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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Darko Milicic in Crvena zvezda!? - by Igor Obradovic

Another great news for red&white fans from Belgrade.

Darko Milicic (212-C-85), after one year of pause from basketball signed two year contract with Crvena zvezda Telekom.
The 28 year old Serbian centar who have a NBA champions ring with Detroit Pistons will joined Crvena zvezda and help vice-champion of Serbia and Adriatic league in new season.

Before him, Crvena zvezda bring Slovenian big star, Jaka Blazic and extended contract with DeMarcus Nelson.



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  ARGENTINA   


Obras renew Tyler Field and sign Ivan Basualdo - by Eurobasket News

Obras Sanitarias are shaping up the roster for the next season. They resigned the deal with Tyler Field (205-C-78, college: San Diego). The centre will enter the third straight season with the team. Last season he tallied 8.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in LigaA. Tyler Field also notched 7.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per appearance. Tyler Field has been playing in Argentina since 2001. He was named All-Argentinean LigaA 6th Man of the Year in 2012. The centre participated at the LigaA All-Star Game in 2007.
Ivan Basualdo (200-F/C-90) signed a two-year deal with Obras. Last season the centre spent with San Martin Corrientes. He averaged 9.9 points and 5.5 boards per game in TNA.



Olimpico LB land Matias Cuello - by Eurobasket News

Olimpico de La Banda continued to reinforce their roster. They lately added Matias Cuello (190-G-91) to the squad. The guard signed a one-year deal with the team. Last season Matias Cuello played for Monte Hermoso. He averaged 10.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in TNA. Previously he had stints with Lanus and Ramos Mejia Lawn Tenis.


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  AUSTRALIA   


36ers bring in Benny Anthony - by Eurobasket News

The Adelaide 36ers bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Benny Anthony (198-F-88). The forward has signed a two-year deal with the team. Benny Anthony is currently playing at the New Zealand NBL. He averages 22.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game for the Otago Nuggets. Last season Benny Anthony spent in Germany. He played for BBC Solarto Eagles Magdeburg. His stats read 19.2 points, 9.3 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game in Regionalliga. He made it into All-German Regionalliga North 1st Team. Benny Anthony was the member of the Tall Blacks squad in 2009/11 seasons. He participated at the 2010 World Championship in Turkey.


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  BOSNIA   


Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team 2013 - by Simas

Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team 2013
#s#
Zack Wright
Wright
Muhamed Pasalic
Pasalic
Filip Adamovic
Adamovic
Nihad Djedovic
Djedovic
Nemanja Gordic
Gordic
#e#5
Zack Wright 195-G-85 Spartak SP Russia
Muhamed Pasalic 192-G-87 Aris Greece
Filip Adamovic 181-PG-88 Igokea Bosnia
Nihad Djedovic 198-F-90 ALBA Germany
Nemanja Gordic 192-PG-88 Partizan Serbia
Marko Sutalo 193-G-83 Siroki WWin Bosnia
Ante Masic 200-F-85 Cedevita Croatia
Dalibor Persic 196-SF-85 Siroki WWin Bosnia
Adin Vrabac 202-G/F-94 Travnik Bosnia
Mirza Teletovic 206-F-85 Brooklyn N. USA
Edin Bavcic 209-F/C-84 KAOD Greece
Miralem Halilovic 205-F-91 KK Zagreb Croatia
Nedzad Sinanovic 221-C-83 Blancos de R. Spain
Elmedin Kikanovic 210-C-88 Enisey Russia
Andrija Stipanovic 209-C-86 Vanoli CR Italy
Jusuf Nurkic 212-C-94 Zadar Croatia

Aleksandar Petrovic Head Coach Cedevita Croatia



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  BRAZIL   


Olivinha Rodriguez re-signs with Flamengo - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo ensured the services of Olivinha Rodriguez (202-PF-83). The forward has agreed on terms of one-year contract extension with the NBB champions. Olivinha Rodriguez will enter the second straight season with Flamengo. He was intrumental in the NBB triumph. The forward notched 13.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in the League. Olivinha Rodriguez also notched 15.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in Liga Sudamericana. He also posted 12.7 points, 6.0 rebounds per game in Liga Americas. Olivinha Rodruguez was named All-Liga Sudamericana Best Forward. Rodriguez was named All-Brazilian League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2010. He was also trumped League Newcomer of the Year in 2007.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Penns double-double leads Gameboys to big win! - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Gameboys certainly came with their A game as they registered a runaway 99-65 victory over the Phillipinas when the BVI Basketball Federations Summer League continued on Wednesday June 19, 2013 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.

The first half of the game was fairly close with the shorthanded Phillipinas staying in touch with the Gameboys. The 1st quarter had ended 23- 17, but the 2nd ended 13-13 and at the break the Gameboys had a slender 36-30 advantage.

The 3rd quarter proved decisive though as the Gameboys were able to hit a massive 37 points to reach the final period up 73-47. The 4th quarter became almost a 3-point contest by the Gameboys as they completely controlled the game to finish with a 34-point victory margin.

Regg Penn finished with 33 points and 13 rebounds to top the scoring charts. Terry Charles netted 23 points, Shaquille Fonseca 22 and Anthony Hodge 16 with 16 rebounds.

For the Phillipinas, Deangelo Sampson had 28 points with 9 rebounds.

Last nights second game was a low scoring affair eventually won by All Ah Wee, 57-54, over the Lions. Jevan Serrant top scored with 21 points and 15 rebounds, whilst Sean Woods had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals.

For the Lions, Nicols Charles had 15 points, Dudley Richardson 13 and Tyron Tyson 7 points and 12 rebounds.

On Tuesday Night, the Skulls beat the HLSCC Stingrays 99-66 on the back of 23 points from Shamoii Dagou. William Penn Junior added 12 points with 7 rebounds and Roger Farrington finished with 12 points.

For the Stingrays, Tyree Maduro had 12 points and both Shakeem Freeman and LiShaquah Fahie finished with 10 points each.

Mega Mix also had a crushing victory, 93-60, over the Pure Playaz. Douron Phillip doubled with 24 points and 12 rebounds. He also picked up 7 steals as did Halstead Chiverton.

Chiverton added 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 steals to his nights work whilst Bjorn Caleb and Tavon Phillip also doubled, Caleb notching 18 points and 20 rebounds and Phillip 14 points and 15 rebounds.

For the Playaz, Mervin Potter Junior finished with 19 points and Shem Samuel 11 points and 12 rebounds for the games 4th double.



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  BULGARIA   


Serbia U20 defeat Bulgaria U20 in Vrnjacka Banja - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Bulgaria U20 70:48

Serbian and Bulgarian U20 National Teams played the first game in the exhibition series in Vrnjacka Banja. The hosts claimed a comfortable win at the end. Nemanja Bezbradica (204-F/C-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points to pace the hosts.
Serbia eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They increased the tempo and defensive aggressiveness in the second period. The hosts cleared off to a 45:33 distance at halftime. Serbia held their opponents to 7 points in the third term. The hosts capitalized taking a comfortable 19-point lead into the fourth period. Bulgaria scored just 8 points in the final period and had to surrender at the end. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) netted 11 points, while Nemanja Krstic (198-SF-93) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) answered with 10 points for Bulgaria. Dimitar Dimitrov (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) topscored with 16 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Bezbradica 19, Nemanja Krstic 13, Luka Mitrovic 11
Bulgaria U20: Dimitar Dimitrov 16, Aleks Simeonov 10



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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


Denain land Jimmy Djimrabaye - by Eurobasket News

Denain have agreed on terms of contract with Jimmy Djimrabaye (204-C/F-92). The centre spent the last season with Gravelines. He appeared in just ProA as well as one EuroChallenge games. The centre mostly played for Gravelines U21 team. Previously Jimmy Djimrabaye had stints with Vichy, Orleans and ASOPT. He has been the member of the Central African National Team since 2009.


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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Sichuan BW 9-3 
 2. Hong Kong 9-3 
 3. Chongqing FD 9-3 
 4. Jiangsu TX 8-4 
 5. Changsha Bank 8-4 
 6. Guangzhou L. 7-5 
 7. Heilongjiang 5-7 
 8. Nanjin Army 3-9 
 9. Jiang Xi 2-10 
 10. Hebei S. 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jun. 21: Chongqing FD - Hebei S. 97-76
Jun. 21: Sichuan BW - Guangzhou L. 85-72
Jun. 21: Jiangsu TX - Jiang Xi 135-97
Jun. 21: Changsha Bank - Heilongjiang 107-88
Jun. 21: Hong Kong - Nanjin Army 103-86

Regular Season: Round 13

Jun. 23: Hebei S. - Nanjin Army
Jun. 23: Jiang Xi - Sichuan BW
Jun. 23: Jiangsu TX - Heilongjiang
Jun. 23: Chongqing FD - Guangzhou L.
Jun. 23: Changsha Bank - Hong Kong


NBL Round 12: Leader Sichuan BW gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Leader Sichuan BW delivered the ninth win on Friday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Guangzhou L. (7-5) 85-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guangzhou L.. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 13 points. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sichuan BW made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. Taiwanese point guard Yong-Ren Wu (176-82) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Shawne Williams (206-86, college: Memphis) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Sichuan BW have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-3 record, which they share with Hong Kong and Chongqing FD. Defending champion Guangzhou L. dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. Sichuan BW is looking forward to face Jiang Xi (#9) in Jiangxi in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guangzhou L.'s supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Guangzhou to the arena Chongqing FD.
Bottom-ranked Hebei S. (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 97-76 loss to third ranked Chongqing FD (9-3) in Guangzhou. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. It was a good game for American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 20 rebounds. Peng Yao contributed with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Lei Zhao (196-89) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds for Hebei S.The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chongqing FD keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hong Kong and Sichuan BW. Hebei S. at the other side still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Chongqing FD's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Guangzhou Guangzhou L..
The game with biggest result difference took place in Jiangsu. Local Jiangsu TX (8-4) outscored 9th ranked Jiang Xi (2-10) 135-97 on Friday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Othello Hunter who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was Bryan Davis with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jiangsu TX maintains fourth position with 8-4 record, which they share with Changsha Bank. Loser Jiang Xi keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Jiangsu TX will meet at home Heilongjiang (#7) in the next round. Jiang Xi will play against the league's leader Sichuan BW and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 12 Heilongjiang was crushed by Changsha Bank in Guangdong 107-88. Hong Kong beat Nanjin Army at home 103-86.


Changsha Bank - Heilongjiang 107-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Heilongjiang's (5-7) road loss to sixth ranked Changsha Bank (8-4) 88-107 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Changsha Bank. Heilongjiang managed to win fourth quarter 33-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Changsha Bank dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Heilongjiang's 52. They outrebounded Heilongjiang 44-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Changsha Bank looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward XiaTi Re (202-89) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Changsha Bank's coach MingZhu Pu used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) with 15 points and 9 rebounds and forward JunXiong Zhang (204-85) scored 18 points. Five Changsha Bank and four Heilongjiang players scored in double figures. Changsha Bank moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jiangsu TX. Loser Heilongjiang keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Changsha Bank will meet at home league's second-placed Hong Kong in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Heilongjiang will play against Jiangsu TX (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Changsha Bank: R.XiaTi 18+5reb+3ast, S.Jian 17+2reb+1ast, A.Hilton 16+5reb+1ast, J.Cheng 11+10reb, G.Yan 10+4reb+6ast, J.JunQi 10+5reb
Heilongjiang: Z.JunXiong 18+4reb, Y.Gang 18+2reb, P.Kevinn 15+9reb, W.Nan 11+1reb, L.JinYang 9+1reb+2ast, J.Ming 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 242220


Jiangsu TX - Jiang Xi 135-97

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jiangsu. Local Jiangsu TX (8-4) outscored 9th ranked Jiang Xi (2-10) 135-97 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu TX. Jiang Xi managed to win fourth quarter 34-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jiangsu TX shot 62.7 percent from the field. They also forced 22 Jiang Xi turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 51.4 percentage. Jiangsu TX looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Jiang Xi's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and point guard Xin Feng (187-92) who added 13 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) with 26 points and 6 rebounds and forward Yi Ma (197-88) scored 16 points. Five Jiangsu TX and four Jiang Xi players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jiangsu TX maintains fourth position with 8-4 record, which they share with Changsha Bank. Loser Jiang Xi keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Jiangsu TX will meet at home Heilongjiang (#7) in the next round. Jiang Xi will play against the league's leader Sichuan BW and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: H.Othello 29+7reb+5ast, S.JianYe 18+1reb+3ast, W.Chen 13+3reb+2ast, F.Xin 13+3reb+7ast, M.Zhuang 13+1reb+2ast, Z.HongWei 11+1reb+2ast
Jiang Xi: D.Bryan 26+6reb+1ast, M.Yi 16+4reb+1ast, L.Jiawei 13+2reb+1ast, Z.Nan 10, S.Baoli 8+1ast, W.Zhi 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 242219


Sichuan BW - Guangzhou L. 85-72

Leader Sichuan BW delivered the ninth win on Friday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Guangzhou L. (7-5) 85-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guangzhou L.. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 13 points. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sichuan BW made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. Taiwanese point guard Yong-Ren Wu (176-82) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Shawne Williams (206-86, college: Memphis) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and forward ZhiChao Ba (200-89) added 15 points respectively. Sichuan BW have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-3 record, which they share with Hong Kong and Chongqing FD. Defending champion Guangzhou L. dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. Sichuan BW is looking forward to face Jiang Xi (#9) in Jiangxi in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guangzhou L.'s supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Guangzhou to the arena Chongqing FD.
Top scorers:
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 29+17reb, C.XiaoDong 18+5reb+1ast, W.Yong-Ren 14+5reb+8ast, H.XiaoBin 9+4reb, Z.ZhenHu 7+3reb+2ast, W.Jing 4+2reb+2ast
Guangzhou L.: W.Shawne 25+12reb+1ast, B.ZhiChao 15+4reb+1ast, J.Lei 10+3reb+1ast, C.DaWei 8+4reb+1ast, T.Chao 7+2reb+1ast, G.Liye 4+5reb
gschID: 242217


Chongqing FD - Hebei S. 97-76

Bottom-ranked Hebei S. (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 97-76 loss to third ranked Chongqing FD (9-3) in Guangzhou. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game was mostly controlled by Chongqing FD. Hebei S. was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Hebei S. only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Hebei S. 53-33 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Hebei S. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 20 rebounds. Forward Peng Yao (205-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Chongqing FD players scored in double figures. Forward Lei Zhao (196-89) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward YiLong Jia (201-88) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hebei S.The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chongqing FD keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hong Kong and Sichuan BW. Hebei S. at the other side still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Chongqing FD's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Guangzhou Guangzhou L..
Top scorers:
Chongqing FD: H.Josh 22+20reb+2ast, Y.Peng 22+12reb+3ast, Y.Liang 17+7reb+2ast, Y.KaiFu 12+6reb+2ast, L.XueSong 6, S.TianGang 5+2reb
Hebei S.: Z.Lei 17+5reb, W.ZiBo 13+2reb+2ast, J.YiLong 13+8reb, C.YuNan 9+2reb+1ast, D.ZhiMing 7+2reb+1ast, Z.Xun 6+4reb
gschID: 242216


Hong Kong - Nanjin Army 103-86

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Hong Kong (9-3) defeated at home 8th ranked Nanjin Army (3-9) 103-86 on Friday. Hong Kong dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Nanjin Army's 52. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds and forward JiuLong Liu (197-83) who added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Hong Kong's coach ZhaoShen Chen used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and forward QinShuo Deng (205-92) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hong Kong keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Chongqing FD and Sichuan BW. Loser Nanjin Army keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Hong Kong will meet Changsha Bank (#5) in the next round. Nanjin Army will play against Hebei S. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong: S.Craig 29+13reb+1ast, Y.XiaoHang 17+1reb, L.JiuLong 14+7reb+4ast, W.DaYong 13+1reb+4ast, F.Zhou 6+1reb+2ast, W.MingLiang 6+3reb
Nanjin Army: D.QinShuo 15+3reb+1ast, S.Shengyue 13+9reb+5ast, T.JiaFu 12+3reb, L.Dong 11+4reb+1ast, F.ChengLin 9+1reb+1ast, W.ShouWei 8+6reb
gschID: 242218



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  CROATIA   


Cedevita signs Jasmin Repesa as their new head coach - by Dajana Karl

Jasmin Repesa (agency: Court Side ) is officially KK Cedevita Zagreb's new head coach, while his assistant will be Veljko Mrsic .

Repesa last season spent on Unicaja Malaga's bench and he's currently the head coach of Croatian national basketball team.

Here are some of his recent achievements and awards: Italian SerieA Semifinals -07, 11, Italian SerieA Regular Season Runner-Up -08, Italian SerieA Finalist -08, Olympic Games in Beijing (China) -08, Head Coach: Polish National Team -11, Eurocup Semifinals -11, Croatian A1 League Regular Season Champion -12, Croatian A1 League Champion -12, Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Coach of the Year -12

(eurobasket.com database)




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  CYPRUS   


"Cypriot Player of the Year Award" by the Federation - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

The Cyprus Basketball Federation announces the annual awards ceremony that will be held on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 19:00, at the Olympic Hall in Nicosia Cyprus.

The Annual Awards Ceremony is held under the auspices of the Minister of Education and Culture Mr Kyriacos Kenevezos and is dedicated to "Road Safety".

The Federation will award the top basketball players of the season 2012 -2013.

"Coach of the year" award goes to Nicolas Papadopouos (AEK).

"Cypriot Player of the year" award goes to Iakovos Panteli (AEK). Panteli was also awarded as the player of the year in 2011-2012.





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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. B&W Opava 0-0 
 2. BC Kolin 0-0 
 3. BK Decin 0-0 
 4. BK Pardubice 0-0 
 5. BK Prostejov 0-0 
 6. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 7. Chomutov 0-0 
 8. J.Hradec 0-0 
 9. JBC Brno 0-0 
 10. Levice 0-0 
 11. NH Ostrava 0-0 
 12. Svitavy 0-0 
 13. USK Praha 0-0 
 14. Usti n/Labem 0-0 


1Liga Stats Leaders

1Liga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Novotny Pavel 19.6
2 Vyoral Tomas 18.0
3 Dolejsi Jan 17.4
4 Tomas Jakub 17.2
5 Basta Martin 16.8
6 Pecka Ladislav 16.6
7 Harcar Pavel 16.6
8 Faifr Samuel 16.5
9 Jiricek Jan 16.1
10 Klimes Martin 15.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Tomas Jakub 11.1
2 Jiricek Jan 11.1
3 Gonzales Daniel 9.4
4 Pecka Ladislav 9.1
5 Bruha Jiri 9.0
Assists Per Game
1 Vrubl Stepan 4.7
2 Jiran Ales 4.5
3 Chwaszcz Ondrej 3.8
4 Maly Ladislav 3.8
5 Jindra Martin 3.7


Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic 1Liga Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic 1Liga 1st Team 2013
Ales Jiran
Jiran
Filip Smid
Smid
Pavel Novotny
Novotny
Ladislav Pecka
Pecka
Jakub Tomas
Tomas

Player of the Year: Pavel Novotny (204-PF-79) of Sparta Praha
Guard of the Year: Filip Smid (194-SG-92) of JBC Brno
Forward of the Year: Pavel Novotny (204-PF-79) of Sparta Praha
Center of the Year: Tomas Kirsbaum (204-F/C-82) of Sokol H.K.
Domestic Player of the Year: Pavel Novotny (204-PF-79) of Sparta Praha
Import of the Year: Daniel Gonzales (201-PF-84) of Ostrava
Coach of the Year: Stepan Vrubl of JBC Brno

1st Team
PG: Ales Jiran (184-PG-82) of Sparta Praha
SG: Filip Smid (194-SG-92) of JBC Brno
PF: Pavel Novotny (204-PF-79) of Sparta Praha
F: Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) of Loko Plzen
F/C: Jakub Tomas (200-F/C-80) of Sokol P.

2nd Team
PG: Stepan Vrubl (186-PG-76) of JBC Brno
F: Samuel Faifr (203-F-93) of Sokol HK
F: Jan Jiricek (203-F-90) of Kara Trutnov
PF: Daniel Gonzales (201-PF-84) of Ostrava
F/C: Tomas Kirsbaum (204-F/C-82) of Sokol H.K.

Honorable Mention
Ondrej Peterka (195-F-91) of Sokol HK
Adam Zampach (197-SF-90) of Chomutov
Pavel Harcar (202-PF-89) of Svitavy
Michal Susak (200-F-77) of Proton Zlin
Martin Klimes (203-C-83) of Litomerice
Tomas Vyoral (192-G-92) of Nymburk
Jakub Skala (195-PF-78) of Sparta Praha
Martin Basta (180-SG-92) of Loko Plzen
David Sirek (190-SG-91) of Liberec
Jan Dolejsi (188-SG-92) of Kara Trutnov




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  DENMARK   


Danish U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Danish U20 National Team 2013
#s#
Adam Holm-Weber
Holm-Weber
Esben Reinholt
Reinholt
Peter Moller
Moller
Gabriel Lundberg
Lundberg
Christian Benzon
Benzon
#e#5
Adam Holm-Weber 185-PG-94 Vaerlose Denmark
Esben Reinholt 195-G-93 KK Split Croatia
Peter Moller 190-G-94 Vaerlose Denmark
Gabriel Lundberg 188-G-94 Falcon Denmark
Christian Benzon 190-G-93 High School USA
Kristoffer Gertz 193-G-94 Svendborg Denmark
Frederik Rungby 199-F-93 Horsens IC Denmark
Shavon Shields 198-G Nebraska USA
Marc Fabricius 195-PF-94 Vaerlose Denmark
Jacob Jensen 211-C-94 Vaerlose Denmark

Almir Zeco Head Coach SISU Denmark



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris sign Clarence Matthews, ex Marinos - by Eurobasket News

Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris (LNB) signed 30-year old American (has also Venezuelan passport) forward Clarence Matthews (201-112kg-83, college: Tennessee State). He was tested at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league, but left the team in May. In 26 LPB games he had 10.0ppg and 5.8rpg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Matthews' team won Venezuelan LNB Central-West Conference Regular Season in 2012. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB Center of the Year in 2009 and 2012.
Matthews is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina (Quilmes Mar del Plata and San Martin Corrientes), Chile, Colombia (Cucuta Norte), Mexico (Tecos de la UAGuadalajara), Puerto Rico, Uruguay (Defensor) and Venezuela (Centauros de Apure and Gigantes).
Matthews attended Tennessee State until 2007 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Bailey is back at Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris, ex Panteras - by Eurobasket News

Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris (LNB) agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Ollie Bailey (201-103kg-85, college: Oklahoma City). It is actually his comeback to S.P. de Macoris as he played here before. Bailey just played at Panteras in Venezuelan LPB league. In 32 games he had very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg this season.
Three years ago (two years after he left the college) Bailey was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in seventh round (12th overall).
The former Oklahoma City University (NAIA) staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Dominican Rep. LNB North Division championship title in 2012. Bailey was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Import player of the Year in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Bailey has played also professionally in Argentina, Belgium, Czech Rep., Mexico (Huracanes), Switzerland, Uruguay (Atletico Welcome), Dominican Republic (Gregorio Urbano Gilbert, Dosa, Indios de San Francisco and del Siglo) and Venezuela (Lanc.Cojedes).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Rafael Barias triumph in District Nacional Finals - by Eurobasket News

Rafael Barias - Los Minas 83:76

Rafael Barias earned the District Nacional title. They overcame Los Minas in the fifth decisive game of the championship series. Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) accounted for 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Rafael Barias gained a 17:16 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second quarter. Rafael Barias eked out a 41:40 halftime lead. Los Minas put their noses in front in the third term. The visitors poured in 25 points to take a 65:64 lead into the fourth frame. But Rafael Barias managed to turn things around in the final quarter. They exploded with a 23:11 rally in the fourth stanza and snatched a golden victory at the end. Santos Martinez (198-G/F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Livingstone) had 17 points, while Luis Martinez finished with 16 points and 11 boards for the home team. Marquise Gainous (204-F-76, college: TCU) responded with 25 points and 12 rebounds for Los Minas. Alberto Ozuna (G) and Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89, college: IUPUI) chipped in 12 points apiece in the loss.

Rafael Barias: Evan Brock 22, Santos Martinez 17, Luis Martinez 16+11 boards
Los Minas: Marquise Gainous 25+12 boards, Alberto Ozuna 12, Robert Glenn 12



Jamelle Horne (ex Humacao) is a newcomer at Metros de Santiago - by Eurobasket News

Metros de Santiago (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Panamanian forward Jamelle Horne (200-95kg-88, college: Arizona). He played at Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 23 BSN games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg this season. The most of this season Horne spent at Soles (LNBP) in Mexican league. In 24 games he averaged remarkable 20.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Horne also spent pre-season at Ironi Kiryat Ata (National League) in Israel that year. The most of last (11-12) season he spent at Sioux Falls Skyforce in D-League. In 18 games he averaged 6.9ppg and 2.9rpg last season. The other team Horne played that season for was Trefl Sopot (TBL) in Polish league. In 11 games he averaged 7.1ppg and 3.1rpg. His team won Pac-10 Regular Season in 2011.
Horne graduated from University of Arizona in 2011 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Rome announces it will not play in Turkish Airlines Euroleague - by Eurobasket

Prior to the finalization of the list of teams that will be proposed for participation in the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague, one club that had earned the right to register for the regular season, Acea Virtus Rome of Italy, has announced that it will relinquish those rights to a B-license due to an inability to meet the competition's minimum requirements. Officials of the club held a press conference in Rome on Friday afternoon to explain their decision. They said that the club had not expected to qualify for the Euroleague so soon after having launched a long-term project last season and does not expect to be able to meet several requirements of the competition bylaws, in particular the standard regarding minimum arena capacity. For that reason, they said it is preferable now to pursue a step-by-step plan whose goal is to participate in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague in the future, when the club is better prepared.

Acea Virtus Rome finished as runner-up in the just-completed Italian League championship, thus earning the right for a B-license according to the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague license allocation criteria. The competition bylaws allow for the renunciation of a B-license to be replaced by a wild card that will be granted to the club that the General Assembly considers appropriate at its own discretion, exploring initially as a priority maintaining the license within the same country.

In lieu of playing in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Acea Virtus Roma has made an official request to Euroleague Basketball to be considered for a wild card entry to the 2013-14 Eurocup



David Logan leaves Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) leaves Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv and will not be back in the next season. The team and the player part ways.
In 34 Winner League games he recorded 9.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg last season. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Logan also played 27 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The last season Logan played at Panathinaikos (A1) in Greek league. In 32 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team winning the cup and make to league final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Bosman Player of the Year. Logan also played 20 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.9ppg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
The season 2010/2011 Logan played at Caja Laboral (ACB) in Spanish league. In 37 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.2apg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Logan also played 19 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.4apg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) in Polish league. In 34 games he averaged impressive 17.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.5apg and 2.0spg. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year, Domestic Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. Logan also played 20 games in Euroleague where he averaged remarkable 15.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg (in top 5). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 3rd Team.



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All-Spanish ACB Finals MVP pulls out from EuroBasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

All-Spanish ACB Finals MVP pulls out from EuroBasket 2013 and will not help the team in Slovenia. Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) will be missed in Spanish National Team.
Felipe Reyes is a player of Real Madrid in Spain. In 43 games he recorded 9.9ppg and 5.5rpg this season. He helped them to win the league title and the supercup. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Finals MVP -13. Reyes also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.6ppg and 5.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
The earlier season Reyes played also at Real Madrid (ACB) in Spanish league. In 46 games he averaged 8.3ppg and 5.9rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Reyes also played 16 games in Euroleague where he averaged 8.4ppg and 6.3rpg.
He was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Reyes played for Spanish Senior National Team between 2000 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 1999 and 2000. He also represented Spain at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Reyes' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 3.4ppg, 3.5rpg.



Erazem Lorbek will not play at home tournament - by Eurobasket News

Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) will not play at home tournament as the player underwent knee surgery. The Slovenian player will not help his National Slovenian Team at EuroBasket 2013.
Erazem Lorbek just finished the season with Regal FC Barcelona in Spain. In 45 games he had 9.9ppg and 3.3rpg this season. He helped them to make it to both league and supercup final. Lorbek also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.9ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four. The last season Lorbek played also at Regal FC Barcelona (ACB) in Spanish league. In 44 games he recorded 11.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7apg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the supercup. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Bosmans Team. Lorbek also played 21 games in Euroleague where he recorded 13.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team.
In 2005 Lorbek was drafted by Indiana Pacers (NBA) in second round (46th overall). He attended Michigan State until 2003 and it may be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Lorbek was also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. He played for Slovenian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2011 and previously for U22 National Team back in 2001. Lorbek represented Slovenia at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 11.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 67.9%.



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Standings

Standings
Group A
1. USA3-0
2. Brazil2-1
3. Argentina1-2
4. Costa Rica.0-3
Group B
1. Canada3-0
2. Mexico2-1
3. P.Rico1-2
4. Venezuela0-3



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  FRANCE   


JSA Bordeaux Basket announced Martin Le Pellec - by Eurobasket News

JSA Bordeaux Basket announced Martin Le Pellec (198-SF-87) for 2013/2014 season. The team landed 26-year old small forward from SO Maritime Boulogne.
In 17 games he averaged 3.4ppg and 1.5rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the French Cup Semifinals. The last season Le Pellec played also at SO Maritime Boulogne. In 29 games he had 4.4ppg and 2.1rpg. His team won French ProB Regular Season in 2008. Le Pellec represented France at the European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 3.3ppg, 1.4rpg.
Le Pellec has played previously for five other France teams: Gravelines-Dunkerque, ALM Evreux, STB Le Havre, SPO Rouen and Le Portel.



Cergy add Ralph Temgoua - by Eurobasket News

E Cergy Osny Pontoise BB agreed terms with naturalized Cameroonian guard Ralph Temgoua (196-G). Last he played at who St.Lawrence University in Liberty.
Temgoua has only college experience so far playing last time for St.Lawrence (NCAA3). Quite impressive season as he was named to NABC Division III All-East Region 1st Team, NABC Division III All-America 3rd Team and to the NABC Division III Senior All-Star Game. He played in the final of Liberty Tournament in 2009.



Denain land Jimmy Djimrabaye - by Eurobasket News

Denain have agreed on terms of contract with Jimmy Djimrabaye (204-C/F-92). The centre spent the last season with Gravelines. He appeared in just ProA as well as one EuroChallenge games. The centre mostly played for Gravelines U21 team. Previously Jimmy Djimrabaye had stints with Vichy, Orleans and ASOPT. He has been the member of the Central African National Team since 2009.


Elson Mendy joins Poitiers - by Eurobasket News

Poitiers bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Elson Mendy (200-F-85). The Senegalese forward spent the previous season with Nantes. He averaged 8.5 points, 3.3 boards and 1.3 steals per game in ProB. Previously Elson Mendy played for Dijon, Strasbourg and Boncourt. He reached ProA semis in 2006 as well as Swiss LNA semis in 2007.


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2013 Mediterranean Games: Turkey cruise past FYR Macedonia - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - FYR Macedonia 77:57

Turkey registered the third straight win at the Mediterranean Games. They fired past FYR Macedonia to win Group A. Turkey will now take on Tunisia in the semis. FYR Macedonia occupied the second position and would face Serbia in the fight for the place in the Final. Oguz Savas (212-C-87) and Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) nailed 15 points each for the winners.
Turkey got to a strong start. The hosts poured in 29 points in the opening quarter to post an 11-point lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second stanza. Turkey ensured a 48:31 halftime lead. The hosts did not slow down in the third frame. They accumulated a 26-point lead heading into the fourth period. FYR Macedonia held their opponents to 11 points in the final stanza but just sweetened the pill at the end. Baris Ermis (194-G-85) had 7 points, while Deniz Kilicli had 6 points and 11 boards for the winning side. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) answered with 13 points for FYR Macedonia. Marko Simonovski (192-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Turkey: Oguz Savas 15, Serhat Cetin 15, Baris Ermis 7
FYR Macedonia: Darko Sokolov 13, Marko Simonovski 8



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MIA Academy Tbilisi brings Bosnian coach Dragan Petricevic - by Eurobasket News

MIA Academy Tbilisi brings Bosnian coach Dragan Petricevic for the next season. The Georgian Champion plans for the European success.
Dragan Petricevic will come from Club Africain Tunis in Tunisia. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Petricevic also coached at CSU Sibiu (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league earlier that season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Tunisian League championship title in 2012. Petricevic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Coach of the Year back in 2009 and 2010. He has coached also professionally in Romania (West Olympia).
Dragan Petricevic s new MIA triumphed at Superleague Finals! They won the series against Olimpi 3-2 with the decisive 86:80 victory in Game 5.



Italy U20 successfully starts Mosciano Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20-Georgia U20 80:57

Italy U20 successfully starts Mosciano Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts overcame Georgia U20 80:57 in Day 1 of the competition.
Italy opened the game with a 17-11 lead and never looked behind after. They led 35:26 at the halftime and then pushed the tempo at the second half. Italy reached 61:44 advantage after three quarters and increased to 23 points at the end.
Matteo Fallucca (195-SG-93) led the way with 13 points and Matteo Chillo (202-PF-93) as well as Della Valle had 11 each. Awudu Abass (196-G-93, agency: Players Group) followed them with 9 points. Beka Burjanadze (203-PF-94) answered with 21 points in the losing effort. Otar Pkhakadze (183-PG-93) scored 9 and Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) added 7.
Russia U20 opens Mosciano SantAngelo Tournament with the win. They overcame Germany U20 87:61 in the opener of the Italian campaign.

Italy U20: Matteo Fallucca 13, Matteo Chillo 11, Della Valle 11, Awudu Abass 9
Georgia U20: Beka Burjanadze 21, Otar Pkhakadze 9, Giorgi Tsirekidze 7



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  GERMANY   


Germany U16 with second straight win over French counterparts - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16 - France U16 64:56

German U16 NT claimed the second straight win over their French counterparts. Lucien Schmikale (194-SF-97) stepped up with 12 points to lead Germany to the victory in Heidelberg.
The hosts started the game strong. They reeled off to a 23:13 lead after ten minutes. France stopped the rot in the second frame. Les Bleus narrowed the gap at 9-point mark at halftime 39:30. France went on a massive 22:10 run in the third quarter to pull in front. But it did not prove enough at the end. The hosts went on a strong 15:4 rally in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Till Pape (198-F-97) netted 8 points, while Georg Beyschlag (179-G-97) contributed 7 points for the winners.
The teams are scheduled to meet again tonight.



TBB Trier Add Trevon Hughes - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the last 48 hours, rumors were rapid that TBB TRier would add Warren Ward, but instead the new combo guard of TBB Trier is TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin). Hughes is a 26 year old 183cm guard from Queens, New York that will be playing his third professional season. He played at Wisconsin form 2006-2010 playing together with illustrious players like ex Fraport Skyliner Jon Leuer, ratiopharm Ulm forward Keaton Nankivil or NBA players Marcus Landry and Alando Tucker. In his senior year, the American played 33 games: 15.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 71.3%. He played a total of 132 NCAA games. As a rookie in 2010-2011, he played for Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Telemach League), only tryout, in Jan.'11 moved to VEF Riga (Latvia-LBL, starting five): Latvian League: 10 games: 5.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 80.0%; VTB League: 3 games: 9.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg; Baltic League: 15 games: 9.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 37.6%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 54.5%. In 2011-2012, he played for Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (Lithuania-LKL, starting five): Baltic League: 18 games: 12.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 71.7%; Lithuanian League: 22 games: Score-3 (15.0ppg), 3.4rpg, 2.8apg, Steals-1 (2.1spg), FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 75.6%. Last season he also played for Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (Lithuania-LKL, starting five): 22 games: Score-3 (15.1ppg), 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.3spg), FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 74.4%; Baltic League: 15 games: 14.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.1apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 75.5%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career has been Big Ten Tournament Finalist -07, Big Ten Regular Season Runner-Up -07, Big Ten Regular Season Champion -08, Big Ten Tournament Winner -08, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, All-Big Ten Honorable Mention -09, USBWA All-District V Team -10, Sporting News NCAA All-America 5th Team -10, All-Big Ten 2nd Team -10
Big Ten All-Defensive Team -10, NABC Division I All-District 7 2nd Team -10, Reese's College All-Star Game -10, Baltic League Finalist -11
Latvian League Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Latvian League Champion -11, Lithuanian Cup Finalist -12, 13, Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honorable Mention -12, 13, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Defensive Player of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention -12, Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Defensive Team -12, 13, Lithuanian League All-Star Game -12, 13, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Guard of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team -13, and Baltic League Quarterfinals -13



Peter Zeis Remains With BBC Bayreuth While Jason Cain Departs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Beko BBL club BBC Bayreuth have announced that Peter Zeis (196-G/F-89) will remain with the team while Jason Cain wont return. Zeis is a 24 year old swingman that just completed his second season with BBC Bayreuth. He played 28 games: 2.3ppg, 1.2rpg. He has risen this season as his playing time increased as well as getting an invatation to play with the German National A-2 team. He scored in double figures one time as he netted 12 points against the Walter Tigers Tubingen connecting on four three pointers. "Peter is a player with alot of experience and always gives all in practice", stated head coach Predrag Krunich. The team also announced that American Jason Cain wont return. Cain played 32 games: 9.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 20.4%, FT: 68.5%.

Source: BBC Bayreuth





Fabian Gentgen Retires - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Professional basketball player Fabian Gentgen (191-PG-87) has announced his retirement at the age of 26. Gentgen last played three seasons with Schwelm and last season played 17 games: 2.6ppg. "I want to thank all the fans, supporters and Schwelm for three great years. A special thanks goes to coach Raphael Wilder and manager Marvin Eberle for their trust. I am proud to have been a Schwelmer and will continue to stay in touch with them and wish the fans and team a successful season", stressed Fabian Gentgen. Genten played many seasons for BBV Hagen (1.Regionalliga) where he also started his basketball career. He also was able to play two Beko BBL games for Phoenix Hagen. He also got experience playing for Universtiy of Buenos Aires UADE (ARG-Liga Universitaria Nacional) in 2009 playing 15.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP 55.5%, 3PT 41.0%, FT 88.9%. Gentgen didn't have an easy season in 2012-2013 as he was injured, but he did come back to help the team. "I am very happy that Fabian was able to come back after such a tough injury and helped us. He worked very hard for 15 months to come back and gave much time and energy. He is a role model and great guy. I wish him all the best and am sure that he will be successful in the future", stated head coach Raphael Wilder.

Source: Schwelmer Baskets



The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig And Thaddeus Mcfadden Go Separate ways - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Beko BBL team New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have announced that American Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87, college: Fairmont St.) wont be returning this season. Mcfadden is a 26 year old 188cm guard form Flint, Michigan that came to Braunschweig last season and played 15 games: 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3FGP: 39.5%. In january he was loaned out to SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic-NBL, starting five): 14 games: 16.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 80.6%. The club now is making use of their option to waive the contract. "After analyzing our roster, we have decided to get a another player type. So he wont play a role for us this season", stressed New Yorker Phantoms head coach Raoul Korber

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig



Walter Simon Joins The Mitteldeutscher BC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The professional basketball career of WWalter Simon (202-F-89, college: Cumberland) is climbing rapidly as two seasons ago he was playing Pro B with Leipzig then made the jump to the Pro A and this season will play in the highest german league Beko BBL with the Mitteldeutscher BC getting a three year deal. Simon is a 23 year old 202cm forward that was born in Dresden and has had experience playing in the States. Last season for the Uni-Riesen Leipzig (ProA) he played 30 games: 13.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 49.5%, FT: 86.6%. "Walter is very talented that still has a lot of potential and that is why we gave him a long term contract. He has a very good attitude and I am sure after a certain time, he will help us", stressed MBC head coach Silvano Poropat. Last season for Leipzig, the German scored in double figures 24 times including 23 points against Cuxhaven and 22 points against jena, Gotha and Crailsheim. He started his basketball career in 2004 with
IBBA Berlin/Marzahner Basket Baehren. He then played for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (ProB) and ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga). he went to the States to play for Cumberland (NAIA) from 2009-2011. "I am happy that MBC is giving me this challenge and that I can finish my studies. I hope we can meet our goal to stay in the league. I will do everything to do my part. I am looking forward to the atmosphere and fans", stressed walter Simon.

Source: Mitteldeutscher BC




Yannick Evans commits to Itzehoe - by Moritz Korff

The Itzehoe Eagles have completed the capture of Yannick Evans (202-F-86), the 1. Regionalliga North outfit unveiled today. The Berlin native spent the past three years with RSV Eintracht 1949 Teltow-Kleinmachnow-Stahnsdorf in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B. Last season he notched 13.7 points a contest and pulled down 6.3 boards per game. Evans has played for TuS Lichterfelde, Oldenburger TB, ALBA Berlin, FC Schalke 04 and USC Freiburg earlier in his career.


Gotha Rockets sign Scottish forward - by Moritz Korff

Bundesliga legend Chris Ensminger has made the first signing of his coaching career and is going to welcome Alasdair Fraser (201-F-92, agency: Court Side) in Gotha, when pre-season practice will officially start in seven weeks.
The 20-year-old Scottish forward has put pen to paper on a one-year contract with the Rockets. Fraser attended the University of Maine in these past three years, averaging 13.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg last season. He has gained plenty of international experience as a member of the British junior national teams over the years. In the summer of 2012 he scored 17.4 points per game at the U20 European Championships (Division B) in Bulgaria.



Russia U20 opens Mosciano SantAngelo Tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20-Germany U20 87:61

Russia U20 opens Mosciano SantAngelo Tournament with the win. They overcame Germany U20 in the opener of the Italian campaign.
Russia opened the game with a 21-19 lead and added massive 28-14 burst in the second frame. Moreover the picture did not change in the third quarter as Russia dominated the court and posted a 21-9 rally. Germany managed to reply with a 19-17 rally and reduced to 26 points at the end.
For Germany Julius Wolf (202-F-93) scored 14 points and Kevin Bryant nailed 10. Hans Brase (203-F), Stephan Haukohl (203-F-93) and Leon Tolksdorf (203-F-93) ended up with 7 points each in defeat.
In another game Italy will take on Georgia later tonight. Tomorrow Russia U20 will take on the hosts, Italy. Germany U20 will play against Georgian team.



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Duvnjak for two years in Panionios - by Giorgos Diploidis

Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) is the first transfer for the team of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens for the season 2013/14. After the deperature of Pappas and Jankovic who were moved to Panathinaikos, it was the turn of the Serbian guard to follow the opposite direction and to sign for two years with "istorikos" .

Duvnjak came in Greece for the first time by wearing the coulours of PAOK (June 2012). This period with the shirt of AGOR had 10.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg in 34 matches of the Greek Basketleague.




Duvnjak for two years in Panionios - by Giorgos Diploidis

Uros Duvnjak is the first transfer for the team of Panionios for the season 2013/14. After the deperature of Pappas and Jankovic who were moved to Panathinaikos it was the turn of the Serbian guard to follow the opposite direction and to sign for two years with "istorikos" .

Dunjak came in Greece first time by wearing the coulours of PAOK (June 2012) and this period with the shirt of AGOR had 10.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg in 34 matches of the Greek Basketleague.



Greek National Team 2013 - by Simas

Greek National Team 2013
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Nikolaos Zisis
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Nick Calathes
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Dimitrios Katsivelis
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Nikos Pappas
Pappas
Konstantinos Sloukas
Sloukas
#e#5
Nikolaos Zisis 197-G-83 Gescrap BB Spain
Nick Calathes 198-PG-89 Lokomotiv Russia
Dimitrios Katsivelis 196-G-91 Olympiacos Greece
Nikos Pappas 195-G-90 Panathinaikos Greece
Konstantinos Sloukas 197-G-90 Olympiacos Greece
Kostas Vasiliadis 200-G/F-84 Gescrap BB Spain
Michael Bramos 197-G/F-87 Panathinaikos Greece
Vassilis Spanoulis 193-G-82 Olympiacos Greece
Kostas Papanikolaou 206-F-90 Olympiacos Greece
Stratos Perperoglou 203-F-84 Olympiacos Greece
Vladimir Jankovic 202-F-90 Panathinaikos Greece
Kostas Kaimakoglou 206-C/F-83 Unics Russia
Georgios Printezis 206-F-85 Olympiacos Greece
Ian Vougioukas 212-C/F-85 Unics Russia
Loukas Mavrokefalidis 207-C-84 FCB Regal Spain
Ioannis Bourousis 213-C-83 EA7 Armani Italy
Sofoklis Schortsanitis 206-C-85 Panathinaikos Greece




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  HUNGARY   


Slovenia U20 open Kormend tourney with victory - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20 - Slovenia U20 76:84

Slovenia U20 victoriously opened the international friendly tournament in Kormend. They overcame the hosts in the opener. Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) provided 17 points to lead the winners.
Hungary got to the slightly better start. They accumulated a 23:20 lead after the opening quarter. But Slovenia used a 20:13 run in the second period to secure a 40:36 halftime lead. The visitors went on a 26:11 run in the third term to gain a 19-point lead. Hungary exploded with 29 points in the fourth frame trying to rescue the game but came up short of victory at the end. Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) finished with 14 points, while Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) added 13 points for the winners. Rosco answered with 20 points for Hungary. Markovics had 11 points in the losing effort.

Hungary U20: Rosco 20, Markovics 11
Slovenia U20: Ziga Dimec 17, Luka Rupnik 14, Miha Lapornik 13



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 13-2 
 2. Portland C. 13-5 
 3. Vancouver V. 12-5 
 4. Salem S. 8-9 
 5. Nippon T. 1-14 
International
 1. Olympia R. 2-0 
 2. Kitsap A. 1-4 
 3. Seattle F. 0-2 
 4. East Bay PB 0-3 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 20: Olympia R. - Nippon T. 128-115
Jun. 21: Vancouver V. - Bellingham S. 104-126
Jun. 20: Salem S. - Portland C. 103-110
Jun. 22: Bellingham S. - East Bay PB
Jun. 23: Vancouver V. - Seattle F.


Slam tops Vancouver for 20th straight home win - by Kip Leonetti

The Bellingham Slam came out on top of their much-hyped rivalry game against the Vancouver Volcanoes, 126-104, on Friday night at Whatcom Pavilion.

The win was the Slam's 20th consecutive home victory spanning two seasons, which set a new franchise record.

Bellingham (13-2) has extended their first place lead over Vancouver (12-4) to two games with their win tonight. The game was a must-win and Bellingham played like it tonight. With only three games left in the regular season, the Slam has strengthened its chances at claiming first place and a first-round bye in July's IBL Championship tournament.

Tonight's game was all about runs, and the Slam had two key runs that paved the way to victory tonight. Bellingham had a 20-9 run in the first quarter, and a 19-6 run in the second to gain a 22-point lead heading into halftime, when they led 70-48.

In the second half, the Slam had to fend off a desperation effort from the Volcanoes to secure the victory.

Jacob Stevenson (6'4''-G-81, college: W.Washington) led Bellingham with 30 points. In addition, Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, college: St.Martin's), Andrew Ready (6'1''-PG, college: W.Washington), and Evan Matteson (6'10''-C, college: Texas A&M Int.) each contributed double-doubles in the winning effort. Poole's effort was notable as he finished with 22 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, and also added a pair of blocks and a season-high three season-high three steals.

Chehales Tapscott (6'5''-F-90, college: Portland St.) and Mike Ward both led Vancouver with 22 points. Tapscott also grabbed 13 rebounds to complete a double-double for the night.

The Slam get little opportunity for rest as they travel to Oakland, Calif. on Saturday to face the East Bay Pit Bulls. The team returns to Whatcom Pavilion for their final home game against the Salem Sabres on June 29. Tip-off is set for 7pm.



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Indonesian National Team 2013 - by Greg

Indonesian National Team 2013
#s#
Dirk Gerungan
Gerungan
Fandi Andika Ramadhani
Ramadhani
Merio Ferdiansyah
Ferdiansyah
Handri Santosa
Santosa
Kelly Purwanto
Purwanto
#e#5
Bima Risky Ardiansyah 174-G-81 Bogor Raya Indonesia
Dirk Gerungan 182-PG-87 Dell Aspac Indonesia
Fandi Andika Ramadhani 184-SF-85 Dell Aspac Indonesia
Merio Ferdiansyah 176-SG-85 Stadium Jak. Indonesia
Handri Santosa 182-G-92 Dell Aspac Indonesia
Kelly Purwanto 177-PG-83 Pelita Jaya Indonesia
Khalif Akbar 193-F-87 Dell Aspac Indonesia
Isman Thoyib 202-C-84 Dell Aspac Indonesia
Oki Wira Sanjaya 190-G-89 Dell Aspac Indonesia
Rizky Effendi 187-SF-88 Dell Aspac Indonesia
Wahyu Jati 189-F-77 Dell Aspac Indonesia
Xaverius Prawiro 184-G/F-86 Dell Aspac Indonesia



2013 SEABA Championship: Indonesia snatch vital win over Thailand - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia - Thailand 89:88 (OT)

Indonesia earned a crucial win in the second round of the SEABA Championship. The hosts held off Thailand to remain hopeful of FIBA Asia Championship qualification. Indonesia entered the game having suffered a bitter loss against Malaysia in the opener. They had to win here to stay in the race for the top two finish.
The hosts started strong as they gained a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. Thailand cut the deficit in the second frame. The visitors got within three points at halftime 35:38. Indonesia kept their opponents at distance throughout the third term. The home team entered the fourth frame up by 6 points. Thailand managed to erased the deficit late in the game. Ramadhani put Indonesia in front 77:75 with just over a minute remaining. Ghogar tied things up at 77 but Ferdinand (194-C-88) sank two free throws to give the hosts a 79:77 lead. Suttisin however converted a jumper and sent the game into overtime. Thailand jumped to an 85:81 lead midway through the extra period. However Ardiyansyah sank two free throws and Widayat Jati drained a jumper to level things up at 88. Bima Risky Ardiansyah (174-G-81) followed with a free throw with 24 seconds remaining to seal with victory for Indonesia. Bima Risky Ardiansyah fired 16 points to lead the hosts. Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) added 15 points for Indonesia. Suttisin Wattana answered with 20 points for Thailand. Attaporn Lertmalaiporn chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Thailand: Suttisin Wattana 20, Attaporn Lertmalaiporn 16
Indonesia: Bima Risky Ardiansyah 16, Xaverius Prawiro 15, Ferdinand 12, Rizky Effendi (187-SF-88) 12



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  ISRAEL   


David Logan leaves Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) leaves Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv and will not be back in the next season. The team and the player part ways.
In 34 Winner League games he recorded 9.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg last season. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Logan also played 27 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The last season Logan played at Panathinaikos (A1) in Greek league. In 32 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team winning the cup and make to league final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Bosman Player of the Year. Logan also played 20 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.9ppg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
The season 2010/2011 Logan played at Caja Laboral (ACB) in Spanish league. In 37 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.2apg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Logan also played 19 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.4apg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) in Polish league. In 34 games he averaged impressive 17.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.5apg and 2.0spg. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year, Domestic Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. Logan also played 20 games in Euroleague where he averaged remarkable 15.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg (in top 5). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 3rd Team.



Israeli U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Or Solomon
Solomon
Ben Altit
Altit
Shawn Dawson
Dawson
Egor Koulechov
Koulechov
Alon Abramovich
Abramovich
#e#5
4Tom Maayan 185-PG-93 Seton Hall USA
5Adam Ariel 196-SF-94 Hapoel J-M Israel
6Ram Elias-Pour 206-C-93 Hapoel Holon Israel
7Golan Gutt 194-G-94 Lev Hasharon Israel
8Or Solomon 200-SF-93 Maccabi Rishon Israel
9Ben Altit 208-PF-93 Bnei Hertzeliyya Israel
10Rafael Menco 201-SF-94 Hapoel J-M Israel
12Igor Mayor 185-G-93 Ironi Ramat Gan Israel
13Shawn Dawson 194-SF-93 Maccabi Rishon Israel
15Egor Koulechov 194-SF-94 Wingate Acad. Israel
22Tomer Ginat 204-PF-94 Ironi Nahariya Israel
24Alon Abramovich 192-G-93 Ironi Nes-Ziona Israel

Sharon Drucker Head Coach Galil Gilboa Israel
Matan Harush Assistant Bnei Hertzeliyya Israel



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 21
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.21.0 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.20.4 
 3. Young, Upea CdO19.5 
 4. Marigney, Cocodril.18.8 
 5. Mays, Givova S.18.8 
 6. Roderick, LeGamber.18.6 
 7. Green, Novipiu Cas.18.2 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 9. Griffin, Fileni B.17.5 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.6 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 3. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 4. Mosley, Biancobl.9.1 
 5. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.4 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.1 
 9. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.0 
 10. Giddens, C.de L.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERNANDEZ
  C.de L.
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Fernandez, C.de L.4.8 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.7 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.6 
 4. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 5. Roderick, LeGamber.4.3 
 6. Gay, Aget S.4.3 
 7. Ware, Novipiu Casa.4.2 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Cocodril.3.3 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.3 
 3. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 4. James, FCM F.2.3 
 5. Fernandez, C.de L.2.2 
 6. Guarino, FCM F.2.1 
 7. Forray, Pall.Trento2.1 
 8. Battle, Upea CdO2.0 
 9. Vitali, Biancobl.2.0 
 10. Filloy, Trenkwal.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 4. Griffin, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.1 
 6. James, FCM F.1.1 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 8. Butkevicius, Novip.0.9 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.9 
 10. Brkic, C.de L.0.8 


Rome announces it will not play in Turkish Airlines Euroleague - by Eurobasket

Prior to the finalization of the list of teams that will be proposed for participation in the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague, one club that had earned the right to register for the regular season, Acea Virtus Rome of Italy, has announced that it will relinquish those rights to a B-license due to an inability to meet the competition's minimum requirements. Officials of the club held a press conference in Rome on Friday afternoon to explain their decision. They said that the club had not expected to qualify for the Euroleague so soon after having launched a long-term project last season and does not expect to be able to meet several requirements of the competition bylaws, in particular the standard regarding minimum arena capacity. For that reason, they said it is preferable now to pursue a step-by-step plan whose goal is to participate in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague in the future, when the club is better prepared.

Acea Virtus Rome finished as runner-up in the just-completed Italian League championship, thus earning the right for a B-license according to the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague license allocation criteria. The competition bylaws allow for the renunciation of a B-license to be replaced by a wild card that will be granted to the club that the General Assembly considers appropriate at its own discretion, exploring initially as a priority maintaining the license within the same country.

In lieu of playing in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Acea Virtus Roma has made an official request to Euroleague Basketball to be considered for a wild card entry to the 2013-14 Eurocup



Italy U20 successfully starts Mosciano Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20-Georgia U20 80:57

Italy U20 successfully starts Mosciano Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts overcame Georgia U20 80:57 in Day 1 of the competition.
Italy opened the game with a 17-11 lead and never looked behind after. They led 35:26 at the halftime and then pushed the tempo at the second half. Italy reached 61:44 advantage after three quarters and increased to 23 points at the end.
Matteo Fallucca (195-SG-93) led the way with 13 points and Matteo Chillo (202-PF-93) as well as Della Valle had 11 each. Awudu Abass (196-G-93, agency: Players Group) followed them with 9 points. Beka Burjanadze (203-PF-94) answered with 21 points in the losing effort. Otar Pkhakadze (183-PG-93) scored 9 and Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) added 7.
Russia U20 opens Mosciano SantAngelo Tournament with the win. They overcame Germany U20 87:61 in the opener of the Italian campaign.

Italy U20: Matteo Fallucca 13, Matteo Chillo 11, Della Valle 11, Awudu Abass 9
Georgia U20: Beka Burjanadze 21, Otar Pkhakadze 9, Giorgi Tsirekidze 7



Slovenia U18 wins Torneo di Potenza opener - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18-Slovenia U18 64:67

Slovenia U18 wins Torneo di Potenza opener with 4 partiicpating teams. The Slovanian side overcame Italy U18 in Day 1 67:64.
After two pre-season losses from Turkey U18, Slovenia started better against Italy. They took 16-14 lead at the end of the first period, but Italy replied with a 20-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover the hosts added 15-11 in the fourth period and led 7 points at the end of the third period. Slovenia however needed a late 25-15 run and sealed the victory.
Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Jan Dolensek (202-PF-95) delivered 9. Novak and Jure Ritlop (203-PF-95) poured in 7 each, while Ulcar added 6. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) finished the game with 23 points in the losing effort and Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) notched 10. Jacopo Vedovato (205-C-95) delivered 8, while Luca Vencato (190-SG-95) notched 6.

Italy U18: Simone Fontecchio 23, Tommaso Laquintana 10, Jacopo Vedovato 8, Luca Vencato 6
Slovenia U18: Matic Rebec 28, Jan Dolensek 9, Novak 7, Jure Ritlop 7, Ulcar 6



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  LITHUANIA   


University NT edge U20 selection in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian University NT overcame U20 selection in the test clash in Kaunas 65:62. Mindaugas Kupsas (215-C-91) nailed 16 points to lead the winners. The University NT earned an 8-point lead after the opening quarter 20:12. But Lithuania U20 struck back in the second frame. They cut the deficit at 5-point mark at the interval 36:31. The students fought back in the third period. They gained some breathing room ballooning the lead to 7 points at the final intermission. U20 selection threatened the margin but came up just short at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) and Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) produced 7 points each for the winners. Tomas Pacesas (190-G-71) led U20 NT with 11 points. Mantas Mockevicius (189-G-93, college: Olney Central CC) contributed 10 points in the losing effort.


BC Timisoara land Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Volkus - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara land Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Volkus (202-F-85, college: Redlands CC) for 2013/2014 season. He recently played for Panevezys Lietkabelis in Lithuania. Volkus managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 7 LKL games he had 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg. He also played 3 games in Baltic League where he recorded 15.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.0apg. Volkus also played at Planasa (LEB Gold) in Spanish league earlier that season. In 16 games he recorded 7.9ppg and 2.8rpg. The last season he played at Juventus (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 20 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. Volkus also played 17 games in Baltic League where he recorded 10.0ppg and 4.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the Baltic League Challenge Cup Final Four in 2011. Volkus was selected to Lithuanian League All-Star Game in 2011. He represented Lithuania at the Global Games in Dallas seven years ago.



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  MALAYSIA   


2013 SEABA Championship: Malaysia earn second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Malaysia - Singapore 64:58

Malaysia registered the second straight win at the 2013 SEABA Championship. They held off Singapore to lead the standings at 2-0 record in Medin. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) and Yeo Seng John Ng (190-F-81) accounted for 12 points each to pace Malaysia. Singapore fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Malaysia gained a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Singapore slowed their opponents down in the second frame. They got within two points at halftime 34:32. But Malaysia triggered a 15:10 rally in the third term to get some breathing room. Singapore outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but just cut the deficit at the end. Sing Tee Ng netted 9 points for the winners. Wong Wei Long (172-G-88) and Ng Hanbin (192-G/F-89) had 12 points each in the loss.

Malaysia: Ban Sin Ooi 12, Yeo Seng John Ng 12+10 boards, Sing Tee Ng 9
Singapore: Wong Wei Long 12, Ng Hanbin 12



Malaysian National Team 2013 - by Greg

Malaysian National Team 2013
#s#
Ban Sin Ooi
Ooi
Ivan Yeo
Yeo
Ng Sing Tee
Sing Tee
Tian Yuan Kuek
Kuek
Wei Hong Choo
Choo
#e#5
Ban Sin Ooi 180-G/F-83 KL Dragons Malaysia
Chin Hong Wong
Hong Hoong Gan 186-G-90
Ivan Yeo 193-F-93
Juin Wip Chong 188-F-91
Ng Sing Tee 181-G-89 Bintulu R. Malaysia
Tian Yuan Kuek 200-C-91 KL Dragons Malaysia
Wei Hong Choo 196-C-92 KL Dragons Malaysia
Wei Long Tan
Wen Keong Tong 180-G-92 Johor Tigers Malaysia
Yeo Seng Ng 193-F-81



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  NBA   


5 THOUGHTS ON THE NBA FINALS - by Chris Mathieu

5 THOUGHTS ON THE NBA FINALS

1.LeBron deserves all the credit. LeBron has established himself as clearly the best player in the NBA the last few seasons. After struggling in his first two NBA finals, going 0-2 he has been a clearly dominate player who has come up big in big moments.

2.Manu Ginobili for Heat MVP of the finals. Outside of one outstanding game in the finals Manu was mostly awful. His athleticism has waned and he was very mistake and turnover prone. Always a player who relied on his athleticism and slashing to the basket ability he clearly struggles near the end, thinking he can still make the same kind of plays as when he was younger and more athletic.

3.Bosh is awful. Chris Bosh was considered a top 10 talent in the NBA before coming to the Heat. He is still considered one of the best power forwards in the NBA but he shouldnt be. Tim Duncan killed him defensively and when he doesnt get enough touches he pouts. He needs the ball in his hands to be effective but thats just not going to happen often on a team that has James and Wade.

4.The Spurs run is over. It was a great ride winning 4 titles for Duncan and Popovic but clearly this was the last shot at a title for the team as currently configured. Maybe they can rebuild quickly but Duncan is 37 and Parker is on the wrong side of 30.

5.Wade is almost done. It was mostly painful to watch Dwayne Wade in the finals. A lot of the big threes hit by Danny Green were on plays were Wade didnt defend him at all. He struggled to even get the ball over the rim on his dunks and he has never been a very good outside shooter. He tried to pump fake and drive on the Spurs who stayed down on him and made him shoot jumpers instead and he mostly struggled.




Greg Oden remains interested in signing with Heat - by Eurobasket News

Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.) remains interested in signing with the Miami Heat this offseason as he attempts to return to the NBA. "The Heat need some size, thats not a secret," agent Mike Conley said. "Whether its in a backup role or whatever, he could help them. I know theyre interested in him and hes interested in them." Conley expects to be in touch with Pat Riley when the offseason formally begins. The Heat have the taxpayer mid-level exception starting at $3.183 million but some of that money may be needed to re-sign Chris Andersen.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



All-NBA Awards 2013 - by Greg

All-NBA 1st Team 2013
Chris Paul
Paul
Kobe Bryant
Bryant
Kevin Durant
Durant
LeBron James
James
Tim Duncan
Duncan

Finals MVP: LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) of Miami Heat
Most Valuable Player: LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) of Miami Heat
Most Improved Player: Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90) of Indiana P.
Sixth Man: J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) of New York K.
Rookie of the Year: Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90) of Portland TB
Defensive Player of the Year: Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85) of Memphis G.
Sportsmanship Award: Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73) of New York K.
Coach of the Year: George Karl of Denver N.

1st Team
PG: Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85) of LA Clippers
SG: Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) of LA Lakers
SF: Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88) of Oklah.City T.
SF: LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) of Miami Heat
F/C: Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76) of San Antonio S.

2nd Team
PG: Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) of San Antonio S.
PG: Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88) of Oklah.City T.
SF: Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84) of New York K.
F: Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) of LA Clippers
C: Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85) of Memphis G.

3rd Team
SG: James Harden (6'5''-SG-89) of Houston R.
G: Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82) of Miami Heat
G/F: Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90) of Indiana P.
F: David Lee (6'9''-F-83) of Golden St.W.
C: Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) of LA Lakers

All-Defensive 1st Team
SF: LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) of Miami Heat
C/F: Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) of Oklah.City T.
C: Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) of New York K.
F/C: Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85) of Chicago B.
G: Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82) of Memphis G.
PG: Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85) of LA Clippers

All-Defensive 2nd Team
F/C: Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76) of San Antonio S.
G/F: Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90) of Indiana P.
C: Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85) of Memphis G.
PG: Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90) of Boston C.
PG: Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87) of Memphis G.

All-Rookie 1st Team
PG: Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90) of Portland TB
SG: Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93) of Washington W.
C: Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93) of N.Orleans P.
G: Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91) of Cleveland C.
F: Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92) of Golden St.W.

All-Rookie 2nd Team
C: Andre Drummond (6'11''-C-93) of Detroit P.
C: Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) of Toronto R.
SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-SF-93) of Charlotte B.
F: Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) of Detroit P.
PF: Tyler Zeller (7'0''-PF-90) of Cleveland C.



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  NCAA1   


Former Baylor G L.J. Rose will transfer to Houston - by Eurobasket News

Former Baylor guard L.j. Rose (6'4''-G) will transfer to Houston, the Cougars announced Friday. Rose will be eligible for the 2014-15 season, though both the school and Rose are seeking an NCAA waiver allowing his immediate eligibility. "We are really excited that L.J. is joining our program," Houston coach James Dickey said. "He is a skilled guard who passes the ball extremely well, can score and is a very unselfish player with great leadership qualities. L.J. has great familiarity with our program and our players, and we look forward to having him as a part of our team." Rose, a Houston native, told ESPN that his mother has lupus, and his desire to transfer is rooted in the fact that he would like to be closer to her. "Family has always been the most important thing to me," Rose said. "With my mother's situation, [Houston] was the obvious choice." Rose didn't get much clock in his lone season at Baylor -- he averaged just 0.9 points and 1.2 assists per game -- but he claims to have turned a corner thanks to his experience playing behind Big 12 scoring and assists leader Pierre Jackson. "This past year I learned a lot, especially playing against Pierre every day [in practice]," Rose told ESPN. "I matured a lot. I feel like I'm ready to be an impact player. I just need an opportunity. Once I get that, it will be up to me to go out there and perform."
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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MSUB Signs a Transfer - by Sanjey Noriega

From: msubsports.com

BILLINGS, Mont. - The fourth signee of Montana State University Billings' men's basketball recruiting class is NCAA Div. I transfer, Antoine Hosley, from Utah Valley University.
Antoine Hosley (6'0''-PG)
Portland, Ore. (Utah Valley Univ./North Idaho College/Univ. of Washington/Jefferson HS)

Hosley, a 6-0, 185-pound guard from Portland, Ore., joins the Yellowjackets as a senior after playing last season at the Utah Valley University. He averaged 6.1 points and 18 minutes per game. He made 22 three-pointers in 28 appearances at UVU. Hosley scored a season-high 19 points against Peru State.

In 2011-12 at North Idaho College, Hosley averaged a team-best 14.6 points per outing. He was named first team All-Conference in the Scenic West. The Cardinals went 24-8 in his sophomore season, and advanced to the Region 18 Championship, before falling to the College of Southern Idaho.

Before transferring to NIC, Hosley was an invited walk-on at the University of Washington. He appeared in 14 games, averaging 0.5 points and 2.2 minutes in those appearances. He was a member of the 2010-11 Husky team that won the Pac-10 Championships.

At Portland Jefferson High School, Hosley was a teammate of NBA players, Terrence Ross and Terrence Jones. He helped lead Jefferson to back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior. He was named All-League and All-State after averaging 15 points and 5 assists per game as a senior.

I chose Montana State Billings because Coach Stevens and the assistant coaches there are great people, Hosley said. I also enjoyed my visit there a lot. I liked the campus and the environment there in Billings. It seems like a great place to pursue my goals and dreams, as well as complete my college career. I'm excited to attend school there in the fall and start my senior year.

Coach Stevens on Hosley: Antoine fills a definite need for us. He has the ability to both run a team as a point guard and shoot the ball in a way that allows him to slide over and play the two position. He has had the opportunity to play against high level players in his career and that experience should help him have a great senior season for us.



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. OceanaGold N. 11-3 
 2. Wellington S. 10-2 
 3. Southland S. 9-3 
 4. Nelson G. 9-3 
 5. Hub Jets 7-6 
 6. Taranaki MA 4-9 
 7. HBS Bank Hawks 3-10 
 8. Super City R. 2-10 
 9. Waikato P. 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 21: Waikato P. - HBS Bank Hawks 69-64
Jun. 21: Southland S. - OceanaGold N. 114-67
Jun. 21: Wellington S. - Super City R.
Jun. 22: HBS Bank Hawks - Taranaki MA
Jun. 22: Nelson G. - Super City R.
Jun. 23: Hub Jets - Waikato P.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brian CONKLIN
  Southland S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Conklin, Southland21.9 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.21.7 
 3. Anthony, OceanaGo.21.1 
 4. Pace, Nelson G.21.0 
 5. Jones, Hub Jets20.3 
 6. Tait, Wellington S.20.1 
 7. Greene, HBS B.19.8 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.19.5 
 9. Hagan, Hub Jets19.2 
 10. Atkinson, Waika.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Atkinson, Waika.14.9 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets14.3 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.7 
 4. Conklin, Southland9.7 
 5. Greene, HBS B.9.5 
 6. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.7 
 7. Bailey, Super C.8.6 
 8. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.6 
 9. Markson, Wellingt.8.2 
 10. Abrams, Taranaki.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Tait, Wellington S.8.1 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.7 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets6.6 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.5.4 
 5. Buck, Super City R.4.6 
 6. Webster, Waika.4.3 
 7. Martin, Southlan.4.1 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.3.9 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.5 
 10. Boucher, Wellingt.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris HAGAN
  Hub Jets
  (181-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hagan, Hub Jets3.1 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.6 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.5 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.2.3 
 5. Greene, HBS B.2.3 
 6. Martin, Southlan.2.2 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.2.2 
 8. Tait, Wellington S.2.0 
 9. O''Riley, Super C.1.8 
 10. Warren, Wellingto.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.2 
 2. Gabriel, Taranaki.2.0 
 3. Frank, Wellington1.7 
 4. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.6 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.3 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.3 
 7. Greene, HBS B.1.1 
 8. Wright, OceanaGo.0.8 
 9. Dawson, Southlan.0.8 
 10. Cohadarevic, HBS0.8 


36ers bring in Benny Anthony - by Eurobasket News

The Adelaide 36ers bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Benny Anthony (198-F-88). The forward has signed a two-year deal with the team. Benny Anthony is currently playing at the New Zealand NBL. He averages 22.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game for the Otago Nuggets. Last season Benny Anthony spent in Germany. He played for BBC Solarto Eagles Magdeburg. His stats read 19.2 points, 9.3 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game in Regionalliga. He made it into All-German Regionalliga North 1st Team. Benny Anthony was the member of the Tall Blacks squad in 2009/11 seasons. He participated at the 2010 World Championship in Turkey.


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Jamelle Horne (ex Humacao) is a newcomer at Metros de Santiago - by Eurobasket News

Metros de Santiago (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Panamanian forward Jamelle Horne (200-95kg-88, college: Arizona). He played at Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 23 BSN games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg this season. The most of this season Horne spent at Soles (LNBP) in Mexican league. In 24 games he averaged remarkable 20.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Horne also spent pre-season at Ironi Kiryat Ata (National League) in Israel that year. The most of last (11-12) season he spent at Sioux Falls Skyforce in D-League. In 18 games he averaged 6.9ppg and 2.9rpg last season. The other team Horne played that season for was Trefl Sopot (TBL) in Polish league. In 11 games he averaged 7.1ppg and 3.1rpg. His team won Pac-10 Regular Season in 2011.
Horne graduated from University of Arizona in 2011 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Energa Czarni keep Roderick Trice - by Eurobasket News

Energa Czarni have ensured the services of Roderick Trice (191-F-84, college: S.Carolina) for the next season. The sides have agreed on terms of contract extension. The forward joined the Polish outfit at the start of the previous season. Roderick Trice notched 9.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game in TBL. Previously Roderick Trice played in Germany. He was named All-German 2.Bundesliga ProA Player of the Year in 2008. He also earned All-German Bundesliga Honourable Mention in 2009, 2010 and 2011.


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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 42

Jun. 20: Bayamon - Mayaguez 87-81
Jun. 21: Arecibo - Ponce 75-77
Jun. 20: San German - Humacao 111-109
Jun. 21: Mayaguez - San German


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Harris, Ponce20.7 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.3 
 3. Diogu, Ponce19.9 
 4. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 5. Carmona, Humacao19.6 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo19.2 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.16.8 
 10. Lisch, Quebradill.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.4 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.1 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.8 
 4. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 5. Diogu, Ponce8.6 
 6. Phillip, San German8.6 
 7. Carmona, Humacao8.2 
 8. Harrellson, Chongq.8.2 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
 10. Massie, San Germ.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.2 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.6 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas5.3 
 4. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.8 
 6. Rivera, Ponce4.8 
 7. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 8. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 9. Coronado, Guayama3.8 
 10. Copeland, San G.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.9 
 3. Coronado, Guayama1.7 
 4. Lisch, Quebradillas1.5 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 8. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 9. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 10. Rodriguez, Guaya.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 5. Gates, Guayama1.3 
 6. Balkman, Guayama1.3 
 7. Lee, Quebradillas1.3 
 8. Santiago, Guaynabo1.2 
 9. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Wins by Atleticos and Vaqueros - by Luis Modestti


Despite being eliminated, Atleticos and Vaqueros are not out of competing every night and defeated Caciques-Gigantes and Indios, respectively.

Atleticos edged Caciques-Gigantes 111-109 as Richard Chaney (196-G-84, college: Troy) scored 30 points; Donald Copeland added 29 and Darren Phillip 25. San German scored 34 points in the third quarter and held a late rally by the visitors.

Adrian Uter scored 27 points while guards Filiberto Rivera and Denis Clemente netted 23 each. Caciques-Gigantes are in eitghth place with a 17-18 record.

Vaqueros defeated Indios 87-81 as five scorers were in double figures. Ray Barbosa scored 21 points and Jesse Pellot 19 for Bayamon.

Indios are now sixth with an 18-17 record. Atleticos are ninth with a 10-24 record and Vaqueros follow them with a 10-25 record.



The games for Friday, June 21 are:


Leones de Ponce at Capitanes de Arecibo

Atleticos de San German at Indios de Mayaguez



BSN suspends Santiago, Graterol and many others for brawl - by Luis Modestti

BSN sanctioned players from Mets de Guaynabo and Capitanes de Arecibo for their brawl last Wednesday.

The league suspended Windi Graterol (204-C-86) of Arecibo for four games and fined him for $2,000 since this was his second incident this season. Other players suspended were Carlos Escalera and Rafael Rivera for two games. Escalera was fined for $2,000 and Rivera for $250.

The players suspended from Guaynabo were Daniel Santiago for one game and Jose Lloreda for two games. Both players were fined for $2,000. Other players involved in the brawl were fined for $250.

Arecibo has two games left and Guaynabo just one. The playoffs start on Tuesday, June 25.



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BC Timisoara land Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Volkus - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara land Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Volkus (202-F-85, college: Redlands CC) for 2013/2014 season. He recently played for Panevezys Lietkabelis in Lithuania. Volkus managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 7 LKL games he had 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg. He also played 3 games in Baltic League where he recorded 15.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.0apg. Volkus also played at Planasa (LEB Gold) in Spanish league earlier that season. In 16 games he recorded 7.9ppg and 2.8rpg. The last season he played at Juventus (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 20 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. Volkus also played 17 games in Baltic League where he recorded 10.0ppg and 4.5rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the Baltic League Challenge Cup Final Four in 2011. Volkus was selected to Lithuanian League All-Star Game in 2011. He represented Lithuania at the Global Games in Dallas seven years ago.



CSM Oradea add ambitious Sean Denison - by Eurobasket News

CSM Oradea add ambitious Sean Denison (211-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Santa Clara) for the next season. The 28-year old Canadian power forward will come from Russia.
He played last time at Ataman Rostov in Russia. In 18 Superleague games he recorded 10.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.2bpg this season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Honorable Mention. The earlier season Denison played at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (PBL) in Russian league. In 13 games he averaged 8.9ppg and 4.7rpg. He helped them to make it to the cup final.
The previous (10-11) season Denison played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (BBL) in German league. In 36 games he averaged 8.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg that season.
In 2009-10 season he played at Tofas (TBL) in Turkish league. In 30 games he averaged 12.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg and 1.2bpg.
Among other achievements Denison won Turkish TB2L championship title in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Center of the Year award back in 2008.



Aleksandar Mladenovic comes back to Targu-Mures - by Eurobasket News

Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) comes back to Targu-Mures for the next season. The 29-year old Serbian power forward played in the team early in 2010-2011.
Last season Mladenovic played at Gaz Metan (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 38 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 5.2rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Mladenovic also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 9.8ppg and 3.5rpg. The last season he played at Slask Wroclaw (1Liga) in Polish league. In 43 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
Among other achievements Mladenovic played in the final of Serbian League in 2008. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011.



Daniel Dillon remains with CSM Oradea - by Eurobasket News

Daniel Dillon (194-G/F-86, college: Arizona) remains with CSM Oradea for the second straight season. The Australian player will play in Romania in 2013/2013 season.
Dillon, who at 194cm can play the shooting guard/small forward positions, offers plenty of versatility at both ends of the floor. Touted as a defensive stopper early in his career, which included stints with the powerhouse American college team Arizona and as a development player with the 2008 NBL champion South Dragons, Dillon showed at the recent High Stakes Hoops classic in Adelaide that he also has plenty in his offensive arsenal. The 24-year-old has deadly range on his shot but can also utilize his speed to get to the basket.
In 2004-2005 Daniel Dillon started for Arizona (NCAA) and in the last season averaged 2.0ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.3apg. In 2008-2009 he moved to South Dragons (Australia-NBL) and showed 1.8ppg, 1.0rpg, 0.6apg. In 2010 played for Sandringham Sabres (Australia-ABA, starting five) and had high 17.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 70.3%.
In 2010-2011 appeared for Skytrans Cairns Taipans (Australia-NBL, starting five) where he showed 7.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 65.5%. In 2011-2012 moved to Melbourne Tigers (Australia-NBL) and averaged 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 74.3%.
In 2012-2013 for CSM Oradea (Romania-Division A, starting five) he averaged 11.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 73.7%.



Boris Lalovic pens deal with CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

Boris Lalovic (209-C-81) pens deal with CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca in Romania. The Montenegrin center will come from HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar.
This season Lalovic played at Zrinjski (Division I) in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. In 22 games he had very impressive stats: 20.5ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.6apg this season. Before he played at KK Vrsac (A League) in Serbia. In 14 games he recorded 11.1ppg and 4.2rpg. Lalovic also played at HEO Bileca (Division I) in Bosnia and Herzegovina league that season. In 5 Division I games he recorded also remarkable stats: 23.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.6apg and 2.4spg. The other team he played shortly was Etha in Cypriot league. In 5 games he recorded 5.0ppg and 1.2rpg. Lalovic also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded just 2.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won Cyprus Supercup in 2012. Lalovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team in 2011.



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"Devin Smith close to Lokomotiv Kuban" - by Vladimir Lobanov

According to report in Russia today,American swingman Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) is close to joining Lokomotiv Kuban.
The report,based from Krasnodar media is stating that Lokomotiv are in advanced talks with Smith and a deal is "close" to being agreed.
Last week we reported that Lokomotiv are very interested in Smith,and President Andrey Vedishchev has confirmed the interest in The American,but today Vedishchev has refused to confirm or deny the report:"When we have something to declare we will publish it,for now there is nothing new" said Vedishchev.
Smith has refused to sign a new contract with Israeli Powerhouse Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv and he is a free agent after finishing two years deal with the team.
Meantime,Lokomotiv are waiting for star man Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) who is looking for a deal in the NBA,The Greek has an NBA clause till mid July but Kuban wants clarifications because if Calathes gets a guarantee contract they will have to find a high profile point guard.one of the names that were mentioned is Croatian Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who is a free agent after his deal with BC Khimky Moscow Region has ended.




Russia U20 opens Mosciano SantAngelo Tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20-Germany U20 87:61

Russia U20 opens Mosciano SantAngelo Tournament with the win. They overcame Germany U20 in the opener of the Italian campaign.
Russia opened the game with a 21-19 lead and added massive 28-14 burst in the second frame. Moreover the picture did not change in the third quarter as Russia dominated the court and posted a 21-9 rally. Germany managed to reply with a 19-17 rally and reduced to 26 points at the end.
For Germany Julius Wolf (202-F-93) scored 14 points and Kevin Bryant nailed 10. Hans Brase (203-F), Stephan Haukohl (203-F-93) and Leon Tolksdorf (203-F-93) ended up with 7 points each in defeat.
In another game Italy will take on Georgia later tonight. Tomorrow Russia U20 will take on the hosts, Italy. Germany U20 will play against Georgian team.



Spain U19 wins the opener of the Torneo de Extremadura - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19-Russia U19 79:47

Spain U19 wins the opener of the Torneo de Extremadura. The home side left no chances for visiting Russia in a 79:47 win.
Spain won the opening period 25-9 and dominated the whole court. Although Russia replied with a 14-12 rally in the second period, the teams went to the lockers at 37:23 result. Spain posted a 20-14 surge in the third period and erupted with a 22-10 burst in the last stanza.
In another game Argentina U19 overcame Australia U19 94:91.
Saiz top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Javier Marin (196-SG-94) added 11. Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) scored 9, whilst Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) and Oriol Pauli (201-G-94) notched 8 each. Alexander Gankevich (201-PF-95) answered with 11 points in the losing effort, while Kulachin and Maksim Voytov (207-C-94) poured in 6 each.

Spain U19: Saiz 12, Javier Marin 11, Jose Nogues 9, Dario Brizuela 8, Oriol Pauli 8
Russia U19: Alexander Gankevich 11, Kulachin 6, Maksim Voytov 6



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  SEABA   

Standings

Standings
1. Malaysia2-0
2. Indonesia1-1
3. Thailand1-1
4. Singapore0-2

Regular Season: Round 2

Jun. 21: THA - IDN 88-89
Jun. 21: MAS - SIN 64-58

Regular Season: Round 3

Jun. 22: MAS - THA
Jun. 22: IDN - SIN


SEA Games Standings

Standings
1. Indonesia0-0
2. Malaysia0-0
3. Singapore0-0
4. Thailand0-0

Regular Season: Round 2

Jun. 21: THA - IDN 88-89
Jun. 21: MAS - SIN 64-58

Regular Season: Round 3

Jun. 22: MAS - THA
Jun. 22: IDN - SIN


Day 2 in Medan - by Eurobasket News

Malaysia - Singapore 64:58
Malaysia registered the second straight win at the 2013 SEABA Championship. They held off Singapore to lead the standings at 2-0 record in Medan. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) and Yeo Seng John Ng (190-F-81) accounted for 12 points each to pace Malaysia. Singapore fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Malaysia gained a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Singapore slowed their opponents down in the second frame. They got within two points at halftime 34:32. But Malaysia triggered a 15:10 rally in the third term to get some breathing room. Singapore outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but just cut the deficit at the end. Sing Tee Ng netted 9 points for the winners. Wong Wei Long (172-G-88) and Ng Hanbin (192-G/F-89) had 12 points each in the loss.

Malaysia: Ban Sin Ooi 12, Yeo Seng John Ng 12+10 boards, Sing Tee Ng 9
Singapore: Wong Wei Long 12, Ng Hanbin 12

Indonesia Thailand 89:88
Indonesia earned a crucial win in the second round of the SEABA Championship. The hosts held off Thailand to remain hopeful of FIBA Asia Championship qualification. Indonesia entered the game having suffered a bitter loss against Malaysia in the opener. They had to win here to stay in the race for the top two finish.
The hosts started strong as they gained a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. Thailand cut the deficit in the second frame. The visitors got within three points at halftime 35:38. Indonesia kept their opponents at distance throughout the third term. The home team entered the fourth frame up by 6 points. Thailand managed to erased the deficit late in the game. Ramadhani put Indonesia in front 77:75 with just over a minute remaining. Ghogar tied things up at 77 but Ferdinand (194-C-88) sank two free throws to give the hosts a 79:77 lead. Suttisin however converted a jumper and sent the game into overtime. Thailand jumped to an 85:81 lead midway through the extra period. However Bima Risky Ardiansyah (174-G-81) sank two free throws and Widayat Jati drained a jumper to level things up at 88. Bima Risky Ardiansyah followed with a free throw with 24 seconds remaining to seal with victory for Indonesia. Bima Risky Ardiansyah fired 16 points to lead the hosts. Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) added 15 points for Indonesia. Suttisin Wattana answered with 20 points for Thailand. Attaporn Lertmalaiporn chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Thailand: Suttisin Wattana 20, Attaporn Lertmalaiporn 16
Indonesia: Bima Risky Ardiansyah 16, Xaverius Prawiro 15, Ferdinand 12, Rizky Effendi (187-SF-88) 12



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Elson Mendy joins Poitiers - by Eurobasket News

Poitiers bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Elson Mendy (200-F-85). The Senegalese forward spent the previous season with Nantes. He averaged 8.5 points, 3.3 boards and 1.3 steals per game in ProB. Previously Elson Mendy played for Dijon, Strasbourg and Boncourt. He reached ProA semis in 2006 as well as Swiss LNA semis in 2007.


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Darko Milicic in Crvena zvezda!? - by Igor Obradovic

Another great news for red&white fans from Belgrade.

Darko Milicic (212-C-85), after one year of pause from basketball signed two year contract with Crvena zvezda Telekom.
The 28 year old Serbian centar who have a NBA champions ring with Detroit Pistons will joined Crvena zvezda and help vice-champion of Serbia and Adriatic league in new season.

Before him, Crvena zvezda bring Slovenian big star, Jaka Blazic and extended contract with DeMarcus Nelson.



2013 Mediterranean Games: Serbia roll past Tunisia to win Group B - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Tunisia 80:73

Serbia claimed the second victory at the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Turkey. They overcame Tunisia to claim the top position in Group B. Serbia will now take on the loser of FYR Macedonia vs. Turkey clash in the semis. Tunisia finished second in the pool and would face the winners of Group A in playoffs.
Serbia grabbed a narrow 18:16 lead after ten minutes. The European side maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Serbia accounted for a 41:36 halftime lead. But Tunisia changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They went on a 21:12 rally in the quarter and jump at 57:53 lead before the fourth frame. But Serbia did not panic. They exploded with 27 points in the final stanza and snatched victory at the end. Milos Dimic (195-G-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) came up with 14 points to lead the winners. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) added 12 points, while Djordje Drenovac (208-G/F-92, agency: Interperformances) had 11 points for the Serbian team. Nizar Knioua (189-SF-83) responded with 12 points for Tunisia. Youssef Gaddour (203-F-90) had 11 points in the loss.

Serbia: Milos Dimic 14, Nikola Kalinic 12, Djordje Drenovac 11
Tunisia: Nizar Knioua 12, Youssef Gaddour 11



Serbia U20 defeat Bulgaria U20 in Vrnjacka Banja - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Bulgaria U20 70:48

Serbian and Bulgarian U20 National Teams played the first game in the exhibition series in Vrnjacka Banja. The hosts claimed a comfortable win at the end. Nemanja Bezbradica (204-F/C-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points to pace the hosts.
Serbia eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They increased the tempo and defensive aggressiveness in the second period. The hosts cleared off to a 45:33 distance at halftime. Serbia held their opponents to 7 points in the third term. The hosts capitalized taking a comfortable 19-point lead into the fourth period. Bulgaria scored just 8 points in the final period and had to surrender at the end. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) netted 11 points, while Nemanja Krstic (198-SF-93) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) answered with 10 points for Bulgaria. Dimitar Dimitrov (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) topscored with 16 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Bezbradica 19, Nemanja Krstic 13, Luka Mitrovic 11
Bulgaria U20: Dimitar Dimitrov 16, Aleks Simeonov 10



Nemanja Nedovic, Dejan Musli at Bucks workout - by Ivan Milenkovic

Two Serbian players, Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket), are currently in Milwaukee, where they have pre-draft workout with Bucks.

Nemanja Nedovic talked with
Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel: "Since it was my first workout, my first time in the States, it was very exciting". Serbian guard said his arrival in the United States was delayed about a week after he suffered an ankle injury in the Adidas EuroCamp in Italy. He returned to Belgrade for some treatment before
making the trip to the U.S.

Serbian national team player will work out with Atlanta, Detroit and Cleveland before heading back to Belgrade. Nemanja played last season with Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania and has two years left on his contract, but he has an NBA option in the deal which will allow him to leave if he is drafted.

"It was unreal until this point" Nemanja Nedovic said. "Right now I'm here and I'm starting to figure out it's serious. I hear a lot of positive comments. It's crazy, seeing the Milwaukee Bucks sign and the locker room."

When he has been told that people call him the "European Derrick Rose", Serbian said: "I may be three times slower, but it's OK".


Milwaukee Bucks director of scouting Billy McKinney said about Nemanja Nedovic: "I had a chance to work with him a couple years ago in the EuroCamp in Treviso. Just a tough combination guard, a guy who really understands the game and how to play. He's really athletic, a lot more athletic than people realize."


Source: JSOnline




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2013 SEABA Championship: Malaysia earn second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Malaysia - Singapore 64:58

Malaysia registered the second straight win at the 2013 SEABA Championship. They held off Singapore to lead the standings at 2-0 record in Medin. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) and Yeo Seng John Ng (190-F-81) accounted for 12 points each to pace Malaysia. Singapore fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Malaysia gained a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Singapore slowed their opponents down in the second frame. They got within two points at halftime 34:32. But Malaysia triggered a 15:10 rally in the third term to get some breathing room. Singapore outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but just cut the deficit at the end. Sing Tee Ng netted 9 points for the winners. Wong Wei Long (172-G-88) and Ng Hanbin (192-G/F-89) had 12 points each in the loss.

Malaysia: Ban Sin Ooi 12, Yeo Seng John Ng 12+10 boards, Sing Tee Ng 9
Singapore: Wong Wei Long 12, Ng Hanbin 12



Singapore National Team 2013 - by Greg

Tan Chin Hong 185-F Singapore S. Singapore
Ng Hanbin 192-G/F-89 Singapore S. Singapore
Hua Sen Larry Liew
Jing Lun John Ng
Steven Khoo Kian Huat 189-C-85 Singapore S. Singapore
Chiang Kok 199-C-95 Singapore S. Singapore
Folkoff Mitchell Singapore S. Singapore
Wu Qingde Singapore S. Singapore
Lim Sheng Yu 190-F-90 Singapore S. Singapore
Desmond Wei Jie Oh 176-F-86 Singapore S. Singapore
Wong Wei Long 172-G-88 Singapore S. Singapore
Yong Cheng Justin Lim



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Slovenia U18 wins Torneo di Potenza opener - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18-Slovenia U18 64:67

Slovenia U18 wins Torneo di Potenza opener with 4 partiicpating teams. The Slovanian side overcame Italy U18 in Day 1 67:64.
After two pre-season losses from Turkey U18, Slovenia started better against Italy. They took 16-14 lead at the end of the first period, but Italy replied with a 20-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover the hosts added 15-11 in the fourth period and led 7 points at the end of the third period. Slovenia however needed a late 25-15 run and sealed the victory.
Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Jan Dolensek (202-PF-95) delivered 9. Novak and Jure Ritlop (203-PF-95) poured in 7 each, while Ulcar added 6. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) finished the game with 23 points in the losing effort and Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) notched 10. Jacopo Vedovato (205-C-95) delivered 8, while Luca Vencato (190-SG-95) notched 6.

Italy U18: Simone Fontecchio 23, Tommaso Laquintana 10, Jacopo Vedovato 8, Luca Vencato 6
Slovenia U18: Matic Rebec 28, Jan Dolensek 9, Novak 7, Jure Ritlop 7, Ulcar 6



Erazem Lorbek will not play at home tournament - by Eurobasket News

Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) will not play at home tournament as the player underwent knee surgery. The Slovenian player will not help his National Slovenian Team at EuroBasket 2013.
Erazem Lorbek just finished the season with Regal FC Barcelona in Spain. In 45 games he had 9.9ppg and 3.3rpg this season. He helped them to make it to both league and supercup final. Lorbek also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.9ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four. The last season Lorbek played also at Regal FC Barcelona (ACB) in Spanish league. In 44 games he recorded 11.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7apg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the supercup. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Bosmans Team. Lorbek also played 21 games in Euroleague where he recorded 13.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team.
In 2005 Lorbek was drafted by Indiana Pacers (NBA) in second round (46th overall). He attended Michigan State until 2003 and it may be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Lorbek was also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. He played for Slovenian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2011 and previously for U22 National Team back in 2001. Lorbek represented Slovenia at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 11.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 67.9%.



Slovenia U20 open Kormend tourney with victory - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20 - Slovenia U20 76:84

Slovenia U20 victoriously opened the international friendly tournament in Kormend. They overcame the hosts in the opener. Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) provided 17 points to lead the winners.
Hungary got to the slightly better start. They accumulated a 23:20 lead after the opening quarter. But Slovenia used a 20:13 run in the second period to secure a 40:36 halftime lead. The visitors went on a 26:11 run in the third term to gain a 19-point lead. Hungary exploded with 29 points in the fourth frame trying to rescue the game but came up short of victory at the end. Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) finished with 14 points, while Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) added 13 points for the winners. Rosco answered with 20 points for Hungary. Markovics had 11 points in the losing effort.

Hungary U20: Rosco 20, Markovics 11
Slovenia U20: Ziga Dimec 17, Luka Rupnik 14, Miha Lapornik 13



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All-Spanish ACB Finals MVP pulls out from EuroBasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

All-Spanish ACB Finals MVP pulls out from EuroBasket 2013 and will not help the team in Slovenia. Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) will be missed in Spanish National Team.
Felipe Reyes is a player of Real Madrid in Spain. In 43 games he recorded 9.9ppg and 5.5rpg this season. He helped them to win the league title and the supercup. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Finals MVP -13. Reyes also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.6ppg and 5.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
The earlier season Reyes played also at Real Madrid (ACB) in Spanish league. In 46 games he averaged 8.3ppg and 5.9rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Reyes also played 16 games in Euroleague where he averaged 8.4ppg and 6.3rpg.
He was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Reyes played for Spanish Senior National Team between 2000 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 1999 and 2000. He also represented Spain at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Reyes' team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 3.4ppg, 3.5rpg.



Spain U19 wins the opener of the Torneo de Extremadura - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19-Russia U19 79:47

Spain U19 wins the opener of the Torneo de Extremadura. The home side left no chances for visiting Russia in a 79:47 win.
Spain won the opening period 25-9 and dominated the whole court. Although Russia replied with a 14-12 rally in the second period, the teams went to the lockers at 37:23 result. Spain posted a 20-14 surge in the third period and erupted with a 22-10 burst in the last stanza.
In another game Argentina U19 overcame Australia U19 94:91.
Saiz top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Javier Marin (196-SG-94) added 11. Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) scored 9, whilst Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) and Oriol Pauli (201-G-94) notched 8 each. Alexander Gankevich (201-PF-95) answered with 11 points in the losing effort, while Kulachin and Maksim Voytov (207-C-94) poured in 6 each.

Spain U19: Saiz 12, Javier Marin 11, Jose Nogues 9, Dario Brizuela 8, Oriol Pauli 8
Russia U19: Alexander Gankevich 11, Kulachin 6, Maksim Voytov 6



Jose Angel Antelo re-upped with UCAM Murcia - by Eurobasket News

Jose Angel Antelo (203-F/C-87) re-upped with UCAM Murcia for another two years. The player extended with the team until year 2015.
In 31 games he recorded 9.1ppg and 5.3rpg last season. Before Jose Angel Antelo played at Caceres Basket (LEB Gold) in Spanish league. In 42 games he averaged 14.7ppg and 7.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Jose Angel Antelo's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish LEB1 in 2006. He represented Spain at the European Championships U18 in Zaragoza nine years ago. Jose Angel Antelo's team won Gold.
He has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Real Madrid, Baloncesto Leon, Tenerife, Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket and L'Hospitalet.



Unicaja Malaga extend Earl Calloway - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga extend Earl Calloway for the next season. In 34 ACB games he recorded 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg last season. He also played 23 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg. The last season Calloway played at Cajasol (ACB) in Spanish league. In 36 games he averaged 7.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg (in top 5). He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Croatian A1 League championship title in 2009. Calloway was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Import Player of the Year back in 2009. He represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 9.4ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), Steals-2 (2.1spg), FGP: 27.8%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 76.2%.



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Thailand National Team 2013 - by Greg

Attaporn Lertmalaiporn Thailand S. Thailand
Lakhan Bandit Thailand S. Thailand
Chanachon Klahan 190-F-84 Thailand S. Thailand
Danai Kongkum Thailand S. Thailand
Darongpan Apiromvilaichai 185-G-85 Thailand S. Thailand
Darunpong Apiromvilaichai 185-G-85 Bangkok C. Thailand
Mana Jantuma 185-G-80 Thailand S. Thailand
Piyapong Piroon 189-F-81 Thailand S. Thailand
Sukhdave Ghogar Thailand S. Thailand
Sangthong Supachai Thailand S. Thailand
Suttisin Wattana Thailand S. Thailand
Wutipong Dasom



2013 SEABA Championship: Indonesia snatch vital win over Thailand - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia - Thailand 89:88 (OT)

Indonesia earned a crucial win in the second round of the SEABA Championship. The hosts held off Thailand to remain hopeful of FIBA Asia Championship qualification. Indonesia entered the game having suffered a bitter loss against Malaysia in the opener. They had to win here to stay in the race for the top two finish.
The hosts started strong as they gained a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. Thailand cut the deficit in the second frame. The visitors got within three points at halftime 35:38. Indonesia kept their opponents at distance throughout the third term. The home team entered the fourth frame up by 6 points. Thailand managed to erased the deficit late in the game. Ramadhani put Indonesia in front 77:75 with just over a minute remaining. Ghogar tied things up at 77 but Ferdinand (194-C-88) sank two free throws to give the hosts a 79:77 lead. Suttisin however converted a jumper and sent the game into overtime. Thailand jumped to an 85:81 lead midway through the extra period. However Ardiyansyah sank two free throws and Widayat Jati drained a jumper to level things up at 88. Bima Risky Ardiansyah (174-G-81) followed with a free throw with 24 seconds remaining to seal with victory for Indonesia. Bima Risky Ardiansyah fired 16 points to lead the hosts. Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) added 15 points for Indonesia. Suttisin Wattana answered with 20 points for Thailand. Attaporn Lertmalaiporn chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Thailand: Suttisin Wattana 20, Attaporn Lertmalaiporn 16
Indonesia: Bima Risky Ardiansyah 16, Xaverius Prawiro 15, Ferdinand 12, Rizky Effendi (187-SF-88) 12



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2013 Mediterranean Games: Serbia roll past Tunisia to win Group B - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Tunisia 80:73

Serbia claimed the second victory at the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Turkey. They overcame Tunisia to claim the top position in Group B. Serbia will now take on the loser of FYR Macedonia vs. Turkey clash in the semis. Tunisia finished second in the pool and would face the winners of Group A in playoffs.
Serbia grabbed a narrow 18:16 lead after ten minutes. The European side maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Serbia accounted for a 41:36 halftime lead. But Tunisia changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They went on a 21:12 rally in the quarter and jump at 57:53 lead before the fourth frame. But Serbia did not panic. They exploded with 27 points in the final stanza and snatched victory at the end. Milos Dimic (195-G-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) came up with 14 points to lead the winners. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) added 12 points, while Djordje Drenovac (208-G/F-92, agency: Interperformances) had 11 points for the Serbian team. Nizar Knioua (189-SF-83) responded with 12 points for Tunisia. Youssef Gaddour (203-F-90) had 11 points in the loss.

Serbia: Milos Dimic 14, Nikola Kalinic 12, Djordje Drenovac 11
Tunisia: Nizar Knioua 12, Youssef Gaddour 11



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2013 Mediterranean Games: Turkey cruise past FYR Macedonia - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - FYR Macedonia 77:57

Turkey registered the third straight win at the Mediterranean Games. They fired past FYR Macedonia to win Group A. Turkey will now take on Tunisia in the semis. FYR Macedonia occupied the second position and would face Serbia in the fight for the place in the Final. Oguz Savas (212-C-87) and Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) nailed 15 points each for the winners.
Turkey got to a strong start. The hosts poured in 29 points in the opening quarter to post an 11-point lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second stanza. Turkey ensured a 48:31 halftime lead. The hosts did not slow down in the third frame. They accumulated a 26-point lead heading into the fourth period. FYR Macedonia held their opponents to 11 points in the final stanza but just sweetened the pill at the end. Baris Ermis (194-G-85) had 7 points, while Deniz Kilicli had 6 points and 11 boards for the winning side. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) answered with 13 points for FYR Macedonia. Marko Simonovski (192-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Turkey: Oguz Savas 15, Serhat Cetin 15, Baris Ermis 7
FYR Macedonia: Darko Sokolov 13, Marko Simonovski 8



Banvit part ways with Ene - by Efe Gorkem

Experienced coach Orhun Ene won't return to the Banvit next season, he announced today.

In an interview with basketfaul.com, Ene said: "I wanted to leave because I think both parties need a change. I had beautiful days here. During these four years, this club improved itself a lot. Banvit also gave me a chance to improve myself. I thank to everyone that I worked together. I think I did a good job here. I consider myself at home in Bandrma. Who knows, in the future we may work together."

Ene said he doesn't know what he's gonna do next season. "I had an offer from Telekom, but I said I won't consider it. I will go on a holiday. I want to work abroad."

Banvit has a long list of coaches in their search, including Ufuk Sarica, Dirk Bauermann and Chris Fleming.



Efes won't renew Tunceri and Kuqo's contract - by Efe Gorkem

And of an era in Efes...

Anadolu Efes General Manager Engin Ozerhun announced that the club won't renew captain Kerem Tunceri (191-PG-79)'s contract. Ozerhun also said Ermal Kuqo won't be on the roster next season.

Kerem Tunceri played a total of nine seasons in Efes. Kuqo spent eight seasons with the club.

According to GM Engin Ozerhun, Efes will cut the budget in season 2013/14. Ozerhun insisted that Efes wants to keep Sinan Guler, who's in target of both Galatasaray Medical Park and Fenerbahce Ulker.



Aliaga Petkim brings in Petar Popovic - by Eurobasket News

Aliaga Petkim brings in Petar Popovic (211-C-79) for the next season. The player will move from Germany.
In 35 games he had 8.9ppg and 2.6rpg last season for Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck. He helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals. Popovic also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.0ppg and 2.3rpg. The last season he played at Zvezda (A League) in Serbia. In 21 games he recorded 11.1ppg and 4.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Popovic also played 25 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 11.2ppg and 5.3rpg.
The season 2010/2011 he played at Spartak St.Petersburg (PBL) in Russian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Popovic had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 32 PBL games he recorded 7.3ppg and 2.8rpg. He contributed to his team winning the cup. Popovic also played 14 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 9.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Popovic also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.0ppg and 3.5rpg.
In 2009-10 season Petar Popovic played at Asefa Estudiantes (ACB) in Spanish league. In 36 games he recorded 8.1ppg and 2.9rpg. Popovic was selected to Adriatic League All-Star Game back in 2007. He represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Athens nine years ago.



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2013 ZERO TOLERANCE SUMMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE - by David Edole

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013
13-15 DIVISION

GAME ONE JESS VS. COME 2 DEFEND 5:30PM
GAME TWO YOUNG BALLERS VS. JAH YOUTHS 5 Minutes After
GAME THREE BLAZERS VS. BROTHERS 5 Minutes After
( (Winners of these games will draw numbers (1, 2, 3). #1 will get the bye))

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013
9-12 DIVISION

GAME ONE BROTHERS VS. JESS 10:00AM
GAME TWO RESPECT WE vs. NUFF RESPECT5 5 Minutes After
GAME THREE BLAZERS VS. JAH YOUTHS 5 Minutes After

13-15 DIVISION
GAME FOUR #2 VS #3 5 Minutes After Last 9-12 Game

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013
9-12 DIVISION

GAME 5 WINNER OF GAME ONE VS. WINNER OF GAME FOUR 12:00PM
GAME 6 WINNER OF GAME TWO VS. WINNER OF GAME THREE 5 Minutes After

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013
CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY

9-12 GAME WINNER OF GAME FIVE VS. WINNER OF GAME SIX 11:00AM
13-15 GAME WINNER OF GAME FOUR VS. #1 5 Minutes After
16-18 GAME #1 SEED VS. #2 SEED 5 Minutes After




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Hoverla tab Oleksandr Dolenko - by Eurobasket News

Hoverla deepened their roster. They added Oleksandr Dolenko. The guard started the previous season with Halychyna. He notched 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in Superleague. Oleksandr Dolenko moved to Belarus in January. The guard signed for Svisloch Osipovichi. He averaged 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game in Premier League. He helped Svisloch reach Premier League semis. Oleksandr Dolenko earned All-Belarusian League Honourable Mention. The guard was the member of the Ukrainian U20 National Team.


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Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 21: Verdirrojo - Marne 90-83
Jun. 21: Urunday Univ. - 25 de Agosto 79-72
Jun. 21: Colon - Guruyu Waston 69-74
Jun. 22: Cader - Welcome
Jun. 22: Capitol - Yale
Jun. 22: Stockholmo - Larre Borges



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Standings - LPB

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

Third Stage: Round 4

Jun. 20: Bucaneros - Marinos 87-77
Jun. 20: Gigantes - Cocodrilos 64-72

Third Stage: Round 5

Jun. 22: Marinos - Cocodrilos
Jun. 22: Gigantes - Bucaneros


Bailey is back at Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris, ex Panteras - by Eurobasket News

Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris (LNB) agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Ollie Bailey (201-103kg-85, college: Oklahoma City). It is actually his comeback to S.P. de Macoris as he played here before. Bailey just played at Panteras in Venezuelan LPB league. In 32 games he had very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg this season.
Three years ago (two years after he left the college) Bailey was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in seventh round (12th overall).
The former Oklahoma City University (NAIA) staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Dominican Rep. LNB North Division championship title in 2012. Bailey was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Import player of the Year in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Bailey has played also professionally in Argentina, Belgium, Czech Rep., Mexico (Huracanes), Switzerland, Uruguay (Atletico Welcome), Dominican Republic (Gregorio Urbano Gilbert, Dosa, Indios de San Francisco and del Siglo) and Venezuela (Lanc.Cojedes).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris sign Clarence Matthews, ex Marinos - by Eurobasket News

Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris (LNB) signed 30-year old American (has also Venezuelan passport) forward Clarence Matthews (201-112kg-83, college: Tennessee State). He was tested at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league, but left the team in May. In 26 LPB games he had 10.0ppg and 5.8rpg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Matthews' team won Venezuelan LNB Central-West Conference Regular Season in 2012. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB Center of the Year in 2009 and 2012.
Matthews is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina (Quilmes Mar del Plata and San Martin Corrientes), Chile, Colombia (Cucuta Norte), Mexico (Tecos de la UAGuadalajara), Puerto Rico, Uruguay (Defensor) and Venezuela (Centauros de Apure and Gigantes).
Matthews attended Tennessee State until 2007 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center




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Women News


FIBA Americas U16: Brazil qualified to U17 FIBA World Championship - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U16-Argentina U16 57:42

Brazil U16 qualified to U17 FIBA World Championship with a win against Argentina U16 in Day 3 of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Brazil grabbed a ticket to the Semifinals after a 57:42 victory.
It was the most expected game of the day and the most exciting. Brazil started the game with 13-11 lead and added 11-8 rally in the second period. The third period was decisive in the game when Brazil pushed the tempo for 20-11 surge and never looked behind. Brazil also added 13-12 rally in the last stanza for the final result.
Aline De Moura (185-F/C-97) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Mariane De Carvalho (182-F-97) as well as Wytalla Motta (182-F/C-97) had 11 each. Larissa Carneiro (164-G-97) delivered 7 points each in a win. Luciana Delabarba (167-G-97) finished the game with 11 points in defeat, whilst Martina Rodriguez (162-G-97) scored 7. Sofia Giannini (159-G-97) poured in 6, whilst Oriana Paladin (160-G-97) had 5.

Brazil U16: Aline De Moura 14, Mariane De Carvalho 11, Wytalla Motta 11, Larissa Carneiro 7
Argentina U16: Luciana Delabarba 11, Martina Rodriguez 7, Sofia Giannini 6, Oriana Paladin 5



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  AUSTRALIA   


Opals denied by late China run - by Eurobasket News

The Jayco Australian Opals have gone down in a nail-biting 65-61 loss to China in Game Two of their three-game series overnight.

Coming off an encouraging series-opening performance against the full-strength China team, the Opals got off to a fast start and led by five points heading into the final quarter.

A free throw discrepancy of 22-5 eventually wore on the visitors as the hosts got to the line late on to secure the victory and take a 2-0 series lead.

The Opals had four players in double figures in the narrow defeat, with Cayla Francis (192-C-89) and Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) top-scoring with 12 points each, and Marianna Tolo and Natalie Hurst scoring 10 points apiece.

Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce praised the efforts of his squad who lost Tegan Cunningham before the series to a hamstring injury and Jenni Screen during the second quarter after a heavy knock.

It was a little disappointing (the result) because I thought the girls really deserved to win the game after that performance, Joyce said.

It was very tough to score late in the game, but I was very pleased with the way the team attacked.

We pushed the Chinese national team all the way and came within a whisker of getting a win away from home, so there are plenty of positives to take away from the result.

Joyce praised the efforts of Francis, Hurst and Tolo, along with the on-floor leadership of veteran point guard Kristen Veal in the game.

The Opals got off to a strong start, trailing by just one point at the first change before taking a 28-27 lead into the main interval, looking in position to cause an upset.

However late on the luck didnt favour the visiting team, with a late call going against the Opals, resulting in two converted free throws for the Chinese team and the win.

The Opals round out their three-game series against China on Sunday night.
China 65-61 Jayco Australian Opals

Scorers: Francis, Belinda Snell 12; Tolo, Hurst 10; Wilson, Burton 6; Screen 5.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.net.au



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  BELARUS   


EuroBasket 2013: Belarus back to winning ways - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Great Britain 71:61

Belarus snapped two-game losing skid at the 2013 EuroBasket to defeat Great Britain. The victory propelled Belarus at 3-1 record in Group F. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) nailed 15 points to pace the winners. Great Britain fell at 1-3 record.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first frame. The scoreboard read 15-all after ten minutes. Belarus put their noses in front in the second quarter. Katerina Snytsina and Anufriyenka made it 30:21 for Belarus midway through the period. Great Britain cut the deficit but still trailed by six at halftime 28:34. Great Britain used a 12:0 run midway through the third term to spur ahead 44:38. They arrived at the final intermission up by three points 46:43. Belarus answered with six consecutive points at the start of the final period to regain the lead. Soon Belarus went on a 9:0 run to establish a 61:51 advantage. They never allowed Great Britain closer than 7 points in the reminder of the contest cruising to the win at the end. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) provided 14 points, while Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) had 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) responded with 16 points for Great Britain. Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Belarus: Katerina Snytsina 15, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 14, Anastasiya Veremeenko 12
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 16, Kimberly Butler 9



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  BRAZIL   


FIBA Americas U16: Brazil qualified to U17 FIBA World Championship - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U16-Argentina U16 57:42

Brazil U16 qualified to U17 FIBA World Championship with a win against Argentina U16 in Day 3 of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Brazil grabbed a ticket to the Semifinals after a 57:42 victory.
It was the most expected game of the day and the most exciting. Brazil started the game with 13-11 lead and added 11-8 rally in the second period. The third period was decisive in the game when Brazil pushed the tempo for 20-11 surge and never looked behind. Brazil also added 13-12 rally in the last stanza for the final result.
Aline De Moura (185-F/C-97) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Mariane De Carvalho (182-F-97) as well as Wytalla Motta (182-F/C-97) had 11 each. Larissa Carneiro (164-G-97) delivered 7 points each in a win. Luciana Delabarba (167-G-97) finished the game with 11 points in defeat, whilst Martina Rodriguez (162-G-97) scored 7. Sofia Giannini (159-G-97) poured in 6, whilst Oriana Paladin (160-G-97) had 5.

Brazil U16: Aline De Moura 14, Mariane De Carvalho 11, Wytalla Motta 11, Larissa Carneiro 7
Argentina U16: Luciana Delabarba 11, Martina Rodriguez 7, Sofia Giannini 6, Oriana Paladin 5



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  BULGARIA   


Friendsfactory signs Bulgarian Dimana Georgieva, Jennifer Kerns remains with BG 74 Goettingen - by Eurobasket News

Friendsfactory signs Bulgarian Dimana Georgieva (190-C-88), while Jennifer Kerns remains with BG 74 Goettingen. Both teams announced their latest updates.

Friendsfactory Jahn Muenchen signs Bulgarian Dimana Georgieva for 2013/2014 season. The player will come from Italy. Last year she played for Trogylos Priolo. In 9 games she recorded 3.0ppg and 2.6rpg. Georgieva also represented Bulgaria at the 3x3 Women World Championships in Greece last year.

Jennifer Kerns will remain with BG 74 Goettingen in Germany. She helped them to make it to the group semifinals. The last season Kerns coached also at Goettingen (2.Bundesliga) in German league.

As a Coach Assistant she started in 2008-2009 for Trinos Goettingen (DBBL). Later she became a Head Coach and in 2011-2012 started with Trinos Goettingen (2.Bundesliga) women team. Last season she stayed with BG 74 Goettingen (2.Bundesliga) women team.



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  CANADA   


FIBA Americas U16: Canada edge Mexico, both head to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Mexico U16-Canada U16 40:89

Canada U16 won over Mexico U16 in Day 3 of the FIBA Americas Championship. Canada won Group B with a perfect 3-0 record after an 89:40 victory. Mexico finished the Group with 2-1 record as both teams qualified to the U17 World Championship.
Canada won the first period 18-10 and added massive 24-7 surge in the second frame. Moreover the Canadian players did not slow down in the second half and added another two victories. Canada erupted with a 32-12 surge in the third period and finished the game with a 15-11 rally.
Bridget Charleton (185-G) paced all the winners with 16 points and Tamara Farquhar (181-F) as well as Eternati Willock (188-F-97) posted 14 each. Lauren Yearwood (191-C) and Julia Chandler (188-F) delivered 12 points each. Nayeli Ortiz (174-SF-98) ended up with 8 points in the losing effort and Rosemy Martinez (160-SG-98) poured in 7. Cinthya Rivas (186-PF-97) and Celilly Telles (174-SF-99) had 6 points each in a loss.

Mexico U16: Nayeli Ortiz 8, Rosemy Martinez 7, Cinthya Rivas 6, Celilly Telles 6
Canada U16: Bridget Charleton 16, Tamara Farquhar 14, Eternati Willock 14, Lauren Yearwood 12, Julia Chandler 12



FIBA Americas U16: Canada hold off Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

Canada U16 - Puerto Rico U16 66:61

Canada recorded the second straight win at the start of the U16 FIBA Americas Championship. They toppled pesky Puerto Rico for 2-0 record on top of Group B. Puerto Rico fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Julia Chandler (188-F) produced 19 points to lead the charge.
Puerto Rico dominated in the opening quarter. They surprised the North American side with an aggressive defence and held Canada to just 10 points in the first ten minutes. Puerto Rico gained a 15:10 lead at the first break. But Canada stepped on the gas in the second period. They fired 27 points to spur ahead for a 37:33 halftime lead. Puerto Rico answered with a stifling defensive performance in the third quarter. They held Canada to just 3 points on the quarter to regain the advantage at 45:40. But it was not enough at the end. Canada answered with a 26:16 run in the fourth stanza and sealed the win at the end. Danielle Garven (185-G/F) and Bridget Charleton (185-G) chipped in 13 points each for the winners. Patricia Nieves (178-C-97) answered with 18 points for Puerto Rico. Gileysa Penzo (175-SG-97) tossed in 13 points in the loss.

Canada U16: Julia Chandler 19, Danielle Garven 13, Bridget Charleton 13
Puerto Rico U16: Patricia Nieves 18, Gileysa Penzo 13



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  CHILE   


Opals denied by late China run - by Eurobasket News

The Jayco Australian Opals have gone down in a nail-biting 65-61 loss to China in Game Two of their three-game series overnight.

Coming off an encouraging series-opening performance against the full-strength China team, the Opals got off to a fast start and led by five points heading into the final quarter.

A free throw discrepancy of 22-5 eventually wore on the visitors as the hosts got to the line late on to secure the victory and take a 2-0 series lead.

The Opals had four players in double figures in the narrow defeat, with Cayla Francis (192-C-89) and Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) top-scoring with 12 points each, and Marianna Tolo and Natalie Hurst scoring 10 points apiece.

Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce praised the efforts of his squad who lost Tegan Cunningham before the series to a hamstring injury and Jenni Screen during the second quarter after a heavy knock.

It was a little disappointing (the result) because I thought the girls really deserved to win the game after that performance, Joyce said.

It was very tough to score late in the game, but I was very pleased with the way the team attacked.

We pushed the Chinese national team all the way and came within a whisker of getting a win away from home, so there are plenty of positives to take away from the result.

Joyce praised the efforts of Francis, Hurst and Tolo, along with the on-floor leadership of veteran point guard Kristen Veal in the game.

The Opals got off to a strong start, trailing by just one point at the first change before taking a 28-27 lead into the main interval, looking in position to cause an upset.

However late on the luck didnt favour the visiting team, with a late call going against the Opals, resulting in two converted free throws for the Chinese team and the win.

The Opals round out their three-game series against China on Sunday night.
China 65-61 Jayco Australian Opals

Scorers: Francis, Belinda Snell 12; Tolo, Hurst 10; Wilson, Burton 6; Screen 5.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.net.au



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  CHINA   


Shanghai Octopus announced experienced Sylvia Fowles - by Eurobasket News

Shanghai Octopus announced experienced Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) for the next season. Another American player will move to China for 2013/2014 season.
The 28-year old USA ex-international center Sylvia Fowles currently plays at Chicago Sky in WNBA. Her stats read 13.1 points per game.
In 2008 Chicago Sky selected her as second overall pick in WNBA draft.
The former Louisiana State University standout is in her fifth season in pro basketball. Fowles played in the final of Turkish TKBL for two years in a row (2012 and 2013).
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2012. Fowles also represented USA at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 5 games: 6.0ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 61.1%, FT: 80.0%.
Fowles has played previously professionally in Russia (Spartak Vidnoye) and Turkey (Galatasaray).



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  COSTA RICA   


FIBA Americas U16: USA storm past Costa Rica - by Eurobasket News

Costa Rica U16-USA U16 19:106

USA storm past Costa Rica in Day 3 of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The defending champions won Group A with a perfect 3-0 record after a 106:19 victory.
USA started the game with a 35-4 burst and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. The favorites managed to hold the opponents to just 2 points in the second and the third periods. USA meanwhile scored 25 points in the second period and then added 21 in the third for 72-point lead after thirty minutes. USA finished the game with a 25-11 surge and reached three-digit number at the end.
Katie Samuelson (191-G/F-97) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Nancy Mulkey (206-C-98) nailed 16. Lauren Cox (193-F-98) delivered 14, whilst Arike Ogunbowale (175-F-97) netted 13 and Kalani Brown (193-C-97) as well as Asia Durr (180-G-97) had 12 each. Costa Rica had only three players in the roster that scored in the game. Daniela Quesada (167-SG-97) poured in 10 points, while Paula Mora (169-SF-97) scored 5 and Meilyn Herrera (185-SF-97) brought 4.

Costa Rica U16: Daniela Quesada 10, Paula Mora 5, Meilyn Herrera 4
USA U16: Katie Samuelson 20, Nancy Mulkey 16, Lauren Cox 14, Arike Ogunbowale 13, Kalani Brown 12, Asia Durr 12



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  CROATIA   


EuroBasket 2013: Serbia outscore Croatia in Vendespace - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Croatia 77:64

Serbia claimed the third straight win at the EuroBasket. They held off Croatia in Vendespace to improve at 2-2 record in Second Round of the tournament. Croatia fell at 0-4 record after the defeat. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) accounted for 19 points and 6 boards to lead the effort.
Serbia set the ambitions early on. They went on a 23:12 run in the first period. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. Serbia kept their opponents at bay throughout the quarter to secure a 44:33 halftime lead. The margin grew at 16-point mark midway through the third term. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) and Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) cut the gap to 11 points at the final intermission 51:62. But Serbia did not allow Croatia any closer in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) nailed 12 points, while Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points for the winners. Marija Rezan (198-C-89) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Ana Lelas and Antonija Misura finished with 12 points each in the loss.

Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 19, Ana Dabovic 12, Milica Dabovic 11
Croatia: Marija Rezan 12, Ana Lelas 12, Antonija Misura 12



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove keeps Darina Misurova - by Eurobasket News

Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove keeps Darina Misurova (163-PG-81) for the next season. The 32-year old Slovakian ex-international point guard Darina Misurova will continue in Czech Republic.
In 40 ZBL games she had 13.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.8spg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 2nd Team, All-Bosmans Team and All-Domestic Players Team. The last season Misurova played at Kara Trutnov (ZBL) in Czech Republic league. In 42 games she recorded 12.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. She also represented Slovakia at the European Championships in Poland two years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 7.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Misurova has played also professionally in Czech Republic (BA Sparta).



EuroBasket 2013: France ease past Czech Republic to remain unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

France - Czech Republic 64:49

France kept their perfect record at the 2013 EuroBasket. Les Bleus fired past Czech Republic to jump at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
France came up with their trademark stifling defence right from the start. The hosts held Czech Republic to 12 points in the first ten minutes and ensured a 5-point lead. France maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. The hosts built a 34:23 halftime advantage. Things hardly changed after the big break. Czech Republic struggled to find easy points. They managed just 11 points in the third term to face a 14-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. France outscored Czech Republic in the final stanza and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) had 14 points and 10 boards, while Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) added 9 points for the winners. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) responded with 10 points for Czech Republic. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) had 9 points in the defeat.

France: Sandrine Gruda 21+10 boards, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 14+10 boards, Nwal-Endene Miyem 9
Czech Republic: Petra Kulichova 10, Michaela Zrustova 9



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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. France4-0
2. Belarus3-1
3. Czech Rep.2-2
4. Serbia2-2
5. U.Kingdom1-3
6. Croatia0-4
Group Places 13-16
1. Lithuania1-2
2. Russia1-2
3. Ukraine0-3
4. Latvia0-3

Second Stage: Round 2

E

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

F

Jun. 21: CRO - SRB 64-77
Jun. 21: FRA - CZE 64-49
Jun. 21: ENG - BLR 61-71


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, Bourges15.0 
 6. Iagupova, L.Angele.14.7 
 7. Petronyte, Antakya14.7 
 8. Prince, Chicago S.14.0 
 9. Zrustova, USK Pra.13.4 
 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.10.0 
 3. Perovanovic, Nadez.8.0 
 4. Petronyte, Antakya8.0 
 5. Yacoubou-D., Fener.7.2 
 6. Leedham, Bourges7.0 
 7. Gruda, UMMC7.0 
 8. Paugaite, Charlevi.7.0 
 9. Ress, Lucca6.8 
 10. Kulichova, Good A.6.8 
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. Leedham, Bourges3.4 
 5. Palau, USK Praha3.3 
 6. Dubljevic, USK P.3.3 
 7. Bortelova, DSK K.3.2 
 8. Dumerc, Bourges3.2 
 9. Kochubei, Tim-Scuf3.0 
 10. Petronyte, Antak.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Eugeniya BELYAKOVA
  (182-SF-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Belyakova, Spartak2.0 
 2. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.0 
 3. Petronyte, Antakya2.0 
 4. De Forge, USK P.2.0 
 5. Baburova, MBK R.1.8 
 6. Dabovic, Dynamo M.1.8 
 7. Kupcikova, Good A.1.8 
 8. Yacoubou-D., Fener.1.8 
 9. Skerovic, USK Praha1.8 
 10. Alben, Galatasaray1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kathrin RESS
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ress, Lucca2.3 
 2. Kulichova, Good A.2.2 
 3. Veremeenko, Fener.2.0 
 4. Lyttle, Atlanta D.1.8 
 5. Burgrova, USK Praha1.2 
 6. Paugaite, Charlevi.1.0 
 7. Miyem, Bourges1.0 
 8. Brumermane, Bacsb.1.0 
 9. Petronyte, Antakya1.0 
 10. Lukacovicova, MB.0.8 



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  FIBA AMERICAS U16   


Day 3 in Cancun. The Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Brazil - Argentina 57-42
Brazil U16 qualified to U17 FIBA World Championship with a win against Argentina U16 in Day 3 of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Brazil grabbed a ticket to the Semifinals after a 57:42 victory. It was the most expected game of the day and the most exciting. Brazil started the game with 13-11 lead and added 11-8 rally in the second period. The third period was decisive in the game when Brazil pushed the tempo for 20-11 surge and never looked behind. Brazil also added 13-12 rally in the last stanza for the final result. Aline De Moura (185-F/C-97) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Mariane De Carvalho (182-F-97) as well as Motta Wytalla had 11 each. Carneiro Larissa delivered 7 points each in a win. Delabarba Luciana finished the game with 11 points in defeat, whilst Rodriguez Martina scored 7. Sofia Giannini (159-G-97) poured in 6, whilst Paladin Oriana had 5.

Costa Rica - USA 19-106
USA storm past Costa Rica in Day 3 of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The defending champions won Group A with a perfect 3-0 record after a 106:19 victory. USA started the game with a 35-4 burst and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. The favorites managed to hold the opponents to just 2 points in the second and the third periods. USA meanwhile scored 25 points in the second period and then added 21 in the third for 72-point lead after thirty minutes. USA finished the game with a 25-11 surge and reached three-digit number at the end. Katie Samuelson (191-G/F-97) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Nancy Mulkey (206-C-98) nailed 16. Cox Lauren delivered 14, whilst Ogunbowale Arike netted 13 and Brown Kalani as well as Asia Durr (180-G-97) had 12 each. Costa Rica had only three players in the roster that scored in the game. Quesada Daniela poured in 10 points, while Mora Paula scored 5 and Herrera Meilyn brought 4.

Group B
Puerto Rico - Venezuela 83-41
Puerto Rico beat Venezuela in Cancun in Day 3 of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Puerto Rico tasted their initial success after an 83:41 win and finished the group with 1-2 record. Venezuela remained winless at the tournament. Puerto Rico erupted with a 25-4 surge in the first period and never looked behind after. Although Venezuela won the second frame 18-17, Puerto Rico led 20 points at the halftime. The third period was a nightmare for Venezuela that managed to score only 2 points and got 22 from Puerto Rico. The latter added 19-17 rally in the last stanza for the final result. Gladyshka Gerena (165-PG-97) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Rodriguez Gianna netted 13. Liciaga Lyanne ended up with 12 points, while Giolibeth Perez (165-PG-98) poured in 10. Montilla Maria finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort. Laury Garcia (174-SF-97) notched 6, whilst Sosa Patricia had 5.

Mexico - Canada 40-89
Canada U16 won over Mexico U16 in Day 3 of the FIBA Americas Championship. Canada won Group B with a perfect 3-0 record after an 89:40 victory. Mexico finished the Group with 2-1 record as both teams qualified to the U17 World Championship. Canada won the first period 18-10 and added massive 24-7 surge in the second frame. Moreover the Canadian players did not slow down in the second half and added another two victories. Canada erupted with a 32-12 surge in the third period and finished the game with a 15-11 rally. Bridget Charleton (185-G) paced all the winners with 16 points and Farquhar Tamara as well as Eternati Willock (188-F-97) posted 14 each. Yearwood Lauren and Chandler Julia delivered 12 points each. Nayeli Ortiz (174-SF-98) ended up with 8 points in the losing effort and Martinez Rosemy poured in 7. Rivas Cinthya and Telles Celilly had 6 points each in a loss.



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  FRANCE   


France U20 beat Russia in Torneo de Noia opener - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20-France U20 61:83

France U20 beat Russia in Torneo de Noia opener. The French side grabbed an 83:61 win after a confident start.
France won the opening tip with 11-0 run and had 26:8 advantage after the first period. Moreover France reached 20-point advantage midway through the second frame and led 45:23 at the halftime. France enjoyed 59:34 after 25 minutes of the game and led 68:47 after three quarters. They added 14-13 in the last stanza for the final result.
Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) nailed 10. Stievernard and Viviane Adjutor (185-F-93) delivered 9 points each in a win. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with 13 points for Russia and Mariya Davydova (191-F/C-93) poured in 12. Evgeniya Buykina (179-G-93) delivered 8, whilst Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) and Alina Zamaraeva (179-SG-93) scored 7 each.

Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 13, Mariya Davydova 12, Evgeniya Buykina 8, Alexandra Marchenkova 7, Alina Zamaraeva 7
France U20:Esther Niamke 14, Christelle Diallo 10, Stievernard 9, Viviane Adjutor 9



EuroBasket 2013: France ease past Czech Republic to remain unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

France - Czech Republic 64:49

France kept their perfect record at the 2013 EuroBasket. Les Bleus fired past Czech Republic to jump at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
France came up with their trademark stifling defence right from the start. The hosts held Czech Republic to 12 points in the first ten minutes and ensured a 5-point lead. France maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. The hosts built a 34:23 halftime advantage. Things hardly changed after the big break. Czech Republic struggled to find easy points. They managed just 11 points in the third term to face a 14-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. France outscored Czech Republic in the final stanza and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) had 14 points and 10 boards, while Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) added 9 points for the winners. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) responded with 10 points for Czech Republic. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) had 9 points in the defeat.

France: Sandrine Gruda 21+10 boards, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 14+10 boards, Nwal-Endene Miyem 9
Czech Republic: Petra Kulichova 10, Michaela Zrustova 9



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  GERMANY   


Friendsfactory signs Bulgarian Dimana Georgieva, Jennifer Kerns remains with BG 74 Goettingen - by Eurobasket News

Friendsfactory signs Bulgarian Dimana Georgieva (190-C-88), while Jennifer Kerns remains with BG 74 Goettingen. Both teams announced their latest updates.

Friendsfactory Jahn Muenchen signs Bulgarian Dimana Georgieva for 2013/2014 season. The player will come from Italy. Last year she played for Trogylos Priolo. In 9 games she recorded 3.0ppg and 2.6rpg. Georgieva also represented Bulgaria at the 3x3 Women World Championships in Greece last year.

Jennifer Kerns will remain with BG 74 Goettingen in Germany. She helped them to make it to the group semifinals. The last season Kerns coached also at Goettingen (2.Bundesliga) in German league.

As a Coach Assistant she started in 2008-2009 for Trinos Goettingen (DBBL). Later she became a Head Coach and in 2011-2012 started with Trinos Goettingen (2.Bundesliga) women team. Last season she stayed with BG 74 Goettingen (2.Bundesliga) women team.



Hungary U20 rolled over Germany U20 - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20-Hungary U20 59:77

Hungary U20 rolled over Germany U20 in the friendly game between two sides. Hungary won in the first appearance 77:59 mostly due to the push in the second frame.
Germany started the game better and took 18-15 lead. The German side could not stay tough in the second frame and was caught by the opponents. Hungary erupted with a 28-8 surge and grabbed a 17-point lead at the halftime. Germany won the third quarter as they came back in a better mood from the lockers. Hungary however increased to 18-point victory as they won the last period 18-14.
For Germany Carla Bellscheidt (183-F-94) and Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) stepped up with 10 points each. Lena-Marie Bradaric (166-PG-93) and Katharina Muller scored 8 apiece, while Anna Heise (190-C-93) netted 7.
Both teams continue their preparathion for the upcoming U20 European Championship.



ChemCats Chemnitz signs American guard Amanda Davidson - by Eurobasket News

ChemCats Chemnitz signed 30-year old American guard Amanda Davidson (170-G-83, college: Indianapolis). The player will move from BC Pharmaserv Marburg in n DBBL. In 21 games she had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg last season. The earlier season Davidson played also at BC Pharmaserv Marburg (DBBL). In 27 games she recorded 14.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 5.2apg (top 2). She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Davidson's team won German DBBL Regular Season in 2011.
She has played previously in Holland (ProBuild Lions). Davidson attended University of Indianapolis until 1995 and it is her 18th (!!!) season as a professional player.



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Hungary U20 rolled over Germany U20 - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20-Hungary U20 59:77

Hungary U20 rolled over Germany U20 in the friendly game between two sides. Hungary won in the first appearance 77:59 mostly due to the push in the second frame.
Germany started the game better and took 18-15 lead. The German side could not stay tough in the second frame and was caught by the opponents. Hungary erupted with a 28-8 surge and grabbed a 17-point lead at the halftime. Germany won the third quarter as they came back in a better mood from the lockers. Hungary however increased to 18-point victory as they won the last period 18-14.
For Germany Carla Bellscheidt (183-F-94) and Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) stepped up with 10 points each. Lena-Marie Bradaric (166-PG-93) and Katharina Muller scored 8 apiece, while Anna Heise (190-C-93) netted 7.
Both teams continue their preparathion for the upcoming U20 European Championship.



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FIBA Americas U16: Canada edge Mexico, both head to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Mexico U16-Canada U16 40:89

Canada U16 won over Mexico U16 in Day 3 of the FIBA Americas Championship. Canada won Group B with a perfect 3-0 record after an 89:40 victory. Mexico finished the Group with 2-1 record as both teams qualified to the U17 World Championship.
Canada won the first period 18-10 and added massive 24-7 surge in the second frame. Moreover the Canadian players did not slow down in the second half and added another two victories. Canada erupted with a 32-12 surge in the third period and finished the game with a 15-11 rally.
Bridget Charleton (185-G) paced all the winners with 16 points and Tamara Farquhar (181-F) as well as Eternati Willock (188-F-97) posted 14 each. Lauren Yearwood (191-C) and Julia Chandler (188-F) delivered 12 points each. Nayeli Ortiz (174-SF-98) ended up with 8 points in the losing effort and Rosemy Martinez (160-SG-98) poured in 7. Cinthya Rivas (186-PF-97) and Celilly Telles (174-SF-99) had 6 points each in a loss.

Mexico U16: Nayeli Ortiz 8, Rosemy Martinez 7, Cinthya Rivas 6, Celilly Telles 6
Canada U16: Bridget Charleton 16, Tamara Farquhar 14, Eternati Willock 14, Lauren Yearwood 12, Julia Chandler 12



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FIBA Americas U16: USA storm past Costa Rica - by Eurobasket News

Costa Rica U16-USA U16 19:106

USA storm past Costa Rica in Day 3 of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The defending champions won Group A with a perfect 3-0 record after a 106:19 victory.
USA started the game with a 35-4 burst and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. The favorites managed to hold the opponents to just 2 points in the second and the third periods. USA meanwhile scored 25 points in the second period and then added 21 in the third for 72-point lead after thirty minutes. USA finished the game with a 25-11 surge and reached three-digit number at the end.
Katie Samuelson (191-G/F-97) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Nancy Mulkey (206-C-98) nailed 16. Lauren Cox (193-F-98) delivered 14, whilst Arike Ogunbowale (175-F-97) netted 13 and Kalani Brown (193-C-97) as well as Asia Durr (180-G-97) had 12 each. Costa Rica had only three players in the roster that scored in the game. Daniela Quesada (167-SG-97) poured in 10 points, while Paula Mora (169-SF-97) scored 5 and Meilyn Herrera (185-SF-97) brought 4.

Costa Rica U16: Daniela Quesada 10, Paula Mora 5, Meilyn Herrera 4
USA U16: Katie Samuelson 20, Nancy Mulkey 16, Lauren Cox 14, Arike Ogunbowale 13, Kalani Brown 12, Asia Durr 12



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FIBA Americas U16: Puerto Rico beat Venezuela in Cancun - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico U16-Venezuela U16 83:41

Puerto Rico beat Venezuela in Cancun in Day 3 of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Puerto Rico tasted their initial success after an 83:41 win and finished the group with 1-2 record. Venezuela remained winless at the tournament.
Puerto Rico erupted with a 25-4 surge in the first period and never looked behind after. Although Venezuela won the second frame 18-17, Puerto Rico led 20 points at the halftime. The third period was a nightmare for Venezuela that managed to score only 2 points and got 22 from Puerto Rico. The latter added 19-17 rally in the last stanza for the final result.
Gladyshka Gerena (165-PG-97) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Gianna Rodriguez (175-C-99) netted 13. Lyanne Liciaga (163-SG-97) ended up with 12 points, while Giolibeth Perez (165-PG-98) poured in 10. Maria Montilla (177-PF-97) finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort. Laury Garcia (174-SF-97) notched 6, whilst Patricia Sosa (170-PG-97) had 5.

Puerto Rico U16: Gladyshka Gerena 14, Gianna Rodriguez 13, Lyanne Liciaga 12, Giolibeth Perez 10
Venezuela U16: Maria Montilla 10, Laury Garcia 6, Patricia Sosa 5



FIBA Americas U16: Canada hold off Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

Canada U16 - Puerto Rico U16 66:61

Canada recorded the second straight win at the start of the U16 FIBA Americas Championship. They toppled pesky Puerto Rico for 2-0 record on top of Group B. Puerto Rico fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Julia Chandler (188-F) produced 19 points to lead the charge.
Puerto Rico dominated in the opening quarter. They surprised the North American side with an aggressive defence and held Canada to just 10 points in the first ten minutes. Puerto Rico gained a 15:10 lead at the first break. But Canada stepped on the gas in the second period. They fired 27 points to spur ahead for a 37:33 halftime lead. Puerto Rico answered with a stifling defensive performance in the third quarter. They held Canada to just 3 points on the quarter to regain the advantage at 45:40. But it was not enough at the end. Canada answered with a 26:16 run in the fourth stanza and sealed the win at the end. Danielle Garven (185-G/F) and Bridget Charleton (185-G) chipped in 13 points each for the winners. Patricia Nieves (178-C-97) answered with 18 points for Puerto Rico. Gileysa Penzo (175-SG-97) tossed in 13 points in the loss.

Canada U16: Julia Chandler 19, Danielle Garven 13, Bridget Charleton 13
Puerto Rico U16: Patricia Nieves 18, Gileysa Penzo 13



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France U20 beat Russia in Torneo de Noia opener - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20-France U20 61:83

France U20 beat Russia in Torneo de Noia opener. The French side grabbed an 83:61 win after a confident start.
France won the opening tip with 11-0 run and had 26:8 advantage after the first period. Moreover France reached 20-point advantage midway through the second frame and led 45:23 at the halftime. France enjoyed 59:34 after 25 minutes of the game and led 68:47 after three quarters. They added 14-13 in the last stanza for the final result.
Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) nailed 10. Stievernard and Viviane Adjutor (185-F-93) delivered 9 points each in a win. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with 13 points for Russia and Mariya Davydova (191-F/C-93) poured in 12. Evgeniya Buykina (179-G-93) delivered 8, whilst Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) and Alina Zamaraeva (179-SG-93) scored 7 each.

Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 13, Mariya Davydova 12, Evgeniya Buykina 8, Alexandra Marchenkova 7, Alina Zamaraeva 7
France U20:Esther Niamke 14, Christelle Diallo 10, Stievernard 9, Viviane Adjutor 9



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EuroBasket 2013: Serbia outscore Croatia in Vendespace - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Croatia 77:64

Serbia claimed the third straight win at the EuroBasket. They held off Croatia in Vendespace to improve at 2-2 record in Second Round of the tournament. Croatia fell at 0-4 record after the defeat. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) accounted for 19 points and 6 boards to lead the effort.
Serbia set the ambitions early on. They went on a 23:12 run in the first period. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. Serbia kept their opponents at bay throughout the quarter to secure a 44:33 halftime lead. The margin grew at 16-point mark midway through the third term. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) and Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) cut the gap to 11 points at the final intermission 51:62. But Serbia did not allow Croatia any closer in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) nailed 12 points, while Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points for the winners. Marija Rezan (198-C-89) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Ana Lelas and Antonija Misura finished with 12 points each in the loss.

Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 19, Ana Dabovic 12, Milica Dabovic 11
Croatia: Marija Rezan 12, Ana Lelas 12, Antonija Misura 12



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MBK Ruzomberok add Josefin Vesterberg - by Eurobasket News

MBK Ruzomberok bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93). The Swedish forward spent the last season in the motherland. She played for Basket Lulea. The forward tallied 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 steals per game in Damligan. Josefin Vesterberg made it into Damligan semifinals with Lulea. The forward was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Swedish National Teams.


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Spanish U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
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Elena De Alfredo
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Inmaculada Zanoguera
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Yurena Diaz
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Andrea Vilaro
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4Susana Bacete 179-G/F-93 Real Canoe Spain
5Elena De Alfredo 170-G-94 Asefa Estud. Spain
6Ana Faussuier 189-C/F-94 Segle XXI Spain
7Inmaculada Zanoguera 178-G/F-93 Toledo USA
8Natalia Lopez 171-PG-93 Aros Leon Spain
9Paula Estebas 175-F-93 Las Gaunas Spain
10Yurena Diaz 178-G-93 Gran Canaria Spain
12Itziar Llobet 180-G/F-93 Burgos Spain
13Andrea Vilaro 182-G-93 Caja Rural Spain
15Astou Ndour 196-C-94 Gran Canaria Spain
16Yaiza Lazaro 186-F/C-94 Gernika Spain
18Patricia Soler 185-C-94 Conquero Spain

Anna Caula Head Coach Uni Girona Spain



Turkey U20 overcame Spanish side - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20-Turkey U20 63:69

Turkey U20 overcame Spanish side in Day 1 of the Torneo de Noia. The Turkish team posted a 69:63 win for the first victory.
Turkey erupted in the first half and dominated the first 20 minutes of the game. They started with 26-19 rally and added 16-13 in the second period. Spain looked better in the third quarter and replied with 18-11, but could not catch up with the opponents. Turkey finished the game with a 16-13 rally for the final result.
AYCE Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and OLCAY GAKIR nailed 11. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) delivered 9, whilst Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) added 8. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Yurena Diaz (178-G-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports) brought 15. Patricia Soler (185-C-94) and Susana Bacete (179-G/F-93) followed them with 8 points apiece.
In another game France U20 beat Russia in Torneo de Noia opener. The French side grabbed an 83:61 win after a confident start.

Spain U20: Astou Ndour 16, Yurena Diaz 15, Patricia Soler 8, Susana Bacete 8
Turkey U20: Ayse Cora 22, OLCAY GAKIR 11, Pelin Bilgic 9, Elif Emirtekin 8



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Josefin Vesterberg and Martina Stalvant have signed for MBK Ruzomberok - by Tamara Ruzic

Slovak club MBK Ruzomberok has announced the signing of 19 year old forward Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93).
Just like her compatriot Martina Stalvant (181-G-89) who was signed earlier, Vesterberg played last season for Northland Basket in Sweden.
Vesterberg averaged 7.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. In last years U20 championship Vesterberg averaged 5.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
She was member of Swedish U16 National Team -09, U18 National Team -09-11, Swedish U20 National Team -12, 13




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Turkey U20 overcame Spanish side - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20-Turkey U20 63:69

Turkey U20 overcame Spanish side in Day 1 of the Torneo de Noia. The Turkish team posted a 69:63 win for the first victory.
Turkey erupted in the first half and dominated the first 20 minutes of the game. They started with 26-19 rally and added 16-13 in the second period. Spain looked better in the third quarter and replied with 18-11, but could not catch up with the opponents. Turkey finished the game with a 16-13 rally for the final result.
AYCE Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and OLCAY GAKIR nailed 11. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) delivered 9, whilst Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) added 8. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Yurena Diaz (178-G-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports) brought 15. Patricia Soler (185-C-94) and Susana Bacete (179-G/F-93) followed them with 8 points apiece.
In another game France U20 beat Russia in Torneo de Noia opener. The French side grabbed an 83:61 win after a confident start.

Spain U20: Astou Ndour 16, Yurena Diaz 15, Patricia Soler 8, Susana Bacete 8
Turkey U20: Ayse Cora 22, OLCAY GAKIR 11, Pelin Bilgic 9, Elif Emirtekin 8



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EuroBasket 2013: Belarus back to winning ways - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Great Britain 71:61

Belarus snapped two-game losing skid at the 2013 EuroBasket to defeat Great Britain. The victory propelled Belarus at 3-1 record in Group F. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) nailed 15 points to pace the winners. Great Britain fell at 1-3 record.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first frame. The scoreboard read 15-all after ten minutes. Belarus put their noses in front in the second quarter. Katerina Snytsina and Anufriyenka made it 30:21 for Belarus midway through the period. Great Britain cut the deficit but still trailed by six at halftime 28:34. Great Britain used a 12:0 run midway through the third term to spur ahead 44:38. They arrived at the final intermission up by three points 46:43. Belarus answered with six consecutive points at the start of the final period to regain the lead. Soon Belarus went on a 9:0 run to establish a 61:51 advantage. They never allowed Great Britain closer than 7 points in the reminder of the contest cruising to the win at the end. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) provided 14 points, while Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) had 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) responded with 16 points for Great Britain. Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Belarus: Katerina Snytsina 15, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 14, Anastasiya Veremeenko 12
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 16, Kimberly Butler 9



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FIBA Americas U16: Puerto Rico beat Venezuela in Cancun - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico U16-Venezuela U16 83:41

Puerto Rico beat Venezuela in Cancun in Day 3 of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Puerto Rico tasted their initial success after an 83:41 win and finished the group with 1-2 record. Venezuela remained winless at the tournament.
Puerto Rico erupted with a 25-4 surge in the first period and never looked behind after. Although Venezuela won the second frame 18-17, Puerto Rico led 20 points at the halftime. The third period was a nightmare for Venezuela that managed to score only 2 points and got 22 from Puerto Rico. The latter added 19-17 rally in the last stanza for the final result.
Gladyshka Gerena (165-PG-97) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Gianna Rodriguez (175-C-99) netted 13. Lyanne Liciaga (163-SG-97) ended up with 12 points, while Giolibeth Perez (165-PG-98) poured in 10. Maria Montilla (177-PF-97) finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort. Laury Garcia (174-SF-97) notched 6, whilst Patricia Sosa (170-PG-97) had 5.

Puerto Rico U16: Gladyshka Gerena 14, Gianna Rodriguez 13, Lyanne Liciaga 12, Giolibeth Perez 10
Venezuela U16: Maria Montilla 10, Laury Garcia 6, Patricia Sosa 5



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jun. 21: Phoenix M. - Washington M. 90-82
Jun. 21: L.Angeles S. - Minnesota L. 87-59
Jun. 21: S.Antonio SS - Seattle S. 86-91

Regular Season: Round 13

Jun. 22: Indiana F. - Chicago S.
Jun. 22: Tulsa S. - Seattle S.
Jun. 23: New York L. - S.Antonio SS
Jun. 23: Connecticut S. - Atlanta D.
Jun. 23: Minnesota L. - Tulsa S.
Jun. 23: L.Angeles S. - Washington M.


Mercury, Sparks and Storm win on Friday - by Eurobasket News

L.Angeles S. - Minnesota L. 87-59
The Sparks knocked the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Lynx out of their comfort zone Friday night with a 87-59 victory at Staples Center. Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford) led the Sparks (4-2), who shot 60% in the first half for a 50-24 halftime lead. The Sparks also took command on defense, limiting Minnesota (5-2), which had averaged 86.5 points in their first six games, to 35% shooting overall. The Lynx, who took out all their starters in the second half, got only two points on one-for-six shooting from team leader Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut). The Sparks outrebounded Minnesota, 43-31. Toliver scored 16 of her 19 points in the first half. Nnemkadi Ogwumike finished with 18 points on nine-for-11 shooting. Backup center Jantel Lavender added 16 points. The Sparks got a boost from the return of starting point guard Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke), who had 13 points after sitting out the previous game because of a right eye bruise. The Sparks' victory ended the Minnesota's three-game winning streak. The matchup was the first of three meetings between the teams within 12 days. They play at Minnesota next Friday and then back at Staples Center on July 2. Courtesy of: latimes.com

Phoenix M. - Washington M. 90-82
The Phoenix Mercury have one of the WNBA's most consistent scorers and the league's top rookie, and needed both to hold off the Washington Mystics on Friday night. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) scored 31 points and rookie Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor) added a season-best 21 to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 90-82 victory over the Washington Mystics. After trailing by 13, Washington went on a 13-2 run over three minutes of the fourth quarter to get within 80-78 with 3:21 remaining, but missed shots on back-to-back possessions in the final three minutes allowed Phoenix to pull away. "We have to do a better job of that," Taurasi said. "We need to make sure people are going to the paint." The Mercury did do a better job of getting the ball inside, particularly to Griner, the league's No. 1 draft pick, who also had four rebounds and four blocked shots in her 26 minutes. "It was our defense, we buckled down," Washington's Monique Currie said. "We got some stops consecutively and we were executing on offense." Taurasi added five assists and five rebounds for the Mercury (4-4), who have won four of their last five after losing their first three games. Ivory Latta (5'6''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) had 22 points and five assists for the Mystics (4-3), who trailed by double digits in the second and third quarters. Matee Ajavon had 18 points and Currie add 17 points and eight rebounds for Washington. "Their shots were falling," Washington coach Mike Thibault said. "It's disappointing because we had a chance to get back in the game, we took some bad shots down the stretch." Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) added 12 points and six rebounds for the Mercury, who doubled the Mystics inside 44-22. Thibault says the 6-foot-8 Griner presents a difficult matchup. "It's hard because of her size and the length of her arms, but we were trying to help on her some and we were late," he said. Phoenix coach Corey Gaines said he wanted Griner to stay inside when the Mercury were in their half-court offense. "We had a little talk and she had been posting up on the block," Gaines said. "She has been going outside that circle. She has to be staying inside the circle. She stayed inside the circle tonight and that helped us a lot. Instead of being five feet away from the basket, she was three feet away from the basket." Both teams had won three straight before losing earlier in the week. Phoenix shot 20 of 34 (59 percent) in the first half in taking a 49-38 lead at the break. Taurasi had 17 points and three assists, while Griner scored 13 points in 13 minutes as the Mercury started to find the No. 1 draft pick inside. At one point, 26 of Phoenix's 31 points came from in the paint. The Mercury, the second best shooting team in the WNBA, ended the night 32 of 62 from the field (52 percent), their best night of the season. They had their worst shooting night of the year on Wednesday in an 80-69 loss to Minnesota. Courtesy of: times-gazette.com

S.Antonio SS - Seattle S. 86-91
As if winning three in a row isn't enough confirmation that the Storm has successfully put together a lineup in place of its missing stars, the team looked at what is the closest to a mirror image of themselves on Friday night and won. Playing a Silver Stars team that is without injured starters Becky Hammon, Sophia Young and Jane Appel, Seattle played an efficient offensive game on the road to shoot 52.5percent from the floor in a 91-86 victory over San Antonio on Friday night at AT&T Center. Camille Little (6'2''-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds, and Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Management Group, college: USC) added 21 points, making four three-pointers in the game and converting 7 of 9 free throws in the fourth quarter for a third consecutive win as the season progresses without Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson. 'We were disappointed in ourselves in the start (of the season), and we knew we were better than that,' Little said. 'We've focused as a group and are playing better on both ends of the floor. We're going to try to continue to do that.' To go along with the 52.5percent from the floor, the Storm hit 23 of 25 from the foul line and 6 for 9 from the three-point arc. The shooting touch was particularly noticeable in the second half. After Seattle held a lead of as many as 12 points in the first half, the Storm trailed by a point with 7 minutes left in the game. But Seattle shot almost 59percent after halftime and pulled away. A lot of it started when the team directed the ball inside to Little. She was 3 for 5 in the third quarter for nine points. She also had three rebounds, including two straight offensively that produced a bucket underneath. She ended the quarter with two assists to Temeka Johnson (5'3''-PG-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) (12 points) as Seattle withstood San Antonio's offensive push that included 64percent shooting in the third. 'When you have someone who is as versatile as Camille, inside out, it definitely can help spread the defense,' said Johnson, who scored her 2,000th career point Friday. 'She opened up the floor a lot. Going to her in the third was definitely something good.' Although the Storm played well defensively in its previous two wins, Seattle could not get a handle on San Antonio after holding the Silver Stars to a 13-point first quarter. Even without All-Stars Hammon (broken finger) and Young (ACL tear in knee) and former first-round pick Appel (concussion), San Antonio shot 51percent for the game. 'I thought we were better defensively, but even with us making plays on them, they hit some good shots,' Storm coach Brian Agler said. But the outside shooting of Thompson played the biggest part in the game. With her hitting three-pointers early - she hit a 26-footer just 3:15 into the game and added another three about 4 minutes later - she drew the defense out and then started driving inside. Shortly after San Antonio had the 70-69 lead with 7:37 left in the game, Thompson hit two free throws. And with four minutes to go she hit another three-pointer when San Antonio's Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-PF-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) failed to get out on her. Milton-Jones yelled out in frustration as the Storm led 80-74. The lead went up to seven with just less than 3 minutes remaining when Thompson lined up another three-pointer but was fouled when Shameka Christon overreacted. Thompson hit two of the three foul shots. Courtesy of: seattletimes.com



Shock trades Kayla Pedersen, expects to re-sign OU's Courtney Paris - by Eurobasket News

The Shock has traded 6-foot-3 Kayla Pedersen (6'4''-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) to the Connecticut Sun for a 2014 second-round draft choice. The news came about an hour after Thursday's 83-74 win over the Chicago Sky. Team president Steve Swetoha said the Shock intends to re-sign former University of Oklahoma standout Courtney Paris (6'3''-C-87, college: Oklahoma). Pedersen was the seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft and was in her third season with the Shock, averaging 4.1 points, four rebounds and 1.8 assists. "Kayla Pedersen is a great, great person," Swetoha said. "She's done a lot of good things for this franchise and nobody knows how difficult a move this was for us." He said the trade should benefit both sides because Pedersen stands to receive more playing time with her new team and the Shock regains a 2014 second-round draft pick it surrendered in the offseason trade for Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford). Paris, a four-time All-American at OU, was a No. 7 overall draft selection by the Sacramento Monarchs in 2009 and was part of three other WNBA teams before joining the Shock last year. She played in 23 games in 2012, averaging six points and four rebounds, and was the last player released from the Shock's 2013 training camp. Paris rejoined the team earlier this month and played in two games. She totaled two points and seven rebounds in the first win of the season at Seattle, and had 10 points and three rebounds in an overtime loss at Los Angeles. Swetoha said Paris is expected to re-sign Saturday and be in uniform for that night's home game against the Seattle Storm.
Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com



Indiana Fever's rough start reaching historic proportions - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Fever certainly didnt see this start coming. But, if you ask coach Lin Dunn , a five-game losing streak and a 1-5 record hardly qualify as a slump. Indiana is down four players. Its depleted roster is a mere skeleton of the team that captured the 2012 WNBA championship. The Fever will try to break the cold snap Saturday when the Chicago Sky (4-3) visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse for a 7 p.m. tipoff. I dont understand where the word slump comes from when youve got so many people hurt, Dunn said. Its not like weve got our starting five or were down one player and were slumping. The Fever are without Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue), Erin Phillips (5'8''-PG-85), Jessica Davenport (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.) and Jeanette Pohlen (6'0''-G-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford). None of the injured players is expected back until at least mid-July, with Davenport ruled out for the remainder of the season. The 1-5 start matches the Fevers worst set in 2001, the teams second year. It also matches the worst start for a defending league champion; Detroit lost five of its first six in 2009. Fever guard Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) was a Shock rookie that season, a first-round draft pick surrounded by Deanna Nolan, Katie Smith and Cheryl Ford. We had great veterans in Detroit like we do here, Zellous said. They just told us to stay humble; its gonna come. We probably want it to come faster than its coming, but we cant get impatient and start getting out of whack and panicking about starting so slow. Zellous is Indianas leading scorer this season, averaging 18.2 points per game and shooting 50 percent from 3-point range. For the Fever as a whole, though, points have been hard to come by. Indiana has scored progressively fewer points each game this season, beginning with 79 in a season-opening victory against San Antonio and trickling down to a 60-point effort against Washington on Sunday. Indianas starters have combined for 89 percent of the teams scoring, which Dunn attributed to both a lack of offensive aggressiveness and a lack of players available on the bench. Our 11th man is now our sixth man, Dunn said. Our 10th man is now starting. The injured players combined for 60 starts last season and are having their minutes spread between a rookie, two emergency replacement players, two little-used backups and a free agent who wasnt in the WNBA last season. Instead of being able to take a step or two forward, it seems like were always taking a step or two backwards trying to get everybody comfortable with our offense and defense, Dunn said. Its just time consuming. The shuffling of the lineup has proven difficult for players and coaches alike. Its hard from a momentum standpoint and a chemistry standpoint, said Fever forward Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee). When you look at the past few years, weve always had our core group of players and have been able to build around it. Indiana has been known to set a blistering pace out of the gate. This season is just the third time in organization history that the Fever is under .500 through six games. Still, despite the slow start, Dunn said theres little reason to panic. The sense of urgency is just to get better, Dunn said. We have to be realistic in that were playing an awful lot of people that are backups. The pressures not on us right now with our injuries. The pressures on these other teams that are healthy. If youre healthy, youd better be beating us. Chicago is led by rookie guard Elena Delle Donne, the second selection in the 2013 WNBA draft who ranks third in the league in scoring, averaging 19.4 points per game. Dunn said Delle Donne has locked in the coachs early vote for Rookie of the Year honors. The Fever hold a 24-5 all-time advantage over the Sky, who are coming off an 83-74 loss to Tulsa on Thursday, but its a retooled and restocked roster visiting Indianapolis. Theyve got an awful lot of weapons, Dunn said. But were not really worried about Chicago as much as were worried about the Indiana Fever.
Courtesy of: indystar.com