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  ABA   



CTBA Names 2013 Mens USA Selection Team for WJC - by Greg

TAIPEI, Taiwan (June 30, 2013) - Featuring returning standout Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, college: N.Carolina St.) and four 2013 WJC members, Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) today announced the 13-players who will represent the United States in the July 6-14 William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan. The player selections were approved by the CTBA Executive Committee, and will be nominated to the United States Selection Committee to participate in the 2013 Williams Jones Cup.

Named to the 2013 USA Selection Team were: Marcus Melvin ( last played: Romania); Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) (France); Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) (Finland); Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) (Dominican Rep.); Cyril Awere (210-C-85) (NBA); Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) (Spain); DeAndre Bray (168-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.) (UBA); Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: UNLV) (Mexico); Ed Horton (190-G-85, college: Murray St.) (Iceland), Mychal Kearse (195-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Mt.St.Mary's) (Iran); Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) (Taiwan); Cervante Burrell (177-PG-89, college: Seattle) (NBA DL) and Chris Vanlandingham (193-G-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Armstr.Atlantic) (UBA).

Travis McAvene will return as head coach of the USA Select team. Serving as assistant coaches are D.J. Douglas, Kevin Franklin and Jeff Joseph.

"We have been in contact with USA Basketball and they have been nothing short of perfect. They have extended their support to us and are what the standard of USA National Basketball has always been about. We are aware that we are not Kobe or LeBron, but it's an honor to wear the red, white and blue. None of this would be possible without those guys," said Select Guard Jermaine Barnes.

When asked about the selection process of the club, coach McAvene was at lost for words.

"Whatever I say will not fully describe just how difficult this selection process has been. We knew it would be difficult when we began the building of this team. After losing gold by just one point last season changes had to be made. It has become obvious that it would be in the best interest of the team, the players and coaches, to select the 13 players who were older and more experienced.

"The 13 players selected have incredible talent, and more importantly, we think this team has excellent leadership; great versatility and balance; and very good chemistry which are critical parts in building a great team. I believe this team will bring home the gold," added McAvene.

Of the 13 selected players, four were part of the 2012 USA Select Team for the WJC (Marcus Melvin, Jermaine Barnes, Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech), Mychal Kearse, and will add much needed leadership to the club. Melvin spent this season in Romania were he average just over 16ppg and looking to return to his old form dropping over 25 pounds for this event. He was laso named to the AsiaBasket.com All-WJC 1st Team last summer. Jermaine Barnes of course is not stranger to the spot light. Last summer Barnes opened up the event scoring a game high 17 points in just 17 minutes. He would also be named to the AsiaBasket.com ALl-WJC team for his play. Marshall was by far the most constant of the four returners leading the Select squad in scoring and playing in every contest. He was also named to the WJC 1st Team. Kearse was recently named AsiaBasket.com Guard of the Year in Iraq averaging over 18ppg.

Owens, at 33 years old, will be the veteran leader of the USA Selection team. Owens was drafted by the Bucks in the 2004 NBA draft. With his experience in the NBA and high level international play he should be the enforcer that was missing last summer.

The 2012 Williams Jones Cup, expanded to 9 teams, proved to be the most competitive and exciting ever. Philippians National Team emerged as the Champion after defeating USA Selection Team in the final game (75-74) in the gold medal game. So its safe to say that nothing is more important than gold to USA.

I haven't let go at all, said McAvene. I only have one goal and that's gold.

Finishing with an 5-3 overall record, as a team, the U.S. finished ranked among the top leading teams in almost every offensive statistical category at the 2012 WJC. The USA Selection Team finished ranked first in scoring offense (90.6), first in field goal percentage (.503), first in assists (18.78), first in free throws made (182), first in assist-turnover ratio (1.74), second in scoring margin (+20.4). But the defense is where they have focused on this summer.

Marshall led the team in scoring averaging 14.9 ppg., while Melvin added 14.3 ppg., and Barnes contributed 10.9 ppg. Kearse led the U.S. in assists handing out 4.9 apg., and Mevlin carried the rebounding load with 7.8rpg.


Starting five
#s#
Marcus Melvin
Melvin
Haywood Owens
Owens
Jermaine Barnes
Barnes
Curtis Marshall
Marshall
Eric Hicks
Hicks
#e#5

Marcus Melvin 6'8''-F-82 Al Jahraa Kuwait

Haywood Owens 6'9''-F-79 Cedevita Croatia

Cyril Awere 6'11''-C-85 Peja Kosovo

Jermaine Barnes 6'5''-G/F-82 Titanes Dominican Republic

Curtis Marshall 6'6''-G/F-83 Lille France

Mychal Kearse 6'5''-G-83 Al Karkh Iraq

Ed Horton 6'3''-G-85 Tiburones Nicaragua

DeAndre Bray 5'6''-G-85 Tiburones Nicaragua

Rene Rougeau 6'6''-G/F-86 Cananea Mexico

Chris Vanlandingham 6'4''-G-89 S.Generals USA

Cervante Burrell 5'10''-PG-89 Cartago Costa Rica

Eric Hicks 6'6''-F-83 Kauhajoki Finland

Jermaine Dailey 6'8''-F-86 Sharjah United Arab Emirates


Travis McAvene Head Coach Southern State USA

D.J. Douglas Assistant GIE Maile M. USA

Kevin Franklin Assistant Cleveland H. USA

Will De La Cruz Assistant S.Generals USA

Jeff Joseph Assistant McMaster Canada




CTBA Names 2013 Mens USA Selection Team for WJC - by Greg

TAIPEI, Taiwan (June 30, 2013) - Featuring returning standout Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, college: N.Carolina St.) and four 2013 WJC members, Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) today announced the 13-players who will represent the United States in the July 6-14 William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan. The player selections were approved by the CTBA Executive Committee, and will be nominated to the United States Selection Committee to participate in the 2013 Williams Jones Cup.

Named to the 2013 USA Selection Team were: Marcus Melvin ( last played: Romania); Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) (France); Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) (Finland); Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) (Dominican Rep.); Cyril Awere (210-C-85) (NBA); Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) (Spain); DeAndre Bray (168-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.) (UBA); Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: UNLV) (Mexico); Ed Horton (190-G-85, college: Murray St.) (Iceland), Mychal Kearse (195-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Mt.St.Mary's) (Iran); Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) (Taiwan); Cervante Burrell (177-PG-89, college: Seattle) (NBA DL) and Chris Vanlandingham (193-G-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Armstr.Atlantic) (UBA).

Travis McAvene will return as head coach of the USA Select team. Serving as assistant coaches are D.J. Douglas, Kevin Franklin and Jeff Joseph.

"We have been in contact with USA Basketball and they have been nothing short of perfect. They have extended their support to us and are what the standard of USA National Basketball has always been about. We are aware that we are not Kobe or LeBron, but it's an honor to wear the red, white and blue. None of this would be possible without those guys," said Select Guard Jermaine Barnes.

When asked about the selection process of the club, coach McAvene was at lost for words.

"Whatever I say will not fully describe just how difficult this selection process has been. We knew it would be difficult when we began the building of this team. After losing gold by just one point last season changes had to be made. It has become obvious that it would be in the best interest of the team, the players and coaches, to select the 13 players who were older and more experienced.

"The 13 players selected have incredible talent, and more importantly, we think this team has excellent leadership; great versatility and balance; and very good chemistry which are critical parts in building a great team. I believe this team will bring home the gold," added McAvene.

Of the 13 selected players, four were part of the 2012 USA Select Team for the WJC (Marcus Melvin, Jermaine Barnes, Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech), Mychal Kearse, and will add much needed leadership to the club. Melvin spent this season in Romania were he average just over 16ppg and looking to return to his old form dropping over 25 pounds for this event. He was laso named to the AsiaBasket.com All-WJC 1st Team last summer. Jermaine Barnes of course is not stranger to the spot light. Last summer Barnes opened up the event scoring a game high 17 points in just 17 minutes. He would also be named to the AsiaBasket.com ALl-WJC team for his play. Marshall was by far the most constant of the four returners leading the Select squad in scoring and playing in every contest. He was also named to the WJC 1st Team. Kearse was recently named AsiaBasket.com Guard of the Year in Iraq averaging over 18ppg.

Owens, at 33 years old, will be the veteran leader of the USA Selection team. Owens was drafted by the Bucks in the 2004 NBA draft. With his experience in the NBA and high level international play he should be the enforcer that was missing last summer.

The 2012 Williams Jones Cup, expanded to 9 teams, proved to be the most competitive and exciting ever. Philippians National Team emerged as the Champion after defeating USA Selection Team in the final game (75-74) in the gold medal game. So its safe to say that nothing is more important than gold to USA.

I haven't let go at all, said McAvene. I only have one goal and that's gold.

Finishing with an 5-3 overall record, as a team, the U.S. finished ranked among the top leading teams in almost every offensive statistical category at the 2012 WJC. The USA Selection Team finished ranked first in scoring offense (90.6), first in field goal percentage (.503), first in assists (18.78), first in free throws made (182), first in assist-turnover ratio (1.74), second in scoring margin (+20.4). But the defense is where they have focused on this summer.

Marshall led the team in scoring averaging 14.9 ppg., while Melvin added 14.3 ppg., and Barnes contributed 10.9 ppg. Kearse led the U.S. in assists handing out 4.9 apg., and Mevlin carried the rebounding load with 7.8rpg.


Starting five
Marcus Melvin
Melvin
Haywood Owens
Owens
Jermaine Barnes
Barnes
Curtis Marshall
Marshall
Eric Hicks
Hicks

Marcus Melvin 6'8''-F-82 Al Jahraa Kuwait

Haywood Owens 6'9''-F-79 Cedevita Croatia

Cyril Awere 6'11''-C-85 Peja Kosovo

Jermaine Barnes 6'5''-G/F-82 Titanes Dominican Republic

Curtis Marshall 6'6''-G/F-83 Lille France

Mychal Kearse 6'5''-G-83 Al Karkh Iraq

Ed Horton 6'3''-G-85 Tiburones Nicaragua

DeAndre Bray 5'6''-G-85 Tiburones Nicaragua

Rene Rougeau 6'6''-G/F-86 Cananea Mexico

Chris Vanlandingham 6'4''-G-89 S.Generals USA

Cervante Burrell 5'10''-PG-89 Cartago Costa Rica

Eric Hicks 6'6''-F-83 Kauhajoki Finland

Jermaine Dailey 6'8''-F-86 Sharjah United Arab Emirates


Travis McAvene Head Coach Southern State USA

D.J. Douglas Assistant GIE Maile M. USA

Kevin Franklin Assistant Cleveland H. USA

Will De La Cruz Assistant S.Generals USA

Jeff Joseph Assistant McMaster Canada




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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Igokea back down from Euroleague qualification round - by Igor Obradovic

Igokea board decide that they won't play in Qualification round for Euroleague in season 2013/14.

Team of Igokea did not meets the requirements for playing in Euroleague and this is the main reason why they give up from playing the Qualification round.
Instead, they will be playing in Eurocup in season 2013/14.
Euroleague board will decide in next few days which club will be replacing Igokea in Qualification. In proposistions advantage for getting wild-card for QR have a team from the same league, but it is not necessary to do that.

In QR will be play : Banvit, Varese, Oostende, Nymburk, Lietuvos Rytas, Khimki, Oldenburg.



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  ALGERIA   


Algerian National Team 2013 - by Ernest

Algerian National Team 2013
#s#
Mounir Benzegala
Benzegala
Mohamed Harath
Harath
Abdel Halim Kaouane
Kaouane
Tarek Oukid
Oukid
Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak
Benabdelhak
#e#5




4Mounir Benzegala 178-PG-87 GS Petroliers Algeria
5Mohamed Harath 196-F-90 FUS Rabat Morocco
6Abdel Halim Kaouane 180-G-81 CSMC Algeria
7Tarek Oukid 205-C-79 CSMC Algeria
8Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak 198-F Jaguars Canada
9Mohamed Zerouali 191-G-90 CSMC Algeria
10Nabil Saidi 200-F/C-80 GS Petroliers Algeria
11Abdellah Hamdini
GS Petroliers Algeria
12Abdesselem Dekkiche 194-G/F-86 GS Petroliers Algeria
13Hocine Gaham 194-G/F-86 GS Petroliers Algeria
14Mehdi Cheriet 204-PF-87 Boulazac France
15Mohamed Touati C-87 GS Petroliers Algeria


Faid Bilal coach



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Saudi Arabia name Nenad Krdzic head coach - by Eurobasket News

Saudi Arabia announced the name of their new head coach. Nenad Krdzic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) will take the reins of the team at the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship. Nenad Krdzic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) worked with Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. The Serbian specialist is also not new to guiding Saudi Arabia. He worked with the team at the 2011 GCC Championship. Nenad Krdzic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) has currently worked with Al Nasr in the UAE. He also worked in Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Austria and Serbia. Nenad Krdzic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) was Kuwait champion and Cup winner. He celebrated the Syrian Cup title in 2003 and 2004. Nenad Krzdic earned Asian Club Championship title in 2003 and WABA title in 2005.
Saudi Arabia will play alongside Philippines, Jordan and Taiwan in FIBA Asia Championship preliminary round Group A.



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  AUSTRIA   


Kapfenberg extend Joe Dean Shaw - by Eurobasket News

Kapfenberg have agreed on terms of contract extension with Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87, college: Nevada). The forward inked a new three-season deal with the Bulls. Last season Joe Dean Shaw notched 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists per game in A Bundesliga. He led the Bulls into Bundesliga semifinals. Joe Dean Shaw was named into All-Austrian League 1st Team for the third season in a row. The forward was named All-Austrian League Newcomer of the Year back in 2011. Last season he participated at the All-Star Game.


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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

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

Top 4: Round 6

Jun. 24: Al Ahli - Al Hala 95-72
Jun. 24: Muharraq - Al Manama 70-60

Finals: Round 1

Jun. 28: Muharraq - Al Manama


Muharraq face Manama in final - by Eurobasket News

BY PATRICK SALOMON

MUHARRAQ stepped up when it mattered most last night as they set up an exciting final clash with arch-rivals Manama for the right to claim this year's title in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League.

Fighting to keep their dreams of a repeat crown alive, Muharraq grinded out a 70-60 victory over Manama in both teams' concluding Golden Square semi-final contest, played at a jam-packed and rocking Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam.

Muharraq needed a win by at least five points to set up a meeting with Manama in the best-of-five championship series. Anything less would have sent Ahli into the finals to face Manama.

Ahli registered a lopsided 95-72 win over an under-strength Al Hala in yesterday's other Golden Square game, which was also the last for both teams. But that mattered little.

With yesterday's results, Muharraq, Manama and Ahli all finished the semi-final round with 3-2 win-loss records. Hala were winless with a 0-5 mark.

Muharraq and Manama thus moved on to battle for the championship following the tie-break system employed by the Bahrain Basketball Association.

Game one of finals series takes place this Friday at the same venue.

Muharraq will be gunning for back-to-back crowns and third title overall, while Manama will be looking to end their six-year league championship drought with their 17th coronation.

Ali Abbas scored 17 big points to help lead Muharraq to victory last night. Naturalised Bahraini CJ Giles also came up big when his team needed him the most. The former American had 16 points and made several key plays down the stretch at both ends of the court.

Ahmed Al Derazi contributed 15 markers plus a never-say-die attitude that helped inspire his team to the win, while Bader Abdulla Malabes chipped in with a solid 10 points.

Former NBA player and Senegalese import Pape Sow paced Manama with 19 points in the loss. He was at times outhustled by Giles, however, and that proved key.

Mohammed Hassan scored 15, Hassan Nairouz had 12 before fouling out, and Mohammed Hussain scored 10. They received little help from elsewhere.

Muharraq got a crucial contribution late in yesterday's game from an unlikely source. With Manama slowly chipping away at Muharraq's lead, Mohammed Abdulhakim came off the bench late in the fourth quarter and buried a three-pointer from the left corner that made it 67-59 with around two minutes remaining.

Despite not playing the entire game prior to that, Abdulhakim coolly sank his open attempt, which effectively halted Manama's last rally and helped see Muharraq over the finish line in the tightly contested affair. Muharraq were on fire at the start of the night, taking a 9-2 lead on an Abbas trey. But Manama weathered the early storm and tied things at 14-all on a Sow basket en route to taking an 18-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Ahead

Manama surged ahead in the second and led 37-28 following a Hassan basket, but Muharraq did well to close out the half with seven unanswered points capped by an Abbas three-pointer, cutting the deficit to 35-37.

The reigning champions took the lead for good in the third period when they went on a 16-7 rally that ended with an Al Derazi three. They then took a narrow 51-47 lead into the final canto, and behind inspired play by Giles and Al Derazi, along with some timely contributions from the likes of Malabes, Abdulhakim and Kadhem Majed, Muharraq held on for the all-important victory.

Meanwhile, Ahli took advantage of an undermanned Hala in their dominant but meaningless win.

Six players scored in double figures for the victors. Maytham Jameel led his team with 17 points, while Ivory Coast professional Lamizana Mamadou, court general Hussain Shaker and versatile wing Sayed Hashim Habib each finished with 14.

Hala were playing with a thin frontline due to the absences of US import Carl Galloway and Bahraini big man Ali Shukhrallah. Ahmed Ali Hussain (173-G-76) scored 18 points to lead his team in the loss. Ahmed Mirza (176-G-83) and Hussain Murtadha chipped in with 10 markers apiece.

Ahli led 28-16 at the end of the first quarter, and then stretched their advantage to 55-33 at the half.

They continued to control the game in the third when they would go up by nearly 30 points on a Jassim Mohammed three pointer that made it 73-45.

Ahli held a commanding 76-53 at the end of three, and in the final canto both clubs cleared their benches en route to the final whistle.
Courtesy of: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com



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  BELARUS   


Aliaksandr Kudrautsau joins Gaziantep - by Eurobasket News

Gaziantep strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Belarusian international Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80). The guard will sign a one-year deal with the team. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau played for Tsmoki-Minsk over the last three seasons. Last season he notched 14.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game in VTB League. He also tallied 8.2 points, 2.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in Premier League. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau delivered 15.4 points, 4.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance in EuroChallenge. He earned All-EuroChallenge Honourable Mention. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau also made it into All-Belarusian League 2nd Team. The guard has been the member of the Belarusian National Team since 2003.


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  BOSNIA   


Serbia U18 edge Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 twice - by Eurobasket News

Serbian U18 National Team claimed back-to-back victories over their Bosnian counterparts in Bor. The first game ended with a 77:51 victory for the hosts. Serbia led by just six points at halftime 39:33. But they held the visitors to just 18 points in the second half to run away with the victory. Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) delivered 15 points to lead the winners. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) added 13 points, while Nemanja Djordjevic (203-C-95) had 12 points for the hosts. Osmanhadzic answered with 13 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nedim Buza (203-F/G-95) netted 12 points in the loss.
Serbia also dominated the second encounter. They opened a 25:10 lead after ten minutes. Bosnia and Herzegovina slowed the hosts down in the second frame but Serbia quickly regained control. The hosts went on a 20:11 run in the third period to clear off for good. Serbia marched to a 73:52 win at the end. Ljubenkovic tossed in 11 points to lead the home team. Nikola Rakicevic (198-SG-97), Vasilije Vucetic (206-C/F-96) and Matija Milin (206-F-95) contributed 9 points apiece in the win. Nedim Tunovic (206-C-95) answered with 11 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Milenko Predic (198-F-96) netted 9 points in the defeat.



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  BRAZIL   


Brasilia announce Martin Osimani - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB bolstered their roster. They confirmed the signing of Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne). The Uruguayan guard spent the previous season in Argentina. He played for Obras Sanitarias. Martin Osimani tallied 10.8 points, 4.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds per game in LigaA. The guard also delivered 14.0 points, 6.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds per appearance in Liga Sudamericana. He earned All-Liga Sudamericana Honourable Mention. Previously Martin Osimani had stints in Uruguay, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico. He was named All-Uruguayan LUB Guard of the Year in 2007. The guard made it into All-Liga Americas 2nd Team in 2012. Martin Osimani has been the member of the Uruguayan National Team since 2000.


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  CANADA   


Canadian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Canadian U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Kaza Keane
Keane
Duane Notice
Notice
Agunwa Okolie
Okolie
Joe De Ciman
De Ciman
Xavier Rathan-Mayes
Rathan-Mayes
#e#5
4Kaza Keane 185-PG-94 Illinois St.
5Duane Notice 188-G-94 S.Carolina
6Agunwa Okolie 203-G-94 Harvard
7Joe De Ciman 193-G-94 Colorado St.
8Xavier Rathan-Mayes 193-G-94 Florida St.
9Mikyle McIntosh 203-F-94 High School
10Trey Lyles 206-F/C-95 High School
11Tyler Ennis 188-G-94 Syracuse
12Marko Pirovic 201-F-94 Maine
13Denzell Taylor 201-F-94 High School
14Manroop Clair 188-SG-94 Hawaii
15Christopher Egi 203-PF-96 High School Canada

Roy Rana Head Coach Ryerson Canada
Jamie McNeilly Assistant
Scott Morrison Assistant Lakehead Canada



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  CAPE VERDE   


Afrobasket - Cape Verde Will Surpass 2007 Feat - Nwora - by Eurobasket News

Cape Verde's Nigerian-born basketball coach Alex Nwora says his side is looking beyond the quarter-final stage reached at the 2007, as they prepare for the 27th Africa Cup of Nations, Afrobasket in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
Cape Verde are drawn in Group C of the competition alongside ten-time champion Angola, Central Africa Republic, but Nwora believes the FIBA Africa Zone-II nation can surpass its quarter final feat of 2007.
Nwora, who spoke to FIBA Africa.com, attributed the surge in Cape Verde basketball of late which saw them pick one of the two tickets in the zone ahead of Mali to hard work. Excerpt.
"It feels great to see that all of the hard work paid off. I worked really hard with the Cape Verde Basketball Federation to see this to achievement. It would have been sad if we did not qualify for Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket as we were the host of the FIBA Africa Zone-II qualifier and had spent the last couple of years trying to raise the level of Cape Verde basketball.
"Cape Verde will be ready for the summer 2013 Afrobasket. Our secret is hard work, dedication and commitment from the players to the coaching staff and the federation. There is no substitution for hard work. If all of our players are available and healthy, then we can compete with anybody in Africa," he said.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


Central African National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Central African National Team 2013
#s#
William Kossangue-Toro
Kossangue-Toro
Max Kouguere
Kouguere
Maxime Zianveni
Zianveni
Michael Mokongo
Mokongo
Martial Gotagni
Gotagni
#e#5
William Kossangue-Toro 198-F/G-86 Lucon France
Max Kouguere 198-SF-87 Le Havre France
Maxime Zianveni 198-PF-79 Strasbourg France
Michael Mokongo 180-PG-86 Apoel Cyprus
Martial Gotagni 190-F/G-79 Chateauroux France
Wilfried Londoumon 190-PG-93 Paris-Levallois France
Jimmy Djimrabaye 204-C/F-92 Denain France
Maixant Mombollet 203-F/C-81 Tourcoing France
Romain Sato 194-G/F-81 Fener.Ulker Turkey
James Mays 206-F/C-86 Sioux Falls S. USA
Tony White 183-PG-88 Barsy Atyrau Kazakhstan
Patrick O'Bryant 213-C-86 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania
Christian Siris 194-F-81 Mazanga Central Africa
Johan Grebongo 204-C-94 Mazanga Central Africa
Anthony Gouzhy 180-G-93

Johny Robert Madozein Head Coach
Didier Darlan Assistant



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  CHINA   


China eke out win over Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

China - Ukraine 70:67

China swept the friendly series versus Ukraine. The hosts claimed a three-point victory in the second game in Jiangyin. Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) stepped up with 19 points to pace the winners.
China grabbed a 16:9 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. China ensured a 7-point halftime lead. Ukraine shifted the gear in the third term. The European side dropped 22 points to cut the deficit at just 2-point mark at the final intermission. China however unloaded 24 points in the fourth frame and stole a tough victory at the end. Zhang Bo (199-G/F-89) accounted for 12 points, while Wang ShiPeng (198-SG-83) added 10 points for the winners. Olexandr Mishula (192-SG-92) replied with 17 points for Ukraine. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (202-F-89) and Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-F-92) had 10 points each in the loss.

China: Yi Jianlian 19, Zhang Bo 12, Wang ShiPeng 10
Ukraine: Olexandr Mishula 17, Stanislav Tymofeyenko 10, Vyacheslav Bobrov 10



Chinese U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Chinese U19 National Team 2013
#s#
JiWei Zhao
Zhao
Hanchen Luo
Luo
Qian Wu
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Rui Zhao
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4Zhao JiWei 185-G-95 Bayi R. China
5Luo Hanchen 188-PG-94 DongGuan L. China
6Yuan Shuai 190-PG-94
7Wu Qian 190-G-94 Zhejiang CB China
8Zhao Rui 196-F-96
9Heng YiFeng 194-F-95
10Li Jinglong 195-F-95
11Gao Shang 198-F/G-94 Changsha Bank China
12Zhao Tianyi 208-C-95
13Lai Junhao 204-C-95
14Wu Guanxi 210-C-94
15Zhou Qi 217-C-96 Liaoning H. China

Wang Huaiyu Head Coach



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Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Reales LV 1-0 
 2. Huracanes PP 0-0 
 3. Metros STGO 0-0 
 4. Indios SFM 0-1 
South Division
 1. Cocolos SPM 1-0 
 2. Caneros LR 0-0 
 3. Titanes DN 0-0 
 4. Leones SD 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Jun. 25: Indios SFM - Reales LV 79-87
Jun. 25: Leones SD - Cocolos SPM 76-89
Jun. 26: Caneros LR - Titanes DN
Jun. 26: Huracanes PP - Metros STGO
Jun. 27: Reales LV - Huracanes PP
Jun. 27: Cocolos SPM - Caneros LR


Thomas Sanders is the third Indios import player - by Kerwin Abreu

Los Indios BBC will have Thomas Sanders (194-G-85, agency: Duran International, college: Gardner-Webb) as their third import player for the beginning of the season, starting tonight. Thomas is joining Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) and 2012 League MVP Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84, college: Philadelphia).

Sanders is a point guard and shooting guard combo, he practiced with the team and seems he will adapt very well to the team systems.

Los Indios starts the season receiving Los Reales tonight at 8:00 p.m. you will be able to watch the game at Indiostv.com

Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) was supposed to be with the team but after signing a contract with the team he decided not to come, he said it was a passport issue but he said so after 2 month of signing the contract.





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Egypt vs Italy Match Report - by Mohamed Ramadan

Italy cruised past Egypt 83 - 40 and clinched the 5th place in the Mediterranean games. The team played its worst game in the tournament; in the 2nd quarter they only scored 3 points against a team which lost against North African rivals Tunisia by 25 points difference 68 - 43.

We lack size, shot blockers in the paint and perimeter defenders. This is the difference between our team and African Champions Tunisia. Italy scored against Egypt 40 points more than in their game against Tunisia!!!

Tunisian center Salah Mejri (217 cm) who will play for Real Madrid next season is the major factor for the Tunisian team. Egyptian roster in Mediterranean games doesn't have such type of player. A main example is Tarek El Ghannam (211 cm), excellent shot blocker, scorer in the paint, and shooter from 3 point range was playing in his last main event in 2007 with National team in African Cup of Nations in Angola, with him the team qualified to the semi finals to meet Cameroon and Egypt was controlling this match until he was injured in the 2nd quarter and we lost the game and also 3rd and 4th place. Then without him we were at the 10th and 11th position in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

Notes

The 2nd quarter has ended 21 - 3 which is the biggest gap for any quarter in this tournament.

The highest scorer for Egypt in the game was Haytham Kamal and Ibrahim El Gammal with only 6 points each!!!

Point Guard Luca Vitali (201 cm) added 18 points and Center Ricardo Cervi (214cm) followed by 17 points.




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Remarkable first day of official games for ESL Madrid! - by ESL News

La Avanzada 79 - Loranca 76
The first day of official games in ESL Madrid was remarkable! After the first day in which teams had registration and team practices players rested and began official games on the second day. Eurbasket and Fuenlabrada can absolutely say with certainty that the Eurobasket Summer League in Madrid, Fuenlabrada is a success and a first class summer league is officially back in Fuenlabrada! There were over 45 scouts and close to 200 spectators in attendance. The talent level is extremely high here and the week should be more than exciting with teams from all over Spain and Europe coming into Fuenlabrada pavillion.
The first game of Eurobasket Summer League has started its phase of competition this afternoon at 17.30 hours with the game between the teams La Avanzada vs. Loranca.
The match started very even with an average of two points difference on the scoreboard during the first quarter that ended with a 23-25 to the visitors (La Avanzada). Range was extended up to at halftime (35-45) thanks in part to the 12 points scored by Chris Kearney (201-F) and the great contribution of John DiBartolomeo (183-PG, agency: Duran International) which marked with five defensive rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 10 points. The rest served to motivate players Loranca who took the second half to fight for a comeback that was really close. Although the home team at any time failed to rise above the lead, took partial in its favor the last two quarters (15-12, 26-22), with the outstanding performance of Ashton Pitts (201-F) with total of 10 rebounds and 22 points. In conclusion, a very intense game which gave the spectators and scouts a very tight end in which a 15 seconds left was recorded just one point difference in the score ( 76-77) to end the advanced team victory by 79-76.

To view official FIBA stats of this game click on this link:

http://www.baloncestofuenlabrada.com/doc/fuenlaoe/10.pdf

El Naranjo 86 - El Arroyo 72
To continue the afternoon session, at 19.30 teams El Arroyo and El Naranjo played to 86-72 match in favor of El Naranjo. From the first moment both teams have set the pace of play with a flurry of activity has led to a very distributed contribution among all players in the first ten minutes (24-18). Until the end of the second quarter (39-36) have not been able to highlight individual performances that have been matched in both templates with a score of 10 points, for Alexis Elsener (194-G/F-88) team-Arroyo and Carl Ona-Embo (185-PG-89) of El Naranjo.
In the second part of the two sets have continued to develop a fast game and aggressive character. Unlike in the first twenty minutes, in which the domain of the scoreboard has changed from one team to another, in the second half of El Naranjo has been done with the two sets (15-18, 17-21) that have allowed move from a tight game of 56-57 in the third quarter at 14 points of the final electronic difference (72-86).

To view official FIBA stats of this game click on this link:

http://www.baloncestofuenlabrada.com/doc/fuenlaoe/11.pdf



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Hapoel Holon agreed terms with Lior Lubin - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Holon agreed terms with Lior Lubin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) for the next season. The Israeli team announced 36-year old Head Coach.
Earlier Lior Lubin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) worked as a head Coach of Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa. He stayed with the team for three seasons. He won Balkan League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Lubin was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Coach of the Year in 2011.
In EuroChallenge last season Hapoel Holon advanced to the Second Stage, but could not make it to the Play-offs. Gravelines needed a 85:79 win over Hapoel Holon for 5-1 record. Hapoel finished the campaign with 0-6 record. In that game American forward Lawrence Hill replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Frank Hassell added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon.



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Krasnie Krilya confirm EuroCup absence - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya confirm EuroCup absence for the next season. The team from samara will not be able to play at the tournament due to the requirements. They had to move to a new Arena in Tolyatti, but decided not to do that for now.
Earlier it was announced that Krasnie Krilya will move to Lada-Arena for the next season. The team plans to play their EuroCup games in a brand new arena that will be open in September. Tolyati is a bit more than an hour drive from Samara. The other Krasnie Krilya will still play at the home arena.
The EuroChallenge 2013 Champions Krasnie Krilya grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final. That time Chester Simmons and DeJuan Collins paced all the winners with 18 points each. Andre Smith notched 14, while Omar Thomas added 9.



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CSKA Moscow officially announced Israeli coach Dan Shamir - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow officially announced Israeli coach Dan Shamir for the next season. The 38-year old Specialist will help Ettore Messina on helm of the team.
Dan Shamir will come from Hapoel Holon in Israel.He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Israeli Premier League All-Star Game. Shamir's team made it to the Israeli Cup final in 2010.
In EuroChallenge last season Hapoel Holon advanced to the Second Stage, but could not make it to the Play-offs. Gravelines needed a 85:79 win over Hapoel Holon for 5-1 record. Hapoel finished the campaign with 0-6 record. In that game American forward Lawrence Hill replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Frank Hassell added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon.



Euroleague draw - by Igor Obradovic

The draw for new Euroleague season 2013/14 will be held on 4 July.

Teams will be seeded into six pots of four teams in accordance with the Club Ranking, based on their performance in European competitions during a three-year period.
Two teams from the same country cannot be drawn together in the same Regular Season group.

Pot 1 : FC Barcelona Regal, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Real Madrid
Pot 2 : Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow, Montepaschi Siena, Anadolu Efes
Pot 3 : Laboral Kutxa, Unicaja Malaga, Fenerbahce Ulker, Zalgiris Kaunas
Pot 4 : Galatasaray, Lokomotiva Kuban, Budivelnyk, Brose Basket
Pot 5 : Emporio Armani Milano, Partizan mt:s, Crvena zvezda Telekom, Stalmet Zielena Gora
Pot 6 : FC Bayern Munich, JSF Nanterre, Strasbourg IG, QR Winner

Four teams from each group will proceed into the Top16 round.



Igokea back down from Euroleague qualification round - by Igor Obradovic

Igokea board decide that they won't play in Qualification round for Euroleague in season 2013/14.

Team of Igokea did not meets the requirements for playing in Euroleague and this is the main reason why they give up from playing the Qualification round.
Instead, they will be playing in Eurocup in season 2013/14.
Euroleague board will decide in next few days which club will be replacing Igokea in Qualification. In proposistions advantage for getting wild-card for QR have a team from the same league, but it is not necessary to do that.

In QR will be play : Banvit, Varese, Oostende, Nymburk, Lietuvos Rytas, Khimki, Oldenburg.



Curry extended with Panathinaikos for one more year - by Giorgos Diploidis

Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) will wear the shirt of Panathinaikos Athens for another one year. He signed with the "Greens" on May and his presence was decisive in order the squad of coach Pedoulakis to with the championship by having a eight winning streak in the Greek play offs. He was a great back up of Diamantidis and Ukic in the guards positions.

Ramel Curry stated for his new contract: "My experience of playing for Panathinaikos Athens was great. It is a great club, the best in Europe. I cant wait to play with them the next season in the highest level of Euroleague".




Laboral Kutxa land Lamont Hamilton - by Eurobasket News

Laboral Kutxa strengthened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's). The centre inked a two-year deal with the Basque team. Lamont Hamilton notched 13.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 assist per game in ACB. In EuroCup the centre posted 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds per appearance. He earned All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention. Lamont Hamilton also made it into Spanish ACB All-Imports Team. Previously the centre had stints in France and Spain. He was trumped All-French ProA Centre of the Year in 2012. Lamont Hamilton made it into LEB Gold 2nd Team in 2009.


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Standings

FBA Standings
 1. Tampa Bay R. 9-2 
 2. Heartland P. 6-3 
 3. Florida Flight 5-5 
 4. Palm Beach T. 0-10 


Rebels Sweep Crucial Weekend - by Andrew Phillips

(Tampa, FL) - The Tampa Bay Rebels took a major step towards clinching home court advantage for the 2013 FBA playoffs by sweeping an important weekend series with the Florida Flight. The teams had split the first two meetings earlier in the season, and sat in first and second place heading into Saturday. Following the back to back victories, the Rebels improved to 9-2, while the Flight fell to 5-5.

Saturday's game, held in Tampa, was a battle from the very beginning. Although the Rebels gained the lead in the first quarter, the Flight made the most of their second-chance opportunities to stay within reach of the home team. After building a double-digit lead early in the third quarter, the Flight fought back to make it a two possession game. The Rebels made a final push to pull away in the decisive fourth quarter and secure a 91-80 victory.

Stan Bufford (6'4''-G-84, college: W.Michigan) paced the Rebels with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals, while Cory Lemons (5'10''-G, college: Cabrini) added 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. Chris Stephenson (6'3''-G, college: NC-Asheville) finished the game with 14 points and 9 rebounds, while fellow starter Xavier Shannon (6'3''-F) hauled in 8 important rebounds. Jonathan Brown (6'1''-G-79, college: Tampa) and Jake Troyli (6'10''-F-90) came off the bench to chip in 14 and 11 points, respectively. The victory on Saturday moved the Rebels to 8-2 on the season.

Less than 24 hours later, both teams matched up again in Orlando in another crucial game for both teams. The Flight got off to a great start and built a lead that lasted virtually the entire first half. Facing a 44-43 deficit at the half, the Rebels used defensive pressure to create turnovers and converted those opportunities to build an 85-63 lead entering the final quarter. The Flight made a couple of strong runs in the fourth quarter, but Tampa Bay answered each time and came away with a 121-98 victory on the road.

The final score was reflective of an overall strong team effort by Tampa Bay with starters and reserves combining to fuel the team. Stan Bufford scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, leading the team in both categories. Point guard Cory Lemons added 24 points and 7 assists, while Chris Stephenson contributed 5 steals to go along with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Jonathan Brown turned in another solid effort with 11 points and 5 rebounds. The Rebels bench helped key the third quarter run as Aubrey West (6'2''-G) provided solid defense and timely 3-point shooting to finish with 13 points, while Jamison Clark (6'5''-G-86, college: Limestone) poured in 24 points.

The Rebels are off until July 13th when they face the Palm Beach Knights in the final regular season home game of the year. A victory against the Knights would ensure that the Rebels will receive home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Tip-off is scheduled for 7pm at Freedom High in New Tampa. Children 13 and under receive free admission to the game, while those over 13 can purchase tickets for $10 at the gate or at the RSole store located in University Square Mall.

Please visit www.tampabayrebels.com for the latest news about our team!



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INTERNATIONAL: Roope Ahonen continues in Sweden - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish NT G Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM) continues his basketball career in Swedish Top League. Ahonen changes the scenery, though, as Solna Vikings is now history and Boras Basket the future. Ahonen and Boras have signed a 1-year-contract. Last season Ahonen averaged 10,3 ppg (1 - 93,8%, 2 - 47,7%, 3 - 35,7%) - 1,6 rpg - 4,0 apg in 23,0 mpg and 35 games on Solna roster.
Finnish G Aleksi Huuskonen (188-G-88) instead stays in Finnish Top League (Korisliiga). Also Huuskonen chnages team and roster as Korikobrat (Lapua) colours will be changed back into Karhu (Kauhajoki) colours. Huuskonen will start his seventh season on top level and fourth season at Kauhajoki. Huuskonen averaged 8,3 ppg (1 - 90,&%, 2 - 52,9%, 3 - 39,2%) and 1,9 rpg in 44 contests.



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Beyssac Beaupuy Marmande announced two signings - by Eurobasket News

Beyssac Beaupuy Marmande announced two signings for the next season. The French side brought Jonathan Radjouki (209-F/C-92, college: Okla.Wesleyan) and Dylan Gana (200-F-92).
Jonathan Radjouki is a 21-year old power forward. Last season he played at JSF Nanterre in ProA. He represented France at the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) three years ago. Radjouki has played previously for another French team Centre Federal du Basket-Ball. He attended Oklahoma Wesleyan University until 2011 and it is his second season as a professional player.
Dylan Gana is a 21-year old domestic forward. Last season he played at ESC Trappes Saint Quentins en Yvelines.
Earlier Sebastien Salvis (194-G-86) and Sylvain Duzan (201-F-95) joined the team. Laurent Mopsus will be a Head Coach of the team.



Colomiers come up with some signings - by Eurobasket News

Colomiers come up with some signings for the next season. The team announced three new players in the roster.
US Colomiers signed Marc Mercier (197-F-82). The 31-year old forward played last time at Union Carquefou-Sainte Luce in NM2. Mercier helped his team to make it to the N2 Semifinals 2007. He has played previously for two other France teams: Aix-Maurienne and Blois.
Also the team announced Pascal Lucky (198-F-83). The 30-year old Canadian forward played last at Laval Seigneurs in Canada. Lucky helped his team to make it to the Quebec League Semifinals 2007.He has played previously professionally in France (La Seguiniere).
Ousmane Niang (200-F/C-82) became another player in the team.



U.S. Maubeuge land Marko Puzic - by Eurobasket News

U.S. Maubeuge land Marko Puzic (198-SG-85) for the next season. The 28-year old Serbian shooting guard moves to France.
Last year he played for KK Jagodina in Serbia. In 21 A League games he had 12.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg. Puzic also played at BK Iskra Svit (Extraliga) in Slovakian league earlier that season. In 6 games he recorded 12.8ppg and 5.3rpg. Before he played at Napredak Rubin (B League) in Serbia. In 17 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.0apg. Puzic also played 7 games in Balkan League where he recorded 10.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg.
The season started his career in 2007-2008 for KK Crnokosa Kosjeric.



Steven Ricard and Aziz Dia change teams - by Eurobasket News

Steven Ricard (197-F-90) and Aziz Dia (202-F/C-90) change teams for the next season. Both players however will remain in France.
Lourdes-Tarbes landed 23-year old forward Steven Ricard. He played last at Rueil Athletic Club in NM1. In 30 games he averaged 6.0ppg and 2.5rpg last season. Earlier Ricard played at Charenton.
Union La Rochelle brought 23-year old power forward Aziz Dia. Earlier he played for Le Mans JALT in NM2. Before Dia played at Tremblay (NM2). IN 2010/2011 season he played at ALM Evreux (ProB). But in 13 games he recorded just 1.5ppg that season. Dia has played previously for another French team SPO Rouen.



Karim Gourari remains with Rueil Athletic Club - by Eurobasket News

Karim Gourari remains with Rueil Athletic Club for another season. The 24-year old French forward continues in France. In 28 games he averaged 8.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg last season. The earlier season Gourari played also at Rueil (NM1) in French league. In 26 games he had 12.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg. He won French NM2 Group D championship title in 2011.
Rumors sent Sambou Traore to JDA Dijon Bourgogne. The 34-year old Mali ex-international power forward Sambou Traore will probably move from Limoges CSP Elite. He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. In 26 ProA games he had 3.2ppg and 2.3rpg this season. The last season he played also at Limoges CSP Elite. In 40 games he recorded 8.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final.



France U18 edge Germany U18 in Ludwigsburg - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - France U18 70:75 (OT)

French U18 National Team took on their German counterparts in Ludwigsburg at the start of a two-game friendly series. The visitors proved the strength snatching a narrow win at the end. Axel Bouteille (197-F-95) dropped 25 points to pace Les Bleus. The teams are scheduled to meet again tonight.
Germany dominated in the opening quarter. They jumped to a 16:6 lead midway through the first frame. Germany secured a 21:10 lead at the first intermission. Germany stayed in front throughout the second period. The hosts posted a 30:24 halftime lead. But France strongly finished the third term. They erased the deficit tying things up at 46. The teams traded baskets throughout the final quarter. They were tied at 62-all at the end of regulation. France nailed 13 points in the extra period and sealed the winning outcome. Guerschon Yabusele (200-F-95) delivered 9 points, while Mehdy Ngouama (182-PG-95) added 7 points for the winners. Jan Niklas Wimberg (202-G-96, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Germany. Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points in the loss.

Germany U18: Jan Niklas Wimberg 13, Ismet Akpinar 12
France U18: Axel Bouteille 25, Guerschon Yabusele 9, Mehdy Ngouama 7



Souffel bring in Theo Diehl - by Eurobasket News

Souffel added a young talent to their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Theo Diehl (192-G-94). The guard has just spent the season with Strasbourg U21 team. He notched 8.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in the junior championship. It is the second signing of the youngster in the recent days for Souffel. They have previously landed Dzenan Kurtic (206-F/C-92).


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2013 Mediterranean Games: Tunisia celebrate Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia - FYR Macedonia 63:58

Tunisia earned the Bronze medals at the 2013 Mediterranean Games. They held off FYR Macedonia in the consolation final today. Salah Mejri (217-C-86) stepped up with 17 points and 9 rebounds to pace the African team.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening frame. They were tied at 15-all at the first break. The European side put their noses in front in the second period. FYR Macedonia secured a narrow 31:29 halftime lead. But Tunisia turned things around in the third quarter. The African side used a 19:11 run to enter the fourth period up by 6 points 48:42. FYR Macedonia fought hard to deny the deficit but came up short at the end. Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc.) came up with 15 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Marouana Kechrid (180-PG-81) added 9 points for the winners. FYR Macedonia answered with 16 points from Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Marko Simonovski (192-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) netted 13 points in the losing effort.

Tunisia: Salah Mejri 17, Macram Ben Romdhane 15+16 boards, Marouana Kechrid 9
FYR Macedonia: Bojan Trajkovski 16, Marko Simonovski 13



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France U18 edge Germany U18 in Ludwigsburg - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - France U18 70:75 (OT)

French U18 National Team took on their German counterparts in Ludwigsburg at the start of a two-game friendly series. The visitors proved the strength snatching a narrow win at the end. Axel Bouteille (197-F-95) dropped 25 points to pace Les Bleus. The teams are scheduled to meet again tonight.
Germany dominated in the opening quarter. They jumped to a 16:6 lead midway through the first frame. Germany secured a 21:10 lead at the first intermission. Germany stayed in front throughout the second period. The hosts posted a 30:24 halftime lead. But France strongly finished the third term. They erased the deficit tying things up at 46. The teams traded baskets throughout the final quarter. They were tied at 62-all at the end of regulation. France nailed 13 points in the extra period and sealed the winning outcome. Guerschon Yabusele (200-F-95) delivered 9 points, while Mehdy Ngouama (182-PG-95) added 7 points for the winners. Jan Niklas Wimberg (202-G-96, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Germany. Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points in the loss.

Germany U18: Jan Niklas Wimberg 13, Ismet Akpinar 12
France U18: Axel Bouteille 25, Guerschon Yabusele 9, Mehdy Ngouama 7



The finke Baskets Bring In Morgan Grim - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Pro A club Finke Baskets Paderborn have brought in their first new American for the upcoming season with Morgan Grim (203-F-88, college: Utah St.). Grim is a 22 year old 203cm center that will play his second professional season. He hails from Riverton, Utah and last season played for Fjolnir Reykjavik (Iceland-Dominos League); Baltic League: 10 games: 8.4ppg, then moved to Valga/Maks&Moorits (Estonia-KML): 20 games: 6.4ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 52.7%, FT: 67.4%, 4.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.9%, FT: 74.3%. "Morgan is an important building stone in our roster. He is a center with qualities like rebounding and passing, but can also score. Now we can go about the next steps with calmness", stated Paderborn head coach Martin Kruger. Grim started his basketball career at Utah (NCAA) in 2007, but didn't get a chance there playing 42 NCAA games. He then transfered to Utah State (NCAA), but had to sit out a season. He then played at Utah State from 2010-2012 playing a total of 64 NCAA games and in his senior year played
8.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.1%, FT: 66.1%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been
MWC Tournament Semifinals -08, MWC Tournament Winner -09, MWC Regular Season Co-Champion -09, WAC Regular Season Champion -10, 11, WAC Tournament Finalist -10, and WAC Tournament Winner -11

Source: Finke Baskets



Chris Brown Joins BSV Wulfen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Regionaliga team BSV Wulfen have scooped up a real gem for the upcoming season with Christopher Brown (201-F-83, college: Chattanooga) Brown is a 30 year old 201cm forward that comes from South Carolina, but has lived in Germany since eight years and has Beko BBL experience. He played the last two seasons for the Giants Duesseldorf (Germany-Regionalliga). His new coach Maik Berger and him are old buddies since they were teammates in the Beko BBL with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the 2005-2006 season. "We know each other since our time in Leverkusen and we always continued to meet since then. Now I am happy that he will accompany me in my first coaching job. He will be our most experienced player this season, can be inserted in many ways and will carry the team with his attitude and game", expressed Maik Berger.

Brown played at Tenn.-Chattanooga (NCAA) and in his senior year played 37 games: 11.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3Pts: 30.2%. In 2005 he was drafted by the Rome Gladiators (WBA,2rd (24). As a rookie in 2005 he played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-1.Bundesliga):15 games: 4.2ppg, 1.7rpg. In the 2006-2007 season he played for Basket Esch (Luxembourg-N2, starting five): 6 games: 25.0ppg, 13.0rpg, 2.0bpg, 3.0apg, 2.0spg. In the 2007-2008 season he split his time with BiG Storage Cheshire Jets (United Kingdom-BBL, starting five): 3 games: 8.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, 1.7bpg; released in Nov.'07, in Jan.'08 moved to BC Energie Zwickau (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 10 games: 26.7ppg. In 2008-2009, he laced up his sneakers for Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA): 30 games: 9.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 62.7%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 60.9%. In 2009-2010, he played for BG Dorsten (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 25 games: 21.9ppg. In 2010-2011, he got further experience in Germany for FC Schalke 04 (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 22 games. Brown will also help coach the woman's team of BSV Wulfen. 17.3ppg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Southern Conf. Tournament Finalist -04
Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team -04, Southern Conf. Regular Season (North Division) Champion -05, Southern Conf. Tournament Winner -05
All-Southern Conf. 3rd Team -05, ABA All-Star Game -07, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga South-East Second Team -08, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga West Second Team -10, and Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga West Honorable Mention -13.

Source: BSV Wulfen



Benjamin Lischka Goes To The LTi Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Pro A club LTi Giessen 46ers have announced today that Benjamin Lischka (200-G/F-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) will play for the team this upcoming season. Lischka is a 24 year old 200cm forward that grew up in the Giessen area and is also the brother of beko BBL player Johannes Lischka. The German played for the Crailsheim Merlins (ProA) the last two years and last season played 26 games: 8.2ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 62.0%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 54.0%. "We are happy that we could get a player with much potential and Giessen roots.He has shown his qualities in the Pro A the last years. I am sure that despite all the injuries that slowed down his development that he still is capable of developing. Talent wise he is as good as his brotehr who I coached with the A2 national team. With his versatility and athletic ability, he is able to play from the small forward to center positions. He also has a big heart. We feel that Giessen is the right and next step for him", added Giessen head coach Dennis Wucherer. Lischka started his basketball career in 2005 with
VfB Giessen (Regionalliga). He then played for TV Lich II (Regionalliga) from 2007-2009. He then played for the VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA) from 2009-2011. "It is an honour to play for Giessen this season. It has always been a childhood dream to play in the Osthalle. I had many good talks with Dennis and I have the feeling I will be a better player with him. I believe that I am not at the end of my development yet. I am looking forward to the challenge and hope to take teh chnace", added Benjamin Lischka.


Source: LTi Giessen 46ers





The Miles Basketball Minute: The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Breathe Near Playoff Aroma, But Will It Ever Become A Reality? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Chicago Cubs Fans have been wishing for a World Series win since 105 years and have had to hear the heckling of White Sox fans since 2005 why they cant win, kids dreaming of meeting a Messi or Ronaldo or just getting an autograph or for any unknown actor to be able to work with legendary actor Robert De Niro. Well it hasnt been 105 years, but in the pretty country town of Tuebingen hard core basketball fans have been waiting to see basketball in May and just taste that playoff atmosphere since entering the league in 2004. Tuebingen is your typical small city with 89,000 people living there, has the beautiful Neckar river, unending nature to observe in the many parks, a high abundance of scholars and the basketball club Walter Tigers Tuebingen. There isnt too much to do in Tuebingen, but it is always a momentous experience taking in a game in the Paul Horn arena seeing the breathtaking atmosphere and wondering if Tiger mascot Walter ever cringes in his sleep about the blinding pink in the arena. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen since their arrival in 2004 have never been more than a foot note in the Beko BBL, but in the last years the club has made a nice development and have made more of a name for themselves.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have been known in the past few years as being one of those Beko BBL teams that doesnt have the biggest budgets, but still have the power to haul in talented and interesting players within their budget that offer themselves to better teams with strong seasons in the Swaben city. In the past years, players like AJ Moye, Michael Haynes, Branislav Ratkovica or Jermaine Anderson have used The Walter Tigers Tuebingen as a place to tone their skills while also enjoying some juicy meat at the OX US steakhouse after practice or games. Tigers head coach Igor Perovic came on board in 2009 and has done a fine job keeping the team in the middle pack of the standing and sometimes grazing on the boundry of the playoff places like a famished cow on the pasture always hungry for more while having talented players according to their budget. Perovic was responsible for bringing in somewhat established players like Romeo Travis, Michael Jenkins, Chris Oliver and Dane Watts who have all moved on to bigger and better things on the basketball map. Especially in 2011-2012, the Serb head coach had the right feeling bringing in Josh Young from the PRO B, Vaughn Duggins and Tyrone Nash from the NCAA and Reggie Redding from Cyprus and all four players eclipsed expectations and didnt follow the trend of past years and fleeing to snatch the bigger bucks somewhere else, but already got contract extensions during their rookie seasons. It isnt a secret that finding the right mix of players can have a huge impact on team chemistry and how a team does in the standings.

Already early in their existence in the Beko BBL, Tuebingen had some good seasons leaning on the back door of the playoffs finishing the 2006 season in 12th place and 2007 season in 10th. The 2008 and 2009 seasons werent as spectacular, but since head coach Igor Perovic came on board in 2009, the team has played more consistent and the season ending standings placement tell the story. In 2010, they finished in 12th place having a six game winning streak in the second half of the season including a buzzer beater ally op score and win against Bamberg from Romeo Travis, but losing consistency in the last months losing eight of the last 13 games. In 2010-2011, they finished in 11th place but a six game losing streak in March hindered any playoff appearance and in 2011-2012, the Tigers finished in 12th place with a much needed winning streak being absent at the end. Perovic is a players coach that knows how to get the best from his players. He has a very high reputation in the Beko BBL. He will never win a shouting duel on the sidelines with Sasa Obradovic as he is more reserved, but he knows his xs and os and gets the most out of the talent that he has.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have never been as close to the playoffs as they were last season. It has been another very positive season for the Tigers as everybody saw them as a team that would be living in the middle of the standings last season. The team chemistry last season was heightened in that Perovic was able to keep many players from last season. Perovic who has been known for having the right touch finding the correct players from the NCAA to help his team in the best way possible the same way a Rick Pitino does for his Louisville team. Perovic brought in Kenny Frease who gave more stability under the boards and possibly his unorthodox gum chewing may have been a secret weapon to intimidating opponents. He also had the right feeling bringing in talented German Johannes Lischka who carried the team and stepped up in many games last season. Perovic did have one misfire with Dale Douglas who was unable to make the jump from the NCAA to the Beko BBL being released early in the season, but he had another strike with American Cameron Wells who brought consistency to the guard position. With one game left in the regular season, the Beko BBL remained as exciting as ever with a bunch of teams seemingly wrapped together in sticky spaghetti trying to break free to get the last playoff places. It remained very exciting for Phoenix Hagen, the Telekom Baskets Bonn and s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg, and also for Tuebingen. The only way Tuebingen could have reached the playoffs was with a win in Ulm and getting much help from MBC, Bamberg and FC Bayern Munich. It was a pity for the diehard Tiger fans that it just didnt want to be again as they lost in Ulm, but the Tigers are getting closer and closer each season. All in all it was another successful season for Tuebingen and the club continues to make strides in their growth as they finished in 10th place. Everybody talks about the exceptional work of coaches like Sebastian Machwoski and Ingo Freyer, but a Igor Perovic deserves to be mentioned with them. Tuebingen would not be where it is now without the guidance of the Serb. It will be interesting to see what happens in the offseason and if key players can be kept like a Vaughn Duggings, Kenny Frease or Tyrone Nash. Reggie Redding probably will be gone and deserves to play for a Euroleague team. Igor Perovic already has gotten busy dabbling with NCAA talent signing Ben Simons and hauling in experienced Nils Mittmann. Perovic also brought back his friend Aleksandar Nadjfeji as an assistant coach/player. Possibly this Serbian duo can bring that playoff magic in the future? The trend in Tuebingen is up and the next step is for the Tigers to munch on Beko BBL teams in the playoffs even if they have to keep playing a sort of basketball lottery each off season.




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 (203-SF-94). 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 and that 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, 1.2rpgand German U20 National Team -13

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg



Talley and Butts join BBL newcomer Vechta - by Moritz Korff

Dylan Talley (196-G-89) and Isaac Butts (208-C, agency: IBS, college: Appalachian St.) have been added to the roster of SC Rasta Vechta that will play in the Bundesliga for the first time in the club's history next season.
Talley graduated from the University of Nebraska (NCAA D1) earlier this year, averaging 13.7 points, 4.8 boards and 2.5 assists per contest as a senior. The Burlington, N.J. native received All-Big Ten Honorable Mention accolades following the 2012-13 season.
Butts hails from Milledgeville, Georgia and spent this past season playing for the Moncton Miracles in the Canadian NBL. He was named UsBasket.com All-NBL Center of the Year and also made the NBL's All-Defensive Team. Butts, who attended Appalachian State University (NCAA D1) until 2012, scored 15.0 points a contest for the Miracles, pulled down a league-best 11.1 rebounds per outing and ranked third in blocked shots per game (1.6).



Diante Watkins heads to SC Rist Wedel - by Moritz Korff

Diante Watkins (175-PG, agency: Edge Sports, college: Robert Morris) has put pen to paper on a contract with SC Rist Wedel (2. Bundesliga Pro B) and will run the point for the team in the 2013-14 season. The 22-year-old is the 2012 Basketball Times NAIA Player of the Year and shot hoops for IBA's Chicago Redline most recently.
"After talking to coach Gleim I feel like we are on the same page when it comes to a ot of things. He expects a lot of effort and hard work from his players and that's what I pride myself. He also seems like he has high expectations of winning, so I'm eager to play for him", Watkins stated.
The Chicago, Illinois, native spent the first two years of his university career at Richard J. Daley College and transfered to NAIA powerhouse Robert Morris for his junior season. He averaged 24.4 points, 7.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals a game for the Eagles in the 2011-12 season.



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Curry extended with Panathinaikos for one more year - by Giorgos Diploidis

Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) will wear the shirt of Panathinaikos Athens for another one year. He signed with the "Greens" on May and his presence was decisive in order the squad of coach Pedoulakis to with the championship by having a eight winning streak in the Greek play offs. He was a great back up of Diamantidis and Ukic in the guards positions.

Ramel Curry stated for his new contract: "My experience of playing for Panathinaikos Athens was great. It is a great club, the best in Europe. I cant wait to play with them the next season in the highest level of Euroleague".




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Market movements - by Tamas Deri

Attila Farkas and Peter Grebenar (211-C-81) will stay with Kormend in 2013/2014 after both bigmen signed for the next season. The local center, Grebenar arrived in the middle of the last year and he averaged 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game in the classification round of the Hungarian First League. The former NT player also had stints with Pecs and Szolnok, what is more, he could celebrate two Hungarian Titles with Szolnok before he left the club 4 months ago. Farkas spent his first year in Kormend and he posted 12.2 ppg. and 6 rpg. in the playoffs to go along with 2 apg.. The 26 year-old power forward was formerly known as the member of Alba Fehervar, Nyiregyhaza, Paks and he was also invited to the camp of the National Team back in the past.

Roland Hendlein (203-PF-86) and Gergely David (206-C/F-83) will continue their careers in Kaposvr as their expiring contracts were extended by the club that finished 4th in the Hunagrian First League this year. The former NT player, Hendlein posted 11.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist and 0.7 block in 29.3 minutes per contest in 2012/2013, what is more, his 19.1 VAL was the 2nd best performance among the Hungarians in the regular season. The 27 year-old forward arrived back to Kaposvar 1 year ago after he was a member of Alba Fehervar, but he has started his pro career with Kaposvar also. Gergely David is spending his second stint with the team as well, he was the "product" of Alba Fehervar and he played for Szolnok, Kormend and Dombovar. The 210 cm-tall bigman averaged 5.8 points, 3.9 rebounds with 57% from the field this year.

Tamas Will (196-G/F-87) has just signed a contract extension with his current club, Szombathely after the 26 year-old swingman had a breakthrough season with the team. Will posted 7.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists with 46% from distance in the regular season, moreover, he could almost double up his numbers in the next stage of the championship as he netted 14.2 points, grabbed 3.5 rebounds and had 1.7 steals with an incredible 62% from beyond the arc (3 made triples per game!). Will had stints with EnterNet Hegyvidk and Kecskemt in the Hungarian First League, but this was his best year by far - not only according to his shooting statistics, but also because of the improvement of his game, including defense.

Andras Rujak (187-G-88) left Kormend after 3 years and penned a deal with Sopron. The 24 year-old Hungarian point guard will work together with Coach Balazs Sabali for the third time in his career. The 188 cm-tall playmaker debuted in the Hungarian First League as the member of EnterNet Hegyvidek 6 years ago and he spent two seasons in Pecs, after it he moved to Kormend, where he became a legit starter at point guard position. Rujak averaged 12 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in the Playoffs this year and the was the 7th in assists category in the EuroChallenge with 5.3 apg. His Ast/TO ratio was pretty impressive (3,05) not to mention that he scored 7.3 points per contest as well in the third international club competetion of the continent.




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Iranian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Iranian U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Saleh Foroutannik
Foroutannik
Rasoul Mozaffari
Mozaffari
Sajjad Mashayekhi
Mashayekhi
Behnam Yakhchali
Yakhchali
Soroush Dehghani
Dehghani
#e#5
4Keyvan Riaei 209-C-94 Azad Iran
5Saleh Foroutannik 203-F/C-94 Azad Iran
6Rasoul Mozaffari 188-SG-94 Esteghlal Iran
7Sajjad Mashayekhi 180-PG-94 Mahram Iran
8Behnam Yakhchali 191-G-95 Petrochimi Iran
9Soroush Dehghani 196-PF-94 Petrochimi Iran
10Mohammad Yazdanpanah 201-F-95
11Saeid Bagheri 203-PF-94
12Vahid Dalirzahan 199-SF-95 Azad Iran
13Hamed Beigiarbats 188-PG-95
14Mohammad Yousof Vand 207-C-95
15Hossein Rahmati 203-F/C-93 Mahram Iran

Mehran Hatami Head Coach Petrochimi Iran



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Maccabi Tel-Aviv extend Devin Smith - by Idan Seggev

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv extend for two more years the contract of small forward, Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia), who was one of the best players in the team for the past two years. Smith had anaverage of 11.5 ppg & 4 rpg in the euroleague while in the local league he had anaverage of 13.6 ppg & 5.5 rpg, was chosen for the best five of the year and led the Israeli league in 3-pt with 52%. Smith had several offers which were higher than Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv's offer, but he decided to stay where he is very much appriciated. With the signing of Smith, Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) & Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro), Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv is trying to keep the base of the team in order to avoid radical changes every year. Coach David Blatt (agency: Beo Basket ) was happy regarding the extend and say:"In the past two years, Devin proved that he belongs to a club like Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv as a player and as a personality and he has the ability to achieve great things with us. We are very happy that he decided to stay in yellow-blue".


Bucks offers Gal Mekel summer league spot - by Idan Seggev

Milwaukee Bucks offered Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) a spot in their roster for the summer league in order to check the posibility of adding the 25-years-old PG to the final roster. Mekel, who recently was chosen for the Israeli league MVP after leading his club, Maccabi Bazan Haifa to win the championship, would like to maximize his NBA option before he'll decide regarding his career in Europe. Mekel is being scouted by several NBA teams, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors & Atlanta Hawks and he wants to check his options before he'll accept the offer from the Bucks.


Holon & Netanya appointed new coaches - by Idan Seggev

Hapoel Holon and GreenTops Netanya appointed new coaches for next season. Hapoel Holon, which was cought unprepared with Ettore Messina 's offer to their ex coach, Dan Shamir , apoointed Lior Lubin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) who was the head coach of Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa in the past three years and led them to win the Balcan league twice in a row. Lubin signed for one season and Holon will be his second club as a head coach.

Robi Balinco was named yesterday as the head coach of GreenTops Netanya. Balinco didn't coach any team in the last three years but in his resume he already coached Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan and Elizur Ashkelon in the 1st division and several clubs in the 2nd division. In 1997-98 he coached the senior club of Netanya which called Maccabi Netanya at that time, but was fired after a short period. Balinco will replace Danny Franco (agency: Avi Zilberman ), who may join the champion, Maccabi Bazan Haifa, in case that Brad Greenberg will decide to leave.

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion announced today that head coach, Roni Boussani , signed for another year at the club. Boussani came in the middle of last season and replaced Effi Birnbaum (agency: Avi Zilberman ). He led Rishon to the quarter final, where they lost to Hapoel Eilat 2-3 in the series.



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Napoli brings in Marco Ceron - by Eurobasket News

Napoli brings in Marco Ceron (195-G-92) for the next season. The 21-year old guard Marco Ceron will move from SBS Castelletto Ticino.
It is actually his comeback to Napoli as he played here before. In 19 Nazionale A games he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Ceron also played at Nuovo Napoli earlier that season.
The season 20111/2012 he played at La Fortezza Recanati (Nazionale A). In 37 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in Nazionale A Division.
Ceron has played previously for another Italian team Benetton Treviso.



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Strathmore Blades slay Tigers in Varsity derby - by Eurobasket News

Strathmore Blades emerged victorious in the University derby after they beat USIU-A Tigers 68-52 on Sunday evening at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
The first quarter of the match saw Blades start on a blistering note in the first 6 minutes of play sinking in 9 points while Tigers failed to get any point. Tigers point guard Victor Bosire stepped up for the Thika Road based students getting a three point and eventually they rallied back into the match and this saw the quarter end at 14-13 in favor of Blades.
The 2nd quarter was clearly where the match was decided after USIU could not crack Strathmores defence coupled by a series of turnovers and they lost the quarter miserably at 6 points against Blades 22 points. Their first point came from a Nevile Odhiambo free throw after 8 minutes of play and this put the half time scores at 36-19 in favor of the Madaraka based Strathmore.
After the break USIU Coach David Maina led his charges to a man to man system of play and this worked out for the team as they managed to beat their opponents 13-10. The last quarter saw Tigers use the same strategy but after the fouling out of the inspirational Bosire the team lost psyche and they went down once more with 20 points while the winners of the day had 22 points.
David Ogolla and Pascal Nabwana who was in superb form throughout the match were Blades top scorers with 11 points each while Victor Bosire and team captain Chris Mulumba had 12 and 10 points respectively.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Akinyi steers Storms past Mennonite, Thunder strikes Aviation - by Eurobasket News

Suzanne Akinyi scored a game high of 35 points to help Sprite Storms beat struggling Mennonite 68-32 in a national classic league match played at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium on Saturday.
Akinyi, formerly of NYTA-Shimba, single-handedly run the show for Storms in the match they were expected to win with a more convincing margin.
The loss leaves Mennonite winless this season but the Edson Mugishas side will draw some positives from their display against the experienced opponents.
So vital was Akinyis contribution in the match that she accounted for all the scores her side registered in the first quarter.
She managed four baskets and two free throws. Tabitha Mutheu replied for Mennonite with two three-pointers with Viviane Akinyi and Bella Wangwe scoring a basket each to level the quarter at 10-10.
Storms recovered from the early scare to win the second quarter 21-7 and take a 31-17 lead to the breather. By the close of the third quarter, Mennonite was completely frozen out losing 17-0 before succumbing to a 20-15 loss in the fourth quarter. Mutheu top scored for the losers with 8 points while Mary Wangui added 6.
Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U), recorded their first win of the season after beating fellow strugglers Kenyatta University Oryx 36-34.
It was a tight match that saw both teams keep a close check of each other denying any side the opportunity to open up a commanding lead. Oryx squandered a deserved 17-11 halftime lead to allow KCA stage a comeback in the second half and carry home maximum points.
Betty Kananu had 19 points for Oryx while Rebecca Nkatha top scored for KCA with 17. In the men premier, Thunder came down from 14 points to beat Nairobi Aviation College 58-52 in an action packed encounter at the same venue.
Ulinzi see off Nakuru
Aviation seemed destined for a comfortable win but lost stamina in the closing moments of the match. Thunder is now top of the log with 17 points one ahead of champions Co-operative Bank.
Thunder had a slow start trailing the first quarter 15-9 but regained their strength to win the second 16-9 and enjoy a slim four point lead at halftime.
They then conceded more baskets in the third quarter to lose 22-13 as Aviation took full control of the match. In the fourth quarter, Thunder regrouped to win 20-9.
Their calculations were even made better with the ejection of Aviations key player Ben Oluoch on five fouls which seemed to weaken their game plan.
Griffin Ligare had 26 points for Thunder and eight rebounds while Franklin Delano and Job Byron top scored for Aviation with 13 and 10 points respectively.
Ulinzi Warriors reaped hugely from their tour of Rift Valley beating host Nakuru Club 58-41. Collins Ouko and Michael Kariuki top scored for Ulinzi and Nakuru respectively with 13 points apiece.
The soldiers took an early 27-18 lead going to the breather after winning 19-7 and 18-11 in the first two quarters.
Upon resumption, Nakuru struggled to win the third quarter 16-8 and cut the soldiers lead to just a point. Ulinzi run riot in the final quarter with a 13-7 win to ensure they return to Nairobi with maximum points.
The win will boost their confidence as they prepare to face Blazers on Sunday in Nairobi. Umoja continued from where they left it last weekend with a slender 67-65 win over Kenyatta University Pirates in division one.
Pirates were leading 31-25 at halftime and will remain to rue the missed chances especially in the second half.
Their poor passing and lack of communication was clearly evident. Pirates won the first quarter 22-15 with Umoja winning the second 10-9. The third quarter went to Umoja 18-10 while the fourth ended in a tie of 24-24.
With seven seconds remaining on the clock and scores reading 67-65 in favor of Umoja, the students had a chance to level and trigger extra time after Jackton Agunda was fouled by Rodgers Ombati.
He, however, missed the resultant free throws. Eric Reuben scored 15 points for Umoja with Eric Etemesi adding 13.
For Pirates, Douglas Momanyi top scored with 18 while Gilbert Obiero had 15. Little Prince beat World Hope 60-55 after leading 27-25 at halftime.
Elvis Mwangi hit 19 points for Little Prince and Fidel Muga added 12. Maxwell Oduor and Augustine Mumila scored 13 and 12 points respectively for World Hope.
Results: Storms 68 Mennonite 32, World Hope 55 Little Prince 60, Nakuru Club 41 Ulinzi 58, KU Oryx 34 KCA-U 36, Umoja 67 KU Pirates 65, Nairobi Aviation College 52 Thunder 58. By Francis Marangu
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Ulinzi Warriors extinguish Blazers - by Eurobasket News

Ulinzi Warriors were in a class of their own as they crushed Blazers 89-60 in the KBF Classic league on Sunday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
Renowned for their physical approach to the game Ulinzi was the better side of the day as they took all four quarters banking on first breaks and offensive rebounds. In the 1st quarter Blazers put pressure on the Defence Forces side getting 12 points while Eliud Nziokas side sunk in 14 points.
In a high scoring 2nd quarter Ulinzi opened the gap with 32 points as Blazers got 23 points to put the half time scores at 46-35 in favor of the Warriors.
In the last two quarters Ulinzis endurance was vital as they kept the match on a high tempo with Blazers failing to keep up. They took the 3rd quarter with 22 points against their opponents 11 points then sealed off the win with a 21-14 win in the last quarter.
Blazers Abel Nson was the matchs top scorer with an impressive 30 points despite the loss while Collins Ouko and Bernard Mfutu gave Ulinzi 16 points each.
In the only ladies played on Sunday at the Nyayo Gymnsium, Hilda Indasi guided USIU Flames with 29 points as they beat Co-op Bank 62-45. In Mombasa NYTA Shimba Hills saw off Kakamega based Western Delight 52-23 in a match that was played at KPAs Makande Gymnasium.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Page-Dynamo earn LBQ title - by Eurobasket News

Page-Dynamo - Revolution 77:70

Page-Dynamo are the new LBQ champions! They overcame top-ranked Revolution to claim the title.
Page-Dynamo got to almost a perfect start. They went on a massive 21:8 run in the opening quarter. The margin kept on growing throughout the second frame. Page-Dynamo grabbed a comfortable 27-point lead at the interval. But the game was not over just yet. Revolution changed the complexion of the encounter after the big break. The regular season winners ignited a comeback rally. Revolution got within four points to put all sort of pressure on Page-Dynamo. But they did not panic and rolled to a tough victory at the end.



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Ali Kanaan Officially in Champville for Three Years - by Elie Khoury

In an unexpected move, Champville sealed a 3 years deal with riyadi's big guy Ali kanaan.
After showing a big success with it's dominant line up that included a PF and C foreigners, champville is looking to renew it's squad.
Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell) is known for his ability to spread the floor with his mid range and three point shots.
Standing at 2,07 cm , Ali is considered the National Team's best Power Forward today, as he excel in defensive tasks with the ability of guarding all kind of PF and C .

This Move is champville's first official signing for the off season, and we are expected more adds in the next few days.

Best of Luck for Ali in his new team.



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Madagascar U16 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Rasolo Herinomenjanahary Anamalanga Madagascar
Orlando Rahajaniaina Boeny Madagascar
Kiady Mahery Rabarijoelina Vakinankaratra Madagascar
Ony Rabarimanantsoa Anamalanga Madagascar
Nantenaina Harizo Rabenandrasana Anamalanga Madagascar
Kenny Steephen Randrianarivelo Cosfa Madagascar
Yves Ismael Tsafehy Anamalanga Madagascar
Mihaja Henintsoa Raharihasina Anamalanga Madagascar
Eddy Franco Ramanampisoa Vakinankaratra Madagascar
Tsizanirina Tojo Zo Randrianarivelo BBCM Madagascar
Idealy Andriambeloarivony Itasy Madagascar
Ulric Ludovic Mauge Cosfa Madagascar
Elly Randriamampionina Sporting Diana Madagascar
Antsa Ravelojaona La Ciotat France

Maminirina Razafindrakoto Head Coach MAD U16 NT Madagascar



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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, Navolato21.5 
 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, Navolato8.6 
 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. Monreal, Hermosillo4.8 
 6. Quintero, Tijuana4.7 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 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. Thomas, Tijuana1.6 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.6 
 7. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 8. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
 9. Medina, Tijuana1.3 
 10. Abdul-Awwel, Noga.1.3 
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 2 of Finals. Hermosillo even the series - by Eurobasket News

Hermosillo - Navolato 106-80

Hermosillo struck back cruising past Navolato in the second game of the title series. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 106-80. Rayos de Hermosillo dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Garra Canera de Navolato's 34. They outrebounded Garra Canera de Navolato 40-22 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) scored 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Four Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: K.Spain 27+8reb+1ast, P.Sanders 21+1reb+2ast, S.Monreal 13+5reb+7ast, J.Camacho 12+2reb+1ast, J.Esteva Hernandez 9+1reb+1ast, J.Villanueva 8+9reb
Navolato: R.Selleaze 16+5reb+3ast, M.Elliott 15+1reb+4ast, J.Gonzalez 13+3reb+2ast, F.Verdugo 11+3reb+2ast, B.Toombs 9+7reb, J.Insunza 8
gschID: 242611



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J.R. Smith to decline Knicks' option and become free agent - by Eurobasket News

J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85), the 2012-13 NBA Sixth Man of the Year and an integral part of the New York Knicks offense, will decline his $2.9 million player option and become a free agent, reports Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York. Smith signed a cheap two-year deal with a player option as a free agent in 2012. While he has always been a capable scorer, he clashed with Denver Nuggets coach George Karl and is not known as a consistent defender. He also has a tendency to be inefficient with his heavy volume of shots, but played quite well for New York until the postseason. Zwerling also reports, via unnamed sources, that Smith will likely remain with the Knicks as a free agent. It's unclear how much New York will be willing to offer him over the $2.9 million he was destined to make. Due to Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California)'s announced retirement, the remaining guards on the Knicks' roster are Raymond Felton (6'1''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) and Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90, college: Georgia Tech). Pablo Prigioni will be a restricted free agent if the Knicks extend a nominal qualifying offer. Even before accounting for Smith or Prigioni, the Knicks are well over the salary cap.
Courtesy of: sbnation.com



Timberwolves are interested in MarShon Brooks - by Eurobasket News

The Nets have been involved in discussions of a trade that would send Marshon Brooks (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Providence) to the Timberwolves, multiple sources told the Daily News. Minnesota has shown interest in the third-year guard out of Providence, calling around the league for feedback and initiating trade discussions. Talks have not escalated to anything serious or imminent at the moment, according to a source. However, another source said that a proposal is on the table waiting for the Timberwolves' approval. The Timberwolves have an excess of experienced point guards, and the Nets could use one because C.J. Watson (6'2''-G-84, college: Tennessee) will opt out of contract by the June 30 deadline. Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-PG-84, college: Northeastern) and Luke Ridnour (6'2''-PG-81, college: Oregon) would seem to fit the Nets needs, although it's unclear if they've been discussed in trade scenarios. Both point guards earn more money than Brooks, however, and other players would have to be added to a trade to make salaries match. In the past the Nets have also shown an interest in Minnesotas Andrei Kirilenko (6'10''-F-81). The Nets pick 22nd in the draft Thursday. The Timberwolves pick 26th.
Courtesy of: nydailynews.com



Rashard Lewis and James Jones exercise options to stay with Heat - by Eurobasket News

The Miami HEAT announced today that both forward James Jones (6'8''-F-80, college: Miami, FL) and forward Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79), being smart to stick with a championship team even one that barely gives them any minutes have exercised their player options for the 2013-14 season.
Jones, a 10-year NBA veteran, appeared in 38 games with the HEAT this season, and has earned postseason berths in each of his five seasons with Miami, including two NBA Championships. The Miami native has appeared in 246 career games with the HEAT, averaging 4.2 points and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 39.8 percent from three-point range. He hit a career-high 123 three-point field goals during the 2010-11 season while capturing the 2011 NBA Three-Point Shootout title. Jones originally signed with the HEAT as a free agent on July 9, 2008.
Lewis, a 15-year NBA veteran, appeared in 55 games (nine starts) with the HEAT this season averaging 5.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 14.4 minutes while shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three-point range. He scored in double-figures 13 times this season, including a season-high 19 points twice, first vs. Boston on April 12 and then at Cleveland on April 15. He appeared in 11 postseason games during Miamis championship run this season totaling 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks while shooting 40 percent from the field in 47 minutes of action. He was originally signed by the HEAT as a free agent on July 11, 2012.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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Saints demolish Rangers in NBL - by Mike Lacey

The rearranged fixture between the Wellington Saints and the James Blond Super City Rangers kick started round 11 of the NBL. The game was cancelled four days earlier due to the extreme weather conditions in the capital that caused most flights into the city to be cancelled. Live streaming enabled many observers to get their first look at new Saints recruit Rick Rickert, playing in the NBL for the first time since 2010 when he turned out for the Harbour Heat. In that season Rickert averaged 18.2ppg and 9.1rpg, figures he looks likely to replicate in his second season in the league as he completed a double double of 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Second on the ladder versus last looked like a mismatch and so it proved as the Saints raced to an early 20-3 advantage, Lindsay Tait helping himself to 11first quarter points. A Houston ORiley triple was the only scoring success for the Rangers in the opening seven minutes. Credit to the Rangers, they did stop the bleeding a little as the game progressed but with a 59-44 advantage the way of the home side at half time, the game was all but over as a contest. With Rickert and Bryant Markson dominating the glass, Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) (23 points) and Tait (22 points/8 assists) picking holes in the Rangers defence, the Saints were in cruise mode. Guard Shea Ili (16pts/7 rebounds) was a shining light for the Aucklanders but their14 turnovers in the half didnt help their cause.

Dillon Boucher missed the game due to suspension but it made little difference to the Saints who eased their way to a healthy 81-64 lead at the end of the third period. An impressive Ili dunk following a steal got the Rangers under way in the final quarter but they were unable to put much of a dent in the hosts lead. With the Saints starters sitting on the bench the game became very loose in the final minutes enabling the Rangers to exercise some damage control courtesy of double digit contributions from Ili, ORiley, Carl Buck, Chris Fahrensohn, Patrich Bolstad and Jack Salt. However, the Saints, playing the first of three games in six days would have been pleased to complete a comfortable 107-87 win and keep plenty of energy in the tank for the testing encounters against Nelson Giants and the Otago Nuggets later in the week.




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Poland U20 with two victories over China U19 - by Eurobasket News

Polish U20 National Team played three friendly encounters with their Chinese U19 counterparts. Poland claimed two victories in Walbrzych.
The first game ended with Poland claiming a narrow 62:60 victory. Filip Matczak (186-PG-93, agency: AB Agency) scored 14 points to pace the hosts. Jakub Koelner (182-PG-93) added 12 points for the winners.
The second game was rather a one-way traffic. Poland jumped to a 26:12 lead after ten minutes. China cut the deficit at 12-point mark at halftime but the hosts went on a 24:16 rally in the third term to boost the gap at 21-point mark. The home side never looked back cruising to a 79:58 victory. Filip Matczak netted 15 points to lead the hosts. Jakub Karolak (196-F/G-93) provided 12 points in the victory.
China finally opened win count in the third game. The Asian selection used extra five minutes to prevail against the hosts 72:71. China led by four points heading into the fourth term but Poland went on a 16:12 run to force overtime. China proved just more accurate in the extra period and sealed the win at the end. Maciej Kucharek (204-SF-93) produced 14 points, while Kacper Borowski (205-F/C-94) netted 12 points in the defeat.



Znicz Basket land Lewandowski - by Pawel

Znicz Basket completed the next signing of the post-season. The newest member of the team is 35-year old Polish swingman Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-F/G-78, agency: Promotex). Last season he started with PWiK Piaseczno, where he was a key player. In seven games of Polish 2 liga, he averaged 15.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg. In December 2012, he joins SKK Siedlce and became one of the leaders. Lewandowski played 18 games in Polish 1 liga, where he recorded 14.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg. In Pruszkow everyone hopes for his experience from PLK, where he spent 6 years. Lewandowski is the next former player of SKK Siedlce, who will play in the Znicz Basket in the upcoming season. Few days ago the same way chose Rafal Kulikowski (204-C-85, agency: Promotex).



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Joao da Costa in Palestine - by Hugo Carvalho

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.

To learn more about Coach Joao Costa please visit: www.jcbasketballhoops.com

Joao da Costa



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Harris, Ponce20.2 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.9 
 3. Diogu, Ponce19.9 
 4. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 5. Carmona, Humacao19.6 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.8 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Galindo, Santurce16.4 
 10. Huertas, Quebradi.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.2 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.2 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.5 
 4. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 5. Phillip, San German8.6 
 6. Diogu, Ponce8.4 
 7. Harrellson, Chongq.8.2 
 8. Carmona, Humacao8.1 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
 10. Massie, San Germ.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.1 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.9 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas5.3 
 4. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.2 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.8 
 6. Rivera, Ponce4.7 
 7. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 8. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 9. Coronado, Guayama3.8 
 10. Copeland, San G.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.8 
 3. Coronado, Guayama1.7 
 4. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 5. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Lisch, Quebradillas1.5 
 7. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 8. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 9. Rodriguez, Guayama1.3 
 10. Williams, Santurce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Penn, Humacao2.5 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 4. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 5. Gates, Guayama1.3 
 6. Lee, Quebradillas1.3 
 7. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 8. Santiago, Guaynabo1.2 
 9. Balkman, Guayama1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 



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Travis Bureau stays with CSU Craiova - by Eurobasket News

Travis Bureau (200-G-88, college: La-Lafayette) stays with CSU Craiova for the second straight season. The American player will remain with the team.
The 25-year old American guard appeared last season in Romania. In 30 Liga Nationala games he recorded 14.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.2spg this season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Romanian League All-Star Game.
Earlier he played for La-Lafayette (NCAA). He debuted with 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3Pts: 33.3%, FT: 69.2%. Bureau's team was regular season runner-up in Sun Belt West Division in 2008. In 2008-2009 his stats read La-Lafayette (NCAA, starting five): 27 games: 12.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.4%, 3Pts: 35.5%, FT: 64.5%. In 2009-2010 he had 6.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 65.0%
He graduated from University Louisiana in 2012.



CSM Oradea gets bigger with Serbian guard Radovan Markovic - by Eurobasket News

CSM Oradea gets bigger with Serbian guard Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) for the next season. The 31-year old Serbian guard moves to Romania.
Markovic played last at Vojvodina (A League) in Serbia. In 42 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Markovic won 1B (Serbian Group) championship title in 2006. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention award back in 2010.
Markovic has played previously professionally in Germany (Walter Tigers and Telekom Baskets). In Serbia he played for Lavovi, Mega Vizura, Radnicki Kragujevac and Tamis.



Zarko Comagic continue with CSM Oradea - by Eurobasket News

Zarko Comagic (201-F-85, college: N.Arizona) continue with CSM Oradea in 2013/2014 season. The player joined the team last February and will enter his second season. He appeared first in Vojvodina (A League) in Serbia. In two games he recorded 8.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0apg this season. The earlier season he played at PBG Basket (PLK) in Polish league. In 38 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg.
His team was regular season runner-up in Romanian League.
The season 2010/2011 Comagic played at Stelmet (TBL) in Polish league. In 22 games he averaged 6.6ppg and 4.3rpg that season.
Comagic has played previously professionally in Poland (Stelmet Zielona Gora) and Serbia (Masinac).



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Higher League stats leaders

Superleague A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Golubev Aleks. 21.9
2 Pekhov Roman 19.2
3 Kaminskiy Georgiy 19
4 Kadykov Konst. 18.3
5 Bzhevskiy Denis 15.6
6 Ianioutin Evgeniy 15.4
7 Makiev Alan 15.2
8 Gukov Daniil 14.9
9 Kuznetsov Maksim 14.9
10 Babaylov Vasiliy 14.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Staroverov Maksim 11.1
2 Mikhalev Sergey 9.1
3 Nekrasov Dmitri 8.6
4 Odincov Aleksandr 8.6
5 Zorin Aleksey 8.4
6 Vinnik Alexandr 8.4
7 Mirzoyants Konst. 8.4
8 Vagner Aleksey 8.3
9 Yudov Mikhail 8.3
10 Makiev Alan 7.9
Assists Per Game
1 Brevnov Anton 6.2
2 Kaminskiy Georgiy 6.1
3 Bazhenov Vjat. 6
4 Zlobin Dmitriy 5.6
5 Igumnov Oleg 5.4
6 Shamov Ivan 5.2
7 Kanikov Pavel 5.1
8 Kaminskiy Georgiy 4.8
9 Gaposhin Artem 4.8
10 Diracujan Aleksandr 4.8


Lokomotiv Kuban land Krunoslav Simon - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85). The guard signed a two-year deal with the Russian powerhouse. Krunoslav Simon spent the last season with Unicaja Malaga. He notched 9.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in ACB. The guard also delivered 10.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in EuroLeague. Previously Krunoslav Simon had played for Zagreb. He was named All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year in 2011. The guard earned All-EuroChallenge Honourable Mention in 2010. Krunoslav Simon was trumped All-Adriatic League Guard of the Year in 2012. He has been the member of the Croatian National Team since 2008.


Krunoslav Simon close to Kuban as Devin Smith rejects offer - by Vladimir Lobanov

Croatian Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) is close joining Lokomotiv Kuban,a Source from the club has confirmed.
Simon,who played last season at Spanish team Unicaja Malaga has averaged 9.5ppg,3.1rpg,2apg in 31 ACB games and 10ppg,3.3rpg,2.5apg in 22 Euroleague games.he played in the past in Croatian side KK Zagreb. for 11 years where he started his career.
Simon has been planned as a back up if first option - American Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) won't sign.Smith has been in negotiations with Kuban for the last couple of weeks,but after it was thought that he is close to join,the player changed his mind and decided to stay with Maccabi Tel-Aviv.




CSKA Moscow officially announced Israeli coach Dan Shamir - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow officially announced Israeli coach Dan Shamir for the next season. The 38-year old Specialist will help Ettore Messina on helm of the team.
Dan Shamir will come from Hapoel Holon in Israel.He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Israeli Premier League All-Star Game. Shamir's team made it to the Israeli Cup final in 2010.
In EuroChallenge last season Hapoel Holon advanced to the Second Stage, but could not make it to the Play-offs. Gravelines needed a 85:79 win over Hapoel Holon for 5-1 record. Hapoel finished the campaign with 0-6 record. In that game American forward Lawrence Hill replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Frank Hassell added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon.



Vassilis Spanoulis is on CSKA radar - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (PBL) wants to add 31-year old Greek international guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) who currently plays Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in Greece. In 33 A1 games he had 11.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 5.7apg this season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team. Spanoulis also played 31 games in Euroleague where he recorded 14.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 5.5apg (top 3). He contributed to his team winning the Euroleague championship. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague European Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. The last season Spanoulis played also at Olympiacos (A1) in Greek league. In 31 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 5.0apg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. A very good season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 2nd Team. Spanoulis also played 21 games in Euroleague where he was third best scorer with impressive 16.7ppg and averaged 2.0rpg and 4.0apg (top 2).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Spanoulis was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year in 2012.
He has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. Vassilis Spanoulis has regularly played for since 2004 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002. He represented Greece at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: Score-4 (19.3ppg), 2.7rpg, Assists-3 (5.7apg), FGP: 70.6%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 61.9%.



American forward Derrick Brown will continue with Lokomotiv Kuban - by Eurobasket News

American forward Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) will continue with Lokomotiv Kuban for the next season. The sides will sign an agreement soon.
Brown managed to play in three leagues this year. In 8 PBL games he had 10.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.5spg (in top 4). He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg. Brown also played 24 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the final. Brown also spent pre-season at the Spurs in NBA earlier that year. The last season he played at the Bobcats in NBA. In 65 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0apg.
He won EuroCup championship title. Brown was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 2nd Team in 2013. The 2010/2011 season Brown played at the Knicks in NBA. In 8 games he recorded 4.3ppg and 1.9rpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (40th overall). The former Xavier University star is in his fourth season in pro basketball.
He has played previously for another NBA team New York Knicks.



Unics targets Nikolaos Zisis - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan (PBL) is about to tab 30-year old Greek international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) who currently plays Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in Spain. In 37 ACB games he averaged 9.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.5apg this season. Zisis also played 17 games in Eurocup where he had 10.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.4apg. The last season he played at Montepaschi Siena (SerieA) in Italian league. In 42 games he had 6.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to win the league title and the supercup. Zisis also played 20 games in Euroleague where he had 4.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.7apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Zisis received Eurobasket.com All-Greeks Abroad 2nd Team award in 2013.
He has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. Nikolaos Zisis has regularly played for since 2002 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002. He represented Greece at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 7.3ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.8%.
Zisis has played also professionally in Russia (CSKA Moscow), Italy (Benetton Treviso) and Greece (AEK Athens).



Russian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Russian U19 National Team 2013
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Viktor Kashin
Kashin
Pavel Krechetov
Krechetov
Maksim Voytov
Voytov
Mikhail Kulagin
Kulagin
Serdar Annaev
Annaev
#e#5
4Viktor Kashin 193-G-94 Rodniki Izh. Russia
5Pavel Krechetov 188-PG-94 Lok.Kuban-2 Russia
6Maksim Voytov 207-C-94 Lok.Kuban-2 Russia
7Mikhail Kulagin 188-PG-94 Triumph Russia
8Serdar Annaev 185-PG-94 Khimky Russia
9Viacheslav Fedorchenko 190-G-95 Triumph-2 Russia
10Alexander Gankevich 201-PF-95 CSKA-2 Russia
11Stanislav Ilnitskiy 200-PF-94 Khimky-2 Russia
12Yury Pershin 193-G-94 Spartak SP-2 Russia
13Andrey Desyatnikov 219-C-94 Triumph-2 Russia
14Rostislav Karenin 202-F/C-94 Khimky-2 Russia
15Igor Kanygin 207-F/C-94 Lok.Kuban-2 Russia

Aleksandr Chernov Head Coach Lok.Kuban-2 Russia



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Hoops Lose Mozambique Friendly - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball team yesterday lost its first friendly tie against the Mozambique National Basketball team 70 to 63.
The Hoops team is in Mozambique as part of their preparations for this year's Afro-Basketball tournament and Coach Moise Mutokambali and his assistant coach Jean Bahufite want to test their largely inexperienced side before the tournament, which will be hosted by Ivory Coast starts in August.
Despite the loss, Mutokambali told Focus Sport via email that the team had coped well with their much experienced competitors and expects a much improved performance when they play again tomorrow.
Hoops squad that is in Mozambique:
Aboubakar Barame (181-G-84) (CSK), Aristide Mugabe (Espoir, skipper), Placide Uwizeye (Espoir), Jean Luc Girincuti (UNR), Mouhamed Rafiki (APR), Patrice Twagirayezu (Ashiville Christian Academy-USA), Lionel Hakizimana (APR), Olivier Shyaka (KBC), Sunny Niyomugabo (APR), 10.Ngandu Bienvenu (ESP), Olivier Muhizi (Espoir), Kami Kabange (City Oil-Uganda).
Other officials that went with the team are; head of delegation Jean Claude Mulingo, physiotherapist, Martin Uwimana and international referee Didier Shema Maboko.
Mozambique 70-63 Rwanda
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Saudi Arabia name Nenad Krdzic head coach - by Eurobasket News

Saudi Arabia announced the name of their new head coach. Nenad Krdzic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) will take the reins of the team at the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship. Nenad Krdzic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) worked with Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. The Serbian specialist is also not new to guiding Saudi Arabia. He worked with the team at the 2011 GCC Championship. Nenad Krdzic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) has currently worked with Al Nasr in the UAE. He also worked in Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Austria and Serbia. Nenad Krdzic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) was Kuwait champion and Cup winner. He celebrated the Syrian Cup title in 2003 and 2004. Nenad Krzdic earned Asian Club Championship title in 2003 and WABA title in 2005.
Saudi Arabia will play alongside Philippines, Jordan and Taiwan in FIBA Asia Championship preliminary round Group A.



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Serbia U18 edge Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 twice - by Eurobasket News

Serbian U18 National Team claimed back-to-back victories over their Bosnian counterparts in Bor. The first game ended with a 77:51 victory for the hosts. Serbia led by just six points at halftime 39:33. But they held the visitors to just 18 points in the second half to run away with the victory. Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) delivered 15 points to lead the winners. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) added 13 points, while Nemanja Djordjevic (203-C-95) had 12 points for the hosts. Osmanhadzic answered with 13 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nedim Buza (203-F/G-95) netted 12 points in the loss.
Serbia also dominated the second encounter. They opened a 25:10 lead after ten minutes. Bosnia and Herzegovina slowed the hosts down in the second frame but Serbia quickly regained control. The hosts went on a 20:11 run in the third period to clear off for good. Serbia marched to a 73:52 win at the end. Ljubenkovic tossed in 11 points to lead the home team. Nikola Rakicevic (198-SG-97), Vasilije Vucetic (206-C/F-96) and Matija Milin (206-F-95) contributed 9 points apiece in the win. Nedim Tunovic (206-C-95) answered with 11 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Milenko Predic (198-F-96) netted 9 points in the defeat.



2013 Mediterranean Games: Turkey edge Serbia to clinch title - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Serbia 79:62

Turkey claimed the 2013 Mediterranean Games title. The hosts overcame Serbia in Mersin tonight to bag the trophy. Cemal Nalga (213-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 14 points to pace the winners.
Turkey led from the start. They built a 21:18 lead at the first intermission. Serbia struggled to get any near the home side in the next period. Turkey cleared off to a comfortable 45:28 distance at halftime. Serbia finally started to show the sparks of interesting game in the third term. The visitors got within 15 points at the final intermission. But Turkey made sure they executed well down the stretch and rolled to a convincing win at the end. Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) and Baris Ermis (194-G-85) connected for 13 points apiece for Turkey. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) answered with 16 points for Serbia. Milos Dimic (195-G-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) netted 13 points in the loss.

Turkey: Cemal Nalga 14, Serhat Cetin 13, Baris Ermis 13
Serbia: Nikola Kalinic 16, Milos Dimic 13



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South Korean U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

South Korean U19 National Team 2013
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Kang Sangjae
Sangjae
Jun-Yong Choi
Choi
Cheon Gibeom
Gibeom
Youngjun An
An
Hoon Heo
Heo
#e#5
4Sangjae Kang 202-F-94 Korea University Seo South Korea
5Choi Jun-Yong 200-SG-94 Yonsei University South Korea
6Seongmo Choi 187-G-94 Korea University Seo South Korea
7Gibeom Cheon 187-G-94 Yonsei University South Korea
8An Youngjun 195-F-95
9Heo Hoon 181-G-95
10Junhyeong Byeon 186-G-96
11Choi Seung-Wook 195-F-93 Kyong Hee Univ. South Korea
12Jinyong Kim 201-C-94
13Jeon Hyunwoo 191-SF-96
14Park Intae 203-C-95 Yonsei University South Korea
15Junghyeon Park 202-C-96

Kim Young Rae Head Coach



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Spanish U19 National Team 2013 - by Ernest

Spanish U19 National Team 2013
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Oriol Pauli
Pauli
Dario Brizuela
Brizuela
Adrian Chapela
Chapela
Guillermo Hernangomez
Hernangomez
Alberto Diaz
Diaz
#e#5
5Oriol Pauli 201-G-94 FCB Regal II Spain
7Dario Brizuela 188-PG-94 Asefa Estudian. Spain
8Adrian Chapela 190-PG-94 Breogan Spain
9Guillermo Hernangomez 209-C-94 Real Madrid II Spain
10Alberto Diaz 190-PG-94 Unicaja Spain
11Sebastian Saiz 203-F-94 Asefa Estudian. Spain
12Jose Nogues 204-PF-95 FIATC Joventut Spain
13Josep Perez 184-PG-94 FCB Regal II Spain
14Javier Marin 196-SG-94 El Olivar Spain
15Albert Homs 203-F-94 Prat Juventud Spain


Luis Guil Head Coach UCAM Murcia Spain



Laboral Kutxa land Lamont Hamilton - by Eurobasket News

Laboral Kutxa strengthened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's). The centre inked a two-year deal with the Basque team. Lamont Hamilton notched 13.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 assist per game in ACB. In EuroCup the centre posted 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds per appearance. He earned All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention. Lamont Hamilton also made it into Spanish ACB All-Imports Team. Previously the centre had stints in France and Spain. He was trumped All-French ProA Centre of the Year in 2012. Lamont Hamilton made it into LEB Gold 2nd Team in 2009.


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Roope Ahonen joins Boras Basket - by Eurobasket News

Boras Basket reinforced their roster. They landed Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM). The Finnish guard spent the last season with the Solna Vikings. He tallied 10.3 points, 4.0 assists and 1.6 rebounds pre game in Basketligan. Previously Roope Ahonen played for ToPo. He made it into All-Finnish 1st Division 2nd Team in 2009. Next season the guard made it into Finnish Korisliiga All-Domestic Players Team. The guard was the member of the Finnish U16, U18, U20 and University National Teams. Roope Ahonen debuted for the Finnish National Team in 2012. He notched 6.0 points and 1.0 board per game at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.


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CTBA Names 2013 Mens USA Selection Team for WJC - by Greg

TAIPEI, Taiwan (June 30, 2013) - Featuring returning standout Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, college: N.Carolina St.) and four 2013 WJC members, Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) today announced the 13-players who will represent the United States in the July 6-14 William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan. The player selections were approved by the CTBA Executive Committee, and will be nominated to the United States Selection Committee to participate in the 2013 Williams Jones Cup.

Named to the 2013 USA Selection Team were: Marcus Melvin ( last played: Romania); Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) (France); Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) (Finland); Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) (Dominican Rep.); Cyril Awere (210-C-85) (NBA); Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) (Spain); DeAndre Bray (168-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.) (UBA); Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: UNLV) (Mexico); Ed Horton (190-G-85, college: Murray St.) (Iceland), Mychal Kearse (195-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Mt.St.Mary's) (Iran); Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) (Taiwan); Cervante Burrell (177-PG-89, college: Seattle) (NBA DL) and Chris Vanlandingham (193-G-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Armstr.Atlantic) (UBA).

Travis McAvene will return as head coach of the USA Select team. Serving as assistant coaches are D.J. Douglas, Kevin Franklin and Jeff Joseph.

"We have been in contact with USA Basketball and they have been nothing short of perfect. They have extended their support to us and are what the standard of USA National Basketball has always been about. We are aware that we are not Kobe or LeBron, but it's an honor to wear the red, white and blue. None of this would be possible without those guys," said Select Guard Jermaine Barnes.

When asked about the selection process of the club, coach McAvene was at lost for words.

"Whatever I say will not fully describe just how difficult this selection process has been. We knew it would be difficult when we began the building of this team. After losing gold by just one point last season changes had to be made. It has become obvious that it would be in the best interest of the team, the players and coaches, to select the 13 players who were older and more experienced.

"The 13 players selected have incredible talent, and more importantly, we think this team has excellent leadership; great versatility and balance; and very good chemistry which are critical parts in building a great team. I believe this team will bring home the gold," added McAvene.

Of the 13 selected players, four were part of the 2012 USA Select Team for the WJC (Marcus Melvin, Jermaine Barnes, Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech), Mychal Kearse, and will add much needed leadership to the club. Melvin spent this season in Romania were he average just over 16ppg and looking to return to his old form dropping over 25 pounds for this event. He was laso named to the AsiaBasket.com All-WJC 1st Team last summer. Jermaine Barnes of course is not stranger to the spot light. Last summer Barnes opened up the event scoring a game high 17 points in just 17 minutes. He would also be named to the AsiaBasket.com ALl-WJC team for his play. Marshall was by far the most constant of the four returners leading the Select squad in scoring and playing in every contest. He was also named to the WJC 1st Team. Kearse was recently named AsiaBasket.com Guard of the Year in Iraq averaging over 18ppg.

Owens, at 33 years old, will be the veteran leader of the USA Selection team. Owens was drafted by the Bucks in the 2004 NBA draft. With his experience in the NBA and high level international play he should be the enforcer that was missing last summer.

The 2012 Williams Jones Cup, expanded to 9 teams, proved to be the most competitive and exciting ever. Philippians National Team emerged as the Champion after defeating USA Selection Team in the final game (75-74) in the gold medal game. So its safe to say that nothing is more important than gold to USA.

I haven't let go at all, said McAvene. I only have one goal and that's gold.

Finishing with an 5-3 overall record, as a team, the U.S. finished ranked among the top leading teams in almost every offensive statistical category at the 2012 WJC. The USA Selection Team finished ranked first in scoring offense (90.6), first in field goal percentage (.503), first in assists (18.78), first in free throws made (182), first in assist-turnover ratio (1.74), second in scoring margin (+20.4). But the defense is where they have focused on this summer.

Marshall led the team in scoring averaging 14.9 ppg., while Melvin added 14.3 ppg., and Barnes contributed 10.9 ppg. Kearse led the U.S. in assists handing out 4.9 apg., and Mevlin carried the rebounding load with 7.8rpg.


Starting five
#s#
Marcus Melvin
Melvin
Haywood Owens
Owens
Jermaine Barnes
Barnes
Curtis Marshall
Marshall
Eric Hicks
Hicks
#e#5

Marcus Melvin 6'8''-F-82 Al Jahraa Kuwait

Haywood Owens 6'9''-F-79 Cedevita Croatia

Cyril Awere 6'11''-C-85 Peja Kosovo

Jermaine Barnes 6'5''-G/F-82 Titanes Dominican Republic

Curtis Marshall 6'6''-G/F-83 Lille France

Mychal Kearse 6'5''-G-83 Al Karkh Iraq

Ed Horton 6'3''-G-85 Tiburones Nicaragua

DeAndre Bray 5'6''-G-85 Tiburones Nicaragua

Rene Rougeau 6'6''-G/F-86 Cananea Mexico

Chris Vanlandingham 6'4''-G-89 S.Generals USA

Cervante Burrell 5'10''-PG-89 Cartago Costa Rica

Eric Hicks 6'6''-F-83 Kauhajoki Finland

Jermaine Dailey 6'8''-F-86 Sharjah United Arab Emirates


Travis McAvene Head Coach Southern State USA

D.J. Douglas Assistant GIE Maile M. USA

Kevin Franklin Assistant Cleveland H. USA

Will De La Cruz Assistant S.Generals USA

Jeff Joseph Assistant McMaster Canada




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2013 Mediterranean Games: Tunisia celebrate Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia - FYR Macedonia 63:58

Tunisia earned the Bronze medals at the 2013 Mediterranean Games. They held off FYR Macedonia in the consolation final today. Salah Mejri (217-C-86) stepped up with 17 points and 9 rebounds to pace the African team.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening frame. They were tied at 15-all at the first break. The European side put their noses in front in the second period. FYR Macedonia secured a narrow 31:29 halftime lead. But Tunisia turned things around in the third quarter. The African side used a 19:11 run to enter the fourth period up by 6 points 48:42. FYR Macedonia fought hard to deny the deficit but came up short at the end. Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc.) came up with 15 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Marouana Kechrid (180-PG-81) added 9 points for the winners. FYR Macedonia answered with 16 points from Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Marko Simonovski (192-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) netted 13 points in the losing effort.

Tunisia: Salah Mejri 17, Macram Ben Romdhane 15+16 boards, Marouana Kechrid 9
FYR Macedonia: Bojan Trajkovski 16, Marko Simonovski 13



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  TURKEY   


2013 Mediterranean Games: Turkey edge Serbia to clinch title - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Serbia 79:62

Turkey claimed the 2013 Mediterranean Games title. The hosts overcame Serbia in Mersin tonight to bag the trophy. Cemal Nalga (213-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 14 points to pace the winners.
Turkey led from the start. They built a 21:18 lead at the first intermission. Serbia struggled to get any near the home side in the next period. Turkey cleared off to a comfortable 45:28 distance at halftime. Serbia finally started to show the sparks of interesting game in the third term. The visitors got within 15 points at the final intermission. But Turkey made sure they executed well down the stretch and rolled to a convincing win at the end. Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) and Baris Ermis (194-G-85) connected for 13 points apiece for Turkey. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) answered with 16 points for Serbia. Milos Dimic (195-G-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) netted 13 points in the loss.

Turkey: Cemal Nalga 14, Serhat Cetin 13, Baris Ermis 13
Serbia: Nikola Kalinic 16, Milos Dimic 13



Aliaksandr Kudrautsau joins Gaziantep - by Eurobasket News

Gaziantep strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Belarusian international Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80). The guard will sign a one-year deal with the team. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau played for Tsmoki-Minsk over the last three seasons. Last season he notched 14.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game in VTB League. He also tallied 8.2 points, 2.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in Premier League. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau delivered 15.4 points, 4.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance in EuroChallenge. He earned All-EuroChallenge Honourable Mention. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau also made it into All-Belarusian League 2nd Team. The guard has been the member of the Belarusian National Team since 2003.


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Player recap: Tim Duncan - by David Edole

Center
7-0, 235
16th season
All-NBA first team, All-Star

Per game: 17.8 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.7 apg, 0.7 spg, 2.7 bpg
Shooting: 50.2 FG %, 81.7 FT %
Advanced: 24.4 PER, 8.3 win shares, .191 ws / 48 mins

The Spurs return to the Finals was mirrored by the resurgence of their franchise cornerstone, who at 36 became the oldest selection to the All-NBA first team since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar nearly three decades ago.

It was a richly deserved honor for the legendary big man. Duncan set career-highs in free throw shooting, defensive rebound percentage (29.6) and block percentage (6.4) while enjoying his highest scoring average in four seasons and the leagues best individual defensive rating per Basketball Reference.

Those marks wouldnt have been possible without another career-best: Duncan played at 235 pounds, his lowest weight as a professional, easing pressure on the defective knee that once threatened to accelerate his retirement.

Still, as great as Duncan remains, hes no longer the consistently dominant force he once was.

Witness his performance in Game 6 of the Finals, when he erupted for 25 points in the first half but had just five in the second, including none in the fourth quarter as the Spurs blew a five-point lead with 28 seconds left. Theres also the need to manage his minutes and appearances, a task at which head coach Gregg Popovich has become a master.

But with his 30s dwindling, all that is to be expected. Using his own trajectory and the careers of Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone as predictive models, Duncan is set to ease off gracefully into the sunset, using his skill, savvy and experience to offset whatever hes lost physically and provide elite-level play over the remaining two seasons on his contract.



Irie Weekend 2013, With DJ Irie, LMFAO's Sky Blu, Jermaine Dupri, and Others, June 27 to 29 - by David Edole


By Stacey Russell

DJ Irie (or Ian Grocher, as he's known to his family back in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands) is possibly the hardest-working man in the Miami music biz.

Rarely seen anywhere but behind the decks, he has been the official DJ to the Miami Heat for 13 years. Off-season, he can be seen spinning at famous friends' parties, from bashes for Robert Downey Jr. to clubby throwdowns with Jamie Foxx. Honestly, the man's iPhone contact book is essentially the invite list for the MTV Movie Awards.

Looking to share the bounty of his success, he helms the Irie Foundation, which seeks to empower South Florida's at-risk youth through mentorship programs, cultural experiences, and scholarship opportunities. To promote his cause, Irie hosts an annual three-day celebration featuring a celebrity golf tournament, a concert at LIV, an afternoon of bowling at Lucky Strike, and a closing party at Mokai.

But before he and his A-list friends take over Miami for Irie Weekend 2013, New Times caught up with Mr. Grocher to discuss philanthropy and his undying faith in our Miami Heat.

New Times: How did you get involved with the Heat organization?

DJ Irie: About 13 years ago, when they moved from the Miami Arena to the American Airlines Arena, the marketing department reached out to me. They wanted their in-house entertainment to match the big, new facility they had. They figured Miami had such a nightlife culture, and an official DJ might resonate with the fans. At the time, I was DJing all the parties and clubs on South Beach. So really, I wasn't that into it. I didn't think it was the right move for me. They were pretty insistent. I knew no one had done it before, so I couldn't really live up to or fall behind anyone. I could make it my own. And two rings later, here I am.

Two rings and tickets to every game. Pretty sweet gig.

I never forget that. I am beyond blessed.

You were kind of the first to do what you do, right?

Yeah, the first full-time DJ for any professional sports team in the country.

No one could ever call you an imitator.

I feel like I have done that a lot in my career. Meeting new challenges with no one to really look to for guidance. It's hard, but to conquer something on your own is a pretty amazing feeling.

Speaking of being blessed, it's great how you spread the wealth with things like the Irie Foundation. How did it come about?

I had great philanthropic mentors, like Alonzo Mourning, Jason Taylor, and Pat Riley. I worked very closely with them on their initiatives and watched how involved they are. Not only that, but you get to see the effects firsthand. We might have bigger resources than most people, but everyone can do something to help out. No matter how big the footprint, it's still a footprint.

How has Irie Weekend grown over the years?

I know for a fact that I am going to look out onto that golf course and just be in awe of what is happening. The weekend started out as an idea inspired by the feeling that I needed to do more for my community. A lot of people even questioned the fact that I was doing a golf tournament. People would tell me: "Irie, golf? Have you ever played golf? I never even heard you say the word!" People expected me to do basketball. But I knew with golf, it would be the perfect day of people networking, bonding, and eventually leaving with a new friend. The first year, we had a handful of guests, celebrities, and sponsors. But now it is way beyond anything I could have ever imagined.



Zero Tolerance championships set for Friday night - by David Edole

The Zero Tolerance Basketball Championships are set for Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Amalie High School gymnasium. In the 9-12 division, the Jah Youths will face Nuff Repect, followed by the battle of the undefeated as the Jah Youths and Defend Ours battle in the 13-15 division. In the grand daddy of them all, AGSUF takes on the defending 16-18 champs, Justice. The award presentation will take place after the 16-18 game.


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Second win of China over Ukraine - by Alexander Muzyka

Ukrainian NT played another friendlies vs China. This time Ukrainians were too close to win but the last seconds were more fortunate to the hosts - 67:70 for Chinese. Olexandr Mishula (192-SG-92) was the best and scored 14 points. Everybody said Ukrainian reserve looks good even without the leaders of the NT - Drozdov, Lischuk, Pecherov, Gladyr etc. And it's a good chance for Mike Fratello to have a close look to the young players when he builds a national team for the Eurobasket-2013. Note, Fratello hasn't been in Ukraine from the last autumn and probably will make a roster almost in the last month before official games. Now the team is ruled by his assistant Vitali Chernii.



China eke out win over Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

China - Ukraine 70:67

China swept the friendly series versus Ukraine. The hosts claimed a three-point victory in the second game in Jiangyin. Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) stepped up with 19 points to pace the winners.
China grabbed a 16:9 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. China ensured a 7-point halftime lead. Ukraine shifted the gear in the third term. The European side dropped 22 points to cut the deficit at just 2-point mark at the final intermission. China however unloaded 24 points in the fourth frame and stole a tough victory at the end. Zhang Bo (199-G/F-89) accounted for 12 points, while Wang ShiPeng (198-SG-83) added 10 points for the winners. Olexandr Mishula (192-SG-92) replied with 17 points for Ukraine. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (202-F-89) and Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-F-92) had 10 points each in the loss.

China: Yi Jianlian 19, Zhang Bo 12, Wang ShiPeng 10
Ukraine: Olexandr Mishula 17, Stanislav Tymofeyenko 10, Vyacheslav Bobrov 10



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  URUGUAY   


Brasilia announce Martin Osimani - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB bolstered their roster. They confirmed the signing of Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne). The Uruguayan guard spent the previous season in Argentina. He played for Obras Sanitarias. Martin Osimani tallied 10.8 points, 4.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds per game in LigaA. The guard also delivered 14.0 points, 6.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds per appearance in Liga Sudamericana. He earned All-Liga Sudamericana Honourable Mention. Previously Martin Osimani had stints in Uruguay, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico. He was named All-Uruguayan LUB Guard of the Year in 2007. The guard made it into All-Liga Americas 2nd Team in 2012. Martin Osimani has been the member of the Uruguayan National Team since 2000.


Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro League (12th. round)
Stockolmo 87 - Christopher Moore (205-F-82, college: Virginia Union) 33 pts. 7 reb., Alex Lopez 19 pts. 4 reb. 4 assists, Daniel Rivero (182-G-77) 11 pts 11 assists.
Capitol 79 - Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 41 pts. 15 reb. 3 blocks 3 assists, Luis De Leon (193-F-88) 12 pts 6 reb.
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Guruyu Waston 76 - Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) 26 pts. 9 reb., Brian Garcia (180-G-90) 10 pts 5 reb.
Verdirrojo 63 - Tulio Cobos (197-PF-86, college: Northeastern St.) 20 pts. 5 reb. 2 assists, Maximiliano Cervi (198-F-92) 18 pts. 7 reb.



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Lokomotiv Kuban land Krunoslav Simon - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85). The guard signed a two-year deal with the Russian powerhouse. Krunoslav Simon spent the last season with Unicaja Malaga. He notched 9.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in ACB. The guard also delivered 10.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in EuroLeague. Previously Krunoslav Simon had played for Zagreb. He was named All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year in 2011. The guard earned All-EuroChallenge Honourable Mention in 2010. Krunoslav Simon was trumped All-Adriatic League Guard of the Year in 2012. He has been the member of the Croatian National Team since 2008.


American forward Derrick Brown will continue with Lokomotiv Kuban - by Eurobasket News

American forward Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) will continue with Lokomotiv Kuban for the next season. The sides will sign an agreement soon.
Brown managed to play in three leagues this year. In 8 PBL games he had 10.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.5spg (in top 4). He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg. Brown also played 24 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to make it to the final. Brown also spent pre-season at the Spurs in NBA earlier that year. The last season he played at the Bobcats in NBA. In 65 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0apg.
He won EuroCup championship title. Brown was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 2nd Team in 2013. The 2010/2011 season Brown played at the Knicks in NBA. In 8 games he recorded 4.3ppg and 1.9rpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (40th overall). The former Xavier University star is in his fourth season in pro basketball.
He has played previously for another NBA team New York Knicks.



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  WBA   

Standings

WBA Standings
 1. Atlanta Blaze 4-1 
 2. Rome G. 3-3 
 3. Upsate Heat 2-1 
 4. Gwinnett Majic 2-3 
 5. Conyers CK 1-4 
 6. Anderson H. 0-0 
 7. Gastonia G. 0-0 
Playoffs Standings

Regular Season: Round 7

Jun. 28: Conyers CK - Anderson H.
Jun. 28: Georgia Majic - Gastonia G.



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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   


CTBA Names 2013 Mens USA Selection Team for WJC - by Greg

TAIPEI, Taiwan (June 30, 2013) - Featuring returning standout Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, college: N.Carolina St.) and four 2013 WJC members, Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) today announced the 13-players who will represent the United States in the July 6-14 William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan. The player selections were approved by the CTBA Executive Committee, and will be nominated to the United States Selection Committee to participate in the 2013 Williams Jones Cup.

Named to the 2013 USA Selection Team were: Marcus Melvin ( last played: Romania); Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) (France); Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) (Finland); Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) (Dominican Rep.); Cyril Awere (210-C-85) (NBA); Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) (Spain); DeAndre Bray (168-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.) (UBA); Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: UNLV) (Mexico); Ed Horton (190-G-85, college: Murray St.) (Iceland), Mychal Kearse (195-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Mt.St.Mary's) (Iran); Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) (Taiwan); Cervante Burrell (177-PG-89, college: Seattle) (NBA DL) and Chris Vanlandingham (193-G-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Armstr.Atlantic) (UBA).

Travis McAvene will return as head coach of the USA Select team. Serving as assistant coaches are D.J. Douglas, Kevin Franklin and Jeff Joseph.

"We have been in contact with USA Basketball and they have been nothing short of perfect. They have extended their support to us and are what the standard of USA National Basketball has always been about. We are aware that we are not Kobe or LeBron, but it's an honor to wear the red, white and blue. None of this would be possible without those guys," said Select Guard Jermaine Barnes.

When asked about the selection process of the club, coach McAvene was at lost for words.

"Whatever I say will not fully describe just how difficult this selection process has been. We knew it would be difficult when we began the building of this team. After losing gold by just one point last season changes had to be made. It has become obvious that it would be in the best interest of the team, the players and coaches, to select the 13 players who were older and more experienced.

"The 13 players selected have incredible talent, and more importantly, we think this team has excellent leadership; great versatility and balance; and very good chemistry which are critical parts in building a great team. I believe this team will bring home the gold," added McAvene.

Of the 13 selected players, four were part of the 2012 USA Select Team for the WJC (Marcus Melvin, Jermaine Barnes, Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech), Mychal Kearse, and will add much needed leadership to the club. Melvin spent this season in Romania were he average just over 16ppg and looking to return to his old form dropping over 25 pounds for this event. He was laso named to the AsiaBasket.com All-WJC 1st Team last summer. Jermaine Barnes of course is not stranger to the spot light. Last summer Barnes opened up the event scoring a game high 17 points in just 17 minutes. He would also be named to the AsiaBasket.com ALl-WJC team for his play. Marshall was by far the most constant of the four returners leading the Select squad in scoring and playing in every contest. He was also named to the WJC 1st Team. Kearse was recently named AsiaBasket.com Guard of the Year in Iraq averaging over 18ppg.

Owens, at 33 years old, will be the veteran leader of the USA Selection team. Owens was drafted by the Bucks in the 2004 NBA draft. With his experience in the NBA and high level international play he should be the enforcer that was missing last summer.

The 2012 Williams Jones Cup, expanded to 9 teams, proved to be the most competitive and exciting ever. Philippians National Team emerged as the Champion after defeating USA Selection Team in the final game (75-74) in the gold medal game. So its safe to say that nothing is more important than gold to USA.

I haven't let go at all, said McAvene. I only have one goal and that's gold.

Finishing with an 5-3 overall record, as a team, the U.S. finished ranked among the top leading teams in almost every offensive statistical category at the 2012 WJC. The USA Selection Team finished ranked first in scoring offense (90.6), first in field goal percentage (.503), first in assists (18.78), first in free throws made (182), first in assist-turnover ratio (1.74), second in scoring margin (+20.4). But the defense is where they have focused on this summer.

Marshall led the team in scoring averaging 14.9 ppg., while Melvin added 14.3 ppg., and Barnes contributed 10.9 ppg. Kearse led the U.S. in assists handing out 4.9 apg., and Mevlin carried the rebounding load with 7.8rpg.


Starting five
#s#
Marcus Melvin
Melvin
Haywood Owens
Owens
Jermaine Barnes
Barnes
Curtis Marshall
Marshall
Eric Hicks
Hicks
#e#5

Marcus Melvin 6'8''-F-82 Al Jahraa Kuwait

Haywood Owens 6'9''-F-79 Cedevita Croatia

Cyril Awere 6'11''-C-85 Peja Kosovo

Jermaine Barnes 6'5''-G/F-82 Titanes Dominican Republic

Curtis Marshall 6'6''-G/F-83 Lille France

Mychal Kearse 6'5''-G-83 Al Karkh Iraq

Ed Horton 6'3''-G-85 Tiburones Nicaragua

DeAndre Bray 5'6''-G-85 Tiburones Nicaragua

Rene Rougeau 6'6''-G/F-86 Cananea Mexico

Chris Vanlandingham 6'4''-G-89 S.Generals USA

Cervante Burrell 5'10''-PG-89 Cartago Costa Rica

Eric Hicks 6'6''-F-83 Kauhajoki Finland

Jermaine Dailey 6'8''-F-86 Sharjah United Arab Emirates


Travis McAvene Head Coach Southern State USA

D.J. Douglas Assistant GIE Maile M. USA

Kevin Franklin Assistant Cleveland H. USA

Will De La Cruz Assistant S.Generals USA

Jeff Joseph Assistant McMaster Canada




CTBA Names 2013 Mens USA Selection Team for WJC - by Ying-Chou Chou


TAIPEI, Taiwan (June 26, 2013) - Featuring returning standout Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, college: N.Carolina St.) and four 2013 WJC members, Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) today announced the 13-players who will represent the United States in the July 6-14 William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan. The player selections were approved by the CTBA Executive Committee, and will be nominated to the United States Selection Committee to participate in the 2013 Williams Jones Cup.

Named to the 2013 USA Selection Team were: Marcus Melvin ( last played: Romania); Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) (France); Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) (Finland); Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) (Dominican Rep.); Cyril Awere (210-C-85) (NBA); Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) (Spain); DeAndre Bray (168-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.) (UBA); Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: UNLV) (Mexico); Ed Horton (190-G-85, college: Murray St.) (Iceland), Mychal Kearse (195-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Mt.St.Mary's) (Iran); Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) (Taiwan); Cervante Burrell (177-PG-89, college: Seattle) (NBA DL) and Chris Vanlandingham (193-G-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Armstr.Atlantic) (UBA).

Travis McAvene will return as head coach of the USA Select team. Serving as assistant coaches are D.J. Douglas , Kevin Franklin and Jeff Joseph.

"We have been in contact with USA Basketball and they have been nothing short of perfect. They have extended their support to us and are what the standard of USA National Basketball has always been about. We are aware that we are not Kobe or LeBron, but it's an honor to wear the red, white and blue. None of this would be possible without those guys," said Select Guard Jermaine Barnes.

When asked about the selection process of the club, coach McAvene was at lost for words.

"Whatever I say will not fully describe just how difficult this selection process has been. We knew it would be difficult when we began the building of this team. After losing gold by just one point last season changes had to be made. It has become obvious that it would be in the best interest of the team, the players and coaches, to select the 13 players who were older and more experienced.

"The 13 players selected have incredible talent, and more importantly, we think this team has excellent leadership; great versatility and balance; and very good chemistry which are critical parts in building a great team. I believe this team will bring home the gold," added McAvene.

Of the 13 selected players, four were part of the 2012 USA Select Team for the WJC (Marcus Melvin, Jermaine Barnes, Curtis Marshall, Mychal Kearse), and will add much needed leadership to the club. Melvin spent this season in Romania were he average just over 16ppg and looking to return to his old form dropping over 25 pounds for this event. He was laso named to the AsiaBasket.com All-WJC 1st Team last summer. Jermaine Barnes of course is not stranger to the spot light. Last summer Barnes opened up the event scoring a game high 17 points in just 17 minutes. He would also be named to the AsiaBasket.com ALl-WJC team for his play. Marshall was by far the most constant of the four returners leading the Select squad in scoring and playing in every contest. He was also named to the WJC 1st Team. Kearse was recently named AsiaBasket.com Guard of the Year in Iraq averaging over 18ppg.

Owens, at 33 years old, will be the veteran leader of the USA Selection team. Owens was drafted by the Bucks in the 2004 NBA draft. With his experience in the NBA and high level international play he should be the enforcer that was missing last summer.

The 2012 Williams Jones Cup, expanded to 9 teams, proved to be the most competitive and exciting ever. Philippians National Team emerged as the Champion after defeating USA Selection Team in the final game (75-74) in the gold medal game. So its safe to say that nothing is more important than gold to USA.

I haven't let go at all, said McAvene. I only have one goal and that's gold.

Finishing with an 5-3 overall record, as a team, the U.S. finished ranked among the top leading teams in almost every offensive statistical category at the 2012 WJC. The USA Selection Team finished ranked first in scoring offense (90.6), first in field goal percentage (.503), first in assists (18.78), first in free throws made (182), first in assist-turnover ratio (1.74), second in scoring margin (+20.4). But the defense is where they have focused on this summer

Marshall led the team in scoring averaging 14.9 ppg., while Melvin added 14.3 ppg., and Barnes contributed 10.9 ppg. Kearse led the U.S. in assists handing out 4.9 apg., and Mevlin carried the rebounding load with 7.8rpg.

2013 USA Men's Selection Team Roster (for WJC)

NAME POS HGT WGT DOB CURRENT TEAM / COLLEGE or HIGH SCHOOL
Marcus Melvin F 6-8 230 1982 Romania / North Carolina State Univeristy
Haywood Owens F 6-9 248 1979 Spain / University of Texas
Cyril Awere C 6-11 260 1985 NBA / Italy
Jermaine Barnes G 6-4 210 1982 Dominican Republic/UBA / Point University (GA)
Curtis Marshall F 6-7 205 1983 France / Texas Tech University
Mychal Kearse G 6-4 200 1983 Iraq / Mount Saint Mary's
Ed Horton G 6-3 200 1985 Iceland/ABA / Murray State University
DeAndre Bray G 5-6 150 1985 New UBA / Jacksonville University
Rene Rougeau F-G 6-7 215 1986 Mexico / UNLV
Chris Vanlandingham G 6-4 210 1989 UBA / Armstrong Atlantic State University
Cervante Burrell G 5-10 175 1989 NBA DL / Seattle University
Eric Hicks F 6-7 225 1983 Finland / University of Cincinnati
Jermaine Dailey F 6-8 210 1986 Taiwan / Illinois-Chicago
Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Travis McAvene , NCAA
Assistant Coach: D.J. Douglas , UBA
Assistant Coach: Kevin Franklin , UBA
Assistant Coach: Will De La Cruz , UBA
Assistant Coach: Jeff Joseph , Taiwan


The game will air live on FOX Sports.



Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup Awards 2012 - by Ying-Chou Chou

All-William Jones Cup 1st Team 2012
#s#
LA Tenorio
Tenorio
Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami
Nikkhah Bahrami
Marcus Douthit
Douthit
Marcus Melvin
Melvin
Curtis Marshall
Marshall
#e#5

Finals MVP: LA Tenorio (177-PG-84)
MVP: Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80)

1st Team
F: Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-83)
C/F: Marcus Douthit (210-80)
F: Marcus Melvin (203-82)
G/F: Curtis Marshall (198-83)
PG: Solomon Mercado (181-84)

2nd Team
G: Lin Chih-Chieh (192-82)
G: Wayne Arnold (193-84)
F/C: Jermaine Dearman (202-80)
C: Asghar Kardoust (212-86)
F: Pattillo Juan (201-88)

Honorable Mention
Elie Estephane (193-G-86)
Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82)
Jarrid Famous (209-C/F-88)
Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85)
Tseng Wen-Ting (203-F/C-84)
Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87)
LA Tenorio (177-PG-84)
James Justice (177-PG-89)
Rasheim Wright (192-G-81)
Takatoshi Furukawa (190-G/F-87)



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


South Korean U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

South Korean U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Kang Sangjae
Sangjae
Jun-Yong Choi
Choi
Cheon Gibeom
Gibeom
Youngjun An
An
Hoon Heo
Heo
#e#5
4Sangjae Kang 202-F-94 Korea University Seo South Korea
5Choi Jun-Yong 200-SG-94 Yonsei University South Korea
6Seongmo Choi 187-G-94 Korea University Seo South Korea
7Gibeom Cheon 187-G-94 Yonsei University South Korea
8An Youngjun 195-F-95
9Heo Hoon 181-G-95
10Junhyeong Byeon 186-G-96
11Choi Seung-Wook 195-F-93 Kyong Hee Univ. South Korea
12Jinyong Kim 201-C-94
13Jeon Hyunwoo 191-SF-96
14Park Intae 203-C-95 Yonsei University South Korea
15Junghyeon Park 202-C-96

Kim Young Rae Head Coach



Russian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Russian U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Viktor Kashin
Kashin
Pavel Krechetov
Krechetov
Maksim Voytov
Voytov
Mikhail Kulagin
Kulagin
Serdar Annaev
Annaev
#e#5
4Viktor Kashin 193-G-94 Rodniki Izh. Russia
5Pavel Krechetov 188-PG-94 Lok.Kuban-2 Russia
6Maksim Voytov 207-C-94 Lok.Kuban-2 Russia
7Mikhail Kulagin 188-PG-94 Triumph Russia
8Serdar Annaev 185-PG-94 Khimky Russia
9Viacheslav Fedorchenko 190-G-95 Triumph-2 Russia
10Alexander Gankevich 201-PF-95 CSKA-2 Russia
11Stanislav Ilnitskiy 200-PF-94 Khimky-2 Russia
12Yury Pershin 193-G-94 Spartak SP-2 Russia
13Andrey Desyatnikov 219-C-94 Triumph-2 Russia
14Rostislav Karenin 202-F/C-94 Khimky-2 Russia
15Igor Kanygin 207-F/C-94 Lok.Kuban-2 Russia

Aleksandr Chernov Head Coach Lok.Kuban-2 Russia



Iranian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Iranian U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Saleh Foroutannik
Foroutannik
Rasoul Mozaffari
Mozaffari
Sajjad Mashayekhi
Mashayekhi
Behnam Yakhchali
Yakhchali
Soroush Dehghani
Dehghani
#e#5
4Keyvan Riaei 209-C-94 Azad Iran
5Saleh Foroutannik 203-F/C-94 Azad Iran
6Rasoul Mozaffari 188-SG-94 Esteghlal Iran
7Sajjad Mashayekhi 180-PG-94 Mahram Iran
8Behnam Yakhchali 191-G-95 Petrochimi Iran
9Soroush Dehghani 196-PF-94 Petrochimi Iran
10Mohammad Yazdanpanah 201-F-95
11Saeid Bagheri 203-PF-94
12Vahid Dalirzahan 199-SF-95 Azad Iran
13Hamed Beigiarbats 188-PG-95
14Mohammad Yousof Vand 207-C-95
15Hossein Rahmati 203-F/C-93 Mahram Iran

Mehran Hatami Head Coach Petrochimi Iran



Canadian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Canadian U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Kaza Keane
Keane
Duane Notice
Notice
Agunwa Okolie
Okolie
Joe De Ciman
De Ciman
Xavier Rathan-Mayes
Rathan-Mayes
#e#5
4Kaza Keane 185-PG-94 Illinois St.
5Duane Notice 188-G-94 S.Carolina
6Agunwa Okolie 203-G-94 Harvard
7Joe De Ciman 193-G-94 Colorado St.
8Xavier Rathan-Mayes 193-G-94 Florida St.
9Mikyle McIntosh 203-F-94 High School
10Trey Lyles 206-F/C-95 High School
11Tyler Ennis 188-G-94 Syracuse
12Marko Pirovic 201-F-94 Maine
13Denzell Taylor 201-F-94 High School
14Manroop Clair 188-SG-94 Hawaii
15Christopher Egi 203-PF-96 High School Canada

Roy Rana Head Coach Ryerson Canada
Jamie McNeilly Assistant
Scott Morrison Assistant Lakehead Canada



Chinese U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Chinese U19 National Team 2013
#s#
JiWei Zhao
Zhao
Hanchen Luo
Luo
Qian Wu
Wu
Rui Zhao
Zhao
YiFeng Heng
Heng
#e#5
4Zhao JiWei 185-G-95 Bayi R. China
5Luo Hanchen 188-PG-94 DongGuan L. China
6Yuan Shuai 190-PG-94
7Wu Qian 190-G-94 Zhejiang CB China
8Zhao Rui 196-F-96
9Heng YiFeng 194-F-95
10Li Jinglong 195-F-95
11Gao Shang 198-F/G-94 Changsha Bank China
12Zhao Tianyi 208-C-95
13Lai Junhao 204-C-95
14Wu Guanxi 210-C-94
15Zhou Qi 217-C-96 Liaoning H. China

Wang Huaiyu Head Coach



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  ZAMBIA   


Fawaz Pledges to Revamp Basketball - by Eurobasket News

NEWLY elected Zambia Basketball Association (ZBA) president Shawki Fawaz has pledged to revamp the standards of the sport with emphasis to be placed on youth development programmes.
Speaking in an interview at the weekend at the National Sports Development Centre (NASDEC), Fawaz, who is owner of Kitwe-based Lunga Bullets said he would ensure that there is accountability in the ZBA to attract sponsors and develop the sport.
Fawaz said his executive committee would ensure that a good image was created for the ZBA to lure sponsors.
"We need to create a face to attract the corporate world by ensuring that there is accountability so that the sponsors can feel comfortable putting their money into the sport. All the money that comes in should be accounted for," he said.
He also urged his executive committee to serve the people who have entrusted confidence in them and that they should not go into leadership for selfish gain.
"If someone is thinking of making money then that is a wrong attitude. We should all be here to serve the interest of the sport, seeing to it that we develop the game especially at the grassroots because that is where our players are," Fawaz said.
He also expressed happiness that most of the members that were elected were part of his group and had been working in the background to come up with plans on how best the sport could be developed.
Fawaz said a website was already up and running and called on basketball lovers to come forward and play the game whole heartedly.
The Kitwe businessman is being deputised by two vice presidents Conrad Musonda (south) and Andrew Nyirenda (South) with the general secretary being Duncan Millimo, Pamela Shikaputo as national treasurer and Lovemore 'Porterfield' Sikaale as national coordinator.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com




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Women News


NetScots USA All-Stars coast past Australia in Changshu - by Eurobasket News

NetScouts USA All-Stars - Australia 83:56

The NetScouts USA All-Stars claimed their 7th straight win on the China Tour. They opened the Changshu stage of the Four Nations tournament with a convincing victory over the Emerging Opals. Taleya Mayberry (5'6''-G-91) delivered 20 points to lead the North American side.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. The USA selection grabbed a 5-point lead at the interval. The Emerging Opals were able to narrow the deficit in the third term but the All-Stars responded with a 13:2 run to clear off for good. China Crosby (5'6''-G-90) finished with 13 points, while Chelsea Poppens (6'2''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) added 10 points for the winners. Olivia Thompson (6'1''-F-93) and Amy Lewis (5'9''-G-86, college: Troy) answered with 17 points each for Australia.

NetScouts USA All-Stars: Taleya Mayberry 20, China Crosby 13, Chelsea Poppens 10
Australia: Olivia Thompson 17, Amy Lewis 17



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  CHILE   

D1 Standings

D1 Standings
North Group
 1. Los Leones 6-1 
 2. New Crusaders 6-1 
 3. Club Sergio Ceppi 3-2 
 4. Boston College 3-2 
 5. Univ.de Chile 2-6 
 6. Club Brisas 0-7 
South Group
 1. Castro 7-0 
 2. Univ. Austral 6-1 
 3. Puerto varas 6-2 
 4. Araucania 2-6 
 5. Espanol 1-7 
 6. Los Salesianos 1-7 

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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  FRANCE   


Calais land Marie Mbuyamba - by Eurobasket News

Calais bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Marie Mbuyamba (184-F-93). The forward spent the last season with USO Mondeville. Her stats read 1.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in LFB. She also tallied 1.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per appearance in EuroLeague. Marie Mbuyamba also played for Villenueve DAscq earlier in her career. She was the member of U16, U18 and U20 French National Teams.


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  GERMANY   


Germany U20 ready for Samsun - by Bas Hendriks

After their doubleheader with Hungary last weekend headcoach Harold Janson named his squad for this summer's European Championships. Germany will aim for containing their A Status in Samsun. They first meet Sweden, Lithuania and host Turkey

The players: Mary Ann Mihalyi (Chemcats Chemnitz), Levke Brodersen (TV Saarlouis Royals), Elisabeth Dzirma (Bender Baskets Grnberg), Isabell Meinhart (Bender Baskets Grnberg), Lena Gohlisch (Berlin Baskets/ASV Moabit Berlin), Caroline Van der Velde (Herner TV), Laura Hebecker (SV Halle LIONS), Lena Bradaric (TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs), Carla Bellscheidt (BBZ Opladen), Anna Heise (University of Maine/USA), Katharina Mller (Herner TC), Ilka Hoffmann (Eisvgel USC Freiburg).





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  GREECE   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Greece punch ticket to Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Greece 57:56

Greece will play at the 2015 EuroBasket. The Hellenes protected a 15-point lead after the first game to defeat Poland on aggregate in the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Final. Poland had a mounting to climb to after losing by double digits in Greece. And they did not seem any closer to the goal after the opening quarter. Greece and Poland were tied at 12-all after ten minutes. Poland finally found the touch in the second period. The hosts increased the tempo firing 23 points and taking a 7-point halftime lead. But Greece reacted immediately. They stiffened defensively in the third term allowing Poland just 8 points. The Hellenes capitalized tying things up at 43 after three quarters. Spanou put the visitors in front 49:47 midway through the fourth frame as Greece looked on a safe path now. Skobel capped the regulation with four straight points to give Poland victory but it was not enough at the end. Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group) produced 14 points to lead Poland. Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) added 11 points for the winners. Katerina Sotiriou (186-F-84, agency: FCM) answered with 17 points for Greece. Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 points in the loss.

Poland: Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej 14, Joanna Walich 11, Magdalena Skorek 11
Greece: Katerina Sotiriou 17, Peli Papamichail 14



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NetScots USA All-Stars coast past Australia in Changshu - by Eurobasket News

NetScouts USA All-Stars - Australia 83:56

The NetScouts USA All-Stars claimed their 7th straight win on the China Tour. They opened the Changshu stage of the Four Nations tournament with a convincing victory over the Emerging Opals. Taleya Mayberry (5'6''-G-91) delivered 20 points to lead the North American side.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. The USA selection grabbed a 5-point lead at the interval. The Emerging Opals were able to narrow the deficit in the third term but the All-Stars responded with a 13:2 run to clear off for good. China Crosby (5'6''-G-90) finished with 13 points, while Chelsea Poppens (6'2''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) added 10 points for the winners. Olivia Thompson (6'1''-F-93) and Amy Lewis (5'9''-G-86, college: Troy) answered with 17 points each for Australia.

NetScouts USA All-Stars: Taleya Mayberry 20, China Crosby 13, Chelsea Poppens 10
Australia: Olivia Thompson 17, Amy Lewis 17



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2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Greece punch ticket to Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Greece 57:56

Greece will play at the 2015 EuroBasket. The Hellenes protected a 15-point lead after the first game to defeat Poland on aggregate in the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Final. Poland had a mounting to climb to after losing by double digits in Greece. And they did not seem any closer to the goal after the opening quarter. Greece and Poland were tied at 12-all after ten minutes. Poland finally found the touch in the second period. The hosts increased the tempo firing 23 points and taking a 7-point halftime lead. But Greece reacted immediately. They stiffened defensively in the third term allowing Poland just 8 points. The Hellenes capitalized tying things up at 43 after three quarters. Spanou put the visitors in front 49:47 midway through the fourth frame as Greece looked on a safe path now. Skobel capped the regulation with four straight points to give Poland victory but it was not enough at the end. Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group) produced 14 points to lead Poland. Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) added 11 points for the winners. Katerina Sotiriou (186-F-84, agency: FCM) answered with 17 points for Greece. Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 points in the loss.

Poland: Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej 14, Joanna Walich 11, Magdalena Skorek 11
Greece: Katerina Sotiriou 17, Peli Papamichail 14



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Dynamo-GUVD hire Boris Sokolovskiy - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo-GUVD has agreed on terms of contract with Boris Sokolovskiy . The Russian specialist will take over the team. He has signed a two-year deal with the Novosibirsk team. Boris Sokovloskiy spent the last season working as assistant coach with Unics Kazan. He has previously guided Dynamo Moscow and Vologda-Chevakata. Boris Sokolovskiy is also not new to Novosibirsk. Boris Sokolovskiy was at helm of Dynamo-GUVD in 2009/11 seasons. Boris Sokolovskiy guided the Russian Women National Team in 2010/12 season. He led Russia to the Gold Medals at the 2011 EuroBasket. Sokolovskiy was named All-European Championship Best Coach. Russia reached the semis at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Boris Sokolovskiy will guide the Russian Women University National Team at the 2013 Universiade in Kazan.


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Spisska Nova Ves sign Ulrica Holmqvist - by Eurobasket News

Spisska Nova Ves bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Ulrica Holmqvist (184-F/C-93). The Swedish centre has played all of her career in Telge Basket. Last season Ulrica Holmqvist tallied 8.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in Damligan. She was the member of Swedish U16, U18 and U20 National Teams.


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Canik is one of the busiest teams of summer - by Can Ozay

Canik Belediyesi is one of the busiest teams of the summer transfer window. Canik already added two important players to their squad. About a week ago They announced new handshaking Turkish young prospect Dilara Tongar and Today Canik Belediyesi also announced agreement with Dora Horti.

Canik Belediyesi's head coach Ekin Bas talks about the new announcement Dora Horti "She is very experienced player and with her ability Our team are going to be more powerful. She knows that our team will not compete any European competition next season however She joined our roster. We did our best for center position with our board members efforts and supports."

Also a few days ago, Ekin Bas talked to the Turkish media about young prospect Dilara Tonger and Ekin Bas expressed his happiness and he added "Dilara Tonger is one of the Turkish future prospect players and I am sure her name will have mentioned several times during next season."




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SLEEK CANONS REMAIN UNSTOPPED, TAME FALCONS, 101:91. - by Eurobasket News

Last nights crunch tie between the UCU Canons and Falcons is probably the most offensively clinical game in the National Basketball League. The game shall be remembered for precise offensive execution by both teams, a total of 192 points in a season that has so far been characterized by very low scores especially when big teams meet. The question remains though; who will stop the seemingly unstoppable UCU Canons?

On the night, The Canons starting with Sudi Ulanga, Syrus Kiviiri, Namake Brian, Okwako Martin and Desmond Owili. A huge 68 points from the five starters with Sudi Ulanga coming out with the Canons high 26 points that included 4 of 7 attempts falling outside the arc; Syrus Kiviiri dropping 13 points, Martin Okwako dropping 10 and 7 Rebounds, Brian Namake with 7 points and 5 Rebounds while Desmond Owili added 12 points and 9 Rebounds. The Canons bench was providing plenty of options too, Big man Ivan Lumanyika came off the bench to deliver 12 points and a huge game high 15 individual Rebounds. It almost looked as though Lumanyika was claiming everything that bounced off the glass. Boniface Okello similarly showing up last night, with 3 of 4 three pointers dropping to finish the game with 12 points.

Falcons had a slow start, with Jeff Omondi and lead man Stephen Omony showing up when the game was already underway. The starters then were, Moses Okwera, Daniel Muli, Abdullahi Dullah Ramadhan, Peter Elungat and Serge Kabangu. Phillip Ameny who has missed the last two Falcons encounters started on the bench. Despite not starting, Stephen Omony came out with the game high 27 points and 10 Rebounds, and a now fully fit and composed Dullah added 22 points for the Falcons. Peter Elungat did not have the best night out delivering 6 points and only 2 Rebounds.

The Canons were off to a good start winning the 1st and 2nd quarters, 31:17 and 25:24. This 56:41 halftime score could have been the final scoreboard on any other day like weve seen so far this season. The Falcons could then dig deep to cut the deficit with a 19:27 victory of the 3rd qtr. Falcons came too close in the last 2 minutes of the game, coming within 4 points but the Canons kept their composure all through it and when the clock stopping games started, the Canons were not missing on the charity line to win the 4th qtr 26:23 , with Desmond hitting his 3rd and buzzer dunk to ceil it 101:91.

The game had major plays, but perhaps its the fluidity, the chemistry and composure with which the canons are playing that will get other title contenders thinking. For now, The Canons remain unbeaten thus far in this NBL Season and I should say, theyre also looking good.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



UCU to face A1 Challenge - by Eurobasket News

UCU lady Canons Angella Namirimu (right) tries to go past Aisha Nakabuubi of KIU during a previous encounter.
By Julius Senyimba
Airtel National Basketball League
Men
Power v Rhinos
Heaters v City Oilers
Vegetarian v Warriors
Women
KCCA v Nabisunsa
UCU v A1
Results
UCU 101 Falcons 91
Ndejje 68 Miracle 45
UGANDA Christian University (UCU) Lady Canons guard Maureen Amoding has said that the side will cope without Peace Proscovia in the Airtel National Basketball League today.
UCU will take on A1 Challenge at YMCA courts in Wandegeya.
We are going to miss her services but with the depth we have, we can cope, the 2010 womens MVP Amoding, stated.
I am confident we shall do the job well because I trust my teammates and we are ready for our opponents.
Inspirational player Peace is with the She Cranes team taking part in the Africa Netball Championship in Malawi.
UCU and A1 will meet after battling in the playoffs last season.
At that time, Canons registered a 3-0 series win over their rivals in the quarter finals. Amoding will link up with the teams players like Angella Namirimu, Francis Nabulobi and Putity Odhiambo.
A1 Challenge will look Liz Bazira, Vicky Ntale and Sylvia Nakazibwe.UCU are in second position while A1 are sixth overall.
Meanwhile, UCU defeated Falcons 101-91 in the mens category of the natuional league on Friday
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 25: S.Antonio SS - Phoenix M. 77-83
Jun. 25: Atlanta D. - Indiana F. 76-60
Jun. 26: Chicago S. - New York L.
Jun. 27: Washington M. - Phoenix M.