EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/29/2013 4:04:01 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



KK Cibona VIP Zagreb will keep D.J. Strawberry - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb will keep D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) for another season. In 18 A1 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.2apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to win the league title and the supercup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and All-Defensive Team. Strawberry also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He also played 26 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 14.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg and 2.2spg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Defensive Player of the Year, named to All-Imports Team and named to Honorable Mention. The last season Strawberry played at Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel. In 29 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention. He also played 5 games in Eurocup where he recorded 14.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg.
The season 2010/2011 Strawberry played at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) in Lithuanian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 19 LKL games he recorded 5.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team making it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Lithuanian League All-Star Game. Strawberry also played 5 games in Euroleague where he recorded 6.6ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.8apg. He also played 4 games in Baltic League where he recorded 3.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. And finally Strawberry contributed to 3 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. He also spent pre-season at Bighorns in D-League that year. Strawberry was tried-out by the Hornets in NBA that season.



Interesting day for Buducnost Podgorica - by Igor Obradovic

Buducnost Podgorica announce today two good news for their fans.

First is that they extended contract with their maybe the best player in last season, Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket).
Cedomir Vitkovac in last season in Adriatic league have 10.1 points per game, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 ast.
Second great news for Buducnost fans is that they signed Milos Komatina (205-F/C-84), who played last season in Bosnia and Herzegovina champions Igokea.
Milos Komatina (205-F/C-84) in last season in Adrtiatic league scored 6.8 points per game, have 2.7 rebounds and 0.3 ast.



Dragan Bajic stay in Igokea - by Igor Obradovic

Although there was a story that he will leave Igokea looking for foreign involvement Dragan Bajic will stay in champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Igokea a few days ago decided not to participate in qualification for the Euroleague and in next season they will play in the Euro Cup.
Since he did not know the fate of coach Dragan Bajic , now that everything is official and Bajic will stay on the bench of Igokea, the club can start looking for reinforcements for the roster.



Vulic and Mrsic assistants in Cedevita! - by Dani Erceg

Cedevita Zagreb announced assistant coaches to Jasmin Repesa will be Jaksa Vulic and Veljko Mrsic. Vulic was head coach in Cedevita in second part of season 2012/2013 and before that worked in Siroki Eronet and KK Dubrava Zagreb. Mrsic started 2012/2013 season on bench of Cibona but left in November 2012. In 2011/2012 he was coach of Cedevita junior team.


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  ARGENTINA   


U19 World Championship: Argentina better Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19 - Argentina U19 55:76

Argentina registered the first win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame hosting Czech Republic to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Rodrigo Haag (193-SG-95) nailed 13 points to lead balanced effort from the Latin American team. Czech Republic fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Neither side looked dominant in the first ten minutes. The scoreboard read 17:17 at the end of the first quarter. Argentina opened the second frame on a massive 20:2 run to clear off. The visitors accumulated a 39:23 halftime advantage. Argentina kept Czech Republic at safe distance throughout the third period. The Latin American side arrived at the final break up by as many as 23 points 61:38. Czech Republic were able just to cut the deficit in the fourth period. Gonzalo Torres (202-F/C-94) netted 11 points, while Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) added 10 points and 8 rebounds for Argentina. Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) answered with 10 points for Czech Republic. Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) netted 8 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U19: Petr Safarcik 10, Radovan Kouril 8
Argentina U19: Rodrigo Haag 13, Gonzalo Torres 11, Gabriel Deck 10



Banda Norte sign Gustavo Acosta, keep Matias Cudos and Mauro Negri - by Eurobasket News

Banda Norte started to shape up the roster for the next season. Head coach Jose Luis Pestuggia has ensured the services of Gustavo Acosta for the next season. The forward spent the previous season with El Chorrilero de San Luis in Torneo Federal. Previously he had stints with Atletico Brown, San Isidro, Club 9 and Sportivo 7 de Julio. Gustavo Acosta was Liga B Norte Champion in 2011.
Bande Norte also kept Matias Cudos and Mauro Negri on the roster. Matias Cudos will enter the fourth straight season with the team. Last season the guard posted 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in TNA. He played previously for Firmat FC Santa Fe, Lanus and Olimpia Venado Tuerto Santa Fe.
Mauro Negri will enter the second straight season with Banda Norte. Last season the centre tallied 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per appearance.



Stankovic Cup: Argentina edge Germany - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Germany 77:60

Argentina recorded the first win at the Stankovic Contenintal Champions Cup in China. They held off Germany for 1-1 record. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners. Germany fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Argentina grabbed an 18:15 lead after the starting quarter. They stretched the distance in the second frame. Argentina accounted for a 35:24 halftime advantage. Things got even worse for the European team in the third period. Argentina dominated in every facet of the game and opened a 20-point lead into the fourth stanza 58:38. Germany narrowed the deficit in the final period but could not challenge their opponents. Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) nailed 13 points, while Selem Safar (190-SG-87) notched 12 points for the winners. Ole Wendt (190-PG-92) responded with 16 points for Germany. Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) had 10 points in the defeat.

Argentina: Juan Gutierrez 19, Leonardo Mainoldi 13, Selem Safar 12
Germany: Ole Wendt 16, Anthony Canty 10



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  AUSTRALIA   


Stankovic Cup: Australia gain second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

China - Australia 59:64

Australia clinched the second straight win at the start of the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup. The Emerging Boomers outgunned hosting China to remain perfect. Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) stepped up with 11 points to pace well-balanced effort from the Aussies. China slipped at 1-1 record at the tournament.
Australia ensured a storming start to the game. They grabbed a 21:15 lead after ten minutes of action. China struggled to pick up the tempo throughout the second frame. The Emerging Boomers piled up a 40:26 halftime lead. But China went off the dressing room determined to change the complexion of the game. They turned to an aggressive defence and erased the deficit. Australia however did not allow China to surge ahead. The visitors stayed calm and then used an 8:0 run to take a 60:52 lead. China got within one 59:60 but the visitors went perfect from the line and sealed the win at the end. Mitchell Young (206-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) and Andrija Dumovic (208-C/F-93) had 9 points each in the winning effort. Sun TongLin (208-F/C-92) answered with 20 points for China. Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) had 13 points in the loss.

China: Sun TongLin 20, Duan JiangPeng 13
Australia: Cameron Bairstow 11, Mitchell Young 9, Andrija Dumovic 9



U19 World Championship: Serbia too good for Australia - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Australia U19 78:57

Serbia registered the second straight win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Australia to remain on top of Group C at 2-0 record. The Emus slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) nailed 16 points to lead the winners.
The teams were locked at 18-all after ten minutes of action. The European team spurred in front in the second frame. Serbia went on a 26:10 run in the second term and built a 16-point lead at the interval. Serbia controlled the pace throughout the third term. They ensured an 18-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The Emus managed just 11 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) posted 14 points and 14 boards, while Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points for Serbia. Dane Pineau (203-F-94) responded with 21 points for Australia. Dante Exum (193-PG-95) had 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Nikola Milutinov 16, Nikola Jankovic 14+14 boards, Vasilije Micic 14
Australia U19: Dane Pineau 21, Dante Exum 14



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  BELGIUM   


Aalstar Transfer - by Peter Buyse

Okapi Aalstar has announced its first new player for the upcoming season. The new addition is a rookie out of Kansas named Travis Releford (198-G-90). The former Jayhawk comes to Belgium after a nice career at Kansas. In his senior year he averaged 11.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 2.6 apg which earned him All Big 12 2nd team as well as All Big 12 Defensive team.
He was one of the big reasons Kansas was the Big 12 Co-Champion during his senior year. The team also made it to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Travis was a member of the U18 Team USA in 2008 during the FIBA Americas U18 championship.
During his sophomore year in 2011 he was one of the finalist for Dunk of the Year.



Kangoeroes Basket Transfer - by Peter Buyse

Kangoeroes Basket Willbebroek signed its 3rd American player to the 2013-2014 roster. Deshawn Painter (206-C-90) started his career in the ACC playing for North Carolina State where he played his first 3 college seasons. For his senior year he moved back to his hometown of Norfolk where he played for Old Dominion. His stats at ODU shot up from the previous years and he ended up averaging 13.0 ppg and 8.4 rpg. He was most recently invited to the Portsmouth Invitational tournament.


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  BRAZIL   


U19 World Championship: Brazil opens Day 2 with the win over Senegal - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U19-Senegal U19 72:56

Brazil opens Day 2 with the win over Senegal at the FIBA U19 Championship for Men. The team improved to 1-1 record after a 72:56 victory. The African side meanwhile suffered their second loss and dropped at 0-2 record in Group C.
Although Brazil won the first period 15:12, the team from Latin America could not win the half. Senegal managed to grab 29:26 halftime advantage, but then failed in the third quarter. Brazil erupted with a 26-3 surge in the third stanza and took the full control of the game. They celebrated their initial win and will take on Australia tomorrow. Senegal will face Serbia in Day 3.
Daniel Bordignon (197-F/C-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) netted 12. Arthur Pecos (182-PG-95) brought 11, while Eduardo Campos (204-F-95) had 10. Abdoulaye Ndoye (210-C-95) ended up with 13 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, whilst Ibrahima Sankare (201-F-96) notched 10. Pape Diatta (204-F-94) and Tidiane Badiane (208-C-95) delivered 8 points each in a loss.

Brazil U19: Daniel Bordignon 14, Leonardo Demetrio 12, Arthur Pecos 11, Eduardo Campos 10
Senegal U19: Abdoulaye Ndoye 13+10 rebs, Ibrahima Sankare 10, Pape Diatta 8, Tidiane Badiane 8



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  BULGARIA   


Pau Orthez inked Hristo Nikolov - by Vladi Lazarova

One of the most successful clubs in French basketball Pau Orthez officially announced today Bulgarian Hristo Nikolov. The contract of 200 cm tall National team forward is for 2013/2014 season. 27-years old swingman will be the second Bulgarian born, who will play in French PRO A after Ilian Evtimov of Elan Chalon. But Evtimov has also a French passport.

Hristo Nikolov spent the last season in Romanian Cluj (12,9 points, 3,8 rebounds, 2,9 assists per game). In 2011/2012 he was part of Hungarian champion and Hungarian Cup winner, and EuroChallenge semifinalist Szolnok Olaj. Nikolov is former player of CSKA Sofia and Lukoil Academic. In Bulgaria he won the National Cup with CSKA and has a championship ring with The Students.

Last summer in Eurobasket 2013 qualifications Nikolov made 10,4 ppg and 4,0 rpg with Bulgarian National team.

Pau Orthez is coming back in French PRO A after an excellent season in PRO B in the country (26 victories, 8 losses). The club was founded in 1931 in the town of Orthez. The club first reached the top level of French professional basketball in 1973. Pau is 9 times French champion (1986, 1987, 1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004), 3 times Cup holder (2002, 2003, 2007) and Korac Cup winner (1984).

Pau Orthez plays in Palais des Sports de Pau (8000 seats), with white and green jerseys.



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U19 World Championship: Croatia earn the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Canada U19-Croatia U19 66:79

Croatia U19 earn the second straight win the FIBA U19 Championship for Men. The team improved to 2-0 record on top of group A after a 79:66 win against Canada U19.
Croatia on the first period 22-19 and added 15-13 for 5-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Croatia won two quarters in the second half for the final success. They posted a 15-12 rally in the third period and finished the game with 27-22 in the last stanza.
Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Dominik Mavra (191-SG-94) nailed 17. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) collected 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Mislav Brzoja (193-F/G-94) added 11. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) answered with 25 points and Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Marko Pirovic (201-F-94) poured in 7, whilst Duane Notice (188-G-94) notched 4.
Tomorrow Croatia U19 will take on Spain U19, while Canada U9 will face South Korea U19.

Canada U19: Tyler Ennis 25, Trey Lyles 22+10 rebs, Marko Pirovic 7, Duane Notice 4
Croatia U19: Jakov Mustapic 21, Dominik Mavra 17, Dario Saric 14+15 rebs, Mislav Brzoja 11



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  CHINA   


Stankovic Cup: Australia gain second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

China - Australia 59:64

Australia clinched the second straight win at the start of the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup. The Emerging Boomers outgunned hosting China to remain perfect. Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) stepped up with 11 points to pace well-balanced effort from the Aussies. China slipped at 1-1 record at the tournament.
Australia ensured a storming start to the game. They grabbed a 21:15 lead after ten minutes of action. China struggled to pick up the tempo throughout the second frame. The Emerging Boomers piled up a 40:26 halftime lead. But China went off the dressing room determined to change the complexion of the game. They turned to an aggressive defence and erased the deficit. Australia however did not allow China to surge ahead. The visitors stayed calm and then used an 8:0 run to take a 60:52 lead. China got within one 59:60 but the visitors went perfect from the line and sealed the win at the end. Mitchell Young (206-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) and Andrija Dumovic (208-C/F-93) had 9 points each in the winning effort. Sun TongLin (208-F/C-92) answered with 20 points for China. Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) had 13 points in the loss.

China: Sun TongLin 20, Duan JiangPeng 13
Australia: Cameron Bairstow 11, Mitchell Young 9, Andrija Dumovic 9



Jiangsu tab Chinemelu Elonu - by Eurobasket News

Jiangsu tab Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) for the next season. In 32 games he averaged 9.8ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.0bpg last season for Tofas Bursa. Elonu also played 11 games in EuroChallenge where he had 10.5ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.1bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 3rd Team. Before Elonu played at Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProB) in French league. In 30 games he had 10.4ppg, 8.3rpg (leader !!!) and 1.1bpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. He also played 5 games in EuroChallenge where he had 12.8ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.6bpg.
The season 2010/2011 Elonu was tested by Panionios (A1) in Greek league. In 9 games he had 7.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.7bpg. In 2009-10 season he played at CAI Zaragoza (ACB) in Spanish league. In 26 games he had 6.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5bpg. He helped them to win the regular season.



U19 World Championship: USA rout China in Prague - by Eurobasket News

USA U19-China U19 113:57

USA rout China in Prague for the second straight win at the U19 World Championship. The favorites needed a 113-57 win for 2-0 record in Group D. The Chinese team meanwhile dropped at 1-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated, but USA proved their ambitions from the very beginning. They started the game with 29-17 lead and never looked behind after. Moreover USA added massive 34-12 surge and led 34 points at the halftime. USA looked better also in the second half and won both periods. They had 23-10 in the third period and finished the game with 27-18 in the last stanza.
Aaron Gordon (6'9''-PF-95) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Michael Frazier (6'4''-G-94) added 15. Justice Winslow (6'6''-F-96) notched 14 and Jarnell Stokes (6'8''-F-94) brought 13. Yuan Shuai (6'3''-PG-94) finished the game with 18 points in defeat and Wu Qian (6'3''-G-94) had 10. Heng YiFeng (6'5''-F-95) scored 9, whilst Zhao JiWei (6'1''-G-95) brought 6.

USA U19: Aaron Gordon 17+11 rebs, Michael Frazier 15, Justice Winslow 14, Jarnell Stokes 13
China U19: Yuan Shuai 18, Wu Qian 10, Heng YiFeng 9, Zhao JiWei 6



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  CROATIA   


Croatia nip Slovenia at Logrono Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20 - Slovenia U20 67:66

Croatia snatched a narrow victory over their Slovenian counterparts at the start of the Gobierno de La Rioja friendly tournament in Logrono. Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) and Antonio Boban (200-F/G-93) posted 14 points each to lead the winners.
Slovenia held their opponents to 13 points in the starting frame to eke out a 2-point lead. But Croatia slowly picked up the tempo. They sparked a 19:14 run in the second frame to gain a 32:29 halftime lead. Croatia stretched the lead in the third period. They accumulated a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Slovenia however went on a strong 21:12 run in the final term to stop just a whisker away from the victory. Ramuak netted 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Croatia. Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Slovenia. Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Croatia U20: Henrik Sirko 14, Antonio Boban 14, Ramuak 11+10 boards
Slovenia U20: Ziga Dimec 13, Luka Rupnik 12



U19 World Championship: Croatia earn the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Canada U19-Croatia U19 66:79

Croatia U19 earn the second straight win the FIBA U19 Championship for Men. The team improved to 2-0 record on top of group A after a 79:66 win against Canada U19.
Croatia on the first period 22-19 and added 15-13 for 5-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Croatia won two quarters in the second half for the final success. They posted a 15-12 rally in the third period and finished the game with 27-22 in the last stanza.
Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Dominik Mavra (191-SG-94) nailed 17. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) collected 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Mislav Brzoja (193-F/G-94) added 11. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) answered with 25 points and Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Marko Pirovic (201-F-94) poured in 7, whilst Duane Notice (188-G-94) notched 4.
Tomorrow Croatia U19 will take on Spain U19, while Canada U9 will face South Korea U19.

Canada U19: Tyler Ennis 25, Trey Lyles 22+10 rebs, Marko Pirovic 7, Duane Notice 4
Croatia U19: Jakov Mustapic 21, Dominik Mavra 17, Dario Saric 14+15 rebs, Mislav Brzoja 11



KK Cibona VIP Zagreb will keep D.J. Strawberry - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb will keep D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) for another season. In 18 A1 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.2apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to win the league title and the supercup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and All-Defensive Team. Strawberry also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He also played 26 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 14.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg and 2.2spg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Defensive Player of the Year, named to All-Imports Team and named to Honorable Mention. The last season Strawberry played at Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel. In 29 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention. He also played 5 games in Eurocup where he recorded 14.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg.
The season 2010/2011 Strawberry played at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) in Lithuanian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 19 LKL games he recorded 5.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team making it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Lithuanian League All-Star Game. Strawberry also played 5 games in Euroleague where he recorded 6.6ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.8apg. He also played 4 games in Baltic League where he recorded 3.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. And finally Strawberry contributed to 3 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. He also spent pre-season at Bighorns in D-League that year. Strawberry was tried-out by the Hornets in NBA that season.



Vulic and Mrsic assistants in Cedevita! - by Dani Erceg

Cedevita Zagreb announced assistant coaches to Jasmin Repesa will be Jaksa Vulic and Veljko Mrsic. Vulic was head coach in Cedevita in second part of season 2012/2013 and before that worked in Siroki Eronet and KK Dubrava Zagreb. Mrsic started 2012/2013 season on bench of Cibona but left in November 2012. In 2011/2012 he was coach of Cedevita junior team.


Croatian U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
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Luka Panduric
Panduric
Antonio Boban
Boban
Blaz Bozinovic
Bozinovic
Matej Buovac
Buovac
Petar Zivkovic
Zivkovic
#e#5
Luka Panduric 192-G-93 Darda Croatia
Matej Buovac 201-F-93 N.Mexico St. USA
Juraj Segaric 183-PG-93 KK Zagreb Croatia
Domagoj Kanaet 197-F-93 Alkar Sinj Croatia
Petar Zivkovic 193-SG-93 Djuro Djakovic Croatia
Marko Bakovic 204-C/F-93 Djuro Djakovic Croatia
Antonio Boban 200-F/G-93 Kvarner 2010 Croatia
Petar Madunic 210-C-93 Alkar Sinj Croatia
Ivan Bozinovic 208-C-93 TRU Canada
Luka Vlaic 208-C-93 Jolly Croatia
Henrik Sirko 198-F-93 Kvarner 2010 Croatia
Blaz Bozinovic 208-C-93 TRU Canada

Damir Milacic Head Coach Alkar Sinj Croatia



Croatian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Croatian U18 National Team 2013
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Fran Jukic
Jukic
Paolo Marinelli
Marinelli
Andrija Coric
Coric
Dorian Jelenek
Jelenek
Marko Arapovic
Arapovic
#e#5
Borna Kapusta 180-PG-96 Krizevci Croatia
Fran Jukic 194-SG-95 Feniks Croatia
Paolo Marinelli 193-G-95 KK Split Croatia
Filip Palac 194-SG-95 Mladost Z. (C) Croatia
Juraj Kozic 196-G/F-95 Osjecki Sokol Croatia
Andrija Coric 198-SG-95 Siroki II Bosnia
Dorian Jelenek 200-SF-95 Cedevita Croatia
Lovro Mazalin 203-SF-97 Cibona Croatia
Bruno Zganec 201-PF-95 Feniks Croatia
Marko Arapovic 208-C/F-96 Cibona Croatia
Ante Zizic 201-C/F-97 KK Split Croatia
Karlo Zganec 206-F/C-95 KK Zagreb Croatia




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Spain roll past Czech Republic at the start of Logrono tournament - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Czech Republic U20 69:50

Spain claimed the first win at the international Gobierno de La Rioja tournament in Logrono. The hosts knocked down Czech Republic for the opening victory. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners.
Spain got to a convincing start. They accounted for a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. Spain maintained the lead throughout the second period. They piled up a 40:25 halftime advantage. Czech Republic slowed the hosts down in the third period. The visitors cut the deficit at 12-point mark at the final break. But Spain went on a 19:12 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) netted 13 points, while Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) chipped in 8 points for the winners. Martin Kriz (201-F-93) answered with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) and Primonsky tallied 9 points apiece in the loss.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 19, Jaime Fernandez 13, Alejandro Suarez 8
Czech Republic U20: Martin Kriz 12+11 boards, Tomas Kyzlink 9, Primonsky 9



U19 World Championship: Argentina better Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19 - Argentina U19 55:76

Argentina registered the first win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame hosting Czech Republic to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Rodrigo Haag (193-SG-95) nailed 13 points to lead balanced effort from the Latin American team. Czech Republic fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Neither side looked dominant in the first ten minutes. The scoreboard read 17:17 at the end of the first quarter. Argentina opened the second frame on a massive 20:2 run to clear off. The visitors accumulated a 39:23 halftime advantage. Argentina kept Czech Republic at safe distance throughout the third period. The Latin American side arrived at the final break up by as many as 23 points 61:38. Czech Republic were able just to cut the deficit in the fourth period. Gonzalo Torres (202-F/C-94) netted 11 points, while Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) added 10 points and 8 rebounds for Argentina. Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) answered with 10 points for Czech Republic. Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) netted 8 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U19: Petr Safarcik 10, Radovan Kouril 8
Argentina U19: Rodrigo Haag 13, Gonzalo Torres 11, Gabriel Deck 10



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  D-LEAGUE   


Charge coach Jensen leaving for Utah - by Eurobasket News

A coaching search appears to be on the horizon for the Canton Charge. Multiple Salt Lake City media outlets reported Friday head coach Alex Jensen is leaving the Charge to join the Utah Jazz. The Deseret News reported that Jensen will become Utahs director of player development. He will replace Brad Jones, who has been promoted to a full-time assistant on head coach Tyrone Corbins staff. Jensen and Johnnie Bryant, the Jazz assistant development director last year, will hold the same job, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Messages for Jensen and Cleveland Cavaliers Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin were not returned Friday. The Charge have not officially announced Jensens departure. As Cantons first head coach, Jensen compiled a 57-43 record in two seasons. He was named the NBA Development League Coach of the Year this past season after he led the Charge to a 30-20 record and the first East Division title. The Charge also came within one win of reaching the finals in 2011.
Alex has been a tremendous leader for the Charge and is one of the main reasons why we have had the positive results we have had over the past two seasons, Cavaliers and Charge Director of Development League Operations Mike Gansey said after Jensen was named league coach of the year. He deserves high praise for the job he has done, including establishing a successful balance between developing players and guiding the collective team. Under Jensen, the Charge led the league scoring defense and perimeter defense this past season. Opponents averaged 96.0 points a game and shot 30.3 percent from 3-point range. Jensen is a Utah native and a former University of Utah player. He helped lead the Utes to the national championship game in 1998. Prior to coming to Canton, Jensen spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Saint Louis.
Courtesy of: cantonrep.com



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Standings

Eurobasket S.League Standings
Atlanta
 1. England 0-0 
 2. France 0-0 
 3. Germany 0-0 
 4. Greece 0-0 
 5. Ireland 0-0 
 6. Italy 0-0 
 7. Russia 0-0 
 8. Spain 0-0 
Indianapolis
 1. Rome 6-0 
 2. Madrid 3-3 
 3. Paris 3-3 
 4. Berlin 2-3 
 5. Amsterdam 0-5 
Houston
 1. Buenos Aires 0-0 
 2. Dubai 0-0 
 3. Mexico City 0-0 
 4. Okinawa 0-0 
 5. Tokyo 0-0 
Las Vegas
 1. Brussels 0-0 
 2. Dublin 0-0 
 3. Geneva 0-0 
 4. Helsinki 0-0 
 5. Istanbul 0-0 
 6. Kiev 0-0 
 7. Lugano 0-0 
 8. Manchester 0-0 
 9. Monaco 0-0 
 10. Moscow 0-0 
 11. Venice 0-0 
 12. Zurich 0-0 
Los Angeles
 1. Amsterdam 0-0 
 2. Rome 0-0 
 3. Stockholm 0-0 
 4. Vienna 0-0 
 5. Warsaw 0-0 
Madrid
 1. La Serna 3-0 
 2. El Naranjo 2-1 
 3. La Avanzada 2-1 
 4. El Arroyo 1-2 
 5. Loranca 0-4 
Phoenix
 1. Asker 0-0 
 2. Poitiers 0-0 
 3. Solna 0-0 
 4. Treviso 0-0 


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

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


To view the vidoe of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZBTBrRLwAw

To view official FIBA stats of this game click on this link:
http://www.baloncestofuenlabrada.com/doc/fuenlaoe/10.pdf

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

To view the video of this game click on link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85nhJ4ssydQ

To view official FIBA stats of this game click on this link:
http://www.baloncestofuenlabrada.com/doc/fuenlaoe/11.pdf



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Gaz Metan Medias confirm EuroChallenge appearance - by Eurobasket News

Gaz Metan Medias confirm EuroChallenge appearance for the next season. The third team in Romania will represent the country at the tournament.
Gaz Metan reached the Semifinal stage of the Play-offs but lost to Targu Mures with a 0-3 record. Gaz Metan was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 29-17 charge of Targu Mures, which allowed them to win the game. Gaz Metan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch and lost the game 84:92.
Gaz Metan Medias also won Romanian Cup. The team overcame U Mobitelco Cluj 76:62 in the Final game.Gaz Metan Medias started the game with 17-7 and added massive 28-17 in the second period. Moreover the winners posted an 18-11 rally in the third quarter and did not mind 14-26 in the last stanza. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Mitchell had 14. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Derek Wright scored 15 points in defeat and Sean Antwan Barnette nailed 14.



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Unicaja announce Mindaugas Kuzminskas - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja made official the signing of Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89). The Lithuanian forward inked a 2+1 deal with the Malaga outfit. Last season Mindaugas Kuzminskas played for Zalgiris Kaunas. He tallied 8.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in VTB League. The forward also notched 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds per EuroLeague appearance. Kuzminskas posted 13.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists per game in LKL. Mindaugas Kuzminskas was named All-VTB League European Player of the Year. He also made it into All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team. Mindaugas Kuzminskas had stints with Sakalai and Siauliai before joining Zalgiris back in 2009. He earned All-Lithuanian LKL Player of the Year title in 2010.


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KORISLIIGA: Cedric Latimer moves to Lapua - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish F Cedric Latimer (198-F-87, agency: Blacktop Management, college: St.Francis, PA) will change his team in Finnish Top League (Korisliiga). Latimer and Korikobrat (Lapua) have signed the contract for coming 2013-14 season. Actually the contract is model 1+1 years. Latimer was studying and playing basketball in the USA 2006-10 (Santa Clara and Saint Francis). Then he returned back to Finland and played first on YMCA Lahti roster (2010-11). Latimer signed then with UU-Korihait, Uusikaupunki (2011-12) and last season (2012-13) he was again on YMCA Lahti roster averaging 11,3 ppg (1 - 66,2%, 2 - 53,1%, 3 - 31,0%) and 5,2 rpg in 33:08 mpg and 37 contests.


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  FRANCE   


ADA Blois Basket add Nigerian Corey Raji - by Eurobasket News

ADA Blois Basket add Nigerian Corey Raji (198-F-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Boston Coll.) for the next season. He played last at Quimper UJAP. In 30 games he was third best scorer with impressive 17.0ppg and had 8.1rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.8apg this season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com French NM1 All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and Honorable Mention. The last season Raji played at Etzella (Total League) in Luxembourg. In 26 games he was third best scorer with remarkable 23.8ppg and recorded 10.1rpg and 2.4apg. He helped them to make it to the Luxembourg Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League 2nd Team.
Raji graduated from Boston in 2011 and it is his third season in pro basketball.



Etoile Charleville-Mezieres add Romain Dardaine - by Eurobasket News

Etoile Charleville-Mezieres agreed terms with 25-year old power forward Romain Dardaine (201-PF-88). The player will come from JSA Bordeaux Basket. In 30 games he had 4.0ppg and 1.9rpg last season. Before Dardaine played also at Bordeaux (ProB). In 21 games he recorded 4.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won French NM1 championship title in 2011. Dardaine was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention in 2011. He was a member of French U18 National Team back in 2006. Dardaine has played previously for three other France teams: Pau-Lacq-Orthez, Sluc Nancy and Hyeres-Toulon. He started his career in 2005-2006 for Nancy Sluc U21 team.



France U18 demolish Russia U18 in Bor - by Eurobasket News

France U18 demolish Russia U18 in Bor at the start of the International Tournament. The French p[layers did not leave any chances with a 99:62 win.
France started the game with 25-7 and never looked behind. Russa meanwhile replied with a 24-18 in the second frame and reduced to 12 points at the halftime. France looked better in the second half as well and posted two comfortable victories. They won the third period 22-15 and finished the game with a 34-16 surge.
Axel Bouteille (197-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Inglis and Petr Cornelie (209-C/F-95) netted 12 each. Sergey Zhulkov (203-F/C-95) replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Vladislav Staratelev (194-F/G-96) added 11.
Serbia U18 wins Bor International Tournament opener with 4 participating teams. The home side overcame Ukraine U18 77:66 in Day 1.



Mamadou Sy comes back to Boulogne - by Eurobasket News

Mamadou Sy (200-F-85, agency: Fusion Sports, college: Cloud County CC) signed contract with Boulogne. The Malian forward is coming back to the team. He played for Boulogne last season. Mamadou Sy joined the team in December. He notched 0.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in ProB. Sy left Boulogne in January. Previously Mamadou Sy had stints with Lille, Stade Clermontois, Boulazac and ASVEL. He was the member of Malian National Team in 2009/11 seasons.


Pau-Lacq-Orthez bring in Hristo Nikolov - by Eurobasket News

Pau-Lacq-Orthez announced the signing of Hristo Nikolov (200-PF-85). The power forward spent the last season in Romania. Hristo Nikolov played for U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca. He averaged 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game in Division A. Nikolov participated at the Romanian League All-Star Game. Previously Hristo Nikolov had spells in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. The forward made it into All-Hungarian League 2nd Team in 2012. He was also named into All-Bulgarian League 2nd Team in 2008. Hristo Nikolov was Bulgarian League champion in 2009 and 2010. The forward also claimed the Bulgarian Cup title in 2005. He has been the member of the Bulgarian National Team since 2006.


Rueil add Vaidotas Pridotkas - by Eurobasket News

Rueil bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84). Last season the forward played for Charleville. He averaged 13.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in ProB. Previously Vaidotas Pridotkas played for Brest, Rudupis, Netpunas and Siauliai. He was named into NM1 All-Bosmans Team in 2011 and 2012. The forward also earned All-French NM1 Honourable Mention in 2011 and 2012. Vaidotas Pridotkas was the member of U18 and U21 Lithuanian National Teams. He participated at the U21 World Championship in Argentina. Rueil have already secured the services of Gilles Duro (190-G-88), Daye Kaba (190-G-86, college: Marist), Slobodan Ocokoljic, Moise Daime and Dominique Gentil (195-G/F-88) for the next season.


Dijon set to keep Zach Moss and Andre Harris - by Eurobasket News

Dijon are set to keep Zach Moss (201-F-81, agency: Fusion Sports, college: Mountain St.) and Andre Harris (201-F/C-85, college: Fair Dickinson) on the squad. The team has reportedly agreed on terms of contract extensions with both players.
Zach Moss joined Dijon back in April 2011. Last season the forward posted 10.4 points and 5.5 boards per game in ProA. He also delivered 10.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per appearance in EuroChallenge. Previously Zach Moss played for Melilla Baloncesto, Orleans, Vichy, Givat Shmuel, Challons and Antibes. He was named All-French ProB Centre of the Year in 2005.
Andre Harris will enter the third straight season with Dijon. Last season the centre posted 11.8 points, 5.0 boards and 1.6 assists per game in ProA. In EuroChallenge Andre Harris tallied 14.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals per appearance.



Turgut Atakol Tournament: France thump Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - France U20 40:66

French U20 National Team posted the second victory at the Turgut Atakol international tournament in Istanbul. They knocked down the hosts to gain 2-1 record. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) nailed 14 points to pace Les Bleus. Turkey suffered the first defeat and slipped at 2-1 record.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. France eked out an 11:10 lead after ten minutes. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) and Boris Dallo (197-PG-94) helped France to a 26:15 lead at halftime. Les Bleus went on a 14:0 run midway through the third term to open a 40:21 lead. Turkey cut it to 16 points with one period remaining 29:45. However France tipped off the fourth frame on a 14:2 rally and never looked back en route to the victory. Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Boris Dallo had 10 points each for the winners. Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) answered with 12 points for Turkey. Ugur Dokuyan (197-G/F-93) netted 7 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Ramazan Tekin 12, Ugur Dokuyan 7
France U20: Hugo Invernizzi 14, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 10, Boris Dallo 10



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Giorgi Shermadini leaves the forces of Maccabi Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) leaves the forces of Maccabi Tel-Aviv. The Georgian player was loaned first to Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus and now will look for another team. In 17 A1 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 2.1rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. Shermadini also played 17 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.4ppg and 2.9rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Euroleague championship. Shermadini also played at Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel earlier that season. In 6 games he averaged 7.5ppg and 5.0rpg. He also played 9 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.8ppg and 2.3rpg. The last season Shermadini played at FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) in Italian league. In 22 games he averaged 9.0ppg and 5.2rpg. He contributed in the supercup final and the cup final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Italian SerieA All-Star Game. He also played 16 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.9ppg and 5.5rpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. Shermadini also spent pre-season at Panathinaikos (A1) in Greek league earlier that year.
The season 2010/2011 he played at Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) in Slovenia. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Shermadini was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 21 Telemach League games he averaged 8.4ppg and 4.5rpg. He contributed to his team winning the cup and make to league final. Shermadini also played 16 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1bpg. He also played 24 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 6.7ppg and 4.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.



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Steven Bennett (Dennis Schroeder Can Compete With All The Guards In The NBA Draft) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Steven Bennett (173-PG-88, college: Chaminade) is a 24 year old 173cm point guard from Los Angeles that just completed his first season for the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (Germany-ProB) and now is playing for the Rockingham Flames (Australia-SBL). With Braunschweig he played 10 games averaging 22.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.1apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 57.5%, 3FGP: 34.2%, FT: 76.6% He is one of the few special players that has a tenacity and will to win that is unmatched; it is impossible to judge him based upon height alone because he can compete with anyone in the world. He has proven this in the Maui Invitational division I tournament in 2010, and was recognized as one of the top players (All-Maui Award) from a field of other top US point guards such as Kemba Walker, Kailin Lucas and Brandon Knight. Bennett is known for his great court vision and passing ability, and is able to get in the lane at will and finish against anyone with either left or right hand. Every team bases their defensive strategy around Bennett and is forced to take create his own shot and take his three point shots off the dribble. He is an excellent shooter, but wants to continue to improve his already respectable 40% three point percentage. Steven is known for having excellent leadership skills, and is highly respected by all of his peers and coaches. He played at Citrus JC (JUCO) from 2007-2009 and then played at Chaminade (NCAA2) He played three games with possible 2013 NBA draft pick Dennis Schroeder and talked to Eurobasket about playing with him and his chances in the NBA Draft.

Thanks Steven for talking to eurobasket. You have had a whirlwind of a rookie season taking you from Cyprus to Australia via Germany. It is now June, how is your body holding up? It has been a very long season for you.

A: It has been a long season, but I am holding up pretty well. I have always trained hard to keep my body in top shape, and I think that this added time in Australia has been great for continuing to keep me in shape and work on my game for next season.


You play for a team called the Rockingham Flames (Australia-SBL). How do you like Australia. How does the SBL league compare to the German PRO B where you played ten games for?

A: I like Australia so far. It has been nice to be in a country where I understand the language. The German Pro B league and Europe in general, was more centered around the pick and roll.

You could have gone home in April and have a long summer vacation. What were the main reasons for continuing your rookie season in Australia?

A: When the opportunity arose, I decided to come to Australia because I figured I could keep my body in shape while playing, and because I am a rookie, I wanted to take in as much experience as I could this year.


What is it like playing for a team that all has Australien players. Do they look up to you because you are an American that knows how to score?

A: I don't know if they look up to me or not, but I try to be a good leader by example. I try to work hard at all times, and as a point guard, I take it upon myself to make everyone better.

What is something that you have learned about in Australia that you never knew before you came down under?

A: I didn't know they really had kangaroos just roaming around. We went to an away game a couple weeks ago, and we just passed one when we were driving. That was crazy to me.


You had a very strong season in the PRO B where you dominated. You averaged 22.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.1apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 57.5%, 3FGP: 34.2%, FT: 76.6%. How pleased were you off your short season in Braunschweig?

A: I was pleased, but I am never content. I know that I can always improve, so that's where my work ethic comes in. I am the type of person to constantly set goals, and since it is so early in my professional career, I have a lot more goals to meet.


Despite being a rookie and having such a strong season, on what areas would you have liked to have flourished more in your short time in Germany?

A: I think just adjusting to the European game and tempo, which would have developed more if I was there for a longer period of time.

Without knowing all the hype that was around Dennis Schroeder, would you have thought that he could be a potential first round draft pick in the NBA

A: Yes I think so, he is very young, but very experienced for his age. He has a much more mature and developed game than a lot of American players of his age.

You played three games together with Dennis Schroeder. In the last season game you had a typical game with 35 points and eight assists and he had 14 points and eight assists. If Schroeder gets drafted, is the game video something you would show your grand children one day?

A: I have been fortunate enough to play in some pretty big games in my career, including 7 nationally televised ESPN games against eventual NBA players when we were all in college. So I do have quite a few for the collection, but I definitely would add this game video where I am playing alongside a potential NBA draft pick as well.

What kind of an experience was it playing in the back court with Dennis Schroeder? What is something that you would like to have from his game?

A: It was a great experience because we just understood each other as basketball players. We took turns controlling the ball, and who ever had played the best over the course of the first three quarters, would control the majority of the fourth quarter. As a defender, he has long arms, which I thought helped him to play really good defense as a point guard.

Many compare him to Rajon Rondo, but if you had to choose a second NBA guard who would you compare him too?

A: I think Rondo is probably the best comparison, but I don't think it's fair to compare him really. Now that he's getting drafted, he's going to make a name for himself.

When you look at the other guards in the draft like Trey Burke, Michael carter Williams, CJ Mccollum or Shane Larkin, he is behind all of them. Where do you see Schroeder in all facets of the game in comparison to these guards?

A: I think he will compete with all of these guards. He has the athleticism and length to defend any of those guards, and I think his experience playing in Germany professionally has helped develop his game tremendously. His basketball IQ is great as a result.


Do you see him having a long NBA career? His young age and the skills he already has and his development long from over has to be scary with the possibility of how good he can still get?

A: Definitely. I think that his potential is unlimited. It is just a matter of how much time he puts in and how hard he works. At the end of the day, Im firm in the saying: "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard."


What was the most amazing thing that you saw Dennis Schroeder do in a practice or game?

A: I don't think there was anything in particular, but more of something that I noticed continually. His composure on the court for such a young guy was amazing.


In all the chats you had with Dennis Schroeder, what will always stick in your mind with the words he gave you?

A: I really don't any particular words that stood out.

Do you think that you will return to Germany next season? You surely have the game for the PRO A.

A: I appreciate that. I really liked Germany, so we will see. I just want to keep being able to perform on bigger and bigger stages and continue to showcase my game against better and better competition. I excel in games where I am the most challenged, I am an extremely competitive person.


When will you be home in the States and how does a normal Steven Bennett work out day look like in the summer?

A: I will be home either early or late August depending on how my team here finishes off the season. When I do get home, my workouts start at 6:00am with drills and skills at my old high school gym. Then after a couple hours, we head outside to the track and do agility or plyometrics. Then we go home for a bit and eat, and then lift weights in the afternoon. Then the day usually ends with an open run somewhere in Los Angeles or a summer league game in the Drew League.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

A: The last DVD movie I watched was Role Models.


Thanks Steve for the chat.



Thierno Agne Joins The LTi Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team LTi Giessen 46ers continue to be very busy this early summer getting their roster set as they have announced the signing of Thierno Agne (203-F-89) giving him a one year deal. Thierno Agne is a 24 year old 203cm forward that was born in Hamburg and has experience playing in the States. He played at Northwood Fl. (NAIA) from 2009-2013 and will be a rookie in the Pro A. As a senior at Northwood Fl. (NAIA) he played 24 games: 8.9ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 75.0%. He shot over 40% from outside his last three seasons at Northwood and should be able to help Giessen with his shooting."We are happy that he chose us despite having other interesting offers. Before going to the States, he showed that he could play with Ehingen in the Pro B. But he also showed his qualities at Northwood. I am happy that we can have him. He is an athletic player with a dangerous shot, but also is strong on defense. With Benjamin Lischka, Myles Hesson and Thierno Agne, we feel that we have asolid foundation at the forward positions", stressed Giessen ehad coach Denis Wucherer.

Thierno Agne started his basketball career in 2004 with Bramfelder SV Hamburg cadet team. In 2005-2006, he played for Baskets Hamburg (Regionalliga): 10 games: 3.0ppg, also at Bramfelder SV Hamburg II (Oberliga): 9 games: 6.7ppg. He then played at Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule from 2006-2009. "I am happy to be bale to play for Giessen this season. I am lucky that I am able to play for a coach like Denis Wucherer that has so much expereince and basketball know how. It is also nice that Giessen has a rich history and unbelievable fans that always stand behind their team. I am looking forward to playing in Germany again and the challenge in Giessen. I can't wait for the pre season and to get to know the town, club and fans", stressed Thierno Agne. Awards/Achievements in his baksetball career have been German U16 National Team -05, German U18 National Team -05, 07, German Bundesliga U-20 All-Star Game -08, German U20 National Team -09, European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) -09: 6 games: 0.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0spg, NAIA D2 Final Four -11, NAIA D2 Finalist -12, FSC Tournament Finalist -13, and FSC Regular Season Champion -13


Source: LTi Giessen 46ers







The Crailsheim Merlins Haul In Carlos Medlock - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A club Crailsheim Merlins got some experience at the guard position with Carlos Medlock (183-G-87, college: E.Michigan) who is a lethal scorer. Carlos Medlock is a 26 year old 183cm guard from Detroit, Michigan that will be starting his third professional season. Last season he played for U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes (Iceland-Dominos League), then moved to Club Deportes Las Animas (Chile-Liga Nacional), then signed at U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes (Iceland-Dominos League, starting five): 24 games: Score-2 (27.2ppg), 4.4rpg, 4.8apg, Steals-5 (2.3spg), FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 78.9%. "Carlos found a good mix of best individual play with team oriented play. Here we will need more stability and presentation", stressed sport director Ingo Enskat.

Medlock started his basketball career at E.Michigan (NCAA) in 2005 where he was a teammate of retired player John Bowler who played in Bonn and Ludwigsburg. In his senior year he played 32 games: 16.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 80.5%. In his four years in the NCAA, he played a total of 110 NCAA games. In 2010, he was drafted by the Utah Flash (D-League,6rd (9). IN 2010, he was a rookie and played for the Utah Flash (D-League): 3 games: 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg, left in Nov.'10, in Feb.'11 moved to Guildford Heat (United Kingdom-BBL, starting five): 17 games: 14.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-4 (4.6apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 64.1%. "He has shown in the past that he doesn't only have good individual stats, but also has the capability to make his teammates better. I expect that from here in our league. We only have positive feedback about his charachter and hope that he will get comfortable in Crailsheim", stated Merlins head coach Willie Young. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team -06, MAC Freshman of the Year by FOXSports.com -06, All-MAC Honorable Mention -08, MAC West Division Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -10, All-MAC 2nd Team -10, NABC Division I All-District 14 2nd Team -10, British BBL Trophy Finalist -11, Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 2nd Team -13, Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Honorable Mention -13, and Icelandic League All-Star Game -13.

Source: Crailsheim Merlins








Gotha Rockets land Norwegian prospect - by Moritz Korff

The BiG Gotha Rockets (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have completed the signing of another European prospect. Chris Ndow (195-F/G-93) will join the Rockets and get the chance to play both in the Pro A and for the club's second team in the Regionalliga. Ndow, a native of Norway, brings in some international experience, as he occurred on the Norwegian junior national team on several occasions. In 2011 he was the leading scorer of the 18 Under European Championship (Division B), averaging 23.0 points a contest.


Dresden Titans bring in Max Jentzsch - by Moritz Korff

Max Jentzsch (190-F-90) is looking to make the next step in his basketball career as he is leaving the Cottbus White Devils to join 2. Bundesliga Pro B outfit Dresden Titans. Jentzsch scored 13.0 points per contest for the reigning 2. Regionalliga North-East champion last season.
Patrick Rulke (198-SF-90) has been handed a contract extension and will enter his fourth season as a Titan. The former Chemnitz player added 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds a game in this past Pro B season.
Meanwhile, the Dresden teams has parted company with Robert Zobel (198-F-87) and Bjoern Blossey (180-G-87).



Jorch and Schumann stay at RSV Eintracht - by Moritz Korff

Robin Jorch (208-PF-94) and Niko Schumann (176-PG-92) are set to stay another season with 2. Bundesliga Pro B team RSV Eintracht Teltow/Kleinmachnow/Stahnsdorf. Meanwhile, Jonas Schmidt (199-F-92) transfers from SSV Lok Bernau to RSV.
Jorch scored 4.4 points a contest for Eintracht last season and pulled down 2.4 boards per game. Schumann added 4.5 points, 1.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds per outing.
Schmidt played for RSV as a junior and returns after playing for ALBA Berlin II and Bernau in the past years.



Stankovic Cup: Argentina edge Germany - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Germany 77:60

Argentina recorded the first win at the Stankovic Contenintal Champions Cup in China. They held off Germany for 1-1 record. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners. Germany fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Argentina grabbed an 18:15 lead after the starting quarter. They stretched the distance in the second frame. Argentina accounted for a 35:24 halftime advantage. Things got even worse for the European team in the third period. Argentina dominated in every facet of the game and opened a 20-point lead into the fourth stanza 58:38. Germany narrowed the deficit in the final period but could not challenge their opponents. Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) nailed 13 points, while Selem Safar (190-SG-87) notched 12 points for the winners. Ole Wendt (190-PG-92) responded with 16 points for Germany. Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) had 10 points in the defeat.

Argentina: Juan Gutierrez 19, Leonardo Mainoldi 13, Selem Safar 12
Germany: Ole Wendt 16, Anthony Canty 10



Turgut Atakol Tournament: Serbia roll past Germany - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Germany U20 71:59

Serbia clinched the third straight win at the Turgut Atakol Tournament in Istanbul. They toppled Germany today to remain undefeated. Nemanja Bezbradica (204-F/C-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points to pace the winners. Germany fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame. But Serbia got the upper hand at the end posting a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. Germany opened the second term with five straight points to pull in front. The seesaw action continued before Germany secured a 33:31 halftime advantage. Serbia went on a decisive run late in the third term. They bridged the third and fourth frame with an 18:0 run to take a 59:44 lead. Serbia never looked back afterwards posting a well-deserved win at the end. Sasa Avramovic (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) netted 12 points, while Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) contributed 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Leon Tolksdorf (203-F-93) responded with 15 points for Germany. Hans Brase (203-F) had 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Bezbradica 14, Sasa Avramovic 12, Luka Mitrovic 10
Germany U20: Leon Tolksdorf 15, Hans Brase 14



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Greek U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Eleftherios Bochoridis
Bochoridis
Giannoulis Larentzakis
Larentzakis
Konstantinos Gontikas
Gontikas
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Antetokounmpo
Michalis Kamperidis
Kamperidis
#e#5
Eleftherios Bochoridis 196-SG-94 Aris Greece
Giannoulis Larentzakis 196-SG-93 Ikaros Greece
Konstantinos Gontikas 206-C-94 New York U. USA
Petros Velissariou 193-G-93 Kavala Greece
Filippos Tripodakis 188-G-94 S.New Hampshire USA
Diamantis Slaftsakis 201-SF-94 KAOD Greece
Alexandros Mitsialos 204-SF-94 Ikaros Greece
Giannis Antetokounmpo 206-G/F-94 Filathlitikos Greece
Michalis Kamperidis 204-F-94 Filathlitikos Greece
Petros Melissaratos 205-F/C-93 Peristeri GS Greece
Thanos Kamariotis 199-G-94 Ermis Lagkada Greece
Ioannis Sachpatzidis 207-C-93




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ZZ Leiden extend Sean Cunningham - by Eurobasket News

ZZ Leiden kept Sean Cunningham (188-PG-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Cal-Riverside) for the next season. The point guard has agreed on terms of contract extension with the team. Sean Cunningham will enter the third straight season with ZZ Leiden. Last season the guard notched 7.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steal per game in Eredivisie. He helped ZZ Leiden to the Eredivisie title. Sean Cunnigham has been the member of the Dutch National Team since 2012.


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Anton Shoutvin will remain with Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Anton Shoutvin (206-C-89) will remain with Maccabi Haifa. In 22 Winner League games he had 2.8ppg last season. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. The earlier season Shoutvin played at Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) in Israel. In 27 games he recorded 3.1ppg and 1.4rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
The season 2010/2011 Shoutvin played at USC Freiburg (Regionalliga) in German league. In 30 games he recorded 10.4ppg and 3.9rpg that season. In 2010 season he spent at Elitzur Yavne (National League) in Israel. In 19 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg. Shoutvin also played at Galil Gilboa (Winner League) in Israel earlier that season. In two games he recorded only 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg.
In 2008-09 season he played at Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel. But in three games he recorded only 1.0ppg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as Shoutvin was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention back in 2008. He represented Israel at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 12.1ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%.



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  ITALY   


Napoli Basket land Matteo Montano - by Eurobasket News

Nuovo Napoli Basket bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Matteo Montano (183-PG-92). The point guard spent the last season with Bologna. He averaged 2.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in LegaDue. He was the member of the Italian U18 National Team in 2010.


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U19 World Championship: Russia breeze past Cote d'Ivoire - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19 - Cote d'Ivoire U19 78:43

Russia opened win count at the U19 World Championship in Prague. They knocked down Cote d'Ivoire in Group D action tonight. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) nailed 22 points to pace the winners. Russia improved at 1-1 record, while leaving Cote d'Ivoire at 0-2.
Russia went on a 12:2 run late in the opening quarter to take a 24:13 lead at the first break. They quickly boosted the lead to 20-point mark in the second quarter. Russia ensured a 48:28 halftime advantage. Cote d'Ivoire managed just 9 points in the third term to face a 27-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. The African team scored 6 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) notched 12 points, while Maksim Voytov (207-C-94) finished with 8 points for the winners. Dalen Traore (203-C-95) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Cote d'Ivoire. Cyril Adjei (188-F-95) delivered 8 points in the loss.

Russia U19: Igor Kanygin 22, Mikhail Kulagin 12, Maksim Voytov 8
Cote d'Ivoire U19: Dalen Traore 15, Cyril Adjei 8



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Lithuanian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Lithuanian U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Norbertas Giga
Giga
Lukas Grabauskas
Grabauskas
Zydrunas Jurgutis
Jurgutis
Aidas Kavaliauskas
Kavaliauskas
Erikas Kubilius
Kubilius
#e#5
Dainius Chatkevicius 203-C-95 Klaipedos LCC Lithuania
Norbertas Giga 208-C-95 Vilniaus KM-Perlas Lithuania
Lukas Grabauskas 193-PG-95 Zalgiris-Sabonio 2 Lithuania
Zydrunas Jurgutis 180-PG-95 Klaipedos LCC Lithuania
Aidas Kavaliauskas 201-F-95 Zalgiris-Sabonio 2 Lithuania
Erikas Kubilius 187-G-95 Naglis Palangos Lithuania
Rytis Pipiras 203-F-95 Vilniaus KM-Perlas Lithuania
Domantas Sabonis 205-F/C-96 Clinicas Rincon Spain
Haroldas Saprykinas 188-SG-95 Klaipedos LCC Lithuania
Karolis Sarukas 198-F-95 KM Tornado Lithuania
Augustas Suliauskas 180-PG-95 S.Maciulionio Lithuania
Paulius Valinskas 191-SG-95 Zalgiris-Sabonio 2 Lithuania
Ricardas Verbickas 186-G-95 Zalgiris-Sabonio 2 Lithuania
Gediminas Zalalis 205-C-95 S.Maciulionio Lithuania
Paulius Zalys 198-PF-95 Zalgiris-Sabonio 2 Lithuania
Zygimantas Uselis 210-C-95 Vilniaus KM-Perlas Lithuania

Saulius Stombergas Head Coach Zalgiris Lithuania
Mindaugas Brazys Assistant
Marius Tamolis Assistant Klaipedos LCC Lithuania



Lithuanian U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Lithuanian U20 National Team 2013
#s#
Ignas Ramasauskas
Ramasauskas
Laimonas Chatkevicius
Chatkevicius
Sarunas Beniusis
Beniusis
Zygimantas Riauka
Riauka
Mindaugas Kacinas
Kacinas
#e#5
Ignas Ramasauskas 211-C-93 Sakalai Lithuania
Laimonas Chatkevicius 211-F-93 S.Carolina USA
Sarunas Beniusis 206-F/C-93 LSU-Baltai Lithuania
Zygimantas Riauka 203-F-93 Wisc.-Parkside USA
Mindaugas Kacinas 201-F-93 S.Carolina USA
Tauras Jogela 203-F-93 Lietkabelis Lithuania
Mantas Mockevicius 189-G-93 Naglis Palangos Lithuania
Martynas Paliukenas 195-G-93 Statyba Lithuania
Paulius Semaska 184-PG-93 Nevezis Lithuania
Vaidas Kariniauskas 200-PG-93 Zalgiris-Sabonio Lithuania
Simonas Lekys 180-PG-93 Medea-VU Lithuania
Osvaldas Olisevicius 200-F-93 S.Marciulionio Lithuania
Rytis Juknevicius 187-G-93 Triobet Lithuania
Ignas Vaitkus 189-G-93 Meresta Lithuania

Tomas Pacesas Head Coach Asseco Prok. Poland
Marius Linartas Assistant Energa Czarni Poland
Karolis Marcinkevicius Assistant



Lithuania University Team pip Rudy Fernandez's Balearic Islands - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania University Team- Balearic Islands 84:83

Lithuania University Team pip Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85)s Balearic Islands in the friendly game. The Baltic side posted an 84:83 win in the first game. The teams will meet again tonight in the second appearance.
Lithuania University Team won the first period 20-19, but then Balearic Islands erupted with a 27-15 surge. The latter enjoyed 11-point halftime advance, however fell short at the end. Lithuanian won the third period 19-17 and then needed a 30-20 rally to win the game.
Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) netted 13. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) delivered 11, whilst Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) scored 10. Rudy Fernandez ended up with 21 points in defeat and Alberto Corbacho (201-F-84) netted 15. Janas Orfila poured in 12, whilst Miki Stobart added 10.

Lithuania University Team: Gediminas Orelikas 17, Adas Juskevicius 13, Eimantas Bendzius 11, Vytenis Cizauskas 10
Balearic Islands: Rudy Fernandez 21, Alberto Corbacho 15, Janas Orfila 12, Miki Stobart 10, Pedro Llompart (190-G-82) 9



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Racing Luxembourg add Canadian Billy McNutt - by Eurobasket News

Racing Luxembourg add Canadian Billy McNutt (203-F-85) for 2013/2014 season. He played last at BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen. In 13 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.2ppg, 12.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg and 1.5bpg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (2011) summer McNutt played at West Coast Hotshots in U.S. semi-pro league IBL. The last (2011) season he played at Seattle in U.S. semi-pro league ABA.
McNutt has played also professionally in IBL (W.Coast H.).
The scouts describe him following way: In high school McNutt played inside, but the he moved on the perimeter, working on his outside game. Despite his size, he handles the ball as well a lot of guards. He also can shoot the three ball as well as drive inside. Also, Billy McNutt is a dominant defender, who can intimidate with his size, quickness and leaping ability.



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Mamadou Sy comes back to Boulogne - by Eurobasket News

Mamadou Sy (200-F-85, agency: Fusion Sports, college: Cloud County CC) signed contract with Boulogne. The Malian forward is coming back to the team. He played for Boulogne last season. Mamadou Sy joined the team in December. He notched 0.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in ProB. Sy left Boulogne in January. Previously Mamadou Sy had stints with Lille, Stade Clermontois, Boulazac and ASVEL. He was the member of Malian National Team in 2009/11 seasons.


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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

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


CIBACOPA Round 4 of Finals. Navolato earn 3-1 lead in the title series - by Eurobasket News

Navolato - Hermosillo 64-59

Navolato came up with another big defensive performance to record the second straight home win over Hermosillo. Navolato will play another home game on Saturday and have a chance to clinch the title in front of the home fans. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) who added 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Navolato: R.Selleaze 23+7reb+2ast, M.Elliott 16+8reb+1ast, B.Toombs 8+9reb, J.Gonzalez 5+6reb, A.Villalobos 5, F.Verdugo 5+3reb+4ast
Hermosillo: K.Spain 18+8reb+2ast, P.Sanders 11+3reb, J.Lopez 11+6reb, S.Monreal 6+3reb+5ast, J.Esteva Hernandez 5+1ast, E.Little 4+12reb
gschID: 242613



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Milos Komatina returns to Montenegro - by Darko Pekic

The experienced Montenegrin big man, Milos Komatina (205-F/C-84), returned to Montenegro and joined Buducnost. The club from Podgorica announced today the signing who is expected to brin necessary experience under the boards. Komatina had an excelent season in Adriatic League and helped Igokea win the league title in Bosnian league. His stats in Adriatic League were 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, coming off the bench, while in Bosnian League he averaged 6.2ppg, 3.5rpg.

Komatina, who was born and raised in Berane, played for many Montenegrin clubs (Berane, Gorstak, Primorka, Mogren and Primorje) before moving to Bosnia in 2009. He was also invited to the National Team training camp for the European Championships in Slovenia.



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Charge coach Jensen leaving for Utah - by Eurobasket News

A coaching search appears to be on the horizon for the Canton Charge. Multiple Salt Lake City media outlets reported Friday head coach Alex Jensen is leaving the Charge to join the Utah Jazz. The Deseret News reported that Jensen will become Utahs director of player development. He will replace Brad Jones, who has been promoted to a full-time assistant on head coach Tyrone Corbins staff. Jensen and Johnnie Bryant, the Jazz assistant development director last year, will hold the same job, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Messages for Jensen and Cleveland Cavaliers Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin were not returned Friday. The Charge have not officially announced Jensens departure. As Cantons first head coach, Jensen compiled a 57-43 record in two seasons. He was named the NBA Development League Coach of the Year this past season after he led the Charge to a 30-20 record and the first East Division title. The Charge also came within one win of reaching the finals in 2011.
Alex has been a tremendous leader for the Charge and is one of the main reasons why we have had the positive results we have had over the past two seasons, Cavaliers and Charge Director of Development League Operations Mike Gansey said after Jensen was named league coach of the year. He deserves high praise for the job he has done, including establishing a successful balance between developing players and guiding the collective team. Under Jensen, the Charge led the league scoring defense and perimeter defense this past season. Opponents averaged 96.0 points a game and shot 30.3 percent from 3-point range. Jensen is a Utah native and a former University of Utah player. He helped lead the Utes to the national championship game in 1998. Prior to coming to Canton, Jensen spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Saint Louis.
Courtesy of: cantonrep.com



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U19 World Championship: USA rout China in Prague - by Eurobasket News

USA U19-China U19 113:57

USA rout China in Prague for the second straight win at the U19 World Championship. The favorites needed a 113-57 win for 2-0 record in Group D. The Chinese team meanwhile dropped at 1-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated, but USA proved their ambitions from the very beginning. They started the game with 29-17 lead and never looked behind after. Moreover USA added massive 34-12 surge and led 34 points at the halftime. USA looked better also in the second half and won both periods. They had 23-10 in the third period and finished the game with 27-18 in the last stanza.
Aaron Gordon (6'9''-PF-95) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Michael Frazier (6'4''-G-94) added 15. Justice Winslow (6'6''-F-96) notched 14 and Jarnell Stokes (6'8''-F-94) brought 13. Yuan Shuai (6'3''-PG-94) finished the game with 18 points in defeat and Wu Qian (6'3''-G-94) had 10. Heng YiFeng (6'5''-F-95) scored 9, whilst Zhao JiWei (6'1''-G-95) brought 6.

USA U19: Aaron Gordon 17+11 rebs, Michael Frazier 15, Justice Winslow 14, Jarnell Stokes 13
China U19: Yuan Shuai 18, Wu Qian 10, Heng YiFeng 9, Zhao JiWei 6



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Stankovic Cup: Puerto Rico edge Nigeria - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico - Nigeria 70:66

Puerto Rico claimed the opening win at the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup. They held off Nigeria in the second round of action in Lanzhou. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (211-F-90) stepped up with 17 points to lead the Latin American side. Nigeria fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Puerto Rico pulled ahead early in the game. They recorded a 20:16 lead after ten minutes. Nigeria however turned things around in the second period. The African side added the tempo in the second term. Nigeria outscored their opponents to secure a 34:33 halftime lead. However Puerto Rico quickly reacted. They went firing from all guns in the third term. Puerto Rico went on a 21:11 run in the quarter to ensure a comfortable 9-point lead before the fourth frame. Nigeria tried hard to comeback into the game but came up short of victory at the end. Derick Beltran (193-G, college: Southern) and Manuel De Jesus (206-C/F-83, college: Southeastern CC) added 10 points each for the winners. Abdulwahab Yahaya (203-F-90) answered with 14 points for Nigeria. Richard Oruche (193-SG-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) had 13 points in the loss.

Puerto Rico: Carlos Lopez-Sosa 17, Derick Beltran 10, Manuel De Jesus 10
Nigeria: Abdulwahab Yahaya 14, Richard Oruche 13



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PGE Turow add Lukasz Wisniewski - by Pawel

PGE Turow Zgorzelec bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Barton County CC). 29-year old Polish guard inked a 2-year deal with the team. Last season Wisniewski played for AZS Koszalin. He notched 14.2 points, 3.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game in PLK. The guard was one of the top Polish players in all league. He helped his team earn bronze medal in last season. Wisniewski had offers from Anwil Wloclawek and AZS Koszalin, but he chose Zgorzelec, because important for him was to play in the european cups. PGE Turow will play in the VTB League 2013/14 season

Wisniewski is the next player in PGE Turow roster. Few days ago, they signed Jakub Karolak (196-F/G-93). Contract with the team extend also
Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell).



Szymon Lukasiak is a newcomer at Siarka Jezioro - by Greg

Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Polish center Szymon Lukasiak (208-107kg-87, college: Jacksonville, agency: Promotex). He played recently at Academica in Portuguese LPB league. In 16 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1bpg this season. He helped them to make it to the final. Lukasiak also played at KFUM Nassjo Basket (Basketettan) in Swedish league earlier that season. In 32 games he averaged 10.1ppg and 5.1rpg.
He was a member of Polish U18 National Team back in 2005.
Lukasiak graduated from Jacksonville University in 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Szymon Lukasiak is a newcomer at Siarka Jezioro - by Greg

Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Polish center Szymon Lukasiak (208-107kg-87, college: Jacksonville, agency: Promotex). He played recently at Academica in Portuguese LPB league. In 16 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1bpg this season. He helped them to make it to the final. Lukasiak also played at KFUM Nassjo Basket (Basketettan) in Swedish league earlier that season. In 32 games he averaged 10.1ppg and 5.1rpg.
He was a member of Polish U18 National Team back in 2005.
Lukasiak graduated from Jacksonville University in 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Rosa Radom signs Robert Witka, keeps Kim Adams - by Greg

KS Rosa-Sport Radom (TBL) has jus announced the signing of 32-year old former international forward Robert Witka (205-81). He played last season at Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL). In 35 games he averaged 6.3ppg and 2.9rpg this season. During his career Witka won three PLK tilte (in 2003 with Anwil, in 2011 and 2012 with Asseco)

By Eurobasket Data Center



Rosa Radom signs Robert Witka, keeps Kim Adams - by Greg

KS Rosa-Sport Radom (TBL) has jus announced the signing of 32-year old former international forward Robert Witka (205-81). He played last season at Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL). In 35 games he averaged 6.3ppg and 2.9rpg this season. During his career Witka won three PLK tilte (in 2003 with Anwil, in 2011 and 2012 with Asseco)
In the same time Rosa Radom informed that they extended the contract with Kim Adams (201-F/C-82, college: Arkansas St.) for another season. Last year he played 29 games and averaged 4.9ppg, Reb-3 (8.2rpg), 1.7apg, 1.3spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  PORTUGAL   


U20 National Team Tournament in Tondela. - by Jorge Martin

This weekend the U20 national team, will play in an international tournament in Tondela. Are invited national teams from U20's Great Britain and U20 national team of Hungary.

The match schedule will be as follows:

Day 1
28/06
Portugal 88 vs Great Britain 89 in Overtime.

Day 2
29/06 17h30
Great Britain vs Hungary

Day 3
30/06 17h30
Portugal vs Hungary

For more info:

http://www.cm-tondela.pt/index.php/servicos/desporto/desporto/item/2014-torneio-internacional-de-tondela-sub-20-masculinos-basquetebol

www.fpb.pt



Portugal U20 overwhelm Score International Team (USA) in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Portuguese U20 National Team are getting ready for the upcoming European Championship in Division B. They played a friendly encounter versus Score International Team from the USA in Tondela. The hosts claimed a comfortable 101:50 victory. Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners.
Portugal set the tone early in the game. They went on a 26:13 run to take a 13-point lead after the first period. The hosts limited their opponents to 7 points in the second frame to take a 38:20 halftime advantage. Portugal went on a 22:10 run in the third term to clear off. They erupted for 29 points in the final frame and sealed the win at the end. Jonah Callenbach (194-F/G-93) netted 12 points, while Emanuel Correia de Sa (199-F-93) and Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) added 10 points each for the winners.
Portugal will host an international friendly tournament in Tondela. They will face Great Britain and Hungary. Portugal is scheduled to take on Great Britain later tonight.



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Harris, Ponce20.2 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.9 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.6 
 5. Carmona, Humacao19.1 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.6 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.16.7 
 10. Galindo, Santurce16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.4 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.4 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.3 
 4. Phillip, San German8.6 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Diogu, Ponce8.4 
 7. Harrellson, Chongq.8.2 
 8. Mata, Quebradillas8.1 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
 10. Balkman, Guayama8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.2 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.7 
 3. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 4. Lisch, Quebradillas5.0 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.7 
 6. Rivera, Ponce4.7 
 7. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 8. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 9. Copeland, San G.3.7 
 10. Diaz, Arecibo3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.9 
 3. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Coronado, Guayama1.6 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Diaz, Arecibo1.5 
 7. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 8. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 9. Lisch, Quebradillas1.4 
 10. Williams, Santurce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 3. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 4. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 5. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 7. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 8. Santiago, Guaynabo1.1 
 9. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 10. Balkman, Guayama1.1 


Leones sign Beck - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce signed Mexican swingman Romel Beck (201-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV). The former Mexican national team player already practiced with the team and could make his debut during the weekend.

Beck played for Bnei Hasharon in Israel where he averaged 18,9 points in 26 games. This is his second stint in Puerto Rico as he played for Morovis in 2006 averaging 17,6 points.

He has experience in many leagues and is known for being a great scorer. Leones wanted Beck since the team is not consistent offensively if the opponents double Mike Harris and Ike Diogu.

As soon as Ponce submits Beck's contract they will release Dominican guard Manuel Fortuna who averaged 9,5 points and led the league in steals with 2 per game.



Wins by Brujos and Piratas on Wednesday - by Luis Modestti

Brujos de Guayama and Piratas de Quebradillas started their quarterfinal series with wins.

Brujos edged Indios de Mayaguez 71-70. Indios dominated most of the way but in the final quarter Guayama allowed only eight points. Renaldo Balkman gave them a one point lead with just seconds left and it stayed that way. Balkman netted 19 points for the winners.

In the other game Piratas dominated Caciques-Gigantes 97-76 as David Huertas (195-G/F-87, college: Mississippi) scored 29 points, Shawn Redhage 20 and Kevin Lisch 17. Quebradillas made their huge run in the second quarter and never looked back.

Filiberto Rivera scored 17 points and Ricardo Marsh 16 for Caciques-Gigantes who will continue their series on Friday in Humacao.



Capitanes and Mets tie the series - by Luis Modestti

Capitanes de Arecibo and Mets de Guaynabo defended their home courts and tied their quarterfinal series 1-1.

Capitanes defeated Leones de Ponce 72-69 with 20 points by D.J. Strawberry and 14 from Peter John Ramos.

The game was tightly contested and filled with rallies by both teams. Leones had a 55-51 lead in the final quarter but Arecibo responded with a 7-0 run. Arecibo maintained the lead with great offensively execution and good defense.

Ike Diogu scored 15 points and Mike Harris 14 with 16 boards for Ponce. Carlos Rivera missed the game due to an injury in his oblique muscle.

Mets de Guaynabo dominated Cangrejeros de Santurce 91-81 led by Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) who scored 35 points while Jaime Lloreda added 20 and Larry Ayuso 14.

Alex Galindo scored 18 and Javi Gonzalez 17 for Cangrejeros who could not contain Dalmau.

The quarterfinals continue on Friday with the following games:

Capitanes de Arecibo at Leones de Ponce
Piratas de Quebradillas at Caciques-Gigantes (Humacao)
Mets de Guaynabo at Cangrejeros de Santurce
Brujos de Guayama at Indios de Mayaguez



Stankovic Cup: Puerto Rico edge Nigeria - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico - Nigeria 70:66

Puerto Rico claimed the opening win at the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup. They held off Nigeria in the second round of action in Lanzhou. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (211-F-90) stepped up with 17 points to lead the Latin American side. Nigeria fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Puerto Rico pulled ahead early in the game. They recorded a 20:16 lead after ten minutes. Nigeria however turned things around in the second period. The African side added the tempo in the second term. Nigeria outscored their opponents to secure a 34:33 halftime lead. However Puerto Rico quickly reacted. They went firing from all guns in the third term. Puerto Rico went on a 21:11 run in the quarter to ensure a comfortable 9-point lead before the fourth frame. Nigeria tried hard to comeback into the game but came up short of victory at the end. Derick Beltran (193-G, college: Southern) and Manuel De Jesus (206-C/F-83, college: Southeastern CC) added 10 points each for the winners. Abdulwahab Yahaya (203-F-90) answered with 14 points for Nigeria. Richard Oruche (193-SG-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) had 13 points in the loss.

Puerto Rico: Carlos Lopez-Sosa 17, Derick Beltran 10, Manuel De Jesus 10
Nigeria: Abdulwahab Yahaya 14, Richard Oruche 13



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  ROMANIA   


Gaz Metan Medias confirm EuroChallenge appearance - by Eurobasket News

Gaz Metan Medias confirm EuroChallenge appearance for the next season. The third team in Romania will represent the country at the tournament.
Gaz Metan reached the Semifinal stage of the Play-offs but lost to Targu Mures with a 0-3 record. Gaz Metan was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 29-17 charge of Targu Mures, which allowed them to win the game. Gaz Metan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch and lost the game 84:92.
Gaz Metan Medias also won Romanian Cup. The team overcame U Mobitelco Cluj 76:62 in the Final game.Gaz Metan Medias started the game with 17-7 and added massive 28-17 in the second period. Moreover the winners posted an 18-11 rally in the third quarter and did not mind 14-26 in the last stanza. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Mitchell had 14. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Derek Wright scored 15 points in defeat and Sean Antwan Barnette nailed 14.



Mures keeps Ivan Ivanovic - by Eurobasket News

The 33-year old Montenegrin ex-international forward Ivan Ivanovic will continue with Mures Targu-Mures in Romania. He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. The last season he played at Gaz Metan (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 38 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.9apg that season. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team and All-Bosmans Team. Ivanovic also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 9.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.7apg. He represented Montenegro at the World University Games in Izmir eight years ago.
Ivanovic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Bosna ASA BHT), Montenegro (Lovcen) and Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas).



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  RUSSIA   


Unics Kazan tab Evgeniy Kolesnikov - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan tab Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) for the next season. The Russian player will move from Krasnie Krilya Samara. In 14 PBL games he averaged 6.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. He also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he had 8.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to win the EuroChallenge championship. Kolesnikov also played 22 games in VTB United League where he had 6.3ppg and 2.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The last season Kolesnikov played also at Krasnie Krilya. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 10 PBL games he had 9.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg. Kolesnikov also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he had 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg. He also played 17 games in VTB United League where he had 10.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg.
He was also a member of Russian international program for some years. Kolesnikov played for Russian Senior National Team in 2010 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005. He represented Russia at the World Championships in Turkey three years ago. Kolesnikov has played previously professionally in Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg, Ural Great, Krasnye Krylya Toliatti U23 and Spartak Primorie Vladivostok) and Latvia (VEF Riga).



France U18 demolish Russia U18 in Bor - by Eurobasket News

France U18 demolish Russia U18 in Bor at the start of the International Tournament. The French p[layers did not leave any chances with a 99:62 win.
France started the game with 25-7 and never looked behind. Russa meanwhile replied with a 24-18 in the second frame and reduced to 12 points at the halftime. France looked better in the second half as well and posted two comfortable victories. They won the third period 22-15 and finished the game with a 34-16 surge.
Axel Bouteille (197-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Inglis and Petr Cornelie (209-C/F-95) netted 12 each. Sergey Zhulkov (203-F/C-95) replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Vladislav Staratelev (194-F/G-96) added 11.
Serbia U18 wins Bor International Tournament opener with 4 participating teams. The home side overcame Ukraine U18 77:66 in Day 1.



Turgut Atakol Tournament: Sweden edge Russia for initial win - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Russia U20 77:74

Sweden claimed the first win at the prestigious Turgut Atakol Tournament in Istanbul. They overcame Russian counterparts behind 25 points from Tobias Borg (183-PG-93). Sweden improved at 1-2 record, while dropping Russia at 0-3.
Sweden led throughout the bigger part of the first term and posted a 16:14 lead at the first break. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) helped the Scandinavian team to a 28:19 lead midway through the second term. Tobias Borg made it a double-digit lead for Sweden at 39:29. Sweden entered the second half up by ten points 41:31. Sweden tipped off the third term with eight points in a row to make it a 49:31 lead for the Scandinavian team. However Russia stuck around as they cut the deficit at 12-point mark at the final break. Sakharov and Denis Zakharov put Russia within six with just over a minute remaining. Gudumak made it a 4-point game with 35 seconds left. But Marcus Eriksson hit a soothing free throw and Sweden held on to win the battle. Marcus Eriksson nailed 21 points, while Niklas Larsson (198-SG-94) added 10 points for the winners. Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) answered with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Russia. Artem Komolov (194-SF-93) had 13 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Tobias Borg 25, Marcus Eriksson 21, Niklas Larsson 10
Russia U20: Alexander Zakharov 26+10 boards, Artem Komolov 13



U19 World Championship: Russia breeze past Cote d'Ivoire - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19 - Cote d'Ivoire U19 78:43

Russia opened win count at the U19 World Championship in Prague. They knocked down Cote d'Ivoire in Group D action tonight. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) nailed 22 points to pace the winners. Russia improved at 1-1 record, while leaving Cote d'Ivoire at 0-2.
Russia went on a 12:2 run late in the opening quarter to take a 24:13 lead at the first break. They quickly boosted the lead to 20-point mark in the second quarter. Russia ensured a 48:28 halftime advantage. Cote d'Ivoire managed just 9 points in the third term to face a 27-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. The African team scored 6 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) notched 12 points, while Maksim Voytov (207-C-94) finished with 8 points for the winners. Dalen Traore (203-C-95) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Cote d'Ivoire. Cyril Adjei (188-F-95) delivered 8 points in the loss.

Russia U19: Igor Kanygin 22, Mikhail Kulagin 12, Maksim Voytov 8
Cote d'Ivoire U19: Dalen Traore 15, Cyril Adjei 8



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  SENEGAL   


U19 World Championship: Brazil opens Day 2 with the win over Senegal - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U19-Senegal U19 72:56

Brazil opens Day 2 with the win over Senegal at the FIBA U19 Championship for Men. The team improved to 1-1 record after a 72:56 victory. The African side meanwhile suffered their second loss and dropped at 0-2 record in Group C.
Although Brazil won the first period 15:12, the team from Latin America could not win the half. Senegal managed to grab 29:26 halftime advantage, but then failed in the third quarter. Brazil erupted with a 26-3 surge in the third stanza and took the full control of the game. They celebrated their initial win and will take on Australia tomorrow. Senegal will face Serbia in Day 3.
Daniel Bordignon (197-F/C-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) netted 12. Arthur Pecos (182-PG-95) brought 11, while Eduardo Campos (204-F-95) had 10. Abdoulaye Ndoye (210-C-95) ended up with 13 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, whilst Ibrahima Sankare (201-F-96) notched 10. Pape Diatta (204-F-94) and Tidiane Badiane (208-C-95) delivered 8 points each in a loss.

Brazil U19: Daniel Bordignon 14, Leonardo Demetrio 12, Arthur Pecos 11, Eduardo Campos 10
Senegal U19: Abdoulaye Ndoye 13+10 rebs, Ibrahima Sankare 10, Pape Diatta 8, Tidiane Badiane 8



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  SERBIA   


Turgut Atakol Tournament: Serbia roll past Germany - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Germany U20 71:59

Serbia clinched the third straight win at the Turgut Atakol Tournament in Istanbul. They toppled Germany today to remain undefeated. Nemanja Bezbradica (204-F/C-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points to pace the winners. Germany fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame. But Serbia got the upper hand at the end posting a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. Germany opened the second term with five straight points to pull in front. The seesaw action continued before Germany secured a 33:31 halftime advantage. Serbia went on a decisive run late in the third term. They bridged the third and fourth frame with an 18:0 run to take a 59:44 lead. Serbia never looked back afterwards posting a well-deserved win at the end. Sasa Avramovic (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) netted 12 points, while Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) contributed 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Leon Tolksdorf (203-F-93) responded with 15 points for Germany. Hans Brase (203-F) had 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Bezbradica 14, Sasa Avramovic 12, Luka Mitrovic 10
Germany U20: Leon Tolksdorf 15, Hans Brase 14



U19 World Championship: Serbia too good for Australia - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Australia U19 78:57

Serbia registered the second straight win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Australia to remain on top of Group C at 2-0 record. The Emus slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) nailed 16 points to lead the winners.
The teams were locked at 18-all after ten minutes of action. The European team spurred in front in the second frame. Serbia went on a 26:10 run in the second term and built a 16-point lead at the interval. Serbia controlled the pace throughout the third term. They ensured an 18-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The Emus managed just 11 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) posted 14 points and 14 boards, while Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points for Serbia. Dane Pineau (203-F-94) responded with 21 points for Australia. Dante Exum (193-PG-95) had 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Nikola Milutinov 16, Nikola Jankovic 14+14 boards, Vasilije Micic 14
Australia U19: Dane Pineau 21, Dante Exum 14



Cedomir Vitkovac extends his contract with Buducnost Voli - by Branko Nesic

Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) has agreed to stay with KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica.31-years old Vitkovac was one of the best players in
the team in the past two seasons.Last season in Eurocup he averaged 13.1 ppg,6.6rpg and 2.4 apg.In 26 games of Adriatic league
in which Vitkovac played,he averaged 10.1 ppg,5.4 rpg and 1.7 apg.Vitkovac managed to win Montenegro national championship with KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica
by beating KK Sutjeska Niksic in the finals.



Nikola Otasevic extends his contract with MZT Skopje for another year - by Branko Nesic

Serbian guard Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his cooperation with the KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom.
Otasevic started last season as a member of Serbian team KK Sloboda Uzice where he averaged
14.0 ppg,2.0 rpg,3.8 apg in total 6 games that he played for the Serbian team.In november
2012 he signed for MZT Skopje where he played until the rest of the season.In MZT Skopje
he averaged 4.6 ppg,2.1 rpg,2.2 apg in the domestic league of Macedonia where he played 11
games and in 17 in which he played in Adriatic league he averaged 7.1 ppg,2.3 rpg, 3.3 apg



Serbia U18 wins Bor International Tournament opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Ukraine U18 77:66

Serbia U18 wins Bor International Tournament opener with 4 participating teams. The home side overcame Ukraine U18 77:66 in Day 1.
Serbia opened the game with a 19-17 lead and added 19-16 rally in the second frame. Moreover the hosts won both frames in the second half. They needed a 23-20 rally in the third period for 8-point advantage after 30 minutes and added 16-13 in the last stanza.
Aleksandar Veljkovic (95) led the way with 18 points and Brano Dukanovic (196-G-95) notched 17. Simeunovic delivered 14, while Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) poured in 9. Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) ended up with 16 points and Saknjuk as well as Antipov had 13 each. Illia Sidorov (96) delivered 10 points in defeat.
In another game France U18 smashed Russia U18 99:62.

Serbia U18: Aleksandar Veljkovic 18, Brano Dukanovic 17, Simeunovic 14, Ognjen Jaramaz 9
Ukraine U18: Oleksandr Kobets 16, Saknjuk 13, Antipov 13, Illia Sidorov 10



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  SLOVAKIA   


Croatian duo Klaric and Batina join BC Prievidza - by Petr Marek

BC Prievidza have announced contracts with two new Croatian players today. Experienced power forward or center Drazen Klaric (204-F/C-80) knows Slovakia very well. He has played for Lucenec and three seasons for Svit. Since 2009 Klaric continued his career in Sweden for four seasons. Last three seasons he played for Jamtland, in last one he scored in avarage11.3 points and added 4.7 rebounds. Second Croatian Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) played last season for Krunoslav Krajnovic s team Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod. He became third the best scorer of league with 15.9 points.


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  SLOVENIA   


Croatia nip Slovenia at Logrono Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20 - Slovenia U20 67:66

Croatia snatched a narrow victory over their Slovenian counterparts at the start of the Gobierno de La Rioja friendly tournament in Logrono. Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) and Antonio Boban (200-F/G-93) posted 14 points each to lead the winners.
Slovenia held their opponents to 13 points in the starting frame to eke out a 2-point lead. But Croatia slowly picked up the tempo. They sparked a 19:14 run in the second frame to gain a 32:29 halftime lead. Croatia stretched the lead in the third period. They accumulated a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Slovenia however went on a strong 21:12 run in the final term to stop just a whisker away from the victory. Ramuak netted 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Croatia. Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Slovenia. Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Croatia U20: Henrik Sirko 14, Antonio Boban 14, Ramuak 11+10 boards
Slovenia U20: Ziga Dimec 13, Luka Rupnik 12



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  SOUTH KOREA   


U19 World Championship: Spain march past South Korea - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - South Korea U19 104:70

Spain claimed the second straight win at the U19 World Championship in Prague. Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) nailed 20 points as the Spaniards coasted past South Korea for 2-0 record in Group A. The Korean team fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
South Korea surprised Spain with a brisk start. The Asian team enjoyed a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Spain however turned all the engines on in the second frame. The European powerhouse went on a 29:14 run to secure a comfortable 49:35 halftime lead. Spain kept South Korea at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 25-point buffer before the final period. Spain went on to score 30 points in the fourth quarter and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) and Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) finished with 14 points each, while Saiz added 12 points and 15 boards for the winners. Park Intae (203-C-95) answered with 13 points, while Sangjae Kang (202-F-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Spain U19: Dario Brizuela 20, Jose Nogues 14, Guillermo Hernangomez 14
South Korea U19: Park Intae 13, Sangjae Kang 12



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  SPAIN   


Bizkaia Bilbao add Zoran Vrkic - by Eurobasket News

Bizkaia Bilbao have ensured the services of Zoran Vrkic (200-F-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency). The Croatian forward spent the last season in Greece. He played for Ikaros Kalitheas. Zoran Vrkic tallied 11.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game in A1. Previously Zoran Vrkic had stints with Bologna, Peristeri, Union Olimpija, Split, Sibenik and Postojnska Jama. He was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Croatian National Teams. Zoran Vrkic was called up for the Croatian National Team in 2011.


Pedro Llompart extends contract with CAI Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

CAI Zaragoza also secured the services of Pedro Llompart (190-G-82) for the next season. The guard has signed a three-year contract extension with the team. Pedro Llompart joined CAI Zaragoza at the start of the previous season. He tallied 8.1 points, 3.0 assists, 1.9 rebounds per game in ACB. Previously Pedro Llompart played for Alicante, Tenerife Rural, Pamesa Valencia and El Ejido. He was the member of the Spanish U18 National Team.


U19 World Championship: Spain march past South Korea - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - South Korea U19 104:70

Spain claimed the second straight win at the U19 World Championship in Prague. Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) nailed 20 points as the Spaniards coasted past South Korea for 2-0 record in Group A. The Korean team fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
South Korea surprised Spain with a brisk start. The Asian team enjoyed a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Spain however turned all the engines on in the second frame. The European powerhouse went on a 29:14 run to secure a comfortable 49:35 halftime lead. Spain kept South Korea at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 25-point buffer before the final period. Spain went on to score 30 points in the fourth quarter and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) and Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) finished with 14 points each, while Saiz added 12 points and 15 boards for the winners. Park Intae (203-C-95) answered with 13 points, while Sangjae Kang (202-F-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Spain U19: Dario Brizuela 20, Jose Nogues 14, Guillermo Hernangomez 14
South Korea U19: Park Intae 13, Sangjae Kang 12



Unicaja announce Mindaugas Kuzminskas - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja made official the signing of Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89). The Lithuanian forward inked a 2+1 deal with the Malaga outfit. Last season Mindaugas Kuzminskas played for Zalgiris Kaunas. He tallied 8.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in VTB League. The forward also notched 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds per EuroLeague appearance. Kuzminskas posted 13.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists per game in LKL. Mindaugas Kuzminskas was named All-VTB League European Player of the Year. He also made it into All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team. Mindaugas Kuzminskas had stints with Sakalai and Siauliai before joining Zalgiris back in 2009. He earned All-Lithuanian LKL Player of the Year title in 2010.


Andy Panko and Unicaja part ways - by Eurobasket News

Andy Panko (205-F-77, agency: Beo Basket, college: Lebanon Valley) and Unicaja part ways as the player leaves the team. Panko managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 21 ACB games he had 10.1ppg and 4.1rpg. He also played 13 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.7ppg and 3.2rpg. Panko also played at Panathinaikos (A1) in Greek league earlier that season. In 10 games he recorded 6.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg. He also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.7apg. The last season Panko played at Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (ACB) in Spanish league. In 36 games he was the best scorer with impressive 18.6ppg and averaged 5.2rpg and 1.3apg. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and named to 1st Team.
In 1999 Andy Panko was drafted by Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs (USBL) in seventh round (86th overall). Panko attended Lebanon Valley College (NCAA Div.III) and it may be his 14th season in pro basketball. He won Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off championship title in 2008.
Panko is quite experienced player. He has played also in Italy, Puerto Rico (Carolina), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki) and Spain (Girona FC, Cajasol and Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket).



Spanish U17 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Spanish U17 National Team 2013
#s#
Alberto Martin
Martin
Ilimane Diop
Diop
Alberto Abalde
Abalde
Agusti Sans
Sans
Ferran Ventura
Ventura
#e#5
Alberto Martin 185-PG-95 Real Madrid Spain
Gerard Gomila 194-SF-95 FIATC Joventut Spain
Jose Nogues 204-PF-95 FIATC Joventut Spain
Xavier Moix 190-SG-95 FCB Regal Spain
Ilimane Diop 209-C-95 Alava Spain
Andreu Adrover 184-PG-95 Opentach Pla Spain
Alberto Abalde 200-F/G-95 Prat Juventud Spain
Agusti Sans 195-SG-95 Prat Juventud Spain
Ferran Ventura 188-G-95 Cornella Spain
Marcos Portalez 201-PF-95 El Olivar Spain
Marc Bauza 205-C/F-96 Prat Juventud Spain
David Iriarte 206-F/C-95 Prat Juventud Spain

Alejandro Martinez Head Coach CB Canarias Spain



Spanish U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Spanish U20 National Team 2013
#s#
Larry Abia
Abia
Alejandro Abrines
Abrines
Luis Conde
Conde
Lluis Costa
Costa
Daniel Diez
Diez
#e#5
Larry Abia 191-F-93 Valencia Spain
Alejandro Abrines 198-SF-93 FCB Regal Spain
Luis Conde 193-G-93 Unicaja Spain
Lluis Costa 186-PG-93 Lobe Huesca Spain
Daniel Diez 203-F-93 Lagun Aro GBC Spain
Mamadou Diop 201-F/C-93 Guadalajara Spain
Jaime Fernandez 187-G-93 Asefa Estudian. Spain
Adria Gasol 208-C-93 UCLA USA
Guillermo Hernangomez 209-C-94 Real Madrid II Spain
Antonio Izquierdo 188-PG-93 Blancos de R. Spain
Pau Margui 200-C-93 Granollers Spain
Javier Medori 200-PF-93 Guadalajara Spain
Adrian Mendez 195-F-93 UCAM Murcia Spain
Mikel Motos 193-F/G-93 Lagun Aro GBC Spain
Julen Olaizola 203-C/F-93 Lagun Aro GBC Spain
Ricardo Pampano 190-PG-93 Cajasol Spain
Joan Pardina 202-F-93 Assignia M. Spain
Sebastian Saiz 203-F-94 Asefa Estudian. Spain
Jorge Sanz 188-PG-93 Blusens M. Spain
Alejandro Suarez 205-F/C-93 FIATC Joventut Spain
Federico Ucles 204-F/C-93 Plasencia Spain
Edgar Vicedo 201-F-94 Asefa Estudian. Spain
Guillem Vives 190-F/G-93 FIATC Joventut Spain

Alfonso Alonso Head Coach Lagun Aro GBC Spain



CAI Zaragoza keep Alberto Fontet - by Eurobasket News

CAI Zaragoza have agreed on terms of contract extension with Alberto Fontet (212-C-86). The centre will enter the third straight season with the Spanish team. Last season Alberto Fontet tallied 1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in ACB. Previously the centre had stints with Leon, Rosalia, Pamesa Valencia and F.C. Barcelona junior team. He was the member of Spanish U18 and U20 selections.


Spain roll past Czech Republic at the start of Logrono tournament - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Czech Republic U20 69:50

Spain claimed the first win at the international Gobierno de La Rioja tournament in Logrono. The hosts knocked down Czech Republic for the opening victory. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners.
Spain got to a convincing start. They accounted for a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. Spain maintained the lead throughout the second period. They piled up a 40:25 halftime advantage. Czech Republic slowed the hosts down in the third period. The visitors cut the deficit at 12-point mark at the final break. But Spain went on a 19:12 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) netted 13 points, while Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) chipped in 8 points for the winners. Martin Kriz (201-F-93) answered with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) and Primonsky tallied 9 points apiece in the loss.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 19, Jaime Fernandez 13, Alejandro Suarez 8
Czech Republic U20: Martin Kriz 12+11 boards, Tomas Kyzlink 9, Primonsky 9



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  SWEDEN   


Turgut Atakol Tournament: Sweden edge Russia for initial win - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Russia U20 77:74

Sweden claimed the first win at the prestigious Turgut Atakol Tournament in Istanbul. They overcame Russian counterparts behind 25 points from Tobias Borg (183-PG-93). Sweden improved at 1-2 record, while dropping Russia at 0-3.
Sweden led throughout the bigger part of the first term and posted a 16:14 lead at the first break. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) helped the Scandinavian team to a 28:19 lead midway through the second term. Tobias Borg made it a double-digit lead for Sweden at 39:29. Sweden entered the second half up by ten points 41:31. Sweden tipped off the third term with eight points in a row to make it a 49:31 lead for the Scandinavian team. However Russia stuck around as they cut the deficit at 12-point mark at the final break. Sakharov and Denis Zakharov put Russia within six with just over a minute remaining. Gudumak made it a 4-point game with 35 seconds left. But Marcus Eriksson hit a soothing free throw and Sweden held on to win the battle. Marcus Eriksson nailed 21 points, while Niklas Larsson (198-SG-94) added 10 points for the winners. Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) answered with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Russia. Artem Komolov (194-SF-93) had 13 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Tobias Borg 25, Marcus Eriksson 21, Niklas Larsson 10
Russia U20: Alexander Zakharov 26+10 boards, Artem Komolov 13



Swedish U17 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Swedish U17 National Team 2013
#s#
Sheriff Drammeh
Drammeh
Jacob Johansson
Johansson
Mattias Markusson
Markusson
Ludvig Swanstrom
Swanstrom
Anes Zekovic
Zekovic
#e#5
Sheriff Drammeh 186-G-96 Talje Sweden
Oliver Ehrnvall 197-F-96 Uppsala Sweden
Oliver Gustafsson 200-PF Sodertalje Sweden
Emil Haglund 195-F-96 Alvik Basket Sweden
Albin Eriksson 189-G-96 Sanda Sweden
Jacob Johansson 194-G-95 Montepaschi Italy
Jakob Jonsson 185-G-96
Jasmin Kovacevic 96 Norrkoping Sweden
Mattias Markusson 210-C-96 Alvik Basket Sweden
Jakob Stenhede 203-C-95 Goeteborg Sweden
Ludvig Swanstrom 196-F-96 Talje Sweden
Anes Zekovic 95 Uppsala KFUM Sweden

Jonathan Haile Head Coach Sanda Sweden



Swedish U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
William Asplund
Asplund
Tobias Borg
Borg
Marcus Eriksson
Eriksson
Nathan Dawit
Dawit
Nick Spires
Spires
#e#5
4William Asplund 203-C/F-93 Talje Sweden
5Tobias Borg 183-PG-93 Sodertalje Sweden
6Niklas Larsson 198-SG-94 LF Basket Sweden
8Marcus Eriksson 196-G/F-93 FCB Regal II Spain
9Alexander Gorski 194-SG-94 Uppsala Sweden
10Nathan Dawit 189-SG-94 08 Sweden
11Jesper Eliasson 204-F-94 Solna Sweden
13Hannes Erhardt 207-C-94 Malbas Sweden
15Arvid Isaksson 202-C-93 LF Basket Sweden
14Nick Spires 209-PF-94 FCB Regal II Spain
Ronald Lee 190-G-94 High School USA
William Magarity 210-PF-93 Eco Orebro Sweden
Jonathan Person 192-PG-93 Gotha Germany
Sebastian Schuszler 204-PF-94 Eagles Sweden
Johan Stenberg 189-G-93 LF Basket Sweden
Fredrik Andersson 199-G/F-93 Boras Sweden
Mario Blazevic 180-PG-93 Sodertalje Sweden

Tommie Hansson Head Coach 08 Sweden
Ludwig Degernas Assistant Sodertalje Sweden
Dennis Pihl Assistant BG Lulea Sweden



Swedish University National Team 2013 - by Simas

Swedish University National Team 2013
#s#
Samir Ali Hussein
Ali Hussein
Charles Barton
Barton
Chris Czerapowicz
Czerapowicz
Carl Engstrom
Engstrom
Anton Gaddefors
Gaddefors
#e#5
Samir Ali Hussein 200-F-92 LF Basket Sweden
Charles Barton 192-PG-92 Oregon St. USA
Chris Czerapowicz 201-G-91 Davidson USA
Carl Engstrom 216-C-91 Alabama USA
Anton Gaddefors 200-F-89 Sundsvall Sweden
Viktor Gaddefors 203-SF-92 Oknoplast BO Italy
William Gutenius 205-F/C-92 Sundsvall Sweden
Pierre Hampton 202-F-91 Norrkoping Sweden
Erkan Inan 192-G-89 08 Sweden
Mike Joseph 184-PG-91 Sodertalje Sweden
Andreas Karlsson 200-F/G-89 Jamtland Sweden
Fredrik Larsson 197-F-93 Eco Orebro Sweden
Odin Lindell 205-C-90 Uppsala Sweden
Alexander Lindqvist 205-F-91 Sodertalje Sweden
Andre Nilsson 209-C-90 Sundsvall Sweden
Axel Nordstrom 193-F/G-91 Uppsala Sweden
Sebastian Norman 206-F-92 Lamar USA
Andreas Person 190-PG-91 LF Basket Sweden
Johan Pierre 187-G-89 Umea Sweden
Christopher Ryan 196-G/F-90 LF Basket Sweden
Adam Ronnqvist 181-PG-90 LF Basket Sweden
Johan Ronstrom 204-PF-89 Jamtland Sweden
Anton Saks 200-SF-89 Norrkoping Sweden

Vedran Bosnic Head Coach Sodertalje Sweden



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Turgut Atakol Tournament: France thump Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - France U20 40:66

French U20 National Team posted the second victory at the Turgut Atakol international tournament in Istanbul. They knocked down the hosts to gain 2-1 record. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) nailed 14 points to pace Les Bleus. Turkey suffered the first defeat and slipped at 2-1 record.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. France eked out an 11:10 lead after ten minutes. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) and Boris Dallo (197-PG-94) helped France to a 26:15 lead at halftime. Les Bleus went on a 14:0 run midway through the third term to open a 40:21 lead. Turkey cut it to 16 points with one period remaining 29:45. However France tipped off the fourth frame on a 14:2 rally and never looked back en route to the victory. Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Boris Dallo had 10 points each for the winners. Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) answered with 12 points for Turkey. Ugur Dokuyan (197-G/F-93) netted 7 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Ramazan Tekin 12, Ugur Dokuyan 7
France U20: Hugo Invernizzi 14, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 10, Boris Dallo 10



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  UKRAINE   


Serbia U18 wins Bor International Tournament opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Ukraine U18 77:66

Serbia U18 wins Bor International Tournament opener with 4 participating teams. The home side overcame Ukraine U18 77:66 in Day 1.
Serbia opened the game with a 19-17 lead and added 19-16 rally in the second frame. Moreover the hosts won both frames in the second half. They needed a 23-20 rally in the third period for 8-point advantage after 30 minutes and added 16-13 in the last stanza.
Aleksandar Veljkovic (95) led the way with 18 points and Brano Dukanovic (196-G-95) notched 17. Simeunovic delivered 14, while Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) poured in 9. Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) ended up with 16 points and Saknjuk as well as Antipov had 13 each. Illia Sidorov (96) delivered 10 points in defeat.
In another game France U18 smashed Russia U18 99:62.

Serbia U18: Aleksandar Veljkovic 18, Brano Dukanovic 17, Simeunovic 14, Ognjen Jaramaz 9
Ukraine U18: Oleksandr Kobets 16, Saknjuk 13, Antipov 13, Illia Sidorov 10



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Final Stage
 1. Marinos 7-1 
 2. Bucaneros 5-3 
 3. Cocodrilos 4-4 
 4. Gigantes 0-8 
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 8

Jun. 26: Bucaneros - Gigantes 85-73
Jun. 26: Cocodrilos - Marinos 63-70

Third Stage: Round 10

Jun. 29: Gigantes - Marinos
Jun. 29: Bucaneros - Cocodrilos



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Unics Kazan tab Evgeniy Kolesnikov - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan tab Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) for the next season. The Russian player will move from Krasnie Krilya Samara. In 14 PBL games he averaged 6.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. He also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he had 8.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to win the EuroChallenge championship. Kolesnikov also played 22 games in VTB United League where he had 6.3ppg and 2.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The last season Kolesnikov played also at Krasnie Krilya. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 10 PBL games he had 9.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg. Kolesnikov also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he had 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg. He also played 17 games in VTB United League where he had 10.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg.
He was also a member of Russian international program for some years. Kolesnikov played for Russian Senior National Team in 2010 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005. He represented Russia at the World Championships in Turkey three years ago. Kolesnikov has played previously professionally in Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg, Ural Great, Krasnye Krylya Toliatti U23 and Spartak Primorie Vladivostok) and Latvia (VEF Riga).



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Croatia2-0
2. Spain2-0
3. S.Korea0-2
4. Canada0-2
Group B
1. Lithuania2-0
2. Argentina1-1
3. Iran1-1
4. Czech Rep.0-2
Group C
1. Serbia2-0
2. Australia1-1
3. Brazil1-1
4. Senegal0-2
Group D
1. USA2-0
2. Russia1-1
3. China1-1
4. Ivory Coas.0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Group A

Jun. 28: KOR - ESP 70-104
Jun. 28: CAN - CRO 66-79

Group B

Jun. 28: LTU - IRI 81-40
Jun. 28: ARG - CZE 76-55

Group C

Jun. 28: BRA - SEN 72-56
Jun. 28: AUS - SRB 57-78

Group D

Jun. 28: RUS - IVO 78-43
Jun. 28: USA - CHN 113-57

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Group A

Jun. 29: CRO - ESP
Jun. 29: CAN - KOR

Group B

Jun. 29: IRI - CZE
Jun. 29: LTU - ARG

Group C

Jun. 29: BRA - AUS
Jun. 29: SEN - SRB

Group D

Jun. 29: CHN - IVO
Jun. 29: USA - RUS


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB6.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB1.3 
Steals Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB0.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 0
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB0.0 


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Group A
South Korea - Spain 70-104
Spain claimed the second straight win at the U19 World Championship in Prague. Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) nailed 20 points as the Spaniards coasted past South Korea for 2-0 record in Group A. The Korean team fell at 0-2 record after the loss. South Korea surprised Spain with a brisk start. The Asian team enjoyed a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Spain however turned all the engines on in the second frame. The European powerhouse went on a 29:14 run to secure a comfortable 49:35 halftime lead. Spain kept South Korea at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 25-point buffer before the final period. Spain went on to score 30 points in the fourth quarter and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Jose Nogues and Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) finished with 14 points each, while Saiz added 12 points and 15 boards for the winners. Park Intae answered with 13 points, while Sangjae Kang had 12 points in the loss.

Canada - Croatia 66-79
Croatia U19 earn the second straight win the FIBA U19 Championship for Men. The team improved to 2-0 record on top of group A after a 79:66 win against Canada U19. Croatia on the first period 22-19 and added 15-13 for 5-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Croatia won two quarters in the second half for the final success. They posted a 15-12 rally in the third period and finished the game with 27-22 in the last stanza. Mustapic Jakov top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Mavra Dominik nailed 17. Saric Dario collected 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Brzoja Mislav added 11. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) answered with 25 points and Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Marko Pirovic (201-F-94) poured in 7, whilst Notice Duane notched 4. Tomorrow Croatia U19 will take on Spain U19, while Canada U9 will face South Korea U19.

Group B
Lithuania - Iran 81-40
Lithuania overwhelm Iran in Day 2 of the U19 World Championship. The defending champions posted a comfortable 81:40 win for 2-0 record. Iran meanwhile dropped at 1-1 record in Group B. Lithuania grabbed an early lead in the game and enjoyed 23-10 rally in the first period. The Baltic side added 20-6 surge in the second frame for 43:16 deficit at the halftime. Moreover Lithuania looked better in the second half as well and posted another two victories. They won the third period 21-9 and finished the game with 17-15 rally. Lekavicius Lukas stepped up with 13 points and was the only player with double digits. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) and Gustys Rokas notched 9 each, while Tarolis Donatas added 8. Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) and Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) scored 7 points each in defeat and Bagheri Saeid had 6. Iran U19: Sajjad Mashayekhi 7, Vahid Dalirzahan 7, Bagheri Saeid 6

Argentina - Czech Republic 76-55
Argentina registered the first win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame hosting Czech Republic to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Rodrigo Haag nailed 13 points to lead balanced effort from the Latin American team. Czech Republic fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Neither side looked dominant in the first ten minutes. The scoreboard read 17:17 at the end of the first quarter. Argentina opened the second frame on a massive 20:2 run to clear off. The visitors accumulated a 39:23 halftime advantage. Argentina kept Czech Republic at safe distance throughout the third period. The Latin American side arrived at the final break up by as many as 23 points 61:38. Czech Republic were able just to cut the deficit in the fourth period. Gonzalo Torres (202-F/C-94) netted 11 points, while Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) added 10 points and 8 rebounds for Argentina. Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) answered with 10 points for Czech Republic. Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) netted 8 points in the loss.

Group C
Australia - Serbia 57-78
Serbia registered the second straight win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Australia to remain on top of Group C at 2-0 record. The Emus slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat. Nikola Milutinov nailed 16 points to lead the winners. The teams were locked at 18-all after ten minutes of action. The European team spurred in front in the second frame. Serbia went on a 26:10 run in the second term and built a 16-point lead at the interval. Serbia controlled the pace throughout the third term. They ensured an 18-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The Emus managed just 11 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) posted 14 points and 14 boards, while Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points for Serbia. Dane Pineau (203-F-94) responded with 21 points for Australia. Dante Exum had 14 points in the loss.

Brazil - Senegal 72-56
Brazil opens Day 2 with the win over Senegal at the FIBA U19 Championship for Men. The team improved to 1-1 record after a 72:56 victory. The African side meanwhile suffered their second loss and dropped at 0-2 record in Group C. Although Brazil won the first period 15:12, the team from Latin America could not win the half. Senegal managed to grab 29:26 halftime advantage, but then failed in the third quarter. Brazil erupted with a 26-3 surge in the third stanza and took the full control of the game. They celebrated their initial win and will take on Australia tomorrow. Senegal will face Serbia in Day 3. Daniel Bordignon (197-F/C-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Demetrio Leonardo netted 12. Arthur Pecos (182-PG-95) brought 11, while Campos Eduardo had 10. Abdoulaye Ndoye (210-C-95) ended up with 13 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, whilst Sankare Ibrahima notched 10. Diatta Pape and Tidiane Badiane (208-C-95) delivered 8 points each in a loss.

Group D
USA - China 113-57
USA rout China in Prague for the second straight win at the U19 World Championship. The favorites needed a 113-57 win for 2-0 record in Group D. The Chinese team meanwhile dropped at 1-1 record. Both teams entered the game undefeated, but USA proved their ambitions from the very beginning. They started the game with 29-17 lead and never looked behind after. Moreover USA added massive 34-12 surge and led 34 points at the halftime. USA looked better also in the second half and won both periods. They had 23-10 in the third period and finished the game with 27-18 in the last stanza. Gordon Aaron top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Frazier Michael added 15. Justice Winslow (198-F-96) notched 14 and Stokes Jarnell brought 13. Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) finished the game with 18 points in defeat and Wu Qian had 10. Heng YiFeng scored 9, whilst Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) brought 6.

Russia - Ivory Coast 78-43
Russia opened win count at the U19 World Championship in Prague. They knocked down Cote d'Ivoire in Group D action tonight. Igor Kanygin nailed 22 points to pace the winners. Russia improved at 1-1 record, while leaving Cote d'Ivoire at 0-2. Russia went on a 12:2 run late in the opening quarter to take a 24:13 lead at the first break. They quickly boosted the lead to 20-point mark in the second quarter. Russia ensured a 48:28 halftime advantage. Cote d'Ivoire managed just 9 points in the third term to face a 27-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. The African team scored 6 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) notched 12 points, while Maksim Voytov (207-C-94) finished with 8 points for the winners. Dalen Traore (203-C-95) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Cote d'Ivoire. Cyril Adjei delivered 8 points in the loss.




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Women News


EuroBasket 2013: Belarus topple Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Sweden 69:48

Belarus claimed a crucial win at the classification round of 2013 EuroBasket. They defeated Sweden to secure the 2014 World Championship birth. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) came up with 17 points to lead the winners. Belarus will now take on Czech Republic for the fifth overall position. Sweden will wrap up their French campaign against Italy.
Sweden jumped to a 7:2 lead early in the game. But Belarus quickly stopped the rot. Natalia Anufryienkaiyenka capped the period with back-to-back three-pointers to give Belarus a 20:16 advantage. Belarus held their opponents to just 8 points in the second term to spur ahead. They built a 31:24 halftime lead. Belarus maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They secured a 10-point advantage heading into the foruth frame. Tarasava and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) gave Belarus a 57:39 advantage midway through the fourth period and they never looked back en route to the victory. Yelena Leuchanka accounted for 16 points, while Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) had 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 11 points each in the loss.

Belarus: Natalia Anufryienka 17, Yelena Leuchanka 16, Anastasiya Veremeenko 14
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 11, Elin Eldebrink 11



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.18.3 
 2. Dubljevic, USK P.17.7 
 3. Leedham, Bourges16.8 
 4. Eldebrink, Rivas E.16.3 
 5. Sottana, Familia15.8 
 6. Torrens, Galatasa.15.6 
 7. Lelas, Lattes M.12.8 
 8. Milovanovic, Dynam.12.5 
 9. Perovanovic, Nadez.11.8 
 10. Yacoubou-D., Fene.11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.11.1 
 2. Leuchanka, Atlan.9.1 
 3. Ress, Lucca7.6 
 4. Dubljevic, USK P.7.5 
 5. Leedham, Bourges7.3 
 6. Lelas, Lattes M.7.3 
 7. Kulichova, Good A.7.1 
 8. Perovanovic, Nadez.7.0 
 9. Veremeenko, Fener.6.9 
 10. Kupcikova, Good6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Johannah LEEDHAM
  ENG
  (180-SF-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Leedham, Bourges4.5 
 2. Vardarli, Fener.4.1 
 3. Eldebrink, Cagliar.3.9 
 4. Bortelova, DSK K.3.6 
 5. Alben, Galatasaray3.6 
 6. Palau, USK Praha3.5 
 7. Skerovic, USK Praha3.5 
 8. Lawson-Wade, Latt.3.5 
 9. Dubljevic, USK P.3.3 
 10. Ciglar, Novi Zagr.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.8 
 2. De Forge, USK P.1.8 
 3. Kupcikova, Good A.1.8 
 4. Baburova, MBK R.1.8 
 5. Alben, Galatasaray1.8 
 6. Skerovic, USK Praha1.7 
 7. Leedham, Bourges1.7 
 8. Dabovic, Partizan1.6 
 9. Yacoubou-D., Fener.1.5 
 10. Dabovic, Dynamo1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  CZE
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kulichova, Good A.2.1 
 2. Veremeenko, Fener.2.1 
 3. Ress, Lucca1.6 
 4. Lyttle, Atlanta D.1.4 
 5. Jurcenkova, IMOS1.0 
 6. Burgrova, USK Praha0.9 
 7. Snytsina, Chevaka.0.8 
 8. Vynuchalova, Samor.0.8 
 9. Lukacovicova, MBK0.8 
 10. Stewart, Bacsb.0.7 


France and Spain to clash for the title - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Turkey - France 49-57
France reached the title game at the home EuroBasket. Les Bleus prevailed against Turkey in the tense semifinal clash tonight. Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) nailed 11 points to lead Les Bleus. France will now take on Spain in the title game. France jumped to a quick start. The hosts accounted for a 21:9 lead midway through the opening quarter. France entered the second period up by 11 points 22:11. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) and Ndongue made it 25:11 for France early in the second quarter. Turkey managed to cut the deficit as they slowly found their rhythm. The visitors got within 8 points at the interval 23:31. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. France kept Turkey at safe distance. Les Bleus ensured a 49:40 lead heading into the fourth period. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) hit a couple of trebles as Turkey got as close as two points 49:51 midway through the fourth frame. Gruda hit a jumper to spark a 6:0 run that capped the regulation and brought victory to France. Nwal-Endene Miyem posted 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Edwige Lawson-Wade contributed 8 points for the winners. Esmeral Tuncluer responded with 20 points for Turkey. Nevriye Yilmaz netted 13 points in the losing effort.

Spain - Serbia 88-69
Spain became the first EuroBasket finalists. They outgunned Serbia in the first semifinal clash in Orchies today. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) stepped up with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain opened the game on a huge 19:4 run to leave Serbia behind. The gap grew at 17-point mark early in the second period 27:10. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) made it a 20-point game at 38:17. Spain unloaded 29 points in the second term to accumulate a 48:28 halftime advantage. Marta Xargay Casademont helped Spain gain a 54:28 lead early in the third quarter. Casas and Nichols made it 69:42 for Spain at the end of the third period. Rad dragged Serbia back to 20-point distance but they could never seriously threaten the margin as Spain cruised to the victory. Marta Xargay Casademont nailed 13 points, while Cristina Ouvina added 19 points for the winners. Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) and Jovana Rad (187-PF-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 15 points each for Serbia
5-8 places
Belarus - Sweden 69-48
Belarus claimed a crucial win at the classification round of 2013 EuroBasket. They defeated Sweden to secure the 2014 World Championship birth. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) came up with 17 points to lead the winners. Belarus will now take on Czech Republic for the fifth overall position. Sweden will wrap up their French campaign against Italy. Sweden jumped to a 7:2 lead early in the game. But Belarus quickly stopped the rot. Natalia Anufryienkaiyenka capped the period with back-to-back three-pointers to give Belarus a 20:16 advantage. Belarus held their opponents to just 8 points in the second term to spur ahead. They built a 31:24 halftime lead. Belarus maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They secured a 10-point advantage heading into the foruth frame. Tarasava and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) gave Belarus a 57:39 advantage midway through the fourth period and they never looked back en route to the victory. Yelena Leuchanka accounted for 16 points, while Anastasiya Veremeenko had 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 11 points each in the loss.



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Arras tab Naignouma Coulibaly - by Eurobasket News

Arras bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Naignouma Coulibaly (191-C-89). The Malian centre spent the last two seasons with USO Mondeville. Last season she posted 10.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists per game in LFB. Her stats read also 8.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. She earned All-French LFB Honourable Mention. Previously Naignouma Coulibaly had stints with Pleyber Christ Basket Club, Basket Landes and Toulouse. She was named All-French LF2 Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. Naignouma Coulibaly has been the member of the Malian National Team since 2005. She was trumped All-African Championship Best Centre in 2009.


EuroBasket 2013: France outlast Turkey to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

France - Turkey 57:49

France reached the title game at the home EuroBasket. Les Bleus prevailed against Turkey in the tense semifinal clash tonight. Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) nailed 11 points to lead Les Bleus. France will now take on Spain in the title game.
France jumped to a quick start. The hosts accounted for a 21:9 lead midway through the opening quarter. France entered the second period up by 11 points 22:11. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) and Ndongue made it 25:11 for France early in the second quarter. Turkey managed to cut the deficit as they slowly found their rhythm. The visitors got within 8 points at the interval 23:31. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. France kept Turkey at safe distance. Les Bleus ensured a 49:40 lead heading into the fourth period. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) hit a couple of trebles as Turkey got as close as two points 49:51 midway through the fourth frame. Gruda hit a jumper to spark a 6:0 run that capped the regulation and brought victory to France. Nwal-Endene Miyem posted 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) contributed 8 points for the winners. Esmeral Tuncluer responded with 20 points for Turkey. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) netted 13 points in the losing effort.

France: Emilie Gomis 11, Nwal-Endene Miyem 10, Edwige Lawson-Wade 8
Turkey: Esmeral Tuncluer 20, Nevriye Yilmaz 13



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  HUNGARY   


Hungarian University National Team victorious once again in Ivanjica - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Hungary University NT 67:68 (OT)

Hungarian University National Team claimed the second straight over Serbian U19 selection in the exhibition series in Ivanjica. This time the visitors eked out a one-point victory. Judit Manyoky (172-G-92) nailed 12 points to pace the winners.
Serbia got to almost a perfect start. The hosts dropped 28 points in the opening quarter to gain a 7-point advantage. They kept Hungary at bay throughout the second frame. Serbia secured a 41:31 halftime lead. But Hungary stopped the rot in the third term. The visitors cut the deficit to just 2 points at the third break. Hungary went on a 13:11 run in the fourth period and tied things up at the end of regulation. Hungary held Serbia to 6 points in the extra period and got away with a narrow win. Krisztina Velkey (175-G-92) dropped 10 points, while Gjoki added 9 points for the winners. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) answered with game-high 15 points for Serbia. Jovana Vidakovic (171-PG-94) had 13 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Aleksandra Crvendakic 15, Jovana Vidakovic 13
Hungary University NT: Judit Manyoky 12, Krisztina Velkey 10, Gjoki 9



Hungary succumb to Australia, finish China Tour at 1-8 - by Eurobasket News

Hungary suffered the loss on the final day of their Chinese tour. They surrendered against the Emerging Opals squad 54:63. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) nailed 20 points to lead the European side.
Hungary got to a slightly better start. They snatched a 13:12 lead after ten minutes of action. However Australia turned things around in the second period. The Emerging Opals went on a 16:9 run to ensure a 28:22 halftime lead. Australia continued their dominance into the third period. They went on an 18:11 rally to pile up a 13-point lead before the fourth frame. Hungary fired 21 points in the fourth period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Krisztina Raksanyi (181-G-91) chipped in 14 points, while Katalin Honti (177-G-87) and Bettina Bozoki (191-F/C-89) added 6 points apiece in the defeat.



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  ISRAEL   


Bney Herzliya announced Karin Agassi - by Eurobasket News

Bney Herzliya announced Karin Agassi (172-G/F-88) for the 2013/2014 season. The player will leave Elitzur Netanya. In 15 games she recorded 7.9ppg and 1.1rpg last season. Agassi also played at Ramat Hasharon earlier that season. But in two D1 games she averaged just 1.5ppg. The previous season she played at Bnot Hasharon (D2). In 19 games she averaged 5.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.0apg.
The season 2010/2011 Agassi played at Maccabi Ramat Hen. In 24 games she averaged 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.4apg. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Agassi was also a member of Israeli international program for some years. She played for Israeli Senior National Team in 2010 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2005. Agassi represented Israel at the European Championships U20 in Sofia (Bulgaria) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 12.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52%, 3FGP: 38.7%, FT: 90.9%.



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Cinzia Arioli re-upped with Cagliari - by Eurobasket News

Cinzia Arioli (178-G-84) re-upped with Cagliari for the next season. The player will remain in Italy. In 19 games she recorded 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.5spg last season. Great year indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Domestic Players Team. The last season Arioli played also at C.U.S. Cagliari (A1) in Italian league. In 27 games she averaged 9.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. She won Italian A2 North championship title in 2011. Arioli also represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Vannes nine years ago.
She has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Elite V.La Spezia, C.U.S. Chieti and Viterbo. The player looks forward for the next season with the team.



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Lithuanian U20 National Team 2013
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Akvile Baronenaite
Baronenaite
Vita Zilinskaite
Zilinskaite
Gintare Jasiunskaite
Jasiunskaite
Greta Tamasauskaite
Tamasauskaite
Ieva Kazlauskaite
Kazlauskaite
#e#5
Akvile Baronenaite 185-F-93 Jonava Lithuania
Vita Zilinskaite 190-F-93 Utena Lithuania
Gintare Jasiunskaite 182-F-94 Sirenos Lithuania
Greta Tamasauskaite 171-PG-91 Aistes-LSU Lithuania
Ieva Kazlauskaite 178-F-94 Ruta Siauliai Lithuania
Severija Narkute 173-G-95 Fortuna Lithuania
Agne Cerneckyte 171-SG-96 Fortuna Lithuania
Milda Sukyte 176-F-93 Sirenos Lithuania
Viktorija Juodeikyte 163-PG-93 Ruta Siauliai Lithuania
Ieva Preskienyte 193-C-93 Kibirkstis-Tiche Lithuania
Justina Matuzonyte 193-C-94 Aistes-LSU Lithuania
Simona Dobrovolskyte 179-F-94 Aistes-LSU Lithuania
Laura Zelnyte 188-F-94 Aistes-LSU Lithuania
Goda Ziutelyte 175-F-93 Jonava Lithuania
Gerda Kruckauskaite 172-G-94 Aistes-LSU Lithuania

Dalius Ubartas Head Coach Fortuna Lithuania
Rolandas Penikas Assistant Utena Lithuania



Lithuanian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Lithuanian U19 National Team 2013
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Dalia Belickaite
Belickaite
Ruta Savickaite
Savickaite
Aurelija Putramentaite
Putramentaite
Austeja Sirsinaityte
Sirsinaityte
Ieva Marija Cerniauskaite
Cerniauskaite
#e#5
Dalia Belickaite 175-F-96 Jaunieji Talentai Lithuania
Ruta Savickaite 188-F-95 Kibirkstis-Tiche Lithuania
Aurelija Putramentaite 179-F-95 Jaunieji Talentai Lithuania
Austeja Sirsinaityte 164-PG-95 Jaunieji Talentai Lithuania
Austeja Serbentaite 186-C-96 Vilniaus KM Lithuania
Ieva Marija Cerniauskaite 174-G-95 Jaunieji Talentai Lithuania
Justina Kraujunaite 174-F-95 Jaunieji Talentai Lithuania
Giedre Ulyte 182-PF-96 Vilniaus KM Lithuania
Ieva Savickaite 188-PF-96 Vilniaus KM Lithuania
Ina Mylko 182-SF-96 Vilniaus KM Lithuania
Augusta Kievisaite 170-G-95 High School USA USA
Sarune Melinauskaite 172-SG-96 Jonava Lithuania
Roberta Mizgeryte 188-PF-95 Fortuna Lithuania
Evelina Mauraite 173-G-95 Jaunieji Talentai Lithuania
Evelina Greivyte 181-F-95 V. Knasiaus Lithuania
Milita Stalaucinskaite 165-G-95 V. Knasiaus Lithuania
Daugile Sarauskaite 196-C-96 Jaunieji Talentai Lithuania
Urte Bukauskaite 184-F-94 Aistes-LSU Lithuania
Akvile Vitunskaite 182-F-96 Jaunieji Talentai Lithuania
Kamile Kasaciunaite 178-F-95 PKKSC-Naftenas Lithuania
Gintare Paulauskaite 185-PF-95 Jaunieji Talentai Lithuania
Gintare Jasiunskaite 182-F-94 Sirenos Lithuania
Greta Tamasauskaite 171-PG-91 Aistes-LSU Lithuania
Ieva Kazlauskaite 178-F-94 Ruta Siauliai Lithuania
Simona Dobrovolskyte 179-F-94 Aistes-LSU Lithuania
Laura Zelnyte 188-F-94 Aistes-LSU Lithuania

Diliara Velisajeva Head Coach Jaunieji Talentai Lithuania
Jurgita Streimikyte Assistant Kibirkstis-Tiche Lithuania
Zivile Mikalauskaite Assistant



Suduva adds Egle Sarapaite - by Eurobasket News

Suduva adds Egle Sarapaite (172-G-88) for the next season. The player will come from Sirenos Kaunas. In 33 games she averaged 9.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg last season. She helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. The previous season Sarapaite played also at Sirenos. In 14 games she had 9.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. Sarapaite also played 2 games in Baltic League where she had 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. She represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.2ppg, 2.3rpg.
Sarapaite has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Arvi, Laisve Kaunas, Dzukija and Lintel 118 Lithuanian Junior Team.



Russia U19 leave no chances for the Baltic State - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19 leave no chances for the Baltic State in a preparation campaign before the World Championship. Russia smashed Lithuania U19 100:46 in Druskininkai.
Russia won the opening tip 12-10 and increased to 28:13 at the end of the first period. The guests took 44:16 early in the second frame and enjoyed a 58:20 halftime advantage. Russia also had 68:23 midway through the third period and then led 74:31 at the end of the third period. The task for the last period was to reach three digit number that Russia managed to do in the last minute of the game.
Anna Shchetina (195-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) added 16. Yuliya Gladkova (185-F-94) scored 15 and Albina Razheva (188-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) notched 13.
Earlier Russia U19 overcame Lithuania U20 100:45.



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Arras tab Naignouma Coulibaly - by Eurobasket News

Arras bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Naignouma Coulibaly (191-C-89). The Malian centre spent the last two seasons with USO Mondeville. Last season she posted 10.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists per game in LFB. Her stats read also 8.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. She earned All-French LFB Honourable Mention. Previously Naignouma Coulibaly had stints with Pleyber Christ Basket Club, Basket Landes and Toulouse. She was named All-French LF2 Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. Naignouma Coulibaly has been the member of the Malian National Team since 2005. She was trumped All-African Championship Best Centre in 2009.


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  NCAA1   


NetScouts USA All-Stars edge China to finish Four Nations Tourney undefeated - by Eurobasket News

NetScouts USA All-Stars - China 68:64 (OT)

NetScouts USA All-Stars selection celebrated the ninth straight victory at the Four Nations Tournament in China. They overcame the hosts in overtime to keep the perfect record. Alexis Gray-Lawson (5'8''-PG-87, college: California) posted 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
The USA jumped to an 8:2 lead early in the game. But China responded with an 18:0 run of their own to ensure a 20:8 advantage. The USA answered with a 12:0 rally to level things up at 20. The teams then went neck and neck. Jie Sun gave China a 56:55 lead with under a minute remaining. Alexis Gray-Lawson answered with a bucket to give the North American a tiny lead. Sun XiaoYu (6'3''-F/C-84) split free throws and sent the game into overtime. Aishah Sutherland (6'2''-F-90, agency: Two Points, college: Kansas) put the USA in front 66:64 and then Alexis Gray-Lawson converted a steal into a layup to seal the win for the Americans. Aulani Sinclair (6'1''-F-90) produced 12 points, while Chelsea Poppens (6'2''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) contributed 11 points for the winners.



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  RUSSIA   


Russia U19 leave no chances for the Baltic State - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19 leave no chances for the Baltic State in a preparation campaign before the World Championship. Russia smashed Lithuania U19 100:46 in Druskininkai.
Russia won the opening tip 12-10 and increased to 28:13 at the end of the first period. The guests took 44:16 early in the second frame and enjoyed a 58:20 halftime advantage. Russia also had 68:23 midway through the third period and then led 74:31 at the end of the third period. The task for the last period was to reach three digit number that Russia managed to do in the last minute of the game.
Anna Shchetina (195-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) added 16. Yuliya Gladkova (185-F-94) scored 15 and Albina Razheva (188-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) notched 13.
Earlier Russia U19 overcame Lithuania U20 100:45.



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Serbia U20 beat Swedish opponents - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20-Sweden U20 73:62

Serbia U20 beat Swedish opponents in the friendly clash between two sides. The team posted a 73:62 win in the first game. Game 2 is scheduled for tonight in Belgrade.
Serbia won the opening period 23-10, but did not feel comfortable at the halftime. Sweden replied with a 22-12 surge in the second frame and reduced to 3 points. The third period however was decisive in the game as Serbia pushed the tempo for good and needed a 23-13 burst for the victory.
Markovic and Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Milica Toskovic (188-G-93) added 14. Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) followed them with 12 points. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) replied with 18 points in the losing effort. Kurt and Klaeson scored 11 apiece, whilst Nistrom had 9.

Serbia U20: Markovic 15, Ivana Brajkovic 15, Milica Toskovic 14, Kristina Topuzovic 12
Sweden U20: Josefin Vesterberg 18, Kurt 11, Klaeson 11, Nistrom 9



EuroBasket 2013: Spain beat Serbia to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Serbia 88:69

Spain became the first EuroBasket finalists. They outgunned Serbia in the first semifinal clash in Orchies today. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) stepped up with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners.
Spain opened the game on a huge 19:4 run to leave Serbia behind. The gap grew at 17-point mark early in the second period 27:10. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) made it a 20-point game at 38:17. Spain unloaded 29 points in the second term to accumulate a 48:28 halftime advantage. Marta Xargay Casademont helped Spain gain a 54:28 lead early in the third quarter. Casas and Nichols made it 69:42 for Spain at the end of the third period. Rad dragged Serbia back to 20-point distance but they could never seriously threaten the margin as Spain cruised to the victory. Marta Xargay Casademont nailed 13 points, while Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90) added 19 points for the winners. Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) and Jovana Rad (187-PF-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 15 points each for Serbia

Spain: Sancho Lyttle 22+11 boards, Cristina Ouvina 19, Marta Xargay Casademont 13
Serbia: Dajana Butulija 15, Jovana Rad 15



Hungarian University National Team victorious once again in Ivanjica - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Hungary University NT 67:68 (OT)

Hungarian University National Team claimed the second straight over Serbian U19 selection in the exhibition series in Ivanjica. This time the visitors eked out a one-point victory. Judit Manyoky (172-G-92) nailed 12 points to pace the winners.
Serbia got to almost a perfect start. The hosts dropped 28 points in the opening quarter to gain a 7-point advantage. They kept Hungary at bay throughout the second frame. Serbia secured a 41:31 halftime lead. But Hungary stopped the rot in the third term. The visitors cut the deficit to just 2 points at the third break. Hungary went on a 13:11 run in the fourth period and tied things up at the end of regulation. Hungary held Serbia to 6 points in the extra period and got away with a narrow win. Krisztina Velkey (175-G-92) dropped 10 points, while Gjoki added 9 points for the winners. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) answered with game-high 15 points for Serbia. Jovana Vidakovic (171-PG-94) had 13 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Aleksandra Crvendakic 15, Jovana Vidakovic 13
Hungary University NT: Judit Manyoky 12, Krisztina Velkey 10, Gjoki 9



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  SPAIN   


Spanish U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

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#e#2
Maria Cazorla 180-SG-97 Segle XXI Spain
Laia Raventos 170-PG-97 Segle XXI Spain
Marta Hermida 178-G/F-97 Real Canoe Spain
Angela Salvadores 175-PG-97 Segle XXI Spain
Iris Junio 185-G-99 Gran Canaria Spain
Maria Perez Araujo 184-G-97 Real C.Vigo Spain
Aida Santana 180-F-97 Gran Canaria Spain
Marta Gomez 184-F-97
Estefania Ors 180-F-97
Cecilia Muhate Pena 183-F/C-97 Real Canoe Spain
Maria Conde 184-F-97 Real Canoe Spain
Paula Ginzo 187-F-98
Iho Lopez 97 Segle XXI Spain
Ines Mata Boix 184-C-97 Real Canoe Spain
Umo Diallo 190-C-98 Gran Canaria Spain

Evaristo Perez Head Coach Burgos Spain



Spanish U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Spanish U19 National Team 2013
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Elena De Alfredo
De Alfredo
Leticia Romero
Romero
Yaiza Rodriguez
Rodriguez
Marta Montoliu
Montoliu
Irene Gari
Gari
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Elena De Alfredo 170-G-94 Asefa Estud. Spain
Leticia Romero 176-SG-95 Gran Canaria Spain
Yaiza Rodriguez 165-SG-95 Segle XXI Spain
Macarena Roldan Garcia 173-G-95 Las Rozas Spain
Marta Montoliu 182-G-94 CBF Sarria Spain
Irene Gari 185-F-94 UTEP USA
Belen Arrojo 188-F-95 Segle XXI Spain
Carla Jou Coll 180-F-95 Uni Girona Spain
Ariadna Pujol 183-PG-95 Mataro Spain
Edurne Segues 180-F-94 Pais Vasco Spain
Astou Ndour 196-C-94 Gran Canaria Spain
Ana Faussuier 189-C/F-94 Segle XXI Spain
Claudia Baraut Grau 185-F/C-95 Cadi ICG S. Spain
Patricia Soler 185-C-94 Conquero Spain
Claudia Guri 189-C-95 Cadi ICG S. Spain
Judith Sole 190-C-95 Segle XXI Spain
Nogaye Lo Sylla 190-C-96
Yaiza Lazaro 186-F/C-94 Gernika Spain

Carlos Colinas Head Coach Real C.Vigo Spain
Isaac Fernandez Assistant
Cristina Cantero Assistant



EuroBasket 2013: Spain beat Serbia to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Serbia 88:69

Spain became the first EuroBasket finalists. They outgunned Serbia in the first semifinal clash in Orchies today. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) stepped up with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners.
Spain opened the game on a huge 19:4 run to leave Serbia behind. The gap grew at 17-point mark early in the second period 27:10. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) made it a 20-point game at 38:17. Spain unloaded 29 points in the second term to accumulate a 48:28 halftime advantage. Marta Xargay Casademont helped Spain gain a 54:28 lead early in the third quarter. Casas and Nichols made it 69:42 for Spain at the end of the third period. Rad dragged Serbia back to 20-point distance but they could never seriously threaten the margin as Spain cruised to the victory. Marta Xargay Casademont nailed 13 points, while Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90) added 19 points for the winners. Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) and Jovana Rad (187-PF-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 15 points each for Serbia

Spain: Sancho Lyttle 22+11 boards, Cristina Ouvina 19, Marta Xargay Casademont 13
Serbia: Dajana Butulija 15, Jovana Rad 15



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Swedish University National Team 2013 - by Simas

Swedish University National Team 2013
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Farhiya Abdi
Abdi
Binta Drammeh
Drammeh
Frida Fogdemark
Fogdemark
Cleopatra Forsman-Goga
Forsman-Goga
Maria Gultekin
Gultekin
#e#5
Farhiya Abdi 188-F-92 L.Angeles S. USA
Binta Drammeh 180-F-92 Bamberg Germany
Frida Fogdemark 185-G/F-91 Georgia Tech USA
Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 180-SG-91 Telge Sweden
Maria Gultekin 166-G-90 Canik Bld Turkey
Louice Halvarsson 189-C-89 Cagliari CUS Italy
Danielle Hamilton-Carter 190-F-90 Georgia Tech USA
Pernilla Hanson 180-F-90 Cal-Irvine USA
Hanna Johansson 187-F-89 Norrkoping Sweden
Salome Kabengano 177-G/F-92 Temple USA
Kalis Loyd 188-G-89 Lamar USA
Tanya Massamba 182-F/G-91 Norrkoping Sweden
Sandra Hasahya-Ngoie 185-F/C-92 08 Sweden
Jessica Nilsson 184-F-89 Udominate Sweden
Kristina Nybom 172-PG-89 Udominate Sweden
Anna Stoltz 181-F-91 Eskinstuna Sweden
Martina Stalvant 181-G-89 MBK Ruzomb. Slovakia
Stefanie Yderstrom 173-G-90 Miami, FL USA

David Leman Head Coach Uppsala KFUM Sweden



Swedish U17 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Swedish U17 National Team 2013
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Elin Ljunggren
Ljunggren
Sigrid Sandstrom
Sandstrom
Anna Stern
Stern
Sofia Svensson
Svensson
Anna Tivenius
Tivenius
#e#5
Tyra Carlsten-Handberg 186-C-96 Alvik Basket Sweden
Katharina Gillstedt 185-C-96 Alvik Basket Sweden
Ellinor Holmberg 170-G-96 Alvik Basket Sweden
Alexandra Landby 182-F-96 Blackeberg Sweden
Elin Ljunggren 184-F-96 Mark Sweden
Clara Montgomery 175-G-96 Alvik Basket Sweden
Linnea Rosendahl 177-F-96 Blackeberg Sweden
Sigrid Sandstrom 179-G-96 Uppsala Sweden
Anna Stern 165-PG-96 Norrkoping Sweden
Sofia Svensson 177-F-95 Eos Sweden
Anna Tivenius 184-F-96
Matilda Agren 175-G-96
Ellen Astrom 171-F-96 Kringlan Sweden

Jonas Fredrikson Head Coach Hogsbo Sweden



Serbia U20 beat Swedish opponents - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20-Sweden U20 73:62

Serbia U20 beat Swedish opponents in the friendly clash between two sides. The team posted a 73:62 win in the first game. Game 2 is scheduled for tonight in Belgrade.
Serbia won the opening period 23-10, but did not feel comfortable at the halftime. Sweden replied with a 22-12 surge in the second frame and reduced to 3 points. The third period however was decisive in the game as Serbia pushed the tempo for good and needed a 23-13 burst for the victory.
Markovic and Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Milica Toskovic (188-G-93) added 14. Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) followed them with 12 points. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) replied with 18 points in the losing effort. Kurt and Klaeson scored 11 apiece, whilst Nistrom had 9.

Serbia U20: Markovic 15, Ivana Brajkovic 15, Milica Toskovic 14, Kristina Topuzovic 12
Sweden U20: Josefin Vesterberg 18, Kurt 11, Klaeson 11, Nistrom 9



EuroBasket 2013: Belarus topple Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Sweden 69:48

Belarus claimed a crucial win at the classification round of 2013 EuroBasket. They defeated Sweden to secure the 2014 World Championship birth. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) came up with 17 points to lead the winners. Belarus will now take on Czech Republic for the fifth overall position. Sweden will wrap up their French campaign against Italy.
Sweden jumped to a 7:2 lead early in the game. But Belarus quickly stopped the rot. Natalia Anufryienkaiyenka capped the period with back-to-back three-pointers to give Belarus a 20:16 advantage. Belarus held their opponents to just 8 points in the second term to spur ahead. They built a 31:24 halftime lead. Belarus maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They secured a 10-point advantage heading into the foruth frame. Tarasava and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) gave Belarus a 57:39 advantage midway through the fourth period and they never looked back en route to the victory. Yelena Leuchanka accounted for 16 points, while Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) had 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 11 points each in the loss.

Belarus: Natalia Anufryienka 17, Yelena Leuchanka 16, Anastasiya Veremeenko 14
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 11, Elin Eldebrink 11



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Basak returns to Canik Belediye - by Can Ozay

The ex-player of Canik Belediyesi Munevver Basak (86) returns back to Samsun. Last season Basak played for Ordu Spor and she contributed her team to reach division one at the 2012/13 season. In 19 games she averaged 8.1 ppg last season. After announcement of the agreement one of the Canik Belediyesis board member, Cakir talks to the Turkish media "We are pleased the return of our ex-player to home." Also coach Bas adds "She is effective player on the offensive side of basketball and Time for testing herself at the division one."


EuroBasket 2013: France outlast Turkey to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

France - Turkey 57:49

France reached the title game at the home EuroBasket. Les Bleus prevailed against Turkey in the tense semifinal clash tonight. Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) nailed 11 points to lead Les Bleus. France will now take on Spain in the title game.
France jumped to a quick start. The hosts accounted for a 21:9 lead midway through the opening quarter. France entered the second period up by 11 points 22:11. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) and Ndongue made it 25:11 for France early in the second quarter. Turkey managed to cut the deficit as they slowly found their rhythm. The visitors got within 8 points at the interval 23:31. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. France kept Turkey at safe distance. Les Bleus ensured a 49:40 lead heading into the fourth period. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) hit a couple of trebles as Turkey got as close as two points 49:51 midway through the fourth frame. Gruda hit a jumper to spark a 6:0 run that capped the regulation and brought victory to France. Nwal-Endene Miyem posted 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) contributed 8 points for the winners. Esmeral Tuncluer responded with 20 points for Turkey. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) netted 13 points in the losing effort.

France: Emilie Gomis 11, Nwal-Endene Miyem 10, Edwige Lawson-Wade 8
Turkey: Esmeral Tuncluer 20, Nevriye Yilmaz 13



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 9-1 
 2. Chicago S. 6-3 
 3. New York L. 5-4 
 4. Washington M. 4-6 
 5. Connecticut S. 2-6 
 6. Indiana F. 2-7 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 7-2 
 2. Phoenix M. 6-4 
 3. L.Angeles S. 5-3 
 4. Seattle S. 4-5 
 5. S.Antonio SS 3-6 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jun. 28: Minnesota L. - L.Angeles S. 88-64
Jun. 28: Atlanta D. - Washington M. 86-75
Jun. 28: Indiana F. - Tulsa S. 80-69
Jun. 28: Seattle S. - New York L. 62-67

Regular Season: Round 16

Jun. 29: Connecticut S. - Phoenix M.
Jun. 29: Chicago S. - L.Angeles S.
Jun. 30: Atlanta D. - S.Antonio SS
Jun. 30: Washington M. - Tulsa S.
Jun. 30: Indiana F. - Seattle S.


Fever snap 7-game losing skid; Liberty, Lynx and Dream also win - by Eurobasket News

Seattle S. - New York L. 62-67
The one stat Seattle could be proud of - forcing 22 turnovers - was one it couldn't manage to capitalize on. The New York Liberty was averaging a league-high 13.8 turnovers coming into Friday night's game against Seattle. Against a defensive-minded team like the Storm, it should have been a gift. Instead, the Storm shot 33.8 percent from the field, turning most of the Liberty's giveaways into mere do-overs as New York claimed a 67-62 victory before 7,687 fans at KeyArena. 'It's hard when you feel like you're open and shoot and it just doesn't go in,' Storm forward Camille Little (6'2''-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) said. 'We're all professionals. Those are shots we can make. It was just one of those nights.' New York's defensive strategy played a role, too. 'It's the most frustrating thing as a coach that you can ever go through - to see the players turn the ball over,' said New York coach Bill Laimbeer, whose team's turnovers only led to 13 points for Seattle. 'But our defense, again, is carrying us at the moment. Hopefully it doesn't catch up to us too badly at some point.' Storm coach Brian Agler said the Liberty intentionally gave open looks early in the shot clock, enticing his team to shoot quickly. When Seattle missed - as it did often - New York collected the rebound. The Liberty outrebounded the Storm 46-26 overall. 'It was hard for us to not fall into the trap of taking things early,' Agler said. 'That's what they wanted us to do and we ended up shooting the ball poorly.' Little connected on two free throws to begin a 6-0 run that pulled the Storm within 52-51 following her lay-in with 6:04 remaining. But New York guards Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) and Katie Smith quickly responded to keep the Liberty ahead. Then, trailing 60-55 with under two minutes to play, Storm guard Temeka Johnson (5'3''-PG-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) flung a long pass to Shekinna Stricklen, who made the lay-in against Leilani Mitchell, a Kennewick High product, and an ensuing free throw after a foul. But Pondexter answered again with a jumper with 50.7 seconds to play that started a 6-0 Liberty run to help close out the game. Pondexter finished with a season-high 23 points to help the Liberty improve to 5-4. It's the first time since 2002 that New York has won in Seattle. Johnson led the Storm with 22 points while Little added 12 points and five rebounds for Seattle (4-5). The team departs Saturday for a four-game road trip, ending at New York on July 9. 'We just need to stay hungry, clean up what we need to clean up,' said Johnson, whose team is 1 for 35 from three-point range in its past two games at KeyArena. 'We know there is a lot of basketball left. This group was put together for a reason and we're up for that challenge.' New York played without veteran post Plenette Pierson (leg). Courtesy of: seattletimes.com

Minnesota L. - L.Angeles S. 88-64
As Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) goes, so often go the Minnesota Lynx. Whalen scored 20 points in the Lynx's 88-64 victory over the Sparks on Friday night at Target Center. Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) had 19 points, and Devereaux Peters added 14 points and nine rebounds to help the Lynx improve to 7-2 with their fifth win in six games. Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Sparks (5-3), who beat Minnesota by 28 points June 21 at Staples Center. Kristi Toliver added 14 points. The teams are scheduled to meet again Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The Sparks controlled the opening tap, but Whalen quickly took the ball from Lindsey Harding and went in for an uncontested layup. Augustus had 12 points to help Minnesota take a 24-15 lead after one quarter. Whalen scored the first seven points of the second quarter to start a 13-2 Minnesota run to increase the lead to 20 at 37-17. During the spurt, the Sparks went 5:34 without a point. "We felt like in L.A. they punched us in the mouth first," Augustus said. "They were the aggressors, so we definitely want to protect our home court and come out and be more aggressive." The Sparks had an 11-3 run to cut it to 40-28 late in the first half but - winless in three road games - could get no closer. They trailed by 29 in the fourth quarter. "I wouldn't say we punched; I thought we slapped at them a couple times," said Sparks Coach Carol Ross. "We just were not as tough as we need to be." Minnesota outrebounded the Sparks 47-28. The Sparks made 36.9% of their field goals after entering the game shooting a WNBA-best 48.7%. Courtesy of: latimes.com

Atlanta D. - Washington M. 86-75
The Atlanta Dream are managing quite well without second-leading scorer Sancho Lyttle. Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) scored 21 points, Alex Bentley (5'7''-G-90, college: Penn St.) had 17 points and the surging Dream improved their WNBA-leading record to 9-1 with an 86-75 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night. McCoughtry, the team's leading scorer, said she sent Bentley a text message last night to encourage the rookie from Penn State to stay aggressive. And, she certainly did. Bentley surpassed Diana Taurasi's mark for most consecutive 3-pointers when she hit her 10th straight shot from beyond with 5:02 left in the fourth quarter. Taurasi had held the record since 2006. 'I really look up to Angel and I'm learning so much from her,' Bentley said. 'Coach always says that we need to come off the bench and provide energy and push the tempo. So that's what I did.' McCoughtry said Bentley and her others need to continue to play well with the absence of Lyttle, who is playing overseas for Spain's national team. Lyttle is expected to return July 9. When Lyttle returns, McCoughtry believes the Dream will have more of a potent attack. 'Sancho is a veteran,' said McCoughtry, who also had a game-high five assists and four steals. 'She's doing her thing in Spain, but we've been holding it down since she's been gone. She brings a lot of agility and rebounding to our team. No one can double off of her, which makes it easier for us.' Erika De Souza finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for the Dream, off to their best start in team history. Tiffany Hayes added 13 points. Washington scored the game's first 10 points, but the Dream tightened up defensively. Atlanta got more active on defense and cut down on allowing easy baskets, holding the Mystics to 35.1-percent shooting from the floor in the first half. The Dream maintained the same intensity on defense in second half, taking advantage of Washington's miscues by playing the passing lanes more aggressively. 'Our inside game was not working, so we had to get aggressive defensively to create some shots for us,' Dream coach Fred Williams said. McCoughtry stripped Matee Ajavon (5'7''-PG-86, college: Rutgers) from behind, coasting for a layup to give Atlanta a 45-30 lead in the third quarter. De Souza scored on a put back layup to give Atlanta a 61-41 lead later in the quarter. The 5-foot-7 Bentley slipped past a defender and scored on a buzzer-beating layup at the end of the third. The 5-foot-7 Bentley made another highlight, slipping past a defender and scoring on a buzzer-beating layup at the end of the third. The Dream took their largest lead of the game at 21 when Hayes knocked down a 3-pointer with 4:34 left in the game. Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) scored 20 points for the Mystics (4-6). Ivory Latta and Emma Meesseman each had 12 points. 'We know how to start games, but we don't know how to finish them,' Latta said. 'That's an area we have struggled with so far this season. It's something we have to correct.' Bentley scored seven points during a 9-2 run to give Atlanta an 18-16 lead in the first half. The Dream went on a 10-0 run to open the second quarter that was capped by Le'Coe Willingham's layup to put them ahead 30-20 with 4:35 left. Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com

Indiana F. - Tulsa S. 80-69
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) spoiled Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90, college: Notre Dame)' homecoming Friday night with a spectacular 28-point performance in an 80-69 victory over the Tulsa Shock at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The win snapped a seven-game Indiana Fever losing streak and marked Catchings' return from a lower-back injury that had sidelined her for two games. 'We feel like tonight we got our swag back,' Catchings said. 'We just have to continue to build off that.' The matchup also marked Diggins' return to Indiana, where the 5-9 rookie guard starred at South Bend Washington High School and Notre Dame before being selected third overall by Tulsa (3-9) in the WNBA draft. The crowd of 6,957 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse was littered with Fighting Irish jerseys and yellow Nike shirts reading 'Can You Digg It?' in a bold font to welcome home the South Bend native. Diggins struggled in the familiar spotlight, though, scoring just two points and coughing up four turnovers in the defeat. Her head down after the final horn, Diggins quickly hugged family members and disappeared into the darkness of the tunnel. 'It was nice to see my family and friends,' Diggins said. 'Notre Dame, I knew they would come out. It was great to see so many familiar faces.' Diggins, who grew up idolizing Catchings, was right up close to see the veteran return to form. Catchings added six steals, five rebounds and three assists to her season-high 28 points. 'She's somebody you just try to contain,' Diggins said. 'She's a workhorse. Only great players put up numbers like that.' Catchings had battled a sore back for months, she said, but after she aggravated the injury in a recent practice, the coaching staff pulled her aside. It was time to take a break. 'At first, I thought I just needed a day or two off and get ready for the game,' Catchings said. 'The rest really helped. I feel a lot better than I have in the past. I feel like my old self out there, being able to move, not feeling so stiff.' The Fever trainers will monitor Catchings' back, still not at 100 percent, on a daily basis to keep her healthy and on the court. 'The real question's gonna be, how is her back (today)?' Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. The Fever are still managing with five players remaining on the injured list - Layshia Clarendon (hip), Jessica Davenport (tibia), Katie Douglas (back), Erin Phillips (knee) and Jeanette Pohlen (knee) - but the return of Catchings re-energized the depleted lineup. The injuries have provided more experience for the bench, which bodes well for Indiana's depth once players return in mid-July. 'You're looking at some players here that played 5 or 10 minutes and now we're expecting them to play 25 or 30 minutes a game,' Catchings said. 'It's a huge adjustment.' Though Diggins didn't manage a basket until a 12-foot floater with 34.7 seconds remaining, Indiana players credited the Hoosier for maintaining her composure. 'Yeah, she struggled tonight,' Catchings said, 'but it's hard coming home, and it's hard being a rookie in this league because everybody's gunning for you.' In Catchings' eyes, there is little doubt where the ceiling is for Diggins. 'Every single game, she just has to continue to build off the positive things that she does and work on the negative things,' Catchings said. 'I definitely feel like over the years she'll definitely be one of the top guards in this league.' For one day, though, a rookie's homecoming took a back seat to a star's breakout, and the Fever finally got back on their feet. Courtesy of: indystar.com