek (181-G-78), but Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92), who scored 19 pts in last game too, was awarded as the Finals MVP
UTEC was conditioned by injuries to top players Julio Mancia (202-C-80) and Mario Flores (183-G-85), But coach Joaquin Morataya tells to be satisfied the same.



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Tsartsaris announced officially his retirement - by Chris Mammides

Kostas Tsartsaris (209-F-79) announced retirement. The Greek international player played for the last eleven years to the six star and most successful team in Europe, Panathinaikos, being the oldest member of the team decided to terminate his dreamful career.

Few days ago, and right after the third game against Olympiakos and the 3-0 sweep over the Euroleague champions, Kostas Tsartsaris won the title being among the top performers in the third game (14 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists) , Kostas announced the termination of his careers as a basketball player after this seasons new double.

The Greek forward is leaving Panathinaikos after 11 continuous years being the top rebounder of the the Greens, having won 8 Greek cups in three of which was the MVP of the finals, 10 Greek champion trophies, and three Euroleague champion trophies all with the green jersey of Panathinaikos.
Furthermore, Kostas played in seven All star games, while he was international with the Greek NT for 8 consecutive years.
Tsartsaris is consider being the most successful Greek power forward in the latest history of the Greek basketball, not only due to his many trophies but also due to his character and low profile as a player, a true gentleman of the European courts.


This season, the veteran player had 5.4ppg, 4.3rpg, and 1.2apg in the green way to the double..

It is worth mentioned that the Greek international power forward was supposed to terminate his career last season but because of Coach Pedoulakis with whom is a very good friends and collaborators persuade him to remain for another one season to the Greens to help them re-build the newly established team after Obradovics era, so he did and he won it all
Eurobasket is wishing him all the bet in the new step of his career, whatever that will be.



Qualifications for Euroleague 2013/14 - by Igor Obradovic

It's now known all qualifying participants for the most elite European basketball competition for season 2013/14.

Today are known all participants qualifying for the Euroleague for the upcoming season.
For one place in the Euroleague eight teams will compete, including: Igokea (third in the Adriatic League), Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania runner-up), Strasbourg (France runner-up), Ostende (Belgium champion), Nymburk (Czech champion), Khimki (third in Russia), Banvit (runner-up Turkey) and Oldenburg (Germany runner-up).

The draw for the qualifying round will be held in early July. Winner of these qualifications will go in Euroleague and be automatically transferred in last pot for group draw.
Clubs who do not fight their way for Euroleague will be transferred in Eurocup which this year changed the format of the competition.



Jaka Blazic in Crvena zvezda! - by Igor Obradovic

After extension contract with DeMarcus Nelson, Crvena zvezda signed the most perspect Slovenian player from Olimpija Ljubljana.

Slovenian player with Euroleague experience, Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) sign three year contract for Belgrade team.

Blazic this season in 52 games averaged 28.9 minutes in the game, had 13.7 points per game, 45.4% for two points, 33.6%, 76.5% from the free throw line, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals per game average index of 12.



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Dusko Savanovic steps out from Eurobasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) steps out from Eurobasket 2013 and will not help his National Team. The Serbian players herniated disc in his lower back will not allow him to show 100% of his possibilities.
Dusko Savanovic finished an outstanding season with Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Turkey. In 35 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game. Savanovic also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The last season Savanovic played also at Anadolu Efes (TBL) in Turkish league. In 43 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final and cup semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and All-Bosmans Team. Savanovic also played 16 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg. He won Adriatic League championship title in 2006. Savanovic represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 69.6%.



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Time to play - by Pekka Salminen

The U20 squad has been camping for 10 days now, it has been good, we have been practicing well and we will be ready to play when the Nordic games start.

This traditional tournament will be played at my home town, Vantaa Tuesday-Thursday with Estonia, Denmark and Sweden as our opponents. Good competition , great games for us at this point.

Week after that we will have visitors from Great Britain, will play them twice at Helsinki.

The last preparation tournament before the championships will take place July 3rd-5th at the beautiful city of Rakvere and again against good competition Estonia, Ukraine and Lithuania. A real test for the young men, especially Lithuania.

Our championships (Group B) will take place July 12th-21st at Romania. There will also be some really good teams: Poland, Belgium.... Tough competition and a great challenge for my team. Our main goal is to produce players for the senior national team, but winning the tournament would be nice also..

After the U20 program I will have one week off before joining the senior national team. Extremely excited about that as well, life is good.



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Simon Cretaux signs at Berck - by Eurobasket News

Berck/Rang du Fliers Opale Sud (NM2) landed 24-year old guard Simon Cretaux (190-89). He played recently at Le Puy in French NM2 league. Cretaux also played at Lievin Basket earlier that season.

By Eurobasket Data Center



LaMarshall Corbett pens deal with Rouen - by Eurobasket News

LaMarshall Corbett (190-G-88, college: Angelo St.) pens deal with Rouen for the next season. The American Guard will come from Hermine Nantes Atlantique.
Last season for Hermine Nantes Atlantique he had 12.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. The season 2011 Corbett played at Siarka Jezioro (TBL) in Polish league. In 24 games he was second best scorer with impressive 16.1ppg and averaged 2.5rpg and 2.5apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. He was voted All-LSC Player of the Year back in 2010 at his college time.
Early in 2006-2008 LaMarshall Corbett appeared for Kilgore JC (NJCAA). In 2009-2010 moved to Angelo St. (NCAA2) and showed 23.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PTNCAA2-4 (47.6%), FTNCAA2-3 (90.6%). In 2010-2011 for Angelo St. (NCAA2) his stats read 20.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 78.9%.



Orleans confirm Abdoulaye Loum - by Eurobasket News

Orleans confirmed the signing of Abdoulaye Loum (210-F-91, agency: Fusion Sports). The forward has agreed on terms of three-year contract with the team. Last season Abdoulaye Loum started with Gravelines. He tallied 3.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in ProA. Later the forward moved to Boulogne. He posted 9.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 block per appearance in ProB. Previously Abdoulaye Loum played for Le Mans U21 team. He became French U21 championship MVP in 2012. Abdoulaye Loum was the member of French U18 and U20 National Teams. He was La Semaine des AS Cup finalist in 2012.


Lille tab Kevin Bichard - by Eurobasket News

Lille strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Kevin Bichard (195-F/G-86). The guard signed a two-year deal with the team. Last two seasons Kevin Bichard played for Saint Quentin. Last season he tallied 8.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game in ProB. Previously Kevin Bichard had stints with Saint Vallier and Fos Ouest.


Quimper tab Gary Staelens - by Eurobasket News

Quimper reinforced their roster. They penned a two-year deal with Gary Staelens (189-G-84). Last two seasons the guard played for Blois. He averaged 12.3 points, 3.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in ProB last season. Previously Gary Staelens had stints with Brest, Aix-Maurienne, Saint-Etienne and Besancon. He was the member of U18 French National Team.


France U20 edge Germany U20 in Chartres - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Germany U20 64:59

French U20 National Team victoriously finished their campaign at the Chartres international friendly tournament. They outgunned German counterparts to finish at 2-1 record.
Germany dominated in the opening frame. The visitors secured a 16:9 lead ten minutes into the clash. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second period. Germany accounted for a 30:23 halftime lead. But France turned things around in the third period. The hosts went on a 21:14 run in the quarter to level things up. They limited Germany to 15 points in the fourth period and snatched a narrow win at the end. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 15 points to pace Les Bleus. Hans Brase (203-F) and Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) responded with 11 points each for Germany. Stephan Haukohl (203-F-93) chipped in 10 points in the loss.



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France U20 edge Germany U20 in Chartres - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Germany U20 64:59

French U20 National Team victoriously finished their campaign at the Chartres international friendly tournament. They outgunned German counterparts to finish at 2-1 record.
Germany dominated in the opening frame. The visitors secured a 16:9 lead ten minutes into the clash. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second period. Germany accounted for a 30:23 halftime lead. But France turned things around in the third period. The hosts went on a 21:14 run in the quarter to level things up. They limited Germany to 15 points in the fourth period and snatched a narrow win at the end. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 15 points to pace Les Bleus. Hans Brase (203-F) and Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) responded with 11 points each for Germany. Stephan Haukohl (203-F-93) chipped in 10 points in the loss.



Germany A2 handle Czech Republic in Osnabrueck - by Eurobasket News

Germany A2 - Czech Republic A2 94:66

German A2 National Team played the second friendly encounter versus Czech opponents in Osnabrueck. Once again the hosts celebrated victory. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G/F-92, college: Gonzaga) and Peter Zeis (196-G/F-89) stepped up with 11 points each for the winners.
Germany jumped to an early lead. They grabbed a 22:14 advantage after ten minutes. The hosts fired 31 points in the next period. Germany accounted for a comfortable 53:32 halftime lead. Czech Republic slowed their opponents down in the third term but failed to get any closer. Germany entered the fourth frame up by as many as 22 points. They held the visitors to 13 points in the fourth period and raced to the victory. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) and Ole Wendt (190-PG-92) netted 10 points each for the winners.



The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Keep Chris Kramer - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Seconds after the 91-88 loss in Bamberg, one could see the extreme disappointment in the face of Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) who had a stellar game with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and probably would have walked back to Oldenburg if it would have helped in any way for his team to win game three, but that was not the last game for the American as he will remain another year with the club. Kramer is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Huntington, Indiana that will play a third season in Germany. His stats in Oldenburg were impressive as he played EuroChallenge: 16 games: 8.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 72.5%. In the Beko BBL he played 37 games averaging 10,0ppg, 4,3rpg, 3,1apg and 1,7spg. "Chris had an excellent season. He isnt near the end of his development yet. I am looking forward to keep working with him", added Oldenburg head coach Sebastian Machowski. Kramer scored in double figures 18 times including a 21 point effort against ratiopharm Ulm and 20 points against Bonn in the playoffs. "I like Oldenburg. The club has great fans, a first class organization and with teh great new arena groth potential. I am now looking forward to the new season", stressed Chris Kramer.

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg



Take Off Wurzburg Sign Christoph Henneberger, Lars Buss And Felix Hoffmann - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Regionaliga team Take Off Wurzburg and farm team off the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg have recieved much experience by bringing in Christoph Henneberger (188-G-84) Lars Buss and Felix Hoffmann. All three players have played combined 10 seasons in Wurzburg. Henneberger is a 29 year old 188cm guard that last season played for the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg playing six Eurocup games averaging 2,2ppg. In his two seasons with the s.Oliver baskets Wurzburg he played 26 Beko BBL games. Buss is a 34 year old 202cm forward that has much experience in Germany in the second BUndesliga having played for teams like Hannover, Bayreuth, Chemnitz and Wurzburg. He even had Beko BBL experiecne in 2007-2008 playing for Bjoern Harmsen playing 14 games: 4.1ppg, 3.1rpg. The German played for SC Heuchelhof Wuerzburg (2.Regionalliga) the last two years. In 2010-2011, he helped the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg move up to the Beko BBL playing 12 games. SCH Wuerzburg Baskets (Regionalliga) in 2007. He then played three seasons with TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB).

Source: s.Oliver Baskets





Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Awards 2013 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team 2013
Davin White
White
Anton Gavel
Gavel
Rickey Paulding
Paulding
Deon Thompson
Thompson
John Bryant
Bryant

Player of the Year: John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm
Guard of the Year: Davin White (186-G-81) of Phoenix Hagen
Forward of the Year: Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of ALBA
Center of the Year: John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm
Newcomer of the Year: Kyle Weems (198-F-89) of Telekom Baskets
Bosman Player of the Year: Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) of Brose Bask.
Import Player of the Year: John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm
Most Improved Player: Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) of NY Phantoms
Domestic Player of the Year: Anton Gavel (188-PG-84) of Brose Bask.
Defensive Player of the Year: Quantez Robertson (189-G-84) of Fraport SKY
Coach of the Year: Sebastian Machowski of EWE Baskets

1st Team
G: Davin White (186-G-81) of Phoenix Hagen
G: Anton Gavel (188-PG-84) of Brose Bask.
G/F: Rickey Paulding (196-G-82) of EWE Baskets
F: Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of ALBA
C: John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm

2nd Team
G/F: Jared Jordan (188-PG-84) of Telekom Baskets
G/F: Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81) of EWE Baskets
F: Reggie Redding (196-SF-88) of Walter Tigers
F/C: Dwayne Anderson (198-PF-86) of s.Oliver Baskets
F/C: Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82) of Brose Bask.

3rd Team
G: Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87) of B.Muenchen
G: David Bell (186-G-81) of Phoenix Hagen
F: Nate Linhart (201-F-86) of TBB Trier
F: Zachery Peacock (203-F-87) of Fraport SKY
C: Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81) of EWE Baskets

Honorable Mention
Stanley Burrell (191-PG-84) of Bremerhaven
Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87) of Walter Tigers
Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) of NY Phantoms
Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80) of Acea Virtus RM
Bryce Taylor (196-SG-86) of Art.Dragons
Ryan Brooks (193-G-88) of Fraport SKY
Chevon Troutman (202-PF-81) of B.Muenchen
Barry Stewart (191-SG-88) of Antwerp
Larry Gordon (196-F-87) of Phoenix Hagen
Marquez Haynes (191-G-86) of Art.Dragons
Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81) of Brose Bask.
Andreas Seiferth (209-C-89) of TBB Trier
Frank Robinson (193-G-84) of s.Oliver Baskets
Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Bremerhaven
Quantez Robertson (189-G-84) of Fraport SKY
Brian Harper (206-F/G-85) of TBB Trier
Chad Timberlake (194-G-84) of MBC
John Turek (206-F/C-83) of Neckar L'burg
Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets
Joe Trapani (203-F-88) of Bayreuth

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Per Guenther (185-PG-88) of Ratiopharm
G: Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) of NY Phantoms
F: Lucca Staiger (196-SG-88) of Neckar L'burg
F: Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87) of Walter Tigers
F/C: Maik Zirbes (208-C-90) of Brose Bask.

All-Imports Team
G: Davin White (186-G-81) of Phoenix Hagen
G: Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81) of EWE Baskets
G/F: Rickey Paulding (196-G-82) of EWE Baskets
F: Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of ALBA
C: John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm

All-Bosmans Team
G: Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-PG-88) of MBC
G: Benas Veikalas (192-G-83) of Telekom Baskets
F: Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90) of ALBA
F: Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) of Brose Bask.
F/C: Elvir Ovcina (212-F/C-76) of LTi 46ers

All-Defensive Team
G: Davin White (186-G-81) of Phoenix Hagen
G: Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets
G: Quantez Robertson (189-G-84) of Fraport SKY
PF: Dwayne Anderson (198-PF-86) of s.Oliver Baskets
F: Dino Gregory (200-F-89) of Phoenix Hagen

All-Newcomers Team
PG: Stanley Burrell (191-PG-84) of Bremerhaven
G: Allan Ray (188-G-84) of Ratiopharm
F: Devin Uskoski (201-F-85) of MBC
F/G: Brian Harper (206-F/G-85) of TBB Trier
F: Dino Gregory (200-F-89) of Phoenix Hagen



BBL newcomer Vechta hands Rudowitz contract extension, signs Igbavboa - by Moritz Korff

A.J. Rudowitz (198-F-88, college: Stonehill) has committed his future to BBL newcomer SC Rasta Vechta by signing a contract extension. Rasta also unveiled the signing of Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso).
Rudowitz will enter his third season with Rasta. He scored 11.3 points a contest for the team last season, while pulling down 5.8 boards a contest, which made him the second leading rebounder on the team. He started his pro career with Regionalliga team ASC Theresianum Mainz in 2010 and moved to Vechta following his rookie season.
Igbavboa averaged 14.3 points and 7.1 rebounds a game for LF Basket of Sweden last season. The 26-year-old post player hails from Oakdale, Minnesota and holds a German passport thanks to his mother, a native of Muenster, Germany.



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Tsartsaris announced officially his retirement - by Chris Mammides

Kostas Tsartsaris (209-F-79) announced retirement. The Greek international player played for the last eleven years to the six star and most successful team in Europe, Panathinaikos, being the oldest member of the team decided to terminate his dreamful career.

Few days ago, and right after the third game against Olympiakos and the 3-0 sweep over the Euroleague champions, Kostas Tsartsaris won the title being among the top performers in the third game (14 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists) , Kostas announced the termination of his careers as a basketball player after this seasons new double.

The Greek forward is leaving Panathinaikos after 11 continuous years being the top rebounder of the the Greens, having won 8 Greek cups in three of which was the MVP of the finals, 10 Greek champion trophies, and three Euroleague champion trophies all with the green jersey of Panathinaikos.
Furthermore, Kostas played in seven All star games, while he was international with the Greek NT for 8 consecutive years.
Tsartsaris is consider being the most successful Greek power forward in the latest history of the Greek basketball, not only due to his many trophies but also due to his character and low profile as a player, a true gentleman of the European courts.


This season, the veteran player had 5.4ppg, 4.3rpg, and 1.2apg in the green way to the double..

It is worth mentioned that the Greek international power forward was supposed to terminate his career last season but because of Coach Pedoulakis with whom is a very good friends and collaborators persuade him to remain for another one season to the Greens to help them re-build the newly established team after Obradovics era, so he did and he won it all
Eurobasket is wishing him all the bet in the new step of his career, whatever that will be.



Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Awards 2013 - by Chris Mammides

Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 1st Team 2013
Dimitris Diamantidis
Diamantidis
Vassilis Spanoulis
Spanoulis
James Gist
Gist
Kyle Hines
Hines
Stephane Lasme
Lasme

Player of the Year: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos
Guard of the Year: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos
Forward of the Year: James Gist (205-F-86) of Panathinaikos
Co-Center of the Year: Stephane Lasme (203-F-82) of Panathinaikos
Co-Center of the Year: Kyle Hines (198-F-86) of Olympiacos
Most Improved Player of the Year: Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90) of Panionios
Bosman Player of the Year: Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) of Panathinaikos
Import Player of the Year: Stephane Lasme (203-F-82) of Panathinaikos
Domestic Player of the Year: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos
Co-Newcomer of the Year: Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87) of KAOD
Co-Newcomer of the Year: Keaton Grant (193-SG-86) of Apollon Patras
Rookie of the Year: Dimitrios Agravanis (208-F-94) of Panionios
Defensive Player of the Year: Stephane Lasme (203-F-82) of Panathinaikos
Coach of the Year: Argiris Pedoulakis of Panathinaikos

1st Team
G: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos
G: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos
F: James Gist (205-F-86) of Panathinaikos
F: Kyle Hines (198-F-86) of Olympiacos
F: Stephane Lasme (203-F-82) of Panathinaikos

2nd Team
PG: Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) of Panathinaikos
G: Acie Law (190-G-85) of Olympiacos
F/G: Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) of Panathinaikos
F: Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90) of Panionios
F: Brent Petway (204-F-85) of AGOR

3rd Team
G: Nikos Pappas (195-G-90) of Panionios
PG: Nikos Liakopoulos (189-PG-83) of Panelefsiniakos
PG: Marios Batis (190-PG-80) of Panionios
F: Kostas Tsartsaris (209-F-79) of Panathinaikos
F: Georgios Printezis (206-F-85) of Olympiacos

Honorable Mention
Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) of Olympiacos
Ioannis Athineou (194-G-88) of Panionios
Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (199-F/G-77) of Apollon Patras
Errick McCollum (185-PG-88) of Apollon Patras
Marc Antonio Carter (191-G-85) of AGOR
Ramel Curry (192-G-80) of Panathinaikos
Terrell Stoglin (185-PG-91) of Ilysiakos
Giannis Athanasoulas (202-F-87) of Panionios
Landon Milbourne (201-F-87) of Panionios
Christopher Nondas (204-C-85) of AEK/Argous
Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84) of PAOK

All-Defensive Team
G: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos
F: Brent Petway (204-F-85) of AGOR
G: Nikos Pappas (195-G-90) of Panionios
F: Stephane Lasme (203-F-82) of Panathinaikos
G/F: Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87) of Panathinaikos

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos
G/F: Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87) of Panathinaikos
F: Georgios Printezis (206-F-85) of Olympiacos
G: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos
C: Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of Panathinaikos

All-Imports Team
F: Brent Petway (204-F-85) of AGOR
G: Acie Law (190-G-85) of Olympiacos
F: James Gist (205-F-86) of Panathinaikos
F: Kyle Hines (198-F-86) of Olympiacos
F: Stephane Lasme (203-F-82) of Panathinaikos

All-Bosmans Team
G: Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87) of Aris
PG: Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) of Panathinaikos
F: Pero Antic (210-F-82) of Olympiacos
G: Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86) of AGOR
F/G: Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) of Panathinaikos



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  HUNGARY   


Norbert Toth signed with Hungarian Champion Alba Fehervar - by Tamas Deri

Hungarian NT player, Norbert Toth (203-F-86, agency: TSS Management) will play in Szekesfehervar as he has just signed with newly crowned Hungarian Champion Alba Fehervar after he has spent his last three seasons in Pecs. The 26 year-old power forward averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in this year's playoffs. Toth posted 22.7 ppg and 10.7 rpg in the classification round of the Hungarian League (2012/2013) - it was clearly his breakthrough season, what is more, he made the Final Four with his former team, Pecs in the Hungarian Cup, and they fould force game 5 in the quarterfinals of the Hungarian First League's Playoffs against then-champion Alba Fehehrvar. The 205 cm-tall bigman was a member of Kecskemet four years ago and he was raised in Budapest, where he gained experience with several great yout teams, such as Diana SE and MAFC. Toth will not be a new face in the Hungarian National Team, moreover he can be a key contributor for the squad os Stojan Ivkovic during this summer.


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  IBA-PBL   


Usbasket interviews coach Guyton - by Gianni Pascucci

A.J. Guyton played pro basketball in the NBA and then various seasons overseas, gaining a great respect from teammates and fans everywhere he has been.
In 2010, he started a coaching career claiming almost immediately two consecutive PBL crowns: last year with Central Illinois Drive and this year, only some days ago, with the Bloomington Flex. Coach Guyton has kindly agreed to answer to some questions from Usbasket.com

1. First, coach, what about this last season at the helm of the Flex ? Can you make a little resume of your winning season ?
We started off a little slow losing the first 2 games of the season against 2 good teams. Mainly because we started our season exceptionally late and didn't have time to prepare for those 2 games. We practiced 3 times before playing a game against teams already in the 4th or 5th games. Even though we lost I could see the potential in our team. We were a lot younger in age than the previous season plus I felt we needed to make one more move to contend for the championship. That move turned out to be the signing of our leading scorer Jemal Farmer. Our young guys needed to develop an understanding of how teams were going to be gearing up to beat us because of our dominance in the PBL the season before. They also needed time to adjust to the pro game, it's obviously a lot different that college with the 24 second clock and defensive 3 second rule plus an added 8 minutes of time. Our team started to come together defensively & rebounding wise and that's when we started to become contenders,

2. We know about the good performing from Jemal Farmer. Who were the other most outstanding players in the Flex ?
Our core group could play anywhere professionally. Our point guard Daniel Ruffin (5'10''-G-84, college: Bradley) is the engine of our team. His pro comparision would be Chris Paul. Hands down best point guard in the league. We go as he goes. He is the last of a dying breed of point guard, point guards who understand the game and how to control it. You don't have to coach Daniel because he knows exactly what the game needs. He can make the NBA 3, mid range and floaters, defensively he is strong and quick, most importantly he is the best PNR player I've seen since I was playing against Sarunas Jasikevicious overseas. He can make all the passes which gets all our players open shots. Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) was our utility man, he could plug holes wherever needed, an outstanding shooter, defender, and re-bounder (from the 3 position he led our team in rebounding) His pro comparison would be Kawi Leonard from the Spurs. Ryan plays with a high level of energy. He loves the game and deserves and opportunity to play at a high level professionally. He is also a competitor, he played to win everything from our team competitive shooting drills to our games. Now I think he has a greater understanding of the pro game and next year who ever signs him will have a 20ppg and 10rpg performer. He is still very young and has more growth in store. Nate Fuqua (6'2''-G/F-88, college: Iowa Wesleyan) was our starting combo guard. Nathan is a competitor, a lock down defender. He can make the 3, post, and finishes strong to the basket. Like Jemal, "Fu" gets to the free throw line a lot, which give validity to his toughness. He just needs an opportunity to play for a coach who builds their team based on needs not scoring averages. I think that's the biggest mistake professional teams makes. Who's gonna do the blue collar work? Nate is one of those guys who can do both.

3. Few weeks after the IBA-PBL spring season start, the two leagues decided to break the merge. Which is your opinion of what happened ?
Major differences in opinion. I don't know exactly what happened, but I think the separation was best. Both parties benefited by going their separate ways. The IBL has a couple good competitive teams in their league. I wish them nothing but continued success.

4. How can you compare the PBL level of game and the European leagues one ? Which part of the game should be improved by the guys interested to play overseas ?
I can't compare the PBL to the top leagues and Euro league teams, those teams have the best outside the NBA money can buy. However I would put any PBL team up against any 2nd or lower first division team in any country and expect a win. Sauk Valley, a team who beat us 3 out of 4 times this season had an excellent roster of current and former European talent. Rochester who we beat in the finals, had a huge physical team with explosive guards, not to mention champion Cliff Levingston (agency: Edge Sports ) as head coach. The Indiana Diesel were extremely competitive this season as well. Playing overseas is less about talent and more about opportunity. I work hard to get my players these opportunities and let them take care of the rest. Last season we sent 2 players (Perry Petty (6'1''-G-88, college: UTPA) Romania, Tony Lewis (6'7''-F-89, college: Illinois St.) Australia). This year we look to send 4. We have a league of 6 teams currently, 4 of which are competitive. It's great competition for the players. What we need to do is get 2 more teams to join Rochester and West Virgina out east, according to reports, those 2 teams are already in place. You don't need 1000 teams in the minor leagues, all can't afford operating cost. What you need is 12 good competitive teams who can acquire young talent, a good fan base, and quality operations coming from within the PBL offices. Those things are in place and I fully expect the PBL to have it's most competitive season upcoming. In order to play overseas, young players need to be able to adjust to the pace of the overseas games, not as many timeouts. You need to be able to adjust "on the fly" as a player and a coach. Each level you need to learn something different to succed at that particular level.

5. Last, please, which is in your opinion the ranking of USA minor leagues after NBA D-League, unanimously consuidered the best one ?
I'd say from a competitive standpoint the PBL would have to be after the NBDL. Obviously there's a big gap between the "d-league" and any other league mainly because of the NBA resources the "d-league" can pull from. But with the PBL there's a structure in place internally. Dr. Sev Hrywnak, the owner of the PBL, has done an excellent job ensuring the integrity of the league, making sure all games are played. I'm really not familiar with the other leagues, I've never had any interaction with any of them. But I say the PBL because it's an NBA type of experience on the court. We play all NBA rules and feature NBA lane and 3 point lines. Our players learn about the value of spacing and pick n roll defense. Our referees are constantly working to improve themselves. Everyone working in our league has the ambition to move to a higher level. Our players want to play professionally, our owner wants to move up to the NBDL and our coaches want to coach at the next level. We actually discussed using international rules but that's TBD. There are a lot of good leagues out there, but as a player you want the best pro experience possible. The PBL can prepare you for that process.



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  ISRAEL   


Galil/Gilboa appointed Drucker as head coach - by Idan Seggev

The Israeli portal Walla! sport published today that Sharon Drucker (agency: Beo Basket ) is Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa's new head coach and he will replace Lior Lubin (189-G-77), who left after three years in the job. Drucker, who coached Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem last season, returns to Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa after 10 years and sound excited:"The management showed me their willing to succee and I hope we can make a good season. Our key for success is that everyone will perform as a unit", said Drucker. Last season he had a difficult year with Jerusalem but eventually took them to the semi final, where they lost the series to Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv 0-3. His biggest achievement in his career was in 2004, where he led Jerusalem as well, to win the UELB cup, winning Real Madrid in the final. Drucker also coached Israeli club Maccabi Raanana, Ural Great Perm (where he led them to win the Challange cup), Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (few months), Telenet Oostende and Aris Thessaloniki. During season 2008-09 he was Pini Gershon 's assistant in Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv for a year and a half.


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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.8.4 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 5. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.4 
 7. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 5. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.8 
 8. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 9. Hackett, Montepas.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. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 6. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 7. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 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 4 of Finals. Montepaschi are one win shy of defending title - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi - Acea Virtus RM 81-71

Montepaschi celebrated the second straight win in Siena to take 3-1 lead over Acea Virtus Roma in the title series. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Lottomatica Roma managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Montepaschi Siena won last quarter 21-12. They made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 assists. The former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) contributed with 16 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) replied with 17 points and American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 16 points in the effort for Lottomatica Roma.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: D.Hackett 16+4reb+2ast, D.Moss 15+4reb+1ast, B.Brown 14+4reb+5ast, M.Janning 10+3reb+2ast, B.Ortner 9+3reb, B.Eze 7+3reb
Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 17+3reb+2ast, G.Lawal 16+3reb, J.Taylor 14+2ast, A.Czyz 8+4reb, P.Goss 5+7reb+2ast, B.Bailey 5+2reb
gschID: 242185



Pallacanestro Reggiana brings in Ariel Filloy - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Reggiana brings in Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) for the next season. The player will move from Acegas Aps Trieste in Italian Lega2. In 28 Nazionale A games he recorded 13.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.1apg and 2.0spg last season. Earlier Filloy played at Armani Milano (SerieA). In 16 games he averaged just 2.6ppg and 1.4rpg. He also played 3 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.7ppg and 1.0rpg.
The season 2010/2011 Filloy played at Tuscany Pistoia (Lega2). In 33 games he averaged 10.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg that season.In 2009-10 season he played at Givova Scafati (Lega2). In 26 games he averaged 6.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.9spg.
In 2008-09 season Filloy played at Vanoli Cremona (SerieA). In 18 games he averaged 4.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the league title.
In 2007-08 season Filloy played at Crabs Rimini (Nazionale B). He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) six years ago. Filloy's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 2.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.1apg.
Filloy has played previously for four other Italy teams: Cervia, Porto Torres, Rovereto and Sassari Bakkus.



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Hysenagolli decides this week - by Dren Shporta

Albanian center, Endrit Hysenagolli (204-C-88), is wanted actually by TOP 3 kosovan clubs of season 2012/13.

In an exclusive talk with eurobasket.com new champion of Albania with Kamza Basket team, Hysenagolli said that TOP 3 teams are interested for him but he has not decided yet which one to join.

"I have offers from TOP 3 teams of Kosova. Peja, Sigal Prishtina and Bashkimi, but I didnt decide yet which one to join!," said Hysenagolli.

"I think I'll decide within this week."

Hysenagolli is regular player in Albanian national team and had a impressive season with Kamza Basket.

Since Kosova Basketball Federation allowed albanian players to be considered - not foreign - the interest of Kosovan TOP teams went to the Albania market to search for the best ones.



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  LBQ   

Standings

LBQ Standings
 1. Jaguars 10-3 
 2. Page-Dynamo 8-6 
 3. Royal 8-6 
 4. Revolution 7-6 
 5. Seigneurs 5-9 
 6. Monteregie 3-11 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jun. 15: Jaguars - Page-Dynamo 90-72
Jun. 15: Royal - Monteregie 76-81
Jun. 13: Monteregie - Seigneurs 75-55
Jun. 14: Seigneurs - Revolution 60-80



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Lithuanian University National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Adas Juskevicius
Juskevicius
Vytenis Lipkevicius
Lipkevicius
Gediminas Orelikas
Orelikas
Vaidas Cepukaitis
Cepukaitis
Sarunas Vasiliauskas
Vasiliauskas
#e#5
7Edgaras Ulanovas 197-G-92 Lietkabelis Lithuania
8Adas Juskevicius 194-G/F-89 Zalgiris Lithuania
10Vytenis Lipkevicius 197-F-89 Zalgiris Lithuania
12Gediminas Orelikas 200-G/F-90 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania
13Simas Buterlevicius 200-F-89 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania
14Vaidas Cepukaitis 207-C-89 Pieno Zvaigzdes Lithuania
19Vytenis Cizauskas 190-SG-92 Blancos de R. Spain
22Eimantas Bendzius 203-F-90 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania
23Sarunas Vasiliauskas 188-G-89 Pieno Zvaigzdes Lithuania
24Rolandas Jakstas 202-F-92 Nevezis Lithuania
51Arnas Butkevicius 196-SF-92 Neptunas Lithuania

Dainius Adomaitis Head Coach Lietuvos rytas Lithuania



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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, Cananea23.7 
 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, Navolato8.7 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.5 
 6. Jones, Obregon8.4 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 9. Rougeau, Cananea7.4 
 10. Thomas, Tijuana7.3 
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, Hermosillo1.8 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.6 
 6. Thomas, Tijuana1.5 
 7. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 8. Medina, Tijuana1.4 
 9. Rougeau, Cananea1.4 
 10. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.5 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Gonzalez, Cananea1.1 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 7. Toombs, Navolato1.0 
 8. Mercado, Nogales0.9 
 9. Verdugo, Navolato0.7 
 10. McCullough, Nogal.0.7 


CIBACOPA Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Navolato and Cananea open win counts - by Eurobasket News

Tijuana - Navolato 80-89

Navolato escaped with a narrow road win over Tijuana to cut the deficit in the semifinal series. The game without a history. Garra Canera de Navolato led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) accounted for 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and point guard Luis Ramirez (180-82) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Tijuana Zonkeys in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: L.Ramirez 22+5reb+2ast, M.Morrison 17+9reb+6ast, E.Medina 11+12reb+2ast, M.Thomas 10+9reb+2ast, J.Penny 8+7reb+2ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 7+1reb
Navolato: R.Selleaze 32+12reb+2ast, M.Elliott 22+5reb+4ast, J.Gonzalez 11+8reb+2ast, B.Toombs 10+7reb+1ast, F.Verdugo 6+5reb+2ast, A.Villalobos 6+1reb
gschID: 242331


Cananea - Hermosillo 91-87

Cananea opened win count in the semifinal series versus Hermosillo. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Mineros de Cananea 37-19 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mineros de Cananea made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) helped adding 29 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) with 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 20+5reb+2ast, K.Spain 18+8reb+3ast, J.Lopez 14+8reb+3ast, E.Little 11+6reb+1ast, S.Monreal 9+4reb+6ast, J.Villanueva 5+5reb+1ast
Cananea: K.Austin 29+3reb+3ast, R.Rougeau 25+5reb+6ast, E.Swanson 18+2reb, O.Zuniga 8+2reb+6ast, Q.Gonzalez 7+6reb+1ast, K.Arias 2+2ast
gschID: 242330



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  NBA   


Milwaukee Bucks hire Nick Van Exel and Bob Bender as assistant coaches - by Eurobasket News

General Manager John Hammond announced today that Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel will join Larry Drew 's staff as assistant coaches for the Milwaukee Bucks. Bender joins the Bucks after nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, including the last three with Drew as head coach. Van Exel also worked with Drew as a member of the Hawks staff from 2010-12 as the player development instructor. Bob and Nick were both important pieces of my staff in Atlanta, and Im excited that they are joining me on the bench in Milwaukee, said Drew. Bobs merits as a coach have been proven through his past experience, and Nicks successful career in the NBA gives him a strong platform to mentor and coach our players. They will be dedicated to the task of teaching and building up our young men in order for the Bucks to put a hard-working, committed team on the court. Prior to his time on Atlantas staff, Bender was with the Philadelphia 76ers from 2002-04, first as their assistant coach/player development and then as an assistant coach on the bench. His coaching career began as an assistant under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, and he continued in the college ranks for 13 years. Bender was first named a head coach at Illinois State in 1990, where he earned two Missouri Valley Conference Championships, one conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth. He then spent nine years at the University of Washington (1994-2001), where he directed the Huskies to four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament from 1996 to 1999. Bender was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1996. A Duke graduate and Quantico, Va., native, Bender is the only individual to play on two different teams in two different NCAA Championship games one as a freshman on Bob Knights undefeated 1976 Indiana team and the other as a guard at Duke in the 1978 title game against Kentucky. He was drafted by the San Diego Clippers in the sixth round before his senior year, but did not play. Kenosha, Wis., native Van Exel enjoyed a 13-year career as a player in the NBA, including 76 playoff games and one All-Star appearance (1998) from 1993-2006. He put up career averages of 14.4 points, 6.6 assists per game and 2.9 rebounds per game. Van Exel was selected by the L.A. Lakers in the second round of the 1993 NBA Draft (37th overall) and was named to the NBAs All-Rookie team in 1994. Prior to his two seasons as the Hawks player development instructor, Van Exel worked as an assistant coach at Texas Southern University during the 2009-10 season.
Courtesy of: www.insidehoops.com



Tim Connelly hired as Denver Nuggets general manager from New Orleans - by Eurobasket News

The Nuggets have hired Tim Connelly as their new general manager, team president Josh Kroenke told The Denver Post Monday morning. Connelly's official title is executive vice president of basketball operations. The New Orleans Pelicans assistant general manager will take over for Masai Ujiri, who left to take over as general manager in Toronto. Meanwhile, Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw will interview Tuesday for the Nuggets' coaching vacancy, an NBA source told The Denver Post on Monday morning. Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins , the other top candidate, will interview on Wednesday, as Denver looks to replace the fired George Karl . Connelly, like Ujiri, is known for his international scouting abilities and has a vast basketball background. The Nuggets had previously considered Pete D'Alessandro a candidate for their vacancy, but Denver's assistant GM left for the Sacramento Kings general manager's job this past weekend. "His reputation around the league as a front-office rising star is spot-on," said Chicago Bulls assistant general manager Brian Hagen, who worked with Connelly in New Orleans. "I think the world of him. He's a class act who is hard-working, smart and will have a plan and process in place for the Nuggets' continued success." Connelly joined New Orleans in 2010 after working as the director of player personnel for the Washington Wizards. In New Orleans he worked under Dell Demps. Connelly first got his first NBA experience in 1996, working as an intern for the Wizards. After graduating from Catholic University in Washington D.C. in 1999, he was hired by the Wizards as the assistant video coordinator. He became a scout the following season. One of Connelly's first matters of business will be attending to the Andre Iguodala situation. The Nuggets guard is going to opt out of his contract and become a free agent, but Denver can sign him to a five-year deal, while all the other teams can only sign him to a four-year deal. After Ujiri left and coach Karl was fired, Iguodala had texted The Denver Post, explaining, "I need some time to let it sink in" in regards to his future. Iguodala, it is believed, would want to see who Denver hired as its next GM, and coach. Denver is coming off a 57-win season. The Nuggets also have the 27th pick in the June 27 NBA Draft.
Courtesy of: denverpost.com



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Miami Hurricanes land Texas transfer Sheldon McClellan - by Eurobasket News

Miami has made waves on the transfer market this spring, nabbing two players that could be eligible to play immediately. Late Sunday night, head coach Jim Larranaga landed another transfer, according to sources: former Texas guard Sheldon McClellan (6'4''-G-92). Oregon, LSU and Marquette were also under consideration. McClellan, a 6-foot-4 guard from Houston, averaged 13.5 points and 3.9 rebounds last season. His shot selection wasn't great, but he was one of the more prolific scoring guards on the market. He will have to sit out the upcoming season and will have two seasons of eligibility beginning in 2014-15. The Hurricanes already picked up transfer commitments from Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez and DePaul big man Donnavan Kirk. Rodriguez is hoping for a waiver to play immediately, while Kirk will get to play his final season in the fall.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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5 Questions With: Ohio Dominican New Head Coach Dan Evans - by Lucius Jones

Ohio Dominican Head Coach Dan Evans:

Q - What are your immediate and long term goals for the program?

A We want to share with our student-athletes the expectations we have for them in every arena of their lives. Our players need to understand that we want them to succeed in the classroom and community just as much as we want them to succeed on the court. Our job is to prepare them for life after basketball while pushing them to be the best player they can become. This idea must be instilled immediately and daily upon their arrival on campus. Long term we are trying to build a program that revolves around character and toughness as much as talent. Regardless of the league you compete in, you must have all 3 in order to achieve the goals we all want to achieve.

Q - What type of program and style of play do plan to implement at Ohio Dominican?

A We will be a program that focuses on defensive intensity and discipline. The best teams in the world make life difficult for their opponents consistently. If we can make teams work harder than they want to score the ball, we have a chance to be a quality defensive team. Offensively, we will use motion as a foundation to put our players in the best position to attack with their strengths. Unselfishness through sharing the basketball will be demanded as we encourage all our players to be aggressive in utilizing their strengths to help create easy shots for themselves and teammates.

Q - How do you plan on balancing the academic standards of ODU with the athletic goals you will have in the GLIAC?

A The first step is recruiting student-athletes that can compete in our league as well as in our University. From there, we will emphasize every day the importance of doing well academically and athletically at ODU. When our players see us emphasizing these things as a staff, they can begin to emphasize it in their lives.

Q - What has been your biggest surprise thus far in your brief time at ODU?

A Not a surprise, but it has been wonderful to see the excitement within the ODU community but also the city of Columbus and its suburbs. I have come in contact with so many people who want to see our basketball program succeed and represent this great area the way it should be represented. That kind of support in our school and in the city is not present everywhere. I feel really blessed to have come to Ohio Dominican and Columbus to try to build a basketball program that can make both proud.

Q - Is there any advice you would have for a coach attempting to become a Head Coach at the collegiate level?

A Work hard to learn what it means to be a coach at the college level. Soak in the lessons that are all around you every single day. If you have the chance, be around people who have won. The more time you can spend around programs that do things the right way and know what it means to be a Championship program, the better off you will be.




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DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conference
 1. D.Warriors 12-4 
 2. Union Bank 11-5 
 3. Royal Hoopers 10-6 
 4. Islanders 8-8 
 5. Oluyole W. 8-8 
 6. Customs 6-10 
 7. Comets 5-11 
 8. Police Baton 4-12 
Savannah Conference
 1. Kano Pillars 16-0 
 2. Mark Mentors 13-3 
 3. Plateau Peaks 10-6 
 4. Niger Potters 9-7 
 5. Bauchi Nets 6-10 
 6. Kada Stars 6-10 
 7. Immigration 3-13 
 8. Yelwa Hawks 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 16

Atlantic

Jun. 16: Royal Hoopers - Oluyole W. 63-61
Jun. 16: Customs - D.Warriors 60-63
Jun. 17: Royal Hoopers - Oluyole W. 56-38

Savannah

Jun. 16: Kano Pillars - Yelwa Hawks 98-41
Jun. 17: Mark Mentors - Immigration 78-54
Jun. 16: Bauchi Nets - Kada Stars 73-70
Jun. 16: Plateau Peaks - Niger Potters 70-68

Regular Season: Round 17

Jun. 21: Comets - Police Baton
Jun. 21: D.Warriors - Royal Hoopers
Jun. 21: Oluyole W. - Customs
Jun. 21: Islanders - Union Bank


Nigerian National Team 2013 - by Simas

Nigerian National Team 2013
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Olumide Oyedeji
Oyedeji
Ike Diogu
Diogu
Ben Uzoh
Uzoh
Richard Oruche
Oruche
Stan Okoye
Okoye
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Olumide Oyedeji 210-C-81 Tochigi Brex Japan
Ike Diogu 204-F/C-83 Ponce Puerto Rico
Ben Uzoh 191-PG-88 Springfield A. USA
Richard Oruche 193-SG-87 Guaiqueries Venezuela
Stan Okoye 198-F-91 VMI USA
Aboubakar Usman 192-G-86 Kano Pillars Nigeria
Michael Ohiero 191-G-88 Royal Hoopers Nigeria
Stanley Gumut 197-F-86 Kano Pillars Nigeria
Abdulwahab Yahaya 203-F-90 D.Warriors Nigeria
Solomon Alabi 216-C-88 Ikaros Greece
Ayodeji Egbeyemi 193-G-90 Loyola Mary USA
Nkem Ojougboh 206-C-87 Tulsa 66ers USA
Kingsley Oguchi 193-G-87 Texas C. USA
Ehimen Orukpe 213-C-89 Wichita St. USA
KC Anuna 193-PG-89 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia




Benjamin will not continue with Naestved - by Olusegun Ikuesan

30-year old American power forward Joe Benjamin (200-99kg-83, college: West Virginia State) left Team FOG Naestved (Ligaen). In 30 games he had 11.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg this season.
The last season Benjamin played at Horsholm 79ers. In 32 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Danish Ligaen All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Virum Vipers (1st Division).
Benjamin has played previously for another Danish team Aarhus BC.
He attended West Virginia State until 2007 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
On Benjamin: Joe has a great knowledge of the game and is always focused on the task at hand, whether it be practice or a game. He plays the game with a passion that will carry over to everyone on his team. He has a very good post up game, shoots the 15 foot jump shot consistently, has improved his 3 point shot and his ball handling, and rebounds with the best of them.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 41

Jun. 17: Guayama - Guaynabo 94-89
Jun. 18: Humacao - Bayamon
Jun. 18: Ponce - Quebradillas
Jun. 19: Santurce - Guayama
Jun. 19: Guaynabo - Arecibo


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Harris, Ponce21.2 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.2 
 3. Carmona, Humacao19.8 
 4. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 5. Diogu, Ponce19.6 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo19.1 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.17.0 
 10. Lisch, Quebradill.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.3 
 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. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
 10. Graterol, Arecibo8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  Mayaguez
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.4 
 2. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas5.3 
 4. Clemente, Humacao4.8 
 5. Rivera, Ponce4.8 
 6. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 7. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 8. Coronado, Guayama3.9 
 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. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 7. Lisch, Quebradillas1.4 
 8. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 9. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 10. Rodriguez, Guaya.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 5. Balkman, Guayama1.4 
 6. Lee, Quebradillas1.3 
 7. Gates, Guayama1.3 
 8. Aubry, Mayaguez1.3 
 9. Santiago, Guaynabo1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Balkman Is Set To Visit The Puerto Rico Childrens Hospital With Special Gift For Patients - by Eurobasket Center

Bayamon, Puerto Rico (June 17, 2013) - Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) is set to visit the Puerto Rico Childrens Hospital with a special gift for the children there. During his visit, Balkman will visit with the children, take photos and partake in different activities with them. Balkman will visit the hospital on Tuesday, June 18,2013 at 9AM.

Balkmans visit to the Puerto Rico Childrens Hospital is the first of many, as a part of his fundraising initiative for the hospital. In conjunction with his foundation, Balkman Buddies, Balkman has started a Puerto Rico Childrens Hospital Fundraising Initiative which will raise funds for the hospital. In addition to raising funds for the hospital, Balkman plans on matching every dollar raised. During his visit he will visit the children in the hospital and gift them with a special teddy bear wearing a miniature version of his signature Balkmania t-shirt.

Children are a large part of my fan base and I want to be able to bring a smile to their faces. No child should have to spend their adolescence and childhood in a hospital bed, which is why I am so passionate about the Puerto Rico Childrens Hospital Fundraising Initiative, I want to do all I can to help these kids. Said Balkman.

Balkmans next fundraising initiative is hosting his annual basketball camp from July 8th-11th at the Bucaplaa Basketball Club. All proceeds of Balkmans camp will go to the Puerto Rico Childrens Hospital.

Balkman has won three gold medals while playing with the Puerto Rican National Team. Before returning to Puerto Rico, Balkman was playing for the Guaiqueries de Margarita in Venezuela, and before that he played for the Patron Blaze Boosters in the Philippines. Balkman was drafted during the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft to the New York Knicks. He spent six years in the NBA playing for the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets.



Renaldo Balkman gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American forward Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) had a very impressive game in the last week for Guayama and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 40.
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 29 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Guayama in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ponce (#1, 21-12) 84-73. Guayama is placed at 6th position in American BSN. Guayama is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 17-16 record. Balkman just recently signed at Guayama, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Renaldo Balkman averages this season 13.6ppg and 6.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 26-year old former international swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Arecibo. Vassallo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Arecibo to another comfortable win 89-72 over slightly lower-ranked San German (#10, 9-24) being unquestionably team leader. Arecibo's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-17 record. Vassallo is one of the most experienced players at Arecibo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.1ppg (#6). He also registered 6.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last week was American center Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports) of Guaynabo (#4). Santiago scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Guaynabo, leading his team to a 94-87 win against the lower-ranked Bayamon (#9, 9-24). Guaynabo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 14 lost games. Santiago has a very solid season. In 15 games in Puerto Rico he scored 11.3ppg. He also has 6.4rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 57.4%. Daniel Santiago has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Gaston (201-F) of Ponce - 24 points and 10 rebounds
5. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Humacao - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Carmelo Lee (201-F-77) of Quebradillas - 16 points and 6 rebounds
7. Windi Graterol (204-C-86) of Arecibo - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80) of Guaynabo - 9 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84) of Bayamon - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Quebradillas - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists

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



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Krasnie Krilya keep ambitious Sergey Bazarevich - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya keep ambitious Sergey Bazarevich (agency: Alti Sport ). The Russian Head Coach signed a 2-year deal with the team from Samara.
Bazarevich helped Krasnie Krilya to win the cup. Bazarevich won EuroChallenge championship title. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Coach of the Year in 2013. His Krasnye Kylia stole the trophy from Izmir. The Russian side grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final.
As a Head Coach he started in year 2000 with Dynamo Moscow (B): playing coach. In 2004-2005 moved to CSKA Moscow junior team and then in 2005-2006 coached CSK VVS Samara reg. (B Superleague). In 2006-2007 continued with Standart Samara reg. Toliatti (A Superleague) and in 2007-2008 moved to Dynamo Moscow (A Superleague).
In 2009-2011 he continued with Dynamo Moscow (A Superleague) and then moved to Samara. Bazarevich was coaching Russian U20 National Team back in 2008.



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Dusko Savanovic steps out from Eurobasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) steps out from Eurobasket 2013 and will not help his National Team. The Serbian players herniated disc in his lower back will not allow him to show 100% of his possibilities.
Dusko Savanovic finished an outstanding season with Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Turkey. In 35 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game. Savanovic also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The last season Savanovic played also at Anadolu Efes (TBL) in Turkish league. In 43 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final and cup semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and All-Bosmans Team. Savanovic also played 16 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg. He won Adriatic League championship title in 2006. Savanovic represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 69.6%.



Jaka Blazic in Crvena zvezda! - by Igor Obradovic

After extension contract with DeMarcus Nelson, Crvena zvezda signed the most perspect Slovenian player from Olimpija Ljubljana.

Slovenian player with Euroleague experience, Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) sign three year contract for Belgrade team.

Blazic this season in 52 games averaged 28.9 minutes in the game, had 13.7 points per game, 45.4% for two points, 33.6%, 76.5% from the free throw line, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals per game average index of 12.



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Slovenia U20 hand second loss to Croatia U20 - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20 - Slovenia U20 80:84

Slovenian U20 National Team gained the second straight win in Sv. Martin na Muri. They defeated their Croatian counterparts in the exhibition series. Ziga Fifolt (210-C-93) netted 18 points for the winners.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Slovenia spurred ahead in the second term. They gained a 42:34 halftime lead. Croatia adjusted defensively in the third term. The hosts held Slovenia to 14 points in the quarter and cut the deficit at 5-point mark. Croatia exploded with 29 points in the fourth period but Slovenia withstood the challenge scoring 28 points and escaping with a narrow win at the end. Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) finished with 17 points, while Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) had 13 points and 6 boards in the win.



Helios inks Maric - by Zeljko Zule

Helios Domzale has begun building its roster for next season with the signing of Croatian Igor Maric (196-F-85) on an one-year contract. Maric arrives from Maribor Messer, for whom he averaged 13.1 points (2P 56%, 3P 37%, FT 84%), 5.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals over 31 minutes in 28 games last season. It is going to be his third Slovenian team for Maric. He came to Teleamch league in 2011, joining Sentjur for one year before moving on to Maribor Messer, where he played last year.


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Dragons keep Andre Nilsson - by Eurobasket News

The Sundsvall Dragons have secured the services of Andre Nilsson (209-C-90) for the next season. The centre has agreed on terms of contract extension with the Dragons. Andre Nilsson has been playing for Sundsvall since 2008. Last season the player notched 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in Basketligan. He was the member of U20 Swedish National Team in 2010.


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PrimeTime earn second straight TRBL Playoff title - by Eurobasket News

PrimeTime Players - Cary Invasion 126:118

The PT Players have conquered the second straight TRBL Playoff championship. They overcame the Cary Invasion in the repeat of the 2012 Final. Sean Barnette (6'6''-F-86, college: Wingate) stepped up with 28 points to lead the winners.
Both teams entered the title game following impressive unbeaten runs in the regular season. It was the clash between statistically and practically best teams in the League. PrimeTime dominated from the opening tip. They rallied to a 68:46 halftime advantage. The Cary Invasion refused to give up that easily. They narrowed the deficit at 11-point mark 82:93 at the final break. The Invasion got within four points midway through the fourth frame. But the PrimeTime Players withstood the challenge. They hit a key three-pointer down the stretch and snatched a tough victory at the end. Chris Moore (6'2''-G-86, college: Charleston So.) nailed 27 points for the winners. Freddie Little (6'1''-PG-86, college: Montevallo) responded with game-high 33 points for the Invasion.



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

Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team 2013
Carlos Arroyo
Arroyo
Charles Davis
Davis
Jamont Gordon
Gordon
Kirk Penney
Penney
Joey Dorsey
Dorsey

Player of the Year: Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87) of Galatasaray
Guard of the Year: Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79) of Galatasaray
Forward of the Year: Charles Davis (205-C-84) of Banvit BK
Center of the Year: Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83) of Gaziantep
Defensive Player of the Year: Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) of Galatasaray
Domestic Player of the Year: Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) of TED Kolejliler
Import Player of the Year: Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79) of Galatasaray
Bosman Player of the Year: Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) of Fener.Ulker
Coach of the Year: Ergin Ataman of Galatasaray

1st Team
G: Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79) of Galatasaray
F/C: Charles Davis (205-C-84) of Banvit BK
G: Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87) of Galatasaray
F: Kirk Penney (196-G-80) of TED Kolejliler
C: Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83) of Gaziantep

2nd Team
F: Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) of Fener.Ulker
G: Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Karsiyaka
C: Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) of Galatasaray
G: Sammy Mejia (198-G-83) of Banvit BK
F/C: Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) of TED Kolejliler

Honorable Mention
Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) of Tofas
Furkan Aldemir (207-PF-91) of Galatasaray
Cenk Akyol (198-G/F-87) of Galatasaray
Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) of Galatasaray

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) of Galatasaray
F: Cenk Akyol (198-G/F-87) of Galatasaray
C: Furkan Aldemir (207-PF-91) of Galatasaray
G: Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) of Tofas
F/C: Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) of TED Kolejliler

All-Imports Team
F/G: Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87) of Galatasaray
F/C: Charles Davis (205-C-84) of Banvit BK
F: Kirk Penney (196-G-80) of TED Kolejliler
C: Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83) of Gaziantep
G: Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79) of Galatasaray




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2013 ZERO TOLERANCE SUMMER LEAGUE 9-12 DIVISION - by David Edole

"2013 ZERO TOLERANCE SUMMER LEAGUE 9-12 DIVISION"

POOL A
TEAM WINS LOSES
Nuff Respect 3-0
Jah Youths 2-1
Brothers 1-2
More Youths 0-3

POOL B
Come 2 Defend 3-0
JESS 2-1
Blazers 1-2
Respect We 0-3

SCORING
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 JERIMIAH JAMES Jah Youths 9.5
2 JWAN ROBERTS Jah Youths 7.5
3 ALIYAH BOSTON Nuff Respect 6.5
4 SHAKIOU SPRAUVE JESS 6.0
5 KOBE VALMOND JESS 6.0
6 TERRELL LAKE Nuff Respect 6.0
7 JOVAUGHN DOUGLAS Jah Youths 5.5
8 HIMOI ANDREW Come 2 Defend 5.0
9 BRUCELY CHARLES Blazers 5.0
10 LESROY NISBETT Brothers 5.0
11 JEMOI DAVIS Nuff Respect 4.5
12 JOURDYN RAWLINS Nuff Respect 4.5
13 NAJI MERCER Brothers 4.5
14 JOSEPH SIBILLY Respect We 4.5
15 SHAQUAN JOHN CHARLES Come 2 Defend4.3
16 JALEN FRANCIS Blazers 4.0
17 JEMAL DAVIS Nuff Respect 4.0
18 KYODE WALTERS Come 2 Defend 3.7
19 JAKOI LOUISON Respect We 3.7
20 SHAWN EVANS Respect We 3.7

REBOUNDING
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 SHAWN EVANS Respect We 9.7
2 JOVAUGHN DOUGLAS Jah Youths 9.5
3 SHAKIOU SPRAUVE JESS 8.3
4 HIMOI ANDREW Come 2 Defend 8.0
5 ALIYAH BOSTON Nuff Respect 7.0
6 PATRICK HENDRICKSON JESS 6.7
7 JOURDYN RAWLINS Nuff Respect 6.5
8 JWAN ROBERTS Jah Youths 6.5
9 AHLANEE COOK Blazers 5.7
10 JELBASIO SACARIA Blazers 5.5
11 JOHN HEYLIGER Brothers 5.5
12 UNIQUE MEYERS Come 2 Defend 5.0
13 JOHN GRIFFITH JESS 5.0
14 DEVON FREEMAN Blazers 4.7
15 JAKOI LOUISON Respect We 4.7
16 JEMAL DAVIS Nuff Respect 4.5
17 JALEN FRANCIS Blazers 4.3
18 KSHARD CALLENDAR Come 2 Defend 4.0
19 NAJI MERCER Brothers 3.5
20 SHAQUAN JOHN CHARLES Come 2 Defend 3.3

ASSISTS

NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 SHAQUAN JOHN CHARLES Come 2 Defend 1.7
2 JOURDN RAWLINS Nuff Respect 1.5
3 KYODE WALTERS Come 2 Defend 1.3
4 JERIMIAH JAMES Jah Youths 1.0
5 IVAN VAN BEVERHOUDT JR Jah Youths 1.0
6 JELBASIO SACARIA Blazers 1.0
7 NAJI MERCER Brothers 1.0
8 JOSEPH SIBILLY Respects We 1.0
9 KSHARD CALLENDAR Come 2 Defend 0.7
10 SHAKIOU SPRAUVE JESS 0.7

STEALS
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 JELBASIO SACARIA Blazers 4.5
2 TERRELL LAKE Nuff Respect 4.0
3 JEICO LEWIS JESS 4.0
4 AKIM GREY Blazers 3.7
5 JOURDYN RAWLINS Nuff Respect 3.5
6 KOBE VALMOND JESS 3.0
7 IVAN VAN BEVERHOUDT JR Jah Youths 3.0
8 JOSEPH SIBILLY Respect We 3.0
9 SHAKIOU SPRAUVE JESS 2.7
10 JWAN ROBERTS Jah Youths 2.5

BLOCKS
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 JOVAUGHN DOUGLAS Jah Youths 2.0
2 SHAKIOU SPRAUVE JESS 1.7
3 NAJI MERCER Brothers 1.5
4 SHAWN EVANS Respect We 1.3
5 JWAN ROBERTS Jah Youths 1.0

FREE THROWS
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 KOBE VALMOND JESS 1.000
2 SHAWN EVANS Respect We 0.750
3 JWAN ROBERTS Jah Youths 0.571
4 JALEN FRANCIS Blazers 0.571




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  UKRAINE   


Ukrainian U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Klym Artamonov
Artamonov
Sergiy Zagreba
Zagreba
Vladyslav Koreniuk
Koreniuk
Anatoliy Shundel
Shundel
Illya Zhukovskyy
Zhukovskyy
#e#5
4Klym Artamonov 183-PG-93 BC Odessa Ukraine
5Volodymyr Pishchikov 187-SG-94 BC Kyiv Ukraine
6Maksym Lutsenko 186-G-93 Azovmash Ukraine
7Ernesto Tkachuk 184-G-94
9Vladyslav Smyrnov 189-G/F-94 Dnipro Ukraine
12Andriy Mironenko
13Dmytro Chivchi-Bashi
14Sergiy Zagreba 213-C-94 Dnipro Ukraine
15Vladyslav Koreniuk 206-C-94 Dnipro Ukraine
19Anatoliy Shundel 190-PG-93 Mykolaiv Ukraine
20Oleksandr Furs 202-PF-93 BC Kyiv Ukraine
22Illya Zhukovskyy 197-SF-93 Halychyna Ukraine
24Kristian Lugovtsov 197-F-94 Azovmash Ukraine

Dmytro Markov Head Coach



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Bristol Flyers To Join BBL In 2014 - by Paul Nilsen

The BBL are delighted to announce that the Bristol Flyers will be joining their ranks.

The Flyers, who will be owned by Bristol Sport Ltd, will commence participation in BBL Competition from the start of the 2014-15 season. They will remain in the EBL Division One for the forthcoming season.

The club have established themselves as one of the most successful and well-supported community basketball clubs in the country outside of the BBL, securing promotion to National League Division 1 in 2007, becoming National Cup Champions in 2010 and being crowned as English Division 1 Champions in 2011.

Bristol Sport Chairman Martin Griffiths said 'The Flyers have already developed one of the best youth schemes and academy pathways in the country, and having performed so successfully in recent years at the top of the semi-professional leagues, it is right and proper they should be part of the UK's premier professional basketball league.

"This new Bristol Flyers BBL franchise will give the city's talented young basketball players and coaches the chance to develop and to shine at the national level. It's great news for sport in Bristol, and I am delighted that Bristol Sport has been able to make it happen."

Andy Webb, BBL Chief Operating Officer, commented: "We are delighted to welcome the Bristol Flyers to the BBL. They are a perfect fit to extend our reach within the UK and, with the support of Bristol Sport, we believe all the building blocks are in place for a hugely successful franchise."



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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. Cader 6-4 
 5. Urunday Univ. 5-4 
 6. Marne 4-5 
 7. Verdirrojo 4-5 
 8. Capitol 4-5 
 9. Colon 3-6 
 10. Stockholmo 3-7 
 11. 25 de Agosto 2-7 
 12. Yale 2-7 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 17: 25 de Agosto - Cader 71-84
Jun. 17: Yale - Stockholmo 63-60
Jun. 18: Capitol - Verdirrojo
Jun. 18: Larre Borges - Guruyu Waston
Jun. 18: Welcome - Marne
Jun. 18: Urunday Univ. - Colon


Goes welcome back Galeano - by Eurobasket News

Goes Montevideo (Metropolitan) inked 32-year old forward Omar Galeano (199-81kg-81). It is actually his comeback to Montevideo as he played here before. Galeano started the season at Olimpia (LUB). In 39 games he averaged 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg this season. He ended the last season at Plaza (LUB). In 10 games he had 9.0ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Uruguay LUB South Division. But the most of that year Galeano spent at Olimpia (LUB). In 27 games he had 7.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg.
Galeano has played previously for three other Uruguay teams: Cordon, Bohemios and Capitol.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Krasnie Krilya keep ambitious Sergey Bazarevich - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya keep ambitious Sergey Bazarevich (agency: Alti Sport ). The Russian Head Coach signed a 2-year deal with the team from Samara.
Bazarevich helped Krasnie Krilya to win the cup. Bazarevich won EuroChallenge championship title. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Coach of the Year in 2013. His Krasnye Kylia stole the trophy from Izmir. The Russian side grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final.
As a Head Coach he started in year 2000 with Dynamo Moscow (B): playing coach. In 2004-2005 moved to CSKA Moscow junior team and then in 2005-2006 coached CSK VVS Samara reg. (B Superleague). In 2006-2007 continued with Standart Samara reg. Toliatti (A Superleague) and in 2007-2008 moved to Dynamo Moscow (A Superleague).
In 2009-2011 he continued with Dynamo Moscow (A Superleague) and then moved to Samara. Bazarevich was coaching Russian U20 National Team back in 2008.




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Women News

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sanja OROZOVIC
  PE.
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Orozovic, PE.20.9 
 2. Popovic, Vojvodina19.1 
 3. Stankovic, UNIQA16.7 
 4. Bucevac, Vojvodina15.9 
 5. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.15.7 
 6. Velinovic, Mladi K.15.3 
 7. Jankovic, Vrsac14.7 
 8. Barbour, PE.14.4 
 9. Jaeschke, PE.14.1 
 10. Dabovic, Partizan13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jelena VELINOVIC
  Mladi K.
  (193-C-81)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Velinovic, Mladi K.10.1 
 2. Stankovic, UNIQA10.1 
 3. Marjanovic, Vrsac9.4 
 4. Bucevac, Vojvodina8.6 
 5. Jovanovic, Radivo.8.0 
 6. Jaeschke, PE.7.9 
 7. Bogoje, Partizan7.4 
 8. Ivancevic, Vojvo.6.5 
 9. Orozovic, PE.6.4 
 10. Lisec, Athlete Ce.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Irena VRANCIC
  Mladi K.
  (167-G-90)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Vrancic, Mladi K.4.2 
 2. Radocaj, Partizan4.0 
 3. Popovic, Vojvodina3.9 
 4. Latinovic, Sloboda3.7 
 5. Jaksic, Vrsac3.4 
 6. Colic, Radivoj Kor.3.3 
 7. Furesz, PE.3.1 
 8. Zakula, Mladi K.2.9 
 9. Barbour, PE.2.8 
 10. Gabrovsek, Athlet.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Rebeka ABRAMOVIC
  Athlet.
  (172-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Abramovic, Athlet.2.9 
 2. Dabovic, Partizan2.9 
 3. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.2.9 
 4. Kajtaz, Sloboda2.7 
 5. Popovic, Vojvodina2.7 
 6. Antic, Partizan2.4 
 7. Stankovic, UNIQA2.4 
 8. Ivancevic, Vojvo.2.3 
 9. Bucevac, Vojvodina2.1 
 10. Barbour, PE.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Dragana STANKOVIC
  UNIQA E.
  (193-PF-95)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Stankovic, UNIQA3.2 
 2. Jaeschke, PE.1.4 
 3. Velinovic, Mladi K.1.1 
 4. Jovanovic, Radivo.0.9 
 5. Marjanovic, Vrsac0.8 
 6. Bogoje, Partizan0.6 
 7. Queenan, Partizan0.5 
 8. Colic, Radivoj Kor.0.5 
 9. Ivancevic, Vojvo.0.5 
 10. Stupar, Radivoj0.5 


Thirteen teams to participate in 2013/14 season - by Eurobasket News

The participating teams for 13/14 Adriatic League season have been announced. Thirteen teams from six countries will start the next seasons campaign. Triglav Vadoli Kranj and Grosuplje from Slovenia and as well as ZKK Kroacija Osiguruvanje Skopje Skopje will debut at the tournament. Buducnost Podgorica and Crvena Zvezda Beograd are returning to the competition. The teams have been divided into two groups in the upcoming season. These are the groups:

Group A
ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd
Vojvodina Nis Novi Sad
Triglav Vadoli Kranj
Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka
Grosuplje
ZKK Medvescak

Group B
Radivoj Korac Beograd
Crvena Zvezda Beograd
ZKK Athlete Celje
Biss-Tours Celik Zenica
Sloboda Novi Grad
Buducnost Podgorica
ZKK Kroacija Osiguruvanje Skopje.



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  BELARUS   


EuroBasket 2013: Lithuania hand first defeat to Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Belarus 72:67

Lithuania opened win count at the 2013 EuroBasket. The Baltic team outgunned Belarus to improve at 1-2 record in Group D. Gabriele Gutkauskaite (172-PG-90) came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Belarus fell at 2-1 record after the loss.
Lithuania eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. Lithuania secured a narrow 35:34 halftime lead. But Belarus finally picked up the tempo in the third term. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) and Kress gave Belarus a 41:38 lead. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) soon opened a 7-point lead for Belarus. They entered the fourth frame up by four points 55:51. However Lithuania used an 11:0 run midway through the fourth frame to gain a 64:61 advantage. Visgaudaite gave Lithuania a 71:64 advantage with 11 seconds remaining. Trafimava drained a three-pointer but Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) answered with a free throw to seal the win for Lithuania. Mante Kvederaviciute (180-G-90) had 14 points, while Kamile Nacickaite contributed 11 points for the winning side. Alexandra Tarasava answered with 16 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania: Gabriele Gutkauskaite 15, Mante Kvederaviciute 14, Kamile Nacickaite 11
Belarus: Alexandra Tarasava 16, Maryia Papova 13



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  CHILE   

D1 Standings

D1 Standings
North Group
 1. Los Leones 4-1 
 2. New Crusaders 4-1 
 3. Club Sergio Ceppi 3-2 
 4. Boston College 3-2 
 5. Univ.de Chile 2-3 
 6. Club Brisas 0-5 
South Group
 1. Castro 5-0 
 2. Univ. Austral 4-1 
 3. Puerto varas 3-2 
 4. Araucania 2-3 
 5. Los Salesianos 1-4 
 6. Espanol 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

North

Jun. 15: Los Leones - Club Brisas 90-47
Jun. 16: New Crusaders - Boston College 73-67
Jun. 15: Univ.de Chile - Club Sergio Ceppi 53-84

South

Jun. 16: Univ. Austral - Puerto varas 89-70
Jun. 16: Castro - Espanol 83-27
Jun. 16: Araucania - Los Salesianos 20-0



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  CROATIA   


EuroBasket 2013: Czech Republic edge Croatia, both advance to the Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic-Croatia 74:68

Czech Republic edge Croatia as both teams advance to the Second Stage. Czech Republic posted a 74:68 win and finished with 2-1 record. Croatia meanwhile ended up with 1-2 record in the third place having a win against Lithuania.
Czech Republic started with 24-20 and added 13-12 rally in the second period. Moreover the Czechs grabbed a bigger lead due to 21-14 in the third quarter. Croatia managed to reply with a 22-16 rally and reduced to final 6 points.
Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) as well as Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) posted 12 each. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) ended up with 9 points in the win. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) replied with 13 points in defeat, while Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) followed them with 11 points. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) delivered 10 points in a loss.

Czech Republic: Katerina Hindrakova 17, Veronika Bortelova 12, Michaela Zrustova 12, Tereza Peckova 9
Croatia: Iva Sliskovic 13, Ana Lelas 13, Antonija Misura 11, Jelena Ivezic 10



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Ambrosia ANDERSON
  Trutnov
  (186-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Anderson, Trutnov18.4 
 2. Lowenthal, VSE P.17.0 
 3. Vaughn, Washingt.16.4 
 4. Abdi, L.Angeles S.16.4 
 5. Brunson, Minnesot.16.3 
 6. Fontenette, Valos.16.1 
 7. Sprague, Valosun15.4 
 8. Krizova, Strakonice15.3 
 9. Dotson, VS Praha14.7 
 10. Mrhalkova, Valosun14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lauren ERVIN
  Trutnov
  (191-F-85)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Ervin, Trutnov11.8 
 2. Greer, Trutnov9.6 
 3. Jileckova, Strakon.9.3 
 4. Dotson, VS Praha9.2 
 5. Brunson, Minnesot.8.9 
 6. Brown, DSK Karlin8.3 
 7. Anderson, Trutnov8.3 
 8. Lowenthal, VSE P.8.0 
 9. Vaughn, Washingt.7.8 
 10. Green, Slovanka7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  USK Praha
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Skerovic, USK Praha4.7 
 2. Nezdarilova, Slova.3.9 
 3. Milovanovic, Lokom.3.2 
 4. Horakova, IMOS B.3.1 
 5. Bartakova, VS Pra.2.9 
 6. Green, Slovanka MB2.9 
 7. Harapesova, VSE P.2.9 
 8. Bortelova, DSK K.2.9 
 9. Uhrova, Slovanka.2.5 
 10. Abdi, L.Angeles S.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ashleigh FONTENETTE
  Valosu.
  (172-PG-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fontenette, Valos.3.0 
 2. Horakova, IMOS B.2.5 
 3. Thomas, Strakonice2.4 
 4. Nezdarilova, Slova.2.3 
 5. Green, Slovanka MB2.3 
 6. Bortelova, DSK K.2.2 
 7. Selby, Strakonice2.1 
 8. O''Reilly, Lokom.2.0 
 9. Lowenthal, VSE P.2.0 
 10. Misurova, Hradec1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Anna JURCENKOVA
  IMOS B.
  (195-C-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Jurcenkova, IMOS1.3 
 2. Hartigova, Hradec1.0 
 3. Greer, Trutnov0.9 
 4. Ohlde, IMOS B.0.9 
 5. Burgrova, USK Praha0.8 
 6. Anderson, Trutnov0.8 
 7. Sprague, Valosun0.7 
 8. Reisingerova, VS P.0.6 
 9. Peckova, IMOS B.0.6 
 10. Hanusova, IMOS B.0.6 


EuroBasket 2013: Czech Republic edge Croatia, both advance to the Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic-Croatia 74:68

Czech Republic edge Croatia as both teams advance to the Second Stage. Czech Republic posted a 74:68 win and finished with 2-1 record. Croatia meanwhile ended up with 1-2 record in the third place having a win against Lithuania.
Czech Republic started with 24-20 and added 13-12 rally in the second period. Moreover the Czechs grabbed a bigger lead due to 21-14 in the third quarter. Croatia managed to reply with a 22-16 rally and reduced to final 6 points.
Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) as well as Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) posted 12 each. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) ended up with 9 points in the win. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) replied with 13 points in defeat, while Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) followed them with 11 points. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) delivered 10 points in a loss.

Czech Republic: Katerina Hindrakova 17, Veronika Bortelova 12, Michaela Zrustova 12, Tereza Peckova 9
Croatia: Iva Sliskovic 13, Ana Lelas 13, Antonija Misura 11, Jelena Ivezic 10



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tina CHARLES
  Connecti.
  (193-C-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. Charles, Connecti.24.0 
 2. Milovanovic, UNIQA19.1 
 3. Lavender, L.Angele.18.4 
 4. Johnson, S.Antoni.18.3 
 5. Ogwumike, L.Angele.17.5 
 6. Marginean, Istanb.17.3 
 7. Parker, L.Angele.16.9 
 8. Pierson, New Y.15.9 
 9. Bonner, Phoenix M.15.8 
 10. Abdi, L.Angeles S.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tina CHARLES
  Connecti.
  (193-C-88)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Charles, Connecti.12.5 
 2. Bonner, Phoenix M.10.5 
 3. Parker, L.Angele.10.4 
 4. Lavender, L.Angele.8.6 
 5. Henry, Atlanta D.8.5 
 6. Campbell, Chicago8.4 
 7. McCoughtry, Atlan.8.1 
 8. Johnson, S.Antoni.8.0 
 9. Teilane-T., Wisla7.9 
 10. Ogwumike, L.Angel.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Laia PALAU
  USK Praha
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Palau, USK Praha6.4 
 2. Skerovic, USK Praha6.2 
 3. Bojovic, Good A.5.5 
 4. Ouvina, Wisla C.4.8 
 5. Taurasi, Phoen.4.7 
 6. Hurst, Gladston.4.6 
 7. Dumerc, Bourges4.4 
 8. Dominguez, UMMC4.4 
 9. Robinson, S.Antoni.4.3 
 10. Vardarli, Fener.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Anna CRUZ
  Nadezhda O.
  (173-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Cruz, Nadezhda O.2.9 
 2. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.6 
 3. Bojovic, Good A.2.4 
 4. Ouvina, Wisla C.2.4 
 5. McCoughtry, Atlan.2.3 
 6. Gomis, Villeneuve2.3 
 7. Robinson, S.Antoni.2.3 
 8. Robbins, Lucca2.2 
 9. Milovanovic, UNIQA2.1 
 10. Ogwumike, L.Angel.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Fener.
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Veremeenko, Fener.2.1 
 2. Parker, L.Angele.1.5 
 3. Majewska, CCC P.1.5 
 4. Lassiter, Mondevil.1.2 
 5. Vieru, Spartak1.1 
 6. Godin, Familia Sch.1.0 
 7. Ndongue, Bourges1.0 
 8. Kulichova, Good A.0.9 
 9. Vaughn, Washingt.0.9 
 10. Teilane-T., Wisla0.9 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Women)

Standings
Group A
1. Turkey3-0
2. Montenegro.2-1
3. Slovakia1-2
4. Ukraine0-3
Group B
1. Spain3-0
2. Sweden1-2
3. Italy1-2
4. Russia1-2
Group C
1. France3-0
2. U.Kingdom2-1
3. Serbia1-2
4. Latvia0-3
Group D
1. Belarus2-1
2. Czech Rep.2-1
3. Croatia1-2
4. Lithuania1-2

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jun. 17: MNT - UKR 72-60
Jun. 17: TUR - SVK 66-48

B

Jun. 17: RUS - ITA 72-66
Jun. 17: SWE - ESP 49-73

C

Jun. 17: FRA - ENG 79-47
Jun. 17: SRB - LAT 62-56

D

Jun. 17: CZE - CRO 74-68
Jun. 17: LTU - BLR 72-67

Second Stage: Round 4

Jun. 19: CZE - ENG
Jun. 19: SRB - BLR
Jun. 19: CRO - FRA


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Jelena DUBLJEVIC
  MNT
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Dubljevic, USK P.20.3 
 2. Torrens, Galatasa.19.7 
 3. Eldebrink, Rivas E.15.0 
 4. Petronyte, Taranto14.7 
 5. Lyttle, Atlanta D.14.7 
 6. Iagupova, L.Angele.14.7 
 7. Sottana, Familia14.0 
 8. Prince, Chicago S.14.0 
 9. Leedham, Bourges13.0 
 10. Milovanovic, UNIQ.12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.12.7 
 2. Petronyte, Taranto8.0 
 3. Ress, Lucca7.7 
 4. Kulichova, Good A.7.7 
 5. Dubljevic, USK P.7.3 
 6. Paugaite, Charlevi.7.0 
 7. Yacoubou-D., Fener.7.0 
 8. Jurcenkova, IMOS7.0 
 9. Leedham, Bourges7.0 
 10. Butler, Cesis7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Isil ALBEN
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Alben, Galatasaray5.3 
 2. Vardarli, Fener.5.3 
 3. Skerovic, USK Praha4.3 
 4. Ciglar, Novi Zagreb4.3 
 5. Dubljevic, USK P.3.7 
 6. Bortelova, DSK K.3.3 
 7. Palau, USK Praha3.3 
 8. Petronyte, Taranto3.0 
 9. Leedham, Bourges3.0 
 10. Dubrovina, Neftoc.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Isil ALBEN
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Alben, Galatasaray2.3 
 2. Ciglar, Novi Zagreb2.3 
 3. Skerovic, USK Praha2.0 
 4. Yacoubou-D., Fener.2.0 
 5. Petronyte, Taranto2.0 
 6. De Forge, USK P.2.0 
 7. Hindrakova, Trutnov2.0 
 8. Bortelova, DSK K.2.0 
 9. Leedham, Bourges2.0 
 10. Dabovic, Dynamo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  BLR
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Veremeenko, Fener.3.0 
 2. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.0 
 3. Ress, Lucca1.7 
 4. Kulichova, Good A.1.7 
 5. Jurcenkova, IMOS1.0 
 6. Lukacovicova, MBK1.0 
 7. Paugaite, Charlevi.1.0 
 8. Petronyte, Taranto1.0 
 9. Burgrova, USK Praha1.0 
 10. Brumermane, Bacsb.1.0 


Russia packs home. No Eurobasket medals since year 1997 - by Eurobasket News

Russia has to stop their tradition of the Eurobasket pedestal. The team will have to pack home as they could not make it to the Second Stage. Last time Russia came back without medals was in year 1997.
Tonight Russia claimed the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Azzurri on the final day of the preliminary round but could not make it to the Second Stage. All depended on the outcome of Sweden vs. Spain. Sweden lost to Spain and Azzurri took the place in the next round. Russia had to win by as many as 7 points to secure the next round spot in any case.
Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers)'s effort was not enough for Russia. The absence of Abrosimova, Stepanova, Danilochkina and Arteshina cost a lot for the National Team.



Day 3 in Vannes and Trelaze. The End of the Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Turkey - Slovakia 66-48
Turkey claimed the third straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They rallied past Slovak Republic to earn the top spot in Group A. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) stepped up with 12 points to lead the winners. Slovak Republic finished at 1-2 record in the third position in the standings but still made it into the next round. The teams stayed toe to toe throughout the first frame. The scoreboard read 12:12 at the first break. Turkey surged ahead in the second term. They opened the quarter on a 9:0 run to clear off. Turkey ran away to a 32:20 halftime advantage. They maintained it well throughout the third period. Turkey accumulated a 51:38 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The margin quickly grew at 20-point mark midway through the fourth frame and Turkey cruised to the win. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) notched 11 points, while Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) and Bahar Caglar had 10 points each in the win. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) answered with 10 points for Slovak Republic. Lucia Kupcikova, Eva Kmetova and Romana Vynuchalova had 7 points each in the loss.

Montenegro - Ukraine 72-60
Montenegro earned the second win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They fired past Ukraine in Vannes today to jump at 2-1 record in Group A. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) was pivotal in the victory scoring 29 points, pulling down 6 boards and distributing 4 assists for the winners. Ukraine suffered the third straight loss and finished at the bottom of the standings. Ukraine looked solid in the first ten minutes. They posted a 14:8 lead midway through the starting frame. Ukraine entered the second period up by three points 19:16. But Montenegro opened the second term on an 11:3 rally to surge ahead. Dubrovina and Olexandra Kurasova stopped the rot for Ukraine and gave the lead back to the team. But Jelena Dubljevic capped the half with two free throws to ensure a 31:30 lead for Montenegro. Jelena Dubljevic and Snezana Aleksic took over late in the third term to give the Balkan team a 53:43 advantage. Jovanovic opened a 13-point lead for Montenegro early in the fourth frame. The margin gradually grew at 17-point mark and Montenegro never looked back en route to the victory. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) finished with 10 points, while Snezana Aleksic added 8 points for the winners. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 21 points for Ukraine. Olexandra Kurasova had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Group B
Sweden - Spain 49-73
Spain wins Group B of EuroBasket 2013 with a perfect 3-0 record. The Spanish side overcame Sweden 73:49 in the last game of the Qualifying Stage as both teams advanced to the Second Stage. Not only Sweden needed this victory but only Russia that hoped for the Scandinavian side. Sweden opened the game with 16-12 lead and reached 9-point lead later in the second frame. Spain however looked better in the end of the half and tied the game at 30:30. The second half fully belonged to the Spanish side. The latter won the third period 19-10 and finished the game with massive 24-9 surge. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Alba Torrens nailed 14. Amaya Valdemoro delivered 10 and Marta Xargay scored 8. Frida Eldebrink was the only player for Sweden to score in double figures as she brought 10 points. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 8, while Louice Halvarsson produced 7.

Russia - Italy 72-66
Russia claimed the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Azzurri on the final day of the preliminary round but could not guarantee the Second Stage appearance just yet. All depends on the outcome of Sweden vs. Spain now for Russia and Italy. If Sweden wins, Russia will qualify automatically. If Sweden loses that the Azzurri take the place in the next round. Russia had to win by as many as 7 points to secure the next round spot in any case. Russia dominated the opening quarter. They opened a 9-point lead after ten minutes 20:11. The Azzurri stopped the rot in the second term. They narrowed the deficit and trailed by five points at halftime 30:35. Italy went on a 10:0 run early in the third period to surge in front. The teams exchanged the lead for some time before Dotto capped the quarter with a jumper and gave Italy a 47:46 lead. Russia went on a 10:0 rally early in the fourth term to spur ahead. Petrakova and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) opened an 8-point lead for Russia with under three minutes remaining 65:57. Petrakova then hit a three-pointer to make it an 11-point game. But Dotto and Kathrin Ress capped the regulation with four consecutive points and cut the deficit to 6 points. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85, agency: IPSA) connected for 15 points for Russia. Epiphanny Prince added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) responded with 21 points for Italy. Kathrin Ress had 11 points in the loss.

Group C
France - United Kingdom 79-47
France continue their winning streak and win Group C of EuroBasket 2013 with a perfect 3-0 record. The hosts of the tournament overcame Great Britain 79:47 in the last game of the First Stage. Great Britain suffered their first loss and finished the group on the second place with 2-1 record. Both teams entered the game undefeated, but France was the favorite of the campaign. They won the first period 22-16 and added 11-6 in the second period. Moreover the second half also belonged to France. They won the third period 23-17 and then finished the game with a 23-8 surge. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) and Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) stepped up with 11 points each, while Edwige Lawson, Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Gomis added 10 apiece. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) answered with 13 points in defeat and Lauren Thomas-Johnson netted 9. Kimberly Butler collected 6 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.

Serbia - Latvia 62-56
Serbia celebrated a vital victory over Latvia on the final day of the preliminary action at 2013 EuroBasket Group C. Both teams entered the game having suffered two defeats in the starting two games. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) scored 15 points and helped Serbia gain the victory that allowed them to advance into the Second Stage of the tournament. Serbia grabbed the initiative early in the game. They rolled to a 20:14 lead at the first break. Serbia kept Latvia at distance throughout the second period. They accounted for a 31:24 halftime lead. Babkina pulled Latvia within a single point early in the third term 30:31. But Serbia hung on to escape with a 43:36 lead at the final intermission. Jansone and Babkina erased the deficit midway through the fourth period. They evened things up at 48. However Matic and Jovanovic allowed Serbia to gain some breathing space at 55:50. Kristine Karklina sank four straight free throws to cut it back to one 56:57 with 57 seconds remaining. But Jelena Milovanovic and Rad came up with five free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Serbia. Rad notched 10 points, while Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) had 9 points in the win. Kristine Karklina answered with 17 points for Latvia. Anete Steinberga had 11 points in the losing effort.

Group D
Lithuania - Belarus 72-67
Lithuania opened win count at the 2013 EuroBasket. The Baltic team outgunned Belarus to improve at 1-2 record in Group D. Gabriele Gutkauskaite came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Belarus fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Lithuania eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. Lithuania secured a narrow 35:34 halftime lead. But Belarus finally picked up the tempo in the third term. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) and Kress gave Belarus a 41:38 lead. Alexandra Tarasava soon opened a 7-point lead for Belarus. They entered the fourth frame up by four points 55:51. However Lithuania used an 11:0 run midway through the fourth frame to gain a 64:61 advantage. Visgaudaite gave Lithuania a 71:64 advantage with 11 seconds remaining. Trafimava drained a three-pointer but Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) answered with a free throw to seal the win for Lithuania. Mante Kvederaviciute (180-G-90) had 14 points, while Kamile Nacickaite contributed 11 points for the winning side. Alexandra Tarasava answered with 16 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Croatia 74-68
Czech Republic edge Croatia as both teams advance to the Second Stage. Czech Republic posted a 74:68 win and finished with 2-1 record. Croatia meanwhile ended up with 1-2 record in the third place having a win against Lithuania. Czech Republic started with 24-20 and added 13-12 rally in the second period. Moreover the Czechs grabbed a bigger lead due to 21-14 in the third quarter. Croatia managed to reply with a 22-16 rally and reduced to final 6 points. Katerina Hindrakova top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Veronika Bortelova as well as Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) posted 12 each. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) ended up with 9 points in the win. Iva Sliskovic and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) replied with 13 points in defeat, while Antonija Misura followed them with 11 points. Jelena Ivezic delivered 10 points in a loss.



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  FRANCE   

LFB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mistie MIMS
  Connecti.
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Mims, Connecti.15.0 
 2. Sanni, Villeneuve14.8 
 3. Salagnac, Bourges14.3 
 4. Tolo, Bourges14.2 
 5. Mosch, Charleville13.9 
 6. Guzman, Landes13.4 
 7. Robert, Lattes M.13.4 
 8. Evans, Arras13.0 
 9. Williams, Villeneu.12.8 
 10. Amant, Nantes12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelica ROBINSON
  Perfumer.
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Robinson, Perfumer.10.3 
 2. Francis, Cairns D.9.9 
 3. Coulibaly, Mondevi.9.4 
 4. Humphrey, Landes9.1 
 5. Bonnan, Charleville8.7 
 6. Ciak, Perpignan7.8 
 7. Robert, Lattes M.7.7 
 8. Murphy, Samorin7.6 
 9. Sanni, Villeneuve7.5 
 10. Meesseman, Washi.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Celine DUMERC
  Bourges
  (169-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Dumerc, Bourges5.5 
 2. Dieme, Lyon5.1 
 3. Aubert, Nantes5.0 
 4. Thorburn, Aix-en.4.9 
 5. Ciglar, Novi Zagreb4.2 
 6. Gruszczynski, Tar.3.6 
 7. Sauret Gille., Lyon3.5 
 8. Tanqueray, Lattes3.5 
 9. Lawson-Wade, Latt.3.4 
 10. Guzman, Landes3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Johanne GOMIS
  Villeneuve
  (179-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Gomis, Villeneuve2.2 
 2. Michel, Nantes2.2 
 3. Houts, Union H.1.9 
 4. Dumerc, Bourges1.9 
 5. Lassiter, Mondevil.1.8 
 6. Robert, Lattes M.1.8 
 7. Dieme, Lyon1.8 
 8. Baer, Lyon1.7 
 9. Lawson-Wade, Latt.1.7 
 10. Rad, Tarbes1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cayla FRANCIS
  Cairns D.
  (192-C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Francis, Cairns D.1.6 
 2. Tolo, Bourges1.5 
 3. Ciak, Perpignan1.5 
 4. Robinson, Perfumer.1.5 
 5. Ndongue, Bourges1.2 
 6. Meesseman, Washin.1.2 
 7. Adams, Toulouse1.1 
 8. Lassiter, Mondevil.1.0 
 9. Page, Landes1.0 
 10. Sy-Diop, Lyon0.8 


EuroBasket 2013: France continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

France-Great Britain 79:47

France continue their winning streak and win Group C of EuroBasket 2013 with a perfect 3-0 record. The hosts of the tournament overcame Great Britain 79:47 in the last game of the First Stage. Great Britain suffered their first loss and finished the group on the second place with 2-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated, but France was the favorite of the campaign. They won the first period 22-16 and added 11-6 in the second period. Moreover the second half also belonged to France. They won the third period 23-17 and then finished the game with a 23-8 surge.
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) and Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) stepped up with 11 points each, while Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79), Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) added 10 apiece. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) answered with 13 points in defeat and Lauren Thomas-Johnson (178-G-88, college: Marquette) netted 9. Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) collected 6 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 11, Valeriane Ayayi 11, Edwige Lawson-Wade 10, Sandrine Gruda 10, Emilie Gomis 10
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 13, Lauren Thomas-Johnson 9, Kimberly Butler 6+8 rebs



Chantelle Handy joins Nantes-Reze - by Eurobasket News

Nantes-Reze bolstered their frontcourt. They landed British international Chantelle Handy (191-C-87, college: Marshall). The centre spent the last season in Turkey. She played for Mersin Bld. Her stats read 10.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in TKBL. The centre also delivered 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per EuroCup appearance. Chantelle Handy earned All-EuroCup Honourable Mention. Previously Chantelle Handy played in Greece and Slovak Republic. She was named All-Greek League Bosman Player of the Year in 2012. Chantelle Handy has been the member of the British National Team since 2008. She is currently playing with Great Britain at the 2013 EuroBasket in France.


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  HOLLAND   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Katie BUSSEY
  ProBuild.
  (175-G-90)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bussey, ProBuild.21.3 
 2. Biesters, Lekdetec.18.0 
 3. Klein, Den Helder17.1 
 4. McDowell, ProBui.16.6 
 5. Van Den Adel, Gras.15.5 
 6. Butter, Binnenland15.0 
 7. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl14.8 
 8. Kooij, Binnenland13.9 
 9. Van der Hoek, Den13.2 
 10. Slim, CTO12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anete HORELIKA
  ProBui.
  (177-F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Horelika, ProBui.8.7 
 2. Kooij, Binnenland8.6 
 3. Bettonvil, Lekdete.7.7 
 4. de Jonge, Lekdete.7.6 
 5. Bettonvil, Lekdete.7.5 
 6. Biesters, Lekdetec.7.1 
 7. Hof, CTO6.5 
 8. Van der Hoek, Den6.3 
 9. Nieuwveen, Grassho.6.1 
 10. Kasius, Binnenland5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Karin KUIJT
  Lekdetec.nl
  (175-G-90)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl7.2 
 2. McDowell, ProBui.4.4 
 3. Cornelius, CTO4.0 
 4. Klein, Den Helder3.9 
 5. Biesters, Lekdetec.3.3 
 6. Roubehie-F., Binne.3.1 
 7. Slim, CTO2.6 
 8. Van Den Adel, Gras.2.5 
 9. Kooij, Binnenland2.2 
 10. Bettonvil, Lekdet.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Leonie KOOIJ
  Binnenland
  (187-F-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kooij, Binnenland3.3 
 2. McDowell, ProBui.2.6 
 3. Klein, Den Helder2.6 
 4. Biesters, Lekdetec.2.2 
 5. Butter, Binnenland2.1 
 6. Bettonvil, Lekdete.2.1 
 7. Roubehie-F., Binne.2.0 
 8. Hartman, ProBuild.1.9 
 9. Slim, CTO1.9 
 10. Van Den Adel, Gra.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Richelle VAN DER KEIJL
  CT.
  (196-C-93)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Van Der Keij., CT.1.4 
 2. Hof, CTO1.2 
 3. de Jonge, Lekdete.0.8 
 4. Kooij, Binnenland0.7 
 5. Schoen, Den Helder0.7 
 6. Kasius, Binnenland0.6 
 7. McDowell, ProBui.0.5 
 8. Van der Hoek, Den0.5 
 9. Micir, Binnenland0.4 
 10. Bettonvil, Lekdet.0.4 



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  HUNGARY   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Brittainey RAVEN
  DKSK
  (182-G-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Raven, DKSK20.1 
 2. Milovanovic, UNIQA18.5 
 3. Johnson, S.Antoni.15.0 
 4. Balint, DKSK14.4 
 5. Hurst, Gladston.14.3 
 6. Dorogobuzova, Bac.13.1 
 7. Kublina, Fenerbahce12.8 
 8. Mrozinska, Cegledi12.8 
 9. Karolyi, BSE-.12.5 
 10. Barbour, PE.12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Judit BARNAI
  MBK E.
  (190-F/C-94)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Barnai, MBK E.10.4 
 2. Sanford, DKSK8.8 
 3. Jaeschke, PE.7.0 
 4. Nagy-Bujdoso, PEA.6.9 
 5. Mrozinska, Cegledi6.1 
 6. Kublina, Fenerbahce6.0 
 7. Skoric, DKSK5.9 
 8. Brumermane, Bacsb.5.9 
 9. Shegog, Seattle S.5.7 
 10. Adamecz, PINKK.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Zsofia FEGYVERNEKY
  UNIQA E.
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.4.6 
 2. Medgyessy, Cegledi4.5 
 3. Hurst, Gladston.4.3 
 4. Ivanyi, Bacsbasket4.2 
 5. Szalay, ZTE N.3.5 
 6. Furesz, PE.3.1 
 7. Simon, UNI Gyor2.9 
 8. Bukovszki, DKSK2.9 
 9. Raven, DKSK2.9 
 10. Johnson, S.Antoni.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shenise JOHNSON
  S.Antoni.
  (180-G-90)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Johnson, S.Antoni.3.4 
 2. Raven, DKSK3.0 
 3. Szalay, ZTE N.2.5 
 4. Barbour, PE.2.4 
 5. Laczi, Bacsbasket2.3 
 6. Bukovszki, DKSK2.3 
 7. Furesz, PE.2.3 
 8. Cymmer, Cegledi2.2 
 9. Ivanyi, Bacsbasket2.2 
 10. Sanford, DKSK2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Judit BARNAI
  MBK E.
  (190-F/C-94)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barnai, MBK E.1.4 
 2. Teilane, Wasse.1.1 
 3. Svitlica, Atomeromu1.0 
 4. Hatar, MBK E.0.9 
 5. Brumermane, Bacsb.0.8 
 6. Jaeschke, PE.0.8 
 7. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.0.8 
 8. Sanford, DKSK0.8 
 9. Shegog, Seattle S.0.7 
 10. Kublina, Fenerbah.0.7 


National Team - Tour in China - by Adam Patonay

The hungarian national team arrived to China after a long, 28 hours travel. Coach Farkas and his team will start with three games on the first part of the week against three really strong opponent: Australia, China, University National Team USA. Hungary will be the host of Eurobasket 2015, so they are missing some big names from the roster, but this is a great opportunity for the younger players for show up. Hungary has Kata Honti the new guard of Schio, Rita Rasheed, Anna Lakloth and Krisztina Raksanyi who played Euroleague top 16 with Gyor this season, Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) from Kosice.

Monday: Hungary vs. China
Tuesday: Hungary vs. USA (University National Team)
Wednesday: Hungary vs. Australia



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  IRELAND   

Stats Leaders Superleague

Points Per Game
 Niamh DWYER
  TM Hotel.
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Dwyer, TM Hotel.20.5 
 2. Vanderwal, UL Augh.19.2 
 3. Bacic, TM Hotel.19.1 
 4. Condrey, Waterfor.17.2 
 5. Hoffman, DCU Mercy17.1 
 6. Dwyer, TM Hotel.17.1 
 7. Stewart, Ulster R.16.9 
 8. Thornton, Singleton15.2 
 9. O''Leary, Singleton15.2 
 10. Houlihan, Ulster14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Meagan HOFFMAN
  DCU Mercy
  (183-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Hoffman, DCU Mercy11.5 
 2. Bacic, TM Hotel.10.1 
 3. Stewart, Ulster R.9.8 
 4. Mullally, Waterfor.9.7 
 5. Waters, Singleton9.6 
 6. O''Connor, Liffey C.8.6 
 7. Dwyer, TM Hotel.7.9 
 8. Breen, TM Hotel.7.8 
 9. Kavanagh, Waterfor.7.5 
 10. Newton, DCU Mercy7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay PEAT
  DCU Mercy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Peat, DCU Mercy5.3 
 2. Scully, Killester4.3 
 3. Clarke, Killester3.9 
 4. Condrey, Waterfor.3.8 
 5. O''Leary, Singleton3.5 
 6. O''Leary, Singleton3.4 
 7. Vanderwal, UL Augh.3.3 
 8. Fahy, UL Aughinish3.1 
 9. Waters, Singleton2.9 
 10. Maguire, DCU Mercy2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Fionnuala TONER
  Ulster R.
  (175-G-)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Toner, Ulster R.4.6 
 2. Condrey, Waterfor.3.6 
 3. Dwyer, TM Hotel.3.4 
 4. Hoffman, DCU Mercy3.3 
 5. Maguire, DCU Mercy3.1 
 6. Woods, DCU Mercy3.1 
 7. Vanderwal, UL Augh.2.9 
 8. Lennon, Ulster R.2.9 
 9. Galvin, UL Aughi.2.5 
 10. Clarke, Killester2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Niamh TONER
  Ulster R.
  (-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Toner, Ulster R.1.7 
 2. O''Connor, Liffey C.1.4 
 3. Lennon, Ulster R.1.4 
 4. Waters, Singleton1.2 
 5. Clarke, Killester1.2 
 6. Bacic, TM Hotel.1.2 
 7. Maher, UL Aughi.1.1 
 8. Maguire, DCU Mercy1.1 
 9. Walsh, TM Hotel.1.0 
 10. O''Connor, Liffey0.9 



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  ITALY   


Marija Micovic stays in Gruppo L.P.A. Ariano Irpino - by Eurobasket News

Marija Micovic (187-F-82, agency: Players Group) will remain at Gruppo L.P.A. Ariano Irpino in Italy. The player and the team agreed extending the contract for 2013/2014 season.
In 29 games last season she had 13.2ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Honorable Mention. The previous season Micovic played at Elite Virtus La Spezia (A2) in Italian league. In 26 games she recorded very remarkable stats: 17.1ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.8spg. She contributed to her team making it to the cup final. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 1st Team, All-Imports Team and All-Bosmans Team. The most of previous (10-11) season Micovic spent at Napoli BK Women (B) in Italian league. In 21 games she recorded 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 3.2spg that season. She also spent pre-season at Lavezzini Parma (A1) in Italian league earlier that year. Micovic won Italian A1 championship title in 2005.



Serbia U20 wins over Italy U20 in Pesaro - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20-Serbia U20 54:59

Serbia U20 wins over Italy U20 in Pesaro in Game 1 of the friendly clashes between two sides. The guests grabbed a 59:54 win after a final push in the last period. Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18th.
Serbia took 17-12 lead at the end of the first period and dominated the first half. The guests added 13-8 in the second frame and led 10 points at the halftime. Italy however erupted with 24-12 and grabbed 2-point advantage entering the last period. Serbia meanwhile posted a 17-10 in the final quarter and won the first appearance.
Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Dijane Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) netted 15. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) brought 9, while Brajkovic delivered 6. Giulia Bona (171-F-94) notched 7 points in the losing effort, whilst Erkoli, Milaco and Ramo added 6 apiece. Rediani and Pena had 4 points for the home side.

Italy U20: Giulia Bona 7, Erkoli 6, Milaco 6, Ramo 6, Rediani 4, Pena 4
Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 20, Dijana Stancic 15, Aleksandra Stanacev 9, Brajkovic 6



Virtus Elite gets bigger with Lauma Reke and Lindsey Moore - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Elite gets bigger with Lauma Reke (185-F/C-86, college: St.Peter's) and Lindsey Moore (175-G-91, college: Nebraska) for the next season.
Elite Virtus La Spezia added to their roster 27-year old Latvian power forward Lauma Reke.The last season she played for Termocarispe La Spezia and in 26 games she recorded 14.4ppg, 7.3rpg and 2.0spg. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. The earlier season Reke played at Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto. In 32 games she averaged 9.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.6spg. She contributed to her team making it to the final. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Italian A2 All-Bosmans Team. Reke has played also professionally in Spain (Mencey Uni). She attended St.Peter's College until 2008 and it is her fifth season as a professional player.
Lindsey Moore was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) in first round (12th overall). The former University of Nebraska star is in her first season in pro basketball. Moore's team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten. She was voted All-Big Ten 2nd Team in 2012 and 2013 at her college time.



Schio bring in Amber Harris - by Eurobasket News

Schio bolstered their squad. They announced the signing of Amber Harris (195-C/F-88, college: Xavier). The centre is currently playing for the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA. Her stats read 6.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 block per game. Last season Amber Harris spent in South Korea. She played for Samsung Life Bichumi. Her stats read impressive 22.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.7 blocks per game in WKBL. She was trumped All-South Korean WKBL Centre of the Year. Previously Amber Harris had spells in Israel and Turkey. She was also the WNBA champion back in 2011.


EuroBasket 2013: Russia beat Italy - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Italy 72:66

Russia claimed the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Azzurri on the final day of the preliminary round but could not guarantee the Second Stage appearance just yet. All depends on the outcome of Sweden vs. Spain now for Russia and Italy. If Sweden wins, Russia will qualify automatically. If Sweden loses that the Azzurri take the place in the next round. Russia had to win by as many as 7 points to secure the next round spot in any case.
Russia dominated the opening quarter. They opened a 9-point lead after ten minutes 20:11. The Azzurri stopped the rot in the second term. They narrowed the deficit and trailed by five points at halftime 30:35. Italy went on a 10:0 run early in the third period to surge in front. The teams exchanged the lead for some time before Dotto capped the quarter with a jumper and gave Italy a 47:46 lead. Russia went on a 10:0 rally early in the fourth term to spur ahead. Petrakova and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) opened an 8-point lead for Russia with under three minutes remaining 65:57. Petrakova then hit a three-pointer to make it an 11-point game. But Dotto and Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) capped the regulation with four consecutive points and cut the deficit to 6 points. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85, agency: IPSA) connected for 15 points for Russia. Epiphanny Epiphanny Prince added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) responded with 21 points for Italy. Kathrin Ress had 11 points in the loss.

Russia: Marina Kuzina 15, Epiphanny Prince 13, Irina Osipova 12
Italy: Giorgia Sottana 21, Kathrin Ress 11



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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders - Women

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


EuroBasket 2013: Serbia pip Latvia in crucial clash - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Latvia 62:56

Serbia celebrated a vital victory over Latvia on the final day of the preliminary action at 2013 EuroBasket Group C. Both teams entered the game having suffered two defeats in the starting two games. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) scored 15 points and helped Serbia gain the victory that allowed them to advance into the Second Stage of the tournament.
Serbia grabbed the initiative early in the game. They rolled to a 20:14 lead at the first break. Serbia kept Latvia at distance throughout the second period. They accounted for a 31:24 halftime lead. Babkina pulled Latvia within a single point early in the third term 30:31. But Serbia hung on to escape with a 43:36 lead at the final intermission. Jansone and Babkina erased the deficit midway through the fourth period. They evened things up at 48. However Matic and Jovanovic allowed Serbia to gain some breathing space at 55:50. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) sank four straight free throws to cut it back to one 56:57 with 57 seconds remaining. But Jelena Milovanovic and Rad came up with five free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Serbia. Rad notched 10 points, while Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) had 9 points in the win. Kristine Karklina answered with 17 points for Latvia. Anete Steinberga (188-F-90, agency: LBM Management, college: UTEP) had 11 points in the losing effort.

Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 15, Rad 10, Dajana Butulija 9
Latvia: Kristine Karklina 17, Anete Steinberga 11



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  LITHUANIA   


Gintare Petronyte joins Homend Antakya - by Eurobasket News

Homend Antakya bolstered their frontcourt. They landed Lithuanian centre Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89). She is currently playing for Lithuania at 2013 EuroBasket. Last season the centre spent in Italy. She was the member of Goldbet Taranto roster. Gintare Petronyte tallied 12.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in A1. She was named into A1 All-Bosmans Team. Gintare Petronyte also made it into A1 All-Defensive Team. Gintare Petronyte was trumped All-Lithuanian LMKL Player of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2012. She also earned All-Greek League Player of the Year title in 2010.


EuroBasket 2013: Lithuania hand first defeat to Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Belarus 72:67

Lithuania opened win count at the 2013 EuroBasket. The Baltic team outgunned Belarus to improve at 1-2 record in Group D. Gabriele Gutkauskaite (172-PG-90) came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Belarus fell at 2-1 record after the loss.
Lithuania eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. Lithuania secured a narrow 35:34 halftime lead. But Belarus finally picked up the tempo in the third term. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) and Kress gave Belarus a 41:38 lead. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) soon opened a 7-point lead for Belarus. They entered the fourth frame up by four points 55:51. However Lithuania used an 11:0 run midway through the fourth frame to gain a 64:61 advantage. Visgaudaite gave Lithuania a 71:64 advantage with 11 seconds remaining. Trafimava drained a three-pointer but Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) answered with a free throw to seal the win for Lithuania. Mante Kvederaviciute (180-G-90) had 14 points, while Kamile Nacickaite contributed 11 points for the winning side. Alexandra Tarasava answered with 16 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania: Gabriele Gutkauskaite 15, Mante Kvederaviciute 14, Kamile Nacickaite 11
Belarus: Alexandra Tarasava 16, Maryia Papova 13



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  MONTENEGRO   


EuroBasket 2013: Jelena Dubljevic carries Montenegro past Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Ukraine 72:60

Montenegro earned the second win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They fired past Ukraine in Vannes today to jump at 2-1 record in Group A. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) was pivotal in the victory scoring 29 points, pulling down 6 boards and distributing 4 assists for the winners. Ukraine suffered the third straight loss and finished at the bottom of the standings.
Ukraine looked solid in the first ten minutes. They posted a 14:8 lead midway through the starting frame. Ukraine entered the second period up by three points 19:16. But Montenegro opened the second term on an 11:3 rally to surge ahead. Dubrovina and Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) stopped the rot for Ukraine and gave the lead back to the team. But Jelena Dubljevic capped the half with two free throws to ensure a 31:30 lead for Montenegro. Jelena Dubljevic and Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89) took over late in the third term to give the Balkan team a 53:43 advantage. Jovanovic opened a 13-point lead for Montenegro early in the fourth frame. The margin gradually grew at 17-point mark and Montenegro never looked back en route to the victory. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) finished with 10 points, while Snezana Aleksic added 8 points for the winners. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 21 points for Ukraine. Olexandra Kurasova had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 29, Iva Perovanovic 10, Snezana Aleksic 8
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 21, Olexandra Kurasova 14



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings - WNBL

WBC Standings
 1. Waikato W. 7-1 
 2. Hutt Valley 6-2 
 3. Otago Oceana 6-5 
 4. Harbour B. 5-3 
 5. Auckland LH 5-3 
 6. Nelson S. 3-5 
 7. Rotorua LV 2-3 
 8. Canterbury W. 2-6 
 9. Taranaki T. 0-8 


Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand WBC Awards 2013 - by Greg

Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand WBC 1st Team 2013
Leanne Walker
Walker
Margaret Scott
Scott
Stella Beck
Beck
Kalani Purcell
Purcell
Kali Bennett
Bennett

Finals MVP: Margaret Scott (176-G-90) of Hutt Valley
Player of the Year: Stella Beck (179-F-95) of Hutt Valley
Guard of the Year: Margaret Scott (176-G-90) of Hutt Valley
Forward of the Year: Stella Beck (179-F-95) of Hutt Valley
Center of the Year: Kali Bennett (195-F/C-89) of Otago Oceana
Junior Player of the Year: Kalani Purcell (184-F-95) of Waikato W.
Coach of the Year: Shawn Beck of Hutt Valley

1st Team
G: Leanne Walker (169-G-68) of Waikato W.
G: Margaret Scott (176-G-90) of Hutt Valley
F: Stella Beck (179-F-95) of Hutt Valley
F: Kalani Purcell (184-F-95) of Waikato W.
F/C: Kali Bennett (195-F/C-89) of Otago Oceana




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  ROMANIA   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Brandie HOSKINS
  Brasov
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Hoskins, Brasov19.3 
 2. Givens, ICIM A.18.6 
 3. Lucas, Tulsa S.17.2 
 4. Bailey, Sf.Gheorghe16.9 
 5. Brown, Alba Iulia16.0 
 6. Tobin, DKSK15.2 
 7. Pesovic, Timisoara15.2 
 8. Hilliard, Targu Mu.15.0 
 9. Lyons, Alexandria14.9 
 10. Ferenczi, Cluj N.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mekia VALENTINE
  Sf.Gheor.
  (193-F/C-88)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Valentine, Sf.Gheo.10.5 
 2. Hilliard, Targu Mu.10.2 
 3. Thompson, Alba Iul.9.9 
 4. Demirovic, Sp.Stu.9.7 
 5. Arlen, Alexandria9.6 
 6. Toma, Craiova9.2 
 7. Thornton, Brasov8.3 
 8. Givens, ICIM A.8.3 
 9. Mitov, Craiova8.3 
 10. Stjepanovic, Bras.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jence RHOADS
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rhoads, Sf.Gheorg.5.8 
 2. Parau, Alba Iulia5.0 
 3. Cursaru, Brasov4.6 
 4. Risper, ICIM A.4.4 
 5. Nicolaescu, Rapid4.2 
 6. Prlja, Craiova4.2 
 7. Ajavon, Washingt.4.0 
 8. Arnold, Alexandria3.9 
 9. Bajic, Sp.Stude.3.5 
 10. Jones, Cluj Napo.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tiffany BROWN
  Alba Iulia
  (165-G-86)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Brown, Alba Iulia3.9 
 2. Robbins, Lucca2.9 
 3. Lyons, Alexandria2.8 
 4. Sipos, Alexandria2.8 
 5. Chis, Oradea2.7 
 6. Bailey, Sf.Gheorghe2.6 
 7. Vlaicu, Oradea2.4 
 8. Thornton, Brasov2.4 
 9. Pesovic, Timisoara2.4 
 10. Givens, ICIM A.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabriela TOMA
  Craiova
  (192-C-74)
  Avg: 2
 1. Toma, Craiova2.0 
 2. Valentine, Sf.Gheo.1.5 
 3. Stoiedin, Timisoara1.4 
 4. Stjepanovic, Brasov1.2 
 5. Whittington, Satu1.1 
 6. Blanaru, Timisoara1.0 
 7. Hilliard, Targu Mu.1.0 
 8. Arlen, Alexandria0.9 
 9. Thornton, Brasov0.9 
 10. Thompson, Alba Iu.0.9 



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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Epiphanny PRINCE
  Chicago S.
  (175-G-88)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Prince, Chicago S.17.7 
 2. Parker, L.Angele.17.3 
 3. Bonner, Phoenix M.17.0 
 4. Johnson, Tulsa S.16.4 
 5. Langhorne, Washin.15.7 
 6. Turner, Antakya14.8 
 7. Augustus, Minneso.14.4 
 8. Gruda, UMMC14.3 
 9. Taurasi, Phoen.13.5 
 10. Toliver, L.Angele.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Glory JOHNSON
  Tulsa S.
  (191-F-90)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Johnson, Tulsa S.11.4 
 2. Bonner, Phoenix M.8.6 
 3. Parker, L.Angele.8.5 
 4. Snow, Washingt.7.6 
 5. Vidmer, Dynamo M.7.5 
 6. Langhorne, Washin.7.4 
 7. Kiseleva, Chevaka.7.3 
 8. Popovic, Spartak N.7.2 
 9. Dupree, Phoenix M.7.0 
 10. Vieru, Spartak6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Becky HAMMON
  S.Antoni.
  (175-PG-77)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Hammon, S.Antoni.5.5 
 2. Taurasi, Phoen.5.1 
 3. Johnson, Seattle4.7 
 4. Toliver, L.Angele.4.1 
 5. Dominguez, UMMC4.1 
 6. Montgomery, Conne.3.4 
 7. Turner, Antakya3.4 
 8. Abrosimova, Dynamo3.2 
 9. Berseneva, Energy3.1 
 10. Khrustaleva, Dyna.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Candace PARKER
  L.Angele.
  (193-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Parker, L.Angele.2.1 
 2. Vodopiyanova, Dyn.2.0 
 3. Turner, Antakya2.0 
 4. Johnson, Tulsa S.2.0 
 5. Prince, Chicago S.2.0 
 6. Bonner, Phoenix M.1.8 
 7. Vorobyeva, Rostov1.7 
 8. Popovic, Spartak N.1.7 
 9. Bigovic, Spartak N.1.6 
 10. Snytsina, Chevak.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekaterina LISINA
  Dynamo K.
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lisina, Dynamo K.2.0 
 2. Popovic, Spartak N.1.5 
 3. Parker, L.Angele.1.4 
 4. Myasoedova, Dynam.1.1 
 5. Vidmer, Dynamo M.0.9 
 6. Stepanova, UMMC0.9 
 7. Vieru, Spartak0.8 
 8. Snow, Washingt.0.8 
 9. Kiseleva, Chevaka.0.8 
 10. Loginova, Dynamo0.8 


Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk gets bigger with Evgeniya Finogentova and Alexandra Kostina - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk gets bigger with Evgeniya Finogentova (174-PG-91) and Alexandra Kostina (191-C-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) for the next season.
Evgeniya Finogentova comes from Kazanochka Kazan. In 33 games she recorded 4.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.8apg. She helped them to win the league title. Finogentova represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Serbia two years ago. Her team won Silver and her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 23.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Alexandra Kostina played last at Dynamo Moscow. In 13 games she had just 2.6ppg and 2.4rpg this season. She helped them to make it to the Russian Cup Semifinals. Kostina also played 5 games in Eurocup where she recorded 3.8ppg and 2.2rpg. The most of last season she spent at Spartak St.Petersburg (Superleague). In 18 games she recorded 8.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3spg. Kostina also played at Spartak-SHVSM (Superleague) earlier that season. She won EuroCup championship title. Kostina represented Russia at the European Championships U18 eight years ago.



Russia packs home. No Eurobasket medals since year 1997 - by Eurobasket News

Russia has to stop their tradition of the Eurobasket pedestal. The team will have to pack home as they could not make it to the Second Stage. Last time Russia came back without medals was in year 1997.
Tonight Russia claimed the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Azzurri on the final day of the preliminary round but could not make it to the Second Stage. All depended on the outcome of Sweden vs. Spain. Sweden lost to Spain and Azzurri took the place in the next round. Russia had to win by as many as 7 points to secure the next round spot in any case.
Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers)'s effort was not enough for Russia. The absence of Abrosimova, Stepanova, Danilochkina and Arteshina cost a lot for the National Team.



EuroBasket 2013: Russia beat Italy - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Italy 72:66

Russia claimed the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Azzurri on the final day of the preliminary round but could not guarantee the Second Stage appearance just yet. All depends on the outcome of Sweden vs. Spain now for Russia and Italy. If Sweden wins, Russia will qualify automatically. If Sweden loses that the Azzurri take the place in the next round. Russia had to win by as many as 7 points to secure the next round spot in any case.
Russia dominated the opening quarter. They opened a 9-point lead after ten minutes 20:11. The Azzurri stopped the rot in the second term. They narrowed the deficit and trailed by five points at halftime 30:35. Italy went on a 10:0 run early in the third period to surge in front. The teams exchanged the lead for some time before Dotto capped the quarter with a jumper and gave Italy a 47:46 lead. Russia went on a 10:0 rally early in the fourth term to spur ahead. Petrakova and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) opened an 8-point lead for Russia with under three minutes remaining 65:57. Petrakova then hit a three-pointer to make it an 11-point game. But Dotto and Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) capped the regulation with four consecutive points and cut the deficit to 6 points. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85, agency: IPSA) connected for 15 points for Russia. Epiphanny Epiphanny Prince added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) responded with 21 points for Italy. Kathrin Ress had 11 points in the loss.

Russia: Marina Kuzina 15, Epiphanny Prince 13, Irina Osipova 12
Italy: Giorgia Sottana 21, Kathrin Ress 11



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  SERBIA   

Stats Leaders - 1A women

Points Per Game
 Ivana GRUBOR
  Jagodina.
  (185-F/C-84)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Grubor, Jagodina.20.4 
 2. Racic, Sumadija KG15.6 
 3. Radosevic, Celarevo15.6 
 4. Radosevic, Srbobran14.8 
 5. Jovovic, Vrbas M.14.5 
 6. Stanacev, Crvena14.5 
 7. Milic, Radnicki KG14.3 
 8. Ilic, Student14.3 
 9. Price, Vrbas M.13.8 
 10. Domazet, Srbobran13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirjana VELISAVLJEVIC
  Sabac
  (188-C-78)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Velisavljevi., Sab.8.8 
 2. Jovanovic, Radnick.8.0 
 3. Ilic, Student7.8 
 4. Domazet, Srbobran7.4 
 5. Milic, Radnicki KG7.3 
 6. Marjanovic, Sumadi.7.2 
 7. Vukovic, Stara P.7.0 
 8. Grubor, Jagodina.6.9 
 9. Lakovic, Celarevo6.8 
 10. Niksic, Crvena Z.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandra STANACEV
  Crvena Z.
  (167-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Stanacev, Crvena7.3 
 2. Radosevic, Srbobran5.0 
 3. Ninkovic, Celarevo4.0 
 4. Radosevic, Celarevo3.9 
 5. Prvulovic, Radnick.3.7 
 6. Musulin, Stara P.3.6 
 7. Grubor, Jagodina.3.6 
 8. Grahovac, Beocin3.2 
 9. Djordjevic, Jagodi.3.2 
 10. Cukic, Vrbas M.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Hristina MARJANOVIC
  Sumadija.
  (170-G-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Marjanovic, Sumadi.3.0 
 2. Price, Vrbas M.2.8 
 3. Popovic, Student2.6 
 4. Grahovac, Beocin2.5 
 5. Radosevic, Celarevo2.3 
 6. Stojanovic, Stude.2.3 
 7. Niksic, Crvena Z.2.3 
 8. Milosevic, Srbobran2.0 
 9. Grubor, Jagodina.2.0 
 10. Radosevic, Srbobr.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marija TERZIC
  Celarevo
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Terzic, Celarevo2.2 
 2. Ilic, Student1.4 
 3. Milic, Radnicki KG1.0 
 4. Velisavljevi., Sab.1.0 
 5. Vuckovic, Crvena Z.0.8 
 6. Rajic, Vrbas M.0.7 
 7. Vukovic, Stara P.0.6 
 8. Srdjanov, Srbobran0.5 
 9. Terzic, Stara P.0.4 
 10. Crvendakic, Crven.0.4 


EuroBasket 2013: Serbia pip Latvia in crucial clash - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Latvia 62:56

Serbia celebrated a vital victory over Latvia on the final day of the preliminary action at 2013 EuroBasket Group C. Both teams entered the game having suffered two defeats in the starting two games. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) scored 15 points and helped Serbia gain the victory that allowed them to advance into the Second Stage of the tournament.
Serbia grabbed the initiative early in the game. They rolled to a 20:14 lead at the first break. Serbia kept Latvia at distance throughout the second period. They accounted for a 31:24 halftime lead. Babkina pulled Latvia within a single point early in the third term 30:31. But Serbia hung on to escape with a 43:36 lead at the final intermission. Jansone and Babkina erased the deficit midway through the fourth period. They evened things up at 48. However Matic and Jovanovic allowed Serbia to gain some breathing space at 55:50. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) sank four straight free throws to cut it back to one 56:57 with 57 seconds remaining. But Jelena Milovanovic and Rad came up with five free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Serbia. Rad notched 10 points, while Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) had 9 points in the win. Kristine Karklina answered with 17 points for Latvia. Anete Steinberga (188-F-90, agency: LBM Management, college: UTEP) had 11 points in the losing effort.

Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 15, Rad 10, Dajana Butulija 9
Latvia: Kristine Karklina 17, Anete Steinberga 11



Serbia U20 wins over Italy U20 in Pesaro - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20-Serbia U20 54:59

Serbia U20 wins over Italy U20 in Pesaro in Game 1 of the friendly clashes between two sides. The guests grabbed a 59:54 win after a final push in the last period. Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18th.
Serbia took 17-12 lead at the end of the first period and dominated the first half. The guests added 13-8 in the second frame and led 10 points at the halftime. Italy however erupted with 24-12 and grabbed 2-point advantage entering the last period. Serbia meanwhile posted a 17-10 in the final quarter and won the first appearance.
Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Dijane Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) netted 15. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) brought 9, while Brajkovic delivered 6. Giulia Bona (171-F-94) notched 7 points in the losing effort, whilst Erkoli, Milaco and Ramo added 6 apiece. Rediani and Pena had 4 points for the home side.

Italy U20: Giulia Bona 7, Erkoli 6, Milaco 6, Ramo 6, Rediani 4, Pena 4
Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 20, Dijana Stancic 15, Aleksandra Stanacev 9, Brajkovic 6



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EuroBasket 2013: Turkey cruise past Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Slovak Republic 66:48

Turkey claimed the third straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They rallied past Slovak Republic to earn the top spot in Group A. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) stepped up with 12 points to lead the winners. Slovak Republic finished at 1-2 record in the third position in the standings but still made it into the next round.
The teams stayed toe to toe throughout the first frame. The scoreboard read 12:12 at the first break. Turkey surged ahead in the second term. They opened the quarter on a 9:0 run to clear off. Turkey ran away to a 32:20 halftime advantage. They maintained it well throughout the third period. Turkey accumulated a 51:38 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The margin quickly grew at 20-point mark midway through the fourth frame and Turkey cruised to the win. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) notched 11 points, while Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) and Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) had 10 points each in the win. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) answered with 10 points for Slovak Republic. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84), Eva Kmetova (188-C-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Penn St.) had 7 points each in the loss.

Turkey: Tugba Palazoglu 12, Nevriye Yilmaz 11, Quanitra Hollingsworth 10, Bahar Caglar 10
Slovak Republic: Anna Jurcenkova 10, Lucia Kupcikova 7, Eva Kmetova 7, Romana Vynuchalova 7



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Stats Leaders - LFB

Points Per Game
 Bernice MOSBY
  Indiana F.
  (186-F-84)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Mosby, Indiana F.19.3 
 2. Allison, Mackay M.18.9 
 3. Traore, Cadi I.16.0 
 4. Romero, Gran C.15.3 
 5. Putnina, Umbertide15.3 
 6. Walich, Conquero14.9 
 7. Ndour, Gran Canaria14.5 
 8. Monroe, Charleville14.2 
 9. Denson, Caja Rural14.0 
 10. Diaz, Gran Canaria13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vanessa BLE
  Gran Canaria
  (190-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Ble, Gran Canaria11.5 
 2. Monroe, Charleville9.0 
 3. Putnina, Umbertide8.5 
 4. Covington, Cadi I.7.9 
 5. Allison, Mackay M.7.6 
 6. Ndour, Gran Canaria7.6 
 7. Henry, Atlanta D.7.6 
 8. Mosby, Indiana F.7.5 
 9. Denson, Caja Rural7.1 
 10. Stevenson, Hondar.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Noemi JORDANA
  Uni Girona
  (173-PG-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jordana, Uni Girona4.0 
 2. Romero, Gran C.3.6 
 3. Mirchandani, Conqu.3.4 
 4. Asurmendi, UNB O.3.2 
 5. Ortiz, Perfumerias3.0 
 6. Suarez, Hondar.-.2.9 
 7. Fernandez, Perfume.2.7 
 8. Lopez, Bembibre2.6 
 9. Broering, Conquero2.6 
 10. Gomez, Burgos2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa KARCIC
  Novi Zagreb
  (185-PF-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Karcic, Novi Zagreb2.4 
 2. Romero, Gran C.2.2 
 3. Chumillas, Burgos2.2 
 4. Allison, Mackay M.2.2 
 5. Gomez, Burgos2.2 
 6. Xargay Casad., Per.2.0 
 7. Gil, Rivas Ecopolis1.9 
 8. Casas, Rivas Ecopo.1.9 
 9. Mosby, Indiana F.1.8 
 10. Fernandez, Perfum.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacinta MONROE
  Charleville
  (193-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1
 1. Monroe, Charleville1.0 
 2. Karcic, Novi Zagreb1.0 
 3. Putnina, Umbertide0.8 
 4. Ndour, Gran Canaria0.7 
 5. Mosby, Indiana F.0.7 
 6. Gomez, Lombos Q.0.7 
 7. Parham, Northsid.0.6 
 8. Ndoye, Gran Canaria0.6 
 9. Morrison, S.Antoni.0.6 
 10. Brown, Bembibre0.6 


EuroBasket 2013: Spain wins Group B - by Eurobasket News

Sweden-Spain 49:73

Spain wins Group B of EuroBasket 2013 with a perfect 3-0 record. The Spanish side overcame Sweden 73:49 in the last game of the Qualifying Stage as both teams advanced to the Second Stage.
Not only Sweden needed this victory but only Russia that hoped for the Scandinavian side. Sweden opened the game with 16-12 lead and reached 9-point lead later in the second frame. Spain however looked better in the end of the half and tied the game at 30:30. The second half fully belonged to the Spanish side. The latter won the third period 19-10 and finished the game with massive 24-9 surge.
Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Alba Torrens (188-F-89) nailed 14. Amaya Valdemoro (183-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 10 and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 8. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) was the only player for Sweden to score in double figures as she brought 10 points. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 8, while Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced 7.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 10, Elin Eldebrink 8, Louice Halvarsson 7
Spain: Sancho Lyttle 17+17 rebs, Alba Torrens 14, Amaya Valdemoro 10, Marta Xargay Casademont 8



Esther Herrero takes Ciudad de Burgos under control - by Eurobasket News

Esther Herrero takes El Club Baloncesto Ciudad de Burgos under control. The Spanish Specialist will be a Head Coach of the team in 2013/2014 season.
As a Head Coach she appeared first for C.B. Uni-Cajacanarias Santa Cruz (LF2) women team. Esther Herrero worked there for three seasons and achieved a loud name in the country. The last season she coached Tenerife Canarias (LF2). Her team finished the Regular Season with 6-16 record.
For her Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention that Esther Herrero was a Coach Assistant of the Spanish U18 National Team -08. She was at the European Championships U18 for Women in Slovak Rep. -08. Later Esther Herrero continued as a Coach Assistant of the Spanish Women U18 National Team -11-12. At the European Championships U18 in Oradea (Romania) -11 her team won Bronze.



Rivas Ecopolis tab 17-year old power forward Laura Quevedo - by Eurobasket News

Rivas Ecopolis tab 17-year old power forward Laura Quevedo (185-PF-96) for 2013/2014 season. The young player will debut in EuroLeague and Spanish League.
Last season Laura Quevedo played in LF2 Centros Unicos Real Canoe Madrid. In 14 games she averaged just 2.4ppg and 1.3rpg this season.
She started her career in 2011-2012 for Moguerza Real Canoe N.C. (LF2) and in 11 games had 1.2ppg, 1.4rpg. Laura Quevedo represented Spain at the World Championships U17 in Amsterdam (Holland) last year. Quevedo's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 7 games: 9.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 66.7%. That time USA defended the title at FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They outplayed Spain 75-62 in the Big Final. Diamond Deshields is MVP of the championship. USA had perfect score in Amsterdam and they were also undefeated two years ago.



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EuroBasket 2013: Spain wins Group B - by Eurobasket News

Sweden-Spain 49:73

Spain wins Group B of EuroBasket 2013 with a perfect 3-0 record. The Spanish side overcame Sweden 73:49 in the last game of the Qualifying Stage as both teams advanced to the Second Stage.
Not only Sweden needed this victory but only Russia that hoped for the Scandinavian side. Sweden opened the game with 16-12 lead and reached 9-point lead later in the second frame. Spain however looked better in the end of the half and tied the game at 30:30. The second half fully belonged to the Spanish side. The latter won the third period 19-10 and finished the game with massive 24-9 surge.
Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Alba Torrens (188-F-89) nailed 14. Amaya Valdemoro (183-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 10 and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 8. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) was the only player for Sweden to score in double figures as she brought 10 points. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 8, while Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced 7.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 10, Elin Eldebrink 8, Louice Halvarsson 7
Spain: Sancho Lyttle 17+17 rebs, Alba Torrens 14, Amaya Valdemoro 10, Marta Xargay Casademont 8



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LNSA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cameo HICKS
  Riva Basket
  (182-F/G-84)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Hicks, Riva Basket27.7 
 2. Trahan-Davis, Cast.27.6 
 3. Sowinski, Muraltese20.2 
 4. Copeland, Fribourg20.1 
 5. Twehues, Helios20.0 
 6. Studer-G., Ovronn.18.0 
 7. Moss, Pully17.8 
 8. Michaux, Hope-GBA17.0 
 9. Seabrook, Bellinzo.16.7 
 10. Skouby, Basel16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Celeste TRAHAN-DAVIS
  Castor.
  (184-C-85)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Trahan-Davis, Cast.17.4 
 2. Snyder, Highflyers14.6 
 3. Porter, Pully13.8 
 4. Giroud, Helios12.6 
 5. Seabrook, Bellinzo.12.3 
 6. McKenzie, Riva B.11.2 
 7. Sowinski, Muraltese10.0 
 8. Skouby, Basel9.4 
 9. Studer-G., Ovronn.8.6 
 10. Hajdune Csas., He.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kirby COPELAND
  Fribourg
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Copeland, Fribourg5.6 
 2. Turin, Helios3.8 
 3. Volpe, Ovronnaz.3.4 
 4. Heckendorn, Basel3.2 
 5. Rol, Helios3.1 
 6. Giroud, Helios3.0 
 7. Diouf, Helios3.0 
 8. Hicks, Riva Basket3.0 
 9. Moss, Pully2.9 
 10. Hajdune Csas., He.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Alexia ROL
  Helios
  (175-F-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Rol, Helios4.3 
 2. Moss, Pully4.2 
 3. Copeland, Fribourg4.1 
 4. Twehues, Helios4.0 
 5. McKenzie, Riva B.3.9 
 6. Michaux, Hope-GBA3.7 
 7. Hicks, Riva Basket3.5 
 8. Giroud, Helios3.5 
 9. Voumard, Muraltese3.3 
 10. Kershaw, Helios3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaitlin SOWINSKI
  Muraltese
  (196-C-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sowinski, Muraltese3.3 
 2. Snyder, Highflyers2.1 
 3. Trahan-Davis, Cast.1.6 
 4. Skouby, Basel1.5 
 5. Seabrook, Bellinzo.1.5 
 6. Hajdune Csas., Hel.1.2 
 7. Porter, Pully1.2 
 8. Moss, Pully1.0 
 9. Tshitenge, Pully0.8 
 10. Juon, Muraltese0.7 



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Shavonte ZELLOUS
  Indiana F.
  (178-G-86)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Zellous, Indiana F.22.4 
 2. Frazee, Samsun18.7 
 3. Walker, TED Ankara17.3 
 4. Dabovic, Dynamo M.17.0 
 5. Swords, Chicago S.16.3 
 6. Ford, New York L.16.2 
 7. Bjelica, Besiktas16.1 
 8. Milton-Jones, S.An.16.1 
 9. Paris, Tulsa S.15.8 
 10. Anderson, Antakya15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erlana LARKINS
  Indiana F.
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Larkins, Indiana F.14.8 
 2. Ford, New York L.14.2 
 3. Paris, Tulsa S.13.5 
 4. Black, Samsun11.7 
 5. Bjelica, Besiktas10.1 
 6. Pedersen, Tulsa S.9.3 
 7. Thomas, Botas8.8 
 8. Sanders, Kayseri8.4 
 9. Milton-Jones, S.An.8.4 
 10. McCarville, Minne.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nilay KARTALTEPE YIGIT
  Istanb.
  (172-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kartaltepe Y., Ist.6.1 
 2. Robinson, S.Antoni.4.9 
 3. Vardarli, Fener.4.9 
 4. Anaz, Canik Bld4.4 
 5. Yavuz, Antakya4.1 
 6. Alben, Galatasaray4.1 
 7. Hodges-Lewis, Tuls.4.0 
 8. Larkins, Indiana F.3.9 
 9. Jinks, Edremit3.3 
 10. Yalcin, Ceyhan Bld3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Angel MCCOUGHTRY
  Atlan.
  (187-SF-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. McCoughtry, Atlan.2.3 
 2. Kartaltepe Y., Ist.2.1 
 3. Milton-Jones, S.An.2.0 
 4. Doron, Tarsus Bld2.0 
 5. Bjelica, Besiktas1.8 
 6. Dabovic, Dynamo M.1.8 
 7. Pedersen, Tulsa S.1.8 
 8. Lyttle, Atlanta D.1.8 
 9. Bibrzycka, Fener.1.8 
 10. Robinson, S.Anton.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Fener.
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Veremeenko, Fener.1.6 
 2. Black, Samsun1.5 
 3. Sanders, Kayseri1.5 
 4. Vesela, USK Praha1.1 
 5. Fowles, Chicago S.0.8 
 6. Osipova, Istanbul.0.8 
 7. Milton-Jones, S.An.0.7 
 8. Thomas, Botas0.7 
 9. Pedersen, Tulsa S.0.7 
 10. Swords, Chicago S.0.6 


Turkish U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Olcay Cakir
Cakir
Ayse Cora
Cora
Didem Nakas
Nakas
Ozge Kavurmacioglu
Kavurmacioglu
Elif Emirtekin
Emirtekin
#e#5
4Olcay Cakir 182-PG-93 Fenerbahce Turkey
5Merve Aydin 174-PG-94 Mersin Turkey
6Busra Akgun 183-SF-93 Botas Turkey
7Cansu Koksal 185-SF-94 Fenerbahce Turkey
8Ayse Cora 175-G/F-93 Galatasaray Turkey
9Pelin Bilgic 170-G-94 Botas Turkey
10Didem Nakas 173-SG-94 Istanbul Univ. Turkey
11Ozge Kavurmacioglu 187-F-93 Besiktas Turkey
12Elif Emirtekin 184-F-94 Botas Turkey
13Melike Yalcinkaya 189-C-93 Sirince Turkey
14Tilbe Senyurek 188-C-95 Botas Turkey
15Gizem Sezer 196-C-94 Orduspor Turkey

Aziz Akkaya Head Coach Besiktas Turkey
Ebutalip Ozsar Assistant



EuroBasket 2013: Turkey cruise past Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Slovak Republic 66:48

Turkey claimed the third straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They rallied past Slovak Republic to earn the top spot in Group A. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) stepped up with 12 points to lead the winners. Slovak Republic finished at 1-2 record in the third position in the standings but still made it into the next round.
The teams stayed toe to toe throughout the first frame. The scoreboard read 12:12 at the first break. Turkey surged ahead in the second term. They opened the quarter on a 9:0 run to clear off. Turkey ran away to a 32:20 halftime advantage. They maintained it well throughout the third period. Turkey accumulated a 51:38 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The margin quickly grew at 20-point mark midway through the fourth frame and Turkey cruised to the win. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) notched 11 points, while Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) and Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) had 10 points each in the win. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) answered with 10 points for Slovak Republic. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84), Eva Kmetova (188-C-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Penn St.) had 7 points each in the loss.

Turkey: Tugba Palazoglu 12, Nevriye Yilmaz 11, Quanitra Hollingsworth 10, Bahar Caglar 10
Slovak Republic: Anna Jurcenkova 10, Lucia Kupcikova 7, Eva Kmetova 7, Romana Vynuchalova 7



Gintare Petronyte joins Homend Antakya - by Eurobasket News

Homend Antakya bolstered their frontcourt. They landed Lithuanian centre Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89). She is currently playing for Lithuania at 2013 EuroBasket. Last season the centre spent in Italy. She was the member of Goldbet Taranto roster. Gintare Petronyte tallied 12.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in A1. She was named into A1 All-Bosmans Team. Gintare Petronyte also made it into A1 All-Defensive Team. Gintare Petronyte was trumped All-Lithuanian LMKL Player of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2012. She also earned All-Greek League Player of the Year title in 2010.


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EuroBasket 2013: Jelena Dubljevic carries Montenegro past Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Ukraine 72:60

Montenegro earned the second win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They fired past Ukraine in Vannes today to jump at 2-1 record in Group A. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) was pivotal in the victory scoring 29 points, pulling down 6 boards and distributing 4 assists for the winners. Ukraine suffered the third straight loss and finished at the bottom of the standings.
Ukraine looked solid in the first ten minutes. They posted a 14:8 lead midway through the starting frame. Ukraine entered the second period up by three points 19:16. But Montenegro opened the second term on an 11:3 rally to surge ahead. Dubrovina and Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) stopped the rot for Ukraine and gave the lead back to the team. But Jelena Dubljevic capped the half with two free throws to ensure a 31:30 lead for Montenegro. Jelena Dubljevic and Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89) took over late in the third term to give the Balkan team a 53:43 advantage. Jovanovic opened a 13-point lead for Montenegro early in the fourth frame. The margin gradually grew at 17-point mark and Montenegro never looked back en route to the victory. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) finished with 10 points, while Snezana Aleksic added 8 points for the winners. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 21 points for Ukraine. Olexandra Kurasova had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 29, Iva Perovanovic 10, Snezana Aleksic 8
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 21, Olexandra Kurasova 14



Ukrainian U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Oleksandra Chek
Chek
Nataliya Skorbatyuk
Skorbatyuk
Olga Krayevska
Krayevska
Vita Gorobets
Gorobets
Lyudmyla Naumenko
Naumenko
#e#5
14Oleksandra Chek 191-C-93 Atomeromu Hungary
13Miriam Uro-Nilie 190-C-94 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
10Nataliya Skorbatyuk 183-F-95 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
6Olga Krayevska 183-PG-94 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
17Nataliia Sergeieva 180-F-94 Tavriyska Zivka Ukraine
4Xeniya Afanasyeva 175-G-93 Bar Regina-B. Ukraine
5Anastasiya Savytska 175-G-94 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
7Nataliya Pokrovenko 174-PG-93 Bar Regina-B. Ukraine
8Liliia Kopylets 182-F-94
9Vita Gorobets 180-SG-96 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
11Kateryna Demchenko 180-F-93 Dynamo Ukraine
12Darya Zavidna 185-F-93 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
16Lyudmyla Naumenko 184-F-93 Bar Regina-B. Ukraine

Oleg Riban Head Coach
Ruslana Kirichenko Assistant



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EuroBasket 2013: France continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

France-Great Britain 79:47

France continue their winning streak and win Group C of EuroBasket 2013 with a perfect 3-0 record. The hosts of the tournament overcame Great Britain 79:47 in the last game of the First Stage. Great Britain suffered their first loss and finished the group on the second place with 2-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated, but France was the favorite of the campaign. They won the first period 22-16 and added 11-6 in the second period. Moreover the second half also belonged to France. They won the third period 23-17 and then finished the game with a 23-8 surge.
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) and Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) stepped up with 11 points each, while Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79), Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) added 10 apiece. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) answered with 13 points in defeat and Lauren Thomas-Johnson (178-G-88, college: Marquette) netted 9. Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) collected 6 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 11, Valeriane Ayayi 11, Edwige Lawson-Wade 10, Sandrine Gruda 10, Emilie Gomis 10
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 13, Lauren Thomas-Johnson 9, Kimberly Butler 6+8 rebs



Chantelle Handy joins Nantes-Reze - by Eurobasket News

Nantes-Reze bolstered their frontcourt. They landed British international Chantelle Handy (191-C-87, college: Marshall). The centre spent the last season in Turkey. She played for Mersin Bld. Her stats read 10.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in TKBL. The centre also delivered 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per EuroCup appearance. Chantelle Handy earned All-EuroCup Honourable Mention. Previously Chantelle Handy played in Greece and Slovak Republic. She was named All-Greek League Bosman Player of the Year in 2012. Chantelle Handy has been the member of the British National Team since 2008. She is currently playing with Great Britain at the 2013 EuroBasket in France.