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  ABA   



Electric City Lions move to Charleston,SC - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) approved the move of the Electric City Lions from Anderson SC to Charleston SC. "Marquis Agnew and Azure Agnew , the team owners, did not excellent job in their first season and we fully anticipate they'll continue to operate well both on and off the court in Charleston," stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . "With the Greenville SC only a short distance from Anderson, this should give the Greenville Galaxy a wider fan base - and it will help us fill one of our target markets."
The Charleston Lions will play games in both the Southeast Division and the Mid-Atlantic Division this season. "We are really looking forward to being in Charleston," stated Mrs. Agnew. "I have just taken a position with the School District of Berkley County and am looking forward to sharing the ABA's Fast Break for Reading and Bullies are Cowards programs there as well as providing the fans of Charleston with exciting professional basketball at affordable prices." For more information, visit www.electriccitylions.net or email askazure@yahoo.com or call 864 614 2874



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket: Nigeria storm china for Stankovic Cup - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The Senior men's national team, D'Tigers have departed for Lanzhou and Guangzhou, China to open their international preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afrobasket) in the Stankovic Cup tournament from June 27 to July 10.

The home-based players and coaching staff left Lagos Tuesday afternoon to be joined by their foreign-based counterpart.

The Nigerian side who are in group-D of the August 20 to August 31 27th Afrobasket take on Germany, Argentina, Puerto Rico, China and Australia in the round-robin contest, the first leg of which ends in Lanzhou on July 1. The second leg will commence in the southern commercial city of Guangzhou from July 3-10, 2013.

The team will then proceed on recess to reconvene for the next phase of preparation in the USA during the third week of July.



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  ARGENTINA   


Pedro Calderon renews deal with Regatas Corrientes - by Eurobasket News

Regatas Corrientes have kept Pedro I. Calderon (209-C-80) on the roster for another season. The centre will enter the third straight season with the team. Last season Pedro I. Calderon notched 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in LigaA. He also tallied 3.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in Liga Sudamericana. Pedro I. Calderon became LigaA champion with Regatas. The centre previously played for Gremio, Assis Basket, Sao Bernardo, Ciclista Olimpico,Quilmes, Obras, Estudiantes Olavarria, Regatas San Nicolas and Boca Juniors. He made it into All-Argentinean LigaA 2nd Team in 2006. The centre was the member of U18 and U21 Argentinean National Teams. He debuted for the National Team in 2006. Pedro I. Calderon participated at the 2006 South American Championship in Venezuela.


Argentino tab Marcos Saglietti and Franco Balbi - by Eurobasket News

Argentino bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Marcos Saglietti (190-G-86) and Franco Balbi (184-G-89).
Marcos Saglietti spent the previous season with Libertad Sunchales. The guard notched 8.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in LigaA. He also delivered 9.0 points, 1.8 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game in Liga Sudamericana. Marcos Saglietti had played for Libertad since 2002. He was named All-Argentinean LigaA Sixth Man of the Year in 2008. The guard was also trumped All-Argentinean LigaA Most Improved Player of the Year in the same season.
Franco Balbi played for Ciclista Juninense last season. The guard posted 11.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game in TNA. Previously Franco Balbi had stints with Quimsa and San Martin Corrientes.



Estudiantes Bahia land Lisandro Rasio - by Eurobasket News

Wuber Estudiantes Bahia bolstered their roster. They penned the deal with Lisandro Rasio (197-F-90). The contract is meant for two seasons. The forward spent the last season with Penarol. He notched 3.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in LigaA. In Liga Sudamericana Lisandro Rasio notched 3.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per appearance. Previously Lisandro Rasio had stints with Union Progrestista, Juventud Sionista, Cuidad de Bragado and Sportivo Escobar. He was named All-Argentinean TNA Player of the Year in 2012. The forward was also trumped TNA Finals MVP in 2012. He was the member of U18 and U19 Argentinean National Teams.


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Jordan0-0
2. S.Arabia0-0
3. Philippines0-0
4. Taiwan0-0
Group B
1. Hong Kong0-0
2. Japan0-0
3. Lebanon0-0
4. Qatar0-0
Group C
1. China0-0
2. Iran0-0
3. S.Korea0-0
4. Malaysia0-0
Group D
1. Bahrain0-0
2. India0-0
3. Kazakhstan0-0
4. Thailand0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Aug. 1: JOR - TAI
Aug. 1: KSA - PHI

B

Aug. 1: JPN - QAT
Aug. 1: LEB - HKG

C

Aug. 1: IRI - MAS
Aug. 1: CHN - KOR

D

Aug. 1: KAZ - THA
Aug. 1: IND - BHR



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  AUSTRALIA   


SBL: Week Fifteen SBL Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Kalamunda Eastern Suns and Australian Boomers centre Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) has been announced the week fifteen Mens SBL Player of the Week.

Fresh from his recent tour of China with the Australian Boomers, Nevill returned to the SBL and continued his solid form for the Suns.

Nevill put together a sensational performance on Sunday as Kalamunda took on Wanneroo at Ray Owen Sports Centre, finishing with 40 points, 20 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal as the Suns went down in a close one 100-96.

At 218cm, Luke Nevill is more than a handful for opposition players and coaches and has now developed his outside game which has him shooting at forty percent for the season from beyond the arc.

Other considerations for the award included Carter Cook (Geraldton), Damian Matacz (205-C-79, college: N.Michigan) (Wanneroo), Quinn McDowell (Willetton), Steven Bennett (Rockingham), Brian Carlwell (Cockburn), Tom Jervis (East Perth), Clive Weeden (South West), Cory Cooperwood (Stirling), Taylor Mullenax (Mandurah), Jaycen Herring (Goldfields), Bennie Lewis (Perth) and Michael Lay (Perry Lakes).

Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SBL: Wolves, Eagles bounce back (Sunday Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Wanneroo and East Perth's men's SBL teams hit back from Saturday night losses to record victories on Sunday afternoon with the Wolves' women's team also downing the Kalamunda Eastern Suns.

The East Perth Eagles bounced back from a loss to the Perth Redbacks on Saturday with a 108-95 victory over the Goldfields Giants at home on Sunday.

Drew Williamson found some strong form for the Eagles with 22 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Sunday Dech had 19 points, Michael Jones 18, Austin Kisselev 10 and Joe-Alan Tupaea 10. Big man Tom Jervis had nine points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Matthew Leslie finished with 26 points and six rebounds for the Giants with Jaycen Herring adding 24 points, six rebounds and four assists. Dwayne Radcliffe had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Kyle Keirnan 10 points.

The Wanneroo Wolves also bounced back from losing to Cockburn on Saturday night to beat the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 100-96.

Robert Huntington (205-C, college: Nova SE) finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack with Damian Matacz also adding 23 points, seven boards and seven assists. Trian Iliadis added in 19 points, nine boards and four assists with Seb Salinas also having 16 points, 10 boards and eight assists.

The Suns welcomed back centre Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) from his Australian Boomers duties and he was a dominant presence finishing with 40 points and 20 rebounds.

Ben Smith also had 15 points and eight boards for Kalamunda with Russell Haxby adding nine points and Louis Timms eight.

The Wanneroo Wolves women's team beat the Kalamunda Eastern Suns on Sunday afternoon thanks to a 33-19 second half.

Casey Lockwood led the way for Wanneroo with 20 points and six rebounds with Nikita-Lee Martin adding 15 points to go with five rebounds. Shani Amos also had 13 points and six boards.

Jennie Rintala finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Suns with Adrienne Jones adding 12 and Racehl Muenggenborg 11.

Article by Chris Pike
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



Wounded Slammers 'can still make it' - by Eurobasket News

The Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers are still confident of making the SBL playoffs despite slumping to a third consecutive loss on Friday night, according to playing coach Ty Harrelson.

An undermanned Slammers line-up was humbled 78-66 by 12th placed Stirling at the Eaton Recreation Centre.

An injury cloud is hovering over the Slammers as they prepare to host Kalamunda in a crucial contest this Friday night.

Despite being described as a certain starter by Harrelson last week, Jay Warren (knee) could not complete the warm-up on Friday night while former captain Trent Worthington did not suit up after suffering a leg injury at training.

Lee Smith (achilles) and Harrelson (ankle) both returned to the Slammers squad but were not at full fitness.

Harrelson still came away with a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) while Clive Weeden (205-C-87, college: Dartmouth) stepped up to score 31 points.

Clive has played great in the past few games, Harrelson said.

We made a conscious effort to get inside to him and get him the amount of touches he should have been getting the past few games.

He got up enough shots to show what he can do.

But we didnt provide support to him we missed our outside shots and a lot of free throws.

The Slammers left 14 points on the stripe on Friday night while Stirling also won on the glass, outrebounding the Slammers 54-42.

Cory Cooperwood (201-F-88, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Wright St.) (25 points), Nikolas Iliadis (18 points) and Jordan Wild (16 points, 12 rebounds) were the Senators best.

Meanwhile, Lauren Jeffers hit a threepoint buzzer-beater in the final seconds to lift the Slammers women to a 52-49 victory over the Senators.

The victory was an important one for the Slammers, who are ninth on the ladder six games out from the playoffs.

Gracely Smith was outstanding for the Slammers with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Zoe Harper and Jeffers both ended with 11.
Kim Sitzmann scored 10 points for the South West team.
Courtesy of: RILEY STUART, Bunbury Herald



SBL: Week Fifteen SBL Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Wanneroo Wolves guard Chelsea Burns (177-G/F, college: Utah St.) has been awarded the week fifteen Womens SBL Player of the Week award.

The Wolves currently sit atop the Womens SBL ladder with thirteen wins for the season and there is no doubting the toughness and defensive skill set which Burns possesses has gone a long way to helping the team get to this position.

Burns, coming off a recent injury setback which saw her undergo minor surgery for a broken nose after a collision with team mate Nikita Martin has been sporting a protective face mask in her last four games for the Wolves, however, it has not stopped her from playing the tough, high energy, aggressive game she is gaining a reputation for.

On Saturday night, the Wolves defeated the Cougars by nineteen points at Joondalup Basketball Stadium where Burns put together one of her best games of the season to record 22 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals and not record a single turnover in thirty minutes of game time.

The Wolves second phase of their tough double header took place on Sunday against Kalamunda at Ray Owen Sports Centre. Burns again kept the statisticians busy to record 6 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals, helping the Wolves to a two point victory 71-69.

Other considerations for the award included Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) (Willetton), Shani Amos (171-G-91) (Wanneroo), Danielle Smith (South West), Amber Land (Stirling), Samantha Roscoe (Stirling), Marita Payne (Perth), Danielle Lipscombe (East Perth), Melissa Marsh (Willetton), Antonia Edmondson (Willetton), Samantha Whitcomb (Rockingham), Stephanie Jones (Cockburn) and Emma Pass (Cockburn).

Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



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Sigal Prishtina gets bigger with Aurimas Kieza - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina gets bigger with Aurimas Kieza (202-PF-82, college: Hofstra) for the next season. The team from Kosovo landed 31-year old Lithuanian ex-international power forward. He will come from BC Siauliai in Lithuania. In 21 games he averaged 13.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to make it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Kieza also played 17 games in Baltic League where he had 10.8ppg, 6.1rpg (leader !!!) and 1.9apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The earlier season Kieza played at Pieno Zvaigzdes (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 24 games he had 4.4ppg and 3.5rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. Kieza also played 19 games in Baltic League where he had 4.9ppg and 3.0rpg.
The season 2010/2011 Aurimas Kieza played at Juventus (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Kieza also played 14 games in Baltic League where he was second best scorer with 14.2ppg and recorded 9.1rpg (#2 in the league) and 2.9apg. He contributed to his team winning the Baltic League championship. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team.



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Gediminas Petrauskas continues with BC Siauliai - by Eurobasket News

Gediminas Petrauskas continues with BC Siauliai for the next season. The Lithuanian Specialist will be in control BC Siauliai for another season. Although last season was not successful for the team the management decided to keep the Lithuanian Coach.
Gediminas Petrauskas helped them to make it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. Petrauskas' team made it to the BBL Cup Final Four in 2012.
Last season Ventspils eliminated Siauliai from BBL Quarterfinals. The Latvian side won the last game 87:80. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Siauliai was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch.



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  BELGIUM   


St Jan Antwerp Transfer - by Peter Buyse

Div 2 team St Jan Antwerp added former Dutch National team player Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, college: High Point) to their roster for the 2013-2014 season. Hilliman started his basketball career in the US, where at first he played for Livingstone College a D2 school. He then played one season in JUCO for Central Florida CC before heading back to the NCAA where between 2003 and 2005 he was on the roster of NCAA Div 1 school High Point. After his college career he spent most of the next years playing in Spain for various EBA, LEB Silver and LEB Bronze teams. For the 2009-2010 season he returned to Holland and played for the Rotterdam Challengers in the top Dutch League. That year he was the league's leading rebounder with 10.1 rpg. Also spent the 2010-2011 season with Rotterdam before moving to Leiden. He played the past 2 seasons for Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden with whom he won the championship this season. In 11-12 season he averaged 7.9ppg, 5.4 rpg in the Dutch league. He also played 11 games in the Eurochallenge. This past season in 36 games he averaged 6.5ppg and 4.6rpg.
Between 2007 and 2010 Patrick played 41 games with the Dutch National Team.




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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Troopers 10-0 
 2. Spartans 9-1 
 3. BDF V 6-3 
 4. Dolphins 6-3 
 5. Cadets 6-4 
 6. Flames 6-6 
 7. Police 4-6 
 8. Bullets 4-8 
 9. Saints 3-7 
 10. Splinters 1-9 
 11. Warriors 0-10 



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Bulgarian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Bulgarian U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Radoslav Kochev
Kochev
Aleksandar Vezenkov
Vezenkov
Venelin Hristov
Hristov
Simeon Lepichev
Lepichev
Nikolay Vangelov
Vangelov
#e#5
4Kristiyan Stavrev 198-G/F-95 Overgas Bulgaria
5Evgeni Hadjirusev 192-G-95 U20 Bulgaria
6Radoslav Kochev 193-G/F-95 Chavdar Bulgaria
7Aleksandar Vezenkov 205-SF-95 Aris Greece
8Venelin Hristov 196-SG-95 Cherno More Bulgaria
9Simeon Lepichev 202-PF-95 Poitiers France
10Nikolay Vangelov 209-C-96 San Severo Italy
11Filip Kamenov 199-F-95 Balkan Bulgaria
12Aleksandar Milov 196-SG-95 Overgas Bulgaria
13Julian Vladimirov 182-PG-96 Levski Sofia Bulgaria
14Nikola Angelov 198-F-95 Overgas Bulgaria
15Aleksandar Iliev 190-SG-96 Overgas Bulgaria
21Rumen Vasilev 202-C-96 Lukoil Academik Bulgaria

Georgi Mladenov Head Coach Beroe Bulgaria
Nikolay Gospodinov Assistant Levski Sofia Bulgaria



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  CBL   


Champ Preview - by John Guy

Hawks, Hornets to meet for first CBL title
Bowling Green makes unlikely run to reach championship


By Butch Cooper
ST. LOUIS The St. Louis Hawks will play host to the Bowling Green Hornets for the Central Basketball League championship in what weeks ago would have been considered an unlikely title game.
The last time the St. Louis Hawks stepped onto the court was more than a month ago, following the Hawks 118-109 loss at home to the Middle Tennessee Storm.
It seemed, at this point in the season, that May 18 contest would be a preview of this weekend's CBL championship game as the Storm, at that time in the driver's seat, remained unbeaten following that win.
But, the Bowling Green Hornets would have something to say about who would be playing for all the marbles.
The Hornets, who the following day fell to the same Storm team, 119-116, and dropped to 1-3 on the season, were only one loss away from being eliminated from any hopes of playing for a championship.
Then came a win over River City, and back-to-back wins against Middle Tennessee and the Hornets were back in the hunt. With the help of a River City win last week against the Storm, Bowling Green found itself going from the brink to the bank.
Now comes one more challenge for the surging Hornets, a trip to St. Louis to face a team who had clinched a spot in the title game weeks ago and forced to sit and play the waiting game.
Bowling Green's late-season run benefited the Hawks (5-2), who went from having to travel to Nashville for the championship, to getting to play host to the inaugural title game.
The Hawks have also had success against the Hornets, winning both of their meetings this season, 108-97 at home on April 27, and 105-103 in overtime at Russellville, Ky.
Corey Hill (6-foot-4, Northern Iowa) has averaged 23.5 points per game in the Hawks two meetings with the Hornets, including 30 in their first meeting. Lonell Johnson (6-2, Missouri Western), meanwhile, has averaged 18.5 ppg against Bowling Green.
Meanwhile, the Hornets (4-3) are led by Justin Taylor (6-3, Tennessee Tech) with 19.3 ppg on the season and Kahlil McDonald (6-3, Western Kentucky) with 19.1 ppg. Tony Key (6-11, Los Angeles C.C.) had hauled down 8.4 rebounds a game to lead the Hornets under the glass.
The winner of Saturday's game will take home The Ice, or more formally known as the George Gervin Championship Trophy, in honor of one of the old American Basketball Association's all-time greats.

The George Gervin Championship Trophy

This award honors Gervin, who was known as The Ice Man in the ABA. He gained glory with an illustrious career with the San Antonio Spurs and Virginia Squires in the 70s and early 80s. He saw the Spurs through their transition from the ABA to the NBA and later played for the Chicago Bulls.
Prior to his pro career, he played in the minors with the Pontiac (Mich.) Chaparrals in the old semi-pro Continental Basketball Association.
He ended up scoring more than 26,000 points, but never played on a championship team. Even so, he was named to the ABA All-Time
Team, the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and, in 1996, was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

George Gervin (6'3''-G-76, college: Houston)



Champ Game - by John Guy

Panthers hold back Storm
Win puts Bowling Green into CBL Championship


By Butch Cooper

PEORIA, Ill. While two teams met on the court Sunday night, another sat at home and waited to see if their season was finished, or if there would be just one more game in their immediate future.
With a title game spot on the line for Middle Tennessee, the Storm traveled north to take on the River City Panthers.
Brandon Lee and the Panthers, however, would play spoiler as they defeated the visitors, 121-115, at Peoria Academy.
The loss, the third straight for Middle Tennessee, ended the season for the Storm, while the Bowling Green Hornets were thrusted into the finals on June 29 at St. Louis. Game time at Harris-Stowe State University is set for 7 p.m. (CST).
Lee, a 5-foot-11 guard out of Northwestern, helped the Panthers close out the season on a positive note with 29 points, while Rocky Robinson (6-0, Illinois-Springfield) added 25 points and five steals and Jason Angel (6-4, Sauk Valley C.C.) scored 25 points to go along with nine rebounds and five steals.
The Storm (4-3) were led by Myles Thrash (5-11, Stratford (Tenn.) High School) with a game-high 31 points, including six 3-pointers (five in the second half) and Michael France with 23 points.
River City jumped on top early, taking a commanding 15-point lead late in the first quarter. The Storm would make the comeback, and eventually tied the game at 44-all with just under four minutes remaining in the opening half.
The Panthers retook the advantage and led 55-51 at halftime.
In the second half, Middle Tennessee fought to keep up with the hosts, trailing by only two, 105-103, with 2:40 remaining in the game, but the Panthers pushed back the Storm for the win.

Jason Angel (6'4''-F)



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Chongqing FD 11-3 
 2. Changsha Bank 10-4 
 3. Jiangsu TX 10-4 
 4. Sichuan BW 10-4 
 5. Hong Kong 9-5 
 6. Guangzhou L. 8-6 
 7. Heilongjiang 6-8 
 8. Nanjin Army 4-10 
 9. Jiang Xi 2-12 
 10. Hebei S. 0-14 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jun. 26: Heilongjiang - Sichuan BW 93-86
Jun. 26: Guangzhou L. - Hebei S. 92-73
Jun. 26: Nanjin Army - Changsha Bank 77-85
Jun. 26: Chongqing FD - Jiang Xi 118-86
Jun. 26: Jiangsu TX - Hong Kong 108-93

Regular Season: Round 15

Jun. 28: Changsha Bank - Hebei S.
Jun. 28: Heilongjiang - Chongqing FD
Jun. 28: Hong Kong - Sichuan BW
Jun. 28: Jiang Xi - Guangzhou L.
Jun. 28: Nanjin Army - Jiangsu TX


NBL Round 14: Sichuan BW is upset by Heilongjiang - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Heilongjiang between second ranked Sichuan BW (10-4) and seventh ranked Heilongjiang (6-8) on Wednesday night. Sichuan BW was defeated by Heilongjiang in a tough game on the road 86-93. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sichuan BW. Heilongjiang forced 19 Sichuan BW turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 18 rebounds. Swingman Nan Wang (198-87) chipped in 18 points. American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds for the guests. Heilongjiang maintains seventh position with 6-8 record. Sichuan BW at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Changsha Bank and Jiangsu TX. Heilongjiang are looking forward to face league's leader Chongqing FD in Guangzhou in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sichuan BW will play on the road against Hong Kong and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Chongqing FD delivered the eleventh victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Jiang Xi (2-12) 118-86 in Guangzhou. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 23 rebounds. KaiFu Yao contributed with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds for Jiang Xi. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chongqing FD have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-3 record. Jiang Xi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 12 games lost. Chongqing FD will play against Heilongjiang (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Jiang Xi will play against Guangzhou L. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Hebei S. (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-73 loss to sixth ranked Guangzhou L. (8-6) in Guangzhou on Wednesday evening. Shawne Williams had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Lei Zhao responded with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 8-6 record. Loser Hebei S. still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Guangzhou L. will meet Jiang Xi (#9) in the next round. Hebei S. will play against the league's second-placed Changsha Bank in Guangdong and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Nanjin was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Changsha Bank (10-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Nanjin Army (4-10). Changsha Bank managed to secure a 8-point victory 85-77. Yan Gao notched 26 points to lead the effort. Changsha Bank's coach MingZhu Pu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Changsha Bank have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Sichuan BW and Jiangsu TX. Nanjin Army at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Changsha Bank's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Hebei S. (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Nanjin Army will play against Jiangsu TX.

In the last game of round 14 Hong Kong was defeated by Jiangsu TX in a road game 108-93.


Chongqing FD - Jiang Xi 118-86

Leader Chongqing FD delivered the eleventh victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Jiang Xi (2-12) 118-86 in Guangzhou. Jiang Xi was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 74-39 second half run of Chongqing FD. They outrebounded Jiang Xi 44-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 23 rebounds. Guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) contributed with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Nan Zhao (195-84) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Jiang Xi. Four Jiang Xi players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chongqing FD have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-3 record. Jiang Xi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 12 games lost. Chongqing FD will play against Heilongjiang (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Jiang Xi will play against Guangzhou L. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chongqing FD: H.Josh 30+23reb, Y.KaiFu 23+5reb+7ast, Y.Liang 18+3reb, L.DaPeng 9+5reb, D.JunJiang 8+3ast, Y.Peng 7+1ast
Jiang Xi: D.Bryan 24+8reb+2ast, L.Jiawei 16+2reb+1ast, Z.Nan 14+5reb+2ast, M.Yi 10+2reb, X.Yulin 8, Z.ChaoLong 7+4reb
gschID: 242228


Guangzhou L. - Hebei S. 92-73

Bottom-ranked Hebei S. (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-73 loss to sixth ranked Guangzhou L. (8-6) in Guangzhou on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou L.. Hebei S. managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou L. dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Hebei S.'s 34. Guangzhou L. forced 25 Hebei S. turnovers. American forward Shawne Williams (206-86, college: Memphis) had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward JinRong Mei (208-90) chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Forward Lei Zhao (196-89) responded with 11 points and 5 rebounds and point guard BoWen Tan (180-93) scored 10 points and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 8-6 record. Loser Hebei S. still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Guangzhou L. will meet Jiang Xi (#9) in the next round. Hebei S. will play against the league's second-placed Changsha Bank in Guangdong and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou L.: W.Shawne 27+18reb+4ast, M.JinRong 20+10reb+2ast, W.Yang 17+1reb, T.Chao 8+3reb, L.Yao 6+2reb, J.Lei 5+1reb+2ast
Hebei S.: D.ZhiMing 13+2reb+1ast, Z.Lei 11+5reb+3ast, T.BoWen 10+4reb+3ast, S.DeShuai 8+4reb+2ast, L.Yuan 8+3reb, Z.GuoQiang 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 242230


Nanjin Army - Changsha Bank 77-85

The game in Nanjin was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Changsha Bank (10-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Nanjin Army (4-10). Changsha Bank managed to secure a 8-point victory 85-77. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-18 Nanjin Army's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 85-77 at the end of the game. Changsha Bank made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Nanjin Army turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Changsha Bank especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Nanjin Army helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Yan Gao (190-93) notched 26 points to lead the effort and American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Changsha Bank players scored in double figures. Changsha Bank's coach MingZhu Pu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 22 points by forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) did not help to save the game for Nanjin Army. Center ShouWei Wang (208-86) added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Changsha Bank have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Sichuan BW and Jiangsu TX. Nanjin Army at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Changsha Bank's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Hebei S. (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Nanjin Army will play against Jiangsu TX.
Top scorers:
Changsha Bank: G.Yan 26+3reb+1ast, A.Hilton 16+7reb, S.Jian 15+7reb+1ast, L.Lin 10+3reb, R.XiaTi 8+3reb, J.JunQi 7+9reb
Nanjin Army: S.Shengyue 22+2reb+3ast, W.ShouWei 13+11reb, F.ChengLin 11+4reb+1ast, L.Dong 8+3reb+1ast, T.JiaFu 7+3reb, D.QinShuo 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 242229


Jiangsu TX - Hong Kong 108-93

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Jiangsu TX and 5th ranked Hong Kong had identical 9-4 record. This time Jiangsu TX used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Hong Kong 108-93. It looked good early as Hong Kong took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Jiangsu TX had a 33-20 second period charge getting the lead and Hong Kong was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 93-108. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and point guard Xin Feng (187-92) supported him with 24 points and 9 assists. Jiangsu TX's coach Qiang Xu used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds by American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) did not help to save the game for Hong Kong. point guard Zhou Feng (180-81) added 21 points and 5 assists for the guests. Five Jiangsu TX and four Hong Kong players scored in double figures. Jiangsu TX have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Sichuan BW and Changsha Bank. Hong Kong at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Jiangsu TX's next round opponent will be Nanjin Army (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Hong Kong will play against Sichuan BW and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: M.Zhuang 26+4reb+3ast, F.Xin 24+2reb+9ast, S.XianLing 19+3reb, H.Othello 16+14reb+6ast, S.XinLei 10+5reb+1ast, F.Hui 7+2reb+1ast
Hong Kong: S.Craig 26+15reb+1ast, F.Zhou 21+3reb+5ast, C.ZhaoShen 12+4reb+1ast, L.JiuLong 10+6reb+1ast, W.MingLiang 8+1reb+2ast, Y.XiaoHang 6+5reb
gschID: 242227


Heilongjiang - Sichuan BW 93-86

The most important game in the last round took place in Heilongjiang between second ranked Sichuan BW (10-4) and seventh ranked Heilongjiang (6-8) on Wednesday night. Sichuan BW was defeated by Heilongjiang in a tough game on the road 86-93. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sichuan BW. Heilongjiang forced 19 Sichuan BW turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 18 rebounds. Swingman Nan Wang (198-87) chipped in 18 points. Four Heilongjiang players scored in double figures. American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) added 24 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Heilongjiang maintains seventh position with 6-8 record. Sichuan BW at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Changsha Bank and Jiangsu TX. Heilongjiang are looking forward to face league's leader Chongqing FD in Guangzhou in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sichuan BW will play on the road against Hong Kong and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: P.Kevinn 32+18reb+3ast, W.Nan 18+2reb+3ast, Z.JunXiong 14+3reb+1ast, Y.Gang 12+1reb, Y.XueLin 11+2reb+4ast, J.Ming 6+5reb+5ast
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 24+15reb, C.XiaoDong 24+7reb+2ast, W.Yong-Ren 15+2reb+7ast, H.XiaoBin 7+4reb+1ast, W.YingLiang 5+2reb+1ast, W.Jing 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 242226



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Standings - District National

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Jun. 26: Huracanes PP - Metros STGO 88-85
Jun. 25: Indios SFM - Reales LV 79-87
Jun. 25: Leones SD - Cocolos SPM 76-89
Jun. 26: Caneros LR - Titanes DN 67-81
Jun. 27: Reales LV - Huracanes PP
Jun. 27: Cocolos SPM - Caneros LR



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Top ex-ESL hoop players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from ex-ESL hoop players who are playing pro basketball and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Emmanuel Little
Emmanuel Little
   #1. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota, currently plays in Mexico) led Rayos de Hermosillo to a victory over the sixth-ranked Mineros de Cananea (14-18) 88-83 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Little recorded 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes. Rayos de Hermosillo (26-6) is placed first in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Little has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 3.2apg in the 42 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2008 Little went to the ESL camp in Chicago playing for London.

Akeem Wright
Akeem Wright
   #2. Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84, college: Kansas St., currently plays in New Zealand), who plays in the New Zealand NBL could not help Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (11-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the league leader Otago OceanaGold Nuggets were crushed 114-67 on the road by the lower-ranked Zero Fees Southland Sharks (#4). Wright was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Wright is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Wright averages: 21.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.7spg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Four years ago Wright took part in the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Kiev.

Garrius Holloman
Garrius Holloman
   #3. Garrius Holloman (198-F-89, college: Beth.-Cookman, currently plays in New Zealand), who plays in the New Zealand NBL could not help Advice First Waikato Pistons (2-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Advice First Waikato Pistons lost 83-87 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Hub Jets. Holloman had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 40 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Holloman's third season in pro basketball. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Holloman has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg in the 12 games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Last year Holloman played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Kiev.

Sammy Monroe
Sammy Monroe
   #4. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry, currently plays in Mexico) faced previously mentioned Emmanuel Little in the Mexican CIBACOPA last game. Monroe, who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA could not help Mineros de Cananea (14-18) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Mineros de Cananea was defeated 88-83 on the road by the leading Rayos de Hermosillo. Monroe recorded 12 points. Monroe is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Monroe averages: 23.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2010 he attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Geneva.



ESL Madrid 3rd day of morning and afternoon games remain exciting! - by ESL News

El Arroyo 88 - Loranca 85
What a way to start the second day of matches in the Eurobasket Summer League Madrid as both games were played to over-time this morning! At 10.30 hours Loranca and El Arroyo, both teams who lost yesterday afternoon came against their respective rivals and played a very tough match for which it was necessary to extend the time beyond the standard 40 minutes. The fight for the ball has been intense from the first minute, reflected in the contribution in rebounds and almost all the two templates (31-21 in the 1st quarter). As for notation, Loranca has reigned on the scoreboard during the first two quarters, watching Arroyo dangerously close to finishing on the break just three points apart (43-40). So the second part continued with Loranca still ahead, yet with the great performance of Alexis Elsener (194-G/F-88) (25 pts., 10 reb., 4 aces) and Evan Yates (198-F-90) (18 pts., 9 reb., 1 as). El Arroyo fought to force an extension as they represented the final victory (88-85), despite having gone down for 35 minutes. In the set of Loranca is necessary to highlight the performance Ashton Pitts (201-F) as he ended the match with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

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

http://www.baloncestofuenlabrada.com/doc/fuenlaoe/12.pdf

La Serna 80 - La Avanzada 77
Without giving time to cool the floor, the team of La Serna, in which there are familiar faces from Fuenlabrada as Alvaro Muoz, Adrian Laso (204-F/C-90) and Moussa Diagne (210-C-94), and center of bila Jos Mara Gonzlez, has been released in the competition the Eurobasket Summer League Madrid La Avanzada facing at 12:30. Just from the start the game between these two teams had great chemistry and intense match. From the first quarter La Serna has had a slight advantage on the scoreboard (17-23) thanks to Laso points (7) and Moussa Diagne (6), which has been keeping it close (34-40 , 56-56) as was increasing the contribution of Senegalese center (a total of 16 pts and 12 rebounds). Although John DiBartolomeo (183-PG, agency: Duran International) had an unstoppable performance (30 pts., 5 reb., 4 aces.) Has complicated the final with a 67-67 tie at twenty-six seconds of the horn, after scoring two free throws that have certified the extension also this match. La Avanzada have not wasted their big opportunity to turn around the game although the vast defense has been carrying La Serna and has prevented them reach their goal, and followed behind on the scoreboard despite three at the buzzer that marked Dibartolomeo to leave the final score at 77-80 in favor o La Serna.

To view the official FIBA stats of this game click on link below:
http://www.baloncestofuenlabrada.com/doc/fuenlaoe/13.pdf

La Serna 95 - Loranca 64
The two games on Wednesday afternoon have led the greatest differences in score for the first time of the event. But this has only just begun. Just three hours after finishing his party this morning, La Serna is back to go public to face Loranca 17.30. Despite the short time of rest with which the group formed mostly by Spanish, La Serna has entered superiority on the track from minute one, and has managed to secure a commanding lead from the end of the first quarter (21-14) until the break (47-30). In the first half all players except La Serna Fabio Santana have made their contribution to the scoring with a calm game where he dominated the ball pass the previous study of the plays and have managed to maintain for forty minutes. The whole game has been dominated by La Serna as two of the top players for Loranca are out of game because of exhaustion, although it has yielded in effort and have been able to highlight the performances of three of its players like Matt Fogarty (203-SF-90, college: Rocky Mountain) (19 pts., 5 reb.) Has made possible a set in the third quarter at only one point difference (partial 19-18, 66-48 score), John Brandemburg (15 pts., 8 reb.), and Brandon Armstrong (185-G-90, college: Lincoln Memorial) (16 pts., 4 aces., 3 reb.). The difference has increased in the last ten minutes to finish with a score of 95-64 in part thanks to the brilliant show of Moussa Diagne who has scored 11 points and six rebounds in the fourth quarter (total 20 pts., 10 reb. , 1 as.), plus good numbers also Adrian Laso (20 pts., 6 reb.) and Carl Ona-Embo (185-PG-89) (14 pts., 4 reb., 2 ace.).

To view the official FIBA stats of this game click on link below:
http://www.baloncestofuenlabrada.com/doc/fuenlaoe/14.pdf

La Avanzada 88 - El Naranjo 63
On the second day of competition, it becomes evident the teams that have achieved and take a team mentality, it is directly reflected in their attitude on the floor.
This has been seen in the first meeting this afternoon and the second, between the Advanced and El Naranjo. The match started very even and with a regular rhythm, probably partly a result of the physical but especially the growing ability of communication between players, not scoring extravaganza promised (12-17 late in the first quarter) but a desperate struggle for control of the meeting. During the first half both teams took turns taking controls sharing the lead in the two sets (12-17, 24-13) to reach the break with a 36-30 for La Avanzada. Naranjo, since in the next 20 minutes failed to move ahead, although the points contributed by Adam Pegg (206-C-89) (14) and Spencer Wells (11), and the distance between marker records was extended (61-46 end of third quarter). The team of La Avanzada are becoming more and more comfortable with each other and their reign in the game shared between all teammates of the picture.

To view the official FIBA stats of this game click on link below:
http://www.baloncestofuenlabrada.com/doc/fuenlaoe/15.pdf



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Ratiopharm Ulm brings in American Adam Hess - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm brings in American Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: William & Mary) for the next season. The player will move from Phoenix Hagen. In 37 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.2apg last season.
In season 2011/2012 Hess played at Artland Dragons. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 39 BBL games he had 6.2ppg and 1.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Hess also played 11 games in EuroChallenge where he had 10.2ppg and 2.9rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Hess also played 2 games in Eurocup where he had 3.0ppg and 1.5rpg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team award back in 2010.He has played also professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne), Italy (Fabriano), Spain (CB Tarragona 2017) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).



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Stelmet Zielona Gora gets ready for Euroleague debut - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet Zielona Gora gets ready for Euroleague debut as the team will start directly from the Regular Season. The Polish Champions will not need 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round and directly will start from the Top Stage.
Stelmet ZG became the new PLK champions. They swept the championship series against PGE Turow. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) fired 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Stelmet ZG to the decisive fourth win in the series. Stelmet ZG exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 4-point lead at the first break. The hosts raised the pressure in the second term. Stelmet ZG established a 55:44 halftime lead. PGE Turow adjusted defensively and tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. But the visitors cut the deficit by just one point trailing by 10 at the final break. Stelmet Zielona Gora opened the fourth period with five straight points and never looked back again. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) delivered 16 points, while Oliver Stevic added 14 points for the winners. Russell Robinson (185-PG-86) responded with 22 points for PGE Turow. Aaron Cel netted 13 points in the loss.



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Tony Parker confirms his presence in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Tony Parker (188-PG-82) confirms his presence in Slovenia for EuroBasket 2013. The NBA star will help France at the Tournament.
Tony Parker averaged impressive 20.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 7.4apg this season for the Spurs. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to All-NBA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. The earlier season Parker played also at the Spurs in NBA. In 74 games he had very remarkable stats: 18.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 7.5apg. He helped them to make it to the conference final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to NBA All-Star Game Skills Challenge Winner.
In 2001 Parker was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in first round (28th overall).
He was also a member of French international program for some years. Parker played for French Senior National Team between 2000 and 2012 and previously for U18 National Team between 1998 and 2000. He also represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 15.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 76.7%.



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KORISLIIGA: Kouvot signed with Lawrence Wright - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Kouvot (Kouvola) has signed with American F Lawrence Wright (194-F-84, college: Bradley) for coming 2013-14 season. Wright has played earlier in many countries, even in Finland. Wright started his international basketball career in Bosnia, then followed Egypt and 2010-11 Korihait, Uusikaupunki, Finland, where Wright averaged 17,7 ppg (1 - 70,4%, 2 - 56,1%, 3 - 35,2%) and 7,3 rpg in 53 contests. Wright went next to Canada and returned last 2012-13 season to Europe, when playing in France (Orchy NM1) and Luxembourg (Esch Basket).


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Turgut Atakol Tournament: France roll past Russia - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Russia U20 75:68

French U20 National Team registered the first win at the Turgut Atakol international tournament in Istanbul. They held off their Russian counterparts in the opener. Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) stepped up with 14 points to lead the winners.
France cleared off midway through the opening quarter and gained a 23:14 lead at the first break. Paul Turpin (192-G-93) opened a double-digit lead for Les Bleus midway through the second term. France ensured a 42:25 halftime advantage. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) and Alexandre Chassang made it a 22-point advantage early in the third period. Russia managed to narrow the deficit at 17-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) put Russia within 5 points midway through the final term as they went on a comeback rally. Hugo Invernizzi, Boris Dallo (197-PG-94) and Alexandre Chassang gave France some breathing space at 72:63. Les Bleus stayed in front throughout the rest of the encounter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Paul Turpin posted 12 points, while Boris Dallo and Hugo Invernizzi added 11 points each for the winners. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) had 17 points for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-C-93) had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

France U20: Alexandre Chassang 14, Paul Turpin 12, Boris Dallo 11, Hugo Invernizzi 11
Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 17, Aleksandr Gudumak 10+11 boards



Lille add Emilien Barbry - by Eurobasket News

Lille have secured the services of Emilien Barbry (188-PG-83) for the next season. The point guard spent the last season with Orchy. He tallied 6.5 points, 5.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in NM1. Emilien Barbry made it into All-French NM1 2nd Team. Emilien Barbry is not new to Lille. He played for the team back in 2004/06 seasons.


France U18 earn second straight win in Germany - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - France U18 44:57

French U18 National Team registered the second straight victory over their German counterparts. Les Bleus earned a 13-point win in Speyer yesterday. Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) came up with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the visitors.
Germany got to a solid start. The hosts held France to 11 points in the opening quarter and ensured a 13:11 lead after ten minutes. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. The scoreboard read 23-all at halftime. But France opened the second half on a 15:5 run to clear off. They ensured a comfortable 44:30 lead before the fourth period. Germany narrowed the deficit at 8-point mark midway through the final stanza but France rallied to the win at the end. Charly Pontens (189-SG-95) and Guerschon Yabusele (200-F-95) posted 8 points each for the winners. Lukas Meisner (201-SF-95) and Robert Zinn answered with 7 points each for Germany.

Germany U18: Lukas Meisner 7, Robert Zinn 7
France U18: Damien Inglis 13, Charly Pontens 8, Guerschon Yabusele 8



Caen Basket Calvados add Ian Caskill - by Eurobasket News

Caen Basket Calvados add Ian Caskill (207-C-81, college: JMU) for the next season. The 32-year old American center Ian Caskill moves from Cognac BB. In 18 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.7apg last season. Before Caskill played also at Cognac (NM1). In 30 games he had 12.7ppg, 9.4rpg (#4 in the league), 2.2apg, 1.1spg and 1.3bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Import Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Caskill won French NM2 Group B championship title in 2011.
He has played also professionally in Austria, Holland (Zwolle) and France (Cholet, Saint-Quentin, Blois, GET Vosges and Valence).
Caskill attended James Madison University until 2003 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.



Trenton Meacham remains with JSF Nanterre - by Eurobasket News

Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, college: Illinois) remains with JSF Nanterre in France. In 34 games he had 12.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg last season. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 3rd Team. Earlier Meacham played at Paris-Levallois (ProA) in French league. In 32 games he recorded 9.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.0spg.
The season 2010/2011 he played at BG Goettingen (1.Bundesliga, starting five) in German league. In 28 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.9apg that season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team. Meacham also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.6apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
In 2009-10 season Meacham played at Raiffeisen Wels (A Bundesliga) in Austrian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 37 A Bundesliga games he recorded very remarkable stats: 15.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Meacham also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0spg.
Meacham is a very experienced player.



Aurore de Vitre add Lithuanian Audrius Maneikis - by Eurobasket News

Aurore de Vitre add Lithuanian Audrius Maneikis (203-F-84, college: Motlow St. CC) for 2013/2014 season. The 29-year old Lithuanian forward will come from Olimpas Plunge.
It is actually his comeback to Vitre as he played here before. In 35 RKL games he averaged impressive 19.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.5apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Honorable Mention. Before Maneikis played at Meresta (NKL) in Lithuanian league. In 41 games he had very remarkable stats: 17.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.5apg.
In 2009-10 season Maneikis played at Gravelines. In 2008-09 season he played at Nord Ardeche, while in 2007-08 season Maneikis played at Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 6 games he had 4.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.0apg that season. His team won Baltic League Challenge Cup in 2008.
Maneikis has played also professionally in Germany and France (Gravelines Grand Fort BCM 2nd team).



Tony Parker confirms his presence in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Tony Parker (188-PG-82) confirms his presence in Slovenia for EuroBasket 2013. The NBA star will help France at the Tournament.
Tony Parker averaged impressive 20.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 7.4apg this season for the Spurs. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to All-NBA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. The earlier season Parker played also at the Spurs in NBA. In 74 games he had very remarkable stats: 18.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 7.5apg. He helped them to make it to the conference final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to NBA All-Star Game Skills Challenge Winner.
In 2001 Parker was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in first round (28th overall).
He was also a member of French international program for some years. Parker played for French Senior National Team between 2000 and 2012 and previously for U18 National Team between 1998 and 2000. He also represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 15.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 76.7%.



Paul Lacombe inks with Strasbourg IG - by Eurobasket News

Paul Lacombe (194-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) inks with Strasbourg IG for the next season. The 23-year old guard Paul Lacombe left the forces of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket.
In 27 games he averaged just 2.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.0apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The earlier season Lacombe played also at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. In 39 games he had 4.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Lacombe also played 2 games in Euroleague where he had 5.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team award back in 2010. Lacombe represented France at the European Championships U20 in Croatia three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 11.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 80.6%.



Nancy brings in Jean-Michel Mipoka - by Eurobasket News

Nancy brings in Jean-Michel Mipoka (197-SF-85) for the next season. The 28-year old small forward was added to the roster.
Last season he played for Limoges CSP Elite. In 26 games he recorded 6.9ppg and 2.4rpg. He helped them to win the supercup. The last season Mipoka played also at Limoges CSP Elite. In 32 games he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and they also made it to the cup final. Mipoka represented France at the European Championships U20 in Moscow eight years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.7ppg, 1.0rpg, FGP: 73.3%, 3FGP: 60%.
Mipoka has played previously for five other France teams: Olympique Antibes, Cholet, Chorale de Roanne, Saint Vallier and Quimper UJAP.



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FYR Macedonian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

FYR Macedonian U18 National Team 2013
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Oliver Dvojakovski
Dvojakovski
Kristijan Gavrilovski
Gavrilovski
Andrej Cvetkovski
Cvetkovski
Ilija Partalov
Partalov
Andrej Magdevski
Magdevski
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4Oliver Dvojakovski 204-C-97 Cajasol Spain
5Kristijan Gavrilovski 186-G-95 MZT Skopje FYR Macedonia
6Adem Mekic 193-G-95 Vardar FYR Macedonia
7Andrej Cvetkovski 185-G-96 MZT Skopje FYR Macedonia
8Ilija Partalov 195-F-96 ABA Strumica FYR Macedonia
9Andrej Magdevski 190-G-96 Partizan Serbia
10Daniel Nacevski 191-F-95 Vardar FYR Macedonia
12Milan Milkov 204-F-96 Feni Indistrija FYR Macedonia
13Ljubomir Mladenovski 207-C-95 Rabotnicki FYR Macedonia
14Martin Shalev 200-F-96 Rabotnicki FYR Macedonia
15Mihajlo Arsoski 206-C-95 MZT Skopje FYR Macedonia




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Eric Kibi: Solid first year despite tough situation - by Moritz Korff

It was not the easiest of situations, Eric Kibi (198-F-90, college: Abil.Christian) found himself in during his first year playing professional basketball. Fresh out of college the Canadian forward signed with BG Halstenbek/Pinneberg, a team with high hopes following their 2011-12 championship season. But it would be a tough one, though. After a promising start with a loss to VfL Stade - who would go on to capture the RLN title - and a home win against Goettingen, the "Holstein Hoppers" quickly faltered. Blowouts on the road by SSV Lok Bernau (106-57), Wolfenbuettel (78-49) sent the team to the bottom of the table. Despite Kibi did what he could do, leading the team in scoring and rebounding as a rookie. "I definitely think the talent was there", he said. "But sometimes that's just how basketball goes and you gotta suck it up, keep working and be a professional. I think it was a bit of a tough situation with the increased level of play, there were a lot of new players so the continuity wasn't always there, but overall I feel we worked hard and gave it all we had for the fans and the community even though the results didn't show it."

Kibi, a 22-year-old forward from Quebec City, Canada, has spent his college career at Jacksonville College, Arkansas-Little Rock and Abilene Christian. As a senior he averaged 8.2 points and 5.7 rebounds a contest for the Wildcats and increased his stats tremendously in Germany. He paced the Hoppers with 19.9 points a game and grabbed 9.4 boards per contest. But his outstanding individual performances went unnoticed at times as his team continued to struggle during the season. "I still feel I could have done better, improve some of my percentages and efficiency to generate more wins for my team. But that didn't happen, which motivates me for next season. Overall I think I had a really solid year being top five in scoring and rebounding in the league. That was one of my goals coming into the season, but you can always be better", Kibi said.

When Halstenbek/Pinneberg handed coaching duties over to Mario Protuder in January, they strung together two straight wins. Then, just as quickly as it had happened, the tiny winning streak was over. For the remainder of the season, the Hoppers remained winless and finished the season with a 3-19 record, on the bottom of RLN standings. "Well, actually Coach Mario had a family emergency. He had to attend back home in Bosnia for a few weeks, so I'd say that derailed us for those few weeks, but obviously everyone fully supported Mario, family always comes first", Kibi said and continued: "Overall I'd say I learned a lot from Mario to help improve my game, even though it didn't translate to many wins, I appreciated his knowledge and passion for the game."

Kibi admits that moving to Germany had been "a huge adjustment and a pretty big culture shock", but still he felt that he did the right thing, when pursuing career as a professional basketball player. "If you love the game the shock is a minimal issue and you humble yourself and just adjust to the lifestyle. I recommend it to the guys who are mentally tough enough to handle the grind of this kind of lifestyle because it is definitely different than college in many aspects, this is a business."

The 22-year-old is currently getting ready for his second season abroad. Returning to Germany would be an option, he says, given the right opportunity. "I'm very confident in my game and the work I put in daily so I know I can make the jump to a higher league whether it be in Germany or somewhere else in Europe. I played well in the pre-season against teams from Dennmark and higher level teams in Germany. I am just hungry for the opportunity to keep proving myself and work my way up to the highest level possible."



Steven Clauss Returns To The FRAPORT SKYLINERS And Eric Detlef Is Named Director Of Their Youth Program - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Steven Clauss is no unknown face for the Fraport Skyliners as he once worked for the club from 2001-2008 as he guided the basketball academy Rhein-main and also was an assistant coach for Murat Didin. He retuns back to the club now and will coach Eintracht Frankfurt/FRAPORT SKYLINERS NBBL team. "I am happy to return back to the FRAPORT SKYLINERS to their successfull youth program in coopertaion with Eintracht Frankfurt", stressed Steven Clauss . The team also announced that Eric Detlef who was the Pro B coach and assistant coach for the Beko BBL team last season will be director of the youth program. "It is great that we have Steve on board. I know him and respect him since many years. Having him will bring the program forward. I look at my upcoming tasks as positive since we have support with Olaf Kanngieer, Klaus Mewes, Andreas Bob, Tim Michel and Sakir Murtezani. We want to continue the direction that Harald Stein took so that talented players from the region get the optimalaid", added Eric Detlev

Source: FRAPORT SKYLINERS e.V.





Ratiopharm Ulm Sign Adam Hess - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

ratiopharm Ulm have landed Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: William & Mary) who has played most of his basketball career in Germany. Hess is a 32 year old 201cm forward from Michigan that recently got the German citzenship and is a quick forward with not so great athletic skills, but very effective at the scoring department. He's a tough player, however, and knows how to battle inside for a rebounde. Also, he defends well and has great attitude. Last season he played for Phoenix Hagen playing 37 games: 11.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 84.3%. He can play both forward positions and is a very strong rebounder", stressed Ulm head coach Thorsten Leibenath.

Hess started his basketball career in 1999 at E.Michigan (NCAA) and finished at William & Mary (NCAA) in 2004. He played his first two professional seasons with
BK ECM Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL). He then played three seasons for the Artland DRagons, but in between played for teams like Chorale de Roanne Basket (France-ProA) and C.B. Tarragona 2016 (Spain-LEB Gold), but somehow always found his way back to Quackenbruck. "Coach Leibenath knows my qualities and how to get me integrated again. It is also great that I can play Eurocup again", stressed Adam Hess.
Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been
New York Hoops touring team -01, CAA All-Academic Team -02, All-CAA 1st Team -04, Academic All-America 1st Team -04, Czech Rep. Cup Winner -05
Czech Rep. League All-Star Game -05 (3-Points Shootount Winner), 06, Czech Rep. League Regular Season Champion -05, 06, Czech Rep. League Champion -05, 06, Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League 2nd Team -06, Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League All-Imports Team -06, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -07
German Bundesliga Finalist -07, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team -07, French ProA Finalist -08, Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team -10, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -11, German Bundesliga Semifinals -11, 12, and EuroChallenge Quarterfinals -12

Source: ratiopharm Ulm





The Telekom Baskets Bonn Retain Benas Vekalas - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Telekom Baskets Bonn have announced today that they will keep Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) Veikalas is a 29 year old 192cm guard from Lithuvania that will play his third season for Bonn getting a two year contract extension. Last season he played Beko BBL 36 games: 11.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 83.3%; EuroChallenge: 12 games: 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT-3 (88.0%. In 2011-2012 for Bonn he played 35 games: 13.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 61.4%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT-3 (88.5%); EuroChallenge: 9 games: 11.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT-3 (93.3%). Last season for Bonn he scored in double figures 20 times including a 24 point game against ratiopharm Ulm.


Michael Hart Moves To The Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B club Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB have announced the arrival of Michael Hart (198-G, college: Gonzaga) Hart is a 199cm guard that can play the positions 1-5, but is mainly seen as a guard and known for his defensive play. Last season he played for the Portland Chinooks (IBL). He played four years at top basketball school Gonzaga and was a teammate of German national player Elias Harris. "Mike is a very flexible player. He is a very focused defender that doesnt want to lose any balls and always gives everything. he will need to take more responsobility on offense for us. We see him as being a leader on our young team", added head coach Mladen Drijencic. He played a total of 113 NCAA games and in his senior year played 36 games: 1.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been WCC Regular Season Champion -10, WCC Tournament Finalist -10, 12, WCC Regular Season Co-Champion -11, WCC Tournament Winner -11, WCC Regular Season Runner-Up -12, WCC All-Academic Team -12, 13, and All-WCC Defensive Player of the Year -13.

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg




Jusuf El Domiaty Stays With The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Beko BBL club Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have announced that Jusuf El Domiaty (189-G-90) will remain another season with the team. Jusuf El Domiaty is a 22 year old 189cm guard that will be playing his third season with them. Jusuf El Domiaty comes out of the Braunschweig system and last season played 15 Beko BBL games averaging 3,5ppg. "He showed his potential last season and should take more respnsobility this season. We are convinced that he can make the next step in his career under coach Calvin Oldham", stated Eisbaeren manager Jan Rathjen. Last season he scored in double figures twice including an 11 point effort against ratiopharm Ulm and ten points against Giessen.

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven



The Artland Dragons Sign Chad Toppert - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

2008 Beko BBL cup winner Artland Dragons have reeled in Chad Toppert (201-G-85, college: N.Mexico). Toppert is a 27 year old 201cm guard from Albuquerque, New Mexico that has the American and German citzenship on account that he has a German grand father. He is an excellent outside shooter who went from walk-on to scoring 1,000 points and becoming one of the top 3-point shooter in MWC history. After moving to Spain, he improved the other part of the game, becoming a better passer and defensive player and adding some SF moves too. He played for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB) the last three seasons and last year played 40 games: 3.6ppg, 1.8rpg. "He is an excellent three point shooter and a hard worker that always wants to get better. He also has a good charachter. He played for a very good team in the ACB and therefore knows what it takes to be successful", stressed Artland Dragons head coach Tyron Mccoy. He started his basketball career at N.Mexico (NCAA) in 2005 and in his senior year played 34 games: 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 41.8%, 3Pts: 40.4%, FT: 82.4%. He played a total of 127 NCAA games. As a rookie in 2009-2010 he played for Albuquerque Thunderbirds (D-League, starting five): 50 games: 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT: 85.6%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS 1st team all-state, all-city and all-metro selection -04, Academic All-MWC selection -06, MWC All-Honorable Mention -08, MWC Regular Season Co-Champion -09, All-MWC Honorable Mention -09, German National Team -10
Spanish ACB Supercup Semifinals -13, and Spanish ACB Semifinals -13


Source: Artland Dragons





The Oettinger Rockets Gotha Add A Touch Of Scottish Flair With Lee Reilly - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Pro A team Oettinger Rockets Gotha have added Lee Reilly (182-PG-92). Reilly is a 21 year old 182cm point guard that was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. This will be his first team outside his native Scotland. He played for the City of Edunburgh Kings (National League) since 2007. "I am happy to be a part of this team that has much ambition. I will do my best to help them reach these goals", stated Lee Reilly. "Lee is a young point guard that is very athletic and has a good attitude to the sport and training. It is a big chance for him to start his professional career with us. And we are happy that he is coming to Gotha. He brings everything that we need and he will improve within the season", stated Gotha head coach Chris Ensminger. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Scottish U18 National Team Camp -07, Eurobasket.com Scottish League All-Newcomers Team -09, Scottish U18 National Team -09-10, European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) -09: 8 games: 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 78.3%, Scottish National League Champion -10, 11, 12, 13Scottish Cup Finalist -10, European Championships U18 Division B in Israel -10: 8 games: 12.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 32.0%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 62.1%British U20 National Team -11-12, European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) -11: 7 games: 2.1ppg, 1.4rpg, Scottish Cup Semifinals -12, Scottish National League Regular Season Champion -12, Scottish Cup Winner -13, and Scottish National League Regular Season Runner-Up -13

Source: Oettinger Rockets Gotha



Herten Brings In Matthew Reid - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B club Herten have brought in experience with Matt Reid (185-G-84, college: Cameron). Reid has played his whole professional basketball career in Germany. Reid is a 29 year old 185cm guard that was born in Las Vegas. Last season he played for SC Rist Wedel (Germany-ProB, starting five), only pre-season, in Nov.'12 signed at RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (Germany-ProB): 6 games: 6.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 64.3%. "Matt wants to stay in the region and has had some try outs with us. We are convinced that he will help us. He has a lot of experience and will help the younger guys", stressed Herten head coach Dirk Ewald. Reid started his basketball career in 2004 for Cerritos JC (NJCAA). He then went to Cameron (NCAA2) where he played until 2007. In the 2007-2008 season he played for Schwelmer Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 26 games: 17.4ppg. In the 2008-2009 season he played for GV Waltrop (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five), left in Oct.'08, then moved to TV 1872 Saarlouis (Germany-Regionalliga): 21 games: 19.8ppg. In the 2009-2010 season he played for TV 1872 Saarlouis (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 28 games: 23.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg, FGP: 62.9%, 3Pts: 29.5%, FT: 77.8%. He played for SC Rasta Vechta from 2010-2012. "He is an experienced player that convinced us the last weeks in practice. He can play many positions and give us important impulses. Our young players will profit from him. I am happy that he decided to come to Herten", added Herten manager Markus Horn. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been All-LSC North Division 2nd Team -06, 07, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga West First Team -08, German Regionalliga (West Group) Runner-Up -08, Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga South-West Second Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention -11, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Runner-Up -12


Source: Herten




Turgut Atakol Tournament: Turkey fire past Germany - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Germany U20 75:56

Turkey recorded the first win at the international Turgut Atakol tournament in Istanbul. The hosts held off German counterparts in the opener. Samet Geyik (205-F-93) stepped up with 13 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter. Turkey finally pulled ahead and ensured an 18:16 lead after the first frame Ugur Dokuyan (197-G/F-93) made it 28:19 midway through the second term. Turkey rallied to a 39:33 halftime advantage. The hosts capped the third term on an 8:0 run to open a 58:40 advantage. The gap grew at 20-point pretty quickly in the fourth frame and Turkey never looked back en route to the victory. Merthan Mutlu (94) netted 13 points, while Ugur Dokuyan added 11 points for the winners. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) answered with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Germany. Leon Tolksdorf (203-F-93) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Samet Geyik 13+15 boards, Merthan Mutlu 13, Ugur Dokuyan 11
Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 15+12 boards, Leon Tolksdorf 11



France U18 earn second straight win in Germany - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - France U18 44:57

French U18 National Team registered the second straight victory over their German counterparts. Les Bleus earned a 13-point win in Speyer yesterday. Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) came up with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the visitors.
Germany got to a solid start. The hosts held France to 11 points in the opening quarter and ensured a 13:11 lead after ten minutes. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. The scoreboard read 23-all at halftime. But France opened the second half on a 15:5 run to clear off. They ensured a comfortable 44:30 lead before the fourth period. Germany narrowed the deficit at 8-point mark midway through the final stanza but France rallied to the win at the end. Charly Pontens (189-SG-95) and Guerschon Yabusele (200-F-95) posted 8 points each for the winners. Lukas Meisner (201-SF-95) and Robert Zinn answered with 7 points each for Germany.

Germany U18: Lukas Meisner 7, Robert Zinn 7
France U18: Damien Inglis 13, Charly Pontens 8, Guerschon Yabusele 8



Germany open Stankovic Cup with victory over Nigeria - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Nigeria 61:56

Germany victoriously opened their Stankovic Cup campaign. They defeated Nigeria in Lanzhou in opener. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G/F-92, college: Gonzaga) scored 19 points to lead the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They were tied at 18 after ten minutes. Nigeria pulled ahead in the second frame. The African powerhouse held Germany to 8 points in the period and established a 31:26 halftime lead. But the Europeans quickly erased the deficit. They triggered an 18:11 run in the third term to gain a 44:42 lead heading into the fourth period. Germany held their opponents to 14 points in the final frame and escaped with a narrow win at the end. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) delivered 14 points, while Ole Wendt (190-PG-92) added 11 points for the winners. Stan Okoye (198-F-91, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points for Nigera. Olumide Oyedeji (210-C-81) had 13 points in the loss.

Germany: Mathis Monninghoff 19, Konstantin Klein 14, Ole Wendt 11
Nigeria: Stan Okoye 16, Olumide Oyedeji 13



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Ivory Coast U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

4Abdul Sanogo 192-F-95 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast
5Alpha Toure 187-F-94 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast
6Sahie Kuo 201-C-96 Don Bosco Ivory Coast
7Cyril Adjei 188-F-95 Ermess Ivory Coast
8Ousmane Toure 197-F-94 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast
9Cedric Bah 200-C-94 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast
10Amboudou-Kadirou Karaboue 185-PG-96 Don Bosco Ivory Coast
11Aboubakar Traore 204-C-95 SOA Ivory Coast
12Dalen Traore 203-C-95 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast
13Blaise Kouakou 190-G-94 Ivestp Ivory Coast
14Ismael Meite 187-F-95 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast
15Aziz Fofana 199-C-95 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast

Olivier Tea Head Coach



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Hysenagolli joins Peja - by Dren Shporta

Endrit Hysenagolli (204-C-88), Albanian national team center, has decided to join Kosovo champions, Peja.

Hysenagolli, who won the Albanian championship last season with Kamza Basket was in talks with TOP 3 teams of Kosovan Superleague, and in the end he signed for Peja.

This is Pejas second enforcment before the new season, after getting services of Kosovan Player of the Year 2012, Drilon Hajrizi.

Albanian market is very hot this season for Kosovan teams after FBK decided that albanian players will not be considered as strangers in the teams. Each team could sign not more than two Albanians. Hysenagolli will be second Albanian national team player that signed for Peja, after Gerti Shima, who was transferred last season to the team from Karagac.



Sigal Prishtina gets bigger with Aurimas Kieza - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina gets bigger with Aurimas Kieza (202-PF-82, college: Hofstra) for the next season. The team from Kosovo landed 31-year old Lithuanian ex-international power forward. He will come from BC Siauliai in Lithuania. In 21 games he averaged 13.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to make it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Kieza also played 17 games in Baltic League where he had 10.8ppg, 6.1rpg (leader !!!) and 1.9apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The earlier season Kieza played at Pieno Zvaigzdes (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 24 games he had 4.4ppg and 3.5rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final. Kieza also played 19 games in Baltic League where he had 4.9ppg and 3.0rpg.
The season 2010/2011 Aurimas Kieza played at Juventus (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Kieza also played 14 games in Baltic League where he was second best scorer with 14.2ppg and recorded 9.1rpg (#2 in the league) and 2.9apg. He contributed to his team winning the Baltic League championship. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team.



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Gediminas Petrauskas continues with BC Siauliai - by Eurobasket News

Gediminas Petrauskas continues with BC Siauliai for the next season. The Lithuanian Specialist will be in control BC Siauliai for another season. Although last season was not successful for the team the management decided to keep the Lithuanian Coach.
Gediminas Petrauskas helped them to make it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. Petrauskas' team made it to the BBL Cup Final Four in 2012.
Last season Ventspils eliminated Siauliai from BBL Quarterfinals. The Latvian side won the last game 87:80. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Siauliai was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch.



Aurore de Vitre add Lithuanian Audrius Maneikis - by Eurobasket News

Aurore de Vitre add Lithuanian Audrius Maneikis (203-F-84, college: Motlow St. CC) for 2013/2014 season. The 29-year old Lithuanian forward will come from Olimpas Plunge.
It is actually his comeback to Vitre as he played here before. In 35 RKL games he averaged impressive 19.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.5apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Honorable Mention. Before Maneikis played at Meresta (NKL) in Lithuanian league. In 41 games he had very remarkable stats: 17.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.5apg.
In 2009-10 season Maneikis played at Gravelines. In 2008-09 season he played at Nord Ardeche, while in 2007-08 season Maneikis played at Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 6 games he had 4.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.0apg that season. His team won Baltic League Challenge Cup in 2008.
Maneikis has played also professionally in Germany and France (Gravelines Grand Fort BCM 2nd team).



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Grengewald land Darious Clark - by Eurobasket News

Grengewald bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Darious Clark (190-G-90). The guard will start his pro career in Luxembourg. He has just graduated from Slippery Rock University. Darious Clark tallied 12.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in NCAA2 in his senior season. He was PSAC tournament finalist in 2013.
Grengewals also ensured the services of Christian Wulff (180-G-75), Steve Fischer (185-G-92) and Luc Breuskin (186-F-92) for the next season.
Christian Wulff comes from Etzella. He notched 1.3 points and 1.1 assists per game in Diekirch League last season. Steve Fischer played for Amicale last season. His stats read 0.3 points and 1.0 board per appearance. Luc Breuskin also comes from Amicale.



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  NBA   


LaMarcus Aldridge wants trade from Blazers, deems Portland too small - by Eurobasket News

LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) has wanted out of Portland since the last week of the Trail Blazers' season and did not resign sponsorship deals in Portland this past year, including agreements with Cadillac, Chevy, and Providence Hospital while asking to get out of a lease on his Pearl District condo. Aldridge tried to put a clause into his lease that he will not have to pay penalties if he was traded. This is why I hate being in Portland, Aldridge said during the last week of the season. You cant do anything. According to the report, Aldridge would not only welcome a trade from the Blazers, but he hopes for one, believing the city is too boring and small. Neil Olshey said he sympathized with the constant change Aldridge has gone through with the Blazers, but the GM was adamant he would not be shopping the All-Star forward. Well, Ill tell you this: Im not going to be making any phone calls to move him, Olshey said. But if the phone rings and it makes the team better ...
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Wizards forward Trevor Ariza picks up option for next season - by Eurobasket News

In a move that was expected, Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) formally informed the team this week that he will exercise his option to remain with the team next season for about $7.7 million, according to two league sources familiar with the situation. The Wizards were fully prepared to have Ariza back for the 2013-14 season, especially after the veteran stated his intention to come back last April because hes not one to leave money on the table. Ariza signed a five-year deal worth $35 million with Houston after winning a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009. The Rockets traded Ariza to New Orleans after one season and he played two more with the Hornets before the Wizards acquired him, along with center Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut), in exchange for Rashard Lewis's expiring contract. Ariza averaged 11.9 points and 5.4 rebounds last season. Okafor has an early termination clause for the final year of his deal, which is worth nearly $14.5 million, but he also stated his plan to stay near the end of last season. He still has no intentions to opt out, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. With Okafor and Ariza under contract, the Wizards will have roughly $57.4 million committed to nine players. That number rises to $61.7 million for 10 players with the third pick in Thursdays draft slated to earn $4.3 million (including the usual 120 percent increase) next season.
The NBA salary cap wont be released until the end of the month, but the projected number reportedly isnt supposed to be much higher than last season, when it was set at $58.044 million. The luxury tax line was at $70.301 million. The Wizards have two second-round picks, but President Ernie Grunfeld has already declared that it is unlikely that the team will have three rookies next season. Washington does have access to the mid-level exception (worth $5.15 million in the first year), the bi-annual exception (about $2 million) and minimum salary exceptions to sign players. It also has a $1.8 million trade exception from the Lewis deal expired last week. But they still have a $1.3 million exception left from the Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) deal with Boston that could be used to acquire another player.
Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com



Carl Landry opts out of contract with Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) has opted out of the final year of his two-year, $8 million deal with the Golden State Warriors to become a free agent. Landrys agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Wednesday that his client was coming off a big season and it only made sense for him to hit the open market in hopes of landing a long-term deal. He added that Landry could still return to the Warriors. The Warriors had expected Landry to become a free agent.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Heat exercising option to keep Mario Chalmers - by Eurobasket News

The Miami Heat have decided to exercise their team option to keep starting point guard Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) for the 2013-14 season. Heat President Pat Riley made the announcement on Wednesday. Chalmers is due to make $4 million this coming season, which will be his sixth with the Heat. Chalmers has started 273 of his 366 games with the Heat, including all 187 of his appearances in the last two seasons. He averaged 8.6 points per game this season, making a career-best 123 tries from 3-point range. Chalmers also averaged 17 points in the last two games of this year's NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, when the Heat rallied from a 3-2 series deficit.
Courtesy of: news-journalonline.com



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  NCAA1   


Air Force's Dave Pilipovich to sign five-year extension - by Eurobasket News

It appears Dave Pilipovich will be rewarded for a stellar first full season on the job in 2012-13. The Air Force head coach is set to sign a five-year contract extension, USA Today reported on Tuesday night. Pilipovich replaced Jeff Reynolds in February 2012 and was named head coach a month later. During his first full season with the Falcons, Pilipovich led Air Force to an 18-14 record, going 8-8 in the Mountain West. The Falcons earned a bid to the CIT, only the seventh postseason appearance in school history. Before being named coach last year, Pilipovich had been an assistant for five seasons and also worked at Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Robert Morris, Georgia State and Florida Atlantic. In all, he had been an assistant for 26 years.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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  NEPAL   


NASA outclashed Whitehouse to lift the 1st Nepal National Club Level Basketball Championship - by Dinesh Thapa

40 points from Rishi Robertson of Whitehouse Club was not enough for his team to win the title of the 1st Nepal National Club Level Basketball Championship here at Kathmandu, Nepal. NASA Club Lifted the Mens Title defeating Whitehouse Club 98 83 in the Mens Final played at National Sports Council Covered Hall, Kathmandu, Nepal with the help of Joel Debortolis 32 pts. NASA received Nrs. 25,000 as cash prize along with winners trophy while Whitehouse received Nrs. 15,000 with runners up trophy. Joel Debortoli is adjusted the MVP of the Mens category of the Championship.

The championship is organized by Nepal Basketball Association. This is the first edition of the championship and team is allowed to play 3 foreigners in their team. Top 6 Mens and 6 Womens team were invited to compete in the inaugural edition of the championship. National Sports Council member secretary Mr. Yuvraj Lama handed over the trophies for the winner and runners up team. The womens final will be played on Friday.




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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 25: Wellington S. - Super City R. 107-87
Jun. 29: Taranaki MA - Super City R.
Jun. 29: HBS Bank Hawks - Nelson G.
Jun. 28: Hub Jets - Southland S.
Jun. 28: Wellington S. - Nelson G.
Jun. 30: Waikato P. - Southland S.
Jun. 30: OceanaGold N. - Wellington S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Josh PACE
  Nelson G.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Pace, Nelson G.22.1 
 2. Conklin, Southland21.9 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.21.7 
 4. Anthony, 36ers21.1 
 5. Tait, Wellington S.20.1 
 6. Webster, Wellingt.20.0 
 7. Jones, Hub Jets19.9 
 8. Greene, Reales LV19.5 
 9. Atkinson, Waika.19.1 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Atkinson, Waika.14.7 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets13.8 
 3. Conklin, Southland9.7 
 4. Greene, Reales LV9.5 
 5. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.4 
 6. Anthony, 36ers8.7 
 7. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.6 
 8. Bailey, Super C.8.5 
 9. Markson, Wellingt.8.4 
 10. Pace, Nelson G.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Tait, Wellington S.8.1 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.7 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets7.1 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.5.3 
 5. Buck, Super City R.4.4 
 6. Webster, Waika.4.3 
 7. Martin, Southlan.4.1 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.3.9 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.4 
 10. Boucher, Wellingt.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris HAGAN
  Hub Jets
  (181-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hagan, Hub Jets3.2 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.6 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.5 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.2.3 
 5. Martin, Southlan.2.2 
 6. Webster, Waika.2.1 
 7. Greene, Reales LV2.1 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.2.1 
 9. O''Riley, Super C.1.9 
 10. Buck, Super City1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.1 
 2. Frank, Wellington1.8 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.8 
 4. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.6 
 5. Anthony, 36ers1.3 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.2 
 7. Greene, Reales LV1.2 
 8. Bolstad, Super C.0.8 
 9. Dawson, Southlan.0.8 
 10. Wright, OceanaGo.0.8 



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  NIGERIA   


Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket: Nigeria storm china for Stankovic Cup - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The Senior men's national team, D'Tigers have departed for Lanzhou and Guangzhou, China to open their international preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afrobasket) in the Stankovic Cup tournament from June 27 to July 10.

The home-based players and coaching staff left Lagos Tuesday afternoon to be joined by their foreign-based counterpart.

The Nigerian side who are in group-D of the August 20 to August 31 27th Afrobasket take on Germany, Argentina, Puerto Rico, China and Australia in the round-robin contest, the first leg of which ends in Lanzhou on July 1. The second leg will commence in the southern commercial city of Guangzhou from July 3-10, 2013.

The team will then proceed on recess to reconvene for the next phase of preparation in the USA during the third week of July.



Germany open Stankovic Cup with victory over Nigeria - by Eurobasket News

Germany - Nigeria 61:56

Germany victoriously opened their Stankovic Cup campaign. They defeated Nigeria in Lanzhou in opener. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G/F-92, college: Gonzaga) scored 19 points to lead the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They were tied at 18 after ten minutes. Nigeria pulled ahead in the second frame. The African powerhouse held Germany to 8 points in the period and established a 31:26 halftime lead. But the Europeans quickly erased the deficit. They triggered an 18:11 run in the third term to gain a 44:42 lead heading into the fourth period. Germany held their opponents to 14 points in the final frame and escaped with a narrow win at the end. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) delivered 14 points, while Ole Wendt (190-PG-92) added 11 points for the winners. Stan Okoye (198-F-91, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points for Nigera. Olumide Oyedeji (210-C-81) had 13 points in the loss.

Germany: Mathis Monninghoff 19, Konstantin Klein 14, Ole Wendt 11
Nigeria: Stan Okoye 16, Olumide Oyedeji 13



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  POLAND   


Stelmet Zielona Gora gets ready for Euroleague debut - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet Zielona Gora gets ready for Euroleague debut as the team will start directly from the Regular Season. The Polish Champions will not need 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round and directly will start from the Top Stage.
Stelmet ZG became the new PLK champions. They swept the championship series against PGE Turow. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) fired 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Stelmet ZG to the decisive fourth win in the series. Stelmet ZG exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 4-point lead at the first break. The hosts raised the pressure in the second term. Stelmet ZG established a 55:44 halftime lead. PGE Turow adjusted defensively and tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. But the visitors cut the deficit by just one point trailing by 10 at the final break. Stelmet Zielona Gora opened the fourth period with five straight points and never looked back again. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) delivered 16 points, while Oliver Stevic added 14 points for the winners. Russell Robinson (185-PG-86) responded with 22 points for PGE Turow. Aaron Cel netted 13 points in the loss.



Two new players in Stal Ostrow - by Pawel

Ninth team of Polish 1 Liga from last season made very important moves on players market. New players in Ostrow will be: Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-F/C-79) from Start Gdynia and Robert Kolka (184-G-93) from GTK Gdynia.

34 year-old Andrzejewski averaged 3.6 ppg and 2.3 rpg in 32 games in PLK last season. Now, he should give his new team a lot of experience in upcoming Polish 1 Liga season. Kolka last season spent in GTK Gdynia, where he recorded 13.6 ppg and 2.3 apg in Polish 2 Liga. Upcoming season will be first on 1 Liga courts for this talented guard. Now the team has 9 contracted players for upcoming season: Marcin Dymala (185-PG-90), Wojciech Zurawski (199-F/C-76), Adam Kaczmarzyk (198-F-88), Lukasz Olejnik (203-F/C-79), Mateusz Zebski (191-G/F-92), Mikolaj Spala (192-G-93), Tomasz Smorawinski (189-G-87), Andrzejewski and Kolka.



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  PORTUGAL   


Fisica leaves Basketball League - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

Despite finishing 9th in the LPBs last season, Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras would not be playing in the Portuguese Basketball League in the next season. This was confirmed by Jose Tavares , the Teams coordinator.

"Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras is a big club and we will have to cut the budget for the different sports. We think that it is better to step back and try to recover our place with more strength. Basketball would not finish in Torres Vedras. We will keep all our youngster teams and we will have a team playing in the new Division III, that will substitute the former CNB1 and CNB2 divisions."

The new coach is still to be confirmed, as Jose Tavares confirmed that he did not have any talks with Ivan Kostourkov .

Source: A Bola




Portuguese National Team training camp - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

The Portuguese National Team started their training camp, thinking in the Eurobasket 2015 Qualifying Round that will take place next August. During this period, the team will play in an International Tournament that will be organized by the Portuguese Federation in Vila Real, with the Belarus and Romania National Teams. This will be played in the 19th and 20th July.

The players called by Mario Leonel Palma are:

Joao Balseiro (Academica)
Marco Goncalves (Academica)
Mario Fernandes (Academica)
Cristovao Cordeiro (Ovarense)
Jose Barbosa (Ovarense)
Miguel Miranda (Ovarense)
Antonio Pires (Alges)
Nuno Oliveira (Barcelos)
Joao Santos (Fisica de Torres)
Miguel Queiroz (Illiabum)
Carlos Ferreirinho (Sampaense)
Carlos Andrade (Benfica)
Claudio Fonseca (Benfica)
Joao Gomes (Benfica)
Pedro Belo (Benfica)
Tomas Barroso (Benfica)
Jose Silva (V. Guimaraes)
Rafael Wildner (Breogan Lugo - Spain)




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  PUERTO RICO   

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, Humacao19.4 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.8 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.16.8 
 10. Galindo, Santurce16.4 
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. Phillip, San German8.6 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Diogu, Ponce8.4 
 7. Harrellson, Chongq.8.2 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
 9. Balkman, Guayama8.0 
 10. Mata, Quebradillas8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.3 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.8 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas5.2 
 4. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.2 
 5. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 6. Clemente, Humacao4.7 
 7. Rivera, Ponce4.7 
 8. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 9. Copeland, San G.3.7 
 10. Coronado, Guayama3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.9 
 3. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.6 
 5. Coronado, Guayama1.6 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 7. Lisch, Quebradillas1.4 
 8. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 9. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 10. Williams, Santurce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 5. Gates, Guayama1.3 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 7. Balkman, Guayama1.2 
 8. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 9. Santiago, Guaynabo1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Cangrejeros ink Joseph Jones - by Marcos Carlo

Santurce signed Joseph Jones for the rest of the playoffs replacing Will McDonald.

Jones recently played in Spain for CAI Zaragoza with averages of 7.8 points and 4.1 rebounds this season. Last year he also played in the Domincan Republic for Metros. He has experience in other premier leagues like Turkey, Israel and France.

He comes in for McDonald who came out of shape. McDonald only scored 7 points in their game 1 win over Mets, but need more quality minutes to survive this series. Santurce plays against Guaynabo on Thursday.

Their other foreign players are guards Diego Ciorciari and David Jackson who started well in this series.



Playoffs start with wins by Leones and Cangrejeros - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce and Cangrejeros de Santurce defended their homes by beating Capitanes de Arecibo and Mets de Guaynabo, respectively.

Leones dominated Capitanes 88-68 led by solid team play that started in the second quarter.

Arecibo won the first quarter 21-13, but the bench players from Ponce started in the second half and made a 21-0 run. They held Arecibo scoreless during the first 7:05 and dominated the second quarter 31-4 to finish the half up 44-25.

The rest was history as Ponce maintained the intensity and everyone contributed. Ike Diogu scored 15 points, Mike Rosario 14 and Carlos Emory (196-F) 12 with 11 boards.

Cangrejeros defeated Mets 78-74 thanks to a 10-3 run in the final quarter that put them up 72-70. Then a three-pointer by Alex Galindo extended the lead and they never looked back. Galindo and David Jackson netted 22 points each for the winners.

Larry Ayuso scored 20 points and Daniel Santiago 16 for Mets.

Both series continue on Thursday in Arecibo and Guaynabo.

The games for Wednesday, June 26 are:

Caciques-Gigantes at Piratas de Quebradillas
Indios de Mayaguez at Brujos de Guayama



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  ROMANIA   


SCM CSU Craiova announced Nemanja Maric - by Eurobasket News

SCM CSU Craiova announced Nemanja Maric (196-G-83) for the next season. The 30-year old Serbian guard Nemanja Maric will come from CSM Oradea. In 40 Liga Nationala games he had 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. The last season Maric played also at Oradea. In 30 Liga Nationala games he recorded 12.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 6.1apg (top 3) and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Romanian Cup Semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Romanian League All-Star Game.
Nemanja Maric has played also professionally in Canada (Centennial), FYR Macedonia (Vardar) and Serbia (Konstantin).



BC Timisoara brings in Flavius Lapuste - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara brings in Flavius Lapuste (202-F-78) for the next season. The 35-year old forward Flavius Lapuste will come from CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu. In 32 Liga Nationala games he averaged 7.5ppg and 3.7rpg last season. The last season Lapuste played at Targu Mures. In 31 Liga Nationala games he had 6.0ppg and 3.2rpg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Romanian Cup Final Four in 2007 and 2011. Lapuste was selected to Romanian League All-Star Game back in 2005,2006,2007 and 2008. He was a member of Romanian Senior National Team between 1998 and 2007.
Flavius Lapuste played also professionally in Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers), Germany, Hungary, Israel (Ironi Ashkelon) and Romania (U-Mobitelco and West Olympia).



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  RUSSIA   


Turgut Atakol Tournament: France roll past Russia - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Russia U20 75:68

French U20 National Team registered the first win at the Turgut Atakol international tournament in Istanbul. They held off their Russian counterparts in the opener. Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) stepped up with 14 points to lead the winners.
France cleared off midway through the opening quarter and gained a 23:14 lead at the first break. Paul Turpin (192-G-93) opened a double-digit lead for Les Bleus midway through the second term. France ensured a 42:25 halftime advantage. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) and Alexandre Chassang made it a 22-point advantage early in the third period. Russia managed to narrow the deficit at 17-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) put Russia within 5 points midway through the final term as they went on a comeback rally. Hugo Invernizzi, Boris Dallo (197-PG-94) and Alexandre Chassang gave France some breathing space at 72:63. Les Bleus stayed in front throughout the rest of the encounter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Paul Turpin posted 12 points, while Boris Dallo and Hugo Invernizzi added 11 points each for the winners. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) had 17 points for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-C-93) had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

France U20: Alexandre Chassang 14, Paul Turpin 12, Boris Dallo 11, Hugo Invernizzi 11
Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 17, Aleksandr Gudumak 10+11 boards



Unics Kazan In Negotiations with Lior Eliyahu - by Vladimir Lobanov

Unics Kazan are in negotiations with Israeli forward Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices),a senior source from Kazan confirmed to Eurobasket.
Eliyahu,who played in the last three seasons in Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv and also a senior player at the Israeli National team,has finished his deal with the Israeli and European giants and he is a free agent.He also played one season at Spanish outfit Caja Laboral Vitoria at 2009/2010 season.
According to a senior source, the New head coach of Unics,Andrea Trinchieri has given the green light to the President Evgeny Bogachev to make a move on Eliyahu as he sees him as a quality player and was impressed with him during the time he coached Cantu against Maccabi in the Euroleague.Bogachev is in intensive talks with Eliyahu's representatives but the word that came from Eliyahu's camp is that he doesn't fancy playing in Kazan and only a big financial package would convince him. Bogachev himself refused to comment about Eliyahu saying:"We are doing our business quite and not in front the media,we are working hard together with Andrea to build a strong team for next year".
The guy who also recommended Eliyahu is Kazan's Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) who played with the Israeli at Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in the 2010-2011 season.
Eliyahu has averaged 11.5ppg.4.7rpg,3apg in 32 Israeli league games (in 25mpg) and 7.3ppg,3.1rpg,2.1apg in 23 Euroleague games (16.8mpg).




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  SENEGAL   


Senegalese U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Senegalese U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Alioune Diallo
Diallo
Pape Diatta
Diatta
Ibrahima Sankare
Sankare
Cheikh Diallo
Diallo
Khalifa Ndiaye
Ndiaye
#e#5
4Alioune Diallo 190-PG-96 ASC Thies Senegal
5Pape Diatta 204-F-94
6Ibrahima Sankare 201-F-96 ASC Thies Senegal
7Cheikh Diallo 190-G-96 ASC Thies Senegal
8Khalifa Ndiaye 207-F-94 High School USA
9Modou Mbaye 201-F-94 Real Madrid II Spain
10Khadim Fall 194-SF-95 Le Mans France
11Youssoupha Kane 208-C-94 W.Nebraska CC USA
12Abdoulaye Ndoye 210-C-95 ASC Thies Senegal
13Racine Talla 207-F-94
14Abdou Gueye 194-PG-96 ASC Thies Senegal
15Tidiane Badiane 208-C-95 ASC Thies Senegal




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  SERBIA   


Turgut Atakol Tournament: Serbia too good for Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Sweden U20 79:64

Serbia victoriously opened the Tugrut Atakol international tournament. They rallied past Sweden in Istanbul. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) notched 15 points to lead the winners.
Sweden got to a slightly better start to the game. The Scandinavian team gained a 19:15 lead after ten minutes Nicholas Spires gave Sweden a 25:17 lead early in the second term. But Serbia used a 14:4 run midway through the second term to surge ahead. Sweden regained the lead and secured a narrow 37:36 halftime lead. Serbia went on a 5:0 run early in the second half to pull ahead. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third term. Sweden grabbed a 57:52 lead at the end of the period. Serbia used a 15:0 run in the fourth frame to gain a 69:59 lead. Sweden could not recover in the final minutes and had to yield at the end. Nemanja Krstic (198-SF-93) provided 14 points, while Nemanja Bezbradica (204-F/C-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points for Serbia. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) answered with 16 points for Sweden. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 15, Nemanja Krstic 14, Nemanja Bezbradica 13
Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 16, Tobias Borg 14



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  SLOVENIA   

Standings - D2

3SKL Standings
East
 1. Crnomelj 16-4 
 2. Lastovka 16-4 
 3. Bistrica 14-6 
 4. Krka II 12-8 
 5. Nazarje 10-10 
 6. Vrani Vransko 10-10 
 7. Calcit 9-11 
 8. Posavje Krsko 8-12 
 9. Nona Lenart 7-13 
 10. Hram Gorjan 5-15 
 11. Union Olim. II 3-17 
West
 1. Koper 17-3 
 2. Plama Pur 17-3 
 3. Ajdovscina 14-6 
 4. Jesenice 10-10 
 5. Fenomeni 9-11 
 6. Logatec 9-11 
 7. Jezica 9-11 
 8. Pingvini 8-12 
 9. Tolmin 7-13 
 10. Pivka 6-14 
 11. Globus 4-16 



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  SPAIN   


CAI Zaragoza renew Damjan Rudez - by Eurobasket News

CAI Zaragoza have reached an agreement on terms of contract extension with Damjan Rudez (203-F-86, agency: FCM). The forward signed a new two-year deal with the Spanish team. Damjan Rudez joined CAI Zaragoza at the start of the previous season. He notched 10.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in ACB. Previously Damjan Rudez had stints with Cibona, Cedevita, Union Olimpija, Split and Oostende. He was named into All-Croatian A1 League 2nd Team in 2012. The forward also made it into Croatian A1 League All-Domestic Players Team in 2012. Damjan Rudez has been the member of the Croatian National Team since 2007. The forward was the member of U18 and U20 Croatian National Teams before. He participated at the Croatian League All-Star Game in 2007, 2008 and 2010.


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  SWEDEN   


Turgut Atakol Tournament: Serbia too good for Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Sweden U20 79:64

Serbia victoriously opened the Tugrut Atakol international tournament. They rallied past Sweden in Istanbul. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) notched 15 points to lead the winners.
Sweden got to a slightly better start to the game. The Scandinavian team gained a 19:15 lead after ten minutes Nicholas Spires gave Sweden a 25:17 lead early in the second term. But Serbia used a 14:4 run midway through the second term to surge ahead. Sweden regained the lead and secured a narrow 37:36 halftime lead. Serbia went on a 5:0 run early in the second half to pull ahead. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third term. Sweden grabbed a 57:52 lead at the end of the period. Serbia used a 15:0 run in the fourth frame to gain a 69:59 lead. Sweden could not recover in the final minutes and had to yield at the end. Nemanja Krstic (198-SF-93) provided 14 points, while Nemanja Bezbradica (204-F/C-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points for Serbia. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) answered with 16 points for Sweden. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 15, Nemanja Krstic 14, Nemanja Bezbradica 13
Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 16, Tobias Borg 14



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  SWITZERLAND   


Lions de Geneve keep American Juwann James - by Eurobasket News

Lions de Geneve keep American Juwann James (198-F/C-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: JMU) for the next season. The player will remain in Switzerland. In 31 LNA games he averaged 14.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg last season. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team. Before James played at Denain Voltaire (ProB) in French league. In 33 games he had 14.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg.
The season 2010-2011 he played at Vendee Challans (NM1) in French league. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg that season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com French NM1 All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
In 2009-10 season James played at Bord Gais Neptune Cork (Superleague) in Ireland. In 16 games he had also remarkable stats: 33.3ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.1apg, 2.5spg and 2.1bpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague 1st Team and All-Imports Team.



BBC Monthey signs Marc Overney - by Luca Maffioli

BBC Monthey officially announced the signing of Marc Overney . The Swiss specialist will be the new head coach of the team. He replaces Petar Aleksic (new Head Coach of Swiss NT). Overney worked with Martigny and BBC Troistorrents (woman team) then he was also Coach Assistant of Thibaut Petit at BBC Monthey for two seasons (2009-2011). Last two seasons he worked in BBC Collombey-Muraz (1LN). His Coach Assistant will be Daniel Nyom. He will work with Monthey and he will be the head coach of BBC Collombey-Muraz.


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  TUNISIA   


Tunisian National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Macram Ben Romdhane
Ben Romdhane
Amine Rzig
Rzig
Salah Mejri
Mejri
Radhouane Slimane
Slimane
Mourad El Mabrouk
El Mabrouk
#e#5
10Omar Mouhli 190-G-86 ES Sahel Tunisia
11Mokhtar Ghayaza 204-C-86 ES Rades Tunisia
12Macram Ben Romdhane 204-PF-89 ES Sahel Tunisia
13Amine Rzig 198-SF-80 Al Ahly Egypt
14Youssef Gaddour 203-F-90 ES Rades Tunisia
15Salah Mejri 217-C-86 Blusens M. Spain
4Radhouane Slimane 205-F-80 Al Hilal Saudi Arabia
5Omar Abada 189-G-93 ES Rades Tunisia
6Nizar Knioua 189-SF-83 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
7Mourad El Mabrouk 194-SG-86 C Africain Tunisia
8Marouana Kechrid 180-PG-81 C Africain Tunisia
9Ziyed Chennoufi 202-F-88 ES Sahel Tunisia




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  TURKEY   


Turgut Atakol Tournament: Turkey fire past Germany - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Germany U20 75:56

Turkey recorded the first win at the international Turgut Atakol tournament in Istanbul. The hosts held off German counterparts in the opener. Samet Geyik (205-F-93) stepped up with 13 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter. Turkey finally pulled ahead and ensured an 18:16 lead after the first frame Ugur Dokuyan (197-G/F-93) made it 28:19 midway through the second term. Turkey rallied to a 39:33 halftime advantage. The hosts capped the third term on an 8:0 run to open a 58:40 advantage. The gap grew at 20-point pretty quickly in the fourth frame and Turkey never looked back en route to the victory. Merthan Mutlu (94) netted 13 points, while Ugur Dokuyan added 11 points for the winners. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) answered with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Germany. Leon Tolksdorf (203-F-93) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Samet Geyik 13+15 boards, Merthan Mutlu 13, Ugur Dokuyan 11
Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 15+12 boards, Leon Tolksdorf 11



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  UKRAINE   


Euroleague announced Budivelnik Kiev for the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Euroleague announced Budivelnik Kiev for the Regular Season. The Ukrainian Champions will not need 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round and directly will start from the Top Stage.
Budivelnyk became the new Superleague champions! They overcame Azovmash in the seventh decisive game of the title series in Kyiv. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) posted 27 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts to the trophy.
Last year Budivelnik Kiev had a great season in EuroCup. The team played in the Semifinals, but could not advance to the Final. Uxue Bilbao Basket reach the Finals as they rolled over BC Budivelnik Kiev in Game 2 of the Semifinals. The Spanish team had a 10-point victory in Game 2 and added massive 75:53 win. Lamont Hamilton and Alex Mumbru top-scored for the winners with 13 points each. Mamadou Samb, Kostas Vasiliadis and Fran Pilepic followed them with 10 points each in a win. Leo Lyons answered with 20 points in the losing effort, whilst Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) posted 12. Michailis Anisimovas scored 8 and Sergiy Gorbenko had 6.



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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jun. 25: 25 de Agosto - Yale 84-77
Jun. 24: Capitol - Stockholmo 79-87
Jun. 25: Urunday Univ. - Marne 78-81
Jun. 24: Guruyu Waston - Verdirrojo 76-63
Jun. 25: Larre Borges - Welcome 69-88
Jun. 25: Colon - Cader 58-72

Regular Season: Round 13

Jun. 28: Cader - Capitol
Jun. 28: Marne - Larre Borges
Jun. 28: Stockholmo - Colon
Jun. 28: Welcome - Yale
Jun. 28: Verdirrojo - Urunday Univ.
Jun. 28: Guruyu Waston - 25 de Agosto


Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro league (12th round)
Welcome 88 - Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) 26 pts. 10 reb. Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: Two Points, college: Cumberland) 18 pts 10 reb.
Larre Borges 69 - Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: E.Michigan) 33 pts 12 reb. 3 blocks, Andres San San Miguel (198-F-82) 15 pts. 4 reb.
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25 de Agosto 84 - Eric Freeman (205-C-79, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Ky Wesleyan) 41 pts.23 reb.
Yale 77 - Milton Acuna (197-F-85) 20 pts. 7 reb.
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Cader 72 - Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 20 pts. 21 rb 3 blocks, Julio Panelli (180-G-90) 14 pts
Colon 58 - Myles Walker (203-C-90, college: Indiana St.) 8 pts. 13 reb, Nicolas Ibarra (192-F-82) 13 pts 6 reb.
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Marne 81 - Andre Stephens (202-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) 32 pts. 12 reb. 2 blocks, Federico Della Mea (F) 15 ptys. 4 reb.
Urunday Universitario 78 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 20pts. 9 reb. Diego Olivera (197-G-84) 16 pts.



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

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

Third Stage: Round 7

Jun. 25: Bucaneros - Gigantes 88-71
Jun. 25: Cocodrilos - Marinos 76-80

Third Stage: Round 9

Jun. 28: Gigantes - Marinos
Jun. 28: Bucaneros - Cocodrilos



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  WBA   


Marietta new home for Georgia Majic - by Leroy McMath

World Basketball Association Foundation Inc.



Media Contact
678-482-3998

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(ATLANTA, June 26, 2013) The World Basketball Association Foundation (WBA) feeder league to NBA standouts such as josh Powell and Jamario Moon, announce Marietta, Georgia is home to new minor league basketball team, Georgia Magic, as part of the fledgling World Basketball Association foundation (WBA).

The Georgia Magic is owned by the Ronco Johnson Foundation. The Ronco Johnson Foundation is dedicated to providing financial literacy to economically disadvantaged adults and youth through fundraisers seminars, and workshops.

Owning a Professional Basketball Team in the World Basketball Association allows us to fulfill our goal in putting together a strong team to WIN in the community. Combining our experience in entertainment/insurance with our love and passion for the sport, gives us an avenue to educate and help develop our youth of today and tomorrow. The Magic plans to service the community by sponsoring programs that help youth acquire knowledge, develop skills, and form attitudes that enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society

Under new management, the WBA 2013 season officially started in June representing teams from Atlanta (GA); Marietta (GA); Conyers (GA); Anderson (SC); and Rome (GA). The WBA playoff starts August 2nd and the championship will be held 12:30p.m August 20th at the Philip arena.

ABOUT THE WBA: The WBA Exposure League was created in 2002 to teach, develop, and expose basketball players to NBA, D-League, KBL, PBL, and international scouts. The purpose of the WBA is to serve as a training ground to develop professional players, coaches, and personnel on and off the court. Emphasis is placed on career development, community involvement, and education.

WBA teams are comprised of talented athletes with a maximum of five years professional experience. The highly respected exposure league has produced and worked with top coaches, such as former Rome Gladiators coach Harold Ellis, who signed to the NBAs Detroit Pistons coaching staff now with Orlando Magic and standout players who made it to the next level, including Kenyon Gamble, who played with the WBAs Court Kings, former Hawks Anthony Grundy, and Kyle Davis of the New Jersey Nets and Jamario Moon.

The WBA Foundation is a 501 (C)3 organization. For more information contact the WBA office at 678-482-3998. For sponsorship or vendor opportunities and media inquiries, contact at marketing@wbaball.net.

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WBA appoints Tree Rollins as Commissioner - by Leroy McMath

World Basketball Association Foundation, Inc.

Media Contact
678-482-3998

.

(ATLANTA, June 22, 2013) The World Basketball Association Foundation (WBA), feeder league to NBA standouts such as Josh Powell and Jamario Moon, Recently appointed former NBA player, Tree Rollins, as League Commissioner for the 2013 season during a recent owners meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to taking the helm, Tree served as a consultant to the WBA and the current president of the NBRPA Orlando Chapter. Anthony Daniels was appointed Deputy Commissioner.

We felt that with the direction we're moving the WBA, we wanted someone with NBA experienceand relationships that can assist the league in educating our players about the attributes and qualities needed to be successful in sports and life. stated Leroy McMath, Founder of the WBA Foundation, Inc.

Under new management, the WBA 2013 season officially started in June representing teams from Atlanta (GA); Marietta (GA); Conyers (GA); Anderson (SC); and Rome (GA). The WBA playoff starts August 2nd and the championship will be held at 12:30p.m. August 20th at the Philips Arena.

ABOUT THE WBA: The WBA Exposure League was created in 2002 to teach, develop, and expose basketball players to NBA, D-League, KBL, PBL, and international scouts. The purpose of the WBA is to serve as a training ground to develop professional players, coaches, and personnel on and off the court. Emphasis is placed on career development, community involvement, and education.

WBA teams are comprised of talented athletes with a maximum of five years professional experience. The highly respected exposure league has produced and worked with top coaches, such as former Rome Gladiators coach Harold Ellis, who signed to the NBAs Detroit Pistons coaching staff now with Orlando Magic and standout players who made it to the next level, including Kenyon Gamble, who played with the WBAs Court Kings, former Hawks Anthony Grundy, and Kyle Davis of the New Jersey Nets and Jamario Moon.

The WBA Foundation is a 501 (C)3 organization. For more information contact the WBA office at 678-482-3998. For sponsorship or vendor opportunities and media inquiries, contact at marketing@wbaball.net.

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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


Senegalese U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Senegalese U19 National Team 2013
#s#
Alioune Diallo
Diallo
Pape Diatta
Diatta
Ibrahima Sankare
Sankare
Cheikh Diallo
Diallo
Khalifa Ndiaye
Ndiaye
#e#5
4Alioune Diallo 190-PG-96 ASC Thies Senegal
5Pape Diatta 204-F-94
6Ibrahima Sankare 201-F-96 ASC Thies Senegal
7Cheikh Diallo 190-G-96 ASC Thies Senegal
8Khalifa Ndiaye 207-F-94 High School USA
9Modou Mbaye 201-F-94 Real Madrid II Spain
10Khadim Fall 194-SF-95 Le Mans France
11Youssoupha Kane 208-C-94 W.Nebraska CC USA
12Abdoulaye Ndoye 210-C-95 ASC Thies Senegal
13Racine Talla 207-F-94
14Abdou Gueye 194-PG-96 ASC Thies Senegal
15Tidiane Badiane 208-C-95 ASC Thies Senegal




Ivory Coast U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

4Abdul Sanogo 192-F-95 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast
5Alpha Toure 187-F-94 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast
6Sahie Kuo 201-C-96 Don Bosco Ivory Coast
7Cyril Adjei 188-F-95 Ermess Ivory Coast
8Ousmane Toure 197-F-94 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast
9Cedric Bah 200-C-94 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast
10Amboudou-Kadirou Karaboue 185-PG-96 Don Bosco Ivory Coast
11Aboubakar Traore 204-C-95 SOA Ivory Coast
12Dalen Traore 203-C-95 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast
13Blaise Kouakou 190-G-94 Ivestp Ivory Coast
14Ismael Meite 187-F-95 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast
15Aziz Fofana 199-C-95 IVO U18 NT Ivory Coast

Olivier Tea Head Coach




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Women News


Week Fifteen 'Kickz101 Perth' Newcomers of the Week - by Eurobasket News

The Week Fifteen Kickz101 Perth Womens Newcomer of the Week has been awarded to Bank of Queensland Perth Redbacks young gun Gabrielle OSullivan.

With star guard Rachel Lisch having departed from the Redbacks earlier this month to join husband Kevin oversees, coach Narelle Henry is looking to her younger guard in OSullivan to step up and fill the void.

OSullivan did not let her coach down on Saturday night putting together a quality shooting performance, knocking down five from six including two-from-two beyond the arc to finish with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals in just nineteen minutes of game time, as Perth ran away victorious 72-42 over the struggling East Perth Eagles.

As the Redbacks continue to push for the top eight, fans will be hoping for more performances like this by their younger players OSullivan and Jakens to back up the likes of SBL stars, Payne and Fletcher.

Southlands Shopping Centre Willetton Tigers guard Mitchell Clarke has been announced the Week Fifteen Kickz101 Perth Mens Newcomer of the Week.

Mitchell Clarke returned home earlier this month after his time in the US playing with Gillette College in the NJCAA since 2011 to re-sign with the Tigers.

Despite going down to the Flames on Saturday night 110-95, Willetton can take confidence from Clarkes solid performance as he recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in just twenty-seven minutes of game time.

At just twenty years-of-age, Clarke has already represented WA on three occasions at a National level, been a part Willettons SBL championship winning team in 2010 and plied his trade playing in the US.

Mitchell Clarke is definitely one name to keep your eye on as a future elite star of the SBL.

Clarke and OSullivan are now in contention for the monthly award where the winner of a facebook poll receives a pair of shoes of their choice thanks to Kickz101 Perth.
Courtesy of:http://www.sbl.asn.au



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  BRAZIL   


Erika de Souza and the Atlanta Dream off to a great start - by Mel Devonne

Brasilain Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas), the big girl for the Atlanta Dream are off to a 8-1 start this WNBA season.
Erika is a key player for Atlanta and one of the top centers in the league.
Shes averaging 10ppg and 6 rebounds this season and Atlanta has a league leading 8-1 record.
Atlanta has been in 2 finals in the last 3 years and is chasing a WNBA championship.
Erika played last season for National league team, Recife and is a member of
the Brasil national team.



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  BULGARIA   


Dunav 8806 Ruse ink Delyana Koeva - by Eurobasket News

Dunav 8806 Ruse ink Delyana Koeva (182-F-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) for the 2013/2014 season. The 27-year old forward will move from Beroe Stara Zagora. In 12 games she recorded 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg last season.
She started her career in 2004-2005 for Levski Spartak Sofia (D1) and in 2006-2007 moved to NSA Delta (A1, starting five). In 21 games her stats read 7.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 34.5%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 83.3%. Two seasons after she played for Rilski Sportist Samokov and in the last one averaged 10.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP-3 (61.9%), FT-3 (30.4%), FT: 85.7%.
In 2010-2011 moved to Beroe 07 Stara Zagora (NBL) and in 22 games showed 3.6ppg, 2.9rpg. In 2011-2012 for Beroe 07 Stara Zagora (NBL, starting five) her stats read 7.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg, Steals-5 (1.7spg), FGP: 37.6%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 75.0%.



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  CHINA   


China sneak past Hungary in Changshu - by Eurobasket News

China - Hungary 74:72

China victoriously opened the Changshu stage of the Four Nations Tournament. They held off Hungary in a tight contest. Huang Hongpin (196-C-89) nailed 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Hungary grabbed a 20:17 lead after ten minutes of action. But China quickly erased the deficit in the second term. The Asian team went on a 20:12 run to secure a 37:32 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third period. The hosts ensured a 5-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Hungary got within striking distance late in the encounter but China withheld the charge and snatched a narrow win at the end. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) fired 19 points for Hungary. Reka Balint (182-SF-91) netted 14 points, while Viktoria Szalay (172-PG-96) had 11 points in the loss.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


EuroBasket 2013: Spain outlast Czech Republic to reach semis - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Czech Republic 75:58

Spain will play in the semifinal of 2013 EuroBasket. They held off pesky Czech Republic to stay in the title race. The outcome was not clear until late in the game but Spain upend the tempo when needed and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) fired 29 points to lead the winners.
Spain got to a flying start. They exploded with 25 points in the first term to gain a 10-point lead. Alba Torrens opened the second frame with five straight points to give Spain a 15-point lead. But Czech Republic did not panic. They used a 7:0 run midway through the period to cut the deficit back to 7 points 27:34. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) put Czech Republic within six 35:41 at halftime. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87), Petra Kulichova and Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) leveled things up at 41 early in the third term. Xargay stopped the rot for Spain and triggered a 10:2 rally that put Spain back on top. They entered the fourth frame up by 8 points 54:46. The margin quickly grew to double figures in the fourth frame. Spain were back in control and coasted to the victory at the end. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) delivered 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Amaya Valdemoro (183-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 11 points for the winners. Katerina Elhotova answered with 13 points for Czech Republic. Petra Kulichova and Tereza Peckova had 10 points each in the loss.

Spain: Alba Torrens 29, Sancho Lyttle 23+12 boards, Amaya Valdemoro 11
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 13, Petra Kulichova 10, Tereza Peckova 10



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Jelena DUBLJEVIC
  MNT
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Dubljevic, USK P.17.7 
 2. Lyttle, Atlanta D.17.7 
 3. Leedham, Bourges16.8 
 4. Eldebrink, Rivas E.16.3 
 5. Torrens, Galatasa.16.3 
 6. Sottana, Familia15.7 
 7. Milovanovic, Dynam.13.3 
 8. Lelas, Lattes M.12.8 
 9. Yacoubou-D., Fener.12.2 
 10. Gruda, UMMC12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.11.1 
 2. Leuchanka, Atlan.9.3 
 3. Ress, Lucca7.9 
 4. Dubljevic, USK P.7.5 
 5. Kulichova, Good A.7.4 
 6. Leedham, Bourges7.3 
 7. Lelas, Lattes M.7.3 
 8. Perovanovic, Nadez.7.0 
 9. Yacoubou-D., Fener.6.7 
 10. Kupcikova, Good6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Johannah LEEDHAM
  ENG
  (180-SF-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Leedham, Bourges4.5 
 2. Vardarli, Fener.4.5 
 3. Alben, Galatasaray4.0 
 4. Palau, USK Praha3.7 
 5. Bortelova, DSK K.3.6 
 6. Skerovic, USK Praha3.5 
 7. Dubljevic, USK P.3.3 
 8. Ciglar, Novi Zagreb3.2 
 9. Eldebrink, Cagliar.3.2 
 10. Xargay Casad., Pe.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.6 
 2. Dabovic, Partizan1.9 
 3. Baburova, MBK R.1.8 
 4. Kupcikova, Good A.1.8 
 5. De Forge, USK P.1.8 
 6. Alben, Galatasaray1.7 
 7. Yacoubou-D., Fener.1.7 
 8. Skerovic, USK Praha1.7 
 9. Leedham, Bourges1.7 
 10. Radocaj, Partizan1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  CZE
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kulichova, Good A.2.3 
 2. Veremeenko, Fener.2.0 
 3. Ress, Lucca1.7 
 4. Lyttle, Atlanta D.1.4 
 5. Burgrova, USK Praha1.0 
 6. Jurcenkova, IMOS1.0 
 7. Lukacovicova, MBK0.8 
 8. Miyem, Bourges0.8 
 9. Vynuchalova, Samor.0.8 
 10. Stewart, Bacsb.0.7 



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  FRANCE   


Diandra Tchatchouang signs with Bourges - by Eurobasket News

Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F-91, college: Maryland) signs with Bourges for the next season. The player will come from Perpignan Basket. In 27 games she recorded 9.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.6apg last season.
Before Tchatchouang played at Lattes Montpellier. In 21 games she averaged 3.1ppg and 1.9rpg. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Tchatchouang also played 7 games in Euroleague where she averaged 4.9ppg and 1.4rpg.
This summer (two years after she left the college) Tchatchouang was drafted by San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA) in second round (20th overall).
She attended University of Maryland until 2011 and it may be her second season in pro basketball. Tchatchouang received ACC All-Freshman Team award back in 2010 at her college time.
Diandra Tchatchouang has been also a member of French international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2007 and 2008. Tchatchouang represented France at the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) three years ago. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 6 games: 11.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg, Steals-4 (2.2spg), 1.2bpg, FGP-1 (64.4%), 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 50.0%.



Lattes Montpellier brings in Helena Ciak - by Eurobasket News

Lattes Montpellier brings in Helena Ciak (197-C-89) for 2013/2014 season. The 24-year old player will come from Perpignan Basket. In 28 games she averaged 8.7ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5bpg last season. It was a very successful year in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention. The last season Ciak played also at Perpignan (LF2). In 25 games she had 13.8ppg, 9.9rpg (#5 in the league), 1.4apg and 3.0bpg. She helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Player of the Year, Domestic Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
Ciak has been also a member of French international program for some years. She played for this year and previously for U20 National Team in 2009. Ciak represented France at the 3x3 Women World Championships in Greece last year.
She has played previously for two other France teams: Roche and Saran.



Reims tab Marieme Badiane - by Eurobasket News

Reims bolstered their roster. They secured the services of Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) for the next season. The centre spent the previous season with Central Federal BB. Her stats read 4.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in LF2. Marieme Badiane was the member of U16, U18 and U19 French National Teams.


Anael Lardy reaches agreement with Arras - by Eurobasket News

Anael Lardy (170-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) is set to join Arras. The guard has reached a tentative agreement with the team. Anael Lardy spent the last season in Czech Republic. She posted 4.1 points, 2.4 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in ZBL. In EuroLeague the guard averaged 2.6 points, 1.6 assists and 1.2 rebounds per appearance. The guard became the ZBL champion with the team. Previously Anael Lardy had spells for Clermont-Ferrand, Bourges and Challes-les-Eaux. She was the member of U16, U18, U20 and U21 French National Teams. Anael Lardy has joined the National Team in 2009. She participated at the 2010 World Championship in Czech Republic.


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UNI Gyor adds Krisztina Kovacs - by Eurobasket News

UNI Gyor adds Krisztina Kovacs (185-F-80) for 2013/2014 season. The player will come from Bacsbasket Kft. Baja. It is actually her comeback to Gyor as she played here before. In 30 A Division games she recorded 5.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.2spg this season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Kovacs also played at PINKK-Pecsi 424 (B Division) earlier that season. Before she played at Nanette FTC (A, starting five). In 20 games she averaged 7.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg.
The season 2010/2011 Kovacs played at HAT-AGRO UNI Gyor (previous name UNI SEAT). In 25 A Division games she averaged 7.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg. She also played 10 games in Eurocup where she averaged 4.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1spg. Kovacs was selected to Hungarian League All-Star Game back in 2008.
She has played previously for two other Hungary teams: BEAC-Ujbuda and Szeged.



China sneak past Hungary in Changshu - by Eurobasket News

China - Hungary 74:72

China victoriously opened the Changshu stage of the Four Nations Tournament. They held off Hungary in a tight contest. Huang Hongpin (196-C-89) nailed 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Hungary grabbed a 20:17 lead after ten minutes of action. But China quickly erased the deficit in the second term. The Asian team went on a 20:12 run to secure a 37:32 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third period. The hosts ensured a 5-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Hungary got within striking distance late in the encounter but China withheld the charge and snatched a narrow win at the end. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) fired 19 points for Hungary. Reka Balint (182-SF-91) netted 14 points, while Viktoria Szalay (172-PG-96) had 11 points in the loss.



Hungarian University NT edge Serbia U19 in Ivanjica - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Hungary University NT 59:65

Hungarian University National Team defeated Serbian U19 NT in the friendly encounter in Ivanjica. Dorina Zele (185-F-92) stepped up with 17 points to pace the winners.
Hungary jumped to an early lead. They grabbed a 29:16 advantage after ten minutes. Serbia slowed their opponents down in the second frame. The hosts cut the deficit by one point to trail by 12 points at halftime. Serbia added defensive aggressiveness in the third term. They cut the deficit at 5-point mark at the final break. But it was not enough. Hungary kept the home team at bay throughout the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Valga and Mahjoki netted 12 points each for the winners. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) answered with 13 points for Serbia. Olga Stepanovic (178-SG-94) (178-SG-94) netted 10 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Aleksandra Crvendakic 13, Olga Stepanovic 10
Hungary University NT: Dorina Zele 17, Valga 12, Mahjoki 12



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  ITALY   


EuroBasket 2013: Serbia roll past Italy, into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Italy 85:79

Serbia advanced into the EuroBasket semifinal stage. They overcame Italy in the first quarterfinal battle in France tonight in Orchies. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) nailed 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
The teams started to a brisk start to the game. The Azzurri exploded with 26 points in the first frame to spur ahead. Italy maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Milovanovic and Jovana Rad (187-PF-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) finally tied things up at 38 but Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) and Cinili gave Italy a 42:38 halftime lead. Italy led throughout the bigger part of the third term before Jovanovic evened things up at 64. Dotto capped the period with a free throw to give Italy a 65:64 lead. Italy seemed en route to the victory as they enjoyed a 79:74 lead with under two minutes remining. But Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) nailed five straight points to level things up at 79. Jelena Milovanovic followed with two free throws to give Serbia an 81:79 lead. Later Jovana Radocaj and Milica Dabovic added four more points and sealed the win for Serbia. Milica Dabovic accounted for 17 points, while Jovana Rad added 15 points in the victory. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 22 points for Italy. Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 21, Milica Dabovic 17, Jovana Rad 15
Italy: Giorgia Sottana 22, Raffaella Masciadri 11, Kathrin Ress 10



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  LATVIA   


Latvia U20 and Poland U23 exchange victories - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 and Poland U20 exchange victories in two friendly games. At first Poland won 71:52 on June 25th. Poland started with a 24-18 in the first period and led two points at the halftime. The second half was fully dominated by the Polish side. They won the third period 19-9 and finished the game with 14-7 in the last stanza. Ilze Jakobsone scored 10 points for Latvia and Paula Langina (180-F-94) as well as Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) had 9 each.
In Game 2 Latvia U20 celebrated a 67:65 win. They trailed 15-17 after the first period, but then needed a 21-15 push in the third period to grab the win. Kate Karlina Kreslina and Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93) scored 13 points for the winners, while Paula Tomsone added 11. Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) finished the game with 6 points in the winning effort.



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Lithuania U20 trade victories with Poland U20 - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian and Polish U20 National Team played two exhibition encounters in Druskininkai. They exchanged victories.
Lithuania proved the strength in the opening encounter 65:59. Lithuania were down by three points heading into the fourth frame but used an 18:9 run to seal the victory. Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) came up with 22 points to lead the winners. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) added 18 points, while Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) had 15 in the victory.
Poland bounced back next day. The visitors overcame a 2-point halftime deficit to take a 2-point lead before the fourth frame. Poland went on an 11:8 run in the final term to seal a 58:53 victory at the end. Ieva Kazlauskaite notched 13 points and 11 boards for Lithuania. Ieva Preskienyte and Greta Tamasauskaite chipped in 11 points apiece in the loss.



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Latvia U20 and Poland U23 exchange victories - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 and Poland U20 exchange victories in two friendly games. At first Poland won 71:52 on June 25th. Poland started with a 24-18 in the first period and led two points at the halftime. The second half was fully dominated by the Polish side. They won the third period 19-9 and finished the game with 14-7 in the last stanza. Ilze Jakobsone scored 10 points for Latvia and Paula Langina (180-F-94) as well as Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) had 9 each.
In Game 2 Latvia U20 celebrated a 67:65 win. They trailed 15-17 after the first period, but then needed a 21-15 push in the third period to grab the win. Kate Karlina Kreslina and Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93) scored 13 points for the winners, while Paula Tomsone added 11. Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) finished the game with 6 points in the winning effort.



Basket ROW Rybnik sings Agnieszka Kulaga - by Eurobasket News

Basket ROW Rybnik sings Agnieszka Kulaga (170-G-86, college: Valparaiso) for the next season. Last year she played for KK ROW Rybnik in Poland. In 6 games she averaged 9.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.7apg and 2.0spg. Before Kulaga played at Artego Bydgoszcz (PLKK) in Polish league. In 22 games she had 5.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg.
The season 2010/2011 she played at Tecza Leszno (1Liga) in Polish league. In 22 games she had 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg that season.
In 2009-10 season Kulaga played at Wisla Can-Pak (PLKK) in Polish league. But in 13 games she had just 1.2ppg and 1.2rpg. She also played 2 games in Euroleague but she did not score anything. Kulaga also played at Wisla (2Liga) in Polish league earlier that season.
Among other achievements her team made it to the Euroleague Semifinals in 2010. Agnieszka Kulaga received also All-Horizon League 2nd Team award back in 2008 at her college time. Kulaga represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Sopron seven years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 10.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 43.8%, FT: 61.1%.



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Standings - B Superleague - by Greg

Superleague Standings
 1. Kazanochka 22-6 
 2. Enisey 20-8 
 3. Yunost PO 16-12 
 4. Stavropol 15-13 
 5. Voronezh 15-13 
 6. Neftyanik 11-17 
 7. Spartak SP 10-18 
 8. Syktyvkar 3-25 


Superleague Stats Leaders - by Greg

Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Gorbunova, Stavr 16.4
2 Litvinenko, Omsk 15.5
3 Kalmykova, Spartak 15.3
4 Maksimenko, Spartak 13.4
5 Sizyakova, Yunost 13.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Terekhova, Syktyvkar 11.0
2 Gvozdeva, Stavr 9.8
3 Kalmykova, Spartak 9.6
4 Nikitina, Kazan 9.2
5 Romanova, Enisey 8.0
Assists Per Game
1 Fomina, Spartak 4.3
2 Finogentova, Kazan 3.5
3 Melnikova, Yunost 3.2
4 Maksimova, Kazan 2.9
5 Korovushkina, Voronezh 2.9



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Hungarian University NT edge Serbia U19 in Ivanjica - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Hungary University NT 59:65

Hungarian University National Team defeated Serbian U19 NT in the friendly encounter in Ivanjica. Dorina Zele (185-F-92) stepped up with 17 points to pace the winners.
Hungary jumped to an early lead. They grabbed a 29:16 advantage after ten minutes. Serbia slowed their opponents down in the second frame. The hosts cut the deficit by one point to trail by 12 points at halftime. Serbia added defensive aggressiveness in the third term. They cut the deficit at 5-point mark at the final break. But it was not enough. Hungary kept the home team at bay throughout the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Valga and Mahjoki netted 12 points each for the winners. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) answered with 13 points for Serbia. Olga Stepanovic (178-SG-94) (178-SG-94) netted 10 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Aleksandra Crvendakic 13, Olga Stepanovic 10
Hungary University NT: Dorina Zele 17, Valga 12, Mahjoki 12



EuroBasket 2013: Serbia roll past Italy, into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Italy 85:79

Serbia advanced into the EuroBasket semifinal stage. They overcame Italy in the first quarterfinal battle in France tonight in Orchies. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) nailed 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
The teams started to a brisk start to the game. The Azzurri exploded with 26 points in the first frame to spur ahead. Italy maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Milovanovic and Jovana Rad (187-PF-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) finally tied things up at 38 but Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) and Cinili gave Italy a 42:38 halftime lead. Italy led throughout the bigger part of the third term before Jovanovic evened things up at 64. Dotto capped the period with a free throw to give Italy a 65:64 lead. Italy seemed en route to the victory as they enjoyed a 79:74 lead with under two minutes remining. But Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) nailed five straight points to level things up at 79. Jelena Milovanovic followed with two free throws to give Serbia an 81:79 lead. Later Jovana Radocaj and Milica Dabovic added four more points and sealed the win for Serbia. Milica Dabovic accounted for 17 points, while Jovana Rad added 15 points in the victory. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 22 points for Italy. Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 21, Milica Dabovic 17, Jovana Rad 15
Italy: Giorgia Sottana 22, Raffaella Masciadri 11, Kathrin Ress 10



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Spisska Nova Ves land Liga Surkusa - by Eurobasket News

Spisska Nova Ves kept on bolstering their roster. They have recently added Liga Surkusa (194-C-91, agency: LBM Management) to the roster. The Latvian centre inked a one-year deal with the Slovakian team. Last season Liga Surkusa spent in Italy. She played for Cignoli Broni. She tallied 10.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per appearance in A2. Liga Surkusa earned All-Italian A2 Honourable Mention. She also made it into A2 All-Bosmans Team. Liga Surkusa previously played for TTT Riga. She was trumped All-Latvian LSBL Centre of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Liga Surkusa has been the member of the Latvian National Team since 2012.


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EuroBasket 2013: Spain outlast Czech Republic to reach semis - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Czech Republic 75:58

Spain will play in the semifinal of 2013 EuroBasket. They held off pesky Czech Republic to stay in the title race. The outcome was not clear until late in the game but Spain upend the tempo when needed and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) fired 29 points to lead the winners.
Spain got to a flying start. They exploded with 25 points in the first term to gain a 10-point lead. Alba Torrens opened the second frame with five straight points to give Spain a 15-point lead. But Czech Republic did not panic. They used a 7:0 run midway through the period to cut the deficit back to 7 points 27:34. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) put Czech Republic within six 35:41 at halftime. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87), Petra Kulichova and Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) leveled things up at 41 early in the third term. Xargay stopped the rot for Spain and triggered a 10:2 rally that put Spain back on top. They entered the fourth frame up by 8 points 54:46. The margin quickly grew to double figures in the fourth frame. Spain were back in control and coasted to the victory at the end. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) delivered 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Amaya Valdemoro (183-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 11 points for the winners. Katerina Elhotova answered with 13 points for Czech Republic. Petra Kulichova and Tereza Peckova had 10 points each in the loss.

Spain: Alba Torrens 29, Sancho Lyttle 23+12 boards, Amaya Valdemoro 11
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 13, Petra Kulichova 10, Tereza Peckova 10



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EBL2 Standings - by Greg

EBL2 Standings
Midlands South East
 1. London West 15-1 
 2. Reading R. 12-4 
 3. Solent S. 12-4 
 4. Oxford United 9-7 
 5. Sevenoaks Jrs 5-9 
 6. Oaklands W. 4-9 
 7. Worthing TB 4-10 
 8. Brixton Topcats 4-11 
 9. Ipswich B. 2-12 
Midlands South West
 1. Birmingham M. 14-2 
 2. Bristol Storm 13-3 
 3. Northampton P. 12-4 
 4. Cardiff Celts 11-5 
 5. Cardiff Archers 2 7-9 
 6. Loughborough2 6-10 
 7. Nottingham 2 4-12 
 8. Bromsgrove B. 3-13 
 9. Leicester W. 2-14 
North
 1. Bradford D. 13-2 
 2. Bury BD 9-2 
 3. Mansfield G. 9-3 
 4. Sefton S. 8-4 
 5. Sunderland CP 2-11 
 6. Doncaster DE 1-14 



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 8-1 
 2. Chicago S. 6-3 
 3. New York L. 4-4 
 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. 26: Chicago S. - New York L. 87-74
Jun. 25: S.Antonio SS - Phoenix M. 77-83
Jun. 25: Atlanta D. - Indiana F. 76-60
Jun. 27: Washington M. - Phoenix M.