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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   



Paulo Macedo named Angolan National Team head coach - by Eurobasket News

Paulo Macedo has been announced as the new head coach for Angolan National Team. He will replace Jose Carlos Guimaraes . Paulo Macedo will prepare the team for the 2013 AfroBasket. He will be assisted by Walter Costa and Jaime Covilha. Paulo Macedo has previously worked with 1 De Agosto Luanda team. He was named All-African Champions Cup Best Coach in 2012. He also led his team to Angolan League title in 2013. Paulo Macedo worked as assistant coach with the Angolan National Team before.
The Angolan basketball federation also announced the preliminary roster that would start preparations for the AfroBasket. The list includes 21 names.
Armando Costa (192-G-83), Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76), Edmir Lucas (191-PG), Felizardo Ambrosio (202-F-87), Hermenegildo Santos (192-G-90), Islando Manuel (192-F-91), Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso), Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU), Antonio Monteiro (202-F/C-89), Edson Ndoniema (191-G-91), Muto Fonseca, Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82), Roberto Fortes (193-G-84, college: Illinois St.), Carlos Morais (193-G-85), Nivaldo Mbunga (198-F), Leonel Paulo (197-F-89), Paulo Santana (185-PG-84, college: Southeastern CC), Eduardo Mingas (200-C-79), Milton Barros (184-G-84), Joaquim Valdelicio (208-C-90) and Yannick Moreira.



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  ANDORRA   


2013 GSSE: Andorra keep San Marino winless - by Eurobasket News

Andorra-San Marino 85:51

Andorra keep San Marino winless at the 15th Games of the Small States of Europe. Andorra posted their initial 85:51 win at the end of the tournament .
Andorra opened the game with 18-11 lead and never looked behind after. They added 23-13 in the second frame led 17 points at the halftime. Moreover Andorra won the third period 21-17 and finished the game with 23-10 in the last stanza. Cinto Gabriel Morilla scored the last points for the winners, while Enrico Zanotti (195-C-90) made the final score in the game.
Cinto Gabriel Morilla top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Daniel Marin Rodriguez added 16. Rafael Casals Roy had 12 and Josep Oriol Fernandez Vilarrubla delivered 11. Enrico Zanotti replied with 16 points in the losing effort. Stefano Rossini (182-G/F-74) and Teodoro Casadei (180-PG-89) followed him with 12 points each.

Andorra: Cinto Gabriel Morilla 20+10 rebs, Daniel Marin Rodriguez 16, Rafael Casals Roy 12, Josep Oriol Fernandez Vilarrubla 11
San Marino: Enrico Zanotti 16, Stefano Rossini 12, Teodoro Casadei 12



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  ANGOLA   


Paulo Macedo named Angolan National Team head coach - by Eurobasket News

Paulo Macedo has been announced as the new head coach for Angolan National Team. He will replace Jose Carlos Guimaraes . Paulo Macedo will prepare the team for the 2013 AfroBasket. He will be assisted by Walter Costa and Jaime Covilha. Paulo Macedo has previously worked with 1 De Agosto Luanda team. He was named All-African Champions Cup Best Coach in 2012. He also led his team to Angolan League title in 2013. Paulo Macedo worked as assistant coach with the Angolan National Team before.
The Angolan basketball federation also announced the preliminary roster that would start preparations for the AfroBasket. The list includes 21 names.
Armando Costa (192-G-83), Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76), Edmir Lucas (191-PG), Felizardo Ambrosio (202-F-87), Hermenegildo Santos (192-G-90), Islando Manuel (192-F-91), Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso), Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU), Antonio Monteiro (202-F/C-89), Edson Ndoniema (191-G-91), Muto Fonseca, Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82), Roberto Fortes (193-G-84, college: Illinois St.), Carlos Morais (193-G-85), Nivaldo Mbunga (198-F), Leonel Paulo (197-F-89), Paulo Santana (185-PG-84, college: Southeastern CC), Eduardo Mingas (200-C-79), Milton Barros (184-G-84), Joaquim Valdelicio (208-C-90) and Yannick Moreira.



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  ARGENTINA   


Penarol keep Matias Ibarra - by Eurobasket News

Penarol Mar del Plata have extended the contract of Matias Ibarra (183-G/F-81). The guard will enter the second straight season with Penarol. Last season Matias Ibarra notched 3.8 points per game in LigaA. The guard also posted 4.6 points and 2.3 assists per game in Liga Sudamericana. Previously Matias Ibarra had stints in Argentina and Spain. He was the member of U21 Argentinean National Team.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Big V: Warriors' Skill Works Over Coburg - by Eurobasket News

Pakenham Gazette 29 May 2013

By Roy Ward

MIDDLE terms paid dividends for the Pakenham Warriors in their 71-57 win over Coburg.

The bookends didnt fare as well for the top-of-the-table Warriors with coach Ryan Rogers labeling the finish a case of relaxing and a bit of erratic play.

Pakenham spun its wheels in the first quarter unable to gain traction against Coburgs workhorses Jordan Harding and Brian OMearea.

Pure Pakenham endeavour started to boil up in the second term long rangers Daniel Stow (nine points, 3/3 3 points made (PM)) and Jeff Reid (19 points, 4/8 3PM) started to hit their straps while Coburg failed to find answers in a 24-10 quarter.

Reid showcased his experience further with the ball put in his hands as Jay Ferriere (10 points, six rebounds, five assists) got into foul trouble early.

The Warriors fun continued in the second half as James Topp (10 points, seven rebounds) got on the scoreboard before fouling out and Jed Bentley (seven points, five rebounds) took some extended minutes and had his chances from the perimeter.

Rogers said the win was indicative of his charges resolve in the midst of the match, but needed greater efforts at either end.

I thought our second and third quarters were pretty solid, Rogers said.

Fourth, I was not too happy with how we finished off 19-point lead at three-quarter time and really took the foot off the pedal and brought the game back to what it was by the end.

Sending the message out, Rogers said he believed Stow could up his numbers with a bit more confidence hopefully accruing more deep shots in upcoming rounds.

Hes definitely a capable scorer its more a case of his own self confidence, Rogers said. Had other chances to have his shots, but thats him hes pretty team-oriented and its never about him. Well probably look to mix things up against Mornington.

Rogers was pleased with Reids all-round game, but was wary of a niggling shoulder injury.

All in all, following their mammoth first-versus-third clash against Mornington, all eyes looked ahead to the Queens birthday long weekend bye to refresh.

I think its come at a good time, Rogers said about the Mornington match. Weve got the break following it wont leave anything out on the floor.

A rev up following Saturdays match. I had a talk to a couple of the boys. Theres a bit of unfinished business theyre a team we really respect and their ladder positions indicative of their talent and theyve probably got three or four guys who can put numbers on the board and its a game we need to be on task.

Tipoff at Mornington Basketball Stadium is 8pm on Saturday.

In other Warriors news, Sean Armstrong is well ahead of his predicted recovery of an ankle injury with Rogers stating his rising star guard could be ready to play Melbourne Metropolitan Basketball League (MMBL) matches within a fortnight.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



Mens SBL set for action-packed long weekend - by Eurobasket News



Mandurah and South West will be looking to press their top-eight claims when they tip-off a blockbuster schedule of fixtures in round 12 of the Mens State Basketball League tonight.

The round features no less than 10 games over three days on the WA Day long weekend, with six teams set to play double-headers.

Mandurah, Stirling, Goldfields, Geraldton, Cockburn and Perth have all been handed the task of negotiating back-to-back games in a big week.

The Magic (8-6) have slipped back into a crowded middle pack after losing their past two games to Wanneroo and Geraldton, but are still hanging onto their play-off spot.

That position could be stolen tonight by the Slammers (8-7), who have been inconsistent this season but will take confidence from their win over Mandurah in the only previous meeting between the two sides this season.

In Fridays other game, Rockingham (4-10) host fellow strugglers Stirling (3-11) in a battle between two teams fighting to keep their slim play-off dreams alive.

The Flames have beaten Kalamunda and Goldfields in their past two outings to end a four-game losing streak, while the Senators are winless in their past eight and lost to last-placed Kalamunda in round 11.

On Saturday, Mandurah will back up against reigning champions Cockburn, who are struggling this season but have won three of their five games since losing to the Magic in round seven.

Stirling play their second game of the weekend at home to eighth-placed Perth, while Willetton host Geraldton when fifth meets sixth.

Wanneroo host East Perth in what shapes as the match of the round when two top-four rivals come together.

The Eagles leapt above the Wolves and Perry Lakes into second spot on the ladder when they beat Cockburn last week.

Goldfields sit in 10th place with a 5-7 record and face a tough ask to climb the ladder this week.

They visit runaway ladder leaders Lakeside Lightning on Saturday before meeting Perth the next day.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Kalamunda are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they host Cockburn, while Perry Lakes do battle with Geraldton.

Article by Shayne Hope
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SBL: Travis Moore celebrates 400 games - by Eurobasket News

SBL veteran Travis Moore (203-C-79) will tonight become the seventh male and tenth overall player in SBL history to play 400 games and the first for the Rockingham Flames.

Moore, currently in his 19th season of SBL action, has played seventeen seasons and 347 games with the Rockingham Flames.

Moore arrived back at the Flames in 2013 having spent two seasons with the Willetton Tigers under three time coach of the year Shayne Hampel and 1999 SBL MVP Matt Foster.

Moore returned to join head coach Mark Utley as an assistant coach and quickly returned to the court early in the season after retiring at the end of 2012.

In 399 games Moore has averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds per game.

His most productive season came in 2004 where he averaged a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds per game leading the Rockingham Flames to the SBL finals.

The SBL congratulates Travis on his achievement.
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



Big V: Matt Wright and Jodie Ferguson Celebrate Milestones - by Eurobasket News

To reach any milestone whether it be 50 games, 100 games or more, it is and should be recognised as an awesome effort. This week Chelsea Gulls celebrates both for 2 players who have come from junior ranks at Chelsea to play senior basketball.

Jodie Ferguson started her basketball career back in U12 junior rep for basketball and was a skinny kid who just wanted to learn. The best part was she was always a great athlete, because s her junior days she was a member of the local athletics club.

I (GM Peter Casperz) coached Jodie for a couple of junior seasons and the one thing I always knew was:

1. She would always be at training and train for as long as was needed.

2. What you got from Jodie was everything she had, so to see her playing 100 Big V games still at Chelsea makes me and the whole club proud to see that she has not only become a great player but more importantly a great person. She also puts back to the juniors by coaching at junior rep level and also doing Aussie Hoops for the club so her importance to the club is unquestionable.

As for Matt Wright, he celebrates 50 games and like Jodie, he too came from U12s as a gangly all arms and legs kid to a gangly all arms and legs man but with far more ability. Matt has endured a tough time badly tearing his ACL last year and missing out on all of 2012, but this year has settled in as Captain and go to man for our Youth League side. Matt also coaches juniors and is always walking around at junior training helping out anyway he can. So to have these kind of people like Jodie and Matt at the club makes you realize your at the right club.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



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  BELGIUM   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.18.9 
 2. Raivio, Aalstar18.8 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar18.3 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende17.4 
 5. Randle, Spirou16.8 
 6. Aleksandrov, Assig.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.5 
 8. Black, Antwerp14.8 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.8 
 10. Robinson, Leuven14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Brose Bask.
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Brose Bask.9.7 
 2. Green, Spirou7.3 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.3 
 4. Young, Aalstar6.2 
 5. Wilkinson, Oostende6.1 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.0 
 7. Aska, Leuven6.0 
 8. Love, Antwerp5.9 
 9. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
 10. Aleksandrov, Assi.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Krka
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Krka5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven4.9 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.2 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.0 
 5. Raivio, Aalstar3.9 
 6. Randle, Spirou3.8 
 7. Moors, Antwerp3.7 
 8. Walsh, Brose Bask.3.5 
 9. Black, Antwerp3.4 
 10. Thompson, Aalstar3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.4 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.1 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 4. Mukubu, Liege2.0 
 5. Hanavan, Leuven1.9 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.8 
 7. Randle, Spirou1.7 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.7 
 9. Green, Spirou1.7 
 10. Anderson, Aalstar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Spirou
  (208-C-73)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Riddick, Spirou1.1 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.1 
 3. Ferguson, Liege1.1 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.8 
 7. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 8. Green, Spirou0.6 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Williamson, Liege0.6 


Ethias League Round 1 of Finals. Oostende cruise to opening victory - by Eurobasket News

Oostende - M.Hainaut 88-57

Oostende fired past Mons-Hainaut at the start of the championship series. The game without a history. Base Oostende led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Belfius Mons-Hainaut's 32 and made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Naturalized American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) fired 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Five Base Oostende players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Guy Muya (190-83, agency: TSS Management) produced 10 points and American forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) added 10 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Oostende: M.Lojeski 17+7reb+5ast, W.Wilkinson 12+6reb, D.Djordjevic 11+4reb+4ast, D.Drobnjak 10+5reb+2ast, J.Salumu 10, M.Stojic 7+2reb
M.Hainaut: G.Muya 10+4reb+1ast, J.Bostic 10+3reb, Q.Taylor 9+2reb+2ast, L.Giancaterino 7+1reb+2ast, J.Cage 6, A.Gorgemans 5+1reb
gschID: 241915



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  BRAZIL   

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Desmond HOLLOWAY
  Paulistano
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Holloway, Paulista.20.4 
 2. Vieira, Flamengo20.4 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha18.5 
 4. Dawkins, Paulistano18.0 
 5. Day, Uberlandia17.8 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.7 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.17.3 
 8. Becker, S.Jose/U.17.2 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.16.9 
 10. Beal, Minas16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.8.7 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.8.4 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.2 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia8.0 
 5. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.4 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.4 
 7. Teichmann, Franca7.1 
 8. Agba, Bauru7.1 
 9. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.0 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.3 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.6 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.5 
 5. Silva, Uberlandia5.2 
 6. Figueroa, Franca4.5 
 7. Taylor, Bauru4.4 
 8. Fischer, Bauru4.4 
 9. Lima, Limeira4.3 
 10. Campos, Suzano4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kojo MENSAH
  Flamengo
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Mensah, Flamengo0.2 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.0.2 
 3. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 5. Lima, Limeira0.1 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 7. Dornelles, Pinhei.0.1 
 8. Machado, Flamengo0.1 
 9. Zanotti, Flamengo0.1 
 10. Boracini, Pinheir.0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.2 
 2. Dawkins, Paulistano2.1 
 3. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 4. Teichmann, Franca1.8 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 6. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 7. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 8. Figueroa, Franca1.7 
 9. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 10. Ribeiro, Basque.1.6 


Flamengo claim NBB crown - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Uberlandia 77:70

Flamengo are crowned NBB champions! They defeated Uberlandia in the title clash at the HSBC Arena. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Flamengo jumped to an early lead. They grabbed an 18:7 advantage midway through the starting quarter. Flamengo ensured a 21:15 lead after the opening frame. But Uberlandia straightened up their game in the second frame. Robert Day helped them to narrow the deficit at a single point 33:34 at halftime. Flamengo capped the third period with a strong rally to open a 58:49 lead heading into the fourth frame. Caio Silveira and Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) kept Flamengo in charge throughout the fourth frame as they cruised to the victory. Marquinhos Vieira delivered 16 points, while Olivinha Rodriguez (202-PF-83) added 10 points for Flamengo. Luis Felipe Gruber (205-F-85) answered with 20 points for Uberlandia. Lucas Cipolini (206-F/C-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Flamengo: Caio Silveira 23, Marquinhos Vieira 16, Olivinha Rodriguez 10
Uberlandia: Luis Felipe Gruber 20, Lucas Cipolini 16



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Lions roar over Philipinos in latest BVI Basketball Federation action - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The BVI Basketball Federation summer league continued last night, May 31, 2013 with three games, which pulled off some stiff level of competition.

The first game of the night saw Lions coming up against Philipinos. Lions maintained the lead throughout the four quarters of the game to take the win with a score 81-45. Lions' Laurus Nicholas was the top scorer with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists.

Also scoring double points in the game were Tyrone 'Pope' Tyson with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Romano Peters was deemed the best player of the game with 12 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals and 4 assists.

Of the 45 points scored by the losing team, Philipinos' Louie Poblete scored 15 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals and 3 assists.

Rebels, who received strong support from Hon. Julian Fraser, RA were up against some strong competition from the Skulls in the second game. Despite their valiant efforts, the team out of the Third District struggled and continued to be the chasers from behind as Skulls held firm to the lead.

Under 3 minutes in the 3rd quarter, Rebels made a fighting come back and narrowed the margin to trail by 1 point at which stage the game was 53-52 but pulling a free throw seconds after brought them the equaliser with 53-53. They were locked again with 55-55 in the early minutes of the 4th quarter and failed to take advantage of the opportunity at a lead having missed on a free throw with less than 8 minutes left in the game. The game was locked again 57-57 with 6:30 mins. remaining.

Skulls demanded the full respect from Rebels as they refused to step back. They pulled forward to take control of the remaining of the 3rd quarter, which ended at 55-53 then straight on the ending of the 4th quarter to win with a score of 76-68.

Rebel's Sandy Nadal was the lead scorer for the game with 29 points, however, the most valuable player turned out to be Skull's Shamar George who got 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 steal and 2 assists.

Rebel's coach, Mr Rajah Smith, launched a protest at the end of the game, alleging that the referees were not neutral and were guilty of dictating the game. "There is much to say about the unjust behaviour of certain members of the federation but I will hold on that for now," coach Smith said. He, nonetheless, did the mature thing of extending congratulations to the winning team, Skulls.

The final game for the night saw Hawks, with 57 points, falling to Heats who whooped them with a solid 82 points. Tyler Cameron was the MVP for that game with 16 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal and 3 assists. Hawk's Kadeen was a keen contender who got 17 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 4 steals and 4 assists.




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  CBL   

Standings

CBL Standings
 1. M.Tennessee S. 5-0 
 2. St.Louis H. 5-2 
 3. Bowling Green H. 2-4 
 4. Dayton A.S. 1-1 
 5. River City P. 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 9

May. 31: River City P. - Bowling Green H. 131-138

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 8: Bowling Green H. - M.Tennessee S.
Jun. 8: River City P. - Dayton A.S.
Jun. 9: Dayton A.S. - River City P.



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  COLOMBIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Thomas, Piratas23.2 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros21.8 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.2 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Northern, Rafael B.18.6 
 7. Gilbert, Bucaros18.5 
 8. Crawford, Academia18.4 
 9. Brooks, Bucaros18.3 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros12.9 
 2. Crawford, Academia11.4 
 3. Northern, Rafael B.10.9 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Piratas10.6 
 5. Smith, Aguilas9.5 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 7. Blue, Academia8.3 
 8. Newsome, Bambuque.7.8 
 9. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 10. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Moreno, Piratas5.9 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas5.5 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.1 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.4 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 6. Bacci, Aguilas3.9 
 7. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.5 
 9. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 10. Jordan, Once Cal.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Moreno, Piratas1.9 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 3. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.6 
 4. Jordan, Once Cald.1.5 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.5 
 6. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 7. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 8. Thomas, Piratas1.3 
 9. Bacci, Aguilas1.3 
 10. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Rafael B.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Rafael B.2.2 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 3. Newsome, Bambuque.0.8 
 4. Farley, Academia0.8 
 5. Blue, Academia0.6 
 6. Smith, Aguilas0.5 
 7. Cuero, Aguilas0.5 
 8. Hernandez, Bucaros0.5 
 9. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 
 10. Baquero, Halcones0.5 



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  CROATIA   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Ross, Jolly20.6 
 2. Budimir, Osjecki18.4 
 3. Batina, Djuro D.15.9 
 4. Saric, Cibona15.1 
 5. Radic, Kvarner 201014.8 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci14.5 
 7. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 8. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.4 
 9. Brnas, Djuro D.14.3 
 10. Skific, Kvarner14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josip SOBIN
  KK Split
  (203-G/F-89)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Sobin, KK Split8.9 
 2. Trepalovac, Darda8.8 
 3. Saric, Cibona8.3 
 4. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 5. Mrva, Jolly7.3 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita7.1 
 7. Jakolis, Dubrovnik7.0 
 8. Travis, Zadar6.8 
 9. Sarlija, Djuro D.6.6 
 10. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Cibona
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Blassingame, Cibona5.2 
 2. Krivec, Kvarner5.1 
 3. Car, KK Zagreb4.0 
 4. Tomeljak, Osjecki3.9 
 5. Glavinic, Sloboda3.8 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci3.6 
 7. Ross, Jolly3.6 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.4 
 9. Panduric, Darda3.4 
 10. Pesut, Zabok3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ross, Jolly2.8 
 2. Strawberry, Cibona2.2 
 3. Saric, Cibona1.9 
 4. Katic, KK Split1.9 
 5. Car, KK Zagreb1.8 
 6. Budimir, Osjecki1.6 
 7. Ramljak, Zadar1.5 
 8. Bicvic, Darda1.5 
 9. Blajic, Djuro D.1.4 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.9 
 2. Bilan, Cedevita1.1 
 3. Saric, Cibona1.1 
 4. Bubalo, Jolly1.0 
 5. Nurkic, Zadar0.9 
 6. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 7. Trepalovac, Darda0.8 
 8. Ramljak, Zadar0.7 
 9. Hrncic, Darda0.7 
 10. Bundovic, Zabok0.7 


A1 Round 2 of Finals. Cibona gain 2-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - Cibona 76-92

Cibona stunned Zadar on the road and stepped closer to A1 title. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 16 points. Cibona dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to KK Zadar's 36 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by KK Zadar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international power forward Dario Saric (208-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) chipped in 21 points. Swingman Ante Delas (200-88, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KK Zadar's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Zadar: A.Delas 16+5reb+2ast, R.Travis 15+7reb, I.Ivanov 11+3reb+1ast, D.Thorne 10+2reb+1ast, M.Ramljak 9+6reb+3ast, G.Vrbanc 7+2reb
Cibona: J.Blassingame 21+3reb+3ast, D.Saric 19+10reb+4ast, D.Strawberry 16+7reb, A.Zizic 13+13reb+1ast, M.Rozic 9+3reb+2ast, S.Nicevic 8
gschID: 241884



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  CYPRUS   


2013 GSSE: Cyprus wins 15th Games of the Small States - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg-Cyprus 67:79

Cyprus wins 15th Games of the Small States in Europe. The team won all four games posting 79:67 victory in the last game of the competition. It was the first loss for the home side of the campaign that finished second.
Both teams entered the game undefeated. Cyprus won the first period 19-14, but could not keep the confident lead. Luxembourg answered with 21-18 in the second frame and reduced to 2 points at the halftime. In the second half Cyprus looked better and produced two victories. They won the third quarter 16-13 and finished with 26-19 in the last stanza.
Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) stepped up with 23 points for the winners, while Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) netted 18. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, agency: FCM, college: W.Texas A&M) delivered 11 and Georgios Palalas (185-PG-81) brought 7. Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, whilst Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) added 13. Jairo Emanuel Delgado Ferreira netted 11 and Martin Rajniak (204-PF-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) brought 9.

Luxembourg: Billy McDaniel 19, Tom Schumacher 13, Jairo Ferreira 11, Martin Rajniak 9
Cyprus: Anthony King 23, Iakovos Panteli 18, Nikolaos Stylianou 11, Georgios Palalas 7



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  EQUATORIAL GUINEA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Malabo King 7-1 
 2. MBC 6-2 
 3. Six Stars 2-5 
 4. San Antonio 2-6 
 5. Rhema B. 1-6 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Viktor Khryapa will miss EuroBasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Viktor Khryapa will miss EuroBasket 2013. The Russian player announced that he needs at least some rest after a tough season.
Viktor Khryapa was the key player in the last game for CSKA. His team stormed past Khimky to enter the title series. The Russian Champions did not leave any chance to Khimky in the decisive Game 5 and posted an easy 87:64 win. The best player for the winners was Viktor Khryapa who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. In the Final series CSKA will take on Lokomotiv. The series will start on June 3rd in Moscow.
Khryapa managed to play in three leagues this year. In 12 PBL games he recorded 8.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg. He also played 26 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team. Khryapa also played 24 games in VTB United League so far where he averaged 8.9ppg, 7.1rpg (#4 in the league), 4.2apg and 1.4spg (in top 4).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League European Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Defensive Player of the Year back in 2010.
Khryapa was also a member of Russian international program for some years. He played for Russian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002. Khryapa also represented Russia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 39.3%.



Steffen Hamann leaves German National Team - by Eurobasket News

Steffen Hamann (194-G-81, agency: LUMANI 10.7) leaves German National Team and will go to Slovenia. The German player retired from the National team.
Steffen Hamann currently plays FC Bayern Muenchen in Germany. In 39 games he averaged 5.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.1apg this season. The last season Hamann played also at Bayern Muenchen (BBL) in German league. In 39 games he had 7.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.5apg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 6.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 3.8apg.
Among other achievements Hamann won German 2.Bundesliga Pro A championship title in 2011. He received also Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011.
Hamann was also a member of German international program for some years. He played for German Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2001. Hamann represented Germany at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.1apg.
Hamann has played previously professionally in Italy (Biancoblu Basket Bologna) and Germany (ALBA Berlin, Brose Baskets Bamberg and TSV Troester).



Kostas Koufos will not suit up for Greece - by Eurobasket News

Kostas Koufos (213-C-89, college: Ohio St.) will not suit up for Greece at Eurobasket 2013. The Greek player needs more time for his personal training in order to help the National team in the future.
Kostas Koufos currently plays for Denver Nuggets in NBA. In 87 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.2bpg this season. The last season Koufos played also at the Nuggets in NBA. In 51 games he had 5.2ppg and 5.3rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he was tested by the Jazz in NBA.
In 2009-10 season Koufos played at Utah Flash in D-League. In 5 games he had very impressive stats: 19.4ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6bpg that season.
In 2008 he was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in first round (23rd overall). Koufos attended Ohio State and it may be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team award back in 2007 at his college time.
Koufos was also a member of Greek international program for some years. He played for Greek Senior National Team between 2009 and 2011 and previously for U21 National Team in 2007. Koufos represented Greece at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 8.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 57.4%, FT: 62.1%.




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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.6 
 3. Blue, Antibes19.0 
 4. Wood, Evreux18.1 
 5. Siggers, Strasbourg18.1 
 6. Hilliard, Antibes17.4 
 7. McKines, Alaska A.17.3 
 8. Sanders, Hermosillo17.2 
 9. Hannah, Evreux16.8 
 10. Gay, Le Portel16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.7 
 3. Bing, Maurienne9.6 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.1 
 5. McKines, Alaska A.8.9 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.8 
 7. Wyatte, Bordeaux8.2 
 8. Jackson, Nanterre8.1 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.7 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.6 
 2. Rowland, Orchy6.0 
 3. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.9 
 4. Taylor, Le Portel5.8 
 5. Dumas, Bourg5.5 
 6. McIntosh, Feni I.5.4 
 7. Hannah, Evreux5.3 
 8. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
 9. Calvez, Charleville5.1 
 10. Huffman, Antibes5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.4 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.2.3 
 3. Craven, St Vallier2.1 
 4. Sonko, Bourg1.9 
 5. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 6. Siggers, Strasbourg1.8 
 7. Flowers, Denain1.8 
 8. Driss, Pau-Lacq.1.7 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest1.7 
 10. Newson, Hyeres-T.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.5 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 4. Chism, Maurienne1.1 
 5. Loum, Boulogne1.1 
 6. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 7. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.0 
 8. Blue, Antibes1.0 
 9. Johnson, Chalons-.0.9 
 10. Flowers, Denain0.9 


Ibrahim Saounera signs with Saint Vallier - by Eurobasket News

Ibrahim Saounera (178-PG-87) signs with Saint Vallier Basket Drome for 2013/2014 season. Last season he played for Rueil Athletic Club in French NM1. In 29 games he had 9.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg. The 2011 season Saounera played at Cognac BB (NM1). In 34 games he recorded 6.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.9apg. He won French NM2 Group B championship title in 2011. Saounera was a member of Mali Senior National Team two years ago.
Early in 2006-2007 he started for Reims Champagne Basket (ProA). In
2007-2008 played for Reims Champagne Basket (ProB) U21 team and in 18 games averaged 1.3ppg. In 2008-200 moved to Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB) and spent there two seasons. In 2009-2010 for Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB) his stats read 1.5ppg.



Antibes clinch ProB title - by Eurobasket News

Antibes - Chalons-Reims 83:73

Antibes celebrated the ProB title tonight. They held off Chalons-Reims at home court to sweep the title series. Antibes are now returning to ProA after eleven years.
Chalons-Reims however made Antibes sweat for this win. The visitors jumped to a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. They controlled the pace and tempo in the second period. Chalons-Reims arrived at halftime up by 5 points 45:40. Antibes finally managed to deny the deficit in the third term. The hosts grabbed a narrow 58:57 lead heading into the fourth frame. Chalons-Reims quickly regained the lead early in the final period 62:58. But Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up for the hosts in the crucial moment. He ignited a 10:0 run as Antibes grabbed a 75:68 lead. They kept Chalons-Reims at bay throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end. Tim Blue stepped up with 23 points and 9 rebounds to pace Antibes. Trevor Huffman (185-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Kent St.) added 14 points in the victory. Rodrigue Mels (188-G/F-85, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: CS Northridge) answered with 12 points for Chalons-Reims. Kevin Corre (202-C/F-85) and Bryan Mullins (185-PG-87, college: S.Illinois) chipped in 11 points each in the loss.

Antibes: Tim Blue 23, Trevor Huffman 14, Raphael Desroses 10
Chalons-Reims: Rodrigue Mels 12, Kevin Corre 11, Bryan Mullins 11



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. White, Phoenix17.2 
 2. Burrell, Bremerha.16.2 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm15.9 
 4. Rice, B.Muenchen15.8 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.7 
 6. Peacock, Fraport15.4 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.15.2 
 8. Brooks, Fraport SKY14.7 
 9. Taylor, Art.Dragons14.3 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.1 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets6.7 
 5. Linhart, TBB Trier6.5 
 6. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 7. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 9. Lischka, Walter T.6.3 
 10. Buckman, Art.Drag.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 2. Renfroe, Brose B.4.9 
 3. Rice, B.Muenchen4.6 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.4.3 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez4.3 
 6. White, Phoenix4.2 
 7. Redding, Walter T.4.1 
 8. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.0 
 9. Guenther, Ratio.3.6 
 10. Gavel, Brose Bask.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Phoenix2.0 
 2. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.8 
 4. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 5. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
 10. Burtschi, Fraport1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.6 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 4. Ford, Brose Bask.1.2 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.1 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 8. Chikoko, TBB Trier0.9 
 9. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 10. King, Art.Dragons0.9 


Martin Kruger Remains Head Coach In Paderborn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Pro A club Finke Baskets announced that they will continue to give trust to head coach Martin Kruger for the upcoming season. Kruger took over the team in January and did a good job keeping them in the league and leading them to a 12-18 record and 13th place. "Martin was our desired candidiate and we are happy that he will continue. He is a known basketball expert and we are sure that he will continue the successful work he did last season with the integration of the youth players", stressed sport director Martin Happe. Kruger is also happy to remain in Paderborn. "As I took ove rthe team the situation was very critical. That we were able to remain in the league gave me motivation to continue", stressed Martin Kruger .

Source: finke baskets



Paul Muensinger Stays With BG Aschersleben Tigers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Regionaliga team BG Aschersleben Tigers announced that Paul Muensinger (196-F-91) will remain with the team for the 2012-2013 season. Muensinger is a 22 year old 196cm German that last season played with the SW Sixers (ProB): 11 games: 3.5ppg, 2.6rpg, only pre-season, in Apr.'13 moved to BG Aschersleben Tigers (Regionalliga, starting five): 11 games: 4.5ppg, 3.7rpg. "Paul helped us in a very tough situation. We are happy that he will stay and we are sure that he will get even more responsibilty this season. It wasnt easy for him coming to us in that phase, but he integrated himself and was important for us", added Michael Opitz. The team also announced that Philipp Lieser wont return since he signed with the Dresden Titans.

Source: BG Aschersleben Tigers e.V.r



Wolfenbuettel: Poeschel stays, Pink returns - by Moritz Korff

Marius Poeschel (190-G/F-90) has reached an agreement with 2. Bundesliga Pro B outfit Herzoege Wolfenbuettel to stay for the 2013-14 season. Meanwhile, Maximilian Pink (195-F-89, college: Covenant) returns to the Herzoege team.
Poeschel had 23 appearances in Pro B play last season, scoring 4.3 points a contest.
Pink played 27 Pro B games for Wolfenbuettel from 2008 to 2010 and then shot hoops for SG MTV/BG Wolfenbuettel in the 1. Regionalliga North. He averaged 12.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2 assists last season.



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  GREECE   


Kostas Koufos will not suit up for Greece - by Eurobasket News

Kostas Koufos (213-C-89, college: Ohio St.) will not suit up for Greece at Eurobasket 2013. The Greek player needs more time for his personal training in order to help the National team in the future.
Kostas Koufos currently plays for Denver Nuggets in NBA. In 87 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.2bpg this season. The last season Koufos played also at the Nuggets in NBA. In 51 games he had 5.2ppg and 5.3rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he was tested by the Jazz in NBA.
In 2009-10 season Koufos played at Utah Flash in D-League. In 5 games he had very impressive stats: 19.4ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6bpg that season.
In 2008 he was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in first round (23rd overall). Koufos attended Ohio State and it may be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team award back in 2007 at his college time.
Koufos was also a member of Greek international program for some years. He played for Greek Senior National Team between 2009 and 2011 and previously for U21 National Team in 2007. Koufos represented Greece at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 8.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 57.4%, FT: 62.1%.




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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 9-1 
 2. Vancouver V. 9-4 
 3. Salem S. 5-6 
 4. Portland C. 4-5 
 5. Nippon T. 1-4 
International
 1. East Bay PB 0-0 
 2. Olympia R. 0-0 
 3. Seattle F. 0-0 
 4. Kitsap A. 0-4 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 31: Salem S. - Vancouver V. 96-125
Jun. 1: Seattle F. - Bellingham S. 91-105
Jun. 1: Nippon T. - Salem S. 114-135
Jun. 1: Portland C. - LoneStar S.
Jun. 2: Nippon T. - Vancouver V.
Jun. 2: Bellingham S. - Kitsap A.
Jun. 2: Portland C. - LoneStar S.


Anderson's triple-double helps Slam win ninth straight - by Kip Leonetti

Guard Morris Anderson (6'3''-G, college: W.Washington) and the Bellingham Slam broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter as they defeated the Seattle Flight, 105-91, in International Basketball League action at Blaine High School on Saturday night.

Anderson finished with 18 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, good for his second career triple-double and the 12th in Slam franchise history.

In a contest that featured 12 lead changes, neither team led by double digits until Bellingham used a 9-1 run in the closing minutes of the third quarter to take a 81-69 lead.

Consecutive three-pointers by Seattle guard Tysaiah Curry (6'3''-G, college: Olympic CC) to end the third and begin the fourth quarters brought the Flight to within two, at 81-79. But as quick as Seattle got back in it, Bellingham was able to re-establish the margin with buckets by center Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, college: St.Martin's) and guard Jacob Stevenson (6'4''-G-81, college: W.Washington) sandwiched between a pair of treys by center Evan Matteson (6'10''-C, college: Texas A&M Int.) to give the Slam a 91-80 lead with 6:17 left.

The Flight was able to trim the deficit to nine on two occasions later in the fourth, but did not pose a serious threat the rest of the way.

While Anderson was the star of the night for Bellingham (10-1) thanks to his all-around strong play, Stevenson led all scorers with 27 points while Poole finished with 20 and a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Flight was led in scoring by guard Venoy Overton (5'11''-G), who posted 22 points on a tepid 8-for-28 showing from the floor. Guard Dontay Jones contributed 20.

The Slam returns to Whatcom Pavilion for their next home game on Sunday, June 9 as they welcome the East Bay Pit Bulls based out of Livermore, Calif. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.




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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi17.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Datome, Acea V.17.0 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.4 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 5. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.6 
 7. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Bourousis, EA7 A.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.8 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 9. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 10. Shakur, Erie Bay3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  PGE T.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.2 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 7. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. James, Poitiers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.1.5 
 3. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 4. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 5. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 
 10. Cusin, Cantu1.0 


SerieA Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Cantu and Montepaschi register victories - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi - Cimberio VA 78-77

Montepaschi rallied past Cimberio Varese to gain 3-1 lead in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 27-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Montepaschi Siena made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Cimberio Varese helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. The former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) added 22 points in the effort for Cimberio Varese. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.Brown 27+3reb+1ast, D.Hackett 16+4reb+1ast, D.Moss 11+4reb+4ast, M.Janning 6+1reb, B.Eze 4+3reb, K.Kangur 4+4reb
Cimberio VA: E.Ere 22+1reb, M.Green 12+10reb+4ast, A.Banks 11+3reb+2ast, B.Dunston 9+9reb, A.Polonara 8+4reb, B.Cerella 5
gschID: 241879


Cantu - Acea Virtus RM 81-73

Cantu posted the second straight home win and evened the semifinal series versus Acea Virtus Roma. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Lottomatica Roma won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cantu made 29-of-37 charity shots (78.4 percent) during the game. Lottomatica Roma was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 8 rebounds and the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) who added 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Cantu players scored in double figures. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) responded with 24 points and American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Cantu: N.Mazzarino 19, J.Ragland 14+2reb+1ast, P.Aradori 13+5reb+2ast, J.Brooks 10+8reb+2ast, A.Tyus 8+6reb, J.Tabu 7+2reb
Acea Virtus RM: P.Goss 24+4reb+1ast, G.Lawal 20+7reb, B.Jones 13+7reb+1ast, J.Taylor 6+2ast, L.Datome 4+7reb+1ast, A.Czyz 3+4reb
gschID: 241878



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Changes in Kordall Steelers - by Eurobasket News

Kordall Steelers continue to build the roster for the next season. The team announced three players and assistant coach for 2013/2014 season.
Kordall Steelers added to their roster 27-year old forward Antonio Chibunduca (202-F-86). He played last time at BBC Bascharage Hedgehogs in N2.
Anderson Borbon (192-G-93) played at BBC Bascharage Hedgehogs in N2. The earlier season Borbon played also at Bascharage (N2).
The team also signed 30-year old forward Kevin Breuskin (193-F-83) who played at Avanti Mondorf. The 2011 season Breuskin played at BC Mess (N2). He has played previously for two other Luxembourg teams: Soleuvre and Basket Esch.
Musel Pikes player Tomasz Wojnowski (205-C-81) will became an assistant coach.



2013 GSSE: Cyprus wins 15th Games of the Small States - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg-Cyprus 67:79

Cyprus wins 15th Games of the Small States in Europe. The team won all four games posting 79:67 victory in the last game of the competition. It was the first loss for the home side of the campaign that finished second.
Both teams entered the game undefeated. Cyprus won the first period 19-14, but could not keep the confident lead. Luxembourg answered with 21-18 in the second frame and reduced to 2 points at the halftime. In the second half Cyprus looked better and produced two victories. They won the third quarter 16-13 and finished with 26-19 in the last stanza.
Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) stepped up with 23 points for the winners, while Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) netted 18. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, agency: FCM, college: W.Texas A&M) delivered 11 and Georgios Palalas (185-PG-81) brought 7. Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, whilst Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) added 13. Jairo Emanuel Delgado Ferreira netted 11 and Martin Rajniak (204-PF-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) brought 9.

Luxembourg: Billy McDaniel 19, Tom Schumacher 13, Jairo Ferreira 11, Martin Rajniak 9
Cyprus: Anthony King 23, Iakovos Panteli 18, Nikolaos Stylianou 11, Georgios Palalas 7



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Ibrahim Saounera signs with Saint Vallier - by Eurobasket News

Ibrahim Saounera (178-PG-87) signs with Saint Vallier Basket Drome for 2013/2014 season. Last season he played for Rueil Athletic Club in French NM1. In 29 games he had 9.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg. The 2011 season Saounera played at Cognac BB (NM1). In 34 games he recorded 6.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.9apg. He won French NM2 Group B championship title in 2011. Saounera was a member of Mali Senior National Team two years ago.
Early in 2006-2007 he started for Reims Champagne Basket (ProA). In
2007-2008 played for Reims Champagne Basket (ProB) U21 team and in 18 games averaged 1.3ppg. In 2008-200 moved to Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB) and spent there two seasons. In 2009-2010 for Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB) his stats read 1.5ppg.



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Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 36

Jun. 1: Navolato - Nogales 95-84
Jun. 1: Guaymas - Obregon 92-93
Jun. 1: Los Mochis - Cananea 81-95
Jun. 1: Guasave - Tijuana 107-79

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Jun. 4: Guaymas - Cananea
Jun. 4: Hermosillo - Obregon
Jun. 4: Navolato - Guasave
Jun. 4: Tijuana - Nogales


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Jones, Obregon26.3 
 2. Monroe, Cananea24.8 
 3. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas22.6 
 5. Pearson, Los M.21.9 
 6. Elliott, Navolato21.8 
 7. McCullough, Nogales20.2 
 8. Sperling, Obregon19.8 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana19.1 
 10. Allen, Guaymas18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Moss, Nogales10.3 
 2. McNeal, Los Mochis9.9 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.7 
 4. Penny, Tijuana8.5 
 5. Toombs, Navolato8.3 
 6. Jones, Obregon8.3 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 8. Rougeau, Cananea8.1 
 9. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Stallings, Guasave7.2 
 2. Allen, Guaymas7.0 
 3. Gadson, Nogales5.7 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas5.4 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.9 
 6. Insunza, Navolato4.8 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana4.8 
 8. Meza Rogel, Guasa.4.4 
 9. Elliott, Navolato4.3 
 10. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.1 
 2. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 3. Stallings, Guasave1.9 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.8 
 5. Insunza, Navolato1.5 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 7. Buelna, Guasave1.4 
 8. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 9. Allen, Guaymas1.3 
 10. Rougeau, Cananea1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 3. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Toombs, Navolato1.0 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 7. Mercado, Nogales1.0 
 8. Gonzalez, Cananea0.9 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.7 
 10. Villanueva, Hermo.0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 35: Ostioneros de Guaymas edge Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon by two points - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in CIBACOPA.

Sixth-ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (12-19) made lots of trouble for second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (23-8) on Friday. Ostioneros de Guaymas managed to secure only two-point victory 105-103. However their fans expected much easier game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Ostioneros de Guaymas, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who scored 43 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St.) chipped in 24 points and 13 rebounds. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) produced 29 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second place with 23-8 record having four points less than leader Hermosillo. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas are again looking forward to face Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (15-16) against seventh ranked Frayles de Guasave (13-18) on Friday night. Visiting Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Frayles de Guasave in a tough game in Guasave 93-101. American forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds. Nick Stallings contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Frayles de Guasave's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Tijuana Zonkeys. Frayles de Guasave have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cananea. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third position with 16 games lost. They share it with Nogales. Frayles de Guasave will again play against higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
The game in Navolato was also quite interesting. 4th placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-16) played at the court of fifth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (14-17). Garra Canera de Navolato managed to secure a 6-point victory 91-85 on Friday. It was a great evening for Marcus Elliott who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 5 rebounds. Ryan Moss responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Garra Canera de Navolato maintains fifth place with 14-17 record. Loser Fuerza Guinda Nogales dropped to the third position with 16 games lost. They share it with Tijuana. Garra Canera de Navolato will again meet at home higher ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Los Mochis. Local Pioneros Los Mochis (9-22) lost to eighth ranked Mineros de Cananea (13-18) 105-87. It was a quality performance for Gabriel Giron who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Mineros de Cananea moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guasave. Pioneros Los Mochis lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 22 games lost. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against Mineros de Cananea (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Guasave - Tijuana 101-93

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (15-16) against seventh ranked Frayles de Guasave (13-18) on Friday night. Visiting Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Frayles de Guasave in a tough game in Guasave 93-101. Tijuana Zonkeys were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Frayles de Guasave dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Tijuana Zonkeys' 52. Frayles de Guasave players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. American forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Stallings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Frayles de Guasave's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) added 23 points and 10 assists in the effort for Tijuana Zonkeys. Five Frayles de Guasave and four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cananea. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third position with 16 games lost. They share it with Nogales. Frayles de Guasave will again play against higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: O.Quintero 23+3reb+10ast, J.Penny 22+11reb+4ast, L.Ramirez 18+2reb+4ast, S.Seay 15+4reb+1ast, S.Sanchez 6+1reb+2ast, D.Ramirez 5+2reb+3ast
Guasave: E.Phelps 26+9reb+2ast, S.Pettigrew 25+6reb+2ast, F.Harris 18+2reb+5ast, N.Stallings 14+5reb+14ast, V.Buelna 10+1reb+3ast, J.Farrera 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 234987


Navolato - Nogales 91-85

The game in Navolato was also quite interesting. 4th placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-16) played at the court of fifth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (14-17). Garra Canera de Navolato managed to secure a 6-point victory 91-85 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-19. But Fuerza Guinda Nogales won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Garra Canera de Navolato looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) helped adding 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) scored 20 points. Five Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato maintains fifth place with 14-17 record. Loser Fuerza Guinda Nogales dropped to the third position with 16 games lost. They share it with Tijuana. Garra Canera de Navolato will again meet at home higher ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nogales: O.McCullough 20+4reb+2ast, R.Moss 20+13reb+1ast, J.Griffin 15+4reb+3ast, C.Gadson 13+6reb+5ast, A.Izaguirre 10+1reb+2ast, C.Rojo 3+1reb+1ast
Navolato: M.Elliott 29+5reb+3ast, R.Selleaze 21+9reb+5ast, A.Villalobos 17+2reb+2ast, F.Verdugo 11+1reb+1ast, B.Toombs 8+11reb, J.Gonzalez 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 234989


Guaymas - Obregon 105-103

Sixth-ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (12-19) made lots of trouble for second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (23-8) on Friday. Ostioneros de Guaymas managed to secure only two-point victory 105-103. However their fans expected much easier game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Ostioneros de Guaymas, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who scored 43 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) produced 29 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Nate Carter (201-83, college: Oklahoma, agency: Fusion Sports) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second place with 23-8 record having four points less than leader Hermosillo. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas are again looking forward to face Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Obregon: K.Jones 29+9reb+3ast, L.Davis 19+6reb+2ast, N.Carter 18+7reb+2ast, G.Preer 16+5reb+1ast, H.Carrillo 8+2reb, J.Salcedo 6+3reb
Guaymas: S.Shorter 43+6reb+8ast, H.Hernandez 24+13reb+2ast, A.Pedroza 13, F.Benitez 10+6reb, D.Barojas 6+3reb, J.Reyes 3+1reb
gschID: 234988


Los Mochis - Cananea 87-105

The game with biggest result difference took place in Los Mochis. Local Pioneros Los Mochis (9-22) lost to eighth ranked Mineros de Cananea (13-18) 105-87. It looked good early as Pioneros Los Mochis took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mineros de Cananea had a 29-19 second period charge getting the lead and Pioneros Los Mochis were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 87-105. Mineros de Cananea dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Pioneros Los Mochis' 46 and made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Mineros de Cananea players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was a quality performance for international guard Gabriel Giron (190-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) accounted for 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Mineros de Cananea players scored in double figures. American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Phillippe Harris (180-85, college: Fayetteville St., agency: Athlete Management Group) added 24 points and 12 assists respectively for Pioneros Los Mochis in the defeat. Mineros de Cananea moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guasave. Pioneros Los Mochis lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 22 games lost. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against Mineros de Cananea (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: P.Harris 24+4reb+12ast, D.Pearson 23+15reb+4ast, T.McNeal 17+12reb+3ast, A.Verdugo 9+1reb, J.Sandoval 8+3reb+4ast, J.Quintero 4+5reb+1ast
Cananea: S.Monroe 24+5reb+3ast, K.Austin 23+6reb+4ast, G.Giron 22+11reb+8ast, R.Rougeau 21+11reb+4ast, J.Verdugo 4+2ast, K.Arias 4+1reb
gschID: 234986



CIBACOPA Round 36: Hermosillo clinch regular season title - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in CIBACOPA just ended.

The most exciting game of round 36 in the CIBACOPA took place in Guaymas. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-best Ostioneros de Guaymas (23-9) to eighth ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (13-19) 93-92 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 32-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Ostioneros de Guaymas outrebounded Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon 45-30 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. The other American import forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) replied with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon maintains eighth position with 13-19 record. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the second place with nine games lost.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (15-17) against sixth ranked Frayles de Guasave (14-18) on Saturday night. Visiting Tijuana Zonkeys were crushed by Frayles de Guasave in Guasave 107-79. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds and Eugene Phelps who added 22 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Frayles de Guasave have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 14-18 record, which they share with Cananea. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Nogales and Navolato.
The game in Navolato was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-17) played at the court of fifth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (15-17). Garra Canera de Navolato defeated Fuerza Guinda Nogales 95-84 on Saturday. The winners were led by Marcus Elliott who scored that evening 24 points and 7 assists. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds by Ryan Moss did not help to save the game for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Garra Canera de Navolato have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Nogales and Tijuana. Fuerza Guinda Nogales lost third consecutive game.

In the last game of round 36 Cananea beat Los Mochis on the road 95-81.
The most impressive performance of 36th round was 29 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists by Sammy Monroe of Cananea.


Navolato - Nogales 95-84

The game in Navolato was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-17) played at the court of fifth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (15-17). Garra Canera de Navolato defeated Fuerza Guinda Nogales 95-84 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Garra Canera de Navolato looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The winners were led by American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) who scored that evening 24 points and 7 assists and the other American import forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) supported him with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds by Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) did not help to save the game for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) added 22 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Nogales and Tijuana. Fuerza Guinda Nogales lost third consecutive game.
Top scorers:
Nogales: O.McCullough 22+8reb+2ast, R.Moss 19+11reb+2ast, J.Griffin 15+1reb+1ast, C.Gadson 11+5reb+4ast, C.Estrada 8+1ast, J.Mercado 4+1reb
Navolato: M.Elliott 24+4reb+7ast, R.Selleaze 22+8reb+4ast, J.Gonzalez 16+5reb+2ast, B.Toombs 12+7reb+1ast, A.Villalobos 10+1ast, F.Verdugo 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 234993


Guaymas - Obregon 92-93

The most exciting game of round 36 in the CIBACOPA took place in Guaymas. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-best Ostioneros de Guaymas (23-9) to eighth ranked Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (13-19) 93-92 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 32-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Ostioneros de Guaymas outrebounded Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon 45-30 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. The other American import forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) replied with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St.) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon maintains eighth position with 13-19 record. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the second place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: S.Shorter 24+8reb+7ast, H.Hernandez 19+9reb+2ast, M.Allen 17+5reb+6ast, A.Pedroza 11+1reb+1ast, V.Avila 7+6reb+1ast, C.Soto 6+2reb+1ast
Obregon: K.Jones 35+10reb+3ast, L.Davis 15+3reb+1ast, G.Preer 11+3reb, N.Carter 11+4reb, J.Salcedo 9+2reb+1ast, L.Pulido 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 234992


Guasave - Tijuana 107-79

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (15-17) against sixth ranked Frayles de Guasave (14-18) on Saturday night. Visiting Tijuana Zonkeys were crushed by Frayles de Guasave in Guasave 107-79. The game was mostly controlled by Frayles de Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys was better in second period 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Frayles de Guasave made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Frayles de Guasave outrebounded Tijuana Zonkeys 49-29 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds and the other American import forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) who added 22 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Frayles de Guasave have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 14-18 record, which they share with Cananea. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Nogales and Navolato.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: J.Penny 24+6reb, O.Quintero 21+10reb+5ast, L.Ramirez 11+1reb+2ast, S.Seay 8+5reb+1ast, S.Sanchez 7+3reb+3ast, D.Ramirez 6+1reb+1ast
Guasave: E.Phelps 22+6reb+3ast, N.Stallings 17+5reb+7ast, S.Pettigrew 14+17reb+3ast, J.Farrera 14+7reb+1ast, V.Buelna 13+5reb+2ast, F.Harris 13+3reb+5ast
gschID: 234991


Los Mochis - Cananea 81-95

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Mineros de Cananea (14-18) beat on the road bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (9-23) 95-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Mineros de Cananea. Pioneros Los Mochis managed to win second period 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mineros de Cananea looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 29 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) supported him with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a triple-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists by forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) did not help to save the game for Pioneros Los Mochis. Guard Phillippe Harris (180-85, college: Fayetteville St., agency: Athlete Management Group) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guasave. Pioneros Los Mochis lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 20+12reb+10ast, P.Harris 19+5reb+6ast, T.McNeal 15+7reb, J.Sandoval 10+3reb+5ast, P.Torres 7+1reb+4ast, A.Verdugo 5
Cananea: S.Monroe 29+5reb+10ast, K.Austin 24+6reb+5ast, G.Giron 16+4reb+5ast, Q.Gonzalez 15+9reb+4ast, R.Rougeau 6+5reb+7ast, K.Arias 3
gschID: 234990



Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 35 - by Eurobasket News

American Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Guaymas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 43 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Guaymas in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Obregon (#8, 12-19) 105-103. Guaymas maintains the 2nd position in Mexican CIBACOPA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guaymas will need more victories to improve their 23-8 record. In the team's last game Shorter had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 13 attempts. He just recently signed at Guaymas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of North Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Shorter is in league's top in points (4th best: 22.6ppg), assists (4th best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 52.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Panamanian guard Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) of Cananea. Giron impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Cananea to another comfortable win 105-87 over slightly lower-ranked Los Mochis (#9, 9-22) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Cananea to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-18 record. Giron is one of the most experienced players at Cananea and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Nick Stallings (190-G-83) of Guasave (#6). Stallings showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, five rebounds and fourteen assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Guasave, leading his team to a 101-93 win against the higher-ranked Tijuana (#3, 15-16). The chances of Guasave ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stallings could help Guasave to bring them higher in the standings. Stallings has a great season in Mexico. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.4apg (best passer). Stallings attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of Obregon - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Omar Quintero (183-PG-81) of Tijuana - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Nogales - 20 points and 13 rebounds
7. Phillippe Harris (180-G-85) of Los Mochis - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86) of Cananea - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Hector Hernandez (206-F-85) of Guaymas - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. James Penny (198-F-76) of Tijuana - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Filip Samojlovic enjoys the season abroad - by Eurobasket News

Filip Samojlovic (183-G-90, agency: Interperformances) enjoys the season abroad and gets a promotion with his CSA Steaua Bucuresti in Romania. The player from Montenegro averages 14.9 points per game this season. His team will play one more game tomorrow.
CSA Steaua Bucuresti overcame Politehnica Iasi 91:68 also for 2-0 record. The favorites started with 28-15 and never looked behind after. Radu Paliciuc stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Ionel Dodoc had 17. Milos Petkovic collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Senai Isleam added 10. Madalin Nicolae answered with 17 points in the losing effort.
The most of last season Filip Samojlovic spent at Samedicino-Academia (Superleague) in Georgia. In 18 games he recorded 5.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.4apg. He also played at Viva Basket (B League) in Serbia earlier that season. In two games he averaged 10.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg. Samojlovic's team made it to the Montenegrin Cup final in 2010. He represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Croatia three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.4ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 50.0%.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 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.20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.1 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.5 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 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. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.5 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 


Grant Hill announced retirement - by Eurobasket News

Grant Hill (6'8''-F-72, college: Duke) announced retirement after a fantastic career. The 40-year old player spent the majority of his life with Orland Magic and Phoenix Suns, while finished with Los Angeles Clippers.
Early in 1990-1991 Grant Hill appeared for Duke (NCAA, starting five) and averaged 11.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.2apg. In his last year at college he averaged
17.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 5.2apg. In 1994 he was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA,1rd (3)) and in his first season showed 19.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 5apg.In 2000 signed 7-years contract with Orlando Magic (NBA) for $93 million. In his first season for Orlando Magic (NBA, starting five) showed 13.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 6.3apg, 1.3spg.
In 2007-2008 moved to Phoenix Suns (NBA, starting five) and during Regular Season averaged 13.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 86.7%. In his last season for Phoenix Suns he showed 10.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 26.4%, FT: 76.6%, The season 2012-2013 Grant Hill spent with Los Angeles Clippers (NBA, starting five) and averaged 3.2 points per game.



Pacers even the series, force decider on Monday - by Eurobasket News

Indiana P. - Miami Heat 91-77
For the second consecutive year, the Miami Heat will be forced to win a Game 7 at home in the Eastern Conference finals to advance to the NBA Finals. The Heat were hit by a Pacers barrage in the third quarter Saturday night, falling 91-77 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and allowing Indiana to even the series at 3-3. Miami's season is down to one game. The Heat must win Monday night's Game 7 at AmericanAirlines Arena or they will face an offseason of questions and second guessing. The winner will face San Antonio in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Indiana turned a 40-39 halftime deficit into a 68-55 lead, outscoring Miami 29-15 in the third quarter. The Heat had four field goals (on 16 attempts) and six turnovers in the quarter. Miami cut the deficit to 72-68 with 5:52 left in the game, but Indiana scored the next nine points to ensure a Game 7. With Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) again ineffective, the Heat relied on LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84), who finished with 29 points. Dwyane Wade scored 10 points and Bosh had five, missing all but one of his eight shots. Indiana again depended on Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) (28 points) and Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) (24) and continued to pound Miami on the boards with a 53-33 rebounding advantage. Indiana outscored Miami in the paint 44-22. The Heat were without their most effective big man in this series, reserve Chris Andersen, who was suspended for a game for knocking Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) to the floor and then shoving him in the chest with two hands in Game 5. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra countered by dusting off Joel Anthony in the first quarter. Anthony, who had played seven minutes in the series before Saturday, played 28 minutes in Game 6, finishing with eight rebounds. He had as many offensive rebounds in his first two minutes (two) as Bosh has the entire series. Courtesy of: mypalmbeachpost.com



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Nepal Mens Basketball Team in New Delhi to participate in SABA qualifying round - by Dinesh Thapa

Nepals Mens National Basketball team arrived New Delhi to participate in the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) qualifying for the 27th FIBA ASIA Championship for Men. Nepal will play India (2nd June 2013) and Afghanistan (3rd June 2013) at Tyagraj Stadium, New Delhi. Hosts India along with Nepal and Afghanistan are participating the qualifying round to qualify one team from SABA to the 27th FIBA ASIA Championship for Men.

Following are the members of the Nepal Mens National Team.

Paresh Shrestha
Sanjay Byanjankar Jr.
Sanjay Byanjankar Sr.
Sujan Pun
Manesh Rajopadhaya
Ashim Shrestha
Anish Shahi
Rajiv Joshi
Sushil Gurung
Siddhartha Maharjan
Binod Shrestha
Bibek Shrestha

Coach: Dinesh Chandra Nakarmi

Asst. Coach: Rabindra Maharjan



SABA Qualifying round will be tougher for Nepal against SABA Giants - by Dinesh Thapa

South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) qualifying round for the 27th FIBA ASIA Championship for Men will be held in New Delhi (Tyagraj Stadium), India from June 2 4, 2013. FIBA ASIA Championship for Men the highest level of championship of ASIA and the its qualifying round in SABA is the most highest level of basketball championship (qualifying round) in SABA.

Nepal is participating in the championship along with Hosts India and South Asian Games (SAG 2010) gold medalist Afghanistan. only 3 countries out of the 8 countries of SABA are participating in the qualifying round. Nepal will be competing with the top two teams of the SABA; Afghanistan and India in the qualifying round. It will be tough for Nepal to compete with the SABA giants but the young players of Nepal will gain valuable experience for the future.

Following are the members of the Nepal Mens National Team.

Paresh Shrestha
Sanjay Byanjankar Jr.
Sanjay Byanjankar Sr.
Sujan Pun
Manesh Rajopadhaya
Ashim Shrestha
Anish Shahi
Rajiv Joshi
Sushil Gurung
Siddhartha Maharjan
Binod Shrestha
Bibek Shrestha
Coach: Dinesh Chandra Nakarmi

Asst. Coach: Rabindra Maharjan

With some new young players in the team, the experience they gain in the qualifying round will be beneficial for the future of Basketball in Nepal.

The details of the championship with pictures and updates can be found at http://www.facebook.com/nepalbasketball



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. OceanaGold N. 9-1 
 2. Wellington S. 8-2 
 3. Nelson G. 7-2 
 4. Hub Jets 5-3 
 5. Southland S. 5-3 
 6. Taranaki MA 3-7 
 7. HBS Bank Hawks 2-7 
 8. Super City R. 1-7 
 9. Waikato P. 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 30: Waikato P. - OceanaGold N. 80-97
May. 31: Hub Jets - Nelson G. 77-89
Jun. 1: HBS Bank Hawks - Wellington S. 67-102
May. 28: Wellington S. - OceanaGold N. 102-93
Jun. 2: Super City R. - Nelson G.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  OceanaGo.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.22.1 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.21.2 
 3. Pace, Nelson G.21.2 
 4. Atkinson, Waika.20.6 
 5. Tait, Wellington S.20.4 
 6. Conklin, Southland20.3 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.19.7 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.19.0 
 9. Warren, Wellington18.9 
 10. Maxey, Nelson G.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets14.8 
 2. Atkinson, Waika.13.8 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.6 
 4. Conklin, Southland9.4 
 5. Tisby, OceanaGo.9.0 
 6. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.8 
 7. Bailey, Super C.8.4 
 8. Vukona, Nelson G.8.2 
 9. Markson, Wellingt.7.9 
 10. Pace, Nelson G.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Tait, Wellington S.8.2 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.7 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets6.8 
 4. Buck, Super City R.5.4 
 5. Leasure, Taranaki.5.3 
 6. Martin, Southlan.4.1 
 7. Braswell, Southlan.3.9 
 8. Webster, Waika.3.9 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.8 
 10. Frank, Wellington3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Braswell, Southlan.3.1 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets3.0 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.9 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.2.6 
 5. Martin, Southlan.2.5 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.2.3 
 7. O''Riley, Super C.2.1 
 8. Greene, HBS B.2.1 
 9. Wright, OceanaGo.2.0 
 10. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.1 
 2. Gabriel, Taranaki.2.0 
 3. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.0 
 4. Frank, Wellington1.8 
 5. Horvath, Hub Jets1.4 
 6. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.4 
 7. Greene, HBS B.1.2 
 8. Dawson, Southlan.0.9 
 9. Wright, OceanaGo.0.9 
 10. Prewster, HBS B.0.8 


NBL round seven wrap - by Mike Lacey



Round seven of the NBL began with the top of the table clash between the unbeaten Otago Nuggets and the Wellington Saints. The Saints welcomed back Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) after injury but were denied the services of import Andrew Warren, suspended for the tie having been ejected from the previous game against the Super City Rangers. Websters two week absence certainly didnt affect his scoring as he contributed 17 of the Saints first half points, the home team leading 50-42 at the break. The lead for the Saints fluctuated between four and nine points in the third quarter, the Nuggets still in contention with ten minutes remaining. Hayden Allen scored the first 5 points of the final period to drag the Nuggets to within a single point of the Saints but Webster replied with the same output and try as hard as they could, the league leaders were unable to threaten last seasons finalists, the Saints winning 102-93. Allen (22 points) led the scoring for the Nuggets and BJ Anthony, the leagues leading scorer contributed18 points but significantly he was restricted to just four second half points. Webster had a game high 32 points for the Saints.
On Thursday night the Nuggets were able to redeem themselves by defeating the Waikato Pistons 97-80 in Hamilton. Midway through the third period the Pistons trailed by just four points but a 13-0 run by the Nuggets put paid to any notion that the home side might record their first win of the season. Two of the most productive centres in the league went head to head and it was Otagos Antoine Tisby who shaved the contest. He had 36 points and 13 points compared with Zack Atkinsons 23 points and 13 rebounds. Young guard Marco Alexander scored a career high 29 points for Waikato and added 7 steals for good measure. The Nuggets record improved to 9-1 and almost certain qualification for the end of season play offs.
The Nelson Giants secured a significant away victory at Palmerston North defeating the Jets 89-77, giving them outright second place on the table. At half time the Giants led 34-33 but quickly raced to a ten points advantage early in the third quarter and maintained a double digit lead for the remainder of the game. Giants forward Mika Vukona led all scorers with 25 points (10 from 12 from the field) and he was ably supported by Erron Maxey (21 points) and Josh Bloxham (14 points). Troy McLean was the best for the Jets contributing 19 points. The Jets play three games in six days including the deep south double against Otago and Southland, it looks to be the round that determines whether they are top four material or mid table also rans.
The Wellington Saints travelled to Napier for their second game of the round. The HBS Hawks desperately needed a win to keep their play off hopes alive, however the Saints fired by 14 first half points from Corey Webster rattled in 29 points in each of the first two quarters to establish a commanding 58-34 advantage and the game was virtually over as a contest at that point. Things didnt get any better for the Hawks in the second half and the one sided affair ended with a 102-67 win for the Saints. This must have been a humbling experience for coach Tab Baldwin who in his long association with the NBL surely cannot have suffered a home court 35 points hiding before. His team was often reduced to one on one options on offence, shooting a poor 34% from the field captain Paora Winitana having a night to forget with 1 from 10. Problems for Saints coach Pero Cameron are of a slightly different nature. Former Breakers player Rick Rickert, after a season in Japan, has arrived in Wellington to contest the import spots with Andrew Warren and Bryant Markson. Both Markson (22pts) and Warren (17pts) had strong games against the Hawks and it will be interesting to see what, if any changes Cameron makes.
The final game of the round pitched the James Blond Super City Rangers against the Nelson Giants in Auckland. The Giants looking for their second win of the round and security of their second place on the league ladder began the game strongly. They were 17-10 ahead in the first 5 minutes, only Houston ORiley and Duane Bailey providing scoring punch for the Rangers. The lead was extended to 11 points by quarter time and 24 points, 61-37 by half time, Josh Pace and Brook Ruscoe providing the main attacking thrust for the visitors. The Giants were able to maintain their large lead throughout the second half allowing coach Liam Flynn the opportunity to give his bench players extended playing minutes. Pace scored a game high 24 points and Ruscoe and Erron Maxey 14 points apiece for the Giants. Bailey, 15 points/6 rebounds was valiant in defeat for the Rangers who also got lively contributions from ORiley and Josh Tuaiti.
Nelson (8-2), on the back of five straight wins is second on the ladder with the same record as the Wellington Saints. Southland Sharks and Manawatu Jets have an identical 5-3 record in fourth place.




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Maciej Lampe's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Poles playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Polish players, who play currently abroad.

Maciej Lampe
Maciej Lampe
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Caja Laboral (25-9) in their last game. Despite Lampe's good performance Caja Laboral lost 66-72 at home to the lower-ranked (#7) G.Canaria 2014. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Lampe also added 2 blocks in 27 minutes on the court. Lampe has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 55.8%(177-317), 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 85.1% in the 36 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. Lampe is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

Thomas Kelati
Thomas Kelati
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St., currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Valencia Basket (22-12) in their game against CAI Zaragoza (21-13) in the Spanish ACB. Kelati scored 9 points in 31 minutes. But Valencia Basket was edged in an overtime 122-120 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) CAI Zaragoza. It's Kelati's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 92.3%(36-39) in the 29 games. Kelati is another player who holds two passports: Eritrean and Polish. Ex-BOT Turow Zgorzelec player is in the roster of the Polish senior national team.

Aleksander Czyz
Aleksander Czyz
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Aleksander Czyz (200-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nevada, currently plays in Italy). Czyz contributed to an Lottomatica Roma's victory against the seventh-ranked Cantu (17-13) 74-68 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 10 minutes. Acea Virtus Roma (20-10) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Czyz's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 53.8%(7-13) and FT: 48.6% in the 40 games. He is also a member of the Polish senior national team.

Jakub Wojciechowski
Jakub Wojciechowski
   #4. Power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Torino's victory against the fifth-ranked Casalpusterlengo (20-14) 76-71 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Friday night. Wojciechowski scored 14 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. PMS Torino (26-8) is placed first in the Nazionale A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Wojciechowski has reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.1spg. He has both Polish and Italian nationalities. Wojciechowski is also Polish national team player.

Szymon Lukasiak
Szymon Lukasiak
   #5. Former U18 international center Szymon Lukasiak (208-87, agency: Promotex, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to an overtime Academica's victory against the league leader Benfica (19-1) 79-74 in the Portuguese LPB in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points and blocked 3 blocks in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Associacao Academica de Coimbra (15-5) is placed third in the LPB. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Lukasiak is currently third on the league's list of best blockers with 1.1bpg. He also averaged so far 10.9ppg and 4.4rpg in the 16 games. Lukasiak used to play for the Polish U18 national team eight years ago.

David Logan
David Logan
   #6. Guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv to win against the fifth-ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-14) 74-68 in the Israeli Winner League last Thursday. He scored only 2 points. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (22-5) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. Logan's stats this season are: 10.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Logan is a former international player as he played for the Polish senior team four years ago. He used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

Robert Skibniewski
Robert Skibniewski
   #7. International point guard Robert Skibniewski (183-83, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to secure a victory for Inter Bratislava (20-15) in their game against Komarno (24-11) in the Slovakian Extraliga. Skibniewski scored 6 points. Inter Bratislava was defeated 88-81 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Komarno. Skibniewski belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7. This season he averages: 6.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 4.3apg. Skibniewski is also Polish national team player.

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

   #1. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a Maccabi Haifa's victory against the second-ranked Hapoel Eilat (17-10) crushing them 105-84 in the Israeli Winner League last Wednesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and making 13 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (17-10) is placed third. It's Mekel's first season with the team. Mekel is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg. Mekel has a dual citizenship: Polish and Israeli.

   #2. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a EWE Baskets' victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (24-10) 72-60 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (25-9) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Wysocki averages: 6.3ppg and 3.5rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Polish and German.

   #3. Francis Jonathan Han (185-G-87, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Puerto Rico), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN could not help Cangrejeros (17-9) to beat Quebradillas (15-12). Han scored only 4 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 38 minutes. Cangrejeros lost in a triple overtime (!!!) 90-94 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Quebradillas. This year Han's total stats are: 1.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.4apg in the 26 games he played so far. He has both Polish and Puerto Rican nationalities.



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Ponce 19-8 
 2. Santurce 17-10 
 3. Mayaguez 16-11 
 4. Quebradillas 15-12 
 5. Arecibo 14-13 
 6. Guaynabo 13-13 
 7. Humacao 12-14 
 8. Guayama 12-14 
 9. San German 8-19 
 10. Bayamon 8-20 

Regular Season: Round 32

Jun. 1: Ponce - San German 86-81
Jun. 1: Bayamon - Guaynabo 84-89
Jun. 1: Mayaguez - Arecibo 100-73

Regular Season: Round 33

Jun. 2: Humacao - Santurce
Jun. 2: Quebradillas - Mayaguez
Jun. 2: Guaynabo - Guayama
Jun. 3: San German - Bayamon


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Ike DIOGU
  Ponce
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Diogu, Ponce22.1 
 2. Harris, Ponce20.9 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.3 
 5. Carmona, Humacao18.5 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon17.9 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.9 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Ramos, Arecibo16.9 
 10. Huertas, Quebradi.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo11.1 
 2. Harris, Ponce11.1 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce8.9 
 5. Phillip, San German8.9 
 6. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo8.3 
 8. Harrellson, Guaya.8.2 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon8.1 
 10. Carmona, Humacao7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 2. Rivera, Ponce4.9 
 3. Clemente, Humacao4.8 
 4. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 5. Coronado, Guayama4.0 
 6. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 7. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 8. Garcia, Quebradill.3.4 
 9. Hickerson, San G.3.4 
 10. Pagan, Santurce3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.3 
 2. Coronado, Guayama2.1 
 3. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.4 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 6. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 7. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 8. Villegas, Guaynabo1.2 
 9. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.2 
 10. Harrellson, Guaya.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Penn, Humacao2.1 
 2. Harrellson, Guaya.1.5 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 5. Aubry, Mayaguez1.3 
 6. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 7. Lee, Quebradillas1.1 
 8. Harris, Ponce0.9 
 9. Nichols, Arecibo0.9 
 10. Graterol, Arecibo0.9 


Diogu number one in Puerto Rico for week 31 - by Eurobasket News

Nigerian-American power forward Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83) had an amazing evening in the last week for top-ranked Ponce, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 31.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Humacao (#7, 12-14) 90-79. It allowed Ponce to consolidate first place in the Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ponce has a very solid 18-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Diogu had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Ponce, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Arizona State University star has very solid stats this year. Diogu is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.3ppg. Diogu is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.1rpg) and averages impressive 52.8% FGP and 47.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last week's games was another Ponce's star - 29-year old American Mike Harris (198-F-83). Harris had a very good evening with a double-double of 34 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Ponce cruised to a 90-79 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Humacao (#7, 12-14). Of course Ponce still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 18-8 record. Harris is one of the most experienced players at Ponce and similarly like Ike Diogu has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.2ppg (#2). He also registered 11.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was former international swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Arecibo (#5). Vassallo got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last week. He went also for seven rebounds . He was a key player of Arecibo, leading his team to a 93-91 win against slightly higher-ranked Quebradillas (#4, 15-12). Arecibo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 12 lost games. Vassallo has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86) of Quebradillas - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Arecibo - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jeffrion Aubry (205-C-76) of Mayaguez - 12 points and 10 rebounds
7. Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Quebradillas - 22 points and 6 assists
8. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Humacao - 22 points and 6 rebounds
9. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) of Mayaguez - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82) of Humacao - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 14 assists

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



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CSM Oradea brings back Titus Nicoara - by Eurobasket News

CSM Oradea brings back Titus Nicoara (203-PF-88, agency: Interperformances) for the next season. The Romanian Power Forward will come from CS Gaz Metan Medias. It is actually his comeback to Oradea as he played here before. In 38 Liga Nationala games he recorded 7.4ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.2spg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Nicoara also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 5.9ppg and 3.5rpg. The last season he played also at Gaz Metan. In 37 Liga Nationala games he averaged 12.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team.
Among other achievements Nicoara received Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Domestic Player of the Year award in 2010 and 2011.
Titus Nicoara was also a member of Romanian international program for some years. Nicoara played for Romanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008. He also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.2ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 57.1%.



CS Concordia Chiajna and CSA Steaua Bucuresti promote to the top division - by Eurobasket News

CS Concordia Chiajna and CSA Steaua Bucuresti promote to the top division. Two top teams decided not to wait for the Final day and both posted the second victories.
CS Concordia Chiajna won over CSU Stiinta Bucuresti 89:75 and improved to 2-0 record in the Final Round. They started with 24-21 lead and also won the rest of the quarters. Vasile Stefan top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Nemanja Petrovic nailed 19. Dragos Branza scored 15 points in defeat, while Grigore Vasilescu had 13.
CSA Steaua Bucuresti meanwhile overcame Politehnica Iasi 91:68 also for 2-0 record. The favorites started with 28-15 and never looked behind after. Radu Paliciuc stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Ionel Dodoc had 17. Milos Petkovic collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Senai Isleam added 10. Madalin Nicolae answered with 17 points in the losing effort.



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Viktor Khryapa will miss EuroBasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Viktor Khryapa will miss EuroBasket 2013. The Russian player announced that he needs at least some rest after a tough season.
Viktor Khryapa was the key player in the last game for CSKA. His team stormed past Khimky to enter the title series. The Russian Champions did not leave any chance to Khimky in the decisive Game 5 and posted an easy 87:64 win. The best player for the winners was Viktor Khryapa who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. In the Final series CSKA will take on Lokomotiv. The series will start on June 3rd in Moscow.
Khryapa managed to play in three leagues this year. In 12 PBL games he recorded 8.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg. He also played 26 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team. Khryapa also played 24 games in VTB United League so far where he averaged 8.9ppg, 7.1rpg (#4 in the league), 4.2apg and 1.4spg (in top 4).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League European Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Defensive Player of the Year back in 2010.
Khryapa was also a member of Russian international program for some years. He played for Russian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002. Khryapa also represented Russia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 39.3%.



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2013 GSSE: Andorra keep San Marino winless - by Eurobasket News

Andorra-San Marino 85:51

Andorra keep San Marino winless at the 15th Games of the Small States of Europe. Andorra posted their initial 85:51 win at the end of the tournament .
Andorra opened the game with 18-11 lead and never looked behind after. They added 23-13 in the second frame led 17 points at the halftime. Moreover Andorra won the third period 21-17 and finished the game with 23-10 in the last stanza. Cinto Gabriel Morilla scored the last points for the winners, while Enrico Zanotti (195-C-90) made the final score in the game.
Cinto Gabriel Morilla top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Daniel Marin Rodriguez added 16. Rafael Casals Roy had 12 and Josep Oriol Fernandez Vilarrubla delivered 11. Enrico Zanotti replied with 16 points in the losing effort. Stefano Rossini (182-G/F-74) and Teodoro Casadei (180-PG-89) followed him with 12 points each.

Andorra: Cinto Gabriel Morilla 20+10 rebs, Daniel Marin Rodriguez 16, Rafael Casals Roy 12, Josep Oriol Fernandez Vilarrubla 11
San Marino: Enrico Zanotti 16, Stefano Rossini 12, Teodoro Casadei 12



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Senegalese Papa Beye finished successful season in France - by Eurobasket News

Senegalese Papa Beye (202-F-90) finished successful season in France with his Chalons-Reims. Although the team finished the Regular Season with a 23-11 record on the third place, they managed to enter the Final game. Antibes however celebrated the ProB title tonight. They held off Chalons-Reims 83:73 at home court to sweep the title series. Antibes are now returning to ProA after eleven years.
Chalons-Reims however made Antibes sweat for this win. The visitors jumped to a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. They controlled the pace and tempo in the second period. Chalons-Reims arrived at halftime up by 5 points 45:40. Antibes finally managed to deny the deficit in the third term. The hosts grabbed a narrow 58:57 lead heading into the fourth frame. Chalons-Reims quickly regained the lead early in the final period 62:58. But Tim Blue stepped up for the hosts in the crucial moment. He ignited a 10:0 run as Antibes grabbed a 75:68 lead. They kept Chalons-Reims at bay throughout the remainder of the contest and sealed the win at the end. Tim Blue stepped up with 23 points and 9 rebounds to pace Antibes. Trevor Huffman added 14 points in the victory. Rodrigue Mels answered with 12 points for Chalons-Reims. Kevin Corre and Bryan Mullins chipped in 11 points each in the loss.
Papa Beye averaged 3.7 points per game this season.



Boniface Ndong selected the top Senegalese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Boniface Ndong
Boniface Ndong
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Boniface Ndong (213-77, currently plays in Turkey). He led Galatasaray to a 2-point victory over the fifth-ranked Karsiyaka (23-7) 79-77 in the Turkish TBL in Thursday night's game. Ndong was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (27-3) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. This year Ndong averages: 9.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 58.3%(126-216) and FT: 73.8% in the 33 games he played so far. He played for the Senegalese senior national team four years ago.

Mouhammad Faye
Mouhammad Faye
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1. Faye could not help Ikaros (12-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Ikaros was badly defeated 78-62 at home by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. Faye scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It's Faye's first season with the team. Faye is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (third place). His overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 42.5%, 3FGP: 33.6% and FT: 71.4%. Faye played for the Senegalese national team in 2011.

Ousmane Barro
Ousmane Barro
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette, currently plays in Romania). Barro was not able to help Targu Mures (23-7) in their game against Ploiesti (23-7) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. He scored 6 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 4 blocks. The league leader Targu Mures was defeated 85-79 on their home court in Mures by the lower-ranked Ploiesti (#3). Barro's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 63.8%(81-127). He played for the Senegalese U18 national team eleven years ago.

Abdoulaye N'Diaye
Abdoulaye N'Diaye
   #4. Power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC, currently plays in France) led Souffelweyersheim to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Blois (24-10) 87-81 in the French NM1 (third division) last Sunday. N'Diaye was the best player in that game. He recorded 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Souffelweyersheim (25-9) is placed second in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. N'Diaye is currently third on the league's list of best blockers with 1.4bpg. This year he also averages: 11.2ppg and 7.0rpg in the 30 games. N'Diaye used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2010.

Ousmane Gueye
Ousmane Gueye
   #5. Former international guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82, currently plays in Italy) led Mazzeo San Severo to a victory over the 12th-ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (16-18) 76-66 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Friday night. He was the top player that evening. Gueye scored 20 points, had 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals. Mazzeo San Severo (11-23) is placed 17th in the Nazionale A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Gueye is currently third on the list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg and 2.8spg. Gueye has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Italian. He used to play for the Senegalese national team two years ago.

Babacar Toure
Babacar Toure
   #6. Power forward Babacar Toure (205-85, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to secure a victory for Geneve Lions (22-4) in their game against Lugano Tigers (16-10) in the Swiss LNA. Toure scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 18 minutes. The league leader Geneve Lions was edged 86-83 on the road by the lower-ranked (#3) Lugano Tigers. Toure is currently third on the league's list of best blockers with 1.4bpg. He also averaged so far 9.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.2spg in the 35 games. Toure is a former international player as he played for the Senegalese senior team two years ago.

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

   #1. Mamadou Samb (208-C/F-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) to beat Regal FC Barcelona (23-11). It was not his best game last Tuesday. Samb scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 10 minutes. Gescrap BB lost 70-79 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona. This year Samb's overall stats are: 4.1ppg and 1.9rpg in the 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Spanish.

   #2. Moussa Badiane (205-C-81, agency: Fusion Sports, college: E.Carolina, currently plays in France) led Olympique Antibes to a victory against the closely-ranked Chalons-Reims (23-11) 83-73 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Olympique Antibes (21-13) is placed fifth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Badiane is currently first on the league's list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6bpg. Badiane is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and French.

   #3. Papa Beye (202-F-90, currently plays in France) was not able to help Chalons-Reims (23-11) in their game against Olympique Antibes (21-13) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 6 points and blocked 3 blocks in only 11 minutes. Chalons-Reims was edged 73-70 at home by the lower-ranked (#5) Olympique Antibes. This year Beye's overall stats are: 3.7ppg and 2.4rpg in the 38 games.

   #4. Mouhamadou M'Bodji (193-F/G-81, currently plays in France) managed to help BC Souffelweyersheim to win in overtime against the closely-ranked Blois (24-10) 87-81 in the French NM1 (third division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 2 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Souffelweyersheim (25-9) is placed second in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. M'Bodji's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg. He has both Senegalese and French nationalities.



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Milos Petkovic gets a promotion with his CSA Steaua Bucuresti - by Eurobasket News

Milos Petkovic (201-F/C-91, agency: Global Sports Plaza) gets a promotion with his CSA Steaua Bucuresti. The Serbian player collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in the game against Politehnica Iasi.
CSA Steaua Bucuresti overcame Politehnica Iasi 91:68 also for 2-0 record. The favorites started with 28-15 and never looked behind after. Radu Paliciuc stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Ionel Dodoc had 17. Milos Petkovic collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Senai Isleam added 10. Madalin Nicolae answered with 17 points in the losing effort.
Milos Petkovic also spent pre-season at U-Mobitelco (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league earlier this year. The last season Petkovic was tested by Kozuv (Prva Liga) in FYR Macedonian league. In 9 games he recorded 12.0ppg and 4.3rpg. His team made it to the Serbian Junior League Semifinals in 2009. Petkovic has played also professionally in Serbia (Vrsac).



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

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

Nenad Krstic
Nenad Krstic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Nenad Krstic (212-83, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. He could not help CSKA Moscow (15-3) in their last game. Despite Krstic's very good performance the second-placed CSKA Moscow was edged 83-80 on the road by the leading Khimky in the group B of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Krstic also added 7 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. Krstic has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 55.9%(104-186) and FT: 71.3% in the 26 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Zoran Erceg
Zoran Erceg
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Zoran Erceg (210-85, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nenad Krstic and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Erceg, who plays in Russia. He was not able to help CSKA Moscow (15-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Erceg's good performance CSKA Moscow (#2) was edged 83-80 in Khimki by the leading Khimky in the group B of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 14 points (made all of his six free throws). This season Erceg averages: 7.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 2FGP: 63.2%(12-19), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 86.4%. He is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Milos Teodosic
Milos Teodosic
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nenad Krstic. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League which we would like to mention. Teodosic was the major contributor in a 2-point CSKA Moscow's victory against the leader Khimky (14-4) 74-72. He scored 15 points. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group B. CSKA Moscow (15-3) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Teodosic has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 95.3%(41-43). He is also a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Tadija Dragicevic
Tadija Dragicevic
   #4. Power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to secure a victory for Azovmash (25-14) in their last game. Despite Dragicevic's very good performance Azovmash lost 75-89 in Kyiv to the leading Budivelnyk. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Dragicevic also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. Dragicevic has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.0apg in the 54 games. He used to play for the Serbian university national team back in 2009.

Dusko Savanovic
Dusko Savanovic
   #5. International power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey) led Anadolu Efes to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Banvit BK (25-5) 72-70 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. He recorded 15 points in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (25-5) is placed second in the TBL. Savanovic's stats this year are: 11.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg in the 34 games. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Vladimir Stimac
Vladimir Stimac
   #6. Center Vladimir Stimac (211-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Turkey) led Banvit BK to a victory against the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (25-5) 75-69 in the Turkish TBL in Friday night's game. Stimac recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (25-5) is placed third in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Stimac is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. His overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg and 7.6rpg. Stimac is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

Nemanja Bjelica
Nemanja Bjelica
   #7. International power forward Nemanja Bjelica (209-88, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Caja Laboral (25-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Caja Laboral was defeated in an overtime 83-78 in Las Palmas by the lower-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (#7). Bjelica was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Bjelica's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Serbian national team player.

Miroslav Raduljica
Miroslav Raduljica
   #8. Center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tadija Dragicevic. However that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Superleague which brought him to that list. Raduljica couldn't help Azovmash (25-14) in their game against Budivelnyk (28-11), despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Raduljica also added 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. But Azovmash lost 70-82 in Kyiv to the leading Budivelnyk. Raduljica averaged so far 14.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg in the 53 games. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Uros Duvnjak
Uros Duvnjak
   #9. Former University international guard Uros Duvnjak (190-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help AGOR (17-9) in their game against Olympiacos (25-1) in the Greek A1, despite his very good performance on Friday night. He was the top scorer with 21 points in 23 minutes. But AGOR lost 72-87 in Athens to the leading Olympiacos. It's Duvnjak's first season with the team. Duvnjak averaged so far 10.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.1apg in the 30 games. He used to play for the Serbian university national team six years ago.

Dejan Borovnjak
Dejan Borovnjak
   #10. Power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Stelmet ZG's victory against the leader PGE Turow (23-9) 79-65 in the Polish TBL in Tuesday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Stelmet Zielona Gora (20-12) is placed third. Borovnjak averaged so far 12.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 29 games. He is a former university international player as four years ago he still played for the Serbian national team.

   #11. International power forward Milan Macvan (205-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Turkey) helped Galatasaray win their game against the fifth-ranked Karsiyaka 64-59 in the Turkish TBL last Monday. Macvan scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Macvan's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

   #12. Former international guard Bojan Popovic (191-83, currently plays in Bulgaria) couldn't help Lukoil Academik in their game against Levski Sofia in the Bulgarian NBL. Despite his good performance in Friday night's game Popovic recorded 12 points and added 4 passes. Popovic's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2010.

   #13. International guard Stefan Markovic (194-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Valencia Basket in their game against CAI Zaragoza in the Spanish ACB. Markovic scored only 4 points and added 11 assists in 27 minutes. His team lost 77-83. Markovic is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers with 4.1apg. This year he also averages: 5.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4spg in the 34 games. Markovic is also Serbian national team player.

   #14. Former University international guard Djordje Micic (195-83, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help PGE Turow in their game against Stelmet ZG in the Polish TBL. He recorded 8 points. His team was defeated 69-65. Micic's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Serbian university national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former University international point guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) couldn't help Kozuv in their game against MZT Skopje in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Mijajlovic recorded 15 points and had 4 steals in 29 minutes. But his team lost 89-93. Mijajlovic is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 3.2apg. This year he also averages: 12.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1spg in the 28 games. Mijajlovic used to play for the Serbian university national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Russian team CSKA Moscow to a 2-point victory over the leader Khimky (14-4) 74-72 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Micov was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points and added 4 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group B. CSKA Moscow (15-3) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Micov's first season with the team. This year Micov averages: 8.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg.

   #2. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Poland) led Stelmet ZG to a victory over the leader PGE Turow (23-9) 69-65 in the Polish TBL on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Stevic had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Stelmet Zielona Gora (20-12) is placed third. Stevic is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.2rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.4ppg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in the 39 games he played so far.

   #3. Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90, currently plays in Greece) was the main contributor in Panionios' victory against the closely-ranked Aris (13-13) 74-67 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Jankovic was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds in 28 minutes. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (20-6) is placed third in the A1. It's Jankovic's fourth season with the team. Jankovic is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.8rpg. This year he also averages: 12.7ppg and 1.8apg in the 30 games. Jankovic has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Greek. Despite his Serbian passport, Jankovic previously played for the Greek U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Serbian team.

   #4. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to a 1-point Levski Sofia's victory against the league leader Lukoil Academik (24-3) 75-74 in a derby game in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday. Marinovic was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Levski Sofia (23-4) is placed second in the NBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Marinovic's first season with the team. Marinovic is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Marinovic averages: 15.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.1apg and 1.4spg.

   #5. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Bulgaria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Marinovic. But that was another game of his team in Bulgarian NBL which we would like to mention. Pantic, who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Levski Sofia (23-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Levski Sofia was edged 86-83 in a derby game by the leading Lukoil Academik. Pantic had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. Pantic averaged so far 12.6ppg and 6.1rpg in the 18 games.

   #6. Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Romania) contributed to Ploiesti's victory against the 11th-ranked Targu Mures 85-79 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. Tica was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds. Tica averaged so far 13.9ppg and 4.9rpg.

   #7. Milko Bjelica (205-F/C-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Caja Laboral (25-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Bjelica's good performance Caja Laboral was defeated in an overtime 83-78 on the road by the lower-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (#7). He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Bjelica's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 3.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.

   #8. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to a 2-point Rilski Sportist's victory against the closely-ranked Balkan 79-77 in the Bulgarian NBL last Sunday. Mirkovic was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and added 7 passes in 35 minutes. Mirkovic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.8apg and 1.8spg in the 34 games. Mirkovic has both Serbian and Bulgarian nationalities.

   #9. Experienced Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, another player represented by BeoExcell, currently plays in Romania) faced previously mentioned Vladimir Tica in the Romanian Liga Nationala last game. Ciric, who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to secure a victory for Targu Mures (23-7) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Targu Mures was defeated 85-79 at home by the lower-ranked Ploiesti (#3). Ciric was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Ciric averaged so far 15.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6apg.

   #10. Dusan Sakota (209-SF-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn't help Cimberio Varese (23-7) in their last game. Despite Sakota's good performance the league leader Cimberio Varese lost 72-80 in Siena to the lower-ranked (#5) Montepaschi. He recorded 13 points in a mere 19 minutes. This year Sakota's overall stats are: 8.3ppg and 2.4rpg in the 37 games. He also holds two passports: Serbian and Greek. Despite Sakota's Serbian nationality, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Serbian team.



Igor Rakocevic will be playing in third game - by Aleksa Nikolic

Crvena Zvezda captain IIgor Rakocevic (191-G-78) will be playing in third game of play-off series against Mega Vizura in Belgrade.He isn't 100% ready, but he want to help his teammates.
Crvena Zvezda won first match in Belgrade 84:76, but in second match they lost 73:71 in Krusevac.
This is must win game for both team, because loser finishing season.
Match will be played today at Pionir Hall, Belgrade at 21:00.





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Inter claim dramatic win over Komarno, win Extraliga title - by Eurobasket News

Komarno - Inter 80:82

Inter are back on top after 17 years of waiting. The Bratislava team nipped Komarno on the road in the decisive seventh game of the championship series and clinched the Extraliga crown. They celebrated the title last in 1995/96 season.
Inter started the game strong. They dropped 26 points in the first period to gain a 3-point lead at the first break. The Bratislava team exploded with 27 points in the second period to open a 53:42 halftime advantage. But Komarno turned things around in the third period. They went on a 14:3 run early in the quarter to gain a 56:55 advantage. Komarno arrived at the final intermission up by six points 66:60. Inter denied the deficit and Graham put the visitors up by one 71:70 midway through the period. The lead changed hands for a couple of times before Nenad Milosevic (190-PG-83), Alando Tucker (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) and Martin Rancik (204-F/C-78, college: Iowa St.) gave the visitors a 76:72 lead. Amin Stevens (201-F-90, college: Florida A&M) pulled Komarno within two 80:82 but the hosts simply ran out of time and lost the game. Martin Rancik fired 20 points to pace the winners. Alando Tucker added 19 points, while Nenad Milosevic had 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. Amin Stevens responded with 19 points and 8 boards for Komarno. Martin Bilik (194-G/F-87) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Komarno: Amin Stevens 19, Martin Bilik 15
Inter Bratislava: Martin Rancik 20, Alando Tucker 19, Nenad Milosevic 11



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Erazem Lorbek selected the top Slovenian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Slovenian players, who play currently abroad.

Erazem Lorbek
Erazem Lorbek
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) in their last game. Despite Lorbek's very good performance Regal FC Barcelona was edged 90-89 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Gescrap BB. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Lorbek also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. It's Lorbek's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 58.9%(123-209), 3FGP: 30.7% and FT: 76.8% in the 38 games he played so far. Lorbek played for the Slovenian senior national team two years ago.

Mirza Begic
Mirza Begic
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Mirza Begic (217-85, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the fifth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (21-13) 84-76 in the Spanish ACB last Thursday. Begic recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Real Madrid (30-4) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Begic averages: 5.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(87-148) and FT: 71.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Former Triglav Kranj starter played for the Slovenian national team in 2011.

Bostjan Nachbar
Bostjan Nachbar
   #3. The Slovenian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Bostjan Nachbar (207-80, currently plays in Germany). Nachbar led Brose Baskets Bamberg to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Bayern Muenchen (21-13) 98-79 in the German BBL on Thursday night. He scored 18 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Brose Baskets Bamberg (26-8) is placed first in the BBL. This year Nachbar has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 49.8%, 3FGP: 37.4% and FT: 83.4% in the 40 games. He played for the Slovenian national team three years ago.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #4. Center Jusuf Nurkic (212-94, currently plays in Croatia) was not able to help KK Zadar (11-3) in their game against Cibona (12-2) in the Croatian A1. Nurkic was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. But the third-placed KK Zadar was badly defeated 84-68 in Zagreb by the leading Cibona in the Places 1-8 group. Nurkic is currently fifth on the list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 4.5rpg. Nurkic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. He used to play for the Slovenian U16 national team back in 2010.

Dragisa Drobnjak
Dragisa Drobnjak
   #5. Former international forward Dragisa Drobnjak (200-77, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) helped Base Oostende win their game against the closely-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (18-10) crushing them 88-57 in the Belgian Ethias League last Saturday. Drobnjak recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (20-8) is placed first in the Ethias League. This year Drobnjak's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 28 games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team five years ago.

Nebojsa Joksimovic
Nebojsa Joksimovic
   #6. Small forward Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81, currently plays in Bosnia) managed to help BC Igokea Aleksandrovac in a victory against the second-ranked HKK Siroki WWin (9-1) 62-47 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Tuesday night's game. Joksimovic scored only 1 points and had 3 steals in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (9-1) is placed first. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Joksimovic's total stats are: 6.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Slovenian senior team four years ago.

Uros Slokar
Uros Slokar
   #7. Former international power forward Uros Slokar (210-83, currently plays in Spain) helped G.Canaria 2014 win their n overtime game against the second-ranked Caja Laboral (25-9) 83-78 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Slokar scored only 2 points. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (19-15) is placed seventh in the ACB. It's Slokar's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.8rpg. Slokar used to play for the Slovenian national team two years ago.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Slovenian passport:

   #1. Experienced Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Croatia), who plays in the Croatian A1 could not help Cedevita (11-3) to beat KK Zadar (11-3). Ilievski did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. He scored only 2 points. Cedevita (#2) was defeated 86-81 on the road by the lower-ranked KK_Zadar (#3) in the Places 1-8 group. It was Cedevita's first loss after five consecutive victories. Ilievski's total stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 2.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian.

Other top Slovenian players, who play abroad:

Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) plays for Anadolu Efes in Turkish TBL
Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) plays for Unicaja Malaga in Spanish ACB
Radoslav Pekovic (215-C-94) plays for Zvezda in Serbian A League
Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87) plays for Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkish TBL
Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) plays for Phoenix Suns in the NBA
Beno Udrih (194-PG-82) plays for Orlando Magic in the NBA
Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) plays for Banco di Sardegna Sassari in Italian SerieA
Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) plays for Besiktas in Turkish TBL
Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90) plays for Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Polish TBL

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



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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Doellman, Valencia15.9 
 3. Feldeine, Mad-Croc15.9 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.6 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.4 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Toolson, G.Canari.14.2 
 8. Fisher, FIATC J.13.8 
 9. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.8 
 10. Nelson, G.Canari.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Martin, Blancos7.1 
 2. Hunter, Blancos6.8 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.5 
 4. Nelson, G.Canari.6.4 
 5. Lewis, UCAM M.6.2 
 6. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 7. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.0 
 8. Kendall, Blusens M.5.9 
 9. Norel, CAI Zaragoza5.9 
 10. Gaffney, FIATC J.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.5.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.2 
 5. Rodriguez, Real M.4.1 
 6. Markovic, Valencia4.1 
 7. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 8. Huertas, FCB Regal3.6 
 9. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.5 
 10. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Doellman, Valencia1.9 
 2. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.7 
 3. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.6 
 4. Finley, Lagun A.1.6 
 5. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 6. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 7. Markovic, Valencia1.4 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
 9. Uriz, CB Canarias1.3 
 10. Hanga, Assignia M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Mad-Croc
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.5 
 2. Mejri, Blusens M.1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Hunter, Blancos1.1 
 7. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 10. Tomic, FCB Regal1.0 



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  TRBL   

TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
Eastern Conference
 1. Cary Invasion 10-0 
 2. Big Texas 7-2 
 3. Fayetteville C. 6-3 
 4. Wilmington SD 2-8 
 5. Nighthawks 1-7 
 6. Bull City L. 0-1 
Western Conference
 1. PT Players 10-0 
 2. HoopForLyfe 4-4 
 3. Greensboro C. 4-5 
 4. Queen City E. 3-7 
 5. Carolina G. 1-10 
 6. SC Allstars 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 31: PT Players - Queen City E. 131-114
Jun. 1: Big Texas - Wilmington SD 130-128
Jun. 1: Carolina G. - PT Players 104-157
Jun. 2: Big Texas - Fayetteville C.
Jun. 2: Cary Invasion - Greensboro C.
Jun. 2: Hub City L. - Queen City E.



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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Jun. 1: Welcome - Capitol 89-72
May. 31: 25 de Agosto - Stockholmo 83-74
Jun. 1: Cader - Verdirrojo 78-77
Jun. 1: Larre Borges - Colon 70-69
May. 31: Marne - Yale 66-60
May. 31: Urunday Univ. - Guruyu Waston 63-72

Regular Season: Round 6

Jun. 3: Capitol - Urunday Univ.
Jun. 3: Colon - 25 de Agosto
Jun. 3: Larre Borges - Verdirrojo
Jun. 3: Stockholmo - Welcome
Jun. 3: Guruyu Waston - Marne
Jun. 3: Yale - Cader


Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro league (5th round)
Marne 66 - Andre Stephens (202-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) 13 pts. 15 reb. 2 blocks, Andres Pineiro (187-F/G-89) 18 pts. 3 reb.
Yale 60 - Emilio Dominguez (202-C-87) 17 pts. 5 reb. Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) 17 pts 13 reb.
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Guruyu Waston 72 -Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) 10 pts. 21 reb 3 blocks, Brian Garcia (180-G-90) 19 pts. 3 reb.
Urunday Universitario 63 - Diego Olivera (197-G-84) 15 pts. 5 reb. Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 13 pts. 8 reb.
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25 de Agosto 83 - Andres Ferres (197-F-85) 31 pts. 5 reb. Rashad Chase (201-F/C-87, agency: Promotex, college: Georgia St.) 9 pts 10 reb.
Stockolmo 74 - Daniel Rivero (182-G-77) 24 pts. 3 reb. Rogelio De Leon (205-C-89) 18 pts. 6 reb. 4 blocks.



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Group A
 1. Marinos 2-0 
 2. Bucaneros 0-0 
 3. Trotamundos 0-2 
Group B
 1. Gigantes 2-0 
 2. Gaiteros 0-0 
 3. Cocodrilos 0-2 
Places 7-10
 1. Guaros 25-28 
 2. Guaiqueries 21-23 
 3. Panteras 19-35 
 4. Toros 18-36 
2013 Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

May. 28: Marinos - Trotamundos 80-61
May. 30: Cocodrilos - Gigantes 69-70
May. 29: Cocodrilos - Gigantes 61-62
May. 29: Marinos - Trotamundos 107-85

Second Stage: Round 2

May. 31: Trotamundos - Bucaneros
Jun. 1: Trotamundos - Bucaneros
Jun. 1: Gigantes - Gaiteros
Jun. 2: Gigantes - Gaiteros


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Humacao
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Carmona, Humacao23.2 
 2. Pena, Toros21.9 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.21.5 
 4. Santana, Gaiteros21.0 
 5. Maye, Bayamon20.4 
 6. Bailey, Panteras19.3 
 7. Martinez, Guaros19.3 
 8. Rodgers, Marinos18.2 
 9. Flores, Guaiqueries18.1 
 10. Johnson, Toros17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Guaros
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Martinez, Guaros12.1 
 2. Santana, Gaiteros10.1 
 3. Massie, San German9.9 
 4. Johnson, Toros9.2 
 5. Miller, Toros8.2 
 6. Urbina, Toros8.1 
 7. Sucre, Marinos7.7 
 8. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.7 
 9. Carmona, Humacao7.7 
 10. Bethelmy, Cocodri.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kelvin PENA
  Toros
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Pena, Toros6.1 
 2. Rivera, Humacao6.1 
 3. Vargas, Marinos6.0 
 4. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.0 
 5. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.7 
 6. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.6 
 7. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.4 
 8. Fortson, Trotamun.4.1 
 9. Guillent, Guaros3.9 
 10. Flores, Guaiqueri.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Bucaneros
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Riley, Bucaneros2.9 
 2. Fortson, Trotamun.2.5 
 3. Vargas, Marinos2.4 
 4. Carmona, Humacao2.2 
 5. Guillent, Guaros2.2 
 6. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.1 
 7. Macuare, Gigantes2.1 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.1 
 9. Johnson, Toros2.1 
 10. Rivera, Humacao2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Toros
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Miller, Toros2.2 
 2. Lang, Cocodrilos1.6 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 4. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.2 
 6. Gadzuric, Marinos1.0 
 7. Massie, San German0.9 
 8. Santana, Gaiteros0.9 
 9. Bayona, Bucaneros0.8 
 10. Bravo, Gigantes0.8 




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Women News


SBL: Senators look to down another top eight victim - by Eurobasket News

Ladder leaders Rockingham are back in action tonight when they tip-off round 12 of the womens State Basketball League at home against Stirling.

The Flames have won their past nine games to storm to the top of the ladder after a slow start and only the bye temporarily halted their momentum last week.

The Flames will be expected to continue on their merry way tonight when they host a Stirling side that has limped to a 4-8 record in the first half of the year.

But the Senators are not without hope, having beaten top-eight sides South West and Cockburn this month.

In Fridays other game, Mandurah will be looking to close the gap on the top eight when they host South West.

The Magic have won two of their past three games and will be confident of beating a Slammers side that has lost its past four straight.

But the Slammers ran out comfortable winners when the teams last met way back in round three.

Mandurah are one of two teams backing up on Saturday and will see another window of opportunity to climb up the ladder when they visit fifth-placed Cockburn.

Stirlings double-header concludes with the visit of Perth Redbacks to the Warwick Leisure Centre on Saturday, while third-placed Wanneroo will start hot favourites at home against an East Perth side that sits last after losing its past eight games.

Sundays standalone fixture should be a cracker, with fourth-placed Kalamunda hosting fifth-placed Cockburn as the teams jostle for higher play-off positions.

Willetton kept pace with Rockingham at the top last week but will have a stint on the sidelines with a bye in round 12.
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SBL: Road doubles for Slammers, Senators (Friday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

The Stirling Senators and South West Slammers both recorded women's and men's road SBL victories over the Rockingham Flames and Mandurah Magic on Friday night to open Week 12 action.

The Stirling Senators men's line-up beat the Rockingham Flames 94-78 at Mike Barnett Sports Complex for just their fourth win of the 2013 season in their 15th match.

Cory Cooperwood (201-F-88, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Wright St.) starred for the Senators with 31 points and 11 rebounds while Josh Throns added 18 points and seven boards. Jordan Wild also contributed 15 points, 16 boards and five assists for Stirling with Nikolas Iliadis (183-G-94) finishing with 12 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Cooper Land top-scored for Rockingham with 20 points with Steven Bennett (173-PG-88, college: Chaminade) adding 16 points, Brendan Della Maddalena 15 and Travis Moore 15.

The South West Slammers improved its season record to 9-7 with a 101-81 win over the Mandurah Magic at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

Ty Harrelson continued to lead the way for the Slammers with 22 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists with Jamahr Warren and Clive Weeden both putting up 21 points. Wade Hitchcock also scored 15 points and Trent Worthington nine to go with 12 rebounds and four assists.

Rhett Della Maddalena had a big night for the Magic scoring 28 points and pulling in 12 rebounds. Taylor Mullenax added 18 points and 11 boards with Andrew Bowman scoring 12 points and dishing out seven assists.

The South West Slammers women's team thumped the Mandurah Magic 86-57 dominating after quarter-time in Mandurah to improve to a 6-8 record on the season.

Kimberly Sitzmann top-scored for South West with 22 points while also pulling in nine rebounds and dishing out seven assists. Donnell Wallam added 19 points, Kara Hargreaves 13, Dannielle Smith 10 and Lauren Jeffers 10.

Casey Mihovilovich had a big night for Mandurah with 24 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and four steals with Hannah Knight also scoring 10 points.

The Stirling Senators won the night's close game downing the Rockingham Flames 82-78 thanks to a 27-17 final quarter in Rockingham.

Amber Land finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Senators with Tegan Walker adding 21 points, Taylor Lilley 12 and Lyndal Gardner 10.

Samantha Whitcomb hit 23 points to go with 10 rebounds and five assists for the Flames with Jacinta Bourne scoring 16 points and Kaye Tucker 18 to go with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Article by Chris Pike

Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



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  BELARUS   


Veremeenko pulls Belarus over Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Belarus -Lithuania 64:42

Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) pulls Belarus over Lithuania in the last game of the Niemodlin tournament. She scored 15 points as Belarus won 64:42 and finished second in France. The latter won Niemodlin campaign with 4 participating teams. The home side posted the third straight victory at the tournament beating Russia 64:50. Russia ended up on the third place with 1-2 record, while Lithuania remained winless.
Both teams scored 9 points in the first period and only due to 20-18 rally in the second frame Belarus grabbed 2-point lead at the halftime. The second half meanwhile belonged to the winners that posted a 14-8 burst in the third quarter and finished the game with 21-7 surge in the last stanza.
Anufryenka nailed 10 points for the winners and Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) brought 9. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) notched 8, while Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) had 7. Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) netted 9. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) poured in 6, whilst Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Illinois) had 5.

Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 15, Anufryenka 10, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 9, Yelena Leuchanka 8, Alexandra Tarasava 7
Lithuania: Kamile Nacickaite 12, Inesa Visgaudaite 9, Gintare Petronyte 6, Iveta Salkauske 5



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria won first friendly against Greece - by Maria Mitzova

Bulgarian NT won 57-47 against visiting Greek team in a first of two friendly games in Samokov.
The Bulgarian team had great run in the first quarter, gaining quick lead by 13 points. The lead reached 15 points by the end of the first 10 minutes, and both teams headed to the break with 37-19 on the scoreboard.
Greece tried a comeback in the second half but despite cutting the Bulgarian lead by few, never reached the opponent. It was a very low scoring last quarter, with the Greek team scoreless in the first half of it.
Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) scored 20 points for Bulgaria, Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 10 each. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 17 for Greece.
Stats, thanks to BGBASKET
- http://bgbasket.com/en/stats.php?id=158829



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  CANADA   


Montenegro edge Canada at Belgrade Trophy 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Canada 75:46

Montenegro claimed the first win at the Belgrade Trophy 2013. They held off Canada on the second day of the competition. Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89) stepped up with 19 points to pace the winners. Canada and Montenegro are now tied at 1-1 record.
Montenegro shocked the North American team in the opening quarter. The Europeans went on a 24:9 run to clear off. Montenegro kept Canada at distance throughout the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by 20 points 41:21. Canada scored just 6 points in the third term to face a massive 27-point deficit at the final intermission. Montenegro did not allow Canada any closer in the fourth frame and rolled to the victory at the end. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) provided 13 points, while Anna De Forge (178-SG-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) and Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) added 10 points each for the winners. Justine Colley (175-G-91) answered with 11 points for Canada.



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  CROATIA   


Croatia edge Netherlands to finish second in Spain - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands -Croatia 63:84

Croatia edge Netherlands to finish second in Spain at the International Tournament with 4 participating teams. Croatia won 84:63 and finished with 2-1 record. Spain meanwhile triumphed at the home tournament.
Croatia started the game with 26-8 lead, but allowed the opponents to recover in the second frame. Netherlands erupted with a 30-12 surge and tied the game at 38:38 at the halftime. Croatia meanwhile dominated the second half and posted two victories. They needed a 23-12 push in the third quarter and finished the game with 23-13 rally in the last stanza.
Marija Rezan (198-C-89) stepped up with 17 points for the winners, while Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) added 15. Ivankovic, Emanuela Salopek (178-SG-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Ciglar added 10 each, whilst Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) brought 7. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) led the Dutch side with 17 points and De Kleijn scored 10. De Roos netted 9, whilst Van Grinsven had 8.

Netherlands: Tanya Broering 17, De Kleijn 10, De Roos 9, Van Grinsven 8
Croatia: Marija Rezan 17, Ana Lelas 15, Ivankovic 10, Emanuela Salopek 10, Ciglar 10, Antonija Misura 7



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  CYPRUS   


2013 GSSE: Cyprus finish the campaign with the win over Malta - by Eurobasket News

Malta-Cyprus 49:58

Cyprus finish the campaign with the win over Malta at the 15th Games of the Small States in Europe. The team posted the initial 59:49 win to finish with 1-2 record. Malta meanehile remained winless at the tournament.
Cyprus won the first period 12-11 and added 15-9 rally in the second frame. The team enjoyed 7-point advantage after three quarters after a 16-16 tie in the frame. Moreover Cyprus posted a 15-13 rally in the last stanza and won the game.
Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) paced all the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Sofia Theologou added massive 20 points and 14 boards. Antonia Makri (174-G/F-79) had 7 and Sonia Papadopouloub brought 5. Josephine Grima (193-C-84) answered with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Ashleigh Vella (185-F-90) poured in 12. Brietta Katrice Thomas delivered 9 and Samanta Brincat netted 7.

Malta: Josephine Grima 13+11 rebs, Ashleigh Vella 12, Brietta Thomas (180-G-90, college: Louisiana Tech) 9, Samanta Brincat 7
Cyprus: Kalia Papadopoulou 24+10 rebs, Sofia Theologou 20+14 rebs, Antonia Makri 7, Sonia Papadopouloub 5



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Pierre Vincent come up with the Final roster - by Eurobasket News

Pierre Vincent come up with the Final roster for EuroBasket 2013. The French Head Coach first released Kristen Sharp (175-PG-81, college: Cincinnati), Helena Ciak (197-C-89) and Pauline Krawczyk (182-F-85) and then cut Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89).
Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga became the last cut in the roster. She stayed with the team at 4-Nation campaign, when France wins home tournament. The home side posted the third straight victory at the tournament beating Russia 64:50.
Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga recently resigned with Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket in France. Cata-Chitiga has been also a member of French international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2006 and 2007. Cata-Chitiga represented France at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) four years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 8.2ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 48.2%, FT: 90.9%.
Cata-Chitiga has played also professionally for other French teams like Bourges, Tarbes, Villeneuve D'Ascq and Centre Federal BB.



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  FRANCE   


Pierre Vincent come up with the Final roster - by Eurobasket News

Pierre Vincent come up with the Final roster for EuroBasket 2013. The French Head Coach first released Kristen Sharp (175-PG-81, college: Cincinnati), Helena Ciak (197-C-89) and Pauline Krawczyk (182-F-85) and then cut Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89).
Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga became the last cut in the roster. She stayed with the team at 4-Nation campaign, when France wins home tournament. The home side posted the third straight victory at the tournament beating Russia 64:50.
Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga recently resigned with Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket in France. Cata-Chitiga has been also a member of French international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2006 and 2007. Cata-Chitiga represented France at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) four years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 8.2ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 48.2%, FT: 90.9%.
Cata-Chitiga has played also professionally for other French teams like Bourges, Tarbes, Villeneuve D'Ascq and Centre Federal BB.



France wins home campaign - by Eurobasket News

France-Russia 64:50

France wins home campaign with 4 participating teams. The home side posted the third straight victory at the tournament beating Russia 64:50. Russia ended up on the third place with 1-2 record.
France proved it one more time they will be the favorites of the Eurobasket 2013. Russia managed to stay tough for the first two quarters as the teams scored the same number of points in the first and the second quarters. The third period was decisive in the game and brought the home side a 29-18 surge. Moreover France finished the campaign with a 15-12 rally to seal the third straight win.
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) stepped up with 13 points for the winners, while Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) and Johanne Gomis (179-SG-85) nailed 10 each. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) brought 8 points and Tchatcouang added 6. Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) finished the game with 11 points in the losing effort and Ilona Korstin (183-SG-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 8. Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-C-89) delivered 6, while Natalia Zhedik (184-SF-88) finished the game with 5.

France: Sandrine Gruda 13, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 10, Johanne Gomis 10, Nwal-Endene Miyem 8, Tchatcouang 6
Russia: Anna Petrakova 11, Ilona Korstin 8, Nadezhda Grishaeva 6, Natalia Zhedik 5



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  GERMANY   


Germany U20 beats England - by Bas Hendriks


Germany U20 took the First game of a double header with their Englisch counterparts with solid and in phases good play 79-68.

The DBB team started Elisabeth Dzirma (178-G-94), Lena Gohlisch (173-SG-93), Ilka Hoffmann (183-F-94) , Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) and Anna Heise. After four seconds Laura Hebecker made her first points of the game, and Germany looked to claim an early lead. Mostly Lena Gohlisch was responsible for the German points, scoring 9 of the first 13 German points. Leading 17-10 after the first stanza, Germany seemed to have a strict grasp of momentum, but the games switched and the Brits took over. England had a 0-12 run to close the half and had the game in their hands.

After the break Germany fought back, amongst others thanks to the good play of shooter Carla Bellscheidt. It was 53-50 in favour of Germany after 30 minutes but the game remained open for a long time. Only when Laura Hebecker made her mark scoring 74-68 with less than a minute to go the game was safe.

Assistentcoach Heiko Czach: We had a good start, but lost rythm playing all players present. In the final period we had some good fastbreaks to seal the win.

Scores Germany :
Carla Bellscheidt (BBZ Opladen, 10), Lena Bradaric (TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs, 3), Levke Brodersen (TV Saarlouis Royals, 2), Keisha Carthhuser (Bender Baskets Grnberg, 2), Elisabeth Dzirma (Bender Baskets Grnberg, 8), Lena Gohlisch (Berlin Baskets/ASV Moabit Berlin, 14), Laura Hebecker (SV Halle LIONS, 18), Anna Heise (University of Maine/USA, 6), Ilka Hoffmannn (Eisvgel USC Freiburg, 15), Isabell Meinhart (Bender Baskets Grnberg), Mary Ann Mihalyi (Chemcats Chemnitz, 1), Caroline Van der Velde (Herner TV).




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  HOLLAND   


Croatia edge Netherlands to finish second in Spain - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands -Croatia 63:84

Croatia edge Netherlands to finish second in Spain at the International Tournament with 4 participating teams. Croatia won 84:63 and finished with 2-1 record. Spain meanwhile triumphed at the home tournament.
Croatia started the game with 26-8 lead, but allowed the opponents to recover in the second frame. Netherlands erupted with a 30-12 surge and tied the game at 38:38 at the halftime. Croatia meanwhile dominated the second half and posted two victories. They needed a 23-12 push in the third quarter and finished the game with 23-13 rally in the last stanza.
Marija Rezan (198-C-89) stepped up with 17 points for the winners, while Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) added 15. Ivankovic, Emanuela Salopek (178-SG-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Ciglar added 10 each, whilst Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) brought 7. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) led the Dutch side with 17 points and De Kleijn scored 10. De Roos netted 9, whilst Van Grinsven had 8.

Netherlands: Tanya Broering 17, De Kleijn 10, De Roos 9, Van Grinsven 8
Croatia: Marija Rezan 17, Ana Lelas 15, Ivankovic 10, Emanuela Salopek 10, Ciglar 10, Antonija Misura 7



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  HUNGARY   


PINKK-Pecsi 424 bring in Szidonia Katona and Lilla Adamecz - by Eurobasket News

PINKK-Pecsi 424 bring in Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) and Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) for the next season. The team continue to bolster their roster.
Szidonia Katona who played last time at ELTE-BEAC Ujbuda in n A Division. In 22 A games she recorded 8.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9spg last season. Katona represented Hungary at the European Championships U20 Division B in Klatovy (Czech Republic) last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 4.0ppg, 4.0rpg.
Lilla Adamecz played for BSE-FCSM Budapest in A Division. In 26 games she averaged 9.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg. Despite young age Adamecz had impressive career. Her received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Honorable Mention award in 2012. She represented Hungary at the European Championships U20 Division B in Klatovy (Czech Republic) last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 10.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 78.6%.



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  ICELAND   


2013 GSSE: Luxembourg triumphs at 15th Games of the Small States in Europe - by Eurobasket News

Iceland-Luxembourg 59:62

Luxembourg triumphs at 15th Games of the Small States in Europe as they won all the games. The home side overcame Iceland in the final game 62:59 and clinched the trophy.
Both teams won their first game at the tournament and knew the importance of the game. Iceland opened the game with 20-14 lead, but the hosts replied with a 21-15 run to tie it all at the halftime. Luxembourg posted two narrow wins in the second half as they won the third period 13-12 and finished the game with 14-12. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (168-PG-87) cut it all at 60:59 with a minute to go, but Tessy Hetting (184-SF-86, college: LIU Brooklyn) brought the victory for her side.
Christine Fisher (183-F/C-83) stepped up with 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Lisy Hetting (172-G-90) notched 13. Tessy Hetting nailed 12 and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) brought 10. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU) erupted with 17 points and 16 rebounds in defeat, whilst Maria Ben Maria Ben Erlingsdottir (187-C-88, agency: Promotex, college: UTPA) added 12. Petrunella Skuladottir (177-F-85) poured in 10 and Palina Maria Palina Gunnlaugsdottir had 6.

Iceland: Helena Sverrisdottir 17+16 rebs, Maria Ben Erlingsdottir 12, Petrunella Skuladottir 10, Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 6
Luxembourg: Christine Fisher 14+9 rebs, Lisy Hetting 13, Tessy Hetting 12, Nadia Mossong 10



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  ITALY   


Luigi Salineri leaves Salerno, Jomanda Rosier resigned with Vassalli - by Eurobasket News

Luigi Salineri leaves Salerno after three seasons. The Italian Specialist decided not to prolong with the team. As a Head Coach Salineri appeared first in 2007-2008 for Calabra Maceri Rende (A2) women team. In 2011-2012 moved to Carpedil Battipaglia (A2) women team and in 2012-2013 coached Carpedil Ipervigile Salerno (A2) women team. Salineri has done a great job in Salerno, pursuing a three-year growth plan, and was warmly thanked for it.
Jomanda Rosier (182-F-89) meanwhile resigned with Vassalli. In 2008-2009 she appeared for M.G.M. MondoVino Forli and then played for Libertas Pall. Femm. Forli. In 2011-2012 she moved to Vassalli 2G Vigarano (A2 and in 31 games averaged 2.4ppg, 3.0rpg. Together with the team she achieved Italian A2 Cup Semifinals -12 and became Italian A2 North Regular Season Champion -12. Jomanda Rosier also became Italian A2 North Champion -12.



Serbia bruise Italy to claim first win at Belgrade Trophy 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Italy 73:53

Serbia opened win count at the Belgrade Trophy 2013 international tournament. They knocked down Italy for 1-1 record. Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) notched 16 points to lead the hosts. The Azzurri slipped at 1-1 record after the loss.
Serbia eked out a 20:17 lead after the opening quarter. Italy managed to even things up in the second period. The Azzurri caught up with the hosts and tied things up at 30 after twenty minutes. Serbia however picked up the tempo in the third period. The home side cleared off to a 13-point lead at the final break. They dropped 20 points in the final period and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Sasa Cadjo (178-G-89) and Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 10 points each for Serbia. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) replied with 14 points for Italy. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Serbia: Milica Dabovic 16, Sasa Cadjo 10, Dajana Butulija 10
Italy: Francesca Dotto 14, Raffaella Masciadri 12



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  LATVIA   


Russia U20 wins both games against the Baltic side - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 wins both games against the Baltic side. The Russian side overcame Latvia U20 84:55 and 63:52.
In Game 1 Russia celebrated an 84:55 win. Russia opened the game with 24-21 lead and added 24-14 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the guests that posted 18-11 and 18-9 respectively in the third and the last stanzas. Galina Kiseleva (184-SF-93) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Renate Reine and Asnate Fomina had 9 points each in defeat. Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) posted 9 and Krista Bridina netted 5.
In Game 2 Russia trailed 11-15 after the first period, but then erupted with 28-10 and won the game. Mariya Davydova (191-F/C-93) too-scored for the winners with 13 points. Paula Langina netted 14, whilst Sabine Dukate brought 11.



Latvia outscore Turkey in Sodertalje - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Latvia 52:62

Latvia claimed the first win at the Four Nations Cup international tournament in Sweden. They held off Turkey for 1-1 record. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners. Turkey fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Latvia and Turkey kept close throughout the opening frame. The Baltic state clinched a narrow 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Latvia stretched the gap in the second frame. The Baltic team jumped to a 37:24 halftime advantage. Turkey narrowed the deficit in the third term. They got within 11 points at the final intermission. Turkey held Latvia to 14 points in the fourth frame but could not rescue the game. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Ieva Krastina (174-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) added 10 points for the winners. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) responded with 14 points for Turkey. Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Turkey: Pelin Bilgic 14, Gizem Sezer 12
Latvia: Kristine Karklina 15, Aija Brumermane 12, Ieva Krastina 10



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  LITHUANIA   


Veremeenko pulls Belarus over Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Belarus -Lithuania 64:42

Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) pulls Belarus over Lithuania in the last game of the Niemodlin tournament. She scored 15 points as Belarus won 64:42 and finished second in France. The latter won Niemodlin campaign with 4 participating teams. The home side posted the third straight victory at the tournament beating Russia 64:50. Russia ended up on the third place with 1-2 record, while Lithuania remained winless.
Both teams scored 9 points in the first period and only due to 20-18 rally in the second frame Belarus grabbed 2-point lead at the halftime. The second half meanwhile belonged to the winners that posted a 14-8 burst in the third quarter and finished the game with 21-7 surge in the last stanza.
Anufryenka nailed 10 points for the winners and Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) brought 9. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) notched 8, while Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) had 7. Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) netted 9. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) poured in 6, whilst Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Illinois) had 5.

Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 15, Anufryenka 10, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 9, Yelena Leuchanka 8, Alexandra Tarasava 7
Lithuania: Kamile Nacickaite 12, Inesa Visgaudaite 9, Gintare Petronyte 6, Iveta Salkauske 5



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2013 GSSE: Luxembourg triumphs at 15th Games of the Small States in Europe - by Eurobasket News

Iceland-Luxembourg 59:62

Luxembourg triumphs at 15th Games of the Small States in Europe as they won all the games. The home side overcame Iceland in the final game 62:59 and clinched the trophy.
Both teams won their first game at the tournament and knew the importance of the game. Iceland opened the game with 20-14 lead, but the hosts replied with a 21-15 run to tie it all at the halftime. Luxembourg posted two narrow wins in the second half as they won the third period 13-12 and finished the game with 14-12. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (168-PG-87) cut it all at 60:59 with a minute to go, but Tessy Hetting (184-SF-86, college: LIU Brooklyn) brought the victory for her side.
Christine Fisher (183-F/C-83) stepped up with 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Lisy Hetting (172-G-90) notched 13. Tessy Hetting nailed 12 and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) brought 10. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU) erupted with 17 points and 16 rebounds in defeat, whilst Maria Ben Maria Ben Erlingsdottir (187-C-88, agency: Promotex, college: UTPA) added 12. Petrunella Skuladottir (177-F-85) poured in 10 and Palina Maria Palina Gunnlaugsdottir had 6.

Iceland: Helena Sverrisdottir 17+16 rebs, Maria Ben Erlingsdottir 12, Petrunella Skuladottir 10, Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 6
Luxembourg: Christine Fisher 14+9 rebs, Lisy Hetting 13, Tessy Hetting 12, Nadia Mossong 10



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  MALTA   


2013 GSSE: Cyprus finish the campaign with the win over Malta - by Eurobasket News

Malta-Cyprus 49:58

Cyprus finish the campaign with the win over Malta at the 15th Games of the Small States in Europe. The team posted the initial 59:49 win to finish with 1-2 record. Malta meanehile remained winless at the tournament.
Cyprus won the first period 12-11 and added 15-9 rally in the second frame. The team enjoyed 7-point advantage after three quarters after a 16-16 tie in the frame. Moreover Cyprus posted a 15-13 rally in the last stanza and won the game.
Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) paced all the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Sofia Theologou added massive 20 points and 14 boards. Antonia Makri (174-G/F-79) had 7 and Sonia Papadopouloub brought 5. Josephine Grima (193-C-84) answered with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Ashleigh Vella (185-F-90) poured in 12. Brietta Katrice Thomas delivered 9 and Samanta Brincat netted 7.

Malta: Josephine Grima 13+11 rebs, Ashleigh Vella 12, Brietta Thomas (180-G-90, college: Louisiana Tech) 9, Samanta Brincat 7
Cyprus: Kalia Papadopoulou 24+10 rebs, Sofia Theologou 20+14 rebs, Antonia Makri 7, Sonia Papadopouloub 5



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  MONTENEGRO   


Belgrade Trophy 2013 , Round 2. : First win for Montenegro - by Dragan Scepanovic

MONTENEGRO - CANADA 75:46 (24:9, 17:12, 13:6, 21:19)
In second game of Belgrade Trophy 2013 , NT of Montenegro easy win against NT of Canada 75-46.
MONTENEGRO: Skerovic 2, De Forge 10, Bajic, Popovic 2, Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89) 19, Dubljevic 13, Bjelica 2, Perovanovic 10, Turcinovic 8, Jovanovic 9, Culafic, Rakovic.
CANADA: Hamblin 6, Nurse 6, Bakkering 2, Pilypaitis 3, Smith 9, A. Tatham, Ross, T. Tatham 2, Boogaard, Raincock Ekunwe 5, Colley 11, Keane 2.



Montenegro edge Canada at Belgrade Trophy 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro - Canada 75:46

Montenegro claimed the first win at the Belgrade Trophy 2013. They held off Canada on the second day of the competition. Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89) stepped up with 19 points to pace the winners. Canada and Montenegro are now tied at 1-1 record.
Montenegro shocked the North American team in the opening quarter. The Europeans went on a 24:9 run to clear off. Montenegro kept Canada at distance throughout the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by 20 points 41:21. Canada scored just 6 points in the third term to face a massive 27-point deficit at the final intermission. Montenegro did not allow Canada any closer in the fourth frame and rolled to the victory at the end. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) provided 13 points, while Anna De Forge (178-SG-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) and Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) added 10 points each for the winners. Justine Colley (175-G-91) answered with 11 points for Canada.



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  NEW ZEALAND   


New Zealand name 21 players for August National Team trials - by Eurobasket News

Basketball New Zealand named 21 players that would participate at the National Team trails on August 5-7. The Tall Ferns are preparing for the 2013 Fiba Oceania Championship against Australia. The event is slated to take place on August 14-18 in Canberra. The trialists list includes several new names. Kalani Purcell, Penina Davidson (189-F-95) are among those who impressed at the recent WBC tournament. There are several players who are competing in the USA among the invitees. These are Jordan Hunter (170-G-90, college: Crowder College), Megan Craig (203-C-93) and Chevannah Paalvast (183-SG-91, college: Monmouth). Head coach Kennedy Kereama will have a wide range of players to select a competitive squad from.
The Tall Ferns were swept by Australia at 2011 Fiba Oceania Championship.

Here is the list of trialists:
Gabriella Adams, Suzie Bates (175-G-87), Stella Beck (177-F-95), Brooke Blair (94), Shinae Blair (175-G-93), Amanda Buck, Micaela Cocks (174-G-86, college: Oregon), Megan Craig, Shea Crotty (165-PG-92), Penina Davidson, Antonia Edmondson (181-F-87), Deena Franklin, Jordan Hunter, Karlene Kingi (188-C-85), Casey Lockwood (185-F-85, college: Princeton), Chevannah Paalvast, Kalani Purcell, Natalie Taylor (182-F-84, college: SE Missouri St.), Rebecca van Kuyk (183-F-90) and Lisa Wallbutton (183-F/C-86).



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  RUSSIA   


France wins home campaign - by Eurobasket News

France-Russia 64:50

France wins home campaign with 4 participating teams. The home side posted the third straight victory at the tournament beating Russia 64:50. Russia ended up on the third place with 1-2 record.
France proved it one more time they will be the favorites of the Eurobasket 2013. Russia managed to stay tough for the first two quarters as the teams scored the same number of points in the first and the second quarters. The third period was decisive in the game and brought the home side a 29-18 surge. Moreover France finished the campaign with a 15-12 rally to seal the third straight win.
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) stepped up with 13 points for the winners, while Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) and Johanne Gomis (179-SG-85) nailed 10 each. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) brought 8 points and Tchatcouang added 6. Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) finished the game with 11 points in the losing effort and Ilona Korstin (183-SG-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 8. Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-C-89) delivered 6, while Natalia Zhedik (184-SF-88) finished the game with 5.

France: Sandrine Gruda 13, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 10, Johanne Gomis 10, Nwal-Endene Miyem 8, Tchatcouang 6
Russia: Anna Petrakova 11, Ilona Korstin 8, Nadezhda Grishaeva 6, Natalia Zhedik 5



Russia U20 wins both games against the Baltic side - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 wins both games against the Baltic side. The Russian side overcame Latvia U20 84:55 and 63:52.
In Game 1 Russia celebrated an 84:55 win. Russia opened the game with 24-21 lead and added 24-14 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the guests that posted 18-11 and 18-9 respectively in the third and the last stanzas. Galina Kiseleva (184-SF-93) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Renate Reine and Asnate Fomina had 9 points each in defeat. Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) posted 9 and Krista Bridina netted 5.
In Game 2 Russia trailed 11-15 after the first period, but then erupted with 28-10 and won the game. Mariya Davydova (191-F/C-93) too-scored for the winners with 13 points. Paula Langina netted 14, whilst Sabine Dukate brought 11.



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Serbia bruise Italy to claim first win at Belgrade Trophy 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Italy 73:53

Serbia opened win count at the Belgrade Trophy 2013 international tournament. They knocked down Italy for 1-1 record. Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) notched 16 points to lead the hosts. The Azzurri slipped at 1-1 record after the loss.
Serbia eked out a 20:17 lead after the opening quarter. Italy managed to even things up in the second period. The Azzurri caught up with the hosts and tied things up at 30 after twenty minutes. Serbia however picked up the tempo in the third period. The home side cleared off to a 13-point lead at the final break. They dropped 20 points in the final period and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Sasa Cadjo (178-G-89) and Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 10 points each for Serbia. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) replied with 14 points for Italy. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Serbia: Milica Dabovic 16, Sasa Cadjo 10, Dajana Butulija 10
Italy: Francesca Dotto 14, Raffaella Masciadri 12



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  SLOVAKIA   


Veronika Cernakova remain with MBK Ruzomberok - by Eurobasket News

Veronika Cernakova (175-G-90) remain with MBK Ruzomberok. The Slovakian player will continue her career in the only team she played for the whole time.
Cernakova managed to play in three leagues this year. In 24 A Division games she had 10.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9spg. She helped them to make it to both league and cup finals. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Honorable Mention. Cernakova also played 3 games in Hungarian A Division where she recorded 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg. She also played 10 games in Eurocup where she recorded 5.7ppg, 1.1apg and 2.1spg. The last season she recorded 8.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. She contributed to her team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. Cernakova also played 10 games in Eurocup where she recorded 6.0ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team back in 2010.
Cernakova was also a member of Slovakian international program for some years. She played for Slovakian Senior National Team last year and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. Cernakova also represented Slovakia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.0spg.



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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia prevail against Portugal in Kranjska Gora - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia - Portugal 59:54

Slovenia registered a narrow win over Portugal in the exhibition encounter in Kranjska Gora. Helena Boada (174-G-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) stepped up with 15 points to lead the hosts.
Slovenia fired 21 points in the opening quarter to pull ahead. They piled up a 5-point lead at the first intermission. Slovenia kept Portugal at distance throughout the second quarter. They arrived at the interval up by 7 points 35:28. Portugal cut the deficit in the third term. They held the hosts to 13 points to get within 6 points at the final break. Portugal remained aggressive defensively in the fourth frame. They limited Slovenia to 11 points but scored just 12 and could not avoid the loss at the end. Sandra Pirsic (197-C-84) accounted for 8 points and 12 rebounds, while Rebeka Abramovic (172-PG-93) had 10 points for the winners.



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  SPAIN   


Rivas Ecopolis tab Laura Gil - by Eurobasket News

Rivas Ecopolis continue to strengthen their roster for the next season. They lately acquired Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas). The centre spent the last season with Burgos. She posted 10.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in LFB. Previously Laura Gil played for Hondarribia-Irun, Avenida, Segle XXI, Ourense, Alcobendas, Rivas Futura. She was the member of U16, U18, U19 and U20 Spanish National Teams. Last year Laura Gil participated at the U20 European Championship in Hungary. Her stats read 8.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in Debrecen. She was named into All-European Championship U20 2nd Team.
Rivas Ecopolis have already secured the services of Rachel Allison (185-PF-87, college: Baylor), Gabriela Ocete (170-G-88), Vega Gimeno (185-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Robert Morris), Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Laura Gil for the next season.



Spain triumphs at Torneo de Benahavis - by Eurobasket News

Spain -Turkey 63:53

Spain triumphs at Torneo de Benahavis with 4 participating teams. The home side rolled over Turkey 63:53 in Day 3 and finished with 3-0 record. Turkey meanwhile suffered their second loss and finished on the third position.
Spain opened the game with a 15-8 lead and never looked behind after. The hosts won the second frame 19-15 and led 11 points at the halftime. Moreover Spain increased to 13 points after an 18-16 rally in the third quartet. Turkey finished the game with a 14-11 rally to reduce to final 10 points.
Queralt Casas (178-G/F-92) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Alba Torrens (188-F-89) nailed 14. Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 9, whilst Lucila Pascua (195-C-83) and Laia Palau (176-G-79) had 6 each. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) ended up with 12 points in defeat and Tugce Canitez (187-F-90, college: Westmont) had 10. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) posted 9, while Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) followed them with 7.

Spain: Queralt Casas 15, Alba Torrens 14, Laura Gil 9, Lucila Pascua 6, Laia Palau 6
Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 12, Tugce Canitez 10, Quanitra Hollingsworth 9, Saziye Ivegin 7



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  SWEDEN   


Hanna Bouldwin takes over Bill Magarity for the next season - by Eurobasket News

Hanna Bouldwin takes over Telge for the next season. Bill Magarity will leave the team.
Bill Magarity joined the team last season. He helped them to win the regular season, but the team failed in the play-offs.
Magarity is a very experienced coach. She has coached also professionally in Austria, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, USA.
Hanna Bouldwin was an experienced player. In 2009-2010 she played her last season for Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin (France-LFB, starting five). In 24 games her stats read 4.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.0apg. In 2011 seaosn she appeared as Coach Assistant for Telge Basketball (Damligan) women team. The season 2012/2013 started as a Head Coach for Kringlan Basket (BasketEttan) women team, but also coach assistant at Telge Basketball (Damligan) women team



Regan Magarity and Jennifer Stjarnstrom remain with Telge - by Eurobasket News

Regan Magarity (186-SF-96) and Jennifer Stjarnstrom (187-F/C-87, college: Drexel) remain with Telge for 2013/2014 season. The Swedish players will continue with Regular Season Champions.
Regan Magarity recorded 10.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg this season. She helped them to win the regular season. Magarity also played 4 games in Eurocup where she averaged 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.0spg. The last season she was tested by Telge (Damligan) in Swedish league. In 9 games she averaged 9.1ppg and 5.4rpg. Magarity also played 2 games in Eurocup but she averaged just 0.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg.
Jennifer Stjarnstrom had 7.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8bpg this season. Stjarnstrom also played 4 games in Eurocup where she recorded just 1.8ppg and 3.3rpg. The last season she played at San Martino (A2) in Italian league. In 28 games she recorded 5.3ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1spg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals.
The 2010-2011 season Stjarnstrom played at Norrkoping Dolphins (Damligan) in Swedish league. In 30 games she recorded 4.9ppg and 3.6rpg that season.



Northland brings in American Brittany Smart - by Eurobasket News

Northland brings in American Brittany Smart (175-G-85, college: Cedarville) for the next season. Northland Basket Lulea announced the transfer of the player from Kvarnby BBK.
In 27 games she was third best scorer with impressive 21.0ppg and averaged 9.5rpg (#2 in the league), 3.5apg and 2.0spg this season. A very impressive year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Honorable Mention. The last season Smart played also at Kvarnby. In 8 games she had very remarkable stats: 22.3ppg, 10.8rpg, 3.5apg and 2.1spg. She won WBCBL North Central Division championship title in 2010.
Smart has played previously professionally in Belgium (Point Chaud) and WBCBL (Columbus HG and Rock County Robins).
She attended Cedarville University until 2007 and it is her sixth season as a professional player. Brittany Smart was happy to stay in Sweden.



Sweden cruise past Great Britain in Sodertalje - by Eurobasket News

Sweden - Great Britain 80:62

Sweden celebrated the second straight win at the start of the Four Nations Cup tournament in Sodertalje. They knocked down Great Britain in the second game of the tourney. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) scored 13 points each to pace the winners.
The hosts set the tone early in the game. They went on a 22:12 run in the opening ten minutes. Sweden kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame. The Scandinavian team arrived at halftime up by 13 points 39:26. Great Britain picked up the tempo in the third term. They poured in 24 points and cut the deficit at 11 points at the final intermission. The home side held their opponents to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 11 points for the winning team. Chantelle Handy (191-C-87, college: Marshall) responded with 22 points for Great Britain. Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 13, Elisabeth Egnell 13, Elin Eldebrink 11
Great Britain: Chantelle Handy 22, Kimberly Butler 10



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  TURKEY   


Latvia outscore Turkey in Sodertalje - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Latvia 52:62

Latvia claimed the first win at the Four Nations Cup international tournament in Sweden. They held off Turkey for 1-1 record. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners. Turkey fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Latvia and Turkey kept close throughout the opening frame. The Baltic state clinched a narrow 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Latvia stretched the gap in the second frame. The Baltic team jumped to a 37:24 halftime advantage. Turkey narrowed the deficit in the third term. They got within 11 points at the final intermission. Turkey held Latvia to 14 points in the fourth frame but could not rescue the game. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Ieva Krastina (174-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) added 10 points for the winners. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) responded with 14 points for Turkey. Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Turkey: Pelin Bilgic 14, Gizem Sezer 12
Latvia: Kristine Karklina 15, Aija Brumermane 12, Ieva Krastina 10



Spain triumphs at Torneo de Benahavis - by Eurobasket News

Spain -Turkey 63:53

Spain triumphs at Torneo de Benahavis with 4 participating teams. The home side rolled over Turkey 63:53 in Day 3 and finished with 3-0 record. Turkey meanwhile suffered their second loss and finished on the third position.
Spain opened the game with a 15-8 lead and never looked behind after. The hosts won the second frame 19-15 and led 11 points at the halftime. Moreover Spain increased to 13 points after an 18-16 rally in the third quartet. Turkey finished the game with a 14-11 rally to reduce to final 10 points.
Queralt Casas (178-G/F-92) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Alba Torrens (188-F-89) nailed 14. Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 9, whilst Lucila Pascua (195-C-83) and Laia Palau (176-G-79) had 6 each. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) ended up with 12 points in defeat and Tugce Canitez (187-F-90, college: Westmont) had 10. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) posted 9, while Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) followed them with 7.

Spain: Queralt Casas 15, Alba Torrens 14, Laura Gil 9, Lucila Pascua 6, Laia Palau 6
Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 12, Tugce Canitez 10, Quanitra Hollingsworth 9, Saziye Ivegin 7



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Sweden cruise past Great Britain in Sodertalje - by Eurobasket News

Sweden - Great Britain 80:62

Sweden celebrated the second straight win at the start of the Four Nations Cup tournament in Sodertalje. They knocked down Great Britain in the second game of the tourney. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) scored 13 points each to pace the winners.
The hosts set the tone early in the game. They went on a 22:12 run in the opening ten minutes. Sweden kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame. The Scandinavian team arrived at halftime up by 13 points 39:26. Great Britain picked up the tempo in the third term. They poured in 24 points and cut the deficit at 11 points at the final intermission. The home side held their opponents to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 11 points for the winning team. Chantelle Handy (191-C-87, college: Marshall) responded with 22 points for Great Britain. Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 13, Elisabeth Egnell 13, Elin Eldebrink 11
Great Britain: Chantelle Handy 22, Kimberly Butler 10



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 2-0 
 2. Chicago S. 2-0 
 3. Washington M. 1-0 
 4. Indiana F. 1-1 
 5. New York L. 1-1 
 6. Connecticut S. 1-2 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 1-0 
 2. S.Antonio SS 1-1 
 3. L.Angeles S. 1-1 
 4. Phoenix M. 0-1 
 5. Seattle S. 0-1 
 6. Tulsa S. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

Jun. 1: Minnesota L. - Connecticut S. 90-74
Jun. 1: S.Antonio SS - L.Angeles S. 83-78
Jun. 2: Washington M. - Atlanta D.
Jun. 2: Chicago S. - Tulsa S.
Jun. 2: Seattle S. - Phoenix M.