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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Jasmin Repesa in Cedevita? - by Igor Obradovic

Croatian national coach is according to Croatian sports portal very close to take charge of Cedevita from Zagreb.

From the Cedevita who is vice-champion of Croatia they confirmed that they contact Drazen Anzulovic and Darija Gjergju but that is Jasmin Repesa the best option for this club.
Only thing that is may been problem for Cedevita board is Jasmin Repesa salary. After playing in Euroleague last season and not achieve to provide playing in most elite competition in Europe, board of Cedevita will be most likely cut the budget for the next season. After coaching Unicaja, Jasmin Repesa was without job for now and Cedevita may be his new club. Jasmin Repesa in Croatia coach two teams, Cibona for three season and Split for one season.

Cedevita in next season will be play most likely in Eurocup.



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Fact File of Afrobasket: Focus on Cote dIvoire - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Host of the 27th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations Afrobasket Cote dIvoire is definitely not a new comer when it comes to staging a big event such as the Afrobasket having done that successfully in 1985.

And being awarded the hosting right of the 27th Afrobasket the Cote dIvoire Basketball Federation have since swung to action to stage a befitting championship with the attention of basketball faithful from across the Africa continent and the world drawn to it for the eleven days event that will run from August 20 through August 31 this year.

With five medals in it kitty two of it are gold (1981 and 1985) and the remaining three silver (1978, 1980 and 2009) Cote dIvoire will bank on home support to attempt a third title and a place at the 2014 FIBA World Cup billed for Madrid Spain.

Cote dIvoire reached the championship of the African Championship for the first time in 1978, but lost to Senegal by 103-72 points in the final.

They made another attempt at the title two years later in 1980 but again lost the gold medal to Senegal but this time with a gallant loss of 96-90 points only to return to snatch the title a year later in 1981 when it defeated five-time champion Egypt by 81-65 points with the present Secretary General of FIBA Africa Alphonse Bile as one it star-player.

Cote dIvoire play host to the rest of the continent in 1985 when it hosted the 13th edition of the Africa Championship and won the title for the second time with an 84-73 points win over Angola and it recent best was a silver medal effort in 2009 in Libya when it lost in the grand finale to Angola by 82-72 points.

Cote dIvoire first outing in the Afrobasket date back to 1968 in Casablanca, Morocco with a fifth place finish and will be playing in group-A of the 27th edition alongside Algeria, Egypt and Senegal.

FIBA Africa Championship Records: Previous Appearances 20
Medals won: Gold 1981, 1985. Silver 1978, 1980, 2009. Bronze Nil.

Africa Championship records: Morocco 1968: 5th. Senegal 1972: 10th. Senegal 1978: 2nd. Morocco 1980: 2nd. Somalia 1981: Champion. Egypt 1983: 4th. Cote dIvoire 1985: Champion. Tunisia 1987: 7th. Angola 1989: 5th. Egypt 1992: 11th. Kenya 1993: 6th. Algeria 1995: 7th. Senegal 1997: 8th. Angola 1999: 8th. Morocco 2001: 8th. Egypt 2003: 11th. Algeria 2005: 10th. Angola 2007: 8th. Libya 2009: 2nd. Madagascar 2011: 4th.



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  ALGERIA   


2013 Mediterranean Games: FYR Macedonia achieve the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia- Algeria 89:81

FYR Macedonia achieve the second straight win at the 2013 Mediterranean Games. The European side overcame Algeria for 2-0 record in Group A. Algeria meanwhile dropped at 0-2 record.
Algeria looked better in the first period and grabbed 26:25 lead at the end of the first 10 minutes. FYR Macedonia meanwhile replied with a 17-14 rally and won the first half by two points. The third period was decisive in the game and brought 22-13 surge for the European side. Algeria tried hard to recover and even won the last stanza 28-25, but it was not enough to win the game.
Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Dimitar KARADJOVSKI nailed 17. Sinisha Sinisa Avramovski (209-C-85) delivered 13, whilst Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 12. Mohamed HARRAT answered with 27 points in the losing effort, while Mehdi Cheriet (204-PF-87, agency: Fusion Sports, college: San Diego St.) scored 23. Tarik OUKID nailed 8 and Mohamed Sedik Mohamed Touati (C-87) delivered 7.

FYR Macedonia: Aleksandar Kostoski 21, Dimitar KARADJOVSKI 17, Sinisa Avramovski 13, Bojan Trajkovski 12
Algeria: Mohamed HARRAT 27, Mehdi Cheriet 23, Tarik OUKID 8, Mohamed Touati 7



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Olimpico LB extend with Fernando Malara and Jonatan Machuca - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda have secured the services of Fernando Malara (194-F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Jonatan Machuca (184-PG-89) for the next season. Both players have agreed on terms of one-year contract extension with the team.
Fernando Malara will enter the third season with Olimpico LB. Last season the forward notched 8.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in LigaA. Previously he had stints with Lanus, Penarol, Central Enterriano, Juventud Sionista, Atenas, Boca Juniors, Estudiantes Olavarria, Regatas San Nicolas, Independiente General Pico. He participated at LigaA All-Star Game in 2002 and 2005.
Jonatan Machuca also joined Olimpico LB in 2011. Last season the guard produced 7.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance. He played for Ben Hur and Illescas before. Jonatan Machuca was the member of U18 and U19 Argentinean National Teams.



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Benjamin Ortner won the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) won the title abroad as his Montepaschi made it seven in a row! They overcame Acea Virtus Roma 79:63 on the road tonight to win the SeriaA Finals 4-1. Bobby Brown was pivotal with 18 points in the victory.
Virtus Roma had their backs against the wall heading into this one. But Siena used all of their experience to control this one. The visitors held Roma to 13 points in the first ten minutes and posted a 2-point lead at the break. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Siena and Virtus Roma arrived at halftime tied at 33-all. But Siena made a decisive push in the third term. The visitors exploded with 27 points in the third period to gain a comfortable 13-point lead at the final break. Roma got within 8 early in the fourth frame but Siena stayed calm. They kept the hosts at safe distance throughout the remainder of the contest and triumphed in SeriaA once again. David Moss netted 11 points, while Matt Janning added 10 points for the winners. Gani Lawal answered with 20 points and 9 boards for Virtus Roma. Luigi Datome had 15 points in the loss.
Benjamin Ortner averaged 5.4 points per game in Italy.



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Standings

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

Top 4: Round 4

Jun. 18: Muharraq - Al Ahli 72-78
Jun. 18: Al Hala - Al Manama 56-81

Top 4: Round 5

Jun. 21: Al Manama - Al Ahli
Jun. 21: Al Hala - Muharraq



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BIH NT announced - Without Savovic and Kuzmic - by Nedzad Kladusak

Aleksandar Petrovic, headcoach of BIH NT has announced the 16 players who will be invited for the preparations of the BIH NT.
Despite KSBIH has tried to aquire new players for KSBIH Petrovic decided to skip Savovic and Kuzmic. Savovic was asked to sign his letter of clearance which would have allowed him to play for BIH instead or Montenegro. Kuzmic however is currently preparing for the NBA summerlague and will thus skip this EC.

Instead Petrovic has decided to bring in some younger players like Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91, agency: XL Basketball Agency), Adin Vrabac (202-G/F-94) and Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94). Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87), Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell), and Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86, agency: XL Basketball Agency) are for the first time with the NT.




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Liga Sorocaba add three players - by Eurobasket News

Liga Sorocaba are working actively on the market. They have added three new players to the roster. These are Thiago Carneiro (190-F/G-91), Guilherme Hubner (209-C-87) and Guilherme Schneider (192-G-86).
Thiago Carneiro is the product of Paulistano basketball school. He played for the team through 2011/12 season. Last season Thiago Carneiro spent in the USA. He studied and played for the Colorado NW CC in JUCO.
Guilherme Hubner spent the last season with Limeira. The centre averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in NBB. Previously Guilherme Hubner played for Minas. He was the member of the Brazilian National Team in 2011.
Guilherme Schneider was the member of Caerense squad last season. The guard posted 5.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in NBB. Earlier Guilherme Schneider had stints with Campo Mourao, Joinville and CETAF/Garoto.



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Bulgaria U18 cruise past Romania U18 in Targoviste - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18 - Bulgaria U18 49:100

Bulgarian U18 National Team traveled to Targoviste to play the series of friendly encounters versus Romanian counterparts. The first game ended with a loud victory for the visitors. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) posted 21 points to lead the winners.
Bulgaria went on a massive 33:16 run in the opening quarter. They did not loosen the grasp in the second frame. Bulgaria ignited a 24:11 run in the second period and built a 57:27 halftime lead. Bulgaria limited their opponents to 13 points in the third term to accumulate a 35-point lead before the fourth frame. They never looked back en route to a convincing victory. Evgeni Hadjirusev (192-G-95) and Angel Peychinov (198-PF-95) delivered 13 points each for the winners. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) answered with 15 points for Romania. Chordash chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Romania U18: Vlad Cobzaru 15, Chordash 7
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 21, Evgeni Hadjirusev 13, Angel Peychinov 13



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Final Game - by John Guy

Key contest closes out first-ever CBL regular season

By Butch Cooper

PEORIA, Ill. On Sunday, the inaugural regular season of the Central Basketball League will come to a close when the River City Panthers play host to the Middle Tennessee Storm in a crucial game in determining the final participant in the championship game.
Three of the four teams in the league will likely be pulling for the Panthers on Sunday.
Obviously, there's the Panthers, who would be able to close out a rough first season with a big win.
Then there are the Bowling Green Hornets, who will earn a spot in the championship contest with a Middle Tennessee loss.
And finally, the St. Louis Hawks, who will get to host the CBL title game against the Hornets in the event of a Panthers' win. A Storm win will send the Hawks on the road to Nashville for the June 29 game.
The Hawks have already clinched a title game spot.

SUNDAY'S GAME
Middle Tennessee Storm at River City Panthers
Game Time: 7 p.m. (CST)
Location: Peoria Academy (Peoria, Ill.)
Last Meeting: Storm won 104-92 (April 13)
It seems only fitting that the final regular season game will be a rematch of the first-ever CBL contest.
These two teams' lone meeting was on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville where the Storm pulled away early and held on for the season-opening victory, led by Myles Thrash's (5-foot-11, Stillman College) 24 points and Demarco Polk's (5-11, Stratford (Tenn.) High School) 20. In addition, Dominique Rouse (6-6, Life College) was named the league's first Player of the Week with an 18 point, 12 rebound performance for Middle Tennessee.
Mike Gills (6-6, Illinois Valley C.C.) had 19 points and Brandon Lee (5-11, Northwestern) 18 for the Panthers in the opening loss.
Following that win, Middle Tennessee started out strong and, at one point, was the lone remaining unbeaten team in league play, including a pair of wins against St. Louis. The Storm seemed a shoe-in for a title game spot.
Then came back-to-back losses to Bowling Green, including a 110-93 home loss last week that put their hopes in jeopardy, forcing a must-win game this Sunday.
While the Storm need the win to play in the title game, a win for River City would be a big boost for the Panthers' organization going into the off-season.

Brandon Lee (5'11''-PG-85, college: Northwestern)



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Sichuan BW 8-3 
 2. Hong Kong 8-3 
 3. Chongqing FD 8-3 
 4. Jiangsu TX 7-4 
 5. Guangzhou L. 7-4 
 6. Changsha Bank 7-4 
 7. Heilongjiang 5-6 
 8. Nanjin Army 3-8 
 9. Jiang Xi 2-9 
 10. Hebei S. 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 19: Hebei S. - Hong Kong 88-95
Jun. 19: Sichuan BW - Chongqing FD 88-71
Jun. 19: Guangzhou L. - Jiangsu TX 85-76
Jun. 19: Jiang Xi - Changsha Bank 80-90
Jun. 19: Nanjin Army - Heilongjiang 105-99

Regular Season: Round 12

Jun. 21: Chongqing FD - Hebei S.
Jun. 21: Sichuan BW - Guangzhou L.
Jun. 21: Hong Kong - Nanjin Army
Jun. 21: Jiangsu TX - Jiang Xi
Jun. 21: Changsha Bank - Heilongjiang


NBL Round 11: Chongqing FD loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

There was a change at the NBL leadership position after last games. Round 11 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Chongqing FD (8-3). They were defeated by second ranked Sichuan BW (8-3) 88-71 on Wednesday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Sichuan BW led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Chongqing FD's 32. They outrebounded Chongqing FD 47-31 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sichuan BW made 11 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Chongqing FD helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks. Center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) helped adding 20 points and 12 rebounds. Guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Sichuan BW have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hong Kong and Chongqing FD. Chongqing FD will play next round against Hebei S. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Sichuan BW will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Guangzhou L. at home.
Bottom-ranked Hebei S. (0-11) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to third ranked Hong Kong (8-3) 95-88. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Zhou Feng accounted for 17 points. point guard GuoQiang Zhou (185-91) came up with 19 points for Hebei S. in the defeat. Hebei S.'s coach Zhijang Di rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hong Kong keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Sichuan BW and Chongqing FD. Hebei S. at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Hong Kong will play against Nanjin Army (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hebei S. will play against Chongqing FD in Guangzhou and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Guangzhou was also quite interesting. 4th placed Jiangsu TX (7-4) played at the court of fifth ranked Guangzhou L. (7-4). Guangzhou L. managed to secure a 9-point victory 85-76 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Chao Tian who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Othello Hunter produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 17 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guangzhou L. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Changsha Bank and Jiangsu TX. Guangzhou L. will meet league's leader Sichuan BW on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu TX will play against Jiang Xi in Jiangxi and hope to secure a win.
The game in Nanjin was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Heilongjiang (5-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Nanjin Army (3-8). Nanjin Army managed to secure a 6-point victory 105-99. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Heilongjiang. QinShuo Deng orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Nanjin Army maintains eighth place with 3-8 record. Heilongjiang at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Nanjin Army's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hong Kong on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 11 Changsha Bank won against Jiang Xi on the opponent's court 90-80.


Guangzhou L. - Jiangsu TX 85-76

The game in Guangzhou was also quite interesting. 4th placed Jiangsu TX (7-4) played at the court of fifth ranked Guangzhou L. (7-4). Guangzhou L. managed to secure a 9-point victory 85-76 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Guangzhou L. outrebounded Jiangsu TX 52-38 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Chao Tian (183-89) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Shawne Williams (206-86, college: Memphis) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks. Five Guangzhou L. players scored in double figures. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 17 rebounds and point guard Xin Feng (187-92) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guangzhou L. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Changsha Bank and Jiangsu TX. Guangzhou L. will meet league's leader Sichuan BW on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu TX will play against Jiang Xi in Jiangxi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: H.Othello 29+17reb+2ast, F.Xin 14+3reb+3ast, Y.ZhiYong 10+2reb, F.Hui 7+4reb, M.Zhuang 6+2reb+1ast, S.XianLing 3+1ast
Guangzhou L.: T.Chao 18+13reb+2ast, C.DaWei 17+6reb+1ast, B.ZhiChao 15+7reb+1ast, G.Liye 15+5reb+1ast, W.Shawne 10+15reb+1ast, D.ChengLong 6+4reb+1ast
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Nanjin Army - Heilongjiang 105-99

The game in Nanjin was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Heilongjiang (5-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Nanjin Army (3-8). Nanjin Army managed to secure a 6-point victory 105-99. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Heilongjiang. The hosts were already 18 points ahead at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 34-20 last quarter charge of Heilongjiang cut the lead to 105-99 at the end of the game. Nanjin Army dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Heilongjiang's 48 and made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Heilongjiang 43-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Forward QinShuo Deng (205-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) contributed with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Nan Wang (198-87) added 23 points in the effort for Heilongjiang. Four Nanjin Army and five Heilongjiang players scored in double figures. Nanjin Army maintains eighth place with 3-8 record. Heilongjiang at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Nanjin Army's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hong Kong on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: W.Nan 23+3reb, Y.XueLin 19+3reb, Y.Gang 15+3reb+1ast, P.Kevinn 15+11reb+1ast, J.Ming 10+3reb+3ast, Z.JunXiong 9+4reb+1ast
Nanjin Army: D.QinShuo 34+8reb+3ast, S.Shengyue 20+7reb+7ast, F.ChengLin 19+7reb, T.JiaFu 13+3reb, A.LiPeng 6+4reb, W.ShouWei 6+7reb
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Jiang Xi - Changsha Bank 80-90

Rather expected game in Jiangxi where 9th ranked Jiang Xi (2-9) was defeated by sixth ranked Changsha Bank (7-4) 90-80. Jiang Xi was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 32-16 charge of Changsha Bank, which allowed them to win the game. American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Yan Gao (190-93) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Changsha Bank's coach MingZhu Pu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and forward Chi Wei (202-82) added 13 points in the effort for Jiang Xi. Four Jiang Xi players scored in double figures. Changsha Bank moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jiangsu TX and Guangzhou L. Jiang Xi at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Changsha Bank's next round opponent will be Heilongjiang (#7) at home. Jiang Xi will play against Jiangsu TX.
Top scorers:
Jiang Xi: D.Bryan 27+10reb, L.Jiawei 15+1reb+1ast, W.Chi 13+4reb+2ast, Z.Nan 12+3reb, Z.ChaoLong 8+4reb+1ast, X.Yulin 3+2reb
Changsha Bank: A.Hilton 23+8reb, G.Yan 17+6reb+2ast, R.XiaTi 14+5reb, L.Lin 9+4reb, J.Cheng 8+4reb, J.JunQi 8+6reb
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Sichuan BW - Chongqing FD 88-71

There was a change at the NBL leadership position after last games. Round 11 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Chongqing FD (8-3). They were defeated by second ranked Sichuan BW (8-3) 88-71 on Wednesday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Sichuan BW led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Chongqing FD's 32. They outrebounded Chongqing FD 47-31 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sichuan BW made 11 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Chongqing FD helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks. Center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) helped adding 20 points and 12 rebounds. Four Sichuan BW players scored in double figures. Guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and forward Liang Yu (209-86) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Sichuan BW have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hong Kong and Chongqing FD. Chongqing FD will play next round against Hebei S. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Sichuan BW will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Guangzhou L. at home.
Top scorers:
Chongqing FD: Y.KaiFu 16+5reb+2ast, L.XueSong 13+2reb, Y.Liang 11+8reb+1ast, S.TianGang 9+1ast, Y.Peng 8+3reb, H.Josh 7+12reb+1ast
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 22+13reb+1ast, C.XiaoDong 20+12reb+2ast, W.Jing 18+3reb+5ast, Z.ZhenHu 15+3reb, H.XiaoBin 8+8reb+1ast, W.Yong-Ren 2+5reb+9ast
gschID: 242212


Hebei S. - Hong Kong 88-95

Bottom-ranked Hebei S. (0-11) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to third ranked Hong Kong (8-3) 95-88. Hebei S. was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 59-48 second half run of Hong Kong. They made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. point guard Zhou Feng (180-81) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. point guard GuoQiang Zhou (185-91) came up with 19 points and forward Qi Chang (203-92) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Hebei S. in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hebei S.'s coach Zhijang Di rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hong Kong keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Sichuan BW and Chongqing FD. Hebei S. at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Hong Kong will play against Nanjin Army (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hebei S. will play against Chongqing FD in Guangzhou and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hebei S.: Z.GuoQiang 19+3reb+1ast, C.YuNan 13, W.ZiBo 12+2reb, C.Qi 11+6reb+1ast, J.YiLong 11+5reb, S.DeShuai 6+3reb
Hong Kong: S.Craig 34+15reb+1ast, F.Zhou 17+2reb, G.JinLin 13+4reb, Y.XiaoHang 11+3reb+2ast, L.YiDing 8+9reb+1ast, C.Zhixin 7+1ast
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4 Nation Games End - by Robert Wang

The USA Mens All-Stars held off a pesky and determined Latvian team 63-58.
Mike Moore led the USA off the bench with 12 points while Devin Sweetney led the team with 14 points. Robert Crawford also helped off the bench with 8 points. Moore and Crawford sparked a 10-2 run at the end of the 3rd quarter to help put the USA up for good.
The USAs defense was sharp all night holding the Latvians to 33% from two-point range and 16% on three-pointers. The USA came up with nine steals and forced 15 turnovers.
The Latvian team will compete in July in Estonia for the under 20 European Championships. The USA moves to 3-5 in the event.
In the final game of the tour China was efficient on both ends of the court and easily topped the USA All-Stars 76-59. The USA All-Stars finished 3-6 for the event, losing three games by two points in heartbreaking fashion.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Nymburk renew contract with Radoslav Rancik - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk have decided to keep Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.). The Slovakian power forward signed a new two-year deal with the Czech champions. Last season Radoslav Rancik started with Inter Bratislava. He notched 23.5 points per game in Extraliga. Later he moved to Nymburk. Radoslav Rancik delivered 15.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per VTB League game. He posted 15.1 points, 5.5 boards and 1.1 assist per EuroCup appearance. His stats read also 12.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in NBL. The forward made it into All-Czech Republic League 2nd Team. Radoslav Rancik used to play in France, Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey and Ukraine before. He was named All-Czech Republic League Player of the Year in 2007.


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Los Minas and Rafael Barias tied at 2-2 in Finals - by Eurobasket News

Los Minas and Rafael Barias are tied at 2-all in the District Nacional Finals.
Los Minas celebrated an 88:82 victory in Game 3. They trailed by as many as 12 points at halftime but came up strong in the second half to secure the victory at the end. Marquise Gainous (204-F-76, college: TCU) posted 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Rigoberto Mendoza (G) added 17 points for the winners. Santos Martinez (198-G/F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Livingstone) answered with 27 points for Rafael Barias. Joel Ramirez had 13 points in defeat.
Rafael Barias entered the fourth game of their series without their key player Joel Ramirez. But they managed to prevail. They used strong second and third periods to secure a 99:90 victory at the end. Jose Fortuna (180-G-84) notched 26 points for Rafael Barias. Luis Martinez added 17 points in the win. Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89, college: IUPUI) and Marquise Gainous tossed in 21 points each in the losing effort.



Julien Mills (ex Elizur Ashkelon) signs at Metros de Santiago - by Eurobasket News

Metros de Santiago (LNB) landed 28-year old American swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball State). He played recently at Elizur Ashkelon in Israeli Winner League. In 24 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg this season. The last season Mills played at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (A Division) in Hungarian league. In 34 games he had 11.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team. Mills also played 17 games in EuroChallenge where he had 12.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
The previous (10-11) season Mills played at Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Eredivisie) in Dutch league. In 29 games he was fourth best scorer with 14.9ppg and recorded 6.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.5spg that season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention.
Mills ended the previous (09-10) season at Fort Wayne Mad Ants in D-League. But in two games he did not score anything. But the most of that year he spent at Cairns Taipans (NBL) in Australian league. In 28 games he had 12.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.6apg.
In 2008-09 season Mills was tested by Kotwica (TBL) in Polish league. In 23 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Import Player of the Year award back in 2008.
Mills has played also professionally in Hungary (Dombovar).
He attended Ball State until 2007 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Mills' game is described as: Skip Mills is an explosive scorer with great quickness and leaping ability. He is a phenomenal athlete who could play either the point or the shooting guard. Skip is a great playmaker who can score at a very high level. Skips strength and athleticism are to his advantage and he can abuse smaller guards. Also, because of his strength, Skip can get away with playing the 3 spot at times. His quickness and ball handling skills give him the ability to take almost any defender to the rim. Skip's high shooting percentages are phenomenal. Skip can hit three pointers from downtown Indianapolis and his shot selection is excellent. He possesses great range on his jump shot and is a great pro three-point shooter, but with his range could be a great NBA three-point shooter. At Ball State Skip was their only true scorer and many times he was double or even triple teamed, but he still averaged 18.9 ppg his junior season. Skip's senior year at Ball State he was named Pre-season Player of the Year, but a coaching change saw a new philosophy and drastic changes that did not work for anyone and ultimately hurt the whole team and led to the dismissal of the new coach who only lasted at Ball State for 9 months. Skip scored 38 points in his final collegiate game. When he is leading the team up the court on a fast break, he has the quick explosion needed to take the ball all the way, or he can stop on a dime and nail the mid-range J. Skip is also a decent free throw shooter and knows how to get to the free throw line. An excellent run and jump style player. Along with his offensive skills, he is also a good defender. Skip plays good on the ball defense and has shown that he can force his opponent into committing turnovers. Skip is a complete player who knows how to win and creates major match-up problems for the opposition. His Strength and athleticism make him a very effective rebounder from the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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2013 Mediterranean Games: Turkey fire past Egypt - by Eurobasket News

Egypt- Turkey 66:86

Turkey fire past Egypt in Day 2 of the 2013 Mediterranean Games. The hosts produced an 86:66 victory for 2-0 record. The African side suffered their second straight loss.
Turkey were the favorites of the game and started with a 23-15 lead. They added 16-10 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 39:25 halftime advantage. Both teams scored 20 points each in the third period, while Turkey needed a final 27-21 rally to win the game.
Oguz Savas (212-C-87) stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Baris Ermis (194-G-85) as well as Birkan Batuk (196-SG-90) notched 12 each. Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) and Melih Mahmutoglu (193-G-90) answered with 9 points each in a win. Ibrahim ELGAMMAL finished the game with 19 points in defeat and Sherif GENEDY scored 17. Assem Marei (206-F-92) netted 12, whilst Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) poured in 5.

Egypt: Ibrahim ELGAMMAL 19, Sherif GENEDY 17, Assem Marei 12, Haytham Kamal 5
Turkey: Oguz Savas 19, Baris Ermis 12, Birkan Batuk 12, Serhat Cetin 9, Melih Mahmutoglu 9



Egypt vs Macedonia Match Report - by Mohamed Ramadan


Assem Marei's free throw just 16 seconds before the end of 4th quarter would have sealed the win for Egypt against Macedonia which had a horrible shooting night specially in the first 3 quarters.

It's no doubt that head coach Amr Abu El Kheir added more to the team and made it play at a better level compared to their performance during last African Cup of Nations but he wasn't taking the best decisions in the 4th quarter despite playing quality basketball in the first and 3rd quarters. Keeping veteran Mohamed El Kerdani (195cm) defending Bojan Trajkovski (206cm) in the 4th quarter and then all overtime period made the Macedonian center use the 11 cm difference, better foot work and score in bunches above El Kerdani. The same with guard Dimitar Karadzovski who scored a lot in the 4th quarter because neither Sherif Gunaidy nor Ibrahim El Gammal weren't playing good defense on him. Shifting Wael Badr to defend him would have been a better solution.

Egypt dominated most of the game and had a 10 point lead in the final minute of the 3rd quarter and then the game started to slip away as the Macedonian team scored 11 in a row to have a single point lead.

The overtime minutes showed that the team still has a lot of work to do to improve their fitness level. Style of play used by Amr Abu El Kheir using the 12 players on the roster in the same game helps but still improvement has to be done to keep the team at good fitness levels at crunch times.

Notes:

Assem Marei is for sure the most talented player on the roster, despite not being lucky in the game but his footwork is remarkable and can score a lot inside the paint. The youngster still lacks experience but the most thing he must work on is to gain strength by adding a lot of muscle weight.

The spark in the first quarter was mostly done by Ibrahim El Gammal who scored most of his 16 points in this quarter. Later in the game he totally lost his concentration and momentum.

We totally missed Haytham Kamal in the 4th quarter and over time. He came in the end of the first quarter and scored 6 consecutive points, 4 of them was from offensive rebounds and totally showed that he's in a good form. He has the size and strength to defend Bojan Trajkovski and was the major mistake in the game to keep him on the bench.

Egypt collected 57 rebounds in this game.

The lack of excellent perimeter defenders is the major issue for the National team. We don't see a player in the Egyptian league which is capable of defending the likes of Carlos Morais from Angola or any consistent scorers either guards or small forward positions which is currently a huge problem.

Centers Tarek El Ghannam, Omar Samhan and Omar Orabi will give the team excellent paint defenders and consistent scorers especially in El Ghannam and Samhan.

Before the overtime Egypt scored 19 / 23 from the free throw line which is more than excellent stat.

I wonder how many blocks Wael Badr has received but still he is the best point guard in Egypt. El Gammal can also run the point but the other point guards on the roster still needs more experience. Wael is the only one which has speed and can penetrate to the paint.

Sherif Gunaidy is the best shooter on the team but he lacks good defensive prescence.



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The Start of the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Malabo Kings managed to win two first games at the Semifinal Stage of the country. The team overcame Six Stars 100:62 in the first game and added 76:66 in Game 2.
Mongomo Basket meanwhile won the first two games against San Antonio. At first Mongomo Basket posted a 94:79 win and then added a 77:73 victory.

SF 1st Game: Malabo Kings 100 - Six Stars 62
SF 2nd Game: Six Stars. 66 - Malabo Kings 76

SF 1st Game: Mongomo Basket 94 - San Antonio. 79
SF 2nd Game: San Antonio 73 - Mongomo Basket 77



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Kristjan Kangur tastes Italian Gold - by Eurobasket News

Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) tastes Italian Gold as his Montepaschi made it seven in a row! They overcame Acea Virtus Roma 79:63 on the road tonight to win the SeriaA Finals 4-1. Bobby Brown was pivotal with 18 points in the victory.
Virtus Roma had their backs against the wall heading into this one. But Siena used all of their experience to control this one. The visitors held Roma to 13 points in the first ten minutes and posted a 2-point lead at the break. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Siena and Virtus Roma arrived at halftime tied at 33-all. But Siena made a decisive push in the third term. The visitors exploded with 27 points in the third period to gain a comfortable 13-point lead at the final break. Roma got within 8 early in the fourth frame but Siena stayed calm. They kept the hosts at safe distance throughout the remainder of the contest and triumphed in SeriaA once again. David Moss netted 11 points, while Matt Janning added 10 points for the winners. Gani Lawal answered with 20 points and 9 boards for Virtus Roma. Luigi Datome had 15 points in the loss.
Kristjan Kangur averaged 7.4 points per game this season in Italy.



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Top former ESL participants playing pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

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

Emmanuel Little
Emmanuel Little
   #1. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota, currently plays in Mexico) led Rayos de Hermosillo to a victory over the sixth-ranked Mineros de Cananea (14-18) 88-83 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Little recorded 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes. Rayos de Hermosillo (26-6) is placed first in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Little has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 3.1apg in the 39 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2008 Little went to the ESL camp in Chicago playing for London.

Akeem Wright
Akeem Wright
   #2. Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84, college: Kansas St., currently plays in New Zealand) led Otago OceanaGold Nuggets to a victory over the fifth-ranked Hub Jets (7-6) 110-102 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday. He was the best player in that game. Wright scored 33 points (!!!), had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (11-2) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Wright belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #2. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Wright averages: 22.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 3.1apg and 1.8spg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Four years ago Wright took part in the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Kiev.

Sammy Monroe
Sammy Monroe
   #3. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA could not help Mineros de Cananea (14-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Mineros de Cananea lost 82-89 on the road to the leading Rayos de Hermosillo. Monroe recorded 16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 38 minutes. Monroe is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Monroe averages: 24.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg in the 35 games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Three years ago Monroe played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Geneva.

Garrius Holloman
Garrius Holloman
   #4. Garrius Holloman (198-F-89, college: Beth.-Cookman, currently plays in New Zealand), who plays in the New Zealand NBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Advice First Waikato Pistons (1-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Advice First Waikato Pistons were defeated 87-77 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams James Blond Super City Rangers (#8). Holloman was the second best scorer with 21 points. He also added 3 steals. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Holloman has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.6apg and 2.1spg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2012 Holloman attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Kiev.

Justin Griffin
Justin Griffin
   #5. Justin Griffin (194-G/F-83, college: Hawaii-Hilo, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA could not help Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-17) to beat Tijuana Zonkeys (15-17). He did not have that impressive stats last Tuesday. Griffin scored only 2 points in 26 minutes. Fuerza Guinda Nogales lost 61-75 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Tijuana Zonkeys. It was Fuerza Guinda Nogales' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Griffin has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg in the 12 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Griffin is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

Nicholas Covington
Nicholas Covington
   #6. Nicholas Covington (188-G-85, college: Oklahoma City, currently plays in Colombia), who plays in the Colombian DPB could not help Bucaros (12-8) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the second-placed Bucaros was badly defeated 87-68 at home by the leading Bambuqueros in the Places 1-6 group. Covington recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Covington has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.9spg. Covington attended five years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Salt Lake City.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Caja Laboral
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Caja Laboral21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Ray, Ratiopharm16.5 
 6. Eidson, Unics16.5 
 7. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 8. Delaney, Budivelnyk16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 10. Brown, Lokomotiv15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.0 
 2. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.3 
 4. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.3 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 8. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.6 
 9. Ndong, Galatasaray6.0 
 10. Drozdov, Budiveln.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Calathes, Lokom.6.7 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Hodge, Caja Laboral5.6 
 4. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 5. Kalnietis, Lokomot.5.2 
 6. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 7. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Chatman, Unics4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Doellman, Valencia1.7 
 4. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 6. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 8. Carter, Spartak SP1.4 
 9. Hodge, Caja Laboral1.4 
 10. Eidson, Unics1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 4. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.2 
 5. Lishchuk, Valencia1.0 
 6. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.0 
 7. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 9. Carter, Spartak SP0.9 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.0.8 



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Brose Baskets agree terms with Jamar Smith - by Eurobasket News

The BBL champions have already started building the roster for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana). The guard spent the last season in Israel. He played for Galil Gilboa. Jamar Smith posted 14.4 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in Winner League. He also notched 16.5 points, 3.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in Balkan League. Jamar Smith was named into All-Balkan League 2nd Team. Previously the guard had stints in Czech Republic, Venezuela, NBA and D-League. He made it into All-Czech Republic League 2nd Team in 2012. Jamar Smith participated at the NBL All-Star Game last year.


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Bosnia and Herzegovina list for Eurobasket - by Igor Obradovic

First coach of Bosnia and Herzegovina basketball team, Alekandar Petrovic short-out list for upcoming Eurobasket in Slovenia.

On first extended list was 23 names, but Aleksandar Petrovic cut seven players and today he announced list of only 16 players for the Eurobasket in Slovenia on September this year.
Next players was crossed from the extdend list : Boris Savovic, Ognjen Kuzmic, Nemanja Mitrovic, Armin Avdibegovic, Nedim Buza, Alen Omic and Emir Sulejmanovic.

In the list for Eurobasket2013 is : Zackary Wright, Muhamed Pasalic, Filip Adamovic, Nihad Djedovic, Nemanja Gordic, Marko Sutalo, Ante Masic, Dalibor Perisic, Adin Vrabac, Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), Edin Bavcic, Miralem Halilovic, Nedzad Sinanovic, Elmedin Kikanovic, Andrija Stipanovic and Jusuf Nurkic.

On Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina will be played in group B with Serbia, Lithuania, Latvia, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia.



Montenegro list was revealed - by Igor Obradovic

Montenegro coach, Luka Pavicevic has chosen 21 players to prepare for the European Championship in Slovenia.

On the list are the following players: Taylor Rochestie, Nikola Ivanovic, Nikola Pavicevic, Suad Sehovic, Bojan Bakic, Boris Bakic, Vladimir Mihailovic, Aleksa Popovic, Sead Sehovic, Marko Popovic, Vladimir Dasic, Milko Bjelica, Nemanja Radovic, Marko Todorovic, Radosav Spasojevic, Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket), Nikola Vucevic, Blagota Sekulic, Bojan Dubljevic, Milos Komatina and Filip Barovic.

Montenegro in first phase of competition is on group B, with Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Lithuania and Latvia.



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Standings

Standings
Group A
1. USA1-0
2. Argentina1-0
3. Brazil0-1
4. Costa Rica.0-1
Group B
1. Canada1-0
2. Mexico1-0
3. P.Rico0-1
4. Venezuela0-1



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Angers BC 49 announced Jean Veillet - by Eurobasket News

Angers BC 49 announced Jean Veillet (198-PF-91) for the next season. The 22-year old power forward will come from ProB division.
Jean Veillet played last at ALM Evreux Basket in ProB. But in 8 games he recorded just 0.6ppg this season. The earlier season Veillet played also at ALM Evreux (ProB). He won U21 ships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals 2010. Veillet has played previously for another French team Cholet.
Vincent Lavandier meanwhile will remain the head Coach of the team. The 41-year old French coach will stay with Angers BC 49 in France.
Among the achievements Lavandier's team made it to the ProA Semifinals for two years in a row (2004 and 2005).
Earlier he worked a s a Coach Assistant with JL Bourg Basket (ProB).



SPO Rouen Basket add American Bill Clark - by Eurobasket News

SPO Rouen Basket add American Bill Clark (195-SF-88, college: Duquesne) for the next season. He played last at Torku Selcuk Universitesi Konya in Turkey. In 35 TB2L games he recorded 15.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg this season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention. Clark also spent pre-season at Gravelines-Dunkerque (ProA) earlier that year. The last season he played at Fos Ouest. In 40 games he averaged 13.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Clark played in the final of Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2009. He received also NABC Division I All-District 4 1st Team award in 2011 at his college time.
Clark graduated from University of Duquesne in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.



Nobel Boungou Colo will remain with Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Nobel Boungou Colo (202-F-88, agency: Fusion Sports) will remain with Limoges for 2013/2014 season. In 30 games he had 10.9ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.0spg this season. He helped them to win the supercup. Quite impressive season as he was named to French ProA All-Star Game. The last season Boungou Colo played at Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA) in French league. In 8 games he recorded 4.6ppg and 2.1rpg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 5.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.0spg. Boungou Colo also spent pre-season at Sluc Nancy (ProA) in French league earlier that year. He contributed to his team winning the league title and they also made it to the cup final.
The previous (10-11) season Boungou Colo played at Hyeres-Toulon (ProB) in French league. In 33 games he recorded 6.5ppg and 4.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Newcomers Team back in 2010.
Boungou Colo has played also professionally for other French teams like Blois and Entente Orleans 45.



Bourg add John Ofoegbu - by Eurobasket News

Bourg bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with John Ofoegbu (206-C-84, college: Idaho St.). The centre spent the last season in Turkey. John Ofoegbu played for Yesilgiresun Belediye. He posted 14.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in TB2L. John Ofoegbu made it into All-Turkish TB2L 1st Team. Previously John Ofoegbu played in Bulgaria, Switzerland, Mexico, Germany and Czech Republic. He was named All-Bulgarian League Centre of the Year in 2012. The centre was also trumped All-Bulgarian League Defensive Player of the Year. Ofoegbu participated at the NBL All-Star Game that season.


Tony Parker selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Miami Heat (66-16) 114-104 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and added 5 assists in 36 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 58-24 record this season. It's Parker's 12th year with the team. Parker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.5apg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 82.6% in the 86 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Joffrey Lauvergne
Joffrey Lauvergne
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia). He was the major contributor in Partizan's victory against the leader Zvezda (22-3) 68-52 in a derby game in the Serbian A League last Wednesday. Lauvergne recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Superliga. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (12-2) is placed first. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Lauvergne's first season with the team. Lauvergne is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg, 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 61.6%. Lauvergne played for the French U20 national team in 2011.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw, who plays in the NBA. He could not help the San Antonio Spurs (58-24) to beat the Miami Heat (66-16). Diaw recorded 9 points in only 11 minutes. But the San Antonio Spurs were badly defeated 109-93 on the road by the Heat. This year Diaw's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 56.6%(167-295), 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 74.7% in the 90 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #4. Guard Leo Westermann (198-92, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joffrey Lauvergne and both played together in the last Serbian A League game. Westermann managed to help BC Partizan MT:S Beograd to win against the leader Zvezda (22-3) 68-52 in a derby game. He recorded only 3 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Westermann's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.7apg. He is also French U20 national team player.

Other top French players, who play abroad:

Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) plays for San Antonio Spurs in the NBA
Evan Fournier (199-SG-92) plays for Denver Nuggets in the NBA
Ronny Turiaf (208-C-83) plays for Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA
Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) plays for Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB
Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) plays for Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB
Ian Mahinmi (206-F/C-86) plays for Indiana Pacers in the NBA
Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) plays for Gescrap BB in Spanish ACB
Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85) plays for Chicago Bulls in the NBA
Johan Petro (214-C-86) plays for Atlanta Hawks in the NBA
Florent Pietrus (202-F-81) plays for Valencia Basket in Spanish ACB
Rodrigue Beaubois (186-PG-88) plays for Dallas Mavericks in the NBA

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



Evreux land Samme Givens - by Eurobasket News

Evreux have added another piece to their next seasons squad puzzle. They agreed on terms of contract with Samme Givens (195-F, college: Drexel). The forward had an outstanding last season. He played for Aris Leeuwarden in Netherlands. Samme Givens notched 16.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game in Eredivisie. He was named All-Dutch Eredivisie Player of the Year. The forward led his team to the Eredivisie Finals. It was the first pro season for Samme Givens. The forward graduated from Drexel in 2012. He made it into NABC Division I All-District 10 2nd Team for two seasons in a row 2011 and 2012.


Dijon welcome back Mykal Riley, extend T.J. Campbell - by Eurobasket News

Dijon secured the services of Mykal Riley (198-F/G-85, college: Alabama) and T.J. Campbell (175-PG-88, college: Portland) for the next season.
Mykal Riley was supposed to play for Dijon last season. However he was tested positive for prohibited substances and missed one season of action. Mykal Riley joined Bucaneros in January. He notched 15.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.4 assists per game in LPB. Previously Mykal Riley played for Nanterre, Aget Imola and Carife Ferrara. He made it into All-French ProB 2nd Team.
T.J. Campbell will enter the second straight season with Dijon. Last season the point guard notched 8.8 points, 3.3 assists, 1.5 rebounds per game in ProA. In EuroChallenge T.J. Campbell posted 14.5 points, 4.3 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal per appearance. Previously T.J. Campbell had spells in D-League, Turkey and Australia.



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2013 Mediterranean Games: FYR Macedonia achieve the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia- Algeria 89:81

FYR Macedonia achieve the second straight win at the 2013 Mediterranean Games. The European side overcame Algeria for 2-0 record in Group A. Algeria meanwhile dropped at 0-2 record.
Algeria looked better in the first period and grabbed 26:25 lead at the end of the first 10 minutes. FYR Macedonia meanwhile replied with a 17-14 rally and won the first half by two points. The third period was decisive in the game and brought 22-13 surge for the European side. Algeria tried hard to recover and even won the last stanza 28-25, but it was not enough to win the game.
Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Dimitar KARADJOVSKI nailed 17. Sinisha Sinisa Avramovski (209-C-85) delivered 13, whilst Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 12. Mohamed HARRAT answered with 27 points in the losing effort, while Mehdi Cheriet (204-PF-87, agency: Fusion Sports, college: San Diego St.) scored 23. Tarik OUKID nailed 8 and Mohamed Sedik Mohamed Touati (C-87) delivered 7.

FYR Macedonia: Aleksandar Kostoski 21, Dimitar KARADJOVSKI 17, Sinisa Avramovski 13, Bojan Trajkovski 12
Algeria: Mohamed HARRAT 27, Mehdi Cheriet 23, Tarik OUKID 8, Mohamed Touati 7



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Recklinghausen Welcome Josh Locket - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B club Recklinghuasen have added Josh Lockett (203-F-89, college: Georgetown, KY) to the roster for the upcoming season. Locket is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Pensacola, Florida. Last season he played in the UK for Liverpool Mersey Tigers (United Kingdom-BBL, starting five): 22 games: 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 44.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 38.6%. "Josh will help us under the boards with his physical play. His stats show that he can be an important player for us. We will be flexible since he can play forward and center", added Recklinghuasen sport director Georg Kleine. The American also has the German citzenship since his mother hails from Nurnberg. Before turning professional the Florida native played at SE Louisiana (NCAA): 9 games: 1.4ppg, 1.8rpg and in 2011-2012 for Georgetown, KY (NAIA): 34 games: 3.4ppg, 3.9rpg, FG%: 47.7, FT%: 46.4. Awards/Achievements in his career have been NAIA D1 Elite Eight -12, Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention -13, and Eurobasket.com British BBL All-Bosmans Team -13

Source: Recklinghausen



BBC Bayreuth Guard Bryan Bailey With His Back To The Wall In The Italian Final - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

For most Americans that played in the Beko BBL that didnt reach the playoffs, they have been home since May and might now be thinking about getting in physical shape for next season. Other guys like BBC Bayreuth guards Kevin Hamilton and Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80, college: Bucknell), they are still playing competitive basketball and have played 37 games combined since the start of May. Hamilton as he does every summer keeps his basketball abilites going in Puerto Rico as he is playing for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN) while his teammate Bryan Bailey has been living the life in Rome, Italy while playing also for Acea Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA). He has played 19 games and withstood two NBA like seven game series against Trenkwalder and Cantu, but now is down 3-1 against ex NBA player Bobby Brown and Montepaschi. In the Beko BBL, Bailey is used to logging many minutes, but with his team in Italy only 15,9 minutes and comes from the bench and brings that valuable experience. He is averaging 3,3ppg, 1,8rpg and 1,5apg. If Bailey can survive another seven game series is the question, but before looking ahead to game six, the club needs to win game five tonight


Moritz Naegele Joins KIT SC GEQUOS - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

KIT SC GEQUOS have announced the arrival of Moritz Naegele (170-G) Naegele is a 21 year old guard that last season played fro KuSG Leimen (2.Regionalliga). The young German will combine studies and basketball in Karlsruhe. Head coach Uli Himstedt sees a lot of potential in the young player. "He makes us more flexible at the guard position. He is young, highly motivared, is quick and has a good shot. He also is an annoying defender", stated Uli Himstedt. "He is a player that has perspective. He tsands for our model of studies and combining high class basketball", stated Zoran Seatovic.

Source: KIT SC GEQUOS



The Brose Baskets Bamberg Add Jamar Smith - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to sportando, six time Beko BBL winner Brose Baskets Bamberg will sign Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana). The possibility of this signing happening has been circulating for weeks and now it seems like it will come true. Bamberg announced today as well that guard Alex Renfroe wouldnt be returning. Smith is a 26 year old 191cm guard from Peroria, Illionos that will be starting his fourth professional season in freak city. Last season he played for the Boston Celtics (NBA), only pre-season, in Oct.'12 signed at Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Winner League): 26 games: 14.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 68.2%; Balkan League: 11 games: Score-4 (16.5ppg), 3.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT-2 (58.1%), FT: 86.7%. He played two seasons with : Illinois (NCAA) before finishing up at S.Indiana (NCAA2) where in his senior year he played 26 games: 21.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 79.2%. He has always been very close to reaching the NBA as he started his rookie season with the Boston Celtics (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Maine Red Claws (D-League, starting five): 48 games: 13.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 88.9%. In 2011-2012, he played for BK Prostejov (Czech Rep.-NBL, starting five): EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 15.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 87.5%; Czech Rep. League: 43 games: 14.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.5%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 76.5%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -07, GLVC West Division Regular Season Champion -09, GLVC Tournament Semifinals -09, All-GLVC 1st Team -09, 10, GLVC All-Tournament Team -09, NCAA D2 All-America Honorable Mention (by Division II Bulletin) -09, Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Midwest Region Player of the Year -10, Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Midwest Region 1st Team -10
GLVC East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -10, All-GLVC Player of the Year -10, NABC Division II All-Midwest Region 1st Team -10, NABC Division II All-America Team -10, Daktronics Division II All-America 2nd Team -10, Division II Player of the Year by Basketball Times -10, All-NBA Development League All-Rookie Second Team -11, Czech Rep. NBL All-Star Game -12, Czech Rep. Cup Semifinals -12, Czech Rep. League Regular Season Runner-Up -12
Czech Rep. League Finalist -12, Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League 2nd Team -12, Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team -13, and Eurobasket.com Balkan League All-Imports Team



TBB Trier Snatch Up Anthony Canty - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

TBB Trier and 1993 NCCA champion North Carolina Tar Heel head coach Henrik Rodel keep up their focus of bringing in young Germans and devloping them further and have done it again by bringing in Anthony Canty (183-PG-91). Canty is a 22 year old 191cm guard that will be playing his first season on the Mosel with TBB Trier and he got a three year deal. Canty had played his whole career in Bremerhaven. He started his basketball career in 2007 with BSG Bremerhaven (Oberliga): 15 games: 6.1ppg. He got his first Beko BBL experience with Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1.Bundesliga) in teh 2009-2010 season playing 4 games: 0pts; played mostly for junior team: Score-4 (22.7ppg), 6.4rpg, 4.1apg, also played at BSG Bremerhaven (2.Regionalliga): 13 games: 15.0ppg. In the 2010-2011 season for Bremerhaven he played 15 games: 2.2ppg; played also at Cuxhaven BasCats (ProA): 22 games: 5.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 74.3%. In 2011-2012, he played : 20 games: 1.8ppg. Last season, he played 24 games: 2.0ppg, 1.2apg.Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -09, European Championships U18 in Metz (France) -09: 8 games: 4.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg, German NBBL All-Star Game -10, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Newcomers Team -11, and German 2nd National Team -12-13.





Four Youth Players Get Promoted To Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Beko BBL club Phoenix Hagen announced that four youth players will be on the roster this season with Niklas Heinrich Geske (184-PG-94), Ruben Dahmen, Soeren Fritze and Moritz Krume. All four players will have a double license to compete for the Regionaliga teams as well as for the Beko BBL team. "The players reached the Top 4 the last two years and played for the German championship and belong to the top players for their birth year. So it is only logical that we blend them in with the seniors", stressed Phoenix hagen manager Oliver Herkelmann. Geske and Dahmen are guards and will also play for Noma Iserlohn while guard Fritze and forward Krume will play for BG Hagen in the regionaliga

Source: Phoenix Hagen






SSV Lok Bernau Gets Oumar Sylla And Keep Viktor Mier And Philipp Bednarski - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Last season Oumar Sylla (201-F-84, college: Richmond) was living on the beautiful Bodensee in southern Germany and playing for ifm Baskets Konstanz (Germany-ProB), while this season he will lace up his sneakers in the north of Germany near the nations capital Berlin for SSV Lok Bernau. Oumar Sylla is a 28 year old 201cm forward that is from Mali and also had experience playing NCAA basketball. Last season for ifm Baskets Konstanz (Germany-ProB) he played 22 games: 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.1%. "He is an ideal forward player for his size. However he is also versatile and can play at the smaller positions. he brings a lot of expereince and will help us from the start", stressed head coach Rene Schilling.

Oumar Sylla started his basketball career in 2002 for Our Savior New American (Centerreach, N.Y.). He was rated among the top 100 players nationally by Hoop Scoop magazine. In 2003-2004, he played for Valparaiso (NCAA): 29 games: 4.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg. He then transfered to Richmond (NCAA) where he played from 2005-2008. There he played with players like Kevin Anderson and NBA player Justin Harper. He played a total of 106 NCAA games. Before coming to Konstanz in 2011, he played for VfB Friedrichshafen (Germany-2.Regionalliga). Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS all-american honors -03, HS McDonald's All-American -03, HS All-New York -02,03, MCC Regular Season Champion -04, MCC Tournament Winner -04, Mali National Team -09
Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West 2nd Team -12, and German Regionalliga (Southwest Group) Champion -12. The club announced that Germans Viktor Mier and Philipp Bednarski will also remain with the team.

Source: SSV Lok Bernau







The MItteldeutscher BC Add Oliver Clay - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

2004 fiba cup winner Mitteldeutscher BC have added Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87, agency: LUMANI 10.7) today. Clay is a 25 year old 205cm forward that started his basketball career with BG Zehlendorf. The German has been kind of a German basketball nomad the last years as he has played for teams like Alba Berlin, TBB Trier and the s.OLiver Baskets Wurzburg in only a few years time. He played the last two seasons for the S.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and last season played 33 games: 2.7ppg, 2.2rpg; EuroCup: 6 games: 7.7ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 65.2%, FT: 88.9%. In his first season for Wurzburg, he played for 2010 Eurochallenge winner John Patrick playing 22 games: 1.9ppg, 1.1rpg. Last season he played six Eurocup games averaging 7,7ppg and 2,2rpg. Clay got a two year deal and MBC head coach Silvano Poropat is happy about getting the German. He fits 100% to us. he is a hard worker and has experience in the Beko BBL. He has improved and deserved more playing time. He also had some strong games against top teams in the Eurocup. I hope that his development continues here and hope that he will help bring this project forward", added Silvano Poropat. Clay played for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga) from 2006-2008. He then played for Alba Berlin 2 from 2008-2010 before playing a season with TBB Trier. His best game in the Beko BBL last season was a 15 point effort against Giessen. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German Bundesliga U-20 All-Star Game -07, German U20 National Team -07, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North Domestic Players Team -09, 10, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North Second Team -09, 10, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -10, and German Bundesliga Semifinals -12


Source: Mitteldeutscher BC





Christopher Jones (I Pride Myself In Getting All My Teammates Involved) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Christopher Jones (183-G-88, college: Prairie View A&M) is a 22 year old 183cm guard from Katy, Texas. Last season he played his second professional season for BG Dorsten (Germany-ProB. As a rookie for Dorsten, he played 22 games: 14.5ppg, 4.8rpg, Assists-1 (7.5apg), Steals-3 (2.8spg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 73.3%. as a rookie he played for BC Prievidza (Slovakia-Extraliga), left after 1 game, came back in March'11; Slovakian League: 8 games: 15.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.0apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 73.2%. He played college ball for : Prairie View A&M (NCAA). He spoke to eurobasket.com about basketball.

Chris where are you at the moment and how are you enjoying your summer?

I'm at home in Katy Texas, my summer is going really well. Been playing in summer leagues and pro ams against high level competition

After a long season in Germany, what was the first thing that you did when you came back home to the States?

I hung out with my twin brother and ate some Mexican food at mission burrito.

What were the main reasons that you didnt play in the 2011-2012 season? Was it difficult coming back this season and play for BG Dorsten after sitting out a season?

I was supposed to go to China for a showcase, I had been practicing that whole summer with the team I was going with. Then at the last minute it was cancelled in October, mainly because of the NBA lockout. So after, the agent who I was signed with wasn't helping me like I thought and we parted ways pretty much in the middle of the European season. So I pretty much had to sit out that year. Teams thought I was hurt that year but that wasn't the case.

BG Dorsten didnt have such a strong season finishing in 10th place with a record of 9-13. Why wasnt the team more competitive?

Healthy we were one of the top teams in the league. We just had many injuries and a lot of switching in personnel. So it was hard for us to bounce back, but despite all the bad luck we still were only one game from the playoffs.


You had a solid season playing 22 games: 14.5ppg, 4.8rpg, Assists-1 (7.5apg), Steals-3 (2.8spg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 73.3%. How happy were you with your season?

I was somewhat happy, I knew I would lead in assists before the season. Getting All-defensive team was an honor as well. I just felt like my point average could have been a lot better. I'm really hard on myself as well so I always feel I can do a lot better.


You led the Pro B in assists. Would you call youself a classical point guard from nature?

You know being a great passer can't be taught. I was just born with it and I pride myself in getting all my teammates involved. I would agree with the classical pg, I feel I'm a pure point guard and that's hard to find nowadays, because I don't worry about taking a lot of shots.

To what NBA point guard would you compare your game too and what NBA point guards were your role models as a kid?

I like to compare my game to Chris Paul, that is a name I hear people compare me to, they call me young CP3 out here where I live. Depending on how I'm playing I will hear CP3 or Rondo. Chris Paul is my favorite player in the NBA, but I have always liked Tony Parker as well.


You had some big games against Recklinghausen or Hannover. What game was your season highlight?

Our first derby game at Wulfen was probably my season highlight, because we won and I played great. It was fun experiencing that rivalry. Recklinghausen was as well because I had 15 assists and that was the highest in one game all season in the league.

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

I rebound really well for a point guard. I'm usually one of the top leading rebounders on teams I have played on in the past.


If you could give a short description of your game and why any team should grab you for the upcoming season how would you put it?

I make everyone around me better. I'm not selfish and I'm all about the team. Teammates enjoy playing with me, I produce in every category and hate losing. I can rebound, defend any guard, can shoot, and no one can pass like me.


Do you think that you could make the jump to the pro A?

Yes I know I can make the jump to Pro A, I played great against Pro A teams during the preseason. I'm just waiting on one team to give me a chance.


How does a normal Christopher Jones work out day look like during the summer?

Workout in the gym and do some drills with my brothers in the morning. Go and lift weights during the day and hoop at night.

Who would win a one on one in practice you or Gene Hagner?

Gene was the most physical player in practice on our team and best defender, but of course I will say me I am competitive.


What was your nicest memory with Dorian Mcdaniel at Prarie View A & M?

I wouldn't consider this nice but the most memorable thing was when half our team got stuck on an elevator and our teammate started panicking going crazy lol.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Dark skies.

Thanks Chris for the chat.




Robert Ferguson moves from Vechta to Karlsruhe - by Moritz Korff

Robert Ferguson (203-F/C-85, college: St.Joseph's) has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with BG Karlsruhe, the 2. Bundesliga Pro A team announced. Ferguson captured the Pro A championship title with SC Rasta Vechta last season, averaging 5.8 points and 4.5 rebounds a game.
The 28-year-old Cape Coral, Florida, native spent his college career at NCAA D1 program St. Joseph's and signed his first contract as a professional basketball player with the Giants Noerdlingen in 2009. Following his initial Germany stint Ferguson spent time playing in Uruguay. In November 2010 he joined the Crailsheim Merlins, before taking his game back to Uruguay and to Iceland.



Stachula seals Paderborn move - by Moritz Korff

Philipp Stachula (185-PG-87) has become Martin Krueger's next summer signing after agreeing a deal to join the Finke Baskets Paderborn.
Born in Poland and raised in Germany, the 27-year-old guard is a product of SVD 49 Dortmund. He spent the past three years with BV Chemnitz 99, averaging 4.8 points and close to two assists per contest in the 2012-13 season. Before moving to Chemnitz in 2010 he spent a single season with the Cuxhaven BasCats and served as a team captain of Hertener Loewen in the 2008-09 campaign.



Violets bring in Marc Liyanage - by Moritz Korff

Marc Liyanage (198-G-90, college: Delta St.) will continue his basketball career at BG Goettingen, the Violets told today.
The Hamburg native comes off a two-year stint with the Duesseldorf Baskets. Last season the 23-year-old forward scored 4.7 points a contest. Prior to his Duesseldorf stint Liyanage attended Delta State University (NCAA D2) in Cleveland, MS. "Marc is a very talented player with a deadly stroke from behind the three point line", Goettingen coach Johannes Roijakkers stated.



Chemnitz Niners land Eric Palm - by Moritz Korff

The Chemnitz Niners have signed Eric Palm (188-G-87, college: McKendree) as their fourth import player for the 2013-13 season. Palm comes to Germany after playing in Iceland these past years. The 2009 graduate of NAIA school McKendree scored 26.5 points a game for IR last season. He also added 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals a game. Palm nailed 66 of 161 shots from beyond the arc (41.0%) and made 93.9% of his free throws during the season.


Citybasket Recklinghausen adds Josh Lockett - by Moritz Korff

Josh Lockett (203-F-89, college: Georgetown, KY) will strengthen the frontcourt of 2. Bundesliga Pro B outfit Citybasket Recklinghausen in the 2013-13 season, according to local media.
The 24-year-old post player comes from Pensacola, Florida, but holds a German passport, as his mother is a Nuernberg native. Lockett averaged 3.4 points and 3.9 rebounds a game for NAIA school Georgetown, Kentucky as a senior in the 2011-12 season. He then took his game to Great Britain and joined BBL side Liverpool Mersey Tigers. He appeared in 22 BBL games and produced 10.7 points as well as 6.3 boards per contest. According to recklinghaeuser-zeitung.de Lockett turned down financially better offers in favor of Citybasket




German National Team 2013 - by Simas

German National Team 2013
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Robin Benzing
Benzing
Bastian Doreth
Doreth
Niels Giffey
Giffey
Per Guenther
Guenther
Patrick Heckmann
Heckmann
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Robin Benzing 209-SF-89 B.Muenchen Germany
Bastian Doreth 183-G-89 TBB Trier Germany
Niels Giffey 201-G/F-91 Connecticut USA
Per Guenther 185-PG-88 Ratiopharm Germany
Patrick Heckmann 196-SG-92 Boston Coll. USA
Alex King 200-SF-85 s.Oliver Baskets Germany
Johannes Lischka 203-PF-87 Walter Tigers Germany
Philipp Neumann 209-C-92 Brose Bask. Germany
Tibor Pleiss 215-C-89 Caja Laboral Spain
Heiko Schaffartzik 183-PG-84 ALBA Germany
Philipp Schwethelm 201-SF-89 Ratiopharm Germany
Andreas Seiferth 209-C-89 TBB Trier Germany
Nicolai Simon 190-G-87 Bayreuth Germany
Lucca Staiger 196-SG-88 Neckar L'burg Germany
Karsten Tadda 190-SG-88 Brose Bask. Germany
Maik Zirbes 208-C-90 Brose Bask. Germany
Philip Zwiener 201-SG-85 Bremerhaven Germany

Frank Menz Head Coach



Brose Baskets agree terms with Jamar Smith - by Eurobasket News

The BBL champions have already started building the roster for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana). The guard spent the last season in Israel. He played for Galil Gilboa. Jamar Smith posted 14.4 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in Winner League. He also notched 16.5 points, 3.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in Balkan League. Jamar Smith was named into All-Balkan League 2nd Team. Previously the guard had stints in Czech Republic, Venezuela, NBA and D-League. He made it into All-Czech Republic League 2nd Team in 2012. Jamar Smith participated at the NBL All-Star Game last year.


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Stats Leaders - A1

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



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Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 12-2 
 2. Vancouver V. 12-4 
 3. Portland C. 12-5 
 4. Salem S. 8-8 
 5. Nippon T. 1-13 
International
 1. Olympia R. 1-0 
 2. Kitsap A. 1-4 
 3. Seattle F. 0-2 
 4. East Bay PB 0-3 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 9

Jun. 14: Salem S. - Portland C. 96-106
Jun. 18: Nippon T. - Portland C. 92-142
Jun. 16: Bellingham S. - Nippon T. 142-106
Jun. 15: Portland C. - Nippon T. 141-83
Jun. 16: Seattle F. - Vancouver V. 110-122

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 20: Salem S. - Portland C.
Jun. 20: Olympia R. - Nippon T.
Jun. 21: Vancouver V. - Bellingham S.
Jun. 22: Bellingham S. - East Bay PB
Jun. 23: Vancouver V. - Seattle F.


Chinooks Take Down Conference Contender - by John Gary

courtesy oursportscentral.com Following their biggest win of the season the Portland Chinooks faced another tugh test on friday night to keep their play-off postitioning in check. In a low scoring IBL match -up Portland held on to beat Salem 106-96 at Eastmoreland. Salem was slow getting to the game because of a traffic jam caused by an accident on Interstate 5 delaying tipoff by 20 minutes. The Sabres were letargic from the tip as Portland raced out to a 15-5 lead early in the opening period. The Chinooks took a 30-17 advantage to the bench at the end of 12 minutes . Salem fought back to get within 8 outscoring Portland by four. The home team was ahead though 58-49 at halftime. The two teams would struggle to score in the second half and were held to less than 50 points each. Portland took a 81-69 lead in the final period. SAlem would make another run and get within six on two occassion s before the Chinnoks went on to win by ten.


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Julien Mills (ex Elizur Ashkelon) signs at Metros de Santiago - by Eurobasket News

Metros de Santiago (LNB) landed 28-year old American swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball State). He played recently at Elizur Ashkelon in Israeli Winner League. In 24 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg this season. The last season Mills played at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (A Division) in Hungarian league. In 34 games he had 11.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team. Mills also played 17 games in EuroChallenge where he had 12.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
The previous (10-11) season Mills played at Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Eredivisie) in Dutch league. In 29 games he was fourth best scorer with 14.9ppg and recorded 6.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.5spg that season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention.
Mills ended the previous (09-10) season at Fort Wayne Mad Ants in D-League. But in two games he did not score anything. But the most of that year he spent at Cairns Taipans (NBL) in Australian league. In 28 games he had 12.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.6apg.
In 2008-09 season Mills was tested by Kotwica (TBL) in Polish league. In 23 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Import Player of the Year award back in 2008.
Mills has played also professionally in Hungary (Dombovar).
He attended Ball State until 2007 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Mills' game is described as: Skip Mills is an explosive scorer with great quickness and leaping ability. He is a phenomenal athlete who could play either the point or the shooting guard. Skip is a great playmaker who can score at a very high level. Skips strength and athleticism are to his advantage and he can abuse smaller guards. Also, because of his strength, Skip can get away with playing the 3 spot at times. His quickness and ball handling skills give him the ability to take almost any defender to the rim. Skip's high shooting percentages are phenomenal. Skip can hit three pointers from downtown Indianapolis and his shot selection is excellent. He possesses great range on his jump shot and is a great pro three-point shooter, but with his range could be a great NBA three-point shooter. At Ball State Skip was their only true scorer and many times he was double or even triple teamed, but he still averaged 18.9 ppg his junior season. Skip's senior year at Ball State he was named Pre-season Player of the Year, but a coaching change saw a new philosophy and drastic changes that did not work for anyone and ultimately hurt the whole team and led to the dismissal of the new coach who only lasted at Ball State for 9 months. Skip scored 38 points in his final collegiate game. When he is leading the team up the court on a fast break, he has the quick explosion needed to take the ball all the way, or he can stop on a dime and nail the mid-range J. Skip is also a decent free throw shooter and knows how to get to the free throw line. An excellent run and jump style player. Along with his offensive skills, he is also a good defender. Skip plays good on the ball defense and has shown that he can force his opponent into committing turnovers. Skip is a complete player who knows how to win and creates major match-up problems for the opposition. His Strength and athleticism make him a very effective rebounder from the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Jerusalem will play in the Eurocup - by Idan Seggev

The ULEB management sent an invitation for the Israeli champion, Maccabi Bazan Haifa, in order to participate at the 2013-14 Eurocup competition, the second most important competition of Europe. Haifa already confirm that they will play and the second Israeli representative will be Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, who already won the tournament in 2004. Hapoel Eilat, who finished the league a head of Jerusalem, passed on the invitation due to lack of financial methods which are required in order to play in Europe and also their stadium is smaller then the ULEB requirement - minimum of 2,500 seats. This will be Haifa's 6th season in Europe competitions, last time they played the Eurochallenge in 2011, while for Jerusalem it'll be their 21st season in Europe competitions.


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Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi17.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 6. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 7. Datome, Acea V.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.4 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 5. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.4 
 7. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 5. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 8. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 9. Hackett, Montepas.3.6 
 10. Brown, Montepasc.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  PGE T.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 7. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 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, Montepaschi1.4 
 4. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 6. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 7. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 8. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 
 9. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 10. Cusin, Cantu1.0 


Montepaschi defend SeriaA title - by Eurobasket News

Acea Virtus Roma - Montepaschi Siena 63:79

Montepaschi made it seven in a row! They overcame Acea Virtus Roma on the road tonight to win the SeriaA Finals 4-1. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) was pivotal with 18 points in the victory.
Virtus Roma had their backs against the wall heading into this one. But Siena used all of their experience to control this one. The visitors held Roma to 13 points in the first ten minutes and posted a 2-point lead at the break. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Siena and Virtus Roma arrived at halftime tied at 33-all. But Siena made a decisive push in the third term. The visitors exploded with 27 points in the third period to gain a comfortable 13-point lead at the final break. Roma got within 8 early in the fourth frame but Siena stayed calm. They kept the hosts at safe distance throughout the reminder of the contest and triumphed in SeriaA once again. David Moss (196-SF-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) netted 11 points, while Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) added 10 points for the winners. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 20 points and 9 boards for Virtus Roma. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) had 15 points in the loss.

Acea Virtus Roma: Gani Lawal 20, Luigi Datome 15
Montepaschi Siena: Bobby Brown 18, David Moss 11, Matt Janning 10



2013 Mediterranean Games: Tunisia roll over Italy - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia-Italy 68:43

Tunisia roll over Italy in Day 2 of the 2013 Mediterranean Games. The African side posted a comfortable 68:43 win in their start of the campaign.
Tunisia started the game with 12-5 run and dominated in the defensive first period. They added 14-13 rally in the second period and led 26-18 at the halftime. Tunisia erupted with a 24-11 surge in the third period and had 21 points advantage after three quarters. Moreover they finished the game with 18-14 rally and sealed a comfortable win for 1-0 record.
Mokhtar Ghayaza (204-C-86) and Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) top-scored for the winners with 10 points each. Marouana Kechrid (180-PG-81) and Nizar Knioua (189-SF-83) brought 9 points apiece in a win. Michele Vitali (196-G-91) answered with 10 points for the European team and Riccardo Moraschini (193-SG-91) netted 9. Riccardo Cervi (214-C-91) scored 8, whilst David Cournooh (188-G-90) added 7.

Tunisia: Mokhtar Ghayaza 10, Mourad El Mabrouk 10, Marouana Kechrid 9, Nizar Knioua 9
Italy: Michele Vitali 10, Riccardo Moraschini 9, Riccardo Cervi 8, David Cournooh 7



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Fact File of Afrobasket: Focus on Cote dIvoire - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Host of the 27th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations Afrobasket Cote dIvoire is definitely not a new comer when it comes to staging a big event such as the Afrobasket having done that successfully in 1985.

And being awarded the hosting right of the 27th Afrobasket the Cote dIvoire Basketball Federation have since swung to action to stage a befitting championship with the attention of basketball faithful from across the Africa continent and the world drawn to it for the eleven days event that will run from August 20 through August 31 this year.

With five medals in it kitty two of it are gold (1981 and 1985) and the remaining three silver (1978, 1980 and 2009) Cote dIvoire will bank on home support to attempt a third title and a place at the 2014 FIBA World Cup billed for Madrid Spain.

Cote dIvoire reached the championship of the African Championship for the first time in 1978, but lost to Senegal by 103-72 points in the final.

They made another attempt at the title two years later in 1980 but again lost the gold medal to Senegal but this time with a gallant loss of 96-90 points only to return to snatch the title a year later in 1981 when it defeated five-time champion Egypt by 81-65 points with the present Secretary General of FIBA Africa Alphonse Bile as one it star-player.

Cote dIvoire play host to the rest of the continent in 1985 when it hosted the 13th edition of the Africa Championship and won the title for the second time with an 84-73 points win over Angola and it recent best was a silver medal effort in 2009 in Libya when it lost in the grand finale to Angola by 82-72 points.

Cote dIvoire first outing in the Afrobasket date back to 1968 in Casablanca, Morocco with a fifth place finish and will be playing in group-A of the 27th edition alongside Algeria, Egypt and Senegal.

FIBA Africa Championship Records: Previous Appearances 20
Medals won: Gold 1981, 1985. Silver 1978, 1980, 2009. Bronze Nil.

Africa Championship records: Morocco 1968: 5th. Senegal 1972: 10th. Senegal 1978: 2nd. Morocco 1980: 2nd. Somalia 1981: Champion. Egypt 1983: 4th. Cote dIvoire 1985: Champion. Tunisia 1987: 7th. Angola 1989: 5th. Egypt 1992: 11th. Kenya 1993: 6th. Algeria 1995: 7th. Senegal 1997: 8th. Angola 1999: 8th. Morocco 2001: 8th. Egypt 2003: 11th. Algeria 2005: 10th. Angola 2007: 8th. Libya 2009: 2nd. Madagascar 2011: 4th.



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Jones, Obregon25.5 
 2. Monroe, Cananea23.8 
 3. Austin, Cananea23.5 
 4. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas22.7 
 6. Pearson, Los M.21.9 
 7. Elliott, Navolato21.7 
 8. McCullough, Nogales21.0 
 9. Sperling, Obregon19.9 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Moss, Nogales10.2 
 2. McNeal, Los Mochis9.9 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.7 
 4. Toombs, Navolato8.7 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.5 
 6. Jones, Obregon8.4 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 9. Rougeau, Cananea7.5 
 10. Selleaze, Navolato7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Stallings, Guasave6.9 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Gadson, Nogales5.8 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas5.3 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.8 
 6. Quintero, Tijuana4.7 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 8. Meza Rogel, Guasa.4.3 
 9. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 10. Elliott, Navolato4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.1 
 2. Stallings, Guasave2.0 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.8 
 5. Thomas, Tijuana1.6 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.6 
 7. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 8. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
 9. Rougeau, Cananea1.3 
 10. Medina, Tijuana1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.6 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Gonzalez, Cananea1.1 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 7. Toombs, Navolato1.0 
 8. Mercado, Nogales0.9 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.7 
 10. Villanueva, Hermo.0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Hermosillo reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Tijuana - Navolato 100-92

Tijuana snapped two-game losing skid and defeated Navolato to take 3-2 lead in the semifinal series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-21. But Garra Canera de Navolato won second period 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Tijuana Zonkeys especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) stepped up and scored 30 points and 7 assists for the winners and American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) chipped in 19 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists and the other American import guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 28 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Navolato: M.Elliott 28+4reb+4ast, R.Selleaze 20+12reb+8ast, F.Verdugo 17+4reb+2ast, B.Toombs 13+4reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 7+3reb+1ast, J.Angel Reatiga 3+3reb
Tijuana: O.Quintero 30+1reb+7ast, L.Ramirez 21+3reb+7ast, J.Penny 19+13reb+3ast, M.Morrison 12+13reb+8ast, M.Thomas 9+6reb+1ast, S.Sanchez 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 242464


Cananea - Hermosillo 75-86

Hermosillo outgunned Cananea to clinch 4-1 win in the series and became the first CIBACOPA finalists. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-75. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Mineros de Cananea 37-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) stepped up and scored 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American forward Quentin Gonzalez (200-84, college: McNeese St.) scored 20 points.
Top scorers:
Cananea: Q.Gonzalez 20+1reb+3ast, R.Rougeau 19+11reb+5ast, E.Swanson 10+1reb+3ast, J.Verdugo 8+2reb+1ast, K.Arias 7, S.Monroe 7+3reb+2ast
Hermosillo: K.Spain 16+3reb, J.Coronado 15+2reb+1ast, J.Camacho 12+2reb+2ast, E.Little 11+6reb+3ast, S.Monreal 10+5reb+3ast, J.Lopez 9+9reb+1ast
gschID: 242463



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Jerry Sloan returns to Utah Jazz as a senior basketball adviser - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz President Randy Rigby announced today the return of Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan to the franchise as a senior basketball adviser. In this role, Sloan will support the Jazz basketball operations and coaching staff through player evaluations at workouts, camps, and summer league; limited pro and regional college scouting; occasional practice observation; and as host of an annual prep and college coaches clinic. The basketball knowledge and experience that Jerry brings is invaluable, and his insights will help in our pursuit of becoming a championship-caliber team, said Rigby. We are pleased to formally welcome Jerry back into the organization as an adviser. I am glad Jerry is going to continue to be involved with our organization, said Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin . We will benefit from his wealth of basketball experience. I am looking forward to his continued contributions. In my new role with the Jazz franchise, I hope to help the basketball operations staff and Ty in any way that I can to achieve their goals, said Sloan. I would like to thank the Miller family for the opportunity to be part of the organization again. During his 23 seasons as head coach of the Jazz (1988-2011), Sloan guided the Jazz to 19 playoff appearances, two NBA Finals (1997, 1998), seven division titles, a streak of 16 consecutive winning seasons (1988-2004), 13 seasons with 50-plus wins and three with 60-plus wins. Sloan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 11, 2009.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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Get To Know D-League Assistant Coach: Tyler Gatlin - by Daniel Poerschke

After graduating from the University of San Diego in 2010, Tyler Gatlin returned home to Dallas, Texas to begin his career in professional basketball.

That August, Gatlin was hired as the General Manager for the Dallas Impact of the ABA. In addition to his role as GM, he spent significant time assisting at practice, coaching drills, reviewing scouting reports, and working in player development. The vast experience helped build Gatlins confidence and motivation to continue coaching at an advanced level.

After a successful ABA season that included a playoff run, Gatlin moved on to work in the D-League on the basketball operations staff for the Texas Legends, where he spent the 2011-2012 season as the Video Coordinator for head coach Del Harris. The following season Gatlin was promoted to assistant coach, under the guidance of head coach Eduardo Najera. During this time, he continued coaching in the ABA as well. He spent the 2011-2012 season as the assistant coach for the North Dallas Vandals, and advanced to the Final 4. Gatlin earned a promotion to head coach of the Vandals the following season and led the organization back to the Final 4.

Gatlins coaching experience also extends internationally. Thanks to the help of WCBL commissioner Curt Pickering, Gatlin organized, trained and coached a group of Dallas-area free agents on a three-week tour of China in the fall of 2011. There, Gatlins group competed against CBA, Serbia and Australian teams (Gatlins team posted an 8-3 record on the trip). The following summer, Gatlin was back to coaching abroad he was a representative in the Euroleague Basketball Institute Coaching Clinic, a four-day event in Barcelona that including coaching luminaries as Ettore Messina, Xavier Pascual, Zeljko Obradovic, and Aito Garcia Reneses.

From coaching at the ABA and D-League level and with his experiences abroad, Tyler Gatlin has grown immensely in his coaching profession and is a true asset to the Scorers 1st Showcase.

5 Questions with Tyler Gatlin

What separates the Scorers 1st Showcase from other camps or exposure events?
My experience with Daniel Poerschke (Director of Scouting) and Gerrit Kersten-Thiele (CEO, FIBA and NBA agent) at Scorers 1st has been nothing but first class. Ive heard positive feedback from players that participated in the camp last summer, and have recommended the camp to several of the players Ive coached and trained here in the Dallas area. Also being held in Las Vegas during mid-July ensures maximum exposure of the participants.

How does your experience benefit players who will attend the Showcase?
Coming off a full season as a D-League assistant, Ive seen some of the best talent, and NBA prospects that the US has to offer. I understand what it takes to elevate your game to that level. My international travels have allowed me to network with coaches and teams from around the globe. Also, having the freedom to be the head coach of one of the top ABA franchises in the US has allowed me to develop coaching philosophies and ways to interact with player. The combination of these experiences should allow me to be an asset to the Showcase.

What assets of coaching do you look to provide at the event?
Versatility is an important component when showcasing your talent at an event such as this one. I look forward to being able to assist guys in several areas of their game. Shooting, ball skills, defensive rotations, and finishing around the basket. I believe it is important for guards to posses basic post skills, and for big men to possess basic guard and perimeter skills. I will assess players individually and communicate to them my thoughts on what areas of their game need the most improvement.

Players thrive on feedback. What is your approach in counseling players?
Communicating my thoughts to players is one of my favorite aspects of coaching. It is important to listen to their own evaluation of their game, and respond with honest feedback. My feedback is constructive, as I keep the players best interests in mind. Hopefully my analysis and recommendations can educate and motivate the player to take his game to the next level.

What do you hope players, head coaches, GMs and scouts take away from the Showcase?
I hope all parties involved in the Showcase have a positive experience. I would like to see strong competition, a high level of basketball, hard working players, and passionate coaches. If that is the case, then it is sure to be a valuable Showcase.

source: http://scorers1stshowcase.wordpress.com/



Chris Flores signs in the Dominican Republic - by Daniel Poerschke

Christopher Flores (6'2''-G-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: NJIT) from NCAA 1 New Jersey Institute of Technology signed with Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in the LNB league in the Dominican Republic.

Flores, who averaged 16.9 points and 2.4 steals per game as a senior, was named Great West Conference Player of the Year in official voting by the conference coaches and sports information directors after leading the Highlanders to the 2012-13 GWC regular season crown. He was also consensus Player of the Year among media outlets that named their own all-conference teams.

Beyond that, he was named honorable mention on the Associated Press All-America team, as well as being voted onto the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All-District team for District 13 (the first Highlander voted all-district by the NABC since NJIT began Division I competition in 2006-07). He was also named third-team All-Met (NY, NJ, CT) by the Met Basketball Writers Association. On campus, he was named 2012-13 Male Athlete of the Year for the entire NJIT athletics program.

A native of the Dorchester area of Boston, Flores opened his senior year with 28 points in a 64-63 loss at Providence, which would finish its season by advancing to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. That outburst equaled the NJIT Division I single-game scoring mark, which he had done earlier in his career and he would do later in the season. He would score 20 or more points in 11 different 2012-13 games and reached double-figures 24 times, including each of the last 14 regular season games.

Against NAIA opponent Fisher (MA), Flores scored 32 points in 23 minutes, making all 11 of his shots from the floor, including seven 3-point tries, and all three of his foul shots. His feat earned him Number 3 on the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 the following day and ESPN reported that it was the first time since 2007 that a player scored at least 30 points without missing a shot and making at least seven threes.

A four-year starter, Flores graduates as the program's Division I-era career leader in points (1,724; 5th overall); games played (122; overall program record); assists (330; 7th overall); and steals (212; 3rd overall).



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Benjamin Eze won the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Benjamin Eze won the title abroad as his Montepaschi made it seven in a row! They overcame Acea Virtus Roma 79:63 on the road tonight to win the SeriaA Finals 4-1. Bobby Brown was pivotal with 18 points in the victory.
Virtus Roma had their backs against the wall heading into this one. But Siena used all of their experience to control this one. The visitors held Roma to 13 points in the first ten minutes and posted a 2-point lead at the break. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Siena and Virtus Roma arrived at halftime tied at 33-all. But Siena made a decisive push in the third term. The visitors exploded with 27 points in the third period to gain a comfortable 13-point lead at the final break. Roma got within 8 early in the fourth frame but Siena stayed calm. They kept the hosts at safe distance throughout the remainder of the contest and triumphed in SeriaA once again. David Moss netted 11 points, while Matt Janning added 10 points for the winners. Gani Lawal answered with 20 points and 9 boards for Virtus Roma. Luigi Datome had 15 points in the loss.
Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) averaged 5.9 points per game this season.



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Rosa R.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Rosa R.20.1 
 2. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 3. Hodge, Caja Laboral17.8 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.4 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 9. Carter, Nantes14.2 
 10. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 2. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.6 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 8. Cel, Stelmet ZG6.9 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Mahalbasic, Assec.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Koszarek, Stelm.5.5 
 3. Szubarga, Anwil5.5 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Turner, Antwerp5.3 
 6. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 7. Hodge, Caja Laboral4.5 
 8. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 9. Carter, Nantes3.7 
 10. Abernethy, Energa3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 3. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Hodge, Caja Laboral1.6 
 7. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 8. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
 9. Henry, AZS Koszalin1.4 
 10. Robinson, PGE T.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.2 
 6. Harris, AZS K.1.1 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 9. Mahalbasic, Asseco0.8 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.8 


Spojnia Stargard Szczecinski announced its roster - by Eurobasket Center

KS Spojnia Stargard Szczecinski has just announced its roster for the upcoming season. They brought back few local playerss like Piotr Wojdyr (217-C-90, agency: Promotex), Lukasz Bodych (202-C/F-90, agency: Promotex) and Tomasz Ejsmont (194-SF-90). The club extended the contracts with Wiktor Grudzinski (208-C-78), Arkadiusz Soczewski (202-F/C-82), Filip Dylik (191-G/F-90), Bartlomiej Wroblewski (181-PG-92), Kacper Kasprzak (193-G/F-92) - they all spent last season in Spojnia. The club has also signed three new players: Jerzy Koszuta (191-F-82, agency: Promotex), Daniel Szymkiewicz (193-G-94) and Adrian Sulinski (185-PG-89, agency: Promotex).




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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Quebradillas 22-13 
 2. Ponce 21-13 
 3. Santurce 20-14 
 4. Guayama 19-16 
 5. Guaynabo 19-16 
 6. Mayaguez 18-16 
 7. Humacao 17-17 
 8. Arecibo 17-17 
 9. San German 9-24 
 10. Bayamon 9-25 

Regular Season: Round 41

Jun. 17: Guayama - Guaynabo 94-89
Jun. 18: Humacao - Bayamon 85-84
Jun. 19: Guaynabo - Arecibo 84-103
Jun. 18: Ponce - Quebradillas 78-85
Jun. 19: Santurce - Guayama 68-70

Regular Season: Round 42

Jun. 20: San German - Humacao
Jun. 20: Bayamon - Mayaguez
Jun. 21: Arecibo - Ponce
Jun. 21: Mayaguez - San German


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Harris, Ponce20.7 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.3 
 3. Carmona, Humacao19.9 
 4. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 5. Diogu, Ponce19.7 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo19.2 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.16.8 
 10. Lisch, Quebradill.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.4 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.0 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce8.8 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Phillip, San German8.5 
 7. Harrellson, Chongq.8.2 
 8. Carmona, Humacao8.2 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
 10. Graterol, Arecibo7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Rivera, Humacao6.8 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.4 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas5.3 
 4. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.8 
 6. Rivera, Ponce4.8 
 7. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 8. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 9. Coronado, Guayama3.8 
 10. Copeland, San G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.1 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.9 
 3. Coronado, Guayama1.7 
 4. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.6 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 7. Lisch, Quebradillas1.5 
 8. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 9. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 10. Rodriguez, Guaya.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Penn, Humacao2.3 
 2. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 3. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 4. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 5. Balkman, Guayama1.3 
 6. Gates, Guayama1.3 
 7. Lee, Quebradillas1.3 
 8. Aubry, Mayaguez1.3 
 9. Santiago, Guaynabo1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


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

30-year old point guard Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82) had an amazing evening in the last week for Humacao and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 41.
He got a double-double of 13 points and 11 assists, while his team edged out Bayamon (#10, 9-25) 85-84. Humacao maintains the 7th position in Puerto Rican league. Humacao is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 17-17 record. Rivera just recently signed at Humacao, being already a very valuable addition to the team. The Univ.of Texas at El Paso graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rivera is league's best passer with 6.8apg. Rivera is in league's top in and averages solid 54.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last week was Luis Hernandez (198-F-88) of Bayamon. He is a forward in his first season at Bayamon. In the last game Hernandez recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Bayamon was edged by the higher-ranked Humacao (#7, 17-17) 85-84. This loss caused Bayamon to slide to the very bottom (10) position in the standings. 25 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories Bayamon managed to get this year. Hernandez is one of the most experienced players at Bayamon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83) of league's second-best Ponce. Diogu scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Diogu's great performance Ponce lost 78-85 to #1 ranked Quebradillas. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Ponce needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 21 victories and 13 lost games. Diogu has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77) of Guaynabo - 40 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) of Guayama - 25 points and 9 rebounds
6. Yancy Gates (206-F-89) of Guayama - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. David Jackson (196-G-82) of Santurce - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) of Guayama - 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Darnell Hinson (186-PG-80) of Guayama - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80) of Arecibo - 26 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Bulgaria U18 cruise past Romania U18 in Targoviste - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18 - Bulgaria U18 49:100

Bulgarian U18 National Team traveled to Targoviste to play the series of friendly encounters versus Romanian counterparts. The first game ended with a loud victory for the visitors. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) posted 21 points to lead the winners.
Bulgaria went on a massive 33:16 run in the opening quarter. They did not loosen the grasp in the second frame. Bulgaria ignited a 24:11 run in the second period and built a 57:27 halftime lead. Bulgaria limited their opponents to 13 points in the third term to accumulate a 35-point lead before the fourth frame. They never looked back en route to a convincing victory. Evgeni Hadjirusev (192-G-95) and Angel Peychinov (198-PF-95) delivered 13 points each for the winners. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) answered with 15 points for Romania. Chordash chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Romania U18: Vlad Cobzaru 15, Chordash 7
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 21, Evgeni Hadjirusev 13, Angel Peychinov 13



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Unics Kazan brings back Dmitry Sokolov - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan brings back Dmitry Sokolov (214-C-85) for the next season. The Russian player just quit CSKA.
He managed to play in three leagues this year. In 11 PBL games he had 4.8ppg and 1.5rpg. He helped them to win the league title. Sokolov also played 6 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 1.2ppg and 1.0rpg. He also played 16 games in VTB United League where he recorded 3.1ppg and 1.9rpg. He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship. The last season Sokolov played also at CSKA Moscow. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 8 PBL games he recorded 6.0ppg and 2.4rpg. Sokolov also played 1 game in Euroleague where he had 5 points and 5 rebounds. He also played 6 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.0ppg and 3.5rpg.
Sokolov was also a member of Russian international program for some years. He played for Russian Senior National Team back in 2005 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004. Sokolov represented Russia at the European Championships in Poland four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 2.6rpg.
Sokolov has played previously for four other Russia teams: Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody, Pulkovo, Unics Kazan U23 and Lokomotiv.



Lokomotiv Kuban in Devin Smith hunt - by Vladimir Lobanov

Lokomotiv Kuban are on the tails of American swingman Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia).
Smith,who has finished a two year contract at European powerhouse Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv is a free agent after the talks on a new contract with the Israeli club reached an stumbling block.
Lokomotiv Kuban.who will play in next years Euroleague are looking to add quality and experience to their ranks and Smith ticks all the boxes.Kuban president Andrey Vedishchev has confirmed that Smith is one of the players Kuban are looking at:"We are looking to add two or three quality players to the squad.Smith is one of the players we are interested in".
Its rumored that Kuban are ready to offer Smith a $1.5M per season in a two years deal.
Smith had averaged 11.5ppg,4rpg and 1apg in 25 Euroleague games ,13.4ppg,5.6rpg and 2apg in 31 Israeli league games.





Lokomotiv will not keep Maksim Sheleketo - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban will not keep Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87). The Krasnodar outfit decided to split ways with the forward. Maksim Sheleketo spent four seasons with Lokomotiv. Last season the forward notched 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in PBL. In VTB League Sheleketo averaged 3.8 points and 1.8 rebounds. He also delivered 3.0 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in EuroCup. Previously Maksim Sheleketo had stints with Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu, VEF Riga, CSKA VVS Samara, Kupol-Antey Izhevsk. He earned All-Baltic League Honourable Mention in 2008. Maksim Sheleketo participated at the 2008 Latvian League All-Star Game. He was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Russian National Teams.


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  SERBIA   


Oliver Stevic joins Gaziantep - by Igor Obradovic

Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket), who played excellent season in Stalmet Zielena Gora, won Poland league, have great Eurocup season with this club will join Turkish Gaziantep.

In Poland league Stevic played 40 games, avarage minutes per game 26.9, 12.4 points per game, 58.8 % for two points, 71.2 % for free throw line, 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 0.6 block.
In Eurocup in 12 games, Stevic have 31.3 minutes per game, 13.8 points, 59.8 % for two, 72.1 % for free throw line, 7.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks.

In Gaziantep he wil have chance to play with his old team-mate, Dejan Borovnjak.



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  SLOVAKIA   


Runner-up with first steps - by Thomas Kottra

The local news web-portal ahojkomarno.sk has broken news about first deal of the season that management of MBK Rieker Komarno has made. It is the first step, but most important, because the club management decided to prolong their cooperation with Czech coach Frantisek Ron who brought the team into finals in recent two seasons with the club. Komarno came up short in both cases.
As the club manager Jozef Paulik stated: "The most important thing to do at the moment, is to get the budget done." Yet it was too early for the manager to talk about the roster. "We do have a concept in our heads, we are focused on circa fifteen to eighteen players." As he added, the team wants to build on players who wore the white-red jersey last season.



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Krka hire Aleksandar Dzikic - by Eurobasket News

Krka Novo Mesto are bringing back Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ). The specialist has agreed on terms of contract with the team. He will sign a two-year deal with Krka. Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ) was the author of the most recent loud success of the Novo Mesto team. He led the team to the EuroChallenge trophy in 2011. Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ) also claimed the Slovenian League title in the same season. He was named All-EuroChallenge Coach of the Year. Dzikic was also trumped All-Slovenian League Coach of the Year. In 2011 Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ) moved to Lithuania to take over Lietuvos Rytas. He left the team however in 2012. Previously Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ) worked with Union Olimpija and Partizan Belgrade (assistant coach). Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ) has been the head coach of the Slovenian U20 National Team since 2011.


Sasu Salin stays with Union Olimpija for another two seasons! - by Matej Bergant

Union Olimpija Ljubljana signed a contract extension with Finnish sharpshooter Sasu Salin (192-G-91) for another two seasons. The popular Finn was part of the club already for the past three years.

Sasu Salin, who arrived to Union Olimpija Ljubljana in 2010 from Finnish club Honka Espoo Playboys, averaged this year 6,3 points, 2,7 rebounds and 1,2 assists per game in Euroleague. He was averaging 7,5 points and 3,2 rebounds per game in Adriatic League.

Sasu Salin, player of Union Olimpija Ljubljana: "I am extremely happy to continue my career at Union Olimpija Ljubljana. I had few other options, but I quickly decided that I want to stay in Ljubljana. I feel like at home in Ljubljana and I have a feeling that I am developing as a basketball player. I like the positive atmosphere and organization in the club. I will have preparations with the Finnish national team in next weeks and then Eurobasket 2013, which will be also in Slovenia. I am looking forward to the challenges and I cant wait for the new basketball season to start!"

Ales Pipan, head coach of Union Olimpija Ljubljana: "I believe we are on the right track when it comes to building a new team for the upcoming season. Sasu Salin was an important part of the team in Union Olimpija Ljubljana for the last three seasons and it will stay the same in the future. We want to make a team, which won't know what a lost ball is. I believe, that Sasu Salin can continue making progress on his game in the upcoming two years, and have an even bigger contribution to the team's success."



Turkey U18 earn second straight win in Rolga - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U18 - Turkey U18 62:89

Turkey U18 claimed the second consecutive victory over their Slovenian counterparts in Rogla. This time Turkey proved their dominance with a comfortable 27-point success. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) and Egemen Guven provided 16 points each to pace the winners.
Turkey jumped to a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. They unleashed 29 points in the second period. Turkey accumulated a 49:29 halftime lead. Slovenia narrowed the gap in the third term. They trimmed the deficit at 16-point mark heading into the fourth frame. But Turkey dropped 25 points in the final period and sealed the win at the end. Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Domen Janc (185-PG-96) answered with 11 points for Slovenia. Matic Grusovnik (195-F-95) and Sedin Karavdic (95) had 8 points each in the loss.

Slovenia U18: Metecan Birsen 16, Egemen Guven 16, Emircan Kosut 12
Turkey U18: Domen Janc 11, Matic Grusovnik 8, Sedin Karavdic 8



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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, Unicaja14.2 
 8. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.8 
 9. Fisher, FIATC J.13.8 
 10. Norel, CAI Zarago.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Martin, Blancos7.1 
 2. Hunter, Jiangsu TX6.8 
 3. Nelson, G.Canari.6.4 
 4. Tomic, FCB Regal6.3 
 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. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 6. Markovic, Valencia4.1 
 7. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
 8. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
 9. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.5 
 10. Granger, Asefa E.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Doellman, Valencia1.9 
 2. Kirksay, Bucaneros1.7 
 3. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 4. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.6 
 5. Finley, Lagun A.1.6 
 6. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 7. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 8. Markovic, Valencia1.4 
 9. Rodriguez, UCAM M.1.3 
 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. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 3. Mejri, Blusens M.1.5 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Hunter, Jiangsu TX1.1 
 7. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 8. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 9. Tomic, FCB Regal1.0 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 


Real Madrid celebrate Liga Endesa title - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - FCB Regal 79:71

Real Madrid claimed the Liga Endesa title. They overcame FCB Regal in the decisive fifth game of the championship series. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) scored 15 points to lead the hosts. It is the first title since 2007 for Real.
It was a tough close battle in the first ten minutes. Though Real opened the game on a 10:0 run FCB Regal did not lose concentration. They narrowed the gap at just two-point mark at the first break 18:20. Real increased the tempo in the second period. They limited Barcelona to 14 points in the quarter and opened a 9-point halftime lead. Real strongly entered the second half. They rallied to a 17-point lead midway through the third period. But triples from Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) and Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) kept the visitors alive. Moreover FCB Regal outscored Real in the period and cut the deficit at 7 points heading into the fourth term. But the hosts never allowed threatening their lead. Real maintained the advantage throughout intense fourth period and marched to the victory at the end. Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) delivered 14 points, while Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) provided 13 points in the win. Joe Ingles answered with 25 points for FCB Regal. Sarunas Jasikevicius had 23 points in the losing case.

Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 15, Felipe Reyes 14, Tremmell Darden 13
FCB Regal: Joe Ingles 25, Sarunas Jasikevicius 23



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Solna extend Stavros Toutziarakis - by Eurobasket News

Solna have kept Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87, agency: FCM) on the squad. The players has agreed on terms of two-year contract extension with the Vikings. Last season Stavros Toutziarakis tallied 12.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in Basketligan. Previously the centre had stints with Irakleio, Ikaros, AEK, Marousi, Ilysiakos and Mantoulidis. He was named into Greek A2 All-Defensive Team in 2012. Stavros Toutziarakis was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Greek National Teams. He was also the member of Greek B National Team in 2009.


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TRBL Continues League Development, Extends Season - by Greg

June 19, 2013 - Raleigh, NC: After recently completing its second season, the Tobacco Road Basketball League (TRBL) has announced several new changes and initiatives that will be launched in the coming weeks. Most significantly, the league plans to move back to the pure point series model utilized in its first season and plans to extend the time period over which point series games can be played. Playoffs between point series leaders will take place each May and June.

"We won't just be a Spring league anymore. This move will allow us to better support our other basketball business operations, such as leagues and camps, that are important to minor league stability," says Patrick Dupree, TRBL Co-Founder and Fayetteville Crossover owner.

Additionally the league plans to put more focus on the consistency of game day operations in all venues and will work to develop deeper league-level sponsorships. New markets are also being considered for next season. For more information about the TRBL and its teams, visit www.trblproball.com or email info@trblproball.com.




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2013 Mediterranean Games: Tunisia roll over Italy - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia-Italy 68:43

Tunisia roll over Italy in Day 2 of the 2013 Mediterranean Games. The African side posted a comfortable 68:43 win in their start of the campaign.
Tunisia started the game with 12-5 run and dominated in the defensive first period. They added 14-13 rally in the second period and led 26-18 at the halftime. Tunisia erupted with a 24-11 surge in the third period and had 21 points advantage after three quarters. Moreover they finished the game with 18-14 rally and sealed a comfortable win for 1-0 record.
Mokhtar Ghayaza (204-C-86) and Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) top-scored for the winners with 10 points each. Marouana Kechrid (180-PG-81) and Nizar Knioua (189-SF-83) brought 9 points apiece in a win. Michele Vitali (196-G-91) answered with 10 points for the European team and Riccardo Moraschini (193-SG-91) netted 9. Riccardo Cervi (214-C-91) scored 8, whilst David Cournooh (188-G-90) added 7.

Tunisia: Mokhtar Ghayaza 10, Mourad El Mabrouk 10, Marouana Kechrid 9, Nizar Knioua 9
Italy: Michele Vitali 10, Riccardo Moraschini 9, Riccardo Cervi 8, David Cournooh 7



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Turkey U18 earn second straight win in Rolga - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U18 - Turkey U18 62:89

Turkey U18 claimed the second consecutive victory over their Slovenian counterparts in Rogla. This time Turkey proved their dominance with a comfortable 27-point success. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) and Egemen Guven provided 16 points each to pace the winners.
Turkey jumped to a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. They unleashed 29 points in the second period. Turkey accumulated a 49:29 halftime lead. Slovenia narrowed the gap in the third term. They trimmed the deficit at 16-point mark heading into the fourth frame. But Turkey dropped 25 points in the final period and sealed the win at the end. Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Domen Janc (185-PG-96) answered with 11 points for Slovenia. Matic Grusovnik (195-F-95) and Sedin Karavdic (95) had 8 points each in the loss.

Slovenia U18: Metecan Birsen 16, Egemen Guven 16, Emircan Kosut 12
Turkey U18: Domen Janc 11, Matic Grusovnik 8, Sedin Karavdic 8



Gaziantep land Oliver Stevic - by Eurobasket News

Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Turkey. He agreed on terms of contract with Gaziantep. The power forward spent the last season with Stelmet ZG. Oliver Stevic helped the team gain PLK title. He notched 12.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in PLK. In EuroCup Oliver Stevic posted 13.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He was named All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year. The forward also made it into All-EuroCup All-Europeans Team. Oliver Stevic participated at the PLK All-Star Game. Previously the forward played in Spain, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Poland and Slovenia. He was named into German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team in 2011.


2013 Mediterranean Games: Turkey fire past Egypt - by Eurobasket News

Egypt- Turkey 66:86

Turkey fire past Egypt in Day 2 of the 2013 Mediterranean Games. The hosts produced an 86:66 victory for 2-0 record. The African side suffered their second straight loss.
Turkey were the favorites of the game and started with a 23-15 lead. They added 16-10 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 39:25 halftime advantage. Both teams scored 20 points each in the third period, while Turkey needed a final 27-21 rally to win the game.
Oguz Savas (212-C-87) stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Baris Ermis (194-G-85) as well as Birkan Batuk (196-SG-90) notched 12 each. Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) and Melih Mahmutoglu (193-G-90) answered with 9 points each in a win. Ibrahim ELGAMMAL finished the game with 19 points in defeat and Sherif GENEDY scored 17. Assem Marei (206-F-92) netted 12, whilst Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) poured in 5.

Egypt: Ibrahim ELGAMMAL 19, Sherif GENEDY 17, Assem Marei 12, Haytham Kamal 5
Turkey: Oguz Savas 19, Baris Ermis 12, Birkan Batuk 12, Serhat Cetin 9, Melih Mahmutoglu 9



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas will play in Estonia next month - by David Edole

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Syracuse center Rakeem Christmas (206-F/C-91) and guard Michael Gbinije will participate in a basketball and cultural tour of Estonia next month during a Four Nations Cup basketball tournament.

Training camp will be held July 20-21 in New York City. The team will then depart for Tallinn, Estonia for a July 22-28 tournament that features Estonia, Belarus, the United States and a fourth team yet to be solidified, said Guy Rancourt, the Lycoming College coach who has taken East Coast All-Stars to Europe in past summers.

Two years ago, former SU guard Brandon Triche and SU center Baye Moussa Keita played for the team. Last summer, Triche and James Southerland toured Estonia with the group.

Rancourt said his team will play an exhibition game and then face each of the other three nations involved in the tournament. He described the event as "an unofficial study abroad" program where players can soak in the cultural aspects of Northern Europe (there will be guided tours), with the bonus of playing competitive basketball.

"It gives the group the opportunity to go overseas and see parts of the world they wouldn't otherwise be able to see and get to play the game they love, too," Rancourt said.

Joining Christmas and Gbinije on the tour will be Louisville's Russ Smith, Iowa's Jarrod Uthoff, West Virginia's Eron Harris, Notre Dame's Tom Knight and Providence's Kadeem Batts. Rancourt said the roster has yet to be finalized.

Christmas said Monday at the King of Kings Summer Basketball League that he was looking forward to the experience.



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Immense defense overshadows UCUs win - by Joel Nature

City Oilers 47-52 UCU Canons

KIU Rangers 55-34 Gladiators

UCU Canons used a strong defensive display in the second and third quarter to hand City Oilers their second loss of the season Friday night the MTN Arena. The Canons defensive effort in the two periods turned out to be little more than a highlight-reel sideshow to the university sides sixth straight win of the season.

After a first quarter in which UCU Canons couldnt stop anything City Oilers did, the university side recaptured their defensive and aggressive game. UCUs defense was as close to perfection as it can ever get limiting the second top scoring team in the league to a single field goal in the second quarter and season low 3 points in the frame. We lost the rhythm after the first quarter Oilers guard, Jimmy Enabu (7 points) noted. The strong defensive effort was coupled with a fair offense as Canons (6-0) rallied back from a 14 points deficit in the first quarter to a 27-25 lead at halftime powered by Syrus Kiviri who scored 8 of his co-game high 15 points in the period. UCUs solid play continued through the third quarter. The difference was defense. I told them to stay focused on our assignments especially on the defensive end and that it was just the first quarter and we had to understand that there was still a lot of basketball to be played UCUs coach, Nicholas Natuhereza on the games turn around. Forward, James Okello (6 points, 6 rebounds) opened the third quarter with an and1 to take Oilers up 28-27 but only temporarily as big canon, Desmond Owili (6 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks) hit a fade away mid-range jumper near the baseline to ignite UCUs control of a quarter they closed out leading by 10 points through Suudi Ulangas buzzer beater.

City Oilers trimmed UCUs lead to 2 points (43-45) with 4:25 in fourth quarter, Canons missed their two shots on the next couple of possessions and with 3:35, Nziza Rurangira (9 points) nailed a go-ahead trey for Oilers followed by a freebie from Andrew Opio (3points, 10 rebounds). UCUs forward, Martin Okwako (9 points) tied the game at 47 after 25 seconds. A throw from Ivan Lumanyika and another close basket from Okwako took Canons up 50-47. With 53 seconds an offensive foul was called on Syrus Kiviri and Canons were clearly miffed by the call but Ronnie Kalule missed both throws after which UCUs coach, Nicholas Natuhereza called for a time out and on return Oiler, James Okello was sent to line and also missed both throws. UCU got possession and Suudi Ulanga (7 points) drew a foul from Enabu and sunk both resultant shots to seal the game for UCU with 5 seconds to the final buzzer.

City Oilers had the worst game of the season so far - going 18-for-43 inside the arc, 3-for-18 from down town and 12-for-36 on the line. The Oilers dominated the glass out rebounding Canons 60-48 I think there are games that just dont come your way. Lose momentum, miss shots free throws Enabu said. Kami Kabangu led all Oilers scorers with 15 points and 12 rebounds. After going 5-for-6 in the first quarter, the center struggled to get his shot off against the physical defense of Desmond Owili, Ivan Lumanyika and Martin Okwako going 2-for-13 in the last three quarters. Oilers play Warriors next on Wednesday night. We have to go back to the drawing board and be better in the next game. We have to be better against Warriors Enabu vowed.

KIU Rangers meanwhile got their second win against Gladiators to improve to 4-2. Rangers met little resistance from Gladiators (2-5) who only competed in the first quarter and let KIU take charge from the second quarter as they missed their shots. Judith Nansobya and Florence Nanyonga scored 10 points apiece to lead the way for Rangers, Moreen Atulinda added 8 points. Joan Muchiruku paced Gladiators with 10 points, Conneria Atuhaire had 9 rebounds.



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Veteran Myers Is Back Again - by Paul Nilsen

Shawn Myers has agreed to become John Lavery's first official signing as he sets about rebuilding the Cheshire Phoenix's BBL Championship squad.

The seasoned veteran has time and again proved to his doubters that age is just a number. Last season, as the Phoenix was rising from the ashes to preserve the professional status of basketball in the country, Myers' experience and conditioning allowed him to average 10.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, pulling down 213 defensive rebounds in the process.

Speaking about his decision to tip-off his 12th career BBL campaign with the Phoenix Myers said: "I have been through a lot of ups and downs with this club, but last season demonstrated exactly how much this franchise means to the supporters.

"That is exactly the kind of support that an athlete wants. When you are trying to perform at your best you don't need drama, you need to focus on the task at hand and have strong support behind you. That is what the fans here provide.

"With John Lavery and Mike Burton in charge and strong leadership at the helm, I wanted to be a part of what the club is building. I can still deliver on the court and if I can help some of the younger players who come in to adapt to the BBL and become strong players perhaps we can bring success back top this great club. The fans deserve that."

John Lavery said that to retain one of the BBL's most experienced players was a huge boost to his preparations.

"I said at the outset that I came back to win things," he said. "This league is full of wily, experienced campaigners. If you want to be successful, you need to have a player on the court and in training who has that unrivalled knowledge of how those players and teams work. Shawn gives us that edge. No-one has more experience than him plus he can still go out there and give you 20 points and 15 rebounds against players half his age.

"Shawn is the first piece of the puzzle for us. What he brings will mix well with the other players we are looking at and I believe that will make us real contenders for honours this season."



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Cobos scored 34 points for Verdirrojo - by Hector Lopez

The Venezuelan Tulio Cobos (197-PF-86, college: Northeastern St.) scored 34 points and grabbed 23 rebounds leading Verdirrojo to beat Capitol 76-72 during the Metro league 10th round. Cobos scored 11/19 two point sgots and 12/17 free throws and Maximiliano Cervi (198-F-92) added 24 points and 6 rebounds. For Capitol, Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) netted 13 points with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks and Ignacio Cambon (181-PG-92) scored 19 points.
Other results:
Larre Borges 74 - Andres San San Miguel (198-F-82) 18 pts, Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: E.Michigan) 13 pts. 13 reb. 3 blocks
Guruyu Waston 69 - Rodrigo Carvidon (195-F-84) 17 pts. 8 reb. Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) 11 pts 4 reb.
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Marne 61 - Andre Stephens (202-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) 17 pts. 16 reb. Federico Della Mea (F) 14 pts.
Welcome 60 - Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) 25 pts. 5 reb. Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: Two Points, college: Cumberland) 10 pts 14 reb. 3 blocks
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Urunday Universitario 78 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 29 pts 10 reb 2 blocks, Diego Olivera (197-G-84) 13 pts.
Colon 74 - Myles Walker (203-C-90, college: Indiana St.) 16 pts. 5 reb. Nicolas Ibarra (192-F-82) 15 pts. 4 reb.



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Standings - LPB

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

Third Stage: Round 3

Jun. 19: Gigantes - Cocodrilos 76-85
Jun. 19: Bucaneros - Marinos 73-76

Third Stage: Round 4

Jun. 20: Gigantes - Cocodrilos
Jun. 20: Bucaneros - Marinos


Marinos and Cocodrilos victorious at the start of Final Four stage - by Eurobasket News

Marinos and Cocodrilos claimed back-to-back victories at the start of LPB Final Four stage. They overcame Gigantes and Bucaneros respectively.
Marinos cruised to a massive 108:63 win in the first game against Gigantes. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) scored 23 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 6 assists to pace the winners. Axiers Sucre (199-F-78) added 20 points in the victory. Blake Walker (197-F/G-82, college: Portland St.) answered with 10 points for Gigantes. The game next day was a different story. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Axiers Sucre hit a decisive free throw late in regulation to seal a 78:77 victory for Marinos. Leon Rodgers (201-F-80, college: N.Illinois) finished with 19 points, while Robert Battle (204-C-81, college: Drexel) contributed 15 points in the win. Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC) responded with 16 points for Gigantes.
Cocodrilos claimed two close wins over Bucaneros. The first game ended with a 79:76 score in favour of Cocodrilos. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-F-80, college: California) chipped in 21 points to lead the winners. Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) provided 19 points for the hosts. Carlos Cedeno responded with 24 points for Bucaneros. Next game was once again a tight battle. Bucaneros enjoyed a narrow lead late in regulation but Luis Bethelmy sank a jumper with three seconds left to seal an 88:87 victory for Cocodrilos. He finished with 21 points to pace the charge. Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) added 17 points in the win. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Bucaneros. Robert Hornsby (201-F-82, college: Troy) had 21 points in the loss.



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Nymburk renew contract with Radoslav Rancik - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk have decided to keep Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.). The Slovakian power forward signed a new two-year deal with the Czech champions. Last season Radoslav Rancik started with Inter Bratislava. He notched 23.5 points per game in Extraliga. Later he moved to Nymburk. Radoslav Rancik delivered 15.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per VTB League game. He posted 15.1 points, 5.5 boards and 1.1 assist per EuroCup appearance. His stats read also 12.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in NBL. The forward made it into All-Czech Republic League 2nd Team. Radoslav Rancik used to play in France, Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey and Ukraine before. He was named All-Czech Republic League Player of the Year in 2007.


Lokomotiv will not keep Maksim Sheleketo - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban will not keep Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87). The Krasnodar outfit decided to split ways with the forward. Maksim Sheleketo spent four seasons with Lokomotiv. Last season the forward notched 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in PBL. In VTB League Sheleketo averaged 3.8 points and 1.8 rebounds. He also delivered 3.0 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in EuroCup. Previously Maksim Sheleketo had stints with Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu, VEF Riga, CSKA VVS Samara, Kupol-Antey Izhevsk. He earned All-Baltic League Honourable Mention in 2008. Maksim Sheleketo participated at the 2008 Latvian League All-Star Game. He was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Russian National Teams.


Unics Kazan brings back Dmitry Sokolov - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan brings back Dmitry Sokolov (214-C-85) for the next season. The Russian player just quit CSKA.
He managed to play in three leagues this year. In 11 PBL games he had 4.8ppg and 1.5rpg. He helped them to win the league title. Sokolov also played 6 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 1.2ppg and 1.0rpg. He also played 16 games in VTB United League where he recorded 3.1ppg and 1.9rpg. He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship. The last season Sokolov played also at CSKA Moscow. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 8 PBL games he recorded 6.0ppg and 2.4rpg. Sokolov also played 1 game in Euroleague where he had 5 points and 5 rebounds. He also played 6 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.0ppg and 3.5rpg.
Sokolov was also a member of Russian international program for some years. He played for Russian Senior National Team back in 2005 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004. Sokolov represented Russia at the European Championships in Poland four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 2.6rpg.
Sokolov has played previously for four other Russia teams: Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody, Pulkovo, Unics Kazan U23 and Lokomotiv.




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Women News


FIBA Americas U16: Argentina outscore Costa Rica in opener - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U16 - Costa Rica U16 61:41

Argentina opened their FIBA Americas U16 Championship campaign with victory. They dealt with Costa Rica in Cancun to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Sofia Giannini (159-G-97) dropped 16 points to lead the winners.
Costa Rica led by a single point 11:10 ten minutes into the game. Argentina slowly adjusted their tempo. They pulled in front in the second period. Argentina grabbed a 23:20 halftime lead. They limited Costa Rica to only 7 points in the third period to ensure a 10-point buffer before the fourth stanza 37:27. Argentina unloaded 24 points in the final period to cruise to the victory. Rosario De Leon (183-F-97) posted 9 points, while Luciana Delabarba (167-G-97) had 8 points in the win. Paula Mora answered with 11 points for Costa Rica. Daniela Quesada had 9 points in the loss.

Argentina U16: Sofia Giannini 16, Rosario De Leon 9, Luciana Delabarba 8
Costa Rica U16: Paula Mora 11, Daniela Quesada 9



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Emerging Opals outscore Hungary in China - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Hungary 84:76

The Emerging Opals selection celebrated the first victory at the international Four-Nations tournament in Jiangxi province. They overcame the Hungarian National Team behind 19 points from Olivia Thompson (185-F-93). Australia improved at 1-2 record on the tour.
The Emerging Opals grabbed a 24:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Australia maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They secured a 40:31 halftime lead at the interval. Hungary increased the tempo in the third term. The European team managed to narrow the gap at 6-point mark at the final intermission. But the Emerging Opals fired 23 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Lauren Mansfield (170-G-89, college: Iowa St.) delivered 11 points, while Kate Gaze (173-G-90) contributed 10 points for the winners. Reka Balint (182-SF-91) responded with game-high 26 points for Hungary. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) tossed in 9 points in the loss.

Australia: Olivia Thompson 19, Lauren Mansfield 11, Kate Gaze 10
Hungary: Reka Balint 26, Tijana Krivacevic 9



Opals edged out in thriller against China - by Eurobasket News

The Jayco Australian Opals almost made the perfect start to the Brendan Joyce era, going down 69-64 in a thrilling opener of their three-game series against China in Shanxi.

In the first game in charge for recently-appointed Opals Head Coach Joyce, the team featuring debutants Sara Blicavs, Natalie Burton and Kelly Wilson took it to hosts, falling just short of claiming Game One honours.

Co-Captains Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) and Jennifer Screen (180-SF-82) led from the front for the Opals, with Snell scoring a game-high 24 points to go with 7 rebounds, while Screen had 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Joyce said while the result didnt go their way, he saw plenty of positives to take out of the performance ahead of Fridays Game Two.

They battled very hard and Im very proud of their performance, Joyce said.

Its very tough to win in China, especially when youre playing against a full-strength China team, but it was a very tough and very competition effort performance.

We created a lot of problems for China with our style of play. We were able to penetrate and create open looks, but we just didnt knock down our open looks.

I was very pleased with our aggressiveness and on the defensive end we did an excellent job, so to go down to a full-strength China by only five points in the end was a fantastic effort.

It was a fast start from China as the Opals line-up of Marianna Tolo, Cayla Francis, Snell, Screen, and Natalie Hurst worked their way into the contest.

The Chinese lead stood at just four points (16-12) at the first break and was extended to 35-30 at the main interval.

At the restart the home team continued to add to the lead and extended the margin to nine points at the end of the third period.

The Opals came hard at the Chinese in the closing minutes, getting within two points with under three minutes on the clock before late free throws ensured Game One would go to the hosts 69-64.

Game Two will see the Opals travel to Xiyang (400kms south-west of Beijing) eager to level the series.

China 69-64 Jayco Australian Opals
Scorers: Snell 24; Screen, Hurst 10; Francis, Tolo 6; Wilson, Burton 4.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.net.au



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EuroBasket 2013: Serbia outgun Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Belarus 54:48

Serbia claimed the victory at the start of the Second Stage at 2013 EuroBasket. They overcame Belarus to gain 1-2 record in Group F. Belarus fell at 2-1 record. Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) and Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) scored 13 points each to lead the winners.
Serbia were tough defensively in the first half. The Balkan team earned a 14:9 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Serbia secured a 24:19 halftime lead. Serbia extended their lead in the third term. They held Belarus to 13 points in the period and accumulated an 11-point buffer at the final break. Trafimava and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) put Belarus within six with just over a minute remaining. However Ana Dabovic went two from two at the line and sealed the win for the Serbian side. Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) provided 11 points in the victory. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) answered with 12 points for Belarus. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) and Yelena Leuchanka had 8 points each in the loss.

Serbia: Milica Dabovic 13, Ana Dabovic 13, Tamara Radocaj 11
Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 12, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 8, Yelena Leuchanka 8+16 boards



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FIBA Americas U16: The defending champions won their opener - by Eurobasket News

USA U16-Brazil U16 76:20

USA U16 won their opener of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team destroyed Brazil U16 76:20 in Day 1 and proved their ambitions to defend the title this season.
USA U16 erupted with a 24-5 lead in the first period and never looked behind after. They added 24-4 in the second quarter and grabbed a 48:9 lead at the halftime. USA did not decide to slow down and won also both quarters in the second half. The favorites posted a 15-5 surge in the third quarter and finished the game with a 13-6 rally.
Asia Durr (5'11''-G-97) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Katie Samuelson (6'3''-G/F-97) notched 9. Dejanae Boykin (6'2''-F-97) delivered 8, while Lauren Cox (6'4''-F-98) posted 7. Aline De Moura (6'1''-F/C-97) nailed 5 and Wytalla Motta (6'0''-F/C-97) scored 4 points in defeat.
In Day 2 USA will take on Argentina, while Brazil will play against Costa Rica.

USA U16: Asia Durr 20, Katie Samuelson 9, Dejanae Boykin 8, Lauren Cox 7
Brazil U16: Aline De Moura 5, Wytalla Motta 4



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FIBA Americas U16: Canada breeze past Venezuela - by Eurobasket News

Canada U16 - Venezuela U16 94:23

Canada claimed a comprehensive victory on the opening day of the U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico. They thumped Venezuela to gain the lead in Group B. Danielle Garven (185-G/F) tossed in 16 points to lead the winners.
Canada did not waste time firing to a 23:5 lead at the first intermission. The North American team kept Venezuela scoreless in the second period gaining a 47:5 halftime lead. Canada triggered a 31:11 rally in the third term to boost the advantage. They kept Venezuela at bay throughout the fourth frame and coasted to the victory. Hailey Brown (185-F) finished with 11 points and 11 boards, while Lauren Yearwood (191-C) added 11 points for the winning team. Annely Espinoza, Edmari Gil and Laury Garcia (97) answered with 5 points each in the loss.

Canada U16: Danielle Garven 16, Hailey Brown 11+11 boards, Lauren Yearwood 11
Venezuela U16: Annely Espinoza 5, Edmari Gil 5, Laury Garcia 5



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  CHINA   


Opals edged out in thriller against China - by Eurobasket News

The Jayco Australian Opals almost made the perfect start to the Brendan Joyce era, going down 69-64 in a thrilling opener of their three-game series against China in Shanxi.

In the first game in charge for recently-appointed Opals Head Coach Joyce, the team featuring debutants Sara Blicavs, Natalie Burton and Kelly Wilson took it to hosts, falling just short of claiming Game One honours.

Co-Captains Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) and Jennifer Screen (180-SF-82) led from the front for the Opals, with Snell scoring a game-high 24 points to go with 7 rebounds, while Screen had 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Joyce said while the result didnt go their way, he saw plenty of positives to take out of the performance ahead of Fridays Game Two.

They battled very hard and Im very proud of their performance, Joyce said.

Its very tough to win in China, especially when youre playing against a full-strength China team, but it was a very tough and very competition effort performance.

We created a lot of problems for China with our style of play. We were able to penetrate and create open looks, but we just didnt knock down our open looks.

I was very pleased with our aggressiveness and on the defensive end we did an excellent job, so to go down to a full-strength China by only five points in the end was a fantastic effort.

It was a fast start from China as the Opals line-up of Marianna Tolo, Cayla Francis, Snell, Screen, and Natalie Hurst worked their way into the contest.

The Chinese lead stood at just four points (16-12) at the first break and was extended to 35-30 at the main interval.

At the restart the home team continued to add to the lead and extended the margin to nine points at the end of the third period.

The Opals came hard at the Chinese in the closing minutes, getting within two points with under three minutes on the clock before late free throws ensured Game One would go to the hosts 69-64.

Game Two will see the Opals travel to Xiyang (400kms south-west of Beijing) eager to level the series.

China 69-64 Jayco Australian Opals
Scorers: Snell 24; Screen, Hurst 10; Francis, Tolo 6; Wilson, Burton 4.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.net.au



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  COSTA RICA   


Costa Rican U16 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Paula Mora
Mora
Meilyn Herrera
Herrera
Daniela Quesada
Quesada
Kathylee Pinnock
Pinnock
Genesis Gaitan
Gaitan
#e#5
4 Priscila Fernandez 160-SG-97
5 Viviana Alfaro 165-SF-97
6 Cristy Watson 170-PF-98
7 Maria Alfaro 163-SG-99
8 Paula Mora 169-SF-97
9 Meilyn Herrera 185-SF-97
10 Daniela Quesada 167-SG-97
11 Lindey Carvajal 170-PF-97
12 Kathylee Pinnock 163-SG-98
13 Genesis Gaitan 174-PF-98
14 Rebeca Retana 173-SF-97

Jimmy Garcia Head Coach Barva Costa Rica
Jose Alberto Acuna Assistant Coopenae-USJ Costa Rica



FIBA Americas U16: Argentina outscore Costa Rica in opener - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U16 - Costa Rica U16 61:41

Argentina opened their FIBA Americas U16 Championship campaign with victory. They dealt with Costa Rica in Cancun to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Sofia Giannini (159-G-97) dropped 16 points to lead the winners.
Costa Rica led by a single point 11:10 ten minutes into the game. Argentina slowly adjusted their tempo. They pulled in front in the second period. Argentina grabbed a 23:20 halftime lead. They limited Costa Rica to only 7 points in the third period to ensure a 10-point buffer before the fourth stanza 37:27. Argentina unloaded 24 points in the final period to cruise to the victory. Rosario De Leon (183-F-97) posted 9 points, while Luciana Delabarba (167-G-97) had 8 points in the win. Paula Mora answered with 11 points for Costa Rica. Daniela Quesada had 9 points in the loss.

Argentina U16: Sofia Giannini 16, Rosario De Leon 9, Luciana Delabarba 8
Costa Rica U16: Paula Mora 11, Daniela Quesada 9



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  CROATIA   


EuroBasket 2013: Croatia dominates the second half, still losses short to France - by Eurobasket News

Croatia-France 70:78

Croatia dominates the second half, still losses short to France in the last game of the first Day in the Second Stage. The hosts led 24 points at the halftime but escaped with only 79:70 win.
France started the game with a 23-10 and easily controlled the game. They added 20-9 surge in the second period and enjoyed a 43:19 halftime advantage. Croatia however showed that it was possible to play against the favorites of the campaign. They fully dominated the second half and won both quarters. Croatia posted a 30-22 lead in the third period and finished the game with a 21-13 burst. Marija Rezan (198-C-89), Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) and Ciglar closed the game at 78:70.
Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Emmeline Ndongue (192-C-83) notched 10. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) delivered 9, whilst Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F-91, college: Maryland) and Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) had 8 each. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) replied with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Marija Rezan and Antonija Misura nailed 11 each. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) and Emanuela Salopek (178-SG-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) followed them with 7 points each in a loss.

Croatia: Ana Lelas 18, Marija Rezan 11, Antonija Misura 11, Jelena Ivezic 7, Emanuela Salopek 7
France: Edwige Lawson-Wade 12, Emmeline Ndongue 10, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 9, Diandra Tchatchouang 8, Celine Dumerc 8



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


EuroBasket 2013: Czech Republic shoot down Great Britain - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Great Britain 66:55

Czech Republic opened the EuroBasket 2013 Second Stage with victory. They overcame Great Britain in Vendespace to gain 2-1 record in Group F. Great Britain fell at 1-2 record. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) came up with 20 points to pace the winners.
Great Britain opened the game on a 7:2 run but Czech Republic gradually adjusted their game. Bortelova and Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) made it 17:13 for the Czech team at the first break. Czech Republic opened the second period with four points in a row to boost their lead. They arrived at halftime up by 9 points 32:23. Great Britain could not get within striking distance throughout the third period. They trailed by as many as 11 points heading into the fourth frame 36:47. Michaela Zrustova made it 14-point game with a three-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter. Great Britain could not get closer than 8 points in the reminder of the period and had to surrender at the end. Tereza Peckova finished with 11 points, while Ilona Burgrova (194-C-84, college: S.Carolina) posted 10 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) answered with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Great Britain. Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Michaela Zrustova 20, Tereza Peckova 11, Ilona Burgrova 10
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 20, Kimberly Butler 12



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Women)

Standings
Group E
1. Spain2-0
2. Turkey2-0
3. Italy1-1
4. Montenegro.1-1
5. Slovakia0-2
6. Sweden0-2
Group F
1. France3-0
2. Belarus2-1
3. Czech Rep.2-1
4. U.Kingdom1-2
5. Serbia1-2
6. Croatia0-3
Group Places 13-16
1. Lithuania1-2
2. Russia1-2
3. Ukraine0-3
4. Latvia0-3

Second Stage: Round 1

E

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

F

Jun. 19: CRO - FRA 70-78
Jun. 19: CZE - ENG 66-55
Jun. 19: SRB - BLR 54-48


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Jelena DUBLJEVIC
  MNT
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Dubljevic, USK P.20.3 
 2. Torrens, Galatasa.19.7 
 3. Eldebrink, Rivas E.15.0 
 4. Leedham, Bourges14.8 
 5. Petronyte, Antakya14.7 
 6. Iagupova, L.Angele.14.7 
 7. Lyttle, Atlanta D.14.7 
 8. Zrustova, USK Pra.14.5 
 9. Prince, Chicago S.14.0 
 10. Sottana, Familia14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.12.7 
 2. Leuchanka, Atlan.9.3 
 3. Petronyte, Antakya8.0 
 4. Ress, Lucca7.7 
 5. Dubljevic, USK P.7.3 
 6. Leedham, Bourges7.3 
 7. Jurcenkova, IMOS7.0 
 8. Kulichova, Good A.7.0 
 9. Paugaite, Charlevi.7.0 
 10. Yacoubou-D., Fene.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Isil ALBEN
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Alben, Galatasaray5.3 
 2. Vardarli, Fener.5.3 
 3. Skerovic, USK Praha4.3 
 4. Leedham, Bourges3.8 
 5. Bortelova, DSK K.3.8 
 6. Dubljevic, USK P.3.7 
 7. Palau, USK Praha3.3 
 8. Ciglar, Novi Zagreb3.3 
 9. Eldebrink, Rivas E.3.0 
 10. Lawson-Wade, Lat.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Isil ALBEN
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Alben, Galatasaray2.3 
 2. Dabovic, Dynamo M.2.3 
 3. Belyakova, Spartak2.0 
 4. Petronyte, Antakya2.0 
 5. Skerovic, USK Praha2.0 
 6. Kupcikova, Good A.2.0 
 7. Yacoubou-D., Fener.2.0 
 8. Ciglar, Novi Zagreb1.8 
 9. Leedham, Bourges1.8 
 10. Bortelova, DSK K.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  CZE
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kulichova, Good A.2.5 
 2. Veremeenko, Fener.2.5 
 3. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.0 
 4. Ress, Lucca1.7 
 5. Burgrova, USK Praha1.5 
 6. Jurcenkova, IMOS1.0 
 7. Petronyte, Antakya1.0 
 8. Brumermane, Bacsb.1.0 
 9. Miyem, Bourges1.0 
 10. Paugaite, Charlev.1.0 



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  FRANCE   


EuroBasket 2013: Croatia dominates the second half, still losses short to France - by Eurobasket News

Croatia-France 70:78

Croatia dominates the second half, still losses short to France in the last game of the first Day in the Second Stage. The hosts led 24 points at the halftime but escaped with only 79:70 win.
France started the game with a 23-10 and easily controlled the game. They added 20-9 surge in the second period and enjoyed a 43:19 halftime advantage. Croatia however showed that it was possible to play against the favorites of the campaign. They fully dominated the second half and won both quarters. Croatia posted a 30-22 lead in the third period and finished the game with a 21-13 burst. Marija Rezan (198-C-89), Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) and Ciglar closed the game at 78:70.
Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Emmeline Ndongue (192-C-83) notched 10. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) delivered 9, whilst Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F-91, college: Maryland) and Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) had 8 each. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) replied with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Marija Rezan and Antonija Misura nailed 11 each. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) and Emanuela Salopek (178-SG-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) followed them with 7 points each in a loss.

Croatia: Ana Lelas 18, Marija Rezan 11, Antonija Misura 11, Jelena Ivezic 7, Emanuela Salopek 7
France: Edwige Lawson-Wade 12, Emmeline Ndongue 10, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 9, Diandra Tchatchouang 8, Celine Dumerc 8



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  GERMANY   


Jessica Miller remains with Bamberg - by Eurobasket News

Jessica Miller (173-G-88, college: Ill.-Chicago) remains with Bamberg for the next season. The American player will enter her 4th straight season with the team.
In 23 2.Bundesliga games she recorded 11.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg last season. She became German 2.Bundesliga Group South Regular Season Champion -12 and made it into Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South 2nd Team -12.
The last season Miller played also at Don Bosco Bamberg (2.Bundesliga) in German league. In 21 games she averaged 14.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.3spg. She helped them to win the group title. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South 2nd Team.
Miller graduated from University of Illinois-Chicago in 2010 and it is her third season in pro basketball.
Bamberg finished the Regular Season with 8-14 record last year.



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  HUNGARY   


Hungary lose two in China - by Eurobasket News

Hungarian National Team are currently on a tour of China. They played two exhibition encounters already. Hungary faced hosting China in the first game. The hosts grabbed a comfortable 27:13 lead at the end of the first quarter. Hungary bounced back with a 19:10 second period. But China were back in control in the second half. They fired 48 points after the big break and claimed an 85:71 victory at the end. Huang Hongpin (196-C-89) stepped up with 17 points for China. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) answered with 17 points for Hungary. Katalin Honti (177-G-87) netted 14 points, while Lakloth added 10 points in the loss.
Next Hungary faced the NetScouts USA All-Stars selection. And once again the European side lost at the end. Tijana Krivacevic stepped up with 22 points for Hungary but could not prevent the loss 86:98. Hungary led by 5 points at halftime 50:45. But NetScouts All-Stars held their opponents to 16 points in the third term to jump in front. The North American team fired 31 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Aulani Sinclair (185-F-90) dropped 22 points to pace the winners. Katalin Honti netted 16 points for Hungary.



Emerging Opals outscore Hungary in China - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Hungary 84:76

The Emerging Opals selection celebrated the first victory at the international Four-Nations tournament in Jiangxi province. They overcame the Hungarian National Team behind 19 points from Olivia Thompson (185-F-93). Australia improved at 1-2 record on the tour.
The Emerging Opals grabbed a 24:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Australia maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They secured a 40:31 halftime lead at the interval. Hungary increased the tempo in the third term. The European team managed to narrow the gap at 6-point mark at the final intermission. But the Emerging Opals fired 23 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Lauren Mansfield (170-G-89, college: Iowa St.) delivered 11 points, while Kate Gaze (173-G-90) contributed 10 points for the winners. Reka Balint (182-SF-91) responded with game-high 26 points for Hungary. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) tossed in 9 points in the loss.

Australia: Olivia Thompson 19, Lauren Mansfield 11, Kate Gaze 10
Hungary: Reka Balint 26, Tijana Krivacevic 9



PINKK-Pecsi 424 announced Serbian Tijana Ajdukovic - by Eurobasket News

PINKK-Pecsi 424 announced Serbian Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91, agency: Regeneracom Sports) for 2013/2014 season. The player will come from Lavezzini Parma.
In 24 games she recorded 5.3ppg and 4.7rpg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season Ajdukovic played at ZKK Vrsac (1 ZLS) in Serbian league. In 7 games she averaged 13.1ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.1apg. She also played 18 games in Adriatic League where she averaged 13.7ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.1bpg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Ajdukovic played in the final of Serbian League for three years in a row (between 2010 and 2012). She received also Eurobasket.com All-MZRKL Honorable Mention award in 2012.
Ajdukovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2010 and previously for U16 National Team back in 2007. Ajdukovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Serbia two years ago. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 9 games: 9.0ppg, 7.9rpg, Blocks-2 (1.7bpg), FGP: 39.1%, FT: 61.4%.



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  KOSOVO   


Sekerspor of Turkey will visit Kosovo in a few days - by Onur Decani

Women's basketball team Sekerspor from Ankara, Turkey ; will be visiting Kosovo in a few days.
Women players born 98-99-00 will be mostly part of them. The team from the capital city of Turkey is going to stay a few days in Kosovo, starting from the 30th of June.
They will held a training camp and play a several friendly matches with Kosovan Women Basketball Teams. Finally, a match with the Kosovo Women's U-15 is on their schedule.




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  MEXICO   


FIBA Americas U16: Mexico overcame Puerto Rico in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico U16-Mexico U16 59:67

Mexico overcame Puerto Rico in Day 1 of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Mexico posted a 67:59 win and started with a 1-0 record.
Mexico pulled a 20-14 lead in the first period and dominated the first half. They added a 15-9 rally in the second frame for 35:23 at the halftime. Puerto Rico was however too far to give up and replied with a 20-12 burst in the third period. Mexico meanwhile finished the game with a 20-16 rally and sealed a victory in the opener.
Ortiz Nayeli stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Telles Celilly nailed 9. Huidobro Jusseth, Mazzocco Viridiana and Mazzocco Carmelina poured in 8 points each. Lyanne Liciaga answered with 19 points in the losing effort, while Patricia Nieves (97) had 14. Perez Giolibeth added 10, while Gileysa Penzo (97) brought 8.

Puerto Rico U16: Lyanne Liciaga 19, Patricia Nieves 14, Perez Giolibeth 10, Gileysa Penzo 8
Mexico U16: Ortiz Nayeli 20, Telles Celilly 9, Huidobro Jusseth 8, Mazzocco Viridiana 8, Mazzocco Carmelina 8



Mexican Women U16 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Paulina Rodriguez
Rodriguez
Nayeli Ortiz
Ortiz
Celilly Telles
Telles
Viridiana Mazzocco
Mazzocco
Carmelina Mazzocco
Mazzocco
#e#5
4 Carlota Martin 160-PG-98
5 Ornella Rivera 168-PG-99
6 Diana Villalobos 168-SG-98
7 Paulina Rodriguez 174-SG-98
8 Dennis Castillo 168-SG-98
9 Rosemy Martinez 160-SG-98
10 Nayeli Ortiz 174-SF-98
11 Celilly Telles 174-SF-99
12 Jusseth Huidobro 160-SG-97
13 Viridiana Mazzocco 184-PF-97
14 Carmelina Mazzocco 184-PF-97
15 Cinthya Rivas 186-PF-97

Oswaldo Zermeno Head Coach
Dora Meza Assistant



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  NCAA1   


FIBA Americas U16: The defending champions won their opener - by Eurobasket News

USA U16-Brazil U16 76:20

USA U16 won their opener of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team destroyed Brazil U16 76:20 in Day 1 and proved their ambitions to defend the title this season.
USA U16 erupted with a 24-5 lead in the first period and never looked behind after. They added 24-4 in the second quarter and grabbed a 48:9 lead at the halftime. USA did not decide to slow down and won also both quarters in the second half. The favorites posted a 15-5 surge in the third quarter and finished the game with a 13-6 rally.
Asia Durr (5'11''-G-97) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Katie Samuelson (6'3''-G/F-97) notched 9. Dejanae Boykin (6'2''-F-97) delivered 8, while Lauren Cox (6'4''-F-98) posted 7. Aline De Moura (6'1''-F/C-97) nailed 5 and Wytalla Motta (6'0''-F/C-97) scored 4 points in defeat.
In Day 2 USA will take on Argentina, while Brazil will play against Costa Rica.

USA U16: Asia Durr 20, Katie Samuelson 9, Dejanae Boykin 8, Lauren Cox 7
Brazil U16: Aline De Moura 5, Wytalla Motta 4



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  PORTUGAL   

Standings - Women

Liga Feminina Standings
 1. Alges 19-3 
 2. Lombos Quinta 17-5 
 3. CAB Madeira 16-5 
 4. GDESSA 16-6 
 5. AD Vagos 14-7 
 6. Olivais 14-8 
 7. Boa Viagem 12-10 
 8. CDTorres N. 8-14 
 9. Lousada 6-16 
 10. Montijobanda 5-17 
 11. Academico FC 3-19 
 12. Ovarense 2-20 



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  PUERTO RICO   


FIBA Americas U16: Mexico overcame Puerto Rico in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico U16-Mexico U16 59:67

Mexico overcame Puerto Rico in Day 1 of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Mexico posted a 67:59 win and started with a 1-0 record.
Mexico pulled a 20-14 lead in the first period and dominated the first half. They added a 15-9 rally in the second frame for 35:23 at the halftime. Puerto Rico was however too far to give up and replied with a 20-12 burst in the third period. Mexico meanwhile finished the game with a 20-16 rally and sealed a victory in the opener.
Ortiz Nayeli stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Telles Celilly nailed 9. Huidobro Jusseth, Mazzocco Viridiana and Mazzocco Carmelina poured in 8 points each. Lyanne Liciaga answered with 19 points in the losing effort, while Patricia Nieves (97) had 14. Perez Giolibeth added 10, while Gileysa Penzo (97) brought 8.

Puerto Rico U16: Lyanne Liciaga 19, Patricia Nieves 14, Perez Giolibeth 10, Gileysa Penzo 8
Mexico U16: Ortiz Nayeli 20, Telles Celilly 9, Huidobro Jusseth 8, Mazzocco Viridiana 8, Mazzocco Carmelina 8



Puerto Rican Women U16 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Gladyshka Gerena
Gerena
Giolibeth Perez
Perez
Lyanne Liciaga
Liciaga
Patricia Nieves
Nieves
Gileysa Penzo
Penzo
#e#5
4 Nicole Diaz 170-PG-98
5 Gladyshka Gerena 165-PG-97
6 Annelisse Vargas 170-PG-97
7 Ashley Lopez 185-C-98
8 Giolibeth Perez 165-PG-98
9 Lyanne Liciaga 163-SG-97
10 Alondra Cintron 175-SF-98
11 Patricia Nieves 178-C-97
12 Gileysa Penzo 175-SG-97
13 Lizdania Marrero 178-SF-98
14 Genesis Cintron 185-C-98
15 Gianna Rodriguez 175-C-99

Raymond Cintron Head Coach Humacao Puerto Rico
Luis Morillo Assistant



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  SERBIA   


PINKK-Pecsi 424 announced Serbian Tijana Ajdukovic - by Eurobasket News

PINKK-Pecsi 424 announced Serbian Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91, agency: Regeneracom Sports) for 2013/2014 season. The player will come from Lavezzini Parma.
In 24 games she recorded 5.3ppg and 4.7rpg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season Ajdukovic played at ZKK Vrsac (1 ZLS) in Serbian league. In 7 games she averaged 13.1ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.1apg. She also played 18 games in Adriatic League where she averaged 13.7ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.1bpg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Ajdukovic played in the final of Serbian League for three years in a row (between 2010 and 2012). She received also Eurobasket.com All-MZRKL Honorable Mention award in 2012.
Ajdukovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2010 and previously for U16 National Team back in 2007. Ajdukovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Serbia two years ago. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 9 games: 9.0ppg, 7.9rpg, Blocks-2 (1.7bpg), FGP: 39.1%, FT: 61.4%.



EuroBasket 2013: Serbia outgun Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Belarus 54:48

Serbia claimed the victory at the start of the Second Stage at 2013 EuroBasket. They overcame Belarus to gain 1-2 record in Group F. Belarus fell at 2-1 record. Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) and Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) scored 13 points each to lead the winners.
Serbia were tough defensively in the first half. The Balkan team earned a 14:9 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Serbia secured a 24:19 halftime lead. Serbia extended their lead in the third term. They held Belarus to 13 points in the period and accumulated an 11-point buffer at the final break. Trafimava and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) put Belarus within six with just over a minute remaining. However Ana Dabovic went two from two at the line and sealed the win for the Serbian side. Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) provided 11 points in the victory. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) answered with 12 points for Belarus. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) and Yelena Leuchanka had 8 points each in the loss.

Serbia: Milica Dabovic 13, Ana Dabovic 13, Tamara Radocaj 11
Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 12, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 8, Yelena Leuchanka 8+16 boards



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  SLOVAKIA   


Nova Ves brings in Miriama Mackulinova - by Eurobasket News

Nova Ves brings in Miriama Mackulinova (175-G-91) for the next season. The 22-year old Miriama Mackulinova will move from BKZ Levice.
In 8 1.Liga games she had 6.4ppg last season. Earlier she played at VSE Praha (ZBL) in Czech Republic league. In 7 games she recorded 8.0ppg and 1.6rpg. She also played at MBK Ruzomberok (A Division) earlier that season. But in 9 games she recorded just 0.7ppg and 1.0rpg. Mackulinova also played 2 games in Eurocup but she did not score anything. The other team she played shortly was BK SOUZ Cassovia Kosice (previous name Cassovia K.). In 5 Extraliga games she recorded 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg.
The season 2010/2011 Mackulinova played at BK UMB 08 Banska Bystrica (2.Liga). In 21 games she recorded 8.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.7spg.
In 2009-10 season she played at BK PU Bemaco Presov (1.Liga). In 14 games she recorded 4.6ppg and 1.3rpg. She helped them to make it to the final. Mackulinova won Slovakian Extraliga championship title in 2009. She represented Slovakia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Kavadarci (FYR Macedonia) three years ago. Mackulinova's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 6 games: 1.0ppg, 1.3rpg.



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Kelly Schumacher joins Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News

Kelly Schumacher (195-C-77, college: Connecticut) will continue her career in Spain. She signed a deal with Rivas Ecopolis. Kelly Schumacher was last seen in Greece. played for Paleo Faliro Pireus in 2009/10 season. Her stats read 13.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game in A1. Then the centre made three season pause before deciding to resume her career. Kelly Schumacher is not new to Spain. She played for Burgos and Universitat de Barcelona. Kelly Schumacher became LFB champion back in 2006. She made it into All-Spanish LFB 2nd Team that season. Kelly Schumacher also had stints in Russia, South Korea and WNBA.


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Canik Belediyesi signs Dilara Tongar - by Eurobasket News

Canik Belediyesi signs Dilara Tongar (169-G-91) for 2013/2014 season. The 22-year old guard will move from Homend Antakya Belediyesi
Last season she started for Homend Antakya Belediyesi (TKBL) and in EuroCup averaged 1.7ppg. She also spent the majority of the season with Sirince (TKB2L, starting five) and had high 15.1ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-2 (6.3apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 66.7%.
Her team made it to the TBBL Semifinals in 2008. Tongar represented Turkey at the European Championships U18 in Sodertalje (Sweden) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.7ppg, 1.2spg.
Tongar has started her career in 2007-2008 for Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor (TBBL). That year she averaged 3.4ppg. In 2008-2009 for Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor (TBBL) her stats read 0.8ppg.



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EuroBasket 2013: Czech Republic shoot down Great Britain - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Great Britain 66:55

Czech Republic opened the EuroBasket 2013 Second Stage with victory. They overcame Great Britain in Vendespace to gain 2-1 record in Group F. Great Britain fell at 1-2 record. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) came up with 20 points to pace the winners.
Great Britain opened the game on a 7:2 run but Czech Republic gradually adjusted their game. Bortelova and Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) made it 17:13 for the Czech team at the first break. Czech Republic opened the second period with four points in a row to boost their lead. They arrived at halftime up by 9 points 32:23. Great Britain could not get within striking distance throughout the third period. They trailed by as many as 11 points heading into the fourth frame 36:47. Michaela Zrustova made it 14-point game with a three-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter. Great Britain could not get closer than 8 points in the reminder of the period and had to surrender at the end. Tereza Peckova finished with 11 points, while Ilona Burgrova (194-C-84, college: S.Carolina) posted 10 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) answered with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Great Britain. Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Michaela Zrustova 20, Tereza Peckova 11, Ilona Burgrova 10
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 20, Kimberly Butler 12



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FIBA Americas U16: Canada breeze past Venezuela - by Eurobasket News

Canada U16 - Venezuela U16 94:23

Canada claimed a comprehensive victory on the opening day of the U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico. They thumped Venezuela to gain the lead in Group B. Danielle Garven (185-G/F) tossed in 16 points to lead the winners.
Canada did not waste time firing to a 23:5 lead at the first intermission. The North American team kept Venezuela scoreless in the second period gaining a 47:5 halftime lead. Canada triggered a 31:11 rally in the third term to boost the advantage. They kept Venezuela at bay throughout the fourth frame and coasted to the victory. Hailey Brown (185-F) finished with 11 points and 11 boards, while Lauren Yearwood (191-C) added 11 points for the winning team. Annely Espinoza, Edmari Gil and Laury Garcia (97) answered with 5 points each in the loss.

Canada U16: Danielle Garven 16, Hailey Brown 11+11 boards, Lauren Yearwood 11
Venezuela U16: Annely Espinoza 5, Edmari Gil 5, Laury Garcia 5



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 18: Seattle S. - Washington M. 96-86 OT
Jun. 19: Phoenix M. - Minnesota L. 69-80
Jun. 20: Tulsa S. - Chicago S.


Fever's Katie Douglas to miss several more weeks - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Fever announced today that guard Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) will be sidelined for several additional weeks because of a bulging disc in her lower back. Additional testing revealed the need for therapy and rest, according to a club news release. The defending WNBA champions are 1-5 with a five-game losing streak, including the past three games without Douglas. Douglas, 34, is the fourth Fever player who will have a prolonged absence because of injury.
Also out are:
Jessica Davenport (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.) (left tibia stress fracture).
Erin Phillips (5'8''-PG-85) (torn meniscus).
Jeanette Pohlen (6'0''-G-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) (torn left anterior cruciate ligament).
Fever rookie Layshia Clarendon (5'9''-G-91, college: California) missed Sundays loss at Washington because of a sprained ankle but is expected to play in Saturdays game against Chicago at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Courtesy of: indystar.com