EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/21/2013 4:04:01 AM

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  ABA   



Oakland County Cowboys move to Canada - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that the Oakland County Cowboys which played last season in the Detroit metro area has moved to Grande Prairie in Alberta, Canada joining the Calgary Crush as the second ABA team in the province.
"This is a great move," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "The Calgary Crush have been doing a tremendous job as our only Canadian team and went undefeated during the regular season this past year. The support they've received is outstanding - so Giovanni Rogers, the owner of the Grand Prairie Cowboys, certainly has a tough act to follow. Knowing Giovanni, he is definitely up to the challenge."
"It came down to Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie," added Rogers. "Grand Prairie had everything for what I wanted to do. You have the facilities, a very good basketball fan base, an excellent college league...we are looking for a crowd of people that enjoy the sport of basketball. Most ABA owners try being somewhere where we can plant a seed and Grande Prairie seemed like the best place to be to do that and be successful."
"Although the Calgary Crush play in a city of more than a million people,:" said Salman Rashidian , owner of the Calgary Crush," the prospect of playing in a city the size of Grand Prairie is appealing because of its size. I think small markets work because people don't have that much to do..and if you have local players, then all of their family and relatives come out and support them."
Rogers plans on a roster of both Canadian and American players with tryouts scheduled shortly. "Our season will begin in mid-November so we have a lot to do and not much time to do it," concluded Rogers.
For more information, email giovanni44@hotmail.com , or visit www.grandprairiecowboys.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/GPCOWBOYS44 or email grandprairiecowboys@hotmail.com



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Dragan Bajic left Igokea - by Igor Obradovic

Dragan Bajic , who was the first coach of KK Igokea announce today that he is not coach in Igokea anymore.

"I don't stay at the club, from now one i'm free coach" - Bajic says for "Glas Srpske".
Dragan Bajic win Cup and national championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina with Igokea, play final four of Adriatic league (finish on first posistion in Adriatic league) and provide Euroleague qualifications for his, now, former team.



Mega Vizura in Smederevo - by Igor Obradovic

In last few days there was been rumors about Mega Vizura moving out from playing in Krusevac and finding new home for the Adriatic league season.

Finally, decision is made and Mega Vizura will be playing Adriatic league in Smederevo, because in Adriatic league cannot be more than two teams from the same city.
Mega Vizura played some of their games in Serbia Super league in Krusevac, but after a further inspection it was found that the Hall in Krusevac is not eligible to play games in the Adriatic league.
Smederevo Hall was build in 2009 for Universiade and is in a great condition and have capacity of 3.000.



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  ARGENTINA   


Flamengo may land Nicolas Laprovittola, ex Lanus - by Eurobasket News

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (NBB) is close to add to their roster 23-year old Argentinian international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (187-90) who recently played for Lanus Buenos Aires in Argentina. In 54 LigaA games he recorded 10.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg this season. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The last season Laprovittola played also at Lanus (LigaA) in Argentinian league. In 48 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Honorable Mention.
He has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Laprovittola has regularly played for since 2011 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009. He represented Argentina at the South American Championships in Chaco (Argentina) last year. Laprovittola's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 5 games: 8.2ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.2apg), FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%.
On Laprovittola: A very talented PG, has great shooting range and scoring ability. Has an high basketball IQ, personality and court vision. Can defend hard, and can yet quarterback senior teams with success. Huge upside, even at top level.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRALIA   


Joe Ingles and Nathan Jawai finished the successful season in Spain - by Eurobasket News

Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) and Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) finished the successful season in Spain with FCB Regal and scored 23 points in the last game. Real Madrid however claimed the Liga Endesa title. They overcame FCB Regal 79:71 in the decisive fifth game of the championship series. Rudy Fernandez 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 and Joe Ingles 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 delivered 14 points, while Tremmell Darden provided 13 points in the win. Joe Ingles answered with 25 points for FCB Regal. Sarunas Jasikevicius had 23 points in the losing case.
In 2012-2013 for FCB Regal (Spain-ACB) Joe Ingles averaged 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 78.6% in Euroleague. Nathan Jawai had 7.1ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP-2 (69.7%), FT: 71.0%.



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  AZERBAIJAN   


Jaycee Carroll tastes Spanish Gold - by Eurobasket News

Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) tastes Spanish Gold as his Real Madrid claimed the Liga Endesa title. They overcame FCB Regal 79:71 in the decisive fifth game of the championship series. Rudy Fernandez 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 and Joe Ingles 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 delivered 14 points, while Tremmell Darden provided 13 points in the win. Joe Ingles answered with 25 points for FCB Regal. Sarunas Jasikevicius had 23 points in the losing case.
The naturalized Azerbaijani Jaycee Carroll averaged 11.9ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 88.4% in Euroleague and in Spanish League had 10.4 points per game.



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  BELARUS   


Donaldas Kairys takes over Tsmoki Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki Minsk announced the name of their new head coach. They agreed on terms of contract with Donaldas Kairys . The deal is meant for one season. The Lithuanian specialist will replace Andrei Krivonos on the bench. Andrei Krivonos is reportedly staying as assistant coach with the team. Donaldasy Kairys has lately worked in Ukraine. He guided DnirpoAzot. Previously Kairys also guided ASK Riga. He led the team to the Bronze medals in LBL. Donaldas Kairys also worked as assistant coach with Khimky, Lietuvos Rytas, CSKA Moscow and the Missouri University. The specialist has been assistant coach with the Lithuanian National Team since 2006.


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  BELGIUM   


VOO Verviers-Pepinster announced American Ralph Biggs - by Eurobasket News

VOO Verviers-Pepinster announced American Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) for 2013/2014 season. The 37-year old naturalized American forward leaves the forces of Port of Antwerp Giants.
In 29 Ethias League games he averaged 8.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg last season. Biggs also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 11.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. The previous season he played also at Antwerp Giants. In 32 Ethias League games he had 6.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Biggs also played 11 games in EuroChallenge where he had 5.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Domestic Players 1st Team award back in 2007.




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  BRAZIL   


Flamengo may land Nicolas Laprovittola, ex Lanus - by Eurobasket News

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (NBB) is close to add to their roster 23-year old Argentinian international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (187-90) who recently played for Lanus Buenos Aires in Argentina. In 54 LigaA games he recorded 10.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg this season. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The last season Laprovittola played also at Lanus (LigaA) in Argentinian league. In 48 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Honorable Mention.
He has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Laprovittola has regularly played for since 2011 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009. He represented Argentina at the South American Championships in Chaco (Argentina) last year. Laprovittola's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 5 games: 8.2ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.2apg), FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%.
On Laprovittola: A very talented PG, has great shooting range and scoring ability. Has an high basketball IQ, personality and court vision. Can defend hard, and can yet quarterback senior teams with success. Huge upside, even at top level.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Paulistano recruit Hatila Passos - by Eurobasket News

Paulistano are ready to announce their first newcomer. Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) will don Paulistano jersey in the next season. Last season Hatila Passos started with Hebraica Macabi. He tallied 14.7 points, 11.3 boards and 1.0 assist per game in LUB. In Liga Sudamericana his stats read 10.3 points, 12.3 boards per appearance. In April Hatila Passos moved to Venezuela to join Trotamundos de Carabobo. His stats read 6.5 points, 6.2 rebounds per appearance. The centre was named into All-Uruguay LUB 2nd Team. Hatila Passos used to play for Uberlandia in Brazil. The centre was named All-Uruguay LUB Centre of the Year in 2011.


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  CANADA   


Oakland County Cowboys move to Canada - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that the Oakland County Cowboys which played last season in the Detroit metro area has moved to Grande Prairie in Alberta, Canada joining the Calgary Crush as the second ABA team in the province.
"This is a great move," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "The Calgary Crush have been doing a tremendous job as our only Canadian team and went undefeated during the regular season this past year. The support they've received is outstanding - so Giovanni Rogers, the owner of the Grand Prairie Cowboys, certainly has a tough act to follow. Knowing Giovanni, he is definitely up to the challenge."
"It came down to Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie," added Rogers. "Grand Prairie had everything for what I wanted to do. You have the facilities, a very good basketball fan base, an excellent college league...we are looking for a crowd of people that enjoy the sport of basketball. Most ABA owners try being somewhere where we can plant a seed and Grande Prairie seemed like the best place to be to do that and be successful."
"Although the Calgary Crush play in a city of more than a million people,:" said Salman Rashidian , owner of the Calgary Crush," the prospect of playing in a city the size of Grand Prairie is appealing because of its size. I think small markets work because people don't have that much to do..and if you have local players, then all of their family and relatives come out and support them."
Rogers plans on a roster of both Canadian and American players with tryouts scheduled shortly. "Our season will begin in mid-November so we have a lot to do and not much time to do it," concluded Rogers.
For more information, email giovanni44@hotmail.com , or visit www.grandprairiecowboys.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/GPCOWBOYS44 or email grandprairiecowboys@hotmail.com



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  CHINA   


International Competition between China and USA - by Robert Wang

The USA Women All-Stars edged host China 68-67 to win the first leg of their China tour last night. Chelsea Hopkins was fouled with eight seconds left and made one of two free throws to give the USA a one-point lead. A non-shooting foul was called on the USA with 2.7 seconds left giving China one last chance. However, a jumper from the wing hit the back of the rim and the USA escaped with the win.
The USA was ahead much of the first half and took a 39-33 lead into the halftime break. They extended the lead to 51-41 on a three-pointer from Aulani Sinclair. China then mounted a comeback, tying the game at 63 and then taking a 65-63 lead on a jumper from 66 Hongpin Huang. thina maintained a two-point lead at 67-65 when Alexis Gray-Lawson was fouled and made both foul shots to tie the game. The USA then came up with a steal bur couldnt convert on a lay-up and three consecutive offensive rebounds. China missed a three-pointer before Hopkins made her shot to give the USA their final lead.
The USA had a +9 rebound advantage in the contest, their third straight game in which their rebounding played an important part in the win. Neither team shot well from the floor. China connected on only 34% on two-pointers while the USA shot only 38% on two-pointers. Both teams shot 25% from long distance.
Aulani Sinclair led a balanced scoring American squad with 11 points. 63 Xiaoyu Sun led China with 17 points on perfect 8-of-8 shooting from the charity stripe.



Chinese NBL round 11 best performance: Craig Smith - by Eurobasket News

American forward Craig Smith (201-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Hong Kong, receiving a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Hebei S. (#10, 0-11), the league's bottom-ranked team 95-88. Hong Kong is placed at 2nd position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hong Kong will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. Smith just recently signed at Hong Kong, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Boston College star has very solid stats this year. Smith is league's best scorer averaging so far 32.5ppg. Smith is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 14.3rpg) and averages impressive 61.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young QinShuo Deng (205-F-92) of Nanjin Army. Deng had a very good evening with 34 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Nanjin Army to edge slightly higher-ranked Heilongjiang (#7, 5-6) 105-99. Nanjin Army's 8th position in the standings has not changed. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Nanjin Army managed to get this year. Deng is one of the most experienced players at Nanjin Army and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Bryan Davis (206-F-86, agency: N.E.T.) of Jiang Xi (#9). Davis scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Davis' great performance Jiang Xi lost 80-90 to the higher-ranked Changsha Bank (#6, 7-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jiang Xi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Davis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Davis has a very solid season. In 2 games in China he scored 28.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hilton Armstrong (210-C/F-84) of Changsha Bank - 23 points and 8 rebounds
5. Othello Hunter (203-F-86) of Jiangsu TX - 29 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
6. XiaoDong Chen (207-C-86) of Sichuan BW - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Hassan Whiteside (213-C/F-89) of Sichuan BW - 22 points and 13 rebounds
8. Chao Tian (183-G-89) of Guangzhou L. - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Shawne Williams (206-F-86) of Guangzhou L. - 10 points and 15 rebounds
10. Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83) of Heilongjiang - 15 points and 11 rebounds

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



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  DENMARK   


Denmark win U20 Nordic Championship of Men - by Christian Hamborg

Denmark took home the gold medal at the U20 Nordic Championship of Men by winning all three games against Sweden, Finland and Estonia.

In the first game of the tournament coach Almir Zeco and Denmark won a close game against Sweden 70-69. The Danish side outrebounded the Swedish National team by 46-30 including 15 offensive reobunds. It was a cluth peformance by Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) that saved the game. Jonas Zohore Bergstedt (210-C-91) was the leading scorer with 16 points while Shavon Shields (198-G) and Peter Moller (190-G-94) had 9 points each. The Danish team also saw a solid performance by Frederik Rungby (199-F-93)y who had 6 points and 9 rebounds (5 offensive) and Jacob Jensen (211-C-94) who had 8 points and 9 reobunds in only 15 minutes of play!

In the next game the Danes won by 88-82 defeating the hosts Finland. Again Frederik Rungbyy had a very solid performance with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Thomas Laerke and Shavon Shields chipped in with 14 points each and Jonas Zohore Bergstedt had 15 points in 15 minutes of play! Also Esben Reinholt (195-G-93) made a solid contribution with 11 points and 5 steals.

In the third and final game Denmark won a double overtime game against Estonia. Especially Peter Moller had an amazing game with a game.high 26 points and 5 rebounds. Esben Reinholt had 20 points and Shavon Shields had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds! Also Gabriel Lundberg (188-G-94) had a nice game with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

The following players played for the Danish U20 National Team at the Nordic Championship:

Adam Holm-Weber (185-PG-94)
Esben Reinholt
Peter Moller
Gabriel Lundberg
Christian Benzon (190-G-93)
Kristoffer Gertz (193-G-94)
Frederik Rungbyy
Thomas Laerke
Shavon Shields
Marc Fabricius (195-PF-94)
Jonas Zohore Bergstedt
Jacob Jensen




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  EGYPT   


Turkey vs Egypt Match Report - by Mohamed Ramadan

Turkey without any of its NBA players dominated the game from the first minute to have an easy win 86 - 66. For sure it exists a huge gap between the quality of Basketball in Turkish league compared to ours in Egypt but the gap in this game could have been less.

The Turkish team took the lead 23 - 15 in the first quarter to make a deficit of 8 points which was done mainly using the size and length of Fenerbache Ulker center Oguz Savas who scored 19 points in the game & totally controlled the paint on both offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Most of this quarter he was defended by both power forwards Assem Marei & Rami Ibrahim which totally can't stand against the size of the Turkish giant Savas.

We continued the 2nd quarter not capable of defending the paint allowing easy lay ups and dunks. The existing centers Marwan Khorshed & Haytham Kamal aren't good shot blockers in the paint the same with our power forwards. I think leaving F/C Mohamed Salah was a mistake, may be he is a less rebounder than them but a good stopper.

Notes:

Ibrahim El Gammal continued his good performance, he was even better than the previous game scoring 19 points. Now he's the consistent scorer of the team, capable of creating his own shots, shooting well off the dribble and penetrate to the paint scoring some nice lay ups.

Another excellent shooting night from Sherif Gunaidi with 17 points, he has a lot of confidence in his shot.

Assem Marei missed a basket which could have been the dunk of tournament after dribbling and faking the Turkish defense.

The only SF on the roster Yousef Shousha didn't take part in the game and therefore coach Amr Abu El Kheir was only playing with small line ups using shooting guards in this position.

Next Match against North African rivals Algeria is very important as both teams will rematch again in August in the first round of African Cup of Nations.



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  ESTONIA   


Estonia U20 finished third in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 finished third in Helsinki at Nordic Cup for U20 teams. The team won against Finland, but then fell short to Sweden and Denmark.
In Day 2 Sweden U20 overcame Estonia U20 87:77. Sweden grabbed a 27-25 lead and led 4 points at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the Swedish players erupted for a 68:53 lead after three quarters. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) collected 19. William Asplund had 17 points and 12 boards, while Niklas Larsson (198-SG-94) added 17. Sander Saare (182-PG-94) ended up with 14 points in defeat and Rauno Nurger had 11 points and the same number of boards.
In Day 3 Denmark posted a 101:94 overtime win against Estonia to win the competition. Peter Moeller top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Esben Reinholt (195-G-93) poured in 20. Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) replied with 24 points in the losing effort.



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


ESL Madrid is almost here and ESL New York is just around the corner! - by ESL News

The goal of the actual ESL Summer League's in Madrid or any other location is to bring opportunities to young, talented and ambitious players like yourself. ESL wants to help everyone that inspires to play at the next level, to have a healthy and long career in Spain or Europe. This year from June 24th to June 29th, Madrid will host the Eurobasket Summer League and it will be organized in conjunction with an ACB club, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, a club that has promoted players like Biyombo or Gustavo Ayon to the NBA. This is not the first summer league for Fuenlabrada as from 1996 to 2002 Fuenlabrada partnered with the ACB league to organize a summer league that promoted many good players who came and lifted their careers even to an NBA level. The summer league was very successful then and this year's event for the first time in more than ten years is promising to be even better with many talented players as we have prospects from all over the world including several NBA potential draft picks. There were unknown players like Pablo Prigioni (190-PG-77), Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82), Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), Anderson Varejao (205-C-82), David Vanterpool (195-G/F-73, college: St.Bonaventure) or Walter Herrmann (207-F-79) from overseas who had their first experience in Europe in that Summer League and after made it to an Spanish or European clubs and later to the NBA. Also, others players like Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports), Vlado Llievski and Marco Carraretto (197-G-77, agency: Players Group) who came and after made a successful career in Europe. ACB Sport Directors will attend this Summer League as well as coaches from LEB Gold and Silver, Spanish Agents, coaches from other countries and managers. This is a great investment in your future and will provide you many good opportunities, so we look forward to seeing you here next Monday for a great week next week.


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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.16.1 
 3. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.9 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.14.7 
 5. Jerrells, Maine RC14.2 
 6. Lampe, Caja L.13.9 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu13.8 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.13.7 
 9. Weems, CSKA13.7 
 10. Hickman, Maccabi13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.3 
 2. Tomic, FCB Regal6.5 
 3. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 4. Lampe, Caja L.6.1 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.6.1 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos6.0 
 7. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.6 
 8. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 9. Thompson, ALBA5.4 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Planinic, Khimky6.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.8 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Cook, Caja Laboral4.0 
 8. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu3.9 
 10. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Fener.Ul.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.9 
 2. Jaaber, Petrochimi1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.1.5 
 6. Diamantidis, Panat.1.4 
 7. Hickman, Maccabi1.4 
 8. Cook, Caja Laboral1.3 
 9. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.1.9 
 3. Hines, Olympiacos1.2 
 4. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 5. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 6. Tomic, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 8. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 9. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 10. Falker, Besiktas1.0 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Spain without Navarro on Eurobasket - by Igor Obradovic

Player of Barcelona, Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) will be miss upcoming Eurobasket in Slovenia.

Navarro because of injury cannot play in final series of ENDESA league against Real Madrid and now, he say that big pause from basketball will be good for his and his injury he got. Navarro have gold medal on World Championship in 2006, two silver in Olympic Games 2008 and 2012.
Alongside him, Felipe Reyes from Real Madrid probably will not play in Eurobasket, and Pau Gasol, center of LA Lakers who got knee injruy.



Greece announce list for Eurobasket - by Igor Obradovic

This is the list of Greece players who will fight for going on Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia.

Playmakers:

Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) (Bilbao)
Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) (Lokomotiva Kuban)
Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-G-91) (Olympiakos)
Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) (Panathinaikos)
Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) (Olympiakos)

Guards:

Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) (Bilbao)
Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) (Panathinaikos)
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) (Olympiakos)

Forwards:

Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) (Olympiakos)
Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) (Olympiakos)

Power forwards:

Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90, agency: FCM) (Panathinaikos)
Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) (Unics)
Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) (Olympiakos)

Centres:

Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) (Unics)
Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) (Barcelona)
Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83, agency: FCM) (Armani)
Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) (Panathinaikos).



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Cyriel Coomans steps in as the head of FIBA Europe - by Eurobasket

According to FIBA Europes statutes vice president Belgian Cyriel Coomans will act as proxy president of FIBA Europe until general assembly will elect a new one, Turkish Baskeball Federation announced.
The same article by the Turks mentions the reason for the sudden Raffnsons death being heart attack.
Olafur Raffnson was the president of FIBA Europe between 2010-2013.
Coomans is the current president of Belgian Basketball Federation.



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Standings

Standings
Group A
1. USA2-0
2. Argentina1-1
3. Brazil1-1
4. Costa Rica.0-2
Group B
1. Canada2-0
2. Mexico2-0
3. P.Rico0-2
4. Venezuela0-2


Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas U16 Awards 2013 - by Greg

Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas U16 1st Team 2013
Malik Newman
Newman
Nicolas Aguirre
Aguirre
Joshua Jackson
Jackson
Ivan Rabb
Rabb
Facundo Grolla
Grolla

Best Player: Malik Newman (6'4''-G-97) of High School
Best Guard: Malik Newman (6'4''-G-97) of High School
Best Forward: Ivan Rabb (6'10''-PF-97) of High School
Best Center: Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) of Bigua

1st Team
G: Malik Newman (6'4''-G-97) of High School
PG: Nicolas Aguirre (176-PG-97) of CHI NT U16
G/F: Joshua Jackson (6'7''-G/F-97) of High School
PF: Ivan Rabb (6'10''-PF-97) of High School
C: Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) of Bigua

2nd Team
PG: Jamal Murray (6'3''-PG-96) of CAN NT U16
PG: Guillermo Aliende (178-PG-97) of Olimpico LB
F: Thomas Bryant (6'9''-F-97) of High School
C/F: Diamond Stone (6'10''-C/F-97) of High School
C: Arnaldo Toro (205-C-97) of PUR NT U16

Honorable Mention
Ivan Venegas (200-C-96) of MEX NT U16
Qyemah Gibson (198-SF-97) of BAH NT U16
Gerardo Texeira (195-PF-97) of PUR NT U16
Lucio Delfino (197-PF-97) of Union SF
Edward Ekiyor (6'8''-F/G-96) of CAN NT U16




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KORISLIIGA: Eero Aaltonen leaving the Bisons - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish G Niko Malinen (191-F-90) continues his basketball career on UU-Korihait roster. Malinen has re-signed a 2-year-contract with Korihait. Last season Malinen averaged 7,8 ppg (1 - 78,8%, 2 - 43,2%, 3 - 39,8%) and 2,0 rpg in 18:02 mpg and 37 games.
Finnish F Eero Aaltonen (196-G/F-90) has decided to leave Bisons (Loimaa) and has joined YMCA Lappeenranta roster. The contract is model 2-years (2013-15). Passed season Aaltonen averaged 2,5 ppg - 1,0 rpg in 8:25 mpg and 53 contests.
Finnish G-F Anton Kankaanpaa (193-G-92) will attend Southern Nazarene University (NCAA2) in Bethany, Oklahoma. Kankaanpaa has belonged the five last years to YMCA Lappeenranta roster. Last season Kankaanpaa averaged 2,4 ppg (1 - 68,4%, 2 - 38,7%, 3 - 33,3%) and 0,8 rpg in 8:55 mpg and 36 games. The "Crimson Storm" Head Coach is Adam Bohac .



INTERNATIONAL: Denmark Nordic Champion U20 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Nordic Championship Games, Men U20, Vantaa - Finland, June 18-20.2013: Denmark came and surprised all opponents and won the Nordic Championship. Denmark upset first Sweden by one 70-69, then beat Finland 88-82 and today defeated Estonia 101-94. Sweden winning silver, Estonia bronze and Finland with Head Coach Pekka Salminen suffering three defeats in three close games and was left without medal.
Results: Denmark - Sweden 70-69, Estonia - Finland 88-77, Sweden - Estonia 87-77, Denmark - Finland 88-82, Sweden - Finland 82-81, Denmark - Estonia 101-94. Gold: Denmark, silver: Sweden, bronze: Estonia, 4: Finland. Key Players: Frederik Rungby (199-F-93) (Denmark), Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) (Sweden), Rauno Nurger (207-C-93) (Estonia) and Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) (Finland).



INTERNATIONAL: Sasu Salin stays in Slovenia - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish NT G Sasu Salin (192-G-91) has re-signed with his Team Union Olimpija Ljubljana. The new contract is model 2-years (2013-15). Salin was only 19 years old, when Union Olimpija signed with this Finnish sharpshooter a 3-year-contract. Three years has passed quickly and both the Team and the Player are satisfied with eachother. Salin started (2010-11) averaging between 1,8 - 2,8 ppg in three Leagues (Adriatic, Euro- and Slovenian League). Last season Salin averaged 7,5 ppg in Adriatic League (25 games), 6,3 ppg in EuroLeague (9 games) and 7,5 ppg in Slovenian League (13 games).


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Eric Bartecheky will continue with STB Le Havre - by Eurobasket News

Eric Bartecheky will continue with STB Le Havre for the next season. The French Specialist will enter another season with his French team.
The 41-year old French coach won French Cup Semifinals 2012.
STB Le Havre finished the last season with 13-17 record on the 11th spot. The team could not make it to the Play-offs.



ASM Basket Le Puy-en-Velay brings in Yohann Benfatah - by Eurobasket News

ASM Basket Le Puy-en-Velay brings in Yohann Benfatah for the next season. He played last time at Chorale de Roanne Basket in n ProA. But in three games he recorded just 1.3ppg last season. Benfatah also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged only 1.0ppg and 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Union Sportive Avignon/Pontet announced Moses Mubarak - by Eurobasket News

Union Sportive Avignon/Pontet announced Moses Mubarak (194-G-86) for 2013/2014 season. The player will move from Union Dax-Gamarde.
The 27-year old guard Moses Mubarak played last at Union Dax-Gamarde. Mubarak also played at Union Al Roche - Case Metropole Basket (NM1) earlier that season. The earlier season he played at Denain Voltaire (ProB). In 28 games he averaged 3.1ppg.
The 2010/2011 season Mubarak played at Glasgow Rocks (BBL) in British league. In 34 games he had 11.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. His team made it to the French U20 Championships Semifinals in 2005.
Mubarak has played previously for three other France teams: Pau-Lacq-Orthez, Chalons-Reims and Angers BC 49.



Bordeaux tab Gilles Sylvain - by Eurobasket News

Bordeaux reinforced their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Gilles Sylvain (206-PF-82). The power forward spent the last four seasons with Saint-Quentin. Last season was spoiled for the player by the injury. He appeared in just seven games in ProB. His stats read 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per appearance. Gilles Sylvain tallied 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in 2011/12 season. Previously he had stints with Charleville-Mezieres, Nantes, Limoges. Gilles Sylvain made it into ProB All-Newcomers Team in 2005. The forward became NM1 champion in 2012.


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Viktor Sanikidze wins the title with Montepaschi - by Eurobasket News

Viktor Sanikidze wins the title with Montepaschi as 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 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.
In 2012-2013 for Montepaschi Siena (Italy-SerieA) he averaged 5.5ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 64.9%. In Euroleague his stats read 5.7ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 57.5%.



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Dresden Titans keep Alexander Heide And Max von der Wippel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Pro B club Dresden Titans have announced that they will keep two Germans for the upcoming season with Alexander Heide (205-F/C-91) and Max Von Der Wippel. "We are happy that both will stay in Dresden. This way we are able to keep building up a strong German roster", stressed Dresden Titans head coach Thomas Krzywinski. Last season Heide played 21 games averaging 10,3ppg and 6,0rpg while shooting 62,4% from the field. He scored in double figures 10 times including 18 points against teh Fraport Skyliners. Von der Wipple played 21 games: 3.8ppg, 2.8rpg. He scored in double figures twice including 12 points against Konstanz and Weissenhorn.

Source: Dresden Titans



Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB Hold Alexander Witte And Paul Albrecht - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Pro B club Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB have announced that they will keep two important Germans for this season with Alexander Witte (206-F-90) and captain Paul Albrecht. Witte is a 23 year old 206cm forward that last season averaged 8,8ppg, 3,5rpg and 1,0apg. He scored in double figures 10 times including a 24 point outburst agaisnt Dorsten. He will be going into his ninth season with the team. Albrecht is a 20 year old 205cm forward that will be going into his fourth season with team. He had a 12 point game against Schwelm. "Alexander is an important building stone for our team. Even though he is only 23, he brings a lot of expereince and will be the oldest this season with Michael Taylor. He always brings 100% and can always carry the team in deciding moments. We are happy that we can have him for a second season. Paul has a lot of potential. He will get more of a chnace to show his development this season. With his flexible play and great basketball skills, he will give us more stability under the boards", added head coach
Mladen Drijencic.

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg





Alexander Kuhn Joins The BIS Baskets Speyer - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Pro B team BIS Baskets Speyer have announced the arrival of Alexander Kuhn (198-G/F-92). Kuhn is a 21 year old 198cm forward that last season played for SG Mannheim (2.Regionalliga). He has belonged to the U-19 team of BC Rhein-Neckar and at one point was a part of the roster of Pro A team heidelberg. He will be a strength for us", stressed BIS sport manager Gerd Kopf. The German knows that playing in the Pro B wont be a cake walk. "This will be an attractive challenge for me", added Alexander Kuhn

Source: BIS Baskets Speyer



Ronald Burrell Leaves From The EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

in his eight year career, it has been no secret what preference Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) has had to play being Germany. After playing in Bonn and Cologne, the American played in Oldenburg the last two seasons. Despite reaching the Beko BBl final this season, he wont be returning for a third season. Last season Burrell played 44 games: 9.6ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 85.9%; EuroChallenge: 15 games: 8.2ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 82.1%. He also played Eurochallenge averaging 8,2ppg and 4,0rpg in 15 games. "We thank Ronnie Burrell. He expereinced two totally different seasons. But we could always count on him. I hope he finds a new team fast", stressed EWE Baskets Oldenburg CEO Herman Schuller. Burrell played 74 beko BBL games and in his first season with Oldenburg played EuroChallenge: 11 games: 12.5ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 48.0%, FT: 84.2%; German League: 29 games: 12.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 80.5%.

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg







Michael Birkenhagen Remains With The Hannover Korbjaeger - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Regionaliga Hannover Korbjaeger have kept young German Michael Klaus Birkenhagen (190-SG-96). The German is 17 years old and a 190cm shooting guard that averaged 6,3ppg and hit 27 three pointers last season. "This is a very nice team with high class players. Last season was very special and I want to continue to be here", stressed Michael Klaus Birkenhagen. The German helped the team move up to the Regionaliga and head coach Aleks Tunjic is happy that he will remain. "Last season many laughed that we had him on the roster. But we saw much potential in him and that he could help the team. Despite his age, we felt that he could help the team. He always got more playing time due to hard work and in some games was the main reason we won. The Regionaliga is another calibur, but he is very focused, but I think he will be able to bring the team positive play", added head coach Aleks Tunjic.

Source: Hannover Korbjaeger



Matt Howard Is Back In the Beko BBL With ratiopharm Ulm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Matt Howard (203-PF-89, college: Butler) may only be 22 years old, but what he has experienced in his young sports life has been amazing reaching two NCAA finals with Butler, playing with top European team Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1) and playing together with in the legend in the making Vassilis Spanoulis or ex NBA players Acie Law and Joey Dorsey and playing in France. His ride continues this season as he will strap on the jersey of ratiopharm ulm. He already had played in the Beko BBL as a rookie for EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL, starting five): 13 games: 12.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 60.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 83.3%. Last season he played for Chorale de Roanne Basket (France-ProA, starting five): 32 games: 9.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 76.8%. After playing for Ludwigsburg, it will be interesting to see what kind of a role he will have for the seemingly revamped Ulm team this season. "Matt is a tough player that doesn't shy away from a battle", stressed ratiopharm Ulm manager Thomas Stoll.

Howard started his basketball career with Butler in 2007 until 2011. He played a total of 139 NCAA games. In his senior year he played 35 games: 16.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 78.1%. Ulm head coach Thorsten Leibenath is sure that he will fit to the roster perfectly. "With his versatile play and charachter, I think that he will fit well to us", stressed Thorsten leibenath. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been All-Horizon League Newcomer of the Year -08, Horizon League All-Newcomer Team -08, All-Horizon League 2nd Team -08, Horizon League All-Tournament Team -08, 10, 11
Horizon League Regular Season Champion -08, 09, 10, Horizon League Tournament Winner -08, 10, 11, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America 2nd Team (University Division) -09, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Team (University Division) -09, NABC Division I All-District 12 First Team -09, All-Horizon League 1st Team -09, 10, 11, Horizon League All-Defensive Team -09, 11, Horizon League Player of the Year -09, Horizon League Tournament Finalist -09
AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -09, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America 1st Team (University Division) -10, Horizon League All-Tournament MVP -10, NABC Division I All-District 12 2nd Team -10, NCAA Finalist -10, Horizon League Regular Season Runner-Up -11, All-Horizon League All-Tournament MVP -11, CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Player of the Year -11, CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America 1st Team -11, and NABC Division I All-District 12 1st Team -11

Source: ratiopharm Ulm





Ricky Harris Returns While Lamont Mcintosh Departs from The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


It wasnt uncommon to see Ricky Harris (188-G-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Massachusetts) in the S.Oliver arena last season while on break from playing with his club Biancoblu Basket Bologna and this upcoming season he will be back wearing the s.Oliver baskets jersey again. Harris is a 25 year old 188cm guard from Baltimore, Maryland that got a one year contract from Wurzburg. Last season he played in Italy for Biancoblu Basket Bologna and played 28 games averaging 13,3ppg, 2,1rpg and 2,4 rpg. He returns back after playing the 2011-2012 season in Wurzburg playing 35 games: 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 67.0%. Wurzburg head coach Marcel Schroeder knows exactly what he has with the American. "We tried to renew his contract already a year ago, but it didn't work. We always stayed in contact and he always wanted to come back. We know what we have with him and are convinced that he can heighten his game this season", added head coach Marcel Schroeder. The American who played together at
Massachusetts (NCAA) with ex Boston Celtic Tony Gaffney and in Lithuvania and the Ukraine feels that the whole club is like a family. "I decided to come back, because we are a family and that we can be successful again. I am happy with my season last year. I was an all star and could show what I can do. I train hard to stay in shape so I can be in the best form when I return. I had some NBA workouts where I could test my skills against the best players in the world and up my self confidence", stated Ricky Harris. The team also announced that Lamont Mcintosh wont return. Mcintosh was the only player to play in each game averaging 7,5ppg in 21 minutes per game. "He always gave everything. We wish him the best for the future", stated s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg manager Steffen Liebler.


Source: s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg





Davon Roberts (Coach Liviu Calin Always Believed In Me) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Davon Roberts (197-F-86, college: Azusa Pacific) is a 27 year old 197cm forward from Covina, California. He started his basketball career with Cal.St. Sacramento in 2004 where he played until 2007 playing 83 NCAA games. He played his senior year 2007-2008 with Azusa Pacific (NAIA). He turned professional in 2008 and played with Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (Germany-ProB, starting five): 29 games: 16.5ppg, Reb-2 (9.4rpg), 2.1apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg), FGP: 60.1%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 67.4%. In 2009-2010, he played with BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA): 29 games: 10.5ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 57.2%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 56.3%. In 2010-2011, he played with Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 22 games: 3.2ppg, 1.9rpg. In 2011-2012, he played with BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProB): 15 games: 5.5ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 54.1%. Lasts eason he sat out to gte his degree and now is ready to get back into the swing of things and play professional basketball. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

You took off last year to get your degree. What was the main reason for taking a break after 4 years of playing and going back to school?

The main reason for me taking the year off to get my degree was to make my parents proud. Ever since I left college they have been on me about going back to school. School is more important than basketball in my family so I decided to go back and finish so they would be happy

Was there not a way to get your degree online? I mean as a player one has a lot of free time during the season in Europe.

There wasn't a way for me to get my degree online due to the fact that the rest of my classes where for my major and in order to receive credit I had to be present in the class room.

How strange was it not playing professional basketball. How much did you miss it?

It was probably one of my toughest years but it will help me in the long run. I love basketball so I missed playing it a whole lot. This year I had to live through some of my close friends who play basketball overseas I followed a lot of them this year. This was the first year in a while when i have not played organized basketball. Luckily I had an opportunity to be an assistant coach at Azusa Pacific University so I was around the game all day everyday.


Were you able to keep in shape?

Yes I was able to keep in shape since I was around the college team they would always want me to workout with them some even challenge me one on one so it worked for me and was a good way to stay in shape. The gym was open 24/7 so I basically lived in the gym for my time off.

Do you think not playing a season will lessen your market value?

I dont think it should lessen my value but I do think I will have to prove to teams that I can still play at a high level. Which I am positive I can. This year off I believe made me hungrier and eager to get back on the court.

Now you are ready to attack the job market again. You played four seasons in Germany. What makes Germany so appealing to you to keep coming back?

I love Germany I meet some really amazing people while my time there. A lot of fans still write me on Facebook asking me when am I going to come back. It motivates me to get back over there because I love my fans and it is a blessing.

You played as a rookie with the Spot Up Medien Baskets in 2008. Did it surprise you that an Ivan Jenkins who led the Pro B in scoring wasnt able to really make a jump to higher levels and make a name for himself?

I am surprised that Ivan didn't get a higher look he was a solid point guard who knew how to put the ball in the bucket.


How much did head coach Liviu Calin help you as a rookie. What was the most important thing that you learned from him?

Coach Liviu was hands down one of my favorite coaches I have ever played for. He pushes you beyond your limits which you would never even know was possible. He always believed in me.

Does it surprise you that a Dennis Schroeder will most likely be a 2013 NBA #1 draft pick after going through the Liviu Calin school?

It doesn't surprise me at all Dennis Schroeder has game. He is a nice crafty point guard and it would be good to watch him take his skills to the next level. I know that Liviu has prepared him for the next level.

You had a strong rookie season and then went to the Pro A. You had a solid season in Chemnitz. Were you ready for the Beko BBL after that season?

I felt I was ready for the BBL just didn't quit get the opportunity I was expecting.

In 2010-2011, you played for MBC. You played 22 games averaging 3,2ppg and 1,9rpg. Did head coach Bjoern Harmsen just not have enough trust in you or werent you ready for that level?

Bjorn is one of the to
ughest coaches I ever played for he expected perfection out of everyone for 40 minutes. It is tough playing basketball thinking that if you miss this shot there will be a sub waiting for you

What was your most classic Michael Jordan story?

I have too many Michael Jordan stories, but he was a great teammate to have. His will to win is strong just like mine.

Did he ever catch you wide mouthed fast asleep on the bus on road trips?

No I don't think he ever snapped a picture of me but if he did I have one of him for collateral.

The last team that you played for was the BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProB) What do you remember most from German guard Konstantin Klein who made the transition from pro B to beko BBL well.

Big Money Klein was a competitor he knew how to compete in practice and in games. So it is good to see him doing well in the BBL.

If you could describe your game in a few sentences, how would you grab the attention of potential German basketball teams?

I believe I have a strong will to win and I will do whatever it takes to win. I am a leader by example and a player who plays hard on both ends.

How does a normal Davon Roberts work out day look like during the summer?

I workout with one of my mentors growing up Cameron Murray. He puts me through several different drills in areas which I need to improve in. We usually do shooting drills and ball handling drills in the morning then run bleachers or the sand dunes in Manhattan Beach then at night play 5 on 5. It is tough but it is what I need in order to get back on the court.

What is a place you still want to visit this summer where you havent been too in a long time?

There is no place like Los Angles California so I guess the only other place I would like to visit would be my second favorite place Berlin Germany.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Last DVD I watched was Anchor Man.

Thanks Davon for the chat.




Warren Ward To Join TBB Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to sportando, TBB Trier might haul in Warren Ward (196-G-89) The Beko BBL team TBB Trier that has been known since the arrival of Henrik Roedl (agency: LUMANI 10.7 ) of developing young German players and then complimenting the club with experience and American players have gone a slightly different route this time with the possible arrival in a rookie from Canada with Warren Ward Ward is a 23 year old 196cm guard from Brampton, Canada that could get a two year deal. He comes straight from the college ranks from the University of Ottawa (CIS) where he played from 2008-2013. In his senior year, he played 26 games: 18.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 81.8%. From his stats it is easy to see that he is an allrounder that does many things well on the court and can help his team in many ways. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been OUA East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -09, 10, 13, OUA Bronze Medal -09, OUA East Division All-Rookie Team -09CIS Tournament Quarterfinals -09, All-OUA East Division 2nd Team -10, OUA Semifinals -11, All-OUA East Division 1st Team -11, 13, Canadian University National Team -11, Canadian National Team -11, Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) -11: 4 games: 12.3ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 32.4%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 76.9%, World University Games in Shenzhen (China) -11 (Silver): 7 games: 10.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 16.0%, FT: 71.4%, OUA East Division Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -12, CIS All-Canadian 2nd Team -13, CIS Canadian All-Tournament Team -13, OUA Finalist -13, and CIS Tournament Semifinals -13


SC Rist bolsters roster with two more signings - by Moritz Korff

Rene Kindzeka (185-PG-95) and Christopher Geist (208-C-95) are eager to learn and to gain playing time at 2. Bundesliga Pro B team SC Rist Wedel in the 2013-14 season.
Kindzeka is a 18-year-old guard from Hamburg who appeared in 22 games for BC Hamburg (2.Regionalliga) over the past two seasons. He is also a member of U19 Bundesliga squad Piraten Hamburg which is cooperating with SC Rist.
Geist will move from BBC Rendsburg to Wedel. The 18-year-old big man scored 8.2 points per contest for BBC in this past 2. Regionalliga season. He played alongside Kindzeka for the Piraten team and will continue to do so in the up and coming campaign.



Andreas Kronhardt set to join Crailsheim Merlins - by Moritz Korff

Andreas Kronhardt (204-C-89) has been announced the latest newcomer to the Crailsheim Merlins for the 2013-14 2. Bundesliga Pro A season, according to swp.de.
The 23-year-old post player helped the Schwelmer Baskets to reach the Pro B finals last season, averaging 13.8 points, 7 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks per contest. Kronhardt appeared in six BBL games for Tuebingen during the 2009-10 season and also knows what to expect in the Pro A, as he spent the 2011-12 campaign with the Leitershofen/Stadtbergen Kangaroos, averaging 7.9 points as well as 4.1 rebounds a game in 28 Pro A contests.



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Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.0 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.19.4 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.6 
 4. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.4 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.15.9 
 7. Gizogiannis, Arkad.15.7 
 8. Psileas, Ethnikos15.6 
 9. Kitsoulis, OFI15.5 
 10. Manousos, Doxa L.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.5 
 2. Manousos, Doxa L.8.8 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 4. Sklavos, Pagrati8.6 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.3 
 6. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.2 
 7. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.8 
 8. Charismidis, Trika.7.7 
 9. Sigounas, Arkadikos7.7 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fotis VASILOPOULOS
  Pagrati
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.9 
 2. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.6 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos5.2 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.6 
 5. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.8 
 6. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.7 
 7. Katsares, Trikalla3.7 
 8. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.6 
 9. Matalon, OFI3.5 
 10. Petrakis, OFI3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.0 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.3 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Ioakeimidis, Ermis2.0 
 5. Karydas, Koroivos1.9 
 6. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 7. Psileas, Ethnikos1.7 
 8. Saloustros, Filath.1.7 
 9. Mavrogiannis, Niki1.6 
 10. Giannakopoul., La.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Krum DOYCHINOV
  Feurs
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Doychinov, Feurs1.2 
 2. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.0 
 3. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.0 
 4. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 5. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 6. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 7. Noeas, Koroivos0.7 
 8. Petrodimopou., Nea0.7 
 9. Sigounas, Arkadikos0.6 
 10. Voivatopoulo., Ik.0.6 



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  INDONESIA   


2013 SEABA Championship: Malaysia upset Indonesia in Medan - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia - Malaysia 64:67

Malaysia registered the initial win at the SEABA Championship in Medan. They upset the hosts today to gain 1-0 record. Tian Yuan Kuek (200-C-91) notched 16 points to lead the visitors.
Indonesia jumped to a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Malaysia adjusted defensively in the second frame. The visitors limited Indonesia to 12 points in the quarter and eked out a 36:35 halftime lead. Malaysia maintained the lead throughout the intense third quarter. The visitors entered the fourth period by 5 points 56:51. Indonesia held their opponents to just 11 points in the fourth frame but failed to capitalize stopping short of victory at the end. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) connected for 15 points, while Yeo Seng John Ng (190-F-81) had 14 points and 9 rebounds for Malaysia. Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) responded with 18 points for Indonesia. Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-SF-85) and Ferdinand (194-C-88) chipped in 8 points each in the loss.

Indonesia: Xaverius Prawiro 18, Fandi Andika Ramadhani 8, Ferdinand 8
Malaysia: Tian Yuan Kuek 16, Ban Sin Ooi 15, Yeo Seng John Ng 14



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  ISRAEL   


Ukraine U20 outscore Israel U20 in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20-Israel U20 86:81

Ukraine U20 outscore Israel U20 in Kyiv in the first friendly game between two sides. The hosts posted an 86:81 victory at the Sports Palace.
Ukraine opened the game with a 23-22 rally and added 16-14 in the second frame. Moreover the host looked better after the halftime and won the third period 27-25. Israel trailed 5 points after 30 minutes of the game but could not catch up with the opponents. Both teams scored 20 points in the last stanza for the final result.
Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 13 assists, while Maksym Lutsenko (186-G-93) notched 18. Vladislav Korenjuk delivered 16 and Anatolyy Shundel scored 12. Igor Mayor (185-G-93) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort. Rafi Merco, Shann Pawson and Igor Koulchov poured in 13 points each.

Ukraine U20: Klym Artamonov 23+13 ast. Maksym Lutsenko 18, Vladislav Korenjuk 16, Anatolyy Shundel 12
Israel U20: Igor Mayor 18, Rafi Merco 13, Shann Pawson 13, Igor Koulchov 13



Maccabi Tel Aviv is close to loan Darko Planinic to Cibona - by Idan Seggev

The Israeli portal, Sport5.co.il, reports today that Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv is very close to reach an agreement with KK Cibona VIP Zagreb regarding Darko Planinic (211-C-90) loan. It appears KK Cibona VIP Zagreb's coach and ex Maccabi coach, Neven Spahija , declared his interest to sign the 22-year-old center on loan an to give him significant playing time, something that he didn't receive in Maccabi. Planinic' played only 9 minutes per game in the Israeli league, and finish with an average of 3 ppg & 2.2 rpg, while in the Euroleague he played 10 minutes and finished with 4.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg.


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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi17.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 6. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 7. Datome, Acea V.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.4 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. 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 


Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Awards 2013 - by Armando Caporaso

Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team 2013
Travis Diener
Diener
Bobby Brown
Brown
Luigi Datome
Datome
Christian Burns
Burns
Bryant Dunston
Dunston

Finals MVP: Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87) of Montepaschi
Player of the Year: Luigi Datome (203-F-87) of Acea Virtus RM
Guard of the Year: Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard.
Forward of the Year: Donnel Taylor (198-G-82) of Trenkwalder RE
Center of the Year: Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Cimberio VA
Most Improved Player of the Year: Guido Rosselli (198-G-83) of Umana VE
Bosman Player of the Year: Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89) of JuveCaserta
Import Player of the Year: Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Cimberio VA
Domestic Player of the Year: Luigi Datome (203-F-87) of Acea Virtus RM
U22 Player of the Year: Achille Polonara (202-F-91) of Cimberio VA
Defensive Player of the Year: David Moss (196-SF-83) of Montepaschi
Coach of the Year: Francesco Vitucci of Cimberio VA

1st Team
PG: Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard.
G: Bobby Brown (188-PG-84) of Montepaschi
SF: Luigi Datome (203-F-87) of Acea Virtus RM
PF: Christian Burns (203-F-85) of Sutor MGR
C: Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Cimberio VA

2nd Team
PG: Mike Green (185-PG-85) of Cimberio VA
G: Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Banco di Sard.
SF: Donnel Taylor (198-G-82) of Trenkwalder RE
PF: Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89) of JuveCaserta
C: Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88) of Acea Virtus RM

Honorable Mention
Jonathan Gibson (188-PG-87) of Enel Brindisi
Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) of Vanoli CR
Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of EA7 Armani
Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83) of Sutor MGR
Stefano Gentile (191-PG-89) of JuveCaserta
Alex Tyus (205-C-88) of Cantu
Tomas Ress (209-C-80) of Montepaschi
Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82) of Pesaro

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Andrea Cinciarini (190-PG-86) of Trenkwalder RE
G: Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87) of Montepaschi
SF: Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) of Cantu
PF: Luigi Datome (203-F-87) of Acea Virtus RM
C: Angelo Gigli (209-PF-83) of Oknoplast BO

All-Imports Team
PG: Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard.
G: Bobby Brown (188-PG-84) of Montepaschi
SF: Donnel Taylor (198-G-82) of Trenkwalder RE
PF: Christian Burns (203-F-85) of Sutor MGR
C: Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Cimberio VA

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Jonathan Tabu (190-PG-85) of Cantu
G: Jaka Lakovic (186-PG-78) of Sidigas AV
SF: Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) of Vanoli CR
PF: Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) of Umana VE
C: Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89) of JuveCaserta

All-Defensive Team
PG: Andrea De Nicolao (185-PG-91) of Cimberio VA
G: Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81) of Cimberio VA
SF: David Moss (196-SF-83) of Montepaschi
PF: Greg Brunner (201-PF-83) of Trenkwalder RE
C: Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Cimberio VA

All-U22 Domestic Players Team
PG: Andrea De Nicolao (185-PG-91) of Cimberio VA
G: Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) of EA7 Armani
SF: Achille Polonara (202-F-91) of Cimberio VA
PF: Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) of EA7 Armani
C: Riccardo Cervi (214-C-91) of Trenkwalder RE



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  LBQ   

Standings

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

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Jun. 22: Royal - Page-Dynamo
Jun. 22: Revolution - Jaguars



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Sarunas Jasikevicius finished the successful season in Spain - by Eurobasket News

Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) finished the successful season in Spain with his FCB Regal and scored 23 points in the last game. Real Madrid however claimed the Liga Endesa title. They overcame FCB Regal 79:71 in the decisive fifth game of the championship series. Rudy Fernandez 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 and Joe Ingles 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 delivered 14 points, while Tremmell Darden provided 13 points in the win. Joe Ingles answered with 25 points for FCB Regal. Sarunas Jasikevicius had 23 points in the losing case.



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  MALAYSIA   


2013 SEABA Championship: Malaysia upset Indonesia in Medan - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia - Malaysia 64:67

Malaysia registered the initial win at the SEABA Championship in Medan. They upset the hosts today to gain 1-0 record. Tian Yuan Kuek (200-C-91) notched 16 points to lead the visitors.
Indonesia jumped to a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Malaysia adjusted defensively in the second frame. The visitors limited Indonesia to 12 points in the quarter and eked out a 36:35 halftime lead. Malaysia maintained the lead throughout the intense third quarter. The visitors entered the fourth period by 5 points 56:51. Indonesia held their opponents to just 11 points in the fourth frame but failed to capitalize stopping short of victory at the end. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) connected for 15 points, while Yeo Seng John Ng (190-F-81) had 14 points and 9 rebounds for Malaysia. Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) responded with 18 points for Indonesia. Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-SF-85) and Ferdinand (194-C-88) chipped in 8 points each in the loss.

Indonesia: Xaverius Prawiro 18, Fandi Andika Ramadhani 8, Ferdinand 8
Malaysia: Tian Yuan Kuek 16, Ban Sin Ooi 15, Yeo Seng John Ng 14



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Parker, San A.20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Horford, Atlanta H.10.1 
 10. Chandler, New Y.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 8. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 10. Parker, San A.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 10. Iguodala, Denver1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.5 
 4. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 5. Duncan, San A.2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


The Heat wins second consecutive NBA title !!! - by Eurobasket

LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) had 37 points and 12 rebounds and the Miami Heat repeated as champions with a 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) scored 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Miami. James made 5 of 10 3s, all the while hounding Spurs star Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) on defense to make the Heat the first back-to-back champs since the Lakers in 2009-10.
Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who were trying to become the first road team to win a finals Game 7 since Washington in 1978. Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) added 19 points and 16 rebounds.
Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) scored 14 for Miami.
Parker had 10 points on 3-for-12 shooting and four assists, and Manu Ginobili (6'6''-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 points for the Spurs. San Antonio lost for the first time in five finals appearances.
The Heat led just 72-71 going into the fourth quarter after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Chalmers. Battier hit his fifth 3 of the night and Chalmers scored on a layup for a 79-75 lead with 7:30 to play, but the proud Spurs never faded.
The Spurs missed seven of their first 10 shots and turned the ball over five times in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter, with the heart-breaking loss in Game 6 finally taking its toll.
Duncan's turnover led to Battier's sixth 3-pointer, a corner dagger that gave Miami an 88-82 lead with 3:21 to go. The delirious Heat crowd leapt to its feet, sensing another Larry O'Brien trophy presentation in South Beach and they didn't sit down for the rest of a thrilling finish.
Leonard's 3 made it 90-88, but Duncan missed a putback and James knocked down a 19-foot jumper with 27.9 seconds to go, sealing the victory as the fans chanted along to the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," a trademark celebration at American Airlines Arena.
Confetti rained down the court, and James was surrounded by teammates and clicking cameras after a tour-de-force finish.
Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina), for five games the favorite for finals MVP thanks to his record-setting 3-point shooting, missed his first eight shots and finished with five points on 1-for-12 shooting, while Game 6 hero Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) was 0 for 4 with three turnovers for Miami.
The Heat have been to three straight finals, just like they envisioned when Pat Riley brought James, Wade and Bosh together three summers ago. But it's been anything but easy for the NBA's latest super team. They lost to Dallas in 2010, suffering the final defeat in Game 6 on their home floor, then rebounded to steamroll the Oklahoma City Thunder last season.
This regular season was shaping up as a coronation more than a competition, with the Heat rattling off 66 victories, including a staggering 27 in a row. They entered the playoffs with an air of invincibility, but were pushed as hard as they've ever been.
In the proud Spurs, they faced an aging core that simply wouldn't give in, which had to make this victory their most satisfying yet.
The Heat were all but eliminated on Tuesday night, down 13 points at the start of the fourth quarter and five with 21 seconds to play, with the home fans streaming out of American Airlines Arena. Then James hit a 3, Ray Allen hit another, and the Heat outlasted San Antonio in overtime to keep their hopes of defending their title alive.
"It's like you have a second chance on life," Bosh said. "You're not going to waste it. We were revived. We were dead. We brought ourselves back to life."
The Heat made the most of the kind of second chance that the Spurs have so rarely given over the years. James found the perimeter shooting that had been lacking for most of the series, hitting consecutive 3s in the third quarter to get Miami going after a ragged start.
The reigning MVP also locked down Parker, the focal point of the Spurs offense, forcing him to give the ball up earlier in the shot clock than he wanted.
As the game wore on, the Spurs wore down. Ginobili fumbled an easy pass out of bounds, then threw an errant pass behind Gary Neal, opening the door for James, who hit a 17-foot jumper for an 83-77 lead with 5:41 to play.
Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) was scoreless with seven rebounds for the Heat.
The Heat were made for moments like this. They were made to be tested. They were assembled to have the talent, the makeup and the swagger to withstand even the proudest challengers. And that's what they did.
For James, it was another step toward rarefied air. Had the Heat lost, James would have fallen to 1-3 in the NBA's championship rounds, and his legion of critics would have been banging on his door with more "He's no Jordan" vitriol.
Instead, James delivered with the clutch performances that have now become the norm for him.
He rescued the Heat in Game 6, scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer that put Miami in position to force overtime on Allen's 3. Then he followed that up with a sterling Game 7 to push those Spurs further toward the sunset of an incredible, decade-long run.
James missed four of his first six shots, but started to find a rhythm late in the second quarter. He converted a three-point play on an acrobatic drive to the rim and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 33-27 lead, bringing the white-clad home crowd to their feet.
Duncan just wouldn't let the Spurs fade. The 37-year-old had a three-point play, four free throws and another layup that tied the game at 40 and Ginobili's two free throws gave the Spurs the lead again at 42-40.
He scored 10 straight point in the third quarter to keep the Heat in it, hitting consecutive 3-pointers, and locked down Parker on defense, all but eliminating San Antonio's offensive focal point.
It was a heart-breaking way to end it for these Spurs, who were 21 seconds from title No. 5 when everything went wrong in Game 6. Now, once again, they will face proclamations of their demise. Only this time, it may be harder to hold those off.
Duncan is 37, but coming off an All-NBA First Team season and a vintage performance in the finals. The 31-year-old Parker is nearing his apex after one of his finest seasons. But Ginobili will turn 36 next month and will be a free agent, perhaps marking the end of the three-person core that helped put the Alamo City on the NBA map, and keep it their for 10 years.
They gave it their all, these Spurs. But in the end, James was just too much, and a prophecy came to be.
Back in 2007, when the Spurs swept James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the franchise's fourth title, Duncan found the young superstar for a quiet moment to tell him that the league would one day be his.
Now James has four MVPs, two Olympic golds and back-to-back titles on his resume. Duncan has been right so many times throughout his career. This time, it's at his own expense.

Courtesy of Associated Press



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  PORTUGAL   

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Holt, Alges19.2 
 2. Almeida, Lille19.0 
 3. Loncovic, Barcelos18.5 
 4. Huggins, Lusitania18.3 
 5. Rapier, Sampaense17.1 
 6. Dunn, Benfica16.9 
 7. Balseiro, Academica16.5 
 8. Oliveira, Barcelos16.3 
 9. Smith, CAB Madeira16.1 
 10. Baker, Sampaense15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamarkus HOLT
  Alges
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Holt, Alges11.8 
 2. Momplaisir, Lusita.10.6 
 3. Hallman, Chartres10.2 
 4. Almeida, Lille9.5 
 5. Nevels, Lusitania9.3 
 6. Loncovic, Barcelos8.6 
 7. Cunha, Vitoria SC8.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense8.4 
 9. Gomes, Benfica7.9 
 10. Doliboa, Benfica7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense6.6 
 2. Fernandes, Acade.5.6 
 3. Sing, Sampaense5.4 
 4. Smith, CAB Madeira5.3 
 5. Swiggett, Vitor.4.5 
 6. Pires, Alges4.4 
 7. Fechas, Barcelos4.4 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense4.1 
 9. Rodrigues, Fisica3.8 
 10. Costa, CAB Madei.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense2.4 
 2. Coelho, Barcelos2.3 
 3. Almeida, Lille2.3 
 4. Loncovic, Barcelos2.3 
 5. Jackson, CAB M.2.0 
 6. Swiggett, Vitor.2.0 
 7. Hallman, Chartres1.9 
 8. Freire, Fisica1.9 
 9. Andrade, Benfica1.9 
 10. Cunha, Vitoria SC1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLAISIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Momplaisir, Lusita.2.1 
 2. Nevels, Lusitania1.8 
 3. Lukasiak, Acade.1.1 
 4. Almeida, Lille1.1 
 5. Fonseca, Benfica1.0 
 6. Swetalla, Vitor.0.9 
 7. Rosario, Fisica0.9 
 8. Holt, Alges0.7 
 9. Evora, Benfica0.7 
 10. Gentry, Benfica0.7 



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  PUERTO RICO   


Thomas enters for Efejuku in Mayaguez - by Marcos Carlo

Mayaguez officially made the import change putting Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Massachusetts) on their active roster and releasing Oritseweyinmi Efejuku.

As of now Mayaguez holds an 18-16 record and looks to have the best team possible for the postseason. Efejuku played 34 games and scored 15.3 points in 34 games.

Thomas has practiced for Mayaguez over the last week and comes from Germany. He was last season with FC Bayern and averaged 9.3 points. The team hopes that his scoring power and defense can help them in the final part of the season and playoffs.

Mayaguez are not going to look for Donta Smith for now. The 2012 BSN MVP could sign an extension to play in Israel for newly crowned champs Maccabi Haifa.



Piratas take first place - by Luis Modestti


Piratas de Quebradillas now own first place after dominating Leones de Ponce 85-78 on Tuesday night.

Piratas had six scorers in double figures led by Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, college: St.Louis) who netted 20 points and Carmelo Lee followed with 16. Quebradillas is first with a 22-13 mark.

Ponce won the first quarter 16-10 but Piratas made adjustments on both sides and their team play dominated the rest of the way.

Ike Diogu scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Ponce who is now second with a 21-13 record. Ponce has lost their last four games.

Also on Tuesday Caciques-Gigantes edged Vaqueros de Bayamon 85-84. Alejandro Carmona led with 22 while Denis Clemente and Adrian Uter had 15 each. Caciques-Gigantes improve to 17-17.

On Wednesday Brujos de Guayama defeated Cangrejeros de Santurce 70-68 as Renaldo Balkman scored 25 points, grabbed 9 boards and stole 2 balls.

Capitanes de Arecibo dominated Mets de Guaynabo 103-84 as Lamayn Wilson scored 26 points and Angel Vassallo 22.

The game had a huge fight in the third quarter between Daniel Santiago and Windy Graterol. The Venezuelan center fouled Santiago and started a huge brawl. After the fight Santiago, Graterol, Jaime Lloreda and Carlos Escalera were thrown out of the game. The league will come down with sanctions during the week.

The games for Thursday, June 20 are:

Caciques-Gigantes at Atleticos de San German
Indios de Mayaguez at Vaqueros de Bayamon



Indios sign Mitchell - by Luis Modestti


Indios de Mayaguez signed forward Markus Mitchell (201-F-86, college: Mt.St.Mary's) for their playoff run. Also import Brandon Thomas reported to the team and could make a decision soon.

Mitchell has played three seasons in BSN and last year was a key component for Indios. His job as an enforcer inside helped his team win the championship. He averaged 2,54 points and 1,5 rebounds during the regular season.

Thomas played in Germany for FC Bayern Muenchen and the team has to decide when to activate him and who he replaces. The current trio of imports in Mayaguez consists of Gary Wilkinson, Weyinmi Rose and Danilo Pinnock.

Mayaguez plays tonight in Bayamon. Indios are in sixth place with an 18-16 record.



Mets sign Jumaine Jones - by Luis Modestti


Mets de Guaynabo signed veteran forward Jumaine Jones (203-F-79, college: Georgia). He is expected to make his debut as soon as the team gets the letter of clearance.

Jones played for Bnei Hasharon in Israel and averaged 12,9 points and 10 rebounds in 27 games. He has many years of NBA experience, including stops in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Boston, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte and Phoenix.

In 2009 he played for Guaynabo where he averaged 14 points and 9,3 rebounds in eight games.

Guaynabo is currently fifth with a 19-16 record and their next game is Sunday against Atleticos de San German.



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  ROMANIA   


SCM CSU Craiova announced Mirko Kovac - by Eurobasket News

SCM CSU Craiova announced Mirko Kovac (199-F-83, agency: Interperformances) for the next season. The 30-year old Serbian forward Mirko Kovac heads to Romania.
Kovac played last at OKK Beograd in Serbia. In 18 A League games he averaged 7.7ppg and 1.3rpg. Kovac also played 7 games in Balkan League where he had 10.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg.
Early in 2006-2009 he played for KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (A League) and in the last season averaged 5.2ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.8spg. In Jan.'10 signed at AZS Koszalin (Poland-PLK, starting five) and showed 8.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP-2 (66.7%), 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 83.3%.
The season 2010-2011 Mirko Kovac appeared for Cytavision APOEL. In Cyprus League his stats read 6.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 27.8%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 56.3%, while in EuroChallenge he showed 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg. His team won Cyprus Supercup in 2011.



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  RUSSIA   


Nikita Shabalkin re-upped with Unics Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Nikita Shabalkin (206-F-86) re-upped with Unics Kazan for another season.
Last year he managed to play in three leagues. In 8 PBL games he recorded 4.1ppg and 1.4rpg. Shabalkin also played 4 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.3ppg and 1.8rpg. He also played 13 games in VTB United League where he averaged 8.5ppg and 2.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Shabalkin also played at Lokomotiv earlier that season. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 7 PBL games he averaged 3.7ppg and 2.7rpg. Shabalkin also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged just 1.0ppg. He also played 5 games in VTB United League where he averaged only 2.2ppg and 1.8rpg.
Among other achievements Shabalkin's team made it to the PBL Semifinals in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 1st Team award back in 2009. Shabalkin was also a member of Russian international program for some years. He played for Russian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006. Shabalkin also represented Russia at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 3 games: 1.3ppg.



CSKA Moscow agreed terms with Grigori Shukhovtsov - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow agreed terms with Grigori Shukhovtsov (211-C-83) for 2012/2013 season.
Grigori Shukhovtsov played last at Lokomotiv Kuban. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 19 PBL games he averaged 2.9ppg and 1.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Shukhovtsov also played 9 games in Eurocup where he averaged 4.1ppg and 2.1rpg. He also played 18 games in VTB United League where he averaged only 2.3ppg and 1.9rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Shukhovtsov played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2011. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Russian A Superleague All-Newcomers Team back in 2010.
Shukhovtsov has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Neptunas and Sakalai) and Russia (Dynamo Moscow and Dynamo Moscow U23).



BC Nizhny Novgorod keep Slovenian Primoz Brezec - by Eurobasket News

BC Nizhny Novgorod keep Slovenian Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) for the next season. In 6 games he averaged 10.7ppg and 5.2rpg last season. Brezec also played 12 games in VTB United League where he had 12.3ppg and 5.2rpg. The earlier season he played at Lokomotiv. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Brezec was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 9 PBL games he had 3.2ppg and 3.0rpg. He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he had 3.6ppg and 3.1rpg. Brezec also played 10 games in VTB United League where he had 6.0ppg and 4.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The season 2010/2011 Brezec played at Krasnie Krilya. In 26 games he had 12.4ppg and 6.1rpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Primoz Brezec also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had very impressive stats: 20.8ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. The most of previous (09-10) season he spent at the Bucks in NBA. But in 16 games he had just 1.4ppg and 1.0rpg. Brezec also played at the 76ers in NBA earlier that season. In 7 games he had only 0.7ppg and 1.7rpg.



Valentin Berestnev takes over Krasny Oktyabr - by Eurobasket News

Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd announced the name of their new head coach. Valentin Berestnev will guide the team in the next season. The Ukrainian specialist almost his entire career with Mykolaiv. He led the team into Ukrainian Superleague Semifinals in 2003. Valentin Berestnev also led Mykolaiv into the Ukrainian Cup semis in 2006. The specialist celebrated the Superleague Bronze medals in 1997/98 season. Berestnev worked with the Ukrainian National Team. He also guided the Ukrainian U20 National Team.
Krasny Oktyabr is trying to enter the new season full of ambitions. The Volgograd team is pursuing the VTB League promotion. They applied for the entry into the League and might get the VTB League ticket as soon as July.



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  SEABA   


Day 1 in Medan - by Eurobasket News

Thailand - Singapore 67:49
Thailand victoriously opened their SEABA Championship campaign. They knocked down Singapore in the opener. Sukhdavb Ghogar nailed 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Thailand led by a single point after ten minutes of action 17:16. They went on a 14:7 run in the second period to build a 31:23 halftime lead. Thailand controlled the tempo in the third period. They ensured a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Singapore scored just 9 points in the final period and had to surrender at the end. Suttisin Wattana provided 15 points for Thailand. Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) added 8 points for the winners. Wong Wei Long (172-G-88) responded with 11 points for Singapore. Folkoff Mitchell had 9 points in the loss.

Thailand: Sukhdavb Ghogar 17, Suttisin Wattana 15, Darongpan Apiromvilaichai 8
Singapore: Wong Wei Long 11, Folkoff Mitchell 9

Indonesia - Malaysia 64:67
Malaysia registered the initial win at the SEABA Championship in Medan. They upset the hosts today to gain 1-0 record. Tian Yuan Kuek (200-C-91) notched 16 points to lead the visitors.
Indonesia jumped to a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Malaysia adjusted defensively in the second frame. The visitors limited Indonesia to 12 points in the quarter and eked out a 36:35 halftime lead. Malaysia maintained the lead throughout the intense third quarter. The visitors entered the fourth period by 5 points 56:51. Indonesia held their opponents to just 11 points in the fourth frame but failed to capitalize stopping short of victory at the end. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) connected for 15 points, while Yeo Seng John Ng (190-F-81) had 14 points and 9 rebounds for Malaysia. Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) responded with 18 points for Indonesia. Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-SF-85) and Ferdinand (194-C-88) chipped in 8 points each in the loss.

Indonesia: Xaverius Prawiro 18, Fandi Andika Ramadhani 8, Ferdinand 8
Malaysia: Tian Yuan Kuek 16, Ban Sin Ooi 15, Yeo Seng John Ng 14



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  SERBIA   


Mega Vizura in Smederevo - by Igor Obradovic

In last few days there was been rumors about Mega Vizura moving out from playing in Krusevac and finding new home for the Adriatic league season.

Finally, decision is made and Mega Vizura will be playing Adriatic league in Smederevo, because in Adriatic league cannot be more than two teams from the same city.
Mega Vizura played some of their games in Serbia Super league in Krusevac, but after a further inspection it was found that the Hall in Krusevac is not eligible to play games in the Adriatic league.
Smederevo Hall was build in 2009 for Universiade and is in a great condition and have capacity of 3.000.



SCM CSU Craiova announced Mirko Kovac - by Eurobasket News

SCM CSU Craiova announced Mirko Kovac (199-F-83, agency: Interperformances) for the next season. The 30-year old Serbian forward Mirko Kovac heads to Romania.
Kovac played last at OKK Beograd in Serbia. In 18 A League games he averaged 7.7ppg and 1.3rpg. Kovac also played 7 games in Balkan League where he had 10.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg.
Early in 2006-2009 he played for KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (A League) and in the last season averaged 5.2ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.8spg. In Jan.'10 signed at AZS Koszalin (Poland-PLK, starting five) and showed 8.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP-2 (66.7%), 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 83.3%.
The season 2010-2011 Mirko Kovac appeared for Cytavision APOEL. In Cyprus League his stats read 6.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 27.8%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 56.3%, while in EuroChallenge he showed 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg. His team won Cyprus Supercup in 2011.



Aleksandar Rasic wins the title with Siena - by Eurobasket News

Aleksandar Rasic (195-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) wins the title with Siena as as 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 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.
In 2012-2013 for Montepaschi Siena (Italy-SerieA) he averaged 2.0ppg, while in Euroleague his stats read 4.4ppg.



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  SINGAPORE   


2013 SEABA Championship: Thailand better Singapore in opener - by Eurobasket News

Thailand - Singapore 67:49

Thailand victoriously opened their SEABA Championship campaign. They knocked down Singapore in the opener. Sukhdavb Ghogar nailed 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Thailand led by a single point after ten minutes of action 17:16. They went on a 14:7 run in the second period to build a 31:23 halftime lead. Thailand controlled the tempo in the third period. They ensured a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Singapore scored just 9 points in the final period and had to surrender at the end. Suttisin Wattana provided 15 points for Thailand. Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) added 8 points for the winners. Wong Wei Long (172-G-88) responded with 11 points for Singapore. Folkoff Mitchell had 9 points in the loss.

Thailand: Sukhdavb Ghogar 17, Suttisin Wattana 15, Darongpan Apiromvilaichai 8
Singapore: Wong Wei Long 11, Folkoff Mitchell 9



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  SLOVENIA   


BC Nizhny Novgorod keep Slovenian Primoz Brezec - by Eurobasket News

BC Nizhny Novgorod keep Slovenian Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) for the next season. In 6 games he averaged 10.7ppg and 5.2rpg last season. Brezec also played 12 games in VTB United League where he had 12.3ppg and 5.2rpg. The earlier season he played at Lokomotiv. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Brezec was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 9 PBL games he had 3.2ppg and 3.0rpg. He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he had 3.6ppg and 3.1rpg. Brezec also played 10 games in VTB United League where he had 6.0ppg and 4.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The season 2010/2011 Brezec played at Krasnie Krilya. In 26 games he had 12.4ppg and 6.1rpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Primoz Brezec also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had very impressive stats: 20.8ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. The most of previous (09-10) season he spent at the Bucks in NBA. But in 16 games he had just 1.4ppg and 1.0rpg. Brezec also played at the 76ers in NBA earlier that season. In 7 games he had only 0.7ppg and 1.7rpg.



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  SPAIN   

Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. Real Madrid 30-4 
 2. Caja Laboral 25-9 
 3. FCB Regal 23-11 
 4. Valencia 22-12 
 5. CAI Zaragoza 21-13 
 6. Gescrap BB 19-15 
 7. G.Canaria 2014 19-15 
 8. Blusens M. 18-16 
 9. Unicaja 18-16 
 10. CB Canarias 17-17 
 11. FIATC Joventut 16-18 
 12. Asefa Estudian. 15-19 
 13. UCAM Murcia 13-21 
 14. Mad-Croc 12-22 
 15. Cajasol 12-22 
 16. Blancos de R. 12-22 
 17. Lagun Aro GBC 8-26 
 18. Assignia M. 6-28 

Finals: Round 5

Jun. 19: Real Madrid - FCB Regal 79-71


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 


Gescrap BB prolong Sergio Sanchez - by Eurobasket News

Gescrap BB prolong Sergio Sanchez (198-F-84) for another season. The Spanish player will enter his second straight season with the team.
Last year he joined Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in Spain. But in 5 ACB games he recorded just 0.6ppg this season. Sanchez also played 6 games in Eurocup but he averaged 0.2ppg.
Sergio Sanchez started his career for UNIVERSIDAD DE DEUSTO (1 Div). Later he moved to Santurtzi (EBA) and in 2004-2005 for Santurtzi (EBA)
his stats read 12.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 18.0%, FT: 68.3%.
In 2006-2007 Sergio Sanchez moved to A.D.B. Hellin (EBA, starting five) and in 26 games averaged 16.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 65.0%, 3FGP: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. In 2007-2010 played for Carrefour 'El Bulevar' Obila de Avila (LEB Bronze) and in 2010-2011 headed to Adreilu Santurtzi (LEB Silver, starting five). In 25 games his stats read 7.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 54.2%.



Axel Hervelle stays with Bilbao Basket - by Eurobasket News

Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) stays with Bilbao Basket for another season. The forward re-signed for two more seasons.
In 36 ACB games he averaged 7.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.7apg this season. Hervelle also played 17 games in Eurocup where he had 6.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg. The last season he played also at Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (ACB) in Spanish league. In 30 games he had 4.7ppg and 3.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the supercup semifinals. Hervelle also played 18 games in Euroleague where he had 4.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
In 2005 Hervelle was drafted by Denver Nuggets (NBA) in second round (52nd overall).
He was also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Hervelle played for Belgian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2001. He represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 9.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 70.6%.



Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 1st Team 2013
Sergio Rodriguez
Rodriguez
Kostas Vasiliadis
Vasiliadis
Justin Doellman
Doellman
Nacho Martin
Martin
Nikola Mirotic
Mirotic

Finals MVP: Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) of Real Madrid
Player of the Year: Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) of Real Madrid
Guard of the Year: Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) of Real Madrid
Forward of the Year: Justin Doellman (206-F-85) of Valencia
Center of the Year: Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) of Real Madrid
Newcomer of the Year: James Feldeine (193-G-88) of Mad-Croc
Bosman Player of the Year: Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84) of Gescrap BB
Import Player of the Year: Justin Doellman (206-F-85) of Valencia
Domestic Player of the Year: Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) of Real Madrid
Defensive Player of the Year: Justin Doellman (206-F-85) of Valencia
Coach of the Year: Pablo Laso of Real Madrid

1st Team
PG: Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) of Real Madrid
G/F: Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84) of Gescrap BB
F: Justin Doellman (206-F-85) of Valencia
F: Nacho Martin (205-F-83) of Blancos de R.
F/C: Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) of Real Madrid

2nd Team
PG: Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) of Cajasol
SG: Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) of Real Madrid
SF: Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) of Real Madrid
SF: Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) of Caja Laboral
F/C: Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) of Caja Laboral

3rd Team
G: Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of FCB Regal
G: James Feldeine (193-G-88) of Mad-Croc
F/G: Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) of Caja Laboral
C: Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FCB Regal
C: Henk Norel (214-C-87) of CAI Zaragoza

Honorable Mention
Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) of Real Madrid
Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83) of FCB Regal
Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91) of Valencia
Spencer Nelson (202-F/C-80) of G.Canaria 2014
Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Gescrap BB
Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) of Gescrap BB
Alberto Corbacho (201-F-84) of Blusens M.
Ricardo Uriz (189-PG-80) of CB Canarias
Albert Oliver (187-PG-78) of FIATC Joventut
Carl English (192-G-81) of Asefa Estudian.
Adam Hanga (200-SG-89) of Assignia M.
Ryan Toolson (193-G-85) of Unicaja

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) of Real Madrid
SG: Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) of Real Madrid
SF: Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) of Real Madrid
F: Nacho Martin (205-F-83) of Blancos de R.
F/C: Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) of Real Madrid

All-Imports Team
G: Ryan Toolson (193-G-85) of Unicaja
G: James Feldeine (193-G-88) of Mad-Croc
F/C: Marcus Lewis (203-F/C-86) of UCAM Murcia
F: Justin Doellman (206-F-85) of Valencia
C/F: Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Gescrap BB

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) of Cajasol
G/F: Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84) of Gescrap BB
SF: Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) of Caja Laboral
F/C: Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) of Caja Laboral
C: Henk Norel (214-C-87) of CAI Zaragoza



Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA 1st Team 2013
Pedro Corominas
Corominas
Pablo Bayle
Bayle
Ander Garcia
Garcia
Josep Mestres
Mestres
Francisco Guerra
Guerra

Player of the Year: Francisco Guerra (214-C-92) of Asefa Estudian.
Guard of the Year: Ander Garcia (194-G/F-89) of Alona Mendi
Forward of the Year: Josep Mestres (208-F/C-85) of Aracena
Center of the Year: Francisco Guerra (214-C-92) of Asefa Estudian.
Bosman Player of the Year: Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) of Bakken
Import Player of the Year: Igor Ibaka (203-F/C-92) of Pacense Badajoz
Domestic Player of the Year: Francisco Guerra (214-C-92) of Asefa Estudian.
Defensive Player of the Year: Joan Faner (176-PG-90) of San Isidro
Coach of the Year: Mariano De Pablos of Asefa Estud. II

1st Team
PG: Pedro Corominas (180-PG-71) of Aracena
G: Pablo Bayle (190-G-87) of Plasencia
G/F: Ander Garcia (194-G/F-89) of Alona Mendi
F/C: Josep Mestres (208-F/C-85) of Aracena
C: Francisco Guerra (214-C-92) of Asefa Estudian.

2nd Team
G: Jonathan Ramirez (192-G-78) of Sabadell Basq.
G/F: Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) of Bakken
F: Ibon Carreto (199-F-84) of Zornotza
F: Javier Salson (199-F-82) of Real Canoe M.
C: Pablo Rodrigo (204-C-86) of Alcobendas

Honorable Mention
Imanol Millares (85) of Arruabarrena
Arturo Cruz (180-PG-93) of Tormes
Raul Narros (198-F-86) of Ardoi
Milos Martinovic (195-G/F-83) of Estela
Daniel Bordignon (197-F/C-96) of Alava
Sergio De La Fuente (198-C-89) of Valladolid Univ.
Aitor De Miguel (186-G-83) of Goierri
Dario Suarez (182-G-87) of Coruna II
Marcos Sanesteban (198-F-79) of Naron
Michael Conde (180-PG-88) of Ourense
Jose Alberto Expsito (194-G/F-86) of Quintanar
Ignacio Diaz (200-F-87) of Santa Cruz
Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) of Real Madrid II
Felix Ortiz (195-G-84) of Albacete
Sergio Vidal (194-G-88) of Valencia Un.P.
Josep Mestres (208-F/C-85) of Aracena
Manuel Ferreiro (186-PG-90) of Marin
Gabriel Diaz (197-F-89) of L'Hospitalet
Marcos Casado (183-PG-83) of Santurtzi
Federico Ucles (204-F/C-93) of Plasencia
Igor Ibaka (203-F/C-92) of Pacense Badajoz
Javier Marin (190-PG-92) of Cimbis
Joan Faner (176-PG-90) of San Isidro

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Pedro Corominas (180-PG-71) of Aracena
G: Pablo Bayle (190-G-87) of Plasencia
G/F: Ander Garcia (194-G/F-89) of Alona Mendi
F/C: Josep Mestres (208-F/C-85) of Aracena
C: Francisco Guerra (214-C-92) of Asefa Estudian.

All-Imports Team
PG: Taylor Garcia (182-PG-87) of Otero
F: Greg Adon (198-F-91) of Marin
F: Charles Nkaloulou (199-F-94) of Estudiantes L.
F: Tyrone Nared (203-F-88) of Zamora
F/C: Igor Ibaka (203-F/C-92) of Pacense Badajoz

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Diego Fox (177-PG-77) of Albacete
G/F: Milos Martinovic (195-G/F-83) of Estela
G/F: Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) of Bakken
F/C: Daniel Bordignon (197-F/C-96) of Alava
C: Laszlo Dobos (220-C-93) of CAI Zaragoza



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  SWEDEN   

Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Gaiteros
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Miller, Gaiteros21.6 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket20.4 
 3. Palm, Boras19.2 
 4. Sigurdarson, Sunds.18.3 
 5. Wesby, Sundsvall17.4 
 6. Ruach, Nassjo17.3 
 7. Augustus, 0817.1 
 8. Castle, Eco Orebro17.0 
 9. Cuffee, Sundsvall17.0 
 10. Oglesby, Boras16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sunds.
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.1 
 2. Palm, Boras9.6 
 3. Simms, Welcome9.3 
 4. Wright, Uppsala8.8 
 5. Walker, Soleuvre8.6 
 6. McKnight, Boras8.1 
 7. Lalugba, Jamtland7.5 
 8. Johnson, Solna7.4 
 9. Santee, Eco Orebro7.2 
 10. Igbavboa, Vechta7.1 
Assists Per Game
 James MILLER
  Gaiteros
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Miller, Gaiteros6.1 
 2. Castle, Eco Orebro5.7 
 3. Dugat, LF Basket4.8 
 4. Jackson, Uppsala4.5 
 5. Ermolinskij, Norrk.4.3 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland4.3 
 7. Levin, Solna4.3 
 8. Carter, Knox R.4.1 
 9. Jeromanovs, Norrk.4.1 
 10. Guyton, Eagles4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Henry DUGAT
  LF Basket
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dugat, LF Basket2.0 
 2. Ruach, Nassjo2.0 
 3. Stefanovic, 081.9 
 4. Mbemba, 081.8 
 5. Carter, Knox R.1.8 
 6. Castle, Eco Orebro1.8 
 7. Jeromanovs, Norrk.1.6 
 8. McKnight, Boras1.6 
 9. Ilunga, 081.6 
 10. Walker, Soleuvre1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Welcome
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Simms, Welcome1.8 
 2. Augustus, 081.7 
 3. Hughes, B.Bystrica1.6 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkopi.1.5 
 5. Henderson, LF Ba.1.3 
 6. Wright, Uppsala1.3 
 7. Palm, Boras1.3 
 8. Brown, 081.1 
 9. Johnson, Solna1.0 
 10. Reed, LF Basket0.9 


Sweden U20 posted two victories at Nordic Cup 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 posted two victories at Nordic Cup 2013. The team lost to Denmark in the opener, but then overcame Estonian and Finland.
In Day 2 Sweden U20 overcame Estonia U20 87:77. Sweden grabbed a 27-25 lead and led 4 points at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the Swedish players erupted for a 68:53 lead after three quarters. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) collected 19. William Asplund (203-C/F-93) had 17 points and 12 boards, while Niklas Larsson added 17. Sander Saare ended up with 14 points in defeat and Rauno Nurger had 11 points and the same number of boards.
In Day 3 Sweden U20 grabbed an 82-81 win against Finland. Tobias Borg top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Marcus Eriksson had 16. Joonas Lehtoranta answered with 23 points in defeat, while Joonas Caven had 20.



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  THAILAND   


2013 SEABA Championship: Thailand better Singapore in opener - by Eurobasket News

Thailand - Singapore 67:49

Thailand victoriously opened their SEABA Championship campaign. They knocked down Singapore in the opener. Sukhdavb Ghogar nailed 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Thailand led by a single point after ten minutes of action 17:16. They went on a 14:7 run in the second period to build a 31:23 halftime lead. Thailand controlled the tempo in the third period. They ensured a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Singapore scored just 9 points in the final period and had to surrender at the end. Suttisin Wattana provided 15 points for Thailand. Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) added 8 points for the winners. Wong Wei Long (172-G-88) responded with 11 points for Singapore. Folkoff Mitchell had 9 points in the loss.

Thailand: Sukhdavb Ghogar 17, Suttisin Wattana 15, Darongpan Apiromvilaichai 8
Singapore: Wong Wei Long 11, Folkoff Mitchell 9



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  TRBL   


The PrimeTime Players won their second straight TRBL Championship on Sunday evening, defeating the previously unbeaten Cary Invasion 126-118. - by Greg

The win marked PrimeTimes 27th straight victory in the TRBL after losing their season opener in 2012. It was the second straight year that the Players and the Invasion have met in the final and the fourth installment of the most exciting rivalry in the league.

After a regular season that saw PrimeTime beat opponents by an average of almost 38 points per game, Sundays final was anything but ordinary. Cary was known for posting hefty margins of victory as well and after scheduling conflicts prevented the teams from facing each other during the regular season it became clear the only way this rivalry would be renewed would be in the championship game.

PrimeTime started out with the hotter hand in the first quarter as Chris Moore (6'2''-G-86, college: Charleston So.) knocked down a pair of three pointers to combat an otherwise cold shooting start for both teams. Cary shot just 2-of-13 from behind the arc in the first quarter as they tried to jump out early on the defending champions. The difference in the quarter was the Players free-throw shooting. PrimeTime was 7-of-7 from the charity stripe and took a 29-22 lead into the first break.

The second quarter was dominated by PrimeTime as Donald Rutherford (6'7''-F/C-87, college: Catawba) and Sean Barnette (6'6''-F-86, college: Wingate) combined for 24 points on 6-of-7 shooting from long range. Terell Smith knocked down a pair of three pointers of his own during a crucial PrimeTime run that stretched the lead to 68-46 at halftime. It appeared as though the most anticipated match up of the year might be a washout as the two teams headed to the locker room.

As they had all year, though, the Cary Invasion came out in the second half with a renewed energy that PrimeTime struggled to match. Freddie Little (6'1''-PG-86, college: Montevallo) almost single-handedly erased the Cary deficit in the third quarter with a scorching shooting performance from three point land. Little was 5-for-5 from long distance during the period as the Invasion quickly got back into the game and cut the PrimeTime lead to as few as six. The Players Chris Moore knocked down a pair of threes and hit four consecutive free-throws towards the end of the period but the teams headed into the fourth quarter with the Invasion down only nine and possessing all the momentum.

The final stanza was an epic back-and-forth battle between PrimeTime and Cary. The teams exchanged runs several times with PrimeTime pushing the lead to as many as 14 and Cary cutting their deficit to as few as five. The crowd on hand at the J.D. Fuller center was loud and the pressure was real, but time after time the PrimeTime Players answered the bell. During the Invasions final push, James Dillard threw down a monster two-handed dunk after a steal in the back court and Terell Smith drained a three from the top of the key to all but wrap up the title for PrimeTime.

PrimeTime made 11-of-13 free throws in the fourth quarter and Moore knocked down all five of his attempts down the stretch.

Despite having several open looks, the Invasion shot just 5-of-15 from behind the arc in the fourth.

The teams combined to attempt 83 three-pointers on the night and Cary actually made more total shots than PrimeTime on the night. The difference was the solid free-throw shooting from the Players. PrimeTime made 30 of their 38 free throw attempts while Cary made only converted 17 of 26 tries.

PrimeTimes Chris Moore, who was named the league MVP, scoring 67 points in the teams two postseason games. His 27 on Sunday were crucial, along with playoff MVP Sean Barnette (6'6''-F-86, college: Wingate)s 28 points and nine rebounds. Donald Rutherford (6'7''-F/C-87, college: Catawba) finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Malaciah Jones double-double streak was snapped as he recorded 13 points and four rebounds. Terell Smith had 19 points and seven assists while playing the role of master motivator during some of Carys more imposing runs.
Freddie Little had a game-high 33 points for Cary while Paul Wright had 24. Daniel Jackson finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds to record the Invasions only double-double on the evening and Marsharee Neely chipped in 17.




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  UKRAINE   


Ukraine U20 outscore Israel U20 in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20-Israel U20 86:81

Ukraine U20 outscore Israel U20 in Kyiv in the first friendly game between two sides. The hosts posted an 86:81 victory at the Sports Palace.
Ukraine opened the game with a 23-22 rally and added 16-14 in the second frame. Moreover the host looked better after the halftime and won the third period 27-25. Israel trailed 5 points after 30 minutes of the game but could not catch up with the opponents. Both teams scored 20 points in the last stanza for the final result.
Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 13 assists, while Maksym Lutsenko (186-G-93) notched 18. Vladislav Korenjuk delivered 16 and Anatolyy Shundel scored 12. Igor Mayor (185-G-93) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort. Rafi Merco, Shann Pawson and Igor Koulchov poured in 13 points each.

Ukraine U20: Klym Artamonov 23+13 ast. Maksym Lutsenko 18, Vladislav Korenjuk 16, Anatolyy Shundel 12
Israel U20: Igor Mayor 18, Rafi Merco 13, Shann Pawson 13, Igor Koulchov 13



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


CSKA Moscow agreed terms with Grigori Shukhovtsov - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow agreed terms with Grigori Shukhovtsov (211-C-83) for 2012/2013 season.
Grigori Shukhovtsov played last at Lokomotiv Kuban. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 19 PBL games he averaged 2.9ppg and 1.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Shukhovtsov also played 9 games in Eurocup where he averaged 4.1ppg and 2.1rpg. He also played 18 games in VTB United League where he averaged only 2.3ppg and 1.9rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Shukhovtsov played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2011. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Russian A Superleague All-Newcomers Team back in 2010.
Shukhovtsov has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Neptunas and Sakalai) and Russia (Dynamo Moscow and Dynamo Moscow U23).



Nikita Shabalkin re-upped with Unics Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Nikita Shabalkin (206-F-86) re-upped with Unics Kazan for another season.
Last year he managed to play in three leagues. In 8 PBL games he recorded 4.1ppg and 1.4rpg. Shabalkin also played 4 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.3ppg and 1.8rpg. He also played 13 games in VTB United League where he averaged 8.5ppg and 2.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Shabalkin also played at Lokomotiv earlier that season. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 7 PBL games he averaged 3.7ppg and 2.7rpg. Shabalkin also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged just 1.0ppg. He also played 5 games in VTB United League where he averaged only 2.2ppg and 1.8rpg.
Among other achievements Shabalkin's team made it to the PBL Semifinals in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 1st Team award back in 2009. Shabalkin was also a member of Russian international program for some years. He played for Russian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006. Shabalkin also represented Russia at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 3 games: 1.3ppg.



Donaldas Kairys takes over Tsmoki Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki Minsk announced the name of their new head coach. They agreed on terms of contract with Donaldas Kairys . The deal is meant for one season. The Lithuanian specialist will replace Andrei Krivonos on the bench. Andrei Krivonos is reportedly staying as assistant coach with the team. Donaldasy Kairys has lately worked in Ukraine. He guided DnirpoAzot. Previously Kairys also guided ASK Riga. He led the team to the Bronze medals in LBL. Donaldas Kairys also worked as assistant coach with Khimky, Lietuvos Rytas, CSKA Moscow and the Missouri University. The specialist has been assistant coach with the Lithuanian National Team since 2006.



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Women News


FIBA Americas U16: USA storm past Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U16-USA U16 28:98

USA storm past Argentina in Day 2 of the FIBA Americas U16. The favorites posted a comfortable 98:28 win for 2-0 record.
USA started the game with a 16-8 rally and never looked behind in the game. They added 22-7 before the halftime and led 38:15 after 2 quarters. USA erupted with a 38-6 burst in the third period and reached a massive lead entering the last period. They did not slow down at the end and won the last stanza 22-7 for the final result.
Asia Durr (5'11''-G-97) paced all the winners with 23 points and Crystal Dangerfield (5'5''-G-98) nailed 16. Arike Ogunbowale (5'9''-F-97) delivered 15, whilst Dejanae Boykin (6'2''-F-97) collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Katie Samuelson (6'3''-G/F-97) followed them with 11 points in a win. Ana Paz (5'10''-F-97) replied with 8 points in the losing effort and Sofia Giannini (5'3''-G-97) netted 7. Maribel Barzola (5'10''-F-97) scored 5, while Luciana Delabarba (5'6''-G-97) notched 4.

Argentina U16: Ana Paz 8, Sofia Giannini 7, Maribel Barzola 5, Luciana Delabarba 4
USA U16: Asia Durr 23, Crystal Dangerfield 16, Arike Ogunbowale 15, Dejanae Boykin 12+12 rebs, Katie Samuelson 11



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  BRAZIL   


FIBA Americas U16: Brazil drub Costa Rica - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U16 - Costa Rica U16 96:42

Brazilian U16 National Team opened win count at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico. They fired past Costa Rica for 1-1 record in Group A. Costa Rica fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Brazil unleashed 34 points in the opening quarter to pile up a 23-point lead. They stayed aggressive offensively in the second quarter. Brazil accumulated a 63:18 halftime lead. The tempo decreased in the third term. Brazil scored just 16 points in the period but still managed to boost their lead by two. The Costa Rican team had no chance to save this one as Brazil coasted to the win at the end. Aline De Moura (185-F/C-97) finished with 19 points for Brazil. Mariane De Carvalho (182-F-97) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Daniela Quesada (167-SG-97) answered with 20 points for Costa Rica. Maria Mora had 5 points in the loss.

Brazil U16: Aline De Moura 19, Mariane De Carvalho 14, Jennifer Calixto (189-C-98) 13
Costa Rica U16: Daniela Quesada 20, Maria Mora 5



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  CHILE   


Los Leones and New Crusaders at the top in the north Group while CD Castro lead the South Group - by Eurobasket Center

The recent weekend concluded the first part of the league tournament Women's National Basketball Movistar and the North Central group both teams shared the first position in the table, recording four wins and a fall. The defending champions Collegio Los Leones of Quilpu and neighboring New Crusaders command the area followed closely by Boston College and Sergio Ceppi.

Meanwhile, the South group completed its first round with the clear supremacy of female quintet CD Castro, has garnered only positive in their five presentations and 377 goals scored so far this tournament will rise as one of the best offenses in the contest ; down in the ranking are the Austral Univesidad with only one defeat and Puerto Varas with two losses they are doing a good job.

Among the best players in this first phase are certainly mentioned in the section north of the strong Argentine with Italian passport Florencia Palacios top scorer of her group along with the great support of the Chilean national Paola Naranjo, both of Los Leones; while are noting also the newly arrived captain of the Argentine national team Carolina Sanchez that is paired with the Chilean Javiera Novion strengths of the New Crusaders, to point out the great Spanish director of the Boston College Lidia Mirchandani. In Group south to report the player Melisa Cejas of the team CD Castro first in the standings chased from the Universidad Austral of the good scorer Tatiana Gomez.

The Women's League in its category Adult classified at the end of the regular season the top two in each area, who then play a crossover playoffs three games, the winners will meet for the final of the best of 5 duels.



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  COSTA RICA   


FIBA Americas U16: Brazil drub Costa Rica - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U16 - Costa Rica U16 96:42

Brazilian U16 National Team opened win count at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico. They fired past Costa Rica for 1-1 record in Group A. Costa Rica fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Brazil unleashed 34 points in the opening quarter to pile up a 23-point lead. They stayed aggressive offensively in the second quarter. Brazil accumulated a 63:18 halftime lead. The tempo decreased in the third term. Brazil scored just 16 points in the period but still managed to boost their lead by two. The Costa Rican team had no chance to save this one as Brazil coasted to the win at the end. Aline De Moura (185-F/C-97) finished with 19 points for Brazil. Mariane De Carvalho (182-F-97) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Daniela Quesada (167-SG-97) answered with 20 points for Costa Rica. Maria Mora had 5 points in the loss.

Brazil U16: Aline De Moura 19, Mariane De Carvalho 14, Jennifer Calixto (189-C-98) 13
Costa Rica U16: Daniela Quesada 20, Maria Mora 5



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Sokol Hradec brings in Katerina Krizova - by Eurobasket News

Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove agreed terms with Katerina Krizova. She will come from Strakonice. It is actually her comeback to Sokol Hradec Kralove as she played here before. In 20 ZBL games she had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg and 7.6rpg this season. The last season she played also at Aldast Strakonice. In 33 games she was second best scorer with remarkable 19.5ppg and averaged 7.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Krizova's team made it to the Czech Rep. D1 Semifinals in 2007, 2009 and 2011. She represented Czech Republic at the 3x3 Women World Championships in Greece last year.
Krizova has played also professionally in Poland (BI SSA Gdynia), Slovakia (MBK Ruzomberok) and Czech Republic (Kara Trutnov and Valosun Brno).



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Women)

Standings
Group E
1. Spain3-0
2. Turkey3-0
3. Italy1-2
4. Montenegro.1-2
5. Sweden1-2
6. Slovakia0-3
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: SWE - MNT 69-58
Jun. 20: ITA - TUR 46-66
Jun. 20: SVK - ESP 44-80

F

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

Second Stage: Round 2

E

Jun. 22: ITA - SVK
Jun. 22: TUR - SWE
Jun. 22: MNT - ESP

F

Jun. 21: CRO - SRB
Jun. 21: ENG - BLR
Jun. 21: FRA - CZE


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Jelena DUBLJEVIC
  MNT
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Dubljevic, USK P.19.5 
 2. Eldebrink, Rivas E.16.5 
 3. Torrens, Galatasa.16.0 
 4. Lyttle, Atlanta D.15.5 
 5. Leedham, Bourges14.8 
 6. Petronyte, Antakya14.7 
 7. Iagupova, L.Angele.14.7 
 8. Zrustova, USK Pra.14.5 
 9. Prince, Chicago S.14.0 
 10. Sottana, Familia13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.10.5 
 2. Leuchanka, Atlan.9.3 
 3. Petronyte, Antakya8.0 
 4. Perovanovic, Nadez.8.0 
 5. Leedham, Bourges7.3 
 6. Kulichova, Good A.7.0 
 7. Paugaite, Charlevi.7.0 
 8. Caglar, Galatasaray6.8 
 9. Ress, Lucca6.8 
 10. Yacoubou-D., Fene.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Isil ALBEN
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Alben, Galatasaray5.0 
 2. Vardarli, Fener.4.5 
 3. Skerovic, USK Praha4.0 
 4. Bortelova, DSK K.3.8 
 5. Leedham, Bourges3.8 
 6. Palau, USK Praha3.3 
 7. Dubljevic, USK P.3.3 
 8. Ciglar, Novi Zagreb3.3 
 9. Petronyte, Antakya3.0 
 10. Dubrovina, Neftoc.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  MNT
  (183-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dabovic, Dynamo M.2.3 
 2. De Forge, USK P.2.0 
 3. Belyakova, Spartak2.0 
 4. Yacoubou-D., Fener.2.0 
 5. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.0 
 6. Petronyte, Antakya2.0 
 7. Leedham, Bourges1.8 
 8. Bortelova, DSK K.1.8 
 9. Baburova, MBK R.1.8 
 10. Ciglar, Novi Zagr.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. Ress, Lucca2.3 
 4. Lyttle, Atlanta D.1.8 
 5. Burgrova, USK Praha1.5 
 6. Miyem, Bourges1.0 
 7. Paugaite, Charlevi.1.0 
 8. Petronyte, Antakya1.0 
 9. Brumermane, Bacsb.1.0 
 10. Jurcenkova, IMOS0.8 


Second Stage. Day 1 in Lille and Vendespace - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Italy - Turkey 46-66
Turkey demolish Italy in Lille at the end of the First day in Group E. The Turkish side improved to 3-0 record after a comfortable 66:46 win. Italy dropped at 1-2 record. Hollingsworth brought the first points for the winners and then Vardarli, Tuncluer and Ivegin nailed threes for 15:13 lead. Hollingsworth closed the first period at 20:16 and Yilmaz brought Turkey 29:24 early in the second frame. Vardarli sent the teams to the lockers at 34:29 and then Turkey dominated the rest of the game. The favorites erupted with a massive run in the third period and grabbed 20-point advantage after three quarters. Turkey held off the opponents for a 66:46 win and remained undefeated. Yasemin Dalgalar top-scored for balance Turkey with 10 points and Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) as well as Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) had 9 each. Quanitra Hollingsworth followed them with 8 points. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 11 points in the losing effort. Kathrin Ress netted 9 and Dotto notched 6.

Sweden - Montenegro 69-58
Sweden registered their second win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Montenegro at the start of the Second Round for both teams. Sweden have now caught up with Montenegro at 1-2 record in Group E. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 21 points to pace the Scandinavian team. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter. However Sweden capped the period on a 9:0 run to take a 22:15 advantage. Sweden opened a double-digit lead midway through the second period 36:25. They arrived at halftime leading by 7 points 38:31. Jovanovic and Anna De Forge dragged the Balkan team within 4 midway through the third term 42:46. Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) was pivotal for Sweden at the start of the fourth frame. She nailed 8 points to give Sweden a 58:48 lead. The Scandinavians kept Montenegro at bay throughout the rest of the quarter and sealed the key victory at the end. Ashley Key finished with 17 points, while Elin Eldebrink produced 6 points for the winners. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) answered with 14 points and 14 rebounds for Montenegro. Jelena Dubljevic topscored with 17 points in the defeat.

Slovakia - Spain 44-80
Spain claimed the fourth straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They breezed past Slovak Republic in the Second Round opener for both teams. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) came up with 18 points to pace the Spaniards as they improved at 3-0 record in Group E. Slovak Republic fell at 0-3. Spain set the tone early in the game. They reeled off to a 22:9 lead after the opening quarter. The Spanish team maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accounted for a massive 44:22 halftime advantage. The complexion of the game did not change in the second half. Slovak Republic managed just 10 points in the third period and faced a 28-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. Spain never looked back afterwards coasting to yet another victory at the tournament. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced 11 points, 5 boards and 4 assists, while Amaya Valdemoro chipped in 9 points for the winners. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) answered with 11 points for Slovak Republic. Katarina Tetemondova netted 8 points in the loss.

Group F
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 delivered 9, whilst Diandra Tchatchouang and Celine Dumerc 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 and Emanuela Salopek followed them with 7 points each in a loss.

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 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 and Yelena Leuchanka had 8 points each in the loss.

Czech Republic - United Kingdom 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 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 chipped in 12 points in the loss.



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Day 1 in Caracas - by Eurobasket News

Group A
USA - Brazil 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 (180-G-97) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Katie Samuelson (191-G/F-97) notched 9. Dejanae Boykin delivered 8, while Lauren Cox (193-F-98) posted 7. Aline De Moura (185-F/C-97) nailed 5 and Wytalla Motta scored 4 points in defeat. In Day 2 USA will take on Argentina, while Brazil will play against Costa Rica.

Costa Rica - Argentina 41-61
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 had 8 points in the win. Paula Mora (169-SF-97) answered with 11 points for Costa Rica. Daniela Quesada had 9 points in the loss.

Group B
Puerto Rico - Mexico 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. Nayeli Ortiz (174-SF-98) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Celilly Telles (174-SF-99) nailed 9. Huidobro Jusseth, Mazzocco Viridiana and Mazzocco Carmelina poured in 8 points each. Lyanne Liciaga (163-SG-97) answered with 19 points in the losing effort, while Patricia Nieves (178-C-97) had 14. Perez Giolibeth added 10, while Gileysa Penzo brought 8.

Venezuela - Canada 23-94
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 added 11 points for the winning team. Annely Espinoza (171-SF-97), Edmari Gil and Laury Garcia answered with 5 points each in the loss.



Day 2 in Caracas - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Brazil - Costa Rica 96-42
Brazilian U16 National Team opened win count at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico. They fired past Costa Rica for 1-1 record in Group A. Costa Rica fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Brazil unleashed 34 points in the opening quarter to pile up a 23-point lead. They stayed aggressive offensively in the second quarter. Brazil accumulated a 63:18 halftime lead. The tempo decreased in the third term. Brazil scored just 16 points in the period but still managed to boost their lead by two. The Costa Rican team had no chance to save this one as Brazil coasted to the win at the end. Aline De Moura (185-F/C-97) finished with 19 points for Brazil. Mariane De Carvalho (182-F-97) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Daniela Quesada (167-SG-97) answered with 20 points for Costa Rica. Maria Mora had 5 points in the loss.

Argentina - USA 28-98
USA storm past Argentina in Day 2 of the FIBA Americas U16. The favorites posted a comfortable 98:28 win for 2-0 record. USA started the game with a 16-8 rally and never looked behind in the game. They added 22-7 before the halftime and led 38:15 after 2 quarters. USA erupted with a 38-6 burst in the third period and reached a massive lead entering the last period. They did not slow down at the end and won the last stanza 22-7 for the final result. Durr Asia paced all the winners with 23 points and Dangerfield Crystal nailed 16. Arike Ogunbowale (175-F-97) delivered 15, whilst Boykin Dejanae collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Katie Samuelson (191-G/F-97) followed them with 11 points in a win. Paz Ana replied with 8 points in the losing effort and Sofia Giannini (159-G-97) netted 7. Barzola Maribel scored 5, while Delabarba Luciana notched 4.

Group B
Venezuela - Mexico 56-60
Mexico improved to 2-0 record at the FIBA Americas U16. The team overcame Venezuela U16 60:56 in Day 2 of the tournament. Mexico started the 18-16 rally and added defensive 11-6 in the second frame. Venezuela came from the changing rooms with a huge improvement and posted a 21-13 surge in the third period. Mexico trailed 1 point in the last period, but managed to use the final push and won the game by 4 points. Nayeli Ortiz (174-SF-98) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Rivera Ornella notched 12. Telles Celilly scored 10, whilst Mazzocco Carmelina netted 5. Maria Montilla (177-PF-97) ended up with 12 points in defeat and Anyibeth Barrios (190-PF-97) as well as Jimenez Mirelis had 8 each. Gil Edmari followed them with 7 points in a loss. Tomorrow Mexico will take on Canada, while Venezuela will face Puerto Rico.

Canada - Puerto Rico 66-61
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 answered with 5 points each in the loss.



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  FINLAND   


Hanna Vapamaa re-upped with Catz Lappeenranta - by Eurobasket News

Hanna Vapamaa (180-F-90) re-upped with Catz Lappeenranta for the next season. The player and the team extended the contract.
In 38 SM-sarja games she recorded 10.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9spg lastseason. She helped them to win the league title. The last season Vapamaa played also at Catz Lappeenranta (SM-sarja) in Finnish league. In 36 games she averaged 8.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. She contributed to her team winning the cup.
Vapamaa has been also a member of Finnish international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2011 and two years ago for U22 National Team. Vapamaa represented Finland at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 6.7ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 25.0%, 3PT: 25.0%.
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BC Pharmaserv Marburg signs American Tonisha Baker - by Eurobasket News

BC Pharmaserv Marburg signs American Tonisha Baker (173-G-90) for the next season. The player will debut in Europe.
Tonisha Baker juts graduated from Campbell University in BSC. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-Big South Conference 1st Team and Big South Conference All-Tournament Team. The last season Baker also at Campbell University in Big South Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games she averaged 14.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.7apg and 2.7spg. A very impressive season as she was selected to All-Big South Conference 2nd Team.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it is her first season in pro basketball.
BC Pharmaserv Marburg finished the Regular Season with 8-14 record.



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  ITALY   


EuroBasket 2013: Turkey demolish Italy in Lille - by Eurobasket News

Italy-Turkey 46:66

Turkey demolish Italy in Lille at the end of the First day in Group E. The Turkish side improved to 3-0 record after a comfortable 66:46 win. Italy dropped at 1-2 record.
Hollingsworth brought the first points for the winners and then Vardarli, Tuncluer and Ivegin nailed threes for 15:13 lead. Hollingsworth closed the first period at 20:16 and Yilmaz brought Turkey 29:24 early in the second frame. Vardarli sent the teams to the lockers at 34:29 and then Turkey dominated the rest of the game. The favorites erupted with a massive run in the third period and grabbed 20-point advantage after three quarters. Turkey held off the opponents for a 66:46 win and remained undefeated.
Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) top-scored for balance Turkey with 10 points and Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) as well as Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) had 9 each. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) followed them with 8 points. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 11 points in the losing effort. Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) netted 9 and Dotto notched 6.

Italy: Giorgia Sottana 11, Kathrin Ress 9, Dotto 6
Turkey: Yasemin Dalgalar 10, Isil Alben 9, Esmeral Tuncluer 9, Quanitra Hollingsworth 8



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  MEXICO   


FIBA Americas U16: Mexico improved to 2-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Venezuela U16-Mexico U16 56:60

Mexico improved to 2-0 record at the FIBA Americas U16. The team overcame Venezuela U16 60:56 in Day 2 of the tournament.
Mexico started the 18-16 rally and added defensive 11-6 in the second frame. Venezuela came from the changing rooms with a huge improvement and posted a 21-13 surge in the third period. Mexico trailed 1 point in the last period, but managed to use the final push and won the game by 4 points.
Nayeli Ortiz (174-SF-98) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Ornella Rivera (168-PG-99) notched 12. Celilly Telles (174-SF-99) scored 10, whilst Carmelina Mazzocco (184-PF-97) netted 5. Maria Montilla (177-PF-97) ended up with 12 points in defeat and Anyibeth Barrios (190-PF-97) as well as Mirelis Jimenez (190-SF-97) had 8 each. Edmari Gil (174-SF-97) followed them with 7 points in a loss.
Tomorrow Mexico will take on Canada, while Venezuela will face Puerto Rico.

Venezuela U16: Maria Montilla 12, Anyibeth Barrios 8, Mirelis Jimenez 8, Edmari Gil 7
Mexico U16: Nayeli Ortiz 19, Ornella Rivera 12, Celilly Telles 10, Carmelina Mazzocco 5



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  MONTENEGRO   


Montenegro lose against Sweden - by Dragan Scepanovic

Sweden - Montenegro 69:58 ( 22:15,16:16,10:13,21:14)
For 1 points : Sweden 20-13 (65%) , Montenegro 13-11 (85%)
For 2 points : Sweden 42-19 (45%) , Montenegro 43-19 (44%)
For 3 points : Sweden 12-6 (50%) , Montenegro 22-3 (14%)
Ass. : Sweden 14 , Montenegro 7
Reb. : Sweden 36 (27+9) , Montenegro 39 (22+17)
Still ball : Sweden 6 , Montenegro 7
Block : Sweden 2 , Montenegro 2
Lose : Sweden 14 , Montenegro 15

Sweden : Aili 2 , Asa 3, Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 21, Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) 17, Kad. Anderson 2 , E. Eledebrink 6, Egnel 5, Hamilton 3, Bartold 5 , Iderstrem , Halvarson 2 , Kat. Anderson 3
Montenegro : Bajic , Skerovic 6 , De Forge 10, Baletic , Popovic , Aleksic , Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) 17 , Bjelica , Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) 14 , Turcinovic 2 , Jovanovic 9 , Culafic .



EuroBasket 2013: Sweden upset Montenegro, stay hopeful of quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Sweden - Montenegro 69:58

Sweden registered their second win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Montenegro at the start of the Second Round for both teams. Sweden have now caught up with Montenegro at 1-2 record in Group E. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 21 points to pace the Scandinavian team.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter. However Sweden capped the period on a 9:0 run to take a 22:15 advantage. Sweden opened a double-digit lead midway through the second period 36:25. They arrived at halftime leading by 7 points 38:31. Jovanovic and Anna De Forge dragged the Balkan team within 4 midway through the third term 42:46. Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) was pivotal for Sweden at the start of the fourth frame. She nailed 8 points to give Sweden a 58:48 lead. The Scandinavians kept Montenegro at bay throughout the rest of the quarter and sealed the key victory at the end. Ashley Key finished with 17 points, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced 6 points for the winners. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) answered with 14 points and 14 rebounds for Montenegro. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) topscored with 17 points in the defeat.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 21, Ashley Key 17, Elin Eldebrink 6
Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 17, Iva Perovanovic 14+14 boards



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  NCAA1   


FIBA Americas U16: USA storm past Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U16-USA U16 28:98

USA storm past Argentina in Day 2 of the FIBA Americas U16. The favorites posted a comfortable 98:28 win for 2-0 record.
USA started the game with a 16-8 rally and never looked behind in the game. They added 22-7 before the halftime and led 38:15 after 2 quarters. USA erupted with a 38-6 burst in the third period and reached a massive lead entering the last period. They did not slow down at the end and won the last stanza 22-7 for the final result.
Asia Durr (5'11''-G-97) paced all the winners with 23 points and Crystal Dangerfield (5'5''-G-98) nailed 16. Arike Ogunbowale (5'9''-F-97) delivered 15, whilst Dejanae Boykin (6'2''-F-97) collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Katie Samuelson (6'3''-G/F-97) followed them with 11 points in a win. Ana Paz (5'10''-F-97) replied with 8 points in the losing effort and Sofia Giannini (5'3''-G-97) netted 7. Maribel Barzola (5'10''-F-97) scored 5, while Luciana Delabarba (5'6''-G-97) notched 4.

Argentina U16: Ana Paz 8, Sofia Giannini 7, Maribel Barzola 5, Luciana Delabarba 4
USA U16: Asia Durr 23, Crystal Dangerfield 16, Arike Ogunbowale 15, Dejanae Boykin 12+12 rebs, Katie Samuelson 11



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  SLOVAKIA   


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

Spain - Slovak Republic 80:44

Spain claimed the fourth straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They breezed past Slovak Republic in the Second Round opener for both teams. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) came up with 18 points to pace the Spaniards as they improved at 3-0 record in Group E. Slovak Republic fell at 0-3.
Spain set the tone early in the game. They reeled off to a 22:9 lead after the opening quarter. The Spanish team maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accounted for a massive 44:22 halftime advantage. The complexion of the game did not change in the second half. Slovak Republic managed just 10 points in the third period and faced a 28-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. Spain never looked back afterwards coasting to yet another victory at the tournament. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced 11 points, 5 boards and 4 assists, while Amaya Valdemoro (183-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) answered with 11 points for Slovak Republic. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) netted 8 points in the loss.

Spain: Sancho Lyttle 18, Marta Xargay Casademont 11, Amaya Valdemoro 9
Slovak Republic: Klaudia Lukacovicova 11, Katarina Tetemondova 8



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  SPAIN   


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

Spain - Slovak Republic 80:44

Spain claimed the fourth straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They breezed past Slovak Republic in the Second Round opener for both teams. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) came up with 18 points to pace the Spaniards as they improved at 3-0 record in Group E. Slovak Republic fell at 0-3.
Spain set the tone early in the game. They reeled off to a 22:9 lead after the opening quarter. The Spanish team maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accounted for a massive 44:22 halftime advantage. The complexion of the game did not change in the second half. Slovak Republic managed just 10 points in the third period and faced a 28-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. Spain never looked back afterwards coasting to yet another victory at the tournament. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced 11 points, 5 boards and 4 assists, while Amaya Valdemoro (183-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) answered with 11 points for Slovak Republic. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) netted 8 points in the loss.

Spain: Sancho Lyttle 18, Marta Xargay Casademont 11, Amaya Valdemoro 9
Slovak Republic: Klaudia Lukacovicova 11, Katarina Tetemondova 8



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  SWEDEN   


EuroBasket 2013: Sweden upset Montenegro, stay hopeful of quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Sweden - Montenegro 69:58

Sweden registered their second win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Montenegro at the start of the Second Round for both teams. Sweden have now caught up with Montenegro at 1-2 record in Group E. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 21 points to pace the Scandinavian team.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter. However Sweden capped the period on a 9:0 run to take a 22:15 advantage. Sweden opened a double-digit lead midway through the second period 36:25. They arrived at halftime leading by 7 points 38:31. Jovanovic and Anna De Forge dragged the Balkan team within 4 midway through the third term 42:46. Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) was pivotal for Sweden at the start of the fourth frame. She nailed 8 points to give Sweden a 58:48 lead. The Scandinavians kept Montenegro at bay throughout the rest of the quarter and sealed the key victory at the end. Ashley Key finished with 17 points, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced 6 points for the winners. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) answered with 14 points and 14 rebounds for Montenegro. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) topscored with 17 points in the defeat.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 21, Ashley Key 17, Elin Eldebrink 6
Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 17, Iva Perovanovic 14+14 boards



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  TURKEY   


Tarsus Belediyesi add Sonja Kireta - by Eurobasket News

Tarsus Belediyesi bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Sonja Kireta (198-C-76). The Croatian centre spent the last season in Italy. She played for Lavezzini Parma. Sonja Kireta notched 15.7 points, 9.3 rebounds per game in A1. She became the top rebounder in the League. Kireta was named All-Italian A1 Bosman Player of the Year. She also made it into A1 1st Team. Sonja Kireta previously played in Spain, France, Czech Republic, Turkey and Croatia. She made it into French LFB All-Bosmans Team in 2008. She was the member of the Croatian National Team in 2003/07 seasons.


EuroBasket 2013: Turkey demolish Italy in Lille - by Eurobasket News

Italy-Turkey 46:66

Turkey demolish Italy in Lille at the end of the First day in Group E. The Turkish side improved to 3-0 record after a comfortable 66:46 win. Italy dropped at 1-2 record.
Hollingsworth brought the first points for the winners and then Vardarli, Tuncluer and Ivegin nailed threes for 15:13 lead. Hollingsworth closed the first period at 20:16 and Yilmaz brought Turkey 29:24 early in the second frame. Vardarli sent the teams to the lockers at 34:29 and then Turkey dominated the rest of the game. The favorites erupted with a massive run in the third period and grabbed 20-point advantage after three quarters. Turkey held off the opponents for a 66:46 win and remained undefeated.
Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) top-scored for balance Turkey with 10 points and Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) as well as Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) had 9 each. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) followed them with 8 points. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 11 points in the losing effort. Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) netted 9 and Dotto notched 6.

Italy: Giorgia Sottana 11, Kathrin Ress 9, Dotto 6
Turkey: Yasemin Dalgalar 10, Isil Alben 9, Esmeral Tuncluer 9, Quanitra Hollingsworth 8



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  UBA   


USBasket.com All-WUBA Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

USBasket.com All-WUBA 1st Team 2013
Nikitta Gartrell
Gartrell
Sherida Triggs
Triggs
Armelie Lumanu
Lumanu
Patechia Hartman
Hartman
La'Keisha Sutton
Sutton

Finals MVP: La'Keisha Sutton (5'9''-G) of Atlanta A.
Player of the Year: Nikitta Gartrell (5'9''-G-88) of Georgia D.
Guard of the Year: Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83) of GIE Matrix
Forward of the Year: Nikitta Gartrell (5'9''-G-88) of Georgia D.
Center of the Year: Sherida Triggs (6'1''-F/C-85) of GIE Matrix
Impact Player of the Year: Shanrika Hardeman (5'9''-F-87) of Tennessee D.
Rookie of the Year: La'Keisha Sutton (5'9''-G) of Atlanta A.
Defensive Player of the Year: Fraderica Miller (5'10''-G) of GIE Matrix
Import Player of the Year: Armelie Lumanu (5'10''-G/F-88) of Southern G.
Sixth Man of the Year: Brittany Hall (5'9''-G-88) of Tennessee D.
Most Improved Player of the Year: Latonda Bruce (5'8''-G-89) of Georgia D.
International Player of the Year: Christina Dewitt (6'2''-F-87) of Southern G.
Coach of the Year: Joseph Redd of Georgia D.
Playoffs Most Outstanding Coach: Corbin Osby

1st Team
G/F: Nikitta Gartrell (5'9''-G-88) of Georgia D.
C: Sherida Triggs (6'1''-F/C-85) of GIE Matrix
G/F: Armelie Lumanu (5'10''-G/F-88) of Southern G.
G: Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83) of GIE Matrix
G: La'Keisha Sutton (5'9''-G) of Atlanta A.

2nd Team
G: Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-86) of Tennessee D.
F/G: Treasure Johnson (6'0''-G/F) of Metro A. Sparks
G/F: Shanrika Hardeman (5'9''-F-87) of Tennessee D.
G/F: Fraderica Miller (5'10''-G) of GIE Matrix
F: Christina Dewitt (6'2''-F-87) of Southern G.

Honorable Mention
Chandra Harris (6'2''-F-89) of Georgia D.
Starr Fairbanks (6'3''-F/C-87) of Southern G.
Leanne Watson (5'11''-F-89) of Georgia D.
Phebe Smith (6'0''-F) of Southern G.
Jordan Greenleaf (6'1''-F-87) of Atlanta A.
Kendra Appling (5'7''-PG-87) of Atlanta A.
Tonia Williams (6'1''-G) of Metro A. Sparks

All-Defensive Team
G/F: Shanrika Hardeman (5'9''-F-87) of Tennessee D.
F: Fraderica Miller (5'10''-G) of GIE Matrix
F: Sherida Triggs (6'1''-F/C-85) of GIE Matrix
G: Armelie Lumanu (5'10''-G/F-88) of Southern G.
G/F: Leanne Watson (5'11''-F-89) of Georgia D.

All-Rookie Team
F: Nikitta Gartrell (5'9''-G-88) of Georgia D.
G: La'Keisha Sutton (5'9''-G) of Atlanta A.
G/F: Starr Fairbanks (6'3''-F/C-87) of Southern G.
F/G: Chandra Harris (6'2''-F-89) of Georgia D.
G/F: Jordan Greenleaf (6'1''-F-87) of Atlanta A.

All-Playoffs Team
F: Christina Dewitt (6'2''-F-87) of Southern G.
F: Courtney Hurt (6'1''-F-90) of Metro A. Sparks
PG: Kendra Appling (5'7''-PG-87) of Atlanta A.
G: Tonia Williams (6'1''-G) of Metro A. Sparks
G: La'Keisha Sutton (5'9''-G) of Atlanta A.




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Venezuelan Women U16 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Edmari Gil
Gil
Annely Espinoza
Espinoza
Maria Montilla
Montilla
Anyibeth Barrios
Barrios
Laury Garcia
Garcia
#e#5
4 Edmari Gil 174-SF-97 Sel.Nac. U15 Venezuela
5 Mariana Figueiras 173-SG-97 Sel.Nac. U15 Venezuela
6 Diadenis Vitrago 160-PG-98
7 Annely Espinoza 171-SF-97 Sel.Nac. U15 Venezuela
8 Patricia Sosa 170-PG-97
9 Sofia Brandelik 196-PG-98
10 Victoria Rojas 173-PF-98
11 Maria Montilla 177-PF-97 Sel.Nac. U15 Venezuela
12 Jennifer Morin 189-C-98
13 Anyibeth Barrios 190-PF-97 Sel.Nac. U15 Venezuela
14 Mirelis Jimenez 190-SF-97 Sel.Nac. U15 Venezuela
15 Laury Garcia 174-SF-97 Sel.Nac. U15 Venezuela

Victor Rojas Head Coach Sel.Nac. U15 Venezuela
Luis Adriani Assistant Sel.Nac. U15 Venezuela



FIBA Americas U16: Mexico improved to 2-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Venezuela U16-Mexico U16 56:60

Mexico improved to 2-0 record at the FIBA Americas U16. The team overcame Venezuela U16 60:56 in Day 2 of the tournament.
Mexico started the 18-16 rally and added defensive 11-6 in the second frame. Venezuela came from the changing rooms with a huge improvement and posted a 21-13 surge in the third period. Mexico trailed 1 point in the last period, but managed to use the final push and won the game by 4 points.
Nayeli Ortiz (174-SF-98) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Ornella Rivera (168-PG-99) notched 12. Celilly Telles (174-SF-99) scored 10, whilst Carmelina Mazzocco (184-PF-97) netted 5. Maria Montilla (177-PF-97) ended up with 12 points in defeat and Anyibeth Barrios (190-PF-97) as well as Mirelis Jimenez (190-SF-97) had 8 each. Edmari Gil (174-SF-97) followed them with 7 points in a loss.
Tomorrow Mexico will take on Canada, while Venezuela will face Puerto Rico.

Venezuela U16: Maria Montilla 12, Anyibeth Barrios 8, Mirelis Jimenez 8, Edmari Gil 7
Mexico U16: Nayeli Ortiz 19, Ornella Rivera 12, Celilly Telles 10, Carmelina Mazzocco 5



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 6-1 
 2. New York L. 4-2 
 3. Washington M. 4-2 
 4. Chicago S. 4-3 
 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. 2-7 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 18: Seattle S. - Washington M. 96-86 OT
Jun. 20: Tulsa S. - Chicago S. 83-74
Jun. 19: Phoenix M. - Minnesota L. 69-80

Regular Season: Round 12

Jun. 21: S.Antonio SS - Seattle S.
Jun. 21: Phoenix M. - Washington M.
Jun. 21: L.Angeles S. - Minnesota L.


Storm, Lynx and Shock with latest victories - by Eurobasket News

Seattle S. - Washington M. 96-86 OT
Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Management Group, college: USC) scored 30 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Seattle Storm to a 96-86 overtime win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night. 'She's a winner and she's proven that,' Seattle coach Brian Agler said about Thompson, the 38-year-old who will retire after this season. 'It's nice for us and our fans and our players to have her on our team so we can enjoy this and see her at her best.' Tanisha Wright (5'11''-SF-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) had five of her 17 points in OT as Seattle (3-3) outscored Washington 18-8 in the extra period. Temeka Johnson added 16 points and Camille Little scored 15 to help the Storm snap a three-game Washington winning streak. Seattle made 23 out of 24 free throws. Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) scored a season-high 23 to lead Washington (4-2). Reserve Matee Ajavon had 17 points while Monique Curry and Michelle Snow had 12 apiece. Ivory Latta added nine points and six assists. Johnson scored 12 and Thompson 10 to help put the Storm up at halftime, 47-40. Courtesy of: thenewstribune.com

Phoenix M. - Minnesota L. 69-80
After the Mercury lost to the Minnesota Lynx 99-79 in the teams' first meeting this season, Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) told Mercury coach Corey Gaines that everything the Lynx do now the Mercury did during their 2007 and 2009 title runs. After that loss on June 6, the Mercury returned to that old uptempo style and won three consecutive games. On Wednesday, when the two teams met again knowing that a track meet and scoring spree could ensue, it was defense that ruled the night. And again, it was the Lynx that did it better. The Mercury lost 80-69 Wednesday night in front of 8,464 at US Airways Center. The Mercury (3-4) were held to 34.4 percent shooting and just nine points in the fourth quarter. DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn), who scored at least 23 points in the previous three games, went 0 for 13 on the night. Taurasi had a game-high 28 points, but no other Mercury player scored more than 14. Taurasi said it wasn't just the Lynx's defense; it was their hustle that led them to 18 second-chance points that hurt the Mercury. 'They beat us to every loose ball, every rebound,' she said. 'They kind of out-toughed us at every position. That's just something we can't let happen.' Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) led Minnesota (5-1) with 26 points and had 16 rebounds. But in a more telling statistic, Moore had seven offensive rebounds, one more than the entire Mercury team. 'For every shot they missed, they got the ball back 50 percent of the time,' Gaines said. 'Those led to easy shots. You can't have that. They wanted the ball more and they got it and that was the game.' The Mercury used a 17-2 run in the third quarter to take a five-point lead. Down by nine early in the third quarter, Taurasi scored five points, and Brittney Griner scored six during the run. Griner was again restricted of minutes on the court because of a left knee sprain she suffered earlier this month. In 22 minutes, she had 10 points and seven rebounds. 'It's not bothering me,' Griner said of the knee. 'They're just taking precaution instead of throwing me out there at full speed. It's feeling good.' The Mercury had a 60-56 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But any momentum died fast as the Mercury scored just two points - none from the field - in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter and allowed the Lynx to come back and take a 69-62 lead. Courtesy of: azcentral.com

Tulsa S. - Chicago S. 83-74
Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) earned her first start of the season for the Tulsa Shock on Thursday, and the WNBA veteran responded in a big way, spoiling the return of Epiphanny Prince for the Chicago Sky. Powell had a season-high 18 points and Riquana Williams came off the bench to score a team-high 21 as the Shock snapped a three-game losing skid with a 83-74 decision over the Sky. "That was coach's call and I thought the team was very supportive," Powell said. "My teammates set me up and I was able to knock down some shots." Powell finished 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, including a 3-pointer following a timeout with 5:55 to play that extended Tulsa's lead to 73-65. Chicago got no closer than five points the rest of the way. "When you're 1-7, you have to do something to shake things up," Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "Nicole is a former all-star who can shoot the ball very well. It was time to make that change and get her in the starting lineup." Tulsa gained a split in the regular-season series with Chicago with the win. The Sky lost their third straight road game. "They were tougher today. They were more physical and had us on our heels," Chicago coach Pokey Chatman said. "They beat us in the toughness areas. If there was a loose ball, they were getting it. They played hard." Chicago was paced by Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU), who had 17 points and 12 rebounds. WNBA rookie Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) finished with 14 points. While Powell was starting, Williams was once again coming off the bench to be an offensive force for Tulsa (2-7). For the second consecutive game, Williams was strong from beyond the 3-point line, hitting 3-of-6 attempts. Her performance against Chicago (4-3) followed a 28-point outburst when she nailed six three-pointers in a 108-103 overtime loss to Phoenix. Williams, who didn't score in the first or fourth quarters, logged her final points of the day with a 3-pointer just before the third-quarter buzzer to push Tulsa to a 68-61 edge. Williams had 12 of Tulsa's 27 points in the third period. Chicago hit four of its first five shots to start the game, including a pair 3-pointers from Prince (13 points), taking a 10-1 lead with 7:43 to play in the opening period. Following a timeout, the Shock pieced together a 17-3 run and set the stage for close the first half with two ties and three lead changes. Candice Wiggins broke one those ties by sinking a jumper at the buzzer to give Tulsa a 41-39 edge heading into intermission. Chicago took its final lead of the day midway through the third quarter on a Fowles jumper, but Wiggins responded with a 3-pointer and Angel Goodrich stole the ensuing inbounds pass and hit a layup to give Tulsa a 58-55 edge. Courtesy of: dailyherald.com



Connecticut Sun waived Ashley Walker - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut Sun waived 26-year old power forward Ashley Walker (187-91kg-87, college: California). But in 7 WNBA games she recorded just 1.9ppg and 2.3rpg this season.
The most of this season Walker spent at CSM Targoviste (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 17 games she averaged 13.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9spg. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention. Walker also spent pre-season at Elitzur Ramla (D1) in Israeli league that year. She contributed to her team winning the cup.
The last (2012-13) season Walker played at Ceyhan Bld (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 21 games she averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3apg and 2.0spg (in top 5) last season. Great year indeed as she was voted to Turkish TKBL All-Star Game.
The previous (2011) summer she was tested by San Antonio Silver Stars.
The last (2011) season Walker played at Maccabi Ramat Hen (D1) in Israeli league. In 23 games she averaged remarkable 15.6ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.9spg. She contributed to her team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team and Honorable Mention.
In 2009 Walker was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in first round (12th overall).
The former University of California staris in her fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Walker was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Import Player of the Year back in 2010.
She has played also professionally in Ukraine (Dynamo), other WNBA team (Tulsa Shock) and Israel (Maccabi Ashdod).

By Eurobasket Data Center