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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Dzikic back in Krka - by Igor Obradovic

After two years Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ) is back in Slovenian basketball and in club he coach from 2009 to 2011, champions of Slovenia, Krka.

Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ) signed two year contract with Krka. He started his professional career in Partizan as assistant coach in 2005, after that he goes in United States where he was been assist coach in Minnesota Timberwolves. In 2008 he was back in Europe and become first coach of Slovenian Euroleague club, Olimpija. After two year coaching Krka (2009-2011) he become first coach of Lietuvos Rytas. He resigned contract with Lietuvos Rytas in start of season 2012/13. In 2011 he start working with under 20 representation in Serbia.



Olimpija got wild-card for Eurocup - by Igor Obradovic

Basketball club Union Olimpija got wild-card for the new Eurocup season with the new format of the competition.

In new season will be 48 instead 32 teams and Olimpija will be one of them. Union Olimpija was defeat in Slovenian final against Krka with 3-1, they won Slovenian Cup and in Adriatic league they finished season in eight place.

Yesterday they sell one of the best players in their roster, Jaka Blazic who was signed three year contract with Crvena zvezda Telekom.



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  ALGERIA   


2013 Mediterranean Games: Turkey cruise past Algeria in opener - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Algeria 97:68

Turkey confidently started their 2013 Mediterranean Games campaign. The hosts shot down Algeria in the opener. Melih Mahmutoglu (193-G-90) delivered 17 points to lead the home side.
Turkey grabbed a 20:16 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Turkey accounted for a 44:32 halftime advantage. Things got just worse for Algeria after the big break. The hosts increased the tempo and poured in 30 points in the third period. Turkey established a massive 74:48 lead heading into the fourth frame. Turkey fired 23 points in the final stanza to seal the win at the end. Birkan Batuk (196-SG-90) and Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) dropped 11 points each for the winners. Mohamed Harath (196-F-90) answered with game-high 25 points for Algeria. Mehdi Cheriet (204-PF-87, agency: Fusion Sports, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Turkey: Melih Mahmutoglu 17, Birkan Batuk 11, Serhat Cetin 11
Algeria: Mohamed Harath 25, Mehdi Cheriet 13



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  ARGENTINA   


Serbia U19 fire past Argentina U19 in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 -Argentina U19 72:54

Serbia U19 fire past Argentina U19 in Game 1. The European side posted a comfortable 72:54 victory.
Serbia won the first period 20-14 and dominated the first half. The hosts added 23-15 in the second frame for 43:29 at the halftime. Moreover Serbia looked better in the second half as well. They won the third period 11-7 for 18-point lead after three quarters. Both teams nailed 18 points each in the final period for the total result.
Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) added 11. Ognjen Dobric (198-SF-94) brought 10, while Mihajlo Andric (200-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) added 9. Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96) ended up with 11 points in defeat, while Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) notched 9. Whwlan followed them with 7 points.

Serbia U19: Vasilije Micic 14, Nikola Jankovic 11, Ognjen Dobric 10, Mihajlo Andric 9
Argentina U19: Juan Vaulet 11, Matias Bernardini 9, Whwlan 7



Penarol announce Adrian Boccia - by Eurobasket News

Penarol officiated the deal with Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82). The forward has agreed on terms of two-year deal with the team. Last season Adrian Boccia spent with Lanus Buenos Aires. He posted 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in LigaA. Boccia also posted 12.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in Liga Americas. Adrian Boccia was named LigaA Most Improved Player of the Year. He also made it into All-Argentinean LigaA 2nd Team. The forward was also named into All-Liga Americas 3rd Team. Previously the forward played in Spain and Argentina. Adrian Boccia was trumped All-Spanish LEB2 Bosman Player of the Year in 2005. He was the member of U18 and U21 Argentinean National Team.


Barrio Parque extend Esteban Cantarutti - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted to TNA Barrio Parque are building the roster for the next season. They secured the services of Esteban Cantarutti (185-G-88) for another season. The guard will enter the fourth straight season with the team.
Barrio Parque also kept Osvaldo Arduh at the bridge. The specialist will enter the second straight season with the team. Previously Osvaldo Arduh worked with Union de Sunchales. He led the team to TNA Finals in 2009.



Juan Cangelosi stays with Argentino - by Eurobasket News

Argentino have agreed on terms of contract extension with Juan Cangelosi (195-G/F-81). The forward will stay with the team for another season. Juan Cangelosi will enter the fourth straight season with the Junin outfit. Last season Juan Cangelosi tallied 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in LigaA. Previously Juan Cangelosi had stints with Quilmes, Bahia Estudiantes, Central Enterriano, Mallorca, Ciclista Juninense. He was named All-Argentinean LigaA Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.


Gimnasio Indalo to hire Gonzalo Garcia - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasio Indalo are set to hire Gonzalo Garcia as the teams next head coach. The specialist is currently working as assistant coach with the Argentinean National Team. Last season Gonzalo Garcia started at helm of La Union. He moved to Obras Sanitarias in October. Previously Gonzalo Garcia worked with Flamengo, Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda, Ford Burgos, Regatas Corrientes, Libertad Sunchales, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. He was named All-Argentinean LigaA Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004. Garcia worked as head coach at LigaA All-Star Games in 2005 and 2006 as well as Brazilian NBB All-Star Game in 2012. He has been the assistant coach with the Argentinean National Team since 2004. Gonzalo Garcia also guided U21 Argentinean National Team in 2005. Gonzalo Garcia will replace Miguel Volcan .


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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

State Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 10-1 
 2. Corio Bay S. 9-3 
 3. Ringwood H. 8-4 
 4. Waverley F. 8-4 
 5. Diamond V.E. 7-3 
 6. Werribee 5-7 
 7. Eltham W. 4-8 
 8. Hume City 3-9 
 9. Melbourne 2-9 
 10. Sherbrooke S. 2-10 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 9-1 
 2. Woodville W. 8-2 
 3. C.District L. 6-4 
 4. Forestville E. 6-4 
 5. N.Adelaide R. 6-4 
 6. Southern T. 5-5 
 7. Sturt S. 5-5 
 8. Norwood F. 4-6 
 9. S.Adelaide P. 1-9 
 10. Eastern M. 0-10 
QBL
 1. Rockhampton 7-1 
 2. Cairns M. 6-1 
 3. Gladstone P. 6-3 
 4. Brisbane C. 5-2 
 5. Northside W. 5-2 
 6. Mackay M. 4-4 
 7. Townsville H. 3-4 
 8. Suncoast 2-3 
 9. Gold Coast R. 2-4 
 10. Bundaberg B. 2-5 
 11. Ipswich F. 2-5 
 12. SW Metro P. 1-5 
 13. Toowoomba 1-7 
SBL
 1. Lakeside L. 16-2 
 2. Perry Lakes H. 12-5 
 3. East Perth E. 11-7 
 4. Geraldton B. 11-7 
 5. Perth R. 11-8 
 6. Mandurah M. 10-8 
 7. Willetton T. 10-8 
 8. Wanneroo W. 9-9 
 9. SW Slammers 9-9 
 10. Cockburn C. 7-12 
 11. Stirling S. 6-11 
 12. Rockingham F. 6-12 
 13. Goldfield G. 5-13 
 14. Kalamunda E.S. 3-15 
SEABL-East
 1. Geelong S. 14-2 
 2. Bendigo B. 14-3 
 3. Dandenong R. 7-6 
 4. Frankston B. 7-9 
 5. Sandringham S. 7-9 
 6. Canberra G. 7-10 
 7. Brisbane S. 6-8 
SEABL-South
 1. Mt Gambier 12-4 
 2. Hobart C. 10-5 
 3. Nunawading S. 7-8 
 4. NW Tasmania 7-9 
 5. Ballarat M. 6-11 
 6. Kilsyth C. 5-10 
 7. Albury W.B. 5-11 
 8. Knox R. 4-13 
WARATAH
 1. Manly Warr. 12-2 
 2. Sydney C. 11-3 
 3. Hornsby S. 11-5 
 4. Cent.Coast C. 9-4 
 5. Norths Bears 9-5 
 6. Colonial Hotel 8-6 
 7. Hills H. 7-8 
 8. Bankstown B. 6-6 
 9. Newcastle H. 6-8 
 10. Illawarra H. 5-7 
 11. Parramatta W. 4-10 
 12. Maitland M. 1-12 
 13. Sutherland S. 1-14 

Regular Season: Round 14

BIG V

Jun. 15: Bulleen B. - Eltham W. 97-71
Jun. 16: Waverley F. - Ringwood H. 93-105
Jun. 15: Sherbrooke S. - Werribee D. 86-82
Jun. 15: Melbourne T. - Hume City 68-65
Jun. 16: Corio Bay S. - Diamond V.E. 119-90

Central ABL

Jun. 15: N.Adelaide R. - S.Adelaide P. 82-63
Jun. 15: Eastern M. - Woodville W. 81-94
Jun. 15: Forestville E. - W.Adelaide B. 74-88
Jun. 15: Southern T. - Norwood F. 73-68
Jun. 15: C.District L. - Sturt S. 71-73

QBL

Jun. 15: Cairns M. - Toowoomba M. 99-71
Jun. 14: Ipswich F. - SW Metro P. 94-72
Jun. 15: Brisbane C. - Suncoast C. 87-84
Jun. 15: Mackay M. - Rockhampton 82-86
Jun. 15: Gladstone P. - Northside W. 78-88
Jun. 16: Gold Coast R. - Brisbane C. 67-93
Jun. 14: Bundaberg B. - Northside W. 58-81
Jun. 14: Townsville H. - Toowoomba M. 117-89

SBL

Jun. 15: Stirling S. - Mandurah M. 98-89
Jun. 15: Wanneroo W. - Perth R. 83-90
Jun. 15: Goldfield G. - Geraldton B. 83-109
Jun. 15: East Perth E. - Perry Lakes H. 77-82
Jun. 14: Perry Lakes H. - Kalamunda E.S. 130-80
Jun. 15: Lakeside L. - Willetton T. 127-87
Jun. 15: Cockburn C. - SW Slammers 122-86
Jun. 14: Willetton T. - Wanneroo W. 111-94
Jun. 15: Kalamunda E.S. - Rockingham F. 100-120

SEABL

Jun. 15: NW Tasmania - Frankston B. 92-82
Jun. 15: Geelong S. - Nunawading S. 89-69
Jun. 16: Kilsyth C. - Sandringham S. 89-68
Jun. 15: Bendigo B. - Canberra G. 88-87
Jun. 14: Mt Gambier - Kilsyth C. 85-75
Jun. 14: Hobart C. - Frankston B. 82-75
Jun. 16: Nunawading S. - Bendigo B. 80-93
Jun. 16: Ballarat M. - Canberra G. 77-100
Jun. 15: Albury W.B. - Knox R. 76-67
Jun. 15: Brisbane S. - Dandenong R. 76-62
Jun. 15: Sandringham S. - Ballarat M. 112-86

WARATAH

Jun. 15: Illawarra H. - Manly Warr. 98-67
Jun. 16: Hornsby S. - Cent.Coast C. 90-69
Jun. 15: Sydney C. - Bankstown B. 85-76
Jun. 16: Hills H. - Sutherland S. 85-64
Jun. 15: Norths Bears - Maitland M. 85-61
Jun. 15: Newcastle H. - Colonial Hotel 73-85
Jun. 15: Parramatta W. - Hornsby S. 72-77

Regular Season: Round 15

BIG V

Jun. 22: Hume City - Corio Bay S.
Jun. 22: Sherbrooke S. - Eltham W.
Jun. 22: Diamond V.E. - Waverley F.
Jun. 22: Bulleen B. - Melbourne
Jun. 23: Werribee - Ringwood H.

Central ABL

Jun. 22: S.Adelaide P. - Sturt S.
Jun. 22: Norwood F. - Eastern M.
Jun. 22: W.Adelaide B. - Southern T.
Jun. 22: Woodville W. - N.Adelaide R.
Jun. 22: C.District L. - Forestville E.

QBL

Jun. 21: Brisbane C. - Ipswich F.

SBL

Jun. 21: SW Slammers - Stirling S.
Jun. 22: Geraldton B. - Lakeside L.
Jun. 22: Mandurah M. - Goldfield G.
Jun. 22: Perth R. - East Perth E.
Jun. 22: Wanneroo W. - Cockburn C.
Jun. 22: Stirling S. - Perry Lakes H.
Jun. 22: Rockingham F. - Willetton T.
Jun. 23: East Perth E. - Goldfield G.
Jun. 23: Kalamunda E.S. - Wanneroo W.

SEABL

Jun. 21: Hobart C. - Albury W.B.
Jun. 21: Mt Gambier - Brisbane S.
Jun. 22: Canberra G. - Nunawading S.
Jun. 22: Dandenong R. - Knox R.
Jun. 22: NW Tasmania - Albury W.B.
Jun. 22: Frankston B. - Brisbane S.
Jun. 22: Bendigo B. - Geelong S.
Jun. 22: Ballarat M. - Kilsyth C.
Jun. 23: Kilsyth C. - Brisbane S.
Jun. 23: Sandringham S. - Dandenong R.

WARATAH

Jun. 22: Bankstown B. - Norths Bears
Jun. 22: Cent.Coast C. - Manly Warr.
Jun. 22: Maitland M. - Parramatta W.
Jun. 22: Sutherland S. - Illawarra H.
Jun. 22: Hills H. - Colonial Hotel
Jun. 23: Manly Warr. - Maitland M.


SBL: Redbacks Move to Fifth - by Eurobasket News

The Bank of Queensland Redbacks mens State Basketball League team had an important away-game 90 to 83 win over the sixth-placed Wanneroo Wolves.

The game was a tight affair throughout with the lead changing on nine occasions and the largest gap between the two teams being just eight points.

The Redbacks overcame a three-point deficit at end of the third quarter to secure the win with a dominant 27 to 17 last quarter.

This win, combined with other results in the league, has seen the Redbacks men catapult from eighth to fifth place in the 14-team competition with a season record of 11 wins and eight losses.

Power-forward Michael Vigor (205-F/C-90) top-scored for the Redbacks with 25 along with eight rebounds and two assists.

Swing-man Bennie Lewis was their next highest scorer with 20 and 7 rebounds.

Centre Justin Brown (213-C-80, college: Connecticut) scored 18 and had 17 rebounds while point-guard Adam Johnston (180-G-85, college: William Jewell) had 16 points.

The Bank of Queensland Redbacks womens team lost 40 to 53 to the top-placed Wolves.

Centre Marita Payne continued her season-long strong form scoring 17 while bring down 15 rebounds, blocking three shots and making two assists.

19-year-old point-guard Gabby OSullivan took over her new role as primary point-guard and played gallantly in scoring eight points and making two assists.

The Redbacks womens team now has six wins and 10 losses and are in 10th place in the 12-team competition.

The Redbacks mens team has a vital game this Saturday when they take on the third-placed East Perth Eagles, who are on the same win-loss record, in a home-game at the Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre tipping-off being at 8PM.

This is preceded by the womens game between the Redbacks and the bottom-placed Eagles, which tips off at 6PM.

Article by Redbacks Media
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



Big V: Weekend Wrap- Round 12 - by Eurobasket News

It seems a one-week break was a blessing in disguise for Melbourne and Sherbrooke with the competitions two bottom teams returning to action with wins in round 12.
SCM ROUND UP
ROUND 12
Sherbrooke showed some fight in round 12, claiming their first win in seven games and just their second victory of the season. On the end of the rising Suns was a hapless Werri-bee, who no doubt will feel this one got away from them at a time when a win was an absolute must. After a close first half the Suns edged clear in the third quarter, before man-aging to hold on in the closing stages. Best for the victorious home team included Josh Smith (17pts), David Moore (12pts, 11rbs) and Bryan Moore (196-F, college: Assumption) (14pts), while for the Devils it was up to Jordan Hughes (22pts, 11rbs) and Muka Jack Sil-ver (16pts) to keep things rolling along. Hopefully we contin-ue to see improvement and more wins coming from the Suns, meanwhile you can be assured a desperate Devils outfit will bounce back hard next round.
Despite a 32-15 start against Eltham, it wasnt long before Bulleen felt some pressure after the visiting Wildcats closed things up with a 30-19 second quarter, ensuring a close game early in the third term. Good teams find a way to win and it didnt take long for the Boomers to find their funk, pushing clear for a win with a 46-26 second half. Adrien Sturt (24pts), Corey Standerfer (201-PF, college: York, NB) (19pts) and Mike Rose (18pts) all looked good for Bulleen, while the visitors were best served by James Malvaso (18pts), John Lister (16pts) and David Buchberger (15pts).
Hume City missed three long bombs in the last minute of ac-tion against Melbourne in what turned out to be a thrilling 68-65 win for the Tigers, marking their first win in six games. De-spite a slow start (7-20) and then an 11pt deficit at the last break, the Tigers stormed home with a 23-9 last quarter. Rob-ert Stone (24pts) and Jack Gaze (20pts) did the damage for the Tigers, while on a sombre night it was Elliot Carr (17pts) and Alex Bogart-King (13pts) leading the way.
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Corio Bay wasted little time bouncing back from a last-round loss and certainly took Diamond Valley to task with a 119-90 win. In an open game, the Stingrays overcame a 21-28 first quarter to pile on 31-15, 28-18 and 39-29 over the next three quarters. Eric Williams (30pts), MaAlo Hicks (16pts, 13rbs), Paul Hutchison (15pts) and Jason Reardon (10pts, 15rbs, 8ass) led the way for the home team in a win that featured seven Stingrays hitting double figures. The visiting Eagles werent disgraced, but they will have walked away concerned by letting in 119pts, far too much regard-less of what you are capable of putting away down the other end. Matt Fennell (28pts) did his bit in this one for the Eagles, while Luke Valentine (14pts) was the only other DV player in double digits.
Ringwoods giant-killing form continued with a 105-93 win over Waverley, the result marking the Hawks sev-enth straight win and pushing them up to third on the ladder, while Waverley have now lost two of their last three games and sit in fifth place. This was a pulsating game Ringwood led by 10pts at quarter-time, scores were level at half-time, Ringwood jumped to 19pt lead at the last break, before withstanding another Waver-ley fight-back to win by 12pts. Sam Belt returned from holidays with 23pts, Matt Snowball (12pts, 11ass) looked sharp, Bryan Dougher netted 21pts with Willie Weimer (17pts) and Shaun Clarke (17pts) both deliver-ing good numbers as well. Waverley needed Brad Kelleher (24pts), Ivan Platenik (19pts) and Sedale Threatt (16pts) to provide plenty of drive, but the next best scorer was Chris Arkell back on 9pts.
ROUND 12 RESULTS
Sherbrooke 86 defeated Werribee 82 Corio Bay 119 defeated Diamond Valley 90 Bulleen 97 defeated Eltham 71 Ringwood 105 defeated Waverley 93
Melbourne 68 defeated Hume City 65
Jamal Brown and Jermaine Maybank were collectively held to just 15pts against Melbourne, a telling factor in the Bron-cos upset loss to the Tigers.
Make no mistake, Ringwoods champion-ship-defending season is in full swing and after seven straight wins they look the goods. Wins over Corio Bay (34pts) and Waverley (12pts) in successive weeks have been all class.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



SBL: Lightning make another huge statement (Week 14 Men's Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

The Perry Lakes Hawks, Perth Redbacks and Cockburn Cougars all made a statement over Week 14 men's SBL action but none could match the dominance of the top-of-the-table Lakeside Lightning.

The weekend's action began on Friday night with Perry Lakes thumping the Luke Nevill-less Kalamunda Eastern Suns 130-80 at the WA Basketball Centre and the Willetton Tigers downing the Wanneroo Wolves 111-94 at Willetton Basketball Stadium.

The Hawks showed no signs of missing head coach Shawn Dennis who has departed to take up the job in charge of the Townsville Crocodiles in the NBL while the Tigers won a crucial battle to improve to a 10-7 beating the Wolfpack who is fighting for the same positions in the standings.

All four teams from Friday night backed up on Saturday with differing results.

Wanneroo lost its second game of the weekend going down at Joondalup Basketball Stadium to the Perth Redbacks. The Redbacks won 90-83 to improve to an 11-8 record to move up to fifth position on the ladder while the Wolfpack slipped to eighth at 9-9.

Willetton wasnt able to back up its Friday performance with the Lakeside Lightning thumping the Tigers 127-87 at Lakeside Recreation Centre. That sees Lakeside improve to 16-2 on the season and to be three games clear on top of the ladder while Willetton slips to 10-8 in sixth.

The Perry Lakes Hawks were the only team that played on Friday to back up with a win on Saturday as they won a terrific battle against the East Perth Eagles.

The Hawks prevailed 82-77 at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre to consolidate second spot at 13-5 with a two-game gap now on the 11-7 Eagles.

The Suns slipped to a 3-15 record to remain anchored to the bottom with the Rockingham Flames going to Ray Owen Sports Centre and coming away with a 120-100 victory.

Other Saturday games saw the Geraldton Buccaneers beat the Goldfields Giants 109-83 at Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium. The win improves the fourth-placed Buccaneers to an 11-7 record while the Giants are out of the mix at 5-13.

The defending champion Cockburn Cougars continue to build some momentum for the first time this season having now won three straight matches following Saturday's 122-86 win over the South West Slammers at Wally Hagan Stadium.

The other match saw the Stirling Senators down the Mandurah Magic 98-89 at Warwick Leisure Centre.

There were some impressive individual displays over the weekend starting on Friday with Adrian Majstrovich finishing with 30 points and 13 rebounds for Perry Lakes.

Quinn McDowell (198-G/F, college: William & Mary) had 28 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Willetton and Trian Iliadis worked tirelessly for the Wolves with 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Then on Saturday, Ben Beran top-scored for Lakeside with 26 points with Jarrad Prue scoring 16 to go with a massive 28 rebounds and 10 assists.

Michael Lay hit 23 points and pulled in 10 rebounds for the Hawks, Michael Vigor led the way for the Redbacks with 25 points and eight rebounds, Damian Matacz scored 24 points and had nine rebounds for Wanneroo with Cory Cooperwood hitting 33 points and pulling in 15 rebounds to go with six assists, five steals and three blocks for the Senators.

Cooper Land scored 30 points for Rockingham and Ben Smith 34 for Kalamunda. Daniel Thomas finished with 32 points and six assists for the Buccaneers on the back of 6-of-8 shooting from three-point territory. Rob Kampman also had 28 points and 10 rebounds for Geraldton.

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



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  AUSTRIA   


Klosterneuburg extend Christoph Greimeister - by Eurobasket News

Klosterneuburg have extende the deal with Christoph Greimeister (208-C-90). The centre will enter the fourth straight season with the Dukes. Last season Christoph Greimeister notched 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. In A Bundesliga the centre delivered 4.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per appearance. He became SuperCup and Cup winner with the Dukes in 2013. Previously Christoph Greimeister played for St. Polten. He was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Austrian National Teams. The centre debuted for the National Team in 2012.


Gunners keep Jason Johnson - by Eurobasket News

The Oberwart Gunners secured the services of Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77, college: Tennessee St.) for the next season. The forward has been playing for the Gunners since 2000. Last season Jason Johnson notched 8.3 points, 7.0 rebounds per game in A Bundesliga. The forward was named into All-Austrian Bundesliga A 2nd Team in 2003. Jason Johnson made it into All-Domestic Players Team in 2006. He also earned All-Austrian League Honourable Mention in 2011. Jason Johnson participated at the Bundesliga All-Star Game in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.
The Gunners head coach Tom Johnson also extended his contract with the team. He will enter his second straight season at helm of Oberwart. Last season Tom Johnson led the Gunners into League Final and Cup semifinal.



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  BELGIUM   


Verviers Transfer - by Peter Buyse

Verviers-Pepinster added American-French forward John Wilkins (206-G/F-89) to its roster for 2013-2014. The 24 year old just finished his final season of college at Illinois State. He has similar stats through his 3 years in college averaging around 7ppg and 4 rebounds per game. John spent quite some time in Belgium while his father Jeff Wilkins played at D2 team St Louis towards the end of his playing career. John already played for Pepinster before heading back to the USA to play in college.
John's dad is a former NBA player who played for the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs for about 7 years.



Liege Transfer - by Peter Buyse

Liege Basket has added American forward Mike Smith (198-G-87, college: E.Tenn.St.) to its 2013-2014 roster. Smith finished his college career at East Tennessee State at the end of the 2010-2011 season. Had a good season with 17.9 ppg and 6.8 rpg. He only played 4 games in 09-10 due to a knee injury and was granted another season of eligibility. Also had a excellent season in 08-09 when his averages were 15.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg. At the end of his senior year he was selected All A-Sun Conference Player of the Year.
Headed overseas for the 2011-2012 season when he played in Germany for Bundesliga team Bremerhaven. In 34 games he averaged 8.3 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 21.4 mpg.
Was drafted in 2012 by the D-League's Iowa Energy. Smith suffered a broken hand during training camp with Iow and never played any regular season games.



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 16: Guangzhou L. - Changsha Bank 77-67
Jun. 16: Jiangsu TX - Chongqing FD 72-65
Jun. 16: Heilongjiang - Hong Kong 121-108
Jun. 16: Sichuan BW - Hebei S. 118-68
Jun. 16: Jiang Xi - Nanjin Army 102-97 OT

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 19: Hebei S. - Hong Kong
Jun. 19: Sichuan BW - Chongqing FD
Jun. 19: Jiang Xi - Changsha Bank
Jun. 19: Nanjin Army - Heilongjiang
Jun. 19: Guangzhou L. - Jiangsu TX



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  DENMARK   


U20 Nordic Cup: Denmark pip Sweden in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20-Denmark U20 69:70

Denmark pip Sweden in Helsinki in the start of the U20 Nordic Cup. The Danish side led 12 points entering the last stanza but escaped with a 70:69 win.
Denmark pulled the lead in the start of the game and dominated the first half. They started the game with a 20-13 lead and then led 11 points at the halftime. A good team work effort brought them 36:25 after the first two quarters and then Denmark continued their domination in the third period. Another ten minutes in the court brought them 54:42 on the board, but they had difficulties to keep the victory. Sweden erupted for the final push and reduced the game to just 1 point.
Jonas Zohore top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Jacob Enevold collected 8 points and 9rebounds, while Frederik Rungby (199-F-93) had 6 points and 9 boards. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) scored 26 points in defeat, whilst Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) nailed 12.

Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 26, Tobias Borg 12
Denmark U20: Jonas Zohore 16, Jacob Enevold 8+9rebs, Frederik Rungby 6+9rebs.



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J.P. Prince (ex Guaynabo) signs at Titanes Del Distrito Nacional - by Eurobasket News

Titanes Del Distrito Nacional (LNB) landed 26-year old American guard J.P. Prince (201-87, college: Tennessee). He played recently at Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rican BSN league. In four games he averaged just 2.3ppg and 2.0rpg this season. Earlier this season Prince played at Mersin (TBL) in Turkish league. In 29 games he had 12.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.9spg (leader !!!). The last (2012) summer he was tested by Guaiqueries (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In two games he had only 2.5ppg and 2.0rpg. The last (2012) season Prince was tested by the Cavaliers in NBA.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (TBL) in Turkish league. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.0apg and 1.9spg (in top 5).
Among other achievements Prince's team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals in 2008 and 2010. He received also All-SEC Sixth Man of the Year award back in 2008 at his college time.
Prince was a member of USA U18 National Team in 2005.
He has played also professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers).
Prince attended University of Tennessee until 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Titanes Del Distrito Nacional lands James Thomas, ex Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Titanes Del Distrito Nacional (LNB) tabbed 33-year old American power forward James Thomas (205-116kg-80, college: Texas). He played recently at Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League. In 34 games he averaged 9.8ppg and 9.3rpg this season. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. The last season Thomas played at Givova Scafati (Lega2) in Italian league. In 37 games he had 13.2ppg, 11.8rpg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
The previous (10-11) season Thomas played at Erdemirspor Eregli (TBL) in Turkish league. In 30 games he had 9.3ppg and 10.2rpg.
In 2009-10 season he was tested by BancaTercas (SerieA, starting five) in Italian league. In 5 games he had 8.2ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.0spg. Thomas also played 2 games in Eurocup where he had 6.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2008-09 season he was tested by Biancoblu (Lega2) in Italy.
In 2004 Thomas was drafted by Adirondack Wildcats (USBL) in fourth round (37th overall).
The former University of Texas standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
He has played also professionally in NBA (Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers), Italy (Biancoblu Basket Bologna) and CBA (Albany Patroons).
Let's have closer look into Thomas' outlook: A warrior in the paint who plays higher than his 6-8. Very tought and aggressive, he managed to play inside in the NBA, even because he's a very hard worker and a team player. Has a limited shooting range, but can score, isn't a great shotblocker, but he will die for a rebound.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Gary Flowers signs at Titanes Del Distrito Nacional - by Eurobasket News

Titanes Del Distrito Nacional (LNB) landed 27-year old American forward Gary Flowers (203-86, college: S.Mississippi). He played recently at Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in the U.S.. In 46 games he averaged 14.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg and 1.6bpg this season. Part of last season Flowers spent at KAO Dramas (A1) in Greek league. In 6 games he had 10.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg. He also spent pre-season at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (BBL) in German league that year.
Among other achievements Flowers played in the final of D-League in 2012. He received also NABC Division I All-District 11 1st Team award in 2011 at his college time.
Flowers graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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2013 Mediterranean Games: FYR Macedonia hold off Egypt - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia - Egypt 74:67 (OT)

FYR Macedonia recorded the first win at the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Turkey. They overcame Egypt in a dramatic overtime clash in Mersin today. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up with 20 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Balkan team.
Egypt got to a perfect start. They stayed in front throughout the opening quarter and recorded a 20:13 lead at the first break. FYR Macedonia adjusted their defence in the second frame. They got within 3 points at halftime 25:28. Egypt did not allow their European opponents to deny the deficit. The African team entered the fourth frame up by 6 points 42:36. But FYR Macedonia managed to save the game. They erased the deficit late in regulation and sent the game into overtime. FYR Macedonia went on 18:11 rally in the extra period and snatched victory at the end. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 16 points, while Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points in the victory. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) answered with 16 points for Egypt. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) chipped in 13 points in defeat.

FYR Macedonia: Bojan Trajkovski 20+12 boards, Dimitar Karadzovski 16, Aleksandar Kostoski 11
Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 16, Sherif Gindy 13



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Standings - Liga Superior

D1 Standings
 1. San Marcos 14-0 
 2. UTEC 12-2 
 3. Denver 9-5 
 4. Leones 7-7 
 5. Roll Royce 6-8 
 6. Chaleco 4-10 
 7. And1 San Miguel 3-11 
 8. Delgadense 1-13 



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U20 Nordic Cup: Estonia upset the hosts in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Finland U20-Estonia U20 77:88

Estonia upset the hosts in the opener of the U20 Nordic Cup. Estonian side grabbed a 88:77 over Finland in Day 1.
Estonia took 19-14 lead in the first period and then had 41:30 halftime advantage. The guests improved to 13 points after 30 minutes, but were fully satisfied with 88:77 final win.
Rauno Nurger (207-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Oliver Metsalu (195-G-93) as well as Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) had 13 each. Taavi Leok (192-G-93) and Kristen Meister (191-G-93) delivered 11 points apiece. Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) and Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) paced the hosts with 16 points each in defeat. Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) collected 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Joonas Lehtoranta (183-SG-94) had 13.
Denmark pip Sweden in Helsinki in the start of the U20 Nordic Cup. The Danish side led 12 points entering the last stanza but escaped with a 70:69 win.

Finland U20: Topias Palmi 16, Joonas Caven 16, Julius Rajala 14+11 rebs, Joonas Lehtoranta 13
Estonia U20: Rauno Nurger 18, Oliver Metsalu 13, Martin Paasoja 13, Taavi Leok 11, Kristen Meister 11



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Indianapolis - Day 2 (Game 3): Rome 53 - Paris 46 - by ESL News

Game 3: Team Rome 53 - Team Paris 46
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Top seeded Team Rome and coach Joey Burton narrowly escaped from its matchup with a scrappy Team Paris, defeating them 53-46 to advance to the championship game. It was tied at 40 with four minutes to go when Team Paris, playing their third game in a row, simply ran out of energy. Game MVP Brandon Beasley (195-F-88) of Team Rome took advantage down the stretch, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while hitting 3-of-4 free throws to ice the game away in the final minute. Mark Yelovich (198-F-89) had nine points and seven rebounds, while Jake Shipley (202-F-91) added 10 points. Team Paris and coach Jay Bradford were led by Casey Coons (183-PG-90) who had 20 points and LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (191-G-87, college: Greenville) who had 17 points and four rebounds. It was a defensive-minded game and Team Paris gave it their all, but it wasnt quite enough. Team Rome is still undefeated.

Team Rome 53

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
17 Butler, Devon 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
18 Houpt, Jack 3-4 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 6
19 Cousin, Anthony 4-6 0-0 1-2 1 2 3 1 0 0 2 9
25 Shipley, Jake 2-5 1-5 3-3 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 10
26 Yelovich, Mark 2-7 1-1 4-7 1 6 7 1 0 0 0 11
42 Beasley, Brandon 2-4 1-3 5-6 3 7 10 0 1 1 2 10
44 Williams, Devin 0-2 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 1 0 0 3 3
Total 15-30 4-15 13-21 9 20 29 5 3 1 8 53

Team Paris 46


# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
4 Turner, Desmond 0-3 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 2 2 0 1 0
5 Coons, Casey 1-1 6-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 20
6 Mitchell, Deionta 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 0
27 Ellis, LaPhonso 2-4 3-6 4-4 1 3 4 2 1 0 1 17
28 Williams, Taylor 0-5 1-2 0-0 3 5 8 1 1 0 1 3
46 Story, Kevin 0-3 1-6 1-2 2 1 3 1 2 1 0 4
47 Edwards, Calvin 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 3 2 1 0 2
Total 4-20 11-23 5-6 9 18 26 10 14 2 5 46



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

Game 7: Berlin 72 - Amsterdam 70 video

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

Berlin 72

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

Amsterdam 70

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



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

Game 9: Paris 59 - Amsterdam 58 video

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

Paris 59

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

Amsterdam 58


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



Indianapolis - Day 2 (Game 2): Paris 73 - Amsterdam 62 - by ESL News

Game 2: Team Paris 73 - Team Amsterdam 62 video

In the second game of the tournament Team Paris, coached by Reginald J. Bradford, defeated Team Amsterdam, coached by John Bryant , 73-62 to win their second consecutive game of the day. Casey Coons (183-PG-90) took home game MVP honors with 19 points and three rebounds. His hot shooting from three-point range continued as he hit four more. Team Paris also saw good play from LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (191-G-87, college: Greenville) who finished with 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, Calvin Edwards (190-G-90) who had 13 points and Kevin Story (191-G-86), who, once again, was an enforcer defensively. Team Amsterdam continued there disappointing run, dropping out of the tournament after just one game. Coach John Bryant simply did not have enough disciplined play from his team. Team Amsterdam committed 12 turnovers, compared to only five for Team Paris. DeAndre Taylor (195-G-89, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: N.Michigan) had 22 points and was aggressive offensively throughout, while big man Tim Parham (206-F/C-83, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Md-E Shore) had 15 points and five rebounds, shooting 7-of-8 from the field.

Team Paris 73

Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
4 Turner, Desmond 1-3 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 1 0 5
5 Coons, Casey 2-2 4-5 3-3 3 0 3 1 1 0 1 19
6 Mitchell, Deionta 1-2 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 5
27 Ellis, LaPhonso 4-8 1-3 2-2 2 1 3 3 1 0 1 13
28 Williams, Taylor 4-5 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 1 0 2 1 8
46 Story, Kevin 4-6 0-1 2-3 2 1 3 1 0 0 1 10
47 Edwards, Calvin 1-3 3-8 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 1 0 13
Total 11 8 19 11 5 4 5 73

Team Amsterdam 62


# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
8 Hicks, Jelani 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0
14 Richey, Fayzon 3-6 0-3 2-2 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 8
15 Taylor, John 5-6 0-1 1-1 0 3 3 0 0 0 3 11
30 Stover, Jordan 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0
40 Archie, Keith 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 4
51 Taylor, Deandre 7-12 2-4 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 22
55 Harper, Jeff 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 0 2 2
56 Parham, Tim 7-8 0-0 1-3 2 3 5 0 0 1 1 15
TOTAL 25-39 2-8 6-8 5 16 21 3 8 3 12 62



Indianapolis - Day 2 (Game 4): Madrid 74 - Berlin 6 - by ESL News

Game 4: Team Madrid 74 - Team Berlin 61 video

It wasnt meant to be for Team Berlin and coach John Spezia (agency: Warren Sports International ) as Team Madrid and coach Paul Schwarz won 74-61 and will now play in the championship against Team Rome. Despite a solid effort from Team Berlin, Team Madrid was in control throughout. Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Ill.-Chicago) and Iran Hollis (197-F-90) were co-MVPs of the game for Team Madrid. Vandermeer had 22 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, while Hollis had 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Both players dominated the paint and imposed their physicality. Rodrigo Montoya (196-F-90) had 11 points and Chris Teasley (190-G-90) had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists. Team Berlin was led by Russell Wesley (193-F-81), who had 17 points and 11 rebounds, recording his first double-double. Guard Rashad Allison (185-G-89) had 16 points and five rebounds and Mitchell Carter (208-C-100, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 11 points, but did not shoot well from the floord, missing 5-of-6 three point atempts. Team Berlin exits the tournament with their heads held high knowing they left it all on the floor.

Team Madrid 74

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
16 Buggs, Erik DNP
21 Teasley, Chris 5-9 0-2 0-0 0 4 4 4 1 0 1 10
29 Selken, Nick 0-0 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 2 6
43 Ridle, Cedric 3-6 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 0 1 9
48 Montoya, Rodrigo 5-7 0-1 1-1 1 1 2 3 1 0 3 11
49 Hollis, Iran 5-9 2-4 0-0 4 4 8 3 1 0 1 16
57 Vandermeer, Scott 6-9 3-7 1-2 3 10 13 1 2 3 1 22
TOTAL 24-40 8-20 2-3 9 23 32 15 9 3 9 74

Team Berlin 61

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
10 Williams, Brandon 2-4 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 0 0 4
11 Lewis, Aaron 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3
12 Allison, Rashad 5-9 2-4 0-0 2 3 5 2 0 0 4 16
13 Clayton, Emil 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 3
22 Jones, Kent 0-2 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 6
23 Russell, Wesley 4-5 3-7 0-0 2 9 11 1 0 0 2 17
24 Myatt, Andrew DNP
58 Carter, Mitch 4-8 1-6 1-3 0 2 2 0 0 2 5 12
Total 15-28 10-26 1-3 5 20 25 11 5 2 12 61



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

Game 1: Rome 72 - Amsterdam 50 video

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

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

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





Indianapolis - Day 2 (Game 1): Paris 65 - Berlin 43 - by ESL News

Game 1: Team Paris 65 - Team Berlin 43 video

In the first game of the tournament, Team Paris, coached by Reginald J. Bradford, came out and performed in a dominating fashion. They were able to defeat Team Berlin 65-43, led by game MVP LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (191-G-87, college: Greenville) who finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Team Paris came out strong from the beginning, starting on a 22-5 run to being the game. They also received contributions from Casey Coons (183-PG-90), who had 12 points on four three-pointers and three assists, Kevin Story (191-G-86), who contributed 10 points and seven rebounds, providing constant energy and Calvin Edwards (190-G-90), who finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Team Berlin, coached by John Spezia (agency: Warren Sports International ), was led by Rashad Allison (185-G-89), who finished with seventeen points and five rebounds. Mitchell Carter (208-C-100, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) also had eight points and six rebounds for Team Berlin. Both team are still in contention for the championship game.

Team Paris 65

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
4 Turner, Desmond 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 1 3 0 3 4
5 Coons, Casey 0-1 4-8 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 12
6 Mitchell, Deionta 2-3 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 7
27 Ellis, LaPhonso 3-9 2-5 2-2 2 6 8 5 2 0 1 14
28 Williams, Taylor 2-6 1-8 1-2 2 3 5 1 1 0 2 8
46 Story, Kevin 5-7 0-0 0-2 3 4 7 2 3 0 2 10
47 Edwards, Calvin 2-5 2-5 0-2 0 5 5 1 0 0 0 10
Total 16-34 10-28 3-8 11 24 35 13 9 1 8 65

Team Berlin 43

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
10 Williams, Brandon 0-2 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 0 5 0
11 Lewis, Aaron 0-1 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
12 Allison, Rashad 3-7 1-3 8-8 0 5 5 0 3 0 3 17
13 Clayton, Emil 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
22 Jones, Kent 0-1 3-8 1-4 1 3 4 1 0 1 1 10
23 Russell, Wesley 0-3 1-1 2-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 5
24 Myatt, Andrew DNP 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
58 Carter, Mitch 1-1 1-5 3-4 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 8
Total 4-15 7-22 14-18 3 18 21 4 6 1 9 43



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

Game 6: Madrid 70 - Paris 63 video

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

Madrid 70

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

Paris 63

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



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

Game 2: Berlin 64 - Madrid 62 video

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

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

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





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

Game 4: Madrid 91 - Amsterdam 53 video

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

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

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



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

Game 8: Rome 67 - Madrid 58 video

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

Rome 67

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
17 Butler, DaVon 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Houpt, Jack 2-3 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 9
19 Cousin, Anthony 1-3 0-2 2-2 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 4
25 Shipley, Jake 1-1 6-8 2-2 1 5 6 1 3 1 0 22
26 Yelovich, Mark 2-5 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 5
42 Beasley, Brandon 7-15 1-2 6-9 4 1 5 3 0 0 2 23
44 Williams, Devin 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 2 2 0 0 4
Total 15-29 9-16 12-15 6 15 21 8 8 1 5 67

Madrid 58

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
57 Vandermeer, Scott 2-5 2-3 6-8 1 3 4 2 2 0 1 16
48 Montoya, Rodrigo 2-3 0-1 2-2 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 6
21 Teasley, Chris 4-4 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 0 1 11
43 Ridle, Cedric 3-6 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 2 3 0 3 10
29 Selken, Nick 2-3 0-1 1-1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 5
16 Buggs, Erik DNP
49 Hollis, Iran 2-4 1-5 3-3 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 10
Total 15-25 4-16 13-16 2 15 17 6 10 0 6 58



ESL announces 2013 Indianapolis All Tournament Team - by ESL News

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Brandon Beasley
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Casey Coons
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Indianapolis ESL All Tournament Team 2103:
MVP: Brandon Beasley (196-F-88, college: William Penn) of Team Rome was the ESL Indianapolis MVP without a doubt and displayed all the qualities in an MVP we were looking for. He is a terrific scorer with a relentless work ethic. He shot the lights out over the last few days as well as displaying many spectacular dunks. Brandon is a very strong and explosive scorer who is set to make a serious look at some big time jobs in Europe and show everyone that he is a premier athlete. Also, Brandon is a very long and strong defender who can guard a one through 4.
Casey Coons (203-PG-90, college: Taylor) of Team Paris is a hard nosed point guard who knows how to read defenses with a very high basketball IQ. Casey is capable of shooting NBA three pointers with great accuracy. Very physical, strong point guard who knows how to win. Casey should be able to begin his career in a low to mid-level country without a problem whatsover.
Rashad Allison (186-G-89, college: Arkansas St.) of Team Berlin was one of the best on the ball defenders of this ESL as he locked up the opposing teams best player game in and game out. He is an extremely quick player who can penetrate and dish the ball. More of a combo guard with good range and release who should be able to play in a low to mid-level country at the one and two.
Cedric Ridle Jr. (188-PG-90, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Lincoln, MO) of Team Madrid is a long athletic slasher who is a great defender on the wing as well. Plays very hard and wants to win. Look for Cedric to get to a lower level team to start with and will his way up to another level.
LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (191-G-87, college: Greenville) of Team Paris is a hard working player who can shoot the ball from great distances extremely well. He is a very good defensive player who helped his team get to the semi-finals of the ESL by winning two in a row on Sunday with barely losing the 3rd game to make it to the final.
Chris Teasley (191-G-90, college: Va.Wesleyan) of Team Madrid is a very hard worker who can play the two and three spots very comfortably. He has a very high basketball IQ who is unselfish and can guard very well on the wings. Also, a very good athlete who should be able to excel in a league like Denmark or Norway.
Jake Shipley (202-F-91, college: Briar Cliff) of Team Rome is a very long lean shooter who has excellent range from anywhere on the floor. Can put the ball on the floor and is a team player. Jake can rebound on both ends and with his height and length who can shoot from outside will pose major match up problems for most teams. Look for him to start in a country like Sweden this year.
Mark Yelovich (198-F-89, college: SIU Edwardsville) is a very strong power forward who can shoot from the outside with effectiveness and can also shoot 3s. He has the ability to put the ball on the floor and go to the rim. Also, has very good moves around the basket and works very hard. Look for him to play at a mid to high level his first year.
Tim Parham (206-F/C-83, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Md-E Shore) is a very physical, strong player who is a veteran with very good skills around the basket. Tim has been around a while and the 30 year old player is very wise and crafty. Tim has had stints in the NBA and still has a good 3-4 years left in his body. Tim would be a great player in the BBL.
Mitch Carter (208-C-100, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) is a true post with who is a bit undersized who makes up for it by working hard around the basket. He can stretch out the floor with NBA range with a beautiful jumper. Mitch has the ability to play at a high level, but will have to prove himself at a lower level first which he will undoubtedly be able to do.
Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Ill.-Chicago) is very smart player who has a very good skill set. Scott is a true 7 footer who would be great in a pick and pop offense as well as going inside with a nice baby hook from each side. Scott runs the floor extremely well, is a good rebounder and is a very active shot blocker.



Indianapolis - Day 2 (Final Game): Rome 64 - Madrid 48 - by ESL News

Final Game: Team Rome 64 - Team Madrid 48 video

There was never a doubt which team was going to win the championshop. In the final game of this weekends Eurobasket Summer League in Indianapolis, Team Rome and coach Joey Burton , took home the title defeating Team Madrid and coach Paul Schwarz , 64-48. The up-and-down tempo favored Team Rome, as Team Madrid never could quite get going. Not suprisingingly, Brandon Beasley (196-F-88, college: William Penn) took home game MVP honors with 21 points and 10 rebounds, a fitting end to his successful weekend. Several other players stepped up for Team Rome as well, including Devin Williams (193-G-87, college: Indianapolis) who finished with 12 points and four rebounds, Jack Houpt (201-F-90, college: W.Illinois) who finished with 10 points and seven rebounds and the unsung hero throughout the weekend, Mark Yelovich (198-F-89, college: SIU Edwardsville), who had 10 points. Team Madrid was led by the energy of Cedric Ridle Jr. (188-PG-90, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Lincoln, MO), but it wasnt enough. Ridle finished with nine points, six rebounds and five assists, giving it everything he had. Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Ill.-Chicago) had 18 points and six rebounds, and Nick Selken (183-PG-88, college: S.Dakota St.) added seven points. It was a successful weekend all around for both teams.

Team Rome 64

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
17 Butler, Devon 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 5
18 Houpt, Jack 1-2 1-6 4-4 3 4 7 1 0 0 1 9
19 Cousin, Anthony 1-4 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 5 0 0 2 4
25 Shipley, Jake 0-0 1-1 0-0 1 5 6 1 2 0 0 3
26 Yelovich, Mark 5-8 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 10
42 Beasley, Brandon 7-9 1-2 4-7 3 7 10 3 1 1 21
44 Williams, Devin 4-6 1-5 1-2 3 1 4 1 4 0 0 12
Total 19-30 11 20 31 11 11 1 4 64

Team Madrid 48

# Name 2PM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST FLS BLK TO PTS
16 Buggs, Erik DNP
21 Teasley, Chris 3-4 0-3 0-1 1 2 3 1 1 0 2 6
29 Selken, Nick 2-5 0-0 3-4 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 7
43 Ridle, Cedric 2-5 0-2 5-5 2 4 6 5 5 1 1 9
48 Montoya, Rodrigo 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
49 Hollis, Iran 0-4 1-3 3-4 2 2 4 1 1 0 2 6
57 Vandermeer, Scott 6-11 2-2 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 2 2 18
TOTAL 14-31 3-10 11-14 6 15 21 8 10 3 9 48



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Olimpija got wild-card for Eurocup - by Igor Obradovic

Basketball club Union Olimpija got wild-card for the new Eurocup season with the new format of the competition.

In new season will be 48 instead 32 teams and Olimpija will be one of them. Union Olimpija was defeat in Slovenian final against Krka with 3-1, they won Slovenian Cup and in Adriatic league they finished season in eight place.

Yesterday they sell one of the best players in their roster, Jaka Blazic who was signed three year contract with Crvena zvezda Telekom.



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Alex Renfroe leaves the forces of Brose Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Alex Renfroe (191-PG-86, college: Belmont) leaves the forces of Brose Baskets and will not return to the German team. Both sides part ways as it was announced yesterday.
In 23 BBL games he averaged 7.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.7apg and 1.0spg last season. He helped them to win the league title. Renfroe also spent pre-season at Blancos de Rueda (ACB) in Spanish league earlier that year. In 22 games he had 10.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg. The last season he played at Enel Brindisi (Lega2) in Italian league. In 38 games he had 12.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.9spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team.
The season 2010/2011 Renfroe played at KK Zagreb (A1) in Croatian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 14 A1 games he had 11.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.7apg and 2.4spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Imports Team, Honorable Mention and All-Defensive Team. Renfroe also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg and 2.3spg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he had 12.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg. And finally Renfroe played 25 games in Adriatic League where he had 9.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.8apg and 1.8spg.



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U20 Nordic Cup: Estonia upset the hosts in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Finland U20-Estonia U20 77:88

Estonia upset the hosts in the opener of the U20 Nordic Cup. Estonian side grabbed a 88:77 over Finland in Day 1.
Estonia took 19-14 lead in the first period and then had 41:30 halftime advantage. The guests improved to 13 points after 30 minutes, but were fully satisfied with 88:77 final win.
Rauno Nurger (207-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Oliver Metsalu (195-G-93) as well as Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) had 13 each. Taavi Leok (192-G-93) and Kristen Meister (191-G-93) delivered 11 points apiece. Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) and Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) paced the hosts with 16 points each in defeat. Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) collected 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Joonas Lehtoranta (183-SG-94) had 13.
Denmark pip Sweden in Helsinki in the start of the U20 Nordic Cup. The Danish side led 12 points entering the last stanza but escaped with a 70:69 win.

Finland U20: Topias Palmi 16, Joonas Caven 16, Julius Rajala 14+11 rebs, Joonas Lehtoranta 13
Estonia U20: Rauno Nurger 18, Oliver Metsalu 13, Martin Paasoja 13, Taavi Leok 11, Kristen Meister 11



KORISLIIGA: Samuli Vanttaja joins KTP roster - by Rauno Hurmalainen

One of the tallest Finnish basketball players, PF-C Samuli Vanttaja (210-F/C-91) joins KTP (Kotka) roster with a 1-year-contract. The last two seasons Vanttaja was playing on Kouvot (Kouvola) roster averaging 2012-13 in 39 contests 7,7 ppg (1 - 63,2%, 2 - 45,4%, 3 - 32,6%) - 6,6 rpg in 28:07 mpg. Vanttaja has played also on Finnish NT (U16, U18, U20). KTP Head Coach Sami Toiviainen has now six Finnish players signed for 2013-14 season.


INTERNATIONAL: Four Finnish teams want abroad - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Record many Finnish Basketball teams are looking forward to play international games coming 2013-14 season. Finnish Champion Bisons (Loimaa) and Head Coach Greg Gibson are interested to play Eurocup games, which is the second highest level in Europe. Kataja (Joensuu) and KTP (Kotka) have informed about their willingness to participate the EuroChallenge series. Kataja started on that third highest level already last season and made it among the top-8 teams. Pyrinto (Tampere) wants to play in the Baltic League plus the 44 regular season games in Finnish Top League.


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Chateauroux brings in Edouard Girard and Djerlls Pele - by Eurobasket News

Chateauroux brings in Edouard Girard (187-G-92) and Djerlls Pele for the next season. The team announced last night two new players.
Edouard Girard is a 21-year old domestic guard who played last time at ADA Blois Basket in NM1. Djerlls Pele is 20 years old player and 1.80 cm. Jimmy Rela will be happy to see the players in the squad next season.



Feurs Enfants du Forez inks Krum Doychinov - by Eurobasket News

Feurs Enfants du Forez inks Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) for the next season. The player will move from OF Irakleio in Greece.
In 23 games he had 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Greek A2 All-Bosmans Team and All-Defensive Team. The most of last season Doychinov spent at Solna Vikings (Basketligan) in Swedish league. In 39 games he recorded 9.0ppg and 5.3rpg. He also played at Apollon (Division A) in Cypriot league earlier that season.
The season 2010/2011 Doychinov played at Balkan (NBL) in Bulgarian league. In 29 games he recorded 8.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2bpg. He also played 8 games in Balkan League where he recorded 9.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4bpg.
He was also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. Doychinov played for Bulgarian Senior National Team in 2010 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2006. He represented Bulgaria at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 7.9ppg, 7.1rpg, FGP: 66.7%, FT: 73.1%.



Pietrus leaves Valencia - by Eurobasket News

32-year old French ex-international forward Florent Pietrus (202-103kg-81) left Valencia Basket (ACB). In 29 games he averaged 3.3ppg and 2.7rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the supercup semifinals. Pietrus also played 16 games in Eurocup where he had 3.3ppg and 3.4rpg. He played there also last season. In 39 ACB games he had 3.1ppg and 3.2rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Pietrus also played 13 games in Eurocup where he had 5.4ppg and 3.5rpg. He represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 4.5ppg, 2.8rpg.
Pietrus has played previously for three other Spain teams: Caja Laboral, Unicaja Malaga and Asefa Estudiantes.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A forward who likes the 4 an d the 5 positions, but who is probably undersized to play at top level there; very athletic, great leaper, with great timing for the rebounds; needs to add some perimetral skills;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Denain keep Rafael Lopez - by Eurobasket News

Denain have extended the contract with Rafael Lopez (204-C-86). He will stay with the team for another season. The centre joined Denain at the start of the previous season. He notched 8.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in ProB. Previously Rafael Lopez had stints with Brest, Challans Basket, Als Andreziex-Boutheon. He earned All-French NM1 Honourable Mention in 2011.


Chalons-Reims land Sacha Giffa and Florent Tortosa - by Eurobasket News

Chalons-Reims deepened their roster. They added Sacha Giffa (202-C/F-77) and Florent Tortosa (196-SF-89).
Sacha Giffa spent the last two season with Fos-Ouest. Last season the forward notched 9.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in ProB. Previously Sacha Giffa played for Strasbourg, ASVEL, Pau-Orthez, Chalon, Levallois. He took part at the 2004 ProA All-Star Game. Sacha Giffa was the member of the French National Team in 2002-2008.
Florent Tortosa played three last seasons for Saint Vallier. Last season the forward averaged 11.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game in ProB. Previously Florent Tortosa played for Hyeres-Toulon. He was the member of French U20 National Team in 2009.



Boulazac add Aurelien Salmon and Meredis Houmounou - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac announced the signing of two new players. They secured the services of Aurelien Salmon (204-PF-87) and Meredis Houmounou (188-SG-88) for the next season.
Aurelien Salmon spent the previous season with Hyeres-Toulon. The power forward posted 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in ProB. Previously the forward had stints with Limoges and Nancy. He made it into French ProB All-Newcomers Team back in 2008. Aurelien Salmon was the member of French U16, U18 and U20 National Teams.
Meredis Houmounou was the player of Aix-Maurienne last season. The guard tallied 11.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per appearance in ProB. Previously he had spells for Evreux, Cholet and Le Havre. He was also the member of French U20 National Team.



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2013 Mediterranean Games: FYR Macedonia hold off Egypt - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia - Egypt 74:67 (OT)

FYR Macedonia recorded the first win at the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Turkey. They overcame Egypt in a dramatic overtime clash in Mersin today. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up with 20 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Balkan team.
Egypt got to a perfect start. They stayed in front throughout the opening quarter and recorded a 20:13 lead at the first break. FYR Macedonia adjusted their defence in the second frame. They got within 3 points at halftime 25:28. Egypt did not allow their European opponents to deny the deficit. The African team entered the fourth frame up by 6 points 42:36. But FYR Macedonia managed to save the game. They erased the deficit late in regulation and sent the game into overtime. FYR Macedonia went on 18:11 rally in the extra period and snatched victory at the end. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 16 points, while Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points in the victory. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) answered with 16 points for Egypt. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) chipped in 13 points in defeat.

FYR Macedonia: Bojan Trajkovski 20+12 boards, Dimitar Karadzovski 16, Aleksandar Kostoski 11
Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 16, Sherif Gindy 13



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Germany U16 hold off France U16 in Heidelberg - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16 - France U16 66:61

German U16 National Team claimed victory in the first game of the exhibition series versus French counterparts. Luis Figge (188-PG-97) stepped up with 14 points to lead the hosts. The second and third games of the series are scheduled for June 20 and 21.
Germany secured a 15:12 lead after ten minutes of action. France however turned things their way in the second frame. The visitors fired 20 points to gain a 32:31 halftime lead. Germany took the initiative back in the third term. The went on a 22:14 rally and ensured a 53:46 advantage heading into the fourth period. France limited the hosts to 13 points in the final period but could not capitalize losing at the end. Marcel Theodor Kessen (201-F/C-97) finished with 13 points, while Marvin Omonigho Omuvwie (190-F-97) delivered 8 points for the winning side.



Alex Renfroe leaves the forces of Brose Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Alex Renfroe (191-PG-86, college: Belmont) leaves the forces of Brose Baskets and will not return to the German team. Both sides part ways as it was announced yesterday.
In 23 BBL games he averaged 7.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.7apg and 1.0spg last season. He helped them to win the league title. Renfroe also spent pre-season at Blancos de Rueda (ACB) in Spanish league earlier that year. In 22 games he had 10.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg. The last season he played at Enel Brindisi (Lega2) in Italian league. In 38 games he had 12.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.9spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team.
The season 2010/2011 Renfroe played at KK Zagreb (A1) in Croatian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 14 A1 games he had 11.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.7apg and 2.4spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Imports Team, Honorable Mention and All-Defensive Team. Renfroe also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg and 2.3spg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he had 12.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg. And finally Renfroe played 25 games in Adriatic League where he had 9.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.8apg and 1.8spg.



2013 German National Team Named - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With the 2013 European championship less than three months away, the German national team get ready to prepare for the upcoming tournament. German national team coach Frank menz has named his roster for the upcoming training sessions and friendly games. The team will meet in Kienbaum for a training session from July 8-18. Many friendly games against other countries will follow. The German basketball federation announced that some players will not partcipate like Jan Jagla who is taking a break this sumer to give his body a rest, Tim Ohlbrecht who is concentrating on the NBA and Danil Theis who is inured. The following players are on the roster. Robin Benzing (209-SF-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) (FC Bayern Munich), Bastian Doreth (TBB Trier), Niels Giffey (University of Connecticut/USA), Per Guenther (ratiopharm ulm), Patrick Heckmannn (Boston College/USA), Alex King (s.Oliver Baskets Wrzburg), Johannes Lischka (WALTER Tigers Tbingen), Philipp Neumann (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Tibor Pleiss (Laboral Kuxta Vitoria/ESP), Heiko Schaffartzik (ALBA Berlin), Philipp Schwethelm (ratiopharm ulm), Andreas Seiferth (TBB Trier), Nicolai Simon (medi Bayreuth), Lucca Staiger, Karsten Tadda (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Maik Zirbes (Brose Baskets Bamberg), and Philip Zwiener (Eisbren Bremerhaven).

Source: DBB



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




Andre Calvin ( I Am Coachable And Dont Come With Any Baggage) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Andre Calvin (201-F-85, college: Drake) is a 201cm forward from Michigan that recently completed his second season with German Pro A team Erdgas Ehingen. With Ehingen he played 33 games: 16.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 75.0%He is a long and athletic forward that possesses good quickness and a leaping ability. Has an excellent jump shot and can score the ball off the dribble or on a post up. Also, he is a solid competitor who can adequately defend and who grabs rebounds at his side of the court. He played at drake (NCAA) and started his professional basketball career in 2007 for Gussing Knights (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 29 games: 13.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 75.0%. He then played for Casino Figueira Ginasio (Portugal-LPB, starting five): 11 games: 11.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 11.4%, FT: 59.3%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Andre thanks for taking some time to speak to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer?

Thank you for interviewing me. Right now I am in Charlotte, North Carolina and I have been having a good summer so far.


You just completed your second season for Erdgas Ehingen. How proud were you of the season for a team that has so many youth players, but still were able to make the playoffs.

I am very proud of the season that we had. We had a lot of young guys on our team that stepped up and played a big role for us. I give credit to our leaders Virgil Matthews and Garrett Williamson for our success.

SC Rasta Vechta got past Edgas Ehingen in the playoffs. What were the main reasons for the club not being able to get by the new Beko BBL team?

They had a lot of experience on their team and every mistake we made they made us pay for it. I think it was a learning experience for everyone on our team on what to expect when going to the playoffs. Its a different game, every possession is important.

You played against SC Rasta Vechta 5 times this season and lost each game. Will this club be competitive in the Beko BBL?

I think they will be able to compete in the Beko BBL, because theyre an unselfish team, they have a good coach, and they have some key players coming back next season.

You had a very strong season averaging 16.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 75.0%. How pleased were you with your season?

I was pleased with the season, because I worked really hard last summer. This season was not lucky or a fluke. I put in the work and good things happened from it.

You had a huge increase in your stats compared to your 2011-2012 season in Ehingen. How did you improve your game in the last season?

I asked Coach Junge what are the things that I need to get better at and he told me exactly what I needed to do. And I watch film from last season to see what I was doing well and what I was doing wrong.

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

The ability to be able to step out and shoot the three. That was one of the reasons why I worked so hard at improving my shot because I knew most opponents would underestimate my ability to shoot from long range.

After your strong season last season, you are hoping for some offers from Beko BBL teams. If you could sell yourself in a few sentences how would you make yourself interesting for Beko BBL teams?

I work hard at all times no matter if its in practice or a game. Im coachable and I dont come with any baggage. Also from looking at the two seasons that I played at Ehingen I improved as a player and our team improved its record, going to the playoffs.

You have played two seasons under head coach Ralph Junge. He is known as a very competent coach especially for young players, but how has he helped you become a better player?

He has helped me improve my game in a lot of ways. He changed the form on my shot, made my footwork better, and he also gave me confidence in my game. He does a great job at motivating and getting the most out of his players.


Who has been your most difficult opponent player that you have tangled with in the Pro A the last two seasons?

Id have to say its Javion Harris from Karlsruhe, he was the opponent that stood out to me this year.

How have you witnessed the development of 204cm German Sid Marlon Thies. You see him each day in practice.

He has a lot of upside. With his height, quickness and scoring ability. Hes the type of player that can guard all five positions and hold his own. By far the hardest worker on our team, and a great teammate.

How does a typical Andre Calvin work out day look like in the summer?

I get up at 4 am to do basketball drills, lift, and run. I come back in the afternoon and play pick up.

You played at Drake with guys like Josh Young, Johnathan Cox and Adam Emmenecker who all have played in Germany. What memories do you have of these three teammates?

Josh Young is like a brother to me, we would go to each others games in Germany and show each other support. I remember when he first came to Drake as a freshman. I always knew he would be a good basketball player. Johnathan and Adam, were great teammates. Johnathan always encouraged me to add the three point shot to my game.

You had Tom Davis as coach at Drake. What was the most important thing that he gave you on your way to becoming a professional basketball player?

He told me how important it was to be professional, coachable, and to always get better every offseason.


What is something you still want to do this summer something that you havent been able to do the last years?

Go back home to Detroit and play in some summerleagues.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Flight


Thanks Andre for the chat.




Nedim Hadzovic agrees to Leitershofen switch - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B side BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen has confirmed the signing of Nedim Hadzovic (205-F/C-90). "Nedim is a perfect fit for our new team. The fact that he stayed in Ludwigsburg for six years shows that he is not that kind of player who will transfer each year. He is looking for a long-term perspective", Kangaroos' head coach Stefan Goschenhofer said.
Hadzovic, born in Bosnia and a German citizen, had two BBL appearances for Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg last season. He also scored 14.4 points a contest for BSG Basket Ludwigsburg in the 2. Regionalliga.



Peter Guenschel named RSV Eintracht's head coach - by Moritz Korff

Peter Guenschel ist the new head coach of RSV Eintracht 1949 Teltow-Kleinmachnow-Stahnsdorf (2. Bundesliga Pro B), replacing Kai Buchmann, who left the club for Chemnitz.
Guenschel comes to RSV Eintracht after a stint as an assistant coach at BBL team Braunschweig. "He is young, ambitious and he has proven that he can work with young players", RSV sport director Vladimir Pastushenko stated. Guenschel was born in Bernau and started his coaching career at SSV Lok. In the following years he worked as a youth coach at Bayer Leverkusen, TuS Lichterfelde, AdW Berlin, BG Goettingen and the Telekom Baskets Bonn. In Goettingen, Bonn and most recently Braunschweig Guenschel also served as assistant for the respective BBL team coaches.



Greg Ktistou rejoins BG Hagen - by Moritz Korff

Gregory Ktistou (186-PG-79, college: Carthage) has rejoined BG Hagen for the 2013-14 season, becoming the club's latest summer signing. The 33-year-old guard from Downers Grove, Illinois, and Greek passport holder played for the RLW team already during the 2011-12 season and shortly in December 2012. "We want him to stay for longer if possible, maybe as a member of our coaching staff at a later date", BG chairman Fredi Rissmann stated on the club's website. Ever since joining the team in 2011 Ktistou has been highly respected in Hagen. "He is a total team leader", BG coach Kosta Filippou said.
Ktistou averaged 20.1 points, 4.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds a game in his first season with the team, while receiving 2012 Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Bosman Player of the Year and All-RLW Second Team honors.



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Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-SF-92) whithdraws draft participation - by Dimitris Kalovelonis

Paok's guard Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-SF-92) withdraws his 2013 NBA draft participation. This year again a lot injuries problems afflicted the 21 year talented guard ,and he never managed to show all his abilities. Furthermore his mediocre games at Treviso camp,Italy, led him to take this decision . Although he is not giving up, from NBA but he is aiming for a healthy and solid season playing for PAOK next year again, after two years with a lot's of injuries problems, in order to take his chances in 2014 for his first NBA contract.


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Mark-Peter Hof signs with Groningen - by Eurobasket News

Mark-Peter Hof (199-F-90) is coming back to GasTerra Flames Groningen. The forward signed a one-year deal with the team. He played here in 2007/2011 seasons. Later Mark-Peter Hof had stints with Leeuwarden and De Groene Uilen. Mark-Peter Hof was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Dutch National Teams.


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Standings

IBA-PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Sauk Valley P. 17-5 
 2. Bloomington F. 14-4 
 3. Kankakee S. 14-5 
 4. Kenosha B. 11-9 
 5. Chicago R. 9-10 
 6. St.Louis T. 5-13 
 7. Springfield X. 3-11 
 8. Lake County S. 0-8 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 17-2 
 2. Gary Splash 15-8 
 3. Indiana D. 11-4 
 4. Holland Dream 7-8 
 5. Lansing C. 7-12 
 6. Lake Michigan 5-16 
 7. West Virginia M. 3-15 
 8. New Jersey G-F 2-2 
 9. Albany L. 0-3 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ryan EDWARDS
  Kankakee.
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 32.2
 1. Edwards, Kankakee.32.2 
 2. Bostick, Kenosha31.9 
 3. Baptist, Kankakee.26.1 
 4. Cobbs, Kenosha B.24.6 
 5. Bennett, Gary S.22.9 
 6. Thomas, Kenosha B.22.3 
 7. Waller, Sauk V.21.8 
 8. Motley, Lansing C.20.9 
 9. Pepper, St.Louis T.20.6 
 10. Farmer, Blooming.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Pettiford, India.11.1 
 2. Warren, Gary S.10.7 
 3. Baptist, Kankakee.10.3 
 4. Barkdoll, Rocheste.10.3 
 5. Haley, Rochester R.9.4 
 6. Devaughn, India.9.0 
 7. Cobbs, Kenosha B.8.2 
 8. Williams, Lansing8.1 
 9. Love, Sauk V.7.9 
 10. Reaves, Rocheste.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tony BENNETT
  Rocheste.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Bennett, Rocheste.7.6 
 2. Kyle, Kankakee S.7.1 
 3. Ruffin, Blooming.4.9 
 4. Waller, Sauk V.4.9 
 5. Motley, Lansing C.4.4 
 6. Goldsberry, West V.4.4 
 7. Radcliff, Sauk V.4.3 
 8. Anderson, Rochest.4.0 
 9. Tunnell, West V.3.8 
 10. Pettiford, India.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas COBBS
  Kenosha B.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cobbs, Kenosha B.2.7 
 2. Collins, West V.2.2 
 3. Radcliff, Sauk V.2.0 
 4. Bostick, Kenosha2.0 
 5. Goldsberry, West V.1.7 
 6. Waller, Sauk V.1.6 
 7. Kyle, Kankakee S.1.6 
 8. Baptist, Kankakee.1.5 
 9. Bennett, Rocheste.1.5 
 10. Boykins, Lansing1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Pettiford, India.1.4 
 2. Green, Blooming.1.4 
 3. Warren, Gary S.1.4 
 4. Carlwell, Chicago1.3 
 5. Wolfinger, Portlan.1.2 
 6. Bostick, Kenosha1.1 
 7. Harris, Lake Michi.1.0 
 8. Eversley, West V.1.0 
 9. Barkdoll, Rocheste.0.9 
 10. Williams, Lansing0.8 



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The sporting falsification of the Israeli basketball - by Idan Seggev

May 2005, Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv just won their 12th consecutive domestic championship by sweeping Hapoel Tel-Aviv 0-3 in the final series and in an average of 33 points difference per game. It was also Maccabis 35th championship in the last 36 years an amazing thing in any standard. At the same time, the league management chairman, Avner Kopel, knew that he must do something in order to save the Israeli basketball before it dies. Kopel came up with the idea of cancelling the series system and change it to a final four system. The league will be played in three rounds and the first four teams will qualify for the final four. If its good for the Euroleague, itll be good enough for Israel. All the other clubs were enthused by the idea of having a real chance to win the title except one Shimon Mizrahi, Maccabis chairman. it doesnt make sense that a team can finish first with 0 losses in regular season, and lose in the semi final because its just one game, said Mizrahi.

Since the majority voted to try out the new system, Mizrahi had to agree as well but with three conditions:
1)Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv will have an automatic spot in the Euroleague regardless their position at the domestic league.
2)The final four will be played in Nokia arena, Maccabis home court which is also the only suitable arena for these kind of events.
3)The new system will be played for 2-3 seasons and then the series system will return.


Season 2005/06 was the first one to be played in the new system. Maccabi as expected, finished 1st with total of 26-4 and they played Ironi Nahariya who finished 4th with total of 17-13. It was Maccabis easiest final four, as they skipped them into the final, where they won Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 66-96. But the signs of this problematic system appeared one year later, when Maccabi met Jerusalem once again in the final and this time Jerusalem was so close to lift the trophy for the first time. But Jamie Arnolds buzzer beater saw the yellow celebrate again with a 80-78 victory.

A year later something change in the Israeli basketball view when Hapoel Holon, the promoted team from the 2nd division, finished the regular season in the 1st place, the first time since 1999 that Maccabi doesnt located first. In regular season Holon won Maccabi twice and lost one and the final match was between these two teams. Holon was the better team along the season and a justice was made when Malick Dixon hit a buzzer beater to win the game for Holon 72-70. For the first time since 1993, Maccabi lost the championship. At that point still no one argued too much, because eventually Holon deserved the title. Since then, Maccabi lost the title twice in 5 years, recently last week. Why lost? Championship is not private property of Maccabi. Lost because both Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa & Maccabi Bazan Haifa werent the best team during the season. While Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa finished the season in 2nd place with no less then 10 losses more than Maccabi but still won the final game in Nokia, Maccabi Maccabi Bazan Haifa met Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv 5 times this season and lost all the games until the final game, which by the way, was decided in the middle of the season to be in Maccabi Bazan Haifas stadium and for the first time not in Nokia. (At that time, no one knew that Maccabi Bazan Haifa will qualify for the final, but once again, all the other clubs voted to move the final game from Nokia to Romema, Maccabi Bazan Haifas new stadium).

The Israeli basketball never looked more ridiculous then it looked right now. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv has many fans across the country and also many people who would love to see other teams winning the title, in any way. They want competition and not the same champion for 23 years in a raw like Maccabi was since 1970-1993, something which doesnt exist in any other part of the world. But then again, the way to decide the championship is getting ridiculous every year. Both sides have good arguments: Maccabi in one hand, built themselves as one of Europe elite clubs over the past 50 years but they started from zero. Every year they have sane and balanced budget, unlike the Russian, Spanish and Turkish clubs and still manage to bring achievements & titles. On the other hand, in Israel Maccabi has budget more then two times then the 2nd richest club in Israel. Its almost impossible to win Maccabi in a series.

This year was the first year when the series return for the semi final phase and only the final was one game. But whats the point of winning your rivals during full season and finish first if the only game which will decide the champion, Maccabi cannot host? It is true that until today almost every final (cup or championship) was in Nokia since it was the biggest stadium in Israel by far and still is, but also because Maccabi always finished the season first and the minimum reward for their efforts should be home court advantage even if its just one game. Just imagine CSKA Moscow finish the regular season with 16-2 while BC Khimky Moscow Region finished second with 13-5 and after CSKA won every match between the two teams, the championship will be decided in one match at Khimkys arena. Sounds imaginary, right? Well, this is the exact way that Maccabi Maccabi Bazan Haifa won their first championship. By winning Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in a single game, after 5 losses and in Maccabi Bazan Haifas new arena.

There are some points that the opposite to Maccabi is always brings up:
1. If the final four is good for Maccabi in the Euroleague, they shouldnt complain about it in the domestic league.
Wrong. These are two different competition. While in the Euroleague Maccabi doesnt play vs. all the teams and the system is similar to a cup tournament, the Israeli league is being played in a league system, when every team plays each other in home & away rounds. The teams are working very hard during the season to finish as high as they can. So again, why to bother so much if the title will be decided in one game and not even at the arena of the team who finished in a higher place?

2. It is not fair that Maccabi will get an automatic license to play the Euroleague regardless their position in the Israeli league.
The Euroleague is a private competition and the Euroleague management has the right to decide which teams should take place in the competition regardless their position in the domestic leagues. But Maccabi is also the only Israeli club that has the budget and arena to play in the Euroleague while most teams are withdraw from the European competitions like the UELB and the Eurochallenge, so how can they exactly play in the Euroleague? Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem got a wild card in 2004 but they passed on it since their arena didnt stand in the Euroleague standard and they didnt want to play in Nokia. Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa/Gilboa was eliminated 3 years ago in the qualifying round.

3. Maccabis budget is way bigger than the rest, its impossible to compete with it.
With all the respect, its not Maccabis problem that they are running the club maybe in the best way in Europe in the last 40-50 years, invest money, working hard, trying to improve and get better every year, while the rest of the Israeli clubs are always looking for shortcuts. Did Hapoel Holon maintain their team after their title? No, they almost didnt start the season year after and the same thing also happened to Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa. So where is Maccabis fault in all this? Maccabi Bazan Haifa has a very good team but if they wont keep their squad and stability, this title wont be worth too much.

No doubt that the league management must act in order to fix this problem. Maccabis management already thought to leave the league if this current situation will continue and personally I think that its the best solution for both sides. The Adriatic league will contribute to Maccabi even though the fans will miss the passion of derby matches for example, while the Israeli league will get an equal league but theyll take the chance that without Maccabi the league can be hurt financially. In my opinion, the best offer is to try this option for one or two seasons to see how it goes.
The next season will be even more weird, when the final will be played in a series of best of two. Home and away matches, the club who will win on aggragate will be the champion. Just when we thought that the league management cannot get any lower, they came up with this idea
Maccabi Maccabi Bazan Haifa is not the one to blame here. Maccabi Maccabi Bazan Haifa did what they should, won Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in the title match after 5 losses, so the newspaper can scream sensation!!! in the next morning, but even Maccabi Bazan Haifas players know that they werent the best team in Israel. Maccabi Maccabi Bazan Haifa was the best team on June 13, 2013 between 21:00 and 23:00.




Titanes Del Distrito Nacional lands James Thomas, ex Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Titanes Del Distrito Nacional (LNB) tabbed 33-year old American power forward James Thomas (205-116kg-80, college: Texas). He played recently at Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League. In 34 games he averaged 9.8ppg and 9.3rpg this season. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. The last season Thomas played at Givova Scafati (Lega2) in Italian league. In 37 games he had 13.2ppg, 11.8rpg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
The previous (10-11) season Thomas played at Erdemirspor Eregli (TBL) in Turkish league. In 30 games he had 9.3ppg and 10.2rpg.
In 2009-10 season he was tested by BancaTercas (SerieA, starting five) in Italian league. In 5 games he had 8.2ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.0spg. Thomas also played 2 games in Eurocup where he had 6.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2008-09 season he was tested by Biancoblu (Lega2) in Italy.
In 2004 Thomas was drafted by Adirondack Wildcats (USBL) in fourth round (37th overall).
The former University of Texas standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
He has played also professionally in NBA (Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers), Italy (Biancoblu Basket Bologna) and CBA (Albany Patroons).
Let's have closer look into Thomas' outlook: A warrior in the paint who plays higher than his 6-8. Very tought and aggressive, he managed to play inside in the NBA, even because he's a very hard worker and a team player. Has a limited shooting range, but can score, isn't a great shotblocker, but he will die for a rebound.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ITALY   


Italian National Team 2013 - by Simas

Italian National Team 2013
#s#
Pietro Aradori
Aradori
Andrea Bargnani
Bargnani
Marco Belinelli
Belinelli
Daniele Cavaliero
Cavaliero
Andrea Cinciarini
Cinciarini
#e#5
Pietro Aradori 195-SG-88 Cantu Italy
Andrea Bargnani 209-F/C-85 Toronto R. USA
Marco Belinelli 196-G-86 Chicago B. USA
Daniele Cavaliero 188-PG-84 Pesaro Italy
Andrea Cinciarini 190-PG-86 Trenkwalder RE Italy
Marco Cusin 210-C-85 Cantu Italy
Luigi Datome 203-F-87 Acea Virtus RM Italy
Alessandro Gentile 198-G/F-92 EA7 Armani Italy
Angelo Gigli 209-PF-83 Oknoplast BO Italy
Daniel Hackett 200-PG-87 Montepaschi Italy
Stefano Mancinelli 203-PF-83 Cantu Italy
Nicolo Melli 205-PF-91 EA7 Armani Italy
Giuseppe Poeta 190-PG-85 Oknoplast BO Italy
Achille Polonara 202-F-91 Cimberio VA Italy
Guido Rosselli 198-G-83 Umana VE Italy
Luca Vitali 201-PG-86 Vanoli CR Italy

Simone Pianigiani Head Coach Fener.Ulker Turkey



2013 Mediterranean Games: Serbia defeat Italy in opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Italy 77:64

Serbia victoriously opened their Mediterranean Games campaign. They held off Italy in Mersin tonight. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) nailed 15 points to pace the winners.
Serbia opened the game on a massive 19:3 rally. They finished the first period up by 10 points 20:10. Serbia kept control throughout the second frame. They built a 38:27 halftime advantage. Serbia stretched the lead in the third period. The Balkan team accounted for a 57:43 lead heading into the fourth frame. The Azzurri cut the deficit to five points early in the final stanza but Serbia hung on to cruise to the victory at the end. Djordje Drenovac (208-G/F-92, agency: Interperformances) notched 14 points, while Stefan Nastic (211-C-92) and Stefan Jovic (199-PG-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) finished with 12 points each for Serbia. Riccardo Moraschini (193-SG-91) answered with 20 points for Italy. Andrea De Nicolao (185-PG-91) and Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) had 11 points each in the loss.

Serbia: Nikola Kalinic 15, Djordje Drenovac 14, Stefan Nastic 12, Stefan Jovic 12
Italy: Riccardo Moraschini 20, Andrea De Nicolao 11, Luca Vitali 11



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  KENYA   


KPA Coach happy with teams progress - by Eurobasket News

Kenya Ports Authority mens basketball team coach Antony Ojuku is happy with how his team is performing so far in the KBF Premier League.
The team has played six matches losing two of those. The losses came courtesy of Defending Champs Co-op Bank who beat the Mombasa based side 59-54 and Blazers club who had a narrow win over them the scores being 65-63.
According to Ojuku his team has impressed considering he is building up a new squad, this is a young team with a number of new players and with the performance they are giving at the moment I am happy as much as the league is still in its early stages.
Ojuku explains that his main target so far in the 2013 season is to reach the semi-finals of the play offs after which they will set their sights in the finals, we want to win as many matches as possible both in the 1st and 2nd leg after which when we get to the play offs getting a place in the semis will be our main target. When this is achieved we shall look at the prospects of winning the league.
KPAs last match saw them beat 2012 runners up USIU Tigers 61-51 at home and the coach states that USIU did not play well in the clash, despite defeating USIU on Saturday, I must admit that they did not play according to how I know them. I hope in the second leg they will do better.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Blades cut off Aviations resilience - by Eurobasket News

Strathmore University Blades pulled a remarkable come back to beat fellow students Nairobi Aviation 61-59 in the KBF Premier league on Sunday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
Aviation who gained promotion from Division One this season had led the Makadara based Blades in the first three quarters but after intense pressure in the last quarter gave up their lead and lost their sixth match in the league. The first quarter saw Aviation take a two point lead the scores being 11-9.
Strathmore seemed to have lapses in concentration in the quarter as they failed to recover back in defence whenever they attacked and most of their shots went off the rim. The situation was more of the same in the second quarter where they lost out to Aviation once more getting 11 points while their opponents managed to sink in 19 points. This put the half time scores at 30-20 in favor of the league newcomers.
The 3rd quarter saw Aviation capitalize on 3 point shots and widen the gap with 18 points in the quarter while Blades garnered 13 points to put the total scores at 48-43 with Nairobi Aviation still leading. It was in the last quarter that Aviation had a string of turnovers while at the same time Strathmore pushed with high paced attacks that they succumbed to an 11-18 loss.
Blades made good use of the rebounds they secured in the quarter with Aviation clearly looking exhausted and this ensured Tony Ochiengs side took home the 2 league points. The win sees Strathmore move to 4th in the table standings with 12 points after 7 matches. Aviation so far has 8 points from the seven matches they have played.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Warriors arrest terrorists at Nyayo - by Eurobasket News

Ulinzi Warriors had an easy time when they faced University of Nairobi Terrorists in the Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League. They beat the students 71-47 on Sunday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
Ulinzi who had their characteristic physical play dominated the match winning all four quarters. In the 1st quarter they managed to hold off the students with an 11-8 win then proceeded to take the 2nd quarter with 18 points to Terrors 16 points. This put the half time scores at 29-24 in favor of the Defence Forces side.
The half saw Terror lose the ball through the many turnovers they had in their own half and at the same time Ulinzis Geoffrey Mwaniki was a constant threat with the 3 point shots. In the 3rd and 4th quarter Ulinzi stamped their authority with a 26-10 win in the 3rd while the last quarter saw them get 16 points to Terrors 13 points and take the day.
The win was Ulinzis third after seven matches and they have frog jumped the students in the table standing. Ulinzi so far has 10 points while Terrorists have 9 points with both teams having played 7 matches.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  LEBANON   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 33.9
 1. Emmett, Amchit33.9 
 2. Blair, Hoops27.3 
 3. Harper, Sagesse26.4 
 4. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville26.1 
 6. Spencer, Al Riyadi24.5 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos23.8 
 8. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 9. Williams, Bejjeh23.1 
 10. Sims, Sagesse22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Fraser, Byblos16.9 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.7 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.10.9 
 5. Hill, Jiang Xi10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.4 
 7. Khazzouh, Sagesse9.2 
 8. Perry, Hoops9.1 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi8.9 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Blair, Hoops6.6 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh6.5 
 3. Akl, Sagesse6.3 
 4. Chatfield, Mouta.6.3 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.6 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos5.0 
 8. Khatib, Champville4.9 
 9. Khoury, Amchit4.8 
 10. Fahed, Moutahed4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, Hoops3.2 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.3 
 3. Emmett, Amchit2.1 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos2.0 
 5. Harper, Sagesse1.9 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.9 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 9. Spencer, Al Riyadi1.6 
 10. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 2. Hill, Jiang Xi2.5 
 3. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.6 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.5 
 5. Fraser, Byblos1.4 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.1 
 8. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 9. Vogel, Al Riyadi0.8 
 10. Freije, Amchit0.8 



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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, Cananea24.3 
 3. Austin, Cananea23.5 
 4. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas22.7 
 6. Pearson, Los M.21.9 
 7. Elliott, Navolato21.5 
 8. McCullough, Nogales21.0 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana20.0 
 10. Sperling, Obregon19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Moss, Nogales10.2 
 2. McNeal, Los Mochis9.9 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.7 
 4. Toombs, Navolato8.9 
 5. Jones, Obregon8.4 
 6. Penny, Tijuana8.3 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 9. Thomas, Tijuana7.3 
 10. Pettigrew, Guasa.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Stallings, Guasave6.9 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Gadson, Nogales5.8 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas5.3 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.9 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana4.6 
 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. Medina, Tijuana1.4 
 8. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 9. Rougeau, Cananea1.3 
 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. Toombs, Navolato1.1 
 6. Gonzalez, Cananea1.1 
 7. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 8. Mercado, Nogales0.9 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.7 
 10. Zarco, Guaymas0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Hermosillo and Navolato claim victories - by Eurobasket News

Tijuana - Navolato 96-104

Navolato handed the second straight defeat to Tijuana and tied the series at 2-all. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 104-96. Garra Canera de Navolato outrebounded Tijuana Zonkeys 46-27 including 22 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) who added 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 29 points and 6 assists and the former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 assists. Four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: M.Morrison 29+4reb+6ast, O.Quintero 23+4reb+11ast, L.Ramirez 15+2reb+4ast, M.Thomas 11+7reb+1ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 6+1reb, E.Medina 6+4reb+4ast
Navolato: R.Selleaze 30+8reb+4ast, J.Gonzalez 26+5reb, M.Elliott 25+7reb+5ast, B.Toombs 8+13reb+3ast, A.Villalobos 5+1reb, F.Verdugo 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 242333


Cananea - Hermosillo 83-88

Hermosillo overcame Cananea to take 3-1 lead in the semifinal series. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The winners were led by American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) who scored that evening 25 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) supported him with 16 points. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 32 points and 6 rebounds by naturalized American forward Quentin Gonzalez (200-84, college: McNeese St.) did not help to save the game for Mineros de Cananea. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) added 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Mineros de Cananea players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cananea: Q.Gonzalez 32+6reb+1ast, K.Austin 20+6reb+5ast, S.Monroe 12+3reb, R.Rougeau 10+6reb+5ast, O.Zuniga 9+4reb+2ast, J.Verdugo 0+1reb
Hermosillo: E.Little 25+4reb+4ast, P.Sanders 16+4reb, K.Spain 11+4reb, J.Lopez 11+4reb+1ast, S.Monreal 10+4reb+2ast, J.Camacho 8+2reb
gschID: 242332



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  MONTENEGRO   


Montenegrin National Team 2013 - by Simas

Montenegrin National Team 2013
#s#
Taylor Rochestie
Rochestie
Nikola Ivanovic
Ivanovic
Nikola Pavlicevic
Pavlicevic
Suad Sehovic
Sehovic
Bojan Bakic
Bakic
#e#5
Taylor Rochestie 185-PG-85 Angelico BI Italy
Nikola Ivanovic 190-PG-94 Buducnost Montenegro
Nikola Pavlicevic 192-SG-88 Sutjeska Montenegro
Suad Sehovic 196-G/F-87 Buducnost Montenegro
Bojan Bakic 195-SG-83 Metalac Serbia
Boris Bakic 193-G-86 MZT Skopje FYR Macedonia
Vladimir Mihailovic 193-G-90 Buducnost Montenegro
Aleksa Popovic 201-SF-87 Buducnost Montenegro
Sead Sehovic 196-G/F-89 Szolnok Hungary
Marko Popovic 200-SG-85 Buducnost Montenegro
Vladimir Dasic 208-PF-88 Metalac Serbia
Milko Bjelica 205-F/C-84 Caja Laboral Spain
Nemanja Radovic 206-F/C-91 Mega Vizura Serbia
Marko Todorovic 210-C/F-92 FCB Regal Spain
Radosav Spasojevic 204-F/C-92 Arkadia Austria
Nikola Pekovic 209-C-86 Minnesota T. USA
Nikola Vucevic 210-C-90 Orlando M. USA
Blagota Sekulic 209-C-82 CB Canarias Spain
Bojan Dubljevic 205-PF-91 Valencia Spain
Milos Komatina 205-F/C-84 Igokea Bosnia
Filip Barovic 208-F/C-90 Soproni Hungary

Luka Pavicevic Head Coach Roanne France



Savo Vucevic is the new head coach of AS Monaco Basket - by Darko Pekic

Experienced Montenegrin coach Savo Vucevic , brother of Borislav Vucevic (201-F-58) and unlce of NBA player Nikola Vucevic (210-C-90, college: USC), signed yesterday a contract with AS Monaco Basket (NM1). Vucevic will try to help Monaco based club to qualify for ProB next season. He will replace Jean-Michel Senegal who coached Monaco in the last three championships.

Vucevic coached Antibes in 2010/2011 season. It was his last coaching experience before joining Monaco. He also has plenty of experience from Belgium where he coached from 2002 to 2006. He was named Eurobasket.com All-French N1 Coach of the Year in 2008.



Head coach of NT Pavicevic announced list of players - by Dragan Scepanovic

List of players for NT Montenegro 2013 , announced by Head Coach of NT , Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) :
G: Teylor Rochesti (Biela, ITA), Nikola Ivanovic (Buducnost) and Nikola Pavlicevic (Sutjeska),
G/F : Suad Sehovic (Buducnost), Bojan Bakic ( Metalac SRB), Boris Bakic (MZT Skoplje, MKD) and Vladimir Mihailovic (Buducnost)
F: Aleksa Popovic (Buducnost),Sead Sehovic (Solnok, HUN) and Marko Popovic (Buducnost).
F/C : Vladimir Dasic (Metalac, SRB), Milko Bjelica (Kaha Laboral, SPA), Nemanja Radovic (Mega Vizura,SRB), Marko Todorovic (Barselona,SPA) and Radosav Spasojevic (Arkadia, AUT)
C: Nikola Pekovic (Minesota, USA), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando,USA), Blagota Sekulic (Tenerife,SPA), Bojan Dubljevic (Valensia, SPA), Milos Komatina (Igokea,BIH) and Filip Barovic (Solnok ,HUN).



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

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


Heat edge Spurs in overtime, stay alive in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

For three quarters, it was not LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84)' finest night. The Miami Heat superstar entered Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs averaging 31.5 points, 10 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 11 elimination games. But entering the fourth quarter Tuesday night, James had missed nine of 12 shots, and the Heat trailed by 10 points. With Miami's season on the line and another premature referendum on James' legacy up for discussion, James delivered with 16-fourth quarter points and two in overtime, leading the Heat to a 103-100 victory and forcing one more game. "I had a couple turnovers, couple mistakes," James said afterward. "I can live with those mistakes knowing I gave my all tonight. Live to see another day." James and Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) hit consecutive threes in the final 20.3 seconds of the fourth quarter, tying the score at 95-95 and producing the first overtime game of the series. James' basket with 1:01 left in overtime put Miami ahead 101-100, and Allen made two free throws with 1.9 seconds left, making it 103-101. "Until time runs out we have an opportunity to win this game," Allen said. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) came out with two outstanding defensive plays, blocking a Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) jumper with 32.2 seconds left and Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina)'s three-point attempt as time expired in overtime. Bring on Game 7 Thursday (9 p.m. ET, ABC). It is the NBA's first Game 7 in the Finals since 2010 and the sixth Game 7 in the Finals since 1980. "One game, that's it," said Allen, who played in the 2010 Finals' Game 7 with the Boston Celtics. "We gotta go out here and do our best and leave it out on the floor." James finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and kept Miami's hopes alive for a second consecutive NBA championship. It was his 11th playoff triple-double and his fourth Finals triple-double, including his second this series. The pattern of lopsided results continued the past five games have been determined by more than 10 points and the trend of win-loss, win-loss extended. No team has won consecutive games in this series, and the Heat will have to do so in order to win a second championship in a row. History is working for and against both teams. In their previous four championships, the Spurs have never trailed (advantage San Antonio). But no team has won the final two games of a Finals series on the road since the advent of the 2-3-2 Finals format in 1985 (advantage Miami). "You can't win a game with a statistic," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "You've got to win it on the court." That's what the Heat did in Game 6, preventing back-to-back losses for the first time since early January. For a long stretch, the Spurs were headed to their five NBA title in 15 seasons. Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) scored 25 of his 30 points in the first half, and the Spurs led 75-65 at the end of the third quarter. James came to life just in time, leading the Heat on 20-7 in the first six minutes, 32 seconds of the fourth quarter. James scored 11 of those points, and the Heat led 85-82 with 5:28 remaining. But the Spurs, especially Duncan, Parker, Manu Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) and Coach Gregg Popovich, have been in these situations too many times to wilt. San Antonio took a 94-89 lead before Miami's series-saving rally forced overtime. Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) had 20 points, and Chalmers, Mike Miller and Shane Battier led the Heat's three-point attack, making 11 of 19. Dwyane Wade added 14 points, and Bosh had 10 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and those two huge blocks. They negated the big game from Duncan, and for the most part kept the other Spurs in check, especially Green. Emanuel Ginobili didn't repeat his outstanding Game 5 performance, and Tony Parker did not have best shooting game. Miami's defense had just enough to stop San Antonio, which shot 58.3% in the first half but finished at 43.5%. Spoelstra did not make another change in the starting lineup, staying with forward Mike Miller in favor of forward Udonis Haslem. "It's more how than who, and that's been our focus yesterday and today," Spoelstra said 90 minutes before tip-off. The Heat again struggled against San Antonio's precision offense. Spoelstra made the bold decision to lock down on Spurs three-point specialist Danny Green. That part of the plan worked. Green, who already set a Finals record for three-pointers made in a series, made one on five tries and scored three points. But that left Duncan with several opportunities. Duncan took advantage of Miami's focus on Green, making his first eight shots of the game, including six in the first quarter. Miami did a better job limiting three-point attempts, but struggled to contain Duncan. He scored 13 consecutive points during a stretch in the second quarter, and the Spurs erased 44-39 deficit with an 11-0 run to finish the half. Both teams were hot early the Spurs started 8-for-11 and the Heat 7-for-11 and both coaches called quick first-quarter timeouts after the other team scored. Neither wanted to let the game get away early. Miami had a habit of falling behind early in this series, but it avoided that pothole in Game 6 with strong offense. Each Heat starter scored in the opening quarter, and James had five points and five assists, accounting for 19 of Miami's 27 first-quarter points.
Courtesy of; usatoday.com



Andre Iguodala expected to opt out of Denver Nuggets contract - by Eurobasket News

Friday produced a trio of newsy Nuggets nuggets Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) may return as soon as December from knee surgery, Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) will opt out of his contract and become a free agent and Lionel Hollins will interview to be the teams head coach As for Iguodala, it wasnt a shock that he decided to opt out of his contract. Now, its just a question of whether he will re-sign with Denver. The defensive-minded shooting guard would have made close to $16 million this coming season, but instead he chose the free-agent market in July. If anything, its a sign that hes considering other teams, though Denver can offer Iguodala a five-year deal while other teams can offer at most a four-year contract. Nuggets president Josh Kroenke has spoken highly of Iguodala and has said he will make a push to try to bring him back.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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Rainmen coach not finalized - by Eurobasket News

The Halifax Rainmen still havent decided wholl be at the helm next season. Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said Monday he expects to begin discussions soon with incumbent Rob Spon about the coaching position of the National Basketball League of Canada club. But he wouldnt reveal whether hed be negotiating exclusively with Spon. Halifax finished the 2012-13 campaign with a disappointing 19-21 mark, missing the playoffs for the first time in four years. When the season ended, Levingston said he would wait at least a couple of weeks before opening talks with Spon. The veteran minor-league coach assumed the reins Nov. 21 after the Rainmen CEO fired his cousin, Cliff, five games into the season. Also the president and CEO of the NBL, Levingston said those duties have forced his coaching situation to the back burner. Ive been really busy with league business and really just havent set the time aside to actually have a conversation with Coach about next season, he said. My intention is to have a discussion with him either this week or early next week. But at this point, in terms of who the coach may be, nothing is definitive right now. Levingston wouldnt say whether he is considering other candidates for the job, which has been held by six different men in the franchises first six seasons. I really dont wanna comment on that right now. I owe it to Coach Spon to have a conversation with him before I put anything out in the media. Josep Claros coached the Rainmen to the NBL final in 2011-12 but left Halifax scrambling when he informed the team shortly before last Augusts draft that he wouldnt be returning. Spon won five of his first six starts after taking over from Claross replacement, Cliff Levingston. But he finished with a 17-17 record as the club stumbled down the stretch, losing six of its final nine games to fade out of the playoff picture. I would love to come back, Spon said in March, but its all up to him (Andre Levingston) what he wants. I didnt make the playoffs, so maybe he doesnt want me back.
Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca



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Forward Joey King signs tender with Gophers - by Eurobasket News

The University of Minnesota men's basketball team announced Tuesday that former Drake forward Joey King (6'9''-F) has officially signed a tender to play for the Gophers. King, an Eagan native, played his freshman year at Drake last season and averaged 6.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game for the Bulldogs. He played his high school basketball at Eastview, where he averaged 23.9 points and six rebounds as a senior. The 6-foot-9 King joins Daquein McNeil, Deandre Mathieu and Malik Smith in new head coach Richard Pitino 's first recruiting class. "Joey showed last season that he is an inside player that can also step out and hit the three-point shot," Pitino said in a statement. "We want to play an up-tempo style of basketball so to have a versatile player with his size is going to be a luxury." King may be eligible to play for Minnesota next season. He is reportedly moved closer to home to be near an ailing family member and is seeking a waiver to be eligible to play in the 2013-14 season.
Courtesy of: foxsportsnorth.com



Former UNC Asheville guard Keith Hornsby makes move to LSU - by Eurobasket News

Some things will never change. Under-recruited high school prospect puts up big numbers at a mid-major school and then bolts to a higher level to try his hand against stiffer competition. That's just the way it is. Keith Hornsby (6'4''-G) is the latest, as the former UNC Asheville guard decided on Monday night that he was heading to LSU. (Oh, Hornsby is the son of Grammy Award winner Bruce Hornsby -- hence the first few sentences.) It is definitely a relief, Keith Hornsby told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. But I'm excited all the same. It has been a crazy two weeks. I got to meet some great people in the process, but I think I've picked the best place for me. Hornsby, a 6-foot-4 guard, also looked at Saint Mary's and North Carolina State, although the Wolfpack picked up shooting guard Trevor Lacey from Alabama on Monday afternoon. He will sit out the upcoming season and have two years of eligibility left. Last season, Hornsby averaged 15.0 points and 3.1 assists, while knocking down nearly 38 percent of his 3-pointers. He was also one of the best free-throw shooters in the country, making 92.5 percent of his foul shots. While moving to the SEC will certainly be a step up in competition, Hornsby played his high school games at Oak Hill Academy, alongside players like Ben McLemore and other high-major prospects. He also proved during his sophomore season he could get buckets against top-tier competition. This past season, Hornsby scored 23 points against NC State and 26 against Ohio State.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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Anwil land Mateusz Kostrzewski - by Eurobasket News

Anwil Wloclawek bolstered their roster. They added Mateusz Kostrzewski (201-G/F-89) to the squad. The forward spent the last season with Energa Czarni. He notched 7.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in PLK. Previously he played for Start Gdynia, Asseco Prokom, PZKosz Sopot. He was trumped All-Polish 1Liga Player of the Year in 2012. He led Start Gdynia to the 1Liga title that season. Mateusz Kostrzewski was the member of U18 and U20 Polish National Teams. The forward earned Bronze medals at the U20 European Championship in Division B in 2009. He was called up for the National Team in 2010.


Darius Maskoliunas takes over Trefl Sopot - by Eurobasket News

Trefl Sopot announced the name of their new head coach. Darius Maskoliunas will guide Trefl in 2013/14 season. The Lithuanian specialist worked with Lietuvos Rytas last season. He was fired in March. Previously he guided Zalgiris Kaunas. Darius Maskoliunas is not new to Sopot. He played for Trefl back in 1999/2003 seasons. As a player Darius Maskoliunas led Trefl Sopot to the Polish SuperCup title in 2001. The team also played twice in Polish League Finals. Darius Maskoliunas won Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament with Lietuvos Rytas junior team in 2012.


Michal Jankowski heads to Slupsk - by Eurobasket News

Michal Jankowski (192-G-87) will continue his career in Energa Czarni. The guard signed a one-year deal with the Slupsk team. Last season Michal Jankowski spent with Start Gdynia. He notched 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in TBL. Previously Michal Jankowski played for AZS Koszalin, Polonia 2011 Warszawa, Iskra Czestochowa. He became 1Liga champion in 2009. Michal Jankowski was trumped 1Liga All-Star Game MVP in 2010. Next year he made it into All-Polish 1Liga 1st Team.


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Benfica close to sign Mario Fernandes and Joao Balseiro - by Eurobasket News

Benfica are close to land Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) and Joao Balseiro (192-F-87). Both players were instrumental in Academica reaching the LPB Finals. However the reports send them to the squad of the champions.
Mario Fernandes started the previous season in Sweden. He played for Jamtland Basket. The guard notched 7.5 points, 3.3 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in Basketligan. Mario Fernandes returned to Portugal in December. He signed with Acedemica. His stats read 13.5 points, 5.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in LPB. He was named All-Portuguese League Guard of the Year for the second season in a row.
Joao Balseiro also had a solid season with Academica. The forward notched 16.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.0 assists per game in LPB. He earned All-Portuguese League Honourable Mention.



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Quebradillas 22-13 
 2. Ponce 21-13 
 3. Santurce 20-13 
 4. Guaynabo 19-15 
 5. Mayaguez 18-16 
 6. Guayama 18-16 
 7. Humacao 17-17 
 8. Arecibo 16-17 
 9. San German 9-24 
 10. Bayamon 9-25 

Regular Season: Round 41

Jun. 17: Guayama - Guaynabo 94-89
Jun. 18: Humacao - Bayamon 85-84
Jun. 18: Ponce - Quebradillas 78-85
Jun. 19: Santurce - Guayama
Jun. 19: Guaynabo - Arecibo


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Harris, Ponce20.7 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.2 
 3. Carmona, Humacao19.9 
 4. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 5. Diogu, Ponce19.7 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo19.1 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.16.8 
 10. Lisch, Quebradill.16.5 
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, Ponce8.8 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Phillip, San German8.5 
 7. Carmona, Humacao8.2 
 8. Harrellson, Chongq.8.2 
 9. Graterol, Arecibo8.0 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Rivera, Humacao6.8 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.4 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas5.3 
 4. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.8 
 6. Rivera, Ponce4.8 
 7. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 8. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 9. Coronado, Guayama3.9 
 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. Lisch, Quebradillas1.5 
 7. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 8. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 9. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 10. Rivera, Ponce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Penn, Humacao2.3 
 2. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 3. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 4. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 5. Balkman, Guayama1.4 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Lee, Quebradillas1.3 
 8. Gates, Guayama1.3 
 9. Santiago, Guaynabo1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


J.P. Prince (ex Guaynabo) signs at Titanes Del Distrito Nacional - by Eurobasket News

Titanes Del Distrito Nacional (LNB) landed 26-year old American guard J.P. Prince (201-87, college: Tennessee). He played recently at Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rican BSN league. In four games he averaged just 2.3ppg and 2.0rpg this season. Earlier this season Prince played at Mersin (TBL) in Turkish league. In 29 games he had 12.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.9spg (leader !!!). The last (2012) summer he was tested by Guaiqueries (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In two games he had only 2.5ppg and 2.0rpg. The last (2012) season Prince was tested by the Cavaliers in NBA.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (TBL) in Turkish league. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.0apg and 1.9spg (in top 5).
Among other achievements Prince's team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals in 2008 and 2010. He received also All-SEC Sixth Man of the Year award back in 2008 at his college time.
Prince was a member of USA U18 National Team in 2005.
He has played also professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers).
Prince attended University of Tennessee until 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Humacao waives Derrick Byars - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Humacao (BSN) released 29-year old American swingman Derrick Byars (201-100kg-84, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Beo Basket). In 7 BSN games he had 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg this season.
This season he played at ALBA Berlin (BBL) in German league. In 13 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to win the cup. Byars also played 18 games in Euroleague where he recorded 6.7ppg and 2.9rpg. He also spent pre-season at the Spurs in NBA that year.
The most of last (11-12) season Byars spent at Bakersfield Jam in D-League. In 29 games he recorded 15.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He was tried-out by the Heat in NBA that season. He contributed to his team winning the Southwest Division title.
The previous (2011) summer Byars was tested by Guaiqueries (LPB) in Venezuelan league.
In 2007 he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (42nd overall). The former Vanderbilt University standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball. Byars was voted Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Byars has played also professionally in France (Cholet and Chorale de Roanne), Greece (Panellinios), NBA (Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat) and Germany (Koeln 99ers).
On Byars: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Complete player with good lateral quickness and athleticism. Defensively Byars does a great job staying in front of his man. Fundamentally there are few guards in the draft that have his array of tools. Plays the game with a good level of moxie and toughness. Excellent ball handler who has played point guard several times during his collegiate career
Shot selection at times can be questionable. Would benefit his game if he utilized the mid-range shot more
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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CSKA will not keep Dmitry Sokolov - by Eurobasket News

CSKA will not renew the contract with Dmitry Sokolov (214-C-85). The centre joined the Moscow powerhouse back in 2009. Dmitry Sokolov posted 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per VTB League game last season. In PBL Dmitry Sokolov averaged 4.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. The centre also delivered 1.2 points and 1.0 board per EuroLeague game. Previously Dmitry Sokolov had stints with Unics Kazan, Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu, Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody, Pulkovo and Stavropol. He was the member of U16, U18, U20 and U21 National Teams. Dmitry Sokolov has been the member of the Russian National Team since 2009. He participated at the 2009 EuroBasket. Dmitry Sokolov notched 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in Poland.


Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 1st Team 2013
Milos Teodosic
Teodosic
Sergey Karasev
Karasev
Vitaliy Fridzon
Fridzon
Sergey Monya
Monya
Nenad Krstic
Krstic

Player of the Year: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA
Guard of the Year: Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85) of CSKA
Forward of the Year: Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) of Khimky
Center of the Year: Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA
Bosman Player of the Year: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA
Import Player of the Year: Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of CSKA
Domestic Player of the Year: Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85) of CSKA
Defensive Player of the Year: Tywain McKee (188-PG-86) of Triumph
Coach of the Year: Ettore Messina of CSKA

1st Team
PG: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA
SG: Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) of Triumph
G: Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85) of CSKA
PF: Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) of Khimky
C: Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA

2nd Team
G: Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) of Khimky
PG: Nick Calathes (198-PG-89) of Lokomotiv
G/F: Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of CSKA
F: Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) of CSKA
C: Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) of FCB Regal

Honorable Mention
Tywain McKee (188-PG-86) of Triumph
Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86) of Triumph
Aaron Miles (186-PG-83) of Krasnie Krilya
Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya
Chuck Eidson (203-F-80) of Unics
Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) of Unics
Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88) of Spartak-Prim.
Paul Delaney (188-PG-86) of Spartak-Prim.
Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Lokomotiv

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85) of CSKA
SG: Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) of Triumph
F: Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) of CSKA
PF: Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) of Khimky
C: Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) of CSKA

All-Imports Team
PG: Tywain McKee (188-PG-86) of Triumph
PG: Aaron Miles (186-PG-83) of Krasnie Krilya
G/F: Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of CSKA
F: Chuck Eidson (203-F-80) of Unics
C: Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Lokomotiv

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA
G: Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) of Khimky
C/F: Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) of Unics
C: Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) of FCB Regal
C: Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA



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Four Teams Pull Out of Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

Four teams, two men and two women have pulled out of next season's national basketball league, the Rwanda basketball Federation Secretary General Richard Mutabazi has confirmed to Saturday Sport.
The teams include; the National University of Rwanda (men and women), Kigali Institute of Education (men) and Circle Sportif de Kigali (women).
It means next season will have eight men's teams namely; Rusizi, Circle Sportif Kigali , United Generation Basketball, defending champion Espoir,30-Plus, Kigali Basketball Club, former league winners APR and newcomers Gisenyi Basketball Club.
In women category, only the champions APR, Ubumwe and Rwanda Allied Peace for Progress have registered for the new season.
"It's unfortunate that instead of having more teams registering, some are just pulling out, but as federation, there is nothing we can do. The good news from all this is that at least there is one new team in men's league (Gisenyi Basketball Club)," said Mutabazi.
He added, "To have four teams puling out for next season is a big blow to Rwandan basketball but we have to accept it because some teams are struggling financially."
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Serbia U19 fire past Argentina U19 in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 -Argentina U19 72:54

Serbia U19 fire past Argentina U19 in Game 1. The European side posted a comfortable 72:54 victory.
Serbia won the first period 20-14 and dominated the first half. The hosts added 23-15 in the second frame for 43:29 at the halftime. Moreover Serbia looked better in the second half as well. They won the third period 11-7 for 18-point lead after three quarters. Both teams nailed 18 points each in the final period for the total result.
Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) added 11. Ognjen Dobric (198-SF-94) brought 10, while Mihajlo Andric (200-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) added 9. Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96) ended up with 11 points in defeat, while Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) notched 9. Whwlan followed them with 7 points.

Serbia U19: Vasilije Micic 14, Nikola Jankovic 11, Ognjen Dobric 10, Mihajlo Andric 9
Argentina U19: Juan Vaulet 11, Matias Bernardini 9, Whwlan 7



Serbian U16 National team started with preparation - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian U16 National team started with preparation for European Championship in Kyiv Ukraine and EYOF in Utrecht, Netherland. On the list of potential candidates for U16 National team are 21 young players.
Vanja Marinkovic, Filip Anicic, Dimitrije Spasojevic, Milos Glisic, Ivan Bojanic, Slobodan Jovanovic, Nikola Cirkovic, Nikola Spasov, Nikola Rakicevic, Stefan Kenjic, Stefan Nikolic, Vojislav Stojanovic, David Miladinovic, Aranitovic Aleksandar, Aleksa Radanov, Luka Radovic, Borisa Simanic, Mladen Grusanovic, Bojan Nesic, Stefan Peno and Nikola Kovacevic.
Head coach Vanja Gusa will have in his team assistant coaches Milan Josic and Filip Socek, strength and condition coach Momir Ratkovic and physiotherapeutic Mladen Djordjevic.
Serbian U16 National team will compete on EYOF from July 14 until July 19 and on European Championship in Ukraine from August 8 until August 18.




2013 Mediterranean Games: Serbia defeat Italy in opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Italy 77:64

Serbia victoriously opened their Mediterranean Games campaign. They held off Italy in Mersin tonight. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) nailed 15 points to pace the winners.
Serbia opened the game on a massive 19:3 rally. They finished the first period up by 10 points 20:10. Serbia kept control throughout the second frame. They built a 38:27 halftime advantage. Serbia stretched the lead in the third period. The Balkan team accounted for a 57:43 lead heading into the fourth frame. The Azzurri cut the deficit to five points early in the final stanza but Serbia hung on to cruise to the victory at the end. Djordje Drenovac (208-G/F-92, agency: Interperformances) notched 14 points, while Stefan Nastic (211-C-92) and Stefan Jovic (199-PG-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) finished with 12 points each for Serbia. Riccardo Moraschini (193-SG-91) answered with 20 points for Italy. Andrea De Nicolao (185-PG-91) and Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) had 11 points each in the loss.

Serbia: Nikola Kalinic 15, Djordje Drenovac 14, Stefan Nastic 12, Stefan Jovic 12
Italy: Riccardo Moraschini 20, Andrea De Nicolao 11, Luca Vitali 11



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  SEYCHELLES   


National League - by Eurobasket News

Heat scorch Baya to maintain title charge

Beau Vallon Heat have been moving mountains according to coach Guy Hall and on Saturday they pulled off another victory against second-placed Baya who had been hot on their heels.
Defended by PLS Hawks Bernard Bristol, former Baya player Giovanni Laval (with ball) has been carrying Beau Vallon Heat in all their winsThe Heat triumphed 80-59 at Victoria Gymnasium on Saturday to stay unbeaten in eight games and end the first round unbeaten.
Promoted to play with the elites after winning the bottom division title at the end of last season, the Heat have been defying all odds to top the league table.
On Saturday, Baya failed to set into any kind of rhythm in the first quarter and the Heat took advantage to set a commanding pace, winning it 25-9.
Their opponents managed to regain their composure in the second quarter which they won 19-16 but still the Heat were ahead by 13 points 41-28 at half-time.
The two teams tied each other at 18-18 in the third quarter, but in the final 10-minute spell Bayas effort of 13 points proved to be too little as the Heat got 21 to run away with the win on an 80-59 final score.
Speaking to Sports Nation, coach Hall claimed that his team have been moving mountains and this could not be further from the truth as it has been proven time and time again that the so-called smaller teams always faced daunting tasks when they met giants PLS Hawks and Premium Cobras.
Coach Halls boys have managed to overcome every obstacle that has come their way, and surely this is a very promising sign for local basketball as the local game has become more competitive compared to the days when all titles would head to either Premium Cobras or PLS Hawks.
Coach Hall said his team headed into the season with the aim of maintaining their first division status, but with the way his squad has been performing, they now have every right to believe that they can challenge for the league title. And who would bet against them?
The former Premium Cobras coach added that they are focusing solely on the league for the moment, taking every game with a winning mentality, where he believes his main rivals are Baya and PLS Hawks.
Meanwhile, PLS Hawks managed to keep the pressure on the leaders last Saturday with a 96-76 win over Anse Boileau-based Angels.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  SLOVAKIA   


BC Prievidza brings in Mikkel Plannthin - by Petr Marek

Basketball Club Prievidza brings in Danish combo guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-G-88, agency: FCM) for next season. Mikkel has played for Svendborg Rabbits for five years. In the last season he averaged 13.6 points, 4 rebounds and 4.2 assists. He comes in Prievidza from strong Danish club that has played in Finals last four seasons in row. They won Championship only in 2010. This season Svendborg won regular season, but lost in game 7 of Finals. Mikkel is member of Danish NT currently that will play against Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg this summer.


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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia U20 lose to Turkey U20 in Rogla - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Turkey U20 78:82

Turkey U20 claimed the first win in the exhibition series versus Slovenian counterparts. Mehmet Sanli (205-C-95) tossed in 12 points to pace the winners.
Turkey jumped to a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia surged ahead in the second period. The hosts went on a 25:14 run to ensure a 44:34 halftime lead. But Turkey recovered well after the long break. They went on a 22:15 run in the third period to cut the deficit. The visitors unleashed 26 points in the fourth frame and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) and Kerem Kanter (203-PF-95) produced 10 points each for the visitors. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) answered with game-high 22 points for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop (203-PF-95) netted 13 points in the loss.

Slovenia U20: Matic Rebec 22, Jure Ritlop 13
Turkey U20: Mehmet Sanli 12, Metecan Birsen 10, Kerem Kanter 10



Union Olimpija officially recieved a wildcard for EuroCup! - by Matej Bergant

Union Olimpija Ljubljana will participate in ULEB's EuroCup during the next 2013/2014 season. The club management has received an official EuroCup wildcard from the ULEB earlier today.

Matevz Zupancic , Acting General Manager of Union Olimpija: "We are very satisfied that ULEB has granted our wish to be accepted to the EuroCup via wildcard. EuroCup will be a very interesting competition in the upcoming season, due to the changes that ULEB has made. The new system will give us a chance to play even more international games, which is great for us and for our supporters. Euroleague clubs that will not make it to the Euroleague TOP16, will join the EuroCup in the final stages. I believe the quality of basketball in EuroCup will become even better due to these changes. This invite is a praise and approval for us, but also a commitment to continue successful financial recovery and not to get ahead of our reality. We need to stay grounded in the next season and give it our best, especially in Adriatic League, which is also very important because you qualify to the European competitions from it."



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  SPAIN   


Pietrus leaves Valencia - by Eurobasket News

32-year old French ex-international forward Florent Pietrus (202-103kg-81) left Valencia Basket (ACB). In 29 games he averaged 3.3ppg and 2.7rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the supercup semifinals. Pietrus also played 16 games in Eurocup where he had 3.3ppg and 3.4rpg. He played there also last season. In 39 ACB games he had 3.1ppg and 3.2rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Pietrus also played 13 games in Eurocup where he had 5.4ppg and 3.5rpg. He represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 4.5ppg, 2.8rpg.
Pietrus has played previously for three other Spain teams: Caja Laboral, Unicaja Malaga and Asefa Estudiantes.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A forward who likes the 4 an d the 5 positions, but who is probably undersized to play at top level there; very athletic, great leaper, with great timing for the rebounds; needs to add some perimetral skills;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SWEDEN   


U20 Nordic Cup: Denmark pip Sweden in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20-Denmark U20 69:70

Denmark pip Sweden in Helsinki in the start of the U20 Nordic Cup. The Danish side led 12 points entering the last stanza but escaped with a 70:69 win.
Denmark pulled the lead in the start of the game and dominated the first half. They started the game with a 20-13 lead and then led 11 points at the halftime. A good team work effort brought them 36:25 after the first two quarters and then Denmark continued their domination in the third period. Another ten minutes in the court brought them 54:42 on the board, but they had difficulties to keep the victory. Sweden erupted for the final push and reduced the game to just 1 point.
Jonas Zohore top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Jacob Enevold collected 8 points and 9rebounds, while Frederik Rungby (199-F-93) had 6 points and 9 boards. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) scored 26 points in defeat, whilst Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) nailed 12.

Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 26, Tobias Borg 12
Denmark U20: Jonas Zohore 16, Jacob Enevold 8+9rebs, Frederik Rungby 6+9rebs.



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  SWITZERLAND   


Lugano Tigers hire Andrea Petitpierre - by Eurobasket News

Lugano Tigers announced the name of their new head coach. Andrea Petitpierre is coming back to Lugano. The specialist worked with the team back in 2005/08 seasons. He led the Tigers to the LNA title in 2006. Later he moved to Rhone Herens Basket. Andrea Petitpierre also worked with BBC Nyon. He will replace Randoald Dessarzin at helm of the team.


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Stats Leaders

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



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  TRBL   

TRBL stats leaders

TRBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Terrell Smith 29.4
2 Chris Moore 29.2
3 Leon Frazier Jr. 26.0
4 Jamel Carpenter 24.4
5 Deshawn Mclean 24.3
6 Josh Gross 24.3
7 Brandon Streeter 24.1
8 Norman Carter 22.7
9 Corey Evans 22.0
10 Malaciah Jones 21.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Nate Priest 12.5
2 Malaciah Jones 11.7
3 Thomas Pfaff 10.6
4 Marshon Farrior 10.5
5 Phil Barnes 10.4
6 Mark Carson 10.0
7 Zeke Mayes 9.7
8 James Dillard 9.4
9 Brandon Streeter 9.2
10 Deshawn Mclean 9.1
Assists Per Game
1 Chris Moore 10.3
2 Terrell Smith 6.1
3 Zach Hermann 5.9
4 Mark Jones 5.2
5 Brain West 4.8
6 Norman Carter 4.4
7 Bless Spencer 4.3
8 Cory Farmer 4.1
9 Andre Gilchrist 4.0
10 Leon Frazier Jr. 3.4
Steals Per Game
1 Terrell Smith 4.0
2 Richard Green 3.4
3 Leon Frazier Jr. 2.4
4 Chris Moore 2.2
5 Corey Evans 2.1
6 Marcus Heath 1.9
7 Brian Mobley 1.8
8 Ryan Vann 1.8
9 Kenyatta Reed 1.8
10 Bless Spencer 1.7



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  TURKEY   


2013 Mediterranean Games: Turkey cruise past Algeria in opener - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Algeria 97:68

Turkey confidently started their 2013 Mediterranean Games campaign. The hosts shot down Algeria in the opener. Melih Mahmutoglu (193-G-90) delivered 17 points to lead the home side.
Turkey grabbed a 20:16 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Turkey accounted for a 44:32 halftime advantage. Things got just worse for Algeria after the big break. The hosts increased the tempo and poured in 30 points in the third period. Turkey established a massive 74:48 lead heading into the fourth frame. Turkey fired 23 points in the final stanza to seal the win at the end. Birkan Batuk (196-SG-90) and Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) dropped 11 points each for the winners. Mohamed Harath (196-F-90) answered with game-high 25 points for Algeria. Mehdi Cheriet (204-PF-87, agency: Fusion Sports, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Turkey: Melih Mahmutoglu 17, Birkan Batuk 11, Serhat Cetin 11
Algeria: Mohamed Harath 25, Mehdi Cheriet 13



Slovenia U20 lose to Turkey U20 in Rogla - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Turkey U20 78:82

Turkey U20 claimed the first win in the exhibition series versus Slovenian counterparts. Mehmet Sanli (205-C-95) tossed in 12 points to pace the winners.
Turkey jumped to a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia surged ahead in the second period. The hosts went on a 25:14 run to ensure a 44:34 halftime lead. But Turkey recovered well after the long break. They went on a 22:15 run in the third period to cut the deficit. The visitors unleashed 26 points in the fourth frame and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) and Kerem Kanter (203-PF-95) produced 10 points each for the visitors. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) answered with game-high 22 points for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop (203-PF-95) netted 13 points in the loss.

Slovenia U20: Matic Rebec 22, Jure Ritlop 13
Turkey U20: Mehmet Sanli 12, Metecan Birsen 10, Kerem Kanter 10



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Butler atop Berkeley Prep star Justin Gray's wish list - by David Edole

By Joey Knight
Berkeley Prep G/F Justin Gray (198-F), who owns more than a dozen offers from Division I and Ivy League programs, said Monday night Butler currently tops his collegiate wish list.

Gray, who participated in a local all-star game Monday night in Berkeley's gym, said he also has offers from Houston, James Madison, Florida Gulf Coast, Boston University and at least four Ivy League programs. FGCU also is "pretty big" on his list, he added.

But three factors, Gray said, have propelled Butler ahead of the others: the steady outreach shown by Coach Brad Stevens and his staff, Gray's familiarity with the Indianapolis campus, and the fact longtime friend Devontae Morgan plays for the Bulldogs.

Morgan, a former Tampa Prep star, was a teammate of Gray's on the Florida Select travel team.

"They're just making sure they keep in contact with me," said Gray, who estimates he hears from Stevens' staff every two or three days. "So I really appreciate that."

A two-time first-team all-county pick by the Tampa Bay Times, Gray (6-foot-5, 195 pounds) led the Buccaneers in points (15.0 ppg) and rebounds (7.9 rpg) and ranked second in assists (3.1) last season, helping guide Berkeley (22-8) to the Class 4A region finals.

He averaged 19.6 points and 7.2 boards as a sophomore, when the Buccaneers reached the 4A final four. An honors student with a 3.8 GPA, he said he hopes to make a handful of visits in September.




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  UGANDA   


Immense defense overshadows UCUs win - by Eurobasket News

City Oilers 47-52 UCU Canons
KIU Rangers 55-34 Gladiators
UCU Canons used a strong defensive display in the second and third quarter to hand City Oilers their second loss of the season Friday night the MTN Arena. The Canons defensive effort in the two periods turned out to be little more than a highlight-reel sideshow to the university sides sixth straight win of the season.
After a first quarter in which UCU Canons couldnt stop anything City Oilers did, the university side recaptured their defensive and aggressive game. UCUs defense was as close to perfection as it can ever get limiting the second top scoring team in the league to a single field goal in the second quarter and season low 3 points in the frame. We lost the rhythm after the first quarter Oilers guard, Jimmy Enabu (7 points) noted. The strong defensive effort was coupled with a fair offense as Canons (6-0) rallied back from a 14 points deficit in the first quarter to a 27-25 lead at halftime powered by Syrus Kiviri who scored 8 of his co-game high 15 points in the period. UCUs solid play continued through the third quarter. The difference was defense. I told them to stay focused on our assignments especially on the defensive end and that it was just the first quarter and we had to understand that there was still a lot of basketball to be played UCUs coach, Nicholas Natuhereza on the games turn around. Forward, James Okello (6 points, 6 rebounds) opened the third quarter with an and1 to take Oilers up 28-27 but only temporarily as big canon, Desmond Owili (6 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks) hit a fade away mid-range jumper near the baseline to ignite UCUs control of a quarter they closed out leading by 10 points through Suudi Ulangas buzzer beater.
City Oilers trimmed UCUs lead to 2 points (43-45) with 4:25 in fourth quarter, Canons missed their two shots on the next couple of possessions and with 3:35, Nziza Rurangira (9 points) nailed a go-ahead trey for Oilers followed by a freebie from Andrew Opio (3points, 10 rebounds). UCUs forward, Martin Okwako (9 points) tied the game at 47 after 25 seconds. A throw from Ivan Lumanyika and another close basket from Okwako took Canons up 50-47. With 53 seconds an offensive foul was called on Syrus Kiviri and Canons were clearly miffed by the call but Ronnie Kalule missed both throws after which UCUs coach, Nicholas Natuhereza called for a time out and on return Oiler, James Okello was sent to line and also missed both throws. UCU got possession and Suudi Ulanga (7 points) drew a foul from Enabu and sunk both resultant shots to seal the game for UCU with 5 seconds to the final buzzer.
City Oilers had the worst game of the season so far - going 18-for-43 inside the arc, 3-for-18 from down town and 12-for-36 on the line. The Oilers dominated the glass out rebounding Canons 60-48 I think there are games that just dont come your way. Lose momentum, miss shots free throws Enabu said. Kami Kabangu led all Oilers scorers with 15 points and 12 rebounds. After going 5-for-6 in the first quarter, the center struggled to get his shot off against the physical defense of Desmond Owili, Ivan Lumanyika and Martin Okwako going 2-for-13 in the last three quarters. Oilers play Warriors next on Wednesday night. We have to go back to the drawing board and be better in the next game. We have to be better against Warriors Enabu vowed.
KIU Rangers meanwhile got their second win against Gladiators to improve to 4-2. Rangers met little resistance from Gladiators (2-5) who only competed in the first quarter and let KIU take charge from the second quarter as they missed their shots. Judith Nansobya and Florence Nanyonga scored 10 points apiece to lead the way for Rangers, Moreen Atulinda added 8 points. Joan Muchiruku paced Gladiators with 10 points, Conneria Atuhaire had 9 rebounds.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Highflying City Oilers Take On UCU Canons - by Eurobasket News

In what promises to be a mouthwatering encounter in the Airtel basketball league, unbeaten UCU Canons take on highflying topflight newcomers City Oilers at Lugogo arena, writes Felix Eupal.
The last time two sides met, Oilers prevailed in the final of the UCU Invitational tournament two months ago. However, that was a pre-season tournament and both sides were still regrouping ahead of the new season.
Since then, the Canons have enjoyed a fairytale start to the season; they have won all their five league games with an average of 65.2 points scored and letting in 49.9 per game. The Mukono-based side currently sits third but have two games in hand on leaders Dmark Power. As for the Oilers, they have already sent enough quivers down people's spines with wins over record champions Galaxy Falcons and Miracle Angels.
They lie fifth on the table with three wins from four outings and have scored 391 points and conceded 258. That's an average of 78.2 points scored and 51.2 conceded per game. The stats suggest they are better offensively and defensively than the Canons. So, while their debut season was supposed to be an orientation process, the Oilers have proven they have what it takes to match the big boys.
A win over Canons will go a long way to strengthen their credentials.
However, Oilers coach Many Juruni isn't letting that early form carry him away: "The win over them [Canons] was a pre-season thing and each team was just getting ready," he says. "Canons are a balanced squad. So, it's not going to be an easy game."
Not surprisingly, Canons head coach Nick Natuhereza concurs with Juruni that it's going to be a hard game even though he believes Canons have a slight advantage: "Their back court is not as good; especially the players that come off the bench," he says. "But that doesn't mean they are not good enough to beat us."
The Oilers will be without power forward Ramadan Arou, who is out of the country for family reasons. That will be a big blow because Arou is a workhorse in the paint, cleans up the boards while at the same time effective on offence.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  UKRAINE   


Alexey Chigrinov joins Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News

Cherkasy announced another signing. They secured the services of Alexey Chigrinov (189-G-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) for the next season. The guard played previously for DnirpoAzot. Last season Alexey Chigrinov posted 2.1 points per game in Superleague. The guard was the member of U18 and U20 Ukrainian National Teams.


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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 18: Urunday Univ. - Colon 78-74
Jun. 18: Larre Borges - Guruyu Waston 74-69
Jun. 18: Capitol - Verdirrojo 72-76
Jun. 17: 25 de Agosto - Cader 71-84
Jun. 17: Yale - Stockholmo 63-60
Jun. 18: Welcome - Marne 60-61

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 21: Cader - Welcome
Jun. 21: Capitol - Yale
Jun. 21: Colon - Guruyu Waston
Jun. 21: Verdirrojo - Marne
Jun. 21: Stockholmo - Larre Borges
Jun. 21: Urunday Univ. - 25 de Agosto


Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the 10th round Metro League:
Cader 84 - Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 11 pts. 18 reb. 1 block 8 assists, Andres Aristimuno (183-G-92) 24 pts. 6 reb. 4 assists.
25 de Agosto 71 - Eric Freeman (205-C-79, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Ky Wesleyan) 14 pts. 3 reb. 1 block, Andres Ferres (197-F-85) 22 pts. 6 reb. 3 assists
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Yale 63 - Julio Miglionico (202-C-91) 18 pts. 10 reb. 2 blocks, Emilio Dominguez (202-C-87) 8 pts. 6 reb.
Stockolmo 60 - Alex Lopez 16 pts. 6 reb. Christopher Moore (205-F-82, college: Virginia Union) 7 pts. 9 reb. 2 blocks



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Final Stage
 1. Cocodrilos 2-0 
 2. Marinos 2-0 
 3. Bucaneros 0-2 
 4. Gigantes 0-2 
Places 5-6
 1. Gaiteros 3-5 
 2. Trotamundos 1-7 
Places 7-10
 1. Guaros 25-28 
 2. Guaiqueries 21-23 
 3. Panteras 19-35 
 4. Toros 18-36 
Stage Two Standings

Third Stage: Round 2

Jun. 17: Cocodrilos - Bucaneros 88-87
Jun. 17: Marinos - Gigantes 78-77

Third Stage: Round 3

Jun. 19: Gigantes - Cocodrilos
Jun. 19: Bucaneros - Marinos



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


CSKA will not keep Dmitry Sokolov - by Eurobasket News

CSKA will not renew the contract with Dmitry Sokolov (214-C-85). The centre joined the Moscow powerhouse back in 2009. Dmitry Sokolov posted 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per VTB League game last season. In PBL Dmitry Sokolov averaged 4.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. The centre also delivered 1.2 points and 1.0 board per EuroLeague game. Previously Dmitry Sokolov had stints with Unics Kazan, Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu, Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody, Pulkovo and Stavropol. He was the member of U16, U18, U20 and U21 National Teams. Dmitry Sokolov has been the member of the Russian National Team since 2009. He participated at the 2009 EuroBasket. Dmitry Sokolov notched 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in Poland.


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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Estonia0-0
2. Germany0-0
3. S.Korea0-0
4. Oman0-0
5. Russia0-0
6. Ukraine0-0
Group B
1. Japan0-0
2. Mexico0-0
3. Mongolia0-0
4. Philippines0-0
5. Romania0-0
6. Serbia0-0
Group C
1. Australia0-0
2. Canada0-0
3. Czech Rep.0-0
4. Sweden0-0
5. UAE0-0
6. USA0-0
Group D
1. Brazil0-0
2. Chile0-0
3. China0-0
4. Finland0-0
5. Lithuania0-0
6. Norway0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 7: GER - EST
Jul. 7: UKR - KOR
Jul. 7: RUS - OMA

B

Jul. 7: SRB - MGL
Jul. 7: ROM - PHI
Jul. 7: JPN - MEX

C

Jul. 7: CZE - AUS
Jul. 7: USA - UAE
Jul. 7: CAN - SWE

D

Jul. 7: FIN - CHI
Jul. 7: BRA - CHN
Jul. 7: LTU - NOR




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Women News


Big V: Weekend Wrap- Round 12 - by Eurobasket News

Three of the top four teams won in round 12 while challengers Bulleen all but snuffed out their finals aspirations with a third straight loss. Is the top four settled?
SCW ROUND UP
ROUND 12
Ringwoods winning run knows no limits as yet another win was chalked up in round 12, this time over a key challenger, McKinnon. The Hawks jumped out to a 13pt lead in the first half and once again proved to be a tough unit to crack. The Cougars certainly looked good in patches and are clearly a contender this season, but as they have done so many times already this season, the Hawks churn out strong wins against all comers. Amber Hegge (185-F-88, college: S.Dakota) (18pts, 11rbs), Jadee Rooney (15pts) and Sarah Yousef (11pts) paced the Hawks in this one, while Alex Lough (17pts, 14rbs) was easily the key player for the Cougars. By the way thats win number 11 in succession for the Hawks!
Amongst all the fanfare afforded to Ringwood this season we can too easily miss the vast improvement of Hume City who, with just two losses to date, continue to play second fiddle and will no doubt be a serious contender come Au-gust. This time it was Melbourne on the receiving end of an-other all-round performance by the Broncos, a 77-64 win. To their credit the Tigers showed some competitive signs, a real rise around a number of emerging youngsters. If not for a 22-12 second quarter that saw the Broncos break the game open, we could have been in for a nail-biter. Tarryn McPher-son (22pts), Yinka Olorunnife (18pts, 13rbs) and Vivien Saad (11pts, 13rbs) took the honours for the Broncos, while an emerging Georgia Pineau (14pts, 9rbs) and Megan McIntyre (13pts) were Melbournes key players.
An 89-73 victory over Sherbrooke marked Waverleys fourth win in five games and it appears a battle for fourth place in now on in earnest between the Falcons and Diamond Val-ley.
This win for Waverley was notable given Mikaela Dombkins absence, but the form of Brigitte Ardossi (27pts, 12rbs), Claire Landby (19pts) and Marlie Hayes (14pts, 10rbs) was telling.
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A 46-33 first half set the victory up for the Falcons, as did a 46-30 rebound count, but once again Sherbrookes competitiveness in the second half was a delight to see. Best for the Suns were Rachael Waterhouse (18pts) and Shara Cousins (11pts).
Bulleens finals aspirations are in serious danger after a third straight loss, this time a 67-89 defeat at the hands of Eltham. While Bulleens season is going backwards, this was Elthams first victory in five games and perhaps its just the tonic to get their own season back on track. With Eltham lead-ing by just five points going into the last quarter this game had the potential to go down to the wire, but thats where the competition literally ended. The final 10 minutes saw the home team go on a 29-12 run to not only leave Bulleens sea-son hanging by a thread, but it has also sparked some hope into what looked a lost season for the Wildcats. Hayley Munro (22pts, 13rbs), Rebecca Guglielmino (16pts) and Leah McCann (14pts) led the way for the Wildcats in this one, while for Bul-leen Lauren Pearce (13pts) was the top scorer.
ROUND 12 RESULTS
Ringwood 80 defeated Eltham 64 Diamond Valley 65 defeated Sherbrooke 55 Hume City 76 defeated Bulleen 58 Waverley 69 defeated McKinnon 51
Whats happened at Bulleen? The Boomers can boast only one win from their last seven games and that came against Mel-bourne, 79-70. After six rounds the Boom-ers sat in fourth place with a 4-2 record, now, six rounds later, they sit in sixth with a 5-8 record.
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SBL: Big weekends for Wolves, Flames, Hawks (Week 14 Women's Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

The Wanneroo Wolves and Rockingham Flames moved clear on top of the women's SBL standings with an impressive weekend in Round 14 action with the Perry Lakes Hawks also recording a strong double of wins.

The action began on Friday night with two crucial matches with the Perry Lakes Hawks beating the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 74-72 in a thriller at WA Basketball Stadium.

The win improved Perry Lakes to an 8-6 record and brought Kalamunda down to 10-5 with both then replicating those results on Saturday night.

The Hawks backed up their win with a 65-48 win at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre over the one-win East Perth Eagles to move up to fifth position on the table at 9-6 having now recorded four consecutive victories.

Meanwhile, Kalamunda is now only just holding onto fourth position after also going down to the Rockingham Flames on Saturday night. The Flames won 89-68 to hand the Suns their first loss at Ray Owen Sports Centre for the season after eight straight home victories.

The other Friday night game saw the Willetton Tigers beat the top-of-the-table Wanneroo Wolves 62-51 at Willetton Basketball Stadium.

Neither side came away with the same result 24 hours later, though, with the Tigers losing to the 8-7 Lakeside Lightning to end the weekend in third position at 10-5 while the Wolves consolidated top spot at 11-4 with a 53-40 win at Joondalup Basketball Stadium over the Perth Redbacks.

Other results on Saturday night saw the Cockburn Cougars beat the South West Slammers 80-68 at Wally Hagan Stadium with the Cougars improving to a 10-7 record and the Slammers slipping 6-9.

The Stirling Senators scored a convincing 80-55 victory over the Mandurah Magic at Warwick Leisure Centre with Stirling improving to 7-9 in eighth positions and the Magic slipping 4-11 and stay 11th.

There were some standout individual performances as well with Samantha Whitcomb hitting 36 points for Rockingham against Kalamunda on Saturday, Gabriella Clayton had 24 for the Hawks against East Perth and Emily Fielding 28 for Lakeside against Willetton.

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



Atlanta Dream signs Ruth Riley, ex Logan T. - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Dream signed 34-year old USA ex-international center Ruth Riley (196-90kg-79, college: Notre Dame). She just played at Logan Thunder in Australian WNBL. This season Riley was tested by Woori Hansae (WKBL) in South Korean league. This summer she was tested by Chicago.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Riley's team made it to the Chinese WCBA Semifinals in 2012. She was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese WCBA 2nd Team in 2012. Riley represented USA at the Olympic Games in Athens nine years ago.
She is quite experienced player. Riley has played also professionally in Greece (Athinaikos), Latvia (TTT Riga), Poland, Spain (Maquinaria Ensino and Rivas Ecopolis), other WNBA teams (Tulsa Shock and San Antonio Silver Stars), NWBL (Colorado C.) and China (Liaoning Hengye).
She attended University of Notre Dame until 2001 and it is her twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.
Riley could be described: Ruth is an intelligent player who has an excellent understanding of the game, both offensively and defensively. She is a big post player who moves extremely well for her size. She has nice post moves and a nice jump shot up to 4-5 mtrs from the basket. She is a solid defender, good rebounder and an especially good shot blocker.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Poland march past Bulgaria, into Final - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Bulgaria 65:44

Poland advanced into 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Final. They outgunned Bulgaria in Wladyslawowo by 21 points and secure the appearance in the next round. Paulina Misiek (182-F-87, agency: Promotex) scored 12 points to pace the winners.
Bulgaria entered the game having a 15-point cushion after the home clash. But Poland marked their ambitions early on. The hosts limited Bulgaria to 7 points in the first ten minutes to take 8-point lead. Poland kept on extending the lead in the second frame. The hosts arrived at halftime up by as many as 20 points 36:16. Poland did not slow down in the third term. They ignited a 22:11 rally to open a massive 31-point lead heading into the fourth period. Bulgaria tried hard to come back into the contest but Poland kept them at safe distance and secure the needed win at the end. Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) posted 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) tossed in 11 points for the winning side. Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) answered with 10 points for Bulgaria. Stefka Miteva (190-C-89) had 9 points in the loss.

Poland: Paulina Misiek 12, Agnieszka Majewska 11+10 boards, Weronika Idczak 11
Bulgaria: Milena Tomova 10, Stefka Miteva 9



Bulgaria U20 roll past FYR Macedonia U20 in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - FYR Macedonia U20 55:44

Bulgarian U20 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming European Championship. They took on the FYR Macedonia U20 in Sofia in the exhibition clash. The hosts claimed a comfortable win at the end. Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) notched 12 points to lead the home side.
Bulgaria eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. FYR Macedonia denied it in the second frame. The visitors evened things up at 26 at halftime. But Bulgaria regained the lead in the third term. They held FYR Macedonia to 7 points in the third frame and grabbed a 6-point lead at the final intermission. Bulgaria went on a 16:11 run in the fourth quarter and sealed the win at the end. Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (189-C-93) accounted for 11 points, while Iva Kostova (177-SG-94) had 10 points for the hosts. Nena Trajevska and Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) answered with 13 points each for FYR Macedonia.

Bulgaria U20: Borislava Hristova 12, Hristina Tyutyundzhieva 11, Iva Kostova 10
FYR Macedonia U20: Nena Trajevska 13, Aleksandra Stojanovska 13



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NetScouts Basketball USA Womens All-Stars Earn Hard Fought Win Over Hungary - by Carl Berman

The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars earned a hard fought 98-86 win over the national team of Hungary before 3,000 fans in PingXiang, China. The USA battled back from a 15-point second quarter deficit by outscoring a game Hungarian squad 53-36 in the second half.

Aulani Sinclair (6'1''-F-90) (Indiana) and Alexis Gray-Lawson (California) led the comeback for the Americans. Sinclair hit four second-half three-pointers while Gray-Lawson hit two as both players scored 14 second-half points. Sinclair led the USA in scoring with 22 points with six three-pointers. Gray-Lawson added 17 points and converted all seven of her free throws. Skilled 66 center Tijana Krivacevic led Hungary with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Hungary used scoring from Krivacevic, crisp passing and timely three-point shooting from Rita Rasheed (three first half three's) to take a 50-35 late second-quarter lead before the USA scored the final ten points of the half to cut the deficit to five at the break.

The USA pounded the boards throughout the game using their superior front court depth to their advantage. The Americans enjoyed a 58-27 rebounding advantage and grabbed 21 offensive boards. The USA bigs also drew fouls and succeeded in getting the Hungarian posts into foul trouble. Chelsea Poppens (6'2''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) led the USA with 11 rebounds and came up with a key steal and bucket to give the USA a late four-point lead. Sinclair hit several big threes including one from the corner that gave the Americans a late lead. American centers Nikki Greene (Penn State, 11 points,8 rebounds) and Talia Caldwell (California, 10 points, 4 rebounds) played well while Aishah Sutherland (Kansas) helped out with four offensive boards.

USA point guards Chelsea Hopkins (San Diego State) and China Crosby (Virginia) were effective creating opportunities for their teammates as they combined for 19 assists. Hopkins reached double-figures in assists with 11 while Crosby grabbed six boards in addition to her eight assists.

In the first game China went to 2-0 with an easy 78-43 win over Australia. 61 Ting Shao led China with 13 points hitting all three of her three-pointers. China out-rebounded Australia 35-16. This sets up the title game for the PingXiang portion of the tour as China and the USA face off in the second game tonight with both teams undefeated.

Statistics

Chelsea Hopkins, PG (San Diego State) 3 points, 2 rebounds, 11 assists

Alexis Gray-Lawson, G (California) 17 points, 3 rebounds

Aishah Sutherland, F (Kansas) 7 points, 6 rebounds

Taleya Mayberry, PG (Tulsa) 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists

China Crosby, PG (Virginia) 2 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists

Tahnee Robinson, G (Nevada) 7 points, 1 rebound

Aulani Sinclair (6'1''-F-90), F (Indiana) 22 points, 7 rebounds

Nikki Greene, C (Penn State) 11 points, 8 rebounds

Sarah Eichler, F (Green Bay) 0 points, 1 rebound

Chelsea Poppens (6'2''-F-91, college: Iowa St.), F (Iowa State) 11 points, 11 rebounds

Jessica Lawson, C (South Florida) 6 points, 8 rebounds

Talia Caldwell, C (California) 10 points, 4 rebounds

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball, the International Basketball Connection.



NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Wn First Game of China Tour - by Carl Berman

The NetScouts Basketball Womens All-Stars romped over the Australian Rising Opals 82-49 in PingXiang, China late last night before a crowd of 3,429. It was the first game of an 11-game China tour for the team. The game was played in an extremely hot PingXiang Arena. The arena is not air conditioned and the temperature in the area was in the mid-90s all day and night.

Taleya Mayberry (5'6''-G-91) led the USA with 17 points. Jessica Lawson and Talia Caldwell both added 10 points while point guard Chelsea Hopkins contributed eight points and six assists. The Americans played all 12 players fairly equal minutes in the hot conditions. Australia was led by eight points from Kate Gaze.

The USA rushed out to a 24-9 lead after the first quarter, expanded the lead to 44-20 at the half and never looked back. Mayberry impressed as she hit all three of her three-pointers and scored on drives and in transition. Point guards Hopkins and China Crosby ran the USA offense very effectively as after five early turnovers, the USA only were charged with three more the rest of the game. The American defense came up with nine steals and forced Australia into contested jumpers. The Aussies shot only 31% on two-pointers and 28% on three-pointers for the game compared to 58% and 40%, respectively for the Americans. The USA had a +17 rebounding advantage in the contest, dominating the boards on both ends.

Statistics

Chelsea Hopkins, PG (San Diego State) 8 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists

Alexis Gray-Lawson, G (California) 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Aishah Sutherland, F (Kansas) 2 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal

Taleya Mayberry (5'6''-G-91), PG (Tulsa) 17 points (3-of-3 3s), 1 rebound, 2 steals

China Crosby, PG (Virginia) 8 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 2 steals

Tahnee Robinson, G (Nevada) 6 points, 4 rebounds

Aulani Sinclair, F (Indiana) 4 points, 2 rebounds

Nikki Greene, C (Penn State) 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Sarah Eichler, F (Green Bay) 2 points, 4 rebounds

Chelsea Poppens, F (Iowa State) 6 points, 5 rebounds

Jessica Lawson, C (South Florida) 10 points, 5 rebounds

Talia Caldwell, C (California) 10 points, 5 rebounds

In the first game, host China defeated a game squad from Hungary 85-71 led by 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and seven rebounds from 66 Hongpin Huang. 66 Tijana Krivacevic impressed for Hungary with 17 points and six rebounds, scoring on a variety of moves, inside and out. The USA faces Hungary tonight while China goes against Australia.

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection".



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Ivona Bogoje joins Conquero - by Eurobasket News

CB Conquero bolstered their frontcourt. They added veteran centre Ivona Bogoje (193-C-76, agency: IPSA). Last season the Croatian player started in Bosnia. She played for Celik Zenica. Ivona Bogoje notched 13.1 points, 7.4 rebounds per game in Adriatic League. Later she moved to Serbia. Ivona Bogoje signed with Partizan Galenika. The centre averaged 8.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in A League. She earned All-MZRKL Honourable Mention. Previously Ivona Bogoje had spells in Bosnia, Croatia, France and Spain. She was named All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Bosman Player of the Year in 2011. Next year Ivona Bogoje made it into All-MZRKL 2nd Team.


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Standings Div.A (Women)

Standings
Group E
1. Spain2-0
2. Turkey2-0
3. Italy1-1
4. Montenegro1-1
5. Slovakia0-2
6. Sweden0-2
Group F
1. Belarus2-0
2. France2-0
3. Czech Rep.1-1
4. U.Kingdom1-1
5. Croatia0-2
6. Serbia0-2
Group Places 13-16
1. Lithuania1-2
2. Russia1-2
3. Ukraine0-3
4. Latvia0-3

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 1

E

Jun. 20: SVK - ESP
Jun. 20: SWE - MNT
Jun. 20: ITA - TUR

F

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



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Arras gets bigger with Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi - by Eurobasket News

Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin signed 18-year old domestic forward Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (183-F-95). Last season she played for Centre Federal BB in n LF2. In 13 games she had 8.6ppg and 6.9rpg this season.
Djaldi-Tabdi was a member of French U18 National Team last year. She also participated at 3x3 Tournament.



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Bulgaria U20 roll past FYR Macedonia U20 in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - FYR Macedonia U20 55:44

Bulgarian U20 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming European Championship. They took on the FYR Macedonia U20 in Sofia in the exhibition clash. The hosts claimed a comfortable win at the end. Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) notched 12 points to lead the home side.
Bulgaria eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. FYR Macedonia denied it in the second frame. The visitors evened things up at 26 at halftime. But Bulgaria regained the lead in the third term. They held FYR Macedonia to 7 points in the third frame and grabbed a 6-point lead at the final intermission. Bulgaria went on a 16:11 run in the fourth quarter and sealed the win at the end. Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (189-C-93) accounted for 11 points, while Iva Kostova (177-SG-94) had 10 points for the hosts. Nena Trajevska and Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) answered with 13 points each for FYR Macedonia.

Bulgaria U20: Borislava Hristova 12, Hristina Tyutyundzhieva 11, Iva Kostova 10
FYR Macedonia U20: Nena Trajevska 13, Aleksandra Stojanovska 13



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Wasserburg tab Melissa Jeltema - by Eurobasket News

Wasserburg bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Melissa Jeltema (175-G-88, college: Oakland). The US guard spent the last season in Finland. She played for Honka Espoo. Melissa Jeltema became SM-sarja topscorer. The guard averaged 24.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.4 steals, 1.6 assists and 1.0 block per game. Melissa Jeltema made it into All-Finnish League 1st Team. She is not new to Germany. Melissa Jeltema played for ChemCatz Chemnitz in 2010/12 seasons. She earned All-German DBBL Honourable Mention in both 2011 and 2012.


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2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Greece advance into Final with win in Israel - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Greece 57:66

Greek National Team reached the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Final. They will now clash with Poland for the ticket to the European Championship in Hungary. Greece overcame Israel in two-game series. The Hellenes claimed a 9-point road win tonight to seal their success.
Greece entered the game with a 12-point cushion from the home clash. The Hellenes looked confident and determined throughout the opening quarter. They posted a 15:14 lead at the first intermission. Greece did not allow Israel to surge ahead in the second quarter. The Hellenes arrived at halftime up by 4 points 33:29. They boosted the gap in the third period. The visitors accumulated an 8-point buffer heading into the final stanza 48:40. Israel never recovered in the final period as Greece breezed to the win at the end. Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-F/G-81) delivered 12 points to pace Greece. Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 11 points for the winners. Michal Epstein (180-F-81, college: Boston U.) answered with 11 points for Israel. Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) and Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) had 10 points each in the loss.

Israel: Michal Epstein 11, Katia Levitsky 10, Shay Doron 10
Greece: Olga Chatzinikolaou 12, Peli Papamichail 11, Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 10



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U20 National Team begins its preparation for EC - by Istvan Nemeth

The Hungarian U20 women national team has played its first two preparation games for the European Championship.The team of Norbert Szekely head coach won both games against the Israeli national team pretty easy.
In the first game in Sopron the hosts made it clear in the beginning who the better team is leading 46:19 after the 2nd quarter.The coach rotated the players a lot giving everybody the chance to show their quality and won the game 70-55.Leading scorers were: Licskai 12,Hatr 9,Brndy 9 and Koch 7 points.
The 2nd game was harder but due of the good performance in the 2nd quarter the hungarians controlled the rest of the match and finished with 59-47. Leading scorers were once again Brndy 9, Pap 8, Szamosi 8 and Koch with 7 points.



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2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Greece advance into Final with win in Israel - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Greece 57:66

Greek National Team reached the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Final. They will now clash with Poland for the ticket to the European Championship in Hungary. Greece overcame Israel in two-game series. The Hellenes claimed a 9-point road win tonight to seal their success.
Greece entered the game with a 12-point cushion from the home clash. The Hellenes looked confident and determined throughout the opening quarter. They posted a 15:14 lead at the first intermission. Greece did not allow Israel to surge ahead in the second quarter. The Hellenes arrived at halftime up by 4 points 33:29. They boosted the gap in the third period. The visitors accumulated an 8-point buffer heading into the final stanza 48:40. Israel never recovered in the final period as Greece breezed to the win at the end. Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-F/G-81) delivered 12 points to pace Greece. Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 11 points for the winners. Michal Epstein (180-F-81, college: Boston U.) answered with 11 points for Israel. Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) and Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) had 10 points each in the loss.

Israel: Michal Epstein 11, Katia Levitsky 10, Shay Doron 10
Greece: Olga Chatzinikolaou 12, Peli Papamichail 11, Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 10



Elizur Netanya starts in preparations for the next season - by Eurobasket Center

The team started its' preparations for 2013/2014 season.

Elitzur Netanya starts in preparations for the next season which will be the 6th consecutive season of the team in the womens basketball premier league. Zohar Riezman will return to the court as the head coach of the team, the assistant coach will be Uri Meir a resident of Netanya who was the assistant coach at Hapoel Rishon Lezion. The first addition to the team is not on the court but at the financial aspect. When a Lithuanian businessman will support the team from the next season, the businessman was brought to the team by Zohar Riezman in light of their business and camaraderie acquaintance. The stated goal of the team for the upcoming season is reaching the higher part of the table.

Zohar Riezman: "Everyone knows what is it Elitzur Netanya W.B.C for me, it is an integral part of me and I am very happy to return to the court. I added to the club a Lithuanian businessman who is my personal friend, he will support us financially and will provide an industrial peace. This will allow us to concentrate in the purpose that we all gathered together for, to play basketball. Our aspiration is to bring Elitzur Netanya back to its' appropriate place, the elite of the Israeli women's basketball. I hope that we will start the next season from the gladdening point at which we finished the previous season, we will build which will represent in an appropriate way the city of Netanya, the sports fans in the city and the women of Netanya".

Uri Meir: "I am glad to join Elitzur Netanya W.B.C family, for me as resident of Netanya it is a privilege to be a part of the team which represents in the sport's field more than 50% of the population of the city. I heard a lot of good things about this club, in top of them was the familiarity inside the club. I personally noticed that when I was part of the team which played against Netanya, especially when I visited at "Sharet" hall. I am a person of less talking and more actions, a challenging and not easy season is in front of us. Our goal is to do our best in order to make the residents of the city in general and sports fans in particular to be proud of us".



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Ana Ljubenovic joins Virtus Cagliari - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Cagliari bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Ana Ljubenovic (182-F/C-88). The Slovenian international is not new to Italy. She spent the last season with Muggia. She posted 12.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in A2. Previously Ana Ljubenovic had stints with Triglav, Odeja and Panter Illirija Ljubljana. She earned All-Slovenian League Honourable Mention in 2011. She participated at the Slovenian League All-Star Game in 2012. Ana Ljubenovic was the member of U20 Slovenian National Team. She has been the member of the Slovenian National Team since 2011.


Italy U20 wins Game 2 against Serbia U20 - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 -Serbia U20 72:53

Italy U20 wins Game 2 against Serbia U20 in Pesaro. The teams exchanged the victories over the last two days.
Serbia won the first game and actually started better in the second appearance. They grabbed 17-11 lead, however could not stay tough in the rest of the game. Italy replied with 18-16 in the second frame and reduced to 4 points at the halftime. In the second half the hosts dominated the whole court. They won the third period 23-7 and ended up with massive 20-13 surge in the last stanza.
Buceti top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Dotio as well as Kraco had 13 each. Panela followed them with 7 points in a win. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) replied with 11 points in defeat and Dordevic brought 8.

Italy U20: Buceti 18, Dotio 13, Kraco 13, Panela 7
Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 11, Dordevic 8



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Polish U20 and University National Teams exchange wins - by Eurobasket News

Polish U20 and University National Teams played two test games on Sunday and Monday. They exchanged victories.
The first game ended with U20 selection claiming a 44:39 victory. University National Team enjoyed a 37:33 lead heading into the fourth frame. But U20 team used an 11:2 run in the fourth period to seal the victory. Monika Skrzecz (163-PG-94) and Dominika Miloszewska (190-F/C-94) produced 9 points each to pace the winners. Agnieszka Sniezek (176-G-91) and Claudia Sosnowska (186-F-90) replied with 8 points each for University National Team.
Next day the University NT rebounded with a 52:49 victory. They trailed by as many as 10 points after the opening quarter. But University selection went on 15:4 run in the second frame to pull ahead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term before the University NT pulled away with a narrow victory late in regulation. Claudia Sosnowska and Agata Szczepanik (194-PF-92) tossed in 14 points each for the winners. Dominika Miloszewska responded with 9 points for U20 team.



2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Poland march past Bulgaria, into Final - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Bulgaria 65:44

Poland advanced into 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Final. They outgunned Bulgaria in Wladyslawowo by 21 points and secure the appearance in the next round. Paulina Misiek (182-F-87, agency: Promotex) scored 12 points to pace the winners.
Bulgaria entered the game having a 15-point cushion after the home clash. But Poland marked their ambitions early on. The hosts limited Bulgaria to 7 points in the first ten minutes to take 8-point lead. Poland kept on extending the lead in the second frame. The hosts arrived at halftime up by as many as 20 points 36:16. Poland did not slow down in the third term. They ignited a 22:11 rally to open a massive 31-point lead heading into the fourth period. Bulgaria tried hard to come back into the contest but Poland kept them at safe distance and secure the needed win at the end. Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) posted 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) tossed in 11 points for the winning side. Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) answered with 10 points for Bulgaria. Stefka Miteva (190-C-89) had 9 points in the loss.

Poland: Paulina Misiek 12, Agnieszka Majewska 11+10 boards, Weronika Idczak 11
Bulgaria: Milena Tomova 10, Stefka Miteva 9



Gorzow keep Chineze Nwagbo - by Eurobasket News

Gorzow have secured the services of Chineze Nwagbo (183-G-82, college: Syracuse) for another season. The guard will enter her second straight season with the Polish team. Last season Chineze Nwagbo averaged 15.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.5 assists per game in PLKK. Previously Chineze Nwagbo had stints in Spain, Portugal. She was named All-Portuguese League Player of the Year in 2011. Last season Chineze Nwagbo earned All-Polish PLKK Honourable Mention.


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Indias sign Adrienne Godbold - by Luis Modestti


Indias de Mayaguez signed guard Adrienne Godbold (180-G-91) for the 2013 season.

Godbold just finished her career with Illinois in the NCAA and in her senior season she averaged 15,9 points, 7,1 rebounds and 3 steals in 22 games.

She was one of the best defensive players in her conference and can play both guard positions and small forward. She is the second import of the team as they announced Bianca Simmons some time ago.

Their preseason begins on August 2 at Palacio de los Deportes in Mayaguez.



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Italy U20 wins Game 2 against Serbia U20 - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 -Serbia U20 72:53

Italy U20 wins Game 2 against Serbia U20 in Pesaro. The teams exchanged the victories over the last two days.
Serbia won the first game and actually started better in the second appearance. They grabbed 17-11 lead, however could not stay tough in the rest of the game. Italy replied with 18-16 in the second frame and reduced to 4 points at the halftime. In the second half the hosts dominated the whole court. They won the third period 23-7 and ended up with massive 20-13 surge in the last stanza.
Buceti top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Dotio as well as Kraco had 13 each. Panela followed them with 7 points in a win. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) replied with 11 points in defeat and Dordevic brought 8.

Italy U20: Buceti 18, Dotio 13, Kraco 13, Panela 7
Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 11, Dordevic 8



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MBK Ruzomberok add Stefanie Murphy - by Eurobasket News

MBK Ruzomberok have secured the services of Stefanie Murphy (192-F/C-89, college: Boston Coll.) for the next season. The centre started the previous season in France. She played for Union Saint-Amand du Hainaut. Her stats read 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in EuroCup. In LFB Stefanie Murphy notched 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per appearance. The centre moved to Slovak Republic in January. She inked deal with SBK Samorin. Her stats read 17.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.4 assists per game in Extraliga. Stefanie Murphy earned All-Slovakian Extraliga Honourable Mention in 2013. Previously Stefanie Murphy played in Poland and Hungary. The centre was named into All-Hungarian League 2nd Team in 2012.


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Ana Ljubenovic joins Virtus Cagliari - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Cagliari bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Ana Ljubenovic (182-F/C-88). The Slovenian international is not new to Italy. She spent the last season with Muggia. She posted 12.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in A2. Previously Ana Ljubenovic had stints with Triglav, Odeja and Panter Illirija Ljubljana. She earned All-Slovenian League Honourable Mention in 2011. She participated at the Slovenian League All-Star Game in 2012. Ana Ljubenovic was the member of U20 Slovenian National Team. She has been the member of the Slovenian National Team since 2011.


Athlete Celje bring in Houda Hamrouni - by Eurobasket News

SKL champions Celje have entered the market. They announced the first signing for the next season. Celje tabbed Houda Hamrouni (F-94). The Tunisian forward signed a four-year deal with the team. Houda Hamrouni spent the last season with ES Cap Bon. She was the member of the Tunisian National Team that participated at the U18 African Championship in 2012. Houda Hamrouni became the best scorer of the tournament. The forward also stole the best rebounder honours. She was named into All-African U18 Championship 1st Team. Houda Hamrouni led Tunisia into the semifinal.


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Ivona Bogoje joins Conquero - by Eurobasket News

CB Conquero bolstered their frontcourt. They added veteran centre Ivona Bogoje (193-C-76, agency: IPSA). Last season the Croatian player started in Bosnia. She played for Celik Zenica. Ivona Bogoje notched 13.1 points, 7.4 rebounds per game in Adriatic League. Later she moved to Serbia. Ivona Bogoje signed with Partizan Galenika. The centre averaged 8.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in A League. She earned All-MZRKL Honourable Mention. Previously Ivona Bogoje had spells in Bosnia, Croatia, France and Spain. She was named All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Bosman Player of the Year in 2011. Next year Ivona Bogoje made it into All-MZRKL 2nd Team.


Hondarribia-Irun tab Laura Herrera and Olga Chatzinikolaou - by Eurobasket News

Hondarribia-Irun strengthened their roster with addition of two new players. They agreed on terms of contract with Laura Herrera (190-C/F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-F/G-81).
Laura Herrera played for Obenasa last season. The centre posted 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds per game in LFB. Previously Laura Herrera had stints with Burgos, Rivas Ecopolis, Estudiantes Madrid. She was named All-Spanish LFB Newcomer of the Year in 2010. The centre played for U18 and U20 Spanish National Teams.
Olga Chatzinikolaou spent the last season with Caja Rural. The Greek guard averaged 8.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game in LFB. She earned All-Spanish LFB Honourable Mention. Previously Olga Chatzinikolaou played for Athinaikos and Esperides in Greece. She was named All-Greek League Guard of the Year in 2012. Olga Chatzinikolaou has been the member of the Greek National Team since 2006.



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Pully add Martina Bracelli - by Eurobasket News

Pully reinforced their roster for the next season. They landed Martina Bracelli (182-SF-93). The forward spent the last season with Bellinzona. She appeared in just three games because of the knee injury. Her stats read 2.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in LNA. Martina Bracelli was the member of Swiss U16, U18 and U20 National Teams.


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Athlete Celje bring in Houda Hamrouni - by Eurobasket News

SKL champions Celje have entered the market. They announced the first signing for the next season. Celje tabbed Houda Hamrouni (F-94). The Tunisian forward signed a four-year deal with the team. Houda Hamrouni spent the last season with ES Cap Bon. She was the member of the Tunisian National Team that participated at the U18 African Championship in 2012. Houda Hamrouni became the best scorer of the tournament. The forward also stole the best rebounder honours. She was named into All-African U18 Championship 1st Team. Houda Hamrouni led Tunisia into the semifinal.


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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 6-1 
 2. Chicago S. 4-2 
 3. New York L. 4-2 
 4. Washington M. 4-2 
 5. Connecticut S. 2-5 
 6. Indiana F. 1-5 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 4-1 
 2. L.Angeles S. 3-2 
 3. Seattle S. 3-3 
 4. Phoenix M. 3-3 
 5. S.Antonio SS 2-4 
 6. Tulsa S. 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 18: Seattle S. - Washington M. 96-86 OT
Jun. 19: Phoenix M. - Minnesota L.
Jun. 20: Tulsa S. - Chicago S.


NetScouts Basketball USA Womens All-Stars Earn Hard Fought Win Over Hungary - by Carl Berman

The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars earned a hard fought 98-86 win over the national team of Hungary before 3,000 fans in PingXiang, China. The USA battled back from a 15-point second quarter deficit by outscoring a game Hungarian squad 53-36 in the second half.

Aulani Sinclair (6'1''-F-90) (Indiana) and Alexis Gray-Lawson (California) led the comeback for the Americans. Sinclair hit four second-half three-pointers while Gray-Lawson hit two as both players scored 14 second-half points. Sinclair led the USA in scoring with 22 points with six three-pointers. Gray-Lawson added 17 points and converted all seven of her free throws. Skilled 66 center Tijana Krivacevic led Hungary with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Hungary used scoring from Krivacevic, crisp passing and timely three-point shooting from Rita Rasheed (three first half three's) to take a 50-35 late second-quarter lead before the USA scored the final ten points of the half to cut the deficit to five at the break.

The USA pounded the boards throughout the game using their superior front court depth to their advantage. The Americans enjoyed a 58-27 rebounding advantage and grabbed 21 offensive boards. The USA bigs also drew fouls and succeeded in getting the Hungarian posts into foul trouble. Chelsea Poppens (6'2''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) led the USA with 11 rebounds and came up with a key steal and bucket to give the USA a late four-point lead. Sinclair hit several big threes including one from the corner that gave the Americans a late lead. American centers Nikki Greene (Penn State, 11 points,8 rebounds) and Talia Caldwell (California, 10 points, 4 rebounds) played well while Aishah Sutherland (Kansas) helped out with four offensive boards.

USA point guards Chelsea Hopkins (San Diego State) and China Crosby (Virginia) were effective creating opportunities for their teammates as they combined for 19 assists. Hopkins reached double-figures in assists with 11 while Crosby grabbed six boards in addition to her eight assists.

In the first game China went to 2-0 with an easy 78-43 win over Australia. 61 Ting Shao led China with 13 points hitting all three of her three-pointers. China out-rebounded Australia 35-16. This sets up the title game for the PingXiang portion of the tour as China and the USA face off in the second game tonight with both teams undefeated.

Statistics

Chelsea Hopkins, PG (San Diego State) 3 points, 2 rebounds, 11 assists

Alexis Gray-Lawson, G (California) 17 points, 3 rebounds

Aishah Sutherland, F (Kansas) 7 points, 6 rebounds

Taleya Mayberry, PG (Tulsa) 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists

China Crosby, PG (Virginia) 2 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists

Tahnee Robinson, G (Nevada) 7 points, 1 rebound

Aulani Sinclair (6'1''-F-90), F (Indiana) 22 points, 7 rebounds

Nikki Greene, C (Penn State) 11 points, 8 rebounds

Sarah Eichler, F (Green Bay) 0 points, 1 rebound

Chelsea Poppens (6'2''-F-91, college: Iowa St.), F (Iowa State) 11 points, 11 rebounds

Jessica Lawson, C (South Florida) 6 points, 8 rebounds

Talia Caldwell, C (California) 10 points, 4 rebounds

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball, the International Basketball Connection.



NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Wn First Game of China Tour - by Carl Berman

The NetScouts Basketball Womens All-Stars romped over the Australian Rising Opals 82-49 in PingXiang, China late last night before a crowd of 3,429. It was the first game of an 11-game China tour for the team. The game was played in an extremely hot PingXiang Arena. The arena is not air conditioned and the temperature in the area was in the mid-90s all day and night.

Taleya Mayberry (5'6''-G-91) led the USA with 17 points. Jessica Lawson and Talia Caldwell both added 10 points while point guard Chelsea Hopkins contributed eight points and six assists. The Americans played all 12 players fairly equal minutes in the hot conditions. Australia was led by eight points from Kate Gaze.

The USA rushed out to a 24-9 lead after the first quarter, expanded the lead to 44-20 at the half and never looked back. Mayberry impressed as she hit all three of her three-pointers and scored on drives and in transition. Point guards Hopkins and China Crosby ran the USA offense very effectively as after five early turnovers, the USA only were charged with three more the rest of the game. The American defense came up with nine steals and forced Australia into contested jumpers. The Aussies shot only 31% on two-pointers and 28% on three-pointers for the game compared to 58% and 40%, respectively for the Americans. The USA had a +17 rebounding advantage in the contest, dominating the boards on both ends.

Statistics

Chelsea Hopkins, PG (San Diego State) 8 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists

Alexis Gray-Lawson, G (California) 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Aishah Sutherland, F (Kansas) 2 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal

Taleya Mayberry (5'6''-G-91), PG (Tulsa) 17 points (3-of-3 3s), 1 rebound, 2 steals

China Crosby, PG (Virginia) 8 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 2 steals

Tahnee Robinson, G (Nevada) 6 points, 4 rebounds

Aulani Sinclair, F (Indiana) 4 points, 2 rebounds

Nikki Greene, C (Penn State) 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Sarah Eichler, F (Green Bay) 2 points, 4 rebounds

Chelsea Poppens, F (Iowa State) 6 points, 5 rebounds

Jessica Lawson, C (South Florida) 10 points, 5 rebounds

Talia Caldwell, C (California) 10 points, 5 rebounds

In the first game, host China defeated a game squad from Hungary 85-71 led by 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and seven rebounds from 66 Hongpin Huang. 66 Tijana Krivacevic impressed for Hungary with 17 points and six rebounds, scoring on a variety of moves, inside and out. The USA faces Hungary tonight while China goes against Australia.

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection".



McCoughtry and Taurasi Named WNBA's Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) of the Atlanta Dream and Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) of the Phoenix Mercury were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played June 10 through June 16.
McCoughtry averaged 23 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, four steals and 2.5 blocks in the Dream's two wins last week to earn her second Player of the Week honor of the season, and the ninth overall of her career. The Dream's two victories, a 68-59 win over Seattle on Friday and an 88-74 triumph over Chicago on Sunday, improved Atlanta's record to 6-1 overall and 4-0 at home. Against Seattle, McCoughtry led Atlanta in four categories, recording 23 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Two days later, she scored 23 points and added six rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists in the defeat of Chicago. Her four blocked shots also were a career high.
Behind Taurasi's league-leading 31.5 points per game last week, Phoenix earned two victories to extend its winning streak to three games, the team's longest since July 2011. For the season, Taurasi leads the WNBA in scoring at 23 points per game, while McCoughtry ranks fifth in the league (19.4). Taurasi's 34 points in a 97-81 victory over Los Angeles on Friday marked her 35th career 30-point game; she also added seven assists and six rebounds. In Sunday's road win over Tulsa, Taurasi was one point shy of her sixth career back-to-back 30-point effort, scoring 29 in addition to grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out nine assists. The Player of the Week honor is the 15th of Taurasi's career.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Chicago's Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware), New York's Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) and Washington's Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) in the East, as well as Los Angeles' Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford), Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) and Seattle's Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) in the West.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



New York Liberty waived Ford - by Eurobasket News

New York Liberty waived 32-year old former international power forward Cheryl Ford (191-81, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas).
This season Ford played at Canik Bld (TKB2L) in Turkish league. In 25 games she recorded very impressive stats: 16.2ppg and 14.2rpg (#2 in the league) this season. Great year indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Turkish TKBL All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
The last (11-12) season she played at Familia Schio (A1) in Italian league. In 23 games she averaged 11.7ppg, 13.8rpg (leader !!!) and 1.5spg last season. She helped them to win the supercup and make to league final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Ford also played 17 games in Euroleague where she averaged 11.3ppg, 11.9rpg and 1.0spg. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team.
The previous (10-11) season she played at IMOS Brno (ZBL) in Czech Republic league. In 28 games she averaged 14.3ppg, 13.4rpg and 1.3spg that season. She contributed to her team winning the regular season and make it to the final. It was a very successful season as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Player of the Year, Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Ford also played 10 games in Euroleague where she averaged 14.8ppg, 14.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg.
In 2009-10 season she played at CCC Polkowice (PLKK) in Polish league. In two games she averaged 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0spg.
In 2003 Detroit selected her as third overall pick in WNBA draft.
She attended Louisiana Tech University and it is her tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Ford won WNBA Eastern Conference championship title for two years in a row (2006 and 2007). She also represented USA at the World Championships in Sao Paulo (Brazil) seven years ago. Ford's team won Bronze.
She has played also professionally in Israel, Russia (UMMC Ekaterinburg) and other WNBA team (Tulsa Shock).

By Eurobasket Data Center



New York Liberty lands Avery Warley - by Eurobasket News

New York Liberty landed 26-year old former international forward Avery Warley (190-95kg-87, college: Liberty). She was tested in pre-season at Washington Mystics (WNBA). This season Warley played at Elitzur Holon (D1) in Israeli league. In 22 games she averaged impressive 17.5ppg and 9.5rpg (#5 in the league) this season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention. The last (2012) summer Warley played at Phoenix. In 29 games she had 3.0ppg and 5.6rpg.
Among other achievements her college team won Big South Conference Tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Warley received also All-Big South Conference 1st Team award in 2010,2011 and 2012. She represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 2.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Warley graduated from Liberty University in 2012 and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Atlanta Dream signs Ruth Riley, ex Logan T. - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Dream signed 34-year old USA ex-international center Ruth Riley (196-90kg-79, college: Notre Dame). She just played at Logan Thunder in Australian WNBL. This season Riley was tested by Woori Hansae (WKBL) in South Korean league. This summer she was tested by Chicago.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Riley's team made it to the Chinese WCBA Semifinals in 2012. She was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese WCBA 2nd Team in 2012. Riley represented USA at the Olympic Games in Athens nine years ago.
She is quite experienced player. Riley has played also professionally in Greece (Athinaikos), Latvia (TTT Riga), Poland, Spain (Maquinaria Ensino and Rivas Ecopolis), other WNBA teams (Tulsa Shock and San Antonio Silver Stars), NWBL (Colorado C.) and China (Liaoning Hengye).
She attended University of Notre Dame until 2001 and it is her twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.
Riley could be described: Ruth is an intelligent player who has an excellent understanding of the game, both offensively and defensively. She is a big post player who moves extremely well for her size. She has nice post moves and a nice jump shot up to 4-5 mtrs from the basket. She is a solid defender, good rebounder and an especially good shot blocker.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Mongolia0-0
2. Poland0-0
3. Russia0-0
4. Sweden0-0
Group B
1. Belgium0-0
2. Brazil0-0
3. Czech Rep.0-0
4. USA0-0
Group C
1. Canada0-0
2. Japan0-0
3. Taiwan0-0
4. Ukraine0-0
Group D
1. Australia0-0
2. China0-0
3. Finland0-0
4. Hungary0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 8: RUS - MGL
Jul. 8: SWE - POL

B

Jul. 8: BRA - CZE
Jul. 8: USA - MLI

C

Jul. 8: CAN - JPN
Jul. 8: TAI - UKR

D

Jul. 8: FIN - CHN
Jul. 8: AUS - HUN