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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Vladimir Lucic on his way to Spain - by Igor Obradovic

Captain of Partizan mt:s is very close to signing a contract in Spain.

Spanish news announce that he is on way to Valencia and that will signed three year contract for 2.000.000 $.

Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) statistic in last season :

Serbia Super league : 16 games: 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 85.7%
Euroleague: 10 games: 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 79.6%
Adriatic League: 25 games: 12.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 77.0%



Vlada Vukoicic in MZT Skopje - by Igor Obradovic

Vlada Vukoicic will be first coach of Macedonian champion and participant in Adriatic league, MZT from Skopje.

Former coach of Crvena zvezda, Mega Vizura, Bosnia, Oostende, Hemofarm and FMP will replace Ales Pipan on MZT first coach place.
Vlada Vukoicic in last season won Serbian cup with Crvena zvezda but after poor form of the team and few loses and bad games he was fired.
He also won Adriatic league in 2005/06 and Serbian cup in 2006/07 with FMP Zeleznik.



Krka Novo Mesto add Jasmin Hukic - by Eurobasket News

Krka Novo Mesto add Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The 34-year old player will move from Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour in Iran.
The most of last season Hukic spent at Novipiu Casale (SerieA) in Italian league. In 13 games he recorded 6.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. He also spent pre-season at Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) in Russian league earlier that year. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Hukic had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 6 PBL games he averaged 4.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He also played 8 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 8.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg. Hukic also played 9 games in VTB United League where he averaged 9.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg.
The season 2010/2011 he played at BC Donetsk (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 56 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.2apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
Among other achievements Jasmin Hukic received Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Forward of the Year award back in 2008. He represented Bosnia at the WABA Club Championships this year.



Cedevita announce Ivan Ramljak - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita reinforced their roster. They confirmed the signing of Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) to a multi-year contract. The forward spent the last season in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ivan Ramljak played for Siroki WWin. He averaged 7.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in Division I. The forward also tallied 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals per appearance in the Adriatic League. He earned All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honourable Mention in 2013. Ivan Ramljak played for Posusje before joining Siroki WWin back in 2009. The forward made it into Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Defensive Team in 2011 and 2012. He has been the member of the Croatian National Team since 2012.


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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A 2013/14 coaches - by Facundo Iatzky

All the teams of Liga A are already thinking on next season. First of all, all the teams, except Lanus that is finishing to decide, have hired their head coaches. These are the names:
Argentino junin: Adrian Capelli
Atenas: Mario Milanesio
Boca Jrs: Nestor Garcia
Estudiantes Concordia: Hernan Laginestra
Gimnasia Comodoro: Gonzalo garcia
La Union Formosa: GAbriel Picatto
Libertad Sunchales: Fernando Duro
Obras Sanitarias: Silvio Santander
Olimpico: Facundo Muller
Penarol: Fernando Rivero
Quimsa: Fabio Demti
Quilmes: Leandro Ramella
Regatas Corrientes: Nicolas Casalanguida
Sionista: Sebastian Svetliza
Weber Bahia: Sebastian Ginobili



Estudiantes Concordia tab Pablo Moya and Facundo Giorgi - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Concordia are shaping up their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Pablo Moya (206-C-83) and Facundo Giorgi (205-F/C-85, college: FIU).
Pablo Moya will enter his third straight season with Concordia. Last season the centre notched 7.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in TNA. He helped Estudiantes Concordia gain TNA title. Previously Pablo Moya had stints with Union Electrica, Cicilista Juninense, Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca, Libertad Sunchales and Atenas Cordoba.
Facundo Giorgi spent the last two seasons with Lanus. Last season the centre notched 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in LigaA. He also delivered 1.3 points and 1.0 board per Liga Americas appearance. Previously Facundo Giorgi played for Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca, Obera, Union de Sunchales. He was the member of Argentinean U20 National Team.



Regatas Corrientes bring in Phillip Hopson - by Eurobasket News

Regatas Corrientes continued to build the strong squad for the next season. They have recently announced the signing of Phillip Hopson (188-G-87, college: Idaho). The guard is not new to Argentina. Last season Hopson played for Boca Juniors. He notched 10.4 points, 3.6 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game in LigaA. Previously Phillip Hopson had stints in the IBL, Argentina, Japan and NABL. He was named NABL MVP of the Year. He participated at the NABL All-Star Game in 2010. Phillip Hopson made it into All-Japanese BJ League 2nd Team in 2011. The guard helped Boca Juniors to the LigaA semis last season.


Regatas Corrientes keep Nicolas Romano - by Eurobasket News

Nicolas Romano (199-F-87) will stay with Regatas Corrientes. The forward has agreed on terms of contract extension. Nicolas Romano will enter his fourth straight season with the team. Last season Nicolas Romano averaged 9.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in LigaA. He notched also 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance in Liga Sudamericana. Nicolas Romano was named All-Argentinean LigaA 6th Man of the Year. Previously Nicolas Romano had stints with Quilmes, Argentino Junin, Neuquen. He debuted for the Argentinean National Team at the Panamerican Games in 2011. Nicolas Romano notched 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in Mexico. He was also the member of U23 and U18 Argentinean selections.


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Jordan to bring Jimmy Baxter to Manila - by Eurobasket News

Jordan basketball federation has decided to start naturalization process for Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida). The guard is expected to arrive to Amman tonight to initiate the process. Jimmy Baxter should be ready to play for Jordan at the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship in Manila in August. Jimmy Baxter knows well Jordan NT head coach Vangelis Alexandris . He played under Alexandris guidance in Greece. Last season Jimmy Baxter started in Germany. He notched 14.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for LTi Giessen. Later the guard moved to Argentina to ink deal with Quimsa. He tallied 14.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance in LigaA. Jimmy Baxter finally moved to Venezuela to play for Guaiqueries. His stats read 15.2 points, 2.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game in LPB.


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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

State Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 11-1 
 2. Corio Bay S. 10-3 
 3. Ringwood H. 9-4 
 4. Waverley F. 9-4 
 5. Diamond V.E. 7-4 
 6. Eltham W. 5-8 
 7. Werribee 5-8 
 8. Hume City 3-10 
 9. Melbourne 2-10 
 10. Sherbrooke S. 2-11 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 9-2 
 2. Woodville W. 9-2 
 3. Forestville E. 7-4 
 4. N.Adelaide R. 6-5 
 5. C.District L. 6-5 
 6. Southern T. 6-5 
 7. Sturt S. 6-5 
 8. Norwood F. 5-6 
 9. S.Adelaide P. 1-10 
 10. Eastern M. 0-11 
QBL
 1. Rockhampton 7-1 
 2. Cairns M. 6-1 
 3. Brisbane C. 6-2 
 4. Gladstone P. 6-3 
 5. Northside W. 5-2 
 6. Mackay M. 4-4 
 7. Townsville H. 3-4 
 8. Suncoast 2-3 
 9. Gold Coast R. 2-4 
 10. Bundaberg B. 2-5 
 11. Ipswich F. 2-6 
 12. SW Metro P. 1-5 
 13. Toowoomba 1-7 
SBL
 1. Lakeside L. 16-3 
 2. Perry Lakes H. 13-5 
 3. Geraldton B. 12-7 
 4. Perth R. 12-8 
 5. East Perth E. 12-8 
 6. Mandurah M. 11-8 
 7. Willetton T. 10-9 
 8. Wanneroo W. 10-10 
 9. SW Slammers 9-10 
 10. Cockburn C. 8-12 
 11. Rockingham F. 7-12 
 12. Stirling S. 7-12 
 13. Goldfield G. 5-15 
 14. Kalamunda E.S. 3-16 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 15-3 
 2. Geelong S. 14-3 
 3. Dandenong R. 8-7 
 4. Brisbane S. 7-10 
 5. Frankston B. 7-10 
 6. Sandringham S. 7-10 
 7. Canberra G. 7-11 
SEABL-South
 1. Mt Gambier 13-4 
 2. Hobart C. 11-5 
 3. Nunawading S. 8-8 
 4. NW Tasmania 7-10 
 5. Kilsyth C. 7-10 
 6. Albury W.B. 6-12 
 7. Ballarat M. 6-12 
 8. Knox R. 5-13 
WARATAH
 1. Manly Warr. 14-2 
 2. Sydney C. 12-3 
 3. Hornsby S. 11-5 
 4. Norths Bears 10-5 
 5. Cent.Coast C. 9-5 
 6. Colonial Hotel 8-7 
 7. Hills H. 8-8 
 8. Bankstown B. 6-7 
 9. Newcastle H. 6-9 
 10. Illawarra H. 5-8 
 11. Parramatta W. 5-10 
 12. Sutherland S. 2-14 
 13. Maitland M. 1-14 

Regular Season: Round 15

BIG V

Jun. 22: Sherbrooke S. - Eltham W. 87-90
Jun. 23: Werribee D. - Ringwood H. 79-87
Jun. 22: Hume City - Corio Bay S. 78-84
Jun. 22: Diamond V.E. - Waverley F. 103-107
Jun. 22: Bulleen B. - Melbourne T. 102-62

Central ABL

Jun. 22: Norwood F. - Eastern M. 91-85
Jun. 22: Woodville W. - N.Adelaide R. 82-68
Jun. 22: S.Adelaide P. - Sturt S. 67-90
Jun. 22: C.District L. - Forestville E. 63-104
Jun. 22: W.Adelaide B. - Southern T. 61-67

QBL

Jun. 21: Brisbane C. - Ipswich F. 95-61

SBL

Jun. 23: Kalamunda E.S. - Wanneroo W. 96-100
Jun. 22: Stirling S. - Perry Lakes H. 83-91
Jun. 21: SW Slammers - Stirling S. 66-78
Jun. 22: Geraldton B. - Lakeside L. 123-116
Jun. 22: Mandurah M. - Goldfield G. 113-92
Jun. 22: Rockingham F. - Willetton T. 110-95
Jun. 23: East Perth E. - Goldfield G. 108-95
Jun. 22: Perth R. - East Perth E. 105-91
Jun. 22: Wanneroo W. - Cockburn C. 100-103

SEABL

Jun. 21: Hobart C. - Albury W.B. 97-92
Jun. 22: Bendigo B. - Geelong S. 94-84
Jun. 23: Sandringham S. - Dandenong R. 88-89
Jun. 22: Frankston B. - Brisbane S. 86-98
Jun. 22: Dandenong R. - Knox R. 83-90
Jun. 23: Kilsyth C. - Brisbane S. 78-66
Jun. 22: Canberra G. - Nunawading S. 77-90
Jun. 22: NW Tasmania - Albury W.B. 75-84
Jun. 22: Ballarat M. - Kilsyth C. 54-81
Jun. 21: Mt Gambier - Brisbane S. 106-73

WARATAH

Jun. 23: Manly Warr. - Maitland M. 95-65
Jun. 22: Sydney C. - Newcastle H. 91-83
Jun. 22: Hills H. - Colonial Hotel 88-72
Jun. 22: Maitland M. - Parramatta W. 88-103
Jun. 22: Bankstown B. - Norths Bears 76-79
Jun. 22: Cent.Coast C. - Manly Warr. 73-76
Jun. 22: Sutherland S. - Illawarra H. 65-55

Regular Season: Round 16

BIG V

Jun. 29: Eltham W. - Werribee
Jun. 29: Corio Bay S. - Bulleen B.
Jun. 29: Ringwood H. - Diamond V.E.
Jun. 29: Melbourne - Sherbrooke S.
Jun. 30: Waverley F. - Hume City

Central ABL

Jun. 29: Sturt S. - N.Adelaide R.
Jun. 29: Woodville W. - Norwood F.
Jun. 29: Forestville E. - S.Adelaide P.
Jun. 30: Eastern M. - W.Adelaide B.
Jun. 30: Southern T. - C.District L.

QBL

Jun. 28: Mackay M. - Bundaberg B.
Jun. 29: SW Metro P. - Ipswich F.
Jun. 29: Northside W. - Suncoast
Jun. 29: Rockhampton - Bundaberg B.
Jun. 29: Townsville H. - Gold Coast R.
Jun. 29: Mackay M. - Gladstone P.
Jun. 30: Toowoomba - SW Metro P.
Jun. 30: Cairns M. - Gold Coast R.

SBL

Jun. 28: SW Slammers - Kalamunda E.S.
Jun. 28: Rockingham F. - Perth R.
Jun. 28: East Perth E. - Lakeside L.
Jun. 29: Lakeside L. - Perry Lakes H.
Jun. 29: Goldfield G. - Cockburn C.
Jun. 29: Kalamunda E.S. - Geraldton B.
Jun. 29: Wanneroo W. - Rockingham F.
Jun. 29: Willetton T. - Mandurah M.
Jun. 30: Stirling S. - Geraldton B.

SEABL

Jun. 28: Mt Gambier - Hobart C.
Jun. 28: Brisbane S. - NW Tasmania
Jun. 29: Canberra G. - NW Tasmania
Jun. 29: Sandringham S. - Bendigo B.
Jun. 29: Frankston B. - Nunawading S.
Jun. 29: Albury W.B. - Kilsyth C.
Jun. 29: Knox R. - Hobart C.
Jun. 29: Ballarat M. - Geelong S.
Jun. 30: Dandenong R. - Frankston B.
Jun. 30: Nunawading S. - Hobart C.

WARATAH

Jun. 29: Sutherland S. - Bankstown B.
Jun. 29: Parramatta W. - Sydney C.
Jun. 29: Colonial Hotel - Manly Warr.
Jun. 29: Maitland M. - Newcastle H.
Jun. 29: Norths Bears - Cent.Coast C.
Jun. 30: Hills H. - Norths Bears
Jun. 30: Illawarra H. - Hornsby S.


Big V: Weekend Wraps- Round 13 - by Eurobasket News

Looking for an old-fashioned shootout? Hard to top a Diamond Valley and Waverley game if their Round 13 clash is any indication to go by. A great game and a huge result for the Falcons.
SCM ROUND UP
ROUND 13
In a crunch game for both teams, Diamond Valley and Waverley delivered an old-fashioned shoot-out, producing an exciting con-test that saw 210 points scored in 40 minutes of action. The win edges the Falcons past the Eagles in the top four and no doubt this game will be one both teams reflect on for different reasons. Add-ing to the tension was a collective 89 trip to the foul line on the back of 63 fouls, which led to six players ending the game fouled out and sitting on the pine. The recent need for more Falcons to step up wasnt lost on the team and this time around five players netted at least 16 points, the best of which were Sedale Threatt (24pts), Brad Kelleher (22pts) and Chris Arkell (20pts). Diamond Valleys inability to stop Waverley scoring in the second half proved costly, the visitors rattled on 37pts and 31pts in the final two quarters, delivering a 68-56 run that resulted in a great victo-ry.
For the home team Matthew Fennell (F) scored 21pts (fouled out, played 25min), Nathan Truman had also 21pts, Adam Moore (198-F-77, college: IPFW) contributed 12pts & 11rbs (fouled out, played 27min) and Neal Haining also double-doubled with 11pts & 10rbs (fouled out, played 18min). All up a vital win for the Falcons and now its the Eagles who need to rely on some other results over the coming weeks.
Coming into their home game against Corio Bay, the Hume City Broncos had lost nine of their last 10 games and, though this en-counter resulted in another loss, thankfully we got to see some real fight by the lowly Broncos. Down by 10pts after the first quar-ter, the home team rallied and piled on 49pts to Corio Bays 43pts over the middle quarters to stay in touch. In the end the Stingrays edged home 84-78, but at no stage did the Broncos go away. Eric Williams (25pts), Liam Norton (1pts) and MaAlo Hicks (15pts) all played well for the visitors, while Hume City was best served by Shaun Prendergast (18pts), Alex Bogart-King (16pts) and Jamal Brown (14pts)
James Malvaso arguably produced his best ever game at senior level to help lift Eltham to a thrilling 90-87 win against Sherbrooke. With James Denton nailing three bombs from beyond the arc in the best part of the final 30 seconds of play, the game looked set for a trip into overtime, save for a game-winning triple by Malvaso that lifted his personal tally for the night to a game-high 27pts.
ROUND 13 RESULTS
Corio Bay 84 defeated Hume City 78 Eltham 90 defeated Sherbrooke 87 Waverley 107 defeated D Valley 103 Bulleen 102 defeated Melbourne 62 Ringwood 87 defeated Werribee 79
Given a real opportunity to step up in recent weeks, Malvaso has starred for the Wildcats and is now a key player in a re-building outfit. Scott Cuffe (19pts) and David Buchberger (18pts) were also in good touch for a Wildcats team that only put seven players on the court. Yet again, as weve seen in re-cent weeks, which included a win in round 12, the Suns were highly competitive and went amazingly close to snatching a win here. Laurence Donelson (18pts, 11rbs) arguably had his best game of the season, David Moore (16pts) and Bryan Moore (16pts) did a good double act, while James Denton nailed four treys for his 12pts. Good win for the Wildcats and a heartbreak-ing loss for the Suns.
Bulleens ladder-leading season charged on with a comprehen-sive 102-62 win against a hapless Melbourne who would have entered this game with some renewed confidence after a win last time out. Unfortunately for the Tigers the home team quickly snuffed out any fairytales with a 52-28 first half, blowing the game open and putting the result beyond doubt prior to the long break. The third quarter saw a 31-13 run by the Boom-ers to rub salt into Melbournes gaping wounds, before the game petered out down the stretch. Bulleen enjoyed a 53% shooting clip and a massive 46-24 win on the boards with Mike Rose (22pts), Corey Standerfer (21pts), Adrien Sturt (18pts) and Ben Simmons (16pts, 9rbs, 8ass) all sharing the spoils. For the Tigers, Ryan Oirbans (16pts) and Robert Stone (15pts) fared best on a dirty night.
Ringwood completed the round with another win, their eighth consecutive victory, eclipsing Werribee in a competitive 87-79 result. The Devils are always a tough proposition at home and this game was no different. If not for a 37-21 second quarter by the visiting Hawks, this game could have been even closer at the final buzzer. It was a tight squeeze down the stretch with the Devils coming home strong, but they just couldnt get their nose in front of a quality and finals-bound opponent. Bryan Dougher (20pts), Sam Belt (18pts, 13rbs) and Shaun Clarke (14pts, 16rbs) paced the Hawks, while for Werribee there was plenty to like about Jordan Hughes (21pts) and Dion Jewell (20pts). Though the Devils wont make the August action this season few would argue their ability to be competitive in the top flight. As for the Hawks, a huge mid-season turnaround has them primed for a big couple of months to come.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



Forestville Eagles Sign Australian Boomer to Finish the Season - by Eurobasket News

Central Australian Basketball League (CABL) club Forestville Eagles have signed Australian Boomer and Adelaide 36er star guard, Adam Gibson (188-G-86), to play with club for the second half of the CABL season.

Adam Gibson is an Olympic athlete and NBL Championship winner (with South Dragons in 2008-09) and he will begin his second season as an Adelaide 36er this year.

This will be the first time he will play in the CABL and he is expected to debut this Saturday against the Central Districts Lions at Star Plex. At this stage Gibson has signed with Forestville for 2013 only and has no plans in place to play CABL in 2014.

Forestville Mens coach Andrew Simons is thrilled with the surprise recruit he said He (Gibson) had indicated that he might have had an appetite to play locally about a month ago but wasnt sure and so we kept on liaising with each other and he finally decided this week that it was something he would like to do and we are obviously over the moon that he decided to do it with us.

Coach Simons said he expected Gibson to have a significant impact at the club and within the team The biggest thing will be his experience, leadership and smarts, he is a very smart basketballer, I am very impressed with his basketball IQ.

Apart from his basketball ability he brings all of the intangible (qualities) that you would hope to have in a player as well, a great work rate, intensity, intelligence and perspective. The (playing) group are rapt to have a player of his stature come and join us and we feel very privileged to have him join Forestville
Courtesy of: http://www.basketballsa.com.au



QBL:Weekend Wrap-Up: Round 7 - by Eurobasket News

Brisbane Capitals def. Ipswich Force 95-61
The Capitals led from the outset and throughout and despite a concerted effort from the Force, the homeside had the game under their control. After holding an 11-point lead at halftime, the Capitals came out firing in the third quarter and pushed their lead out to 29 points to essentially lock the game up for themselves. Andrew Eisinger (190-G-87, college: NW Nazarene) had a huge match for the Caps with 32 points, while Rory Sutton (200-F-89) was Ipswich's best with 13 points.
Courtesy of: http://qbl.basketball.net.au



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Liepaja hire Uvis Helmanis - by Eurobasket News

Uvis Helmanis will become the new head coach of Liepaja. The specialist has agreed on terms of contract with the team. Uvis Helmanis has lately worked as coach assistant with VEF Riga. He guided BK Barons Riga back in 2010/11 season. Uvis Helmanis had a great basketball career. He played in Latvia, Germany and Poland. Uvis Helmanis was the member of the Latvian National Team in 1993/2009. He participated at five LBL All-Star Games. Uvis Helmanis twice clinched victories in All-Star Game Three-Point Shootout Contests.
Uvis Helmanis is expected to sign a two-year deal with the team. He will join Liepaja in July.



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  BELGIUM   


Kangoeroes Basket Roster News - by Peter Buyse

Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek, the new Ethias League team has announced it's first foreign player. Former Florida State Luke Loucks (196-G-90, college: Florida St.) is joining the team for the 2013-2014 season.
The point guard started the previous season in Latvia playing shortly for Riga. He moved in early 2013 to Cyprus where he played 11 games for Apollon. His averages in Cyprus were 10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 6.4 apg.
During his senior year at Florida State he was instrumental in winning the ACC tournament. He scored 7.1 ppg and dished out 4.3 apg. He was selected to the ACC All-Tournament team.

At present the roster consists of Luke Loucks, Witse Van Schil (188-G-83), Robin Haerbos at the 1 spot, Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) , Mitchel Gorremans (191-G/F-85) are the shooting guards, Wim Dobbelaere (198-F/C-85), Amaury Marion (196-F-91) on the 3 spot and Randy Oveneke (201-F-86), Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) on 4. Two more American players (4/5) will be added later.
Peter Jorssen becomes the new assistant coach.




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  BRAZIL   


Macae set to sign Juan Manuel Torres - by Eurobasket News

The NBB newcomers Macae are assembling a strong roster for the debut season. They are close to signing deal with Juan Manuel Torres (210-C-84). The Argentinean centre started the season with Wuber Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca. He tallied 10.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in LigaA. Juan Manuel Torres then moved to Brazil. He played for Fluminense in Copa Brazil. Juan Manuel Torres helped Fluminense to the title. Previously the centre had spells for Huracan, Tucuman, Ciclista Olimpico, Quimsa, C.B. Hospitalitet, Huesca, Lucentum Alicante. He made it into All-Argentinean TNA 2nd Team in 2012. Juan Manuel Torres has been the member of the Argentinean National Team since 2012.


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  COSTA RICA   


Barva win National Championship title - by Eurobasket News

Barva earned the National Championship title. They overcame Sanaturu-Escazu 3-1 in the Grand Final series. The decisive victory came with the score of 74:72 in favour of Barva. The game was stopped on Saturday because of the failure of the electricity. It was resumed on Sunday and Barva proved the strength at the end. Kay Martinez (198-G-84, college: Jackson St.) was pivotal in the victory. It was the seventh title for Barva in the last eight campaigns.


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  CROATIA   


Cedevita announce Ivan Ramljak - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita reinforced their roster. They confirmed the signing of Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) to a multi-year contract. The forward spent the last season in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ivan Ramljak played for Siroki WWin. He averaged 7.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in Division I. The forward also tallied 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals per appearance in the Adriatic League. He earned All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honourable Mention in 2013. Ivan Ramljak played for Posusje before joining Siroki WWin back in 2009. The forward made it into Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Defensive Team in 2011 and 2012. He has been the member of the Croatian National Team since 2012.


Al Shabab Dubai announced Croatian center Bruno Sundov - by Eurobasket News

Al Shabab Dubai announced Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) for the next season. The player left Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Philippines. In 16 PBA games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 22.1ppg and averaged 12.5rpg and 2.0apg this season. Last season Sundov played at Osjecki Sokol (A2) in Croatian league. In 6 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 17.7ppg and had 8.3rpg and 1.3apg. Before he played at Lukoil Academik (NBL) in Bulgarian league. In 36 games he recorded 12.6ppg and 5.9rpg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Bulgarian League All-Star Game. Sundov also played 8 games in Eurocup where he recorded 7.6ppg and 3.6rpg.
In 1998 Bruno Sundov was drafted by Dallas Mavericks (NBA) in second round (35th overall).Sundov was a member of Croatian U21 National Team back in 2000.



Andrija Zizic remains with Cibona - by Dajana Karl

After getting Darko Planinic (211-C-90) loaned from Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv, KK Cibona VIP Zagreb and their 33-year-old center Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) extended contract for the next two years.

Zizic was one of the key players this past season with KK Cibona VIP Zagreb. In the 18 games of Croatian A1 league, he was averaging 13.2 points and 5.1 rebounds. In 25 games of Adriatic league his scoring average was 14 points and 4.3 rebounds, while in EuroCup Zizic averaged 10.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 6 games.

After retiring as a basketball player, the plan is for him to stay with KK Cibona VIP Zagreb coaching the future centers.





Croatia U18 beat Slovenia U18 in Day 3 of the Torneo di Potenza - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U18 -Slovenia U18 82:62

Croatia U18 beat Slovenia U18 in Day 3 of the Torneo di Potenza and finished on the second place. The team overcame Slovenia U18 82:62 in their last game.
Croatia started the game with 29-10 and never looked behind after. They dominated the whole game and reached 20-point win at the end.
Arapovic stepped up with 20 points and Zganec netted 17. Paolo Marinelli (193-G-95) poured in 13, while Dorian Jelenek (200-SF-95) added 9. Sedin Karavdic (95) replied with 12 points and Novak had 11. Ulcar and Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) delivered 9 points each in a loss.
Turkey U18 wins Torneo di Potenza even despite the loss in the last game. Italy U18 finished Torneo di Potenza with the win over Turkey U18. The hosts ended up with 1-2 record after a 65:57 win.

Croatia U18: Arapovic 20, Zganec 17, Paolo Marinelli 13, Dorian Jelenek 9
Slovenia U18: Sedin Karavdic 12, Novak 11, Ulcar 9, Matic Rebec 9



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Denmark U16 prepares for Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News

Denmark U16 prepares for Sarajevo to take part at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team played a friendly game against Swede U16.
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 brought 8.
Last year Denmark u16 finished on the 13th place. They edged the hosts in Bucharest to close the U16 European Championship campaign. The Danish side grabbed 91:67 victory over Romania to finish on the 13 the place. The hosts of the campaign meanwhile finished on the 14th position.



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Lamont jones 2013 NBA draft sleeper - by Allen Waters

Lamont Momo Jones capped off his senior year at Iona by leading the Gaels to their second consecutive NCAA berth. His ability to lead and score (Jones averaged 22.6 points per game, third in the nation) helped Iona recover from some early-season trouble and win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship.

Jones is now getting ready to show his skills to NBA teams, but he understands how the time at Iona helped him get here. Id say most as a leader, said Jones when asked what part of his game developed most at Iona. We had a lot of new players, and it was good to help them get acclimated. The benefits extended beyond the court. It helped me become a better father also.

Jones has a better idea of what to expect going into this process after watching and learning from former teammate, and current D-League player, Scott Machado. Watching what Scott went through, I learned to be humble, said Jones. Scott kept his teammates around him happy and honest. I decided to take that and add it my ability to score.

Confident in his abilities, Jones knows what the key parts of his game are. I think its my ability to be a team player, said Jones. I get along with everybody and thats important for a lot of the situations coming up. You may be playing with 12 different personalities and its important to get along with them all.

Im a scorer, thats what I do, said Jones. It is fun to get your teammates involved also. It is actually more fulfilling to me to make the pass that leads to a basket. Jones knows how the NBA game has evolved and he sees where the opportunity may be. The combo guard has become what the NBA is mainly about, said Jones. There are very few point guards who are just distributors anymore.

He knows his game isnt where it needs to be yet to play at the pro level. I need to work on reading the pick-and-roll; finding how to make the right reads and see all the options, said Jones. My jumper can always get better and I just need to focus on making the right decisions.

Jones has already had his share of success at the college level, including the opportunity to play in three NCAA Tournaments, one with Arizona and two with Iona. He also came to realize what an opportunity that was. You get a sense of playing at the highest level, said Jones. It really brings the best and the competitive nature in everyone because you want to win so badly.

For all the success, Jones has been discussed maybe more often for the numerous changes in schools throughout high school and college that he made. Jones doesnt dwell on it and sees how it has changed him. When you are in high school, you really dont know what to do, said Jones. You have all these dreams, hopes, nightmares about the future. I didnt have the guidance that a lot of people did, but I own my decisions.

After committing to Louisville at the age of 15, Jones had second thoughts. I was growing up and becoming a man of my own, says Jones. As you grow, you start to see what you want and what you dont want. There was another commitment and decommitment at Virginia Tech before settling on going to play for USC. He was excited to play with a solid group of recruits at USC, before Tim Floyd resigned in June, 2009. I was the last the one to decommit from USC after that happened, said Jones. I didnt want to go, but to this day I havent gotten an explanation from Tim Floyd (about his leaving).

He made the move to Arizona, and even enjoyed an Elite Eight run with them in 2011. Then real life intervened. Jones grandmother was very sick back in New York and he was left with the decision of how to proceed. I never wanted to leave Arizona, it was home to me, says Jones. Being there did a lot for me as a person and a player.

He made the decision to return home and look to play nearby his ailing grandmother. When my grandmother was sick, I was torn, but I had to choose my family, said Jones. I hoped that by returning home it would help my family and give them hope.

Jones decided to play at Iona, and was granted a waiver to play immediately. He doesnt regret any of the decisions he made to get to this point. Every move made me a better person which in turn helped make me a better basketball player, said Jones. You cant make these kinds of decisions based on what other people think or what the media may think.

Jones is now in Portsmouth, Virginia for the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. The Tournament features 64 seniors who have the opportunity to show what they are capable of in front of a gym full of NBA executives and scouts. Ive come here hoping to play with some great players, said Jones. Im here to show everyone that I can do more than score. I can do whatever a team needs me to do.


Lamont Jones (6'0''-G)



Kevin Dillard impress Several NBA teams during workouts - by Allen Waters

The ability to make adjustments is often an underrated trait in basketball players, and that doesnt solely mean on the court. College players and students constantly have to deal with new situations, and at times, adversity. Kevin Dillard has dealt with a lot of change in the last few years, and he not only handled it, he learned to thrive.

After spending two years in his home state at Southern Illinois, where he averaged over 12 points and 4 assists per game, Dillard decided to transfer to Dayton. While the basketball opportunity was greater, it was not always an easy move.

Southern Illinois was in my comfort zone, said Dillard. All of my friends were there and my family was close. The move to Dayton was going to be full of adjustments, but Dillard so it as an opportunity for growth. I got to meet new people and develop myself in a whole new culture, recalled Dillard. It really helped me with my people skills and gave me a greater sense of independence.

I was closed off growing up, Dillard continued. I really start to let people in and let them see the real me.

After transferring, Dillard had to sit out for a season per NCAA rules, and while it gave him time to work on his game, it also gave him a lot of time to think. While I had to sit out, I would constantly ask myself Will this work out? said Dillard.

At the end of that season, Dayton coach Brian Gregory, who was instrumental in bringing Dillard to Dayton, left to take the head coaching job at Georgia Tech. Once Coach Gregory left, it left me with a whole new set of questions, said Dillard. I wasnt sure what was going to happen next, and was sitting on pins and needles.

Dillard stuck it out and when Archie Miller was named the new head coach, Dillard clicked with him immediately. Coach Miller really helped to expand my skill set, recalled Dillard. While sitting out, I learned a lot by watching the game, such as the xs and os and how to dictate flow. Coach Miller showed me how to translate that to the court as the point guard.

He was able to show all he learned during his two seasons with the Flyers, averaging 14 points and 5 assists during that time. Dillard then had the opportunity to show what he was capable of at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament for seniors a few weeks ago. It was really good to play against such great competition and in front of so many NBA scouts, said Dillard. In the A-10 I saw some good guards, but to play against so many new faces was a humbling experience.

Dillard hopes that NBA teams noticed what he can bring to their team. I love being a pass-first point guard, said Dillard. I get a thrill off of doing things like making the pass to the big man so he can score. I can score and shoot also; whatever the teams needs me to do, I will handle it.

With about seven weeks until the NBA Draft, Dillard is busy working on adding some more to his game. I want to get stronger and take my body to another level, explained Dillard. I want to get more explosive, especially on my first step, while working on improving my strengths, my floater and in-between game.

Dillard looks forward to getting more opportunities to show NBA teams what he is capable of in the coming weeks. Im a selfless guy who will give my all in everything I do, said Dillard. Im a workaholic with a passion for the game. Its my world.

The ability to adjust to change brought Dillard a lot and has prepared him for the next steps. I have been through a lot the last five years, and had my fair share of adversity, said Dillard. I wont crack under the pressure. I will give my all to any organization and do whatever it takes to win.

When everyone else is happy, I have done my job.



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Egypt vs Algeria Match Report - by Mohamed Ramadan

In an exciting game Egypt has beaten Algeria 85 - 79 in Overtime. Algeria had an excellent come back in the 4th quarter and would have won this match but I wonder how Mohamed Harath with 2 seconds left on the game and the score is tied 70 - 70 put his second free throw in the board on purpose instead of scoring and sealing the win for Algeria. It was a strange moment that no body inside the hall or on TV could understand.

After ending the first quarter by a draw 15 - 15 Egypt controlled the game, extended the lead to 16 points in the 3rd quarter and it seemed that they will seal an easy win, but Power Forward Mehdi Cheriet had another opinion, He controlled the paint on the offensive end of the floor in the 4th quarter to finish it 26 - 14 for the Algerian side taking the game to overtime.

It wasn't only Cheriet the reason for the come back but Forward Rami Ibhrahim who had a double double in this game 15 points and 10 rebounds, made 3 consecutive bad passes which lead to 6 points, a technical foul, and then at the final 2 seconds of the game when Egypt had the lead, he fouled Harath without any reason giving him a gift of 2 free throws to finish the match. Rami is one of the best rebounders on the team but he lacks concentration which could have cost us the match.

Notes:

Egypt played excellent offensive basketball in the 2nd quarter; the Egyptian bench totally outscored the Algerian Team.

Cheriet performance against our defense has proven that the team lacks a shot blocker in the paint, and the existence of El Ghannam, Samhan, & Orabi is essential.

Coach Amr Abu El Kheir didn't play Center Marwan Khorshed, looks like he isn't satisfied with his performance.

Ibrahim El Gammal kept his good performance, scoring 15 points and gave the team a spark at the final minute of the game and in overtime.

Wael Badr played his best match in the tournament and was a great leader on the floor.

Egypt is now in the 3rd place in the group and will play Italy for the 5th place.




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ESL Madrid starting today and running until June 29th! - by ESL News

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


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

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


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Olympiakos close to signing Brent Petway - by Dimitris Katsionis

According to sources close to the team, Olympiakos BC has reach to a deal with ex-AGOR's F/C Brent Petway (204-F-85, college: Michigan), in order to replace Pero Adic in the team's roster. Watching the Lasme-Gist's duo dominating in the A1 finals, the Red's decided to enhance their frontcourt's athletic ability with a super athlete like Petway, hoping he will match the Green's advantage in the paint. Coach Bartzokas targets to add some post offense also in Olympiakos' game style and his next choice is Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84), who seems that makes a great pair with Petway. The Red's administration has the cases of Spanoulis & Hines now as a priority, so in a few days we will know more about possible new adds.





Malcolm Delaney close to Crvena zvezda - by Igor Obradovic

The guard close to the Serbian team.

Crvena zvezda from Belgrade already announced the signings of Jaka Blazic and Blake Schilb and is now close to penning a deal with Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech), as reported by Novosti. Delaney spent the season in Ukraine with Budivelnyk Kyiv averaging 16.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.8apg in Eurocup and 14.7ppg and 4.5rpg in Superleague, a competition won by his team.

Delaney has played his first pro season in France with Chalon, conquering Pro A.



James Gist re-upped with Panathinaikos Athens - by Eurobasket News

James Gist (205-F-86) re-upped with Panathinaikos Athens for another season. Last season he averaged 8.2ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.2%, while in Euroleague his stats read 7.8ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 56.3%.
Last season Gist started at Unicaja Malaga (ACB) in Spanish league. In 13 games he had 4.9ppg and 3.2rpg this season. He also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.6ppg and 4.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. The last season Gist played at Fenerbahce Ulker (TBL) in Turkish league. In 31 games he recorded 9.1ppg and 5.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. Gist also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3spg.
In 2008 James Gist was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (57th overall). Gist represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 5.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 50.0%.



Marcus Slaughter remains with the Spanish Champions - by Eurobasket News

Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) remains with the Spanish Champions for the next season. The 28-year old American power forward will continue with Real Madrid in Spain.
In 44 games he averaged 4.0ppg and 2.9rpg this season. He helped them to win the league title and the supercup. Slaughter also played 29 games in Euroleague where he had 5.0ppg and 3.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Before Slaughter played at Brose Baskets Bamberg (BBL) in German league. In 44 games he had 8.4ppg, 4.9rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.0bpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to German Bundesliga All-Star Game. Slaughter also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 11.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.8spg and 1.3bpg.
The previous season Marcus Slaughter played at Blancos de Rueda (ACB) in Spanish league. In 34 games he had 9.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4spg and 1.0bpg that season.
In 2009-10 season Slaughter played at Sluc Nancy (ProA) in French league. In 29 games he had 12.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg and 1.4bpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 8.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.8spg and 2.0bpg.
In 2008-09 season Slaughter played at STB Le Havre (ProA) in France. In 21 games he had very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 9.5rpg (leader !!!), 1.6apg and 1.6spg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 12.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg and 1.8bpg. Slaughter also played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (BBL) in German league earlier that season. In 8 games he had also remarkable stats: 18.8ppg, 10.0rpg (leader !!!), 1.3apg, 2.6spg and 1.3bpg.



Euroleague wild-cards and A license - by Igor Obradovic

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport reported today the 23 teams who will play in Euroleague next season + one team from qualification.

Two teams who will got wild-card license is Budivelnik who is champion of Ukraine and semifinalst in Eurocup. Second team who will got wild-card is Strasbourg, and finally team who will got A licence is Bayern Minchen, team of Svetislav Pesic who are in semifinal lose against Brose Basket.

Here is the full list of Euroleague participants :

Spain (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Laboral Kutxa, Unicaja)
Russia (CSKA Moscow, Lokomotiva Kuban)
Italy (Siena, Milano)
Turkey (Galatasaray, Efes, Fenerbahce)
Lithuania (Zalgiris)
Greece (Olympiakos, Panathinaikos)
France (Nanterre, Strasbourg)
Germany (Brose Basket, Bayern Minchen)
Serbia/Adriatic league (Partizan, Crvena zvezda)
Poland (Stalmet Zielena Gora)
Israel (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Ukraine (Budivelnik)

+ one team from Qualification round : Banvit, Lietuvos Rytas, Oldenburg, Igokea, Oostende, Nymburk, Varese, Khimki



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Standings

FBA Standings
 1. Tampa Bay R. 9-2 
 2. Florida Flight 5-5 
 3. Heartland P. 4-3 
 4. Palm Beach T. 0-8 


Lemons Earns 2nd Straight Weekly Award - by Andrew Phillips

Tampa Bay Rebels point guard Cory Lemons (5'10''-G, college: Cabrini) earned his second straight Florida Basketball Association Player of the Week honor after posting a triple-double in a victory against the Heartland Prowl on June 16th. Lemons finished the game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists, and 4 steals. He becomes the first player in Florida Basketball Association history to win consecutive Player of the Week awards.


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ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale signs Charles Jackson - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale signed 26-year old American forward Charles Jackson (203-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Hawaii-Pacific). The player will arrive from JSF Nanterre in ProA. Jackson also played at Pau-Lacq-Orthez earlier that season. In 36 ProB games he recorded 13.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg.
Before he played at Best Balikesir Basketbol Kulubu (TB2L) in Turkish league. In 36 games he was second best scorer with impressive 19.4ppg and averaged 11.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Turkish TB2L All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. The most of previous (10-11) season Jackson spent at Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Eredivisie) in Dutch league. In 24 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 7.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The other team Jackson played that season for was MBK Rieker Komarno (Extraliga) in Slovakian league. In 17 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 19.2ppg, 11.2rpg (leader !!!), 1.1apg, 1.6spg and 1.4bpg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.



Vannes brings in Johan Jeanny and Ndiasse Samb - by Eurobasket News

Vannes brings in Johan Jeanny (197-F-91) and Ndiasse Samb (205-C-93) for the next season.
Johan Jeanny is a young 22-year old French forward. He currently played at CEP Lorient in France. Part of last season Jeanny spent at Boulazac (NM3) in French league. He also spent pre-season at Boulazac Basket (ProA) in French league earlier that year.
Ndiasse Samb is a 20-year old Senegalese center. He currently played Boulazac Basket Dordogne in France.
AS Cherbourg meanwhile added 23-year old forward Davy Cevadille (195-F-90). He is 1.93 cm and can play different roles in the team. He will come from Quimper UJAP.



Chalon tab Josh Bostic - by Eurobasket News

Chalon-sur-Saone bolstered their roster. They added Josh Bostic (196-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) to the squad. Last season the forward spent in Belgium. He played for Mons-Hainaut. Josh Bostic tallied 13.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game in the Ethias League. In EuroChallenge Josh Bostic notched 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per appearance. He earned All-Belgian League Honourable Mention. Previously Josh Bostic had stints with Liege, New Mexico Thunderbirds and Kyoto Hannaryz. He made it into All-Belgian League 1st Team in 2012. Josh Bostic earned All-Japanese BJ League Honourable Mention in 2010.


Lille confirm Ville Kaunisto - by Eurobasket News

Lille have confirmed the signing of Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82, agency: Court Side). The Finnish player will spend the next season in the north of France. The forward spent the previous season with Blois Basket. He posted 17.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in NM1. Ville Kaunisto became the All-French NM1 Player of the Year for the second straight season. Previously Ville Kaunisto played in Finland, Spain, Italy, France and Switzerland. He was trumped All-Finnish Korisliiga Domestic Player of the Year in 2011. Ville Kaunisto earned All-French N1 Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2006. The forward participated at the N1 All-Star Game in 2006. Ville Kaunisto was the member of the Finnish National Team in 2003-12 seasons. He also played for the Finnish U18 and U20 selections.


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Robert Zinn Signs With The Brose Baskets Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Brose Baskets Bamberg have announced that Robert Zinn (195-G-95) will belong to their roster for the upcoming season. Zinn is an 18 year old 195cm guard that moves from the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg where he played for VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA): 1 game: 2pts, 2reb, also played at BSG Basket Ludwigsburg (2.Regionalliga), also played at BBA Ludwigsburg U19 team (NBBL). He also played two Beko BBL games including against Bamberg where he produced two points. "Robert is surely a very ambitious player. He has a good view of the court and toughness. We feel that he can still improve and are happy that he will join us", stated Bamberg head coach Chris Fleming. The club also announced that Pro B player of their farm team TSV Troster Breitengussbach Dino Dizdarevic will also belong to the roster of Bamberg. The 18 year old 196cm forward has been with TSV Troester Breitenguessbach since 2009. Last season he played 19 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, played also at Troester Cybex Breitenguessbach U19 team (NBBL). "I think it is important for him now to get established in the PRO B just like the other guys did with Kartsen Tadda, Daniel Schmidt and Philipp Neumann. This is the next step for him. We think he has a good future. He just finished school and now will be able to practice twice a day", added Chris Fleming.

Source: Brose Baskets Bamberg



Bernd Kruel (Phoenix Hagen) Pascal Roller Was A Great Teammate - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Bernd Kruel (209-C/F-76) is a 37 year old 209cm center that will be playing his 17th season in Hagen this upcoming season. He started his career with Brandt Hagen in 1993 and played there until December 2003 as team withdrew from the Beko BBL. He then joined the Opel Skyliners in January 2003 and helped the team win the Beko BBL title in 2004. He helped the team reach the 2005 Beko BBL final. He then played for the Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2006-2008. In 2008, he returned back to Hagen to play for Phoenix Hagen and helped the team reach the Beko BBL in 2009. The German spoke to eurobasket about basketball during the last season.

Since 2006, you have returned back to Frankfurt many times to play your ex team. Is it still special to return back?

Yes it is still special to come back to Frankfurt. I have many nice memories from my Frankfurt time and I see many old friends.

You are 37 now and you return back each season to continue your career. I guess there are still enough fish in the river Volme in Hagen for the big storch to eat?

Yes there are still many yummy fish in the Volme. I feel good and am fit physically.

What aspirations do you still have at the age of 37? Winning a title wont be easy in Hagen.

I know that it will be hard to win a title. I just want to help continue to develop the team and be successful. I want to annoy the top teams and not fight against staying in the league like we did last season. That is just too much for my nerves.

How do you see the small ball play with Phoenix Hagen and less emphasis on center play?

I think it is a pity that it is like that here, because I think that it is better to have a balance between inside out play. However we also know that if we hit our shots then we can beat anyone. I am used to this style and if we are successful with it then I am ok with it.

It is no secret that Phoenix Hagen can score with the best of them, but why doesnt the team come to play defense more often?

We defend ok, but as you saw in Frankfurt then when you give up 100 points on a regular basis then it is still hard to win even if we score a bit more. The problem is that we use much energy with our style on offense. We run much and get up and down and we get tired.

You played together with Ingo Fryer in the 90s with Brandt Hagen. What is your relationship like today?

We have a normal relationship. It is often the case that players might not come to terms with ex teammates that are the coach, but with me its no problem. I am like a second coach to him on the court and when I often see things, I try to give my know how to him and help out.

You are a very versatile big men. What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?

I think that I can read the game very well and that I understand it. I like an organized defense and team play. It isnt important that I dont score much, but the most important thing is that we win.

What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen Mark Dorris do on the court?

Just seeing his quickness. So often players think that they have a grip on him, but then he weaves around you without problem. I rather am annoyed and pushed around by big men then having to contain a guy like that.

What is your memory of the Michael Hakim Jordan tirade in Frankfurt in 2010?

That tirade was perfect. I believe each team has one or two speeches like that during the season. I think that they are necessary. There are always guys like Jordan who wake up a team. Jordan was loud and picked the right words. If a player doesnt get loud then a team can have real problems.

Does Michael Jodan have the talent to go to Hollywood?

He was already in a picture with Phoenix in der asche.

Why was Jacob Burtschi such a good Monopoly player?

I was never at those games, because they take too long for me. He didnt have much of a chance against me with backgammon.

Who were your basketball idols as a kid?

Michael Jordan. Back in the day it wasnt like now. The NBA wasnt on German TV yet. I only was able to see pictures in American newspapers. I dont have any idols now, but enjoy watching the European style seeing Euroleague games.

You played many years with Brandt Hagen. Why wasnt there more titles won?

We did win a cup and reached the final. I think that it was another time where there were only two international players allowed and the rest were all Germans. It was similar to today where there were a few top teams that had more money than the rest. We always fought to get good players even if it was hard. I had a lot of fun playing for Brandt Hagen.

You played together with Hansi Gnad. What was the most important thing that you learned from him?

He was a top player at that time. He was your classic center that played physical. Even though I am a center now, I was playing the wing then and he was a center. I just tried to pick up as many things form his game that I could insert into my game.

You came to the Opel Skyliners in the second half of the 2003-2004 season. Did you ever think that you would win the title a few months later?

I never thought that we would win it all. I knew that we had a good team and that I could be a good puzzle piece for success. We didnt have it easy going to five games in each series. But one saw soon that we had so many weapons and always played hard.

What was your nicest memory of Pascal Roller on the court?

He was a great player. He was so quick and he always had a positive face on the court. It was always fun to play with him and we were successful on the court. He was a great teammate.

How tough was it going against John Bowler in practice each day?

He was a very annoying player that used his body well. He could jump very well for his size.

Who was the best teammate that you ever had in your career?

There have been so many that it wouldnt be fair to name just one. They all had great characters. If I had to name one then it would be my first point guard in Hagen with Keith Gatlin.

Have you made a bet with Chris Ensminger as to who will retire first?

I think that he will play until his mid forties. I have to see how my bones hold up. I will continue to play as long as I still have fun.

How did you bring Matthias Grothe to laugh?

I dont do it as much anymore. But back when we played together I would rub his nose when he was snoring on the bus.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The life of Brian. I have seen it three or four times.

Thanks Bernd for the chat.



German A-2 National Team Named - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

German A-2 national team head coach Olaf Stolz has put together his roster that will take part at the universal games in Kasan, Russia from July 6-17th. Before the team takes part there, they will play at the Stankovic-cup in China from June 27th until July second. The players that he has named are as follows: Anthony Canty (TBB Trier), Till-Joscha Jnke (BG Illertal-Weienhorn/ratiopharrm Ulm), Florian Koch (Telekom Baskets Bonn), Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) (FRAPORT SKYLINERS), Stefan Schmidt (TBB Trier), Mathis Mnninghoff (TBB Trier), Dennis Kramer (University of San Diego/USA), Peter Zeis (medi Bayreuth), Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann ( ALBA Berlin), Johannes Voigtmann (FRAPORT SKYLINERS), Ole Wendt (Phoenix Hagen), und Malte Ziegenhagen (Hawai Pacific University/USA).

Source: DBB



Dru Joyce Stays With The EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


EWE Baskets Oldenburg fans got good news today in that playmaker Dru Joyce (183-PG-85, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: Akron) will remain with the 2009 Eurochallenge winner. Joyce is a 28 year old 183cm guard from Akron, Ohio that played high school basketball with consecutive NBA champion Lebron James. Last season for Oldenburg, the American played in the Beko BBL 46 games: 8.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 44.6%, FT: 69.1%; EuroChallenge: 16 games: 7.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 52.6%, FT: 69.2%. After playing shortly in Poland, Joyce seems to have found a home in Germany having played five of his professional seasons in Germany. "The way he leads the team brings a lot of structure into our game. He always has an eye for his teammates and his development isn't at the end yet. Now we want to take the next step. Games in the Eurocup or Euroleague are a real challenge. He also has a lot of intensity on defense. There he puts much pressure on the opponent", stressed Oldenburg head coach Sebastian Machowski. The team also announced that
Mustafa Abdul-Hamid wont be returning. For Oldenburg he played 13 games: 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 71.4%, FT: 63.6%

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg







Michael Bizoukas Joins The Oettinger Rockets Gotha - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Oettinger Rockets Gotha welcome a rookie to Germany with Michael Bizoukas (187-G-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management). Michael Bizoukas is a 24 year old 187cm guard that played NCAA basketball at Depaul and Missouri State. He is known for his quick hands defensively and explosive first step on offense. Has a high basketball IQ. He is a true point guard, a highly-touted, highly skilled player who is the true lead guard with amazing ball handling and passing skills. His game is similar to Tony Parker in that he specializes in driving and dishing. Last season as a senior at Missouri St. (NCAA) he played 31 games averaging 4.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.5apg. Recently Beko BBL legend Chris Ensminger was still playing and now as coach he reeled in his first player as a head coach. "Michael is a point guard with the pass first mentality. . He makes his teammates better and i think that he will fit perfectly to the style that I wnat to play this season", stressed ehad coach Chris Ensminger. The American played at Depaul from 2007to 2011 and then at Missouri State. He played a total of 113 NCAA games.

Source: Oettinger Rockets Gotha



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 back to Tuebingen to help friend and head coach Igor Perovic on the sidelines, but also take part in practices and if an injury does occur be able to play in games. Nadjfeji is a 36 year old 203cm forward who still seems to have some gas left in his tank played for FC Bayern Munich the last three seasons playing a total 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 a three year deal and is happy about returning. "I am very thankful that I was able to be part of the FC Bayern Munich project the last three seasons. But now I am looking forward to my new task in Tuebingen. My family and I felt very comfortable there and the contact to Igor Perovic never broke away. After it was clear that there would be an opening, the job there seemed very interesting to me. I will give all my knowledge and hope that we will be successful", stressed Aleksandar Nadjfeji. He started his basketball career in 1996 for Radnicki Beograd. He came to Germany in 2001 and never left playing for teams like the Telekom Baskets Bonn, Rhein Energie Cologne and Alba Berlin winning two cups and two league titles. For coach Igor Perovic getting a guy like Nadjfeji seemed only logical. "That baasketball personality like him come to Tuebingen is very important for the team. Especially our big men will profit and become even better players. Without doubt he has a fantastic personality and I am sure that he will be a good coach as well. We also have the luxuary that he will practice with team giving us a seventh international player", added Igor Perovic.

Source: Walter TIgers Tuebingen





Dominik Spohr Moves To BG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


After four seasons of gathering Beko BBL experience Dominik Spohr (198-F-89) heads back to the Pro A for a new start signing with 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen. Spohr is a 24 year old 198cm forward that can play both forward positions, is a solid overall defender on and off the ball, has a strong upper body and likes to play physical, shoots the ball with range and high percentage, is playing with a lot of desire and enthusiasm, a totally committed player, unselfish with great attitude and team spirit and plays within his limitations. Last season he played for the : LTi Giessen 46ers (BBL) playing 29 games: 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 75.6%. He profited a lot last season to increased playing time on account of less Americans being on the roster in the second half of the season. BG Goettingen head coach Johan Roijakkers knows exactly what he is gaining with the German. "He has a great charachter and plays with much energy. We will play him at the four. In Giessen, he played the three and four and with us we have two different players with Nick Livas and him and they compliment each other", stressed Johan Roijakkers. Spohr started his basketball career in 2004 with BBV Hagen and helped Phoenix Hagen make the jump to the Beko BBL in 2009. Spohr has played a total of 93 Beko BBL games. "







FC Bayern Munich Officially Sign Lucca Staiger - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



FC Bayern Munich has made it official today signing German national player Lucca Staiger (196-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) to a two year deal. Staiger is a 25 year old 196cm shooting guard that last season played for the Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg (BB) playing 32 games: 12.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 87.1%. He belonged to the top German players in the beko BBL last season and was named to the eurobasket.com German all domestic team. Staiger cant complain for the expereince that he has gotten on the basketball court having played in the NCAA, for 8 time German champion Alba Berlin and now will start a new basketball journey with the most famous sports team in Germany FC Bayern Munich. " He has shown in Ludwigsburg as well as with the German national team that he can take responsobility on the court. He has matured physically, mentally and tactically. He fits well to our game and we are happy that he is joining us", stressed FC Bayern Munich director Marko Pesic. "I can hardly wait for the seaosn to start. I am looking forward to the club and city Munich.I am sure that we will be able to achieve things", stressed Lucca Staiger. Staiger started his basketball career in 2003 for the Urspring Basketball Academy where he once scored 106 points as a player when he was 16. His basketball journey continued with TSG Ehingen (2.Bundesliga) from 2003-2006. He then played a season of high school basketball at Decatur Christian HS. He then played briefly in the NCAA with Iowa State playing 49 NCAA games. He then played for Alba Berlin from 2009-2012. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -03-04, German U18 National Team -04-05, European Championships U18 in Belgrade -05: 8 games: 6.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48%, 3FGP: 36.4%, FT: 60%, Adidas Superstar Camp -05, German U20 National Team -06, 08European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) -06: 8 games: 6.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 26.3%, 3FGP: 32.4%, FT: 80%, European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) -08: (Champion): 8 games: 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 80.0%, German A2 National Team -08-09, German University National Team -09, World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09: 7 games: 13.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 77.8%, German National Team -09-13, European Championships in Poland -09: 6 games: 5.0ppg, 1.2rpg, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -10, Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso All-Star Team -10, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -10, World Championships in Turkey -10: 4 games: 7.3ppg, 1.0rpg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 37.5%, European Championships in Lithuania -11: 6 games: 2.7ppg, 1.2apg, Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 9.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 88.9%, and German Bundesliga All-Star Game -13: The club also announced that ex NBA player Lawrence Roberts wont be returning.

Source: FC Bayern Munich





Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB Haul In Stefan Wess - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

pro B club Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB have announced the arrival of Stefan Wess. wess is a 19 year old 203cm forward that played last season for UBC Muenster (Regionalliga), played also at Quakenbrueck Young Dragons (NBBL). He also played NBBL and had remarkable stats averaging 21ppg and seven rebounds. He quickly got the interest of his new team as he poured in 39 points and grabed 15 rebounds in a NBBL game. "We have watched him intensively and feel that he fits to us an dthat he can make the next step in his career", stressed head coach Mladen Drijencic. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been
German U18 National Team -12, Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim (Germany) -12, European Championships U18 in Lithuania -12: 9 games: 1.1ppg, 1.2rpg
and German U20 National Team -13

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg



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James Gist re-upped with Panathinaikos Athens - by Eurobasket News

James Gist (205-F-86) re-upped with Panathinaikos Athens for another season. Last season he averaged 8.2ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.2%, while in Euroleague his stats read 7.8ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 56.3%.
Last season Gist started at Unicaja Malaga (ACB) in Spanish league. In 13 games he had 4.9ppg and 3.2rpg this season. He also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.6ppg and 4.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. The last season Gist played at Fenerbahce Ulker (TBL) in Turkish league. In 31 games he recorded 9.1ppg and 5.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. Gist also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3spg.
In 2008 James Gist was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (57th overall). Gist represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 5.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 50.0%.



Olympiakos close to signing Brent Petway - by Dimitris Katsionis

According to sources close to the team, Olympiakos BC has reach to a deal with ex-AGOR's F/C Brent Petway (204-F-85, college: Michigan), in order to replace Pero Adic in the team's roster. Watching the Lasme-Gist's duo dominating in the A1 finals, the Red's decided to enhance their frontcourt's athletic ability with a super athlete like Petway, hoping he will match the Green's advantage in the paint. Coach Bartzokas targets to add some post offense also in Olympiakos' game style and his next choice is Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84), who seems that makes a great pair with Petway. The Red's administration has the cases of Spanoulis & Hines now as a priority, so in a few days we will know more about possible new adds.





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Market news - by Levente Szabo

While the teams in the Hungarian top division are putting together their domestic core and the transfer market is getting more and more intense the following transfers went through in the past weeks:

Marton Fodor (191-SG-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group), who was the backup PG at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in the past 3 seasons signed with Kaposvari KK for the next season. The veteran guard will bring Adriatic League and EuroChallenge experience to coach Feketes team.

Another new addition to the team of Kaposvari KK will be Branislav Jancikin (198-F/G-86). The Serbian-Hungarian dual citizen wing leaves Falco after 2 years. The 6'7" swingman who is a feared outside threat will add depth to the roster of the previous season semifinalist club.

Gabor Soos (200-G/F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) - who was on a loan this season from Szolnoki Olajbanyasz at TOP COP Security Jaszbereny -, reached an agreement with TOP COP Security Jaszbereny and will play for the team in the next season too. The 6'7" forward was a key player for the playoff participant team averaging 10.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.7apg (FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 56.8%).

Mate Medve (197-G-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) and Balazs Kerpel-Fronius (195-G/F-92) signed 2 year deals with Atomeromu SE Paks.

Mate Medve started last season with Alba Fehervar but left due to a transfer to play for Factum Sport Debrecen. He saw much playing in the worst team of the league where he finished the season averaging 14.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.

Balazs Kerpel-Fronius didnt see much playing time with Paks last year as he played only 7 mpg for the bronz medalist squad but the team decided to offer for the talented young player a 2 year contract. As a little surprise Balazs was invited to the Hungarian National Team also.

Levente Juhos (209-C/F-91, college: Moberly JC) penned a contract with the Hungarian Champion Alba Fehervar for another 2 years. The soft shooting young PF is expected to see increased playing time in the future as key players like Akos Keller leaved the team at his position.




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Dan Shamir will be Messina's assitant in CSKA - by Idan Seggev

Hapoel Holon's head coach, Dan Shamir , received a very surprising offer from CSKA Moscow head coach, Ettore Messina , to be his assistant coach. Shamir, who recently signed on a 2-years-deal contract with Holon, asked to be released from his contract and Holon's owner, Micky Dorsman, accepted. This is a huge step for 38-year-old Shamir, to work with one of the greatest coaches in the European basketball and a huge upgrade in his salary, where he supposed to earn around 200K euro. Shamir was assistant coach in Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, second assitant coach in Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv where he was a part of their two Euroleague titles and asistant coach of David Blatt (agency: Beo Basket ) in Dynamo Moscow. As head coach he worked in Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, Bnei HaSharon and Hapoel Holon.


Nate Miller stays at Ironi Nahariya - by Greg

Ironi Nahariya (National League) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Nate Miller (193-102kg-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management). Nate will stay in Israeli team for one more season as he joined Ironi Jan.'13 and finished there 2012/2013 season. In 22 games he had impressive 18.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.5apg and leagues second best 2.8spg. He helped his team to reach National League semifinals.

Before he moved to Ironi he played at Sionista in Argentinian LigaA. In 11 games he had 8.0ppg and 3.6rpg this season. Miller also spent one month at Panteras (LNBP) in Mexican league earlier that year. In 9 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.7apg and 2.4spg.

The 2011/2012 season he played at Beer Yaakov. In 34 National League games he recorded also remarkable stats: 22.4ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.6apg and 3.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Defensive Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.

Miller attended Bowling Green State University until 2009 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Turkey U18 wins Torneo di Potenza - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18-Turkey U18 65:57

Turkey U18 wins Torneo di Potenza even despite the loss in the last game. Italy U18 finished Torneo di Potenza with the win over Turkey U18. The hosts ended up with 1-2 record after a 65:57 win.
Italy started the game with a 15-13 lead, but could not control the rest of the half. Turkey came up with a 32:31 lead as the team left the court to the lockers. Moreover Turkey increased to 45:42 after three quarters, but then it was Italy with their last push. Italy needed a 23-12 surge in the last period for the final success.
Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) scored 12 points for Turkey. Kenan Sipahi delivered 9, while Egemen Guven and Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) netted 8 each. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) scored 6 points in the losing effort.



Reyer Venezia keep Szymon Szewczyk - by Eurobasket News

Reyer Venezia keep Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) for the next season. In 32 games he averaged 12.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1apg this season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Bosmans Team. Before Szewczyk played also at Umana Venezia (SerieA) in Italian league. In 35 games he had 12.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1bpg.
In 2003 he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (35th overall). Szewczyk's team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2011.
He has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. Szewczyk has regularly played for since 2001 and previously for U20 National Team between 2000 and 2001. He represented Poland at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 76.9%. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin and New Yorker Phantoms), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Italy (Air Avellino and Givova Scafati), Poland (Polpharma) and Russia (Lokomotiv).



Jonathan Tabu and FoxTown Cantu part ways - by Eurobasket News

Jonathan Tabu (190-PG-85) and FoxTown Cantu part ways as the player will not be coming back to the team for the next season. In 44 games he had 7.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the supercup and make to league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Bosmans Team. Tabu also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.2apg.
Earlier Jonathan Tabu played at Vanoli Cremona (SerieA) in Italian league. In 32 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Tabu won Belgian League championship title for three years in a row (between 2008 and 2010). He was also voted Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2010.
Tabu was also a member of Belgian international program for some years. He played for Belgian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005. Tabu represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 66.7%.



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Jordan to bring Jimmy Baxter to Manila - by Eurobasket News

Jordan basketball federation has decided to start naturalization process for Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida). The guard is expected to arrive to Amman tonight to initiate the process. Jimmy Baxter should be ready to play for Jordan at the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship in Manila in August. Jimmy Baxter knows well Jordan NT head coach Vangelis Alexandris . He played under Alexandris guidance in Greece. Last season Jimmy Baxter started in Germany. He notched 14.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for LTi Giessen. Later the guard moved to Argentina to ink deal with Quimsa. He tallied 14.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance in LigaA. Jimmy Baxter finally moved to Venezuela to play for Guaiqueries. His stats read 15.2 points, 2.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game in LPB.


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Jekabpils add Kaspars Cipruss - by Eurobasket News

Jekabpils continued to bolster their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82). The centre started the previous season in Lithuania. He played for Panevezys Liatkabelis. Cipruss notched 10.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in Baltic League. In LKL the player delivered 9.2 points, 5.4 boards and 1.5 assists per appearance. Kaspars Cipruss moved to BC Odessa in December. His stats read 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in Superleague. Kaspars Cipruss played in Estonia, Spain, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia before. He was named All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Player of the Year in 2012. The centre was also trumped All-Estonian League Player of the Year in 2012.


Liepaja hire Uvis Helmanis - by Eurobasket News

Uvis Helmanis will become the new head coach of Liepaja. The specialist has agreed on terms of contract with the team. Uvis Helmanis has lately worked as coach assistant with VEF Riga. He guided BK Barons Riga back in 2010/11 season. Uvis Helmanis had a great basketball career. He played in Latvia, Germany and Poland. Uvis Helmanis was the member of the Latvian National Team in 1993/2009. He participated at five LBL All-Star Games. Uvis Helmanis twice clinched victories in All-Star Game Three-Point Shootout Contests.
Uvis Helmanis is expected to sign a two-year deal with the team. He will join Liepaja in July.



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Luxembourg U18 hand two defeats to Georgia U18 - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U18 National Team played two exhibition clashes versus their Georgian counterparts in Attert. The hosts turned victorious in both games.
Luxembourg dominated the first game. They rolled to a comfortable 75:58 victory at the end. Thomas Grun (194-PG-95) stepped up with 23 points to lead the charge. Philippe Gutenkauf (181-PG-95) accounted for 10 points, while Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) contributed 7 points for the winners.
Next game was a closer contest. Georgia looked good throughout the regulation but the hosts managed to succeed. Luxembourg eked out a 76:66 victory to sweep the series. Philippe Gutenkauf tossed in 25 points to lead the winners. Filip Stojanovic (89) and Max Hilger (187-PG-95) dropped 13 points apiece for Luxembourg.



Heffingen land Christophe Ruppert - by Eurobasket News

Heffingen reinforced their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Christophe Ruppert (187-G-87). The guard spent the last season with Basket Star Mersch. He notched 9.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in the Diekirch League. Christophe Ruppert was the member of Luxembourg U16 National Team in 2005.


Luxembourg U20 exchange victories with Switzerland U20 - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U20 National Team split friendly games against their Swiss counterparts in Attert. The first game ended with the hosts claiming a 79:63 victory. Luxembourg gained a 31:24 halftime lead. However the Swiss team denied the deficit and pulled in front for a 50:49 lead into the fourth frame. Luxembourg bounced back in the final stanza and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Bob Melcher (189-G-94) and Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) delivered 20 points each to pace the hosts. Tom Steffen (195-F-93) added 13 points for the winners.
Next game also started positively for the hosts. Luxembourg accounted for a 33:27 halftime advantage. However the Swiss team shifted the gear in the third term. They raced in front and accumulated a 41:36 lead before the final stanza. Switzerland kept their opponents at bay throughout the final period and sealed a 68:59 win at the end. Alex Laurent delivered 22 points for Luxembourg. Bob Melcher dropped 15 points in the loss.



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Jones, Obregon25.5 
 2. Monroe, Cananea23.8 
 3. Austin, Cananea23.5 
 4. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas22.7 
 6. Pearson, Los M.21.9 
 7. Elliott, Navolato21.7 
 8. McCullough, Nogales21.0 
 9. Sperling, Obregon19.9 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Moss, Nogales10.2 
 2. McNeal, Gastonia.9.9 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.7 
 4. Toombs, Navolato8.7 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.5 
 6. Jones, Obregon8.4 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 9. Rougeau, Cananea7.5 
 10. Pettigrew, Guasa.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Stallings, Guasave6.9 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Gadson, Nogales5.8 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas5.3 
 5. Quintero, Tijuana4.7 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 7. Monreal, Hermosillo4.7 
 8. Meza Rogel, Guasa.4.3 
 9. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 10. Medina, Tijuana4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.1 
 2. Stallings, Guasave2.0 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.8 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.6 
 6. Thomas, Tijuana1.6 
 7. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 8. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 9. Medina, Tijuana1.3 
 10. Rougeau, Cananea1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.6 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Gonzalez, Cananea1.1 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 7. Toombs, Navolato1.0 
 8. Mercado, Nogales0.9 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.7 
 10. Villanueva, Hermo.0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 1 of Finals. Navolato gain the lead - by Eurobasket News

Hermosillo - Navolato 80-88

Navolato surprised top-ranked Hemosillo on the road in the opening game of the championship series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rayos de Hermosillo won third quarter 28-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Garra Canera de Navolato won last quarter 18-12. The former international forward Jesus Gonzalez (195-86) stepped up and scored 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: K.Spain 19+10reb+1ast, S.Monreal 17+3reb+2ast, P.Sanders 15+5reb+2ast, E.Little 13+8reb+6ast, J.Lopez 7+3reb+1ast, J.Coronado 3+1reb+1ast
Navolato: J.Gonzalez 26+9reb, M.Elliott 22+5reb+3ast, R.Selleaze 10+3reb+1ast, B.Toombs 9+9reb, F.Verdugo 9+2reb, J.Insunza 6+2reb+4ast
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Aleksandar Radulovic joined BC Timisoara - by Darko Pekic

Montenegrin big man and former Teodo member, Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) signed a one year contract with Romanian Liga Nationala side BC Timisoara. The 28 year old from Podgorica will join his new team for the preseason preparations in August and start collaborating with head coach Tudor Costescu who replaced young Serbian coach Srdjan Jovanovic .

Radulovic had a very successful season both in Balkan League and domestic league. He averaged 15.2ppg and was ranked 2nd in rebounds (7.3rpg) in Balkan League. Radulovic was also voted as Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team -13. In Erste Basketball League his stats were similar to his Balkan League stats- 13.8ppg, Reb-4 (8.6rpg). He has experience from Danilovgrad, Ulcinj and Zrinjski.



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Kevin Dillard impress Several NBA teams during workouts - by Allen Waters

The ability to make adjustments is often an underrated trait in basketball players, and that doesnt solely mean on the court. College players and students constantly have to deal with new situations, and at times, adversity. Kevin Dillard has dealt with a lot of change in the last few years, and he not only handled it, he learned to thrive.

After spending two years in his home state at Southern Illinois, where he averaged over 12 points and 4 assists per game, Dillard decided to transfer to Dayton. While the basketball opportunity was greater, it was not always an easy move.

Southern Illinois was in my comfort zone, said Dillard. All of my friends were there and my family was close. The move to Dayton was going to be full of adjustments, but Dillard so it as an opportunity for growth. I got to meet new people and develop myself in a whole new culture, recalled Dillard. It really helped me with my people skills and gave me a greater sense of independence.

I was closed off growing up, Dillard continued. I really start to let people in and let them see the real me.

After transferring, Dillard had to sit out for a season per NCAA rules, and while it gave him time to work on his game, it also gave him a lot of time to think. While I had to sit out, I would constantly ask myself Will this work out? said Dillard.

At the end of that season, Dayton coach Brian Gregory, who was instrumental in bringing Dillard to Dayton, left to take the head coaching job at Georgia Tech. Once Coach Gregory left, it left me with a whole new set of questions, said Dillard. I wasnt sure what was going to happen next, and was sitting on pins and needles.

Dillard stuck it out and when Archie Miller was named the new head coach, Dillard clicked with him immediately. Coach Miller really helped to expand my skill set, recalled Dillard. While sitting out, I learned a lot by watching the game, such as the xs and os and how to dictate flow. Coach Miller showed me how to translate that to the court as the point guard.

He was able to show all he learned during his two seasons with the Flyers, averaging 14 points and 5 assists during that time. Dillard then had the opportunity to show what he was capable of at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament for seniors a few weeks ago. It was really good to play against such great competition and in front of so many NBA scouts, said Dillard. In the A-10 I saw some good guards, but to play against so many new faces was a humbling experience.

Dillard hopes that NBA teams noticed what he can bring to their team. I love being a pass-first point guard, said Dillard. I get a thrill off of doing things like making the pass to the big man so he can score. I can score and shoot also; whatever the teams needs me to do, I will handle it.

With about seven weeks until the NBA Draft, Dillard is busy working on adding some more to his game. I want to get stronger and take my body to another level, explained Dillard. I want to get more explosive, especially on my first step, while working on improving my strengths, my floater and in-between game.

Dillard looks forward to getting more opportunities to show NBA teams what he is capable of in the coming weeks. Im a selfless guy who will give my all in everything I do, said Dillard. Im a workaholic with a passion for the game. Its my world.

The ability to adjust to change brought Dillard a lot and has prepared him for the next steps. I have been through a lot the last five years, and had my fair share of adversity, said Dillard. I wont crack under the pressure. I will give my all to any organization and do whatever it takes to win.

When everyone else is happy, I have done my job.



5 Players the Milwaukee Bucks should target in the NBA draft! - by Chris Mathieu

5 Players the Milwaukee Bucks should target in the NBA draft!

Milwaukee Bucks have the 15th pick in the NBA draft and have lots of holes to fill. The questions surrounding the PG position with Monta Ellis opting out and Brandon Jennings a restricted FA means the team needs to target the best player available.
The team needs an infusion of talent and depth and they have no real star players. The team has drafted ok the last few years hitting on some like Larry Sanders and missing on others like Joe Alexander. The team is afraid of a complete rebuild so they have found themselves in the spin cycle of NBA mediocrity.
A breakdown of 5 players they should focus on depending on availability

1)Dennis Schroeder: The team missed on one German star Dirk Nowitzki, given the chance they better not repeat the mistake. Schroeder is likely to be a target of the Utah Jazz but if another player falls to them or they pass Milwaukee would be wise to take this young player. He has very good athleticism, size and frame for an NBA PG and has played in the competitive German League. He dominated at the Nike Hoop Summit this spring against the best US high school kids. He needs to be put into a situation with good structure were he can be nurtured and grow as a player, often a question of the Bucks organization.

2)Sergey Karasev: Only 19 years old he has played in the very competitive Russian League and dominated. He is an excellent ball handler, good passer, shooter and a decent NBA athlete. He has played and competed against the best players outside of the NBA and more than held his own. At worse I see him as a better ball handling Kyle Korver without the incredible three point shooting.

3)Giannis Adetokunbo: An incredibly talented raw athlete who is all over the board as far as NBA scouts. He could wash out of the NBA or be a Luol Deng type of player. He will take some time to develop and needs to be in an organization that it patient and has a plan as to how to develop him. He played in D2 Greece and didnt dominate, a concern considering the risk involved in using the 15th pick in the draft.

4)Rudy Gobert: An immense athlete for a 216cm PF/C who has an incredible wingspan. He is another very young prospect who hasnt dominated the competition. He was often iced out of games by teammates who appeared to be jealous of the attention he was getting. He doesnt always give maximum effort but he has top 10 talents that are hard to pass on if he falls to the team. Very similar to Larry Sanders.

5)Shane Larkin: Shane Larkin played very well for the Miami Hurricanes. He is a player that will probably benefit from the wide open style of the NBA. He has a 40 vertical which he didnt really display in college. He was more of a jump shooter than a slasher in college but could be a dominate pro player even at under 6. He is an excellent outside shooter and could prove to be the steal of the NBA draft.



5 Players the Milwaukee Bucks should target in the NBA draft! - by Chris Mathieu

5 Players the Milwaukee Bucks should target in the NBA draft!

Milwaukee Bucks have the 15th pick in the NBA draft and have lots of holes to fill. The questions surrounding the PG position with Monta Ellis opting out and Brandon Jennings a restricted FA means the team needs to target the best player available.
The team needs an infusion of talent and depth and they have no real star players. The team has drafted ok the last few years hitting on some like Larry Sanders and missing on others like Joe Alexander. The team is afraid of a complete rebuild so they have found themselves in the spin cycle of NBA mediocrity.
A breakdown of 5 players they should focus on depending on availability

1)Dennis Schroeder: The team missed on one German star Dirk Nowitzki, given the chance they better not repeat the mistake. Schroeder is likely to be a target of the Utah Jazz but if another player falls to them or they pass Milwaukee would be wise to take this young player. He has very good athleticism, size and frame for an NBA PG and has played in the competitive German League. He dominated at the Nike Hoop Summit this spring against the best US high school kids. He needs to be put into a situation with good structure were he can be nurtured and grow as a player, often a question of the Bucks organization.

2)Sergey Karasev: Only 19 years old he has played in the very competitive Russian League and dominated. He is an excellent ball handler, good passer, shooter and a decent NBA athlete. He has played and competed against the best players outside of the NBA and more than held his own. At worse I see him as a better ball handling Kyle Korver without the incredible three point shooting.

3)Giannis Adetokunbo: An incredibly talented raw athlete who is all over the board as far as NBA scouts. He could wash out of the NBA or be a Luol Deng type of player. He will take some time to develop and needs to be in an organization that it patient and has a plan as to how to develop him. He played in D2 Greece and didnt dominate, a concern considering the risk involved in using the 15th pick in the draft.

4)Rudy Gobert: An immense athlete for a 216cm PF/C who has an incredible wingspan. He is another very young prospect who hasnt dominated the competition. He was often iced out of games by teammates who appeared to be jealous of the attention he was getting. He doesnt always give maximum effort but he has top 10 talents that are hard to pass on if he falls to the team. Very similar to Larry Sanders.

5)Shane Larkin: Shane Larkin played very well for the Miami Hurricanes. He is a player that will probably benefit from the wide open style of the NBA. He has a 40 vertical which he didnt really display in college. He was more of a jump shooter than a slasher in college but could be a dominate pro player even at under 6. He is an excellent outside shooter and could prove to be the steal of the NBA draft.



Lamont jones 2013 NBA draft sleeper - by Allen Waters

Lamont Momo Jones capped off his senior year at Iona by leading the Gaels to their second consecutive NCAA berth. His ability to lead and score (Jones averaged 22.6 points per game, third in the nation) helped Iona recover from some early-season trouble and win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship.

Jones is now getting ready to show his skills to NBA teams, but he understands how the time at Iona helped him get here. Id say most as a leader, said Jones when asked what part of his game developed most at Iona. We had a lot of new players, and it was good to help them get acclimated. The benefits extended beyond the court. It helped me become a better father also.

Jones has a better idea of what to expect going into this process after watching and learning from former teammate, and current D-League player, Scott Machado. Watching what Scott went through, I learned to be humble, said Jones. Scott kept his teammates around him happy and honest. I decided to take that and add it my ability to score.

Confident in his abilities, Jones knows what the key parts of his game are. I think its my ability to be a team player, said Jones. I get along with everybody and thats important for a lot of the situations coming up. You may be playing with 12 different personalities and its important to get along with them all.

Im a scorer, thats what I do, said Jones. It is fun to get your teammates involved also. It is actually more fulfilling to me to make the pass that leads to a basket. Jones knows how the NBA game has evolved and he sees where the opportunity may be. The combo guard has become what the NBA is mainly about, said Jones. There are very few point guards who are just distributors anymore.

He knows his game isnt where it needs to be yet to play at the pro level. I need to work on reading the pick-and-roll; finding how to make the right reads and see all the options, said Jones. My jumper can always get better and I just need to focus on making the right decisions.

Jones has already had his share of success at the college level, including the opportunity to play in three NCAA Tournaments, one with Arizona and two with Iona. He also came to realize what an opportunity that was. You get a sense of playing at the highest level, said Jones. It really brings the best and the competitive nature in everyone because you want to win so badly.

For all the success, Jones has been discussed maybe more often for the numerous changes in schools throughout high school and college that he made. Jones doesnt dwell on it and sees how it has changed him. When you are in high school, you really dont know what to do, said Jones. You have all these dreams, hopes, nightmares about the future. I didnt have the guidance that a lot of people did, but I own my decisions.

After committing to Louisville at the age of 15, Jones had second thoughts. I was growing up and becoming a man of my own, says Jones. As you grow, you start to see what you want and what you dont want. There was another commitment and decommitment at Virginia Tech before settling on going to play for USC. He was excited to play with a solid group of recruits at USC, before Tim Floyd resigned in June, 2009. I was the last the one to decommit from USC after that happened, said Jones. I didnt want to go, but to this day I havent gotten an explanation from Tim Floyd (about his leaving).

He made the move to Arizona, and even enjoyed an Elite Eight run with them in 2011. Then real life intervened. Jones grandmother was very sick back in New York and he was left with the decision of how to proceed. I never wanted to leave Arizona, it was home to me, says Jones. Being there did a lot for me as a person and a player.

He made the decision to return home and look to play nearby his ailing grandmother. When my grandmother was sick, I was torn, but I had to choose my family, said Jones. I hoped that by returning home it would help my family and give them hope.

Jones decided to play at Iona, and was granted a waiver to play immediately. He doesnt regret any of the decisions he made to get to this point. Every move made me a better person which in turn helped make me a better basketball player, said Jones. You cant make these kinds of decisions based on what other people think or what the media may think.

Jones is now in Portsmouth, Virginia for the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. The Tournament features 64 seniors who have the opportunity to show what they are capable of in front of a gym full of NBA executives and scouts. Ive come here hoping to play with some great players, said Jones. Im here to show everyone that I can do more than score. I can do whatever a team needs me to do.


Lamont Jones (6'0''-G)



Cavaliers, Celtics discuss Paul Pierce trade - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics have held discussions about a trade involving Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas). The Cavaliers have offered multiple second round picks in exchange for Pierce. Talks are in the preliminary stage and sources say interest in Pierce has picked up. Pierce is owed $15.3 million next season, the final season of his contract. The Celtics can buy him out before June 30 for $5 million.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Nuggets hire Brian Shaw as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Brian Shaw will be the new coach of the Denver Nuggets, according to an NBA source. The Indiana Pacers assistant coach and former Phil Jackson pupil will finally get a crack at being a head coach, taking over for George Karl , who was fired this month. Shaw has agreed to take over the Nuggets, a team that won 57 games last season and is loaded with young talent. Lionel Hollins, the former Memphis Grizzlies coach, was Denvers other top candidate for the position. Shaw, 47, has a reputation as being a players coach and a player developer, notably with rising star Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.), the Pacers forward who was an all-star in 2012-13. Shaw is adept at coaching the triangle offense, which Jackson utilized while coaching the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, but its uncertain how much Shaw will utilize this offensive set with a team that thrived in a fast-paced, free-flowing system under Karl, at least in the regular season.
Courtesy of: hoopsworld.com



Grizzlies make it official, hire Dave Joerger - by Eurobasket News

The Memphis Grizzlies made it to the Western Conference Finals but that wasnt enough to save Lionel Hollins job. The head coach is now officially out of work after the Grizzlies decided to hire his assistant coach Dave Joerger . The journeyman coach is getting his first gig as the head honcho on an NBA bench. While Joerger, 39, is considered to be an up-and-coming star in the coaching ranks, the circumstances of this decision are questionable. Hollins basically lost his job because the front office and new ownership group wanted to rely more on stats. Joerger is receptive to those advanced analytics. Hollins, on the other hand, wasnt. But what Hollins did provide was wins. Leading a team without a true superstar to the WCF was no small task. Yet now hes out of a job in favor of someone more willing to be a yes-man. Be careful for what you wish for, Memphis. At the end of the day, the most important statistic is the number of wins a team tallies.
Courtesy of; everyjoe.com



Luol Deng to Wizards trade explored, reports say - by Eurobasket News

The Washington Wizards have had discussions with the Chicago Bulls about parting with the #3 pick in this week's NBA Draft in exchange for Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke), ESPN reports. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Wizards and Bulls have had preliminary discussions about a trade that would send Washington's 1st round pick in Thursday's draft in exchange for Deng. Stein says the trade would likely also involve moving center Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) to Chicago. Deng was an NBA All-Star in 2012-13, averaging 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Bulls. His nine-year career with Chicago has seen him average 16 points per night over 614 career games. Okafor started in 77 of the 79 games he played in for Washington last season, averaging just under 10 points per game.
Courtesy of: wjla.com



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Preliminary list of players invited to NBA Draft green room - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of cbssports.com

With the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday, players in the draft class are getting ready for the first step in their professional careers. Sixty players will hear their names called by either David Stern or Adam Silver, and many of them will get to walk up onto the stage and celebrate their selection into the NBA. But not everybody who gets to walk up on stage will be invited to the NBA Draft.

While all potential selections are welcome to attend, only 10 players will be invited this year to the "green room" for Thursday's proceedings. According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, the 10 preliminary invitations have been made to players like Nerlens Noel (6'10''-F-94, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Kentucky, Alex Len of Maryland and Victor Oladipo of Indiana, among others.

The NBA has issued 10 preliminary invitations to its "green room" for Thursday night's draft, according to multiple sources.

Those invited are: Nerlens Noel (Kentucky); Victor Oladipo (Indiana); Otto Porter (Georgetown); Alex Len (Maryland); Anthony Bennett (UNLV); Ben McLemore (Kansas); Trey Burke (Michigan);Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse); C.J. McCollum (Lehigh); and Cody Zeller (Indiana).

These guys all seem safe enough to be selected in the lottery, and the NBA generally likes to avoid situations like what happened to Rashard Lewis in 1998. He was in the green room and not selected until the third pick of the second round of the draft. Lewis spent an excruciating amount of time on camera that night as the Texas high schooler waited to have his name called. He was eventually drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 32nd pick.

It seems highly unlikely that any of these guys would suffer a similar fate. The majority of them make up the top 10 on many draft boards, and there aren't too many projections that have them outside the lottery.

The draft will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the first pick.

-- Zach Harper

Tags: Alex Len, Anthony Bennett, Ben McLemore, C.J. McCollum, Cody Zeller, Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Otto Porter, Trey Burke, Victor Oladipo, NBA Draft, Georgetown Hoyas, Indiana Hoosiers, Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, Lehigh Mountain Hawks, Maryland Terrapins, Michigan Wolverines, Syracuse Orange, UNLV Rebels, NCAAB



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

29-year old swingman Josh Pace (196-G/F-83, agency: Dynasty Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Nelson G. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 35 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Super City R. (#8, 2-11) 97-84. Nelson G. is placed at 3rd position in New Zealand league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nelson G. will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. Pace just recently signed at Nelson G., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Syracuse University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pace is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.1ppg. Pace is in league's top in and averages solid 61.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Brian Conklin (198-F-89) of Southland S.. He is American forward in his first season at Southland S.. In the last game Conklin recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Southland S. to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked OceanaGold N. (#1, 11-3) 114-67. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Southland S. consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Conklin is one of the most experienced players at Southland S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.9ppg (#2). He also registered 9.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Brian Greene (196-F/G-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of HBS Bank Hawks (#7). Greene scored 21 points and grabbed twenty four rebounds (!!!). Despite Greene's great performance HBS Bank Hawks lost 64-69 to slightly lower-ranked Waikato P. (#9, 2-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. HBS Bank Hawks can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Greene he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Greene has individually a great season in New Zealand. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 9.5rpg (4th best). He also has 2.1spg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 55.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86) of Waikato P. - 16 points and 17 rebounds
5. Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86) of Waikato P. - 21 points and 12 rebounds
6. Dion Prewster (195-G/F-90) of HBS Bank Hawks - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Chris Hagan (181-PG-89) of Hub Jets - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists
8. Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Hub Jets - 27 points and 8 rebounds
9. Brian Greene (196-F/G-83) of HBS Bank Hawks - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Erron Maxey (198-F-78) of Nelson G. - 23 points, 7 rebounds 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)



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DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conference
1. D.Warriors 14-4
2. Union Bank 11-7
3. Islanders 10-8
4. Royal Hoopers. 10-8
5. Oluyole W 10-8
6. Comets 7-11
7. Customs 6-12
8. Police Baton 4-14
Savannah Conference
1. Kano Pillars 18-0
2. Mark Mentors 15-3
3. Niger Potters 11-7
4. Plateau Peaks 10-8
5. Kada Stars 8-10
6. Bauchi Nets 6-12
7. Immigration 3-15
8. Yelwa Hawks 1-17

Regular Season: Round 18

Atlantic

Jun. 22: D.Warriors - Royal Hoopers 71-55
Jun. 22: Islanders - Union Bank 64-62
Jun. 22: Comets - Police Baton 59-58
Jun. 22: Oluyole W. - Customs 58-56

Savannah

Jun. 23: Niger Potters - Bauchi Nets 74-49
Jun. 22: Niger Potters - Bauchi Nets 72-60
Jun. 22: Immigration - Kano Pillars 71-104
Jun. 24: Kada Stars - Plateau Peaks 69-62
Jun. 23: Kada Stars - Plateau Peaks 68-60
Jun. 23: Immigration - Kano Pillars 50-88
Jun. 23: Yelwa Hawks - Mark Mentors 47-62
Jun. 22: Yelwa Hawks - Mark Mentors 43-85

Regular Season: Round 19

Jun. 28: Police Baton - Royal Hoopers
Jun. 28: Union Bank - D.Warriors
Jun. 28: Oluyole W. - Islanders
Jun. 28: Customs - Comets



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  PALESTINE   


Basketball in Palestine - by Eurobasket Center

By Coach Joao Costa

Coaching provides me the chance to have amazing experiences all over the World. My coaching experience in Palestine was one of those opportunities. My home in the Holy City (Jerusalem) and the club were one of the most unique cultural experiences Ive had. Every day I was surrounding by the religious events of history and my evening were spent coaching and with my team.

The players, clubs and supporters are very excited about basketball. They follow basketball from around the World and they are enthusiastic watchers of NBA Basketball. The basketball facilities are very comfortable and well maintained. I noticed that all the schools promote basketball, especially, De LaSalle Club, where they have over 300 players and they are all devoted to basketball. The national team of Palestine is a good team, very young with a lot of talent, and I wish them all the best. Of course, just like most Countries, Soccer is the number one sport, and they are all excited about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United those top teams and it was amazing to see them all cheering for their favorite.

Right when I arrived I had the opportunity to attend a tournament and I quickly observed many players that had talent, some with potential to play overseas, I watched the coaches doing their best to nurture that talent. I felt the excitement from them, as they knew I was there and I felt them trying to see if they could impress me with their basketball. I was humbled by the respect they gave me and the game.

Speaking of talent, my team, De La Salle, is a good club and team of players that welcomed me immediately. One young post-player, Saleem Sakakini, showed talent, and in my opinion he could play overseas but nobody knows how good he is, but he is right here in Palestine. I worked with him individually and I was impressed. He is a player that I know I will help in the future and promote his talent when and where I can. Saleem, also has a very talented brother, whom I meet in Jordan, Sani Sakakini. Sani has been playing professionally in both Jordan and China.

Meeting and coaching players like this, is an example of what makes my job so much fun. I get to discover unknown talent from around the World and expose them to opportunities to play overseas.

It was a good experience to live and work in Jerusalem with my team; they were excited and eager to learn basketball, in the hopes of taking their basketball to another level. During my time in Jerusalem I was very pleased as I discovered a beautiful city and people they are peaceful, kind and generous.

I thank the club for their kindness, especially Mr. Haqob. He was respectful, honest and professional.



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  POLAND   


Reyer Venezia keep Szymon Szewczyk - by Eurobasket News

Reyer Venezia keep Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) for the next season. In 32 games he averaged 12.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1apg this season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Bosmans Team. Before Szewczyk played also at Umana Venezia (SerieA) in Italian league. In 35 games he had 12.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1bpg.
In 2003 he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (35th overall). Szewczyk's team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2011.
He has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. Szewczyk has regularly played for since 2001 and previously for U20 National Team between 2000 and 2001. He represented Poland at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 76.9%. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin and New Yorker Phantoms), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija), Italy (Air Avellino and Givova Scafati), Poland (Polpharma) and Russia (Lokomotiv).



Logan left Maccabi Tel-Aviv - by Pawel

31-year old Polish international guard David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) left Maccabi Tel Kabir Tel Aviv. In 34 Israeli league games he avergaed 9.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.7 apg. He helped the team advanced to the Israel league finals, where they lost with Maccabi Haifa.

Logan also played in 27 Euroleague games, where he recorded 10.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.2 apg. Maccabi lost to Real Madrid in Euroleague quarterfinals phase.

Logan also decided, that he won't join the Polish national team at Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia



PGE Turow Zgorzelec add Jakub Karolak - by Pawel

PGE Turow signed 20-year old Polish swingman Jakub Karolak (196-F/G-93).

Last season he spent in MKS Dabrowa Grnicza, in Polish 1.Liga, where he averaged 10.5 ppg and 2.9 rpg per game. He was an important part of the team and he helped the team finished second, after regular season phase.

Karolak is the third player of PGE Turow for upcoming season. Contracts with the team have also Damian Kulig (206-F/C-87) and Piotr Stelmach (205-PF-84, agency: BeoExcell, college: Mississippi St.). The team is also close to keep Michal Chylinski (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances)



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  PUERTO RICO   


BSN Transactions before the start of the playoffs - by Luis Modestti

BSN Transactions before the start of the playoffs

Capitanes de Arecibo, Cangrejeros de Santurce and Mets de Guaynabo made some roster changes before the start of the playoffs on Tuesday.

The transactions are:

Capitanes de Arecibo:

-Added Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) and DJ Strawberry to their roster. Released Windi Graterol and Tre Kelley.

Cangrejeros de Santurce:

- Signed guard Diego Ciorciaris and released Edgar Sosa.

Mets de Guaynabo:

- Signed Jumaine Jones for the playoffs. He covers the spot left by JP Prince.

There could be more changes prior to the start of the playoffs but these are the official ones as of now.

The Quarterfinals begin on June 25 and the games are:

Capitanes de Arecibo at Leones de Ponce
Mets de Guaynabo at Cangrejeros de Santurce



Caciques-Gigantes bring Roby - by Luis Modestti


Caciques-Gigantes added guard Richard Roby (198-G/F-85) for the playoffs. The veteran shooter is expected to make his debut on Wednesday against Piratas. He replaces Derrick Byars.

Roby has been busy lately starting the 2012-2013 season with Estudiantes in Argentina. After that he played in Korea and this year in Venezuela for Gaiteros del Zulia.

Caciques need some shooting from outside and Roby could bring that in the playoffs. They finished 18-18 and ended seventh after winning their season series against Arecibo.



Puerto Rican National Team for the Stankovic Cup - by Luis Modestti


The Puerto Rican Basketball Federation announced the roster for the Boris Stankovic Cup that starts on June 27 in China.

The 12 members of the team are:

Gary Browne (185-G-92)
Samuel Rosas
Derrick Beltran
Carlos Strong
Derek Reese
Nathan Butler
Emanuel Andujar
Chris Ortiz
Manuel De Jesus
Jose Guitian
Carlos Lopez
Wayne Portalatin

Head coach: Flor Melendez
Assistant: Leonel Arill

This team is a combination of some BSN players and prospects that are currently in college. The other participating countries are: Argentina, Australia, China, Nigeria and Germany.

The schedule is:

June 27: China vs. Puerto Rico
June 28: Nigeria vs. Puerto Rico
June 29: Australia vs. Puerto Rico
June 30: Argentina vs. Puerto Rico
July 2: Germany vs. Puerto Rico
July 5: Argentina vs. Puerto Rico
July 6: China vs. Puerto Rico
July 7: Nigeria vs. Puerto Rico
July 9: Third and first place games.



Leones finish in first place - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce defeated Cangrejeros de Santurce 90-79 to finish the regular season in first place with a 23-13 record.

Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) scored 25 points and Mike Harris added 14 with 13 boards for Ponce who now faces Arecibo in the quarterfinals.

Santurce won the first quarter 22-21, but Ponce dominated the rest of the way with good long range shooting and great defense, forcing turnovers and dominating the paint.

Alex Galindo netted 19 points and Will McDonald 17 for Santurce who is fourth with a 20-16 record.

Lamayn Wilson scored 40 points to lead Capitanes over Vaqueros de Bayamon 100-93. Bayamon only used six players as Luis Damian Morales and Ryan Abraham scored 25 each.

Mets de Guaynabo finished the season with a comfortable win over Atleticos de San German 103-93. Jordan Theodore scored 22 points.

Quarterfinals first game schedule:

June 25:


Semifinal A: Capitanes de Arecibo (8) at Leones de Ponce (1)
Semifinal D: Mets de Guaynabo (5) at Cangrejeros de Santurce (4)

June 26:

Semifinal B: Caciques-Gigantes (7) at Piratas de Quebradillas (2)
Semifinal C: Indios de Mayaguez (6) at Brujos de Guayama (3)

All series are a best of seven. In the semifinals the winner of the Semifinal A plays the Semifinal D winner and the winners of the Semifinals B and C play against each other.



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  ROMANIA   


BC Timisoara brings in Aleksandar Radulovic - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara brings in Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) for 2013/2014 season. The 29-year old Montenegrin center will come from KK Teodo Tivat. In 26 1A games he averaged 13.8ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Radulovic also played 13 games in Balkan League where he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team. Before he played at Zrinjski (Division I) in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. In 12 games he had 9.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 3.3spg. Radulovic also played 4 games in Balkan League where he had 9.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg.
The 2010/2011 season he was tested by Ulcinj in Montenegrin league. In 9 Balkan League games he had 11.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg that season.
In 2009-10 season Radulovic played at KK Danilovgrad (1A) in Montenegrin league. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.



CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca landed Darius Hargrove - by Eurobasket News

CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca landed Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, college: Virginia Union) for the next season. The American guard will move from CSU Asesoft Ploiesti. In 9 Liga Nationala games he recorded 14.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg this season. Hargrove also played 4 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5apg. Before he played at Mitteldeutscher BC (BBL) in German league. In 14 games he averaged 10.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
He won Romanian League championship title in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
The 2010/2011 season Darius Hargrove played at VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 6 games he averaged 13.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg and 3.2spg that season. He also played at KFUM Jamtland (Basketligan) in Swedish league earlier that season. In 35 games he averaged remarkable 21.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.7apg and 1.9spg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Import Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team. Hargrove also spent pre-season at Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol (Division A) in Cypriot league earlier that year. Hargrove received All-CIAA Player of the Year award back in 2006 at his college time.



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"Zoran Planinic Between Unics Kazan and Maccabi Tel-Aviv" -Report - by Vladimir Lobanov

Croatian point guard Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) is "between Unics Kazan and Israeli Club Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv",according to report in Tatarstan capital.
According to the report Planinic has couple of offers on the table from around Europe but the two serious offers whom he considers is from Unics Kazan and Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv who are both in Tug of war on the Croatian.
Planinic,who is a free agent after finishing 3 years deal with Khimky has already has 5 years under his belt in Russia.before moving to Khimky he played two season at CSKA Moscow.
A source close to the player has confirmed the report to Eurobasket:"Zoran has couple of offers,its true that Kazan and Maccabi are one of those".According to the source,Planinic wants a Euroleague team,and for Now Kazan will probably play in the Eurocup:"He won't only go the the highest paid club,he wants a new challenge,in the next fortnight he will decide whats the best for him".
Planinic had a great season with Khimky averaged 12.4ppg 5.5apg in VTB League and 12.4ppg 6.1apg in Euroleague.





Andrea Trinchieri takes Unics Kazan under control - by Eurobasket News

Andrea Trinchieri takes Unics Kazan under control from the next season. The Italian Specialist leaves the forces of FoxTown Cantu.
The 45-year old Italian coach Andrea Trinchieri will take over the Russian team. Last year Unics finished PBL only with 8-10 record. IN VTB League Unics reached the Quarterfinals but was beaten by Lokomotiv 1-3 in the series.
Andrea Trinchieri helped FoxTown Cantu to win the supercup and make to league semifinals. The last season Trinchieri coached also at Cantu (SerieA) in Italian league. He contributed in the supercup final and the cup final.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Coach of the Year award in 2010 and 2011.
In Cantu Stefano Sacripanti is set to become the new head coach of Cantu. He will replace Andrea Trinchieri . Stefano Sacripanti is not new to Cantu. He worked with the team in 2000/2007 seasons. Later he guided Pesaro and Caserta. Stefano Sacripanti also guided Italian U18, U20 and University National Teams



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Sweden U16 won over Scotland U16 in Bristol - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16 won over Scotland U16 in Bristol in the friendly game between two sides. The Scandinavian team won all the quarters for 86:48 victory.
Panagiotis Nikolaidiss team started with 20-7 surge in the first period and added 25-16 in the second frame. The teams went to the lockers when the board showed 45:23 for the Swedish players. Moreover Sweden posted 16-12 in the third period and increased to 26 points after three periods. They also won the last period 25-13 and proved their ambitions for ht upcoming European Championship.
Elias Zackrisson (97) and Theodore Ovrebo top-scored for the winners with 14 points each, while Tobias Sjberg and Craig Lecesne (196-PG-97) netted 12 each. Jakob Bodin followed them with 11 and Gustav Malmstrom as well as John Brandmark had 8 each. Gustav Ericson (187-PG-97) produced 4 points in the winning effort.



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Malcolm Delaney close to Crvena zvezda - by Igor Obradovic

The guard close to the Serbian team.

Crvena zvezda from Belgrade already announced the signings of Jaka Blazic and Blake Schilb and is now close to penning a deal with Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech), as reported by Novosti. Delaney spent the season in Ukraine with Budivelnyk Kyiv averaging 16.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.8apg in Eurocup and 14.7ppg and 4.5rpg in Superleague, a competition won by his team.

Delaney has played his first pro season in France with Chalon, conquering Pro A.



Vladimir Lucic on his way to Spain - by Igor Obradovic

Captain of Partizan mt:s is very close to signing a contract in Spain.

Spanish news announce that he is on way to Valencia and that will signed three year contract for 2.000.000 $.

Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) statistic in last season :

Serbia Super league : 16 games: 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 85.7%
Euroleague: 10 games: 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 79.6%
Adriatic League: 25 games: 12.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 77.0%



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Krka Novo Mesto add Jasmin Hukic - by Eurobasket News

Krka Novo Mesto add Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The 34-year old player will move from Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour in Iran.
The most of last season Hukic spent at Novipiu Casale (SerieA) in Italian league. In 13 games he recorded 6.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. He also spent pre-season at Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) in Russian league earlier that year. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Hukic had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 6 PBL games he averaged 4.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He also played 8 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 8.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg. Hukic also played 9 games in VTB United League where he averaged 9.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg.
The season 2010/2011 he played at BC Donetsk (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 56 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.2apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
Among other achievements Jasmin Hukic received Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Forward of the Year award back in 2008. He represented Bosnia at the WABA Club Championships this year.



Croatia U18 beat Slovenia U18 in Day 3 of the Torneo di Potenza - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U18 -Slovenia U18 82:62

Croatia U18 beat Slovenia U18 in Day 3 of the Torneo di Potenza and finished on the second place. The team overcame Slovenia U18 82:62 in their last game.
Croatia started the game with 29-10 and never looked behind after. They dominated the whole game and reached 20-point win at the end.
Arapovic stepped up with 20 points and Zganec netted 17. Paolo Marinelli (193-G-95) poured in 13, while Dorian Jelenek (200-SF-95) added 9. Sedin Karavdic (95) replied with 12 points and Novak had 11. Ulcar and Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) delivered 9 points each in a loss.
Turkey U18 wins Torneo di Potenza even despite the loss in the last game. Italy U18 finished Torneo di Potenza with the win over Turkey U18. The hosts ended up with 1-2 record after a 65:57 win.

Croatia U18: Arapovic 20, Zganec 17, Paolo Marinelli 13, Dorian Jelenek 9
Slovenia U18: Sedin Karavdic 12, Novak 11, Ulcar 9, Matic Rebec 9



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  SPAIN   


Marcus Slaughter remains with the Spanish Champions - by Eurobasket News

Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) remains with the Spanish Champions for the next season. The 28-year old American power forward will continue with Real Madrid in Spain.
In 44 games he averaged 4.0ppg and 2.9rpg this season. He helped them to win the league title and the supercup. Slaughter also played 29 games in Euroleague where he had 5.0ppg and 3.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Before Slaughter played at Brose Baskets Bamberg (BBL) in German league. In 44 games he had 8.4ppg, 4.9rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.0bpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to German Bundesliga All-Star Game. Slaughter also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 11.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.8spg and 1.3bpg.
The previous season Marcus Slaughter played at Blancos de Rueda (ACB) in Spanish league. In 34 games he had 9.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4spg and 1.0bpg that season.
In 2009-10 season Slaughter played at Sluc Nancy (ProA) in French league. In 29 games he had 12.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg and 1.4bpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 8.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.8spg and 2.0bpg.
In 2008-09 season Slaughter played at STB Le Havre (ProA) in France. In 21 games he had very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 9.5rpg (leader !!!), 1.6apg and 1.6spg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 12.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg and 1.8bpg. Slaughter also played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (BBL) in German league earlier that season. In 8 games he had also remarkable stats: 18.8ppg, 10.0rpg (leader !!!), 1.3apg, 2.6spg and 1.3bpg.



Valencia add Vladimir Lucic - by Eurobasket News

Valencia are brining in Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket). The deal is meant for two seasons with an option of extending for one more. The forward spent the last season with Partizan. He tallied 12.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game in A League. Vladimir Lucic notched 13.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals per game in EuroLeague. The forward also posted 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in Adriatic League. Vladimir Lucic was named All-Serbian League Player of the Year. The forward also made it into All-Adriatic League 2nd Team. Vladimir Lucic was the member of the Serbian University National Team in 2011. He was trumped All-World University Games Best Player in 2011. Next season Vladimir Lucic joined the Serbian National Team.


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Sweden U16 won over Scotland U16 in Bristol - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16 won over Scotland U16 in Bristol in the friendly game between two sides. The Scandinavian team won all the quarters for 86:48 victory.
Panagiotis Nikolaidiss team started with 20-7 surge in the first period and added 25-16 in the second frame. The teams went to the lockers when the board showed 45:23 for the Swedish players. Moreover Sweden posted 16-12 in the third period and increased to 26 points after three periods. They also won the last period 25-13 and proved their ambitions for ht upcoming European Championship.
Elias Zackrisson (97) and Theodore Ovrebo top-scored for the winners with 14 points each, while Tobias Sjberg and Craig Lecesne (196-PG-97) netted 12 each. Jakob Bodin followed them with 11 and Gustav Malmstrom as well as John Brandmark had 8 each. Gustav Ericson (187-PG-97) produced 4 points in the winning effort.



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  TURKEY   


Turkey U18 wins Torneo di Potenza - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18-Turkey U18 65:57

Turkey U18 wins Torneo di Potenza even despite the loss in the last game. Italy U18 finished Torneo di Potenza with the win over Turkey U18. The hosts ended up with 1-2 record after a 65:57 win.
Italy started the game with a 15-13 lead, but could not control the rest of the half. Turkey came up with a 32:31 lead as the team left the court to the lockers. Moreover Turkey increased to 45:42 after three quarters, but then it was Italy with their last push. Italy needed a 23-12 surge in the last period for the final success.
Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) scored 12 points for Turkey. Kenan Sipahi delivered 9, while Egemen Guven and Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) netted 8 each. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) scored 6 points in the losing effort.



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Tim Duncan still sets the bar - by David Edole

By Dave George Associated Press

NORMAN MIAMI - Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) backing in on Shane Battier, who is 3 inches shorter, 35 pounds lighter and a Hall of Fame away in terms of talent, thats better than San Antonio ever could have hoped for with Game 7 of the NBA Finals on the line.

Three times an NBA Finals MVP, big Tim is automatic in situations like that. Its so famously fundamental for him, the footwork, the blend of power and grace, the well-earned layup against an overmatched defender. At 37, hes practiced that move so often and so precisely that the only easier shot for him would be a slam dunk in an empty gym.

Imagine, then, the shock Duncan felt when the ball went glancing off the rim, and once more on his frantic tip-in attempt. That basket, if it had dropped, would have tied the score at 90 in the final minute, and would have crammed the Miami Heats confetti shower right back into the cannons for at least a little while.

Instead, after scoring 30 points in Game 6 and 24 more in Thursdays Game 7, Duncan, the former Wake Forest star, soon found himself in front of a roomful of reporters, his head in his hands at the front table, his mind wandering to places it has never been in four previous NBA Finals appearances.

Missing a layup to tie the game, making a bad decision down the stretch, being unable to stop Dwyane (Wade) and LeBron (James), Game 7 is always going to haunt me, Duncan said.

Hes taking this 95-88 loss more personally than he should. Other than Kawhi Leonard, who scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, nobody else on the Spurs played at a championship level Thursday night.

Leonard, however, is 21 years old. Duncan, ages beyond that, played 43 minutes and change in this worldwide examination of his heart as well as his game. As a matter of fact, out of every player on Miamis athletically superior roster, only James, the games latest legend, played more minutes than Duncan in these last seven games, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra calls James the best-conditioned athlete in this game.

Respect is clearly due Duncan, and a fair dose of sympathy, too, even here in South Florida.

He got no help from three-point specialist Danny Green once the series shifted back to Miami for the final two games. Duncan had to heft all of the headlines for the rest of San Antonios Big Three, too. Manu Ginobili was a turnover machine the last few games and Tony Parker, on the bench at the end of a 10-point performance in Game 7, seemed to run out of gas.

Maybe thats why Duncan came up a little short on that last, best opportunity to steal the show from Miamis back-to-back champions. He was pushing every hot button all game long, trying to spur the Spurs against a team that won 27 straight during the regular season and eventually lived up to that lofty reputation.

I was just praying that he missed it, to be honest with you, Battier said. I dont think I affected the shot that much. I was just trying to make him shoot over the top, and thats a shot Tim Duncan usually makes eight out of 10 times.

San Antonio fans wont jump on Duncan for failing the way South Florida would slam LeBron in the same situation. Duncan has stood the test of time, ranking sixth all-time in playoff scoring (he passed Jerry West on Thursday night) and third in playoff rebounds (only Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain had more).

None of that mattered to him, however, as Duncan headed silently for the team bus, his polo shirt untucked, his head down, a loser for the first time in the NBA Finals after a truly grand total of four San Antonio trophy ceremonies going all the way back to 1999.

He knows that it truly is LeBrons league now, just as Duncan predicted six years ago when the Spurs swept LeBrons Cleveland Cavaliers in the championship series.

That realization didnt have to wait for the final buzzer, either. Duncans actions showed that when he slapped the floor loudly on the defensive end of the court after missing that gigantic opportunity in close.

Thats out of me just missing a bunny, Duncan said when asked to explain his rare show of emotion and frustration. I got by Shane and had a layup to tie the game. Thats just frustration.

Remember, too, that the Spurs were within one stop or one rebound of clinching the title for themselves in Game 6 on Tuesday night before losing in overtime.

Credit Duncan for bringing his team together for one more push, for making the Heat sweat it out even on a night when James scored 37 points and Wade added 23.

Youve got a great team, Spoelstra told Duncan as they crossed paths near the postgame interview room, and thats true.

More specifically, the Spurs have been a great team for as long as Duncans been around, and no matter who has played alongside him. Theyve never won consecutive championships like Miami just did, but even now, past their prime, they gave the Heat what Spo called the toughest series weve ever been in.

Early in these NBA Finals, it was hot three-point shooting by San Antonios guards that made it so. In the end, in this bitter Game 7, the easy points stopped flowing so the Spurs took them one deadly drip at a time, making 20 of 22 free throws.

Thats the maddening patience of this San Antonio team, and the steely character. The last time they were in an NBA Finals Game 7, the result, an 81-74 victory over Detroit in 2005, put America to sleep, but it put another trophy in Duncans hands. Thats a trade San Antonio could live with, and gladly would have again here against Miami.

Asked if hell be back next season, Duncan said, I have a contract that says I am.

Lets hope he does.

Everyone at AmericanAirlines Arena, including LeBron, the NBA Finals MVP, can still learn a lot from this guy.



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  UBL   


UBL ARKANSAS BOBCATS NEW CHAMPS - by Ozzie Denson

This pass weekend was the UBL Playoffs and what a Playoff. Four UBL Teams playing to become the UBL Best. The Arkansas Warriors, RoundRock Rhythms, Aakansas Bobcats, And the 2X defendng Champions the Texas Wranglers.
Game 1
Texas Wranglers vs Round Rock Rhythms. Both teams play hard and wanted to prove who is the best team in the state of Texas.
What a game , both teams put up some big numbers but in the end the Texas Wranglers pulled out the win 120- 117

Game 2
Arkansas Warriors vs the Arkansas Bobcats. Both teams wanted to prove who is the best in the State of Arkansas. What a game,
the Bobcats win 102-70

Championship Game

Bobcats vs Wranglers only one word can be said (War).

Bobcats win 97-94

Arkansas Bobcats New UBL Champions

UBL COME GET SOME!!!



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  UKRAINE   


Khimik-OPZ Yuzny inks Paul Delaney - by Eurobasket News

Khimik-OPZ Yuzny inks Paul Delaney (188-PG-86, college: UAB) for 2013/2014 season. The Ukrainian team got bigger with the 27-year old American point guard.
Last season he played for Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in Russia. In 16 PBL games he had 14.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.6apg (top 4) and 1.1spg. A very impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention. The last season Delaney played at B.C. Habikaa (National League) in Israel. In 24 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 16.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.7spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Israeli National League championship title in 2011. Delaney was also voted All-C-USA 1st Team back in 2007 at his college time.



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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Al Shabab Dubai announced Croatian center Bruno Sundov - by Eurobasket News

Al Shabab Dubai announced Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) for the next season. The player left Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Philippines. In 16 PBA games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 22.1ppg and averaged 12.5rpg and 2.0apg this season. Last season Sundov played at Osjecki Sokol (A2) in Croatian league. In 6 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 17.7ppg and had 8.3rpg and 1.3apg. Before he played at Lukoil Academik (NBL) in Bulgarian league. In 36 games he recorded 12.6ppg and 5.9rpg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Bulgarian League All-Star Game. Sundov also played 8 games in Eurocup where he recorded 7.6ppg and 3.6rpg.
In 1998 Bruno Sundov was drafted by Dallas Mavericks (NBA) in second round (35th overall).Sundov was a member of Croatian U21 National Team back in 2000.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


BBL Cup Final Back In Brum - by Paul Nilsen

For the twelfth year in a row the BBL Cup Final will be played at the NIA and the venue, which is now synonymous with the biggest games in British hoops, has produced some classic finals. This season's final, taking place on Sunday 12th January 2014, looks set to produce another.

Cup Final Day is one of the most eagerly-anticipated during the BBL (men's professional league in the UK) season as the stars of the British game lay it all on the line in pursuit of this coveted piece of silverware in the illustrious surroundings of Birmingham's NIA.

Last season the Jelson Homes Leicester Riders won the Cup, defeating the Newcastle Eagles in front of a packed National Indoor Arena.

To add to the incredible line-up one of the most prestigious individual prizes, the UK Slam Dunk Contest trophy, is on the line as the top slam dunkers from all over Europe battle it out to be crowned BBL Dunk Champion.

Add in to the mix the incredible All Star Dunkers Acrobatic Dunk Team, FOXY our dunking mascot and the 'BBL Babes Cheerleaders' and you have an event that will live in the memory for ever!

Schedule
11.30pm - Doors open
12.00pm - England Select vs Ireland Select (TBC)
2.00pm - UK Slam Dunk Contest
3.30pm - BBL CUP FINAL




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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jun. 24: Capitol - Stockholmo 79-87
Jun. 24: Guruyu Waston - Verdirrojo 76-63
Jun. 25: 25 de Agosto - Yale
Jun. 25: Colon - Cader
Jun. 25: Larre Borges - Welcome
Jun. 25: Urunday Univ. - Marne



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Andrea Trinchieri takes Unics Kazan under control - by Eurobasket News

Andrea Trinchieri takes Unics Kazan under control from the next season. The Italian Specialist leaves the forces of FoxTown Cantu.
The 45-year old Italian coach Andrea Trinchieri will take over the Russian team. Last year Unics finished PBL only with 8-10 record. IN VTB League Unics reached the Quarterfinals but was beaten by Lokomotiv 1-3 in the series.
Andrea Trinchieri helped FoxTown Cantu to win the supercup and make to league semifinals. The last season Trinchieri coached also at Cantu (SerieA) in Italian league. He contributed in the supercup final and the cup final.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Coach of the Year award in 2010 and 2011.
In Cantu Stefano Sacripanti is set to become the new head coach of Cantu. He will replace Andrea Trinchieri . Stefano Sacripanti is not new to Cantu. He worked with the team in 2000/2007 seasons. Later he guided Pesaro and Caserta. Stefano Sacripanti also guided Italian U18, U20 and University National Teams




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Women News


Big V: Weekend Wraps- Round 13 - by Eurobasket News

Waverley firms as a top four team, McKinnon shows little mercy on the Suns, Eltham wins the grand final re-match and the Broncos celebrate two wins, including the prized scalp of Ringwood.
SCW ROUND UP
ROUND 13
Waverley has firmed as a finalist this season after edging past their greatest threat to a top-four berth, Diamond Valley, with a 61-56 win. Just 1pt separated the two teams at the last break, but holding firm, the Falcons delivered a 14-10 last quarter to grab the important victory. Mikaela Dombkins (181-G/F-86) (18pts), Brigitte Ardossi (12pts, 15rbs) and Claire Landby (12pts) led the way for the winners, while Katie ONeill (15pts) and Jaclyn Smith (13pts) were Diamond Valleys best. Though the Eagles are still in the finals race, this loss stings as it is Waverley they need to step over in order to play in August. Tough win by the Falcons and highly likely that last years cellar dwellers are now headed for finals.
Bulleens finals chances turned to dust following a 68-77 loss to Hume City, a seventh loss in eight games that has unfortunately seen the Boomers good start to the season become a distant memory. For the visitors, this win was the start of a great weekend that resulted in a move back to the top perch. Continuing her massive season, Yinka Olorunnife (22pts, 15rbs) dominated, Sharin Milner (17pts) created plenty of headaches and Tarryn McPherson (13pts, 7rbs) produced a good game. For the Boomers, Emily Simons (17pts) and Ella Burton (10pts) were the only players to top double digits.
Chalking up their tenth loss in a row, Sherbrooke proved no match for a rampaging McKinnon who showed little mercy in an 83-47 whitewash. A 45-19 first half by the visitors pulled the shades down on the contest and though slightly more competitive after the long break, the Suns couldnt peg back the Cougars. Julie Brookhouse (28pts, 6rbs, 7stls) had a night out, Sarah Fraser-Jones (14pts) bobbed up with a good game and Alex Lough (10pts, 10rbs) delivered another double-double. For the fading Suns, Tarryn Wilkin (19pts) and Rachael Water-house (14pts) were the only players to hit double figures, the next best way back on only 4pts.
www.bigv.com.au
ROUND 13 RESULTS
Waverley 61 defeated D Valley 56 Hume City 77 defeated Bulleen 68 McKinnon 83 defeated Sherbrooke 47 Hume City 60 defeated Ringwood 51 Eltham 69 defeated Eltham 51
Although Melbourne and Eltham have played far bigger and more important games against each other in recent seasons, this clash between the pair was all about saving some pride in what has been a troublesome season for the Tigers and a rebuilding season for the Wildcats. On this occasion it was a win for the visiting Wildcats, 69-51. With a blistering 23-8 start by Eltham it was always going to be hard for the Tigers to get up, but a 15-8 third quarter by the Wildcats absolutely finished this one off. Elthams 48-25 win on the boards was telling, as was Melbournes lowly 28% shooting clip. Leah McCann (13pts, 8rbs), Isabella Brancatisano (13pts) and Hay-ley Munro (10pts, 15rbs) delivered the goods for the Wild-cats, while for Melbourne it was all about Nicole Zammit (21pts).
Hume City finished off the round with a win that took them back to the top of the ladder, a place Ringwood had held for the best part of the last six weeks. Celebrating a 60-51 victory over the Hawks, the joyous Broncos sent a clear message that the battle for this years title was far from over. The loss brought an 11-game winning streak to an end for the Hawks and no doubt theyll lick their wounds and bounce back quickly. A telling factor in this one was Amber Hegges inability to see the game out (fouled out, played 15min) and clearly the Hawks struggled to cover her. Sharin Milner capped a big weekend with 22pts for the Broncos, Katrina Hibbert (12pts, 9rbs) played a great supporting role to her mate and Yinka Olorunnife (12pts, 8rbs) was again in top touch. For the Hawks, Jadee Rooney (14pts) and Amber Hegge (11pts) led the way.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



QBL: Weekend Wrap-Up: Round 7 - by Eurobasket News

Ipswich Force def. Brisbane Capitals 68-62
A close game throughout saw the Capitals lead for much of the match, taking the lead from the Force late in the first quarter to go into the break up by two points. The second quarter saw the home side push their lead out to a solid 11 points but the Force were on their heels and consistently answered back, the game going into halftime with Brisbane ahead by five points. The third quarter saw the Force increase their pressure but the Capitals maintained their lead, again ahead by seven going into the final break. Brisbane looked as though they had control of the match but Ipswich fought hard in the final stanza, Nadeen Payne (188-F/C-93) putting up 13 points for the Force in the final 10 minutes to help her team get out in front and steal the win from under the Capitals. Payne top-scored for the match with 29 points, while Jessica Wallis (178-G-88) hit 16 points for Brisbane.
Courtesy of: http://qbl.basketball.net.au



Defensive domination leads to Opals win over China - by Eurobasket News

The Jayco Australian Opals closed out their three-game series against China on a winning note, with an impressive 69-59 victory overnight.

In a brilliant defensive performance from the Opals, the home team struggled, with China scoring just 17 points in the second and third quarters.

It was an equally impressive offensive display from the Opals, with Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) (team-high 14 points) one of four players in double figures for the visiting team along with Cayla Francis (192-C-89) (12 points), Kelly Wilson (12 points and co-captain Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) (12 points).

The win ensured the hosts would not complete a sweep of the series after narrow victories in opening two encounters.

Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce said the teams effort and intensity during the second and third quarters was the catalyst for the first win of his coaching reign.

The big thing with our performance was our ability to reach our targets we set out before the game, Joyce said.

Our defensive pressure and work on the defensive rebounding was outstanding and really set up the double-digit win against a really strong China team.

The team did a brilliant job shutting down their interior scoring and forcing them to be a perimeter shooting team.

To come away with a win and to be so close in the other two games was a great result for this group and I think we can take a lot out of the tour building towards the FIBA Oceania Championship in August.

The Opals were without co-captain Jenni Screen after a heavy knock in Game Two, but saw the likes of veteran guards Natalie Hurst and Kristen Veal step up in her absence.

It was a high-scoring opening to the final game of the series, with the Opals claiming the lead 24-23 at the end of the first period.

The emphasis quickly turned to the defensive end in the second quarter, with Opals producing their best defensive period for the tour, holding China to just six points to lead 37-29 at the main break.

This exceptional performance on the defensive side of the ball was continued after the restart as the Opals pushed their lead out to nine points ahead of the final quarter, restricting China to 11 points for the third period.

A clinical final quarter display ensured the Opals would not see their hard-fought lead disappear and end the tour on a winning note.

Jayco Australian Opals 69-59 China
Scorers: Tolo 14; Wilson, Snell, Francis 12; Burton 8; Veal 4; Hurst 3; Camino, Madgen 2.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.net.au



Emerging Opals lose two straight in China - by Eurobasket News

The Emerging Opals continued their China tour. They played two more games at the Four Nations tournament.
Australia opened the second round of the tournament with a narrow loss against China 73:76. The Emerging Opals seemed en route to the win when they led by 11 points in the third quarter. However China erased the deficit to tie things up at 73 late in regulation. Shao Ting (183-F-89) then sank a three-pointer and sealed a 76:73 victory for the hosts. Shao Ting stepped up with impressive 28 points to lead the winners. Alex Sheedy (185-F-92) responded with 26 points for the Emerging Opals.
Next day Australia faced the NetScouts USA All-Stars selection. The North American team rolled to an 82:72 victory at the end. Aulani Sinclair (185-F-90) notched 16 points to pace the USA All-Stars to the fifth straight victory. The Emerging Opals jumped to an 8:3 lead early in the game. They boosted the gap to 9-point mark in the second frame. But the USA selection dominated the boards and it helped them erase the deficit. The NetScouts All-Stars soon surged ahead and eventually grabbed a 15-point fourth quarter advantage. Kate Gaze (173-G-90) chipped in 15 points for Australia. Kate Ebzery (177-G-90) provided 14 points in the loss.



Hungary claim first win in China - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Australia 79:63

Hungary claimed the first win on their China Tour. They held off the Emerging Opals for 1-5 record. Rita Rasheed (182-F-89, agency: Interperformances) came up with 18 points to pace the Europeans.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. They were tied at 18-all after ten minutes. Hungary surged ahead in the second frame. They used a 22:7 run to gain a comfortable halftime lead. Hungary poured in 24 points in the second quarter to boost the margin at 25-point mark. Australia tried hard to rescue the game. They exploded with 28 points in the fourth period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Krisztina Raksanyi (181-G-91) netted 17 points, while Katalin Honti (177-G-87) and Bozoki added 10 points each in the win. Lauren Mansfield (170-G-89, college: Iowa St.) responded with 19 points for the Emerging Opals.



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  CHILE   

D1 Standings

D1 Standings
North Group
 1. Los Leones 5-1 
 2. New Crusaders 5-2 
 3. Club Sergio Ceppi 3-2 
 4. Boston College 3-2 
 5. Univ.de Chile 2-5 
 6. Club Brisas 1-5 
South Group
 1. Castro 6-0 
 2. Univ. Austral 5-1 
 3. Puerto varas 5-2 
 4. Araucania 2-5 
 5. Espanol 1-6 
 6. Los Salesianos 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 7

North

Jun. 23: New Crusaders - Univ.de Chile 88-61

South

Jun. 23: Puerto varas - Araucania 74-45
Jun. 23: Espanol - Los Salesianos 62-53



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Defensive domination leads to Opals win over China - by Eurobasket News

The Jayco Australian Opals closed out their three-game series against China on a winning note, with an impressive 69-59 victory overnight.

In a brilliant defensive performance from the Opals, the home team struggled, with China scoring just 17 points in the second and third quarters.

It was an equally impressive offensive display from the Opals, with Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) (team-high 14 points) one of four players in double figures for the visiting team along with Cayla Francis (192-C-89) (12 points), Kelly Wilson (12 points and co-captain Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) (12 points).

The win ensured the hosts would not complete a sweep of the series after narrow victories in opening two encounters.

Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce said the teams effort and intensity during the second and third quarters was the catalyst for the first win of his coaching reign.

The big thing with our performance was our ability to reach our targets we set out before the game, Joyce said.

Our defensive pressure and work on the defensive rebounding was outstanding and really set up the double-digit win against a really strong China team.

The team did a brilliant job shutting down their interior scoring and forcing them to be a perimeter shooting team.

To come away with a win and to be so close in the other two games was a great result for this group and I think we can take a lot out of the tour building towards the FIBA Oceania Championship in August.

The Opals were without co-captain Jenni Screen after a heavy knock in Game Two, but saw the likes of veteran guards Natalie Hurst and Kristen Veal step up in her absence.

It was a high-scoring opening to the final game of the series, with the Opals claiming the lead 24-23 at the end of the first period.

The emphasis quickly turned to the defensive end in the second quarter, with Opals producing their best defensive period for the tour, holding China to just six points to lead 37-29 at the main break.

This exceptional performance on the defensive side of the ball was continued after the restart as the Opals pushed their lead out to nine points ahead of the final quarter, restricting China to 11 points for the third period.

A clinical final quarter display ensured the Opals would not see their hard-fought lead disappear and end the tour on a winning note.

Jayco Australian Opals 69-59 China
Scorers: Tolo 14; Wilson, Snell, Francis 12; Burton 8; Veal 4; Hurst 3; Camino, Madgen 2.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.net.au



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings Div.A (Women)

Standings
Group E
1. Spain5-0
2. Turkey4-1
3. Italy3-2
4. Sweden2-3
5. Montenegro.1-4
6. Slovakia0-5
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: SWE - SVK 75-72
Jun. 24: ESP - TUR 61-48
Jun. 24: MNT - ITA 60-66

F

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

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Jun. 26: SRB - ITA
Jun. 26: ESP - CZE
Jun. 27: TUR - BLR
Jun. 27: FRA - SWE


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Jelena DUBLJEVIC
  MNT
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Dubljevic, USK P.17.7 
 2. Lyttle, Atlanta D.16.8 
 3. Leedham, Bourges16.8 
 4. Eldebrink, Rivas E.16.3 
 5. Sottana, Familia14.7 
 6. Torrens, Galatasa.14.2 
 7. Zrustova, USK Pra.13.7 
 8. Lelas, Lattes M.12.8 
 9. Yacoubou-D., Fener.12.2 
 10. Gruda, UMMC12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.11.0 
 2. Leuchanka, Atlan.9.3 
 3. Ress, Lucca8.0 
 4. Dubljevic, USK P.7.5 
 5. Leedham, Bourges7.3 
 6. Lelas, Lattes M.7.3 
 7. Kulichova, Good A.7.0 
 8. Perovanovic, Nadez.7.0 
 9. Yacoubou-D., Fener.6.7 
 10. Kupcikova, Good6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Johannah LEEDHAM
  ENG
  (180-SF-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Leedham, Bourges4.5 
 2. Vardarli, Fener.4.5 
 3. Alben, Galatasaray4.0 
 4. Palau, USK Praha3.5 
 5. Skerovic, USK Praha3.5 
 6. Dubljevic, USK P.3.3 
 7. Eldebrink, Cagliar.3.2 
 8. Ciglar, Novi Zagreb3.2 
 9. Bortelova, DSK K.3.2 
 10. Lawson-Wade, Lat.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.2 
 2. Kupcikova, Good A.1.8 
 3. De Forge, USK P.1.8 
 4. Baburova, MBK R.1.8 
 5. Dabovic, Partizan1.8 
 6. Skerovic, USK Praha1.7 
 7. Alben, Galatasaray1.7 
 8. Leedham, Bourges1.7 
 9. Yacoubou-D., Fener.1.7 
 10. Dabovic, Dynamo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  CZE
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kulichova, Good A.2.3 
 2. Veremeenko, Fener.2.0 
 3. Ress, Lucca1.8 
 4. Lyttle, Atlanta D.1.5 
 5. Burgrova, USK Praha1.2 
 6. Jurcenkova, IMOS1.0 
 7. Vynuchalova, Samor.0.8 
 8. Miyem, Bourges0.8 
 9. Lukacovicova, MBK0.8 
 10. Stewart, Bacsb.0.7 


Day 3 in Lille and Vendespace. Quarterfinalists are set - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Spain - Turkey 61-48
Spain celebrated the sixth straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They held off Turkey in the battle of two undefeated teams. Spain thus clinched the top position in Group E, while Turkey finished second. Spain will now take on Czech Republic, while Turkey will face Belarus in the quarterfinals. Spain held Turkey to 10 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. Turkey continued to struggle offensively in the second frame. Spain ran away to a 32:17 halftime advantage. But Ceyhun Yidizoglu team was not done just yet. They went on a 21:11 run in the third term to narrow the gap at 5-point mark 38:43 heading into the fourth frame. But Spain tipped off the final period with ten straight points and never looked back en route to the win. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) provided 18 points and 13 rebounds for Spain. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) added 12 points, while Silvia Dominguez and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 11 points each in the win. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80), Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports), Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) netted 8 points each in the loss.

Sweden - Slovakia 75-72
Sweden registered a key victory in their quest for the EuroBasket quarterfinals. They held off Slovak Republic to improve at 2-3 record in Group E. It was just enough to clinch the fourth position in the ladder. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 17 points to lead the winners. Sweden stormed into the game. The Scandinavian side accounted for a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. But Slovak Republic refused to give up. They answered with a 25-point tally in the second term and narrowed the deficit at 10-point mark 46:36. The Slovakian team continued to mount the pressure throughout the third period. Baburova put Slovak Republic within two 47:49 midway through the third term. Sweden held on to the lead as they entered the fourth frame up by 5 points 55:50. Frida Eldebrink helped Sweden to a 9-point lead midway through the fourth stanza. Slovak Republic returned into the game pretty quickly and eventually Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) made it a one-possession game 68:70 with just over a minute to go. Key answered with two free throws to give Sweden a 72:68 lead. Romana Vynuchalova and Brezianova dragged Slovak Republic within one 72:73. But Key went perfect from the line in the final seconds and sealed the win for Sweden. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) dropped 17 points, while Elin Eldebrink contributed 11 points for the winners. Lucia Kupcikova answered with 15 points for Slovak Republic. Zuzana Brezaniova and Romana Vynuchalova had 13 points each in the loss.

Montenegro - Italy 60-66
Italy claimed a key victory on the final day of the EuroBasket 2013 Second Stage. The Azzurri outlasted Montenegro to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. The victory guaranteed the third position as well as quarterfinal ticket for Italy. Montenegro fell at 1-4 record in the group. The lead shifted sides throughout the opening quarter. Montenegro capped the opening frame five straight points but still trailed by one after ten minutes 22:23. The Balkan team used a 7:0 run early in the second frame to spur ahead. Italy bounce back but Montenegro crowned the first half with 9 points in a row to gain a 45:34 advantage. Ilaria Zanoni triggered an 11:0 run from the Azzurri as they tied things up at 47-all midway through the third term. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) capped the quarter with five straight points as Italy pulled ahead 56:54. Dotto and Giorgia Sottana gave Italy a 60:54 lead early in the fourth period. Anna De Forge and Skerovic put Montengro within four but Dotto drained a triple and followed with a free throw to secure a 66:58 lead for the Azzurri. They held on to it and secured a crucial win at the end. Raffaella Masciadri finished with 15 points, while Giorgia Sottana added 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) answered with 20 points and 14 boards for Montenegro. Anna De Forge had 11 points in the loss.

Group F
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 poured in 7, while Emilie Gomis added 6. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) replied with 16 points in defeat, whilst Yelena Leuchanka nailed 9 and Anastasiya Veremeenko added 7.

United Kingdom - 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 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 and Iva Sliskovic delivered 14 points each in the loss.

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 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 added 9. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) answered with 15 points in the losing effort and Petra Kulichova had 12. Tereza Vyoralova poured in 9, whilst Ilona Burgrova added 7.



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

Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas U16 1st Team 2013
Gileysa Penzo
Penzo
Asia Durr
Durr
Katie Samuelson
Samuelson
Lauren Cox
Cox
Lauren Yearwood
Yearwood

Best Player: Asia Durr (5'11''-G-97) of High School USA
Best Guard: Asia Durr (5'11''-G-97) of High School USA
Best Forward: Lauren Cox (6'4''-F-98) of High School USA
Best Center: Lauren Yearwood (6'3''-C) of CAN NT U16

1st Team
SG: Gileysa Penzo (175-SG-97) of PUR NT U16
G: Asia Durr (5'11''-G-97) of High School USA
G/F: Katie Samuelson (6'3''-G/F-97) of High School USA
F: Lauren Cox (6'4''-F-98) of High School USA
C: Lauren Yearwood (6'3''-C) of CAN NT U16

2nd Team
G: Crystal Dangerfield (5'5''-G-98) of High School USA
SF: Nayeli Ortiz (174-SF-98) of MEX NT U16
F: Eternati Willock (6'2''-F-97) of CAN NT U16
F: Dejanae Boykin (6'2''-F-97) of High School USA
C: Patricia Nieves (178-C-97) of PUR NT U16

Honorable Mention
Mariane De Carvalho (182-F-97) of Americana
Kalani Brown (6'4''-C-97) of High School USA
Julieta Giorgetti (180-C-97) of ARG NT U16
Gladyshka Gerena (165-PG-97) of PUR NT U16




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  FRANCE   


Corinne Benintendi takes over BC Montbrison - by Eurobasket News

Corinne Benintendi takes over BC Montbrison for the next season. The experienced Specialist will move from Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut where she spent 4 seasons. Earlier she worked with Challes-les-Eaux Basket (LFB). Together with the team she reached EuroCup Quarterfinals -12, 13.
BC Montbrison also announced Emilie Duvivier (165-G-84). She will come from Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole in France. In 6 LFB games she averaged just 2.2ppg this season. The earlier season Duvivier played at COB Calais (LF2) in French league. In 23 games she had 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg.
The 2010/2011 season she played at Union Hainaut (LFB) in French league. In 25 games she had 7.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg that season.
Among other achievements Duvivier played in the final of French NF1 in 2010. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French NF1 2nd Team award back in 2010. Duvivier represented France at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 five years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 1.3ppg, 1.0rpg.
Duvivier has played also professionally for other French teams like Challes-les-Eaux and Centre Federal BB.



Spain U20 beat France U20 in Day 3 of the Torneo de Noia - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20-France U20 59:53

Spain U20 beat France U20 in Day 3 of the Torneo de Noia. The home side celebrated a 59:53 to finish on the second place.
Spain won the first period 17-11 and added 19-16 in the second frame. Both teams scored 12 points each in the third period, while France closed the game with a 14-11 rally.
Astou Ndour (196-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and De Alfredo netted 12. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) and Lazaro followed them with 7 points each. Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) and Diallo brought 9 points each, while Bernadette scored 8. Chevaugeon ended up with 7 points in the losing case.
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.

Spain U20: Astou Ndour 21, De Alfredo 12, Inmaculada Zanoguera 7, Lazaro 7
France U20: Romane Bernies 9, Diallo 9, Bernadette 8, Chevaugeon 7



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  GERMANY   


Amanda Rego heads back to SV Halle Lions - by Eurobasket News

Amanda Rego (170-G-86, college: San Diego) heads back to SV Halle Lions for the next season. She currently played at Heli Girls Noerdlingen Donau-Ries in Germany. In 18 DBBL games she averaged 8.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 7.1apg (leader !!!) and 2.4spg (in top 2) last season. She helped them to make it to the German DBBL Cup Semifinals. Before Rego played also at Heli Girls (DBBL) in German league as well. In 25 games she had 9.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.2apg (leader !!!) and 2.2spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Rego's team made it to the German DBBL Cup final in 2011. She received also Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Guard of the Year award back in 2009.



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  HOLLAND   


Holland U20 beat Sweden U20 in Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News

Holland U20 beat Sweden U20 in Amsterdam in the third game between two sides. The Dutch players grabbed the initial 57:54 win in Game 3.
Holland opened the game with a 17-15 rally and added massive 21-13 burst in the second frame. Sweden meanwhile dominated the second half and posted two narrow victories. They won the third period 13-11 and finished the game with 13-8 in the last stanza. It was not however enough to win the game.
Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Van den Bosch followed her with 17 points. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) replied with 13 points in the losing case, while Elin Gustavsson and Matilda Claesson added 9 each. Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) and Allis Nystrom (184-F-93) scored 7 points apiece.



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Hungary claim first win in China - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Australia 79:63

Hungary claimed the first win on their China Tour. They held off the Emerging Opals for 1-5 record. Rita Rasheed (182-F-89, agency: Interperformances) came up with 18 points to pace the Europeans.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. They were tied at 18-all after ten minutes. Hungary surged ahead in the second frame. They used a 22:7 run to gain a comfortable halftime lead. Hungary poured in 24 points in the second quarter to boost the margin at 25-point mark. Australia tried hard to rescue the game. They exploded with 28 points in the fourth period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Krisztina Raksanyi (181-G-91) netted 17 points, while Katalin Honti (177-G-87) and Bozoki added 10 points each in the win. Lauren Mansfield (170-G-89, college: Iowa St.) responded with 19 points for the Emerging Opals.



Hungary defeated by China - by Eurobasket News

China - Hungary 87:76

Hungary suffered yet another loss on their China tour. They surrendered against the hosts on Sunday. Hungary thus fell at 0-5 record on the tour. Rita Rasheed (182-F-89, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 21 points to pace Hungary but could not prevent the loss.
China jumped to an early lead. The hosts reeled off to a 27:16 lead after the starting quarter. Hungary stopped the rot in the second period. They cut the deficit by three points to trail by 8 points at halftime 36:44. But China did not allow the Europeans to get any closer in the third term. The hosts established a 12-point lead heading into the fourth period. Hungary scored 23 points in the final term but just sweetened the pill at the end. Krivacevic had 15 points, while Reka Balint (182-SF-91) netted 12 points in the loss.



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Virtus Elite shape up roster - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Elite continued to shape up roster for the next season. They have added three new players to the squad. These are Elisa Templari (172-G-89), Tayara Madonna (173-G/F-91) and Marie Malone (191-C-89, college: Hofstra).
Marie Malone started her pro career last season in Denmark. The centre played for SISU Copenhagen. Marie Malone tallied 13.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in Dameligaen. She was named into All-Danish Dameligaen 1st Team.
Elisa Templari has played for Spezia since 2006. Her stats read 14.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game in A2 last season. She made it into All-Italian A2 2nd Team.
Tayara Madonna spent the previous season with Delser Udine in A2. Her stats read 9.1 points, 2.1 steals and 3.0 boards per game. Tayara Madonna was the member of U20 Italian National Team in 2011.



Cagliari land Adrienne Johnson - by Eurobasket News

Cagliari bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Adrienne Johnson (182-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Louisiana Tech). The forward spent the last season in Italy. She played for Ducato Lucca. Her stats read 13.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in A1. She was named All-Italian A1 Forward of the Year. Adrienne Johnson helped Lucca into A1 Finals. Previously Adrienne Johnson played for Dunav Ruse in Bulgaria. Her stats read 26.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.5 assists per game in NBL. She was trumped All-Bulgarian League Finals MVP. Adrianne Johnson was also named All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year.


EuroBasket 2013: Italy shoot down Montenegro to reach quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Montenegro 66:60

Italy claimed a key victory on the final day of the EuroBasket 2013 Second Stage. The Azzurri outlasted Montenegro to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. The victory guaranteed the third position as well as quarterfinal ticket for Italy. Montenegro fell at 1-4 record in the group.
The lead shifted sides throughout the opening quarter. Montenegro capped the opening frame five straight points but still trailed by one after ten minutes 22:23. The Balkan team used a 7:0 run early in the second frame to spur ahead. Italy bounce back but Montenegro crowned the first half with 9 points in a row to gain a 45:34 advantage. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86, agency: Players Group) triggered an 11:0 run from the Azzurri as they tied things up at 47-all midway through the third term. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) capped the quarter with five straight points as Italy pulled ahead 56:54. Dotto and Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) gave Italy a 60:54 lead early in the fourth period. Anna De Forge (178-SG-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) and Skerovic put Montengro within four but Dotto drained a triple and followed with a free throw to secure a 66:58 lead for the Azzurri. They held on to it and secured a crucial win at the end. Raffaella Masciadri finished with 15 points, while Giorgia Sottana added 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) answered with 20 points and 14 boards for Montenegro. Anna De Forge had 11 points in the loss.

Italy: Raffaella Masciadri 15, Giorgia Sottana 13, Ilaria Zanoni 12
Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 20+14 boards, Anna De Forge 11



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  MONTENEGRO   


EuroBasket 2013: Italy shoot down Montenegro to reach quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News

Italy - Montenegro 66:60

Italy claimed a key victory on the final day of the EuroBasket 2013 Second Stage. The Azzurri outlasted Montenegro to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. The victory guaranteed the third position as well as quarterfinal ticket for Italy. Montenegro fell at 1-4 record in the group.
The lead shifted sides throughout the opening quarter. Montenegro capped the opening frame five straight points but still trailed by one after ten minutes 22:23. The Balkan team used a 7:0 run early in the second frame to spur ahead. Italy bounce back but Montenegro crowned the first half with 9 points in a row to gain a 45:34 advantage. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86, agency: Players Group) triggered an 11:0 run from the Azzurri as they tied things up at 47-all midway through the third term. Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) capped the quarter with five straight points as Italy pulled ahead 56:54. Dotto and Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) gave Italy a 60:54 lead early in the fourth period. Anna De Forge (178-SG-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) and Skerovic put Montengro within four but Dotto drained a triple and followed with a free throw to secure a 66:58 lead for the Azzurri. They held on to it and secured a crucial win at the end. Raffaella Masciadri finished with 15 points, while Giorgia Sottana added 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) answered with 20 points and 14 boards for Montenegro. Anna De Forge had 11 points in the loss.

Italy: Raffaella Masciadri 15, Giorgia Sottana 13, Ilaria Zanoni 12
Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 20+14 boards, Anna De Forge 11



Italy win against Montenegro - by Dragan Scepanovic

Italy - Montenegro 66:60 ( 23:22,11:23,22:9,10:6)
For 1 points : Italy 10-4 (40%) , Montenegro 14-14 (100%)
For 2 points : Italy 43-19 (44%) , Montenegro 41-17 (42%)
For 3 points : Italy 14-8 (57%) , Montenegro 14-4 (29%)
Ass. : Italy 10 , Montenegro 15
Reb. : Italy 36 (27+9) , Montenegro 39 (22+17)
Still ball : Italy 7 , Montenegro 8
Block : Italy 3 , Montenegro 2
Lose : Italy 14 , Montenegro 20

Italy : Dotto 11 , Fasina , Cinili , Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) 13 , Gatti 6 , Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86, agency: Players Group) 12 , Gorini , Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) 15, Vabara , Bagniara 3, Res 6 , Formica.
Montenegro : Bajic , Skerovic 9 , De Forge 11, Baletic , Popovic , Aleksic 5 , Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) 20 , Bjelica 2 , Perovanovic 4 , Turcinovic 6 , Jovanovic 3 , Culafic .



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  POLAND   


Izabela Piekarska returns to Gorzow - by Eurobasket News

Gorzow announced the signing of Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85, college: UTEP). The centre is not new to the team. She played for Gorzow back in 2009/11 seasons. Piekarska helped Gorzow win the PLKK regular season in 2010. The centre participated at the PLKK All-Star Game in 2010. Last season Izabela Piekarska spent in France. She played for Union Hainaut. The centre tallied 9.4 points and 6.6 boards per game in LFB. Previously Izabela Piekarska had spells in Turkey, Poland and Israel. She has been the member of the Polish National Team since 2008.


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EuroBasket 2013: Sweden hold off Slovak Republic, enter quarterfinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Sweden - Slovak Republic 75:72

Sweden registered a key victory in their quest for the EuroBasket quarterfinals. They held off Slovak Republic to improve at 2-3 record in Group E. It was just enough to clinch the fourth position in the ladder. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Sweden stormed into the game. The Scandinavian side accounted for a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. But Slovak Republic refused to give up. They answered with a 25-point tally in the second term and narrowed the deficit at 10-point mark 46:36. The Slovakian team continued to mount the pressure throughout the third period. Baburova put Slovak Republic within two 47:49 midway through the third term. Sweden held on to the lead as they entered the fourth frame up by 5 points 55:50. Frida Eldebrink helped Sweden to a 9-point lead midway through the fourth stanza. Slovak Republic returned into the game pretty quickly and eventually Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) made it a one-possession game 68:70 with just over a minute to go. Key answered with two free throws to give Sweden a 72:68 lead. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Penn St.) and Brezianova dragged Slovak Republic within one 72:73. But Key went perfect from the line in the final seconds and sealed the win for Sweden. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) dropped 17 points, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed 11 points for the winners. Lucia Kupcikova answered with 15 points for Slovak Republic. Zuzana Brezaniova (171-PG-87) and Romana Vynuchalova had 13 points each in the loss.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 17, Elisabeth Egnell 17, Elin Eldebrink 11
Slovak Republic: Lucia Kupcikova 15, Zuzana Brezaniova 13, Romana Vynuchalova 13+10 boards



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EuroBasket 2013: Spain hand Turkey first loss - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Turkey 61:48

Spain celebrated the sixth straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They held off Turkey in the battle of two undefeated teams. Spain thus clinched the top position in Group E, while Turkey finished second. Spain will now take on Czech Republic, while Turkey will face Belarus in the quarterfinals.
Spain held Turkey to 10 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. Turkey continued to struggle offensively in the second frame. Spain ran away to a 32:17 halftime advantage. But Ceyhun Yidizoglu team was not done just yet. They went on a 21:11 run in the third term to narrow the gap at 5-point mark 38:43 heading into the fourth frame. But Spain tipped off the final period with ten straight points and never looked back en route to the win. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) provided 18 points and 13 rebounds for Spain. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) added 12 points, while Silvia Dominguez (166-PG-87) and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 11 points each in the win. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80), Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports), Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) netted 8 points each in the loss.

Spain: Sancho Lyttle 18+13 boards, Alba Torrens 12, Silvia Dominguez 11, Marta Xargay Casademont 11
Turkey: Esmeral Tuncluer 8, Isil Alben 8, Nevriye Yilmaz 8, Quanitra Hollingsworth 8



Spain U20 beat France U20 in Day 3 of the Torneo de Noia - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20-France U20 59:53

Spain U20 beat France U20 in Day 3 of the Torneo de Noia. The home side celebrated a 59:53 to finish on the second place.
Spain won the first period 17-11 and added 19-16 in the second frame. Both teams scored 12 points each in the third period, while France closed the game with a 14-11 rally.
Astou Ndour (196-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and De Alfredo netted 12. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) and Lazaro followed them with 7 points each. Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) and Diallo brought 9 points each, while Bernadette scored 8. Chevaugeon ended up with 7 points in the losing case.
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.

Spain U20: Astou Ndour 21, De Alfredo 12, Inmaculada Zanoguera 7, Lazaro 7
France U20: Romane Bernies 9, Diallo 9, Bernadette 8, Chevaugeon 7



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Sweden U16 destroys England U16 in Bristol - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16 destroys England U16 in Bristol in another appearance between two sides. Sweden posted 76:14 win and did not leave any chance for the hosts in the game.
Sweden U16 started the game with 19-2 surge and never looked behind. They kept England scoreless in the second frame and scored 24 consecutive points. In the second half England managed to score 6 points in the third and the last quarters. Sweden meanwhile posted 11 points in the third period and finished the game with 22 points in the final frame.
Olivia Bringefalt (188-PF-97) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Kristin Seman (171-SF-97) netted 15. Elin Sjoberg and Lisa Siosteen (F-97) delivered 8 points each. Adriana Camber (174-F-97) and Embla Andersson notched 7 each, while Fanny Wadling had 5.
Earlier Sweden U16 beat England U16 54:44 and 62:49.



Holland U20 beat Sweden U20 in Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News

Holland U20 beat Sweden U20 in Amsterdam in the third game between two sides. The Dutch players grabbed the initial 57:54 win in Game 3.
Holland opened the game with a 17-15 rally and added massive 21-13 burst in the second frame. Sweden meanwhile dominated the second half and posted two narrow victories. They won the third period 13-11 and finished the game with 13-8 in the last stanza. It was not however enough to win the game.
Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Van den Bosch followed her with 17 points. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) replied with 13 points in the losing case, while Elin Gustavsson and Matilda Claesson added 9 each. Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) and Allis Nystrom (184-F-93) scored 7 points apiece.



EuroBasket 2013: Sweden hold off Slovak Republic, enter quarterfinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Sweden - Slovak Republic 75:72

Sweden registered a key victory in their quest for the EuroBasket quarterfinals. They held off Slovak Republic to improve at 2-3 record in Group E. It was just enough to clinch the fourth position in the ladder. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Sweden stormed into the game. The Scandinavian side accounted for a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. But Slovak Republic refused to give up. They answered with a 25-point tally in the second term and narrowed the deficit at 10-point mark 46:36. The Slovakian team continued to mount the pressure throughout the third period. Baburova put Slovak Republic within two 47:49 midway through the third term. Sweden held on to the lead as they entered the fourth frame up by 5 points 55:50. Frida Eldebrink helped Sweden to a 9-point lead midway through the fourth stanza. Slovak Republic returned into the game pretty quickly and eventually Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) made it a one-possession game 68:70 with just over a minute to go. Key answered with two free throws to give Sweden a 72:68 lead. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Penn St.) and Brezianova dragged Slovak Republic within one 72:73. But Key went perfect from the line in the final seconds and sealed the win for Sweden. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) dropped 17 points, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed 11 points for the winners. Lucia Kupcikova answered with 15 points for Slovak Republic. Zuzana Brezaniova (171-PG-87) and Romana Vynuchalova had 13 points each in the loss.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 17, Elisabeth Egnell 17, Elin Eldebrink 11
Slovak Republic: Lucia Kupcikova 15, Zuzana Brezaniova 13, Romana Vynuchalova 13+10 boards



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Galatasaray tab Kelsey Bone - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray confirmed the signing of Kelsey Bone (193-C-91, college: Texas A&M). The centre signed for one season with the Turkish team. Kelsey Bone has started her pro career this season. She was picked by the New York Liberty in the WNBA Draft. She has appeared in 7 games for the Liberty this season. Her stats read 5.9 points and 5.3 boards per game in WNBA. Kelsey Bone graduated from Texas A&M earlier this year. She tallied 16.6 points, 9.3 boards and 2.2 assists per game in her senior season. Kelsey Bone was named All-SEC All-Tournament MVP. She made it into WBCA Division I All-Region 3 Team. The centre also made it into Associated Press NCAA All-America 3rd Team.


EuroBasket 2013: Spain hand Turkey first loss - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Turkey 61:48

Spain celebrated the sixth straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They held off Turkey in the battle of two undefeated teams. Spain thus clinched the top position in Group E, while Turkey finished second. Spain will now take on Czech Republic, while Turkey will face Belarus in the quarterfinals.
Spain held Turkey to 10 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. Turkey continued to struggle offensively in the second frame. Spain ran away to a 32:17 halftime advantage. But Ceyhun Yidizoglu team was not done just yet. They went on a 21:11 run in the third term to narrow the gap at 5-point mark 38:43 heading into the fourth frame. But Spain tipped off the final period with ten straight points and never looked back en route to the win. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) provided 18 points and 13 rebounds for Spain. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) added 12 points, while Silvia Dominguez (166-PG-87) and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 11 points each in the win. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80), Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports), Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) netted 8 points each in the loss.

Spain: Sancho Lyttle 18+13 boards, Alba Torrens 12, Silvia Dominguez 11, Marta Xargay Casademont 11
Turkey: Esmeral Tuncluer 8, Isil Alben 8, Nevriye Yilmaz 8, Quanitra Hollingsworth 8



Tarsus Belediyesi bring in Vanessa Ble - by Eurobasket News

Tarsus Belediyesi bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Spanish centre Vanessa Ble (190-F/C-91). She spent the last season in Spain. Vanessa Ble played for Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias. Her stats read 13.7 points, 11.5 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in LFB. Vanessa Ble made it into All-Spanish LFB 3rd Team. She was also named into Spanish LFB All-Domestic Players Team. Previously Vanessa Ble had stints with Cadi la Seu, Ibiza-PDV. She earned All-Spanish LFB Honourable Mention in 2012. Vanessa Ble used to play for the Spanish U20 National Team. She debuted for the National Team in 2012.


Canik Belediyesi tab Dora Horti - by Eurobasket News

Canik Belediyesi strengthened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Dora Horti (193-C-87, agency: Interperformances). The Hungarian centre spent the previous season in Poland. She played for Wisla Can-Pack. Her stats read 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in PLKK. Dora Horti also delivered 6.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. Previously Dora Horti had stints with Lotos, UNIQA Euroleasing and Szolnoki. She was named into Hungarian League All-Domestic Players Team in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Dora Horti was trumped All-Hungarian League Player of the Year in 2010. She has been the member of the Hungarian National Team since 2008.


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Butler walks off on high - by Eurobasket News

Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) bid an emotional farewell to basketball with Great Britains departure from EuroBasket Women. She will, without question, be missed. But with yet another outstanding performance as her curtain call, the 30-year-old forward left on a high, with a win, against Croatia as Damien Jennings side bowed out at the end of the second round. Having originally planned to walk away after the Olympics, only to return, there will be no third comeback, she vowed. That is my last game, said Butler, fighting back the tears afterwards. Im definitely retiring. I couldnt be more happy than to do it playing for Damian. Hes seen the road, and all the ups and downs. The Olympics was my goal and I reached that. But now its time to hang the boots up and move on to something a little less stressful. Butler has been one of the totems of GBs rise from nowhere to complete respectability, from Division B to what their best-ever placing at a major tournament. Her form suggests she has plenty left. But after a decade of traversing the Atlantic from her home in Washington State to places like Israel, Slovakia and Latvia, then with summers taken up on international duty, she is reluctantly calling it quits. Its hard to turn your back to the game thats been my life and represent my country, along with the team-mates Ive had over these years, she said. But its time. And Im happy to have everyone here to witness that. Damien Jennings , destined to be her final coach, made her captain in his first tournament at the helm. He will know she will be hard to replace, on and off the court. Shes been a great ambassador, not just a player, for British basketball, he said. The likes of Kimberly Butler are role models and a big reason why weve got young girls of 15 years old playing basketball at a very good level and dreaming of the future. And our job is to make sure the efforts of the likes of Kim has not been in vain.
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Sweden U16 destroys England U16 in Bristol - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16 destroys England U16 in Bristol in another appearance between two sides. Sweden posted 76:14 win and did not leave any chance for the hosts in the game.
Sweden U16 started the game with 19-2 surge and never looked behind. They kept England scoreless in the second frame and scored 24 consecutive points. In the second half England managed to score 6 points in the third and the last quarters. Sweden meanwhile posted 11 points in the third period and finished the game with 22 points in the final frame.
Olivia Bringefalt (188-PF-97) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Kristin Seman (171-SF-97) netted 15. Elin Sjoberg and Lisa Siosteen (F-97) delivered 8 points each. Adriana Camber (174-F-97) and Embla Andersson notched 7 each, while Fanny Wadling had 5.
Earlier Sweden U16 beat England U16 54:44 and 62:49.