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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Zizic will extend the contract with Cibona - by Igor Obradovic

Experienced center will extend the contract with Cibona.

Cibona aims to create a respectable team for next season. Failure in this year's Adriatic league made it necessary for the reconstruction. As a first step followed by the bringing in great coach, Neven Spahija, and then hired Darko Planinic loan from Maccabi.
On Sunday, Zagreb's got another boost, this time from its own ranks. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) has agreed to an extension of cooperation with Croatian champion in two years.

Andrija Zizic in last season in Adriatic league have 14 points per game, 4.3 rebounds, in Croatian league 13.2 points and 5.1 rebounds.



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket: Cape Verde will surpass 2007 feat - Coach Nwora - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Cape Verde will be going to the 27th Africa Cup of Nations Afrobasket in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire as an under-dog having being drawn in group-C alongside tough opponents such as ten-time champion Angola, Central Africa Republic, but it head coach Alex Nwora believe the FIBA Africa Zone-II nation can surpass its quarter final feat of 2007.

The Nigerian-born Cape Verde tactician who spoke to FIBA Africa.com before the March 30, 2013 draw attributed the surge in Cape Verde basketball of late which saw them pick one of the two tickets in the zone ahead of Mali to hard work. Excerpt:

FIBA Africa: How do you feel to lead Cape Verde back to Afrobasket?

It feels great to see that all of the hard work paid off. I worked really hard with the Cape Verde Basketball Federation to see this to fruition. It would have been sad if we did not qualify for Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket as we were the host of the FIBA Africa Zone-II qualifier and had have spent the last couple of years trying to raise the level of Cape Verde basketball. Rest assured that Cape Verde will be ready for the summer 2013 Afrobasket.

FIBA Africa: What is the secret behind your team beating Zone-II power-house like Mali and Senegal?

I would say that our secret is hard work, dedication and commitment from the players to the coaching staff and the federation. There is no substituted for hard work. If all of our players are available and healthy, then we can compete with anybody in Africa.

FIBA Africa: Do you think Cape Verde has what it takes to repeat it 2007 performance?

If the players schedules allow them to report to camp on time, then YES we have what it takes to repeat or even do better than 2007.

FIBA Africa: Which Africa country you would want to avoid being in the same group with Cape Verde at the 2013 Afrobasket?

I cant spend my time worrying about other teams. To be successful, we need to plan, prepare, and execute. We have already proven that we are competitive. I dont think that we have to worry about other teams. We are the underdogs that will be underestimated. Other teams need to worry about us. All I can say is that Cape Verde will be ready come summer of 2013.

FIBA Africa: Tell us about basketball in Cape Verde?

Basketball in Cape Verde has grown since 2007 due to the hard and ongoing work of the Federation led by its president, Kitana Kabrea.

FIBA Africa: Brief description of Coach Alex Nwora?

I dont know how to describe myself other than as a hard worker. I believe in the xs and os of basketball and continue to be a student of the game. I have been involved both as player and a coach for over 26 years. Because I respect the rules of the game and the skills required to play well, I have been able to be very successful in my career. I am hoping that my success streak will carry me through and bring the title to Cape Verde.



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  ARGENTINA   


Juan Fernandez finished successful season abroad - by Eurobasket News

Juan Fernandez (193-G-90, college: Temple) finished successful season abroad with his Italian Centrale del Latte Brescia. The team ended up the Regular Season on the fourth place, but managed to play in the Finals.
Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia are crowned LegaDue champions. They overcame Centrale del Latte Brescia 60:47 in the decisive fifth game of the title series to claim the trophy. Antonio Graves stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners.
Pistoia ensured a confident aggressive start to the game. They held Brescia to just 6 points in the first frame and gained a 9-point lead. Brescia however improved their performance in the next period. The visitors cut the deficit at 5-point mark at the interval 22:27. Things got even in the third term. Brescia denied the deficit as the teams entered the fourth period tied at 41. But the last quarter belonged to the hosts. Pistoia went on a commanding 19:6 run to seal the success. Fiorello Toppo netted 9 points, while Diego Fajardo and Guido Meini added 8 points each for Pistoia. Nikos Barlos, David Brkic and Juan Fernandez answered with 9 points apiece in the defeat.
Juan Fernandez averaged 8.8 points per game this season.



Spain U19 wins Torneo de Caceres - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19-Argentina U19 80:58

Spain U19 wins Torneo de Caceres with 4 participating teams. The home side added 80:58 win against Argentina U19 to finish with 3-0 record.
Argentina won the first period 14-13, but could not follow the hosts in the rest of the game. Spain replied with a 20-16 rally in the second period and then added 26-14 surge in the third quarter. Moreover Spain finished the game with a 21-14 and triumphed at the tournament.
Oriol Pauli (201-G-94) and Josep Perez (184-PG-94) led the way with 14 points each, while Juan Saiz (204-PF-94) added 12. Albert Homs (203-F-94, agency: Interperformances) delivered 11 points in a win. Pedro Barral (183-PG-94) answered with 11 points in the losing effort and Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96) as well as Torres had 9 each. Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) poured in 7 points in a loss.
In another game Australia U19 finished the Caceres campaign with the win over Russia U19. The team posted an 88:82 win over the European representative.

Spain U19: Oriol Pauli 14, Josep Perez 14, Juan Saiz 12, Albert Homs 11
Argentina U19: Pedro Barral 11, Juan Vaulet 9, Torres 9, Matias Bernardini 7



Uruguay beat Argentina in Paysandu - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay - Argentina 83:77

Uruguay claimed victory over Argentina in the test game in Paysandu. Mathias Calfani (202-C-92) nailed 25 points to lead the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Argentina and Uruguay were tied at 16-all after the ten minutes. The hosts put their noses in front in the second quarter. Uruguay accounted for a 38:32 halftime advantage. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the third period. Uruguay ensured a 61:51 lead heading into the fourth frame. Argentina unloaded 26 points in the final period but could not escape the loss at the end. Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) notched 23 points, while Martin Aguilera (195-F-87) accounted for 10 points for Uruguay. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) answered with 18 points for Argentina. Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) had 12 points in the loss.

Uruguay: Mathias Calfani 25, Bruno Fitipaldo 23, Martin Aguilera 10
Argentina: Juan Gutierrez 18, Leonardo Mainoldi 12



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia U19 finished the Caceres campaign with the win over Russia U19 - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19-Australia U19 82:88

Australia U19 finished the Caceres campaign with the win over Russia U19. The team posted an 88:82 win over the European representative.
Australia dominated the first half of the game. They won the first period 25-18 and added 24-19 in the second frame. Russia woke up in the second half and responded with two narrow wins in the third and the last quarters. It was not however enough for the final victory.
Dante Exum (193-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Dane Pinkau nailed 17. Felix Von Hofe and Emmett Naar (186-G-94) delivered 10 points each. Stanislav Ilnitskiy erupted with 38 points and Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) followed him with 20 points.
Spain U19 wins Torneo de Caceres with 4 participating teams. The home side added 80:58 win against Argentina U19 to finish with 3-0 record.

Russia U19: Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) 38, Mikhail Kulagin 20
Australia U19: Dante Exum 27, Dane Pinkau 17, Felix Von Hofe 10, Emmett Naar 10



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  AUSTRIA   


Kapfenberg extend Armin Woschank - by Eurobasket News

Kapfenberg have agreed on terms of contract extension with Armin Woschank (184-G-82). The guard will enter the fifth straight season with the Bulls. Last season Armin Woschank tallied 3.2 points, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game in Bundesliga. The guard made it into Austrian Bundesliga A All-Domestic Players Team in 2006. He was the member of the Austrian National Team in 2000/07 seasons.


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  BOSNIA   


Dragan Petricevic new head coach of MIA Academy Tbilisi - by Miljan Veskovic

MIA Academy Tbilisi brings Bosnian coach Dragan Petricevic for the next season.
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.



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  BOTSWANA   


Botswana Basketball league comes to a first round break - by Peter Ubakar

The Botswana Basketball league is winding down to the end of its first round> the games have been going for the past few months and will take a break and be back in August for the second round. The league will have an all star weekend in which the best players in the country will meet for a weekend of basketball.There will also be a 3 point shoot out and Slam dunk competition. The process will involve fans voting for who they would like to see in the all star game, fans will have different medium to vote including social media sites, email and on the website.


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil U19 wins over Czech Republic U19 in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19-Brazil U19 69:73

Brazil U19 wins over Czech Republic U19 in Prague in the friendly game before the start of the U19 World Championship. The Brazilian players grabbed a 73:69 win.
Czech Republic started the game with 18-16, but the guests looked better in the second frame. Brazil pushed the tempo before the halftime and grabbed 38:31 lead after 20 minutes. Brazil also led 58:55 after three quarters and added 1-point victory in the last stanza. Brazil won the game 73:69 and proved their ambitions for the upcoming Championship.
Barbieri posted 15 points to lead all the winners. Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) delivered 13, while Dias poured in 10. Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) replied with 15 points in the losing effort, whilst Kouril netted 13. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) finished the game with 11 and Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) notched 7.

Czech Republic U19: Petr Safarcik 15, Kouril 13, Prokop Slanina 11, Lukas Festr 7, Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) 5
Brazil U19: Barbieri 15, Leonardo Demetrio 13, Dias 10



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  CAPE VERDE   


Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket: Cape Verde will surpass 2007 feat - Coach Nwora - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Cape Verde will be going to the 27th Africa Cup of Nations Afrobasket in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire as an under-dog having being drawn in group-C alongside tough opponents such as ten-time champion Angola, Central Africa Republic, but it head coach Alex Nwora believe the FIBA Africa Zone-II nation can surpass its quarter final feat of 2007.

The Nigerian-born Cape Verde tactician who spoke to FIBA Africa.com before the March 30, 2013 draw attributed the surge in Cape Verde basketball of late which saw them pick one of the two tickets in the zone ahead of Mali to hard work. Excerpt:

FIBA Africa: How do you feel to lead Cape Verde back to Afrobasket?

It feels great to see that all of the hard work paid off. I worked really hard with the Cape Verde Basketball Federation to see this to fruition. It would have been sad if we did not qualify for Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket as we were the host of the FIBA Africa Zone-II qualifier and had have spent the last couple of years trying to raise the level of Cape Verde basketball. Rest assured that Cape Verde will be ready for the summer 2013 Afrobasket.

FIBA Africa: What is the secret behind your team beating Zone-II power-house like Mali and Senegal?

I would say that our secret is hard work, dedication and commitment from the players to the coaching staff and the federation. There is no substituted for hard work. If all of our players are available and healthy, then we can compete with anybody in Africa.

FIBA Africa: Do you think Cape Verde has what it takes to repeat it 2007 performance?

If the players schedules allow them to report to camp on time, then YES we have what it takes to repeat or even do better than 2007.

FIBA Africa: Which Africa country you would want to avoid being in the same group with Cape Verde at the 2013 Afrobasket?

I cant spend my time worrying about other teams. To be successful, we need to plan, prepare, and execute. We have already proven that we are competitive. I dont think that we have to worry about other teams. We are the underdogs that will be underestimated. Other teams need to worry about us. All I can say is that Cape Verde will be ready come summer of 2013.

FIBA Africa: Tell us about basketball in Cape Verde?

Basketball in Cape Verde has grown since 2007 due to the hard and ongoing work of the Federation led by its president, Kitana Kabrea.

FIBA Africa: Brief description of Coach Alex Nwora?

I dont know how to describe myself other than as a hard worker. I believe in the xs and os of basketball and continue to be a student of the game. I have been involved both as player and a coach for over 26 years. Because I respect the rules of the game and the skills required to play well, I have been able to be very successful in my career. I am hoping that my success streak will carry me through and bring the title to Cape Verde.



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Boston C.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Boston32.0 
 2. Douby, Sagesse31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Dallas M.29.0 
 6. Daniels, Rio G.28.6 
 7. Spencer, Al Riyadi28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.3 
 10. Hudson, Austin T.27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  Talk N Text
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, Talk N Te.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Boston14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Harris, Ponce12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.4 
 8. Daniels, Rio G.11.3 
 9. Siler, Ponce11.2 
 10. Singleton, New Y.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Olympiacos6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.8 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. McGrady, San A.5.1 
 7. Jeter, Shandong FB5.1 
 8. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Olympiacos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Olympiacos2.6 
 2. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Douby, Sagesse2.4 
 4. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB2.3 
 6. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 8. Hudson, Austin T.2.1 
 9. Abbas, Shandong FB2.1 
 10. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Ponce2.3 
 4. Jones, New York K.1.9 
 5. Daniels, Rio G.1.7 
 6. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Vroman, Shandong.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Chongqing FD 10-3 
 2. Sichuan BW 10-3 
 3. Changsha Bank 9-4 
 4. Jiangsu TX 9-4 
 5. Hong Kong 9-4 
 6. Guangzhou L. 7-6 
 7. Heilongjiang 5-8 
 8. Nanjin Army 4-9 
 9. Jiang Xi 2-11 
 10. Hebei S. 0-13 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jun. 23: Jiang Xi - Sichuan BW 98-120
Jun. 23: Hebei S. - Nanjin Army 84-118
Jun. 23: Chongqing FD - Guangzhou L. 72-65
Jun. 23: Changsha Bank - Hong Kong 106-97
Jun. 23: Jiangsu TX - Heilongjiang 104-90

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 26: Heilongjiang - Sichuan BW
Jun. 26: Jiangsu TX - Hong Kong
Jun. 26: Chongqing FD - Jiang Xi
Jun. 26: Nanjin Army - Changsha Bank
Jun. 26: Guangzhou L. - Hebei S.


NBL Round 13: Chongqing FD and Sichuan BW keep leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Chongqing FD as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Chongqing FD defeated 6th ranked Guangzhou L. at home 72-65. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 26-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Chongqing FD outrebounded Guangzhou L. 45-23 including a 16-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 31 rebounds for the winners. point guard XueSong Li (190-91) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Forward ZhiChao Ba (200-89) produced 16 points for lost side. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Sichuan BW. Defending champion Guangzhou L. keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Guangzhou L. will play next round against Hebei S. trying to get back on the winning streak. Chongqing FD will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Jiang Xi in Jiangxi.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hong Kong (9-4) against fifth ranked Changsha Bank (9-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Hong Kong was defeated by Changsha Bank in a tough game in Guangdong 97-106. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hong Kong. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Jian Sun contributed with 22 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Changsha Bank's coach MingZhu Pu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for Hong Kong. Changsha Bank have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Jiangsu TX and Hong Kong. Changsha Bank will play against Nanjin Army (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hong Kong will play against Jiangsu TX (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Sichuan BW delivered the tenth victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Jiang Xi (2-11) 120-98 in Jiangxi. Hassan Whiteside stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners. At the losing side Bryan Davis responded with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sichuan BW (10-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place, which they share with Chongqing FD. Jiang Xi lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Sichuan BW will meet Heilongjiang (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Jiang Xi will play against the league's leader Chongqing FD in Guangzhou and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Hebei S. (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 118-84 loss to eighth ranked Nanjin Army (4-9) in Hebei. ChengLin Fan nailed 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side. 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. Nanjin Army maintains eighth place with 4-9 record. Hebei S. lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Nanjin Army's next round opponent will be higher ranked Changsha Bank (#3) in Guangdong and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hebei S. will play on the road against Guangzhou L. (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 13 Heilongjiang was defeated by Jiangsu TX in a road game 104-90.


Changsha Bank - Hong Kong 106-97

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hong Kong (9-4) against fifth ranked Changsha Bank (9-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Hong Kong was defeated by Changsha Bank in a tough game in Guangdong 97-106. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hong Kong. The hosts were already 15 points ahead at halftime and as many as 22 after three quarters before a 35-22 last quarter charge of Hong Kong cut the lead to 106-97 at the end of the game. Changsha Bank made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Hong Kong was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Forward Jian Sun (190-88) contributed with 22 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Changsha Bank's coach MingZhu Pu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and forward JiuLong Liu (197-83) added 25 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Hong Kong. Changsha Bank have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Jiangsu TX and Hong Kong. Changsha Bank will play against Nanjin Army (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hong Kong will play against Jiangsu TX (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong: S.Craig 36+9reb+2ast, L.JiuLong 25+12reb+8ast, W.MingLiang 17+1ast, C.ZhaoShen 9+4reb+1ast, Y.XiaoHang 3+1reb+1ast, F.Zhou 3+3ast
Changsha Bank: S.Jian 22+2reb+2ast, L.Lin 16+7reb+2ast, A.Hilton 15+10reb+6ast, L.Peng 11, G.Yan 9+2reb+6ast, J.JunQi 8+3reb
gschID: 242225


Chongqing FD - Guangzhou L. 72-65

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Chongqing FD as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Chongqing FD defeated 6th ranked Guangzhou L. at home 72-65. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 26-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Chongqing FD outrebounded Guangzhou L. 45-23 including a 16-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 31 rebounds for the winners. point guard XueSong Li (190-91) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Chongqing FD players scored in double figures. Forward ZhiChao Ba (200-89) produced 16 points and American forward Shawne Williams (206-86, college: Memphis) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Sichuan BW. Defending champion Guangzhou L. keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Guangzhou L. will play next round against Hebei S. trying to get back on the winning streak. Chongqing FD will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Jiang Xi in Jiangxi.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou L.: B.ZhiChao 16+2reb+1ast, J.Lei 11+3reb+2ast, T.Chao 10+1reb, W.Shawne 9+8reb+1ast, C.DaWei 8+3reb, D.ChengLong 6+1reb
Chongqing FD: H.Josh 24+31reb+2ast, L.DaPeng 13+1ast, L.XueSong 12+5reb+2ast, Y.Peng 10+2reb, Y.KaiFu 9+2reb+1ast, Y.Liang 4+4reb
gschID: 242224


Jiangsu TX - Heilongjiang 104-90

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Heilongjiang (5-8) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Jiangsu TX (9-4) 104-90. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu TX. Heilongjiang was better in fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jiangsu TX forced 24 Heilongjiang turnovers. Point guard Xin Feng (187-92) nailed 18 points and 8 assists for the winning side and Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) accounted for 10 points and 17 rebounds. Jiangsu TX's coach Qiang Xu used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and center Gang Yu (208-92) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Heilongjiang in the defeat. Five Jiangsu TX and four Heilongjiang players scored in double figures. Jiangsu TX moved-up to third place, which they share with Changsha Bank and Hong Kong. Heilongjiang lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Jiangsu TX's next round opponent will be Hong Kong (#5) at home. Heilongjiang will play against the league's second-placed Sichuan BW.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: P.Kevinn 24+16reb, Y.XueLin 15+1reb, Z.JunXiong 14+2reb+1ast, Y.Gang 10+11reb+3ast, H.Mengxin 9+5reb, W.Nan 7+6ast
Jiangsu TX: S.XianLing 20+1reb+1ast, F.Xin 18+4reb+8ast, S.XinLei 16+8reb+2ast, Y.ZhiYong 16+4reb+1ast, M.Zhuang 11+3reb+5ast, H.Othello 10+17reb+2ast
gschID: 242223


Jiang Xi - Sichuan BW 98-120

Leader Sichuan BW delivered the tenth victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Jiang Xi (2-11) 120-98 in Jiangxi. Sichuan BW shot 63.2 percent from the field and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Sichuan BW outrebounded Jiang Xi 40-27 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners and center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) chipped in 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) responded with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and guard Jiawei Liu (193-85) scored 15 points. Five Sichuan BW and four Jiang Xi players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sichuan BW (10-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place, which they share with Chongqing FD. Jiang Xi lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Sichuan BW will meet Heilongjiang (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Jiang Xi will play against the league's leader Chongqing FD in Guangzhou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jiang Xi: D.Bryan 39+15reb+2ast, L.Jiawei 15+1reb+3ast, Z.ChaoLong 14+3reb, X.Yulin 12+3reb, W.Chi 8+2reb+2ast, M.Yi 6+2reb
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 29+14reb, Z.ZhenHu 23+7reb, C.XiaoDong 21+8reb+4ast, W.Yong-Ren 15+1reb+7ast, W.Jing 12+1ast, L.Chenyao 8+3reb
gschID: 242222


Hebei S. - Nanjin Army 84-118

Bottom-ranked Hebei S. (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 118-84 loss to eighth ranked Nanjin Army (4-9) in Hebei. The game was mostly controlled by Nanjin Army. Hebei S. was better in second period 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hebei S. 45-27 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward ChengLin Fan (202-91) nailed 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side and forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) accounted for 21 points and 11 rebounds. Center Chan Zong (213-89) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and ZhiMing Dan (196-92) added 15 points respectively for Hebei S. in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who 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. Nanjin Army maintains eighth place with 4-9 record. Hebei S. lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Nanjin Army's next round opponent will be higher ranked Changsha Bank (#3) in Guangdong and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hebei S. will play on the road against Guangzhou L. (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hebei S.: Z.Chan 16+6reb, D.ZhiMing 15+2reb+2ast, C.YuNan 13+3reb+2ast, T.BoWen 12+3reb+2ast, Z.Xun 8+2reb, W.ZiBo 7+1reb+1ast
Nanjin Army: F.ChengLin 39+7reb+1ast, S.Shengyue 21+11reb+2ast, T.JiaFu 20+5reb, D.QinShuo 18+6reb+1ast, L.Dong 8, G.Han 4
gschID: 242221



China roll past Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

China - Ukraine 75:67

China registered victory in the test game against Ukraine. Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) scored 13 points to lead the hosts.
Ukraine got to a slightly better start. The European side eked out a 17:15 advantage after the starting quarter. China gradually picked up the tempo. They narrowed the deficit to a single point at halftime 29:30. China surged ahead in the third term. They dropped 24 points in the period and grabbed a 5-point lead at the final break 53:48. China went on a 22:19 run in the fourth frame to seal the win. Han Shuo (196-G-86) and Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Li XiaoXu (206-C-90) had 11 points in the victory. Igor Zaytsev (210-C-89) was the best scorer for Ukraine. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday.



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Brazil U19 wins over Czech Republic U19 in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19-Brazil U19 69:73

Brazil U19 wins over Czech Republic U19 in Prague in the friendly game before the start of the U19 World Championship. The Brazilian players grabbed a 73:69 win.
Czech Republic started the game with 18-16, but the guests looked better in the second frame. Brazil pushed the tempo before the halftime and grabbed 38:31 lead after 20 minutes. Brazil also led 58:55 after three quarters and added 1-point victory in the last stanza. Brazil won the game 73:69 and proved their ambitions for the upcoming Championship.
Barbieri posted 15 points to lead all the winners. Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) delivered 13, while Dias poured in 10. Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) replied with 15 points in the losing effort, whilst Kouril netted 13. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) finished the game with 11 and Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) notched 7.

Czech Republic U19: Petr Safarcik 15, Kouril 13, Prokop Slanina 11, Lukas Festr 7, Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) 5
Brazil U19: Barbieri 15, Leonardo Demetrio 13, Dias 10



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Bakken Bears confirm EuroChallenge participation - by Eurobasket News

Bakken Bears confirm EuroChallenge participation in 2013/2014 season. The Danish Champion announced already their loud transfers and proves the ambitions for the next season.
Bakken Bears renewed contract with Christian Lindberg (195-F-83) and will keep Andreas Jakobsen (187-PG-83, college: Columbia, MO) and Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon).
The Ligaen champions Bakken Bears added depth to their roster. Their last agreement was with talented swingman Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91). He spent the last season in Spain. Thomas Laerke played for Opentach Basquet Pla in EBA. He notched 18.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Earlier the team announced Kenny Barker (191-G-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) and hired hire Ville Tuominen . Ville Tuominen will take over the team from Aarhus in the next season. The Finnish specialist has signed 1+1 contract with the team.



Svendborg Rabbits announced American Johnell Smith - by Eurobasket News

Svendborg Rabbits announced American Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) for the next season.
Last season Smith played at Joensuun Kataja (Korisliiga) in Finnish league. In 46 games he averaged 12.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.6apg and 2.1spg this season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention. Smith also played 13 games in EuroChallenge where he had 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The last season Johnell Smith played at Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan) in Swedish league. In 47 games he had very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.4apg and 2.7spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and selected to 1st Team.



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Bakken Bears confirm EuroChallenge participation - by Eurobasket News

Bakken Bears confirm EuroChallenge participation in 2013/2014 season. The Danish Champion announced already their loud transfers and proves the ambitions for the next season.
Bakken Bears renewed contract with Christian Lindberg (195-F-83) and will keep Andreas Jakobsen (187-PG-83, college: Columbia, MO) and Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon).
The Ligaen champions Bakken Bears added depth to their roster. Their last agreement was with talented swingman Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91). He spent the last season in Spain. Thomas Laerke played for Opentach Basquet Pla in EBA. He notched 18.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Earlier the team announced Kenny Barker (191-G-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) and hired hire Ville Tuominen . Ville Tuominen will take over the team from Aarhus in the next season. The Finnish specialist has signed 1+1 contract with the team.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Caja Laboral
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Caja Laboral21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Ray, Ratiopharm16.5 
 6. Eidson, Unics16.5 
 7. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 8. Delaney, Budivelnyk16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 10. Brown, Lokomotiv15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.0 
 2. Stevic, Gaziantep7.3 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.3 
 4. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.3 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 8. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.6 
 9. Ndong, Galatasaray6.0 
 10. Drozdov, Budiveln.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Calathes, Lokom.6.7 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Hodge, Caja Laboral5.6 
 4. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 5. Kalnietis, Lokomot.5.2 
 6. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 7. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Chatman, Unics4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Doellman, Valencia1.7 
 4. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 6. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 8. Carter, Spartak SP1.4 
 9. Hodge, Caja Laboral1.4 
 10. Eidson, Unics1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 4. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.2 
 5. Lishchuk, Valencia1.0 
 6. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.0 
 7. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 9. Carter, Spartak SP0.9 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.0.8 



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CSKA Moscow to play NBA teams in the United States - by Diamadis Farmakis

Euroleague Basketball and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that CSKA Moscow will make its third trip to North America in the past five seasons this October when the team headlines the Euroleague American Tour 2013. The 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague semifinalist will play games in the U.S. against the Western Conference Champions San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

On Oct 7, CSKA will travel to Minneapolis to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves, whose 2012-13 roster included former CSKA star and Euroleague MVP Andrei Kirilenko, former CSKA player Alexey Shved, along with former Euroleague champions Nikola Pekovic and Ricky Rubio. On Oct. 9, CSKA will visit San Antonio to face the Spurs, whose 2012-13 squad included another former Euroleague champion, Manu Ginobili, and three-time All-Euroleague selection Tiago Splitter among six Euroleague alumni.

This will be the third trip for CSKA Moscow to the United States and Canada to play preseason games. In 2008, the team played against the Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors. In 2010, CSKA played games against the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers. CSKA's victory in Cleveland made it the first European team to have ever beaten an NBA team on United States soil.

Also, the NBA and Euroleague Basketball will play two exhibition games in Europe as part of NBA Global Games, which includes eight NBA teams playing in eight cities in six countries this October. The Oklahoma City Thunder will open the schedule in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 5 against the five-time Turkish champion Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul at the Ulker Sports Arena, while the Philadelphia 76ers will take on Uxue Bilbao Basket on Oct. 6 at the Bizkaia Arena in Bilbao, Spain. The Thunder and 76ers complete their European schedule with a game against each other on Oct. 8 at the Manchester Arena for the league's first game in Manchester, England.



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Marc Gasol confirms his presence at Eurobasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) confirms his presence at Eurobasket 2013. The 28-year old center Marc Gasol gave the Spanish fans more confidence after some players announced their absence.
Marc finished another season with Memphis Grizzlies in NBA. In 95 games he had 14.6ppg, 7.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.8bpg this season. A very impressive year as he was voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year, named to 2nd Team and named to All-Defensive 2nd Team. The last season Gasol played also at the Grizzlies in NBA. In 72 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 8.7rpg, 3.1apg and 1.9bpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to NBA All-Star Game.
In 2007 he was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) in second round (48th overall).Gasol was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. He played for Spanish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2005. Marc Gasol also represented Spain at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 12.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 70.3%.



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Lithuania U18 beat Finland U18 in Nida - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18-Finland U18 70:43

Lithuania U18 beat Finland U18 in Nida in the friendly game. The Baltic side posted a 70:43 win against the opponents.
Lithuania started the game with 21-9 and never looked behind. They led 40:15 at the halftime and dominated the court. The board showed 53:28 at the end of the third period and then Lithuania added 17-13 rally in the last period.
Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Paulius Valinskas (191-SG-95) nailed 12. Gediminas Zalalis (205-C-95) deliveerd 11, whist Dainius Chatkevicius (203-C-95) brought 9. Aapeli Alanen (197-F-96) answered with 9 points in the losing effot and Shawn Hopkins (194-G/F-95) had 8. Ville Wuorenjuuri (187-G-95) and Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) finished the agme with 7 points each.

Lithuania U18: Domantas Sabonis 15, Paulius Valinskas 12, Gediminas Zalalis 11, Dainius Chatkevicius 9
Finland U18: Aapeli Alanen 9, Shawn Hopkins 8, Ville Wuorenjuuri 7, Oskar Michelsen 7



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Jason Siggers on his way to Boulazac Basket Dordogne - by Eurobasket News

Jason Siggers (188-SG-85, college: Albany) is on his way to Boulazac Basket Dordogne for the next season. Jason Siggers last played at Strasbourg IG. In 10 games he recorded 7.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.4apg this season. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 2nd Team. Siggers also played at Lille Metropole (ProB) earlier that season. In 32 games he averaged impressive 18.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 2nd Team.
The 2011/2012 season he played at SPO Rouen (ProB). In 32 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 18.5ppg and had 4.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg. Indeed an impressive season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
Among other achievements Siggers won Danish League championship title in 2008. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Player of the Year award back in 2008.



Bourg lands Flowers - by Greg

JL Bourg Basket (ProB) signed 24-year old American forward John Flowers (200-98kg-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management). This season Flowers played at Denain Voltaire. In 30 games he was second best scorer with impressive 20.6ppg and recorded 6.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg (in top 5). A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention. The last season he played at Saitama Broncos (BJ League) in Japan. In 40 games he averaged remarkable 19.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg.

He graduated from West Virginia University in 2011 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Orleans confirm David Noel - by Eurobasket News

Orleans have bolstered their roster. They officially announced the signing of David Noel (199-G/F-84, agency: Fusion Sports, college: N.Carolina). The forward signed a one-year deal with the team. David Noel started the previous season with Gravelines. He averaged 6.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in EuroChallenge. His stats read also 3.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in ProA. David Noel moved to Slovak Republic in March. He inked with Nitra. The forward delivered 15.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in Extraliga. David Noel previously played in France, D-League, Spain and NBA.


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Russia University Team triumphs at Torneo di Mosciano - by Eurobasket News

Russia University Team - Georgia U20 98:47

Russia University Team triumphs at Torneo di Mosciano with 4 participating teams. The Students finished the tournament with a massive win against Georgia U20 98:47.
Russia University Team opened the game with 12 consecutive points and won the first period 28:10. They led 40:20 midway through the second frame and increased to 52:28 at the halftime. The second half also belonged to the more experienced team. Russia won the third quarter 23-11 and finished the game with a 23-8 surge. No matter how hard Russia tried to score three-digit number, they were satisfied with 98:47 victory.
Andrey Zubkovtop-scored for the winners with 14 points. Pavel Antipov (204-F-91) nailed 12, while Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) poured in 11. Beka Burjanadze (203-PF-94) finished the game with 15 points and Mikeladze added 9.

Russia University Team: Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91) 14, Pavel Antipov 12, Sergey Karasev 11
Georgia U20: Beka Burjanadze 15, Mikeladze 9



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Germany A2 hand second straight loss to Romania A2 - by Eurobasket News

Germany A2 - Romania A2 70:59

German University NT has played the second test game against their Romanian counterparts in Trier. The hosts proved the strength once again. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) came up with 13 points to pace Germany to an 11-point victory.
Germany started the game strong. They reeled off to a 23:9 lead at end of the opening quarter. The hosts stretched the lead in the second frame. Germany accounted for a 38:19 halftime advantage. Romania picked up the tempo in the third term. The visitors poured in 24 points and narrowed the deficit at 14-point mark. Romania held the hosts to 13 points in the fourth frame trimming the deficit but stopped just too short of victory. Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) delivered 11 points, while Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) produced 10 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) answered with 20 points for Romania. Vlad Dumitrescu (190-G-90) had 11 points in the loss.

Germany A2: Konstantin Klein 13, Anthony Canty 11, Stefan Schmidt 10+12 boards
Romania A2: Bogdan Tibirna 20, Vlad Dumitrescu 11



Germany A2 edge Romania A2 in test game - by Eurobasket News

Germany A2 - Romania A2 66:57

German A2 (the one that will participate at the World Universiade) has played another test game. They took on Romanian A2 National Team in Trier. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G/F-92, college: Gonzaga) stepped up with 17 points to pace Germany to the victory.
Romania ensured the better start to the game. They accounted for an 11:7 lead after ten minutes. Germany increased the tempo in the second period. They cut the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 26:28. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Romania secured a narrow 42:44 lead heading into the fourth period. Germany however turned the tables in the final term. They went on a 24:13 run to snatch the victory. Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) delivered 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 8 points and 12 boards for the winners. Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) answered with 16 points for Romania. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) had 9 points in the loss.

Germany A2: Mathis Monninghoff 17, Anthony Canty 12, Stefan Schmidt 8+12 boards
Romania A2: Adrian Gutoaia 16, Bogdan Tibirna 9



Italy U20 won over Germany U20 in the last game of the Torneo di Mosciano - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20-Italy U20 67:69

Italy U20 won over Germany U20 in the last game of the Torneo di Mosciano. The hosts posted a final 69:67 and finished second with 2-1 record. Germany U20 ended up with 1-2 record on the third place.
Germany won the first period 20-16, but failed in the second frame with 14-21. Germany looked better in the second half with tow narrow victories in the third and the last frames, but it was not enough to win the game.
Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) scored 21 points for Germany and Sid-Marlon Theis netted 9. Kevin Bryant (193-SG-94) brought 8, while Mauricio Marin (192-G-94, agency: LUMANI 10.7) scored 6.
Russia University Team triumphs at Torneo di Mosciano with 4 participating teams. The Students finished the tournament with a massive win against Georgia U20 98:47.



Joshiko Saibou Moves To The LTi Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A club LTi Giessen 46ers have signed their first player for the upcoming season with Joshiko Saibou (188-PG-90, agency: Pro One Sports). Joshiko Saibou is a 23 year old 188cm guard that will join his third professional team. One has often seen young German players move from Alba Berlin to TBB Trier, but a new trend seems on the verge of former Alba players going to Giessen via Trier as Oskar Fassler did recently. Joshiko Saibou is the s econd player to have done that. He played the last two seasons for TBB Trier and last season played 34 games: 2.4ppg. He scored in double figures twice with 13 points against Artland and ten points against Phoenix Hagen. "With Joshiko Saibou were have the type of player that fits to our profil and the type of players we want to present this season. He is a young player that has shown his potential with Trier and wants to make the next step with Giessen. It will help him that he will get many minutes and responsobility and a better role. He is also a good athlete and strong defender. He is aggressive and hungry and that is the type of player we want", expressed Giessen head coach Dennis Wucherer. The German started his basketball career in 2008 with ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga). In teh 2010-2011 season he played two Beko BBL and two Eurocup games for Alba Berlin. "Dennis convined me right away with his concept. I was looking for a new challenge and more responsobility. It is nice that I can help and Giessen wants to build with me. I am also looking forward to the fans. it is something special to play there. I remember my last game in Giessen with Trier and their fans always supported their team despite the tough situation. It is nasty to play there as an opponent. I find it remarkable there and am looking forward to the new season", stressed Joshiko Saibou.

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers






Ralph Schirmer Remains With The BSW Sixers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO B club BSW Sixers have announced that Ralph Schirmer (203-F/C-86) will play a second season for them. Schirmer is a 26 year old 203cm power forward that last season played 27 games averaging 14.4ppg, 7.6rpg, FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.1%. "Ralph has proven that he is one of the best players at his position in the league. I think one has seen more and more how he has grown into a leader", expressed Sixers head coach Torsten Schierenbeck. The German scored in double figures 23 times including three double doubles. His highest point totals were 21 points against Rist Wedel and Leverkusen. Before coming to the Sixers, Schirmer got basketball experience with the Mitteldeutscher BC, BC Scholz Recycling Weissenhorn (ProB) and USC Leipzig.

Source BSW Sixers





Malcolm Boone (I Used To Think The BBL Was For Ex NBA Players And Division 1 Athletes, But My Brother Is A Prime Example Of Proving Me Wrong - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Malcolm Boone (196-F/C-90, college: Keystone) is a 196cm power forward from New York that just completed his rookie season in Germany with TG Wuerzburg Blue Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 26 games: 14.8ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.3spg. He played at Keystone (NCAA3) from 2008-2012 and played a total of 99 NCAA3 games and in his senior year played 26 games: 15.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.3bpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.3%, FT: 72.0%. He is also the brother of s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg center Jason Boone and spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Thanks Malcolm for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how are you enjoying your summer?

Currently, I am up at my parents house in New York. Summer is going well so far. I have a vacation lined up next week but I'm continuing to play the game I love, stay in shape, and getting the opportunity to see my family. This was the longest I had ever been away from them.

You played as a rookie in Germany for TG Wuerzburg Blue Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga) Did the transition to Germany make it easier since your brother Jason was also in Wurzburg playing for the Beko BBL team s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg?

Absolutely. Having family around in a situation where you are far from home makes everything a little bit more comfortable and easy going.

The team finished in 8th place with a record of 11-12 What were the main reasons for the team finishing in the middle of the pack?

We were very young. It was my first year overseas and I was the oldest guy on the team. But we stayed together and showed a lot of heart. We had two players who came onto our team midway through the season; Paul Brotherson and Nicolau Dilukila that were a tremendous help. That's when we really began to come together as a solid team.

You played at Keystone (NCAA3) and then played Regionaliga. What were the main differences between Regionaliga and NCAA3 if any?

The speed of the game was completely different. At Keystone, we were a "fast-pace" team, but when I came to Wurzburg, I learned what the real defintion of "fast" was. I was also fortunate enough to practice with the BBL team every so often, and that REALLY redefined the word "fast" for me. It was just another level.

You had a very solid rookie season playing 26 games: 14.8ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.3spg. How happy were you with your rookie season?

I was not overly satisfied with my rookie season at all. I felt I could have been more aggressive at times. But I did get a very good feel on the way that European basketball is played, reffed and coached. I am working on several different parts of my game to come back a more complete player for next year.

In what areas can you still improve your game?

Defense is always a priority. When I practiced with my brothers team, depending on who I subbed in for, I would be guarding bigger guards like Jimmy McKinney, all star forwards like Alex King and Dwayne Anderson. Or at times even my brother and the centers. I quickly learned that being able to guard multiple positions is what is going to help my career continue to progress. Three point shooting is going to be another main focus for next season as well.


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

The ability to handle the ball. When matched up against other Power Forwards in the league, there were many of them that weren't allowed to put the ball on the floor unless it was a power dribble. My head coach would allow me to bring the ball up the court at times as well as push it in transition after a defensive rebound. I feel that set my game apart from other forwards in the league.

What was it like playing for your first German coach Soren Zimmermann. What was the most important thing that you could learn from him last season?

Playing for coach Soren was a great experience. He didn't just coach you, he taught you. He had a solid player/coach relationship with all of his players. He taught me how to really keep moving forward. For example, after a bad/broken play, just continue to keep playing and make up for it on the defensive/offensive end. He was really good at getting that point across.

Jason Boone had a similar career route like you in that he played at a NCAA 3 school and then played Regionaliga at Bernau and then took the jump to the Beko BBL. Do you think that you could make the jump to a higher level?

Absolutely. I don't think I will make the jump to the BBL overnight but I'm fully confident that this season I can perform well in the Pro B or Pro A.

Your brother is 5 years older than you. What is something that you will always cherish from him in the basketball department that he taught you over the years?

If you really want something, going out and getting it. The time and effort isn't going to put itself in, it has to come from you. He's the perfect example of "hard work pays off". He has put in so much time and dedication to be where he is today. I used to think the BBL was for ex NBA players and Division 1 athletes, but he is a prime example of proving me wrong. I will continue to work.

If you could describe your game in a few sentences how would you do it so that teams would get interested in your services right away?

I am willing to do whatever it takes to win. I am a defensive minded player and like to play above the rim. I am unselfish and respect the game. You will not find a more coachable and dedicated hard-worker.

When you are on the play grounds during the summer and clash with your brother, do you have any chance of beating him at one on one?

That's a tough one. If I can bring him out on the perimeter a little bit than it's tough for him to guard me one on one. However, once it becomes an inside battle, that's when it becomes a little tougher for me. We've only played one on one twice and we both are 1-1. Whenever he's ready, we can take it to the playground.

How does a normal Malcolm Boone work out look like during the summer?

During last season, the s. Oliver Baskets strength trainer, Piet Arlt, turned me onto different Olympic lifts. A "normal" Malcolm Boone workout would consist of 3-4 sets of power clean to squat to overhead press, planks and other core work exercises, along with a 2-3 mile run. Outside of basketball training I've been doing a ton of Cross-Fit work.

Which New York team is most likely to win a next title?

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Glory Road.

Thanks Malcolm for the chat




The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Get Alexsandar Nadjfeji As Assistant Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

One of the best passing power forwards to ever play in the Beko BBL with Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-F-76, agency: LUMANI 10.7) is headed to Tuebingen to help friend a nd head coach Igor Perovic on the sidelines, but also take part in practices an dif an injury does occur be able to play in games. Nadjfeji is a 36 yera old 203cm forward who still seems to have some gas left in his tank played for FC Bayern Munich the last three seasons playing atotal of 73 Beko BBL games and six Eurocup games. He is headed back to Tuebingen where he last played in the 2009-2010 season playing 33 games: 12.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 53.7%. The friendly Serb got athree year deal and is happy about returning. "




Ratiopharm Ulm Keep Philipp Schwethelm For Two More Years - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

2012 Beko BBL finalist rtaiopharm Ulm have announced that they will keep Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89, agency: Pro One Sports) for two more years. Schwethelm is a 24 year old 201cm forward that will continue his career in Ulm and last season really bloosmed for head coach Thorsten Leibenath averaging 23 minutes per game up from 13 minutes the season before in Munich scoring 7,4ppg and 3,0rpg. The 49 time German national team player had been loaned out from FC Bayern Munich, but his contract with the Bavarian team that was still intact until 2014 was dissolved. "We are very thankful that Marko and Svetislav thought about the perspective of Philipp. This shows fair play and something that isnt always seen", stressed ratiopharm Ulm manager Thomas Stoll. He also had similar stats in Eurocup play where he played 14 games avergaing 7,2ppg and 2,9rpg. In the Beko BBL, he scored in double figures 10 times including a 18 point and six rebound performance against Alba Berlin. "The situation in Ulm was optimal for me from the start, since I ha dthe trust from management and could play internationaly. I am thankful to Bayern that the yhave given me the chnace to stay in Ulm for two more years", added Philipp Schwethelm.


Source: ratiopharm ulm



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  GREECE   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.9 
 2. Pappas, Panathin.16.8 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.3 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.1 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.0 
 8. McGrath, Zalgiris13.3 
 9. Petway, Olympiacos13.3 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.5 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.3 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 6. Jankovic, Panathin.6.5 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, Olympiacos5.9 
 10. Charissis, Aris5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.7 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.7 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.5 
 7. Gibson, Ikaros3.3 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 9. Pappas, Panathin.3.1 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.0 
 3. Pappas, Panathin.1.9 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 8. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 10. Liakopoulos, Pane.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  Olympiacos
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Petway, Olympiacos2.4 
 2. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 3. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 4. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 7. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 8. Charissis, Aris1.0 
 9. Chrysikopoul., PAOK0.7 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos0.7 



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  HOLLAND   


Latvia U18 beat Holland U18 twice in Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 beat Holland U18 twice in Riga. In Game 1 Latvia celebrated a 111:61 win. The Baltic side trailed 18-19 in the first period, but then erupted and demolished the opponents. They won the second period 34-17 and added 30-11 surge in the third quarter. Kristaps Porzigis stepped up with 23 points and Anzejs Pasecniks poured in 17. Rolands Smits scored 14 and Ivars Rihards Zvigurs added 12. Yannick Franke (185-G-96) ended up with 21 points in defeat, while Mick Fleuren scored 13.
In Game 2 Latvia U18 added 106:88 victory. The hosts started the game with a 30-22 lead and added 25-21 in the second frame. Latvia also won the third period 27-25 and finished the game with 24-20. Anzejs Pasecniks top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) notched 18. Kristaps Plavnieks (183-PG-95) and Davis Geks (191-SG-95) delivered 12 points each in a win.



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  HUNGARY   


Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 1st Team 2013
Christopher Dunn
Dunn
Brandon Wood
Wood
Kyle Swanston
Swanston
Kyle Austin
Austin
Marton Bader
Bader

Finals MVP: Brandon Wood (187-G-89) of Albacomp
Player of the Year: Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83) of Kaposvari
Guard of the Year: Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83) of Kaposvari
Forward of the Year: Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Kormend
Center of the Year: Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok
Bosman Player of the Year: Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) of Falco-Szova
Import Player of the Year: Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83) of Kaposvari
Domestic Player of the Year: Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok
Defensive Player of the Year: Bennet Davis (206-F-84) of Marso NYKK
Coach of the Year: Branislav Dzunic of Atomeromu

1st Team
PG: Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83) of Kaposvari
G: Brandon Wood (187-G-89) of Albacomp
G/F: Kyle Swanston (201-G/F-86) of Kaposvari
F: Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Kormend
C: Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok

2nd Team
PG: Ronald Moore (183-PG-88) of Albacomp
PG: Lorenzo Williams (189-PG-84) of Atomeromu
F: Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) of Falco-Szova
C/F: Marko Spica (205-C/F-86) of Antwerp
C: Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) of Jaszberenyi

Honorable Mention
Miljan Rakic (195-G-86) of Szolnok
Damian Hollis (203-F-88) of Albacomp
David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) of Szolnok
Roland Hendlein (203-PF-86) of Kaposvari
Csaba Ferencz (195-F-85) of Kormend
Michael Fey (213-F/C-83) of Shinshu BW
Norbert Toth (203-F-86) of Albacomp
Dontay Thomas (186-G-84) of Soproni
Teo Simovic (205-C-84) of ZTE KK
Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88) of Szedeak
Bennet Davis (206-F-84) of Marso NYKK
Anthony Nelson (185-G-89) of Marso NYKK
Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) of Soproni
Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72) of Falco-Szova

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72) of Falco-Szova
G/F: David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) of Szolnok
F: Damian Hollis (203-F-88) of Albacomp
PF: Roland Hendlein (203-PF-86) of Kaposvari
C: Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok

All-Imports Team
PG: Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83) of Kaposvari
G: Brandon Wood (187-G-89) of Albacomp
G/F: Kyle Swanston (201-G/F-86) of Kaposvari
F: Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Kormend
F: Bennet Davis (206-F-84) of Marso NYKK

All-Bosmans Team
G: Miljan Rakic (195-G-86) of Szolnok
F: Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) of Falco-Szova
C/F: Marko Spica (205-C/F-86) of Antwerp
F/C: Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) of Soproni
C: Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) of Jaszberenyi




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  IBL   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 20: Olympia R. - Nippon T. 128-115
Jun. 22: Bellingham S. - East Bay PB 111-83
Jun. 23: Vancouver V. - Seattle F. 106-100
Jun. 21: Vancouver V. - Bellingham S. 104-126
Jun. 20: Salem S. - Portland C. 103-110

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 26: Seattle F. - Nippon T.
Jun. 27: Nippon T. - Portland C.
Jun. 28: Nippon T. - Salem S.
Jun. 29: Salem S. - Bellingham S.
Jun. 29: Vancouver V. - East Bay PB
Jun. 30: Bellingham S. - Seattle F.
Jun. 30: Nippon T. - Vancouver V.
Jul. 1: Salem S. - Portland C.


Slam Clinch TOP Playoff Seed With 111-83 win over PitBulls - by John Gary

courtesyoursportscentral.com The Bellingham Slam pulled out a gutsy 111-83 victory over the East Bay Pit Bulls in hot humid conditions inside Nor Cal Court in Martinez. Having just arrived in the Bay area earlier in the afternoon, following a win over Vancouver, the Slam understandably lacked the energy early as the pit Bulls jumped out to a 9-2 lead. The Slam eventually found their legs and rallied for a 27-26 lead after one quarter. The second quarter proved to be a defensive masterpiece for the Slam as they eventually found their legs and held the Pit Bulls to six points too take a 51-32 advantage into halftime. Bellingham continued to dominate in the second half as center Blake poole hit on back to back three pointers that pushed the margin to 22points. With both teams visibly fatigued by the fourt quarter the clubs combined for 47 points as the Slam largely held the Pit Bulls in check to secure the win.


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  ISRAEL   


Israel U20 closed the series in Kyiv with the win - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20-Israel U20 64:82

Israel U20 closed the series in Kyiv with the win. Israeli team grabbed an 82:64 win against Ukraine U20 in Game 3.
After two narrow losses in the first games Israel tried to win at least the initial game. Ukraine meanwhile started with 24-17 lead and led 6 points at the halftime. Only after the break Israel dominate the court. They erupted with a 28-8 surge in the third quarter and added 18-14 in the last period.
Igor Koulchov top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Golan Gutt and Rafael Menco netted 12 points each. Tomer Giant ended up with 11 points in the winning effort. Vladyslav Korenjuk replied with 18 points in defeat and Illya Zhukovskyy (197-SF-93) scored 15. Danyyl Zuykov nailed 13, while Kristian Lugovtsov (197-F-94) had 6.

Ukraine U20: Vladyslav Korenjuk 18, Illya Zhukovskyy (197-SF-93) 15, Danyyl Zuykov 13, Kristian Lugovtsov (197-F-94) 6
Israel U20: Egor Koulechov (194-SF-94) 13, Golan Gutt (194-G-94) 12, Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) 12, Tomer Giant 11



Lior Eliyahu is close to leave Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Idan Seggev

Now it's official: Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv was released by Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices)'s contract and will pay the player 100K USD compensation. Than they offered him a lower contract and according to the player's representatives, he was insulted by this act and prefer to look for other clubs in Europe, even in a lower contract. Lior was supposed to earn 820K USD this season, but Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv decided to use the exit clause in his contract so they can offer him a lower contract worth around 500K USD. Lior already tried his luck abroad 4 years ago when he played without too much success in Caja Laboral Vitoria but return to Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv after one year.


Alex Tyus is close to join Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Idan Seggev

The Israeli portal, sport5.co.il announced today that FoxTown Cantu's PF, Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) and Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv reached to a fundamental agreement which will make Tyus as a Maccabi player for the next 3 years while Maccabi will pay FoxTown Cantu compensation of 50,000 USD. Tyus, who is also a member of the Israeli national team, joined FoxTown Cantu last season from Maccabi Ashdod and finished with an average of 8.1 ppg & 3.7 rpg in the Euroleague while in the Italian league he finished with 9.4 ppg & 6.3 rpg. Tyus will oficially sign in the next few days.


Hapoel Eilat wants to add Aviram Zelikovits - by Idan Seggev

Hapoel Eilat who reached the semi final of the Israeli playoff, is interesting in signing 23-year-old forward, Aviram Zelkovits (193-G-89)' from Ironi Nahariya. Zelikovits, who didn't impress in Hapoel Tel-Aviv, moved to Nahariya and finish as one of the best players in the 2nd division with an average of 17.3 ppg & 5 rpg and was chosen for the best five of the year. Hapoel Tel-Aviv has an option on Zelikovits and can add him to the roster, but if not than Hapoel Eilat probably will sign him even though he has an offer from Elizur Ashkelon as well.


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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi17.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 6. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 7. Datome, Acea V.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.4 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 5. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.4 
 7. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 5. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 8. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 9. Hackett, Montepas.3.6 
 10. Brown, Montepasc.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  PGE T.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 7. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. James, Poitiers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.1.5 
 3. Eze, Montepaschi1.4 
 4. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 6. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 7. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 8. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 
 9. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 10. Cusin, Cantu1.0 


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. Battle, Upea CdO17.5 
 10. Griffin, Fileni B.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.6 
 2. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 3. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 4. Mosley, Biancobl.9.1 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.0 
 6. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.4 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.1 
 9. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.0 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.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. James, FCM F.2.3 
 3. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 4. Mays, Givova S.2.3 
 5. Forray, Pall.Trento2.1 
 6. Guarino, FCM F.2.1 
 7. Fernandez, C.de L.2.1 
 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 


Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 1st Team 2013
Taurean Green
Green
Michael Hicks
Hicks
Terrence Roderick
Roderick
J.R. Giddens
Giddens
Michele Maggioli
Maggioli

Finals MVP: Antonio Graves (191-G-85) of Giorgo Tesi PT
Player of the Year: Terrence Roderick (196-SF-88) of LeGamberi FO
Guard of the Year: Taurean Green (184-PG-85) of Sigma Barcel.
Forward of the Year: Terrence Roderick (196-SF-88) of LeGamberi FO
Center of the Year: Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA Jesi
Bosman Player of the Year: Laurence Ekperigin (201-F-88) of FCM Ferentino
Import Player of the Year: Terrence Roderick (196-SF-88) of LeGamberi FO
Domestic Player of the Year: Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA Jesi
Defensive Player of the Year: Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) of Tezenis VE
Coach of the Year: Paolo Moretti of Giorgo Tesi PT

1st Team
PG: Taurean Green (184-PG-85) of Sigma Barcel.
G/F: Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76) of Giorgo Tesi PT
SF: Terrence Roderick (196-SF-88) of LeGamberi FO
F/G: J.R. Giddens (196-F/G-85) of C.de Latte BRE
C: Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA Jesi

2nd Team
PG: Andrea Pecile (187-PG-80) of Biancoblu BO
PG: Casper Ware (177-PG-90) of Novipiu Casale
G: Antonio Graves (191-G-85) of Giorgo Tesi PT
F/C: Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) of Tezenis VE
C/F: Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) of Pall.Trento

3rd Team
G: Juan Fernandez (193-G-90) of C.de Latte BRE
PG: Keddric Mays (183-PG-84) of Givova Scafati
F/G: Rodney Green (195-F/G-88) of Novipiu Casale
F: Craig Callahan (203-F-81) of Sigma Barcel.
F/C: David Brkic (210-F/C-82) of C.de Latte BRE

Honorable Mention
Fiorello Toppo (198-F/C-80) of Giorgo Tesi PT
Niccolo Martinoni (202-G/F-89) of Novipiu Casale
Michael Jenkins (191-G-86) of C.de Latte BRE
Patrick Baldassarre (200-F/C-86) of Givova Scafati
Ronald Slay (203-F-81) of Givova Scafati
Laurence Ekperigin (201-F-88) of FCM Ferentino
Francesco Guarino (182-PG-79) of FCM Ferentino
Eric Griffin (203-F-90) of Fileni BPA Jesi
Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87) of Trenkwalder RE
D.J. Gay (183-PG-89) of Aget Service IM
Donato Cutolo (198-F-87) of Biancoblu BO

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Andrea Pecile (187-PG-80) of Biancoblu BO
PG: Francesco Guarino (182-PG-79) of FCM Ferentino
F: Craig Callahan (203-F-81) of Sigma Barcel.
F/C: David Brkic (210-F/C-82) of C.de Latte BRE
C: Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA Jesi

All-Imports Team
PG: Taurean Green (184-PG-85) of Sigma Barcel.
G/F: Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76) of Giorgo Tesi PT
SF: Terrence Roderick (196-SF-88) of LeGamberi FO
F/G: J.R. Giddens (196-F/G-85) of C.de Latte BRE
F/C: Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) of Tezenis VE

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74) of Fileni BPA Jesi
G/F: Mareks Jurevicus (197-G/F-85) of Prima Veroli
F: Laurence Ekperigin (201-F-88) of FCM Ferentino
F: Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) of Novipiu Casale
F: Nikos Barlos (203-F-79) of C.de Latte BRE



Bourg lands Flowers - by Eurobasket News

JL Bourg Basket (ProB) signed 24-year old American forward John Flowers (200-98kg-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management). This season Flowers played at Denain Voltaire. In 30 games he was second best scorer with impressive 20.6ppg and recorded 6.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg (in top 5). A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention. The last season he played at Saitama Broncos (BJ League) in Japan. In 40 games he averaged remarkable 19.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg.

He graduated from West Virginia University in 2011 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Italy U20 won over Germany U20 in the last game of the Torneo di Mosciano - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20-Italy U20 67:69

Italy U20 won over Germany U20 in the last game of the Torneo di Mosciano. The hosts posted a final 69:67 and finished second with 2-1 record. Germany U20 ended up with 1-2 record on the third place.
Germany won the first period 20-16, but failed in the second frame with 14-21. Germany looked better in the second half with tow narrow victories in the third and the last frames, but it was not enough to win the game.
Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) scored 21 points for Germany and Sid-Marlon Theis netted 9. Kevin Bryant (193-SG-94) brought 8, while Mauricio Marin (192-G-94, agency: LUMANI 10.7) scored 6.
Russia University Team triumphs at Torneo di Mosciano with 4 participating teams. The Students finished the tournament with a massive win against Georgia U20 98:47.



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  JAPAN   


Nara selects Toyama as first coach - by Emeka Eke

The Japan Times can authoritatively report that, Koto Toyama has landed another coaching gig.

The Bambitious Nara have handed the reins to Toyama for the teams inaugural season, 2013-14.

The announcement was made earlier this week, just days before the June 19 draft. (Koju Munakata, a former Toyota Motors sideline supervisor, was tabbed in March to coach the Aomori Wats, next seasons other new bj-league team.)

Toyama coached the Ryukyu Golden Kings last season, guiding the Western Conference powerhouse to a league-record 42-10 record. The Golden Kings won the Western Conference regular-season title, but fell short of their goal of reaching the Final Four for the fifth straight season, falling to the Kyoto Hannaryz in the conference semifinals in Okinawa.

That playoff series defeat cost Toyama his job. It was a stunning ouster on May 19, the day of the championship game.

Toyama stepped into the Okinawan spotlight after Dai Oketani had guided the franchise to two titles in four seasons before departing with his second championship.

The 30-year-old Toyama is joining his fourth organization in the bj-league. He previously worked as an assistant coach for the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix (2008-10), before taking over as the Miyazaki Shining Suns bench boss at age 27.

Toyama led the Shining Suns for two seasons, with the squad going 13-37 in 2010-11 and 22-30 in 2011-12. Miyazaki cleaned house after its second season, essentially gutting the squad of nearly its entire roster and staff. That included Toyamas departure. (After the 2012-13 season, Miyazaki dropped out of the league due to financial woes.)

In a news release issued by the Bambitious, Toyama said hes looking forward to this opportunity and is excited to help build the team in Nara Prefecture.

When he was hired to lead the Golden Kings, one Eastern Conference coach told The Japan Times, (This) could be an inspired choice. Toyama has the potential to be an excellent coach.

In other league news, Motofumi Aoki will return for his second season as the Tokyo Cinq Reves head coach. The Cinq Reves went 18-34 in their inaugural season.

Also, recently retired forward Kazuhiro Shoji has joined new Niigata Albirex BB head coach Fujitaka Bomber Hiraokas coaching staff as an assistant.

The 39-year-old Shoji played for Niigata during the teams JBL days. Shoji, a gifted perimeter shooter, spent the past three seasons with the Akita Northern Happinets, and before that suited up for the Takamatsu Five Arrows and Saitama Broncos. He has been around the bj-league since its inception in 2005.



Nara takes Yamashiro with first pick in expansion draft - by Emeka Eke

The Japan Times can authoritatively report that Expansion squads Bambitious Nara and Aomori Wats took their first steps in piecing together their rosters for the 2013-14 season on Wednesday.

The Bambitious chose 167-cm point guard Takuma Yamashiro, who put 7.6 ppg in 50 games on the board for the Saitama Broncos last season, with the No. 1 pick in Wednesdays expansion draft.

With their second selection, Nara drafted 190-cm forward Jumpei Honda, a 24-year-old who averaged 1.6 points in 29 games for the Shiga Lakestars last season.

The Wats made veteran forward Daisuke Takaoka their first pick in the expansion draft. The 31-year-old averaged 2.6 points in 52 games for the Sendai 89ers last season.

A guard/forward 10 years his junior, Makoto Sawaguchi was Aomoris second expansion selection. He scored 3.6 points in 50 games for the Iwate Big Bulls in 2012-13, his second season with the club. Sawaguchi broke into the bj-league at age 18 with the Akita Northern Happinets in 2010.

The expansion draft preceded the rookie draft.

In the rookie drafts first round, the Bambitious made Nara Prefecture native Taishi Kasahara the first pick. The 23-year-old, 188-cm guard scored 8.6 ppg and grabbed 162 rebounds in 30 games for the JBL2s TGI D-Rise last season.

The No. 2 pick went to the Shinshu Brave Warriors, who picked 183-cm guard Dai Suzuki, 22, who hails from Yamagata Prefecture.

With the third selection, the Sendai 89ers grabbed guard Yasuhiro Wada, a native of Chiba Prefecture. And rounding out the first round, the Shiga Lakestars chose forward Shuto Mizoguchi, a 25-year-old from Fukuoka Prefecture.

Aomori did not have a first-round pick.

Nara drafted 169-cm guard Tatsuya Suzuki with the top pick in the second round. He attended Takushoku University.

Five more players names were called in the second round before the proceedings ended, with commissioner Toshimitsu Kawachi meeting and greeting each player along the way.

Guard Takato Hara, who competed in the 2012 FIBA 33 World Tour, was picked No. 2 by the Wats. The Tokai University alum is suiting up for the IBLs Nippon Tornadoes in the spring-summer season, averaging 15.4 points in eight games through June 7.

Then Shinshu took guard Masamune Tate, a 25-year-old Gifu Prefecture native.

Guard Fumiya Sato went No. 4 to the 89ers. The 22-year-old local youngster began practicing with the team in March.

The Niigata Albirex BB decided to take guard Ryota Kato, still 19, with the fifth pick. The 181-cm teenager went to Niigata College of Technology.

The Kyoto Hannaryz made the final selection, taking 184-cm guard Yusuke Masuda. The 23-year-old attended the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture.

Fourteen teams didnt select a single player in the two-round draft. Instead, individual team tryouts will be another option those teams use to fill roster spots for the upcoming season, which tips off in October.

Teams can also make early-entry signings to add players at the midway point of the season. This also gives players a chance to prove themselves for the seasons stretch run, essentially a prolonged tryout before the playoffs commence.

Other players, fresh out of college, spend time as so-called trainee players, participating in practice to get a teams attention before getting drafted or signing free agent deals.

To recap: In all, 14 players went in the two-round draft, and the aforementioned four in the expansion draft. That averages out to less than one player drafted per club in the 21-team circuit.

Words of wisdom: Bill Cartwright gave the commencement address at Prologue Early College High School in Chicago last Friday. The school gives students a second chance with a GED program.

In a broadcast interview with WBBM News Radio sports director/morning anchor Josh Liss before the event at the school, Cartwright, who took over a 5-19 Osaka Evessa team in January and led it to a 17-11 finish, was asked what message he would give to the students.

He responded by saying, Youre not bounded by anything, Cartwright said. Youre not bounded by thought. Youre only bounded by what you believe that you are. . . . You can only really hit what you aim at.

The former Chicago Bulls bench boss admitted in the radio interview that he is looking to return to coaching in the NBA.

Summing up his time with the Evessa, who havent made an official announcement about Cartwrights future with the team, in the seasons second half, the longtime NBA center told Liss he was able to get the struggling squad back on track.

New challenge: After leaving the Oita HeatDevils, who reneged on their financial obligations last fall, veteran guard Matt Lottich began working for NCSA Athletic Recruiting as a head scout in January. Hes based in Chicago.

I chose to work at NCSA because we are in the position of helping young athletes achieve their dreams of competing at the collegiate level, Lottich is quoted as saying on the NCSA website. Playing basketball at Stanford is an important part of who I am and really shaped the person that I am now. I want to make sure that everyone who is qualified to play and compete in college gets the opportunity to do so.

Lottich, who helped the Osaka Evessa capture three straight championships in the bj-leagues infancy (2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08), has always exuded confidence in his teammates. From years of observing him on the court, this much was certain: He was one of the leagues smartest floor leaders and had an innate ability to see the ebb and flow of the game at an elite level.

The NCSA provides services for sports ranging from baseball, basketball and football to lacrosse, track and field and volleyball.

This statement on the NCSA website helps explain Lottichs current responsibilities: The NCSA was founded in 2000 to help student athletes and their families navigate the cutthroat, competitive, and often confusing world of college recruiting. Our team of former college athletes, coaches and scouts, our network of 99 (percent) of American college coaches, and our custom technology and tools give you the edge you need in the most important game of your life.

Around the league: The Kyoto Hannaryz announced head coach Honoo Hamaguchi, who has led the team to back-to-back Final Four appearances, will return to the sideline for the 2013-14 season.

Hamaguchi is the bench boss in league history to be in charge for his teams season-opening game in each of the past eight seasons. He coached the Sendai 89ers for six seasons before taking over in Kyoto. . . .

Hernando Planells, who coached the Ryukyu Golden Kings during the teams inaugural 2007-08 season, was promoted to assistant coach for the Duke University womens basketball team last week. Planells spent last season as the teams director of relations.

His new position involves coaching the guards and serving as one of the programs two recruiting coordinators.

Planells is a former NBA scout and Maine Red Claws (NBA Development League) head coach.

Schedule released: The leagues ninth season will tip off on Oct. 4 as Oita plays host to Ryukyu in a Friday series opener. On Oct. 5, the following matchups are on the docket: Aomori vs. Iwate, Akita vs. Hamamatsu Higashimikawa, Niigata vs. Sendai, Gunma vs. Saitama, Osaka vs. Nara, Shimane vs. Shiga and Takamatsu vs. Fukuoka.

The defending champion Yokohama B-Corsairs, meanwhile, will face the visiting Shinshu Brave Warriors on Oct. 12 in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

The Tokyo Cinq Reves, a second-year club, wont play a home game until the seasons third week.

The format will be 52 games per team for the sixth straight season.

Did you know?: Golden Kings standout Narito Namizato is playing summer ball for Los Angeles Loop in the Drew League.

The California weekend circuit is celebrating its 40th anniversary of competition. The 14-week season started in May and continues until mid-August.



Kyoto acquires forward Komoda - by Emeka Eke

The Japan Times can authoritatively report that forward, Takuya Komoda was selected as an Eastern Conference reserve for the 2012-13 bj-league All-Star Game in Tokyo, and averaged a career-best 10.4 points per game for the Sendai 89ers.

Now, after three seasons with the 89ers, he is moving on. Komoda, who turns 26 on July 15, agreed to terms with the Kyoto Hannaryz on a standard one-year contract, the Western Conference club announced Friday.

The 190-cm Komoda converted 47.7 percent of his 2-point shots last season and grabbed 148 rebounds in 48 games. In Kyoto, hell reunite with his first Sendai coach, Honoo Hamaguchi, who has guided Kyoto to back-to-back Final Four appearances after leaving the 89ers.

Sendai had two head coaches last season, Bob Pierce and Takeo Mabashi, the latter is the teams general manager. Mabashi served as acting head coach after Pierce was axed in February; the team was 13-21 when the change was made.

Meanwhile, the 89ers top Japanese player, point guard Takehiko Shimura, does not want to return to the team next season, multiple league sources have told The Japan Times. He led the league in assists last season (6.3 per game).

With 27-year-old head coach Shuto Kawachi now at the helm and awaiting his debut in October, there are low expectations for the 89ers next season.
I think it might become another Saitama, one league source said on Friday night. Maybe not as bad, but close.

The Saitama Broncos have finished below .500 in each of the leagues eight seasons, including a 15-37 record in 2012-13.
In other league news, the Ryukyu Golden Kings announced on Friday that they have reached agreements in principle to bring back forward Anthony McHenry, the leagues regular-season MVP last season, and veteran guard Naoto Kosuge for the 2013-14 season.
Elsewhere, speculation also reached this reporter from a longtime league insider that Shiga Lakestars coach Al Westover, who has guided the club to a pair of playoff appearances, is unlikely to return to the team for a third season in 2013-14. An official announcement has not been made by the team.

Lakestars guards Jumpei Nakama, Yutaka Yokoe and Shinya Ogawa have agreed to basic terms for 2013-14 contracts, the team reported on its website.



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Latvia U18 beat Holland U18 twice in Riga - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 beat Holland U18 twice in Riga. In Game 1 Latvia celebrated a 111:61 win. The Baltic side trailed 18-19 in the first period, but then erupted and demolished the opponents. They won the second period 34-17 and added 30-11 surge in the third quarter. Kristaps Porzigis stepped up with 23 points and Anzejs Pasecniks poured in 17. Rolands Smits scored 14 and Ivars Rihards Zvigurs added 12. Yannick Franke (185-G-96) ended up with 21 points in defeat, while Mick Fleuren scored 13.
In Game 2 Latvia U18 added 106:88 victory. The hosts started the game with a 30-22 lead and added 25-21 in the second frame. Latvia also won the third period 27-25 and finished the game with 24-20. Anzejs Pasecniks top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) notched 18. Kristaps Plavnieks (183-PG-95) and Davis Geks (191-SG-95) delivered 12 points each in a win.



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Page-Dynamo and Revolution enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Page-Dynamo and Revolution will play in the LBQ Final later tonight. They celebrated victories in respective semifinals.
Page-Dynamo overcame Royal 103:98 to reach the title game. Royal led throughout the bigger part of the game. But Page-Dynamo went on a decisive rally late in regulation and sealed the win at the end. Page-Dynamo were paced by 33 points from Dwayne Buckley (6'3''-G/F-83). Manix Auriantal (6'2''-G-80, college: NYIT) netted 21 points in the victory. Samuel Audet-Sow (6'6''-F-80) responded with 28 points for Royal. Charles Fortier (6'4''-G/F-79) had 27 points in the loss.
Revolution prevailed against Jaguars 88:81 in another semifinal clash. It was a tight battle from start to finish. Kevin Loiselle (6'6''-F) stepped up with 21 points to lead Revolution to a tough victory. Kyle Desmarais (6'2''-PG-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) produced 20 points for the winners. Evens Laroche (6'4''-F) accounted for 25 points for Jaguars. Youssef Ouahrig (5'11''-G) chipped in 13 points for the losing side.



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 33.9
 1. Emmett, Amchit33.9 
 2. Blair, Hoops27.3 
 3. Harper, Sagesse26.4 
 4. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville26.1 
 6. Spencer, Al Riyadi24.5 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos23.8 
 8. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 9. Williams, Bejjeh23.1 
 10. Sims, Sagesse22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Fraser, Byblos16.9 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.7 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.10.9 
 5. Hill, Jiang Xi10.8 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.4 
 7. Khazzouh, Sagesse9.2 
 8. Perry, Hoops9.1 
 9. Salyers, Moutahed8.9 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Blair, Hoops6.6 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh6.5 
 3. Chatfield, Mouta.6.3 
 4. Akl, Sagesse6.3 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.6 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos5.0 
 8. Khatib, Champville4.9 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed4.8 
 10. Khoury, Amchit4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, Hoops3.2 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.3 
 3. Emmett, Amchit2.1 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos2.0 
 5. Harper, Sagesse1.9 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.9 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 8. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 9. Spencer, Al Riyadi1.6 
 10. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herbert HILL
  Jiang Xi
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hill, Jiang Xi2.5 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.6 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.1.5 
 5. Fraser, Byblos1.4 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.1 
 8. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 9. Freije, Amchit0.8 
 10. Terry, Champville0.8 



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Lithuanian University NT outgun Czech Republic U20 - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian University National Team played the last test game prior to the start of the 2013 Universiade. They cruised past Czech Republic U20 National selection 85:44. The Lithuanian team started the game aggressively. They built a 20:7 lead at the first break. The students kept their opponents at distance throughout the second frame. Lithuanian University National gained a 41:19 halftime advantage. Lithuania did not slow down in the third term. They accumulated a massive 33-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. Lithuania outscored their opponents in the final period and sealed the win at the end. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) and Mindaugas Kupsas (215-C-91) delivered 13 points each for Lithuania. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) and Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points apiece for the winners.


Lithuania U18 beat Finland U18 in Nida - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18-Finland U18 70:43

Lithuania U18 beat Finland U18 in Nida in the friendly game. The Baltic side posted a 70:43 win against the opponents.
Lithuania started the game with 21-9 and never looked behind. They led 40:15 at the halftime and dominated the court. The board showed 53:28 at the end of the third period and then Lithuania added 17-13 rally in the last period.
Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Paulius Valinskas (191-SG-95) nailed 12. Gediminas Zalalis (205-C-95) deliveerd 11, whist Dainius Chatkevicius (203-C-95) brought 9. Aapeli Alanen (197-F-96) answered with 9 points in the losing effot and Shawn Hopkins (194-G/F-95) had 8. Ville Wuorenjuuri (187-G-95) and Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) finished the agme with 7 points each.

Lithuania U18: Domantas Sabonis 15, Paulius Valinskas 12, Gediminas Zalalis 11, Dainius Chatkevicius 9
Finland U18: Aapeli Alanen 9, Shawn Hopkins 8, Ville Wuorenjuuri 7, Oskar Michelsen 7



Lithuania U19 beat Turkey U20 in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19-Turkey U20 78:65

Lithuania U19 beat Turkey U20 in Kaunas. The home side posted a 78:65 win in the preparation campaign for U19 Wold Championship.
Lithuania started with 15-14 lead and added massive 28-16 in the second period. Turkey managed to reply with a 19-15 rally in the thrid period, but could not come closer to the hosts. The Baltic side won the last period 20-16 and grabbed a 13-point victory.
Mantvydas Staselis (190-G/F-94) top-scored for the winners with 12 points, while Jokubas Gintvainis (191-SF-94) and Augustinas Jankaitis (202-C-94) netted 11 each. Donatas Tarolis (201-F-94) poured in 10, whilst Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) and Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) had 9 each. Samet Geyik (205-F-93) answered with 16 points in defeat and Hasan Sami Erdogan posted 9. Erbil Eroglu (195-PG-93) nailed 8, while Berkay Candan (204-F-93) had 7.

Lithuania U19: Mantvydas Staselis 12 points, Jokubas Gintvainis 11, Augustinas Jankaitis 11, Donatas Tarolis 10, Lukas Lekavicius 9, Tomas Dimsa 9
Turkey U20: Samet Geyik 16, Hasan Sami Erdogan 9, Erbil Eroglu 8, Berkay Candan 7



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BBC Arantia Larochette announced Mike Pravisani and Tom Becker - by Eurobasket News

BBC Arantia Larochette announced Mike Pravisani (190-F-84) and Tom Becker (195-F-83) for 2013/2014 season.
Mike Pravisani played last at Schieren Black Frogs. It is actually his comeback to Larochette as he played here before. The last season he played at Arantia. Pravisani's team won Luxembourg League Regular Season in 2009. He has played previously for another Luxembourg team Etzella.
BBC Arantia Larochette also announced Tom Becker who played last time at Residence Walferdange. But in 29 games he averaged just 1.3ppg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The 2010/2011 season Becker played at Black Star (Total League). In 21 games he had 8.7ppg and 3.5rpg that season.
Among other achievements he won Luxembourg League championship title in 2006. Becker received also Eurobasket.com Luxembourg League All-Newcomers Team award back in 2006.
He has played previously for another Luxembourg team Etzella.



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2013 SEABA Championship: Thailand edge Malaysia to claim the trophy - by Eurobasket News

Thailand - Malaysia 73:63

The Thai National Team celebrated victory at the 2013 SEABA Championship. They overcame Malaysia in Medan to clinch the trophy. Both teams also achieve the goal of qualifying for the FIBA Asia Championship. Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Thailand in the final.
Malaysia got to the better start to the game. They recorded a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. But Thailand stiffened defensively in the second period. They held Malaysia to 10 points in the next quarter and pulled ahead for a narrow 35:34 halftime lead. Thailand dropped 22 points in the third period and ensured a 6-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Thailand kept Malaysia at bay throughout the fourth frame. The Malaysian team nailed just 12 points and had to surrender at the end. Sukhdave Ghogar produced 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Attaporn Lertmalaiporn finished with 10 points for Thailand. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) answered with 16 points for Malaysia. Hong Hoong Gan (186-G-90) had 14 points in the loss.

Thailand: Darongpan Apiromvilaichai 13+10 boards, Sukhdave Ghogar 12+10 boards, Attaporn Lertmalaiporn 10
Malaysia: Ban Sin Ooi 16, Hong Hoong Gan 14



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Standings - Lower Leagues

Regional Standings
Chihuahua Vive
 1. Manzaneros 19-3 
 2. Choriceros 18-4 
 3. Dorados 17-5 
 4. Soles 14-8 
 5. Cerveceros 14-8 
 6. Indios S. 13-9 
 7. Pavos NCG 11-11 
 8. Pioneros 9-13 
 9. Mineros P. 8-14 
 10. Nogaleros 7-15 
 11. Chipotleros 2-20 
 12. Indios J. 0-22 
CIBANE
 1. Tuzos UAZ 5-1 
 2. Madereros 4-2 
 3. Mineros F. 3-5 
 4. Caktus 2-3 
 5. Monclova 1-4 
LNB
 1. Caudillos 8-4 
 2. Freseros 7-5 
 3. Tejones 6-2 
 4. Cimarrones 6-2 
 5. Brujos 6-4 
 6. Guitarreros 6-6 
 7. Santos 4-8 
 8. Industriales 3-11 


Navolato join Hermosillo in the Final - by Eurobasket News

Navolato - Tijuana 89:83

Garra Canera de Navolato will play in the CIBACOPA Finals. They overcame Tijuana in the decisive seventh game of the semifinal series. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) stepped up with 39 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the winners.
Tijuana dominated the first period. They posted a 23:15 lead after the starting term. But Navolato went on a 35:27 run in the second frame to erase the deficit. The tempo decreased in the third term as the tension grew higher. The hosts outgunned Tijuana 13:11 to take a narrow lead. They kept Tijuana at bay throughout the fourth period. Navolato knocked down 26 points in the final stanza and sealed a crucial win at the end. Froilan Verdugo (79) netted 22 points, while Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) had 15 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Tijuana. James Penny (198-F-76, college: TCU) netted 20 points in the loss.

Navolato: Ronald Selleaze 39, Froilan Verdugo 22, Marcus Elliott 15
Tijuana: Marcus Morrison 24+10 boards, James Penny 20



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  MOROCCO   


Berkane clinch the title of the Throne Cup. - by Marek Krala

From the beginning, the RS Berkane impose his game with a transcendent Zouita. Man to man defense was mandatory on both sides.
The score evolved for the formation of Berkane has widened the gap to bring it to 24 points 9 and finished the first quarter time, with a score of 24 points to 13.
During the second quarter time, players of MAS change their defensive system, but fail to stop for both the effectiveness players Berkane.

Abdelhakim Zouita in an auspicious day, playing strong under the basket. His shots mid games and his assists are a havoc in the defense of MAS. Barazi and El Fakkany take part in the game on the side of the RSB. This was below its level and has managed only five points during the game. Barazi succeeds in none. The score at half-time 47 points to 28 for Berkane.
In the second half, the Oriental Club continues its momentum and carries away to score twenty points. Some thought that the party was bent in favor of the East.

The player Mijativic MAS gets a personal foul and a disqualifying foul.

His absence will hamper somewhat Fassi team. RSB removes the third quarter time with a score of 63 points to 47. The last quarter time was the surprise for the benefit of successful MAS 20 points while RS Berkane has succeeded in ten. Despite this rise,the orange team have managed the match despite the pressure Hjira and his teammates to clinch the Throne Cup with a score of 73 points to 67.
The best player of the game is undoubtedly the largest Abdelhakim Zouita who played 39 minutes and managed 34 points with eight defensive rebounds, two offensive rebounds, eight caused faults and only two turnovers, one interception and one against. In the MAS team, the disappointment was the player Omar Masrouri which remained 34 minutes on the playground and has managed just three points with one defensive rebound, 3 fouled, two turnovers, and three interceptions.



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  NBA   


Doc Rivers to coach Los Angeles Clippers - by Eurobasket News

The Doc Rivers saga between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics continued anew on Sunday, when the on-again-off-again talks progressed to the point of completion if not clarity. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that the Celtics agreed to let Rivers out of his current contract and join the Clippers in exchange for an unprotected 2015 first-round draft pick. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. The Doc Rivers saga between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics continued anew on Sunday, when the on-again-off-again talks progressed to the point of completion if not clarity. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that the Celtics agreed to let Rivers out of his current contract and join the Clippers in exchange for an unprotected 2015 first-round draft pick. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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  NEPAL   


First National Club Level Basketball Championship: Mens and Womens Semifinal Lineup Complete - by Dinesh Thapa

The semifinal lineup of the both Mens and Womens category of the First National Club Level Basketball Championship has been completed. In the Mens semifinals Whitehouse will face Goldengate while NASA will face Gurukul. In the Womens category, WhiteHouse will face Prime in first semifinal while Gurukul will face Goldengate in another semifinal.

In the last league matches played at the covered hall of Dasharath Stadium, NASA edged past Golden Gate 89-77 to advance as Group B winner while White House crushed Xavier International College 64-37 to top Group A. Despite the loss, Golden Gate also made it to the semifinals as the group runner-up.

In the womens category last league matches, Gurukul beat Saipal 41-28 to finish as Group A runner-up. White House is the group winner. In another womens match, Golden Gate beat Prime 36-31 to top Group B while Prime advanced as the group runner-up.



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. OceanaGold N. 11-3 
 2. Wellington S. 10-2 
 3. Nelson G. 10-3 
 4. Southland S. 9-3 
 5. Hub Jets 8-6 
 6. Taranaki MA 4-10 
 7. HBS Bank Hawks 4-10 
 8. Super City R. 2-11 
 9. Waikato P. 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 22: Nelson G. - Super City R. 97-84
Jun. 23: Hub Jets - Waikato P. 87-83
Jun. 22: HBS Bank Hawks - Taranaki MA 86-79
Jun. 21: Waikato P. - HBS Bank Hawks 69-64
Jun. 21: Southland S. - OceanaGold N. 114-67

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 29: Taranaki MA - Super City R.
Jun. 29: HBS Bank Hawks - Nelson G.
Jun. 28: Hub Jets - Southland S.
Jun. 28: Wellington S. - Nelson G.
Jun. 30: Waikato P. - Southland S.
Jun. 30: OceanaGold N. - Wellington S.
Jun. 25: Wellington S. - Super City R.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Josh PACE
  Nelson G.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Pace, Nelson G.22.1 
 2. Conklin, Southland21.9 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.21.7 
 4. Anthony, OceanaGo.21.1 
 5. Tait, Wellington S.20.1 
 6. Jones, Hub Jets19.9 
 7. Greene, HBS B.19.5 
 8. Atkinson, Waika.19.1 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki.18.8 
 10. Hagan, Hub Jets18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Atkinson, Waika.14.7 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets13.8 
 3. Conklin, Southland9.7 
 4. Greene, HBS B.9.5 
 5. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.4 
 6. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.7 
 7. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.6 
 8. Bailey, Super C.8.5 
 9. Markson, Wellingt.8.2 
 10. Pace, Nelson G.8.0 
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 Jets7.1 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.5.3 
 5. Buck, Super City R.4.5 
 6. Webster, Waika.4.3 
 7. Martin, Southlan.4.1 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.3.9 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.4 
 10. Boucher, Wellingt.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris HAGAN
  Hub Jets
  (181-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hagan, Hub Jets3.2 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.6 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.5 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.2.3 
 5. Martin, Southlan.2.2 
 6. Greene, HBS B.2.1 
 7. Webster, Waika.2.1 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.2.1 
 9. Tait, Wellington S.2.0 
 10. Buck, Super City1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.1 
 2. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.8 
 3. Frank, Wellington1.7 
 4. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.6 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.3 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.2 
 7. Greene, HBS B.1.2 
 8. Dawson, Southlan.0.8 
 9. Bolstad, Super C.0.8 
 10. Wright, OceanaGo.0.8 



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Panamanian Michael Hicks win the title in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Panamanian Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) win the title in Italy as his Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia are crowned LegaDue champions. They overcame Centrale del Latte Brescia 60:47 in the decisive fifth game of the title series to claim the trophy. Antonio Graves stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners.
Pistoia ensured a confident aggressive start to the game. They held Brescia to just 6 points in the first frame and gained a 9-point lead. Brescia however improved their performance in the next period. The visitors cut the deficit at 5-point mark at the interval 22:27. Things got even in the third term. Brescia denied the deficit as the teams entered the fourth period tied at 41. But the last quarter belonged to the hosts. Pistoia went on a commanding 19:6 run to seal the success. Fiorello Toppo netted 9 points, while Diego Fajardo and Guido Meini added 8 points each for Pistoia. Nikos Barlos, David Brkic and Juan Fernandez answered with 9 points apiece in the defeat.
Michael Hicks averaged 16.2 points per game this season.



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Rosa R.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Rosa R.20.1 
 2. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 3. Hodge, Caja Laboral17.8 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.4 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 9. Carter, Nantes14.2 
 10. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 2. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.6 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Gaziantep7.3 
 8. Cel, Stelmet ZG6.9 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Mahalbasic, Assec.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Koszarek, Stelm.5.5 
 3. Szubarga, Anwil5.5 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Turner, Antwerp5.3 
 6. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 7. Hodge, Caja Laboral4.5 
 8. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 9. Carter, Nantes3.7 
 10. Abernethy, Energa3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 3. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Hodge, Caja Laboral1.6 
 7. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 8. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
 9. Henry, AZS Koszalin1.4 
 10. Robinson, PGE T.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.2 
 6. Harris, AZS K.1.1 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 9. Mahalbasic, Asseco0.8 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.8 


Bartlomiej Woloszyn re-upped with AZS Koszalin - by Eurobasket News

Bartlomiej Woloszyn (196-F-86, agency: AB Agency) re-upped with AZS Koszalin for another season. The 27-year old Polish player will enter another season with the team. In 35 games he recorded 7.3ppg and 2.2rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
Before Woloszyn played at Anwil (TBL) in Polish league. In 32 games he averaged 4.0ppg and 1.7rpg. He also played 2 games in VTB United League where he averaged just 2.5ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Woloszyn played in the final of Polish League in 2006 and 2010. He was selected to Polish League U21 All-Star Game back in 2006.
Woloszyn was also a member of Polish international program for some years. He played for Polish Senior National Team between 2007 and 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006. Woloszyn also represented Poland at the European Championships in Spain six years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 1.0ppg.
Woloszyn has played also professionally for other Polish teams like ZKS Stal Stalowa Wola, SMS PZKosz and AZS PR Radom.



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Ponce 23-13 
 2. Quebradillas 22-14 
 3. Santurce 20-16 
 4. Guayama 20-16 
 5. Guaynabo 20-16 
 6. Mayaguez 19-17 
 7. Arecibo 18-18 
 8. Humacao 18-18 
 9. San German 10-26 
 10. Bayamon 10-26 

Regular Season: Round 44

Jun. 23: Bayamon - Arecibo 93-100
Jun. 23: Ponce - Santurce 90-79
Jun. 23: Guaynabo - San German 103-93


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Harris, Ponce20.5 
 2. Diogu, Ponce20.1 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.9 
 4. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 5. Carmona, Humacao19.6 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.9 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.16.4 
 10. Lisch, Quebradill.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.4 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.2 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.8 
 4. Phillip, San German8.6 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Diogu, Ponce8.5 
 7. Harrellson, Chongq.8.2 
 8. Carmona, Humacao8.1 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
 10. Massie, San Germ.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.1 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.9 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas5.3 
 4. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.8 
 6. Rivera, Ponce4.8 
 7. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 8. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 9. Coronado, Guayama3.8 
 10. Copeland, San G.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.8 
 3. Coronado, Guayama1.7 
 4. Lisch, Quebradillas1.5 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.5 
 8. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 9. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 10. Rodriguez, Guaya.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Penn, Humacao2.5 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 5. Lee, Quebradillas1.3 
 6. Gates, Guayama1.3 
 7. Santiago, Guaynabo1.2 
 8. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 9. Balkman, Guayama1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Renaldo Balkman gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American forward Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for Guayama and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 43.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat Quebradillas (#2, 22-14) 85-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Guayama is placed at 3rd position in American BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guayama will need more victories to improve their 20-16 record. Balkman just recently signed at Guayama, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Renaldo Balkman averages this season 14.9ppg and 7.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 28-year old Jamaican power forward Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84) of Humacao. Uter impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Humacao cruised to a 84-75 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Santurce (#4, 20-16). Humacao's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-18 record is not bad and everything may still change. Uter is one of the most experienced players at Humacao and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was another Humacao's star - British V.Islands Kleon Penn (213-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports). Penn scored 12 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Humacao, helping his team with a 84-75 win against the higher-ranked Santurce (#4, 20-16). Humacao needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 18 lost games. Penn has a very solid season. In 35 games in Puerto Rico he scored 4.9ppg. He also has 4.8rpg, 2.5bpg and FGP: 68.3%. Penn attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Jackson (196-G-82) of Santurce - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Denis Clemente (183-PG-86) of Humacao - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Humacao - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Darnell Hinson (186-PG-80) of Guayama - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Juan Coronado (193-G-83) of Guayama - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Alexander Galindo (200-F-85) of Santurce - 20 points and 5 rebounds
10. Erick Rodriguez (190-G-79) of Guayama - 14 points and 2 assists

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



Balkman leads Brujos over Piratas - by Luis Modestti

Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) scored 24 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Brujos de Guayama over Piratas de Quebradillas 85-70.

Piratas wanted to secure first place with a lead but could not close the deal. Guayama finished the season with six wins in a row.

Guayama was more consistent offensively and found their defensive groove again, making them a tough opponent in the playoffs. Brujos finished the season with a 20-16 record.
Quebradillas could still finish first if Ponce loses tonight to Santurce.

Caciques-Gigantes secured seventh place by dominating Cangrejeros de Santurce 84-75. Alejandro Carmona scored 19 points and Adrian Uter 18 for the winners who are 18-18.

Santurce had Alex Galindo with 20 points and they finish their season tonight against Ponce.

Games for Sunday, June 23:

4:00pm Capitanes de Arecibo at Vaqueros de Bayamon
7:00pm Cangrejeros de Santurce at Leones de Ponce
7:30pm Atleticos de San German at Mets de Guaynabo (In Bayamon)



Capitanes sign D.J. Strawberry - by Luis Modestti


Capitanes de Arecibo signed guard D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland), he already reported to the team earlier in the week.

Strawberry had a great college career in Maryland and was selected in the second round by the Phoenix Suns in the 2007 NBA Draft. After playing shortly in the NBA he continued his career in Europe where he made stops in Italy, Lithuania, Israel and Croatia.

His last stop was in Cibona Zagreb in Croatia where he averaged 14,3 points in the league and 10,5 points in the Eurocup.

The team has not announced when he enters the roster or who he replaces. Arecibo has Jack Michael Martinez as one of their imports for the playoff round.

Capitanes finish the season today against Bayamon, they will finish in eighth place and face the top team in the league starting on Tuesday.



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Daniel Tudosa inks with CSM Oradea - by Eurobasket News

Daniel Tudosa (181-PG-87) inks with CSM Oradea for 2013/2014 season. The 26-year old Romanian point guard will come from BC Timisoara.
In 15 games last season he had 1.8ppg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the Romanian Cup Semifinals. Tudosa also played at Targu Mures (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league that season. In 11 games he recorded only 2.3ppg. The most of earlier season he spent at CSM Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 19 games he recorded 2.6ppg and 1.2apg. Tudosa also spent pre-season at CS Dinamo Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league that year.
His team won Romanian Cup in 2010. Tudosa represented Romania at the European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw (Poland) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 42.1%, 3FGP: 20%, FT: 73.3%.



Reinar Hallik re-upped with SCM CSU Craiova - by Eurobasket News

Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) re-upped with SCM CSU Craiova in Romania. He moved to the team last January and extended his contact.
He started the last season with U-Mobitelco (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 12 games he had 4.8ppg and 2.1rpg this season. Later for SCM CSU Craiova his stats read 6.6ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT-3 (48.1%), FT: 68.8%.
The earlier season Reinar Hallik played at BC Rakvere (KML) in Estonian league. In 31 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Hallik also played 14 games in Baltic League where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.7apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Great season indeed as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Honorable Mention.



Adrian Gutoaia is back to Asesoft Ploiesti - by Eurobasket News

Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) is back to Asesoft Ploiesti for the next season. The 23-year old Romanian center will come from Gaz Metan.
In 35 games he averaged 3.9ppg and 1.3rpg last season. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Gutoaia also played 11 games in EuroChallenge where he had just 1.1ppg. Before he played at CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 32 games he had 5.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Romanian League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Gutoaia received Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Most Improved Player of the Year award in 2011.
He was also a member of Romanian international program for some years. Gutoaia played for Romanian Senior National Team in 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. He represented Romania at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 70.0%.



Germany A2 edge Romania A2 in test game - by Eurobasket News

Germany A2 - Romania A2 66:57

German A2 (the one that will participate at the World Universiade) has played another test game. They took on Romanian A2 National Team in Trier. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G/F-92, college: Gonzaga) stepped up with 17 points to pace Germany to the victory.
Romania ensured the better start to the game. They accounted for an 11:7 lead after ten minutes. Germany increased the tempo in the second period. They cut the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 26:28. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Romania secured a narrow 42:44 lead heading into the fourth period. Germany however turned the tables in the final term. They went on a 24:13 run to snatch the victory. Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) delivered 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 8 points and 12 boards for the winners. Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) answered with 16 points for Romania. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) had 9 points in the loss.

Germany A2: Mathis Monninghoff 17, Anthony Canty 12, Stefan Schmidt 8+12 boards
Romania A2: Adrian Gutoaia 16, Bogdan Tibirna 9



Germany A2 hand second straight loss to Romania A2 - by Eurobasket News

Germany A2 - Romania A2 70:59

German University NT has played the second test game against their Romanian counterparts in Trier. The hosts proved the strength once again. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) came up with 13 points to pace Germany to an 11-point victory.
Germany started the game strong. They reeled off to a 23:9 lead at end of the opening quarter. The hosts stretched the lead in the second frame. Germany accounted for a 38:19 halftime advantage. Romania picked up the tempo in the third term. The visitors poured in 24 points and narrowed the deficit at 14-point mark. Romania held the hosts to 13 points in the fourth frame trimming the deficit but stopped just too short of victory. Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) delivered 11 points, while Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) produced 10 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) answered with 20 points for Romania. Vlad Dumitrescu (190-G-90) had 11 points in the loss.

Germany A2: Konstantin Klein 13, Anthony Canty 11, Stefan Schmidt 10+12 boards
Romania A2: Bogdan Tibirna 20, Vlad Dumitrescu 11



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  RUSSIA   


Russia University Team triumphs at Torneo di Mosciano - by Eurobasket News

Russia University Team - Georgia U20 98:47

Russia University Team triumphs at Torneo di Mosciano with 4 participating teams. The Students finished the tournament with a massive win against Georgia U20 98:47.
Russia University Team opened the game with 12 consecutive points and won the first period 28:10. They led 40:20 midway through the second frame and increased to 52:28 at the halftime. The second half also belonged to the more experienced team. Russia won the third quarter 23-11 and finished the game with a 23-8 surge. No matter how hard Russia tried to score three-digit number, they were satisfied with 98:47 victory.
Andrey Zubkovtop-scored for the winners with 14 points. Pavel Antipov (204-F-91) nailed 12, while Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) poured in 11. Beka Burjanadze (203-PF-94) finished the game with 15 points and Mikeladze added 9.

Russia University Team: Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91) 14, Pavel Antipov 12, Sergey Karasev 11
Georgia U20: Beka Burjanadze 15, Mikeladze 9



Australia U19 finished the Caceres campaign with the win over Russia U19 - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19-Australia U19 82:88

Australia U19 finished the Caceres campaign with the win over Russia U19. The team posted an 88:82 win over the European representative.
Australia dominated the first half of the game. They won the first period 25-18 and added 24-19 in the second frame. Russia woke up in the second half and responded with two narrow wins in the third and the last quarters. It was not however enough for the final victory.
Dante Exum (193-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Dane Pinkau nailed 17. Felix Von Hofe and Emmett Naar (186-G-94) delivered 10 points each. Stanislav Ilnitskiy erupted with 38 points and Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) followed him with 20 points.
Spain U19 wins Torneo de Caceres with 4 participating teams. The home side added 80:58 win against Argentina U19 to finish with 3-0 record.

Russia U19: Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) 38, Mikhail Kulagin 20
Australia U19: Dante Exum 27, Dane Pinkau 17, Felix Von Hofe 10, Emmett Naar 10



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  SEABA   


Thailand edge Malaysia to claim the trophy - by Eurobasket News

Thailand - Malaysia 73:63

The Thai National Team celebrated victory at the 2013 SEABA Championship. They overcame Malaysia in Medan to clinch the trophy. Both teams also achieve the goal of qualifying for the FIBA Asia Championship. Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Thailand in the final.
Malaysia got to the better start to the game. They recorded a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. But Thailand stiffened defensively in the second period. They held Malaysia to 10 points in the next quarter and pulled ahead for a narrow 35:34 halftime lead. Thailand dropped 22 points in the third period and ensured a 6-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Thailand kept Malaysia at bay throughout the fourth frame. The Malaysian team nailed just 12 points and had to surrender at the end. Sukhdave Ghogar produced 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Attaporn Lertmalaiporn finished with 10 points for Thailand. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) answered with 16 points for Malaysia. Hong Hoong Gan (186-G-90) had 14 points in the loss.

Thailand: Darongpan Apiromvilaichai 13+10 boards, Sukhdave Ghogar 12+10 boards, Attaporn Lertmalaiporn 10
Malaysia: Ban Sin Ooi 16, Hong Hoong Gan 14



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  SERBIA   


Impressive Vukosavljevic statistic on Maldives - by Zoran Popovic

After good season in Metalac Valjevo, Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia and Tundja Yambol, Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-F/C-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) moves to Maldives and play on impressive level. On last two games for Maldives team The Bows from Male Filip Vukosavljevic scored impressive 40 points and 30 rebounds and on second one 51 points and 14 boards. During the career Vukosavljevic played for Proleter Naftagas, Borac Cacak, AEK Larnacas, HKK Capljina Lasta and Rilski Sportist Samakov.


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  SLOVENIA   


Turkey U18 earns the second straight win in Torneo di Potenza - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18-Slovenia U18 63:61

Turkey U18 earns the second straight win in Torneo di Potenza. The team improved to 2-0 record after a 63:61 win against Slovenia U18.
Both team scored 14 points each in the first period. Then Turkey looked better in the game and reached 34-27 lead at the halftime. Slovenia was too far to give up and replied with a massive run in the third quarter to take 48:47 lead, but Turkey managed to grab the narrow final win.
Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Berk Ugurlu (191-G-96) posted 9. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) poured in 8 and Mehmet Sanli (205-C-95) finished the game with 7 points and 7 rebounds.
Croatia U18 meanwhile handed Italy U18 a thrilling loss in Day 2 of the Torneo di Potenza. Croatia posted a 77:76 win and improved to 1-1 record. Italy meanwhile dropped at 0-2 record.



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  SOUTH AFRICA   


NBL 2013/2014 Season! - by Elvis Dickson

Its barely two months before the official tip-off of the NBL 2013/2014 season. As the teams and players are putting finishing touches to their preparation, Basketball fans all over South Africa are waiting anxiously for some pre-season activities and games.

Basketball lovers are excited about the prospect of having a Professional Basketball League in the country. They simply cannot wait for September, when the stars will hit the hard wood to compete for a spot in the play-offs of the inaugural National Basketball League Championship Trophy.

One of the NBL teams, Egoli Magics has already kicked off their preparation by visiting neighbouring country Mozambique, for an international tournament.

We will post updates about try-outs and game schedules as they become available.



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  SPAIN   

Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Doellman, Valencia15.9 
 3. Feldeine, Mad-Croc15.9 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.6 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.4 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Toolson, Unicaja14.2 
 8. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.8 
 9. Fisher, FIATC J.13.8 
 10. Norel, CAI Zarago.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Martin, Blancos7.1 
 2. Hunter, Jiangsu TX6.8 
 3. Nelson, G.Canari.6.4 
 4. Tomic, FCB Regal6.3 
 5. Lewis, UCAM M.6.2 
 6. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 7. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.0 
 8. Kendall, Blusens M.5.9 
 9. Norel, CAI Zaragoza5.9 
 10. Gaffney, FIATC J.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.5.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.2 
 5. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 6. Markovic, Valencia4.1 
 7. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
 8. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
 9. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.5 
 10. Granger, Asefa E.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Doellman, Valencia1.9 
 2. Kirksay, Bucaneros1.7 
 3. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 4. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.6 
 5. Finley, Lagun A.1.6 
 6. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 7. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 8. Markovic, Valencia1.4 
 9. Rodriguez, UCAM M.1.3 
 10. Hanga, Assignia M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Mad-Croc
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.5 
 2. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 3. Mejri, Blusens M.1.5 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Hunter, Jiangsu TX1.1 
 7. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 8. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 9. Tomic, FCB Regal1.0 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 


Marc Gasol confirms his presence at Eurobasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) confirms his presence at Eurobasket 2013. The 28-year old center Marc Gasol gave the Spanish fans more confidence after some players announced their absence.
Marc finished another season with Memphis Grizzlies in NBA. In 95 games he had 14.6ppg, 7.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.8bpg this season. A very impressive year as he was voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year, named to 2nd Team and named to All-Defensive 2nd Team. The last season Gasol played also at the Grizzlies in NBA. In 72 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 8.7rpg, 3.1apg and 1.9bpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to NBA All-Star Game.
In 2007 he was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) in second round (48th overall).Gasol was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. He played for Spanish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2005. Marc Gasol also represented Spain at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 12.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 70.3%.



Spain U19 wins Torneo de Caceres - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19-Argentina U19 80:58

Spain U19 wins Torneo de Caceres with 4 participating teams. The home side added 80:58 win against Argentina U19 to finish with 3-0 record.
Argentina won the first period 14-13, but could not follow the hosts in the rest of the game. Spain replied with a 20-16 rally in the second period and then added 26-14 surge in the third quarter. Moreover Spain finished the game with a 21-14 and triumphed at the tournament.
Oriol Pauli (201-G-94) and Josep Perez (184-PG-94) led the way with 14 points each, while Juan Saiz (204-PF-94) added 12. Albert Homs (203-F-94, agency: Interperformances) delivered 11 points in a win. Pedro Barral (183-PG-94) answered with 11 points in the losing effort and Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96) as well as Torres had 9 each. Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) poured in 7 points in a loss.
In another game Australia U19 finished the Caceres campaign with the win over Russia U19. The team posted an 88:82 win over the European representative.

Spain U19: Oriol Pauli 14, Josep Perez 14, Juan Saiz 12, Albert Homs 11
Argentina U19: Pedro Barral 11, Juan Vaulet 9, Torres 9, Matias Bernardini 7



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  SWEDEN   


Sweden U16 continue preparation for European Championship - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16 continue preparation for European Championship. At first Denmark U16 overcame Sweden U16 66:55. The latter started with a 15-14 lead, but Denmark tied the game at the halftime. For Sweden Jakob Bodin and Samuel Berkelund (201-SF-97) scored 11 points each. Gustav Ericson (187-PG-97) netted 9, while Gustav Malmstrom (197-PF-97) brought 8.
Later Sweden U16 overcame England U16 in Bristol. Trailing 3 points at the end of the first period, the Scandinavian team tied the game at the halftime after a 13-10 rally. Moreover Sweden grabbed the lead after a 19-15 in the third period and won the game. Tobias Sjoberg (201-C-97) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Craig Lecesne netted 12. Samuel Berkelund brought 11 and Jakob Bodin had 9.
In another game against England U16, Sweden U16 celebrated a 72:59 win. Sweden started the game with 22-9 lead and never looked behind after. England U16 posted 19-18 in the third period and then added 17-15 in the third frame but it was not enough to catch up with the opponents. Sweden closed the game with a 17-14 finish and grabbed 13-point win.



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  TAIWAN   

Stats Leaders

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



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  THAILAND   


2013 SEABA Championship: Thailand edge Malaysia to claim the trophy - by Eurobasket News

Thailand - Malaysia 73:63

The Thai National Team celebrated victory at the 2013 SEABA Championship. They overcame Malaysia in Medan to clinch the trophy. Both teams also achieve the goal of qualifying for the FIBA Asia Championship. Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Thailand in the final.
Malaysia got to the better start to the game. They recorded a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. But Thailand stiffened defensively in the second period. They held Malaysia to 10 points in the next quarter and pulled ahead for a narrow 35:34 halftime lead. Thailand dropped 22 points in the third period and ensured a 6-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Thailand kept Malaysia at bay throughout the fourth frame. The Malaysian team nailed just 12 points and had to surrender at the end. Sukhdave Ghogar produced 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Attaporn Lertmalaiporn finished with 10 points for Thailand. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) answered with 16 points for Malaysia. Hong Hoong Gan (186-G-90) had 14 points in the loss.

Thailand: Darongpan Apiromvilaichai 13+10 boards, Sukhdave Ghogar 12+10 boards, Attaporn Lertmalaiporn 10
Malaysia: Ban Sin Ooi 16, Hong Hoong Gan 14



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  TRBL   


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

USBasket.com All-TRBL 1st Team 2013
Chris Moore
Moore
Terrell Smith
Smith
Josh Gross
Gross
Brandon Streeter
Streeter
Malachai Jones
Jones

Tournament MVP: Sean Barnette (6'6''-F-86) of PT Players
Player of the Year: Chris Moore (6'2''-G-86) of PT Players
Guard of the Year: Chris Moore (6'2''-G-86) of PT Players
Forward of the Year: Brandon Streeter (6'6''-F-84) of Fayetteville C.
Center of the Year: Malachai Jones (6'8''-C) of PT Players
Coach of the Year: Chris Thomas of PT Players

1st Team
G: Chris Moore (6'2''-G-86) of PT Players
G: Terrell Smith (6'3''-G-85) of PT Players
G/F: Josh Gross (6'7''-G/F-83) of HoopForLyfe
F: Brandon Streeter (6'6''-F-84) of Fayetteville C.
C: Malachai Jones (6'8''-C) of PT Players

2nd Team
G: Corey Evans (6'7''-G-75) of Cary Invasion
F/C: DeShawn McLean (6'7''-F/C) of Fayetteville C.
PG: Freddie Little (6'1''-PG-86) of Cary Invasion
G: Leon Frazier (6'4''-G-86) of Carolina G.
F: Nathan Priest (6'7''-F) of Big Texas

Honorable Mention
Daniel Jackson (6'7''-F) of Cary Invasion
Desi Crisp (6'4''-G/F-80) of Carolina G.
Brett Blizzard (6'3''-G-80) of Wilmington SD
Sean Barnette (6'6''-F-86) of PT Players
Charles Gamble (6'4''-G/F-87) of Big Texas
Cory Farmer (6'3''-G-80) of HoopForLyfe
Jamel Carpenter (6'2''-G/F) of Wilmington SD
Omar Jones (6'5''-F) of Big Texas
Mark Carson (6'6''-F-87) of HoopForLyfe
Norman Carter (6'5''-F-85) of Greensboro C.



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  TURKEY   

TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.24.3 
 2. Kambala, Pi Koleji22.4 
 3. Reese, Baskent21.3 
 4. Hall, Darussafaka17.9 
 5. Knox, Vestel17.7 
 6. Nelson, Akhisar Bld17.5 
 7. Sykes, Bucaneros17.4 
 8. Lowery, Balikesir17.3 
 9. El-Amin, Trabzons.17.1 
 10. Brown, Humacao16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 KZell WESSON
  Baskent .
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Wesson, Baskent13.6 
 2. Bristol, Polzela12.2 
 3. Kambala, Pi Koleji12.2 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.6 
 5. Moses, Final Gencl.10.1 
 6. Pasco, Balikesir9.7 
 7. Miller, Istanbul.9.7 
 8. Sykes, Bucaneros9.3 
 9. Knox, Vestel8.9 
 10. Ofoegbu, Bourg8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.6.5 
 2. Dobie, Trabzonspor5.8 
 3. Grier, Pi Koleji5.2 
 4. Hall, Darussafaka4.8 
 5. El-Amin, Trabzons.4.7 
 6. Porrini, Gelisim4.6 
 7. Sahillioglu, Pi Ko.4.5 
 8. Williams, Maliye M.4.2 
 9. Lowery, Balikesir3.9 
 10. Kan, Baskent3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Pi Koleji
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grier, Pi Koleji2.6 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.3 
 3. Brown, Humacao2.0 
 4. Reed, Pertevniyal2.0 
 5. Waller, San Lazaro1.9 
 6. Lowery, Balikesir1.8 
 7. Celebioglu, Gelisim1.7 
 8. Turna, Bandirma.1.6 
 9. Gordon, Yesilgires.1.6 
 10. Erol, Gelisim1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Raymond SYKES
  Bucaneros
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Sykes, Bucaneros1.6 
 2. Bristol, Polzela1.6 
 3. Wesson, Baskent1.3 
 4. Knox, Vestel1.3 
 5. Johnson, Istanbul.1.2 
 6. Morrow, Akhisar0.9 
 7. Carter, Nippon T.0.9 
 8. Brown, Pertevniyal0.9 
 9. Pasco, Balikesir0.8 
 10. Ofoegbu, Bourg0.7 


Bourg lands Flowers - by Eurobasket News

JL Bourg Basket (ProB) signed 24-year old American forward John Flowers (200-98kg-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management). This season Flowers played at Denain Voltaire. In 30 games he was second best scorer with impressive 20.6ppg and recorded 6.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg (in top 5). A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention. The last season he played at Saitama Broncos (BJ League) in Japan. In 40 games he averaged remarkable 19.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg.

He graduated from West Virginia University in 2011 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Turkey U18 earns the second straight win in Torneo di Potenza - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18-Slovenia U18 63:61

Turkey U18 earns the second straight win in Torneo di Potenza. The team improved to 2-0 record after a 63:61 win against Slovenia U18.
Both team scored 14 points each in the first period. Then Turkey looked better in the game and reached 34-27 lead at the halftime. Slovenia was too far to give up and replied with a massive run in the third quarter to take 48:47 lead, but Turkey managed to grab the narrow final win.
Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Berk Ugurlu (191-G-96) posted 9. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) poured in 8 and Mehmet Sanli (205-C-95) finished the game with 7 points and 7 rebounds.
Croatia U18 meanwhile handed Italy U18 a thrilling loss in Day 2 of the Torneo di Potenza. Croatia posted a 77:76 win and improved to 1-1 record. Italy meanwhile dropped at 0-2 record.



Lithuania U19 beat Turkey U20 in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19-Turkey U20 78:65

Lithuania U19 beat Turkey U20 in Kaunas. The home side posted a 78:65 win in the preparation campaign for U19 Wold Championship.
Lithuania started with 15-14 lead and added massive 28-16 in the second period. Turkey managed to reply with a 19-15 rally in the thrid period, but could not come closer to the hosts. The Baltic side won the last period 20-16 and grabbed a 13-point victory.
Mantvydas Staselis (190-G/F-94) top-scored for the winners with 12 points, while Jokubas Gintvainis (191-SF-94) and Augustinas Jankaitis (202-C-94) netted 11 each. Donatas Tarolis (201-F-94) poured in 10, whilst Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) and Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) had 9 each. Samet Geyik (205-F-93) answered with 16 points in defeat and Hasan Sami Erdogan posted 9. Erbil Eroglu (195-PG-93) nailed 8, while Berkay Candan (204-F-93) had 7.

Lithuania U19: Mantvydas Staselis 12 points, Jokubas Gintvainis 11, Augustinas Jankaitis 11, Donatas Tarolis 10, Lukas Lekavicius 9, Tomas Dimsa 9
Turkey U20: Samet Geyik 16, Hasan Sami Erdogan 9, Erbil Eroglu 8, Berkay Candan 7



Sinan Guler to Galatasaray - by Efe Gorkem

Back to Euroleague after one season, Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul is working hard to renew the roster. After the retirement of Boniface Ndong (213-C-77),, Istanbul team is in search for a center.

During this search, Galatasaray strengthen its roster with a Turkish National Team player. Sinan Guler (192-SG-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll, MT) signed a two year contract with Galatasaray. Guler was a free agent after his contract with Anadolu Efes ended. Yesterday Efes GM Engin Ozerhun announced that club had plans to keep Guler in the roster.

30 year old Sinan Guler has a five year Euroleague experience on his belt. In 22 games last season, Guler averaged 3 points in 10 minutes per game.



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Israel U20 closed the series in Kyiv with the win - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20-Israel U20 64:82

Israel U20 closed the series in Kyiv with the win. Israeli team grabbed an 82:64 win against Ukraine U20 in Game 3.
After two narrow losses in the first games Israel tried to win at least the initial game. Ukraine meanwhile started with 24-17 lead and led 6 points at the halftime. Only after the break Israel dominate the court. They erupted with a 28-8 surge in the third quarter and added 18-14 in the last period.
Igor Koulchov top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Golan Gutt and Rafael Menco netted 12 points each. Tomer Giant ended up with 11 points in the winning effort. Vladyslav Korenjuk replied with 18 points in defeat and Illya Zhukovskyy (197-SF-93) scored 15. Danyyl Zuykov nailed 13, while Kristian Lugovtsov (197-F-94) had 6.

Ukraine U20: Vladyslav Korenjuk 18, Illya Zhukovskyy (197-SF-93) 15, Danyyl Zuykov 13, Kristian Lugovtsov (197-F-94) 6
Israel U20: Egor Koulechov (194-SF-94) 13, Golan Gutt (194-G-94) 12, Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) 12, Tomer Giant 11



China roll past Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

China - Ukraine 75:67

China registered victory in the test game against Ukraine. Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) scored 13 points to lead the hosts.
Ukraine got to a slightly better start. The European side eked out a 17:15 advantage after the starting quarter. China gradually picked up the tempo. They narrowed the deficit to a single point at halftime 29:30. China surged ahead in the third term. They dropped 24 points in the period and grabbed a 5-point lead at the final break 53:48. China went on a 22:19 run in the fourth frame to seal the win. Han Shuo (196-G-86) and Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Li XiaoXu (206-C-90) had 11 points in the victory. Igor Zaytsev (210-C-89) was the best scorer for Ukraine. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday.



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Williams Joins Wolves - by Paul Nilsen

While Worcester Wolves' coach Paul James has stated that talks are ongoing with forward Kai Williams about a return to the city, he is able to confirm the capture of his elder brother Jamal Williams (196-F-86) from the Plymouth University Raiders.

Canadian-born Jamal has played in the BBL for several seasons. After just a few weeks with Cheshire Jets at the start of 2010, he made the short hop over to Mersey Tigers where he was a member of their triple-trophy winning squad. For the last couple of years Jamal has plied his trade in Plymouth, averaging five points and three rebounds in just under 20 minutes of action per game.

Jamal explained the reasoning behind his decision to join the Wolves: "I'm looking forward to the opportunity in Worcester. My brother had nothing but good things to say about Paul James and about the Wolves office. As a result it was any easy decision to make."

James is pleased to add 26-year-old Williams to his side, saying: "Jamal is a really talented player, has plenty of experience of this league and more importantly has been a winner in the BBL. He has a blue-collar work ethic and will do whatever is asked of him to make the team better. Jamal is going to have an opportunity to show his full potential as a player within our programme and I'm very much looking forward to working with him."

Asked whether there could be a pair of Williams in Worcester next season, James replied: "I'd like to have Kai come back. He only played part of the season for us and will improve when getting deeper into our system. It's great that Jamal is joining us and I certainly think that they would complement each other's games."



England U16 lost the the Scandivanian representative in Bristol - by Eurobasket News

England U16 lost the the Scandivanian representative in Bristol in two games. At first Sweden U16 overcame England U16 66:55 in Bristol. Trailing 3 points at the end of the first period, the Scandinavian team tied the game at the halftime after a 13-10 rally. Moreover Sweden grabbed the lead after a 19-15 in the third period and won the game. Tobias Sjoberg (201-C-97) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Craig Lecesne (196-PG-97) netted 12. Samuel Berkelund (201-SF-97) brought 11 and Jakob Bodin had 9.
In another game against England U16, Sweden U16 celebrated a 72:59 win. Sweden started the game with 22-9 lead and never looked behind after. England U16 posted 19-18 in the third period and then added 17-15 in the third frame but it was not enough to catch up with the opponents. Sweden closed the game with a 17-14 finish and grabbed 13-point win.



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Uruguay defeated Argentina 83-77 - by Hector Lopez

Uruguay defeated Argentina 83-77 during a friendly game played in the Uruguayan city of Paysandu, as both teams begin tjeir training to play the Fiba Americas tournament, in Caracas next August. For Uruguay, without their main players, Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) scored 23 points with 5/7 from the three points line and Mathias Calfani (202-C-92) added 25 and 6 rebounds. For Argentina, Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) scored 18 points and Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) added 12.
Other scorers for Uruguay were Nicolas Catala 3 , Luciano Parodi 3, Federico Haller 4, Federico Alvarez 2, Martin Aguilera 10, Hernando Caceres 2, Nicolas Borsellino 5 Sebastian Izaguirre 6. Withou points Marcos Cabot and Emiliano Baston.
Other scorers for Argentina: Nicolas Richotti 9, Facundo Campazzo 8, Nicolas Laprovittola 6, Adrian Boccia 4, Selem Safar 8 Marcos Delia 8, Juan Manuel Torres 4. Without points Federico Van Lacke and Matias Bortolin



Results for the Metro League 3rd round - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro League (11th round)
Capitol 84 - Luis De Leon (193-F-88) 25 pts5 reb Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 16 pts. 7 reb. Juan Wenzel (190-G-89) 20 pts. 6 assists
Yale 70 - Emilio Dominguez (202-C-87) 13 pts. 3 reb. Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) 16 pts 11 reb.
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Cader 73 - Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 15 pts. 16 reb. 2 blocks 4 assists, Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) 18 pts. 2 reb. Damian Mujica (195-F-86) 11 pts. 7 reb.
Welcome 68 - Santiago Moglia (196-F-89) 17 pts. 7 reb. Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: Two Points, college: Cumberland) 10 pts. 16 reb. 6 blocks, David Oviedo (180-PG-86) 13 pts. 3 reb.



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Final Stage
 1. Marinos 5-1 
 2. Cocodrilos 4-2 
 3. Bucaneros 3-3 
 4. Gigantes 0-6 
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 6

Jun. 23: Gigantes - Bucaneros 74-89
Jun. 23: Marinos - Cocodrilos 65-63

Third Stage: Round 7

Jun. 25: Cocodrilos - Marinos
Jun. 25: Bucaneros - Gigantes



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  WBA   


WBA week #3 - by Leroy McMath

Week three kicks off in WBA with a bang!

June 23, 2013, ATLANTA, GA- The WBA kicked off week 3 with exciting games Friday and Saturday night. The 2012 WBA champs, Upstate Heat, came up short in College Park (Atlanta) falling to league leader the Atlanta Gamers in Friday nights buzzer beater 98 to 97. The Gamers was lead by Ohio State Evan Ravenel with 22 points. Saturday night, the champs bounced back with a 128-114 win over a strong Rome team in Anderson. Roy Brown had 25 points for the Heat and David Lawson had 39 for Rome. In other action, Atlanta Gamers downed Georgia Magic 96 to 89. Evan Ravenel lead all scores with 36. Check out WBA schedule for games in your area.

WBA (World Basketball Association Foundation) is an exposure league dedicated to developing, teaching and exposing its players to domestic and international scouts while providing the public with an exciting brand of athletic entertainment.

The WBA consists of 5 teams, The Conyers Court Kings, Atlanta Gamers, Georgia Magic, Upstate Heat, and the Rome Gladiators. Games are played every Friday and Saturday leading up to the end of the regular season on July 27th. The playoffs begin Friday, August 2nd and the season champions will be crowned at Phillips Arena August 20th at 12:30 p.m. in a double header with the Atlanta Dreams!

All of these teams compete against each other for the greater good of the community and the betterment of the players and coaching staff. The league is sponsored by Streetz 94.5, Fairfield Inn Gwinnett Place, Chick-Fil-A, Let's move Campaign and The Mixtape Hero.

To keep up with scores, player stats, and league schedule or for more information on the WBA exposure league visit www.wbaball.net or call 678-949-9309.






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Women News


FIBA Americas U16: Argentina thump Costa Rica to finish 7th - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U16 - Costa Rica U16 58:29

Argentina occupied the seventh overall position at the U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico. They knocked down Costa Rica on the final day of the tournament. Julieta Giorgetti (180-C-97) stepped up with 12 points and 6 boards to lead the winners.
Argentina took a 17:10 lead after the opening quarter. They limited Costa Rica to just 3 points in the second period building a 29:13 halftime lead. Costa Rica tried to return into the contest in the third term. They narrowed the gap at 15-point mark before the fourth frame. But Argentina capped the regulation with a 16:2 run to seal the victory. Ana Paz (178-F-97) notched 10 points and 11 boards, while Martina Rodriguez (162-G-97) added 10 points for the winners. Kathylee Pinnock (163-SG-98) answered with 10 points for Costa Rica. Paula Mora (169-SF-97) chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Argentina U16: Julieta Giorgetti 12, Ana Paz 10+11 boards, Martina Rodriguez 10
Costa Rica U16: Kathylee Pinnock 10, Paula Mora 7



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  BELARUS   


EuroBasket 2013: France wins Group F - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-France 50:58

France wins Group F at the EuroBasket 2013. The hosts remained undefeated at the tournament with a 58:50 win.
It was the game for the first position in the Group. Belarus knew however in case of the loss they would drop to the third place. France started with a 12-7 lead and then added 14-13 rally in the second period. In the third quarter the hosts continued to dominate the court and posted19-14 for 11-point advantage. France opened the last period with a 6-2 run and then Gomis brought 53:36. Leuchanka and Yacoubou exchanged the baskets for 55:38, while Tarasava reduced the gap to 15 points. Papova later scored 4 points in a row for 58:48 and Haradzetskaya made the final result in the game.
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) nailed 12. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) poured in 7, while Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) added 6. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) replied with 16 points in defeat, whilst Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) nailed 9 and Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) added 7.

Belarus: Katerina Snytsina 16, Yelena Leuchanka 9, Anastasiya Veremeenko 7
France: Sandrine Gruda 18, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 12, Celine Dumerc 7, Emilie Gomis 6



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  BELGIUM   


Kangoeroes Basket Boom add Canadian Krysten Boogaard - by Eurobasket News

Kangoeroes Basket Boom add Canadian Krysten Boogaard (195-C-88, college: Kansas) for the next season. The Belgian team got bigger with the new center.
Krysten Boogaard played last time at Cavigal Nice Basket 06 in France. In 21 LFB games she had 6.0ppg and 3.5rpg last season. Boogaard was voted Big 12 All-Freshman Team back in 2008 at her college time.
Boogaard has been also a member of Canadian international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006. Boogaard represented Canada at the World Championships U21 in Moscow Region (Russia) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.8ppg, 3.8rpg.
Boogaard graduated from University of Kansas in 2011.



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FIBA Americas U16: Brazil clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U16-Mexico U16 70:56

Brazil clinch Bronze at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women. The team overcame Mexico 70:56 in the game for the 3-4 places.
It was Mexico to take control of the first half. The team grabbed a 16-14 lead at the end of the first period and led 2 points at the halftime. Brazil however needed a strong second half to win the game. They won the third period 14-9 and added 26-15 in the last period.
Wytalla Motta (182-F/C-97) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Mariane De Carvalho (182-F-97) netted 15. Fabiola Alexandrino (184-C-97) delivered 13, whilst Larissa Carneiro (164-G-97) scored 7. Nayeli Ortiz (174-SF-98) finished the game with 12 points as Mexico finished on a high 4th place. Carlota Martin (160-PG-98) delievered 10 and Viridiana Mazzocco (184-PF-97) had 9.

Brazil U16: Wytalla Motta 18, Mariane De Carvalho 15, Fabiola Alexandrino 13, Larissa Carneiro 7
Mexico U16: Nayeli Ortiz 12, Carlota Martin 10, Viridiana Mazzocco 9



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FIBA Americas U16: Durr Asia and Samuelson Katie combine for 50 points to defend the title with USA - by Eurobasket News

USA U16-Canada U16 82:48

Asia Durr (5'11''-G-97) and Katie Samuelson (6'3''-G/F-97) combine for 50 points to defend the title with USA at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women. The latter overcame Canada 82:48 in the Final game to clinch another title.
It was a great start for Canada that did not allow the favorites to dominate the court in the first half. Both teams scored 9 points each in the first period and then added 18 points apiece in the second frame. The third quarter was decisive in the game as USA erupted with a 31-7 surge for the final lead. They also added 24-14 in the last period to seal the victory.
Asia Durr paced all the winners with 26 points and Katie Samuelson added 24. Lauren Cox (6'4''-F-98) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Crystal Dangerfield (5'5''-G-98) notched 8. Lauren Yearwood (6'3''-C) replied with 15 points for Canada that finished second. Hailey Brown (6'1''-F) notched 12 and Bridget Charleton (6'1''-G) poured in 9.

USA U16: Asia Durr 26, Katie Samuelson 24, Lauren Cox 10+12 rebs, Crystal Dangerfield 8
Canada U16: Lauren Yearwood 15, Hailey Brown 12, Bridget Charleton 9



Kangoeroes Basket Boom add Canadian Krysten Boogaard - by Eurobasket News

Kangoeroes Basket Boom add Canadian Krysten Boogaard (195-C-88, college: Kansas) for the next season. The Belgian team got bigger with the new center.
Krysten Boogaard played last time at Cavigal Nice Basket 06 in France. In 21 LFB games she had 6.0ppg and 3.5rpg last season. Boogaard was voted Big 12 All-Freshman Team back in 2008 at her college time.
Boogaard has been also a member of Canadian international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006. Boogaard represented Canada at the World Championships U21 in Moscow Region (Russia) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.8ppg, 3.8rpg.
Boogaard graduated from University of Kansas in 2011.



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FIBA Americas U16: Argentina thump Costa Rica to finish 7th - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U16 - Costa Rica U16 58:29

Argentina occupied the seventh overall position at the U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico. They knocked down Costa Rica on the final day of the tournament. Julieta Giorgetti (180-C-97) stepped up with 12 points and 6 boards to lead the winners.
Argentina took a 17:10 lead after the opening quarter. They limited Costa Rica to just 3 points in the second period building a 29:13 halftime lead. Costa Rica tried to return into the contest in the third term. They narrowed the gap at 15-point mark before the fourth frame. But Argentina capped the regulation with a 16:2 run to seal the victory. Ana Paz (178-F-97) notched 10 points and 11 boards, while Martina Rodriguez (162-G-97) added 10 points for the winners. Kathylee Pinnock (163-SG-98) answered with 10 points for Costa Rica. Paula Mora (169-SF-97) chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Argentina U16: Julieta Giorgetti 12, Ana Paz 10+11 boards, Martina Rodriguez 10
Costa Rica U16: Kathylee Pinnock 10, Paula Mora 7



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EuroBasket 2013: Great Britain edge Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - Croatia 85:79

Great Britain recorded victory on the final day of action in EuroBasket Group F. They held off Croatia but still could not make it into the quarterfinals. The victory of Serbia over Czech Republic earlier in the day left Great Britain in the fifth position in the ladder. Croatia remained at the bottom of the standings after the loss. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) came up with impressive 26 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
Great Britain overcame a 5-point deficit midway through the opening quarter to post a 19:13 lead at the end of the starting ten minutes. Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) opened the second frame with five straight points to boost the lead. Soon Azania Stewart (195-C-89, college: Florida) gave Great Britain a 12-point lead 28:16. They held Croatia at 10-point distance at halftime 44:34. Great Britain maintained the lead throughout the third period. They accumulated a 64:54 lead heading into the fourth stanza. However Croatia ignited an 8:1 run to narrow the gap at 2-point mark 67:69 midway through the final term. Johannah Leedham and Kimberly Butler stopped the bleeding with four points as Great Britain regained control. Johannah Leedham opened a 7-point lead within the final minute of regulation and they marched to the victory at the end. Kimberly Butler finished with 17 points and 6 boards, while Azania Stewart added 9 points for Great Britain. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) responded with 17 points, 15 boards and 5 assists for Croatia. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) and Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) delivered 14 points each in the loss.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 26+10 assists, Kimberly Butler 17, Azania Stewart 9
Croatia: Ana Lelas 17+15 boards, Jelena Ivezic 14, Iva Sliskovic 14



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EuroBasket 2013: Serbia claimed the third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic-Serbia 59:75

Serbia claimed the third straight win at EuroBasket 2014. The team ensured the quarterfinal appearance with a 75:59 win. Czech Republic finished fourth in the group due to the victory 2 days ago against United Kingdom and will take on the winner of Group E in the Quarterfinals.
Serbia started the game with 15-11 lead and added massive 21-4 run in the second period. Actually the game was done at that time, but Serbia did not slow down. Although Czech Republic looked better in the second half they could not catch up with the opponents. Vyoralova and Hindrakova reduced to 69:52, while Hindrakova reduced to 15 points. Jovana Rad (187-PF-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed a three for 72:54 and Zrustova scored two free throws for 72:56. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) and Zrustova exchanged the last shots for the final 75:59 result.
Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Jovana Rad notched 14. Jelena Milovanovic delivered 13, while Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) added 9. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) answered with 15 points in the losing effort and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) had 12. Tereza Vyoralova (175-SG-94) poured in 9, whilst Ilona Burgrova (194-C-84, college: S.Carolina) added 7.

Czech Republic: Michaela Zrustova 15, Petra Kulichova 12, Tereza Vyoralova 9, Ilona Burgrova 7
Serbia: Milica Dabovic 17, Jovana Rad 14, Jelena Milovanovic 13, Dajana Butulija 9



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Women)

Standings
Group E
1. Spain4-0
2. Turkey4-0
3. Italy2-2
4. Montenegro.1-3
5. Sweden1-3
6. Slovakia0-4
Group F
1. France5-0
2. Serbia3-2
3. Belarus3-2
4. Czech Rep.2-3
5. U.Kingdom2-3
6. Croatia0-5
Group Places 13-16
1. Lithuania1-2
2. Russia1-2
3. Ukraine0-3
4. Latvia0-3

Second Stage: Round 3

E

Jun. 24: MNT - ITA
Jun. 24: SWE - SVK
Jun. 24: ESP - TUR

F

Jun. 23: ENG - CRO 85-79
Jun. 23: CZE - SRB 59-75
Jun. 23: BLR - FRA 50-58


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Jelena DUBLJEVIC
  MNT
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Dubljevic, USK P.17.2 
 2. Leedham, Bourges16.8 
 3. Lyttle, Atlanta D.16.6 
 4. Eldebrink, Rivas E.16.2 
 5. Sottana, Familia15.0 
 6. Torrens, Galatasa.14.6 
 7. Zrustova, USK Pra.13.7 
 8. Perovanovic, Nadez.13.4 
 9. Lelas, Lattes M.12.8 
 10. Yacoubou-D., Fene.12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.10.6 
 2. Leuchanka, Atlan.9.3 
 3. Perovanovic, Nadez.7.4 
 4. Leedham, Bourges7.3 
 5. Lelas, Lattes M.7.3 
 6. Ress, Lucca7.2 
 7. Kulichova, Good A.7.0 
 8. Kupcikova, Good A.6.8 
 9. Caglar, Galatasaray6.8 
 10. Yacoubou-D., Fene.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Isil ALBEN
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Alben, Galatasaray4.8 
 2. Vardarli, Fener.4.6 
 3. Leedham, Bourges4.5 
 4. Palau, USK Praha3.8 
 5. Dubljevic, USK P.3.6 
 6. Skerovic, USK Praha3.4 
 7. Bortelova, DSK K.3.2 
 8. Eldebrink, Cagliar.3.2 
 9. Ciglar, Novi Zagreb3.2 
 10. Lawson-Wade, Lat.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.4 
 2. Sujova, Samorin1.8 
 3. Kupcikova, Good A.1.8 
 4. Dabovic, Partizan1.8 
 5. Yacoubou-D., Fener.1.7 
 6. Leedham, Bourges1.7 
 7. Dabovic, Dynamo M.1.7 
 8. Gil, Rivas Ecopolis1.6 
 9. Skerovic, USK Praha1.6 
 10. Radocaj, Partizan1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  CZE
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kulichova, Good A.2.3 
 2. Ress, Lucca2.2 
 3. Veremeenko, Fener.2.0 
 4. Lyttle, Atlanta D.1.4 
 5. Burgrova, USK Praha1.2 
 6. Miyem, Bourges0.8 
 7. Vynuchalova, Samor.0.8 
 8. Stewart, Bacsb.0.7 
 9. Snytsina, Chevaka.0.7 
 10. Lukacovicova, MB.0.6 



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  FIBA AMERICAS U16   


USA clinch crown in Cancun - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
USA - Canada 82-48
Asia Durr (180-G-97) and Katie Samuelson (191-G/F-97) combine for 50 points to defend the title with USA at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women. The latter overcame Canada 82:48 in the Final game to clinch another title. It was a great start for Canada that did not allow the favorites to dominate the court in the first half. Both teams scored 9 points each in the first period and then added 18 points apiece in the second frame. The third quarter was decisive in the game as USA erupted with a 31-7 surge for the final lead. They also added 24-14 in the last period to seal the victory. Asia Durr paced all the winners with 26 points and Katie Samuelson added 24. Cox Lauren collected 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Dangerfield Crystal notched 8. Lauren Yearwood (191-C) replied with 15 points for Canada that finished second. Brown Hailey notched 12 and Charleton Bridget poured in 9.
3-4 Place
Brazil - Mexico 70-56
Brazil clinch Bronze at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women. The team overcame Mexico 70:56 in the game for the 3-4 places. It was Mexico to take control of the first half. The team grabbed a 16-14 lead at the end of the first period and led 2 points at the halftime. Brazil however needed a strong second half to win the game. They won the third period 14-9 and added 26-15 in the last period. Wytalla Motta (182-F/C-97) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Mariane De Carvalho (182-F-97) netted 15. Alexandrino Fabiola delivered 13, whilst Carneiro Larissa scored 7. Nayeli Ortiz (174-SF-98) finished the game with 12 points as Mexico finished on a high 4th place. Martin Carlota delivered 10 and Mazzocco Viridiana had 9.

5-6 Place
Venezuela - Puerto Rico 60-84
Puerto Rico claimed the fifth overall position at the U16 FIBA Americas Championship. They held off Venezuela on the final day of the tournament in Cancun. Gladyshka Gerena (165-PG-97) notched 17 points to lead the winners. Puerto Rico set the tone early in the game. They went on a massive 26:10 rally in the opening frame. Puerto Rico stayed in the commanding lead throughout the second quarter. They established a massive 46:21 halftime lead. But Venezuela struck right back in the third term. They sparked a 20:9 run in the period to cut the distance. Puerto Rico answered with a 29-point outburst in the final period and sealed the victory. Lizdania Marrero (178-SF-98) contributed 12 points for Puerto Rico. Anybeth Barrios and Diadenis Vitrago chipped in 6 points each for Venezuela. Laury Garcia (174-SF-97) produced 13 points in the loss.

7-8 Place
Argentina - Costa Rica 58-29
Argentina occupied the seventh overall position at the U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico. They knocked down Costa Rica on the final day of the tournament. Julieta Giorgetti (180-C-97) stepped up with 12 points and 6 boards to lead the winners. Argentina took a 17:10 lead after the opening quarter. They limited Costa Rica to just 3 points in the second period building a 29:13 halftime lead. Costa Rica tried to return into the contest in the third term. They narrowed the gap at 15-point mark before the fourth frame. But Argentina capped the regulation with a 16:2 run to seal the victory. Ana Paz (178-F-97) notched 10 points and 11 boards, while Martina Rodriguez added 10 points for the winners. Kathylee Pinnock (163-SG-98) answered with 10 points for Costa Rica. Paula Mora chipped in 7 points in the loss.



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  FINLAND   


Noora Jarvikangas moves to Oral Roberts University - by Eurobasket News

Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) moves to Oral Roberts University for the next season. The 19-year old Finnish small forward joined NCAA team.
Noora Jarvikangas played last season for Forssan Alku in Finland. In 35 games she had 5.0ppg and 2.2rpg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. The earlier season Jarvikangas played at Helmi Capitals (1st Division) in Finnish league. She represented Finland at the European Championships U18 Division B in Miskolc (Hungary) two years ago. Jarvikangas' team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 5 games: 4.6ppg, 3.4rpg.
Oral Roberts went 18-13 last season and won the Southland Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Golden Eagles advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history, falling to Tennessee in the opening round.



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  FRANCE   


EuroBasket 2013: France wins Group F - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-France 50:58

France wins Group F at the EuroBasket 2013. The hosts remained undefeated at the tournament with a 58:50 win.
It was the game for the first position in the Group. Belarus knew however in case of the loss they would drop to the third place. France started with a 12-7 lead and then added 14-13 rally in the second period. In the third quarter the hosts continued to dominate the court and posted19-14 for 11-point advantage. France opened the last period with a 6-2 run and then Gomis brought 53:36. Leuchanka and Yacoubou exchanged the baskets for 55:38, while Tarasava reduced the gap to 15 points. Papova later scored 4 points in a row for 58:48 and Haradzetskaya made the final result in the game.
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) nailed 12. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) poured in 7, while Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) added 6. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) replied with 16 points in defeat, whilst Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) nailed 9 and Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) added 7.

Belarus: Katerina Snytsina 16, Yelena Leuchanka 9, Anastasiya Veremeenko 7
France: Sandrine Gruda 18, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 12, Celine Dumerc 7, Emilie Gomis 6



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  GERMANY   


Germany U20 take second game against Hungary U20 - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Hungary U20 71:68

German U20 National Team celebrated victory in the second game of the test series against the Hungarian counterparts. The hosts snatched a 71:68 win in Berlin. Elisabeth Dzirma (178-G-94) netted 16 points to pace the winners.
Germany eked out a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. Germany accounted for a 35:32 halftime lead. They kept Hungary at distance throughout the third quarter. The hosts ensured a 51:46 lead heading into the fourth period. Hungary dropped 22 points in the fourth quarter but could not win at the end. Anna Heise (190-C-93) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) netted 14 points for the winners. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) responded with 15 points for Hungary. Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) had 9 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Elisabeth Dzirma 16, Anna Heise 15, Laura Hebecker 14
Hungary U20: Amadea Szamosi 15, Bernadett Horvath 9



Hungary U20 edge Germany U20 in Berlin - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Hungary U20 77:82

Hungary U20 claimed the second win in the test series versus their German counterparts in Berlin. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) nailed 19 points to lead the visitors.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The sides were tied at 18-all at the first break. Germany pulled in front in the second quarter. The hosts gained a 39:31 halftime lead. But Hungary responded right after the main break. The visitors went on a 24:14 run in the third quarter to surge ahead. Hungary exploded with 27 points in the final period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) chipped in 14 points, while Zsofia Licskai (192-C/F-93) dropped 13 points in the win. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 20 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt (183-F-94) banked 17 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Laura Hebecker 20, Carla Bellscheidt 17
Hungary U20: Szidonia Katona 19, Bernadett Horvath 14, Zsofia Licskai 13



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  HOLLAND   


Sweden U20 posts two victories against the Dutch players - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 posts two victories against the Dutch players. In Game 1 the Scandinavian team celebrated a 63:59 win. They trailed 16-18 in the first period, but then needed a 13-11 rally to tie the game at the halftime. Later Sweden managed to grab 4-point win. Allis Nystrom stepped up with 13 points and Elin Gustavsson (186-F-93) netted 12. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) scored 8, whilst Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) and Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) added 7 apiece.
In Game 2 Sweden U20 celebrated a 57:51 win over Holland U20. Sweden won the first period 13-10 and added 21-16 rally in the second frame. The Dutch side replied with a 16-15 and then 9-8 in the third and the last quarters but reduced to 6 points at the end. Gabriella Frykbo (170-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Ida Christensen had 9.



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  HUNGARY   


Germany U20 take second game against Hungary U20 - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Hungary U20 71:68

German U20 National Team celebrated victory in the second game of the test series against the Hungarian counterparts. The hosts snatched a 71:68 win in Berlin. Elisabeth Dzirma (178-G-94) netted 16 points to pace the winners.
Germany eked out a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. Germany accounted for a 35:32 halftime lead. They kept Hungary at distance throughout the third quarter. The hosts ensured a 51:46 lead heading into the fourth period. Hungary dropped 22 points in the fourth quarter but could not win at the end. Anna Heise (190-C-93) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) netted 14 points for the winners. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) responded with 15 points for Hungary. Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) had 9 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Elisabeth Dzirma 16, Anna Heise 15, Laura Hebecker 14
Hungary U20: Amadea Szamosi 15, Bernadett Horvath 9



Hungary lose again in China - by Eurobasket News

NetScouts USA All-Stars - Hungary 71:55

Hungarian National Team suffered the fourth straight defeat on the Chinese Tour. They lost to the NetScouts USA All-Stars selection in Chengdu.
Hungary opened the game with seven straight points. But the North American bounced back pretty quickly. They pulled ahead for a 13:12 lead at the first break. The USA rallied to a 37:27 halftime lead. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the third term. Hungary found themselves trailing by 14 points before the fourth frame. The All-Stars stretched the margin to 23 points in the final term. Hungary trimmed the gap late in regulation but had to surrender at the end. Tahnee Robinson (175-G-88, college: Nevada) notched 12 points to lead the winners. Aulani Sinclair (185-F-90) added 10 points in the victory. Krisztina Raksanyi (181-G-91) responded with 17 points for Hungary. Rita Rasheed (182-F-89, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points, while Reka Balint (182-SF-91) netted 11 points in the loss.

NetScouts USA All-Stars: Tahnee Robinson 12, Aulani Sinclair 10
Hungary: Krisztina Raksanyi 17, Rita Rasheed 14, Reka Balint 11



Hungary U20 edge Germany U20 in Berlin - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Hungary U20 77:82

Hungary U20 claimed the second win in the test series versus their German counterparts in Berlin. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) nailed 19 points to lead the visitors.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The sides were tied at 18-all at the first break. Germany pulled in front in the second quarter. The hosts gained a 39:31 halftime lead. But Hungary responded right after the main break. The visitors went on a 24:14 run in the third quarter to surge ahead. Hungary exploded with 27 points in the final period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) chipped in 14 points, while Zsofia Licskai (192-C/F-93) dropped 13 points in the win. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 20 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt (183-F-94) banked 17 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Laura Hebecker 20, Carla Bellscheidt 17
Hungary U20: Szidonia Katona 19, Bernadett Horvath 14, Zsofia Licskai 13



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania U20 outscored Ukraine U20 in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20-Ukraine U20 63:55

Lithuania U20 outscored Ukraine U20 in Game 1 of the friendly campaign between two sides. The hosts posted a 63:55 victory on Saturday night.
Lithuania started the game with a 15-13 lead and added massive 22-9 in the second frame. Ukraine looked better coming from the lockers and managed to reply with a 20-10 burst. The Baltic side however finished the game with a 16-13 rally and sealed the victory.
Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) led the way with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Ieva Kazlauskaite netted 13. Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) scored 12, while Milda Sukyte (176-F-93) and Laura Zelnyte (188-F-94) poured in 4 each. Greta Tamasauskaite and Gerda Kruckauskaite delivered 3 apiece, whilst Simona Dobrovolskyte (179-F-94) brought 2.
The teams will meet each other game tonight in Lithuania.



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  MEXICO   


FIBA Americas U16: Brazil clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U16-Mexico U16 70:56

Brazil clinch Bronze at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women. The team overcame Mexico 70:56 in the game for the 3-4 places.
It was Mexico to take control of the first half. The team grabbed a 16-14 lead at the end of the first period and led 2 points at the halftime. Brazil however needed a strong second half to win the game. They won the third period 14-9 and added 26-15 in the last period.
Wytalla Motta (182-F/C-97) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Mariane De Carvalho (182-F-97) netted 15. Fabiola Alexandrino (184-C-97) delivered 13, whilst Larissa Carneiro (164-G-97) scored 7. Nayeli Ortiz (174-SF-98) finished the game with 12 points as Mexico finished on a high 4th place. Carlota Martin (160-PG-98) delievered 10 and Viridiana Mazzocco (184-PF-97) had 9.

Brazil U16: Wytalla Motta 18, Mariane De Carvalho 15, Fabiola Alexandrino 13, Larissa Carneiro 7
Mexico U16: Nayeli Ortiz 12, Carlota Martin 10, Viridiana Mazzocco 9



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  NCAA1   


FIBA Americas U16: Durr Asia and Samuelson Katie combine for 50 points to defend the title with USA - by Eurobasket News

USA U16-Canada U16 82:48

Asia Durr (5'11''-G-97) and Katie Samuelson (6'3''-G/F-97) combine for 50 points to defend the title with USA at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women. The latter overcame Canada 82:48 in the Final game to clinch another title.
It was a great start for Canada that did not allow the favorites to dominate the court in the first half. Both teams scored 9 points each in the first period and then added 18 points apiece in the second frame. The third quarter was decisive in the game as USA erupted with a 31-7 surge for the final lead. They also added 24-14 in the last period to seal the victory.
Asia Durr paced all the winners with 26 points and Katie Samuelson added 24. Lauren Cox (6'4''-F-98) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Crystal Dangerfield (5'5''-G-98) notched 8. Lauren Yearwood (6'3''-C) replied with 15 points for Canada that finished second. Hailey Brown (6'1''-F) notched 12 and Bridget Charleton (6'1''-G) poured in 9.

USA U16: Asia Durr 26, Katie Samuelson 24, Lauren Cox 10+12 rebs, Crystal Dangerfield 8
Canada U16: Lauren Yearwood 15, Hailey Brown 12, Bridget Charleton 9



Noora Jarvikangas moves to Oral Roberts University - by Eurobasket News

Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) moves to Oral Roberts University for the next season. The 19-year old Finnish small forward joined NCAA team.
Noora Jarvikangas played last season for Forssan Alku in Finland. In 35 games she had 5.0ppg and 2.2rpg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. The earlier season Jarvikangas played at Helmi Capitals (1st Division) in Finnish league. She represented Finland at the European Championships U18 Division B in Miskolc (Hungary) two years ago. Jarvikangas' team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 5 games: 4.6ppg, 3.4rpg.
Oral Roberts went 18-13 last season and won the Southland Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Golden Eagles advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history, falling to Tennessee in the opening round.



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  PORTUGAL   


Portugal U20 lose two in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U20 continued their preparations for the upcoming European Championship in Division B. They traveled to Czech Republic to play the friendly series versus their local counterparts.
The first game ended with the hosts claiming a 71:54 victory. Czech Republic dominated in the first half. They recorded a 42:30 halftime lead. Portugal cut the deficit at 11-point mark heading into the fourth frame but could not get any closer losing the battle. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93), Jessica Costa (95) and Ines Viana (164-PG-94) finished with 10 points each for Portugal.
Czech Republic clinched a comfortable win on the next day. They rallied to a 75:48 victory. The hosts sparked a 32:15 run at the start of the game. Portugal stopped the bleeding in the second frame but Czech Republic picked up the tempo after the big break. The home team entered the fourth stanza up by as many as 24 points and never looked back en route to the win. Jessica Almeida and Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) dropped 13 points each for Portugal. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) had 10 points in the loss.



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FIBA Americas U16: Puerto Rico edge Venezuela to take 5th place - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico U16 - Venezuela U16 84:60

Puerto Rico claimed the fifth overall position at the U16 FIBA Americas Championship. They held off Venezuela on the final day of the tournament in Cancun. Gladyshka Gerena (165-PG-97) notched 17 points to lead the winners.
Puerto Rico set the tone early in the game. They went on a massive 26:10 rally in the opening frame. Puerto Rico stayed in the commanding lead throughout the second quarter. They established a massive 46:21 halftime lead. But Venezuela struck right back in the third term. They sparked a 20:9 run in the period to cut the distance. Puerto Rico answered with a 29-point outburst in the final period and sealed the victory. Lizdania Marrero (178-SF-98) contributed 12 points for Puerto Rico. Anybeth Barrios and Diadenis Vitrago (160-PG-98) chipped in 6 points each for Venezuela. Laury Garcia (174-SF-97) produced 13 points in the loss.

Puerto Rico U16: Gladyshka Gerena 17, Lizdania Marrero 12, Lyanne Liciaga (163-SG-97) 10, Patricia Nieves (178-C-97) 10
Venezuela U16: Laury Garcia 13, Anybeth Barrios 6, Diadenis Vitrago 6



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  RUSSIA   


Turkey U20 wins Torneo de Noia - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20-Russia U20 64:56

Turkey U20 wins Torneo de Noia with 4 participating teams. The winners added 64:56 victory against Russia U20 and remained them winless. Russia ended up on the third place with 0-3 record.
Turkey U20 was the favorite of the game as they won the first two games of the tournament. They started with 21-9 surge, but Russia replied with a 25-16 lead. Turkey looked better in the third period and had 14-12 in it. The finished the game with 13-10 rally and sealed the third straight win.
Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Busra Akgun (183-SF-93) nailed 9. Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) notched 8, whilst Tilbe Senyurek (188-C-95) and Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93) scored 6 each. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) followed her with 12 and Piavkina added 7.

Turkey U20: Elif Emirtekin 11, Busra Akgun 9, Gizem Sezer 8, Tilbe Senyurek 6, Olcay Cakir 6
Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 15, Darya Namok 12, Piavkina 7



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  SERBIA   


EuroBasket 2013: Serbia claimed the third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic-Serbia 59:75

Serbia claimed the third straight win at EuroBasket 2014. The team ensured the quarterfinal appearance with a 75:59 win. Czech Republic finished fourth in the group due to the victory 2 days ago against United Kingdom and will take on the winner of Group E in the Quarterfinals.
Serbia started the game with 15-11 lead and added massive 21-4 run in the second period. Actually the game was done at that time, but Serbia did not slow down. Although Czech Republic looked better in the second half they could not catch up with the opponents. Vyoralova and Hindrakova reduced to 69:52, while Hindrakova reduced to 15 points. Jovana Rad (187-PF-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed a three for 72:54 and Zrustova scored two free throws for 72:56. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) and Zrustova exchanged the last shots for the final 75:59 result.
Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Jovana Rad notched 14. Jelena Milovanovic delivered 13, while Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) added 9. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) answered with 15 points in the losing effort and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) had 12. Tereza Vyoralova (175-SG-94) poured in 9, whilst Ilona Burgrova (194-C-84, college: S.Carolina) added 7.

Czech Republic: Michaela Zrustova 15, Petra Kulichova 12, Tereza Vyoralova 9, Ilona Burgrova 7
Serbia: Milica Dabovic 17, Jovana Rad 14, Jelena Milovanovic 13, Dajana Butulija 9



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  SWEDEN   


Sweden U16 win three games - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16 overcame Denmark U16 70:51. The Swedish side won the opening period 19-9 and had 7-point lead at the halftime. Denmark replied with a 19-13 rally in the third period, but could not race the opponents in the last period. Sweden erupted with a 28-10 surge and won the game.
Later Sweden U16 posted two victories against England U16 in Bristol. The latter won the first period 17-7 but lost three other quarters. Sweden won the second frame 15-10 and added 13-8 rally in the third quarter. Moreover Sweden finished the game with a 19-7 surge for the final 54:44 victory. Olivia Bringefalt (188-PF-97) top-scored for the winners with 11 points, while Adriana Camber (174-F-97) netted 10.
In Game 2 Sweden U16 celebrated a 62:49 win. The guests grabbed a 23-9 lead in the first period and led 12 points at the halftime. The teams exchanged the victories in the second half for the final result. Kristin Seman (171-SF-97) stepped up with 10 points and Sofia Hagg (168-PG-97) netted 9.



Sweden U20 posts two victories against the Dutch players - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 posts two victories against the Dutch players. In Game 1 the Scandinavian team celebrated a 63:59 win. They trailed 16-18 in the first period, but then needed a 13-11 rally to tie the game at the halftime. Later Sweden managed to grab 4-point win. Allis Nystrom stepped up with 13 points and Elin Gustavsson (186-F-93) netted 12. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) scored 8, whilst Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) and Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) added 7 apiece.
In Game 2 Sweden U20 celebrated a 57:51 win over Holland U20. Sweden won the first period 13-10 and added 21-16 rally in the second frame. The Dutch side replied with a 16-15 and then 9-8 in the third and the last quarters but reduced to 6 points at the end. Gabriella Frykbo (170-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Ida Christensen had 9.



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  TURKEY   


Turkey U20 wins Torneo de Noia - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20-Russia U20 64:56

Turkey U20 wins Torneo de Noia with 4 participating teams. The winners added 64:56 victory against Russia U20 and remained them winless. Russia ended up on the third place with 0-3 record.
Turkey U20 was the favorite of the game as they won the first two games of the tournament. They started with 21-9 surge, but Russia replied with a 25-16 lead. Turkey looked better in the third period and had 14-12 in it. The finished the game with 13-10 rally and sealed the third straight win.
Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Busra Akgun (183-SF-93) nailed 9. Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) notched 8, whilst Tilbe Senyurek (188-C-95) and Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93) scored 6 each. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) followed her with 12 and Piavkina added 7.

Turkey U20: Elif Emirtekin 11, Busra Akgun 9, Gizem Sezer 8, Tilbe Senyurek 6, Olcay Cakir 6
Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 15, Darya Namok 12, Piavkina 7



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  UKRAINE   


Lithuania U20 outscored Ukraine U20 in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20-Ukraine U20 63:55

Lithuania U20 outscored Ukraine U20 in Game 1 of the friendly campaign between two sides. The hosts posted a 63:55 victory on Saturday night.
Lithuania started the game with a 15-13 lead and added massive 22-9 in the second frame. Ukraine looked better coming from the lockers and managed to reply with a 20-10 burst. The Baltic side however finished the game with a 16-13 rally and sealed the victory.
Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) led the way with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Ieva Kazlauskaite netted 13. Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) scored 12, while Milda Sukyte (176-F-93) and Laura Zelnyte (188-F-94) poured in 4 each. Greta Tamasauskaite and Gerda Kruckauskaite delivered 3 apiece, whilst Simona Dobrovolskyte (179-F-94) brought 2.
The teams will meet each other game tonight in Lithuania.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


EuroBasket 2013: Great Britain edge Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain - Croatia 85:79

Great Britain recorded victory on the final day of action in EuroBasket Group F. They held off Croatia but still could not make it into the quarterfinals. The victory of Serbia over Czech Republic earlier in the day left Great Britain in the fifth position in the ladder. Croatia remained at the bottom of the standings after the loss. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) came up with impressive 26 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
Great Britain overcame a 5-point deficit midway through the opening quarter to post a 19:13 lead at the end of the starting ten minutes. Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) opened the second frame with five straight points to boost the lead. Soon Azania Stewart (195-C-89, college: Florida) gave Great Britain a 12-point lead 28:16. They held Croatia at 10-point distance at halftime 44:34. Great Britain maintained the lead throughout the third period. They accumulated a 64:54 lead heading into the fourth stanza. However Croatia ignited an 8:1 run to narrow the gap at 2-point mark 67:69 midway through the final term. Johannah Leedham and Kimberly Butler stopped the bleeding with four points as Great Britain regained control. Johannah Leedham opened a 7-point lead within the final minute of regulation and they marched to the victory at the end. Kimberly Butler finished with 17 points and 6 boards, while Azania Stewart added 9 points for Great Britain. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) responded with 17 points, 15 boards and 5 assists for Croatia. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) and Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) delivered 14 points each in the loss.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 26+10 assists, Kimberly Butler 17, Azania Stewart 9
Croatia: Ana Lelas 17+15 boards, Jelena Ivezic 14, Iva Sliskovic 14



England U16 lost two games in Bristol - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16 posted two victories against England U16 in Bristol. The latter won the first period 17-7 but lost three other quarters. Sweden won the second frame 15-10 and added 13-8 rally in the third quarter. Moreover Sweden finished the game with a 19-7 surge for the final 54:44 victory. Olivia Bringefalt (188-PF-97) top-scored for the winners with 11 points, while Adriana Camber (174-F-97) netted 10.
In Game 2 Sweden U16 celebrated a 62:49 win. The guests grabbed a 23-9 lead in the first period and led 12 points at the halftime. The teams exchanged the victories in the second half for the final result. Kristin Seman (171-SF-97) stepped up with 10 points and Sofia Hagg (168-PG-97) netted 9.
England U16 continue their preparation for U16 European Championship.



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  VENEZUELA   


FIBA Americas U16: Puerto Rico edge Venezuela to take 5th place - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico U16 - Venezuela U16 84:60

Puerto Rico claimed the fifth overall position at the U16 FIBA Americas Championship. They held off Venezuela on the final day of the tournament in Cancun. Gladyshka Gerena (165-PG-97) notched 17 points to lead the winners.
Puerto Rico set the tone early in the game. They went on a massive 26:10 rally in the opening frame. Puerto Rico stayed in the commanding lead throughout the second quarter. They established a massive 46:21 halftime lead. But Venezuela struck right back in the third term. They sparked a 20:9 run in the period to cut the distance. Puerto Rico answered with a 29-point outburst in the final period and sealed the victory. Lizdania Marrero (178-SF-98) contributed 12 points for Puerto Rico. Anybeth Barrios and Diadenis Vitrago (160-PG-98) chipped in 6 points each for Venezuela. Laury Garcia (174-SF-97) produced 13 points in the loss.

Puerto Rico U16: Gladyshka Gerena 17, Lizdania Marrero 12, Lyanne Liciaga (163-SG-97) 10, Patricia Nieves (178-C-97) 10
Venezuela U16: Laury Garcia 13, Anybeth Barrios 6, Diadenis Vitrago 6



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 7-1 
 2. Chicago S. 5-3 
 3. New York L. 4-3 
 4. Washington M. 4-4 
 5. Connecticut S. 2-6 
 6. Indiana F. 1-6 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 6-2 
 2. L.Angeles S. 5-2 
 3. Seattle S. 4-4 
 4. Phoenix M. 4-4 
 5. S.Antonio SS 3-5 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-8 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jun. 22: Tulsa S. - Seattle S. 92-70
Jun. 23: Minnesota L. - Tulsa S. 88-79
Jun. 23: L.Angeles S. - Washington M. 79-69
Jun. 23: New York L. - S.Antonio SS 77-78 OT
Jun. 23: Connecticut S. - Atlanta D. 77-78
Jun. 22: Indiana F. - Chicago S. 61-71

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 25: Atlanta D. - Indiana F.
Jun. 25: S.Antonio SS - Phoenix M.
Jun. 26: Chicago S. - New York L.
Jun. 27: Washington M. - Phoenix M.


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Tulsa S. - Seattle S. 92-70
Roneeka Hodges (5'11''-G-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida St.) scored 19 points, and Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Tulsa Shock to a 92-70 victory over the Seattle Storm on Saturday night in Tulsa, Okla. Skylar Diggins finished with 11 points and six assists in the Shock's most lopsided win in four seasons in Tulsa. Tulsa's previous largest margin of victory was 18 points against Washington on May 18, 2011. 'Once we got them down, we felt like we wanted to put the hammer down,' Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg said. 'We wanted to keep the pressure on from the beginning of the game all the way until the end. Tonight was very rewarding. This franchise has faced some adversity, and it's nice to have some nights like this.' Tulsa (3-7) jumped out to a 14-2 lead and did not trail, leading by 25 points early in the fourth quarter. 'We have to survive this stretch,' said Seattle coach Brian Agler, referring to his team playing the second game of a span in which six of seven are on the road. 'They had very balanced scoring and good depth. We stubbed our toe tonight, but we will regroup.' Tulsa won its second in a row overall and beat the Storm (4-4) for the second consecutive time after losing 12 of 13 following its move from Detroit before the 2010 season. 'I think we all felt comfortable tonight,' Hodges said. 'We're finding who we're going to be as a team. We're doing the little things right, and things are starting to come along. 'Everyone stuck to their roles tonight, and we showed we can compete with the better teams in the league.' Tianna Hawkins (6'3''-F, college: Maryland), the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft, scored 17 points for Seattle. Temeka Johnson had 13 points, and Shekinna Stricklen and Alysha Clark each scored 10. Tina Thompson, the WNBA's all-time leading scorer, was limited to three points on 1-for-8 shooting. 'Holding Tina Thompson to three points is monumental,' said Kloppenburg, the son of longtime Sonics scout Bob Kloppenburg. Courtesy of: thenewstribune.com

Indiana F. - Chicago S. 61-71
Another halftime lead, another fourth-quarter collapse and another loss for the Indiana Fever. The Fever, playing without injured star forward Tamika Catchings, clung to a slim lead all evening against the Chicago Sky before crumbling late Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The 71-61 defeat drops Indiana to 1-6 and marks both the worst start in franchise history and the worst start for any defending WNBA champion. 'I thought for about 36 minutes, we really, really, really did a good job,' Fever coach Lin Dunn said. 'We battled, we fought, we got a lot out of our backups who now some of them are starters. But there came a time where they really wore us down physically. 'On paper, we're not even supposed to be close. They should have blown us out of the building. So you've got to give these players credit for battling.' The late lapses are nothing new. The Fever entered the game being outscored 83-63 in fourth quarters this season, and that deficit grew Saturday, as the Sky (5-3) held a 22-10 fourth-quarter advantage. Indiana led 56-55 until the 5:04 mark, when Chicago guard Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers), who finished with a game-high 21 points, got around a screen and sank a 19-footer. The Sky ended the game on a 16-3 run. 'Maybe they turned up a little bit, turned up their pressure, turned up their offensive game,' Fever guard Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) said. 'They executed really well and ...' She bowed her head and shrugged before finishing the thought. 'We just didn't do a good job of overcoming or getting over that hump to finish it off and get a win.' Catchings sat silently at her locker behind Zellous as the guard tried to explain away Indiana's sixth consecutive loss - the team's longest drought since July 2007. The veteran Catchings, suited up in dress clothes instead of her familiar No. 24 jersey, didn't miss a game last season but is now listed as day-to-day with a lower back strain. Catchings is the latest in a parade of injuries to befall the Fever. She joined Jessica Davenport, Katie Douglas, Erin Phillips and Jeanette Pohlen on the did-not-dress list for Saturday's game. Indiana was left with nine players in uniform, including two emergency replacements, and all nine had entered the game by the end of the first quarter. Rookie guard Layshia Clarendon played but is nursing a sprained right ankle suffered earlier in the week. Dunn credited the Sky trio of Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware), Sylvia Fowles and Prince for wearing down the anemic Indiana lineup late. The three Sky players combined for 45 points. 'All they needed to do was get that lead and separate from us a little bit and we weren't able to overcome that,' Dunn said. Delle Donne finished with 13 points, the lowest total of the season for the rookie who entered the game ranked third in the league with 19.4 points per game, but even that total came after scoring just five points on 1-of-6 shooting through three quarters. 'I was just missing a lot of open shots,' Delle Donne said. 'If I had been trying to throw it in the ocean, it wouldn't have gone in. 'It was just time to forget what had happened in the first three quarters and play Sky basketball. We've been struggling a little bit, not able to turn that corner, and it was time to just turn it on and get a win.' Despite playing with a depleted lineup, the Fever were stout on defense, forcing Chicago into 17 turnovers and scoring 19 points off those turnovers. The Sky, though, showed their dominance on the boards, outrebounding Indiana 41-26. Dunn chooses to look at the bright spots, like another halftime lead and scrappy play from a limited roster. 'I thought you saw a Fever team that's down almost to the bare bones with players and key people out, yet we still battled,' Dunn said. 'That's what we're going to do. We're not going to fold the tent. We're going to get better.' Courtesy of: indystar.com

L.Angeles S. - Washington M. 79-69
Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) scored 22 points and had seven assists, and Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) added 20 points to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 79-69 win against the Washington Mystics on Sunday night. Harding scored a season high in points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field and made all 10 free throws in 40 minutes of action. Parker also had seven rebounds and four blocks, while Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford) added 15 points and nine rebounds. The Sparks (5-2) won their third straight game and remained undefeated at home. Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) led the Mystics (4-4) with 16 points and 13 rebounds, but Washington went winless on a three-game road trip. Tayler Hill also had 16 points in a reserve role. Washington leading scorer Ivory Latta was held to five points on 2-for-8 shooting. Latta cut the deficit to 71-63 on a long jumper, but was tied up by Harding on Washington's next possession. Harding then scored on a nice pass from Parker to push the lead back to 10. Washington closed within eight points seven times in the fourth quarter, but got no closer. Los Angeles started the third quarter on a 10-0 run after Parker completed a three-point play on a left-handed basket. Her free throw gave the Sparks their biggest lead at 57-37. Washington committed eight turnovers in the third quarter. The Sparks took a 47-37 lead into halftime on 16 points from Harding, who went 5 for 6 from the field with six assists and four rebounds without seeing the bench. Parker scored the final two baskets of the first half, on an inside feed from Harding and a breakaway layup, and ended Washington's last possession with a block. Courtesy of: utsandiego.com

Minnesota L. - Tulsa S. 88-79
Minnesota's top players made sure the Lynx didn't come up short again. Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) and Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) both scored 22 points, and the Lynx rebounded from their worst performance of the season to beat the Tulsa Shock 88-79 on Sunday night. Lindsay Whalen had 19 points and nine assists for Minnesota (6-2), which has won four of five. Rebekkah Brunson had 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Lynx have beaten Tulsa 13 straight times. "We took a step forward," Moore said. In a 28-point loss on Friday at Los Angeles, Augustus, Moore, Whalen and Brunson combined for just 11 points on 5 of 22 shooting. They were a combined 25-for-41 on Sunday. "We wanted to put our foot down and get back to what we do," Augustus said. "We got the shots we wanted, we crashed the boards. We did what we were supposed to do in L.A." Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve was impressed with the way her team responded. "They came back and played much, much more like the Lynx players that we've seen," she said. Moore had 15 points in the first half, Augustus added 14, and Whalen 11 as Minnesota shot 60.7 percent and took a 49-40 lead into halftime. The Lynx finished shooting 53.3 percent. Tulsa shot 42 percent. Tulsa Shock center Courtney Paris (3) tries to shoot a basket against the defense of Minnesota Lynx guard Maya Moore (3), forward Devereaux Peters (14) and guard Lindsay Whalen (13) in the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs) "Just pick your poison with that team," said Shock guard Skylar Diggins, who tied a season high with 11 assists. Whalen had four points, and Moore hit a 3 in the closing seconds of the second quarter to cap an 11-2 run and put the Lynx in command. "This game was our best finish to quarters, and we really pride ourselves on end-of-quarter execution," Reeve said. "Each play that we had in the last 3 or 4 minutes came off our defense, running our twofer situations." Moore also made a 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the third quarter to give the Lynx a 69-55 lead. The Shock (3-8) didn't get closer than nine points the rest of the way in losing for the first time in three games. Glory Johnson scored 24 points and had eight rebounds to lead Tulsa. Former Lynx guard Candice Wiggins had 14, and Nicole Powell had 11, including three 3-pointers. "That's a championship level team and I thought we fought them right down until the end," Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "We got a steal and had a chance to make it eight late in the game. Then, all of a sudden, the thing where you make a mistake and they capitalize happened." Reeve had a sense before the game that Whalen would be Minnesota's sparkplug. "We spend a fair amount of time before the game talking, re-emphasizing game plan areas, and I thought she had a determination about her in the tone of voice and her approach," Reeve said. "I thought she willed our team to play the way that we played in that game. "She was determined to make things happen and create more of a tempo for our team because we thought we got away from that in the last game." Whalen, who attempted 14 free throws, shrugged off her coach's praise. "I just wanted to come out and be aggressive from the start," she said. "Maya and Seimone hitting shots were huge, and me getting to the line was big for us. All the things really came through for us." Courtesy of: therepublic.com

New York L. - S.Antonio SS 77-78 OT
The San Antonio Silver Stars recovered after giving up a big early lead and outlasted the New York Liberty to get a needed win. Shenise Johnson's jumper with 36.1 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Silver Stars to 78-77 victory over the Liberty on Sunday. Danielle Marie Robinson (5'10''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 18 points, Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, agency: Ronsport, college: Texas A&M) had 16, and DeLisha Milton-Jones added 15 as San Antonio ended a four-game skid. The Silver Stars (3-5) jumped out to a 13-point lead in the first quarter before the Liberty slowly climbed back and tied it late in the second. San Antonio then pulled ahead by eight in the fourth quarter, only to have New York rally again and take the lead before the Silver Stars tied it in the final minute of regulation. The Liberty also took the lead three times over the first 3 minutes of the extra period. "Definitely proud of our effort, proud of the way we fought," Robinson said. "We obviously let go of the (early) lead but the way we closed the game in regulation and in overtime ... we needed it and we buckled down and got it. "I'm really proud of how we finished up." Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Plenette Pierson (6'2''-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) scored 18 points for New York (4-3), which lost at home for the first time this season after opening with four wins. Pondexter also had seven of the Liberty's 21 turnovers. The Liberty had three chances after Johnson's go-ahead basket, but Katie Smith missed two 3s, including one blocked by Jia Perkins with 1.9 seconds left. "There were a lot of frantic possessions, but that last one," Smith said, " (we) had some good looks, they missed, we come down, we get a look, I get a good look at one. Plenette gets a great rebound, (we're) tossing the ball around, blocked shot, game over." New York also had a chance to win in regulation, but Pondexter's jumper at the buzzer fell short. Smith's 3 had given the Liberty a 77-74 lead with 2:05 left in overtime, but they didn't score again. After Robinson's basket pulled the Silver Stars within one 10 seconds later, officials reviewed Smith's jumper and confirmed it as a 3. Pondexter and Kelsey Bone turned the ball over on New York's next two possessions before Johnson's winning basket. "We love that we fight, we compete, we don't give up, we battle," Smith said. "But then we also realize if we just took care of the basketball a few more times, we didn't give up that offensive rebound, we hit that shot, we'd walk out here with a win. "A couple of things here throughout the game and things could be different." Johnson had a layup, and Robinson made a jumper to give the Silver Stars a 55-50 lead with 8:05 to go in regulation. Pondexter, however, made a layup and hit a 3 to tie the score less than 40 seconds later. San Antonio scored the next eight points and led 63-55 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining. New York rallied again as Leilani Mitchell hit a bank shot, and Kara Braxton made two layups to pull the Liberty within two with 3:41 left. Pierson's three-point play 45 seconds later gave them their first lead since the game's opening minute. The teams traded the lead over the next 2 minutes, with Pierson's two free throws putting New York up 68-67 with 1:15 left. Adams made 1 of 2 free throws to tie it with 23.2 seconds left in the fourth. "We're learning what is to be in a game where they make a play and we make a play, they don't make a play we don't make a play," San Antonio coach Dan Hughes said. "Glad to see us answer their baskets and stops. I thought we competed really well today against a good New York team." Robinson had a layup, Adams a hook shot, and Shameka Christon a 3 to stretch the Silver Stars' lead to 43-35 with 7:23 left in the third quarter. The Liberty followed with a 7-0 run as Mitchell had a 3, Bone a putback, and Pierson a layup to pull within one with 4 1/2 minutes left in the period. San Antonio led 49-48 heading to the fourth. Avery Warley made her debut with the Liberty after being signed last Monday to replace Cheryl Ford, who was released because she wasn't able to recover from a knee injury. New York is also without forward Essence Carson, who sustained a season-ending left knee injury earlier this month. Warley finished with six points and six rebounds in nearly 14A minutes. The Liberty honored former center Sue Wicks for her induction to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. The halftime ceremony included a video montage featuring highlights of her career with the Liberty from 1997-2002. Pondexter, who wears No. 23 as Wicks did in her days with the Liberty, had Wicks' name on the back of her jersey. San Antonio played without leading rebounder Jayne Appel, who has missed three straight games while recovering from a concussion. The Silver Stars are also without Becky Hammon until July because of a broken finger on her right hand. Sophia Young was lost for the year because of an knee ligament tear during the offseason. Hammon said her hand was "coming along," and she is looking forward to playing. "Got 10 more days, something like that, two weeks," she said. "It's terrible for me. This is going to be five weeks. Getting there." Courtesy of: wsj.com

Connecticut S. - Atlanta D. 77-78
Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) wasn't satisfied with her seemingly dominating performance, but was quite pleased she and the Atlanta Dream held off the Connecticut Sun for a tough road win. McCoughtry had a game-high 34 points with five rebounds and three steals in the Dream's 78-77 victory over the Sun on Sunday. McCoughtry, the only player who reached double figures for Atlanta, scored the final points of the game on a layup with 51.4 seconds left for the Dream (7-1). She also set a franchise record for most field-goal attempts (33). Betty Lennox took 32 shots for the Dream in an overtime game against Connecticut on June 27, 2008. Jasmine Thomas had seven points and six rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading Dream. Alex Bentley scored nine points. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, and Kelsey Griffin (6'2''-F-87, college: Nebraska) added 16 points and four rebounds for the Sun (2-6). Kalana Greene had 14 points and five rebounds. Connecticut trailed by 73-59 before rallying with an 18-5 run. 'I should've played better defense when they were coming back,' McCoughtry said, 'but we kind of needed this test because we haven't had many games like this. This is good for us. We needed a test like this. (Mohegan Sun Arena) is one of the toughest places to play.' Atlanta led by as many as 15 points (61-46) with 48 seconds left in the third quarter. McCoughtry scored 24 in the first three quarters. 'She's a competitor,' Dream coach Fred Williams said. 'Angel is really going to compete hard wherever she plays anytime she plays on the floor. That is all I ask of her. I think she is a new person this year to really come out and play a lot of hard defense and be a passer at times. 'We needed a lot of her scoring, and she did that for us.' Griffin had a putback after Hightower's miss to tie it 76-76 with 58 seconds left. Griffin was fouled on the play by Erika de Souza and made the free throw to give the Sun their first lead since the 6:34 mark of the first quarter. The Sun had a chance to win when they got the ball back after McCoughtry's miss with 10.9 seconds left. Connecticut hesitated after moving the ball to the other end, forcing coach Anne Donovan to call timeout with 2 seconds remaining. Hightower's 3-point try hit the front rim with 1 second left. 'In the previous timeout, Coach told us if we got the rebound she wouldn't call timeout,' Hightower said. 'So we pushed it in transition, and I guess we just got a little stuck.' It was the sixth loss in seven games for Connecticut. The Sun committed 18 turnovers, including seven by Charles. Atlanta also outrebounded the Sun throughout the first half, including seven offensive rebounds. 'We needed to control the backboards, which we didn't do all game,' Griffin said. 'It wasn't until the fourth quarter when we made that final push. (We) just ran out of time, but we have to be more consistent throughout the whole game.' Both teams were without key players. Sancho Lyttle, the Dream's starting power forward, is with the Spanish national team at the EuroBasket Women 2013. The Sun played without starter Kara Lawson (bruised knee) and reserves Renee Montgomery (high left ankle sprain) and Tan White (broken right finger). Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com